Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 336 - Yemen War Mosaic 336

Yemen Press Reader 336: Film – 31 Bilder – Saudi-Koalition gescheitert – Lasst Hisham frei! – Krisen-Analyse – Kein Weg aus d. Krieg – Emails von VAE-Botschafter – Zeit-Artikel – Cholera – Aden
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Film (German) – 31 photos – Saudi coalition failing – Free Hisham Al-Omeisy! – Yemen crisis analysis – No way out of the war (German) – Emails by Emirati ambassador: Civilian victims, Saudi Arabia – “Zeit” report (German) – Cholera – Tensions between Hadi and Emiratis, Saudi troups at Aden Saudi Arabia: Awamiya and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Cholera

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Spannungen zwischen Präsident Hadi und den Emiraten, saudische Truppen in Aden: cp6 / Tensions between Hadi and Emirates, saudi troops at Aden: cp 6

Belagerung von Awamiya / Siege of Awamiya: cp8

18.8.2017 – ZDF (** B H K)

Film: Jemen: Ein Land im Chaos

Im Jemen, wo Saudi Arabien und Iran einen Stellvertreterkrieg führen, gehören neben dem Krieg auch Hunger, Durst und Seuchen zum traurigen Alltag.

https://www.zdf.de/verbraucher/volle-kanne/jemen-ein-land-im-chaos-102.html = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySo87aKA73Y

18.8.2017 – The Antimedia (** B H K)

31 Pictures That Prove Yemen Has Turned Into Hell on Earth

Societies pick and choose their outrage. What is one day considered barbaric is met with a collective yawn the next.

Unfortunately, for the innocent people of Yemen, the masses are completely uninterested in their current state of suffering. Maybe it’s because Western propaganda hasn’t sufficiently signaled in the direction of the misery and destruction facing the Yemeni people. Maybe it’s that the havoc is being carried out by Saudi Arabia and their cohorts, who are not only allies of the United States and the United Kingdom but also have the financial means to silence dissent in the West. Possibly, it’s that the U.S. and the U.K. are both backing the carnage on the ground in Yemen, not only via the providing of arms to the Saudi coalition but also providing military ground support.

Whatever the reason may be, the time has come for the world to wake up and realize there is more on planet earth than Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

Thousands upon thousands have been killed, maimed, or displaced in the Middle Eastern nation since the conflict began in 2015. Since April, 1,800 Yemenis have died from cholera and nearly 370,000 have contracted it. That figure is expected to rise to 600,000.

Below is a photographic glimpse of the anguish that has befallen the people and destroyed the country.

http://theantimedia.org/pictures-yemen-hell-on-earth/ = https://truththeory.com/2017/08/19/31-pictures-prove-yemen-literally-hell-earth-right-now/

18.8.2017 – Foreign Policy (** B K P)

Confidential U.N. Report Suggests Saudi-Led Coalition Failing in Yemen

Saudi Arabia claims a series of military advances this year shows it is making progress in its 2 ½ year war against ethnic Shiite Houthis.

But the Saudi-led coalition’s overwhelming military superiority has brought them no closer to victory. Instead, it has furthered Yemen’s political fragmentation, deepened a humanitarian crisis that has brought the country to the brink of famine, and fed widespread public resentment in response to high civilian casualties, according to a confidential U.N. report reviewed by Foreign Policy.

“The Saudi Arabia-led coalition strategic air campaign continues to have little operational or tactical impact on the ground, and is only serving to stiffen civilian resistance,” according to a blunt verdict by a U.N. Security Council panel of experts. It is also helping to “consolidate” a military alliance between ethnic Houthi insurgents and Yemen’s disgraced former leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who control 13 of the country’s governorates, including the capital of Sana’a.

The disarray has provided a rich breeding ground for extremists, including the Islamic State and al Qaeda

Yemen’s internationally recognized leader, President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is on the ropes. His authority has been undercut by militias funded and controlled by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the very countries fighting to restore him to power.

Several of Hadi’s top ministers have broken ranks, establishing a separate transitional council with visions of governing the southern Yemen.

“The authority of the legitimate government, already weak or absent in many parts of the country, has eroded significantly this year,” the report states. “The ability of the legitimate government to effectively govern the eight governorates it claims to control is now in doubt.”

Yemen’s opposition forces are not in great shape either. The panel cited mounting strains between Houthis and Saleh, who has seen his influence in the alliance gradually diminishing.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s capture of Mokha, the Houthi-Saleh alliance still holds as much territory as it did a year ago, and it exercises control over 80 percent of the Yemeni population, providing it with extensive opportunities to extort money from local businesses and civilians.

Seche, Pelofsky and the Security Council panel members agree that there appears little prospect of achieving peace as belligerents on both sides of the conflict pull in and out of the U.N.-brokered peace process when they face a military gain or setback. Seche and Pelofsky would like to see a re-energized U.N. diplomatic effort, backed by the United States, to try to end the war.

But it has also provided an opening for international and regional powers, from the United States to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Iran, to pursue their own political and military goals.

The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, has funded and trained numerous local security forces, including the Security Belt Forces, Hadrami Elite Force, which was established to challenge Al Qaeda military base in Yemen.

The panel also confirmed reports by journalists and Human Rights Watch that the Emirates and its proxies, according to the panel, have established a network of clandestine prisons in Yemen.

But the UAE is not alone. The Yemeni government, as well as forces in the Houthi-Saleh alliance, continue to engage in illegal detention practices, including imprisonment without trial and forced disappearances, “which violate international humanitarian law and human rights law and norms.” – by Colum Lynch

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/08/18/confidential-u-n-report-suggests-saudi-led-coalition-failing-in-yemen/

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18.8.2017 – Human Rights Watch (** A P)

Yemen: Houthis Detain Prominent Activist

Free Hisham Al-Omeisy and Others Held Arbitrarily

Houthi authorities in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, should immediately and unconditionally release Hisham al-Omeisy, a prominent activist detained on August 14, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today.

Al-Omeisy, 38, has been an important public voice in Yemen, providingcommentary on the country’s armed conflict. He has used social media, tweeting in English and Arabic, to report on and analyze events in real-time, including airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition that supports the government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. He has also addressed the closing of space for nongovernmental groups and the impact of the war on Yemeni civilians.

Yemen more than ever needs activists like Hisham al-Omeisy to bring attention to the devastation that war, famine, and disease have wrought on the country and its people,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Houthi authorities should immediately release al-Omeisy and return him safely to his family.”

At about 2:45 p.m. on August 14, approximately 15 security officers arrested al-Omeisy in the Sanaa neighborhood of Jawlat al-Misbahi. Four days after the arrest, the National Security Bureau (NSB) is still holding al-Omeisy in an undisclosed location. He has not been charged, brought before a judge, or given access to a lawyer or his family.

Parties to the armed conflict in Yemen have severely restricted the ability of nongovernmental groups to operate, Human Rights Watch said. In areas under the control of the Houthis and forces loyal to Saleh, the authorities have detained journalists and activists and have looted or closed groups’ offices. In areas where the government retains authority, security forces have beaten, arbitrarily detained, and forcibly disappeared activists.

All authorities in Yemen should immediately cease targeting, harassing, and arbitrarily detaining activists and journalists, Human Rights Watch said.

Human Rights Watch has documented 66 cases in which Houthi-Saleh forces arbitrarily detained or forcibly disappeared people, including two deaths in custody and 11 cases of alleged torture or other ill-treatment, including the abuse of a child. Other international and Yemeni organizations have documented scores more cases. Yemeni government forces and Yemeni forces backed by the United Arab Emirates have also arbitrarily detained, forcibly disappeared, and tortured dozens of people elsewhere in the country.

While the Sanaa-based authorities may take appropriate measures to address security concerns related to Yemen’s armed conflict, international human rights and humanitarian law protects the right not to be arbitrarily detained, tortured or ill-treated, or forcibly disappeared.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/08/18/yemen-houthis-detain-prominent-activist

18.8.2017 – Human Rights Watch (** A P)

Yemen: Activist detained by Huthi-Saleh forces in escalating crackdown on critics must be freed

Yemen’s Huthi-Saleh forces must immediately and unconditionally release a leading political activist who has been arbitrarily detained in the capital Sana’a since 14 August without access to a lawyer or his family, Amnesty International has said.

Hisham al-Omeisy, 38, was arbitrarily detained at approximately 2.45pm on 14 August in Jawlat al-Misbahi, south Sana’a, when approximately 15 armed security officers from the National Security Bureau (NSB) took him away. Four days after his arrest, the NSB are still holding him incommunicado in an undisclosed location.

“Hisham al-Omeisy has been detained without charge or a court appearance in breach of Yemen’s constitution, which requires anybody arrested to be presented in court within 24 hours,” said Samah Hadid, Director of Campaigns for Amnesty International in the Middle-East.

“This detention illustrates the lengths to which local Huthi-Saleh authorities’ are willing to go to silence peaceful activists. Hisham al-Omeisy is a prisoner of conscience, whose only ‘crime’ is peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, and he must be released immediately.”

Hisham al-Omeisy is a political activist who rose to fame during the Arab Spring and the ongoing Yemeni conflict. He became a leading and reputable voice, providing commentary and analysis on Yemen’s ever-shifting armed conflict through social media.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/08/yemen-activist-detained-by-huthi-saleh-forces-in-escalating-crackdown-on-critics-must-be-freed/

and also

18.8.2017 – ABC News (* A P)

Amnesty calls on Houthi rebels to immediately release Yemeni activist Hisham Al-Omeisy

Mr Al-Omeisy is a political activist who rose to fame during the Arab Spring and the ongoing Yemeni conflict.

He is a one of the most high-profile activists in Yemen, using social media to show the world the horror of living under daily Saudi-led airstrikes on the north of the country.

Mr Al-Omeisy is a regular commentator on the ABC and last year he featured in the Foreign Correspondent documentary Yemen: The War on Children, bravely calling out all sides of the fighting in Yemen for their abuses of human rights – by Sophie McNeill

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-18/amnesty-calls-on-houthi-rebels-release-yemen-anti-war-activist/8822148 = http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-08-18/amnesty-calls-on-houthi-rebels-to-immediately-release-yemeni-activist-hisham-alomeisy/1694900

18.8.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Yemen's Houthi rebels arrest activist Hisham al-Omeisy

Rights groups and journalists urge the release of Hisham al-Omeisy, who was detained by armed security forces on Monday.

Several social media users demanded Omeisy's release.

Investigative journalist Iona Craig wrote on Twitter: "Hisham is not only a friend but an essential voice for Yemenis. We are all deeply concerned for his wellbeing."

Craig explained that many of his friends had earlier kept quiet about Omeisy's detention at his family's request.

Osamah Al-Rawhani, programme director at Sanaa Centre, a Yemen-based think-tank, tweeted: "Let's raise hell for the release of @omeisy ... Houthis must stop their violations against human rights and freedoms."

Jeremy Schahill, a journalist, said Omeisy "regularly live tweets US-backed Saudi bombings and is also critical of Houthi forces as well. Now he has been kidnapped".

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/yemen-houthi-rebels-arrest-activist-hisham-al-omeisy-170818130452894.html

18.8.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Prominent Yemeni activist detained by Houthis in Sanaa

Hisham al-Omeisy, who has been praised as 'one of the best voices coming out of Yemen', was taken by Houthi-Saleh forces on Monday

Award-winning journalist and Yemen-specialist Iona Craig, who knows Omeisy personally, said they would regularly check on each other when one of them hadn't been seen on social media for a few days.

"The last time I checked in with him to see he was OK was at 2.32pm on 14 August. He was picked up by gunmen sometime around 2.45pm. He never received my message," she said.

She pointed out that this was the second time in as many years that he had been detained by NSB but warned that "they have a reputation for beating and torturing detainees".

"My greatest concern now is for his welfare."

Omeisy has been an outspoken critic of all sides in the conflict, including the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition who have been embroiled in a controversial aerial campaign in support of Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi since 2015.

“While Houthis block access to besieged cities like Taiz, others from both sides of the conflict, including the Saudi-backed Yemen government, are making huge profits creating shortages and spiking prices of certain items such as fuel and gas," he said in an interview with the Guardian earlier this year.

Still, Craig said: "He knew he was walking a fine line by speaking critically of both sides in the war while living in Houthi-controlled territory. But he remained determined to give a voice to all Yemenis - on all sides of the conflict."

Supporters of Omeisy have taken to Twitter to call for his release under the hashtag #freehisham

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/prominent-yemeni-activist-detained-houthis-sanaa-160137327

18.8.2017 – Washington Post (* A P)

Outspoken documenter of Yemen conflict detained by Houthis

What makes Omeisy's detention surprising is that he was mostly critical of the Saudi-led coalition backing the government of President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is trying to oust the rebels who control Sanaa and much of the north. The coalition has launched numerous airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians, including children, according to the United Nations.

Omeisy, 38, frequently tweeted in English and Arabic and regularly sent pictures and video to his nearly 24,000 followers. The warring sides have sought to restrict visas and access to flights for Western journalists to cover Yemen's conflict, so activists such as Omeisy have become important voices illuminating the unfolding tragedy.

"Yemen more than ever needs activists like Hisham al-Omeisy to bring attention to the devastation that war, famine and disease have wrought on the country and its people," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

Omeisy, a political activist who gained attention during Yemen's Arab Spring revolts that ousted Saleh five years ago, tweeted multiple times a day, and his comments were often scathing. In one, four days before his arrest, he wrote: "Sana'a airport closure by Saudi-led coalition & preventing medical evac, killed more people than airstrikes. #Yemen"

It remains unclear why he was targeted. Two days before his detention, Omeisy wrote in a tweet: "Armed goons backed by corrupt officials are forcefully taking real estate properties in Sana'a. They just showed up at my door. #Yemen"

On Aug. 14, he was arrested by 15 security officers at about 2.45 p.m. and is being held by the country's National Security Bureau, said human rights activists.

"Hisham al-Omeisy is a prisoner of conscience, whose only 'crime' is peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, and he must be released immediately," Hadid said – By Sudarsan Raghavan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/outspoken-documenter-of-yemen-conflict-detained-by-houthis/2017/08/18/76bb0d28-8412-11e7-9e7a-20fa8d7a0db6_story.html = http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/national_world/outspoken-documenter-of-yemen-conflict-detained-by-houthis/article_2ab8c9bb-f657-5d13-a9f0-665ee35265ca.html

and further reporting:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170818-yemeni-activist-hisham-al-omeisy-abducted-by-saleh-houthi-fighters/

http://www.egyptindependent.com/rights-groups-urge-yemen-rebels-free-prominent-activist/

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-08-18/beloved-yemeni-activist-abducted-government-security

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201708181056591141-human-rights-yemeni-activist-houthis/

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Aug-18/416380-rights-groups-urge-yemen-rebels-to-free-political-commentator.ashx

and remember:

17.8.2017 – Sophie McNeill (* B P)

Film: Hisham @omeisy featured in our report last year, bravely calling out sides for human rights abuses in #Yemen #FreeHisham

https://twitter.com/Sophiemcneill/status/898460307823185920

And more, various (* A P)

@omeisy was taken by th #Houthi arm of the NSB - he was a vital voice for the people of #Yemen, a father, a husband and brother.

https://twitter.com/BBCNawalMaghafi/status/898879996973809665

I contacted now a well-informed Houthi official about(@omeisy) arrest.THERE IS A PROBLEM, but he promised to let me meet Hisham

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/898954791073837056

Of course, we hope for his release, no matter who "negotiates". I have asked Houthis for clarification.

https://twitter.com/commonsense575/status/898941164463771648

Houthis say no they did not abduct him. Don't believe false info. Even if by AI and HRW. There is some mystery to this.

https://twitter.com/commonsense575/status/898934120499236864

17.8.2017 - Assessment Capacities Project (** B H K)

ACAPS Crisis analysis of Yemen

POLITICS AND SECURITY

HUMANITARIAN ACCESS

Checkpoints, insecurity, administrative hurdles, import restrictions, fuel shortages and the reluctance of transporters to access volatile areas are hampering the delivery of assistance by road, air and sea. 38% of Yemen’s 333 districts face moderate to severe access constraints.

DISPLACEMENT

FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOODS

HEALTH

NUTRITION

WASH

SHELTER

EDUCATION

PROTECTION

ECONOMY

As of 17 July the Hadi government is shipping Yemeni riyals valued at USD 100 million from Russia. Previously, currency shipments were made on 1 and 9 June. The money is intended to pay salaries of public sector workers, which have been delayed for over 10 months. However, previous currency shipments were not used for this purpose. The central bank has been in crisis since Hadi moved the bank from al Houthi-Saleh controlled Sana'a to the temporary capital of Aden in September 2016.

The fall in the value of the Yemeni rial is contributing to higher prices for food, fuel, and agricultural inputs, which is negatively affecting the population. The Central Bank is unable to exchange foreign currency into rials, limiting the availability of local currency. The Yemeni government's decree to move the Central Bank from Sana'a to Aden in September 2016 means that neither side in the war can now ensure the bank functions, as its operations and resources are split between the two cities.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/acaps-crisis-analysis-yemen and in full https://www.acaps.org/country/yemen/crisis-analysis#datacard-33940

15.8.2017 – Journal 21 (** B K P)

Kein Ausweg aus dem Krieg

Geleakte Nachrichten aus dem Umfeld des saudischen Kronprinzen zeigen, dass Saudi-Arabien aus Jemen raus möchte. Doch der Krieg hat eine fatale Eigendynamik entwickelt.

Obwohl der saudische Kronprinz den in erster Linie von ihm selbst angezettelten Krieg offenbar schon vor guten drei Monaten hätte beendigen wollen, dauert er unvermindert weiter an. Dies ist zweifellos teilweise deshalb der Fall, weil das Prestige des Königreiches und besonders seines neuen Herrschers, König Salman, sowie von dessen Sohn und Kronprinz Mohammed, involviert sind. Sie suchen ein Ende, das sie als einen Erfolg darstellen können, und sind nicht bereit, eine Niederlage oder einen deutlich sichtbaren Rückschlag hinzunehmen. Die Huthis und ihr Verbündeter, Ex-Präsident Ali Saleh Abdullah mit jenen Teilen der jemenitischen Armee, die zu ihm halten, sind auch nicht bereit, nachzugeben, es sei denn sie können politische Zugeständnisse von der Gegenseite erringen.

Aus den durchgesickerten E-Mails geht hervor, dass die VAE Saudi-Arabien rät, einen Keil zwischen die beiden verbündeten jemenitischen Gegner zu treiben. Für die VAE sind die Huthis (Schiiten, wenngleich nicht solche der gleichen Richtung wie jene Irans) eine „strategische Bedrohung“; der Ex-Präsident jedoch gilt nur als „Unruhestifter“.

Der englische Jemen-Fachmann Peter Salisbury, gibt eine glaubwürdige Begründung dafür, weshalb dieser vernichtende Krieg immer weiter andauert. Sie lautet mit einem Wort: Kriegswirtschaft. Salisbury schreibt in einem Aufsatz für „Chatham House“, wer Geld habe, könne nach wie vor in Sanaa Glacé der Marke Baskin-Robbins kaufen, „die in gekühlten Transportwagen importiert wird“, vermutlich aus den VAE.

Geschäftsleute versicherten ihm, so Salisbury, dass sie jederzeit Güter aus der Internationalen Freihandelszone „Jebel Ali“ in den Emiraten bestellen könnten.

Der Krieg und seine zahlreichen Fronten sind weitgehend statisch, und verschiedene Milizen und bewaffnete Gruppen sehen sich im Besitz von grösseren oder kleineren Gebieten. Sie profitieren davon, indem sie Durchgangszölle erheben.

Doch solange die Bewaffneten über ein Einkommen verfügen, sehen sie und ihre Anführer keinen Anlass, den Krieg zu beenden. Dies umso weniger, als viele der bewaffneten Irregulären und ihre Kriegschefs keinerlei Möglichkeit haben, bei Friedensverhandlungen effektiv mitzuwirken und auf Grund solcher Verhandlungen ihre Nachkriegszukunft zu sichern.

Die Saudis mit „ihrem“ jemenitischen Präsidenten al-Hadi versuchen, des wichtigsten Importhafens, Hodeida, Herr zu werden. Doch selbst wenn ihnen dies gelingen sollte, werden sie zwar die Hungersnot in Jemen verschärfen, jedoch die Huthi-Milizen und die Armeeinheiten des Ex-Präsidenten nicht zwingen können, den Krieg aufzugeben. - von Arnold Hottinger

https://www.journal21.ch/kein-ausweg-aus-dem-krieg = http://www.newslocker.com/de-de/nachrichten/verschworungstheorien-und-alternative/jemen-kein-ausweg-aus-dem-krieg/view/

17.8.2017 – The Intercept (** B K P)

EMAIL SHOWS UAE’S AMBASSADOR WORRIED ABOUT ‘TARGETING OF CIVILIAN SITES’ IN YEMEN WAR

IN THE FALL OF 2015, the United Arab Emirates’s ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, sent a concerned email to a group of high-level officials in his government. The war in Yemen, he said, was becoming a public-relations nightmare.

The Obama administration, he told leadership back home, remained reluctantly supportive, but the ongoing Saudi-led campaign was harming the U.S.’s reputation and thus putting his own country, an active and eager participant in the war, in a delicate position.

The September 2015 memo documenting Otaiba’s concerns was sent to a wide set of UAE decision makers.

In the memo, Otaiba laid out stark concerns about the war and the political situation it was creating.

In a series of long conversations with WH officials, it has become evident that the human toll and collateral damage occurring in yemen is putting the administration in a political corner,” he wrote.

He then frankly conceded, “The increased targeting of civilian sites combined with the lack of humanitarian support is translating into a liability for washington.”

Publicly, Otaiba has not conceded the level of human suffering the Saudi/UAE war is causing the people of Yemen. During an event at the Center for American Progress — a top Democratic Party-aligned think tank that takes UAE fundsin the fall of 2016, Otaiba strucka very different tone, acting as if the country does not care about political fallout in the West over the conflict.

Otaiba used his memo to clarify that he’s not “proposing a modification of strategy,” but that the UAE and Saudi engage in a diplomatic offensive to repair their image, including by meeting with media, academics, and NGOs. His very last suggestion was for the UAE to “at least temporarily, urge caution when selecting military targets (this applies to saudi air force, where apparently most of the errant strikes are occurring).” - by Zaid Jilani

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/17/email-shows-uaes-ambassador-worried-about-targeting-of-civilian-sites-in-yemen-war/ and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170819-civilians-in-yemen-have-been-targeted-reveal-leaked-emails/

My comment: What a clear confession. And the solution proposed: Public Relations.

18.8.2017 – Middle East Eye (** A P)

'F**in' coo coo': UAE envoy mocks Saudi leadership in leaked email

Yousef Otaiba ridicules Gulf ally in email exchange, betraying years of frustration at Riyadh old guard that coalesced into efforts to change it

The UAE's ambassador to Washington described Saudi Arabia's leadership as "f***in' coo coo!", in one of a series of leaked emails that suggest years of Emirati frustration with Riyadh's old regime that has coalesced into a clear strategy to usurp it by bolstering the rise of the young Mohammed bin Salman.

The messages, obtained by Middle East Eye through the GlobalLeaks hacking group, show Otaiba mocking Saudi Arabia to his Egyptian wife, Abeer Shoukry, over the Saudi religious police's 2008 decision to ban red roses on Valentine's Day.

In another email Yousef Otaiba wrote that Abu Dhabi has warred for 200 years with the Saudis over Wahhabism and that the Emiratis had more "bad history" with Saudi Arabia than anyone else. In a third, he revealed that now was the time when the Emiratis could get "the most results we can ever get out of Saudi".

But the bulk of the exchanges add up to more than casual reflections and snipes by an Emirati ambassador.

They betray a clear plan by Abu Dhabi to paint Saudi Arabia as a dysfunctional, religiously conservative backwater whose best hope for reform was Mohammed bin Salman, the newly appointed crown prince.

Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, regards himself as MBS's mentor and the two have been known to hold up to three meetings a month, a source told MEE.

Otaiba is clear in his emails that the arrival of the 31-year-old MBS as crown prince earlier this year was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the Emiratis to stamp their mark on their much larger neighbour. This is also corroborated by informed sources who spoke to MEE on condition of anonymity.

And the mosaic painted by Otaiba's leaked emails and multiple MEE sources confirm that the Emirati ambassador has performed the lead role in selling the 31-year-old Saudi prince to a sceptical Washington audience, while the Saudi embassy was almost totally passive. – by David Hearst and Clayton Swisher

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/fing-cuckoo-uae-ambassador-ridicules-saudi-leaders-leaked-emails-925239451

16.8.2017 – Zeit Online (** B H K P)

Krieg in Zeiten der Cholera

Am Anfang stand eine Revolution. Inzwischen ist der Jemen zum Schlachtfeld regionaler Mächte geworden.

Gemessen an dem, was in diesem Krieg noch passieren kann und was bereits passiert ist, erhält er erstaunlich wenig öffentliche Aufmerksamkeit.

Die UN sprechen vom "weltweit schlimmsten Ausbruch der Cholera inmitten der weltweit schlimmsten humanitären Krise" – Superlative, die zutreffen und doch verhallen, weil es von diesem Elend so wenig Bilder gibt. Das saudische Militär, das den Luftraum über dem Jemen kontrolliert, verhindert immer wieder, dass die UN und andere Hilfsorganisationen bei ihren humanitären Flügen Journalisten mit ins Land nehmen. Es ist ein Krieg, der in Worten beschrieben und erklärt werden muss.

Wie aus einem Volksaufstand ein saudisch-iranischer Stellvertreterkrieg wurde

Ein paar Tage Shock and Awe mit Bomben und Raketen, so das Kalkül des Prinzen, und die Ordnung im "saudischen Hinterhof" wäre wiederhergestellt, der Erzfeind Iran gebührend eingeschüchtert und er selbst als neuer starker Mann und unumstrittener Thronfolger im saudischen Königreich etabliert.

Was als "Operation Entscheidender Sturm" begann und mittlerweile den orwellschen Namen "Operation Wiederherstellung der Hoffnung" trägt, dauert nunmehr fast zweieinhalb Jahre und hat den Jemen nicht nur in eine humanitäre Katastrophe gestürzt, sondern auch in Kampfzonen diverser Warlords zersplittert.

Die Rolle der USA

Wie ausländische Kriegsparteien das Land zerreiben

Die Rolle der USA in diesem Krieg ist die vielleicht düsterste Hinterlassenschaft des im Januar 2017 aus dem Amt geschiedenen US-Präsidenten Barack Obama. Statt Riad in den Arm zu fallen, beschloss er im März 2015, die saudische Luftwaffe zu unterstützen.

Warum der Konflikt im Jemen auch Folgen für Europa haben könnte

Russland als Ordnungsmacht

Wer momentan in der Lage wäre, im Jemen zu vermitteln

Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika sind längst Kriegspartei und fallen somit als Vermittler aus. Die Europäische Union ist vollauf mit Libyen und der Abwehr von Migranten beschäftigt. Die UN haben zwar einen Sondergesandten, aber keine Druckmittel. Ihr seit zwei Jahren andauernder Verhandlungsprozess ist bis auf Weiteres gescheitert.

Bleibt bei der Suche nach Akteuren, die die Gewaltspirale bremsen und vermitteln könnten, nur noch ein höchst unwahrscheinlicher Kandidat: Russland und dessen Präsident Wladimir Putin.

Protokolle aus dem Kriegsgebiet

"Ich will das Grauen nicht sehen"

Aziz*, 27, lebt in Tais. Die Front verlief hier mitten durch die Stadt

"Ich kann mich nicht verbiegen"

Alya*, 25, lebt in Sanaa. Hier regieren jetzt die Huthi-Rebellen – Von Andrea Böhm und Lea Frehse

http://www.zeit.de/2017/34/jemen-krieg-cholera-usa-barack-obama

Mein Kommentar: Endlich einmal ein langer deutschsprachiger Artikel, und das sogar in der gedruckten Ausgabe. – Kritische Anmerkung: Der Iran spielt nur eine marginale Rolle; der Krieg im Jemen ist KEIN saudisch-iranischer Stellvertreterkrieg, sonder eher ein amerikanischer: Die USA lassen die Saudis hier Krieg führen – gegen einen Großteil der Kräfte im Jemen, die eben NIEMANDES Stellvertreter sind.

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

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19.8.2017 – Almasdar Online (** A H)

22 deaths in 5 days; Cholera deaths rise to about 2,000 in Yemen

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that 22 death cases of cholera epidemic were recorded over the past five days in Yemen rising the total death toll to 1997 cases since late April,

The WHO report stated that 527,470 suspected cases of the epidemic were registered, while Sana'a and Hodeidah cities are the most prevalent outbreaks of the epidemic, as more than 62,000 cases were recorded in those two cities.

"Hajah province, northwestern Yemen, recorded the highest number of deaths by 381 cases, during the same period, and that Socotra province is the only city that never had any infected cases of the epidemic.''

http://almasdaronline.com/article/93447

19.8.2017 – NZZ (* B H)

Bildstrecke: Die Cholera-Epidemie im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen breitet sich aus – Tausende haben bereits ihr Leben verloren und genauso viele infizieren sich täglich mit der Krankheit. Die Hilfsorganisation Oxfam berichtet, dass dies der schlimmste bekannte Ausbruch der Infektionskrankheit ist.

https://www.nzz.ch/international/bildstrecke/cholera-epidemie-jemen-ld.1311048#lg=1&slide=0

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19.8.2017 – Bild (* B H)

Bürgerkrieg macht Jemen zum Brutkasten für Cholera

Manche schaffen es kaum ins Gesundheitszentrum, in dem Ärzte auch im Hinterhof Patienten behandeln und Bäume benutzen, um Infusionsbeutel aufzuhängen. An Cholera Erkrankte brechen auf dem Weg dorthin oft zusammen, müssen sich ständig übergeben.

Hunderte strömen derzeit aus der verarmten Stadt Bani Haidan im nördlichen Jemen in das Zentrum, weil sie Symptome der verheerenden Krankheit haben. Schon Stunden nach der Infektion lösen Erbrechen und Durchfall eine so schwere Dehydrierung aus, dass der Tod eintreten kann, wenn nicht rasch Hilfe geleistet wird.

In Jemen wütet seit Jahren ein Bürgerkrieg, der das Land in einen Brutkasten für Cholera verwandelt hat. Die einfachen Sanitäranlagen setzen die Bürger der Gefahr aus, mit Fäkalien verseuchtes Wasser zu trinken. Brunnen sind durch den Abfluss von Regenwasser verschmutzt, das vorher auf Müllberge gefallen ist, die oft wochenlang nicht beseitigt werden.

http://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/jemen/buergerkrieg-macht-jemen-zum-brutkasten-fuer-cholera-52828760.bild.html

19.8.2017 – Sputnik News (** B H)

Dieses Land ist an Choleraepidemie in Jemen schuld – Ärzte

Die stärkste Choleraepidemie in Jemen ist laut Ärzten das Ergebnis der Militärpolitik von Saudi Arabien, berichtet das Magazin „Lancet“.

Demnach ist die Militärpolitik Saudi Arabiens auf die Destabilisierung der Lage in der Region ausgerichtet.

„Die Luftangriffe der von Saudi Arabien angeführten Koalition haben Krankenhäuser und Wasserversorgungssysteme zerstört und die Menschen gezwungen, in unhygienischen Bedingungen zu leben“, so der Arzt Jonathan Kennedy von der Queen Mary University of London.

Es sei äußerst merkwürdig, dass die UNICEF vor kurzem die Großzügigkeit Saudi Arabiens begrüßt habe, während die Koalition zur Zerstörung Jemens Infrastruktur beigetragen habe. Saudi Arabien habe 67 Millionen US-Dollar für die Bekämpfung der Cholera spendiert.

Im Juni dieses Jahres teilte die Weltgesundheitsorganisation mit, dass sich die Choleraepidemie in Jemen ausbreitete, die es in dem Ausmaß noch nie gegeben habe. Nach neusten Angaben sind an der Krankheit 500 000 Menschen gestorben.

Schuld daran sind nach Angaben von Kennedy und seinen Kollegen Saudi Arabien und dessen Koalitionspartner sowie indirekt auch die USA und Großbritannien, deren Industrieunternehmen arabische Armeen ausrüsten und Regierungen mit der entsprechenden Logistik unterstützen.

Die Ärzte haben diese Schlussfolgerung gezogen als sie die Opferzahl in den verschiedenen Regionen des Landes gezählt haben. Demnach leben 77 Prozent der an Cholera Erkrankten in Gebieten der Rebellen. Insgesamt haben sich 80 Prozent aller durch diese Krankheit verursachten Todesfälle dort ereignet.

https://de.sputniknews.com/gesellschaft/20170819317091302-choleraepidemie-jemen-wer-schuld/

19.8.2017 – Eurasia Review (** B H K)

Yemen’s Saudi-Led Coalition Responsible For ‘Worst Cholera Outbreak In World’

The cholera outbreak in Yemen is overwhelmingly affecting rebel-controlled areas due to Saudi-led airstrikes and blockades, according to a letter by researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), published in The Lancet Global Health.

Their new analysis finds that eight out of ten of Yemen’s cholera deaths occur in rebel-controlled areas.

The researchers combined WHO’s latest cholera data with data that mapped areas of government and rebel control, and found that the cholera outbreak disproportionately affects areas controlled by Houthi rebels.

They found that 77.7 per cent of cholera cases (339,061 of 436,625) and 80.7 per cent of deaths from cholera (1,545 of 1,915) occurred in Houthi-controlled governorates, compared to 15.4 per cent of cases and 10.4 per cent of deaths in government-controlled governorates.

1.8 per cent of the population in Houthi-controlled areas have contracted cholera, compared to 1.0 per cent in government-controlled areas. 0.46 per cent of those who contracted cholera died in Houthi-controlled areas, compared to 0.30 per cent in government-controlled areas.

Jonathan Kennedy from QMUL added: “Saudi Arabia is an ally of the UK and USA. American and British companies supply Saudi Arabia with huge amounts of military equipment and their armed forces provide logistical support and intelligence. This backing has made the Saudi-led airstrikes and blockade possible, and therefore the UK and USA have played a crucial role in creating conditions conducive to the spread of cholera.”

http://www.eurasiareview.com/19082017-yemens-saudi-led-coalition-responsible-for-worst-cholera-outbreak-in-world/ and also http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-cholera-saudi-idUSKCN1AY2JH and https://www.voanews.com/a/researchers-blame-saudi-led-coalition-worst-cholera-outbreak-in-world-yemen/3992205.html

And this is the original article by The Lancet:

18.8.2017 – The Lancet (** B H)

The political determinants of the cholera outbreak in Yemen

When one combines WHO's latest epidemiological data for the period April 27 to July 31, 2017, with data from Risk Intelligence that maps areas of government and rebel control, it is clear that the cholera outbreak disproportionately affects areas controlled by Houthi rebels (table). 67·1% of Yemenis live in governorates wholly or mostly controlled by Houthis, whereas 22·7% live in government-controlled governorates. (The remainder live in Taizz governorate, significant parts of which are controlled by both sides.) 77·7% of cholera cases (339 061 of 436 625) and 80·7% of deaths from cholera (1545 of 1915) occurred in Houthi-controlled governorates, compared to 15·4% of cases and 10·4% of deaths in government-controlled governorates. The attack rate was 17·9 per 1000 population in Houthi-controlled areas compared with 10·0 per 1000 population in government-controlled areas, while the case–fatality rate was 0·46% in Houthi-controlled areas compared to 0·30% in government-controlled areas.

Both sides have been accused of disregarding the wellbeing of civilians and breaching international humanitarian law. However, the government is supported by a Saudi-led coalition and this alliance commands far greater resources than the rebels. As a result, Houthi-controlled areas have been disproportionately affected by the conflict, which has created conditions conducive to the spread of cholera.

Saudi-led airstrikes have destroyed vital infrastructure, including hospitals and public water systems, hit civilian areas, and displaced people into crowded and insanitary conditions. A Saudi-enforced blockade of imports has caused shortages of, among other things, food, medical supplies, fuel, and chlorine, and restricted humanitarian access.

As the Saudi-led coalition has played a key role in the collapse of health, water, and sanitation systems in rebel-controlled areas, it is bizarre that UNICEF recently published a press release welcoming Saudi Arabian “generosity” after the Kingdom donated US$67 million to the cholera response in Yemen – by Jonathan Kennedy, Andrew Harmer and David McCoy

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(17)30332-7/fulltext and full PDF: http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/langlo/PIIS2214-109X(17)30332-7.pdf

and

19.8.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A H)

Film: Who is to blame for cholera deaths in Yemen?

A research in Britain blames Saudi Arabia’s war for majority of deaths from the cholera outbreak in Yemen.
John Steppling, Author and Commentator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSoxNfWtU9U

19.8.2017 – Modern Diplomacy (** B H)

Killing Children: The Sad Politics behind the Yemen Health Crisis

Interview with Dr. Matthew Crosston about the situation in Yemen, conducted by journalist Mohammad Homaeefar for the Tehran Times in Iran. August 2017

Yemen's Ministry of Health estimates that at least 10,000 Yemenis died from lack of access to the international medical treatment that they had sought. What countries are responsible for the medieval siege that led to such catastrophe?

The obvious and easy short answer is that the Saudi-led and Saudi-constructed land, air, and sea blockade of Yemen is responsible. Since the official start of military operations on March 26, 2015 it has been incredibly difficult to import the necessary medicines needed for the treatment of both basic and more complex illnesses and diseases. Unfortunately, a more subtle and less-noticed aspect in the West about the blockade is that it has also hindered the importation of essential raw materials that would at least give local hospitals and clinics around Yemen the opportunity to manufacture their own medicines on site. The reason for this raw materials ban is the cursed multi-functionality of such resources: some of these raw materials that could make critical medicines could also, if stolen or commandeered by illicit actors, be used to manufacture explosives. Anything that has the potentiality for such dual-usage has been basically restricted by blockade forces. Alas, you can interpret that dual functionality in either liberal or conservative ways: if the latter, then local hospitals in Yemen would have access to these resources and thus be capable of manufacturing their own medicines. However, if the interpretation is liberal (and the Saudi-led blockade is certainly defining it in extremely liberal ways), then almost nothing gets through and hospitals and clinics are left to try to help the sick with almost no medicine whatsoever. This is what has caused an outbreak of illnesses and disease that really should not be existing at all.

http://moderndiplomacy.eu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2867:killing-children-the-sad-politics-behind-the-yemen-health-crisis

18.8.2017 – WHO (* A H)

Infographic: Yemen: Electronic Disease Early Warning System (eDEWS) Cholera Response Daily Epidemiological Update 2017-08-17

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-electronic-disease-early-warning-system-edews-cholera-response-daily-2 and in full http://www.emro.who.int/images/stories/yemen/Yemen_Cholera_Response_-_Daily_Epidemiological_Update_-_2017-08-17.pdf

17.8.2017 – Oxfam (** A H)

Yemen’s man-made catastrophe is forcing people to make stark live or die choices

Yemenis, already on the tipping point after more than two years of war, are now being forced to choose between treating cholera and putting food on the table, said Oxfam in a new report published today, entitled Yemen: Catastrophic Cholera Crisis.

Oxfam has spoken to many families who have to rely on selling their personal belongings and going into debt to buy food and pay for cholera treatment. Seeking medical treatment is often the last resort, and many only do so when it is already too late. Millions of people are struggling to buy enough to eat and those who are then hit by cholera are only able to afford the costs of transportation, medicine and doctor’s fees by further reducing the amount of food they buy.

Shane Stevenson, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen said: “Each day that passes brings more suffering to the unbearable lives of the Yemeni people. The world is shamefully failing them. A new disaster after another is leading to a man-made catastrophe in Yemen and thousands of people face stark live or die choices every day. What more needs to happen in Yemen for the international community to properly respond?”

Since March 2015, the war has devastated the country, killing over 5,000 civilians, pushing seven million towards starvation and leaving nearly half a million children malnourished. It has led to the world’s worst outbreak of cholera recorded in a single year, with a staggering half a million suspected cases since April. Nearly 2,000 people have died of suspected cholera which has affected all but one governorate in Yemen.

While the number of new cases has slowed slightly, the disease is still spreading and threatening thousands of people who don’t have clean water or healthcare and the current rainy season is likely to aggravate the spread of cholera. In addition, the overall disastrous situation means a high risk of other diseases breaking out, as a recent increase in meningitis cases shows.

Several factors, resulting directly from the effects of war, drove the spread of cholera. In particular, the prolonged period of hunger and malnutrition has made people vulnerable to disease.

Hajjah and Al-Hudaydah governorates, which are among the four worst regions in terms of food insecurity, are also among the three governorates with the highest numbers of suspected cholera cases.

Salaries in the public sector have not been paid for nearly a year and people’s ability in general to make a living has collapsed as the economy has been decimated.

Oxfam’s report published today includes personal stories of those struggling to survive the cholera crisis. Mohammad Ahmed, a 33-year-old farmer who was displaced by the conflict from Sa’adah, says he has to take his mother to the hospital every three months as she suffers from a heart condition. He had to sell his wife’s jewellery and his Jambia (a popular Yemeni dagger and belt), and people gave him some money out of sympathy. He is now without money for his mother’s next visit and he has no idea where he’ll get it from since he already sold everything he owns. Another family had to fork out about 15,000 Yemeni riyals, a fortune for many families, to travel to the nearest cholera treatment centre.

Up to 30,000 health workers have not been paid or paid only partially and the conflict resulted in the devastation of the health sector, with only 45 percent of the health facilities fully functional, which clearly debilitated the ability to properly respond to the cholera outbreak.
Stevenson said: “It is now or never the time to bring back parties to the negotiations table and to fully fund the humanitarian response. Waiting any longer will lead to more death and devastation of which the world will be shamefully complicit.”

Oxfam is calling on all parties to the conflict, and those backing it, to commit to an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, in order to end the bloodshed and facilitate humanitarian assistance. The international community must also ensure that the 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is fully funded and that both the cholera and food security crisis are dealt with coherently and urgently with sufficient funds.

https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2017-08-16/yemens-man-made-catastrophe-forcing-people-make-stark-live-or-die

Since the end of April 2017, Yemen has been experiencing its worst recorded outbreak of suspected cholera in a single year. By mid-August, more than 500,000 cases were recorded. More than two years of war have devastated large parts of Yemen’s infrastructure and left the majority of the population lacking basic services such as clean water or enough to eat. Levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are high, and make people even more vulnerable and susceptible to disease. Governorates with high levels of food insecurity are among those worst affected by cholera. Salaries in the public sector have not been paid for nearly a year, which means that people have less access to what is left of the health sector.

The current rainy season is likely to aggravate the spread of cholera and other diseases can easily break out, as a recent increase in meningitis cases shows. And all efforts to contain the multitude of crises have failed so far. Hence, all efforts need to focus on an integrated response, taking into account the links between food insecurity, disease and the need for livelihoods in order to build people’s resilience to further shocks. Significant and urgent scale up in all areas of intervention is needed, and institutional infrastructure needs to be maintained to ensure at least basic service deliveries. But ultimately, Yemen’s crises can only be addressed effectively in an environment of peace, not war.

and here the download of the full report: https://www.oxfam.org/en/research/yemen-catastrophic-cholera-crisis

18.8.2017 – DPA (* A H)

Unicef bringt tonnenweise Hilfsgüter in Cholera-Gebiete im Jemen

Mit den Hilfsgütern sollen 10 000 der bislang etwa 200 000 Betroffenen behandelt werden,

Im Kampf gegen die Cholera-Epidemie im Jemen hat das UN-Kinderhilfswerk Unicef 36 Tonnen Hilfsgüter in das Bürgerkriegsland gebracht. Darunter seien 750 000 Beutel eines Salzes, um den Flüssigkeitshaushalt von Erkrankten wieder ins Gleichgewicht zu bringen. Dies sei genug, um 10 000 der bislang etwa 200 000 Betroffenen zu behandeln, teilte Unicef am Mittwoch mit. Auch Vorrichtungen zur Säuberung von Wasser und andere sanitäre Güter seien geliefert worden. Unicef kündigte weitere Lieferungen an.

http://www.trt.net.tr/deutsch/welt/2017/08/18/unicef-bringt-tonnenweise-hilfsguter-in-cholera-gebiete-im-jemen-1-792661

17.8.2017 – UNICEF (** A H)

UNICEF UND PARTNER STARTEN LANDESWEITE KAMPAGNE GEGEN CHOLERA

UNICEF hat in Jemen gemeinsam mit UN- und Nichtregierungsorganisationen eine landesweite Kampagne gegen Cholera gestartet. Rund 40.000 freiwillige Helfer verteilen dabei jeweils fünf Stück Seife, orale Rehydratationssalze gegen das Austrocknen bei lebensgefährlichem Durchfall sowie Informationen zur Prävention und Behandlung an private Haushalte.

Die landesweite Mobilisierung soll die weltweit größte Choleraepidemie mit bislang über 513.000 Verdachtsfällen und fast 2.000 Toten eindämmen. Durch den Zusammenbruch der Wasserversorgung in Folge des Bürgerkrieges, erkranken derzeit jeden Tag etwa 5.000 Menschen – fast die Hälfte davon Kinder. Cholera und lebensgefährlicher Durchfall kann behandelt werden – unbehandelt enden Erkrankungen oft tödlich.

https://www.unicef.de/informieren/aktuelles/presse/2017/cholera-kampagne-jemen/148396

17.8.2017 – Axios (** B H)

There are 500K cholera cases in Yemen— and a global stockpile of at least a million vaccines

Earlier this week the WHO reported there have now been more than 500,000 cases of cholera in Yemen since April — making it one of the world's largest and fastest growing epidemics of the diarrheal disease to date.

Yes, but: In July, the organization made a surprising announcement that it wasn't moving forward with plans to begin administering half a million doses of cholera vaccine that were standing by for delivery, saying it would be ineffective given the security situation in the country and the epidemic's rapid escalation. Instead they intend to focus on improving sanitation and access to clean water and treatment.

Expert opinion: I spoke with cholera experts who have been involved in vaccination campaigns around the world. All noted they haven't worked in Yemen but from a global perspective are concerned the current plan in the country doesn't reflect what's known about the vaccine's effectiveness, and could perpetuate a belief that vaccinating people in the midst of an epidemic won't have an impact.

Two beliefs:

Once an epidemic is underway, vaccinating won't have an impact.

"It's misguided," says David Sack of Johns Hopkins who chairs a task force on oral cholera vaccine (which WHO participates in). "The fact that it wasn't given earlier isn't a reason to give it whenever you get it."

Andrew Azman, also from Hopkins but based in Malawi, points to the success of using the Shachol vaccine in the midst of a 2012 outbreak in Guinea to stop transmission.

Modeling by Azman and his colleagues found evidence that single doses of vaccine can afford some short-term protection against infection.

"Obviously you have the biggest impact if you vaccinate before an epidemic or at the earliest stages but you can still avert plenty of cases and plenty of deaths well after the peak of an epidemic."

It is only effective to vaccinate people who haven't been infected with the disease.

Louise Ivers, who has led Partners In Health's cholera vaccine efforts in Haiti, where a seven-year epidemic of cholera rages on, says there is no harm in vaccinating people who are already exposed to cholera or have natural immunity to it.

Its less efficient to vaccinate large numbers of people who have already been infected, but vaccinating some in the interest of protecting all those that are still at risk is worthwhile, Ivers said. - by Alison Snyder

https://www.axios.com/cholera-cases-yemen-vaccine-2474104683.html

17.8.2017 – UN News Centre (** B H)

Pregnant, breastfeeding women among most at risk in Yemen's cholera outbreak

In the midst of the cholera outbreak in Yemen, where an average 5,000 people fall sick every day, the United Nations population agency is warning about the dangers to pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women, especially those who are malnourished, are particularly vulnerable. An estimated 1.1 million malnourished pregnant women are at risk, requiring immediate care,” the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) recently said.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women are especially vulnerable to malnutrition, and those weakened by the nutrition crisis are more prone to infections, including cholera.

While among the most vulnerable, women can also play a key role in controlling the spread of cholera because they are traditionally tasked with preparing food. Cholera often spreads through contaminated food or water.

If women are made aware about the steps they can take to prevent cholera and detect its symptoms at an early stage, we can save a lot of lives,” Dr. Farea said.

The UN agency said it has stepped up efforts to assist women and girls in Yemen, distributing dignity kits – which contain soap, sanitary napkins and basic clothes – and supporting midwives, mobile clinics and community outreach.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57375#.WZZnklFJbIW

17.8.2017 – Huffington Post (* B H)

In Yemen, The Cholera Epidemic Is Only Just Scratching The Surface

War, cholera, malnutrition; Yemen is experiencing one of the worst disasters we have seen in recent years. Health workers have not been paid in nearly four years, despite many continuing to turn up for work. And millions of children will face closed schools next term if teachers do not receive their salaries.

Years of under-investment in deteriorating public water and sanitation systems, contaminated water sources, ongoing waves of displacement resulting from conflict, alongside families being unable to afford basic sanitation and hygiene items, have contributed to this recent cholera outbreak. Let’s be under no illusion - this is crisis man-made – by Eddle Izzard

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/eddie-izzard/yemen-civil-war-cholera_b_17772482.html

Comment: It is a good, heartfelt article but it is lacking one thing: mention to the fact Yemen has been under systematic air-strikes for 29 months. It has been sieged and locked. It has been deprived of the little water it had with air-raids on the water and sewage system.
It has been neglected and crimes have been hushed starting from the UN to the media.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1470515509668141

17.8.2017 – Direct Relief (** A H)

Cholera in Yemen on Track to Kill More People Than Ebola Did in Guinea

A cholera epidemic is exploding in war-torn Yemen. At its current pace this easily treatable disease could soon kill more people than the Ebola epidemic of 2013-2015 in Guinea. Roughly four weeks from now, if left unchecked, cholera in Yemen could claim more than 2,544 lives. That’s how many Guinean lives were lost to Ebola in the West Africa outbreak that escalated to pandemic levels. In 12 weeks cholera deaths in Yemen could surpass the nearly 4,000 killed by Ebola in Sierra Leone.

The country has averaged over 5,600 new cases and almost 20 deaths every single day. As of Aug. 13, there were 503,484 suspected cases and 1,975 confirmed deaths, with no end in sight. Yemen’s total population is a little more than double that of Guinea’s, but the rate of disease transmission remains highly alarming. Compared to Ebola, controlling cholera should be straightforward.

The risks can’t be overstated. At the same time, the cost of inaction is steep. If the global health community is not able to act soon, Yemen could find its place among history’s worst infectious outbreaks.

https://www.directrelief.org/2017/08/cholera-in-yemen-on-track-to-kill-more-people-than-ebola-did-in-guinea/ = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cholera-yemen-track-kill-more-people-ebola-did-guinea

16.8.2017 – WHO (A H)

Yemen: Electronic Disease Early Warning System (eDEWS) Cholera Response Daily Epidemiological Update 2017-08-16

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-electronic-disease-early-warning-system-edews-cholera-response-daily-1

and Aug.15:

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-electronic-disease-early-warning-system-edews-cholera-response-daily-0

cp2 Allgemein / General

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18.8.2017 – Critical Threats (* A K P)

Yemen Security Brief

Mohammed Ali al Houthi calls for demonstrations on anniversary of GPC founding; Saleh urges Russian Charge d’Affaires to appoint new UN Envoy; AQAP threatens to kill al Houthi captives and warns Yemenis not to work with UAE; UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator condemns Hadi government and al Houthi-Saleh faction for restricting aid; Hadi government forces advance in Sa’ada governorate, northern Yemen; Saudi troops deploy to Aden city

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-18-2017

17.8.2017 – Critical Threats (* A K P)

Yemen Security Brief

UN report accuses Saudi-led coalition of human rights violations against Yemeni children; al Houthi-Saleh forces arrest Yemeni activists in Sana'a city, northern Yemen; Mohammed Ali al Houthi condemns American role in Yemeni civil war; al Houthi-Saleh forces attack Emirati ship in Mokha port, Taiz governorate, western Yemen; AQAP militants attack security forces in Abyan governorate, southern Yemen; Hadi government forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh faction in Taiz, al Bayda, and Shabwah governorates

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-17-2017

19.8.2017 – IUVM / ABNA (* B K P)

Mansour Hadi reason of Yemen's prolonged war

UAE Ambassador to Cairo Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi stated regarding the prolonged conflict in Yemen that Saudi Arabia’s insistence on remaining Hadi at the head of the coalition forces and his weakness in leadership are the major reason that coalition forces failed to defeat the Houthis.
Hadi’s inability to coordinate with coalition forces and his insistence on preserving his independence in decision-making has led to the failure of many of our plans in Yemen, Al Junaibi added in a meeting with Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt.
The UAE Ambassador also pointed to other reasons during his speech that created major obstacles for coalition forces including:
The weakness of consultation has aggravated the internal conflicts among pro-government parties and created doubts among soldiers and coalition forces.
The legitimate government has not been able to enforce the national security and political security apparatus. The two apparatus did not work effectively.
Assigning posts, forming security agencies based on regional decisions: as there is in Aden and Marib.
The weakness in detecting rocket manufacturing headquarters by conductors of the coup, despite that the coalition was able to cut off their relations with the outside.

http://iuvmpress.com/15403 = http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/mansour-hadi-reason-of-yemens-prolonged-war_849293.html

18.8.2017 – Wiener Zeitung (* B K P)

"Das Leid hat noch lange kein Ende"

Krieg, Cholera und Hunger: Der Jemen versinkt im Elend. Eine Lösung ist nicht in Sicht. Gespräch mit einem Gründer der Huthi-Partei "Umma", die Demokratie wollte und jetzt Teil des Konflikts ist.

Mohammed Abotaleb ist in Deutschland, seine Familie in Sanaa, der Hauptstadt des Jemen.

Wie verhärtet die Fronten sind, zeigt sich auch außerhalb des Landes. Zu dem beabsichtigten Streitgespräch für die "Wiener Zeitung" in Berlin, zwischen einem Vertreter der von Saudi-Arabien gestützten Regierung Hadis und einem Mitglied der Huthis, erscheint nur der Huthi Mohammed Abotaleb.

"Wir wurden von einem dritten Land angegriffen", beschreibt Abotaleb den Eintritt Saudi-Arabiens in den Krieg vor zwei Jahren. "Ich hasse die Saudis." Sie hätten die jemenitische Islah-Partei unterstützt, die immer radikaler wurde. Er spricht vom Islamischen Staat (IS), wenn er die radikalen Sunniten meint, zu denen neben den Salafisten der Islah auch Kämpfer von Al-Kaida gehören.

Im Jemen sind diese Gruppen mittlerweile kaum noch voneinander zu trennen - wie auch in Syrien. Und wie dort hat auch im Jemen die Tragödie ihren Ursprung 2011, im sogenannten Arabischen Frühling, als das revolutionäre Feuer aus Nordafrika auf die arabische Halbinsel bis in den Jemen loderte.

"Wir wollten eine moderne, neue Partei gründen", sagt Mohammed Abotaleb über seine Motivation und die der Mitbegründer. Nach dem Rücktritt des verhassten Präsidenten Saleh Ende November 2011 schien alles möglich. "Die Umma-Partei sollte moderater, freiheitlicher und toleranter sein als die damals existierenden Parteien." Sie sollte für alle zugänglich sein, für Schiiten wie Sunniten. Doch daraus wurde nichts.

Schon bald verhärteten sich die Fronten entlang religiöser Linien. Nur wenige Sunniten traten der Umma-Partei bei. Die Islah-Partei erstarkte und verbündete sich mit anderen, extremeren Sunniten. Dass seine Partei eine religiöse Partei sei, lehnt Abotaleb jedoch ab, auch wenn Huthi-Chef Abdul Malik al-Huthi, ein Kleriker, ihr nahesteht.

"Ja, wir waren naiv", gibt der Mann aus Sanaa schließlich zu.

Auch wenn Abotaleb es nicht wahrhaben will, der Sturm auf Aden Ende Juli 2015 war der Auslöser für den Kriegseintritt Saudi-Arabiens. Die Rechnung der Huthis ging nicht auf, Aden konnte nicht eingenommen werden, die Katastrophe für die Zivilbevölkerung im gesamten Land nahm ihren Lauf – von Birgit Svensson

http://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/welt/weltpolitik/911548_Das-Leid-hat-noch-lange-kein-Ende.html

18.8.2017 – Pars Today (B E P)

UNO warnt vor Kollaps in der Wirtschaft des Jemen

Die Vereinten Nationen haben erklärt, dass acht Millionen Menschen im Jemen aufgrund der kontinuierlichen saudi-arabischen Angriffe keine Verdienstmöglichkeiten mehr haben und dies werde zu einem Kollaps in der jemenitischen Wirtschaft führen.

Wie das Entwicklungsprogramm der Vereinten Nationen (UNDP) am heutigen Donnerstag in einer Erklärung bekannt gab, habe die Armut im Jemen seit Beginn der Angriffe Saudi-Arabiens auf das Land im Jahr 2015 stark zugenommen.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/world-i30762-uno_warnt_vor_kollaps_in_der_wirtschaft_des_jemen

18.8.2017 – IUVM Press (* B K P)

Countdown to end the Saudi control in region begins from Yemen

The exchange of roles in Yemen has caused the Saudi leadership a major blow it had not expected since the beginning of the war on Yemen and the estimate was the seizure of Yemen a few days, as the UAE is expanding their projects and influence more than expected by Saudi Arabia.

Today, the Yemeni file has become out of the hands of Saudi Arabia and it is the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America, which is in control of this file directly, where observers believe that the move of the UAE in Yemen by this expansion came under American order for several reasons,

– Eradication of international pressure on the crimes committed by Saudi Arabia with a US-British weapon against the Yemeni people.

– Saudi involvement in internal disputes, including Awamiyah

– Military failure in the border with Yemen (Jizan, Najran and Asir)

The only problem that the coalition did not realize is that the UAE, through shading the southern people, had the largest popular base among the coalition countries. Today, after its true face was revealed through the establishment of secret prisons and the torture of southerners, in the most abominable methods and the creation of the imbalance in the southern economy through the lack of access to the banknotes to the Bank of Aden, the southerners see the Emiratis occupation.

The United States of America considers that Saudi Arabia is one of the reasons for the failure of its projects in the region through their recklessness in foreign and domestic policies. However, Emiratis in their policies, especially foreign affairs, do not cause them any embarrassment to the international community. The UAE can also protect their interests unlike Saudi Arabia and less expensive.

http://iuvmpress.com/15393

17.8.2017 – Ron Paul Liberty Report (* B H K)

Film: The Truth About Yemen - With Vanessa Beeley

More than two years after a Saudi-led coalition began attacking Yemen, the country is a wasteland. Thousands of airstrikes, scores of children killed, epidemics, misery. Who's really responsible and what can be done?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBN-61G_U8Y

17.8.2017 – Reuters (* A H P)

Saudi Arabia installing cranes at Yemen ports to boost aid delivery

Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was installing four cranes at three ports in Yemen to help boost humanitarian aid deliveries and was ready to assist with installing cranes at the key port of Hodeidah once it was under control of a neutral party.

The Saudi mission to the United Nations said in a statement that the cranes were being installed at the ports of Aden, Mukalla and Al-Mokha - which are all under the control of a Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen.

The coalition has said it was determined to help Yemen's government retake all areas of the country held by Houthi militia, including Hodeidah port, and would ensure alternative entry routes for badly needed food and medicine.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-saudi-aid-idUSKCN1AX2IM

My comment: There still no crane is standing. Cranes mostly would be needed at Hodeida, where are the capacities for unloading and managing the greatest part of all imports. These capacities do no exist in other ports. Saudi Arabia had destroyed the cranes at Hodeida – and had blocked the installation of new ones. - Now again, Saudi Arabia wants to show up as humanitarian benefactor, having caused the disaster itself.

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18.7.2017 – Reuters (* A H P)

Yemen violence worsening, more access to north needed: U.N.

Top United Nations officials on Friday warned violence in Yemen was worsening and greater access was needed to the Houthi rebel-held north, particularly through the key Red Sea port of Hodeidah.

U.N. aid chief Stephen O'Brien slammed Yemen's government and a Saudi-led military coalition for "unilaterally denying or excessively delaying entry to vessels carrying essential cargo" to the port.

"It is simply wrong to insist these cargoes go to Aden, not Hodeidah," O'Brien told the U.N. Security Council, appealing for countries to back a U.N. mechanism that started inspecting commercial shipments to rebel-held ports in May last year.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-un-idUSKCN1AY265

17.8.2017 – ABC News (* B H)

Yemen air strikes escalate as cholera outbreak devastates war-torn country

[Overview article]

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-17/yemen-air-strikes-escalate-cholera-outbreak-devastates-country/8815190

17.8.2017 – World Food Programme (* B H K)

Snapshot - Sea Transport Services SOPs, August 2017: How to access sea cargo transport services to Yemen

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/snapshot-sea-transport-services-sops-august-2017-how-access-sea-cargo-transport and in full http://www.logcluster.org/document/snapshot-sea-transport-services-sops-august-2017

31.3.2017 – 21. Century Wire (* B K P)

YEMEN: “Saudis, Emiratis and USA are Inflicting a War of Genocide Against the Houthis: Prof. Francis Boyle

“In a nutshell the Saudis, Emiratis and the USA are inflicting a war of genocide against the Houthis,” University of Illinois Professor of International Law Francis Boyle said on Thursday.

Any increase in US military support for the Saudi-led coalition conducting air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemeni would aid a military campaign amounting to genocide against the ‎Houthis and their Zaidi allies in Yemen, analysts told Sputnik.

The US Department of Defense is considering increasing its support for Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies in their support for the government of Yemen seeking to suppress Houthi rebel forces, according to US media reports this week – by Vanessa Beeley

http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/03/31/yemen-saudis-emiratis-and-usa-are-inflicting-a-war-of-genocide-against-the-houthis-prof-francis-boyle/

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp1a

18.8.2017 – Care (* B H)

Yemen: Aid workers save lives in the midst of crisis

World Humanitarian Day 2017: A day in the life of aid workers

Mona Mubarak Al Kawkabane (above) is a CARE field officer based in Hajjah, Yemen.

How CARE is helping people in Yemen

Three years after the escalation of the conflict in Yemen, the country has the greatest level of humanitarian needs in the world. Over 70% of the country’s population is in need of some form of humanitarian assistance; millions lack access to safe water and more than 60% of Yemenis are threatened by severe food shortages. Compounding these challenges is a fast-spreading cholera outbreak that makes the already dire humanitarian crisis even worse. Over 300,000 people are suspected to have contracted cholera across Yemen. The health system is in near collapse and other public services have become almost non-existent.

Dedicated humanitarians are working round the clock to meet the staggering needs. They too are living in and experiencing the crisis. In Hajjah governorate of Yemen, CARE International is providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to communities, providing safe water, increasing people’s access to food and enhancing livelihood options. A team consisting of eight humanitarian workers spend three to four days a week visiting villages – most of which are remote and hard to reach – providing the help needed.

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https://www.careinternational.org.uk/stories/yemen-aid-workers-save-lives-midst-crisis

17.8.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

A 7-member family,3of them R disabled,receives today food aid baskets provided by Mona Relief &funded by an anonymous Kuwaiti donor (photos)

@monareliefye

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/898221862941011968

18.8.2017 – US Agency for International Development (A H)

Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #14, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-complex-emergency-fact-sheet-14-fiscal-year-fy-2017

Map: Yemen ‑ Active USG Programs for Yemen Response (Last Updated 08/18/17)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-active-usg-programs-yemen-response-last-updated-081817

17.8.2017 - UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen (A H)

Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Mr. Jamie McGoldrick on Shrinking Humanitarian Space in Yemen

I am deeply concerned by the shrinking humanitarian space in Yemen where parties to the conflict continue to obstruct the timely provision of humanitarian aid to people in need.

For months, humanitarian partners have experienced delays by authorities in Sana’a to facilitate the entry of aid workers into Yemen, interference in the delivery of humanitarian assistance and the choice of implementing partners and obstructions in the conduct of assessments. There have also been increased incidents of aid diversion away from intended beneficiaries in areas under the control of the Sana’a authorities.

I am specifically concerned about the looting of food aid and other humanitarian goods in Taizz Governorate where there have been three separate incidents over a period of two months. Since January 2017, eleven vehicles belonging to humanitarian organisations have been hijacked in Taizz City in areas under the control of the Government of Yemen.

While I acknowledge the efforts of the authorities and local leaders to recover looted items, more needs to be done to ensure a safe and secure operational environment conducive to the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to people in need. All of these incidents delay the provision of urgently need help to those most affected by the conflict while at the same time putting humanitarian staff at risk.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/statement-humanitarian-coordinator-yemen-mr-jamie-mcgoldrick-shrinking-humanitarian

17.8.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A H)

UNICEF helps Saada north Yemen to rebuild water facilities, after Trump-emboldened Saudi terrorists weaponized, all food, water & medicine. (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/898101221940228096

17.8.2017 – World Bank, UN Development Programme ( H)

Yemen emergency crisis response project as of August 2017

The 24-month Emergency Crisis Response Project (ECRP) aims to mitigate the impact of the current crisis on local households and communities and assist their recovery from the bottom-up using local systems, capacities and institutions to progressively resume and scale-up service delivery. The project will achieve specific results in: 1) Increasing sustainable employment and livelihoods opportunities, including health and education; 2) Reviving the agricultural sector through support to key value chains. As such, the project contributes to the livelihoods restoration and service delivery restoration components of UNDP’s Yemen Resilience Programme. (infograhic)

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-emergency-crisis-response-project-august-2017 and in full http://www.ye.undp.org/content/yemen/en/home/library/crisis_prevention_and_recovery/yemen-emergency-crisis-response-project--first-year.html

16.8.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B H)

Catastrophic Crisis: Yemenis Forced to Choose Between Treating Cholera and Eating

Oxfam says battered health system worsens epidemic, while poverty forces Yemenis to choose between feeding families and treatment.

In its new report, Yemen: Catastrophic Cholera Crisis, Oxfam details the effects of such an outbreak, with many Yemenis having to choose between treating the effects of cholera – which can be fatal if not treated quickly – or providing for their families.

Due to a collapsed economy, and with millions of public sector employees not receiving salaries for months now, people are often forced to sell personal belongings to treat cholera, or going into debt just to eat.

Mohammed Ahmed, a farmer from Sadah, said he had to sell his family heirlooms, and his wife’s jewelry, as well as relying on goodwill donations from others, just to take his mother to hospital.

http://theantimedia.org/yemenis-cholera-eating/

15.8.2017 – Almasdar News (* B H)

UN report: About 16 million Yemenis do not have clean water

A report by the United Nations said on Sunday that 15 million and 700,000 people do not have access to clean water, while 14 million and 800,000 do not receive adequate health care.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that Yemen is suffering from a severe deterioration in health services and sewage systems in the wake of the three-year-old war in the country.

He pointed out that about 15 million people do not have access to adequate health care, and about 16 million do not have access to clean water and sanitation because of the disruption or damage to infrastructure.

He explained that the failure to pay the salaries of about 30 thousand government employees working in the field of health for almost a year has greatly affected the services, because of the absence of workers or reduced commitment to their work.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/un-report-16-million-yemenis-not-clean-water/ = http://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/un-report-about-16-million-yemenis-do-not-have-clean-water-2.html

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

19.8.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Five dead and wounded by the militia at the northern entrance to the city of Ibb

A local source said that a citizen was killed by the militia of al-Houthi and the ousted and wounded four others in the province of Ibb in central Yemen .

According to the sources, the supervisor of the militia at the Princess Point in the area of ​​the so-called "Abu Tamam" objected five citizens of the Directorate of Habish at the point and there were differences between the citizens and Musharraf militia.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/276250

19.8.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthis kidnap civilians, blow up a house in al Bayda

Local residents Thumjir area of Thee Naaem district in al Bayda province, told Almasdaronline that The Houthi-Saleh militias stormed on Saturday the area, and kidnapped a number of civilians along with the civilian Saleh Ahmed al-Jathini after blowing up his house.

The residents also confirmed that three houses adjacent to the blow up were severely damaged, noting that the Houthis refused to release the kidnapped civilians giving no reasons about that.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/93448

19.8.2017 – ABNA (A P)

Huge crowd protest against Saudi Arabia's aggression in Yemen's Sa'ada

Thousands of Yemenis have marched across the streets of the northern Sa'ada city to protest escalation in the Saudi aggression against the impoverished Arab country

http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/huge-crowd-protest-against-saudi-aggression-in-yemens-saada_849246.html and photos. https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/898562125265874944

18.8.2017 – Critical Threats (* A K P)

Yemen Security Brief

Mohammed Ali al Houthi, a political leader of the al Houthi movement, called on his followers to gather on August 24 to celebrate the al Houthis’ revolution against President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government on September 21, 2014. [1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-18-2017

18.8.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Houthis: US is obstructing Yemen peace

The head of the Houthi’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee claimed the United States is obstructing dialogue on the war in Yemen, the local news agency Saba News reported.

US aggression in Yemen is working to obstruct all means to obstruct dialogue and prevent the cessation of war, said Mohamed Ali al-Houthi.

The group launched a campaign called “America is killing the Yemeni people” on Wednesday due to US’ involvement in the conflict in the country, Al-Houthi said, adding that it has received popular support among the organisation’s supporters.

The Houthi armed group deem the United States as an enemy and aggressor in the Yemen civil war.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170818-houthis-us-is-obstructing-yemen-peace/

17.8.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K P)

Yemen tribesmen of Sanhan east Sanaa send thousands of fighters today to battlefields against US-backed Saudi invaders. (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/898217863017844737

17.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A K P)

Yemen Security Brief

Mohammed Ali al Houthi, a political leader of the al Houthi movement, accused the U.S. of fueling the Yemeni civil war and obstructing attempts to reach a political resolution on August 16. Al Houthi directly criticized U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller’s recent statements, which accused the al Houthi bloc of impeding peace negotiations. [3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-17-2017

17.8.2017 – Critical Threats (* A P)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Houthi-Saleh security forces arrested several Yemeni activists, journalists, and UN staff in Sana’a cityon August 15. Local sources reported that al Houthi Saleh forces detained Hisham al Oimsey, Osama al Ansi, and Issam al Muhwiti and took the men to an unknown location. The three are reportedly former employees at the U.S. embassy in Sana’a. The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a suspended its operations in February 2015 following violent protests by the al Houthi movement.[2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-17-2017

Remark: Correct name: Hisham Al-Omeisy.

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17.8.2017 – Sputnik News (A P)

Three employees of US embassy detained in Houthi-controlled capital of Yemen

The Yemeni security services officers, controlled by the Houthi rebel movement, detained and took to an unknown place three employees of the US Embassy in Sanaa, without bringing any charges against them, a source in the services told Sputnik.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201708171056538799-yemen-us-embassy/

17.8.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemeni member of Parliament Ahmed Hashed in hunger strike inside the building of parliament in Sanaa for 2rd day. Till salaries r paid. (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/898168224075976704

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

19.8.2017 – Alomanaa Net (A)

Power cuts increase the suffering of the people of Aden under the promise of gray legitimacy

The capital city of Aden suffers from large and unprecedented power cuts in the heat of Aden.

At a time when the legitimate government promised the people of the capital Aden to maintain an acceptable level of electricity services, Aden witnessed unprecedented power cuts if it breaks for more than 5 hours while operating less than one hour only.

http://alomanaa.net/news61757

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19.8.2017 – Naji Alkaladi (A P)

Angry protesters in #Aden cutting roads because of power cuts daily and there's No oil after two years of liberation and no thing change ! (photos)

https://twitter.com/NajTV/status/898852926201974785

19.8.2017 – Alomanaa Net (A P)

Angry protesters cut line (Aden - Lahj) to protest the power outages

Angry protesters in the city of Al-Houta, the capital of Lahj province, cut off the public line between Aden, Lahj and other provinces this morning.

Local residents of Belhaj told "Amana Net" that the electricity is cut off for three days on most areas of the province in the shadow of summer hot and excess moisture ..

http://alomanaa.net/news61762.html

18.8.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A H P)

Yemen’s Government signs $ 55 million partnership agreement with WFP

http://www.spa.gov.sa/1657701

17.8.2017 – Middle East Monitor (** A P)

Tensions between Yemeni president, UAE increasing

Differences between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi have recently increased over pressure exerted by the Gulf state on the Yemenis, Al-Sharqnews site reported yesterday.

The reason for the differences, a former Yemeni official said, is the rejection of the Yemeni president to give into pressure from the UAE and oust Aden’s mayor, as well as the UAE’s refusal to allow planes carrying cash for the Yemeni Central Bank in Aden to land in the city.

According to Mukhtar Al-Rahbi, the former media advisor of the Yemeni president, the UAE interference in Yemen “will not last for long”.

We are partners, but not followers to anyone. We have a common issue and fate with brothers and neighbours, but the sovereign decision will remain Yemeni, he wrote on Facebook.

During a meeting with his aides in Riyadh, Hadi revealed information about the tension with the UAE for the first time. “The UAE adopts aims different from those adopted by the coalition,” he said. “We informed Saudi Arabia about everything,” he added.

The UAE sent us the names of people so as we assign them in certain positions. At the beginning, we did what they wanted, but their demands increased, we rejected their demands and tension started.”

Hadi said that some of the coalition members deviated from the set goals, but the UAE wants to control Sana’a and Mareb and this would increase the crisis. It also wishes to do away with Al-Islah part, which is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, he explained.

They are bad,” Hadi said, noting that they the UAE is working to gain control of oil and gas fields.

This strips us of everything,” he said, adding: “Do not expect that our patience will continue forever. Everything has a limit and when out patience runs out they will not be able to stand the outcome.”

This work by Middle East Monitoris licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170817-tensions-between-yemeni-president-uae-increasing/

19.8.2017 – Xinhua (** A P)

Security forces deployed in Yemen's Aden amid clashes

Heavy security forces, backed by armored vehicles, have been deployed on Saturday across Yemen's southern port city of Aden following armed confrontations with unknown gunmen.

A source close to Aden's police chief told Xinhua that "the security forces, supported by the Saudi-led coalition, successfully aborted a plan aimed at creating chaos and instability in the city."

He said that unknown terrorist elements tried to storm Aden's security headquarters in khorMaksar district, sparking brief armed confrontations in the area.

Security troops were deployed around key government institutions and managed to arrest those terrorist elements shortly after the clashes, according to source.

Residents in Aden confirmed to Xinhua that warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition kept hovering over the city's airspace for a short period following the armed confrontations.

On Thursday evening, a well-trained brigade of the Saudi armed forces arrived in Aden for the purpose of securing the city's seaport, the oil refinery and the presidential compound.

The deployment of elite Saudi troops in Aden came following a growing tension between Yemen's internationally recognized government and leading UAE-loyal military leaders in the southern regions.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/20/c_136539580.htm

18.8.2017 – Anadolu (** A P)

Saudi commandos to secure govt sites in Yemen’s Aden

A Saudi military force has been deployed to Yemen’s southern city of Aden to secure a number of strategic sites in the city, which currently serves as the interim headquarters of Yemen’s internationally recognized government.

Last night, a contingent of Saudi commandos -- equipped with heavy armor and military vehicles -- arrived in Aden’s international airport, according to a Yemeni military source.

Speaking anonymously due to restrictions on talking to media, the source told Anadolu Agency that the troops would be used to secure several vital facilities, including Aden’s airport, seaport and the Maashiq Presidential Palace.

“The [Saudi] force will be used to secure the presidential palace in advance of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi’s final return to Yemen after two years shuttling between Riyadh and Aden,” the source said.

He went on to note that a military force affiliated with the Yemeni government -- currently conducting military exercises in Saudi Arabia -- was expected to soon arrive in Aden to help the Saudi force carry out its task.

It is the first time for Saudi ground forces to be deployed in Aden since the conflict in Yemen broke out some three years ago – By Shukri Hussein

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/saudi-commandos-to-secure-govt-sites-in-yemen-s-aden/887595 and by AP: https://apnews.com/7b1d266e6ff74c93b0cc733f9c901c55

19.8.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A P)

Agency: Saudi forces arrive, deploy instead of UAE'S in Aden city

Associated Press agency quoted Yemeni security officials saying that Saudi forces have arrived Friday to Aden port southern Yemen, and were deployed at the presidential palace, port, and airport. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to spoke to journalists.

However, the Emirati and Yemeni forces were in control of the vital facilities including the port, the airport and Maasheq Palace, where President Hadi and his government were supposed to reside.

In the same time, Southern activists posted on their social media pages information about the Saudi forces deployment in the main facilities instead of the UAE troops, and posted pictures and videos of military vehicles and mechanisms.

These developments came in coincide with the Yemeni President Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, and his visit to the Kingdom of Morocco.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/93442

18.8.2017 – MbKS15 (A P)

VIDEO: #RSLF deploys a task force equipped with Oshkosh M-ATVs & other vehicles to #Yemen through the port of Aden

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/898567203942932485

and another film film http://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/story/15897/Video-Saudi-troops-deployed-in-Yemen-s-port-of-Aden

and photos from the airport: https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/898627592676196352

17.8.2017 – Haykal Bafana (* A P)

Today : Saudi Arabia sends a brigade of soldiers to Yemen's Aden city to secure Maashig Palace, the port, the oil refinery & the airport.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/898233080644849666

BUT : Aden city, Maashig Palace, the port, oil refinery & Aden airport have been guarded by UAE soldiers & local militia since 2016.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/898233873540186112

It was a rather nice touch that a Saudi Navy warship has also now parked itself at this Aden Container terminal. The UAE covets it, see. (photo)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/898238077491187713

#UAE military forces have withdrawn en masse from Aden Airport. Taken over by #Saudi special forces who arrived yesterday.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/898635698525265920

19.8.2017 – Suhf Net (* A P)

Hadi uses King Salman to stop the "barbarity of the UAE" and Saudi Arabia respond .. News about the end of the role of the UAE forces in Aden

Saudi forces deployed for the first time in the port and airport of Aden, as well as the Presidential Palace in the camps at the request of President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi . Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi used Saudi forces to protect the interim capital of Aden from the intervention of UAE forces in local affairs in Yemen, which has become a major concern and inconvenience to the Yemeni government authorities. Al-Quds Al-Arabi quoted a political source as saying that Yemeni President Hadi, who visited Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud yesterday in his tourist resort in the northern city of Tangier, requested the use of Saudi troops on the ground in the interim capital of Aden, Deadlock with the UAE forces ». He attributed the reasons for this to the «increase of influence and interference in all details of government work, including security and military, and in many cases amounted to an armed confrontation with the Yemeni government forces, which led to the use of Saudi forces, which arrived the first brigade to the province of Aden yesterday ."The UAE forces have been a major reason why President Hadi and the president and members of the government have been unable to maintain permanent stability in Aden because of the security threats that are often caused by the UAE forces," he said.

these security measures may have come "to arrange the arrival of President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi and his deputy Ali Mohsen Al- Ahmar, along with members of the House of Representatives loyal to the legitimacy, the interim capital of Aden, during the next month, where is scheduled to be held the first meeting of the House of Representatives."

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/27670

19.8.2017 – Suhf Net (* A P)

A complete withdrawal of the UAE forces from Masha'iq and Aden Airport

Local sources said that Saudi forces received the airport at 11 pm on Friday, and saw UAE armored vehicles leaving the place and replaced by Saudi forces in Aden, southern Yemen .
The sources said that the UAE forces left their positions in the area of ​​Maasheq Crater towards the camp of the coalition in Brega, and received the Saudi forces alternative to those sites, and received the
Saudi forces, which arrived on Thursday to the port city, the port of Aden.
"The first sovereign facility to be received by the Saudi forces is the Aden airport, which will be handed over to the presidential guard in preparation for the return of the president of the republic and the leaders of the state in the coming days and the members of the House of Representatives to the city and stability there," the southern press quoted a source as saying.
A source close to the commander of the UAE forces at the headquarters of the alliance in Aden, "Ahmed Abu Majid," was quoted as saying: "Our forces will work in the coming days in Aden to hand over all the custody handed over to some formations and bodies and leaders of the
resistance, including crews and vehicles and medium weapons to be delivered to The Defense Ministry is represented by the Commander of the Fourth Military Region, according to the UAE.
He added: "We and the brothers in Saudi Arabia are working for one goal in Yemen is to support the legitimacy and end the coup and committed to the orders of the leadership of the coalition and where the alliance and the leadership of Yemen see our site, we execute orders."

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/275820

19.8.2017 – Suhf Net (* A P)

The surrender of Saudi forces to government facilities in Aden .. Has the influence of Abu Dhabi ended in southern Yemen?

This development has provoked controversy in light of the tension and power struggle in the city, which is under the control of the United Arab Emirates , and whether the Saudi forces will replace the UAE. Commentators saw it as a step that could be a sign of differences between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, It leads the front of the coalition and its military presence in and around Aden from the southern provinces.
Local leaders and different parties in Aden continue to criticize the role of the UAE, which supports a faction in the southern movement that advocates secession and has entered into disputes with parties that are counted on the legitimate government in Aden more than once.
Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Dagher, who left Aden for days, along with his governor, Abdulaziz al-Muflihi, wrote on his Facebook page yesterday: "We will return, Aden. We did not leave you until we get back to you. We will restore stability to electricity and utilities, and pay salaries to civilians and military before Eid. And we will be with you in good and bad, and will not despair, or Nesten, and will not overcome us difficulties. We hope everyone will cooperate before it is too late.
"

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/276267

19.8.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Confrontations in Khor Maksar, Aden

Eyewitnesses said that confrontations broke out Saturday evening between gunmen and the security forces in Khor Maksar district in Aden city, the interim capital of Yemen.

The eyewitnesses told Almasdaronline that the gunmen had held a protest in al Orood square demanding death penalty for the suspected of killing the security director of Rasad district, Hussein Quamta, who was killed last week by the security forces.

The sources added that the security forces opened fire in the air, and then toward the gunmen, In return, the gunmen shoot back, while military vehicles were deployed, and warplanes flew over the city.

The clashes had stopped amid pre cautious tension between the two parties. The eyewitnesses noted.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/93449

19.8.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A P)

Video of Clashes today in Aden

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/898953541888462848

17.8.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A T)

Al Qaeda execution of soldier Abdul Hadi Al Habshi, in front of his daughter, in Shibam, Wadi Hadhramaut. (photos)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/898332730806616066 and https://twitter.com/najmnajom/status/898320235656294400

2 months of ceaseless murder by Al Qaeda in Wadi Hadhramaut : No Saudi jets bomb AQAP. No UAE Apache hunts them. No US drone even watches.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/898333955643985920

17.8.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

A group of southYemen separatist movement(Hirak) vows2clean south from Emirati occupation UAE-backed Hirak not recognize legitimacy of Hadi (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/898170458545238018

17.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

AQAP militants conducted two attacks against Yemeni security forces in southern Yemen. AQAP militants attacked a water tanker belonging to the Yemeni Army’s 115th Infantry Brigade in northern Lawder cityin Abyan governorate, southern Yemen on August 17. Suspected AQAP militants also shelled a checkpoint controlled by al Hizam security forces in Khabr al Muraqisha area in Abyan governorate, southern Yemen on August 16. [5]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-17-2017

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

18.8.2017 – Critical Threats (* A K P)

Yemen Security Brief

Former president Saleh urged Russia’s Charge d'Affaires to Yemen, Andrey Chernovol, to appoint former UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi as the new UN Special Envoy for Yemen during a meeting in Sana’a city on August 17. Saleh also urged Chernovol to adopt a resolution in the UN Security Council’s meeting on August 18 condemning the Saudi-led coalition’s military intervention in Yemen. Southern Yemeni sources reported on August 14 that the UN will not renew UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s term in September, citing diplomatic sources.[2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-18-2017

18.8.2017 – AP (* A H P)

UN AID CHIEF: WAR IN YEMEN CAUSING FAMINE, CHOLERA

The U.N. humanitarian chief decried the "man-made catastrophe" in Yemen on Friday saying air strikes and armed clashes have increased dramatically, with millions of people facing the specter of famine and "the world's largest-ever, single-year cholera outbreak."

Stephen O'Brien urged the immediate reopening of the airport in the capital Sanaa to civilians and the lifting of restrictions on commercial imports coming through the port of Hodeida, which handles some 70 percent of goods coming into Yemen.

"The Yemeni people's suffering has relentlessly intensified," he told the U.N. Security Council. "In 2017, the number of air strikes per month is three times higher than last year, and monthly reports of armed clashes are up by more than 50 percent."

O'Brien said 17 million Yemenis don't know where their next meal is coming from, nearly 7 million are facing the threat of famine and almost 16 million lack access to clean water and sanitation. The World Health Organization said Monday that the cholera outbreak has killed 2,000 people and infected an estimated 500,000.

"This human tragedy is deliberate and wanton - it is political and, with will and with courage, which are both in short supply, it is stoppable," O'Brien said.

The U.N. special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, told the Security Council by video link that "it is no secret that there are many merchants of war in Yemen who do not want peace." – by Edith M. lederer

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/UN_UNITED_NATIONS_YEMEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-18-13-14-25

My comment: It’s the politics of the UN Security Council which prolongs the war by keeping its one-sided pro-Saudi position, fixed by the US and its Western allies.

18.8.2017 – UN Security Council (* A P)

Deplorable, Man-Made Catastrophe Escalating in Yemen, Humanitarian Chief Tells Security Council, Urging Immediate Funding of Cash-Strapped Relief Plan

The “deplorable, avoidable and completely man-made catastrophe” in Yemen continued to worsen and ravage the lives of millions of people facing famine, the world’s largest ever single-year cholera outbreak, daily deprivation and injustice, the United Nations humanitarian affairs chief told the Security Council today.

Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said it grieved him that in the last two years, despite his best efforts, he had been unable to make any significant improvement in the war-torn country. “On the contrary, the Yemini people’s suffering has relentlessly intensified,” he added. Some 17 million Yemenis did not know if and where they would get their next meal, nearly 7 million were facing the threat of famine, and 16 million lacked access to water, he continued, also adding: “We must remember that these figures represent human faces and enormous suffering.”

Yemen’s catastrophe was the direct result of deliberate policies, tactics, and actions of the parties and their big, powerful proxies, he said. Only 45 per cent of health facilities remained functioning and some 1.2 million public employees, including health workers and teachers, had been paid erratically or not at all since last October. “This human tragedy is deliberate,” he stressed.

The war continued to be vicious and brutal, with frequent disregard for international humanitarian law, he said. In 2017, the number of air strikes per month was three times higher than in 2016, and monthly reports of armed clashes were up by more than 50 per cent. Earlier this month, an air strike in Sa’ada had killed 12 civilians, including six children in their home. “Investigations continue, though we know already that only the Saudi coalition has the means to carry out aerial attacks,” he said, stressing that in the absence of accountability mechanisms, the violence continued to intensify.

Expressing concern that the Government and Saudi-led military coalition continued to unilaterally deny or excessively delay entry to vessels carrying essential cargo, he called for the reopening of the Sana’a airport, among other points of entry, and for the safe movement of humanitarian staff.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, said Yemen was going through a critical and agonizing period. “In brief, death looms for Yemenis by air, land and sea,” he said, including military clashes in several governorates, hostilities along the Yemeni-Saudi border and elsewhere and a Government offensive — backed by the United Arab Emirates and United States special forces — in Shabwa targeting Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula fighters, in addition to uncontrolled migration through the Gulf of Aden and unprecedented levels of disease and epidemics.

https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sc12961.doc.htm = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/deplorable-man-made-catastrophe-escalating-yemen-humanitarian-chief-tells-security

My comment: And again, just the Hadi government is present at these sessions and is given the possibility to express its well known one-sided propaganda (below cp15). And again, it’s Bolivia and Uruguay giving serious statements. It’s states like these which could serve as intermediary – the US never could.

19.8.2017 – Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (A H P)

Briefing by the special envoy of the Secretary-General to Yemen

Yemen today continues to traverse a critical and agonizing period as civilians pay a terrible price of an unending power struggle. Those who survive the fighting face death by famine or disease as the economic situation continues to deteriorate and the humanitarian conditions worsens.

I met with President of Yemen, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, few days ago and we discussed ideas and proposals I have presented. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Iran, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE expressed their full support to my proposals, which also received backing from the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League.

Last month, I received a letter from Ansarullah and the General People’s Congress (GPC) reaffirming the need to build on what was discussed in the Kuwait talks. I have invited them to meet with me in a third country in order to discuss these proposals and turn them into agreement containing concrete steps which will avoid further bloodshed and alleviate human suffering. I hope they will commit to join these meetings as soon as possible. Every day we spend lingering without serious action towards a solution means more destruction and greater loss of lives.

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/briefing-special-envoy-secretary-general-yemen = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/briefing-special-envoy-secretary-general-yemen

18.8.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Film: UN to include Saudi-led coalition on a child rights blacklist

A draft United Nations report says the Saudi-led military coalition is responsible for an "unacceptably high" number of child deaths and injuries in Yemen.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is now deciding whether to include the Arab coalition on a child-rights blacklist.

Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan reports from the UN headquarters in New York.

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/08/include-saudi-led-coalition-child-rights-blacklist-170818051217352.html = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ytGMn01sQ0

Comment: Let's see how far Saudi money can go, this time

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1471351069584585

My comment to comment: And Saudi blackmailing, not to be forgotten.

18.8.2017 – ABC News (* B H K)

Yemen war: Human rights groups urge UN to put Saudi Arabia on blacklist of shame over child deaths

"There has to be a change in the way they are conducting their warfare because even wars have rules," said Mark Kaye, the humanitarian advocacy advisor on Yemen for the NGO Save the Children.

"Every other party. Every other side to this war inside Yemen is on that list. It's only one side that isn't on that list and it's the Saudi-led coalition."

Each year, the United Nations releases an annual report on children and armed conflict, naming and shaming nations and armed groups responsible for killing and maiming children during war.

Human rights advocates were outraged last year when former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon admitted Saudi Arabia had been taken off the list of shame after intense lobbying.

There were also numerous reports the country had threatened to cut funding to UN refugee programs across the Middle East.

"When you delist a country based not evidence but on politics you send out a message across the globe that only certain people only certain states will be held responsible for their actions," Mr Kaye said.

In anticipation of this year's report, Save the Children has been running a campaign demanding the UN stand up to the autocratic Middle East regime and shame it for its alleged war crimes in Yemen.

"Last week we handed in a petition to the secretary-generals office with 37,000 signatures … he needs to make a strong decision. He needs to make sure that the Saudi led coalition are listed," Mr Kaye explained.

"He should do what Ban Ki-moon failed to do last year" – by Sophie McNeill

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-18/human-rights-groups-demand-saudi-arabia-be-put-on-blacklist/8821528 = http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-08-18/yemen-war-human-rights-groups-urge-un-to-put-saudi-arabia-on-blacklist-of-shame-over-child-deaths/1694874

17.8.2017 – Save the Children (* A P)

STEP FORWARD FOR OUR CAMPAIGN TO HOLD THE SAUDI-LED COALITION TO ACCOUNT

On Monday, we handed in our petition – which more than 37,500 of you signed – to the United Nations.

It called on the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to list the Saudi-led coalition in his annual report on Children in Armed Conflict – alongside all the others who have committed grave violations against children in the dreadful war in Yemen.

A draft of the report has now been leaked.

Saudi Arabia and its allies are not alone in killing children in Yemen. But it is the only side not yet to be held to account by the UN. All other perpetrators were listed in last year’s report.

The ball is now in Mr Guterres’ court. We know that at this stage last year, the previous Secretary General pulled his punches at the last minute, taking the coalition off the final list.

If this happens again, it will undermine the entire principle of accountability for violations conducted in war.

This year, we want to see Mr Guterres stand up to political pressure and do the right thing.

Not only for the millions of children whose lives are being devastated in Yemen right now, but for the millions more in wars not yet fought.

These children need an international community prepared to call out violations by whomever, whenever and wherever they occur – by Alasdair Roxburgh

https://blogs.savethechildren.org.uk/2017/08/welcome-news-saudi-coalition-held-to-account/

18.8.2017 – Zerohedge (* A P)

Leaked UN Report: Saudi Coalition Responsible For Mass Child Deaths In Yemen

Foreign Policy reports.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is reportedly bringing immense pressure to bear against the UN and the commission responsible for the report, with the United States also working behind the scenes to mitigate the public embarrassment and fallout that is sure to come should Saudi Arabia receive formal censure in the U.N.’s upcoming annual report of Children and Armed Conflict.

But now the obvious and growing contradictions between what the UN claims to represent, and the human rights abuses of some of its most influential and wealthiest member states, is going increasingly public and impossible to deny. The UN now stands in violation of its own clear black and white resolutions on documenting human rights abuses as what appears to be its quid pro quo relationship with Saudi Arabia and the kingdom's Western backers continues to emerge through undeniable documentation – by Tyler Durden

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-18/leaked-un-report-saudi-coalition-responsible-mass-child-deaths-yemen

17.8.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Saudi coalition to blame for half of Yemen child casualties: draft U.N. report

A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition was responsible for an "unacceptably high" 51 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year, according to a draft United Nations report seen by Reuters on Thursday.

The draft report on children and armed conflict, which still has to be approved by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and is subject to change, blamed the Saudi-led coalition for more than 680 child casualties and three-quarters of the attacks on schools and hospitals in Yemen.

It will be up to Guterres to decide whether to return the Saudi-led coalition to a child rights blacklist annexed to the report. The coalition was briefly added last year and then removed by then-U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pending a review.

At the time, Ban accused Saudi Arabia of exerting "unacceptable" undue pressure after sources told Reuters that Riyadh threatened to cut its funding of U.N. programs. Saudi Arabia denied threatening Ban.

Saudi Arabia's U.N. mission said in a statement on Wednesday that there was "no justification whatsoever" for including the coalition's name on the blacklist. It declined to comment on the findings in the draft report for 2016.

The report, which officials say is likely to be published next month, is issued in Guterres' name but was drafted by his special envoy for children and armed conflict, Virginia Gamba. It is produced at the request of the U.N. Security Council – by Michelle Nichols

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-saudi-un-idUSKCN1AX2AH

Comment: If we add the 'a child dies every 10 minutes in #Yemen' because of the blockade, the dire situation, the lack of medicines and food (all related), we can claim Saudis have killed over 72.000 children. 51 percent??

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1471344759585216

Comment to comment: Yes, this hits the spot.

19.8.2017 – Yemen Press (* A P)

Saudi Arabia is pressing for a “confidential” report not be released to expose its crimes in Yemen

Saudi Arabia is struggling to prevent the publication of the report in any way, after learning that the head of the team that prepared the confidential report, “Virginia Gamba,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children who suffered violations during the war, will announce to the United Nations senior officials in accordance with the recommendation to add the Saudi-led coalition to the list of countries and entities that kill and maim children, according to the announcement last Monday. The report adds that the decision will then be made by Secretary General Guterres, who will announce the final report before the end of this month.

The United States, Saudi Arabia asked her to intervene and pressurize the Secretary-General’s Office not to publish the report and not to include the Alliance, is now putting great pressure on the United Nations to include “blacklist” individuals instead of including countries , But – according to the United Nations high sources of the magazine – the request of the United States was rejected by the relevant United Nations officials who considered that the identification of specific cases of “individuals” is difficult and complicated because the alliance did not publish information about the names of “individuals” Yeh that lead to violations, which was met with anger by US envoys to the United Nations.

Observers believe that the demand for which Washington is pressing would put figures in the government of outgoing President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi as key defendants as coalition officials escape punishment and conviction that they are executing and giving military orders at the request of the Yemeni government loyal to Riyadh, despite That does not happen in fact, where the coalition carries out air strikes without the knowledge of the Yemeni government loyal to them.

Because of the report condemning the alliance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is in a difficult and embarrassing position.

http://www.yemenpress.org/slider/saudi-arabia-is-pressing-for-a-confidential-report-not-be-released-to-expose-its-crimes-in-yemen.html

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

18.8.2017 – The Guardian (* B P)

Saudis in talks over alliance to rebuild Iraq and 'return it to the Arab fold'

Pact would give Saudi Arabia a leading role in rebuilding war-torn country, and allow it to shepherd Iraq away from its rival Iran

Iraq and Saudi Arabia are negotiating a new alliance that would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding Iraq’s war-torn towns and cities, while bolstering Baghdad’s credentials across the region.

Meetings between senior officials on both sides over the past six months have focused on shepherding Iraq away from its powerful neighbour and Saudi Arabia’s long-time rival, Iran, whose influence over Iraqi affairs has grown sharply since the 2003 ousting of Saddam Hussein –by Martin Chulov

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/18/saudi-arabia-talks-alliance-rebuild-iraq-return-arab-fold

Comment by Rania Khalek: This is meant to counter Iran, which will of course include riling up Sunnis against Shias. That's worked out so well for the region.

https://twitter.com/RaniaKhalek/status/898447713263640576

17.8.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A K)

What goals Riyadh seeks through deadly crackdown on Awamiyah?

Saudi Arabia's razing of the Shia city of Awamiyah has raised many questions marks, but one obvious answer should be sought in the kingdom's failures in Yemen as well as in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

The Wahhabi rulers in Riyadh have always looked at the oil-rich Eastern Province with suspicion because of its Shia-majority population, keeping a strict tab on any sign of dissent and the region's access to the outside world.

The rise of Houthis, who follow a strain of Shia Islam, across the border in Yemen sent Riyadh into a panic mode, fearing that it could inspire and embolden the oppressed residents of Eastern Province.

That is why Saudi Arabia launched the March 2015 invasion of Yemen but with the goals of the Yemen war elusive more than ever, Saudi leaders have now turned their attention to the potential flashpoint at home, where Awamiyah lies at its heart.

What further prompted them to take the grave decision was their disappointment with the results of wars in Iraq and Syria, through which Saudi Arabia had hoped to send a message to its own citizens with the ruthless Takfiri campaign of death and destruction.

According to many observers, the Awamiyah operation is purported to send that message directly, crush the spirit of dissent and push for civil rights and pave the way for the presence of puppet and concessionist elements in the region.

Saudi rulers further are trying to portray the populist movement in the wider Qatif region as a terrorist and rebellious current.

Media reports have earlier confirmed that Saudi Arabia had completed the demolition of al-Musawara neighborhood in the Shia town of Awamiyah.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/08/17/532063/Saudi-Arabia-Awamiyah-Shia-Muslims--Yemen-Syria-Qatar

My comment: From Iran. But I think, even if Saudi Arabia would have succeeded in Yemen, Syria, Qatar, then they would have been determined by these successes to flatten all opposition within their own country – and Awamiya also would have been destroyed.

16.8.2017 – BBC (** A P)

Awamiya: Inside Saudi Shia town devastated by demolitions and fighting

The BBC's Sally Nabil has been given rare access to Awamiya in Saudi Arabia, a town in the east of the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom that has been rocked in recent months by deadly clashes between security forces and Shia militants that were triggered by the demolition of its old quarter.

When we got to Awamiya, the scale of devastation was shocking. It looked like a war zone - as if we were in Mosul or Aleppo.

The town, which lies in the Qatif region of oil-rich Eastern Province, was home to about 30,000 people, most of them Shia.

Now, there is nothing left of the once vibrant residential area but bullet-riddled houses, and burned-out cars and shops - a testament to the heavy fighting.

Members of Saudi Arabia's Shia minority have for years complained about what they perceive as discrimination and marginalisation at the hands of the Sunni monarchy.

But their protests have always been met by a crackdown.

"The Saudi regime does not accept opposition, whether it comes from a Sunni or a Shia. They are just intolerant," Ali Adubisi, the director of the Berlin-based European-Saudi Organisation for Human Rights, told me. (with films)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40937581

17.8.2017 ff. - Various

Awamiya siege in social media:

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/videos/1306730406122205/

https://twitter.com/QatifRev/status/898973376651382784

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/videos/1306721519456427/

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/videos/1306730406122205/

https://twitter.com/AngryQatifi/status/897923326684741633

https://twitter.com/AngryQatifi/status/897923833784668160

https://twitter.com/AngryQatifi/status/897921671469969408

https://twitter.com/AngryQatifi/status/897373916930375680

https://twitter.com/AngryQatifi/status/897530556459737089

cp9 USA

17.8.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

Photos: RSAF EF Typhoon pilots during the ongoing Red Flag and Green Flag exercises

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/898243811981238272

My comment: US-Saudi killer kinship.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

18.8.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

Theresa May rejects appeal from 9/11 survivors to release suppressed Saudi Arabia terror report

The survivors described the UK response as 'shameful'

Theresa May has rejected an appeal from survivors of the 9/11 attacks to make public a suppressed report into the role of Saudi Arabia in funding Islamist extremism in the UK.

Earlier this summer, the British government announced it had decided not to publish the information, citing national security reasons and the “vast amount of personal information” it contained.

Among those calling for Ms May to make public the report, which was commissioned by her predecessor, David Cameron, was a US group of survivors of the 9/11 attacks and relatives of some of the almost 3,000 people who were killed – by Andrew Buncombe

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-saudi-arabia-report-911-survivors-reject-terrorism-latest-complicity-a7898816.html

My comment: Yes, shameful. And showing that the British government is unwilling to seriously fight against terrorism.

17.8.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A K P)

Britain warns ships of increased risk of attack off Yemen

The United Kingdom has warned commercial ships of possible attacks launched from Yemen in the Bab Al-Mandeb waterway, Al Arabiya reported.

The UK Maritime Trade Operations released new guidance that there is a heightened risk of attack for commercial shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al-Mandeb. Stringent planning is required for operations in waters surrounding Yemen as attacks have taken place during day light hours from smaller boats, using rocket launchers.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170817-britain-warns-ships-of-increased-risk-of-attack-off-yemen/ and also https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/8/17/uk-warns-of-potential-commercial-ship-attacks-off-yemen

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

17.8.2017 – The Gulf Institute (* B P)

North Korea Built a Secret Missile Base in the U.A.E.

Nuclear North Korea which launched a successful intercontinental missiles capable of hitting the United States built a secret ballistic missile base in the United Arab Emirates, IGA has learned.

Following months of careful research, IGA investigative team located the missile base in Dubai, sandwiched between Hamdan Sports Complex and the Al Minhad Air Base, hosting the headquarters of Australian Middle East Operations, or Joint Task Force 63 – by Ali AlAhmed

https://www.gulfinstitute.org/exclusive-north-korea-built-a-secret-missile-base-in-the-u-a-e/

16.8.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B P)

Burying one’s head in the sand: The UAE and the practice of torture

The conscious failure of the state to uphold its commitments by submitting its report illustrates its sole ambition of maintaining, at least superficially, a good reputation

According to some disturbing cases documented by NGOs, authorities in the UAE subject detainees to inhuman treatment, including torture, on a regular basis.

In one documented case, an individual arrested on charges of belonging to a terrorist organisation was subjected to such brutal acts that he required five operations to repair the severe damage he had sustained. Aside from the beatings he received, a significant portion of his scalp had been ripped from his head, and he had been sexually assaulted, which had caused him severe internal and external injuries.

Yet Emirati prison stories need not be so brutal, nor so horrific to constitute torture. In fact, all those who are forcibly disappeared, detained secretly, or denied contact with their family are subjected to forms of torture that affect both the victims and their families. Prolonged detention in solitary confinement is also considered a form of torture by UN experts.

The physical and psychological torture employed by Emirati authorities against political and human rights activists, combined with the state’s extensive crackdown on fundamental freedoms, has contributed to the significant suppression of an already weak Emirati civil society – by Michelle Wazan

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/burying-one-s-head-sand-uae-and-practice-torture-1712555664

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

18.8.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

‘Qatar was a hub for anti-UAE operations’

Former member of Muslim Brotherhood affirms Doha’s backing for such groups aimed at destablising the UAE

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/qatar/qatar-was-a-hub-for-anti-uae-operations-1.2076333

my comment: The Emirati propaganda machine is working.

17.8.2017 – News Wires (A P)

Saudi king orders Qatar border be reopened for hajj pilgrims

Qatari pilgrims began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Saudi media reported, after Riyadh said it was opening up its border and airports for those attending the annual hajj pilgrimage despite a diplomatic rift that cut travel ties.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170817-saudi-king-orders-qatar-border-repon-hajj-pilgims

My comment: This is simple: They bring money to Saudi Arabia.

16.8.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Saudi Monarchy is now in alliance with members of AlThani family 2 carry on a regime change in Qatar

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/897993651829211137

15.8.2017 – Bloomberg (B P)

How Saudis Pushed Gulf Unity and Got the Qatar Crisis: QuickTake Q&A

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-15/how-saudis-pushed-gulf-unity-got-qatar-crisis-quicktake-q-a

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

19.8.2017 – Angry Qatafi (A P)

Canadian-made PGW C14 Timberwolf sniper rifle. SSSF purchased at least 1000 rifles. It's spotted in Yemen and possibly in use in #Awamia too (photos)

https://twitter.com/AngryQatifi/status/898843438233210881

17.8.2017 – The Globe and Mail (* A P)

Globe editorial: Saudi Arabia puts its foot in its mouth over use of LAVs

Riyadh is on the defensive after video footage came to light last month showing Saudi forces using Canadian-made light-armoured vehicles against Saudi citizens in the eastern region of al-Qatif. The revelation has jeopardized a $15-billion deal to buy new LAVs from a Canadian company, since it undermines the Saudis’ assurances that they won’t turn the fresh weaponry on their own people.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has launched an investigation, and the Saudis are clearly feeling the heat. On Wednesday, Riyadh tried to justify the use of combat vehicles on its citizens as a defensive action similar to the gunning down of the self-radicalized loner who shot and killed a Canadian soldier in Ottawa on Oct. 22, 2014, and then attempted to force his way into Parliament.

We just don’t see how that relates to al-Qatif, where the Saudi government has used brute force to remove thousands of people from an ancient Shia village called Awamiya, with the intention of razing it.

Riyadh has cracked down on Awamiya since 2011, and held it under siege since May of this year.

What all that has to do with the 2014 tragedy in Ottawa is beyond us. It’s helpful, though, that Riyadh has effectively admitted using Canadian-made LAVs against its own people. That will make Ms. Freeland’s investigation a little simpler – by Editorial Board

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/globe-editorial-saudi-arabia-puts-its-foot-in-its-mouth-over-use-of-lavs/article36022021/

My comment: “What all that has to do with the 2014 tragedy in Ottawa is beyond us”: This is the typical odd Saudi propaganda, experienced daily regarding the Yemen war.

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

17.8.2017 – Hussam Al Sanabani (B P)

3 hrs of debate in AlZol, 99.9% of the Sudanese callers believe that the Sudanese fighters in Yemen are mercenaries

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/898332390031990784

[In Sudan] Bashir came to power by a military coup, However, he is not ashamed to say that he is fighting for the restoration of legitimacy in Yemen

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/898340663384616961

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

19.8.2017 – UN Migration Agency (* B H)

Can we Learn from Yemen and Stop Ignoring Migrants Affected by Armed Conflicts?

In fact, some 10,000 migrants enter Yemen each week, the majority making the dangerous crossing through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait which divides Yemen from Djibouti. But do any of them know about the conflict? It turns out that some do, but some don’t.

The lack of normal law and order during conflicts like Yemen’s allows criminals to get away with exploiting or even murdering vulnerable migrants for a profit both en route to and in countries at war.

Listening to media reports on the two boat tragedies last week, you would think that migrants in Yemen only came into existence at the moment the news of the deliberate drownings broke. It’s true though. The world had been blind to them and their harrowing experiences until that moment.

In reality, migration between the Horn of Africa and Yemen is centuries old.

Before the conflict, people were migrating to and through Yemen. This hasn’t changed much. Now, we just see more people hoping to move through Yemen, rather than choosing it as their final destination. But, like the young people who lost their lives last week, many do not have a choice.

Every week, our staff in Yemen tell us about how more and more young people whose hopes for a better future have been shattered by the ravaging conflict. Young men and women with bullet wounds, severe injuries from explosions, disabling damage, having suffered violent or sexual abuse in a country with a collapsing healthcare system unable to care for them.

No civilian should be a target in any conflict. All civilians should be protectedincluding migrants.

Libya and Yemen have become extremely profitably playgrounds for smugglers.

The manipulation of crises by criminals is only in addition to all the deadly dangers that already come with an active war-zone – By Mohammed Abdiker, UN Migration Agency Director of Operations and Emergencies

https://medium.com/@UNmigration/can-we-learn-from-yemen-and-stop-ignoring-migrants-affected-by-armed-conflicts-d89a214e894a

16.8.2017 – New York Times (* B H)

The African Migration Tragedy in Yemen

The breakdown of authority in Yemen has been a boon for the human traffickers. The level of desperation in Africa and changes in work-permit rulesin Saudi Arabia have made legal migration more difficult. More than 55,000 migrants got to Yemen this year, following more than 111,000 who arrived last year, according to the International Organization for Migration, which is a United Nations agency.

Rather than cut aid to Africa, as the Trump administration has threatened to do, the administration needs to provide Africa with more help than ever.

And if Saudi Arabia allowed more Africans to travel there legally to work, it would help prevent tragedies like the one last week and put the ruthless smugglers who prey on young Africans out of business – by Editorial Board

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/opinion/african-migration-yemen.html?mcubz=0

cp13 d Wirtschaft / Economy

17.8.2017 – New News (B E P)

Oil Specialists Confirmed, US-KSA Aggression is Greedy in Yemen’s Oil and Gas

Almasirah TV channel conducted a television investigation in which the specialist in the oil and gas sector confirmed that the greeds of the aggression in Yemen targets the oil and gas wealth.

http://newnewss.net/?p=10150

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

19.8.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A T)

American aircrafts bomb AQAP sites in Al Bayda

Local residents and eyewitnesses said that warplanes and helicopter probably belong to the US forces launched on Saturday several airstrikes on suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yakhla district of the Al Bayda province, central Yemen.

The sources told Almasdaronline that the helicopters were heavily flying over the area before targeting cars passing through by four air raids.

Earlier that day, Apache helicopters had attempted to carry out an airdrop of US forces, but armed tribesmen were able to prevent them.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/93441

18.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants threatened the al Houthi-Saleh faction and urged southern Yemenis to remain resilient in the face of Emirati- and American-backed counterterrorism operations in Abyangovernorate. AQAP released four pictures of al Houthi prisoners on August 18 and warned the al Houthi-Saleh faction not to execute its AQAP captives. [3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-18-2017

18.8.2017 – Elisabeth Kendall (A T)

#Yemen: New #AQAP statement warns #Abyan tribesmen "our response will be harsh & painful" if they enlist with #UAE forces serving USA agenda (document)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/898531139207483393

16.8.2017 – Yemen Online (* A T)

After delivering himself: exciting details about al Qaeda leader in Yemen

Many details descoverd of The Yemeni Islamic extremist, Khalid Abdul Nabi, who described as the "black box" of al-Qaeda in Yemen after he surrendered himself to the security forces in the Yafi region of southern Yemen after he led a terrorist organization claimed the so-called "Aden Abyan Islamic Army" and his allegiance to Osama bin Laden, And Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the leader of ISIS.

According to Yemeni reports, "Abd al-Nabi" was born in the Yazidi tribe in the Yafi region of the province of Lahj in northern Aden, part of the region of Labus, and in 1998, founded the so-called Islamic Army Abyan in south of Yemen.

The sources added that despite his allegiance to Osama bin Laden, and his relationship with a number of prominent leaders of the al Qaeda in Yemen and abroad, "Abdul Nabi" preferred to be free without joining a specific organization, providing only logistical and material support to any of the fundamentalist groups.

http://yemenonline.info/special-reports/1292

cp15 Propaganda

18.8.2017 – The Nimr Tiger (A P)

This map spread on Saudi and Emirati social media of the alleged partitioning of Saudi Arabia as agreed by US, Turkey & Iran (image)

https://twitter.com/Souria4Syrians/status/898521175076339712

18.8.2017 – UN Security Council (A P)

Deplorable, Man-Made Catastrophe Escalating in Yemen

Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Yemen, said the humanitarian and health situation in Yemen was dire and complex, also adding that: “We have never called for war. War was imposed on us by a rebel gang.” Citing his country’s participation in Geneva and Kuwait talks, he said that the participation of “coup masters” was their way to push forward their criminal plot to destabilize Yemen. Iran sought to destroy the Yemeni Government and replace it with recklessness and chaos but Yemen would continue to reject such tyranny.

The Government had made considerable reconstruction efforts and had improved security and health sectors under the leadership of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, he continued. Food was available in the markets but militia continued to block access and pillage funds from the central bank. The war had become lucrative for militia while the Yemeni people continued to suffer from famine, die from preventable diseases. Houthi rebels were earning millions, he stressed, also emphasizing: “Why would they stop a war they are profiting from?”

Reiterating that it was the Houthi militia that continued to prevent the delivery of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to people in need, he said that he appreciated international appeals to open Sana’a airport. Despite the many security challenges, Yemen would open the airport on the condition that Government forces would be in control of its security.

The people of Taiz were being shelled, their city destroyed, and its mosques and hospitals obliterated to rubble, he said. More than 4,000 had been killed in Taiz alone and yet there were no calls from the international community to restore peace. “It used to be the city of culture, education and love,” he said, appealing to the conscience of the international community and stressing the need to lift the siege on Taiz.

While the Yemeni Government was willing to make concessions however difficult to restore peace, the Security Council and international community had to send a decisive message to the “coup masters” and urge them to participate in negotiations in good faith and with an open mind. The Houthi coalition rejected the arrangements proposed by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, he added, also emphasizing: “This gang would not be able to reject such proposals if it was not receiving aid from Iran.”

Yemen’s Government would continue to fight terrorism and combat Al-Qaida militarily, culturally and intellectually, he said. A minority — one sect — was seeking to control all of Yemen; such marginalization was unacceptable. The reality was that militias had turned a blind eye to peace.

“We do not accept extortion and rewarding the militia for their crimes,” he emphasized

https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sc12961.doc.htm = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/deplorable-man-made-catastrophe-escalating-yemen-humanitarian-chief-tells-security

My comment: This propaganda, repeated again and again, is given a stage at the UN security Council, while no other side of the Yemen conflict ever is heard there. – And it is self-contradictory: “While the Yemeni Government was willing to make concessions however difficult to restore peace” (propaganda) contradicts “We do not accept extortion and rewarding the militia for their crimes,” (reality; Hadi government wording for: We do not make any concessions to the Houthis).

17.8.2017 – Al Araby (A P)

12,000 fighters in west coast of Yemen to retake Taiz and Hudaydah

The Popular Resistance Forces in Yemen have recaptured key areas around the strategic Khalid Ibn al-Walid base near the western coast of the country.

Field Commander Abdul Rahman al-Mahrami, commander of west coast front, said that the resistance forces will now be moving in two directions in their next stage of battle.

One group is directed toward Taiz city in support of the Yemen National Army, while the second is directed towards Hudaydah, which has been under the control of Houthi militias and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Commander al-Mahrami said that the strength of the resistance forces and the national army are 12,000 fighters.

He added that ongoing battles with Houthi militias are concentrated north of Yakhtal district, which is about 25 km from Mokha province as well as eastward towards the Moze and Jisr al-Hamli districts.

The commander said that the Houthi and Saleh militias are adamant to control the coastal areas. The west coast area is considered to be one of the main arteries to deliver military reinforcements.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/08/17/12-000-fighters-in-west-coast-of-Yemen-to-retake-Taiz-and-Hodeidah.html ad also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-9474

My comment: Once again.

17.8.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

President Hadi: Iranian Plots Failed in Yemen

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi said that Iranian plots meant for his country have failed and has found rejection among the Yemeni People.

Hadi’s comments came during his meeting here today with Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh, Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Dagher, and a number of Yemeni senior officials.

Hadi reiterated that the outcome of the national dialogue and the building of a federal Yemen based on partnership, justice and equality is the choice of the Yemeni people, pointing out at the same time that the coupist militia continues its rejection of the peace calls based on the three authorities.

https://english.aawsat.com/asharq-al-awsat-english/news-middle-east/yemeni-president-iranian-plots-failed-yemen

17.8.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A P)

UAE bears treatment expenses of 90 injured Yemenis in Indian hospitals

Ninety Yemenis who were injured in the war launched by the Houthi militias against the Yemeni people left the interim capital Aden for India on Thursday to receive medical care at the expense of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302628004

My comment: Bombing, killing, injuring, then sending a few abroad for patching. To India, where it's the cheapest.

16.8.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Report Holds Insurgents Responsible for Majority of Human Rights Violations in Yemen

The National Committee to investigate allegations of human rights’ violations in Yemen announced that it had monitored 7,818 cases during the period from September 2016 until June 2017.

In its third report, which was released on Tuesday in the temporary capital of Aden, the committee said that it has completed its investigation into 4,101 allegation cases, including 2,082 civilian deaths and 2,019 civilian casualties.

The committee said that it has monitored, during the same period, 176 cases of child recruitment and 362 cases of individual mine-laying, which resulted in the death of 138 people and the injury of 224 others.

It has also monitored 10 cases of alleged assault and damage to cultural and historical objects and property, 16 cases of alleged attacks on medical staff and health installations and 732 cases of forced displacement.

The report also revealed the results of the investigations carried out by the Commission related to international law during the past period. There were 693 cases of illegal prosecutions, 1,037 cases of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances, 386 cases of torture, 384 cases of house bombings.

https://english.aawsat.com/bassam-al-qadi-and-asharq-alawsat/news-middle-east/report-holds-insurgents-responsible-majority-human-rights-violations-yemen and also http://almasdaronline.com/article/93406

My comment: LOL. This committee is a Hadi government propaganda event. - The Saudi coalition is responsible for the greatest part of civilian victims of this war – whether by direct bombing or as victims of the destruction of infrastructure by Saudi air riads and as victims of the Saudi blockade.

16.8.2017 – Saba New Net (A P)

Yemen, UK discuss peace efforts

Prime Minister Ahmad Obied bin-Daghr and Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Yemen Simon Shercliff discussed on Wednesday efforts of realizing peace and UK support to Yemen in different fields.
Bin-Daghr confirmed government's keenness on realizing just and lasting peace on the bases of the GCC Initiative, the Outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and the UN Resolution 2216.
" There will be no real peace as there are militias occupying the capital, controlling the state's institutions, carrying weapons against the state and killing, destroying and looting," said bin-Daghr, adding we want real peace does not bring Yemen back into clashes and killing for power and wealth.

http://www.sabanew.net/viewstory.php?id=21176

My comment: By Hadi government news agency. The same as always.

and

16.8.2017 – Kuwait News Agency (A P)

Yemen, Britain eye peaceful solution to Yemeni crisis

http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2629662&Language=en

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

19.8.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 17, 18 Aug 2017

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/879639172186449/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/879661745517525/?type=3

19.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi fighter jets attack Taiz province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472216.htm

19.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes hit Hajja province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472208.htm

19.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Seven US-Saudi air raids hit Saada, Jizan provinces

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472192.htm

19.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes hit Marib province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472188.htm

17.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi airstrikes hit Marib province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472063.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472068.htm

16.8.2017 – Yemen Press (* B K PH)

Genocide openly; 104 martyrs in 13 massacres committed by Saudi/American forces within 60 days

During the past two months, from late May to early August, the American aggression of Saudi Arabia committed 13 crimes and massive massacres that killed more than 104 martyrs and wounded 46 others, all of them civilians, in the silence of the international community and the complicity of the United Nations, which proved its clear manifestation of the aggression by using lukewarm With all those crimes.

http://www.yemenpress.org/slider/genocide-openly-104-martyrs-in-13-massacres-committed-by-saudiamerican-forces-within-60-days.html

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

19.8.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Child Killed by the Saudi Mercenaries’ Fires in Marib Province

On last Thursday, some saudi aggression mercenaries killed 13 years old boy called “Ahmed Ali Alhadar Alshareef” in Hareeb district of marib province . Local source said that the mercenaries opened fire against the boy “Ahmad”at Alkla’a check point in hareeb,who was died immediately.

http://newnewss.net/?p=10239

19.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Also, Saudi-paid mercenaries waged an artillery shelling on al-Amal schools and houses of the citizens in al-Hazam area of al-Qaramish district, Marib province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472188.htm

19.8.2017 – New News (* A K PH)

Army Spokesman Accuses Alliance Forces of Targeting a Libyan Vessel in Bab Al-Mandab

The spokesman of the armed forces,General Sharaf Ghaleb Luqman, accused the forces of the alliance of targeting a Libyan oil vessel in Bab al-Mandab that was coming from Iran in order to gain international support for its possible escalation to target Hodeidah and the western coasts.

General Luqman said in a statement that “the targeting on the Libyan ship is a confirmed crime which we condemn and strongly denounce, because it is the same weapon and the same method of targeting that destroys and destroys the property of Yemen. Including innocence. “

“It is nothing new in what the alliance calls these lies to justify attacking Hodeidah, but strangely coincides with a public warning to the British government of merchant ships passing through Bab al-Mandab and the Gulf of Aden that they may be attacked by rocket-propelled grenades Military “he added.

http://newnewss.net/?p=10197

and by the other side:

19.8.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A K PS)

The survival of a Libyan naval carrier from piracy in «Bab al-Mandab»

The Ministry of Communications in the Libyan National Accord government, on Friday night, the survival of a naval carrier of government piracy in the area of the Straits of "Bab al-Mandab", after the intervention of the security mission accompanying it.

The ministry, in a statement published on its official page on "Facebook", that "the carrier owned by the state and operated by the company," Peb Shab, "has been subjected to piracy in the region of Bab al-Mandab.

It pointed out that the carrier survived the piracy safely after the intervention of the security staff on board.

The Ministry of Communications did not mention in its statement more details about the cargo of the tanker and its destination, or the one that tried to hack it.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/93431

18.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A K)

Yemen Security Brief

Forces loyal to the Hadi government, supported by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, renewed an offensive in northern Sa’ada governorate, northern Yemen on August 17. Hadi government-aligned forces seized strategic highlands and cut al Houthi-Saleh supply lines near Baqim district in northern Sa’ada governorate. Major General Amin al Waeli, commander of the Yemeni government’s northwestern forces, announced an effort to surround Sa’ada governorate with 12 military brigades on July 26. Hadi government-aligned forces seek to seize Sa’ada as part of shaping operations to surround Sana’a city.[5]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-18-2017

17.8.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: woman killed, two girls wounded, coalition aircrafts pound Houthis

A local source told Almasderonline that the45 years, Asia Bagash was killed Tuesday in a landmine explosion planted by the Houthis in the Sala district, the two children, Rinas Mohamed and Rahaf Ramzi, wounded by shrapnel from an artillery shell fired by the Houthis on al Jomhori neighborhood eastern Taiz city, southwestern Yemen.

On the other hand, the Saudi-led Arab Coalition aircrafts bombed the Houthis' sites in al Kadah region of al Maafer district, in coincidence with battles between the government forces and the Houthis militants.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/93407

17.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A K)

Yemen Security Brief

AQAP militants conducted two attacks against Yemeni security forces Clashes intensified between al Houthi-Saleh fighters and Hadi government-aligned forces in Taiz, al Bayda, and Shabwah governorates on August 16. [6]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-17-2017

17.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A K)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Houthi-Saleh forces attacked an Emirati warship in Mokha portusing a remote-controlled explosive boat on August 16. Saudi-led coalition forces claimed to destroy the boat before it could reach the Emirati ship. The al Houthi-Saleh faction has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack. [4]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-17-2017 and http://almasdaronline.com/article/93408

Pro-Houthi / Pro-Saleh reports:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472218.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472217.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472215.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472210.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472203.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472197.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472186.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472185.htm

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/08/19/1495569/saudi-mercenaries-positions-targeted-by-homegrown-missile-in-yemen-s-hajjah

http://newnewss.net/?p=10177

http://newnewss.net/?p=10183

http://newnewss.net/?p=10189

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472066.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472062.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472061.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472060.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472059.htm

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

18.8.2017 – Al Araby

13 things you need to know about Yemen

War, famine, poverty and al-Qaeda are just some of the keywords that tend to pop up when discussing the "Middle East's poorest nation" – Yemen.

However, the truth is, Yemen boasts a rich history, culture and has contributed vastly to the world.

Here are some interesting facts you should know about one of the hidden and forgotten jewels of Arabia:

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2017/8/18/13-things-you-need-to-know-about-yemen

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-335-yemen-war-mosaic-335

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-335 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-335:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm und / and http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

06:56 20.08.2017
Dieser Beitrag gibt die Meinung des Autors wieder, nicht notwendigerweise die der Redaktion des Freitag.
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Dietrich Klose

Vielfältig interessiert am aktuellen Geschehen, zur Zeit besonders: Ukraine, Russland, Jemen, Rolle der USA, Neoliberalismus, Ausbeutung der 3. Welt
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