Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 339 - Yemen War Mosaic 339

Yemen Press Reader 339: Laßt Hisham frei – Konflikt Huthis-Saleh – Schulen droht Schließung – Anti-Terror-Offensive u. Stämme – Think Tanks,Emirate,Ger. Feierstein – Cholera – Saud. Luftangriffe
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Free Hisham Al-Omeisy – Houthi/Saleh rift – 13,000 schools at risk of closure – Counterterrorism offensive a quagmire for tribes – Think Tanks, financed by UAE, and Gerald Feierstein – Cholera – Saudi air raids – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Cholera

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff auf Hotel / Most important: Saudi air raid at hotel

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff auf Wohnhaus / Most important: Saudi air raid at apartment house

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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25.8.2017 – The London Economic (** A P)

Free Hisham Al-Omeisy, the Voice of Yemen

On Monday at 2:45, Hisham Al-Omeisy, a civil rights activist and documenter of Yemen’s often-ignored war, was taken from his family by armed guards loyal to the Houthis.

Samah Hadid, Amnesty’s head of Middle East campaigns, said al-Omeisy’s detention “illustrates the lengths to which local Houthi-saleh authorities are willing to go to silence activists”.

The Washington Post, calling for his release, added: “What makes Hisham’s detention surprising is that he was critical of the Saudi-led coalition backing the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is seeking to oust the rebels from Sanaa and much of the north”.

In recent months, dozens of activists, journalists and lawyers, critical of the rebel Houthi government have been arrested or vanished into the security shadows. Human rights groups report that many have been tortured or have died in custody.

Hisham Al-Omeisy has been held without charge or a court appearance, in breach of Yemen’s own constitution, which requires anybody arrested to be presented to court within 24 hours.

Hisham’s reports and films gave a real human insight and built a global awareness, demonstrating a love for his country and country men to his 24,000 Twitter followers. His ability to speak and communicate in English ensured he was able to report live from Yemen exclusively on the monthly Talk Radio Europe show I was co- hosting with one of the finest broadcasters of her day, Pippa Jones.

Due to these broadcasts, many of us became enlightened by his insight and were warmed by his friendship.

Across the world, more people are demanding his release so he can return to his wife and children and carry on reporting in his fair and balanced way on this war that no- one really wants to talk about.

Hisham’s kidnap is a campaign none of us should ignore; staying silent on the kidnapping of this advocate of peace is NOT an option. We can all, from the comfort of our sofa, demand #FreeHisham, lobby MPs, take part in radio phone- ins and use our social media to keep his name alive and insure his safe return.

We are all Hisham. - by Raymond Woolford

27.8.2017 – Yemen Times (**A P)

Clashes in Al-Mesbahi roundabout

On Saturday evening, August 26, 2017, Khalid Al-Radhi, Deputy Head of Foreign Relations Department in the General People's congress was killed during clashes near Al-Mesbahi Roundabout while accompanying Salah Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The clashes occurred between forces loyal to the Houthis on one side and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh on the other side.

According to local sources the clashes erupted when a Houthi checkpoint near Al-Mesbahi Roundabout attempted to stop and search the small convoy which Salah Ali Abdullah Saleh and Khalid Al-Radhi were on while they were on their way to Shebam Company, which is the company that owns Yemen Today channel and newspaper as well as Yemen FM Radio and the company itself is owned by Ali Abdullah Saleh's family.

The convoy refused to stop and be searched and an altercation started between the two sides which resulted in gunfire exchange at which point Al-Radhi was killed and Salah Ali Abdullah Saleh survived and was taken away by his escorts who exchanged gunfire with the Houthi checkpoint personnel killing five of them.

After that, the Houthis started rallying their fighters in the area, attempted to surround it with their loyalists and started establishing barricades. At the same time the Saleh-loyal Republican Guards were called by their commanders and were asked to standby for any orders.

However, on the following day there were no clashes between the two sides and a resolution seems to have been reached between both sides – by Yasser Rayes

24.8.2017 – Aljazeera (** A P)

Yemen's Saleh stages mass rally amid Houthi rift

Hundreds of thousands rally in a public show of support for ex-president amid tension between his loyalists and Houthis.

Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh has staged a mass rally in the capital, Sanaa, in a major show of force amid a public rift within an alliance fighting a Saudi-led coalition for control of the country.

Thursday's rally, which brought together some 300,000 people to celebrate 35 years since the founding of Saleh's party, came a day after fighters loyal to the armed Houthi movement decried the ex-president as "evil".

The Houthi rebels, who run northern Yemen together with Saleh, also condemned his description of them as a "militia" and recommended the declaration of a state of emergency and suspension of all "party activity".

Yet, large crowds poured into the streets of Sanna, waving the blue flag of Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) and chanting slogans such as, "with our souls, with our blood, we serve you, Yemen".

''We are ready to flood the frontlines not by the hundreds or thousands, but by the tens of thousands of fighters who are at home," Saleh told supporters.

"And the only thing the Houthi government has to do is to pay the salaries because we have the weapons.''

In another part of Sanaa, Houthi supporters held their own rally, chanting slogans about defeating the internationally recognised Yemeni government and its Saudi-led coalition allies.

The tactical alliance between Saleh, who was deposed five years ago, and the Houthis has often appeared fragile with both groups suspicious of each other's ultimate motives and sharing little ideological ground.

The two factions have traded barbs on responsibility for challenges such as unemployment and mounting hunger after two-and-a-half years of fighting the government, based in the south and supported by the Saudi-led coalition.

Yemen analyst Adam Baron, speaking to Al Jazeera from the Lebanese capital Beirut, said Saleh and the Houthis had an "undeniably complex relationship".

Baron argued despite serious past grievances, the dynamics of the conflict meant the two sides "are now caught in a situation where … they are in this alliance of convenience, and in many ways they do need each other".

He added: "There's plenty of things for them to fight against each other, but at the end of the day these people are still caught in the trenches against the same common enemy.

"What I wonder when I look at these tensions between Saleh and his supporters and the Houthis, are we really seeing tensions? Is this something that is largely for the consumption of the people around us, is this political theatre, or is this real tension? I think that the end of the matter is a little bit of both."

Remark: More on this subject: cp5.

24.8.2017 – Middle East Monitor (** A H P)

Salary crisis puts 13,000 schools in Yemen at risk of closure

A Yemeni non-governmental research centre has warned that 13,000 schools are to be closed, most of them in the Houthi-controlled areas in the country, because of a salary crisis.

A report issued by the Research and Education Resources Information Centre, based in Taiz, states that “the suspension of the salaries of 70 per cent of teachers 10 months ago puts more than 13,000 out of about 17,000 at risk of closure”.

This, according to the same report, “entails depriving millions of children from their right to education”.

Some 102 billion riyals (about $270 million) worth of teachers’ salaries have been suspended in the past 10 months.

The report drew attention to the fact that “last year, more than 1,400 schools throughout the country remained closed, 78 per cent of them were partially or totally damaged, 22 per cent were occupied by soldiers or used to host displaced people”.

24.8.2017 – Middle East Monitor (** A P T)

US-UAE Shabwa offensive is a quagmire for Yemen’s tribes

The UAE’s second major counterterrorism operation in Yemen has triggered tribal political blowback

In early August, a strategic offensive in southern Yemen’s Shabwa province was led by the UAE and US alongside 2,000 Shabwani Elite forces. The offensive resulted in pushing AQAP out of Shabwa and into the nearby Abyangovernorate.

Two months earlier, the UAE recruitedtribes from Shabwa province to fight alongside Emirates-backed forces in the offensive against AQAP. The selected tribesmen were trained in nearby Hadramout, and led to a successful “counterterrorism” operation hailed by US and UAE media.

AQAP anticipated the offensive and warned loyal tribes to leave Shabwa province.

The Shabwa offensive is by no means a long-term fix to AQAP’s presence within tribal society in Yemen. The group is part and parcel of the social fabric. Unlike other non-state armed groups, AQAP has focused on the development of society, winning hearts and minds, and more or less building local infrastructure. For this it has been criticised by other armed groups for diluting “jihad”. The tribes pay protection money and propagate the religion of Islam to the provinces in a bid to influence society and have, to an extent, succeeded.

The UAE’s recruitment of tribes to create the Shabwani Elite has divided the governorate and had a ripple effect on neighbouring provinces. The Awaliq tribe based in Abyan, west of Shabwa province, exhibit the discomfort that the tribes have with the UAE-US offensive. Tribal sheikhs and elders met with the UAE representatives in Belhaf on the south coast and agreed to join the Shabwani Elite; the decision may have been influenced by financial transactions or a deal for better economic conditions, but we may never know for certain. However, local reports found that on the same day 65 tribal sheikhs and elders denounced the idea of merging with the US/UAE and called for revenge attacks against the UAE-sponsored Shabwani Elite forces, a clear indication of a divide over the presence of the UAE and US. This announcement was made following a strike on an Awaliq family by the UAE which triggered calls for revenge and the rejection of external involvement in Yemen.

The clearance of its presence in Shabwa province placed pressure on AQAP to unite around the local tribes and governorates against impending counterterrorism operations.

In an identical statement on 22 August, Shabwa province tribes were also warned by AQAP not to merge and act with the UAE’s “mercenaries” and “crusader slaves”. The extremist group effectively amalgamated tribal political tensions on the Shabwa offensive with religious connotations, a tool that is effective in influencing tribes in Yemen.

The counterterrorism layer of the Yemen war is having a direct impact on tribal alliances. Significant territorial gains have been made in the Shabwa offensive by the UAE and US, but there has also been similar blowback among other tribes, which is having a ripple effect. With anti-US sentiments already high among Yemeni tribes, it’s important for tribesmen and states alike to consider what implications there may be for a short-term military operation – by Khalil Dewan

23.8.2017 – Alternet (** A P)

Gerald Feierstein, a Gulf-Funded Expert Pushing Catastrophic War on Yemen, Appears to Have Lied to Congress

A widely quoted Middle East Institute director is paid to advance the U.S.-Gulf war on Yemen.

The Middle East Institute, an influential Washington, D.C.-based think tank that has enthusiastically pushed for U.S. wars and military intervention in the Middle East, has received tens of millions of dollars from authoritarian Gulf regimes.

Chock-full of former U.S. government officials, the Middle East Institute has been one of the leading voices in Washington defending the joint U.S.-Gulf war on Yemen, which has created the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet, killing thousands and pushing millions of civilians to the brink of famine.

While the Middle East Institute and its employees are regularly quoted as experts by large corporate media outlets, what is never disclosed is that one of the Gulf regimes waging the war on Yemen — the United Arab Emirates — is bankrolling the very think tank defending its catastrophic war.

The most recently available annual reports from the Middle East Institute from the years 2012 and 2013 show that the organization has received significant funding from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and even the U.S. State Department. Other top funders have been arms manufacturers including Northrup Grumman, Raytheon and BAE Systems, along with fossil fuel companies like Chevron and ExxonMobil and banks such as Goldman Sachs.

The extent to which Gulf regimes have financially supported the think tank was not exposed until August, when the Intercept obtained an email from Yousef al-Otaiba, the Emirati ambassador to the U.S. and a very prominent diplomat in Washington, D.C. Between 2016 and 2017, the UAE pledged a staggering $20 million to the Middle East Institute, according to the email.

This disclosure has led watchdogs in Washington to begin blowing the whistle.

Robert Naiman, policy director of the group Just Foreign Policy, created a petition calling on the FBI to investigate the Middle East Institute over its UAE funding, and in particular to look into whether the think tank is violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Naiman’s petition singled out Gerald M. Feierstein, a former US ambassador to Yemen now serving as the director for Gulf affairs and government relations at MEI. In March, speaking at the invitation of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Feierstein defended the sale of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia. In June, he testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, discussing the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

Feierstein appears to have lied to Congress about his relationship to Gulf regimes. In his required disclosure form, he claimed that his organization, MEI, has not "received any contract or payment originating with a foreign government related to the subject of the hearing."

Yet the UAE has played a lead role in the war on Yemen, and the Intercept’s report shows it has given MEI many millions in funding.

How Gerald Feierstein plays the media

AlterNet has previously shown how U.S.-backed Gulf regimes work with the media to push for war. In this latest investigation, we show how Gerald Feierstein, MEI’s director for Gulf affairs and government relations, has played the press.

Feierstein is frequentlyquoted as a Middle East expert in major media outlets, although it is never disclosed that his think tank is bankrolled by Gulf regimes and the U.S. government.

Corporate media outlets have dutifully given Feierstein a platform from which to defend U.S. and Gulf military intervention. He has written articles for Foreign Affairs, the influential journal published by the Council on Foreign Relations, and for Atlantic Media’s arms manufacturer-sponsored website Defense One.

Feierstein has played his part in four principal ways: defending U.S. arms sales to Gulf regimes, supporting a potentially catastrophic escalation of the U.S.-Gulf war on Yemen, applauding the Trump administration’s close collaboration with Saudi Arabia and demonizing Iran.

Before moving to the Middle East Institute, Feierstein was a key figure in the U.S. Foreign Service, where he served for 41 years.

Feierstein has been a consistent supporter of U.S. arms deals with Gulf regimes.

Feierstein was a staunch advocate of a planned Saudi-led coalition assault on a critical port in the major Yemeni city Hodeidah, which human rights organizations warned would have pushed millions of Yemenis past the brink of famine.

Feierstein was a leading supporter of the Saudi-UAE operation. The Washington Postcited him as a “regional expert” who backed the plan for a Hodeidah offensive, supposedly “to relieve the humanitarian crisis.”

As a Democratic Party foreign policy apparatchik, Feierstein has been vocally critical of Donald Trump. Yet when it comes to Trump’s wholehearted embrace of Gulf regimes, Feierstein sounds far more supportive.

When the Houthi movement ousted Yemen’s U.S.-backed puppet government and took over the majority of the populated areas in the country, seizing the capital Sanaa in late 2014, Feierstein portrayed the conflict in the country as a proxy war, with Iran exercising undue and nefarious influence. From inside the Obama administration, the diplomat was faithfully advancing the views of the Gulf nations that would fund his future employer.

Now on the Gulf payroll, Feierstein has maintained a consistently anti-Iran line – by Ben Norton

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

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26.8.2017 – Aljazeera (** A H)

Yemen: Cholera death rates soar in rebel-held areas

Ninety percent of Yemen’s cholera deaths occur in Houthi areas hit by Saudi-led coalition air strikes and a blockade.

The vast majority of Yemen's cholera deaths have occurred in areas controlled by Houthi rebels, largely the result of a blockade and air strikes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition they are fighting, an Al Jazeera investigation reveals.
An analysis of World Health Organization data shows that 1,794 of Yemen's 2,003 cholera deaths - 90 percent - have occurred in the
northern and western governorates that are wholly or largely under the control of Houthi militiamen.

Houthi terrain has seen 84 percent of cholera infections - 456,962 out of 542,278 cases. Those infected have more chance of dying in rebel-held areas: 1.1 percent perish in Houthi-held Raymah, compared to 0.2 percent in government-held zones.
Rebel areas, together with parts of southern Yemen, also experience higher rates of hunger and have seen more hospitals and clinics bombed or shuttered since full-scale fighting erupted in March 2015.

Health and human rights experts told Al Jazeera while all factions in Yemen's war have caused civilian harm, the coalition's mightier firepower and control of sea and skies has skewed the health crisis into rebel-held terrain.
Dr Homer Venters, director of programmes for the research group Physicians for Human Rights, told Al Jazeera that coalition hits on clinics and sewage works were a Saudi "tactic of war" that amounted to the "weaponisation of disease" – by James Reinl

25.8.2017 - European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (* A H)

Map: Yemen – Cholera outbreak, food insecurity and displacement - DG ECHO Daily Map | 25/08/2017 and in full

26.8.2017 – News Medical (* A H)

New mathematical model accurately forecasted when cholera epidemic would peak in Yemen

Hokkaido University scientists has developed a new mathematical model which accurately forecasted that a devastating cholera epidemic in Yemen would peak by early July, the 26th week of 2017 and the cumulative incidence would be the order of 700-800 thousand cases.

Epidemiologic research has been conducted globally, using mathematical modeling to study transmission dynamics of major cholera epidemics, mostly with regard to the 2010 epidemic in Haiti. Many studies were conducted to study and evaluate measures to contain cholera epidemics, with most centering on how best to distribute limited resources. But virtually no real-time analyses of data from devastating outbreaks, like the one in Yemen, were conducted to frequently provide updated forecasts.

After the cholera outbreak in Yemen, the team compiled a real-time forecast based on weekly data collected by the World Health Organization (WHO) about suspected cases and fatalities between April 16 (16th week of the outbreak) and July 1 (26th week). The team incorporated reporting delays--time lags between the onset of the disease and the reporting of cases--in the mathematical model by analyzing the epidemic curve that was updated every week.

24.8.2017 – WHO (* A H)

Yemen: Electronic Disease Early Warning System (eDEWS) Cholera Response Daily Epidemiological Update 2017-08-23

554,197 cases, 2,016 deaths, 96 % of governorates affected and in full

24.8.2017 – Ärzte ohne Grenzen (*B H)

Film: Cholera im Jemen I Ärzte ohne Grenzen hilft

Mehr als 500.000 Verdachtsfälle, rund 2.000 Tote. Dabei ist Cholera leicht zu behandeln. Ärzte ohne Grenzen ist Jemen im Einsatz und rettet Menschen - auch die beiden Babys Kholah und Saher.

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff auf Hotel / Most important: Saudi air raid at hotel

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27.8.2017 – RT (* A K)

Film: Yemen: Victims buried near Sana’a following Saudi-led coalition airstrikes

Locals attended the burial of 21 recent bombing attack victims in the Arhab district of Sana’a Province on Sunday, after Saudi-led airstrikes close to the capital reportedly left 60 dead.

23.8.2017 – Deutschlandfunk (** A K)

Berichte über 60 Tote durch Luftangriffe auf Hotel in der Nähe von Sanaa

Das von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärbündnis hat nach Angaben aus Sicherheitskreisen Luftangriffe auf ein Hotel nahe der jemenitischen Hauptstadt Sanaa geflogen.

Dadurch seien heute früh schätzungsweise sechzig Huthi-Rebellen und Zivilisten getötet worden, berichten Augenzeugen. Das zweigeschossige Hotel sei komplett eingestürzt. Es würden noch Leichen aus den Trümmern geborgen. Ein weiterer Luftangriff habe einen Kontrollposten der Huthis einige Kilometer vom Hotel entfernt getroffen.

Bemerkung: Die Toten waren Schüler, die saisonal in der Landwirtschaft arbeiteten.

23.8.2017 – Tagesschau (** A K)

Mindestens 30 Tote nach Luftangriff

Bei einem Luftangriff im Jemen sind mindestens 30 Menschen getötet worden. Das berichten mehrere Nachrichtenagenturen, die sich auf Hilfsorganisationen und Sicherheitskreise berufen. Die von den schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen kontrollierte Nachrichtenagentur Saba machte die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition für den Angriff nördlich der Hauptstadt Sanaa verantwortlich. Sie sprach von 71 Toten.

Die Opfer sollen Huthi-Rebellen und Zivilisten sein. Bei dem Angriff wurde Berichten zufolge auch ein kleines Hotel in der Nähe eines Huthi-Kontrollpostens getroffen. Ein Mediziner sagte, es sei damit zu rechnen, dass unter den Trümmern weitere Menschen verschüttet seien. In der Nacht habe es mehrere Luftangriffe in der Gegend gegeben, mindestens 13 Menschen seien verletzt worden.

23.8.2017 – AFP (** A K)

Mindestens 30 Menschen getötet

Die von den schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen kontrollierte Nachrichtenagentur Saba machte die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition für den Angriff nahe der Hauptstadt verantwortlich und berichtete von 71 Toten. Dies konnte zunächst nicht von offizieller Seite bestätigt werden.

Wie Augenzeugen berichteten, wurde ein Wohnhaus mit Arbeitern einer nahegelegenen Kat-Plantage bei den Angriffen getroffen.!5441578/

24.8.2017 – Aljazeera (** A K P)

UN probes Yemen air strike as death toll rises to 41

At least 13 still missing after apparent Saudi-coalition attack in Arhab, with women and children among the dead.

The UN is investigating reports of a Saudi-led air strike on a hotel near the Yemeni capital as the death toll rose to at least 41 people, including women and children.

Hussain Albukhaiti, an activist based in Sanaa, told Al Jazeera that at least 13 people were still missing on Thursday after an air strike a day earlier.

Houthi rebels were apparently the target of Wednesday's air raid, which hit Muntazah al-Shabab li-Rihla wa-Nawm - a popular hotel in Arhab district 35km north of the capital.

Citing local residents, Albukhaiti said that the Saudi-led coalition, which controls Yemen's airspace, carried out a "double-tap", first striking the hotel, then a gate leading to the building.

Dozens of people were crushed to death, he said, after the roof of the two-storey building collapsed.

Several others, including first responders, were then "cut into pieces" by the second military strike.

Albukhaiti said that there was no Houthi rebels present in the area or at any military installation nearby at the time of the attack.

The UN could not confirm the assault, but rights officials were investigating the reports, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' spokesman said in New York.

24.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A K P)

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric condemned the Saudi-coalitionairstrike on a hotel in Arhab district, Sana’a governorate on August 23. The airstrike killed at least 41 civilians with a number of individuals still missing, according to a UN investigation. [6]

Remark: Earlier reporting YPR 338, cp1b.

2.8.2017 – Hussain Albukhaiti (* A K PH)

Saudi UAE strikes on motel n Arhab N Sanaa Yemen Results 48dead 16injurd 13missing Many body parts&pieces of flesh found around site (more photos)

24.8.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (* A K PH)

Names of some of those killed yesterday by Saudi airstrikes. Students,working in Qat farms to earn some money to help them for school (images)

24.8.2017 – Tasnim News (* A K P)

Latest Massacre of Yemenis Reveals Saudis’ True Colors: Houthi Leader

The secretary general of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement condemned a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that killed dozens of civilians near the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, saying the crime revealed the true face of “the enemy”.

In remarks released on Wednesday, Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi said the Saudi atrocity in Arhab, 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Sana’a, revealed “the enemy’s true face, approaches, and plots”, the Arabic-language Al Mayadeen reported.

He further emphasized that all Yemeni groups, including Ansarullah and its allies, should exercise vigilance against Saudi plots to sow discord among Yemenis.

25.8.2017 – Sputnik News (* A K P)

Saudi coalition launches probe into reported airstrikes in Yemen's Sanaa

The Saudi-led coalition is investigating into airstrikes at civil constructions in Sanaa allegedly carried out by the coalition.

An inquiry has been launched into reported airstrikes at civilian targets the Yemeni capital, attributed to the Saudi-led coalition, the coalition's has announced.

"We will make public the results of the investigation into airstrikes on southern Sanaa as soon as it is completed," the statement said Friday.

My comment: LOL. We well know these Saudi coalition „probes“.

26.8.2017 – Sputnik News (* A K P)

„Technischer Fehler“: Saudi-Koalition zu Luftschlag mit 40 Toten im Jemen

Die von Saudi-Arabien geführte internationale Koalition hat zugegeben, einen Luftschlag gegen ein Hotel in der Jemenitischen Hauptstadt Sana am Mittwoch aus Versehen versetz zu haben. Dies geht aus einer Äußerung des Koalitionssprechers Turki al-Maliki hervor.

Ein technischer Fehler verursachte den unbeabsichtigten Vorfall, weil die Huthis (jemenitische Rebellen — Anm. d. Red.) ihre Militäranlagen in Wohnvierteln stationieren und die Zivilisten als menschlichen Schutzschild nutzen", sagte der Sprecher der Koalition.

Mein Kommentar: Diese Aussage ist lächerlich. - Es könnte sein, dass Sputnik hier etwas verwechselt, eine Begründung mit „technischer Fehler“ hat Maliki im Fall des Luftangriffs auf ein Wohnhaus (s. Cp1c) abgegeben.

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Angriff auf Wohnhaus / Most important: Saudi air raid at apartment house

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25.8.2017 – Spiegel Online (** A K)

Mindestens zwölf Menschen bei Luftangriff getötet - auch Kinder

Mehrere Kinder sollen bei einem Luftangriff auf die Stadt Sanaa ums Leben gekommen sein. In den Tagen zuvor waren bereits Dutzende Menschen in den umkämpften Gebieten im Jemen getötet worden.

Durch einen Luftschlag auf Sanaa im Jemen sind mindestens zwölf Menschen ums Leben gekommen. Die Nachrichtenagentur AP meldet 14 Tote. Darunter sollen auch Frauen und Kinder sein, berichten Augenzeugen.

Der Angriff soll sich demnach am frühen Freitagmorgen ereignet haben. Es wird erwartet, dass die Opferzahlen weiter steigen. Unter den Trümmern könnten noch Menschen verschüttet sein.

Bei den Angreifern soll es sich um die von Saudi-Arabien angeleitete Koalition handeln.

Mein Kommentar: „Bei den Angreifern soll es sich um die von Saudi-Arabien angeleitete Koalition handeln“: das ist schon Abwiegelung. Niemand anders fliegt derartige Luftangriffe im Jemen.

25.8.2017 – APA (** A K)

Mindestens neun Tote durch Luftangriff im Jemen

Bei einem Luftangriff im Jemen sind nach Angaben von Ärzten und Zeugen am Freitag mindestens neun Menschen getötet worden. “Einige Opfer waren Kinder, sie gehörten alle einer Familie an”, sagte ein Augenzeuge.

Der von schiitischen Houthi-Rebellen kontrollierte Sender Al-Massira machte die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition verantwortlich und berichtete von 14 Toten, darunter sechs Kinder. Dies wurde von offizieller Seite zunächst nicht bestätigt.

Bei dem Angriff in einem Wohnviertel der Hauptstadt Sanaa stürzten zwei dreistöckige Häuser ein. “Wir haben die Opfer nacheinander aus den Trümmern geborgen”, sagte der Augenzeuge Mohammed Ahmad. Er sprach von mehreren Verletzten.

25.8.2017 – AP (** A K)


Saudi-led coalition fighter jets rained bombs on the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Friday levelling houses packed with civilians and killing at least 14 people, including eight members of a single family, relatives and witnesses said.

The family's 1-year-old baby was among those killed, they said, looking over the rubble of one of the bombed homes in the city's southern district of Fag Attan, hours after the attack.

The attacks prompted calls for an investigation by both the coalition's top ally, the internationally recognized government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and the United Nations.

"What happened today in Fag Attan in the capital by the fighter jets against the civilians requires an investigation by the coalition," Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhalfi posted on Twitter, in what appeared to be a rare show of discontent at the government's main backer – by Ahmed Al-Haj

My comment: „requires an investigation by the coalition“: LOL.



Films by Almasirah TV: and main scene

Films by Yemen Today TV:

Film, aftermath:

25.8.2017 – Reuters (** A K)

Yemen air raid kills at least 12, including six children

An air raid struck a building in Yemen’s capital on Friday, killing at least 12 people, six of them children, when an adjacent apartment block collapsed, residents said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) denounced the loss of life as outrageous and put the death toll in the early morning attack on the Faj Attan area of Sanaa at 14, with 16 wounded.

Seven people from one family were among the dead including four children aged 10 and under, the ICRC said, adding that a total of three buildings in the residential area were hit.

Such loss of civilian life is outrageous and runs counter to the basic tenets of the law of armed conflict,” the deputy head of ICRC’s delegation in Yemen, Carlos Morazzani, said after visiting the site. “From what we saw on the ground, there was no apparent military target.”

Residents and rescuers dug frantically through debris, retrieving the bloodied, dust-covered bodies of several children. Chunks of masonry lay strewn beside gaping fissures in walls that revealed the apartments’ shattered interiors.

Comment: Bought off MSM.
When you write 'Believed to be' you allow Saudis to make no comment or, as often happens, deny it was them.

25.8.2017 – Aljazeera (** A K)

Children among dead in latest attack on Yemen civilians

At least 14 killed as suspected Saudi-led coalition raids hit Sanaa with rescuers rushing to pull victims from rubble.

At least five children were among 14 people killed in an air raid in a residential neighbourhood of Yemen's capital Sanaa, the second day of mass civilian deaths in the war-torn country.

The attack destroyed two buildings on Friday in the southern district of Faj Attan, leaving people buried under debris.

Mohammed Ahmad, who lived in one of the buildings, said he was among residents who had taken nine bodies to a hospital.

"We extracted them one by one from under the rubble," he said. "Some of them were children from a single family."

"When the rocket hit, one of the buildings was immediately destroyed which caused the building next door to collapse too. Some residents got out, but others were trapped."

The death toll was feared to rise further as rescuers pull more victims from the rubble.

"There is no military base anywhere near the site of the attack, it's a residential area," Hakim Al Masmari, the editor in chief of Yemen post, told Al Jazeera.

25.8.2017 – SBS (* A K)

Yemen air strike kills 12 people, including six children

"There was a heavy overflight that lasted a little while, then four missiles were fired and a strong explosion happened," said a resident who lives nearby and gave her name as Arwa.

"Minutes later we heard people screaming. That's when it appeared the building was hit."

Residents said the strike on Friday did not target the apartment house where people were killed, but instead hit a vacant building next to it. The apartment house contained eight flats and appeared to have wooden ceilings, a witness said.

"The air force of the countries of the American-Saudi aggression carried out a hideous massacre against the citizens in Faj Attan," an official Houthi movement website said.

25.8.2017 – Red Cross (* A K P)

Yemen: Airstrikes in residential area of Sana’a are outrageous

The ICRC strongly deplores last night's airstrikes in Sana'a, which killed 14 people and injured another 16. The casualties included at least 5 children, the youngest of them only 3 years old.

"I am deeply shocked and saddened by last night's airstrikes on a residential neighbourhood in Sana'a. Eight of the victims were members of the same family, including five children between 3 and 10 years old. Seven died, while a four-year old girl was injured." said the deputy head of ICRC's delegation in Yemen, Carlos Morazzani, after visiting the site of the attack. "Such loss of civilian life is outrageous and runs counter to the basic tenets of the law of armed conflict."

My comment: Yes, this raid is outrageous. But this statemen does not mention the Saudi coalition at all – this is outrageous as well.

25.8.2017 – Riyadh Daily (* A K P)

Joint Forces denies targeting civilians in Yemen

The Joint Forces Command has reviewed what was circulated among the media regarding the allegations that the coalition aircrafts have targeted a house in Fag Attan (South of Sana'a).

Col. Turki Al-Malki spokesman for coalition forces in Yemen assured that the command is reviewing all of its operations in the designated area in that timeframe and announce the preliminary findings.

The Command wishes to ensure that all its procedures are carried out in accordance with the rules of engagement and International Humanitarian Law.

The command reaffirms its obligation towards the protection of civilians and sparing them the fallouts of conflicts, and that its operations are conducted according to the rules and procedures of engagement which dictate that determining military targets goes through many stages, the first of which is nominating the target, ensuring that it is, in fact, a military one through different sources and eliminating any errors in the targeting process, as well as taking into consideration that every location in Yemen is dealt with as a civilian one until proven, beyond doubt, otherwise.

My comment: LOL, LOL, LOL. There is no other air force operating in Yemen (apart from US Air Force, and they certainly have not done it).


26.8.2017 – DPA (* A P)

Saudi-Arabien bedauert Luftangriff auf Wohnhaus im Jemen

Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition im Jemen hat den Luftangriff auf ein Wohnhaus mit zahlreichen zivilen Opfern bedauert, gleichzeitig aber das militärische Vorgehen verteidigt. Das anvisierte Ziel sei ein Militärobjekt der Huthi-Rebellen gewesen, teilte ein Sprecher der saudischen Militärkoalition in einer Erklärung mit, die über die staatliche saudische Nachrichtenagentur SPA verbreitet wurde. «Ein (technischer) Fehler war der Grund für den unglücklichen und nicht gewollten Zwischenfall.» Bei dem Luftangriff am Freitag starben mindestens 14 Zivilisten. =

Mein Kommentar: LOL, LOL, LOL.

26.8.2017 – Reuters (* A K P)

Saudi-led force admits strike in Yemen's capital hit civilians

A Saudi-led Arab coalition on Saturday conceded that an air raid in Yemen’s capital a day earlier had resulted in civilian casualties, blaming the incident on an unspecified “technical error”.

Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki defended the strike as having “a legitimate military target”, which he said was a Houthi command and control center. He accused the fighters of using civilians as human shields.

A technical error was the reason for the unintentional accident and the house in question was not directly targeted,” he said a statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA.

Maliki said the coalition expressed remorse for “collateral damage to civilians” but did not specify the extent of casualties.

However, a senior ICRC official visited the site of the strike on Friday and said, “From what we saw on the ground, there was no apparent military target.” and by RT: and AFP:

26.8.2017 – Gulf Today (* A P)

Yemen civilians hit by mistake, says coalition

The Saudi-led Arab military coalition on Saturday admitted responsibility for an air strike the previous day in the Yemeni capital that killed 14 civilians, describing it as a “technical mistake.”
The coalition, in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, said a review of the strike investigators found “that a technical mistake was behind the accident.”
Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al Malki had told AFP that he would “review the information” about the strike.
On Saturday, he said in the statement that the coalition “regrets the collateral damage caused by this involuntary accident and offers its condolences to the families and relatives of the victims.”

The coalition on Saturday accused the rebels of “setting up a command and communications centre in the middle of this residential area to use civilians as human shields.”

My comment: Saudi fairy tale propaganda, as nearly always.

Comment: Considering the Intelligence is American (US) and British, we believe zero of all this.
Everything done on Yemen's soil is intentional

26.8.2017 – Yemen Press (** A K PH)

A report on the massacre of two buildings in Sana’a reveals that the victims from different provinces

The Ministry of Human Rights conducted a field research on Friday to the scene of the crime in Voj Atan, led by the Minister of Human Rights, Alia Faisal Abdul Latif, to prepare a report on the crime in all its details.

As the committee is still working, it was able to obtain some details and document the names of the martyrs and raised this preliminary report:

At 5:00 am, the Saudi-led coalition launched three raids targeting a house in the Atan area south of the capital Sanaa, causing the death of two martyrs, wounding and destroying two houses, each of which consists of two floors.

The house is for a citizen called Maasara Mohammed Maasar, who lives in one of the apartments of the building.

Names of the Martyrs (MUST BE UPDATED) /( mostly children)
First Apartment

1 – Ahmed Muthanna surplus 3 years
2 – Shorouq Ahmed Muthanna 8 years
1 – His supporters Mohammed Maasar (owner of the house)
2- Ahmad Abdullah Muthanna (husband)
3 – Hazaia Ahmed Muthanna 5 years
4 – Sarah Ahmed Muthanna 4 years
Second Apartment:
Where the citizen lives in the name of Sadiq al-Sheikh, and his wife who died leaving their only child and wounded seven-year-old, struggling wounded, who became wounded, injured his physical injury and loss of his parents.
Names of martyrs in the second apartment:
1- In the name of Sadiq Al-Shaykh
2 – Maha Abdul Wahab Alsamei (wife)
1 – Sam in the name of Sheikh (7 years)
Third apartment:
Where a Palestinian citizen and his wife live in addition to a Sudanese who residents believe is a Palestinian friend.
Mahmoud Palestinian (Palestinian nationality)
2 – Wael Abdul Hafiz Farah (Sudanese nationality)
1- Houria Ahmed Nasser (Palestinian Nationality)
Fourth apartment:
The fourth apartment is inhabited by Mohammed Mansour Al-Raimi, his wife and children, and Muhammad Saad Al-Raimi, all of whom were killed by a 6-year-old girl who was wounded in Al-Thawra Hospital.
1- Mohammed Mansour Al-Raimi
2- Mohammed Saad Al-Raimi
3 – Mohammed al-Raimi’s wife
4 – 5 of the sons and daughters of Mohammed al-Raimi could not know their names.
Mohamed Mansour Al Raymi 6 years
Fifth apartment:
The bride’s apartment where the bride was martyred and the bridegroom was injured
The bride and Dad Abdullah Mahdi
The wounded
Bridegroom Ahmed Lutf Al – Assami
Sixth apartment:
Mohammed Ali Al-Adini
Mostafa Abdelkawi El-Adini
The nation of Rahman Ali Abdo al – Adini
Wadad Ali Abdo Al-Adini

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26.8.2017 – Reuters (** A K)

A PICTURE AND ITS STORY - After Yemeni air strike, little girl is family's only survivor

Buthaina Muhammad Mansour is believed to be the only survivor in her family after an air strike flattened their home.

Her bruised eyes still swollen shut, Buthaina Muhammad Mansour, believed to be four or five, doesn't yet know that her parents, five siblings and uncle were killed when an air strike flattened their home in Yemen's capital.

Despite concussion and skull fractures, doctors think Buthaina will pull through -- her family's sole survivor of the Aug 25 attack on an apartment building that residents blame on a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen since 2015.

Lying disoriented in her hospital bed on Saturday, Buthaina called out for her uncle, Mounir, who was among those killed in the attack.

Another uncle, Saleh Muhammad Saad, told Reuters Mounir had rushed to the family's house when Buthaina's father called him at 2 a.m. to say war planes were bombing their neighbourhood in Sanaa's Faj Attan district. He never returned.

By the time Saleh got to the house, it was a ruin of broken concrete blocks and wooden planks. Hearing survivors groaning from beneath the rubble, he battled to free them.

"I could hear the shouts of one of their neighbors from under the rubble, and tried to remove the rubble from on top of (Buthaina's father) and his wife, but I couldn't. They died," he said.

"We lifted the rubble and saw first her brother Ammar, who was three, and her four sisters, all of them dead. I paused a little and just screamed out from the pain. But I pulled myself together, got back there and then heard Buthaina calling." - By Khaled Abdullah (photos)

Comment: Please note how Reuters plays with words:

''Despite concussion and skull fractures, doctors think Buthaina will pull through -- her family’s sole survivor of the Aug 25 attack on an apartment building THAT RESIDENTS BLAME on a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen since 2015.''
As if to say it is just a rumour Saudi led Coalition bombs #Yemen.

and look also at film:

and more photos:


28.8.2017 - Press TV Iran (* A H K)

Film: Heart-wrenching video of little Yemeni girl who survived Saudi airstrike


29.8.2017 – RT (* A K)

Yemeni girl bed-ridden in Sanaa hospital after losing family in Saudi-led air strike (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

A young girl is in hospital after being pulled from the rubble of her apartment block, destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. The girl happened to be the only one in her family of eight to survive the fatal attack.

The badly injured Bothaina Mohamed Mansour al-Rimi is bed-ridden in a hospital in Sanaa.

Despite several fractures in her face and head, Mansour’s condition is stable, her doctor says.

30.8.2017 - RT (* A K)

Film: Saudi-led coalition admits killing civilians in airstrike in Yemen ‘by mistake’

The Saudi-led coalition has assumed responsibility for the deaths of civilians killed in an airstrike carried out in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and said that a “technical mistake” led to the incident. UNICEF's representative in Yemen told RT about the shocking numbers of children suffering in the conflict.

26.8.2017 – Living in Yemen etc. (* A K)

She made it. She survived.
Her 5 siblings and parents all perished under the airstrikes yesterday morning.
It will take an entire nation to help her healing. (photos)

26.8.2017 – Saudi war crimes (* A K)

Photo: Meet Sam Basem Sheikh.
He is severely injured and lost his mother and father in the Massacre of yesterday in #FajAttan.
Compliments of the Saudis, Emiratis, backed by US and UK intelligence and EU bombs.

cp2 Allgemein / General

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25.8.2017 – Tagesanzeiger (* B H K)

Die grösste humanitäre Krise der Welt

Bürgerkrieg, Hungersnot und jetzt auch noch eine Epidemie: Der Jemen leidet unter dem schlimmsten Cholera-Ausbruch der letzten 50 Jahre.

Die Konflikte haben das ärmste arabische Land in eine tiefe Krise gestürzt. Wegen der schlechten Versorgungslage und des Zusammenbruchs der Wasserversorgung in vielen Städten leiden laut einem Unicef-Bericht rund 462’000 Kinder an akuter Mangelernährung. Die UNO spricht sogar von 1,1 Millionen schwangeren Frauen, die unterernährt sind. Zudem beklagt sie eine starke Zunahme von häuslicher Gewalt, Vergewaltigungen und Kinderehen.

Fast 15 Millionen Menschen haben im Jemen keinen Zugang zu medizinischer Grundversorgung. Die vielen Bombardierungen haben die Infrastruktur des Landes wie Spitäler schwer beschädigt. Hilfsorganisationen ist der Zugang versperrt worden, seit die Militärkoalition den internationalen Flughafen von Sanaa vor einem Jahr für die zivile Luftfahrt geschlossen hat.

Doch der Jemen hat ein noch viel grösseres Problem: Die grassierende Choleraepidemie. In nur drei Monaten hat sich die Durchfallerkrankung auf 90 Prozent aller Bezirke des Landes ausgebreitet, über 2000 Menschen getötet und mehr als eine halbe Million angesteckt, wie aktuelle Zahlen der Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO zeigen. Es ist einer der grössten Ausbrüche der letzten 50 Jahre.

Die UNO bezeichnet die Situation als weltweit grösste humanitäre Krise. Und die Lage könnte sich noch verschlimmern – von Yannick Wiget =össte-humanitäre-krise-der-welt/ar-AAqH3qf

24.8.2017 – Junge Welt (* B H K)

Krieg im Armenhaus

Die saudische Militärintervention im Jemen ist ein einziger Fehlschlag und hat zu einer humanitären Katastrophe in dem arabischen Land geführt

Der Jemen ist kaum in den Weltmarkt integriert und war aufgrund der Schwäche der jeweiligen Zentralregierungen für Jahrzehnte das Schlachtfeld von Regional- und Großmächten. Der im März 2015 maßgeblich auf Betreiben Saudi-Arabiens begonnene Interventionskrieg ist nur das aktuellste Beispiel für eine Einmischung von außen.

Im Herzland von Ansarollah konnte die internationale Militärallianz nahezu keinen Geländegewinn verzeichnen – bis auf die Hafenstadt Midi, fünf Kilometer entfernt von der Grenze zu Saudi-Arabien. Seitdem die Militärintervention vor zwei Jahren zum Halten kam, gab es kaum Veränderungen des Frontverlaufs mehr. Die Schlacht um Tais hält immer noch an. Zeitweise liefen den Hadi-Truppen die Soldaten scharenweise davon, da ihr Sold nicht gezahlt wurde. Auch Al-Qaida griff in diese Schlacht ein – ohne eine Entscheidung herbeiführen zu können.

Das Verhältnis zwischen der Aden-Regierung, der sie tragenden konservativen Islah-Partei und Al-Qaida ist fast symbiotisch zu nennen. Im Hinterland kontrolliert erstere die Stadt Maarib, die als »Al-Qaida-Hauptstadt« im Jemen gilt. Dort befinden sich wichtige Ölfelder, weswegen Hadi dort zu allerlei Kompromissen bereit zu sein scheint. Zu Beginn der Intervention hatte Al-Qaida außerdem die im südlichen Hadramaut gelegene Hafenstadt Al-Mukalla eingenommen. Knapp ein Jahr lang herrschte die Terrormiliz über die fünftgrößte Stadt des Landes. Als dann Truppen der Aden-Regierung anlandeten, zog sie sich ohne größere Kampfhandlungen zurück. Ansar Al-Scharia, wie sich die jemenitische Al-Qaida auch nennt, setzt seitdem auf gute Beziehungen zu den Stämmen der Region. Für die Islamisten ist die Ansarollah-Bewegung der Hauptfeind. In den Gebieten unter Kontrolle der Hadi-Regierung kann Al-Qaida ihren Einfluss indirekt geltend machen. Dort, wo die Aden-Truppen nicht präsent sind, hat sie direkt das Sagen.

Doch die Intervention ist nicht allein ein Fehlschlag für Riad und für den Jemen ein Desaster – der Krieg schlägt sogar auf saudisches Staatsgebiet zurück. Im Zuge der Intervention gründete sich die Bewegung Ahrar Al-Nadschran. In dieser vereinigen sich Stammesangehörige nördlich der jemenitischen Grenze im Süden Saudi-Arabiens. Diese Gebiete hatten bis 1934 zum Jemen gehört. Rebellen der Ansarollah und der Ahrar Al-Nadschran gelang es, einzelne Ortschaften, Grenzposten, Fabriken und sogar einen militärischen Außenposten in Saudi-Arabien selbst einzunehmen.

Der langanhaltende Krieg im Jemen, ein Kollaps des Gesundheitssystems sowie die Luft- und Seeblockade haben zu katastrophalen humanitären Bedingungen im Land geführt.

Unklar ist weiterhin, ob und wie der Krieg im Jemen beendet werden kann. Experten vermuteten lange Zeit ein »Renversement des alliances« (»Umkehrung der Allianzen«), was Grundlage für eine Beendigung des Konfliktes sein könnte. So nahm der OPR im Oktober 2016 Mitglieder der südjemenitischen Separatisten in die Regierung auf. Eine Massenbasis des Obersten Politischen Rates im Süden könnte das Ende der Hadi-Regierung besiegeln. Doch realistischer scheint, dass sich die frühere Staatsklasse unter Saleh mit der saudischen Regierung einigt – also ein politisch konservativer Kompromiss unter neoliberalen Vorzeichen. Dementsprechend begann der Expräsident auch im Mai dieses Jahres mit Avancen gegenüber dem benachbarten Königreich. - Von David X. Noack

Bemerkung: Ausführlicher Überblicksartikel, der weit in die Geschichte zurückgeht.

27.8.2017 – Washington Post (* B H K)

War, hunger and now cholera: Yemen’s crisis worsens

26.8.2017 – The Canary (* A K P)

This “night of horror” shows why the blaring silence on Yemen must end

A deadly and devastating attack in Yemen has triggered demands for action with Amnesty International describing it as a “night of horror”. But for anything meaningful to take place to stop the conflict, the current international silence and inaction will need to end.

But looking towards UN leaders to reprimand Saudi Arabia may be a fruitless task.

UN member countries, including the UK, have a vested interest in protecting Saudi Arabia. The UK, for instance, has licensed £3.8 billion worth of arms since the war began in March 2015.

But other solutions also remain problematic. Especially as the UK sits as a permanent member on the UN’s Security Council, which will have the final call on any resolution regarding Yemen. And as a report notes, the oversight of past resolutions on Yemen has not been impartial because of members’ bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, the UK has used secret evidence to defend a legal challenge over its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

The lack of media coverage on Yemen compounds this lack of international action. Foreign journalists struggle to access the region while reporting inside the country remains dangerous for local journalists.

The situation in Yemen is desperate and to stop innocent civilians from suffering any further, the silence that surrounds this conflict must end – by Sophia Akram

26.8.2017 – Aljazeera (* B K P)

Film: Who can protect Yemen's civilians?

With civilians bearing the brunt of conflict, there are calls for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen to be blacklisted.

What is the international community doing about this continuing carnage?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan


Nigel Timmins - Humanitarian director for Oxfam

Afshin Shahi - Senior lecturer in Middle East Politics at the University of Bradford.

Adam Baron - Visiting fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations' Middle East and North Africa Programme

25.8.2017 – Press TV Iran (* B K P)

Film: Saudi Arabia has no intention of stopping Yemen war: Activist

Saudi Arabia’s continuous bombing of Yemen is a “clear message” that Riyadh has no intention of stopping its military aggression against the impoverished Arab country, says an activist and political commentator.

It seems to me that Saudi Arabia is bribing the international community [and] the UN Security Council... so it can do whatever it wants and if someone will refuse that, it will cut the funds,” Hussain al-Bukhaiti told Press TV in an interview on Friday.

He added that the Saudi aggression would end once the US, Britain and France "stop supplying weapons" to Riyadh.

25.8.2017 – OpEd News (* A P)

Omission of Sins: NYT Turns Away From Deeper Truth on Yemen

At last, the "paper of record" runs a long, detailed story about the death spiral in Yemen. However, it seems to be short a few details. It paints the Saudis as champions of freedom simply trying to restore a democratically elected leader to office. It neglects the detail that the leader was "elected" in a "vote" (backed by the US & Saudis) that allowed only one candidate: the one favored by the US & the Saudis. It is also scant of detail on the US involvement.

A few short paragraphs from the very end, it allows that the US is "a primary supplier of arms to the members of the Saudi-led coalition" but reassuringly notes " the United States is not directly involved in the conflict," despite the fact that "it has provided military support to the Saudi-led coalition, and Yemenis have often found the remnants of American-made munitions in the ruins left by deadly airstrikes."

Carefully omitted are details like US military intelligence providing targeting directions for the Saudis, US ships helping the Saudis' murderous blockade and other support which -- in throwaway paragraphs buried deep beneath layers of dutiful spin -- has been well-documented in the past two years by ... the New York Times.

It also leaves out the bombing raids and ground raids being carried out directly by US forces in Yemen, ostensibly against ISIS and al Qaeda. Here another fact is politely set aside: the fact that the US-Saudi war has vastly increased the power and reach of ISIS and al Qaeda in Yemen. The Yemen forces now under attack by the Saudis were sworn enemies of the extremists, and had pounded al Qaeda to a small remnant -- until the US/UK and the Saudis stepped in and drove them back. ISIS had almost no presence in Yemen before the war. Now, both groups are flourishing mightily in the chaos, with their enemies being devastated by the US/Saudi assault.

Two other details were lacking as well. You can read the whole long story and not see a single mention of Donald Trump or Barack Obama. The latter put the full weight of the US behind this war of aggression to install a puppet leader, while the former has expanded US involvement with more ground troops and many more air attacks, most of them blunderbuss bombings which have killed many civilians.

So yes, the story does provide some moving detail about the human suffering being caused by the war; but the eminently savvy and well-informed readers of the New York Times could walk away from the story without the slightest clue of their own government's direct and deep complicity in this humanitarian crisis – by Chris Floyd

25.8.2017 – New York Times (* B H K)

The Slaughter of Children in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition waging a bombing campaign in Yemen has once again been named in a United Nations draft report as the major culprit in the deaths and injuries of children in that war-ravaged Arab state. The Saudis are already said to be privately campaigning to change the report and keep its coalition off the list of armies that kill and maim children. Last year they succeeded. That should not be allowed to happen again.

Last year, threatened with inclusion on the United Nations blacklist of forces that harm children, Saudi Arabia threatened to withhold financing from major humanitarian operations, and Ban Ki-moon, then secretary general, reluctantly struck the coalition off the list.

But the war is at a stalemate, and the Saudi coalition — and its American enablers, who provide military equipment, aerial refueling and targeting — simply cannot be allowed to continue killing civilians and destroying what little is left of Yemen. That is why it is imperative to publicly identify the unconscionable slaughter of innocents for what it is, and to hope that this will shame Saudi Arabia and its American backers to search for a humane end to Yemen’s hell – by Editorial Board

Comment: New York Times still narrates about a civil war and is stuck with 7600 dead.
This is how MSM helps the Saudis and thug friends

25.8.2017 – Gulf Times (* B H K P)

Saudi trapped endlessly in deadly Yemen backfire

Remark: Overview article from Qatar.

24.8.2017 – Shafaqna (* B K P)

Yemen – on those war crimes the world can no longer ignore

For all the lobbying Saudi Arabia may have exerted in turning Yemen into an unspoken graveyard so that it could proclaim itself a liberator over Southern Arabia, Yemen’ suffering has become too grand, and much too grave to dismiss.

Beyond the many and despicable sectarian adjectives media may have wielded since 2015 to frame Yemen’s war theater within a binary that has had the region locked in fictitious crusadic dynamics: Shiite Iran versus self-righteous Saudi Arabia, truths have had a way of eroding at such a construct.

In the throes of a conflict that has ravaged more than just its infrastructures: civilians, military and otherwise, Yemen is quite simply being bled dry of its people so that one kingdom could manifest those political realities it once dreamt up. Yemen’s barren land, its exploded villages and silenced streets all testify to the horrors that befell a nation whose ambition was merely to rise independent within the confine of its sovereignty.

Seyed Hassan Ali al-Emad, the founder and secretary general of Yemen’s rising new political faction: the Future of Justice], noted in an interview with me how dishonesty has so far prevented nations to back any real negotiations on Yemen. “Until all war crimes and abuses against civilians are acknowledged peace will remain a distant mirage. The law, and our commitment to hold to Justice’s principles is what can stop the bloodshed,” he stressed.

And: “Truths matter … Yemen has lost many more lives than what the United Nations has conceded. Casualties run in their tens of thousands and the death toll is nearing those figures as well if we consider that famine and cholera have been turned into weapons of war.”

If I may quickly stray from the subject at hand I would like to point out that no information coming out of the UN is ever unwittingly leaked to the press … rather, that ‘confidential’ report was put in the hand of the press so its content could be shared without its consequences bearing upon its source.

Although such a detail may seem inconsequential I read in it a clear sign that Saudi Arabia’s lobbying machine is fast running out of ground to operate within. Blood has come too fast and too thick for the most radical of neocons to back up Riyadh’s adventure and still paint it as lawful.

No matter how loudly Riyadh will argue that it is operating within international law few now will really listen.

If one can understand the pull money can hold over state officials – politics after all is no child’s play, empowering fanatical despots is still counter intuitive. However stomach-churning the idea of an alliance with Sana’a popular government may be to the international community it rings better than the backing of a genocide made in Wahhabist Saudi Arabia – by Catherine Shakdam = =

24.8.2017 – Alistair Reign (* B K P)

Complicit In War Crimes – Canada Is Failing The People of Yemen

The crisis in Yemen continues to worsen as the Saudi-led coalition forces and Houthi rebels blatantly disregard the damage being inflicted on innocent Yemeni civilians.Famine and disease have spread through the country unchecked, due in large part to a Saudi-imposed blockade on air and sea ports that has resulted in a desperate shortage of food, humanitarian aid, and medical supplies.

Saudi-led coalition allies repeatedly have hindered the movement of aid and commercial goods to the population.Huthi/Saleh (forces in Taiz)… routinely interfere with the work of humanitarians, at times demanding the diversion of aid to themselves or denying aid workers access to populations in need. [01]

Given the apparent inadequacies of Saudi Arabia and Yemen-led investigations to date, Amnesty International believes the only way to achieve this is through the establishment of a UN-led independent international investigation to look into alleged violations by all parties. [03]

It is in this context that we must once again highlight the unconscionable decision by the Canadian government to continue moving forward with the $15 billion Saudi arms deal.

Simply put, Canada cannot export weapons to Saudi Arabia without being complicit in the gross violations of human rights being perpetrated by Saudi forces. In addition to Canada taking a more active diplomatic role in resolving the Yemen conflict, it is absolutely critical that this arms deal is cancelled and that Bill-C47 ensures an acceptably high standard for Canadian arms exports moving forward. [04]

My comment: It's not just Canada – but all suppliers of arms to Saudi Arabia and its allies.

24.8.2017 – AEI Ideas (* B H T)

Losing Wars: Terrorism and Disease in Yemen

For a sense of the calamity, check out this Critical Threats Project graphic and the accompanying New York Times piece.

The key, however, is to understand that in reality there are two diseases, cholera and Salafi-jihadism, that are at once killing people in Yemen and threatening Americans from Yemen.

Second, the terrorists. A complex battle space exploited by Iran and Salafi-jihadis has drawn in both the U.S. military and Saudi and Emirati forces. But those efforts have only generated temporary setbacks for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

As Katherine Zimmerman detailed in a larger report, Salafi-jihadi groups are still expanding in Yemen despite over a decade of counterterrorism operations largely because the US has misdefined the enemy and how to fight it. The US must focus on severing the Salafi-jihadi movement’s relationship with Sunni populations and limit the grievances (like rampant disease) that drive the relationship, rather than focusing only on how to find and kill al Qaeda and ISIS leaders.

The US must revitalize its diplomatic efforts to achieve a lasting political settlement in order to end Yemen’s spiraling humanitarian crisis and set Salafi-jihadism in Yemen on a course to defeat. The current UN-led peace process, which the US backs, has failed – by Maaher Farrukh =

24.8.2017 – Country.eiu (* B P)

Tensions between UAE and Yemen

Rising tensions have been reported between the UAE and the government of Yemen headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, amid Emirati concerns that Mr Hadi has promoted figures associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The UAE remains an active protagonist in Yemen, for example backing a renewed offensive against al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in their main base in the south of the country. But, although it remains in nominal alliance with Mr Hadi's Saudi-supported government, there are reports of fresh rifts.

We were already forecasting an increasing divergence of aims between the UAE and Saudi Arabia as regards local groups in Yemen. Recent events underscore the risk of increased UAE isolation in Yemen, with potentially negative impacts on regional political stability

23.8.2017 – Leben 365 (* B H K)

Bilder, die beweisen, dass Jemen zur Hölle auf Erden geworden ist

Gesellschaften haben die Wahl, worüber sie sich entrüsten (oder auch nicht). Was heute als barbarisch betrachtet wird, kann schon am nächsten Tag mit lediglich einem kollektiven Gähnen bedacht werden.

Zum Leidtragen der unschuldigen Menschen im Jemen ist die breite Masse der Öffentlichkeit völlig desinteressiert an ihrem derzeitigen Leiden. Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass die westliche Propaganda nicht hinreichend auf das Elend und die Zerstörung hingewiesen hat, denen das jemenitische Volk ausgesetzt ist. Vielleicht liegt es aber auch daran, dass die Verwüstung von Saudi-Arabien und seinen Getreuen durchgeführt wird, die nicht nur Verbündete der Vereinigten Staaten und des Vereinigten Königreichs sind, sondern auch über die finanziellen Mittel verfügen, Dissens im Westen zum Schweigen zu bringen. Möglicherweise liegt es daran, dass sowohl die USA als auch Großbritannien beide das Gemetzel auf dem Boden des Jemen unterstützen, nicht nur durch die Bereitstellung von Waffen an die saudische Koalition, sondern auch, indem sie miltärische Bodenunterstützung zur Verfügung stellen.

Was auch immer der Grund dafür sein mag, es ist an der Zeit, dass die Welt aufwacht und erkennt, dass es auf dem Planeten Erde mehr als nur Donald Trump’s Twitter-Konto gibt.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp1a

26.8.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A H)

3 days ago , @ hope_relief distributed 60 baskets of food aid to IDPs in Dhamar city Yemen from generous donor , I helped 60 families (photos)

25.8.2017 – World Food Programme (* A H)

Yemen: Emergency Dashboard, August 2017 and in full

25.8.2017 – Islamic Relief (* B H)

Chaneling personal grief to bring solace to many

Unsurprisingly, the majority of my fellow citizens have lost their jobs or their livelihoods and have depleted most of their savings. Their lives have been quite simply devastated by the conflict. Nearly 19 million people are in need of humanitarian aid to survive. That’s more than in any other country in the world. The global humanitarian community is now faced with one of the most staggering man-made disasters in decades.

I have been working as an aid worker for Islamic Relief in Yemen since 2010 mainly involved in emergency food distributions and delivering medical supplies to hospitals. In the last two years our programme, including food aid, water and sanitation, health care, orphan and child welfare and vocational training for young people, has benefitted 4.6m people. Most recently we have responded to the cholera epidemic by providing medical supplies and large tents to help the hospitals cope with the overcrowding.

I’ve put my heart and soul and all of my experience and expertise into making sure this life-saving aid is delivered where it is needed most, often in dangerous circumstances.

But the conflict has taken a huge toll on my personal and family life.

One bombing attack in mid-2015 on a suspected arsenal store close to my home marked the beginning of the physical and psychological horrors of war for my family.

The explosions were like something you could never imagine. The ground underneath shook as if we were experiencing an earthquake. Doors and windows were wrenched from the walls and glass was scattered everywhere.

The women and children were absolutely terrified and their screams were all around us. Women ran out of the houses unveiled and children were were floundering about desperately looking for their families and safety. My youngest children were shivering in my arms.

My wife lost her ability to speak and remained that way for almost a week.

It was a strange feeling fleeing our nice warm home and founding ourselves in the open air with nothing and no idea what to do next to ensure our safety. In a moment our neighbourhood became like a ghost town.

It was inevitable that I had to move my family away from this potential military target. Within a year we were forced to move four times in a bid to find somewhere safe to live, but as the bombings became more and more frequent and widespread, this became impossible. My wife’s health dramatically worsened during this time.

Throughout these personal challenges I continued with my humanitarian commitments to deliver aid to affected communities across the country. But I was aware of the physical and psychological impact the conflict was having on my family. My children were traumatised by the bombing attacks and were petrified when they heard the sounds of fighter jets in the air.

However, my spirit for humanitarian work has grown bigger and stronger as every step I take to save lives conveys spiritual messages to my soul that the sacrifices I made to make people happy will be a great mercy of Allah and reward to the pure soul of my late wife.

Tragedy started at a specific point of this time line and it may remain entombed in my broken heart for life. But devoting most of my time to help people in need has shown me how important it is to carry on and do everything I can to draw out the smiles on the faces of highly vulnerable people in this country. - By Salem Jaafar Baobaid, Project Coordinator

24.8.2017 – New York Daily (* B H)

Hunger in Yemen

As conflict in Yemen continues to rage on, the country and its residents have been forced to endure a collapse in the economy and the health system. As a result, millions are severely malnourished, including more than 460,000 children, according to a UNICEF estimate. (photos)

24.8.2017 – CNN (* B H)

Film: UN: Thousands of children are at risk in Yemen

The UN warns of a hunger crisis in Yemen. The UN says hundreds of thousands will die of starvation in the coming months if something isn't done. CNN's Lynda Kinkade looks at those suffering the most, children in Yemen

24.8.2017 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

GPC briefing note: Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen - Special in-Focus on Yemen, August 2017

Ongoing conflicts continue to give rise to serious protection challenges in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. Conflicts in all four countries have created humanitarian crises of monumental proportions.

Yemen is fighting a triple threat of cholera, famine, and conflict. The protection and humanitarian needs of people affected by the conflict in Yemen are staggering due to serious and widespread violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL), absence of the rule of law and limited access to justice, as well as massive gaps in accessing the most basic services.

Denial of access to deliver life-saving protection and humanitarian assistance is reportedly used as a weapon of war, as much as its consequence, demonstrating how tactics imposed by parties to the conflict have increased risks of famine and contributed to the spread of the cholera endemic. While the conflict situation in each of the four countries is different with varying funding and access challenges, analyses show: = 23.8.2017 – SBS (* B H)

UN fearing even worse for Yemen if port is closed

Around 80 per cent of Yemen's food imports arrive at Hodeidah.

The World Food Program's David Beasley acknowledges the sober reality of what losing the port would mean.

"Food should not be a weapon of war, food should be a weapon of peace. Ninety-five per cent of all the food that we need to feed the innocent people comes through this port. If this port is bombed and completely made useless, literally, hundreds of thousands of children will die, and millions of people will die along with it."

Saudi Arabia and Yemen have denied the claims.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United Nations, Abdallah Yahya al Mouallimi, says they are working on coming to a peaceful solution.

"The level of casualties is unacceptably high. Any single life lost in this conflict is a life too many. So we would certainly agree with that, and our effort to continuously try to improve our procedures and our conduct of the conflict is ongoing and will not stop. That also does not contradict the need and the fact that we are engaged in efforts to try to foster a political solution."

More than half of Yemenis are now deemed "food insecure," and 7 million people do not know where their next meal will come from.

23.8.2017 – World Food Programme (A H)

Fighting Famine Dashboard, 23 August 2017

22.8.2017 – The Nation (* B H K)

The Middle East’s Wars Are Creating a Lost Generation

The children who live through these conflicts could be scarred for decades.

For the children who are struggling to survive the Middle East’s ongoing wars, the impacts could be life-changing. According to a new study, the trauma will likely continue to affect them decades from now, haunting the bodies, minds, and families of what scientists call a “lost generation.”

In a wide-ranging analysis of the public-health impacts of turmoil in the Middle East, researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) see a mass epidemiic unfolding through years of systemic social deprivation, displacement, and cycles of violence and illness.

The study, covering the period from 1990 to 2015, shows that the populations of the Middle East and North Africa have suffered drastic increases in chronic illness and death from preventable diseases, along with psychological instability. Rates of diabetes and lung cancer have more than doubled. Amid conflict and poverty, once-stable communities have sunk into undernourishment and long-term food insecurity, along with severe mental distress, producing a generation of neglected children. Three countries in the region—Sudan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan—“are among the 10 countries with the highest child mortality in the world,” which is fueled by preventable health problems such as lower-respiratory infections and diarrhea-related illness.

The findings seem even more dire against the backdrop of a general trend of major public-health improvements seen across the Global South in recent decades, especially in child mortality and infectious diseases. “Compared with other parts of the world, we see that all the gains that have been achieved have been lost right now,” said Ali Mokdad, professor of global health at the University of Washington and co-author of the IMHE study – by Michelle Chen

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

For Houthi / Saleh tensions also look at cp1

27.8.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Fighters withdraw after clashes in Yemen capital - officials

Gunmen from both groups in a strained civil war alliance withdrew from streets in the Yemeni capital on Sunday after trading fire in unprecedented violence, officials from the two groups said.

The clash late on Saturday between members of the Houthi movement and loyalists of a powerful former president killed at least three combatants and marked a breakdown within the main political gathering confronting a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen’s 2 1/2-year-old war.

The situation has been contained and armed men have been withdrawn. A commission to investigate the incident has been formed,” a Houthi official told Reuters.

Residents of the upscale Hadda district where the fighting raged for several hours said traffic was picking up as people began morning commutes to work.

27.8.2017 – ANI News (* A P)

Seven killed in clashes between Houthis and Saleh loyalists in Sanaa

Seven people were killed and several others were injured in clashes here between the Houthi militias and the ousted Saleh forces, said Al Arabiya on Sunday.

During the past week, the scene of conflict between the two parties of the coup reoccurred, and the military conflict developed between them.

Houthi militias challenged the gathering of its main coup partner - the ousted President Ali AbdullahSaleh - in the Seventy Square in the center of the capital Sana'a by showing off its military force on Thursday evening, in the same square where the Popular Congress Party activities took place few hours after the ousted crowds left, reported Al Arabiya.

The Yemeni news agency under the control of the Houthis in Sanaa admitted the killing of two people from the so-called "People's Committees" in the area of Hadda. This was attributed to an attack on a security checkpoint in the Mosbahi tour in Sanaa.

A security source said forces of the capital's secretariat and central security intervened and exchange of fire was halted and the situation calmed down.

However, confirmed statistics indicate the killing of five Houthi militants and the falling of a number of wounded in an initial outcome.

Al Arabiya reported that Colonel Khaled Ahmad Zeid al-Razi, the director of the office of the deposed president's son Ahmed, was killed during the clashes.

27.8.2017 – AFP (* A P)

Pro-Saleh colonel among 3 killed in clashes with Yemen rebels

A Yemeni colonel loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and two rebels have been killed in clashes, Saleh's party and a news agency said Sunday, in an unprecedented escalation of violence between the allies.

Colonel Khaled al-Rida was killed in clashes in the rebel-held capital Sanaa late Saturday, a statement released by Saleh's General People's Congress party said.

Rida was the deputy head of foreign relations in the party.

While the statement did not name the Huthi rebels, it accused a "group that knows no morality or oaths" of being behind the killing -- a thinly-veiled reference to the Huthis, who over the past week have lashed out at Saleh as a "back-stabber" and "traitor" as tensions rise within the rebel alliance.

The rebel-run Saba news agency said two members of the Popular Committees, a tribal alliance largely dominated by the Huthis, were killed late Saturday in Sanaa.

A source within the GPC said the clashes erupted at a rebel checkpoint in the southern neighbourhood of Hadda after a dispute between fighters manning the checkpoint and armed supporters of Saleh who were driving by.

26.8.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Houthis and Saleh forces clash in Sanaa, at least two dead

At least two people were killed on Saturday when supporters of Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh clashed with Houthi fighters in Sanaa, marking unprecedented violence within the alliance fighting a Saudi-led coalition.

Members of the presidential guard exchanged gunfire with the Houthi fighters who had tried to set up a security checkpoint near the home of Saleh’s son and his media office in an upscale district, residents said.

Intermittent fighting continued for several hours, cutting off access to a main road in the Hadda neighborhood, they said.

The Houthi-controlled state news agency SABA said two members of popular committees were killed in the violence. Media reports of more casualties on both sides could not immediately be confirmed.

26.8.2017 – Yemen Updates (* A P)

Video: this's what happened in #Sanaa 2hr ago Different stories: -clashes b/n Houthis & GPC; -Unknown gunmen

Residents: Gunmen occupying the roofs of the buildings in Shamila area in southern #Sanaa and military units spread.

26.8.2017 – Osamah Al-Rawhani and others (* A P)

Clashes erupted between Houthi and Saleh's loyalists. Main Hadda road is blocked. Trapped at traffic jam.

Arrived home,safe&sound! An interior ministry source said that "efforts"being made to"contain" further spillover into other parts in capital

Saleh's head of office @alradhi has been killed by Houthis at Al-Mesbahi roundabout

(Look at image)

The situation in Sanaa is calm. No tension among Saleh & Houthis supporters despite clashes erupted tonight & led to kill @alradhi_

Khaled Al Radhi, is brother of Tarik Al Radhi, man of Saleh's son, Ahmed now based in UAE. clashes happened nearby Ahmed's house in Sanaa

Sanaa is quiet now, investigations going on after Khaled AlRadhi, Saleh's senior supporter, killed in clashesNHouthi check point/SanaaYemen

If Houthi leaders have another explanation as to who killed @alradhi. I hope they explain fast. Very fast. Situation not good in Sanaa.

26.8.2017 – Yemen Press (A K P)

The House of Reps. condemns the Atan massacre; calls on the international community to assume its responsibilities

The House of Representatives strongly condemned the massacre carried out by the Saudi Arabian air force at dawn today targeting the homes of citizens in Faj Atan in the capital Sanaa, and killed dozens of martyrs and wounded, including children, women and elderly.

25.8.2017 – Nawal Al Maghafy (* A P)

Film: #Yemen: Nawal Al-maghafi on GPC (Saleh) rally, #FreeHisham @omeisy plight

25.8.2017 – Neues Deutschland (* A P)

Jemen: Ex-Präsident macht Anhänger mobil

Hunderttausende versammelten sich in Sanaa

Hunderttausende Anhänger von Jemens früherem Präsidenten Ali Abdallah Saleh sind am Donnerstag in der Hauptstadt Sanaa zu einer Machtdemonstration auf die Straße gegangen. Zur Feier des 35. Jahrestags der Gründung von Salehs Partei »Allgemeiner Volkskongress« schwenkten die Demonstranten auf dem riesigen Sabain-Platz jemenitische Fahnen und hielten Porträts des langjährigen Machthabers in die Höhe.

»Wir sind eine fortschrittliche und fest verankerte Partei, doch sind wir seit 2011 ständigen Aggressionen und Verschwörungen ausgesetzt«, sagte Saleh. Der gewiefte Taktiker empfahl seinen Anhängern »Geduld und Widerstand, um diese Verschwörungen zum Scheitern zu bringen.« Er erklärte zudem seine Bereitschaft, Zehntausende Kämpfer an die Front zu schicken, sofern die Regierung der Huthi-Rebellen sie bezahlt.

Die Großkundgebung fand vor dem Hintergrund starker Spannungen mit den verbündeten Huthi-Rebellen statt.

Die Partei von Saleh kritisiert aber, dass die Huthis die Soldaten und Beamten nicht rechtzeitig bezahlen. Salehs Stellvertreter Aref al-Zuka warf der Huthi-Regierung am Donnerstag in einer Rede ein schlechtes Finanzmanagement, Korruption und Versuche vor, die Medien unter ihre Kontrolle zu bringen sowie an den Schulen ihren Glauben zu verbreiten. »Wir lehnen es ab, Operetten-Partner zu sein«, warnte Zuka.

Die Huthis verdächtigen ihrerseits die Saleh-Partei, hinter ihrem Rücken mit der von Saudi-Arabien unterstützten Regierung von Präsident Hadi zu verhandeln.

Die Huthi-Kämpfer richteten am Donnerstag in Sanaa Kontrollposten ein, hinderten die Anhänger Salehs aber nicht daran, zu der Kundgebung zu gelangen - Von Jamil Nasser

24.8.2017 – Critical Threats (* A P)

Al Houthi movement leader Abdul Malik al Houthicalled for unity and warned of enemies’ attempts to create internal strife during a speech on August 23. He stressed the importance of protecting citizens against the crimes of the Saudi-led coalition. Former president of the Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al Houthi, called for an end to the movement’s slide into internal conflict in an appeal to prioritize the interests of the nation on August 23.[3]

24.8.2017 – Nadwa Dawsari (A P)

Houthis show of force in 70 meter road today right after GPC held it's rally and in the same square. referring to (photos)

24.8.2017 – AFP (* A P)

Hundreds of thousands of Saleh supporters rally in Yemen

Houthi authorities have allowed supporters of former president to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his party's founding in Sanaa despite mounting tensions

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis descended on Sanaa in a show of support for ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose party is on Thursday marking 35 years since its founding.

The rally comes amid reports that armed supporters of Saleh and the head of the country's Houthi rebels, who have been allied against the Saudi-backed government since 2014, had spread throughout the capital as tensions are rising between the two sides.

Demonstrators packed into Sabaeen Square, waving the flag of Saleh's General People's Congress and carrying pictures of the 75-year-old leader.

Travelling from provinces across the country, Yemenis made their way into the capital, pouring into the streets around Sabaeen in a show of force for the ex-president.

24.8.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Yemen's Saleh rallies followers in Sanaa amid Houthi rift

Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh rallied thousands of supporters in the capital Sanaa on Thursday in a show of force amid an unusual public rift within the alliance fighting a Saudi-led coalition for control of the country.

Fighters loyal to the armed Houthi movement, which runs northern Yemen together with Saleh, decried him as "evil" a day earlier and condemned his description of them as a "militia".

The Houthi leadership recommended the announcement of a state of emergency and suspension of all "party activity", telling Saleh's supporters any mass gatherings should be made on battlefronts, not in public squares.

Thursday's gathering went ahead, regardless.

"We are ready to fill the fronts with thousands of fighters and they are ready to go," said Saleh, wearing a dark suit and speaking from behind protective glass as armed men in fatigues stood guard. and by Middle East Eye:

and film:

and photos:

24.8.2017 – Washington Post (* A P)

Tens of thousands rally in support of Yemen’s former president amid growing rifts

The demonstration, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the founding of the General People’s Congress, Saleh’s political party, drew supporters from at least seven provinces. Some local reports said as many as 300,000 attended the rally, with many chanting Saleh’s name and holding party banners.

Saleh, dressed in a dark suit and flanked by bodyguards,vowed to keep fighting a Saudi-led coalition

The alliance between Saleh and the Houthis was always one of convenience. They are ideologically different: The Houthis are deeply religious while Saleh is a secularist.

Thousands of fighters from both sides had spread out around the capital this week ahead of the rally. On Thursday morning, a heavy exchange of gunfire erupted at a checkpoint close to Saleh’s residence between Houthis fighters and Saleh’s forces, witnesses said. A joint security committee formed by both sides resolved the dispute after 20 minutes. There were no casualties.

At the rally, Saleh did not address the rift, but his supporters expressed mistrust of their partners.

The Houthis do not accept others and will only accept partnership out of necessity,” said Bassam Ismail, 37, a government employee. “I believe that the religion should not be used to achieve political interests.” - By Ali Al-Mujahed and Sudarsan Raghavan

Comment: Washington Post has gone berserk, providing a narrative based on 'Shiite Houthi', calling Saleh 'secularist', Houthis 'deeply religious'.
It simply shows total ignorance.

24.8.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A P)

Sana'a rally debunked claims of Houthi-Saleh rift: Analyst

The message that the unprecedented mass rally held in Sana’a Thursday in solidarity with the Yemeni army and the Ansarullah movement carries is that the fight against the Saudi aggression will continue with tens of thousands ready on the front line, says a political expert.

In an interview with Press TV on Thursday, Hussain al-Bukhaiti pointed to recent media reports aimed at portraying divergence and fight among the Yemeni coalition fighting the Saudi aggression.

Referring to the events, the expert said Saudi news outlets had claimed an infighting between the Houthis and the GPC, presuming that Saudi-backed militants could destroy their coalition in Sana’a but the Thursday rally proved them wrong.

He touched on Saleh's call on GPC members to go and fight the ongoing Saudi aggression, because the former president thought that "the reason of this war is to separate the country."

My comment: Al Bukhaiti is a Houthi supporter.

24.8.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee ( A P)

These 2Yemeni men were behind security & the success of Sanaa rallies. Saleh's nephew Tarik Military intelligence chiefAbu Ali AlHakem (photo)

24.8.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A P)

Yemenis hold large rallies in Sana’a against deadly Saudi air raid

A parallel demonstration was also held in the capital by a large group of Ansarullah supporters.

The demonstrators condemned the brutal Saudi aggression against their country. They also slammed Saudi Arabia’s blockade of Yemen that has caused severe food and medicine shortages and led to fast-spreading epidemics.

To ensure security during the Monday events, fighters of the Ansarullah movement had set up checkpoints at the main entrances to the city.

On Monday, Saleh stressed his resolve to continue cooperation with the Houthi Ansarullah movement in the country to counter the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

Saleh also said that Saudi Arabia had been targeting Yemen’s sovereignty and independence with the military campaign, stressing that the Yemeni nation would not surrender or accept any parties’ dictates.

25.8.2017 – New News (A K)

Yemeni Security System Capture 55 Missiles for Saudi Mercenaries in Yemen’s Sana’a

Military source confirmed to NewNews that the detected operation came as result of Security operations and investigation as well helping of honorable citizens.

This operation came after two days of capturing 4 persons had bombs who came from Hajj province to Sana’a in planning to carry out terrorist acts .

Saudi Arabia and its alliance have attempted to deploy terrorist acts at the capital Sana’a . (photos)

27.8.2017 – New News (A P)

The main points of Asyed : Abdulmalik Bader-adain Alhouthi Speech in front of Yemeni wise men 19 .8. 2017

22.-26.8.2017 - Saadalteen Talib (A P)

Houthi militias kidnap a prominent Yemeni journalist frm his home in Taiz

(and earlier reporting

The kidnapped journalist Abdul Rahim Mohsen is now in coma .. Reports of torture by Houthi kidnappers

27.8.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Journalist falls into coma inside Houthi prison

Human Rights sources have said that the journalist Abdul-Raheem Muhsin on Saturday fell into coma four days after his abduction by Houthi-Saleh militias in Taiz.

Head of training and qualification of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate Nabeel al-Osaidi fell into come after being torture by the militias, pointing out that the militias still reject to take him to hospital.

The militias abducted Muhsin while he was going to al-Rahidah for treatment after his health deteriorated.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

27.8.2017 – Living in Yemen etc. (A)

Gunmen stormed a bank in the Tarim district of Hadramout province, east of Yemen.

A local source in the province of Hadramout told "Sputnik": "The gunmen attacked the evening of Saturday, August 26, the bank Karimi minutes before the end of the working hours, and looted money from within, and fled to an unknown destination."
Yemeni police have begun their procedures to uncover those involved in the robbery.

25.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)militants ambushedEmirati-backedal Hizam security forces in Ja’ar, Khanfir district, Abyan governorate, southern Yemen on August 24. An al Hizam unit attempted to return fire at the militants but unintentionally targeted a seperate al Hizam unit.[2]

25.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Two gunmen assassinated a Hadhrami Elite Forces officer Abdullah Naji Awad bin Taleb in Shibam district, Hadramawt governorate on August 24. Militants also assassinated a Hadhrami Elite Forces soldier in Seiyun city, Hadramawt governorate on August 24. [3]

25.8.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Yemen calls Arab League to meet, discuss humanitarian situation

My comment: The „Arab League“ is Saudi-dominated. - Thus again, the arsonist is called to serve as fire fighter.

24.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Suspected AQAPmilitants fired at an al Hizam security forces checkpoint in al Qashah area in Ahwar district, Abyan governorate, southwestern Yemenon August 23. AQAP militants and security forces clashed for an hour in al Qashah, according to local sources.[5]

24.8.2017 – Elisabeth Kendall (A T)

Locals say gunmen assassinated Hadrami Elite Force officer (brother of Shibam 'mayor') this eve in Shibam Yemen. AQAP has not yet claimed

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

26.8.2017 – New News (* A P)

Decision on Inclusion of Saudi Alliance on Blacklist : UN Spokesman

United Nations revealed that it will make a decision on the inclusion of Saudi alliance on black list, because of the crimes committed by Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

UN Secretary-General” Stephane Dujarric confirmed that his boss would make decision to include Saudi Arabia on “shame list” of coalition crimes against Yemen’s children, regardless of pressure.

Secretary-General will make a decision on the report of children in armed conflict, and a decision that will be in isolation from pressures he receives from inside or outside the building,” Dujarric said.

26.8.2017 – Pars Today (A P)

Amnesty International fordert Untersuchung der Verbrechen Saudi-Arabiens im Jemen

Die Menschenrechtsorganisation Amnesty International hat die Vereinten Nationen aufgefordert, die Berichte über die Verbrechen der saudi-arabischen Militärkoalition im Jemen und ihrer jüngsten Luftangriffe in Sanaa zu untersuchen.

Die Direktorin für Recherche im Nahen Osten bei Amnesty International, Lynn Maalouf, unterstrich am Freitagabend in einer Erklärung die Notwendigkeit, Saudi-Arabien wegen Kriegsverbrechen und Menschenrechtsverletzungen im Jemen, gemäß Völkerrecht zur Rechenschaft zu ziehen.

25.8.2017 – Amnesty International (* A P)

Yemen: UN must respond as five children killed in night of horror

An air strike which hit Faj Attan, a residential area of Yemen’s capital Sana’a in the early hours of this morning, destroying three homes, killing ten people and injuring seven more, shows that after more than two years of devastating conflict in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is as brazen as ever in its disregard for international humanitarian law, Amnesty International said today.

Lynn Maalouf said:

In the aftermath of this night of horror there are serious questions for UN leaders, who last year made the shameful decision to remove the coalition from the list of violators of children’s rights in conflict.

We are calling on the UN to look at the evidence – the schools and hospitals that lie in ruins, the hundreds of young lives lost to reckless airstrikes in the last year - and review this decision for the upcoming Children in Armed Conflict report. There is an urgent need to put Saudi Arabia under scrutiny for the raft of crimes under international law and other human rights violations its forces have committed in Yemen.”

25.8.2017 – UN News Centre (* A K P)

UN rights office gathering info on air strikes in Yemen; urges protection of civilians

Reiterating that attacks targeting civilians are prohibited under international law, the United Nations human rights office today confirmed dozens of casualties in airstrikes on villages near the capital, Sana'a.

Briefing journalists in Geneva, a spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioners for Human Rights (OHCHR), Liz Throssell, said one of the airstrikes on 23 August hit the Istirahat Al Shahab hotel in Bayt Al Athri in Arhab district, destroying the second floor and seriously damaging the rest of the building.

So far we have been able to confirm that 33 civilians were killed and another 25 injured in the attack,” Ms. Throssell said of the attack, which is being blamed on Coalition Forces.

In all these cases, in which civilians were killed and injured, witnesses said that there had been no warnings that an attack was imminent,” Ms. Throssell said.

Speaking on behalf of OHCHR, the spokesperson said attacks targeting civilians or civilian objects are prohibited under international humanitarian law, which also prohibits indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks.

We remind all parties to the conflict, including the Coalition, of their duty to ensure full respect for international humanitarian law,” said Ms. Throssell.

OHCHR is urging the relevant authorities to probe the attacks in “credible, comprehensive and impartial” investigations. = and by Voice of America:

My comment: But, the UN clearly has sided with the Saudi coalition – and this will not change.

Comments by Haykal Bafana: Indeed, it is the continuing failure of the UN to take any legal action which causes more deadly Saudi attacks on Yemen civilians.

Clearly, the UN's failure to take real action has emboldened, & continues to embolden, Saudi Arabia to kill Yemeni civilians with impunity.

To UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres : You gave Saudi Arabia 3 months to "improve"? Please list yourself on your child killer blacklist.

25.8.2017 – Inner City Press (* A P)

In Yemen, Saudis Kill 14 in Faj Attan perICRC, ICP Asked What UN Does To #FreeHisham

When the UN Security Council belatedly met about Yemen on July 12, only three of the Council members spoke in the open meeting: Uruguay, Bolivia and Sweden. On August 18, even Sweden did not speak. The UK, the Council's "penholder" on Yemen, did not speak in public in either session. But on August 21, Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi and Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of the "King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center,"came and took questions at the Security Council stakeout. Inner City Press asked if Saudi Arabia is (rightly) put back on the children and armed conflict list of shame, will Saudi Arabia again organize a group of (Sunni) countries to threaten the UN and get them off? Video here.Al-Mouallimi replied that he would not comment on a draft report, but that Saudi Arabia has "full consultation with the UN agencies involved" and "we hope positive conclusions can come out of that." On August 24, Inner City Press quoted that while raising the detention of Hisham al-Omeisy, and asked the UN what steps if any its envoy or anyone else at the UN has taken to #FreeHisham. None, it appears. Video here. - By Matthew Russell Lee and video:

24.8.2017 – Inner City Press (* A P)

Film: On Yemen, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Dujarric what Envoy IOCA or anyone in UN is doing to free Hisham Al-Omeisy #FreeHisham

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia an Iran

26.8.2017 – Fars news (A P)

Arab Analyst: Riyadh's Failure in Syria, Yemen Main Reason for Rapprochement Policy towards Iran

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, underscored that Saudi Arabia's failure in attaining its goals in the Syria and Yemen wars has made the country alter its path of foreign policy in an effort to revive good bilateral ties with Iran.

"Saudi Arabia was the key actor in the US scenario to overthrow the Syrian government but after 7 years it understood that Bashar al-Assad will remain in power with the help of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah and it has admitted this to its allies among the Syrian dissidents," Atwan wrote on Saturday.

Another reason for Riyadh to improve relations with Iran is the failure of its 2.5-year-long war against Yemen to return fugitive President Mansour Hadi to power, he said, adding that during this time Iran has shown patience and pragmatism and has always welcomed talks and normalization of ties with Saudi Arabia.

Atwan also referred to the recent visits by several Shiite figures to Saudi Arabia, including prominent cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who were welcomed by Riyadh, and said this shows that the Saudis are after the shortest way for mediation and improvement of ties with Tehran.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

26.8.2017- Press TV Iran (* A P)

Saudi regime forces demolish Shia mosque in Awamiyah

Saudi regime forces have reportedly razed a Shia mosque in the kingdom's oil-rich Eastern Province as Riyadh presses ahead with its heavy-handed clampdown on members of the religious community.

Local sources, requesting anonymity, said Saudi troops leveled Ayn Imam Hussain mosque to the ground in the town of al-Awamiyah, located some 390 kilometers northeast of the capital Riyadh, on Friday.

Video footage published on Twitter social media network showed dozens of concrete blocks and pieces of iron scattered around (photo) =

Remark: There has been a lot of reporting on the destruction of Awamiya. One report:

26.8.2017 – Times of Oman (B E P)

Saudi to open health, education sectors to full foreign ownership

Saudi Arabia will allow foreign investors to take 100 per cent ownership of companies in its health and education sectors, the head of the Kingdom's investment authority told Reuters.
It is the latest move by the country to gradually ease ownership restrictions on foreign firms, which have previously been required to set up a joint venture with a local partner.
"We are opening up education centres to have ownership 100 per cent, all types of education even from primary school. This is something new for Saudi," Ibrahim al-Omar, governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), said.
In the health sector, the ministry will "just be a regulator and not a service provider anymore", said Omar. This will open up $180 billion of investment opportunities in that sector over the next five years, he said.

25.8.2017 – Middle East Eye (A P)

Film: This Saudi boss openly boasts about beating his labourer. Do Gulf countries have a serious abuse problem toward their migrant workers?

My comment: Of course, they have. But for them, this is normal.

25.8.2017 – BBC (A P)

Saudi police release teenager detained for doing Macarena

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

25.8.2017 – Sputnik News (* A K)

US-Helikopter stürzt in Jemen ab

An Jemens Küste ist am Freitag eine Militärmaschine vom Typ UH-60 Black Hawk abgestürzt, meldet die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters. Ein Crew-Mitglied wird vermisst.

An Bord seien nach Angaben des US-Militärkommandos sechs Personen gewesen, fünf von ihnen haben den Absturz überlebt und wurden von Rettungskräften geborgen. Es werde nach einem weiteren Mitglied der Crew gesucht.

Der Hubschrauber sei um 19.00 Uhr (Ortszeit) etwa 32 Kilometer von der südlichen Küste Jemens entfernt abgestürzt.

26.8.2017 – Reuters (* A K)

U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashes off Yemen coast

A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen on Friday during training, with a search underway for one U.S. service member, the U.S. military said.

U.S. Central Command said in a statement that five other service members aboard the aircraft had been rescued and the crash took place about 20 miles (32 km) off the southern coast of Yemen at 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

My comment: This evidently is a place in the world where any US helicopter has no job at all.

25.8.2017 – Kenneth Roth / Jo Bouk (* A P)

Selective "principles": US presses UN rights council to address Venezuela while opposing international probe of Saudi-led bombing of Yemen.

It's almost as if the humanitarian rationales for intervention you routinely promote are pretexts for imperialism

25.8.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

Photos: Acting Commander of the RSAF Maj. General Mohammed Al-Otaibi inspects Red Flag & Green Flagdrills, at Nellis AFB

"I told our friends next time we'll have the F-15 SA" the acting Cdr of the RSAF says during his visit at Nellis AFB to witness Red/Gr Flag

My comment: Us-Saudi killer kinship.

24.8.2017 – Wbur (* A P)

'We Are Looking For A Political Solution' To Yemen Civil War, U.S. Ambassador Says

Matthew Tueller(@USEmbassyYemen), the American ambassador to Yemen, tells Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti that the U.S. hopes to bring the warring sides together to try to negotiate a resolution. (Audio) =

My comment: The US is a party of this war, backing one side of the conflict. The US has fueled and armed this war, the US policy and intervention had made it possible. The US never will be able to contribute to a political solution – the best thing it can do simply it to keep out, to shut up and to pay for the mess it had caused.

Remark by Anthony Fenton: Ambassador to Yemen tries to sanitize how the US helps the Saudi's wage horrific bombing campaign referring to

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

26.8.2017 – Reform Magazine (* A P)

Interview: Peace crime

Sam Walton, Quaker peace activist, talks to Stephen Tomkins and Charissa King

In the early hours of 21 January, Sam Walton and the Methodist minister Dan Woodhouse broke into Warton Aerodrome, the assembly and testing facility of BAE Systems. In the name of peace and justice, they hoped to disable four Eurofighter Typhoons, which were to be shipped to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen. Their lawyers believe their action could have been the largest ever conspiracy to cause criminal damage, in financial terms, in UK legal history. The case comes to court in October.

Sam Walton’s other peace actions include a citizen’s arrest on Major General Ahmad Asiri for war crimes in Yemen, disrupting UK Trade and Industry’s Defence and Security symposium and running Art the Arms Fair – a campaign to make the London’s weapons exhibition more visible. His job is Peace and Disarmament Programme Manager for Quaker Peace and Social Witness, but while his activism stems from his Quaker beliefs, it is not carried out in an official capacity. As he puts it: ‘I’m not allowed to get arrested in work time.’

Reform talked to him at Friends House in London.

25.8.2017 – Adam Baron (A P)

Some (albeit quite veiled) criticism of the Saudi-led coalition by the UK's Minister of State for MENA.

referring to

25.8.2017 – Alistait Burt (A P)

Concerning reports of civilian casualties in Yemen. All parties must comply w/Intl Law & work on political settlement to end violence.

My comment: Evil tactics. Never blame the Saudi coalition for being able tomake billions by further selling arms to them. Make such odd statements for PR purpose, giving the image of Britain being a peaceful country asking for peace, while selling weapons and supporting war.

25.8.2017 – The National Scot (* B K P)

UK ‘complicit’ in Yemen suffering as arms sales to Saudi continue while humanitarian crisis worsens

24.8.2017 – Huffington Post (* B K P)

Saudi Forces Have Inflicted A Terrible Bombardment On Yemen - But The UK Arms Sales Keep Flowing

Despite her government’s complicity in the tragedy, Theresa May has said she wants to forge a ‘deeper partnership’ and an ‘intensification’ in the UK’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. It is a relationship she has pulled out all stops to impress and defend, with arms sales, kind words and a high profile state visit to Riyadh at Easter.

UK arms export criteria clearly states that, if there is a ‘clear risk’ that weapons ‘might’ be used in a serious violation of international humanitarian law, then an arms sale should not go ahead. There are few who have been accused of violation as serious as those which a UN Expert Panel and many of the world’s leading NGOs have accused Saudi forces of committing in Yemen.

None of this has passed without controversy in the UK. Arms sales to Saudi have been the subject of intense debate, with the High Court recently considering a Judicial Review application from Campaign Against Arms Trade, which argued that the arms sales haven’t just been immoral but also illegal.

After months of deliberation, the Judges came down on the government’s side, a verdict which campaigners fear will be regarded as a green light for further arms sales to despots, dictatorships and human rights abusers. The verdict is being appealed.

In the meantime, Saudi military representatives are among those expected to fly into East London in three weeks time for Defence & Security Equipment International 2017 (DSEI), one of the biggest arms fairs in the world. While there, they will be greeted by government ministers, glad-handed by civil servants and descended on by arms dealers and representatives from supposedly ‘respectable’ companies like BAE Systems.

Thousands of activists will gather outside the Excel Centre, which has the dubious honour of hosting this carnival of the grotesque – by Andrew Smith, Campaign Against Arms Trade

23.8.2017 – The Canary (* A P)

There’s a massive arms fair coming to London. And these people want to make sure you notice.

In just under three weeks, one of the world’s largest arms fairs is coming to London. And ‘Protest Stencil’ is making sure that people in the area are aware of what’s happening.

The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event is taking place in September at the ExCeL Centre. So Protest Stencil made new posters for the bus stops around the centre: (photos)

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

25.8.2017 – Auswärtiges Amt (A K P)

Auswärtiges Amt zur Lage in Jemen

Eine Sprecherin des Auswärtigen Amts erklärte heute (25.08.) zu Meldungen über die Bombardierung eines Hotels bei Sanaa:

Mit Bestürzung haben wir Berichte über die Bombardierung eines Hotels zur Kenntnis gekommen, bei der nördlich von Sanaa über 30 Menschen getötet und zahlreiche weitere verletzt worden sein sollen. Der Vorfall verdeutlicht einmal mehr die Zuspitzung der dramatischen Lage in Jemen.
Wir rufen alle Seiten nachdrücklich zur Einhaltung des humanitären Völkerrechts auf. und

Mein Kommentar: Eine Stellungnahme, in der die Saudische Koalition kein einziges mal erwähnt wird – das ist Komplizenschaft mit den Tätern.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

24.8.2017 – The New Paper (A P)

2 Singaporeans jailed for crossdressing in UAE

Each man gets 1 year's jail for wearing women's clothes and behaving indecently

My comment: Simple advice: Never go to a state infected by Wahabism. There are many other niece destinations for vacation around the worild..

24.8.2017 – Aljazeera (B P)

The Russian-Saudi rapprochement and Iran

Would Russia draw closer to Saudi Arabia and risk losing Iran?

A number of developments in recent months have signalled a possible rapprochement between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Moscow's acceptance of Hadi's ambassador nomination would not be the first time Russian and Iranian foreign policy have diverged. Although Russia did not side with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, it also does not necessarily approve of Iran's war games.

In other words, Moscow has too much to lose from souring relations with Tehran.

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

24.8.2017 – Zerohedge (* A P)

In Historic Move, Qatar Restores Diplomatic Relations With Iran

24.8.2017 – DPA (* A P)

Katar weitet diplomatische Beziehungen zum Iran aus

In der Krise am Golf könnte sich eine neue Eskalation anbahnen. Katars Nachbarn fordern das Emirat auf, die Beziehungen zum Iran einzuschränken. Stattdessen macht Katar das Gegenteil.;art529903,4694176

23.8.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

Saudi Arabia has started spreading its own ‘fake news’ in the latest bizarre turn in its row with Qatar

Not only are Saudi news outlets releasing threatening videos and encouraging dissent against Qatar’s ruler, but they are also claiming Western media is ‘misleadingly’ reporting on what’s happening

When it takes Julian Assange, of all people, to point out how Saudi Arabia’s dirty tricks campaign has gone into overdrive, you know it’s reaching Alice in Wonderland proportions.

From his bolthole in the Ecuadorian embassy, the Wikileaks founder took to Twitter to complain that the Saudi-owned TV station Al Arabiya was making “increasingly absurd fabrications” in the country’s 11-week-long dispute with Qatar.

In particular he took the broadcaster to task for quoting him saying Qatar had paid ”huge sums of money” for two damaging cables not to be published.

Equally absurd was the Arab TV station’s attack on The Independent and Newsweek over the weekend.

But while Al Jazeera is an internationally respected news organisation, Al Arabiya, in Assange’s words, is just becoming, well, absurd.

Consider how gleefully it seized upon this week’s story of how a little-known cousin of the Emir of Qatar was paraded around Saudi Arabia and touted as a mediator between the two countries.

Not only did he get to see the Crown Prince, but he was also flown to Morocco to meet King Salman himself at his holiday retreat.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani, who’s an elderly relative of the current Emir living in Saudi and married to a Saudi woman, in a matter of hours become the proud owner of a Twitter account with 250,000 followers.

It is being deluged with people calling for the ruling Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim, to step down, using a hashtag which reads (in translation) “Abdullah is Qatar’s Future” – by Anthony Harwood

My comment: Please keep in mind that there is absolutely NO difference to the absurd Saudi propaganda on Yemen.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

25.8.2017 – Near Eastern Outlook (* B K P)

There's a reason why Washington and London won't leave the business of killing

The fact that for London any armed conflict is perfect opportunity to sell its weapons is vividly confirmed by the recently declassified documents of the National Archives of the United Kingdom showing, in particular, that the British government considered Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 to be an “unprecedented opportunity” to obtain super profits from the sale of weapons to the countries of the Persian Gulf . Back in the day UK’s Minister for Defence Procurement, Alan Clarke would use exact same words in his letter to British PM of the time Margaret Thatcher, noting that this was an unprecedented opportunity for DESO (the Department of Defense Export Administration).”

As declassified documents show, “an unprecedented opportunity” for Clark was the expected response of the US and its allies to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and the outbreak of military conflict in the region. The fact that wars have always been considered as a chance to sell more arms to other states has recently been confirmed by The Guardian.

Mind you that last May former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted that the US invasion of Iraq launched in 2003 had nothing in common with establishing democracy in this country, the goal was to overthrow Saddam Hussein and establish a pro-Washington regime in this country . This invasion would then result in a civil war that gave birth to ISIS.

Of the other declassified documents of 1983, it follows that Britain had not interest in stopping Iraqi production of chemical weapons, since British exporters were involved in this trade, according to the documents of the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

So, if for residents of the Middle East wars means death, poverty and grief, Washington and London believe that wars is a perfect opportunity to get even richer at the expense of somebody else’s blood! - by Vladimir Odintsov

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

26.8.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A K P)

Sudan deploys more forces to Yemen to help Saudi-led war

A new group of Sudanese troops has reportedly been deployed to southern Yemen to assist a Saudi-led coalition waging war on the impoverished country.

Russia’s Sputnik news agency said on Friday that the Sudanese soldiers had been disembarked from a cargo plane in Yemen’s Aden Province.

Local sources said the forces had been transported in military vehicles from the Aden airport to a special camp for Sudanese soldiers in the Khor Maksar district of the Yemeni province.

Sudan has deployed around 1,000 troops to Yemen to help prop up the Saudi-led coalition.

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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26.8.2017 – ARD (* B H)

Audio: Jemen: Fluchtroute mit Gegenverkehr

24.8.2017 – Deutschlandfunk (* B H)

Hunderttausende Afrikaner sitzen im Jemen fest

Im Jemen sind nach Angaben der Vereinten Nationen mehrere hunderttausend Flüchtlinge aus afrikanischen Staaten gestrandet.

Eine Sprecherin der Internationalen Organisation für Migration sagte der Evangelischen Presseagentur, trotz des Bürgerkrieges im Jemen kämen pro Monat schätzungsweise 10.000 Migranten ins Land. Die Gesamtzahl liege inzwischen bei bis zu zwei Millionen Flüchtlingen. Die meisten von ihnen kämen aus Äthiopien und Somalia und wollten weiter in die Golfstaaten. Der Jemen sei aber nicht in der Lage, die Menschen zu versorgen.

23.-25.8.2017 – Abdikhayr Hussein (* A H)

[with photos]

Bosaso Reception and Transit Center is temporary accommodation centre for Refugees from Yemen. Managed by @moipunt withsupp of UNCHRsom

The IDPs Registration and Profiling Exercise in Bosaso is underway smoothly. 60% finished.

Received hundreds from Yemen at Bosaso Port. @RefugeeDeptPunt and @UNHCRSom and @IOM_Somalia in the port to receive refugees

Refugees from Yemen today at Bosaso Port. They are desperately in need of humanitarian assistance.

Unaccompanied children arrived with refugees from Yemen today at Bosaso Port. Now, they are in safe hands.

24.8.2017 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Yemen: IDPs Hosting Sites (as of August 2017)

22.8.2017 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Yemen: Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster Dashboard for July 2017

22.-24.8.2017 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster (A H)

Various infographics / maps:

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1

25.8.2017 – Elisabeth Kendall (A T)

AQAP Yemen releases no.15 in Batarfi's Stories of Prophets series. 6.33mins of advice on "Abstaining from Sins" with Yusuf/Joseph as model (photos)

cp15 Propaganda

27.8.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat ( A H P)

Yemen Refugees in Djibouti Benefit from over $250 Million in Saudi Aid

Saudi Ambassador to Djibouti Abdulaziz al-Daoud announced on Saturday that the Kingdom has presented over $250 million in aid to Yemen refugees in the African country since the beginning of Operation Decisive Storm.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center had since the beginning of the crisis launched convoys of aid to Yemeni refugees, who had fled their country to escape the oppression of the Houthi and Saleh militias.

A Yemeni refugee camp was set up in the Abakh region in northern Djibouti in cooperation with the local government.

The camp houses some 10,000 refugees, who have been provided with tents, food and water throughout the time they have spent there.

My comment: Making propaganda as humanitarian benefactor while killing, injurting, destroying, starving out.

25.8.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Ould Cheikh: ‘No Solution in Yemen but for Institutions to Work under Legitimate Government’

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed revealed Friday that a close meeting between the United Nations and representatives of the Houthi militias will take place in Geneva or in any other regional countries, such as Muscat or Cairo.

He said in an interview with Al Arabiya channel that the upcoming meeting will discuss the details of the initiative of al-Hodeida port and Sana’a airport, adding that the Hodeidah plan allows for the entry of humanitarian aid and food.

Regarding the Houthi and Saleh’s militia, he added, “they are closing the door, but we are still trying with them.”

Ould Cheikh Ahmed pointed out that there is difficulty in reaching an agreement with them during negotiations, expressing concern about the consequences of the clashes between the Houthis and Saleh’s militia.

The UN envoy said that the city of Taiz has reached a catastrophic humanitarian situation and that there is no solution but for all institutions to work under the control of the legitimate government.

He praised Yemen’s government for backing up his efforts.

26.8.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Arab Coalition Committed to Protecting Yemeni Civilians

Children were among at least 14 people killed in an airstrike that toppled residential blocks in Yemen’s capital Sana’a on Friday, witnesses and medics said.

Spokesman for the Arab coalition in Yemen Turki al-Malki reaffirmed the coalition’s commitment to protecting Yemeni civilians.

In a statement, Malki said that the Arab coalition adopts rules of engagement in accordance with the provisions of international humanitarian law.

All operations launched south of Sana’a are being reviewed upon allegations on targeting a home in the district, and results will be announced immediately after the investigation is completed,” he added.

We always make sure that the targets are totally military to avoid civilian casualties,” the spokesman stressed.

Sources told Asharq Al-Awsat in a phone call that the leadership of the Arab Coalition to support the legitimacy of Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia, recalls its obligations to protect civilians and spare them the effects of the conflict.

They stressed that the coalition’s operations are conducted according to the mechanisms and procedures of targeting military sites.

These procedures and mechanisms start with detecting the military target through several sources to prevent errors in the targeting mechanism, assuming that every location in Yemen is a civilian site until the contrary is proven.

25.8.2017 – Arab News (A P)

The honeymoon is over for Saleh and the Houthis

The 2014 pact between the two former enemies, which precipitated Yemen’s descent into chaos, seems now to have reached breaking point. The Houthi leadership points the finger at Saleh for trying to sell them out to the Arab coalition, while Saleh’s GPC factions blame the militia’s Revolutionary Committees for the mess in the capital and the wider north.
The deterioration of this relationship comes as no surprise. It was a purely tactical agreement with an implicit expiry date. Saleh’s survival instincts and goal of recovering his clan’s grip on the north led him to open the gates of Sanaa to the Houthi militias, in order to undermine the transition process and the government of Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
Driven by the ambition to revive Zaydi northern dominance, emboldened by Iranian backing, and taking advantage of a fragile equilibrium, the Houthis used their opposition to the federation plans as a pretext to pursue broader goals, including strategic access to the Red Sea.
It was always a mistake to believe that Saleh’s Zaydi background would translate into any kind of ideological affinity with the Houthi leadership. Contrary to Saleh’s cold pragmatism, the Houthis are religiously militant and follow a specific brand of Zaydism, heavily influenced by revolutionary Khomeinism and with substantial differences to other Zaydi traditions.

Things went from bad to worse when Saleh and the Houthi leadership announced the formation of a joint government in the summer of 2016, ironically called the National Salvation Government. This made it all but impossible to disguise their deep divergences, as the rivalry between both sides for influence, funds and allies intensified. In the past few months, Saleh and his supporters have grown increasingly angry at the Houthis’ efforts to sideline them.
Could the collapse of this pact be the beginning of the end of the conflict? It surely offers some hope. Without the support of Saleh’s forces, the Houthis become far more vulnerable, politically and militarily. The Zaydi militias’ radicalism and total unpreparedness to govern has severely damaged their popularity and they would not have been able to take over Sanaa, let alone wreak havoc across the whole country, without the support from security and military units loyal to the former president – by Dr. Manuel Almeida

My comment: The Houthi / saleh tensions are the main chance of the Saudis to end this war by their own conditions (that means: as a someway Saudi success) so that Saudi media of course try to enlarge it by writing and ptopaganda.

25.8.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Will Saleh Abandon Houthi in Yemen?

Saleh prides himself in his political skills enabling him to “dance with the wolves”. Yet, his disagreement with Houthi could be nothing more than one of his repeated routines.

That is why everyone highly doubts this charade and is awaiting to see what happens next. This doesn’t negate that there are indeed some discrepancies between the two allies.

Houthi militias are used to insulting Saleh’s commanders and occupied many areas under their control, not to forget the political and financial disputes.

How can we be sure that Saleh is really in disagreement with Houthi?

Surely not from protests and not from thousands of poems written; they are deceiving facade.

The real disagreement between the two insurgents can be detected not just through statements and quarrels but when their forces fight each other. Only then, we can be sure that the scenario has changed.

Saudi-led coalition, fighting to restore legitimacy in Yemen, was prepared in the past to do anything to see the Houthi-Saleh alliance broken. It no longer has to concede for any of them to witness this.

As the clashes continued, territories under the coalition control increased and war almost only happens now in areas under the control of the rivals.

One of the main reasons for this success is the training of thousands of Yemeni fighters of the legitimate government forces had received. With Qatar out of the coalition, the leadership is in agreement more now –
especially that Doha was behind many of the disputes.

This doesn’t make the task to liberate the remaining territories within the control of the insurgents any easier, as Yemen remains divided between three powers: the legitimacy, Houthi and Saleh until a political solution is reached.

Saleh is aware that a “political solution” is most likely for his best interest because if Iran accepts a regional reconciliation, it will ask Houthis to accept the solution.

Assuming that a solution is possible, but in the worst case scenario which is when everyone hides in their trenches, then the legitimate government is the least party to suffer of all three. The legitimacy is in control of half of Yemen and has enough resources to manage the areas.

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My comment: LOL. It was told Saudi Arabia is unable to win this war and wants to end it – but of course only if all Saudi conditions are accepted. This seems to be the way the Saudis want to getvout of this war?

25.8.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A P)

UAE Press: Saudi Arabia and UAE are among largest international aid donors to Yemen

A UAE daily has said that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are among the largest international aid donors to Yemen.

Last month, the UAE donated $10m to fight the cholera outbreak in Yemen. And Saudi Arabia is improving infrastructure at multiple ports in Yemen to speed up aid delivery. "But infusions of foreign money cannot end the suffering of Yemenis. That will only happen when Yemen is released from the chokehold of the Houthis and Mr. Saleh (Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president of Yemen). This moment must be seized," The National wrote in its editorial today.

"Since then, this self-serving alliance has brought nothing but misery to the people of Yemen.

My comment: Standard propaganda, just denying that all humanitarian help given by the Saudis and the UAE is peanuts compared to killing, injuring and destruction brought by them.

24.8.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

Yemeni Official: Houthi Militia destroyed large part of sports facilities in Yemen

The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Yemen confirmed that the war launched by the Houthi militia and ousted Saleh destroyed a large part of sports facilities in the country.

My comment: This is ridiculous propaganda. The Houthis never could have destroyed as much sports facilities than the aerial bombings by the Saudi coalition did.

24.8.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

Al Houthis and its allies liable for Yemen’s woes

Supporters of Saleh and militias are only prolonging the sufferings for our Arab brothers and sisters

It’s been a little more than two years since Al Houthi rebels set Yemen on a path of chaos when the force, assisted by their ideological and logistical masters in Tehran, overthrew the legitimate government and deposed President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. And since then, our Arab brothers have faced a violent and uncertain future, one in which misery, malnutrition and mayhem have festered while the usurpers sought legitimacy.

Desperate to hold onto power, Al Houthis sought any friends they could in a dangerous game of attempting to conquer Yemen through division and allegiances. It has bred instability, violence and chaos — and ultimately failed.

The international community could never stand by as Al Houthis and its supporters and other militia elements aligned as former president Ali Abdullah Saleh vied for influence and control. Indeed, for the past two years, an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia — and in which the UAE is proud to be playing a leading role — is acting on United Nations Security Council resolutions to bring peace and restore the legitimate government in Yemen.

Al Houthis and Saleh’s forces make for uncomfortable bedfellows — both lack any legitimacy nor mandate, and cannot govern without each other.

My comment: Propaganda of the most primitive kind, and simply false: The saudi coalition does not have any UN mandate at all. It is not at all „cting on United Nations Security Council resolutions“ as claimed here.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1b, cp1c

26.8.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabiaand its alliance in #Yemen 23, 24, 25 Aug 2017 (full lists):

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27.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launches 15 raids on Hajjah prov.

27.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wage raids on Sa'ada prov.

27.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two citizens injured in Saudi air strikes on Saada prov.

Two citizens were injured when Saudi warplanes waged strikes on Baqim and Razah districts of Saada province overnight, an official told Saba on Sunday.
The strikes hit al-Mahjer area in Razah and Burkan area in Baqim, wounding the citizens and damaging to the houses of the citizens

27.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Four Saudi airstrikes hit Mokha district

26.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression war planes hit residential districts in Saada province

26.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-led aggression launch air strikes on houses, farms in Marib provinc

24.-25.8.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K PH)

The ugly night just has started in Sanaa. Saudi jets flying over the sky of the capital Sanaa now. Who can stop them?

First huge explosion rocking the capital Sanaa now following intense Saudi airstrikes over the sky of the city. 2:04 AM

Another explosion rocking our city Sanaa by Saudi warplanes in less than 6 minutes.

Just count with me, third huge explosion rocking the capital Sanaa now in less than 8 minutes.

Another Two strikes and the Saudi jets still hovering (film)

Film: I ws on roof at 2AM whn wrplns bmbng and abig light far frm me.i didnt knw the target ws house&kild all family

Result of this bombing campaign: Look at cp1c

24.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

U.S.-Saudi warplanes launch five raids on Serwah, Marib prov.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Pro-Houthi / Pro-Saleh reports:

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

8.2017 – Fan 8500 at Pinterest

139 Yemen photos

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-338 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-338: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

13:22 27.08.2017
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