Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 354 - Yemen War Mosaic 354

Yemen Press Reader 354: Alles aus Woche 43 Teil 2 (27.-28. Oktober 2017) und Woche 44 (29. Oktober - 5. November 2017 / All from week 43 part 2 (Oct. 27 -28, 2017) and week 44 (Oct. 29 - Nov. 5)
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Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

Zuerst: Verschleppte der Huthis / At first: Houthi detainees

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Cholera

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Rakete auf Riad / Missle at Riyadh

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensverhansdlungen / 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 Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

Zuerst: Verschleppte der Huthis / At first: Houthi detainees

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(* A P)

Twenty prisoners go on hunger strike in Houthi-Saleh jails

Twenty prisoners have begun a hunger strike in the Houthi-Saleh militias-run jail of the Political Security (intelligence) in Sana'a, in protest over denial of their relatives' visits to them, the mothers of the prisoners said.

The prisoners had been abducted years ago, put in jails and as of 27th August 2017 referred to courts for political dissent against the radical militias that is locked in a battle with the internationally recognized government and the backing Arab Coalition since 2015.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12550

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Houthi militias terrify neighborhood by abducting and shooting

The Houthi Saleh rebel militiamen in Ibb terrified a whole neighborhood in downtown Ibb when they stormed it and began shooting fire at the pedestrians and abducting a number of them.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12513

(A P)

Houthi militant assault educators in Hajjah

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12512

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Mothers worried after Houthi-Saleh militias torture inmate to death

The mothers of dozens of political oppositionists abducted and detained by the Houthi-Saleh rebel militias have voiced their extreme concerns about the safety of their children after they learnt that one detainee has been tortured to death in a prison in the capital Sana'a.

The mothers, who organize themselves in the Abductees' Mothers Association, said in a press statement that "several abductees have been subjected to a severe torture in Habrah prison which led to the death of one of them whose identity is still undisclosed by the prison supervisors."

They said that "dozens are severely and systematically tortured in the Political Security Jail (intelligence jail), Harah Jail and several other secret jails" run by the radical militias.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12471

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Disgruntled mothers appeal for release of sons from Houthi-Saleh jails

Disgruntled mothers of peaceful activists that the alliance of Saleh forces and Houthi radical militias abducted and have been detaining since the military takeover of 2014 have renewed their "appeal to the international organizations, the UN and its special envoy and all rights groups to swiftly intervene and end their forcible disappearance."

The mothers, who organize themselves in the "Abductees' Mothers Association in different provinces, staged a rally in the central Yemen city of Ibb on Friday to make their concerns about their children known.

They are staging sit-ins continually and non-stop since the abduction of their children. The day before members of the association in Hodeidah held a rally to voice the same concerns. In Hodeida they expressed their concern that they had learnt that their children are subjected to brutal torture in the rebel militias' jails.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12347

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Houthi-Rakete auf Riad, siehe cp2a / Houthi missile at Riyadh, look at cp2a

Saudischer Luftangriff tötet 29, siehe cp16, 1. Nov. / Saudi air raid killing 29, look at cp16, Nov. 1

(** A P)

House leaders neuter anti-war Yemen bill

House leaders have neutered a bipartisan push to suspend US military support for Saudi Arabia’s campaign against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., had planned to offer a resolution this week requiring President Donald Trump to cease US military involvement in Yemen except for “forces engaged in operations directed at al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or associated forces.” A new resolution introduced Wednesday and obtained by Al-Monitor, however, eliminates that clause amid pressure from House leaders opposed to the motion.

In addition to eliminating the “removal of armed forces” clause, the new resolution calls on “all responsible countries to take appropriate and necessary measures against the government of Iran, including the interdiction of Iranian weapons to the Houthis.” It also urges an end to the obstruction of humanitarian aid while supporting “the Saudi-led Arab coalition’s commitments to abide by their no-strike list and restricted target list and improve targeting capabilities.”

Peace activists, however, are furious at the missed opportunity to end US support for the Saudi coalition, which has been accused of indiscriminately bombing civilian targets. They argue that eliminating the clause calling for the “removal of armed forces” and the addition of other clauses has rendered the new resolution toothless.
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/11/congress-house-leaders-water-down-bill-war-yemen-saudi.html

My comment: LOL, LOL, LOL. Democracy, US-style.

(** B P T)

How U.S.-Saudi Marriage Gave Birth to Jihad

Attempts to use Wahhabism to our advantage ultimately proved disastrous.

Like any imperialist power, the United States can be a bit unscrupulous in the partners it chooses. So one might expect it to look the other way when its Saudi friends spread their militant doctrines into Indonesia, the Philippines, the Indian subcontinent, Syria, and numerous points beyond.

But Washington did more than just look away. It actively encouraged such activities by partnering with the Wahhabists in any number of hotspots. They include Afghanistan, where American- and Saudi-armed jihadis drove out the Soviets in the 1980s. They also include Bosnia, where the two countries reportedly teamed up in the mid-1990s to smuggle hundreds of millions of dollars worth of arms into Alija Izetbegović’s Islamic republic, today a stronghold of Wahhabist Salafism. Other notable examples: Kosovo, where the United States joined forces with “Afghan Arabs” and other Saudi-backed jihadis in support of the secessionist movement of Hashim Thaçi; Chechnya, where leading neocons such as Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Kenneth Adelman, Midge Decter, Frank Gaffney, Michael Ledeen, and R. James Woolsey championed Saudi-backed Islamist rebels; Libya, where Hillary Clinton personally recruited Qatar to join the effort against Muammar Qaddafi and then said nothing as the Wahhabist kingdom funneled some $400 million to rebel groups, many of them Islamists who proceeded to turn the country upside down; and of course Syria, where Sunni head-choppers backed by the Saudis and other oil monarchies have turned the country into a charnel house.

The United States pronounces itself shocked—shocked!—at the results, while pocketing the winnings – by Daniel Lazare

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-u-s-saudi-marriage-gave-birth-to-jihad/

(** B K P)

Yemen Crisis: Causes, Threats and Resolution Scenarios

The events in Yemen has long remained in the shadow of the numerous crises in other Middle Eastern countries. Nevertheless, the Yemen crisis carries threats that have already started to affect its neighbours in the Arabian Peninsula and which might affect the interests of global actors in the future. The situation in Yemen has already been identified as one of the world’s largest humanitarian catastrophes of the 21st century, causing concerns for the United Nations and the international community. If urgent measures are not taken to resolve the political crisis in the country, the situation could present greater challenges.

Russia has been consistent in calling on global and regional forces to work together in trying to resolve the region’s problems.

The current environment requires new approaches to the crisis in Yemen.

The complex nature of the Yemeni conict and the decisive role of foreign actors in theinitiation and continuation of the military phase of the crisis make it possible to dene the situation as a specic form of hybrid war-fare. The course taken by the United States under the Trump administration towards escalating the conict is hampering the peace process in Yemen and undermining the region’s security, including by creating addi-tional risks to Saudi Arabia and aggravating the situation within the GCC

The nature of the crisis changed completely during the course of Operation Decisive Storm. At the same time, the objectives and motives of the leading international actorsremain opaque and are pushing the countrytowards more dire chaos and poverty, which threatens extremely grave social and political consequences for the entire region. All the forces ghting against the Saleh–Houthi alliance and involved in air raids in Yemen are either armed or funded by foreign actors

The essence of the conict as explained in the resolution boils down to the confrontation between President Hadi (the legitimate autho-rity) and the Ansar Allah movement (the rebels who staged the coup).

It is dicult to describe the ensuing events as a coup staged by the Houthis.

http://russiancouncil.ru/en/activity/policybriefs/yemen-crisis-causes-threats-and-resolution-scenarios/

(** B H K)

YEMEN 2017 — A Photo Essay.

Some previously unpublished moments whilst on the road with United Nations OCHA during April/May of 2017. Photographs and captions by Giles Clarke/Getty Images Reportage.

https://medium.com/@gilesclarke/yemen-2017-a-photo-essay-3b9b689b2b8d

(** A P)

SAUDI ARABIA’S GOVERNMENT PURGE — AND HOW WASHINGTON CORRUPTION ENABLED IT

Whatever the official explanation, it is being read around the world as a power grab by the kingdom’s rising crown prince. “The sweeping campaign of arrests appears to be the latest move to consolidate the power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son and top adviser of King Salman,” as the New York Times put it.

The move marks a moment of reckoning for Washington’s foreign policy establishment, which struck a bargain of sorts with the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, and Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the U.S. who has been MBS’s leading advocate in Washington. The unspoken arrangement was clear: The UAE and Saudi Arabia would pump millions into Washington’s political ecosystem while mouthing a belief in “reform,” and Washington would pretend to believe that they meant it.

Whatever legitimate debate there was about MBS ended Saturday — his drive to consolidate power is now too obvious to ignore. And that puts denizens of Washington’s think tank world in a difficult spot, as they have come to rely heavily on the Saudi and UAE end of the bargain.

Scholars at the think tanks that are backed with Saudi and UAE money say they pride themselves on their ability to speak and write freely, and bristle at any suggestion that the funding corrupts the intellectual product.

That claim has always been dubious, but the next few days will put it to the test in a way it never has been tested before.

https://theintercept.com/2017/11/05/what-happened-in-saudi-arabia-last-night-and-how-washington-corruption-enabled-it/

(** B K P T)

In Shocking, Viral Interview, Qatar Confesses Secrets Behind Syrian War

A television interview of a top Qatari official confessing the truth behind the origins of the war in Syria is going viral across Arabic social media during the same week a leaked top secret NSA document was published which confirms that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the conflict.

And according to a well-known Syria analyst and economic adviser with close contacts in the Syrian government, the explosive interview constitutes a high level "public admission to collusion and coordination between four countries to destabilize an independent state, [including] possible support for Nusra/al-Qaeda." Importantly, "this admission will help build case for what Damascus sees as an attack on its security & sovereignty. It will form basis for compensation claims."

As the war in Syria continues slowly winding down, it seems new source material comes out on an almost a weekly basis in the form of testimonials of top officials involved in destabilizing Syria, and even occasional leaked emails and documents which further detail covert regime change operations against the Assad government. Though much of this content serves to confirm what has already long been known by those who have never accepted the simplistic propaganda which has dominated mainstream media, details continue to fall in place, providing future historians with a clearer picture of the true nature of the war.

This process of clarity has been aided - as predicted - by the continued infighting among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) former allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with each side accusing the other of funding Islamic State and al-Qaeda terrorists (ironically, both true). Increasingly, the world watches as more dirty laundry is aired and the GCC implodes after years of nearly all the gulf monarchies funding jihadist movements in places like Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-28/shocking-viral-interview-qatar-confesses-secrets-behind-syrian-war

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

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(* A H)

Quick tip / #cholera: ORAL REHYDRATION SOLUTION of salt sugar and water to halt/alleviate the symptoms of cholera.
Remember: only clean water and seek medical help. (see image)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1540080229378335/?type=3&theater

05 Nov

(* A H)

Yemen: Electronic Disease Early Warning System (eDEWS) Cholera Response Daily Epidemiological Update (2017-11-04)

902,785 cases, 2,191 deaths

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-cholera-suspected-cases-27-april-3-november-2017

03 Nov

(* A H)

Map: Yemen: Cholera Attack Rate (%) Population (From 27 April - 3 November 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-cholera-attack-rate-population-27-april-3-november-2017

Map: Yemen: Cholera Suspected Cases (From 27 April - 3 November 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-cholera-suspected-cases-27-april-3-november-2017

02 Nov

(** A H)

Yemen: Cholera Response Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin: W43 2017 (Oct 23-Oct 29)

The cumulative total from 27 April 2017 to 29 October 2017 is 890,017 suspected cholera cases and 2,185 associated deaths, (CFR 0.25%). 960 have been confirmed by culture.

The total proportion of severe cases among the suspected cases is 19%

The national attack rate is 323.1 per 10,000. The five governorates with the highest cumulative attack rates per 10,000 remain Amran (750), Al Mahwit (706), Al Dhale’e (633), Abyan (487) and Sana’a (440).

Children under 5 years old represent 27.1% of total suspected cases.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-cholera-response-weekly-epidemiological-bulletin-w43-2017-oct-23-oct-29-enar

and

(* B H)

Yemen: Fastest growing cholera epidemic ever recorded brings number of cases to 895,000

http://www.unocha.org/story/yemen-fastest-growing-cholera-epidemic-ever-recorded-brings-number-cases-895000

(* A H)

Suspected cholera cases in crisis-torn Yemen near 900,000 – UN

Already struggling to cope with a dire humanitarian crisis, war-torn Yemen is now facing the fastest-growing cholera epidemic ever recorded, with some 895,000 suspected cases as of 1 November, the United Nations relief wing reported Thursday.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that nearly have the suspected cases are children. Overall, there have been nearly 2,200 associated deaths since 27 April.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=58020#.WgAw7NfiaUm

(* B H)

Yemen’s Health Crisis: How The World’s Largest Cholera Outbreak Unfolded

In the last few months, the crisis has been exacerbated by many of the usual issues that plague both outbreak and humanitarian responses. F

War forces further tough choices. Providing support to health systems in conflict zones such as Yemen may mean the transfer of resources to warring parties; for example, fuel is needed to pump water for communities, but the same fuel may also be used in military activities. For those working in Yemen, there are thus big questions around accountability, and dilemmas as to how to deliver aid without contributing to the war economy.

https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/yemen-s-health-crisis-how-world-s-largest-cholera-outbreak-unfolded

31 Oct

(** A H)

Yemen: MSF reduces its cholera response as admissions drop

The number of cholera cases reported in MSF treatment centres has significantly decreased since the peak of the outbreak. As a result, the medical organisation is closing the majority of its cholera treatment centres or reducing their capacity.

The weekly number of admissions in MSF cholera treatment centres in Yemen shrank from 11,139 in the third week of June – at the peak of the outbreak – to 567 in the second week of October.

http://www.msf.org/en/article/yemen-msf-reduces-its-cholera-response-admissions-drop and film https://twitter.com/MSF/status/927199848301969414

My comment: I fear this will be too optimistic.

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(* A H)

MSF says closing most cholera centers in Yemen as epidemic wanes

The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) is closing most of its 37 cholera treatment centers in Yemen, saying the epidemic appears to have peaked.

Some 884,368 suspected cholera cases have been recorded in the war-torn country in the past six months, including 2,184 deaths, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). The case fatality rate is now 0.25 percent.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-cholera/msf-says-closing-most-cholera-centers-in-yemen-as-epidemic-wanes-idUSKBN1D015J and also https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/msf-says-cholera-crisis-in-yemen-could-be-waning-but-many-still-at-risk-11845

(* A H)

Yemen Cholera Outbreak Update: Oct 31st, 2017

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-cholera-outbreak-update-oct-31st-2017

30 Oct

(* A H)
Yemen: Electronic Disease Early Warning System (eDEWS) Cholera Response Daily Epidemiological Update (2017-10-29)

884.368 cases, 2.184 deaths

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-electronic-disease-early-warning-system-edews-cholera-response-daily-53

(* B H)

The life and death struggle against cholera in Yemen

Ali* is three years old. He’s severely acutely malnourished. Now, doctors suspect he has contracted cholera in his village and is likely to die within days or even hours if he does not receive treatment.

Just three weeks ago, many people in Taiba’s village caught malaria. Now it seems cholera has got into the water supply. Although she knows there is cholera in her village, she does not know what causes it or how to prevent it. She tells me her two young cousins died from cholera only days ago because they could not get to a hospital.

Millions of people in Yemen live in rural villages, just like Taiba, without access to electricity, running water, or transportation.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/life-and-death-struggle-against-cholera-yemen-0

29 Oct

(* A H)

Yemen: Electronic Disease Early Warning System (eDEWS) Cholera Response Daily Epidemiological Update (2017-10-28)

880.987 cases, 2.183 deaths

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-electronic-disease-early-warning-system-edews-cholera-response-daily-52 ´

(* A H)

Yemen: Save the Children, Cholera outbreak Response Infographic, October 2017

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-cholera-outbreak-response-infographic-october-2017

28 Oct

(A K PH)

Spokesman: S. Arabia Poisoning Yemen's Water by Biological Weapons

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Sharaf Qaleb Luqman dismissed speculations that contagious diseases like cholera are the result of sanctions and lack of hygiene in his country, and said Saudi Arabia is using biological weapons to spread such diseases among people.

"Poisonous gases were spread in the sky after the US, Saudi and Israeli fighter jets' direct airstrikes and they came down to the ground with the rain and penetrated and contaminated our underground waters," Luqman said on Saturday.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960806001378

My comment: Rather not.

Earlier / Früher

(A H)

Yemen: Cholera Suspected Cases (From 27 April - 08 October 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-cholera-suspected-cases-27-april-08-october-2017

(A H)

Yemen: Cholera Response Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin: W41 2017 (Oct 09-Oct 15)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-cholera-response-weekly-epidemiological-bulletin-w41-2017-oct-09-oct-15-enar

(A H)

Maps: Yemen Humanitarian Fund 2017: Reserve Allocations of the Cholera Response - Aden Hub (27 September 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-fund-2017-reserve-allocations-cholera-response-aden-hub-27-september

Yemen Humanitarian Fund 2017: Reserve Allocations of the Cholera Response - Sana’a Hub (27 September 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-fund-2017-reserve-allocations-cholera-response-sana-hub-27-september

Yemen Humanitarian Fund 2017: Reserve Allocations of the Cholera Response - Ibb Hub (27 September 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-fund-2017-reserve-allocations-cholera-response-ibb-hub-27-september

Yemen Humanitarian Fund 2017: Reserve Allocations of the Cholera Response - Al Hudaydah Hub (27 September 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-fund-2017-reserve-allocations-cholera-response-al-hudaydah-hub-27

cp2 Allgemein / General

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04 Nov

(* B H K P)

'18 out of 27 mln Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance’ – former UN Human Rights Officer

Eighteen million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million with very acute need, former UN Human Rights Officer Lyal Sunga told RT. He added that military force is often used disproportionately by the Saudi-led coalition.

RT: The Saudi-led coalition says it will investigate this recent airstrike, what do you think their conclusion might be? When any organization investigates itself, can we expect something to happen?

RT: Why do you think Western countries continue to supply weapons to Saudi Arabia, despite the huge civilian casualties and dire situation in Yemen?

https://www.rt.com/news/408728-yemen-saudi-airstrike-civilians/

03 Nov

(B P)

Too Many Actors Means Resolution in Yemen Far Off

Unlike many of its regional counterparts, Yemen does not have an entrenched Sunni-Shia cleavage. Instead Yemeni society is composed of a number of tribes that form a pyramidal structure whose patrimonial character is strictly followed and safeguarded.

Yemen is clearly in distress but despite the rising death toll the conflict is not ripe for resolution. The added dimension of outside intervention further erodes the possibility of peace, as conflicts with outside actors tend to last longer and are more difficult to resolve.

At this point, the number of actors vying for influence in Yemen means that the prevalent instability is likely to persist and that any resolution is a far-off prospect.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/too-many-actors-means-resolution-yemen-far

(B H K)

We blurred the picture (photographer Ahmed Basha) and we will let this tear speak for every child in #Yemen. (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1545489688837389/?type=3

(* B H K)

Audio: BBC Morning news and current affairs

0830:Yemen is continuing to fight one of the worst cholera outbreaks on record.Najwa Al-Deeb is Unicef’s Health and Nutrition Specialist working in Sana’a and Nawal Al-Maghafi is the BBC’s correspondent who has been following the conflict and travels regularly to Yemen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09bxkhm

02 Nov

(A P)

The outcomes of the war’s alliance meeting on Yemen

A meeting was held on Sunday in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, to the chiefs of the armies’ staff of the war’s alliance countries against Yemen and the foreign ministers.

http://newnewss.net/?p=14837

Remark: More at cp15, Propaganda.

(B K P)

Yemen’s Ansarullah Criticizes World Silence on Saudi-Led Coalition Crimes

The political bureau of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement in a statement criticized the international community’s silence on the Saudi-led coalition’s crimes in Yemen.

In the statement released on Wednesday, the movement referred to the role of Saudi petro dollars in the silence of the international community and the UN on the crimes committed by the coalition in Yemen, and said the United Nations and the international community are responsible for the continuation of the massacre of Yemeni people, Al Manar news network reported.

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/11/02/1563156/yemen-s-ansarullah-criticizes-world-silence-on-saudi-led-coalition-crimes

My comment: Simply true.

01 Nov

(unrated B K P)

Film: Saudis have failed to achieve objectives in Yemen: Commentator

The Saudis continue to bombard market places in Yemen, because “they have not actually reached their goals in occupying entire Yemen,” says an analyst.

“They (the Saudi authorities) want to bring Yemeni people into submission, they want to break the will of the Yemeni people,” Hussein al-Bukhaiti told Press TV on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia and its allies just want to kill as many Yemeni civilians as they can, the political commentator said.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/01/540636/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Civilians

Remark: By Iranian media, Hussein al-Bukhaiti is a Houthi.

(* B H K)

Yemeni lives matter

The violence taking place in Yemen has largely been ignored

Although the international community has remained silent for the most part during the conflict in Yemen, it can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to what the United Nations noted as one of the world’s worst ongoing humanitarian crises.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/opinion/op-ed/2017/11/01/yemeni-lives-matter/

Remark: From Bangla Desh.

31 Oct

(* A H)

Yemen: Electronic Disease Early Warning System (eDEWS) Cholera Response Daily Epidemiological Update (2017-10-30)

887,440 cases, 2,184 deaths

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-electronic-disease-early-warning-system-edews-cholera-response-daily-62

(* B K P)

Yemen: Impunity state of play

As a consequence of the fighting between the Houthis, the Saudi led-coalition and al-Qaida, 28 journalists have died in Yemen since 2007, three of whom have been killed this year. In addition, 50 journalists have been kidnapped or arrested, mostly by the Houthis, and nine were tortured in 2017, according to IFJ and its affiliate, the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS).

http://www.ifj.org/nc/news-single-view/backpid/50/article/yemen-impunity-state-of-play/

30 Oct

(unrated B K P)

Film: ‘Yemen can take Saudi Arabia to ICC over war crimes’

Talking to Press TV, international lawyer Edward Corrigan has criticized the Saudi-imposed blockade of food, medicine and other supplies as a form of collective punishment, which is in clear violation of international law.

He suggested that Yemen “take the Saudis to the International Criminal Court” in order to prove that Saudi Arabia and its allies have been committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/30/540340/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-ICC

28 Oct

(unrated B K)

Film: Saudi war on Yemen worst case of crime against humanity: Analyst

An analyst believes Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen constitutes one of the worst cases of crime against humanity, adding that Riyadh's actions in the impoverished Arab country are reflective of its “demonic” ideology and system.

Marcus Papadopoulos, publisher and editor of Politics First, told PressTV in an interview on Saturday.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/28/540178/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-civilians-massacre-crimes-against-humanity-children

(A K P)

Coalition states to discuss coordination, waterways

http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2652813&Language=en

(* B H K P)

Yemen humanitarian crisis peaks in civil war but US reluctant to get involved

Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest nations, has been in the grip of a civil war since 2015, a war that has killed more than 10,000 people — half of them civilians bombed or shot after being unable to escape the conflict.

The United Nations has reported another 40,000 wounded.

An appalling 18 million people are now suffering from food shortages, of which seven million are right on the brink of famine. Children are dying from preventable diseases and malnutrition.

The country is on its knees

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/yemen-humanitarian-crisis-peaks-in-civil-war-but-us-reluctant-to-get-involved/news-story/7b976f98d2bc38a5ad8798cfb3589020

Remark: Long overview article with photos.

(B K)

It cannot get any more painful than this, via Mwatana Organization for Human Rights (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1738334213129232/?type=3

Earlier / Früher

(unrated B K P)

Audio: 10/25/17 Nasser Arrabyee updates the U.S.-Saudi War in Yemen

Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show and updates the fighting in Yemen where Saudi airstrikes continue throughout the country, including in Sana’a. Arrabyee explains how Yemen has devolved into a mess of conflicting tribal and national interests. Scott introduces H.Con.Res.81 and explains what you can do to help stop the U.S. war in Yemen, which has, among other things led to nearly a million cases of cholera infections in the country. There are two different kinds of people being killed every day in Yemen according to Arrabyee: those who are killed in the continual airstrikes and those who are killed by starvation. Finally, Scott asks whether there’s a potential diplomatic solution to the conflict in Yemen.

Nasser Arrabyee is a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/ and search for “Nasser”

cp2a Rakete auf Riad / Missile at Riyadh

04 Nov

(* A K P)

Guards chief rejects Trump 'slander' that Iran behind Saudi missile

The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards denied on Sunday accusations by Donald Trump that Iran was behind the firing of a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia from warring Yemen, rejecting it as one of the U.S. president’s “slanders”.

Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of the Revolutionary Guards who are in charge of Iran’s missile program, said: “Mr Trump has said many baseless things and told many lies and frequently falsely accused Iran and this one of those slanders,” Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported.

“We do not have even the possibility to transfer missiles to Yemen. The missiles belong to them and they have increased their range,” Jafari added.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-missiles-iran-trump/guards-chief-rejects-trump-slander-that-iran-behind-saudi-missile-idUSKBN1D50QD

and

(* A K P)

Trump's allegations about Iran missiles in Yemen baseless: IRGC cmdr.

The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has dismissed as “baseless” the allegations leveled by US President Donald Trump about the Islamic Republic’s provision of missiles to Yemeni forces.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/05/541096/Iran-Lebanon-US-Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-IRGC-Mohammad-Ali-Jafari-Donald-Trump-Defense-Minister-Amir-Hatami-Saad-Hariri-prime-minister-resignation-missiles and also http://www.payvand.com/news/17/nov/1025.html

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Iran dismisses US allegations concerning Yemen missiles

The Iranian defense minister categorically dismissed the US allegations accusing Iran of supporting Yemen missile attacks on Saudi Arabia.

Brigadier General Amir Hatami told reporters on Sunday that the enemy uses every opportunity to make allegations against Iran.
Commenting on the US officials' accusations against Iran, following Yemen missile attack on a Saudi airport on Saturday, he said that they are ready 'to blame Iran for any event in the region'.
'Of course, such measures by enemy are not surprising,' he added.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82720815

(A K P)

Houthi attack on Riyadh highlights Yemen missile threat

The Burkan 2-H missile, which has a range between 800 and 2,000 kilometres, was shot down 20km north of Riyadh

The attack was condemned by leaders both in the region and beyond.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/houthi-attack-on-riyadh-highlights-yemen-missile-threat-1.673279

(A K P)

Saudi-led coalition calls missile 'dangerous escalation' of Yemen conflict

A Saudi-led coalition accused Yemen’s Houthi militia of a “dangerous escalation” on Sunday after Saudi air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired towards Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia also announced financial rewards for information leading to the arrest of 40 leaders it said were responsible for “planning, implementing and supporting the Houthi terrorist group’s various terrorist activities”.

The bounties topped out at $30 million for the armed group’s leader, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, the state news agency reported.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-missiles-coalition/saudi-led-coalition-calls-missile-dangerous-escalation-of-yemen-conflict-idUSKBN1D511C

My comment: This is ridiculous proppaganda, as the Saudis bomb and kill and destroy daily – how they can be outraged because of this missile attack? – If these 40 Houthis are labeled as „terrorists“ now, they whole Saudi establishment (and that would be bulks more than 40) are „terrorists“ as well or even much more.

(A K P)

Egypt Condemns Ballistic Missile Attack Against Saudi Arabia

In a statement on Sunday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Cairo "strongly condemns" the attack on the territory of the "northern part of Riyadh in the Saudi Arabian Kingdom."

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201711051058833630-egypt-mfa-saudi-arabia-yemen/

(A K P)

Saudi King, Trump Talk About Intercepted Missile

Trump, blaming Iran for the missile attack on Riyadh, told reporters on board Air Force One Sunday while flying to Japan, "A shot was taken by Iran, in my opinion, at Saudi Arabia. And our system knocked it down," a reference to the Patriot missile batteries Saudi Arabia purchased from the U.S. "That's how good we are. Nobody makes what we make and now we're selling it all over the world."

https://www.voanews.com/a/saudi-arabia-trump-missile/4101386.html and

(* A P)

Kenneth Roth of HRW writes:
''Saudi-led coalition bombs/blockades Yemen civilians, causing mass loss of life, but Trump keeps selling arms to "help create American jobs" '(text of White House statement in image)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1740968299532490/?type=3

03 Nov

(* A K)

Saudi Arabia says it intercepts missile close to capital

Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen over the capital Riyadh on Saturday, state news agencies reported.

The missile was brought down near King Khaled Airport on the northern outskirts of the city and did not cause any casualties, said state-owned Al Ekhbariya TV.

Rocket fragments fell near the airport grounds, but air traffic carried on normally, the civil aviation authority said on its official Twitter account.

Residents of northern Riyadh reported hearing a single deafening explosion that rattled windows around 20:20 local time, followed by rumbling and sounds of low-flying aircraft.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-missiles/saudi-arabia-says-it-intercepts-missile-close-to-capital-idUSKBN1D40TD

(* A K)

Yemen's Houthis fire missile at Saudi Arabia's Riyadh

Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for a loud explosion in Riyadh, saying they fired a long-range ballistic missile that travelled more than 800km over the border with Saudi Arabia.

A spokesman for the rebels told Al Jazeera they launched a Burkan 2-H missile - a Scud-type missile with a range of more than 800km - towards Riyadh late on Saturday. (with film)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/yemen-houthi-fire-missile-saudi-arabia-riyadh-171104180946302.html and photos of launching https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/927174471294902273

(* A K)

Ballistic Missile Strike Intercepted by Saudis over Capital City Riyadh

The Burkan H-2 was intercepted by a Saudi anti-missile defense system, likely a U.S. supplied Raytheon MIM-104 Patriot anti-missile system (with film, photos)

https://theaviationist.com/2017/11/04/ballistic-missile-strike-intercepted-by-saudis-over-capital-city-riyadh/ and photos also at http://geopoliticsalert.com/yemen-strike-saudi-airport-ballistic-missile and https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1546401875412837/?type=3

and second film: https://twitter.com/Moyenne1/status/927911926738358273

(* A K)

Saudi Arabia blasts 'ballistic missile' out of the skies near the capital Riyadh after it was fired from Iran-backed rebels across the border in Yemen

Iran-backed Huthi's claimed responsibility for the missile launch from Yemen

Were said to be aiming the missile at Riyadh's King Khaled international airport

The missile said to be of 'limited size' and no injuries or damage was reported

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5050227/Saudi-Arabia-blasts-missile-sky-near-Riyadh.html and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5050215/Saudis-intercept-ballistic-missile-northeast-Riyadh-state-media.html and see also https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/926882953992507392

(* A K)

Saudi Arabia: Missile intercepted near Riyadh

Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport on Saturday evening.

The missile was destroyed over the capital and fragments landed in the airport area, officials quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency said.

A TV channel linked to Houthi rebels in Yemen said the missile was fired at the King Khalid International Airport.

The civil aviation authority said that air traffic was not disrupted

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41872995

and by AFP:

http://www.france24.com/en/20171104-saudi-arabia-destroys-missile-targeting-main-airport-riyadh-yemen-houthi-rebels

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/05/missile-yemen-intercepted-saudi-capital/ = https://www.afp.com/en/news/23/missile-yemen-intercepted-near-riyadh-airport

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

04 Nov

(A H)

One case of anthrax infection reported in Taiz

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12593

(* A H)

Eight deaths of diphtheria in Ibb province

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1545525768833781/?type=3

(* B H)

Film: A look at Yemen's malnourishment problem

War in Yemen has left millions of people with inadequate access to food. Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim explains.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/yemens-malnourishment-problem-171104144615839.html

(* B H K)

Dozens of patients die every day due to Yemen airport closure: spokesman

Spokesman of the General Authority of Yemen's Aviation, Mazen Ghanem, said the closure of Sanaa airport hinders thousands of Yemeni patients from flying abroad for seeking life-saving treatment.
He told Saba that "an average of 37 Yemeni patients die every day because of the airport closure."

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478451.htm

03 Nov

(A H)

''Two nonprofit organizations funded by Gulf States have refused to work with the team of our Human Needs Development - HND claiming that most of the projects we achieved right now are in Yemen's northern parts, where Houthis are controlling, despite their knowledge that these parts are the most vulnerable areas across the country.
It is really a miserable thing to know such biased and political charities that help certain groups and let the others which are the most vulnerable groups starving and facing most their war's consequences.''

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1545357908850567/?type=3

(A H)

USAID: Yemen ‑ Active USG Programs for Yemen Response (Last Updated 11/03/17)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-active-usg-programs-yemen-response-last-updated-110317

and

USAID: Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2018

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-complex-emergency-fact-sheet-1-fiscal-year-fy-2018

(B H)

Among 144 countries, Pakistan better only than Yemen in gender equality: WEF report

Pakistan has retained its position as the second worst country in terms of gender equality, according to The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Index released on Thursday.

The index has placed Pakistan 143rd out of 144 countries, worst in the South Asian region and faring better only in comparison to Yemen. Pakistan has been ranked the second worst country globally since 2012.

https://dailytimes.com.pk/133930/among-144-countries-pakistan-better-yemen-gender-equality-wef-report/

02 Nov

(* A H P)

New US$150 Million Project to Focus on Yemen’s Conflict- Affected Cities

The World Bank announced today a new project aimed at restoring basic services in some of the Yemen’s cities hardest hit by the ongoing conflict. Funded by a US$150 million grant from IDA, the World Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries, the new project will target issues like uncollected trash and untreated sewage water, both of which are contributing directly to the current cholera epidemic. In addition, the project will address the urgent needs for road repair to improve mobility, and access to electricity for critical services.

http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2017/11/02/new-us150-million-project-to-focus-on-yemens-conflict-affected-cities and also https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-integrated-urban-services-emergency-project-facts-and-figures

My comment: That’s nice when the US had sold weapons to Saudi Arabia for US$ 1000 times more in the last 8 ½ years.

31 Oct

(* A H)

URGENT from MONA RELIEF NGO, Yemen

This afternoon we posted the urgent appeal from a local NGO, MonaRelief based in Sanaa, exposing the dirtiest, eveliest thing which can happen to an NGO: someone cloning the NGO to steal the funds destined to the internally displaced, the hungry, the sick, the destitute, the children. Everyone is vulnerable in Yemen at the moment, virtually everyone needs help.

We immediately contacted Fatik al-Rodaini (twitter account @Fatikr ) , CEO and Founder of the NGO who re-confirmed the organisation had been cloned and issued a press release

https://www.facebook.com/notes/living-in-yemen-on-the-edge/urgent-from-mona-relief-ngo-yemen/1542600075793017/ and https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1542474942472197/?type=3&theater

and https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/925795230103887877 and https://twitter.com/monareliefye/status/926191633925885953

(* A H)

Omani returns home after helping nearly 23,000 refugees in Yemen

Nasr Al Jadhamy returned to Oman on Tuesday, having helped nearly 23,000 people who’d been severely affected by the conflict plaguing the neighbouring Yemen.

Incredibly, this is his third trip to Yemen, and Al Jadhamy—who departed from Muscat in the first week of September—distributed about 155 tonnes of relief supplies to his brothers and sisters across the border, and his efforts ensured that 22,801 Yemenis received aid to tide them through for at least a few days.
Al Jadhamy had spent about one and a half months collecting donations in the form of rice, wheat flour, oil, sugar, clothes, blankets and even some room coolers.

http://timesofoman.com/article/120840/Oman/Omani-returns-home-after-distributing-155-tonnes-of-relief-supplies-in-Yemen

(A H)

Yemen Situation Update

In October, the Logistics Cluster facilitated three airlifts from Djibouti to Sana’a, each composed of several rotations.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-situation-update-october-2017

30 Oct

(A H)

Yemen - Reproductive Health Factsheet (October 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-reproductive-health-factsheet-october-2017

(A H)

Yemen - Protecting Women and Girls Factsheet (October 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-protecting-women-and-girls-factsheet-october-2017

(A H)

UNFPA Response to the Yemen Crisis (October 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unfpa-response-yemen-crisis-october-2017

(* B H)

Millions of citizens in 'desperate' health situation: MSF

Millions of Yemenis face a "desperate" health situation on top of the ravages of war, the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Monday.

"Thirty months of war, high prices for consumer goods and unemployment have had a massive impact on people,"MSF said, adding that a "great number of children" suffer from malnutrition.

"Millions of Yemenis who cannot access primary health care (are in a) desperate situation," Ghassan Abou Chaar, head of the MSF mission in Yemen, said in the statement.

http://www.pulse.com.gh/news/world/in-yemen-millions-of-citizens-in-desperate-health-situation-msf-id7532749.html

(B H)

Photos: Huts as school, run on a volunteer basis. Comments are superfluous

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1738643013098352/?type=3

29 Oct

(* A H)

Yemen Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 28 | 29 October 2017

11.3 million children across Yemen now need humanitarian assistance, and 55 per cent of IDPs are children

A record seven million people received food assistance in August, but WFP faces a funding shortfall of $390 million in coming months.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-bulletin-issue-28-29-october-2017

28 Oct

(A H)

This is Amran before and after malnutrition treatment in #Hodeidah . Thank you to all @hopeandrelief donors as well as @HANDSInt79 (photos)

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/924255944153944064

If you want 2 save more malnourished children Please support our humanitarian work & donate at this link: http://www.handsinternational.org.uk/2017/07/yemen-hope-and-relief.html?m=1

(B H)

Photos: There is a call for help from twitter account @alneamyyy88 who is in #Hajjahand has briefed us on the non existing infrastructure in the villages: no water, rampant poverty, continuous airstrikes, collapsing health facilities, cholera outbreak, famine.
These pictures were taken by @alneamyyy88: children, out of school, going to fetch unsafe water. They do it every day

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1737975256498461

(* B H)

Tahani’s story: Overcoming malnutrition amidst conflict in Yemen

Tahani of Hodeidah, is one of 385,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Yemen. The living conditions of thousands of people have worsened due to the conflict in Yemen.

Khadiga Ahmed of Al-Zaydia district, Hodeidah is trying to make her daughter, Tahani, smile and play with other children but sadly, all in vain. Tahani looks feeble and is unable to move or play with other children inside a Therapeutic Feeding Center (TFC) located in Al-Zaydia district; a facility which provides healthcare to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

https://www.unicef.org/yemen/reallives_12297.html

(* A H)

REPORTS OF DIPHTHERIA OUTBREAK IN #IBB (#AlSaddah)

Competent authorities were informed last month (Ministry of Health, Ibb Health Bureau, Health Bureau and World Health Organisation).
Field visits were carried out and citizens were promised WHO would follow-up to provide vaccines.
As of today, cases have increased and vaccines have not yet reached the area

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1539530956099929/?type=3

(A H)

Yemen Conflict, Situation Report no. 40, September 2017

Conflict continues to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis. The number of people in need of humanitarian support has increased to reach to 20.7 million people, including 9.8 million acutely in need of immediate assistance, according to the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting on-the-job training on vascular trauma emergency care to increase access to such care in Hudaydah.

Ten additional ambulances were delivered to Yemen in September.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-conflict-situation-report-no-40-september-2017

(* B H)

Film: Not that we want to ruin anyone's day, but if you have half a minute to spare, listen to this woman's words.
#Yemen through the broken voice (but not the faith) of one of the pillars of our nation: women.

https://www.facebook.com/maali.alasousi/videos/vb.605067789527645/1641135655920848/?type=2&theater

(A H)

Yemen: Organizations 3W Operational Presence (as of 30 September 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-organizations-3w-operational-presence-30-september-2017-enar

Yemen: WASH Active Partner Presence per Governorate and % Coverage (Jan - Sep 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-wash-active-partner-presence-governorate-and-coverage-jan-sep-2017

WASH Cluster Response: Jan - Sep 2017

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/wash-cluster-response-jan-sep-2017

(A H)

Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #47 as of 30 September 2017

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/oxfam-yemen-situation-report-47-30-september-2017

(* A H)

UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report (August - September 2017)

Although overshadowed by the magnitude of the acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/ cholera wave, the conflict in Yemen is continuing unabated.

SITUATION IN NUMBERS

11.3 million
# of children in need of humanitarian assistance (estimated)

20.7 million
# of people in need (Periodic Monitoring Review HCT, Apr 2017)

1.6 million
# of children internally displaced (IDPs) and returnees out of
2.9 million
# of IDPs and returnees (Task Force on Population Movement 14th report, Protection Cluster, July 2017)

385,000
children under 5 suffering Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unicef-yemen-humanitarian-situation-report-august-september-2017

(A H)

Yemen: Governorate Dashboard by Hub (as of August 2017)

The Governorate Dashboards present information on the humanitarian situation and action per governorate and cluster as per to the 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP).

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-governorate-dashboard-hub-august-2017

(A H)

Yemen Humanitarian Fund 2017: Reserve Allocations of the Cholera Response (30 August 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-fund-2017-reserve-allocations-cholera-response-30-august-2017

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

05 Nov

(* A H)

Arrest of Hundreds of Africans Near the Coasts of Hanaz – Ahwar

Troops of 111 infantry brigade arrested hundreds of Africans while coming out of the sea in front of Hanaz, a few kilometers away from Ahwar, on Saturday afternoon.

http://en.smanews.org/arrest-of-hundreds-of-africans-near-the-coasts-of-hanaz-ahwar

02-03 Nov

(* B H)

Film: Djibouti - The crossroads of conflict and prosperity

RTÉ reporter Joan O'Sullivan and cameraman Magnus Kelly travelled to the African country of Djibouti, courtesy of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to speak to some of the migrants hoping to travel to war torn Yemen.

The small African country of Djibouti has become a crossroads for those fleeing in both directions.

It receives Yemenis seeking refuge from the conflict and it temporarily hosts migrants from other African nations who travel here in order to cross the sea to Yemen.

The migrants want to travel through Yemen and then into Saudi Arabia where they hope to find work.

But those who reach Yemen are plunged into immediate danger.

Despite the horror stories and the danger, 6,000 migrants travel to Yemen each month.

https://www.rte.ie/news/special-reports/2017/1103/917169-djibouti/

(* B H)

Film: Yemen: The world's forgotten war

RTÉ reporter Joan O'Sullivan and cameraman Magnus Kelly travelled to the horn of Africa courtesy of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to meet Yemeni refugees who have fled across the sea to the tiny African nation of Djibouti.

There are currently 1,500 Yemeni refugees at the Markazi refugee camp.

The camp's newest arrivals are a family of nine who endured a seven-hour journey in a boat that was taking on water to get to Djibouti.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1102/916908-djibouti/

1 Nov

(A H)

UNHCR Somalia Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers Statistical Report, 31-October-17

https://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/unhcr-somalia-registered-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-statistical-report-31-october-17

31 Oct

Infographics by UN High Commissioner for Refugees

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-idps-hosting-sites-october-2017

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-shelternficccm-cluster-partners-providing-cholera-response-october-2017

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-country-stocks-and-pipelines-october-2017

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-shelternficccm-cluster-3ws-activities-implemented-september-2017

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-shelternficccm-cluster-planned-activities-november-2017-onward

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-country-contingency-stocks-and-pipelines-october-2017

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-shelternficccm-cluster-dashboard-september-2017

Earlier / Früher

(A H)

Yemen UNHCR Operational Update, 13 - 26 October 2017

20.7 million people in need

1,980,510 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

USD 114.6 M requested in 2017

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-unhcr-operational-update-13-26-october-2017

(A H)

Migration Flows In the Horn of Africa and the Arab Penisula, June - August 2017

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has established a range of Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) data collection activities in areas of significant migratory transit and displacement in the Horn of Africa and in the Arab Peninsula.

Flow monitoring points (FMPs) are being established to collect data in order to provide a better understanding of intra and inter-regional migration patterns and trends.

Yemen: A total of 66,554 migrants were identified through migrants’ presence and flow monitoring from June until July.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/migration-flows-horn-africa-and-arab-penisula-june-august-2017

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

01 Nov

A massive fire broke out in the Shumeila market, 70th road, south of the capital Sanaa after a weapons cache exploded in the middle of the market Wednesday afternoon.

The fire expanded to nearby clothing shops, causing a huge fire.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1543322019054156 referring to http://m.hournews.net/news-81788.htm

(A P)

Take a sectarian class, get your salary

Well-informed sources in Hajjah said that the Houthi rebel militias in the north Yemen province press the armed forces personnel into enrolling in a sectarian re-education course by making the salary payment subject to taking the brainwashing class.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12452

My comment: Fact or fiction?

(A H P)

Saleh-Houthi militias confiscate 10,000 food packs meant for IDPs

"The Houthis forced all aid distributors to add names of ghost beneficiaries or members of their militia in the recipients list," one source said on the condition of anonymity.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12449

31 Oct

(A P)

A Public Meeting for the Dignitaries of Yemen in Sana’a Province

The dignitaries of Arhab have held a meeting with notable people from Hamdan and Bani Hashish in which they stressed the need to stand together to strengthen the fronts against the Saudi-led coalition.

http://www.yemenextra.net/2017/10/31/a-public-meeting-for-the-dignitaries-of-yemen-in-sanaa-province/

(A P)

Mr. Abdulmalik Al-Houthi presents an important speech to the Omran Tribes

The leader of the revolution, Abdul-Malik Badr al-Din al-Houthi in a television meeting, dissuaded the honorable role of the Omran tribes in confronting the aggression and continuing to support and mobilize the fronts (photos)

http://newnewss.net/?p=14742

(A P)

Reserve of the Central Bank $ 4.5 billion. The treasury was stormed under the slogan of storms to elections and made the bank on the tile and talking about the rise in the price of currency (Anti-Houthi cartoon by Saleh followers)

https://twitter.com/amjd00/status/925448777770692609

and anti-Houthi also this:

(A P)

The state is transformed from a public sector owned by all the people To a private sector owned by Houthi and his followers. And stupid people dribble. # Here_yemen (photo)

https://twitter.com/amjd00/status/925419376542707712

30 Oct

(A P)

Houthi rebels ransack Sudanese embassy in Sanaa

Sudan is member of Saudi-led air coalition launched in 2015 to roll back Houthi territorial gains

Houthi rebels have ransacked the Sudanese embassy in Yemeni capital Sanaa, according to Yemen’s Foreign Ministry.

In a statement, the ministry said that Houthi gunmen had broken into the building late Sunday and stolen much of its contents.

http://aa.com.tr/en/africa/houthi-rebels-ransack-sudanese-embassy-in-sanaa/951748 and also http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article63883

29 Oct

(A K P)

6 war prisoners of army, popular committees released in Marib

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477961.htm and also http://newnewss.net/?p=14577

28 Oct

(A K P)

War will continue to defend homeland against Saudi aggression: Army spokesman

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477839.htm

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

05 Nov

( AT)

Security Belt Forces Discovers Explosives Implanted on Zanzibar – Shakra Road

http://en.smanews.org/security-belt-forces-discovers-explosives-implanted-on-zanzibar-shakra-road

(A)

Security Belt Forces of Al-Mahfed Deploys and Establishes Several Security Checkpoints

http://en.smanews.org/security-belt-forces-of-al-mahfed-deploys-and-establishes-several-security-checkpoints

(A T)

Unidentified gunmen attack the Islah Party headquarters in Aden

A local source said that unidentified gunmen blew up on Sunday the headquarters of the Islah Party in Dar Sa'ad district of Aden province, the interim capital of southern Yemen.

The source told Almasdaronline that the gunmen detonated an explosive device at the staff free headquarters, causing a great damage.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95278

and

(A T)

The bombing of the headquarters of the Islah Party in the Department of Dar Saad in Aden

Unknown gunmen blew up the headquarters of the Islah Party in the southern province of Aden on Sunday morning.

The newspaper "Aden tomorrow" close to the aggression of eyewitnesses, saying: The unknown blew up the building, which was empty of people.

Witnesses added that the bombing caused great damage to the headquarters.

http://almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15190 and translation https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ar&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Falmasirah.net%2Fdetails.php%3Fes_id%3D15190&edit-text=

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Car bomber kills at least 15 in Yemeni port Aden: witnesses

A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Sunday, killing 15 people and wounding at least 20, residents and a security official said.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the assault, without providing evidence.

The attack occurred outside the main security headquarters in Aden’s Khor Maksar district, according to Aden residents and the security official. The blast was heard across the city and a plume of smoke could be seen from miles away.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/car-bomber-kills-at-least-15-in-yemeni-port-aden-witnesses-idUSKBN1D508T

and

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Suicide attack hits Yemen govt security headquarters: official

A suicide attack hit security headquarters in the Yemeni government bastion of Aden Sunday, sparking clashes between armed militants and security forces in the war torn country, an official said.

The official, a high-ranking member of the security forces, said the attack in the central city of Khor Maksar was likely the work of operatives loyal to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the radical network's Yemen branch.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5051107/Suicide-attack-hits-Yemen-govt-security-headquarters-official.html

and

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Seventeen killed as 'Isil militants' storm security compound in Yemen

At least 17 people were killed after dozens of masked militants stormed a Yemeni government security compound yesterday, sparking a gun battle that continued into the night.

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levent (Isil) terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, which began when a car laden with explosives detonated outside a building housing a police investigations unit in the government-held city of Aden early on Sunday morning.

About thirty gunmen then stormed into the unit and set free dozens of detainees, some of whom took up arms with their liberators, Yemeni authorities said.

There were reports that the militants had taken an unknown number of people hostage Sunday afternoon.

Yemeni authorities said at least 17 people had been killed by evening.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/05/seventeen-killed-isil-militants-storm-security-compound-yemen/

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Qaeda suspects hit Yemen security in twin suicide attacks

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants staged twin suicide bombings and took hostages Sunday in Aden, officials said, striking at the heart of the Yemeni government after suffering a string of setbacks.

Six security officers were killed in the attacks on the security headquarters and criminal investigations unit in the central district of Khor Maksar in Aden, where the internationally recognised government is based.

A high-ranking official with the state security forces said an explosives-rigged car driven by an Al-Qaeda operative blew up outside the security headquarters, killing the six officers along with the driver.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/twin-suicide-attacks-hit-yemen-security-buildings-official-073615376.html

and also https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/isil-claims-major-attack-on-yemen-security-forces-in-aden-1.673122

https://www.afp.com/en/news/23/claims-major-attack-yemen-government-bastion

and photos https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/927050047350562816

https://twitter.com/NajTV/status/927047082699083776

and film

https://twitter.com/NajTV/status/927052680001966082

and

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Film: Complete bloody chaos in Aden city today. Video of clashes btw soldiers & ISIS terrorists at security HQ.

https://www.youtube.com/watch? https://twitter.com/BattlesStudies/status/927171399168512000time_continue=7&v=ycpXHcgFA0I

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Clashes continue after suicide bombings in main security headquarters in Aden south Yemen where Saudi-UAE occupation forces conflict. (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/927071100189765632

Qaeda/ISIS snipers still at roof tops of the buildings around the place. Prisoners get out from prison after suicide bombing , until now (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/927093988036890624

Yemen ISIS claimed responsibility for killing 50 UAE-backed soldiers 2 suicide bombing on security offices in Aden south Yemen today (image)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/927120499183882240

10 UAE-hired soldiers killed by suicide bomber when forces tried to storm the besieged building.ISIS threaten to kill 40 hostages inside (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/927182332439736321

4th ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up killing number of soldiers. 40 Hostages still being held by other suicide bomber inside (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/927188983284748288

Film: Death toll rises to 15 in suicide attack outside security HQ in Yemen’s #Aden, 20 others wounded, Reuters reports citing witnesses

https://twitter.com/CGTNOfficial/status/927174648286003201

#Yemen: #IslamicState "claims" coordinated suicide op vs Criminal Investigations Building in #Aden. Car bomber followed by gunmen killed c50

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/927182075786010625

#Yemen: #IslamicState claims #Aden op today lasted 11 hours & killed 69. After suicide car bomb, 3 gunmen also finally blew themselves up.

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/927243332073508865

04 Nov

(A T)

Anti-Terrorism Office in Lahj Arrests Two Financial Personnel of Al-Qaeda in Lahj

http://en.smanews.org/anti-terrorism-office-in-lahj-arrests-two-financial-personnel-of-al-qaeda-in-lahj

(A P)

A Meeting Between Chief Military and Security Commanders and Commanders of UAE Armed Forces in Adan

http://en.smanews.org/a-meeting-between-chief-military-and-security-commanders-and-commanders-of-uae-armed-forces-in-adan

02 Nov

(A P)

Taiz JMP condemn intimidations against Taiz finance leaders

The Joint Meeting Parties, a coalition consisting of most Yemen's political stakeholders, has issued a condemnation against the threats that some gunmen poised to the main finance leaders in the province.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12474

(A P)

Justice Minister says courts operating normally in Govt-held provinces

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12510

My comment: LOL. Almost nothing is “operating normally in Govt-held provinces”, why courts should???

(A T)

#AQAP strikes again claiming the assassination, 2 days ago, of Basil Al-Amini, #Seiyun airport security officer and member of the National Security (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1544234532296238/?type=3

31 Oct

(A P)

The so called liberated city by the Saudi coalition,#Aden yesterday. Protest due to power cuts and to provide salaries for people (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.963391330380564.1073741829.961126490607048/1541998672519824/?type=3&theater

30 Oct

(A P)

Army arrests secessionist figure's hooligans

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12396

(A P)

Taiz parties say there should be no formations outside army

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12395

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UAE-backed military merger rejected by south Yemen body

The chairman of the General Council of Mahra and Socotra has rejected a call to merge or form a UAE-backed military force in the southern governorates, Aden Tomorrow reported.

Al-Muhri Bin Isa Al-Afar declined to establish a Security Belt Force in Al-Mahrah and Socotra Island on the basis of preserving independence and the historic identity from the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171030-uae-backed-military-merger-rejected-by-south-yemen-body/

29 Oct

(A T)

#Yemen: Pro-#AQAP wire reports that #UAEsupported Security Belt forces were killed in ambush near al-Mahfad in #Abyan today
source: Dr. Elisabeth Kendall (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1540386892681002/?type=3

(A T)

Abyan: Government forces attack al Qaeda, seize control of al Mahfad city

A local source told Almasderonline that government security forces, reinforced by tanks and armored vehicles, took control on Sunday of al Mahfad city in Abyan province, southeastern Yemen, after fierce fighting with al Qaeda organization, and carried out combing operations after the retreat of the extremist organization elements.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95091

(A T)

Government forces take control of al Qaeda military camp in Abyan

the security belt and rapid intervention forces backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces seized control Tuesday of al Qaeda military training camp 'Osama bin Laden' in Yahmas area of al Mahfd district, eastern Abyan province

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95167

(A T)

Yemeni UAE-backed force takes al-Qaeda stronghold

Truck driven by suicide bomber explodes when elite forces enter Mahfad, killing one soldier, wounding five

An elite Yemeni force formed by the United Arab Emirates captured the town of Mahfad, an al-Qaeda stronghold in the southern province of Abyan, a military official said on Sunday.

"Our forces have entered Mahfad and seized the highway," Colonel Munir al-Yafei told AFP

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-uae-backed-force-takes-al-qaeda-stronghold-70124702

and

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Yemeni government said today Abyan city has been fully liberated from AQAP. Question: where did AQAP go? To nearby cities?!!! That's stupid

https://twitter.com/fuadrajeh/status/924721714336067584

Comment: This is the whole point that is made by Fuad. Al Qaeda has not been defeated in Yemen at all. Instead there are negotiations and it moves with weaponry intact to another location. Not all people fighting to AQ are signed up members, but some are tribal fighters whose allegiance is negotiated and they can and do morph from AQ to tribe and back. So this makes the it impossible to defeat AQ anyway as the majority of fighters can just leave the organisation in a temporary basis but resume their support elsewhere at a later date

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156062250948641

and

(A P T)

#UAE-paid 'Security Belt' militia chief announces: "We have cleared entire #Yemen province of Abyan of all Al Qaeda terrorists."

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/924700901750788096

Comment: This UAE-produced smoke & mirrors show of 'Victory against AQAP Yemen' cannot even fool monkeys. Not even Yankee ones.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/924771049249693696

(A P)

This is #Aden now Protest due to power cuts and to provide salaries for people .(photos)

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/925164726430109697

(A P)

#Yemen: Would-be "Sultan" of #Mahra & #Socotra rejects South Transition Council's formation of Mahri Elite Force, demands independent region

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/924736486301413376 referring to https://twitter.com/adenalghad/status/924361943116341248

28 Oct

(A P)

Anti-aggression Southern Front calls for shutting UAE-run secret prisons

Southern National Front for Resisting Foreign Occupation said it has been monitoring all criminal acts committed by the aggression countries against the southern people in several secret prisons established by the United Arab Emirates.
In a statement received by Saba late on Friday, the front said the countries of the aggression, especially the UAE, have established 17 secret prisons across southern provinces, where they torture dozens of the citizens.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477866.htm

Remark: This seems to be a pro-Houthi / Saleh southern organization.

(A T)

Yemeni Salafist imam killed in Aden: sources

A Salafist imam was shot dead by gunmen early on Saturday in Aden, southern Yemen, witnesses and local officials said, the third killing of a Salafist imam this month.

Sheikh Adel Al Shehri, imam of a mosque in Inmaa district west of Aden, was shot while he was heading to the mosque for morning prayers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-imam/yemeni-salafist-imam-killed-in-aden-sources-idUSKBN1CX0BS and photo https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1539065362813155/?type=3&theater

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The UAE has received strange waste, not to be considered as nuclear waste or similar to it or to other countries through it in the waters of the island of Socotra, causing the death of fish and marine life on the island of Socotri.

These are some pictures of dead fish on the shores of Socotra Island (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1738003046495682

and as a reminder

https://www.facebook.com/SaveSocotra/videos/1376192599131920/ (English)

https://www.facebook.com/SaveSocotra/videos/1376332769117903/ (Arabic)

https://www.facebook.com/SaveSocotra/videos/1376470252437488/ (Deutsch)

https://www.facebook.com/SaveSocotra/videos/vb.1359258547491992/1556154371135741/?type=2&theater (espanol)

and

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Petition: UNESCO and the UNITED NATIONS HELP US SAVE SOCOTRA (YEMEN) FROM UAE INTERVENTION & DAMAGES

In a flagrant violation of the laws of nature reserves, they began massive construction of residential cities, ports, hotels, roads and gas stations. They also started exporting fish from the island to UAE with huge quantities than allowed. They have done all that without paying any attention to the damage that they will cause to the unique environment of this island.
We appeal to the UNESCO, the UN and all those who can actively intervene, to use all peaceful, possible, diplomatic and political means to stop the invasion by foreign powers, investors and speculators, and to save the great patrimony of biodiversity, which has been developed over millions of years on the Yemeni island of Socotra, of being lost forever.
Documented list of crimes, abuses, interventions committed by (mainly) the United Arab Emirates and other GCC countries with the endorsement of Socotra Local Administration, is published in our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaveSocotra

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/UNESCO_and_the_UNITED_NATIONS_UNESCO_UN_HELP_US_SAVE_SOCOTRA_YEMEN_FROM_UAE_INTERVENTION_DAMAGES/

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UAE’s Mission to end the role of the Brotherhood in Yemen

The escalation of the wave of assassinations in the southern governorates of Yemen, especially Aden, raises the fears of civilians, according to information that these assassinations as a result of the dispute between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which led to a significant security tension in the southern provinces.

And some observers of the Yemeni thought that Abu Dhabi is responsible for the assassinations that lengthen the imams of mosques in Aden, stressing that the goal is to support the separation and the establishment of the Salafi approach, and strengthen the influence of Sufism.

It appears that there is a hidden war declared by the United States Administration against the brothers in Yemen led by the UAE.

http://www.yemenpress.org/slider/uaes-mission-to-end-the-role-of-the-brotherhood-in-yemen.html

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

05 Nov

(A H K)

Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie Mcgoldrick, on Continued Violence Affecting Civilians in Yemen

I am horrified at the continued violence perpetrated by all parties to the conflict in Yemen which again, this week, claimed the lives of innocent civilians, including thirteen children.

On 1 November, 31 people, including six children, were killed and 26 others were wounded by an air strike that struck a busy night market in Sahar district in Sa’ada governorate.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/statement-humanitarian-coordinator-yemen-jamie-mcgoldrick-continued-violence-affecting

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Saudi Announces Full Blockade of Yemen After Missile, UNSG Silent, Alwaleed Arrested

That's a full blockade, amid starvation and cholera. Where was the United Nations? Secretary General Antonio Guterres is in Lisbon, on the public dime; his envoy on Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said nothing about the slaughter in Sa'ada. Would either now speak about the blockade or even the missile?

At noon on November 1, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric about 29 more deaths by Saudi airstrike, this time in Sahar in Sa'ada, UN transcript here, and below. On November 2 Inner City Press asked UK Rycroft, as Security Council penholer on Yemen, about it, and he spoke of the Saudis doing an investigation – By Matthew Russell Lee

http://www.innercitypress.com/yemen7questions110517.html = https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1740970302865623

04 Nov

(A P)

Yemen rejects British initiative to revive talks

The government led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has rejected a British initiative to revive talks about the political process in Yemen, a source close to Hadi told Saudi newspaper Okaz.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171104-yemen-rejects-british-initiative-to-revive-talks/

01 Nov

(A P)

UN mulls investigation into mercenaries in Yemen (paywalled)

https://www.intelligenceonline.com/government-intelligence/2017/11/01/un-mulls-investigation-into-mercenaries-in-yemen,108278811-bre

29 Oct

(A P)

Yemeni government: No peace initiative received to resolve the crisis

The Yemeni government denied receiving initiative regarding the Yemen crisis from the UN envoy Ismail Ould Sheikh, during his recent visit to the Saudi capital Riyadh to meet with the President Abderbo Mansour Hadi.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95096

(A H P)

Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock Remarks at the High-Level meeting to enhance humanitarian response in Yemen Hosted by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre

It is a pleasure to be here at this important event to discuss the challenges and opportunities for humanitarian operations in Yemen.

Our presence here today is a clear sign of our collective concern for the well-being of the Yemeni people. We all share a common objective

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/under-secretary-general-and-emergency-relief-coordinator-mark-lowcock-remarks-high

My comment: making himself the Saudi’s clown – more in cp15 Propaganda.

28 Oct

(A H P)

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr. Mark Lowcock Remarks, Statement to the media in Yemen, Sana'a, 28 October 2017

Everywhere I have been, I have seen roads, bridges, factories, hotels, houses and much else which has been destroyed by the bombing and fighting.

This visit has reaffirmed to me that the United Nations and partners have the capacity to further scale up. But we need more generous and timely donor financing, and demonstrated commitment by all parties to do all they can to help facilitate and never hinder humanitarians’ work.

An end to the horrendous suffering in Yemen requires above all a political resolution to the crisis.

In the meantime, I repeat the plea I made at the UN General Assembly in September. All parties in Yemen, and those outside who support and have influence over them, must do much more to ensure they respect international humanitarian law and protect civilians.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/under-secretary-general-humanitarian-affairs-and-emergency-relief-coordinator-mr-mark-0 and also https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/un-relief-chief-yemen-humanitarians-ready-scale-need-all-parties-facilitate-their-work

(A H P)

UN aid chief decries 'shocking' humanitarian conditions in Yemen

On his first visit to the country, UN head of humanitarian affairs says political solution to the war there is needed

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock on Saturday voiced alarm at the "shocking" humanitarian conditions in conflict-hit Yemen and called on warring parties to respect international law.

Concluding a five-day mission, his first to Yemen, the UN head of humanitarian affairs and emergency relief said the war in the impoverished Arab nation should end through a political process.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/un-aid-chief-decries-shocking-humanitarian-conditions-yemen-778753419 and by Iranian media: http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960807000980

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Food a 'weapon of war' in Yemen: WFP

Beyond air raids, gun battles and port blockades, food is now a "weapon of war" in Yemen, the UN's World Food Programme said on Sunday, as millions face impending famine.

"Yemen is on the brink of famine. Cholera is compounding a dramatic food crisis. Food is being used as a weapon of war," WFP assistant executive director Elisabeth Rasmussen said at a conference on aid to Yemen hosted by Saudi Arabia.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5028831/Food-weapon-war-Yemen-WFP.html

My comment: The UN again are not naming those who mostly are responsible, i.e. the Saudi coalition blockade, just blaming “all parties to the conflict”.

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

Look at / Siehe cp2a

(* A K P)

Why the War on Yemen Continues

The Saudis are blaming Iran for the continuation of a war on Yemen that they escalated and choose to keep fighting:

The Saudis are eager to deny responsibility for the disaster they have done so much to create, but their desperate attempts to blame others for their wrongdoing don’t hold up under scrutiny. One of the chief obstacles to a cease-fire and a possible political settlement is the Saudi-led coalition’s determination to persist in their foolish campaign – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/why-the-war-on-yemen-continues/

(A P)

Dialogue, Halt to Fighting Crucial to Yemen Peace

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson said any viable solution to the Yemen crisis would require an end to the devastating war followed by an inclusive dialogue among all Yemeni groups.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran condemned the war within hours after its start, calling for its end. We still believe that there is no military solution to this crisis and will not spare any effort to halt this despicable and bloody war," ISNA also quoted Bahram Qasemi as saying in a statement on Monday.

https://financialtribune.com/articles/national/75301/dialogue-halt-to-fighting-crucial-to-yemen-peace

(A P)

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of blocking Yemen peace

Saudi Arabia on Sunday accused Iran of blocking peace efforts in Yemen, slamming its political arch-rival over its support for rebels which Saudi-led forces are battling in Yemen.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accused Tehran of smuggling arms to Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels, who control the capital Sanaa and northern Yemen, and to the rebels' ally former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

"Iran is destroying all attempts to find a solution in Yemen, which has led to the failure of all political negotiations between the government and these militias," Jubeir said in Riyadh.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5028675/Saudi-Arabia-accuses-Iran-blocking-Yemen-peace.html and by Saudi media: http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/520508/SAUDI-ARABIA/Iran-blocking-Yemen-peace-Jubeir and https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1067961/saudi-fm-iran-destroying-all-political-solutions and by Emirati media: https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/saudi-arabia-iran-blocking-peace-in-yemen-smuggling-weapons-to-houthis-1.671186

My comment: Jubeir as always. Objecting this to Iran is ridiculous – at least by any Saudi official and media.

(A P)

Arab Coalition Accuses Iran, its Proxies of Destabilizing Regional Security

Foreign Ministers and Chiefs of Staff of States from the Coalition Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen denounced on Sunday the negative role played by Tehran in supporting coup militias with weapons, ammunition, ballistic missiles and mines in a flagrant violation of Security Council Resolution 2216, stressing the Iranian regime and its proxies are responsible for destabilizing regional security.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1067886/arab-coalition-accuses-iran-its-proxies-destabilizing-regional-security

(A P)

Film: No end in sight for Yemen war: Warring sides exchange accusations

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/sight-yemen-war-warring-sides-exchange-accusations-171030083425234.html

(A P)

Saudi claim about Iran role in Yemen 'ridiculous': FM spox

A senior Iranian diplomat rejected the baseless claim made by Saudi Arabia that Iran is an obstacle in the way of peace in Yemen, describing the allegation as 'ridiculous.'

'Recurrence of the ungrounded claims made in Sunday Riyadh meeting cannot reduce the human and international responsibilty of those people who have committed horrible crimes of killing people and destroying schools and hospitals in Yemen,' spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry Bahram Qasemi said on Monday.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82712917 and also http://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iran-slams-saudi-fms-claim-absurd-baseless/ and https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/10/30/1559927/saudi-fm-s-claim-on-iran-s-role-in-yemen-peace-efforts-ridiculous-spokesman

(A P)

Riyadh used to blaming game: Iranian spokesman

Spokesman of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Aaffairs said on Monday that the Saudis are used to blaming others for their own mistakes.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82713499

(A P)

Iran rejects 'ridiculous' Saudi accusations on Yemen

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5030915/Iran-rejects-ridiculous-Saudi-accusations-Yemen.html

(A P)

Riyadh, Washington, Tel Aviv trying to justify Yemen attack: Iran cmdr

Saudi Arabia, US and the Zionist regime, by making false claims, are trying to justify their aggression against Yemen, top Iranian military commander said in an interview with a Yemeni television channel.

'The unfounded and false claim that Iran is an obstacle on the path towards achieving peace in Yemen has been fabricated by the Saudis and Zionists,' Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said in an interview with the Yemeni TV channel al Masirah on Tuesday.
'By making such allegations, they want to create tensions and instability, General Jafari stressed.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82715735

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Iran Blames S. Arabia for Dire Conditions of Yemeni People, Children

Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshrou took Saudi Arabia responsible for the pains and dire conditions of the war-hit people in Yemen.

"Based on a report by the UN secretary-general, killing and harassment of children in Yemen continues

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960810000711

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp2a

05 Nov

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash near Yemen border: state TV

A Saudi prince was killed on Sunday when a helicopter with several officials on board crashed near the kingdom's southern border with war-torn Yemen, state television said.

The news channel Al-Ekhbariya said the helicopter had several officials on board, and did not reveal the cause of the crash that killed Saudi Prince Mansour bin Moqren, the deputy governor of Asir province

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5052351/Saudi-prince-killed-helicopter-crash-near-Yemen-border-state-TV.html and also http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-05/saudi-helicopter-carrying-8-high-ranking-officials-crown-prince-mansour-crashed-all-

and

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Video : #Saudi authorities found the wreckage of the helicopter

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/927280857144012800

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New anti-terror laws include death penalty

The newly announced laws against terrorism and its funding include the death penalty.
The new laws state that individuals defaming and publicly insulting the King and the Crown Prince will be sentenced to 5 to 10 years of imprisonment.

Individuals who misuse their status in any way either academic or social status or media influence to promote terrorism will face a maximum of 15 years in prison.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/521049/SAUDI-ARABIA/New-anti-terror-laws-include-death-penalty

My comment: Keep in mind: Labeled as “Terrorism” is every political opposition.

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Saudi arrests princes, ministers and tycoons in purge

Global investor Prince Alwaleed among those detained as Prince Mohammed consolidates power

At least 11 Saudi Arabian princes and dozens of senior officials and prominent businessmen, including one of the world’s richest men, have been arrested by the country’s new anti-corruption commission. Billionaire tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a major investor in Twitter, Citigroup and many other international companies, was among the senior figures detained in the crackdown, people aware of the matter said. The private airport in Riyadh was closed to prevent personal jets being used to assist any escape, these people added. The arrests, first reported by the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel on Saturday, came just hours after King Salman ordered the establishment of a new anti-corruption commission and named his 32-year-old son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to lead it.

https://www.ft.com/content/2d461e2a-c1b2-11e7-a1d2-6786f39ef675 and also http://parstoday.com/en/news/middle_east-i67190-saudi_royal_family_forms_committee_arrests_princes_ministers and by Saudi site (Arabic) https://sabq.org/Spn3jq

and also

https://www.facebook.com/Classy.Yemeni/posts/1162311630565683

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1546451695407855/?type=3

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1546497382069953/?type=3

https://twitter.com/rulajebreal/status/926983969375219714

Comments by Ali AlAhmed: All those arrested tonight by #Saudi strongman #MBS are guilty of stealing more than $100 billion from our people. Good riddance

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/926995689569177600

One of those arrested tonight by #Saudi Monarchy is billionaire Saleh Kamel, a terrorist funder & @Yale donor.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/926984856357228547

I told @nytimesworld reporter 3 months ago of #Saudi #MBS plan to seize @Alwaleed_Talal wealth. Idiot did not belive me. It happened today

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/926911798518992896

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Saudi Purge Sees Senior Princes, Top Billionaire Detained

Arrests reported hours after anti-corruption campaign revealed

Sweeping changes also hit national guard, economy ministry

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman embarked on the most sweeping crackdown yet of his reign, ordering security forces to arrest senior princes including one of the world’s richest men and driving out one of the most prominent officials from his ministerial role.

The arrests, conducted shortly after the establishment of an anti-corruption committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, reinforced speculation King Salman is clearing any remaining obstacles to his son’s ascension to the throne

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-04/saudi-national-guard-chief-economy-minister-out-in-reshuffle and see also https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-arrests-names-factbox/factbox-saudi-arabia-detains-princes-ministers-in-anti-corruption-probe-idUSKBN1D5080

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Future Saudi king tightens grip on power with arrests including Prince Alwaleed

Saudi Arabia’s future king has tightened his grip on power through an anti-corruption purge by arresting royals, ministers and investors including billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal who is one of the kingdom’s most prominent businessmen.

Prince Alwaleed, a nephew of the king and owner of investment firm Kingdom Holding, invests in firms such as Citigroup and Twitter

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-arrests/future-saudi-king-tightens-grip-on-power-with-arrests-including-prince-alwaleed-idUSKBN1D506P

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Factbox: Prince Alwaleed's international and domestic investments

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-arrests-alwaleed-factbox/factbox-prince-alwaleeds-international-and-domestic-investments-idUSKBN1D50XH and also https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-arrests-alwaleed-newsmaker/saudi-prince-alwaleed-has-invested-billions-in-companies-around-globe-idUSKBN1D50FO

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Saudi Arabia increased the number of princes detained to 18

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1546512338735124 referring to http://m.hournews.net/news-81910.htm

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Saudi Arabia Has Its Own Way of Draining the Swamp

Saudi Arabia’s millennial-in-chief has reached the move-fast-and-break-things phase.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Saturday night roundup of dozens of prominent royals and officials -- all under the auspices of the king he may succeed within months -- is actually a natural, if jarring, progression.The prince’s consolidation of power has been evident since June at leas

It's also important to note how this crackdown was conducted. This wasn't a night of the long knives; it was done in the bright glare of a state TV broadcast. This suggests the prince was sending a signal to at least two broad constituencies.

The prince's latest move may well have served to preempt a destabilizing backlash. Equally, it may yet set it off. Saudi Arabia is now well into uncharted territory.

https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-11-05/saudi-arabia-has-its-own-way-of-draining-the-swamp

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The night of the long knives in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia had always been ruled by multiple fiefdoms of senior princes but Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is truly making it now his own playground

The night of 4 November could truly be the Night of the Long Knives in Saudi Arabia.

The night started with the sacking Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, son of deceased King Abdullah and head of Saudi National Guard, a tribal force created to protect the royal family and key oil areas in the kingdom.

As no real challenge to Muhammad bin Salman can come from princes with no militia, he was keen to end his senior cousin's control over the last security body that can potentially undermine his rule.

It was surprising that he waited for so long.

He is now de facto ruler and it won't be long before he becomes de jure. This will depend on whether his father voluntarily abdicates or is forced to submit to his young son's will. With Mutaib now sinking into oblivion, Mohammed bin Salman turned his attention to those princes with money, lest their financial empires become handy in future power struggles.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/night-long-knives-saudi-arabia-1884539620

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Saudi arrests show crown prince is a risk-taker with a zeal for reform

Mohammed bin Salman is confronting some of the kingdom’s richest and most powerful men in his anti-corruption drive – but is he taking on too much too fast?

No one doubted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was a man in a hurry. But the Saudi royal’s decision to arrest 11 princes, four ministers and dozens of former ministers shows he is a risk-taker on a scale the Middle East has rarely seen.

The fact that the billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns the investment firm Kingdom Holding, was among the wave of late-night arrests (and is thought to be held in the luxurious confines of Riyadh’s Ritz Carlton hotel) suggests MBS, as Salman is known colloquially, is willing to take on the kingdom’s most powerful figures to implement his reforms and consolidate power – by Patrick Wintour

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/05/saudi-arabia-arrests-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman

Comment: It's 2017. Any journalist who describes an autocrat or child of an autocrat as "reformer" should be fired & mocked.

https://twitter.com/YemenPeaceNews/status/927300079320526848

Comment by Glen Greenwald: Rounding up & imprisoning political opponents is "tyranny" when a western adversary does it. When a close western ally does it: "reform"

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/927523412976766976

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Saudi Arabia - This 'Night Of The Long Knives' Is A Panic-Fueled Move

The Salman branch of the current king and clown prince has now eliminated all of potential internal competition. This goes against the consensus model that had been the foundation of the Saudi family rule over the last century. Tens of thousands of clans and people depended on the patronage of the removed princes and officials. They will not just sit back as their fortunes evaporate.

One effect of the purges will be the concentration of Saudi wealth in the hands of the Salmans.

Official pretext for the purge are corruption allegations going back to 2009. This financial subterfuge will allow the ruling Salmans to confiscate the wealth of the accused.

The events in Lebanon and Riyadh would have been impossible without U.S. approval and support.

That the Saudi capital can be hit will come as another shock to many Saudis. It discourages investment in Saudi Arabia.

The Yemeni missiles, fired by the original Yemen army under former president Saleh, may have their origin in Iran. But they could also be older ones Yemen had purchased elsewhere decades ago.

Yesterday's purge can be perceived as a panic-fueled move. All of Bin Salman's endeavors have failed. The successful targeting of Riyadh's airport only underscores this. He is under pressure but unable to deliver. The internal resistance to him is growing.

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/11/saudi-purge.html

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Billionaire prince detained in Saudi corruption probe

Corruption is synonymous with oligarchies and the House of Saud is no exception. The Saudi way is traditionally to throw money at problems. A purge was seldom if ever needed to tame critics and opponents. But these are extraordinary times.

The great succession question in Saudi Arabia hangs heavily like a cloud. Make no mistake that Saturday’s purge signifies another step in the no-holds-barred attempt by the 32-year-old Crown Prince for consolidating absolute political power and paving the way for his ascension as the next ruler. MBS has been systematically moving against elites who could be rival power centres when the time for succession arrives.

http://www.atimes.com/article/billionaire-prince-detained-saudi-corruption-probe/

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Saudi Prince, Asserting Power, Brings Clerics to Heel

Before the arrests on Saturday of his fellow royals and former ministers on corruption allegations, Prince Mohammed had stripped the religious police of their arrest powers and expanded the space for women in public life, including promising them the right to drive.

Dozens of hard-line clerics have been detained, while others were designated to speak publicly about respect for other religions, a topic once anathema to the kingdom’s religious apparatus.

If the changes take hold, they could mean a historic reordering of the Saudi state by diminishing the role of hard-line clerics in shaping policy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/05/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-wahhabism-salafism-mohammed-bin-salman.html?smid=tw-share

My comment: I think this is not probable – the prince’s only goal is his personal power.

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Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman: Reformer and hardliner

He is known as "MBS" or "Mr. Everything." As the King's favorite son, he is in line to take power in Saudi Arabia. However, the role Mohammed bin Salman plays in Riyadh has two sides.

http://www.dw.com/en/saudi-arabias-mohammed-bin-salman-reformer-and-hardliner/a-40714307

Comment: It's 2017. Any journalist who describes an autocrat or child of an autocrat as "reformer" should be fired & mocked.

https://twitter.com/YemenPeaceNews/status/927300079320526848

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Saudi purge worries investors but may speed reforms

A purge of Saudi Arabia’s political and business elites briefly dragged down the kingdom’s stock market on Sunday but prices recovered to close higher as some investors bet the crackdown could bolster reforms in the long run.

The purge may increase Prince Mohammed’s grassroots support by tackling corruption, a problem that has long plagued the economy.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-arrests-economy/saudi-purge-worries-investors-but-may-speed-reforms-idUSKBN1D50RN

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Saudi Finance Ministry says crackdown preserves investment climate

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-arrests-investment/saudi-finance-ministry-says-crackdown-preserves-investment-climate-idUSKBN1D50AG

Comment: It's 2017. Any journalist who describes an autocrat or child of an autocrat as "reformer" should be fired & mocked.

https://twitter.com/YemenPeaceNews/status/927300079320526848

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Saudi's Kingdom Holding says has support from government after chairman detained

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-arrests-kingdom-holding/saudis-kingdom-holding-says-has-support-from-government-after-chairman-detained-idUSKBN1D50T6

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Trump says he spoke to Saudi King about Aramco, 'they will consider' using U.S. exchanges

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-asia-aramco-ipo/trump-says-he-spoke-to-saudi-king-about-aramco-they-will-consider-using-u-s-exchanges-idUSKBN1D501X

04 Nov

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Saudi king sacks top ministers, gives more power to crown prince

Saudi King Salman appointed two new ministers on Saturday to key security and economic posts, removing one of the royal family’s most prominent members as head of the National Guard and boosting the kingdom’s young crown prince.

The king also announced the creation of a new anti-corruption committee chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-cabinet/saudi-king-sacks-top-ministers-gives-more-power-to-crown-prince-idUSKBN1D40U2 and also https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-corruption/saudi-detains-four-current-ministers-in-anti-corruption-campaign-idUSKBN1D40VN

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Saudi prince, relieved from National Guard, once seen as throne contender

Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, born in 1953, headed the Saudi Arabian National Guard, an elite internal security force originally based on traditional tribal units that was run by his father for five decades.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-saudi-government-defence-newsmaker/saudi-prince-relieved-from-national-guard-once-seen-as-throne-contender-idUKKBN1D40VE

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aftermath of Yemeni missile to King Salman Airport in #Ryadh: Amir Mut'ib Bin Abdullah, Minister of National Guards, has been sacked

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1546353828750975/?type=3

03 Nov

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#Saudi Monarchy arrest a Shia Arab school administrator after Shia students held a prayer at school

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/926429695104733185 referring to https://twitter.com/wedadmansooor/status/926396124965097473

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On #Saudi request #Kuwait Monarchy bans training of #Saudi women on driving

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/926405555693989888 referring to http://www.alhayat.com/Articles/25114765

02 Nov

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As Saudi authorities launch PR campaign, war on freedom of expression reaches zenith

While the Saudi authorities keep boasting about granting women the right to drive, following a royal decree issued recently by King Salman, the number of people arrested, among them women, has seen a swift upsurge in the kingdom.

The list of arrestees includes academics, journalists, human rights activists and Islamic scholars who have long spoken out against the violations perpetrated by the Saudi authorities and stood up to attempts to suppress personal freedoms.

https://alqst.org/eng/as-saudi-authorities-launch-pr-campaign-war-on-freedom-of-expression-reaches-zenith/

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Saudi Arabia’s game of thrones

Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, didn’t always have to preen himself for a staged appearance with tech executives in San Francisco or a meeting with the Russian president in Moscow. Until January 2015, when his father king made him Saudi Arabia’s defense minister at a young age of 29, MBS, as he is sometimes called, was one among the thousands of royal princes who dimly dot the Saudi Arabian social landscape.

But then everything changed.

There is a lot that is missing from MBS’s calculus. Given the country’s social and economic statuses, as well as the reports of the crackdown on dissent, there is reason to wonder whether the prince is genuinely attempting a modernization of the country.

One doesn’t have to wait for too long to know the fate of MBS’s “change” project. The prince is at it at full speed

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/02/540717/Saudi-Arabia-Mohammed-bin-Salman-crown-prince-social-economic-plans

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Oil giant Total questions Saudi reform drive

Chief executive of Total, major oil investor in Middle East, says older Saudis may be reluctant to accept reform

Saudi Arabia's push for reforms may face an internal backlash and there is no guarantee the drive by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will succeed, one of the biggest oil investors in the Middle East, France's Total, said on Thursday.

"You don't change into a secular regime just like that," Total chief executive Patrick Pouyanne told an event in London.

Last week, bin Salman said the kingdom was moving towards a "moderate, open" form of Islam, blaming Iran for fuelling extremism.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/oil-giant-questions-saudi-reform-drive-537299661

01 Nov

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Saudi Arabia has a new citizen: Sophia the robot. But what does that even mean?

That's the question many have been asking since last week, when a robot was granted Saudi citizenship at an economic and financial summit in Riyadh.

The robot in question is Sophia — the product of a Hong Kong-based company called Hanson Robotics.

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-11-01/saudi-arabia-has-new-citizen-sophia-robot-what-does-even-mean

31 Oct

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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince wants to ‘crush extremists.’ But he’s punishing the wrong people.

The crown prince is reflecting the anger and frustration of many Saudis who have longed to shake off the influences that have so negatively impacted the country. We were waiting for a leader who realizes that extremism, both economic and social, is bad for the country.

I know why the young Prince Mohammed is so agitated. Salafi Wahhabism, a reform movement within Islam, was prevalent in the country, turned even more anti-modern and xenophobic after two political earthquakes struck the kingdom in 1979 – the first was when Salafi extremists seized the Grand Mosque in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam. The second was Ayatollah Khomeini’s seizure of power in Iran. In Saudi Arabia, the pernicious influence of this 18th-century puritanical streak can be found everywhere

Prince Mohammed is right to go after extremists. But he is going after the wrong people. Dozens of Saudi intellectuals, clerics, journalists, and social media stars have been arrested in the past 2 months — the majority of whom, at worst, are mildly critical of the government. Meanwhile, many members of the Council of Senior Scholars (“Ulema”) have extremist ideas – By Jamal Khashoggi

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/10/31/saudi-arabias-crown-prince-wants-to-crush-extremists-but-hes-punishing-the-wrong-people/?tid=ss_tw-bottom&utm_term=.c1802916ec78

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Saudi Crown Prince Going Paranoid for Fear of Life

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered triple security checks and body search on visitors as he is deeply afraid of assassination attempts on his life by not just visitors, but even close relatives and aides, Arab media said.

"Bin Salman is living in horror. All those who want to meet him (even the closest ones) should go through three inspection rooms and all their belongings and whatever they carry are taken away from them, even a small pen in the second room," al-Ahd al-Jadid wrote on its twitter page on Tuesday.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960809001671

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Saudi Arabian Military Industries (#SAMI) announced the appointment of its CEO, Dr. Andreas Schwer & the formation of its Board of Directors (image)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/925343252886237184

30 Oct

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Saudi Arabia to let women enter sports stadiums in 2018

Saudi Arabia will for the first time allow women to attend sports events, preparing special sections in three selected stadiums from early next year in another step toward opening public spaces to women.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-women-stadiums/saudi-arabia-to-let-women-enter-sports-stadiums-in-2018-idUSKBN1CZ0LQ

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Saudi minister slams Lebanon govt. over Hezbollah

Saudi Arabia has urged the Lebanese government to take action to curb the Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah.

Saudi Minister of State for Persian Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan on Sunday censured the Beirut government’s “silence” on what he called Hezbollah’s “war” against the Persian Gulf kingdom.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/30/540333/Saudi-Lebanon-govt-Hezbollah and also https://twitter.com/Osman_Marwa1/status/927429735340179456 and https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/926775236485353472

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Automatons and autocrats: the brave new world of Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on a mission to shake up Saudi Arabia, the most change-resistant of Arab countries. Though still only 32 and not actually king, he appears to have been given unlimited power and is determined to make use of it.

There's a touch of Kim Jong Un about Prince Mohammed's fads and fantasies but in the prince's case they are of a sort that tends to be viewed favourably in the west – especially by consultancy firms slavering over the fees they hope to collect.

His willingness to take big decisions is beyond dispute but what some admire as boldness, others regard as impulsiveness; where some see self-confidence, others suspect recklessness. His ability to assess risks and see decisions through is still unproven, and the early signs are not good.

No one should be deceived by the prince's passion for modernity. Behind it is an old-style vision of autocracy – one that probably wishes all Saudi citizens were more like Sophia the robot, programmed to do exactly as they are told – by Brian Whitaker

http://al-bab.com/blog/2017/10/automatons-and-autocrats-brave-new-world-saudi-arabia

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Saudi Arabia to extract uranium for 'self-sufficient' nuclear program

Saudi Arabia plans to extract uranium domestically as part of its nuclear power program and sees this as a step towards “self-sufficiency” in producing atomic fuel, a senior official said on Monday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-nuclear/saudi-arabia-to-extract-uranium-for-self-sufficient-nuclear-program-idUSKBN1CZ1ON

28 Oct

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Saudi promise of ‘moderate Islam’ shifts power; but it is far from liberalism, democracy

Saudi Arabia's crown prince has promised to return the ultraconservative kingdom to a more "moderate" Islam, however, it does not mean that Saudi Arabia is moving toward greater liberalism, democracy, pluralism or freedom of speech.

In other words, Saudi Arabia’s economic reforms require social reforms to succeed.

Buzz words like “reform,” ‘‘transparency” and “accountability” — all used by the prince in his promotion of Vision 2030 — do not, however, mean that Saudi Arabia is moving toward greater liberalism, democracy, pluralism or freedom of speech.

The government does not grant licenses to non-Muslim houses of worship, and limits those of its Shiite Muslim citizens.

The prince has also made no mention of human rights concerns. If anything, dozens of the prince’s perceived critics have been detained in a warning to others who dare to speak out.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/saudi-promise-of-moderate-islam-shifts-power-but-it-is-far-from-liberalism-democracy-and-freedom-of-speech/story-DaXIhpV7W2TABFsF5FQfYI.html

(A P)

Did Saudi Arabia just give this robot more rights than its women?

Sophia the robot was given a passport - something many second- and third-generation residents of Saudi Arabia can only dream of

In a country where many second and third-generation residents have virtually no chance to gain citizenship, a robot called Sophia was given a Saudi passport in Riyadh this week.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudis-newest-citizen-sophia-robot-651076398

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Film: Her security, this is her last video after her disappearance, and everyone who watched it was asked to raise her case, they took part in this passion.

https://twitter.com/MeshariGhamdi/status/923121420120576006

Remark: This is Dina: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-woman-dina-ali-lasoom-australia-philippines-flee-asylum-seeker-kidnapped-riyadh-return-a7681746.html and http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-woman-terrified-arrival-uncles-manila-airport-reports-reveal-2096370972 and http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/saudi-woman-fleeing-country-detained-10220741

and a reminder from Aug. 25:

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Saudi’s economy: Why Vision 2030 will fail

Riyadh has a plan to wean the country off its oil addiction. But it won't work without facing up to some core problems

But real change is only attainable through quality education and freedom of thought and expression. And the Saudi education system, as it stands, only adds to the unemployment rate in the country.

It must be substituted with a system that delivers rationality and other analytical and conceptual skills: if not, then the government will face serious challenges in the years to come.

Furthermore, the protection of freedom of thought and expression can, in the long term, provide a context for liberal changes in the country. This would create a framework for ideas to mutate and enable the emergence of a tolerant society.

It is for the common good to allow public dialogue to take place in advance and not to take society, as is happening now, by surprise.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/saudis-economic-future-six-problems-it-needs-solve-vision-2030-plan-1907352248

cp9 USA

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / Look at cp1

05 Nov

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Being an Ambassador Is Hard. Being the Ambassador from Yemen Is Even Harder.

He runs an embassy that's falling apart, has trouble getting his staff paid, and represents a government that's been chased out of its own capital city. Meet Awad bin Mubarak, who's got bigger problems than the travel ban.

In the meantime, Mubarak has other problems. He represents a war-torn country whose government doesn’t control its own capital and whose ambassadorial residence is so dilapidated that he and his family are camped out in a McLean rental. Yet in the chaos of Trump’s first year, Mubarak has also glimpsed opportunity. For several months, I checked in on him periodically to see how he was navigating the new regime. I found you can learn a lot about the way DC—and America—looks to the rest of the world by paying attention to the foreign representatives living right next door.

https://www.washingtonian.com/2017/11/05/ahmed-awad-bin-mubarak-ambassador-hard-ambassador-yemen-even-harder/

My comment: He represents the Hadi government and published the odd propaganda of his government.

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Donald Trump blames Iran after Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile fired at capital by Yemen rebels

Responding to the attack, Mr Trump immediately blamed Iran.

"A shot was just taken by Iran, in my opinion, at Saudi Arabia. And our system knocked it down," the US President said, referring to the Patriot missile batteries Saudi Arabia has purchased from the US.

"That's how good we are. Nobody makes what we make and now we're selling it all over the world."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-blames-iran-saudi-091600158.html

Remark: Reporting at cp17.

Comment: Now blooms of US anti-Iranian paranoia. While Saudi air raids killing scores are not worth mentioning – the US make billions with them.

04 Nov

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Film. #Yemen crisis is barely discussed in the national media congress has never held a vote in it . You must watch this video

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/926860007303413760

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Donald Trump pleads with Saudi Arabia to sell shares in its Aramco national oil company on New York Stock Exchange

The President tweets from the first leg of his tour through Asia

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-saudi-arabia-aramco-ipo-twitter-oil-new-york-stock-exchange-national-company-a8037411.html

03 Nov

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Donald Trump's best new policy in the Middle East would be no new policy

We often forget that at any one time there are several governments and opposition movements trying to lure the US into a war with its enemies by demonising them as a threat to the world

President Trump’s stance on conflict in the Middle East is a mixture of bellicose threats and demonisation of opponents combined with rather more cautious and carefully calculated action or inaction on the ground. Leaders in Baghdad, Damascus, Riyadh and Tehran face the same problem as those in Tokyo and London, uncertain where the rhetoric ends and the reality begins and unsure if Trump himself distinguishes much between the two – by Patrick Cockburn

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-middle-east-israel-iran-saudi-arabia-syria-raqqa-conflict-war-us-military-isis-fight-no-a8035541.html

02 Nov

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Criticizes Trump’s Policy to Combat ISIS

The former U.S. ambassador to Yemen said at Cornell on Wednesday evening that President Donald Trump’s military approach to combatting the Islamic State is “too limited in scope” and that the president needs to pursue more diplomatic solutions and invest in development assistance programs.

Gerald Feierstein, who served in Yemen from 2010 to 2013 and is now the director for Gulf affairs and government relations at the Middle East Institute, criticized Trump’s policy at a lecture hosted by Cornell Political Union, “Can Trump’s Military-Only Antiterrorism Strategy Succeed?”

“Combatting the Islamic State is an issue of great urgency and Trump’s overwhelmingly military-centric approach is too limited in scope,” Feierstein said.

http://cornellsun.com/2017/11/02/former-us-ambassador-to-yemen-criticizes-trumps-policy-to-combat-isis/

My comment: Feierstein is an old hawk and neocon. Concerning Trump’s anti-ISIS war, he might be right – but that objection would relate to the whole US “war on terror” since 2001 at least.

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Film: Tragic Horrors...From New York To Yemen

Yesterday's tragic attack in New York where eight innocent people were killed serves as a reminder that even with the surveillance state in place we are not any safer. How much does our interventionist foreign policy, which results in many more innocents killed overseas, contribute to hatred of America and a desire to harm Americans? Is there a connection?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgGCTsUYYtU&feature=youtu.be

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RELEASE: REP. KHANNA WINS DEBATE ON U.S. INVOLVEMENT ON YEMEN AND STRIKES COMPROMISE WITH HOUSE LEADERSHIP

In early October, Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Walter Jones (R-NC), introduced a bipartisan resolution, H.CON.RES.81, to stop U.S. military participation in Saudi Arabia's war against the Houthis in Yemen.

After weeks of good faith negotiations with both Republican and Democratic House leadership, an agreement was reached that will allow for an hour-long debate on the United States (U.S.) involvement in the Yemen Civil War on the House floor for the first time. Involved in negotiations were the offices of Speaker Paul Ryan, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Rules Committee.

For the first time, the House will debate a resolution that acknowledges the U.S. has been fueling Saudi-led coalition planes and providing intelligence assistance against the Houthi-Saleh Alliance rebels. With this legislation, the House would recognize that Congress has not authorized U.S. forces participating in this Saudi-led war against the Houthis.

https://khanna.house.gov/media/press-releases/release-rep-khanna-wins-debate-us-involvement-yemen-and-strikes-compromise

and

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It can be introduced in the Senate in identical form. Also building more co sponsors for 81 helps send a powerful message

https://twitter.com/RoKhanna/status/926288585040547842

My comment: Democracy, US style. – Well, I hope Khanna is right.

Comment: I'm not disappointed. So should you Mr @RepRoKhanna you have done a great job. When there's will there is way!

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/926104477425393664

and

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Update: #HConRes81 now has 39 cosponsors, but the vote remains uncertain. Please do your part to end the brutal US-Saudi war on #Yemen. (image)

https://twitter.com/shireen818/status/925882840709058561

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Yemen War Powers Resolution - H.Con.Res 81 Resources

On November 1, the House stripped the resolution of its privileged status, drawing into question when a full vote on the resolution would occur (see 1:55PM). Earlier, it appeared a vote would happen around November 3.
The resolution specifically calls out U.S. targeting assistance and refueling for Saudi and UAE warplanes that have engaged in the war in Yemen, where a humanitarian crisis now exists with millions facing starvation and a growing cholera outbreak. U.S. President Donald Trump has announced large arms sales for Saudi Arabia that have at times generated significant Congressional opposition. H.Con.Res. 81 does not limit U.S. forces active against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Key resources include:

https://www.forumarmstrade.org/hconres81.html and see also http://blog.timesunion.com/wagingpeace/starting-today-congress-can-stop-us-complicity-in-the-murderous-saudi-led-war-in-yemen/10463/

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Joint Statement on House Leadership Killing Debate on U.S. Role in Yemen's Civil War

On November 1, the House leadership removed the “privileged” status of H.Con.Res.81, the Khanna-Massie-Pocan-Jones resolution invoking the War Powers Resolution to end unauthorized U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. That privileged status, as mandated by the War Powers Resolution, would have guaranteed H.Con.Res.81 a floor vote. It is now expected that this resolution will not get a vote on the House floor this month.

Groups which led the campaign for a House floor vote on H.Con.Res.81 released the following statement in response to this action:

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/11/02/joint-statement-house-leadership-killing-debate-us-role-yemens-civil-war

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US Will Continue the Business of War in Yemen – Because Why Not

The international civil society is deeply disappointed that House leadership has again prevented a debate and vote on ending US participation in the famine-inducing Saudi-led war on Yemen.

The wishful House Concurrent Resolution 81 is now effectively dead, following an expected bit of sleight of hand by the House Rules Committee. The resolution demanded an end to US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, on the grounds that such involvement was never authorized under the War Powers Act. Under the War Powers Act, any Congressman is able to bring such a legal challenge, and is guaranteed a floor vote on the matter.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960811001081

01 Nov

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Saudi Bombing Kills 29 Civilians in Yemen as Vote Looms to Stop US-Backed Carnage

"It's long past time for the United States to stop supporting a war that independent human rights organizations believe may involve war crimes on all sides."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/01/saudi-bombing-kills-29-civilians-yemen-vote-looms-stop-us-backed-carnage

31 Oct

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HOUSE DEMOCRATIC WHIP RESISTS EFFORT TO END U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN YEMEN WAR

THE BIPARTISAN PUSH to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen has gained political momentum but faces resistance from the No. 2 Democratic lawmaker in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

Several activists working to build support for the measure have told The Intercept that Republican caucus leaders and Hoyer, the minority whip, are pressuring lawmakers to avoid sponsoring the legislation.

https://theintercept.com/2017/10/31/yemen-war-us-military-house-resolution/

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Film: We interviewed Rep. Ro Khanna today about the U.S. role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Fired up to end U.S. involvement in this brutal war?

https://www.facebook.com/winwithoutwar/videos/10155758189073718/

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

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Film: #HConRes81 explained, in less than 2 minutes.

https://twitter.com/yemen202023/status/925459073809747973

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Why Congress must vote to end #Yemen War + pass #HConRes81 (text in image)

https://twitter.com/SunjeevBery/status/924996386466168837

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How to End the Endless War

Any member of Congress who runs for president in 2020 will be judged in part by his or her choice in the coming days.

The upcoming vote — if House leaders let it happen — will be about far more than Yemen. It is a test of whether Congress will continue allowing presidents to make decisions that push the United States into war, or whether it will awaken from its constitutional coma and assert its own right to do so.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/29/how-end-endless-war

My comment: As events show (see above), Congress will stay in its “constitutional coma”.

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The U.S. Must Stop Enabling War Crimes in Yemen

If H. Con. Res. 81 can be brought to a vote, members of Congress will have an opportunity to oppose the policy that has fueled this atrocious war for the past thirty months.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-u-s-must-stop-enabling-war-crimes-in-yemen/

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Please read these words: they are one of the most beautiful tributes to Yemen:
''Thank you for your updates on Yemen. I am not usually politically active in the US, but I composed a letter to my congressmen in support of H. Con. Res. 81. In Yemen, I learned about kindness, tolerance, and peace from the best (text in image)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1544474685605556/?type=3&theater

30 Oct

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To the Editor:

Re “America’s Forever Wars” (editorial, Oct. 23):

Why should the Pentagon be allowed to conduct “secret assignments” without public knowledge?

Are we increasing the risk of ISIS and Qaeda terror attacks at home when we bomb their strongholds abroad? Are soldiers’ lives and the trillions spent on proactive combat worth the cost?

Overreliance on the military neglects the more cost-efficient and lifesaving soft power of diplomacy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/29/opinion/us-military-actions.html

29 Oct

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NGOs Back End to America’s Undeclared War in Yemen

The Yemen Peace Project has written an open letter in support of the H.Con.Res. 81 that has been signed by 65 NGOs, including Just Foreign Policy, Win Without War, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, CREDO Action, CODEPINK, MoveOn.org, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Project on Middle East Democracy. The text of that letter is included below:

http://lobelog.com/ngos-back-end-to-americas-undeclared-war-in-yemen/ and https://www.yemenpeaceproject.org/blog-x/2017/11/2/joint-statement-on-house-leaderships-decision-to-de-privilege-hconres81

(A P)

Kushner took unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner returned home Saturday from an unannounced visit to Saudi Arabia — his third trip to the country this year.

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/29/jared-kushner-saudi-arabia-244291

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Here’s How Much of Your Taxes Have Gone To Pay For Wars Since 9/11

Previously unreported Pentagon data shows how much the average U.S. taxpayer has paid for combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Syria. According to the two page report summary, the cumulative estimated cost of the 16 year war in the Middle East has cost each taxpayer $7,500.

According to Defense One, Americans paid the most for the wars in 2010, an average of $767 per taxpayer.

http://asheepnomore.net/2017/10/02/heres-how-much-of-your-taxes-have-gone-to-pay-for-wars-since-911/

28 Oct

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Worried of Financing Terrorism, the Trump Admin Must Take A Hard Look at Relationship with Saudi Arabia

There appears to be no more quixotic endeavor these days than the pursuit of a lasting peace in the Middle East. A likely reason is because peace is not profitable to the forces now hard at work in the region.

America has always chosen strange bedfellows and practiced extremely selective moral outrage across the globe.

Tillerson’s State Department is either holding the line on, or actively making worse, a pretty perverse relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Let us watch as Trump’s and Tillerson’s State Department “make peace.”

https://ahtribune.com/us/maga/1978-financing-terrorism-saudi-trump.html = http://geopoliticsalert.com/financing-terrorism-us-relationship-saudi-arabia

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

03 Nov

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British Opium in Yemen

Nothing has changed since Napoleon Bonaparte called England a “nation of shopkeepers” and, until today, trade, merchants and profits are behind most of Britain’s actions.

When forced to leave the colonies, the UK has left geographic and ethnic poisons. These poisons that they have left have fuelled conflicts in all the former colonies, reminders of the Colonial era.

Why do I recall this now?

When I saw the record levels of British military equipment sales to Saudi Arabia in 2017, I recalled the history of British Empire. History repeats itself, as Bernard Shaw said.

This quote brings to my mind two of the dirtiest wars that Britain has fought, the Opium Wars.

Nowadays, the British government can’t find anything to sell and profit from but the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, the state that has the worst of records in human rights. Saudi Arabia, the state that is responsible for the daily carnage in Yemen – By Hussam Al-Sanabani

https://daralhajar.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/british-opium-in-yemen/

02 Nov

Film: UK rights groups urge action on Yemen

Rights groups in the UK are urging the government to break ranks with Riyadh and withdraw their support for a conflict that continues to leave innocent men, women and children dead or dying; without access to sanitation, food and adequate shelter. There is also a plea to the mainstream media to do more to highlight the real story of the war in an attempt to shame the government into action.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/02/540726/UK-rights-groups-urge-action-on-Yemen

1 Nov

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Michael Fallon quits as defence secretary, saying his behaviour has 'fallen short'

Fallon has resigned as minister after three years in post, as friends suggest there may have been some ‘inappropriate flirtation’ recently

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/01/michael-fallon-quits-as-defence-secretary

My comment: These are ridiculous reasons – while nobody is speaking of the great scandals and war crimes:

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Michael Fallon has quit as Defence Minister. He'll be working for a defence company arming #Saudi with 3 months.

https://twitter.com/SamWalton/status/925813975635451904

My comment: I am not astonished at all. The scandal is still larger because already as minister he did exactly that – preparing his retirement job by selling the Saudis the arms for killing people in Yemen. This man is walking in blood.

31 Oct

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Yemen, UK discuss military cooperation

The Chief of Staff Brigadier General Taher al-Uqaili discussed on Tuesday with the Military Attaché of the UK Embassy in Yemen military support to Yemen and efforts of regaining the state.

For his part, the British military attaché confirmed readiness of his country's government of receiving more of Yemeni military personnel for training in the UK.

http://www.sabanew.net/viewstory.php?id=24443

Remark: “Yemen” is the Saudi-backed Hadi government.

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Film: Activists Acquitted in Effort to Prevent British Fighter Jet Delivery to Saudi Arabia

A UK court has acquitted two activists for breaking-in to a BAE Systems factory to disarm Typhoon fighter jets meant for the Saudi war on Yemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMBoAVJ2dGU&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

29 Oct

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Film: Sam Walton disarming Saudi planes acquittal Al Jazeera English interview 29/10/17

Interview with Sam Walton about his acquittal for attempting to disarm BAE Systems made Saudi Eurofighter Typhoon that were destined to be used in war crimes in Yemen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VcSf1gpE9g

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This Is What Happened When A Quaker And A Methodist Minister Tried To Smash Up Some Fighter Jets

Have you heard the one about the Methodist minister and the Quaker who broke into a secure military base to attack state-of-the-art military fighter jets and stop them being sold to Saudi Arabia?

“We call him the voice of Yemen abroad,” Ahmad Algohbary, a reporter and activist based in Sanaa, said. “Sam has become the talk of our streets.”

https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosebuchanan/meet-the-british-quaker-famous-in-yemen-who-tried-to-smash?utm_term=.odKAWnj6dj#.stbvdGP5jP

and a reminder from 2007, what did really change since then??

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BAE accused of secretly paying £1bn to Saudi prince

  • Money moved via US bank
    ·£30m payments a quarter
    · Sanctioned by MoD

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jun/07/bae1

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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NYU Journalism Department Ends Relationship With NYU Abu Dhabi

After two NYU professors were denied security clearance by the UAE, colleagues have been disappointed with Hamilton’s response

https://nyulocal.com/nyu-journalism-department-ends-relationship-with-nyu-abu-dhabi-1d34deea613c

and

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NYU faculty ends ties with UAE over sectarianism claims

New York University's journalism department has voted to end its relationship with its campus in the United Arab Emirates following allegations two professors were denied visas because of their religious affiliation.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/nyu-faculty-ends-ties-uae-sectarianism-claims-171104135400063.html and also https://twitter.com/metties/status/926495549053947906

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Hacked emails reveal UAE spying on Iran in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates is using armed drones to monitor Iran’s military influence in the Yemen civil war, new leaked emails from Emirati Ambassador to Washington, Yousef Al-Otaiba, appear to show.

In the leaks, which were sent exclusively to MEMO, US Chief Staff of the Department of Defence, Jeremy Bash can be seen trying to sell drones to the UAE to help with its “counterterrorism operations” in Yemen.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171031-hacked-emails-reveal-uae-spying-on-iran-in-yemen/

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Hisham: Malaysian forces to remain in Saudi Arabia

The Malaysian Armed Forces will remain in Saudi Arabia to provide humanitarian assistance and contribute to rebuilding efforts in Yemen if required, says Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/10/30/hisham-malaysian-forces-to-remain-in-saudi-arabia/

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''French military base in Abu Dhabi is used to perform demonstrations of French weapons to the countries in the Gulf'' tweets @obsarm.
In the picture: French Minister of The Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi who, on her side, tweets:
''United Arab Emirates - with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Intense relationship and strategic partnership.''
The smile says it all (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1738335443129109/?type=3

and

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Abu Dhabi in the spotlight.
''The French forces pre-positioned in the United Arab Emirates include 3 components: naval base, 5th reg. of cuirassiers, air base'' tweets France Minister of The Armed Forces.

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1738336539795666/?type=3

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Bahrain's jailing of relatives of rights activist condemned by UK MPs

Campaigners say the situation is worrying as human rights activists and their families face torture and imprisonment

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/british-government-urged-take-action-bahrain-fears-prisoners-mount-871744569

(A P)

Four Hunger Striking Females in Bahrain Prison Suffer from Deteriorating Health

http://en.abna24.com/news/bahrain/four-hunger-striking-females-in-bahrain-prison-suffer-from-deteriorating-health_863048.html

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Film: There r still free ppl in #Sudan who reject aggression against #Yemen &participation of their soldiers

https://twitter.com/_Yemenprincess_/status/926116264896028673

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Royal #Saudi Air Force concludes participation in exercise 'ACES MEET 2017' in #Pakistan (photos)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/924175999616602113

My comment: Complicity with killers.

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

02 Nov

US to Service Qatar F-15s for $1.1bn despite Standoff

The United States will provide support services for Qatar’s F-15QA fighter aircraft program.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/01/540686/US-to-service-Qatar-F15s-for-11bn

30 Oct

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How new joint US-GCC sanctions will impact Qatar crisis

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/10/us-saudi-arabia-gcc-qatar-sanctions-yemen-gulf-crisis-impact.html

(B P)

Bahrain Minister Calls for Freezing Qatar's GCC Membership

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-30/bahrain-minister-calls-for-freezing-qatar-s-gcc-membership

28 Oct

(B P)

Gulf Princes Waste Millions Even With Peninsula In Crisis

While the people of Qatar is suffering the blockade, the emirate’s princes are buying up football players for their clubs, so, as it became known, the Brazilian football player Neymar was purchased for 222 million euros for PSG controlled by the Qatari family. The amount is huge even for the most popular and one of the most profitable sports in the world. It turned out that the football player from Brazil, prone to having “gay” fun, is more important for Nasser Ghanim al-Khelaifi than his own people.

http://geopoliticsalert.com/gulf-princes-waste-millions-even-peninsula-crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

04 Nov

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Murky business: Australia's defence industry is growing, but at what cost?

http://www.smh.com.au/national/murky-business-australias-defence-industry-is-growing-but-at-what-cost-20171023-gz6767.html

03 Nov

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#NorthropGrumman awarded a $75M FMS contract to deliver Joint Threat Emitter support services for #SaudiArabia, with ETC of Sept. 21, 2023 (photos)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/926439331077668866

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Saudi Arabia Puts Textron's Scorpion Light Attack Jet Through Its Paces

As Saudi Arabia continues its multi-billion dollar international arms shopping spree, it appears to have begun evaluating Textron AirLand’s Scorpion light attack jet. The firm has previously said that the Kingdom is interested in the aircraft, but growing American political opposition to its brutal and protracted intervention in Yemen might slow or scuttle actual purchases.

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/15757/saudi-arabia-puts-textrons-scorpion-light-attack-jet-through-the-paces

01 Nov

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Former politician Andrew Feinstein wants Canadians to know the real cost of the global arms trade

As the executive director of the U.K.-based nongovernmental organization Corruption Watch, Feinstein continues shining a light on the South African arms deal and a multitude of other such sales where there's evidence of bribery and fraud.

Feinstein emphasized that the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not resulted in substantive change from when Stephen Harper was prime minister.

To support his argument, Feinstein pointed to Canada’s export of arms to Saudi Arabia.

According to a federal report, 20 percent of Canada’s $717 million in sales of military goods and technology in 2016 went to that country.

Feinstein alleged that these arms sales are being used “to violate international humanitarian law, possibly in the committing of war crimes” in Yemen and Bahrain.

https://www.straight.com/news/988951/former-politician-andrew-feinstein-wants-canadians-know-real-cost-global-arms-trade

28 Oct

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Can the world be free of weapons?

Technological advancements with potential for malicious use pose new challenges for disarmament efforts. The challenge is further complicated by the fact that many innovations are spearheaded by private sector entities, rather than states, which makes regulation and enforcement through a system of state membership-based organisations difficult.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/10/disarming-world-171024071441249.html

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#RSAF F-15SA carrying 10x CBU-105 and 8x AIM-120 missiles plus external tanks during a test flight in Palmdale, #CA. By: Thomas Bunce (photo)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/924497875379376128

My comment: US-Saudi killers’ complicity.

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

05 Nov

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Yemen Inflation Predicted to Hit 500 Percent

The purchasing power across Yemen is at its worst against prices that rose up by 500 percent, announced the Institute of Financial and Economic Information for Studies.

This has brought about a violent wave of inflation caused most notably by the deterioration of the Yemeni riyal, double taxation and imposing of royalties on imported, domestic and smuggled goods.
According to the head of the Institute of Financial and Economic Information for Studies Ahmed Al-Shamakh, prices in Yemen varied in proportion with the inflation, with an increase of 500 percent in basic commodities, such as food and medicine.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1074316/yemen-inflation-predicted-hit-500-percent

Remark: By a Saudi media, but this is a reasonable article.

(A E P)

Khaled al-Abadi: Seven Banks Prepare to Move Headquarters to Aden

Deputy Governor of Yemen’s Central Bank Khaled al-Abadi has visited the Bank of England, which established 53 years ago the first central bank in the Arabian Peninsula in Crater district in Aden, the temporary capital of Yemen.
When President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi issued an order to move the headquarters of the central bank from Sana’a to Aden, the first bank’s headquarters was revived.
Abadi’s visit was aimed at restoring relations that have been suspended since the beginning of the coup, to open an account for Yemen’s central bank in Bank of England and to facilitate transactions.

Asked about the salaries of civil servants, Abadi told Asharq Al-Awsat: “We have paid the salaries in most governorates.”

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1066201/khaled-al-abadi-seven-banks-prepare-move-headquarters-aden and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12349

My comment: This is Hadi’s new Central Bank at Aden (a lot of earlier reporting). – The last sentence quoted here is simply a lie.

And, reality check:

(A E P)

Finance Minister directs Aden to resolve salary crunch in Taiz

Local media sources in Aden have said that the Minister of Finance ordered the local financial authorities in Aden to allocate the monthly salaries of Taiz to be paid to the province's public employees.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12511

31 Oct

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Persistent Stagnation of Arab Economies

THE DARK FORECASTS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AND THE WORLD BANK

In terms of growth and employment, 2017 was a bad year for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The causes are well-known: the more or less vigorous efforts undertaken by governments to reduce or at least contain their public deficit. But above all the fact that oil prices remain depressed despite a small recovery over the year.

http://orientxxi.info/magazine/persistent-stagnation-of-arab-economies,2065

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp6

#AlQaeda #Yemen claims it fired 2 Grad rockets at al-Hamra' military camp west of Mukalla at 10am. (#AQAP's 2nd Hadramawt op in 4 days)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/926885831196979200

#AlQaeda #Yemen claims it bombed Shabwa Elite Force vehicle 2Nov near al-Musayn'a. Only the 3rd #AQAP op in Shabwa this year (of 231 ops)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/926853479968145408

Multiple rifts in #Yemen jihad: Doc claiming to be #IslamicState Ta'iz slams #AQAP. Later, pro-IS al-Bayda' wire disowned IS Ta'iz as "gang"

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/926494207329566720

#AlQaeda's new #women's magazine leads with an article trying to explain how #SaudiWomenCanDrive is "a Zionist-Crusader plot against Islam"

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/926462397983969280

#AlQaeda's new #women's magazine may be pink & flowery, but full of men telling women how to think, incl order to stay indoors (p.27)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/926457448470384640

Yes, split in #alQaeda #Yemen. #AQAP's Abu al-Bara' al-Ibbi blames #jihad setback on poor leadership (p.3) & again not on official AQAP feed

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/926170016206254080

#AQAP has claimed yday's gun assassination of Basil al-'Anini, Say'un airport officer & security worker, in Shibam area of Hadramawt

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/926156902882570241

Pro-#AQAP wire says Ahmad Masfar al-Khadr al-Walidi killed by #drone yday, Abyan #Yemen. Other source says killed when his IED blew up early

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/926150441066487809

#Poetry & #Jihad: In 9 pager condemning imam assassinations in #Yemen, #AQAP's Abu Bara' al-Ibbi peppers his arguments with 17 poetry verses

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/926079242588360704

Imam assassinations #Yemen: #AQAP's Abu al-Bara' al-Ibbi 9page take blames Hani bin Braik & tells imams to join #jihad not wait to be killed

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/925814694140629000

#IslamicState responds to US bombing its #Yemen training camps on 16Oct, warns it will set up new camps (Tricky if news of defections true)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/925804050590904320

Pro-#AQAP wire "breaking news" of "repentance" of many #IslamicState fighters in #Yemen. Reasons: approach, mistreatment, leaders' behaviour

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/925778540754358272

(A T)

Gunmen in military vehicles and uniforms abducted Australian student of @daralmustafa_ seminary in #Tarim Wadi #Hadramout on Oct 30 (document)

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/925691604844736514

Pro-#IslamicState in #Yemen wire warns that former leader Abu Bilal al-Harbi was not killed before "sowing the seeds" in Yemen, vows revenge

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/925477648536670208

#AQAP #Yemen claims 9 Houthis killed in road bomb + gunfire in Ibb yday, Security Belt targeted in road bombs in Abyan 11pm yday & 1pm today

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/925376586974728192

#AlQaeda #Yemen claims Security Belt forces dead/injured in 2 IEDS vs vehicle in Abyan yday. #AQAP Oct ops: 10 Abyan 4 al-Bayda' 2 Hadramawt

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/925326575809200128

#AlQaeda #Yemen names suicide car bomber who killed #UAE-supported Security Belt forces in Abyan yday as #AQAP's Abu Malik al-Hadrami

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/924973172239237121

#Yemen: Pro-#AQAP wire reports that #UAE supported Security Belt forces were killed in ambush near al-Mahfad in Abyan today

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/924644090154835968

and a reminder from Sept. 2014:

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New Documents Show FBI Kept Channels Open to Al-Aulaqi Despite Terrorist Designation

Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained 900 pages of newly released internal documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicating there may have been a serious rift between the agency’s 9/11 Commission Task Force (Task Force) and the National Commission on Terrorism (Commission) in tracking the activities of U.S.-born al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Aulaqi.

https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/new-documents-show-fbi-kept-channels-open-al-aulaqi-despite-terrorist-designation/

cp15 Propaganda

05 Nov

(A P)

Iran ‘arming Houthis to attack Saudi Arabia

Coalition Spokesman: Iran provided Houthis with ballistic missiles

Spokesman of the Arab Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen Col. Turki Al-Maliki said on Sunday that the ballistic missile targeting Saudi Arabia is a hostile act. He stressed that the serious escalation by the Houthis has come due to Iranian support.

This came in a press conference held by Col. Al-Maliki on Sunday in which he presented evidence with pictures of Iranian support for the Houthi militias in Yemen. He also confirmed that Tehran and Hezbollah are providing the Houthis with weapons, experts and technology. Their aim is to prolong the war and spread chaos.

With support from Iran, the Houthis are threatening maritime navigation with rigged boats. He added that the Coalition have seized several of these rigged boats threatening (international) navigation.

The smuggling of Iranian weapons to the Houthis is via Hodeida Port

List of names of the wanted people of the Iranian terrorist militia elements in Yemen

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/521147/SAUDI-ARABIA/Coalition-Spokesman-Iran-provided-Houthis-with-ballistic-missiles

My comment: Stay serious. „US ‘arming Saudis to attack Yemen“ makes 10.000 times more sense, looking at the size of arms sales.

(A P)

#Saudi Arabia's latest sad move : $5-$30 million dollar reward offered for information on 40 wanted "terrorists" in #Yemen. Mostly Houthis. (image)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/927260425007386624

(A P)

Saudi-led coalition keen on implementing rules of engagement in Yemen

The spokesman of the Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, stressed the keenness of the Joint Forces Command to implement the rules of engagement in Yemen in line with international law.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the coalition spokesman said the most important of these rules of engagement is the assumption that everyone is a civilian until proven otherwise.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1188496/saudi-arabia

My comment: The last sentence quoted here is the most ridiculous, as from the very first day of its bombing war on, the Saudis act exactly the opposite way. As so often, Saudi propaganda turns upside down.

(A H P)

Saudi food aid distribution project launched in Yemen

A new food aid distribution project for Yemen has been launched by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in Marib, local media reported.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1188501/saudi-arabia

04 Nov

(A P)

Colonel Richard Kemp: “Iran is the Greatest Threat to World Peace”

In his wide-ranging interview with Majalla, Colonel Kemp detailed the gravity of the threat Iran poses to international security. He appraised the commitment by Saudi Arabia to countering Iranian aggression in the region, arguing that condemnation of the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen is objectionable and unjustified. He voiced support for Saudi Arabia and its allies in the dispute with Qatar and weighed in on the Muslim Brotherhood’s destabilising influence in Britain and the Middle East. He assessed the far-reaching implications of Obama’s Middle East Policy and Trump’s moves to reverse what Obama instituted with regard to Iran. And he called upon British and European governments to legitimate more repressive measures in the face of increased terror threats.

http://eng.majalla.com/2017/11/article55254792/colonel-richard-kemp-iran-greatest-threat-world-peace

(A P)

Taiz pleads for UN intervention to stop Houthi-Saleh "flesh mill"

The local government in Taiz has pleaded with the UN to act quickly to "stop the flesh mill and mad attacks" of the Houthi-Saleh militias in Taiz, a reference to the rebel militias' continual shelling in the city the latest of which killed and injured eight children in the city's western side on Thursday.

In a press statement, the local government said that Thursday's attack was "an episode in a series massacres that have been committed by the rebel militias for more than two years and a half."

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12552

My comment: These attacks are terrible. But – a general peace is urgently needed. And the pro-hadi forces and their Salifist, AQAP allies, as the Saudis and the UAE, are shooting, shelling and bombing with apples and pancakes???

(A P)

Western media's overt bias in rebels' favor

Almost all the leading US and European media covering the Yemeni war are blatantly biased in favor of the rebel alliance of former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh's forces and his ally Houthi extremist rebels.

A random browse of Yemen news on google will make you come up with a satisfaction that these outlets are infiltrated with Iranian and, essentially pro-Houthi, lobbyists.

The war is looked at only from the lens of "the coalition bombing" and casualties are presented as only the result of airstrikes. As though the rebels are getting along fine with the people and the Arab intervention and air strikes are the only disturbance to peace.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12591

My comment: LOL.

(A P)

#Yemens President Hadi “condems the Houthi militas targetting of civillian areas in #Saudi Arabia”

https://twitter.com/BBCNawalMaghafi/status/926955349185318912 referring to https://twitter.com/HadiPresident/status/926950370236096513

(A P)

Riyadh missile: The last thing Yemen's war needs

Yemen's Houthi rebels have fired missiles into Saudi Arabia before - even one aimed at Mecca, and another at an oil field.

But lobbing one towards Riyadh's international airport - and with surprising accuracy - is a significant escalation.

http://news.sky.com/story/riyadh-missile-the-last-thing-yemens-war-needs-11114221

(A P)

Yemeni Army Announces Killing 600 Coup Militiamen

The Yemeni National Army announced last night that more than 600 Houthi militia elements were killed and wounded during last week in the northern governorates of the country and east of Sana'a

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1073381/yemeni-army-announces-killing-600-coup-militiamen

02 Nov

(A P)

Saudi Arabia Denounces UN Support for Coup Militias in Yemen

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed on Friday its strong condemnation towards the United Nations committee report in which the UN pledges $ 14 million to the so-called militia-affiliated Yemeni Ministry of Education.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1071526/saudi-arabia-denounces-un-support-coup-militias-yemen and http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/520925/SAUDI-ARABIA/Saudi-Arabia-denounces-UN-support-for-Houthi-militias

01 Nov

(A P)

Peace not achievable without int'l pressures on Houthi militias, says minister

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12450

My comment: The most resistant to any peaceful compromise are Saudi Arabia and the Hadi government.

(A P)

UAE reaffirms Coalition’s commitment to protecting children in armed conflict

In its statement to the UN Security Council during the Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, the United Arab Emirates condemned the egregious violations committed by the Houthis, reaffirmed the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen’s commitment to protect civilians and children, and highlighted the Coalition’s sustained efforts to mitigate the impact of the conflict on children.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302643354

My comment: That fits well to the seven killed children in the last Saada market air raid.

(A P)

Houthis Organize Sectarian Courses for Public Servants

Houthi militias organized courses for public servants in areas under their control and within closed centers. The centers train the members on the teachings of Hussein Badreddine al-Houthi aiming to spread the sectarian principles that are foreign to Yemen.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1070331/houthis-organize-sectarian-courses-public-servants

My comment: It’s always ridiculous when the Saudis blame anybody else for “sectarianism”.

(A P)

Saudi Cabinet reaffirms support to Yemen’s legitimate govt

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1186426/saudi-arabia

31 Oct

(A H P)

King Salman Relief Center signs an agreement with ICRC for emergency health care in Yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/king-salman-relief-center-signs-agreement-icrc-emergency-health-care-yemen

My comment: With money (just peanuts compared to arms budget) the Saudis buy everybody.

30 Oct

(A P)

Most terrorist operations steered from Sana'a, Interior Minister says

Minister of Interior Maj. Gen. Hussein Arab said that "most of the terrorist operations that occur in the government-held territories are steered from the capital Sana'a" which is controlled by the ousted dictator president Saleh and his allied Houthi rebels.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12397

My comment: Typical propaganda nonsense.

(A P)

For a country without terror

Terrorism is a danger, a challenge and a catastrophe. And to tackle it seriously, the world countries need to pool efforts to create a state in Yemen and not leave the country open place for terrorist militias and groups to proliferate. Where states collapse, terrorism proliferates into colonies, just like fungi.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12394

My comment: The greatest advantage for terrorism in Yemen: The Saudi intervention.

(A P)

Fight for Saudi reform is fight for global security

The key question is whether the country's conservative clerics will accept the rapid changes being proposed.

Countries don't usually re-invent themselves; unlike a commercial company, a country can't easily discard its history and traditions, nor can it brush aside its various interest groups.

But Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, is now attempting precisely such an elusive national reinvention. Not a week passes by without some spectacular announcement of a fundamental reform in Saudi Arabia

It is vital for global stability that the Saudi experiment, which is just beginning, should go in a different direction, and unlike Iran be crowned with success. For a Saudi peninsula without the House of Saud will make Afghanistan and Syria seem like mere picnics by comparison, and the amount of violence and persistent other troubles which a destabilised Saudi Arabia can unleash does not bear even thinking of.

Saudi Arabia, claims Prince Mohammed, is "determined to amaze" by shaking off the culture of complacency of his kingdom. In that, he deserves as much help as possible, so that our future amazement will be only of the positive variety.

http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/fight-for-saudi-reform-is-fight-for-global-security

My comment: This is a “mainstreamy” pro-Crown prince Salman propaganda, selling us his daily “reform” propaganda as reality.

Comment. Not ONE word on the bellicose paranoia of Mohamed bin Salman, not ONE word on the war on #Yemen
Yet, interesting read

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1540732805979744

(A P)

Saudi Chief of Staff: We are Determined to Establish Legitimacy All Over Yemen

Saudi Chief of Staff General Abdul Rahman al-Bunyan confirmed that Saudi-led coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen is determined to establish the legitimate government all over the territories and support it to secure naval passages and regional environment in the area.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1068096/saudi-chief-staff-we-are-determined-establish-legitimacy-all-over-yemen

(A P)

Assiri Stresses Need to Monitor Disbursement of Donor Funds, Aid Delivery Mechanisms

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Head of General Intelligence Ahmed Assiri said the coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen has contributed to preserving the components and identity of the Yemeni State, by enabling the legitimate government to communicate with the international community through its embassies around the world.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1068011/assiri-stresses-need%C2%A0-monitor-disbursement-donor-funds-aid-delivery-mechanisms

(A P)

The Tragedy In Yemen: The Rest Of The Story: Children as Human Shields

https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/ken-blackwell/tragedy-yemen-children-human-shields = https://townhall.com/columnists/kenblackwell/2017/10/30/the-tragedy-in-yemen-the-rest-of-the-story-n2402114

My comment: This is really odd. The good, god Saudis and the bad, bad “rebels”.

Comment: We repost this to shame this criminal paid by Saudi Arabia.
This is what propaganda produces.
Each person behind the page, each person in Yemen, has lost someone in the aggression: none of the victims was a human shield. On the contrary: simple civilians at home, school, hospital, on the road, even in jail.
We are outraged and disgusted. You are revolting Ken Blackwell, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S ambassador to the United Nations.

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1738644416431545

29 Oct

(A P)

Riyadh calls on UNSC to address challenges affecting women, society

Saudi Arabia has called on the UN Security Council and UN agencies supervising Women, Peace and Security plans, to address the challenges that hinder the development of women and society as a whole, including ending all kinds of occupation, combating anti-Muslim extremist speech and practices, and achieving comprehensive development for all people.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1184816/saudi-arabia

My comment: The joke of the day.

(A P)

Film. What has been achieved by the coalition force to support the legitimacy in Yemen?

https://twitter.com/diraalwatan/status/924548374711463936

Comment. A must watch. Directly from Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defense news and coverage account.
''What has been achieved by the coalition force to support the legitimacy in Yemen?''
Enjoy. We cannot laugh as we mourn the death, we are without water, food, medicines, government's electricity and any sort of infrastructure. We are strangled by cholera and under siege.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1540541342665557

(A P)

Saudi Arabia is Willing to Coordinate Relief Aid in Yemen

Humanitarian and international organizations agreed to increase their support and enhance the decentralized work in Yemen, as well as backing the initiative of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen.

During the "High-level Meeting to Enhance the Humanitarian Response in Yemen" several humanitarian and relief organizations agreed to increase their support impartially in all Yemeni cities.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1068176/saudi-arabia-willing-coordinate-relief-aid-yemen

(A P)

High-level meeting looks at increasing response to suffering in Yemen

A high-level meeting to enhance the humanitarian response in Yemen got underway in the Saudi capital on Sunday with the primary stakeholders calling for more support from concerned organizations to resolve the crisis.

A five-member panel headed by Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser to the royal court and general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), discussed the challenges and opportunities for humanitarian work in Yemen.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1185341/saudi-arabia and also http://www.arabnews.com/node/1184826/saudi-arabia

(A P)

Foreign Ministers, Chiefs of Staff of Member States of Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen reiterate support for Yemeni's legitimacy, security, unity, stability and territorial integrity

The Foreign Ministers and Chiefs of Staff of the States Coalition Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen stressed that the movement of their countries politically and militarily came in response to the legitimate Yemeni government's appeal against the militia who carried out a military coup to hijack the Yemeni state and occupy Sana'a as well as in line with the Security Council Resolution No. 2216.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302642426

(A P)

Pro-legitimacy coalition vows relentless support to Yemeni gov't

http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2653970&Language=en

(A P)

Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE delegation in meeting of coalition to support legitimate government of Yemen in Riyadh

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302642374

(A P)

Political solution in Yemen is not negotiable, says Egypt's FM

A political solution to the Yemeni crisis is “not negotiable,” Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry told member states of the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen during a meeting in Saudi Arabia.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/280615/-.aspx

My comment: Every political solution must be negotiated, stupid.

(A P)

Arab coalition on Yemen FMs, chiefs of staff meet in Riyadh

www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2653930&Language=en

(A P)

Saudi Affirms Continuity to Support ‘Legality’, Foil ‘Yemeni Hezbollah’ Project

A reliable source asserted to Asharq Al-Awsat that Saudi Arabia will continue with its support to the Yemeni government until legality is recovered, confirming that the political solution is the best one.
The kingdom stresses that all efforts must be directed to support the UN, represented by the special envoy.
The source added that Saudi Arabia will continue to defend its border - no matter how much the cost will be, to secure its citizens and to protect its cities from ballistic missiles.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1067011/saudi-affirms-continuity-support-%E2%80%98legality%E2%80%99-foil-%E2%80%98yemeni-hezbollah%E2%80%99-project

(A P)

‘Come back to negotiating table,’ Saudi ambassador urges Yemen

The Saudi Arabian ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al-Jaber, has urged Yemen to open a dialogue with UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Al-Jaber told Al Hayat newspaper that Saudi Arabia sees this as the best way to solve the ongoing crisis.
“Our goal now is to promote a political solution, and push the Yemeni parties to engage with the international envoy, in order to return to the negotiating table,” he said.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1184811/saudi-arabia

(A P)

Yemeni Prime Minister pays tribute to sacrifices of army, resistance and Arab coalition

Yemeni Prime Minister, Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr, has commended the great sacrifices made by the Yemeni army and the popular resistance, backed by the Arab coalition forces, in order to restore the legitimacy of the state.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302642186

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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(* A K PH)

The Violation and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 24 Oct 2017 - 5 Nov, continued from YPR 352, 353

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https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/916154145201618/?type=3

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05 Nov

(A K PH)

A civilian was killed and 10 others were injured, including four women and three children, seriously and moderately, on Sunday afternoon, following the targeting of a bus carrying them on the main road between Arhab and Sanaa (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1740922832870370/?type=3

(A K PH)

Film: Two wounded in the bombing of the air Saudi aggression two fuel stations in the Directorate of Razih Saada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNvV1O5794Q

and

Shelling of two fuel stations belonging to / Ahmed Salah Nashwan and Yahya Mashqaa Bani Rabia - Razih Directorate - Saada Governorate - 5 November 2017

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1740653322897321/?type=3

and photos: https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/927212717882134529

(A K PH)

Two citizens killed in Saudi air strikes hit Amran

Two citizens were killed and others wounded on Sunday when the US-backed Saudi combat jets hit Haraf Sufian district of Amran province, an official told Saba.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478563.htm

(A K PH)

Three citizens killed in Saudi air strikes on Taiz

Three citizens were killed and another one was wounded when the US-backed Saudi fighter jets hit Mokha district of Taiz province two times overnight, an official told Saba on Sunday.
The strikes hit al-Mahjar area in the district, killing three citizens and wounding another one.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478565.htm and also http://newnewss.net/?p=14994

(* A K)

'This is the worst day since the start of the war'

The Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen carried out at least 29 air strikes on Sanaa province, hours after Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile towards the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Residents told Al Jazeera that bombs "rained down" on several neighbourhoods of the capital on Sunday

Fatik al-Rodaini‏, an activist based in the capital, told Al Jazeera some of the raids aimed at Sanaa's old city, a UNESCO world heritage site.

"This is the worst day I've experienced since the start of the war," Rodaini said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/worst-day-start-war-171105161451401.html and reporting by Saba Net: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478555.htm and http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478564.htm

and photos of the bombed platform at Sabeen square:

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1740622182900435

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1740592752903378

and

(A K)

Noone knows where Saudi jets bombing, but we are hearing massive explosions rocking the capital Sanaa right now everywhere (photos)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/927155180101095424

and also

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/927164037997252608

and film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1UtF59ugRk

(A K PH)

Several Air Raids on Yemen’s Capital, after the Missile of Burkan 2H

The Saudi-led coalition warplanes launched ,early Sunday,several air raids on the old residential neighborhoods of Sana’a,the capital of Yemen,and other areas .

Local sources told NewNews that, coalition’s warplanes launched a raid on the building of the national security in old Sana’a amid residential neighborhoods.

http://newnewss.net/?p=14980

(A K PS)

#BREAKING: Ongoing #coalition airstrikes in southern #Sanaa targeting #Houthi camps

https://twitter.com/AlArabiya_Eng/status/926908947759583233

Comment: They call the Ministry of Defence 'Houthi Camps'. It is in the city centre.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1546461428740215

and

(A K PS)

Arab coalition launch several air raids on Sana'a

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95263

and

(A K PS)

Coalition aircrafts destroy carnival stage in Sana’a

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95279

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Film: Aggression at Al Qahr area, Munabih district, Saada prov.

https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/1695384747159249/?type=2&theater

03 Nov

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10 children injured by Saudi airstrike on Jawf

Ten children were injured when Saudi combat jets waged a strike on al-Maslub district of Jawf province, an official told Saba on Friday.
The strike hit groups of the children in Malah village in the district.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478408.htm

and

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6 children were injured while they were grazing "Ebel" in an air raid in Al-Jawf

Six children were seriously and moderately injured after being targeted by the Saudi-American Air Aviation directly during their grazing of camels in the Malaya area of ​​Al-Musloub Governorate.

http://almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15112 and translated https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=de&sl=ar&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Falmasirah.net%2Fdetails.php%3Fes_id%3D15112

and film, also on the following raid at Nahm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeDRl1GqyA8 = https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/1694326420598415/?type=2&theater

(A K PH)

Three women were wounded in an air raid on a house in Nahm

http://almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15118 and translation https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=de&sl=ar&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Falmasirah.net%2Fdetails.php%3Fes_id%3D15118

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Seven family-members killed in Saudi airstrike hit Saada

Seven citizens were killed on Friday, including women and children when the US-backed Saudi warplanes waged a strike on their house in Baqim district of Saada province, a security official told Saba.
The strike hit the citizen's house Hussin Salam Aslan, killing seven members of his family, destroying the house completely and damaging heavy damage to neighboring houses.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478424.htm

and

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Saudi jets kill more civilians in Sa’ada after hotel carnage

At least seven Yemeni civilians have lost their lives after Saudi military aircraft bombed the northwestern province of Sa’ada, which was the scene of a similar massacre days earlier.

The fatalities were caused by Saudi air raids against residential buildings in the Baqim border town in Sa’ada on Friday morning, al-Masirah TV reported.

There were women and children among the victims, according to the report.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/03/540844/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Saada-Baqim

and photos, names of victims:

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1739892022973451

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1739925579636762

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=797377947129438&set=pcb.797378220462744&type=3&theater

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7 martyrs, including women and children, were killed in the raids that targeted the house of Hussain Salem in Al Aslan village, Baqem Directorate.

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1739845126311474

and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkriAb6ccxI

01 Nov

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Saudi-led air strike kills 26 people in Yemen: medics

An air strike by a Saudi-led military coalition killed 26 people at a hotel and an adjoining market in Yemen’s northern Saadah province on Wednesday, according to medics and a Reuters witness.

The attack, which struck the Sahar district of the vast territory that borders Saudi Arabia, demolished the budget hotel and reduced market stalls outside to a heap of twisted sheet metal. Medics retrieved corpses from the rubble.

The coalition said in a statement carried on state news agency SPA that it was looking into media reports of the strike and would release its findings after a comprehensive review.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-air-strike/saudi-led-air-strike-kills-26-people-in-yemen-medics-idUSKBN1D13Y7 #

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Saudi-led air strike kills 29 Yemenis, decimates market

At least 29 Yemeni civilians have been killed after a Saudi-led air strike "decimated" a busy market in the impoverished north of the country, witnesses and rebel media say.

Local residents told Al Jazeera the raid targeted the Alaf market in the northern province of Saada shortly after midnight on Wednesday, killing 29 men and wounding at least nine others as they slept.

Rescue workers were continuing to search for seven missing people late into the evening, but videos from the scene showed the area completely destroyed by the attack with fires still burning from the charred frames of the shops.

The bodies of the victims, many of their faces disfigured beyond recognition, were laid out on white body bags for families to identify in the courtyard of a hospital morgue.

Abdulrahman, who declined to give his surname, said there were no Houthi fighters in the area when the attack happened.

"The air strike completely decimated the market," he told Al Jazeera.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/saudi-led-air-strike-kills-29-yemenis-decimates-market-171101135849535.html and also https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/11/1/saudi-led-strike-kills-29-at-yemen-market

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Air strike kills 29 in north Yemen: rebel health office

An air strike killed 29 people and wounded 17 others in northern Yemen on Wednesday, the Huthi rebel health service said.

http://www.france24.com/en/20171101-air-strike-kills-29-north-yemen-rebel-health-office = http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5038941/Saudi-led-strike-kills-29-Yemen-market-rebel-health-office.html (two photos)

My comment: Western odd wording: The Sanaa Ministry of Health is a “rebel health office”.

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Saudi warplanes kill 29 civilians in Yemen / graphics

One of the strikes hit a marketplace in Sahaar District of the province of Sa’adah in the early hours of Wednesday, killing 27 people and injuring nine others, the al-Masirah television network reported.
The death toll is expected to rise as a search operation is still underway at the site of the attack.
A vehicle was also targeted by Saudi fighter jets in the province’s al-Dhaher District, killing two more civilians. (with photos, graphic)

http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/saudi-warplanes-kill-29-civilians-in-yemen-graphics_863924.html and also http://newnewss.net/?p=14782 and http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41830119 and http://geopoliticsalert.com/saudi-airstrikes-market-yemen (photos)

and as reported by Yemeni Saba Net:

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Update 2: Death toll from US-backed Saudi aggression airstrikes on hotel, market in Saada rises to 29

Most of the injured were in critical conditions, the official added.
The victims were workers, Khat sellers and shops' owners, said the official.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478280.htm

Update 1: 26 civilians killed, dozens injured in Saudi air strike on Saada

The hotel was crowded with workers and shops' owners when the warplanes hit it in al-Layl popular market in central Sahar district.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478231.htm and http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478221.htm

and photos:

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1739892022973451

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1739925579636762

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=797377947129438&set=pcb.797378220462744&type=3

http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/saudi-warplanes-kill-29-civilians-in-yemen-graphics_863924.html

http://newnewss.net/?p=14782

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/925651521055883264

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/925702093624807424

https://twitter.com/Ga1979wa/status/925898917719535616

http://ajahaf.com/new-warcrime-saada/

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1543647889021569/?type=3&theater

films by Almasirah TV:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtlQHH53_CA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR5oX01dzhc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE-lY-56_y4

See the visit of the Minister of Human Rights Alia Al - Shaabi to the scene of the crime of the market in the province of Saada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dDFSaQTB6o

and more films somewhat later:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4doEWbddrWM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyZ32SjOl0

and more films:

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PressTV visits scene of Saudi war crime in Yemen's Sahar

In pursuit of documenting Saudi Arabia’s war crimes in Yemen, PressTV’s team has travelled to the northern province of Sa'ada, to record what really happened there on October 31. On that day Saudi fighter jets bombed a busy market killing more than two dozen people. Our correspondent Mohamad al-Attab has filed this report.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/05/541029/PressTV-visits-scene-of-Saudi-war-crime-in-Yemens-Sahar-

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Film: Over 25 civilians massacred by Saudi Coalition in northern Yemen – video

The bodies of children can be seen in graphic footage.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/graphic-18-25-civilians-massacred-saudi-coalition-northern-yemen-video/

(* A K)

Arab coalition to probe civilian deaths in Yemen

Saudi-led Arab coalition set to probe air raid in northern Saada province which allegedly killed 29 people

The Arab coalition said its “Joint Forces Command has followed with a great deal of concern what has been circulating in some media outlets regarding the allegations that the Coalition targeted ‘Souk Elaf’ in the Sahar/Sadah province,” SPA reported.

The coalition added: “Preliminary findings will be announced as soon as operational vetting and comprehensive reviews take place.”

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/arab-coalition-to-probe-civilian-deaths-in-yemen/954120 and http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/coalition-probing-saada-market-air-strike-1.2118067

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Saudi-led coalition says strike hit a legitimate target in Yemen

A Saudi-led military coalition said on Saturday an air strike that hit a market in Yemen’s northern Saadah province was a legitimate military target, the Saudi news agency reported.

The coalition statement reviewed the incident and quoted its spokesman as saying the target was the gathering point for some armed Houthi militants.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-yemen/saudi-led-coalition-says-strike-hit-a-legitimate-target-in-yemen-idUSKBN1D40OE and also https://www.albawaba.com/news/saudi-led-arab-coalition-denies-targeting-yemeni-civilians-1042746

My comment: LOL, LOL, LOL: A hotel stays a hotel stays a hotel, a market stays a market stays a market.

Comment: Like anything in #Saada, everything is a military target. Children, schools, hospitals, homes, funerals included

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1740328596263127

and what Saudi propaganda makes of it:

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Arab coalition forces hit Iranian experts, military base in north Yemen

Arab coalition forces hit Souq Allaf in north Saada province in Yemen. The military raid targeted a missile base, killing Iranian experts and leaders linked to Houthi and ousted Saleh’s militia, reported Yemeni media.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/11/04/Arab-coalition-forces-hit-Iranian-experts-military-base-in-north-Yemen.html

while Yemeni pro-Hadi media is more serious:

(A K PS)

UN official: Coalition aircrafts kill 17 civilians in Saada, demanding investigation

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95181

(A K P)

Iran condemns Saudi fighters attack on Yemeni people

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi condemned Saudi fighters' attack against innocent people of Sa'ada in northern Yemen on Wednesday.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82716510

01 Nov

(A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression kills two in Sa'ada

Two civilians were killed on Wednesday in a US-Saudi aggression air raid in Sa'ada province.
The US-Saudi aggression targeted a car in al-Dhaher border district in the province, injuring a civilian as well.
The car was loaded with flour in the area of Ghafera in the district.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478283.htm and photos: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1739310813031572

30 Oct

(A K PH)

Two citizens killed in Two Saudi air strikes on Jawf

Two citizens were killed on Monday when the US-backed Saudi fighter jets waged two strikes on their cars in al-Matama district of Jawf province, an official told Saba.
The strikes hit the cars in the main road linking between Jawf and Sanaa provinces

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478072.htm and also http://www.yemenextra.net/2017/10/30/innocent-passengers-killed-in-two-raids-conducted-by-the-saudi-led-coalition/

and

(A K PH)

Photos: Terrible crime committed by Saudi Air against travelers traveling inAl-Jawf 29-10-2017

Target the number of two trucks and the martyrdom of two

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1738600119769308

(A K PH)

Film: See the targeting of the Saudi-American aggression to the tents of the displaced in the city of Dahyan in the Directorate of the northern province of Saada

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

29 Oct

(A K PH)

Two citizens killed in Two Saudi air strikes on Saada

Two citizens were killed when US-backed Saudi hit Maran area of Saada province two times overnight, an official told Saba on Sunday.
The strikes hit the main road and houses of the citizens.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477931.htm

(A K PS)

Coalition aircraft crashed in Nhim, Houthis comb the area-source

A local source told Almasderonline that an aircraft belonging to the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces crashed on Friday in Khiran valley of Nhim district northeastern the capital Sana'a, which is controlled by the Houthis-Saleh forces.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95101

28 Oct

(A K PH)

Three citizens killed in Saudi air strike on Saada

Three citizens were killed in Saudi air strike hit Baqim district of Saada province, an official told Saba on Saturday.
The strikes hit a house of the citizen, killing the three citizens

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477835.htm

(A K PH)

3 citizens killed in Saudi airstrike on Saada

Three citizens were killed and two others wounded when Saudi warplanes hit al-Safra district of Saada province three times overnight, an official told Saba on Saturday.
The strikes hit the main road in Al-Amar area, killing three citizens and wounding the two

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477857.htm

and

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Photos of the crime of aggression committed in the area of Al Ammar Directorate # al-Safra in the province of # Sa'ada

On Sunday, the Saudi Arabian Air Force targeted two passenger cars on the highway between Saada and Amran in the Al Ammar district of al-Yazra district, causing the destruction of a car and a motorcycle, killing 3 citizens and injuring 3 others on board.

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1737970516498935

and

http://newnewss.net/?p=14596

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#Taiz: the warplanes of #Saudi_American aggression targeted a citizen's house and hangar in #AlKadah area, #AlRahedah district by 4 airstrikes, killed 5 civilians and injured 4 others .. (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1738001643162489

and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Jpm1YtDhA

(A K PH)

Film: Witness the crime of the Saudi-American aggression against passers-by in Maran in Sa'ad governorate

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

28 Oct – 05 Nov

(A K PH)

More air raids reported on:

Nov. 5:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478551.htm Hajjah

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478536.htm Sanaa city

Nov. 4:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478460.htm Moza, Taiz

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478461.htm Saada prov., Najran

Nov. 3:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478411.htm Haradh, Hajjah

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478414.htm Kutaf, Baqim, Saada

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478397.htm Mokha, Taiz

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478391.htm Serwah, Nehm, Marib

Nov. 1:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478229.htm Hoth, Amran

Oct. 31:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478210.htm Qaramish, Marib

Oct. 30:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478093.htm Sanaa prov.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478060.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478049.htm

Oct. 29:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477972.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477970.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477967.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477974.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477942.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477939.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477932.htm

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp2a

05 Nov

Al Jouf: Two civilians injured in mine explosion

two civilians were wounded on Saturday when a landmine exploded in a military vehicle belonging to a government officer in al Hazm town market of al Jouf province, northeastern Yemen.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95264

04 Nov

(A K PS)

Yemen army thwarts Houthi attacks in Taiz, kills 40

At least 40 Houthi rebels were killed in clashes with government forces in the southwestern province of Taiz, the Yemeni army said Saturday.
Government forces repelled several attacks by Houthi rebels and allied forces of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in the province over the past 24 hours, military spokesman Col. Abdul-Basit al-Bahr told Anadolu Agency.

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/yemen-army-thwarts-houthi-attacks-in-taiz-kills-40/956385

03 Nov

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Three citizens killed by Saudi border guards in Saada

Three citizens were killed when Saudi border guards opened medium and light weapons against border areas in Monabah district of Saada province, a military official told Saba on Friday.
The citizens were targeted in the area of Al-Sheikh.
The official said that the border guards targeted the citizens with medium and light weapons in the border areas deliberately.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478402.htm

(* A K)

5 children killed by Houthi shelling in Yemen

Five children were killed and three others injured Thursday evening due to Houthi rebels' shelling in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz, according to local sources.

Ali Hamoud, an eyewitness, told Anadolu Agency that Houthis located on "50th street" hit a home in the neighborhood of Damina with a mortar strike.

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/5-children-killed-by-houthi-shelling-in-yemen/955235 and through Saudi propaganda lens: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1072176/houthi-saleh-militias-kill-five-children-taiz

(B K PS)

Saudi Arabia slams Houthis for planting 50,000 mines on Saudi-Yemeni border

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1187501/saudi-arabia

02 Nov

(A K PS)

Five civilians wounded, including a girl in Houthis bombing in Taiz

Eyewitnesses and medics said on Wednesday that five civilians, including a girl, were wounded in an artillery attack by the Houthis-Saleh forces in the eastern and western parts of Taiz city.

Residents told Almasdaronline that the Houthi tank, positioned on Softill Hill, had shelled the homes of the residents in Al-Shamasi neighborhood, wounding the two years old Alaa Suleiman.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95182

(A K PS)

Houthi-Saleh militias kill a child in Hazm Aljawf shelling

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12473

01 Nov

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180 Saudi-paid mercenaries killed in Nehm

A total of 180 Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed when the army and popular committees repelled the mercenaries' attempts to sneak up in several areas in Nehm district of Marib province, a military official told Saba on Wednesday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news478228.htm and http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960810001320

(A K PS)

Dozens of Houthis killed in heavy fighting in Taiz, Sana'a

Dozens of Houthis and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh were killed Tuesday in battles against government troops in Maqbana and Kahboub districts in Taiz province also in Nihm district northeastern the capital Sanaa.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95168

My comment: Both sides contradict each other.

(A K PS)

Al Jawf: Houthis shell residential nighborhoods

http://almasdaronline.com/article/95166

31 Oct

(A K PH)

Ahmed, the current of the children of Yemen, was paralyzed by the impact of his skull to a shrapnel because of the raids of the Saudi aggression on Yemen and because of the siege he could not travel! (photos)

https://twitter.com/Hatemye/status/925417625336860672

(A K)

Map: The clashes in the Directorate (Nhm) Front extended from Yam North

https://twitter.com/YemConfMaps/status/925602722438672384

(A K)

Map: Yemen Update the North West Coast Front after the battles of Hira

The most prominent points of the current (Haret gate - the outskirts of Al Huthira - east and north of the desert of Midi)

https://twitter.com/YemConfMaps/status/925439069718323200

(A K)

Map: Update of the South West Coast Front

The main points of the current impact (Yakhtal - Hamli - Mukha junction - East Omari - South and East Kahboub) 31/10/2017

https://twitter.com/YemConfMaps/status/925435360984817664

30 Oct

(A K PH)

Saudi-Led Coalition Unmaskes its Heavy Losses in Lives

The Saudi-Led Coalition addmitted ,Sunday,that a big number of Saudi soldiers fell dead and wounded at the hands of Yemeni army and popular committees in clashes fronts beyond the borders.

According to Saudi media , 12 Saudi soldiers were killed and wounded in clahes with the Yemeni joint forces:

http://newnewss.net/?p=14668

29 Oct

(A K PH)

Child killed in Saudi-paid mercenaries' shelling on Nehm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477989.htm

and

(A K PH)

Martyrdom and wounding of 4 children in the bombing of mercenaries destroyed a house east of Sanaa

A child was killed and three children were injured on Sunday, October 29, 2017, as a result of raids by the Saudi Aggression Coalition and intensive artillery and artillery bombardment of mercenary groups in different areas of the Nham district east of Sana'a (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1738292139800106/?type=3

(A K PH)

Abu Dhabi Main Target of Ballistic Missiles: Yemen’s Ansarullah Movement

United Arab Emirates’ capital, Abu Dhabi is the main target of our ballistic missiles, Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah Movement's Spokesperson Mohamed Abdel Salam said.

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/10/29/1559076/abu-dhabi-main-target-of-ballistic-missiles-yemen-s-ansarullah-movement

(A K PS)

Houthi-Saleh militias shell neighborhoods of Taiz

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-12346

28 Oct

(A K PH)

Army spokesman denies Saudi lies over ballistic missile target

The Army forces' spokesman, Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman, denied Saudi lies that a ballistic missile targeted a Saudi government-run companies' residential complex in the southern border province of Najran, confirming that the missile hit a military target, in a statement received by Saba late on Friday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news477841.htm

Remark: Earlier reporting: YPR 353, cp17.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(B P)

Other examples of incitement campaign against me for reporting from war-torn #Taiz. A #journalist life is in danger.

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/925383353808883712

#yemen Incitements by Islamic militants activists against journalists is a serious topic @mohammedalqadhi is facing many

https://twitter.com/RnaNoman/status/925303436194787328

(A)

Yemen football national team beat Turkmenistan 3-0 today in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Despite 3 years of US-Saudi aggression on Yemen

Saudi Arabia refused to broadcast the match. The Yemen national football team came from Sanaa. Saudis hate anything from Sanaa (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/926828079917469701

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/926830195595550721

(* A P)

Yemeni Woman ended a tribal conflict for more than 16 years , Killing 60 people

The activist Samaya al-Hossam broke into tribal dispute resolution and resolved the tribal conflict between Bani Badr and Bait al-Qa’idi tribes on piece of land that produced a series of revenge led to the killing of 80 tribesmen and losing private properties, public interest and the development process in the region.

http://newnewss.net/?p=14821

(** B P)

Arabs Without God

Atheism and freedom of belief in the Middle East

In Arab countries, openly declaring a disbelief in God is a shocking and sometimes dangerous thing to do. Many have been imprisoned for it, some have been forced into exile and others threatened with execution.

And yet, in a region where the influence of religion is almost inescapable, growing numbers are claiming a right to believe – or disbelieve – as they see fit. Social media have given them a voice and the uprisings that toppled Arab dictators have emboldened them to speak out.

In this ground-breaking book, journalist Brian Whitaker looks at the factors that lead them to abandon religion and the challenges they pose for governments and societies that claim to be organised according to the will of God.

http://al-bab.com/book/arabs-without-god and in full http://al-bab.com/awg-intro

(B D)

Meet the remarkable subject of Dave Eggers' new book The Monk of Mokha

Mokhtar Alkhanshali became a coffee-farming entrepreneur in Yemen and lived through a civil war

http://ew.com/books/2017/10/30/dave-eggers-monk-of-mokha-mokhtar-alkhanshali/

(B P)

Yemen's artist, Ahmed Jahaf, thoughts in his heartfelt letter.
A must read (text in image)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1547416371978054

(B D)

Generations-old craft disappearing from fabric of Yemen's society

One of the most distinctive crafts in Yemen is in danger of disappearing.

The specialist craftsemen who make the traditional "ma'awaz maqtab" garment, worn by men in Yemen and some parts of Saudi Arabia, are struggling to find a market for their wares.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/generations-old-craft-disappearing-fabric-yemens-society-171105115018123.html

(B D)

JEMEN: KUNST GEGEN DEN KRIEG

Roqaia schafft Kunstwerke aus Glassplittern. Dem Krieg im Jemen zum Trotz.

https://www.care.de/aktuelle-meldung/meldung/News/detail/jemen-kunst-gegen-den-krieg/

and in English:

#Yemen: Art against the War
Roqaia creates works of art from broken glass. Despite the war in Yemen.

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1739989566297030

(B D)

Film: WHEN PEOPLE CAN'T TRAVEL, MUSIC WILL

WHEN PEOPLE CAN'T TRAVEL, MUSIC WILL

I’m with the banned celebrates musicians from countries including Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Iran – artists who could be banned from visiting or performing in the United States because of their passports

https://www.iamanimmigrant.com/spotify/

(* B D)

Jameel Ghanem Institute of Fine Arts: Brief History and Future Prospects

The Jameel Ghanem Institute of Fine Arts is considered the first institute of its kind in Aden, but also in Yemen. Today, the institute continues to have a positive influence on those striving to make art in Aden and in other Yemeni cities. Over the course of its history, the founders contributed to raising the importance of art in Yemeni society and in spreading awareness of it among successive generations.

https://www.almadaniyamag.com/english/2017/10/31/jameel-ghanem-institute-of-fine-arts-brief-history-and-future-prospects

(B D)

Film: Jemen: Dieser Mann macht aus Kriegstrümmern Kunst

Seit Jahren herrscht im Jemen Krieg. Der 29-jährige Sief Al Jabri hat eine Gruppe gegründet, die aus Patronenhülsen und anderen Kriegsspuren Kunst macht.

In Arabic with subtitles in German:
"For years war has been going on in Yemen. 29-year-old Sief Al Jabri has founded a group that makes art out of cartridge cases and other war marks."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mjDW_ZFrV4

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-353-yemen-war-mosaic-353

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-353 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-353:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

11:16 07.11.2017
Dieser Beitrag gibt die Meinung des Autors wieder, nicht notwendigerweise die der Redaktion des Freitag.
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