Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 367 - Yemen War Mosaic 367

Yemen Press Reader 367: US-Botschafter Tueller - Wie die Saudis Jemen aushungern - Äußere Einmischung im Jemen - Vormarsch der Saudi-Koalition - Huthi-Gewaltherrschaft - Saudische Luftangriffe
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14. Dezember 2017 / December 14, 2017

US ambassador Tueller - How the Saudis are starving Yemen - Foreign interference in Yemen - Advance of Saudi coalition forces in Western Yemen - Huthi despotism - Saudi air raids killing scores

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

Zuerst: Verschleppte der Huthis / At first: Houthi detainees

cp1 Am wichtigsten: Blockade / Most important: Blockade

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Nach Salehs Tod / Most important: After Saleh’s death

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Vormarsch der Saudi-Koalition / Most important: Advance of Saudi coalition

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Libanon / Lebanon

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c 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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Die Huthi-Rebellen haben den Sputnik-Korrespondenten sowie 40 weitere als Geiseln festgehaltene Journalisten des TV-Senders „Yemen Today“ freigelassen.

„Am Abend des 13. Dezember wurden ich sowie 40 weitere Mitarbeiter des TV-Senders Yemen Today 12 Tage nach dem Angriff auf das Gebäude (des Fernsehzentrums in Sanaa — Anm.d. Red.) vom 2. Dezember freigelassen“, sagte der Korrespondent.

Am Mittwoch hatte der Minister für Information, Moammar Al-Eryani, auf seinem Twitter-Account mitgeteilt, dass vier Journalisten des TV-Senders Yemen Today ums Leben gekommen seien.

Huthi-Rebellen hatten das Fernsehzentrum (wo sich auch das Büro von Yemen Today befindet) in der jemenitischen Hauptstadt Sanaa am 2. Dezember angegriffen und 41 Journalisten, darunter auch einen Sputnik-Korrespondenten, in ihre Gewalt gebracht.

https://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20171214318683311-jemen-angriff-geisel-journalisten/

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Journalists Seized in Yemen Released, Including Sputnik Correspondent

All 40 staff of the Al Yaman al-Yaum TV station as well as the freelance Sputnik correspondent who were seized two weeks ago were released Wednesday by their captors in Yemen.

"In the evening of December 13, I and the other 40 employees of [Yemeni TV channel Yemen Today] were released, 12 days after the channel's building was captured on December 2," Sputnik's correspondent said in a statement.

The group of journalists were captured and detained December 2 after rebels from the Shiite Houthi movement, also known as Ansar Allah, raided the news station's building in Sanaa, Yemen.

https://sputniknews.com/world/201712131059977721-journalists-seized-yemen-sputnik-correspondent-released/

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Yemen rebels free pro-Saleh media staff

A photo released by Saba showed 37 members of the Yemen Today crew upon their release.

An official in Saleh's General Peoples' Congress party and fellow Yemeni journalists said to AFP, however, that all 41 journalists and associated staff -- taken captive earlier this month -- had been released

Rebel information minister Ahmed Hamed moved to open a new page with pro-Saleh journalists on Wednesday.

Members of the Yemeni press, who declined to be named, said the journalists had been informed they could return to work, but this time under "supervision" of the Huthis.

The freeing of the Yemen Today staff comes after pressure from global media watchdogs as well as from Yemen's Sanaa-based national syndicate of journalists.

But it was an emergency parliament meeting between Huthi representatives and those of Saleh's General Peoples' Congress focused on reconciliation and a salvaging of their alliance which led to the journalists' release, the press sources said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5176927/Yemen-rebels-free-pro-Saleh-media-staff.html

Comment: Good news though reports say they were released on tough conditions including they will work for the militants now.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/941103619176321025

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GPC female activists says escaped Houthi attempt on her life

Nora Al-Jarawi a femake activist in the GPC party said on Monday she has escaped an assassination attempt by Houthi Shiit Islamists in Sana'a.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13616

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cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Bombed into famine: how Saudi air campaign targets Yemen’s food supplies

Sources of food are a lifeline in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, but are being targeted by the Saudi-led coalition

Since the Saudi kingdom launched its military intervention in Yemen in March 2015, more than 10,000 civilians have died. More than 250 fishing boats have been damaged or destroyed and 152 fishermen killed by coalition warships and helicopters in the Red Sea and on the small, scattered islands used by fishermen, according to Mohammed Hassani, the head of the fishermen’s union in Yemen’s western port of Hodeidah. Hundreds more, like Osam, have been injured and are no longer able to work.

“They have declared war on fishermen,” said Hassani, who has also documented accounts of further attacks on first responders attempting to rescue vessels that have come under fire. More than 100 miles further south in the port of Mocha, fishermen have been barred from going out to sea since the Houthi-Saleh forces, who the Saudi-led coalition have been fighting for more than two and half years, were pushed out by Yemeni fighters backed by a coalition partner, the United Arab Emirates, in February.

More than eight million Yemenis are now facing famine after Saudi Arabia tightened a blockade on the country on 6 November.

Yemen relies on maritime imports for more than 80% of its annual staple food supplies. Although staples remain available, the Saudi-imposed import restrictions, combined with a rapidly depreciating currency, mean food prices have sky-rocketed.

Fishing is not the only domestic source of food supplies to be targeted by Saudi forces.

Research on the pattern of bombing, carried out by emeritus professor Martha Mundy at the London School of Economics, concluded that in the first 17 months of the Saudi-led bombing campaign there was “strong evidence that coalition strategy has aimed to destroy food production and distribution” in areas controlled by the Houthis and allied forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Data on coalition airstrikes collected by the Yemen Data Project have recorded 356 air raids targeting farms, 174 targeting market places and 61 air raids targeting food storage sites from March 2015 to the end of September 2017.

May said she would demand Saudi Arabia immediately end its blockade during her visit. It remains in place.

Attacking Yemenis’ ability to provide food for themselves, combined with the restrictions on imports, adds up to economic siege tactics that are resulting in the collective punishment of a population of 27 million people that has been described as a “blatant violation of international laws” by aid agencies.

“Destruction of access to food and water constitutes a war crime,” Mundy of the LSE noted in a paper published in September by the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition.

“But who is to prosecute when the same international organisations and national states, which stood aside for months of bombardment and blockade, now play the role of humanitarian intervention to save Yemenis from famine and cholera?” – by Iona Craig

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/12/bombed-into-famine-how-saudi-air-campaign-targets-yemens-food-supplies = http://www.gulf-times.com/story/574692/Saudi-air-campaign-targets-Yemen-s-food-supplies and for Iona Craig look also at https://twitter.com/IslamicReliefUK/status/940952754243153920

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INSIDE THE FAILED YEMEN PEACE TALKS, A HARD-LINE U.S. DIPLOMAT

Tueller was and remains a central figure in peace negotiations, which have not resulted in a peace deal or a lasting cessation of hostilities. As talks have faltered, a cholera epidemic is spiraling out of control, the nation’s infrastructure has been reduced to rubble, and some 50,000 children are expected to die of disease and starvation by the end of this year.

This portrait of Tueller and his role in the failed peace negotiations is based on interviews with six current and former senior State Department and national security officials who worked closely with Tueller. All of them asked to remain anonymous in order to share diplomatically sensitive details.

TUELLER IS A career foreign service officer who has held posts throughout the Middle East.

During peace talks, Tueller energetically backed Hadi and Saudi Arabia’s one-sided peace plan based on U.N. Resolution 2216, according to current and former State Department officials. The framework required the Houthis immediately to surrender their weapons and leave the capital, with their political future undetermined. Later talks would determine what role the Houthis would have in Yemen’s future government.

The plan required the Houthis to trust that the parties that were currently bombing them would later give them a seat at the table. It sounded so unrealistic that some critics suspected it was an intentionally obstructionist and disingenuous offer from Hadi, designed to undermine the talks “by setting the stakes of the talks knowingly so high, so that the other side finds them unacceptable,” one diplomat told Reuters.

Tueller, who represented the United States at peace talks beginning in 2015, did not press the Saudis or Hadi to offer the Houthis better terms, the current and former State Department officials said. As a matter of policy, Tueller opposed the Houthis having any role in Yemen’s future government. Instead, he told the Houthis that they should agree to the plan before the humanitarian situation worsened.

Mohammed Abdul Salam, a spokesperson and negotiator for the Houthis, later said publicly that Tueller went even further than Hadi or the Saudis in pressuring him to accept the deal. In Abdul Salam’s telling, Tueller threatened that the coalition would wage economic warfare on Yemen if the Houthis did not accept an immediate surrender.

By the spring of 2016 — more than a year into the war – both the Obama White House and State Department began to question why Tueller was pushing such a one-sided plan.

THROUGHOUT THE PEACE talks, Tueller believed that the Houthis wouldn’t negotiate in good faith unless they were forced to the table. After the Kuwait talks ended in August 2016, Tueller advocated for moving Yemen’s central bank out of rebel-controlled territory. The issue eventually became a sticking point in his correspondence with Finer, who was concerned about the humanitarian consequences.

Tueller argued that the Houthis were likely using the funds primarily to pay off their own supporters and that by relocating the bank to Aden, it would serve the Yemeni public more broadly – by Alex Emmons

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/13/yemen-war-peace-talks-matthew-tueller/

My comment: A great article clearly showing even more what a disastrous role the US had played in the Yemen war from its very beginning. And it also shows how extremelygreat the US influence in Yemeni matters really is – and how just this one man can press the whole development into one direction. This man has a lot of blood on his hands – putting all togehther, of thousands or even tenthousands. You might wonder why an US embassador fully adopts the Saudi view of everything – or can it even be the the other way round, that it’s Tuller who had imposed his even more harsh viewpoint to the Saudis? It’s amazing what a great influence this man (who officially just is US ambassador to a small Third-World-country with a government in exile) actually has – and that his power even was that large that he could act without caring for his own government.

And Tueller permanently tells the same story, look here: http://almasdaronline.com/article/96006 and a second example https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1112731/washington-reiterates%C2%A0its-rejection-iranian-interference-yemen

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HANDS OFF YEMEN: External intervention has given rise to barbarism.

But those internal conflicts, those social and political dynamics, have been developed and mediated by actors external to Yemen.

Not that this is just a regional conflict being fought in and through Yemen’s internal actors — it is also international.

This internationalisation of a local problem, this transformation of a civil tension into a regionally powered proxy conflict, was captured in the killing last week of Ali Abdullah Saleh

Saleh betrayed the Houthis in an attempted rapprochement with those who have subjected Yemen to a two-year-long aerial bombardment.

Saleh was not addressing Yemenis. He was not addressing Hadi and the government. He was not even switching allegiance from one Yemeni community to another. Rather, he was addressing himself to an external actor – the Saudis. He was seeking a solution to Yemen’s situation, and no doubt a future for his own political career, outside of Yemen, in the House of Saud.

And if you believe that a community’s affairs, a nation’s future, can only really be decided upon and determined by the people themselves, in this case the Yemenis, then there is something deeply remiss here. It shows once again that Yemen’s fate, even for those directly involved in the fighting and slaughter, as Saleh undoubtedly was, does not appear to lie in Yemenis’ warring hands. It is to be decided over there, in Riyadh, and beyond it, up on Capitol Hill and down Downing Street. It is to be decided upon not by the people, but by those external to them.

Which is sadly, self-defeatingly true.

But, as with the other Arab Spring revolts, it was very soon stifled by international intervention. By the end of 2011, the Saudi-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council, and the US and United Nations, had installed Hadi as the new president, pending an election in which he was the only candidate.

The rationale was straightforward enough: Saudi Arabia wanted to stablise a volatile situation on its border, and the US and the UK et al were willing to support their ally and trading partner. But they did so by imposing a ruler from without, a ruler whose legitimacy came not from any semblance of popular Yemeni support, but from Saudi patronage and international sponsorship.

Yemen’s suffering is made even worse by the fact that its fate is entirely out of the hands of those affected. The fate of Yemen really does seem to rest with those who have done so much to barbarise it – by Tim Black

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/hands-off-yemen/20641#.Wi9a1UriaUl

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Yemen at the UN – November 2017 Review

In November, long-simmering tensions between the Houthis and the allied forces of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh erupted into armed clashes on the streets of Sana’a.

Sana’a Center analysis identified a decisive factor in the battles being that the tribal groupings surrounding the capital largely abandoned Saleh; this helped Houthi fighters seize the entire city and kill Saleh in early December.

The death of the country’s long-time strongman threw vast new complexities and uncertainties into the Yemeni conflict, though several near-term consequences appeared likely, including: the dissolution of the General People’s Congress (GPC) party in its current form; the weakening of Houthi frontlines with the loss of Saleh-allied divisions, and increased security risks for the Houthis as they face a divided general public in which aggrieved GPC loyalists outnumber Houthi partisans.

Earlier in November, Houthi forces fired a ballistic missile toward Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport. Saudi officials claimed the missile had been smuggled from Iran, and in response the Saudi-led military coalition intervening in the Yemeni conflict ordered the closure of Yemen’s sea and air ports to all aid and commercial traffic.

The blockade sparked price surges and shortages of fuel and basic commodities across Yemen.

http://sanaacenter.org/publications/yemen-at-the-un/5156

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Why Do They Hate Us? America Has Taken Nearly 70% of the World's Wealth Gains Since 2012

Exploring the economic incentives for discontent and global violence

America's super-rich are taking not only from their own nation, but also from the rest of the world. Data from the 2017 Global Wealth Databook (GWD: Table 2-4) and various war reports help to explain why we're alienating people outside our borders.
From 2012 to 2017, global wealth increased by $37.7 trillion, and U.S. wealth increased by $26 trillion. Thus, largely because of a surging stock market, our nation took nearly 70 percent of the entire global wealth gain over the past five years. Based on their dominant share of U.S. wealth, America's richest 10%—much less than 1% of the world's adult population—took over half the world's wealth gain in the past five years.
Wealth in the Volatile Middle East Has DECLINED at the Same Time

We're Bombing Nations That Aren't Terrorist Threats

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/12/11/why-do-they-hate-us-america-has-taken-nearly-70-worlds-wealth-gains-2012

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Cholera Treatment Supplies Arrive at Yemeni Hospital

A critical shipment of medicines bound for a hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen, arrived this week, a sign that aid is resuming into the country. The shipment was coordinated with local aid group, Yemen Aid, and includes IV fluids, antibiotics and other items used to treat cholera. The shipment will bolster the Al-Thawra Hospital in Hodeidah, where Direct Relief is target efforts to help stem the tide of cholera. The hospital is one of many on the front lines of the epidemic.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cholera-treatment-supplies-arrive-yemeni-hospital

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Diphterie-Ausbruch mit 318 Verdachtsfällen und 28 Toten im Jemen

Im Jemen breitet sich mit Diphterie erneut eine lebensgefährliche Infektionskrankheit aus. 318 Diphterie-Verdachtsfälle und 28 Todesfälle wurden bis zum 4. Dezember bereits registriert. Die Hälfte der Verdachtsfälle sind Kinder im Alter zwischen fünf und 14 Jahren. 95 Prozent der Toten sind Kinder unter 15 Jahren. Ärzte ohne Grenzen warnt vor der Ausbreitung der Krankheit.

Der anhaltende Krieg sowie die Blockade auf Versorgungsgüter begünstigten den Ausbruch in derzeit 15 der insgesamt 20 Provinzen des Landes.

https://www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.at/presse/jemen-diphterie-ausbruch-mit-318-verdachtsfaellen-und-28-toten

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Diphtheria outbreak: New deadly threat to war-torn Yemen

Yemen, ravaged by war, hunger and disease, is seeing a spike in diphtheria cases that will inevitably erupt into a larger, deadly outbreak because so few people have been immunised, aid officials said on Wednesday.

At highest risk are children, who account for many of about 280 suspected diphtheria cases and 33 associated deaths reported as of Tuesday, said the World Health Organization (WHO).

Most of the cases and deaths involved children who had not been immunised against the disease, WHO said.

"Left unchecked, diphtheria can cause devastating epidemics, mainly affecting children," Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesman, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-diptheria-outbreak/war-torn-yemen-faces-new-threat-of-deadly-diphtheria-outbreak-aid-groups-say-idUSKBN1E734O

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Cholera Response Dashboard

https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/yemen/cholera-response-dashboard

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Yemen: From cholera to diphtheria – shattered health system battles a new threat

Cases of cholera may have declined in Yemen, but the ongoing war and blockade are creating a new threat to public health as a suspected diphtheria outbreak takes hold.

By 4 December, 318 suspected cases of diphtheria and 28 deaths had been reported in 15 of Yemen’s 20 governorates. Half the suspected cases are children between the ages of five and 14, and nearly 95 per cent of deaths are children under 15. Nearly 70 per cent of all suspected cases are in Ibb governorate.

On 11 December, MSF opened a diphtheria treatment unit in Nasser Hospital in Ibb city.

http://www.msf.org/en/article/yemen-cholera-diphtheria-shattered-health-system-battles-new-threat and film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDn0VBCMhZ0

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Film: Dengue fever, malaria worsen Yemen humanitarian crisis

The situation is steadily deteriorating, with cases of malaria, dengue fever and diphtheria starting to appear in health centres around the country.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/dengue-fever-malaria-worsen-yemen-humanitarian-crisis-171212153814501.html = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXmuvRkTVaU

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Driving back cholera in the remote regions of Yemen

In this context, when deadly diseases spread through the countryside, people simply cannot get help in time. Now in the devastating grip of the worst cholera epidemic in modern history, the rural people of Ash Shagadira district are desperate for even the most basic medical care and resources. With emergency funding from the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF), Relief International (RI) was able to quickly respond and establish an emergency cholera treatment center in Al-Maswah health facility to treat people suffering from de-hydration and raise awareness in the surrounding communities on how to stop the spread of cholera.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/driving-back-cholera-remote-regions-yemen

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Nach Salehs Tod / Most important: After Saleh’s death

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After Saleh, the outlook in Yemen remains bleak

If Yemen is to set itself on its feet again, its leader must address long-festering issues they have conveniently skirted in favour of placating patrons

Saleh vacillated between supporting jihadist causes and backing the American campaign against al-Qaeda, all the while vexing allies and foes. His death and the challenges Yemen now faces illustrate everything that is wrong in Washington's approach to a Middle East it has consistently failed to navigate.
America merely drifts from crisis to crisis, caught in a whirlwind from which it cannot escape.

Washington views regional relations exclusively through the prism of counter-terrorism.

Yemen is a paragon of an Arab world whose leaders see their country as the personal fiefdom of the military (Egypt), particular tribes (Yemen), sect (Bahrain, Iraq and Syria) or region (Jordan).

But the lack of coherent governance, poor social services and rampant corruption are the biggest problems facing ordinary civilians in much of the region. A United States reluctant to make their grievances a priority allows jihadists to fill the vacuum, thus creating a viscous circle from which Washington cannot extricate itself – by Barak Barfi

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2017/12/13/after-saleh-the-outlook-in-yemen-remains-bleak

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Jemen: Mord an Ali Abdullah Saleh befeuert Kriegsgefahr zwischen Iran und Saudi-Arabien

"Saleh", so drückt es Sons aus, "hat in erster Linie seine eigenen Interessen vertreten. Er war immer schon ein Wendehals."

"Natürlich war es im Interesse der Saudis, die Allianz zwischen Huthis und Saleh zu zerstören und damit den Einfluss des Iran zurückzudrängen." Doch mit dem Tod Salehs sei diese Option dramatisch fehlgeschlagen.

"Das kann sich jetzt ändern", fürchtet Nahost-Experte Sons. Prinz Salman, der mit erheblichen Anstrengungen daran arbeitet, Saudi-Arabien zu reformieren und gleichzeitig die Machtstellung des Landes zu festigen, werde nach Salehs Ermordung den Einsatz eigener Bodentruppen zumindest erwägen.

Leidtragende wären bei diesem Strategiewechsel im Jemen vor allem die Zivilisten.

Nicht wenige Beobachter rechnen dann mit einem GAU für die Region und einem neuen brandgefährlichen, weltpolitischen Beben: ein Krieg zwischen Iran und Saudi-Arabien

https://web.de/magazine/politik/jemen-mord-ali-abdullah-saleh-befeuert-kriegsgefahr-iran-saudi-arabien-32690608

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Gwynne Dyer: One power struggle ends, but Saudi war continues

Bits of Saleh's army may fight on for a while, but without him to bind them together most of Saleh's soldiers will eventually either go over to the Houthis or go home.

The Houthis will be a bit weaker without Saleh's support, but so long as the the coalition's members are not willing to put large numbers of their own troops in the ground in Yemen – and they are not – the Houthis will probably keep control of most of the country.
And the war will go on until Mohammed bin Salman gets tired of it, or the Saudis get tired of him – by Gwynne Dyer

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503423&objectid=11958306

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How Saleh's Death, Trump's Jerusalem Move May Affect Yemen

The Saudi-led Arab coalition has no choice but to end its war in Yemen, Ahmed al-Bahri of the Hizb al-Haqq party has told Sputnik. For his part, Yemeni political scientist Abu Bakr Bazib believes that the US' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital may lead to new conflicts, which would eventually affect the war-torn Mideast country.

"After the murder of ex-president Saleh, the warring parties in Yemen were close to a peaceful solution," Bazib suggested. "However, there was not enough pressure to force them to effectively implement it, thus, as a result, the situation remained the same."

"[Yemen] may be involved in a new spiral of wars in the region," the political scientist warned.

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201712121059935773-yemen-saleh-trump/

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The Death of a Dictator Leaves Yemen a Worse Mess

Ali Abdullah Saleh’s life is emblematic of the way the bright hopes of Arab nationalism have disintegrated into sectarianism.

Saleh went from being a pan-Arab, secular nationalist in the 1960s and ’70s to being the handmaiden of the Houthis, helping ensconce the sort of theocracy against which he had helped organize a coup in 1962.

Saleh, his political party, and his loyal troops grew increasingly fearful of being pushed aside by the Houthis.

Saleh had an opportunity to become an elder statesman in 2011 and help move Yemen toward democracy. The Saudi dynasty also had that opportunity, and instead did whatever they could to crush the youth activism and reinstall dictatorship. As for Saleh, he allied with a militant guerrilla group, throwing his country into chaos. Saleh was about power for himself, his family, and his tribe, but mainly for himself. As modern Yemen’s towering, long-lasting president, he leaves no legacy but decades of petty maneuvering and national misery – by Juan Cole

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-death-of-a-dictator-leaves-yemen-a-worse-mess/

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„Why the death of Saleh offers a chance for peace in Yemen“

Yemen's former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is dead. He was killed last week by his own allies, the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, after he decided to break with them and shift his allegiance – by Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize laureate who leads the group Women Journalists Without Chains, closely connected to Islamist Islah Party

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2017/12/12/why-the-death-of-saleh-offers-a-chance-for-peace-in-yemen/?utm_term=.0be78ef2e92e

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Vormarsch der Saudi-Koalition / Most important: Advance of Saudi coalition

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Southern Resistance Forces, with Backup of the Arab Ally Air Forces, Break Siege of East Al-Khoukha Villages.

Southern resistance forces, with backup of UAE Apache Helicopters, managed to break the siege of several overcrowded villages east of Al-Khoukha. Al-Houthi militias used citizens of these villages as human shields during their retreat after being severly defeated in Al-Khoukha. Citizens of these villages received the southern resistance forces with joy and rejoicing

http://en.smanews.org/southern-resistance-forces-with-backup-of-the-arab-ally-air-forces-break-siege-of-east-al-khoukha-villages

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The Southern Resistance Controls Wide Areas in Zubaid – Al-Hodeida and Al-Houthi Militias Retreat

Local sources indicated that the southern resistance force with air cover from Apache Helicopters of the Arab Ally, burnt 15 sets and killed tens of Al-Houthi militias. Southern resistance forces are now searching the controlled areas and clear it from Al-Houthi troops.

http://en.smanews.org/the-southern-resistance-controls-wide-areas-in-zubaid-al-hodeida-and-al-houthi-militias-retreat

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Violent Clashes in Thurrah and News About Human and Material Casualties for the Militias

http://en.smanews.org/violent-clashes-in-thurrah-and-news-about-human-and-material-casualties-for-the-militias

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A Prominent Leader of Al-Houthi Militias Arrested in Al-Khoukha

http://en.smanews.org/a-prominent-leader-of-al-houthi-militias-arrested-in-al-khoukha

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Arab Coalition Forces continue demolishing strongholds of "Iranian Houthi militias"

With the support of the UAE Armed Forces, the troops of the Arab Coalition Forces, led by Saudi Arabia, have continued demolishing the strongholds of the Iranian Houthi militias in the area of Al Qataba, north of Al Khawkhah on the West Coast of Yemen, during a critical battle that saw the destruction of the Houthi forces, killing tens of their soldiers, mostly the Iranian Houthi leadership, while capturing hundreds.

The Arab Coalition Forces have therefore struck a painful blow to the militias.

In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, an official source stressed that an estimated 100 Iranian Houthi militia leaders were killed in air raids by the Arab Coalition, most of them field commanders, including Ali Mohammed Sulaiman Hulaisi, Nader Humaid Qassem Haikal and "Abu Malek."

The source added that an Apache Helicopter, named "The Black Fairy," by the militias, yesterday targeted and wiped out a group of around 15 rebels who were travelling to reinforce the militias at the Hays Front, led by their Lead Supply Officer, Mansour Ahmed Hamoud Jahaf, also known as "Abu Shieha."

It further added that the helicopter struck a painful blow to the militias by attacking several of their vehicles that were heading towards the Hays Front

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302653808

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Security Belt 3rd and 4rd Support Brigades led by Nabil Al-Mashoushi and Hadar Al-Shohati preparing for deployment to support the west coast fronts.

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/941035030700109824

Security Belt forces will secure the liberated areas of #Mokha and #Hodeidah and establish checkpoints to prevent infiltration.

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/941049093333250048

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Saudi-led forces target Yemen’s food supply route

Saudi-led forces in Yemen have opened a new front in the country’s civil war beginning an advance on its main port and route for vital food supplies.

Commanders from the United Arab Emirates leading the advance, and their allies from local militias, said that they managed to persuade forces loyal to the former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to defect. Mr Saleh was killed in a shoot-out with his former allies, the Houthi rebel group, last week.

The coalition forces are now advancing behind Emirati tanks towards the port of Hodeidah, on the coast southwest of the capital Sana’a.

Hodeidah is the main route into the country for food and aid.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/saudi-led-forces-target-yemens-food-supply-route-grrd3wvf0

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Republican Guard Chooses to Liberate Yemen from Houthis

A military commander in the Coalition for the Support of the Legitimacy in Yemen announced the initiative of the Yemeni Republican Guard in cooperation with the coalition forces and the legitimate government to liberate Yemen from the Houthis.

“The battle currently being conducted in Yemen’s west coast has dealt with Houthi militias only,” Shehhi said, noting that Yemen’s National Resistance Forces have assisted the Coalition’s task to eliminate the Houthi threat.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1110886/republican-guard-chooses-liberate-yemen-houthis

My comment: By Saudi media. A dramatical change of sides.

And

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Turns out the rumors were true. Saleh's Republican Guard troops are participating in the offensive to seize al #Hudaydah governorate, western #Yemen from the al Houthi movement (photo)

https://twitter.com/MaherFarrukh/status/940185066222882816

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Tihama Resistance leader Abdulrahman Hajri offers general amnesty to all sons of Tihama that leave the Houthis and join the Tihama Resistance. (photos)

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940950646462734337

And for Tihama Resistance, fighting alongside the coalition orcesd against the Houthis, look at:

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Tihama Resistance

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940235382251126785

Flag of Tihama raised over the Security Administration building in Al-Khokha (photos)

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940258074882748418

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940259740570992640

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940955178303242240

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940952513536069632

Tihama Resistance commander Abdulrahman Hajri.

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940241460103745536

Tihama Resistance fighters.

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940263931175567361

Houthi tank found by Resistance forces concealed in the vicinity of Hays district #Hodeidah. (photos)

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940655357571031040

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Photos: Southern Resistance forces in Al-Khokha #Hodeidah.

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940797544728276994

and Houthi Almasirah TV shows an ambush against the coalition troops:

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Film: The Yemeni war media distributed scenes of the ambush of the mercenaries of the aggression in the front of the north of the Makhka in the province of Taiz, which resulted in the destruction of a number of armored vehicles and heavy losses

https://twitter.com/WrathYE/status/940657968592306177

and

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In pictures: Houthi forces exterminate Saudi convoy

The Ansarullah movement, also known internationally as the Houthis, have successfully ambushed and utterly annihilated a Saudi armed convoy near the western city of Mocha (photos)

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/pictures-houthi-forces-exterminate-saudi-convoy/

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Despite a ‘De Facto Ban’ On Western Journalists, CNN’s Clarissa Ward Returns to Yemen

CNN’s Clarissa Ward returned to country earlier this month to report on the growing humanitarian crises.

Ward says she and her crew spent more than 6 months trying to get into the country.

“The Saudi Arabia-led coalition had a de facto ban on Western journalists entering the country for months,” she told

http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/despite-a-de-facto-ban-on-western-journalists-cnns-clarissa-ward-returns-to-yemen/351890

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Mohammad meets Saudi Prince Salman on Yemen

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Saudi counterpart meets with Chairman of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform Party

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/mohammad-meets-saudi-prince-salman-on-yemen-1.2140728 and also https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/12/14/Saudi-and-UAE-leaders-meet-Yemen-Islah-party-chairman-.html

Remark: Reform Party is Islah Party.

Comment: Would be grateful if i can get comments from @HudsonInstitute @MiddleEastInst on #Saudi #UAE leaders meeting with Muslim Brotherhood leaders in #Yemen, some are designated as terrorists by @USTreasury

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/941049444019130372

Comment: MBS &UAE crown prince MBZ meets with Islah leaders in Riyadh today. This signals a major shift given UAE anti Muslim Brothethood position. Might potentially mean increased support for offensive to push Houthis out of key areas like Baydha and Taiz.

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/941027789108543488

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Iran may have passed ballistic missiles to Yemen Houthi rebels, UN says

Secretary-general Antonio Guterres warns that Iran may be defying UN call, but says nuclear deal remains ‘best way’ forward

Guterres said in a report to the security council that the United Nations was investigating Iran’s possible transfer of ballistic missiles to Houthi Shia rebels in Yemen that may have been used in launches aimed at Saudi Arabia in July and November.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/14/iran-ballistic-missiles-yemen-houthi-rebels-un

My comment: Headline and text simply do not fit.

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Film: Yemen crisis

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/videos/1585313184855039/

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Imperial rivalry and social disaster in Yemen

As the U.S. and its allies and Middle Eastern regional powers struggle for the control of Yemen, ordinary people are paying a terrible pric

U.S. ships help to control access to Yemen's naval ports through its blockade on the country, making Washington one of the main culprits in the blocking of humanitarian aid.

In October 2016, when a U.S. Navy ship fired cruise missiles at Houthi targets in Sana'a, the Pentagon tried to convince the public here that its escalation of violence was a response to U.S. ships being fired on without provocation by Houthi forces.

But this couldn't be further from the truth. The U.S. has been involved militarily in Yemen since the early 2000s when its drone war program began

The U.S. government is responsible for far more deaths in Yemen than either al-Qaeda or the Houthis.

The Saudis, too, have much to lose if the Houthis remain in control or if another popular uprising takes place in Yemen. Yemen, though small and weak, could prevent Saudi Arabia from accessing some of the most lucrative trade routes in the Red Sea.

https://socialistworker.org/2017/12/13/imperial-rivalry-and-social-disaster-in-yemen

Remark: Overview, background.

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Ein saudischer Stellvertreterkrieg

Jemen versinkt in Chaos und Krieg. Werner Ruf erklärt, warum das so ist - und wer die Gegenspieler in dem Konflikt sind

https://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/1073110.krieg-in-jemen-ein-saudischer-stellvertreterkrieg.html

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United States Coordinated War in Yemen Intensifies After Saleh Assassination

Despite Trump’s statement on the need to end the economic blockade, bombings and ground operations continue against the Ansurallah forces

The war against the people of Yemen has been largely hidden from the American public as the corporate and government-controlled media refuses to cover the conflagration in an objective manner. Numerous reports on the cholera epidemic, the lack of food and water does not mention the U.S.-supported GCC bombing operations as the underlying causes of the crisis.

The situation in Yemen is often framed as a proxy war between Riyadh and Tehran due to the political support provided to the Ansurallah by the Islamic Republic. Yet the Trump administration is stoking the crisis by providing military technology and diplomatic cover to Saudi Arabia at the expense of the Yemeni people.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/united-states-coordinated-war-in-yemen-intensifies-after-saleh-assassination/5622468

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Extremist Groups Eye Yemen Conflict With Renewed Opportunities

As the killing of the deposed Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh broadens the political fracturing in Yemen and the humanitarian crisis worsens, experts warn the war-torn country could soon become a hotbed for jihadists affiliated with al-Qaida and the Islamic State terrorist groups.

Ambassador Seche maintains that Saleh’s death will likely widen the divide in the country as his loyalists and tribal members attempt to take revenge. It will also shift the balance of power in Sana'a by giving Houthis the opportunity to exert control over the population and the Sunni groups.

"Certainly this is an issue that al-Qaida and other terrorist groups do play on especially in their recruitment efforts," Seche said "This is a pretty easy argument to make by some of the radical Sunnis who see the Houthis as Shiite Iranian agents."

Experts charge the lingering conflict in the country indicates that the likelihood of Yemen transitioning towards a peaceful resolution seems as far away as ever with local factions, supported by regional powers, continuing to compete for influence and extremist groups exploiting the lack of governance in certain parts of the country.

https://www.voanews.com/a/yemen-conflict-could-draw-in-more-terror-groups/4161573.html

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Il devastante peso degli Emirati nella guerra in Yemen

All’ombra dei sauditi, cresce l’influenza degli Eau nello Yemen, dove schierano i loro mercenari, controllano l’accesso al Paese e alcune isole, e sostengono le milizie salafite per contrastare i gr

http://eastwest.eu/it/opinioni/open-doors/il-devastante-peso-degli-emirati-nella-guerra-in-yemen

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The people who are fighting are a nightmare group of militias who are fighting for power and making money in the war economy of Yemen - lots of it - do they are keen to fight other groups that might take some of the loot. None of them are fighting for democracy and noble if them care about Yemen. The Yemeni people who wanted democracy in 2011 have been betrayed - no party, army, or militia in this war supports them. Yemen is split - it currently has at least three governments - the one in Sanaa that was supportive of the Houthi-Saleh alliance, the STC in Aden, and the so called 'legitimate' government paid by Saudi Arabia. It has at least two armies, and many militias - Salafis, Houthis, Islah, Hirak, al Qaeda, tribal militias, and others. Saudi Arabia seems to be fighting a proxy way on behalf of its western masters USA and U.K. - but what is correct is that they are losing - as all that the Houthi militias that they call their enemy have to do is keep breathing in order to win. Whereas Saudi Arabia has to force them to submit to their will and that is unlikely to happen in the near future.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156199331538641

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International Quartet Committee on Yemen denounces the indiscriminate killing committed by Iran-backed Houthi Militias

The International Quartet Committee on Yemen issued today a statement condemning the Iran-backed Houthi coup militias' inhumane practices in Yemen.
The International Quartet Committee on Yemen included the Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with senior officials of the US Government.
In a statement issued by the UK government today, they expressed outrage at reports of indiscriminate killings and intimidation by the Houthis in Sana’a, including against members of the General People's Congress (GPC) and their families.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1697623 and this is the UK government statement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/joint-statement-on-yemen-by-the-uk-uae-saudi-arabia-and-usa

My comment: This “Quartett” playing the odd chamouflage of “peace talks” just is the assembly of the four most important warring parties in Yemen on the anti-Houthi side.

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Yemen: Marib council welcomes families fleeing the Houthis

The Security Committee of Marib governorate agreed to receive families fleeing Houthi territory yesterday, Saba News reported.

An emergency plan was drawn up to receive scores of families fleeing the Houthi territory in the capital Sana’a after the killing of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh last week. The Houthis have since enforced a major crackdown on pro-Saleh loyalists.

Marib officials have outlined security plans which include registering people entering the governorate in an effort to prevent Houthi members from infiltrating.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171212-yemen-marib-council-welcomes-families-fleeing-the-houthis/ and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13614

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Reports that officials from former #Yemen President Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) party gathering in Abu Dhabi #UAE to restructure the party after Saleh's death.

https://twitter.com/MaherFarrukh/status/939978857318318081 referring to http://adengad.net/news/291864/

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Yemeni Media Observatory condemns Militias block of Media Outlets

The Yemeni Media Observatory condemns the crimes committed by the Houthi militia, which has blocked information outlets to the Yemenis through their control of internet services. They have blocked news sites, social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and messaging applications such as Whatsapp and Telegram. They have controlled the media since their invasion of the capital Sana’a on September 21, 2014.

https://nationalyemen.com/2017/12/12/yemeni-media-observatory-condemns-militias-block-of-media-outlets/

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Divisions, Yemen faces a possible turning point

The assassination on December 4, 2017 of former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh has potentially opened a new chapter in the ongoing struggle for power in Yemen. There might be a possibility that with a major actor pushed off the stage, the lesser actors might accept the good offices of the United Nations (UN) mediator Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and form an inclusive central government. There is also a real possibility that the armed conflict becomes even more protracted as factions see increased opportunities to advance their interests – By René Wadlow

http://www.transconflict.com/2017/12/divisions-yemen-faces-a-possible-turning-point-122/

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Yemen negotiations at ‘sticking point’ following Saleh death

“There has to be pressure exercised on the Saudi-led coalition to agree to talk with the Houthis,” Joost Hiltermann, director for the Middle East and North African program at the International Crisis Group, told CGTN’s The Point.

“Hope to defeat the Houthis is just going to lead to prolonged conflict, and of course, we know who are the victims; the Yemeni people.”

Hiltermann insisted that it would be easier for the Houthis to negotiate, as they no longer have to deal with Saleh, with whom they never got along with in the first place.

Nasser Arrabyee, a Sana’a-based journalist and filmmaker, pointed out that Yemen is now at a crossroads following Saleh’s death.

“The first is for the Houthis to negotiate involving Sana’a where there’s now just one leader and one negotiator,” he said, adding that the second choice for Yemen is to make the domestic situation “worse and worse.”

https://news.cgtn.com/news/776b544d31637a6333566d54/share_p.html

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Film: Why Yemen Matters

Dr. Sheila Carapico, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, reflects on the long crisis in Yemen and examines the regional and global impact of U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels and the deposed Yemeni president Ali Salih.

Engaging in a discussion with Clifford Chanin, executive vice president and deputy director for museum programs, Carapico explained the current drivers of Yemen’s ongoing civil war and the history of Saudi influence in Yemen.

https://www.ustream.tv/recorded/110519457

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Professor Sheila Carapico Explains the Conflict in Yemen at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

If Prince Muhammad bin Salman becomes king, he is likely to continue the war in hopes of being able to declare a clear victory, although this seems unlikely.

The risks in large parts of Yemen include the spread of famine and disease amid total economic collapse. There’s at least some chance that if the war drags on without a clear victory, some Saudis and Emiratis will express concerns about the wisdom of their leadership.

https://www.911memorial.org/blog/professor-sheila-carapico-explains-conflict-yemen-911-memorial-museum

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Elite pro-Saleh forces defect from Al Houthis

Coalition has called on pro-Saleh troops to throw their weight behind anti-Al Houthi forces

The Saudi-led coalition has said some soldiers from the Republican Guard — an elite Yemeni unit set up by late former president Ali Abdullah Saleh — had switched sides and begun helping the coalition and pro-government fighters on the ground.

Brigadier General Abdul Salam Al Shehi, the commander of the Saudi-led coalition forces on the Red Sea front, said the Saudi-led coalition welcomed a proposal from some Republican Guard forces, who defected from Al Houthis, to help in fighting their former allies.

“There is cooperation with Republican Guards [forces] who took the initiative [to fight Al Houthis],” Al Shehi said in a brief video statement carried by WAM.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/elite-pro-saleh-forces-defect-from-al-houthis-1.2138962

and

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Taiz army releases Saleh's supporters from jails

Yemen's armed forces in Taiz have released from their prisons all rebel fighters from the GPC party and supporters of the former President Ali Saleh

The detainees were previously arrested as rebel fighters but now are expected to switch to the government's side following the suit of their slain leader, Saleh.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13585

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UN does not confirm Iran link to Yemen missiles: report

UN officials who examined debris from missiles fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen have not confirmed that they were Iranian-made but are still analyzing the information, according to a confidential report obtained by AFP on Monday.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council that the missiles fired on July 22 and November 4 both had a diameter that was "consistent" with a Scud missile. The Qiam-1 is a variant of the Scud missile.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5168997/UN-does-not-confirm-Iran-link-Yemen-missiles-report.html

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

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Film: Forced by Saudi blockade, Yemeni blood bank may close down soon

Yemen’s blood bank has appealed for help, as it is running out of basic materials. Officials at the center blame the situation on the ongoing Saudi blockade, and say they will be forced to close it down in near future. The closure of the facility puts the lives of those who need to receive blood for survival at stake.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/12/545391/Yemen-blood-bank-Saudi-Arabia-blockade

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The Saudis’ Cruel Collective Punishment of Yemen Has Not Ended

Thanks to this blockade, more than eight million people are one step away from famine, and over twenty million are in need of humanitarian assistance. At least nine cities cannot pump fresh water and have run out of clean water because of the fuel shortage brought on by the tightened blockade. Millions of people living in those cities are at heightened risk of contracting water-borne diseases. Yemen’s civilian population needs the delivery of humanitarian aid, but more than that they need the full resumption of commercial imports to stave off massive loss of life from starvation and disease. The plight of Yemen’s people has been made worse by the systematic, deliberate coalition campaign to attack the country’s sources of food production.

Between the ongoing blockade and their targeting of food production and storage, we can see that the Saudi-led coalition has been deliberately trying to starve Yemen into surrender – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-saudis-cruel-collective-punishment-of-yemen-has-not-ended/

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U.S. aid chief says no sign Yemen port blockade easing to allow aid in

There are no signs that a blockade of Yemen’s ports by a Saudi-led military coalition has eased to allow aid to reach communities increasingly at risk of starvation, the head of the U.S. government’s aid agency said on Tuesday.

Green said he was “deeply concerned on so many fronts” about the crisis in Yemen, but in particular the failure to get fuel into the country so people have access to clean water.

“That means a number of communities are either without clean water or will be very shortly, and in both cases that is a terrible concern from the cholera perspective and the survival perspective,” he added.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-usa-aid/u-s-aid-chief-says-no-sign-yemen-port-blockade-easing-to-allow-aid-in-idUSKBN1E6327

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Blockade could push Yemen into 'humanitarian catastrophe': WFP

As Yemen teeters on the brink of famine, with soaring food prices and fuel shortages, humanitarians called on Tuesday for the easing of a Saudi blockade to allow in life-saving supplies.

“We are trying to help prevent a famine from occurring,” Stephen Anderson, Yemen country director for the World Food Programme (WFP) told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-aid-blockade/blockade-could-push-yemen-into-humanitarian-catastrophe-wfp-idUSKBN1E62O0

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Millionen Menschen im Jemen „einen Schritt vor dem Hunger“

Die Blockade des Jemen durch die von Saudi-Arabien geführte arabische Koalition schafft die Gefahr einer Hungersnot für 8,4 Millionen Jemeniten. Dies erklärte der UN-Koordinator für humanitäre Hilfe in dem Land, Jamie McGoldrick.

In der Uno wird hervorgehoben, dass die Blockade des Landes drohe, einen Mangel „an Treibstoff, Nahrungsmitteln und Medikamenten hervorzurufen, was die Zahl der hilfsbedürftigen Menschen wesentlich erhöht“.

Der UN-Koordinator für humanitäre Hilfe im Jemen erklärte, dass sich 8,4 Millionen Jemeniten „einen Schritt vor dem Hunger“ befänden, ihnen müsse „medizinische Hilfe, sauberes Trinkwasser, Essen und Obdach zur Verfügung gestellt werden“. Er verwies darauf, wie wichtig die Wiederaufnahme der humanitären Einsätze im Jemen sei.

https://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20171212318653307-jemen-hungersnot-millionen/

Mein Kommentar: „einen Schritt vor dem Hunger“? Der Hunger ist längst da.

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More than 8 million Yemenis 'a step away from famine': U.N.

Jamie McGoldrick, the humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said the blockade has since been eased, but the situation remained dire.

“The continuing blockade of ports is limiting supplies of fuel, food and medicines; dramatically increasing the number of vulnerable people who need help,” McGoldrick said in a statement.

“The lives of millions of people, including 8.4 million Yemenis who are a step away from famine, hinge on our ability to continue our operations and to provide health, safe water, food, shelter and nutrition support,” he added.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-un/more-than-8-million-yemenis-a-step-away-from-famine-u-n-idUSKBN1E528X and full statement https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/statement-humanitarian-coordinator-yemen-jamie-mcgoldrick-calling-parties-facilitate

My comment: 'a step away from famine'? Since long, famine already is there.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Film: Jemen: Einsatzbericht unserer Projektkoordinatorin Bernadette Schober

Unsere Projektkoordinatorin Bernadette Schober berichtet von ihrem Einsatz im Kilo Projekt im Jemen. Der Krieg im Land hat gravierende Auswirkungen für die Bevölkerung. Ärzte ohne Grenzen betreibt im Jemen umfangreiche Hilfsprogramme und unterstützt jemenitische Krankenhäuser.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm3jnAUhiio

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Jemen: "Zwischen dem Kugelhagel bleibt kaum noch Platz für Hilfe und jegliches Leben"

"Aktion Deutschland Hilft" zieht erschütternde 365-Tage-Bilanz nach erster Warnung vor humanitärer Katastrophe

"Die humanitäre Katastrophe ist eingetroffen", sagt Manuela Roßbach, geschäftsführender Vorstand von "Aktion Deutschland Hilft". "Zu lang hat die internationale Gemeinschaft die Augen verschlossen."

https://www.presseportal.de/pm/50116/3814417

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Sixty-five families lost breadwinner in Taiz in Oct. and Nov., CHR says

Sixty five families in the central Yemen city of Taiz lost their breadwinner in the conflict in October and November 2017, the Coalition for Humanitarian Relief (CHR) organization said in a periodical report issued on Monday.

The CHR said "around 200 other persons who earn the livelihoods of their families are out of work now incapacitated by injuries sustained during the two months."

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13643

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Photos: Empty houses empty kitchens empty stomachs look a lot of pain and misery This is a lot and many and many houses in Yemen look heartbreaking heart and eye movements and tears and sorrow

https://twitter.com/khuloodalhadda1/status/940545874597466112

Photos: There are many and many empty houses empty of anything that can protect them from the severity of this cold. Do you know what to hide from this frost? They do not even have the value of buying a blanket that warms them up.

https://twitter.com/khuloodalhadda1/status/940685702962073607

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Just think about You have 6 children and a wife You have no salaries for almost 16 months You have no money to purchase food to feed your family No clean water to drink No blankets to warm your children Medicine is something luxurious you don't have to think about.

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/940711856561377280

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USAID Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #2, Fiscal Year (FY) 2018

On November 20, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) released a food security alert warning that many areas of Yemen will likely experience Famine—IPC 5—levels of acute food insecurity within three to four months if the vessels carrying commercial food and fuel imports are restricted from entering Yemen’s Red Sea ports.4

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-complex-emergency-fact-sheet-2-fiscal-year-fy-2018

and

Yemen ‑ Active USG Programs for Yemen Response (Last Updated 12/12/17)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-active-usg-programs-yemen-response-last-updated-121217

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Film: Wenn der Jemen ein Dorf wäre

Wenn der Jemen ein Dorf mit 100 Einwohnern wäre, wie viele von ihnen wären von der aktuellen Krise betroffen? In diesem Video verdeutlichen wir das Ausmaß der Not im Jemen. Erfahre mehr zu unserem Bündnis deutscher Hilfsorganisationen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNV1Yhwzd0w n

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War in Yemen: 'The world isn't paying enough attention'

The UN has called the war in Yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Karl-Otto Zentel, general secretary of humanitarian agency CARE Germany-Luxemburg, describes the human suffering in this overlooked conflict.

One of the reasons why people are suffering is because a US-backed, Saudi-led military coalition has imposed a blockade. Aid deliveries, food deliveries, fuel, medicine none of this is getting through to northern Yemen. How does this affect the work of your humanitarian agency?

Yemen always needed to import 80 to 90 percent of its basic food staples. Most of this food was imported via sea, some of it by land via Saudi Arabia. The country's major ports that we used for these imports lie in the north — which is controlled by Houthi rebels. These ports are blocked. Consequently, there is less food inside the country, prices are rising, and so less and less food is available to the Yemeni people.

http://www.dw.com/en/war-in-yemen-the-world-isnt-paying-enough-attention/a-41750040 = http://www.egyptindependent.com/war-yemen-world-isnt-paying-enough-attention/

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Yemen: Organizations 3W Operational Presence (as of 31 October 2017)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-organizations-3w-operational-presence-31-october-2017-enar

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Houthis displace hundreds of families in western Taiz

Local sources told the channel that "Houthis have displaced by force 1500 families from their houses in the villages

The sources said that the extremist rebels "did not allow the displaced families to take their livestock and luggage with them." "Now the displaced families are living in the wild and nobody is looking into their misery."

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13645

Remark: From Islah Party media.

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Yemen UNHCR Update, 1 - 10 December 2017

20.7 million people in need

2,014,026 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

89 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than a year

956,076 IDP returnees

1,015,375 recipients of CRIs since March 2015

280,539 refugees and asylum seekers

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-unhcr-update-1-10-december-2017

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Mehr vor cp1 / More above of cp1

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Film: Yemen marks intl. day of disabled people amid war

A conference in the capital Sana’a is trying to find an estimation as the country marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/14/545540/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-International-Day-of-Persons-with-Disabilities

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Good news @Twitter ,@facebook ,@WhatsApp ,@telegram and @instagram are not blocked anymore in #Yemen now Access to net is opened.

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/941082563627618304

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Rebel infighting leaves Yemen's capital more divided than ever

For the first time when driving into Sanaa I had no idea what to expect.

Three days before my arrival, the rebel Houthi movement had imposed a complete communications blackout in territory under its control - no internet, no social media, no way for residents to reach the outside world.

Crossing into the rebel-held north, it was sobering to note that the Houthis were now the only force in charge there. Entering Sanaa, I was curious about what I would find. I had so many questions, and the people had so many stories to tell.

Driving around, life seemed normal.

Still, I could not believe how much of this beautiful city had been destroyed since my last visit, only three months ago.

Endless rows of shops, schools, and blocks of flats were riddled with bullet holes or completely burnt down - a result of five days of intense clashes – By Nawal al-Maghafi

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42332728

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Republican decree appoints minister of interior

The Republican decree No. (94) for 2017 was issued on Wednesday appointing Brigadier Abdulhakim Ahmed al-Mawri as Minister of Interior and promoting him to the rank of Major General.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481645.htm and also http://en.smanews.org/al-sammad-appoints-abu-ali-al-hakem-commander-of-the-presidential-guards-in-sanaa , reporting that al-Mawri also was appointed commander of the presidential guard

My comment: The Saleh supporters are replaced. Al-Mawri replaces the loyal to Saleh Mohammed Alqawsi

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FM, UN Humanitarian Coordinator discuss cooperation aspects

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf discussed on Wednesday with the United Nations’ Resident Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Jimmy McGoldrick, aspects of cooperation and coordination with the United Nations offices and programs operating in Yemen.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481622.htm

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Houthis kill GPC members, blow up their houses

The Houthis have killed and arrested scores of GPC party members and blew up their houses in the provinces Tehama in the past week, officials from Tehma reported.

"The Houthis have killed and kidnapped people in dozens in the provinces of Hajja, Mahweet and Hodeidah," a local government committee reported

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13615

My comment: By Islah Party media, and thus biased.

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After Submission of Several Minister, formerly loyal to Saleh, to Al-Houthi, Houthinization of the Public Conference is Ongoing

Abd Al-Aziz Ben Habtour, prime minister of the coup government that is not recognized internationally, and his ministers, loyal to the Public Conference, resumed their official work. Saba News, close to Al-Houthi, announced that Ben Habtour directed his ministers in an inclusive meeting, to work on restoring security. During the meeting, several ministers who were loyal to the Public Conference, appeared including General Galal Al-Ruaishan, vice prime minister for security and defense affairs, Mohamed Ben Hafiz, minister of health, Hesham Sharaf, minister of foreign affairs, Ali Al-Qaisy, minister of internal administration, Ali Abu Hulaika, minister of parliamentary affairs. Other members of the government were absent:

http://en.smanews.org/after-submission-of-several-minister-formerly-loyal-to-saleh-to-al-houthi-houthinization-of-the-public-conference-is-ongoing

Remark: By Southern resistance media.

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Yemen: Houthis meet members of late president's GPC

A political leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels has met members of late Ali Abdullah Saleh's party, days after the killing of the ousted president by the group that controls the capital, Sanaa.

On Wednesday, Houthi-controlled media on Wednesday showed photos of a meeting between Houthi political chief Saleh al-Sammad and Yahya al-Rai, assistant secretary-general of the General People's Congress (GPC) and a speaker of parliament.

The meeting in Sanaa was also attended by Hisham Sharaf, the Houthi minister of foreign affairs.

Later in the day, al-Sammad also met other members of Saleh's GPC, in a move perceived to be a Houthi attempt to restore an alliance with the party.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/yemen-houthi-leader-seeks-restore-gpc-alliance-171213094817551.html

and more by Southern resistance media:

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After the Assassination of Saleh, Al-Houthi Tries to Control Power Sources of the Ousted

Houthi militias are now trying to control power sources of the ousted Saleh, including the Parliament in Sanaa, to gain a new political cover that provides their forceful size of power with some type of forma legitimacy. Saleh Al-Sammad, chairman of the so-called “The Supreme Political Council”, met chairman of the parliament, Yahia Al-Raai and his vice chairman, Abd Al-Salam Hashoul. During the meeting they discussed the activation of the legislative role of the parliament and its permanent committees.

http://en.smanews.org/after-the-assassination-of-saleh-al-houthi-tries-to-control-power-sources-of-the-ousted

and as Emirati media put it:

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Yemen: Prime minister of Houthi-Saleh administration agrees to work with rebels

The GPC-aligned journalist, who fled Sanaa on the day of Saleh's murder and is now based in Marib province, said the Houthis were trying to persuade GPC members to sign onto a deal that would see the rebels change the Houthi-Saleh administration. But the source said two-thirds of the GPC's leaders and members had already fled rebel areas.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-prime-minister-of-houthi-saleh-administration-agrees-to-work-with-rebels-1.684121

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Yemen: Vice-president of Houthi-Saleh administration flees Sanaa

The vice-president of the Sanaa-based Houthi-Saleh administration, Qasim Al Qasadi, has fled south to an area controlled by pro-government forces.

An official in the government's media ministry, Osama Al Sharmi, told The National that Mr Al Qasadi had arrived at his family's home in the district of Al Zaher in Al Bayda province on Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday night, the daily Al Ghad newspaper, which is based in Aden, said Mr Al Qasadi had declared his support for Mr Hadi's government. Mr Al Sharmi said he could not confirm this, however.

Mr Al Qasadi is a member of the Yemeni parliament and a member of GPC's general committee.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-vice-president-of-houthi-saleh-administration-flees-sanaa-1.684121 and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13646

Remark: The name of the vice president was stated as Dr. Qassim Labouza, as here: http://www.yemenpress.org/ticker/dr-labouza-the-agreement-of-ansarullah-and-the-conference-came-out-with-national-and-historical-responsibilities.html

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Dhiyab bin Muayli the Minister of Oil in the self-proclaimed partnership government between Ali Saleh and Houthis has defected from the alliance and traveled to his home city of Marib on Monday.

Muayli's migration to Marib was arranged in coordination with Houthis, an exceptional case.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13614

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Akram Attia, Deputy Head of the Yemeni Sana’a parliament escaped from Sana’a on Tuesday and moved to Aden where he joined the leaders of the party, now loyal to the legitimate government.
Also, a leader from the GPC party, Qassem al-Kassadi was also capable to escape from the militias and has arrived to his hometown in Al Bayda province.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1111756/russia%E2%80%99s-withdrawal-deepens-houthi-isolation

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Houthi militia cracks down on GPC leaders and members in Amran

Several party members have been rounded up to jails and others have received threats of physical elimination unless they sign written pledges to side with the militia.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13584

(A P)

Houthis deploy Basij-like forces to block Sana'a exits

The rebel Houthis have deployed forces that look pretty much like Iran's Basij paramilitary force in the Sana'a exit roads to block families from leaving the capital which they control, eyewitnesses and media outlets reported.

From their different uniform, "beards and some subtle features they look like Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

Despite the tight measures, hundreds of families have successfully made it to Aden, Taiz and Marib.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13583

Remark: From anti-Houthi Islah-Party media.

And Houthi Al Masirah TV still shows

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Film: “Tampering and chaos by the treason and treachery militia in the Directorate of Taweelah in the province of Al-Mahweet”:

https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/941061876091445248

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[Houthi Almasirah TV showing more films on “Victims of attacks of treason militias” etc.

https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/940684283936690179

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

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Security forces seized several hundred artillery shells in #Ataq city #Shabwa. #SouthYemen (photo)

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/941071256597577729

(A T)

Attackers threw a grenade at Bin Zeela hospital in #Seiyun city Wadi #Hadramout damaging the hospital wall but without causing injuries. (photo)

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940974624011034625

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Abdulrahman Ali Al-Jifri of the Free South Arabian League Party met with French Ambassador to #Yemen Christian Testot and emphasized the importance of an independent federal Southern state for the security and stability of the Arabian Peninsula. (photos)

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/941011626509058048

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Yémen: les « rats » s’entretuent

À Aden, l’Arabie saoudite et les Émirats arabes unis en sont venus à nouveau aux mains. Le port stratégique que contrôle la force d’occupation depuis 2015 vient à nouveau de s’embraser faute d’accord entre Riyad et Abu Dhabi.

Les miliciens pro-Riyad s’en sont pris mardi aux mercenaires proches des Émirats dans les rues de la ville d’al-Mansoura. Selon les témoins oculaires, les quartiers proches de la prison centrale ainsi que l’avenue « Al Tas’in » continuent à être le théâtre de violents combats entre les deux groupes.

[Heavy clashes between pro-Saudi and pro-UAE forces at Aden]

https://french.almanar.com.lb/696001

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Aden security forces deny entry of civilians fleeing Houthi atrocities

Security forces guarding the entrances of Aden, known as the Security Belt, have denied tens of families fleeing the Houthis in the north entry into the southern city of Aden

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13644

(A T)

The Most Dangerous Terrorist of Al-Qaeda – in Al-Wadia – Abian

Saleh Al-Bark, the most dangerous terrorist leader of Al-Qaeda in Abian, was killed late on Monday night in Al-Wadia, east of Abian. A security source indicated that a security force engaged in a gunshot with Al-Bark while he was trying to escape a security checkpoint and shot him dead.

http://en.smanews.org/death-of-al-bark-the-most-dangerous-terrorist-of-al-qaeda-in-al-wadia-abian and also [3] at https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-december-13-2017 and photo https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940812924171571201

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Salafi imam Sheikh Faiz Fuad of Abdul Rahman bin Awf mosque assassinated in front of his home in Al-Taqniya area of Mansoura #Aden this afternoon. (photos)

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940552883417649152

and

UAE occupation forces keep killing the mosque leaders in Aden south Yemen. Nobody knows why exactly, UAE occupiers do this ?! This is Fuad Fayz, leader of Abdul Rehman Bin Ouf mosque of Aden. Killed yesterday. Dozens killed before him (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/940964867217018880

Remark: terrorists, gunmen, or really UAE forces?

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Clashes Erupt Among Saudi-Led Coalition Members in Yemen

Fighting has erupted between the Saudi-backed mercenaries and UAE troops in Aden in Southern Yemen.

The streets of the town al-Mansoura in Aden province became the scenes of fierce clashes between the UAE forces and the militias supported by the Riyadh government.

The local residents confirmed that several districts of al-Mansoura town, including the Central Prison and al-Taseen street witnessed tough street battles.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960922000897

(A T)

Islah party mourns key member assassinated in Aden

who was assassinated by unknown gunmen in the temporary capital Aden

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13617

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Film: Yemen: A Great Role Played By Ma'rib Tribes In Maintaining The City Security And Stability

The tribes in Ma'rib province, northeast of the capital, Sana'a, with the support of the Arab Alliance, play a major role in maintaining the security and stability of this province, which brought together the originality and modernity. They managed to capture many sleeper cells that sought to undermine the security and stability of the province and the tribe members affirmed that they will always stand together against the Houthis, and they called for the development of a program and plans for the construction and development of Ma'rib.

http://arab24.com/portal/index.php/en/stories/arab-gulf/2017-09-05-06-26-72/item/9182-yemen-a-great-role-played-by-ma-rib-tribes-in-maintaining-the-city-security-and-stability

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Reports that clashes in #Aden city southern #Yemen have subsided after counterterrorism forces arrested 13. A #UAE helicopter is also patrolling the city. (photo)

https://twitter.com/MaherFarrukh/status/940429360267431936

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#Aden counterterrorism forces clashed with militants during a raid in Mansoura early this morning. UAE Apache helicopters provided cover during the operation. Several suspects arrested with others killed in the clashes. 2 soldiers were wounded (photo)

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940430101623185408 and also https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940548791819632640 and https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940563184032694272

and

(A T)

Film / Photos: Explosives seized by Aden security forces during a raid on a terrorist hideout

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75srK1iY8WE

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940511598837239808

(AT )

IED explodes in a container next to Martyr Naji school in #Lawdar city #Abyan starting a fire. No casualties. Security Belt forces deployed in the vicinity. (photo)

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/940486942122156032

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Transitional Political Council of the South (STC) Vice President Hani Bin Brik recognized the the legitimacy of Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi on December 10. The STC is an Emirati-backed governing body that rivals the internationally recognized Yemeni government in southern Yemen. STC officials have previously announced the council's intent to hold an independence referendum.[4]

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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia: The Coming Crisis in the Kingdom

As the power within the monarchy shifts, international conflict escalates, internal tensions rise, and the desperate need for economic diversification looms overhead, how will the House of Saud handle the inevitable rough waters ahead?

The ongoing crisis in Yemen makes the future look quite bleak, however, the ambitious Crown Prince is attempting to shift focus toward grand visions he wants to accomplish by the year 2030.

All of these ideas seem as if they are a step in the right direction. However, the Kingdom could be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.

These plans alienate the hard-line Wahabbi clerics who wield significant power and influence in the country. On top of this, Saudi Arabia has already been alienating their oppressed Shiite minority – By: Pierce Gootee

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Saudi-Arabia-The-Coming-Crisis-in-the-Kingdom-20171213-0012.html

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Saudi Arabia has detained some 194,000 expats in a wide-scale sweep targeting individuals remaining illegally in the kingdom.

From Nov. 15 to Dec. 11, Saudi authorities have cracked down and arrested individuals with incorrect work permits and residency documents, as well as those who remained in the kingdom without any legal basis, according to Gulf News.

More than 2,000 have been deported so far. Of those detained, 77 percent are Yemenis and 22 percent are Ethiopians.

As the kingdom makes major economic reforms and begins to nationalize many job sectors traditionally populated heavily by foreigners, Riyadh has also moved to crack down on illegal immigrants.

https://stepfeed.com/nearly-200-000-expats-detained-in-saudi-arabia-for-being-illegal-7980

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Israeli Intel Minister to Saudi Media: Israel Can Strike Iranian Missile Plants in Lebanon, 'As Is Happening in Syria'

Yisrael Katz invites Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to visit Israel Describing Saudi Arabia as leader of Arab world, Katz proposes that kingdom would be sponsor of Israeli-Palestinian peace process

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.828759

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Saudi King Salman decries Trump's Jerusalem decision

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saudhas reiterated the Kingdom's stated commitment to a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Palestinians have the right to Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem as their capital, Salman said on Wednesday in response to the US decision last week to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy there from Tel Aviv.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/saudi-arabia-king-salman-skips-oic-summit-jerusalem-171213161923915.html

Comments: Trump’s announcement about Jerusalem did nothing to weaken the growing ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

https://twitter.com/MaxAbrahms/status/940925390872293376

Important to note that #Saudi Monarchy minimal delegation to the Islamic summit on #Jerusalem confirms Saudi support for @realDonaldTrump decision to recognize Jerusalem as #Israeli capital

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/940940435387756544

(A P)

Saudi King Salman says determined to confront corruption

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz said on Wednesday his government was determined to confront corruption with “justice and decisiveness”, signalling continued support for a crackdown on sleaze involving mass arrests of top Saudis including royals.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-king/saudi-king-salman-says-determined-to-confront-corruption-idUSKBN1E71D7

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Did Saudi Arabia Just Try To Give the West Bank to Israel?

The crown prince could be working to engineer a two-state solution that favors Israel.

According to the source, MBS offered the Palestinian leader $10 billion to sweeten the bitter pill he had just prescribed. “Abbas can’t say no [to the Saudis],” the source explained, “but he can’t say yes.”

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/did-saudi-arabia-just-try-to-give-the-west-bank-to-israel/

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Saudi Arabia to Set Up Entity for Assets Taken in Crackdown

Organization said to evaluate and potentially sell holdings

Kingdom could recover as much as $100 billion from agreements

Saudi Arabia is setting up an organization to manage assets relinquished by detainees as part of settlement agreements in the crackdown on corruption, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-12/saudi-arabia-said-to-set-up-entity-for-assets-taken-in-crackdown

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Saudi Arabia set to hike domestic petrol prices by 80% in January

Prices are not expected to reach international levels until 2023 at the earliest

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/saudi-arabia-oil-prices-petrol-jet-fuel-hike-80-per-cent-january-a8104941.html and also https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/12/13/saudi-arabia-may-raise-petrol-price-by-80/

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Saudi Arabia announces new electricity tariffs

Saudi Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA) has announced that the Council of Ministers has approved gradual revision of energy prices in the Kingdom including changes to electricity tariffs that will take effect on January 1st, 2018.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/economy/2017/12/12/Saudi-Arabia-announces-new-electricity-tariffs.html

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Saudi Arabia to raise energy prices, pay cash to poorer citizens

Saudi Arabia has approved a new round of energy price hikes and a cash handout system for low- and middle-income citizens to offset the impact of the changes, fresh steps in a year-old austerity programme amid low crude prices. audi Arabia has approved a new round of energy price hikes and a cash handout system for low- and middle-income citizens to offset the impact of the changes, fresh steps in a year-old austerity programme amid low crude prices. audi Arabia has approved a new round of energy price hikes and a cash handout system for low- and middle-income citizens to offset the impact of the changes, fresh steps in a year-old austerity programme amid low crude prices. audi Arabia has approved a new round of energy price hikes and a cash handout system for low- and middle-income citizens to offset the impact of the changes, fresh steps in a year-old austerity programme amid low crude prices.

https://www.zawya.com/uae/en/story/Saudi_Arabia_to_raise_energy_prices_pay_cash_to_poorer_citizens-TR20171212nL8N1OC41UX2/

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Saudi Arabia Will Give Cash to Poorer Citizens Hit by Austerity

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-12/saudi-arabia-set-to-begin-cash-transfers-for-poorer-citizens

and

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Saudi Arabia launches cash credit programme for low and middle-income citizens

It comes as the kingdom gradually raises domestic energy prices under a plan to repair public finances and reduce the economy’s reliance on oil

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/saudi-arabia-launches-cash-credit-programme-for-low-and-middle-income-citizens-1.683982

(A P)

BIN LADEN'S SON CALLS FOR OVERTHROW OF SAUDI ARABIAN REGIME FOLLOWING TRUMP'S JERUSALEM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Saudi Arabian monarchy should be overthrown for betraying Muslims and forming strategic alliances with the West, Hamza bin Laden, a son of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, stated in an Al-Qaeda propaganda video released Saturday.

http://www.newsweek.com/bin-ladens-son-saudi-arabia-jerusalem-743990

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PAPA JOHN’S, MCDONALD’S, AND PIZZA HUT ARE BEING BOYCOTTED IN SAUDI ARABIA BECAUSE OF TRUMP’S JERUSALEM ANNOUNCEMENT

http://www.newsweek.com/papa-johns-mcdonalds-pizza-hut-boycot-saudi-arabia-trump-fast-food-jerusalem-745267

(A E P)

EDF wants to take part in Saudi nuclear plans: CEO

French state-controlled utility EDF (EDF.PA) wants to take part in Saudi Arabia’s plans to build nuclear power reactors, its chief executive told Reuters on Monday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-edf-saudi/edf-wants-to-take-part-in-saudi-nuclear-plans-ceo-idUSKBN1E52AK

My comment: Western crazyness: being furious on the Iranian nuclear program, supporting the Saudi one, just for making money.

(A E P)

Saudi sovereign fund plans cinema venture with AMC Entertainment

Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund said it planned to enter the cinema business with major U.S.-based movie exhibition company AMC Entertainment Holdings, as the conservative kingdom lifts a 35-year-old ban on cinemas.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-film-amc-ent-holdg/saudi-sovereign-fund-plans-cinema-venture-with-amc-entertainment-idUSKBN1E60B0

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Trump Considers Easing Nuclear Rules for Saudi Project

Westinghouse is looking for new markets after bankruptcy

Past deals barred uranium enrichment for overseas projects

The Trump administration is encouraging Saudi Arabia to consider bids by Westinghouse Electric Co. and other U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in that country and may allow the enrichment of uranium as part of that deal, according to three people familiar with the plans.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Saudi Arabia this month where the projects were discussed

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-12/trump-is-said-to-consider-easing-nuclear-rules-for-saudi-project

My comment: That is taotally crazy when looking at the US position towards the Iranian nuclear programme.

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Trump Is Bashing The 'Salvator Saudi' - Why?

Embarrassing MbS about the art buy and publicly(!) scolding hm for the situation in Yemen, for which the U.S. is just as much responsible as the Saudis, is quite an assault. What has MbS done - or not done - to deserve such a punishment?

Trump has just declared that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Did the administration expect the applause of the Saudis for its breaking of international law with regards to Jerusalem? Does it lash out to the Saudis to get their agreement?

If so the miscalculation is clearly on the U.S. side. It is impossible for the Saudis to concede the Haram al-Sharif, the mosque on the so called temple mount, to the Zionists. The Saudi King would no longer be the "custodian of the two holy mosques" in Mecca and Medina but the "seller of the third holy mosque" of Islam in Jerusalem. The people would kill him and his whole family.

If the issue of this public hustle it is not Jerusalem, what else might it be that the Trump administration wants and the Saudis can not, or are not willing to concede?

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/12/trump-is-bashing-the-saudi-clown-prince-why.html

(A P)

REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON INCLUSION OF YEMEN PROVISIONS IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT

Congressman Lieu authored two provisions that will bring critical congressional oversight to the conflict in Yemen for the first time. Sec. 1265 requires the Departments of Defense and State to report to Congress on whether the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners are abiding by their commitments in Yemen. Sec. 1275 requires the President to submit a detailed report that contains a military and diplomatic strategy for Yemen.

https://lieu.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-lieu-statement-inclusion-yemen-provisions-national-defense-0

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Haley will display missile, other evidence Iran supplying Yemen rebels

The Trump administration is preparing a public display of what it says is evidence that Iran is providing missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen, threatening a key U.S. ally in the region, according to four U.S. officials.

This week, Nikki Haley is set to unveil components of a short-range ballistic missile that Houthi rebels fired into Saudi Arabia at Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., according to the officials.

According to a senior intelligence official, she will also present other evidence of Iran's weapons proliferation and potential violations of UN sanctions, and of Iranian destabilization and threats to U.S. allies.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/mideast/haley-will-display-missile-other-evidence-iran-supplying-yemen-rebels-n828921 and Saudi media of course adopt these reports: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1111901/us%E2%80%99-haley-prove-iran-providing-missiles-yemen%E2%80%99s-houthi-militias

My comment: US propaganda show 2.0: Remember Colin Powell presenting Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in 2003. The political frame is exactly the same.

Comment: So? Yemen has evidence of America supplying Saudi Arabia with over 10,000 American bombs, missiles & cluster bomblets used on Yemeni civilians.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/941169216035713025

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US admits troops are present in Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan

In a semi-annual report it provided to Congress on Monday, the White House aknowledged the presence of hundreds of troops in Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon.

The White House revealed that a “small number of United States military personnel” operate in Yemen against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group but did not specify the exact number.

In fact, Monday’s report concealed the exact number of US troops operating in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Cameroon, in a departure from past practice, most recently in June.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/12/12/us-admits-troops-are-present-in-yemen-lebanon-jordan

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FACT SHEET: ADDITIONAL U.S. ASSISTANCE FOR YEMEN

Today, the United States is announcing nearly $130 million in emergency food assistance to Yemen. This brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen to nearly $768 million since October 2016.

The United States remains gravely concerned about the worsening humanitarian situation in Yemen, where protracted conflict has led to the world's largest food security emergency and the world's worst cholera outbreak. More than 17 million people are at risk of severe hunger or starvation.

The United States remains committed to supporting the people of Yemen and calls on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and re-energize political talks. We also call on all parties to protect civilians, including humanitarian aid workers, who work at great personal risk to deliver life-saving assistance.

https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/dec-12-2017-fact-sheet-additional-us-assistance-yemen

My comment: US perversion and hypocrisy. The background of all this is the heavy political, logistic and supplying support of the US for Saudi Arabia and its allies – by all this making possible this terrible war, which without this US support would have never taken the dimensions it has today.

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Billion Dollar Arms Deals For Saudi Allies, Whose Lobbyists Give Heavily To Congress

Two multi-billion dollar deals were secured for Saudi allies Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. An International Business Times review of federal documents found that those countries are represented in Washington by powerful lobbying firms that have given substantial campaign contributions to politicians tasked with overseeing foreign policy and arms sales.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE have sprawling networks of influence in Washington, but the main power brokers for Bahrain and the UAE are Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and DLA Piper.

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/billion-dollar-arms-deals-saudi-allies-whose-lobbyists-give-heavily-congress

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White House Ratchets Up Yemen Pressure as Catastrophe Deepens

USAID chief says humanitarian disaster is only getting worse

U.S. officials become increasingly critical of Saudi Arabia

The U.S. is ramping up pressure on Saudi Arabia to ease its blockade of Yemen amid fears that the crisis is slipping further into catastrophe and people will lose access to clean drinking water, President Donald Trump’s foreign aid chief said in an interview.

“We’re in a humanitarian catastrophe here, and this is the kind of crisis that does not get better with the passage of time -- it gets much much worse,” Green said in his office at USAID’s headquarters in Washington.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-12/white-house-ratchets-up-yemen-pressure-as-catastrophe-deepens

My comment: And at the same time, the US since almost 3 years Had enabled the Saudis to lead this bloody war and this starving blockade. And there is no word at all relating to this US involvement.

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GOP lawmakers call for Iran sanctions over its role in Yemen

A pair of senior GOP lawmakers are pushing to impose sanctions on Iran for its destabilizing activities in Yemen as the House prepares to vote this week on legislation to crack down on the country’s financing of terrorism.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/364320-gop-lawmakers-call-for-iran-sanctions-over-role-in-yemen

My comment: That’s odd because the Iranian interference is small – even smaller compared to the interference by the US itself.

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Activists handcuffed by NYPD at US mission to UN over Yemen protest

https://www.rt.com/usa/412787-yemen-protest-activists-handcuffed/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Keith Vaz MP: With Saleh dead, the question now turns to what is next for Yemen?

Whatever the outcome of Yemen’s new political drama all parties involved must work tirelessly for the end of this senseless war, says Chair of the APPG for Yemen Keith Vaz.

The Houthi’s, in international opinion are a small mountain dwelling tribe, embarrassing the Saudi regime at every turn. Such a description greatly undersells their military capacity.

Perhaps the most apt comparison for the Saudi’s current situation with Yemen is the relationship between the UK and Ireland 500 years ago. Back then the predominantly Catholic states of Spain and France would look to use Ireland to destabilise the United Kingdom. The Saudi’s made clear they will not accept an Iranian proxy on their border.

The United Kingdom’s policy towards Yemen has been sadly inconsistent and at times non- existent since this conflict began. We must make certain that we now adopt a coherent approach to the conflict and attempt to bring it to an end as soon as possible.

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/foreign-affairs/opinion/house-commons/91444/keith-vaz-mp-saleh-dead-question-now-turns-what

My comment: A largely quite strange article by this MP, in great parts just adopting the Saudi anti-Iranian propaganda narrative.

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Dame Vivienne Westwood designs t-shirt calling for suspension of arm sales

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/news/dame-vivienne-westwood-designs-tshirt-calling-for-suspension-of-arm-sales-36407053.html

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Yemen crisis explained - your questions on the Yemen Crisis Appeal answered

Join our Emergency Response Team by giving a monthly donation so that we can respond as soon as disasters happen.

https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Yemen-Crisis-Explained

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Prosecute Saudi Arabia for Yemen war crimes, rights group urges Britain

Britain should prosecute Saudi-led coalition states for committing ‘war crimes’ in Yemen, human rights campaigners have said. With 130 children dying there every day, the conflict has been described as the “world’s worst humanitarian disaster.”

Pointing out that “any civilian site is considered sacred under the Geneva Conventions and its Protocols,” the campaigners want Britain to intervene and to hold the alleged criminals to account under UK statute.

https://www.rt.com/uk/412878-saudi-war-crimes-yemen/ and http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-8ae3-Human-Rights-for-Yemen-seeks-war-crimes-prosecutions-over-Saudi-atrocities

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Britain urges scrutiny of Hodeidah to stop smuggling of arms under cover of aid shipments

The British foreign secretary also took Iran to task over their missile support for the Houthis rebels

Reporting back to the House of Commons on his three-day trip to the Middle East and Gulf, Mr Johnson said “to prevent further starvation and suffering, it is essential to get supplies flowing through Hodeidah, but to do that we must help to reassure the Saudis and others that that port is not being used to smuggle weaponry and to support those who are attacking civilians.”

He also confirmed that he had made strong representations to the Iran government about their support for the Yemeni rebels

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/britain-urges-scrutiny-of-hodeidah-to-stop-smuggling-of-arms-under-cover-of-aid-shipments-1.683787

My comment: This is totally odd – while Britain sends up to thousand times more arms to the other side of the Yemeni war.

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UK has chance to make a difference in Yemen

There is now a real opportunity for the UK to make a difference. As the country responsible for leading UN Security Council policy on Yemen, the UK needs to put forward a new resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire, an end to the blockade and the start of negotiations towards a peaceful political settlement. Lives hang in the balance, as does Britain’s global reputation – by Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB

https://www.ft.com/content/3b1177c8-db40-11e7-a039-c64b1c09b482

My comment: Britain always had supported one party in this war. Goldring is dreaming.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Iran urges int'l efforts to end Yemen war

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for a collective international effort to end the "nightmare" of war in Yemen, Press TV reported on Wednesday.

Iran is ready to contribute to any efforts towards an immediate cease-fire, delivery of humanitarian aid and an intra-Yemeni dialogue to end the conflict in the country, Zarif said on Wednesday.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/13/c_136823936.htm

(A K P)

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan discuss defense cooperation

Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Aysh on Tuesday met with Pakistani Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir to discuss bilateral ties and defense cooperation.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1207971/saudi-arabia

(B H)

I paid visits to many #Yemen-is living in Jordan. I dicovered that they r living in the same condation that #Yemen-is inside the country living in.

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/940725283581235200

(A H)

Filipinos in Yemen 'safe for now, but in need of assistance'

Around 170 Filipinos in Yemen are safe but are in need of help from the Philippine government as tensions soar in the country

Irene Reyes Versoza, a Filipina nurse at the University of Science and Technology Hospital at Sana’a, said in a phone interview with Rappler that there are still no reported Filipino casualties as government forces clash with rebels in Yemen’s capital.

https://www.rappler.com/nation/191185-filipinos-ofws-yemen-safe-assistance

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Russland zieht Botschaftspersonal aus dem Jemen ab

Russland hat seine diplomatische Vertretung im Jemen aus Sicherheitsgründen vorübergehend geschlossen. "Alle Mitarbeiter der russischen Botschaft haben das Land verlassen", sagte Maria Sacharowa, Sprecherin des Außenministeriums in Moskau am Dienstag der Agentur Interfax zufolge. Der Botschafter und mehrere Diplomaten sollten von der saudi-arabischen Hauptstadt Riad aus arbeiten.

https://deutsch.rt.com/newsticker/62080-russland-zieht-botschaftspersonal-aus-jemen/

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Russia suspends diplomatic presence in Yemen, moves envoy to Riyadh

Russia has suspended its diplomatic presence in Yemen and all its staff have left the country due to the situation in the capital Sanaa, the RIA news agency cited Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Tuesday.

The Russian ambassador to Yemen and some diplomatic staff will be working temporarily out of the Saudi capital Riyadh, the Interfax news agency cited the ministry as saying.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-russia-diplomacy/russia-suspends-diplomatic-presence-in-yemen-moves-envoy-to-riyadh-agencies-idUSKBN1E61WE and by TASS: http://tass.com/politics/980547

and

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Russia evacuates citizens and foreigners from Yemen — diplomat

Russia has suspended diplomatic presence in Yemen and evacuated the embassy’s staff along with 30 Russian and foreign nationals who wanted to flee the hostilities, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

The diplomat pointed out that "Russia’s ambassador to Yemen, who is temporarily staying in Riyadh, will carry on his duty and will keep in touch with Yemen’s legitimate government in exile in Saudi Arabia."
http://tass.com/politics/980785

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Iran evacuates diplomats from Yemen

Iran has evacuated its diplomats from the Yemeni capital of Sana’a and sent them to Oman, Russian news agency Sputnik reported.

The news agency cited a senior source in the Iranian foreign ministry saying that Tehran has evacuated its diplomats because of the increased security risks in Sana’a.

The source, who declined to be named, said the Iranian embassy in Muscat, as the closest Iranian diplomatic centre to Yemen will be responsible for the tasks related to the Iranian embassy in Sana’a.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171207-iran-evacuates-diplomats-from-yemen/

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Care for Yemen: A website from the Netherlands

https://www.facebook.com/YemenNeverBroken/

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Senior Advisor: Iran Supports Political Solution to Yemen Crisis

Senior Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined that his country supports political talks to resolve problems in war-hit Yemen.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran supports adopting a political solution in Yemen but the process of sending humanitarian aid to the country should be accelerated," Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Markus Leitner on Monday.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960921000512

cp12b Libanon / Lebanon

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/libanon-mosaik-lebanon-mosaic-8

wird veröffentlicht am 15. Dez. / to be published Dec. 15

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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US Weapons Sales Fuel Conflict and Instability in Middle East

The same country which insists Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Yemen’s Ansarullah, and Palestine’s Hamas must disarm, its weapons companies now claim more than half of global arms sales, raking in nearly 58 percent or $217 billion of a total $375 billion in profits.

In fact, the United States is the world's top arms trader in the multi-billion-dollar industry, which helps fuel conflict and instability in the Middle East and North Africa.

Considering more than half of SIPRI's top 20 weapons sellers are based in the United States - including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman in the top five - it is clear the US has had a decisive influence on the ongoing regional instability and chaos. On this, the “War on Terror” has become a plot device for politics and profits, not a rational policy, for the warmongers on the Capitol Hill. They are not at all interested in peace because it’s not good for their global weapons business.

But terrorism, failed states, regional conflicts and civil wars are always good for business.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960922001152

My comment: From Iran; a point at which the Iranians simply are right.

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Saudis order more JSOWs

Saudi Arabia has ordered a second, larger consignment of the Raytheon AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) glide bomb in an apparent reflection of its utility in Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) operations over Yemen.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 12 December that it had awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a USD302 million contract to deliver 618 JSOWs for Saudi Arabia. The contract is expected to be completed by June 2022.

This follows a USD180 million contract awarded in July 2015 to deliver 355 JSOWs for Saudi Arabia by April 2018.

http://www.janes.com/article/76346/saudis-order-more-jsows

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Uncertainty shrouds Canadian arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government over an "historic" $12bn-arms deal to Saudi Arabia, with legal experts and human rights watchdogs expressing outrage and calling for its cancellation.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/uncertainty-shrouds-canadian-arms-sales-saudi-arabia-171025203839543.html

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Video: Saudi army and Sudanese mercenaries in Yemen

Video footage has surfaced showing armed forces from Saudi Arabia fighting alongside Sudanese hired mercenaries in the Midi region of western Yemen.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/video-saudi-army-sudanese-mercenaries-yemen/

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

(B E)

'From tree to cup': A Yemeni entrepreneur's coffee dream is brewing

Hussein Ahmed has been CEO of Mocha Hunters in war-ravaged Yemen for over a year. His goal is to make high-quality Yemeni coffee and export it to overseas markets. This sounds like an impossible task considering the Saudi-led coalition's blockade, but Ahmed has already started to sow the seeds of his endeavours.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/coffee-pursuit-happiness-1527513534

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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#AlQaeda #Yemen leader Qasim al-Raymi's 5th lesson on Harthimi's medieval war treatise (photo)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/940940690049130497

cp15 Propaganda

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IRGC Chief: Victory Imminent in Yemen

The Islamic resistance front is going to celebrate a victory in Yemen in the near future, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Thursday.

Addressing an academic conference in Tehran on Thursday, Major General Jafari pointed to the Islamic Revolution’s internal and external areas of activity, saying the Revolution’s external aspect has materialized in the Islamic resistance front.

The Islamic resistance is gaining more victories in a surprisingly way and expanding its influence in the region and the world, the general added.

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/12/14/1601013/irgc-chief-victory-imminent-in-yemen

Remark: This time from Iran.

(A P)

Washington Reiterates its Rejection of Iranian Interference in Yemen

Washington reiterated its unequivocal rejection of Iranian intervention in Yemen and the need for the international community to deal firmly and seriously to stop Tehran’s plans that threaten the security and stability of Yemen and the Gulf.

The meeting focused on the continuing Iranian role in supporting its rebellion against the local will and international resolutions

Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr discussed with US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller on Wednesday the latest developments in the country in the light of recent developments in Sana’a and serious violations committed by the Houthi militias.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1112731/washington-reiterates%C2%A0its-rejection-iranian-interference-yemen

Remark: For Tueller look at cp1.

(A P)

KSrelief implements Entertainment Trip for Recruited Children in Yemen

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) implemented entertainment trip for the children recruited by Houthi militias within the rehabilitation project for recruited children in Yemen.
The trip included visiting Marib Land Park and playing in various games in order to keep the children away from psychological trauma and aggressive behavior.
It is mentioned that the rehabilitation project for recruited children in Yemen rehabilitated 40 Yemeni children in its first stage from the governorates of Marib and Al-Jawf.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1698071

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Yemeni Minister Says Four Journalists Held Hostage by Houthis Died

Earlier this month, the Houthi rebels seized a TV station in Sanaa, holding 41 journalists hostage, including a Sputnik correspondent.

Four journalists from the Yemen Today broadcaster, held hostage for almost two weeks by the Houthi rebels, have died, Yemeni Minister of Information Moammar Eryani said Tuesday, while not naming those deceased.

"Today, the Houthis have transported the Yemen Today journalists held hostage to an unknown place. I do not exclude that it may be preparation for their execution," the minister wrote.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201712121059931440-yemen-journalists-hostages-death/

My comment: meanwhile, they all had been released.

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Yemeni PM accuses Houthis of subservience to Tehran

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr Wednesday accused the Houthi rebel group of "not complying with any political solutions without Iranian consent",

http://en.apa.az/world-news/asia-news/yemeni-pm-accuses-houthis-of-subservience-to-tehran.html

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Yemeni Vice President: Houthis Revoke All Signed Agreements

Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh confirmed that the Houthi militia overturned all the signed agreements and rebelled against them.
During a meeting with German Ambassador to Yemen Hansjorg Haber, the Yemeni Vice President said that the war was not our choice, it was imposed by the Houthi coupists who threatened legitimacy, democracy and safe life in Yemen

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1698094

(A P)

Examining Saudi Arabia’s Leadership Competence

In a nutshell, realistically speaking, when analyzing the larger picture of the Middle East geopolitical chessboard, Saudi Arabia leadership has managed to tip the balance of power in its favor, align many allies on its side, and score a victory by winning the hearts of the majority of the people in the region and beyond, as polls have shown.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/examining-saudi-arabias-leadership-competence_us_5a301f82e4b0cf10effbb0fa

My comment: LOL. Head-chopping is so nice-.

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ANALYSIS: Does the Middle East’s stability hinge on Iran’s expulsion?

As developments across the Middle East continue to signal landmark breakthroughs in the near future, Iran is resorting to desperate measures to safeguard a fading role.

While standard viewpoints and common sense lead us to the conclusion that certain measures signal Iran’s strengths, this piece is meant to argue otherwise. Iran, nowadays, is forced to choose between bad and worse.

Wreaking endless havoc in Yemen and creating obstacles one after another in the Syria talks are Iran’s agenda. In response, a strong and united international effort is needed to confront Tehran’s ambitions and deter it back once and for all.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/12/04/ANALYSIS-Does-the-Middle-East-s-stability-hinge-on-Iran-s-expulsion-.html

My comment: Iran “wreaking endless havoc in Yemen“?? What a foolness is this, looking at the Saudi endless havoc air raids in Yemen? The stupidity of Saudi propaganda seems to be endless.

(A P)

Presidential advisor says Houthis radicalize army units

Presidential Advisor Mohammed al-AMeri said the Houthis are using the radicalizing army units and tribesmen to become violent militants, in implementation of an Iranian agenda set for the Islamist Shiit violent group.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-13613

(A P)

Iran's weak hand exposed by ongoing developments in Yemen

The killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the Iran-backed Houthi militias was Tehran’s latest desperate measure to save face in a war it’s losing. If Iran enjoyed the upper hand in Yemen, matters could have been resolved with talks from a demanding position.

For years, Iran has pursued a campaign aimed at taking full control over the strategically-located country of Yemen.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/irans-weak-hand-exposed-by-ongoing-developments-in-yemen/article/2643260

My comment: US media are flooded with odd anti-Iranian propaganda, widely using the “Iran in Yemen” propaganda story.

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Yemeni Prime Minister meets with GCC Envoy to Yemen

Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr met here today with Envoy of Secretary General of GCC countries to Yemen.
During the meeting, the Yemeni Prime Minister affirmed that the prominent role and the great response of the coalition countries, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to declare Determination Storm to restore the legitimacy in Yemen.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1697673 and more http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2668813&Language=en

My comment: Bombing the country to ruins and killing is so fine!!

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VP in his meeting with US CENTCOM Commander, confirms that the Legitimacy backed by Coalition countries is continuing in terminating the coup & combating terrorism, & expresses the desire of political leadership to enhance the Military cooperation to stop Iranian terrorism acts. (photo)

https://twitter.com/alimohsnalahmar/status/939588062820040704

My comment: Again: The US is a wariing party in Yemen.

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In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat in London, Col. Thomas reviewed the military operations overseen or conducted by the US Central Command in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
He explained that the US was not involved in any way in the civil war in Yemen, adding that his country had three missions there: “The first is to fight Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula; the second to combat the Yemeni ISIS, the fighters of which are estimated to be hundreds, mostly Yemenis; and the third task is to support Saudi Arabia in protecting its borders, including protecting it from missiles fired at Saudi cities.”
“We have a small team in Riyadh that supports the Saudis in protecting their borders through the exchange of intelligence information,” Thomas said.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1110791/us-army-fight-qaeda-syria-even-after-isis-defeat

My comment: “the US was not involved in any way in the civil war in Yemen“: LOL. This statement is ridiculous. They are much more involved than Iran for instance.

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Yemen's Houthis believed to have moved Iran missile expert's corpse across Sanaa

Yemen's Houthi rebels are believed to have secretly moved the corpse of an Iranian missile expert killed in an air strike across the capital on Tuesday after coming under pressure from Tehran to send his body back home.

The expert was killed on Sunday in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on Nehem, an area in the district of Arhab, east of Sanaa.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-s-houthis-believed-to-have-moved-iran-missile-expert-s-corpse-across-sanaa-1.683785

(A P)

Repackaging Trump’s Iran Strategy

The Trump administration has articulated a much-needed strategy designed to pressure and contain the Islamic Republic of Iran’s malign regional influence, which spreads throughout Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. While reducing Iran’s imprint and leverage throughout the Middle East is indeed imperative for regional stability, the Trump administration’s methods and means will not prove successful because its strategy is zero sum against Tehran and a perpetuation of the traditional American approach to dealing with the Islamic Republic. Resuscitating US containment policy will not result in concessions or see an Iranian retreat.

https://www.hoover.org/research/repackaging-trumps-iran-strategy

My comment: Trump too soft against Iran? This piece rally is warmongering propaganda.

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Opinion: Ali Abdullah Saleh’s death and Iran’s growing power

The Houthis’ power in Yemen is growing, thanks to the support that Iran provides, and especially with the conclusion of the nuclear deal with it.

The other option is negotiation with Houthis. In this case, Arabs must emphasize that Iran’s intervention by supporting Houthis is a form of incitement and civil war-mongering in another country, which falls under the prohibition of the use of force against another state, according to the United Nations Charter.

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/2/36521/Opinion-Ali-Abdullah-Saleh%E2%80%99s-death-and-Iran%E2%80%99s-growing-power

My comment: The Houthis’ power already is shrinking. – Iranian intervention in Yemen is “a form of incitement and civil war-mongering in another country”, while the Saudi / UAE / coalition, US and UK intervention is not???? And: “Arabs must emphasize”, this phrase includes foreign interference in Yemen. In Yemen, just “Yemenis must” do anything.

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Yemen Human Rights Ministry Files List of Houthi Crimes to UN Rights Commissioner

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced on Monday that it has sent a report of Houthi militia violations in the capital Sanaa to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein.
The ministry of the legitimate government sent a memo that included a preliminary list of crimes and violations committed by the Houthis against the Yemeni people in general and leaders and members of the General People’s Congress in particular,

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1110026/yemen-human-rights-ministry-files-list-houthi-crimes-un-rights-commissioner

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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All Saudi coalition air raids in Yemen, maps, Dec. 6 to 12

Dec. 6: http://www.lcrdye.org/2017/12/06/%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85%D9%86-49/#prettyPhoto/0/

Dec. 7: http://www.lcrdye.org/2017/12/07/%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85%D9%86-50/#prettyPhoto/0/

Dec. 8: http://www.lcrdye.org/2017/12/09/%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85%D9%86-51/#prettyPhoto/0/

Dec. 9: http://www.lcrdye.org/2017/12/09/%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85%D9%86-52/#prettyPhoto/0/

Dec. 10: http://www.lcrdye.org/2017/12/12/%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85%D9%86-53/#prettyPhoto/0/

Dec. 11: http://www.lcrdye.org/2017/12/12/%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85%D9%86-54/#prettyPhoto/0/

Dec. 12: https://twitter.com/LCRDye/status/940953402372222977

(A K PH)

Aggression kills two civilians in Taiz

Two civilians were killed on Wednesday in a hostile US-Saudi aggression raid in Taiz province.
A local official told Saba that the aggression warplanes targeted a car in Shameer area in the district of Shameer in the province.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481663.htm

(A K PH)

Two citizens killed, six injured in Saudi airstrike on Saada

At least two citizens were killed and six others wounded when an airstrike by the Saudi aggression warplanes targeted a car of a citizen in Saada province on Wednesday.
A security official told Saba that the aggressive raid targeted the citizen’s car on the road between Qutaber district and Munabeh district.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481638.htm and film https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/vb.1127621230602273/1739309646100092/?type=2&theater = https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/941059662174187525

(A K PH)

4 civilians injured in US-Saudi airstrike on road in Saada

Four citizens were injured on Wednesday morning by the US-Saudi aggression coalition airstrike on a public road in the area of Farwa in Saada province, a security official told Saba.
The victims were targeted while travelling in a car on the highway.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481601.htm

(* A K PH)

11 civilians killed in US– Saudi airstrike on road in Taiz

A total of 11 citizens were killed overnight when a US-Saudi aggression warplane targeted a car travelling on a regular road in southern province of Taiz, a local source told Saba on Wednesday.
The air strike hit the car in Kam area, Maqbana directorate.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481602.htm and films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz6UG3uQxp0 = https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/941027658959335425 and second film https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/vb.1127621230602273/1739340039430386/?type=2&theater = https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/941067477554991104 and third film https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/941064540535558145

(** A K)

Mindestens 30 Tote bei Luftangriffen auf Gefangenenlager im Jemen

Bei Luftangriffen des von Saudi-Arabien geführten Militärbündnisses sind im Jemen am Mittwoch mindestens 30 Menschen getötet und dutzende weitere verletzt worden. Ein von den Huthi-Rebellen geführtes Gefangenenlager in der Hauptstadt Sanaa sei getroffen worden, berichtete der Fernsehsender Al-Massira, der von Aufständischen kontrolliert wird. Wie viele der Opfer Gefangene waren, war zunächst unklar.

Vor Sonnenaufgang habe das Militärbündnis insgesamt sieben Angriffe auf ein Lager geflogen, dass von der den Huthi-Rebellen unterstellten Militärpolizei kontrolliert wird, berichtete der Rebellen-Sender. Ein AFP-Fotograf berichtete, dass Gebäude und Fahrzeuge auf dem Gelände beschädigt wurden.

Laut einem Wachmann begannen die Angriffe gegen 01.00 Uhr morgens. Eine erste Bombe sei in einem Trakt eingeschlagen, in dem sich Häftlinge befunden hätten. Als diese versucht hätten zu fliehen, sei das Gebäude erneut voll getroffen worden, sagte der Wachmann. Rund 180 Gefangene befanden sich laut Al-Massira in dem Lager. Die meisten seien an der "Kriegsfront" im Jemen festgenommen worden.

https://www.afp.com/de/nachrichten/2523/mindestens-30-tote-bei-luftangriffen-auf-gefangenenlager-im-jemen-doc-v48i53 = https://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/mindestens-30-tote-luftangriffen-gefangenenlager-jemen-140537123.html

(** A K PH)

1st LD: 92 prisoners killed, injured in fresh US-Saudi airstrikes on Sanaa

At least 92 prisoners were killed and injured when the US-Saudi coalition warplanes hit a police prison in downtown the capital Sanaa early on Wednesday, police officials and medics told Saba.
The enemy warplanes launched more than seven airstrikes on the prison of the Criminal Investigation Unit in the densely populated neighborhood of Shaoub in the centre of the old city of Sanaa.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481596.htm

and photos: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1754799168149403 = https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1754803274815659

and films: https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/941032570288070656 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HmYWAb-8A4 = https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/videos/1754873301475323/ = https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/941025654736343040 and by Ruptly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYeer8H_QiY

(** A K)

At least 39 Yemenis dead in Saudi-led raid on police camp in Sanaa: official

Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck a military police camp in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people and wounding 90 more, including some prisoners, an official and witnesses said.

One official in the camp said the coalition aircraft had launched seven raids on the camp, located in the eastern part of Sanaa, where some 180 prisoners were being held.

The official said rescue teams had pulled out 35 bodies from the rubble, while the rest were not accounted for.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/at-least-39-yemenis-dead-in-saudi-led-raid-on-police-camp-in-sanaa-official-idUSKBN1E7125?rpc=401&

(* A K PH)

National Committee 4 POWs Affairs: "targeting prisoners came after several visits by #RedCross & some international human rights organizations2the building" "it Was clear that this building is intended4detention of #POWs"

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/941000900901871616

(** A K)

Strikes kill 30 in rebel-run Yemen prison: rebel TV

An AFP photographer saw rebel fighters carrying away bodies from the rubble of heavily damaged buildings.

One of the guards, Mohammed al-Aqel, said the strikes had begun at 1:00 am (2200 GMT Tuesday).

He said a first strike had damaged one wing of the jail, prompting some of the prisoners to try to escape, but it was then almost flattened by a second strike.

Three further strikes damaged two other prison buildings and the perimeter wall, Aqel added.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5174485/Strikes-kill-12-rebel-run-Yemen-prison-camp-rebel-TV.html

(* A K)

Yemen war: Air strikes on rebel prison in Sanaa 'kill 30'

The Houthis' Al-Masirah TV put the death toll at 30 and said all of those who died were prisoners.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42338359

(* A K)

Film: 51 killed as Saudi warplanes target Yemeni provinces

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=56&v=U40GvWWD90g

(** A K)

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition kills 39 in Sana’a strike

The Saudi-led coalition executed air strikes on a police camp in the Houthi-controlled capital Sana’a today, killing 39 and injuring more than 90, Reuters reported.

The Houthis had held 180 Yemeni governmental forces as prisoners in the police camp located in eastern Sana’a.

Hussain Al-Bukhaiti, a Sana’a based journalist reported that in total six air strikes stuck the police station, around midnight (photos)

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171213-yemen-saudi-led-coalition-kills-39-in-sanaa-strike/

and what pro-Saudi coalition propaganda makes of it:

(A P)

Al-Houthi Militias Put Southern Captives in Range of Fire of the Arab Ally Air Forces in Sanaa

Why did the militias secure their troops in safe places and leave those captive in range of fire? Or was it a type of cheap trade with the blood of those southern captives?

http://en.smanews.org/al-houthi-militias-put-southern-captives-in-range-of-fire-of-the-arab-ally-air-forces-in-sanaa

My comment: The Houthis are blamed even for Saudi air raids… And, it was well known BEFORE that the captives were kept at this place, and the Saudis bombed it by intention.

(* A K PH)

24 killed as Saudi warplanes target three Yemeni provinces

At least two dozen people have been killed and over 80 others wounded as Saudi fighter jets step up airstrikes against the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, and other cities.

Early on Wednesday, Saudi jets targeted the headquarters of Yemen’s military police in the Shu’aub district of Sana’a, killing 12 people and injuring 80 others, Yemen’s al-Masirah TV reported.

The report said the aircraft had carried out seven rounds of bombings against the facility. It identified some of the casualties as prisoners held as part of criminal investigations.

Separately, Saudi planes pounded Sahar District in the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada, injuring four civilians. One of the casualties later died of the injuries.

A Saudi strike also hit a vehicle in Maqbanah District of the southwestern Yemeni province of Ta’izz, leaving 11 people dead.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/13/545433/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Sanaa-UN-USAID

(A K)

The #Saudi-led coalition is dropping leaflets over Sana'a calling for an uprising against the al Houthi movement and that the coalition will be coming to liberate Sana'a soon

https://twitter.com/MaherFarrukh/status/940559596783054849

(* A K PH)

Saudi warplanes strike civilian targets in Sana’a

Saudi military aircraft have pounded Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, killing three civilians and injuring two more.

The attacks struck the al-Rawzah neighborhood in the north of Sana’a early Tuesday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported.

It said the bombardment targeted the residential buildings surrounding the Cadet College in the capital.

Saudi warplanes also hit a residence in Razah District of Sa’ada Province in Yemen’s northwest twice.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/12/545319/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Sanaa-Saada-UN-US

(* A K PH)

Saudi warplanes kill at least 14 people in north, south Yemen

Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported on Monday that earlier in the day Saudi warplanes had launched a number of airstrikes on Hamli neighborhood in Moze district of the southwestern province of Ta'izz that led to the killing of at least six civilians after their vehicles were hit by the aerial aggression.

The report added that later in the day, eight other civilians also lost their lives after Saudi fighter jets bombarded an educational center in Kataf district in the northwestern province of Sa'ada.

The report further said that Saudi warplanes had conducted multiple airstrikes against the Yemeni provinces of Jawf, Shabwah, Sana’a and Hajjah since morning, the possible casualties of which were not reported yet.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/11/545272/Yemen-Saudi-Taizz-Saada-airstrike-UN-cholera and photo of car: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1753645531598100/?type=3

(A K PH)

Used technique solar energy in a limited number of farms in Yemen, due to high cost, and today the aggression was targeted a system solar energy of a water Wells in Hajjah province by air raid.

https://twitter.com/m_almoayed/status/940636374289604608

(A K PH)

Film: Aggression targets historic landmark Baqam Sa'ada 12-12-2017

https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/940676338624671744 = https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/941040683967590401

(* A K PH)

Saudi warplanes target a hospital in world’s worst humanitarian crisis: Yemen

The Yemeni hospital based in Hayss Al-Refi District, southern Hudayah Governorate, has been ruthlessly bombarded by the Saudi-led coalition.

The humanitarian violation led to the complete demolition of the hospital in addition to killing a number of patients receiving treatment inside, local source reported to YemenExtra.

At least two air raids were conducted by the US-backed coalition, which have claimed the lives of patients and destroying several rooms and as well as the medicine store, source confirmed (photos)

http://www.yemenextra.net/2017/12/11/saudi-warplanes-target-a-hospital-in-worlds-worst-humanitarian-crisis-yemen/ and more photos https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1584277478291943

and more:

(* A K PH)

Pictures showing the effects of the destruction caused by the air raids in the past two days on the # hospital _his_rive and nearby, which killed more than 10 people between the martyr and wounded patients and hospital staff and citizens.

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1754451518184168

(* A K PH)

Aggression kills six civilians in Sa'ada

Six civilians were killed on Monday in a US-Saudi aggression airstrike in the district of Kutaf in Sa'ada province.
A local official said to Saba that the US-Saudi aggression coalition warplanes hit the Educational Complex in the district, killing the six civilians in an initial toll.
The official said the Educational Complex in Kutaf is used to distribute food relief to citizens.
Meanwhile, the US-Saudi aggression warplanes waged five airstrikes, targeting two houses, health facility and an agricultural farm in al-Qad, al-Ali and Bani Sayah areas in the border district of Razeh, the official said. The airstrikes caused huge damage to the areas

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481503.htm and photos at https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1754296738199646

and

(* A K PH)

Film: Aggression destroys the Educational Complex at the Directorate of Kataf in Saada 12-12-2017

Within the systematic targeting of the educational process targeted the aggression three raids of the educational complex in the Directorate of Kataf in Saada, the site of six martyrs of the citizens and destroyed the building

https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/940650755161288709

(A P)

More air raids reported on:

Dec. 13:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481664.htm Hodeidah prov.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481635.htm Serwah, Marib prov.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481633.htm Saqain, Saada prov.

Dec. 12:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481569.htm Hajjah city, Hajjah prov.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481570.htm Sanaa prov.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481571.htm Serwah, Marib prov.

(* A K P)

Film: Scenes for the new #US-#Saudi two massacres in Saada province in #Yemen, one in Sahar district and the other in Razeh district, and both resulted in 23 martyrs

https://www.facebook.com/nafisa.alharazi/videos/vb.576227789/10155910903652790/?type=2&theater

Remark: Addition to air raid on Dec. 9, reported YPR 366.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1c

(A K PH)

Saudi-paid mercenaries pounded civilians' houses and their properties in different areas in Serwah, Marib province, causing huge damage in the area.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481571.htm and the sama a day later http://www.sabanews.net/en/news481635.htm

(A K PH)

Yemeni snipers kill 19 Saudi troopers, mercenaries in retaliatory attacks

Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have shot dead 19 Saudi troops and pro-Saudi militiamen loyal to resigned Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Najran.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/12/545387/Yemeni-snipers-kill-19-Saudi-troopers-mercenaries-in-retaliatory-attacks

(unrated B K P)

Audio: A SWING AND A MISS IN SAUDI ARABIA

Jeffrey and Aaron discuss the CNS OSINT teams investigation of the missile attack on the Riyadh airport that appeared in the New York Times.

https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/1204533/a-swing-and-a-miss-in-saudi-arabia/

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(B)

Film: Yemen - A Flowers Garden For Spreading Peace In Al-Nar, Taiz

http://arab24.com/portal/index.php/en/stories/north-africa/2017-09-05-06-26-68/item/9214-yemen-a-flowers-garden-for-spreading-peace-in-al-nar-taiz

(* C)

Guardian editorial from 1967: Who fights whom in the Yemen?

12 December 1967:The old confrontation between the revolutionary and the traditional in the Arab world is entering a new round. This time the field of operations is larger than the Yemen Republic

The old confrontation between the revolutionary and the traditional in the Arab world is entering a new round. This time the field of operations is larger than the Yemen Republic. The departure of the British from South Yemen and the stepping up of the Cairo-inspired revolution in the Gulf has extended the battlefield to cover all Arabia.

The two sides are not unevenly matched. Against the revolutionary cause stands not only reaction, and the Americans (who are against Russian influence rather than social progress), and oil wealth, but local nationalism, of the kind which made the Egyptians so unpopular in Yemen. In the least enviable position of all are the British, in their newly enlarged bases in the Gulf. Here we are going to be up against revolution and nationalism at the same time.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/12/yemen-saudi-arabia-egypt-editorial-guardian-1967

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Chasing Yemen-Stories

I am today in Cairo for sometime, weeks, months, years - can’t confirm. It depends on many things which I’ll save explaining in other blog posts.
For now, I am in Cairo to be closer to Yemen and be part of the growing, forced-to-be-so, Yemeni diaspora community in Egypt - many of them are Yemeni activists, journalists and politicians. Despite the new political reality in Egypt, Cairo has been for many decades a crucial hub for events influencing Yemen.
My plan is to report from here as much as possible whether through Sana’a Review or/and the different media outlets I work with as a freelancer. My aim is to understand, analyze and write as Yemen’s new modern history is unfolding dramatically before our eyes.
As atrocities are committed across Yemen by all warring sides, instead of weeping, I will use my peaceful resistance tool and fight through writing – by Afrah Nasser

http://afrahnasser.blogspot.de/2017/12/haunting-yemen-stories.html

(-)

Love in the Time of War, Famine and Cholera: Stories from Yemen

The war has brought about new practices during wedding celebrations. Some are destructive, such as firing live rounds, using sound grenades or including armored vehicles in the celebrations. Many in the community have criticized these practices, due to the danger that it poses to civilians. Some justify these practices, saying “what is important is that we are able to celebrate, and if that achieves it then we will continue to do it, and no one can stop it”. Despite these justifications, continued pressures from the community have reduced these practices, especially due to the presence of security authorities in liberated areas.

https://www.almadaniyamag.com/english/2017/12/10/love-in-the-time-of-war-famine-and-cholera-stories-from-yemen

(*B)

AN AUDIENCE WITH THE TYRANT OF YEMEN

I actually met Ali Abdullah Saleh in December 2006, when I was president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

I was part of a small delegation of American “experts” invited by the Yemeni Chamber of Commerce to offer policy and institutional ideas to make Yemen more business-friendly, transparent, and attractive to direct foreign investment. We delivered a series of presentations in the capital city of Sana’a and in the port city of Aden.

This was a “lost cause” due to the imbedded corruption and rent-seeking spiders’ web of manipulative connections between Yemeni politicians, bureaucrats, and private sector special interest groups that crushed almost all competition, innovation, and consumer-benefitting improvement. The country is also one of the most orthodox Muslim countries on the Arabian Peninsula, which results in another layer of rigidity and intolerance to most change. Not surprisingly, Yemen was plagued with pervasive poverty long before the destruction of the current civil war between competing political factions wanting the power to plunder others for their own purposes – by Richard M. Ebeling

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/audience-tyrant-yemen/

My comment: A strange article by a Western “superiority” blockhead.

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-366-yemen-war-mosaic-366

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-366 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-366:

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/

11:43 14.12.2017
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