Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 404 - Yemen War Mosaic 404

Yemen Press Reader 404: 14.4.2018: Zahl der Kriegsopfer – Unsichere Stellung von "Präsident" Hadi – Jemen, ein gescheiterter Staat – u. a. m.
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April 14: The total of civilian victims of war – Role of president Hadi in doubt – Yemen, a failed state – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

Für wen das Thema ganz neu ist / Who is new to the subject

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

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

Für wen das Thema ganz neu ist / Who is new to the subject

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Einführende Artikel u. Überblicke für alle, die mit den Ereignissen im Jemen noch nicht vertraut sind, hier:

Yemen War: Introductory articles, overviews, for those who are still unfamiliar with the Yemen war here:

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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#Yemen war: Why does the much-quoted UN statistic of 10,000 deaths never seem to increase? @YemenData documents 16,847 air raids by the #Saudi-led coalition from 3/2015 to 3/2018 (with 423 this March) & @MSF received over 97,000 emergency patients in 1st 3 months of 2017 alone (images)

My comment: This is a very important point. It seems, the UN (and western politics and media of course) want to keep the numbers of victims low, for political reasons. Saudi Arabia is an important payer fort he UN, and relentless threatening and blackmailing the UN if it does not obey. And it’s a Western ally, of course.

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As divisions grow, role of Yemen's Hadi in doubt

after three years of gilded exile in Riyadh, whose military coalition has yet to roll back his Huthi rebel rivals, President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi is increasingly seen as a marginal figure -- and even by some as an obstacle to peace.

Now entering its fourth year, the coalition has shown signs of internal division, with some questioning the utility of Hadi to their cause.

Hadi is the embodiment of Yemen's internationally recognised government.

While the United Nations has since recognised Hadi as Yemen's president, that has not fazed the Huthis or even coalition member the United Arab Emirates, which in recent months torpedoed Hadi's authority in the southern port city of Aden.

The tensions with the southern separatists, and ever-present threats from Al-Qaeda and Islamic State group jihadists, mean Hadi's ministers cannot govern from the city they once declared their temporary capital.

The spokesman of the Hadi government, Rajeh Badi, told AFP "the majority of ministers are spending the bulk of their time in Aden".

But most of those ministers are from Yemen's formerly independent south. Ministers who hail from northern Yemen work mainly from Riyadh.

But Yemeni political circles are increasingly looking for a way out -- floating a Plan B -- aimed at fostering a political process in the war-torn country.

Hadi would keep his "ceremonial" role as the head of state, but in effect be replaced by a political figure from the north -- an executive vice-president capable of negotiating an accord with the northern Huthi rebels.

"Hadi will inevitably remain a key figure in the process solely by virtue of his position as Yemen's internationally recognised president and head of Yemen's internationally precognized government," said Adam Baron, a fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. et en Francais:

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Chaotic Yemen: The Deconstruction of a Failed State and Regional Interferences

Yemen’s collapse derives from a combination of internal rivalries between elites, rising demands of a poor population, and international interventions, both from the neo-liberal international financiers and the politically-motivated actors in support or opposition to the internal rival factions.

Yemen remains in the grip of its most severe crisis ever: the civil war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdu Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Saudi-led coalition on the one side and those of the alliance between the Huthi rebel movement and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh on the other has devastated the country. Chaos is an appropriate term to describe the current situation in a turbulent region in the world. With no immediate prospects for the stable, peaceful, and democratic state that the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators called for during the 2011 uprisings, what went wrong? Why is there no prospect even of an internationally brokered plan to help end hostilities, let alone peace? Conflicts were due to a combination of internal rivalries between elites, rising demands of an increasingly impoverished population, international interventions from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Western states as well as neo-liberal financiers.(1) On 12 July 2017, the United Nations Special Envoy told the Security Council that, “The situation in Yemen remains extremely grave. The intensity of the conflict increases day after day … The humanitarian situation is appalling… The country is not suffering from a single emergency but a number of complex emergencies, which have affected more than 20 million people and whose scale and effect will be felt long after the end of the war.”(2) The United Nations has also declared the spread of cholera in Yemen the worst ever recorded worldwide. There are now over 300 000 suspected cases and over 1,700 have died as a result of the epidemic. Fourteen million people are food insecure, of whom almost 7 million are at risk of famine.

This paper probes into the main causes behind the disintegration of the Yemeni state established in 1990. Early promises were dashed by a succession of problems culminating in the 2011 uprisings, the failed transition of 2012-14,(3) the Huthi takeover of Sana’a, their alliance with Saleh and the intervention of the Saudi-led coalition. It also deconstructs the rationale behind the events, which led to the collapse of the Yemeni state, as well as the reasons why the international military intervention, starting in 2015, has ensured the longer duration of the war, and its catastrophic consequences for the population.

This paper has provided a rapid sketch of the events which have led to the disintegration of Yemen. Fundamentally, the collapse is due to a combination of internal rivalries between elites, the rising demands of a population which has experienced increased hardship, and the impact of international interventions, both from the neo-liberal international financiers and the politically-motivated actors in support or opposition to the internal rival factions.

The current war shares some characteristics with the Lebanese Civil War with different external actors attempting to use local factions to pursue international rivalries. Yemenis suffer the consequences to a nightmarish extent. A small ray of hope is emerging in early 2018 with the appointment of a new Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General as well as the presence in the UNSC of members who are committed to bring this war to an end. This window of opportunity, however, will demand major transformations of the current UNSC resolutions, as well as a new complex and sophisticated approach involving many actors currently excluded from the official negotiating process. This will not be an easy process and success is by no means guaranteed, particularly in view of the complicating international dimension of Saudi-Iranian rivalry – by Helen Lackner

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Diphtheria outbreak kills 84 in Yemen: WHO

A diphtheria outbreak has killed 84 people in war-torn Yemen since late October, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday.

In a statement, the UN agency said some 1,516 suspected cases of diphtheria have been registered in 20 of Yemen’s 23 provinces.
It listed Ibb and al-Hodeidah provinces in central and western Yemen as the hardest-hit by the disease.

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Film: Yemen – Houthi Members Dissent In Hodeidah And Join The Yemeni Army

Dozens of fighters in the Houthis ranks in the province of Hodeidah, west of Yemen joined the Yemeni army forces, which called all the members who are still fighting in the ranks of the Houthis to quickly join the Yemeni government forces. Leaders of the Yemeni army forces stressed that they will happily receive all those escaping the Houthi forces. This comes in conjunction with the great victories achieved by the Yemeni army on different fronts of fighting in Yemen. =

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The field monitoring team have registered 48,463 cases of civilians’ abuse in Taiz Governorate, south-west Yemen.

My comment: By a Hadi government associated organization.

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Film: The Heat: Yemen war

To discuss the war in Yemen:

Radhya Almutawakel is the chairperson of the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights.

Sama’a Al-Hamdani is a Yemen political affairs commentator.

Fahad Nazer is a columnist for Arab News.

Stephen Seche is a former U.S. ambassador to Yemen and currently the executive vice president of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

Remark: “Arab News” is a Saudi media, Fahad Nazer is a Saudi mouthpiece.

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Some Dead Children Count More Than Others

Unfortunately the courts are an instrument of power and control for the 1%, not an impartial resort for justice, so I fear CAAT will not succeed despite the fact their case is undeniably correct.

Part of the British Government’s defence is the close military support it gives to Saudi Arabia, which it claims minimises civilian deaths (it plainly does no such thing).

Yemeni dead children very seldom make in into the mainstream media, whereas Syrian children do. But not all Syrian children – those children killed by the jihadist head-choppers the West and its Saudi allies have armed, funded and “advised” do not make the corporate and state media either. Only children allegedly – and the word needs repeating, allegedly – gassed by the Syrian armed forces are apparently worth our attention.

If we really attack because we care about the children, we would be attacking Saudi Arabia to halt its atrocities in Yemen. Instead we are allying with Saudi Arabia

My comment: Western double standards, western politics and media are 100 % morally degenerated.

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Yemen’s Houthis control 100 miles of Saudi Arabia’s territory

The Houthi armed group control a large swath of territory inside Saudi Arabia, The New Khalijhas reported, however the kingdom has not mentioned this publically.

“The real story is about a cover-up of Saudi military embarrassment and the imminent risk of wider conflict from which Iran, at little cost to itself, will only profit,” Simon Henderson, Baker Fellow and Director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Programme at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy said.

“The Houthis effectively control a strip of Saudi territory several miles deep along the border, from opposite the city of Jizan eastwards to Najran – we are talking about 100 square miles of the kingdom, possibly more,” he added.

“There is some debate whether the land can be described as occupied or not, and occasionally the Saudi military makes forays into it, but essentially it serves as a launching area for Houthi attacks on Saudi military positions and border towns,” Henderson continued.

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West using Saudi Arabia for own political agendas: Analyst

Press TV has talked to Catherine Shakdam, director of Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, as well as Jihad Mouracadeh, political commentator and Middle East expert.

Shakdam believes the Saudi crown prince is going on a global tour in an attempt to buy some “good political will” in the West, adding that he is trying to present himself as the best choice possible for the future of Saudi Arabia.

She went on to say that bin Salman is seeking to win allegiances so that his rule in Saudi Arabia will continue “unchallenged.”

“I think this is clearly working because apparently when human rights violations are committed or atrocious war crimes are committed in Yemen or in other places for that matter, one only has to buy a few million worth of weapons from Western capitals to make it go away … This is the reality of politics today, is that human life is worth nothing, when it comes to capitalism and making more money who cares who dies along the way just as long as this is not their own people because of course when something happens in France or people die in France, it is actually worthy of outrage, when it comes to the Middle East and a few Muslims, who cares. This has been the policy for decades now,” she said (with film)

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Millions Dying as UN’s Humanitarian Assistance Remains A Daunting Challenge in Yemen

The United Nations, which is battling some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, still remains desperately focused on one of its equally daunting undertakings: how to send humanitarian aid to the besieged nation of Yemen.

About 75 percent of Yemen’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million children who cannot survive without it. At least 60 percent of Yemenis don't have enough to eat, and 16 million people do not have safe water and proper sanitation. Many more can't get basic health services.

Worse still, hunger and disease are also on the rise for people with no food access, utilization, availability, quality and sustainability in all of the country. The horrific tally of the conflict’s devastation reflects only what we know. In reality, the situation is worse. UN agencies do not have full humanitarian access to some of the hardest hit communities. In many, they cannot even assess their needs.

It should be clear by now that if UN aid agencies cannot gain greater access and the Saudi airstrikes do not subside, the cost in lives will be incalculable.

At any rate, International Humanitarian Law, the UN Charter, and the laws of war are clear: Saudi Arabia has no right to shut down land, air and sea routes into Yemen. Due to the criminal blockade, millions are relying on food rations from the World Food Program and other aid groups, and if the Saudis prevent these humanitarian programs, they can and should be held to account at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

For one thing, The Hague should also hold the United States government to account because the US is providing support to the Saudi bombing campaign and blockade.

To be sure, almost everything the US has done in Yemen over the last three years has been wrong.

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In Yemen, only fatigue of conflict will bring parties to peace talks

My comment: the headline is promising more than the articlr can keep. Houthi missiles and Iran again.

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Iran’s Priorities in a Turbulent Middle East

Divergent views of Iran’s ambitions are driving proxy wars from Syria to Yemen. To stop disastrous direct confrontation, it is crucial to close the perception gap and that Iran and its adversaries take mutual steps toward de-escalating tensions.

What’s new? Iran is a rising power in the Middle East, having exploited opportunities arising from the U.S. invasion of Iraq and wars in Syria and Yemen. But where the Islamic Republic’s enemies see a grasping would-be empire, its own strategists see an embattled state redressing historical wrongs.

Why does it matter? On several fronts, from Syria to Yemen, tensions between Iran and its foes are heightening. In the overheated atmosphere of mutual mistrust and demonisation, even a miscalculation could easily plunge a region already in flames into wider conflagration.


The debate in Tehran about how best to serve the imperatives of Iran’s national security funnels through a consensual decision-making process that is quite effective in devising tactical responses to regional developments, but slow in strategic about-faces. With a worldview formed in the traumatising crucible of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, positioned in a region engulfed in the chaos of failing or failed states, and faced with more heavily armed adversaries, Iranian leaders – regardless of their various political inclinations – firmly subscribe to the country’s strategic doctrine, which is based on its asymmetric military capabilities and support for regional allies, including armed non-state actors.

A change in Tehran’s strategic doctrine likely will require regional and extra-regional stakeholders engaging Iran in a contentious but necessary discussion of a future regional security architecture. The nuclear negotiations, which constituted the only example in nearly forty years of a major turnaround in Iranian policies, illustrate the utility of an approach that combines pressure and realistic engagement.

In contrast, efforts that focus exclusively on aggressively pushing back against Iran are likely to prompt the leadership to double down on their current approach; likewise, endeavours that exacerbate regional conflicts are liable to give Iran new opportunities to exploit chaos. To break the current vicious circle, Iran’s foes ought to recognise its legitimate security concerns; for its part, Iran will need to take steps demonstrating its preparedness to live up to responsibilities that come with the regional stature to which it aspires, notably respect for state sovereignty; and global as well as regional actors should work toward a broader, more inclusive security architecture. The alternative can only be more chaos and more bloodshed in the region.

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The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen


Flowers: Our program this afternoon is centered on the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.

We have a very impressive lineup of speakers today who will help us unpack these issues. I’m sure they’re going to discuss everything from the Saudi Arabian-led port blockades to the worst cholera outbreak we’ve seen in history. And to start our dialogue, we will hear from David Miliband, who’s the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.

ALTERMAN: And in terms of U.S. government response, the U.K. government response, there’s a statement on the website attributed to you that talks about how the U.K. and U.S. governments are complicit in what’s happening in Yemen. What do you think the role of the United States and the U.K. needs to be in moving this to a different place?

MILIBAND: Well, I think that’s, in a way, clear. The U.S. and the U.K. have signed on with the rest of the Security Council to Resolution to 2216. So it’s party to the conflict because of that. And I think it’s very, very important, secondly, that the U.K. is supposed to be the penholder at the U.N. on this process. I think that the – for reasons of head as well as heart, the suffering that’s going on there needs to be higher up the agenda. Now, I think it is significant that President Trump should have called for an end to the suffering, but then effectively be ignored.

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Yemen’s unseen economic war is killing children by stealth

The Saudi-led coalition is strangling the economy as well as bombing the country. Desperate Yemeni families need more than just aid

Sometimes the war in Yemen kills very visibly. Over 5,000 children have lost their lives or have been wounded by military action since 2015.

It’s not just bombs, bullets and artillery shells that threaten Yemen’s children. This is a conflict that also kills by stealth. Economic strangulation is being used by the Saudi-led coalition as a weapon of war, targeting jobs, infrastructure, food markets and the provision of basic services. Nobody is there to count the bodies of the victims. But for every child buried beneath the rubble of a building hit by a “smart bomb”, there are dozens of children – like Ayesha – threatened by the starvation that has accompanied the economic assault.

You can see the consequences at the general hospital in Amran. This is the main referral hospital, serving a population of over a million people. It has no antibiotics, no anaesthetics, and no drugs for obstetric emergencies.

True, the Saudi-led coalition allows a small amount of food, fuel and medicine to enter northern Yemen through Hodeidah. But this is little more than a humanitarian gesture aimed at maintaining the inaction of western allies. It is economic strangulation and war that is driving the country towards a manmade famine. Many more Yemeni children are dying every day from lack of food, medicine and clean water than from fighting.

Humanitarian aid is vital – but it is not enough – by Kevin Watkins, chief executive of Save the Children UK

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Trump Doesn’t Care About Civilian Deaths. Just Look at Yemen.

For three years, the United States has backed a brutal Saudi-led war on Yemen, and ordinary people are paying the price.

As President Donald Trump threatens to open a dangerous new front in the war on Syria, citing Bashar al-Assad’s human rights abuses, the United States is actively supporting Saudi Arabia in unleashing profound human rights abuses on Yemen.

Yemen has been under attack by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and a coalition of various countries since March 26, 2015. The coalition is supported by the United Kingdom and the United States, with both countries providing hundreds of billions in weapons sales, targeting and logistical support, and in the case of the United States, mid-air refueling of jets. Yemeni civilians, on the other hand, are defenseless against this barrage of foreign attackers.

But figures and statistics do not capture the everyday struggles of Yemenis. These are the personal stories of five families who are living through “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” When one of his children gets ill, Mohammed resorts to temporary measures such as purchasing pain killers, as he cannot afford private hospitals, and public hospitals in his area are barely functional due to the blockade. “We cannot travel or move beyond our area due to daily airstrikes that spare no one,” Mohammed notes. “The war and the blockade have destroyed everything that is beautiful” and “have turned Yemenis’ lives into a living hell,” he tells In These Times. His most painful experiences include not being able to explain to his young son why he can’t purchase a bicycle, and asking his daughter if she would accept a kiss on the cheek instead of a gift for earning top grades in her school. Despite their difficulties, Mohammed remains faithful that the oppression will soon end - BY Shireen Al-Adeimi

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La guerre calamiteuse de l’Arabie saoudite et des Émirats arabes unis au Yémen

Outre une catastrophe humanitaire dans l’un des pays les plus pauvres du monde, l’engagement militaire enlisé de l’Arabie saoudite et des Émirats arabes unis au Yémen réussit à développer une fracture sunnite-chiite et une influence iranienne là où elles n’existaient pas. Il révèle aussi les ambitions géopolitiques des Émirats arabes unis qui, en opposition avec les objectifs de cette intervention, minent profondément le futur de l’unité du pays.

[Saudi Arabia's and UAE's military intervention in #Yemen is developing a Sunni-Shiite divide and an Iranian influence which was unknown in Yemen.
It also reveals the geopolitical ambitions of the United Arab Emirates, which, in opposition to the objectives of this intervention, deeply undermine the future of the unity of the country],2390

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Interactice Map of Yemen

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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World Food Programme: Yemen Shipping and Fuel Update (commercial and humanitarian), 8 April 2018

Vessels Discharged at Hodeidah/ Saleef ports

Since the end of the temporary blockade on 22 November, a total of 83 commercial vessels, 6 WFP chartered vessels, 10 Dhows and 2 empty container ships have called on Hodeidah and Saleef ports to discharge cargo on board, including:

5 WFP chartered vessels carrying 99,360 MT of food items, 1 carrying 4 mobile cranes and 1 carrying cluster cargo for INGOs

40 commercial vessel carrying 994,958 MT of commercial food items

43 commercial vessel carrying 482,430 MT of commercial fuel and coal

10 dhows carrying 1,519 MT of medical items

2 empty feeders to load empty containers

Vessels Currently Discharging at Hodeidah/ Saleef ports

2 commercial food vessels carrying 10,295 mt of sugar and rice and 7,034 mt of rice and maize

1 commercial fuel vessel carrying 10,744 mt of gas oil

Vessels at Anchorage at Hodeidah/ Saleef ports

My comment: These figures compared to pre-war times would reveal the effect of the Saudi/US blockade.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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World Bank: New Solar Project to Restore Electricity to Over One Million Yemenis

The World Bank announced today a new project to finance off-grid solar systems in Yemen to power vital basic services, and improve access to electricity for vulnerable Yemenis in rural and outlying urban areas.

Funded by a US$50 million grant from IDA, the World Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries, the new project will rely on the commercial solar market, which has grown despite the conflict, providing further support to the local economy and creating jobs.

Solar power has proved to be the most immediate solution for severe energy shortages in Yemen. A booming solar industry has developed driven by the private sector, but the costs have put the technology beyond the reach of public facilities and the most vulnerable populations.

The Yemen Emergency Electricity Access Project will work with the current solar supply chain and the existing network of microfinance institutions, to finance and deliver off-grid solar systems to rural and peri-urban areas. The aim is to restore or improve access to electricity to 1.4 million people, around half of them women. The project will also fund solar power for critical infrastructure, such hospitals, schools, water corporations, and rural electricity providers.

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Film: Event Livestream — Protecting Children in Conflict

The Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict examined whether there is more that international law can do, practically and effectively, and considered whether there are new laws or procedures that may enhance the protection of children.

Watch this panel discussion of the inquiry’s findings hosted by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and featuring:

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‘Death is everywhere’: bombings, cholera and famine ravage Yemen

Aid worker Bushra Aldukhainah and journalist Afrah Nasser describe daily life amid the worst humanitarian crisis in the world

When she heard airstrikes were headed to her neighborhood in Yemen, Bushra Aldukhainah woke up her husband and son early and fled her home. “I cannot forget that day, that feeling, the bitter feeling of leaving home behind, leaving everything behind,” she said Friday at the Women in the World Summit in New York. “My son was saying, ‘Mommy, can I take my toys with me?’ I said, ‘I don’t think there’s time. Let’s just run for our life.’”

Aldukhainah, an area manager for CARE Yemen, joined Yemeni journalist Afrah Nasser, the founder of online magazine Sana’a Review, to discuss the country’s raging civil war

“Death is everywhere,” said Nasser. “If the airstrikes don’t kill you, the lack of food and the cholera and the diseases will definitely kill you. At the same time, there is raging civil war on the ground—Yemen is literally under fire from multiple fronts.” (with film)

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Opinion | Let’s end this competition of misery

Reader, answer me this: what is the world’s worst crisis? Yemen? Syria? The Democratic Republic of Congo? South Sudan?

That question may not be any easier to answer even if there are accompanying descriptors: the worst famine since the Second World War; the worst refugee crisis since Rwanda; the worst humanitarian crisis in 50 years.

If you had been in Geneva the week of 2-9 April, you might have plumped for Yemen, a recent contender for the title of the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis”

In invoking searing historical moments such as the Rwandan genocide or even the Second World War (and, implicitly, Nazi atrocities), UN agencies, humanitarian NGOs, donor governments, and the media aim to shock when they make public announcements. They attempt to convey urgency and significance, to make crises relatable, to provide a frame of reference. By doing so, they hope to galvanise their audiences to action, to unlock both financial and political capital to be applied to desperate situations.

But this sort of language, these reductive statements, also simplify complex, difficult crises. They turn them into contests of superlatives, into a competition of misery.

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Film: Another Yemeni hospital to close down due to Saudi blockade

Since the start of Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen in March 2015, hospitals and other medical centers have been the target of relentless airstrikes. Meanwhile the kingdom’s siege of Yemen blocks the entry of essential medical equipment into Yemen.

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2 cases of renal failure died in dialysis center in #Ibb city today. 15 years old boy among them. Equipment and drugs were ran out.

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IRC's Miliband warns Yemen crisis could worsen as access woes deepen

Leading aid boss David Miliband has warned things could get even worse as humanitarian groups continue to be stymied by access issues that prevent them reaching those most in need.

“It’s got bad, but it could get worse,” said Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, during a conversation on Yemen at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “It’s important that in the humanitarian world we don’t only work on things that have gotten really, really bad, but we’re working on things that could get worse.”

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen: Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster Dashboard for March 2018

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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‘Fox Hunt’ author, plucked from war-torn Yemen by social media, to visit Chicago

The story of Al Samawi’s escape from Yemen is in one sense the story of any refugee anywhere in any era: growing up in an insular place — in his case, a child of privilege, his parents both doctors. Taught the insular local beliefs: to fear the West, hate Jews and Christians. Yet also glimpsing the world beyond the confines of home and its doctrine — in the case of Samawi, reading the Bible, becoming an activist for religious harmony.

Then being forced to flee from that home, his only hope to find safe haven in the United States.

What makes his case different, as told in his newly published, highly readable book, “The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America” is that Al Samawi’s flight to America was arranged by a quartet of near-strangers on social media.

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Destination Yemen: Migrant arrivals soar despite war, famine and sickness

Somalis and Ethiopians are arriving in record numbers, raising demand for dwindling resources. And escaping again often proves impossible

Waves of refugees continue to land on the shores of Yemen.

A total of 111,504 people are estimated to have arrived in Yemen in 2016, surpassing the previous peak of 107,532 in 2012, according to reliefweb, the UN humitarian office's digital information service. The vast majority come from Ethiopia, but Somalis also arrive in their thousands.

But what they find, just like Ibrahim, is far from the hope they had of a new life.

Ibrahim recalled: "When I arrived Aden, there was no money with me, I paid all my money to the smuggler, and I needed to get to friends in Sanaa.

"There was no way to get to Sanaa but to walk on foot. I found some refugees want to go to Sanaa, so we walked as one group from Aden to Sanaa."

He walked for 15 days to get to the capital and found work as a cleaner, the work of many who have followed his route, and earns a paltry $78 a month.

The movement of such large numbers of people has had a knock-on effect for Yemenis already facing destitution due to a failed economy and the ongoing effects of war.

And Yemenis, facing such conditions, now compete with more Somalis and Ethiopians, who are prepared to work for less. And employers even prefer them. "Life in Yemen is getting worse, so we have to leave Yemen towards other countries looking for work."

That statement is backed up by the UNHCR, which said 190,352 Yemenis had left the country in 2017.

Once inside Yemen, many migrants find it difficult - and dangerous - to leave, even if they want to. War has trapped them in the country, and leaving is often a deadly enterprise.

Ethiopians, the majority of arrivals, are still determined to make the crossing to Yemen. Not many intend to stay in Yemen though.

Almost all Ethiopian migrants express the intention to move onwards to Saudi Arabia, according to reliefweb.

Professor of sociology in Taiz university, Fadhl al-Thobhani, stated that the flow of African refugees is still ongoing to the war-torn country of Yemen because they are dreaming to reach Saudi Arabia.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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The worshipers in the old mosque of Ibb province refused to chant the Houthi slogan, a thing that angered the group's militants and prompted them to fire bullets in the air. This led to panic among the worshipers, leading to the death of an elderly man.

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Houthis forcibly recruit university graduates to fight in their ranks

Academic scholars at the University of Hodeidah said that Houthi rebels are exercising intense pressure on them to recruit students to the rebels' fighter ranks.

Remark: as claimed by anti-Houthi Islah Party website.

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Houthis are carrying out a campaign to remove women pictures and female mannequins from business stores in the capital Sana'a as part of a chastity promoting campaign. The Shia Islamists blame the show of women pictures and mannequins for the wrath of God and, as a result, "the delay of victory" against the government.

My comment: Do the Houthis want to be the better Wahabists now?

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Asmaa al-Omeissy set off from southern Yemen to seek safety and reunite with her father in the capital Sana’a. Instead, the 22-year-old, who has two young children, was subjected to a brutal ordeal that has left her as the first known Yemeni woman on death row on ‘state security’ charges.

On 7 October 2016, Houthi security forces stopped their vehicle at a checkpoint in the capital and took them away for interrogation. Following their detention, Asmaa al-Omeissy’s father was also summoned and arrested.

Their arrest marked the beginning of a horrific ordeal including enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment, and death sentences following a grossly unfair trial

Comment: This @amnesty report is misguided. Wife of AQAP terrorist leaves her 2 kids behind & 'flees' from Al Mukalla, Hadhramaut to #Yemen capital Sanaa? Of course she got arrested.

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Commemoration of Sayyed Hussein al-Houthi in various Yemeni provinces

The commemoration of Sayyed Hussein Badradean al-Houthi took places in a number of Yemeni provinces, which was attended by official, military and popular masses.
The events began with verses from the Muslim Holy, Quran, during which they stressed that the project of the “revival of the nation”, established by Sayyed Hussein Badradean al-Huthi, is ongoing and is being led by a great leader, Sayyed Abdulmalik Badradean al-Houthi.
they described the martyrdom of this great leader as a “fuel to this nation” as it has enlightened Yemen and the world.

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Leader of Revolution: Saudis must be aware that Yemen’s military industry is evolving

The leader of the Yemeni revolution, Abdulmalik Badradean al-Houthi, explained that the military capabilities of the Yemeni Army and Ansarullah are evolving and that the Saudi regime and their allies should be aware of this escalation.

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US advancing colonial plots under war on terror cover: Houthi

Leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi says the so-called war on terrorism is the “most feeble and ridiculous” excuse that US officials have been using over the past few years to advance their colonial plots.

Houthi blamed Washington for the emergence of al-Qaeda and Daesh terror networks and spread of terrorism.

“The American government created al-Qaeda in order to target the Muslim world. Daesh terrorist group’s tentacles spread once the US prepared the ground for such a growth. The terrorists wouldn’t have able to exert influence if American authorities had not thrown weight behind them,” the Ansarullah chief pointed out.

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Houthi leader says group developing its military capabilities

Yemen’s Houthi leader said on Friday the group would continue to develop its military capabilities as the Iran-aligned movement stepped up its attacks against Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni war.

“As long as the aggression continues, our military capabilities will grow and develop,” Abdul Malik al-Houthi said in a speech aired by the Houthi-run Al Masirah TV, adding that the group had a right to build drone planes and use them.

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Yemen Army: we choose our targets accurately

Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman, Yemeni Army spokesman, said Wednesday that Yemeni Army choose its targets accurately and it going to bomb vital Saudi facilities.

He confirmed the ballistic strikes reflect the self-reliance stage announced by the president.

Brigadier General Luqman pointed out that the Army and Ansarullah are coming up with stronger and more escalating stages, saying the rocket and the aerial attacks that took place today are considered as a fulfillment of the previous promise.

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Film: Yemeni protesters rally against Saudi war

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Schools in Raimah protest against coalition soldiers' crime of raping Yemeni girl

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

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Deportations And Wrongful Arrests: The Latest In War-Torn Yemen

In a series of videos and documents sent to Al Jazeera, almost two dozen displaced Yemeni civilians report that they were rounded up, beaten, and then forcefully driven from the city of Aden back to active front lines in Northern Taiz and Sanaa by militias affiliated with the United Arab Emirates. Others report that young men have been kidnapped and wrongly imprisoned in Emirati-run prisons as well. These deportations and kidnappings were allegedly carried out by the Security Belt, a force set up by the UAE in 2016 to police the southern provinces of war-ravaged Yemen.

One recently deported resident said the Security Belt “forced us out.” According to him, “there were a large number of us and we had a lot of money [invested in Aden], but they harassed us, and told us this is not your country. Another man says, “they gave us 24 hours to leave and said if we don’t, we’ll open fire on you.” Shops, restaurants, and homes were all reportedly raided and consequently, hundreds of people were arrested and their assets seized.

Some, however, allege that the deportations were part of a larger campaign by Shalal Shaya, Aden’s Security Chief and an advocate for the partition of Yemen along Southern and Northern lines. According to the UN, Shaya has a close working relationship with the Emirati government and has set up secret prisons in the Aden governate.

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#AlQaeda #Yemen has now formally claimed the storming of UAE-supported Security Belt forces HQ in al-Wadi' region of Abyan at 1am this morning. #AQAP claims to have killed & injured forces but no details.

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A supporter's wire reports armed clashes this morn between #UAE-supported forces & Ansar al-Shari'a in al-Wadi' area of Abyan

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Group Resignations by Socotra officials Protesting the Appointment of a Governor who is Member of the Yemeni Reform Party

Several local authority official in Socotra resigned their offices protesting on the appointment of a new governor.

It is noteworthy that president Hady issued a presidential decree no. (30)/ 2018 appointing Ramzy Ahmed Said Mahrous, a member of Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen as governor of Socotra.

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Hadi government Prime Minister Ahmed Bin Daghir returned to Aden city from Riyadh on April 12. Saudi special forces escorted Bin Daghir as he toured local electrical plants, according to local sources.[1]


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Chairman of the Political Department Comments on the Return of Ben Daghar’s Government to Adan

Even if it tries to improve some of its performance, the return of Ben Daghar’s government doesn’t mean it will continue. Instead, this is mere a try to prove its existence for some more months to hinder the upcoming political process led by UN special delegate as this process may lead to a new road map where this government loses its legitimacy.

Remark: By southern separatists.

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Foreign Ministry demands Iran to immediately close its embassy in Sana'a

The Yemeni foreign ministry has called on the Iranian government to immediately close its embassy in Sana'a immediately and evacuate all its citizens from the Yemeni territory as per the diplomatic conventions.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Ministry condemned Iran's destructive interferences Yemen accusing the Islamic Republic of having turned its embassy building in the Houthi-controlled Sana'a "into a military training center"

Remark: For Iran, the Hadi Company is not the Yemeni government.

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National Resistance Forces aligned with the nephew of the late former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Tariq Saleh, amassed in al Mokha city, western Taiz governorate, southwestern Yemen in preparation to join the Saudi-led coalition offensive against al Houthi forces in al Hudaydah governorate on April 12. Tariq Saleh commands three brigades with heavy machinery and armored vehicles, according to local news sources.[1]

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Suffocating Crisis in Oil Products in Adan

For the second day, black markets of oil products in Adan had noticeable activity and sold oil products with higher prices as (20) liters of oil were sold for 12000 riyals, especially after all oil products vanished from governmental and private gas stations. With such crisis, black market of oil products in Adan is flourishing.

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Southern Troops Under Commandership of Adel Hady Refuse the Orders of Al-Ahmar not to Raise the Southern Flag During battels

Brigadier Adel said: “this flag is the symbol of our country and under that flag we will achieve more victories as we are part of the Arab Coalition and we are proud of that. We will fight under this flag till we reach Gebel Marran”.

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#UAE-supported Security Belt Force denies reports of mediation efforts with regular security forces in al-Dali'. Nevertheless, recent clashes there illustrate the risks of recruiting forces/militias with ultimately competing agendas - they're not just fighting terrorists

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Security Belt Forces Control Al-Dalea

After an hour of severe clashes with persons of general security who were controlling a post for collecting royalties from citizens, security belt forces controlled Al-Dalea completely.

By that, security belt forces fully controlled all posts of Al-Dalea and are now responsible for the security file in the governorate according to the decision issued in March 27th, 2018 by governor of Al-Dalea indicating that the security belt forces are to receive control over all military and security posts in the governorate.

Remark: UAE-backed separatist militia have full control.


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Commandership of the Security Belt in al-Dalea: Deployment Plan is Now Complete, and We Support all citizens Against Anyone Who may Break Law and Order

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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UN just said UN Sec Gen @AntonioGuterres is leaving tonight for... #SaudiArabia. Apparently the $930 million in blood money for #Yemen slaughter wasn't enough. He'll only be back on April 18 - more on this to follow

Comment: Apparently the $930 million in blood money for #Yemenslaughter wasn't enough. He'll only be back on April 18

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Saudi Yemen Ambassador, UN Envoy Discuss Efforts to Stop Arms Smuggling

Later on Thursday, the UN envoy held a series of meetings at the Yemeni embassy in Riyadh with representatives of Yemeni parties and political factions, who stressed their support for efforts aimed at achieving sustainable peace based on the Gulf Initiative and its implementation mechanism, the outcome of the Yemeni national dialogue and international resolutions, mainly UN Security Council resolution 2216.

My comment: This resolution is fully biased, it is one oft he greatest obstacles to peace and must be replaced by a balanced one. Or Griffith will fail.

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Griffths’ Optimism Against Legitimate Gov’s Pessimism Over Coup

Despite the new pessimistic statements made by the leadership of Yemen's legitimate government on Wednesday regarding the failure of the current UN efforts to reach a settlement with the Houthi coup, UN envoy Martin Griffiths said that what he heard from all parties during his current tour in the region was encouraging and would help him to frame the peace process which, he stressed, would be led by Yemen.

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The Importance of Being Envoy: Advice to the new UN Representative to Yemen

Martin Griffiths has an opportunity to serve as a bridge between international and regional actors and to benefit from European diplomatic initiatives.

Given this mess, the replacement of the UN’s Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed, with Griffiths, a British diplomat and former director of the European Institute for Peace, presents an opportunity for an infusion of new energy and ideas. Three years of mediation and three rounds of talks in Switzerland and Kuwait led by Ould Sheikh Ahmed have failed to lead to significant progress.

Griffiths priority - despite the high expectations from some quarters - should be to listen rather than act. Previous peace efforts in Yemen, have failed to focus first on relationship building. International negotiators often suffer from elite and Sanaa-centric biases that have served to marginalize many key stakeholders in the country and sidelined its rural majority.

Thus, a key task facing Griffiths will be to build functional relations with the key factions on the ground. Chief among them is the Houthis, who notably refused to meet Griffiths’ predecessor due to a lack of trust. But this will also mean building trust with figures and factions like the Southern Transitional Council that have, as yet, been marginalized in the process—not taken part in the peace process.

Finally, it is crucial for Griffiths to avoid simply focusing on those who have the guns. To date, the UN process has marginalized key segments of Yemeni society.

My comment: What is crucial, but what is not even mentioned here, ist he fact that every UN envoy (Griffith as well) is bound, limited and crippled by the biased UN resoltion 2216:

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UN Yemen Envoy Back in Riyadh after Completing First Regional Tour

UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths will return to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday from where he had kicked off fresh efforts to revive the peace process in the war-torn country.
The envoy will later travel to New York to attend a Security Council session on April 17 and meet with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.


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Yemeni President Meets with UN Envoy

Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansur Hadi met here today with the UN Secretary General Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, currently on a visit to the country.


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UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths met with the son of the late former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Ahmed Ali Saleh, in Abu Dhabi, UAE on April 10. Griffiths and Ahmed Ali discussed the Yemen peace process and the condition of the General People’s Congress (GPC). Griffiths also met with Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 11 to conclude the latest round of consultations with Yemeni stakeholders.[3]

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UN envoy to #Yemen says his meetings in Muscat and Abu Dhabi are "very encouraging"
The new UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, described his latest rounds of meetings as very encouraging.

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

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Iran-Saudi Rivalry: How Far Does It Go? Interview with Author Simon Mabon

Simon Mabon is a lecturer in international relations at Lancaster University in the U.K. His book “Saudi Arabia and Iran: Soft Power Rivalry in the Middle East,” which is currently being updated, is a particularly timely tome, given the continuing –if not escalating – tensions between Tehran and Riyadh, which are being played out in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon.

Kayhan Life spoke to Mabon about his book.

You say in the book that one can fundamentally classify the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia as “ideological” or “geopolitical.” Can you explain what you mean?

If you look at the rivalry historically, and the literature that has been written on it in recent years, you see a certain number of trends along religious differences –Sunni and Shia – or by the struggle to exert influence across the Middle East. When you see events in Bahrain, Syria, or Iraq, there are two different ways to look at it: either the states are getting involved in helping their co-sectarian allies, or the two states are trying to expand their influence across the region.

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Saudi aims to pressure rival Iran at Arab League summit

Saudi Arabia's push for a tough stand against its arch-rival Iran is expected to dominate an Arab League summit on Sunday as regional tensions grow over the wars in Syria and Yemen.

The Saudis are going to push for a much harsher stance on Iran -- not necessarily on the nuclear dossier per se, but on Iranian influence in the Arab countries, particularly Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen," said Karim Bitar of the Paris-based Institute of International and Strategic Affairs.

My comment: This league is a Saudi tool and little more.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Aramco in Five Numbers: Highlights From Saudi Giant’s Accounts

For four decades the financial performance of Saudi Aramco has been one of the biggest secrets in global business. Now, with the company’s initial public offering looming, investors can get their first detailed insight into this cornerstone of the global economy.

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Missiles fall. But for many Saudis, war in neighboring Yemen is an afterthought

A war laps at Saudi Arabia's borders, in Yemen, less than 500 miles south of this capital city.

Yet the menace feels distant, the carnage reduced to abstraction by the time it reaches Riyadh, a city riveted by its own dramas — social changes and crackdowns, economic shifts and palace intrigues.

Missiles, fired by a Yemeni rebel group, fall so infrequently in Riyadh that during one recent attack, no one bothered to sound air raid sirens. Discussions of the war, beyond the missile strikes, are sporadic, too, despite the Saudi military's leading role in a bombing campaign in Yemen, directed from a buzzing control center in the capital, where feeds from drones are projected on television screens.

A barrage of incoming missiles last month interrupted the city's rhythms, but only slightly. =

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Scared of Yemeni missiles, Saudis move Arab League summit away from Riyadh

According to supporters of ousted former Yemeni president and Saudi puppet Abrabbuh Mansur Hadi, the missile strikes have forced the Saudi regime to move the summit from Riyadh to the eastern Saudi port city of Dammam. However, fears still exist that also Dammam might be within targeting range of the Yemeni vengeance.

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What to expect as the 2018 Arab League summit opens in Saudi Arabia

Foreign Ministers from 22 Arab states will gather in the eastern city of Dammam in Saudi Arabia this weekend for the 29th Arab League Summit.

Comment: We expect nothing but a surge in the level of paranoia, more military interventions and no diplomatic efforts.

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45% of Saudi residents do not save

Findings are in line with the Ministry of Housing's request for Saudis to save for their future home

Around 45 percent of people living in Saudi Arabia do not save any money out of their monthly income, with 60 percent blaming their low income for their failure to save, according to a new survey by online finance group Souqalmal and Jeddah-based wealth management firm SEDCO Holdings.

The research found that 83 percent of respondents have no long term investment plans, 17 percent save less than 5 percent and 38 percent save more than 6 percent, reported Arab News.

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Disabled Not Allowed To Go On Haj As They May Beg: Centre Tells HC

"That retaining this provision also needs to be understood in the light of Consular General of India, Jeddah advice in 2012 for strict screening of disabled persons in view of instances of many such people indulging in begging which is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia."

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The Saudi Butcher of Yemen Ready to Bomb Syria

Mohammed bin Salman says all Trump-May-Macron need to do is ask and he'll join their planned attack

Riyadh wants the US to bomb Syria, so much so that MBS has offered to take part himself if that helps:

Comment: Saudi Arabia is responsible for the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis in Yemen but somehow thinks it’s morally qualified to participate in a “humanitarian” intervention against Syria. Hypocrisy much?

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What’s Saudi King Bin Salman after in his Western tour?

Many experts believe that the Saudi prince has demanded the Western governments to turn a deaf ear to the human rights organizations' anti-Riyadh pressure calls and strongly continue their military and diplomatic support to the kingdom.

Garnering further anti-Iranian pressure

These days, some analysts have made a proverb: “Where there is bin Salman, there is talk of anti-Iranian pressure.” The political proverb is not an exaggeration, however, and there appears to be a consensus on it.

In the past few months, bin Salman went to great lengths to paint himself to domestic public and to the world a reformer and modernist leader. He brought in spotlight some of his domestic reforms in the closed Saudi society to send the message to the world that the absolutely-governed kingdom is different now. The Vision 2030, and Women freedoms, such as driving right and social attendance rights, are seen as his efforts to burnish the highly traditional image of Saudi Arabia.

But there is a goal behind all of these tradition-breaking attempts: He struggles to get support to facilitate his ascension to the throne. In his eyes, posing as a reformist who wants to transform Saudi Arabia can soften the human rights activists' harsh tone against the war violations and help the Western leaders more comfortably have his back.

For the Western governments, especially the US administration, which have often been target of toughest rights groups' condemnation for their alliance with Saudi Arabia, alliance with the ostensible reformer can rid them of media and NGO pressures.

But the sham optimism of the Western governments about the reforms has proven false and ineffective, as the crown prince during his visits to Britain, the US, and France was received with angry pro-rights protests. =

cp9 USA

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Is @facebook criminally responsible for giving private information of dissidents to #Saudi Monarchy that led to their arrest, torture & execution? @TheJusticeDept & @FBI should do their job & investigate these crimes. (image)

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US senator breaks ranks, showing exactly why bombing Syria has nothing to do with morality

Democratic senator Chris Murphy tweeted on 11 April:

Let me get this straight: we’re going to bomb Syria because Assad attacked civilians, but next door in Yemen we are eagerly participating in a bombing campaign that has killed thousands of civilians? A military campaign in Syria would not only be illegal, historically ignorant, destructive, costly, complicated, and (very probably) counterproductive. It would also be incredibly hypocritical. Because – to the shame of world leaders – there are civilians dying and suffering unnecessarily throughout the world. And the war hawks hoping to swoop over Syria have precious little to say about those civilians.

And as Murphy pointed out, one poignant example of their silence is Yemen. and

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New US Draft Law Would Put Pressure on Saudi Arabia to End Yemen War – Senators

A new draft law introduced to the US Senate would put pressure on Saudi Arabia to end the civil war in Yemen, Senators Todd Young, Jeanne Shaheen, Susan Colins and Chris Coons said in a joint press release on Friday.

"The legislation would require the Department of State to repeatedly certify that the Government of Saudi Arabia is taking urgent steps to end the civil war in Yemen, alleviate the humanitarian crisis, and reduce the risk to civilians," the senators said.

If the State Department cannot certify that Saudi Arabia has taken such steps, the law would automatically prevent US forces from refueling Saudi-led coalition aircraft that are conducting military operations in Yemen, the senators added.

My comment: Wait and see. This draft had helped to pull down the more severe Sanders/Lee draft.

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Film: Event Livestream — Yemen: Is the US Breaking the Law?

Watch The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges‘ (directed by Just Security‘s editorial board member Professor Oona Hathaway) conference on the legality of U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The conference will bring together legal scholars and practitioners to discuss the implications of U.S. support under both domestic and international law. For background reading on the topic, explore our series on the Yemen crisis and the law.

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US Dep. of State: Houthi Missile Attack on Riyadh

The United States strongly condemns today’s Houthi missile attack on Riyadh. We support the right of our Saudi partners to defend their borders against these threats, which are fueled by the Iranian regime’s dangerous proliferation of weapons and destabilizing activities in the region. The Houthis’ continued attacks on Saudi population centers calls into question their commitment to helping shape a peaceful, prosperous, and secure future for Yemen. We continue to call on all parties to return to UN-facilitated political negotiations and move toward ending the war in Yemen.

My comment: this statement is odd propaganda. 2 We support the right of our Saudi partners to defend their borders“. The Yemenis do not have the „right to defend their borders“? Again, put it straight: The Houthi missile attacks began 10 weeks AFTER the Saudis had started their bombing campaign, thus saudi war is no „defence“ at all. – „attacks on Saudi population centers calls into question their commitment to helping shape a peaceful, prosperous, and secure future for Yemen“. And what is called into question by (much more horrible) „„attacks on Yemeni population centers“? Fort he US, these attacks do not matter at all.

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Congress Should Ask Mike Pompeo About Torture In Yemen

A U.S. ally reportedly electrocuted prisoners and packed them into metal containers. Pompeo kept working with that nation.

During Pompeo’s time at the CIA, four separate reports based on on-the-ground interviews have revealed that the UAE and two proxy militias, the Security Belt and the Hadrami Elite Forces, are torturing Yemenis in secretive facilities.

Now neither the CIA nor the State Department will say what Pompeo knew or did about torture by the UAE. Asked for comment, the agencies pointed HuffPost to each other.

But it’s hard to pretend that this isn’t Washington’s problem.

“Given that the U.S. touts its relationship of cooperation, including intelligence cooperation, with the Emiratis, it certainly seems likely that there would be sharing of information from interrogations,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the national security project at the American Civil Liberties Union. “And to the extent that any of those interrogations are abusive, there would be reason for concern that the U.S. is obtaining unlawfully coerced information.”

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Is the United States a Party to the Conflict Between the Saudi-Led Coalition and the Houthis?

This is piece is the latest article in our forum on the Yemen crisis and the law.

Under international law, a non-international armed conflict, or NIAC, exists where there is “protracted armed violence between governmental authorities and organized armed groups or between such groups within a State.” If applied to Yemen, this test reveals that there are a number of NIACs currently under way in Yemen:

The more difficult question is whether the United States is a party to the NIAC between the states in the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis. The intensity of fighting between the United States and the Houthis is not, at present, sufficient on its own to meet the intensity threshold to qualify as a NIAC.

However, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has argued that that a third-party state or multinational coalition supporting one side in a NIAC does not need to meet the same intensity threshold in order to be a party to the NIAC.

Some argue that the deployment of forces is not necessary for a state to join a pre-existing NIAC.

In the end, it is worth noting that, at the moment, relatively little turns on the conclusion that the U.S. is or is not party to the NIAC between the Saudi-led coalition states and the Houthis.

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The High Hurdle for Aiding and Abetting Unlawful Attacks in Yemen

The Alien Torts Statute (ATS), a jurisdictional statute that allows non-U.S. citizens to sue in federal district court for violations of international law, might provide a basis for victims of the Saudi-led coalition’s unlawful attacks in Yemen to sue for restitution in U.S. courts. Although sovereign immunity protects officials and States involved in the Saudi-led coalition from suit under the ATS, U.S. corporations that manufacture and supply weapons to the coalition could potentially be liable for aiding and abetting violations committed using those weapons. While this theory of liability has yet to be tested, there are substantial hurdles to a successful suit.

If some form of corporate liability under the ATS survives Jesner, the next question will be whether corporations can be held liable for aiding and abetting violations of the law of nations. There currently is a split in the circuits on the scope of aiding and abetting liability under the ATS.

The Saudi-led coalition has allegedly violated international humanitarian law in Yemen. And although the officials and States involved may be able to claim sovereign immunity, the U.S. corporations that manufacture weapons used by the coalition may be liable under the ATS for aiding and abetting these violations. In particular, the manufacture and export of a weapon known as a “cluster munition” may create legal risk.

Despite the Saudi-led coalition’s probable use of U.S.-origin cluster munitions in Yemen, there are a number of hurdles to holding Lockheed Martin or Textron liable under the ATS for aiding and abetting the underlying offenses.

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Fox News Host: We Tolerate Saudi Atrocities in Yemen, So Why Not Assad's in Syria?

Tucker Carlson's rant called into question whether or not Assad was responsible for the chemical attack, claiming it was not in his interest

Carlson aslo argued that Americans tolerate atrocoties overseas all the time, arguing, “In Yemen right now the Saudis are causing that famine should we drop tomahawks on Riyadh.”

Comment: This is an amazingly thoughtful and good account of the double natured approach of Western powers - that whatever happens always favour killing a few innocent civilians on the other 'side' in the dubious interests of 'our' security. Which of course, it isn't.


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#US is going to bomb #Syria because Bashar Alassad is targeting civilians! #US is selling weapons to #Saudi to kill thousands of civilians! #US made a chaos in #Syria, #Iraq, #Afghanistan and my country #Yemen.


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Let me get this straight: we’re going to bomb Syria because Assad attacked civilians, but next door in Yemen we are eagerly participating in a bombing campaign that has killed thousands of civilians?

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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A new film exposes the utter hypocrisy of Britain going to war over Syria

As the British government launches military action in Syria, a new film has exposed the hypocrisy of Theresa May’s position. Because the prime minister has condemned the “barbaric” targeting of civilians in Syria. But civilians in Yemen are also allegedly targeted with British-made bombs and warplanes.

Now Real Media has made a short film about their action. In it Sam describes seeing a photograph of the casing of a bomb fragment with its markings intact in a blown up food store in Yemen. He says:

It showed that the bomb was made by Raytheon in a factory in Glenrothes, just north of Edinburgh, and that bomb was sold to Saudi Arabia after they had started bombing Yemen.“

Sam and Dan’s action exposes the hypocrisy of May’s rush to war in Syria. Because if she’s concerned about civilian victims, she needs to stop cosying up to the Saudi government and ban the sale of weapons to it. Instead, there has been a huge increase in sales since the war on Yemen began in 2015.

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Every UK journalist must know UK govt 'concern' for Syrian people is fake. Yet the charade continues in service of the state. Here’s proof: Govt refuses to review arms exports to Saudi for Yemen, the simplest way to stop deaths if there was remotest concern for people in MidEast (image)

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The BBC’s David Dimbleby seems determined to block this subject on Question Time

BBC presenter David Dimbleby is under fire after appearing once again to block a question on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

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Yesterday the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed that controversial ‘centrist’ MP John Woodcock had flown to Saudi Arabia on what local Labour members have described as a ‘secret’ visit.

Woodcock’s claim to be there ‘by chance’ was attacked by social media users, who pointed out that, judging by the other images he had tweeted, he also ‘happened’ to have viewed an apparently intact missile – and who both considered his visit to be a propaganda exercise and contrasted it with their perception of his silence on the massive human cost in Yemen:

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Foreign Secretary statement on attempted missile attack against Saudi Arabia

Boris Johnson has expressed his deep concern following Houthi missile launches on 11th April 2018.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, said:

I was deeply concerned by yesterday’s multiple Houthi missile launches and attacks from Yemen at Saudi Arabia, threatening densely populated civilian areas and commercial infrastructure, including in Riyadh, for the fourth time in five months. We will be calling on the United Nations to investigate how ballistic missiles found their way into Yemen in contravention of UN Security Council Resolutions.

Those responsible for launching these missiles – and their backers – must cease these dangerous and provocative actions.

My comment: This statement is quite odd as there does not exist any british statements on Saudi coalition aur raids, which aremuch more horrible than these Houthi missile attacks ever have been. If „threatening densely populated civilian areas and commercial infrastructure“ should be condemned then finally do it.

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Activists bring case at appeal court over UK arms sales to Saudis

Campaigners warn that British weapons could be used to kill or injure civilians in Yemen

Human rights campaigners have begun an attempt to overturn a high court judgment that allows the British government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.

The Campaign Against Arms Trade brought the case against Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, seeking permission to appeal against a decision last July that granting licences for the export of arms from the UK to Saudi Arabia was not unlawful. CAAT has warned that British weapons could be used to kill or injure Yemeni civilians.

The protesters claim that the decision to grant the licences breached UK arms export policy, which states that the licences cannot be granted if there is a “clear risk” the arms might be used in a serious violation of international humanitarian law.

Part of the hearing at the court of appeal in London on Thursday scrutinised the various sources of information used by the UK government to decide whether or not Riyadh had breached international humanitarian law in its use of British weapons.

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UK arms to Saudi Arabia legal battle goes to Court of Appeal

Campaigners will go to the Court of Appeal on Thursday 12 April 2018 for a one day hearing in an attempt to overturn a High Court judgment which allows the UK Government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is asking for permission to appeal against a judgment by the High Court on 10 July 2017 which did not find the granting of licences for the export of arms from the UK to Saudi Arabia unlawful, despite global concern over the use of these weapons which could be used to commit a serious violation of international humanitarian law. and also

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Sam Walton & Rev. Dan Woodhouse broke into a BAE systems airbase in Lancashire to damage fighter jets and prevent their flight to Saudi Arabia where they would be used to kill civilians in Yemen.

A magistrate eventually found them not guilty of the charges brought by BAE, persuaded that their actions were an attempt to stop a greater crime and both were acquitted.

Below is the statement Walton & Woodhouse carried with them:

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Somalia, UAE Trade Barbs Over Seized Money

Somalia and United Arab Emirates have exchanged barbs over the seizure of millions of dollars from a plane chartered by Emirati diplomats to transport the cash to Mogadishu.

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Saudi Crown Prince arrives in Spain on world tour's last stop

Saudi Arabia and Spain are expected to sign five Memorandums of Understanding in a number of areas

Prince Mohammed is scheduled to meet with Spain's King Felipe VI, who acceded to the throne in 2014, on Thursday morning before holding talks later in the day with Rajoy.

During his short visit Spain and Saudi Arabia are expected to sign five memorandums of understanding in the areas of culture, science, employment, air transport and defence, a Spanish foreign ministry source said.

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Varias ONG exigen al Gobierno que detenga la venta de armas a Riad ante la visita del heredero saudí

España ha exportado armas a ese país por valor de 728,5 millones de euros entre 2015 y junio de 2017, y aún están pendientes de firmar un contrato con Navantia para la construcción de cinco corbetas, cuya construcción llevaría al menos dos años.

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Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Faces Anti-war Protest in Spain Amid Completion of US$2.5 Billion Arms Deal

Saudi cargo ships have been loading weapons in Spanish ports for more than one year.

Bin Salman's meetings with the Spanish King Felipe VI, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Defense Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal, take place one day after a coalition of peace, human rights, and development NGOs named “Arms Under Control” called on Spanish authorities' not to authorize the deal between Saudia Arabia and Spain’s state-owned shipbuilding company Navantia for the construction and delivery of five warships, which the group says could be used in the Saudis’ ongoing war in Yemen.

Saudi cargo ships have been docking in Spain since January 2017, when Felipe IVand representatives of the leading 24 Spanish weapon dealers visited Riyadh. Local watchdog organizations have also counted tens of containers loaded each month, amounting to 10,000 tons of weapons.

Remark: More reporting cp13a.

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‘España es corresponsable de barbaridades de Riad contra Yemen’

El príncipe heredero de Arabia Saudí, Mohamad bin Salman, ha llegado este miércoles a Madrid, capital española, en el marco de su visita oficial a este país europeo. Según lo planificado, el príncipe saudí participará en un almuerzo con los reyes de España.

Mohamad bin Salman se reunirá, además, con el presidente del Gobierno de España, Mariano Rajoy. Madrid está bajo presión por la venta de armas a Arabia Saudí.

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Iran tells France not to be influenced by Saudi prince on nuclear deal

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Billion-dollar deals, Paris Opera, but no Yemen: What’s Saudi crown prince’s French trip all about?

The French leg of the Saudi crown prince’s “charm offensive” in the West has mainly involved rubbing shoulders with the business elite, while alleged war atrocities in Yemen have been swept under the carpet.

Though the ultraconservative country has been repeatedly accused of war crimes in Yemen, French President Emmanuel Macron has appeared cautious to remain on friendly terms with Saudi Arabia – which extended to having dinner with his guest at the Louvre museum.

More than 20 deals were on the menu of the visit, including contracts between French and Saudi companies worth more than $18 billion and discussions about setting up the Paris Opera in Saudi Arabia.

Macron defended arms sales to the kingdom and appeared merely to voice quiet concern over the situation in the war-ravaged country.

Watch RT’s report about the Saudi royal’s three-day tour which wrapped up on Wednesday.

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Twitter in Fury as Macron Defends Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Macron’s support for Saudi Arabia and the decision to continue selling arms to Riyadh, which is involved in the Yemeni war, has outraged many people in France, who immediately took to Twitter to express their indignation:

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Mohammad bin Salman and Macron: hugs and billion-dollar deals

France has given its full support for the Saudi position on Yemen, slamming Houthi rebels. On Syria, the Saudis are ready to "step up" if requested by its allies. Macron acknowledges Saudi concerns over Iran. Agreements worth US$ 18 billion are signed.

Prince Mohammad’s three-day visit ended yesterday with a dinner at the Louvre which included Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The good state of Franco-Saudi relations was also highlighted by the position taken by the French president on sensitive issues like the conflict in Yemen.

Standing next to his guest, the French President Emmanuel Macron announced yesterday that Paris would host a conference over humanitarian the crisis unfolding in Yemen.

Macron used this occasion to express France’s “full support” for Saudi security, slamming Houthi rocket attacks. He also reiterated support “for a political solution to the conflict and the great humanitarian need of the civilian population."


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When you take a selfie with the man who kidnapped you (on the right) and the man who saved your butt from that kidnapper (in the middle) while smiling like you have absolutely no shame or dignity (bozo on the left) That my our Prime Minister Saad Hariri (photo)


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Saudi-French Joint Statement Issued 4 Paris

With regard to Yemen, both sides affirmed the need for a political solution, as it was called by Security Council Resolution 2216-2015, to end the suffering of the Yemeni people.
The two sides condemned ballistic missile attacks by the Houthi militias on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and reaffirmed the importance of compliance of the countries providing the Houthi militias with weapons and ballistic missiles, with relevant UN resolutions prohibiting such acts.
The two sides reiterated the importance of supporting efforts of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Yemen to reach a political solution for the Yemeni crisis. In a parallel context, the Republic of France affirmed its readiness to support the Coalition Supporting the Legitimacy, in Yemen, and UN agencies to accelerate delivery of humanitarian aid to all Yemenis, including $1 billion humanitarian response plan committed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

My comment: France is fully backing the Saudi position, that means: backing the Saudi war. Macron has blood on his hands now.

Comment: Let me get this straight: @EmmanuelMacron said "#France would not tolerate the continuing threat to #Saudi Arabia from #Yemen ballistic missiles" What about daily bombardment by #Saudi warplanes on Yemen? What about killing thousands of civilians?

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Film: Large couverture médiatique, des rassemblements organisés à Paris par Salam For Yemen, en France et dans le monde =

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Tiny Djibouti aiming to be global military, shipping center

Djibouti, an arid Horn of Africa nation with less than 1 million inhabitants, also has become a military outpost for China, France, Italy and Japan, with that nation’s first overseas base since World War II. Other powers including Saudi Arabia have expressed interest in the key location across the Bab el-Mandeb strait from the Arabian Peninsula and on one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors.

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Egypt, UAE launch joint military exercise in Red Sea

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have launched a joint military training exercise off Egypt's eastern shores dubbed Khalifa 3, Egypt's armed forces said in a statement on Tuesday.

Naval and air forces of the two countries will take part in the multi-day exercise at a Red Sea base in Egyptian territorial waters

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Four Arab states stick by Qatar demands despite U.S. pressure to end rift

Four Arab states who cut relations with Qatar over its close ties with Iran and Turkey are sticking to an ultimatum they issued the Gulf state last year, Egypt's MENA news agency said on Thursday, despite U.S. pressure for a swift end to the dispute.

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In call with Saudi king, Trump demanded quick end to Gulf rift: U.S. officials

In a telephone call this month with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, President Donald Trump demanded that the kingdom and its Arab partners quickly end a nearly year-old dispute with Qatar that has left U.S. allies in the region fractured, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the conversation.

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A Defense Security Cooperation Agency press release said the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II guidance section deal “supports the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States.”

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Saudi Arabian Military Industries company, @SAMIDefense, partnership with @NavantiaOficial will result in localizing 60% of the Avante 2200 corvette combat systems. (image)

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.@ZamilOffshore Company signs a $480M partnership agreement with @CMN_officiel French Shipbuilding Company to jointly build 39x HSI 32 interceptors for #SaudiArabia, 20x of which will be built in Kingdom.

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Boeing establishes joint venture with Saudi Arabian Military Industries for aircraft maintenance

Chicago-based Boeing and state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) signed on March 30 a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to develop a new joint venture aiming to localize more than 55 percent of the maintenance, repair and overhaul services for fixed and rotary-wing military aircraft in the Kingdom.

According to a Boeing statement, the joint venture is expected to post revenues in excess of $22 billion by 2030 and create 6,000 jobs and training opportunities for Saudi youth. A total of $450 million will be invested in facilities and equipment in Saudi Arabia.

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Spain to sign $2.2 billion framework deal to sell warships to Saudi Arabia

Spain is due to sign a framework deal to sell Saudi Arabia warships worth around 1.8 billion euros ($2.2 billion) on Thursday, a Spanish Defence Ministry source said.

Under the agreement, Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia will sell five small warships, Spain’s army will train Saudi military personnel and contractors will build a naval construction center in the kingdom, the source said.

The deal will be signed in Madrid, where Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on a state visit and also

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MbS's deals in #Spain
The Spanish army will train 700 Saudi sailors who will form the crew of the 5 corvettes ordered by Mohamed bin Salman

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“US-Made Patriot System Can’t Help Saudis Intercept Yemeni Missiles”

A senior Iranian commentator says Saudi Arabia has spent a hefty amount of money to purchase the US-made cutting-edge patriot missiles but what it has received cannot intercept the missiles fired by Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters at the Kingdom.

Chief of the conservative Kayhan newspaper says the US has cheated Saudi Arabia on their recent hefty arms deal.

Remark: For Houthi missile attacks look at cp17.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Deadly Yemen ambush stirs calls to withdraw Sudan troops

Although Sudan has vowed to remain in the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen, calls for Khartoum to withdraw its troops from the war-torn country have increased after a deadly ambush.

Dozens of Sudanese soldiers were reportedly killed by Huthi rebels in northern Yemen in an ambush last week

But photographs, purportedly of soldiers killed in the ambush, have been posted on social media, making opposition leaders and analysts question President Omar al-Bashir's decision to join the Saudi-led coalition.

"People ask... 'What benefit have we got from this major decision?' -- and they have no answer," Ghazi Salaheddin, a former minister of state for foreign affairs turned opposition leader, told AFP.

Before "we didn't have a single drop of bloodshed between them and Sudanese ... Now Sudanese are involved in combat with Yemenis."

The ambush has triggered online outrage against the coalition, with activists and citizens taking to Twitter and Facebook urging Khartoum to withdraw its troops.

"Bring back our sons and brothers! Why are we fighting a war that is not ours?" activist Islam Saleh wrote on Facebook.

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Sudan defends its participation in Yemen’s war

The Sudanese defence ministry has stuck to its participation in the Saudi-led war against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen and mentioned the presence of South Sudanese troops inside the national territory.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemen: DNO fails to respect Supreme Court ruling

DNO, the Norwegian oil company that abandoned its Yemeni workforce without pay when war broke out, has failed to respect a Yemeni Supreme Court judgement against it.

In April 2015, after civil war broke out, DNO fired its Yemeni workforce by text message and left the country. In doing so it violated its production contract with the Yemeni government, as well as labour law. DNO paid neither wages nor severance packages workers.

The DNO Yemen Union has fought for justice for the workers, primarily through the legal system. The union approached the Ministry of Oil after the illegal terminations, who found that the employment contracts were still valid and the workers were entitled to full pay. The company ignored a summons from the ministry, and was taken to court.

DNO has subsequently lost a series of court cases, and in each case has appealed the verdict.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Arab Coalition Air Forces Launch Air Raids on Posts Between Wadi Amad and Wadi Rukhia in Hadhramaut

Posts are assumed to be used by Al-Qaeda terrorists. Smoke was seen in the sky after air raids

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Eastern Ghouta Militants to Be Deployed to Yemen Via Saudi Arabia – Reports

The Russian Defense Ministry has reported that a total of 170,152 people, including 63,117 militants and their relatives, had been evacuated from the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta during a large-scale humanitarian operation in the area.

500 Jaysh al-Islam* militants who were earlier evacuated from Eastern Ghouta, plan to go to Yemen, according to the pan-Arabic satellite television channel Al Mayadeen.

It cited its own source as saying that the terrorists first intend to illegally arrive in Saudi Arabia, from where they will try to enter Yemen.

My comment: The Saudis, the UAE and the Hadi government certainly will appreciate hem as fellows in fightingagainst the Houthis.

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#IslamicState #Yemen announces another "martyr". I make that no.6 this year

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Earlier today, military aircrafts have targeted positions and sites believed to be al-#Qaeda in the province of #Hadramout, southeastern Yemen. However, there were no further reports or details of causalities.

cp15 Propaganda

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Yemen govt accuses Iran of arming Huthis with drones

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America must aid Saudi role in Yemen

In the absence of American support, a security vacuum will leave the country more vulnerable to terrorist organisations, Iran and Russia

While deliberating on the War in Yemen, it is important to remember that Saudi Arabia neither started nor welcomed this conflict. Rather, the Kingdom was drawn into it due to the threat posed on its southern border. In recent weeks, the threat has escalated to a barrage of ballistic missile and drone attacks on Riyadh and southern Saudi cities, as well as an attack on a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea. While deliberating on the War in Yemen, it is important to remember that Saudi Arabia neither started nor welcomed this conflict. Rather, the Kingdom was drawn into it due to the threat posed on its southern border. In recent weeks, the threat has escalated to a barrage of ballistic missile and drone attacks on Riyadh and southern Saudi cities, as well as an attack on a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea

Iran’s malignant activity aims to destabilise the region and some of America’s staunchest allies in the Gulf.

The US can assist the Saudis and Emiratis constrain Iranian hegemony and return the legitimate government to power in Yemen. If the Al Houthis do not see a path to victory, they will be forced to cease fighting and come to the negotiating table,

Counterintuitive as it may seem, as Congress prepares to debate on how to balance US and allied interests with the lives of innocent Yemenis, they must remember that the more support they provide to the Saudi-led coalition, the more protected civilians will be – by Caitlin Miller

My comment: What an odd propaganda. „America must…“ – the author thinks it does not actually?? – The craziest and worst joke ist he last sentence quoted here. Bombing them = „protecting civilians“.

Comment: Outrageous article by C. Miller who worked for the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Republican members of Congress.

Saudi Arabia: Lack of UN Resolve Gave Green Light for Iran, Houthis to Stage Violations

In a letter to the United Nations Security Council, Saudi Arabia has called for the international body implementing previously made commitments on Yemen's verification and inspection mechanism.
Riyadh criticized the Security Council and considered its “inability” to deter Iran’s influence and continued supplying of Houthi militias with ballistic missiles.
The Security Council's lack of resolve to act has given Iran and the Houthi militias the green light to commit atrocities in Yemen, the letter said.

My comment: A propaganda preparation for tightening the grip oft he blockade again? Who commits the greatest „atrocities“ in Yemen? It’s the Saudis by bombing and blockade. Who gets the most arms supplies? The Saudis, certainly not less than ca. 20.000 to 40.000 times more than the Houthis. So what????

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Houthi attacks a threat to peace in Yemen: GCC chief

Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), condemned the launch of three missiles by Iranian-backed Houthi militias, which targeted the Saudi cities of Riyadh, Jazan and Najran.
He said this was a threat to the security of Saudi Arabia, and regional and international efforts to stop the bloodshed and bring peace to Yemen.

My comment: The GCC is under 100% Saudi hegemony. – The saudi coalition air raids are much more horrible than these Houthi attacks – they should be no „threat to peace“. The GCC is warring party in he Yemen war – just Oman is not.

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Saudi’s first movie theatre signals a less paternalistic approach to public morality

On Wednesday, April 19, the first Saudi Arabian movie theater in 35 years will be opening its doors. The lifting of the country’s cinema ban is only one of many sweeping cultural reforms introduced by Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It signifies a retreat from top-down moral policing, and an opportunity for Saudi citizens to engage in political, social, and moral dialogue, however, indirect.

My comment: And the „reformer Salman“ propaganda again.

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Saudi Arabia must become a new Dubai

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and de-facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS as the 32 year-old is known, is nevertheless largely good news, certainly compared to what has gone before. Commentators who are so outraged by the headline grabbing foreign policy initiatives that bear his fingerprints – the disastrous proxy war with Iran in Yemen, for example, or the blockade of Qatar, or the softer line on Israel, or even the cosying up to Trump’s White House – that they cannot see the good work he is doing are missing the point -by Damian Reilly

Comment: Dubai is 'Dubai' because of an unmatched PR exercise driven by UK/US agenda and this article is just paving the way to a copy and paste reality.
To affirm that war on #Yemen is not as relevant as the reforms taking place in KSA is simply a sin

My comment: Fort he author’s background, look at

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Houthis’ ballistic missiles a key obstacle to peace in Yemen

The timing of the missile launches coincided with the UN envoy’s first visit to the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital. This has been interpreted by experts and officials knowledgeable with the matter in two ways. One perspective is that, with a new round of negotiations on the agenda and on the third anniversary of the Saudi-led intervention, the Houthis wanted to display military strength to build some leverage.

The other interpretation, which carries a more pessimistic reading of the peace talks’ prospects of success, sees the missile launches as a rebuke by the Iran-backed militias of UN Security Council resolution 2216. Among various other de-escalation measures, this resolution — a cornerstone of the roadmap for peace — calls for the Houthis to “relinquish all additional arms seized from military and security institutions, including missile systems.” It also calls for the militant group to “refrain from any provocation or threats to neighboring states, including through acquiring surface-to-surface missiles, and stockpiling weapons in any bordering territory of a neighboring state.”

My comment: As if there would not exist any saudi coalition air raids, which are a much greater obstacle to peace than anything else – might-be just followed by biased UNSC resolution 2216, which is no „cornerstone of the roadmap for peace“ but rather the opposite. Read

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Iran embassy in Yemen transformed into rebel training grounds

The ministry of foreign affairs confirmed reports of the embassy being used as an Iranian military facility

Iran has transformed its embassy in Yemen into a military base, the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

The ministry condemned the move saying that Iran’s interference had become the main source of instability in the Arab world’s poorest nation.

According to local media reports, the embassy is being used as a weapons cache and meeting grounds for Iranian military training consultants.

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Gargash: Our goal is to secure stability and peace for Yemen

The United Arab Emirates' Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash expressed „our goal is to secure regional stability, peace as well as prosperity for the brotherly Yemen through a political solution,"

My comment: LOL.

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More Saudi / Emirati „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids day by day

April 13:

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April 10:

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In a Sudden Air Raid, Arab Coalition Attacks a Graduations Ceremony and Kills Tens of Al-Houthis

In a suddent move, the Arab Coalition air forces launched an air raid on a graduation ceremony of Al-Houthi militias in Al-Haima Camp – Sanaa. Local sources indicated that tens of Al-Houthis were killed in the raid while hundreds were injured. Ambulances and military vehicles were seen transferring bodies from the camp to Sanaa hospitals

My comment: This certainly is fake news. Nothing at all is reported by the Houthi side.

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Hostile warplanes intensify airstrikes on provinces of Yemen

The US-backed Saudi aggression warplane intensified its airstrikes on Yemen provinces during the past 24 hours, targeting four provinces and Najran with more than 44 airstrikes left three killing and injuring one another, according to the army's military media.
In Hodeidah province, three civilians killed and injured the forth during Saudi airstrikes on the government compound and a citizen's house in Tahita district.
In Lahia district of Hodeidah, three aggression airstrikes hit Maslm fishing company and three others on a citizen farm.
In Jawf province, a civilians killed with mercenaries sniper in al- Motoon district, an airstrike waged on al- Ghail district, and another on al- Yadha area in al- Masloob district in the province.
In Saada province, an airstrike destroyed a citizen's house in Ghamr district, and another one on the main road west of al- Izd area and another on the general road in Bani Moaen area of Razih border district.
In Saada, two airstrikes targeted water project in al- Hamzat area in Sahar district, four airstrikes hit al- Saifi camp and the airport and an airstrike on Qehzah area, while an airstrike waged on al- Jamalah area in Majz district and four on Mandabah area of Baqem district.

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Film: The martyrdom of a girl and wounding others in a raid on the Saudi American aggression on the area of Talan, Saada Governorate

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Saudi warplanes launch on Taiz

A child was killed and two women injured when the US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched raids in the early morning on Alhat area in Brah in Taiz province

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Saudi airstrikes hit Taiz

A citizen was killed when the US-Saudi aggression warplane launched a ride on a car on Makbna area in Taiz province, a local source told Saba on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Saudi warplanes launched another Tow airstrikes near the of the residential city of cement factory workers on Barahh, Hugah area in the same province

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Saudi warplanes target house in Saada

Saudi aggression warplanes destroyed on Friday a citizen's home in Ghamr district of Saada province overnight


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#Saudi bombardment yesterday [April 12] on Gahza area in #Saada city destroyed this house and killed this child's parents, he is a lone now in this cruel world. (photos)

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4 Saudi airstrikes hit Hodeidah

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched four airstrikes on Bajil directorate in Hodeidah province, a local sources told Saba on Thursday. and film:

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Film: Martyrs and wounded in two raids of the US-Saudi aggression on the area of Ghamr, Saada province, 12.4.2018

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cluster bomb explosion killed a young girl in Haidan area #Saada #Yemen These cluster bombs are made in #UK & #US

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Saudi airstrike kills two at Houthi film set in western Yemen

At least two people have lost their lives in a Saudi air raid on western Yemen targeting the set of a TV series for the al-Masirah channel that is run by the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

The airstrike hit the Marawi'ah district in the Yemeni province of Hudaydah on Thursday during the filming of the TV series for the fasting month of Ramadan.

A Yemeni photographer said the victims were the series' set designer and finance director. Multiple military vehicles, including two tanks, were at the site of the attack, informed sources told AFP.

Meanwhile, a security source said Thursday's attack was one of a string of the Saudi strikes on Hudaydah.


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Three days ago a private home in Dimnat Khadir district - #Taiz - was targeted by a Coalition airstrike killing women and children
After 3 days, a girl was pulled out of the rubble alive.

The miracle-baby-girl found under the rubbles after 3 days from the airstrike on a private home in Dimnat Khadir.
Picture taken an hour ago


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“12 Days Infant Miracle in Yemen”

#Warda (which means Rose in Arabic), a 12 days baby girl, found after almost 4 days of the deadly US-Saudi airstrike that killed her whole family in #Taiz. She was thought to have been dead, but the high pressure of the missiles threw her little body away in the bushes, with no food, no water, no care but fortunately in good health. Warda’s mother, father, brothers, sisters, & other family members, totaling 15 people, were all killed while 15 others were injured. (photos)

and film

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Saudi jets attack Intl. airport, airbase in Yemen capital city

Saudi warplanes have launched seven airstrikes against the Sana’a International airport and al-Dailami air base in Yemen’s capital city as the regime pushes ahead with its aggression against its neighbor.

Saudi sources said their airstrike on Wednesday night targeted a drone hanger at the Sana’a airport.

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5 explosion till now on Aldailami air base in #Sanaa #Yemen by #Saudi led coalition bombs, it is going to be a crazy night, god save us all.

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#Sanaa Air Bombardment targets Aviation College, 60th Street (photo)

and other photo

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Arab Coalition destroys Houthi reinforcements in Hajjah

The Arab Coalition fighter jets have struck and destroyed Houthi military reinforcements and arms caches near the coastal town of Meedi in the northern province of Hajjah.

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Saudi-led airstrikes kill 4 civilians, injure 10 in Saada

At least four citizens were killed and ten others wounded on Wednesday in two airstrikes waged by US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition on Razih district of Saada province, a security official told Saba.
Two airstrikes hit Ghamar area of Razih district, killing four people, including a woman and a child, and injuring then others.

and film:

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More Saudi coalition air raids reported on:

April 14: Lahj p. Hodeidah p.

April 13: Hajjah p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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A citizen kill ,shells artillery in Jawf

The Saudi ' snipers units was killed a citizen in Matoon area in Jawf province, a local source told Saba on Saturday.
Meanwhile , the Saudi' artillery shelling target at citizens houses in the same area.
The attack left heavy damages in citizens' houses.

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Houthis receives another blow in Qaniah, Al-Bayda province. As well as defeats in the west coast in Midi. Their territory is shrinking.(map)

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Houthi’s shelling kill a civilian, wound two others southern al Hodeida

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AFP stringer in Yemen killed in shelling

A Yemeni photographer and videographer who contributed to AFP, Abdullah al-Qadry, was killed in shelling Friday in the centre of the country, his colleagues said.

Qadry died while on assignment for Yemen's Belqees television, the station said. A security source said Shiite Huthi rebels were behind the shelling.

Three other journalists were also wounded in the shelling of Qaniyah, near the border between Marib and Baida provinces in the centre of the country.

Qadry died from a shrapnel wound to the neck, according to a doctor at the hospital to which he was evacuated.

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Qassef 1: What to Know about Yemen’s Air-force Defense?

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Ballistic missile hit industrial city in Jizan

The missile force of the army and popular committees on Thursday fired a ballistic missile Badr- 1 on the industrial city of Jizan, an official in the missile force told Saba.
The missile hit its target accurately, leaving huge losses in the industrial city.

My comment: As claimed by the Houthis.

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Yemen targets Jizan industrial region with ballistic missile

The missile unit of the Yemeni army and popular committees targeted Jizan industrial region in southwest Saudi Arabia with 'Badr 1' ballistic missile Thursday night.

The Al-Masirah TV network quoted Saudi media outlets as saying that sounds of several blasts were heard in Jizan.
On Wednesday, the Yemeni army fired a Badr 1 missiles at Malek Abdullah economic township and other targets in the southwestern Saudi province of Jizan.

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Saudi Arabia intercepts new missile fired by Yemen rebels

Saudi air defense forces intercepted on Thursday evening another ballistic missile over border city Jazan fired by the Houthi militia, Al Arabiya local news reported.

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Landmines detonated east of Aden

Large explosions have rocked the temporary capital Aden as mine experts detonated large numbers of mines seized from rebels in previous times.

Landmine experts detonated them in al-Alam area to the east of the city.

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Houthi sniper kills woman in Taiz

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NGO: 53 civilians killed and injured in Houthi attacks in Taiz last March

In its report on human rights abuses in Taiz in March, the Coalition for Humanitarian Relief (CHR) said the rebels "killed nine children and three women, and wounded three children, four women and 34 men by rocket shelling" on the city of Taiz.

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Yemeni coastal city of Midi completely liberated, Yemeni national army announces

The 5th Military Region's Command of the Yemeni national army announced today the complete liberation from the Houthi militia grip of the coastal city of Midi.
In a statement carried by the Yemeni news agency, the army said it has hoisted the Yemeni national flag in the liberated city, paving the way for total victory in all occupied provinces in Yemen.

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Timeline: Yemen rebels step up Saudi Arabia attacks

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Report: Army's drone air force, ballistic missiles airstrikes targeted several Saudi targets


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Yemen's Houthis say launched drone attack on southern Saudi Aramco facility

Yemen’s armed Houthi movement said on Wednesday it launched a drone strike on a facility belonging to oil giant Saudi Aramco in southern Saudi Arabia, the group’s TV al-Masirah said.

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Saudi Aramco says Jizan facilities safe after Houthis claim attack

Saudi Aramco said on Wednesday its facilities in the southwestern province of Jizan were operating “normally and safely”

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Houthis say attacks targeted defence ministry in Riyadh, Al Masirah TV reports

Yemen’s Houthis targeted Saudi Arabia’s defence ministry in Riyadh with ballistic missiles on Wednesday, the armed group’s Al Masirah TV said on Twitter.

and this is the Houthi statement:

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Army's ballistic missiles hit Saudi defense ministry, Aramco

The missile force of the army and popular forces announced on Wednesday the implementation of large-scale ballistic strikes on various areas in Saudi Arabia.
The missile force bombed Saudi Ministry of Defense and other vital targets in Riyadh with Borkan-H2 missiles.
Several Badr-1 missiles hit Aramco Company's distribution facility in Najran region and King Abdullah Economic City in Jizan region, as well as other targets in the two regions.
Earlier on the day, the army's drones carried out intense airstrikes on Saudi Abha Airport in Asir region and Aramco company in the south of Jizan, while a Badr-1 missile hit a military supply camp of Saudi army in the same region.


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Houthi forces release footage of their large-scale missile attack on the Saudi capital

The Houthi forces released their official video from their large-scale missile attack on the Saudi capital of Riyadh this week.

As shown in the videobelow, the Houthi forces’ rocket battalion utilized Badr-1 and Burkan ballistic missiles to target the Saudi capital from their positions in northern Yemen.


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Saudi air defence forces intercept missile over Najran - statement

Saudi Arabia intercepts missile over Riyadh: Al Arabiya

Video purportedly showing missile debris near Riyadh after a missile was intercepted over #Saudi Arabia's capital

Saudi forces downed Houthi drone in Abha city - Al Arabiya TV

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Saudi says it shot down Houthi missiles over Riyadh and southern cities

Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted three ballistic missiles fired at Riyadh and other cities on Wednesday by Yemen’s Houthis who have stepped up attacks recently, threatening to escalate a rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Three rockets were shot down above the capital and the southern cities of Jizan and Najran, according to state media and the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen.


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Patriot system fails again in intercepting #Yemen-i missiles. Patriot missiles were seen falling across Riyadh and others collide with each other in the air.

video in the tweet


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Footage of Saudi interceptors taking down a Houthi missile fired at Riyadh's Ministry of Defense:


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Saudi forces: Yemeni rebel ballistic missile targets Riyadh

Saudi Arabia faced a flurry of attempted attacks by Yemen's rebels on Wednesday, with the kingdom's defense forces saying they intercepted missiles that targeted Riyadh and another city, and drones targeting an airport and an Aramco oil facility in the country's south.

The Houthi-run al-Masirah TV channel said the ballistic missiles targeted the Saudi Defense Ministry in Riyadh, among other targets in the kingdom's capital.

An Associated Press reporter in Riyadh heard three loud explosions overhead just before sunset Wednesday. Other residents of the capital posted on social media similar accounts of hearing loud explosions and seeing smoke in the sky from the possible missile interception.

Saudi forces said they also destroyed two Houthi drones targeting the cities of Jizan and the airport in Abha, also near the border with Yemen.


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Yemen's Houthi rebels fire ballistic missile at Saudi capital

Saudi air defences intercept missile fired at Riyadh, videos published on social media purportedly show.

Yemen's Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, saying the projectile traveled more than 800km into the kingdom on Wednesday.

Al Masirah, a TV network run by the Houthis, claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter, saying the rebels fired a Burkan 2-H, a Scud-type missile, towards the Saudi defence ministry.

Videos published on social media showed clouds of smoke in the sky above the capital.

According to Conflict Armament Research (CAR), the Qasif-1 drone is said to resemble Iran's Ababil-2 drone and is the latest in a line of weapons Tehran has allegedly sent the Houthis.

Despite its relatively simple technology, the Qasif-1 carries a 30kg warhead and has allowed the Houthis to target vessels in the strategic Bab Al Mandeb Strait.


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Missiles fired from Yemen intercepted over Saudi capital

Saudi Arabia has announced that its defense systems have intercepted three missiles, allegedly fired from Yemen, in skies over the capital Riyadh.

Saudi-owned broadcaster Al-Arabiya on Wednesday quoted authorities in the Saudi air defense forces as saying that three loud blasts heard in the city earlier in the day were related to the interception of the missiles.

Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement said its missiles had targeted the Saudi Defense Ministry building in Riyadh, Yemeni TV reported.

Earlier reports from Riyadh said three loud blasts had been heard in the city and that the government had provided no immediate details on the location of the explosions and what may have caused them.

Witnesses said they heard at least three blasts across Riyadh and three separate clouds of smokes could be seen above the city.

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Oil Prices Surge After Houthi Missile Attacks On Riyadh, Aramco Facilities

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Martin Humphrey, who is following the cases for less than 1000 Yemeni refugee in Europe posted the following photos and narrative:
"Hidden talent in Spain. Yemeni refugee artist seeking creative opportunities. (photos

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Photos: Graffiti campaign held in Yemen to call for peace [at Sanaa]

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AP PHOTOS: In war-torn Yemen, music lessons offer refuge

For the young people who receive lessons from Abdullah El-Deb'y, music is a refuge from the misery of Yemen's devastating war.

El-Deb'y offers free lessons to students eager to escape — at least psychologically — for a time the suffering caused by the war and is seeking to form a national orchestra amid the bombing comprised of young Yemenis. =


Ayoub Taresh: Playing Solo with the Soul

It’s very hard to write about Ayoub Taresh: he’s a public icon with a long creative life, whose tales were scrutinized by fans until everything available was known, but at the same time he remains a mystery because he guards his privacy. He’s one of the few Yemeni artists who is adored by everyone, and continues to be adored year after year.

It has been noted that Taresh was known as a composer since the release of his first song. His voice was solely used for his compositions, and he never composed for another artist. His tunes received much praise, and are known to listeners immediately.


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Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-403 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-403: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

und alle Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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