Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 407 - Yemen War Mosaic 407

Yemen Press Reader 407: 25.4.2018: Saudi-Luftangriffe, 33 (Hochzeit) u. 18 Tote (Tankstelle)–Westl. Medien schweigen zu Saudi-Kriegsverbrechen–Bericht: Kriegsopfer–USA-Schuld an Kriegsverbrechen
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April 25, 2018: Saudi coalition air raids in Hajjah killed 33 (wedding party) and 18 (fuel station) – Western media stay mostly quiet on Saudi war crimes – Civilian impact monitoring report – The US, guilty of dozens of war crimes – 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

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff tötet 33 auf Hochzeit / Most important: Saudi air raid killed 33 at wedding

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff auf Tankstelle tötet 18 / Most important: Saudi air raid at fuel station killed 18

cp1d Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff tötet Huthi-Präsident / Most important: Saudi air raid killed Houthi president

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

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = 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:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-einfuehrende-artikel-u-ueberblicke

Neue Artikel / New articles

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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UN Human Rights Council: Press briefing note on Yemen

In Yemen, at least 45 people, reportedly all civilians, have been killed by airstrikes in three separate incidents over the past four days. The dead include women and children. Many others were injured.

Last Friday, 20 April, at around 11:00 am, a Saudi-led Coalition airstrike killed all the passengers in a civilian vehicle travelling near Al-Areish village in the Mawza district of Taizz governorate. A total of 21 civilians including five children are reported to have died in this attack. Eyewitness told our staff in Yemen, that the victims were returning to their home on a small rural road, when the airstrike destroyed their vehicle. The bodies of the victims were so badly burned and mutilated that they have been hard to identify. Local inhabitants insisted to our staff that, at the time of the attack, there were no military objects in the vicinity of the targeted area.

Two days later, on Sunday 22 April, airstrikes caused a large number of civilian casualties in two separate incident.

In the most devastating of these, at around 20:30-21:00 hrs, during a wedding ceremony in the Bani Qa'is district of Hajjah governorate, preliminary inquiries by our staff suggest that two airstrikes killed at least 19 civilians and injured some 50 others, of whom more than half were children. According to information received by UN human rights staff in Yemen, the two Coalition airstrikes destroyed a wedding tent in the grounds of a civilian house in Al-Raqah village, while the victims were celebrating the marriage of their relatives. Local inhabitants informed our staff that the victims do not have any political affiliation – not to say that that would have made the wedding party a legitimate target. They also claimed there were no military objectives in the vicinity of the targeted area at the time of the attack.

Our office is still working on gathering more information on the names, ages and gender of the civilians killed and injured during this deplorable incident. Initial information indicates that 29 children were among the 50 or more people injured in the attack. The final toll of deaths and injuries during this incident may be higher.

Earlier on Sunday, at around 14:00, in the Midi district of Hajjah governorate, a Coalition airstrike reportedly hit a civilian house, killing all five members of a single family, including three children and one woman. Our staff were informed that the victims were having lunch inside their house, in an area called Al-Hadwariah, when it received a direct hit from a missile. The family’s neighbours told UN human rights staff that they had seen warplanes in the area just before the incident.

We note that the members of the Coalition are conducting an after-action review of the attack on the wedding party, but urge them to fully investigate all these latest deadly attacks independently, thoroughly and transparently. Those found to be responsible should be held accountable and reparations or remedy provided to the victims. We also urge them, once again, to ensure that all their forces observe the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/press-briefing-note-yemen-and-nicaragua

My comment: „air strikes“? No, Saudi coalition air strikes. – And the Saudi coalition is urged “to fully investigate all these latest deadly attacks independently, thoroughly and transparently“??? LOL, really!!

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Media suspiciously quiet on US & UK-backed Saudi atrocities in Yemen

On Sunday night, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen hit a wedding party in Hajja province, killing up to 50 people. Strangely, no one in the Western media is calling for sanctions or regime change in Riyadh.

In fact, it seems they’re not that concerned at all. This is despite the fact that Saudi Arabia has been repeatedly accused of indiscriminate bombing in Yemen during a military campaign which has brought 8 million civilians to the brink of famine.

By early evening on Monday, BBC News was displaying not one, not two, but five stories about the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new baby boy. At the time of checking, there was no story at all about Yemen featured on the BBC’s front page.

Cynical minds might suspect this is because the British government is party to the slaughter in Yemen through its selling of massive amounts of weapons to the Saudi government. In the BBC’s piece on the attack, hidden seven stories down on the World News page, there was no mention at all of this relationship between London and Riyadh.

The Guardian and the Independent gave more prominence to the Yemen story than the BBC, both displaying reports on the front pages of their websites – but the levels of outrage were seriously muted in comparison with the reaction to alleged attacks on civilians by the Syrian government.

Journalists in the United States seem to be suffering from the same kind of selective outrage. A CNN story on the deaths in Yemen initially did not mention the words ‘Saudi Arabia’ until the seventh paragraph. The story was later updated to include news of the death of top Houthi leader Saleh al-Sammad, while the news about the deaths of up to 50 people at the wedding was knocked down to the fourth paragraph. This strange reluctance to be harsh on Riyadh or to give the Yemen war the prominence it deserves in the media, is clearly an effort to downplay atrocities which won't play as well in front of a Western audience. It's harder to play the role of the outraged anchor when you have to explain that the US signed an arms deal worth $110 billion with Saudi Arabia last year – a deal which included $7 billion worth of “precision weapons” from Raytheon and Boeing – by Danielle Ryan

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/424980-yemen-saudi-strike-media/

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The U.S.-backed Saudi coalition just killed dozens of civilians in Yemen. Where’s the outrage?

Maybe the difference in outrage between the Saudi attacks and Assad’s reported killing of dozens of people with chemical weapons earlier this month comes down to the choice of weapons, with a uniquely strong international condemnation of chemical weapons in particular.

But perhaps beyond that, there’s the inconvenient reality that the mainstream media and most American politicians don’t like to acknowledge, which is America’s routine complicity in heinous acts of violence, including Saudi Arabia’s killings of dozens of civilians in the past few days.

A few have spoken up, including Sen. Chris Murphy from Connecticut.

But, unfortunately, it seems the American media establishment, like Congress, doesn’t care that we’re helping the Saudis commit round after round of atrocities in Yemen – all without congressional approval. That’s just what the United States does, apparently.

How many more people need to die? How many innocent people can the Saudis kill and still be considered an ally? What does it take for Congress to do its job? – by sal Rodriguez

https://www.pe.com/2018/04/24/the-u-s-backed-saudi-coalition-just-killed-dozens-of-civilians-in-yemen-wheres-the-outrage/

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Boy clinging to his dead father won't become face of Yemen war for millions in the West (GRAPHIC)

A harrowing image taken after the Saudi-led bombing of a wedding party in Yemen last Sunday showed a young boy clinging to his dead father’s body. But it’s a safe bet he won’t become the face of the war in the mainstream media.

Photos and footage were taken after the bombing, which happened in a remote village in the northwestern province of Hajjah. Appearing to be aged seven or eight, the boy tightly grasps the body of a man, grabbing his shirt and repeating “no, no, no” as rescuers try to take him away. People on the ground told Ruptly the boy insisted his killed father was just sleeping, and would soon wake up and take him to their home village not far from the one that was bombed.

He most probably remained there for hours, judging by how some of the images were taken at night and some in the morning. A Ruptly cameraman said the father’s body was the last one to be removed from the scene, and the boy stayed with it until the very end.

Here is a little prediction. This boy will not feature at prime time in the mainstream media, regardless of how heart-wrenching are his little figure and fruitless defiance. No well-paid anchor with perfect make-up will say in a tearful voice how she cannot look at him. No correspondent will confront the Saudi foreign minister, showing him the pictures, saying: “This is a war crime, sir.” At the UN Security Council, his tragedy will not be used to denounce a criminal regime, killing civilians with impunity.

A boy needs to be a bombing victim in another country to get this kind of attention in the West. Somewhere, where the bombs killing civilians are not supplied by the US or the UK. Where obvious signs of malnutrition would not be a silent accusation against Saudi Arabia, which blocks the supply of food, medicine and fuel to people opposing its invasion. One needs to be in Syria, not Yemen.

The MSM apparently have a very selective approach to child victims of militant violence, according to which many are simply not worthy of sympathy and coverage. A blind spot covers the Gaza Strip, where children were hurt and killed in the past week by Israeli soldiers manning the border wall. Or Ukraine’s rebellious east, where children were killed by shelling in their dozens in 2014, when post-coup authorities in Kiev deployed the army to bring the rebels to heel. Or in any other place in the world, where the violence is committed by the “right side.”

The 50-something killed at the Yemeni wedding were simply added to the statistics of the war, eventually making their way to the latest report by the UN or Amnesty International. They are unlikely to affect Saudi Arabia’s ability to purchase Western weapons, receive Western intelligence for bombings, or get refueled in the air.

One just has to wonder who that boy will grow up to be – by Alexandre Antonov (photos, film)

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/424942-boy-face-yemen-war/

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Civilian Impact Monitoring Report - April 2018

There was little change in the overall conflict during February and March.Fighting characterised by airstrikes and shelling continued on the major frontlines in Hajja,Al-Jawf,Nihm,Marib,Taiz,Al-Bayda and Lahj, including regular reports of civilian casualties, both on and away from frontline areas. Meanwhile, missiles continued to be launched across the border into Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh,which prompted retaliatory airstrikes on locations in Yemen,including civilian areas.

However, in the five target governorates there was an overall slowdown in hostilities, especially in Sana’a governorate and Marib.As a result, the civilian impact from conflict events in the five governorates fell in February and March compared to the prior two months.

CIMP recorded 252 incidents with civilian impact compared to 322 in the previous reporting period, a 21% decrease in incidents.

Sa’ada again saw the most incidents, 141, more than twice as many as the next highest, Al-Hudaydah, where 65 incidents were recorded.

As a result of this decrease in incidents,the reporting period saw a corresponding fall in the number of civilian casualties, which reduced from 818 to 439, a 46% decrease.

In particular, the deadliness of the incidents decreased, with the number of civilian fatalities declining from 507 to 202 (-61%), almost three times the fall in incidents.

However, although the number of civilian casualties fell,the number of child and female casualties increased.The percentage of civilian casualties that were children or women more than doubled from 16% to 36%.

As with the previous reporting period, the vast majority of incidents were the result of airstrikes, which caused 160 incidents (63% of the total), a slight decrease from the two-third of incidents caused by airstrikes last month.This was followed by shelling, 71 incidents (28%); UXO, 8 incidents (3%); SAF, 7 incidents (3%); landmines, 3 incidents (1%); armed clashes, 2 incidents (1%); and IEDs,1 incident (1%).

As with the previous reporting period, airstrikes were the deadliest type of armed violence, accounting for 75% of the total civilian casualties.This,though,is a decrease from the previous period,when airstrikes caused 90% of the civilian casualties.

Of the 252 incidents in the reporting period, 202 were assessed to have generated psychosocial trauma (80%, a slight drop from the 85% of incidents in December and January). Vulnerability was also recorded in 193 incidents, 77% of the total number of incidents, a 3% increase from the previous period.

The 252 recorded incidents of civilian impact from armed violence generated damage to 682 civilian structures. The largest change in the impact on civilian structures was on farms,which almost doubled from the previous two months,rising from 56 to 111, a 98% increase.All of the other categories of civilian structures saw a decrease compared to the previous period.

The direct civilian impact caused by the armed violence decreased compared to the previous 2-month reporting period. Loss of livelihood was the greatest direct civilian impact, affecting 510 households (a 29% decrease).The largest decrease was in terms of displacement, which fell from 1,268 to 465 (-63%). This was primarily the result of a slowdown in armed clashes in both southern Al-Hudaydah and the capital.

The number of incidents with an indirect civilian impact also fell; however,the assessed protection implication of these incidents was unchanged due to the large number of households that may potentially have been affected by damage to critical infrastructure and other key facilities.More than 1 million households were again assessed to have potentially experienced some form of restricted access to infrastructure across the five governorates.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/civilian-impact-monitoring-report-april-2018 and in full: https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/cimp_bi-monthly_report_feb-march_2018.pdf

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The United States Is Guilty of Dozens of War Crimes in Yemen, and Perpetuating the Misery of Its People

These all appear to be war crimes, and the United States is complicit.

The war in Yemen is almost beyond understanding, from a humanitarian perspective as well as a geopolitical one. Here’s a simple breakdown of what the U.S. says it’s doing, versus what it’s actually doing:

What we say: We’re going after al Qaeda!

What we do: We’re backing Saudi Arabia in a proxy war against Iran!

In this war, Saudi Arabia has intentionally targeted and killed hundreds if not thousands of Yemeni civilians. Knowing this, we’ve sold the Saudis well over $100 billion in arms and weapons systems that they use to kill those civilians. Trump announced last year we were doubling that amount.

And even though we here in the U.S. hear next to nothing about Yemen in the news, we’ve been bombing the place for over a decade. Last year the U.S. military under Trump’s orders carried out two ground raids in Yemen, killing dozens of civilians, including women, children, and babies.

These are war crimes.

This all raises three urgent questions I hope to address here:

  1. Why are we in Yemen?
  2. Why are we helping the Saudis commit war crimes?
  3. Why aren’t we doing anything about it?

These are obviously war crimes, and the U.S. is complicit. An international war crimes tribunalruled in 2013, with the endorsement of the U.S., that in order to aid and abet a war crime, someone must offer support that has a “substantial effect” on the crime, and the person must be aware that this support has a “substantial likelihood” of aiding that crime.

Why Aren’t We Doing Anything?

First of all, things are thorny with the Saudis and the Iran deal. Trump loves the Saudis, or wants to be seen as loving them, and mostly because of business deals and the like. He registered eight companies in Saudi Arabia during his campaign. Coincidentally, the Saudis like our weapons, and coincidentally, both groups hate Iran and the nuclear deal.

In the end, it’s all about Iran. Our perceived need to check Iran is worth supporting war crimes that blow up weddings and funerals and the bodies of women and children.

But are we legally liable here? We might get off on a technicality that we’ve created.

It sounds insane, but because the United States has refused to join the International Criminal Court, citing constitutional reasons among other things, the ICC can’t prosecute us. Ha ha! What’s more, it seems no country or group really has standing to prosecute us, aside from possibly the United Nations. That’s because the official government of Yemen, the one Saudi Arabia supports that got overthrown in 2015, is in favor of Saudi Arabia’s intervention.

Also worth noting, the seven countries that voted against the ICC treaty are China, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Qatar, the United States, and yes, Yemen.

That said, we might be able to act domestically – by Roger Sollenberger

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/04/the-united-states-is-guilty-of-dozens-of-war-crime.html

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No End in Sight for US-Backed Yemen War as Airstrike Kills At Least 20, Including Bride, at Wedding

We speak to Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Yemeni doctoral candidate at Harvard University.

“And, you know, U.S. claims that we are there to help them with precision targeting, but the fact of the matter is, is that civilians have beared the brunt of this war. You mentioned 15,000 people have been killed. That’s just the number of people who have been killed by airstrikes. We also help them maintain the blockade, that’s killed 113,000 children in 2016 and 2017 alone, due to malnutrition and disease, because, you know, water is very limited in the country.

Saudi Arabia doesn’t manufacture its own weapons. They rely on countries like the U.S. and the U.K. and even Canada to supply them with the weapons needed to wage this incredibly destructive war on a country that really posed no threat to them.

The U.S. is in Yemen on two different fronts. On the one hand, they are trying to target, you know, anybody suspected of being al-Qaeda or ISIS. And that’s largely done through drone strikes, that began—or that really escalated under Obama’s administration and have continued through Trump’s administration. And then, the other front, which is unauthorized by Congress, is this support, this blanket support, of Saudi Arabia in its war on Yemen.

Now, you know, they’ve mentioned Iran as a cause, as a reason to intervene in Yemen. The fact of the matter is that, you know, there’s very little evidence that Iran is interfering in any significant way in Yemen.” (with interview in film)

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/4/24/us_backed_saudi_airstrikes_kill_at = https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/04/24/yemeni_student_saudi_double_tap_air_strike_on_yemeni_wedding_party_only_possible_because_of_us_arms_sales.html

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The Enduring Shame of U.S. Support for the War on Yemen

The U.S. provides Saudi coalition planes with the arms and refueling they use to carry out these attacks, and it would be much more difficult for them to continue their bombing campaign if that assistance were cut off. Defenders of the indefensible policy of supporting the Saudi-led war insist that coalition attacks would be less accurate and kill more civilians if the U.S. weren’t involved, but there is no reason to believe this is true.

The Saudis and their allies routinely hit civilian targets on purpose. There is no other explanation for the systematic and repeated attacks on farms, water systems, and other civilian infrastructure. There is no other credible explanation for the numerous attacks on funerals, weddings, and schools. Giving them advice on targeting and providing them with more precise weaponry just makes them better at killing innocent Yemenis. Refueling their planes gives their planes more time to carry out additional attacks, and that means that continued U.S. support guarantees more civilian casualties. The despicable practice of “double tapping” the targets that coalition planes strike is further proof that that the Saudis and their allies are hitting civilian targets deliberately.

Even if the Saudis and their allies were simply incompetent and kept hitting so many civilian targets by mistake, they continue to make “mistakes” at such a high rate that U.S. advice obviously has no effect. Making the U.S. complicit in Saudi coalition war crimes is bad for us and far worse for the innocent Yemenis who keep dying. The Senate made a horrible mistake when it refused to cut off military support for this atrocious war, and they need to correct that error as soon as possible. Support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen is a mark of enduring shame on our country’s reputation, and every day that the U.S. keeps enabling Saudi coalition war crimes that mark gets bigger – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-enduring-shame-of-u-s-support-for-the-war-on-yemen/

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Yemen: Cholera & Diphtheria Response - Emergency Operations Center - Situation Report No. 30 (14 April 2018)

Cholera

In week 15, there are 1,942 suspected cases and 2 associated deaths.

The cumulative total of suspected cholera cases reported since April 2017 to 14 April 2018 is 1,089,507 with 2,274 associated deaths across the country.

Diphtheria

As of 14 April 2018, the local health authorities reported a total of 1,584 suspected diphtheria cases including 85 associated deaths (CFR=5.4%).

The diphtheria outbreak has affected 195 districts from 20 governorates. At governorate level, Ibb and Sana'a are the most affected governorates.

Children (<5 years of age) represent 20% of suspected diphtheria cases and 38% of associated deaths. The most affected age group is 5-15 years old representing 44 % of the cases.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-cholera-diphtheria-response-emergency-operations-center-situation-report-no-30-14

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Film: Fighting Malaria in Remotes Regions of Yemen

IOM and the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) run by the Government of Yemen are working together to fight malaria in the country. Despite the challenging situation in the country, the NMCP and its staff with the support of IOM were able to reach the at risk population living in hard to reach areas in the province of Ta’izz and to distribute more than 280,000 bed nets impregnated with insecticide. These nets can protect the user for around 3 years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWXr38PTCLM

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff tötet 33 auf Hochzeit / Most important: Saudi air raid killed 33 at wedding

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It was a #US made bombs type MK82

Photo of Fragments of one of the bombs used by #Saudi #UAE strikes on wedding in Bani Qais in #Hajah province (photo)

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/989022657613062144

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Wikipedia: 22 April 2018 Hajjah airstrike

On 22 April 2018, an airstrike by the Saudi Arabian coalition hit a wedding in the Bani Qayis district of Hajjah Governorate, Yemen. Casualty estimates vary, with the Houthis-owned Al-Masirah reporting the toll later that day to be at least 33 civilians including the bride,[3] while other estimates are higher.[4] Forty-five other people were injured as a result of the airstrike.[5]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Hajjah_Governorate_airstrike

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Mindestens 20 Tote bei Luftangriff auf Hochzeit

Ein Luftangriff der saudi-arabisch geführten Koalition im Nordjemen hat nach Behördenangaben eine Hochzeitsgesellschaft getroffen. Mindestens 19 Gäste und die Braut seien getötet worden, sagte der Chef der Gesundheitsbehörde in der Provinz Hadscha, Chaled al-Nadhri, am Montag der Nachrichtenagentur AP. Bei den meisten Opfern handele es sich um Frauen und Kinder, die in einem der beiden für die Hochzeit aufgestellten Zelte gewesen seien.

In Videoaufnahmen von dem Angriffsort waren abgerissene Gliedmaßen und ein kleiner Junge in einem grünen T-Shirt zu sehen, der weinend und schreiend den leblosen Körper eines Manns umklammerte.

Der Leiter des Krankenhauses im Bezirk Bani Kajis, Mohammed al-Saumali, sagte, der Bräutigam und 45 Verletzte seien in sein Krankenhaus eingeliefert worden. Sein Stellvertreter sagte, unter den Verletzten seien 30 Kinder, einige in kritischem Zustand mit Schrapnellwunden und abgetrennten Gliedmaßen.

Ein Sprecher des Gesundheitsministeriums in Sanaa sagte, Rettungswagen hätten nicht sofort zu den Opfern fahren können, weil die Kampfjets weiter über dem Ort flogen.

https://www.stuttgarter-nachrichten.de/inhalt.jemen-mindestens-20-tote-bei-luftangriff-auf-hochzeit.27797c0f-2081-4905-8aec-a8295e486627.html

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Mindestens 20 Tote bei Luftangriff auf Hochzeit

Bei einem Luftangriff der saudisch geführten Militärkoalition auf eine Hochzeit im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen sind mindestens 21 Menschen getötet worden. 57 weitere Personen seien bei mehreren Bombardements am Sonntag nordwestlich der Hauptstadt Sanaa verletzt worden, sagte der Direktor des örtlichen Gesundheitsbüros, Ajman Madhkur, am Montag der Deutschen Presse-Agentur.

https://derstandard.at/2000078473037/20-Tote-bei-saudischem-Angriff-auf-Hochzeit-im-Jemen

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Saudischer Luftangriff auf Hochzeitsfest im Jemen – Dutzende Tote

Nach Angaben der Quelle in der örtlichen Gesundheitsbehörde sind nach zwei Luftschlägen der Koalition auf ein Hochzeitsfest in der Ortschaft Bani Kais in dem Gouvernement Haddscha 33 Menschen getötet und 55 verletzt worden.

Die Quelle präzisierte, unter den Verletzten seien 30 Kinder gewesen, drei von ihnen hätten durch Schüsse Körperglieder verloren. Die Verletzten seien in die Krankenhäuser von Haddscha gebracht worden, so die Quelle.

Die Quelle fügte hinzu, dass es noch Vermisste gebe, deren Anzahl nicht genau bekannt sei. Die Suche laufe weiter.

https://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20180423320445664-jemen-luftangriff-saudi-arabien-huthi/

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Saudische Luftschläge im Jemen treffen Hochzeitsgesellschaft und töten mindestens 20 Menschen

Der Leiter des Al-Dschumhuri-Krankenhauses im jemenitischen Hadschdschah sagte Reuters in einem Telefongespräch, dass in das Krankenhaus 40 leblose Körper gebracht worden wären. Die meisten von ihnen waren demnach schlicht zerfetzt, 46 Personen wurden mit Verletzungen eingeliefert, darunter 30 Kinder. Einige von ihnen befinden sich mit Granatsplitter-Wunden und abgetrennten Körperteilen in einem kritischen Zustand. Der Fernsehsender Al-Masirah schrieb auf Twitter, dass es 33 Tote und 55 Verletzte gab. In der Nacht von Sonntag auf Montag gab es auch Berichte, dass in Taiba eine vierköpfige Familie durch Luftangriffe ums Leben gekommen wäre.

Der höchste Vertreter des Gesundheitsamts von Haddsch, Khaled al-Nadhri, teilte AP mit, dass es sich bei den meisten Toten um Frauen und Kinder handle, die sich in einem Hochzeitszelt aufhielten. Auch die Braut sei unter den Opfern. In den sozialen Medien verbreiteten sich Bilder der Getöteten und eines Jungen im grünen T-Shirt, der den Körper eines getöteten Mannes umarmte und dabei schrie und weinte. Hilfe kam erst spät, zu groß war die Angst, dass weitere Luftangriffe folgten.

https://deutsch.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/68864-saudische-luftschlaege-auf-jemenitische-hochzeit/

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Ärzte ohne Grenzen verurteilt Luftangriff auf Hochzeitsfeier in der Provinz Hadscha

Teams der Hilfsorganisation Ärzte ohne Grenzen haben im Krankenhaus von Hadscha im Norden des Jemen nach einem Luftangriff auf eine Hochzeitsgesellschaft 63 Verwundete behandelt. Flugzeuge der von Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten geführten Militärkoalition hatten am späten Sonntagabend eine Serie von Angriffen auf ein abgelegenes Dorf im Distrikt Bani Kais geflogen, wo die Feier stattfand. „Was in Bani Kais geschehen ist, ist empörend: 13 der Verletzten sind Kinder“, sagt João Martins, Landeskoordinator von Ärzte ohne Grenzen im Jemen. „Angriffe auf Zivilisten sind eine gravierende Verletzung des internationalen Völkerrechts. Die Menschen erreichten das Krankenhaus in Festkleidung, die traditionell zu Hochzeiten getragen wird. Niemand war bewaffnet oder kam in Militäruniform an.“

Die Angriffe fanden am Sonntag gegen 23 Uhr statt. Die Verwundeten wurden zunächst mit Eseln weggebracht, da die einzigen beiden Autos im Dorf bei den Angriffen zerstört worden waren. Ersthelfer und zwei Krankenwagen aus dem Krankenhaus in Hadscha kamen erst mit Verspätung im Dorf an, weil die Flugzeuge, die weiterhin über diesem kreisten, weitere Angriffe befürchten ließen. Die Krankenwagen transportierten schließlich bis zu sechs Verwundete gleichzeitig in das Krankenhaus. Den ersten Patienten nahm die Klinik um Mitternacht auf.

„Ich war im Hochzeitszelt, als ich die Luftangriffe hörte. Danach bin ich hingefallen und habe das Bewusstsein verloren“, erzählte der 12-jährige Kamal den Mitarbeitern von Ärzte ohne Grenzen. „Als ich aufwachte, sah ich, dass die Menschen aus dem Zelt rannten. Einer meiner Cousins starb bei dem Angriff.“ Ein Mann, der 20 Minuten vor dem Angriff das Zelt verlassen hatte, berichtete von Leichen am Boden, überall sei Blut gewesen und Kinder hätten verzweifelt nach ihren Eltern gesucht. „Unter den Toten waren auch Kinder. Sie spielten draußen, während ihre Eltern im Zelt feierten. Dann gab es den Angriff“, sagte er. Viele Frauen und Kinder im Ort sind traumatisiert und wissen nicht, was mit ihren Angehörigen passiert ist.

Die meisten Verletzten haben Gliedmaßen verloren oder wiesen Wunden durch Granatsplitter auf.

https://www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.de/jemen-hadscha-luftangriff-zivilisten-kinder

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Film: Jemen: Verstörende Bilder, die Sie wohl nicht bei „Qualitätsmedien“ finden - (18+)

Am Sonntag haben saudische Jets einen Bombenangriff auf eine Hochzeit in Jemen geflogen. Videos vom Ort sind herzzerreißend und werfen die Frage auf: Wie werden auf dieses Kriegsverbrechen die Massenmedien reagieren, wo man zuvor so ausführlich über den von dessen „Schauspielern“ schon mehrmals dementierten Giftgasangriff in Duma berichtet hat?

Der Schlag hat in einem abgelegenen Dorf im Nordwesten des Landes, im Gouvernement Haddscha stattgefunden. Dabei sind mehr als 50 Menschen ums Leben gekommen, hauptsächlich Kinder und Frauen.

Es wurden mehrere Videos nach dem Angriff veröffentlicht. Einige davon zeigen einen Knaben, sieben oder acht Jahre alt, der sich am Körper seines Vaters festhält und schreit „nein, nein, nein!“, als die Retter versuchen, ihn wegzuholen. Augenzeugen haben berichtet, dass der Knabe darauf bestanden habe, sein Vater sei nur eingeschlafen und werde bald aufwachen und ihn nach Hause bringen.

Laut den Videos und den Angaben eines Kameramanns hat der Knabe mehrere Stunden neben dem Körper seines Vaters verbracht.

https://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20180424320461422-jemen-angriff-video/ = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsM8cQD9Yjc = http://www.berlinertageszeitung.de/component/yendifvideoshare/video/1136.html?start=120

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Saudi Coalition Kills 33 At a Yemeni Wedding Party

There is no excuse for blowing up a wedding party. There is clearly no military purpose served by attacking these people, and most of the dead and wounded are women and children. The death toll will very likely increase due to the severity of some of the injuries. This is a clear violation of international law, and unfortunately it is just one of thousands like it over the last three years. Other weddings in Yemen have been similarly turned into the sites of Saudi coalition massacres during this war. This is far from the first time this has happened, and unless the Saudi-led war on Yemen is ended it won’t be the last.

The Saudi coalition keeps carrying out these attacks with no regard for the lives of civilians, and our government continues to arm and refuel their planes as they do it. The Saudis and their allies know they can act with complete impunity because the U.S. keeps providing military assistance and diplomatic cover no matter what they do to Yemeni civilians. Our State Department won’t even report on the war crimes that they commit. Instead of being treated as the war criminal that he is during his visit to the U.S., Mohammed bin Salman was feted and embraced by our government,

The idea that U.S. support is reducing the number of civilian casualties is impossible to take seriously when it seems undeniable that many of the coalition’s attacks on civilians are done on purpose.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/saudi-coalition-kills-33-at-a-yemeni-wedding-party/

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US-Backed Coalition Bombs Wedding Party in Yemen, Killing Dozens

In social media, journalist Glenn Greenwald reminded readers of the U.S. connection to Saudi Arabia's assault on the impoverished country, which has led to what the U.N. has called "the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time"—and which would not be possible without U.S. support.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/23/us-backed-coalition-bombs-wedding-party-yemen-killing-dozens

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At least 88 killed, injured at wedding in Hajjah

At least 88 victims of the wedding massacre of the US-backed Saudi-led aggression warplane were killed and injured, which targeted a wedding in al-raqah area at Bani Qais in Hajjah province, a medical official told Saba on Monday.
The number of killing rose to 33, and injuring to 55 civilians, noting that the Republican Hospital in Hajjah province received 46 injuring victims of the airstrikes, said the official.
The Republican Hospital declared a state of emergency yesterday evening because of the continued flow of casualties to it.. Calling citizens to donate blood.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494065.htm and first report by Saba http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494038.htm

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Yemen: MSF Condemns Airstrikes on a Wedding Party in Hajjah

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) received 63 wounded in a hospital it supports in Hajjah, Yemen, following a series of nighttime airstrikes by the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition on a wedding party in a remote, impoverished village in Bani Qays district on April 22.

"Attacks on civilians are a serious violation of international humanitarian law," said João Martins, MSF head of mission in Yemen. "What happened in Bani Qays is appalling. Among the 63 wounded our teams have treated, 13 are children. These people arrived at the hospital in garlands traditionally worn to celebrate marriage. None were armed or arrived in military uniform.”

The hospital in Hajjah received its first patients at midnight, after the strikes occurred around 11 p.m. on April 22. The wounded were initially carried away from the scene by donkeys, as the only two cars in the village were damaged in the strikes. First responders and two ambulances from the MSF-supported hospital eventually arrived in the village, but were severely delayed because the aircraft circling overhead raised the specter of more strikes.

"I was inside the tent when I heard the airstrikes," said one 12-year-old boy who survived. "After that I fell down and lost consciousness. When I woke up, I saw people running away from the tent. I had been inside with my brother and the groom is my friend. One of my cousins died in this attack."

Another patient described a chaotic scene and dismembered bodies on the ground, covered in blood. Children, he said, were frantically searching for their parents.

"Some of the dead bodies were children," he said. "Children were playing outside while their parents attended the wedding inside the tent. That's when the attack happened."

At Hajjah hospital, the ambulances arrived with as many as six patients at a time. The injured had mainly lost limbs and suffered shrapnel wounds. At least three patients required amputation, including two brothers, who each lost a foot. By early morning, many residents of Hajjah had come to the hospital to donate blood. In two hours, 150 bags were collected to treat the wounded.

https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/article/yemen-msf-condemns-airstrikes-wedding-party-hajjah

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Doctors describe horror after Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen wedding

“These people arrived at the hospital in garlands traditionally worn to celebrate marriage - None were armed or arrived in military uniform."

12-year-old Kamal told the medical charity that he collapsed as the bombs started to fall.

“When I woke up, I saw people running away from the tent,” he said.

“I had been inside with my brother and the groom is my friend. One of my cousins died in this attack.”

A man named Darees, who had left the wedding minutes before the attack described chaotic scenes as he returned - with dismembered bodies on the ground and children frantically searching for their parents.

"Some of the dead bodies were children,” he said. “Children were playing outside while their parents attended the wedding inside the tent. That's when the attack happened."

https://www.newstalk.com/Doctors-describe-horror-after-Saudiled-airstrikes-hit-Yemen-wedding

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Saudi-led air strikes kill at least 20 at Yemen wedding

Air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition killed at least 20 people attending a wedding in a village in northwestern Yemen late on Sunday, residents and medical sources said.

The head of Al Jumhouri hospital in Hajjah told Reuters by telephone that the hospital had received 40 bodies, most of them torn to pieces, and that 46 people had been injured, including 30 children, in air strikes that hit a wedding gathering.

Residents and medics told Reuters that 20 people attending the celebration were killed and at least 30 injured.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/saudi-led-air-strikes-kill-at-least-20-at-yemen-wedding-idUSKBN1HU0W6 and more reports: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/4/23/saudi-airstrikes-kill-scores-at-yemeni-wedding and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5646639/20-killed-40-wounded-air-raid-Yemen-wedding-medics.html and https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/at-least-20-killed-as-airstrike-hits-yemen-wedding-officials-say

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Yemeni wedding targeted by Saudi jets in Hajjah province

A wedding ceremony in Yemen's has been targeted by Saudi airstrikes as the kingdom continues with its relentless war on the impoverished country.

According to Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Sunday, dozens of people were killed in the airstrikes which took place in the country's Hajjah province.

The Saudi jets also carried out raids on ambulances trying to transport the wounded from the attack to local hospitals.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/23/559383/yemen-wedding-saudi-airstrike

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Saudi jets bombard Yemeni wedding ceremony, 20 martyred / Pics

Deputy director of the Al-Jamhoury hospital reported that the number of wounded, as a result of the US-Saudi aerial aggression attack on a wedding ceremony at the Bani Qais district, is over the capacity of the Hospital in Hajjah governorate.
A wedding ceremony in Yemen's has been targeted by Saudi airstrikes as the kingdom continues with its relentless war on the impoverished country.
Latest reports suggest as many as 20 people lost their lives and 40 others sustained injuries during the airstrike in Hajjah Province.
"We opened a field hospital to receive victims, and we appealed to the citizens to donate blood," he said.
The deputy director pointed out that there are large numbers of victims lots of them still under the rubble. Ambulance crews could not reach the scene of the crime because of the continued flight intermittent, a state of emergency health was declared.
The Saudi jets also carried out raids on ambulances transporting the casualties to local hospitals.
For his part, the director of the Health Office in Hajjah governorate stated that the crime of brutal aggression against citizens at a wedding in the Beni Qais district came hours after another crime that wiped out a whole family in Midi.
A spokesman of the Ministry of Health said in a phone call with Al-Masirah that Al-Jamhoury hospital in Hajjah declared a state of emergency, the health situation is very critical in the province.

http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/saudi-jets-bombard-yemeni-wedding-20-martyred_890515.html

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Yemen officials: Saudi-led airstrike hit wedding, killing 15

Yemeni health officials say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in the country's north hit a wedding party, killing at least 15 people the previous day.

Khaled al-Nadhri, the top health official in the northern province of Hajja, told The Associated Press on Monday that most of the dead were women and children who were gathered in one of the tents set up for the wedding party in the district of Bani Qayis.

He says the bride was also among the dead.

Hospital chief Mohammed al-Sawmali says the groom and 45 of the wounded were brought to the local al-Jomhouri hospital.

https://www.businessinsider.de/ap-yemen-officials-saudi-led-airstrike-hit-wedding-killing-15-2018-4?r=UK&IR=T

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The airforce of the aggression prevents ambulance teams from reaching to Alraqa village in Bani Qais, #Hajjah province, to aid the victims of the targeted wedding.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.963391330380564.1073741829.961126490607048/1719337174785972/?type=3&theater

#Saudi jets still hovering over the area, and it prevents ambulance teams from reaching to Alragah area #Haja governorate #Yemen. They have killed people in their wedding party and now they are preventing the rescuers team from reaching the victims. Heartbreaking

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/988171738788909060

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PHOTOS:

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1804286989867287

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/988179470375964673

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/988229398791905282

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/988229663448322048

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/988183962962087937

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/988363743389200384

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/989020800605974529

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/989017693733957638

photos of a child lying next to his dad after an attack by #Saudi air strikes on a wedding party in Alragah area #Haja #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/988233397209321472

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/988442302220849152

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/988330600078639104

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/988445171833540609

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/988443434678661126

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/988418869810352128

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/988446272536436739

FILMS:

Video of Rescuers trying to convince a crying little boy to let go of his dead father body He kept crying saying NO NO NO this is the aftermath of #Saudi #UAE strikes on a wedding in Bani Qais area in #Hajah NW #Yemen 33 dead 55 injured Many still missing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzPmual84pE = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS_X5qX7khg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F5gak0RdHU = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwokQrF6xyk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU2rUGxs-dQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h81CCFvFnqc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOcPLm2jVtk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HH39s86Be4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug0kKSP-2yY

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/988330600078639104 and https://twitter.com/DrAl_Lawati/status/988302228678209536

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/videos/1720375101348846/

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2018/04/23/dozens-killed-air-raid-yemen-wedding/34181383/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-airstrike-wedding-party-killed-injured-bani-qayis-saudi-coalition-latest-updates-a8317826.html

http://www.reuters.tv/v/uqz/2018/04/24/saudi-led-coalition-strikes-yemen-wedding-medics = https://www.reuters.com/video/2018/04/24/saudi-led-coalition-strikes-yemen-weddin?videoId=420825238&videoChannel=-13382 (Reuters)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsM8cQD9Yjc (Sputnik News)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZegpY4moW4 (Aljazeera)

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Yemen: Saudi coalition strikes wedding, kills bride and guests

“Such mistakes are unacceptable and the Saudi-led coalition must launch an investigation,” youth activist Murad Abdu told MEMO.

“By targeting civilians, the Houthis benefit by mobilising more tribal fighters and also accusing the Saudi-led coalition of committing war crimes.”

“We should question whether the Yemeni army commanders on the ground sent the wrong information to Saudi Arabia’s military command,” Abdu continued.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180423-yemen-saudi-coalition-strikes-wedding-kills-bride-and-guests/

My comment: Who is this funny figure speaking of mistakes??? Look at https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/separatists-government-headquarters-aden-180128073439998.html

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We sell them the planes and the bombs. We provide intel and help them select the targets. We refuel their planes mid attack. There is a U.S. imprint on every civilian death in Yemen – by Senator Chris Murphy

https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/988437699756548097

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Airstrikes kill scores at Yemen wedding

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/23/middleeast/saudi-yemen-wedding-airstrikes-intl/index.html?sr=twCNN042318saudi-yemen-wedding-airstrikes-intl0908AMStory

Comment: You need to say Saudi airstrikes @CNN why not mention culprit?

https://twitter.com/AishaJumaan/status/988450987013632002

My comment to comment: Because this is typical Western “reporting”.

And as reported on a pro-Hadi website:

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Saudi Airstrikes Blow up Wedding Party, Killing Dozens

http://almasdaronline.com/article/98521

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Arab Coalition to investigate airstrike claims on wedding in Yemen

The Joint Forces Command of the Arab Coalition has announced it is investigating claims alleging that coalition forces have targeted a wedding tent in the Beni Qais district in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Spokesperson of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in Support of the Legitimate Yemeni Government, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, on Monday said that the Command is "reviewing the post-action procedures for all its executed operations, especially in the place and time of the alleged incident," noting that the preliminary results will be announced once the comprehensive operational review is completed.

Al-Maliki also stressed the keenness of the Joint Forces Command to adopt and implement the rules of engagement in accordance with the rules and provisions of international humanitarian law

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302684262

My comment: LOL, LOL, LOL. Look: “Claims”. This was a Halloween party??

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff auf Tankstelle tötet 18 / Most important: Saudi air raid at fuel station killed 18

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Eighteen killed and Thirteen wounded in the early morning on Monday when US-Saudi aggression warplanes target a raid on petrol station in Abis district in Hajja province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494216.htm

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Saudi air attack on NW Yemen kills 18 civilians

The attack happened in a gas station which was located in Abas town in Hajjah, killing 18 people and injuring 13 others, Yemeni TV Channel 'Almasirah' reported.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82895570

PHOTOS:

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1804498726512780

FILM:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4qsX_ZnHbQ

cp1d Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff tötet Huthi-Präsident / Most important: Saudi air raid killed Houthi president

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Politischer Anführer der Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen getötet

Im Jemen ist der politische Anführer der Huthi-Rebellen, Saleh al-Sammad, getötet worden. Nach Angaben des von Huthi geführten TV-Senders Al-Masirah TV ist er in der vergangenen Woche bei einem Luftangriff der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Militärkoalition ums Leben gekommen.

Sammad war der Chef des Obersten Politischen Rats und zuletzt der Chef des politischen Arms der Rebellen. Er galt als relativ moderat. In der Vergangenheit plädierte er mehrfach für einen Kompromiss mit dem früheren Staatschef Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. Saudi-Arabien hatte ein Kopfgeld von 20 Millionen Dollar auf Sammad ausgesetzt. Nach dem Anführer der Huthis, Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Huthi, galt er in Saudi-Arabien als zweitwichtigste Figur der Rebellen.

Sammad war einer der Wortführer der Rebellen in der Öffentlichkeit.

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/jemen-politischer-anfuehrer-der-huthi-rebellen-getoetet-a-1204399.html und auch https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2018-04/jemen-huthi-rebellen-luftangriff-saudi-arabien

Mein Kommentar: Samad fungierte als Präsident des von den Huthis beherrschten Nordjemen, eine Rolle, die westliche Berichterstattung verunklart anstelle sie zu erklären.

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Film: Mord an Jemens Huthi-Anführer gefilmt

Der TV-Sender Al Arabia hat ein Video von einem Luftangriff der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Koalition auf ein Auto des Vorsitzenden des „Obersten Politischen Rates“ Jemens, Saleh as-Sammad, eines der politischen Anführer der Milizen, verbreitet.

Auf der Aufnahme ist zu sehen, wie zwei Raketen gestartet werden. Die erste davon trifft den Wagen, in dem sich angeblich der Huthi-Anführer befunden haben soll. Daraufhin bremst ein zweites Auto, aus dem Leute weggelaufen. Dann wurde die zwei Rakete abgefeuert.

https://de.sputniknews.com/panorama/20180427320491880-jemen-anfuehrer-mord-video/

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Martyrdom Alsamat by Saudi aggression raid in Hodeidah

SANAA, Apr. 23 (Saba) - The President of the Supreme Political Council Saleh al-Samad was killed on Thursday 19 .Apr. by US-Saudi aggression warplane on Hodeidah when he in a national mission, announcement issued by the Supreme Political Council on Monday to Saba news agency.
The Supreme Political Council and all Yemeni people mourns al-Samad’ martyrdom.
The Supreme Political Council declaration of mourning for three days.
Meanwhile, the Council members approved the selection of Mahdi Mohammad Hussein Al-Mashat as President of the Council for the next session in accordance with the Council’s internal regulation

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494128.htm

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Members of the #Houthi so-called Supreme Political Council (SPC) as well as members of the their-formed government were not informed of al-Sammad's death (head of SPC) until it was made public.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/989071289288675328

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ANALYSIS: Houthi leader's death strikes at heart of Yemeni group

Houthis will find it hard to replace Saleh al-Samad, whose death in a Saudi air strike suggests group's security has been compromised

Political leader, negotiator and military commander, Houthi number two Saleh al-Samad's death in a Saudi air strike has left a large hole in the Yemeni movement's leadership, analysts and experts have told Middle East Eye.

Yet, they say, his demise last week could signal even greater concerns for the Iran-backed movement, with the security of their top commanders now appearing compromised and an assault on key port Hodeidah on the horizon.

As the head of the Houthis' supreme political council, Samad negotiated with their erstwhile allies, the General People's Congress (GPC), smoothed relations with local Yemeni tribes, and was effectively head of Houthi-controlled parts of the country. Question marks now surround his replacement, Mahdi al-Mashat, formerly the representative of the rebel leader Abdul Malek al-Houthi, and his ability to replicate Samad's effectiveness.

"It will be very hard to replace him," Yemeni analyst Baraa Shiban tells Middle East Eye.

"Samad managed to keep some form of tribal structure within the Houthi movement. Mashat is more extreme in terms of his views so I find it so hard to see him doing a similar job."

What perhaps is more worrying for the Houthi leadership is that Samad's death was probably a deliberate, targeted assassination.

According to Shiban, Hodeidah was only hit by one air strike on Thursday, targeting the taxi in which Samad was travelling in, suggesting the normally secure circles around Houthi and his top commanders is now compromised.

Information about the whereabouts of the leadership is tightly controlled, and only a very limited number of people are able to track commanders' whereabouts – by Daniel Hilton

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/samad-death-spells-trouble-houthi-leadership-war-effort-376673593

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Yemeni Sources: Breach in Houthi Command Ranks Facilitated Sammad Killing

Yemeni military sources revealed on Tuesday that penetration within the ranks of the Houthi command had facilitated the killing of Saleh al-Sammad, head of the rebel militia’s so-called Supreme Political Council, after an Arab Coalition raid.
A spokesman for pro-government forces, Brigadier Abdo Majli, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Coalition airstrike was the result of an accurate intelligence operation and a breach in the ranks of the Houthi command.
Majli asserted that the killing of Sammad has dealt a painful blow to the Houthis.
On Monday, the Iran-backed militias confirmed the death of head of their coup council in a Coalition strike last Thursday, saying Mahdi al-Mshat was appointed as his successor.
“Houthis should now be convinced that their intelligence apparatus was breached and that the Coalition and the Yemeni National Army are able to track their militia leaders anywhere they go,” he said.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1248736/yemeni-sources-breach-houthi-command-ranks-facilitated-sammad-killing

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US responsible for Yemeni official assassination

Newly appointed President of the Supreme Political Council of Yemen Mahdi Mohammad Hussein Al-Mashat said that the US is responsible for assassinating former head of the council Saleh Ali al-Sammad.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82897586

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Yemen's Houthis vow to avenge death of leader Saleh al-Samad

Several Houthi leaders and members of the political council on Monday strongly condemned the death of Saleh al-Samad, head of the Houthi Supreme Political Council, by an air strike last Thursday in Hodeidah on Yemen’s west coast.

The current Houthi leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, said in a televised speech on Monday that Samad’s death will have severe consequences.

"This crime will not pass without punishment; neither this nor other crimes like the targeting of a wedding in Hajjah province that left dozens dead and injured," al-Houthi said.

Al-Houthi said that the US and the Saudi Arabia are responsible for Samad's death.

Samad's history

Samad was born in 1979 in the Houthi stronghold of Sa'ada's Sahar near the Saudi border. Samad graduated from Sanaa University and studied Islamic theology in Sa'ada. He was a student of Badr al-Deen al-Houthi, believed to have kickstarted the Houthi rebellion in 2004.

Samad helped wage the last three Houthi rebellions against the provincial government in Sa'ada, during which the government designated him one of 55 most-wanted Houthis.

When he was part of the insurgency in 2007, Samad lost two brothers and warplanes destroyed his house.

Hadi groups celebrate

Pro-Hadi activists welcomed Samad’s death, considering it a blow to the Houthis.

Yemen’s exiled government called his death “a painful blow to the Houthis that will shroud their political and military state with confusion," spokesman Rageh Badi told al-Riyadh newspaper.

He said that Samad's death sends a clear message to Houthi leaders that "Iranian terrorism" will lead to their demise.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemens-houthis-pledge-revenge-death-leader-saleh-al-samad-2077843753

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Ansarullah Vows to Hit Saudi, UAE Kings' Palaces after Assassination of Yemeni Official

"The aggressive countries have violated all international laws and war redlines by targeting high-ranking politicians. Assassination of al-Sammad will leave no impact on Yemen but it will make us give a crushing response to the aggressive countries with all our power," Abdolnasser al-Rashedi, a senior Ansarullah member, said on Wednesday.

"Yemen is fully ready to give a response to the aggression and it will fire its missiles at the palaces of those kings whose countries are members of the aggressive coalition. Based on the Yemeni defense ministry's statement, there will be no more safe haven for the Saudi and UAE kings from now on and Yemen will reciprocate their action with a strong response," he added.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970205000686

Reports by Western media:

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Yemen war: Houthi political leader killed in coalition air raid

Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, the leader of the rebels, said Samad was killed on a road with six companions after meeting with local officials.

"We consider the so-called forces of aggression, especially America and Saudi Arabia, responsible for killing of Samad and all the consequences of this crime," said al-Houthi, who is the most wanted Houthi leader on the coalition's list.

Houthis have appointed Mahdi al-Mashat, previously director of Abdel Malek al-Houthi's office, to replace Samad, al-Masirah TV reported.

http://www.dw.com/en/yemen-war-houthi-political-leader-killed-in-coalition-air-raid/a-43502941

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5648287/Yemen-Huthi-political-leader-killed-coalition-raid-rebels.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43872482

and by Saudi media:

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Saudi-led coalition airstrike kills Yemen’s Houthi No. 2 Saleh Al-Sammad

Saleh Al-Sammad, the second in command of the Houthi militia, was killed last week in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition, the Iran-allied militia confirmed on Monday.
Al-Sammad, head of the Houthis’ so-called Supreme Political Council, was killed in the eastern province of Hodeida on Thursday, the militia announced in a statement published on the Houthi-run Saba news agency.
He was second only to Houthi leader Abdel Malek Al-Houthi on the coalition’s most-wanted list. A $20 million reward had been offered for any information leading to Al-Sammad's capture.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1290006/middle-east

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Alleged VIDEO of Saudi Airstrike Killing Houthi Political Leader Appears Online

a video, allegedly showing the Saudi raid, appeared on YouTube: one of the missiles hit a car, while the other is believed to have targeted another car and several people standing nearby.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201804271063950838-saudi-airstrike-houthi-leader-killed/

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[Video of attack]

https://vid.alarabiya.net/2018/04/23/swa23/swa23___swa23_video.mp4

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/988484193867960321

https://twitter.com/j_wdx/status/988510231767470080

Comment: If their visual/targeting technology is this advanced, then what excuse do they have for the relentless targeting of civilians..

https://twitter.com/Zayed17/status/988547595017641984

My comment to comment: None, absolutely none. And with them, their US masters.

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UN Secretary-General condoles on death of President Al-Sammad

The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, on Tuesday expressed condolences of the UN Secretary-General on the death of President Saleh Al-Sammad.
In a telephone conversation with Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein al-Ezzi, the UN envoy voiced his regret for the assassination, which he said is denounced and a violation of international laws.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494281.htm

Comment: Even giving @OSE_Yemen the maximum benefit of my abundant & cynical doubt, I really don't think the UN envoy to #Yemen would say this

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/988863767248363521

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The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) was responsible for the airstrike that killed a senior leader of the Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis), according to Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

“The RSAF has targeted the second-most senior Iranian-backed Houthi commander Saleh al-Sammad,” Prince Khalid Tweeted on 24 April. (paywalled)

http://www.janes.com/article/79565/saudi-air-force-credited-with-killing-yemeni-rebel-leader

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Film: Yemenis rally to honor top Ansarullah official killed in Saudi airstrikes last week

https://www.facebook.com/PRESSTV/videos/2007664845941959/ = https://www.facebook.com/PRESSTV/videos/vb.145097112198751/2007664845941959/?type=2&theater

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Yemen’s Supreme Political Council condemns martyrdom of president al-Sammad

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494200.htm

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Supreme Political Council announces the appointment of Mehdi Mashat as the President of the Council successor to the martyr President (photo)

https://twitter.com/hamid_rezq/status/988449973133029376

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Film: Abdel Malik al-Houthi Leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, on TV.

https://www.facebook.com/PRESSTV/videos/vb.145097112198751/2004900636218380/?type=2&theater

and

Speech Leader of the Revolution Abdulmalik Badradean al-Houthi

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494189.htm

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Strategically, this death changes nothing - there is more pressure by Arab coalition to take Hodeida but Samad's death does not enhance their chances. Spirit of revenge my unfortunately be on the rise instead of the spirit for peace in #Yemen

https://twitter.com/khoury_nabeel/status/988480839112712193

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Killing of Saleh Al-Sammad was the "success of a unique intel op, the first of its kind since the war started in 2015." Unique, 1st time...Is this why an American drone was flying over Yemen's Hodeidah from Wednesday night? The U.S. has started waging war directly on Houthis?

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/988476902670299136

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Who Is martyred President Saleh al-Sammad?

http://en.ypagency.net/2018/04/23/who-is-the-assassinated-yemeni-president-saleh-al-sammad/

and also

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saleh_Ali_al-Sammad

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Samad had Houthi enemies. He publicly regretted Houthi killing of former Pres Saleh. He also tried to have M. Ali al-Houthi arrested 8weeks ago

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/988734793360773121

cp2 Allgemein / General

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

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Five Questions on the Yemen Peace Process

This interview is with Tawakkol Karman, the founder and president of Women Journalists Without Chains. In 2011 Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of her work to advance women’s rights and participation in peace-building efforts in Yemen.

Women are significantly underrepresented in peacekeeping efforts in Yemen and around the world. Why do you think it is important for women to be present in peace-building efforts?

How are Yemeni women contributing to peace and security within their own communities and across society? And how do you think Yemeni women will contribute to the peace process as it moves forward?

https://www.cfr.org/blog/five-questions-yemen-peace-process

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Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung: Audio: Der vergessene Krieg im Jemen

Der Jemen wird aufgerieben in einem Mehrfrontenkrieg: 10.000 Menschen wurden seit 2015 getötet, drei Viertel der Bevölkerung ist von humanitärer Hilfe abhängig, Millionen vom Hunger bedroht. Was geschieht da eigentlich im Jemen - und wie konnte es zu diesem verheerenden Krieg kommen?

https://www.boell.de/de/podcast/boellfokus/der-vergessene-krieg-im-jemen-boellfokus

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Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 17 – 23 April 2018 | Issue 12

Aden: Partners continued to assist the current IDP caseload. Although the humanitarian response has improved through stronger coordination with subnational clusters, some gaps remain in Shabwah,
Hadramaut and Al Maharah Governorates.

Sana’a: Ground fighting in Al Bayda Governorate escalated during the reporting period, resulting in the displacement of approximately 50 families.

Sa’ada: The protection cluster reports that in the period from 12 to 18 April, the number of civilian impact incidents in Sa’ada increased from 23 to 30.

Ibb: Western frontlines in Taizz Governorate witnessed a military escalation during the reporting period.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-update-covering-17-23-april-2018-issue-12

and

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen Situation Report March 2018

Over the month the warplanes continue to intensify their airstrikes and new ground offensives undertaken by the parties to the conflict leave ever increasing casualties and wounded, in addition to contributing to worsening the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people and negatively affecting the Cluster Partners reach to beneficiaries due to access and security constraints.

[Reports from regional hubs]

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-situation-report-march-2018-enar

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Iran Accuses the U.S. of Fabricating Evidence That Tehran Armed Houthi Rebels With Missiles

To the Trump administration, the recovered missile fragments were incontrovertible proof that Iran was illicitly arming Yemen's Houthi rebels. Yet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif brushed it off Tuesday as little more than cheese puffs.

Zarif, in an Associated Press interview, said that one such logo was from the Standard Institute of Iran, which he said regulates consumer goods — not weapons.

"It's a sign of quality," Zarif said. "When people want to buy it, they look at whether it's been tested by the Standard Institute of Iran that your cheese puffs are good, your cheese puffs will not give you a stomach ache."

He laughed and added, "I mean, nobody will put the logo of the Standard Institute of Iran on a piece of missile."

Zarif also pointed to a truck-size section of a missile that the U.S. said was recovered in Saudi Arabia and was transferred to a military base near Washington, where it was on display behind Haley for a photo-op. Zarif noted that the missile had been supposedly shot down in mid-air.

"I'm not saying Ambassador Haley is fabricating, but somebody is fabricating the evidence she is showing," Zarif said.

http://time.com/5253538/iran-houthi-missiles-evidence-fabricated/ = https://www.businessinsider.de/ap-cheese-puffs-iran-says-haley-showed-fabricated-houthi-proof-2018-4?r=UK&IR=T

Comment: Hmmm. This is what Iran says about the US 'proof'. Indeed there were many sceptics in the media at the time, and experts say the missile had some parts from Iran and some from USA. Isn't it funny how the supply of weapons to war zones by 'the Other' gets such negative publicity whereas the supply of weapons made in 'our' factories is hardly mentioned ?

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156629551998641

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International Organisations in Yemen Aggrieved and Outraged by Attacks on Civilians

By Danish Refugee Council, ZOA, Norwegian Refugee Council, INTERSOS, CARE, Saferworld, Mercy Corps, Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion, Action Against Hunger USA, Médecins du Monde, International Medical Corps, Save the Children, Global Communities

Following more indefensible attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure this week, international nongovernment organisations in Yemen strongly condemn an upsurge in violence across the country that is having gross and disproportionate impact on civilian safety, infrastructure and humanitarian space.

We are aggrieved and outraged by reports of Saudi-led Coalition airstrikes on a wedding in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate on Monday morning that killed at least 22 people and injured more than 60 others, including children, later followed by a hit on a petrol station that killed at least 18. This follows distressing reports of at least 15 civilians killed by an airstrike on a house in Ibb earlier this month.

Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure are unacceptable. We are alarmed by the apparent disregard of all parties to the conflict for the safety of women, men and children whose civilian status affords them protection from acts of war.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/international-organisations-yemen-aggrieved-and-outraged-attacks-civilians

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Film: Are world leaders doing enough to stop the war in Yemen?

What more can the international community do?

Presenter: Jane Dutton

Guests: Hussain al-Bukhaiti - pro-Houthi journalist

Nabeel Khoury - former US diplomat and deputy chief of mission in Yemen for the State Department

Noha Aboueldahab - visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center

https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2018/04/world-leaders-stop-war-yemen-180424170059971.html

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Yemen Matters

Many Americans want to wash their hands of the Middle East, and Yemen—poor, violent, and torn apart by proxies—would seem like a good place to start. Yet, further U.S. disengagement from Yemen would be a serious mistake. In fact, the United States should be looking for smart ways to do more, and it should do so now. Perhaps even more important, Yemen has become a trap for U.S. allies and a playground for U.S. adversaries. Saudi Arabia reportedly spends $5 billion a month on operations in Yemen, while drawing harsh criticism for its seemingly indiscriminate targeting and indifference to human suffering. Iran probably spends less than 1 percent of that amount supporting the Houthis, taunting the GCC states and reminding them of Iran’s regional power. By most accounts, the Houthis are increasingly rapacious and brutal, which may be a sign of growing desperation.

Yemen’s challenges are difficult, but they are not intractable. The GCC states seem to have internalized that they cannot bomb their way to victory in Yemen

Resolving issues in Yemen will take years. A new UN Security Council resolution will be needed that is more closely tailored to the current political landscape, and spoilers will need to be kept at bay. Not only is southern secession an enduring political challenge, but the conflict has also empowered a range of malign actors whose expectations will need to be managed.

What this calls for is not some kind of neocolonial effort where the United States tries to fix Yemen, as it tried to fix Iraq after decades of Saddam Hussein’s brutality, nor does it call for billions of U.S. aid dollars. What Yemen needs instead is U.S. leadership among like-minded Western allies, GCC partners, and in the UN system. It needs the United States to help forge consensus on promoting a new national dialogue, allowing access to food and medicine and reconstituting the economy – by Jon B. Alterman

https://www.csis.org/analysis/yemen-matters

My comment: Yes, a new UN SC resolution is urgently needed. But the US will not be the state which would be able to play a role of peace broker here. US foreign policy is committed to Us elite strategical and economic interests only, and this will not change just for Yemen. The best thing the US could do is give way to a new UN resolution and otherwise to keep off. But this will not happen.

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Yemen Continues to Spiral

On April 3, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres called Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, with 22 million people needing medical, food, and security assistance.

Aid organizations are trying to operate in the midst of persistent global conflicts; they are now being deliberately targeted.

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Interactive map of Yemen

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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Strikes that 1) fail to distinguish between civilian and non-civ targets, and/or 2) cause collateral damage out of reasonable proportion to military value...are war crimes. The Saudis have a carried out a hell of a lot of strikes in Yemen that violate those standards.

This pattern represents either gross incompetence, or willful malice, in Saudi military operations. There's not a third option. Given this it is utterly indefensible for the US and others to maintain arms sales and military involvement in these operations.

US policy on Yemen needs to wake up to the reality that the Saudis are not making even minimal attempts to avoid these atrocities. Continuing to tolerate and even coddle this sort of behavior makes the US complicit and doesn't help the Saudis much either – Thread by Jeremy Konyndyk

https://twitter.com/JeremyKonyndyk/status/988406976991424512

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The Saudi Coalition’s Despicable Attacks on Yemeni Civilians

The Saudi coalition is slaughtering Yemeni civilians by the dozens on a regular basis, and all indications are that it is doing so on purpose. All parties to the conflict have committed war crimes, but the coalition is responsible for most of the civilian casualties in the war at the same time that their blockade strangles the civilian population by depriving them of essential food, fuel, and medicine. No one can seriously believe that the coalition is trying to avoid civilian casualties when they have killed scores of civilians in a series of deliberate attacks on obvious civilian targets in just the last few days.

U.S. military assistance to the coalition makes our government party to this conflict, and it implicates us in the coalition’s many war crimes. The Trump administration is clearly not using that assistance to influence and pressure the Saudis and their allies to stop their attacks on civilian targets. The coalition governments can ignore any private complaints they get from Washington because they assume that the U.S. will never cut off its support for their war. The only way to change the Saudi coalition’s behavior is to deprive them of the means for carrying out the bombing campaign, and that means no more arms sales, refueling, or intelligence.

The U.S. must halt its support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen, or it will be aiding and abetting more slaughters like the ones we have seen in the last week – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-saudi-coalitions-despicable-attacks-on-yemeni-civilians/

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No Remorse in US after Saudi ‘Weekend of Mayhem’ Kills Scores in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has stepped up its air campaign in Yemen, killing at least 78 Yemenis since Friday, worsening the situation for the country which is already experiencing the greatest humanitarian crisis in modern times. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, joins Loud & Clear on Radio Sputnik to talk about the raids.

"You'd think that everybody who met with the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from Saudi Arabia when he was doing his three-week tour of all the elites in the United States would now be regretting having gone to the gala dinners with him and may be doing something even more, like asking him why are they killing people at wedding parties or residential neighborhoods or a commuter bus like they did this weekend," Benjamin told Loud & Clear hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou. "But I don't see much of an outcry. In fact, I don't see any outcry from any of the people that he met with."

Benjamin said that she went to Yemen after that attack and heard the same laments from all the locals. "They all said the same thing: ‘The US refuses to apologize for what it did and then tries to buy us off with some money that we have to fight with them about, and they haggle what's the price of our loved ones,'" Benjamin recalled. About a year after the attack, the Americans had "given about almost a million dollars in compensation to the different parties, but it made people on the ground even madder because of the way they did it."

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201804241063845611-Saudi-Weekend-of-Mayhem-Kills-Scores-Yemen/

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Saudi-led bombing of wedding in Yemen may amount to a war crime

The International Rescue Committee calls on UN Panel of Experts to investigate

Ciaran Donnelly, Senior Vice President of International Programs at the International Rescue Committee, said:

“This is not the first time that civilians at a wedding party have been killed by coalition airstrikes, it is despicable, and points to either gross negligence or, a deliberate strategy to commit war crimes. Only the Saudi-led coalition (SLC) has an air force, and there can be no justification for a strike on such an obvious civilian celebration.

It is high time that the international community hold the SLC and its backers, especially the United States and the United Kingdom to account. The US, UK and France, which sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and provide the SLC with intelligence and logistical support to conduct the bombings, must immediately halt weapons sales and work to end the war.

The UK must publicly support a full investigation of violations of IHL and lead UN efforts in support of the new UN Special Envoy, to adopt a new resolution that explicitly demands an immediate cessation of hostilities.

https://www.rescue.org/press-release/saudi-led-bombing-wedding-yemen-may-amount-war-crime

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PressTV Iran: Tonight #PressTVDebate discusses the deadly Saudi war on Yemen

https://www.facebook.com/PRESSTV/videos/2005019589539818/

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Film: Jemen: Opfer des Krieges

Ahmed bin Ahmed Salim Halisi dachte, er hätte seine Familie aus der heißen Kampfzone gebracht. Aber er hatte sich getäuscht.

http://www.ardmediathek.de/tv/Weltspiegel/Jemen-Opfer-des-Krieges/Das-Erste/Video?bcastId=329478&documentId=51857456 = https://www.daserste.de/information/politik-weltgeschehen/weltspiegel/videos/jemen-saudi-arabien-opfer-video-100.html

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Film: #Yemen is bleeding every moment and the world watching silently

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/988188247070334976

(B K)

Beautiful US weapons failed to bring Yemenis to their knees: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Saudi Arabia has not been able to bring the people of Yemen to their knees even with the use of "beautiful US weapons."

Zarif made the remarks on Sunday during an interview with the al-monitor television network.

"The Saudis remain under the false assumption, which they also had in Syria, that they can achieve a military victory, this is why the war on Yemen continues," he said.

During the interview Zarif once again stressed the only possible solution to the situation in Yemen is a political one.

www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/22/559374/iran-yemen-saudi-zarif

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Fare giornalismo dal fronte dello Yemen

Gravi violazioni del diritto umanitario, emergenza sanitaria, milioni di sfollati e le strategie dei “signori della guerra”. Intervista a Laura Silvia Battaglia, giornalista e documentarista.

https://www.cittanuova.it/giornalismo-dal-fronte-dello-yemen/

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Film: Alliance of aggression hampers the entry of ships to the port of Hodeidah 22-04-2018

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

Film: Port of Hodeidah refutes allegations of the American - Saudi aggression 22-04-2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCJsV7wgcLc

(A P)

Saudische Medien: Huthis halten 19 Öltanker vor jemenitischer Küste fest

Die jemenitischen Huthis halten 19 Öltanker davon ab, in den Hafen von Hodeidah einzulaufen, berichten saudische Medien, die den Botschafter des Königreichs im Jemen zitieren.

Der Botschafter nannte drei mögliche Gründe für die Beschlagnahmung, darunter den Versuch, Geld von den Schiffseignern zu erpressen, "die anhaltende Hungersnot des jemenitischen Volkes" und einen Plan zur Zerstörung der Tanker, die dem Roten Meer große Umweltschäden zufügen würden.

Allerdings sind die einzigen Medien, die über die Beschlagnahmung der Tanker berichten, saudische Quellen, und es gibt keine Bestätigung von einer externen Quelle, dass die Huthis die Schiffe tatsächlich beschlagnahmt hätten. Auch über die Herkunft der Schiffe wurden keine Angaben gemacht.

https://deutsch.rt.com/asien/68923-saudi-medien-houthis-halten-19/

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Saudi Media Claims Houthis Are Holding 19 Oil Tankers Hostage Off Yemeni Coast

The ambassador suggested three possible reasons for the detention, including an attempt to extract money from the owners of the vessels, “the continued starvation of the Yemeni people”, and a plan to destroy the tankers, causing major environmental damage to the Red Sea.

However, the only media sources reporting the tanker seizure are Saudi sources and there has been no confirmation from an external source that the Houthis have indeed seized any tankers yet. No details have been disclosed as to the origin of the vessels, either.

According to Saudi Arabia, the Houthis - a Shiite militia backed by Iran - are holding the port of Hodeidah as “a tool of war”. The port is one of the largest in the war-torn country, and it is the destination for many oil tankers and humanitarian aid. It is also controlled by the Houthis unlike other large ports, which the Saudi-led coalition closed earlier, worsening the plight of starving Yemenis.

https://www.rt.com/business/424937-houthis-hold-19-oil-tankers/ = https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-23/saudi-media-claims-houthis-are-holding-19-oil-tankers-hostage-yemeni-coast

as here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/houthi-militias-take-19-ships-hostage-preventing-aid-from-reaching-yemeni-people-300634974.html

Remark: The so-called “he Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO)” is just the Saudi propaganda “relief” organisation.

And read this:

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Saudi Embassy Claims "Hostage" Situation Off Yemen

While the embassy's announcement asserted that the vessels have been "detained" and blocked from entering the port, it did not specify whether Houthi personnel have boarded and seized the vessels, nor whether any of the ships have been prevented from departing.

Platts attempted to confirm the embassy's claim, but could not find independent verification. EUNAVFOR said that it had no reports of "any tankers being captured" in the Red Sea; shipping industry sources had not heard of a maritime security incident in the area; and the Saudi embassy in London was not aware of the issues reported by the Saudi embassy in Washington.

https://maritime-executive.com/article/saudi-embassy-claims-hostage-situation-off-yemen#gs.hsxjLTw

and

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EU naval force unaware of Red Sea tanker seizures after Saudi embassy report

The European Union naval force responsible for monitoring shipping around the Horn of Africa region is unaware of a tanker security situation off Yemen reported by the Saudi Embassy in Washington late Monday.
"We have had no reports of any tankers being captured," said a spokesperson for EU Navfor in an emailed statement.

S&P Global Platts trade flow software cFlow showed that there are 17 products tankers currently outside the Hodeida port with a total tonnage of 310,400 dwt, equivalent to slightly more than one VLCC.
These product tankers typically carry less than 90,000 mt of clean products. Many among these ships will be for local transit and won?t be of consequence in the international trade flow, said a clean oil tankers' broker in Singapore. Smaller ships, or barges, usually carry between 1,000 mt to 10,000 mt of cargoes.

https://www.platts.com/latest-news/shipping/london/eu-naval-force-unaware-of-red-sea-tanker-seizures-26947759

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

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Rotes Kreuz zum Krieg im Jemen: Infrastruktur völlig kollabiert - eine der schlimmsten Krisen

Die Situation im Jemen zeige einen "strukturellen Zusammenbruch wesentlicher Güter und Dienstleistungen" mit einer "zerfallenden Infrastruktur", schilderte der ehemalige Leiter der Delegation des Internationalen Komitees vom Roten Kreuz (IKRK) im Jemen, Alexandre Faite, der am Dienstag in Moskau sprach.

https://deutsch.rt.com/kurzclips/68954-rotes-kreuz-zum-krieg-im-jemen/

und

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Film: War-torn Yemen's infrastructure in full collapse, crisis is one of the worst – Red Cross

Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is waging a bombing campaign with thousands of civilian victims, is facing the collapse of its whole infrastructure and not enough aid is coming in, the former Red Cross head in Yemen told RT.

"It's wider than a famine," Alexandre Faite said of the situation in the country. "There's a problem with structural collapse of the system in Yemen. You have problems of water, you have problems of sanitation… There's also a crisis that has led to a million suspected cases of cholera last year."

With the country's infrastructure falling apart due to the ongoing fighting, "it's not only one of the most serious crises that I've seen, it's one of the most complicated," the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) official said.

https://www.rt.com/news/425043-yemen-aid-red-cross-saudi/ = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqDS0nb2X-k

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Bildergalerie: Jemen, Wie lebt ein Kind im Krieg?

Zu Beginn des vierten Kriegsjahres sind nahezu alle Kinder im Jemen auf humanitäre Hilfe angewiesen. Akute Mangelernährung, die Gefahr eines erneuten Choleraausbruchs sowie der Zusammenbruch der Infrastruktur und des Schulsystems bedrohen das Leben von Millionen.

https://web.de/magazine/unicef/jemen-lebt-kind-krieg-32769348

(A H)

Human Needs Development - HND

Our working partner in Italy "(Comitato Nour) / Help assistance: Shoes and Socks" made it true:

We from HND are so lucky to give you the following pictures.from our today`s project in Sanaa and we really can not thank you enough: (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/HndOrg/posts/1006635939487873 = https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1721284487924574

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District Access Severity as Perceived by Humanitarian Actors (as of February 2018)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-aden-hub-district-access-severity-perceived-humanitarian-actors-february-2018

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-al-hudaydah-hub-district-access-severity-perceived-humanitarian-actors-february-2018

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-al-mukalla-hub-district-access-severity-perceived-humanitarian-actors-february-2018

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-ibb-hub-district-access-severity-perceived-humanitarian-actors-february-2018

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-saada-hub-district-access-severity-perceived-humanitarian-actors-february-2018

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-sanaa-hub-district-access-severity-perceived-humanitarian-actors-february-2018

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Film: #Agriculture is the main source of #livelihood for > 2/3 of #Yemen-is. With @USAID support, #YECRP brings #hope for #conflict-affected #farmers. “Instead of using 300 liters of diesel, I only use 40 now, I’m honestly happy”, Abdu Obadi, a farmer said

https://twitter.com/UNDPYEMEN/status/987947096950046720

My comment: USAID in Yemen = Blood money.

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World Food Programme: Yemen Market Watch Report, Issue No. 22, March 2018

The Yemeni Riyals continued to suffer from rapid depreciation, and lost about 225% of its pre-crisis value.

Despite some improvements in imports of commodities, scarcity of essential imported food and fuel commodities continued March 2018. Most of the governorates are affected by the continued shortage of essential goods in markets.

Retail prices of food and fuel continued to increase in March 2018 due to short supply of commodities in local markets, the rapidly depreciating Yemeni Riyal, high cost of transportation caused by shortages and high prices of fuel, double customs taxation, and restrictions of movements. Food prices increased between 35% and 100% in March 2018 compared to the pre-crisis period, while fuel prices were still more than double (109%-162% higher than in precrisis time).

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-market-watch-report-issue-no-22-march-2018

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UN Development Programme: Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen (ERRY) - Joint Programme (Annual Progress Update - Dec 2017)

Funded by the European Union, the Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen is a three-year joint programme implemented by four Participating UN Organizations.

Expected Outcomes:

Communities are better able to manage local risks and shocks for increased economic self-reliance and enhanced social cohesion;

Institutions are more responsive, accountable and effective to deliver services, build the social contract and meet community identifi ed needs.

Highlights

16,065 individuals from 2,226 households (participants) benefited from Cash for Work interventions;

22,000 individuals indirectly benefited from the rehabilitation/repair of water dug wells, community roads, and irrigation channels.

3,200 Households solar energy applications in 20 rural communities were provided to improve access to energy.

52 Health Centers and 52 schools have gained an excess to solar energy to enhance health and education system.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/enhanced-rural-resilience-yemen-erry-joint-programme-annual-progress-update-dec-2017

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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'Fox Hunt' writer details his daring escape from Yemen

Author Mohammed Al Samawi fled Yemen in 2015 during the country's civil war, and he detailed the experience in the book 'The Fox Hunt.' Al Samawi joins Morning Joe to discuss the book and his experience.

https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/-fox-hunt-writer-details-his-daring-escape-from-yemen-1218775107916 = https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/tv/escaping-yemen-with-help-from-strangers-on-social-media/vp-AAwkgdE

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Since the beginning of 2018, the International Organization for Migration (@iom_yemen ) has evacuation 940 #Somali refugees from Yemen. "The evacuation of refugees took place in seven batches, the last of which was last Monday, which included 141 refugees, IOM said.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/989182278139039744

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Film: Vivir en un campamento en Yemen, donde 2 millones de personas han sido desplazadas por el conflicto

Amran (Yemen), 21 abr Con un Yemen que sufre lo que Naciones Unidas (ONU) ha descrito como la peor crisis humanitaria del mundo, muchos de sus civiles, unos 2 millones según cifras de la organización, se ven obligados a vivir en campamentos para desplazados.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBk4lNKrSnk

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: UNHCR Yemen Fact Sheet, April 2018

An estimated 100,000 individuals have been newly displaced in the past four months, with an increase in protection and shelter needs of IDP families fleeing frontline hostilities.

22.2 million people in need

2,014,026 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

89 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than one year

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unhcr-yemen-fact-sheet-april-2018

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Somalia: Arrivals from Yemen at 31 March 2018

https://reliefweb.int/map/somalia/somalia-arrivals-yemen-31-march-2018

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Somalia: Refugees, asylum-seekers and returnees at 31 March 2018

36,497 refugee returnees from Yemen

https://reliefweb.int/map/somalia/somalia-refugees-asylum-seekers-and-returnees-31-march-2018

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1d

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US-Saudi war criminals bomb near a big rally in Hodeida in a desperate attempt to scare people away! Tens of thousands of tribesmen gather in Hodeida with their guns in hands To condemn the US-Saudi assassination of Yemen president Saleh Samad in the same city last Thursday (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/989204767430926336

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/989206311924584448

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/989173745242853377

and as a anti-Houthi tweet puts it:

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The #Houthis have spent 40 million riyals to support their demonstration in the province of #Hodeidah today that is aimed at mobilizing fighters in this province, which the group fears to lose after the huge advances of the Army Forces in the West Coast.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/989069157672112128

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For the second day, the #Houthis have intensively deployed their fighters in the streets of the capital #Sanaa following the death of their political leader. They have set up new checkpoints, as al-Mashat is sworn in.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/989073400109858818

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President of the Supreme Political Council Mahdi Al-Mashat on Wednesday was sworn in at the Parliament.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, President Al-Mashat delivered a speech before the parliament's Speaker and members, during which he extended his sincere condolences to all Yemeni people on the loss of the martyr president Al-Sammad.
The president affirmed that the enemy committed a very costly mistake.
"This enemy has chosen an open war," Al-Mashat said, affirming that martyrdom of Al-Sammad increased the strong will and steadfastness of the Yemeni people.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494386.htm

and

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Yemeni President Mahdi Mashat Sworn in. He took the constitutional oath before the parliament, With quorum from both the lower chamber: House of Representatives, Upper chamber: Shura Council. Mashat succeeding Samad who was assassinated by US-Saudi airstrike. (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/989092148967542784 and speech (Arabic) https://twitter.com/alsahat_tv/status/989176953277239297

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Rights Group Accuses Houthis of Spreading Hate Speech in Yemen Schools

The SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties accused the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen of killing 25 children in March and spreading hatred and intolerance in schools.
The Geneva-based organization revealed that it had received complaints from parents that Houthi militias were brainwashing and recruiting adolescents and children with hate speech at schools. The situation has forced some parents to stop from sending their children to school.
In its report, SAM also documented child recruitment by the Houthis in Sanaa, Dhamar, Amran and Shabwa.
It documented 33 cases of children being suspended from schools as a result of extra fees imposed by militias.
At least 118 cases of child abuse were recorded in March, most of which took place in Taiz, Sanaa and Hodeidah.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1247791/rights-group-accuses-houthis-spreading-hate-speech-yemen-schools

My comment: By an anti-Houthi organization, report on a Saudi website. Looking at the last air raids when lots of children had been killed and injured, and the Saudi schoolbooks teaching hatred against Shiits, apostates, Jews and Christians, Saudi excitement about such a report must be labeled as propaganda.

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Following the failure of their recruitment campaigns during the past period, the #Houthis in Hodeidah resort to mosques to mobilize fighters after continuous defeats on several fronts, especially on the West Coast front. (document)

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/988152290178674689

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"Come and take the body with 50 thousand." So the Houthis responded when asked about his cousin who is fighting with them

The citizen told "Khobar": "Three of his relatives joined the fighting in the ranks of the militia Houthi on one of the fronts and killed one of them, and was surprised by the Huthis deal with him when they continue to receive the body."

"Come and take the body with fifty thousand," he said.

The citizen was surprised by the response of the Huthis and his focus only on the delivery of money without attention to the order of the body or the participation of his cousin in fighting with the Houthis.

https://www.khabaragency.net/news95892.html

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Yemen President Samad and army chief of staff Ghamari, Visited on Sunday (22 April , 2018) a secret military workshop for Making weapons & ammunitions. (photos; film)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/988273695742353409

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/988272874367672320

https://twitter.com/WrathYE/status/988164530634149888

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/988132985223503873

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/988133076415975424

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

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With the supervision of the Interior Ministry, and with the participation of the forces of the 4th military region, the security authorities in the southern port city of #Aden begins a large-scale military operation to remove the slums and establish security in state facilities. (photo)

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/989077424259436544

and

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One Killed, Four Injured In clashes between Security Forces and Gunmen In Aden

At least one security soldier was killed and four others wounded during clashes and confrontations between the security forces and other gunmen, who attempted to prevent the forces from removing the slums from the streets, according to official statement by the media bureau of the security management of al-Masorah district.

According to a statement issued by the office, gunmen took over the rooftops of a number of high buildings, and used medium and light weapons, as well as RPGs and heavy machine guns, in an attempt to block the campaign, which is the third of its kind.

Moreover, the statement also pointed out that the campaign succeeded in removing a large number of illegal stalls randomaly built in the roads and on the sidewalks near the textile factory.

http://republicanyemen.com/archives/5619

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Hadi government Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghir arrived in al Mukalla city, Hadramawt governorate, eastern Yemen on April 23 to commemorate the second anniversary of the expulsion of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) from the city and to launch multiple public works projects.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-april-24-2018

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Terror groups down but not out in Yemen, says PM

Yemeni security units trained and armed by the UAE were critical in the fight against Al Qaida and Daesh

The war against Al Qaida and Daesh in Yemen is not over yet despite achieving major successes over the last couple of years, Yemen’s prime minister said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a military parade in the city of Al Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout, held to mark the 2 anniversary of expelling Al Qaida from Hadramout, Ahmad Obeid Bin Daghar said Yemeni army troops with the help of the Saudi-led coalition have dealt major defeats to terror organisations who sought to exploit the current war against the Iran-backed Al Houthis to make a foothold in Yemen.

https://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/terror-groups-down-but-not-out-in-yemen-says-pm-1.2211643

My comment: Nice propaganda.

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Foreign Minister tells abductees' mothers that their sons issue is priority

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi said that "the issue of the activists abducted and disappeared by the Houthi militia is one of the top priorities and concerns of the government, either as a human rights issue or in part of any talks toward a political solution."

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-17751

My comment: LOL. The last protest rally of Abductees Mothers happened in Aden, Southern Yemen, for those who are in Hadi government / UAE militia jails:

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Yemen detainees in UAE-controlled prison start hunger strike

Dozens of prisoners at a detention center in southern Yemen controlled by the United Arab Emirates said Monday they have started a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detentions without charges or trials.

About 100 prisoners in the Beir Ahmed prison in the southern city of Aden said in a statement leaked to the media that their open-ended strike would continue until their demands are met. They said Aden prosecutors have ordered more than 70 detainees released but the prison’s Emirati commanders refuse to let them go.

A Yemeni security official, speaking on condition of anonymity under regulations, said the government has no control over the prison or the power to release the detainees. “It’s all in the hands of the Emiratis,” he said.

The detainees, before they were transferred to Beir Ahmed, were among hundreds rounded up on terror charges and held in secret UAE-run detention centers in southern Yemen where prisoners were reportedly tortured. The UAE has denied the allegations.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/yemen-detainees-in-uae-controlled-prison-start-hunger-strike/2018/04/23/269b0722-46d5-11e8-8082-105a446d19b8_story.html = http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/yemen-detainees-uae-controlled-prison-start-hunger-strike-54657335

and

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[Film from Taiz, in Norwegian, English subs in the beginning, by Magda Gad].

Taiz prison; destructions at Taiz]

https://twitter.com/Moyenne1/status/988780995657850880

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Al-Zubaidi Heads the Regular Meeting of the Southern Transitional Council

http://en.smanews.org/al-zubaidi-heads-the-regular-meeting-of-the-southern-transitional-council

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Close Sources to the Southern Transitional Council: A Southern TV Channel to Be Launched Soon from Adan

http://en.smanews.org/close-sources-to-the-southern-transitional-council-a-southern-tv-channel-to-be-launched-soon-from-adan

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Yemeni Legitimacy … One Reason for Failure

The southern people achieved their victory in 2015 war because they are carrying the southern national identity. On the contrary, the legitimacy is carrying a foreign project with a fake identity. That is why Al-Houthis achieved victories and south achieved victories while the legitimacy remained in the defeated seat.

http://en.smanews.org/yemeni-legitimacy-one-reason-for-failure

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Waleed Faris: The Southern People Struggles for Freedom and Social and Democratic Changes Are Coming to Adan

Faris said: “It is ironic that the most civil, liberal and democratic society in the the Arab peninsula is the south of Yemen. It is also ironic that it is the poorest. But threats of the reform militias loyal to Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Houthis, loyal to Iran, are no irony”

http://en.smanews.org/waleed-faris-the-southern-people-struggles-for-freedom-and-social-and-democratic-changes-are-coming-to-adan

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Film: Short extract from my interview on Al Jazeera TV today about ongoing #ImamAssassinations in #Yemen (circa 25 to date), & also possible contradictions within the #Saudi-led coalition

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/988482243520757763

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Yemen forces clash with jihadists after Red Cross worker killed

Five pro-government soldiers were killed and 19 wounded in clashes with jihadists in Yemen's southern city of Taez on Monday after the killing of an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross, medics said.

It was unknown if there were any casualties among the jihadists.

Fighting in the city's Jahmaliah district came after the governor of Taez launched an operation against jihadists he suspected were behind the murder of the ICRC employee over the weekend.

Jahmaliah is controlled by pro-government forces but there is a jihadist presence in the area, a police officer told AFP.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5646693/Yemen-forces-clash-jihadists-Red-Cross-worker-killed.html

and

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Suspected al-Qaeda militant killed in Yemen clashes

Government forces launched a security crackdown on militants in eastern Taiz

https://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/suspected-al-qaeda-militant-killed-in-yemen-clashes/1126028

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At least six affiliates of the military police were killed during clashes and confrontations with the militant and extremist groups in eastern Taiz. Among the dead was Colonel Jamal al-Shamiri, the head of the personal security of the Military Police Commander

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/988859930756222976

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IRC Leaves Taiz after Killing one of its Members

International Red Cross delegation (IRC) left Taiz hours after killing one of its members by unknown armed men in Al-Dubab.

http://en.smanews.org/irc-leaves-taiz-after-killing-one-of-its-members

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The Government Investigates Possible Violations Against African Refugees In Aden

http://almasdaronline.com/article/98483

Remark: Earlier reporting: YPR 406, 405.

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The Southern State in the Eyes of International Law… Episode Two

Stage one: Historical/Legal background of the Southern Cause ?

As a start, the issue began by granting “The Arab South State” full independence. The general assembly of the United Nations (only 104 nations at that time) issued (7) international resolutions from 1963 to 1967 that granted “The Arab South State” full independence and committed UK with suitable compensations and full support of this newly born state in its pursuit for independence according to The International Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and other international conventions (1966).

http://en.smanews.org/the-southern-state-in-the-eyes-of-international-law-episode-two

Remark: History of Southern Yemen, from the separatists’ viewpoint.

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Southern Yemen protests say people fed up with war

The demonstrators in the southern cities of the war-torn nation did not only raise their voice against the Saudi-headed air and ground military campaign against their country, which is now in its fourth year, but also harshly attacked the fugitive government of Mansour Hadi who is backed by Saudi Arabia.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - As the tensions are intensifying in the Yemeni cities held by the loyalists to the resigned President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Saudi-led Arab military coalition, the protests begin to spread wide in the south, with the protestors calling the Riyadh-led coalition a “sham coalition” and holding it accountable for the repeated attacks on civilians and the deteriorating situation across the south.

Southern Yemenis fed up with war and fugitive government

The demonstrators in the southern cities of the war-torn nation did not only raise their voice against the Saudi-headed air and ground military campaign against their country, which is now in its fourth year, but also harshly attacked the fugitive government of Mansour Hadi who is backed by Saudi Arabia.

Severely criticizing the resigned government, the protestors argued that it has failed to solve the problems of the people. They also called on the authorities to provide cheaper oil and food and restore the severely-damaged public services like power and water to the cities.

The marchers also disparaged return to the nation’s political and military scene of Tariq Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, the nephew of the former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, with the help of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The residents of Taiz in the south of the country have recently protested handover of the command of Liberation Brigade of the city to Saleh after the brigade was equipped with heavy weapons by Saudi Arabia. A security and military committee in Aden, the most important city in the country’s south, held a meeting to discuss the issue.

http://en.abna24.com/news/report/report-southern-yemen-protests-say-people-fed-up-with-war_890376.html

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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The #UN Special Envoy for #Yemen Mr. Martin Griffiths arrives in the Saudi capital of Riyadh to discuss the resumption of peace talks between the Yemeni parties.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/988473489291202570

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The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Mr. Martin Griffiths has met with President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Riyadh, and discussed with him the possibility of resuming consultations to ensure a solution to Yemen crisis (photo)

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/989179098680496128

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Yemeni Govt. Insists on Releasing Detainees ahead of Any Houthi Negotiations

The Yemeni government stressed on Monday that the case of those abducted by Houthi militias tops its list of priorities in consultations with United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.
This is one of the important issues of confidence-building before any negotiations can be resumed with the Iran-backed militias, said Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi.
He made the stance in response to an appeal submitted by the Association of Abductees' Mothers to the legitimate government. It requested that international pressure be exerted on the militias to make them release the detainees.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1247741/yemeni-govt-insists-releasing-detainees-ahead-any-houthi-negotiations

My comment: Making new preconditions; and those detained by his own government and militia are not mentioned here.

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UN chief condemns airstrikes on civilians in Yemen; calls for prompt, transparent investigation

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Yemen

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the airstrikes on a wedding party in Hajjah and on civilian vehicles in Taizz, where at least 50 civilians, including children, were reportedly killed and scores of others injured.
The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed.
The Secretary-General reminds all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law concerning the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure during armed conflicts. He calls for a prompt, effective and transparent investigation.

https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2018-04-23/statement-attributable-spokesman-secretary-general-yemen and also https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/04/1008032

My comment: See the difference? While Houthis are condemned namely by the UN, Saudis never are. These air raids were committed by whom? Panama? Singapur? Vatican? – UN Condemnation of Houthis, limit: 0 killed. Condemnation of Saudi air strikes made anonymous, limit: Ca. 25 killed. – And the UN itself had blocked “effective and transparent investigations” in Yemen – twice now.

And

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Film: #Yemen: United Nations Human Rights Office urges members of the Saudi-led Coalition "to investigate latest deadly attacks independently, thoroughly and transparently, to see if they involve violations of international humanitarian law."

https://www.facebook.com/UN.Geneva/videos/1714451848600611/

Comment: Saudi-led coalition is investigating its own airstrike on a wedding party that killed 30 civilians in Hajjah city 2 days ago. UN and those who call themselves Int'l community are flagrantly complicit in Saudi crimes #Yemen. They've tasked criminals with probing their own crimes!

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/988628450478120960

Comment: Perhaps @UN hasn't noticed that the ONLY group capable of launching airstrikes in #Yemen is the US-supported Saudi Coalition. Now they're urging perpetrators to investigate their own war crimes and hold themselves accountable. In what universe does this make any sense?!

https://twitter.com/shireen818/status/988782515707088903

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Ansarullah Movement after political solution to Yemen crisis

A senior Yemeni official said on Saturday that the national salvation government in his country welcomes any 'proposals leading to serious, comprehensive peace.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82893476

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

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A Saudi-Iranian Dialogue On Regional Security

With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States and Director General of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency Prince Turki al Faisal debated Ambassador Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators and chairman of the foreign policy committee of Iran’s National Security Council. The lively discussion touched on each country’s view of its security environment and the broader issues affecting the Iran-Saudi relationship. LobeLog has obtained the full transcript of the conversation, and the following is an abbreviated excerpt covering the key points.

Hossein Mousavian: The other issue is differences about Yemen. Iran has opposed the military invasion of Yemen. And I think we all would agree that the Saudi understanding was that they would be able to resolve Yemen in two, three months, maximum, if not weeks. But this is years. The worst humanitarian disaster has been created. And Saudis are blaming Iranians for supporting Houthis. And they justify their military intervention because Iran is backing the Houthis. And to be fair, security wise, Yemen is the backyard of Saudi Arabia. And Saudi Arabia has the right to be very much concerned about its security. I think Prince Turki would agree with me that the Houthis, the Zaydis, have been ruling Yemen for 1,000 years. Since the Egyptian invasion of 1962, they were removed from power and from the early 1960s they were an ally of Saudi Arabia, not Iran. They were the good friends of Saudi Arabia, an ally of Saudi Arabia, and even Abdullah Saleh was an ally of Saddam during the war against Iran.

From the time the Saudis attacked Yemen, the Houthis came to Iran and Iranians have been supporting the Houthis. However, the big difference is whether the military invasion was correct or not. Iranians insist that this was completely a big mistake, creating such a disastrous situation. And Yemen has a political solution, not a military solution.

https://lobelog.com/a-saudi-iranian-dialogue-on-regional-security/

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Iranian Speaker's Advisor: Yemeni People Facing Tragedy

Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian strongly condemned the continued Saudi aggression on Yemen, and said that the Yemeni people are on the verge of a major catastrophe.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970204000564

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Brutal Killing of Yemeni Civilians Shows Saudi Failure
Iran on Monday strongly condemned Saudi bombings of residential areas that killed 40 people attending a wedding in a village in northwestern Yemen late on Sunday, saying the attack points to “Saudi desperation and failure” in its three-year brutal war on the impoverished Arab nation. “The escalation in bombing residential areas that kill innocent citizens, including women and children, is a brutal and inhumane act that is strongly condemned,” ISNA quoted Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi as saying

https://financialtribune.com/articles/national/85206/brutal-killing-of-yemeni-civilians-shows-saudi-failure

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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#Saudi Monarchy arrests artist & painter Nour AlMoslem in #Dammam mabahith

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/989083899602067457 referring to http://mirat0011.mjhosts.com/20477

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Film: Women in #Saudi can finally use gyms. Saudi Arabia has allowed women to go to female-only gyms for the first time this year.

https://twitter.com/alhurranews/status/988847407654932481

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Inside Saudi Arabia's First Women's Only Cycling Club

Eighteen-year-old Nadima Abul-Enein leads a 500-strong community of women who are tired of being told they shouldn't ride a bike.

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/wj4yvz/inside-saudi-arabias-first-womens-only-cycling-club

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Aramco, Total eye Saudi fuel station swoop

Saudi Arabian Oil Co. and Total SA are weighing jointly buying businesses such as Tas’helat Marketing Co. to gain access to networks of retail fuel stations in the Gulf kingdom, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/middle-east/169797/aramco-total-eye-saudi-fuel-station-swoop/

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Bad start for movie theaters #Saudi. Ticket prices have now jumped to $35, the highest in the world. This is due to lower attendance projections & not to upfront cost.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/988752135008505856

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Saudiarabien schickt jemenitische Gastarbeiter zurück in den Krieg

Saudiarabien reformiert seine Wirtschaft und will Gastarbeiter durch Saudi ersetzen. Tausende Jemeniten wurden deportiert. Damit befeuert Riad indirekt den Krieg.

Das Wort «Flüchtlinge» verwendete er indes wohl bewusst nicht. Denn der Flüchtlingsstatus würde Schutz vor einer Ausweisung bedeuten – und genau das wird den Jemeniten nicht gewährt; Tausende von ihnen wurden in den letzten Wochen des Landes verwiesen.

Riad hat die internationale Flüchtlingskonvention bis heute nicht unterzeichnet. Ausländer können sich nur als Gastarbeiter niederlassen; der Erwerb des Bürgerrechts ist auch nach mehreren Generationen praktisch unmöglich. Der Hintergrund für die plötzlichen Ausweisungen hat mit Wirtschaftsreformen zu tun. Saudiarabien will mehr Bürgerinnen und Bürger in den Arbeitsmarkt integrieren. Das geht naturgemäss auf Kosten der Gastarbeiter.

Der Druck auf die Gastarbeiter ist vielfältig.

Über 950 000 «illegale Aufenthalter» sind laut einer offiziellen Statistik registriert worden, Anzahl steigend. Rund 13 800 von ihnen wurden demnach bereits deportiert, und 60 Prozent von ihnen sind Jemeniten. Die Statistik berücksichtigt all jene nicht, welche das Land verliessen, ehe sie wegen Jobverlustes in die Illegalität abglitten. Betroffen sind Kriegsflüchtlinge, aber auch Jemeniten, die seit mehreren Generationen in Saudiarabien leben und sich schwertun damit, sich in der «Heimat» zurechtzufinden.

«Sie befördern damit den Krieg», ist die Jemenitin Faizah al-Suliman überzeugt: «All die armen Jemeniten, die in Saudiarabien alles verloren haben, deportiert wurden und in Jemen keine Arbeit finden: Sie haben kaum eine andere Möglichkeit, als sich einer Miliz anzuschliessen.»

Die Huthi zeigten sich in der Tat erfreut über die Deportationen: «Willkommen zu Hause, an alle Arbeiter aus Saudiarabien. Ihr habt immer noch einen Job: die Verteidigung der Nation auf unseren Militärbasen», verkündete Mohammed al-Huthi – von Monika Bolliger

https://www.nzz.ch/international/saudiarabien-schickt-jemenitische-gastarbeiter-zurueck-in-den-krieg-ld.1367352

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The 'incident' at the #Saudi King's palace was far more than just a 'toy' drone being brought down - deaths occurred & it was a direct attack at the regime with several close to the royal family were involved

There is huge undercurrents of dissent against #SalmanArabia - from within the House of Saud itself but all involved have to tip toe carefully as they face the sword if caught

as for the 'toy' drone - it was a surveillance tool to determine areas to attack - #Saudi officials playing down or keeping silent on the events

https://twitter.com/Saudi_Bodyguard/status/988143091625455616

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Saudi issues drone restrictions following palace incident

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security-drones/saudi-issues-drone-restrictions-following-palace-incident-idUSKBN1HT06E

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The number of beheadings in Saudi Arabia during the first quarter of 2018 rose by over 70 percent in comparison with the corresponding period last year, a new report by a nonprofit organization says.

In its latest report published Saturday, the European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) said executions by the Saudi government in the first quarter of 2018 increased by 72 percent.

The report also showed that a number of foreign nationals also face capital punishment in Saudi Arabia.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/22/559340/Beheading-Saudi-Arabia-ESOHR-execution = http://www.newnewss.net/saudi-arabia-raises-number-of-beheadings-by-70/

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Prince Charming: Inside Saudi Arabia's Hollywood Ambitions

Hollywood has a long history of taking dumb money from outside investors who underestimate the volatility of movie returns. Saudi Arabia is its latest target: Studios and small productions companies are now looking to the reforming Kingdom to help finance projects.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2018/04/09/prince-charming-inside-saudi-arabias-hollywood-ambitions/#1f2105fd52dc

Comment: I wonder if Western journalists and corporate media outlets feel even an ounce of shame for whitewashing Saudi dictator MBS as "prince charming" while he bombs Yemeni weddings and starves Yemeni children

https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/988445114287689728

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

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State Responsibility for U.S. Support of the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen

The international law of state responsibility, captured in the International Law Commission’s (ILC) Draft Articles on State Responsibility, provides a possible ground on which the United States may be liable for its assistance to the Saudi-led coalition. Liability likely would turn on the bounds of U.S. intent and whether the United States knew that its aid would actually facilitate an internationally wrongful act.

U.S. Responsibility for the Saudi-Led Bombing Campaign

ILC Article 16, which is understood to reflect customary international law, provides that: “A State which aids or assists another State in the commission of an internationally wrongful act by the latter is internationally responsible for doing so if: (a) that State does so with knowledge of the circumstances of the internationally wrongful act; and (b) the act would be internationally wrongful if committed by that State.” There is a strong case that U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition meets this test.

Sub-section (b) is clearly met by U.S. support for the coalition. Any bombings that indiscriminately violate international humanitarian law would be illegal if they were conducted by the United States itself, rather than by the Saudi-led coalition.

Sub-section (a) presents more difficulty and requires careful analysis of the assisting state’s (here the U.S.’s) requisite intent. The ILC Commentary on the Draft Articles, which is meant to provide clarity, unfortunately does not entirely succeed on this point. In its commentary to Article 16(a), the ILC stipulates two related requirements:

first, “the relevant State organ or agency providing aid or assistance must be aware of the circumstances making the conduct of the assisted State internationally wrongful;” and

second, “the aid or assistance must be given with a view.

U.S. Responsibility for Facilitating Torture – by Oona Hathaway, Alexandra Francis, Alyssa Yamamoto, Srinath Reddy Kethireddy and Aaron Haviland

https://www.justsecurity.org/55367/state-responsibility-u-s-support-saudi-led-coalition-yemen/

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The U.S. Must Stop Backing Abusive Partners in Yemen’s War

This is the second of two articles on U.S. counterterrorism operations in Yemen. Read part one here.

Yemen’s politics have changed dramatically since 2011. But U.S. strategy in Yemen has not. The United States’ singular focus on defeating Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has allowed the U.S. to blindly provide financial, technical, and logistical support to problematic partners in the Yemeni government and the region, and indirectly contributed to the crisis that exists in Yemen today.

Starting with President George W. Bush, and continuing to this day, the United States has provided military assistance and financial support to build the capacity of the Yemeni government and its security forces to fight suspected terrorist groups. But, the United States’ allies in Yemen, and more broadly in the region, have misused U.S. funds to support abusive military campaigns that are unrelated to any terrorist threat. Washington’s generous support for corrupt leaders and armed units in Yemen, first to forces under the leadership of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, followed by the Saudi-backed government of Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has plunged Yemen into war, helped drive recruitment to groups like AQAP, ISIS, and Ansar Al-Sharia, and allowed armed jihadist groups like the Houthis and Salafi extremists to strengthen their grip and multiply in the country.

This problem isn’t limited to the Yemeni government, it extends to other nearby countries who are conducting military operations in Yemen.

The United States and other influential actors in the international community can start by ceasing all forms of support to local actors who misuse and misdirect funds. They should also cease all assistance to regional partners like Saudi Arabia and the Emiratis who are exacerbating a humanitarian crisis and fragmenting the country to serve their own political ends – by Abdulrasheed Al-Faqih

https://www.justsecurity.org/55362/u-s-stop-backing-abusive-partners-yemens-war/

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Trump v. Hawaii: the Supreme Court might make Trump’s travel ban permanent

The travel ban is already in effect. On Wednesday, the Court will hear the case on what happens next.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will take up the travel ban again.

But in the year since the Court first examined the Trump administration’s efforts to bar people from certain countries, most of them majority-Muslim, from entering the US, the ban and the landscape both look very different.

We’re now on the third version of Trump’s travel ban

The widespread outrage and massive airport protests of the administration’s first attempt at a travel ban back in January 2017 are long gone. In most respects, the current version of the ban, at this point, looks like a normal policy put in place by a normal president.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/4/24/17268568/muslim-travel-ban-supreme-court

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Between War and the Ban: A Yemeni-American Story

How the war in Yemen and Donald Trump's travel ban have left Yemeni-American families stranded between two homes.

But with US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban now in effect, the path to family reunification has been halted - leaving many families in limbo.

"Before the ban, I used to feel America was my home. After the ban, I no longer know; I am lost. I don't know if Yemen is my home or Djibouti or the US. The place where I can live with my family is my home. We are living and we don't know what will come," says Nageeb al-Omari, who applied for visas for his family to join him in the US when the war escalated - and well before Trump became president.

Fault Lines examines how Yemeni-Americans have been caught between war and the ban and their lives put on hold, as they wait for a Supreme Court decision that will ultimately decide their families' futures. (with film)

https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2018/04/war-ban-yemeni-american-story-180424092253373.html

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Yemenis protest ban in advance of Supreme Court arguments

Corner stores around New York City and elsewhere were shut down for a short time on Tuesday by their Yemeni-American owners to protest against the U.S. travel ban, the day before the Supreme Court was scheduled to hear arguments over whether it should be upheld.

The closing of the bodegas was a shortened version of a protest the owners initiated last year.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/24/yemenis-protest-ban-in-advance-supreme-court-arguments.html and also https://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2018/4/24/bodega-owners-shutter-shops-protest-trumps-muslim-ban

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Dear Saudi Crown Prince Supporters: Your Hero May Allow Women to Drive, but He’s Also a War Criminal

So here are my questions: Have you heard of Yemen? Does it not bother you in the slightest that the de facto ruler of one the richest countries in the Arab world has been bombing and besieging the poorest country in the Arab world for the past three years? Have you no shame? No remorse? Don’t any of you regret hosting, entertaining, and joking with a Middle East despot who has shed so much innocent blood?

To be clear: I did not expect those of you who are members of the Trump administration, the defense industry, the oil industry or, for that matter, the Bush family, to do anything other than flatter and fawn over MBS on his recent visit to these shores. But what of you liberal apologists for the Saudi dictator-in-waiting? Why did so many of you fall over one another to get a meet-and-greet with MBS? From major Hollywood bosses like Brian Grazer and Bob Iger, to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? From the tech titans of Silicon Valley like Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos and Evan Spiegel, to the heads of Harvard and MIT? From “liberal interventionists,” such as Bill Clinton and John Kerry, to liberal capitalists, such as Lloyd Blankfein and Michael Bloomberg?

What happened to “don’t be evil”? What happened to “veritas”? What happened to “saving innocent lives”? What happened, dare I ask, to your legendary liberal consciences? – by Mehdi Hassan

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/24/mohammed-bin-salman-mbs-saudi-arabia-yemen-war-crimes/

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US Paving Way for Conflicts by Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia: Iran’s Top General

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri deplored Washington’s major role in causing conflicts in the Middle East and said the US is providing the grounds for more wars by supplying weapons to the Saudi regime.

“By deploying military units to various parts (of the world) and using the bullying rhetoric, the US is spreading disorder,” Major General Baqeri said, addressing the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) 2018 that opened in Tehran on Monday.

http://geopoliticsalert.com/us-conflicts-arms-saudi-arabia

My comment: When he is right, he is right.

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The Senate’s Blind Spot on Terrorism in Yemen

Starting in 2017, CENTCOM ceased issuing press releases on the majority of American strikes in Yemen. When questioned, the command will provide the approximate number of strikes, but will not divulge further details on targets, locations, or casualties. My attempts to obtain this information through a Freedom of Information Act request have not yet been successful.

Although the long-standing CT campaign is a distinct line of effort from the Saudi-led offensive against the Houthis, the two conflicts are inextricably linked. The Islamic State and Al Qaeda thrive in the power vacuum that Iran perpetuates in Yemen and vice-versa. Salafi-jihadist terrorist groups and Iran will continue to pose an outsize threat until a political resolution to the conflict is reached.

The Yemeni war produces complex, interlinked threats that undermine American and regional security. But scrutinizing only one aspect of the conflict does little to enhance America’s role. Congress must push for greater transparency on the strikes America conducts, not just the ones it enables.

http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/alexandra-n-gutowski1-the-senates-blind-spot-on-terrorism-in-yemen/ = https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2018/04/23/the_senates_blind_spot_on_terrorism_in_yemen_113357.html

My comment: A typical US Think Tank low-sense product.

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Film: Yemen: Is the U.S. Breaking the International Law?, Panel 2

The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges hosted a panel that explored the international law issues of the topic of Yemen.

https://law.yale.edu/yls-today/yale-law-school-videos/yemen-us-breaking-international-law-panel-2

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Nikki Haley: “To achieve peace in Yemen, Iran must stop its interference and its violations of the arms embargo.”

https://twitter.com/nikkihaley/status/988542442340315141

Comment: You have absolutely no shame tweeting this nonsense on the same day that the Saudi dictatorship you are arming to the teeth bombed a wedding in Yemen, massacring dozens of civilians. The US gov't fuels slaughter in Yemen while pointing its finger at Iran

https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/988626066997727234

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State Department Report Whitewashes Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

The State Department’s annual human rights report whitewashes Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

The Trump administration is not the first to indulge the Saudis and their allies in the war on Yemen, but U.S. support for the war has increased and criticism of the coalition has waned since Trump took office. Unfortunately, the administration has every incentive to minimize or deny Saudi coalition crimes in Yemen because the U.S. has been enabling their bombing campaign and supporting their blockade for three years.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/state-department-report-whitewashes-saudi-war-crimes-in-yemen/

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Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

It landed with a thud on newsstands at Walmart and rural supermarkets last month: Ninety-seven fawning pages saluting Saudi Arabia, whose ambitious crown prince was soon to arrive in the U.S. on a PR blitz to transform his country’s image.

As questions swirled about the glossy magazine’s origins, the Saudis said they were just as perplexed as everyone else, declaring on Twitter: “If you find out, we’d love to know.”

But files obtained by The Associated Press show that a digital copy of the magazine, produced by American Media Inc., was quietly shared with officials at the Saudi Embassy in Washington almost three weeks before its publication.

How the early copy made it to the Saudis is unclear. Yet the revelation adds another mysterious twist to a murky tale playing out against the backdrop of bids by both President Donald Trump and David Pecker, the tabloid publisher who supports him, to build goodwill with the Saudi kingdom’s leaders.

The worlds of Trump, the Saudis and AMI have overlapped before, often in dizzying ways. The Trump administration has aggressively courted the Saudis and found a willing partner on a range of issues, including Iran, counterterrorism and Middle East peace, in the kingdom’s royal family. And AMI’s flagship publication, The National Enquirer, has been accused by critics of acting as a keeper of secrets for Trump.

https://apnews.com/d293d282a9ec4d0c83fe0a25ff5f285c/Mystery-grows-over-pro-Saudi-tabloid:-Embassy-got-sneak-peek

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NATO’s “War On Terror” Leaves Famine, Disease In Its Wake In Africa

Resource exploitation, military occupation and so-called “anti-terror” efforts led by Western countries are destabilizing several countries in Africa, leading to widespread starvation and sickness for millions of people. Famine has become a daily fact of life for many in Somalia, South Sudan and elsewhere in Africa.

Most of us living in the West have never known hunger. In America, food shelves are easily accessed by the most vulnerable of society.

Despite living in a time where there is a global surplus of food, millions of people around the world are still suffering from famine. If you follow mainstream media coverage about these humanitarian disasters, they’re most likely presented through the lens of climate change, high food prices and taxes.

But in places like Yemen, South Sudan, the Lake Chad basin of West Africa and Somalia, where images of skeletal children have become commonplace several countries in Africa and the Middle East, it is perhaps no coincidence that the epidemic of famine is directly linked to modern-day colonialism and imperialism led by the U.S.

It is in this part of the world where resource exploitation, the war on terror, military occupation and destabilization combine to create one of the most dire humanitarian crises of the modern era.

While environmental factors do play a role, policies set by powerful oil companies and state actors have created and reinforced the present situation.

In Somalia, where the U.S. has been waging a covert drone war, people have become accustomed to famine. In a span of just one year, between 2011 and 2012, over 260,000 people died, half of them under the age of 5, marking the worst famine in the last 25 years. According to data from Somalia’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU), 4.6 percent of the total population and 10 percent of children under 5 died in southern and central Somalia alone.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/natos-war-terror-leaves-famine-disease-wake-africa/230366/

and a reminder from 2014:

Stop Bowing to Riyadh

American presidents still think they need to cozy up to Saudi Arabia. Here are five reasons they’re wrong – by Ali AlAhmed

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/03/saudi-arabia-myths-105110

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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No Way: UK Government Shows Double Standards Over Yemen Bombing

The International Development Minister was asked ten times if Britain will stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, but never really answered.

The opposition MPs who suggested the obvious were talking to a brick wall. Ten times the minister was asked if Britain would suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and ten times she didn’t really answer the question. At best she cited "rigorous" export controls which allow us to keep rolling in blood money. Otherwise, she flim-flammed, deflected and talked about something else.

However, the minister was happy to confirm that the UK "is trying to prevent access for the missiles that are being used to shoot from Yemeni territory into Saudi Arabia, risking the lives of civilians within Saudi Arabia as well". As an isolated comment this was meant to signal Britain’s status as a peace-maker, stopping the conflict escalating. In the context, it just confirmed the fact that Britain has picked a side.

In trying to separate the humanitarian catastrophe and the war itself, Tory MPs kept on asking soft questions about the sticking plaster Britain is handing out as its Saudi ally hacks away at the conflict with a rusty axe.

Pushed to actually defend selling bombs to Saudi, Baldwin didn’t, and instead took the opportunity to "emphasise how important it is that the Saudi-led coalition publishes the Joint Investigative Assessment Team’s reports, and to welcome the fact that 55 reports have been published so far".

Investigations by the Joint Incidents Assessment Team has led to such classic headlines as "Saudi coalition investigates own air strikes, clears itself".

So, why are we even bothering to send aid to rebuild a country our bombs will continue to destroy? It’s tempting to see it all as a bizarre contradiction, but Britain’s interests in the Gulf involve supporting Saudi Arabia at seemingly any cost. If that involves making billions out of weapons contracts that end up obliterating weddings, so be it. We can always whitewash it with a £100 million drop-in-the-ocean aid partnership.

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/xw79mk/the-uk-government-tried-to-ignore-the-saudi-bombing-of-a-wedding-in-yemen

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Boris Johnson: Saddened to hear reports of Yemeni civilians killed in Hajjah and Taiz. Welcome news these incidents are being investigated by Saudi-led Coalition. International humanitarian law compliance essential, and a political solution to end the conflict must be agreed by all parties

https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson/status/988827996944510976

My comment: “Saddened”: LOL.

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Minister flounders as Scottish MP puts government on the spot over Saudi bombing of Yemen

A government minister struggled for words on 24 April after being questioned by an MP on the UK’s complicity in Saudi Arabia’s attacks on Yemen.

SNP MP Chris Law attacked government policy in the wake of airstrikes in Yemen on the weekend of 21 April.

Law told the minister of state for international development, Harriett Baldwin, that if the government does not act, then it is itself “complicit” in these attacks.

Baldwin stuttered in response, seemingly taken aback by the question. The minister said:

Clearly, uh, it is, uh, the case that, uh, the UK is, uh, saying to all sides in this conflict, uh, that, uh, the way to secure peace is through the political dialogue. And the way, uh, to, uh, to secure pace, p-p-peace is, of course, uh, through, uh, ensuring, uh, that, uh, both on, uh, the – the side of the, uh, Houthis from Yemen into Saudi Arabia, uh, but also that, uh, international humanitarian law is respected, uh, in terms of, uh, this, uh, conflict.

https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/04/24/minister-flounders-as-scottish-mp-puts-government-on-the-spot-over-saudi-bombing-of-yemen/

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In Parliament: Caroline Lucas asking

How on earth can we claim any legitimacy on the world stage when we sell weapons to the head chopping, warmongering Saudi Arabian govt?

https://twitter.com/CarolineLucas/status/988758085132046337 = https://www.facebook.com/carolinelucas.page/videos/vb.8948360263/10155280827865264/?type=2&theater

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Silence from UK govt slammed after reports of deadly Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen wedding

The UK has come under fire for failing to criticize a reported deadly airstrike by Saudi Arabia-led forces on a wedding party in Yemen. Anti-arms campaigners denounced the government’s ongoing Saudi weapons sales.

Many on Twitter have questioned why there has not been any response from the UK government to the latest reports of civilian deaths in Yemen, orchestrated by Saudi Arabia. Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) notes the Saudis have bought “£4.6 billion [US$6.4 billion] worth of arms” from the UK since March 2015. The UK government has been quick to criticize other reported attacks on civilians, including those in Syria.

CAAT has released a statement in response to Sunday’s alleged bombing of the wedding in Northern Yemen, where it appeared to question Prime Minister Theresa May’s justification for continuing arms sales to a country that UN officials accuse of committing war crimes.

https://www.rt.com/uk/424974-silence-saudi-yemen-uk-govt/

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If #Assad had done this Britain would condemn this as a war crime but as these deaths were caused by Saudi Arabia who we make make billions from by selling them weapons of death, it's just a regrettable incident.

https://twitter.com/Harryslaststand/status/988390631469961216

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Film: 10 Minutes: The relationship between the UK and Saudi Arabia is a close one that is based on extensive arms trading and oil deals. The deals are complemented by a strong level of political support and a deafening silence and inaction on human rights.

https://www.facebook.com/PressTVdocumentaries/videos/1806666502724558/

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Völkerrechtswidrige US-Drohnenangriffe Von deutschem Boden aus
Amnesty International kritisiert in dem neuen Bericht “Deadly Assistance: The role of European states in US Drone Strikes” die Unterstützung, die Deutschland, England, die Niederlande und Italien den USA bei umstrittenen Drohneneinsätzen leisten. Diese Unterstützung gewinnt vor dem Hintergrund von US-Präsident Trumps Ankündigung, das Drohnen-Programm weiter auszubauen, zunehmend an Brisanz.
Die Bundesregierung duldet, dass das US-Militär den Stützpunkt Ramstein auf deutschem Boden nutzt, um mithilfe des Kommunikationssystems GILGAMESH die Signale der Drohnenpiloten in die Einsatzstaaten weiterzuleiten. Eine direkte Steuerung der Drohneneinsätze in Pakistan, Afghanistan und Jemen von US-Boden aus wäre aufgrund der Distanz und der Erdkrümmung nicht möglich. Die USA sind für die Durchführung also angewiesen auf die Nutzung von Ramstein – was die Bundesregierung auch weiß.
Amnesty International fordert die Bundesregierung dazu auf, offenzulegen, welche Maßnahmen sie ergreift, um der Gefahr einer völkerrechtswidrigen Beihilfe zu begegnen. Der politische Protest gegen völkerrechtswidrige Drohneneinsätze der USA muss auch öffentlich stattfinden, um die Entstehung gefährlichen Völkergewohnheitsrechts zu verhindern.

https://www.amnesty.de/informieren/aktuell/vereinigte-staaten-von-amerika-voelkerrechtswidrige-us-drohnenangriffe-von

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ARD „Weltspiegel“ macht erneut Propaganda für Saudi-Arabien

Ein Blick auf sämtliche Berichte des sogenannten „Weltspiegel“ über die islamistische Diktatur Saudi-Arabien in den vergangenen Monaten verdeutlicht, dass wir es hier nicht mit Journalismus, sondern mit einer GEZ-finanzierten Werbekampagne zu tun haben.

Dass der Iran in der gleichen Ausgabe des Weltspiegel am vergangenen Sonntag in einem weiteren Beitrag als subversiver Kriegstreiber in Syrien dargestellt wird, obwohl das Land völkerrechtlich vollkommen einwandfrei an der Seite der regulären syrischen Armee gegen den von Saudi-Arabien unterstützten Terror kämpft, ist selbstverständlich kein Zufall, sondern komplettiert das Bild einer gezielten Kriegspropaganda.

https://propagandaschau.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/der-ard-weltspiegel-macht-erneut-propaganda-fuer-saudi-arabien/

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Building New Gulf States Through Conscription

Gulf states are increasingly turning to conscription to heighten nationalist identities and instill a spirit of sacrifice.

http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/76178?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVRNNU1XTmpNemMxTmprMCIsInQiOiJUa0lmUmNjWERwZWQ0c3RDdzVEbDBqXC9qcDBBZHd1NEQ0U21BQ1hyOXVrK0N4MlZsREY1WXNIcldEZG16TkRXV3VZeHh5bFlyeFgxdmM1czVBZWtCaEJHeUM5alwvazNSWnhZMUx2TnBFRmtOZTl6Mzg5TE1jZmtRdkV0R1Y5MEQwIn0%3D

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European Commission: Statement by the Spokesperson on the airstrikes on a wedding in Hajjah, Yemen

An airstrike carried out last Sunday hit a wedding party in Hajjah, Yemen, killing a high number of civilians, including children, and injuring many more. Our deepest condolences go to the families of the victims.

The European Union strongly advocates for the protection of civilians in the conflict, for the respect of obligations under international humanitarian law and for accountability of those responsible for these violations.

The European Union calls on all parties to the Yemeni conflict to avoid further escalation of violence and instead to work with the new UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths towards a resumption of peace talks. The war has been going on for too long and it has only brought untold suffering to the people of Yemen.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/statement-spokesperson-airstrikes-wedding-hajjah-yemen

My comment: Look how totally weak this statement is: There is no word about who committed this aistrike; the EU does not want to blame the Saudis even for the most horrible war crimes. And even anonymously this airstrike is not condemned at all, there are just “condolences”. Well, the relatives of the victims will be enthousiastic for this. And France and Britain and others sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia, to create more victims, to send more EU “condolences”. And what follows is the common bla bla of “calls on all parties to the Yemeni conflict” etc.

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Why are EU countries reluctant to intervene in Yemen's war?

Yemen's conflict has raged since 2011. However, the European Union appears to have prioritized Syria's civil war, which started the same year, because of economic considerations and a lack of urgency on refugees. Ali al-Absi, a Yemeni researcher who specializes in EU affairs and a consultant at the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ghorfa), told DW that EU countries were also dissatisfied with Yemen's Saudi-backed government and were therefore wary of providing financial assistance to a regime that has proved to be "inefficient." There are also accusations that members of Yemen's government are corrupt. Moreover, he said, EU nations might see Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as very rich countries that can provide humanitarian assistance and deal with the Yemeni conflict without the need of another party.

What many observers find troubling is not just a lack of willingness for humanitarian intervention on the part of EU countries, but a lack of willingness to even condemn the aggression. Because EU nations such as Britain and France have close ties to Saudi Arabia through the arms trade and other economic arrangements, many are often silent when civilians are killed by the kingdom's airstrikes. Refugees are another reason why EU nations have been so interested in bringing Syria's civil war to an end while largely ignoring Yemen's.

http://www.dw.com/en/why-are-eu-countries-reluctant-to-intervene-in-yemens-war/a-43513746 = http://www.egyptindependent.com/eu-countries-reluctant-intervene-yemens-war/

(A P)

The Crocodile Tears of Emmanuel Macron

Meanwhile, over in Yemen, we find the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Only there Macron, May, and Trump play deadly games on behalf of Saudi Arabia. While the western press lambasts Assad, the Iranians, and Putin’s Russia for fighting off a coup against Assad, Macron and the others defend weapons sales and involvement in that civil war.

Macron, the curious Frenchman most agree is a Rothschild minion, he weeps crocodile tears for Syrian babies gassed by somebody as yet unknown.
https://journal-neo.org/2018/04/13/the-crocodile-tears-of-emmanuel-macron-2/

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

(* B P)

Doha Seems to be Closer to Washington than 10 Months Ago

Trump’s recent phone call with King Salman of Saudi Arabia shows that Trump is committed to solving the GCC dispute, describing the whole crisis as a “non-sense” as Reuters reported.

https://intpolicydigest.org/2018/04/23/doha-seems-to-be-closer-to-washington-than-10-months-ago/

(B P)

Executive Who Oversaw Iraq ‘Black Ops’ Hired to Produce Anti-Qatar Propaganda

The former CEO of propaganda producer, Bell Pottinger USA, was given over $500,000 to produce a six-part film linking Qatar with global terrorism.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/executive-who-oversaw-iraq-black-ops-hired-to-produce-anti-qatar-propaganda/240925/

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

(* B K)

European responsibility for war crimes in Yemen

Are RWM Italia and Italian Arms Export Authority complicit in deadly Saudi-coalition airstrike?

At 03:00am on 8 October 2016 an airstrike allegedly by the Saudi-led military coalition struck the village of Deir Al-Hajari in Northwest Yemen. The airstrike killed a family of six, including the pregnant mother and four children. At the site of the airstrike bomb remnants were found, and a suspension lug manufactured by RWM Italia S.p.A., a subsidiary of the German Arms Manufacturer Rheinmetall AG. ECCHR and its partners vom Italy and Yemen call for an investigation into the criminal liability of the Italian authorities and RWM’s directors for arms exports.

The incident of Deir Al-Hajari is well documented, as a field monitor of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights (Mwatana), a Yemeni partner organization of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) attended the scene the day after. At the site of the airstrike, bomb remnants were found, which indicate that the type of bomb used was a guided bomb of the MK80-family. Also in the rubble a suspension lug, which is needed to attach the bomb to the plane, was found. Its serial marks clearly indicate that it was manufactured by RWM Italia S.p.A., an Italian subsidiary of German Rheinmetall AG. The direct perpetrators of this crime committed in Yemen – coalition politicians and their military personnel – might not be prosecuted at this point in time. However, their suppliers – like enterprises and state officials in Italy – could be brought to justice.

O n 17 April 2018 ECCHR, Mwatana, and Rete Italiana per Il Disarmo in cooperation with Osservatorio Permanente sulle Armi Leggere e le Politiche di Sicurezza e Difesa (O.P.A.L.), filed a criminal complaint against managers of RWM Italia S.p.A. and senior officials of Italy’s National Authority for the Export of Armament – UAMA – to the public prosecutor in Rome.

http://mwatana.org/en/european-respnsibility-for-war-crimes-in-yemen/

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

(* B K)

Film: The #Saudi-led coalition in its war on #Yemen uses mercenaries from more than one country, as seen in the video.

Via Arabian Rights Watch Association (ARWA)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/videos/1718977581488598/

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

(A T)

Pro-#AQAP wires are eulogizing Abu Khalid al-San'ani & posted photo of corpse. He was killed by #Yemen government forces who fought #jihad militants in Ta'iz yesterday.

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/988803152626495488

(A T)

#AQAP #Yemen praises #jihad ‘hero’ who filmed suicide op.

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/988751281115357184

(A T)

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a video showing five attacks on Emirati-backed al Hizam Security Forces on April 20. The video depicts two suicide raids in Mudiyah village and Zinjibar town, Abyan governorate, southern Yemen on October 22, 2017 and February 24, 2017 respectively.

https://ent.siteintelgroup.com/Multimedia/aqap-video-features-5-attacks-on-sbf-in-abyan-including-2-suicide-raids-in-2017.html

and

1/ #AlQaeda #Yemen releases film "Repelling Aggression 10” just 3 days after no.9. Frames #UAE, #USA, #Saudi as main enemies. Showcases #AQAP op killing c.14 UAE-backed Shabwa forces (30Jan2018). Camp layout & earth works left soldiers vulnerable to c.6 jihadists with light arms

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/988451375284674565

(A T)

A drone kills two people in Shabwa province

Two suspected al-Qaeda members were killed Sunday evening by an air strike by a US drone in the Baihan district, northwestern Shabwa province.

A security official at Baihan district told Almasdaronline that the two men were on a motorcycle and were died immediately in the strike.

He added that the CID services arrived at the scene and prevented citizens from approaching.

The source pointed out that the identities of the bodies were not yet identified because the bodies were torn to pieces by the shelling.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/98495

My comment: “Suspected”, as so often. Who are they? For this, look:

(A K T)

Bloody night in #Yemen: U.S. drone strikes in Shabwah province tonight have also killed 2 men who work as sheep market labourers near Bayhan district.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/988216470046945280

and

(A K T)

#Yemen: Reports that US #drone strike in Bayhan, Shabwa last night killed 2 men on motorbike who worked at sheep&goat market. Pro-#AQAP wires name them as 'Ammar Yasir al-Duwayl (22) & 'Abd Allah M. Farid al-Baligh (30) & significantly refer to them as "citizens" not "brothers" (image)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/988351241435713536

and

(A K T)

Apparently those were not killed by a US drone strike. Those two individuals were killed by a landmine planted by the Houthis who were in Bayhan until they withdrew from the area early this year

https://twitter.com/BShtwtr/status/988410042838929408

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/988416118971826177

My comment: What about “Al Qaeda suspects”????

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

UAE Press: Al Houthis should choose peace now

In an editorial today, Dubai-based newspaper Gulf News said that over these past three years, "Al Houthis have failed to take advantage of opportunities to negotiate a settlement to this crisis to spare our Arab brothers there from further suffering."

"Despite rounds of peace talks in Kuwait City and elsewhere, Al Houthis have resisted peace overtures and have continued their campaign that has left Yemen teetering on an abyss and its people in distress," it explained.

The paper went on to say that for the international coalition, which is acting on UN Security Council resolutions, and seeking to restore the legitimate government of President Hadi, Al Sammad’s demise is welcome news and a clear sign that this conflict will soon enter its final and decisive stage

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302684518

(A P)

What Yemen war? Saudi King Salman awarded 'Personality of the Year'

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdelaziz was declared the "Islamic World's Personality of the Year" by a group of religious scholars in Pakistan, honouring the royal for his apparent services to the Muslim world.

Scholars at the Message of Islam Conference in Lahore lauded the king's "role in uniting the Muslim Ummah" and pointed to efforts in supporting Palestine.
They referred to comments King Salman made during the 29th annual Arab League summit in Riyadh last month, in which he pushed for a tough, unified stance against Riyadh's regional arch-foe Iran and criticised President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2018/4/24/saudi-king-awarded-personality-of-the-year

My comment: LOL. The master in killing Muslims (in Yemen) is praised for his "role in uniting the Muslim Ummah".

(A P)

Islah official: outside-the-military fight against Houthis threatens Yemen

He said that "Yemenis of all political backgrounds are allied against the rebel militia which is characterized by a sectarian racial ideology …and takes its roots from a theocracy myth."

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-17749

My comment: This is told by Muslim Brotherhood! LOL.

(A K P)

Military Operations Accelerate on 3 Axes in Yemen

Military operations in Saada, Taiz and al-Bayda governorates have accelerated in favor of the legitimacy, Yemeni army spokesman Lieutenant Abdo Majali said.
Speaking to Asharq al-Awsat, Majali stressed that the military option was the most appropriate solution in face of the Houthis' rejection of peace and refusal to implement the three references.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1246476/military-operations-accelerate-3-axes-yemen

My comment: “President” Hadi army, on Saudi website. “The three references“ include biased UN SC resolution 2216, which in fact requires the Houthis to capitulate, therefore must be seen as one oft he main obstacles to peace since 3 years now.

(A P)

The Houthis resort to publishing old passages and images from previous battles to inspire their followers to achieve victories, while in fact they are suffering heavy losses in lives and gear, especially after the recent shift and the entry of the Guard forces in the context of the battles. (images)

https://twitter.com/RepublicanYemen/status/988145824499666945

(A P)

Yemeni vice president: Arab coalition foiled Iran’s project to overthrow Yemen

During a meeting with Yemeni Ministry of Defense officials and Arab coalition leaders in Marib, Mohsen said the Iran-backed Houthi militia were targeting not only Yemen but also the security of the region and were seeking to undermine international peace.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1289206/middle-east

(A P)

Bahrain signs deal for Yemen Cardiac centre

http://www.newsofbahrain.com/viewNews.php?ppId=43931&TYPE=Posts&pid=21&MNU=2&SUB=3

Comment: This is enough to make you ill. Bahrain and its friends are starving to death 22milllion people. And they then build a cardiac centre that will save a handful of lives each year. Whilst bombing hospitals in Yemen and preventing medical supplies to enter the country. What a PR mountain this rubbish action had to climb.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156623100473641

(A P)

More Saudi / UAE “We are benefactors” propaganda

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302684748

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-distributes-humanitarian-assistance-displaced-people-wadi-al-koud-camp-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-inspects-conditions-displaced-persons-dhale-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-provides-displaced-persons-aid-lauder-district-yemen

https://www.sharjah24.ae/en/uae/313441-erc-provides-displaced-persons-with-aid-in-lauder-district-yemen

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1b, cp1c, cp1d

(* A K pH)

Saudi coalition air raids day by day:

April 24: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1524661173./1016605298489835/?type=3

April 23: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1524575380./1016016645215367/?type=3

April 22: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1524482963./1015466201937078/?type=3

April 21: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1524402707./1014929945324037/?type=3

(* A K pH)

Report:49 Saudi air raids, 42 killed , wounded over the day

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched Forty-nine missiles on Five Yemeni' provinces over the 24 hours ago ,which caused twelve citizens were killed and thirty citizens injured in both provinces Sadaa and Hajjah, a military official told Saba on Wednesday.
In Hajjah, nine were killed and twine-eight wounded when the Saudi fighter jets waged a raid on a patrol station in Abis district .
Also the Saudi warplanes launched sevens missiles on farms in Gar area in Abis district , and the other four missiles were launched on Beni al-Hadad in Haradh district . also there were fourteen missiles in several areas in both provinces in Haradh and Medi.
In Sadaa, a raid was waged in Gamalah area in Magz district caused three citizens were killed and two were injured. Also the warplanes launched eleven missiles on Paqm district.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494336.htm

Remark: There are differing figures for the raid against the fuel station (cp1c).

(* A K pH)

Three citizens killed in Saudi airstrikes in Saada

Three citizens were killed and two others injured on Tuesday in Saudi air strikes on Saada province, a military official told Saba.
The strikes hit a water digger in al-Jamalah area of Majz district.
Meanwhile, the warplanes waged 10 strikes on Bagim and Razih districts in the same province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494292.htm and http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494219.htm

FILM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcQ-xPJFCns

(A K pH)

Saudi warplane hit Ibb, 6 injured

Six citizens injured when the US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched Four missiles on university in Asbra district in Ibb province, and the other two air raids in the same province.
The hit causing large losses in properties and the farms of the citizens.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494052.htm

(* A K pH)

Aviation Earlier this day, 22/4/2018, the Bani Wahab tribe of Al-Bayda governorate was targeted. 14 people were killed and 4 were wounded and two were missing

Names as received: -

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1804096869886299

(* A K pH)

A man, his wife and their three children were killed by two air raids targeted a farm in al-Tynah district in Medi, #Hajjah province, #Yemen

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.963391330380564.1073741829.961126490607048/1719326611453695/?type=3&theater

(* A K pH)

Film: The funeral of twenty martyrs in the Directorate of Mawzah in Taiz 22-04-2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efrX4xRBFBI

Remark: For this raid, YPR 206, cp1b.

(* A K pH)

Saudi missiles launch in Hajjah , 5 killed

Five killed from one family couple and their three children when the Saudi fighter jets hit their house on a farm in al-Gar area in Abas district in Hajjah province, a local source told Saba on Monday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494045.htm

and

April 22: Massacre of 2day N Yemen by US-Saudi war criminals:

The entire family of Ali Sadeek was killed under rubbles of their house in Jar area Abs Hajja north west Yemen.

3 airstrikes hit the house which is located inside the man's farm

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/988070976310083584

(* A K pH)

Earlier on Sunday, at around 14:00, in the Midi district of Hajjah governorate, a Coalition airstrike reportedly hit a civilian house, killing all five members of a single family, including three children and one woman. Our staff were informed that the victims were having lunch inside their house, in an area called Al-Hadwariah, when it received a direct hit from a missile. The family’s neighbours told UN human rights staff that they had seen warplanes in the area just before the incident.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/press-briefing-note-yemen-and-nicaragua

(* A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids reported on:

April 25:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494344.htm Sanaa city

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/989045654625374213 Sanaa city

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494340.htm Hodeidah p.

April 24:

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/988851386086543361 Saada city

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494401.htm Sanaa city

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494218.htm Sanaa city

April 23:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494145.htm Hodeidah p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494054.htm Bayda p.

April 22:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news493932.htmcitizens farms in Hajjah p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news493928.htm Taiz p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news493919.htm Baydah p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

(B K)

Yemen’s Rebels Step Up Attacks on Aramco Oil Facilities

The attacks, which have helped push up oil prices, seek to strike at the core of the Saudi economy

Yemeni rebels are increasingly targeting Saudi Arabian oil facilities, threatening the kingdom’s economic engine and adding another layer of geopolitical tension that is helping push oil prices to their highest levels since 2014.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have attacked Saudi Arabian Oil Co. installations using missiles and drones at least eight times since the beginning of March. The latest attack was Monday afternoon when Houthis said they fired missiles on a Saudi oil port near the Yemen border (paywalled)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/yemens-rebels-step-up-attacks-on-aramco-oil-facilities-1524656858

and

(B K)

How Yemen’s Houthis Are Ramping Up Their Weapons Capability

Saudi forces have intercepted more than a 100 missiles since 2015 (paywalled)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-yemens-houthis-are-ramping-up-their-weapons-capability-1524664569

(* A K pS)

Houthis planted in Yemen largest number of landmines since WWII, demining official says

A Yemeni official said on Monday that Houthi rebels had planted the largest number of landmines that one single country was plagued by since World War II.

Brig. Ameen Al-Aqeeli the Director of the National Center Combating Landmines, told the state-run news agency "Saba" that the armed forces have in the past couple of years removed 300,000 landmines planted by the Islamist rebels who have been waging a diehard armed insurgency since May 2015.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-17782

(A K)

Al Houthi forces launched a Qaher 2-M ballistic missile targeting al Mokha city, Taiz governorate on Yemen’s Red Sea coast on April 24. The Saudi-led coalition has not yet confirmed the al Houthi ballistic missile launch.[2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-april-24-2018

(A K pS)

Film: #Saudi LAV-25 and LAV-C2 vehicles enter #Saada

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/988412645014409217

(* A K pH)

Missile force fires two ballistic missiles at Aramco port in Jizan

The missile force of the army and Popular Committees launched on Monday two ballistic missiles at the Aramco oil port in Jizan, a military official told Saba.
The missile force targeted Aramco oil port with Badr-1, said the official.
The launch of the two missiles comes in response to the crimes of US Saudi-led aggression and the latest massacre wedding party at district of Bani Qais in Hajjah province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news494107.htm and http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/in-response-to-saudi-aggression-yemen-houthis-fired-two-ballistic-missiles-to-aramco-facilities-in-jizan_890653.html

and

(* A K pS)

Arab Coalition Intercepts 2 Missiles Fired at Saudi’s Jizan from Yemen

The air defense of the Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen intercepted on Monday two ballistic missiles fired by the Houthi militias in Yemen against Saudi Arabia.
The rockets were targeting the southwestern region of Jizan.
Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said that the missiles were detected at 4:23 pm on Monday.
They were headed to the city of Jizan and deliberately targeting residential and populated areas, he added.

The air defense downed the missiles with shrapnel landed on some residential areas. No one was injured and no damage was reported from the incident, Malki stressed.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1246766/arab-coalition-intercepts-2-missiles-fired-saudi%E2%80%99s-jizan-yemen

(* A K)

Saudi Arabia Reportedly Intercepts Houthis' Missiles Fired at Aramco Facility

According to Al-Masirah news outlet, Houthis fired two Badr-1 ballistic missiles at the Aramco port in Jizan in the southwest corner of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi state media reported that the country's forces had downed the missiles launched at the Aramco facility.

There were no immediate reports about damage or casualties caused by the attack.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201804231063828351-saudi-arabia-houthis-aramco-missiles/ and film https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/988446114314584064

(* B K pS)

The Army forces have demined over 300,000 landmines the #Houthis have planted in a number of provinces across the country during the past two years.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/988141200875155456

(* A K)

Saudi Arabia shoots down Yemen rebel missile: state media

Saudi air defences on Sunday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom's southern border city of Najran, which set a farm ablaze, state media said.

"Saudi forces were able to intercept (the missile)," the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

"But the shrapnel scattered over residential areas and caused a fire at a farm belonging to a citizen, without causing any injuries."

The missile was launched from Saada, the Houthi stronghold in northern Yemen, the coalition was cited as saying.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/4/22/saudi-arabia-shoots-down-yemen-rebel-missile-state-media = http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5644403/Saudis-new-missile-Yemen-rebels-state-media.html

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(B H)

Bringing Psychological Civilian Harm to the Forefront: Incidental Civilian Fear as Trauma in the Case of Recurrent Attacks

Last month’s ballistic missiles’ barrage undertaken by the Yemen-based Houthi rebels against Saudi Arabia comes to be added to the almost 100 missiles that have been fired against the Kingdom since past November. With these missile attacks spreading fear (see also here the Jordanian condemnation of the attacks and the stress put on the terrorization of the civilians), they bring to the forefront the question of how recurrent attacks can impact on the affected civilians’ psychological health and whether such impact can have a legal significance for the legality of the undertaken force.

https://www.ejiltalk.org/bringing-psychological-civilian-harm-to-the-forefront-incidental-civilian-fear-as-trauma-in-the-case-of-recurrent-attacks/

Comment: Isn't this a real joke? They are talking about civilian fear in Saudi Arabia after 100 missiles as a war crime. The bombs dropping on Yemen - over 130,000 and increasing - are these not causing fear? I just don't understand the logic of this writer.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156629588523641

(* B P)

Film: Yemeni Artist Resists Devastating US-Saudi War with Graphic Design.

Ahmed Jahaf, an artist and graphic designer in Sanaa, Yemen, explains how he uses art to raise awareness about the crushing US-Saudi war and blockade on his country

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

and another film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w4_kmlNXw0

(A)

Sogar im Krieg wird Fußball gespielt

Oliver Ramme im Gespräch mit Thomas Jaedicke

die Nationalmannschaft, die regelmäßig im Ausland spielt, hat sich sogar für die Asienmeisterschaft 2019 qualifiziert.

Unser Reporter Oliver Ramme war in Aden und hat beobachtet: Eine erfolgreiche Nationalmannschaft wird begeistert empfangen – auch wenn es dem durch den Bürgerkrieg geschundenen Land noch so schlecht geht. Im Gespräch mit Thomas Jaedicke berichtet Oliver Ramme, was er im Jemen erlebt hat un

http://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/jemen-sogar-im-krieg-wird-fussball-gespielt.966.de.html?dram:article_id=416265

(B)

Yemen: Promoting peace through art

A Yemeni street artist has invited locals to an area in Sanaa to draw images of their choice on the street, with the over-arching theme of highlighting Yemen's plight. Gouri Sharma reports.

http://m.dw.com/en/yemen-promoting-peace-through-art/g-43442576

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-406-yemen-war-mosaic-406

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-406 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-406:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

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

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

21:29 25.04.2018
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