Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 421 - Yemen War Mosaic 421

Yemen Press Reader 421: 13.6.2018: Jemen Mai 2018–Westl. Medien u. Jemen–Huthi-Foltergefängnisse–Saudi-Pipeline in Südjemen–Sokotra zwischen Saudis und VAE–Briten trainierten Jemens Geheimdienst
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June 13, 2018: May 2018 Summary – Western media and Yemen – Houthi torture prisons – Saudi pipeline in Southern Yemen – Socotra between Saudis and Emirates – UK trained Yemeni intelligence agency – and more

Angriff auf Hodeidah / Assault against Hodeidah:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-422-yemen-war-mosaic-422

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Yemen at the UN – May 2018 Review

In May, Houthi forces were clearly on the defensive across most of Yemen, in particular losing ground in Hudaydah governorate as various anti-Houthi groups, backed by Emirati airpower, advanced on Hudaydah city. A Saudi-led coalition plan for a military offensive on the city last year was derailed due to a lack of US support and international outcry over the likelihood of massive humanitarian fallout. Last month, however, a Western official confirmed to the Sana’a Center that Washington and London had given the green light for the current offensive to take Hudaydah city, but with the caveat that the ports were not to be attacked (see ‘Coalition-Backed Forces Advancing on Hudaydah Port’ and ‘Anti-Houthi Forces Make Gains in Taiz’).

http://sanaacenter.org/publications/yemen-at-the-un/5955

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The War Nerd: Anglo-American Media’s Complicity in Yemen’s Genocide

We’re living through a massive artificial famine, right now.

Yemen is a perfect target for artificial famine and blockade, because it never had enough farmland to feed its people. Before the Saudi invasion, Yemen imported almost 90% of its food supplies. When the Saudis imposed their blockade, cutting off all food imports to Hodeidah, the one Red-Sea port serving NW Yemen, those imports stopped. There has never been any alternative route for food supplies to Yemen.

The next step for the Saudi-led “coalition” will be taking Hodeidah, the Shia provinces’ one source of food and medical aid. That operation is well underway as I write.

When the Shia fighters pull out — or even if they stay and make a last stand in the rubble of Hodeidah — the blockade will be airtight. From then on, it’s just a matter of waiting for the blockaded population to die off in such numbers that they lose the will to fight.

It happens pretty quickly. You, a Shia fighter, might be willing to die fighting the invaders, but you’re less likely to be willing to watch your children die. You’ll give up eventually, and the “invaders” who failed on the battlefield but won by blockade will roll triumphantly into your towns as if they were brave warriors.

It’s happened before. It’s how the Nigerian Army crushed the Igbo in Biafra in the 1960s. The Biafrans won on the battlefield, but the Nigerian Army was as well-connected, world-wide, as it was cowardly and corrupt. So it laid out big money to its foreign friends and got a very cooperative silence while it starved Biafra to death. That huge international silence had a lot to do with oil and money, just as this one does. When oil, money, and a huge international alliance all line up with the people starving out a troublesome minority, you can expect a complete media blackout on news about those who are dying.

And you’re living through one of those guilty silences right now. Very few journalists have shown any interest in reporting the suffering imposed by the blockade. One of the few to try is RWN guest Bethan McKernan, who just published the only story I can find in English about how losing Hodeidah will cause massive death among the Shia.

All the other media reports I’ve found on Hodeidah are so wildly pro-Saudi they read like parody. Here’s one example from the Saudi mouthpiece Arab News

Did you catch that? Tightening the blockade by capturing Hodeidah is a “moral imperative.” And that was the English-language version, the soft sell aimed at foreigners.

Asharq Awsat apparently didn’t get the PR memo that the conquest of Hodeidah should be spun as a way to open up humanitarian aid. No, they’re saying the inconvenient truth of the operation, that its goal is to “tighten the siege…and close the last important port…” supplying the Shia provinces of the interior.

So the situation is lining up very nicely, militarily, for the UAE, Saudi, and their friends in D.C. and London. All you need to tighten the noose at this point in a campaign of extermination by famine/blockade is the silent collusion of world media.

And Lord, how happy the Anglo media have been to supply that last necessary element! Compare this silence to alleged starvation stories from Sunni regions of Syria.

If there was even a rumor that Sunni Syrians might be going hungry, every mainstream media outlet was all over the story. If their CIA-funded shills from the White Helmets made ridiculous claims of massacres and giant famines, later disproved, you could count on everyone from BBC to CNN to blast them over every TV in the Anglosphere.

But the hundreds of thousands of verified, real famine and epidemic cases in Yemen get very little coverage. There’s nothing subtle about why not. The Syrian Sunni jihadis were de facto allies of the US/UK/Saudi/Israel/UAE bloc. So their suffering needed to be amplified. The Shia Yemenis can be slandered with one word: “Iran.” Anything touched by Iran, for Anglo media, is inherently evil, and anything done to those so tainted needs no further justification. The “Houthi,” i.e. the Shia of NW Yemen, are allegedly puppets or proxies for Iran, the Shia Mister Big of journalistic imagination, and therefore legitimate targets for even the nastiest war of extermination (such as by hunger and disease.)

Just by the bye, the Iranian connection is mostly nonsense.

The truth is that the mountain Shia of NW Yemen are eminently killable precisely because they DON’T have influential friends abroad. An inland population, very poor, isolated, facing a very rich and well-connected genocidal enemy — that’s the situation here, and it’s perfect for a successful extermination campaign.

As we see every day, via the non-coverage of this huge story by everyone.

There’ll be a time when the artificial famine in Yemen takes its place with other, similar horrors, like that in Ireland in the 1840s, Ukraine in the 1930s, and Bengal in the 1940s. And when revisionist scholars get around to counting the dead in this latest atrocity, they’ll note that there was a deadly silence from media outlets that should have known better—and DID know better, truth be told.

This is the last, most important element of the Ireland/Biafra/Bengal/Yemen strategy: a collusive silence from the media. Sure, it’ll be noted decades later. Books and articles will be devoted to explaining or justifying it (mostly “justifying” because powerful states tend to stay powerful, and don’t want their grandfathers’ crimes exposed) – by Gary Brecher

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/06/war-nerd-anglo-american-medias-complicity-yemens-genocide.html = http://exiledonline.com/the-war-nerd-anglo-american-media-complicity-in-yemens-genocide/

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Tales of torture and horror: Inside Houthi prisons in Yemen

Ex-prisoners tell their stories of torture, arbitrary detention, and mistreatment in Houthi-controlled prisons.

Farouk Baakar, a 26-year-old Yemeni doctor from Hodeida, has been detained and tortured by Iran-backed Houthi militia for 15 months, before he was released after his family paid a ransom.

Baakar describes his detention and enforced disappearance a "death-like experience". He was detained in Sanaa in November 2016 for treating a fighter who fought the Shia militia.

Like many prisoners in Yemen, Bakaar's detention and enforced disappearance left his family unaware of his whereabouts for months.

During that time, Bakaar said, he was detained and tortured in different unidentified prisons.

"I spent 50 days in an underground prison with barely any oxygen. I was hung by my wrists from the ceiling and left in my own feces and urine to rot. I wasn't allowed to wash once.

"They extracted my fingernails and used a cable to press onto the flesh underneath. I lost consciousness from the sheer amount of pain.

"They burned me with fire and dipped me in water that they'd run an electric current through. They beat me with all sorts of electric cables and iron rods," explained Bakaar, who said he saw nails, dead animals and body parts laying around in some of the detention centres he was in.

"In that prison, I felt like I was already dead," he said.

Baakar also recalled that some fellow detainees he met at Houthi detention facilities had their eyesight lost.

"I saw detainees chained to the walls. They were bleeding around their feet, and their wounds from the chains had become infected with puss and worms.

"One guy had been hung from his penis; he couldn't urinate for two whole weeks. When I saw him, I knew that was the end of his manhood," said Baakar who claimed that he was punished for trying to treat some of the detainees.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) also documented many cases of human rights abuses committed by Houthi authorities in Yemen.

"We have documented dozens of cases of arbitrary detention, forced disappearance and mistreatment. It is certainly more than 70 cases since 2014. Yemeni groups have documented far more," Kristine Beckerle, Yemen and UAE researcher at HRW told Al Jazeera.

While many documented cases are in Houthi-controlled areas, the issue of arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and torture is not happening exclusively in Houthi prisons, according to HRW.

"It [the human rights abuse] is absolutely a problem in Houthi areas, but it is a wider problem [than that].

Enforced disappearance

Systematic kidnapping and imprisonment are also widely reported in Houthi-controlled areas.

According to Um Muhammed, around 2400 people have been forcefully disappeared across Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen. She told Al Jazeera that her association is in contact with 300 families, whose members have involuntarily disappeared.

"All of the cases we came across go through some period of enforced disappearance. Some are for a few weeks, while others extend to months. Afterwards, families are usually allowed 10 minute-visits each week," said Um Muhammad – by Arwa Ibrahim

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/tales-torture-horror-houthi-prisons-yemen-180530085005320.html

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Al Mahra, Eastern Yemen, will be used by the Saudis for an international oil pipeline

Local sources in the Yemeni province of Al-Mahra said that the Saudis are accelerating to complete the construction of an oil pipeline extending from Saudi Arabia’s border to Al-Mahra, east of #Yemen, up to the Arabian Sea. The sources confirmed that the recent visit to Al Mahra of the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al Jaber, was for this purpose, keen to rush for the completion of the project. According to the sources, Saudi Aramco has already completed field and survey studies in the region with the presence of Saudi forces at the airport of Al-Ghaida, now used for military purposes. In the last few months, Al-Mahra has witnessed a strong Saudi presence with the Kingdom taking control of the ports and vital sites in the border province with the Sultanate of Oman. Earlier on this year the Saudis sent troops and military equipment.

The Saudis should work directly to secure the pipeline and the project is to establish a special Yemeni force unit trained by Saudi military personnel. The idea is to follow the path of the forces established in Aden and the Southern Provinces by the UAE: forces independent from the Yemeni government backed by the Coalition and taking orders only by one of the supporting sponsors. The project has raised concerns as these latest steps taken by the Saudi forces under the cover of their leadership of the Arab alliance in Yemen, are seen as a violation of the Yemeni sovereignty.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/living-in-yemen-on-the-edge/al-mahra-eastern-yemen-will-be-used-by-the-saudis-for-an-international-oil-pipel/1771187526267603/

My comment: would explain the rising Saudi presence there: Bringing more military tot he province; the plans to erect a Center for Wahabism propaganda; playing the „we are benefactors“ tune.

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Vying for Paradise? What Socotra Means for the UAE and Saudi Arabia

Today, Saudi Arabian soldiers are de factoreplacing the Emiratis ‘to train Yemeni security forces’ in Socotra, with Riyadh also announcing its own development plan for the island. Contrary to public statements, this controversial story is not completely patched up and it is likely to influence the future of Saudi–Emirati relations in Yemen, especially in the areas of the south the Houthis have been driven from.

What’s more, this is a dispute between supposed allies the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi attempted to include the island in its ‘string of ports and military bases’ strategy astride the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean, while Riyadh – forcing the Emiratis to downsize their ambitions in Socotra – helped Abd Rabu Mansur Hadi, the recognised government’s president who is still backed by the Saudis, to publicly restore a minimal level of Yemeni authority on the island.

Considering its strategic location, Socotra may be set to become the UAE’s Diego Garcia (the US military base in the Indian Ocean). The pattern followed by the Emiratis on the island resembles that previously shown in Assab (Eritrea), Berbera (Somaliland) and key Yemeni southern coastal cities such as Aden, Mukalla and Al-Mokha: first the rebuilding/enlargement of commercial ports and secondly the establishment of military bases/facilities, thus serving overlapping economic and geostrategic goals in the Indian Ocean. As a matter of fact, the UAE expanded the port of Hadibo, the capital of Socotra (which became a governorate only in 2014), in the northern and most populated part of the island, on the maritime route for Mukalla (Hadhramaut) and Berbera. Socotra would also be a perfect hub for trade links with India, given the rising economic partnership between Abu Dhabi and New Delhi, enhanced by a 2017 agreement.

Last year, the UAE confirmed the presence of a military base on the island, and since 2016 Emirati recruits have been sent to a training camp in Socotra for intensive battle and weapons handling simulations. Moreover, the Emiratis are reportedly recruiting residents to create a local militia.

In Socotra, as elsewhere in the sub-region, the UAE has managed to combine hard and soft power: focusing on basic needs and service delivery, establishing direct weekly services from Hadibo airport to Abu Dhabi, providing medical treatment, subsidising education and work permits to the UAE, and organising cultural events and group weddings for Socotris.

Such a multi-layered approach has boosted the Emirati position on the island, with three intertwined implications.

Firstly, this has contributed to weakening not only Yemen’s recognised government’s authority on the whole territory, but also its diplomatic leverage, further eroding President Hadi’s perceived legitimacy. The UAE decided to upgrade its military presence in Socotra at the beginning of May 2018, while the new UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths was working hard to revive diplomatic talks.

Secondly, the Socotra issue has created further friction within the Saudi-led Coalition

Thirdly, the local impact of the ‘Socotra crisis’ should not be underestimated. Socotris have experienced an unprecedented tide of politicisation mostly due to the nascent networks of patronage built by the Emiratis.

For the UAE, controlling Socotra means strengthening its commercial and military projection in the Indian Ocean, thus emphasising its rising inter-regional prestige. For Saudi Arabia, reducing the Emirati influence in Socotra means re-affirming Riyadh’s leading role not only in the military coalition for Yemen, but also with regard to the inter-state balance in the Gulf region.

The indirect battle for Socotra confirms that the Emiratis and the Saudis are not always on the same page: they are allies against the Houthis (fighting alongside each other on the Red Sea front), but are clear competitors for Yemen’s present and future regional balances. And with an eye on Socotra, they are advancing assertive geopolitical strategies in the Western Indian Ocean – by Eleonaro Ardemagni

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2018/06/11/vying-for-paradise-what-socotra-means-for-the-uae-and-saudi-arabia/

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Report: UK trained Yemen intelligence agency

The United Kingdom has been engaged in capacity building operations across Yemen’s police, military and intelligence agencies between 2004 and 2015, a new 43-page report by the Oxford Research Group reveals.

The report provides a critical review of UK “training and assistance” programmes in Yemen, successes, causes of failure and lessons for future missions. It notes that British trainers “were on the ground for a long time” and were able to make changes to Yemeni units, including making Yemen’s first female military units, and facilitating effective intelligence sharing across the Yemeni government.

In 2004, both the UK and the United States set up a joint training team to support a newly created Yemeni Counterterrorism Unit (CTU). Short courses on navigation and small arms drills were dished out, although they “did little to develop the Coast Guard’s operational capabilities”. Training on military activities was well attended, although courses on medical and safety were not. At the time, it didn’t matter as the primary objective was to take out Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – which had a high success rate according to the report.

“British success in Yemen were the result of sustained engagement, a willingness to develop training objectives in collaboration with Yemeni colleagues, and the integration of efforts with several institutions,” the report said. But the British trainers entered Yemen and taught in Yemeni institutions in a British way, which completely failed to cater for the “very different cultural and political context”. The British failure led to reduced effectiveness in training and promoted counterproductive techniques.

The capacity building projects in Yemen were highly secret as they involved deploying “small and vulnerable groups of soldiers into dangerous environments”. Publicity around these activities would apparently place a risk to their security. “But secrecy also inhibits the evaluation of programmes. While individual government departments will review the success or failure of a mission in relation to narrow objectives, often tied to short-term funding cycles, such programmes are rarely assessed in their entirety.”

The report argues that emphasis should be given to post training and assistance programmes, to ensure that troops and entities in Yemen continue to go on forming a solid governance structure or risk becoming an obstacle to peace and security.

[This work by Middle East Monitor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License]

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180612-report-uk-trained-yemen-intelligence-agency/ referring to

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Defining Remote Warfare: British Training and Assistance Programmes in Yemen, 2004-2015

About this briefing

Between 2004-2015 Britain engaged in capacity building operations across Yemen’s police, military, and intelligence agencies. This briefing seeks to provide a critical review of these efforts, their successes, and the causes of their ultimate failure, in order to identify lessons for future training and assistance missions. British successes in Yemen were the result of sustained engagement, a willingness to develop training objectives in collaboration with Yemeni colleagues, and the integration of efforts with several institutions. But British strategic objectives diverged from those of Yemen’s ruling elite, and poor coordination across Whitehall caused conflicting policies between military and humanitarian efforts.

https://remotecontrolproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FINAL-Jack-Watling-and-Namir-Shabibi.pdf

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Interactive Map of Yemen

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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Yemen: Rights Radar Calls on the UN to Urgently Put an End to the Killing of Detainees and Journalists

The Netherlands-based foundation for human rights in the Arab world, Rights Radar (RR), called on the United Nations to urgently intervene and stop the killing of detainees and journalists in Yemen, which reached a very serious level amid the silence of the United Nations.

RR demanded the special envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen, Martin Griffith, to include the issue of detainees and journalists of Yemen in his next briefing to the UN Security Council scheduled for next week, and to include these issues in all his diplomatic meetings and discussions with the parties concerned in the Yemeni issue. These issues also need to be included in the report of the Human Rights Council’s Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen scheduled to be submitted to the Human Rights Council during current session in Geneva.

RR monitored the killing of 121 detainees under brutal torture in the detention camps of the Houthi group and the UAE forces in Yemen, where 28 detainees were confirmed dead in the prisons of the UAE forces in southern Yemen, while the rest died in the Houthi prisons in several northern provinces.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-19237 and also http://almasdaronline.com/article/99525

Remark: By anti-Houthi, anti-separatist Islah Party news sites.

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Security Belt of Rudfan Arrests a Weapon Trader Loyal to Al-Houthis

Sources of the security belt troops in Rudfan confirmed the arrest of a weapon trader loyal to Al-Houthi militias. The sources indicated that the trader used to buy weapons and ammunition from liberated areas in the south and transfer them to Al-Houthis to support them with weapons and ammunition after the iron naval siege imposed on them by the Arab Coalition.

http://en.smanews.org/security-belt-of-rudfan-arrests-a-weapon-trader-loyal-to-al-houthis

My comment: From Southern Yemen. He was arrested by UAE-backed pro-separatist militia. This report shows that there are needed no arms sent by Iran to the Houthis at all. All parts of Yemen are overfilled with arms – you can get nearly everything on local markets.

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The Saudi Coalition Bombed a Cholera Treatment Center in Yemen

Yemenis have been suffering from the world’s largest modern cholera epidemic for more than a year, and there have been over one million cases since April of last year. Medical facilities such as this one are never to be targeted in time of war, and attacks on medical facilities constitute war crimes. The Saudi coalition has routinely struck hospitals and clinics throughout their three-year war on Yemen, and they have destroyed MSF-supported facilities on many occasions.

The coalition bombing campaign has wrecked the infrastructure and destroyed many of the country’s medical facilities, the blockade has created a fuel crisis that makes it difficult to run generators to pump clean drinking water, and coalition forces have even struck at water and sewage treatment plants. They have created the conditions for the extensive spread of cholera, a normally preventable disease, and they even bomb the treatment centers that are set up to cope with the epidemic their policies helped to cause.

U.S. support for the bombing campaign enables the frequent bombing of medical facilities and other civilian targets. The coalition governments are not trying to limit the harm they do to the civilian population, and the U.S. should not be aiding and abetting their war crimes – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-saudi-coalition-bombed-a-cholera-treatment-center-in-yemen/

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Elias is preparing for #WorldCup2018 launch ceremony in #Moscow. This brave child, the voice of #YemenChildren, defies all odds incl. the loss of his brother & house in #Taiz in this conflict, to promote peace (photos, film)

https://twitter.com/unicef_yemen/status/999636958841360384?s=21

https://twitter.com/alasaadim/status/1005951464165068800

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With the UAE armed forces still struggling in Yemen, Abu Dhabi has turned to retired US soldiers for their expertise. (subscibers only)

https://www.intelligenceonline.com/corporate-intelligence/2018/05/30/knowledge-steps-in-to-help-uae-army%2C108312013-art

Comment: Well it seems like the UAE is calling in retired veterans - many US military from the Afghan and Iraq debacles - to assist them in Yemen. Not public knowledge nor in mainstream newspapers - just from intelligence outfits. A nice payday for them, but I guess they didn't do too well themselves in 'their' conflicts. The truth is that with local militias fighting outside forces, there only has to be a few of them left still fighting for them to win - as happens in Palestine for example, where Palestinians are 'winning' even though the toll on them is so great, they are still there demanding their rights. And when outside forces use more and more military power and force, then it makes them less popular and increases anger and opposition. It's a quagmire and I don't think the Saudi led coalition will get out of it too easily. It's sad for everyone, but especially Yemen. I don't know whether using these 'retired' generals means that mainstream US forces aren't going to join in with the Hodeida offensive. Oh, it's all too horrible. I just hate reading about the suffering. Just think what it's like going through it.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156750998478641

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US, UK, France arms sales behind Saudi war crimes in Yemen: Pundit

An academic says the arms sales by the US, UK and France to Saudi Arabia is the main reason behind the war crimes committed by the kingdom against its southern impoverished neighbor.

“There are many movements at the moment, they are trying to bring pressure onto governments in the US, in the UK, in France to hold arms sales to Saudi Arabia because these arms sales are the cause of these atrocities and if the Saudis were under some kind of control from the Americans and the UK funders and justifiers of this terrible war, then there could be a different situation,” Kenneth Fero, lecturer at Coventry University told Press TV in an interview on Saturday.

“Three years of war, several thousand women and children killed and the question is who is going to step in to stop this continuing. I think more public pressure, more pressure in the West for people to actually take on their governments and say you have to stop intervening in the situation in Yemen because it is creating deaths every day,” he added.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/09/564434/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-weapons-sales-US-UK-France = https://www.facebook.com/Stopwaronyemen/posts/1810483428994875

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Humanitarian report: the war in Taiz left 324 orphans during the past two months

The Humanitarian relief coalition said that 84 families in Taiz have lost their dependents during last April and May In the ongoing war between government forces and Houthis militia.

According to the report issued by the humanitarian relief coalition (formed from many civil community organizations), 150 other civilian became unable to perform their works due to injuries they received.

The report indicated that 14 children have been killed, 9 women and 53 Youngman in addition to the injury of 24 children, 8 women, and 58 Youngman, some of those injuries are extremely dangerous and it resulted from artillery and missiles targeted populated areas.

The report also said that 6 cases among victims were killed or injured due to explosions of landmines planted by Houthis militia while 21 of other cases killed or injured by direct sniping actions.

The report which records the influence of the war in Taiz during the last April and May indicated that the war left 324 orphans needs aid and attention.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99437

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Jemen: 27 Journalisten seit Kriegsbeginn getötet

Insgesamt 27 Journalisten sind seit Ausbruch des Bürgerkriegs im Jemen im Jahr 2014 getötet worden, sagte das jemenitische Journalistensyndikat, eine NGO, am Samstag.

„Die Pressefreiheit [im Jemen] durchläuft sehr schwierige Bedingungen und unterliegt seit 2014 einem systematischen Krieg“, sagte das Syndikat in einer Erklärung anlässlich des jemenitischen Pressetages, der auf den 9. Juni fällt.

Demnach haben insgesamt 27 Journalisten „ihr Leben verloren, um das Recht der Gesellschaft auf Information zu erfüllen“.

Das Syndikat teilte weiter mit, dass Medien im Jemen geplündert, Journalisten und Fotografen gejagt und Hunderte von Nachrichtenportalen blockiert wurden.

Die Vereinigung fordert die Freilassung von 12 Journalisten, die von Huthi-Rebellen und einem weiteren Journalisten, der von Al-Qaida-Kämpfern als Geisel genommen wurden.

https://nex24.news/2018/06/jemen-27-journalisten-seit-kriegsbeginn-getoetet/

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Yemeni Journalists Syndicate: 27 journalists have been killed during the war

Yemeni Journalists Syndicate said today (Saturday) 27 journalists have been killed since the start of the war in Yemen at the ends of 2014 while 13 others are kidnapped with no charges against them.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99435

Comment: I would say this is a conservative estimate. And others have been imprisoned or forced to leave Yemen. Foreign journalists have limited access to Yemen. It is a story neither side want to get out.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156751032083641

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Five reasons the crisis in Yemen matters

Long overshadowed by conflicts and intrigues elsewhere in the Middle East, Yemen is increasingly hard to ignore.

  1. Most of Yemen’s population is on the brink of famine
  2. A proxy war is raging
  3. Yemen has been a breeding ground for terrorism
  4. Yemen is uniquely positioned within the global economy

Yemen occupies a strategic position at the mouth of the Red Sea, next to some of the world’s most crucial shipping lanes, and its instability could jeopardize global trade. Oil tankers bound for Europe pass just beyond Yemen’s shores, through the narrow Strait of Mandeb and on to the Suez Canal. Houthi rebels have threatened to choke off this traffic if the Saudi-led coalition challenges their hold on the port of Hodeidah. The rebels also were blamed for a missile attack on a Turkish ship delivering wheat in March

5. Humanitarian aid is barely keeping the country afloat

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/world/why-yemen-matters/

My comment: This is a quite US “mainstream article. – No, the Yemen war is NO Saudi-Iranian proxy war. – No, it would be odd to describe Saudi and Iranian interference as equal, as is done here. – Point 4 shoes that there are foreign interests connected to Yemen which have

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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Yemen Child Soldiers Are in Dire Need of Assistance

Child recruits in the Middle East and North Africa have doubled within a year as of 2017. According to southern Yemeni officials, there may be as many as 6,000 child soldiers throughout the country and 20,000 are in need of war rehabilitation. The situation in Yemen has been called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 18.8 million people needing aid and seven million going hungry.

The United Nations has argued that children and young people are receiving the worst of the conflict’s repercussions. The organization claims Houthis were responsible for 359 of 517 cases of Yemen child soldiers in 2016; 76 were recruited by government-backed groups like the Popular Resistance and the coalition. Others were recruited by Al Qaeda and its associated groups.

In some ways, the destruction and conflict have forced families to view their children as valuable resources. The child soldiers’ pay of $55 every three months may be necessary to keep the family afloat, while female children are married off in exchange for a dowry. Furthermore, recruits are given a hot meal daily; 47 percent of Yemeni children suffer from stunting due to malnourishment.

The Houthis have promised monthly allowances of $80-120 to the families of child soldiers in the event that their children were to die. The group will print posters in memory of fallen Yemen child soldiers, as well.

Continuous violence and destroyed infrastructure puts civilians, and especially children, in a precarious situation.“With no end in sight to these conflicts and with families’ dwindling financial resources, many have no choice but to send their children to work or marry their daughters early,” UNICEF’s Regional Director Geert Cappelaere explained to The Guardian.

https://borgenproject.org/yemen-child-soldiers-are-in-dire-need-of-assistance/

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Jemen: Interview mit Projektkoordinatorin Franziska Kellerhaus

Konflikt und Vertreibung, Hunger, Armut und fehlende Grundversorgung: Im Jemen herrscht derzeit große Not. Als Regionale Programmkoordinatorin MENA (Jemen, Palästina und Nordafrika) im libanesischen Beirut koordiniert Franziska Kellerhaus die DRK-Hilfe vor Ort. Im Interview gibt die sie Einblick in ihre Arbeit. Neben Herausforderungen und Erfolgen verrät sie Dinge, die sie bewegen und motivieren.

Kellerhaus: Aus dem DRK-Regionalbüro in Beirut unterstütze ich das Team im Jemen und koordiniere die regionale Projektarbeit mit anderen Partnern der Rotkreuz- und Rothalbmond-Bewegung, die dort wie wir humanitäre Hilfe leisten. Wir arbeiten seit zehn Jahren im Land und beteiligen uns derzeit zum Beispiel mit Nahrungsmitteln, Trinkwasser, Medikamenten und anderen Hilfsgütern an der Nothilfe für die Bevölkerung. Darüber hinaus fördern wir medizinische Einrichtungen, in denen insbesondere werdende Mütter und Kinder Hilfe erhalten. Mit unserer Arbeit tragen wir gleichzeitig dazu bei, unsere Partnerorganisation, den Jemenitischen Roten Halbmond (JRH), zu stärken, um sich als Organisation weiterzuentwickeln.

Die Situation im Jemen ist katastrophal und hat sich seit Beginn des Konflikts 2015 stetig verschlechtert. Wir sprechen mittlerweile von der schlimmsten humanitären Katastrophe weltweit. Von 29,3 Millionen Menschen sind 22,2 Millionen – also drei von vier Menschen – auf humanitäre Hilfe angewiesen.

Es gibt viele Dinge, die mich bewegt und beeindruckt haben. Es sind aber vor allem die Menschen, die mir in Erinnerung bleiben. Die Dankbarkeit und Freude, die uns entgegengebracht wurde, als wir 2017 selbst vor Ort waren, war überwältigend. Wir haben unglaublich offene und herzliche Menschen kennengelernt, die nur die Schönheit und Kultur ihres Landes zeigen wollen und hoffen, dass ihr Leben so bald wie möglich wieder normal wird.

https://www.drk.de/hilfe-weltweit/wie-wir-arbeiten/jemen-interview-mit-projektkoordinatorin/

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Monareliefye.org distributes Eid al-fitr clothes to 260 orphans in Sana'a funded by anonymous Kuwaiti donors

Monareliefye.org distributed in 3 days Eid al-fitr clothes to 260 orphans in Sana'a. Our project was funded by anonymous Kuwaiti donors for the third time. (photos)

https://www.monareliefye.org/single-post/2018/06/13/Monareliefyeorg-distributes-Eid-alfitr-clothes-to-260-orphans-in-Sanaa-funded-by-anonymous-Kuwaiti-donors

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1006522423796207616

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Von Villingen ins Krisengebiet: Kinderärztin Gudrun Adams war im Jemen im Hilfseinsatz

Drei Monate war die Villinger Kinderäztin Gudrun Adams für die Hilfsorganisation Ärzte ohne Grenzen in einen Krankenhaus im Jemen stationiert. Mitunter eine Grenzerfahrung.

130 Betten hat das Klinikum im Jemen, rund die Hälfte davon für Kinder. Neugeborene, Frühgeborene und Kinder mit extremer Mangelernährung, Lungenentzündungen oder Magen-Darm-Erkrankungen. Das waren ihre Patienten. Das Ausstattungs-Niveau der Klinik entsprach in etwa dem, wie man ihn hierzulande vor 35 Jahren hatte, sagt sie. Auf Bettchen für die Neugeborenen musste sie drei Monate warten. "Das Schlimmste ist", sagt sie, "wenn man an seine Grenzen kommt".

https://www.suedkurier.de/region/schwarzwald-baar-heuberg/villingen-schwenningen/Von-Villingen-ins-Krisengebiet-Kinderaerztin-Gudrun-Adams-war-im-Jemen-im-Hilfseinsatz;art372541,9771624

Bemerkung: Wann war sie dort? Mit dem Krieg ist die Lage viel schlimmer geworden. Eine medizinische Versorung auf dem Niveau von 1983 ist im Jemen schon längst nicht mehr gegeben.

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World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster: Yemen - Humanitarian Imports Overview, May 2018

The chart represents WFP food imports for its programmes in Yemen, and it includes food commodities imported through commercial vessels as well as chartered vessels for humanitarian cargo.

VOS Apollo operates a weekly rotation between Djibouti and Aden, whereas VOS Theia travels on average three times a month between Djibouti and Hodeidah. Both vessels can carry both cargo and passengers, and can be used as staff evacuation means.

The Logistics Cluster facilitates combined chartered airlifts from Djibouti to Sana’a, on a frequency contingent on needs and funding.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-imports-overview-may-2018

and

(B H)

World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster: Yemen Situation Update, May 2018

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-situation-update-may-2018

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Yemen: Safety Nets Alert Platform (SNAP) Country Dashboard - May 2018

Highlights (Market Crisis)

The Yemeni Riyals continued to depreciate in May 2018, and lost about 126% of its pre-crisis value.

Improvements in imports of food in May led to better supply and availability in local markets across most governorates. Though availability of fuel improved in some governorates, scarcity persists in most areas.

Retail prices of food commodities slightly increased by 1% in May compared with April, and 38%-99% higher than pre-crisis

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-safety-nets-alert-platform-snap-country-dashboard-may-2018

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Dicotomy is clear: Yemen is portrayed as the nation of child brides and aid sucking chasm

On child marriage, Liliana Rodrigues (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament) in her article CHILD MARRIAGE MUST BE HARSHLY PUNISHED is using the known case of Yemeni Nujood Ali - who by the age of 10 was divorced- as the 'bad example to avoid and fight'.

To the call of Ms Rodrigues to harshly punish the countries where child marriage occurs, we answer with a call to come and visit Yemen now, to understand what is truly happening on the ground, in this particular historical moment, with a killing blockade, skyrocketing famine, no clean water, diseases, death, an aggression-Coalition armed by the very same EU member states (not only) pounding Yemen day and night.

You do not ‘punish’ countries: you help them grow and prosper.

War, definitely, does not help.

Famine does not help.

Lack of prospects and outlooks does not help.

Ignorance does not help: and this works in both continents Ms Rodrigues, yours and ours.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/living-in-yemen-on-the-edge/dicotomy-is-clear-yemen-is-portrayed-as-the-nation-of-child-brides-and-aid-sucki/1772798726106483/

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Hodaydah : Dialysis Center in Bajel Calls for Medical Supplies

The Kidney Dialysis Center in Bajel district of Hodaydah governorate launched on Friday an urgent appeal to save lives of patients after running out of its essential medical supplies.
According to Yemen Extra website, the center confirmed in a statement that it will stop providing services to patients as of next Tuesday due to the lack of financial capability, unless medical supplies are provided urgently for dialysis sessions.
It called on businessmen and international and local organizations to respond to this emergency call of renal failure patients and provide the medical supplies for the center.

http://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=1096&cat_id=1

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Relief and Development Peer Foundation: Yemen: Monthly Situation Report No 2 (May 2018)

Highlights:

Protection Needs Assessment for 222 HHs.

Nutritional Services in 7 health facilities in Ibb governorate.

CMAM Trainings for health workers and community health volunteers.

Medical Health Services in 7 health facilities in Ibb governorate.

Outreach (door-to-door) activities.

Water Tanks Installation.

Feasibility Study on Water Resources.

1000 Hygiene Kits & 2000 Jerry Water Cans for Fara Al-Udayn district.

And more

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-monthly-situation-report-no-2-may-2018

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Amnesty International: Yemen: ICRC withdrawal marks ‘bleak’ new low in conflict that devastates civilians

In response to a decision by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to pull 71 staff out of Yemen due to ongoing insecurity, threats and blocks to their work, Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East Director of Campaigns, said:

“It is an unquestionably bleak moment when humanitarian workers, who are in Yemen to save lives, are themselves forced to flee in fear for their own lives. Yemeni civilians caught up in war and one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises have just lost a precious lifeline.

“The ICRC has served victims of armed conflict and violence in Yemen for more than five decades, but its activities have been repeatedly ‘blocked, threatened and directly targeted.’ This is a violation of international humanitarian law. In fact, deliberate attacks on humanitarian relief personnel amount to war crimes. “If the conflict has proven too dangerous for humanitarian personnel, it is certainly too dangerous for civilians in need of urgent protection. We repeat the call we’ve made countless times in the past three years of Yemen’s conflict: all sides must respect and protect humanitarian personnel and facilities, and take every precaution to protect civilians caught up in the conflict.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-icrc-withdrawal-marks-bleak-new-low-conflict-devastates-civilians

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Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation

YRRF distributed 100 food baskets in Hodediah yesterday. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and donors. Please continue to support our efforts. https://www.yemenfoundation.com/donate/ (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/aisha.jumaan/posts/10217364529413064

YRRF distributed 100 food baskets in Hajjah on 6/6/2018. Photos)

https://www.facebook.com/savealifeinyemen/posts/2112229688990097

YRRF distributed 100 food baskets to orphans and families with physical disabilities in Amran, Yemen. (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/savealifeinyemen/posts/2111476239065442

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Sanaa: The opening of the Psychological Support Project for Children with Cancer was held in Kuwait University Hospital on Monday, 4th of June 2018 . In partnership with @yemenrrf and @Baladna organizations The opening ceremony began with cutting the ribbon and opening the room for psychological support for children with the disease, which was equipped with wall paintings and games. And the library and tables in line with the children and cheer them up. (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/your.abilities.or/posts/475093146242361

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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International Organization for Migration: IOM Yemen: Weekly Situation Report (27 May - 2 June 2018)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/iom-yemen-weekly-situation-report-27-may-2-june-2018

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Film: Migrants cross Yemen in search of better life

Every month, more than 7,000 migrants and refugees from the Horn of Africa make the perilous journey across the Red Sea to Yemen in search of a better life. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports from their journey.

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2018/06/10/yemen-african-migration-wedeman-pkg.cnn

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Film: The War in Yemen: Displaced Yemenis seek shelter in graveyard

Thousands of Yemenis displaced by the war in their country are struggling to find shelter. The United Nations says Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, which has forced some people to live among the dead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXKyUP6LVU0 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhQCCYq7k-Y

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

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In implementation of President directives .. half a salary began to pay through post officesIn accordance with the directives of Mahdi Mashat, President of the Supreme Political Council Post offices began on Monday to pay half of salaries of state employees before Eid al-Fitr.

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mesfer Abdullah Al-Numair, directed the General Post and Postal Savings Authority to work at post offices with the maximum capacity to accommodate the disbursement process for those who pay their salaries from Monday until the dawn of Eid.

Half of the salary will be paid to all state employees whether through post offices or through trustees or other financial institutions.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498789.htm

My comment: The state employees had not been paid for over a year now, in both parts of Yemen.

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The #Houthis have kidnapped journalist Ahmed Wahaas, former production director at Yemen Today TV channel, from Dharawan marketplace of Hamdan district, #Sanaa province. (photo)

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1005920800396935169

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2 Saudi-paid mercenaries arrested in capital Sanaa

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498677.htm

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Gov't spokesman hails army victories in west coast front

The National Salvation Government's spokesman, Abdulsalam Jaber, praised the victories have been achieved by Yemeni army forces in the west coast front.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498625.htm

My comment: There actually is little to hail for the Houthi government at Sanaa.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Maj. Gen. Faraj al-Bahsani, #Hadramout Governor, who is also commander of the 2nd Military Region said, "the Hadrami Elite Forces, along with other security and intelligence forces have foiled a major #terrorist operation targeting the city of #Mukalla."

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1006657364110520320

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For the first time since the start of the war, the #US Ambassador to #Yemen, Matthew Tuller has visited the province of #Marib and met with its governor Sultan al-Arradah.This visit came days after a similar by French Ambassador Christian Tetsou

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1006659094357446657

My comment: Tueller is one of the worst

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#AlQaeda still a problem in Hadramawt #Yemen. Major #AQAP plot to bomb multiple locations in Mukalla was foiled at dawn. Raid found 28 IEDs, 2 suicide belts, 2 heat-seeking missiles, 3 packs C4, ammo

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1006553598451429379

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The security campaign arresting 8 wanted and reopens closed streets

The commander of Taiz security (southwest Yemen) Colonel Mansoor Alakhali said today (Tuesday) the security campaign which launched by government against extremist in the last week arrested 8 wanted.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99531 and http://en.smanews.org/three-martyrs-in-a-terrorist-ambush-against-shabwa-elites-patrol-in-al-saeed

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Extremists kills two soldiers in Shabwa , and the Military police commander killed in a tribal revenge

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99523

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Assassination of Shebam Hadramawt police commander by unknowns

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99521

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As south Yemen assassinations persist, two govt officials killed on Monday

As the campaign of mysterious assassinations against government officials and pro-government activists has been persisting for more than a year in south Yemen, two senior security officials were separately gunned down on Monday.

Local sources in Shabwa confirmed the killing of Brig. Mohammed Saleh al-Qahili when gunmen ambushed him and opened fire killing him and injuring his son in the southeastern province on Monday.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-19266

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Yemen president in rare visit to estranged UAE ally

Yemen's president is to hold talks in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday as he attempts to repair relations with the United Arab Emirates, which has increasingly sidelined him in its three-year military intervention.

President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi is making the rare visit on the advice of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, where he lives in exile, Yemen's government-run Saba news agency reported.

Hadi's close relations with the Muslim Brotherood-dominated Islah party have infuriated Abu Dhabi, which has swung its support behind secessionists who want to restore the pre-1990 independence of south Yemen.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5834031/Yemen-president-rare-visit-estranged-UAE-ally.html

and

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Yemeni president in UAE amid reports of imminent Hodeidah offensive

Mr Hadi had on Monday met the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed in the kingdom to discuss the flow of humanitarian aid to Yemen, according to Wam news agency.

“The meetings will address the brotherly relations between Yemen and the UAE and the joint efforts pertaining to the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, to liberate remaining Yemeni territory from the control of the Houthi militia that is supported by Iran,” reported Saba.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemeni-president-in-uae-amid-reports-of-imminent-hodeidah-offensive-1.739187 and also http://almasdaronline.com/article/99519 (with photo)

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Having been in al Mahra for the early part of Ramadan I can tell you this: the only actor shipping arms in is the Saudi military through the port of Nishtun. The question is why they have armed residents of the militant training camp (Dar al Hadith Mk2, under Yahya al Hajuri)

I was there 2 weeks ago for the 12th time since 2013. Nishtun, the main commercial port for al Mahra, has been taken over by Saudi forces, local fisherman kicked out, commerce halted & the town of Nishtun put on notice that Saudi may requisition the entire town.

numerous local people without charge & holds them incommunicado at al Gheydah airport. Or why they ordered the governor to cancel all aid provided for the Mehri people (fuel, food) by Oman since the war began, creating a worsening humanitarian situation for local people.

perhaps also ask why they have telephoned death threats to local people (& their families) who oppose the Saudi occupation, & made the supply of drugs & medical equipment to the hospital conditional on support for the Saudi Forces?

https://twitter.com/JonHowarth/status/1005879099255132166

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Al-Odeini says military groups seek to carve their own states

The Deputy Head of the Media Department of Islah party, Adnan al-Odeini has warned that the military groups that autonomously govern certain regions in the country are preparing to carve for themselves a state within the state.

He said that only the federal state will save everyone from this disintegration, provided that it has the sole right to own and arms and ensure political life without interfering in it.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-19214

My comment: The federal state as it has been proposed by president Hadi in 2014 certainly will not do it – this proposal was one step to the war. A Quite new idea of a federal state would be needed.

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Social media campaign demands release of Islah's Dokeil

On Sunday, rights activists and journalists launched a social media and field campaign to demand the implementation of a court decision to release the Islah leader Awadh al-Dokeil from jail.

The second anniversary of the arrest of al-Dokeil in the city of Mukalla has come and more than two months have passed since a court ordered his release, but he is still in detention.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-19215

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-19238

and

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Hadhramout's Islah office calls for release of al-Dokeil

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-19239

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Explosion in Taiz kills an officer and a child and injures 4 civilians

An officer and a child were killed today (Sunday) in an explosion of an improvised explosive device(EID) while 4 others injured, the EID targeted a checkpoint for the military police at “Almroor” precinct west Taiz(southwest Yemen).

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99465

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4 armed men killed in attack by unknowns at Alturbah Taiz

A local security source in Taiz city said that 4 armed men have been killed by an armed attack by other armed men in Alturbah Taiz - the center of Shamaitin directorate.

The source said to Almasdaronline that two armed unknowns riding a motorbike opened fire upon a group of armed men in their vehicle while they were putting gas in the car at Alturbah city.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99501

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Assassination of a military formation leader (Radhwan Al Odaini) in Taiz

A local security source in Taiz said today (Saturday) that unknows assassinated (Radhwan alodini) a leader of an armed formation known as “Al Osbah brigade) at (Aljomhoury) precinct south the city.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99450

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Mothers of Abductees Association organize a demonstration against torturing and killing abductees in Taiz

The Mothers of Abductees association organized a demonstration on the front of Taiz governorate headquarter against kidnapping and torturing abductees crimes.

The association said we received a notification from the family of the abductee (Mohammed Saleh Alnoom) at Aden governorate that they have no information about the life and health of their son who was kidnapped three years ago after roomers that he died due to torture in one of Aden prisons.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99451

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As part of its crackdown on gang and terrorist cells, military force in Taiz captured Adel Anas, a terrorist and mastermind of assassinations in the city. (photo)

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1005378194520838144

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Hodeidah: Siehe / Look at https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-422-yemen-war-mosaic-422

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We can thank UN Security Council Resolution 2216 which has unleashed the genocide and made a proud nation dependent on aid

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1774246385961717/?type=3&theater

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Western officials: Washington and London gave a green light to attack Hodeida except the port

Last month, however, a Western official confirmed to the Sana’a Center that Washington and London had given the green light for the current offensive to take Hudaydah city, but with the caveat that the ports were not to be attacked.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99529

My comment: This is claimed by a pro-Hadi news site. No more details are given. I would not be stonished, anyway.

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Specific peaces an attempt to booby trap peace, says Islah official

The head of the Information Department of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) party, Ali al-Jaradi, said that continuing to devise specific peace deals with single groups is an attempts to booby trap future peace of the society and to tamper with the meaning of dialogue.

He said that "peace and consutation must be handled as a national multistakeholder process that guarantees peace at home and stability for the region and the world".

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-19240

My comment: Yes, many groups must be included to the peace process. No, referring to president Hadi’s three preconditions which had blocked any peace efforts is not helpful at all.

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As Griffiths rightly said, there’s a difference between stopping the war and making peace. This is just an initiative to stop the war. Making peace is up to the Yemenis. No piece of paper will achieve that unless there’s real commitment by the Yemenis to make it work.

https://twitter.com/j_feierstein/status/1004699248594767873

Jerry, it is quite unreasonable, and simply unfair, to put the responsibility of achieving peace solely on Yemenis. One important tactic of this war has been to sow internal divisions and foment hatred amongst Yemenis. Let THAT be undone, then Yemenis will take care of the rest.

https://twitter.com/JalalYaqoub/status/1004990354448437248

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi recruits female border guards

The General Border Guard Directorate in Saudi Arabia is accepting women for the post of “security inspection officer” along its borders.

In a statement, the directorate informed that applications for these vacant military posts at the rank of “security inspection soldier” in the areas of Riyadh, Jazan, Mecca, the northern border, Tabuk, Sharqiyah, Asir, Najran, Medina and Aljouf will continue until next Saturday.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180612-saudi-recruits-female-border-guards/

My comment: And how they always blamed the Houthis for (a few) female fighters!

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"Ein Partner Israels": Tel Aviv hilft Saudis beim Aufbau eines Atomwaffenprogramms

Damit der Iran nicht zum einzigen Land in der Region mit Atomwaffen werde, hält Saudi-Arabien mit Plänen zur eigenen atomaren Bewaffnung nicht länger hinterm Berg. Mutmaßlich hat Israel nun damit begonnen, dem Königshaus entsprechendes Know-how zu verkaufen.

Dies geht auf Informationen des strategischen Unternehmensberaters, Autor und Analysten der israelischen Nuklearpolitik beim Privatunternehmen Israel Homeland Security (i-HLS), Ami Dor-On, zurück. Die i-HLS wird auch vom US-Waffenkonzern Raytheon finanziert. Die mutmaßliche Förderung eines saudischen Atomwaffenprogramms durch Israel ist dabei nur der bisher letzte Hinweis auf die geopolitische Annäherung Riads und Tel Avivs.

Die neue Partnerschaft scheint nun auch nukleare Früchte zu tragen. Nach Ansicht von Analyst Dor-On bestehe die gemeinsame Absicht darin, zu verhindern, dass der Iran Israel mit Nuklearwaffen bedrohen könne.

Während Dor-On im Gespräch mit der Nachrichtenagentur Arabia21 die Einzelheiten des nuklearen Informationsaustauschs nicht näher erläuterte, erklärte er, dass die Weitergabe dieser Informationen wahrscheinlich nur der Beginn einer israelischen Beteiligung an einem zukünftigen saudischen Atomwaffenprogramm sei.

https://deutsch.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/71286-partner-israels-tel-aviv-hilft-saudi-arabien-atomwaffenprogramm/

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HRH #CrownPrince Mohammed bin Salman, the Minister of Defense, orders SAR 50,000 ($13,300) and an #Eid gift to every family of martyred and injured soldiers.

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1006240055113940992

My comment: Blood money.

(A P)

Can't stop my tears: Saudi Arabia arrests woman for sympathising with feminist activists

Mayya al-Zahrani was arrested hours after posting comments on the arrest of a fellow female activist, a worrying show of Saudi online surveillance and the kingdom's continuing human rights crackdown

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/6/10/saudi-arabia-arrests-woman-for-sympathising-with-feminist-activists

Comment: She just made comments online.
Authoritarianism does not bode well with human rights. Or publicised reforms.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1772250686161287

(A P)

Four thousand Yemenis arrived at Makkah since Omrah resumption decision

Yemeni minister of endowments Ahmed Atiah said 4 thousand Yemenis arrived in Makkah during one week, since Omrah resumption decision by the Saudi authorities and since the opening of registration of this Ramadan season in 18th of Ramadan.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99466

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MBS Repeatedly Met with Israeli Officials during His Disappearance: Report

Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salmen, has repeatedly met with Israeli officials during his month-long disappearance, a report said.

The Saudi prince, who is widely known as MBS, met with high-ranking Israeli officials as part of Riyadh’s latest moves to normalize Arabic ties with the Zionist entity, The New Khalij News reported Friday, citing Egyptian well-informed sources.

In the Friday report, the Egyptian sources said that MBS has been seeking to form a regional alliance aimed against Tehran.

“Steps taken by MBS in this context are excessive concessions,” The New Khalij quoted Egyptian source as saying on condition of anonymity.

https://www.english.almanar.com.lb/520309 = http://www.newnewss.net/mbs-repeatedly-met-with-israeli-officials-during-his-disappearance-report/

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The calculations of Muhammad bin Salman

The powerful crown prince has granted his subjects more social freedoms, while taking away political ones

Prince Muhammad has loosened the kingdom’s social restrictions. The decades-old ban on female drivers will be lifted on June 24th. But when citizens demand new rights, instead of waiting patiently to be granted them by royal decree, they are often locked up.

Prince Muhammad sees no contradiction in all this. His social contract apes that of the United Arab Emirates, which grants subjects social freedoms provided they forgo political ones.

The prince has also overhauled the state security police, recruiting former Egyptian officers to hound dissidents. Activists used simply to disappear into custody. Now they are named and shamed after being arrested. Photos of female campaigners appear on the front pages of the press, stamped in red with the words “spies”, “traitors” and “agents of embassies”. Twitter bots spread the allegations. Spyware, delivered as text messages, combs phones for fresh suspects.

Western firms, skilled in secret psychological operations, have been hired to help shape public opinion. They include SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica

Prince Muhammad’s strategy of suppressing dissent while loosening up in some areas appears calculated. He has made many enemies by sidelining fellow royals, shaking down businessmen, locking up liberals and alienating religious leaders. But few question his rule.

https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2018/06/09/the-calculations-of-muhammad-bin-salman

Comment: Giving social freedoms in return for taking away political freedoms. Hmmm. Is this progress ?

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156748303138641

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Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia at 14-year low

New foreign direct investment in Saudi Arabia has plunged to a 14-year low, figures released this week by a United Nations body show, a blow to ambitious economic reforms which aim to increase inflows of foreign capital sharply.
FDI inflows shrank to $1.4 billion in 2017 from $7.5 billion in 2016

Economists blame weak foreign investment mainly on the slump of oil prices since 2014. This hurt all the Gulf economies but Saudi Arabia, with a much larger population to support and a far bigger state budget deficit, was forced into more drastic austerity policies than its neighbours.

http://timesofoman.com/article/136079/Business/Economy/Foreign-investment-in-Saudi-at-14-year-low-in-blow-to-reforms

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Erste Frauen erhalten in Saudi-Arabien einen Führerschein

Offiziell wird das Fahrverbot für Frauen erst am 24. Juni aufgehoben. Die ersten zehn haben ihren bereits vorab erhalten.

http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/reformprogramm-erste-frauen-erhalten-in-saudi-arabien-einen-fuehrerschein/22642610.html

Mein Kommentar: Mal wieder die rosarote Brille beim Blick auf die Saudis.

cp9 USA

Hodeidah: Siehe / Look at https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-422-yemen-war-mosaic-422

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Rep. Ro Khanna: U.S. Must Stop Saudi-Led Attack on Yemeni Port City & Prevent Catastrophe

REP. RO KHANNA: Well, it would be an appalling catastrophe if the Saudis attacked the port of Hudaydah. First of all, it would lead to extraordinary civilian loss of life. You couldn’t have that kind of attack without massive civilian casualties. Second, Yemeni civilians rely on that port for basic access to food and medicine. We have it in our power to make sure that the Saudis don’t launch that offensive. I have called for, and Senator Sanders had called for, us stopping any aid to the Saudis, in terms of refueling, in terms of targeting assistance in Yemen, that’s causing this catastrophe. But even absent stopping that fueling, certainly we have the leverage to insist with the Saudis that they don’t attack the port.

AMYGOODMAN: What about the United Arab Emirates? It’s United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. What is the U.S. interests in both of these places?

REP. RO KHANNA: Well, we see them both as allies, candidly, to contain Iran. And this type of balance-of-power politics has gotten us into a lot of problems in the Middle East. And, unfortunately, we’re continuing the same type of thinking, saying that we need to ally with countries that may be a check on Iranian expansion. Unfortunately, the administration has continued down that path of thinking, without any authority from the United States Congress. But the first step is to really understand what our involvement and role is in Yemen. The administration has been very coy about admitting that we’re actually aiding the Saudis in a proxy civil war, aiding the United Arab Emirates in a proxy war in Yemen against Iran, because they know that has absolutely no authorization under congressional—by Congress.

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/6/12/un_warns_impending_saudi_led_attack

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Only Trump can save hundreds of thousands of Yemeni civilians

North Korea might be his primary focus, but President Trump must use his influence to constrain the more aggressive impulses of two U.S. allies in the Middle East — specifically, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Yet, while the Trump administration has understandable sympathy for the allied effort to stop the Houthis from firing ballistic missiles at the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Trump must ensure the allies do not use Hodeidah to strangle civilians living under Houthi control. Absent U.S. pressure, that's exactly what the allies are likely to do.

While the UAE says that its capture of Hodeidah will allow for more effective humanitarian supplies, the allies' past conduct in the now-three-year-old Yemeni civil war suggests otherwise. After all, for the last 15 months, the allies have consistently blurred the distinction between Houthi forces and civilians.

Still, Trump can take action.

First, the president should make clear to Saudi crown prince and de facto allied leader Mohammed bin Salman and the Emir of Abu Dhabi that Hodeidah must not become a fortress port. Instead, Trump should seek the allies' commitment to allow aid flows to move from Hodeidah into Houthi territory, even if those aid flows run the risk of falling into Houthi hands. He should also push bin Salman to allow aid flows from Saudi Arabia into U.N.-run centers in Houthi territory.

In reciprocity, Trump should expand ongoing U.S. targeting support to enable the allies to pressure the Houthis more effectively.

Yet, if the allies take Hodeidah and then prevent the passage of aid through the port, tens or hundreds of thousands of civilians may die unnecessarily. The UAE and Saudi Arabia want continued U.S. diplomatic and military support for their efforts. Trump should make that support contingent on their concessions to civilian concerns.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/only-trump-can-save-hundreds-of-thousands-of-yemeni-civilians

My comment: This article is half crazy: Why the US should “expand ongoing U.S. targeting support to enable the allies to pressure the Houthis more effectively”: More air strikes, more destructions, more killings? It’s obvious that many Americans simply do not get the most simple things: The US is not the policeman and is not the lord of the world – it simple should keep out of others’ wars. But, the US had interferd in the Yemen war and had been warring party backing the Saudis and the UAE for more than 3 years now.

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Rep. Chris Murphy: More evidence the Yemen War is spiraling. The U.S. has begged Saudi/UAE coalition not to attack the humanitarian aid port of Hudaydah. New reports suggest they have refused our plea, are readying an assault. Result could be catastrophic.

https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1006269915442139141

Comment: US begging Saudi Arabia & UAE not to attack Yemen's Hodeidah port. Begging.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/1006283176883507202

My comment: This wording even by a critic of the US support to Saudi Arabia in this war evidently shows the screwed view so many Americans have.

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Lawmakers circulate 'urgent call' for Mattis to prevent 'catastrophic' Yemen offensive

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is circulating a letter calling for Defense Secretary James Mattis to help prevent a “catastrophic” military operation on a key port in Yemen.

“We urge you to use all available means to avert a catastrophic military assault on Yemen’s major port city of Hodeida by the Saudi-led coalition, and to present Congress with immediate clarification regarding the full scope of U.S. military involvement in that conflict,” said a draft of the letter obtained by The Hill.

“In light of your April 2017 remarks that the war must be resolved ‘politically as soon as possible,’ we urge you to use all tools at your disposal to dissuade the Saudi-led coalition from moving forward with this offensive and reject the provision of U.S. logistical, military and diplomatic support for any such operation.”

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/391692-lawmakers-circulate-urgent-call-for-mattis-to-prevent-catastrophic-yemen and also https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/yemen-military-james-mattis-congressional-approval/2018/06/11/id/865471/

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The Saudi campaign to seduce Trump has worked – by escalating US military involvement without any political settlement he’s prolonging Yemen’s war

Donald Trump is quietly escalating America’s role in the Saudi-led war on Yemen, disregarding the huge humanitarian toll and voices in Congress that are trying to rein in the Pentagon’s involvement. Trump administration officials are considering a request from Saudi Arabia and its ally, the United Arab Emirates, for direct US military help to retake Yemen’s main port from Houthi rebels.

The increased US military support for Saudi actions in Yemen is part of a larger policy shift by Trump and his top advisers since he took office, in which Trump voices constant support for Saudi Arabia and perpetual criticism of its regional rival, Iran. The transformation was solidified during Trump’s visit to the kingdom in May 2017, which he chose as the first stop on his maiden foreign trip as president. Saudi leaders gave Trump a grandiose welcome: they filled the streets of Riyadh with billboards of Trump and the Saudi King Salman; organized extravagant receptions and sword dances; and awarded Trump the kingdom’s highest honor, a gold medallion named after the founding monarch.

The Saudi campaign to seduce Trump worked. Since then, Trump has offered virtually unqualified support for Saudi leaders, especially the young and ambitious crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the architect of the disastrous war in Yemen. By blatantly taking sides, Trump exacerbated the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and inflamed sectarian conflict in the region.

Like much of his chaotic foreign policy, Trump is escalating US military involvement in Yemenwithout pushing for a political settlement to the Saudi-led war. His total support for Saudi Arabia and its allies is making the world’s worst humanitarian crisis even more severe – by Mohamad Bazzi

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/11/trump-yemen-saudi-arabi-war-us-involvement-worsening-crisis

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MORE THAN JUST RUSSIA — THERE’S A STRONG CASE FOR THE TRUMP TEAM COLLUDING WITH SAUDI ARABIA, ISRAEL, AND THE UAE

We know that Trump’s team has colluded with Israel. We know they colluded with Saudi Arabia. We know they colluded with the United Arab Emirates.

There has been much discussion of the secret meetings during the 2016 campaign held at Trump Tower with various members of Trump’s inner circle and family members. Recently we learned of yet another — this one reportedly took place on August 3, 2016, and was arranged by Blackwater founder Erik Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. He has served as a shadow adviser, not only to the Trump campaign, but also to the Trump administration.

At this meeting was George Nader, an American citizen who has a long history of being a quiet emissary for the United States in the Middle East. He also worked for Blackwater and Prince. Nader is also a convicted pedophile in the Czech Republic and he has faced similar allegations in the United States. Nader works as an adviser for the Emirati royals, and because he has close ties to Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince.

There is one major common link that runs through the agendas of all the participants in this Trump Tower meeting, and it is one which has gotten very little attention. And that is their shared hatred of Iran and their desire for regime change.

In this video, I explain the context of the meeting and the questions it raises about the Trump team and collusion with foreign players. We also hear excerpts of a secret 2010 recording of Prince pitching a concept for attacking Iran by using mercenaries and private contractors – by Jeremy Scahill (with film)

https://theintercept.com/2018/06/10/more-than-just-russia-theres-a-strong-case-for-the-trump-team-colluding-with-saudi-arabia-israel-and-the-uae/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp2

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UK Parliament debated #Yemen & #Hudaydah offensive yday. Good interventions by: @TomTugendhat "invasion is the easy bit" @ChrisLawSNP "UK Gov must decide which side of history..to be on" @StephenTwigg Will UK condemn proposed attack? Full transcript here

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1006532416234803200 referring to

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Tom Tugendhat: Having served in the operation that captured Basra 15 or so years ago, I can assure him that the invasion is the easy bit; it is the governing it afterwards that makes life incredibly hard.

Chris Law: The United Kingdom Government must decide which side of history they want to be on. The imminent Saudi-led attack on Yemen’s largest port, Hodeidah, is set to cut off essential food, fuel and medical supplies, and the United Nations has estimated that

“as many as 250,000 people will lose everything—even their lives.”

Can the UK Government therefore unequivocally assure the House that no UK personnel will assist in this attack and that no UK-made weapons or equipment will be used? Do the UK Government agree that they must take the side of Yemeni civilians over Saudi Arabia and that this attack will be a line in the sand for the UK’s support for the coalition campaign? Given the imminent threat of major loss of life and starvation to an entire nation, will this Government finally and immediately cease all arms sales to Saudi Arabia? This is not in our name. Will the UK Government do the right thing, or will they go down in history as having blood on their hands?

[read what is replied by Minister Alistair Burt; he does not answer the question at all – a classical distraction:]

Alistair Burt: In this House, mention is hardly ever made of the humanitarian abuses by the Houthi forces, with which the coalition is engaged, after the insurgents sought to remove a legitimate Government. There have been violations such as attacks on civilians in Aden and Taiz, intimidation of UN ships attempting to dock in Aden, the use of schools and hospitals for military purposes, the use of child soldiers, the targeting of aid workers and the imposition of restrictions on humanitarian access. We are on the side of Yemeni civilians—[Interruption.] We are on the side of the Yemeni civilians who face those things in Houthi areas every day. 8and his reply to Stephen Twigg is similar]

https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-06-11/debates/470742F4-E378-4122-9440-422BB9EA26E3/Yemen

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Complicity in War Crimes: UK Facilitating Suspicious Arms Flow to Saudi Arabia

An arms sales watchdog accuses Britain of refusing to act in time to prevent a huge and highly-suspicious Saudi-bound ammunition consignment.

The consignment involved 30 million rounds of ammunition – including 13,492,927 bullets for AK-47 assault rifles and 3,063,276 rounds of sniper ammunition. Back in 2014, two British arms dealers asked the British Department for International Trade (DIT) to approve their sales of the Bosnian-made rounds to Saudi Arabia.

The DIT took 14 months to examine the request, despite normally processing such applications within 20 days. It eventually rejected it under the European Union and domestic arms export licensing criteria, which allow rejection of such applications if they seek to export arms to sanctioned countries or where there is suspicion that the arms could end up in the wrong hands. The brokers finally dispatched the ammunition to Saudi Arabia in two consignments through Bosnia.

This is not the first time that Britain did not exercise the promptness, which is expected of it in the process.

Since Saudi Arabia entered the conflict and began to conduct airstrikes, the British government has sold the kingdom more than £3.6 billion worth of arms. Throughout the duration of its involvement in the conflict, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen (formed by Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries, such as Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, as well as Egypt) has used these arms to launch thousands of airstrikes, including attacks that have killed a documented 17,000 Yemeni civilians. As a result, Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have been accused of attacks which may amount to war crimes and that are exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis. Because of its role materially supporting Saudi Arabia’s actions, the UK has also been accused of complicity in the kingdom’s war crimes.

The UK has been a major arms dealer to Saudi Arabia. The Campaign Against Arms Trade asserts that the British government is intimately involved in these deals because they are operated through government-to-government contracts. Saudi Arabia has used these arms, including bombs and cluster munitions, in unlawful attacks on the Yemeni population.

It is past time for the United Nations to address the use of British munitions in the Yemen war and the UK’s possible complicity in Saudi war crimes. The UN should raise its concerns and call for the suspension of all arms sales until an independent inquiry has looked into the alleged violations of international law.

Even while it is deepening its material connections with Saudi Arabia through increased arms sales, the UK has approved licenses for arms deals to another 20 countries which are considered human rights abusers by the British government itself. Among these countries is Bahrain, which receives millions of dollars worth of arms, and has established a British naval base as part of a defense agreement between the two countries.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970320001384

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UK accused of failing to pass on fears over Saudi Arabia arms deal

Government ‘turning blind eye’ to arms exports that are diverted to terrorists or criminals

An arms sales watchdog has accused the UK government of a serious failure to disclose intelligence that could save the lives of thousands of people involved in ongoing global conflicts.

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (Birn) highlighted the dangers of the “diversion” of arms and ammunition legally supplied to Saudi Arabiabut then passed on to third-party “proxy fighters” including terror groups, and said the practice was fuelling conflicts.

The warning comes at a time when the UK is attempting to expand the multibillion pound arms trade with the Gulf kingdom, which has led coalition forces engaged in the Yemen war since 2015.

The Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle told the Observer: “At best the UK government is turning a blind eye to arms exports to Islamist groups in Syria; at worst it is complicit in these transfers. Despite the government’s boiler-plate comments that it is robust, something is very badly wrong with Britain’s arms control regime.”

The allegation relates to applications for standard individual trade control licences submitted to the Department for International Trade (DIT) in 2014 by two unnamed UK arms brokers.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jun/10/uk-accused-of-failing-to-pass-on-fears-over-saudi-arabia-arms-deal

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Jeju a testing ground for refugee policy

Jeju Island has become a hot potato inside the Korean government. On the same day the Ministry of Justice listed Yemen as a state whose nationals are not permitted to enter the sub-tropical island without a visa, the National Human Rights Commission issued a strong statement urging agencies in charge to take more active measures to protect the basic rights of the refugees from Yemen staying on the island. Both happened on June 1.
It all started with a recent surge of Yemeni refugees entering the island. Originally, before the latest Justice Ministry’s decision on June 1, Yemeni nationals could enter South Korea’s southernmost island without a visa under the island’s no-visa entry policy. Once on the island, they could then apply for refugee status.

So, now after June 1, newly arriving refugees from Yemen can only apply for asylum in Korea through a much-tougher regular entry procedure.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180612000253

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Eritrea releases 37 Yemeni fishermen

Eritrean authorities have freed 37 Yemeni fishermen held while fishing in the Red Sea, the Yemeni government said on Monday.

“Several other fishermen are still being held by Eritrean authorities,” Yemeni Fisheries Minister Fahd Kafayin said on Twitter.

He said the government has tasked the foreign and fisheries ministers with seeking “the release of the fishermen and their boats and guaranteeing their rights”.

Governor of the central province of Taiz, Abdulkawi al-Makhlafi, earlier said 200 Yemeni fishermen were being held by Eritrea.

"The Yemeni government pledged to pay urgent compensations to the affected fishermen and give them boats instead of those seized by Eritrea,” he said.

The Yemeni government accuses Eritrea of detaining dozens of fishermen while fishing in international waters, but Asmara insists that the fishermen had violated the country’s territorial waters.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99504

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Yemen: flash mob Cagliari immagini choc

Attacco a governatore su fabbrica bombe, "non si è espresso"

Oggi il Cagliari social forum e l'associazione nazionale invalidi vittime di guerra hanno dato vita a un flash mob. Una sfilata silenziosa con una piccola bara bianca "che rappresenta tutti i bambini massacrati" e un ordigno finto.

http://www.ansa.it/sardegna/notizie/2018/06/05/yemen-flash-mob-cagliari-immagini-choc_e53c8a0b-2385-4862-90fd-d76b74bf7170.html

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Egypt expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia after deadly missile attack from Yemen

Egypt has expressed its complete support for Saudi Arabia against any attack that would undermine the peace and stability in the kingdom, after a missile that was fired across the border from Yemen into Saudi Arabia on Saturday killed three civilians in Gazan.

Cairo expresses "support for the kingdom in the face of brutal terrorism," a statement by Egypt's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

"Such terrorist acts will increase the resolve of the Arab coalition countries to restore legitimacy in Yemen and intensify efforts to combat terrorism and its supporters in Yemen and the whole region," the statement added.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/302148/-.aspx

My comment: read well. If killing 3 civilians is “brutal terrorism”, why Egypt has been silent on Saudi coalition air strikes killing thousands, and even is participating itself in this “brutal terrorism”??

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Reports that Turkish authorities are deporting Yemenis to Syria.

A number of Yemenis living in Turkey are undocumented or on expired visas. Dilemma facing countries in these situations is where to deport them to. The current tragedy facing Yemenis is so multifaceted.

Numbers still quite small...case im aware of is three Yemenis who are now in opposition controlled Idlib.

https://twitter.com/adammbaron/status/1005777519877021702

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UAE and Saudi Arabia behind push to topple Bahrain's PM: Source

Crown princes bin Zayed and bin Salman seek influence by backing emir to usurp his long-serving and powerful prime minister,

The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are reportedly pushing for upheaval in the government of Bahrain, as the emir and his long-serving prime minister jostle for influence in a battle that could define the kingdom's political future.

According to al-Quds al-Arabi, an Arabic-language newspaper based in London, King Hamad bin Isa is seeking to remove Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa as prime minister after parliamentary elections due later this year

According to the source, the younger, powerful crown princes of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Zayed and Mohammed bin Salman, are now siding with the Bahraini emir and wish to sideline his prime minister.

The source said bin Zayed was seeking more influence in Bahrain, and considered the emir a close friend and ally.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uae-and-saudi-arabia-pushing-upheaval-bahrain-government-source-826891255 and also http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/09/564390/Saudi-Arabia-UAE-Bahrain

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Oman Warns UAE, Says Patience with Neighbors Running Out

Oman warned the United Arab Emirates over continued violations and said that its patience with neighboring countries is running out as new fault lines emerge in an already tense Persian Gulf region.

Deputy Chairman of the Public Authority for Craft Industries of Oman Issam Bin Ali Al-Rawas warned that his country’s patience with its neighbors is waning in reference to the United Arab Emirates which has recently targeted the Sultanate with attempts to falsify Omani history, Al-Waght reported.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970319000181

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Film: The Other 'War' on Yemen

A message from Qima Coffee's CEO, Faris Sheibanion the Dutch Government's disappointing decision to deny Yemeni farmers the opportunity to represent their coffee and their country at the Amsterdam World of Coffee event. #freeourfarmers

https://www.facebook.com/qimacoffee/videos/vb.159608227970592/225027474762000/?type=2&theater

Remark: Earlier reporting YPR 420, cp12.

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Qatar on Saudi war threat: World not living in law of the jungle era

Qatar has hit out at Saudi threats of military action against its Persian Gulf neighbor if it acquires the Russian-made S-400 air defense system.

The reaction byQatari Ambassador to Moscow Fahad bin Mohammed al-Attiyah came after reports that Saudi King Salman has threatened military action "to eliminate this defense system."

"We have heard about such statements in the world media, but we in Qatar reaffirm the principle of the sovereignty of states, their right to defend themselves, and to enter into legitimate deals with other countries,” Attiyah told Sputnik.

The world does not live in an "era of the law of the jungle based on threats," the ambassador added.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/10/564505/Qatar-Saudi-Arabia-war-threat-King-Salman-Russia-missile-system-diplomatic-crisis-United-States = http://www.newnewss.net/qatar-on-saudi-war-threat-world-not-living-in-law-of-jungle-era/

My comment: “The world does not live in an "era of the law of the jungle based on threats,"”: He is wrong. We do.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp10

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Sudanese President Rushes to Saudi Arabia
Sudanese President Omar al-Basheer announced last month that his country was going to keep Sudanese soldiers with the Saudi led Coalition to help 'liberate #Yemen'.
News of today is that al-Basheer is heading to Saudi Arabia accompanied by Director of the Security and Intelligence Service Salah Abdullah "Qosh" and Sudanese State Minister Hatem Hassan Bakhit.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1771873306199025/?type=3

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Film: Watch Sudanese mercenaries fight alongside Saudi-led forces in Yemen

A video shows Sudanese mercenaries fighting alongside Saudi-led forces against Houthi Ansarullah forces in Yemen’s eastern province of Hudaydah.

The footage shows the Sudanese forces patrolling near the city of al-Jah, 50 kilometers from the port city of Hudaydah, on Thursday, firing mortar shells against Ansarullah positions.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/09/564468/Yemen-Sudan-saudi-war = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMQYCbrbJOs

and

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Sudanese Mercenaries Suffered Heavy losses in Asir : Photos

Yemeni military media published scenes of the Sudanese army’s mercenaries , who killed during military operations carried out by Yemeni army and popular committees on the heights of Asir.

The scenes showed the killed bodies that were scattered along the mountain series in Majazah mountains in Asir in which American-Saudi aggression’s mercenaries who were expelled out of the positions of Majazh and whom thier governments sold them with a mount of defiled money of Saudi system to fight in Yemen.

http://www.newnewss.net/sudanese-mercenaries-suffered-heavy-losses-in-asir-photos/

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Central bank completes processing the Saudi trustee and stabilizing the US dollar at 381 YR

A source at the Yemeni central bank today(Monday) the bank has finished the procedures of opening letters of credit from the Saudi Trustee (2 billion USD) to import the essential food materials through the commercial banks.

The bank said he will reactivate the credit for importing rice, wheat, Sugar, Milk and cooking oil starting from this June according to the Yemeni news agency (SABA).

He added the bank will provide the foreign currency to the traders instead of buying it from black market which the current exchange rate there is around 485 YR/USD.

He said those actions will descend the exchange rates to 400 YR and will reflect on the prices by decreasing the essential materials prices.

The bank also will reconsider the exchanging rates and it will be stabilized at 380 YR/USD.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99487

Remark: Hadi government’s new central bank at Aden.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp6

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#IslamicState in #Yemen issues its 1st formal claim in 5 weeks: 1 hour of clashes on Sunday to repel a Houthi assault in Za'j area of Qayfa, al-Bayda'

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1006526960011538433

cp15 Propaganda

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How liberating Hodeidah can help in resolving Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

Yemeni officials and experts think that keeping the strategic Hodeidah Port under the Houthis’ control worsens the humanitarian crisis in the country.
Local Affairs Minister Abdul Rakib Fatah said 70% of the relief entered the country through the Hodeidah Port according to international organizations’ reports, adding that the largest warehouses of food aid were in Hodeidah but indicators of famine emerged in the city.
“This is evidence that the militias are using relief supplies to support their war efforts and that they are using the port as a military port and not as a port for relief (supplies,)” Fatah, who is also the head of the higher committee for relief, said.
Meanwhile, Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar warned that the humanitarian crisis will escalate, people’s suffering will worsen and the war will prolong if Hodeidah and its port remain under the Houthis’ control.
Askar told reporters that Hodeidah is the financial vein that nurtures militias, noting that the Houthis use the city’s only port to smuggle weapons and ballistic missiles’ parts.

Yemeni writer Mohammed Anaam said liberating Hodeidah “is a 100% humanitarian decision that mitigates the worsening humanitarian crisis” which is due to the Houthis’ seizure of aid, adding that liberating Hodeidah and its port will mainly represent a “humanitarian victory.”
Anaam also said that liberating Hodeidah will secure navigation and put an end to Iran’s tampering with the security and stability of the region’s countries.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/06/12/Yemen-experts-Liberating-Hodeidah-the-door-to-resolving-the-humanitarian-crisis.html

My comment: This is bizarre propaganda, putting upside down. – And of course, something like a 3 years Saudi/US blockade is not mentioned.

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Saudi Ambassador to the US: The Kingdom has been and will continue to be at the forefront of humanitarian efforts to support the brotherly people of Yemen (thread; also on Hodeidah etc.)

https://twitter.com/kbsalsaud/status/1006744344978706432

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Al-Yamani to Asharq Al-Awsat: Some States Want to Stop Hodeidah Operation Under Unrealistic Pretexts

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani accused on Monday some UN Security Council member states, which he did not name, of using unrealistic justifications as a pretext to stop the Yemeni Army from moving towards liberating the strategic port city of Hodeidah from Houthis’ grip.
“Some UNSC member states are resorting to blackmail when dealing with the Yemeni file by pretending to care about the safety of civilians, whereas their real target is to support Houthi rebels,” the minister said in a phone interview with Asharq Al-Awsat.
“Those states had in the past used pressure in the Syrian file. They are now interfering in some details related to the Yemeni file,” he added.
The minister said those states need to realize that the Yemeni file is a red line.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1298021/al-yamani-asharq-al-awsat-some-states-want-stop-hodeidah-operation-under

My comment: This must be taken as an insult to a great part of Security Council members, including the UK, polluting any humanitarian arguments and imputing political considerations to these states.

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Has boycott of Qatar failed?

Finally, most of what has been written to glorify Qatar’s steadfastness is propaganda or an incomplete analysis that does not understand the nature of the long dispute with Doha. The goal is to isolate Doha and its policies and to stop dealing with it.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/06/12/Has-boycott-of-Qatar-failed-.html

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Tehran’s Expendable Yemenis

Perhaps because of interest on the part of the U.S. administration to show strong support for its major regional allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the issue of Yemen has surfaced as a significant point of contention between Tehran and Washington. President Donald J. Trump has on numerous occasions expressed his concern about the behavior of the Islamic Republic, including “the threat the Houthis pose to the region, assisted by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.”

For the longest time, the Islamic Republic authorities consistently dismissed U.S. allegations concerning Iran’s military involvement in Yemen. However, in November 2017, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, IRGC chief commander, acknowledged that Iran provides “advisory assistances” to its Houthi allies in that country.

On May 28, an Iranian delegation led by Hossein Jaberi Ansari, deputy foreign minister, arrived in Rome to meet with an EU delegation led by Helga Schmid, secretary general of the European External Action Service. Iran-EU negotiations took place behind closed doors, but the talks indeed revolved around developments in Yemen.

An EU official provided details to Reuters on May 29: “The Iranians have given indications that they are now willing to offer their services to liaise with the Houthis to move forward.” The official added that “The Iranians are now at least recognizing there is a channel. They obviously aren’t saying they control the Houthis and they never will, but they recognize they have a certain influence on them and are ready to use those channels. That’s new.”

There is another novelty in Tehran’s approach: The Islamic Republic appears to be willing to sell out the Houthi cause in return for European support against the pressure from Washington.

Only time will tell if Tehran is sacrificing its Yemeni allies or is engaged in a tactical maneuver to buy time to reverse its recent diplomatic, economic, and military fortunes. What is growing increasingly clear, however, is that Tehran appears to perceive its Yemeni allies as an expendable force – by Ali Alfoneh

http://www.agsiw.org/tehrans-expendable-yemenis/

My comment: This article tries to make a new story out of old reports, old propaganda and misinterpretations. It is published by the The Arab Gulf States Institute, which is funded by Saudi Arabia and the UAE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Arab_Gulf_States_Institute

Comment: Well an interesting bit of background, but I always maintained that Iran was and is only interested in Yemen as a bargaining chip and if this story is right it has proved what I said was true. And of course it was also interested in just doing enough to make Saudi keep going with the Yemen war; Iran had to do very little to encourage Saudi Arabia to spend mega bucks on killing and destroying Yemen.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156755222798641

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Col. Al-Malki: Joint Forces Command of Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Condemns Houthi's Threats on Lives of Civilians and International Relief Workers

The Official Spokesman of the Coalition “Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen” Col. Turki Al-Malki cast light on the comprehensive humanitarian operations in Yemen, the position of the Restoration of Hope in Support of Legitimacy in Yemen, the Houthi interventions and threats to the regional and international security, the targeting of Houthi capabilities inside Yemen and the Yemeni national army support operations.

He confirmed that the “Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen” condemns the threats the Houthi Militia pose on the lives of civilians and international relief workers in Yemen.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1775668 and http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302694141

My comment: This is really very bad propaganda. The greatest threat “on the lives of civilians“ in Yemen by far ist he Saudi coalition with air raids, blockade and the looming assault against Hodeidah. – And it’s really audacious to blame the Houthis as a threat „on the lives of […] international relief workers“ just in the moement when the Saudi coalition has bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital. You can look at it at cp16 and read the MSF statement, just to realize that Saudi propagand tells fake stories even in cases when the truth is vidsible to everybody.

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Coalition forces in Yemen foil attempt to smuggle money, counterfeit passports to Houthi militias

Troops belonging to a Saudi-led Coalition have intercepted a shipment of money, forged passports and travel documents bound for Houthi militias fighting against Yemen's legitimate government, a spokesman of the alliance said on Monday.

"As much as 5,750,000,000 Yemeni Riyals equivalent to more than $22 million as well as 5,297 counterfeited passports were confiscated as they were being sent to the Houthi militias in Saada," Col. Turki Al-Maliki said in a press conference in Riyadh.

He said the Houthi militias have been systematically attempting to smuggle money and forged passports into Yemen for use by Houthi leaders and their families to travel outside Yemen.

He also announced that humanitarian shipment permits were being granted regularly, and that humanitarian aid has been flowing continuously into all parts of Yemen.

He clarified that reports about aid workers such as the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, being banned from entering conflict areas were not accurate. In fact the MSF has issued a clarification and apologized, he said. Al-Maliki said residents have welcomed the advancing government forces through such gestures like removing sectarian graffiti from walls of liberated towns and cities in Saada as well as the port of Hodeidah.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1319881/saudi-arabia

My comment: More bad propaganda. The smuggling story is quite dubious, I think it’s propaganda fake news, and as so often you will hear nothing more about it: No photos, no more details, nothing – because there simply is nothing. – The MSF story is a First Class impertinence; the facts are that the Saudi coalition just had bombed a MSF hospital by an air raid, and therefor had left the area: While Maliki tells they had not been “banned” from that area – they just werew bombed! And the only statement of MSF you can read in cp16 as well. Wherefor MSF should have apologized? For having been bombed and having protested against this bombing??? You can see by this: Saudi propaganda even is lying when the truth is 100 % evident. Please draw the right conclusions for all the many other stories like the one on smuggling money and passports.

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Houthi militia ideology permits the killing of Yemenis, minister says

The Yemeni minister of endowments has criticized the ideology adopted by Houthi militias in Yemen, which permits the killing of Yemenis and the destruction of the country.
Minister Ahmad Attiyah told “Al-Menbar Al-Yamaniyah” magazine that Houthi ideology has used religious edicts that view the killing of Yemenis and the destruction of the country as permissible.
Attiyah said that the Houthi Dar Al-Fatwa, or the group’s religious body tasked with issuing edicts, is made of members who hail from the same group, which means that no one is allowed to rule or issue fatwas except those who belong to it.
“Today they allow the destruction of all Yemeni cities using such fatwas,” Attiyah said, which deem the spilling of Yemeni blood as permissible.
He said that Iran-backed Houthi militias and their leader Abdel Malek Al-Houthi had allowed armed fighting against the state and the invasion of Yemeni cities, besieging the presidency and targeting Yemenis with airstrikes.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1319696/middle-east

My comment: The palm of most stupid propaganda of the week. – And the best: The Houthis” targeting Yemenis with airstrikes”. LOL, LOL, LOL.

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Al-Bukhaiti:“Houthis Battle Meant To Destroy Hodeidah, Rather Defend It & I Call On Houthi Leader Hand Hodeidah Over To Neutral Leadership,”

The Yemeni politician and writer Ali al-Bukhaiti has called on the leader of the Houthi group, Abdulmalik al-Houthi to hand over the city of Hodeidah to a Yemeni neutral leadership within a UN-sponsored agreement that would ensure the safe withdrawal of his group, and would as well spare the civilian lives and the destruction of the city.

In a series of tweets, al-Bukhaiti added, “I hope Abdulmalik al-Houthi deals with the situations with a political mine, and not a sectarian mind, even for once,” pointing that the settlement in the port city of Hodeidah could be a prelude to a comprehensive settlement.

The politician stated that the Houthis are preparing for a street fighting inside Hodeidah city, and that they don’t intend to leave the city unless it becomes ruins.

http://republicanyemen.com/archives/7320

My comment: “Houthis Battle Meant To Destroy Hodeidah”: That’s putting upside down; how should this be “Houthis’ battle” when the anti-Houthi firces assault the city?? – “to hand over the city of Hodeidah to a Yemeni neutral leadership”: What should this be?? – 2 and not a sectarian mind”: What a battle for Hodeidah should have to do with sectarianism? Nothing.

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Oman’s Dangerous Double Game

The sultanate, a U.S. ally, seems to be helping Tehran wage a proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen. (subscribers only)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/omans-dangerous-double-game-1528652102

My comment: Just the headline shows what a propaganda this article will be. Iran does not lead any proxy war in Yemen. – There is no Omani support for any party in Yemen. An arms smuggle from Oman to the Houthis is an old propaganda story without any option to reality. The Yemeni regions adjacent to Oman are ruled by the Hadi government, the UAE-backed militia, the Saudis, and Al Qaeda. Not good chances for arms transfers to the Houthis. Look at the authors: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Schanzer and http://www.defenddemocracy.org/about-fdd/team-overview/nicole-salter/ and background: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_for_Defense_of_Democracies

Comment: The theory thought up by the UN experts panel does not hold water. Oman+ 1,000+km of UAE/Saudi-controlled Yemen provinces of Al Mahra+Hadhramaut+Marib smuggle Iran arms and missile parts to Houthis? Come on... Oman does not take sides.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/1005873747369299968

Comment: Having been in al Mahra for the early part of Ramadan I can tell you this: the only actor shipping arms in is the Saudi military through the port of Nishtun. The question is why they have armed residents of the militant training camp (Dar al Hadith Mk2, under Yahya al Hajuri)

https://twitter.com/JonHowarth/status/1005879099255132166

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Al Houthis must hand over Hodeida port to UN

Coalition can simply not allow militia to keep control of port, as it is being used to smuggle weapons from Iran

The importance of Hodeida lies in the fact that it has a direct impact on hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. It’s the key entry point for humanitarian supplies to Yemen.

But the port is also considered the main gateway to capital Sana’a, which has allowed Al Houthis to try to control the shipping routes connecting Yemen to the outside world, as well as benefiting financially from taxing the goods that come in.

And more crucially, the port is used by Iran to smuggle weapons that have sustained the Al Houthis’ war effort.

If the Al Houthis are serious about peace, they must act on Hodeida port. The best way to go about this is to hand it over to the UN.

https://gulfnews.com/opinion/editorials/al-houthis-must-hand-over-hodeida-port-to-un-1.2234118

My comment: The old stories, again. There cannot be almost any arms supply to the Houthis via Hodeidah, because of the US-Saudi blockade.

Comment: Well they won't, and UAE knows this - just like they were advised not to try to take Hodeida, but they did. It's just so depressing. What is this war all about?

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156751044208641

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Joint Forces Command of Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Condemns Houthi's Threats on Lives of Civilians and International Relief Workers
The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition “Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen” Condemns the Threats the Houthi Militia Make on the Lives of Civilians and International Relief Workers. Holds the Militia Accountable for Any Deterioration of the Security and Humanitarian Status in Some Areas.
The Official Spokesman of the Coalition “Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen” Col. Turki Al Malki stated that the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition expresses its concern regarding the statement issued by the ICRC that includes the withdrawal of their employees working in the humanitarian and relief tracks from Yemen.
“The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition reaffirms its commitment to facilitate the work of Humanitarian aid employees of INGOs in the areas controlled by the Legitimate Government of Yemen, as well as the areas under control of the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia.
The JFC of the Coalition reassured its dedication to provide necessary protection, and guarantee the safety and security of the INGOs Humanitarian workers involved in Yemen, without detriment to their rights, freedom of movements and entry to Governorates in which they provide humanitarian and relief aid.
The Coalition views the threats to their lives a flagrant defiance of the international norms and laws and related Security Council Resolutions. Whomever commits such a crime should be held accountable before the international community.

http://alriyadhdaily.com/article/56db8fbc347e4a83b65a463d2b7d9acf

My comment: LOL.

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More Saudi / UAE “We are benefactors” propaganda

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/uae-delivers-5-000-baskets-of-food-to-displaced-yemenis-1.739350

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/uae-aid-ship-arrives-socotra-yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/erc-provides-aid-displaced-yemenis-fleeing-houthis-hodeidah

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1775231

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1319301/saudi-arabia

http://en.smanews.org/ben-owaid-launches-food-aids-provided-by-king-salman-center-for-humanitarian-aid (by UAE-backed Southern separatists)

http://en.smanews.org/uae-red-crescent-continues-providing-food-aids-and-relief-assistance-for-the-affected-citizens-in-al-mehra (by UAE-backed Southern separatists)

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

June 11: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1528807702./1043425222474509/?type=3

June 10: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1528739095./1042851322531899/?type=3

June 9: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1528640357./1042290452587986/?type=3

June 8: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1528640357./1042289849254713/?type=3

June 7: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1528640357./1042288515921513/?type=3&theater

June 6: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/1042286692588362/?type=3

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#Breaking: #Saudi led coalition targeted Alwehda school in Monabeh area #Saada #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1006652767656652800

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VIDEO: #Saudi-led coalition airstrikes carried out over the last week against #Houthi militia positions in support to the #Yemeni National Army operations to restore legitimacy.

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1006316118523424772

My comment: This is the difficulty connected to films like these: The structure which is destroyed here also could be a residential home, a school or a hospital.

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2 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Hodeidah

Two civilians were killed and four injured on Monday when the US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition warplane launched an airstrike on Hodeidah province, a security official told Saba News Agency.

The airstrike was waged on Kamaran island

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498795.htm

photos: http://www.newnewss.net/new-us-ksa-strikes-kill-13-yemeni-civilians/

photos, 4 killed, 4 injured:

http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/yemen-4-civilians-martyred-in-saudi-led-airstrike-on-al-hudaydah-pics_897354.html

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Saudi-led airstrike hits Hajjah

The air strike hit Technical Institute in Abs district

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498793.htm

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Two Airstrikes on Houthis positions west Taiz

http://almasdaronline.com/article/99477

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Nach Bombardierungen stoppt Ärzte ohne Grenzen ihre Arbeit im Jemen

Wegen der Bombardierung eines Krankenhauses im Nordjemen hat die Hilfsorganisation Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF) ihre Tätigkeiten in der Stadt Abs vorerst ausgesetzt. Ein Angriff der von Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten geführten Militärkoalition habe ein neues Behandlungszentrum getroffen, das sich um Cholerapatienten kümmern sollte, hieß es heute in einer Mitteilung der Organisation. Da sich noch keine Patienten in der Einrichtung befunden hätten, habe es keine Opfer gegeben.

Der Luftangriff der Koalition spiegele jedoch deren Respektlosigkeit gegenüber medizinischen Einrichtungen und Patienten wider, sagte der Leiter der MSF-Mission im Jemen, Joao Martins. Das Haus sei gekennzeichnet gewesen, man habe der Militärkoalition die Koordinaten mitgeteilt. Der Angriff sei inakzeptabel, sagte Martins.

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/95792/Nach-Bombardierungen-stoppt-Aerzte-ohne-Grenzen-ihre-Arbeit-im-Jemen

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Doctors Without Borders: Yemen: Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Cholera Treatment Center in Abs

A newly constructed cholera treatment center run by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Abs, Yemen, was hit by an airstrike Monday at approximately 5:40 am.

No staff or patients were killed or injured. The facility had not yet received any cholera patients and was empty. The CTC is located about one kilometer from the MSF-supported Abs Rural Hospital, a 147-bed hospital that serves a population of more than one million people. Markings on the roof of the compound clearly identified the CTC as a healthcare facility. The airstrike has now rendered the CTC non-functional. In keeping with security protocol, MSF has temporarily frozen its activities in Abs until the safety of its staff and patients is guaranteed.

“This morning's attack on an MSF cholera treatment center (CTC) by the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition (SELC) shows complete disrespect for medical facilities and patients. Whether intentional or a result of negligence, it is totally unacceptable. The compound was clearly marked as a health facility and its coordinates were shared with the SELC. With only half of health facilities in Yemen fully functional, nearly 10 million people in acute need, and an anticipated outbreak of cholera, the CTC had been built to save lives. MSF has temporarily frozen its activities in Abs until the safety of its staff and patients is guaranteed.” —João Martins, MSF's head of mission in Yemen

https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/article/yemen-airstrike-hits-doctors-without-borders-cholera-treatment-center-abs

photos: https://twitter.com/msf_yemen/status/1006121240862560256

https://twitter.com/msf_yemen/status/1006123568755871745

https://www.facebook.com/YemenCemeteryofinvaders/photos/pcb.1009372725888595/1009372682555266/?type=3&theater = https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1006287002474557440

and

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MSF suspends operations in area of Yemen after air raid

Doctors Without Borders said Monday it had "temporarily frozen" operations in a rebel-held area of northwestern Yemen following an air raid on a cholera treatment centre it supports.

There were no casualties in the strike that hit the newly built clinic in the Abs region, which was empty at the time, said the charity, commonly known by its French initials MSF.

"This morning's attack on an MSF cholera treatment centre by the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition shows complete disrespect for medical facilities and patients," said MSF's head of mission Joao Martins.

"MSF has temporarily frozen its activities in Abs until the safety of its staff and patients is guaranteed," he said.

The charity said the facility's roof clearly identified it as a medical centre and that its coordinates had been given to the coalition.

On August 15, 2016, an airstrike destroyed part of the Abs hospital, killing 19 people -- including an MSF staff member -- and wounding 24 others.

Shortly after the deadly raid, MSF suspended operations in several facilities in the country's north.

But last November, the group returned to Abs after the hospital's reconstruction was complete -- employing about 200 national workers and a dozen international medical professionals since.

In December 2016, the coalition acknowledged that it had targeted the MSF-supported hospital due to an "unintentional mistake".

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5830527/MSF-suspends-operations-area-Yemen-air-raid.html and also https://grayzoneproject.com/2018/06/11/saudi-us-bombs-yemen-cholera-treatment-center/ and https://therealnews.com/us-backed-coalition-bombs-yemens-new-cholera-treatment-center-after-unleashing-worlds-largest-outbreak and https://www.rt.com/news/429544-yemen-msf-saudi-airstrike/

My comment: It was no “mistake” in December 2016, it was no “mistake” now.– Destroyed, rebuilt, destroyed again.

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#Saudi-led coalition spokesman has just denied #MSF claims during a press conference and displayed the official apology letter sent afterward from Doctors Without Borders thanking the coalition close follow up and apologizing for their false report.

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1006291954861330432

Saudi-led coalition spokesperson is claiming that @MSF "officially apologized" for the "incorrect news" about the attack on their cholera center in #Yemen today. The only official @msf_yemen statement is that they were bombed by Saudi/UAE & have temporarily suspended work in Abs.

https://twitter.com/shireen818/status/1006308557279645696

My comment: Saudi propaganda is relentless. It is telling fake news even if the facts are evident.

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Civilians injured in Saudi-led airstrike on Hodeidah

A number of civilians were injured when the US-backed Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on Sunday hit a main road in Hodeidah province, a security official told Saba News Agency on Monday.
The air strike targeted the civilians during they were displaced in Husseiniya area of Beit-Faqih district, injuring a number of them, including children.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498754.htm

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4 civilians injured in 2 Saudi-led air strikes on Saada

Four civilians were injured, including a child and a woman, on Sunday when Saudi-led coalition warplanes waged two strikes on Saada province, an official told Saba News Agency.

The official said that two men, a woman, and a child were injured when Saudi-led air strikes hit Shada border district.

The airstrikes also caused huge damages in residents’ properties.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498681.htm

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Breaking: Backed by UAE Armed Forces, Arab Coalition jets raid Houthi positions in Hais, Zubaid, Bait Al Faqih, Al Hosaynia

Backed by the UAE Armed Forces, the Saudi-led Arab Coalition's fighter jets bombarded positions of Houthi militias east of Hais, north of Zubaid, West of Bait Al Faqih and Al Hosaynia areas on Yemen's Red Sea Coast, dismantling their bastions and reinforcements in precise offenses that inflicted heavy damage on the coup perpetrators as they lose their grip on their defence lines, with their elements fleeing the battlefronts en masse.

In addition, 43 Houthis were killed in raids by Arab Coalition jets and in clashes with Joint Yemeni Resistance Forces across Hodeidah battlefronts.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302693726

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

June 11:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498792.htm Lahj p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498790.htm Taiz p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498785.htm Saada p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498754.htm Hodeidah p.

June 10:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498734.htm Saada p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498694.htm Saada p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498693.htm Sanaa p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498642.htm Hodeidah p.

June 9:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498574.htm Hodeidah p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498641.htm Sanaa p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498640.htm Hajjah p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498639.htm Saada p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498568.htm Saada p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Hodeidah: Siehe / Look at https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-422-yemen-war-mosaic-422

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VIDEO: Ten days of persistent efforts by #Yemen’s National Army demining units and the #Saudi-led coalition resulted in removing more than 4,000 landmines and other explosive devices planted by the #Houthi militia in Alatfain Valley of Kitaf district, #Saada

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1006669067850219521

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Yemeni ballistic missile 'Badr 1' targets King Faisal military city in Jizan

The rocketry units of the Yemen army and popular forces fired on Wednesday a ballistic missile, Badr 1, towards the King Faisal military city in Jizan province, said a military official.

http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/yemeni-ballistic-missile-badr-1-targets-king-faisal-military-city-in-jizan_897352.html

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Woman injured in Saudi ground bombing in Saada

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498785.htm

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An Al-Houthi Missile Fell on a Residential Area of Sanaa

Al-Houthi militias failed to launch a ballistic missile on Sunday dawn and the missile fell on a residential area in a district of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Citizens of Sanaa reported hearing a massive explosion on Sunday dawn without any aria activities. They indicated that the explosion was the noise of a ballistic missile launched by Al-Houthis and fell near Shaoub residential area.

http://en.smanews.org/an-al-houthi-missile-fell-on-a-residential-area-of-sanaa

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Woman injured in mercenaries' shelling on Jawf

The shelling targeted citizens' houses and farms in al-Maton district, wounding the woman.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498739.htm

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Yemeni army fires ballistic missile toward Jizan

Rocketry force of the Yemen Army and popular committees e on Sunday fired a ballistic missile toward southern Saudi border province of Jizan, Defense ministry said in a statement obtained by Saba News Agency.
The ballistic missile, Bader-1, targeted industrial city in Jizan, read the statement.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news498684.htm

and

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Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

Saudi air defenses on Sunday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern province of Ian after being fired from rebel-held territory in neighboring Yemen, state media said.

"Saudi defenses intercepted a missile over Ian, launched by Huthi militia from Yemen," the state-owned Al-Ekhbariya TV reported, without specifying if there were any casualties.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/world/656390/saudi-arabia-says-new-yemen-missile-intercepted/story/

(A K pH)

Saada p.: Saudi artillery and missile shells were fired toward several areas of Monabeh border district.

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Zivilisten in Saudi-Arabien von Rakete aus dem Jemen getötet

Nach Militärangaben sind im Süden Saudi-Arabiens drei Zivilisten von einem Geschoss aus dem Jemen getötet worden. Es sei von jemenitischen Huthi-Rebellen auf die Stadt Dschasan im Süden Saudi-Arabiens abgefeuert worden, teilte ein saudischer Militärsprecher nach Angaben der amtlichen Nachrichtenagentur SPA mit. Es habe sich um einen gezielten Angriff auf Zivilisten gehandelt. Nähere Angaben zur Art des Geschosses machte er nicht. Saudische Medien berichteten, es habe sich um eine Rakete gehandelt.

http://www.dw.com/de/zivilisten-in-saudi-arabien-von-rakete-aus-dem-jemen-get%C3%B6tet/a-44144433 = http://orf.at/stories/2442197/

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Three dead in south of Saudi Arabia from missile attack: state media

Three civilians were killed in the south of Saudi Arabia from a missile launched from Yemen by the Houthi movement, said Saudi state-owned Al Ekhbariya TV on Saturday night.

The three civilians were killed in Saudi’s Jizan province in southern Saudi Arabia. The coalition said it would retaliate against anyone who threatens the safety of its citizens and residents.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security-missiles/two-dead-in-south-of-saudi-arabia-from-missile-attack-state-media-idUSKCN1J50WQ

Comment: More wasted lives. This time reported because they are Saudis, so little is published or even recorded of Yemen loss of life.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156751034383641

and by Saudi Press Agency:

(* A K pS)

The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition “Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen”: Martyrdom of (2) Civilians in Jazan Governorate After Being Struck by A Projectile Launched by the Houthi Militia

The Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Col. Turki Al Malki stated that at (14:55), the Southern Region Operations Center announced that the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia has targeted civilians with a projectile, which resulted in the martyrdom of (2) civilians in Jazan Governorate.
Col Turki Al Malki added: “The projectile was launched deliberately to target civilians. These senseless actions of the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia fall under hostile acts against civilians.”
Col. Al Malki reaffirmed: ”the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will strike with an iron fist all those who threaten the safety and security of Saudi nationals, residents and critical capabilities.”

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1774938 = http://alriyadhdaily.com/article/d859ba27ec7e48ec8420d85248eda160

My comment: “The projectile was launched deliberately to target civilians. These senseless actions of the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia fall under hostile acts against civilians.”: That’s the Saudi air raids on Yemen since more than 3 years now.

(A K pH)

Yemeni forces liberate strategic area near Hodeidah

The Yemeni Armed Forces have liberated a strategically located area in southern Hodeidah on Friday, according to local sources.
According to the reports, the Yemeni forces established full control over the Jah area, in the south of Hodeidah province, fully liberating the territory from control of the Saudi-led invasion coalition.

http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/yemeni-forces-liberate-strategic-area-near-hodeidah_896843.html

Remark: here: Yemeni forces = pro-Houthi forces.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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It’s always time for the Tufruta

Yemeni women take time off daily to laugh, to smile, to dance even in the midst of war. I wish more women around the world would embrace this. Maybe Yemeni women should conduct ‘tufruta awareness raising’ workshops to train Western women on how to conduct daily self-care. Any donors willing to take on this project?

Every afternoon, no matter how hard they worked that day or how much work they still have, women take time off to relax. They dress up and perfume their bodies. Then they meet their friends either at a public occasion like a wedding, birth celebration, engagement etc or at a smaller and more intimate gathering at a close friend’s diwan. They chew qat, listen to music, dance, discuss politics, compare notes on their sex lives, or seek advice on troubling matters.

https://www.laformoisie.com/single-post/2018/06/08/It%E2%80%99s-always-time-for-the-Tufruta

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-420-yemen-war-mosaic-420

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-420 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-420:

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/

08:14 13.06.2018
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