Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 435 - Yemen War Mosaic 435

Yemen Press Reader 435: 20. Juli 2018: Hodeidah: Kampfpause dauert an, Leid der Flüchtlinge, Propagandakampagne fordert Rückzug der Huthis – Saudis, Huthis und Iran – Film: Humanitäre Krise ...
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... Film: Die Kinder und der Krieg – Film: Jane Ferguson (PBS) berichtete aus Jemen, Interview – Religiöse Spannungen fördern ISIS – Abdulmalik al-Houthi im Interview – Journalisten im Jemen – Emirate und Jemen – Emirate und britische Medien – Rheinmetall-Raytheon: Der Bomben-Supermarkt – Augentrachom im Jemen wird behandelt – und mehr

July 20, 2018: Hodeidah: Pause of fighting continues, refugees are suffering, propaganda campaign demands Houthis to withdraw – The Saudis, Houthis and Iran – Film: Humanitarian crisis – Film: Children and war (in German) – Film; Jane Ferguson (PBS) reported from Yemen; interview – Sectarian tensions fuel ISIS Abdulmalik al-Houthi interview – Yemeni journalists – The Emirates and Yemen – The Emirates lobbying British media – Rheinmetall-Raytheon: The bomb supermarket (in German) – Trachoma treated in Yemen – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

cp1b1 Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah: Deutsch/ Most important: Hodeidah battle: German

cp1b2 Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah: Englisch / Most important: Hodeidah battle: English

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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

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

Neue Artikel / New articles

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Völkermord! Was haben 1.200 Tage Krieg gegen Jemen alles zerstört?

US-gestützte Luftangriffe und militärische Operationen haben fast 38.000 jemenitische Zivilisten getötet oder verletzt. Das reicht, um eine kleine Stadt zu füllen. Egal, wie hart westliche Medien die offizielle saudische Linie nachplappern, der Krieg im Jemen ist eindeutig kein Krieg gegen Iraner – es ist ein Krieg gegen Jemeniten.

Kinder machen über 17% aller Opfer aus (6.530), Frauen über 12% (4.662). Für je drei Verletzte ist mindestens einer eine Frau oder ein Kind.

Tatsächlich richten sich viele Terroranschläge gezielt gegen Frauen und Kinder.

Kampfflugzeuge haben keine Skrupel, mehrere zivile Häuser am selben Tag anzugreifen, um Rettungsmannschaften und Reporter anzugreifen, die den Tatort betreten. Die von den USA unterstützte saudische Koalition hat auch eine Schwäche für dicht gedrängte Veranstaltungen wie Wochenendmärkte, große Beerdigungen und Busse.

Hinzu kommen 2.650.000 Binnenvertriebene aus dem Jemen, die als Flüchtlinge im eigenen Land leben.

Obwohl die großen Zahlen überwältigend erscheinen, ist es wichtig, einen genauen Blick auf die List zu werfen. Liste der Zerstörung ist hier…. Das sind absolut keine Unfälle, Fehleinschätzungen, Fehler oder wie auch immer Riyadh und Washington sie nennen wollen. (Wenn sie sich entscheiden, überhaupt etwas zu sagen.)

Jede Zahl auf dieser Liste spiegelt die Bildungsquelle einer Gemeinde für ihre Kinder wider, Nahrung, die sie auf den Tisch legen können, Treibstoff zum Kochen und zur Arbeit, einen Ort, an dem sie sich in Notfällen medizinisch versorgen lassen können, Straßen, um von A nach B zu gelangen, Einkommen, um die Rechnungen zu bezahlen, lustige Orte, an die sie am Wochenende gehen können, und buchstäblich alles, was der Durchschnittsbürger in seinem täglichen Leben für selbstverständlich hält.

…und das schließt nicht einmal zivile Wohnungen ein. Die saudische Koalition hat über 400.000 Häuser zerstört oder schwer beschädigt: genug, um eine Großstadt zu füllen, wie man sie in einem durchschnittlichen US-Vorort findet.

Die US-Saudi-Koalition zielt eindeutig auf die für das tägliche Überleben notwendigen Grundversorgungseinrichtungen wie Strom- und Wasseraufbereitungsanlagen ab.

Selbst Moscheen und antike archäologische Stätten sind nicht vor dem Zorn der von den USA unterstützten Kampfflugzeuge sicher.

Zur Strategie der saudischen Koalition gehört auch die Isolierung des Jemen von der internationalen Gemeinschaft. Ein großer Teil davon betrifft eine Verleumdungskampagne über den Iran, damit die Koalition die tatsächlichen Beschwerden des Jemen diskreditieren kann. (Klagen, die zufällig den US-Imperialismus und die Ausbeutung durch die Golfkönigreiche einschließen)

Die Koalition erreicht dieses Ziel durch die Zerstörung der jemenitischen Telekommunikationseinrichtungen wie Mobilfunkmasten (421, um genau zu sein). Luftangriffe und militärische Bombardierungen richten sich auch gezielt gegen Regierungsgebäude (über 1.700), die Angestellten des öffentlichen Sektors und Regierungsbehörden das Funktionieren verbieten – von Randi Nord

http://uncut-news.ch/2018/07/17/voelkermord-was-haben-1-200-tage-krieg-gegen-jemen-alles-zerstoert/

English version: https://www.mintpressnews.com/yemen-war-destroyed/245935/

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This is what collapsing health, education, water and sanitation systems look like in Yemen

In Yemen, one child dies every 10 minutes from a preventable disease, and on a recent visit to the country, I saw first-hand what that meant.
At the Al Qateea hospital in Aden, southern Yemen, mothers hold frail, acutely malnourished babies while psychosocial workers offer counselling to terrified children, some of whom have experienced the horrors of war before they are even old enough to go to school. An eight-year-old girl draws a picture of the world she dreams of, one in which the streets are safe, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping - nothing like the real world around her.
Further north, a similar scene is unfolding at the Al Sabeen hospital in Sanaa. Up to 30 new young patients stream in every day to the hospital's malnutrition ward. In the neonatal intensive care unit, newborn babies in incubators struggle for every breath.

Keeping babies alive in a country where nothing works any more is a real challenge: There are not enough respirators and not enough medicine. Health staff diligently report to work even though they have not received their salaries in two years. The malnutrition ward is packed. Parents have no money for healthcare and by the time they bring their sick babies in, it is often too late.

This is what a collapsing health system in a war zone looks like. It has the face of a mother who looks on, powerless, as her eight-month-old child, who has the weight of a newborn baby, fights for his life. It has the face of a father who has to choose between buying food for the whole family or buying medicine for his sick wife.

Yemen had some of the worst health indicators globally even before the current escalation of fighting. Stunting rates are among the highest in the world, at 47 per cent.
One in 60 women runs the risk of dying from pregnancy-related complications. Under-five mortality is high, at 55 per 1,000 live births.
Three years into this conflict, more than half of the health facilities are non-functional due to damage or a lack of operating budget and staff. Half of the country's children do not have clean water. An outbreak of cholera/acute watery diarrhoea last year, the biggest on record, killed more than 400 children under the age of five. At least 80 percent of the population live below the poverty line – by Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2018/7/18/this-is-what-collapsing-systems-look-like-in-yemen

Comment: Note this report of starving children is from Aden that was liberated from Houthi control 3 years ago. This does not bode well for the port of Hodeida.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156856586313641

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Saudis Destroying Yemen To Distract Oppressed Population

The excuse is Iran’s alleged support for the Houthis.

The rationalizer is Saudi Arabia.

The internal threat is both real and perceived socioeconomic change in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi regime’s survival mechanism has been to transmute social anxiety into heightened hostility and project it onto Iran.

The result has been the mass bombing and starvation of Yemen. With Iran, there is no sure win, while destroying Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, would be a relative cakewalk.

Problem solved: Saudi social discontent, which may well have caused a revolution, found an outlet in Yemeni mass death, famine and disease. The House of Saud survives.

With oil revenue reductions, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman faced a dilemma: how to maintain exorbitant Saudi royal wealth and the House of Saud’s survival? In 2016, he came up with the what is known as Vision 2030 to modernize Saudi society, at least in appearances. The U.S. media, always seeking an excuse to celebrate Saudi Arabia, salivated. Salman outlaid a social reform agenda to make Saudi Arabia a haven for investment and multinationals, including replacing most foreign workers with Saudis.

A primary goal would be to enact reform that would convince investors that Saudi Arabia did not treat women like movable furniture. Consequently, the first major photogenic, public relations reform allowed women to drive in Saudi Arabia. At last, Saudi Arabia has caught up with the lowest common global denominator for women’s rights! Yet recent jailed women activists in Saudi Arabia seem to suggest that improving women’s rights was more a public relations contrivance than a reality.

Early on, the question became how to pacify one of the world’s most socially conservative societies’ – where women are overseen by male guardianship – response to allowing women to drive, opening movie theaters, cajoling Saudis to work and eliminating much of the country’s extensive welfare system.

The answer was one of the oldest tricks in the book. Anger and social anxiety was redirected towards Iran. This would help ensure Saudi regime survival if American military welfare alone did not act as its guarantor.

While Saudi animosity towards Iran has increased since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Salman raised it to a whole new level. Not satisfied with a tentative peace agreement broached by warring Yemeni factions in March 2015, Saudi Arabia and allied Gulf States began pummeling regions under Houthi control.

Indubitably Salman already had begun to devise ways to counter Saudi anxiety towards reform. As this was a momentous vision and change for Saudi Arabia, bin Salman likely realized early on that he needed a distraction and way to deflect social angst.

Tapping into Wahhabi hatred for Shias as apostates, the finger was pointed to Iran as the putative Houthi puppet master. However, more objective analysts highlight complete Houthi independence from Iran. Their relationship largely consisted of civilian transport and Iranian state media’s support for the Houthis. Evidence that Iranians have sent Houthis weapons is "thin;" even if Iran has tried to send arms, the Saudi blockade would prevent them from reaching the Houthis.

By directing hate abroad towards ‘apostate’ Shias, Saudi society may just forget its distaste for social change. Revolution eluded.

In the end, it’s Yemen that pays an unconscionable high price.

Certainly, it’s worth it to Salman and the House of Saud. But why should the international community put up with it? – by Peter Crowley

https://original.antiwar.com/peter_crowley/2018/07/18/saudis-destroying-yemen-to-distract-oppressed-population/

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Film: Yemen's War: The humanitarian crisis

The UN says Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with one child dying every 10 minutes from preventable causes. For more than three years, the country has been divided by a civil war between the internationally recognised government, backed by a Saudi led coalition, and Houthi rebels, allied with Iran. In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Yemen’s embattled President Mansour Hadi, who has lost control of large parts of the country, has denied that attempts to return him to power have reached a stalemate. He defended the Saudi campaign which has killed many civilians. Our international correspondent Orla Guerin and cameraman Anthony Clifford have been in Southern Yemen.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06f0zxv

Snippet: https://twitter.com/BBCNews/status/1019303339593469953

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Film: Jemen - Die Kinder und der Krieg

Die Geschichten dreier Kinder aus einem zerrütteten Land.

Ahmed ist elf Jahre alt, Rima acht und Youssef ist neun Jahre alt. Sie leben im Jemen, einem Land, in dem einer der wohl brutalsten Kriege der Gegenwart tobt, eine humanitäre Katastrophe. Weitgehend ohne, dass die Weltgemeinschaft viel Notiz nimmt. Mit der Kamera, die ihnen die jemenitische Filmemacherin Khadija Al Salami leiht, filmen die drei Kinder ihr Leben - den Alltag während der täglichen Luftschläge durch die Saudis. Sie sammeln Zeugenaussagen verwundeter Kinder in Krankenhäusern und von Kindern, die durch die Bombardements ihre Eltern verloren. Mit kindlicher Unschuld interviewen sie auch Erwachsene: Einen Maler, einen Rapper, ein Model, die per Social Media zur ‚Miss War‘ - zur ‚Miss Krieg‘ -gewählt wurde, und bitten sie, eine Botschaft an die einzige Institution zu senden, die ihrer Meinung nach den Krieg stoppen kann: die Europäische Union. Der Film verzichtet gänzlich auf jede Darstellung von Gewalt. Die Geschichte, erzählt durch die Augen der drei Kinder, wird dadurch umso eindringlicher. Es ist eine Geschichte unerschütterlicher, unglaublicher Hoffnung: Darauf, dass es der Europäischen Union gelingt, den Krieg zu beenden.

https://www.dw.com/de/jemen-die-kinder-und-der-krieg/av-44739649 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N8kqUGggQE

= https://dokunation.de/2018/07/jemen-die-kinder-und-der-krieg/

Remark: The original French version had been published already several months ago.

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Film: PBS Report from Yemen: As Millions Face Starvation, American-Made Bombs Are Killing Civilians

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen is incredibly difficult to cover on the ground, with many obstacles for journalists hoping to access the capital Sana’a and other areas affected by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition bombings. We speak with a reporter who smuggled herself into northern Yemen to report on the widespread famine and devastation there in an exclusive three-part series for ”PBS NewsHour.” Special correspondent Jane Ferguson is a Beirut-based special correspondent. Her pieces are titled “Yemen’s spiraling hunger crisis is a man-made disaster,” “American-made bombs in Yemen are killing civilians, destroying infrastructure and fueling anger at the U.S.” and “Houthis deny U.S., Saudi claim that they are Iran’s puppets.”

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/7/19/pbs_report_from_yemen_as_millions

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Leader of Yemen's Revolution tells Le Figaro: Those who demand Yemenis to withdraw from Hodeidah as if asking French to withdraw from Paris

Leader of Yemen's Revolution Abdulmalik Badreddin al-Houthi said he supports the United Nations’ supervisory role in Hodeidah if the Saudi-led coalition ends its aggression against the Red Sea port city, a French newspaper quoted the leader as saying in an exclusive interview.

The following is the full text of the interview:
Q: France did not invite you to the International Humanitarian Conference held on June 27 in Paris..what is your response?
It is clear that many western countries deal with the problems and wars of the region from the perspective of economic interests and material gains even at the expense of human rights and violation of the international laws and this is happening towards the war led by the Saudi-led aggression coalition on our country Yemen, in which the Saudi regime uses internationally prohibited weapons as it has been confirmed many times by international humanitarian organizations.

France, which has a very bad experience with events that targeted its national security by Daeesh and al-Qaida, is committing a mistake in its support top Saudi Arabia and Emirates because Saudi and Emirati regimes are backing Daeesh and al-Qaida in Yemen in their fighting alongside other factions loyal to Hadi's group, southern separatist group and Islah party.
Through its role in backing the military aggression on Yemen, France also denies the principles, human values and the UN Charters and it harms its relations with the Yemeni people and negatively affect its future interests with the Yemeni people.

Q: Can France play a mediating role to stop the war in Yemen?
Who wants to play the role of mediator, it is important first to be balanced and neutral and keen to achieve peace.
Q: Your enemies claim that the battle of Hodeidah will stop if you withdraw from the city. Are you ready to withdraw from Hodeidah to avoid further casualties, especially among civilians? Otherwise, what are the conditions for your acceptance of this?
It is funny to ask Yemenis to withdraw from Hodeidah to be handed over to the UAE, and this demand is contrary to international conventions and norms. What if Britain asked the French to withdraw from Paris or another French city and hand it over to the British, is this logical request?
Q: Are you willing to accept the UN plan to take over the administration of the port of Hodeidah or deposit its revenues in the Central Bank?
Since days of Ismail Ould Cheikh as a UN envoy, we are not rejecting the role of supervision and logistics of the United Nations in the port, but on the condition that the aggression against Hodeidah stops.
We do not reject the collection of ports revenues, including the port of Hodeidah and the revenues of oil and gas in Marib, Shabwa and Hadramout, and be allocated for salaries under the UN supervision, providing that salaries of free areas that are not occupied by Saudi Arabia and the UAE be paid from Sanaa.
Q: What is your answer to accusations of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the United Nations to Houthis of receiving Iranian weapons and equipment through the port of Hodeidah?
Both the Saudi and the American regimes know that they are lying. Because no ships enter to the port without a license and permission from the aggression coalition and a license from the United Nations within a strict mechanism just as it happens towards the Gaza Strip.
The naval warplanes of the coalition are heavily deployed along the coast and closely monitor all incoming ships and nothing enters except according to their mechanism, manner, license and permission.
However, we have dealt with the initiatives and efforts of the previous and current UN Envoy and agreed to the United Nations control on the port directly with the condition that the aggression against Hodeidah be stopped for humanitarian reasons. But it became clear that the UAE seeks to control the ports in Yemen under the American supervision and protection for colonial objectives, economic ambitions and other things.

Q: What are the conditions and proposals for a cease-fire and agreement to return to the negotiating table proposed by the United Nations envoy Martin Griffith?
The initiative the UN envoy Martin Griffith presented and discussed it with us was relating to the port in terms of the transfer of direct control to him, and regarding the revenues issue we interacted positively with it as we mentioned earlier.
He also conveyed to us the demands of the UAE, which his deputy interacts with, and we told him that we are interested in his initiative, not the UAE demands and its ambitions.
Q: Are you willing to give up ballistic missiles in exchange for stopping the bombing of coalition forces in Yemen and to establish a transitional government according to Griffith's proposal?
We are ready to stop rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE if they stopped the bombing on our country because we are basically in self-defense position.
As for the issue of weapons, all parties have weapons and what owned by the loyalists of Saudi Arabia and the UAE is more and more recent than those with Sanaa.
And when the aggression stops, a political solution is achieved and a partnership government is formed, then it will be the responsibility of the government to deal with the issue, in a situation where it is certain that the aggression against the Yemeni people will be stopped.
Q: Under what conditions can you agree to withdraw from Sanaa and hand over control to a Yemeni future government you taking part in? And what are your requests to be part of it?
The talk about the withdrawal of the people of Yemen from Sanaa in favor of the Saudi and UAE regimes is as a request for the withdrawal of French nationals from Paris for the UAE. Isn't that seems strange and illogical!?
As for the formation of a Yemeni government within a political solution based on partnership, this was possible from the beginning according to the testimony of the former UN envoy Jamal Benomar.
The war on Yemen is not for that purpose, but its real objective is to control Yemen's land and people.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news502368.htm

and also: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=1697&cat_id=1

and this is the Figaro site (subscribers only): http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/2018/07/17/01003-20180717ARTFIG00241-abdel-malek-al-houthi-au-yemen-la-france-doit-soutenir-la-paix-pas-la-guerre.php

My comment: A great part of the interview take Houthi’s ideas for a peaceful solution, based on equality of both major sides in Yemen. The idea of unconditional retreat and de facto surrender before any peace had been achieved is clearly rejected.

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The Damage Of Dammaj: How Sectarian Tensions Fuel ISIS In Yemen

Terror group gaining ground due to ongoing chaos in war-torn country

“The fault lines in Yemen are very blurry and it’s hard to tell who exactly is fighting who,” according to Andrea Carboni, who oversees the Yemen desk at ACLED, an organization that monitors political violence in the region. “Each sectarian group has multiple factions associated with it, and sometimes they even fight each other.”

Carboni is alluding to the unusual alliances that have emerged in Yemen, where the old proverb “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” is an everyday reality rather than a cliché. The war, for example, has brought together Salafist rebels, vying to unite Yemen under Islamic rule, with Southern Separatists, who seek to form an independent state. A close partnership has also been forged between the Saudi-led coalition and Al-Qa’ida terrorists, who receive training and funding from their Gulf patrons in return for help in battling the Houthis.

Within this toxic environment, conditions are ripe for extremist groups like the Islamic State (ISIS) to prosper. Over the last few months, dozens of ISIS fighters have returned from Syria to Yemen, where they have srated building up their power and establishing local support networks.

“In some places we see the Islamic State forces join ranks with Al-Qa’ida, which is the more established and prominent of the two groups in Yemen,” explained Dr. Gabriele vom Bruck, from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, “but in other places, the two organizations have been directly contesting each other.”

Indeed, the fight against the Houthis, a Zaidi sect associated with Shia Islam, has, historically, united Yemen’s majority Sunni population. It provided various armed groups in Yemen, which would otherwise be competing against each other, with the impetus to collaborate.

The Houthis, meanwhile, have long been marginalized by the central Yemeni regime, which accounts for their grievances and objection to the internationally-recognized Hadi government.

“The Western media tends to portray the fighting in Yemen as a proxy war between the Iran-backed Houthi rebels and the Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists,” vom Bruck told The Media Line, “but the situation on the ground is not that clear-cut.” Indeed, tensions between Houthis and Sunnis in Yemen predate the civil war and even the outbreak of the Arab Spring. They extend back to the early 1980’s.

Perhaps the most important milestone in the history of these turbulent ties is the October 2011 Siege of Dammaj, a small town in the Sa’dah region of northwest Yemen which in the past was primarily controlled and populated by Houthis.

“The Saudis, which share a border with this part of Yemen, always sought to exert their influence in Sa’dah,” vom Bruck elaborated. To this end, they opened the Dar al-Hadith religious seminary in the town of Dammaj in the early 1980’s. The head of this institution was a notable Saudi-educated sheikh by the name of Muqbil bin Hadi al-Wadie, who turned the small town into a pilgrimage site for thousands of students from across the world who sought

“The rhetoric we hear today in places like Taiz and Aden is directly tied to the events in Dammaj a few years back,” vom Bruck noted to The Media Line. “Many of the fighters involved in the war today were groomed there, at Dar al-Hadith.”

Carboni agrees. “You cannot understand the Sunni resentment of the Houthis without understanding these historical events and the tensions they bred,” he stressed. In the Al-Hudaydah region in western Yemen, for example, displaced Salafists from Dammaj reportedly have welcomed ISIS fighters with open arms. The failure of jihadi leaders to protect Dar al-Hadith effectively pushed young men into the Islamic State’s sphere of influence. – By Felice Friedson and Joshua A. Holmes

http://www.themedialine.org/top-stories/the-damage-of-dammaj-how-sectarian-tensions-fuel-isis-in-yemen/ = https://www.jpost.com/International/The-Damage-Of-Dammaj-How-Sectarian-Tensions-Fuel-ISIS-In-Yemen-562798

My comment: I think the authors overstress a Zaidi-Sunni divide because of the Dhammaj assault. Also for many Sunnis, the Salafi center of Dhammaj was a quite critical affair.

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The most dangerous job in Yemen’s war zone? Being a homegrown reporter

Starved to death, tortured, used as a human shield: any journalist exposing violence and corruption in Yemen can become a target

Since 2015, hundreds of journalists have been driven from their homes in war-torn Yemen, and usually they flee Houthi forces in Sanaa towards pro-government areas, or go abroad.

Unlike overseas correspondents reporting on the war, Yemeni reporters such as Alie have family and friends who may also be at risk of reprisals, increasing the risks involved.

The country is ranked 167th out of 180 on Reporters Without Borders' (RSF) World Press Freedom Index, which means that it is categorised as "very bad" - the worst ranked group.

In February 2016, for example, journalist Ahmed Al-Shaibani was shot and killed in Taiz. Condemning his death, Irina Bokova, the then director-general of UNESCO, said such acts were a war crime under international law. “It also deprives civilians of vital information they need to cope with the difficulties of war," she said, "and undermines informed public debate, which is so important to help restore peace and stability.”

Alie says: "What happened with me is a very minor in comparison with what happened with my colleagues.

"Houthi militias treat journalists as more dangerous than politicians or fighters. There is direct incitement against the journalists by Abdul Malik al-Houthi [the leader of the Houthis] himself."

Sometimes that attention has fatal consequences. On 2 June, Yemeni journalist Anwar al-Rakan died just days after being released by the Houthis in Taiz. He had faced a year of mistreatment, said RSF.

His family said he had been arrested while travelling through al-Houban on his way from Sanaa. Reports indicate that possession of press cards sealed his fate.

In a statement, RSF said that Rakan was in a terminally ill condition when he was finally freed and that his family, unaware of his detention, had been unable to campaign for his release.

It added: “The Houthis continue to hold at least 10 journalists and one citizen journalist captive. But they could be holding many more because they provide no information about any of their activities including, as in Rakan’s case, who they have detained and where they are holding them.” The group urged all sides in Yemen to stop targeting the media and to free all imprisoned journalists.

The Houthis are held responsible for some of the worst atrocities against journalists during the Yemen war, but they are not the only side to target reporters.

According to the YSJ, 27 journalists have been killed since the Yemen civil war began in late 2014. Twelve are being held captive by the Houthi group, while one other is being held hostage by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. In March 2018, the Houthi group released two journalists after almost two years of detention.

It also reported on 4 July that 100 cases of media freedom violations were recorded in the first half of 2018, including kidnapping, arrest, torture, blocking of news sites and suspension of salaries.

Forty-seven of these were attributed to the Yemen government, the Houthis were blamed for 39 cases, six were attributed to the Saudi-led coalition and eight to unknown groups or individuals.

Those detained by pro-government forces tend to be detained for less time than those held by the Houthis - they also usually stay in pro-government regions after their ordeal rather than flee.

A freelance independent journalist told MEE on condition of anonymity because he fears detention: "Both the pro-government and the Houthis consider independent journalists to be enemies and both are chasing them."

He said that he cannot use his byline in his stories because he will be a target for the two warring sides: "I expose the violations of the two sides independently and this is dangerous nowadays as the independent journalists are targets of warring sides."

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/war-reporter-yemen-killed-houthi-danger-journalist-press-media-1214232722

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UAE abuses in Yemen are an extension of authoritarianism at home

Abu Dhabi is free to support brutal militias and seize key ports in Yemen's south thanks to a total absence of competent governance

The recent report published by Amnesty on enforced disappearances in southern Yemen at the hand of UAE troops and the Yemeni security forces they back raises crucial questions about Abu Dhabi's motives in Yemen and the underlying causes for such gross human rights violations.

Given the UAE's dark record of human rights violations; its jailing of dissidents, arbitrary detention, abuse of migrant workers' rights, and other rights, Abu Dhabi's practices in Yemen are consistent with its approach towards human rights at home.

UAE human rights abuses in Yemen seemingly come as an extension of Abu Dhabi's way of addressing human rights at home - and, again, it has defended itself by flatly denying the accusations in the recent Amnesty report.
The controversy over Emirati troops occupying Yemen's famous Socotra island, and the bold statement by Yemen's President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi saying, "[The] UAE acts as an occupier in Yemen" - as well as reports of the UAE banning Hadi's entry to Aden - have all revealed how Abu Dhabi's motives in Yemen are not exclusively limited to its military involvement within the Saudi Arabia-led Arab Coalition.
The UAE is more interested in exploiting the war in Yemen for economic and political gains.

To expand its maritime and trade sector, the UAE has aimed to seize Yemen's key ports - Socotra, Aden and Hodeidah - given their global economic strategic location for the world's major trade shipping routes.
If that doesn't come off, Abu Dhabi at least wants any political leadership at these key ports to be fully affiliated to the Emirates.
In order to secure its goals, the UAE has been creating its own security apparatus in southern Yemen.

The UAE enjoys the freedom to support militia groups as it wishes in Yemen's south, given the absence of any strong or even competent governance by Hadi's Yemeni government - which faces countless accusations of corruption. Beside its security alliance with UAE troops, the Yemeni government's poor performance in improving living and security conditions has increased resentment among the people of the south -by Afrah Nasser

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2018/7/19/uae-abuses-in-yemen-an-extension-of-domestic-authoritarianism

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The UAE’s Security-Economic Nexus in Yemen

The UAE’s growing investment in Yemen’s energy and security infrastructure is increasingly the driving force behind its counterterrorism involvement.

Fighting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and jihadi groups in southern Yemen regions has been a matter of national security for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, increasingly, its counterterrorism operations deal not only with the security of its forces in Yemen—where the Special Forces of the UAE Presidential Guard have been deployed since May 2015—but also with its strategy to increase its geopolitical influence in the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean, including protecting energy hubs and maritime infrastructures. Significantly, since the beginning of 2018, protecting such infrastructure and assets has become a major Emirati national interest, given the UAE’s rising military, political, and reconstruction involvement in southern Yemeni regions.

However, 2018 marks a tactical shift for the UAE’s counterterrorism efforts in Yemen. Early in the year, Emirati forces planned and executed three parallel ground interventions against AQAP, focusing on inner rural fiefdoms in the porous interior regions of Hadramawt, Shabwa, and Abyan, which jihadis use to train recruits and organize attacks. This change reveals the new strategic dimension of Abu Dhabi’s engagement: securing swathes of territory around urban, infrastructural, and energy assets shows that the Emirati military is committed to fighting AQAP in the long term to protect the UAE’s emerging national interests in southern Yemen.

These parallel operations aimed not only to hamper jihadis from fleeing to different regions, but also to establish a new security and governance order directly or indirectly led by the UAE. This system links the major Emirati-controlled port cities of Aden, Mukalla, Mokha, and Bi’r Ali, as well as the gas hub of Balhaf, the oil fields of Masila, and the export terminal at Shihr, all now de facto controlled by the Emiratis.

Over the past couple of years of the Saudi-led military intervention, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi opted for a tactical division of tasks in Yemen: the Saudis engaged primarily in the North, fighting the Houthis with airstrikes, while the Emiratis focused on leading ground operations in the South. This gave the UAE enhanced leverage in southern Yemeni regions through direct military presence and proxy militias—such as the Security Belt Forces, which fall under the Ministry of Interior, and the Shabwani and Hadrami Elite Forces, which have been officially integrated into the Yemeni army. Control of energy infrastructure in Balhaf, oil fields in Masila, as well as commercial ports such as Shihr, Aden, and Mukalla, also enhances UAE leverage in southern Yemen. In addition, the UAE maintains selective patronage networks of local Salafis (such as the Amalqa Brigades and the Abu Al-Abbas Brigades in Taiz), sympathizers of the former Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY), and Southern secessionist groups.

Securing southern Yemen from jihadis is also pivotal for the UAE’s maritime strategy. Abu Dhabi’s current foreign policy, which frequently combines overlapping military and commercial goals, is geographically centered in southern Yemen, from which the UAE can project power in the Gulf, Africa, and Asia.

Second, the UAE has recently built military bases in the Horn of Africa

Third, southern Yemeni regions are the best platform for the UAE to boost its “pivot to the East” policy, as seen by the comprehensive partnership it signed with India

To maintain these entrenched interests, the UAE is continuing to use its special forces in counterterrorism operations despite having already won significant victories over AQAP – by Eleonora Ardemagni

https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/76876

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UAE helped 'cement Islamophobia' in the UK: report

A newly-published report has claimed that the UAE used 'clandestine' lobbying tactics in the US and UK to steer government and public opinion against the Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar.

The United Arab Emirates helped to "cement Islamophobia" in the UK in order to boost its standing in the west, through a range of campaigning techniques, which are similar to those used by pro-Israel lobbyists in the US and Europe, a new report has claimed.
The 50-page report pubished by "Spinwatch: Public Interest Investigations" alleges that the UAE has influenced UK and US foreign and domestic policy through aggressive and "clandestine" lobbying.
It alleges that the UAE carried out its campaigning by "promising billions in return for influence in the US, infiltrating the British media to smear rivals, threatening to interfere in parliamentary select committee reports, buying politicians' loyalty with lavish trips, donating to think tanks and trying to influence them, aiming to deport political opponents, trying to influence BBC coverage and protesting against press freedom".
A key effect of this was to steer western governments against the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political group seen by the Gulf state as a threat to its system of autocracy. The report says that the anti-Brotherhood hysteria spurred on by British media outlets worsened attitudes towards Muslims as a whole.
"Ultimately this is counterproductive because it sours the narrative against Muslims in the West and cements Islamophobia, which ultimately works to erode broader relations between the West and the Muslim world," the report says.

The report also questions the UAE's credentials as an alleged supporter of "freedom" and "human rights", given its own detention and torture of activists and deep involvement in the controversial Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

"The issue is not whether Qatar or the Muslim Brotherhood have connections to 'extremism' – after all both Saudi and the UAE are dictatorships with a very significant ongoing track record in human rights violations," the report concludes.
"The issue is, how the UAE has manipulated the British press, won over politicians and bought into think tanks to advance its agenda, which amounts to an implacable opposition to democracy."

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/7/17/uae-copied-israel-lobby-in-subverting-uk-policy-report

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Der Bomben-Supermarkt

Boom: Am Krieg im Jemen verdient die Rheinmetall-Tochter RWM Italia viel Geld, ebenso die britische Firma Raytheon Systems

Im Dezember 2010 hatte der deutsche Rüstungsriese Rheinmetall die schwächelnde Società Esplosivi Industriali S.p.A. (SEI) von der französischen EPC Group aufgekauft und als 100-prozentige Tochterfirma RWM Italia in sein Firmennetz eingegliedert. Bei der Übernahme lag der Umsatz bei rund 20 Millionen Euro, sollte aber in den Folgejahren sprunghaft ansteigen, als die Firma mehr als die Hälfte bis ein Drittel ihrer Umsätze durch Exporte an Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate bestritt. Produziert wurde auf einem etwa 300.000 Quadratmeter großen Gelände in einer ärmlichen Gegend nahe der 6.000-Einwohner-Gemeinde Domusnovas mit einer Anbindung an die Häfen Sant’Antioco und Cagliari. Von dort gingen nach Schätzungen der italienischen NGO Rete Disarmo bisher Zehntausende von Bomben in den Jemen-Krieg. Deutsche Kontrollen blieben wirkungslos, die Regierung in Rom gab die Ausfuhren frei.

Doch sind Deutschland und Italien nicht die einzigen EU-Staaten, die an derartigen Lieferungen beteiligt sind. Es gibt einen dritten Protagonisten: Großbritannien. Die gut 4.000 Bomben, die zwischen 2013 und 2017 für 63 Millionen Euro allein an Saudi-Arabien geliefert wurden, produzierte RWM Italia als Subunternehmer des britischen Herstellers Raytheon Systems Limited. Diese Kooperation ist ein Beispiel dafür, wie durch internationale Verflechtung ein globaler Waffen-Supermarkt bestückt wird, von dem der Krieg im Jemen zehrt.

Raytheon Systems wird von dem US-Unternehmen Raytheon Company über die britische Holding Raytheon United Kingdom Limited kontrolliert und unterhält direkte Vertragsbeziehungen mit dem Verteidigungsministerium in Riad. Es ist nicht bekannt, ob davon auch zusätzliche Waffensysteme erfasst sind. Als gesichert gilt, dass im November 2012 der Auftrag über 3.950 Mk-83-Flugbomben an RWM Italia erteilt wurde, die innerhalb von knapp fünf Jahren geliefert werden sollten. Dies geht aus einer bisher unveröffentlichten Untersuchung zu Waffenexporten aus Sardinien hervor, zu der es kam, nachdem im Mai 2017 von italienischen Bürgern vier Beschwerden eingereicht wurden.

Mit der „Internationalisierungsstrategie“, sprich: einem Netz von Tochter- und Gemeinschaftsunternehmen im Ausland, wie RWM Italia, ist Rheinmetall ohnehin in der Lage, deutsche Kontrollen zu umgehen, die eigentlich verhindern sollen, dass Rüstungsgüter mit deutscher DNA in Kriegsgebieten wie im Jemen zum Einsatz kommen.

Der Zusammenhang zwischen der Zunahme der Rüstungslieferungen aus Italien und dem Jemen-Konflikt ist evident.

Der Luftangriff mit den sechs Opfern ist der erste Fall, bei dem sowohl ein Verbrechen als auch Bombenteile am Tatort – und damit Indizien für die Beteiligung von RWM Italia – dokumentiert sind. Auf dieser Grundlage haben die NGOs European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) gemeinsam mit Mwatana und dem italienischen Abrüstungsnetzwerk Rete Disarmo am 17. April 2018 bei der Staatsanwaltschaft Rom Strafanzeige gestellt, deren Text dem Freitag vorliegt.

Erkenntnisse zum Vertrag zwischen RWM Italia und Raytheon Systems ergeben sich aus der Erklärung von Fabio Sgarzi, dem CEO von RWM Italia, vor der Justizpolizei von Cagliari vom 3. November 2016, der zu Bombenexporten vom Flughafen Cagliari-Elmas sagte: „Sie sind alle mit Sprengstoff beladen, aber sie brauchen eine Bombenspule und ein Lenkbomben-Kit. Diese Komponenten werden nicht von RWM Italia geliefert, sondern direkt von den Streitkräften beschafft und montiert. In diesem Fall von der saudischen Luftwaffe.“ – Von L.Bagnoli, L.Battaglia, P. Loi, S. Peteranderl

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/der-freitag/der-bomben-supermarkt

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Cholera outbreak warning after detection of infected cases

The director of the May 22 cholera treatment center in the capital Sanaa warned of a recurrence of a cholera epidemic that last year left more than 2,000 people dead.

"There are 30 cases in the center, some of which have been diagnosed with Cholera," Ibrahim al-Akhfash was quoted by the “AL Hurrah” channel as saying.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100340

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Unicef: Mehr als 2.000 Jemeniten an Cholera gestorben

In den letzten 13 Monaten sind nach Angaben des UN-Kinderhilfswerks Unicef mehr als 2.300 Jemeniten an Cholera und der verschlechterten hygienischen Lage im Land gestorben.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/world-i42451-unicef_mehr_als_2.000_jemeniten_an_cholera_gestorben

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Cholera deaths in war-torn Yemen surpass 2,300: UNICEF

UN Children’s Fund attributes mounting cholera death toll to ‘ailing health system, ongoing conflict’

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said that the total number of cholera fatalities in Yemen had surpassed 2,300 within the past 13 months amid ongoing conflict in the impoverished country.

“In spite of the progress made in responding to the cholera outbreak, the ailing health system and ongoing conflict could compromise such efforts,” UNICEF’s Yemen office tweeted Wednesday evening.

“In over 13 months, the cumulative total of reported suspected cholera cases is 1,118,381 with 2,311 associated deaths across Yemen,” it added.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/health/cholera-deaths-in-war-torn-yemen-surpass-2-300-unicef/1208344

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Find out how initial trachoma treatments are distributed

For the first time, medicine for treating blinding trachoma are now being distributed to thousands of residents from distant sections of war-torn Yemen.

The pharmaceutical group Pfizer provided upwards of 444,000 shots of the medication Zithromax®. It was driven by local medical leaders through battle zones and beyond roadblocks to the Ibb and Al Hodeidah rural areas, where trachoma – a severe but treatable eye condition – presently prevails.

An organization exceeding 4,000 mostly female aides went canvassing in the neighborhoods of 273 communities to make sure the treatment was delivered securely to the people who needed it. The missionaries that worked on the project were primarily female due to the reason that they attend homes to help women and children more easily, whereas men are usually not allowed due to local cultures.

The qualified enlistees also shared wash kits including cleanser and hygiene information provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) to further inhibit the range of the virus.

The nation's premier bulk drug policy to guard people against blinding trachoma became the effect of international cooperation among Sightsavers, the WHO, the Yemen Ministry of Health, the Fred Hollows Foundation, the CBM, and the International Trachoma Initiative.

Trachoma, one of Earth's earliest infections, is a contagious disease which is largely spread by human contact and flies. It begins as a bacterial virus, and if it's left to remain untreated, scar tissue forms on the eyelids, shifting the eyelashes inside. After each blink, eyelashes irritate the covering of the eye and may produce permanent blindness. It's one of a collection of ailments identified as neglected tropical afflictions.

Approximately 2.5 million people live with the danger of trachoma in Yemen, in accordance with data collected as a section of the Sightsavers-led Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP).

Simon Bush went on to say that the things discovered in Yemen may also have life-altering indications for eradicating trachoma as a common health predicament all over the globe – an aim that an international group of allies is on the brink of reaching. We can't neglect villages in regions of opposition and crisis without help.

https://www.christiantoday.com/uk/find-out-how-initial-trachoma-treatments-are-distributed/130022.htm

cp1b1 Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah: Deutsch/ Most important: Hodeidah battle: German

Deutschsprachige Medien: Fehlanzeige!!

cp1b2 Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah: Englisch / Most important: Hodeidah battle: English

Siehe auch / Also look at cp7

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Film: Just arrived #Hodeidah city. Was too difficult to find a Wi-Fi connection and mobile data connection is "blocked"! Anyway, the city is almost empty of population and ready for a soon battle.

You can see hundreds of military trenches along about 20km before you arrive the city.

Any battle-attack on this already poorest city will lead to hundred thousands of deaths among its people.

Keep us in your prayers!

https://www.facebook.com/AdelHa11/posts/2140149772937263

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Poor Residents Have No Means to Escape Battle for Yemen’s Hodeidah

Thousands of Yemen’s poorest people have no means to leave the city of Hodeidah which is at the center of a humanitarian crisis, Oxfam said.

Hodeidah, which numbers in population about 600,000, has shut down. The Oxfam spokesperson told The Globe Post that the city, tottering from being bombed and having storefronts closed, is a trap for the most poor and vulnerable, those unable to purchase food or even beg for their needs.

According to Oxfam, some 80,000 people have managed to leave Hodeidah, but relocation costs are too high for the city’s poor.

Taking a family out of the city to the capital Sana’a can cost 60,000 riyals (about $200). In addition to the travel costs, people have to pay at least 200,000 riyals ($500) for rent and food a month.

In Yemen, shelter is scarce and is often available on a first-come, first-serve basis, causing many people to be internally displaced.

Many residents lost their homes due to bombings or military takeover. Others can no longer afford the inflated rent and have fled in search of any empty building to occupy with their families.

The spokesperson from Oxfam said those who can find refuge in the Hodeidah area are in “camps and public facilities such [as] schools which are often overcrowded and with poor conditions.” He noted that refugees are receiving “minimal assistance.”

While many fled to family member’s homes in neighboring areas, others who have tried to flee the city are having trouble due to high rent caused by the housing shortage in those regions.

At the same time, many families that try to flee must go through the war zone, which has lead to deaths from fleeing cars hitting land mines. Those that stay are at risk of sexual and physical violence.

https://theglobepost.com/2018/07/19/yemen-hodeidah-poor-residents/

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Pro-government forces thwart two Houthi attacks in Hodeidah

Yemeni rebels assaulted the Al Amalikah Brigades in an effort to seize the centre of Al Tuhayta district

Pro-government forces in Yemen, backed by the Arab Coalition, thwarted two attacks by the Houthi rebels in the districts of Al Tuhayta and Al Duraihimi to south of the port city of Hodeidah.

The Iran-backed rebels attacked the Al Amalikah Brigades in an attempt to seize the centre of the district of Al Tuhayta, which was recaptured from the Houthis earlier this month, Al Tuhayta-based journalist Khalil Al Zekri told The National.

He said that at least 17 Houthis were killed in the clashes and dozens surrendered to the forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/pro-government-forces-thwart-two-houthi-attacks-in-hodeidah-1.752018

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Congress Can Help Stave Off New Humanitarian Disaster In Yemen

After initially restraining the UAE/Saudi coalition because of the negative consequences of an attack on Hodeidah, the Trump administration has taken off the pressure even as the UAE went ahead without U.S. backing. The Trump administration has more recently maintained what the Wall Street Journal has described as “tepid support” for Saudi and UAE efforts to take Hodeidah. The Trump administration’s stance on an attack on Hodeidah should be vigorous opposition, not “tepid support.” Without strong, persistent pressure from the Trump administration and Congress, the attack on the port is likely to go forward.

The UAE’s False Rationales

In the meantime, the UAE has launched a charm offensive, arguing that it can engage in a phased operation to take the port that will minimize civilian casualties. It has also showcased a plan for a “humanitarian surge” that it would launch in the wake of an attack on Hodeidah. The notion that an attack can be carried out without harming large numbers of civilians is laughable, disproven by the large-scale displacement caused by the UAE’s initial efforts to eject the Houthi from Hodeidah.

Perhaps most importantly, the Saudi/UAE coalition’s rationales for attacking Hodeidah don’t hold up to scrutiny. There is no evidence for their first argument: that Iran is getting significant amounts of weaponry—if any—to the Houthi through Hodeidah. And the idea that more force is needed to bring the Houthi to the negotiating table denies the underlying problem—that the most effective way forward in the short term doesn’t require the Houthi to give up the territory they control, along with their heavy weapons, before negotiations over the future of Yemen can begin in earnest. As UN envoy Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council in April, an attack on Hodeidah “would, in a single stroke, take peace off the table.”

As Griffiths continues his efforts at shuttle diplomacy between the parties to the war in an effort to hold off a humanitarian disaster in Hodeidah and jumpstart a larger peace process, he would benefit greatly from U.S. pressure on the Saudis and the UAE. And if the Trump administration can’t be persuaded to do the job, it’s up to Congress to weigh in – by William D. Hartung

https://lobelog.com/congress-can-help-stave-off-new-humanitarian-disaster-in-yemen/

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Film: Health crisis looms over Yemen's war torn Hudaida

The fighting has hindered imports of food and medicine.

Markets face shortages and hospitals are low on supplies.

Hospitals in Hudaida are also dangerously understaffed, as doctors flee the violence themselves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kXZJ0_da20 = https://twitter.com/TRTWorldNow/status/1019348766912991232

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Film: Mine awareness campaigns planted by the Houthis in the West Coast

https://twitter.com/skynewsarabia/status/1019573672946880512

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Yemen Govt. Proposes Initiative for Complete Houthi Withdrawal from West Coast

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani revealed on Tuesday that his government had proposed a new comprehensive initiative to the Iran-backed Houthi militias to withdraw from all regions of the West coast.
It calls for their withdrawal from Hodeidah province and its strategic port and the ports of al-Salif and Ras Isa. The Interior Ministry and police department will be tasked with controlling these areas, he explained from his ministry’s temporary headquarters in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Legitimate powers, in turn, will oversee the performance of the police in the West coast. It will also supervise all other state institutions there, Yamani told a press conference.
All state resources will be transferred to the central bank, he revealed in detailing the government initiative.
“Should the militias reject the proposal, then the government will have no choice but to employ its means to liberate Yemeni territory, as we did in Aden. We will eventually liberate Sanaa,” he vowed.
Yamani stressed that Yemen refuses to adopt a selective solution to the country’s crisis. He instead demanded that the Houthis withdraw from regions they have occupied and lay down their arms in accordance to United Nations Security Council resolution 2216.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1335296/yemen-govt-proposes-initiative-complete-houthi-withdrawal-west-coast

My comment: It’s really bizatrre to call this a “initiative”. It’s just a large list of preconditions, well-known old ones and new ones: they are steadily increasing. The hadi government and its allies do not want peace, but Houthis’ retreat from one place and another place and another place and other places and control and revenues. All political talks just are used to achieve the goal of victory by politics. As the Houthis would not capitulate and agree to their political (and physical) suicide war will continue.

And

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Yemeni FM: Houthis Refused to Withdraw From Al Hudaydah Despite Ceasefire

The Yemeni government has provided two ceasefires to the United Nations for the withdrawal of Houthi rebels from the Al Hudaydah port, however, the militants have turned down the initiative, Yemen’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mansour Bajash said Thursday.

"The government has announced two ceasefires in order to give the UN initiative and the UN special envoy’s efforts the opportunity to achieve results and guarantee the withdrawal of the rebels from the city and the port, but the militants refused to respond to it and turned down the initiative," Bajash said, as quoted by the SABA news agency.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201807191066521414-yemen-houthis-withdrawal-al-hudaydah/

My comment: There never was any ceasefire but just a “pause” of the UAE assault against Hodeidah, while fighting and assaults in the southern parts of Hodeidah province lasted on. – These propaganda statements try to suggest us that the UN initiative of envoy Griffith would be identical to the claim of the UAE and the hadi government who claim an unconditional retreat of the Houthis from Hodeidah and meanwhile also from the greatest part of the whole northern Yemeni coastline as well.

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The UAE affirms its long-term commitment to Yemen

The UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy affirmed her country's strong support for the efforts exerted by the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to reach a political solution in Yemen.

"We welcome the efforts of the Special Envoy to facilitate the Houthi handover of Hodeidah to the legitimate government in Yemen by peaceful means in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2216," she said.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-20130

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“We welcome the #UN Special Envoy’s efforts to facilitate the #Houthis’ peaceful handover of #Hodeidah to the legitimate government of Yemen, consistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2216,” said #UAE Minister Reem Al Hashemy.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1019357565887578112

My comment: The Saudi coalition insists on an unconditional withdrawal of the Houthis (Yemeni army); it seems they are trying to push the UN envoy into this direction by such statements.

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Yemen rebel leader willing to give UN control of key port

Yemen's Huthi rebel chief says he is ready to hand over control of the key port of Hodeida to the United Nations if the Saudi-led coalition backing pro-government troops halts its offensive, a French newspaper reported.

"We told the UN envoy, Martin Griffiths, that we are not rejecting the role of supervision and logistics that the UN wants to hold in the port, but on the condition that the aggression against Hodeida stops," Abdel Malek al-Huthi said in an interview with Le Figaro published online late Tuesday.

War-ravaged Yemen imports 90 percent of its food, 70 percent of which pass through Hodeida's docks and the fighting has raised UN fears of a humanitarian catastrophe in a country already teetering on the brink of famine.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5964251/Yemen-rebel-leader-willing-UN-control-key-port.html

and also https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/07/18/568451/Yemen-Houthi-Hudaydah

Remark: He already had told this before. The Saudi coalition insists on unconditional retreat of the Houthis.

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Film: Battle for Yemen's Hodeidah: 'Shells raining down on us'

UN warns the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is worsening as tens of thousands of families are displaced by the Saudi-UAE coalition offensive to retake the strategic port city.

The battle for the port city of Hodeidah is intensifying as the Saudi-UAE coalition forces step up their offensive to take the strategic area from Houthi rebels.

Military analysts say that the Saudi-led coalition is not making much progress, but the relentless air raids and lack of aid are making an already dire humanitarian crisis even worse for the civilians who live in the region.

The United Nations says additional tens of thousands of families have been displaced from Hodeidah as a result of the fierce fighting.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/battle-yemens-hodeidah-shells-raining-us-180717144354255.html = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzEetdIn4P4

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Norwegian Refugee Council: Yemen: Civilians panic as situation worsens

In Yemen, amidst the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, we provide life-saving aid to thousands of civilians. In June, the Saudi-led Coalition announced its intention to take control of the port city Hodeidah through military action.

Why is Hodeidah so vital? Read more about the crisis here.

As fighting has continued near Hodeidah, the site of Yemen’s most important port, over 33,000 families have been displaced from the governate since 1 June, according to the UN. Still, most people remain unwilling or unable to leave behind their homes and everything they own.

“People in Hodeidah are still living in limbo, deciding whether to flee or to stay. This means leaving jobs, homes, friends and possessions, or remaining without any guarantee of safety,” says Suze van Meegen, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Protection and Advocacy Adviser in Yemen.

While a full-scale military advance has been paused during diplomatic talks, the conflict may escalate soon, van Meegen stresses.

Many will be forced to flee again

Ongoing violence has forced many to flee for their life several times. Many don’t know when they will be able to return home.

“Yesterday, we found newly displaced people in neighbouring Hajjah governate with nothing but clothing rags for shelter, literally living under trees to keep away from the scorching heat, sun and sandstorms,” says Hussein Qais, who works in the area of livelihoods and food security.

“Many have been displaced three times. While I was meeting with families in Abs district, I heard the non-stop tremors and reverberations of missiles,” he adds. People remain in constant fear of the conflict closing in and displacing them yet again.

Yemeni aid workers are helping Yemeni people in need, while players outside Yemen decide what will happen next.

Restrictions on movement and widespread violence have made it difficult to reach out to people who need lifesaving assistance, and NRC’s staff on the ground are deeply concerned about their families and friends.

“Our teams are not immune to violence. They are frightened for the safety of their families and distressed by the scale of desperate need that they are seeing in Hodeidah, but they keep turning up to work,” says van Meegen.

Hundreds of thousands in need of aid

People in Hodeidah are in desperate need of food, water, medicine and other lifesaving necessities. We are currently supporting people with cash grants so that every family can meet their most pressing needs. “We have been registering displaced people and provided them with food, cash, shelter and hygiene items as quickly as we can,” explains Ali Aljhajori, who leads our emergency efforts in Hodeidah.

Meanwhile, temperatures are climbing up to 40 degrees in the port city, where the water supply has been disrupted in several areas. Many people are relying on water from mosque wells, and the risk of contamination is high. There have been 162,000 suspected cases of cholera since April 2017 – by Kristine Kolstad (with photos)

https://www.nrc.no/news/2018/july/yemen-civilians-panic-as-situation-worsens/ = https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-civilians-panic-situation-worsens

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Officials: 30 civilians dead in recent clashes in Yemen city

Heavy fighting over the last two weeks along Yemen's western coast between pro-government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Shiite rebels has killed at least 30 civilians, including women and children, officials and witnesses said Tuesday.

The fighting has been concentrated over the past two weeks in al-Tuhyta district, south of Hodeida, a vital lifeline for Yemen's aid-dependent population. The coalition launched an offensive to retake the city in June.

Along with over 30 killed, fighting and airstrikes - as well as land mines - have wounded 57 civilians since the beginning of July, health and security officials said.

Last Tuesday, an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition killed the eight-member family of Abdallah Kassem. They were driving south of al-Tuhyta when the strike hit their car, the officials said.

Separately, a 65-year woman who made her living selling flowers was killed when she stepped on a land mine, witnesses said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-5962175/Officials-say-fighting-Yemens-Hodeida-kills-30-civilians.html

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Ahmad Alghobary: We didn't attack them, but they attacked us. We didn't kill them, but they killed us. We didn't destroy their houses, but they destroyed our houses. We didn't make them starved, but they made us starved. We didn't bomb their wedding parties, but they bombed ours. And etc..

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1020008736633573376

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Fuad Rajeh: #Yemen: West & UN have failed to stop war & help stave off humanitarian catastrophe. Rather, West is backing war of Saudi Arabia & UAE. New players, especially China, should play a role, but not through selling more arms to UAE & Saudi Arabia. Xi Jinping has arrived in Abu Dhabi

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1020111785750351872

Wars in Mideast will end when the world stops counting on Western warmongers & thinks of improving the UN's mechanism. Why would countries that don't like to end wars in Palestine & Syria think differently for Yemen? Why do we insist on believing that warmongers are peacemakers?

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1020116283516432384

We back the war on Yemen, and care about Yemenis and work on political solution? Does anyone understand what Western warmongers want to tell us?!! At least they have tried and the result was disastrous, why don't they change their minds?!

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1020119404112203776

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Film: Yemen - 28 years of history explained

Let's trace on an animated map 28 years of the history of Yemen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1Am70v8y5A

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Film: Saudi’s gas lighting techniques in Yemen war propaganda

Why is there not much accurate and first hand coverage of what is really happening inside Yemen?

There is no more room left to ignore the human catastrophe in Yemen despite Riyadh’s gas-lighting techniques and grand political cover-ups. But if you think the new wave of media talks and debates about the horrors unfolding in southern Arabia is all about the truth you seriously need to think again.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/07/19/568572/Saudis-gas-lighting-techniques-in-Yemen-war-propaganda

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Folter und Luftangriffe

Vereinigte Arabische Emirate verfolgen eigene Ziele im Jemen

Die VAE sind Teil des saudischen Bündnisses, verfolgen jedoch ihre eigenen Interessen und haben ihre eigenen Verbündeten. Sie unterstützen nicht den „international anerkannten“ Präsidenten Hadi, sondern arbeiten mit Gruppen zusammen, die für eine Abspaltung des Südens eintreten. Für die VAE ist die Kontrolle über den Hafen von Aden die Motivation, das Blutvergießen fortzusetzen. Aden ist für sie eine natürliche Erweiterung zum Hafen von Dubai, eine Erweiterung, die ihnen einfachen Zugang zum Indischen Ozean ermöglicht und das Nadelöhr der Straße von Hormus umgeht.
Die VAE unterhalten in Aden und auf einem Militärflugplatz weiter im Osten eigene geheime Foltergefängnisse.

Die Sicherheitskräfte, die von den VAE aufgebaut wurden, sind so mächtig, dass die Geheimgefängnisse von der offiziellen Regierung nicht kontrolliert werden können.

https://www.unsere-zeit.de/de/5029/internationale_politik/8951

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Unprecedented initiative. Did the "war forbidden months" stop the war in Yemen?

After more than three years of bloody war, which is about to turn Yemen into Ashes, Arab intellectuals have launched an appeal to stop the bleeding, which has set up the unity of lead and violence in the happy Yemen.

The intellectuals called on the people of Yemen and the various parties involved in the war to come down from the top of the tree and immediately stop all military operations, but the war tree continues to be the fruit of Yemen once again.

The Arab intellectuals called on all the parties of the Yemeni equation to make a decision that is inevitable and necessary and should not be delayed by stopping the war and launching a "three-month truce, in which the international, regional and Arab efforts and the Yemeni national forces, which seek to end the conflict and find a formula for consensus, are being responded to." Through dialogue».

The list of signatories to the appeal included a group of intellectuals from Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Morocco, the Sultanate of Oman, Algeria and Tunisia.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100338

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Film: Children speaking about the war

https://twitter.com/abcdaee198/status/1019683414344167424

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Why Saudi Arabia and ‘Little Sparta’ Still Can’t Defeat Iran in Yemen

The kingdom and the UAE are both modern military powerhouses, spending billions on arms every year, yet are being thwarted by a group of guerrilla fighters

In the annual U.S. News & World Report “Power Rankings” that came out last week, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were ranked the ninth and 10th most powerful countries in the world, respectively. Yet these two military powers are currently embroiled in the fourth year of conflict in one of the world’s poorest countries, Yemen, against Iran-backed rebels whom they just can’t seem to defeat.

The Saudi and UAE militaries are two of the best funded and equipped in the world. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Saudi Arabia even surpassed Russia in 2017 with the world’s third-largest military expenditure, totalling $69.4 billion. The think tank also ranked Saudi Arabia as the second-largest importer of weapons in both 2015 and 2016, noting that such imports have increased by over 200 percent in the past six years.

However, the limitations of the Saudi military are well-known. Despite its massive budget and arms purchases, it suffers from a lack of experience, a reliance on U.S. refueling and resupplying, and from a human capital issue.

“They haven’t fought a war since 1991,” says Dr. Yoel Guzansky, a senior researcher at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies

Guzansky notes that in Yemen it is actually the UAE, and not the Saudis, doing the heavy lifting. The Saudis are primarily providing aerial support, he says, while the UAE has actual troops on the ground – albeit many of them mercenaries from countries like Sudan – constituting a fighting force to be reckoned with.

The UAE, like the Saudis, is extremely well equipped with the most advanced weapons systems, purchased with its enormous financial resources.

The Saudi military has a highly centralized operational structure, a feature common in many nondemocratic countries, where command and loyalty come from the top.

The ineffectiveness of the military mirrors deeper issues in Saudi society in general – particularly those involving the economy. The United States has been helping to equip and train Saudi armed forces since U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdulaziz Al Saud struck an oil-for-security alliance in 1945.

As a result, the Arab coalition’s inability to win or even to advance in Yemen has a two-pronged diagnosis – By Alexander Griffing

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-why-saudi-arabia-and-little-sparta-still-can-t-defeat-iran-in-yemen-1.6273832

or https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1829768310409524

My comment: The headline is idiotic, the text of the article is quite serious. For the headline: The given answer is wrong. The real answer to the question in the headline is: Because Iran is not fighting in Yemen. Iran could be defeated in Iran, but not in Yemen, Angola, Uruguay etc.

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It’s all over for Theresa May after the invitation she just sent out

On 15 July, Theresa May’s government released a list of the interested parties it had invited to the Farnborough International Airshow.

Included on the list for the arms-dealing event was one of May’s most controversial partners: Saudi Arabia. And it’s hard to see how her premiership can survive welcoming the kingdom after its latest announcement. Because the PM’s ally just pardoned itself for any war crimes it may have committed in Yemen.

To date, the government has said the Saudi-led coalition should carry out those investigations itself. It appears content for the accused to be in charge of assessing its own guilt. And Saudi Arabia has now reached a conclusion. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will pardon all soldiers for any “military and disciplinary penalties” in relation to “some rules and disciplines” in the Yemen assault. The pardon is for all military personnel who have taken part in what Saudi Arabia calls Operation Restoring Hope, which began in April 2015 and continues today.

In short, Saudi Arabia has decided to let itself off the hook for any crimes it may be guilty of in Yemen.

Untenable

The UK claims to have one of the “most robust” regimes in place for arms sales. In that regime, it cannotgrant licences for military equipment if there’s a “clear risk” that the buyer may use it to break international law. So Saudi Arabia’s pardon makes future sales untenable on two levels.

Firstly, why would it need to pardon soldiers from “penalties” if they didn’t commit them? The pardon itself would be unnecessary if military personnel didn’t break any laws.

Furthermore, the UK government is now in the impossible position of basing its own conclusions about whether there’s a “clear risk” of violations on investigations carried out by a country that doesn’t appear to think international law applies to its own military personnel.

It’s over

May has somehow managed to defend the indefensible with these arms sales for some time now

But this new revelation will strengthen the case against arms sales to Saudi Arabia even more.

And it’s not just arms sales.

https://www.thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2018/07/17/its-all-over-for-theresa-may-after-the-invitation-she-just-sent-out/

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Ex US ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein: We tried to introduce mobile banking in 2012 to ensure military personnel received their pay and help stop theft by senior officers. It was blocked by Ali Mohsen and others.

https://twitter.com/j_feierstein/status/1019371006253830149

Haykal Bafana: See, this is the start of how it all started ending : Misguided, uncontrolled and illegal adventurism by foreign diplomats who were entirely clueless of how things are done here, and tried to impose faulty ideas. End result : #Yemen today.

It was painfully obvious by early 2014 that the' half-baked ideas and compelling ineptitude of foreign diplomats such as @j_feierstein was causing the disintegration of #Yemen's army forces. Diplomacy fueled the rise of Al Qaeda & Houthi forces.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/1019499231097344000

referring to http://blog.haykal.sg/the-yemen/39-three-years-on-reflections-on-diplomats-and-the-yemen-model from 2014.

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Yemen: UN Should Include the Issue of Torture Victims in the Mission of its Envoy to Save the Lives of Detainees

The Netherlands-based foundation for human rights in the Arab world, Rights Radar (RR), called on the United Nations to include the issue of victims of torture and detainees, in the agenda of the Special Envoy of the UN to Yemen, Martin Griffith, to save the lives of the detainees after many of them lost their life.

RR said that the deaths under torture in the detention centers of the Houthi armed group in the northern provinces, as well as in the detention centers of the forces of the United Arab Emirates in the southern and eastern provinces has escalated frighteningly during the recent period, as the number of deaths under torture in these detention centers reached 121 cases of death, since the beginning of the war in Yemen three and a half years ago.

RR strongly condemned the torture of detainees and forcibly disappeared in the detention centers of the Houthi group and the UAE forces in Yemen, which in many cases amounted to death under torture.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-20127

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The War on Yemen’s Invisible Victims

A Yemeni child dies every ten minutes from preventable causes. Each week that the war on Yemen continues and conditions remain as they are, more than one thousand children die from starvation and disease. The Saudi coalition blockade and bombing campaign are responsible for the vast majority of these deaths because they make food and medicine too expensive or unavailable for millions upon millions of Yemeni civilians impoverished by the ongoing war. Thousands of civilians have been killed directly by coalition bombs and missiles, but even more have died from the other consequences of more than three years of the indefensible war on Yemen. The U.S. and U.K. have supported this campaign from the start, and they show no signs of stopping. Our governments remain deeply complicit in the wrecking and starving of Yemen.

Yemenis perish from starvation every day, but their suffering and death remain largely invisible to the outside world. Even when the staggering numbers of people on the brink of famine make it into news reports, the severity of the crisis often does not hit home until the audience sees the bodies of small children ravaged by starvation. Guerin’s report included images of a young boy who later died because he was so severely weakened by hunger:

The U.S. aids and abets the Saudis and Emiratis in carrying out their part of that war, and it bears part of the responsibility for killing innocent Yemenis by the tens of thousands. Yemen desperately needs peace, and it is within the power of the Saudi coalition and its Western patrons to halt their part in this atrocious war. It is to their everlasting shame and discredit that they continue the war in spite of the massive suffering and loss of life that it is causing – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-war-on-yemens-invisible-victims/

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Interactive map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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Film: Why UN keeps saying only 10,000 Yemeni civilians killed all the time for 3 years now without any update although people are being killed everyday ?

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1019260744251166721

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe "Für wen ... neu ist", cp1 / Look at "Who is new", cp1

(B H)

Jemen: Humanitäre Hilfe für 22 Millionen Menschen nötig

Die Stiftung United Internet for UNICEF konnte dank der Unterstützung ihrer Spender schon mehr als 1,2 Millionen Euro zur Verfügung stellen.

Die Spenden kommen insbesondere in diesen Bereichen zum Einsatz:

Trotz aller Bemühungen braucht der Jemen weiter humanitäre Hilfe. Die Kämpfe zwischen Rebellen- und Regierungstruppen dauern nach wie vor an, ein baldiger Frieden ist nicht in Sicht.

Die Stiftung United Internet for UNICEF möchte ihren Spendern an dieser Stelle nochmals von Herzen für die großartige Unterstützung danken. Jeder Beitrag zählt für die Kinder im Jemen (Fotos)

https://web.de/magazine/unicef/jemen-humanitaere-hilfe-22-millionen-menschen-noetig-33075388

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Families sitting or sleeping outside hospitals: hospitals are crowded or families have no money to take patients inside. Such scenes aren't reported. WHO #Yemen: over 16mn Yemenis, over half population, lack access to adequate healthcare. Less than 50% of hospitals are functional

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1019900374654824448

(A H)

UN Development Programme: UNDP conducts Community Protection workshops to help conflict-affected neighborhoods heal and recover in Aden, Yemen

UNDP Yemen, in partnership with Oxfam, is conducting a series of Community Protection workshop for 300 beneficiaries from the targeted districts of Craiter, Attawahi and Mualla in Aden with the funding support from Government of Japan.

The sessions run from July 4th to 19th, 2018. They are expected to enhance community protection mechanisms empower those who have been through traumatic experiences during and after the 2015 war and its devastating psychosocial impacts on the lives and relationships of the communities in Aden. Youth participants identify the behavior, influences and prejudices that negatively impact their neighborhood and devise mechanisms to protect their community from future shocks.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/undp-conducts-community-protection-workshops-help-conflict-affected-neighborhoods-heal

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Film: Yemen war: What life is like for children in the country

Ramzi is 11 and has become the man of the house after his father was killed in a Saudi airstrike.

He spends his days collecting water for his family.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-44866075/yemen-war-what-life-is-like-for-children-in-the-country = https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-44866075/yemen-war-what-life-is-like-for-children-in-the-country = https://www.msn.com/en-au/money/video/growing-up-in-war-torn-yemen/vi-AAAeJlV

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Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXUyHU00_h4 Saudi-UAE coalition offensive against Houthi rebels has displaced tens of thousands of families, depriving a generation of Yemen students of their education.

In the middle of the biggest battle in Yemen's three-year war, students in Hodeidah are trying to prepare for their exams.

Many families have fled the fighting and are taking their exams in a different city, but those who remain struggle through inconsistent electricity, intense heat and the risk of death to attend their classes.

The UN has warned that more than 2,500 schools in Yemen are out of use and more than two million children have dropped out of school.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/battle-hodeidah-robbing-yemens-students-futures-180718123406733.html = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXUyHU00_h4

(A H)

Film: Meet Aziza, a fisherwoman from #Yemen who was able to triple her daily income from fishing thanks to a World Bank #IDA project with @UNDPYEMEN & @SMEPSYEMEN that provided her with a brand new boat engine

https://twitter.com/WorldBankMENA/status/1018889382890299392

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#UNICEF said that it has during the first half of 2018, rehabilitated a total of 131 public #schools, destroyed as a result of the conflict, (more in progress), allowing over 125,000 #children to access #education.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1019356848774963201

My comment: Creating new targets for a second term of Saudi coalition’s air raids?

(A H)

Monareliefye.org delivers shelter items to IDPs fled from Hodeidah funded by Kuwaiti donors

July 17, 2018

Monareliefye.org delivered today blankets and beds to families fled from #Hodeidah in western #Yemen to the capital Sana'a.
Our project to be continued tomorrow was funded by our donors in #Kuwait.
Thanks to all our donors. #monarelief (photos)

https://www.monareliefye.org/single-post/2018/07/17/Monareliefyeorg-delivers-shelter-items-to-IDPs-fled-from-Hodeidah-funded-by-Kuwaiti-donors

and on second day: https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1019600283658326016 (photos)

(B H)

CARE: Hodeidah Update: “The urgent need for peace in Yemen needs to be the main focus.”

“People are afraid. They are fleeing their houses, trying to find a safe space for themselves and their families elsewhere. In Hajjah, where I am working, more and more people are arriving. We are working around the clock. The situation is very worrying situation“, says Bushra Aldukhainah, CARE Area Manager in Hajjah. In total, more than 200,000 people have fled Hodeidah.

“At this point the urgent need for peace in Yemen needs to be the main focus. Only peace can save the country from facing the worst humanitarian disaster ever”, says Johan Mooij CARE Country Director in Yemen. “We urgently need more funding to respond to the increasing number of people in need who have been displaced from Hodeida, while at the same time meeting the needs of the already most vulnerable communities.”

https://www.care-international.org/news/stories-blogs/hodeidah-update-the-urgent-need-for-peace-in-yemen-needs-to-be-the-main-focus

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This child lives in Aslam village of Hajjeh.He is suffering from severe acute malnutrition.His family wasn't able to take him to the hospital bc they have no money to do so. So, they resorted to using fire to heal him as that a traditional way to treat diseases in the area

I'm so sorry to tell that Murad has died today in Aslam village of #Hajjeh in northern #Yemen. His brother had died last month as they both were suffering from severe acute malnutrition. For how long we will keep reporting about children dying from hunger in #Yemen. Shame

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1018911754708021249

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Boat with 160 African migrants reportedly capsizes off Yemen

Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders say a boat carrying more than 160 African migrants has capsized off the southern province of Shabwa. It is not immediately clear if there have been any fatalities or if any migrants have been rescued.

The authorities and tribal leaders said Thursday that the boat departed from the port of Bosaso in Somalia carrying 100 Somalis and 60 Ethiopians, including women and children.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/boat-with-160-african-migrants-reportedly-capsizes-off-yemen/2018/07/19/280129e4-8b9e-11e8-9d59-dccc2c0cabcf_story.html

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Relief and Development Peer Foundation: Protection Needs Assessment Report in Ash Shamayatayn district, Taizz Governorate - July 2018

RDP conducted the Protection Needs Assessment (PNA) in two sub-districts (As Safaya’a and Duba’a Al- Dakhl) located in Ash Shamayatayn district, Taizz Governorate.

The purpose of the Protection Needs Assessment is to:
Determine the current situation of IDPs protection in Ash Shamatayan district.
Find out the causes behind a great level of negative protection impacts in the two sub districts.

Because of the current forgotten flaming war, Yemen has become one of the world’s largest protection crises.

The intensification of the conflict since November has resulted in alarming levels of civilian impact including high level of casualties and additional displacements. Including psychosocial support tailored to adults, children and GBV survivors, as well as other critical protection services such as legal assistance, family tracing and reunification, case management, survivor’s assistance, referral pathway and multi-sectorial GBV response, as well as cash assistance to address and remedy specific protection incidents or situations. Community-based protection is a core pillar of the response, including the establishment of community centers, which may include IDP centers, child-friendly spaces, safe spaces for women and girls and a variety of community protection initiatives ranging from awareness mine risk education with clearance (and survey), removal and disposal of landmines, Unexploded Ordnance (UXOs) and Abandoned Explosive Ordnance (AXOs), particularly in return locations.

The conflict and violence engulfed the country in a vast protection crisis in which millions of people faced tremendous threats to their safety and wellbeing, and the most vulnerable struggled to survive.

Forced displacement and returns conflict continued to be the main driver of displacement. Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, more than 3 million people were displaced within Yemen, including 2 million who remained displaced by the end of 2017.

This Protection Needs Assessment (PNA) report includes the results and findings of the data analysis, using the (PC In-Depth HH Level Protection Monitoring Tool), methodology of the assessment, key findings and recommendations.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/protection-needs-assessment-report-ash-shamayatayn-district-taizz-governorate-july-2018

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Korea seeks to ease concerns on Yemeni asylum seekers, play responsible role: minister

South Korea's justice minister said Thursday that the government will study ways to ease public concerns about the sudden inflows of Yemeni asylum seekers while doing its duty as a signatory to the U.N. convention on refugees.

In recent months, more than 500 Yemenis arrived on South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju and sought asylum. The move sparked concerns about possible bogus claimants seeking economic advantages and led the government to ban them from leaving the island for other areas pending reviews of their refugee applications.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2018/07/19/0200000000AEN20180719006700315.html

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: UNHCR Yemen Situation: 2018 Funding Update (as of 17 July 2018)

64 % funded (US$ 75.2 million; gap: 41.6 million)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unhcr-yemen-situation-2018-funding-update-17-july-2018

My comment: Just for comparing: Saudi Arabis spends about US$ 200 million just for its aerial war against Yemen – every day.

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28.000 Anträge auf Familienzusammenführung

Nach der Aussetzung des Familiennachzugs dürfen Flüchtlinge mit subsidiärem Status ihre Angehörigen ab August wieder nach Deutschland holen. Der Nachzug für Flüchtlinge mit regulärem Schutzstatus sinkt dagegen.

2018 wurden für Angehörige von Flüchtlingen aus den Hauptherkunftsländern Syrien, Irak, Afghanistan, Iran, Eritrea und Jemen nach Angaben des Auswärtigen Amts 18.451 Visa erteilt. Das sind deutlich weniger als im Vergleichszeitraum des Vorjahres.

https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/familiennachzug-28-000-antraege-auf-familienzusammenfuehrung/22808572.html

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A P)

The #Houthis have shut down al-Nahdah #Swimming Pool and Recreational Resort in the capital #Sanaa under the pretext that its owner has refused to pay war efforts.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1020032250115706880

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Good news: Houthi militia didn't execute Baha'i leader, Hamed Haydara. But the Baha'i community #Yemen is still persecuted, Yemeni Initiative to Defend Rights of Baha'i says. A Houthi militia court sentenced Haydara to death for his beliefs and alleged links to Israel in January.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1020035869833670657

(A P)

President hopes for Russia's role in stopping the aggression on #Yemen

President of the Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat, today expressed his hope that #Russia would have a prominent role in stopping the aggression and lifting the siege on Yemen.

This came in the president's letter he sent to the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, within the framework of strengthening bilateral relations with friendly countries.

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

(A)

Four dead from one family in clashes between tribal gunmen in central Yemen

Four people were killed, and two others injured Wednesday after clashes erupted between tribal gunmen in the district of Naderah, Ibb province, central Yemen.

as a result of a disagreement over a plot of land.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100329

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Yemen: Houthi Militias Abduct 55 Dhamar Locals, Including Children

Iranian-backed Houthi militias stormed Yemen’s al-Qadm village, in the district of Atma west of Dhamar province, where they abducted some 55 people, including children under the age of 12.
The captives were transferred from the Houthi-run central prison to unknown locations.
Atma locals said that they do not know the whereabouts of their captive children and that Houthi militias bear full responsibility for their fate.
Atma witnessed a state of tension and conflict since battles for the country’s western coastal Hodeidah province erupted.
The first anti-Houthi popular movement, led by Sheikh Abdulwahab Muawadah, sprung from Atma in 2015. Muawadah later joined the internationally-recognized government in Aden.
According to Muawadah, popular resistance leader in Dhamar, the campaign of arrests came after villagers rejected Houthi requests to recruit children and dispatch them to west coast battlefronts.
Their rejection forced the Houthis to bring in military troops to forcefully recruit the children, leading to armed clashes that left one militant dead. The Houthis brought in reinforcements to cordon off some of the Atma villages and carry out a wave of arrests.
Muawadah told Asharq Al-Awsat that the militias kidnapped 55 citizens in Atma, burned three houses, destroyed many farms and looted private property.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1335411/yemen-houthi-militias-abduct-55-dhamar-locals-including-children

My comment: Earlier reporting (41 people abducted) in YPR 434, cp5. – This article here is by a Saudi news site and thus biased anti-Houthi.

(A P)

The Parliament in its meeting on Tuesday, hailed the legislative achievements have been achieved in the field of public health and population in Yemen.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news502273.htm

My comment: Parliament is still working: but is the quorum still met?

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Seven Houthis Killed in Tribal Clash in Yemen

At least seven Houthi rebels were killed and some injured Tuesday in a clash between Houthi rebels and relatives of a tribal leader in Yemen.

Houthi rebels attacked tribal leader Sadiq al-Qadi's house in southwestern Ibb province for an unspecified reason, according to the Yemeni army’s September Net website.

Following the clash, the rebels launched a bomb attack on the house after Qadi's wife, children and escorts abandoned it.

https://www.albawaba.com/news/seven-houthis-killed-tribal-clash-yemen-1160844

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The Houthi blowing up a house in Ibb after trying to kidnap a social figure

The al-Houthi militia blew up a social figure in Ibb province, central Yemen, on Tuesday after clashes erupted with citizens.

The al-Houthi militia tried to kidnap a prominent member of the Sabra Directorate in the province of Ibb, "Sadiq al-Qadi", and killed one of his relatives while inquiring about the reason of kidnapping, a local source told Almasdar source.

The source explained that the relatives of the deceased, in the area of "Amlah" isolation of Alakhlood , who clashed among the social character of the "Alqadi and his sons" against Houthis and the clashes expanded in the village.

According to the source, one of the al-qadi ' escorts, six from the Houthi, including a leader, were killed and four others were injured from the al-Houthi gunmen.

The source told the Almasdar that the al-Houthi militia subsequently detonated the house of "Al qadi" and managed to flee to the Murais district of al-Dali ' Governorate.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100290

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

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A security official survived the assassination attempt on northern Taiz.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100342

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Security Belt of Al-Mahfed Attack a Den of Al-Qaeda and Dismantle Landmines and Explosives Implanted by Terrorists on the Public Road of Dika

http://en.smanews.org/security-belt-of-al-mahfed-attack-a-den-of-al-qaeda-and-dismantle-landmines-and-explosives-implanted-by-terrorists-on-the-public-road-of-dika

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Second police officer killed in 1 week in Yemen’s Aden

A senior police officer in Yemen’s southern Aden province was killed by unknown gunmen in the second assassination of its kind in one week, a local security source has told Anadolu Agency.

According to the source, who spoke anonymously due to restrictions on speaking to media, Seif Ahmed Ali al-Dalei was shot dead while in his car on the road between Aden’s Al-Buraiqeh and Al-Mansoura directorates.

A police colonel, Al-Dalei had worked at a police prison in the latter directorate.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/second-police-officer-killed-in-1-week-in-yemen-s-aden/1208482

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Imam of the Al Adel Mosque in the city of Einma survived an assassination attempt. Witnesses said an explosive device exploded in the car of Sheikh Ali Bawazeer, without causing casualties.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100334

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Locals: UAE officers are continuing to buy pieces of land including ones that must not be sold on #Socotra_Island, one of the world's nature reserves, as UAE Govt is continuing to grant nationality to Socotri people. This Gulf country must be kicked out of #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1019894630656036864

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The security authorities in Aden release the leader of the Islah Party "Nidal Bahawirth "

The security authorities in the southern city of Aden, the interim capital of the country, released on Wednesday the leadership of the Islah Party, Nidal Bahawirth, four months after his arrest and forcible concealment.

A security source for Almasdar said that the security authorities led by the Director of security Saiea Shallal, which had released Bahawirth from the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department, after his fate had remained unknown for the duration of his detention.

The ISlah leader has not been charged since his arrest.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100317

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Bomb Strikes Convoy of Yemeni Vice-President, 1 Military Officer Killed

A senior military officer was killed on Wednesday when the convoy of Yemeni Vice-President Ali Mohsen Saleh struck a roadside bomb in the eastern city of Marib, according to a local military source.

Brigadier-General Mohamed Saleh al-Ahmar was killed and several other people were injured in the attack in Al-Ruwaik area in northeastern Marib, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.

The Yemeni Vice-President was unhurt in the attack, he said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

https://www.albawaba.com/news/bomb-strikes-convoy-yemeni-vice-president-1-military-officer-killed-1161590

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/1019578213368987648

Remark: Reports differ, see the following two reports:

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The killing of Brigadier Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar in a missile blast

The Yemeni military attache in Bahrain, Brigadier General Mohammed Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar, was killed Wednesday in a missile explosion in Marib Governorate.

A source for the " Almasdar online" said that a shell that exploded with Al Ahmar , while on a training mission, on Wednesday afternoon.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100321

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Military Attaché to #Bahrain Brigadier General Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmer was killed in an explosion of an a shell in one of the military training camps in #Marib province, as government sources deny convey of vice Pre was targeted by #Houthis.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1019666757987065856

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An official of a popular neighborhood in the city of Aden was assassinated by unknown gunmen

A senior district official in Aden, southern Yemen, was assassinated on Tuesday night by unknown gunmen in a third incident in less than 12 hours.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a person named "Abdel Razaq Al Haj", a supervisor of central Qat market in Sheikh Othman, a local source told the Almasdar online.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100310

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Al Qaeda militants are bombing a security camp at AL mahfad – Abyan

Al-Qaeda gunmen bombed a camp of security forces in the southern province of Abyan on Wednesday.

The Information Centre of the security belt, in its Facebook page, said that the organization's elements shelled the rapid intervention camp in the security belt, = Al-mahfad sector.

He added that the troops at the camp had responded to the source of the missile launch, deployed in the area and in the city of al-Mahfad.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100315

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Local media & pro-#AQAP wires are reporting that #alQaeda in #Yemen launched mortars this morning at a military camp for #UAE-backed Security Belt Rapid Reaction Forces in al-Mahfad, Abyan. No formal AQAP claim yet.

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1019520432964358145

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The Transitional Political Council for the South (STC) spokesperson stated that the STC rejects the presence of northern military forces in Yemen’s southern governorates on July 17. Northern forces refers to forces aligned with Tariq Saleh and President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The spokesperson reiterated that STC-aligned forces are ready to fight for their liberation.[1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-19-2018

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Tensions between North & South may be increasing again in #Yemen. Southern Transition Council spokesman confirms rejection of any northern military presence in former South. Also tonight, al-Dali' resistance reportedly detained 44 Republican Guard members on their way to #Aden (images)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1019310155182338054

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UAE-backed south ‘reject’ northern military presence

The Southern Separatist forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates, have launched a campaign to reject Yemen’s northern forces in southern Yemen, the Southern Transitional Council (STC) announced yesterday.

The Southern Separatist Forces launched a campaign to “reject the presence of any northern military forces in the south,” a demand which traces back to 1990 according to the STC. The STC claim that the position was clarified to the United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, who is attempting to bring peace to Yemen by negotiating with all parties to the conflict.

UAE-backed Southern Separatist Forces joined in a military alliance with President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on the west coast of Yemen in December 2017. The objective was to retake the strategic port city of Hudaydah and the capital Sana’a from Houthi control. However, the UAE-backed political council has not said whether or not it will continue the alliance.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180718-uae-backed-south-reject-northern-military-presence/

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Armed men in the Al dhale’a stopping soldiers on their way to Aden to join the forces of Tariq Saleh

Gunmen following a so-called Southern movement in dhale’a arrested soldiers on their way to join the Tariq Saleh troops in Aden on Tuesday.

The gunmen subjected the detained soldiers to interrogation and said their leadership coordinated with the leaders of the southern movement in Aden as well as with the commander of the security Belt forces in the involved, according to the leader of the southern movement in Al-Dali governorate, Abdel-Sgt. Al-Jaadi, "44 soldiers were arrested on their way to Aden returned to join a camp run by Tariq Saleh in a Mercedes truck. "

It is reported that militants of the southern movement in Al Daleaa have previously arrested Tariq Saleh fighters more than once while passing through the governorate of Aldali, heading to Aden, but they are released later and allowed to pass.

Tariq Saleh attracts fighters who were in the strength of the Republican Guard, special forces and other tribal gunmen loyal to the family of former president Saleh to include them in camps set up in Aden under the supervision of the United Arab Emirates forces and to join them in the West Coast front, where its forces are involved in the armed confrontation against Al-Houthi militias.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100312

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Al-Bu Hur Declares Solidarity with Abu Yamama and Asserts that Shabwa Elites with the Security Belt will Fight Against Any Northern Military Existence in the South

Colonel Mohamed Salem Al-Bu Hur, commander of Azzan axis of Shabwa Elites, declared solidarity with brigadier Muneer Al-Yafai (Abu Yamama), commander of the first brigade backup and support.
Al-Bu Hur said: “We assert our solidarity with the rightful cause of our southern people and brigadier Muneer Al-Yafai (Abu Yamama), commander of the first brigade backup and support”.
Al-Bu Hur asserted his refusal of the existence of any northern military troops, terrorist bands or organizations indicating that southern troops of Shabwa Elites will stand side by side with security belt troops and southern resistance against any northern military existence.

http://en.smanews.org/al-bu-hur-declares-solidarity-with-abu-yamama-and-asserts-that-shabwa-elites-with-the-security-belt-will-fight-against-any-northern-military-existence-in-the-south

My comment: Separatists and pro-separatist militia do not want any northern Yemeni troops in southern Yemen, and thus are causing more troubles for president Hadi.

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UAE Abducts Yemeni Girls for Rape in Aden, Silences Media Coverage

Two Yemeni girls, aged less than 20 years, were kidnapped and raped by security forces in the #UAE last week, and their parents were threatened with verbal threats in case they spoke to the press in two incidents highlighting the increasing phenomenon of girls being kidnapped in #Aden.
Moreover, YemenExtra received reports that the UAE forces are running a network of security forces loyal to them that kidnap girls and present them to UAE officers.
Media sources in Aden quoted a woman named Amani Ibrahim Omar as saying her daughter was kidnapped and raped about a week ago by recruits from the Dar Saad police, run by security forces loyal to the UAE.

The newspaper “Aden Tomorrow” mentioned that the citizen Amani Omar complained that a member of the police department of Dar Saad manipulated the issue of her daughter’s abduction and raped her later on.
Ibrahim said in her complaint that her daughter was kidnapped by a police officer in Dar Saad, where he took her home more than a week ago and there is where he raped her.

The kidnapping of girls in Aden has escalated dramatically during the past period and turned into a serious phenomenon, while local sources in Aden revealed in a report to Yemen Extra that the UAE forces are running a network of security elements that abduct girls, especially those under the age of 20.

Then they are to be raped by UAE officers while local security officials bear responsibility and are charged alone for being responsible for kidnapping and rape if any case reaches the media.

The sources added that there are dozens of cases not spoken of by the families of victims, most of whom refrain from communicating with the media because of fear of scandal and also because of threats by the security forces of the UAE for the parents of girls and activists who adopt their cases, noting that a number of activists disappeared after speaking on social media about abductions and the rape of girls, which ended up in secret prisons run by the Emirates in Aden.

http://www.yemenextra.net/2018/07/17/uae-abducts-yemeni-girls-for-rape-in-aden-silences-media-coverage/ = https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.963391330380564.1073741829.961126490607048/1828786810507674/?type=3

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Tense times recently in east #Yemen's #Mahra, so it's great to see positive steps to bring Mahris together for a 3 day festival celebrating their culture & heritage in August. All 9 provinces, deserts & coast, will take part. Organised by Mahra Coordination Council & @MahraYouth (images)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1019516471268044800

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AN UNEXPECTED DEFEAT OF ALLIANCE: AL-MAHRA TRIBES FORCE SAUDI AND EMIRATI FORCES TO WITHDRAW

The tribal movement in the eastern province of al-Mahrah, that is located on the border with the Sultanate of #Oman, achieved an unexpected success and forced #SaudiArabia and the #UAE to reduce their military presence in the province, which remained far from the war and its effects for about three years before the situation changed and was intervened by Saudi and Emirati forces for geopolitical purposes, and other purposes concern of annoying #Amman, which has taken a neutral stance on the war on #Yemen, has upset the coalition countries.
More than a month ago, an open tribal sit-in took place in which hundreds of sheikhs and dignitaries participated in al-Mahrah province, rejecting the military presence of the UAE and Saudi Arabia and the militarization of airports and crossings.

Al-Harizi added that Saudi Arabia should respect the sovereignty of al-Mahrah and do not repeat what happened.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to several reports, seek through its presence in al-Mahrah to lead movements to harass Oman in response to its neutral stance related to the war on Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has already begun procedures to build an oil pipeline through the province, including the Arabian Sea, which is considered as one of the most important geopolitical goals of the Saudi presence in al-Mahrah.

http://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/unexpected-defeat-of-alliance-al-mahra-tribes-force-saudi-and-emirati-forces-to-withdraw/ = https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.963391330380564.1073741829.961126490607048/1829066667146355/?type=3

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In an Interview with Sputnik, Ben Brik Identifies Goals of the Southern National Assembly

What are the legal bases of the first round of the southern national assembly?

The first round of the national assembly of the southern transitional council is one of the political rights of the southern person after his major sacrifices in defeating the sectarian coup of conquering gangs. 99% percent of the southern territories are liberated and General Aidarous Al-Zubaidi was delegated to restore the independent southern state.

What are the expected outcomes of these meetings and how will they be enforced on the ground?

During the first round, we discussed current laws and legislations that don’t fit with our reality with all negative aspects in it. A legislative and constitutional commission was formed to decide on upcoming laws and constitution of the country, to be ready when we achieve the goal of independent state and to avoid any miss or delay. When we reach this point laws and legislations will be put to referendum after discussing them.

What does it mean to you that the national assembly is categorized as “shadow parliament”?

All organizations formed by the southern transitional council are public organizations and infrastructure of the upcoming state in a peaceful democratic way. It is ready to function officially in case of any sudden collapse of the state. Our friends advised us to prepare such organizations, laws and legislations to avoid any miss, legal or legislative vacancy. This meeting is a clear message to everyone.

What is the nature of conflicts between you and president Hady?

We have no conflicts with president Hady currently.

The southern equation is very complex… you are talking about an independent state and at the same time support the Arab Coalition, while the Arab Coalition is talking about Yemeni Union. Would you explain this to us?

You should know that Al-Houthi coup against legitimacy forced a de facto status supported by part of international powers. At the same time, Yemeni government has the desire to negotiate with them. the south and the southern transitional council stands for the legitimacy and president Hady. We support the coalition against Al-Houthis and restored legitimacy. Nevertheless, no one recognizes our cause. This is illogic. We only demand our legitimate right that we fought for since 1994 and sacrificed for it thousands of victims.

http://en.smanews.org/in-an-interview-with-sputnik-ben-brik-identifies-goals-of-the-southern-national-assembly

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UAE rejects Amnesty International report as diplomatic drive stalls in Yemen

Many southern Yemenis say they are exploited by leaders in the north, mainly by the associates of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The United Arab Emirates emphatically rejected an Amnesty International report accusing Abu Dhabi of “serious violations” in “secret prisons” in Yemen.

The Amnesty International (AI) report alleges that the UAE, along with allied Yemeni forces, tortured detainees in prisons in southern Yemen. AI called for a war crimes investigation.

“The report is politically motivated to undermine its efforts as part of the Arab Coalition to support the Yemeni government,” the UAE government said in an official statement.

“The UAE does not manage or run prisons in Yemen. Prisons in Yemen are under Yemeni authority and fall under the jurisdiction of the country’s institutions. As such, the UAE has urged the Yemeni government to conduct an independent investigation into the matter and continues to follow up with the Yemeni government on this front,” the statement said.

The UAE also said it had facilitated visits to Yemeni prisons in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The AI report was preceded by a call by Yemeni Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maysari for the UAE to close or hand over prisons it runs in the south.

However, some analysts say the issue has more to do with the UAE’s support for Yemen’s southern separatists, officially known as Southern Transitional Council (STC), which has a history of being hostile to the Yemeni government.

https://thearabweekly.com/uae-rejects-amnesty-international-report-diplomatic-drive-stalls-yemen

My comment: This denial already had been reported earlier. The proofs that Amnesty is right are serious. The UAE does not sound convincing at all. Even the Hadi government ask to get these prisons under its control.

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Militants attempted to assassinate an Islah party leader in Aden city on July 17. The Islah party is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Southern political actors and militias have targeted Islah officials and institutions several times in the past. Militants also detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting the head of a local charity’s al Dhaleh branch outside of a bank in al Mualla district, Aden city on July 17.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-17-2018

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#Yemen: Yet more assassination attempts on religious leaders in #Aden today: 1/ An #Islah leader, Sadiq Ahmad, & colleague were shot & injured by unknown gunmen in al-Qalwa'a district 2/ Head of al-Dali' branch of Jam'iyyat al-Hikma survived car bomb in al-Mu'alla district

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1019253369473519618

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Islah member and escort injured in assassination attempt in Aden

A leading member of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) party in the interim capital Aden was wounded Tuesday morning with one of his escorts in an assassination attempt against them in the Qalou'a district west of the city.

Unidentified gunmen on two cars carried out a drive-by shooting on Sadeq Ahmed and his escort wounding him and another person in his company. Both men are seriously injured. Ahmed was going to work when the incident happened.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-20128

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A leader in islah party leader survives and attempt on his life

A leader of the Islah Party survived an assassination attempt on Tuesday by masked gunmen in the Tawahi district of Aden, the temporary capital of the southern part of the country, a source said.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100286

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Look at cp1b2

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Where to? Saudi UN talks on Yemen and French ambassador meets Al-Houthi in Sana'a

The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Washington, Prince Khalid bin Salman, held talks with the UN envoy to Yemen, British Martin Griffith, and French ambassador to Yemen Christian Tiesto held meetings with Al-Houthi in Sana'a.

Reuters quoted sources as reporting that French officials hoped to use the talks to persuade the al-Houthi group to fully support the UN plan and stop the attack on the port of Hodeidah (western Yemen).

In his meeting with the UN envoy, Ben Salman renewed the kingdom's support for the efforts of a political solution in Yemen based on UN Security Council Resolution No. 2216, and "his country's commitment to UN initiatives in Yemen despite the obstruction by Iran's al-Houthi terrorist militia of peace efforts in Yemen."

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100339

My comment: To put it right: The Saudi ambassador by no means “renewed the kingdom's support for the efforts of a political solution in Yemen“, but just reiterated the Saudi coalitions preconditions („based on UN Security Council Resolution No. 2216“). – „reporting that French officials hoped to use the talks to persuade the al-Houthi group to fully support the UN plan and stop the attack on the port of Hodeidah“: ????? The Houthis are attacking Hodeidah and should be persuaded to stop this????

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France Tries to Persuade Militias with Griffiths' Plan

The Houthi group renewed its rejection to hand over Hodeida and its port and to withdraw from the remaining ports and regions of the western coast, at a time when France's ambassador to Yemen Christian Tetsot arrived in Sanaa to pressure the group to approve a plan proposed by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.
The arrival of the French ambassador coincided with statements made by Abdulmalik al-Houthi, leader of Houthis. During their meeting, Houthi leaders and Testot focused on the consequences of the humanitarian condition in the country, while hinting at the human rights aspect in an attempt to influence the French stance regarding the Yemeni crisis.
The Houthis exploited the announced truce by the legit forces and the supporting coalition by continuing to mobilize thousands of followers to the western coast.
The Houthi sources quoted the French ambassador as saying that the purpose behind the visit is to clarify the standpoint of Paris towards the Yemeni cause. The French stance believes that there is no military solution for the crisis and urges a political negotiation process towards forming a national unity government.
Sources close to the matter told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Houthi foreign minister and his deputy had informed the ambassador that the offer made by the group had already been submitted to UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths during his visit to Sanaa, and that the complete withdrawal from Hodeidah and its harbor and from the west coast was out of the question, with it being a matter of life or death.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1336506/france-tries-persuade-militias-griffiths-plan

My comment: By a Saudi news site. What really is the Griffith plan? Certainly it’s not the preconditions of the Saudi coalition and the Hadi government, th claim that the Houthis should withdraw from the coastline -as this article seems to suggest us. – Why this article incriminates the Houthis for mobilizing followers to the West coast? The anti-Houthi UAE-backed militia do exactly the same, and supporters openly boast about it.

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PM welcomes any French role to end humanitarian tragedy in Yemen

Prime Minister Dr. Abdulaziz bin Habtoor on Thursday welcomed any French role to end the humanitarian tragedy the Yemeni people are experiencing for the fourth year in row due the continued aggression and siege.
This came during the meeting of the prime minister with the French ambassador to Yemen, Christian Testot, who is currently visiting Sanaa.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news502483.htm

Remark: By the Houthi government at Sanaa.

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UAE’s Reem Al Hashimy: Solution in Hodeidah could lead to final settlement in Yemen

Her comments came after meeting with UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in Washington

UAE Minister of State for International Co-operation Reem Al Hashimy held talks in Washington with UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths on Wednesday, as efforts intensified to find a political solution for the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, which she said could provide “an opening” for a larger settlement to the Yemen war.

Improving the humanitarian situation, facilitating the handover of Hodeidah to the government forces in Yemen, and implementing UN resolution 2216 are the focus of the talks.

Speaking at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, Ms Al Hashimy said her visit to Washington was to "primarily speak to relevant stakeholders about current humanitarian situation in Yemen, and what the UAE is doing to improve it".

“The continuous hemorrhage is appalling” she said.

Addressing her meeting with Mr Griffiths, the senior Emirati official said: “we are very keen on the special envoy role to put forward a peace plan for Yemen.”

“We feel he is onto something that may help us to develop a framework that would help Yemen as a whole,” she continued.

Asked by The National about Mr Griffiths efforts, Ms Al Hashimy said that the Arab coalition is asking “for complete unconditional withdrawal for the Houthis from the Hodeidah port and the city.” If such an outcome is achieved, it could provide “an opening” for a larger settlement to the Yemen war.

Ms Al Hashimy said “we want a stable Yemen that is not a proxy to others...that would create a Hezbollah” or “endanger international maritime security”.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/uae-s-reem-al-hashimy-solution-in-hodeidah-could-lead-to-final-settlement-in-yemen-1.751793

My comment: A lot of propaganda bubbles and crocodile tears by the side of one of the most horrible violators of Yemen: “The continuous hemorrhage is appalling”; “help us to develop a framework that would help Yemen as a whole.”; “humanitarian situation in Yemen, and what the UAE is doing to improve it".

And again: What is called here “a political solution”; “a framework that would help Yemen as a whole,” is just the Hadi government / UAE / Saudi old claims for Houthi surrender under the camouflage of “political solution”; preconditions for even the start of a political process. If really fulfilled, this nwould make any “preace process” unnecessary as the Houthis would have committed suicide by having done so. It’s the logic: Starve to death first, and afterwards, well, you also do not need any food any more.

A lie: “we want a stable Yemen that is not a proxy to others”: The Emirates want a Yemen that is a proxy to themselves.

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Hadi government Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghir announced that the Hadi government will not engage in negotiations with al Houthi movement until the al Houthi movement releases its prisoners during a July 16 meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller. Daghir also called on the UN to pressure Iran to end its support for the al Houthi movement.[1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-17-2018

My comment: New Hadi government’s preconditions in order to block peace negotiations. Which prisoners actually are menat by “Its prisoners”? – An exchange of prisoners certainly would make sense; which prisoners the Hadi government would be willing to release?

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi court expected to ask for retrial of Makkah crane collapse case

The 2015 incident resulted in the deaths of 110 people and injuries to 209 others

A group of 13 defendants who were acquitted of negligence related to a deadly crane collapse in the holy city of Makkah could have the ruling revoked, according to reports.

Saudi Gazette cited sources as saying they expect the Supreme Court to reject the acquittal and the case to return to the Summary Court in Makkah for a retrial.

The incident at the holy city’s Grand Mosque in September 2015 resulted in the deaths of 110 people and injuries to 209 others.

http://gulfbusiness.com/saudi-court-expected-ask-retrial-makkah-crane-collapse-case/

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Cabinet extols pardon for troops in Yemen operation

The Council of Ministers has commended Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for the royal pardon granted to all soldiers deployed on borders wih Yemen. The royal pardon covers all “military men” taking part in “Operation Restoring Hope”.
The weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, chaired by King Salman, appreciated the pardon recommended by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, Minister of State, Cabinet Member and Acting Minister of Media Dr. Essam Bin Saad said.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/539264/SAUDI-ARABIA/Cabinet-extols-pardon-for-troops-in-Yemen-operation

cp9 USA

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Iran-backed Yemen rebels expose limits of U.S. strategy

Iran-backed militant control over key areas of Yemen, despite a blistering assault by U.S.-backed Saudi and Emirati military forces, has sent a difficult message to Washington: Arab powers armed with American weaponry and targeting intelligence isn’t going to be enough to crush Tehran’s armed proxies around the Middle East.

The White House must grapple with this reality as it pushes Gulf Arab allies to play a central role in carrying out President Trump’s promise to confront and rein in Iranian meddling in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, regional analysts say.

The limits of Washington’s approach, some national security sources say, are clearest in Yemen, where Saudi and Emirati forces launched a relentless assault last month on the strategic port city of Hodeidah that was supposed to deal a backbreaking blow to the Iran-backed Houthi insurgency.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/19/iran-backed-yemen-rebels-expose-limits-us-strategy/

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US general 'satisfied' with UAE response to Yemen torture report

A top US general said Thursday he is "satisfied" with the United Arab Emirates' response following a report alleging human rights violations in a string of Emirati-run prisons in Yemen.

Amnesty International last week published a report calling for investigations into a network of unofficial prisons across southern Yemen where it said "egregious violations" have been committed, including enforced disappearances and torture.

The UAE has dismissed the report as politically motivated and said it does not manage or run any prisons in the war-torn country.

General Joe Votel, who heads the US Central Command that oversees US operations in the Middle East, said he had spoken to Emirati counterparts on the issue.

"I am satisfied that the appropriate investigations are underway to determine the facts associated with this," Votel told Pentagon reporters.

"We have the confidence that (the Emiratis) will continue to operate in a manner that befits their values and ours."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-general-satisfied-uae-response-yemen-torture-report-163041655.html

My comment: The reaction shows the normal US viewpoint: Our allies can torture as much as they want, as long as they tell the world they don’t do it.

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USA | Activists Call On-going Saudi-led Coalition War on Yemen a Genocide

US activists denounced the on-going Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen, which is supported by their country's administration, where they described it as "a war of genocide".
The rally was sponsored by several organizations including One Hamtramck, the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Women in Black, Peace Action of Michigan, among others.

https://www.u-news.net/en/news/10/11909/USA-%7C-Activists-Call-On-going-Saudi-led-Coalition-War-on-Yemen-a-Genocide.htm

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Given What the U.S. Has Done to the World, It Should Be Letting All Refugees In

The U.S. is slamming the door on people forcibly displaced by American interventions.

The cases are united by more than one administration's xenophobia. Much of Latin America and the Muslim world share a legacy of U.S. interventions driving the very migration now being cruelly restricted.

On the other side of the world is Yemen, one of the seven countries whose people are targeted by the travel ban — and the site of a catastrophic U.S.-backed war. We may not hear the cries of Yemeni children the way we heard those of children detained at the border. But many of them are also separated from their families here in the United States because of the travel ban.

As with Central America, the United States is committing crimes in Yemen that force millions into desperate circumstances.

The United States, therefore, is doing everything but dropping the bombs itself. But even that distinction dissolves when one remembers that the United States did bomb Yemen repeatedly using drone strikes and cruise missile attacks throughout the Obama administration.

The United States has bombed Yemenis. It is supplying the weapons for other countries to bomb Yemenis now. And, as it's doing toward Central Americans in the most callous way, it is denying Yemenis the right to enter the United States.

The beginning of accountability for those actions is letting these — and all — refugees in. But that cannot be the end. Let this time of anguish and outrage be one of a deep reckoning — with what the United States does at its borders, within them, and beyond them.

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21309/Yemen_El_Salvador_MS_13_Donald_Trump_immigration_child_separation

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HER 13-YEAR OLD SON IS IN AMERICA. SHE IS STRANDED IN DJIBOUTI. WHAT CAN A YEMENI MOTHER DO?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S travel ban put an ocean between Maleka Alafif and her 13-year-old son, Daoud. He received a visa to join his U.S. citizen father, but she was rejected under the president’s proclamation banning immigrants from seven countries – five with Muslim-majority populations, including Alafif’s native Yemen.

Alafif had pinned her last hopes on the U.S. Supreme Court. But since the court upheld the ban last month, she now despairs of ever reuniting with her husband and son.

Daoud now lives in Michigan with family friends, separated from his father who works two jobs in California and can’t take care of him. Alafif and her three older sons stay in the African nation of Djibouti, where they interviewed for visas as the U.S. embassy in Yemen had closed because of the war there.

Over a recent grainy video call between mother and son, both broke down crying. “I really miss my mother and I want to be with her,” the 13-year-old said. “I cannot bear to stay alone.”

YEMENIS IN DJIBOUTI who had a visa interview scheduled after December received a one-page sheet stating that they were ineligible for visas under the presidential proclamation, followed by two options: A waiver has not been granted, or the applicant is being considered for one.

Waivers under the travel ban are only offered if the U.S. government decides that the denial of the visa would cause undue hardship, its issuance is in the U.S. interest, and the applicant doesn’t pose a security risk. A State Department official said that at least 655 applicants were cleared for waivers from December 2017 to May 2018 worldwide.

Even if applicants receive consideration for waivers, they’re then subject to a security review that has no set time period – further extending the limbo with little hope for success.

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/17/us-travel-ban-yemen-djibouti/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp2

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Yemeni fixer granted UK visa to attend 'vital' safety training after Home Office rejection prompted outpouring of support from journalists

A fixer from Yemen who works with international journalists covering the country’s civil war has now been granted a visa to attend “vital” safety training in the UK one week after it was at first denied.

https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/yemeni-fixer-granted-uk-visa-to-attend-vital-safety-training-after-home-office-rejection-prompted-outpouring-of-support-from-journalists/

Comment: There was no reason to reject his visa in the first place

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1831708060215549

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Drone Attacks and UN Burden: Current State of Suspended Animation Cannot Last

A two-year probe by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones in London has revealed that the number of military operations facilitated by the British government in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia has been growing without any public scrutiny.

The probe suggests that the British government is complicit in killing civilians and risks being prosecuted over illegal drone operations. The major probe should do the next best thing: There are many other governments that are also directly involved in murdering innocent civilians and committing crimes against humanity that are yet to be prosecuted. These governments include many NATO members plus Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and a host of others.

In violation of International Law and UN Charter, and together with the United States, they have been launching indiscriminate military operations and drone attacks against innocent civilians or assisting each other with intelligence, personnel, money and logistics in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Gaza, and without international scrutiny. They are yet to be prosecuted for killing civilians and they are yet to be held to account in The Hague.

Worse still, drones have become a normal part of the unlawful business of gathering intelligence and murdering civilians outside of those armed conflicts, and the United Nations is not doing anything about it. This is while there is no UN authorization for the bombings of Syria and Yemen and such attacks are set to increase in the future.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970428000725

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Calls For Tighter Controls On UK Arms Exports

A committee of MPs says a new inspection regime is needed to check how British arms exports are being used.

The cross-party panel suggests monitoring would help the Government decide whether to grant export licences "as well as addressing questions around compliance and enforcement".

In a wide-ranging report, they also suggested stronger controls on arms dealers and called for the Government to spell out how Brexit would impact the licensing regime.

Anti-arms trade campaigners welcomed the MPs' recommendations, claiming the UK approved exports to countries such as Saudi Arabia with "very little oversight" about how the weapons were used.

Andrew Smith from the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), is involved in a legal battle with the Government over the use of British military exports by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. He said:

"Every year the UK Government licences hundreds of millions of pounds worth of arms to human rights abusing regimes around the world.

"There is very little oversight of how these arms are used or who they are used against. The arms sales being agreed today could be used to fuel atrocities for years to come."

https://www.forces.net/news/calls-tighter-controls-uk-arms-exports

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Films: Weapons of Mass Production

3 FILMS | 29 MIN

The price of war is every life it touches. In the United Kingdom, that includes a town of people who build fighter jets, Quaker activists determined to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and refugees caught in the middle.

https://www.topic.com/weapons-of-mass-production/weapons-of-mass-production-refugees

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Farnborough International starts today. Hidden behind its family-friendly Airshow is a government supported arms fair. #WarStartsHere

The exhibitors at Farnborough International include some of the world's largest arms companies, such as BAE Systems, Raytheon, and Elbit Systems. Items for sale include bombs, missiles, planes and drones.

Military delegations from all over the world will attend, and be given red carpet treatment by the UK government, which pours public resources into helping multinational arms companies secure deals

The UK government will be welcoming military buyers from Saudi Arabia, as BAE Systems displays the warplanes, bombs and missiles Saudi Arabia is using in the bombing of Yemen (photos)

https://twitter.com/CAATuk/status/1018761319439306753

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Studie: Deutsche Banken finanzieren den Krieg im Jemen mit

Menschenrechtsorganisationen bezichtigen deutsche Banken, den Krieg im Jemen zu finanzieren. Dabei geht es um Waffenlieferungen in den Nahen und Mittleren Osten. Einer der größten kritisierten Finanziers ist die Deutsche Bank.

Deutsche Banken und Investmentfondsgesellschaften haben zwischen 2015 und 2017 indirekt Waffenlieferungen in den Nahen und Mittleren Osten unterstützt und befördern damit insbesondere den Krieg im Jemen. Dies behaupten die Menschenrechts- und Umweltorganisationen Facing Finance und Urgewald in einer am Mittwoch vorgelegten Studie.

Demnach haben zehn von 17 untersuchten Banken und deutsche Vermögensverwalter Rüstungsfirmen gefördert, die an die Kriegsparteien im Jemen Waffen liefern. Allein mit neun Milliarden Euro sollen die Geldhäuser zwischen 2015 und 2017 über Kredite und Anleihen diese Unternehmen unter die Arme gegriffen haben.

Zu den größten der kritisierten Finanziers zählt die Studie die Deutsche Bank. Sie habe acht der zehn untersuchten Rüstungsfirmen Kredite über insgesamt 1,9 Milliarden Euro gegeben. Von der Commerzbank sollen zwischen 2015 und 2017 Kredite und Anleihen im Volumen von 1,75 Milliarden an fünf Rüstungsfirmen geflossen sein, von der Bayern-LB 825 Millionen Auch deutschen Investmentfondsfirmen hält die Studie vor, über das Halten von Anleihen, Aktien und Beteiligungen Rüstungsfirmen das Geschäft zu erleichtern. Genannt werden die Deutsche-Bank-Tochter DWS, Deka-Investment, der Fondsanbieter der Sparkassen, und Union Investment, das Pendant der Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken, sowie die Allianz.

http://www.badische-zeitung.de/wirtschaft-3/studie-deutsche-banken-finanzieren-den-krieg-im-jemen-mit--154786099.html

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Bundesregierung lässt Aufrüstung Saudi-Arabiens mit Jagdflugzeugen zu

Großbritannien liefert 48 Kampfjets vom Typ Eurofighter an die islamistische Kopf-Ab-Diktatur Saudi-Arabien, die seit Jahren im Jemen Krieg führt. Das Jagdflugzeug wird von den vier NATO-Mitgliedern Deutschland, Italien, Spanien und Großbritannien gemeinsam entwickelt. Die Absichtserklärung über den Verkauf wurde vom saudischen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman in London Anfang März unterschrieben – fast zeitgleich wie der Koalitionsvertrag von CDU, CSU und SPD in Berlin.

Die Bundesregierung will den Export des Kriegsgeräts an Riad nicht stoppen. Dabei können gemäß der getroffenen Vereinbarung im Memorandum of Understanding #1 aus dem Jahr 1986 die Eurofighter-Partnernationen durchaus eine Genehmigung der zu liefernden Rüstungsgüter versagen, sofern hinreichender Verdacht besteht, dass diese zur internen Repression oder zur sonstigen fortdauernden und systematischen Menschenrechtsverletzungen missbraucht werden.

In ihrer Antwort auf die Kleine Anfrage „Probleme mit Militär-Aufträgen - das Jagdflugzeug Eurofighter“ von Sevim Dagdelen (Drucksache 19/2962) gibt die Bundesregierung jetzt zu, dass sie etwaige Bedenken bezüglich Saudi-Arabiens als führender Nation im Jemen-Krieg, dem unter anderem schwere Verstöße gegen Kinderrechte im Zusammenhang mit Angriffen auf Schulen und Krankenhäuser vorgeworfen werden, gegenüber dem NATO-Partner Großbritannien nicht kundgetan und auch keinen Widerspruch gegen die Lieferung der Eurofighter gemeldet hat.

Es ist eine moralische Bankrotterklärung, dass die schwarz-rote Bundesregierung der geplanten Lieferung nicht widerspricht – von Sevim Dagdelen

https://www.linksfraktion.de/themen/nachrichten/detail/bundesregierung-laesst-aufruestung-saudi-arabiens-mit-jagdflugzeugen-zu/

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Siehe / Look at cp1 (Emirates)

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French envoy for Yemen meets Houthis, pushes aid effort

France’s envoy for Yemen met the leaders of the Iran-aligned Houthis in the Yemeni capital on Wednesday as part of Paris’s efforts to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the country, diplomatic and aid sources said.

“The objective of the envoy’s (Christian Testot) visit was humanitarian, to update the Houthis on the results of the June 27 experts meeting and to see what concrete results can be achieved on the ground,” a French diplomatic source said, confirming a report by Le Figaro newspaper.

An aid source said French officials were hoping to use the meeting to persuade the Houthis to fully back a U.N. plan. They would also discuss the fate of a French national who has been in Houthi hands since his sailboat had technical difficulties off the Yemeni coast in June.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-france/french-envoy-for-yemen-meets-houthis-pushes-aid-effort-idUSKBN1K82P7

Comment: stubbornly refers to the French Envoy meeting 'Iran aligned Houthis'
claims: 'France, like other Western countries, is friendly to the Arab states fighting against the Houthis' as if arming and being partners with the Coalition can be softly depicted as 'friendly'

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1830856976967324

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Gulf Designs on Jordan’s Foreign Policy

Gulf economic aid has averted Jordan’s debt crisis for now, but further support may require concessions regarding the kingdom’s previously independent foreign policy.

Framed as an act of goodwill and regional support, the June 10 renewal of the Gulf Aid Package to Jordan—after new economic austerity measures ignited mass protests—may spell trouble for the kingdom. As the Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), move toward a more aggressive regional policy, it is likely that this most recent infusion of aid will come with political strings. The Gulf countries see Jordan as a lynchpin in their Israel–Palestine strategy and as a potential ally in the ongoing Gulf crisis with Qatar. Facing mounting economic pressure at home, Jordan may have few options other than to make such political concessions in exchange for the much-needed financial relief.

https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/76854

Comment: Building a net of vassal states. Gulf manoeuvres.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1828703453849343

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi-Arabien will fünf Kriegsschiffe mit spanischer Firma bauen

Saudi-Arabien will zusammen mit dem spanischen Rüstungskonzern Navantia fünf Kriegsschiffe bauen. Wie saudi-arabische Staatsmedien am Donnerstag berichteten, unterzeichnete der staatliche saudi-arabische Rüstungskonzern Sami eine Vereinbarung mit Navantia zur Entwicklung und Herstellung von fünf Korvetten vom Typ Avante 2200. Beginn des Projekts soll demnach im Herbst sein; das letzte Schiff soll im Jahr 2022 ausgeliefert werden.

https://www.finanznachrichten.de/nachrichten-2018-07/44327793-saudi-arabien-will-fuenf-kriegsschiffe-mit-spanischer-firma-bauen-015.htm

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Saudi Military Industries signs warships JV with Spain's Navantia

State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) signed an agreement with Spain’s Navantia to set up a joint venture in the kingdom to build five warships, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.

The deal is part of a wider framework agreed in April by Spain and Saudi Arabia for Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia to supply warships to the Gulf Arab state under a deal estimated to be worth around 1.8 billion euros ($2.2 billion).

SPA said the agreement between SAMI and Navantia was for the design and construction of five Avante 2200 Corvettes under a program that would start this autumn, with the last unit due to be delivered by 2022. It gave no value for the deal.

The agreement with Navantia will generate 6,000 jobs over the five years, the statement said, including 1,100 direct jobs.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-saudi-warships/saudi-military-industries-signs-warships-jv-with-spains-navantia-idUSKBN1K920N

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Film: The United States of Arms

U.S. weapons exports from 1950 to 2017. Data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's Arms Transfers Database. Units are expressed in trend indicator values (TIV). Each dot on the map = one TIV. Visualization by Will Geary.

America is the world's largest weapons exporter. I was curious to see what this looks like over time, so I mapped the flows of arms transfers leaving the U.S. from 1950 to 2017.

https://vimeo.com/279923192?quality=1080p

https://twitter.com/wgeary/status/1018863807773446145

stills:

https://twitter.com/wgeary/status/1018882953609441286

https://twitter.com/wgeary/status/1018883594289319936

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Bombe made in Italy sullo Yemen, il gioco delle parti tra Movimento 5 stelle e Pd

[The case of Italian MoVimento 5 Stelle, recently voted to power in #Italy, whose foreign policy has totally shifted from opposer of Italian exports of bombs to #SaudiArabia to endorser it]

Oggi la linea all’interno del Movimento sembra diversa. La deputata Pd Lia Quartapelle ha presentato un’interrogazione in commissione esteri nella quale chiede «se il Governo […] non ritenga opportuno, assumere iniziative per rivedere […] i termini delle forniture di materiali di armamento ai Paesi» impegnati nella guerra in Yemen. La replica di Di Stefano, oggi sottosegretario agli Esteri, non è stata incisiva e diretta quanto le sue osservazioni del 2016. Dopo un lungo ex-cursus sul ruolo del Cipe-Comitato interministeriale per la programmazione economica e su quello del ministero degli Esteri, il sottosegretario ha assicurato che «il Governo presterà particolare attenzione affinché tutte le richieste autorizzative di esportazione di materiale d’armamento continuino ad essere valutate con estrema attenzione e particolare rigore». In pratica il governo M5s-Lega continuerà a valutare le richieste esattamente come è accaduto fino a prima del suo insediamento (quando era guidato dal partito della Quartapelle). Il rischio che il commercio di bombe verso l’Arabia non venga fermato è concreto. Insomma, ancora una volta l’Italia pare non voglia prendere decisioni forti.

https://left.it/2018/07/16/bombe-made-in-italy-sullo-yemen-il-gioco-delle-parti-tra-movimento-5-stelle-e-pd/

Remark: Also look at cp1.

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FYI, if you are arms shopping in Yemen... Let's just say, "The shelves are stocked..." (photo)

https://twitter.com/Silah_Report/status/1018526273289773056

My comment: Imports from Iran seem not to be urgently needed.

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

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Saudi ambassador announces support for Yemeni central bank from the Saudi depository

The Saudi government began Wednesday to support the Central Bank of Yemen in covering the financial provisions for the importation of basic foodstuffs, which may be likely to decrease the dollar's price in the banking market.

The Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al Jaber, made the remarks in a tweet on his official Twitter page, saying that his Government had begun to support the bank in covering up its support for the importation of Yemeni traders wheat, rice, sugar, milk and edible oils from the Saudi depository.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100328

Remark: A depository (US$ 2 billion) the Saudis had paid to the new Aden central bank in order to stabilize the Yemeni Rial.

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Yemen Joint Market Monitoring Initiative June 2018

PRICE MONITORING OVERVIEW

  • At the time of data collection, the port of Al Hudaydah was still open and remained the main supplier for the north west of Yemen for fuel vendors, while Aden continued to supply vendors in the south west.
  • Prices for petrol and diesel were higher among vendor KIs located in districts supplied by Al Hudaydah, than those supplied by Aden.
  • Water trucking prices vary significantly through the governorates assessed, from 500 YER in the governorates of Amran and Al Hudaydah to 2,500 YER in the governorate of Aden.
  • Cash is the major payment modality accepted by vendor KIs, while 16% of them also reported providing credit for some of their costumers.

SUPPLY OVERVIEW

  • The governorates of Al Dhale'e and Hajjah have the highest recorded restocking times. Among all the products assessed, hygiene items usually have the highest restocking times.
  • Fuel supply routes between Marib and the north west of the country appear to have halted, with none of the vendor KIs in this region reporting that they were currently receiving supplies from Marib.
  • There was a significant increase in the number of vendors mentioning multiple constraints and challenges. In particular, the proportion of vendors citing a shortage of market demand almost doubled compared to May.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-joint-market-monitoring-initiative-june-2018

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp6

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Biggest slanging match to date between pro-#AQAP & pro-#IslamicState wires in #Yemen today following recent clashes. Prize for best threat goes to #AQAP veteran & #ISIS defector who warns #ISIS upstart wire "Don't squeeze your little boat in between ships & steamers, O Kharijite"

Some pro-#AQAP wires are advising jihadists not to be distracted by recent clashes with #Yemen's #IslamicState. Significantly, AQAP's formal wire has not mentioned the clashes despite posting a claim today - that it killed several Houthis advancing on Jabal Nawfan in Qayfa at 3am

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1019289921377402882

Remark: Earlier reporting on AQAP-IS clashes YPR 434, cp14.

cp15 Propaganda

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Iran’s double message

On the one hand offering to help bring a settlement on Yemen, on the other feeding prospects of a new wave of sectarianism, Iran remains a dangerous lynchpin to many regional problems

Iran is sending conflicting messages on the Yemeni crisis as it struggles to offset the pressures it is facing with respect to the Syrian question and the nuclear deal issue. On the one hand, on 3 May, during talks on regional issues in Rome with Italy, Germany, France and Britain, it offered to play an effective and active role in resolving the Yemeni crisis. More recently, in an escalatory bid, its regional allies Hizbullah in Lebanon and the Martyrs of Sayed Brigades in Iraq offered to transfer their combat expertise from Syria to Yemen in order to come to the rescue of the Houthis who are on the retreat in the face of the advance of the Yemeni national army and the resistance factions backed by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to restore the legitimate government in Yemen.

An immediate reading of these conflict messages suggests that they are mutually exclusive: if invited to enact its peace-making initiative it will abandon the escalatory bid.

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/24983.aspx

My comment: This article is based on somewhat twisted assumptions. We should not let us make believe that rhetorics could be confused with politics.

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Hadi: I do not regret the intervention of the Arab Coalition in Yemen and without them we would have been worse than Somalia

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has denied that efforts to defeat the al-Houthi rebels have reached a deadlock, saying he did not regret using the Saudi-led coalition to intervene militarily in Yemen.

The" A’sifat Al hazm"of the Saudi-led coalition is one of the most successful decisions Taken in the Arab world, Hadi said in an interview with BBC from the southern Yemeni city of Aden., but at the same time admitted that military operations took longer than expected.

This comes after three years of armed conflict between Yemeni government forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, and the al-Houthi rebels backed by Iran. The war has left some 10,000 people dead, and the United Nations says the majority of them have been killed in coalition raids.

"I did not regret the decision to use the coalition at all, otherwise we would not have liberated parts of the country from Aden to the Almaharah," Hadi said. Without coalition support, these areas would now be under the control of the Houthi. "

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100306

My comment: This is odd propaganda. Thanks to the Saudi coalition’s intervention, Yemen really IS WORSE than Somalia now. Without this intervention, without a greater war, might-be under full Houthi rule (but without the changes Houthi concepts and behavior underwent through the war), how Yemen would have looked than?

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Yemen’s Hadi has no regrets about seeking Saudi help

In interview with BBC, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi hails Saudi-led coalition’s ongoing support against Houthi rebels

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi says he has no regrets about requesting help from a Saudi-led coalition cobbled together in 2015 to help his government fight the Houthi rebel group.

In a late Tuesday interview with the BBC, Hadi described the Saudi-led coalition’s Operation Decisive Storm as one of the most “successful” military operations ever undertaken in the Arab world.

“I do not regret this decision at all,” he said. “Otherwise, we would not have liberated parts of the country from Aden to [the eastern province of] Al-Mahra.”

“Without the support of the coalition, these areas would still be under the control of the Houthis,” he added.

Hadi went on to assert: “If Decisive Storm had not happened, it would have been the beginning of a major civil war lasting even longer than the conflict in Somalia [that began in 1991 and remains ongoing].”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/yemen-s-hadi-has-no-regrets-about-seeking-saudi-help/1207407

My comment: The idea that a war with more interfering forces would last shorter (and thus be better??) than a mere civil war sounds quite odd.

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Film: Yemen war: President Hadi has 'no regrets' over Saudi-led strikes

More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since early 2015 - and still the conflict continues.

Speaking to the BBC's Orla Guerin, exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi admitted that military intervention by the Saudi-led coalition had gone on longer that expected.

But he said the alternative option was much worse.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-44868079/yemen-war-president-hadi-has-no-regrets-over-saudi-led-strikes

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Yemeni PM Calls for Halt of Iranian Interference

Western ambassadors in Yemen are hoping to persuade the Aden-based government into giving concessions that advance proposals made by UN envoy Martin Griffiths on halting military operations to free Hodeidah and resuming negotiations with Houthi militias, Yemeni sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.
Sources said that Western diplomacy, driven by Houthi and some international organizations’ claims on humanitarian fallout, seeks to impede military progress made by pro-government forces towards the city of Hodeidah.
With that being said, joint operations led by army troops, pro-government popular resistance and the Saudi-led Arab Coalition have pushed towards the strategic port city in hopes of replacing its control in the internationally-recognized government’s hands.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1334246/yemeni-pm-calls-halt-iranian-interference%C2%A0%C2%A0%C2%A0

My comment: They want assault, war, victory, not caring for humanitarian “fallout”.

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Hadi Vows Nearing Comprehensive Military Operations, Says Houthi Reserves Depleted

Yemeni pro-government forces, backed by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, continued advances across battlefronts in Yemen as Houthi militia ranks collapsed.
Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi said that Iran-backed Houthi militias have exhausted all fighting capacity when faced with the national army’s resilience, making the zero hour for comprehensive operations to eliminate Houthis right around the corner.
In an official statement during a meeting in Aden with senior military commanders, the Yemeni president confirmed that Houthis started bleeding their militia reserves last March.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1334306/hadi-vows-nearing-comprehensive-military-operations-says-houthi-reserves

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Saudi Ambassador to US Hails Saada Leaders for Standing against Houthis

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman hailed on Tuesday the stances of the tribal leaders of Yemen’s Saada region for standing against the Iran-backed Houthis.
He said in a series of tweets: “Today, leaders of Saada, the home of the Houthis, called for the continuation of efforts to liberate Saada from the grip of Iranian-backed militia and in support of the legitimate government and the coalition.”
“This significant development is evidence of the effectiveness of the increased pressure against the Houthis, and the unwavering resolve of the people of Yemen as they continue to heroically stand up to Iran's malign influence.”

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1334491/saudi-ambassador-us-hails-saada-leaders-standing-against-houthis

My comment: This is quite dubious to ridiculous: present two “Saada leaders” who are exactly adopting Saudi propaganda wording, just parroting Saudi propaganda stereotypes, not even able to speak by their own words. Earlier reporting YPR 434, cp15.

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Yemeni Army Says 25 Iranian Experts Flee Hodeidah for Sanaa

The Yemeni army hinted it may carry out an air and sea landing to liberate the strategic port city of Hodeidah from Houthi militias.
The Iran-backed militants have refused to hand over the port to a neutral party, rejecting all international efforts demanding their withdrawal without a military confrontation.
International efforts have been pressing for a peaceful transition of control over the Red Sea port city in the hopes of ensuring civilian safety.
Yemeni army spokesman Brigadier General Abdo Abdullah Majali told Asharq al-Awsat that there are signs that the militias do not want a peaceful handover of the city because they have dug several “trenches” in the city and deployed snipers to target civilians.
Majali stated that several Iranian and Lebanese “Hezbollah” experts were fleeing Hodeidah to Sanaa.
He explained that the army documented the escape of some 25 out of 50 experts who were present in the city and were conducting training and planting mines along the West coast.
The army will not leave Houthi actions unpunished, because it has a duty to protect Yemenis, Majali vowed.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1334341/yemeni-army-says-25-iranian-experts-flee-hodeidah-sanaa

My comment: The story of Iranian or Hezbollah fighters or experts appears from time to time, always without any details, proofs, documents etc. – “The Iran-backed militants have refused to hand over the port to a neutral party”: A lie, look at cp1b2. – “The army will not leave Houthi actions unpunished, because it has a duty to protect Yemenis": This really is a bad joke.

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More Saudi / UAE „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/relief-aid-distributed-displaced-people

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/reem-al-hashemy-meets-un-humanitarian-agencies-officials

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids day by day

July 17: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1531911977./1079459728871058/?type=3

July 16: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1531824237./1078409332309431/?type=3

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Citizen killed and House Destroyed by US-Saudi Aggression in Saada

A civilian was killed and a house and a water digger were destroyed Thursday by a US-Saudi raid in the northern of Saada.

The correspondent of Almasirah Net in Sa'ada said that the areal aggression launched a raid on Al Saifi area, in Sehar district, resulted in the death of a citizen and the destruction of his house and a water digger next to the house (photo)

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=1719&cat_id=1

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Aggression Kills and Injures 13 Citizens by Air Strike in Saada

13 citizens were killed and injured, including children and women, Thursday by US-Saudi Areal Aggression strike targeted a citizen house in Sehar district in Saada governorate.

According to the correspondent of "Almasirah Net" in Saada, eight citizens were killed and 5 others were injured by an air strike targeted a house in Sehar district. (photo) https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=1720&cat_id=1

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1019937842104070144

photos:

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/1020028559409152001

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1020010854107045891

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1019970053272465408

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1019970053272465408

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/1020362688747266048

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1020364926689439746

film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0e07aFMosg = https://twitter.com/AnsarAllahMC/status/1020042885897555970 = https://t.me/AnsarAllahMC/51225

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In a new crime against humanity in Yemen committed by the Saudi-led coalition warplanes, killing and wounding civilians in Hedieda province.

Local source clarified that the aggression’s jets launched air strike on Kilo-16 area on Tuesday which led to the death of a woman and injured three civilians .

http://www.newnewss.net/saudi-led-coalition-committed-new-war-crime-against-humanity-in-yemens-hodeida/

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1854322088197110

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More Saudi coalition air raids reported on:

July 17: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news502306.htm Marib p.

July 16:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news502205.htm Hajjah p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b2

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Missile force launches Badr-1 on Jizan airport

The missile force of the army and popular committees on Thursday launched a ballistic missile on Jizan airport, a military official told Saba.
The missile force targeted Jizan airport with Badr-1 ballistic missile

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news502415.htm

and

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Saudi Air Defence Thwart Missile by Houthis on Jizan

Saudi air defenses on Thursday intercepted a missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebel group into the kingdom’s southwestern Jizan region, according to Saudi television news channel Al-Ekhbariya.

The broadcaster did not provide any additional details, while the Saudi authorities have yet to comment on the report.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/saudi-air-defenses-intercept-missile-from-yemen-report/1208428 = https://www.albawaba.com/news/saudi-air-defence-thwart-missile-houthis-jizan-1161792

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Yemen's ballistic missiles arsenal designed to deter enemy attack

The Yemeni Defense Ministry has developed a series of locally-made ballistic missiles since 2015, using them in defending the country against the US-backed Saudi-led military aggression coalition.
There are three types of ballistic missiles developed since then, including short-range, medium-range and long-range missiles.
The medium-range ballistic missile was developed from a SAM-2, which has a range of 400-km and carrying 350-kg warhead with a high accuracy of 5 to 10 meters, and was developed by the military research and development center of the Yemeni missile force.
On March 28, 2017, the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees revealed a new type of medium-range ballistic missiles after a series of successful tests.
In 2017, the rocketry force said that three Qaher-M2 ballistic missiles hit accurately three military targets inside Saudi King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushayt city in Asir border region.
On April 12, 2017, the army and Popular Committees launched a second type of ballistic missile against the invasion forces in the west of the country.
The Yemeni missile force also fired a locally developed ballistic missile, Borkan-2, in February last year and fired on a Saudi military base west of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
On March 18, 2017, the missile force fired a ballistic missile, Borkan-2, on King Salman Air Base in Riyadh, which coincided with the return of Saudi king Salman after he visited several countries.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news501588.htm

Remark: As claimed by the Sanaa government news agency.

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Air Force Unveils Long-Range Drone, Sammad 2 and Targets Aramco in Riyadh

The Yemeni Air Force on Wednesday unveiled a long-range drone, Sammad 2, inaugurating its first air operations bombing Aramco's refinery in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Saudi Aramco has admitted a fire at the Aramco refinery in Riyadh, on its Twitter page, and said that it is investigating the incident.

This targeting is the first of its kind and is considered as a strategic military achievement. According to observers, it proved ineffective all advanced defense systems owned by Saudi Arabia.

Unveiling this great development of the Air Force, the long-range drone, Sammad 2, is in honor of the martyred President Saleh Al-Sammad.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=1703&cat_id=1

and also http://www.sabanews.net/en/news502404.htm

and

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Yemen's Houthis say they attacked ARAMCO refinery in Riyadh with drone

The Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said it had attacked a Saudi Aramco [IPO-ARAM.SE] refinery in Riyadh on Wednesday using a drone, as the oil company said it had contained a limited fire at the plant.

“Our drone air forces have targeted the refinery of ARAMCO company in Riyadh,” read a tweet on the account of the Houthi-run television channel al-Masirah.

“The operation by the drone air force is a strong start in a new stage of deterring the aggression,” it quoted a Houthi military spokesman as saying in a tweet.

Saudi officials were not immediately available for a comment.

Just before al-Masirah’s tweet, Aramco announced that its fire control teams and the Saudi civil defense had contained a limited fire that erupted in the early evening in a storage containers at its refinery in Riyadh.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-aramco/yemens-houthis-say-they-attacked-aramco-refinery-in-riyadh-with-drone-idUSKBN1K8262

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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday intercepted a missile fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, where a Riyadh-led coalition is fighting the insurgents, state media said.

The ballistic missile was fired from the northern Yemeni province of Saada towards the southern Saudi city of Najran, but no casualties were reported, said a coalition statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5966219/Saudi-Arabia-intercepts-Yemen-rebel-missile-coalition.html

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Al Houthi forces claimed its troops attacked Saudi troops in Jizan region, southwestern Saudi Arabia near the Yemeni border on July 13, 15, and 16. Al Houthi forces claimed to seize a Saudi post on al Doud Mountain on July 13. Al Houthi forces also destroyed a Saudi military vehicle on al Nar Mountain on July 15 and two vehicles transporting Saudi and Sudanese troops at Tiwal Crossing near the Yemeni border on July 16, according to al Houthi media. Saudi and coalition sources did not comment on the attacks. [2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-17-2018

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Saudi Artillery Killed And Injured Three Civilians In Yemen’s Saada :Photos

Three civilians were killed ,two children and an old woman were injured On Monday in Saudi artillery and missile on Shada district of Saada province

http://www.newnewss.net/saudi-artillery-killed-and-injured-three-civilians-in-yemens-saada-photos/

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Citizen killed in Saudi missile attack on Saada

A citizen was killed on Tuesday when the Saudi army fired an artillery and rockets towards Saad province, a security official told Saba.

The shelling hit houses and farms of the citizens in Razih and al-Dhaher districts, causing heavy damage

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news502282.htm

(A K pS)

UAE forces in Yemen foil Houthi missile attack on Mokha

The UAE Armed Forces have intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels towards the densely populated Mokha district in Taez province.

No casualties or damage were reported as the UAE's Patriot missile defence system intercepted the missile far from residential areas, the state news agency Wam reported late on Monday.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/uae-forces-in-yemen-foil-houthi-missile-attack-on-mokha-1.751113

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Three civilians killed in the fall of a shell fired by al-Houthi on a residential area in Taiz

Three civilians were killed, and six others injured when a missile fired by al-Houthi on Sunday morning hit a residential area in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz

Two of the dead were the two brothers (Riad and Elias), the sons of Judge Abdel-Qader Ahmed Sultan, where the artillery shell landed on their house in the area of Senah, near the passenger terminal from Taiz City to the Mashraah and Hadnan Directorate.

Six other people in the area were injured by shrapnel from the shell and were taken to the city hospitals, the source said.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/100287

photo: https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1019358723519778817

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161 ballistic missiles fired at Saudi Arabia since 2015

The Saudi-led coalition against Yemen has announced that 161 ballistic missiles have been fired by Yemeni militias at Saudi Arabia since 2015, Anadolu reported yesterday.

This came during a press conference held by the spokesperson of the coalition Turki Al-Maliki along with Yemeni tribe leaders in Riyadh.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180717-161-ballistic-missiles-fired-at-saudi-arabia-since-2015/

My comment: While moire than 16,000 Saudi coalition air raids had hitNorthern Yemen.

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1 civilian killed, 3 injured in explosion shell in Hajjah

One civilian was killed and three others were injured on Tuesday when an explosion shell of aggression remnants blew up in Haradh district in Hajjah province, a security official told Saba.
The explosion shell killed one civilian and injured three others in al-Farsh village of Haradh district, said the official.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news502220.htm

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(C)

A photograph of a group of women's special forces in the former South Yemen State during a military parade in the city of Aden in 1981.

https://twitter.com/RepublicanYemen/status/1019183257282338816

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Photos: In the Old City of #Sanaa You Feel the War is So Far Away: See It Through My Eyes

'The Beauty and location of the old market in the old city of #Sanaa makes the visitor live in a mixture of older and modern times.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1828666557186366

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-434-yemen-war-mosaic-434

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-434 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-434:

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/

06:48 20.07.2018
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