Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 439 - Yemen War Mosaic 439

Yemen Press Reader 439: 31. Juli 2018: Jemen, die wichtigste und am meisten ignorierte Geschichte der Welt – Reelle Opferzahlen im Jemen – Hodeidah: Schwierige UN-Verhandlungen, Kämpfe im ...
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.... Kämpfe im Süden der Provinz, Luftangriffe, Propaganda und Drohungen – Die Emirate im Jemen – Menschenschmuggel über Djibouti – und mehr

July 31, 2018: Yemen, the most important and most ignored story in the world – The real death toll in Yemen – Hodeidah: Difficult negotiations by UN, fighting in the south oft he province, air rids, propagada and threats – The Emirates and Yemen – Trafficking refugees via Djibouti – 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

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d 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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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

Neue Artikel / New articles

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Yemen Is the Most Important and Most Ignored Story in the World

There are many reasons for the international neglect of Yemen’s plight. The Saudi coalition has done its best to make it very difficult to enter Yemen to report on the conflict. The U.S. government has studiously ignored anything that might reflect poorly on the coalition, and it has kept its own role in enabling the role as invisible as possible. Perhaps the simplest explanation is that Yemenis have no one speaking on their behalf and no one in a position to influence the way that the conflict is perceived in Washington and other Western capitals. Yemeni views of the war occasionally come through in a few news reports, but for the most part they aren’t the ones being cited in reports about the war destroying their country. When the war does receive some coverage, it is frequently misrepresented as a regional “proxy” war because that is the only framing that seems to get anyone’s attention in the West.

Two years ago, I commented on Western and specifically American indifference to what was happening in Yemen, and with a few name changes it would be an accurate summary for the way things are today

Replace Obama with Trump and switch the party affiliations in this paragraph, and everything I wrote two years ago remains true now. Trump supporters invested in the risible notion that the president is some sort of non-interventionist don’t talk about Yemen because that would make a mockery of their core assumption about administration foreign policy. Many old Obama supporters are reluctant to call attention to a disaster that the former president was responsible for. Republican hawks are still only too happy to recite Saudi talking points about Iranian “expansionism,” and a lot of Democrats in Congress are willing to go along with that. Support for the war on Yemen implicates many members of both parties. It is much easier to ignore the issue instead of calling attention to an indefensible policy, and on the whole that is what Congressional leaders from both parties have opted to do. It is a deeply shameful episode in the history of this country, and many of our politicians and pundits would just as soon sweep it under the rug.

The failure of our news media is just as much to blame. Taibbi cites the remarkable figure that MSNBC hasn’t run a single segment on Yemen since July of last year. This neglect of the world’s most important story is typical for both cable and broadcast news coverage. One would think that “Trump helps despots cause famine in extremely poor country” would be an easy story for determined opponents of the president to tell, but they would prefer to talk about anything but that. It is a deeply shameful episode in the history of this country, and many of our politicians and pundits would just as soon sweep it under the rug.

Yemen’s humanitarian crisis is still the world’s worst, and in terms of the number of lives at risk it exceeds every other disaster in the world. It should be considered the most important story in the world. If it continues to be ignored as it has been, it is almost certainly going to result in a staggering loss of life measured in the millions. More than eight million people are on the verge of starvation, more than a million have contracted cholera, and by the end of the year another ten million will also be at risk of starving to death. That dwarfs every other crisis several times over, and it demands a massive, rapid international response- by Daniel Larison

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It's time to get real about the death toll in Yemen

There is no way of knowing the number of dead from Yemen's civil war, but it is likely to be much higher than official estimates,

10,000 people have died as a result of the war in Yemen, over 5,000of them have been civilians.

Except we've been hearing that statistic for close to a year now, one that was conservative to begin with. Now, after 1,000 days in conflict have passed, it's time to get real about the true impact of the war as it goes far beyond 10,000 and here's why.

Getting accurate information from Yemen's war zone is undoubtedly difficult. In fact, statistics often come from those health centres that count their dead, but there are many other hospitals and facilities that don't.

Casualties include combatants and civilians - victims of direct aggression, though many others have fallen foul of the conflict and the actions of the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi forces, even if they weren't directly caught up in the fighting or branded as collateral damage.

Many have perished due to starvation, or a lack of access to healthcare and medical aid.

In November 2017, Save the Children reported that 130 children were dying every day, with 50,000 children already believed to have died in 2017.

In December 2016, UNICEF reported that a child dies every 10 minutes from preventable diseases such as diarrhoea, malnutrition and respiratory tract infections. And the UK-based NGO, Disasters and Emergencies Committee's recent report put the number of deaths from preventable causes at 10,000.

As a cholera outbreak swept Yemen this year, the last count in July 2017 found 2,177 deaths associated with it.

Saudi Arabia announced a new blockade on all Yemen's air, sea and land ports, locking in 27 million people and locking out 500,000 metric tonnes (MT) of food and fuel, and 1,476 MT of aid. Saudi Arabia reopened some ports, but the main ports Hodeidah and Saleef, which serve two-thirds of the population, have remain closed, only opening for limited humanitarian assistance.

Indeed, there is much more to the death toll than we hear of, and repeating '10,000' over and over again does nothing but dilute the true scale of devastation to the country – by Sophia Akram

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Death from above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have been at war in Yemen.
The coalition has conducted a large-scale aerial offensive aimed at driving back Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa and large parts of the north.

Launching more than 16,305 air raids, the aerial bombardment has failed to reverse the rebels’ gains, but succeeded in devastating Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries.
Thousands of civilians have been killed in the raids, and hundreds of thousands more have died from hunger and starvation.

In this story, an air raid refers to a single incident which could comprise multiple air strikes. It was not possible to generate an average number as these vary greatly, from one air strike up to several dozen. For example, in the case of a so-called 'double-tap' this has been counted as one air raid, not two.

The data presented tracks air raids using open sources and has been cross-referenced using a wide range of information, including official records from local authorities, reports from local and international news agencies, reports by international human rights groups and reports from national and international NGOs.

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How the UAE is destroying Yemen


Painting itself as a force for 'stability,' Abu Dhabi is using the country to propel its own regional ambitions, regardless of the human costs

Saudi Arabia often takes the most criticism for Yemen's crisis, in light of its devastating bombing campaign. But the United Arab Emirates is attracting increasing scrutiny for actions that are tantamount to war crimes in the country.

Since the Saudi-led coalition launched its war in Yemen in March 2015, the UAE has been a key player. Yet, while Riyadh's goal has been to restore President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to power and crush the Houthi uprising, Abu Dhabi has focused more on the south, training security forces to secure its own geopolitical ambitions.

The UAE's long-term goals have become increasingly clear: to divide Yemen and create a friendly southern state, which would secure trade routes through the port of Aden to the rest of the world; to exploit Yemen’s natural resources; and to empower itself as a regional hegemon.

Benevolent guise

To justify its presence in Yemen, the Emirati regime is fixated on presenting itself as a force for stability. It often highlights charitable donations of humanitarian aid to the country, while dismissing reports of its role in unlawful detention practices as "fake news".

Despite this benevolent guise, evidence shows the UAE is not a force for good in Yemen. Human rights groups have cited torture and other abuses within UAE-backed prisons in southern Yemen, and the Associated Press last month reported on the use of sexual assault "to brutalise and break inmates". Amnesty International has also chronicled the practice of forced disappearance.

For the UAE, this is a means of crushing opposition in the south; but to international observers it confirms that the Emiratis' regional ambitions are being prioritised over humanitarian considerations.

The UAE's "stabilising" policies have also significantly increased Yemen's internal divide. Abu Dhabi's backing of southern secessionists and other military proxies has inflamed tensions in an already fragmented country. In January, the southern militias it backs clashed with Hadi government forces in Aden.

Rivalry with Saudi Arabia

The UAE's support for southern independence has failed to create any kind of unity, as Abu Dhabi has backed different groups, such as the Hadrami Elite Forces, which want an independent Hadramaut rather than a unified southern Yemen and have committed abuses such as arbitrary detentions.

The UAE's rift with Saudi Arabia has also been problematic. Riyadh has supported Islah, Yemen's Muslim Brotherhood branch, as a stable ally on the ground. But the UAE opposes the Brotherhood, instead backing militants who maintain non-hostile relations with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) - which it is supposed to be fighting - to counteract Islah – by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

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Ethiopian migrants risk torture, cholera in Djibouti on way to Yemen

Dozens of Ethiopian migrants died of cholera in Djibouti in June 2018. Their migration route went through this tiny state on the Horn of Africa, from where they try to get to Yemen – a nation in the grip of a civil war – and Saudi Arabia. Those who don’t die of hunger and thirst on the perilous journey often stop in the Djiboutian town of Obock, where they can wait for a crossing over the Red Sea. But once they get to Yemen, the same horrors await them as in Libya: they are almost systematically kidnapped by traffickers who torture them and rape the women in order to demand ransoms from their families. Our Observers revealed to us this forgotten humanitarian catastrophe.

Many children do attempt the crossing (11 percent), but the vast majority of them are adult men (70 percent). Our Observer says that there just isn’t enough money to feed, give water to and shelter all of these people.

These migrants, for the most part, are leaving Ethiopia in the search of a better life in Saudi Arabia. Many of them leave the country for political reasons – as is the case for the Oromos, an ethnic group that is marginalised and repressed by the government.
Most of them come from poor, rural areas. They did not get much of an education and lots of them don’t even know that there is a war going on in Yemen. People smugglers lie to them, telling them that everything is fine and the route is safe. Others may know that there is a war, but they’re desperate and put their destiny in God’s hands.
Some smugglers take advantage of their naivety, for example by taking them to Obock, telling them they’ve already arrived in Yemen, and taking all of their money. Because they don’t know that you have to cross a sea to get to Yemen, they’re easily conned like this.

Every month, the IOM identifies at least 10,000 migrants, most of them Ethiopian, in Djibouti. There are numerous shipwrecks and sinkings in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, which separate Djibouti from Yemen. Over the last 10 years, almost 3,500 people have died trying to cross, according to the IOM. In May 2018, the IOM recorded more than 25,000 people passing through Djibouti. In 2016, the Danish Refugee Council in Yemen reported a record number of 117,107 illegal arrivals.

According to reports by NGOs like Human Rights Watch, the Institute for Security Studies, and the first-person accounts of migrants the France 24 Observers team spoke to, those migrants who do make it to Yemen are nearly always kidnapped. If they are not capable of paying a ransom, usually around €300, they are tortured and raped. The ordeal only stops if their family, who have been contacted by telephone so they can see or hear the torture, agrees to pay the ransom. Others are recruited by mercenaries or forced into slave labour.

As a reformed people smuggler, our Observer Ahmed Mohamed Kamil saw this system from the inside. He confirmed that there was a sole network spread out across the three countries.

The smugglers in Obock are mostly young people without work, usually in their twenties. They got into trafficking – a very lucrative activity – as an alternative to unemployment. When I was doing it, I was earning 1.5 million Djibouti francs per month [around €7,200 euros – in stark contrast to the average salary in Djibouti, which is around €90 a month]. I stopped when the war in Yemen started – by Liselotte Mas (with photos)

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Film: The War in Yemen: Aid agencies warn about outbreak of Cholera

Yemen's cholera epidemic is already the biggest in modern history, with more than 1 million cases recorded. Aid agencies are warning it could get worse - if Houthi rebels in the port of Hodeidah come under siege.

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The Saudi Coalition’s Insidious ‘Weaponization of Disease’

Recent Saudi coalition airstrikes in Hodeidah struck water facilities in another deliberate attack on Yemen’s civilian infrastructure.

Hodeidah has already suffered greatly from the cholera epidemic, and attacks on water facilities risk causing a new outbreak of the disease there. The U.N. has warned that coalition attacks on Hodeidah’s water facilities pose a grave threat to the civilian population.

Like the multiple coalition attacks on the cholera treatment plant in Abs and the water system in Saada, attacks on a water sanitation facility is part of a deliberate effort to deprive the civilian population of clean drinking water in a country that is suffering from the worst cholera outbreak on record. There can be no illusions that the coalition is hitting these targets by mistake. Even if they were mistakes, that wouldn’t absolve the coalition of responsibility for these attacks, but it is clear that they aren’t. They are intentionally damaging and destroying infrastructure that Yemenis need to prevent the spread of cholera in an insidious use of preventable disease as a weapon against the civilian population. This is part of the “weaponization of disease” that we have seen before in coalition attacks on sewage treatment facilities and health clinics. These are all unquestionably war crimes, and the U.S. continues to make them possible with ongoing military assistance in the form of weapons, fuel, and intelligence – by Daniel Larison

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Awareness course for polio immunization campaign begins in Sanaa

The National Center for Health Education (NCHE) organized on Sunday an awareness course to launch the national polio immunization campaign within the coming month.

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Film: #YEMEN: There were almost 3,000 suspected cases of #cholera reported in just the first week of July.

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Civilians at extreme risk from airstrikes in Hodeidah

On 26, 27 and 28 July, airstrikes occurred near a reproductive health centre and public laboratory in Hodeidah and hit and damaged a sanitation facility in Zabid and a water station, which supplies the majority of the water to Hodeidah City.

“For weeks, we’ve been doing everything possible to help hundreds of thousands of people living in and near Hodeidah” said Ms. Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “These airstrikes are putting innocent civilians at extreme risk.”

“Since the start of the recent military offensive, humanitarian partners have been providing food, water, emergency kits, cash and health care,” said Ms. Grande. “Despite working under some of the most difficult conditions imaginable, we’ve reached 80 percent of the people displaced by fighting with some form of assistance,” said Ms. Grande.

“Cholera is already present in neighborhoods across the city and governorate. Damage to sanitation, water and health facilities jeopardizes everything we are trying to do,” said Ms. Grande. “We could be one airstrike away from an unstoppable epidemic.”

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The US-backed Coalition in Yemen is Trying to Trigger Another Massive Cholera Epidemic

The continual attacks on water wells and treatment facilities make it seem as though the U.S.-backed coalition is attempting to trigger another massive cholera epidemic.

This is just the most recent U.S.-backed attack on a water supply in Yemen. Last week, coaThe constant attacks on water systems have prompted condemnation from the United Nations — mostly because they’re the ones footing the bill.

UNICEF deplores in the strongest terms yet another attack on vital and lifesaving water systems in Yemen. A large water facility in Sa’ada, northwest of the country, came under attack this week.

While these attacks on water supplies are certainly worthy of nothing but the strongest condemnation, the UN has failed to hold the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates accountable in any practical manner thus far. (Likely due to blackmail and financial manipulation.)

Creating Another Cholera Epidemic

These attacks on water infrastructure come at a crucial time.

Yemen’s summer weather creates the perfect environment to contract cholera. The World Health Organization reported an estimated 3,000 suspected cholera cases in just the first week of July — the highest yet this year.

The UK-based group, Save the Children, warns that a U.S.-backed Saudi and Emirati advance on Hodeidah port could quickly exasperate the spread of choleraIt’s clear that these U.S.-backed attacks on water infrastructure are very deliberate. The cholera epidemic last year was not an accidental byproduct of the blockade and arbitrary airstrikes — it was an intended consequence – by Randi Nord

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

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Giants Brigades Send Reinforcements in Preparation for a Determinant Battel to Liberate Al-Hodeida

Giants Brigades sent massive reinforcements in preparation for a determinant battel to liberate Al-Hodeida. Troops are equipped with unique and modern military equipment that Al-Houthis may not stand for.

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Four civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrikes on Hodeidah

A total of four citizens were killed and five other wounded on Monday in Saudi-led air strikes on Hodeidah province, an official told Saba.
The strikes hit a main road between al-Duraihmie district to 16 Kiloh area.
Meanwhile, the combat jets waged a series of strikes on various areas in the same province, the official added.

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Film: Targeting the aggression of the building of a shelter organization in the province of Hodeidah 30-07-2018

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Coalition targets telecommunication station in Hodeidah

The US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes on Sunday targeted the telecommunication station in al-Hali district in Hodeidah province

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Reports of the abduction of a group of women by the War Coalition and their Mercenaries in #altahayta city, #Al_Hodeidah Governorate

Popular Tribal Council in #Hodeidah calls on all the free tribes of #Yemen, sheikhs, dignitaries, chiefs, sons and tribes of T#ihama to assume their responsibility.

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New War Crime For US-KSA Coalition , Their Mercenaries In Yemen’s Atuhita

In A new war crime committed by the coalition of US-KSA , one civilian killed and injured others on Sunday including women and children during the bombing of mercenaries on civilians’ houses in ALTuhyta district of Hodeida province . (photos)

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Saudi airstrikes in Yemen hit facilities providing water to hundreds of thousands facing cholera epidemic

The UN said Hodeida is "one airstrike away from an unstoppable" cholera epidemic. The port city through which most food and supplies enter Yemen is under attack by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels.

Airstrikes carried out in recent days by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen struck facilities providing most of the water to the crucial port city of Hodeida, the UN said Sunday.

Backed by Saudi airpower, in recent weeks Emirati forces, government troops and irregular militia have been battling Houthi rebels in control of the Red Sea port city, home to 600,000 people.

The port is the main entry point for food, fuel and humanitarian supplies in Yemen, where 22 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 8 million face starvation.

Since earlier this year, Hodeida has been under a near total coalition blockade over what it says is the port's use as a gateway for Iranian weaponry to the Houthis. Iran and the Houthis deny this.

The UN and aid agencies have warned that a coalition assault on the city could exacerbate what is already "the world's worst humanitarian crisis."

Sanitation and water facilities targeted

After a brief lull in fighting this month to allow the UN to mediate over Hodeida, the coalition relaunched an offensive in and around the port earlier this week.

The United Arab Emirates reportedly turned down a Houthi offer to hand over operation of the port to the UN, demanding instead that rebel fighters completely leave the city.

The UN humanitarian coordinator said that Saudi airstrikes carried out in the renewed offensive struck near health centers in Hodeida and "hit and damaged" a sanitation and water station in Zabid, south of the city.

The water station "supplies the majority of the water" to Hodeida, Lise Grande said Sunday in as statement.

Hodeida city and governorate are one of the epicenters of a cholera outbreak that spread across the country last year, leading to more than one million suspected cases of the deadly water-borne disease.

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15 Saudi warplanes hit Hodeidah

The Saudi-led coalition fighter jets waged more than 15 raids on several areas in al-Durayhemi district in Hodeidah province

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Al Houthi excavations and trenches are tearing "Hodeidah"

Residents of the city of "Hodeidah", Western Yemen, are trying to adapt to the trenches and roadblocks erected by the militants of the "Ansar Allah" (Al-Houthi), in the streets and Main roads in the southern districts of the city.

But the new lifestyle imposed on more than 600,000 people, who inhabit the city a new reality in which they became bound in their neighborhoods after those excavations and roadblocks cut off the city on the Red Sea coast.

Residents of the city told Anatolia that the trenches dug by al-Houthi, cement barriers and earthen barricades had held their lives, and the movement in the city was heavy, despite a large exodus.

Nabil Haider, a resident of the southern city of al-Rabsa, said that he had left his home to the home of his father in the City Centre, after al-Houthi dug a trench in Jerusalem Street, preventing the car from passing and reaching his home.

"The streets in the southern districts are mostly cut off because of the excavations of trenches, as well as the barriers erected on the main points, and now I can’t reach out to my house unless I walk on a foot," he said.

The excavations in the streets also caused the collapse of water and sewage systems.

Abdullah al-Wasabi, a resident of "Yemen Lane", said that water had been cut off from his house and dozens of houses in the neighborhood for weeks after the al-Houthi dug a trench on the Corniche road near the neighborhood.

He added: "When the Houthi pits the ditch the pumping pipes have crashed, and since then they have not reached our homes."

Excavations, trenches, and roadblocks are not confined to the city of "Hodeidah" but have spread to the main roads linking it to cities and towns in the south of the city, affecting traffic and movement.

Al-Houthi erected barricades on the roads linking the directorates of Beit al-Faqih, Drehmi, Zabeed and Al jarahi, and travelers said that the road was longer than usual because of the obstacles, and the time period for transition between one city and another doubled.

Travelers are also afraid to cultivate mines in the streets.

In this connection, a government military source indicated, in an interview to Anadolu, that the al-Houthi gunmen had resorted to that military strategy, in order to slow down the progress of the government forces; it had launched an attack to control the city and its strategic port.

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A civilian killed by Aggression Mercenaries Bombing in Hodeidah

A civilian was killed and others were injured, including women and children, on Sunday due to the US-Saudi Aggression mercenaries bombing on citizens houses, in Tahita villages of Hodeidah.

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Witnesses: Heavy fighting near Yemen's Hodeida kills dozens

Yemeni officials and witnesses say heavy fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels along the country's west coast in recent days has left dozens of dead from both sides.

They say forces from a Saudi-led coalition have been trying to seize the rebel-held district of Zabid in the port province of Hodeida.

The officials say the coalition on Sunday targeted rebels in the district of ad-Durayhimi south of Hodeida with airstrikes, killing at least 18 people.

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A #civilian citizen was killed and several others injured in #Houthi ground shelling that targeted residential areas in the district of Hays, south of the port city of #Hodeidah. (photo)

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US-Saudi Aggression Battleships Target Four Fishing Boats in Hodeidah

The US-Saudi aggression battleships, on Saturday, targeted four fishing boats, in the territorial sea off the Red Sea coast of Hodeidah, killing all fishermen, who were on board the boats. A security source in Hodeidah strongly condemned the aggression continued targeting of fishermen in the shadow of the shameful silence of the international community and human rights organizations.
The aggression intensified its direct targeting of fishermen and infrastructure in Hodeidah during the past two days.

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Also in Hodiedah the aggression launched a raid on Zabid districts, two raids on Ras-Issa area, a raid on the city's commercial neighborhood and two raids on Al-Hook district.


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SaudiUAE Aggression fighters Jets yesterday destroyed cotton scutcher in the historic city of #Zabid #Hodeidah province. (photos)


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Film: raids targeting factories, facilities and farms in Zabid, Hodeidah Governorate 28-07-2018

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Two citizens injured as the result of US-Saudi aggression airstrike on #Hodeidah

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Aggression warplane wages 4 airstrikes on anchorage in Hodeidah

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Aggression warplane wages 4 airstrikes on anchorage in Hodeidah

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5 saudi airstrikes hits farms in Hodiedah

The US-Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes on Friday waged five raids on civilians' farms in al-Montkm village in al-Durayhemi district in Hodeidah province, a local official told Saba.

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Civilians at extreme risk from airstrikes in Hodeidah

On 26, 27 and 28 July, airstrikes occurred near a reproductive health centre and public laborator y in Hodeidah and hit and damaged a sanitation facility in Zabid and a water station, which supplies the majority of the water to Hodeidah City.

“For weeks, we’ve been doing everything possible to help hundreds of thousands of people living in and near Hodeidah” said Ms. Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “These airstrikes are putting innocent civilians at extreme risk.”

“Since the start of the recent military offensive, humanitarian partners have been providing food, water, emergency kits, cash and health care,” said Ms. Grande. “Despite working under some of the most difficult conditions imaginable, we’ve reached 80 percent of the people displaced by fighting with some form of assistance,” said Ms. Grande.

“Cholera is already present in neighborhoods across the city and governorate. Damage to sanitation, water and health facilities jeopardizes everything we are trying to do,” said Ms. Grande. “We could be one airstrike away from an unstoppable epidemic.”

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Interactive map of Yemen war

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The Failed Saudi War on Yemen

The Saudi coalition war on Yemen has devastated the country’s economy, reduced millions to starvation, caused widespread malnutrition and deprivation, and created the conditions for the world’s worst cholera epidemic, but it has completely failed to achieve any of its goals and has made both Saudi Arabia and the UAE less secure than they were before. Bruce Riedel explains.

The coalition war on Yemen is like many other reckless and malign military interventions. The intervening governments expect an easy, relatively cheap victory, they fail to anticipate the negative consequences of waging an unnecessary war, they ignore the many obvious pitfalls that await them, and then they blunder ahead without regard for the consequences for themselves or the country they are wrecking. Instead of learning from these errors, the interventionists keep doing the same things again and again in the vain hope that they will work the next time round. After three years of stalemate and slog, the coalition still thinks it can win the swift and decisive victory that it thought it was going to win at the start. On top of all that, the Saudis and Emiratis have exposed themselves to attacks that wouldn’t be happening if they had stayed out of Yemen’s internal affairs. Yemenis posed no threat to their neighbors in 2015, but because their neighbors chose to intervene and attack Yemen they are coming under attack as well. Military intervention typically causes instability and insecurity for all concerned, and the war on Yemen is a perfect example of how it can cause both.

The coalition’s goals of restoring Hadi and expelling the Houthis from Sanaa have always been more ambitious than they were capable of achieving, and this was obvious from the beginning. All that they have done is destroy Yemen and inflict enormous suffering and death on the people of Yemen for the sake of the bad and illegitimate cause of trying to dictate their political future by force of arms. The U.S. should never have taken any side in this conflict, but it has chosen the most indefensible side of foreign governments trying to reimpose a discredited government at the expense of the civilian population – by Daniel Larison

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Film: [Produced in #Brazil, sold to Saudi Arabia, killing and maiming #Yemen: we are talking about cluster bombs.
Latest report from Globo - G1 - TV in Brazilian on the devastating effect of inconsiderate and criminal arms deals.] In Portuguese

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Film: Devastation in Yemen: Fears of hunger & disease grow

More than 3 years of conflict and destruction have pushed Yemen to the brink of famine, resulting in the world's largest hunger crisis, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Nearly 18 million people don't know where their next meal is coming from and more than 8 million of them live in extreme hunger and depend entirely on external food assistance.

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More Sana'a dignitaries join anti-Houthi resistance force

The Sana'a Resistance Force that is fighting the Houthi rebels in Marib and the outskirts of their occupied city, Sana'a, have welcomed a new group of local chieftains and dignitaries who had left Sana'a to join the ranks of the government and anti-Houthi popular forces.

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

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Alone and Forgotten: Injured Yemeni Soldiers Persist in Egypt

The past year has been agony for a group of war-wounded Yemeni soldiers. As part of national medical and financial assistance to wounded soldiers, many were flown out to Egypt to receive treatment. Most ended up stranded as financial assistance quickly dried up for the soldiers, including those interviewed, among others. Unable to leave due to the severity of their injuries and lack of funds, soldiers describe being forgotten by the government they fought for. Due to ongoing economic strains and instability in Yemen, wounded soldiers are not a priority for the current government as it is logistically and financially unable to meet its prior obligations to its soldiers.

Like many of the soldiers, once he finds out I am a journalist here to interview them all, he quickly stands up to leave and forces his friend to leave as well. He walks out of the room and says bitterly, “I don’t want to be interviewed.”

Sami—not his real name—like all the other injured Yemeni soldiers in that apartment were part of armed forces in the national army under the authority of exiled President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi. Soldiers are promised medical care at the expense of the national army from on duty injuries. Health facilities in Yemen are collapsing, and soldiers are flown overseas to be treated.

The soldiers say they have been forgotten, despite promises from the Yemeni government to provide them with ongoing medical and financial assistance. “My wounds are rotting while Yemeni officials refuse to answer my calls,” says Khatab Al-Ruaiani

Despite the poor medical care and financial assistance from the Yemeni government in Egypt, all of the soldiers interviewed prefer to stay. The poor quality and basic medical facilities in Yemen are ill-equipped to deal with their injuries long term and to return would mean being cut off from charitable donors and organizations sustaining them in Egypt – by Afrah Nasser

My comment: This is the other side of “We are benefactors” propaganda.

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UN panel finds further evidence of Iran link to Yemen missiles

Yemen's Huthi rebels are still arming themselves with ballistic missiles and drones that "show characteristics similar" to Iranian-made weapons, a report by a UN panel of experts has found.

In a confidential report to the Security Council, a copy of which was seen by AFP on Monday, the panel said it "continues to believe" that short-range ballistic missiles and other weaponry were transferred from Iran to Yemen after an arms embargo was imposed in 2015.

Iran has repeatedly denied that it is arming the Huthis in Yemen, but the United States and Saudi Arabia have accused Tehran of providing military support to the rebels.

Recent inspections of weaponry including missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used by the Huthis "show characteristics similar to weapons systems known to be produced in the Islamic Republic of Iran," said the 125-page report.

During recent visits to Saudi Arabia, the panel was able to inspect debris from 10 missiles and found markings that suggest an Iranian origin, said the report spanning January to July this year.

"It seems that despite the targeted arms embargo, the Huthis continue to have access to ballistic missiles and UAVs to continue and possibly intensify their campaign against targets in KSA (Saudi Arabia)," said the report.

The panel said there was a "high probability" that the missiles were manufactured outside of Yemen, shipped in sections to the country and re-assembled by the Huthis.

In a letter to the panel, Iran maintained that the missiles, which the Huthis have dubbed the Burkan, are a domestic upgrade of SCUD missiles that were part of Yemen's arsenal before the start of the war.

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Mayhem in Yemen

The US’ escalation of tensions with Iran, starting with the superpower’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal and then the threats of war issued by President Donald Trump on Twitter, has further emboldened Saudi Arabia to ramp up its war against Iran-backed Houthi rebels. This past Wednesday, Saudi Arabia halted oil shipments through the Hodeida port in response to attacks on two oil tankers by the rebels. Kuwait and the UAE are also threatening to follow suit. This will not have much of an effect on global oil transport since the Saudis can easily bypass the port through other routes. The purpose of this closure seems to be to send a signal to the US that it should take action against Iran to avoid a disruption in oil supplies. This will naturally anger Iran which could respond by choking off the important Straits of Hormuz to disrupt oil transport and trigger international panic. More likely, though, both Saudi Arabia and Iran will now ramp up their already destructive war in Yemen.

The international community now has to step in and try to bring about an end to the war. Those countries that are intervening need to be condemned for their role in prolonging what the UN has called the worst humanitarian disaster in the world and convinced to begin negotiating a peace settlement.

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Umkämpfte Meerenge

Nach wie vor keine Öltransporte durch Bab Al-Mandab zwischen Golf von Aden und Rotem Meer

Nach einem Angriff der in weiten Teilen des Jemen regierenden schiitischen Ansarollah-Miliz auf zwei Öltanker im Golf von Aden am vergangenen Mittwoch hat Saudi-Arabien die wichtige Schiffahrtsroute geschlossen.

Nun werden die Stimmen laut, die davor warnen, dass der Vorfall eine Ausweitung der westlichen Intervention im Jemen-Krieg nach sich ziehen könnte, um die Ölrouten zu sichern. Im For bes Magazineschrieb Ellen Wald vom US-Thinktank »Atlantic Council«, sollte es im Roten Meer zu Unterbrechungen der Schiffahrt kommen, hätten »europäische Mächte, Ägypten und die Vereinigten Staaten allen Grund, gegen die Huthis zu intervenieren«. Huthis ist eine in westlichen Medien verbreitete Bezeichnung für die Ansarollah. Möglicherweise, so die Autorin weiter, sei es genau das, was Riad erreichen wolle.

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Why is Saudi halting oil shipments through the Red Sea?

Saudi Arabia announced last week it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea’s Bab al-Mandeb strait after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two ships in the waterway. To date, no other exporters have followed suit. A full blockage of the strategic waterway would virtually halt shipment to Europe and the United States of about 4.8 million barrels per day of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

Western allies backing a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen expressed concern about the attacks, but have not indicated they would take action to secure the strait. That would risk deeper involvement in a war seen as a proxy battle for regional supremacy between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Analysts say Saudi Arabia is trying to encourage its Western allies to take more seriously the danger posed by the Houthis and step up support for its war in Yemen, where thousands of air strikes and a limited ground operation have produced only modest results while deepening the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

“Rather than allowing these hostile maneuvers to go unnoticed in the eyes of the world, the Saudi (energy) minister has placed Iran’s subversions of the whole global economy under the spotlight for everyone to see,” said energy consultant Sadad al-Husseini, a former senior executive at Saudi Aramco. “The capture of the port of Hodeidah will go a long way towards putting an end to these disruptions.”

“The Houthis are trying to provoke a situation where there’s a great effort to negotiate an end to the war in Yemen,” said James Dorsey, senior fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

“The Saudis are trying to create a situation in which the U.S. would in one form or another significantly step up support ... so that they can claim military victory.”

“We’re just one missile away somewhere from getting into a more direct confrontation,” said Helima Croft, global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets.


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Why is Saudi halting oil shipments through the Red Sea?
Saudi Arabia announced it was halting oil shipments through the Red Sea "until the situation becomes clearer and maritime transition through Bab al-Mandeb is safe".

It is unclear when that will be. But there may not be a big rush as the world's top oil exporter has other ways to supply European and U.S. markets.

Redirecting ships around the southern tip of Africa would cost a lot more in time and money, making it an unlikely alternative.

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The Might of Petro Dollar: Why Saudi Arabia Can Continue Its Atrocities in Yemen?

It is clear that there is a significant humanitarian disaster occurring in Yemen that is mostly being ignored internationally as the world keeps its eyes on Syria, Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. So why then is Yemen being ignored? To answer this question, we must ask why Syria, Iran, Venezuela and North Korea are the focus. The most straight forward way to answer this critical question is by highlighting that neither of these four countries are under the orbit of American imperialism and are therefore targeted whether it be by military means and/or by severe economic sanctions in the hope that they become compliant and open their economy to corporate domination and US dollar hegemony. Accompanied with these acts of economic subversion are the constant accusations of human rights abuses made by Washington and their allies against these governments. They are accused of perpetrating human rights abuses against their own people.

But with Yemen having a food shortage crisis with ports blockaded, a cholera crisis, and civilians targeted by double-tap airstrikes, including attacks against schools, hospitals, weddings, funerals and any other social event possibly imaginable, why is there little international condemnation against the main perpetrator, Saudi Arabia?

Turkish energy analyst and the Chairman of Ankara-based Institute for Energy

Turkish energy analyst and the Chairman of Ankara-based Institute for Energy Markets and Policies, Dr. Volkan Ozdemir, said in an interview with Sputnik Turkiye in 2017 that: “For the last 44-45 years, the petrodollar system has been ruling the world, which means that the international oil trade had been mostly paid for in US dollars. It stems from the Middle Eastern crises of the 1970s, when Saudi Arabia bound itself to selling oil only in US dollars. Given that Saudi oil has played the major role in the US dollar becoming the world’s reserve currency, the US turned into the guarantor of the security of Saudi Arabia. Being the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar has remained the foundation of the US’ global hegemony.”

As Dr. Ozdemir explains, there is a very intimate relationship between Saudi oil and the US dollar. So long as the dollar hegemony is not threatened, any state can perpetrate human rights atrocities as Saudi Arabia perpetrates against its own people and Yemenis on a daily basis, but threaten this hegemony, then the full force of American might will be felt.

So long as Saudi Arabia continues to help preserve the hegemony of the US Dollar, it will be able to continue human rights abuses, including the starvation of the Yemeni population, to achieve its goal of regional hegemony. Saudi Arabia believes that it is countering Iranian influence on its southern border, but this is literally coming at the price of thousands of deaths because of preventable diseases, starvation and airstrikes. The question then remains whether we can take US accusations against other states of human rights abuses seriously when considering the daily human rights abuses perpetrated by Saudi Arabia? – by Paul Antonopoulos =

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The alliance prevents the fishermen from going to the sea and who violates will be a military target

A government military source said that the Saudi Arabian-led coalition's navy on Sunday warned fishermen not to go down to the sea in Yemeni territorial waters, otherwise they would be a military target.

Al Masdar online reported that fishermen on the West coast would be barred from fishing in the Red Sea and that any boat sailing in the territorial waters from the direction of the coast would be the target of Air Forces.

He noted that the coalition had completely prevented fishermen.

The warning comes after the al-Houthi attack on the Red Sea carriers last week, which left Saudi Arabia to suspend its oil shipments across the Bab al-Mandeb strait.

and a photo:

My comment: Condemning the fishermen to starvation – and those who could otherwise eat the fish as well.


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Film: Yemen: Three years of war takes its toll on Hodeidah fishermen | Al Jazeera English

Fighting for the strategic port of Hodeidah in Yemen has badly affected the livelihood of fishermen, who fear going out to sea because of the constant threat from air attacks and naval mines.

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25, 000 Yemeni pilgrims preparing to leave for Mecca to perform Hajj

The minister of Endowments, Dr. Ahmed Atiyah, said all the arrangements and preparations for the Yemeni pilgrims were completed for this season 1439 Hijri.

The Endowments minister said that in the next two days, 25, 000 pilgrims from all regions and governorates of the Republic will be welcomed to Mecca.

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Yemen war escalates as Houthis threaten UAE, Saudi Arabia
The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels are escalating their threats against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The rebels do not appear intimidated by the Saudi coalition. The Yemeni war is increasingly entangled in the American conflict with Iran, which doesn’t augur well for the Yemenis.

The Houthis justify their behavior as an appropriate response to the four years of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on Yemen’s cities and the blockade that has led to mass malnutrition.

The Houthis' missile and drone strikes have so far had limited results.

Both the Saudis and Emiratis try to downplay the attacks on their capitals. They hype the sea attacks, hoping to get more outside support, especially from the United States.

But the persistence of the rebels' campaign and their escalating threats this month are a clear indicator that the Houthis are still not intimidated by the coalition.

The Saudis and Emiratis are not eager for a house-to-house battle with the Houthis, which could exact a large number of casualties.

The missile attacks inherently carry the risk of catastrophic success. A missile hit against a major civilian target in Riyadh or Abu Dhabi killing dozens would place enormous pressure on the Saudi and Emirati leadership to retaliate against not only Sanaa but also Tehran.

The Yemeni war has always been a front, not only in the Saudi-Iranian regional power conflict but also a factor in Washington’s relationship with Tehran.

The Pompeo speech was choreographed carefully with the Saudis. The Saudi ambassador in Washington published an editorial reinforcing the secretary’s message. Riyadh, which broke ties with Tehran in 2016, is all in for regime change.

As always, the Yemeni people are the victims of the conspiracies and plots of the Houthis, Iran, the Saudis and their allies, the other Yemeni factions and the Americans. Millions are suffering – by Bruce Riedel

Comment: Well I guess it's pretty normal for all sides in war to threaten each other. It's called propaganda. And they are all at it. They are not just threatening Yemen. They have, and are, destroying it and the lives of Yemeni people who live there.

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There is a trend in Saudi/UAE media to mention children/adults are used in #Yemen as human shields.
It is the #UAE, #KSA & Coalition friends who target civilians. With #US intelligence.

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Podcast: The Medieval Siege of Yemen's Farmlands (Interview with Dr. Martha Mundy)

The ongoing war in Yemen is devastating a country that was little known before 2015. A mostly agrarian society before the Saudi-led coalition began destroying farmlands and agricultural infrastructure, Yemen now teeters on the brink of famine, disease epidemics, poverty and death. A vast majority of its people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and up to eight million are at the risk of famine at any given time.

This is not mere collateral damage, unforseen consequences of a raging conflict. It is part of the war strategy. One of the first people who began to notice that Yemen’s civilians were the target of a medieval-style besiegement was Dr. Martha Mundy. An professor emeritus at the London School of Economics, Dr. Mundy spent much of her career in and out of Yemen, analyzing its agriculture.

Now that Yemen’s agricultural sector is being systematically obliterated, Mundy has been on the forefront of exposing the war crimes in the wartorn country.

In The Gateway podcast, Dr. Mundy goes in-depth describing her experiences in Yemen before the war, and how the war has impacted Yemen.

The country is locked in a stalemating proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran and between separatists and loyalists. An intervention and occupation by a Saudi-led coalition in addition to Iran’s support for the separatist Houthi militia has been maintaining the war’s frontlines, ensuring it becomes a war of attrition.

But the coalition initially planned for a quick war, attempting to break the morale of the Houthis with a “shock and awe,” campaign according to Dr. Mundy. But when that didn’t work, the coalition began “smashing economic production. That also included smashing factories,” including water, industrial and agricultural production, attempting to eliminate any semblance of normalcy and enrapturing the entire country in a humanitarian crisis that shows no sign of slowing down.

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Film: Yemen: Three years of war takes its toll on Hodeidah fishermen

Yemeni fishermen from the port city of Hodeidah are increasingly desperate as severe restrictions on sailing cuts them off from their livelihoods.

Fighting for the strategic port of Hodeidah in Yemenhas badly affected the livelihood of fishermen, who fear going out to sea because of the constant threat from air attacks and naval mines.

On Thursday, at least six Yemeni fishermen were reportedly killed when the Saudi coalition targeted boats in Hodeidah.

Al Jazeera's Brandice Alexander reports.

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Saudi War Prisoners Ask Saudi Regime Negotiate their Release

The Military Media of The Yemeni Army and Popular Committees released a video of two war prisoners from the Saudi army, captured by the Army and Popular Committees during the raid on Mesha'al post in the Jizan. The prisoners spoke of the good treatment they recieved after falling in the hands of the Yemeni Army and Committtes. They expressed their surprise of this treatment since the Saudi regime spreed misleading propaganda, which warns of the possibility of being subject to torture and killing by Yemeni Army and Committees. They spoke of the ethical people how are hosting them during their captivity.

They explained how they had to follow some instructions from their leaders to fight until ammunition runs out and to kill themselves if fear of falling into captivity. The 2 presioners reviled some facts about the presence of Yemeni mercenaries and Sudanese soldiers fighting with them in Saudi territory. "We are forbidden to socialize with mercenaries," one of the war prisoners said.
The prisoners sent messages of reassurance to their families that they were being treated very well by the Yemeni Army, and they denied all rumors that the prisoners were being tortured.
The prisoners also sent messages to the Saudi government, which ignored the prisoners file and denounced the negligence of their government. "there are prisoners of more than 3 years, the government did not consider and did not pay attention to them and they should do something to get them back to their families," the war prisoners said.

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2 UAE fighter jets are bombarding some places in Sanaa, where they stupidly and foolishly, think the drones are made, or kept! They apparently use very old information, where you can put your drones!’s very funny! Again, we woke up to Saudi-UAE bombings on Sanaa airport! And two other places, one of them very close to where I’m living eastern suburb of Sanaa. It’s clear that UAE is retaliating for the Yemen drones attacks on Abu Dhabi airport. But such stupid!
Houthi Attacks On Economic Targets Bring Yemen War Closer To Home For Saudi Arabia And The UAEAttacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on the economic interests of Saudi Arabia and the UAE appear to be increasing in number, with claims of several incidents in recent weeks targeting the two countries’ oil and transport infrastructure. While Saudi and Emirati officials have denied that some of the attacks took place, other incidents have been confirmed. The Saudi authorities typically claim their missile defense systems, including US-made Patriot anti-missile batteries, have been successful in protecting its territory, although there have been reports of casualties as a result of shrapnel.

Taken together, these incidents highlight the fact that Houthi rebels remain a real threat to Saudi Arabia and the UAE more than three years after the two countries launched a campaign (with other allies) to oust the rebel movement from power. The targetting of the oil and transport sectors goes to the heart of the Gulf countries' economies and, if the attacks prove more successful in the future, could have wider repercussions beyond any immediate damage to infrastructure.

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi place much of the blame for the ability of the Houthis to continue fighting with Iran, saying Tehran is supplying them with missiles and other weaponry as part of a pattern of nefarious behavior around the region.

My comment: if they had not intervened in Yemen, they would not face these problems now. – If they would agree to a peaceful settlement now (without claiming the precondition that the eenemy must capitulate, he simply won’t do this), this threat could stop today.

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Film: Op dit moment vindt in Jemen de ergste humanitaire ramp ter wereld plaats. Maar waarom hoor je hier zo weinig over?

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Urgent efforts needed to stop Iran’s threats in the Red Sea

rue, suspending oil shipments through the Bab Al Mandeb does not mean the complete halt of oil shipments from the Arab Gulf region to the outside world; still, interfering with the free shipments of crude oil through it would have entail raising the prices of crude oil worldwide. 500,000 to 700,000 oil barrels per day cross the threatened strait and something urgent must be done by the major powers to stop Iran's threats against free trade through the Red Sea.

Better still, the Yemeni war must come to an end, especially when its cost in human life terms has risen to intolerable proportions in recent months. If all the major powers can pool their resources together to stop the war on a just and legitimate basis, then there could be a glimpse of hope for ending the suffering and loss of life on both sides of the fence sooner than later. Leaving the warring armies to stew in their own juices for much longer would only make life and security for other nations impossible.

My comment: From Jordan. The propaganda headline does not fit to the article. – You might think it’s odd that a rise of the oil price would rise more concern than the destruction of half a country, the killing and starving of many thousands has been.

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Shocking Footages Show UAE Mercenaries Barbarically Execute Yemeni Captive

Shocking video footage has surfaced in the media showing the UAE mercenaries executing a wounded Yemeni detainee in a barbaric way.

The footages, which has recently been circulated widely on social media, shows the UAE-affiliated militants carrying out extrajudicial killings of a captured Yemeni force by shooting at him and throwing him down a mountain.

Execution of the captive who was a resident of Abyan province has created wrath among the Yemeni people who have compared the crime with those of the ISIL terrorist group.

Earlier reports had also quoted local sources in the town of al-Salou in Ta'iz province as saying that the mercenaries threw three Yemeni captives down Qale al-Dalmout mountain after torturing them three months ago.

Also, militants affiliated to the Saudi-UAE coalition had earlier buried alive a Yemeni captive named Abdolqawi al-Jabri.

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Saudi-Led Forces Violate International Humanitarian Law in Hodeidah

With the July 1 ceasefire over the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah over, Saudi-led forces have begun carrying out a series of strikes across the city, including major airstrikes in the center of the city, doing major damage. During the ceasefire, Saudi-led forces attacked a series of towns further South of the port city, through which about 70% of all food and humanitarian aid enters Yemen. The ceasefire was intended to give the UN time to negotiate a deal to prevent the city’s invasion.

The Saudis have yet to discuss what exactly happened, and why the ceasefire ended. The UN had tried to get the Ansarullah to give the city to the UN. Saudi-backed forces, however, objected to this plan, saying they would only allow the UN to take the city if the Ansarullah fighters surrendered the entire rest of the country!!!

However, what is going on in the port city is a breach of International Humanitarian law. Under this law, it is difficult to claim that a blockade can be imposed legally in a non-international armed conflict. The law of naval blockades derives from the 1856 Paris Declaration, the 1909 London Declaration and the 1994 San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea (SRM), whereby the SRM reflects customary international law.

But assessing the above scenario, if a population, like the Yemeni, is subject to the worst global famine, half a million children under the age of five are severely malnourished and every six months more than 2,100 people die of cholera, as purported by the media and Human Rights Watch, a blockade per se contravenes the prohibition of SRM, no matter how great the concrete and direct military advantage may be.

The Saudi-led coalition can be further criticized for delaying and blockading urgently needed humanitarian deliveries. If the population of a blockaded area is inadequately provided with food and other essential objects, like the Yemeni population, the blockading Saudis under Article 103 SRM are obliged to provide for free passage of the foodstuffs and objects. The facts at hand do suffice to decide on this point that the Saudis and their allies have violated Article 103 SRM as well.

To summarize, neither has the Saudi-led coalition’s blockade been imposed in accordance with the law of naval blockade nor have the enforcement measures been conducted properly. Further still, UN Security Council Resolution 2216 of April 2015 and the law of contraband are no adequate legal grounds, because the legal regimes do not provide for wide-ranging enforcement measures as exercised by the Saudis. Thus, the naval enforcement measures by the Saudi-led coalition contravene International Law as well.

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#Yemenia operates with 3 aircrafts from Aden & Seiyoun serving a nation of 28 million. Aside from inability to get seats, lucky travelers from north get to travel for a day or more to airport. Sanaa Airport is still closed for commercial flights incl. Yemenia. #OpenSanaaAirport

My comment: The Saudi coalition had bombed Sanaa air port 160 times now!!

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Saudi-led Coalition Prevents A Russian Aid Plane From Landing At The Sana’a International Airport

A marine source said that on Wednesday, US-Saudi coalition prevented a plane belonged to the Russian Emergency Ministry – containing humanitarian aids to Yemeni people – from landing at Sana’a International Airport.

The source confirmed the rejection of the US-Saudi coalition from granting the permission to the plane that was supposed to arrive on 25th of July – to Sana’a International Airport. This clearly shows the indifference of the international and humanitarian laws.

It is worth mentioning that US-Saudi coalition is practicing air piracy and terrorist acts by intercepting the humanitarian and relief planes including the UN planes

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Organizations 3W Operational Presence (May 2018)

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Al Houthi mine shatters Yemeni boy’s football dreams

Al Houthi landmine outside his home left Ziyad, 13, crippled and blew away his dreams of becoming a footballer in an instant

Aged 10 at the time of the horrific accident, Ziyad was a class five student and dreamt of becoming a footballer. But the explosion shattered those dreams forever.

“My son loved playing football and would spend hours practising. I used to scold him for spending so much time playing and now he can’t anymore,”

Among a batch of 74 patients who arrived in India on July 5 for specialised treatment as part of the UAE government’s humanitarian mission for the Yemeni war victims, Ziyad is currently admitted at VPS Rockland Hospital in Saket, New Delhi.

Ziyad, now 13, has undergone a series of surgeries on what remains of his right leg and has been wheelchair-bound for three years now.

His father hopes that Ziyad’s right leg regains strength and using a prosthetic limb for his left leg, he could get back on his feet, which doctors believe would be possible in a few weeks.

My comment: This article shows the fate of a victim of this war – misused by Emirati “We are benefactors” propaganda.

(A H) distributes 100 food aid baskets in Sana'a

Based on a fund provided by International Committee for Aiding Yemen and Ending the War. has finished today delivering IDPs fled from Hodeidah in western Yemen to the capital Sana'a 100 food aid baskets. Each food pack contains, 25 kg wheat, 5 kg sugar, 5 kg rice, 2 litters Cooking Oil and 1 kg powdered milk.
Due to ongoing fighting in the Hodeidah city in western Yemen, which forced almost 35000 families to flee the scene of conflict. Most families in the city are very poor and they can't afford their families' members daily basic needs and after the fighting there they fled to the capital Sana'a and now they are living in a very bad condition. (photos)

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@SMEPSYEMEN now in #Saada beginning efforts to help farmers improve incomes and production. We found wide use and advance understanding of greehouse tech so we have a great platform from which to build on (photo)

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(A H) delivers food aid baskets funded by Schools for Peace Org on Poland

Based on a fund provided by Schools for Peace org in Poland. was able today to reach out 32 families displaced from #Hodeidah in western #Yemen to the capital Sana'a. Thanks to all our donors.

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Famine Early Warning System Network: Yemen Key Message Update, July 2018

Staple food and fuel prices generally stable in Al Hudaydah despite ongoing conflictKey Messages
Large populations in Yemen continue to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity. As worst affected households begin to exhaust their coping capacity, populations may begin to move into Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) even in the absence of additional disruptions. In a worst-case scenario, significant declines in commercial imports below requirement levels and conflict that cuts populations off from trade and humanitarian assistance for an extended period could drive food security outcomes in line with Famine (IPC Phase 5).
Al Hudaydah and Salif ports remain open as of July 25 according to UNVIM, although conflict continues near Al Hudaydah City.

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Logistics Cluster: Yemen: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Deliveries to Humanitarian Service Points and Transit Points-Sana’a Hub, July 2018

This document provides an overview of the logistics services to be made available through the Logistics Cluster to support humanitarian actors in responding to the Hodeidah crisis, how these services can be accessed, and the conditions under which these services are to be provided.

The objective of these services is to enable responding organisations to establish an uninterrupted supply chain that supports the delivery of humanitarian relief items to the affected population. These services are not intended to replace the logistics capacities of other organisations, nor are they meant to compete with the commercial market.

Rather, they are intended to fill identified gaps and provide a last resort option in case other service providers are not available.

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Can we put our efforts together for a message received?

'My brother was diagnosed with leukaemia; two years ago he underwent chemotherapy treatment and improved, a little.
Now he suffers from a relapse in the bone marrow and we decided to have him travel abroad for urgent bone marrow transplant.
I can not travel abroad, but I hope you save my brother.
Can someone give advice on what to do? He is only 18.' (documents)

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UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report (June 2018)

UNICEF is working to mobilise resources for teachers’ incentives to continue education in the northern part of Yemen. Nearly three quarters of public school teachers have not been paid for two school years. Education authorities in the North indicated in May that unless the issue of teachers’ incentives is addressed, they would not accept the implementation of any other education activity in the governorates under their control.

A first ever OCV campaign was held in five districts of the Aden governorate. In total, 275,650 doses were distributed which amounted to an average coverage of 60 per cent in the target districts. Overall acceptance of the vaccine was high, despite this being the first campaign introduced to the country. C4D contributions have been key to the campaign.

Children continue to be severely affected by the conflict. Overall, 3.7 million children remain affected in their access to education. This year, the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) documented and verified 573 incidents affecting 986 children (767 boys; 216 girls; the rest of unknown gender).

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

Between January and June this year, humanitarian needs in Yemen remained high despite efforts to renew peace talks. The conflict affects millions of people throughout the country, but children continue to bear the heaviest toll of the conflict.

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Wie Flüchtlinge aus dem Jemen auf Südkoreas Insel Jeju landeten

"Sei nicht wie Europa": Hunderttausende Südkoreaner protestieren gegen Bürgerkriegsflüchtlinge aus dem Jemen, die sich auf der Insel Jeju aufhalten. Die Fremdenfeindlichkeit ist in der Gesellschaft fest verwurzelt.

Doch seit einigen Monaten ist die Harmonie auf der Insel gestört. Der Grund sind Besucher, die sich die Tourismusbehörde nicht ausgesucht hat: 550 Flüchtlinge aus dem Jemen, die zwischen Dezember und Mai über Malaysia dort ankamen. An ihnen hat sich ein erbitterter Streit entzündet. Viele Einheimische nennen sie "Fake-Flüchtlinge", protestieren mit Sprechchören und Schildern wie: "Sei nicht wie Europa" und "Wir wollen sicher sein" gegen die Fremden. Wie sind die Flüchtlinge überhaupt nach Südkorea gekommen?

Auf der Ferieninsel galt, wie in Malaysia auch, eine visafreie Einreise für Jemeniten. Hinzu kam, dass seit Dezember vergangenen Jahres eine Billigfluggesellschaft Flüge von Kuala Lumpur auf die Ferieninsel anbot. Die 505 Männer und 45 Frauen aus dem Jemen nutzten ihre Chance.

Der Grad der Fremdenfeindlichkeit in Südkorea lässt sich nun auch an der Reaktion auf die 550 jemenitischen Flüchtlinge ablesen.

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UN High Commissioner for RefugeesYemen: Al Hudaydah Displacement/Response Update 22 - 26 July 2018

In Al Hudaydah hub, the situation has developed in Al Hudaydah governorate over the week with increased number of airstrikes especially near the airport area which is close to humanitarian agencies premises. It was reported that some main streets in Al Hudaydah City were declared closed military zones such as Sana’a street. UNHCR conducted needs assessment in As Sukhnah and Al Munirah districts and found 1,544 families in need for NFIs (Non-Food Items) and 1,067 families in need for EESKs (Enhanced Emergency Shelter Kits) in As Sukhnah district also 578 families in need for NFIs and 68 families in need for EESKs in Al Munirah district. The Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster Partner RAFD (Rawabi AlNahdah Developmental Foundation) received 720 NFIs Kits without mattresses and 602 family tent in Zabid district donated by DFID and transported by IOM.
In Sana’a hub, the response in the transit sit and IDPs hosting sites in Amanat Al Asimah is progressing with 286 families have been accommodated in 6 IDPs hosting sites. 10 dedicated teams were identified to assess the newly displaced families who choose not to stay in schools due to availability of other shelter options (rent, host family, etc.).
In Aden hub, the security situation remain unstable with the continuation of assassination attempts towards military targets in addition to an attack against IDPs in Ash Shaikh Outhman district by unknown person who threw a grenade into the basement where the IDPs were hosted and it resulted in the killing of two IDPs and the injury of five others as reported in some media reports. During the reporting period, over 262 newly displaced families arrived in Aden and an additional 284 families sought safety in Lahj. The new waves of displacement over stretched humanitarian agencies capacity to respond in timely manner as IDPs are scattered in different locations within an area of over 1,000 kilometers. Partners reported that the newly displaced families are in need for emergency shelter and NFIs assistance.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen: Integrated Response Methodology

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UN High Commissioner for RefugeesIntegrated Response to IDPs Hosting Sites - Methodology

The YHRP 2018 highlights the importance of coordination and collaboration of Clusters as one of the main ways of ensuring that the holistic needs of IDPs are met sustainably as they free fall into poverty. This means targeting similar locations, facilitating the common identification of needs and developing a response collaboratively so that the overall wellbeing and resilience of the community is improved and vulnerability decreased.
These guidelines aim to support the implementation of an ‘integrated response’ pilot project in 16 selected districts in 8 Governorates. The methodology agreed upon between the Clusters would facilitate coordination and collaboration between Clusters at the national, sub national and site levels.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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JMP Condemns Crime of Kidnapping 8 Women in Tahita by US-Saudi Aggression

The JMP, Joint meeting Parties, condemned on Monday, in the strongest terms, the crime of kidnapping eight women in Al-Tahita district of Hodeidah governorate, by the invasion and occupation forces.

The JMP confirmed in a statement that this crime shows the brutality extent of the UAE invasion and occupation and their mercenaries.

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Al-Houthi dismiss the leader in the GPC party Sana'a Wing of the Ministry of Social Affairs

The al-Houthi group, sacked Faeqa Al Saied as the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, the member of the general public Congress Party (Sana'a wing), led by the late President Ali Abdallah Saleh, in their unrecognized government.

The so-called President of the Supreme Political Council, Mehdi al-Mashat, was appointed Obaid Salim bin Dhabeeaas Minister of Social Affairs and Labor.


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Newly-appointed minister sworn in before President

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Parliament approves report on fight against cholera epidemic

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Security arrests four coalition collaborators in Bayda

The arrested were accused of mobilizing militiamen for fighting along with the Saudi-UAE coalition.

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«The abductees mothers” say that Houthis assaulted 36 abductees before the courts

The "Association of abductees Mothers" (non-governmental) said on Monday that al-Houthi assaulted 36 of their relatives during their trial in the criminal Court on Sunday.

The 36 defendants have been tried since April last year on malicious charges before the al-Houthi courts.

"The mothers and parents of the abductees attended the trial on Sunday to be surprised that their children were tied to their hands with ropes after being pulled out and the blood out of each other's hands," the association said in a statement.

It added that al-Houthi had assaulted Dr. Yousef Al-bawab after complaining that they had been handcuffed and beaten while being taken from the political security prison to the courtroom without respect for their Humanity.

He noted that Judge Abdou Rajeh had refused to listen to the defense lawyers of the abductees.

"The continued abduction and trial of 36 abductees by the al-Houthi after the fabrication of unjust charges, daily and systematic torture, chronic illnesses, paralysis, and the sliding of spines and cartilage due to torture and kidney failure, is only a stain on the conscience of human rights advocates who have failed Abductees for more than three consecutive years without solving their humanitarian cause.

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FM, UN delegation discuss security of humanitarian work

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf on Sunday discussed with a delegation of the United Nations the security aspects relating to the humanitarian work in Yemen.


7 tons of expired foodstuffs destroyed in Bayda

The Public Works Office in Bayda province on Sunday destroyed seven tons of expired and spoiled foodstuffs.
Director of the Public Works office, Muneer al-Selwi, said that the expired foodstuffs were seized in some shops in markets of Bayda city during a campaign carried out by the staff of the environmental health department at the office.

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Houthis raid villages, abduct 40 people in central Yemen Ibb

Houthis have abducted 40 villagers in central Yemen province of Ibb in a surprise storming operation to hunt for peaceful oppositionists.

The extremists l-Ahmul, a rural area, in Hazm al-Odayn district of Ibb on Friday shooting fire indiscriminately at houses wounding a woman and a child and abducting 40 men.

The campaigns of the coupist militia against the sons of the most important area of my family have increased recently.
Local sources said the militiamen said they were looking for government soldiers who came back from the far eastern Yemen province of Marib to visit their families in al-Ahmul. "But the militia ended up kidnapping the elderly fathers of soldiers and rounding them up to jail as they did not find the government soldiers they were looking for.


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A child was killed, and two women were wounded by gunmen in Ibb

One child was killed, and two women were shot dead by al-Houthi gunmen in Hazem al-O'deen District, Ibb Governorate, in central Yemen.

Residents of the "Almasdar online" said that al-Houthi gunmen broke into the area "al-Ahmool" village of "Awhar" in the Directorate of Hazm al-O'deen, west of Ibb province, on Friday evening, and fired indiscriminately at citizens ' homes, killing a child and injuring two women.

According to the residents, the militia abducted more than 20 citizens, most of them elderly and children, in the villages of al-awhar, the Madraj, and the Kharabah.

According to our sources, the campaign came after the killing of the "al-Houthi" leadership in “Zid Al shaawari” circumstances and conditions on Monday, while citizens say that the death of “Al shaawari “was the result of internal disagreements between the leaders of the Houthis.

On another issue, a local source said two al-Houthi gunmen were injured after a clash with a young man who they tried to kidnap him in a village of "Zabeed" in the Directorate of al-Sabrah, southeast Ibb.

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Massive Popular Donation Campaigns to Support Military Manufacturing In conjunction with the military achievements that were achieved by the Yemeni Rocketry force and the Air Force of the Army and Committees, against the US-Saudi aggression, a popular campaigns have started in the capital, Sana'a, and some Yemeni governorates to support these forces.
The Council of Tribal Popular Cohesion called for these campaigns that showed wide interaction by citizens, who have stressed the importance of continuing the support and developing the capabilities of the military industrialization, in order to deter the aggression and to respond to its crimes against civilians.

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Houthis Restyle Yemeni Schooling Systems, Promote Sectarianism

Iran-allied Houthi militias have been racing for weeks to complete printing and distribution of hundreds of thousands of highly politicized books derived from Khomeini literature and teaching.
Houthi militias hope to impose sectarian prints across public and private schools during the coming academic year, 2018-2019, according to educational officials in Sanaa.
Officials, speaking under the condition of anonymity in fear of facing Houthi oppression, said that militias had already formed a committee of seniors and followers to reconsider the Yemeni curriculum adopted in general education systems.
Over the course of five months, the Houthi-assigned education review committee approved radical changes, especially for curricula pertaining to Islamic education, the Holy Quran and sciences, civil studies and history. Most altered material aimed to fall in line with the Khomeini ideology.

My comment: From a Saudi news site. This report might be true. But how the Saudis ever can blame others for this? The Saudi school curricula are the most horrible, sectarian, extremist as possible.

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Mahweet tribes declares public mobilization to support coast front

Tribes of Mahweet province announced on Saturday the public mobilization to support the western coast front, in response to the call of the Yemeni Revolution Leader, Sayyed Abdulmalik al-Houthi.

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Parliament reviews report on fight against cholera epidemic

The Yemeni parliament reviewed in its meeting on Saturday a report, prepared by the parliamentary committee on water and environment, on the fight against cholera epidemic in the capital Sanaa and several provinces.

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

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Yamani to Asharq Al-Awsat: Yemen to Cut Diplomatic Staff

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani revealed on Sunday an overhaul of Yemen’s diplomatic corps, including a revaluation of the situation of embassies and their staff.

In a phone interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the minister said the Yemeni diplomacy needs to restore its status as an important aspect of the military and social efforts required for recuperating the state.

“Our country’s diplomacy and our embassies were damaged by Houthi militias, but there are very important upcoming steps to arrange the situation of embassies and to overhaul them in line with our ongoing plan to build the state,” Yamani said.

My comment: Which Yemeni embassy had been “damaged by Houthi militias“?? Berlin? London? Paris? Stockholm? Pretoria?

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Interior ministry directs To limit the spread of motorcycles in Aden following the increase in assassinations

The Yemeni interior, on Sunday, directed the security of Aden to reduce the spread of motorcycles in the province, which comes in tandem with the rise in assassinations.

The Minister directed the Aden Security to give him a "comprehensive picture of the proliferation of motorcycles and the resulting effects and the development of appropriate solutions for their registration, numbering and limitation", according to the Saba agency.

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Reopening of the international "al-Dabbah" Road in Hadramawt two years after its closure by the UAE forces

The local authorities in Hadramawt Governorate, south-east Yemen, on Sunday opened the international road "al-Dhabbah", two years after it was stopped after being closed by the Emirati troops stationed in the province.

"The reopening of the road came after security was restored and threats were reduced by what he called" the remnants of terrorist elements, "said Governor of the Hadramawt Governorate,

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In a Message to the International Society, Ben Brik says: “We Will Disregard What is Against our People’s Will”

Hany Ben Brik, vice president of the southern transitional council, indicated that the council respects all international decisions, the international will and directions of the Arab Coalition, Saudi Arabia and UAE, but the council will never compromise the southern people’s will in achieving the dream of independence.

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Terrifying Explosion Shakes Mansoura District in Aden A powerful explosion shook the Mansoura district in the southern city of Aden on Monday morning.
A number of people from Aden confirmed a loud and terrifying explosion was heard in Mansoura, without giving any further details.

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Yemen officials: Gunmen kill intel officer in city of Aden

Yemeni security officials say armed men riding on a motorcycle have gunned down a senior intelligence officer in the southern port city of Aden.

The security officials say Col. Nasser Makrij was killed on Sunday while walking on a street near his home in Aden, the seat of Yemen's internationally recognized government.

Makrij was the chief intelligence officer at Aden airport. No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

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#Aden: 3 IDPs from Hodeidah were wounded after gunmen attacked their camp and clashed with guards in Dar Saad district. Days ago, 2 IDPs were killed and 5 injured in bomb attack. Besides slayings and other security incidents, hate and regionalism speech is growing in south Yemen.

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Four deaths in armed clashes in two separate incidents in Aden

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Man Body Found in Lahj and 3 Explosions in Al-Dhalae A citizen was found dead on Sunday in the southern city of Al-Houtah of Lahj governorate, while Al-Dhalae witnessed three explosions followed by gunfire.

Media sources close to the aggression quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the body was found in an uninhabited desert south of Al-Houtah. Adding that the dead man was not identified.

In a related context, unknown persons detonated a coffin, owned by a leader of the aggression mercenaries, in the middle of Al-Dhalae leaving a number of wounded.

Two loud explosions were heard in the city,, followed by the clashes of light and medium arms, which took place around 1:30 am.

Activists from Al-Dhalae reported that one of the explosions targeted a truck belonging to a citizen in the Qasha'a area named Fadel al-Jamal, while another explosion was in the direction of Dar al-Haid.

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Top security official shot dead in Yemen’s Shabwah

The security official was shot dead by suspected Houthi gunmen

A senior security official was gunned down by suspected Houthi gunmen in southeastern Yemen on Saturday, according to a local security source.

The gunmen opened fire on security operations chief Ali Naji al-Sharif in Usaylan district in Shabwah province and fled the scene unscathed, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.

My comment: Generally, it’s not the Houthis but either Al Qaeda or unknown gangs. – “Unidenified gunmen” is reported by

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Deputy Minister of the Interior reveals the number of crimes committed in the first half of this year

The statistics of crimes committed during the first half of this year in all the liberated governorates amounted to 2217, according to Yemen shabab channel, quoted as saying, adding that the figures were normal for the similar crimes committed in 2014 ahead of the al-Houthi coup against the Legitimate government, in one province.

The Deputy Minister of the Interior admitted that there were security imbalances in the liberated governorates, especially in Aden, but that he blamed the al-Houthi armed group for the deterioration of security because of what he called "cells " which he said she was working for in those governorates.

On the reasons for the increase in assassinations in Aden following the return of President Hadi, he reiterated that the al-Houthi cells were striving to push the president and his government to leave Aden so that people would lose their confidence in the president and the Government.

My comment: if you cannot solve a problem, blame the Houthis.


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Deputy PM: Security chaos in Aden is run by occupation forces

Deputy Prime Minister for Service Affairs, Mahmoud al-Junaid, on Sunday said the security chaos and the deterioration of services in Aden province "comes within the framework of an integrated terrorist system run by the occupation forces."

My comment. This is by the Houthi government at Sanaa – and this is true in this case.

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President Hadi: Security conditions are deteriorating in Aden and illegal raids must stop

President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi said the illegal raids in the city of Aden should stop.

Hadi said during a meeting with security and military officials on Saturday that there were many security mistakes that have angered people.

Hadi criticized security guards for killing Hamra's guard two days ago.

He stressed that "Hadi" there are many security imbalances in Aden and the security situation is deteriorating significantly.

Hadi said there was a big mistake with the security authorities in Aden.

Hadi called for a halt to security attacks and called for security measures based on judicial orders.


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A military security meeting led by Hadi in Aden in the presence of the Arab Coalition leadership in Yemen

A security and military meeting chaired by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was held Saturday in Aden City, in the presence of leaders of the Arab alliance in Yemen.

In his speech, President Hadi said that the security situation in Aden and the neighboring governorates must be put to an end, and responsibilities and tasks should be determined, and their accountability and shortcomings should be held accountable wherever they were found.

"The various security agencies will see a new phase, entitled the Rewards and Punishment, as the security of the homeland and the citizen is primarily a societal and security responsibility," said Saba.

"The world around us is looking at the reality of the liberated governorates as a model for the restoration of the state and the building of a homeland of justice, equality and good governance," Hadi said in his speech.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Yemeni Foreign Minister: Houthi Militias Continue to Play Fast and Loose, and Still Intransigent to Keep on Warring

emeni Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Yamani said that Iran-backed Houthi militias are still intransigent to keep warring, rejecting all peace initiatives.
During a meeting in Riyadh today with French Ambassador to Yemen Christian Tetsou, Al-Yamani said that the militias are not a responsible peace partner.

My comment: The hadi government wants war, not peace. „the militias are not a responsible peace partner.“ An other peace partner does not exist. This is the same with all wars.

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UN envoy @OSE_Yemen : Kuwait is the central pivot for peace in #Yemen

My comment: Certainly it is not.


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"Griffith" hopes to achieve peace in Yemen during August

The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, on Sunday expressed the hope that peace will be achieved in the Arab country during next August.

The statement came after the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed al-Jaber Al-Sabah, received him in the capital of Kuwait.

Griffith said he had briefed the Emir of Kuwait on the latest developments and contacts concerning the Yemeni crisis, according to the official Kuwaiti news agency.

"Two years ago, the emir and the Kuwaiti Government hosted the Yemeni Parties for a period of 100 days in their peace talks," he said.

"Although these talks did not reach a peace agreement at the time, they set the path towards peace, which we hope to achieve in Yemen, within the next month," he said.

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Saudis banned the airplane of the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, from taking off from Sanaa airport for about 5 hours. Saudis disrespect UN and disregard its laws with Trump coddling them on one hand and milking their money on the other

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UN envoy: Held constructive meetings with al-Houthi

The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, said on Saturday that he had held "constructive" meetings with the Al-Houthi leadership in Sanaa. After meeting with the group's leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi and community officials.

"He will brief the Security Council next Thursday on what he has done to stop the war in Yemen," Griffith said in a tweet on his official Twitter website.

The UN diplomat left Sanaa on Friday without speaking to reporters.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi king begins holiday in still unbuilt mega-city

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived for a holiday in NEOM, the $500 billion flagship business zone that his son and heir apparent has pledged to build from scratch in a remote corner of the kingdom

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By a Saudi royal order. 1,500 pilgrims of Yemeni and Sudanese troops families

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz on Monday ordered 1,500 pilgrims to be hosted from the Yemeni army and Sudanese troops families.

According to the official news agency of Saudi Arabia, today, the decision comes within the program of the guests of the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques of this year 1439 E, which is supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, of the kingdom.

King Salman issued a decision to host 1,500 pilgrims from the families of those killed from the Yemeni national army and Sudanese troops involved in the storm of firmness.

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As U.S. pushes for Mideast peace, Saudi king reassures allies

Saudi Arabia has reassured Arab allies it will not endorse any Middle East peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem’s status or refugees’ right of return, easing their concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent U.S. deal which aligns with Israel on key issues.

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Trump Says Would Meet Iranian Leaders 'Anytime With No Preconditions'

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would agree to meet with Iran's leaders "anytime" and "with no preconditions."

"I'll meet with anybody," Trump said. "I believe in meetings. I would meet with Iran if they wanted to meet." Trump added, however, that "I don't know if they're ready." He made it clear that he would not present any preconditions for such a meeting to take place. "No preconditions," he stated, "they want to meet? I'll meet."

Trump went on to explain that "I don't do that from strength or weakness, but I just think it's an appropriate thing to do." He added that he believes the Iranians will, at some point, express interest in meeting the United States to discuss an alternative to the nuclear deal he withdrew from in May. He called the previous agreement a "waste of paper" but said he would like to negotiate a "meaningful" agreement with Iran.


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Trump's offer to meet with Iran's President Rouhani won't get us a better deal. We had our chance and lost it.

Iran has offered American deals to end their nuclear programs before, but we preferred belligerency to diplomacy

Trump thinks he can achieve this by sanctioning Iran until the rulers in Tehran beg for mercy. But if history is a guide, there will be no such capitulation by Iran: With the Iranians, one of the most costly things to do, both culturally and politically, would be to show Trump the respect and deference he desires after his aggressive string of insults.

So I am skeptical about Trump’s ability to pivot to diplomacy with Iran, but that is not to say that a better deal cannot be achieved. Indeed, better deals have often been on the table — but the United States rejected them at the time.

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US Spurring Instability in the Middle East

Multiple Middle Eastern disputes are threatening to spill out of control. This is largely due to the changed role of the United States.

Perceptions of U.S. unreliability were initially sparked by former U.S. president Barack Obama’s Middle East policies. This included his declared pivot to Asia, support of the 2011 Arab popular revolts, criticism of Israel as well as willingness to engage with Iran.

Donald Trump has proven to be more partisan than Mr. Obama in his backing of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Israel and his confrontational approach of Iran.

Although Trump appears to have granted Middle Eastern partners near carte-blanche, his mercurial unpredictability has made him no less unreliable even in the perception of the foremost U.S. allies in the region.

Mr. Trump’s partisan approach as well as his refusal to reign in U.S. allies has led to potential escalation of multiple conflicts. This includes the war in Yemen, mounting tension in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, a race for control of ports and military facilities in the Horn of Africa, Israeli challenging of Iran’s presence in Syria as well as confrontation with Iran.

More often however, U.S. allies appear to be increasingly locked into pathways that threaten mounting violence, if not outright military confrontation.

The recent escalation of the Yemen war that threatens the free flow of oil with Saudi Arabia halting oil shipments through the Bab el Mandeb strait and an unverified claim by Houthi rebels to have targeted Abu Dhabi’s international airport constitutes the latest fallout of U.S. failure – by James M. Dorsey

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Free Flow of Oil, Strait of Hormuz, and Policing International Sea Lanes

Yemeni rebel attacks on shipping in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait are not a new occurrence but take on new importance in light of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) and subsequent planned reimposition of sanctions against Iranian oil sales. Iran has threatened that the United States would be mistaken if it thinks Iran would be the “only” country unable to export its oil. Iran explicitly mentioned its ability to close the Strait of Hormuz through which over eighteen to nineteen million b/d of Mideast crude oil transits. The United States has the capability to reopen any blockage of the Strait by military means and provided minesweepers and military shipping escorts to reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers in the 1980s during the eight year Iraq-Iran war.

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CNN just hosted a panel on whether the US should topple Iran & what regime should replace it. Every segment like this presupposes it’s ok & right for the US to destroy other countries & millions of lives at our whim. These commentators are true sociopaths.

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US said weighing military action amid Iranian threats to Middle East waterways

Report says US looking into options to keep key oil routes open in wake of attack by Iran-backed rebels on Saudi tankers in Red Sea

The United States is reportedly weighing possible military action to keep open key oil shipping routes in the Middle East amid Iranian threats against the waterways.

However, a CNN report Friday citing Trump administration officials said that any military action would be taken by US regional allies such as Saudi Arabia, and not American troops.

The officials said that though the US maintains a naval presence in the Middle East, any military operation would need a long-term commitment from other countries.

My comment: Making the Red Sea a “Sea of peace” without any warship allowed to enter, there would be no problem at all.

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U.S. citizen's family was denied visas under Trump's travel ban. Then he died by suicide.

Salem was one of thousands of Yemeni-Americans separated from non-U.S. citizen family members by Trump’s travel ban.

In the early morning hours of July 18, Mahmood Salem told his family over the phone that he had a gun in his hand and was going to kill himself. Salem was one of thousands of Yemeni-Americans separated from non-U.S. citizen family members by the presidential proclamation. The travel ban blocks immigration from seven countries, including business, visitor, lottery, or family reunification visas for Yemenis. In effect since December, the ban was upheld by the Supreme Court in June.

During his last phone call with his family in Djibouti, relatives said Salem told them he didn’t have enough money to support them in Djibouti, where rent can be six times higher than in Yemen. Salem’s brother said he borrowed $7,000 from family but still couldn’t make ends meet. Meanwhile, Salem’s children were sick, plagued by bug bites and rashes due to Djibouti’s hot climate.

When Salem told his wife and kids he wanted to kill himself and hung up the phone, the family called back again and again with no answer, his brother said. Abdulrahman Ahmed, Salem’s employer and childhood friend, told NBC News he received a frantic call from Salem’s 14-year-old son asking him to go check on his father.

Ahmed found Salem at 3:30 a.m. in his room: He had died by suicide, fatally shooting himself. A shocked Ahmed told police Salem’s only problem was trying to support and reunite with his family since war erupted three years ago in Yemen.

Salem’s relatives and friends said there’s no evidence he had mental health issues.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Funding boost for Scottish charity working in Yemen

The Edinburgh charity, Mercy Corps, has been awarded funding by the UK Government to extend its life-saving work in one of the worst affected regions in Yemen.

Mercy Corps’ new work, funded by the UK government, will help thousands of people who have had to flee from conflict in and around Hodeidah in northern Yemen to the cities of al Mokha and Dhubab.

Mercy Corps will provide these vulnerable people, many of whom now have no access to essential services, with life-saving access to over 73,000 litres of clean water every day. They will also help over 21,000 people buy vital food through cash transfers,

Comment: The press release states: 'The#UKremains deeply concerned by the humanitarian crisis in Yemen'.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Das Leid der Menschen im Jemen bewegt die Deutschen zum Spenden
Bündnis "Aktion Deutschland Hilft": Spendenbilanz für das erste Halbjahr 2018

Große Solidarität mit den Menschen im Jemen

Knapp 3,2 Millionen Euro wurden im ersten Halbjahr zweckgebunden an das Bündnis gespendet. Vor allem das Leid der Menschen im Jemen hat die deutsche Bevölkerung zum Spenden an "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" veranlasst: Das Bündnis sammelte 1,4 Millionen Euro für die Versorgung der rund 22 Millionen Kinder, Frauen und Männer in Not. "Nachdem viele Medien über die Hungersnot und die Ausbreitung von Cholera berichtet hatten, sind bei uns viele Spenden für Hilfsmaßnahmen eingegangen", so Roßbach. "Das große Leid der Menschen hat viele Spender berührt und zum solidarischen Handeln bewegt."

Das passt nicht gut zu:

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Ersatzteile für saudischen Krieg im Jemen

Keine Rüstungsexporte an Länder, die sich am Krieg im Jemen beteiligen - das hat die Bundesregierung vereinbart. Doch eine Anfrage zeigt: Saudi-Arabien bekam bis Ende März weiter Ersatzteile für Kampfjets.

Dabei setzen die Saudis auch Kampfjets vom Typ Eurofighter und Tornado ein.

Maschinen, an deren Entwicklung und Produktion auch Deutschland beteiligt ist. Union und SPD verpflichten sich im Koalitionsvertrag auf eine "restriktive Exportpolitik", die sie auch "mit unseren Partnern im Bereich der europäischen Gemeinschaftsprojekte verabreden" wollen.

Gedacht war dieser Satz als Weiterentwicklung der strengen Rüstungsexportrichtlinien, die von Rot-Grün eingeführt wurden und den Verkauf von Waffen in Krisenregionen deutlich einschränken sollen

Doch die Realität sieht ein wenig anders aus. Auf Anfrage der Linkspartei-Abgeordneten Sevim Dagdelen teilt das für Rüstungsexporte zuständige Bundeswirtschaftsministerium jedenfalls mit, dass zwischen dem zweiten Quartal 2017 und dem ersten Quartal 2018 für insgesamt fast zwei Millionen Euro Ersatzteile für die Kampfjets Eurofighter und Tornado an Saudi-Arabien geliefert worden sind. So nachzulesen in einem Schreiben des parlamentarischen Staatssekretärs Ulrich Nußbaum, das dem ARD-Hauptstadtstudio vorliegt.

Dagdelen, die auch stellvertretende Fraktionschefin ist, kann das nicht nachvollziehen: "Dass die Bundesregierung trotz Hungerblockade und gezielter Luftangriffe Saudi-Arabiens auf Zivilisten im Jemen Lieferungen von Eurofighter-Komponenten an Saudi-Arabien genehmigt hat, ist unverantwortlich".

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Imagepflege der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate - aber kein Plan B für gescheiterten Jemen-Krieg

Die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate haben im letzten Jahrzehnt massiv investiert, um im Westen den Anschein von Fortschritt und Toleranz zu erwecken. Im Nahen Osten trägt das Scheichtum nicht zu Stabilität bei, sondern agiert häufig hektisch und unüberlegt.

RT Deutsch hat mit Doktor Kristian Ulrichsen gesprochen.

Die Führung in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE), sowohl in Abu Dhabi als auch in Dubai, hat in den letzten zehn Jahren stark in den Aufbau ihrer Soft Power investiert. Das ist Teil einer umfassenden Marketing-Strategie, die darauf abzielt, die VAE als einen fortschrittlichen, toleranten und dynamischen Staat zu projizieren, der nach außen ansprechend wirken soll.

Einzelpersonen und Einrichtungen in den VAE haben großzügige Finanzmittel an britische Universitäten gespendet, oft für neue Gebäude und Hörsäle, aber auch für einflussreiche Denkfabriken. Man muss dazu sagen, dass es grundsätzlich nichts Ungewöhnliches in diesem Bereich gibt, was die VAE von anderen Staaten unterscheiden würde.

Im Nahen Osten sind die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate Partner der Saudis in nahezu allen Konflikten. Was verbindet die beiden Golfstaaten?

Die Partnerschaft besteht vor allem zwischen Saudi-Arabien und der Herrschaftsfamilie von Abu Dhabi. Die Kooperation ist durch die enge Beziehung zwischen den beiden Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman und Mohammed bin Zayed verbunden.

Es ist schwer zu erkennen, womit die saudische und emiratische Intervention im Jemen - als ein Beispiel - die Region sicherer gemacht haben soll. Als die militärische Kampagne im März 2015 begann, wurden Fragen hinsichtlich der Zielsetzung gestellt. Es scheint auch gar keinen Plan B zu geben, nachdem klar wurde, dass die Saudi-geführte Allianz die Huthi-Rebellen nicht einfach zur Unterordnung zwingen kann.

Die gleiche Hektik und das offensichtliche Fehlen einer politischen Rückzugsmöglichkeit aus der Konfrontation war ebenso ein Merkmal bei der Blockade von Katar.

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"The Jews of Yemen" are causing the wrath of the Palestinians

The Israeli occupation authorities have monitored millions of al-Shekels to establish a settlement project in the town of Silwan, south of occupied Jerusalem, under the name of the "Yemeni Jewish Heritage Centre", in another step to promote settlement in the town of Silwan, south of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque. he occupation authorities claim that, in the late 1800s, Abu Nab, a land area of about 700 square meters, was a synagogue of Yemen's Jews, and began to claim his eviction in 2004, knowing that it falls under the "Ateret Kohnheim" scheme to control five dunums and 200 square meters of the Batn al-Hawa neighborhood, has been the owner of Jews from Yemen since 1881.

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Malaysia: Troops in Saudi Arabia completed their task, says minister

Troops sent to Saudi Arabia only to help evacuate Malaysians from Yemen, not to take part in Middle East conflict, says Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu. Malaysian troops were deployed in Saudi Arabia to assist in evacuation efforts of Malaysians from war-torn Yemen which have been completed, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said there were, however, some Malaysians who wished to remain there as they felt it was safe for them.

Replying to questions in the Dewan Rakyat, he said Malaysia had no wish to play any part in the Middle East conflict.

On June 20, the government said it would review the stationing of Malaysian troops in Saudi Arabia.

Replying to Reezal Merican Naina Merican (BN-Kepala Batas) who asked whether the withdrawal of the troops would weaken Malaysia’s solidarity with Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition in the Yemen conflict, Mohamad said: “They are at war, and we don’t want to be involved in the Middle East conflicts.

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Bahrain: King hails BDF forces for ‘noble service in Yemen’

He commended the noble humanitarian efforts of Saudi Arabia, spearheaded by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to provide assistance for the Yemeni people and serve Arab and Islamic issues.

He praised the courage of the Saudi Armed Forces in deterring terrorist attacks, hailing the contribution of the brave BDF personnel in standing united with their brethren from Saudi and UAE armed forces to defend the southern border of Saudi Arabia. He wished the BDF personnel every success.

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Lebanon replies to the letter of the Yemeni Government concerning the intervention of Hezbollah in Yemen

According to the Lebanese Foreign Ministry, its position on the Yemeni crisis does not necessarily correspond to the positions of all political forces in Lebanon, and it does not correspond to conflicts, wars and non-interference in the internal affairs of States, in accordance with their interests.

The Lebanese Foreign Ministry replied, according to a letter sent by Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani to the Yemeni government's protest against Hezbollah's interference in Yemen's internal affairs by backing the al-Houthi militia.

According to the state news agency Saba, the content of the letter refers to the departure of a Lebanese faction, referring to "Hezbollah", of the government's policy in Lebanon to defend the conflicts in the region and to slip into actions detrimental to the interests of Lebanon.

"The insistence of Hezbollah on playing a subversive role and harming Yemen's security and stability makes it a key partner in Yemeni bloodshed and the Yemeni government has the means and possibilities to defend its people and protect the country's supreme interest, and the party is continuing to intervene in the right matter will open to himself a door to regret. "

He stressed that Yemen has a sincere fraternal relationship with Lebanon, which will continue to be documented and strengthened in the interests of the two brotherly countries and peoples and will not affect the position of Hezbollah and its inadequate view of those relations and wish Lebanon security and stability.

Lebanese Interior Minister Nihad al-mashnooq said the Yemeni accusations against Hezbollah were correct and warned that "Hezbollah is no longer a part of the Iranian policy in the region."

My comment: This letter also tells nothing about whether there really is any Hezbollah member in Yemen; they still had not been found yet.

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Why Has America Overlooked Oman?

The United States would be remiss in damaging relations with this valuable player in the complex Middle East. As the only neutral party capable of navigating the cultural, diplomatic and religious complexities within both the Syrian and Yemeni conflicts, it would be a mistake to sideline such an important strategic partnership. Other nations haven’t been so foolish; they have been expanding links to the country at a time when American investment in the region appears to have declined while remaining unconditionally supportive of Saudi Arabia. Wise political and diplomatic policy would elevate Omani voices in their pursuit to negotiate settlements among the recognized warring parties, especially since Saudi Arabia and its allies cut diplomatic ties with Iran in 2016 and have yet to reinstate them.

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How the UAE’s pro-democracy movement fell into a death spiral

On the fifth anniversary of the UAE 94 trial, the country remains plagued by structural economic imbalances, an underdeveloped north and increasing autocracy

Five years ago last month, 94 social and political activists in the UAE stood accused of conspiring to overthrow the government after signing a petition calling for democratic reforms. The case of the UAE 94, as it came to be called, became a watershed moment for state-sponsored repression in the Emirates.

In an overtly political show trial from which international media and legal observers were banned, the UAE 94 were charged with attempting to establish a parallel organisation, Dawat al-Islah, with an aim of overthrowing the Emirati government.

The prosecution evidence essentially rested on the defendants' political beliefs and the involvement of some with the local group Al-Islah, which means "reform" in English. In a damning report produced after the trial, the International Commission of Jurists concluded that proceedings had fallen “well below international fair trial standards”. It cited the lack of a proper legal counsel for the defence, a failure to investigate allegations of torture, and reliance on evidence obtained through the use of forced confessions.

Culminating in the conviction of 69 Emiratis of various political stripes and ideological persuasions, the case of the UAE 94 was to mark the beginning of the end for the UAE's short-lived pro-democracy movement, which had begun to find its voice as similar calls reverberated across the region in 2011.

A ticking time bomb

The UAE is rarely discussed in the same tone as the Arab Spring. With a global reputation as an international business hub and first-class tourist destination, it is generally considered an oasis of stability, with Dubai's “global city” status often heralded as the ultimate neoliberal success story in the region.

The glitz and glamour of Abu Dhabi and Dubai all too often conceal the highly autocratic nature of the Emirati state. Around 2009, Emiratis began to air their frustrations at the fact that political liberalisation had seemingly not arrived on the coattails of a liberalised economy, as the advocates of neoliberal reform had posited.

The decades-old social contract, underpinned by the distribution of oil rents to its small national population, was enough to insulate the UAE regime from the large-scale street movements seen in the wider region. But issues such as corruption, a lack of democratic accountability and the increasingly coercive nature of the security state began to irk sections of the educated class.

This was coupled with an attitude among the younger generation, who came to view economic concessions from the regime as minimal basic rights rather than, as many had considered these in the past, a “gift” in return for political quiescence.

Meanwhile, among the more conservative and less well-heeled layers of society, persistent differentials in development between Abu Dhabi and Dubai and the relatively poorer so-called “northern” Emirates of Ajman, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain, Fujairah and Ras-Al Khaimah were becoming a source of much discontent. High rates of unemployment and a lack of investment in housing and infrastructure led a 2011 Gulf States News editorial to describe the situation across the north as a “ticking time bomb” in which its citizens had increasingly little to lose by “rocking the boat”.

Clamping down on freedom of speech

Thus, like elsewhere in the region, alienation borne from both socioeconomic and political dislocation was to provide the backdrop for the UAE's opposition movement. This led Gulf specialist Kristian Coates Ulrichsen to conclude that “the primary threat of Al-Islah lay less in its political demands and more in its potential to draw upon narratives of economic distress and lack of opportunity that had proven such a potent tool of mass mobilisation in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere in the Arab Spring”.

It was within this wider context that the Emirati regime paid serious attention to what was, in reality, a relatively weak political opposition. So much so that in 2011, The New York Timesrevealed that the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed, had drafted a private army of Columbian mercenaries built by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of private military contractor Blackwater.

Among other things, the mercenary force was tasked with “putting down internal revolts”. This army is now fighting in Yemen.

The last person talking about human rights

In many respects, the UAE's crackdown on peaceful dissidents culminated last year with the imprisonment of prominent Emirati economist Nasser Bin Ghaith - currently serving a 10-year sentence for comments on Twitter - and the arbitrary detention of award-winning liberal human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, who remains in an unknown location without access to a lawyer.

On the fifth anniversary of the UAE 94 trials, the issues that gave birth to the Emirati movement still remain: structural imbalances across the Emirati economy, an underdeveloped "northern" Emirates, and, of course, an increasingly autocratic state. It is only a matter of time before this underlying discontent finds expression once again -by Joe Odell

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Film: A new report shows there are growing resentments inside the #UAE over its participation of the military intervention in #Yemen

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Somaliland eyes key Red Sea trade role with Berbera port

Berbera is slowly changing as it takes on a major role on the Red Sea shipping route, allowing breakaway Somaliland to dream of prosperity and even recognition.

Somaliland hopes its position on one of the world's busiest shipping routes will turn the state into a job.

Somaliland has given the UAE a 25-year concession to build a military base in Berbera that it could use in the war it is waging alongside Saudi Arabia against the Iranian-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen.

"The war in Yemen ... was a key driver of engagement across the Horn of Africa," said Soliman.

Somaliland now finds itself in the middle of a struggle for influence in the region which also includes major players like Turkey and its ally Qatar — which is embroiled in a bitter spat with its Gulf neighbours.


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DP World arrival causes 'cultural shock' in Somaliland

Dubai port operator's move into Somaliland has brought 'big change' to traditionally slow pace of business, says port chief

The soporific seaside town of Berbera is slowly changing as it takes on a major role on the Red Sea shipping route, allowing breakaway Somaliland to dream of prosperity and even recognition. Somaliland's ambitions were boosted in March when it struck a deal giving Dubai port giant DP World a 51-percent stake in the port and Ethiopia 19 percent.

DP World says it plans to invest $442 million (377 million euros) to modernise the port, with a first extension of 400 square metres (4,300 square feet) to begin in October that is expected to take 24 months.

"The benefit we expect from the development of the port is jobs. We expect to get many foreign investors to ... generate employment and income for us," said Saad Ali Shire, the Somaliland minister of foreign affairs.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Hinweise auf Schweizer Güterexporte für den Jemen-Krieg

Die Schweiz liefert Bahrain und den Arabischen Emiraten Teile, die sie für Kampfeinsätze brauchen könnten.

In den ersten sechs Monaten dieses Jahres hat die Schweiz reparierte Einzelteile für M-109-Panzerhaubitzen in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate ausgeführt. Zudem wurden geflickte Exponenten für F-5-Kampfflugzeuge nach Bahrain exportiert. Diese Angaben liefert das für Kriegsmaterial-Ausfuhren zuständige Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft (Seco) auf Nachfrage. Am Donnerstag hatte das Seco die Halbjahresstatistik 2018 für Kriegsgüter-Lieferungen publiziert.

Die Reparaturen und Exporte von Panzerhaubitzen- sowie Kampfjet-Teilen im Wert von einigen hunderttausend Franken für die Arabischen Emirate sowie Bahrain lassen aufhorchen, sind doch die beiden Staaten am Jemen-Krieg beteiligt. Dass sie Operationen mit M-109-Fahrzeugen und F-5-Kampfflugzeugen durchführen, berichteten spezialisierte Internetportale bereits 2016. Die Diskussion änderte offensichtlich nichts daran, dass für die beiden Staaten weiter Ersatzteile repariert und geliefert wurden. Die Tatsache, dass die Arabischen Emirate und Bahrain regelmässig Reparaturen von Kriegsmaterial ausführen lassen müssen, ist für Kritiker der Geschäfte ein zusätzliches Indiz dafür, dass die Güter im Ernstkampf eingesetzt werden.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Crown Prince of UAE has an Army of Private Military Contractors

War crimes are rampant among military contractors – they work off the books, work that is illegal and with much looser rules of engagement. Who are they accountable to?

Middle East Eye recently wrote that the head of the UAE’s presidential guard is the Australian Mike Hindmarsh, and that commander of UAE’s joint aviation command is an American general, Stephen A. Toumajan.

SHARMINI PERIES: Now, the UAE’s mercenary forces are not just optics. It is conducting serious military missions. Last week, UAE delegation visited Israel to observe the deployment of the U.S.-made F-35 [stealth] fighter bomber, although Israeli sources deny this.

UAE forces are actively participating in the war in Yemen, and Amnesty International is calling for an investigation into allegations of torture in UAE detention facilities in Yemen. If you reflect back a bit here, the U.S.’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq brought the idea of private military and security companies not only into existence, but into extensive use. Now, is the UAE’s privatization of its military an extreme case, or is this the new norm? This is particularly problematic with the new formation that has come about, the U.S. and Sunni alliance of the Gulf States and Israel. Also another important factor to consider here is that the former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, who made a fortune in Iraq through his private security forces and contractors for the U.S. military, now after being exposed for his horrendous acts of aggression and human rights violations through his company, he picked up and moved his shop to Dubai, the capital of UAE.

On to talk about all of this with me is Anthony Lowenstein. He’s an independent journalist and author of Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe. And he’s also a writer, producer, and journalist, and he also produced the film Disaster Capitalism.

ANTHONY LOEWENSTEIN: Now, what UAE is doing in some ways is relatively new. But at the same time it’s only unique because of its relatively small size. So the U.S. in some ways has been a leader in privatizing elements, not so much of its own military, but using almost sort of shadow military forces to either, as I said, do jobs around the world that can be anything from assassination, kidnapping, rendition, there’s huge amounts of examples of these forces doing that. In the UAE, particularly in Yemen, what’s been very worrying is that the private military contractors that are being used are often American or Australian. There’s no real interest from the Americans or the Australians, as far as we can tell, to actually care what the men and women are doing. In other words, there’s a sense because the UAE is an ally, because these countries support the war against Yemen, which I might add is the worst humanitarian crisis currently in the world, that somehow these foreign military contractors can get away with doing whatever they want.

And there’s been a lot of reporting in Australia, my birth country, of the gentleman you just mentioned, Mike Hindmarsh, who’s a former senior general in the Australian military who operated in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. His role in Yemen is, and the UAE military, I might add, is deeply unclear. No one quite knows exactly what he’s doing. Clearly there are elements of accountability questions here. And there’s been serious questions also raised about whether someone like Hindmarsh, if and when the UAE military commits war crimes in Yemen, and the evidence for that is overwhelming, why shouldn’t someone who is a leader of that military face justice and accountability for that, whether they are from the UAE, or Australian, or American? And that so far has not been pressed in international court.

And I think what’s interesting in the last years, as the Middle East is increasingly being fractured along sectarian lines, which of course was existing for a long time. The Iraq war obviously exploited those sectarian lines. Is that the geopolitical interests, obviously, of the U.S., the UAE, and Saudi, and Israel, and other Middle East states is very much about them on one side and Iran on the other side. And the fact that the U.S. is seemingly content with the senior former General Jim Matthis, now Defense Secretary, working as an adviser for the UAE military, let’s not forget the war in Yemen was started under the Obama years, not under Trump. The war has certainly accelerated since Trump became president, but the war has been going for years, and it’s been a disaster for years.

I think what’s also worrying is that the way this debate is also framed seems to suggest that if you’re an American citizen and you advise a friendly regime, the UAE is a dictatorship with brutal human rights record, that’s OK. If you advise a so-called enemy like Russia or something, someone else, you’re apparently a bad person. Now, I’m not saying you should advise either country, by the way. But it does seem like there’s a double standard going on here.

The geopolitical interests, obviously, of the U.S., bottom line, is to support Middle East allies. In their view the UAE is a clear ally. It’s fighting and assisting the Saudis in a brutal war against Yemen. I might say that after years of this war there’s no sign of any kind of peace deal, but even more importantly, no sign of it stopping anytime soon. There’s been a huge humanitarian crisis in that country for a long time. So what worries me and a lot of other observers is to say if the UAE, with U.S. backing, and apparently Australian banking and other Western backing, is able to build a so-called mercenary army with various both lower-level and higher-level people in their military to advise and possibly direct military actions in Yemen, at what point are those people held accountable? And the truth is at the moment they’re not in any kind of international legal body, the ICC or elsewhere.

And I think that really requires massive pressure within the U.S. and Australia and other Western countries who are allowing their former generals to actually work for a mercenary army committing war crimes in Yemen

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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UNESCO and EU are partnering to improve livelihood opportunities for youth in Yemen and safeguard the country’s unique cultural heritage

The EU has just signed a new initiative, implemented by UNESCO, on cash for work.

The € 10 Million project is called Cash for Work: Promoting Livelihood Opportunities for Urban Youth in Yemen and aims at increasing income generating opportunities of young Yemenis in urban centres while preserving and restoring national cultural heritage. This effort – concentrated on UNESCO World Heritage cities and other historic urban heritage in the country – will certainly contribute to social cohesion and peace for the next three years with a clear impact and emphasis on the creation of employment opportunities.

The main objective of this programme is to promote livelihoods opportunities for youth in Yemen through urban regeneration activities which will include the restoration of particular buildings in historic urban centres that have been damaged during the ongoing conflict. The project will also contribute to social cohesion and peace-building through targeted cultural programming and support for civil society.

In particular, this project promotes progress towards building the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable conditions and reducing their exposure and vulnerability to shocks and disasters; achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value; devising and implementing policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products by 2030; strengthens efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage; and supporting least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials.

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The Buildings Of YEMEN

A bunch of boxy brown buildings covering a barren hilltop ought to be ugly but it’s not. What we’re seeing is the beauty not of repetition but of variations on a theme. We’re seeing similarities of colour, of patterns of windows, of shape, of alignment, positioning and size. As well as all that, we’re also picking up on something else these buildings and their environment have in common. Some writers might say, “they share a certain rugged beauty”. Except these buildings are not trying to be beautiful. Here’s some more views. The Yemeni long ago arrived at the best building solutions for their environment and circumstances and saw no need to change. Modernism, Post Modernism, and Deconstructivism all passed them by. No doubt whatever lies ahead for us will as well. The Yemeni have their built environment sorted. More buildings are of course being built out of concrete these days and, like in Egypt, there may come a time when Yemeni think living in mud-brick houses is primitive or old-fashioned. That day is still a way away. (photos)


The Yemeni Striped Cloth

Yemen’s striped textiles were sought far and wide. It used to be primarily produced in San`a and Aden.

Weaving and dyeing was passed on through generations until everything became industrialized. Most of these weavers and craftspeople moved on to other forms of occupation. But until then, the local craftspeople wove this cloth for the royalty in pure cotton using natural dyes like indigo.

The striped Yemeni cloth symbolized the status of the wearer. The women wore it as a veil to indicate that they are not slaves; hence it became a status symbol but later became a customary practice. It was mostly worn by women but men wear it as kilts or Futha. This finely striped Yemeni Cloth was used to cover the Ka’ba in Mecca, a tradition maintained by the Prophet Muhammad (whose body was also wrapped in Yemeni Shrouds) and continued until the mid-7th century (photos)

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemeni riyal continues Its collapse to the lowest level against foreign exchange

Yemeni riyal continues to collapse in foreign currency, reaching its lowest record level on the black market, with the US dollar selling to 524 riyals in the southern city of Aden, the temporary capital of the country.

"The price of the dollar has reached the lowest level in its history, last night, when the sale price reached 524," a banking sources said to the Almasdar online.

He added that the price of Saudi riyals was 145 riyals, before declining to 142.

He noted that the collapse of the local currency was due to increased demand for foreign currency by traders and the failure of the central bank of Yemen to put any processors to collapse the price of the riyal.

In the capital of Sana'a, which is under the control of al-Houthi, the exchange rate of the dollar reached 518 riyals, while the price for Saudi Riyals reached 139 riyals, according to the teller said to Almasdar online.

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dollar = 522.. Yemeni riyal collapses to record highs and rises in commodity prices

The Yemeni riyal continued its collapse for the second week and reached a record level against the foreign currency basket, banking sources said Sunday to the Almasdar online.

The dollar's exchange rate in Aden, the interim capital (south of the country), reached 522 YR, while the price of the Saudi Arabian Riyal reached 138 riyals, the maximum point of collapse for the local currency.

In Sana'a, the dollar's exchange rate was 516, while the price of Saudi riyals was 136.

The collapse of the local currency was reflected in a surge in commodity prices, and according to media sources, the owners of furnaces and bakeries in Aden decided on the price of raising the loaf to 25 riyals, after the price of the loaf was 15 riyals.

The furnace owners attributed this to the high price of flour, with the flour bag weighing 50 kilograms to approximately 10,000 riyals, up to 1400 riyals higher than its previous price.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp6

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Pro-#AQAP media's version of clashes with #IslamicState in Qayfa #Yemen -History of IS provocation: muscling in on AQ area, poaching fighters.. -Peaked in July when IS captured 13 AQ coming from Yakla to Upper Qayfa -IS refused talks -AQ attacked several IS positions on same day

cp15 Propaganda

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Education Ministry hosts children of Yemen war martyrs

Deputy Minister of Education Dr. Haia Bint Abdulaziz Al-Awad launched on Sunday the 4th edition of “Ambassadors of Operation Decisive Storm” project, which aims to honor the wives and children of Saudi soldiers who were martyred or wounded while serving on the Kingdom's southern border.
The families of the war victims in the border regions of Najran and Jazan were also honored.
The ceremony, which was held at King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh, witnessed the attendance of Acting Director General of the Department of Education in the province, Abdullah Bin Saad Al-Ghannam, a number of leading educationists and guests from the security and military sectors.
In a speech on the occasion, Al-Awad said: “It's now been a full four years since the start of the liberation war in Yemen, which was a source of pride for our wise and rational leadership. The sons and daughters of martyrs and the victims will always be at the heart of the leaderships' concern and will receive great care and attention.”
She continued: "The sons and daughters of the martyrs are the sons of Saudi Arabia, who are taught courage, sacrifice and values so as to take their homeland into new heights and ensure its security and stability.”

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Iranian expert among Houthi casualties in Saada

An Iranian expert and several Houthi militants were killed and injured in air raids the Arab Coalition conducted against their locations in the district of Sohar in Saada province, north of Yemen.
According to field sources, the airstrikes were launched Saturday morning on the areas of Alaf and Azqul of Sohar in the center of Saada.
A number of Houthi militants were killed and wounded among them an Iranian technician responsible for the launch and command of unmanned aircraft that the terrorist Houthi militia use to attack government forces.

My comment: Might-be they got his passport??

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Are We Heading Towards an Arab NATO?

The Saudi-led coalition has faced numerous obstacles: untrained ground forces, rough terrain that has challenged the effectiveness of their air campaign, flawed or fluid intelligence provided by Western allies, a merciless enemy that has recruited child soldiers, tortured prisoners, and used civilian targets and entire towns as hostages and human shields, an influx of sophisticated weaponry and training from Iran and Hezbollah (as even the UN now admits), and assorted terrorist organizations seeking to destabilize the situation.

Tensions have beset the Coalition.

The proximate cause of the cooling in relations came out of that chain of events. And these developments could be damaging to the fragile balance of powers in Yemen. Iran is sure to delight in such public disagreements and perceive the growing distrust as a sign the coalition is weakening in Yemen and elsewhere.

Because of the sophisticated nature of the enemy, the Coalition cannot afford the luxury of superficial spats over tangential matters. In every challenge, though, there is an opportunity.

Hezbollah’s growing presence in Yemen may compel US forces and the CIA to increase their counter-terrorism involvement, and unite the fractious Coalition members around the common threat.

There is no public support for increasing the American troop commitment for what is widely viewed as a proxy war against Iran.

However, expanding the scope of counter-terrorism operations against non-state actors would not pose such challenges. Fighting Hezbollah has become a Trump administration priority.

Hezbollah, with the help of Iranian diplomats, in what appears to be part of a pervasive pattern of financing its operations through criminal and terrorist activities, is arming the North African separatist group Polisario.

Tehran’s strategy of seeking to build naval bases and gain control of strategic waterways all over the world endangers the interests of the international community far beyond the Arab Coalition.

Rather than being distracted by differences and short-term parochial goals that alienate Coalition members at the cost of its strategic interests and global security, the partners should work to create the NATO of the Arab World.

My comment: A lot of older and newer Saudi coalition propaganda united here as a base to new propaganda ideas. – The US is asked to interfer even more in Yemen under the mask of fighting “against non-state actors” like Hezbollah (in Yemen!). – Might-be the most abusrd and funny statement here is: “Tehran’s strategy of seeking to build naval bases and gain control of strategic waterways all over the world endangers the interests of the international community”. How many naval bases the Iranians do already have? – If naval bases of foreign powers like Iran “endanger the interests of the international community”, how many naval and military bases the US actually does have worldwide? – And: Iran tries to “gain control of strategic waterways all over the world”??? Where did the author see Iranian navy and military?? Between Dover and Calais?? Between Malmö and Copenhague? Between Alaska and Sibiria?? Between Singapore and Sumatra?? Between Key West and Havanna??

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Emirati regime too weak to start war against even one Yemeni village: Ansarullah

The spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has dismissed the recent belligerent remarks by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash, saying the Abu Dhabi regime is too feeble to fight in a battle against the residents of a single village in Yemen let alone the entire Yemeni nation.

He added, “The United States dragged the UAE into the Yemeni quagmire. The ongoing military aggression on Yemen fully exposed the type of relationship between a colonial power and one of its pawns. This war plainly showed that the Emirati regime is nothing without the support of the US.”

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Coming from Lebanon. The security of Marib is confiscating a new shipment of weed to Houthis

Security services in Ma'rib Governorate on Monday seized a new shipment of hashish, containing 44 kilograms, which was hidden aboard a taxi in a professional manner.

In a press release, the Marib Governorate Police department said, that the shipment, which was seized at a security point on the line between Sana'a and Ma'rib, bore the seal of the Beirut Youth Council and was on its way to the al-Houthi militia in Sana'a.

My comment: Really, a dubious story. But the propaganda message is clear: Where they ty to smuggle hashish, the also re smuggling arms. This had been claimed several times before, Oman strictly denies.

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Colonel Al-Maliki: Statement of UN Humanitarian Coordinator Ignores Houthi Violations in Yemeni Territories

Official Spokesman of the Coalition Forces Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen Colonel Turki Al-Maliki stressed the Coalition Command's rejection of the statement issued by UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande regarding the exposure of civilians in Yemen to serious risks because of the air strikes carried out by the Coalition in Hodeidah, reaffirming that the Coalition takes all measures to implement international and humanitarian law in order to protect civilians in accordance with Articles (51) and (52) of the four Geneva Conventions. He also reiterated that Coalition's military operations in Yemen aim at restoring legitimacy to the Government, rehabilitating the national army and protecting the Yemeni state.

My comment: The first claim is a lie, the second one is wrong (the Hadi government’s legitimacy ended Feb. 25, 2015).

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Iran’s Saviz “cargo” ship set up Red Sea attack on Saudi tankers

The attack on two Saudi supertankers on the Red Sea on Wednesday, July 25, was orchestrated by the Iranian Saviz, a weapons-carrying spy ship, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report.
Disguised as an Iranian-flagged cargo vessel, the 16,660-ton ship carries containers aboard and below decks filled with advanced surveillance gear for tracking commercial and military shipping on the Red Sea. Western and Middle East naval sources have for some weeks been watching the Saviz in a holding pattern between its home base on the Eritrean Dahlak archipelago and the Bab al-Mandeb Straits

My comment: Conspiration theories whatever you are looking at. – The Houthi side still denies to have targeted oil vessels. Read what is behind this website:

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Arab Coalition: We Won’t Allow Terrorists to Threaten Regional, Int’l Security

The Coalition announced in a statement the "destruction over the past 24 hours of ballistic missile (launch) sites run by the Houthi militias in Saada.”
The Coalition explained that explosions continued hours after the initial targeting of the missile launch sites, which following after a careful intelligence monitoring by the Coalition command in these areas.
It stressed that it will not allow the terrorist group to acquire these capabilities and threaten regional and international security.
The Houthi militias’ targeting of Saudi oil tankers a few days ago in the Red Sea has raised concerns by peace-loving countries, Yemeni army spokesman Brigadier General Abdo Majali told Asharq Al-Awsat.

My comment: it will stay a secret of propaganda why Houthi missile attacks should be „terrorism“, although the damage is minimal, while Saudi coalition air raids killing thousands and devastating nearly a whole country should have anything to do with „peace-loving countries“.

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Special report: Yemen's late President Saleh al-Sammad is the symbol of Freedom

Saleh Ali al-Sammad was Yemen's president of the Supreme Political Council until he was martyred by a drone strike conducted by the US-backed Saudi-UAE-led aggression coalition on his convoy in the country's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on April 19, 2018. Sammad's Struggle for Freedom
In the office, President al-Sammad bravely adopted the enormous task of reconstructing the country's infrastructure that have been destroyed by the US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition.
The coalition began a major aggression war against Yemen on March 2015 to impose its political and economic agenda over the Yemeni people and to occupy the Yemeni strategic islands and sea ports in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.
President al-Sammad was always reaching his hands to a just peace that preserves Yemen's sovereignty, national security and unity. However, the coalition was always obstructing all UN-brokered peace efforts.
President al-Sammad had visited almost every fronts, encouraging the army and popular committees to defend the country against the foreign aggressors.

My comment: Houthi propaganda – obituary of president Sammad.

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UAE helps young Yemenis overcome scars of war

Crippling wounds haven’t crushed the resolve of the young men receiving treatment overseas courtesy of Emirates Red Crescent to return to liberate their land

New Delhi: Barely out of his teens, Muammar Abdullah decided to pick up arms and join the Yemeni army when the Al Houthi militia usurped large tracts of the country in early 2015 but, just about a month after he went to the battlefront, he sustained serious head wounds in clashes with the rebels, losing his memory.

Abdullah was 17 at the time and had opted out of school to join the armed forces like many other youths of his age, but the battle wounds cut short his dream of liberating his land from Al Houthis’ grip. He underwent three failed surgeries in Yemen before he was flown to India for specialised treatment as part of the UAE government’s humanitarian mission to help victims of the war in the country.

Now, 20, Abdullah is slowly regaining his memory as he recovers at VPS Rockland Hospital at Saket, New Delhi, which is one of the two hospitals facilitating the Emirates Red Crescent’s mission.

For three years since he was wounded in battle, Abdullah was lost to his friends and his family, unable to recognise anyone nor recall his past.

“We thought we would lose our brother forever. He wouldn’t recognise anyone nor would he remember anything. It was very difficult for us, but thanks to Allah Almighty he has come back and his recent surgery has been successful,” said Abdullah’s eldest brother Ahmad, who has accompanied him to India.

My comment: Repair of military human equipment (child soldier), tob e reused in war again. At a place were doctors are good and cheap.

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The risk of flashpoints escalate for global oil supply

This stems from Iran’s war of words over the Strait of Hormuz and Al Houthi attacks on tankers

It is surprising how the oil market is reacting to the risks of threats and incidents concerning shipping lanes around the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked two giant Saudi oil tankers in international waters west of the port of Hodeida in Red Sea on July 25, which prompted Aramco to temporarily suspend oil shipments through the strategic Bab Al Mandab Strait at the southern end of the Red Sea.

While one of the very large crude carriers (VLCC) tankers was slightly damaged and missed the other, the incident underscored the seriousness of the situation, especially as it was inflamed by the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Mohammad Ali Jaafari, who claimed on the same day that Iran “is able to stop world oil shipments, at will”.

There is no doubt that the suspension of oil shipments through the Bab Al Mandab Strait is not going to be solely confined to Saudi Arabia, as reports suggest Kuwait and the UAE are considering similar measures.

My comment: Once propaganda has started exploiting this story, it continues telling the same things again and again.

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How media is supporting terrorism in Yemen?

Most of the media are unknowingly supporting and advocating terrorism against the Yemeni people. In recent years, the majority of the US and European media outlets covering Yemen began to stand the Yemen facts on head by supporting Houthis openly and tirelessly reiterating the same arguments that the terrorist militia adopts.

To verify this, one only needs to search Yemen in google news at intervals and see for themselves.

Almost all of these media now tend to show Yemen through the prism of Houthis.

I want to show the ridiculous picture that a non-Yemeni follower of Yemen news on google would form in their mind by relying on the misleading material that western reporters write and google news shows.

It is really the foregoing ridiculous picture that is being drawn about Yemen, ignoring the fact that Houthis are an ISL of another color. Most of the terrorist organization's lethal killers are brainwashed teenagers and most of their victims are children too.

But, unlike ISIL, they are more sophisticated terrorists who transport the bodies of their slain young fighters to Sana'a hospitals in timely manner to take photos and videos of them to feed the propaganda that warplanes and government soldiers kill children.

Unlike ISIL, Houthis kill peaceful activists and reporters over years of sadistic electrocution and reverse hangings and a long list of abuses.

Their prisoners are tortured to death, disability, and/or madness.

The foregoing media falsifications about the conflict in Yemen began to emerge shyly in the past two years but by now they have become the normal scene that every media outlet reiterates and every first-time reporter on Yemen takes for granted and builds on.

The facts about Yemen have been stood on head completely, which misrepresent the cause of the Yemeni people turners the terrorists into victims and vice versa.

This advocacy of the Houthi theocrats is part of the reason why they have become the first terrorist organization to possess ballistic missiles, attack commercial vessels in the Red Sea and receive not even a motherly reprimand from the international community for that.

My comment:Might-be this article could be worth of the propaganda palm oft he week.

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In a Special Release to SMA News, Chairman of MADAR Center: This is What is Going to Happen if the War Ends while the Negative and Mysterious Attitude of Arab Coalition Countries Towards the Southern Cause Remains

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How the UAE is destroying Yemen

Saudi Arabia concerned at UN inaction in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the UN Abdullah Al-Mouallimi expressed concern over the UN Security Council’s inaction in Yemen, which he said helped Iran arm the Houthi militias.
He condemned the Houthis’ ongoing attacks against international navigation trade routes, the latest of which was the targeting of two Saudi oil tankers in the Bab Al-Mandeb Strait in the Red Sea.
Mouallimi said it was unfortunate that the Security Council was not confronting the blatant violations of its resolutions. “Saudi Arabia notes with regret the Security Council’s inaction .... which has allowed Iran to arm the terrorist Houthi militias with several ballistic missiles, drones and sea mines,” he continued.
“The Houthis have used and will continue to use these weapons, which they acquired through illegal means, to threaten Saudi borders, Middle Eastern stability and the safety of international navigation in the Red Sea and Mandeb Strait.”
He voiced Saudi Arabia’s demand that all relevant Security Council resolutions be implemented to prevent the Houthis from using Yemen’s western Hodeidah port as a launch pad for their numerous terrorist attacks.

My comment: The Security Council since 3 years is fully siding with the Saudis – and it’s still not enough according to them…

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Confession to defeat biggest victory for KSA, UAE: media

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have gained nothing since they have imposed a war on Yemen, thus confession to defeat and quitting the war would be the greatest achievement for them, write extra-regional newspaper Raialyoum.

The attack shows that two strategic straits of Hormuz and Bab-el-Mande are controlled by Iran and its allies that can be a trump card in the mind war against the US and its allies.
He added that the two invading countries should confess to defeat and draw out their forces from Yemen and let the Yemeni people decide for themselves.

Remark: This is propaganda by Iran.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids day by day

July 29:

July 28:

July 27:

July 26:

July 25:

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Four civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrikes on Hodeidah

A total of four citizens were killed and five other wounded on Monday in Saudi-led air strikes on Hodeidah province, an official told Saba.
The strikes hit a main road between al-Duraihmie district to 16 Kiloh area.
Meanwhile, the combat jets waged a series of strikes on various areas in the same province, the official added.

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Film: Targeting the aggression of the building of a shelter organization in the province of Hodeidah 30-07-2018

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Film. Yemen under fresh bombardments by Saudi Arabia and its allies

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Coalition targets telecommunication station in Hodeidah

The US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes on Sunday targeted the telecommunication station in al-Hali district in Hodeidah province

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Saudi-led coalition says destroyed Yemen rebel missile launch sites

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia said Sunday it had destroyed sites used by Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen to launch missiles at the kingdom.

The coalition announced in a statement the "destruction over the past 24 hours of ballistic missile (launch) sites run by the Huthi militias in Saada", a northern Yemeni province bordering Saudi Arabia and controlled by the Huthis.

Saudi Arabia's government-run Al Ekhbariya TV aired a 49 second clip showing black and white ariel footage of what it said was a coalition strike on Saada. The footage could not be independently confirmed.

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Saudi UAE Aggression fighters Jets yesterday destroyed cotton scutcher in the historic city of #Zabid #Hodeidah province. (photos)


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Film: raids targeting factories, facilities and farms in Zabid, Hodeidah Governorate 28-07-2018

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US-Saudi Aggression Launches 4 raids on Sana’a

The US-Saudi aerial aggression targeted early Monday [wrong: Sunday] the capital Sana'a and number of provinces.

Al-Masirah Net correspondent of pointed out that the aggression launched two raids on the military college north of the capital Sana’a and Nahdeen area south of the capital.

Aggression aircraft also launched two raids on Dabwa and Al-Sawad Camps in Sanhan district of Sana’a governorate.

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Aggression’s Daily Update for Saturday, July 28, 2018The US-Saudi Aggression continued on Saturday to launch raids and organize ground creeps on various Yemeni provinces and regions, killing, wounding many civilians and damaging public and private properties.

In Hodiedah: The US-Saudi aggression battleships targeted four fishing boats, in the territorial sea off the Red Sea coast of Hodeidah, killing all fishermen, who were on board the boats. Also in Hodiedah the aggression launched a raid on Zabid districts, two raids on Ras-Issa area, a raid on the city's commercial neighborhood and two raids on Al-Hook district.

In Sana'a: The US-Saudi aerial aggression launched six raids targeting Al-Dailami air base and Sana’a International Airport.
In Raimah: the aggression launched 5 raids on Barad mount targeting the communications towers. In Amran: The aggression launched two raids on Thaebaen district.
In Al-Jawf: Aerial aggression launched a raid on Barat Al-Anan district. Agression's artillery targeted citizens' houses in Al-Moton district.

The US-Saudi Areal Aggression launched 9 raids on Alaf and Azzgul areas of Sehar district.

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2 UAE fighter jets are bombarding some places in Sanaa, where they stupidly and foolishly, think the drones are made, or kept! They apparently use very old information, where you can put your drones!

4941699072 It’s very funny! Again, we woke up to Saudi-UAE bombings on Sanaa airport! And two other places, one of them very close to where I’m living eastern suburb of Sanaa. It’s clear that UAE is retaliating for the Yemen drones attacks on Abu Dhabi airport. But such stupid!

My comment: The Saudi coalition had bombed Sanaa airport 160 times now!

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Two citizens injured as the result of US-Saudi aggression airstrike on #Hodeidah

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52 US-Saudi airstrikes targets Yemen infrastructure over 24 past hours

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5 Saudi airstrikes hit Raymah

The US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes on Saturday waged five airstrikes on telecommunication network in Bard Mount in Kosmah district in Raymah province


Yemen Mobile condemns coalition's attack on telecom station in Raymah

Yemen Mobile Company on Saturday condemned the US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes' attack on the company's telecommunication station in Kusma district of Raymah province on Friday.
The aggression coalition's airstrikes hit the station directly, which led to destroying it entirely and cutting off the telecommunication service in the Kusma and Ja'afariya districts, an official source at the company said.

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5 saudi airstrikes hits farms in Hodiedah

The US-Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes on Friday waged five raids on civilians' farms in al-Montkm village in al-Durayhemi district in Hodeidah province, a local official told Saba.

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5 Saudi airstrikes hit Raymah

The US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes on Saturday waged five airstrikes on telecommunication network in Bard Mount in Kosmah district in Raymah province

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Aggression warplane wages 4 airstrikes on anchorage in Hodeidah

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

July 30: Saada p.

July 29: Hodeidah p. Nehm, Sanaa p. Sanhan, Sanaa p.

July 28: Hajjah p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b2

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New War Crime For US-KSA Coalition , Their Mercenaries In Yemen’s Atuhita

In A new war crime committed by the coalition of US-KSA , one civilian killed and injured others on Sunday including women and children during the bombing of mercenaries on civilians’ houses in ALTuhyta district of Hodeida province . (photos)

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Yemeni Popular Forces Intensify Attacks in Southern Saudi Arabia

The Yemeni popular forces of Ansarullah intensified their field operations in southern Saudi Arabia this past weekend, targeting the Saudi Army’s positions in several areas near the Yemeni border.

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In Saada: A citizen was killed in Shida border district by a Saudi missile and artillery shells. The US-Saudi Areal Aggression launched 9 raids on Alaf and Azzgul areas of Sehar district while the Saudi army targeted residential areas, in the Razih, Baqem, Shida and Munabeh border districts, by missiles and artillery shells.

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36 Huthis im Jemen getötet

Bei Kämpfen in der jemenitischen Stadt Beyda sind 36 Huthi-Rebellen getötet und weitere 50 verletzt worden.

Bei Kämpfen in der jemenitischen Stadt Beyda sind 36 Huthi-Rebellen getötet und weitere 50 verletzt worden.

Die Pressezentrale der jemenitischen Armee teilte über Facebook mit, dass bei Gefechten zwischen Regierungstruppen und Huthis in den Al Beyyad Bergen bei Al-Melacim 36 Huthi-Rebellen getötet und weitere 50 verletzt wurden. Angaben bezüglich der Verluste auf Seiten der Regierungstruppen wurden nicht gemacht.

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UAE-backed forces falter in latest large-scale offensive in central Yemen

On Thursday, the UAE-backed Southern Resistance Army and their allies from the Yemeni Republican Guard launched a large-scale offensive in the central Yemen province of Al-Bayda.

Backed by heavy airstrikes from the Arab Coalition, the Southern Resistance Army stormed the Houthi-held Al-Malajeem area, resulting in a fierce battle that is still ongoing at the moment.

The Southern Resistance Army would then strike the Qanuwa front in a bid to weaken the Houthi resolve around the provincial capital of Al-Bayda.

However, the offensive by the UAE-backed forces would ultimately end in failure after 48 hours of intense fighting with the Houthi fighters in this central Yemen province.

According to pro-Houthi media, their forces managed to repel the advance by the UAE-backed troops, while also inflicting heavy casualties in the ranks of the Southern Resistance Army and their allies.


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30 Houthi members killed in AlBayda Governorate

At least 30 members of Al-Houthi militias were killed, and others were injured in battles with the Yemeni National Army to liberate the rest of Fadha area in AlMalagim District of AlBayda Governorate in Central Yemen.
A military source said in a statement reported by Yemeni Ministry of Defense's website "September 26" that the Yemeni National Army and resistance backed by Coalition Forces "Coalition to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen," continued their field progress in AlMalagim District and reached the outskirts of AlBayda Governorate.


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86 of terrorist Houthi militia killed, wounded in Directorate of Malajim in province of Albaidha

About 86 members of the Iranian-backed coup Huthi militia have been killed and wounded in battles launched by the Yemeni army in the Malajim district of the province of Albaidha.
A Yemeni military source said in a statement broadcast by the Yemeni Armed Forces Media Center that fierce fighting took place between the Yemeni army and the Houthi terrorist militia in Albiadh mountain range at the Malajim Directorate, killing at least 36 members of the Houthi militia and injuring about 50 others.

Remark: As claimed by the Hadi army and the Saudi news agency.

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Houthi Commanders Killed in Clashes with Yemen Army in Saada

Six commanders of the Iran-backed Houthi militias were killed in fighting last week with the Yemeni national army on the Malahit front in western Saada.

The army had launched several military operations against the Houthis on al-Malahit, leaving scores of their members dead.

The military is waging fierce battles in the Houthi-held northern Saada region on five fronts.

My comment: As claimed by Saudi media. – „Yemeni army“ = president Hadi’s militia.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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Yemenis are recycling the remnants of missiles and shrapnel launched by coalition fighters, making knives and daggers and selling them on the market. (photos)

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The Men Of Sanaa, Yemen

Documentary and Commercial Photographer Katarina Premfors is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this portrait/documentary photography. From her project ‘Yemen‘. Photos. To see Katarina’s body of work click on any image.

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Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-438 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-438: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

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