Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 445 - Yemen War Mosaic 445

Yemen Press Reader 445: 14. August 2018: Saudi-Luftangriff auf Schulbus: US-Bombe, Beerdigung d. Kinder - Jemenkrieg und westliche Medien – Jemenkrieg-Überblick – 27 Foltergefängnisse d. Emirate
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Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah / Most important: Hodeidah battle

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff auf Schulbus / Most important: Saudi air raid at school bus

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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

cp8a Saudisch-Kanadischer Streit / Saudi-Canadian feud

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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'Even wars have rules': Yemen suffers as the truth is distorted and obscured

From burying coverage of atrocities to downplaying the level of killing, Western media put a gloss on the Western-backed war in Yemen

Even by the depraved standards of the Western-backed, Saudi-led aggression against Yemen, the bombing of a school bus on 9 August was a new low. No adequate coverage

It is hard to see how the world will wake up, however, when Western media does not - or cannot - provide adequate coverage of the ongoing aggression. You might have thought that the targeted bombing of a bus full of children parked in a market far from any military activity, by forces enjoying support from the United States and United Kingdom, would make headlines. Yet this is not the case.

Take the Guardian, for example, supposedly a bastion of liberal values and humanitarian concern. Their report on the incident went online shortly before 7pm last night. Yet this morning, it does not feature among their 13 headline stories and isn't even one of 11 headline stories on their "World news" section. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's desire to ban plastic bags was there, though.

Downplaying the killing

Of course, in a sense, these outlets are entirely correct not to consider the story a headline priority - for there is nothing really new about Wednesday's atrocity.

Indeed, alongside the straightforward lack of coverage, the downplaying of the level of killing in Yemen constitutes a second, more subtle, form of media blackout. Somewhere along the line, someone decided that 10,000 was the death toll to be forever associated with the Yemen war, and this number has appeared in virtually every article on the subject for years. In truth, this figure is a massive underestimate, given that at least 150,000 are believed to have died from starvation and preventable diseases last year alone, a direct consequence of the aggression on Yemen, the blockade of its ports, and the targeting of its civilian and agricultural infrastructure.

Thus the "death toll" endlessly repeated in the media - and shamefully, this often includes alternative media - is in truth but a tiny fraction of the true level of suffering being rained down on that country by the West and its proxies.

Destroy Yemen

Another form of blackout is the presentation of the conflict as a civil war -by Dan Glazebrook

https://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/even-wars-have-rules-will-world-ever-wake-atrocities-yemen-409669177

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Note how NONE of these headlines in numerous international media outlets mentions that this was a (US-backed) SAUDI airstrike that massacred children in a bus in Yemen. When the Yemeni victims of the US-UK-Saudi-UAE war are rarely acknowledged, their deaths are depoliticized. (images)

https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/1027554793663995905

PBS's @JaneFerguson5 — one of the very few mainstream journalists to report on the dirty war in Yemen. Is there a way to ask the NYT, WaPo, and the Guardian about this? They all seem to have axed their ombudsman/public editor positions (text in image)

https://twitter.com/TheWarNerd/status/1028301838678982658

and more details

https://twitter.com/JaneFerguson5/status/1027860143785037824

https://twitter.com/JaneFerguson5/status/1027858262794940416

https://twitter.com/JaneFerguson5/status/1027856899201478656

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Der verschwiegene Krieg

Auch Deutschland mischt beim Morden im Jemen mit.

Im Jemen findet eine humanitäre Katastrophe statt. Die Medien des Westens schweigen sich darüber aus. Dabei sind nahezu alle Nationen des westlichen Blocks mit von der Partie beim großen Morden.

Folgend will ich den Krieg gegen den Jemen kurz darstellen. Einen Krieg, der immer noch als „Bürgerkrieg“ deklariert wird, obwohl es eigentlich darum geht, den Willen Saudi-Arabiens und damit auch jenen der USA in einem der ärmsten Länder der Region durchzusetzen.

Vergleichen Sie die Angaben mit den Informationen, die Ihnen die Medien geben, und entscheiden Sie selbst, wem Sie glauben wollen.

Der Einfluss und die Unterstützung der Houthis durch den Iran beschränken sich, im Gegensatz zu dramatischen Behauptungen auf Pressekonferenzen der USA, auf moralische und humanitäre Hilfe. Es ist kein Fall bekannt, in dem Waffenlieferungen, insbesondere von Raketen, an den Jemen bzw. die Houthis bewiesen wurde.

Auch die Ausstellung von Raketenteilen durch die USA ändert nichts an dieser Feststellung, da die zuständigen UNO Organe darauf hinwiesen, dass auch US-Teile in der Rakete verbaut waren. Es existiere auch kein Beweis, dass der Iran eine Lieferung nach Ausrufen der Sanktionen vorgenommen hätte. Was nicht ausschließt, dass der eine oder andere iranische Berater im Land unterwegs gewesen sein könnte, was aber ebenso nicht nachgewiesen wurde.

Warum werden wir nicht vollumfänglich informiert?

Der überwiegende Teil der Deutschen, soweit sie überhaupt von dem Krieg gegen den Jemen wissen, lehnen eine Unterstützung Saudi-Arabiens durch die Bundesregierung ab. Um diesen Widerstand nicht ausufern zu lassen, werden Nebelkerzen gezündet, Halbwahrheiten verbreitet und der ganze Konflikt vollkommen losgelöst von den Realitäten beschrieben.

Ein Vorgehen wie im Krieg gegen Syrien, im Ukraine-Konflikt oder bei der fortgesetzten Hetze gegen Russland. Es steht leider zu erwarten, dass immer mehr Differenzen zwischen dem Willen beziehungsweise Wunsch der Bevölkerung und den Handlungen des Establishments auftreten werden. Seit dem illegalen Krieg gegen Jugoslawien, gegen den, hauptsächlich wegen der Beteiligung der Grünen, kein ernsthafter Widerstand in Deutschland aufgebaut werden konnte, agiert das Establishment Deutschlands zunehmen losgelöst von den Wünschen der Menschen. Wobei die Medien dankbare Hilfstruppen zur propagandistischen Rechtfertigung sind – und diese „Staatspropaganda“ wird immer offensichtlicher.

Im ersten Teil des Artikels berichtete ich über die Hintergründe des Krieges gegen den Jemen, den uns das Establishment als „Bürgerkrieg“ erklärt. Im zweiten Teil will ich aufzeigen, warum die deutsche Bundesregierung so darauf bedacht ist, den Wählern nicht die volle Wahrheit zu erzählen. Der Grund liegt nicht zuletzt in der Tatsache begründet, dass NATO-Länder eine erhebliche Rolle bei der Zerstörung des Jemen spielen.

Länder, die aber nicht bereit sind, die so entstehenden Flüchtlingsströme aufzunehmen. Und da im Jemen derzeit eine entscheidende Schlacht bevorsteht, die über den Hungertod von Millionen entscheiden könnte, hier nun Details zur derzeitigen Lage, wie sie nicht von der die Menschen verdummenden Bundespressekonferenz zu hören sein werden.

Die beiden Haupt-Kriegsgegner des Jemen

Saudi-Arabien will den Jemen kontrollieren. Obwohl geografisch gesehen der Jemen klein ist und zu den ärmsten Ländern der Region gehört, verfügt er über eine Reihe von Bodenschätzen. Außerdem könnte Saudi-Arabien mit einer Pipeline durch den Jemen die Straße von Hormuz vermeiden, und das Öl weiter entfernt von Irans möglichem Zugriff transportieren.

Saudi-Arabien hat seit Jahrzehnten wahhabitische Prediger in das Land geschickt, die aber wenig Erfolg hatten. Insbesondere die Houthis haben mit ihrer moderneren und moderaten Form des schiitischen Islam eine wirksame religiöse Gegenposition aufgebaut, vergleichbar in der Wirkung vielleicht mit der liberalen religiösen Organisation des säkularen Staates in Syrien.

Die zweite offiziell auftretende Kriegspartei sind die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE). Sie wollen den Süden des Jemen kontrollieren, insbesondere den Hafen von Aden, um ihre Expansionspläne zu realisieren. Außerdem würden sie sich gerne die Insel Socotra einverleiben. Socotra gilt als Weltnaturerbe der UNESCO, soll aber nicht unbedeutende Bodenschätze besitzen und ist strategisch vor dem Golf von Aden gelegen.

Beide Länder haben Söldner aus dem Jemen (verschiedene Stämme) und aus dem Ausland beschäftigt, um die Invasion durchzuführen. Saudi-Arabien hat sich außerdem mit der jemenitischen Islah-Partei verbunden, die zur internationalen Moslem-Bruderschaft gehört, auch bekannt durch ihre blutigen Aufstände in Syrien. Die VAE haben sich bei Stämmen im Süden eingekauft, die nach Unabhängigkeit vom Norden streben.

Die Internationalisierung des Krieges

Wie bereits im ersten Teil des Artikels beschrieben, nutzt Saudi-Arabien den tatsächlichen oder angeblichen Raketenangriff gegen ein saudisches Schiff, um den Konflikt zu internationalisieren. Offensichtlich hat die angreifende Koalition nicht genügend Ressourcen, um die Barfußkrieger der Houthis zu besiegen und versucht, stärkere Unterstützung, insbesondere durch die schon involvierten Länder Großbritannien und USA, zu erreichen.

Die Behauptung von Saudi-Arabien und den USA, dass der Iran in den Krieg verwickelt ist, und ballistische Raketen durch Hodeidah zu den Houthis schmuggelt, ist vollkommen haltlos. Alle etwas größeren Schiffe, die Hodeidah anlaufen, werden gekapert und untersucht. Die Houthi erhalten vielleicht geringe Mengen aus dem Oman durch die saudischen Linien, aber das können keine großen Mengen sein.

Die wichtigsten Quellen für Waffen und Munition waren ursprünglich die Lager der Armee, die mit US-Waffen gefüllt waren. Danach kommt die Versorgung durch Eroberungen von saudischen Versorgungstransporten, oder es handelt sich einfach um Einkäufe von Saudis Stellvertretern im Krieg.

Hodeidah ist für Schmuggel denkbar ungeeignet und wird daher auch nicht dafür genutzt. Aber der Hafen ist die Lebensader für Jemens belagertes nördliches Hochland.

Der Plan hinter der Taktik von Saudi-Arabien, Hodeidahs Wasserversorgung und seine Märkte zu bombardieren, zielt auf eine Vertreibung der Zivilbevölkerung aus der Stadt ab, um einen Angriff oder die Zerstörung leichter zu machen. Hodeidah ist die Schlagader des Widerstandes im Jemen.

Die USA und auch Deutschland wissen das. Wenn sie der saudischen Koalition erlauben, den Hafen zu erobern oder zu zerstören, machen sich diese Länder mitschuldig an dem Genozid, der folgen wird. Und so versucht die Bundesregierung solche Informationen so lange wie möglich unter der Decke zu halten. Es werden viel zu geringe Opferzahlen genannt, die seit Jahren nicht erhöht wurden, und alles versucht, um die Verbrechen des Angriffskrieges nicht als solche erscheinen zu lassen – von Jochen Mitschka

https://www.rubikon.news/artikel/der-verschwiegene-krieg

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Report: Mass torture in network of UAE-run prisons in south Yemen

A report obtained by Al Jazeera reveals the existence of 27 sites used to torture and sexually abuse Yemeni detainees.

A report obtained by Al Jazeera alleges that detainees in a network of clandestine prisons set up by the United Arab Emirates across southern Yemenhave been exposed to a host of brutal interrogation techniques that included physical and psychological torture.

The report - which was provided by Yemeni military figures who worked with the Saudi-UAE coalition battling Yemen's Houthi rebels - described scenes of sexual abuse by Emirati army personnel and their Yemeni surrogates.

Individuals endured rape at the hands of coalition forces and were subjected to electrocution in the genitals, chest and armpits.

Some detainees were hung in midair while being insulted and beaten, the report said.

Electric cables were used alongside wooden bats and steel poles during the interrogation sessions.

In some instances, the detainees are described as having been deprived of sleep and confined to narrow spaces with poor hygienic conditions and limited air ventilation.

For some, this was accompanied by sessions where their skins were lashed with whips and their wounds were subsequently covered in salt. Others had industrial nails inserted into their finger and toenails.

The report alleged more than 49 people died as a result of the torture and five gravesites were used to bury the deceased.

The account confirms a report by The Associated Press published in June over alleged acts of torture perpetrated by members of the Saudi-UAE coalition in a network of at least 18 secret prisons.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/report-mass-torture-network-uae-run-prisons-south-yemen-180812144559235.html

and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180813-methods-of-torture-in-saudi-led-coalition-prisons-in-yemen-rape-using-devices-hot-pepper-salt-and-bone-smashing/ and https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/8/13/uae-operating-27-clandestine-torture-prisons-in-yemen

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Rickets disease is also spreading in #Yemen among children The Rickets is a skeletal disorder that's caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium,or phosphate.People withrickets may have weak & soft bones,stunted growth, and, in severe cases, skeletal deformities. Pic by @monarelief

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1028355201231712256

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah / Most important: Hodeidah battle

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Six citizens were injured on Monday by US-Saudi Aggression raids on a citizen farm in Tahita district, in Hodeidah

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2210&cat_id=1

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A Civilian, Wife, 3 Kids Killed by US-Saudi Aggression Air Strike, Hodeidah

On Monday, a civilian, his wife and his three children were killed by an US-Saudi aggression airstrike targeted their house in Al-Duraihemi district in Hodiedah governorate.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2214&cat_id=1

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/08/14/571107/yemen-airstrike-hudaydah-saudi-arabia

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Civilian Killed by US-Saudi Aggression in Hodaidah

A civilian was killed in Hodeidah, west of Yemen, by US-Saudi aggression air strike targeted a citizen's farm, in Tahita district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2207&cat_id=1

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Yemeni forces liberate villages south of Hodeidah

Arab coalition backed Al Amalikah brigades push to disrupt Houthi supply route

Yemen's Al Amalikah brigades have liberated large parts of the Al Duraihimi district south of Hodeidah city, killing more than 15 Houthi fighters and arresting 100.

The ongoing military operation aims to disrupt the main Houthi supply route north of Al Duraihimi, a military source in Al Amalikah brigades told The National.

The troops on Sunday pushed into the Houthi-controlled northern areas of Al Duraihimi and liberated the villages of Al Mankam, Al Shagan and Al Gerbah in a bid to cut off the road that stretches from the districts of Baiyt Al Faqih to Zabieyed.

"Our forces stormed most of the Houthi fortifications in the center of Al Duraihimi," said Lt. Shafiq Al Maqraee of the Al Amalikah brigades. "We have been imposing a strict siege on them since the morning."

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemeni-forces-liberate-villages-south-of-hodeidah-1.759503

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Photo: One week after the deadly strikes, Al-Thawrah Hospital in #Hudaydah looks desolate and bleak. Health workers are disheartened but they bravely keep on working to save lives.

https://twitter.com/sadeqalwesabi/status/1028008359679516673

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff auf Schulbus / Most important: Saudi air raid at school bus

Earlier reporting: Yemen War Mosaic 443, cp1c

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According to Saudi Coalition spokesperson, these are the military threats coming from Yemen that justified targetting, killing & maiming children who were in a school bus

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Siehe / Look at cp1

More photos:

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1028315744327618566 = https://www.facebook.com/StopTheWarOnYemen/photos/pcb.949536791883184/949535641883299/?type=3

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1872337249485963/?type=3&theater = https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1028708666726342656 (the boys still alive)

https://twitter.com/commonsense575/status/1028797061880311813 (graves)

https://twitter.com/MahaNagi/status/1028704668011114498 (graves)

Photos of burial:

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1874239259295762

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1028999324640993280

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6055501/Yemen-airstrike-Video-shows-boys-laughing-school-bus-Saudi-led-missile-hit-killed-29.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-45176504

More films:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZG8Um-lpwM (Al Masirah, complete news)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMfndL0rkz8 (Al Masirah. Children in the bus; after the raid)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qf7-ACP5i8 (Al Masirah, US bomb; Nauert)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KbuFu75Z-Y (Al Masirah, Witnesses)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn7u5VVMPvs (Al Masirah, Rescuer finds his own son dead)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrHGZaXTOJg (Al Masirah, Zaid Tayeb father of Shahidin and brother martyr in the massacre of Dahyan 12-08-2018, 3:57)

https://twitter.com/A_mtrz/status/1028401656432676864 (digging graves)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFDm6SEttlY (Mint Press)

Films of funeral:

https://globalnews.ca/video/4385858/yemen-holds-mass-funeral-for-children-killed-in-air-strike-as-saudi-arabia-insists-raid-was-legitimate

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

http://de.euronews.com/2018/08/13/trauerfeier-fur-opfer-des-luftangriffs-im-jemen (Euronews, deutsch)

Al Masirah films of funeral:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhZ9Gf-Yquw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLntvQ2S3Sw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgsHNq3QSWA

Names of victims:

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1872127916173563

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#Saada Massaker: der Nachruf. Und es ist unvollständig.

#Saada massacre: the obituary. And it is incomplete. (photos, 24 boys)
https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1873084469411241/?type=3&theater = https://twitter.com/YemenEdge/status/1028742659274362882

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Death Toll of US-Saudi School Bus Bombing Rises, 52 Children Killed

A child died of sustained wounds bringing the death toll to 52 killed

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2215&cat_id=1

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Film: Yemeni Children Massacred With US-Made Bomb

Thousands have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of the 51 people killed in a Saudi-UAE-US military alliance airstrike, including 40 children traveling on a school bus. Even after a Raytheon-made MK-82 bomb was found in the wreckage, Defense Secretary James Mattis told said that the US is “not engaged in the civil war.” We are joined from Sana’a by journalist Nasser Arrabayee.

https://therealnews.com/stories/yemeni-children-massacred-with-us-made-bomb = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBCLi-g_-3I

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Mohammad Al-Houthi Holds US Responsible for Children School Bus Massacre

The head of the Revolutionary Supreme, Mohammad Al-Houthi, on Monday, said that the US is responsible for the crime of Dahyan, which the US-Saudi Areal targeted, last Thursday, a school bus killing and injuring 131, including 96 children.

"We hold the US, the leader of this alliance along with Saudi Arabia, UAE and British, responsible for the crime of Dahyan and all the previous crimes against the Yemeni people," the Supreme Revolutionary Head said in a speech at the funeral ceremony for the martyrs of the massacre, in Sa'ada.

"The US kills Yemeni people, Yemeni children and women, because it claims to help a strategic ally, Saudi Arabia, which is attacking our country under the leadership of the United States."

He also stressed that the children exposed the US and its allies determination to violate all the laws and they are nothing but criminals and terrorists.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2212&cat_id=1

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Film by Press TV Iran: [General discussion of this and other Saudi war crimes]

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/08/14/571107/yemen-airstrike-hudaydah-saudi-arabia

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3-star US general pushing Saudis to investigate deadly Yemen strike: Pentagon

The three-star American general dispatched by Defense Secretary James Mattis to look into last week's deadly Saudi airstrike in Yemen is pushing Riyadh to conduct a "timely and transparent investigation" into the incident, according to a Pentagon spokesperson.

In a statement on Monday, Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich told ABC News that the unidentified three-star general "adjusted his already scheduled visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss the incident with the Saudis and look into the situation."

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/star-us-general-pushing-saudis-investigate-deadly-yemen/story?id=57153050

My comment: The State Department already had asked for a Saudi-own probe. By this, the US shows “concern” (which is worth nothing) and makes clear that they will resist to an independent international probe. – And the perpetrator probing himself is just a farce and is a guaranty to secure that nor he nor his US backers will be blamed.

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Our Despicable, Indefensible Policy in Yemen

The pathetic U.S. response to last week’s massacre of students in Yemen continues

The general’s request actually shows how little concern the U.S. has for how the Saudi coalition conducts its war effort. If the U.S. were concerned with how the war was being fought, our officials wouldn’t be asking the perpetrators of atrocities to investigate their own crimes. It is pointless to urge the Saudis to conduct an investigation into their own war crime when we already know that they will find that they did nothing wrong. As the Post article notes later on, the coalition’s investigations predictably excuse their actions:

According to Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington director for Human Rights Watch, Saudi investigators had cleared coalition military officials of legal responsibility in virtually all investigations the JIAT had conducted.

The pattern of Saudi coalition conduct over the last three years is clear. Their forces commit numerous documented war crimes, and then when they “investigate” those crimes they determine that their forces are guilty of nothing.

It is an invitation to whitewashing heinous, illegal acts. The U.S. will not honestly call out the coalition members for their crimes against Yemeni civilians because our government is deeply complicit in those crimes, and so we are treated to this pantomime farce where we send officers to call for investigations whose results have been predetermined even before the crimes were committed. The entire policy is a disgrace, and it brings dishonor on everyone ordered to participate in it.

There needs to be an independent, international inquiry into war crimes committed by all sides in Yemen – by Daniel Larison

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/our-despicable-indefensible-policy-in-yemen/

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Yemen bus attack: doubts raised about Saudi probe

The United Nations has called for a "credible" investigation into an airstrike that killed at least 29 children in Yemen, but experts and aid groups doubt that a probe announced by the Saudi-led coalition bombing the country will yield results.

Commenting on the coalition investigation, James Dorsey, a Middle East specialist at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, said that "unsupervised investigations of oneself are always problematic."

"Add to this that Saudi Arabia´s record in such investigations, its lack of transparency, and human rights record offers little reason to have confidence in an investigation that it controls," he added.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6055967/Yemen-bus-attack-doubts-raised-Saudi-probe.html

My comment: It’s always “doubtful” when the perpetrator examines his own cases. – And in the case of Saudi coalition war crimes we know that these “probes” just are a farce.

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Massen-Beerdigung nach tödlichem Angriff auf Schulbus

Nach dem Luftangriff auf einen Schulbus im Jemen haben Tausende Menschen bei einer Massen-Beerdigung um die getöteten Kinder getrauert. Etwa 50 Fahrzeuge brachten Särge in die Stadt Saada, wie am Montag im Fernsehsender Al-Massira der Huthi-Rebellen zu sehen war. Die Teilnehmer der Zeremonie in der Hochburg der schiitischen Rebellen protestierten bei der Beisetzung auch gegen Saudi-Arabien und dessen Unterstützer USA.

"Amerika tötet jemenitische Kinder", war etwa auf mehreren Plakaten zu lesen. Ein ranghoher Huthi-Vertreter, Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, nannte den Angriff der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Militärkoalition eine "Straftat von Amerika und seinen Verbündeten gegen die Kinder im Jemen".

Die Kindersärge wurden mit grünen Tüchern und Fotos der Opfer bedeckt. Unklar war, wie viele Kinder in Saada beerdigt wurden. Bewohner gaben an, einige Familien hätten ihre Kinder bereits beigesetzt (Fotos)

https://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/ausland/krisen/id_84275938/jemen-massenbeerdigung-nach-toedlicher-attacke-auf-schulbus.html

und auch http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/massenbegraebnis-im-jemen-tausende-trauern-um-getoetete-schulkinder-a-1223001.html

Film: http://de.euronews.com/2018/08/13/trauerfeier-fur-opfer-des-luftangriffs-im-jemen

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Yemen buries children killed by air strike, Riyadh insists raid 'legitimate'

Thousands of mourners on Monday buried dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in northern Yemen, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in the three-year-old war.

Wooden coffins, most with a picture of a child, were taken by cars and carried by pall bearers to a graveyard from a square where prayers were held earlier. “Death to America, death to Israel,” the crowd chanted, echoing the Houthis’ slogan.

The shrouded bodies were removed from the coffins and placed in a row of unmarked graves that had been dug on Friday.

“My son went to the market to run house errands and then the enemy air strike happened and he was hit by shrapnel and died,” said Fares al-Razhi, mourning his 14-year-old son.

“For my son, I will take revenge on Salman and Mohammed Bin Zayed,” he said, referring to leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

But on Saturday, state news agency SPA said Riyadh’s mission to the world body delivered a message to Guterres reiterating that the raid was “legitimate” and targeted Houthi leaders “responsible for recruiting and training young children”.

“War can’t be a clean operation unfortunately,” UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told reporters in Dubai when asked about the Saada attack. “But I will say all parties need to accept their part in what they are doing today.”

The Houthi-run al-Masirah TV on Monday quoted a health official as saying another child had died from his wounds, raising the toll to 52.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/yemen-buries-children-killed-by-air-strike-riyadh-insists-raid-legitimate-idUSKBN1KY12M

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Protests at funeral for Yemeni children killed in coalition strike

Thousands of Yemenis vented anger against Riyadh and Washington on Monday as they took part in a mass funeral for children killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition.

The mass funeral was held in Saada city, a stronghold of the Iran-backed Huthi rebels, with images broadcast by the rebels' Al-Masirah television.

Around 50 vehicles brought coffins into a large square in the city.

The coffins were covered with green drapes and portraits of the victims were lined up on the ground for the Muslim prayer of the dead.

Mourners shouted slogans against Saudi Arabia and its ally and key arms supplier, the United States. "America kills Yemeni children," read several banners.

The head of the Huthis' revolutionary council, Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, took part in the funeral and slammed the raid as a "crime by America and its allies against the children of Yemen".

Al-Masirah did not say how many victims were buried on Monday.

Some families had already buried their loved ones, according to residents.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6055079/Protests-funeral-Yemeni-children-killed-coalition-strike.html

another article, by Aljazeerah. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/funerals-held-children-killed-school-bus-attack-180812074219112.html

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The schoolboys on a field trip in Yemen were chatting and laughing. Then came the airstrike

For a group of boys in northern Yemen, Thursday was supposed to be a celebration -- a much-anticipated field trip marking their graduation from summer school.

A video taken by one of the boys shows the classmates jostling and yelling on a packed school bus, clearly excited for the day ahead.

Their delighted chatter drowns out the person taking roll call, red pen poised in hand.

A parent outside the window waves goodbye to their child.

Within hours the boy who took the video, along with most of his classmates, would be dead -- killed after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit their school bus.

The children, reportedly ages 6 to 11, had been on a field trip to a graveyard for rebels, one of the few green spaces left in the northern Saada governate.

"Because of the war, most of the parks and gardens are destroyed," explained the boys' 40-year-old teacher, Yahya Hussein. "The nicest areas are the martyr's shrines and mosques," he told CNN.

"They were so excited about the field trip," Hussein said of the outing, which was to mark the end of the boys' two-month religious summer school. "It's all they had been talking about for the last couple of days."

In the video, filmed by schoolboy Osama Zeid Al Homran, the classmates are shown reciting verses from the Quran. The moment the lesson is over, the children race into the graveyard to play chase.

Zeid can be heard shouting to his friends, "Wait! Let's take a picture!"

Later in the day, after the boys returned to the school bus, tragedy struck.

Hussein had been late to the field trip and was parking his car a short distance from the bus when the blast came.

"I heard a loud explosion and there was dust and smoke everywhere," he said. "The scene can't be described -- there was body parts and blood everywhere."

"These were the children that were laughing, playing, acting very excited just a couple of days ago about their field trip. And now they were just mutilated corpses," he said.

"I was frozen," said the father of three. "I just started screaming, 'Oh people, oh world -- these are just children.'" (photos, film)

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/13/middleeast/yemen-children-school-bus-strike-intl/index.html

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Innocent boys are seen laughing and jostling on school bus during field trip just hours before 40 of them were killed by Saudi-led airstrike that hit the vehicle in Yemen

Heartbreaking footage of young Yemeni boys laughing and joking around on a field trip, just hours before their school bus was hit by a missile, has emerged today.

The video shows the excited children, aged six to 11, playing around on the bus as they get ready to leave for the field trip, arranged to mark the end of their summer school.

'They were so excited about the field trip, their teacher Yahya Hussein told CNN. 'It's all they had been talking about for the last couple of days.'

'These were the children that were laughing, playing, acting very excited just a couple of days ago about their field trip. And now they were just mutilated corpses,'

Among those killed in the airstrike were the boy who recorded the video from their field trip, according to CNN.

As the video footage emerged, thousands of mourners gathered to bury the young victims in Dahyan today (with film, photos from the film and photos from the burial)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6055501/Yemen-airstrike-Video-shows-boys-laughing-school-bus-Saudi-led-missile-hit-killed-29.html

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Saudi-Emirate-Koalition tötet 29 Kinder durch Luftangriff auf Schulbus im Jemen

Nasser Arrabyee, ein jemenitischer Journalist mit Sitz in der Hauptstadt Sanaa, befürchtet, dass aufgrund des prekären Zustands der Gesundheitseinrichtungen in der abgelegenen Sa’da-Provinz die Behandlung aller Verletzten unmöglich sein wird und die Opferzahlen noch steigen werden: „Viele der Verwundeten werden wahrscheinlich sterben, weil es keine Behandlung für sie gibt, keine Medizin.“

Ein offizielles Statement der Saudi-Emirate-Koalition räumte den Luftschlag zwar ein, behauptete jedoch, als Vergeltung eines Raketenbeschusses der Houthis auf saudisches Territorium „Raketenwerfer“ der Houthi-Rebellen angegriffen zu haben und spricht von einem „legitimen Militäreinsatz“. „Nein, da waren keine Kinder in dem Bus“, erklärt der Pressesprecher der Koalition, Colonel Turki al-Malki. „Wir haben höchste Standards für das Targeting unserer Ziele (sic!).“ Der Luftangriff „wurde unter Einhaltung des Völkerrechts sowie des internationalen Kriegsrechts durchgeführt“, so der Sprecher weiter.

Nasser Arrabyee, der jemenitische Journalist, berichtet hingegen, in der Nähe des Marktes hätten sich keine Houthi-Kämpfer befunden: „Es ist wohlbekannt, dass es sich bei dem Ort um einen Markplatz handelt. Es gibt keine militärischen Anlagen in der Nähe.“, zitiert Al Jazeera den Journalisten vor Ort. „Selbst Ersthelfer wurden getötet“, fügt Arrabyee hinzu. „[Ihre] Körperteile waren überall verstreut“. Die Beschreibung des Journalisten spiegelt eine perfide Taktik wider, die die Saudi-Emirate-Koalition im Jemen wiederholt einsetzte und von Drohnenschlägen der USA in Pakistan kopiert hat: Bei der sogenannten „double tap“-Taktik wird in einem staatsterroristischen Akt kurz nach der ersten Ladung Bomben eine zweite abgeworfen, um Überlebende und herbeieilende Helfer ebenfalls zu töten.

Ohne Support des Westens gäbe es den Krieg im Jemen nicht

Es gilt als Binsenweisheit des Jemen-Kriegs, dass der Krieg morgen beendet wäre, würden die USA und ihre westlichen Partner heute ihre Unterstützung der Saudi-Emirate-Koalition einstellen – im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes. Neben Bereitstellung von Geheimdienstinformationen und Zielkoordinaten, logistischer Unterstützung, militärischer Ausbildung sowie der Luftbetankungen der Koalitions-Jets durch die U.S. Air Force – ohne die der Luftkrieg über die riesigen Wüsten der Arabischen Halbinsel hinweg schlicht unmöglich wären – sind es in erster Linie die Waffenlieferungen der USA, die den Krieg am Laufen halten.

Das Massaker auf den Schulbus stellt im Krieg der Saudi-Emirate-Koalition keineswegs die Ausnahme, sondern die Regel dar – von Jakob Reimann

https://diefreiheitsliebe.de/politik/saudi-emirate-koalition-toetet-29-kinder-durch-luftangriff-auf-schulbus-im-jemen/

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Film: Tote Kinder im Jemen: Vereinte Nationen fordern "transparente Aufklärung"

Dutzende Kinder im Jemen sind tot, ganz offensichtlich durch einen Luftangriff Saudi-Arabiens. Nun soll eine Untersuchung Licht in die Sache bringen. Der UN-Sicherheitsrat lässt in seiner Sitzung zum Thema offen, wer dafür zuständig sein sollte.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6rtyd5

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Audio: Warum berühren uns 50 tote Kinder nicht?

Im Jemen sind 50 Kinder in einem Schulbus bei einem Anschlag ums Leben gekommen. Hier in Deutschland ist das kaum eine Zeile wert, und auch in der internationalen Politik gibt es keine Reaktionen. Martin Busch fragt sich, ob der Jemen vielleicht einfach zu weit weg ist...

https://www.radio912.de/home/mediathek/audiobeitraege/abspann/art1327,1621437

Mein Kommentar: Die geographische Entfernung ist nicht unbedingt wichtig. Der entscheidende Grund: Wenn die USA oder einer ihrer Verbündeten ein Kriegsverbreche begeht, gehen die Medien auf Tauchstation.

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In a Week of Deadly Airstrikes and Civilian Deaths, Saudi Arabia Adds School Bus and 50 Yemeni Children to the List

The bombing of the school bus, the Saleh bedouin camp, as well as a family farm were among the dozens of massive Saudi attacks targeting Yemeni civilians this week.

The late morning sun conspired with a cloudless blue sky to picturesquely frame the city of Dhahian in southern Saada province. Suddenly the serenity was broken by the loud piercing shriek of fighter jets over the quiet village, followed by a deafening explosion. When the thick black smoke finally began to dissipate, more than 20 mothers discovered a school bus carrying their children had been transformed into a hellish scene: choking dust, smoldering shops, and the charred corpses of children buried under the mangled school bus. Anguished moans and screams of grief and pain filled the air.

At a bed in the Jomhouri Hospital in Saada, four-year-old Mohammed was receiving first aid when he came to the realization that he was still alive but that more than 35 of his classmates, older and younger, lay dead in beds near him as if they were asleep. Others were lying in torn, blood-stained clothing along with school bags, fighting death in the same room.

Mohammed was one of the 80 civilians wounded on Thursday in fresh U.S.-Saudi strikes that targeted a school bus carrying children to summer camp on Dhahian’s outskirts in Yemen’s northwestern province of Saada.

It was 8:30 a.m. when the explosion shattered the day. “What did these children do to deserve this?” a 32-year-old witness to the strike asked. Abdul-Ghani Nayeb, the head of the Health Department in Saada told MintPress more than 50 were killed and over 80 others were wounded as a result of the strike. Some were shoppers and passers-by, but most were children.

The owner of a nearby restaurant, Zaid Hussein Deib, cried out, “they were not Iranian experts,” as he scrambled past overturned plastic white tables and splintered blue tiles. “They were children; they were not carrying ballistic missiles.” Deib lost two sons in the attack.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/in-a-week-of-deadly-airstrikes-and-civilian-deaths-saudi-arabia-add-school-bus-and-50-yemeni-children-to-the-list/247377/

another report https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-school-bus-airstrike-saudi-investigation-children-deaths-attack-latest-a8489526.html

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Mr.So called prez of #Yemen Any. Reaction Remorse Denounce Regrets Feelings U have about children school bus Crime

https://twitter.com/Maddllock2/status/1028740087377481731

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Audio: Episode #245 – ‘Murder on the Saudi Express’ with guests Robert Inlakesh and Hussain Albukhaiti

https://21stcenturywire.com/2018/08/12/episode-245-murder-on-the-saudi-express-with-guests-robert-inlakesh-and-hussain-albukhaiti/

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Film: Right from the attack scene in Dahian town #Saada, I got remnants of a guided bomb used in attacking the school bus, with #US markings on it. #America has its hands stained with #Yemen kid's blood!

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1029098589912539136

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1029102923693940741

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Guided Bomb Fragments At Site Of Yemen Bus Airstrike Trace Back To Lockheed Martin

Ben Norton, an American journalist among the first to track down publicly available government contract information showing the MK-82's likely origins, said of the bomb fragment imagery: "Yemeni journalists found this fragment of the bomb Saudi Arabia dropped on a school bus full of children in Yemen. It's a US-made MK-82 guided bomb, which has been used in previous attacks on Yemeni civilians. The cage code on the bomb is Lockheed Martin's." The MK-82 is a 500-pound air dropped guided bomb which US Air Force and military publications previously touted as "causing the least amount of collateral damage" — US defense contractors have over the past few years sold the MK-82 to Saudi Arabia under contracts worth tens of millions of dollars.

The CAGE Code, or Commercial and Government Entity Code, is a number assigned to suppliers of various government or defense agencies which provides a standardize method to track military items to a given facility at a specific location. According to one defense contracting consultation site, The Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency, (DLA) assigns the five-character ID and uses alpha numeric identifier is assigned to entities located in the United States and its’ territories.

Ben Norton says the Cage Code on the fragment reportedly found at the site traces to US government contractor Lockheed Martin.

The code on the panel fragment in the photograph reads: 94271.

Ben Norton further tracked down specific contracts through 2016 and 2017 showing that Lockheed Martin/General Dynamics is the key supplier of the MK-82 500-pound bombs to the Saudi military (in 1997 General Dynamics acquired Lockheed's Armament Systems and Defense Systems productions divisions).

The separate contracts are collectively worth over $60 million and were approved by US Army Contracting Command.

The Pentagon has long tried to present its role in the conflict as attempting to stave off humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-12/guided-bomb-fragments-site-yemen-bus-airstrike-reportedly-trace-back-lockheed

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Yemeni journalists found this fragment of the bomb Saudi Arabia dropped on a school bus full of children in Yemen.

It's a US-made MK-82 guided bomb, which has been used in previous attacks on Yemeni civilians The cage code on the bomb is Lockheed Martin's (photo,image)

https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/1028328310223331333

The US government has repeatedly sold MK 82 bombs to Saudi Arabia, which it is using to kill Yemeni civilians. Here are separate 2016 and 2017 DoD announcements on General Dynamics contracts for Saudi Arabia and other countries: (images)

https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/930678/ … https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1311548/ …

https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/1028331504034873344

and as a reminder from 2016:

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PHOTOS SHOW FRAGMENTS OF U.S. BOMBS AT SITE OF YEMEN FUNERAL MASSACRE

how Saudi Arabia also used US-made MK 82 guided bombs to attack a funeral in Yemen in 2016, killing more than 140 people and wounding at least 500 more.

https://theintercept.com/2016/10/10/photos-show-fragments-of-u-s-bombs-at-site-of-yemen-funeral-masssacre/

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Funerals to be held for children killed in school bus attack

Grieving parents are among those burying loved ones in Yemen on Sunday after an air strike killed dozens of people, including at least 29 childrenDays later, body parts remain unidentified and some families are desperately searching for the remains of their children.

Abdelhakim Amir searched the wreckage of the burned-out bus in the hope of finding some sign of his son, Ahmed.

"I just found some of what the child was wearing," he said. "I didn't find any of his remains, not his finger, not his bone, not his skull, nothing. I looked through all the remains in the hospital and I didn't see anything."

Twenty-nine small graves were dug at a cemetery in Saada where the children will be buried. The funerals were to take place on Saturday but were delayed because of security concerns. Houthi fighters said such gatherings could be targeted by more coalition air strikes.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/funerals-held-children-killed-school-bus-attack-180812074219112.html

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Film: 'Didn't find any remains': Yemen's survivors on deadly bus attack

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from neighbouring Djibouti on what has been described as the worst attack on Yemen's children.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/didnt-find-remains-yemens-survivors-deadly-bus-attack-180812062952530.html = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_YadPp_TRg

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Note how NONE of these headlines in numerous international media outlets mentions that this was a (US-backed) SAUDI airstrike that massacred children in a bus in Yemen. When the Yemeni victims of the US-UK-Saudi-UAE war are rarely acknowledged, their deaths are depoliticized. (images)

https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/1027554793663995905

PBS's @JaneFerguson5 — one of the very few mainstream journalists to report on the dirty war in Yemen. Is there a way to ask the NYT, WaPo, and the Guardian about this? They all seem to have axed their ombudsman/public editor positions (text in image)

https://twitter.com/TheWarNerd/status/1028301838678982658

and more details

https://twitter.com/JaneFerguson5/status/1027860143785037824

https://twitter.com/JaneFerguson5/status/1027858262794940416

https://twitter.com/JaneFerguson5/status/1027856899201478656

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Latest Saudi airstrike in Yemen ‘unprecedented case of crimes against humanity’

Iranian Health minister has described the latest Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in Yemen as an unprecedented case of crimes against humanity in separate letters to WHO and UNICEF, as well as the health ministers of the Islamic countries.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/136672/latest-Saudi-airstrike-in-Yemen-unprecedented-case-of-crimes

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The Pathetic U.S. Response to the Latest Saudi Massacre

The U.S. response to the massacre of dozens of children and other civilians earlier today was predictably feeble:

The U.S. State Department called on Thursday for the Saudi-led coalition to investigate reported air strikes in Yemen that killed dozens of people, including children.

“We are certainly concerned about the reports that there was an attack that resulted in the deaths of civilians. We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a press briefing.

Any investigation conducted by the Saudi coalition into this attack will be neither thorough nor transparent. There is no point in calling for an inquiry by the perpetrators of the crime. We already know that they will determine that they did nothing wrong. We know this because the coalition governments always find that their pilots did nothing wrong, and if that weren’t enough the Saudi king offers blanket pardons for any crimes that his forces might commit in Yemen. Coalition forces know that they won’t be punished by their own governments if they commit crimes against Yemeni civilians, and their governments know that Washington won’t penalize them, either. The Trump administration can’t even muster pro forma condemnation of the senseless slaughter of schoolchildren, so they certainly have no intention of pressuring the coalition to scale back its bombing campaign.

The Saudis and their allies have strenuously opposed independent, international investigations into war crimes committed by all sides for years. They know that an independent inquiry would expose them as serial violators of international law – by Daniel Larison

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-pathetic-u-s-response-to-the-latest-saudi-massacre/

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Ansarullah: Yemeni Children Killed by US Bombs

The bombs used by the Saudi-led coalition to attack a school bus carrying tens of Yemeni children in Sa'ada province was made in the US, an Ansarullah official stated on Sunday.

The official was quoted by the Arabic-language service of Russia Today as saying that the bombs were MK-82 which had earlier been used to pound a wedding ceremony in Hajjah province and a prison in al-Zaidiyeh.

Also, a tweet from renowned Yemeni journalist Nasser Arrabyee shows part of a 500-pound MK-82 bombs used in the bombing raid. The giant bomb is manufactured in the United States and sold in large numbers to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970521000255

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A Saudi-led airstrike killed dozens of Yemeni kids. Could the world have stopped it?

Michael Stephens, a Middle East expert at London think tank the Royal United Services Institute, stated the obvious: If children are to be protected in Yemen, the coalition needs to do a better job of identifying targets.

"When you're hitting a school bus there is a big problem with your target acquisition process," Stephens said, referring to the way armed forces distinguish between military and civilian targets.

For its part, the Pentagon said the U.S. was not involved in the airstrike in Sa'ada.

"The U.S. military support to our partners mitigates noncombatant casualties, by improving coalition processes and procedures, especially regarding compliance with the law of armed conflict and best practices for reducing the risk of civilian casualties," spokesperson Lt. Cdr. Rebecca Rebarich said.

Later, the Saudi-led coalition signaled a shift from an earlier stance when a spokesman had defended the attack as a "legitimate military action."

"The coalition is firmly committed to investigating all claims regarding mistakes or violations of international law, to sanction those who caused these incidents and to provide assistance to the victims," the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing an unnamed official.

aburutse said the best long-term solution to protecting children would be the end of war along with an effort to distribute aid fairly throughout the country.

"That would make sure Yemen people would be able to live in dignity," he said.

Baraa Shiban, a Yemeni activist who works for international human rights charity Reprieve, said the coalition airstrike hit far from any front line. So these sorts of sorties should end.

"We have said it in the past: The coalition should stop all operations in cities and populated areas," he posted in a series of tweets.

http://www.euronews.com/2018/08/12/saudi-led-airstrike-killed-dozens-yemeni-children-could-world-have-n899546

Comment: Since when wars cannot be avoided?
The world continues to overlook the fact that the latest Saudi-led crime was committed far from the frontlines.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1872502572802764

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Civilians say 'time to say no for war' after dozens of Yemeni children die in school bus attack

At least 30 children were among the people killed Thursday when their bus was struck by a missile fired from a warplane in northern Yemen. While authorities vow to investigate, Yemenis are drawing their own conclusions.

The bus, parked at a busy market in Saada in northern Yemen, was filled with boys returning to school following a picnic outing. Yemeni social media lit up with reports of civilian deaths.

On Thursday, Saudi state media was announcing a successful strike in Saada on the Yemeni rebels known as the Houthis. Col. Turki al-Maliki, a spokesperson for the coalition of neighboring Arab countries trying to defeat the Houthis, said that the day's attacks were retaliation for a Houthi missile fired Wednesday into Saudi Arabia.

“Today's attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation," Maliki said Thursday, "and was carried out in accordance with international humanitarian law.”

An Emirati site quoted Maliki also saying that the coalition "targeted the Houthi militia members who were inside the bus and said that they were the planners and operators of the missiles launch pads." – by Stephen Snyder

https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-08-11/civilians-say-time-say-no-war-after-dozens-yemeni-children-die-school-bus-attack

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The bus, parked at a busy market in Saada in northern Yemen, was filled with boys returning to school following a picnic outing. Yemeni social media lit up with reports of civilian deaths.

On Thursday, Saudi state media was announcing a successful strike in Saada on the Yemeni rebels known as the Houthis. Col. Turki al-Maliki, a spokesperson for the coalition of neighboring Arab countries trying to defeat the Houthis, said that the day's attacks were retaliation for a Houthi missile fired Wednesday into Saudi Arabia.

“Today's attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation," Maliki said Thursday, "and was carried out in accordance with international humanitarian law.”

An Emirati site quoted Maliki also saying that the coalition "targeted the Houthi militia members who were inside the bus and said that they were the planners and operators of the missiles launch pads."

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Coalition: Yemen strike targeted ballistic missile planners, not civilians

An airstrike Wednesday in northern Yemen was a “legal military action” against elements that planned attacks on Saudi Arabian towns, the spokesman for the Arab coalition told CNN news after reports that civilians had been killed.

Speaking by phone to the US-based news outlet, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen's government, Col Turki Al Maliki, insisted Thursday's attack carried out in Saada is a "legitimate military action" and is "in accordance with international humanitarian law and customs." He also accused the Houthis of recruiting children and using them in the battlefields to cover for their actions.

“The attack carried out today by the coalition in Saada was against those people responsible for the ballistic missile attack last night … the allegation [that civilians were targeted] is coming by the Houthis, and it’s still an allegation”, Col Al Maliki said.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/coalition-yemen-strike-targeted-ballistic-missile-planners-not-civilians-1.758568

My comment: Saudi propaganda claims become more and more absurd. Just look at the photos, film linked in Yemen War Mosaic 443, cp1.

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Minister of Human Rights: aggression makes of Yemen children military objectives

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news504869.htm

Remark: Sanaa government.

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The Failure To Form A Neutral , Serious Commission of Inquiry Into The Committed Massacres Encourage The US-KSA Coalition To Commit More Crimes: Ansarullah

The spokesman for Ansarullah “Mohammed Abdul Salam”, said on Saturday that the failure to form a neutral and serious commission of inquiry into the massacre of Dahyan students will encourage the US-KSA aggression to commit more crimes.

http://www.newnewss.net/the-failure-to-form-a-neutral-serious-commission-of-inquiry-into-the-committed-massacres-encourage-the-us-ksa-coalition-to-commit-more-crimes-ansarullah/

My comment: Obviously. The UN had failed again.

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I survived but my mother died, Says this teacher,Hussein Naji. He miraculously survived the US-Saudi latest war crime of August 9,2018. But his mother Safia Ali (50) died as soon as she heard about the attack on the bus of her son’s students. She died b4 knowing he survived! (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1028341699985264642

I was the first responder, and the first dead body I found was my son Ahmed, says this father. Referring to the latest US-Saudi war crime of August 9, 2018, which killed/injured 131 including 70 kids under 12, in Saada north Yemen. (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1028339427188334592

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Mueren 29 nenes tras un bombardeo en Yemen: las fotos de la tragedia

['The students told me about this trip for two days (...) Their mothers told me that they did not sleep all night about how happy they were to participate in this school trip," Yahya Husein, one of the teachers.]

http://www.perfil.com/noticias/internacional/mueren-29-nenes-tras-un-bombardeo-en-yemen-las-fotos-de-la-tragedia.phtml

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactice Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

Film, Interview: Vanessa Beeley Interview - The (Not So) Secret War In Yemen & The True Face Of US Humanitarianism

Vanessa Beeley joins me to discuss the truth about the conflict in Yemen and the real agenda behind the genocide being committed. We discuss the recent events that have taken place, in particular the bombing of a school bus that took the lives of 50 children, and the bomb fragments that were found at the scene that prove the bomb was made by none other than Lockheed Martin. We take a deep look at the reality behind the facade of US humanitarianism and what this aggressive US foreign policy leading the western agenda is leading us all toward.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uav1mGhwGgQ

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Colorful dreams end; will world finally react to Saudi carnage in Yemen?

Well everything seems to be on the right track, the remaining boys are taken to hospital, the streets are cleaned of blood stains and debris, the shop keepers are back to business and a funeral procession was held for the dead people, and of course the world bodies including the United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Children's Fund condemned the massacre. IS that it?

Imagine the scene once more, with all its details. Remember the Children with their wandering eyes, still dizzy from the loud explosion … What if you knew one of the boys? Maybe one of them was your nephew, student, your son’s friend or even your own son. I do not want to disturb you at all but this tragedy happens every day in Yemen, not exactly the same but it takes place in many ugly ways that sometimes put in shadow the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) terrorist outfit’s crimes. If the Thursday school bus incident in Yemen would have happened to you or yours would you keep silence? Would you still react the same? I do not intend to judge or try to imply anything, however it made me feel deeply sad and think to what undone sin these school boys fell victim to? Such incident may even turn a law abiding citizen with probably couple of medals from the City Hall or the mayor into a blood thirsty terrorist looking for vendetta.

I want to draw your attention to the point that such attacks that turn weddings into funerals, schools and parks into graveyards and leave thousands of defenseless people traumatized is committed by the House of Saud regime and its allies including the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Saudi regime is the custodian of the most sacred sites in Islam, the Great Mosque of Mecca (al-Haram Mosque/the Sacred Mosque) in the holy city of Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque (al-Masjid an-Nabawi) in the holy city of Medina. The Saudi regime claims it’s a regime that follows and practices the true Islam and Islamic teachings and cares about the human rights.

Pundits say there are many controversies regarding the Islam that is interpreted and preached by the Saudi regime preachers which is practiced by almost all terrorist outfits like the ISIL, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and … the list goes on – by Nima Chitsaz

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/136709/Colorful-dreams-end-will-world-finally-react-to-Saudi-carnage

My comment: from Iran, but simply true.

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Film: Bruce Riedel of the Brookings Institute: “if the United States of America and the United Kingdom tonight told King Salman that this war [on Yemen] has to end, it would end tomorrow because the Royal Saudi Air force cannot operate without American & British Support"

https://twitter.com/Louis_Allday/status/1028595507462123520

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Press TV Iran: Film: US, UK must stop backing Saudi war on Yemen: Analyst

The United States and Britain should take real action and stop supporting the Saudi-led massacre of civilians in Yemen, says an analyst.

An investigation into a Saudi air raid against a school bus in Sa’ada province, which left at least 51 civilians dead, is “not sufficient” and Western powers are expected to stop giving arms and surveillance support to the Saudi war on Yemen, Saeed Shahabi, a political analyst and Middle East expert, told Press TV on Monday.

“There needs to be an action. The action should be that the United States and Britain must withdraw their support and their contribution to the war on Yemen and the United Nations must stop giving its excuses for the Saudis that they are there to defend what they call the internationally recognized government,” Shahabi said.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/08/13/571060/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-US-UK

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Streit zwischen Emiratenherrscher

Twist zwischen arabischen Brüdern: Der Herrscher von Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, kritisiert die Interventionspolitik des Emirates Abu Dhabi im Jemen und anderen Staaten der Region.

In mehreren «Tweets» philosophierte der populäre Herrscher von Dubai, Scheich Mohammed bin Rashid al-Makhtoum, über die Interventionspolitik «arabischer Herrscher» im Mittleren Osten, ohne diese ausdrücklich beim Namen zu nennen. «Das Leben hat mich gelehrt, dass eine Einmischung in unserer arabischen Welt Zeitverschwendung, geradezu obszön, eine Verschleuderung von Ressourcen ist», textete Scheich Mo», wie der beliebte Scheich von Dubai von Freunden genannt wird – und fügte mahnend hinzu: Wenn jemand für sein Volk etwas wirkliches Grosses erreichen wolle, dann müsse «die Heimat», und nicht das Ausland, «immer den Vorrang haben».

Gemünzt war die Kritik auf den Kronprinzen von Abu Dhabi, Scheich Mohammed bin Zayed, den mächtigsten Mann der sieben Emirate. Der hohe Blutzoll dürfte der wichtigste Grund für die Forderung von Scheich Mo sein, «dem Heimatland den Vorrang» zu geben. Ins gleiche Horn hatte zuvor auch ein Sohn des Herrschers von Fujeirah, ein kleines Emirat, das ebenfalls zur Föderation der Sieben gehört, gestossen. Scheich Raschid bin Hamid al-Scharki beschuldigte das mächtige Abu Dhabi, die wahren Opferzahlen im Jemen zu verheimlichen und Kritikern nach dem Leben zu trachten.

https://www.tagblatt.ch/international/das-heimatland-muss-vorrang-haben-ld.1044641

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Film: Child soldiers in Yemen

https://tpook.nl/2018/08/12/video-kindsoldaatjes-in-jemen/

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Film: On International #YouthDay, we asked young people how the conflict in #Yemen has impacted their lives and what their aspirations are. This is what they said

https://twitter.com/UNICEF_Yemen/status/1028732164240809985

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School bus, thousands of children, schools, clinics, hospitals, mosques, water wells, sewage plants, weddings, funerals, again & again..... This is not a problem with the Saudi 'target acquisition process' in its Yemen war. It is an intentionally criminal Saudi military policy.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/1028715807390539776

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Coalition is justifying its crimes in #Yemen by saying "houses, markets and other civilian targets have been struck because a Houthi leader and tribal elders assisting him were there"!! White House and Downing Street have no option but to support such transparent conclusion!

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1028730503858450432

My comment: Obviously, such a justification is void bullshit. This does not make anything a “legitimate military target”.

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Opfer Kind

In Jemen wächst eine verlorene Generation heran. Und kaum einer hilft.

Der Krieg hat das Land zum Inferno gemacht, zumal für die Schutzbedürftigsten, die Kinder. Acht Millionen sind unterernährt. Unzählige haben Cholera, leben in ständiger Angst. Die Wunden, die ihnen geschlagen werden, wirken weiter. Wenn Kinder die Zukunft sind, sieht es um die Zukunft Jemens grausig aus.

Die UN nennen den Konflikt, bei dem sich Saudi-Arabien und Iran einen Stellvertreterkrieg liefern, die "schwerste humanitäre Krise der Gegenwart". Doch das Mitgefühl der Welt ist ungerecht verteilt.

Die Luftschläge der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Koalition töten viele Zivilisten, vernichten die Infrastruktur, rauben die Zukunft. Sie sind unverhältnismäßig. Die Welt muss die Saudis durch politischen Druck und notfalls Sanktionen zwingen, das Völkerrecht einzuhalten, Kinder zu schonen. Solange Riad so wütet, dürfen die USA die Luftangriffe nicht mehr unterstützen.

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/jemen-opfer-kind-1.4088480

Mein Kommentar: “Doch das Mitgefühl der Welt ist ungerecht verteilt.“ Die “Süddeutsche Zeitung” trägt mit ihrer Art der Berichterstattung selbst aktiv dazu bei. Der Jemen kommt kaum vor. Am Wochenende, 11.-12. August: Ein Kommentar auf Seite 4, ca. 1/36 Seite, und ein Bericht 1/12 Seite auf Seite 9.- “Solange Riad so wütet, dürfen die USA die Luftangriffe nicht mehr unterstützen.“ Luftangriffe treffen immer vor allem Zivilisten. Und wann, bitte, meint derAutor denn, wäre es in Ordnung, saudische Luftanriffe im Jemen zu unterstützen?? – Zur Erinnerung: U.S. Deepens Role in Yemen Fight, Offers Gulf Allies Airstrike-Target Assistance, https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-deepens-role-in-yemen-fight-offers-gulf-allies-airstrike-target-assistance-1528830371

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When dollar matters more than lives of Yemeni children

Adding insult to injury, Colonel Turki al-Malki, a Spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, stressed that Thursday's attack carried out in Saada is a “legitimate military action” and is “in accordance with international humanitarian law and customs.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

He said the attack was in response to the Houthis missile strike in Jaizan, Saudi Arabia. However, attacking civilians is illegal and goes against international laws.

At a time when the main body of the International Human Rights Defender, the United Nations, fears the loss of Saudi funding, it remove the name of the Saudi regime from the blacklist of countries that violate Yemeni children's rights, it is quite natural that the Riyadh authorities in the shadow of such a great achievement in the international arena, they will compete in child killing with their Jewish brethren.

The UN Secretary-General Antَnio Guterres, called for a “credible” investigation Friday but failed to condemn the horrific crime against Yemeni children in Saada. This is unfortunate because to the extent the UN fails to act decisively, this will only encourage war criminals who think they can act with impunity and may only encourage more such horrible actions against civilians. The UN seems to have become ineffective whenever it is challenged by a potential withdrawal of member funding.

One of the main reasons for Saudi Arabia turning to the brutal and unjustified killing of innocent Yemeni children has apparently been the Saudi failure to achieve its goals in Yemen over the past three years. https://en.mehrnews.com/news/136681/When-dollar-matters-more-than-lives-of-Yemeni-children

My commen: from ran, but obviously true.

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Yemen: Houthi Militias Kill, Injure Children in Marib

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Saudi bus bombing marks a new low in Yemen

If it wasn't so sad and tragic it would almost be laughable. Credible commentators, including a leading German analyst, have said last week's bombing of a school bus in Yemen probably doesn't qualify as a war crime because the Royal Saudi Air Force is so incompetent the odds are it just made a mistake. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the original dispute that sparked Yemen's civil war, the conflict is at a point where it must not be allowed to continue. The easiest way to stop it would be for Saudi Arabia's enablers, particularly the US and the UK, to stop selling weapons and withdraw their logistic and other support.

Given the well-publicised failings of the Saudi military it is unlikely the Kingdom would be able to keep its hi-tech weaponry in the field for more than a few weeks or months.

President Trump has recently demonstrated a willingness to tell his friends, including NATO, Canada, the UK and Germany what they should and should not do.

If his administration does care about the slaughter of innocents then he should also stand up to the Saudis. Or are some innocents more equal than others?

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/saudi-bus-bombing-marks-a-new-low-in-yemen-20180810-p4zwsm.html

My comment: Of course, in Western eyes, some innocents are more equal than others. This depends on whether they had been killed by the US and US allies, or by enemies of the US. This is a fundamental difference!!!

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Jürgen Todenhöfer: Schulbus-Massaker im Jemen

ES IST SCHÄNDLICH, DASS SAUDI-ARABIEN, USA UND ENGLAND IM JEMEN SCHULKINDER ERMORDEN UND UNSERE POLITIKER DAZU SCHWEIGEN. OBWOHL SIE DIE WAFFEN GELIEFERT HABEN.

Liebe Freunde! Stellt Euch vor, was los wäre, wenn in den USA, England oder Deutschland ein Schulbus bombardiert würde und dutzende Schulkinder sterben würden! Unsere Politiker würden Tag und Nacht vor den Mikrofonen stehen. Aber es waren ja nur jemenitische Kinder.

Gestern Morgen bombardierte eine von den USA und Großbritannien bewaffnete saudische Koalition einen jemenitischen Schulbus auf Ferienfahrt. Über 40 Menschen, meist Schulkinder unter 10, starben. Die Bilder der kindlichen Opfer findet Ihr auf meiner Webseite....

Letzte Woche beschoss dieselbe vom Westen bewaffnete, saudisch geführte Koalition ein Krankenhaus und einen Fischmarkt im jemenitischen Hodeida. Und ermordete 56 Unschuldige. Westliche Proteste? Wieder Fehlanzeige!

Der hungernde Jemen braucht dringend Nahrungsmittel und Medikamente. Die „westliche Werte-Gemeinschaft“ aber liefert Bomben. Was für eine Schande!

ES GIBT LÖSUNGEN, DAS MORDEN IM JEMEN ZU BEENDEN:

1.)DER WESTEN könnte die täglichen Massaker sofort beenden, indem er seine kriminellen Waffenlieferungen an die saudisch geführte Bomber-Koalition einstellt.

2.)DER IRAN könnte einen Beitrag zur Entspannung leisten, indem er sich ausdrücklich für die uneingeschränkte Neutralität des Jemen ausspricht. Die relativ alten Kurzstrecken-Raketen, die die Huthis besitzen, stammen aus den Beständen der gestürzten pro-saudischen Regierung Saleh. Und nicht, wie die USA behaupten, aus dem Iran. Es ist technisch relativ einfach, sie zu Mittelstreckenraketen umzubauen. (Die USA sagen leider nur selten die Wahrheit, wenn es um ihren „Erz-Feind“ Iran geht.)

3.)SAUDI-ARABIEN müsste endlich seine fast krankhafte Obsession gegenüber Iran überwinden, indem es in direkte Verhandlungen mit Teheran eintritt. Iran hat der saudischen Führung derartige Verhandlungen auf mehreren Kanälen angeboten. Denkbar wäre ein „Nichtangriffspakt für den gesamten Persischen Golf“. Diese Strategie wäre tausendmal klüger, als Iran zu sanktionieren und alle möglichen Sympathisanten des Iran zu bombardieren (Jemen), zu destabilisieren (Syrien) oder zu boykottieren (Qatar).

4)DIE JEMENITISCHEN KRIEGSPARTEIEN aber müssten die Gelegenheit bekommen, ohne Einmischung von außen (!) ihren nationalen Dialog wieder aufzunehmen. Ich weiß von meinen intensiven Gesprächen mit der Führung der Huthi-Rebellen im Norden sowie mit der politischen Führung des Südens, dass die Friedensbereitschaft der Jemeniten deutlich größer ist als die der meisten ausländischen Staaten, die sich täglich in diesen tragischen Konflikt einmischen. Und ihn anheizen. Auch weil er ein großes Geschäft ist. Ein Geschäft mit dem Tod. Dieses mörderische Geschäft müssen wir beenden.

https://www.facebook.com/JuergenTodenhoefer/posts/10155773839705838

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War on humanity

Since the coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the legitimate and internationally recognised government to power, hundreds of civilians were targeted in schools, hospitals, weddings and residential places by air strikes.

Saudi and UAE are known to have done this many times disregarding civilian life, but when the entire world condemned their actions, they claim that their actions were “legitimate” accusing the Houthis of using the children as human shields.

The shocking losses of lives of children that showed small part of the overall scene of the war in Yemen, require the international community to take immediate action to ensure the protection of civilians and support the efforts of the UN envoy to push towards a political solution by activating a national dialogue in Yemen.

The war in Yemen will get more complicated the longer it continues and more civilians will be victimized under threat by the third wave of cholera outbreak.

https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/12/08/2018/War-on-humanity

My comment: From Qatar. – This is true. But until 2017 Qatar itself was a member of the Saudi coalition in the Yemen warand participated in bombing Yemen and in committing all these war crimes.

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Saudi Arabia is a strategic partner: that's what US and UK care about. It's all about partners, oil & arms deals. But why do they continue to run mouths about values & human rights?! If you can't protect innocents, at least establish independent Int'l probe into Yemen war crimes

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1028489290265882624

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Indiscriminate Airstrikes Are Calls for Genocide in Yemen – And Must Be Treated as Such

It’s an insult to intelligence. Saudi Arabia says it wants to carry out an investigation following Thursday’s attack in the Saada province. In the strike, Saudi warplanes attacked a school bus outside of a crowded marketplace, killing at least 50, mostly children.

Past experiences tell us where this farce is actually going. Saudi officials claim that the killings were a “legitimate military action” and perfectly legal. Gory photos of dead children that followed, however, have fueled a lot of calls from the international community to independently investigate the matter. UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutterres has condemned the strike and urged an “independent and prompt investigation.”

In any event, an international probe needs to happen to prevent a similar human rights nightmare. The UN should stop Saudi Arabia from keeping the world body from issuing any critical statements, and the US should be stopped from preventing the UN Security Council from backing anything on Yemen that the Saudis would object to. Further still, the US and Britain are front and center responsible for the carnage and extreme affliction in Yemen. They are complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weaponry and military equipment as well as diplomatic, logistical and intelligence assistance.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970520001174

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Film, Talk: Middle East Institute: A war torn Yemen: local frontlines and regional dynamics

As Yemen enters a fourth year of civil conflict and humanitarian catastrophe, the battle towards Hudaydah in the western coastlines of Yemen are underway despite expressed concerns from the U.N. and other humanitarian organizations. The most recent strike on Yemen’s most crucial port has left supply routes barren and the overall causality of such an action within the region and on the wider geopolitical playing field uncertain. While diplomatic interventions aim to halt these escalations in violence, local alliances have undeniably shifted; dialogue surrounding the outcome has become increasingly dark, with predictions of a worsening ‘humanitarian disaster’ on the horizon. While U.N. continues peace talks, a deeper contextual understanding of these events and those living within their epicenter has nonetheless become crucial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwRPGE7Xn2o

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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US Agency for International Development: Yemen - Food Assistance Fact Sheet, updated August 13, 2018

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to date, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) has contributed more than $323 million to support UN partners in Yemen, including the UN World Food Program (WFP). During this period, WFP reached approximately 6.8 million severely food-insecure individuals monthly with in-kind food assistance and food vouchers across 20 of Yemen’s 22 governorates.

Since the beginning of FY 2017, FFP has supported UN agencies and non-governmental organization (NGO) implementing partners with more than $670 million in emergency food assistance, including the provision of U.S.-sourced wheat, peas and vegetable oil, locally- and regionally-procured food and food vouchers for Yemen’s most vulnerable populations.

FFP support also provides therapeutic nutritional products to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-food-assistance-fact-sheet-updated-august-13-2018

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US wheat from Pacific Northwest heading to war-torn Yemen

Seven ships loaded with wheat grown in America's Pacific Northwest are sailing for Yemen, where a stalemated civil war has pushed more than 8 million people to the brink of starvation.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, which administers the Food for Peace program, purchased the wheat to benefit America's wheat farmers and people in crisis. It was then handed over to the U.N.'s World Food Program to be shipped and distributed in Yemen.

Stephen Anderson, the WFP's Yemen country director, told a Friday news conference in Portland that the wheat will provide much-needed relief.

Over the past two weeks, seven ships filled with 176,000 tons (159,665 metric tons) of wheat have left Portland for Yemen, two Oregon politicians said.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and Republican state Rep. Mike McLane said in a joint statement they're proud to see Oregon wheat being used in one of America's "most effective peacebuilding tools," its Food for Peace program.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-6057185/US-wheat-Pacific-Northwest-heading-war-torn-Yemen.html

My comment: Wheat and bombs and fighter jets and refueling fighter jets and logistical support for bombing…

Comment: The question is: Will the wheat be permitted by the Saudis to cross where it is most needed, to the people they are intentionally starving in the north?

Or will it go to Aden and be handed over to the corrupt Saudi/Uae administration who will make a big show of distributing it only to the people under their thumb? The second is way more likely.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1878089315577423

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Yemen's war on body parts sparks cottage industry in prosthetic limbs

Inside that building is new hope for each: Prosthetic limbs are being cut, carved, melted and molded.

“Sometimes I go to my office to cry for each of these miserable stories,” Dr. Haitham Ahmed Ali Ahmed, a Sudanese volunteer with Physicians Across Continents, told Fox News. “It isn’t fair, but we do whatever we can to give them another chance.”

Such an undertaking has become an all too common craft in the country battered by nearly three years of intense conflict

The market for prosthetics became so high that opening an in-house facility - complete with a warehouse of materials and tool workshop - was deemed a necessity. The Ma’rib center opened next to the General Hospital in February 2017, and in one year alone, 305 prosthetic limbs were fitted to more than 195 victims.

The waiting room is filled with tiny children, revealing stumps where there were once arms and legs. The kids cling to their fathers, who often have lost a limb as well. There are niether tears nor screams.

In an adjacent private room, stocked high with body part-making supplies, a burka-clad 26-year-old woman sits with a female medical professional as she has measurements taken for a new hand to be sketched and sculpted.

“The beneficiary comes in, we complete a form about their injury and we take the measurements. Then after a few days they come back for the first fitting and training,” explained Dr. Mohammed Abdo Al-Qubati, head of the Saudi King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Foundation (KS Relief) funded prosthetics center. “After five days of training, they can get their new limb.” (photos)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/13/yemens-war-on-body-parts-sparks-cottage-industry-in-prosthetic-limbs.html

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@ruawfd is an @SFDYemen Youth program, @ruawfd graduates exceeded 6000 (40% are women) from the 22 Yemeni governorates. @ruawfd graduates are now advocating for local development in their areas and leading the self help activities.

https://twitter.com/SAlrazehi/status/1028664223965081600

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UNICEF cargo plane arrives Sana'a international airport

A cargo plane of UNICEF arrived at Sanaa international airport, carrying vaccines for routine immunization

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news504870.htm

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#SMEPS is working to support the #fishermen to return to the sea. Raising the fisherman's #income and #creating new job #opportunities for young people! #SMEPS has targeted more than 600 fishermen in Aden, Lahj, Abyan, Shabwah, Hadhramout and Mahra

https://twitter.com/SMEPSYEMEN/status/1028324322639794176

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Security services in Dhamar arrest 34 mislead people

Security services in the central province of Dhamar arrested on Sunday 34 people mislead by the Saudi-led coalition a security official told saba.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news504997.htm

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Differences escalate among Houthi ranks

The differences between the leaders of the coup militia in the province of Hodeidah escalated and Hassan Al-Hage the appointed Houthi governor of Hodeidah was accused by a rival leader of conspiracy in killing the President of the Houthis' so-called «Supreme Political Council» Saleh al-Samad last April 23.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-21778

Remark: As claimed by anti-Houthi media.

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Film, photos Yemeni children protest Saudi-led aggression after school bus airstrike tragedy (VIDEO)

Dozens of children took to the streets of Yemen’s capital Sanaa to protest the deadly Saudi-led bombing campaign in the country. They carried pictures of the kids slain in an airstrike that hit a school bus earlier this week.

https://www.rt.com/news/435794-yemen-children-protest-saudi-airstrike/

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1028677281600954368

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Two former Yemen government ministers escape from Sanaa

The men had been jailed by Houthi rebels in 2015 before being transferred to house arrest

Abdul Razak Al Ashwal, once a minister of technical training and vocational education, arrived in Aden on Saturday, a source in the Yemen government told The National.

He was among five people from Yemen's Al Islah Party released in 2016 from a Houthi-run prison only then to be placed under detention at home.

Also on Saturday, Brigadier Mutaher Rashad Al Masri, a former minister for Yemen's late ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh, meanwhile to flee to Marib, a city east of Sanaa, a source told The National.

The two ministers were put in jail in 2015 but after being held for a year the former UN envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed brokered a deal after negotiations with the Houthis.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/two-former-yemen-government-ministers-escape-from-sanaa-1.759122

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Yemeni Minister Leaves Sanaa After 3 Years of House Arrest

Yemeni Minister of Technical Education and Vocational Training Abdulrazzaq al-Ashwal arrived at the temporary capital Aden after he managed to escape a three-year house arrest imposed on him by Houthi militias in Sanaa.
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi received the Minister on Sunday, during which Ashwal confirmed his adherence to the Yemeni legitimacy. He is expected to resume the duties of his ministerial post, which remained vacant despite successive government amendments President.
The President congratulated the Minister for his safe arrival to Aden.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1361896/yemeni-minister-leaves-sanaa-after-3-years-house-arrest

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

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Because of Provocative Actions and Amounts of Weapons of his Convoy, Shabwa Elites Deny Governor of Al-Jouf Access to Ataq

A media source close to Shabwa Elites indicated that commandership of Shabwa Elites Troops denied governor of Al-Jouf, access to Ataq because of provocative actions of his accompanying convoy.

https://en.smanews.org/because-of-provocative-actions-and-amounts-of-weapons-of-his-convoy-shabwa-elites-deny-governor-of-al-jouf-access-to-ataq

Remark: Separatist militia block Hadi government official.

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Hodeidah's Islah: Aden lawlessness harms govt and Arab Coalition

In a statement the Islah said that "the terrorist operations against the personnel of the Islah and the figures of the Popular Resistance in Aden harm the course of the national battle against the Iranian Houthi militia and their tools, and directly harm the national ranks and the to supporting the government."

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-21781

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Islah surprised by security inaction toward assassinations of party members

The Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) party has condemned the inaction of the security forces over the relentless wave of assassinations including against the party's members in the temporary capital Aden.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-21779

(A T)

Three security incidents in 12 hours in Aden

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-21780

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War between Salafists & Islah Party: vice Pres. of southern transitional council is threatening "if Hadi's Govt does not stop Islah's tampering in Taiz, serious consequences will follow". Salafists will flood Taiz to support Abu Al-Abbas militia, he says. This is a UAE war!

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1028946639074062336

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Chairman of Southern Resistance Council of Aden Demands Relieving the Suffering of Southern People

Commander Abd Al-Nasser Al-Bawa (Abu Hammam), chairman of southern resistance council of Aden indicated the council’s full support to choices of Southern People who sacrificed thousands of martyrs and injured for freedom, independence and living in dignity.
Abu Hammam indicated that the southern resistance is the safety valve of southern revolution and supports all rightful demands of the Southern People in Aden and all southern governorates.

https://en.smanews.org/chairman-of-southern-resistance-council-of-aden-demands-relieving-the-suffering-of-southern-people

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Peaceful Public Protests Against Corruption of Yemeni Government and Deterioration of Economic Conditions Continue in Aden

https://en.smanews.org/peaceful-public-protests-against-corruption-of-yemeni-government-and-deterioration-of-economic-conditions-continue-in-aden

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Free Women of the South Demonstrate in Al-Mualla
Under the slogan of “March of Angry Southern Women”, hundreds of free women of the south demonstrated in the main street of Al-Mualla – Aden on Friday August 10th, 2018. Domnstrators expressed their resentment of “hunger and humiliation policies” of Ben Daghar’s corrupt government in addition to the spread of corruption and favoritism.

https://en.smanews.org/free-women-of-the-south-demonstrate-in-al-mualla

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Angry Demonstrations in Halmeen – Lahj Demand Dismissal of “Hunger Government”

Angry demonstrations, coming from mountains of Halmeen, marched the streets of Hubil Al-Rida – Lahj on Saturday August 11th, 2018, demanding the dismissal of what they called “Hunger government”.
Members of the southern transitional council of Halmeen, tribal leaders, citizens, workers, teachers, retirees and a large number of forcefully retired military personnel who were dismissed by Sanaa in 1994, participated in the demonstrations.
Angry protesters raised slogans against the corruption of the legitimacy government and demanded its immediate unconditioned dismissal.

https://en.smanews.org/angry-demonstrations-in-halmeen-lahj-demand-dismissal-of-hunger-government

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Angry Demonstrators in Al-Mahfed Demand Stopping Delivery of Humanitarian Aids to Local Authorities

On Saturday August 11th, 2018, angry demonstrators marched the streets of Al-Mahfed – Abian demanding the stop of delivering humanitarian aids to local authorities of the directorate. They demanded all humanitarian organizations to deliver these aids to the Southern Transitional Council and the Public Council of Al-Mahfed as these two bodies are characterized with integrity in distributing aids equally among the 18 electoral posts of the directorate. Demonstrators expressed their deep resentment of delivering humanitarian aids provided by Care International Organization and UAE Red Crescent to bodies that distributed these aids randomly and denied several areas of their rightful shares in aids

https://en.smanews.org/angry-demonstrators-in-al-mahfed-demand-stopping-delivery-of-humanitarian-aids-to-local-authorities

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Yemeni President Orders Formation of Taiz Committee for Containing Factional Conflict

Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi ordered on Saturday the formation of a presidential committee to resolve renewed conflict in the liberated areas in Taiz province. It will be tasked with settling Tribal infighting and shoring up local authorities led by Governor Amin Mahmoud.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1361071/yemeni-president-orders-formation-taiz-committee-containing-factional-conflict

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STC is now threatening to take al #Hudaydah, and effectively act as a spoiler in the UN's #Yemen peace process, if its demands aren't met. Question is does the STC actually have enough sway over the Giants Brigades, southern Salafis fighting in al #Hodeidah, to follow through?

https://twitter.com/HaniBinbrek/status/1027971334972874752

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Remark: STC= Southern Transitional Council (separatists).

Al-Zubaidi: We Are Part of the Gulf. But if the Gulf Continues to Ignore Us We Will Have Our Own Choices

eneral Aidarous Kassem Al-Zubaidi, president of the Southern Transitional Council had a TV interview with Abu Dhabi TV. The following are the main point asserted by president Al-Zubaidi during the interview:
• Demonstrations are the right of the people because of poor living conditions, currency deterioration and government corruption.
• Adani citizens have no other sources of income except for their salaries. Even these salaries are not sufficient for living for one week. They are paid every 3-4 months. People will not surrender to death at their homes. We will defend our citizens by all means.
• We fully support these demonstrations and all demands of our southern people.
• We warned a lot about that. When a security commission of the Arab Coalition visited Aden, we told them that the government is torturing southern citizens and told them that dismissal of this government is the solution to save the people from torture and provide them with their rights.
• We are not the government. We don’t have resources. Legitimacy is responsible for what is happening as it controls resources and organizations.
• Our cause exists even before the Storm of Determination.
• We will never give up our cause nor our political rights under all conditions.

https://en.smanews.org/al-zubaidi-we-are-part-of-the-gulf-but-if-the-gulf-continues-to-ignore-us-we-will-have-our-own-choices

Remark: This and the following by Southern separatists.

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Local Leadership of the Southern Transitional Council in Aden Supports President Al-Zubaidi’s Points in his Interview with Abu Dhabi TV and Asserts Readiness to Enforce the Southern People’s Will

The main points concluded are:
• We are with our people in Aden and the south. We will never accept them to be humiliated or oppressed. Don’t test the people’s patience.
• We reach for president Hady as a southern, for Aden and the south, for establishing the principle of tolerance and forgiveness, and for rearranging the southern home from inside.

https://en.smanews.org/local-leadership-of-the-southern-transitional-council-in-aden-supports-president-al-zubaidis-points-in-his-interview-with-abu-dhabi-tv-and-asserts-readiness-to-enforce-the-southern-peoples-will

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Al-Gaadi, from MADAR Center for Studies: “The Southern Transitional Council Will Always be a Safety Valve for Keeping the South Safe and Secure and Will Always be Protector of the Southern Revolution and Martyrs’ Sacrifices

https://en.smanews.org/al-gaadi-from-madar-center-for-studies-the-southern-transitional-council-will-always-be-a-safety-valve-for-keeping-the-south-safe-and-secure-and-will-always-be-protector-of-the-southern-revolution

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Burning Tires and Blocked Roads in Aden in Protest against Poor Living Conditions

https://en.smanews.org/burning-tiers-and-blocked-roads-in-aden-in-protest-against-poor-living-conditions

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Peaceful Demonstrations of the Hungry in Al-Houta Demanding Dismissal of Corrupt Government

On Thursday August 9th, 2018, a peaceful march headed towards Al-Tahrir Square in Al-Houta – Lahj, demanding the dismissal of the corrupt government.

https://en.smanews.org/peaceful-demonstrations-of-the-hungry-in-al-houta-demanding-dismissal-of-corrupt-government

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Backup and Support Troops Exhaust a Terrorist Explosion and Arrest a Terrorist Cell in Aden

https://en.smanews.org/backup-and-support-troops-exhaust-a-terrorist-explosion-and-arrest-a-terrorist-cell-in-aden

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Four Deaths and Seven Injuries in Gun Fire by Armed Persons, Though to Be of Al-Qaeda, in Lodar – Abian

Armed persons, though to be of Al-Qaeda, opened fire towards a group of youth, late in Thursday night, in Lodar – Abian.
Local sources indicated that two armed persons on a motor bike opened fire towards a group of youth. The source confirmed the killing of four persons:

https://en.smanews.org/four-deaths-and-seven-injuries-in-gun-fire-by-armed-persons-though-to-be-of-al-qaeda-in-lodar-abian

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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New Permanent Representative of Yemen Presents Credentials

The new Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations, Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.

https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/bio5116.doc.htm

Remark: From Hadi government.

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Al Houthi movement leaders met on August 13 in the Yemeni capital Sana’a to discuss their conditions for the upcoming UN consultations in Geneva. Al Houthi leaders rejected UN resolution 2216, claiming that conditions on the ground make it irrelevant, and are forming a united negotiating delegation including representatives from the al Houthi-allied GPC. The al Houthi movement’s conditions for the consultations include the Saudi-led coalition end its bombing campaign, allow commercial flights to Sana’a, and lift its restrictions on al Houthi-controlled ports.[4]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-13-2018

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Presidency of Southern Transitional Council Provides UN Envoy to Yemen with Significant Explanations About Negotiations Concerning Southern People

The presidency appreciated all efforts of Mr. Griffith to find permanent and safe solutions to settle down this flaming region. Therefore, the presidency thinks that the following should be explained to UN envoy:
1. The Southern Transitional Council is delegated by the Southern People. The council asserts from Aden, the capital, his persistent desire, full determination and unconditioned acceptance to be part of any upcoming negotiations concerning the southern cause at any place in the world and on any level.
2. The solution of two independent and sovereign states will provide a safe solution and permanent stability to solve the deep roots of the crisis and stop the war as soon as possible.
3. The Southern Transitional Council did not, and will never do, delegate any third party to talk on behalf of the council about delaying the discussion of the southern cause in any place or on any level. The council insists on the southern cause to be considered as a core and undividable part of any talks, consultations or negotiations, now or in the future.

https://en.smanews.org/presidency-of-southern-transitional-council-provides-un-envoy-to-yemen-with-significant-explanations-about-negotiations-concerning-southern-people

Remark: The Southern separatists’ claims.

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Yemeni FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: UN Envoy Will Realize Futility of Peace Talks with Houthis

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani said that his government was awaiting United Nations special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths’ invitation to attend consultations in Geneva in September.
He stressed to Asharq Al-Awsat that the legitimate government was prepared to “go all the way” with the talks.
The envoy will eventually reach a personal conviction that peace cannot be reached with the Iran-backed Houthis, he added, noting that his predecessor, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, made the same conclusion and announced it before the UN Security Council.
Efforts to build trust must be exerted before taking any measures and this message was clearly delivered to Griffiths by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.
These efforts must include the release of prisoners and delivery of aid, which is being looted on a daily basis by the Houthis, he explained.
“There are many trust-building steps that we had spoken about in Geneva and at the Kuwait talks in the past, but the Houthis did not agree to them,” he said.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1361791/yemeni-fm-asharq-al-awsat-un-envoy-will-realize-futility-peace-talks-houthis

My comment: This is propaganda. It’s always the enemy you are making peace with. – This sounds whether the hadi government does not want a real peace; well, they always had claimed Houthi’s submission labeling this as “peace”.

And: Which “trust-building steps” the hadi government and the Saudi coalition will give to their enemies? The Houthis had required “the Saudi-led coalition end its bombing campaign, allow commercial flights to Sana’a, and lift its restrictions on al Houthi-controlled ports”.

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Yemen: Ahead of Geneva Meeting, Houthis Reject UN Resolution 2216

United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths’ call for a meeting in Geneva in September in an attempt to resume peace negotiations was met by opposition from the Iran-backed Houthi militias that rejected the national dialogue references, particularly Security Council resolution 2216.
They ordered their coup government to prepare a vision for the solution that is consistent with its goal to prolong the war and thwart UN peace efforts that are aimed at ending the coup and resuming the transitional process based on the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanism, outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and resolution 2216, said official Houthi sources.
Houthis claimed during their unrecognized government's meeting that resolution 2216 "is outdated given the political and field changes on ground."
They said they refuse to comply with it because it calls for the end of the coup, handover of arms and withdrawal of militias from the cities and state institutions in Sanaa and other provinces.
The Houthi sources said that the government meeting “tackled the main issues that should be included in the coup’s vision of the solution” that would ensure that it maintain its military and political influence and not yield to the international community.
They claimed that after the meeting, the government called for the formation of four committees to prepare the “political, military, economic and humanitarian files" that will be included in their vision to help the negotiations delegation during the Geneva meeting on September 6.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1361861/yemen-ahead-geneva-meeting-houthis-reject-un-resolution-2216

My comment: By a Saudi source. – The Houthis are really right in rejecting this biased Un resolution 2216 which had been formulated by the Saudis and had been accepted with US assistance in 2015. Of course, the Hadi government and the Saudi coalition insist on this resolution as one of their basi´c claims – as 2216 gives them superiority and sole military power in Yemen. – But this resolution had been an obstacle to peace now since more than 3 years. For achieving a real peace, all sides must be treated equal.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Unconfirmed reports that #Saudi chief clansman @KingSalman health has deteriorated in hia palace. If true #MBS will become actual king in days.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1029034709400084480

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Massive deflationary event in Saudi as it loses up to 3 million expats, approx 9% of its total population in less than 2 years (text in image)

https://twitter.com/alialsalim/status/1028925927198269442

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Press TV Iran, Film: This edition of #PressTVDebate discusses Saudi rights violation.

https://www.facebook.com/PRESSTV/videos/2198325716875870/

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Saudi Arabia Detains Another University Professor

The rights group Prisoners of Consciousness, which is an independent non-governmental organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on its official Twitter page on Sunday that Shaikh Nasser al-Omar, a former professor at the Faculty of Fundamentals of Religion at Riyadh-based Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University had been detained and his Twitter account suspended.

http://www.newnewss.net/saudi-arabia-detains-another-university-professor/

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Yemen War Challenges Saudi Moral Authority

Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges of the kingdom’s moral leadership of the Sunni Muslim world, a legitimizing pillar of the ruling Al Saud family’s grip on power.

The cracks in Saudi legitimacy are being fueled by the escalating humanitarian crisis in Yemen

“Malaysia and other Muslim nations can no longer look up to the Saudis like we used to. They can no longer command our respect and provide leadership. […].

“Perhaps Malaysia under the leadership of Mahathir Mohamad should take the lead again in speaking up for the oppressed Muslims of the world. It is about time Malaysia again show the leadership that was once so much admired and respected worldwide,” Bahrin added.

Malaysia has sought to distance itself from Saudi Arabia since the return to power in May of Mahathir, whose past Islamist rhetoric and stark anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish statements propelled him to prominence in the Islamic world.

Malaysia is but the latest Sunni Muslim nation to either challenge Saudi Arabia or at least refuse to kowtow to the kingdom’s foreign policy as it relates to its bitter rivalry with IranLike Mahathir in the past, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, despite his evolving autocracy, has emerged as an Islamist populist counter pole, his credibility enhanced by his escalating disputes with the United States, his often emotional support for the Palestinians, and opposition to moves by Trump like his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Erdogan has portrayed Prince Mohammed’s vow to return Saudi Arabia to an unidentified form of ‘moderate Islam’ as adopting a Western concept. Similarly, Pakistan’s prime minister-in-waiting appeared to be charting his own course by saying that he wants to improve relations with Iran and mediate an end to the debilitating Saudi-Iranian rivalry For the time being, Saudi Arabia is likely to successfully fend off challenges to its leadership of the Muslim world.

However, responding viscerally to criticism like in the case of non-Muslim Canada or, more importantly, two years ago to Muslim leaders who excluded Wahhabism and Salafism, the religious worldview that underpins the Al Sauds’ rule, from their definition of Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamaah or the Sunni people, is unlikely to cut ice in the longer term – by James M. Dorsey

https://lobelog.com/yemen-war-challenges-saudi-moral-authority/ = http://www.eurasiareview.com/13082018-yemen-war-challenges-saudi-moral-authority-analysis/

Comment: 'Saudi moral authority': what an oxymoron

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1872486399471048

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Avaaz: Sign the petition to all UN Member States:

"As citizens from around the world, we stand with Canada, and call on you as our leaders to do the same by publicly calling for the release of all peaceful human rights activists, calling to expel Saudi Arabia from the Human Rights Council immediately, and considering sanctions unless the human rights situation improves."

More information:
Saudi Arabia sentences women to death by stoning, brutally whips peaceful activists, and with their allies, just bombed a school bus full of kids in Yemen.

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/stand_with_canada_eu/?zpmybab

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Saudi human rights activists slam attack on Yemeni kids

A number of Saudi human rights activists launching a campaign in Qatif, eastern Saudi Arabia, condemned Saudi-coalition's crimes in killing Yemeni children in Dahyan, Saada Province.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82998283

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In an expression of their rejection of the massacres perpetrated by the coalition against the #Yemen-i people, youths on King Abdul Aziz Street in the #Qatif area (#SaudiArabia) carried banners with slogans denouncing the coalition raids on the northern Yemeni region of Dahyan, #Saada (photo) https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1871216739598014

cp8a Saudisch-Kanadischer Streit / Saudi-Canadian feud

Prelininary remark: The reactions oft he US and European states once again are showing the total low of western politics and western ethics. Western claim of fighting for human rights and democracy is nothing more than a propaganda scam, which counts nothing compared to business and money.

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Wer hat, der kann – Riads Attacken gegen Ottawa
Da wackelt, so sollte man meinen, der Schwanz mit dem Hund. Die Außenministerin Kanadas, einer G-7- und NATO-Macht, kritisiert Saudi-Arabien, weil es mal wieder Frauenrechtlerinnen ins Gefängnis geworfen hat – und was geschieht? Nicht das, woran man gewohnt war: […]
Wieso glaubt der saudische Herrscherclan es sich leisten zu können, eine führende westliche Macht öffentlich zu düpieren? Nun, zum einen ist der Westen, weltpolitisch vom Abstieg bedroht, schwer zerstritten; die Trump-Administration hat nicht nur die EU, sondern auch Kanada mit Strafzöllen belegt und stellt die Geschlossenheit des transatlantischen Bündnisses in Frage. Uneinigkeit aber bietet machtversessenen Verbündeten Chancen. Zum anderen hat sich Washington mit dem Ziel, Iran auf Biegen und Brechen zur Unterordnung zu zwingen, fest an Saudi-Arabien gebunden – Riad ist, wenn es gegen Teheran geht, der strategisch wichtigste Verbündete. Wer aber unverzichtbar ist, kann sich Aufmüpfigkeit leisten.
Und in der Tat: Washington schweigt bislang zu Riads Attacken gegen Ottawa, stärkt dem NATO-Verbündeten demonstrativ nicht den Rücken – vielleicht auch, um Kanada zu bestrafen, weil es am Atomabkommen mit Teheran festhält. Während Saudi-Arabien sich erfolgreich neue Spielräume schafft, nimmt der Druck im westlichen Kessel zu. Auch die Bundesregierung übrigens schweigt beharrlich zu den saudischen Angriffen, wenn auch aus anderen Gründen. Riad hat schon Ende vergangenen Jahres den Konflikt mit Deutschland gesucht, weil dessen Außenminister die saudische Außenpolitik scharf kritisiert hatte; es hat seinen Botschafter aus der Bundesrepublik zurückgerufen und zuletzt angekündigt, keine neuen Geschäfte mit deutschen Firmen mehr abzuschließen. Von finanziellen Einbußen bedroht, hat Berlin im Frühjahr einzulenken begonnen; eine Erklärung zur Beilegung des Konflikts ist in Arbeit; die Regierung will sie wohl nicht durch öffentliche Unterstützung für Kanada gefährden: Das eigene Geschäft geht vor.

https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/337565.wer-hat-der-kann.html

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Here’s why Canadian allies are keeping their mouths shut in dispute with Saudi Arabia

And among it all, the only response from Canada’s two closest allies — the U.S. and U.K. — has been to call both sides close partners and urge restraint.

So why the silence?

Like so many things in politics, it all boils down to the money, said one expert.

“There is an attempt by the Saudis to create some fear and rattle some of those Western governments into not supporting Canada because they may be cut out or shut out from some potential Saudi economic deals and the big boom that it’s undertaking,” said Bessma Momani, a professor at the University of Waterloo specializing in Saudi relations and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation.

“Saudi Arabia is the largest weapons purchaser in the world, so any company or country in the world that sells arms, as does Canada, is likely to be looking into how this is going to affect bilateral trade ties.”

And it has not gone unnoticed that the same countries Canada has fought with and died alongside over the last century are keeping their mouths shut rather than speak out against the attacks.

There have been no tweets posted from the U.K. Foreign Office account about the spat.

In its statement to reporters, the office offered just three lines that urged restraint and described both Canada and Saudi Arabia as “close partners.”

“Putting us both on the same standing is something a lot of people are scratching their heads about, but perhaps not uncommon with the Trump administration and his disdain for our prime minister.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/4376037/canada-saudi-arabia-dispute-united-states-silent/

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Saudi Arabia's row with Canada: Silencing Western criticism?

Saudi Arabia has cut economic ties with Canada and expelled its ambassador after a call from Ottawa to release a human rights activist. Experts say the move is an attempt to silence critics and assert Riyadh's authority.

Guido Steinberg, a Middle East expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, believes there are two reasons why Saudi Arabia has reacted so harshly to the statements from the Canadian Foreign Ministry. On the one hand, the Saudi leadership has become "insecure" and "paranoid," he told DW, but it is also possible that the "Saudis have had enough of Western criticism."

"They might want to send a signal that they simply do not want to hear this anymore," said Steinberg. He contends that the Saudis are making an example of Canada, and showing other Western nations that it is unacceptable to criticize the country's domestic policy. "The Saudis are brash and somewhat insecure, but they know they are an important country," Steinberg said.

According to Günter Meyer, director of the Center for Research on the Arab World at the University of Mainz, Crown Prince bin Salman is trying to prove to his people that his government is still effective in its foreign policy.

https://www.dw.com/en/saudi-arabias-row-with-canada-silencing-western-criticism/a-44988894

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Beating Up on Canada Again: the Canada Letter

Canada keeps getting kicked around by ostensible allies. This week, it was Saudi Arabia’s turn. Our Middle East correspondent, Ben Hubbard, writes on the Saudi media’s heightened, if skewed, interest in Canada.

I am the bureau chief for The New York Times in Beirut, Lebanon, and among the countries that I write about is Saudi Arabia.

So since the tiff between your government and the kingdom broke out this week over Canada’s calls for the release of arrested Saudi rights activists, I have been watching how the Saudi news media has been talking about you.

It has not been pretty.

“In Canada, women have the highest rates of persecution,” an analyst said on a Saudi television station, without explaining how such statistics are calculated. Another channel ran a montage about “the worst Canadian prisons,” saying that they had poor food and health services and that justice took so long that 75 percent of prisoners died before their trials between 2015 and 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/world/canada/beating-up-on-canada-again-the-canada-letter.html

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EU seeks details from Saudi Arabia on women human rights arrests amid Canada row

The European Union has asked Saudi Arabia to shed light on the arrests and charges facing women human rights activists, saying that the detainees should be granted due process to defend themselves.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-canada-eu/eu-seeks-details-from-saudi-arabia-on-women-human-rights-arrests-amid-canada-row-idUSKBN1KW0JX

My comment: This is so wimpy!!

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Is Saudi Arabia Really So Angry at Canada Over a Tweet?

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is attempting to transform his country. The West shouldn’t undermine him.

To many observers, especially in the West, this incident is proof that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is not the reformer he claims to be, but rather an impulsive authoritarian. That’s understandable. On the surface such a series of drastic steps seemlike a massive overreaction. But there’s far more going on here than meets the eye.

This situation must be understood in the context of Saudi and Islamic culture. Any Arab leader, particularly a young one who has recently assumed power in a traditional and mostly tribal society, has to carefully maintain his and his country’s stature and prestige, what classical Muslim scholars called hayba. This refers to the awe and respect that a ruler and his state must command in order to maintain order and stability without having to resort to excessive coercion, and without which there is no basis for legitimate rule.

This means that Prince Mohammed cannot allow himself or his country to be publicly lectured by Western leaders — especially in his own language. This was particularly the case since the Canadian embassy in Riyadh posted the tweet in Arabic, ensuring a wide circulation on local social media. Such perceived blatant interference in Saudi Arabia’s domestic affairs could not go unanswered without damaging the prestige of the state in the eyes of its people.

Let’s be clear: This has nothing to do with Prince Mohammed’s status as a reformer.

The Canadian government’s public scolding was therefore seen as an unacceptable affront that required a vigorous response - By Ali Shihabi, the founder of the Arabia Foundation, a think tank.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/opinion/canada-saudi-arabia-tweet-mbs.html

My comment: This is a pro-Saudi propaganda article trying to limit the PR damage of the Saudi reactions to the Canada affair. – keep in mind that Arabia Foundation is a Saudi-funded propaganda outlet, lobby tank, not a “think tank”: https://fair.org/home/media-boosts-obvious-saudi-front-group-as-neutral-think-tank/

cp9 USA

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Film: The Jimmy Dore Show: MSNBC Covers Yemen For First Time In Over A Year After Saudi Arabia Bombed School Bus Killing Dozens Of CHILDREN.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL4jrDpxmtc

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Yemeni Children Matter

Dozens of U.S. Senators recognized the outrage months before it happened, because it's one blip in an ongoing mass-murdering forever-war. Back in March, numerous Senators took to the floor of the U.S. Senate and denounced ongoing U.S. participation in this war.

55 U.S. Senators voted for genocide. And they got what they voted for. But imagine if they hadn't, and someone else had. Imagine if the racists who marched in DC last weekend and in Charlottesville last year had blown up a bus full of children. Or imagine if, just prior to a desired attack on Iran, an attack on a bus full of kids were blamed on Iran (and the footage aired 89 million times on every U.S. channel).

It's not as though U.S. residents cannot object to cruelty engaged in by the U.S. government. Look at the protests in recent months against cruel treatment of immigrants in the United States. I don't think people have chosen to care about those children stripped away from their families simply because those crimes have occurred within the borders of the United States. I think far more important is the frequency and the depth of the story in U.S. television and news reports.

So, what might happen if we were to persuade television networks like MSNBC to mention Yemen more than once a year? I strongly suspect that the delusion that maintains that Americans cannot care about non-Americans would be shattered. People will care if you show them what to care about, instruct them to care, and make clear that their political party identification need not conflict with caring.

Dear Republicans, please feel free to ignore that Trump is overseeing these horrors, and focus instead on the fact that Obama's "successful" drone war played a major role in creating the current catastrophe.

Dear Democrats, please do the reverse.

Dear Everybody, the important thing is to speak up now for removing the U.S. military and U.S. weapons companies from Yemen and its region of the earth.

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Yemeni-Children-Matter-by-David-Swanson-Cholera_Crime_Innocent_Matter-180814-680.html

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Trump Has 30 Days to Update Congress on Saudi, UAE Objectives in Yemen – NDAA

The Trump administration has 30 days to submit to Congress a report on Saudi Arabia’s and the United Arab Emirates’(UAE) objectives in Yemen, the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) revealed.

Earlier in the day the 2019 NDAA, which authorizes $716 billion of US defense spending, was signed into law by President Donald Trump during a ceremony at Fort Drum in New York.

"Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President or the President’s designee shall provide a briefing to the appropriate committees of Congress including… a description of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’ military and political objectives in Yemen and whether United States assistance to the Saudi-led coalition has resulted in significant progress towards meeting those objectives," the NDAA said.

The administration must also provide details on Saudi Arabia’s efforts to avoid disproportionate harm to civilians in Yemen and whether US assistance has helped decrease the number of civilian deaths by Saudi-led airstrikes, the legislation said.

https://sputniknews.com/us/201808141067172095-usa-yemen-uae-ndaa-congress-trump/

My comment: This will change nothing; some more paper work and absurd propaganda as we already had got a lot of.

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Pompeo, Trump mum on Saudi-led airstrike that hit Yemen school bus

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke Monday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but according to a State Department readout of the conversation, the top US diplomat made no mention of last week's Saudi-led airstrike that hit a school bus in Yemen and killed dozens of children, many under the age of 10.

Pompeo and the White House have failed to publicly address the bombing in recent days, as reports continue to emerge detailing the tragic incident.

https://us.cnn.com/2018/08/13/politics/pompeo-saudi-airstrike-yemen-school-bus/index.html

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Pompeo, Saudi crown prince discuss Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by phone on Monday to discuss the situations in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi/pompeo-saudi-crown-prince-discuss-syria-iraq-afghanistan-yemen-idUSKBN1KY25P

Note: all the countries mentioned have witnessed the abyss of humanity BECAUSE of #US 'policy' and -at times- the combined actions of US and #SaudiArabia

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1874957335890621

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It's a tragic and futile war, and the United States has had a heavy hand in it.

The Department of Defense's mission in Yemen has become so complex that U.S. Central Command, tasked with overseeing combat operations in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, is unable to keep track of how much gear and fuel it offloads onto the Saudi coalition.

"We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them," CENTCOM spokesman Army Major Josh Jacques told Vox of the school bus strike. "We don't have a lot of people on the ground."

Tragic as last week's airstrike was, it's also nothing new: The U.S. has had a formidable military presence in Yemen for a while now, often independent of any Saudi-led coalition.

The irony is that, in throwing resources into the Saudi-led coalition, the U.S. is doing its jihadist enemies a favor. Last May, senior AQAP officials claimed they were fighting alongside assorted militant factions that were actually waging war on Yemen's Houthi rebel

There is no clear victory for the U.S. in Yemen; in fact, there's no clear reason to be there beyond the clarion call of the "Global War on Terror." So long as the Saudi-led coalition continues its campaign of callous indifference to civilian casualties, the only clear outcome for the United States is more blood on its hands.

https://psmag.com/news/when-is-the-us-responsible-for-allies-civilian-casualties

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I don't remember voting for U.S. bombs to murder little kids in Yemen, do you?

Thursday’s school bus bombing did accomplish one thing: The unavoidable carnage forced American media — which has all but ignored the conflict in Yemen, and our role in supporting it — to pay at least a little bit of attention, cramming a few minutes of coverage into the end of the hour.

This blood is on America’s hands, as long as we keep sending the bombs that kill so many Yemenis, and as long as we give the Saudis our unqualified diplomatic support in a messy regional conflict. And yet there’s been no public debate about the murky U.S. role out of this, and no clarification from the White House or the Pentagon over what we hope to accomplish by our support of the mayhem.

America’s entanglement in Yemen is so emblematic of the broader debacle that was once known as “the war on terror” but now has simply become the “forever war,” spanning the globe from Africa to the Middle East to Asia, with America firing missiles from drones or going on secret raids or lining up with butchering autocrats like the Saudis for nebulous and sometimes shifting aims. This all happens without legal authorization from Congress, or anything resembling an open democratic debate, and with seemingly no expiration date.

Like the rest of the “forever war,” Yemen is the fault of both parties — Democrat Barack Obama was the president who launched it

Indeed, civilian deaths linked to U.S. involvement in the “forever war” on a variety of fronts, most notably in parts of Syria and Iraq, have spiked dramatically since Trump became president — but few Americans even know this, because there is such little news coverage of what is being done in our name.

You can judge a society on how much it cares for children — and America is failing abysmally right now.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/yemen-saudi-airstrike-school-bus-united-states-20180812.html

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The U.S. Is Deeply Complicit in Saudi Coalition Crimes in Yemen

Micah Zenko catches Secretary Mattis making an obviously false claim about U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen.

When we remember that the U.S. has provided the Saudi coalition with arms, refueling, intelligence, and diplomatic cover so that they can wage their war on Yemen for more than three years, it is remarkable that U.S. officials try to keep up the pretense that our government is not involved in the conflict. The Pentagon is quick to remind us that their support is “limited” and “non-combat” in nature whenever the Saudi coalition kills civilians with U.S.-supplied weapons, but at the same time they are adamant that their “limited” support must never be cut off. When they assert that U.S. assistance helps limit civilian casualties (for which they provide no evidence), U.S. officials stress how vitally important that assistance is. When it comes to answering for coalition atrocities, they pretend that they have nothing to do with the fighting. If that excuse doesn’t work, they will shrug and claim not to know the extent of U.S. responsibility:

“We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the US sold to them,” Army Maj. Josh Jacques, a spokesperson for US Central Command, told me.

In fact, there is evidence that the bomb that destroyed the school bus in Thursday’s massacre was one that the U.S. sold to them.

Continued military assistance to governments that have routinely struck civilian targets and killed thousands of people is abhorrent.

The reality is that the coalition relies on U.S. and British military assistance to wage their war and would not be able to continue it without that support.

Mattis must know this, and this is why he has strenuously opposed any effort to curtail or end U.S. support for the war. Cutting off U.S. military assistance to the coalition would force those governments to halt their campaign, and the Trump administration has no desire to stop them. On the contrary, the administration has backed them to the hilt and refuses to hold them accountable even when they commit the most egregious war crimes, including the slaughter of dozens of children.

U.S. support for the Saudi coalition is essential to their war effort, and that makes our government deeply complicit in what the coalition does in Yemen – by Daniel Larison

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-u-s-is-deeply-complicit-in-saudi-coalition-crimes-in-yemen/

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Can Trump do to Saudi Arabia what he did to Iran for the sake of ‘world peace’?

Can US President Donald Trump — who has warned his global trading partners not to do business with Iran for the sake of what he tweets in bold caps as “WORLD PEACE” — at least use his leverage over his allies in the Middle East to help stop the Pandora’s Box of a humanitarian catastrophe that they have opened in Yemen? This should not be beyond the realms of possibility if, as US Senator Mike Lee claims, “It stretches the imagination, and it stretches the English language beyond its breaking point, to suggest the US military is not engaged in hostilities in Yemen.”

It seems that the Trump administration’s Middle East policy is confined solely to countering Iran. The Islamic Republic’s allegedly duplicitous role in sponsoring terrorism and sowing regional chaos by exporting its revolution to neighbouring countries is what Trump and his cohorts invoke to justify America’s unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

However, one cannot gloss over the role of America’s own policies in advancing Tehran’s regional ambitions. For instance, it has been Washington’s tacit support and blessing to the Saudi-UAE Coalition’s brutal military campaign in Yemen that has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis gripping that country today. What’s more, it has helped Iran to expand its spheres of influence there.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180813-can-trump-do-to-saudi-arabia-what-he-did-to-iran-for-the-sake-of-world-peace/

My comment: of course he could, but he does not want to. The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen simply does not care him at all.

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#Sofi, 3-yr-old forcibly separated at the border, returned to family

After seven weeks in government custody, Sofi, who NewsHour's @Nawazistan first met when her family crossed the border legally in June, was reunited with her mother and grandmother. This is her story.

https://twitter.com/i/moments/1009456897689378817

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Film: Stop the War: "Britain are colluding in Yemen War in most disgraceful way"

"Britain are colluding in this war in the most disgraceful way" says Stop the War Coalition's Chris Nineham after dozens of children were killed in Saudi airstrike as bomb hits Yemen bus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zrX7ebGfj8

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Film: This war must end, and so too must our government's participation in it.

Chris Williamson MP: The recent airstrike that killed 40 Yemeni children is the latest atrocity committed by the Saudis in their war in Yemen, which has been armed and backed by our government. This war must end, and so too must our government's participation in it.

https://www.facebook.com/StopTheWarOnYemen/videos/949532081883655/

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In an alternative world where the Daily Mail actually report what's going on in the world now on their front page (Theresa May continuing to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia to commit their war crimes in Yemen with) rather than digging up and recycling last year's anti-Corbyn hatchet jobs. (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/185180654855189/photos/a.389966974376555.89655.185180654855189/2105517426154826/?type=3 = https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1872453419474346

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Saudi Arabia and Israel are killing civilians – and Britain is complicit

The slaughter in Yemen and the Palestinian territories is happening with British arms and support – and media silence

Will not even the massacre of children in Yemen end the silence over the murderous complicity of the British government?

Consider Britain’s role. According to the Campaign Against Arms Trade, our government has supplied the grotesque Saudi dictatorship with £4.7bn worth of arms since the war in Yemen began. Just months ago, the British government feted the Saudi dictator Mohammed bin Salman.

Both Saudi Arabia and Israel think they can get away with killing innocents, including children, for a very simple reason: they absolutely can. They enjoy the military and diplomatic support of the west. Occasionally there may be utterances of regret, which are quickly forgotten. But as long as Britain and its allies are complicit – and as long as our media fail in their duty to inform the public of what is happening in their name – these horrors will only continue.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/10/saudi-arabia-israel-civilians-britain-yemen-palestinian-arms

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May, Hunt silent as UK's best arms customer kills dozens of children in Yemen bus attack

After a Saudi-led attack in Yemen killed and injured dozens of children, the public is again questioning London's arms sales to Riyadh. Officials have kept silent, helped by the MSM which fails to question the UK's involvement.

Mainstream media in the United Kingdom have broadly failed to take UK PM Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to task over the government's hand in the brutal slaying of the 51 Yemenis killed in the attack. Those on social media, however, were quick to question why such a horrific bombing failed to make more headlines across the mainstream press.

Media pundit George Galloway got straight to the point. "Why isn't the murder of dozens of children in #Yemen by #Saudi war-planes dropping UK and US bombs creating waves in the media today?"

https://www.rt.com/uk/435727-may-saudi-yemen-children-bus/

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Theresa May sells arms to Saudi regime this week it bombed a bus full of children?
Where are the disgusted outraged headlines? Theresa May an accomplice to the murder of 40 children?!? Who is holding her to account? The BBC? The right wing media? Dead babies the barbarity of it!

https://www.facebook.com/mark.mcgowan.969/posts/1989733391088804

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The Ministry of Defence put out a bragging tweet that will make you feel physically sick

MoD ‘celebrating’

News of the Saudi airstrike on the northern Yemeni province Saada broke on 9 August. And the atrocity has led to renewed calls for the UK to halt arms sales to the Gulf state.

But just one day later, on 10 August, the MoD chose to celebrate an article showing the increase in arms sales from the UK:

Today’s defence-related news includes coverage of a significant increase in British sales of defence equipment around the world https://t.co/rXpNqEVF5vpic.twitter.com/O3Vdf6OOcb

— Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) August 10, 2018

The tweet linked to a webpage promoting an article in the Telegraph showing a 53% increase in UK arms exports, bringing the total to £9bn in 2017.

https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/08/11/the-ministry-of-defence-put-out-a-bragging-tweet-that-will-make-you-feel-physically-sick/

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Film: Schulbus-Massaker im Jemen: Keine Verurteilung der Bundesregierung

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5-O5amkc2Y

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So kamen deutsche Waffen in den Jemen

Der Mörserangriff auf ein Krankenhaus im Jemen (55 Tote) beschäftigt jetzt auch die Bundesregierung!

Weil die Granaten wahrscheinlich vom deutschen Hersteller Rheinmetall stammten, wird geprüft, wieso die Waffen trotz Exportkontrolle in das Kriegsgebiet geraten konnten.

Die Antwort: Rheinmetall lässt die fraglichen 120-Millimeter-Granaten beim Tochterunternehmen Rheinmetall-Denel in Südafrika produzieren.

Eine Sprecherin des Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums in Berlin auf BILD-Nachfrage: Im vorliegenden Fall gehe es „um ein Unternehmen in Südafrika und Exporte von in Südafrika produzierten Gütern aus Südafrika heraus. Dieses Unternehmen unterliegt dem südafrikanischen Recht und der südafrikanischen Exportkontrolle, sodass wir hierzu keine Stellung nehmen können“.

https://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/politik-ausland/deutsche-waffen-im-jemen-und-berlin-muss-tatenlos-zusehen-56655316.bild.html

Mein Kommentar: Beschämend und unvertretbar. Rheinmetall ist und bleibt ein deutsches Unternehmen. Die Bundesregierung stiehlt sich aus der Verantwortung.

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Sahra Wagenknecht: Schreckliche Bilder haben uns in der zurückliegenden Woche aus dem Jemen erschüttert: Zerfetzte Kinder nach einem Bombenangriff auf einen Schulbus! Ich frage: Was muss noch passieren, damit die Bundesregierung endlich klare Kante gegen den Kriegsführer Saudi-Arabien zeigt? Meine Forderungen schon seit Jahren: Konsequentes ‚Nein‘ zu Waffenexporten statt goldener Nase für Rüstungsschmieden sowie diplomatischer Druck statt duckmäuserisches Hofieren!

https://www.facebook.com/sahra.wagenknecht/photos/a.220243721326366.71218.206307219386683/2288393317844719/?type=3

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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The Arms Trade in The Horn of Africa

The reluctance of western and other powers to act against Djibouti’s increasing arms trafficking activities poses an existential threat to the security of the Horn of Africa and imperils ongoing efforts to end long-running conflicts in the region

Djibouti’s role in regional arms trafficking is set to grow even further as old foes Eritrea and Ethiopia seek to agree a lasting peace that will have significant ripple effects on the arms trade supply chain in the Horn of Africa. Armed groups in Ethiopia, Somalia, and the Sudans, as well as al-Shabaab, have long relied on Eritrea to supply weapons. As Eritrea seeks rapprochement with Ethiopia and a return to the international community, its role of arms trafficking hub will become significantly diminished.

Djibouti, which favours a weak Somalia and an isolated Eritrea, is likely to step into the gap and leverage its existing arms trafficking networks to continue to supply illegal weapons to armed groups in the Horn of Africa as Eritrea potentially steps out of the trade.

https://www.africa-newsroom.com/press/the-arms-trade-in-the-horn-of-africa?lang=en

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Film: In #French: Guerre au #Yémen:
La France a du mal à justifier ses ventes d'armes à l'Arabie Saoudite

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/videos/1873499896036365/

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(from July, 20)

US Approves $785M Bombs Package for UAE

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to the United Arab Emirates for more than 14,000 Paveway guided bombs and Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) kits worth an estimated $785 million.

https://www.defensenews.com/home/2016/07/20/us-approves-785m-bombs-package-for-uae/

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

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OMV provides faint light in Yemen gloom

Austria's OMV, the first IOC to return to Yemen since the war started, has resumed limited exports

Earlier this year, OMV decided to return to the Habban field in Block S4 in Shabwa province. The company said the field hadn't been affected by the war. As a result, "comprehensive technical, commercial and security arrangements" were put in place to test the resumption of production. Oil began to be trucked to the facilities of the nearby Block 4, operated by the Yemen Company for Investment in Oil and Minerals. From there it's pumped via a 204km pipeline to the Bir Ali terminal on the south coast.

"The first crude oil was lifted at the end of July and has been sold on the international market," OMV said. Current output is around 5,000 barrels a day, around one-third of that before the shut-in.

At least one other IOC is looking at the possibility of returning. Australia's Petsec Energy, in its June results announcement, said it was in communication with Yemen's oil ministry to discuss how the company might resume operations in Blocks 7 and S1.

http://www.petroleum-economist.com/articles/politics-economics/middle-east/2018/omv-provides-faint-light-in-yemen-gloom

My comment: Who will take the profit?

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Film: An Unholy Alliance It Is:
The Collaboration Between Al-Qaeda and the Saudi led Coalition—
Former #US Army Psychological Warfare Officer Scott Bennett is On The News Line

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/videos/1873614129358275/

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Podcast: Al Qaeda Poetry Readings in Yemen, An Interview With Elizabeth Kendall

“The power of poetry to move Arab listeners and readers emotionally, to infiltrate the psyche and to create an aura of tradition, authenticity and legitimacy around the ideologies it enshrines make it a perfect weapon for militant jihadist causes,” writes Elisabeth Kendall, a Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Oxford University’s Pembroke College.

Alternating between writing papers and mediating tribal negotiations, Kendall is a leading expert in analyzing and witnessing the power of poetry to motivate or stem violence in the Middle East. Although much of Middle East culture is oral rather than written, and massive chunks of public statements from jihadi groups come in the form of poems, scholars have largely neglected their role in shaping ideologies and motivating individuals to engage in extremist acts.

But Dr. Kendall claims they are indispensable to any serious study of jihadi ideology and violence.

Poems grounded in Islamic tradition and filled with metaphors that compel individuals help to make the cause of jihad and violence noble and appealing, Dr. Kendall argues in her conversation with Al Bawaba.

Poetry also helps tie jihadi messages to larger and more broadly shared sentiments with local populations. “We mustn't have a binary view of people who join the mujahideen or don’t,” Kendall says.

https://www.albawaba.com/news/podcast-al-qaeda-poetry-readings-yemen-interview-elizabeth-kendall-1171144

cp15 Propaganda

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Spokesman of the Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen: JIAT assigns a team to follow-up the investigation measures in Saada incident which took place last Thursday to verify details 2 Riyadh

In relation to a (Traditional Market) in (Al haimia) Area, (Taiz) Governorate
Regarding the statement issued by the Humanitarian Coordinator on Yemen which stated that the initial reports issued by the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights indicate that on (26 December 2017) airstrikes on a crowded traditional market in (Alhaima) area, (Atta'iziyah)District, (Taiz) Governorate, killed at least (54) civilians, including (8) children. Over the past few days, residential areas in (Alhaima) villages have been completely closed off by the (Houthi armed militia), indiscriminate bombardment, resulting casualties among the population, and displacement of many families.
JIAT verified the incident, examined all related documents, including the Procedures; Rules of Engagement, the Daily Mission Schedule, the After Mission Reports, the satellite images, the video recordings; and assessed all gathered evidence.
JIAT found that on (26 December 2017), and based on a request from the Land Forces the Coalition Air Forces executed an air mission on a target of gatherings of Houthi armed militia, and their vehicles located in the triangle of a road intersection between (Alhaima) villages west of (Sha'bAlmaleeh) village in (Taiz) Governorate, and poses a threat to the Land Forces of the Coalition Forces located in the area.
JIAT found that after reviewing the video recordings there were gatherings and vehicles of Houthi armed militia in the targeted location. Furthermore, the video recordings showed no evidence that the targeted location was a (traditional market), also the Coalition Forces took precautions before the attack by making sure that no civilians or civilian objects were existing in the targeted location.
In light of this, JIAT found that the Coalition Air Forces did not attack (traditional Market), and that the procedures of the Coalition in targeting the legitimate military target were carried out in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its Customary Rules.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1797113

and more cases. https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1797114

and in short https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1361976/jiat-disproves-five-houthi-claims-against-arab-coalition-forces

My comment: And again, the farce of Saudi coalition‘s self investigatio in action Of course, this again is whitewashing in two more cases of Saudi coalition air raids.

Two targets described here really might have been military ones.

The conclusion always is like: „In light of this, JIAT found that the procedures of the coalition in targeting the (building and its annexes) were in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its Customary Rules.“

Market attack, Dec. 26, 2017, Taiz province: https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/945649939253641216

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961005001451

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/26/c_136853612.htm

photos, films: all links at https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-371-yemen-war-mosaic-371, cp16

Attack at private house, May 25, 2016, Lahj province:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/yemen-officials-strike-kills-6-1-family-124254223.html?ref=gs

photos: https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/735418993759137792

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/735473403424038912

and

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Arab Coalition probe panel’s report on Yemen’s Saada incident lauded

Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operation Support Center has appreciated the statement issued by the Joint Incidents Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) regarding what is reported by international organizations and circulated in the global media on Saada incident, which claimed the lives of a number of people including children.
The center commended the results of reports prepared by the JIAT.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1355981/saudi-arabia

My comment: By this, “Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operation Support Center” proofs to be a Saudi propaganda outlet.

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Yemen: End This Abomination Now

[As Syria, the] war in Yemen is producing similar slaughter that may, if left unaddressed and untreated, haunt the combatants and their external supporters—led by the United States—for decades to come.

Yet even if Saudi Arabia, its ally, and its supporters are not deliberately targeting civilians, what practical difference is perceived by Yemenis on the receiving end of high explosives, nutritional shortfalls, and medical deprivation? Will they be reassured and comforted to learn that perhaps incompetence, carelessness, and bad intelligence—rather than deliberate design—account for their unspeakable suffering? And without for a moment discounting the monetary resources being dedicated by Riyadh to Yemeni humanitarian assistance, is anyone in the Kingdom calculating the possible long-term costs (reconstruction, chronic instability, Yemen as a permanent host for terrorists) of this horrifically destructive military campaign? – by Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, former special adviser to the secretary of state for transition in Syria

http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/yemen-end-this-abomination-now

My comment: The author wants the Yemen war to come to an end, but this article shows the US ideological blinkers he wears. This article simply is junk. On the author: http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/about/experts/list/frederic-c-hof

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AQAP forced back into the wilderness, confirms UAE military

The UAE announced today that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been so suppressed in Yemen that its ability to export terrorism internationally is now bordering on the negligible. In 2015, when the Coalition began counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in the country, AQAP governed swathes of strategic territory including populous port cities which it used to finance operations and recruit new fighters. It had previously claimed responsibility for a number of successful and attempted attacks around the world.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302703526

My comment: Well, they pay AQAP to go “back into the wilderness”.

And

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Gargash: Al Qaeda in Yemen is weaker than ever

Use of international counterterror strategy and local groups with on the ground knowledge has proved effective

Al Qaeda in Yemen is weaker than it has ever been as the UAE’s military training and counterterrorism operation continue to battle the terrorist entity in the country, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash told reporters on Monday.

Mr Gargash said the UAE’s fight against Al Qaeda in Yemen – also known as AQAP – represents the country’s wider policy towards the region.

“Our fight with regards to extremism and terrorism is basically at the core of foreign policy, and for us, we don’t look at this simply as a Yemen issue, because the issue of terrorism is a major problem not only in the Arab world but beyond,” he said.

The UAE continues to work on the ground with Yemenis to help eliminate terrorist strongholds but has limited its presence on the front lines, instead it hands responsibility to UAE-trained local military units.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/gargash-al-qaeda-in-yemen-is-weaker-than-ever-1.759629

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6056113/UAE-aims-wipe-Yemen-Al-Qaeda-branch.html

and

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UAE responds to AP report on deals with al-Qaida in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates on Monday said it was actively fighting al-Qaida's branch in Yemen after an Associated Press report outlined how Emirati forces cut secret deals with the militants to get them to abandon territory.

An Emirati general denied the report while speaking to journalists in Dubai, saying it was based on "nothing." The AP spoke to two dozen witnesses, tribal leaders, mediators, militants and security officials who all described the practice.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/13/uae-responds-to-ap-report-on-deals-with-al-qaida-in-yemen.html

My comment: LOL.

And

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Militias will fail in Yemen: Gargash

Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said UAE would not allow the victory of militias and terror organisations in Yemen on Monday.
Gargash held a briefing for the media on the UAE’s Counter-Terrorism operations in Yemen, alongside the UAE’s Armed Forces’ Deputy Commander for Counter Terrorism.
In a series of tweets, Gargash said, “We will not allow the victory of Iran’s arm Houthi militias in Yemen. Houthi militias do not operate independently.
Gargash also said, “AQAP is not just a threat to Yemen, but to the whole world. It has, and continues to, threaten us all. The UAE will never negotiate with, fund, or support terrorists - unlike some other state actors in the region.” “We will not allow a strategic shift in the region in favour of Iran through the control of Al-Houthi militias on Yemen,” the minister said.
Gargash continues, “Houthi militias targeted Saudi oil tankers after threats by the Iranian President to close the Strait of Hormuz.
“The main obstacle to the political solution in Yemen is the Houthi militias.
“The Arab Alliance is interested in the humanitarian situation in Yemen and seeks to ease the burden of war,” Gargash said. “Our Counter Terrorism operations in Yemen are succeeding. AQAP is at its weakest since 2012, and we have marginalised their operational space,their funding channels & recruitment efforts. We mourn our fallen martyrs who died achieving this progress.
“I applaud our intelligence partnership with our ally, the United States, and - above all - our Yemeni allies who are leading these operations on the ground.” “Our commitment to defeating the scourge of this terrorist organisation in Yemen is ironclad and unwavering. Regardless of political developments in Yemen, the UAE will continue until we have defeated AQAP completely, Gargash said.

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/d19b38a9-5357-4d50-8b03-86e8f6d60c6f.aspx

My comment: Labeling the Houthis as “terrorists” is propaganda. Praising oneself for fighting terrorism while making deals with Al Qaeda is propaganda. – ““The main obstacle to the political solution in Yemen is the Houthi militias” is nonsense propaganda. “The main obstacle to peace is our enemy” is simply nonsense. “We are the good guys, the others are the bad guys”.

and

(A K P)

UAE keen to reduce sufferings in Yemen

The war in Yemen is ugly with unfortunate humanitarian cost, but the UAE is doing everything possible to alleviate the sufferings in Hudeida, Dr. Anwar Gargash, the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said here yesterday.

"This war has been, and remains an ugly war," said Dr. Gargash and blamed the Iran-allied Houthis as the main obstacle to peace.

Speaking to the media on Monday, the UAE minister affirmed that the UAE cannot accept a strategic shift in Hudieda as the Houthis using the port "will cost more" to people.

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/abu-dhabi/uae-keen-to-reduce-sufferings-in-yemen-

My comment: “We are right when we are assaulting Hodeidah” propaganda continues.

(A P)

UAE bemoans 'ugly' side of war after Yemen bus attack

An Emirati minister, whose country belongs to the Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen, on Monday bemoaned the "ugly" side of war following the killing of dozens of Yemeni children in an air strike.

"This war has been and remains an ugly war," Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) minister of state for foreign affairs, told a news conference in Dubai.

"In this war we have seen civilians shot at, bombed, killed and, unfortunately, this is really part of any confrontation," Gargash said, adding that both sides in the conflict had been to blame.

"War is not something that can be actually a clean operation," said the UAE minister.

Gargash played up the coalition's probe into the incident.

"In various conflicts many parties have not allowed neutral or independent investigations," he said.

The minister said those calling for independent investigations should instead urge the coalition "to tighten the rules of engagement".

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6056231/UAE-bemoans-ugly-war-Yemen-bus-attack.html

My comment: And now, what??

(A P)

Riyadh conference supports political solution to Yemen war

Yemeni prime minister reiterates support UN efforts to end conflict

Yemen's prime minister and GCC officials met in Riyadh on Monday to discuss a new UN-led peace initiative beginning in Geneva next month.

Ahmed bin Daghr reaffirmed the Yemeni government's intention to support the talks starting on September 6 and said the intervention of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition had helped his country stand up to Iran's interference through the Houthi rebels.

"A political solution must be based on unity - the coup imposed on Yemen by the Iranian-backed Houthis posed a threat to Yemen and its allies," Mr Bin Daghr said.

The meeting also discussed the GCC-backed political transition that was disrupted when the Houthi rebels seized the capital, Sanaa, in September 2014 and overthrew the internationally recognised government led by President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/riyadh-conference-supports-political-solution-to-yemen-war-1.759637

and

(A P)

GCC secretariat general holds conference on the Yemeni crisis political-solution references

In the presence of Yemen's prime minister Dr. Ahmed Obaid bin Dughr and GCC secretary general Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani, the secretariat general of the GCC held here today a high-level conference under the theme "Yemen crisis political-solution's references".
The event was also attended by Yemen government ministers, ambassadors of the 19 supporting countries of the political process of Yemen, ambassadors of Yemen friends group countries, representatives of regional and international organizations, a number of experts and specialists in the Yemeni affairs and media men.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Al-Zayani narrated the story of the sad developments which led to the crisis in Yemen. Following the good start of the GCC call for stopping the Yemeni bloodshed and inter-Yemen war among political factions of the country.

Al-Zayani cited that the most drastic dangers of the war as the killing, injuring and sufferings of Yemeni people, the destruction of cities and villages, launching of ballistic missiles on populated areas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, threatening sacred places, and threatening international navigation in the Red Sea.

Keen on the stability and prosperity of Yemen, the GCC countries approved at Riyadh summit 2015 the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to prepare an international conference for the rehabilitation of Yemen, citing that the Saudi Commission for the Rehabilitation of Yemen, chaired by the Saudi ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber, has started to implement a number of developmental projects in a number of Yemeni provinces, covering the health, education, roads, ports and other services.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1797555

My comment: One more propaganda show – to enforce the old Saudi coalition claims. – Here we see a perfect Orwellian wording.

“Al-Zayani cited that the most drastic dangers of the war as the killing, injuring and sufferings of Yemeni people, the destruction of cities and villages”: That’s exactly what the Saudi coalition is doing in Yemen.

Yemen friends group countries”: Whow…

(A P)

Sisi Meets Hadi: Egypt Refuses for Yemen to Become Platform to Threaten Arab World

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi stressed on Monday his rejection of Yemen becoming a platform to threaten the security and stability of the Arab world and freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and Mandeb Strait.
He made his remarks while receiving in Cairo his Yemeni counterpart Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.
He expressed during a press conference after the talks Cairo’s “firm faith that the stability and security of Yemen is the utmost importance of not only Egypt’s national security, but the entire region.”

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1362126/sisi-meets-hadi-egypt-refuses-yemen-become-platform-threaten-arab-world

also http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/14/c_137387815.htm

My comment: It’s mainly Saudi intervention which had created the threat of “Yemen to Become Platform to Threaten Arab World”.

and

(A P)

Egypt rejects non-Arab forces having foothold in Yemen: Sisi at joint presser with Hadi

Egypt rejects non-Arab forces having a foothold in Yemen, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in a joint presser with Yemeni counterpart Abd Rabo Hadi after the two leaders held a meeting in Cairo on Monday.

"Yemen's security and stability is a top priority not only for Egypt's national security, but the security and stability of the entire region, and we therefore reject Yemen becoming a stronghold for non-Arab forces, a threat to the security and stability of brotherly Arab states, or [endanger] freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and the Strait of Bab Al-Mandab," said El-Sisi.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/309574/-.aspx

My comment: Yemen is a souvereign country; how the Saudi coalition propaganda could claim that “Arab forces” (this means: their interventional and occupying forces) could be allowed there? – In the moment, the only non-Arab forces on the ground (and in the air over; and in the sea in front of) in Yemen are the US and the UK. Does Sisi want to expel them or does he once again tell the Iranian fairy tale?

And

(A P)

Egypt voices concern over Red Sea security after Houthi attack

Egypt’s president said on Monday Cairo was deeply concerned about security in the Red Sea following an attack by Yemen’s Houthis on two oil tankers that forced Saudi Arabia to suspend crude shipments temporarily through the strait of Bab al-Mandab.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Yemeni counterpart, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi also said Cairo was committed to helping Yemen regain its security after more than three years of war that has killed thousands of people.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-egypt/egypt-voices-concern-over-red-sea-security-after-houthi-attack-idUSKBN1KY1XQ

My comment: The Saudi coalition made the Red sea a war zone. – “helping Yemen regain its security”: by bombing the country to ruins???

(A P)

Saudi-led coalition blasts Yemen's Houthi rebels for recruiting child soldiers

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels announced that it has rescued 86 child soldiers, blasting the Shiite group for violating the international laws by recruiting children in the war-torn Arab country.

The anti-Houthi coalition released a statement earlier on Saturday saying that it "rescued 86 child soldiers recruited by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and returned them to their families."

The coalition's statement strongly condemned the Houthi rebels for continuing to exploit Yemen's children and putting them in harm.

The safety of Yemen's children is a priority for the coalition's forces, as well as ensuring that they were not recruited or affected by the war, according to the statement.

http://www.china.org.cn/world/2018-08/12/content_58512360.htm

= http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/12/c_137383885.htm

Comment: here is a picture of children recruited by UAE

https://twitter.com/2flamesburning1/status/1028384693660667906

Comment: Well recruiting children feeding and paying them to operate checkpoints is somewhat better than dropping bombs on them from the sky. I'm not saying recruiting children is good. I'm just saying what Saudi does is far far worse.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156915324343641

My comment: This story is warmed up as self-defence after the Saudi coalition had hit a school bus by an air raid (cp1c). And the following story is published for the same purpose:

(A P)

Yemen: Houthi Militias Kill, Injure Children in Marib

Meanwhile, Medical and security sources in Marib said that the Houthi group shelled residential neighborhoods west of the city, as part of its retaliatory actions to compensate for field losses.
Sources told Asharq al-Awsat that a number of Houthi missiles fell Saturday on the neighborhoods of Marib, east of the airport, killing two children and wounding two others, amid widespread condemnation and popular and official outrage.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1360911/yemen-houthi-militias-kill-injure-children-marib

My comment: This shelling already happened several days ago – this article just now is a propaganda deflection fom the August 9 schoolbus raid.

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/refurbishment-works-al-jumhuriyah-hospitals-clinics-begin-aden

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/bakeries-producing-free12000-loaves-bread-daily-opened-erc-hodeidah

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1354811/saudi-arabia

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1c

(* A K pH)

Saudi coalition air raids day by day:

August 11: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1534133974./1108103899339974/?type=3

(* A K pH)

Aggression’s Daily Update for Monday, August 13th, 2018

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2213&cat_id=1

(A K pH)

Six citizens were injured on Monday by US-Saudi Aggression raids on a citizen farm in Tahita district, in Hodeidah

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2210&cat_id=1

(A K pH)

In Sa’ada, two citizens were killed and four wounded, including children, in a raid by Saudi American Airlines on directorate of Baqam. A third civilian was also killed and shops were damaged as a result of a Saudi missile attack on Razih Directorate.

http://www.newnewss.net/saudi-led-aggression-its-fighters-commit-four-crimes-in-less-than-4-hours/

(A K pH)

Targeting Kids in Yemen Continues by US-Saudi Aggression, Sa’ada

Two children were injured following a Saudi targeting on Razih district in Sa'ada.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2216&cat_id=1

(* A K pH)

A Civilian, Wife, 3 Kids Killed by US-Saudi Aggression Air Strike, Hodeidah

On Monday, a civilian, his wife and his three children were killed by an US-Saudi aggression airstrike targeted their house in Al-Duraihemi district in Hodiedah governorate.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2214&cat_id=1

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/08/14/571107/yemen-airstrike-hudaydah-saudi-arabia

(A K pH)

2 civilians killed, 5 others injured in 3 Saudi-led airstrikes on Amran

Two civilians were killed and five others wounded on Monday, when the US-backed Saudi-led warplanes waged three airstrikes on Amran province, a security official said.
The airstrikes hit the area of Mozhat in Harf Sufian

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news505086.htm

(A K pH)

Civilian Killed by US-Saudi Aggression in Hodaidah

A civilian was killed in Hodeidah, west of Yemen, by US-Saudi aggression air strike targeted a citizen's farm, in Tahita district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2207&cat_id=1

(A K pH)

Aggression’s Daily Update for Sunday, August 12th, 2018

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2197&cat_id=1

(A K pH)

Aggression’s Daily Update for Saturday, August 11th, 2018

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2177&cat_id=1

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raidfs recorded on:

August 13:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news504999.htm Amran p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

(A K pH)

In Taiz, a child was critically wounded after being shot by an enemy sniper in Salou district.

http://www.newnewss.net/saudi-led-aggression-its-fighters-commit-four-crimes-in-less-than-4-hours/

My comment: It’s also the anti-Houthi forces sniping civilians at Taiz.

(A K pH)

Downing US-Saudi Aggression Spy Drone in Al-Jawf

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2193&cat_id=1

(A K pS)

#RSAF’s CH-4 drones have seen considerable involvement in combat especially in patrolling missions along the #Saudi-#Yemeni borders to counter #Houthis infiltration attempts. (photo)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1028318211400458240

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(A)

Amr Gamal: My first feature film "10 Days Before the Wedding". The first Yemeni movie to ever hit local theaters. releasing on 22 August 2018. (photo)

https://twitter.com/_AmrGamal/status/1028323531329822720

(A)

Something beautiful happened today in #Sanaa:
The second day of the Fine Art Exhibition ( Stability and Faith) of the Fine Artist A. Jamilah Obaad Jamaan, who worked with great effort on Quranic and Heritage paintings and devoted the value of Paintings to Children with Cancer
Wonderful girl Maria Qahtan, left her work to Contribute to the smile of children with leukaemia. (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1873063599413328 = https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1428059387337838&id=100004013706304

(* B H)

Film: #Marib Salt miners working for $0.25cents x 25kg (55 lbs) while breaking their bones and risking air strikes

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/videos/1872682556118099/

(* B H)

What Yemen Can Teach America About Hospitality

In Yemen, I was welcomed to share meals and take tea with total strangers. But America is different: We do not welcome strangers as honored guests. We barely welcome them at all.

America is different, I thought to myself. We are not a poor country. We are stable and capable. But we do not take our commitments to protect refugees and asylum seekers seriously. We do not welcome strangers as honored guests. We barely welcome them at all—particularly, it seems, when we ourselves have been a party to their troubles.

https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article/4xpg7q/what-yemen-can-teach-america-about-hospitality

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-444-yemen-war-mosaic-444

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-444 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-444:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

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

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

07:31 14.08.2018
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