Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 452 - Yemen War Mosaic 452

Yemen Press Reader 452: 3. September 2018: Luftangriffe der Saudi-Koalition im Juli – Der Luftangriff auf Schulbus vom 9. Aug. – Saudis gestehen ein: Luftangriff auf Schulbus war „Fehler“, ...
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Für wen das Thema ganz neu ist / Who is new to the subject

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

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

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13 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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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

... und gehen wieder zurück – Abul Abbas und Al Kaida in Taiz – Blockade des Flughafens von Sanaa bedroht Patienten – Verantwortungslosigkeit in der US-Außenpolitik – und mehr

September 3, 2018: Saudi coalition air raids on Yemen in July 2018 – Aug. 9 School bus air raid – Saudis admit air raid at school bus was “mistake”, and step back again – Abul Abbas and Al Qaeda at Taiz (in German) – Blockade of Sanaa airport threatens patients – Why there is no accountability in U.S. foreign policy – and more

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Yemen Data Project Air Raids Summary for July 2018

Air raids intensify in Sa'ada and Al-Hudaydah

Coalition air raids* rose in July to 277 from 258 in June. While the number of monthly strikes remains well below average (441) for the 3.5 year-long air campaign, bombing in Sa'ada and Al-Hudaydah is intensifying with more than 75% of strikes in July targeting these two governorates.
Of the 172 air raids in July where the target** could be identified as either military or non-military, 70% (120) hit non-military sites compared to 59% in June.
The target category used by YDP for each incident refers to its original use, with no further assessment made on its use at the time of the airstrike.
The overall pattern of air raids since the start of the air campaign in March 2015 to the end of July 2018 show almost one third of all targets (31%) were non-military, 36% military with 33% classified as unknown.In July 2018 only 19% of targets were military and 43% non-military. In 38% of air raids in July the target was recorded as unknown.

Of the 172 air raids where the targets** were identified in July 2018

33 targeted residential areas

26 targeted farms

25 targeted non-military vehicles and transport

3 targeted water and electricity sites

3 targeted market places

3 targeted schools and institutes

1 targeted the UN

1 targeted food storage facilities

1 targeted healthcare facilities

https://mailchi.mp/04ccee3fac00/august2018-yemen-data-project-update-382175?e=c5a23e9692

Download the YDP's air raids dataset from 26 March 2015 to 25 March 2018
or visit our website
www.yemendataproject.org
Download the ACLED/YDP full dataset on political violence and protest events from 1 January 2016 to date
or visit the ACLED website
www.acleddata.com

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HRW fordert Stopp von Waffenverkauf an Saudi-Arabien

Die internationale Menschenrechtsorganisation "Human Rights Watch" (HRW) hat die USA, Frankreich und England aufgefordert, ihre Waffenverkäufe an das saudische Regime unverzüglich einzustellen.

In einer heute verbreiteten Erklärung bezeichnete HRW den tödlichen Angriff der saudisch-geführten Kriegsallianz auf einen Bus mit jemenitischen Kindern in der Stadt Dahjan in der Provinz Saada im Norden des Landes als ein "klares Kriegsverbrechen" und die Waffenlieferanten vor "Mittäterschaft" gewarnt.

Die internationale Menschenrechtsorganisation "Human Rights Watch" (HRW) hat die USA, Frankreich und England aufgefordert, ihre Waffenverkäufe an das saudische Regime unverzüglich einzustellen.

In einer heute verbreiteten Erklärung bezeichnete HRW den tödlichen Angriff der saudisch-geführten Kriegsallianz auf einen Bus mit jemenitischen Kindern in der Stadt Dahjan in der Provinz Saada im Norden des Landes als ein "klares Kriegsverbrechen" und die Waffenlieferanten vor "Mittäterschaft" gewarnt.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/world-i43257-hrw_fordert_stopp_von_waffenverkauf_an_saudi_arabien

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Human Rights Watch: Yemen: Coalition Bus Bombing Apparent War Crime

States Supplying Arms Risk Complicity

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike that killed at least 26 children and wounded at least 19 more in or near a school bus in the busy market of Dhahyan, in northern Yemen, on August 9, 2018, is an apparent war crime, Human Rights Watch said today. Countries should immediately halt weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and support strengthening a United Nations independent inquiry into violations by all parties to Yemen’s armed conflict.

“The Saudi-led coalition’s attack on a bus full of young boys adds to its already gruesome track record of killing civilians at weddings, funerals, hospitals, and schools in Yemen,” said Bill Van Esveld, senior children’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Countries with knowledge of this record that are supplying more bombs to the Saudis will be complicit in future deadly attacks on civilians.”

Human Rights Watch spoke by phone to 14 witnesses, including 9 children, who said that shortly before 8:30 a.m. on August 9, an aerial bomb hit the market in Dhahyan, a town 20 kilometers north of Saada in Houthi-controlled northwestern Yemen, 60 kilometers from the Saudi border. The bomb landed within a few meters of a bus filled with boys on an excursion organized by a local mosque to visit the graves of men who had been killed in fighting. The bus was parked outside a grocery store where the driver had gone to buy water for the children.

The witnesses identified 34 people, including 26 children and 4 teachers, all of whom they identified as civilians, who were killed in the attack, and said there was no evident military target in the market at the time. The attack killed 25 boys and wounded 13 boys on the bus, according to the witnesses, and also killed a boy and wounded six others who were near the bus. Some grieving parents said that the force of the explosion meant they were unable to recover any body parts of their children.

A 16-year-old boy working in a barbershop across the street from the bus told Human Rights Watch by phone from his hospital bed that the explosion was “like the flickering of a lamp, followed by dust and darkness.” He was wounded in the attack by metal fragments in his lower back and said he cannot move unassisted or walk to the bathroom.

A 13-year-old boy who was on the bus, who was also hospitalized, said he had a painful leg wound and hoped his leg would not be amputated. Many of his friends were killed. “Even if I am able to run and play in the future,” he said, “I will not find anyone to play with.”

Human Rights Watch received photographs and videos of munition remnants that a lawyer based in Sanaa, about 235 kilometers south of Saada, said were at the site. He had traveled to the site of the attack on August 11. He also took videos at the site showing the collected remnants near the destroyed bus in the market. The photos and videos of markings visible on a guidance fin for a GBU-12 Paveway II bomb show it was produced at a General Dynamics Corporation facility in Garland, Texas, as well as other markings identifying Lockheed Martin.

The Saudi-led coalition, as it has in past attacks that killed civilians, has made various claims about the intended target of the attack.

Death Toll and Witness Accounts

Human Rights Watch documented the full names, ages, and status of 34 people killed in the attack, including 3 teachers and 25 children who were on the bus, and a child, a teacher, and 4 other men in the market. In addition, witnesses identified 4 other adults who were killed, and 13 children on the bus and 6 children in the market who were wounded. The bus driver, who was in a store in the market, was not harmed.

The Houthi-run Education Ministry published a list of the names, ages, and other identifying information of the children and teachers killed, and of 51 people wounded in the strike (not counting repeated names), including 49 children. According to the Houthi Health Ministry, in total, 51 people were killed and 79 wounded.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) stated that 50 people were killed and 77 wounded, and that on August 9, Saada’s al-Talh hospital, which the ICRC supports, received the bodies of 29 children under age 15, and 48 people who were wounded, including 30 children.

Children who were on the bus said they were part of a summer program, which began in June, to study at the Grand Mosque from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily, except Thursdays and Fridays. On August 9, they had gathered at the mosque at 7 a.m. for a special excursion to the Houthi “martyrs’ cemetery” and the Imam al-Hadi mosque. Nearly all the children on the trip were under age 14. The mosque had organized the same excursion for older students two weeks earlier. “The market was busy and the bus was full of boys,” said Ahmed Muhammad Ali Swayed, 16, who was in the market near the bus at the time of the attack.

Ahmad Abdul Rahman Mohsen Adlan, 13, told Human Rights Watch by phone that

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/09/02/yemen-coalition-bus-bombing-apparent-war-crime

and report by Aljazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/hrw-saudi-arms-sale-yemen-school-bus-attack-180902075014341.html and by Sky. https://news.sky.com/story/saudi-led-airstrike-on-yemen-bus-a-war-crime-say-human-rights-watch-11489134

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Photo: #Dahyan #Saada: The school bus a few seconds before being targeted.
51 died, 79 were injured, some bodies have never been found.
The strike happened in a market: how can the area be considered military target?

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1906987029354318

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Saudi-Untersuchung verurteilt Luftangriff auf Schulkinder

Untersuchungskommission: Bombardierter Bus stellte keine Bedrohung dar

Nach dem verheerenden Angriff auf einen Schulbus im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen hat die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Koalition Fehler eingeräumt. Der Angriff habe nicht den Einsatzregeln entsprochen, sagte der Sprecher einer Untersuchungskommission des Militärbündnisses, Mansur al-Mansur, am Samstag in Riad

Die Bombardierung habe Anführern der Houthi-Rebellen in dem Bus gegolten, sagte Al-Mansur weiter. Sie sei jedoch nicht gerechtfertigt gewesen, weil das Ziel in diesem Moment keine Bedrohung dargestellt habe. Die Verantwortlichen müssten zur Rechenschaft gezogen werden. Al-Mansur zufolge war der Angriffsbefehl zurückgenommen worden, weil Zivilisten entdeckt worden waren. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt sei die Bombardierung aber schon erfolgt. Es seien Anführer der Houthis getötet worden, die ein legitimes Ziel darstellten. -

https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/dutzende-tote-saudi-arabien-raeumt-fehler-bei-angriff-auf-schulbus-ein/22985454.html = https://derstandard.at/2000086514791/Saudi-Untersuchung-verurteilt-Luftangriff-auf-Schulkindern = https://www.nau.ch/nachrichten/ausland/2018/09/01/saudi-arabien-raumt-fehler-bei-verheerendem-angriff-im-jemen-ein-65409408

mein Kommentar: Agenturmeldung. Diese Erklärung ist offensichtlich eine reine Schadensbegrenzung auf dem niedrigstmöglichen Niveau. Houthi-Rebellen in dem Bus???? Die Behauptung, der Angriffsbefehl sei zurückgezogen worden, wird nicht mehr als eine reine Schutzbehauptung sein. Wie auch immer, der Westen, die USA, ist zufrieden und kann wieder wie gewünscht zum Alltagsgeschäft (Unterstützung der Saudis, Waffengeschäfte) übergehen.

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Saudi-led coalition admits deadly Yemen strike on bus was unjustified

A Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said on Saturday it accepted that an air attack last month that killed dozens of people, including children traveling on a bus, was unjustified and pledged to hold accountable anyone who contributed to the error.

The rare concession follows mounting international pressure, including from allies, to do more to limit civilian casualties in a 3-1/2 year civil war that has killed more than 10,000 people and pushed the already impoverished country to the brink of famine.

The Western-backed alliance fighting the Iranian-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said at the time that the Aug. 9 air strikes at a market in Saada province had targeted missile launchers used to attack southern Saudi Arabia a day earlier and accused the Houthis of using children as human shields.

The Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT), an investigative body set up by the coalition, said on Saturday that the strikes had been based on intelligence indicating the bus was carrying Houthi leaders, a legitimate military target, but delays in executing the strike and receiving a no-strike order should be further investigated.

“There was a clear delay in preparing the fighter jet at the appropriate time and place, thus losing (the opportunity) to target this bus as a military target in an open area in order to avoid such collateral damage,” JIAT legal advisor Mansour Ahmed al-Mansour told reporters in the Saudi capital.

“The team believes that the coalition forces should immediately review the application of their rules of engagement to ensure compliance...” he added.

The coalition later announced that it accepted those findings and pledged to hold accountable anyone who was proven to have made a mistake.

“The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition expresses regret over the mistakes, extends its sympathies, condolences and solidarity to the families of the victims,” said a statement carried by the Saudi state news agency SPA.

The coalition said it would coordinate with the Yemeni government to compensate victims and would continue reviewing the rules of engagement to prevent the repeat of such incidents.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-saudi-strike/saudi-led-coalition-admits-deadly-yemen-strike-on-bus-was-unjustified-idUSKCN1LH3JO

My comment: This Saudi coalition excuse is very weak. It’s ranging on the lowest possible level. It’s nothing more than pure damage limitation, and it’s quite dubious in the detail (more in articles below). But, the West and the US can be satisfied now (they are, look statement of Pentagon below) and continue supporting the Saudis as usual.

Comment: After claiming the bombing of a school bus full of children in Yemen, killing 40 kids, was a “legitimate military target”, Saudi Arabia now says it was a “mistake”. How many more “mistakes” must this brutal regime commit before we end all arms sales & military support to Riyadh?

https://twitter.com/sahouraxo/status/1035976115335163904

Comment: Mistakes. That must be comforting to those bereaved parents, to know the air strike that killed their children was only incompetence.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10156969141453641

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Statement by the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition “Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen”

“The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen has viewed today (Saturday, 01 SEP 2018) the findings of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) regarding allegations surrounding one of the operations carried out by Coalition Forces on (9 August, 2018) in Sa’dah Governorate, the conclusions of (JIAT) that indicate mistakes in compliance to the Rules of Engagement and what was mentioned in this regard.
Thereupon, the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition expresses regret over the mistakes, extends its sympathies, condolences and solidarity to the families of the victims and announces its acceptance of the results and findings of (JIAT). The Joint Forces Command will, as soon as the official findings are received, undertake legal proceedings to hold the ones who committed mistakes accountable according to the rules and regulations related to such cases, and continue to revise and enhance its Rules of Engagement, according to operational lessons learned, in a manner that guarantees non-recurrence of such incidents.
The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will task the Joint Committee to assess granting voluntary assistance to the ones affected in Yemen, and communicate with the Legitimate Government in Yemen to acquire identities and names of the ones affected, so that compensations can be provided under regulatory measures.
The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition reaffirms its continued commitment to the International Humanitarian Law (IHL), its Customary Rules and relevant conventions, as well as application of the Rules of Engagement in accordance with highest international standards and practices, which will guarantee respect of the International Humanitarian Law, and preservation of civilian lives and possessions”.
https://www.spa.gov.sa/1804423

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The Disgraceful Results of a Saudi Coalition ‘Investigation’

The Saudi coalition’s discredited Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) releasedthe findings of its “investigation” of the Aug. 9 massacre of more than 50 civilians, including at least 40 children.

“The head of the coalition’s Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), Lt Gen Mansour al-Mansour, said its investigation had found that the bus was carrying Houthi leaders and fighters and was therefore a “legitimate” military target, but admitted that the location of the strike had led to collateral damage.”

Reuters gives the general’s full quote:

“There was a clear delay in preparing the fighter jet at the appropriate time and place, thus losing (the opportunity) to target this bus as a military target in an open area in order to avoid such collateral damage,” JIAT legal advisor Mansour Ahmed al-Mansour told reporters in the Saudi capital.

The coalition is saying that their mistake was that they didn’t blow up the bus full of schoolchildren soon enough. Their position is that the attack would have been fine if they had killed the children with an airstrike when the bus was not in a crowded market, but that their mistake was in taking too long before bombing the bus and slaughtering the boys. They were always intending to bomb the bus and kill everyone on board, and now they express regret only because they murdered these kids too late.

The Saudis and their allies would have us believe that it is “legitimate” to massacre dozens of children because a Houthi leader may have been present, but this just shows that they don’t understand the first thing about their obligations under international law. The results of the coalition’s “investigation” show that they aren’t learning or improving at all when it comes to reducing harm to civilians in Yemen, and it is safe to assume at this point that they never will. It is imperative that Congress cut off all military assistance to the coalition and end U.S. involvement in this atrocious war – by Daniel Larison

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-disgraceful-results-of-a-saudi-coalition-investigation/

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Saudi-UAE coalition admits Yemen school bus attack 'unjustified'

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have admitted that the bombing of a school bus in Yemen last month - which killed 51 people, including 40 children - was "unjustified".

A probe by the coalition fighting Yemen's Houthirebels concluded on Saturday that "mistakes" had been made in the August 9 air raid in Saada province.

At the day of the attack, coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Malki had defended the air raid, saying his forces hit a "legitimate military target", which included "operators and planners".

But in a rare concession, the military alliance's investigative body, the Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT), said that those behind it should be held accountable.

"The Joint Team … is of the opinion that the coalition forces should initiate legal action to try and penalise those responsible for the mistakes, which caused collateral damage in the area," Mansour Ahmed al-Mansour, a legal adviser to JIAT, told reporters in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher, reporting from neighbouring Djibouti, said the statement marked a "remarkable about-turn" after the coalition's initial assertions that this was a legitimate military operation.

"But if you look at the actual wording ... they are not saying that there was a problem with killing children.

"What they are saying is that this attack shouldn't have taken place when it did because they were targeting Houthi leaders, and they say … their intelligence pointed in that direction but those Houthi leaders at that stage did not present a threat to Saudi-led coalition forces and therefore that operation shouldn't have happened," added Fisher.

"They say that intelligence was passed to the pilot who fired the fatal missile but it never got there in time."

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/saudi-uae-coalition-admits-yemen-school-bus-bombing-unjustified-180901141048148.html

and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqwFsao_EsM

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As Saudis Say Bombings of Yemeni Children Just 'Mistakes,' Growing Calls for US to Stop Fueling Atrocities

"We must end U.S. support for this disastrous war in Yemen," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared on Twitter Saturday evening. "It is also long past time that we begin to take a very hard look at our relationship with Saudi Arabia."

While the Pentagon and much of the corporate media bought at face value the Saudi-led coalition's statement expressing "regret" over the school bus bombing last month that killed 40 children, Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher noted that "if you look at the actual wording [of the statement]... they are not saying that there was a problem with killing children."

"What they are saying is that this attack shouldn't have taken place when it did because they were targeting Houthi leaders," Fisher added, "and they say... their intelligence pointed in that direction but those Houthi leaders at that stage did not present a threat to Saudi-led coalition forces and therefore that operation shouldn't have happened."

In an interview with Al-Jazeera on Saturday, Hussain al-Bukhaiti—who is described as a "pro-Houthi activist"—said the Saudi-led coalition's statement hardly counts as an "apology."

"It is actually adding insult to injury," al-Bukhaiti argued. "Since the beginning of this war, they have committed many crimes and they only regret or release such a statement only if that crime has been covered widely on the media."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/09/02/saudis-say-bombings-yemeni-children-just-mistakes-growing-calls-us-stop-fueling

other reports

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/yemen-school-bus-civil-war-saudi-coalition-unjustifiable-a8518606.html

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-led-coalition-admits-mistakes-made-deadly-yemen-bus-strike-29944644

https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/arab-coalition-expresses-regret-for-mistakes-in-yemen-strike-1.765785 (by The National, UAE)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-6121713/Yemens-rebels-say-targeted-Saudi-ship.html (by AP)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6121841/Saudi-led-coalition-admits-mistakes-deadly-Yemen-bus-strike.html (by AFP)

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Saudi coalition spokesman denies war crimes in Yemen following report by Human Rights Watch

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition has denied that a vehicle targeted in an airstrike last month in Yemen was a school bus full of children, despite much evidence to the contrary.

His remarks followed a statement from Human Rights Watch on Sunday that called the attack an "apparent war crime."

The bus attacked on August 9 was "a legitimate target," Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, said in an interview with CNN.

He said that intelligence information showed that the bus was "not a school bus because there is no school at that time when the incident happened."

"We never observed any kids on the bus," al-Maliki said, adding the "coalition conducted the attack against Houthi commanders and some Houthi element fighters in that bus."

Al-Maliki also cast doubt on video footage and pictures from the scene of airstrike, because the source of such evidence is unclear.

"Is it by the Houthi? Or what's the source for that picture and videos?" he asked.

Mansour Ahmed al-Mansour, spokesman for the coalition's investigative body, the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), said in Riyadh on Saturday the bus was a "military target," a statement al-Maliki echoed.

In the interview Sunday, al-Maliki repeatedly pointed to the findings of the JIAT, which on Saturday admitted "mistakes" were made. Al-Maliki said the coalition accepts the JIAT findings.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/02/middleeast/saudi-yemen-school-bus-strike-war-crime-intl/index.html

My comment: ?????????????????????????????????? – He refers to the odd JIAT excuse and then just denies it????? “The bus attacked on August 9 was "a legitimate target,"?????????????????? – “doubt on video footage and pictures from the scene” ???? just because he claims “the source of such evidence is unclear”????? it’s eyewitnesses, stupid. Or do you want us to believe that this are Holywood action films or a flashmob in Pakistan or an 2011 Taliban attack in Afghanistan????

Comment by Haykal Bafana:

Not our airstrike

OK, our airstrike

Legitimate military target

Houthis killed

OK, errors made

We are sorry

We'll compensate victims

We'll punish those responsible

No children on bus

Not a schoolbus

No kids killed on bus

Houthis killed

Legitimate military target

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/1036666518094983168 (photo)

My comment to comment: Oh, yes!!!

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Saudi-led Coalition's Announcement on Reviewing Rules of Engagement in Yemen

The United States regards the Saudi-led Coalition's ‎announcement that it will review their rules of engagement, hold those at fault accountable, and compensate victims following the Joint Incident Assessment Team's finding that last month's Sa'ada air strikes lacked justification as an important first step toward full transparency and accountability.

https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/09/285659.htm

My comment: Of course, the US accepts everything from Saudi they could take as a justification for continuing support. – And of course, the UK cannot miss here:

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Britain on Sunday welcomed results of an investigation by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen into an air strike last month that killed 40 children, but urged clarifications on other deadly operations.

"We welcome the speed of the investigation into the incident of 9 August, and the coalition's announcement of regret and action to address the recommendations of that investigation," said the British Foreign Office.

"We are reviewing the investigation's conclusions," it added.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6124475/UK-welcomes-Saudi-led-coalition-probe-Yemen-strike.html

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Blutiger Krieg im Jemen: Warlord kämpft gleichzeitig für Al-Kaida und den Westen

Der Weg zu Abul Abbas führt durchs jemenitische Bergmassiv, auf Schleichwegen abseits von Kontrollpunkten und bewaffneten Blockaden. Durch die zerbombten Häuser einer Stadt im Ausnahmezustand. Hier in Tais im Zentrum des Landes führt der Milizboss seinen ganz eigenen Krieg. Seinen Krieg, der indirekt auch vom Westen unterstützt wird.

Wer ist der Mann, dessen Gruppe viel Geld und Waffen von den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) bekommt?

Tais ist heute unter den regierungstreuen Gruppen aufgeteilt, deren Kontrollpunkte über die gesamte Stadt verstreut sind. Je nachdem, wo man sich befindet, tragen die Männer andere Uniformen.

Extremisten auch untereinander verfeindet

Die Truppen in Tais gehören vielen Gruppen an, aber die beiden einflussreichsten sind die Islah-Partei, bei denen es sich um islamistische Muslimbrüder handelt, und die Salafisten von Abul Abbas. Beide kämpften gegen die Huthis in Tais, beide verbindet aber auch eine Feindschaft untereinander, wie die nächtlichen Gefechte zeigen.

Brisant ist dabei, dass beide Gruppen mit Dschihadisten in Verbindung gebracht werden - von der saudi-arabisch geführten Koalition aber trotzdem viel Geld und Waffen bekommen. So bezahlt Saudi-Arabien den Sold der Kämpfer der Islah-Partei, wie zwei Quellen innerhalb der Truppe der Deutschen Presse-Agentur bestätigen. Ihre Anführer erhalten ihr Geld demnach sogar in saudischen Rial.

Verbindungen zum IS und zu Al-Kaida

Die Salafisten von Abul Abbas sind vor allem für ihre Verbindungen zu Al-Kaida bekannt. Das US-Finanzministerium setzte ihn wegen dieser Terrorkontakte und auch wegen Verbindungen zurTerrormiliz Islamischer Staat(IS) im vergangenen Jahr auf eine Sanktionsliste.

Der Warlord gibt trotzdem öffentlich zu, Schusswaffen, Raketen, gepanzerte Wagen und Geld von den Emiraten zu bekommen. Unterstützt vom Westen - etwa durch Waffen aus den USA oder Großbritannien - finanzieren Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate also Milizen im Jemen, die sich gegenseitig bekämpfen und Verbindungen zum IS und zu Al-Kaida haben.

Abdel Sattar al-Schamiri, ein ehemaliger Berater des Gouverneurs von Tais, erzählt, die Anwesenheit von Extremisten unter den regierungstreuen Truppen in Tais sei auch der Regierung bewusst. Islah und Abul Abbas hätten sie in ihre Ränge aufgenommen, „um die Zahl ihrer Kämpfer zu verdoppeln und ihr militärisches Wissen zu nutzen“.

Das habe einen großen Einfluss auf die Stadt gehabt und Gewalt und Exekutionen vermehrt

Ein siegessicherer Warlord

Jetzt sieht sich Abul Abbas auf der richtigen Seite der Geschichte. „Wir haben uns einem legitimen Kampf angeschlossen.“

Er redet vom Kampf gegen die Huhtis, schimpft aber viel mehr auf die Islah-Partei.

Ob er seinen Einfluss in Tais wirklich aufgibt, ob er mit seiner gesponserten Ausrüstung wirklich abzieht, oder ob das nur ein Manöver ist? Das bleibt ungewiss.

Offensichtlich scheint nur, dass Abul Abbas immer irgendwie weiterkämpfen wird. Und dabei vor Blutbädern nicht Halt macht.

https://www.focus.de/politik/ausland/undurchsichtige-allianzen-im-chaos-blutiger-krieg-im-jemen-warlord-kaempft-gleichzeitig-fuer-al-kaida-und-den-westen_id_9509886.html

Bemerkung: Mehr unter cp6.

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With Airport Closed by Saudis, Yemeni Patients Face Death from Untreated Wounds and Disease

According to a group of NGOs, including the International Rescue Committee and the Norwegian Refugee Council, over 10,000 people seeking life-saving treatment abroad have died from critical health conditions since the Sana’a airport was closed.

The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition has devastated Yemeni lives on all fronts: beyond the airstrikes and cholera, thousands of innocent civilians, including children, have died due to a lack of access to critical medical care a result of the air, sea, and land blockade imposed on Yemen since 2015 when the war began.

Supported by the United States and other Western military powers, the blockade on Yemen became a fertile environment for infectious disease and chronic illnesses. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there are around 35,000 people suffering from cancer alone in Yemen and that some 11,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Head of The National Oncology Center in Sana’a, Ahmed al-Ashwal, told MintPress that these figures are huge in relation to the size of Yemen and its population of 23 million.

To make matter worse, over 1,250 days of near-constant airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition have reduced Yemen`s hospitals and clinics to rubble and short-circuited its electricity service, while a ruinous blockade of Yemen’s ports has depleted the country’s supply of food and life-saving medicine.

Life-saving treatments are indeed seldom available inside Yemen, as most of the country`s medical infrastructure has been destroyed since the Saudi-led coalition`s war began in March of 2015. According to the Legal Center for Right and Development, The U.S.-backed coalition has destroyed 316 hospitals and health centers.

Like Ali and Mohammed, about 120,000 patients — including cancer, heart and renal failure patients — have needed to travel outside of Yemen to seek life-saving treatment, according to Dr. Yussif al Hadri, Spokesman for the Yemeni Ministry of Health, who adds, “the health care system has been destroyed, so treatment of most diseases isn’t available.”

Yemen’s Health Ministry said in a press conference Tuesday that hundreds of Yemeni children are suffering from various disabilities as a result of direct coalition bombing of civilian targets. Many of the disabilities could have been treated if the patients had access to treatment abroad, but the closure of the Sana’a airport for over two years has prevented that.

The Health Ministry also confirmed that the Sana’a airport closure led to the deaths of tens of thousands of children as a result of their inability to travel abroad for treatment not available in Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition forced the closure of the airport in August, 2016, also depleting Yemen’s supply of life-saving medicine.

There are generally two UN humanitarian flights into Sana’a each week, but the flights are not available to Yemeni citizens. The flights that do take to the air are being forced to land at Saudi Arabia’s Bisha airport, located in the south of the Kingdom, and are subject to inspection by coalition forces. No aircraft is able to land without permission from the coalition.

The closure of the Sana’a airport has left the only option for patients to travel to either Seiyun or Aden in southern Yemen, areas under Saudi-led coalition control. Hundreds have lost their lives on the perilous journey that winds through the war-torn country. As Abdulkareem, a resident of Sana’a told MintPress:

Saad al-Hajj traveled by road for 24 hours last week seeking treatment for his mother who was suffering from liver failure. She died during the journey, 12 hours before her flight out of the country was set to leave. “If the Sana’a airport was open I could have saved her,” Saad told MintPress.

According to a group of NGOs, including the International Rescue Committee and the Norwegian Refugee Council, over 10,000 people seeking life-saving treatment abroad have died from critical health conditions since the Sana’a airport was closed.

Some patients traveling to seek medical treatment have been prevented from returning home and others detained by the coalition under the pretext of supporting the Houthis. Well-known Yemeni doctor, 70-year-old Mustafa al Mutawakil, was recently arrested by the Saudi-led coalition while returning from Morocco, on charges of supporting Yemen`s resistance and opposing the presence of the United Arab Emirates in Yemen - by Ahmed Abdulkareem

https://www.mintpressnews.com/with-airport-closed-by-saudis-yemeni-patients-face-death-from-untreated-wounds-and-disease/248607/

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Why There Is No Accountability in U.S. Foreign Policy

There is no accountability in U.S. foreign policy. Policymakers commit horrendous blunders and crimes, and they go on to suffer no meaningful consequences for what they have done. Virtually nothing is learned, and U.S. foreign policy carries on much as it did before. Foreign policy pundits routinely advocate for the most destructive and reckless actions, and their advocacy contributes to enormous and costly disasters, and yet they keep their positions and reputation. When the next crisis or conflict appears on the horizon, the same people that cheered on the last disaster are still there to urge us on to the next one. Members of Congress that make the loudest calls for U.S. intervention and “leadership” are almost never punished at the ballot box, and they are more likely to be lauded than condemned for their belligerence. Representatives and senators that support endless war are returned to Congress almost automatically, and most of them never have to fear paying a political price for sending Americans to fight and die in unnecessary wars. We all know this to be true, but why is it so?

First of all, the public pays scant attention to foreign policy and most voters don’t base their votes on these issues. Politicians and policymakers can get away with a lot of bad votes and decisions without having to face an angry backlash from voters for the simple reason that the voters don’t know what they’re doing and don’t care even if they find out. Our government runs amok around the world in no small part because we allow them to and never do anything to rein our political leaders in. In just the last twenty years, that has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, the displacement of millions, and the ongoing starvation of millions more. There is no accountability in foreign policy because we regularly fail to make our political leaders pay a price for their foreign policy errors, and we fail to do that because most of us pay no attention to the horrific costs that these millions of people around the world are being forced to pay. Today we are failing the people of Yemen. Yesterday it was the people of Iraq. Tomorrow it will probably be the people of Iran or the people of some other country that is not yet in the interventionists’ sights.

Another reason is the failure of the media. Hawkish politicians and policymakers are rarely subjected to the scrutiny that their destructive policies warrant, and their self-serving justifications are usually accepted at face value. Media accounts frequently frame foreign policy issues to make hawkish and aggressive policy views seem reasonable when they are usually anything but that. Journalists’ fear of appearing biased leads has the perverse effect of freeing hawkish politicians from having to provide evidence to support their inflated claims about foreign threats and their absurd predictions for easy, cheap military intervention.

Lobbying groups working on behalf of arms manufacturers and foreign governments create strong incentives for members of Congress to fall line, and they raise the political price of dissenting from the consensus view. Add to this a mind-numbing ideology that tells politicians that they should muffle their criticisms of U.S. actions abroad in the name of patriotism, and you have a recipe for foreign policy debates always skewed in favor of intervention and “action” at the expense of genuine U.S. security interests.

Growing opposition to U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen is a notable and important exception to this trend, and it suggests that there may still be a chance to rein in some of our government’s worst abuses. Even so, it has taken more than three years for opposition to our Yemen policy to reach a point where it has a realistic chance of ending U.S. involvement. The fact that the U.S. has been involved in backing the war on Yemen for all this time without debate or authorization is a testament to the lack of accountability in U.S. foreign policy. If there were real accountability, the supporters of this indefensible policy in Yemen would be voted out in disgrace, but that isn’t going to happen – by Daniel Larison

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/why-there-is-no-accountability-in-u-s-foreign-policy/ = https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/08/29/why-there-no-accountability-us-foreign-policy.html

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

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Two civilians were killed by a military vehicle driven by Houthi leader

Two civilians were killed, run over by a military vehicle led by a leader of the Houthi militia, in al-Zaidia district of Hodeidah, west of Yemen.

Local sources said that a Houthi field commander ran over two people riding a motorcycle by a military vehicle driven in the city of Zaidia, which led to their death immediately.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/two-civilians-were-killed-by-a-military-vehicle-driven-by-houthi-leader-1

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Yemen's Houthis say target a Saudi warship: Al Masirah TV

The Iran-aligned armed Houthi movement targeted a Saudi Arabian warship off the coast of Saudi Arabia’s province of Jizan, the group’s Al Masirah TV said on Saturday on its Twitter feed.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, or comment from the Saudi-led coalition that is battling the Houthis in Yemen’s civil war.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-ship/yemens-houthis-say-target-a-saudi-warship-al-masirah-tv-idUSKCN1LH3H8

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Yemeni Navy Forces Targeted Saudi Monitor Warship Off Najran Coast

In response to KSA’s military attacks on the fishermen off the Yemeni coasts , the Yemeni naval forces struck on Saturday a Saudi monitor warship off Najran coast, Yemeni navy sources stressed.

The source clarified that the Saudi troops evacuated some wounded from the targeted warship to Jizan hospital .

http://www.newnewss.net/yemeni-navy-forces-targeted-saudi-monitor-warship-off-najran-coast/

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Three civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrikes on Hodeidah

A total of three citizens were killed and ten other wounded in Saudi-led air strikes on Hodeidah province, an official told Saba on Saturday .

The strikes hit citizens' houses in al-Duraihmie district.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news506902.htm

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25 civilians killed and 18 wounded in al-Houthi shelling and mines in Tahita, south of Hodeidah

Twenty-five civilians were killed and 18 others injured by artillery shelling by al-Houthi militants and landmines planted in the city of Tahita, south of Hodeidah Province, in the western part of the country, in the past weeks.

According to the Almasdar online reporter, these figures are an infinite sum, and the civilian victims have been in sporadic incidents over the past weeks, with the Houthi militants standing behind.

The variety of casualties between artillery shells and landmines and the al-Houthi sniper.

The city of Tahita is under the status of the Directorate, which bears the same name, to the control of the government forces and the Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia, since early July.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/25-civilians-killed-and-18-wounded-in-al-houthi-shelling-and-mines-in-tahita-south-of-hodeidah

Remark: The Houthis blame the other side for shelling at Tahita as well:

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Film: Children wounded by mercenary bombardment in the mountain Tahiti in the West Coast 31-08-2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCzVZQRJNbE = https://almasirah.net/gallery/preview.php?file_id=19644 = https://twitter.com/almasirah/status/1035631818349916161

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Yemeni woman killed, child injured in Saudi artillery attack

A Yemeni woman was killed a child wounded when the artillery units of Saudi-led coalition shelled residential units in the western province of Al-Hudaydah Friday night, Almasirah news network reported.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/83018386

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Even Water Wells Are Bombed by Saudi-Led Coalition Amid Starving Yemenis

In a blatant challenge to the United Nations and the UN Security Council, the Saudi-led Arab coalition, backed by the United States and Britain, destroyed on Thursday 10 wells on the island of Kamaran in the province of Hodeidah in western Yemen.

According to local sources, coalition fighters bombed the island of Kamaran with a series of raids, causing the destruction of a water well and a reservoir of rainwater on the island.

For his part, the director of The Water Office in Hodeidah, Abdulrahman Ishaq, said in a statement to “Yemen Extra” that the air raids of the coalition warplanes destroyed 10 wells of drinking water, which is the only source of water inside the island.

He pointed out that the coalition seeks to destroy the main sources of potable water inside Kamaran Island, with the aim of displacing the population and forcing them to leave to facilitate the process of occupation.

The National Commission confirmed that the coalition raids targeted a square where ((6 wells)) were completely destroyed as well as the reservoir of rainwater, in addition to the demolition of ((8 wells)) outside the square south of the reservoir while the remaining (4 wells) were stumbled by the raids.

The direct targeting of the vital and life-saving drinking water projects on the island is a violation of international humanitarian law, which prohibits attacks on civilian facilities that the population can not dispense in order to survive.

http://www.yemenextra.net/2018/08/31/even-water-wells-are-bombed-by-saudi-led-coalition-amid-starving-yemenis/

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US-Saudi war criminals destroyed all the water facilities in the island of Kamaran on the Red Sea yesterday Threatening about 800 families living in the Island with death of thirst

Photos of the aftermath of yesterday's #Saudi led coalition bombardment on 7 drinking water wells in the Island of #Kamaran, #Hodeidah governorate, #Yemen. If you are Yemeni, #MBS will make you starve to death.

#Kamaran Island: 7 wells destroyed yesterday by merciless Coalition bombardments.
They were the only source of water for the local population.
How will people survive?

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1035588934775054337

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1035657328547254272

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1905007372885617

and look at earlier photos from Kamaran Island here: https://web.archive.org/web/20070327210000/http://www.kamaran.net/photogallery/photogallery.htm

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Health Ministry Warns of Disaster as a Result of US-Saudi Aggression Targeting of Water Wells

The Ministry of Public Health and Population condemned the US-Saudi Aggression targeting of drinking wells, in Kamran Island, warning of an epidemic and health disaster as a result.

The ministry said in a statement that this direct targeting of the drinking project is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, which prohibits attacks on civilian objects that the population can not be dispensed with for their survival.

The ministry warned of a health disaster and the spread of cholera due to these deliberate and systematic practices of aggression. It pointed out that the lack of a pure source of water makes the citizen looking for other unsafe water alternatives leading to the transmission of cholera, as is happening in many areas of Yemen ,since the destruction of water projects and sanitation.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2546&cat_id=1

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US-Saudi Aggression Forcibly Displacing Citizens on Kamran Island

The US-Saudi aggression is plotting to Forcibly Displacing Citizens on Kamran Island, in Hodeidah. The acting governor of Hodeidah, Mohammad Ayyash, said during a press conference held today that the coalition of the aggression is going to kill fishermen and tighten the grip on civilians.

Ayash pointed out that the systematic bombing of the water wells on Kamran Island aims to forcibly displaced the citizens on the island.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2555&cat_id=1

My comment: These air raids deliberately targeted (and hit exactly) water wells: An evident horrible war crime.

Comment: "Article 8(2)(b)(xxv) of the 1998 ICC Statute provides that '[i]ntentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival' is a war crime in international armed conflicts."

https://twitter.com/MBVanElzakker/status/1035902768660275200 referring to https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v2_rul_rule54

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Film: Aug. 29: the crime of the American-Saudi aggression in the house of the Faqih in the province of Hodeidah 30-08-2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMRW0b1JGJo

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Truck carrying WFP food hit in Yemen's Hodeidah Governorate

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is gravely concerned about an incident on 29 August involving a truck under contract to WFP that came under shelling while delivering life-saving food assistance in the war-torn district of Al Tuhayta in Yemen’s southern Hodeidah governorate.

The truck, clearly marked with a WFP banner, was en route to Al Tuhayta, carrying around 30 tons of food assistance, enough to cover the needs of nearly 2,000 people for one month. It was hit by an unidentified armed group just 2 km from its final destination

The truck driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to Al Khawkha Hospital, but his condition is reported to have stabilized. The full quantity of food the truck was carrying remains intact and has been loaded onto another truck and delivered to its intended destination.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/truck-carrying-wfp-food-hit-yemens-hodeidah-governorate

http://almasdaronline.com/article/world-food-program-expresses-concern-over-truck-attack-in-tahita

films: https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1036006774069846017

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1036009685449695232

Remark: It’s not known which side had shelled this truck; up to now, other statements are propaganda.

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Reports: Abdul-Malik al-Houthi’s brother dies in Hodeidah following air strikes

Several media reports have stated that top commander in the Houthi militias’ ranks, Abdul-Khalik al-Houthi, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi’s brother, and a number of militants were killed after an air strike by the Arab Coalition in the Bajil district in Hodeidah.

The reports added that al-Houthi, who is the sixth most wanted man on the Arab Coalition’s list, was trailed in the past few days and targeted before dawn on Friday.

One of al-Houthi’s top aides was also killed following another air strike in Hodeidah a few days ago.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/08/31/Reports-Abdul-Malik-al-Houthi-s-brother-dies-in-Hodeidah-following-air-strikes.html

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21 Killed, Injured, Missing Infinite Toll of Targeting Fishermen in Akban Island

The General Authority for Fish Resources, on Saturday, announced the toll of the victims of the US-Saudi aggression on fishing boats in Akban island, Hodeidah province raised to 21 martyrs, injured and missing.

Head of the General Authority for Fish Resources, Abdul Qader Al-Wadai, said in a press conference in Hodeidah that 5 fishermen were killed and two were wounded, while 14 others are still missing in an infinite toll of the US-Saudi aggression crime against fishermen in Akban island.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2549&cat_id=1

Remark: Earlier records had mentioned 19 fishermen missing.

Photo: https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1035593038595334144

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3enb1G5LT2c = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56qWIGJFTIw = https://almasirah.net/gallery/preview.php?file_id=19644 = https://twitter.com/almasirah/status/1035633275400802306 = https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1035665915927556096

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United Nations Population Fund: UNFPA Response in Yemen: Monthly Situation Report #7 - July 2018

The security situation in Yemen continued to deteriorate in July, especially along the west coast and around the city of Al Hudaydah. Intense fighting in and around Al Hudaydah Governorate in late July, near a reproductive health centre and public laboratory in Al Hudaydah and damage to a sanitation facility in Zabid and a water station, which supplies the majority of the water to Hudaydah City has placed civilians at extreme risk, with the possibility of triggering an unstoppable epidemic of cholera with disruption to water and sanitation systems. UNFPA estimates that 90,000 pregnant women inside Al Hudaydah would be at risk with nearly 14,000 women risking complications with immediate danger to their lives if urgent life-saving maternal care and medicines become inaccessible.

By end July 2018, 48,574 displaced households from Al Hudaydah Governorate were registered and 40,393 assisted with rapid response kits, that include UNFPA dignity kits. The rapid response mechanism being co-led by UNFPA.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unfpa-response-yemen-monthly-situation-report-7-july-2018

cp2 Allgemein / General

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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Film: Why Are U.S. Bombs Being Dropped on Yemen? | NowThis World

The United Nations has called the conflict in Yemen "the worst humanitarian crisis" in the world today. Here's how the U.S. is a part of the problem.

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

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Riad finanziert in Jemen den Terror

USA wollen noch mehr Waffen und Munition an saudische Allianz liefern

Martin Griffiths, erst seit einigen Monaten der UN-Sondergesandte für Jemen, fand deutliche Worte: »Es ist ausgesprochen frustrierend, dass wir hier sitzen und nach Lösungen suchen, und uns dabei aus der Ferne Steine in den Weg gelegt werden.«

Namen von Ländern oder von Politikern nannte er nicht. Ein Sprecher der Vereinten Nationen meinte: »Jeder, der die Nachrichten über Jemen verfolgt, kann sich den Rest selbst zusammen reimen.« In einem 41-seitigen Bericht wirft eine Expertengruppe, die sich im Auftrag des UNO-Menschenrechtsrats mit dem Jemen-Krieg befasst hat, allen Konfliktparteien vor, Kriegsverbrechen begangen zu haben. Die Reaktion darauf: Die internationale Militärallianz, die von Saudi-Arabien und von den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten dominiert wird, wirft den Verfassern vor, »nicht neutral« zu sein. Iran unterstütze schließlich die Huthi-Milizen, und sei damit für die andauernden Kämpfe verantwortlich. Man selbst helfe nur der Regierung von Präsident Abed Rabbo Mansur al-Hadi in »ihrem Kampf für die Einheit Jemens«.

US-Verteidigungsminister Jim Mattis stellte sich hinter die Militärallianz: Es sei notwendig, den Kampf gegen »Terrorgruppen« in Jemen fortzusetzen, »bevor diese Gruppen den Krieg in die Vereinigten Staaten bringen«. Doch in der US-Politik regt sich mittlerweile auch bei republikanischen Politikern lauter Protest.

Nahezu zeitgleich kündigte Mattis an, man werde künftig saudische Kampfpiloten in den USA ausbilden und auch mehr Waffen und Munition liefern. Die Begründung: Aus seiner Sicht würden durch bessere Ausbildung und präzisere Waffen zivile Opfer vermieden. Doch die UNO-Expertengruppe hält dagegen, dass das saudische Militär in der Vergangenheit auch Märkte und dicht besiedelte Wohnviertel angegriffen habe.

Für Aufsehen sorgte auch eine umfangreiche Recherche der Nachrichtenagentur Associated Press: Das saudische Militär mache über Milizen, die mit der jemenitischen Regierung verbündet sind, Deals mit Gruppen, die Al Qaida zugerechnet werden

https://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/1099223.riad-finanziert-in-jemen-den-terror.html

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Yemen’s macabre carnage

In the aftermath of the revolutionary upheaval of 2011 that swept across the Middle East and North Africa, a bloody counter-revolutionary offensive has cast Yemen into mayhem

This carnage in Yemen is militarily and diplomatically supported by US imperialism, with Euro-imperialists serving as lackeys. Washington has relentlessly targeted those leaders and countries that have resisted submission. There has been massive destruction; including massacres and de facto partitions along ethno-religious lines. Imperialist corporate vultures are moving in, securing lucrative ‘rebuilding’ contracts in bombed cities. Meanwhile, the oil magnates are taking over hydrocarbon reservoirs under the watch of Israeli Zionists and the US military.

The massive Arab revolts failed to break this vicious dynamic.

Initially it was the Obama administration that gave the Saudis the green light in Yemen in order to salve Saudi grievances over the US nuclear deal with Iran – by Lal Khan (Pakistan)

https://dailytimes.com.pk/291922/yemens-macabre-carnage/

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Abductees’ Mothers Associations Statement on the International Day of the Disappeared .... On August 30th, the International Day of the Disappeared, a day focusing on the plight of individuals (text in image)

https://twitter.com/abducteesmother/status/1036146869393666049

older films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWn6Q-RsNTw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=276upQAj5h0

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442 Fishermen Victims of US-Saudi Aggression Crimes in West Coast

The General Authority for Fish Resources, on Saturday, announced that the victims of US-Saudi aggression from the fishermen reached 442, stressing that the material losses of the fishing sector in the West Coast due to the direct aggression exceeded 5 billion dollars.

Head of the General Authority for Fish Resources, Abdul Qadir al-Wadai, told a joint news conference with the leadership of Hodeidah province that the US-Saudi aggression has committed dozens of crimes against Yemeni fishermen in the west coast of the country.

Al-Wadai said that the number of victims of the aggression against the fishermen exceeded 222 martyrs, 206 wounded and 14 missing in the outcome of the final.

Thursday. With regard to material losses, The Head of the General Authority for Fish Resources, the material losses over the direct aggression of the fishing sector in the West Coast until the end of July, the five billion dollars.

He stressed that the suspicious silence of the international community encouraged the alliance of aggression to commit more crimes against fishermen.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2554&cat_id=1

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Saeb Shaath: Israeli Army Trained Saudi Forces, Deployed Gaza Scenario in Yemeni Cities

Political analyst Saeb Shaath says the Saudis turned to the Israeli military for help and the Zionists trained them with “their Nazi tactics” and deployed the Gaza scenario in major areas of Yemen.

Dr. Shaath, in an exclusive interview with FNA, said that the Saudi forces, trained by the Israelis, deployed the Gaza scenario on Yemeni cities by imposing land, naval and air blockade aimed at collectively punishing the civilian population to steer their anger against the resistance forces, as the cause for their sufferings. And the scenario once failed in Gaza is now failing in Yemen.

Commenting on the British arms sale to Saudi Arabia, the analyst said that the British government considers the Saudi war on Yemen as an opportunity to make money and the poor Arab country a place to test its weapons.

Dr. Saeb Shaath is an author, a Middle East political expert and a former Palestinian diplomat. He is currently the chairman of Palestine Aid organization and the co-founder of Irish Map (Medical Aid for Palestine), said to be having an excellent impact on improving the Palestinian health facilities in Gaza.

FNA has conducted an interview with Dr. Shaath about the ongoing Saudi aggression on Yemen and possible motives behind the war imposed on the impoverished Arab country by Saudi Arabia and its western allies.

Below you will find the full text of the interview.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970609000612

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US military on arms smuggling in #Yemen

The US military video released early Friday intended to show small boats in the Gulf of Aden that smuggled weapons amid the ongoing war in# Yemen, and authorities said they confiscated more than 1,000 weapons.

The capture of USS guided missile destroyer Jason Dunham could mark the first interdiction of such weapons in the sea bound for Yemen in years for US forces patrolling the region.

However, the military did not identify the weapons seized, nor did they say who they suspected of having smuggled weapons. The fifth fleet of the US Navy UU., Based in Bahrain, did not respond to multiple requests for comments.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515/1905784382807916/?type=3

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Yemen Authorities Receive from US Navy 3 Suspected Houthi Arms Smugglers

Yemeni authorities in the Aden province were handed by the US Navy three Yemenis suspected of smuggling arms to the Iran-backed Houthi militias.
The US Navy had intercepted a small boat packed with hundreds of automatic rifles in the Gulf of Aden. The boat was seized in an area where the US Navy had previously confiscated Iranian-supplied arms destined for Yemen.
The Yemeni interior ministry said that investigations with the detainees will soon be kicked off with international cooperation to prove Tehran’s support for the Houthis.
Yemeni Coast Guard chief Khaled al-Qamli said that the weapons were provided by Iran and being smuggled to the Houthis. They were shipped from an African country and sent to Yemen’s Hodeidah province, he added.
He said that the US Navy had sunk the boat in the sea before transferring the smuggled weapons and the crew to Yemeni authorities.

The Yemeni authorities did not disclose the amount of weapons seized, by the US Navy said it found about 600 bags filled with small arms -- mostly AK-47s -- totaling more than 1,000 rifles.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1379961/yemen-authorities-receive-us-navy-3-suspected-houthi-arms-smugglers

Remark: Earlier reporting Yemen War Mosaic 451, cp2.

My comment: the where from, where to, by whom, for whom still is unknown. Claiming anything more is propaganda.

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 16 - 26 August 2018 | Issue 25

KEY ISSUES

Humanitarian partners are preparing to respond to a possible third wave of cholera as the number of suspected cases increase across Yemen.

Violence continues in Al Hudaydah and Hajjah governorates with dozens of civilians killed by airstrikes, shelling and clashes in several districts.

At least 21 children (13 boys; 8 girls) were killed and 82 (51 boys; 31 girls) injured during the conflict in July. Four schools and one hospital were attacked.

Approximately 1.1 million MT of food was available in Yemen in the first week of August, enough to cover national requirements for about two months.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-update-covering-16-26-august-2018-issue-25

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Film: War in Yemen: New skills help Yemen's women survive

Yemen's civil war has made life a lot harder for all Yemenis and women and children are the most vulnerable.

But some charities are now helping them earn a living, teaching them new skills so that they can support themselves and not rely upon donations.

Al Jazeera’s Sara Khairat has more on one of them

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/war-yemen-skills-yemens-women-survive-180901150026319.html = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIj5Gc0sHA0

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Norwegian aid group says medicine cannot reach Yemenis

An international aid group says it has not been able to deliver medical and humanitarian assistance to the people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, due to Riyadh's ongoing war in the country.

Becky Bakr Abdullah, an official with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Yemen, told Press TV in an email that the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign has made it difficult for humanitarian groups, including NRC, to reach out to displaced people in need.

"We experience restrictions on our movements and the ongoing violence makes it difficult to provide lifesaving assistance. While trying to assist other Yemenis in need, our staff on the ground are deeply concerned about their own families and friends", Bakr Abdullah said.

She said that the Saudi-led war continues to affect civilians in Yemen in the worst possible way.

The NRC official also said that “thousands of Yemenis are left with no safe means of transport outside the country as a result of the [Saudi] airport blockade. Equally, many civilians are prevented from traveling safely by road due to fighting, heightened prices or restrictions on movement".

Bakr Abdullah said "civilians no longer have the opportunity to seek medical help outside of Yemen" due to the blockade, which costs the lives of many. She called for the immediate reopening of “all channels of domestic and international air and road movement” so that "Yemenis in need can get help, and help can reach them."

Yousef al-Hadhery, the spokesman for the Yemeni Ministry of Health, told Press TV on Wednesday that Yemeni hospitals are currently experiencing a serious drug shortage and civilians are deprived of necessary medical supplies as a result of the siege. He said most drugs are expensive and the patients cannot afford their medications.

Al-Hadhery explained that the ongoing closure of Sana'a International Airport has a devastating impact on the arrival of medications to 13 provinces that is under the control of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council (SPC)

Abdullatef Hosein Abu Taleb, the director of the al-Thawra hospital in Sana'a, said that the dialysis center of the medical center is in dire need of medical supplies.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/09/01/572890/Yemen-Saudiled-blockade-drug-shortage-Becky-Bakr-Abdullah-Norwegian-Refugee-Council

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Famine Early Warning System Network: Yemen Food Security Outlook Update, August 2018

Key Messages
Large populations in Yemen continue to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels of acute food insecurity. In a worst-case scenario, significant declines in commercial imports and conflict that cuts populations off from trade and humanitarian assistance for an extended period of time could drive food security outcomes in line with Famine (IPC Phase 5).
Although Al Hudaydah ports remain open and the offensive on Al-Hudaydah city has not significantly intensified, commercial food and fuel imports through the governorate declined in July compared to June, the month when the offensive began. Monitoring of weekly import totals suggest imports increased again in August, but the volatility of imports, particularly in July, raises concerns about future supply levels and food prices at markets that rely on Red Sea ports.
Nearly the whole of the country is expected to remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4) amidst the ongoing conflict. Humanitarian assistance continues to play a major role in helping to protect food consumption for approximately one-third of Yemen’s population each month. Due to uncertainty with regard to funding of emergency food assistance beyond November 2018, for the purposes of these scenario projections humanitarian assistance is not considered from late 2018 onward.

Yemen continues to face significant macroeconomic difficulties. The Central Bank in Aden circulated in June a procedural framework to support the import of five basic commodities (rice, wheat, sugar, milk and edible oil) by using the US$2 billion received from Saudi Arabia in mid of March. On the 13th of August the Central Bank of Yemen in Aden also issued a decision to regulate the exchange of foreign currency after the recent deterioration in the value of the Yemeni rial, further restricting operations for money traders under the Aden government. Authorities have also imposed higher taxes on traders in northern governorates.

Since mid-July the Yemeni rial has been more rapidly losing value.

Import data from the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) indicates that about 235,025 MT of food commodities were imported through the Red Sea ports in July, an 18 percent decrease compared to June 2018. Moreover, OCHA also showed that the average number of vessel berths since November 2017 declined by 43 percent compared to the pre-blockade average. UNVIM weekly monitoring suggests, however, that food imports through Red Sea ports in August have increased significantly since July.

The amount of fuel imported through the Red Sea ports as reported by UNVIM decreased 20 percent between June and July. While fuel imports in July were still higher than the monthly average since the blockade late last year, they were only about two thirds of what was imported in October 2017 prior to the blockade.

The availability of basic food commodities continues to be affected by the ongoing conflict in Al Hudaydah governorate. Moreover, the ongoing fighting in Al Hudaydah and surrounding districts has resulted in the closure of many shops.

Diesel and petrol were scarcely available in July in all governorates, according to WFP, except in Al Jawf, Al Mahrah and Marib governorates where they were available, and Abyan and Lahj where they were widely available.

Wheat flour prices remain above average across major markets in Yemen, remaining stable or increasing on most markets In July compared to the previous month. According to WFP price data, the average of staple food prices increased by two to three percent compared to May and June 2018.

The Government of Yemen is still not able to support Social Welfare Fund (SWF) beneficiaries. However, UNICEF will have provided the third round of World Bank-funded transfers to former SWF beneficiaries in 333 districts in 22 governorates beginning in August 2018. These transfers are targeting 1.5 million households, or approximately 9 million people.

Fishing activities have been significantly impacted in recent months.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-food-security-outlook-update-august-2018

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I'm poor. I have no money. I'm hungry. How can I live without money? I haven't got my salary since Sep 2016. How can I buy food for my family? Who would help me? How can I get clean water? Sentences & questions are being repeated among #Yemen-is after 3 years of the Saudi war.

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1035659168735260673

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Health Minister meets UN Humanitarian Coordinator

Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakil, met on Sunday with UN Resident Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande.
The meeting discussed the health and humanitarian situations in Yemen and the urgent needs as a result of the continued aggression and blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition on the country.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news507075.htm

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Journalist @yahya_alsowary who spent 7 months in Houthis custody shares horrific details about the treatment abducted activists & journalists suffer in Houthi prisons

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1035849481223323648

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In Yemen.. Forcibly exiled after they were forcibly abducted by the Houthis

The Association of Mothers of Abductees--a non-governmental organization--says the number of detainees released for a family exchange with the Houthis is estimated at 450, about 140 of them this year.

New Suffering

"I am far from my family," The young man Kamal al-weshah described his suffering with forced deportation, after two years of detention in al-Houthi prisons and living in Marib half a year ago, adding "I am currently in exile, and although Sanaa event it is no more than 200 km, it is forbidden to us."

For their part, the public relations official of the Association of Mothers of Abductees, um Anas, said that exchanges with the Houthis deprived the detainees of their natural right to return to their families, work and study, as well as deprive them of movement between the governorates controlled by the al-Houthi group.

"According to the assertions of the officials in Sana'a (the Houthis), there are measures taken by the authorities to them, namely the undertakings and guarantees required," he added, pointing out that a number of detainees who had gone out had coordinated and carried out the proceedings and returned to their homes while normally exercising their lives.

As for the nature of the exchange, Al-Matri argues that the mediators ' work is limited to coordination between the two parties, each party raises the names of those who want to release them, the mediators negotiate until the final disclosure agreed upon, and then help the released to return to their families.

However, Umm Anas believes that the exchange of detainees with Houthi fighters is a scandal against international laws, noting that "The issue of the detainees is fair and humane and does not bear the burden and futility of political and military swaps."

In its report on Yemen, which it issued three days ago, the UN Committee of Experts considered exchanges of detainees versus prisoners as human rights violations.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/in-yemen-forcibly-exiled-after-they-were-forcibly-abducted-by-the-houthis

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Al-Houthi Holds UN Responsible for Economic Collapse in Yemen

Head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi on Saturday, recalled for handing back revenues to the Central Bank of Yemen in Sana'a to ensure the payment of salaries of employees.

Al-Houthi said that the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffith did not abide by his promise to ease the economic crisis, which has increased since his appointment.

"The UN envoy said that ‘his priorities are to alleviate the economic crisis,’ which has increased since his appointment so far,” Al-Houthi wrote on Twitter.

He pointed out that the US-Saudi aggression and its allies are baptizing to introduce newly printed Yemeni Riyals to Aden. That will collapse the riyal during the visit of the UN envoy to Sana’a to convey a grim picture of the Yemeni people and their unwillingness to peace.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2548&cat_id=1

My comment: The economic collaps is not the UN envoys fault.

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SANAA Chamber of Commerce warns Houthis against militarization of markets

The Industrial Chamber of Commerce in the capital Sana'a warned against the practices of the de facto authorities (Houthis) and their influence on the market and stressed the need to coordinate with them when carrying out market campaigns to control prices.

Businessman Mohamed Salah, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said such uncoordinated campaigns and the militarization of the market would affect the flow of food supplies and the inflow of goods to the market.

The current high prices of food and consumer goods in the market stemmed from a decline in the exchange rate of the national currency against the dollar and the effects of the war in the first place.

He pointed out that the remaining businessmen in the areas of control of the Houthi group are doing national and humanitarian work looking away from the profits, indicating that the capital of the merchants has faded as a result of these unfavorable conditions and suitable for the business environment.

He called the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in the Houthis government to investigate the correct prices, by looking at the global stock Exchange daily to find out the prices and not to judge the private sector that the one who is raising prices is not true.

He warned that carrying out field campaigns on merchants could cause panic in the market, especially when combined with militarization and crews, which would negatively affect the level of supply and transport, in which the private sector carries out its national duty, taking all odds and obstacles on roads, points, etc.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/sanaa-chamber-of-commerce-warns-houthis-against-militarization-of-markets

Yemeni Captive Tortured to Death in Houthi Prison

A Yemeni captive, presumed to be a social activist held in a Houthi-run prison, died on Friday after being exposed to extensive torture, sources from Sanaa told Asharq Al-Awsat.
The Iran-backed Houthis are known for practicing gruesome harassment against activists and opponents, subjecting them to both physical and psychological torture.
“The abductee, Yusuf Abdullah al-Muqbali, had been held for two months and died earlier this week in a Houthi military prison located in Sanaa, after suffering brutal torture,” sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.
Muqbali’s body remains in Houthi possession and has not been handed over to his family yet.
Sources confirmed that Houthi messengers threatened Muqbali’s relatives by saying that his body will not return for proper burial until family members acknowledge, in writing, that he has died from natural causes and that they will stand against any forensic probing.
Houthis kidnapped Muqbali, who is an Ibb province resident, while he was passing through a militia checkpoint, his relatives reported.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1380161/yemeni-captive-tortured-death-houthi-prison

http://almasdaronline.com/article/death-of-kidnapped-under-torture-in-al-houthi-prison-in-in-sanaa

cp6 Südjemen und Hadi-Regierung / Southern Yemen

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Salaries of Yemeni government, according to a news website. A completely incompetent Govt functioning from abroad gets around $8 million a month, while people are starving to death or being killed by all parties! What are they doing for people to get all this money? (image)

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1036306884846862338

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Jemens Präsident Hadi soll zur medizinischen Behandlung in die USA

Der jemenitische Präsident Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi muss sich nach Angaben aus seiner Regierung in den USA medizinisch behandeln lassen. Der international anerkannte Präsident des Landes solle noch im Laufe des Tages in die USA geflogen werden, sagte ein Regierungsmitarbeiter am Sonntag.

https://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/naher-osten-jemens-praesident-hadi-soll-zur-medizinischen-behandlung-in-die-usa/22987350.html?ticket=ST-1704880-Q9nq2ambKfOqgfv6iJgt-ap2

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Yemen President Hadi Headed to US for Urgent Medical Treatment

A Yemeni government source told Reuters on Sunday that preparations are underway to transfer Yemen's President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to the United States tonight to receive urgent medical treatment.

According to Reuters, Hadi will stay in the US until the United Nations General Assembly meeting at the end of September.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201809021067693884-yemen-usa-hadi-president-treatment-transfer/

My comment: he of course can go abroad for medical treatment, others due to his Saudi puppet master’s blockade can’t and must die (look at cp1).

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Film: Gen. @FaragALbahsani, Governor of Hadramout: I extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, @KingSalman, Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi leadership for their support

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1035873956505505792

My comment: Puppet. A Saudi guard standing next to him.

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Saudi Arabia supports the security of Hadramout with a number of vehicles as part of security stabilization efforts. (photos)

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1034832802699780096

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Vice President of the Southern Transitional Council Sheikh @HaniBinbrek: The characterization of the Panel of Experts to restore #Hodeidah reveals the lack of neutrality of the Commission and the inability of the legitimate government.

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1034707938122911744

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The President of the Southern Transitional Council, Maj. Gen. @AidrosAlzubidi, receives the British Ambassador to #Yemen Mr. @HMAMichaelAron, where the ambassador expressed the importance of the presence of southerners in the consultations and the next round of negotiations. (photos9

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1035051982933897217

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A large military parade in #Aden in #SouthYemen on the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the establishment of the southern army. (photos)

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1035889404206874624

A large military parade in Al-Dhale in #SouthYemen on the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the establishment of the southern army. (photos)

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1035836836441214976

My comment: Southern (separatist) flags only. It seems “president” Hadi even no more in in control of the greatest part of his military forces.

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Yemenis protest in Aden as local currency plunges

Angry demonstrators on Sunday blocked a number of main roads in Yemen’s southern Aden province in protest of the rising cost of living as a result of the depreciating local currency.

The Yemeni riyal severely plunged against foreign currencies in the past few days. One dollar is traded now for 600 riyals, from only 513 riyals in mid-August.

According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent, protesters blocked several roads in the cities of Mualla, Sheikh Othman, Al Mansoora, Khormaksar, Al-Shab and Brega.

Similar demonstrations are expected in other Yemeni provinces amid tough economic conditions in the war-torn country.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180902-yemenis-protest-in-aden-as-local-currency-plunges/

Remark: For the currency, look at cp13d.

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Protests over Yemen's weakening currency paralyze Aden

Scores of demonstrators protesting against Yemen’s deteriorating economic situation and weakening currency blocked major roads and burned tires in the southern city of Aden on Sunday, with shops and government offices closing.

The Yemeni rial has lost more than half its value against the U.S. dollar since the start of a civil war in 2015

Soaring prices have put some basic commodities out of reach for many Yemenis, and the central bank has struggled to pay public sector salaries on which many depend as foreign exchange reserves dwindle.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/protests-over-yemens-weakening-currency-paralyze-aden-idUSKCN1LI0EZ

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A civil disobedience and protests in Aden demand a halt to the collapse of the local currency

The city of Aden, the interim capital of the southern part of the country, is witnessing Sunday a massive civil disobedience and widespread demonstrations in the neighborhoods of Krater and Mu’alla, protesting the collapse of the local currency price and rising prices.

Eyewitnesses told Almasdar online that the shops were completely closed in Mu’alla and Kriter, and that the state of rebellion extends to the rest of the city, while protesters raised slogans demanding the overthrow of the Yemeni government.

They added that angry protesters closed dozens of major streets in the city and burnt tires.

Residents of the city are demanding that the Yemeni government and the central Bank of Yemen intervene to save the Yemeni riyal, which is at record levels, and the price of the one dollar in Aden to 640 riyals.

The collapse of the dollar was accompanied by a significant rise in the price of food commodities, while wholesalers were stopped selling.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/a-civil-disobedience-and-protests-in-aden-demand-a-halt-to-the-collapse-of-the-local-currency

another report: https://www.dw.com/en/protests-erupt-in-yemen-as-currency-continues-to-slide/a-45325549

photos: https://twitter.com/NajTV/status/1036200486037282817

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1036152144167161858

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1036157919581089792

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1036213978987487232

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1036152823698911232

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/1036268349943152642

https://twitter.com/i/moments/1036251005313339392

https://twitter.com/Alkhbr_Alhdhrmy/status/1036515271907975169

films: https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1036193984849354753

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/videos/328742704349880/

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Most shops in the city of Sheikh Osman in Aden close their doors due to the deterioration of the local currency against foreign currencies. (photo)

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1035846456488407040

A civil disobedience in the "Houta" province Lahj in #SouthYemen protest against the deterioration of the local currency and the high price of food and oil derivatives (photo)

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1036202334911717378

Shabwa traders close shops to protest the deterioration of the local currency. (photos)

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1036206715103072257

Pause protest in Gail bawazeer in the Coast of Hadramout protest deterioration of local currency. (photos)

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1036200256113926144

Invitations popular in Hadramout to launch the civil disobedience day tomorrow Monday in protest on economic collapse and solidarity with the capital Aden.

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1036202347678990336

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Two soldiers killed and three injured in an attack by outlaw elements in Taiz

A source told Almasdar online that Two soldiers of the patrol and road security forces killed and three others were injured while protecting the Taj Shamsan Hotel on Saturday.

The sources said the elements attacked the soldiers during their performance of their mission, in an attempt to re-control the hotel.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/two-soldiers-killed-and-three-injured-in-an-attack-by-outlaw-elements-in-taiz

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Chairman of the National Commission of investigations announces date of launch of fifth report and prison report

The Chairman of the National Commission of Inquiry into allegations of human rights violations, Judge Ahmed Saeed al-Maflahi, announced the date of the launch of the fifth periodic report and the prison report.

The Judge said in a press statement that the next Sunday, September 2, 2018 will be the date of the launch of the fifth periodic report, for the period from February 1 to July 31, 2018, in addition to the qualitative report on prisons in Yemen during the war period from September 2014 to June of the year Ongoing.

The Chairman of the National Committee noted that the fifth report would include the results of investigations into 30 types of violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law committed by Parties to the conflict in Yemen.

The report will be available next Sunday on the committee's official website, he said.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/chairman-of-the-national-commission-of-investigations-announces-date-of-launch-of-fifth-report-and-prison-report

My comment: This will just be Houthi-blaming propaganda or a real report?

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Statement: Deputy police officer survived an assassination attempt by soldiers in the 33rd Armored Brigade

http://almasdaronline.com/article/statement-deputy-police-officer-survived-an-assassination-attempt-by-soldiers-in-the-33rd-armored-brigade

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Parliament member calls for Parliament to convene after local currency collapses

The parliamentary member called on the pro-government parliament to convene in any of the governorates under government control, to represent the Yemeni people and to call for its problems, especially after the collapse of the local currency.

"After the rapid collapse of the Yemeni riyal to other currencies and the impact of this on the economic and social situation, we must," said Mohsen Basurrah in a letter to the members of the House of Representatives, which a copy received by Almasdar online. To call for the Council to be held in any liberated areas and to choose our presidency. "

"We are not waiting for the long-awaited invitation from the Presidency to do our duty to correct imbalances, curb government corruption and save what can be saved," he said.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/parliament-member-calls-for-parliament-to-convene-after-local-currency-collapses

My comment: The majority of members of Parliament still is at Sanaa, the parliament there is backing the Sanaa Houthi government. – “President” Hadi had called members of parliament to join his government at Aden and to form a parliament there. – It seems that he never had called for the Council to be held. Both parliaments, the one at Sanaa and even less the one to be held in the South, would meet the necessary quorum anyway.

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Southern Feminine Bloc Sends a Protest Note to UN Envoy to Yemen

Southern Feminine Bloc sent a protest note to Mr. Martin Griffith, UN envoy to Yemen, about his offices disregard to agreed upon shares for representing southern women in all platforms of the office during upcoming negotiations according to talks outcomes indicating that north and south should be represented by equal shares (50% each). SMA News is publishing the note:

we record our protest against what we noticed of ignoring the fair share of southern women in your consultative commission and participation in your meetings as part of your efforts in the political path. We demand feminine southern activists to be treated like their northern counterparts who are heavily represented in your commissions and other commissions established under your supervision, in addition to activities held by your office according to weak representation of southern women that does not fulfill the conditions of equality and justice, required and expected by UN office that is supposed to establish world peace.
We demand that southern women to be represented by 50% just like their northern sisters according to outcomes of national dialogue that granted southern representatives a share of 50%.

https://en.smanews.org/southern-feminine-bloc-sends-a-protest-note-to-un-envoy-to-yemen

My comment: Southern separatists pronouncing their claims for the Sept. 6 peace talks, using women.

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Hadi government Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghir met with U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller on August 30 to discuss the September 6 UN Consultations in Geneva. Daghir claimed that the al Houthi movement’s influence over UN aid groups negatively influenced the August 28 UN human rights report on Yemen. Ambassador Tueller emphasized America will support the Hadi government’s counterterrorism and stabilization efforts in areas under the Hadi government’s control.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-31-2018

My comment: Houthi influence over UN aid groups? This is odd propaganda. These aid groups simply do not take Saudi coalition propaganda for granted. – Ambassador Tueller is one of the most extreme backers of the Saudi coalition. He has a very great influence – much more than an ambassador to a failed 3. World government would have – and seems to be an important and horrible puppet master in the background: https://theintercept.com/2017/12/13/yemen-war-peace-talks-matthew-tueller/

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Al-Beed: In Spite of Raising Doubts and Means Talks, UAE is Still Fulfilling its Commitments Towards the South

Hany Al-Beed, son of former southern president Ali Salem Al-Beed commented on the arrival of the electric power station provided by UAE to Aden.
In a tweet on his official account on tweeter, Al-Beed said: ” In Spite of Raising Doubts and Means Talks, UAE is Still Fulfilling its Commitments Towards the South”.

https://en.smanews.org/al-beed-in-spite-of-raising-doubts-and-means-talks-uae-is-still-fulfilling-its-commitments-towards-the-south

My comment: Separatists’ pro-UAE propaganda.

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During Hajar Festival in Yafea, the Southern Transitional Council Asserts that No Negotiations without Restoring the Southern State

Several attendants delivered speeches asserting the southern right of restoring the southern state, for which the south sacrificed thousands of martyrs. They also asserted their full support to southern resistance and security belt troops to maintain their victories. They indicated that folk heritage of Yafea represents authenticity and established civilization of Yafea that the occupation tried to eliminate.

Lofty Shatar, member of the southern transitional council’s presidency, delivered the council’s speech asserting that any negotiations that don’t fulfill the expectations of the southern people in liberation and independence will be rejected.

Ali Ben Ali Al-Mutairi, chairman of Labous local leadership asserted the same goal for which martyrs sacrifices their lives and thanked the Arab Coalition for supporting the south in defeating coup militias. He demanded more support to services as the government of legitimacy corruption is practicing starvation policy against the south.

https://en.smanews.org/during-hajar-festival-in-yafea-the-southern-transitional-council-asserts-that-no-negotiations-without-restoring-the-southern-state

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Jemen: Koalition finanziert Terrorgruppe

Eine vom Westen unterstützte arabische Koalition finanziert im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen eine Kampftruppe, die mit Terrororganisationen in Verbindung gebracht wird. Die Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE), die das Bündnis zusammen mit Saudi-Arabien führen, zahlen dabei der Miliz des Islamisten Abul Abbas Geld und schickten Waffen sowie Ausrüstung

https://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/1099093.jemen-koalition-finanziert-terrorgruppe.html

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Taiz.. Police patrol says that Abu Abbas elements attacked the hotel shaman and killed one of them

The patrol police in Taiz province said that "Abu al-Walid", a leader in Abu Abbas brigades, attacked on Saturday with armed groups the roads leading to the hotel Shamsan, and asked members of the police forces to leave the hotel according to the directives of Adel al-Izzi, deputy "Abu Abbas,".

It said in a statement that the Izzi arrived with a large number of gunmen next to the police officers located next to the hotel shamsan, and asked them to withdraw immediately, and the hotel was surrounded and besieged threatening to break into if the hotel is not delivered immediately.

Added, that the commander of the patrol police, Col. Mohammed Mahiob, was ambushed and left and fired heavily and with various types of weapons in his direction, in an attempt to assassinate him, after he went to the area after receiving a report from the soldiers.

Police vehicles (crews) were targeted, one was burned and another was damaged, he said.

The patrol police claimed the death of one of its soldiers, the escort of its commander, and blamed the deputy "Abu Abbas" Adel al-Izzi for the attack.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/taiz-police-patrol-says-that-abu-abbas-elements-attacked-the-hotel-shaman-and-killed-one-of-them

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Fierce clashes erupted on Saturday between Islah party and Salafi group of Abu Al-Abbas in Yemen's southwestern province of Taiz, two days after Abu Al-Abbas said President Hadi, Saudi-led coalition and the local government requested him not to leave the city.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1036004663982735361

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The Salafi Abu Abbas militia reversed its decision to withdraw from Taiz city on August 30 after President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi government officials urged it to stay in the city. Abu Abbas planned to withdraw from Taiz after it clashed with other anti-al Houthi forces in the city and relinquished control of government institutions after a mediated settlement. The U.S. and Gulf States sanctioned the leader of Abu Abbas in October 2017 for supporting AQAP and Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS). Abu Abbas’s leader facilitated AQAP’s entrance into Taiz city. The Abu Abbas militia is one of the main forces that combats al Houthi forces in eastern parts of Taiz city.[2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-31-2018

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«Abu Abbas» Retreating from his decision to exit the city of Taiz

Salafist leader Col. Adel Fara al-Thubhani, aka Abu Abbas, said Thursday he was retreating from a decision to leave the southwestern city of Taiz.

In a press release, Abu Abbas said he had retracted the decision to go out with his members and their families from the city of Taiz, following the intervention of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the fourth region leadership, and the Reform Party leadership.

In his communication, Abu Abbas reiterated his return to the city of Taiz in order to continue the battle of liberation from al-Houthi militants and restore the state under the leadership of the President and Governor of the province.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/abu-abbas-retreating-from-his-decision-to-exit-the-city-of-taiz

Remark: Again: Links of the Hadi government to Al Qaeda; Strife and infight among anti-Houthi militia at Taiz (cf. Yemen War Mosaic 451, cp1, cp6).

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

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No face-to-face meetings at Yemen peace talks: official

Yemen's warring parties will not meet face-to-face at UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva this week which will likely focus on a prisoner exchange deal, government officials said Sunday.

The United Nations has invited Yemen's government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels to Geneva for talks from Thursday to Sunday.

Envoy Martin Griffiths has said the talks are aimed at charting a path forward to revive UN-backed negotiations which broke down in 2016.

Government officials say the talks will likely focus on a prisoner exchange deal and the fate of embattled Hodeida, the rebel-held port city that is now the front line of the Yemen war.

Yemen's Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani told AFP the meetings "will not be face-to-face and depend on how well the UN envoy manages the two sides".

"The consultations will be indirect, unless there is some progress that can be made directly," said Abdullah al-Olaimi, head of Yemen's presidential office and a member of the Geneva delegation.

Yemen's government has openly said it has low expectations for the talks, blaming the Houthis for refusing to make concessions.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/183257-180902-no-face-to-face-meetings-at-yemen-peace-talks-official

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/09/02/572984/Yemen-Hadi-Houthis-peace-talks-UN-Geneva

my comment: Why there should be any “concessions” before the peace talks have started? The “concessions” the Hadi government is asking from the Houthis would mean they must capitulate. And which concessions the Hadi government is willing to give to the other side?

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Jemen: Ansarallah stimmt Bildung eines "nationalen Versöhnungskomitees" zu

Die Ansarallah-Bewegung hat der Rückkehr an den Verhandlungstisch und der Bildung eines nationalen Versöhnungskomitees zugestimmt.

Der Vorsitzende des Obersten Revolutionskomitees im Jemen, Mohammed-Ali Al Houthi, sagte heute dazu, die Ansarallah-Bewegung begrüße die Präsidentschafts- und Parlamentswahlen, die die ganze Bevölkerung vom Jemen repräsentieren. Er forderte zudem internationale Garantien für den Wiederaufbau des Landes, Angriffsverzicht auf Jemen durch fremde Länder, Entschädigung, Generalamnestie und Freilassung aller Gefangenen durch Konfliktparteien und Abhaltung einer Volksbefragung über die gegenwärtigen Differenzen.

Al Houthi rief die Menschenrechtsaktivisten auf, nach Jemen zu reisen, um sich vor Ort ein Bild über das Ausmaß der Verbrechen der USA, Saudi-Arabien und ihre Verbündeten zu machen.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i43241-jemen_ansarallah_stimmt_bildung_eines_nationalen_vers%C3%B6hnungskomitees_zu

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If world is serious abt peace in #Yemen: change incompetent president Hadi. I know the situation is complicated, but he is the problem. Who would replace him? Well, those who installed him "the US" can find a new one. Or they just can advertise online for a Yemeni president!

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1036015256429056001

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UN Report on Yemen Ignores US Responsibility for War

A UN-sponsored report by a so-called Group of Regional And International Eminent Experts on Yemen said

“the Government of Yemen and the coalition, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and in the de facto authorities have committed acts that may, subject to determination by an independent and competent court, amount to international crimes.”

There’s no ambiguity about what’s going on and the culpable parties.

Three-and-a-half years of US-orchestrated, Saudi/UAE-led naked aggression and blockade likely caused hundreds of thousands of casualties – many times more than the way understated UN figures, the casualty count increasing daily, a genocidal holocaust killing a sovereign nation, largely ignored by world leaders and major media.

There’s no ambiguity about horrific ongoing war crimes, Washington, NATO, the Saudis and UAE largely responsible, even Israel to blame for supporting US-orchestrated aggression.

The so-called Group of Experts ignored US responsibility for orchestrating naked aggression on the region’s poorest country.

Houthi fighters aren’t free from culpability for illegal actions throughout the war. Yet their offenses are minor compared to US-sponsored aggression on the country, along with Saudi/UAE-led bombing and other high crimes, including illegal detentions, torture, and other abuses.

The so-called Group of Experts failed to lay blame where it mostly belongs. The scourge of US imperialism is what its endless wars of aggression are all about.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/un-report-on-yemen-ignores-us-responsibility-for-war/5652305

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Audio: Despair and hope in the Yemen conflict

August 30, 2018 - UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths will lead a new round of negotiations next week to attempt to end the long and costly war in Yemen. A new UN report this week that outlines possible war crimes by the parties engaged in the conflict underscores the need to find a resolution. MEI’s Gerald Feierstein, a former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, and Randa Slim, who was a member of the last UN negotiating team on Yemen, join host Paul Salem to assess the prospects for the peace talks.

http://www.mei.edu/podcast

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Exposing #Saudi Monarchy's failure for 8 decades, fire engulfs #Dammam public persecutor's building with no fire fighters in site. Most govt building have no fire alram systems

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1036254235283927041 referring to film. https://twitter.com/TurkiShalhoub/status/1036248895070892032

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#YemeniChildren, living in #SaudiArabia on visitor’s visa,are prohibited from attending public schools &should join private school instead.These ”visitors” r often refugees from a war the kingdom is party to. Is it too much to ask 4 a humanitarian gesture? (image9

https://twitter.com/ElhamManea/status/1036191809742024704

Saudi closed the door of public schools against the kids of #Yemen and #Syria who are under a visitor visa. Look at the reaction of the girls! (photo)

https://twitter.com/OsamahAlrawhani/status/1036193128737394688

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Saudi sovereign fund appoints ex-CEO of Dow Chemical as special adviser

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund has named Andrew Liveris, the former chairman and chief executive of Dow Chemical, as a special adviser, in its highest-profile appointment of any global manufacturing executive.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-pif/saudi-sovereign-fund-appoints-ex-ceo-of-dow-chemical-as-special-adviser-idUSKCN1LI0BF

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Bruised bankers seek consolation prizes after shelved Aramco IPO

Investment banks which lost out on big payouts for the work on the shelved listing of oil giant Aramco are lining up for a raft of other projects as Saudi Arabia pursues reforms.

Banks including JPMorgan (JPM.N) and Morgan Stanley (MS.N) worked for months to prepare what would have been the biggest ever stock market debut. But the plan to sell 5 percent of the company for a targeted $100 billion was pulled.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-deals/bruised-bankers-seek-consolation-prizes-after-shelved-aramco-ipo-idUSKCN1LG17U

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Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Bin Salman Charmed the West but Rules at Home With an Iron Fist

The prince’s world travels and moves to burnish his carefully constructed “progressive” profile marked an aggressive effort to tackle one of the kingdom’s key problems: Saudi Arabia’s image has never fully recovered from 9/11.

The crown prince’s own strategic priority is to bury this narrative by pivoting to a new one, that of a Westernized, consumerist nation hungry for American investment—and weapons to confront common enemies. He played the role with impressive élan, eschewing traditional Saudi royal garb for much of his U.S. trip, even wearing jeans to meet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

At each U.S. stop, MBS was heralded by the media.

Democracy is not on the crown prince’s agenda. Indeed, he personifies the counterrevolution that extinguished the democratic flame that flickered briefly during the Arab Spring. He and allied strongmen across the Middle East have moved ruthlessly to reinvigorate an authoritarian regional order with Riyadh and its core Wahhabi ideology.

In other words: Make Arabia great again.

To understand MBS’s impressive command of public relations, you must begin in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

In the Western imagination, the UAE is synonymous with Dubai’s glass-and-steel skyscrapers, luxury shopping malls and indoor ski resorts. Less familiar is its crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed al-­Nahyan, or MBZ—and that is exactly how he likes it.

In late 2010, the Arab Spring revolutions began in Tunisia and quickly spread to Egypt. MBZ, terrified by the possibility of democracy sweeping the Middle East—and bringing to power the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest political movement in the Arab world—argued that pro-democracy protesters were intent not on reform but on imposing Sharia, Islamic law. D.C. firms the Harbor Group and the Camstoll Group aided his extensive lobbying campaign.

Unwilling to accept the verdict of Egypt’s electorate, MBZ launched an aggressive effort to restore military rule to power in Cairo. The protests that set the stage for Egypt’s 2013 coup were led by the Tamarod (Rebel) movement. It appeared to be a grassroots group, but it was heavily funded by the UAE.

Similar methods were used to undermine Tunisia’s democracy.

In 2015, the death of the Saudi King Abdullah, grandfather of MBS, gave MBZ his most dramatic opportunity to eclipse the old model of Gulf diplo­macy—demure, cautious, primarily concerned with presenting a united front. MBS had spent time with MBZ since his teens, and the older Emirati princeling had groomed the young Saudi.

But to MBS’s more belligerent instincts, MBZ added the finesse of charming the West, deploying lobbyists and PR firms to perpetuate the view of the UAE and Saudi Arabia as the enlightened leaders of the Arab world, facing down the Brotherhood and Iran.

Nothing disrupts a princely charm offensive like images of Yemeni children killed by a U.S. missile fired by a Saudi coalition war plane – by Rula Jebraal

https://www.newsweek.com/2018/09/07/saudi-arabia-mohammed-bin-salman-charm-west-1096423.html

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Petition by Amnesty International: USA: STOP SUPPLYING ARMS TO COUNTRIES COMMITTING WAR CRIMES IN YEMEN

Yemen is enduring one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises right now, and the United States of America is complicit.

Our government is supplying military exports to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — two countries committing war crimes in Yemen —and this year the Trump Administration has plans to expand this arms trade.

It’s time for Americans everywhere to speak up and demand our government stop supporting war crimes in Yemen.

https://act.amnestyusa.org/page/29652/action/1?ac=W1808EASHR1

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Middle East Security Roundtable Discussion

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and State Department officials hosted a Regional Security Roundtable at the Pentagon August 29 with representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Council states (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman), Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco. The Secretary discussed a broad range of security issues with the diplomatic and defense officials, and the Secretary thanked the group for their regional leadership and years of close cooperation with the United States. The representatives discussed working together against common security challenges, and agreed to reconvene in the coming months to continue discussions on shared strategic objectives and regional challenges.

https://dod.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1617889/readout-of-secretary-of-defense-middle-east-security-roundtable-discussion/

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Sen. Chris Murphy On U.S. Involvement In The War In Yemen

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about his call to end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's military campaign in Yemen.

MURPHY: I do. I think that there is a U.S. imprint on every civilian death inside Yemen. I believe that because the bombing campaign that has been absolutely catastrophic in the scope of the casualties it's caused is made possible because of the United States. We have sold the Saudi coalition the bombs that end up being dropped inside Yemen. We put planes in the air to refuel their fighter jets. We sit inside their targeting center to help them pick the places that they bomb. And we provide moral authority. We are a member of this coalition.

SIMON: Now, Secretary Mattis says that the U.S. does not make targeting decisions. So do the U.S. tell the Saudis, if you want our weapons, you have to let us into those strategic decisions?

MURPHY: Well, we do help them make targeting decisions. That's simply not true. We have personnel that sit inside the targeting center. And though we ultimately don't make the final decision, we sit there with what we call a no-hit list, telling the Saudis which targets they can hit and which targets they can't hit. The problem is they have been ignoring our advice.

SIMON: Senator, Human Rights Watch and other human-rights groups say that the Houthi rebels are - also been guilty of a lot of human rights crimes - that they use child soldiers, forced evacuations. They've attacked civilians and executed their opponents. Does the U.S. really want to risk letting them win? Would that be a better world?

MURPHY: Well, we have acknowledged from the beginning that there isn't a military solution to the civil war inside Yemen. And, in fact, our participation has simply emboldened the Houthis and drawn the Iranians further in. The Houthis are supported by Iran. The Houthis do not have clean hands here. But the United States is not obligated to take part in these civil wars if both players are potential war crimes violators. If the United States got out of this - if we didn't give this military blank check to the Saudis, I think the Saudis would be much more likely to enter into political negotiations with the Houthis.

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/01/643921967/sen-chris-murphy-on-u-s-involvement-in-the-war-in-yemen

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War in Yemen not on mainstream US media’s agenda: Analyst

The mainstream US media’s all attention is on the death of America’s most famous war criminal, hawkish Republican Senator John McCain, and understanding something as complicated as the war in Yemen is not on its agenda, according to Myles Hoenig, an American political analyst and activist.

Hoenig, a former Green Party candidate for Congress, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday while commenting on a report which says the US military is planning to resume training programs for Saudi pilots, despite attempts by American officials to distance the US from the Saudi-led carnage against the people of Yemen.

Hoenig said, “With all that is going on regarding the implosion of the Trump administration and all its turmoil, it’s easy for the US military and foreign policy officials to continue to engage in its near-genocidal war in Yemen, even after the US’s complicity in the school bus bombing.”

“The American people know virtually nothing about the war in Yemen, who the players are, and what the primary issue is. If the Trump, and previously the Obama administration’s main goal is to fight a proxy war with Iran, they’re doing it without much public oversight. Clearly, there’s very little Congressional oversight as well. What comes out of Congress is acquiescence, as anything the military or foreign policy makers want it’s given to them. After all, the Democrats joined the Republicans in giving Trump an $800 billion war budget,” he stated.

“The US Air Force putting out a RFI (request for information) for a training program for Saudi pilots shows how there are no consequences for being caught in the act of engaging in war crimes.

“The war in Yemen is mostly invisible on the network news. Only this one horrible attack is given some coverage but not of the thousands that have died or of the cholera epidemic that ensued due to the Saudi destruction of water treatment plants and other civilian infrastructure. This is par for the course related to all things regarding war,” the activist noted.

“The main stream media has clearly been instructed to have a hands-off approach to covering it. All attention is on America’s most famous war criminal’s death and understanding something as complicated as the war in Yemen is not on the media’s agenda,” he concluded.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/08/31/572815/War-in-Yemen-is-not-on-mainstream-US-medias-agenda

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What Is Trump Getting for Sucking Up to Saudi Arabia?

In our 65-plus years of experience working on U.S. Middle East policy, we’ve never seen anything like the Trump administration’s willingness to prostitute American interests to Saudi Arabia.

But nothing in the 70 plus-year history of U.S.-Saudi ties comes close to the cosmic groveling that now defines President Donald Trump’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and his slavish obeisance to its dangerous and irresponsible policies.

Since Trump became president, the U.S. has enabled and supported a disastrous Saudi war in Yemen; watched as Riyadh launched a political and economic war against Qatar that’s split the Gulf Cooperation Council and enhanced Iran’s influence; stood by as the Saudis virtually kidnapped the pro-American Lebanese Prime Minister in a bungled attempt to weaken Hezbollah; remained silent while the Saudis under the guise of reform cracked down on journalists, bloggers, businessmen and anyone else who dared criticize the 30-something crown prince; and said nothing as Riyadh battered Canada—a close U.S. ally that dared challenge Saudi human rights abuses.

In our 65-plus years of combined experience working inside and outside the State Department on U.S. Middle East policy, we have never seen anything like the Trump administration’s willingness to prostitute U.S. interests to Saudi Arabia—a country that increasingly pursues policies at home and abroad that undermine American values and interests.

Indeed, amid all its failures, the most successful Saudi foreign policy initiative in recent memory is the successful capturing and bamboozling of Donald Trump.

How to explain the Trump administration’s abnormal and unseemly attachment to Saudi Arabia? Why the suck-up and, more important, exactly what is America getting in return?

With a sovereign wealth fund in the billions, a potential (even if now delayed) trillion-dollar IPO offering of Saudi Aramco, and royals who acquire some of the world’s most expensive yachts, homes and artwork, Saudi Arabia is Trump’s kind of place. Trump loves order, pomp, circumstance and—above all—flattery, and his hosts offered it up in a veritable buffet.

Saudi wealth is both an incentive and a rationalization for Trump to court Riyadh to buy arms—reportedly more than $100 billion worth—and it’s no coincidence that big-time American CEOs accompanied Trump on his maiden voyage to the kingdom in search of deals.

There’s no doubt that maintaining a productive relationship has served U.S. national interests. The oil-for-security contract that long drove the U.S.-Saudi bond is dead: Thanks to the advent of fracking, we don’t need their oil, and they don’t want to rely on a risk-averse America for their security.

Trump has written the Saudis blank checks for policies that are undermining U.S. values and interests without getting much to shout about in return—and they are cashing them.

To put it simply, we don’t believe the White House cares enough about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen or what the Saudis are doing with Qatar or Canada to summon the resolve to rock the boat with Riyadh.

If the Trump administration, in defiance of all strategic logic and its own interests, wants to treat Saudi Arabia as America’s best friend with benefits, fine. But Washington should at least stop letting them screw us at every turn – By AARON DAVID MILLER and RICHARD SOKOLSKY

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/08/29/trump-mbs-saudi-arabia-yemen-middle-east-foreign-policy-219617

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From Sept. 5, 2016: A reminder:

What Has This Endless War Achieved?

This November, American voters will cast ballots for the fourth consecutive election while at war in the Middle East. Not a war in the conventional sense, where our military fights against easily identifiable opponents with a defined set of objectives and preferred outcome marking the end of hostilities, but definitely a shooting war with killed and wounded combatants and innocent civilians alike. Over a trillion dollars have been spent by US taxpayers so far, with thousands of dead Americans and allied soldiers, many thousands more injured and hundreds of thousands of casualties in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

Like every war the US has participated in since the end of the Second World War, these wars were never officially declared by Congress as prescribed by the Constitution, but were enabled by resolutions and funding approved by that branch of our government. An Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was passed in the wake of the tragic terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 which has basically been used ever since as authorization for the resulting madness which has been perpetrated on that part of the world ever since.

The war(s) have ebbed and flowed with the passage of time, and American casualties have slowed since Obama has taken office, but the overall political situation in all of the above named countries is far from stabilized. The advent of ISIS has muddled the situation further, resulting in more political chaos and drastic changes in the American response and further conduct in the war effort, as well as expanding the participants to include Russia, Iran and now Turkey. Meanwhile, the situation has also deteriorated in Yemen, with the Saudi military taking on adversaries in that country.

Oddly, all this war and its attending political chaos, along with the Arab Spring and the upheaval that has taken place in Libya, Egypt, Yemen and much of the rest of the Arab world, has seemingly had little effect on American political campaigns, even during Presidential election years.

This War on Terror is being used as an excuse to conduct all manner of immoral behavior against our “enemies”, foreign and domestic.

How much more good could the trillion plus dollars have done than being spent on this futile effort to bomb people into submission? For that matter, how could that money have possibly been more wastefully spent? The time has long since passed to stop the incessant destruction and begin trying more constructive ways to deal with conflict. Our retaliating for wrongs done us by others – both perceived and real – will not be effective if it continues to cause more “collateral damage” than it prevents. Early in his first term, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Hopefully, our next President can do likewise – and actually achieve peace in the process – by Rick Cooley

https://rcooley123.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/what-has-this-endless-war-achieved/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Saudi regime sends his thugs to London to attack opposition figures- streets of Britain are now battleground for MBS’s terror

https://twitter.com/MadawiDr/status/1036189989367959552

film: https://twitter.com/GhanemAlmasarir/status/1035989573007024128

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UK Government response to recent loss of life in Yemen

The UK Government has expressed concern at recent loss of life in Yemen.

A UK Government spokesperson said:

The Government expresses serious concern at the tragic loss of life in Yemen over the last month. In the first two weeks of August alone, over 400 Yemenis lost their lives, including young children, and many more continue to face egregious violations of their basic human rights.

We are also deeply concerned by the tragic incidents of 2 August, 9 August, and 23 August in which so many Yemenis were killed. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims.

We welcome the speed of the investigation into the incident of 9 August, and the Coalition’s announcement of regret and action to address the recommendations of that investigation. We are reviewing the investigation’s conclusions.

We welcome the Coalition’s announcement of an investigation into the incident of 23 August and encourage the publication of the outcomes of this investigation as soon as possible. We also call for clarification of the circumstances around the incident of 2 August.

The Government condemns the attacks against Red Sea shipping, and regular missile attacks against Saudi Arabia which have been launched by the Houthis with Iranian support. These attacks have targeted residential areas and shown no regard for civilian life. Coalition countries have a legitimate right to defend their own territory.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-response-to-recent-loss-of-life-in-yemen

My comment: mention “concern” or even “serious concern”, this is all to do to feel free for continuing arms sales and unconditional support. – The Saudis have committed these horrible war crimes mentioned here, it’s just “concern” and praising the Saudis for whitewashing “investigations”. – The retaliatory Houthi missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, causing very little harm, are “condemned” and the Houthis are blamed for having “targeted residential areas and shown no regard for civilian life”, although they clearly targeted military and oil industry facilities. This really is a bad joke. And also this is: “Coalition countries have a legitimate right to defend their own territory”. – Northern Yemen does not have????? Always keep in mind that Houthi missile attacks began 10 weeks AFTER the Saudis had started bombing Yemen.

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Arms industry spends millions to promote brands in schools

Defence groups sponsor lessons that promote building and sale of military hardware

Arms manufacturers are spending millions of pounds a year promoting their brands in Britain’s schools, the Observer has learned.

The companies, which between them have sold tens of billions of pounds of weapons to overseas governments, including those with poor human rights records, sponsor a series of school events at which their brands are prominently on display. In addition, they issue teaching materials for use in classrooms that promote the defence sector, sponsor competitions and award prizes.

One company even deployed a high-profile children’s television presenter to promote its activities in a school, while another developed a missile simulator for pupils to “play with”. Critics accuse the companies of trying to “normalise their appalling business” in the minds of the young, but the body representing the defence sector says such an approach is vital if the UK is to produce a future generation of engineers.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/01/arms-industry-spending-millions-normalise-weapons-in-schools

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Arms firm linked to child deaths in Yemen attended event for Scots school kids

A controversial arms firm linked to the deaths of children in Yemen attended an RAF event for Scottish school pupils.

Raytheon sells Paveway missiles to Saudi Arabia despite allegations they have been used in strikes on its impoverished neighbour that resulted in mass civilian casualties.

But the company was happy to host a stall outside Glasgow’s Science Centre at an event to mark the centenary of the RAF.

The five-day event started last Wednesday and ends today.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/arms-firm-linked-child-deaths-13179119

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MPs are set to privately meet with UAE official – days after the UN slammed its record in Yemen

The parliamentary roundtable with the UAE’s foreign minister comes amid accusations of his country’s human rights violations.

In a confidential email sent earlier this month, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates Sulaiman Almazroul invited MPs and peers to attend a private meeting with the UAE’s foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan.

Roundtables with foreign leaders are not unusual, but this one follows a damning report released by the United Nations last week implicating the UAE and Saudi Arabia in human rights violations and war crimes arising from their invasion of Yemen.

“This meeting is kindly sponsored by the chairman of the UAE All Party Parliamentary Group, David Jones MP, and is only open to parliamentarians,” the ambassador writes in the email invitation shown to the New Statesman. Jones, a former Conservative cabinet minister is known to be very close to the Emirati government.

According to the House of Commons Register of Interests, Jones traveled to Dubai and Abu Dhabi at the expense of the UAE’s ministry of foreign affairs in February.

https://www.newstatesman.com/world/middle-east/2018/08/mps-privately-meet-uae-saudi-arabia-yemen-un-report

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Linke wirft Bundesregierung indirekte Beteiligung an Jemen-Krieg vor

Die Linksfraktion hat der Bundesregierung eine indirekte Beteiligung am Jemen-Krieg vorgeworfen. Dabei verstoße die Regierung gegen ihre eigenen Festlegungen im Koalitionsvertrag, erklärte der außenpolitische Sprecher der Linken, Stefan Liebich, gegenüber der Nachrichtenagentur AFP. Er bezog sich dabei auf eine Antwort der Bundesregierung auf eine Anfrage der Linksfraktion, die AFP am Samstag vorlag.

Hintergrund ist der Einsatz von Kampfflugzeugen des Typs Eurofighter durch die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Militärallianz. Die betreffenden Maschinen wurden demnach zwar von Großbritannien geliefert, maßgebliche Teile der Maschine werden aber in Deutschland gefertigt. “Ohne Bauteile aus Deutschland würde weder der Eurofighter, noch der Tornado fliegen und im Jemen-Krieg eingesetzt werden können”, erklärte dazu Liebich.

Der Eurofighter ist ein Gemeinschaftsprojekt der Länder Großbritannien, Deutschland, Italien und Spanien. Für Exporte der Kampfflugzeuge durch eines dieser Länder ist laut einer wechselseitigen Vereinbarung die Zustimmung der Partnerstaaten nicht erforderlich. Das soll nach dem Willen der Bundesregierung auch so bleiben.

Die Linksfraktion hat der Bundesregierung eine indirekte Beteiligung am Jemen-Krieg vorgeworfen. Dabei verstoße die Regierung gegen ihre eigenen Festlegungen im Koalitionsvertrag, erklärte der außenpolitische Sprecher der Linken, Stefan Liebich, gegenüber der Nachrichtenagentur AFP. Er bezog sich dabei auf eine Antwort der Bundesregierung auf eine Anfrage der Linksfraktion, die AFP am Samstag vorlag.

Hintergrund ist der Einsatz von Kampfflugzeugen des Typs Eurofighter durch die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Militärallianz. Die betreffenden Maschinen wurden demnach zwar von Großbritannien geliefert, maßgebliche Teile der Maschine werden aber in Deutschland gefertigt. “Ohne Bauteile aus Deutschland würde weder der Eurofighter, noch der Tornado fliegen und im Jemen-Krieg eingesetzt werden können”, erklärte dazu Liebich.

Der Eurofighter ist ein Gemeinschaftsprojekt der Länder Großbritannien, Deutschland, Italien und Spanien. Für Exporte der Kampfflugzeuge durch eines dieser Länder ist laut einer wechselseitigen Vereinbarung die Zustimmung der Partnerstaaten nicht erforderlich. Das soll nach dem Willen der Bundesregierung auch so bleiben.

Liebich hält solche Ausfuhren jedoch für nicht vereinbar mit dem Koalitionsvertrag. “Wir werden ab sofort keine Ausfuhren an Länder genehmigen, solange diese unmittelbar am Jemen-Krieg beteiligt sind”, zitierte der Linken-Politiker aus dem Papier von Union und SPD.

https://www.welt.de/newsticker/news1/article181385108/Linke-Linke-wirft-Bundesregierung-indirekte-Beteiligung-an-Jemen-Krieg-vor.html = https://www.24matins.de/topnews/pol/linke-wirft-bundesregierung-indirekte-beteiligung-an-jemen-krieg-vor-118360

Mein Kommentar: der Eurofighter ist in der Tat ein böser Witz. Das derzeitige Regelwerk zeigt klar, dass Hauptpriorität der Rüstungsexport ist und sonst nichts.

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  1. August: Die Verlogenheit der Bundesregierung am Beispiel des Massakers im Jemen

Die Bundesregierung bedauert tote Kinder durch einen US-Bombenangriff, aber verurteilen will sie das partout nicht.

Trotz mehrmaligen Nachfragens und trotz einer Verurteilung des Vorfalls durch den Generalsekretär der UNO kann sich die Bundesregierung nicht dazu durchringen, den Tod von dutzenden unschuldiger Kinder durch einen US-Luftangriff zu verurteilen. Auch auf die Frage, auf welcher Seite die Regierung steht, gab es keine Antwort. Stattdessen wurde ausweichend formuliert, man stehe auf der Seite der leidenden Bevölkerung. Auch auf Nachfrage gab es keine weitere Antwort.

Wie kann aber die Regierung behaupten, sie stehe auf der Seite der leidenden Bevölkerung im Jemen und trotzdem einen US-Luftangriff nicht verurteilen? Und wie kann die Regierung auf der Seite der leidenden Bevölkerung stehen, aber gleichzeitig Waffen an Saudi-Arabien liefern?

Peinlich, dass außer Tilo Jung und RT Deutsch niemand in den Medien diese Fragen stellt.

https://www.anti-spiegel.ru/blog/die-verlogenheit-der-bundesregierung-am-beispiel-des-massakers-im-jemen

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  1. August: Wie die Presse Luftangriffe der USA verharmlost - Manipulation der Leser am Beispiel zweier Vorfälle

Die USA und Saudi Arabien führen eine illegalen Krieg im Jemen und töten fast täglich Zivilisten. Normalerweise schweigen die deutschen Medien dazu. Heute mal ein seltener Artikel dazu. Und natürlich wird jede Kritik an den USA und den Saudis vermieden. Wie sehr die deutsche Presse mit zweierlei Maß misst, zeigt ein Vergleich mit einem anderen Artikel über tote Zivilisten durch russische Luftangriffe.

Im Jemen haben die Saudis und die USA vor einigen Tagen einen Schulbus bombardiert und zwischen 29 und 51 Menschen, darunter viele Kinder, getötet. Hierzu findet man im Spiegel keine kritischen Worte. Schon die Tatsache, dass die USA und Saudi Arabien den Angriff zugegeben haben, wird zunächst nicht erwähnt. Zunächst kein Wort über die Verantwortlichen für das Massaker. Stattdessen heißt es: „Dutzende Kinder waren bei einem Luftangriff auf einen Schulbus im Jemen getötet worden. Tausende Menschen kamen jetzt zur Beerdigung der Opfer - und protestierten auch gegen Saudi-Arabien und die USA."

Wer nicht weiß, dass der Angriff nur von den USA und Saudi-Arabien durchgeführt werden konnte und auch zugegeben wurde, der versteht gar nicht, warum die Menschen gegen die USA protestieren.

Alle Vorwürfe gegen die USA in dem Artikel sind in Anführungsstriche gesetzt und als Aussagen anderer gekennzeichnet. Kein einziges kritisches Wort macht sich der Spiegel zu eigen: „"Amerika tötet jemenitische Kinder", war auf mehreren Plakaten zu lesen.

Dass die USA bzw. Saudis tatsächlich verantwortlich sind, liest man erst am Ende des Artikels. Und es wird freundlich umschrieben: „Die Verantwortung für den Angriff hatte die Militärkoalition zwar übernommen; ihren Angaben zufolge richtete sich der "legitime" Militäreinsatz aber gegen einen Bus mit "Huthi-Kämpfern". Die Koalition kündigte eine Untersuchung an. Der Uno-Sicherheitsrat warnte, jegliche Untersuchung des Angriffs müsse "glaubhaft" sein.“

Wenn der Westen Kinder tötet, dann nur bei „legitimen“ Einsätzen. Die Kinder sind anscheinend selbst schuld, dass sie sich dort aufgehalten haben und getötet worden sind. Die angekündigte Untersuchung ist ebenfalls Augenwischerei. Wer erinnert sich noch an die Bombardierung eines Krankenhauses in Afghanistan? Die USA hatten ebenfalls eine Untersuchung angekündigt. Gehört hat man davon allerdings nichts mehr.

Nun wollen wir am Beispiel eines Vorfalls vor zwei Jahren mal sehen, wie sich solche Artikel lesen, wenn Russland verwickelt ist.

https://www.anti-spiegel.ru/blog/wie-die-presse-luftangriffe-der-usa-verharmlost-manipulation-der-leser-im-beispiel-zweier-vorfälle

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Saudi Arabia, UAE Want Oman To Abandon Neutrality

A new assessment says Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates want Oman to abandon its neutral posture in Persian Gulf disputes and be more pliable to their regional interests.

According to the analysis released on Sunday by Stratfor, an American geopolitical intelligence platform and publisher, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, which are leading a war on Yemen and a blockade on Qatar, are seeking to bring Oman’s policies into line with their own.

Oman has refrained from picking sides in regional conflicts, but its policy might be about to change under pressure from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the report said.

“An assertive Saudi Arabia, under the direction of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and a resentful Abu Dhabi, led by ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, sense a chance to reel in Oman and force Muscat to adopt policies that align more closely with their own,” it said.

“Benefiting from a high point in relations with Washington, both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have a window of opportunity to challenge Oman’s neutrality,” it added.

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, the analysis said, have a variety of means at their disposal to alter Oman’s behavior, among them rattling Muscat’s ties with the US, pressuring Omani citizens and businesses and attempting to influence the succession process of ruler Sultan Qaboos.

“Thanks to their increased influence in the current White House, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi could try to convince Washington that Muscat is the weak link in the United States’ anti-Iran regional strategy because the country allows Houthi arms to traverse its soil and Iran to circumvent sanctions and blockades,” the report said.

“Oman, however, might not be as vulnerable as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates hope. Unlike Qatar, it has no Al Jazeera, which has irked regional governments, and cannot be accused of playing host to the Muslim Brotherhood.”

http://www.iran-daily.com/News/230703.html?catid=3&title=Saudi-Arabia--UAE-want-Oman-to-abandon-neutrality--Assessment = http://www.newnewss.net/saudi-arabia-uae-want-oman-to-abandon-neutrality/

my comment: Blackmailing, bullying, threatening non-hostile neutral countries: This certainly would be typical Saudi, UAE and US policy. They should keep in mind that even the Nazis accepted Swiss and Swedish neutrality in WW II.

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Defence minister denies French arms used in Yemen conflict

French Defence Minister Florence Parly on Friday told students that she was "horrified" by the situation in wartorn Yemen but said she did not believe weapons sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were being used against civilians there.

"I am perfectly aware that in Yemen the situation is disastrous," Parly told students at the prestigious Sciences Po university in Paris. ""I'm as horrified as you."

Saudi Arabia uses French weapons "to defend itself", she said, pointing out that missiles were regularly fired from Yemen towards the kingdom.

But she did concede that it is difficult to monitor the use of arms sold to another country.

"You can't foresee all the dangers so it is important to have a close and healthy dialogue with countries that use these armaments," she said, adding that that is the case with the UAE, where France has an air base and an artillery training base.

"We have the capacity to talk to these countries and we won't fail to do so," she assured her audience.

http://en.rfi.fr/20180901-defence-minister-denies-french-arms-used-yemen-conflict/

My comment: Either lying or an idiot.

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Oman Will Bend, But Not Break, From Gulf Pressure

Oman has long maintained a neutral posture in the Gulf disputes, but the country has to work hard to avoid taking sides.
With the United States targeting as many of Iran's economic lifelines as it can, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are likely to question Oman's economic links to the Islamic republic.
Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have their own reasons to bring Oman's policies into line with their own, but they will not be able to replicate their hard-line Qatar blockade strategy without losing the support of Washington.
Oman could deflect external pressure by making adjustments to its policies, thereby preserving its overall independence

https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/oman-will-bend-not-break-gulf-pressure

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Yémen: face aux possibles crimes de guerre de la coalition, Paris se tait

[#Yemen: In the face of the possible war crimes of the Coalition, Paris is silent]

Le très lourd bilan humanitaire des frappes de la coalition intervenant au Yémen sous commandement saoudien, documenté par un rapport de l’ONU publié le 28 août, cause de vifs débats chez certains alliés de Riyad – dont les Américains –, mais guère en France. (subscribers only)

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/300818/yemen-face-aux-possibles-crimes-de-guerre-de-la-coalition-paris-se-tait

cp13 Wirtschaft / Economy

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Jemen stoppt Import von Luxusgütern

Der Rial hat seit Beginn des Kriegs im Jemen mehr als die Hälfte an Wert verloren. Nun verbietet die Regierung die Einfuhr von Autos und anderen Luxusgütern. Zugleich will sie die Ölförderung steigern.

Die Regierung des Jemen hat im Kampf gegen den Verfall der Landeswährung die Einfuhr von Luxusgütern wie etwa Autos verboten. Zudem sollen die Gehälter für die Angestellten im öffentlichen Dienst und Renten um 30 Prozent steigen.

Zuvor hatten Demonstranten in Aden bei Protesten gegen die wirtschaftliche Lage Straßen blockiert und Autoreifen angezündet. Der Rial hat sei dem Beginn des Bürgerkrieges 2015 mehr als die Hälfte seines Wertes zum Dollar verloren

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/kampf-gegen-waehrungsverfall-jemen-stoppt-import-von-luxusguetern-15768650.html

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A member of the Economic Committee accuses the bank and the Government of abandoning their duties regarding the collapse of the Riyal

A member of the economic Committee formed by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Ahmed Ghaleb, on Sunday accused the Yemeni government and the central bank of Yemen of abandoning their duties to address the collapse of the riyal to record levels.

The former head of the IRS, in his blog post on Facebook, said the government and the bank were relying on Saudi Arabia instead of dealing with the economy, which led to the collapse of the currency, adding that he was "the one who relies on the cooking of its neighbor will remain hungry".

He said that what happened was unforgivable, and "relying on the other and just waiting with the masses of the people who lost all their tricks and means, folly."

The economic expert, one of the most important economic cadres in Yemen, said the time of miracles is no more.

The Yemeni riyal continued to collapse in the market and the dollar price in Aden, the interim capital (southern Yemen), reached 640 riyals, accompanied by a significant rise in commodity prices.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/a-member-of-the-economic-committee-accuses-the-bank-and-the-government-of-abandoning-their-duties-regarding-the-collapse-of-the-riyal

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Yemen government temporary halts imports of luxury goods: statement

Yemen’s government ordered a temporary halt to imports of luxury goods, including automobiles, in a bid to prop up the struggling local currency, according to a statement tweeted by the information minister on Sunday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-measures/yemen-government-temporary-halts-imports-of-luxury-goods-statement-idUSKCN1LI0VE

Remark: Hadi government.

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Locals in #Aden: Yemeni rial is trading at 630 against US dollar. To those who don't know about Yemen's currency crisis. On Tuesday, it traded at 560 to dollar, 570 on Wednesday, 585 on Thursday and 600 on Friday. In July, it was trading at 485 and before war at 215 to dollar.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1036003397491720192

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Prices of basic food commodities increased 300% only over the past few weeks due to Riyal devaluation

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1035935715476033536

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Even the price of drinking water (750 ml bottle) has increased 4 times since the beginning of the conflict in #Yemen

https://twitter.com/OsamahAlrawhani/status/1035298229116706816

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Right now #Yemen government officials receive their salaries in $$. As an incentive for them to do something about the rapidly deteriorating value of Yemeni rial, I suggest they get paid their salaries in Yemeni rials based on exchange rate in 2015 which is YR 215 for 1 USD

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1035866956811911172

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The collapse of the Yemeni riyal does not stop. Bankers in Aden: USD 620 Riyals

The Yemeni riyal continues to collapse and has lost 20 riyals in only a few hours against the US dollar, and the dollar has reached 620 riyals, bankers said in the southern city of Aden on Saturday.

In identical statements to the Almasdar online, they stated that the collapse of the local currency was due to speculation in prices and increased demand for foreign exchange, as the central bank and Saudi Arabia did not intervene to save the local currency.

They added that the price of the Saudi riyal amounted to 163 riyals.

Since last Tuesday, the local currency has lost 70 riyals to the US dollar, and 140 riyals a month and a half ago, the biggest loss of riyal since its history.

Until the moment the government did not comment on the collapse of the currency.

A campaign was launched on social media sites demanding that the government and the Arab coalition to intervene to save the local currency, especially as the currency downturn has caused food commodity prices to rise to record levels.

Wholesalers in Aden and the capital, Sana'a, closed their doors because of the high prices, while the prices of medicines jumped to 400%, while fuel prices rose to nearly 9,000 riyals, threatening a major humanitarian crisis.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/the-collapse-of-the-yemeni-riyal-does-not-stop-bankers-in-aden-usd-620-riyals

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Fuel prices will rise. Aden Oil company calls on the bank and government to stop currency collapse

The oil company in Aden, the temporary capital city of the south, called on the Central Bank and the government on Saturday to intervene quickly and urgently to adjust the process of declining and manipulating local currency prices.

it said in a statement that the collapse of the local currency directly affects the livelihood of the citizen both by purchasing oil and food derivatives or by obtaining services associated with his daily life.

"The insane rise in the exchange rate of the dollar against the riyal directly affects the company's process of purchasing petroleum derivatives, especially in the absence of state intervention or support for oil derivatives, or even urgent intervention to control the cashiers and thus contribute to the process of fixing the price, in Riyal " it said.

It added the failure of the State to intervene or the central bank to impose strict controls on the cashiers has allowed speculation on exchange rates.

it said the price of fuel will rise successively as the exchange rate rises, as it purchases the oil derivatives it later marketed in the local market in dollars.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/fuel-prices-will-rise-aden-oil-company-calls-on-the-bank-and-government-to-stop-currency-collapse

My comment: For pro-Hadi media: When fuel prices rise in the North, it’s a political measure of the evil Houthis; if in the South, it’s due to the collaps of the currency.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Look at / Siehe cp1

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Quand Trump aide Al-Qaida au Yémen

Les Etats-Unis collaborent avec la branche yéménite d’Al-Qaida, soit directement, soit par l’intermédiaire des Emirats arabes unis

AQPA représente, avec six à huit mille miliciens, un force non négligeable dans le conflit yéménite. Les combattants jihadistes, à la fois aguerris et disciplinés, ont été considérés comme des renforts de choix par certains commandants loyalistes, eux-mêmes appuyés par les Etats-Unis. Ce fut ouvertement le cas, en janvier 2017, lors de l’offensive réussie contre le port de Moka, sur la mer Rouge. C’est encore plus vrai à Taez, verrou du centre du pays, théâtre de combats acharnés qui ont tourné à l’avantage des pro-Hadi.

C’est d’ailleurs cette complicité qui a amené, en octobre 2017, Washington et Riyad à inscrire Aboul Abbas, de son vrai nom Adil Abduh Fari, sur une « liste noire » de terroristes recherchés. Cette inscription n’a rien changé à l’activisme d’Aboul Abbas à Taez, ni à son association avec AQPA. Les Emirats ont même veillé à ce qu’il continue d’être soutenu militairement et financièrement.

Le fait que les Emirats soient beaucoup plus résolus que l’Arabie à une éventuelle normalisation avec Israël pèse à cet égard à la Maison blanche. Le jeu trouble d’Abou Dhabi avec les jihadistes yéménites étant de nature purement opportuniste, il n’est pas perçu comme aussi dangereux que certaines familiarités idéologiques dans le Golfe. Il n’en jette pas moins un doute supplémentaire sur l’impact de la coalition du Yémen, où la catastrophe humanitaire en cours pourrait aussi se doubler d’un retour en force d’Al-Qaida. Zawahiri, qui a exhorté AQPA à contribuer au combat contre les Houthistes, avait théorisé à la fin du siècle dernier la dialectique entre « ennemi proche » et « ennemi lointain »: celui-ci, assimilé à l’Amérique, peut être utilement manipulé par les jihadistes pour affaiblir celui-là, « hérétique » ou « apostat ». Le Yémen constitue en ce sens un triste cas d’école – by Jean-Pierre Filiu

http://filiu.blog.lemonde.fr/2018/09/02/quand-trump-aide-al-qaida-au-yemen/

cp15 Propaganda

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Yemen's Higher Relief Committee (HRC) condemned the attack launched by the Houthi militia aiming at a truck carrying the World Food Programme (WFP) relief supplies in Hodeidah governorate.
In a press statement issued today, the committee said that the militia had bombed a truck carrying relief and humanitarian aid heading for the Directorate of Tahita, and resulted in the killing of a driver.
Abdul Raqeeb Fath, HRC Chairman, blamed the Houthi militias for impeding the rapid humanitarian access to those in need, the bombing of trucks and relief vessels in Hodeidah port and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the governorate.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1806784

My comment: This is propaganda as a reply to the Un Human rights report. According to WHO, the violator was not named or unknown. Both sides are shelling there. The Saudi coalition’s mouthpieces simply always blame the other side. – And: If it’s so horrible that the Un must blame the Houthis for such violations, the Saudi coalition when having committed much more of these crimes, should stay unmentioned, for sure?

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Time is running out for Iran and its interests in Yemen

The Iranian regime started to collapse with the large-scale withdrawal of international companies operating there. The Iranian currency began to suffer and was severely devalued. The Iranian uprisings are escalating while the opposition is getting more organized and popular. This is all happening although not all of the US sanctions have been implemented yet. Meanwhile, American National Security Advisor John Bolton has asserted that sanctions will soon cover other areas and increase over time.

The US is quite vigilant in Iraq and Syria and has clearly stated that it would not accept the Shiite crescent expanding from Tehran to the Mediterranean

Time is running out for Iran’s interests in Yemen, as the Houthis are losing every day and on all fronts. Houthi leaders are falling and Yemeni tribes are looking for their interests with the legitimacy and with the Arab coalition.

Besieging Iran with US sanctions, building international mobilization against it, boycotting Qatar and the decline of the Turkish currency all are clear indicators that time in Yemen is on the side of legitimacy and the Arab Coalition. Time is on the side of Arab states and their peoples while smart policies shall yield their fruitful results one day after the other.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/09/01/Time-is-running-out-for-Iran-and-its-interests-in-Yemen.html

My comment: LOL. – The joke of the week: “the decline of the Turkish currency … clear indicator that time in Yemen is on the side of legitimacy and the Arab Coalition”.

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Peace In Yemen: It All Depends On The Houthis – Analysis

The Houthis were emboldened. Using Iranian hardware, they started firing ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia itself. Although responsible for initiating the turmoil, it is not the Houthis but the Saudis and their coalition receiving the world’s opprobrium for the subsequent humanitarian devastation. It is not surprising that Prince Mohammed is said to want to cut his military losses and withdraw from Yemen in exchange for some diplomatic arrangement.

What Yemen needs is a return to a unified structure, democratic elections, and an inclusive government – a process that had actually begun in 2011. So far the Houthis have been reluctant to share power. But the future of Yemen largely depends on them. Do they wish to remain an outlawed militia permanently, or would they prefer to become a legitimate political party, able to contest parliamentary and presidential elections and participate in government?

UN Resolution 2216 aims to establish democracy in a federally united Yemen. Although trenchant in its criticism of the Houthis, it could nevertheless be the basis for a peace initiative. Backed by a UN peace-keeping force, with Iran deterred – by new sanctions if necessary – from sustaining the Houthis, a lasting political deal would involve the end of the Saudi-led military operation, and probably a major financial commitment by Saudi Arabia to fund the rebuilding of the country. Can the enmities of centuries finally be put to one side? Negotiations aimed at a peaceful transition to a political solution for a united Yemen − a long shot, but one eminently worth attempting.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/02092018-peace-in-yemen-it-all-depends-on-the-houthis-analysis/

film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQCASc3anGc

My comment: What to say about this article, where to place it? No, it’s not “Iranian” hardware the Houthis are using. – No, they are not “responsible for initiating the turmoil“, the real great start of turmoil was the Saudi intervention which changed the situation from a civil war to an international war. –No, there had been no incident at all that Prince Mohammed would seek any “diplomatic arrangement” – except one that would bring him a full victory. – No, the Houthis had not been “reluctant to share power”. This evidently is the Hadi government which demands Houthi surrender, claims sole “legitimacy”. – No, the Houthis not just “started firing ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia “: this started 10 weeks AFTER the Saudis had started bombing Yemen. – No, UN Resolution 2216 could not at all “be the basis for a peace initiative”, as it is 100 % biased. – Yes, the author is at least right here: “,A lasting political deal would involve the end of the Saudi-led military operation, and probably a major financial commitment by Saudi Arabia to fund the rebuilding of the country”

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Iran’s destabilising role in Yemen overlooked by UN

With a large and unwieldy global organisation such as the United Nations, it’s inevitable that there will be times when it seems as if, to use common parlance, the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. And that certainly seems to be the case when it comes to the latest fundamentally flawed report prepared by the human rights secretariat on the current conflict in Yemen. The mission that has been sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council itself, and one that involves a coalition led by Saudi Arabia — and in which the UAE is proud to play a key role — to restore the legitimate government in Sana’a.

The report issued on Tuesday blamed coalition air strikes for casualties in Yemen, and it also accused Al Houthis of blocking aid deliveries, engaging in torture and firing missiles into Saudi Arabia. Realistically, it’s all too easy to pen reports from the comfort of desks far removed from the difficult situation on the ground.

There is a reality too that because of the widespread chaos wrought by Al Houthis, large sections of Yemen’s population face difficulties in securing adequate food and supplies of clean water and access to medical treatment.

Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia are committed to rebuilding Yemen, restoring its infrastructure and putting in place services, structures and security forces that together will ensure the long-term peace and security for our Arab brothers.

Perhaps the biggest and most glaring omission from this flawed UN report is that it fails to acknowledge the destabilising and dangerous role played by the regime in Tehran in Yemen. It is responsible for arming Al Houthis, turning them from a small dissatisfied cadre into a force armed with the capability of firing missiles into Saudi Arabia and lining international waterways with sophisticated sea mines.

https://gulfnews.com/opinion/editorials/iran-s-destabilising-role-in-yemen-overlooked-by-un-1.2273056

My comment: For this UN report look at Yemen War Mosaic 451, cp1. – The Saudi coalition really believes that the only ones which have to be blamed for Yemen are the Houthis and Iran. – The political agenda of the Saudi coalition (even if it would be accepted) does not exculpate at all from any war crimes the Saudi coalition is committing. They really think they should be exculpated because of their political reasoning (which is totally void, as the “legitimacy” of the Hadi government they pretend to support had expired on February 25, 2015).

The “widespread chaos” mostly had been wrought by Saudi coalition air raids, less by Al Houthis.

A great Iranian role in Yemen is a baseless Saudi coalition / US propaganda story. Iran is no warring party in Yemen, does not have any boots on the ground, does not commit any air raids. Iran is no warring party in Yemen and does not conduct any war crimes there. Other foreign powers which are supportive to any side in this war are not named at all in this UN report, nor Iran nor the US nor the UK. The US and UK role in the Yemen War would be much more relevant thsn the role of Iran, they should have been mentioned befor mentioning Iran. The US even is droning itself and had boots on the ground.

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France 24: Film: War in Yemen: The US don't want to create an atmosphere of impunity

US doesn’t want to create an atmosphere of impunity in #Yemen for #KSA-led coalition but likely continue to roll back #Iran & help minimize civilian casualties 2. @UNHumanRights report has major blind spots. #Houthis violations in South underreported

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7jG0LUDrdI

My comment: When inviting an extreme Saudi propaganda mouthpiece as “expert”, the result will be as such. A low of France24.

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Yemenis affected by coalition military operations receive aid

The Joint Committee for the Granting of Voluntary Assistance to Victims Affected in Yemen and the National Commission to investigate Alleged Violations to Human Rights approved assistance for people affected by the coalition’s military operations in Yemen.
The Foreign Ministry said in a press conference that the joint committee has finished studying several cases involving people affected by the coalition’s military operations.
The ministry said that in the next two days a specialist team from the joint committee will begin assisting affected people whose cases have been studied by the national committee.
The ministry stressed the Yemeni government’s concern to preserve civilians’ safety, avoid damage in all Yemeni areas and comply with the rules and laws of war.
The Foreign Ministry extended Yemen’s appreciation for the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, saying it had a big role in helping the legitimate government in Yemen and in defending the country and people under the leadership of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1364861/saudi-arabia

My comment: This seems to be a propaganda reply to the UN report on Human rights violations in Yemen (Yemen War Mosaic 451, cp1). – Up to now, no victims of Saudi coalition air raids had been given any assistance by the Saudi coalition.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi coalition air raids day by day:

Sept. 1: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1535892227./1128462927304071/?type=3

August 31: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1535805365./1127898257360538/?type=3

August 30: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1535805365./1127891357361228/?type=3

August 29: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1535805365./1127890164028014/?type=3

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From 2016: As a reminder, map of states bombing Yemen (Qatar now had stopped)

https://twitter.com/StephenProducer/status/1036000237641453568

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Three civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrikes on Hodeidah

A total of three citizens were killed and ten other wounded in Saudi-led air strikes on Hodeidah province, an official told Saba on Saturday .

The strikes hit citizens' houses in al-Duraihmie district.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news506902.htm

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21 Killed, Injured, Missing Infinite Toll of Targeting Fishermen in Akban Island

The General Authority for Fish Resources, on Saturday, announced the toll of the victims of the US-Saudi aggression on fishing boats in Akban island, Hodeidah province raised to 21 martyrs, injured and missing.

Head of the General Authority for Fish Resources, Abdul Qader Al-Wadai, said in a press conference in Hodeidah that 5 fishermen were killed and two were wounded, while 14 others are still missing in an infinite toll of the US-Saudi aggression crime against fishermen in Akban island.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2549&cat_id=1

Remark: Earlier records had mentioned 19 fishermen missing.

Photo: https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1035593038595334144

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3enb1G5LT2c = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56qWIGJFTIw = https://almasirah.net/gallery/preview.php?file_id=19644 = https://twitter.com/almasirah/status/1035633275400802306 = https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1035665915927556096

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Even Water Wells Are Bombed by Saudi-Led Coalition Amid Starving Yemenis

In a blatant challenge to the United Nations and the UN Security Council, the Saudi-led Arab coalition, backed by the United States and Britain, destroyed on Thursday 10 wells on the island of Kamaran in the province of Hodeidah in western Yemen.

According to local sources, coalition fighters bombed the island of Kamaran with a series of raids, causing the destruction of a water well and a reservoir of rainwater on the island.

For his part, the director of The Water Office in Hodeidah, Abdulrahman Ishaq, said in a statement to “Yemen Extra” that the air raids of the coalition warplanes destroyed 10 wells of drinking water, which is the only source of water inside the island.

He pointed out that the coalition seeks to destroy the main sources of potable water inside Kamaran Island, with the aim of displacing the population and forcing them to leave to facilitate the process of occupation.

The National Commission confirmed that the coalition raids targeted a square where ((6 wells)) were completely destroyed as well as the reservoir of rainwater, in addition to the demolition of ((8 wells)) outside the square south of the reservoir while the remaining (4 wells) were stumbled by the raids.

The direct targeting of the vital and life-saving drinking water projects on the island is a violation of international humanitarian law, which prohibits attacks on civilian facilities that the population can not dispense in order to survive.

http://www.yemenextra.net/2018/08/31/even-water-wells-are-bombed-by-saudi-led-coalition-amid-starving-yemenis/

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US-Saudi war criminals destroyed all the water facilities in the island of Kamaran on the Red Sea yesterday Threatening about 800 families living in the Island with death of thirst

Photos of the aftermath of yesterday's #Saudi led coalition bombardment on 7 drinking water wells in the Island of #Kamaran, #Hodeidah governorate, #Yemen. If you are Yemeni, #MBS will make you starve to death.

#Kamaran Island: 7 wells destroyed yesterday by merciless Coalition bombardments.
They were the only source of water for the local population.
How will people survive?

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1035588934775054337

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1035657328547254272

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1905007372885617

and look at earlier photos from Kamaran Island here: https://web.archive.org/web/20070327210000/http://www.kamaran.net/photogallery/photogallery.htm

and

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Health Ministry Warns of Disaster as a Result of US-Saudi Aggression Targeting of Water Wells

The Ministry of Public Health and Population condemned the US-Saudi Aggression targeting of drinking wells, in Kamran Island, warning of an epidemic and health disaster as a result.

The ministry said in a statement that this direct targeting of the drinking project is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, which prohibits attacks on civilian objects that the population can not be dispensed with for their survival.

The ministry warned of a health disaster and the spread of cholera due to these deliberate and systematic practices of aggression. It pointed out that the lack of a pure source of water makes the citizen looking for other unsafe water alternatives leading to the transmission of cholera, as is happening in many areas of Yemen ,since the destruction of water projects and sanitation.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2546&cat_id=1

and

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US-Saudi Aggression Forcibly Displacing Citizens on Kamran Island

The US-Saudi aggression is plotting to Forcibly Displacing Citizens on Kamran Island, in Hodeidah. The acting governor of Hodeidah, Mohammad Ayyash, said during a press conference held today that the coalition of the aggression is going to kill fishermen and tighten the grip on civilians.

Ayash pointed out that the systematic bombing of the water wells on Kamran Island aims to forcibly displaced the citizens on the island.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2555&cat_id=1

My comment: These air raids deliberately targeted (and hit exactly) water wells: An evident horrible war crime.

Comment: "Article 8(2)(b)(xxv) of the 1998 ICC Statute provides that '[i]ntentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival' is a war crime in international armed conflicts."

https://twitter.com/MBVanElzakker/status/1035902768660275200 referring to https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v2_rul_rule54

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Reports: Abdul-Malik al-Houthi’s brother dies in Hodeidah following air strikes

Several media reports have stated that top commander in the Houthi militias’ ranks, Abdul-Khalik al-Houthi, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi’s brother, and a number of militants were killed after an air strike by the Arab Coalition in the Bajil district in Hodeidah.

The reports added that al-Houthi, who is the sixth most wanted man on the Arab Coalition’s list, was trailed in the past few days and targeted before dawn on Friday.

One of al-Houthi’s top aides was also killed following another air strike in Hodeidah a few days ago.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/08/31/Reports-Abdul-Malik-al-Houthi-s-brother-dies-in-Hodeidah-following-air-strikes.html

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Film: Aug. 29: the crime of the American-Saudi aggression in the house of the Faqih in the province of Hodeidah 30-08-2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMRW0b1JGJo

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Sept. 2:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news507007.htm Saada p.

Sept. 1:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news506931.htm Taiz p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news506915.htm Saada p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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Cameraman, Mohammed Al-Qanas, was killed on Monday in Yemen's Taiz city. Locals and his friends say he was sniped near Muzaffar Hospital in downtown. Al-Qanas was a photographer, information officer at Muzaffar Hospital and media activist, he wrote on his Facebook timeline.

He was the third journalist killed in in Yemen in last weeks. Since the war began in late 2014, more than 30 reporters have been killed and dozens arrested. Some have been tortured and maimed.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1036415140080570368

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Scores of Houthi militants killed in clashes with Yemeni army in Saada

Yemen’s army, backed by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, killed more than 140 Houthi militants during clashes in the northwestern province of Saada, according to Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1365541/middle-east

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Downing Spy Drone of US-Saudi Aggression in Jizan

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2553&cat_id=1

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Yemeni Army Controls First Directorate of al-Houthi stronghold in the north of the country

The Yemeni army on Friday evening declared full control over the al-Dhahir district in Sa'dah Governorate, the stronghold of the Houthi group (north of the country).

The Directorate of Al-Dhahir is the first directorate in Sa'ada Governorate to declare the Yemeni army fully under control.

According to the website of the Army's spokesman “September Net”, the Yemeni forces on Friday completed the liberation of the al- Dhahir district, northwest of Sa'dah Governorate, after a large-scale military operation.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/yemeni-army-controls-first-directorate-of-al-houthi-stronghold-in-the-north-of-the-country

My comment: As claimed by the Hadi government’s army. – They already had told they would fully control a Saada province district now (I think Baqem).

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Sept. 1: Zelzal1 Hits US-Saudi Aggression Mercenaries Gatherings in Najran

Rocketry Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees fired two ballistic missiles, Zelzal1, and Katusha missiles at US-Saudi Aggression mercenaries gatherings, in Najran, killing and injuring some of them.

Rocketry Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees also fired three ballistic missiles, Zelzal1, yesterday at US-Saudi Aggression mercenaries gatherings, in Najran.

Launching these rockets on Saudi targets is a response and deterrence, within the right of legitimate defense of the Yemeni people unjustly and aggressively attacked.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1905530622833292

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Aggression’s Daily Update for Friday, August 31, 2018

In Saada, Two children were injured by Saudi missiles and artillery shells that targeted populated villages in Munabbih border district, also populated villages in Razih district, damaging civilians' houses and properties. US-Saudi aerial aggression launched 7 raids on civilians' houses and farms in Baqim district.

In Lahj, two children were injured by a bomb fired by mercenaries on their home in Al-Qabeitah district

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2537&cat_id=1

film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwFz9fFHdyE

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Film: Two children hit by mercenary shells in the Directorate of # Qubaytah in the province of # Lahj 31-08-2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQS16sEOnV8 0 https://almasirah.net/gallery/preview.php?file_id=19644 = https://twitter.com/almasirah/status/1035631281353228288

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Residential Areas Targeted by Saudi Shells in Saada

Residential areas in Razih and Shida border districts were hit by Saudi missiles and artillery shills, in Saada on Friday, causing heavy damage to citizens homes and property.

The US-Saudi Aerial Aggression launched a series of raids on various areas in Saada. In the past few hours, the Saudi enemy has targeted residential areas in Munabih, Baqim and al-zaher border districts by dozens of missiles and artillery shells.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2538&cat_id=1

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August 30: Badr1 Hits Recently Constructed Saudi Camp in Najran

Rocketry Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees fired a ballistic missile, Badr1, at recently constructed Saudi camp, in Najran.

Launching these rockets on Saudi targets is a response and deterrence, within the right of legitimate defense of the Yemeni people unjustly and aggressively attacked.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=2516&cat_id=1

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Saudi Arabia to intercept ballistic missile and injure seven civilians, including residents

The Saudi air Defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia from Sa'dah City, in the direction of Najran, on Thursday evening.

Col. Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the coalition forces in Yemen, was quoted by the Saudi Arabian News Agency as saying that the Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces had been able to intercept and destroy the missile, resulting in the dispersal of the rocket fragments into residential neighborhoods.

He noted that seven persons, four of whom were citizens, including two women, residents of Bengali nationality and a resident of Indian nationality, were slightly injured.

The ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi militia into Saudi Arabia to date amounted to 184 rockets.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/saudi-arabia-to-intercept-ballistic-missile-and-injure-seven-civilians-including-residents

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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The Lost World of Socotra: The Most Alien-Looking Place on Earth

The landscape of the remote island of Socotra looks so foreign that it could almost pass as an alien planet. Its native flora is so rare and unique that the island looks like something out of a science-fiction movie. But Socotra is very real, and is home to over 1,000 unique species of fauna and 825 rare species of flora , including varieties of plants that have been on earth for over 20 million years

Socotra is part of an archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean about 250 km (155 miles) off the coast of Somalia and 340km (210 miles) from Yemen. It is one of the most isolated landforms on Earth that was once part of a continent, having split from the supercontinent of Gondwana over 6 million years ago.

“This has given evolution plenty of time to chart its own course without any influence from most common species found on continental land masses,” reports ViralForest. “It’s the closest thing you’ll get to a real look at how life might evolve on an Alien world similar to our own.”

The long geological isolation of the Socotra archipelago and its hot and dry climate have combined to create a spectacular landscape with white sandy beaches that rise to limestone plateaus full of caves, and a rare, endemic flora (photos)

https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-asia/lost-world-socotra-most-alien-looking-place-earth-008729

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-451-yemen-war-mosaic-451

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-451 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-451:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

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

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

06:29 03.09.2018
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