Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 453 - Yemen War Mosaic 453

Yemen Press Reader 453: 5. Sept. 2018: Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen – Die Saudis üben keine „Selbstverteidigung“ – Absturz der Wirtschaft bedroht Leben - Saudische Ambitionen in Südost-Jemen ...
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... Isa Blumi über Jemen – Bürgeraufstand in Südjemen – Verfall der Währung – und mehr

September 5, 2018: War crimes in Yemen – No, the Saudis Aren’t ‘Defending Themselves’ – Saudi ambitions in SE Yemen – Spiralling economy threatening Yemeni lives – Isa Blumi on Yemen – Civilian uprising in Southern Yemen – Downfall of currency – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

Neue Artikel / New articles

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War Crimes In Yemen

The most destructive element of the war has been indiscriminate bombardment by the air forces of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. On this, the report says, “Coalition air strikes have caused most of the documented civilian casualties. In the past three years, such air strikes have hit residential areas, markets, funerals, weddings, detention facilities, civilian boats and even medical facilities.” The report goes on to provide supporting detail. The bombing last month of a school bus, killing dozens of young boys, is among the most recent of what has become a string of aerial atrocities.

U.S. Involvement

The United States is implicated in the aerial destruction. U.S. assistance to the Saudi and Emirati air war includes mid-air refueling, targeting information, and voluminous sales of armaments. The United States provided the bomb that destroyed the school bus.

Disclaimers by Trump administration officials, such as Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s statement that U.S. aid “is not unconditional” and requires the Saudi-led coalition to “do everything humanly possible to avoid innocent loss of life,” do not square with the evidence of how this war is being fought. The evidence conforms much more with Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky’s description of what they label as Donald Trump’s “slavish obeisance” to Saudi Arabia’s “dangerous and irresponsible policies.”

The U.N. report indicates that offensive behavior is found on all sides of the Yemeni war. Offenses by the Houthi rebels include the use of child soldiers. But in terms of the scale of human suffering, including suffering inflicted through violations of the international law of war, responsibility lies far more on the Saudi-Emirati side. That is also the side where the offenses should be of most concern to U.S. policy-makers and the American public because it is the side whose operations the United States is abetting.

As a matter of humanitarian values, the Trump administration’s policy toward the Yemeni war is not defensible. It isn’t much more defensible in terms of legal principles or broader political values. Mattis has talked about U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen as being intended to “restore the rightful government there.” Rightfulness should be assessed with awareness of how the ostensible head of that government, President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, came into his position.

It should be noted that support for “rightful” governments has hardly been a hallmark of the Trump administration’s policies in the Middle East. It certainly is not apparent in support for rebel forces opposed to the Assad regime in Syria, and in destabilization efforts aimed at regime change there and elsewhere.

Neither does the administration’s policy toward the Yemeni war accord with a realist perspective of where U.S. interests in the area do and do not lie. The United States does not have a stake in the outcome of civil warfare in Yemen. The Houthi rebellion is rooted in very local issues involving what the Houthis contend has been insufficient central government attention to the interests of tribal elements in the north of the country. Nor do the Houthis pose more than a trivial threat to anyone else in the region. Although the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have made a big deal about missiles that the Houthis have fired at Saudi Arabia, those firings are pinpricks compared to the aerial assault in the other direction for which the missiles have been an attempt at retaliation. Missiles would not be launched if the Saudis and Emiratis had never launched their destructive expedition.

An end to U.S. military aid to the Saudi-Emirati war effort would encourage the Saudis and Emiratis to find ways to extricate themselves from their quagmire and to attempt to sponsor a Yemeni peace settlement rather than an indefinite war.

Fixation on Iran

Obsessions are never a good basis for policy. The U.S. obsession with Iran drives the current U.S. policy on Yemen. Iran has given aid to the Houthis, and the U.S. urge—which the Trump administration exhibits to an extreme—is to oppose anyone and anything with a connection to Iran, and to support anyone opposing Iran.

This obsession, like others, muddies perceptions and thinking about where threats really lie – by Paul R. Pillar

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No, the Saudis Aren’t ‘Defending Themselves’

Paul Pillar capably sums up why supporting the war on Yemen is not in America’s interest

Insofar as the U.S. has any interests in Yemen, they have been harmed by the coalition’s war. The coalition has not only struck bargains with and recruited members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), but the chaos that their intervention has sown has benefited AQAP greatly. The U.S. has been backing a Saudi and Emirati policy that increases the threat from AQAP, and it has done so knowingly for several years. These governments are not our “allies,” and their reckless policy is making the U.S. and our genuine allies less secure.

One of the more irritating and dishonest defenses of U.S. support for the war is the claim that the Saudis and Emiratis are “defending” themselves and the U.S. is merely assisting with that “self-defense.” The record shows that the Saudis and Emiratis are the international aggressors here, and there would be no serious threat to Saudi Arabia and the UAE if they had not been bombing, invading, and starving Yemen since 2015. The coalition hides behind the fig leaf that they are trying to restore the discredited former president, but Hadi has no support inside Yemen and the UAE long since moved on to support other proxies as they try to carve out a sphere of influence for themselves. External intervention in Yemen’s conflict has not only prolonged and intensified the war, but it has also devastated the civilian population, created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and exacerbated the country’s existing political divisions. The Saudi coalition’s war is unnecessary, unjustified, and has created enormous evils that will plague Yemen and the region for a long time to come. The war is indefensible, and so is U.S. support for it.

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen und die USA, siehe oben / War crimes in Yemen and the US: Look at above

Bürgeraufstand siehe cp6 / Civilian uprising look at cp6

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Spiralling economy is latest weapon threatening Yemeni lives

As the Yemeni riyal plummets to its lowest value in history, millions of people already struggling to survive reach tipping point.

The Yemeni riyal was exchanging at 630 to the US dollar in Yemen’s southern city of Aden yesterday, up from 425 in January, and less than 250 at the beginning of the conflict. The depreciation of Yemen’s currency corresponds with dramatic price hikes on basic commodities, leaving millions of people unable buy enough food to meet their daily needs.

“Since the weekend, the price of food has doubled – even buying an egg is very expensive now. Our neighbours came to us today asking for rice and onions to feed their children,” said Asma, a resident in Hodeidah city. “Before we would spare what we could to help beggars in the streets but now we have nothing left to offer.”

The spiralling economy compounds the devastating humanitarian crisis in which Yemenis are facing with extreme violence, widespread disease, displacement and hunger. Over 8 million people are on the brink of famine, placing them at greater risk of disease in what has become the world’s largest ever cholera outbreak.

“This economic collapse has the potential to kill even more Yemenis than the violence underlying it,” said Mohamed Abdi, country director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Yemen. “It is devastating to see an already-exhausted Yemeni population continue to be hit with every conceivable obstacle to survival.” =

and Reuters report:

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Saudi Arabia prepares to extend oil pipeline through Yemen to Arabian Sea

Saudi Arabia has started to implement precautions against Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz and stop the Gulf oil exports by building an alternative oil pipeline from its borders passing through the Yemeni district of Al-Mahrah to the Arabian Sea.

Local sources in Al-Mahrah Governorate told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the arrival of Saudi forces’ to the city earlier this year was surprising. They deployed all along the coastal strip of Al-Mahrah in preparation for the extension of the Saudi oil pipeline from Al-Kharkhir area close to the Yemeni borders, to the Port of Nishtun in Al-Mahrah.

According to the sources, Saudi Arabia has opened more than 20 sites on the coastal directorates of Al-Mahrah Governorate and prevented citizens from getting near them because they are military sites. However, Yemeni tribesmen and citizens have been in clashes with those forces and stopped some construction operations in those areas.

In an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Yemeni economic researcher Abdul Waheed Al-Obali said that through this plan, Saudi Arabia is seeking to secure an additional line for oil exports in case Iran tightens its grip on the Gulf. At the same time, it appears that Saudi Arabia is aiming to compete with the UAE for access to the Arabian Sea.

In an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, the Yemeni researcher and analyst, Yassin Tamimi, said that the economic incentives come from the exceptional advantages that Al-Mahrah offers. It is a border governorate, includes active commercial land ports.

Tamimi told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed:

The Saudis are undoubtedly seeking to achieve geopolitical ambitions that would end with imposing control over the governorate. However, they have first worked on taking control of the city’s economic resources.

The oil pipeline is not the only project that highlights Saudi Arabia’s aspirations in Yemen. Indeed, Saudi Arabia is also preparing to establish an oil port. Saudi companies have started going to many sites and carrying out field scanning to collect data for the project, as private sources stated to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

An official document that Yemeni media circulated during the past few days showed a letter HUTA Group for Maritime Works sent to the Saudi ambassador to Yemen expressing its gratitude for trusting the company, to which he gave a “technical and financial offer to design and establish an oil export port in the Yemeni governorate of Al-Mahrah.”

In this regard, official sources in the governorate’s local authorities told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the Saudi forces also went to determine large areas of the Arabian Sea’s water in Al-Mahrah Governorate. They prevented fishers from getting close to them and informed them that these sites are restricted to military sites.

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Audio: PREVIEW: Radio War Nerd #147—"Destroying Yemen" with Isa Blumi

For non-subscribers, here is a 20+ minute preview of Radio War Nerd episode 147 with Isa Blumi, author of "Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us About the World" about the Yemen war's little-reported deep causes: political, financial, imperialist. Blumi explains the murky political and strategic differences between Qatar, Saudis and UAE, their own bought-off political and media figures in the US and UK, and their various influences on the Yemen wars and on how the West is reporting (and not reporting) on the Yemen war. Great deep dive analysis you won't hear anywhere else . . .

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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New victims in Taiz and Shabwah.. Dengue fever continues to harvest Yemeni lives as war continues

Dengue fever continues to extract Yemeni lives in various Yemeni cities, with the ongoing war between the legitimate government backed by the Arab Coalition and the Houthi militia.

The governorates of Taiz and Shabwah witnessed a rise in the number of victims of the disease, which has spread dramatically in different governorates.

The health authorities in Taiz province said three people died on Monday, among the cases of dengue fever in the central Yemeni city of Taiz.

Dr. Abdul Rahim al-Sami’ee, director of the Provincial Health Bureau, confirmed in a press statement that three people with dengue fever died in Taiz and predicted an increase in death.

Public and private hospitals in Taiz have registered 450 cases of dengue fever in the past few days, including 162 in the past 24 hours, al- Sami’ee said.

Governor Mahmud, he quickly directed the implementation of a foggy spraying operation in the downtown affected directorates to confront the mosquito carrier dengue fever.

In the southeastern province of Shabwah, there was a rise in the number of victims of dengue fever, which began to ravage the province.

According to government sources in Shabwah, the death toll of dengue fever in the province of Shabwah rose to 7 cases those songs the death of a 20-year-old man yesterday at the Directorate of Al Rawdha.

Dr. Saleh Al-Homsi, the coordinator of the National Malaria Program, said the epidemiological situation in the province is becoming more serious after the epidemic has spread in 12 districts and is currently positioned in the provincial capital.

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

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Film by MSF: The coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched an offensive on #Hodeidah in June 2018. Our hospital #Mocha has been opened since 1 August, by the end of the first week almost 200 patients have been treated by our teams.

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I have no idea why people are silent towards what is happening in #Hodeidah in western #Yemen. News from the city saying fierce clashes are being reupting right now, as thousands are still stranded in and across the city waiting their fate.

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Aggression airstrike hits Hodeidah International Airport

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Two US-Saudi airstrikes hits Hodeidah province

The two airstrikes targeted the road link between the departments of al-Tahita and Zabid

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In Hodiedah, The aggression launched 5 raids on Hodiedah International Airport and five others on the Naval Collage in Al-Mena district.

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Nearly 37 #Houthi militia fighters were killed in Arab Coalition airstrikes and during clashes with the Forces of Al-Amaleqah Brigades, which are part of the National Resistance Forces, in an operation aimed at controlling the centre of Al Tahyta district in #Hodeidah.

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The #Houthi militia fighters continue to shell the town of Hays, south of #Hodeidah with mortar shells , targeting residential areas, causing panic and fear among the citizens of Hays, especially women and #children, according to local sources.

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Houthi missile expert killed in coalition airstrike on Yemen’s Hodeidah

A Houthi missile expert was killed on Sunday when Arab Coalition fighter jets struck an area in the Duraihami district, southwest of Hodeidah province.

Taha Aly Ahmad Al-Hamli is considered one of the militia group’s main field commanders, who has contributed in developing certain types of ballistic missiles, according to security sources.

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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US-Saudi Aggression Forcibly Drives Residents out of Islands

In a press conference held Tuesday in Sana'a, the ministries of Water, Electricity, Public Health and Fisheries revealed that the forces of the US-Saudi aggression on Yemen are pushing for forced displacement of the population of Hodeidah province and whole west coast of Yemen.

Ministries concerned with the provision of basic services for citizens pointed to the intensification of aggression in recent months targeting water wells and health and service facilities in Hodeidah province.

The ministries added that, at the same time, fishermen were prevented from exercising their duties and not to be killed if they tried to fish, as was recently done on Akban island, forcing the population to leave their areas as a result of the impossibility of survival.

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Yemen’s destroyers

Inevitably, the crown prince has enjoyed greater leeway on the domestic front by posing as a reformist while castrating potential rivals within the vast royal family, and expecting plaudits for permitting women to drive while imprisoning those who had mildly agitated for this peripheral right.

The arrogance that draws sustenance from having the Trump White House and the Netanyahu regime on his side was demonstrated by last month’s breach in ties with Canada after the latter’s foreign minister tweeted a message in support of a detainee, Samar Badawi, whose brother Raif is serving a 10-year sentence by virtue of being a blogger whose opinions did not chime with the kingdom’s official line, while her ex-husband Abu al-Khair’s human rights activism earned him a 15-year prison term.

Tellingly, almost none of Canada’s Western ‘allies’ sprang to its defence, while Saudi insouciance has lately been compounded by prosecutors seeking the death penalty against five peaceful protesters, including women’s rights campaigner Israa al-Ghomgham. Need one say anything further about Saudi ‘liberalisation’?

As for the state terrorism in Yemen, former CIA analyst Bruce Riedel pointed out two years ago that if the US and UK “tonight told King Salman that this war has to end, it would end tomorrow, because the Royal Saudi Air Force cannot operate without American and British support”. That’s probably true, but again it would be inadvisable to hold one’s breath. There’s probably worse to come as a monumental catastrophe continues to unfold across the Middle East.

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The War in Yemen and the Death of the Geneva Convention

It is increasingly clear that there is no blunder big enough, or atrocity horrific enough to get parties to the Yemen conflict to admit that the war was a mistake.

Some of the moves that the Gulf coalition have made would boggle any reasonable strategist.

This is all in the name of curbing regional Iranian influence. Iran has supported the Houthi rebels, but in a limited capacity, and with far less interest than it has pursued its proxy campaigns in Syria. The campaign has, however, turned Yemen into the kind of disaster zone that has historically allowed Iranian influence to expand. The coalition has devastated a country, empowered separatists, dropped cluster bombs all over it, and let Al Qaeda off the hook all for an arbitrary target of reducing Iranian influence. To say that this constitutes “strategy” is a mockery of the term.

But no matter how many times these facts are stated, they don’t seem to help. President Trump has made very clear that he doesn’t give a damn about international law, or about civilian casualties. He actually reversed legislation that would have reduced the risk posed to civilians by unexploded cluster munitions. Clearly he doesn’t give a damn about having a clear strategy either. It leaves one with the conclusion that the supporting parties have stayed in the war out of little more than pride, and perhaps a Vietnam-style delusion that it would look worse to withdraw under political pressure. This raises the question of whether there is anything left that the UK and US governments can, or will do.

In Washington, it appears that some legislators are trying.

There’s just one problem – Trump has already declared that he will use his executive authority to override the bill where he sees fit.

However, this goes to show that what it really takes to change foreign policy is not small adjustments to legislation, but political will at the highest levels.

Trump, so far, has shown none.

Mattis’s “no fire zones” are not robust new solutions. This is another name for the principle of distinction – the cornerstone of the laws of war that forbids attacks on vulnerable civilian targets. The Saudi-led coalition already have lists of illegitimate targets, and as that very UN report made clear, they repeatedly ignore them. The problem is not a lack of a law against bombing schools. We have one - it’s called the Geneva Convention and has existed since 1949. The problem is that the coalition doesn’t care. And one of the reasons it doesn’t care is that it knows there is still no real will in Washington and London to pull out of the conflict, and that a few opposing legislators won't make much difference.

Britain and America have gotten themselves embroiled in disastrous wars before. And it was only when public opinion hit back at the ballot box that the end of the war was hurried along. The sad truth is that Yemen has not seen mass deployments of American or British soldiers. It is a distant war in the eyes of the public, many of whom are unaware of their country’s involvement. But until that changes, it is hard to believe that the course of the war in Yemen will change – by Eleanor Beevor

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Yemen Hits Saudi Warship After Saudi Strikes on Fishing Boats

The United States has provided the bulk of bombs and weapons to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen for over three years. Washington also provides logistical and intelligence support for selecting airstrike targets. The war against Yemen would not be possible without U.S. support.

In Friday’s attack, the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition bombed four fishing boats, killing five fishermen, and wounding four. 16 are still missing according to Yemen`s Marine Fisheries department.

Lying in torn, blood-stained clothing on a bed in Hodeida Hospital’s emergency room, 22-year-old Atta recounted to MintPress the events that landed him there:

We were on the island of Uqban; on our boat were nine of my colleagues; in the afternoon apache [copters] attacked us; later, F-16s bombed another boat. Most of my colleagues are missing; I am the only survivor.”

Yemen’s Marine Fisheries said in a press conference that the Saudi-led coalition prevents fishermen from fishing in the Yemeni`s territorial waters and detains them and confiscates their boats:

Saudi-led Coalition warships are throwing remnants in Yemen’s territorial waters; they also allow foreign fishing vessels to fish illegally in our territorial waters and cause environmental damage that can not be compensated until decades later.”

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The death toll in both UN and media reporting on Yemen has been so ridiculously underestimated and minimized. In January 2017, OCHA reported 10,000 Yemenis had been killed in violence. But 12 months and thousands of Saudi airstrikes later, the AP is still using this tiny figure.

According to the UN, the total number of Yemeni civilians killed by the US-Saudi coalition is DECREASING over time. In January 2017, UN OCHA said 10,000 civilians had been killed. 19 months later, now only 6,600 have been killed. These grossly understated numbers are so bogus.

The US and Saudi Arabia apparently have the magical ability to bring thousands of the Yemeni civilians they killed back from the dead

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Dave Harden, ex-USAID: I think the most accurate description is the Yemen is a civil war that is now funded and fueled in part by external actors. These civil wars drag on for years or decades bc the external powers don’t get exhausted or run out of money.

Gerald M. Feierstein, ex-US ambassador to Yemen: This latest turn in Yemen’s cycle of violence began in Sept. 2014. Saudi intervention came in Mar. 2015 well later. Agency for resolving the conflict rests with the Yemenis. There’s no gain for Yemen to out-source solutions for its internal conflicts.

MQ: What are the solutions that Yemenis have identified but didn't have the political will to implement? Would you plz elobrate on that

GMF: Decentralization, local autonomy, equitable sharing of natural resources, an end to crony capitalism & corruption, institutional capacity building, inclusive political & economic structures, decent health & education, truth & reconciliation process ... it’s all in the NDC.

My comment: NO, NDC (National Dialogue Conference( from 2012/2014) had failed. – And it’s somewhat strange because crony capitalism & corruption and decent health & education are main problems of the US itself it is unwilling to resolve.

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Journalist shot dead by a sniper in Taiz City

Cameraman Mohammed Tahri was shot dead late Sunday evening by a sniper in front of al-Muzaffar hospital in the southwestern city of Taiz, which is under the control of government forces, press sources said.

The sources told Almasdar online that the immaculate journalist Muhammad AKA Al Qannas was directly targeted in the old city in front of the hospital, while he was heading for the infirmary to ambulance one of his sick neighbors.

Al Qannas was killed on the spot, they said.

To date, no one has claimed responsibility for the incident, but activists and journalists accused government forces of targeting Tahri, as the firing took place from the positions of their soldiers.

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Why Are U.S. Bombs Being Dropped on Yemen?

In Yemen on August 9, 2018 -- young boys boarded a school bus for what was meant to be a daylong field trip filled with excitement.

But that day of fun, soon turned into a day of horror and tragedy as they became the latest victims of a Saudi Yemen war.

And the U.S. has been supporting the Saudi-led coalition since 2015.

On this week's episode of NowThis World, Judah is going to look into this horrific attack and the role that the U.S. continues to play in Yemen.

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Yemenʹs chronicles of death and destruction untold

Bushra al-Maqtariʹs "What you left behind? Voices from a forgotten war-torn country" is a poignant record of the ongoing war in Yemen, woven with excruciatingly painful accounts of its hapless victims

When the war broke out in Yemen three years ago bringing death, destruction and devastation in its wake, Bushra al-Maqtari refused to desert her beleaguered homeland.

An activist-writer and novelist from Taiz, al-Maqtari opted to stay back and travel across the length and breadth of Yemen to capture the trials and tribulations of her fellow countrymen, caught up in a war inflicted on them by two competing regional powers, hell bent on punching a hole in each otherʹs sphere of influence. She visited the families of war victims and chronicled the tragic stories of their nearest and dearest, who were either killed or maimed in brutal bombing, indiscriminate shelling and missile attacks.

In her book "What you left behind? Voices from a forgotten war-torn country" published by Beirut-based Riad El-Rayyes, al-Maqtari is less concerned with narrating the chronological facts and figures or the political undercurrents of the war; what bothers her instead are the civilian casualties. She makes the victims of the war, those who are bearing the brunt of it, the focus of the book. Replete with the gory tales of those who were killed, wounded, widowed, orphaned or displaced by the war, the book is neither for the faint-hearted nor for those looking to wallow in statistics.

Giving a voice to the victims

She employs the same narrative technique as that of her 2012 novel "Behind the Sun", which dealt with the issues of forced disappearance in Yemen. "What you left behind?" talks about the dead and the misplaced through the voices and memories of those who are still alive. After a brief introductory chapter, the narrator in al-Maqtari takes a back seat, leaving the victims to give vent to their desperate plight.

Ordinary people are the eternal losers in any war. They live in a state of perpetual fear, yet remain the most forgotten. The torture and pain they suffer is reduced to data and figures of purely statistical importance – de-personalised to the mere numbers of those who were killed, wounded or displaced, perhaps more useful to those who looking to profit from the war.

The distressing accounts in "What you left behind?" begins with the tragic stories of the war victims in Sanaʹa

Al-Maqtariʹs chronicling of these actual sufferings salvage them from being consigned to oblivion. She envisions these heartrending anecdotes, reminding posterity about the danger, folly and futility of war, regardless of the false and flimsiest pretexts on which it was waged. When the fury of the war subsides and the regional rivals agree to a truce and foreign companies are invited to reconstruct the country with lucrative projects, we will have these tear-jerking stories to remind us about the sheer idiocy, vainglory and heartless cruelty that is the war in Yemen – by Muhammed Nafih Wafy

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Yemen Nobel Peace laureate: We will prosecute bin Salman, bin Zayed before ICC

Yemen’s Nobel Peace laureate and activist Tawakkol Karman has said that the latest UN panel report on war crimes in Yemen constitutes a legal basis to prosecute Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Last week a UN mandated expert panel issued a report which said that members of the Yemeni government, Arab coalition forces particularly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and Houthi militants have “committed acts amounting to war crimes” in Yemen.

Speaking to Al Jazeera Karman said the report has revealed a series of “horrific and unprecedented violations,” adding that the report “reflects only a small fraction of what the Houthis or the Arab coalition have done in Yemen”.

“Although the report is too small compared reality, it contained different types of crimes and named senior perpetrators,” she said.

Karman has denounced the continued sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE despite reports which revealed that these weapons are used to kill Yemenis, stressing that those who sell arms to these countries contribute directly and indirectly to the killing of the Yemeni people.

“The Yemeni people reject the coup led by Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen and also reject the treacherous coalition that came to occupy Yemen and steal its wealth led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE which did not come to the country to support legitimacy” Karman said.

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My comment: She obviously is right; both must be hold accountable at the ICC. – It is remarkable how much Karman’s opinion had changed; she had been a great backer of the Hadi government and the Saudi coalition, it seems she had waked up.

Comment: Maybe the world has short memory, but Tawakkol Karman actually sided with the Coalition from Day 1. Until Qatar was isolated from the GCC.

All her declarations come from a golden exile.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

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The price of food has doubled in #Yemen due to the collapse of economy in the country lately. Believe or not buying an egg has become impossible because it is very expensive now and can't be affardable by all people.

The economic collapse in the country will lead thousands people to die as we have right now in #Yemen 8 million people on the brink of famine. People have become not able to buy their basic needs Millions of #Yemen-is have no idea where their next meal will come from.

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Wo Politik keine Rolle spielt

Eine Klinik von Ärzte ohne Grenzen im jordanischen Amman ist für Kriegsverletzte aus dem Jemen oft die letzte Hoffnung.

(B H)

Infant feeding cost in #Yemen

A four months infant needs a can of powder milk, 400 grams, every 4 days and each one costs 3500 Yemeni Riyals which is 7$ right now.
It needs 7.5 cans of milk per month.
7.5 × 3500YR = 24500YR which is 40.83$.
In a year it needs 7.5 ×12 months = 90 cans of milk and in 2 years 180.
180 cans × 3500YR = 630000 which is 1050$.
Of course that will happen if
- the infant will be fed the same daily amount of milk during his first two years.
- the milk price will remain the same during the next two years.
- the family has a regular income enabling them purchasing power =

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My friend told me about their neighbor who ended his life today in #Sanaa because he couldn't afford to pay the his rent (picture)

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Tonnenweise Medikamente für den Jemen

Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) hat allein im August mehr als 500 Tonnen Medikamente und medizinische Hilfsgüter nach Sanaa geflogen. Der anhaltende Krieg habe dazu geführt, dass viele lebensrettende medizinische Hilfsgüter fehlten, sagte Nevio Zagaria, WHO-Vertreter im Jemen.

Unter den Arzneimitteln gab es unter anderem Krebsmedikamente, Ernährungssets, Medikamente zur Behandlung nicht übertragbarer Krankheiten, chirurgische Instrumente, behördenübergreifende Notfallkits und intravenöse Flüssigkeiten.

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WHO airlifts over 500 tons of essential medicines and medical supplies to Yemen

The World Health Organization (WHO) airlifted, through several shipments in August, over 500 tons of essential medicines and medical supplies to Sana’a airport, to be distributed to affected governorates including Aden and southern governorates.

Life-saving cargo

These shipments contain critical life-saving anti-cancer drugs to cover almost 50% of pressing needs of cancer patients for one year. The shipments also included 100 nutrition kits sufficient to meet the needs of more than 5000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition with medical complications, for three months, in addition to, various types of rapid diagnostic tests and laboratory reagents to cover the urgent needs and strengthening the capacity of central laboratories and blood banks. Medicines to treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), surgical instruments, interagency emergency health kits, intravenous (IV) fluids and various types of medications needed by health facilities across the country were also among the medical supplies. Likewise, 50 000 rapid diagnostic tests for cholera to effectively diagnose cholera, and 21 Trauma Kits to meet the needs to mass causality were delivered to Aden from Djibouti port.

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World Food Programme: Yemen: Emergency Dashboard, August 2018

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Officials say at least 30 African migrants drown near Yemen

Yemeni security officials say a boat carrying at least 150 African migrants has capsized off a southern province, killing at least 30 people including five women and children.

The officials said Tuesday the boat capsized on Sunday off the coast of Shabwa province. They say most of the passengers were Somali migrants.

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Dashboard: IOM Yemen: Emergency Displacement - IDP HHs Tracking from 1 June to 28 Aug 2018 Publish Date | 30 Aug 2018

From 1 June to 28 August, IOM Yemen DTM estimates that over 420,000 individuals have experienced rapid onset displacement. The majority of these IDPs were reported to be displaced from Al Hudaydah during the month of June, with Hajjah Governorate households experiencing displacement from Hayran district in late August.

(B H)

World Food Programme: WFP Djibouti Country Brief, July 2018

Djibouti is hosting approximately 26,300 refugees from Somalia, Yemen, Eritrea and Ethiopia, of which 21,100 reside in camps. WFP provides assistance to all registered refugees and asylum seekers living in Ali Addeh, Holl Holl and Markazi camps in form of general distributions, nutrition support, take home rations for school girls to encourage school attendance, and a cash transfer component as part of the general distribution.

In July 2018, WFP provided food assistance to 33,682 people, including refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable local households in rural and urban areas.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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The #Houthis militia authorities have shut down three of the biggest #water factories in the capital #Sanaa on Tuesday under the pretext of -what the militia's Ministry of Industry and Trade labelled as- unjustified and sharp increase in prices.

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Shura’s acting speaker sends letter to #UNsecretary-general
The Shura Council's Acting Speaker, Mohammed al-Aidarous, sent on Monday a letter to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on the humanitarian and economic suffering of the Yemeni people as a result of the Saudi-led coalition’s war and siege on the country.
The letter dealt with the economic war launched by the coalition countries on Yemen, which led to the current deterioration of the national currency exchange.

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

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Southern Politicians and Activists Launch a Hashtag Against Legitimacy Corruption that Leads the Gulf and Arab Trend

Fast deterioration of national currency in exchange of foreign ones led to an unprecedent wave of anger among social communities in the liberated southern territories.

Southern citizens accused the corrupt government of Ben Daghar with helplessness against the deterioration of Yemeni Riyal without taking any measures to keep it from collapse.

Tweeters launched a hashtag on tweeter against corruption of the legitimacy government that led the Arab and Gulf trends. The hashtag “#Aden_Uprises_Against_Legitimacy_Corruption” came after the public uprising in southern governorates against the hunger policy exercised by the legitimacy in southern liberated territories.

SMA News observed the tweets of angry southern politicians and activists who asserted the people’s ability to overthrow the government.

Yahia Ghaleb (lawyer): “Aden is on hot plate… Aden is fed up… Aden is drowning in a corruption catastrophe… Aden has a date with angry protests… hunger, poverty and high prices, the triad of death… are killing people. So, they are outrageously uprising”.

Mohamed Al-Ghaithi: “Hady’s stubbornness will lead things to what exceeds dismissing the government. They haven’t realized the power of the southern people yet”.

Ahmed Omar Ben Farid (southern politician): “Stubbornness prevents Hady from dismissing this government for months now as it proved to be unbale to do anything except for theft, robbery and corruption. Today, they are running away from Aden leaving the people to poverty, sickness and chaos. This proves that this government should not only be dismissed but also punished”. He added that revolution against corruption will be every where in the south.

My comment: The separatists and their UAE puppet masters backing the uprising against the Hadi government in Southern Yemen.

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Southern Syndicate for Teachers and Educators Call for a Strike in Protest of Deteriorating Living Conditions and Currency Collapse

Southern Syndicate for Teachers and Educators called for a strike in protest of deteriorating living conditions and collapse of national currency while the government keeps silent towards all this. The syndicated called for the strike to be launched on September 9th, 2018 at the first day of school year. The syndicate issued the following statement:
Southern Syndicate for Teachers and Educators expresses deep sorrow for the deteriorating living conditions that may lead to a humanitarian catastrophe in addition to continuous collapse of national currency that led poor salaries to lose its value. Every house now lives in poverty as the government is totally unable to stand against those who manipulate the living conditions of citizens.


Teachers of Gheel Ba Wazeer – Hadhramaut Start Protests Against Poor Living Conditions and High Prices.

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Consultant of President Hady: A Government that Does Nothing to Stop Deterioration of National Currency Doesn’t Deserve to Stay

In a tweet on his official account on tweeter, Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Gabari, consultant of president Hady, former minister of Labor and Social Welfare and secretary general of Yemeni Party of Justice and Construction, said that the government that does nothing to stop deterioration of national currency doesn’t deserve to stay. The statement of Hady’s consultant, the first of its kind, came as the man became totally convinced that Ben Daghar’s government is totally failure n running the country as it is responsible for this catastrophic condition of economy.

(A P)

"Interior minister" in Yemen's internationally recognized government, Ahmed Al-Maisari, has ordered to form a committee to study supplying Abyan province with more "electricity". "Education minister" will address security problems, and riots by angry protesters in the south

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Yemeni government vows to raise public salaries following protests

Protests over soaring prices and the plummeting riyal prompt promise, though when the raises will come into force is unclear

Yemen’s government agreed late on Sunday to hand thousands of civil servants a pay rise following protests in Aden over rising prices.

Yemeni national news agency Saba reported that Hadi agreed "an increase in civil sector salaries, including retirees and contractors”.

However, no further information has emerged over when this raise would take effect.

Many public sector employees have not received their salaries for over a year, while the Yemeni rial has lost two-thirds of its value against the US dollar since the war broke out in 2015.

Sunday’s demonstrators, led by the General Confederation of Southern Workers' Unions, promised further civil disobedience until their demands are met.

My comment: The sentence “Competition over the central bank between the government and the Houthis – who have set up an alternative bank in Sanaa after the former moved it to Aden – has contributed to the insecurity.“ is putting upside down. Not the Houthis, but the Hadi government at Aden had set up an alternative central bank. The central bank was at Sanaa, no staff including the presidency, no equipment, no funds were „moved“ to Aden but stayed in Sanaa. At Aden, everything had to be set up anew. The new central bank in the beginning hardly could do any work because nearly everything still was missing.

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Protests over Yemen's economic malaise spread to other southern cities

Demonstrations spread to new parts of southern Yemen on Monday even as they eased slightly in the port city of Aden following government orders aimed at strengthening the local currency and reversing economic decline.

Protesters burned tires in order to cut roads in Aden’s Sheikh Othman district, and many shops in other precincts remained closed after shuttering a day earlier, residents and witnesses said.

Dozens of demonstrators also marched, cut roads and closed markets in the provinces of Hadramout, Lahaj and Abyan, with some chanting “Pay our salaries in dollars like you take yours in dollars”, a reference to officials living abroad amid a domestic currency crisis.

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Hundreds protest against high prices in Yemen's Aden

Demonstrators burn tires and block major roads, demanding the government reduce prices of consumer goods.

Hundreds of Yemenis have poured onto the streets of Yemen's coastal city of Aden to demand economic reforms as high commodity prices and a weakening currency have left many citizens destitute in the war-ravaged country.

Protesters blocked major roads and chanted anti-government slogans on Sunday with images posted on social media showing thick plumes of smoke from burning tyres.

Shops and government offices were forced to close after the General Confederation of Southern Workers' Unions called for civil disobedience until the prices of consumer goods were reduced, local tv channel Belqees reported.

There were also reports of smaller protests in other cities in the south of the country early on Monday.

"There is no alternative to change the situation except popular revolution against corruption in all its forms," said Fadl Ali Abdullah, one of the protesters. "The people have lost confidence in everything around them."

and by AFP:


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Demonstrations by Southern transitional supporters in Lahij and al-Dale’a chanted against the Saudi monarch and the coalition

Dozens of supporters of the so-called Southern Transitional Council (NTC), backed by the UAE, demonstrated on Tuesday in the Al-Habyleen area of Lahjj province, raising slogans against the Arab coalition and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

According to al-Masdar online, the angry protesters raised the slogan of "get out, get out, Salman," like «get out colonization», against the British occupation that dominated southern Yemen for more than 140 years.

This is the first time that supporters of the UAE are raising slogans against Saudi Arabia and King Salman, although the demonstration came out against high prices and rising rabies, and demanded a halt to the collapse of the local currency.

Since last Sunday, the circle of protests against the Yemeni government, the central bank of Yemen and the Arab coalition has expanded after the riyal collapsed to record levels, and the dollar reached 640 riyals.

In al-Dale’a, demonstrations were staged, called on by the "southern transition" to denounce the existence of the coalition and the participants in the demonstration echoed the slogan "No coalition after today."


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The fallout of the real collapse expands the circle of protests. Angry people cut the roads in Sayeoon

Protesters set fire to car tires in the city of Sayeoon, the second largest city of Hadramawt province (eastern Yemen), while many shops have been closed since Sunday, eyewitnesses said Tuesday.

The protesters are demanding the payment of salaries in dollars, similar to officials and diplomats residing abroad, amid a major decline in the value of the local currency, witnesses reported to the source online.

Yemeni riyal has lost more than half of its value to the dollar since the war erupted in 2015, while 14 percent of its value has been missing since last Tuesday.

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Angry Demonstrations In Aden, Dali And Abyan Demand The Departure Of The Coalition From The South

Demonstrators in Aden, Dhali and Abyan called for the departure of the coalition from the southern provinces, explaining that the UAE and Saudi Arabia are turning their backs on the deteriorating situation in the south and ignoring the human suffering and living conditions of citizens in the areas under their control.


(A P)

For the third day.. Angry protests in Aden to demand halt of local currency collapse

The furious protests in the southern city of Aden, the interim capital, continue for the third consecutive day to demand a halt to the collapse of the local currency, which has reached record highs with prices of basic commodities.

Eyewitnesses told Almasdar online that the protesters blocked a number of main streets in the city after they put the stones in front of cars and vehicles, and burnt tires.

They added that the protesters had raised slogans demanding that the Yemeni government and the Central Bank of Yemen intervene and reduce the exchange rate after the $1 price reached 640 riyals and the riyal loses 14% of its value in one week.

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[More records on protests and uprising in Southern Yemen because of the downfall of the currency, rising prices, the economic crisis and bad governance; earlier reporting Yemen War Mosaic 452, cp6]

Special coverage of the popular protests in southern Yemen in protest against the deterioration of the local currency, through our account in Arabic. @Mukalla_now

[All tweets linked here in English; all tweets with photos]

The security Belt forces and the security of Aden are deployed in all the streets and the rest of Aden to protect citizens protesting the deterioration of economic conditions.

GO OUT KING SALMAN !! Mass demonstrations in Radfan, South #Yemen demanding #Saudi Arabia & #Hadi government to leave the lands of #SouthYemen because after 4 years of liberation there’s no safety, no salaries or any services and every day the price of the currency drops more !! (film)

Two days into civil obedience in south #Yemen, protesters are now chanting slogans against the Saudi-led coalition. "Coalition no more" and "Get out Salman, you American agent." (film) referring to

ARAB COALITION NO MORE !! #Now protesters in #Lahj in south #Yemen, continue the civil obedience against #Hadi Government & the Arab coalition led by #SaudiArabia !! shouting : O Southern wake up , No Coalition anymore !! (film)

Protests against economic crisis and collapse of national currency are escalating in south #Yemen. Now protesters are also chanting anti-coalition slogans. Locals in Aden say smoke is covering the city. Protesters have been burning tires and closing roads since Sunday. (no photos)

Popular women's demonstrations roaming the streets of the Saiyon city in wadi #Hadramout demand to correct the economic situation in the country.

Angry protest demonstrations roam the streets of Mukalla in protest against the deterioration of the Yemeni currency and corruption of the legitimate government.

An angry popular demonstration and mass civil disobedience in Mukalla in coast #Hadramout in protest against the deterioration of the local currency and the lack of services and oil derivatives, and demand the departure of the #Yemen'i government.

This is happening in the US-Saudi-UAE coalition-controlled territory in Aden, Yemen. The plummeting Yemeni rial against the USD, unpaid public sector salaries, and high costs of consumer goods have reached a breaking point in what the media calls Yemen's "liberated" provinces. "There is no alternative to change the situation except popular revolution against corruption in all its forms," said one protester.

The coalition can't even keep their occupied populations from starving. =

Big demonstration and civil disobedience in #Dali city + in many cities of South #Yemen against #Hadi government & the Arab coalition led by #Saudi because after 4 years of liberation the local currency keeps falling an there’s no health services, salaries or electricity !!!!!!!!

A mass rally in Ahur, Abyan province in #SouthYemen, and the closure of all commercial centers, banks and petrol stations to protest the deterioration of the local process.

Protesters in Sayoun, Wadi Hadramout, storm the government compound in the city.

Also #Hadramout Things being so fast & people of #Sayoun city , South #Yemen becoming angry too and making a comprehensive civil disobedience with cutting the streets to demand the overthrow the government of #Hadi after the big fall of the local currency !

The "Hadramim Security Battalion" in Sayoun in Wadi Hadramout announces its joining the protesters and declares its protection to them after the protesters came under fire from the #Yemen'i army.

The local authority in Wadi Hadramout is suspending its work for a week in protest against the collapse of the currency and the high cost of living and supports the demands of the protesters to find treatments (no photos)

An angry popular demonstration and mass civil disobedience in the "Al-malah" in the province of Lahj in protest against the deterioration of the local currency and the lack of services and oil derivatives, and demand the departure of the #Yemen'i government.

A general civil disobedience in "Shakra" in Abyan province in #SoutheYemen in protest against the deterioration of the #Yemen'i currency and poor living conditions.

Angry protesters try to storm the gate of the government compound in Sayoun in Wadi Hadramout in protest against the Yemeni army shooting at the protesters and arresting 8 of them.

An angry popular demonstration in Al-Houta in Lahj province in protest against the economic deterioration witnessed by Yemen and its demands to be dismissed by the corrupt Ben Dagher government.

An angry popular demonstration in Al-Dhala protesting the economic deterioration in #Yemen.

The popular protests in Sayoun in Wadi Hadramout turn into mass demonstrations to protest against the deterioration of the currency and demand an end to corruption.

Sayoun in Wadi Hadramout.

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SWAT Teams of Al-Mahfed Warn Against Cooperating with Terrorists

Commandership of SWAT Teams of Al-Mahfed sector issued a warning against sheltering, dealing, serving or cooperating with terrorists. The warning was published on the official page of Security Belt – Al-Mahfed Sector on face book. The warning said:
SWAT Teams of Al-Mahfed Sector observe closely the movements and meetings of terrorist elements in addition to gathering information about them continuously. Therefore, we should warn every body against dealing with them, sitting with them or providing them with shelter as they are legitimate targets for our troops any time, any place and under all circumstances. The following day will witness painful huts against them.

My comment: While the Hadi government, the UAE, the Saudis partly cooperate with them???

(A T)

Unknown gunmen assassinate the Salafi young man Fahmi Baharitha in the Shibam area of Wadi Hadramout and kill him immediately.

(A P)

The acting "President" of #Yemen while Hadi is in the US for medical treatment: VP General Ali Muhsin Al-Ahmar.

(A P)

#Yemen: interior minister in Hadi's Govt is convincing the UN to relocate its offices to #Aden. He is saying Govt can protect UN offices in Aden where civilians including clerics and army and security officers have been killed "shots & blasts" on daily basis since 2015!

Remark: “Convincing” or “trying to convince”?

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Jemen: Schwierige Suche nach Frieden

Morgen beginnt in Genf die UN-Vermittlung im Jemen-Konflikt. Es sind die ersten Gespräche zwischen den Parteien seit zwei Jahren. Die Erwartungen an deren Erfolg sind gering.

Zwei Jahre danach will der neue UN-Vermittler Martin Griffiths die zerrissenen Gesprächsfäden wieder anknüpfen – diesmal in Genf.

Und so startet die erste Vermittlungsrunde in Genf mit sehr geringen Erwartungen. Ziel sei es, auszuloten, wie ernst es die Kriegsparteien mit der Aufnahme echter Verhandlungen meinen, erklärte UN-Sprecher Stephane Dujarric. Seine Mission beginnen will Martin Griffiths mit Themen wie dem Gefangenenaustausch und dem Status der Hafenstadt Hodeida, über die ein Grossteil der Lebensmittel ins Land kommt. Die Huthis haben bisher 3000 Gefangene in ihrer Gewalt, die saudische Koalition etwa 5000. «Ein Gefangenenaustausch könnte helfen, wieder ein wenig Vertrauen zu schaffen», erklärte Randa Slim, Expertin am Middle East Institute in Washington D.C. und Mitglied des vorigen UN-Verhandlungsteams von 2016. Das Interesse an einem echten Frieden jedoch veranschlagt sie als gering. «Die Führer beider Lager haben sich mittlerweile mit dem Krieg eingerichtet. Sie alle profitieren bestens von der Kriegsökonomie.» – von Martin Gehlen =

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AMA: Peace starts with releasing the abductees

The Abductees’ Mothers Association (AMA) has said that release of all abductees and enforcedly disappeared persons will be an important step to reach a reconciliation.

In a letter sent to the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, the ambassadors of the 18 governments sponsoring peace in Yemen and the Yemeni teams participating in Geneva negotiations, AMA appealed all parties to swiftly release the abductees and enforcedly disappeared persons.

My comment: “the 18 governments sponsoring peace in Yemen” is those states which are backing “president Hadi”. The US and the UK certainly are not at all “sponsoring peace in Yemen”.

(A P)

Jemen: Ansarollah stellt Verhandlungsteam für Genf vor

Der politische Rat der jemenitischen Ansarollah-Bewegung hat die Mitglieder des Verhandlungsteams für die Genfer Konferenz am 6. September 2018 vorgestellt.

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UN Special Envoy for Yemen affirms commitment to Southern Participation in the political process

Since I assumed my role as Special Envoy in March this year, I have consistently affirmed that there will be no peace in Yemen if we do not listen to a broad cross-spectrum of Yemeni voices, including southern groups, and make sure that they are included in the efforts to reach a sustainable political settlement.

In the past few months, I have consulted with numerous southern groups to reach a consensus on their meaningful participation in the political process. I have been encouraged by their openness to dialogue and to a peaceful resolution for their concerns. I remain committed to reaching a consensus with them on their participation in the political process, and look forward to continuing our discussions in the coming weeks.

I urge all Yemeni stakeholders to work together to create a conducive environment for negotiations to end the war and for the stabilization of the economy and delivery of basic services to the Yemeni people.

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Southern Transitional Council Issues an Important Statement to the Southern People

Today, we are facing major political, economic and security challenges manifested in escalating events in the south especially with the suffocating economic crisis in our capital, Aden and the rest of southern liberated governorates. This requires a unified southern attitude. Concerning the southern cause files and outcomes of our meetings with Mr. Martin Griffith, UN Envoy, we would like to notify you with the following:
The southern transitional council is exerting major peaceful efforts to explain the nature and position of the southern cause to all regional and international parties involved. We also explained to them the expectations and goals of the southern people represented in a fair solution chosen and decided upon only by the southern people. So far, we achieved major progress. After several talks, we met Mr. Griffith for the second time in Jordan and meeting showed that he succeeded in putting the southern cause among the priorities of peace process as a result of facts of current reality. His office indicated that the southern people should be a main party from the beginning of negotiations. But UN Envoy was astonished with the attitude or president Hady who expressed his total rejection of any kind of existence of the southern cause in Geneva negotiations. Explicitly, Hady asserted that the legitimacy will withdraw from negotiations if the southern cause and southern transitional council are in it. In addition, Al-Houthis demanded the same condition to attend Geneva talks. Therefore, we would like to assert the following:
We never caused this war. Instead, we were forced to it. We became a major party in it to the extent that it can never be stopped without us. UN Envoy went too far away from the plausible path of solution in response to pressures of Al-Houthis and the Legitimacy. Therefore, we assume Mr. Griffith responsible for the consequences of the upcoming stage.
We are not committed with the outcomes and agreements resulting from any consultations or negotiations that we are not represented in as such outcomes and agreements will be representing parties that don’t exist on the ground and it will never be applied in reality.
We demand our southern people to express their denunciation and boycott of any consultations or negotiations that ignore their expectations, overcome their will and marginalize their history. We demand them to come out all over the south to express this through peaceful methods.

Remark: STC = Southern Transitional Council, highest body of southern separatists.

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Yemen foes head to peace talks as 'ugly war' rages

Yemen's warring parties meet in Geneva Thursday for a new round of peace talks with little hope of a breakthrough in an "ugly war" between the Saudi-backed government and rebels linked to Iran.

They are the first public meetings between the government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Yemen's powerful Huthi rebels since 2016, when 108 days of negotiations in Kuwait failed to broker a power-sharing deal.

But the chance of face-to-face sitdowns between Hadi's delegation and the rebels in Geneva are slim to none, Yemeni foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani told AFP.

And while the two sides are backed by rival regional powers, their respective patrons will not be present in Geneva.

The talks, overseen by United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths, are aimed at charting a path towards reviving formal UN-backed negotiations.

(A P)

Presidential source: Geneva negotiations to focus on release of abductees

The Geneva negotiations set to be held on the current month will focus on the release of the abductees and enforcedly disappeared persons, prisoner exchange, assistance delivery and salary payment for all government employees, Yemeni presidential sources has revealed.

The sources said that the negotiations will go through several stages which include trust building, discussion of key security and political issues and the implementation of the UN Security Council 2216.

My comment: Biased UN resolution 2216 from April 2015 will be the best guarantee for a failure.

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Film: Women: the pillars of #Yemen's peace makers

#Yemen: they are some of the most effective peacemakers and they hold the families, the country, the sky together. We are talking about women.
Trailer of the film "Yemeni Women Building Peace in Times of War''

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

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Film: Öl, Macht und Religion: Alte Rivalen. Saudi-Arabien und der Iran

Vom Putsch 1953 in Iran bis zur schiitischen Vorherrschaft im Irak seit dem Sturz Saddam Husseins: Ein gefährlicher Machtkampf zwischen Iran und Saudi-Arabien prägt den Nahen Osten bis heute.

Der Film zeichnet die moderne Geschichte dieses Kampfes von der iranischen Revolution von 1979 bis heute nach. Er untersucht, wie sich die Feindschaft der beiden Rivalen in Stellvertreter-Kriegen vom Irak über Syrien bis in den Jemen und den Libanon entfaltet.

Die zweiteilige Dokumentation wurde in sieben Ländern in zwei Jahren gedreht und untersucht, wie religiöse Differenzen zwischen dem schiitischen Islam der Islamischen Republik Iran und dem sunnitischen Islam des Königreiches Saudi-Arabien manipuliert und zur Aufrechterhaltung von Konflikten eingesetzt werden - und das mit verheerenden Folgen für die Region und für die Weltgemeinschaft.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence

Saudi Arabia will punish online satire that "disrupts public order" with up to five years in prison, the public prosecutor said Tuesday, as the kingdom cracks down on dissent.

"Producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media ... will be considered a cybercrime punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of three million riyals ($800,000)," the public prosecution tweeted late Monday.

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Normalising relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes every opportunity possible to boast that his country has reached an advanced stage of normalised relations with major Arab countries, in a clear reference to Saudi Arabia. Sources close to Netanyahu note that observers have only seen the tip of the iceberg, indicating the depth of the bilateral relations between Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

It is worth noting that Riyadh does not deny Israel’s confirmations of normalised relations with Saudi Arabia. Relations with Israel do not express a clear-cut Saudi strategy with clearly defined goals as much as it expresses the lack of foreign policy options. This means that the Saudi-Israeli rapprochement reflects Riyadh’s need for an ally with the weight and influence of Tel Aviv at a time when Saudi Arabia is sustaining successive defeats in the region. It is also unable to rein Iran in and limit the spread of its influence and power at the expense of the region in general.

There is no doubt that Israel gains from this rapprochement with Saudi Arabia. The attempts of Saudi leaders to find common ground with Israel means, among other things, that Israel has become part of the solution. This is an acknowledgment Israel has never received from an Arab party throughout the conflict over Palestine. Sa

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Saudi Arabia Foreign Relations: Meddling, Manipulating, and Maneuvering

Unlike its recent spat with Canada, much of Saudi Arabia’s political meddling is anti-Iran geopolitical maneuvering, a focal point in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy.

Lebanon: The Hariri debacle

Qatar and the Gulf crisis

Sweden: Spat over ‘flagrant interference’

Saudi Arabia’s recent row with Canada bears a remarkable resemblance to the kingdom’s diplomatic spat with Sweden in 2015.

Germany: ‘The doors in Riyadh have suddenly been closed’

Saudi Arabia took a similar approach to criticism from Germany.

What does it all mean for Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia, embattled geopolitically in proxy wars with Iran, is pursuing MBS’s Vision 2030 plan. MBS realizes Saudi Arabia desperately needs to change going forward through moves such as privatizing certain sectors of the economy, which notably included Aramco until rejected by King Salman; encouraging foreign investment; decreasing dependence on oil money; and initiating limited social change.

However, the prevailing trend in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy is aggression. The kingdom has meddled in Syria and spearheaded a devastating war in Yemen that has created a severe humanitarian crisis.

Saudi Arabia even had the audacity to attempt to isolate a fellow Gulf nation and even detain and force the prime minister of a sovereign nation to resign from his post. These actions alienate communities and countries, and in fact push them away from Saudi interests.

Saudi’s policy to attempt to force communities and countries to bend to the kingdom’s own hegemonic ambitions in fact empowers its proclaimed rival Iran. Under Saudi threats, did Qatar move any closer to Saudi Arabia? No, in fact Qatar tightened its relations with Iran and Turkey.

Saudi Arabia under MBS is willing to undergo societal transformations to stir economic growth through increasing foreign investments, privatizing, and enacting reforms.

However as the arrests of the activists shows, anything that changes in Saudi Arabia is by the state’s will. If the kingdom allows for more freedom to speak out against the state, individuals may call not just for societal transformation, but for political transformation.

The aggression Saudi Arabia exhibits in its foreign policy is disastrous for its image, and if the country wants foreign investors to be comfortable in the country the government must halt these radical acts.

Comment: A very rare 'j'accuse' against Saudi Arabia from the Moroccan press. (Morocco was a member of the Saudi led Coalition bombarding)

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Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for preacher Awdah - activists, family

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against prominent Islamist preacher Salman al-Awdah on terrorism-related charges, activists and his family said on Tuesday.

The 37 charges against the 61-year-old cleric in the Specialized Criminal Court include spreading discord and incitement against the ruler, according to London-based Saudi rights group ALQST and other activists.

Awdah’s son, Abdullah, confirmed the court proceedings and said the accusations against his father included critical tweets and establishing an organization in Kuwait for defending the Prophet Mohammad.

Amnesty International’s Saudi Arabia campaigner Dana Ahmed called the reports “a disturbing trend in the Kingdom (that) sends a horrifying message that peaceful dissent and expression may be met with the death penalty.”

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Saudi king's brother condemns war in Yemen, blames crown prince for devastating conflict

The brother of the Saudi King has made rare public criticism of the war in Yemen, blaming the monarch and powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the devastating conflict, which has killed thousands of civilians.

Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud made the comments to a group of protesters outside his London home, The New Arab's Arabic-language service reported on Tuesday.

"What does the al-Saud family have to do with your chants? We have nothing to do with what is happening [in Yemen]. Certain officials are responsible... such as the king and the crown prince," Prince Ahmed tells protesters in a video posted online.

"I hope the war in Yemen ends after tomorrow," he added.

In another part of the video, the senior royal agrees with the protesters' condemnation of an August air strike in Yemen that killed dozens of civilians including 40 children.

He also expresses sympathy for detained Shia activists in Bahrain - a close Saudi ally - saying: "If we could [do something] we would, God willing".

The rare criticism from a member of the ruling al-Saud clan, hints at growing discontent over the aggressive policies of King Salman and his son, the crown prince.

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Abu Dhabi postpones unveiling of $450 million da Vinci painting

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”, a painting that courted controversy after Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was named as its alleged secret buyer, will not be unveiled on schedule, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism said on Monday.

cp9 USA

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

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Germany, Norway, and Spain End Arm Sales to Saudis

The U.S. should follow the example of the European allies that have rightly chosen to stop fueling the war on Yemen. The U.S. is a much larger arms supplier to the Saudis, and so it has far more leverage than other states, but to date our government has refused to exercise the considerable leverage it has to halt the coalition’s bombing campaign.

The Saudis and their allies rely heavily on U.S. military assistance, so if it is withdrawn they will be unable to continue their campaign. Unlike some other governments that have supported this war, the U.S. has the influence and the means to put an end to it. Our involvement in this war is unauthorized, it is wrong, it serves no American interests, and it has contributed to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Congress has the ability to end that involvement, it needs to do so as soon as possible. The Senate had the chance to withdraw all support from the Saudi coalition earlier this year, and they failed, but there is still time to rectify that terrible mistake – by Daniel Larison

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Situation in Yemen should lead us to return to a constitutional foreign policy

One of the main goals I have in serving in the U.S. Senate is to bring back a constitutional foreign policy — that means Congress debates and votes on war. For far too long, we have been involved in wars, police actions, nation-building, and conflicts that are done without proper authority, and I believe we are worse off for it, and we are less safe as a result.

Currently, we are aiding and abetting a conflict that has killed tens of thousands, displaced hundreds of thousands, and has nearly 17 million people on the edge of starvation.

Where is this? The answer is Yemen. Most Americans would have trouble finding Yemen on a map.

Is our involvement helping fix a problem? Is it making us safer? Is it making Yemen safer?

Unfortunately, if you’ve been following American foreign policy for the past 15 years, you probably know the answer to that. Much like Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, the answers are no, no, and no.

I’ve tried to call attention to these previous failures and now to the one in Yemen because it matters.

We must learn from these mistakes. We must stop being co-conspirators in the deaths of innocent people. We should begin by fully debating and voting on war and returning to a constitutional foreign policy – by Sen. Rand Paul

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Congress corners Pompeo on Saudi military actions

The secretary of state faces a Sept. 12 deadline to certify whether Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are doing enough to limit civilian misery stemming from a U.S.-backed military campaign in Yemen, or face a cutback in Washington’s support.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo must soon make a key decision that could sharply limit U.S. backing for Saudi Arabia’s controversial war in Yemen, where more than three years of fighting have triggered a humanitarian crisis, claims of war crimes and bipartisan anger in Congress.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers inserted a provision in this year’s congressional defense spending bill requiring Pompeo to certify by Sept. 12 whether Saudi Arabia and its military ally, the United Arab Emirates, are taking meaningful steps to reduce civilian casualties, increase humanitarian aid and find a political solution to the Yemen conflict. If Pompeo doesn’t offer the certification, the law prohibits the U.S. from refueling Saudi aircraft.

The pressure on Pompeo reflects growing anger among American lawmakers over the U.S. military role in Yemen

Even if Pompeo determines he cannot certify that the Saudi-led coalition is taking steps to improve the situation, he could still allow for a continued U.S. role by invoking a legal waiver that says it would jeopardize U.S. national security to end support of the Saudi-UAE mission. To do that, however, Pompeo must still detail why he cannot make the certification and what steps the administration will take to rein in the Saudis and Emiratis.

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Why Donald Trump and Mohammed Bin Salman Need Each Other, Even as U.S.-Saudi Relations Fray

Critics say the episode also exposed President Donald Trump’s willingness to abdicate America’s moral leadership in defense of human rights—although on Saudi Arabia, that’s a position the U.S. surrendered long ago.

In a world where brutal, autocratic countries and their corrupt leaders have been called to account before international tribunals or truth-and-reconciliation commissions, Saudi Arabia has always been the exception. Ever since the discovery of its vast oil reserves in 1938, the kingdom’s unique power to stabilize or sabotage the world economy has forced the U.S., its Western allies and even the United Nations to tiptoe around not only Saudi human rights abuses at home but also its financial support for militant Islamist groups such as the Taliban and the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s ­Syrian franchise. And the valuable strategic benefits that Saudi Arabia offers the United States—including its intelligence cooperation on counterterrorism, the fly-over rights it grants U.S. military aircraft in an important region of world, the lucrative market it provides for U.S. military hardware and the role of counterweight to Iran it has assumed—have all ­insulated the kingdom from U.S. sanctions. Weighed against such considerations, former diplomats say the administration’s refusal to support Canada over Saudi Arabia makes perfect sense.

“Human rights and values have never been the cement in this relationship,” says Chas Freeman, a former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia. “From the outset, it has always been driven by ­national interests—both ours and theirs.”

Trump has more than met the U.S. practice of not commenting publicly on Saudi human practices.

“Every American president since FDR has put oil and strategic affairs before human rights when dealing with Saudi kings in fear of a disruption in the bilateral relationship,” says Riedel. "But Trump has taken this abrogation of accountability to a new level of negligence.”

The House of Saud and the House of Trump have forged close relations over the past three years. They began with the personal friendship between MBS and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. That developed during Trump’s presidential campaign and has expanded since the 2016 election, based on a mutual rejection of Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran and his vision for the Middle East, which encouraged Saudi Arabia to “share” the region with Iran, its main rival.

But Trump’s support has gone further than any other Western leader’s; unlike MBS’s critics, he has not condemned the crown prince’s ruthless campaigns

And, of course, the American reluctance to criticize Saudi Arabia also remains. What’s really new—you could even say ­unprecedented—is the relationship at the top between two leaders with strong personalities and increasingly divergent ­visions for their respective countries, yet who still need what the other has always offered. That’s the sort of tension that provokes international brawls.

My comment: Somewhat too much “US mainstream”, in various points.

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Film by The Humanist Report: Trump Quietly KiIIs Remaining Protections for Civilians in Yemen

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Donal Trump tweet: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!

Reply by Fuad Rajeh: But it's OK that Saudis & UAE attack Yemen's Hodeidah and that US takes part in humanitarian tragedy there! Hodeidah is Yemen's 2nd most densely populated & poorest city. It has highest rates of malnutrition & diseases. In general, it's OK US takes part in killing our children

My comment: US double standards wherever you look. – And, as almost always: The US is the worst killer of all.

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New York Yemenis mourn US role in their country's civil war

Concerns grow with news that US-made weapons were used to kill children, while Trump’s travel ban leaves civilians trapped

Today Yemeni Americans, who have traditionally sent home money to help build up their country, are anguished by the war

Their pain is made worse by Donald Trump’s travel ban, which was inspired by fear of terrorism but has left innocent civilians trapped in a conflict zone, many of them relatives of American citizens.

“Before this war broke out we were struggling with the economy, the last thing we needed was a war.”

“The fact that they hit a school bus, the majority of them under 12 years old coming back from a picnic – what kind of intelligence could merit a strike of that sort in the middle of a marketplace? There is very little concern for the civilian population.”

“We knew from the start that the US has not played a good role,” she said in a telephone interview, urging America to get off the sidelines. “I would like to see my country take a higher road.”

“An entire generation of Yemenis are being wiped out. If they wanted to stop it they could.”

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Did The CIA & Saudi Arabia Conspire To Keep 9/11 Details Secret?

“It’s horrible. We still don’t know what happened,” said Ali Soufan, one of the lead FBI counterterrorism agents whom the CIA kept in the dark about the movements of the future Al-Qaeda hijackers. To Soufan and many other former national security officials, the unanswered questions about the events leading up to the September 11, 2001, attacks dwarf those about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, because “9/11 changed the whole world.” It not only led to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the fracturing of the Middle East and the global growth of Islamic militantism but also pushed the U.S. closer to being a virtual homeland-security police state.

“I am sad and depressed about it,” said Mark Rossini, one of two FBI agents assigned to the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit, who says agency managers mysteriously blocked them from informing their headquarters about future Al-Qaeda plotters present in the United States in 2000 and again in the summer of 2001. “It is patently evident the attacks did not need to happen and there has been no justice,” he said.

The authors of a new book on 9/11 hope to refocus public attention on the cover-up. Thoroughly mining the multiple official investigations into the event, John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski find huge holes and contradictions in the official story that 9/11 was merely “a failure to connect the dots.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Foreign Office minister defends Saudi arms sales after deadly bus strike

Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt has defended arms sales to Saudi Arabia after coalition forces carried out a deadly air strike on a busy Yemeni market.

As MPs returned to the Commons after summer recess, Mr Burt faced repeated calls to stop the sale of arms to Riyadh after the strike on August 9 which left at least 51 people, 40 of whom were children, dead.

Mr Burt defended the UK’s position on arms sales, stating that Saudi Arabia was under attack from Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.

He said: “The coalition acted in support of a legitimate government, they’re currently having missiles fired at civilian targets in their own states.

“I don’t see the political justification for withdrawing our arms.”

My comment: This is absurd as Houthi Yemen is under Saudi attack and not vice versa. – Britain will hold on its arms sales, whatever is going to happen and how aburd ever the justifications might become.

Comment: Well this makes me feel ashamed to be British. The thing is Alastair Burt is not the ogre that Tobias Elwood is, he does have compassion for Yemen whereas Tobias Elwood was just uncaring and manipulative, but Burt still talks the government line faithfully. What makes 'good' men follow the cruel foreign policy of the UK and KSA governments?

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A Cbeebies presenter fronted the ‘deadly business’ of promoting arms sales in UK schools

A report by the Observer has revealed that arms manufacturers spent millions targeting children as young as four in UK schools. One used a children’s TV star to promote its wares in the classroom. While another created a “missile simulator” for children to “play with”.

Meanwhile, the weapons made by these companies are killing thousands of innocent people – including children – in conflicts around the world.

Lesson plans?

As the Observer reported, arms companies who have made tens of billions selling weapons to human rights abusing governments, sponsor events and lessons in schools. They also promote the creation and sale of weapons and the defence sector as a whole.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Thank you peacemakers in #Germany!

'01.09.2018 – Bautzen (Germany)
Stop the WAR in Yemen – mobile traveling exhibition
1. Mobile traveling exhibition by the Stop the WAR in Yemen peace initiative reporting on the war in Yemen, its consequences, backgrounds and actors.

Stop the WAR in Yemen has set itself the task of informing and educating members of parliament as well as the people of Germany about the illegal war that Saudi Arabia and its war coalition has been waging against Yemen since 26 March 2015. We want to attract public attention on that war. Saudi Arabia with its war coalition and the complicity in the genocide in Yemen by the NATO/EU powers USA, Great Britain, France, Germany etc., must be stopped immediately! (photos)

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Petition: Bahrain:Don't execute victims of torture

21 people are currently on Bahrain's death row, many of them political prisoners. 4 have exhausted their legal appeals and could be executed at any time.

Will you join us in calling on the the King of Bahrain and the Bahraini government to stop these executions?

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Spanien stoppt Lieferung von Bomben nach Saudi-Arabien

Spanien hat die Auslieferung von lasergesteuerten Bomben nach Saudi-Arabien gestoppt.

Es werde befürchtet, dass die Waffen im Jemen-Konflikt zum Einsatz kommen könnten, teilte das Verteidigungsministerium in Madrid am Dienstag zur Begründung mit.

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Spain confirms it has halted sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia

Spain has halted the sale of a shipment of bombs to Saudi Arabia amid concerns about their use in the conflict in Yemen, the Spanish Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

Spanish broadcaster Cadena Ser reported the Defence Ministry had started a process to cancel a contract signed between Spain’s former government and the Gulf Arab state in 2015 to sell 400 laser-guided bombs.

The broadcaster said the bombs would have been used in Yemen, where U.N. human rights experts have said air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition have caused heavy civilian casualties and some may amount to war crimes.

“We confirm the news,” a Defence Ministry spokeswoman said, declining to give any further details. There was no immediate response from Saudi authorities.

Cadena Ser said the Socialist administration of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who took over in Madrid in June after toppling his conservative predecessor, would pay back 9.2 million euros already paid for the material.


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Spain cancels €9.2mn deal to sell Saudis 400 precision bombs

The Saudi-led coalition’s recent slaughter of Yemeni children has prompted the Spanish defense ministry to cancel a €9.2-million deal to sell Saudis 400 precision bombs.

The Spanish Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that it will return the 9.2 million euros already paid by Saudi Arabia to buy 400 Spanish-made precision bombs amid fears that they could be used to target the innocent people of Yemen, the El Mundo reported.

The arms deal had been negotiated and finalized by former Spanish defense ministers Pedro Morenés Eulate and Maria Dolores de Cospedal.

However, the recent deadly attack on a bus carrying Yemeni students, which killed 51 people including 40 children, prompted incumbent minister Margarita Robles to revise all arms deals with the Arab kingdom. The recent decision to freeze the bomb sale contract is said to be the first stage of the revision process.

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20 Saudi Students File for Asylum in Canada

As the Aug. 31 deadline for Saudi students to leave Canada passes, at least 20 students are filing asylum claims in an attempt to stay in the country.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) said the 20 students had shown their desire to stay on Canadian territory and that the authorities were considering their applications.

The radio pointed out that the students do not want to go home, and they are afraid of arrest in the event of their return.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp12

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Serbian Weapons Used in Yemen Conflict Zone

As human rights activists demand an end to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia after a Saudi-led coalition’s deadly air strike on Yemen, new pictures show Serbian weapons being used in the Yemeni conflict on both sides.

After Human Rights Watch on Sunday appealed for a stop to weapons exports to Saudi Arabia following last month's airstrike in Yemen that killed at least 26 children and wounded at least 19, new pictures show Serbian-made weapons being used in the conflict in Yemen.

In recent months, Serbian weapons have been spotted on both sides in Yemen conflict - in the hands of Saudi-backed fighters and with the Houthi troops - although Serbia officially does not export arms to UN-embargoed Yemen.

BIRN could not independently verify these pictures, but has reported extensively on the lucrative arms trade that has developed between Balkan countries and Saudi Arabia, which systematically diverts the weapons to militias in Syria and Yemen.
In May 2015, several Yemeni news websites published footage and photos of ammunition they claimed had been airdropped by the Saudi-led military coalition to its proxies in Yemen.
Pictures and videos provided to BIRN by the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism clearly show ammunition boxes attached to parachutes. Markings on these boxes revealed their contents as 60mm mortar shells produced in the state-owned Serbian factory Krusik in 2012.
Krusik said it had sold that particular lot to Zastava, another Serbian state-owned arms factory (with evidence)

My comment: There had been large investigative rports on arms sales from Balkan countries to Saudi Arabia for arming pro-Saudi militia in Yemen and elsewhere.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Sudan’s participation in Yemen war part of commitment to Arab issues: FM

Sudan’s Foreign Minister El-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed said his country’s participation in the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen was part of a collective commitment toward Arab issues.

In an interview with the Yemen news agency Saba on Monday, Ahmed said Sudan took part in the military alliance in order to restore security and stability in Yemen.

He underlined Sudan’s support to the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffith, to arrive at a peaceful solution to the crisis through dialogue.

Al-Bashir has been under pressure to withdraw his troops from Yemen because Gulf countries particularly Saudi Arabia do not provide financial support to the country to overcome its economic crisis.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

Siehe / Look at cp1

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How life is going on in #Yemen
In 2014, my salary was 66310 Yemeni Riyals ÷ 214 US$= 310$. In 2018, my salary is 66310YR ÷ 600$ =111$.
In fact my salary is not paid monthly as it has to be, but once every 4 months so my monthly salary is 110$ ÷ 4 months = 27.5$ only, one of the Yemeni public school teachers explained.
He added, how can we, a family with 5 members, live with 27.5$ per month which means 0.9$ a day?
This is one of 26 million Yemenis stories. =

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Finance Minister Announces Measures to Confront Economic War

Minister of Finance, Chairman of Payments and Foreign Exchange Committee in the Salvation Government Dr. Hussein Makboli that the economic war against the Yemeni People began since the aggression transferred the Central Bank from the capital Sana’a to Aden.

Makboli revealed that the Saudi deposit is fake and mercenaries have unloaded exchange shops to withdraw the currency from the local market.

The Minister of Finance drew up immediate plans to contribute to the payment of the purchase bill for commodities and oil.

“We are working to reduce speculation and not to move with currency prices in the southern provinces,” Makboli said.

The mechanism of supplying oil derivatives and food commodities is through the supply of the Yemeni riyal to the bank. Traders are not allowed to enter the market except through coordination with the Payments Committee to balance the offers of the demand for currency.

The Finance Minister stressed that the riyal should be deposited in banks and coordinated with the Payments Committee for the purchase of the dollar before the entry of any commodity. The supervisory committees of the Central Bank are deployed in exchange shops to adjust prices.

Remark: This is by the Houthis’ Sanaa government. And also this:

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Salvation Government Supports Riyal, Reveals Tricks of Economic War

The Government of Salvation stimulated its efforts to confront the war imposed on the Yemeni People which aimed at destroying the local currency to increase economic aid in light of the continued siege and the cutting of salaries by the US-Saudi aggression.

The Payments and Foreign Exchange Committee held the government of the traitor and fugitive Hadi the responsibility of the deterioration of the local currency significantly during the past two months. Hadi government printed large amounts of currency, caused the rise of foreign exchange and developed channels for selling and purchasing the hard currency by a high margin allowed to speculate prices and depreciate the Yemeni riyal.

The Committee stressed that the amount and level of exchange rate rise is the result of the reverse speculative fabricated as part of the immoral economic war.

With regard to the avoidance of going to the worst and facing the economic war imposed by the US-Saudi aggression and its agents, the Committee emphasized that it was developing options and possible alternatives to provide for the needs of commercial movement and to harness the sources of foreign exchange at appropriate rates that inevitably reflected commodity prices.

The Committee talked about the plan made by the Government of Salvation to adjust the price of the riyal with the scarce tools available, but sufficient to reduce the pressure on the market and encourage levels of domestic production.

It called on all parties of the market to discipline and not to create tension from the operations and orders of purchase without awareness of the results.

My comment: This is by the Houthis’ Sanaa government. How will this work?

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The price of the Yemeni Rial increased by 300 % to the dollar since the beginning of the conflict. As a result, prices of basic good climbed %400 & more depending on the item. No Salaries for most of #Yemen civil servants, No basic services delivered & Business capitals migrated!

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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New video from #IslamicState in #Yemen creates impression it's growing. More men than recent videos (but could be footage of outreach work). Focuses on group bonding not fighting. Includes traditional singing, dancing. Much footage of food – powerful given many Yemenis are hungry (photos)

New 10min video from #ISIS in al-Bayda' #Yemen "Days of Thanks & Remembrance" portrays its Eid celebrations. On eve of Geneva talks, it seizes chance to outlaw any flavour of a Yemeni state, whether southern or united. Both Independence Day & National Day are billed as un-Islamic (photos)

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#AlQaeda in #Yemen releases trailer for forthcoming film "Destroying Espionage". Promises to include details of how former #AQAP leader, al-Wuhyashi, was tracked & droned. This accords with Batarfi's promise (interview, 20 June) to expose #Saudi & US sponsored spies inside AQAP (image)


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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) alleged to dismantle a Saudi spy cell in a September 4 video. AQAP claimed the seven-man cell ran by Saudi intelligence was responsible for providing intelligence that facilitated the majority of U.S. airstrikes targeting AQAP. The video, titled “The demolishing of Espionage,” also claimed that AQAP was able to obtain important information from the spies’ confessions “which was not known even during the first days of ignorance.”[1]

cp15 Propaganda

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Wall Street Journal on Twitter: The military coalition fighting a war against Yemen’s Iran-supported Houthi rebels apologized for a strike that killed dozens of schoolchildren

Yes put the words Iran and Houthis in the tweet but not the name of the country that actually killed those kids..

My comment: Oh yes, this is how a really subtle but very effective propaganda is working. Thanks for pointing!!

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UAE Holds the 6th Mass Wedding for 200 Brides in Hadhramaut

Under the patronage of his highness Sheikh Mohamed Be Zaid Al Nuhaian, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy of Supreme Commander of Emirati Armed Forces, and as part of the events of “Year of Zaid” Festival, the sixth mass wedding, the second for Hadhramaut, was held in Al-Makla on Friday August 31st, 2018, for 200 brides and grooms from Al-Shuhur, Al-Ghil, Al-Dubs east, Al-Ridah and Kusaier

My comment: Separatists praising their UAE masters…

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Qatari cleric Qardawi forced wife to watch porn, wanted threesome with maid: report

Frustrations and fantasies of Doha-based Muslim Brotherhood sheikh exposed by ex-wife

Previous fatwas include allowing masturbation for men, but prohibiting it for women

Comment: This idiotic fuckfest between Saudi Arabia & Qatar has no limits. Enough... maa laakum????

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UAE world's largest donor of direct humanitarian aid to Yemen in 2018: UN

The UAE spends more on direct emergency humanitarian aid to Yemen in 2018 than any country on earth, according to the Financial Tracking Services.

My comment: And they are Yemen’s second largest destroyers, and want to build a permanent zone of influence and exploitation.

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Vice President discusses final arrangements with head of government delegation in Geneva negotiations

According to the official government agency, Mohsen said the legitimacy enter this round for the fourth time and with sincere intentions, which primarily places the interests of the Yemeni people and the highest interests of the country on all considerations.

"The government's position is well known toward a lasting peace based on the three terms of reference leading to an end to the coup d'état, the restoration of the state, and the constant keenness of legitimacy to end the suffering of Yemenis caused by the coup d'état of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia," he said.

My comment: it’s simply impossible to win peace this way.

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Yemen FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: Govt. Ready to Go beyond Geneva Talks for People’s Relief

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani said that the new round of Yemeni consultations in the Swiss city of Geneva on Thursday will focus on confidence-building between warring parties.
He told Asharq Al-Awsat said that if the Iran-backed Houthis move forward with these measures, then there will be hope to continue these consultations to achieve sustainable peace and a complete end of Tehran’s interference in Yemeni affairs.
He added that the government delegation is prepared to go beyond Geneva to alleviate the suffering of the people at the hands of the Houthis.
Yamani said that the aim of going to Geneva is to find ways for restoring stability and ending the suffering.
He pointed out that consultations will discuss freeing Houthi-held prisoners and safely returning them to their families.
The international community had sent strong messages to the militias on the pressing need for cooperation when it comes to humanitarian relief affairs, Yamani added.
For its part, the freely elected government headed by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi is closely working with UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths on humanitarian affairs, he continued.
He said that the problems in the humanitarian file stem from “dealing with militias that are unaware of the extent of damage they inflict on Yemenis and the extent of the present humanitarian disaster.”

Furthermore, the minister stressed that the militias do not control their own fate and are mostly pawns of Iranian ambitions for regional hegemony.

Comment: For one hopeful sentence 'Govt. Ready to Go beyond Geneva Talks for People’s Relief' you have to digest pure propaganda blaming Ansarallah (obviously called Houthi militias, if not worse) for virtually everything.

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Gargash praises UN envoy efforts on Yemen peace talks

The UN-led peace process is the only way to alleviate the suffering Yemen has experienced since Houthi rebels seized large parts of the country, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash said on Monday.

The minister praised the UN’s special envoy Martin Griffiths for his work on bringing all sides together for peace talks, set to take place in Geneva this week.

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KSRelief Center Returns 13 Yemeni Children Recruited By Houthi Militias To Schools

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has freed 13 Yemeni children recruited by Houthi Militias and returned them to their schools after the terrorist group deprived them of education and brought them into the battlefields of various Yemeni governorates.
The recruited children were returned to schools by the help of the Center which supports and supervises the rehabilitation project for recruited children in Yemen.
A number of children expressed their deep thanks and gratitude to KSRelief for its great efforts to rehabilitate and integrate them into the society along with returning them to schools after being recruited forcibly by coup militias.

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Military source: Iranian and Lebanese experts killed in Saadah

Iranian and Lebanese experts were killed in Saadah during the past few days in fighting between the national army and the Houthi rebels, military sources told Alsahwa Net.

The sources affirmed that hundreds of the Houthi rebels fell dead while they were attempting to recapture military positions which were overtaken by the army.

My comment: And again these propaganda ghosts have shown up. And again, we will see or hear nothing more, no evidence, nothing.

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Houthis and Hezbollah ‘trafficking drugs to fund military operations’

“Houthi militias have been trafficking drugs, which the Yemeni security forces with the support of the coalition have been fighting to stop,” said Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition at a press conference in Riyadh on Monday.
The spokesman accused the Houthis of being drug traffickers in cooperation with the Lebanese Hezbollah group.
Al-Maliki said that coalition forces were helping Yemen’s legitimate security forces to counter the Houthi drug trade. He added that many drug shipments had been seized and that some of the seized shipments had the slogan “Beirut Youth Council.”
“This explains the relationship between Hezbollah and the Houthi militias in an effort to find sources of funding for military operations,” he said.
“Al-Houthi militias continue to threaten maritime navigation in the Strait of Bab Al-Mandeb and the Red Sea.”
Yemeni security forces in Marib governorate confiscated a shipment of drugs coming from Lebanon, on its way to the Houthi militias in the capital Sanaa, according to the Yemeni Information Ministry.

My comment: A new propaganda story to tell how bad the Houthis are and how many Hezbollah connections there are. How this smuggling should work in the time of Saudi blockade, he still has to tell. More ideas for Houthi smuggling: Livers, kidneys and other parts of human bodies; protected rare animals; uranium; US top secret documents; girls from Eastern Europe and Nigeria; refugees from Libya to Europe; toxic waste.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids day by day

Sept. 3:

Sept. 2:

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Woman Injured by US-Saudi Airstrike in Sa’ada

a woman was injured on Tuesday after a US-Saudi airstrike targeted her house in border district, Sa'ada

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Aggression airstrike hits Hodeidah International Airport

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Two US-Saudi airstrikes hits Hodeidah province

The two airstrikes targeted the road link between the departments of al-Tahita and Zabid

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Two airstrikes waged on citizen's houses in al-Raqah area in Hidan district, injuring a civilian and damaged his house, said the official.

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Citizen Killed, 2 Injured by US-Saudi Aggression Strikes in Sana’a

A citizen was killed and a father and his child were injured by US-Saudi Aggression strike that targeted a farm in Nihm, east of Sana'a.

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Sept. 4: Saada p.

Sept. 3: Hodeidah airport Hajjah p. and Saada p. Sanaa city

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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The #Yemen-i Rocketry Force launches 4 ballistic missiles type Badr-1 on Aramco refinery and petrochemical plants in Economic City in Jizan, Saudia Arabia.

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In Razih border district, Bani Saiah area hit by Saudi missile and artillery shelling, injuring a woman seriously and damaged citizen's houses and properties.


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Ballistic Missile, Badr1 Hits Aramco in the Economic City, in Jizan

Rocketry Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees fired a ballistic missile, Badr1, at Aramco in the Economic City, in Jizan

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.


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Yemen drone, missile attacks hit Jizan

The Yemeni army waged drone and missile attacks on Jizan province, a military official told Saba on Monday.
The attacks hit Saudi vital and military targets

Yemen drone attacks Sudanese soldiers in Jizan

The army and popular forces' drone carried out air attack on gatherings of Sudanese soldiers in Jizan province


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Saudi Air Defenses Intercept 2 Houthi Ballistic Missiles Fired at Jizan

Saudi air defenses intercepted on Tuesday two ballistic missiles that were fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen at the Kingdom.
Saudi-led Arab coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that the rockets were fired from Yemen’s Saada region towards Saudi Arabia’s Jizan city.

My comment: And following: The standard propaganda.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-452 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-452: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

06:26 05.09.2018
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Dietrich Klose

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