Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 466 - Yemen War Mosaic 466

Yemen Press Reader 466: 7. Oktober 2018: Hunger und Krieg – Saudi-Arabien und Jemen – Saudische Ambitionen in der Provinz Mahrah – Saudi Arabien, der nächste gescheiterte Staat? – und mehr
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October 7, 2018: Famine and war – Saudi Arabia and Yemen – Saudi ambitions in Mahrah province – Saudi Arabia, the next failed state? – 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

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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As Millions Starve, Many Still Speak of a Yemen “On the Brink of Famine”

“Dog meat tastes bad, but the foremost thing that I should be concerned is to save my family rather than thinking if that may be wrong or dangerous.” — A Yemeni father

For almost three years, the expression “on the brink of famine” has been repeatedly cited by relief agencies to describe one side of the humanitarian disaster in Yemen. It is an expression that has never been revised, even as it became increasingly inaccurate as the Saudi-led coalition tightened its blockade and ignored the pleas of governments and human rights organizations. Now famine is will entrenched in Yemen and the expression “on the verge of starvation” has become obsolete.

A 45-year-old mother sits cross-legged on a bed in Aslam Hospital in Hajjah province, in northern Yemen, resting her two-year-old son, Mabrouk, on her knee, speaking in murmurs to her son whose ribs push out from underneath a fine layer of skin as his eyes stare wide from his gaunt face.

On the right side of a room filled with the sounds of crying children, five parents wait for their turn to weigh their children. They also suffer from the malnutrition that has spread in the remote area of Aslam and many other districts in Yemen over the past month. Their children’s bodies appear much too small for their ages.

According to Yemen’s local health sources, Aslam recorded one of Hajjah’s highest jumps in the number of malnourished children. Ebrahim al- Ashwal, the manager of Health Office in the province told MintPress that there were 17,000 cases of severe acute malnutrition in the first six months of 2018, higher than any month on record.

Mekkiya Mahdi, who heads the Aslam Health Center said: “We have received 14 to 17 cases of those suffering the most extreme form of malnutrition per week.” The Al-Thalouth Center (The Tuesday Center) is just one of the health centers in Aslam that receive dozens of cases each week.

The Ministry of Health, based in Sana’a, said in a statement to MintPress :

Now, more than 2 million children have suffered from famine; one out of three children under the age of five in Yemen are already malnourished. There are eight out of nine children with anemia, and there are between one and two hundred girls or women of childbearing age who are malnourished.”

Save the Children warns that 5.2 million children in Yemen now face starvation. Last month, the organization predicted that at least 36,000 children in Yemen — an average of 1,600 children every day — will die from extreme hunger by the end of the year.

Nothing to eat but leaves and pets

“Since the day he was born, I have not had the money to buy his milk or buy his medicine,” Mabrouk’s mother declares, as she feeds her entire family with a Halas mush made from leaves. “We eat leaves. I pick it, then wash and boil it into a sour, acidic green paste, then we eat it.” She herself is undernourished and is often unable to breastfeed her child.

Like the residents of Aslam, many Yemeni families have reportedly resorted to eating leaves in a desperate bid to stave off starvation. This was confirmed by Mark Lowcock, the United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs

The siege-and-starvation tactics employed by the Saudi coalition with the support of the United States have even pushed people to eat stray animals or their own pets to survive.

Saied Abdu is nearly five months old but has the bearings of both a premature baby and a grandfather. Hunger has ravaged his tiny frame and given him a bulbous head.

As his father, who just arrived at the hospital from the Saudi coalition-controlled province of Lahj in northern Yemen, recounts:

Dog meat tastes bad, but the foremost thing that I should be concerned is to save my family rather than thinking if that may be wrong or dangerous.”

He appeared embarrassed to admit that he feeds his family the meat of dogs and cats. In a hushed tone, he spoke of how he was forced to slaughter two dogs and one cat to feed his family.

An economy in ruins

In the next bed in the same room in Aslam`s health center, Salem al-Jaber watches over his baby, Hamam, who is 13 months old. Hamam also suffers from malnutrition. al-Jaber said.

“I was working on a mango farm in the Bagel district of Hodeida and business was bad. Some weeks I came home with 10,000 riyals, another week 15,000 or nothing,” he said. Before the war, the local currency was 280 to one U.S. dollar but now it is 800 riyals to one dollar. He continued:

Everything changed after airstrikes destroyed the farm last summer. Now we eat just one small meal a day. Before the war, we could buy other things, but no more. We were already poor and when the war broke out we became even poorer.”

The U.S. backed and Saudi led war has doubled the price of basic goods, including food and fuel like cooking gas, but it is the loss of millions of jobs that has pushed thousands of people to starvation and turned Yemen, where drought or rarely occurred, into the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

Moreover, the coalition has used systematic economic strangulation as a weapon of war — targeting jobs, infrastructure, the agricultural sector and pumping stations, factories, and the provision of basic services. The coalition claims it is targeting economic sites being used for military purposes, which it, therefore, considers legitimate military targets.

But the attack on Hodeida in particular, as well as the blockade and aerial bombing campaign, have created widespread hunger.

Fundamentally, it would not be difficult for ultra-rich countries to end famine in Yemen, especially as they spend millions of dollars daily on airstrikes, rocket attacks, and processing intelligence. Instead, they actively seek to prolong Yemeni suffering for their own political gain, building their greed upon the bones of starving Yemenis.

Yemen is not on the verge of famine; famine actually exists

Even prior to the outbreak of famine in Aslam, Lowcock admitted to the Security Council last month that the UN is losing the fight against famine in Yemen.

This fact, which is still ignored by the wider world, was underlined by the World Food Program (WFP) when it warned Thursday that there very well could be famine in remote areas of the country, where the UN’s food agency does not have access. Now the dearth is also in cities like Hodeida, Lahj, Amran, and Abbian provinces, meaning that famine is no longer a phenomenon exclusive to remote areas. While starvation is not yet as extreme in the cities as it is in villages, that does not mean it could not reach the same point in the days to come.

Whatever the extent of famine, Yemen is in a multi-faceted disaster on all fronts – by Ahmed AbdulKareem

https://www.mintpressnews.com/as-millions-starve-many-still-speak-of-yemen-as-on-the-brink-of-famine/

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Yemen needs self-rule, not another Saudi bailout

The Saudi-led coalition gives Yemen leftovers and robs it of its sovereignty, independence and dignity, writes a Yemeni journalist.

The news on the recent Saudi grant to the Central Bank of Yemen has gone viral locally and internationally.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia declared a bailout of US$200 million to Yemen to address the unbridled collapse of the Yemeni riyal amid an unending war and tragic humanitarian crisis.

While this might sound like great news for this war-wracked nation, it is in fact, nothing of the sort. This financial aid will yield no genuine positive impact on the economic situation in Yemen or improve the livelihoods of its starving millions.

For its part, Saudi Arabia is well aware that injecting funds will do nothing to help establish economic stability in their impoverished neighbour, but they have no qualms in continuing to fool the Yemeni government into thinking so.

Instead of adopting practical measures and tangible steps to address the economic situation in Yemen, the Kingdom has resorted to the media to publicise the so-called 'grants', hoping to placate Yemenis through their reported financial aid.

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia announced a $2 billion bailout to be injected to the Central Bank of Yemen to shore up the Yemeni currency. That was a tremendous sum of money, but with no sign of its benefits, the country's dire economic situation continues, unabated.
The Yemeni currency has neither maintained, nor strengthened its value. In fact, Yemenis have seen and felt quite the opposite. Saudi Arabia's aid injections are wholly fake solutions, nothing more than cash bundles for mere media consumption.

Saudi Arabia's 'support' for Yemen means Yemenis should be prepared to face further ordeals. Observers may argue that Saudi Arabia cannot be responsible for all of Yemen's affairs. But while it is true that many of the country's problems are domestic issues, there's no denying the Saudi-led coalition has created innumerable calamities for Yemenis since 2015. The deadly fallout of the coalition's bombing campaign, and the ongoing decline of the Yemeni riyal are just two examples.

The Saudi-led coalition controls Yemen's air, ground and sea ports - and the vital money-generating sectors - including gas, petrol production and exportation. It dictates what should be done in Yemen and how. The coalition undermines the internationally recognised government and confronts any efforts to establish a government presence in the Houthi-free areas.

The coalition recruits militant forces to weaken the legitimate government, as is the case with the UAE-backed separatists militias in Yemen's south. It contributes to starving the people and destroying their infrastructure. Far from being the rescuer, millions of Yemenis see it as a heartless and careless culprit.
Practically speaking, the coalition gives Yemen leftovers and robs it of its sovereignty, independence and dignity.

A Yemeni government appreciative of crooked Saudi policy

Whatever damage the Saudi-led coalition may be doing, Yemen's internationally recognised government appears to react only with expressions of appreciation. For this government, it seems, any criticism of Saudi wrongs in Yemen is off the table.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2018/10/4/yemen-needs-self-rule-not-another-saudi-bailout

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Im Schatten des Krieges: Saudi-Arabien plant Bau von Ölhafen im Jemen

Der Bau würde die saudische Abhängigkeit von der Straße von Hormus und der Bab al-Mandab-Meerenge erheblich verringern. Gleichzeitig errichtet Riad salafistische Zentren in der Region und stößt damit auf den Widerstand der Bevölkerung. Das Nachbarland Oman ist alarmiert.

Dass es sich bei dem Plan, einen Ölhafen samt Pipeline in der jemenitischen Provinz al-Mahra zu bauen, um ein konkretes Vorhaben Saudi-Arabiens handelt, belegt ein Brief an den saudischen Botschafter im Jemen. In dem Schreiben bedankt sich die Konstruktionsfirma Huta Marine, eine Tochter des im saudischen Jeddah beheimateten Mutterkonzerns Huta Group, für "das Vertrauen", nachdem das Unternehmen demnach darum gebeten wurde, einen Fertigungsplan vorzulegen.

Das Unternehmen kündigte in der Folge an, die Örtlichkeiten in Augenschein nehmen zu wollen, um aufgrund der Eindrücke vor Ort ein Angebot vorlegen zu können Die Pläne Saudi-Arabiens würden es der absolutistischen Monarchie erlauben, das schwarze Gold aus Raffinerien in al-Mahra durch die Rub-al-Chali-Wüste zu exportieren, die größte zusammenhängende Sandwüste der Welt.

Der Vorteil liegt auf der Hand: Durch den Ölhafen wäre das Königreich nicht länger an die Straße von Hormus oder die Straße von Bab al-Mandab gebunden, beides strategische Engpässe mit erheblichem Einfluss auf die saudischen Ölexporte. Al-Mahra liegt im Südosten des Jemen und grenzt an den Oman. Auch wenn die Region vom Kriegsgeschehen weitgehend verschont blieb und sich vor Ort keine nennenswerten Huthi-Verbände oder Einheiten weiterer bewaffneter Gruppierungen befinden, startete die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Kriegskoalition gemeinsam mit den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) Ende des Jahres 2017 eine Militärkampagne in dem Gebiet.

Das taktische Vorgehen umfasst ebenfalls die Stationierung von durch die VAE finanzierten Sicherheitskräften. Darunter die sogenannten "Mahri Elite Forces", entwickelt nach dem Vorbild weiterer im Jemen operierender Söldnertruppen

Das militärische Treiben stößt derweil unter der lokalen Bevölkerung auf wachsenden Unmut und Wiederstand. Besonders bitter stößt den Bewohnern die Kontrolle der Saudis und der VAE über die kritische Infrastruktur auf, darunter der regionale Hafen und Flughafen. Einer der Gründe: 70 Prozent der Ölimporte des Jemen werden über den Oman und die al-Mahra-Grenze abgewickelt. Für zusätzliches Öl im Feuer dürfte auch die Verhaftung des ehemaligen stellvertretenden Gouverneurs von al-Mahra, Ali bin Salem al-Huraizy, sorgen. Die Verhaftung ereignete sich, nachdem dieser zu Protesten der Bevölkerung gegen die Militärkoalition und ihre zunehmende regionale Dominanz aufgerufen hatte.

Die lokale Bevölkerung und der ehemalige Gouverneur kritisieren ebenfalls, dass der lokale Hafen nicht mehr für die Fischerei genutzt werden könne und sich der Flughafen in einen militärischen Stützpunkt verwandelt habe. Huraizy lehnt darüber hinaus auch die Pläne zum Bau des Ölhafens in al-Mahra ohne das Einverständnis der lokalen Autoritäten ab.

Saudi-Arabien versucht derweil, der Frustration der Bevölkerung durch sogenannte "Entwicklungsprojekte" zu begegnen, darunter ein Medizinzentrum und Stromstationen.

Nach Ansicht von Analysten zielt das Vorgehen der arabischen Kriegskoalitionäre in der Region auch darauf ab, politischen und wirtschaftlichen Druck auf den Oman auszuüben. Für Unruhe sorgt nun auch, dass das wahhabitische Königreich Saudi-Arabien nach lokalen Angaben fundamentalistische Zentren in der Region errichtet, um über diese die Ideologie des Salafismus zu verbreiten und das religiös-kulturelle Fundament für die eigenen Ambitionen zu legen.

https://deutsch.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/77064-im-schatten-krieges-saudi-arabien-plant-bau-oelhafen-jemen/

Bemerkung: Hierüber wurde schon verschiedentlich berichtet, vor allem auf Englisch (s. u.). Auf Deutsch: https://deutsch.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/74792-um-iran-zu-umgehen-saudi/

Remark: English reporting:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/saudi-arabia-build-oil-port-yemen-al-mahra-sources-180820082111526.html

https://www.mintpressnews.com/saudi-arabia-begins-construction-of-petrol-pipeline-through-yemen/249936/

https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/default/files/publications/research/2018-03-27-yemen-southern-powder-keg-salisbury-final.pdf

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Is Saudi Arabia the Middle East’s Next Failed State?

Reports are growing that Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s hyperactive crown prince, is losing his grip. His economic reform program has stalled since his father, King Salman, nixed plans to privatize 5 percent of Saudi Aramco. The Saudi war in Yemen, which the prince launched in March 2015, is more of a quagmire than ever while the kingdom’s sword rattling with Iran is making the region increasingly jumpy. Heavy gunfire in Riyadh last April sparked rumors that MBS, as he’s known, had been killed in a palace coup. In May, an exiled Saudi prince urged top members of the royal family to oust him and put an end to his “irrational, erratic, and stupid” rule. Recently, Bruce Riedel, an ex-CIA analyst who heads up the Brookings Institution’s Intelligence Project, reported that the prince is so afraid for his life that he’s taken to spending nights on his yacht in the Red Sea port of Jeddah.

Channeling Ibn Khaldun

What does it all mean? The person to ask is Ibn Khaldun, the famous Tunisian historian, geographer, and social theorist.

As Ibn Khaldun put it:

[T]he life of a dynasty does not as a rule extend beyond three generations. The first generation retains the desert qualities, desert toughness, and desert strategy. … They are sharp and greatly feared. People submit to them. … [T]he second generation changes from the desert attitude to sedentary culture, from privation to luxury and plenty, from a state in which everybody shared in the glory to one in which one man claims all the glory for himself while the others are too lazy to strive for glory. … The third generation … has completely forgotten the period of desert life and toughness, as if it never existed…. Luxury reaches its peak among them, because they are so much given to a life of prosperity and ease.

Decadence leads to collapse as fierce nomadic fundamentalists gather in the desert and prepare to mete out punishment to the city dwellers for their religious laxity. “[A] new purge of the faith is required,” summed up Friedrich Engels, who evidently read Ibn Khaldun, “a new Mahdi [i.e., redeemer] arises, and the game starts again from the beginning.”

It’s a recurrent cycle that has held true for a remarkable number of Muslim dynasties from the seventh century on.

Evidence of Instability

The big question now is whether the pattern will hold true for the Saudis.

The answer so far is that it will. Events are proceeding on course. Ibn Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state, by allying himself with Wahhabism, the local version of Islamic ultra-fundamentalism, embodied Ibn Khaldun’s concept of a ruthless desert warrior who uses religion to mobilize his fellow tribesman and battle his way to the throne in 1932. MBS, who all but took over the throne in 2015, meanwhile personifies all the foolishness and decadence that Ibn Khaldun attributed to the third generation. He’s more energetic than his father. But as one would expect of someone who has spent his entire life cosseted amid fantastic wealth, he’s headstrong, impractical, and immature. He preaches austerity and hard work, yet plunked down $500 million for his yacht, $450 million for a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, and $300 million for a French chateau. The hypocrisy is so thick that it’s almost as if he wants to be overthrown.

Fundamental Enemies

As for the lean and hungry fundamentalists whom Ibn Khaldun said would administer the final blow, there’s no doubt who fits that bill: ISIS and al- Qaida. Both are fierce, warlike, and pious, both inveigh against a Saudi regime drowning in corruption, and both would like nothing more than to parade about with the crown prince’s head on a pike.

Could Saudi Arabia become the Middle East’s next failed state? – by Daniel Lazare

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/10/04/is-saudi-arabia-the-middle-easts-next-failed-state/ = https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/10/no_author/is-saudi-arabia-the-middle-easts-next-failed-state/

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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With new #Cholera outbreak in #AlHodeidah, 108 families of Dahal village #AlZaidyia become more protected from the outbreak after the villagers using #CfW constructed 108 latrines with septic tanks (covering 100% of the families) (photo)

https://twitter.com/SFDYemen/status/1048642931593302017

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Film: Yemen is suffering from the world's worst cholera outbreak with more than 10,000 suspected cases being reported every week

https://twitter.com/trtworld/status/1047891666621935617

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Cholera im Jemen - Feuerpause erlaubt Massenimpfung

Im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen hat medizinisches Personal eine Feuerpause genutzt, um gut 300.000 Menschen gegen Cholera zu impfen. Darunter waren 164.000 Minderjährige, teilte das UN-Kinderhilfswerk Unicef mit.

Der Einsatz sei möglich gewesen, weil die Konfliktparteien in dem Land auf der arabischen Halbinsel einer Feuerpause zugestimmt hatten

https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute/cholera-im-jemen-feuerpause-erlaubt-massenimpfung-100.html

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Health workers in Yemen reach more than 306,000 people with cholera vaccines during four-day pause in fighting – WHO, UNICEF

Vaccination campaign covers war-torn areas of Hudaydah and Ibb

More than 306,000 people in Yemen, including over 164,000 children under the age of 15, were vaccinated against cholera as part of a joint WHO-UNICEF campaign that concluded today. The number are expected to go up as reports of the final day of the campaign come in. The six-day vaccination effort, carried out by 3,000 health workers in three districts in Hudaydah and Ibb, was made possible by a pause in fighting – known as ‘Days of Tranquility’ – agreed by parties to the conflict.

“The success of this vaccination campaign shows what we can collectively achieve for children and families in Yemen when the fighting stops and humanitarian access opens up,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/05-10-2018-health-workers-in-yemen-reach-more-than-306-000-people-with-cholera-vaccines-during-four-day-pause-in-fighting-who-unicef

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Unicef und WHO warnen vor weiterer Ausbreitung von Cholera-Krankheit im Jemen

Das Kinderhilfswerk der Vereinten Nationen(Unicef) und die Weltgesundheitsorganisation(WHO) haben vor einer neuen Welle von Cholera-Krankheit im Jemen gewarnt.

Laut Unicef-Angaben vom Freitag(heute) haben etwa 16 Millionen Menschen im Jemen keinen Zugang zum sauberen Wasser.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i43885-unicef_und_who_warnen_vor_weiterer_ausbreitung_von_cholera_krankheit_im_jemen

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A strange disease has been appeared among residents in Aslam area of Hajjeh governorate in northern #Yemen The disease started as blisters on skin & face and finally led to theath A woman has died due to disease, as the infectious disease spreading very fast among residents there (photo)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1047968657471655937

Remark: This is the region where the people had been forced to eat leaves.

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

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Houthis target fleeing family with mortar shells in Yemen’s Hodeidah

Houthi militants fired mortars at a family as they fled their home in Durahmi, south of Yemen’s Hodeidah province, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

A statement issued by the government-backed Amaliqa Brigades said all five members of the family were injured when Houthis shelled them as they tried to escape towards Al-Khokha.

The incident comes a day after the militia targeted a KSRelief camp for displaced people in Al-Khokha, killing a woman and injuring a large number of civilians.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1383756/middle-east

and also https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159214

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The Saudi Arabian coalition fighters dropped new leaflets on the residents of Hodeidah, a province with the same name, urging them not to use the Kilo 16 road south of the City.

According to one of the publications, the coalition insisted on moving away from the area between the Mills roundabout to Kilo 16, "so as to preserve your safety and not be exposed to indiscriminate fire by Houthi militias."

"what the Houthi militias do in a city is the destruction of roads and infrastructure, the dismemberment of the city and the restriction of its children is a waste of the People's destiny,"

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159214

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Film: #Hodeidah belongs to #Yemen and Yemen only.
What we are witnessing is the raping and looting of a land with a genocide unfolding, with the endorsement of the #UN.

In the video, the face of colonisation.

(there are no 'Shia Houthi rebels', but such is MSM narrative)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/videos/2113208042341809

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Despite Ongoing Conflict Al-Hudaydah Port Remains Lifeline of Yemen

Despite renewed and ongoing clashes in the city of Al-Hudaydah, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is continuing its support to displaced persons in the city and across Yemen.

The military offensive to seize control of the Al-Hudaydah port and surrounding areas that began in June has exacerbated the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, leading to the large-scale internal displacement of two million people. IOM reports that since June 2018 some 78,400 households fled their homes in Al-Hudaydah to seek temporary shelter in public schools in San’a.

The fragile health system in Yemen is also under immense pressure to sustain the growing medical needs of the population. Limited numbers of health professionals, shortages of medical supplies and restricted access to healthcare for civilians due to unrelenting fighting have increased the severity of disease outbreaks such as cholera.

The Al-Hudaydah port remains a vital conduit and lifeline for the delivery of humanitarian aid to those desperately in need. Eighty per cent of Yemen’s imports, including food and basic commodities, enter the country through the Al-Hudaydah port. Twenty-eight million Yemenis, especially the eight million people at risk of starvation, rely on this port as a lifeline.

“Any blockade or destruction of the port risks toppling the country into a full-blown famine with inevitably devastating consequences,” said Maysa Khalil, IOM Head of Sub-Office in Al-Hudaydah.

Thus far in 2018, IOM facilitated the return of 615 migrants via the Al-Hudaydah port. However, unpredictable access to the port has resulted in the cancellation of multiple voluntary humanitarian return missions, with no movements in the past two months.

As the humanitarian situation worsens, IOM remains committed to providing assistance to

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/despite-ongoing-conflict-al-hudaydah-port-remains-lifeline-yemen

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Houthi shelling hits displacement camp in Yemen's Hodeidah

The shelling by Houthi rebels hit a camp of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen's Red Sea coastal city of Hodeidah on Friday, a military official told Xinhua.

"The IDPs camp in Hodeidah's district of Khokha, which has been inhabited for several months by hundreds of families, was hit by a mortar shell, killing at least three women and injuring four others," the military official said on condition of anonymity.

The wounded were transferred to receive treatment in a medical center controlled by the internationally-backed government in Hodeidah, the source said.

Earlier in the day, warplanes of the Saudi-led Arab coalition launched an airstrike on a residential building belonging to a prominent tribal chief loyal to the Houthi group in Hodeidah.

"Sheikh Ibrahim Shyrai was injured along with a number of his bodyguards during the aerial bombardment by Saudi warplanes," a local tribal source said.

Pro-Houthi media outlets confirmed the airstrike, saying two people were killed.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-10/05/c_137513361.htm

and

(A K)

Yemen officials say rebels hit displacement camp, killing 1

Yemeni officials say shelling on a west coast displacement camp by Shiite rebels fighting Yemen's internationally recognized government has killed one woman.

The officials said the rebels' Friday attack in government-held town of al-Khoukha also wounded eight children and three women.

Earlier on Friday, rebel officials said an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government hit a house in the vital port city of Hodeida, killing one and wounding three others

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/yemen-officials-rebels-hit-displacement-camp-killing-58310369

and by UN: https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/shelling-displaced-persons-camp-kills-civilian-and-injures-many-enar

and

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Woman killed, 11 injured in Houthi attack on KSRelief camp in Yemen

A woman was killed and 11 people were injured on Friday after the Houthi militia attacked the Bani Jaber camp for the displaced in Al-Khokha, Hodeidah governorate.

Three missiles launched by Houthi militias hit the camp which is run by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief), killing one woman and injuring many people who were staying at the camp.

KSRelief condemned the attack, describing it “a heinous crime” that did not respect the principles of human rights and international humanitarian law. It called on the United Nations to stand up to crimes like these committed by the Houthis.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1382971/middle-east

My comment: By a Saudi-affiliated website. The statement quoted in the end is right. But it is quite ridiculous as the Saudi coalition does exactly the same – in a much largre scale, on a nearly daily basis.

And reporting 2 killed: https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159135

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Saudi-led aggression target Hodeidah with 3 air raids

The two airstrikes targeted Kamaran factory in al-Marwah district, while the other raid waged in coastal defense in al-Salif district

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news510386.htm

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U.S. backs push for Yemen port

Siege likely to cut off food, resources for millions in country

With American backing, the United Arab Emirates has resumed an all-out offensive aimed at capturing Yemen's most vital port, Hodeida.

But the battle on the Red Sea coast also threatens to throw Yemen into outright famine.

Hodeida's port literally keeps millions of starving Yemenis alive, as the entry point for 70 percent of food imports and international aid. More than 8 million of Yemen's nearly 29 million people have no food other than what is provided by world relief agencies, a figure that continues to rapidly rise.

A protracted siege could cut off that lifeline. The battle has already killed hundreds of civilians and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, adding to the more than 2 million Yemenis displaced by the war.

Amid the fighting, cholera cases in the area leapt from 497 in June to 1,347 in August, Save the Children reported Tuesday.

The United States effectively gave a green light to push ahead when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sept. 12 certified continued American support for the Saudi-led coalition's air campaign against the Houthis.

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2018/oct/05/u-s-backs-push-for-yemen-port-20181005/?news-national

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In Hodiedah, The US-Saudi aggression launched an airstrike on a house in Al-Hale district, killing and injuring a number of civilians.
https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3110&cat_id=1

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen: Al Hudaydah Displacement/Response Update (28 Sep - 04 Oct 2018)

Dozens of people have been killed in Al-Hudaydah governorate due to the increased airstrikes and armed clashes. Thousands of people continue to flee the fighting from and within governorate seeking for safety. The current insecurity in Al Hudaydah affected Cluster Partners operations and the overall access to affected population. Distribution of NFIs (Non-Food Items) started by UNHCR

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive map of the Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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Audio: Yemen’s stalemate and humanitarian crisis

Hopes for progress in Yemen have been stymied by setbacks in recent weeks, perpetuating a military and political stalemate. Marcia Biggs, special correspondent for PBS NewsHour, joins guest host Gerald Feierstein to discuss the humanitarian conditions she witnessed on the ground and what the international community can do to help reach a resolution to the crisis.

http://middleeastinst.libsyn.com/yemens-stalemate-and-humanitarian-crisis

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Film by Press TV Iran: 10 Minutes: S Arabia, Allies Stuck in Yemen

The Saudi-led war on Yemen has dragged on for three and a half years, but none of its goals has been reached. It is now called a military fiasco with the aggressors having no face-saving exit strategy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1-ogCmgjbc

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Film: Twitter and Yemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_lFn0KeUK8

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Yemen and the World: Beyond Insecurity

Just published in the Comparative Politics and International Studies series with Hurst and Oxford University Press, Yemen and the World. Beyond Insecurity by Laurent Bonnefoy, will doubtlessly fill a gap in the literature on a country that has remained mysterious and full of fantasies for many observers. Interview with the author.

Can Yemen’s equivocal insertion into contemporary exchanges help understand the profound crisis the Middle East is going through ?
For me, Yemen is both a symbol of an almost chaotic Middle East as much as it is one of the region’s laboratories. It’s precisely what makes its study fascinating, necessary and... harrowing. Questions relating to denominational polarization, the transformation of regional equilibriums (with the Saudi Arabian foreign policy becoming more and more autonomous) or else the failures of US led drone politics take effect in Yemen and don’t give much hope for the future. Additionally, pressing issues arise in this country, in particular environment related ones, that ought to make us better understand what is really at stake. It is possible that the close exhaustion of water resources in the highlands, and in particular around Sanaa, are just a taste of what is to come in other regions of the world in the next decades. Who can tell what will happen when a three million inhabitants capital will have to be moved?

https://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/en/content/yemen-and-world-beyond-insecurity

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Elisabeth Kendall interview: Film: Got 29 minutes to spare? Watch my TV interview with Niklas Ekdal @NEkdal on narratives of war-on-terror, #jihad propaganda, #Yemen conflict, role of #Iran, evolving extremist approaches to #women & more. In English (only the intro is Swedish).

https://www.axess.se/tv/vodplayer.aspx?vod=10181

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Yemen Dirty War

17 stories by AP, between May and Oct. 2018

https://www.apnews.com/tag/YemenDirtyWar

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On this FB platform, Yemeni youths agreed to go out and trigger the revolution against all parties to conflict: Hadi’s gov’t, #Saudi coalition, and #Houthis. Tomorrow at Al-Tahrir Squar is their date; with a hashtag: #ثورة_الجياع_6_أكتوبر Will they manage to make it?!! (image)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/1048318165049135104

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Yemenis protest against Saudi war, economic woes

People have in recent days taken to the streets of different Yemeni cities to vent their outrage at Saudi Arabia that has waged a multiple-year deadly war on the country and caused one of the worst humanitarian crises of modern history there.

Yemenis held anti-Saudi protests in the capital, Sana'a, and the southwestern city of Ta'izz.

Ta'izz was the scene of demonstrations both on Thursday and Friday, with the participants blaming Yemen’s worsening situation on the Saudi-led coalition, which is leading an offensive code-named Operation Decisive Storm on the country since March 2015.

During Thursday' rally, the Yemenis held signs accusing Riyadh of stealing their country's oil and gas resources, urging the regime to open the war-torn state's airports.

During Friday's demonstration in Ta'izz, the demonstrators carried banners condemning the ongoing Saudi occupation of Yemen.

Separately on Friday, Yemeni protesters poured onto the streets of Sana'a to denounce the Saudi aggression and the deteriorating economic conditions.

Houthi officials were among the participants in the event, where they vowed to resist the Saudi war and conduct retaliatory attacks.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/10/06/576206/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-war-Taizz-Sanaa = http://en.abna24.com/news/middle-east/yemenis-protest-against-saudi-war-pics_911802.html

Remark: At Sanaa, the Houthis arrested protesters (look at cp5).

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PERPETUAL WAR EQUALS PERPETUAL PROFIT AND YEMEN IS A GOLD MINE

A LEAKED MEMO REVEALS U.S. SUPPORT OF SAUDI ARABIA’S WAR ON YEMEN WAS MADE TO PRESERVE A U.S.-SAUDI WEAPONS DEAL.

America’s role in Yemen has more to do with war profiteering than any self-professed desire to defend Yemen’s democratic future – my statement here does not carry any hidden question marks. I’m stating a hard cold fact, as cold as the dollars U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is making at the expense of millions of innocent lives.

This fact is now as inescapable as the paper it was written on: the United States of America overlooked mass civilian deaths in Yemen for the sake of its bottom line.

As stated by ZeroHedge.com in a report published by MintPress this September: “A leaked classified memo shows Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided to continue U.S. military involvement in the Saudi war on Yemen in order to preserve a massive $2 billion weapons deal with Riyadh.”

If Yemen sounds far too foreign for any of you to have any real empathetic connection to the millions upon millions of men, women, and children condemned to abject suffering – Stalin and other despots would be proud – then allow me to invoke America’s moral standing and ultimate responsibility before international law. While politics is a game for the shrewd, the pragmatic, and the strong, it can only be played from within the confine of the rule of law; sitting outside such theatre would automatically infer authoritarianism – and that would be bad for democracy wouldn’t it?

THE HYPOCRITICAL CRIES OF US ‘DEMOCRACY’

True, if Washington were not selling Riyadh weapons Al Saud royals would more than likely buy them from someone else. And yes such logic, however harsh, absolutely reflects reality.

But then again the issue does not lie in the transaction itself – countries buy and sell weapons of war every day; it is how such countries dispense their arsenal that sits at the core of the matter.

Saudi Arabia’s propensity to rain lead on school-children while calling itself a responsible and benevolent power is a little difficult to reconcile with America’s eagerness to provide such lead.

To cry “Freedom” and go about denying millions theirs is a tad hypocritical, if not cynical to the point of pernicious malevolence.

Yes, Saudi Arabia declared war on Yemen with a clear U.N. mandate, and yes, technically speaking this could rationalize the kingdom’s military modus operandi.

Wars are after all messy and lives will be lost.

Nevertheless, a U.N. mandate and one prolonged U.N. silence do not absolve war crimes and what could potentially amount to crimes against humanity – not my words but that echoed by U.N. experts.

As if born in a dystopian parallel universe the United Nations finds itself unable … or is it unwilling … or worse still, incapable, of putting a stop to what it initially mandated: an international war on Yemen. I say international because really if the onus has fallen on Saudi Arabia for pulling the proverbial trigger, many countries have been keen to join in on that war party. And it’s not the most savory of countries involved either if we consider that Sudan, a country labeled by the U.S. as a terror state has volunteered his men – for a fair price of course. Yemen, for all intents and purposes, has become a grand death camp. Yemen is but the last victim of America’s war dealers. Should we fail to recognize the dangers of such a profit-driven industry Yemen may soon become the norm. I can’t speak for you, but I’m not willing to accept the murder of children as a fact of life – it is an aberration that cannot stand! THE SACRIFICING OF AMERICAN IDEALS FOR WAR PROFITEERING

To pursue its military enterprise the United States has betrayed its own legal system, eroding at the very fabric of its system of governance, and therefore its sovereignty.

As Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies write in Foreign Policy in Focus – by Catherine Shakdam

https://citizentruth.org/perpetual-war-equals-perpetual-profit-and-yemen-is-a-gold-mine/

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Film: „Diktatoren werden nur dann angeprangert, wenn sie nicht prowestlich sind“ - Dr. Michael Lüders

Michael Lüders ist Politik- und Islamwissenschaftler, einer der anerkanntesten Nahost-Experten sowie Publizist und Autor. Kürzlich erschien sein neues Buch „Armageddon im Orient - Wie die Saudi Connection den Iran ins Visier nimmt“. Im Gespräch mit Ramon Schack berichtet Michael Lüders über die Konflikte in Syrien und den Jemen, die unrühmliche Rolle des Westens und Saudi Arabiens, über die politische Abhängigkeit Saudi Arabiens von den USA sowie über die Gefahr die vom Iran für Israel ausgeht.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CkZc-3L25c

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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On a positive and inspiring note, a teacher in Taiz turned his home into a school to accommodate 700 students who can't go to their school because it is now in a crossfire zone. (Photos)

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1048836929700208645

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Medical needs are massive in #Yemen therefore our staff are working hard to meet them. Since the beginning of this year until July, @MSF has received 137,377 patients in MSF emergency rooms in hospitals and centers that MSF works and supports in 12 governorate in Yemen.

https://twitter.com/msf_yemen/status/1048650590581153793

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Yemeni Child Out Of Three Suffers Of Malnutrition In Yemen : Health Minister

A Yemeni child out of three under the age of five is suffering of malnutrition as result of three and half of military attacks and blockade , “Taha Almutawkel” The Yemeni Health Minister said .

He pointed out that eight children out of nine are suffering of anemia , and a child died every 15 minutes as result of Inflammation and lack of medicines and about 200 women are suffering from malnutrition .

The Minister’s declaration came after visiting the child “Aslam” and other children who arrived to Asabein Hospital from Aslam district of Yemen’s Hajja. The children are suffering from sever malnutrition . During the visit , He insisted on the necessary to prepare a private rooms for them and to take care of them .

http://www.newnewss.net/yemeni-child-out-of-three-suffers-of-malnutrition-in-yemen-health-minister/

and film:

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Health Ministry: 1 in 3 Yemeni children suffer from severe malnutrition

Yemen’s border provinces are the among the worst-hit by the Saudi onslaught due to their proximity to the kingdom. Constant bombardments have caused a dire humanitarian situation beside the mounting civilian deaths which occurs almost on a daily basis. Our correspondent Mohammed al-Attab has traveled to an area in northern Hajjah province and sent us this report.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/10/07/576280/Health-Ministry-1-in-3-Yemeni-children-suffer-from-severe-malnutrition-

Remark: Sanaa government.

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Coping with Crisis in Yemen

In June of this year, CMMB successfully dispatched its first shipment of medical donations to support partners working on the ground in Yemen. This included a mix of basic medicines to meet immediate and emergency needs as well as advanced medical products to support civilians with diabetes, cancer, and mental health trauma.

CMMB is honored to be partnering with the Rahma Relief Foundation, who has been an invaluable partner working in complex humanitarian disasters. For this effort, we also coordinated with MedGlobal, which has been working to mobilize and send teams of doctors to provide immediate relief.

CMMB has received confirmation that the distribution of donated medical supplies is underway to hospitals in Edan and Mukalla. The process will continue throughout the coming weeks.

Help us alleviate suffering in emergencies

https://cmmb.org/coping-with-crisis-in-yemen/

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UNICEF and others: Joint statement on the dire situation of teachers in Yemen

The violent conflict in Yemen is severely affecting the education of millions of children throughout the country and takes a heavy toll on teachers.

The war has pushed at least half a million children out of school since 2015, and another 3.7 million are at risk of missing this school year if teachers are not paid.

On World Teachers’ Day with the theme, “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”, Education Cannot Wait, the Global Partnership for Education, UNESCO and UNICEF are calling for the resumption of salary payments for the 145,000 Yemeni teachers, who teach children under dire and life-threatening circumstances.

Further delay in paying teachers will likely lead to the collapse of the education sector and impact millions of children in Yemen making them vulnerable to child labor, recruitment into the fighting, trafficking, abuse and early marriage.

Teachers who have not received regular salaries for two years, can no longer meet their most basic needs and have been forced to seek other ways of income to provide for their families.

The global community must unite to end violence against children in Yemen and protect their right to education.

There is no time to waste. An entire generation of children is facing the loss of their education - and their future.

https://www.unicef.org/mena/press-releases/joint-statement-dire-situation-teachers-yemen

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"Education traders" Exploit war... Private school fees strain Yemenis

A number of parents of students in the governorates under the control of the Houthi group complain of higher tuition fees in private schools and a lack of control over the Non-governmental educational process.

The war caused the collapse of education in most Yemeni government schools, forcing many parents to move their children to private schools despite their difficult living conditions.

Jaber Fadel enrolled his children in a private school last year after they had been studying in government schools before. But he complains about its high costs this year, forcing him to sell some of the valuables he owns to Repay.

He continues: "many of these schools are affiliated to the two influential and political leaders who are interested in keeping the situation unfixed."

Although the number of private schools in Sana'a and other cities has increased as an alternative to government schools, tuition fees continue to rise as a result of student Turnout.

The lack of censorship and the inadequacy of laws on community education, and the lack of clear and binding standards have caused the spread of private schools in Sanaa and other Yemeni cities, according to education expert Abdul-Khabeer Mahjub.

He adds to the "new Arabi ", that the weakness of educational outcomes in public schools and parents ' fear for their children has contributed to increasing the numbers of enrolled in community schools, which exploit the situation of citizens by increasing tuition fees, Although many of them are not complying with the standards of Education.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159138

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UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UN Children's Fund, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), Global Partnership for Education: Déclaration commune sur la situation très difficile des enseignants au Yémen

Le violent conflit qui sévit au Yémen porte gravement atteinte à l'éducation de millions d'enfants à travers le pays et a de lourdes conséquences sur les enseignants.

Depuis 2015, au moins un demi-million d'enfants ne peut plus aller à l'école à cause de la guerre, et 3,7 millions d’autres enfants risquent de rater l’année scolaire en cours si les enseignants ne sont pas rémunérés. À l'occasion de la Journée mondiale des enseignants sur le thème « Le droit à l'éducation signifie le droit à un enseignant qualifié », Education Cannot Wait, le Partenariat mondial pour l'éducation, l'UNESCO et l'UNICEF appellent à la reprise du paiement des salaires des 145 000 enseignants yéménites, qui enseignent aux enfants dans des circonstances extrêmement difficiles et qui mettent leur vie en danger.

De nouveaux retards dans le paiement des enseignants risquent d’entraîner l'effondrement du secteur éducatif et avoir des répercussions sur des millions d'enfants au Yémen, les rendant ainsi plus vulnérables au travail, au recrutement par les groupes armés, au trafic, aux abus et au mariage précoce.

Les enseignants qui ne reçoivent pas de salaire régulier depuis deux ans ne peuvent plus subvenir à leurs besoins les plus élémentaires et sont contraints de chercher d’autres sources de revenus pour subvenir aux besoins de leurs familles.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/d-claration-commune-sur-la-situation-tr-s-difficile-des-enseignants-au-y-men

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: The currency crisis in Yemen is driving millions of people one step closer to famine

Millions of hungry and destitute Yemenis are being impacted by the rapid and uncontrolled devaluation of the Yemeni Rial.

“Yemen is already the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” said Ms. Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “For years, countless people across the country have been surviving on the thinnest of margins.”

“When the price of wheat or cooking oil or milk in local markets increases, even by the smallest amount, the impact is catastrophic and immediate. Families who have been able to barely buy what they need are suddenly no longer able to,” said Ms. Grande.

Prices for basic commodities have risen sharply in the past four weeks, driven by the rapid devaluation of the Rial. In the past month, the cost of a minimum family food basket has increased 11 per cent; diesel has risen 45 per cent and cooking oil has skyrocketed by as much as 200 per cent in hard-hit areas.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/currency-crisis-yemen-driving-millions-people-one-step-closer-famine-enar

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UNO stellt lebenswichtige Hilfen an Jemen ein

Das Kinderhilfswerk der Vereinten Nationen (UNICEF) hat die Zahlung von Barhilfen an neun Millionen jemenitische Bürger ausgesetzt.

Das Kinderhilfswerk der Vereinten Nationen gab die Behinderung seiner Aktivitäten im Jemen als Grund für die Einstellung dieser Hilfszahlungen an, so der Fernsehsender Al-Hadith am Mittwoch.

Zuvor hatte UNICEF diese Hilfen als Rettungsaktion für ein Drittel der jemenitischen Bürger bezeichnet. Der Beschluss hat die Besorgnis über eine Verschlimmerung der humanitären Krise in Jemen nun noch verschärft.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/world-i43864-uno_stellt_lebenswichtige_hilfen_an_jemen_ein

Mein Kommentar: Was diese iranische Quelle nicht sagt: der Vorwurf der “Behinderung seiner Aktivitäten“ ging an die Huthis – und das, wo gerade eben die Huthis geordert hatten, mehr Hilfen in Form direkter Zahlungen von Bargeld an die Bevölkerung zu leisten.

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Film: More than eight million people in Yemen, most of them children, suffer from starvation

https://www.facebook.com/PRESSTV/videos/323616365038776

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Human Needs Deve-HND‏: Where needy people are, you see our team work hardly to save their lives. This time, "42" babies in the capital of #Yemen, #Sanaa,were helped by us with powder milk sufficient one month (photos)

https://twitter.com/HndOrg/status/1047205786806620160

https://gogetfunding.com/save-a-family-in-yemen-2-2/

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Funded by our Kuwaiti donor, 50 orphan girl students received today in the capital Sanaa from @monarelief school backpacks, uniforms, shoes and other stuffs. @monareliefye's project aims to supporting girls to continue their education stages. Thanks to all our donors (photos)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1047953729058742272

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Commodity Tracker (as of 4 October 2018)

In September 2018, food imports rose 54% while fuel imports decreased 17% from August levels.

Food imports are meeting 80% of estimated food requirements since the Nov. 2017 blockade, on average each month, an increase of 5% from August given the significant volume imported in September, but still below the pre-blockade period when 96% of needs were met, on average.

Fuel imports are meeting less than one-quarter of estimated national fuel requirements, with no change to the average since the blockade, but still below the pre-blockade period nearly one-third of needs were met, on average.

Since the blockade, on average 21 vessels are berthing and discharging at Hudaydah and Saleef, a 40% reduction from the pre-blockade the average of 35 vessels.

On average, there is a 35% decline in vessel clearance requests (26) compared to pre-blockade average of 40 vessels.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-commodity-tracker-4-october-2018

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Somalia: Refugees and Asylum-seekers Statistical Report with UNHCR (30-Sep-2018)

Total from Yemen: 11,869

https://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/somalia-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-statistical-report-unhcr-30-sep-2018

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Film: Inside Yemen: African migrants flee home for opportunities in Gulf states

Today we are focusing on migration. CGTN's Natalie Carney reports from the southern port city of Aden, where hundreds of African migrants are being held in open-air warehouses.

http://newsvideo.su/video/9446655

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen Fact Sheet, August 2018

Despite increasing hostilities and access challenges, UNHCR continued to provide life-saving assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons during the first half of 2018.

Protection and shelter needs of IDP families have increased. In 2018, UNHCR has so far assisted over 572,000 IDPs, of whom over 84,000 were reached during the Hudaydah response.

UNHCR-assisted spontaneous return for Somali refugees in Yemen to Somalia continued in 2018, bringing the total number of Somalis voluntarily returning to 2,270 persons.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-fact-sheet-august-2018

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen Fact Sheet, September 2018

Despite increasing hostilities and access challenges, UNHCR continued to provide life-saving assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons during the first half of 2018.

Protection and shelter needs of IDP families have increased. In 2018, UNHCR has so far assisted over 608,000 IDPs, of whom some 100,000 were reached during the Al Hudaydah response.

UNHCR-assisted spontaneous return for Somali refugees in Yemen to Somalia continued in 2018, bringing the total number of Somalis voluntarily returning to 2,270 persons.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-fact-sheet-september-2018-enar

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Parliament Speaker sends letter to UN Secretary-General

Speaker of Yemeni Parliament, Yahya al-Ra'i, on Saturday sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to brief him on the crimes of Saudi-led aggression coalition in Yemen.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news510519.htm

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The #Houthi militia gunmen have abducted Sports #Journalist Ahmed Nasser Mahdi in the province of Hajjah on Saturday. This comes in the context of their kidnapping campaigns launched against activists for fear of demonstrations against them.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1048644441836331008

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Yemeni Media Union Calls for More Efforts Against the Saudi Coalition

The Yemeni Media Union has called on Saturday upon national forces who are against the Saudi-led coalition to put more efforts in confronting the Saudi imposed siege and its cruel war on Yemen whose trying to completely collapse Yemen’s economy, which will poorly reflect on innocent civilians.

http://www.yemenextra.net/2018/10/06/yemeni-media-union-calls-for-more-efforts-against-the-saudi-coalition/

My comment: his is a Houthi propaganda organisation.

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Film: Thousands of Yemenis have once again taken to the streets of the capital Sana’a

Thousands of Yemenis have once again taken to the streets of the capital Sana’a to denounce Saudi Arabia’s deadly war on their country.

https://www.facebook.com/PRESSTV/videos/2184152681864972

My comment: This is the Houthi-organized rally. Others were arrested:

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Yemen's Houthis arrest protesters in Sanaa

Yemen’s Houthi group arrested a number of people demonstrating in Sanaa on Saturday over plunging living standards, as soaring prices put basic commodities out of reach for many people amid a humanitarian crisis and war with neighbouring countries.

Sanaa residents told Reuters dozens were arrested on Saturday, including 16 female students.

The students were released at the end of the day after signing a pledge not to take part in demonstrations again, one of them said, asking not to be identified for fear of retribution. She said female Houthi supporters “attacked us with electric shock batons and clubs, supported by armed men”.

“They beat me until I fell to the ground and I received an electric shock in the back when I stood up again. I wasn’t able to move when they took me to the police station,” she said.

The Houthi-controlled Saba news agency described the demonstrators as “mercenaries” looking to stir up public anger.

“Security services in the capital detained a number of mercenaries tasked by the aggressors to plant rumours and disturb public peace,” Saba reported.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-protests/yemens-houthis-arrest-protesters-in-sanaa-idUSKCN1MG0FO

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Houthis suppress protest in Yemen's Sanaa, arrest some women

Anti-Houthi activists recently announced via social media that 6 October would be the first day of "the revolution of hungry people" protests in the capital Sanaa.

However, Houthis then said that they planned armed demonstrations in several of the same areas, a clear message to the protesters not to take to the streets.

On Saturday morning, the Houthis deployed armed groups throughout the city, including the squares that protest organizers had planned to use, so many did not show up.

Only a few of Sanaa University’s women students attempted to protest. "The women were just beginning to chant when Houthi women chased them and beat them with large sticks", said Ahmed, an anti-Houthi activist whose name has been changed for security reasons.

Fewer than 20 women protested, and they were chased by Houthis, who arrested nine as the rest fled.

Still, the actual numbers were unclear as AFP reported that the Houthis had detained at least 55 students, including 18 women, near Sanaa University.

"The Houthis threated us, so we, as men, could not take to the streets and only a few female students were enough brave to face the Houthis", Ahmed said.

"Yemen society is conservative and we did not believe that the Houthis would arrest women, as it is a shame in Yemeni traditions and taboos, but they did".

He confirmed that not only Houthi women but also fighters participated in beating the women, then took them to al-Gudairi police station in an armed vehicle.

"The Houthi fighters transported the women to the police station, then on to an unknown location and took their mobiles so we cannot contact them", Ahmed said.

The Houthi-controlled Saba news agency said this morning that "the security authorities arrested some mercenaries in the capital Sanaa; their behavior disturbed the public peace and they were spreading rumours".

Saba said a source had confirmed that one of the arrested women admitted the Saudi-led coalition ordered them to call to protest under "false" pretexts to exploit the current poor economic conditions.

The students were released at the end of the day after signing a pledge not to take part in demonstrations again, one of them said, asking not to be identified for fear of retribution, according to Reuters. She said female Houthi supporters "attacked us with electric shock batons and clubs, supported by armed men".

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/houthis-suppress-protest-yemens-sanaa-arrest-some-women-1886514770

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Eyewitnesses tell "the source online" what happened at Sanaa University and the kidnapping of female students

Yemen's Capital Sana’a, on Saturday, witnessed a state of emergency by the Houthi militia, which deployed its militants on most of the streets of the capital, and placed intensive checkpoints and inspections at the entrances to the city and some residential neighborhoods.

The Houthi militia, following the announcement of activists on social media sites, began to carry out a vigil against "hunger", as the Country's economy collapsed, and to demand the departure of militia under the name of the "hungry revolution."

The Houthis intensified the deployment of their gunmen in Tahrir Square and Sanaa university, where students of Sanaa University were surprised by the spread of dozens of militants, with a search of students when they entered the University.

Students told the "Al Masdar online " that the militia set up a military parade inside the university, echoed the slogans of the militant group, and deployed militants in most colleges, after they had staged a vigil against what they called "Aggression " in front of the University Gate.

The students of the Faculties of Commerce and economics, and the media were surprised by the storming of the Houthis, supported by armed men called the "Zainabiat", and the students were Beaten.

"during the attack, they arrested a number of students, and they broke the phones when some students tried to shoot, and they destroyed the surveillance camera of CAC bank opposite to the College of Commerce so that they wouldn't pick up some of what they did," they said.

The Houthis closed the faculty of Commerce for more than an hour and a half, and the students were imprisoned inside the college, before being allowed in and Out.

Al Masdar Online Knew from sources that the militia had arrested scores of students, not knowing their number, and transporting them aboard buses to unknown Locations.

Later Saturday evening, sources said that the militia had released students who had been arrested, but "AL Masdar Online " could not confirm the authenticity of the information, or whether all the students had been released, while no student had been released.

The Association of Mothers of abductees and human rights organizations condemned the arrest of women in the capital, Sana’a, and considered these practices as "immoral."

On Saturday afternoon, sources for "Al Masdar online " said the Houthi militia stormed the student building at Sanaa University and assaulted the Students.

Sources said that the women's militia had arrested a number of female Students.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159172

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Yemeni government condemns al-Houthi attacks against female students in Sanaa

The Yemeni government on Sunday condemned what it called the "terrorist acts" carried out by the Houthi militia against civilians in the capital, Sanaa, the attack on female students and the arrest of students at Sanaa University.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159224

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The Houthis kidnap a number of women in the capital Sana'a

On Saturday, the Houthi armed militia abducted a number of women in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a and assaulted Others.

The Association of Mothers of Abductees said in a statement that a militia in a "new crime outside the customs, traditions, and values of Yemeni society, conservative and tribal, kidnapped a number of women from the streets of the capital Sana’a."

Activists on social media sites have published names for a number of Abductees.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159171

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@RAlmutawakel: #Hothis know that #Saudi and #Emirati bombs can’t defeat them, but peaceful protests by civilians can do. Therefore, they practiced violence with protesters in #Sanaa today and detained many of them. More than 17 women still detained until now.

https://twitter.com/RAlmutawakel/status/1048656986525630465

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Video of one of the few students who managed to escape Houthis abduction. At least another 20 girls r still in Houthis custody subject to verbal & physical assault.

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1048819377536217088 referring to film: https://twitter.com/RiyadhAldubai/status/1048679876239286272

I heard an extremely terrible experience of a woman who was badmouthed, beat up and jailed by the #Houthis. She told me how Houthi women& men abducted 65 women and brutally dealt with them as they tried to protest yesterday in Sana’a.#Yemen photo for bleeding protestor Azal Ali (photo)

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/1048844091138691073

I'll leave this here without further comment: "They beat me until I fell to the ground and I received an electric shock in the back when I stood up again. I wasn't able to move when they took me to the police station," said student detained by the #Houthis

https://twitter.com/HammoudNura/status/1048888079497535488

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Houthis suppress protests in Yemeni capital

Over the last few days residents have also reported Houthi militias deploying in other parts of the city to prevent demonstrations from taking place. The Houthis attributed Saturday's protest to "mercenaries" who they accused of trying to "disturb public peace".

On Sunday, a statement from the Houthi-run interior ministry described the situation as "stable" and said the extra security deployment in Sana'a was "only to protect the vigils that the citizens have taken out against the steps of the aggression" (i.e. by the Saudi-led coalition).

The Houthis are still able to muster large rallies in their support and, with some justification, blame the coalition's embargo for their economic plight. However, their behaviour has also made them unpopular among many Yemenis in the areas they control – for example by abducting young men and boys to become fighters.

It remains to be seen whether quiet discontent will translate into open resistance to Houthi rule but the Houthis' recent actions suggest they are worried that it might.

https://www.al-bab.com/blog/2018/10/houthis-suppress-protests-yemeni-capital

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Houthis justify their deployment in Sanaa by protecting the "poses" organized by their loyalists

The Al-Houthi group justified the spread of its militants in the capital Sana'a on Saturday and Sunday, "to protect the vigils against the murders and starvation" carried out by their loyalists.

The loyalists had staged a stop at key sites such as Tahrir square, where they were scheduled to hold demonstrations against them, denouncing the group's looting of public money and demanding the disbursement of Salaries.

"we support and support the decision of the Yemeni people to respond to the economic war by doubling the mobilization of fighters and funds and confirming their readiness to secure the standing in all governorates," the Group's Interior Ministry said late last Night.

The Houthi militants had spread intensively on Saturday morning, in anticipation of demonstrations against them, called by politicians and jurists under the name of the "hungry revolution".

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159212

film, photos:

Tens of Houthis militia are gathering in center of Sana'a "Tahrir squire" to intimidate people from their rally today called #hungerstrikes (photo)

https://twitter.com/HeshamAlziady/status/1048503470423269377

al-Houthi militia are spending the first morning hours in front of the gate of the University of Sana'a and mocking those who will come out of the revolution of the hungry and vowing to attack them (film)

https://twitter.com/hussamA123/status/1048823959775367168

Houthis arrest women in #Sanaa today because of their exit against the policy of starvation and the collapse of the economic situation (film)

All this Houthi military force went out to arrest 20 women who went out against hunger in #Sanaa peacefully (photo)

An armed man of the Houthi militia beat the student Rua al-Jafee and was then kidnapped with bleeding blood on her head.

Preliminary statistics of the number of abductees at the University of #Sanaa is 37 students mens 18 students girls

Houthi slogan: There is no good in those who search for bread and gas and ignore the fronts of fighting ! (photo)

Not only #Sanaa faced suppression of demonstrations , even #Ibb provence faced kidnapped and shooting cases . 9 mens and 3 womens was arrested by #Houthis

https://twitter.com/hussamA123/status/1048499557011578880

photo: https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1048504371879841792

My comment: Both tweeters also had been caught with propaganda, look at cp15.

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AMA denounces abduction of female protesters in Sana’a

The Abductees Women Association (AMA) on Saturday denounced the abduction of female protesters by Houthi militias in the capital Sana’a.

The association demanded to swiftly release all protesters unconditionally and hold those involved in their abduction accountable.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-24332

and before:

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Huge prevalence of Houthi militants in anticipation of demonstrations against them in Sana'a

Dozens of Al-Houthi militants were deployed at the points and entrances to the capital Sana'a on Saturday, in anticipation of a demonstration to be organized in Tahrir Square in the center of the city, to demand that the group pay salaries and against Hunger.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159156

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Al-Houthi arrests a number of Ibb university students and assault a feminist demonstration against "hunger "

The Houthi militia in Ibb province, Central Yemen, on Saturday arrested a number of students from Ibb University and took them to the provincial political security building.

Sources told "Al Masdar online " that the Houthi militia stormed the University of Ibb, arrested a number of students and transferred them to the political security building.

She stated that the arrest of the students was due to reports against them that they would take a demonstration against "hunger" at the University.

In the same vein, Houthi gunmen assaulted a feminist demonstration in the city of Ibb, demanding a revolt against "hunger."

The protest, which was carried out in front of the university, was attacked by the Houthis, the protesters were prosecuted in the streets and neighborhoods of the city, and they looted and smashed the phone of the protesters, the source Said.

According to sources, a number of those who managed to flee arrived at the Ibb Governorate building and staged a protest against the deteriorating economic situation.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159176

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-24333

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Security Media Publishes Confessions of US-Saudi Aggression Leader Arrested in Sana’a

The security services in the capital Sana'a have arrested the US-Saudi Aggression mercenary leader, Ali Al-Sharabi, a director in the Civil Service Ministry. He works in cells planted by the aggression to carry out acts of planning chaos in Sana'a.

He admitted that he joined a cell operating in secret groups for the aggression countries and being managed through its mercenaries living in the Egyptian capital - Cairo. The aggression directed to these cells to work to spread chaos through rumors and lies to distort the country. It also directed them to organize scattered protests, in the capital and other governorates, to spread chaos and destabilize security.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3130&cat_id=1

My comment: This sounds very dubious.

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Houthis publish video footage of kidnapped Confessions "under torture"

The Al-Houthi group aired a video showing activist Ali al-Shara’abi, who was kidnapped by militants in the capital Sana’a, on the eve of calls by activists and jurists to demonstrate against the Houthis.

Al- Shara’abi appeared in the video and he talks about these demonstrations, and he is one of its officials, while the "al-Masirah" channel said that Ali Al- Shara’abi is one of the cells that seeks to spread chaos in Sanaa, and one of those responsible for those calls.

In the video of the source online, Al- Shara’abi appeared exhausted and spoke with a confused accent, and appeared in the fragmented video several looks, which made many of the activists who followed the passage to assert that these confessions were made "under torture" to compel him to make a speech unrelated to Him.

It is likely that the video broadcast at this time will come to intimidate people who were planning to participate in the Demonstration.

al- Shara’abi, one of the activists of the February 11 revolution that overthrew President Saleh, was kidnapped on Sept. 18, when the dollar price reached 600 riyals.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159166

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Ministry of Oil Condemns Extension of Saudi Oil Pipeline Across Yemeni Territory

The Ministry of Oil and Minerals strongly condemned the work done by Saudi Arabia to extend a Saudi Oil pipeline passing through the Yemeni territory through the desert of the Empty Quarter on the border of Hadramout province, then to the province of Al-Mahra and to the Arabian Sea. The ministry said in a statement that what Saudi Arabia has done is a flagrant violation of international conventions and laws and the looting of Yemeni wealth with the complicity of an outgoing government and president.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3135&cat_id=1

Remark: Referring to events in Mahrah province, look at Yemen War Mosaic 465,cp1.

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A member of the al Houthi Political Council Hussein al Amlah warned Sana’a residents and General People’s Congress party activists not to participate in protests in an October 5 video, according to Saudi media. Al Amlah threatened to arrest demonstrators and assault them if they took to the streets of Sana’a. Al Houthi forces reportedly deployed hundreds of troops in the streets of Sana’a to prevent demonstrators from protesting.[4]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-october-5-2018

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"Revolution against Coalition of Criminality and Starvation" Mass Rally, in Sana’a

The capital of Sana'a witnessed on Friday mass rally in Bab Al-Yemen, under the slogan "Revolution against the coalition of criminality and starvation". The participants raised slogans condemning the economic war and the US-Saudi aggression targeting by striking the Yemeni currency "Real" to subdue the Yemenis after its military failure.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3122&cat_id=1

photos: https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1048241742741483520

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Yemenis to come out victorious from Saudi war: Houthi official

Yemenis will come out victorious from the economic and military war led by the regime in Riyadh against their nation, says the chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi.

Speaking during a protest in Sana’a on Friday, Houthi said, “We are with the honorable peace.” The Yemeni people, he stated, will defeat the "tyrants" of the world.

He also welcomed the European Union’s stance against the war in Yemen, saying the Yemeni people will stand beside whoever wants to stop the aggression.

Referring to the deterioration of the Yemeni rial, the Houthi official said the stability of the country’s currency would be achieved after the aggressors change their decision to transfer the Central Bank from Sana’a to Aden.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/10/05/576157/Yemen-Houthi-economic-war

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3123&cat_id=1

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Sayyed Abdulmalik Provides Guidance to Address Economic Situation, to the Aggression Yemeni People won’t Surrender

The leader of the revolution, Sayyed Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, renewed the absolute rejection of the Yemeni People to surrender and its determination, at the same time, to accept honorable peace in which the enemy stops its aggression and occupation. Sayyed Abdulmalik pointed out that all efforts to achieve peace were rejected by the enemy despite the concessions made by the Negotiating Delegation. "To set and do nothing while the enemy occupies and kills is submission, humiliation and betrayal," he explained.
On the economic war, Sayyed Abdulmalik stressed that the enemy sought to impose an economic blockade on our country, even wheat can only reach us with lengthy procedures. Pointing out that the tightening on Yemeni People was a major course during the war on our country. Sayyed Abdulmalik reminded the people with the US ambassador's threat during the consultations of Kuwait and how the US is intended to target the economy. "A one thousand Yemeni riyal bill will be less than the value of the ink that it was printed with," the US ambassador bragged.
Sayyed Abdulmalik also pointed out that the economic situation today is influenced by the wrong economic policies of the past decades. He added that the currency collapsed in the occupied governorates is an evidence that the one behind the crisis is the US-Saudi aggression, which transferred the central bank, occupied the Oil wells and prevented the movement of goods in the ports and airports.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3109&cat_id=1

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US-Saudi Aggression Forces Escalating Campaign on Western Coast: Sayyed Abdilmalik Alhouthi

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement Sayyed Abdol Malik Al-Houthi said on Thursday that the US-Saudi aggression forces are escalating their campaign against the Western Coast in order to occupy Hodiadah.

Ansarullah leader also stressed that peace requires maintaining the individual and the national dignity, not helplessly surrendering to the enemy which is attacking one’s country.

http://www.newnewss.net/us-saudi-aggression-forces-escalating-campaign-on-western-coast-sayyed-abdilmalik-alhouthi/

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Yemen's Houthis claim to hand 22 would-be child soldiers to Red Cross, UNICEF

Yemen's Houthi rebels on Thursday handed over 22 would-be child soldiers to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reported.

According to Saba, the 22 children "were arrested in security checkpoints out of the capital Sanaa."

The Houthi group claimed that those children "have intended to join other rival forces," in reference to the internationally-recognized government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition.

The handover took place at Sheba hotel in the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa. Representatives of the ICRC and UNICEF, as well as families of those children, attended the handover, according to the report.

The handover on Thursday was the second similar move by Houthi rebels in fewer than two months.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-10/04/c_129965974.htm

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The Ministry of Defense has handed over 22 children who were traumatized by the presence of the Red Cross and UNICEF

The leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff Headquarters in Sana'a today handed over 22 children who had been detained by the army and the popular committees after they were tricked and tried to push them to the front lines.

Where children were delivered to their families in the presence of representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, UNICEF, the International Labor Organization, the Ministry of Human Rights, the Children's Parliament and human rights organizations.

During the press conference held on the occasion, the Spokesman for the Armed Forces, Brig. Gen. Sharaf Ghaleb Luqman, issued a statement of the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the Chairman of the General Staff, who pointed out that the aggression continues its series of violations of international laws and conventions and humanitarian norms and values ​​through its continuation in its aggression and crimes and its siege on the Yemeni people.

Brigadier Luqman pointed out that the most serious crimes of aggression continued to target children who were killed and wounded tens of thousands either directly through his aircraft, bombs and missiles or lack of food and medicine due to the closure of the ports and not allow their travel for treatment.

"Today we are handing over 22 children to their families in the presence of representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UNICEF and the concerned people just 40 days after the delivery and repatriation of 31 families through the Red Cross and the United Nations Children's Fund," he said.

The statement called on parents to preserve their children and be vigilant and not to be deceived by the methods of deceit and defamation used by his mercenary aggression to exploit their children, the future generation and the future.

http://www.almshhadalyemeni.net/91807/

My comment: (Presumed) Child soldiers of the Saudi coalition militia, now handed over to their families by the Sanaa Houthi government – as is the case with Houthi child soldiers, their rehabilitation and release is propagated by the Saudi coalition side.

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Salvation Government Spokesman Condemns Starvation Policy

Government of National Salvation spokesman, Abdel Salam Jaber, condemned the policy of systematic starvation pursued by the pro-aggression government and behind it the US-Saudi-UAE aggression which doubles the suffering of citizens throughout Yemen and expand the famine to threaten the lives of millions of Yemenis.

Jaber stressed that the coalition of aggression along with the pro-aggression government have systematically pursued the destruction of the national economy and the collapse of the Yemeni currency through a series of aggressive measures, including the transfer of the Central Bank and the printing of large amounts of currency, which reached more than one trillion and a half. That caused the rise of foreign exchange, developed channels for selling and purchasing the hard currency by a high margin allowed to speculate prices and depreciate the Yemeni riyal.

The aggression also imposed siege on the export of Yemeni products, mainly oil and gas during the years 2015-2017 during which Yemen lost $ 15 billion, and is transferring the proceeds of oil sales from Shabwa and Hadramout during this year to the Saudi National Bank Which amounted to two billion dollars, he added.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3120&cat_id=1

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

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Yemeni Airways travel through Djibouti to refuel after running out of Aden

In a statement on its Facebook page, Yemeni air said that the Company's leadership had sent all its flights on Sunday (October 7th) by passing through Djibouti airport to Refuel.

She noted that the directive was due to "the lack of fuel at the oil company at Aden airport and the inability to refuel from Aden International Airport and the keenness of the Company's leadership in serving its passengers."

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159211

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Security campaign in Taiz arrests 5 security wanted

The security campaign in Taiz, southwest of the country, carried out a raid in the Al-Jomhouri neighborhood that resulted in the arrest of five wanted security personnel.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159210

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In response to the statement of the Southern Transitional Council led by President Idriss Qasem al-Zubaidi,

On Wednesday morning, Al-A'ad base aircraft flew in the skies of Lahj

And conducting military exercises with all heavy weapons in the Lahj desert (artillery - tanks - armored vehicles (photos)

https://twitter.com/malekalyazidi/status/1048896058422640641

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UAE-backed separatists are escalating their actions in south Yemen. A senior STC has threatened Int'l navigation in Red & Arabian seas won't be safe if they are excluded from future UN-sponsored talks.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1048921995977605121

My comment: The Saudi coalition and the US often claimed the Houthis would threaten international navigation, and this claim again and again was used to justify any measures against the Houthis. Actually, they never did – and now thr separatists really say they will do. What does happen now?

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Constant protests in Al-Mahhra reject Saudi presence and confirm standing by Hadi

Protests against the military presence of Saudi forces in Al-Mahra province, eastern Yemen, have continued for several months.

The President of the General Council of the Sons of Al-Mahra and Socotra, Sheikh Abdullah bin Issa al-Afrar, took part in the protests on Friday, dubbed ' Friday of escalation against the Saudi presence '.

A statement issued by the demonstration, "source online", said a copy of it, that the festival of today is part of the mass events of the people of Al-Mahra province, which began long ago to confirm its rejection of all practices that affect the dignity, sovereignty, and identity of Yemeni Mahrah. "

The protesters lifted the flags of the Republic of Yemen, reiterating their standing alongside President Hadi, as well as the Arab alliance in achieving the "declared objectives" of restoring legality and ending the Houthi coup, while reiterating their rejection of any attempt to militarize the province of Al-Mahra and turning it into a province of Saudi Arabia.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159145

My comment: Pro-Hadi, anti-separatist = anti-UAE, pro Saudi coalition,anti Saudi occupation. ????

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Assassinations plague South Yemen

Assassinations are terrifyingly plaguing South Yemen. Hardly a day goes by without a the assassination of political activists, journalists, teachers or civilians.

On Friday, the well-known journalist Zaki al-Saqldi was assassinated in the city of al-Dhala’a by unknown gunmen.

Security services in South Yemen remain silent. No actions were taken so far to put an end to these assassinations which mainly target those people affiliated with the Islah party.

Aden and other southern governorates have been witnessing a wave of assassinations against activists of the Islah party, mosque preachers, government soldiers and political activists. All the assassination cases remain an unresolved mystery since no one case was investigated into or any arrests in connection with the crime were made.

On Wednesday, Mohammed al-Shojayna was found dead, bullet-ridden, chained and blindfolded hours after he was reported to have been abducted by gunmen near his house earlier this Tuesday as he was heading to his work in the CSSW in Aden.

Last week, the Yemeni political parties issued a statement in which they expressed deep concern at the criminal assassinations carried out in the temporary capital of Aden and other governorates against dozens of social, political and military figures, resistance leaders, religious scholars and mosque imams.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-24334

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Urgent..Al-Masdar Online Journalist assassinated in Al-dale’a province by unidentified gunmen

On Friday, unidentified gunmen assassinated an "Al-masdar online" correspondent in the southern Yemeni province of Al-Dale’a (photo)

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159146

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The second assassination in the Al Dale’a in less than 24 hours. Two gunmen shoot a resistance element

A local source in the city of al- Dale’a, the province with the same name, said on Saturday that gunmen assassinated a member of the popular Resistance who fought against the Houthis,

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159161

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Commander of the anti-terrorism forces in Aden, Colonel Yusran al-Maqtari accuses the Yemeni Vice President "Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar" and the director of the office of President Hadi "Abdullah al-Alimi" issuing instructions to release terrorist elements.

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1048563282628567041

Col. Yusran Al-Maqtari: We seized explosive belts and explosives at the headquarters of the Islah Party with people we interrogated them, but the order came from Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar to refer them to criminal investigation. But we were surprised by their release.

https://twitter.com/Mukalla_Now_EN/status/1048563295567958016

My comment: this is the strife between the UAE-bakes separatist militia and the Hadi government, which is backed by Islah Party.

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Les séparatistes jouent (encore) leur partition en solo au Yémen du Sud

C’est une petite victoire pour le Conseil de transition du Sud (STC) au Yémen. Lors d’un entretien jeudi, le leader du conseil Aidarous al-Zoubeidi et l’envoyé spécial de l’ONU pour le Yémen Martin Griffiths « ont discuté des efforts de ce dernier pour relancer les pourparlers (de paix) et de la participation du Conseil de transition du Sud aux futures négociations », rapporte un communiqué du STC.

Peu de précisions ont, toutefois, été données et « on ne sait toujours pas si le STC se joindra aux pourparlers (menés par l’ONU) et comment il sera inclus », indique Adam Baron, chercheur à l’European Council on Foreign Relations et spécialiste du Yémen et de la péninsule Arabique, interrogé par L’Orient-Le Jour. « Cela étant dit, les responsables internationaux considèrent le STC comme une faction politique-clé », ajoute-t-il. Déjà en août dernier, la délégation du STC avait tablé sur un entretien avec M. Griffiths à Amman

Les liens entre les EAU et l’organisation séparatiste ont toutefois déjà causé des remous par le passé au sein de la coalition alors qu’Abou Dhabi entraîne et appuie le groupe baptisé « Ceinture de sécurité », composé de milices d’Aden, qui soutient le STC.

Chaos et subversion
Selon certains observateurs présents sur place, le communiqué de mercredi de l’organisation séparatiste a été bien reçu par la population, mais « il est difficile de déterminer l’ampleur réelle de l’influence du STC sur le terrain », nuance Élisabeth Kendall, chercheuse en études arabes et islamiques à l’Université d’Oxford, contactée par L’OLJ. « Ceci est dû au fait que nous n’avons pas de données précises en l’absence de sondage fiable. Ce que nous pouvons dire avec certitude, c’est que le STC n’est pas universellement adopté dans le Sud, pas même par ceux qui souhaitent la sécession », souligne-t-elle. « Il s’agit cependant de l’organisme le mieux financé, doté du meilleur appareil de relations publiques et de liens étroits avec les EAU », observe la spécialiste.

Bien que les revendications sécessionnistes ne soient pas nouvelles dans le sud du Yémen, les événements de cette semaine attisent un peu plus les tensions entre le STC et le camp des loyalistes

Dans le cadre de cette dynamique, « on risque de voir le conflit au Yémen se briser davantage le long des lignes de faille historiques Nord-Sud », estime Mme Kendall. En parallèle, « on risque de voir la coalition menée par Riyad se fracturer elle-même.

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1137575/les-separatistes-jouent-encore-leur-partition-en-solo-au-yemen-du-sud.html

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This is Zaki Sakladi,Yemeni journalist and leading politician in Yemeni Islah party. He was assassinated today close to his house in Dhale’e city south Yemen, by UAE proxies. This is 3rd this week, after 2 other leading Islah members were killed in Aden. UAE kills Yemenis! (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1048252490830045184

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Film:
Protest im Jemen gegen Nahrungsmittelpreisanstieg wegen Währungseinbruch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhClXpSBGAs = https://videogold.de/protest-im-jemen-gegen-nahrungsmittelpreisanstieg-wegen-waehrungseinbruch/

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Yemen: Tens of Thousands Protest Economic Collapse Amid Bombing

In Yemen, tens of thousands of people rallied in the streets of Taiz—Yemen’s second largest city—Thursday, protesting the collapse of Yemen’s economy amid a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign. Three-quarters of Yemenis—some 22 million people—are dependent on international aid, with an estimated 8.4 million people on the brink of starvation. This is protester Shehab Mohamed.

Shehab Mohamed: “We are starving, and our children are dying. The cities are under siege, and there’s unemployment. We want to tell the regime and the Saudi-led coalition that when hunger is the engine for these people, discussions, negotiations and treaties collapse, and the only solution is immediately supplying a loaf of bread.”

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/10/5/headlines/yemen_tens_of_thousands_protest_economic_collapse_amid_bombing

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Taiz angry & hungry protesters to the coalition: “Give us back our resources, oil, ports not your aid” (photos)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/1048286999743016965

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Interior Ministry cautions against lawlessness acts in Aden

The Yemeni Interior Ministry has cautioned against any lawlessness acts in Aden hours after what is named “the transitional council” called people of Aden to control the state institutions.

The ministry urged the Yemenis to ignor what it depicted “suspicious calls which aim to harm the state security, stability and interests” as the ministry said in a statement.

It further said the separatist council ‘s call to "seize all revenue-generating institutions" from the government's hand is an irresponsible call.

It also warned that it won't "stay with arms crossed in front of any acts of lawlessness that target the state institutions and the law and order under any pretext."

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-24276

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Government approves 30% salary increase for employees in the civil sector

The government approved on Thursday the Civil Service Law on salary increase of 30% in the Civil Sector.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159125

My comment: This already had been announced sometimes before. The governmen tries to comfort protesters. But there hardly will be any money available.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Film: What can a UN investigation achieve in Yemen?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLghNmk2yCo

Comment: Quite a good television debate with good views from human rights activist and U.K. MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10157051189658641

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Yemen war: UN investigation mission is only hope to address 'horrific crimes'

If further investigations into the abuses ascertain that war crimes were committed, responsibilities will be pinned onto the chains of command of the Arab coalition forces The UN Human Rights Council's decision last week to renew an investigation into possible war crimes committed by parties involved in the Yemen conflict brought a faint glimmer of hope on a bloody war that the international community seems to have long forgotten.

It is difficult, however, to say whether the extension of the mandate of the UN experts, who are looking into human rights violations, will force the warring factions to sit at the negotiating table. Given the disastrous situation in Yemen, this seems the only hope the country can cling to right now.

The continuation of the investigative mission led by UN experts, despite accusations of bias and lack of independence by the Saudis and the Emiratis, is perhaps the only tool left to wake up the world to the tragedy of Yemen and keep the consciences of the parties in check. The UN investigation led by the Tunisian, Kamel Jendoubi, has brought to surface horrific crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni government forces on one side, and the Houthi rebel forces on the other.

But the council’s renewal of Jendoubi's mandate succeeded by a razor-thin three votes, with a majority of Arab and African countries voting against it or abstaining. A no vote would have meant giving regional players and their proxies a free hand to butcher countless Yemenis virtually undisturbed.

The vote showed how divisive the decision was and how the war on Yemen remains a controversial terrain where geopolitical interests of the three key players, Saudi Arabia and the US on one side and Iran on the other, will continue to clash in Yemen as well as in other conflicts of the Middle East – by Barbara Bibbo

https://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/yemen-war-saudis-emiratis-reject-un-allegation-crimes-186385136

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

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IRAN AGREES WITH DONALD TRUMP FOR ONCE, SAYS IT'S TRUE SAUDI KING COULD NOT SURVIVE 'TWO WEEKS' WITHOUT U.S. SUPPORT

Iran's top diplomat actually agreed with President Donald Trump on social media Thursday, highlighting recent remarks in which the Republican leader claimed that Saudi Arabia would not last long without U.S. backing.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter to respond to Trump's comments, criticizing Saudi Arabia's dependence on foreign backing and apparently offering to reconcile in the interest of regional stability.

https://www.newsweek.com/iran-agrees-donald-trump-once-saudi-king-not-survive-two-weeks-us-support-1153461

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi cleric close to MBS calls for 'peace' trip to Israel

A Saudi cleric with close ties to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has called on faith leaders to travel to Jerusalem al-Quds in a bid to promote "peace" with Israel.

Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Issa, head of the Muslim World League, made the controversial proposal in New York on the sidelines of an annual conference for “Cultural Rapprochement Between the US and the Muslim World” in New York.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/10/07/576289/Saudi-Arabia-Israel-Jerusalem

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An incredible thing just happened in Saudi Arabia, but there’s a problem

IT’S a kingdom of unimaginable riches which has made an incredible move. But there’s a troubling problem behind it.

In a first for the kingdom, a woman has been appointed as the head of a bank. Lubna Al Olayan has just been announced as the chair of the new company, which is being formed from a merger between the Saudi British Bank and Alawwal Bank, BBCreports.

The stunning move has come amid a much-publicised push to liberalise women’s roles under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Known as Saudi Vision 2030, change is seen as crucial to modernising the kingdom.

However, there’s clearly still a long way to go in achieving women’s rights. Because there’s a rather bizarre problem with their latest act; despite a woman about to become the head of a bank, females still can’t open or control a bank account.

However, there’s still a lot more that needs to be done. The main concern around women’s rights stem from Saudi Arabia's guardianship system, which means that all women must have a male guardian who makes decisions for her.

The Human Rights Watch calls this “the most significant impediment to realising women’s rights in the country”.

So women can’t buy a car, obtain a passport, travel or get married without a male guardian’s permission, they also can’t get a coffee with a male friend or wear what they want.

https://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/middle-east/an-incredible-thing-just-happened-in-saudi-arabia-but-theres-a-problem/news-story/98d92c3810c8b103aef8a4b95db99291

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Saudi Crown Prince Says He Loves Working With Trump

Trump recently said kingdom survives only through U.S. aid

Prince Mohammed speaks in wide-ranging interview in Riyadh

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman praised his relationship with President Donald Trump, days after the U.S. leader warned that the oil-rich kingdom’s leadership might not last “two weeks” without American support.

“I love working with him,” Prince Mohammed said in an interview at the royal palace in Riyadh on Wednesday. “You know, you have to accept that any friend will say good things and bad things.”

Trump has heaped particular pressure on Saudi Arabia, the world’s top exporter of crude, to do more to ease prices, by linking the American military presence in the Persian Gulf to the kingdom’s oil-production policy.

“How about our military deals where we protect rich nations that we don’t get reimbursed?” Trump told a campaign rally in Mississippi Tuesday. “I love the king, King Salman, but I said, ‘King, we’re protecting you. You have to pay for your military, you have to pay.’”

“We never in the history of Saudi Arabia decided that this is the right or wrong oil price,” said Prince Mohammed, 33, in the interview. “The oil price depends on trade -– consumer and supplier -– and they decide the oil price based on trade and supply and demand. What we are committed to in Saudi Arabia is to make sure there is no shortage of supply.” The prince countered Trump’s accusation that Saudi Arabia isn’t paying for U.S. military support. “We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it’s not free armament,” he said. “So ever since the relationship started between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, we’ve bought everything with money.”

Saudi Arabia has been less tolerant of other countries’ criticism. The kingdom demanded an apology from Canada to end a dispute over human rights.

“Canada gave an order to Saudi Arabia on an internal issue,” Prince Mohammed said. “It’s not an opinion of Canada about Saudi Arabia as much as they are giving an order to a different country.”

Prince Mohammed said Trump’s latest criticism is different from the Canadian dispute.

“Trump is speaking to his own people inside the United States of America about an issue,” the prince said. “If you look at the picture overall, you have 99 percent of good things and one bad issue.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-05/saudi-crown-prince-says-he-loves-working-with-president-trump

and full transcript of interview: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-05/saudi-crown-prince-discusses-trump-aramco-arrests-transcript

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Es geht nicht um Öl: Saudi-Arabien kündigt „Riesendeal" an

Saudi-Arabiens Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud hat am Samstag in einem Interview mit der Wirtschaftsagentur Bloomberg den Abschluss eines Großgeschäftes im Nichtölsektor bei einem Investitionsforum in Riad in zwei Wochen angekündigt.

„Dieser Deal enthält riesige Zahlen und hat mit Saudi-Arabien in einem Bereich zu tun, der nicht mit der Ölbranche verbunden ist. Er wird in zwei Wochen beim Investitionsforum bekannt gegeben“, sagte der Kronprinz.

https://de.sputniknews.com/wirtschaft/20181006322544470-saudi-arabien-geschaeft-nichtoelsektor/

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Saudi Crown Prince Vows Aramco IPO by 2021, Keeps to $2 Trillion

Mohammed bin Salman sets out new timetable for Aramco sale

Crown Prince defends Aramco-Sabic deal as key for oil industry

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince insisted the stalled plan to sell shares in oil giant Aramco will go ahead, promising an initial public offering by 2021 and sticking to his ambitious view the state-run company is worth $2 trillion or more.

The comments show 33-year-old Mohammed bin Salman’s determination to press ahead with the IPO even after Riyadh’s original timetable was undone by skepticism over the company’s valuation and a plan for Aramco to buy a controlling stake in the country’s biggest chemical producer.

Speaking late on Wednesday, surrounded by a handful of advisers, Prince Mohammed said the IPO was "100 percent" in the nation’s interest.

"Everyone heard about the rumors of Saudi Arabia canceling the IPO of Aramco, delaying that, and that this is delaying Vision 2030," he said. "This is not right."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-05/saudi-crown-prince-vows-aramco-ipo-by-2021-keeps-to-2-trillion

and full transcript of interview: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-05/saudi-crown-prince-discusses-trump-aramco-arrests-transcript

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Eight people remain detained in Saudi corruption crackdown, crown prince says

Eight people detained in Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption campaign remain in custody, the kingdom’s crown prince said, after scores were arrested in a purge launched last November.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman said $35 billion, split between 40 percent cash and 60 percent assets, had been transferred to the government so far out of an expected $100 billion.

“We think it will complete in the next maybe two years,” he said in a Bloomberg interview published on Friday.

Saudi Arabia’s attorney general said in January that the total number of subpoenaed individuals had reached 381, with 56 remaining in custody for possible trial.

Settlements, like that reached by billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, had generated an estimated 400 billion riyal ($106.65 billion), the attorney general said at the time.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-arrests/eight-people-remain-detained-in-saudi-corruption-crackdown-crown-prince-says-idUSKCN1MF2F4

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Verschwundener Journalist Jamal KhashoggiMörderischer Verdacht

Türkische Behörden gehen offenbar davon aus, dass ein prominenter Journalist im saudi-arabischen Konsulat in Istanbul ermordet wurde. Sollte sich der Verdacht erhärten, könnte der Fall eine schwere Krise auslösen.

Jamal Khashoggi ahnte, dass er sich in Gefahr begab, als er sich am Dienstag auf den Weg ins saudi-arabische Konsulat in Istanbul machte, um Hochzeitsdokumente zu holen. Doch er hielt dieses Gefahr offenbar für überschaubar: Er ließ lediglich sein Telefon bei seiner Lebensgefährtin Hatice Cengiz zurück, damit diese im Notfall die türkischen Behörden verständigen könne.

Als Khashoggi Stunden später noch immer nicht aus dem Konsulat zurückgekehrt war, rief Cengiz die Polizei. Seither gilt der saudi-arabische Journalist und Regimekritiker als vermisst. Die türkischen Behörden gehen laut mehreren Medienberichten inzwischen davon aus, dass Khashoggi im Konsulat ermordet und seine Leiche beiseitegeschafft wurde. Ein fünfzehnköpfiges Mordkommando soll dafür eigens aus Saudi-Arabien in die Türkei eingeflogen sein. Türkische Behörden hätten "konkrete Informationen zum Verschwinden des Journalisten", sagte am Sonntag Yasin Aktay, ein Berater des türkischen Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan, der mit Khashoggi befreundet ist. Istanbuls Staatsanwaltschaft hat Ermittlungen veranlasst.

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/jamal-khashoggi-warum-der-fall-des-journalisten-eine-krise-ausloesen-koennte-a-1231990.html

und auch http://www.dnn.de/Nachrichten/Politik/Liess-saudischer-Prinz-kritischen-Journalisten-toeten

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The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

When the Saudi government continued claiming that they were not holding Mr. Khashoggi several days after he disappeared inside the consulate, that strongly suggested that they meant to kill him. According to initial reports, they had already murdered him and promoted the bogus story that he had left the consulate to serve as their extremely weak alibi. Considering the many other horrible things that the current Saudi leadership is responsible for, it is not surprising that they did this, but that doesn’t make it any less outrageous and despicable.

Mohammed bin Salman is a despotic war criminal, and he has presided over the destruction and starvation of Yemen for the last three and a half years. He is responsible for war crimes against thousands and thousands of innocent Yemenis, so we should assume that he is more than capable of ordering the murder of prominent critic of his policies. Unfortunately, this appears to be what he has done. This is what comes from giving a destructive, destabilizing government a blank check and unstinting military and diplomatic support. The U.S. and most other Western governments have refused to criticize the Saudi government over its conduct of the war on Yemen, its domestic crackdowns, its human rights abuses, and the increasing repression under Mohammed bin Salman’s de facto rule, and so the Saudi government assumes that it can get away with doing whatever it wants wherever it wants. That needs to stop, and the U.S. has considerable leverage with the Saudis that it can and should use to stop it.

The Saudi government should pay a steep price for this latest outrage, but it remains to be seen whether any Western government will hold them accountable for Mr. Khashoggi’s murder or any of the Saudi government’s other crimes – by Daniel Larison

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-murder-of-jamal-khashoggi/

Like a comment: My prediction on Jamal Khashoggi, if the news of his death proves true: The Saudis will promise an internal investigation – not allow an independent one. The US will say “That’s cool.” Whatever the investigation finds, the US will back. Same way they’ve been handling #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/nahaltoosi/status/1048724082223734784

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From Saudi royal court to exile: Why MBS wants to silence Jamal Khashoggi

The crown prince and his circle could not stomach that journalist Khashoggi was honest, spoke his mind and could not be bought

I can cite many examples of Khashoggi parting company with Western liberal critics of the kingdom. He supported - initially, at least - the Saudi-led war on Yemen. In common with many Sunni Arab analysts, he thought that Iran had overextended its reach into the Sunni Arab world and that it was time for Saudi Arabia to push back.

He defended capital punishment. He supported a crackdown on corruption - if he could be convinced that it was genuine. He supported, too, attempts to diversify and privatise an oil-dependent economy.

But Khashoggi adhered to one principle that the small circle around Mohammed bin Salman could not stomach, a quality that earned him their undying enmity. Khashoggi was honest. He could not be bought. He spoke his mind and was clear about what he was saying.

He thought that there was only one path on which the kingdom should be headed in the 21st Century - that is of a slowly opening democracy headed by a gradually retreating constitutional monarchy.

He feared the crown prince would eventually bankrupt the country as a result of his vanity projects to raise new gleaming cities in the sand - cities that would remain empty. He recognised that MBS was popular with the youth, but calculated that popularity would last up to the point where they had to open their wallets. The Saudi journalist paid heed to reports of capital flight.

Khashoggi's criticism of his own country was nuanced and for that reason alone I would consider him a real reformer and true democrat. That he should - by now - have been detained for over 24 hours in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul speaks volumes about the character and intentions of those running the show in Riyadh.

It dispels the well-funded PR myth that has ensnared journalists like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times and Jamal's colleague on the Washington Post, David Ignatius, who have praised Mohammed bin Salman as a reformer.

Mohammed bin Salman is shocking alright, but he is no therapist. He is vindictive. He bears grudges. He is supremely wilful. He has absolutely no respect for another country's sovereignty, territory, courts or media. He is reckless. That he should have staged this stunt in Istanbul, on Turkish soil, is a measure of how reckless the Saudi crown prince and the narrow circle around him are.

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey have steadily deteriorated since the coup attempt against the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan two years ago.

How much pressure the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is willing to apply with his counterpart, the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, over Khashoggi (who has residency in the US and is a Washington Post columnist) is as yet unclear. The White House is no lover of the Washington Post or press freedom – by David Hearst

https://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/son-establishment-enemy-why-mohammed-bin-salman-wants-silence-jamal-khashoggi-1430306018

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Read Jamal Khashoggi’s columns for The Washington Post

Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist, was killed in Istanbul after walking into the consulate of Saudi Arabia, according to Turkish officials. In a statement released Saturday, Fred Hiatt, The Post’s editorial page editor, said that if true, this would represent “a monstrous and unfathomable act.”

Khashoggi had been writing a column for The Post’s Global Opinions section since last year. “He lamented that Saudi Arabia’s repression was becoming unbearable to the point of his decision to leave the country and live in exile in Washington,” wrote Karen Attiah, Khashoggi’s editor, on Wednesday.

Hiatt, in his statement, called Khashoggi a “committed, courageous journalist.”

“He writes out of a sense of love for his country and deep faith in human dignity and freedom,” Hiatt said. “We have been enormously proud to publish his writing.”

Read excerpts from some of Khashoggi’s columns below

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/10/06/read-jamal-khashoggis-columns-for-the-washington-post/

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Erdogan adviser Aktay says missing Saudi journalist killed in Istanbul consulate

An adviser to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he believed prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for six days, was killed in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.

Yasin Aktay, who advises Erdogan in his ruling AK Party, also told Reuters that Turkish authorities believed a group of 15 Saudi nationals were “most certainly involved” in the matter, and added that statements by Saudi officials on the absence of camera records were not sincere.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-politics-dissident-adviser/erdogan-adviser-aktay-says-missing-saudi-journalist-killed-in-istanbul-consulate-idUSKCN1MH0JY

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Exclusive: Turkish police believe Saudi journalist Khashoggi was killed in consulate - sources

Turkish authorities believe that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared four days ago after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, was killed inside the consulate, two Turkish sources said on Saturday.

“The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate,” one of the two Turkish officials told Reuters.

The Turkish sources did not say how they believed the killing was carried out.

A Saudi source at the consulate denied that Khashoggi had been killed at the mission and said in a statement that the accusations were baseless.

The Saudi source said that a security team including Saudi investigators had arrived in Istanbul on Saturday to take part in the investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Saudi Arabia’s consul-general told Reuters earlier on Saturday that his country was helping search for Khashoggi, and dismissed talk of his possible abduction.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-politics-dissident/exclusive-turkish-police-believe-saudi-journalist-khashoggi-was-killed-in-consulate-sources-idUSKCN1MG0HU

and also https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/turkey-launches-probe-saudi-journalist-disappearance-181006144026186.html

My comment: What a Saudi propaganda farce. He should just show up.

Comment by Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW: Every single Saudi I know is terrified reading this, openly or secretly. It really means the Saudi government can kill any of them, anywhere. No escape. And that’s exactly what MBS what’s them to think.

https://twitter.com/sarahleah1/status/1048712997697413120

Comment by Glen Greenwald: It was obvious at the time already, but those who wrote columns doing propaganda work for the Saudi regime & prince, and the many powerful people in the US who obsequiously rolled out the red carpet for MbS during his star-making US visit, are utterly shameful & owe penance.

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1048686415129825280

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There are several reports that Jamal Khashoggi’s body was dismembered after he was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and then removed in diplomatic boxes. NBC also reporting that

https://twitter.com/LizSly/status/1048766181396697088

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Anadolu: Saudi officials flying from abroad visited consulate in Istanbul while journalist Jamal Khashoggi was inside on Oct 2: Police sources

https://twitter.com/anadoluagency/status/1048628996374757376

Wow. Quasi-official Turkish source says when Saudi journalist Khashoggi was in consulate, 2 Saudi planes had arrived with 15 government officials who entered the consulate on same day. As Arabic tweet in thread notes, these ‘officials’ returned to Saudi already. Mystery continues

Arabic tweet of same news agency adds the details of the 2 planes of 15 Saudi officials....

https://twitter.com/b_momani/status/1048632805851185152

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Journalist Support Committee: Khashoggi's disappearance is reminiscent of the Saudi Arabian authorities who targeted the journalists and dissents

The Journalist Support Committee called the Saudi and Turkish authorities to disclose the fate of Khashoggi. Khashoggi is a US resident, an opposed journalist to the Saudi authorities policies and a columnist at Washington Post.

The committee stated that this disappearance and ambiguity concerning the fate of Khashoggi recalls the Saudi Arabian authorities who targeted the journalists and dissents during the past years. This action constitutes a direct violation against the charters and laws that guarantee the freedom of opinion, expression and movement.

http://journalistsupport.net/article.php?id=376133

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Saudi Arabia opens up consulate after journalist vanishes

Saudi Arabia’s consul in Istanbul opened up his mission on Saturday in an effort to show that prominent Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished four days ago, was not on the premises and said that talk of his kidnapping was baseless. Reuters journalists toured the six-storey consulate in northern Istanbul which Khashoggi entered on Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage. His fiancee, who had waited outside, said he never came out.

Turkish officials have said they believe he remains inside the consulate, and Ankara said on Saturday prosecutors had begun an investigation into his disappearance. Saudi Arabia says he left the consulate on Tuesday after completing his paperwork.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-politics-dissident-consulate/saudi-arabia-opens-up-consulate-after-journalist-vanishes-idUSKCN1MG0RC

My comment: What a show.

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Saudi Arabia will allow Turkey to search consulate for missing journalist

Saudi Arabia will allow Turkey to search its consulate in Istanbul for prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for three days after entering the diplomatic mission earlier this week.

“The premises are sovereign territory, but we will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to do. We have nothing to hide,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a Bloomberg interview published on Friday.

He said Khashoggi had left the building not long after he entered. Asked if Khashoggi faces charges in Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed said it was first important to discover where he was.

“If he’s in Saudi Arabia, I would know that,” he added.

Human rights groups have called on Saudi Arabia to verify Khashoggi’s whereabouts after Turkish and Saudi authorities offered conflicting accounts of his disappearance, with Ankara saying there is no evidence he left the diplomatic mission and Riyadh saying that he exited the same day.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-politics-journalist/saudi-arabia-will-allow-turkey-to-search-consulate-for-missing-journalist-idUSKCN1MF24I

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Here is tomorrow’s @washingtonpost Opinions page featuring a blank column for @JKhashoggi , who has not been heard from since Tuesday. (image)

https://twitter.com/BrookeLorenz/status/1048008335059038208

Remark: Earlier reporting Yemen War Mosaic 465, cp8.

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Saudi crown prince pledges Aramco IPO by early 2021: Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince insisted the stalled plan to sell shares in oil giant Aramco will go ahead, promising an initial public offering by 2021 and sticking to his ambitious view the state-run company is worth $2 trillion or more, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-ipo/saudi-crown-prince-pledges-aramco-ipo-by-early-2021-bloomberg-idUSKCN1MF2BA

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Attorney @tahaalhajji confirms that the #Saudi Public Prosection requested the death penalty against detained reformist Islamic scholar, author, & investigative historian Sh. Hassan Farhan AlMaliki, after bringing +14 charges against him! (photo)

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1047275568188858368

cp9 USA

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KEY SENATORS SAY DISAPPEARANCE OF WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST SHOULD END U.S. “BLANK CHECK” TO SAUDI ARABIA

THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT’S apparent arrest of dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi is “absolutely unacceptable” and “outrageous,” according to two influential Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “The administration really needs to step up and protect journalists and freedom of the press. This is outrageous that he’s been somehow disappeared,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., told The Intercept. “The administration needs to demand his release.”

Salman’s brutal treatment of his internal critics was enabled by a well-funded and orchestrated public relations campaign in Washington, D.C., in which he was held up as a reformer i bought into MBS’s reformist PR campaign, must now answer for its credulity Khashoggi’s release does not seem to be a priority for the Trump administration.

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/05/key-senators-say-disappearance-of-washington-post-columnist-should-end-u-s-blank-check-to-saudi-arabia/

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Corporate Media Is Beating the Drum of War With Iran

Three years ago, as Americans debated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran—popularly known as “the Iran deal”—I highlighted a troubling media trend on FAIR.org (8/20/15): “For nearly all commentators, regardless of their position, war is the only alternative to that position.”

In the months since US President Donald Trump tore up the JCPOA agreement, his administration has been trying to make good on corporate media’s collective prediction. Last week, John Bolton (BBC,9/26/18), Trump’s national security advisor and chief warmonger, told Iran’s leaders and the world that there would be “hell to pay” if they dare to “cross us.”

That Bolton’s bellicose statements do not send shockwaves of pure horror across a debt-strapped and war-weary United States is thanks in large part to incessant priming for war, facilitated by corporate media across the entire political spectrum, with a particular focus on Iran.

Back in 2015, while current “resistance” stalwarts like the Washington Post (4/2/15) and Politico (8/11/15) warned us that war with Iran was the most likely alternative to the JCPOA, conservative standard-bearers such as Fox News (7/14/15) and the Washington Times (8/10/15) foretold that war with Iran was the agreement’s most likely outcome. Three years hence, this dynamic has not changed.

To experience the full menu of US media’s single-mindedness about Iran, one need only buy a subscription to the New York Times. A

Another prized tactic is to whitewash Saudi Arabia, Iran’s chief geopolitical rival, whose genocidal destruction of Yemen is made possible by the United States, about which corporate media remain overwhelmingly silent (FAIR.org, 7/23/18). Iran’s involvement in Yemen, which both Trump and the New York Times(9/12/18) describe as “malign behavior,” is a principal justification for US support of Saudi Arabia.

https://fair.org/home/trump-admin-follows-corporate-media-playbook-for-war-with-iran/ = https://www.truthdig.com/articles/corporate-media-is-beating-the-drum-for-war-with-iran/ = https://theantimedia.com/trump-media-playbook-war-with-iran/

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Saudi crown prince dismisses Trump remarks about reliance on U.S.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dismissed remarks by Donald Trump in which the U.S. president said he had warned the king he would not last in power “for two weeks” without U.S. military backing and demanded he pay up.

“I love working with him. You know, you have to accept that any friend will say good things and bad things,” Prince Mohammed said in a Bloomberg interview published on Friday.

“We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it’s not free armament. So ever since the relationship started between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, we’ve bought everything with money,” Prince Mohammed added.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-trump/saudi-crown-prince-dismisses-trump-remarks-about-reliance-on-u-s-idUSKCN1MF2CI

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US Urged to Ban Arms Sales to Saudis Amid High Civilian Toll in Yemen – Watchdog

The advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) is hopeful the US Congress will eventually ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as unlawful attacks against civilians in Yemen have persisted since they last considered such a measure, Human Rights Watch Deputy Director told Sputnik.

Prasow noted that HRW and other rights groups consistently urge the Congress to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia so long as such armed attacks on civilians continue, though such efforts have not yet yielded results.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201810051068643608-civilian-toll-yemen-saudis/

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USA stellen Iran ins Zentrum ihrer Terrorabwehrstrategie

Die Regierung von US-Präsident Donald Trump stellt den Iran ins Zentrum ihrer neuen Strategie gegen den internationalen Terrorismus. Der schiitisch geprägte Iran sei der bekannteste staatliche Unterstützer und Finanzierer von Terrorismus, sagte Trumps Nationaler Sicherheitsberater John Bolton bei der Vorlage der Strategie – der ersten, die seit 2011 veröffentlicht wurde. Damals konzentrierte sich die Regierung von Trumps Vorgänger Barack Obama fast ausschließlich auf die sunnitische Extremistengruppe Al-Kaida. Präsident Trump hat die neue Strategie bereits gebilligt.

Die vom Iran unterstützten Extremistengruppen Hisbollah im Libanon sowie die palästinensische Hamas und die Gruppe Islamischer Dschihad seien eine Gefahr für die USA und ihre Interessen, sagte Bolton. Alle drei Gruppen sind Gegner des US-Verbündeten Israel.

https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2018-10/us-regierung-iran-anti-terror-strategie

Mein Kommentar: Eine irre Politik. Die genannten vom Iran unterstützten Organisationen berühren die Interessen der USA nicht. Entlarvend der letzte Satz. Es geht hier ganz entscheidend auch um die Interessen von Israel -was zeigt, wie sehr diese die Politik der USA bestimmen.

Was absurd ist: Dass der Hauptsponsor und eigentliche Ideengeber des internationalen Terrorismus, Saudi Arabien, gleichzeitig als enger Verbündeter der USA behandelt wird – und dsa auch noch als angeblicher Verbündeter im Kampf gegen den Terrorismus. Was man daraus schließen muss: Wie wenig ernst die USA den Kampf gegen den Terrorismus tatsächlich nehmen. Es geht eben in Wirklichkeit um etwas anderes: Um die Sicherung der Vorherrschaft der USA in der Region. Und da sind nicht die von den USA abhängigen (wie Trump gerade wieder erklärt hat) Saudis im Weg, sondern eben der Iran.

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State Dept Plans to Bring Sides to Yemeni Conflict to Negotiating Table Soon

The United States is determined to continue efforts to bring the parties to conflict in Yemen to the negotiating table in the near future, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Timothy Lenderking told Sputnik.

When asked about the prospects for the next peace talks on Yemen, Lenderking said, "We are very much supporting that."

"It’s probably not going to be in Geneva, but we are very dedicated to trying to get at least the Yemenis and the Yemeni government and the Houthis to the [negotiating] table in the near future," Lenderking said.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201810051068609544-usa-yemen-conflict-negotiations/

My comment: This is empty bubbling. The US in fact is a warring party in Yemen – actually US support had enabled the Saudis to lead and to prolong this war up to now.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Millionen Menschen im Jemen von Hungertod bedroht Die Klasse 4b hat sich ausführlich mit der Hungerkatastrophe im Jemen beschäftigt und dazu ein Bild gezeichnet. (Foto)

https://www.br.de/kinder/zeichnungen-kindernachrichten-tsunami-indonesien-hungersnot-jemen-moorbrand-fussball-em-100.html

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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La France partie prenante de la guerre contre le Yémen

Malgré l’état d’effondrement du Yémen et les preuves qui s’accumulent sur son implication dans ce conflit, la France reste inflexible et poursuit ses livraisons d’armes. Selon des informations inédites de l’Observatoire des armementstransmises à Orient XXI, Paris apporte un soutien de premier plan en matière de guerre tactique à Riyad et Abou Dhabi : entraînement des forces spéciales saoudiennes, fourniture de leur équipement de pointe et prévente du futur drone tactique Patroller aux Émirats arabes unis.

https://orientxxi.info/magazine/la-france-partie-prenante-de-la-guerre-contre-le-yemen,2662

and English summary:

Arms sales are the vectors of a broader cooperation policy.
When a country signs an arms contract, it intends to provide the weapon system, but also the services that come with it (training, maintenance ...) ranging from 15 to 25 years, which often leads to the parallel signature of military cooperation agreements.
In exchange for arms sales, France often has to transfer part of the technologies to the buyer state, manufactured locally. In the case of the Emirates, this French participation in the Emirati industrial sector goes as far as the establishment of local subsidiaries or joint ventures. Airbus, Safran, Thales and CMN hold interests in Emirates companies, Abu Dhabi being the " World Trade Center for Armaments With 80 foreign companies on its soil and 10,000 employees. Present in the free zone through its companies, France shares its innovations in the fields of communication, surveillance satellites, avionics and marine components, night vision goggles and cybersurveillance 4 .

On the other hand, it is a French Luc Vigneron, former leader of Thales, who heads the Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), the main emirati industrial group in defense. A group that manifested itself during the summer by buying the French munitions company Manuhrin , presented to observers as " strategic ". While three European buyers were in the ranks, no French bank has shown interest, leaving the door open to the Emirati offer that is " out of the hat " the last few weeks.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1950457758340578?

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Malaysia Special Branch detains 7 foreigners, 1 local with Salafi Jihadi links

The suspects – seven foreigners and a Malaysian – were detained by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division in Perlis, Kuala Lumpur and Johor on September 24.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said today all of the suspects were involved with an Islamic learning centre in Perlis, believed to be promoting extremist teachings.

"They are either students or former teaching staff of the centre.

"We made the arrests after receiving actionable intelligence that a Yemen-based terrorist group is planning to set up a learning centre in South-East Asia to promote the Salafi Jihadi extremist teachings.

"Initial investigations based on intelligence shared by foreign intelligence agencies showed that the suspects had connections with a madrasah in Dammaj, Yemen, set up by Sheikh Muqbil Hadi Al Wadi, a Salafi Jihadi scholar.

"The madrasah follows the Salafi Jihadi teachings that permits the killings of non-Muslims and even Muslims who don't follow their ways," he said in a statement on Saturday.

The teachings also labelled the democratic system as "toghut"(un-Islamic), he added.

https://www.thedailystar.net/asia/news/malaysia-special-branch-detains-8-salafi-jihadi-links-1643341

an also https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/10/07/cops-bust-terror-cult-suspects-spreading-extremist-teachings-held/

My comment: “connections with a madrasah in Dammaj, Yemen“: This madrasah had been erected with billions paid by SaudiArabia.

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Kurdistan region authorities release 22 Yemenis, including children

Iraqi Kurdistan's Interior Minister Karim Singari on Thursday released 22 Yemenis who were held by security authorities in the province and obliged the company that brought them to pay for their return to the countries from which they came.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159126

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European Parliament: MEPs condemn attacks on civilians, including children, in Yemen

EU countries should refrain from selling arms to all parties of Yemeni civil war to ease the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen, said MEPs on Thursday.

The resolution on Yemen, passed by show of hands , notes that Yemen has been devastated by civil war, which has caused the economy to collapse, left 22 million people in need of humanitarian support, eight million people at risk of starvation and many people dead, including 2 500 children.

Forces on both sides, including the internationally-recognised government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, and Shia rebels Houthis supported by Iran, have been accused of shelling highly populated areas, including hospitals, schools and other civilian targets, MEPs say. They strongly condemn the ongoing violence, attacks on civilians and demand that independent investigations into alleged human rights abuses and humanitarian law violations should be carried out.

MEPs call on all parties to the conflict to cease hostilities immediately, urging other involved states, including Iran, to stop providing political, military and financial support to military actors on the ground.

Arms embargo on Saudi Arabia

They also reiterate their previous calls to impose an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia and in addition urge all EU member states to refrain from selling arms and any military equipment to any member of the Saudi-led coalition, Yemeni government and other parties to the conflict.

The resolution backs the UN, EU and member states’ efforts to help end the conflict and provide support to those affected by it. “Only a political, inclusive and negotiated solution to the conflict can restore peace and preserve the unity [...] of Yemen”, MEPs stress.

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20180926IPR14408/meps-condemn-attacks-on-civilians-including-children-in-yemen

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Royal #Saudi Air Force personnel arrive in Bizerte-Sidi Ahmed AB, #Tunisia (photo)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1046832596087377921

#RSAF F-15 Eagles arrive in #Tunisia (photos)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1048006648852307970

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1048006842570473477

My comment: Tunesia helds manoeuvres with Saudi killers.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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WikiLeaks Exposes New Release Relating To Arms Industry Corruption and War on Yemen

We are familiar with a recent case, thanks to WikiLeaks. This concerns a sale of a wide variety of military hardware (combat tanks, armored vehicles, etc.), that was to be sold by a French-owned company, Nexter Systems, to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) heard a complaint, initiated by Abbas Ibrahim Yousef Al Yousef, who apparently acted as broker between the UAE and Nexter Systems.

Yousef was to earn a 6.5% commission on the deal, which amounted to approximately $235 million. However, he was paid $40 million less than was promised.

This entire episode, with the deal made 1993, delivery to be in 2008, and litigation lasting far longer, raises questions and exposes shocking facts.

The Questions:

Why is France in the business of selling deadly arms?

Who in Germany and France waived restrictions on the sale of German equipment to the Middle East?

How may other countries are dealing in such high-stakes, war-making equipment?

Why is there no United Nations oversight and restriction on arms dealing?

How much does the profit motive cause wars, or increase their intensity and duration?

Why is such an immoral business as the manufacture and sale of deadly weapons allowed to be so profitable?

The Facts:

Nations prevented by law from making very profitable arms deals are able to easily circumvent such preventions.

The United Nations is ineffective in reducing arms buildups in the very areas where such arms should be reduced.

Weapons-dealing is extremely profitable; that fact that such weapons cause untold, unspeakable suffering around the world is not an issue to those dealing them.

Even nations that are not generally war-making, such as France, are involved in the lucrative, deadly arms trade.

What must be done? What will it take for the world to ‘beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks’?

https://ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-west-asia/war-on-yemen/2520-yousef-al-yousef-nexter-systems.html

Remark: This case already had been reported earlier.

(A K P)

#Boeing was awarded a $242.1 million modification to FMS contract for the #UAE for the remanufacture of (8) and procurement of (9) new-build Apache AH-64E aircraft, with ETC of Feb. 28, 2023.

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1048573676235448320

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@TIME has listed @LockheedMartin in their "genius" list of companies for 2018. Lockheed martin arms killing civilians in #Yemen is apparently acceptable for Time.

https://twitter.com/samahhadid/status/1047883124343013378 referring to http://time.com/collection/genius-companies-2018/5412665/lockeed-martin/

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Photo: The 800 Years Old Village of Alhajjarah in #Haraz Mountains, #Sanaa governorate. #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1048663489206767617

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Haid Al-Jazil: Inside Yemen’s forgotten town which only has 17 residents

Abu Baker Ahmad Bamousa Al Amoudi, his wife, and their eight children are the only ones that live in their home alone - others have to share

aid Al-Jazil could well be one of the most unique places on the planet. The precarious village is perched on a giant rock and overlooks a long, mostly deserted valley in the Yemeni district of Dawan in Hadhramaut province.

Of the hundreds of people who once called this village home decades ago, a 2004 census revealed a population of just 17, all of them defying isolation, loneliness and some of the toughest topography.

Abu Baker Ahmad Bamousa Al Amoudi, his wife, and their eight children are the only family who live in their home alone; others share.

Al Amoudi’s mud-brick home is one of 45 in the village and one of just three that are habitable. It offers an impressive view of the valley and its palm groves. A fresh breeze blows on us as we enter the property.

Years of heavy rains, erosion and a lack of regular upkeep have left almost 70 per cent of homes in ruins.

As we wander around this intriguing village that dates back 500 years, we find out that the architecture of the structures here was partially responsible for many that collapsed. “Look at that house, once it was teeming with people – 30 people used to live there,” says Al Amoudi, pointing to a derelict property coated with clay. A date engraved on its wooden door tells us it was built almost 100 years ago. Rainwater weakened its foundation and termites gnawed at the wooden ceiling and structural pillars

The streets we walk along are dirty, narrow and quiet – by Saeed Al-Batati (with photos)

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/haid-al-jazil-inside-yemen-s-forgotten-town-which-only-has-17-residents-1.777278

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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#IlslamicState in #Yemen issues 1st claim in just over a week. Of note: Time delay (2 days) & vagueness, indicating poor comms /weak links to centre. Very similar to last claim: IS thwarted Houthi advance & killed/hurt several during 90 mins of clashes in Za'j area of Qayfa (image)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1048266113820381186

cp15 Propaganda

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Yemen Houthis detain 10 oil and commercial vessels in Hodeidah

Rebels seek to aggravate country's fuel crisis, says Yemeni official

Yemen's government said Houthi rebels detained 10 oil and commercial vessels at Hodeidah port, state-owned Saba agency reported.

The head of the Supreme Relief Committee Abdulraqeeb Fatah on Saturday said the Iran-backed fighters were preventing the ship crew from unloading the cargo, including fuel and foodstuff.

Distya Pushti, a tanker flying the Indian flag, anchored in Hodeidah on 28 September carrying 10,955 tonnes of diesel and 9,025 tonnes of petrol. The following week cargo vessel RINA docked in the port with 5,700 tonnes of flour and sugar.

Other ships have also been held in Hodeidah for six months, Mr Fatah said.

According to Mr Fatah the measures were put in place by Houthi rebels to aggravate the country's fuel crisis in a bid to impose higher costs on the rebel-controlled black market.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-houthis-detain-10-oil-and-commercial-vessels-in-hodeidah-1.778079

and also reported by reuters, ralating on Saudi state TV: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-houthi-ships/yemens-houthis-detain-10-oil-and-commercial-vessels-at-hodeidah-port-saudi-state-tv-idUSKCN1MH057

My comment: This sounds like propaganda. Claims like this one had been reported several times. Well, the Houthis themselves would be in need of petrol. Blocking it simply would offend their own interests.

(A P)

Online mercenary Hussam Almolaiki (@hussamA123) posted a clearly photoshopped banner, in order to further his disgusting agenda based on falsehood. So-called "analyst" Nadwa Dawsari (@Ndawsari) retweeted it. (images)

Yet another false, slanderous post by pro-Hadi regime loyalist Nadwa Dawsari (@Ndawsari). The picture on the left has nothing to do with today's riots, and is an older picture from August, possibly older. (photos)

https://twitter.com/agerhusmedia/status/1048566122994388993

Remark: This refers to tweets exposing forged / falsely attributed footage, related tot he Houthis arresting protesters at Sanaa (cp6 above)

(A P)

AWFUL BEYOND AWFUL: FROM ASLAM IN YEMEN’S HAJJAH, FAMILIES EAT LEAVES TO SURVIVE UNDER ZIO-SAUDI-UAE SIEGE

However, there will not be any saluting of the Associated Press “reporters” who broke the story. For they generically blame the abominable food insecurity felt by innocents in Aslam, Hajjah and all of Yemen on “the war” in one stage of their coverage and in another, they use the ever-present “anonymous source” to criticize the Yemeni Islamic Resistance for unfairly distributing aid out of–GET THIS–what can only be described as RACISM. They didn’t use the word but it was implied with extreme strength. As if Ansarullah isn’t comprised of moujahideen who are the poorest of the poor and Brown and Black themselves. As if Sayyed Abdul Malik al-Houthi himself isn’t starving too.

As if Hajjah isn’t home to Ansarullahi moujahideen and their families. As if Hajjah hasn’t been defended by Ansarullah. As if Ansarullah hasn’t given martyrs from Hajjah. As if civilians in Hajjah–and Aslam particularly–don’t support Ansarullah. And as if Yemen along with its Zaydi-Husseini guardians haven’t been deliberately ignored for years by ACTUAL racist “Arabs” and “Muslims” for their very Brownness and Blackness. Calling such accusations–which are beyond baseless, they’re insulting for all the reasons just mentioned–disgraceful is an insult to disgraces. Calling such vomit shameful would cheapen the meaning of the word.

This is vile. Odious. Calculated. And Zionist. This is part and parcel of the ongoing Yahoudling media war against the Houthiyeen and their allies in the Yemeni Armed Forces.

http://mouqawamahmusic.net/awful-beyond-awful-from-aslam-in-yemens-hajjah-families-eat-leaves-to-survive-under-zio-saudi-uae-siege/

(A P)

Yemen Hopes for New Talks With Houthis After Failed Negotiations – Ambassador

The Yemeni authorities are hoping for new talks with rebel Houthi movement, after its representatives failed to attend the UN-backed consultations in Geneva, Ambassador in Russia told Sputnik.

"Let’s hope there will be new talks, and it will materialize some outcome. Let’s be optimists," Ambassador in Russia Ahmed Salem Wahishi said.

"They [Houthis] should recognize the international legitimacy, the resolutions of the Security Council. And they should come to negotiations because for the last.

"They [Houthis] should recognize the international legitimacy, the resolutions of the Security Council. And they should come to negotiations because for the last talks, the [UN] special envoy Martin Griffiths came to our government, we agreed to come to the talks in Geneva. They decided dates for it… they agreed to come and at the last minute, they did not show up," the ambassador said.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201810051068630282-yemen-talks-houthis/

My comment: Nothing new. The Houthis (having formed an own government in 2015) should recognize expired „president“ hadi as legitimate and capitulate (this actually means „recognize the resolutions of the Security Council“).

And the same by the Yemeni ambassador to the US:

(A P)
Yemen's Ambassador to US Calls On International Community To Force Houthi Militia To Comply with UN Resolutions

Yemen's ambassador to Washington and its permanent representative to the United Nations Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak called on the United Nations to declare who puts drawbacks on the ways of peace efforts in his country.
Speaking at a seminar on the future path of Yemen organized by the Middle East Institute in Washington, Bin Mubarak said that the Yemeni government has been flexible and participated in all rounds of peace consultations, including the recent Geneva consultations, which failed due to the failure of the Iranian-backed Houthi militias. Flimsy.
He called on the international community to force the militia to comply with the UN resolutions, including UN Security Council Resolution 2216 and the agreed terms of reference nationally, regionally and internationally of the GCC initiative, its executive mechanism and the outcomes of the comprehensive national dialogue.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1822738

(A P)

More Saudi / UAE „We are benefactors“ propaganda

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302712097

https://www.sharjah24.ae/en/uae/357193-erc-continues-aid-campaign-in-al-azariq-district-yemen

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids day by day

Oct. 6: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1538919090./1151832488300448/

Oct. 5: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1538884807./1151149868368710

Oct. 4: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1538884807./1151149601702070

Oct. 3: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1538884807./1151148965035467

(A K pH)

Aggression’s Daily Update for Friday, October 5th, 2018

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3126&cat_id=1

(A K pH)

Aggression’s Daily Update for Thursday, October 4th, 2018

In Hodiedah, The US-Saudi aggression launched an airstrike on a house in Al-Hale district, killing and injuring a number of civilians.
In Saada, the aggression launched several raids on Majz district and a raid on Shida district. Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted houses and farms of civilians in Baqim district, Ghammar district and Shida border district. a civilian was injured by shelling targeted Munnabih district.
In Sana'a, the US-Saudi aggression launched 6 raids on Sanhan district, a raid on Al-Hafa camp and a raid on Al-Nahdain mountain.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3110&cat_id=1

( A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Oct. 6: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3140&cat_id=1 Saada p.

Oct. 5: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news510387.htm Lahj p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news510386.htm Hodeidah p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news510385.htm Sanaa city

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

(A K pS)

Military gains for government forces in Baqem -Sa'dah district

Government forces have taken control of a new mountain range overlooking the center of the Baqem district, north of Sa'dah Governorate (north of the country).

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159209

(A KpH)

Aggression’s Daily Update for Saturday, October 6th, 2018

In Sa'ada, a civilian was critically injured by Saudi missiles and artillery shells on populated villages in Razih district.

Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted Razih, Shida, Adhdhaher, Baqim and Munnabih border districts, damaging civilians' houses and properties.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3140&cat_id=1

(A K pH)

A citizen was injured by the Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted Sa'ada Governorate

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3134&cat_id=1

(A K pH)

Aggression’s Daily Update for Friday, October 5th, 2018

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3126&cat_id=1

(* A K)

Yemen Missile War Update: September 27- October 3

Between September 27 and October 4, there were no confirmed Houthi missile attacks. Pro-coalition media reported one Houthi-launched missile targeting Aden was intercepted by Saudi air defense forces, but the story could not be confirmed. Pro-Houthi media reported another seven missile attacks targeting Asir, Najran, and Taiz, but these could not be corroborated by Coalition or independent reports.

Below is a summary of all Yemen missile events not corroborated or confirmed by Coalition or independent reports for the period of September 27 to October 4. O

https://missilethreat.csis.org/yemen-missile-war-update-september-27-october-3/

(A K pH)

Citizen Killed and other Injured in US-Saudi Aggression Shells on Saada

A citizen was killed and another was injured Thursday by the Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted Al-Hodeidah and Saada Governorates.

The US-Saudi Aggression mercenaries killed a citizen in Duraihmi district, in Hodiedah.

According to Al-Masirah Net correspondent, a citizen was seriously injured by Saudi missiles and artillery shells that targeted citizens' properties in Munabbih ,Ghamir and Shida border districts.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=3107&cat_id=1

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(A)

The evolution of the tropical state of the Arabian Sea to deep orbital depression

The tropical state of the Arabian Sea has evolved from a low-orbital to a deep-orbital low of 30 knots

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159220

(A)

Hadramawt prepares for an orbital situation in the Arabian Sea that may turn into a hurricane

The cities of the Hadramawt coast (eastern Yemen) are preparing to follow a tropical situation in the Arabian Sea that may turn into a hurricane. according to a local source, officials from the early warning and weather control room in Hadramawt held a meeting Thursday evening to follow up and analyze the predicted orbital situation in the Arabian Sea.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159129

(A)

2nd heritage festival kicks off in Yemen's Aden (photos)

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-10/05/c_129966050.htm

(A)

TeleYemen launches up to 8 mega internet speeds

The Houthi-controlled Public Telecommunications Corporation on Thursday announced the launch of speeds of up to 8 MB for Internet subscribers to broadband (ADSL) Services.

According to a statement issued by it, Internet Service subscribers have access to high speeds and higher services in the centers and cities of all provinces of the Country.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/159111

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-465-yemen-war-mosaic-465

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-465 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-465:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

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

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

18:53 07.10.2018
Dieser Beitrag gibt die Meinung des Autors wieder, nicht notwendigerweise die der Redaktion des Freitag.
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Dietrich Klose

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