Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 479 - Yemen War Mosaic 479

Yemen Press Reader 479: 12. November 2018: Jemen im Oktober – Eine weitere US-Operation im Jemen – USA und Jemenkrieg – Saudische Killer-Politik – Europäische Waffenverkäufe und Jemenkrieg ...
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... Hodeidah: Schwere Kämpvfe und Luftangriffe, UAE-unterstützte Anti-Huthi-Kräfte auf dem Vormarsch, Zivilisten in der Falle – und mehr

November 12, 2018: Yemen in October – Another US operation in Yemen – The US and the Yemen War – Saudi killer policy – European arms sales and the Yemen War – Hodeidah: Heavy fighting and air raids, UAE-backed anti-Houthi forces advancing, civilians trapped– and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

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cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

cp1b1 Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah: Deutsch/ Most important: Hodeidah battle: German

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

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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




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? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

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The Yemen Review – October 2018

Executive Summary:

In October, the United Nations warned that Yemen could become the worst famine the world has seen in a century, with some 14 million people – half the population – facing starvation. This crisis is primarily due to the collapsing value of the Yemeni rial: Yemen is overwhelming dependent on imports to feed itself and the rial’s depreciation has thus made foodstuffs vastly more expensive.

The murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul grabbed world headlines throughout the month. This in turn focused world attention on Riyadh’s role in the Yemen war, led the United States and the United Kingdom to call for a ceasefire, and prompted many Western governments to reconsider weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

Following a build-up of anti-Houthi forces through the end of October on the outskirts of the Houthi-held Red Sea city of Hudaydah – a crucial entry point of commercial and humanitarian goods for Yemen’s largest population centers – the battle for the city reignited in earnest at the beginning of November.

Yemeni President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi fired Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher on October 15 and launched an investigation against him for corruption and negligence. Bin Dagher had held the post since the spring of 2016 and was replaced by Maeen Abdelmalek Saeed, who was until then the Minister of Public Works and Roads.

A report from Buzzfeed News documented how the United Arab Emirates paid US mercenaries to assassinate political opponents in Yemen, primarily individuals associated with the Islah party in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.

The internationally recognized Yemeni government’s Economic Committee implemented new fuel import regulations, which would disqualify many Houthi-affiliated traders from importing fuel. The Houthi authorities in Sana’a subsequently threatened the senior staff of Yemen’s commercial banks – almost all of which are headquartered in the country’s capital – with imprisonment if they complied with the Economic Committee’s decrees. These developments – along with the Houthi authorities appointing new senior staff to the Sana’a-based CBY – have likely escalated the war’s economic and financial ramifications for the Yemeni population.

Cyclone Luban made landfall in Yemen’s eastern Mahra governorate (picture above), with the UN estimating that 2,200 families were displaced by the storm.

Meanwhile, the Islah party continued to consolidate political and military control in Taiz City, a development that began in August and one that threatens to complicate future conflict resolution efforts.

The Sana’a Center Editorial

Islah’s Political and Military Ascent in Taiz

Since August 2018, the Yemeni Congregation for Reform, otherwise known as the Islah party, has taken major steps towards consolidating political and military power in Taiz City. Islah officially supports the internationally recognized Yemeni government of President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi; however, the party’s increasing capacity to act independently in Taiz represents a further erosion of the state’s purview within areas the government supposedly controls. Islah’s rise in Taiz, if solidified, is likely to complicate United Nations-led efforts to secure a peace agreement between the Houthi leadership and the internationally recognized Yemeni government. It also threatens potential post-conflict efforts to stabilize the country’s political and security environments and establish effective state sovereignty.

With the escalation of the ongoing conflict in March 2015, Taiz City and the wider governorate have been an epicenter of violence, with Houthi fighters continually clashing with various anti-Houthi forces. Within the anti-Houthi coalition in Taiz City, Islah-affiliated forces and the Salafi-oriented Abu al-Abbas Brigades have also had long-running tensions and periodic clashes.

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A recent news article published by Buzzfeed revealed the involvement of American mercenaries contracted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a 2015 assassination attempt on Anssaf Ali Mayo, a local Islamist party leader in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden (Buzzfeed, 16 October 2018). While the national identity of the perpetrators came as a surprise to many, their actions fit within a worrying trend that has left at least 32 religious and civil leaders dead in Yemen’s south since 2016.

By monitoring local and international sources, since 1 January 2016, ACLED has identified a total of 53 assassinations or assassination attempts targeting clerics and Al-Islah party leaders in the provinces of Aden, Lahij, and Ad Dali, resulting in a recorded 32 fatalities. Over half (28 attempts accounting for 16 of the fatalities) have occurred since 1 January 2018. The troubling trend of murders continues

While Buzzfeed only linked the UAE to one of these assassination attempts, many suspect that the carefully conducted attacks fit within a wider trend of UAE-led efforts to expand their influence in the region and repress political Islamic organizations like quietist Salafi organizations and Al-Islah, which they accuse of being linked to Al Qaeda (POMED, January 2018); (ACLED, October 2018). The assassinations are largely carried out by unidentified gunmen who conduct the killings from motorcycles or moving cars. Often, the victims of these attacks are shot dead as they exit mosques or Al-Islah political buildings, and the perpetrators are rarely, if ever, caught. There have also been a number of bomb attacks, where an improvised explosive device is attached to the car of the targeted official or clerical leader.

These assassinations are only a small part of the multiple conflicts being fought in Yemen and make up a tiny fraction of the total fatalities. Yet, they could have a huge impact on future efforts to bring stability back to the country. Al-Islah was seen as the “kingmaker” of the Yemen Arab Spring and remains highly influential within the country today. The party supports president Hadi, favors unity, and wants to largely appear as the “ones who played by the new institutional rules and abided by the revolutionary project of a ‘civil state’” (POMED, January 2018). Yemeni activists have remarked that the assassinations were already having an impact on local communities. In a city with little order and a plethora of competing armed groups, the moderate Imams provided a voice of reason. “The clerics were effective leaders in their communities. They solved disputes and gave advice. They were their communities’ teachers and spokesmen” (Washington Post, August 2018).

By examining the individual cases of each assassination, it is clear that the targets are not chosen at random. Those attacked are often high-ranking influential leaders within the community, and their death not only narrows the political space but erases intellectual and religious infrastructure that could be vital to rebuilding Yemeni society. While Al-Islah is involved militarily throughout the country (most notably in Taiz), it is clear that Aden is where the impact of these killings will be felt the most. Targets in the city have included influential university professors, Salafi and Al-Islah party leaders, judiciary officials, and social welfare directors (see Figure 2).

Meanwhile, UAE-backed security sources in the city of Aden accuse the Al-Islah party itself of conducting the assassinations.

While it remains unclear exactly how the assassinations will affect Al-Islah’s future political engagement in the country, data collected weekly by ACLED suggest that incidents are continually on the rise and may escalate further – by Braden Fuller (with infographic, map)

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Pentagon launched new classified operation to support Saudi coalition in Yemen

Even as the humanitarian crisis precipitated by Saudi Arabia’s more-than-three-year war in Yemen has deepened, the Pentagon earlier this year launched a new classified operation to support the kingdom’s military operations there, according to a Defense Department document that appears to have been posted online inadvertently.

The existence of the new classified operation, code-named Yukon Journey, was partially revealed in a Defense Department inspector general report posted online earlier this month, which noted that “the Secretary of Defense designated three new named contingency operations: Operation Yukon Journey, and operations in Northwest Africa and East Africa.”

The three operations, which focus on al-Qaida and ISIS, are classified, the report notes, and the Pentagon has not publicly disclosed their location beyond saying they are in the Middle East and Africa.

But another document posted earlier this year on a Pentagon-affiliated website identifies Yukon Journey as a Central Command operation supporting the “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Partner Nations in Yemen.”

The existence of a classified operation in Yemen raises the possibility that even as the Pentagon scales back unclassified operations, such as refueling Saudi-led coalition aircraft, covert support, to include possible U.S. special forces on the ground, could continue.

Though it’s unclear what type of support Yukon Journey provides to Saudi Arabia, it has long been suspected that the Defense Department has special operations forces on the ground in Yemen, where the Saudis are fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

“My guess — and purely a guess — is it’s something to do with going after Houthi ballistic missiles,” Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, tells Yahoo News. “That’s probably the thing the administration worries about the most, that the Houthis’ ballistic missile will cause a mass casualty event in Saudi Arabia or the UAE.”

Riedel pointed to previous reports of special forces assisting in the hunt for ballistic missiles. “My guess is that’s some part of that, but there may be some more aggressive part of it. Maybe operations inside Yemen, instead of just along the border,” he said.

It “is indeed accurate to say that the location of Operation Youkon [sic] Journey is classified and is therefore not being discussed publicly,” a spokesperson for the inspector general wrote.

But the Pentagon’s refusal to name the location of operations appeared to bother the Pentagon’s top watchdog – by Sharon Weinberger, Sean Naylor and Jenna McLaughlin

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US Calls for Ceasefire, Keeps Attacking Yemen

In case you missed it, US efforts to prolong the world's most serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen continue to succeed spectacularly.

At the US State Department, on November 7, the press briefing focused on the ideological basis for punishing Iran for continuing to abide by the nuclear agreement that the US pulled out of (still joined by Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China). The US blames Iran for Yemen, too, with little persuasive or significant evidence to support the propaganda bias. Eventually in the briefing there was a question about Yemen, and the exchange with State Department spokesman Robert Palladino went like this (edited, with emphasis added):

Within the context of pervasive American deceit regarding Yemen, spokesman Palladino probably allows for some technical truths to appear. Yes, after the US called for a ceasefire, the Saudis escalated their bombing of humanitarian targets. The Saudis may or may not have consulted with the US, but the Trump administration has no stomach for criticizing this bloodshed any more than it actively objects to the gutting of Jamal Khashoggi.

According to Palladino, "the destruction of critical infrastructure or destruction of the delivery of vital (inaudible) aid and commercial goods is unacceptable," which seems to be a statement of law and decency acceptable to any humane observer. Palladino implies the lie that these crimes against humanity are unacceptable to the US, but he doesn't actually say that. Clearly, having spent years enabling the Saudis in committing war crimes, the US finds the destruction of Yemen quite acceptable. That's what Palladino really means when he says the US is "closely following the developments," in the hope that Yemeni carnage can somehow persuade the Iranians to trust us.

OK, what about that US call for a ceasefire, why isn't that working?

There was nary a tweet from the president in all this. Can one presume anything from that?

Pompeo proposed that the ceasefire start with the Houthis ending their not very effective rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia. That's the way the US deals with aggressive war in the 21st century: support the aggressor and demand that the victim stop resisting. And the Trump administration is even considering labeling the Houthi rebels as a terrorist organization, presumably following a logic that would have made the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto resistance into terrorists. Bad faith has no limits.

Both Mattis and Pompeo tried to appear as if they were taking immediate action, while in the next breath putting off any action for the near future. The supposed ceasefire has now receded toward 2019 as the UN's Yemen envoy bows to the reality of US inaction and Saudi escalation.

If the US were actually serious about peace and humanitarian aid for Yemen, the US could exercise leadership in the UN Security Council to force a peace process. The US could unilaterally take immediate and forceful actions to stop the war. Pompeo could rescind the bad joke of certifying the Saudis as conscientious and responsible. That might not be enough, so Mattis could disengage the US military from the genocidal bombing campaign. Without US support -- including cluster bombs and other ordnance -- the Saudi aggression would falter if not fail. Rather than act rationally, Pompeo and Mattis chose to posture and preen in a charade of peace-loving rhetoric.

Late on Friday, November 9, the US and Saudis announced that -- at some unstated future time -- the US will stop refueling Saudi bombers attacking Yemen. This is a cynical charade that will do nothing to reduce the bloodbath in Yemen, but may fool the gullible in the US that protest works.

First of all, with US help, the Saudis have developed their own mid-air refueling capability. The cessation of US refueling will have zero impact on Saudi war-making capacity.

The US will continue to support the Saudi targeting program. The US will continue to provide the Saudis with military intelligence. The US will continue to supply the Saudis with weapons and ordnance, including cluster bombs (designed to kill people and most effective against civilians). The US will continue to support the Saudi naval blockade, a primary cause of hunger and famine in Yemen (as intended). None of these or other elements of US participation in this illegal, genocidal war are addressed in Defense Secretary Mattis's expertly opaque and misleading statement:

"The U.S. and the coalition are planning to collaborate on building up legitimate Yemeni forces to defend the Yemeni people, secure their country's borders, and contribute to counter al-Qaida and ISIS efforts in Yemen and the region."

The US and the coalition are the main attackers of most of the Yemeni people.

Mattis is trying to put rouge on a monster and call it beautiful. US policy in Yemen continues to be based on profound lies with no moral justification. Oh look, Mattis seems to say, we're washing our hands of refueling bombers committing war crimes. Even in its narrow truth, this does nothing to support life or peace, and US hands remain drenched in blood – by William Boardman


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US decision to stop refueling Saudi jets attacking Yemen 'means nothing'

The United States' decision to end airborne refueling support to Saudi Arabia for its war in Yemen means nothing militarily. It is cost-free virtue signaling by the Trump administration.

It's an opportunity to appear a little bit cross over the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi while making sure that the Kingdom's strategic trajectory stays on course.

It's a way to appear annoyed that soon after the US called for a ceasefire in the Yemen war, the Saudi-led coalition launched an air and ground assault on the port of Hodeida, which is held by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

And it's a way to distract attention from the fact that the French and British, just like their US allies, are continuing much more important military support for the Saudi side in the war.

Ending mid-air refueling by US air tankers for Saudi jets is right up there with a "strongly worded letter."

Saudi Arabia's efforts in the war, which the United Nations says could lead to 14 million people facing famine, will be unaffected by the US gesture. In fact, the Saudis even claimed ending the refueling was their idea.

There is much more that could be done.

US support for the Saudi-led coalition suffers from a bipartisan lack of support in Washington. So it's important for the Trump administration to appear to be exercised about human rights violations, and be trying to avoid humanitarian catastrophe.

But it's all window dressing.

Morality is often trumped by reality in foreign affairs, especially in this administration – by Sam Kiley

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Saudis Close to Crown Prince Discussed Killing Other Enemies a Year Before Khashoggi’s Death

Top Saudi intelligence officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked a small group of businessmen last year about using private companies to assassinate Iranian enemies of the kingdom, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

Saudi officials have portrayed Mr. Khashoggi’s death as a rogue killing ordered by an official who has since been fired. But that official, Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, was present for a meeting in March 2017 in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, where the businessmen pitched a $2 billion plan to use private intelligence operatives to try to sabotage the Iranian economy.

During the discussion, part of a series of meetings where the men tried to win Saudi funding for their plan, General Assiri’s top aides inquired about killing Qassim Suleimani, the leader of the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and a man considered a determined enemy of Saudi Arabia.

The interest in assassinations, covert operations and military campaigns like the war in Yemen — overseen by Prince Mohammed — is a change for the kingdom, which historically has avoided an adventurous foreign policy that could create instability and imperil Saudi Arabia’s comfortable position as one of the world’s largest oil suppliers.

As for the businessmen, who had intelligence backgrounds, they saw their Iran plan both as a lucrative source of income and as a way to cripple a country that they and the Saudis considered a profound threat. George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, arranged the meeting. He had met previously with Prince Mohammed, and had pitched the Iran plan to Trump White House officials. Another participant in the meetings was Joel Zamel, an Israeli with deep ties to his country’s intelligence and security agencies.

General Assiri’s interest in assassinations was unsurprising but unrepresentative of official policy, said one Saudi familiar with the inquiry into the Khashoggi killing. The investigation has shown the general to be a grandiose and ambitious novice to intelligence who sought to impress the crown prince with unauthorized schemes for black operations, the person said.

But General Assiri’s well-known closeness to the crown prince — the general often joined Prince Mohammed for meetings in Riyadh with visiting American officials — might make it difficult for the prince’s supporters to distance him from the proposals, just as the same connections have helped convince Western intelligence agencies that the prince must have known about the plot against Mr. Khashoggi.

Moreover, General Assiri and his lieutenants were meeting with Mr. Nader around the same time that Mr. Nader was meeting with Prince Mohammed himself, as Saudi officials have acknowledged – By Mark Mazzetti, Ronen Bergman and David D. Kirkpatrick

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EU countries approve arms sales to Saudi, UAE worth 55 times aid to Yemen

Europe's arms sector is unaccountable and highly influential in the corridors of power, with $86.7bn in approved sales to the Gulf since 2015

The value of the licences which the countries issued in 2015 and 2016 - the only years for which data is available - amount to more than 55 times what the EU and European countries have donated to the UN’s chronically underfunded Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan.

Many governments have promised during the course of the war to stop or restrict sales of the weapons that are being used to maim Yemenis, and the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month brought a new wave of public pressure to halt deals with the Saudi kingdom.

But only Germany has suspended its sales – until Khashoggi’s murder is explained - while the UK, France and Spain have all signalled that they will continue business as usual.

Experts say the continuation of the sales, which politicians often justify by pointing to job creation, security cooperation and trade relations, reveals a fundamental disconnect for Western governments between their actions and Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.

“The UK and many of its EU allies insist there is no military solution to the conflict, yet they themselves are supplying the weapons that are fuelling and prolonging the hostilities,” says Ben Donaldson, head of campaigns at the United Nations Association-UK, a grassroots policy group.

“There has just been one UN Security Council resolution in three years of conflict, which is very surprising given its severity compared to other conflicts, and the UK is taking sides in the conflict, which flies against its position of ‘penholder’ and its responsibility. The UK’s position is to support Saudi Arabia.”

Jeff Abramson, a non-resident senior fellow with the Washington, DC-based Arms Control Association told MEE: “The reality is the provision of arms extends conflicts and leads to humanitarian disasters, so to an extent the arms trade fuels the need for aid assistance. It’s a perverse cycle.”

For decades, billions of dollars in arms sales flowed into the Gulf to be stockpiled and largely forgotten, while the revenues have piled up into European bank accounts.

Ministers did not have to do mental gymnastics to justify such deals, saying the sales were for "defensive purposes". Or as the French defence minister put it in February, they were “not supposed to be used”.

Jobs were created at home, and the deals kept the doors open to closer economic and political ties with oil-rich Gulf kingdoms.

An eventual investigation into the deal was shut down in 2006 by then prime minister Tony Blair after pressure from the Saudis.

Otherwise, arms exports were an easy sell to the public. Shady deals there might be, but no one was getting killed, and nobody needed any humanitarian assistance, even if a blind eye was turned to domestic oppression and proxy wars.

But with the war in Yemen, that position no longer holds.

In 2015 and 2016, the only years for which EU arms export reports are currently available, nearly every EU country has sold arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. MEE has found:

In 2015, 21 EU countries approved licences for the export of arms, ranging from bullets to bombs to jet fighters and specialised military components, worth $25.3bn to Saudi Arabia and $11.4bn to the UAE, totalling $36.7bn. Of this total, $14.4bn was for aircraft, bombs and grenades, the primary causes of civilian deaths.
In 2016, 17 EU countries licensed the sale of even more weapons worth $18.3bn to Saudi Arabia and $31.7bn to the UAE, totalling $50bn.
While EU-wide figures are not available for 2017, those provided by individual countries indicate that arms sales have largely continued at the same rate. In 2017, the UK and Germany licensed $2.3bn in arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to figures provided by governments and the Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

As the sales have continued, the UN’s Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan campaigns have remain underfunded.:

Overall since 2015, the EU and some European countries have given $1.56bn to the UN’s response plan, according to UN OCHA figures. That's equivalent to 1.8 percent of approved European arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in 2015 and 2016.
So why do the sales continue? Jobs and political influence on the countries that arms are sold to are often used to justify the continued policy.

But one primary reason for the EU’s inability to rein in arms exports to the Gulf is an unwillingness to regulate the military industrial complex due to its powerful influence over governments and pervasive corruption in the sector, say observers.

Feinstein of Corruption Watch says there is, in fact, no meaningful regulation of the arms industry in Europe.

“The UK and Germany point out national legislation and rigorous exporting licences, and being signatories to treaties they champion, but by exporting to Saudi Arabia and the UAE they are violating their own national laws, the EU Common Position on arms exports, and the Arms Trade Treaty,” he says.

“There is nothing that compels them to do anything differently. National parliaments are completely powerless when it comes to the arms industry.”

The industry has a strong lobby through government contracts, interlinkages with the military establishment, and a revolving door of politicians who are rewarded with positions on the boards of arms’ companies once out of office, according to Feinstein.

Another problem, say observers, is corruption inherent within the industry – by Paul Cochrane

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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cp1b1 Am wichtigsten: Kampf um Hodeidah: Deutsch/ Most important: Hodeidah battle: German

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Mehr als hundert Tote bei Kämpfen um Hudaida

Blutiges Wochenende im Jemen: Bei Gefechten zwischen der Huthi-Miliz und Truppen der saudi-arabischen Militärallianz um die strategisch wichtige Hafenstadt Hudaida starben in 24 Stunden fast 150 Menschen.

Bei Gefechten sind seit Sonntag fast 150 Menschen getötet worden, darunter auch Zivilisten. Binnen 24 Stunden seien 110 Rebellen, 32 Kämpfer der Allianz und sieben Zivilisten getötet worden, teilten Krankenhaus- und Armeevertreter in der Stadt am Roten Meer mit.

Am Sonntag hatte sich die Militärallianz heftige Straßenkämpfe mit den Rebellen in einem Wohnviertel im Osten der strategisch wichtigen Stadt geliefert.

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Jemens Regierungstruppen rücken in der Hafenstadt Hodeida vor

Jemenitische Regierungstruppen sind bei ihrer von Saudi-Arabien unterstützten Offensive zur Einnahme der Hafenstadt Hodeida weiter vorgerückt. Am Sonntag lieferten sie sich heftige Straßenkämpfe mit den Huthi-Rebellen in einem Wohnviertel im Osten der strategisch wichtigen Stadt. Ein Armeevertreter sagte, es gehe darum, die Straßen von Rebellenkämpfern zu “säubern”.

Die regierungstreuen Soldaten drangen am Morgen in das Viertel ein und kämpften in der Nähe des Tourismuskomplexes Al Waha (Oase) gegen die Rebellen. Eine Anwohnerin berichtete, drei Menschen des Viertels seien durch Granatensplitter verletzt und ins Krankenhaus gebracht worden. Sie fügte hinzu: “Wir sind wirklich müde. Für uns gibt es keinerlei Sicherheit. Wir haben kein Geld. Diesmal kann keiner weg.”

Die Angreifer stießen auf heftigen Widerstand. Die Rebellen hatten laut Berichten von Anwohnern Scharfschützen auf Dächern postiert. Außerdem schossen sie aus Panzern.

Unterdessen gab es bei den Huthi-Kämpfern einen Überläufer. Ihr “Informationsminister” Abdel Salam Dschaber begab sich nach Saudi-Arabien und tauchte dort am Sonntag auf einer Pressekonferenz in Riad auf. Dort sagte er, dass die Rebellen “am Ende” seien. Die Militärallianz aus Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten forderte er auf, den Jemen von den Huthi-Kämpfern zu befreien. Diese kontrollieren weiterhin die Hauptstadt Sanaa und weite Teile im Westen und Norden des Landes.

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Jemen: Mehr als 60 Tote bei Kämpfen in Hodeida

Bei den Kämpfen um die jemenitische Hafenstadt Hodeida sind seit Samstag mehr als 60 Menschen getötet worden. Binnen 24 Stunden seien 43 Rebellen und 18 regierungstreue Kämpfer gestorben, teilten Ärzte am Sonntag in der Stadt am Roten Meer mit. Ein Militärvertreter bestätigte die Opferzahl. Die Regierungstruppen wollen die von den Huthi-Rebellen kontrollierte Stadt zurückzuerobern und stoßen dabei auf erbitterten Widerstand. Am Sonntag gab es erste Gefechte in Wohnstraßen. Wie ein Militärvertreter sagte, rückten die Regierungstruppen erstmals in ein Wohnviertel im Osten von Hodeida vor, um es von Rebellenkämpfern zu »säubern«.

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Mehr als 60 Tote bei Kämpfen im Jemen

Dutzende verletzte Rebellenkämpfer seien zudem in die Provinzen Sanaa und Ibb im Landesinneren gebracht worden, sagte ein Vertreter des Militärkrankenhauses in Hodeida. Die Regierungstruppen wollen die von den Houthi-Rebellen kontrollierte Stadt zurückzuerobern und stoßen dabei auf erbitterten Widerstand.

Seit Freitag bewegten sie sich in Richtung des Hafens vor. Dort werden die meisten Importe und internationalen Hilfslieferungen für den Jemen umgeschlagen.

Am Freitagabend hatte die Regierungstruppen das größte Krankenhaus der Stadt erobert. Am Samstag lieferten sich Soldaten und Rebellen im Umkreis des Krankenhauses an einer Straße von Hodeida in die Hauptstadt Sanaa heftige Kämpfe. Die Regierungstruppen stießen vom Süden und Osten aus in Richtung Hafen vor. =

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Kampf um Hodeida

Dutzende Tote und mangelnde Versorgung von Zivilisten: Der Krieg im Jemen geht weiter.

Erbitterte Kämpfe um die jemenitische Hafenstadt Hodeida: Binnen 24 Stunden wurden in der strategisch wichtigen Stadt am Roten Meer nach Angaben von Ärzten mehr als 130 Kämpfer getötet, darunter 110 Huthi-Rebellen. Diese leisteten am Freitag weiter erheblichen Widerstand gegen die Offensive der Regierungstruppen. Unterdessen sorgten sich Hilfsorganisationen weiter um die Lage der Zivilisten in dem Bürgerkriegsland. Das Welternährungsprogramm kündigte an, seine Lebensmittelhilfen verdoppeln zu wollen.

Den Ärzten in Hodeida zufolge wurden 110 Rebellen und 22 regierungstreue Kämpfer getötet. Damit stieg die Zahl der Toten auf beiden Seiten seit der Intensivierung der Kämpfe um Hodeida am 1. November auf mindestens 382.

In Hodeida beschrieb ein Vertreter der Hilfsorganisation Islamic Relief, Salem Dschaffer Baobaid, die „Erschöpfung und Angst“ in den Gesichtern seiner Nachbarn, die wegen der nächtlichen Luftangriffe nicht mehr schliefen. „Die Menschen fragen nach mehr Lebensmitteln, aber was wir auch tun, die Hilfsorganisationen können nicht ein ganzes Land ernähren“, sagte er laut der Nachrichtenagentur Irin.!5549558/

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

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Heavy clashes as Houthis dig in near Hodeidah university

Yemen rebels also take up position near biggest hospital, forcing staff and patients to flee

Yemeni government forces engaged in fierce clashes with Houthi rebels who entrenched themselves near the University of Hodeidah and the Al Rabsa neighbourhood in the south-west of the port city on Sunday.

The Yemeni Joint Resistance forces had imposed a tight cordon around the Houthis, who retreated into the residential areas in the centre of the city," Col Mamoon Al Mahjami, spokesman of the Al Amalikah Brigades, told The National.

"The rebels stationed artillery and mortars in populated neighbourhoods and hundreds of snipers on the roofs of buildings near the university," Col Al Mahjami said

Residents in the southern outskirts of the port city said the battle had been raging since early Sunday morning, with huge explosions around of the university as well as in the 7 July neighbourhood in the east of the city.

Aircraft from the Arab Coalition supported the government troops, with Apache helicopters launching several strikes at Houthi fighters near the university and in the eastern areas of the 7 July district and the Al Khamseen Street area in the north-east of the city.

The residents said four civilians were injured in the fighting, three of them children.

"The Houthi militia has been shelling the southern areas of the city randomly with mortars and with rockets which has spread fear and anxiety among the residents who haven't fled the city and those who have been prevented from leaving the city centre by the Houthis to use them as human shields," a resident who asked not to be named told The National.

The resident said many people in Hodeidah who had co-operated with the Iran-backed rebels now wanted to defect to the government side. However, they feared reprisals because some activists in areas of Hodeidah that were already liberated had been threatening collaborators on social media, forcing those who wanted to defect to keep fighting for the Houthis.

My comment: By an UAE website. The view propaganted here is somewhat twisted: It’s the UAE-backed forces who invade the city, thus it’s they who provoke street fighting – but the Houthis are blamed for this.

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149 killed as Yemen rebels hold back loyalists in Hodeida

At least 149 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in Yemen's vital port city of Hodeida, medics and military sources said Monday, as international pressure mounted for a ceasefire.

Government loyalists backed by a Saudi-led coalition are fighting to oust Huthi rebels from the Red Sea city, whose port is a lifeline to 14 million Yemenis who face mass starvation.

A source in the pro-government coalition said the insurgents had pushed back a large-scale assault on the rebel-held port.

Government forces, led on the ground by Emirati-backed troops, have made their way into rebel-held Hodeida after 11 days of clashes, reaching residential neighbourhoods in the east on Sunday and sparking fears of street fights that would further endanger civilians trapped in the city.

Residents and government military sources have reported rebel snipers stationed on rooftops in civilian streets in eastern Hodeida, a few miles from the port on the western edge of the city.

Mariam Aldogani, Save the Children's field coordinator in Yemen, said that the people in Hodeida are living in a "state of fear".

"There is ongoing fighting, and the situation is very bad," she told AFP over the weekend by phone, as strikes were heard in the background.

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Ironically, my relatives in #Hudadyah are phoning me to ask about the recent developments in their city as they feel isolated due to internet blackout. They just hear endless terrifying explosions in different directions.

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The US and UK late last month called for a ceasefire in Yemen to support UN-led efforts to end the nearly four-year long war that has killed more than 10,000 people and triggered the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis.

As is usually the case in mediated conflicts, the Saudi coalition appears to be accelerating its assault before any ceasefire - to enable a better negotiating position.

This has meant increased pressure on the main port city of Hodeidah, which is a lifeline for millions of Yemenis.

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Al-Houthi Militias Explodes a Mosque Minaret in Al-Hodeida and Implant Explosives in it

Al-Houthi militias exploded the minaret of “Ekhwan Thabet” mosque – east of Al-Hodeida. The militias also implanted explosives all over the mosque inside air conditions, wooden stairs and the mosque door. Previously, Al-Houthis turned the mosque into a military barrack before exploding its minaret.

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Film: massacre of the family of Ali Jamali in the province of Hodeidah 10-11-2018

Father clings to his infant daughter, a new crime for the Air Force aggression 10-11-2018

The man cried his daughter until he asked the tears around him before the raid were the names are crying and her father is now silenced by silent her father = = =

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6 Civilians wounded in Saudi-led mercenaries' shelling in werstern coast

Six civilians were seriously wounded on Sunday when the artillery of the US-backed Saudi-led mercenaries shelled residential areas in Hodeida province, a security official told Saba.
The artillery bombardment of the militias targeted separate areas in the city

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Civilian martyred, 6 others injured in Saudi-led airstrikes on Hodeida

A civilian was killed and six others wounded in a preliminary death toll in Saudi-led airstrikes, which hit Hodeida province, a security official told Saba.
This came when the warplanes of US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition launched airstrikes on a house of a civilian in Halaka area of Haly district.
The airstrikes coincided with intensively hovering of the coalition's warplanes on the district.
The official added that several residential neighborhoods in Khamseen street was bombarded by the artillery and warplanes of the coalition

is this raid?:

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reports of #Saudi airstrikes targeted a civilian car in Alhale area, #Hodeidah

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Photos of the aftermath of #Saudi led coalition airstrikes on 22 May hospital in #Hodeidah

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Houthis use civilians as human shields: Yemen gov’t

Government accused rebels of using civilians as human shields in the western city of Al-Hudaydah

The Yemeni government on Sunday accused the Houthi rebel group of using civilians as human shields in the western city of Al-Hudaydah.

“Houthis are deployed on the roofs of citizens’ homes and using hospitals, schools and worship places as a base for military activities,” the Human Rights Ministry said in a statement cited by the official Saba news agency.

The ministry decried the “Iran-backed” group’s practices which it described as “a crime and a blatant violation of international humanitarian law and international law.”

My comment: This is propaganda: It’s street fighting. – And it’s the UAE-backed militia who imposed this on the Houthis, not vice versa.

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Battle for Hodeidah: More than 40 Houthis killed in 24 hours

At least 43 Houthis have been killed in Yemen's flashpoint city of Hodeidah over the past 24 hours as pro-government forces close in on rebel-held areas in the east of the city.

Medics at a hospital in Hodeidah said on Sunday the Houthi fighters had been killed in overnight ground fighting and air attacks by a Saudi-UAE alliance supporting Yemeni troops.

A source at Hodeidah's military hospital told the AFP news agency that dozens of wounded rebels were transferred to hospitals in the provinces of Sanaa and Ibb, further inland.

Meanwhile, a source at a hospital in the government-held town of Mocha, about 170km south of Hodeidah city, said that nine Yemeni soldiers had been killed in clashes there.

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Street battles rage in Yemen's Hodeidah, civilians caught in crossfire

Street battles raged on Sunday in residential areas of Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, forcing medical staff to flee the largest hospital, as Houthi insurgents tried to repel forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

Residents said they saw bodies of seven civilians killed in clashes in southern suburbs, with both sides using mortar shells, anti-aircraft guns and assault rifles in the fight for the Houthi-held city, a lifeline for millions of Yemenis.

Medical sources at al-Thawra hospital told Reuters that several staff members and patients able to move had fled the complex. It was not immediately clear how many patients remained inside.

“The Houthis are reinforcing their positions near the hospital and that is what scared people,” said one staff member.

Hospital spokesman Khaled Attiyah told Reuters that doctors and nurses continued their work in departments such as intensive care, the burns ward and the emergency room “despite the panic”.

“We hear loud shelling and they are using all kinds of weapons, it is terrifying,” said resident Abdullah Mohammed. “In the eastern suburbs, Apache helicopters are bombing Houthi positions all day long.”

Pro-coalition forces took control on Saturday of Red Sea Mills, a main grains facility south of the port which holds about 51,000 tonnes of wheat, a U.N. aid group said.

“Around 60 shells fell inside the compound since the clashes reached that area few days ago but the silos and the grains were not touched,” said Ali Reza Qureshi, Yemen’s deputy director for the World Food Programme (WFP).

“We hope the production will resume in the coming next two weeks as we get 21,000 tonnes monthly from those mills, otherwise we will have to import wheat flour,” he told Reuters. =

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Four Saudi-led airstrikes hit Hodeida

Four airstrikes of Saudi-led coalition’s fighter jets hit Hodeidah province on Sunday, a security official told Saba.
The strikes hit two areas of al-Jabalih and al-Fazah

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At least 61 killed in clashes in Yemen's Hodeida

At least 61 combatants have been killed in clashes in Yemen's flashpoint Hodeida, medics and a military source said Sunday, and dozens of wounded taken to hospitals outside the city.

Medics in the Red Sea city reported 43 Huthi rebels and nine loyalists killed in clashes over the past 24 hours. Another nine loyalist fighters were reported killed by medics at a hospital in government-held Mokha, south of Hodeida. A government military source confirmed the toll.

Dozens of wounded rebels were transferred to hospitals in the provinces of Sanaa and Ibb, further inland, a source at the Hodeida military hospital said.

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Clashes reach residential streets in Yemen's Hodeida

Fighting for control of Yemen's rebel-held city of Hodeida reached residential streets on Sunday, as the Huthi insurgents mounted fierce resistance to government forces backed by Saudi Arabia, military sources said.

Troops entered residential streets in eastern Hodeida with the aim of "purging them of insurgents," according to a pro-government military official.

Fears for civilian safety have been rising since the loyalist forces renewed an operation to take Hodeida, which has been under the control of Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels since 2014.

Aid groups have urged warring parties to keep the port open.

"We cannot predict what will happen in the future, but at the moment there are no problems," Yahya Sharafeddine, deputy director of Hodeida port, told AFP.

Pro-government fighters moved into the neighbourhood between the May 22 hospital -- the largest in Hodeida -- and Sanaa Road, which links the port city to inland Yemen.

Fighters clashed around the Al-Waha (Oasis) Resort, closing in on a civilian district located south of the hospital and north of Sanaa Road.

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WFP: The situation in Yemen could get even worse for its civilians due to a current fight over Hodeidah. The port city provides key access for importing food and fuel into the country

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Hodeidah: 7 civilians more were injured by intensified bombing targeted residential areas in Al-Hale district. The US-Saudi aggression launched over 10 raids on different areas in Al-Hale district, a series of raids on the main road between Zabid and Al-Husaineah.

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3 civilians wounded in Saudi-led mercenaries shelling in western coast

Three civilians were injured seriously on Saturday during a coalition’s militias artillery's shelling on residential areas in Hodeida province, a security official told Saba
The artillery shilling of targeted citizens’ houses in 7 July area leading to wound the three citizens

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2 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Hodeida

Two civilians were killed and two others injured when the US-backed Saudi-led coalition on Saturday launched an airstrike on Hodeida province, a security official told Saba.
The airstrike hit a farm in Bit-Faqih district, added the official.
The airstrike also damaged numbers of solar panels in the farm

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Ibb sends fighters to back army in Hodeidah

Tribesmen with sheikhs of Ibb province declared on Saturday a public mobilization to send fighters to Hodeidah province to back the army in confronting Saudi-led coalition.
The move came during a tribal meeting, attended by governor of the province Abdul Wahid Salah, who called on the Yemeni people to go to the battle fronts to defend the homeland and deter the coalition and its crimes committing against civilians.
The participants stressed the importance of enhancing the steadfastness to confront the economic war led by the coalition.
The meeting hailed the triumphs made by the army in deterring the coalition in all front.

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Houthis mining food substances in Hodeidah

The National Yemeni Resistance Forces have cleared large areas inside Hodeidah of camouflaged mines planted across residential areas and roads by Houthi rebels in defiance of all relevant international laws and conventions.

The mines were maliciously hidden in sacks and bags of sugar and rice as well as fire extinguishers, targeting Yemenis who are not colluding with the militiamen and coup perpetrators in yet a new desperate attempt of revenge.

A Yemeni resistance source stated that the Yemeni forces dismantled Iranian-made explosives in the territories where the rebels had been expelled.

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[seems to be a photo from Hodeidah]

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16 children between the ages of 3 – 17 years were injured in the last two days heavy fighting in Gholail Area, Ghazah st- Hali district, Hawak district of Hodeida. Not Acceptable!

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Saudi aggression air strikes kill, wound 4 citizens in Hodeidah

At least 4 citizens were killed and wounded when a Saudi aggression airstrikes on residential quarter in al-Jabbalia area of Hodeidah province, a security official told Saba on Saturday.

The hostile warplanes targeted residential quarter in the area five times, which led to killing citizen and injuring 3 others.

He added the Saudi aggression also launched one air raids on Almina district.

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Yemen loyalists push deeper into Hodeida

Yemeni government forces pushed further into the strategic port city of Hodeida seizing its main hospital in heavy fighting on Saturday as their Saudi-led coalition backers put a brave face on an end to US refuelling support.

A loyalist official said mortar rounds were "falling like rain" in the streets as troops weathered rebel-laid mines and snipers to take control of the main hospital in the city of some 600,000 people.

The rebels have put up fierce resistance to the loyalist advance towards the city's vital docks.

Fierce battles raged on Saturday in eastern sectors of Hodeida as loyalist forces backed by air strikes and Apache helicopters sought to push deeper into the city.

"The battles here are turning into street fighting," one loyalist official said.

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Yemeni forces 'seize Hodeidah's main hospital' amid air raids

Yemeni forces, backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have seized control of a hospital in the western city of Hodeidah which was taken over by Houthi fighters earlier this week.

The AFP news agency reported on Saturday that Yemeni soldiers captured the May 22 hospital in the city's eastern suburbs, which had been turned into a sniper position by Houthi fighters - in violation of international law.

A source in the city told Al Jazeera that Yemeni forces, numbering in the thousands, had also seized the Faculty of Engineering building of Hodeidah University, which sits just 4km from the city's vital port.

The source said the city's streets, which would normally be heaving with people and traffic on Saturday, were empty with the sound of shelling a near constant in the background.

The Houthi-affiliated Al-Masirah news outlet said more than 30 air raids were carried out in the neighbourhood of the hospital on Friday, killing at least two civilians, including a girl, and leaving at least 15 other civilians wounded.

Remark: Yemeni forces = Yemeni Hadi government forces Yemeni militia and foreign mercenaries, for example from Sudan.

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Film, Nov. 11: One of several mosques that al-Houthi militias blew up after their defeat and withdrawal.

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Film, Nov. 11: Al-Huthi's militias did not take over houses and houses of citizens, but were bombarded by these houses to blow them up as soon as they defeated them and withdraw them.

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Film, Nov. 11: Scenes from the fierce battles waged by the joint forces against the Houthis in the streets and neighborhoods of the city of Hodeidah.

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Film: Giants brigades continue to advance in the city of Hodeidah

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Nov. 9: Film: Scenes from the May 22 hospital clearance of al-Huthi militia

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Film: Nov. 9: Commander of the Yemeni National Resistance Forces: The military operations to recapture Hodeidah are conducted according to a tight plan

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Nov. 9: Films: "Yemeni resistance" controls the hospital May 22 in Hodeidah = =

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Film: Nov. 10: Watch how Houthi militias planted mines and improvised explosive devices on the roads in the center of the city

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Nov. 9: Film: The streets are all blown with tons of explosives, mines and all kinds ..

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Nov. 8: Film: Fierce battles near the hospital on May 22 in Al Hadid and made a giant league with Republican guards

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Nov. 8: Film: The joint forces are advancing at a high pace inside the city of Hodeidah

The fierce battles near the hospital on May 22 in Al Hadid and made a giant league with the guards of the Republic

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Film: Nov. 8: The joint forces fought overnight night clashes with al-Houthi militia in the eastern neighborhoods of the city

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Film: Nov. 8: The joint resistance controls Sana'a Street in Hodeidah

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Nov. 8: Film: News of the third evening Al-Houthi militia is holding dozens of doctors in the hospital on 22 May

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Nov. 7, film: Our correspondent Salah bin Lagbar conveys the picture from inside the revolving mill area after full control by the joint forces

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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#Yemen watchers: have you seen @Almadaniyamag? Incredible place to see Yemen and Yemenis profiled by Yemenis. As @Ndawsari often laments, Yemen is a place that attracts a lot of foreign "experts." To be sure, few of those lucky enough to visit Yemen can shake its magic, AND....

There are great non-Yemenis to whom anyone with interest in Yemen owe a debt of gratitude for their insights (see: @MarieHeinze @peterjsalisbury @gregorydjohnsen @Dr_Ulrichsen @adammbaron @acseitz6 @LaurentBonnefoy @PerneInAGyre @Minwakhi @PhilbrickYadav @Dr_E_Kendall

Not to mention all the journos & photogs with a commitment to telling authentic Yemeni stories (

@ionacraig @alexkpotter @BBCNawalMaghafi @robertfworth @OrlaGuerin @mck_beth @kasinof) and former USG folks who remain committed to Yemen's development (@Dave_Harden @j_feierstein)...

If you want to see #Yemen through Yemeni eyes, though, and get new perspectives of and from those contending with a looming famine and war that goes beyond the ever important stats and numbers, you must check out @Almadaniyamag.

Everyday @Almadaniyamag is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the complexity and beauty of #Yemen amid the horror of the current conflict. The team there provides a raw picture that humanizes Yemen by giving Yemenis a platform deserving of their stories.

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Saudi-Arabien kündigt Marib Airport-Projekt im Jemen an

Das Königreich Saudi-Arabien kündigte heute ein ehrgeiziges neues Flughafen-Ausbauprojekt im Jemen an, das nach Fertigstellung Kapazität für 2 Millionen Reisende pro Jahr bieten wird.

Wie das saudi-arabische Entwicklungs- und Wiederaufbauprogramm für Jemen (Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, SDRPY) meldet, wird der Flughafen in der historischen Stadt Marib östlich der Hauptstadt Sanaa neu aufgebaut, und nach seiner Fertigstellung als wichtiges Drehkreuz für die Infrastruktur des Landes und der Region dienen. Das Projekt wird während seiner Laufzeit ca. 1.000 dauerhafte Arbeitsplätze nach Abschluss, 5.000 Arbeitsplätze während des Baus und ca. 10.000 indirekte Arbeitsplätze in Nebenbereichen schaffen. Die Arbeiten sollen von der gleichen Firma ausgeführt werden, die auch einen Flughafen in Chicago geplant und umgesetzt hat.

Der saudi-arabische Botschafter im Jemen, Mohammed Al Jaber, Direktor des SDRPY, erklärte, "Es handelt sich um ein spannendes Projekt, das für genau das steht, was Jemen zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt in Hinblick auf Beschäftigung und wirtschaftliche Möglichkeiten braucht, und die Nähe zur Hauptstadt könnte die Bemühungen um eine Zusammenführung der Regionen al-Jawf, Shabwah und Hadramaut wiederbeleben. =

Mein Kommentar: Ein schlechter Witz, wenn man sich überlegt, was die Saudis bisher im Jemen gemacht haben. Den Zivilflughafen der Hauptstadt Sanaa haben sie weithin zerstört, und sie blockieren den Flugverkehr dorthin. – Ein solcher Flughafen in Marib würde bedeuten, dass die Saudis dauerhaft ihren Stiefel im Jemen haben. Es geht hier um Verfestigung und Verstetigung von Macht und Zugriff.

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Film: Dr Marcus Papadopoulos on RT’s Sputnik show discussing Saudi Arabia and the West

with @georgegalloway and Gayatri

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Yemen: A US Orchestrated Living Hell

Media reports on devastating war in Yemen, including from most alternative sources, fail to explain the conflict was planned and orchestrated in Washington.

It began under Bush/Cheney shortly after US naked aggression was launched in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 – four weeks after the 9/11 state-sponsored mother of all false flags.

Both wars and all others that followed were planned months in advance. US warmaking and enlistment of terrorist groups Washington created and supports, didn’t emerge like Topsy. Strategy and tactics take months of planning in advance.

Afghanistan is America’s longest war in modern times, in its 18th year with no prospect for resolution.

The shocking, largely ignored, reality about Yemen is it’s been ongoing almost as long. The Bush/Cheney regime launched it by drone terror-bombing.

Saudi terror-bombing began, then temporarily stopped, years before full-scale war was launched in March 2015. Resolution is nowhere in sight because the US under Republicans and undemocratic Dems reject peace and stability in all US war theaters.

Saudis and the UAE are US proxies in Yemen. Washington and Britain select targets to strike, including hospitals, schools, residential neighborhoods, mosques, marketplaces, agricultural land, and other civilian sites.

The US provides intelligence, logistics support, and mid-air refueling of Saudi and UAE warplanes.

Practically none of the above hard truths are reported by Western and Israeli media.

According to the UN, Yemen faces the “worst famine in the world in 100 years” if war continues.

Famine is already a reality for millions of Yemenis, mass starvation ongoing, largely out of sight and mind, lip service to it alone paid in the US and other Western capitals.

Food and medical treatment deprivation is part of US orchestrated, Saudi/UAE waged war and blockade on the country.

UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande said as many as 13 million civilians may die from starvation if conflict resolution remains unachieved.

There’s no prospect of it ahead because the Trump regime rejects it.

When America goes to war, the human toll is never a consideration – by Stephen Lendman

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The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit, Editorial

The suffering grows and no end is in sight. This is turning out to be our crime too.

The suffering of civilians in Yemen is not only the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. It is a crime.

It took the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul to push Washington into issuing the ceasefire call. Yet the Trump administration, transfixed by its enmity with Iran, wants an end to conflict only when it suits its Saudi and Emirati allies. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi say they want a settlement, but their push into Hodeidah suggests they hope to come to the table as victors. They have a history of wildly overestimating their prospects in Yemen.

The Houthis have unrealistic demands, but it isn’t surprising they want a halt to attacks on the port before they sit down. This weekend’s news that the US will cease refuelling Saudi planes looks more like an attempt to head off growing pressure. While unclassified overt support might end, secret covert US support, like that unearthed on Saturday, could increase. The administration is reportedly considering designating the Houthis a terrorist organisation. That would hardly encourage them to join talks; worse, it risks increasing civilian suffering by making it harder for groups to work in Houthi-controlled areas. And starting talks, though tough in itself, will be infinitely easier than bringing them to a successful conclusion.

But until we stop selling arms and sharing intelligence, we remain complicit. This is our crime too.

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An injured Yemeni child's image went viral. Then she disappeared to Saudi Arabia.

After a Saudi airstrike hit a residential apartment building in Sanaa in August 2017, 5-year old Buthaina Muhammad Mansour al-Raimi quickly became the public face of the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Yemen.

Now, over a year later, the Houthi government in Sanaa and members of Buthaina’s extended family are accusing Saudi authorities of kidnapping Buthaina in a bid to hide a powerful symbol of the war in Yemen, which has gone on for more than three years. While there is some dispute over who has legal guardianship of Buthaina, her family insists that no one agreed to send her to Saudi Arabia — which has led the military intervention in Yemen.

And her transfer to the Gulf kingdom appears to be anything but normal.

Buthaina’s journey to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, started in September 2017, less than a month after the airstrike. According to an account provided to Yahoo News by Buthaina’s family members, Fudaad al-Mansoori, the head of a local nonprofit, approached Ali al-Raimi, an uncle who was caring for Buthaina, and proposed filming a documentary about the war in Yemen with the young girl in a leading role.

According to Waleed al-Raimi, Ali al-Raimi’s brother, they made the first shot on Sept. 20, 2017, in front of a now-demolished apartment building with Buthaina standing on the rubble along with other family members, and then went to the cemetery where Buthaina’s family members are buried.

The next day, they drove south to where similar bombings had taken place.

When the filming was finished, al-Mansoori suggested dinner at a restaurant even farther south, in an area that was not under Houthi control. Al-Mansoori drove in one car, and Ali al-Raimi in another with his wife, their three children, and Buthaina. As they approached their destination, some 16 armored vehicles blocked the road, according to the family’s account. Uniformed armed men surrounded the car and said they were from King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, a charity created by the Saudi government to work in Yemen.

The men then asked Ali al-Raimi to come with Buthaina and his family to Riyadh, where she would receive treatment from the charity. When Ali al-Raimi declined, he and his family were forced into the armored vehicles and taken to Aden, then airlifted to Riyadh. From Aden, Ali al-Raimi managed to call a friend in Sanaa, asking him to alert his family that they had been kidnapped. From there, word spread quickly in Sanaa that Buthaina had been taken to Saudi Arabia.

Whether Ali al-Raimi or his family had some initial agreement with Saudi Arabia is in dispute.

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Yemen Peace Project: Publishing an op-ed by a murderous warlord is never a good look, @washingtonpost. The way to make up for publishing Saudi & UAE propaganda on the op-ed page is to stop doing it, not to publish Houthi propaganda afterward. And no, we're not tweeting the link.

For those who haven't read M.A. al-Houthi's WaPo op-ed, we'll save you the trouble: the Houthis' only PR move, which they've repeated ad nauseam for the last 14 years, is to play the innocent victim and claim the moral high ground of Resistance.

Fact check: the Houthis aren't innocent victims. There are 28 million actual innocent victims in #Yemen. None of them are members of Ansar Allah. KSA, UAE, & USA are committing heinous crimes in Yemen. Houthis aren't defending Yemen from these crimes, they're compounding them.

Yes, the Saudi-led coalition bombs busloads of children without hesitation, and with impunity. AND ALSO, M.A. al-Houthi walks around Yemen surrounded by juvenile human shields, and he does it deliberately.

Yes, coalition has murdered thousands of civilians. AND ALSO, the Houthis have murdered thousands of civilians. Not "aggressors," not "invaders," Yemeni civilians. The innocent dead are not your propaganda. Stop appropriating the people's suffering for your own glory & defense.

In his WaPo op-ed, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi says "We are ready to stop the missiles if the Saudi-led coalition stops its airstrikes." So here's a way to save lives AND claim the high ground again: stop the missiles. Your missiles aren't defending anyone, just getting people killed.

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How the Saudis and Hadi Destroyed Yemen

Christoph Reuter explains how Hadi’s decision to relocate Yemen’s central bank set in motion the economic disaster that is exacerbating the humanitarian crisis and causing widespread starvation.

When Hadi moved the central bank to Aden, he destroyed the last national institution that was still intact after the start of the war. Humanitarian agencies warned at the time that doing this would significantly worsen the suffering of the population, but the “legitimate” government did it anyway because the welfare of the people has never been one of its priorities. It was a stupid and destructive decision whose dangerous consequences were obvious to everyone that was paying attention. The economic war on Yemen has hurt rebel-held parts of the country hardest, but the collapse of the currency has hurt the entire civilian population no matter where they happen to be. The Saudi coalition and the “legitimate” government were unable to achieve the goals of their misbegotten war, and instead chose to ruin the country and drive the people into such penury that they starve.

There are things that could still be done to pull the country back from the brink, but it remains to be seen if there is any political will to do them

Ending the economic war on Yemen is every bit as important as halting the fighting, and if there is any chance of averting the worst famine in decades it has to happen right now. As ever, the international response to Yemen’s crisis has been too slow and inadequate. If the administration were serious about supporting the efforts of the U.N. special envoy, Martin Griffiths, they would make addressing this part of the crisis a top priority.

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Film by Press TV Iran: It amazes me how people tend to blame the Yemeni resistance for the ongoing #YemenGenocide inflicted upon the Yemeni people by the warmongering psychopaths of #AlSaud

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Jerry, without the disastrous meddling of Saudi-Arabia in #Yemen, the world would have never heard of the #Houthis. And Yemen would be a much better place today.

US ex-ambassador Gerald Feierstein. Sorry Michael. That’s simply not true. The Houthis attempted to destroy the political process, upend the transition we all worked on together and started the Yemen civil war six months before the Saudis intervened. Yemen would not be in a better place today if we did nothing.

You neglected all what happened to them before they siezed Sanaa. You might forget that they were targeted in all their activities by terrorists backed by current Vice President Ali Mohsin. They should have waited until they all got slaughtered by terrorists

My comment: Feierstein is trying to tell us a typical US propaganda story here: US intervention is good. The political process had been destroyed by president Hadi’s unfair play and the framework set by the GCC and the US as well.

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Verhungernde Kinder im Bürgerkriegsland

Im vom Bürgerkrieg verheerten Jemen nimmt die Zahl der Hungernden drastisch zu. Hilfsorganisationen warnen vor einem „Land der Gespenster“.

Unterdessen sorgten sich Hilfsorganisationen weiter um die Lage der Zivilisten in dem Bürgerkriegsland. Das Welternährungsprogramm kündigte an, seine Lebensmittelhilfen verdoppeln zu wollen. WFP-Sprecher Herve Verhoosel sagte am Donnerstag in Genf, derzeit würden täglich Nahrungsmittel für sieben bis acht Millionen Menschen ausgeliefert. Das neue Ziel sei es, 14 Millionen Menschen mit Essen zu versorgen. Das bedeute eine „riesige Menge“ logistischer Arbeit, finanzieller Mittel und Vorbereitung.

Vor allem aber müsse die Gewalt in dem Land sofort enden, mahnte der Sprecher. „Sonst wird der Jemen ein Land der Gespenster, mit Menschen, die nur noch Knochengerüste sind.“ (Fotos)

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Massensterben im Jemen: "Kinder wie Amal gibt es tausendfach"

Susanne Krüger ist Geschäftsführerin der Hilfsorganisation Save the Children und besuchte im Frühjahr die jemenitische Hafenstadt Hodeida. Sie ist eine der letzten Hochburgen der Huthi-Rebellen. Anfang November startete die jemenitische Armee dort eine Bodenoffensive. Mit sprach Krüger über die Lage der Zivilisten vor Ort, die Ängste der Helfer und die Verantwortung Deutschlands. Frau Krüger, das Bild des völlig abgemagerten jemenitischen Mädchens Amal ging um die Welt. Erst ihr Hungertod rückte den Krieg wieder ins westliche Bewusstsein. Wie bitter ist das für Sie?

Susanna Krüger: Das ist sehr bitter. Mich persönlich macht das sehr betroffen, wenn es immer wieder erst solcher schrecklichen Fotos bedarf, um die Öffentlichkeit darauf hinzuweisen, was im Jemen passiert. Seit Beginn des Krieges tun wir alles dafür, dass das, was mit Amal passiert ist, in die Schlagzeilen kommt. Denn Amal ist kein Einzelfall. Kinder wie sie gibt es tausendfach im Jemen.

Warum wurde der Jemen-Krieg so lange vergessen?

In Europa sprechen wir nicht so sehr darüber, weil wir keine Flüchtlingsströme aus dem Jemen sehen. Die Menschen dort sind eingekreist. Sie können nicht weg. Im Süden ist das Meer; da kann man nicht so einfach übersetzen. Und im Norden liegen Saudi-Arabien und der Oman, die ihre Grenzen geschlossen halten. Wenn es also keine Flüchtlinge gibt und wenn wir keinen Druck erleben, etwas zu tun, dann wird so ein Konflikt schnell vergessen.

Sie waren im Frühjahr selbst in Hodeida - der im Moment heftig umkämpften Hafenstadt am Roten Meer. Wie haben Sie die Lage dort erlebt?

Ich habe eine Stadt gesehen, in der die öffentlichen Angestellten seit Jahren keinen Lohn mehr bekommen, weil die öffentliche Infrastruktur zusammengebrochen ist. Ich habe Krankenhäuser gesehen, in denen es kein Licht mehr gab. Ich habe verhungernde Kinder in den Armen gehabt. Ich habe überall vertriebene Familien gesehen, die in Zelten auf den Bürgersteigen lebten. Und trotz der schrecklichen Situation habe ich auch Menschen getroffen, die noch die Tatkraft hatten, etwas für die Kinder und Familien dort zu tun. Das hat mich sehr bewegt.

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Map: The health system in Al Mahrah has been battered by #LubanCyclone. WHO with support of @theOFDA, @WorldBank and #Kuwait has provided essential medicines and medical supplies to support the affected hospitals and health facilities.

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World Bank officials this morning told a meeting that #SFDYemen is still one of the most successful social funds in the world. One of key reasons is its #adabtability during a wide #conflict.

Comment: What do they mean by this? Is success measured by the numbers of starving people????

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Humanitarian Fund - 1st Standard Allocation 2018

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Film: Hunger im Jemen

logo! erklärt, wie sich der Hunger auf die Menschen im Jemen auswirkt und was Hilfsorganisationen dagegen tun wollen.

Mein Kommentar: Es sind nicht knapp 10.000 Tote…

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Das Leiden der Familien im Jemen

Im Jemen herrschen Krieg, Hunger und Armut. Millionen Menschen brauchen dringend Lebensmittel und medizinische Hilfe. Besonders betroffen sind junge Mütter und ihre Kinder

Eine Mahlzeit pro Tag - mehr konnte Fardous Hamran ihren zwei Kindern in den vergangenen zwei Monaten nicht geben. Die 39-Jährige ist abhängig von Freunden, die ihr Lebensmittel schenken. Ihr neun Jahre alter Sohn Sam und ihre sieben Jahre alte Tochter Mayar bekommen deshalb meistens nur das traditionelle jemenitische Lahoh-Brot und Joghurt. Sie verlieren dadurch rapide an Gewicht. Sam wiegt heute drei Kilo weniger als noch vor ein paar Monaten. "Ich habe große Angst, dass meine Kinder die nächsten sind, die im Fernsehen als Beispiele für Unterernährung zu sehen sind", sagt Hamran im Gespräch mit der Deutschen Welle in ihrer Heimatstadt Sanaa.

Für die fünffache Mutter Safia Abduh werden die Tage, an denen sie alle ihre Kinder zur Schule geschickt hat, zur verschwommenen Erinnerung. Ihr Mann arbeitete für das Elektrizitätsministerium. Er gehörte zu den 500.000 Angestellten im öffentlichen Dienst, deren Gehälter zwei Jahre lang nicht bezahlt wurden. Weil damit das Geld für Privatunterricht fehlte, wechselten die Kinder auf eine öffentliche Schule.

Arbeit statt Schule

Dann wurde Abduhs Mann Opfer der aktuellen Cholera-Epidemie im Jemen. Zwei der Kinder sind nun die Hauptverdiener der Familie. Der 15 Jahre alte Samir bekommt weniger als 1500 jemenitische Rial (umgerechnet fünf Euro) pro Tag - und das für acht Stunden Arbeit auf einer Khat-Plantage in einem Vorort von Sanaa. Millionen Jemeniten kauen die leicht berauschenden Blätter der Khat-Pflanze.

Sein 13 Jahre alter Bruder Fadhel sammelt den ganzen Tag auf den Straßen und in Mülltonnen leere Plastikflaschen und verkauft sie an Recyclingfabriken in der Stadt. So kommen sie gerade so auf umgerechnet etwa 130 Euro pro Monat. Für ihre 46-jährige Mutter war die Entscheidung, die Schule zu verlassen, schwer zu verkraften. Aber sie weiß, dass die beiden keine Wahl hatten. "Als sie mir erzählt haben, dass sie nicht mehr zur Schule gehen, konnte ich ihnen das nicht ausreden", sagt sie. "Ich habe ja noch drei andere Kinder, die etwas zu Essen brauchen."

Millionen Menschen haben nicht genug zu essen

Die Schicksale von Safia Abduh und Fardous Hamran sind keine Einzelfälle im Jemen. Sie werden vielmehr zur Norm in einem Land, das nach Angaben der Vereinten Nationen unter der schwersten humanitären Katastrophe weltweit leidet. Etwa 22 Millionen Jemeniten - das sind 75 Prozent der Bevölkerung - brauchen dringend Nahrung, Wasser und medizinische Versorgung. Fast zwei Millionen Kinder sind stark unterernährt.

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World Food Programme: Yemen Market Watch Report, Issue No. 28, September 2018


The Yemeni Riyal further weakened in September 2018, and continued to go down sharply in the first two weeks of October 2018, losing over 200% of its precrisis purchasing power.

In-country food stocks are estimated at 1.244 million MT as of October 2018. Wheat stock may cover the national requirement for about two and half months, rice for one and half months while vegetable oil may last only for two weeks. Fuel commodities (petrol and diesel) continued to be scarcely available. Al Hudaydah suffers the most from scarcity of commodities in the markets due to the intensification of fighting.

Retail prices of food commodities increased by 9%-17% in September 2018 compared with those in August, and 65%-136% higher than in pre-crisis period. National average fuel prices rose by about 23-41% from August 2018; and 101-232% higher in September 2018 than those recorded in the pre-crisis period.

The average cost of the monthly minimum food basket in September 2018 rose by 15% from August, and 110% higher than in pre-crisis time.

The Alert for Price Spikes (ALPS) indicators for all basic food items and the cost of food basket remained at their crisis levels in September 2018.

Macroeconomic situation

The multi-faceted impacts of the ongoing prolonged war in Yemen caused unprecedented humanitarian crisis in the country, labelled as the worst human-made disaster in the modern history of the world. The macroeconomic situation has severely deteriorated partly due to plummeted national revenue from exports and other sources of the GDP. Consequently, most of the basic social services have been collapsed and the well-being of millions of Yemenis have been seriously compromised.

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World Food Programme: Yemen - Humanitarian Imports Overview, October 2018

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Children’s lives are being ‘destroyed’ by the escalating war in Yemen

Cancer has already cost Yousra the sight in her left eye and there are fears the disease is spreading. The malnourished eight-year-old is just one of millions of children suffering in the devastating human tragedy happening across Yemen.

However until the Saudi-led coalition and Iranian-backed Houthi group agree to a ceasefire, innocent children like Yousra Melkat will continue to suffer. More than half of the health centres in the war-stricken country lie empty, many destroyed by air strikes.

The Yemeni government hasn’t paid its civil servants for years and so most of the trained doctors have left. Yousra developed cancer three years ago when she was five years old but her family cannot afford treatment. She is cared for by her mother Hayat while her father earns less than 30p a day recycling plastic bottles.

Yousra received chemotherapy at a hospital in the rebel-controlled Yemeni capital of Sana’a. However doctors want her to travel abroad where scans can be done to see if the cancer has spread to her brain or other parts of the body.

Hayat Ali Melkat said: ‘We’ve been told there’s no cure for her here. ‘Before the war we could have found somebody to help but now, because most of the people are suffering, there’s no-one to help us.’ The International Rescue Committee want Yousra to head for treatment in Jordan but it is dependent on the Saudi’s giving them permission to travel out of Yemen.

They also need to raise money for her treatment and accommodation.

Marcus Skinner, senior policy advisor on Yemen at the IRC, told ‘The war has had a devastating impact on Yemen’s children. ‘The world was shocked by pictures of Amal Hussain, but the horrific reality is that Amal represents a generation of children whose lives are being destroyed by the war. ‘Even those who can be saved by humanitarian aid face a difficult future (with photos9

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Yemen UNHCR Update, 27 October - 9 November 2018


22.2M People in need
2M Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)
89% of IDPs displaced for more than a year
1M IDP returnees
236K IDPs were assisted through the Al-Hudaydah response
280K refugees and asylum seekers
$198.7M requested in 2018
$131.5M received as of 23 October 2018

Since 4 November, there has been an escalation in hostilities in Al-Hudaydah Governorate. Reportedly, during the past week, dozens of people were killed while thousands of civilians are caught between frontlines. Humanitarian partners report that people living between the airport and the university are unable to flee the conflict as fighting has intensified in the area. The Al-Hudaydah port remains open, however, access to and from the only functioning hospital in the area is at risk.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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#Houthi militia gunmen have stormed the houses of 235 well-known figures in the capital Sanaa since they staged their coup against the legitimate government & controlled the capital and a number of northern provinces, accor to official sources

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“Freedom of speech is one thing, but with The Washington Post giving a platform to Houthis, a deeply anti-Western and antisemitic terrorist group” wrote Ghanem Nuseibeh.

The Washington Post was criticized over the weekend for running an oped by Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, leader of the Houthi rebellion in Yemen. The slogan of the Houthi rebels is “death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, victory to Islam.”
Summer Nasser, a New York-based Yemeni activist, expressed shock in a series of tweets. “How can The Washington Post allow a Houthi that kills thousands of Yemenites and silences journalists by killing them, to write an Oped-Ed?”

Peter Salisbury, a senior consulting fellow at Chatham House, wrote that he never thought he’d see the day that Houthi would have an op-ed at the major US newspaper.

“Freedom of speech is one thing, but with The Washington Post giving a platform to Houthis, a deeply anti-Western and antisemitic terrorist group supported by Iran, this is incitement,” wrote Ghanem Nuseibeh, founder of Cornerstone Global Associates. The National in the United Arab Emirates, which is an ally of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, also criticized the oped.

Yemenis who support the government also were surprised to see the rebel leader in print in the US, a country which the Houthi rebels wish death upon.

But others found the op-ed interesting and important. Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council, which was sympathetic to the Iran Deal, wrote that the oped appeared linked to the murder of Khashoggi, who was a Post columnist. Sigurd Neubauer, an analyst who focuses on the Middle East, said that “it is important to remember this: peace is not made with friends but rather with enemies.”

My comment: Nobody must agree with what the Houthi leader tells, but this outrage is hypocrisy. Those who are crying now mostly stayed silent when other warlords in the Yemen War (and they all are warlords there, don’t let be made a fool of you) were given a stage by the Washington Post or the New York Times: The Saudis, the UAE, the Hadi government. Or take all the articles by the US own Saudi sycophants like Thomas L. Friedman, David Ignatius and others. – And it’s getting absurd when even these other “warlords” themselves start complaining about the Washington Post. – More in cp15.

Comment by Judith Brown: Elle we don't get too many stories giving the opinions of those who oppose Western power

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President meets with Parliament speaker and his deputy

President Mahdi al-Mashat met on Sunday with Parliament Speaker Yahya Ali Al-Rai and his Deputy Abdul Salam Zabia.

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Unterdessen gab es bei den Huthi-Kämpfern einen Überläufer. Ihr “Informationsminister” Abdel Salam Dschaber begab sich nach Saudi-Arabien und tauchte dort am Sonntag auf einer Pressekonferenz in Riad auf. Dort sagte er, dass die Rebellen “am Ende” seien. Die Militärallianz aus Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten forderte er auf, den Jemen von den Huthi-Kämpfern zu befreien. Diese kontrollieren weiterhin die Hauptstadt Sanaa und weite Teile im Westen und Norden des Landes.

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Yemeni rebel minister flees Sanaa, defects to Saudi Arabia

The information minister of Yemen's internationally recognized government says his counterpart in the rebel administration has fled the country and defected to neighboring Saudi Arabia.

Moammer al-Iryani said Saturday that his rebel counterpart, Abdul-Salam Ali Gaber, arrived in Saudi Arabia with his family after they fled Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, which has been under rebel control since 2014.

Gaber is the most senior member of the Houthi administration to defect since civil war broke out in 2014

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President appoints Dheifallah al-Shami as Information Minister


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Defected Houthi official says militants drawing their 'last breath'

Abdul-Salam Ali Gaber is the most senior Houthi to defect since war broke out

In his first public statement since fleeing war-torn Yemen, a senior member of the country’s rebel-run government announced on Sunday his defection from the Houthi militia, saying that members of the organisation were “drawing their last breath”.

Abdul-Salam Ali Gaber is the most senior member of the Houthi administration to defect since the civil war broke out in 2014, dealing a blow to the rebels' often portrayed image of cohesion as they battle an offensive by a Saudi-led coalition to retake the key Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

In a press conference in Riyadh on Sunday, Mr Gaber said that more splits were emerging within the militants' ranks.

He did not provide details but said that the coming days would reveal the extent of the schism.

He said that his arrival to Riyadh had created more scope for attempts to reinstate legitimate rule over Yemen.

He also commented on conditions inside Houthi-held territory in Yemen, saying that the group was displaying typical “militia behaviour” in the territory it controls. He said violations by the organisation include kidnapping and detaining journalists, torturing captives, and conscripting child soldiers.

Mr Gaber reportedly disappeared early last week, prompting members of the Houthi organisation to storm his residence only to find he was gone, a source affiliated to the Houthis told The National.

According to the Sanaa-based source, the minister vanished after an argument with Ahmed Hamid, an official in the Houthi presidency office.

"The Houthis have been keeping an eye on many ministers and high ranking officials, especially those who don't belong to the Zaidi sect," the source said, in reference to the Shia sect which comprises most of the Houthi group. "They don't trust them anymore after many have fled Sanaa and joined the legitimate government."

A journalist for the Houthi-run Al Masirah channel accused Mr Gaber of betraying his country and joining the Arab Coalition.

My comment: “militants drawing their 'last breath'”: Might-be at Hodeidah, otherwise certainly not. It seems he tells exactly what his audience at Riyadh wants to hear. This seems to be evident from here:

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Dissenter Minister of Information From Houthi Militias: Iran-backed Houthi Militias Committed heinous Crimes Against Yemeni People

Dissenter Minister of Information of the so-called political council of the Houthi coup government Abdulsalam Ali Jaber, stressed that Coup Militias backed by Iran have committed heinous crimes against the people of Yemen since 21 September 2014 up to now attempting to impose their hegemony and implementing a malicious agenda against the Yemeni people.
He said in press conference held here today at the Yemeni embassy that the situation in Yemen could have changed to the worst by such terrorist groups, but the immediate action being carried out by Joint Coalition Forces to restore legitimacy in Yemen undermined and deterred their plots.


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Houthi defector: Yemen situation ripe for ‘swift completion of liberation’

Conditions are ripe for the “swift completion of the process of liberation” of Yemen from the control of the Houthis, the militia’s propaganda chief said a day after deserting the group.

Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh on Sunday, Abdelsalam Jaber, the self-styled information minister, accused the Houthis of a long list of misdeeds, including turning state institutions into warring islands ruled by militias.

“Detainees in Houthi prisons are being treated inhumanely,” Jaber said, adding that what was happening in Houthi-controlled areas “is the work of militias” that have competing “centers of power.”

Jaber is the most senior member of the Houthi militia to defect to the government side since the Yemeni war began in 2014.

Jaber arrived in Saudi Arabia with his family after fleeing the capital Sanaa, Moammer al-Iryani, information minister of the Yemeni government, said on Saturday.

Confirming the longstanding allegations that the Houthis were being aided by Iran and other countries, Jaber said Yemenis reject “the foreign domination of the country.”

Jaber said the Houthis’ dominance was in its final days, adding that the “Yemeni people have rejected Houthi injustices and are waiting for an opportunity to get rid of them.”


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Rebel minister who fled Yemen hit by shoe at news conference

A minister who served in Yemen's rebel government before defecting to Saudi Arabia was struck by a shoe hurled by a Yemeni journalist at a news conference in Riyadh.

Throwing a shoe is a show of deep contempt in Arab culture. (with films)


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Abdulsalam Jaber's escape to Riyadh reveals his betrayal: Deputy Information Minister

Deputy Minister of Information Fahmi al-Yusufi on Sunday said that the escape of Abdulsalam Jaber, the former information minister in the Salvation Government, to Saudi Arabia revealed his betrayal of the homeland.
"Abdul Salam Jaber has never been in ranks of anti-aggression forces, and he was armed with a culture of banditry and corruption," al-Yusufi said a press conference held in Sanaa. "

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

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The government calls on the Red Cross to press the Houthis to release the abductees

The Yemeni government on Sunday called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to press the Al-Houthi group to release those abducted and forcibly hidden.

My comment: This is not wrong. But, why does the Hadi government not release its own abductees? Thus, this call just is propaganda.

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Anti-Terrorism Unit of Lahj Police Department Arrest a Terrorist Cell

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Aden port warns against illegal charging of ships

The state-operated Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (Aden), which is operating the port of Aden, the interim capital (south of the country), has warned port service providers against imposing financial charges on ships without legal justification.

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17 Infantry brigade commander survives assassination attempt inside Taiz Axis headquarters

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Government employee assassinated in Aden

Unknown gunmen assassinated today, Sunday, an employee of the Central Organization for Control and Audit Tahir Abdul-Jabar in the city of Aden.

Local sources affirmed that Abdul-Jabar was shot dead and the perpetrators managed to escape.

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Khalid Bahah, Vice President, former Prime Minister in response to President Hadi's recent decisions, "Recycling the same tools often does not lead to new results !!!"

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Day of judgement? Saudi Arabia rides out criticism at UN

The kingdom's generous UN donations and regional political clout are preventing many countries from criticising its poor human rights record

For the first time since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on 2 October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Saudi Arabia had to publicly confront the criticism of some UN member states on Monday.

The Human Rights Council session looking at Saudi Arabia’s initiatives for human rights promotion - the first since 2013 - turned into an occasion for some countries to express their condemnation of the abominable murder of the famed Saudi columnist and to leverage their disapproval of the kingdom’s conduct over a range of persisting human rights violations.

For other countries, however, it was a precious opportunity to pledge or renew their allegiance to the Gulf state and show they would be ready to turn a blind eye to those very same violations.

Germany, the United States, UK, Spain, Italy and other European states expressed their "grave concern" over the killing of Khashoggi, an insider-turned-critic, whose murder at the hands of a Saudi hit squad tied to the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has caused a global uproar.

While France avoided naming the murdered journalist, an array of Arab and Asian states deliberately ignored it, instead singing the praises of the kingdom on whose cheque books they heavily depend.

The Saudi delegation came well prepared to face its foes.

Khashoggi's murder dominated most of the remarks of Western countries, overshadowing other violations of human rights committed by Saudi authorities both inside and outside the kingdom.

On Monday, the attitude of the Saudi delegates was less contemptuous than usual. However, the sense of awkwardness was palpable in the assembly hall of the Palais du Nations in Geneva. Not only for the Saudi delegation, which was fully aware of the embarrassment created by the Khashoggi case, but also for the United Nations as a whole.

An insult to human rights

Saudi Arabia’s membership of the Human Rights Council has been strongly criticised by rights groups ever since its accession in 2014. It was perceived as an insult to the hundreds of human rights defenders and political activists languishing in Saudi jails. In January a group of UK lawyers started a campaign asking for the removal of Saudi Arabia from the HRC.

"Our hands are tied with all the money that the Saudis contribute to the UN," a UN insider told me. "Saudi Arabia membership expires next year and it is unlikely any measure will be taken in the remaining time," he added.

Amid a financial squeeze following the US decision to cut its contributions to some of its agencies, the UN has welcomed Saudi donations.

Don't mention Khashoggi

Interestingly, France avoided naming the Washington Post columnist and made a more general remark on press freedom. "We recommend Saudi Arabia to guarantee freedom of journalists and human rights defenders and to immediately put an end to arbitrary arrests," said the head of the French delegation.

France, together with the UK and the US, is amongst Saudi Arabia’s most important arms suppliers. Riyadh is the second biggest purchaser of French arms, with deals worth over $11.43bn in the last decade.

The kingdom's 'good practices'

As Western allies expressed their concerns, the kingdom's Asian and Arab allies looked at the glass half full, praising women’s right to drive and the new measures planned by the kingdom to strengthen women’s social and business roles.

And until the US decides on whether or not it will continue to back the 33-year-old Saudi crown prince, many of these states find it safest to align themselves with the young ruler who may stay in power for a long time – by Barbara Bibbo

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Mohammed bin Salman plans cosmetic changes to intelligence apparatus (subscribers only),108331170-art

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Saudi king hosts Abu Dhabi crown prince amid Yemen offensive

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Unfortunately another young man seeking asylum in the #US from #Saudi-ruled Arabia killed himself in tge past hour, only weeks after @USCIS rejected his asylum. We have lost 3 of our kids in the past month this way. RIP Hamad. He rather die than go to the Saudi hell.

Update: Hamad survived after he threw himself from a bridge in the river but is in ICU. They wont give me any details, per law. I want to thank @HPDWV Huntington police dept for their amazing work. Let’s hope he pulls through this.

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Did Twitter's office in Dubai leak information to Saudi authorities about activist Turki Al-Jasser, who was then arrested and tortured to death according to some reports? Will a representative from Twitter appear on screen to answer these allegations?

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Saudi sisters’ tragic end in NY shows perils for runaways

The deaths of two young Saudi sisters, whose bodies washed up along the New York City waterfront last month, have shined a light on the often secretive and risky journeys Saudi women take to flee their homes, both within the kingdom and abroad.

Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 23, ran away from home in Fairfax, Virginia before being placed in a shelter amid allegations they were abused at home. They then made their way to New York City, staying in high-end hotels and eventually maxing out the older sister’s credit card.

What happened next is still under investigation. Their bodies, fully clothed and showing no obvious signs of trauma, were found Oct. 24 along the rocky banks of the Hudson River wrapped together with tape.

New York City Police Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said people who knew the Farea sisters in Virginia told investigators that they made statements within the last year indicating “that they would rather inflict harm on themselves — commit suicide — than return to Saudi Arabia.”

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Jamal Khashoggi's Last Words Revealed – Reports

In an interview with the Qatari-based media outlet Al Jazeera, Nazif Karaman, head of the investigation department at the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah, shared some details from an audio tape that allegedly documented the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, inside the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul.

“I’m suffocating… Take this bag off my head, I’m claustrophobic” – these were purportedly Khashoggi’s last words, Karaman said.

The senior Turkish journalist alleged that Khashoggi suffocated to death while a plastic bag was over his head, and, according to the recordings, the killing lasted for about seven minutes.

Karaman then claimed that the alleged group of 15 hitmen who, as Turkish officials suggested, travelled to Istanbul one day ahead of the incident to kill the Saudi journalist, spent 15 minutes dismembering his body.

My comment: The public has a right to hear this tape.

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Mord an Jamal Khashoggi: Bericht über Leiche in Säurebad

Neue grauenvolle Berichte zum Mordfall Khashoggi. Medienangaben zufolge gäbe es keine Aussicht mehr auf ein angemessenes Begräbnis der sterblichen Überreste. Der Körper sei in Säure aufgelöst und in die Kanalisation geschüttet worden.

Die Leiche des saudiarabischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi ist einem türkischen Medienbericht zufolge in Säure aufgelöst und in die Kanalisation geschüttet worden.

Wie die türkische Zeitung "Sabah" am Samstag berichtete, wurden in Proben aus der Abwasserleitung der Residenz des saudiarabischen Konsuls in Istanbul Spuren von Säure gefunden.

Leiche in die Kanalisation entsorgt

Die türkischen Ermittler vermuteten daher, dass die verflüssigte Leiche über die Kanalisation entsorgt wurde.

Mein Kommentar: Diese Geschichte wird wieder aufgewärmt. Kann man eine Leiche wirklich komplett verflüssigen? Das darf man ernstlich bezweifeln. Kann die Säure auch vom Saudi-Reinigungsteam bei der Beseitigung aller Spuren verwendet worden sein?

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US tells Saudi prince Khashoggi killers to be held accountable

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday the US will hold accountable all involved in the killing of a dissident Saudi journalist in a wide-ranging telephone call that also took in the conflict in Yemen.

The top US diplomat has previously said Khashoggi's killing "violates the norms of international law," and that the US was reviewing possible sanctions on individuals identified as having been involved.

But Pompeo and Trump have also both emphasized America's important commercial, strategic and national security relationships with the petro-state.

and more details, with official statement

Official statement here:

My comment: This is a bad game. The US want to see some fall guys punished, but because of “America's important commercial, strategic and national security relationships with the petro-state” the US wants to make sure that the main responsible, Crown Prince Salman, stays unharmed, while it can show severity by theatrical rumblings like these. Hypocrisy at its best.

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Murder tapes go global, as US and Saudis offer sop to Yemen

Turkish sources have said previously that authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder.

However, they had also initially said that Khashoggi was tortured before being murdered, only changing their story two weeks after his disappearance.

"We gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They have listened to all the conversations in them. They know," Erdogan said.

Speaking on his departure for France to attend commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia to identify the killer from among a 15-man team that arrived in Turkey some days before Khashoggi's killing.

"There's no need to distort this issue, they know for certain that the killer, or the killers, is among these 15 people. Saudi Arabia's government can disclose this by making these 15 people talk," Erdogan said.

Following a meeting yesterday in Paris, Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron agreed that the Saudi authorities needed to shed full light on Khashoggi's murder.

They also agreed that the matter should not be allowed to cause further destabilisation in the Middle East and that it could create an opportunity to find a political resolution to the war in Yemen, according to the official.

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Turkey's Erdogan says Khashoggi tapes given to key foreign nations

Turkey has given recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

Turkish sources have said previously that authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder.

“We gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They have listened to all the conversations in them. They know,” Erdogan said.

Speaking ahead of his departure for France to attend commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia to identify the killer from among a 15-man team that arrived in Turkey some days before Khashoggi’s killing.

“There’s no need to distort this issue, they know for certain that the killer, or the killers, is among these 15 people. Saudi Arabia’s government can disclose this by making these 15 people talk,” Erdogan said.

Erdogan also accused Mojeb — who visited Istanbul to discuss the investigation with his Turkish counterpart and make inspections in the Istanbul consulate— of refusing to cooperate, in turn delaying the inquiry.

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Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi-Arabien verzichtet auf Hilfe der amerikanischen Luftwaffe

Nach dem Mord an dem saudischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi steigerte sich die Kritik an der amerikanischen Unterstützung Riads. Nun beenden die Vereinigten Staaten die Luftbetankung saudi-arabischer Flugzeuge im Jemen.

Die von Saudi-Arabien im Jemen geführte Koalition will künftig auf amerikanische Hilfe bei der Betankung ihrer Flugzeuge verzichten. Die saudi-arabische Nachrichtenagentur Saudi Press Agency berichtete am frühen Samstagmorgen unter Berufung auf eine Mitteilung der Regierung, die Koalition habe ihre eigenen Fähigkeiten bei der Luftbetankung in dem Bürgerkriegsland gesteigert. und in Abstimmung mit Washington die Beendigung von deren Unterstützung beantragt. Die Entscheidung sei in Konsultationen mit Washington getroffen worden. Die Vereinigten Staaten liefern Saudi-Arabien auch Waffen und militärische Geheimdiensterkenntnisse.

Die amerikanische Regierung bestätigte die Angaben. Verteidigungsminister Jim Mattis erklärte, die Vereinigten Staaten unterstützten die „Entscheidung“ Riads, die Kooperation bei der Luftbetankung ihrer Kampfflugzeuge zu beenden. Die Koalition habe entschieden, „ihre eigenen militärischen Kapazitäten zu nutzen“

Mein Kommentar: Englische Berichterstattung ausführlich bereits in Yemen War Mosaic 478, cp9. Siehe auch oben in cp1. – Die Hintergründe haben nichts mit einer Distanzierung der USA von den Saudis zu tun, wie ausführlich dargelegt.

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Top Obama-era officials urge immediate end to U.S. involvement in Yemen war

Top Obama administration officials have drafted a letter acknowledging their responsibility for initiating U.S. involvement in Yemen’s destructive civil war and calling for the Trump administration to halt America’s role in the conflict.

Thirty former senior officials, including former national security adviser Susan E. Rice and former CIA director John Brennan, said the Obama administration decided in 2015 to provide limited support to a Saudi-led military coalition in an attempt to ensure a prudent operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and to steer the conflict toward a diplomatic resolution.

“We did not intend U.S. support to the coalition to become a blank check. But today, as civilian casualties have continued to rise and there is no end to the conflict in sight, it is clear that is precisely what happened,” the former officials wrote.

“However, rather than learning from that failure, the Trump administration has doubled down on support for the Saudi leadership’s prosecution of the war, while removing restrictions we had put in place,” they said. “It is past time for America’s role in this disastrous war in Yemen to end.”

The letter, whose signatories also included Wendy Sherman, who served as undersecretary of state, and Lisa Monaco, who was a senior White House official for counterterrorism, cited Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision in September to formally back Saudi Arabia’s efforts to protect civilians. That decision, the result of a new congressional requirement, added fuel to criticism at a moment when disease and deprivation have spiraled in Yemen.

The letter, coordinated by the advocacy group National Security Action, urged the administration to call for an immediate cease-fire, energize its diplomatic efforts to end the war and suspend U.S. aid.

“We unsuccessfully tried conditional support to the coalition. This administration has demonstrated the folly of unconditional support,” the former officials said. “Now, we must cease support altogether.”

and the letter in full:

My comment: Of course, calling for an end of the war is right. – But this letter is shameless: It is written by exactly those who had been fully responsible for this war to start and not to end for almost two years. The letter also implies they try to whitewash themselves.

Comment: Top Obama administration officials have drafted a letter acknowledging their responsibility for initiating U.S. involvement in #Yemen’s destructive civil war and calling for the Trump administration to halt America’s role in the conflict.

THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE between the Obama administration and the Trump administration, both of them are brutal, inhuman and immoral

Comment by Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW: A welcome statement by former #Obama officials calling for an end to #Yemen war, but a failed & dishonest reckoning for their role in supporting this war in the first place. It's not true that Obama support for Yemen war was merely about restraining Saudi & legit security threats

Obama administration support for Saudi's war in Yemen was first and foremost payback for Saudi's grudging tolerance of the Iran deal. "We're still your allies; we'll still back you, even if we just signed this agreement with Iran."

The Obama administration fell blindingly, stupidly but willfully into baseless assurances from the Saudis -- including the totally ignorant MBS and the untested, inexperienced Saudi military -- that they would overthrow the Houthis in "months."

Well before Trump's appearance, we and others had documented well over 100+ wildly reckless attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Yemen, causing devastation and harm, while Obama admin was providing "intelligence support".

Well before Trump's appearance, the Saudi siege on Yemen was causing catastrophic impacts on health and nutrition, spreading diseases like cholera like wildfire, while the Obama admin provided Saudis not only with military support but diplomatic cover, especially at the UN.

While Obama admin was decrying Syrian/Russian attacks on civilians at the UN, it was defending Saudi/US attacks on civilians in Yemen, undermining the credibility of efforts to restrain Assad. The cost of Obama admin support for this role went far beyond Yemen

We and others pleaded with the Obama administration to end their feeble "conditional" support for Saudi's war in Yemen, but faced only lame arguments about "reining the Saudis in." The war dragged on, and civilian casualties multiplied.

A more honest reckoning would start with a greater admission of the truth of the motivations and mistakes in supporting this war, and the costs it inflicted on the US's credibility and honesty in the region.

It matters little to the Yemeni people that the Obama administration's support for the war was "conditional" while the Trump admin's support is "unconditional." The outcome to them has been the same: death and destruction for the Yemeni people by US bombs.

When this comes back to bite Americans in the ass, as it surely must if the laws of human nature, memory, and vengeance persist in Yemeni survivors, they will not look more kindly on Obama admin supporters vs Trump admin

The broader reckoning we need from the Obama admin is the failure to seize the opportunity presented by the Arab Uprisings for a new orientation of US interests in line with the people (and their rights), not the dictators (and their lawless tyranny), of the region.

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Intel: Why the US will stop supporting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

Why it matters: The US decision to call off in-flight refueling of Saudi and Emirati warplanes comes after congressional Democrats — who have tried to persuade the Donald Trump administration to cut support to the coalition — swept to victory in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s elections.

Beltway spin: Both the Pentagon and Saudi Arabia said Riyadh made the decision after the kingdom became self-sufficient in refueling efforts.

The inside take: Experts following US support for the Yemeni civil war say the news seems to be an effort to stop Democrats in Congress from cutting US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which President Donald Trump has expressly sought to avoid.

What’s next:Expect Democrats in Congress to push for the elimination of other aspects of US support for the Saudi-led coalition, including US weapons sales and intelligence support for airstrikes against the Iran-backed Houthis.

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Applauding Plan to End Refueling of Saudi Planes, Progressives Call for Further Action to End Yemen's "Humanitarian Nightmare"

"Now that it's no longer a secret that the war in Yemen is a national security and humanitarian nightmare, we need to get all the way out."

Anti-war groups and progressive lawmakers expressed cautious optimism this weekend after the Trump administration announced it would end its policy of refueling Saudi planes that are engaged in Saudi Arabia's assault on Yemen—but called for bolder and broader policy changes to ensure an end to the attacks that have killed more than 15,000 civilians.

Progressives including Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have called for an end to U.S. participation since long before Khashoggi, a Saudi who wrote critically of his home country's government, was killed by Saudi agents in October.

Khanna and Sanders both said they would take action in Congress to hold the administration accountable for its pledge to end refueling efforts.

But other critics of the country's involvement in the war, which has devastated the impoverished country since it began in 2015 as the Saudi coalition has supported the Yemeni government in its attempt to defeat the Houthis, say the U.S. must go much further to ensure that the assault can't continue.

"Why are we still helping the Saudis with targeting? Why are we still selling them the bombs at a discount?" Murphy said. "Now that it's no longer a secret that the war in Yemen is a national security and humanitarian nightmare, we need to get all the way out." =

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Win Without War: Public and Congressional pressure is working but the United States must fully end support for war in Yemen

In response to The Washington Post report that the United States is expected to end refueling of Saudi-led coalition aircraft in their war in Yemen, Kate Kizer, Policy Director at Win Without War released the following statement:

“For years, the American public and members of Congress have demanded the U.S. end its support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It’s clear the administration is finally beginning to recognize that it faces insurmountable opposition to continuing to fuel the war in Yemen.

“Nearly four years ago, the United States, without authorization from Congress, began providing refueling and other assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in its intervention in Yemen. Tens-of-thousands of Yemenis have died as the coalition has continuously bombed civilians and vital infrastructure with impunity, and used starvation as a weapon of war, creating the world’s largest man-made humanitarian crisis. Fourteen million are on the brink of famine. Ending US refueling is a long overdue step and more must be done to end Yemen’s suffering.

“Congress and the public must not rest until the United States ends all military assistance to the Saudi-led coalition, which also includes consultation on targets, other intelligence, and weapons sales. The Administration must also demand an end to the Hodeidah offensive and an unconditional, nationwide cessation of hostilities. The United States must make clear that all aspects of our cooperation with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are at stake until they end the intervention and come to the table to negotiate in good faith.

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Few expect 'game changer' in Saudi-led Yemen airstrikes after US ends refueling support

But those interviewed said the decision is highly unlikely to rein in the coalition — unless more concrete action was taken. Nor will it alone change the trajectory of Yemen's war, they said, or its growing humanitarian crisis, which now includes more than 14 million people on the brink of famine — more than half of Yemen's population.

The United States, Britain and other Western powers continue to support the coalition with intelligence, logistical support and billions of dollars in weaponry, much of it being deployed in Yemen, the Middle East's poorest nation.

On Saturday, the Houthi deputy minister of information, Fahmi Alyusufi, described the U.S. decision as an "assurance for those opposing the American involvement in the aggression" by the Saudi-led coalition.

Another Houthi political official dismissed the refueling stoppage as incremental since the United States is still providing intelligence and logistical support, as well as sending U.S. military trainers to Saudi Arabia to help in the war effort.

The U.S. move "will have an effect on the duration of their aircrafts in the air, but it will not paralyze the aggression's ability to escalate the conflict," said the official, Mohammed Albukhaiti. "The siege on Yemen is a U.S. and Western siege because such a siege is beyond the capabilities of Saudi Arabia and the UAE."

With Friday's decision, more of the responsibility for preventing civilian casualties will fall squarely on the Saudis. It remains to be seen if the Trump administration will be pressured to take more action to rein in the coalition.

"Saudi Arabia has framed the announcement as a win, claiming that it requested the U.S. to stop refueling its aircraft because its own improved military professionalism means it can now do this for itself," said Kendall.

"The question now is: Will this be enough to satisfy Congress that the U.S. cannot be held responsible for errant airstrikes, or is it just a first step to further measures?"

Comment: Wimpy face-saving that doesn't fool anyone. So now KSA has been sold the refueling planes and trained on how to use them (something rarely done with other countries). The more imp intel naval blockade assistance continue. Stop the arms sales, that would send the right message.

My comment: This is the real crucial point: Enough members of Congress shall be satisfied so that Resolution 138 does not get a majority:

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If Congress passes #HConRes138, the Saudis will not be able to receive ANY US military support. This is why the work must continue. Please call your reps on Monday & ask them to cosponsor the bill.

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Statement by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis on Refueling Saudi Coalition Aircraft

We support the decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after consultations with the U.S. Government, to use the Coalition’s own military capabilities to conduct inflight refueling in support of its operations in Yemen. We are all focused on supporting resolution of the conflict, led by UN Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths. The U.S. and the Coalition are planning to collaborate on building up legitimate Yemeni forces to defend the Yemeni people, secure their country’s borders, and contribute to counter Al Qaeda and ISIS efforts in Yemen and the region. The U.S. will also continue working with the Coalition and Yemen to minimize civilian casualties and expand urgent humanitarian efforts throughout the country. Recognizing continued bipartisan interest from Congress, the Administration is appreciative of the continued dialogue we have had with key members on this issue and look forward to working together to support the United Nations’ ongoing efforts on this new phase in Yemen.

Remark: Earlier reporting: Yemen War Mosaic 478, cp9.

Comments by Elisabeth Kendall: US statement that it will end its refueling of #Saudi bombers in the #Yemen war is hugely significant. Statement still reaffirms support for the Saudi-led war. But it sends a strong message that the devastating impact on civilians of poorly targeted air strikes is not ok.

#Saudi statement on US announcement that it will no longer refuel Saudi bombers over #Yemen spins it as a win for Saudi: It "requested cessation of inflight refueling" thanks to its own improved military self-sufficiency. Even squeezes in a reference deflecting attention to #Iran

US statement that it will no longer refuel #Saudi bombers over #Yemen is not a military game-changer. What's significant is that the US looks to be distancing itself from the horrors. Question now is: will this be enough to satisfy Congress or will it encourage further pressure?

My comment: That’s the reason why the US government did this: “to satisfy Congress”. – No, it not at all” sends a strong message that the devastating impact on civilians of poorly targeted air strikes is not ok”. This is a US-Saudi put-up affair to weaken Congress.


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US reduces support

In an apparent face-saving move, Saudi Arabia sought to project the decision to end in-flight refuelling as its own, not Washington's.

The Pentagon provided refuelling capabilities for about 20 percent of coalition planes flying sorties over Yemen.

Saudi-controlled media suggested the coalition had the capacity to make up the shortfall.

Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath television reported that the kingdom has 23 planes for refuelling operations devoted to Yemen operations, while the UAE has six.

But analysts said the US move would limit the coalition's ability to conduct bombing missions.

"This is a significant decision by the US as this was the most important operational support they provided to the coalition making the US air force a party to the conflict," said Andreas Krieg, a professor at the School of Security Studies at King's College in London.

"The coalition has their own refuelling capability in theory, but air-to-air refuelling is a demanding exercise that neither Saudi Arabia nor the UAE can do as efficiently."

Remark: Earlier reporting: Yemen War Mosaic 478.

Comment by Iona Craig: Plus, my understanding is the U.S. trained - in addition to selling them the necessary equipment - the coalition to do it (refuelling) for themselves.

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He denied that there were plans for his country to divide Yemen. U.S. Ambassador expects negotiations to continue for several years

The US ambassador to Yemen, Matthew Toller, has denied any plans for his country to divide Yemen sectarian or provide autonomous areas on ethnic or ideological grounds.

In an interview with the newspaper "Middle East ", Toler expressed optimism that there are future negotiations on the horizon, but added that the negotiations "may take many years."

Tuller urged the Houthis to "political maturity", which enables them to see how the other side thinks, and thus seek common ground that may bring both sides together.

The U.S. ambassador showed full confidence and support for UN envoy Martin Griffiths, who said: He was able to win the confidence of all parties and has extensive experience in mediating.

He said he was confident that the United Nations would create a mechanism through which to build confidence between the parties and thus withdraw weapons from the various parties.

Yemen needs a government to improve the economic situation, stabilize the national currency exchange and meet the needs, Tuller said. Stressing that his country will support the government in meeting these needs, "those who support the Houthis will therefore realize that their interests lie with that government."

About the spread of al-Qaeda and ISIS, Tuller said the Houthis had been involved in strengthening al-Qaeda and extremist groups, and had raised the level of administrative corruption when they kidnapped and destroyed state institutions.

"The interests of the United States are linked to a unified and stable Yemen," Tuller said, expressing his country's vision of resolving the southern issue.

He added that there must be a strong government to deal with the affairs of Yemenis with their families before dealing with the southern issue.

My comment: Ambassador Tueller (not: Toller) is one of the most extreme backers of the Saudi coalition. He has a very great influence – much more than an ambassador to a failed 3. World government would have – and seems to be an important and horrible puppet master in the background:


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Tueller: We Support Griffiths, Three References… Houthis Boost Qaeda’s Expansion

US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller said his country was seeking the establishment of unity and stability in Yemen, stressing that the US interests were tied to the presence of a strong Yemeni government.
It is in the US government’s interest that Yemen be free from the hold of extremist groups, the ambassador said, noting that the restoration of the country’s safety, security and good relations with its neighbors, would serve the interests of the entire region.
In a phone interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Tueller underlined that the US did not have plans to divide Yemen based on sects or other considerations, but called for the implementation of the three basic references, namely the Gulf Initiative, the outcome of national dialogue, and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

My comment: Ambassador Tueller is one of the most extreme backers of the Saudi coalition. He has a very great influence – much more than an ambassador to a failed 3. World government would have – and seems to be an important and horrible puppet master in the background:

The “Three References” Tueller is insisting on (as the Hadi government and the Saudi coalition do) mean to fix all peace efforts on Square One. They would mean a fixing on the pre-war political situation and UN SC resolution 2216, which had been largely formulated by the Saudis. This resolution is fully biased, demanding the Houthis to capitulate. This would force them to continue fighting.

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Exclusive: House Democrat to introduce new bill punishing Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi

It would block a controversial nuclear deal that’s very important to Saudi Arabia.

A House Democrat will soon introduce legislation to punish Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — by trying to halt an impending nuclear deal with the country.

Obtained exclusively by Vox, the bill — nicknamed the “No Nuclear Weapons for Saudi Arabia Act of 2018” — if passed would be the strongest rebuke to Saudi Arabia yet since the uproar over Khashoggi’s fate.

Most of the discussions on how to do that center on stopping billions of dollars in arms sales to the kingdom, but President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he doesn’t want to jeopardize money coming into the United States, and some members of Congress privately worry that stopping weapons shipments to Saudi Arabia might negatively impact jobs.

So instead of doing that, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) wants to stop a major nuclear deal between the US and Saudi Arabia that’s been under negotiation for months, and which he has long railed against.

“I don’t think this bill would’ve passed prior to the events in Istanbul,” Sherman told me. “Now I think we have a chance.”

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Trump could designate Iran-backed Yemen rebels as terror group, report says

The Trump administration is reportedly contemplating designating Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia as a terrorist organization, igniting a debate over whether or not such a label will bring the protracted war to a faster end.

The potential classification is part of the White House’s wider effort to crack down on Iranian activities that it says contribute to destabilizing the region. The US would then be able to freeze Houthi-connected financial assets, impose penalties on anyone deemed to be providing “material support” to the group and prosecute individuals considered to be backing them.

For more than three years, the international community has been unsuccessfully trying to orchestrate an end to the bloody war in Yemen

Del Wilder, a counterterrorism specialist, and former US government operative said that the designation would merely be stating the obvious.

“Everyone knows they are terrorists and that they’re controlled by Iran, which itself is a ‘terrorist organization,’” he said. “But until there is regime change in Iran the Houthis, Hezbollah, Hamas, and others will continue to go about the business of committing acts of terror and disruption.”

Yet James Williamson, a retired Army special operations colonel and founder of OPSEC, a non-partisan advocacy organization focused on protecting national intelligence assets, noted that such a designation would likely do no harm, but would be more a “symbolic gesture than actually having a measurable impact.”

Kamran Bokhari, a specialist on the geopolitics of the Middle East with the University of Ottawa's Professional Development Institute, concurred that the designation was not likely to make much difference.

However, others say that designating the Houthis as terrorists would have a detrimental impact.

One official from Oman, a “neutral on foreign policy” country in the region which allows Houthi leadership to seek refuge in its capital Muscat, expressed concern to Fox News that the designation would hamper peace talks and provide no solution to the crisis.

Furthermore, aid groups have expressed concern that the terrorist insignia would then require them to jump through extra hoops and seek extra permissions to operate in such areas

My comment: Earlier reporting in Yemen War Mosaic 478, cp9. – The Houthis might-be a horrible militia, but they definitely are no “terrorists”. They could have installed a disgusting regime in their country and are fighting a foreign enemy on own and on foreign ground; that’s it. The US government seems to simply declare its enemies as “terrorists”. If the Houthis should be labeled as “terrorists”, the US even before should label themselves and Saudi Arabia as “terrorists. – Anti-Iranian paranoia also would not be helpful for this deliberation. – The real motives are made clear in this sentence: “The potential classification is part of the White House’s wider effort to crack down on Iranian activities that it says contribute to destabilizing the region”: Stay serious, this has nothing to do with the question whether any Yemeni organization is “terrorist”.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Film: The brazen obscenity of selling 4.7 billion £ worth of arms to the Saudis for their war on Yemen and then making promotional videos about how wonderful and kind you are to the millions of sick and maimed and starving and homeless victims your bombs helped create

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UK's Hunt visits Gulf for Khashoggi, Yemen talks

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will visit Saudi Arabia on Monday where he will press King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

During a trip to the region that includes a visit to the United Arab Emirates, Hunt will also seek to build support for UN efforts to end the conflict in Yemen, the Foreign Office said.

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My comment: And an other hypocrite, as a representative of a warring party in the Yemen war who thinks he could play the role of peace broker. For Hunt, look at Yemen War Mosaic 478, cp 7, cp10.

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Jamal Khashoggi murder fails to stop Britain selling arms to the Saudis

As a Foreign Office minister spoke out on the killing, trade officials were in the kingdom promoting closer military links

Britain has pursued its assiduous courtship of Saudi Arabia despite the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with diplomats and Ministry of Defence officials meeting their counterparts in the kingdom to discuss closer economic, military and political ties.

The discussions have taken place as Britain enters the final phase of negotiations to sell more Typhoon jets to Riyadh. They are similar to those used in the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen in a war that has caused a humanitarian disaster.

Britain sells billions of pounds of weapons to the countries bombing Yemen and is keen to strengthen its ties after Brexit. In July last year, the government confirmed it had created a dedicated Gulf region working group to promote “high-level dialogue with key trading partners to progress our trade and investment relationships”. Since then, civil servants have regularly visited the region for confidential talks to prepare for future deals once Britain leaves the European Union.

A delegation from the Department for International Trade visited the Eastern Province chamber of commerce in Dammam in Saudi Arabia on 2 October – the day Khashoggi was murdered. Alastair Long, the UK’s deputy trade commissioner for the Middle East and director of trade for Saudi Arabia, stressed that Britain was keen to create alternative markets and that Saudi Arabia “is at the head of these markets”.

On 31 October, another UK government delegation visited Riyadh for a meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council secretariat. A press release from the council said the meeting discussed expanding “the horizons of political, security, military and commercial cooperation”

My comment: Disgusting. They simply continue – whatever happens.

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UK almost doubles arms sales to countries on governments list of human rights abusers, figures reveal

'There is little oversight in the system, and no controls over how these arms will be used once they have left the UK,' say campaigners

The UK nearly doubled the value of arms sales to countries on the government’s list of human rights abusers in the past year, figures reveal.

Licences for arms deals worth some £1.5bn were approved in Whitehall in 2017, up from £820m a year earlier, according to figures compiled by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) pressure group.

Sales were granted to 18 countries on the list, including China, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Israel, Egypt and Pakistan, compared to 20 different states in 2016.

The value of sales to Saudi Arabia, currently embroiled in a bloody conflict in Yemen against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels where thousands of civilians have been killed and millions left in need of aid, alone totalled £1.13bn, the group said.

Theresa May’s government is “actively arming and supporting many of the regimes that even it believes are responsible for terrible human rights abuses”, CAAT’s Andrew Smith told The Independent.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Merkel-Sprecher und fragwürdige Antworten zum mörderischen Jemen-Krieg der Saudis

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Yemeni women rights' advocate fears deportation from Sweden

Reporters Without Borders urged the Swedish government to grant Hind Aleryani asylum over fears of 'serious security risks' if deported

Swedish immigration authorities have denied a Yemeni journalist and her teenage daughter refugee status despite the "serious security risks" they could face if deported.

Hind Aleryani, an award-winning Yemeni journalist and social activist, now risks deportation from Sweden, where her mother and sister are based and where her teenage daughter is attending school.

A devastated Aleryani spoke to Middle East Eye on Thursday about her ordeal, breaking her silence after more than a year trying to obtain the right to stay in Sweden where she says she feels most safe.

Before seeking asylum in Sweden in September 2017, Aleryani lived in Turkey for many years, where she worked as a radio journalist for the Arabic-language Radio Monte Carlo Douliya.

Aleryani’s asylum application was last rejected by a Swedish court in June. She has since been living under the fear of deportation or arrest by police.

For Aleryani, Sweden has provided the safest home for herself and her traumatised daughter, who has been hospitalised several times since arriving in Sweden due to anxiety over the uncertainty of her life and the death threats they received while living in Turkey.

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US, allies seek continued bloodshed in Yemen to benefit arms sales

Former Iranian Ambassador to Kuwait Reza Mirabian says the United States and its allies should be held responsible for dragging on the war in Yemen as they have been trying to reach their financial goals via arms sales.

Mirabian, an Iranian expert on Middle East affairs, urged the need to address the deplorable situation in the war-torn country, saying, the longer the war goes on in Yemen, the more the US and the UK will benefit from arm sales to the Saudi-led military coalition.

He dismissed the US’s claims that the Islamic Republic is to blame for the challenges facing Yemenis, and said they seek to use false accusations to distract the attentions from their own evil deeds in the poorest Arab country.

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Moskau kritisiert Doppelmoral der USA im Jemen

In einer am Samstag verbreiteten Erklärung hat das russische Außenministerium die Politik der Doppelmoral und Heuchelei Washingtons im Jemen kritisiert.

In dieser Erklärung hieß es dazu weiter, einerseits versorgen die USA die saudische Kriegsallianz mit Waffen, andererseits bestehen sie auf einem sofortigen Kriegsende, was die Aufrichtigkeit ihrer Äußerungen in Frage stellt. Washington habe nicht vor, seine Kriegstreiberei in Jemen zu beenden, hieß es darin weiter.

Laut dem russischen Außenministerium könne die Jemenfrage nur durch Verhandlungen und unter Berücksichtigung gegenseitiger Interessen und Sorgen gelöst werden.

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Emmanuel Macron: PR man for Mohammed bin Salman?

The French president is in denial about how his government facilitates Saudi violence at home and abroad

As they attempt to sound distressed over Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, Western governments are understandably being less than candid about their records of facilitating Saudi violence at home and regionally.

French President Emmanuel Macron has been among the worst culprits, recently claiming that it was false to say Saudi Arabia is a major client of the French arms industry. Macron's defence minister, however, told lawmakers those arms sales were crucial for French jobs.

France is the world’s third-largest weapons dealer, with exports rising considerably during the past decade. Saudi Arabia was its second-largest customer in that period.

With his background in banking, Macron can surely calculate that there is big money involved: Saudi Arabia bought more than €11 billion ($12bn) in French arms between 2008 and 2017.

Since becoming president last year, Macron has acted as something of an image consultant to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. When the crown prince visited Paris in April, Macron hosted a dinner for him and Saad Hariri, Lebanon's prime minister. Photos were circulated of the three admiring Delacroix’s masterpiece Liberty Leading the People. All the tension caused by the Saudis holding Hariri hostage several months earlier was magicked away.

Macron pledged full support for Saudi Arabia’s “security” as it warded off ballistic missiles fired from Yemen. It was audacious spin. Saudi Arabia is the chief aggressor in Yemen; its military offensive has exacerbated a humanitarian crisis to such an extent that the UN is warning a famine may be imminent. Yet, Macron has cast Saudi authorities as blameless victims.

Assurances from Paris that the weapons have only been used for defensive purposes along the Saudi-Yemeni border have been contradicted by the arms industry.

Expecting Macron to bring any kind of progressive change would be naive. The programme on which he fought the 2017 election indicated that he wished to be even more interventionist in the Middle East than his predecessors.

About half of all French arms exports are destined for the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is not the only state to have used French weapons in its attacks on Yemen: up to 80 French tanks sold to the United Arab Emirates - part of a Saudi-led military coalition - have been deployed during that war.

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Bahrain: Protest in Solidarity with Sheikh Ali Salman

The Bahrainis on Friday took to streets in solidarity with Sheikh Ali Salman who was unfairly sentenced to life in jail.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Countries Selling Saudi Arabia Weapons Weigh War Crimes Against Profits

Global pressure is mounting for countries to stop sending arms and other assistance to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of facilitating the murder of Washington Post columnist and regime critic Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Military contractor Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson said that the decision to sell arms to Saudi Arabia is entirely up to the government. “We do business through the U.S. government. We take their lead on what we sell to 70 countries. That’s what we will do in this case; it’s a matter of following the government’s lead.” The company’s sales to the kingdom have totaled $900 million for 2019 and 2020.

Dennis Horak, Canada’s former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, also reduced the issue to one of economics:

Cancellation of the deal would only serve to punish the 3,000-plus Canadian workers in the London [Ontario] area who will see their high-skilled, middle class jobs disappear for a gesture with no consequences in Saudi Arabia. … The message they would hear would be, ‘So, you don’t want our $13 billion? Fine, someone else will.’ What does that achieve?

For those opposed to the war, though, it is clear that the issue is more complex than that of job protection for those who work at weapons companies.

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Yémen: "La France envoie un très mauvais signal"

Radhya Almutawakel plaide pour que cessent les ventes d'armes, tant que son pays est sous les bombes.

"La paix est possible au Yémen à condition que la communauté internationale se donne les moyens de faire pression sur les belligérants," selon Radhya Almutawakel, présidente d'une ONG yéménite de défense des droits de l'homme, Mwatana. De passage à Paris, elle tente d'alerter sur le drame que vit son pays en guerre depuis trois ans et plaide pour que la France, en particulier, cesse ses ventes d'armes à l'Arabie saoudite.

"Avec la guerre, l'Etat s'est effondré, poursuit-elle. Au printemps 2015, la coalition dirigée par Riyad est intervenue au prétexte de restaurer le gouvernement légitime du Yémen. Quelques mois seulement après le début de son offensive, elle a repris le contrôle de 80% du territoire. Pourtant, elle n'y a pas rétabli l'autorité de l'Etat. Le gouvernement [yéménite] est toujours en exil en Arabie saoudite. Plutôt que de restaurer les forces nationales au Yémen, afin de combattre les houthistes, la coalition a livré le pays à des groupes armés religieux extrémistes. Un choix néfaste aujourd'hui, et funeste pour l'avenir du pays."

"Nous attendons des pays occidentaux qu'ils revoient leur politique de vente d'armes, souligne Radhya Almutawakel. En particulier la France.

En vendant des armes à un pays en guerre, la France se place en porte-à-faux avec des conventions auxquelles elle a souscrit, tel le Traité sur le commerce des armes, en 2016, qui exclut la vente de matériel susceptible d'être utilisé contre des populations civiles.

Pour Radhya Almutawakel, l'affaire Khashoggi, la poursuite des ventes d'armes et la tragédie du Yémen sont intimement liées. "L'impunité avec laquelle le pouvoir saoudien bombarde et assiège le Yémen depuis trois ans a été perçue à Riyad comme un feu vert. Sans ce désintérêt des Occidentaux pour le drame yéménite, le pouvoir saoudien n'aurait peut-être pas agi de manière aussi barbare avec ses opposants."

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Bomben für die Welt
Wie Deutschland an Kriegen und Krisen verdient
Die deutschen Rüstungsexportregeln zählen zu den strengsten der Welt. Doch der größte deutsche Rüstungskonzern will sich von diesen Regeln unabhängig machen. Über Umwege exportiert die Rheinmetall AG Bomben und komplette Munitionsfabriken in Länder wie Ägypten oder Saudi-Arabien. Und die Politik lässt dies ungehindert zu.
Somerset West, Südafrika, 50 Kilometer östlich von Kapstadt. Ein riesiges Fabrikgelände gesichert mit hohen Stacheldrahtzäunen und Wachtürmen. Vor zehn Jahren gründete der Düsseldorfer Konzern hier ein Joint-Venture mit dem südafrikanischen Staatskonzern Denel, die Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM). Hier werden Bomben und Munition sowie schlüsselfertige Bomben- und Munitionsfabriken für ausländische Kunden hergestellt. Insgesamt 39 solcher Anlagen hat RDM nach eigenen Angaben bereits verkauft.

Bereits vor zwei Jahren hatte das ARD-Magazin Report München berichtet, dass im Jemen-Krieg eingesetzte Bomben von RWM Italia, einer 100-prozentigen Tochter von Rheinmetall, hergestellt werden. Das Werk auf der Urlaubsinsel Sardinien erhielt jüngst einen Großauftrag im Wert von 411 Millionen Euro. Indizien deuten auf Saudi-Arabien als Abnehmer hin.


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Jemen – Profitgier über Moral

Im Jemen herrscht seit 2015 Krieg von dem Menschen tagtäglich sterben. Auch Deutschland ist direkt an dem Elend im Land beteiligt. Trotz Koalitionsvertrag in dem festgelegt wurde, dass keine Waffenexporte an Länder zu genehmigen sind, die sich am Jemen Krieg beteiligen, verkauft Deutschland weiterhin Waffen an Saudi-Arabien - direkt und durch eine Internationalisierungsstrategie, die die deutschen Exportregeln umgehen.

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

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Government of Yemen: Yemen 2018 Socio-Economic Update, Issue 36 - August 2018


1st: Overview of the Banking Sector.

2nd: Importance and Structure of Microfinance Institutions.

3rd: Status of Small and Micro Finance.

4th: Challenges & Risks.

5th: Priorities


Microfinance industry is very important in reducing unemployment rates and providing livelihoods for a wide range of the most disadvantaged groups in society to help them to acquire income producing assets. The number of active borrowers from MFIs amounted to 85,863 in June 2018. Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children benefit from these loans. Returns of microfinance clients’ enterprises represent the main source of income for about half of them (48.3%).

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"Zammam" accuses Britain of obstructing the Yemeni central and says that Griffiths did not care about economic situation

The Governor of central Bank of Yemen accused Britain of obstructing the bank's work, saying that its central bank had surprised his Yemeni counterpart with political requirements in return for reopening the frozen Yemen account, but preferred not to mention those conditions.

He also criticized the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, who revealed his initial lack of interest in the economic issue because his efforts are concentrated in politics, and said his team handed the "Yemeni central" a paper that contradicts the bank's independence and laws.

In a dialogue with the Middle East via e-mail, the governor, who began his work in mid-February (February) 2018, said that the recent Saudi grant of $200 million reached the central bank accounts within 12 hours of the issuance of the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz.

He called on the international humanitarian organizations operating in Yemen to take care to buy the materials to be distributed from the local markets, so as to provide significant employment opportunities and encourage the private sector to continue, as more than six million people in Yemen through private sector activities, and invited organizations To the importance of reviewing the procedures of the organizations with regard to pumping foreign currencies, either through the central bank or under its supervision, to protect the purchasing value of the Yemeni riyal.

The text of the dialogue is as follows....

Remark: Hadi government Central Bank at Aden. And in short:

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Governor of Central Bank of Yemen, Zimam, is talking about a crisis between Saudi-backed government and the U.K. and UN envoy Martin Griffiths. The UK has refused to reopen the bank's account and Griffiths is interfering in the bank's work, a report quoted him as saying.

Comment: Where will the duplicity of U.K. end? Here they are interfering with the working of the bank in Aden to stop it functioning. Shocking.

cp15 Propaganda

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Unglaublich dreist: Saudi-Arabien heuchelt Opfern ihrer eigenen Tyrannei im Jemen "Mitgefühl" vor

Saudi-Arabien hat sich jüngst wieder eine unglaubliche Dreistigkeit geleistet: Mit einem staatlichen Tweet sichert die Terroristenschmiede den Menschen im Jemen samt ihren Kindern Beistand zu.

Das ist eine bodenlose Heuchelei: Denn Saudi-Arabien führt dort mithilfe des Westens - die USA an erster Stelle - seit Jahren einen als Krieg deklarierten Massenmord an der Bevölkerung durch. Dank dieser Koalition von Mördern wurde der Jemen in eine der wohl gegenwärtig schlimmsten humanitären Krisen gestürzt.
Der fragliche Tweet wurde vom saudischen Außenministerium veröffentlicht und zeigt jemenitische Kinder mit lachenden Gesichtern:

"Eure Kinder... unsere Kinder", steht dort zu lesen. Doch von lachenden Kindergesichtern im Jemen kann wohl wirklich keine Rede sein. Eher stehen ihnen Hunger und großes Leid ins Gesicht und auf die Körper geschrieben, das von ebenjenen Tyrannen über sie gebracht wurde, die nun Mitleid heucheln.

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Why a decisive victory in Hodeidah is crucial

If the battle of Hodeidah is not resolved quickly, Yemen will stand at a crossroads.

The battle of Hodeidah is particularly important for several reasons and at the top is the strategic position on the Red Sea of the city’s port. For the Houthis, control is vital because the port provides them the resources they need most. This explains why their forces have put all their weight into this battle.

Progress has reportedly been made by the Saudi-led coalition to liberate the city, the port and the airport. However, that progress does not seem to be enough to translate into a political gain at this crucial time when UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is calling for a new round of dialogue in less than a month.

It is no secret that Griffiths is receiving US and British support to pull together a new round of talks but it is not even clear which parties will be invited to participate.

The battle of Hodeidah forebodes an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. What needs to be pointed out is that the forces seeking to liberate the city from the Houthis’ grip — which by extension is Iran’s grip — have a limited window of opportunity to achieve their goal. They have only one month to change the balance of power in Hodeidah.

Griffiths has previously obstructed pro-government forces from achieving victory there. Indeed, there was considerable pressure in June to stop the fighting.

Can the pro-government forces and their allies from the Guards of the Republic and the Giants Brigade score a decisive victory in Hodeidah within a month?

If not, the situation will be difficult and complicated because there is an international desire to reach a settlement that would give the Houthis an independent entity in northern Yemen. This entity would be much like the Islamic emirate established by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and we know how that emirate has deepened the poverty of Gazans and deprived them of hope for a decent life in a better world.

What we are witnessing in Yemen is the collusion of certain forces with the Houthis to enable them to get their hands on part of Yemen, regardless of the threat they pose to regional security. The forces complicit with the Houthis do not care about the danger they pose. There is an insistence on avoiding a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen but there is no concern for the heavy political price that must be paid or for the danger to regional stability posed by the Houthis’ relationship with Iran.

If the battle of Hodeidah is not resolved quickly, Yemen will stand at a crossroads. The possibility of having a Houthi emirate in Sana’a and its surroundings, extending to Hodeidah would become very likely.

However, removing the Houthis from Sana’a would return them to their original and true size.

Resolving the battle of Hodeidah within the next few weeks is a pressing necessity.

My comment: Clearly admitted: The offensive is enforced to make as much gains as possible before the 30 days limit proposed by the US.

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince: Saudi role in Arab world pivotal to counter risks

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdualziz and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed ways of further consolidating the robust brotherly relations between the two countries along with an array of regional and international issues of common concern.

"The UAE-Saudi ties are a model to be copied for how relations between world countries should be and they reflect the two nations' profound awareness of the regional developments," said Sheikh Mohamed.

Highlighting the Saudi Arabia's pivotal role in countering risks besetting the Arab World, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his confidence that Saudi Arabia - thanks to its wise leadership and strong people - would continue to play that role for protecting the Arab interests and providing all drivers of progress and development for Arab peoples.

''The UAE will remain steadfast in one trench with its Saudi brothers out of its unequivocal belief in our common goal and destiny,'' he affirmed.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi added that the prudence of King Salman and his far-sighted vision and brave stances constitute the safety and stability valve in both the Kingdom and the region at large.

He expressed his appreciation for the leading role assumed by King Salman in reinforcing security and stability in the region and protecting the interests of Arab countries and peoples amid the ongoing challenges and threats.

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Saudi/UA-led SpxMan “Calmed that Houthis try to trap #Hodeidah port & detonate floating tank (SAFER) these claims based on accurate infos." This nonsense reminds me of his nonsense after the School Bus war crime. In One Word These villains are determined to destroy the port SOON

Lies and misinformation and control of the media..the #Saudis called media like the Times and the Post 500 times between 2016-2017 to make sure we all stay in the dark about the genocide by starvation and bombs they commit on #Yemen for greed

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If Jamal Khashoggi’s killers elude justice, Iran will exploit the consequences

My awful suspicion — and I pray I am wrong — is that for one reason or another, the killers, or at least those who ultimately gave the order, may get away with it.

There are simply too many powerful people who would frankly prefer that the whole business be brushed under the carpet. There are too many people who look at the state of the Middle East – and think that we simply can’t afford to take this investigation to its logical conclusion.

They look at the pivotal role of Saudi Arabia, and they think about what might happen if that government were seriously destabilized — and they shudder.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke for this school of thought when he said that of course the killers of Jamal Khashoggi should be brought to justice — but the real problem was Iran.

And Netanyahu is certainly right that Iran is a serious problem. The government in Tehran remains a disruptive force, bent on expanding its role in the region.

We see excessive Iranian influence in Lebanon, in Iraq, in Syria and in Yemen. That influence needs to be diminished.

But we will not put Iran back in its box unless we accept that the Iranians are also highly skillful at exploiting the consequences of the policies of the West and its allies.

Let us be in no doubt: There is a sense in which the Saudis and their allies are in the right. The Yemeni government was illegally overturned. The actions of the coalition are supported by a U.N. resolution.

The murder of Khashoggi has been terrible for Saudi Arabia — and if there is one way to boost Iran, and all regional critics of the Saudi regime, it would be to hush it all up.

Jamal Khashoggi’s killers must be found, and justice done, though the heavens fall – by Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Minister

My comment: He might be right on the Khashoggi murder – but justifying the Saudi war in Yemen is bullshit, as connecting the Khashoggi murder in this case to Iran. Please, which events in the Middle East western politicians do NOT connect to Iran in the one or the other way?

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Al-Houthi Article In the Washington Post Exposes “Death to America” Slogan, Affects the Post’s Credibility: Albukhaiti

The Washington Post has only affected its credibility by publishing a Houthi article, claiming advocacy for Khashoggi, and simultaneously publishing an article by someone – who imprisoned, tortured and killed hundreds of journalists – in the same column of Khashoggi.

Nearly two years ago, international organizations have stressed that the Houthis are the most dangerous group (after ISIS) to journalists and freedom of the press. Therefore, when the Post publishes an article by a killer and a torturer of hundreds of journalists and opinion makers, it is only stressing that its solidarity with Khashoggi is immoral and has hidden motives.

Sometimes, it is not always what we desired; for instance, the Post has served Saudi Arabia by publishing an article by the biggest killer and freedom oppressor in the Middle East Mohammed Al-Houthi. By its daily advocacy campaign on Khashoggi’s case, the paper has only stressed it is only political extortion and excessive hostility against the Kingdom rather than defending freedoms.

Publishing such an article also reveals that the paper is the biggest support for the most dangerous killer and suppressor of journalists (second to ISIS) all over the world; it as well reveals the fact that covering Khashoggi’s case has nothing to do with morals neither with protecting freedoms.

My comment: Nobody must agree with what the Houthi leader tells, but this outrage is hypocrisy. Those who are crying now mostly stayed silent when other warlords in the Yemen War (and they all are warlords there, don’t let be made a fool of you) were given a stage by the Washington Post or the New York Times: The Saudis, the UAE, the Hadi government. Or take all the articles by the US own Saudi sycophants like Thomas L. Friedman, David Ignatius and others. – And it’s getting absurd when even these other “warlords” themselves start complaining about the Washington Post.

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Washington Post criticised for Houthi leader opinion piece

Critics accused the newspaper of giving voice to a militia that chants “Death to America!”

The Washington Post on Friday published an opinion piece penned by Mohammed Ali Al Houthi, the head of the Iran-backed rebels’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee, drawing criticism for giving a voice to a militia condemned by the Arab Coalition for overrunning Yemeni population centres.

In the column, the Houthi leader criticised the Arab Coalition’s blockade of the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, which his fighters occupied in 2015. He also said “we love peace...we are ready for peace” as talks continue on gathering both sides of the three-year conflict in a third country in a bid to resolve the war.

But the newspaper’s decision to publish Mr Al Houthi was censured by some on social media.

Summer Nasser, an American-Yemeni, said she was “appalled” by the publication of the views of a man who “put Yemen into a doomed fate via a coup”.

Fatima Alasrar, a Yemeni analyst for the US-based Arabia Foundation, called Mr Al Houthi a “warlord and top war Houthi terrorist,” claimed him to be responsible for more than 7,000 deaths. She also accused him of complicity in the torture of Yemenis.

Others expressed astonishment that he had been given a platform.

My comment: Look above.

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Yemen criticizes Washington Post for publishing op-ed by Houthi leader

Yemen Foreign Ministry has criticized the publishing of an op-ed written by a Houthi leader Mohammed Ali al-Hotuthi, labeling him as a war criminal.

Yemen Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamni posted a tweet on his Twitter account, saying that he never thought that a war criminal like al-Houthi would have an op-ed at the Washington Post.

“ Agents of Iran started to find their roads to the US press” al-Yamani added.

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To the Washington Post

History will record that in November 9, 2018, the Washington Post gave a platform to Mohammed al-Houthi, a leader in an extremist religious (theocratic) organization that has wiped out press and murdered or tortured, among thousands of civilians, several journalists into silence wherever they got their hands on them.

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More Saudi / UAE “WE are benefactors” propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids day by day

Nov. 10:

Nov. 9:

Nov. 8:

Nov. 7:

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Film: massacre of the family of Ali Jamali in the province of Hodeidah 10-11-2018

Father clings to his infant daughter, a new crime for the Air Force aggression 10-11-2018

The man cried his daughter until he asked the tears around him before the raid were the names are crying and her father is now silenced by silent her father = = =

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Civilian martyred, 6 others injured in Saudi-led airstrikes on Hodeida

A civilian was killed and six others wounded in a preliminary death toll in Saudi-led airstrikes, which hit Hodeida province, a security official told Saba.
This came when the warplanes of US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition launched airstrikes on a house of a civilian in Halaka area of Haly district.
The airstrikes coincided with intensively hovering of the coalition's warplanes on the district.
The official added that several residential neighborhoods in Khamseen street was bombarded by the artillery and warplanes of the coalition

is this raid?:

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reports of #Saudi airstrikes targeted a civilian car in Alhale area, #Hodeidah

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Photos of the aftermath of #Saudi led coalition airstrikes on 22 May hospital in #Hodeidah

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Hodeidah: 7 civilians more were injured by intensified bombing targeted residential areas in Al-Hale district. The US-Saudi aggression launched over 10 raids on different areas in Al-Hale district, a series of raids on the main road between Zabid and Al-Husaineah.

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2 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Hodeida

Two civilians were killed and two others injured when the US-backed Saudi-led coalition on Saturday launched an airstrike on Hodeida province, a security official told Saba.
The airstrike hit a farm in Bit-Faqih district, added the official.
The airstrike also damaged numbers of solar panels in the farm

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Saudi aggression air strikes kill, wound 4 citizens in Hodeidah

At least 4 citizens were killed and wounded when a Saudi aggression airstrikes on residential quarter in al-Jabbalia area of Hodeidah province, a security official told Saba on Saturday.

The hostile warplanes targeted residential quarter in the area five times, which led to killing citizen and injuring 3 others.

He added the Saudi aggression also launched one air raids on Almina district.

More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Nov. 11: and Saada p. Amran p. Hodeidah p.

Nov. 10: Saada p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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A civilian was killed and a woman injured by a mortar shell fired by Houthi militia towards Bait Alzabeedi area in Aldhalee governorate (photo)

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Film: targeting civilians in the Directorate of Razih Saada governorate 11-11-2018

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Yemen army liberates 50% of Saadah province

Governor of Saadah province Hadi Tarshan has said that the Yemeni army managed to liberate 50% of Saadah province.

In a press conference, he affirmed that the army is now clearing mines which were planted by the Houthis in different areas of the province and which endanger civilians.

He said that “preparations are ongoing to reconstruct Saadah with support of Saudi Arabia”, pointing out that displaced persons started to return to their homes.

The army scored field progress in the area of Maran, the birthplace of the Houthi Movement leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi.

My comment: Yemen army, Saada governor: Saudi puppet Hadi government. As claimed by pro-Hadi media. – A really bad joke: “preparations are ongoing to reconstruct Saadah with support of Saudi Arabia”: Among all provinces, Saada is the one which had been most hardly destroyed by Saudi air raids.

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Saada p.: Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted several areas of Razih, Munabbih, Baqim, Haidan, Adhdhaher and Shida border districts during past hours.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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Hidden history behind the Yemen war

There is a huge gap in all Western reporting on the horrific tragedy unfolding right now in Yemen, where half the population faces starvation after years of brutal bombing by Saudi Arabia, using U.S. planes and satellite targeting.

This whiteout by the corporate media ignores the highly successful earlier history of socialist revolution in the southern half of Yemen, a time of great hope for the working people, especially youth and women.

The People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen lasted from 1967 to 1990. It made great strides in organizing the people of this small country at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula to overcome poverty and underdevelopment.

Britain had seized the strategic port city of Aden in 1839 and held it tightly in its huge colonial web for more than a century. But by the 1960s, revolutionary movements in many formerly colonized nations fought to free their economies from imperialist domination and empower the masses of people.

The optimism that existed in southern Yemen during that revolutionary period is heartbreaking to read about today, when the hopes of the people for social change are being drowned in a growing sea of blood.

The following descriptions of the history of the PDRY are from two bourgeois sources.

The Encyclopedia Britannica online writes: “By the early 1970s the government of the south had nationalized almost all land and housing, along with most banking, industrial, and other business enterprises in the country; thereafter, all new industries and businesses of any size were state-owned and state-operated. …

“In North Yemen, women in cities and towns wore the sharsaf, a black skirt, scarf, and veil ensemble that covers the entire body. In South Yemen, the regime that succeeded the British after 1967 vigorously opposed this women’s dress code, and this opposition prevailed especially in the towns and cities. …

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Film: Escape From Yemen

As a young Muslim living in Yemen, Mohammed al Samawi tried to build bridges between Muslims, Jews and Christians. And his efforts were met with death threats. He joined us in September to tell the story of how a coalition of online supporters worked together to extract him from the war-torn country. His new book is called “The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America” (William Morrow).

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-478 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-478: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

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