Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 490 - Yemen War Mosaic 490

Yemen Press Reader 490: 12. Dezember 2018: Zahlen der Kriegsopfer – Hungersnot im Jemen – Ein Luftangriff und eine amerikanische Bombe – Jemeniten berichten – Das Leben einer Flüchtlingsfamilie
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Survive or die – A child searching in the ruins of his family’s home after a Saudi coalition air raid

... Der “Westen” tötet Kinder – Jemen, Saudi-Arabiens größter geopolitischer Irrtum – Der Jemen und die Geopolitik des Elends – Den US-Saudischen Krieg im Jemen beenden – Druck, um US-Unterstützung des Krieges zu beenden – saudische Lobbyarbeit und bestechung in den USA – Der Westen, Saudi-Arabien und Iran – und mehr

December 12, 2018: Figures of war victims – Famine in Yemen – An air raid and an American bomb – Yemenis tell – A refugee family’s life – The “West” killing Children (in German) – Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s biggest geopolitical error – Yemen and geopolics of misery (in German) – Ending the US-Saudi war in Yemen – Pressure to hold US support of Yemen War – Saudi lobbying and donations in the US – The West, Saudi Arabia and Iran (in German) – and more

Dieses Jemenkrieg-Mosaik besteht aus zwei Teilen / This Yemen War Mosaic is divided in two parts

Teil 2 / Part 2: https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-490b-yemen-war-mosaic-490b/

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

(Kursiv: Teil 2 / In Italics: Part 2)

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

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

Neue Artikel / New articles

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Film: Civil War in Yemen Mini-Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=oIIyXBAGnFo

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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November Yemen's 'deadliest month' in two years: ACLED report

War monitor says it documented nearly 3,000 deaths as the Saudi-UAE coalition intensified raids ahead of peace talks.

November was one of the bloodiest months in the war in Yemen with at least 2,959 documented deaths, a war monitor has said, as the Saudi-UAE coalition intensified its bombing campaign ahead of UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden.

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) reported on Tuesday that at least 28,115 fatalities were recorded in the first 11 months of this year, marking a 68 percent increase compared with 2017.

It said at least 60,110 people had been killed since January 2016, nine months after Saudi Arabialaunched a massive aerial campaign against its impoverished southern neighbour, a figure six times higher than the frequently cited UN figure of 10,000.

"ACLED's estimation of Yemen's direct conflict deaths is far higher than official estimates - and is still underestimated," Clionadh Raleigh, ACLED's Executive Director said.

"Fatality numbers are only one approximation of the abject tragedy and terror forced upon Yemenis from several sides. This cannot be overstated".

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/november-yemen-deadliest-month-years-acled-report-181211104015986.html

and also https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-war-death-toll-saudi-arabia-coalition-military-assistance-uk-a8678376.html

and ACLED press release:

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11 December 2018: As UN-led peace talks proceed in Stockholm and a landmark bill to end US support for the Saudi-backed coalition works its way through Congress, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) now estimates that over 60,000 people have been killed in the Yemen War since just 2016.

According to data collected and analyzed by ACLED, reported fatalities since the beginning of 2016 are more than six times higher than the frequently cited UN figure of 10,000.

ACLED’s estimate only includes deaths directly caused by violence. Complementary estimates produced by organizations like Save the Children indicate that tens of thousands more may have died from other causes linked to the conflict, such as starvation and disease.

Commenting, ACLED Executive Director Clionadh Raleigh said: “ACLED’s estimation of Yemen’s direct conflict deaths is far higher than official estimates – and still underestimated. Fatality numbers are only one approximation of the abject tragedy and terror forced upon Yemenis from several sides. This cannot be overstated.”

Total conflict fatalities:

ACLED has recorded 60,223 conflict-related fatalities from January 2016 through November 2018

28,182 were recorded in the first 11 months of 2018, marking a 68% increase compared to 2017

November 2018 has been the most violent month since ACLED started tracking violence in Yemen, with 3,058 reported fatalities

Civilian fatalities:

Between January 2016 and November 2018, ACLED recorded 3,071 attacks targeting civilians causing 6,480 civilian fatalities, 2,189 of which occurred in just 2018[1]

The Saudi-led coalition is linked to the highest number of civilian fatalities in Yemen, with 4,614 fatalities recorded since 2016, including 1,326 in 2018

The Houthis and their allies were responsible for at least 1,027 civilian fatalities, including 494 in 2018

The situation in Hodeidah:

37% of the total civilians killed in Yemen in 2018 have died in Hodeidah

Amid the coalition-backed offensive to retake the port city, Hodeidah has witnessed the greatest escalation of violence in 2018, with an 820% increase in total conflict-related fatalities

As noted by Save the Children, civilian fatalities increased by 160% after the offensive began in June

https://www.acleddata.com/2018/12/11/press-release-yemen-war-death-toll-now-exceeds-60000-according-to-latest-acled-data/

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Hungerkatastrophe im Jemen: Dieser Junge könnte noch leben

Im November kam Ali stark unterernährt in ein Krankenhaus in Sanaa. Ihm konnte nicht mehr geholfen werden, zwei Tage später starb er.

Als seine Mutter ihn am 2. November in das Krankenhaus von Sanaa bringt, direkt an der Frontlinie geht es Ali Mohammed Ahmed Jamal schon ziemlich schlecht. Er wiegt nur noch 15 Kilogramm. Als seine Mutter gefragt wird, warum sie erst jetzt mit ihm komme, antwortet sie, dass sie kein Geld für den Transport des Jungen gehabt habe.

Außerdem musste sie, um zum Krankenhaus zu gelangen, durch die Frontlinie. „Ich spürte, er würde sterben. Also, hatte ich die Wahl, lasse ich ihn zuhause sterben oder riskiere ich an der Frontlinie auch noch mein Leben“, Die Mutter wählte das Risiko und verlor ihren Ali trotzdem.

Geert Cappelaere berichtet in Berlin bei der Vorstellung des „Unicef-Situationsberichts: Kinder im Jemen“ die Geschichte von Ali und seiner Mutter. Er selbst, der als Unicef-Regionaldirektor Mittlerer Osten und Nordafrika im Jemen war, hat die Frau und ihr Kind im Krankenhaus getroffen.

„Der Jemen ist der schlimmste Ort für Kinder weltweit“

Unicef schätzt, dass sieben Millionen Kinder jeden Abend in dem Land hungrig ins Bett gehen müssen, das ist jedes zweite Kind. „Der Jemen ist der schlimmste Ort für Kinder weltweit“, so Cappelaere. Aktuell leiden 1,8 Millionen Kinder an akuter Mangelernährung, 400.000 leiden an der lebensbedrohlichen Form.

Laut Unicef stirbt alle zehn Minuten ein Kind im Jemen an Unterernährung und an Krankheiten wie Cholera .

Mit einfachsten Medikamenten wären Kinder zu retten

https://www.waz.de/politik/hungerkatastrophe-im-jemen-dieser-junge-koennte-noch-leben-id215992113.html

und UNICEF_Erklärung: https://www.unicef.de/informieren/aktuelles/presse/2018/situationsbericht-kinder-im-jemen/183046 = https://www.unicef.ch/de/ueber-unicef/aktuell/medienmitteilungen/2018-12-11/unicef-situationsbericht-kinder-im-jemen-die

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20 Millionen Menschen im Jemen hungern

Die katastrophale Hungerkrise im vom Krieg zerrissenen Jemen wird schlimmer. Laut UN haben 20 Millionen Menschen große Schwierigkeiten, an ausreichend Lebensmittel zu kommen. Das sind etwa zwei Drittel der Bevölkerung.

Im kriegsgeplagten Jemen hat sich die Knappheit von Lebensmitteln nach UN-Angaben noch einmal verschärft. 20 Millionen Menschen hungerten - und damit 15 Prozent mehr als im Vorjahr, sagte UN-Nothilfekoordinator Mark Lowcock in New York.

Erstmals seien 250.000 Menschen mit einer drohenden "Katastrophe" konfrontiert, was bedeute, dass ihnen Hungertod und Verelendung drohe. Die Menschen würden sich auf einer globalen Skala, die den Schweregrad und das Ausmaß von Lebensmittelknappheit misst, in der sogenannten Phase fünf befinden. Dies sei die gravierendste Stufe, die mit einer Bedrohung durch "Verhungern, Tod und Verelendung" einhergehe, warnte Lowcock. Es gebe nur ein weiteres Land, in dem Menschen in Phase fünf seien - der Südsudan mit 25.000 Betroffenen.

Außerdem gebe es fast fünf Millionen Menschen im Jemen in der Phase vier, die als "Notfall"-Stufe geführt werde. Demnach litten Menschen an extremem Hunger und "sehr hoher akuter Unterernährung sowie übermäßiger Sterblichkeit" - oder an extremem Einkommensverlust mit der Folge gravierender Lebensmittelengpässe.

Betroffene lebten in 152 der 333 Bezirke Jemens. Das ist ein massiver Anstieg im Vergleich zum Vorjahr, als noch von 107 Bezirken die Rede gewesen sei.

https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/jemen-hungersnot-115.html

und auch https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2018-12/jemen-uno-buergerkrieg-vereinte-nationen-saudi-arabien-iran

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‘Immediate responses’ are needed to save lives in Yemen, U.N. and aid groups say

The United Nations and aid agencies have stepped up their warning about famine-like conditions in Yemen, saying the civil war is putting more and more civilians on the brink of starvation.

In a new analysis, a consortium of U.N. agencies, aid groups and experts said that a total of 16 million people, or more than half the population, was now considered “food insecure,” even when factoring in the substantial food aid being provided across Yemen.

Of those, 11 million were categorized as bring in phase 3 of a five-stage scale for hunger. Another 5 million were considered to be in phase 4, an “emergency” situation, while about 65,000 were in “catastrophe” conditions or phase 5, according to the report from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), which assesses food crises worldwide.

“For the first time, food security assessments have confirmed the worst levels of hunger in Yemen,” said the report, which was released over the weekend. “. . . Immediate responses are required to save lives and livelihoods of millions not to slide to the next worse case which is Famine.”

The IPC said it was not ready to declare famine in Yemen, a step that would require meeting a set of conditions including at least a fifth of households suffering from extreme food shortages, a third of children under 5 afflicted by acute malnutrition and at least 2 in 10,000 people dying daily.

Scott Paul, who leads humanitarian policy at Oxfam America, said the situation is urgent nevertheless. “What we have is a complete data set saying that things are terrible and getting worse,” he said – by Missy Ryan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/immediate-responses-needed-to-save-lives-in-yemen-un-says/2018/12/10/32e18dd2-fcb3-11e8-83c0-b06139e540e5_story.html

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A Tragedy in Yemen, Made in America

Tracing an airstrike halfway around the world back to an American bomb factory.

Arhab had been running low on water. Villagers didn’t have enough to drink or to irrigate new fields. They needed a well, but no government entity was capable of undertaking such a public-works project; no bank was available to extend a line of credit. None of the villagers in the district, most of whom farmed plots five or 10 meters square, had anywhere near the kind of capital it would take to finance the dig.

So people from villages around the district found their own solution, working out a kind of shared-ownership arrangement. They all would benefit together if the drill struck water; each shareholder would get a few hours at the well every week. If the digging didn’t succeed, though, they would all lose money they couldn’t afford to lose. And there was no guarantee of success: The land was hard, and the best location for the well was high up on the black volcanic rock. Rabee’a arrived excited for the chance to be the one who found water in a hard place.

News spread; people cheered. The gamble had paid off. Some villagers made their way up to the site, to bring Rabee’a food and to celebrate their new well.

At the well site, at the moment of impact, a series of events happened almost instantaneously. The nose of the weapon hit rock, tripping a fuse in its tail section that detonated the equivalent of 200 pounds of TNT. When a bomb like this explodes, the shell fractures into several thousand pieces, becoming a jigsaw puzzle of steel shards flying through the air at up to eight times the speed of sound. Steel moving that fast doesn’t just kill people; it rearranges them. It removes appendages from torsos; it disassembles bodies and redistributes their parts. A sphere of expanding gas coming off the bomb, meanwhile, fills a body’s hollow parts with energy, rupturing eardrums, collapsing lungs, perforating abdominal cavities and making hidden things bleed. The blast wave pushes air to such extraordinary speeds that the wind alone can cast limbs off bodies.

The back of the tanker truck launched off its chassis and slammed into rock. Jagged pieces of bomb flew thousands of miles per hour outward, and Rabee’a — still celebrating his success — was almost fully decapitated. The top half of his face was removed, leaving just an open lower jaw; the heat of the blast burned most of his clothes off and charred his skin, so he was left naked, his genitals exposed, his body actually smoking. Next to him, his cousin Al-Qadi, the judge, was burning alive, his blood vessels expelling water and his body inflating. He began to scream.

Fahd had just stepped into the stone shelter and registered only a sudden brightness. He heard nothing. He was picked up, pierced with shrapnel, spun around and then slammed into the back wall, both of his arms shattering — the explosion so forceful that it excised seconds from his memory. Metal had bit into leg, trunk, jaw, eye; one piece entered his back and exited his chest, leaving a hole that air and liquid began to fill, collapsing his lungs. By the time he woke up, crumpled against stone, he was suffocating. Somehow he had survived, but he was killing himself with every breath, and he was bleeding badly. But he wasn’t even aware of any of these things, because his brain had been taken over by pain that seemed to come from another world – by Jeffrey E. Stern

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/11/magazine/war-yemen-american-bomb-strike.html

photos: https://twitter.com/Bilquis66/status/786637974188556288

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/83556383716849664

film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpM8hSdpARE

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The Story of a Saudi Coalition Massacre in Yemen

The Arhab attack was part of a pattern of unlawful coalition attacks on civilian targets that has continued until now. These strikes were some of the coalition’s approximately 18,000 airstrikes, a third of which have hit civilian sites. It happened over two years ago, but the Saudi coalition still shows the same blatant disregard for civilian life now as it did then. It was just one of the many massacres that the coalition has perpetrated against innocent Yemenis who were doing nothing more than going about their daily lives. Like many other attacks on civilian targets, this was not a case of hitting the wrong target by mistake. These were deliberate, repeated attacks on a crowd of civilians in a remote village that had nothing to do with the war. Like thousands of other war crimes carried out by coalition forces, this was done with U.S.-made weapons and enabled by U.S. support for the bombing campaign.

Human Rights Watch sent someone to investigate the attack two months later. That investigation produced this report. The article tells us that the researcher for that investigation noted the large number of bombs used in the attack:

Motaparthy was immediately struck by just how many weapons had been used. There were craters everywhere; she counted at least 12, though villagers believe that as many as 20 bombs fell that day [bold mine-DL]. Motaparthy found an extraordinary number of bomb remnants.

The people murdered there by the Saudi coalition more than two years ago received very little attention at the time, and there was almost no media coverage of the attack. The coalition’s use of the despicable “double-tap” tactic to target people responding to the initial attack was not new, but news reports from that time show that there was no understanding outside Yemen that there had been at least a dozen and possibly as many as twenty bombs dropped on a crowd of civilians.

The effect of attacking well sites like the one at Arhab was to make Yemenis stop digging the wells they needed for clean drinking water:

The attack on this well site is just one example of how the coalition has used airstrikes to put more people at risk of contracting cholera. The coalition has repeatedly targeting water and sewage treatment systems, and it has blown up a cholera treatment center in Abs and then lied about it. Attacks on sources of clean drinking water have continued up through this year.

The sham “investigation” into the Arhab attack by the coalition’s Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) produced an absurd justification for the attack

The preposterous excuse for massacring almost three dozen unarmed people is entirely typical of the “investigations” that the coalition has conducted into its own war crimes. The purpose of JIAT has been from the start to create the impression that the Saudis and their allies take civilian casualties seriously while doing absolutely nothing to prevent them and making sure that the perpetrators of war crimes face no accountability.

The Arhab massacre described in this article is the U.S.-backed war on Yemen in miniature: repeated bombings of civilians in brazen violation of international law that went almost completely unnoticed in the rest of the world, the use of U.S.-made weapons to kill the civilians, a pathetic attempt by the Saudi coalition to excuse their crimes, an attack on vital civilian infrastructure that contributed to the country’s cholera epidemic, and survivors traumatized and scarred for life – by Daniel Larison

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-story-of-a-saudi-coalition-massacre-in-yemen/

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'Yemenis are left so poor they kill themselves before the hunger does'

As peace talks to end war in Yemen continue, three local aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council describe its devastating impact

Marwan Al-Sabri, 32, water and sanitation officer in Taiz

I was young when the war started, aspirational and ambitious. I could never have imagined the power war has to trash our dreams.

I have already lost friends and relatives in this brutality. Some that have died and others I have been cut off from. I don’t know where they are now; whether they are alive or dead.

If you haven’t seen Taiz, it is impossible to imagine what war has done to this city. The damage hits in every way. The missiles have torn apart buildings and the siege has torn apart families. Movement from the north to the south of the city can take six hours, using dangerous roads and tunnels. Before the war, it took 10 minutes.

War brings out the worst in a society. People are subjected to extortion, threats and detention at checkpoints. The violence has destroyed our social fabric and created smaller conflicts. It has eroded us materially and morally, we have lost the right to live safely and with dignity.

Ali Al-Makhaathi, 27, food security assistant in Amran

We didn’t know then that our neighbourhood would be next.

Later that night we heard the jets, a sound that has become strangely routine. Adults barely react to their haunting humming sound now, but it terrifies our children, who run from their beds, petrified.

When they were smaller, we could tell our children that every explosion was the last; comfort them in the short term and hope they would forget by the time of the next bombardment. But they are older now – the bombs have been falling for three and a half years and our children can’t remember a life without fear.

We heard them this night. One after the other until a strike landed on the house immediately adjacent to ours. That feeling is one I can never forget and will never be able to adequately describe. The sound was thunderous and the impact like an earthquake, so strong that every family in our neighbourhood thought we were its target, that their own house had been hit. And after the explosion, there was absolute silence. It was as if those of us still living needed time to realise we hadn’t been killed.

As we collected ourselves from the shock, we started calling for one another, a choking, frantic rollcall. The scene was one of chaos. The dusty smoke was blocking our vision and making it very hard to breathe. Windows were shattered and doors had been blown away. Glass fragments from the windows were covering the floor, but it was late at night and many of us were barefoot. The children were hysterical; they were running and screaming, blinded by smoke, with nowhere to go. Men and women followed, stumbling from their houses, the latter without the headscarf they would normally never leave home without (photos)

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/dec/11/yemen-war-norwegian-refugee-council

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‘Photos: I don’t eat so they can’

Hagar Yahia was a rebellious teen.

Now the mother of eight breaks down in tears when she talks about her family’s deprivation.

Late last year, as fighting in Yemen's civil war closed in on Hayis, they fled more than 200 miles, eventually ending up in the village of Red Star on the Arabian Sea coast in the south. Ever since, the family has struggled to find enough food.

“I go hungry for my children. I prefer that I don’t eat so they can. When they ask for something and I can’t afford, it burns me from inside.”

The family, including her youngest child, Awsaf, a thin 5-year-old, lives in a hut made of tree limbs and rags, and sand blows in from the nearby coastal dunes. She and her husband, Mohammed Nasser, usually eat one meal a day.

On good days, when Nasser finds work cutting and hauling wood, the family may have a pot of lentils or bits of fish. Otherwise, they eat a hard, heavy bread called “tawa” that fills the stomach, washed down with sweetened tea.

Her family is among 18,000 people who escaped war zones further west and streamed into Abyan province, a stretch of territory where Yemen’s barren mountains meet the Arabian Sea.

Abyan’s own population of 580,000, who eke out a living in the few fertile valleys and pockets of coastal plain, were already struggling and hadn’t recovered from successive previous rounds of war. Some 30,000 children under 5 in Abyan suffer from malnutrition, according to UNICEF.

Awsaf, Yahia's youngest child, is one of them. Yahia fears for her the most.

Awsaf had deteriorated. She’s getting no more than 800 calories a day from bread and tea, half the normal amount for a girl her age. She was diagnosed with malnutrition, but her father was too weak from hard work and lack of food to take her back to the doctors.

“My husband cries at night for the children and for us. I tell him to leave it to God.”

https://apimagesblog.com/yemen/i-dont-eat-so-they-can

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Die Kinder-Mörder

Weltweit tritt „der Westen" die Rechte von Kindern mit Füßen.

In der Kultur der Habgier und des unmittelbaren Profits haben weder Kinder noch ihre Rechte Platz. Ebenso wenig gegeben ist ein Aufwachsen im Schutze der Menschenrechte, eine angemessene Ausbildung, Unterkunft und Gesundheitsversorgung. Kinder werden in unserer westlichen Gesellschaft größtenteils als lästig empfunden. Bestenfalls sind sie billige Arbeitskräfte, vor allem, wenn der Westen seine Produktion in arme Entwicklungsländer verlagert, um die Konzernprofite zu maximieren. Die Unternehmen gehen dabei insbesondere in Länder in Asien und Mittelamerika, die so arm sind, dass sie Gesetze gegen Kinderarbeit gar nicht durchsetzen können.

Abgesehen davon schlachtet die vom Westen betriebene Mord- und Kriegsmaschinerie wahllos Kinder ab – durch Hunger, Drohnen, Bomben, Krankheiten und auch durch Missbrauch. Kollateralschäden? Das bezweifle ich. Kinder könnten geschützt werden, selbst in illegalen Kriegen. Aber dem Auslöschen ganzer Generationen durch Tod und Armut in Ländern, die der Westen unterwerfen möchte, liegt eine Absicht zugrunde: Der Wiederaufbau dieser Länder wird dann nicht unter der Aufsicht gebildeter Kinder und Erwachsener stattfinden. Sie würden sich aller Wahrscheinlichkeit nach ihren „Henkern“ widersetzen, also denen, die ihre Häuser und ihre Familien, ihre Dörfer und Städte, ihre Schulen und Krankenhäuser sowie ihre Trinkwasserversorgung zerstört haben und die sie der Cholera und anderen Krankheiten aussetzten, hervorgerufen durch mangelnde Hygiene und sanitäre Einrichtungen. Im Interesse des Imperiums und seiner Marionetten-Verbündeten wird von der Not der Kinder bestenfalls spärlich berichtet, meistens interessiert sich sowieso niemand dafür.

Oder nehmen wir die Lage im Jemen. Hier hat in den letzten dreieinhalb Jahren das Netzwerk des größten Mafia-Mord-Systems der Welt mithilfe von Bomben, Hungersnöten und Cholera – letzteres durch willentlich zerstörte Wasserleitungen und sanitäre Anlagen – vielleicht Hunderttausende von Kindern getötet. Angeführt wurde dieses System von Saudi-Arabien, das als einfältiger und spendabler Akteur die USA und ihre kriminellen Komplizen – Großbritannien, Frankreich, Spanien, viele der Golfstaaten, bis vor kurzem auch Deutschland und viele andere – unterstützt.

Laut Save the Children könnten bereits 85.000 Kinder unter fünf Jahren an Hunger gestorben sein – wohlgemerkt, in einer bewusst und willentlich verursachten Hungersnot, weil saudi-arabische und Golf-Mächte den Hafen von Hudeidah zerstört und blockiert haben, der Hafen, über den etwa 80 bis 90 Prozent der importierten Nahrungsmittel das Land erreichen. Die verletztlichsten Opfer sind Kinder und Frauen, wie in jeder menschengemachten Katastrophe.

Stellen Sie sich dieses Leid vor, das nicht nur den Kindern, sondern ihren Eltern, Familien, Gemeinschaften zugefügt wird. Für das, was der Westen hier verbricht, gibt es keine Worte. Es ist mehr als verbrecherisch – und all die dafür verantwortlichen „Anführer“ (sic) werden sich höchstwahrscheinlich nie vor einem Gericht rechtfertigen müssen, weil sie selbst alle wichtigen Justizsysteme der Welt in der Hand haben. Natürlich kann kein Gericht der Welt das Töten und das Elend wiedergutmachen. Es könnte aber zumindest zeigen, dass die Täter weltumfassender Verbrechen – wie es der Krieg im Jemen und viele andere Kriege sind, die aus Habgier und Machtgelüsten geführt werden – nicht ungestraft davonkommen.

Mindestens zwei Drittel der Flüchtlinge sind Kinder. Sie haben keine Gesundheitsversorgung, erhalten keine Bildung, hausen mit lediglich notdürftigem oder ganz ohne Obdach, sind mangelernährt oder bereits am Verhungern, werden vergewaltigt, missbraucht, versklavt – was auch immer.

Wohin gehen all diese Kinder? Was für eine Zukunft haben sie? Es wird Gesellschaften geben – im Jemen, in Syrien, Irak, Libyen, Afghanistan –, in denen eine ganze Generation fehlen wird. Unter den gebildeten Menschen in diesen Ländern wird es eine Lücke geben – eine mutwillig herbeigeführte Lücke, die den Wiederaufbau und die Entwicklung der Länder, wie sie ihnen gemäß ihrer Souveränität zusteht, wahrscheinlich verhindern wird. Solche Länder kann man besser kontrollieren, unterwerfen und versklaven.

Stellen Sie sich vor: Viele der verlorenen Kinder bleiben in den Statistiken unberücksichtigt. Viele von ihnen sind vollkommen alleine, ohne Eltern, ohne Familie, ohne jemanden, der sich um sie kümmert, ohne jemanden, der sie liebt. Sie werden auch unbemerkt sterben, in der Gosse, unbekannt, anonym. Wir – der brutale Westen – lassen das zu.

Und der Weltkindertag der UN kam und ging – und nichts hat sich verändert. Es wird sich auch nichts ändern, solange der Westen aus reiner Habgier wahllos Länder, Städte und Dörfer zerstört. Jemen, Syrien, Irak, Libyen, Afghanistan haben nie die USA bedroht und natürlich auch nicht Israel. Aber sie besitzen Rohstoffe, auf die der Westen versessen ist, oder sie sind geopolitisch oder strategisch von Bedeutung, um Schritt für blutigen Schritt der Weltherrschaft näher zu kommen – von Peter König

https://www.rubikon.news/artikel/die-kinder-morder

and audio: https://www.rubikon.news/artikel/die-kinder-morder/read

Remark: The original English version (https://journal-neo.org/2018/11/29/children-civilization-s-future-victims-of-western-brutality/ = https://countercurrents.org/2018/11/30/children-civilizations-future-victims-of-western-brutality ) had been presented in Yemen War Mosaic 488.

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Saudi Arabia’s Biggest Geopolitical Error

Nothing is more important than having clear, strategically valid goals and absolute imperatives before engaging in warfare. Moreover, given its unpredictability, direct conflict should be initiated as a course of last resort.

Any power initiating a physical war automatically engages target and contextual factors beyond its control, quite apart from the mastery which an initiator must have over its own population, resources, and capabilities.

Few wars, however, are begun consciously and deliberately.

Failure to give respect to the risks of warfare could not have been more clearly dramatized than in the case of the war which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia formalized against elements in Yemen in 2015.

“Ownership” of the Yemeni political space thus became confused, but there was no doubting the reality that Riyadh felt a sense of suzerain authority and a fear that Yemeni republicanism, on the one hand, and resurgent Zaidi influence on the other could challenge Saudi primacy on the Red Sea littoral. But it was more than that.

There was also the question of the evolution of a sense of infallibility within some of the Saudi hierarchy. A sense of “I am rich, therefore I must be smart.” The Yemenis were poor, therefore they must play supplicant to Riyadh.

All of that may merely be window- dressing to the reality that Riyadh was happy to intervene increasingly in the Yemeni troubles which followed the removal from office of its President, Field Marshal Ali Abdullah Saleh, on February 27, 2012.

Thus, the only clear strategic objective in the minds of the Kingdom’s de facto decisionmaker, MBS, was to somehow deter any growth in Iranian dominance over the region. And it was more belief than intelligence that Iran was driving the revival of the Zaidi adherents among the mainly North Yemeni tribes. This seemed of greater concern to MBS’s Riyadh than the fact of the possible break-up of Yemen. Perhaps he would welcome that, but certainly no coherent strategic goals have been articulated publicly.

A “desire to help end the Yemeni civil war” might seem admirable, but to intervene only to exacerbate the problem throws that goal into doubt.

Poor intelligence and comprehension of the overarching strategic framework meant that Saudi Arabia’s creation of a Coalition to challenge the Zaidis on the basis that they were merely forces controlled by Iran actually caused the Zaidis to turn increasingly to the Iranians for military support.

And the more that the Yemeni military (that is the mainly North Yemeni units which found themselves out of Yemeni Army with the removal of Pres. Saleh) succeeded in resisting the Saudi Coalition’s forces, the more that it behooved Riyadh to claim that the Saudi failures were the product of Iranian support for the Houthis (the Zaidis).

MBS’s persistence in continuing a war without purpose has largely been a matter of ego, and the very real fact that a perceived massive failure of his expensive war (at a time of declining Saudi economic fortunes) would greatly encourage his enemies within the House of Saud, has meant a downward spiral of coherent military and political strategic thinking in the Kingdom.

The real enemies, for MBS, then, are those who would challenge his credibility and legitimacy. This was very much at the heart of the thinking when he, or those he trusted to do his bidding, took the decision to abduct — and murder, as it transpired — a well-placed Saudi who had become a dissident, a supporter of the Ikhwan (Muslim Brothers), and sometime journalist, Jamal Khashoggi

It is assumed that Saudi Arabia’s key allies (the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) will follow whatever Riyadh does. This all may leave Iran with an advantage in the region, but it is an advantage which is the result of Saudi ineptitude. In any event, it is the siege of Saudi Arabia, both economically and because of its hubris in the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, which is driving events.

The question is what is next for Yemen?

The reality is that the US is now so disadvantaged in the Middle East that it cannot, geopolitically, afford to lose Saudi Arabia. Without the Kingdom, it loses most of its leverage in the region.

Saudi Arabia may manage its decline by replacing MBS, but the region itself has now fundamentally changed

Is it too late to plan for a new future? Indeed it is not. But it will be a very different future, whatever happens, and it will require a clean sheet of paper, and a real understanding of history – By Gregory Copley

https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Middle-East/Saudi-Arabias-Biggest-Geopolitical-Error.html

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Das Tor der Tränen

Öl als Kriegswaffe, Hungersnot als Faustpfand – Der Jemen und die Geopolitik des Elends

Die Armeen der Weltmächte treffen sich am Bab al-Mandab – dem „Tor der Tränen“, das geostrategisch zentral zwischen Ostafrika und der Arabischen Halbinsel liegt. Während im Jemen-Krieg die militärische Macht der Houthi-Rebellen vor allem darin liegt, den Ölhandel der Saudis und ihrer Verbündeten vital gefährden zu können, spielen die Saudis seit Jahren das wohl schäbigste Faustpfand überhaupt strategisch aus: die historische Hungerkatastrophe, die im Jemen wütet.

Der Jemenkrieg ist damit im Kern ein innerarabischer Konflikt, in dem es – entgegen dem gern kolportierten Narrativ ­­­­– weder um die Bekämpfung des Iran noch um einen herbeigeschriebenen Shia-vs-Sunni-Mystizismus geht, sondern wie in jedem bewaffneten Konflikt im Großraum zwischen Mali und Afghanistan um Machtpolitik, um Einflusssphären, um Kontrolle. Und wie die anderen Konflikte – wegen ihrer strategischen Geographie, ihrer Bodenschätze oder ihrer mächtigen, einflussreichen Führer, deren Gunst erlangt oder erkauft werden will – weckte auch der Jemen die Begehrlichkeiten regionaler und internationaler Akteure.

Nirgendwo anders auf der Welt ist in Stahl und Beton transformierter Militarismus derart konzentriert: Die mächtigsten Staaten der Welt ziehen ihre Streitkräfte an der Küste Ostafrikas zusammen, gebündelt um den Bab al-Mandab. Das an seinem Flaschenhals nur knapp 20 Kilometer breite „Tor der Tränen“ verbindet den Indischen Ozean über den Golf von Aden und das Rote Meer mit dem Mittelmeer und ist daher als strategischer Knotenpunkt für den Welthandel von nahezu derselben Bedeutung wie der Suezkanal. Wie oben dargelegt sind Afrika-seitig die Küsten der so wichtigen Wasserwege unter den Weltmächten aufgeteilt, auf der anderen Seite liegt die Arabische Halbinsel. Der saudische Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) will unter seiner ambitionierten Initiative zur Umstrukturierung der bislang hochgradig Öl-abhängigen Wirtschaft des Königreichs – seine Vision 2030 – die saudische Rotmeerküste neben einem globalen Seehandelsknotenpunkt in ein Luxus-Adventure-Resort verwandeln (in dem Frauen erstmals öffentlich Bikini tragen dürfen).

Der südliche Küstenabschnitt der Halbinsel – der jemenitische – ist hingegen blutigstes Kriegsgebiet.

Ohne diese geostrategische Einordnung der Region bleibt jeder Versuch, die Jemen-bezogenen Nachrichtenfragmente der letzten Monate zu verstehen, […] vergebens – von Jakob Reimann

http://justicenow.de/2018-12-10/das-tor-der-traenen/ = https://www.freitag.de/autoren/jakob-reimann-justicenow/das-tor-der-traenen = https://www.graswurzel.net/gwr/2018/11/das-tor-der-traenen/ = http://www.xn--untergrund-blttle-2qb.ch/politik/ausland/jemen_und_die_geopolitik_5200.html

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Film: Shireen Al-Adeimi: Ending the US-Saudi War in Yemen

Professor Shireen Al-Adeimi explains the US-Saudi war on the Yemen people including why it’s happening, who is responsible and how we can stop it.

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

and as a reminder from June, 1:

Civil war in Yemen | Robert Wright & Shireen Al-Adeimi [The Wright Show]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWvAnCcClD0

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Public Pressure Could Halt US Support of Yemen War

J. Res. 54carves out an exception for continued US-supported military measures against “al Qaeda or associated forces” that could be twisted to rationalize nearly any military assistance Donald Trump provides to Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

J. Res. 54 Purports to End US Military Involvement in Yemen

Senators plan to debate S. J. Res. 54 this week. The bipartisan resolution, introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) with 18 co-sponsors, invokes the War Powers Resolution.

Donald Trump has pledged to veto the resolution, denying that US forces are involved in “hostilities” for purposes of the War Powers Resolution.

Loophole in S. J. Res. 54 Actually Authorizes US Military Involvement in Yemen

In S. J. Res. 54, Congress “directs the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities” in Yemen “except United States Armed forces engaged in operations directed at al Qaeda or associated forces.”

National Security Adviser John Bolton has a history of skewing intelligence to support his goals.

Moreover, this resolution will not stop US drone strikes in Yemen. Although those strikes were ostensibly aimed at al Qaeda, one-third of Yemenis killed by US drone bombings were civilians

Res. 714 Seeks Crown Prince’s Accountability for Khashoggi Murder

Sen. Graham spearheaded a bipartisan non-binding resolution that expresses “a high level of confidence” that bin Salman was “complicit” in the death of Khashoggi.

The resolution calls for bin Salman to be held accountable for his contribution to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Meanwhile, H. Con. Res. 138, which directs the president to remove US Armed Forces from hostilities in Yemen, is pending in the House of Representatives.

Con. Res. 138 suffers from similar infirmities as its Senate counterpart, S. J. Res. 54. But instead of carving out an exception for al Qaeda and associated forces, H. Con. Res. 138 exempts “United States Armed Forces engaged in operations authorized under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force [AUMF]” from the mandate of the resolution. Unlike S. J. Res. 54, the House resolution fails to define“hostilities” under the War Powers Resolution.

Toward Ending US Support to Saudis in Yemen

Notwithstanding deeply entrenched US support for Saudi Arabia, outrage over the Saudis’ torturous murder of Khashoggi, as well as campaigns by several progressive groups, have galvanized congressional opposition to US assistance for Saudi killing in Yemen – by Marjorie Cohn

https://truthout.org/articles/public-pressure-could-halt-us-support-of-yemen-war/ = https://www.opednews.com/articles/3/Public-Pressure-Could-Halt-by-Marjorie-Cohn-Accountability_Arming-Saudi-Arabia_Death_Yemen-Destruction-181212-82.html

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GOP Purse Strings Held By Saudi Lobbyist

The House GOP’s decision to go to the mat for the House of Saud might be partially explained by the fact that a longtime lobbyist for Saudi Arabia sits in a position to control a significant portion of the party’s campaign-related spending.

Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman lobbies for Saudi Arabia via a $125,000-per-month lobbying contract with Hogan Lovells, where Coleman is listed as a “senior counsel.” Coleman also serves as “chairman emeritus” of the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a Super PAC closely tied to retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan. The CLF spent over $158 million on Republican House races during the 2018 midterm campaigns, up from $50 million in 2016, making the CLF the single largest source of independent expenditures in the election cycle. The CLF bought ads, sent mail, and otherwise advocated for the election or defeat of candidates.

Although Coleman’s role as “chairman emeritus” might sound inconsequential, he played a pivotal in landing the CLF’s biggest contribution of the 2018 cycle, $30 million from

In other words, Norm Coleman sits at the hub of some of the House GOP’s biggest sources of campaign spending. And Coleman isn’t shy about saying what his Saudi employers are expecting from him.

On November 13, WCCO, a CBS station in Minneapolis, published a video in which Coleman spoke frankly about his work for Saudi Arabia.

Coleman, much like President Donald Trump, attempted to deflect concerns about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul. He ignored Saudi Arabia’s role in the devastating war in Yemen and in exporting Sunni extremism and instead emphasized that “the relationship between the U.S. and the Saudis is important in terms of holding back the Iranian threat in the region.”

But then things took a slightly off-message turn, with Coleman acknowledging that the Saudis don’t seek advice or messaging guidance from him but, instead, pay for his influence over members of Congress.

Indeed, the Republican Jewish Coalition, closely aligned with Israel’s Likud Party and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Saudi royal family, has made every effort to deflect any criticism of Israel or Saudi Arabia’s policies with a litany of the supposed threats posed by Iran – by Eli Clifton

https://lobelog.com/gop-purse-strings-held-by-saudi-lobbyist/

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Film: "Armageddon im Orient": Wie der Westen im Umgang mit dem Iran und Saudi-Arabien seine Glaubwürdigkeit verliert

Tatsächlich hat der Westen ein irritierendes Verhältnis zu Saudi-Arabien und seinen absolutistischen Herrschern. Immer große Empörung und dann passiert NICHTS.

Was hinter dieser seltsamen Freundschaft steckt, versucht Michael Lüders in seinem aktuellen Buch zu erklären: "Die geschäftlichen Beziehungen zwischen den USA und Saudi-Arabien sind sehr eng. Sie basieren auf der Gleichung: Waffen gegen Öl. Und das seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. Deswegen lassen die USA und ihre westlichen Verbündeten Saudi-Arabien gewähren – obwohl der wahhabitische Staatsislam, der in Saudi-Arabien herrscht, eine äußerst rückständige, um nicht zu sagen reaktionäre Lesart des Islam bedeutet, die Saudi-Arabien aufgrund seines Erdöl-Reichtums noch in die entlegensten Gebiete der Welt exportiert. Auch nach Deutschland in Form des Salafismus", so Lüders.

Eigentlich müsste man, wenn man nicht interessengeleitet wäre, sagen: Saudi-Arabien ist ein Land – zugespitzt gesagt – das man dringendst unter Quarantäne stellen müsste", fordert Lüders.

Aber das tun wir nicht. Unsere Beziehungen zu Saudi-Arabien sind ohne den Blick auf den Iran nicht zu verstehen. Ein Land, das nach dem Sturz des Schahs zu einem islamischen Gottesstaat wurde, in dem zwar Zensur und Religionswächter herrschen, das aber auch eine lebendige Zivilgesellschaft hat, große Diversität, individuelle Freiräume, eine selbstbewusste Mittelschicht. Und es ist dieseSeite, die wir viel zu selten sehen, sagt Michael Lüders:

"Bei aller berechtigten Kritik am iranischen Regime: Selbst wenn Mutter Theresa dort an der Macht wäre und die Politik des Irans bestimmen könnte – auch dann würde der Iran im Visier stehen. Denn es ist ein riesengroßes Land, zweieinhalb Mal so groß wie Deutschland. Es hat 82 Millionen Einwohner – wie Deutschland. Und die Leute sind vielfach sehr gut ausgebildet. Wenn man dieses Land von allen Boykottmaßnahmen befreit, dann würde der Iran innerhalb kürzester Zeit ein Boomland sein mit einer immensen politischen und wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung. Und das wollen vor allem Israel und Saudi-Arabien in der Region nicht.", so Lüders.

Deshalb die Sanktionen. Die Hoffnung der Bevölkerung auf Weiterentwicklung zerstört, indem der ganzen Welt verboten wird, mit dem Iran Handel zu treiben.

"Eine deutsche Firma, die mit dem Iran Handel treibt und gleichzeitig mit den USA, wird in den USA juristisch belangt. Diese sekundären Sanktionen, wie sie heißen, sind uneingeschränkt völkerrechtswidrig. Ebenso wie der Boykott Irans insgesamt, der Wirtschaftsboykott, völkerrechtswidrig ist

"Die USA wollen gemeinsam mit Israel und Saudi-Arabien den Regimewechsel im Iran herbeiführen. Und es gibt hier eine militärische Option, die natürlich offen nicht ausgesprochen wird.

https://www.daserste.de/information/wissen-kultur/ttt/sendung/armageddon-im-orient-102.html

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Outbreak update – Cholera in Yemen, 7 December 2018

The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen has reported 12 289 suspected cases and 10 associated deaths during epidemiological week 45 (5 – 11 November) in 2018. Of these, 13% are severe cases. The cumulative total number of suspected cholera cases from 01 January 2018 to 11 November 2018 is 280 198, with 372 associated deaths (CFR 0.13%). Children under five represent 32% of the total suspected cases while 22 out of 23 governorates and 306 out of 333 districts in Yemen have been affected.

From week 42 to week 44, the trend of weekly reported suspected cholera cases is decreasing by 14% at country level

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/outbreak-update-cholera-yemen-7-december-2018

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

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Woman Killed, Another Injured By Saudi-Mercenaries’ Bombardment in Hodeidah

A woman was killed and another injured, late Tuesday, after the Saudi invaders and mercenaries targeted the citizens' farms with artillery shells in Hodeidah governorate.

in Al-Jah neighborhood of Beit al-Faqih area

Earlier, the US-Saudi aerial aggression targeted citizens' farms in Attohyta district of Hodeidah, causing heavy damage.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=4310&cat_id=1

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#Houthi militia gunmen in the port city of #Hodeidah have forced the residents of Al-Zohoor neighbourhood to evacuate their houses, arresting anyone who objects, as they started to booby-trap the houses and dig trenches in the same vicinity.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1072564456310366208

(A K pS)

Houthis blow up mosque in Hodeida

Houthi militias on Sunday blew up a mosque in the south of Hodeida city after they booby-trapped it.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-25957

(A K pH)

Yemeni Army, Popular Committees Succeed in Downing a Spy Drone, West Coast

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=4278&cat_id=1

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Houthi militias have booby-trapped the populated Kamran Island with sea mines, local sources of Kamran told Alsahwa Net.

A sea mine exploded on Sunday, killing four fishermen who were fishing in the area of Rasha, close to Kamran Island.

A Saudi newspaper quoted officials of the local authorities of Kamran as saying that the western area of Kamran Island was intensively planted with sea mines.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-25960

(A K pH)

2 Saudi-led airstrikes hit Hodeidah

The airstrikes targeted al-Shabab city on Tisaain street

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news518447.htm

(A K pH)

In Hodiedah, US-Saudi mercenaries targeted Tahama Development Authority in Al-Hook district and Youth City in 90 Street with Artillery shells. US-Saudi aggression also launched two raids on Alshabab City in 90 Street.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=4280&cat_id=1

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A 7-year-old boy from the day-to-day family was severely wounded by a shell fired by the mercenaries of the aggression on a farm belonging to a citizen of the Al-Ghars area of ​​the Al-Tahta Directorate.

http://www.yemenipress.net/archives/129371

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The names and ages of martyrs and wounded the crime of roundabout in Rabsa town in the new city, which was committed by the mercenary artillery of the American-Saudi aggression on Saturday and the impact of 6 martyrs and 12 wounded (following names: killed: 3 childtren, 2 youths, 1 adult; wounded: 3 children, 1 youth, 8 adults)

http://yaqeenagency.net/2018/12/10/مشاهد-مروعة-من-مجزرة-العدوان-مومليشيا/

Film: https://twitter.com/abdulla71370693/status/1071866568970256384

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1943308802631771

While the other side claimed Houthi shelling, which sounds rather improbable, as the victims were hit in the Houthi-held part of Hodeidah:

http://almasdaronline.com/articles/161939

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Fierce battles broke out between the Joint Resistance Forces and the #Iran-backed #Houthi militia fighters in a number of areas in the frontlines of the port city of #Hodeidah, as the Joint Forces managed to liberate new areas and secure them.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1071818538611032066

My comment: Clearly admitting that the UAE-backed militia are assaulting, Houthi forces defending.

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Child wounded in Saudi-led airstrike on Hodeidah

The airstrike hit al-Maghras area of Tuhayta district

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news518324.htm

film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSockoN6gOo = https://twitter.com/almasirah/status/1071808003840634880

photos: https://twitter.com/MOH_Speaker_Y/status/1071803712719466496

(A K pH)

Saudi-led mercenaries fires artillery on residential areas in Hodeidah

The shelling hit residential areas around Hodeidah University with a number of shells leaving material damages among the citizens' properties

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news518226.htm

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of the Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON DECEMBER 11, 2018 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-december-11-2018-map-update/

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Local source: 5 civilians were killed and others injured in a tribal revenge in Qanya area in Baydha governorate.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1072572480966049793

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Mehr als 70.000 Tote und Verletzte im Jemen

Seit Ausbruch der Kämpfe im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen sind nach neuesten Angaben der Welt­gesund­heits­organi­sation WHO mindestens 70.000 Menschen getötet oder verletzt worden. Darunter seien mehr als 9.000 Kinder, berichtete die Organisation heute in Genf. Die WHO beruft sich auf Statistiken aus Krankenhäusern und Erste-Hilfe-Stationen und verweist darauf, dass die Zahlen wahrscheinlich in Wirklichkeit deutlich höher liegen.

Von März 2015 bis Ende Oktober 2018 registrierten Krankenhäuser demnach knapp 10.000 Todesopfer und mehr als 60.000 Menschen, die durch Kampfhandlungen verletzt wurden.

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/99724/Mehr-als-70-000-Tote-und-Verletzte-im-Jemen

Mein Kommentar: Es sind sicher noch mehr Opfer; vgl. cp1.

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Agency photographer of the year – 2018 shortlist

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/dec/10/agency-photographer-of-the-year-2018-shortlist

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National human rights Commission documents 5, 572 incidents of violation

The National Commission of Inquiry into allegations of human rights violations said it has monitored, documented and investigated 5 thousand and 572 human rights violations in various Yemeni governorates during the current year and announce it in a statement to the press on the occasion of the international Human Rights Day, Monday. According to Saba News agency.

It stated that it had monitored and investigated 1762 cases of targeting of civilians, including 704 killed and 1058 injured, including 196 women and 413 children.

The monitoring, documentation and investigation of 643 cases of enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrest and torture, 132 cases of individual mines and vehicles with 137 victims, including 33 children and 13 women, were monitored, documented and investigated in 78 cases of extrajudicial killings, 107 incidents of child recruitment and 4 incidents targeting medical personnel, as well as the 21 incidents of bombing houses.

The Commission investigated five incidents of bombing of civilians by drones and 9 cases of targeting and destruction of cultural and historical objects.

The Committee said it had carried out field visits to dozens of theatres of abuse in the directorates of Ibb, Sana'a, Hodeidah, Ta'iz, Shabwah and Al Baydha.

The Committee has carried out more than eight field visits to Marib, Hadramawt, al-Dale, Taiz and al-Jawf governorates, reiterating its call on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to abide by the principles of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

http://almasdaronline.com/articles/162011

My comment: This committee is a Hadi government body, generally turning a blind eye on Saudi coalition war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Survive or die – A child searching in the ruins of his family’s home after a Saudi coalition air raid

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=325424498058582&set=pcb.325424818058550

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Who will save Yemen from its saviors?

Saudi Arabia’s fear of al-Islah is nothing more than a traditional fear of Ikhwan. In fact, a solution that excludes al-Islah is not possible for Yemen’s future, or it has no chance to endure.

people think that Saudi Arabia’s biggest profit here is in the continuation of the chaos and humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Moreover, this chaos is not even related to the “creative chaos” formulated by the U.S. for its Middle East policy. This chaos only increases the poverty and weakness of Yemen, making it even poorer despite having all those rich resources.

No party intervening in the crisis ever wanted anything good for Yemen. Those who try to save Yemen from the Houthis themselves set the Houthis upon Yemen. They are also the ones who drowned Yemen in the biggest humanitarian crisis in its history, in the name of saving them.

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/columns/yasinaktay/who-will-save-yemen-from-its-saviors-2046810

Remark: From Turkey: The Turkish government would favor Islah Party (Muslim Brotherhood).

(B K)

Laut WHO 10.000 Tote seit Beginn der Bombardierungen

https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/jemen-laut-who-10-000-tote-seit-beginn-der-bombardierungen.1939.de.html

Mein Kommentar: Diese Zahl hat sich seit 2016 nicht mehr erhöht, sie grenzt schon an bewusste Irreführung.

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Jemen: Durchschnittlich werden jede Woche 123 Zivilisten getötet oder verwundet

Die Flüchtlingsagentur der Vereinten Nationen berichtete, dass es von August bis Oktober fast 1.500 zivile Opfer im Jemen gab, die jüngste schlimme Zahl, die aus einem vierjährigen, von Saudi-Arabien geführten Krieg gegen das verarmte arabische Land hervorgeht.

Das Büro des UN-Hochkommissars für Flüchtlinge sagte am Freitag: Daten aus dem Jemen zeigen, dass durchschnittlich 123 Zivilisten jede Woche während der drei Monate getötet oder verwundet wurden

http://uncut-news.ch/2018/12/10/jemen-durchschnittlich-werden-jede-woche-123-zivilisten-getoetet-oder-verwundet/

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Oxfam: One civilian killed every three hours in Yemen fighting

One civilian has been killed every three hours in fighting in Yemen since the beginning of August, with many more people succumbing to disease and hunger, Oxfam said today.

Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen said: “Every single life lost to this shameful conflict, be it through armed attacks, or through starvation and disease, should be an international outrage.

https://oxfamapps.org/media/press_release/2018-10-one-civilian-killed-every-three-hours-in-yemen-fighting/

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Houthis Accuse Saudi Coalition Of Blocking Oil Ships From Yemen’s Ports

A rally was held outside the office of the United Nations in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Monday to protest against measures of the Saudi-led coalition to hold and prevent ships carrying oil products from docking at Yemen’s ports, the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reports as the warring parties in the nearly four-year-long conflict hold UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden.

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Houthis-Accuse-Saudi-Coalition-Of-Blocking-Oil-Ships-From-Yemens-Ports.html

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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UNDP in Yemen provides Psychological Support Services (PSS) to 600 war-affected people in Aden and Lahj governorates

Made possible by funding from the Government of Japan, UNDP in Yemen – in partnership with OXFAM – recently conducted a series of Psychological Support Sessions (PSS) for participants from the districts of Craiter and Attawahi in Aden, and Tuban and Tur Al Bahaha in Lahj. Supported by UNDP’s Livelihood and Human Security project, 600 participants received potentially lifesaving training and counseling to help them deal with post-traumatic stresses caused by living through conflict such as loss of lives, loss of property and bearing witness to extreme violence.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/undp-yemen-provides-psychological-support-services-pss-600-war-affected-people-aden-and

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Film: Aktion Deutschland Hilft: Unser Bündnis leistet Hilfe im Jemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hGhxgYknmM

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Audio: Jemen - die vergessene Katastrophe

Seit vier Jahren herrscht im Jemen ein grausamer Bürgerkrieg. Die Bilder geben einen Eindruck des Grauens: Kinder mit eingefallenen Gesichtern, dünne Ärmchen. Im Durchschnitt alle zehn Minuten stirbt dort ein Kind an Krankheit oder Hunger – laut aktuellen Zahlen von Unicef. Die Vereinten Nationen sprechen von der größten humanitären Katastrophe. Karl-Otto Zentel ist der Generalsekretär der Hilfsorganisation CARE und war vor kurzem selbst im Land und schildert die Zustände.

https://www.inforadio.de/programm/schema/sendungen/int/201812/12/296201.html

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Eine menschengemachte Katastrophe

Im Kriegsland Jemen wird die Lage mit jedem Tag katastrophaler. Millionen Erwachsene und Kinder leiden Hunger, Hunderttausende sind vom Tod bedroht.

Weitgehend unbemerkt von der internationalen Öffentlichkeit erleben die Menschen im Jemen die derzeit schlimmste humanitäre Krise der Welt.

https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2018-12/jemen-fluechtlinge-krieg-armut-hunger-fs

Mein Kommentar: Warum lamentiert die „Zeit“ jetzt „Weitgehend unbemerkt von der internationalen Öffentlichkeit“, ohne ihr eigenes Versagen auch nur zu erwähnen?

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DIE TRAGÖDIE DER KINDER STOPPEN

UNICEF-SITUATIONSBERICHT KINDER IM JEMEN: SIEBEN MILLIONEN KINDER IM JEMEN GEHEN JEDEN TAG HUNGRIG INS BETT

Fast vier Jahre nach Beginn des Bürgerkriegs im Jemen ist die Situation der Kinder in dem Land katastrophal: 80 Prozent von ihnen – über elf Millionen – sind auf humanitäre Hilfe angewiesen.

In einem heute veröffentlichten Situationsbericht legt das UN-Kinderhilfswerk UNICEF dar, dass im Jemen zwar bisher offiziell keine Hungersnot erklärt wurde, aber in der Realität täglich Kinder hungern oder sogar verhungern.

UNICEF ruft dazu auf, alles zu tun, um eine noch größere Tragödie im Jemen zu verhindern. Das UN-Kinderhilfswerk führt im Jemen derzeit seine weltweit größte Nothilfeoperation durch und weitet diese Hilfe noch aus – insbesondere die therapeutische Versorgung mangelernährter Kinder. Hierzu werden zusätzliche Behandlungszentren eingerichtet und Mitarbeiter in Gesundheitseinrichtungen geschult, um akut mangelernährte Kinder frühzeitig zu identifizieren und zu behandeln.

„Im Jemen gehen heute sieben Millionen Kinder jeden Abend hungrig ins Bett. 400.000 Kinder sind lebensbedrohlich mangelernährt und könnten jede Minute sterben“, sagte Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF-Regionaldirektor für den Mittleren Osten und Nordafrika, der gerade von einem Besuch im Jemen zurückgekehrt ist.

Alle zehn Minuten stirbt laut UNICEF ein Kind im Jemen an den Folgen von vermeidbaren Krankheiten oder Mangelernährung. Über 6.700 Kinder und Jugendliche unter 18 Jahren wurden bei Angriffen seit März 2015 nachweislich getötet oder schwer verletzt.

„Hinter diesen Zahlen stehen Kinder mit Namen, Gesichtern, Familien, Freunden, Geschichten, zerstörten Träumen und zu früh beendeten Leben“, sagte Cappelaere. „Zakaria, ein zwölfjähriger Junge, den ich in einem Rehabilitierungs-Zentrum getroffen habe, hütete Ziegen, als er auf eine Landmine trat und für den Rest seines Lebens verstümmelt wurde. Die neunjährige Alia schlief, als ihr Haus angegriffen wurde. Sie wachte in einem Krankenhaus auf, ohne Beine.“

https://www.unicef.de/informieren/aktuelles/presse/2018/situationsbericht-kinder-im-jemen/183046

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Alle zehn Minuten stirbt im Jemen ein Kind - aus vermeidbaren Gründen

Jetzt hat das UN-Kinderhilfswerk Unicef Alarm geschlagen - zum wiederholten Mal. Alle zehn Minuten stirbt ein Kind - doch die toten Kinder wären vermeidbar gewesen.

"Im Jemen zahlen die Kinder den höchsten Preis für die Unfähigkeit der Erwachsenen, Frieden zu schaffen und die gewaltigen Probleme des Landes zu lösen", erklärte Georg Graf Waldersee, Vorsitzender von Unicef Deutschland.

Seine Organisation beklagt in dem Bericht "schwere Kinderrechtsverletzungen" im Jemen. Durch Angriffe seien fast 2600 Kinder getötet und mehr als 4100 verletzt worden. Rund 2700 Jungen seien als Kindersoldaten rekrutiert worden. Zudem seien 325 Fälle von Angriffen auf Schulen oder Zweckentfremdung von Schulen für militärische Zwecke gezählt worden, bei Krankenhäusern sei dies 134 Mal gezählt worden.

Nur die Hälfte der Gesundheitseinrichtungen im Jemen sei noch funktionsfähig. Es fehle an Personal, Ausstattung und Medikamenten. Die Impfraten seien "dramatisch gesunken", es gebe Ausbrüche von Krankheiten wie Masern und Diphtherie. Das medizinische Personal habe teils seit Monaten keinen Lohn erhalten. Dasselbe gelte für die Lehrer. Hinzu komme der Wertverlust der jemenitischen Währung. Viele Familien könnten sich keine Grundnahrungsmittel mehr leisten.

Die wirtschaftliche Not führe auch zu einem Anstieg von Kinderehen, heißt es in dem Bericht. Denn die "Eltern versuchen, ihre Töchter zu versorgen und vor Übergriffen zu schützen". Zwei Drittel der Mädchen würden inzwischen vor ihrem 18. Geburtstag verheiratet - 2016 seien es noch 52 Prozent gewesen. Die Zahl der Kinder, die nicht zur Schule gehen, sei von 1,5 Millionen vor Beginn des Konflikts auf zwei Millionen angestiegen.

"Die Zukunft einer ganzen Generation jemenitischer Kinder und Jugendlicher steht auf dem Spiel", beklagt Unicef.

https://rp-online.de/politik/ausland/jemen-krieg-alle-zehn-minuten-stirbt-ein-kind-im-jemen_aid-35045019 = https://www.welt.de/newsticker/news1/article185331030/Kinder-Unicef-Alle-zehn-Minuten-stirbt-im-Jemen-ein-Kind-aus-vermeidbaren-Gruenden.html

und auch https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/unicef-bericht-hoelle-auf-erden-wie-kinder-im-jemen-leiden/23744748.html

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/jemen-hunger-kinder-1.4248445

https://www.bento.de/politik/jemen-vier-erschreckende-zahlen-zur-hungersnot-und-wie-deutschland-helfen-will-a-194a899f-5fb3-4717-906c-1e5adf687eee

https://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/politik-ausland/alle-zehn-minuten-stirbt-im-jemen-ein-kind-an-mangelernaehrung-58961020.bild.html

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Im Jemen herrscht die größte humanitäre Krise weltweit: "Alle 10 Minuten stirbt ein Kind"

Ninja Charbonneau (Unicef-Pressesprecherin):Die Lage der Kinder im Jemen ist wirklich sehr düster. Es ist die Hölle für Kinder im Jemen aktuell.

Eine große Zahl von Kindern ist sehr schwer mangelernährt. Und unter ihnen sind 400.000 Kinder, die akut so stark mangelernährt sind, dass ihr Leben in Gefahr ist. Wir müssen davon ausgehen, dass durchschnittlich alle zehn Minuten ein Kind im Jemen an vermeidbaren Krankheiten wie Cholera oder an Mangelernährung stirbt.

Die Not ist wirklich extrem groß. Unser Eindruck ist aber, dass die Not der Zivilbevölkerung keine große Rolle spielt für die Konfliktparteien. Jeder kann ja sehen, dass keine Rücksicht genommen wird auf die Zivilbevölkerung und erst recht nicht auf Kinder.

https://www.domradio.de/themen/soziales/2018-12-11/alle-10-minuten-stirbt-ein-kind-im-jemen-herrscht-die-groesste-humanitaere-krise-weltweit?page=5

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Audio: Krieg im Jemen: „Hölle auf Erden für Kinder“

Vor allem Kinder leiden unter den Folgen wie Hunger und mangelnde Zukunftsperspektiven. hr-iNFO Reporter Matthias Ueberbach berichtet über die Situation im Land.

https://www.hr-inforadio.de/podcast/aktuell/krieg-im-jemen-hoelle-auf-erden-fuer-kinder,podcast-episode38066.html

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Im Jemen stirbt alle zehn Minuten ein Kind aus vermeidbaren Gründen

Mehr als 70.000 Menschen kamen im Jemen-Krieg bislang ums Leben. Ein neuer Unicef-Report verdeutlicht, wie bedrohlich die Lage besonders für Kinder ist.

Im Jemen stirbt nach Angaben von Hilfsorganisationen alle zehn Minuten ein Kind an den Folgen von vermeidbaren Krankheiten und Mangelernährung. "400.000 Kinder sind lebensbedrohlich mangelernährt und könnten jede Minute sterben", sagte der Unicef-Regionaldirektor für den Mittleren Osten und Nordafrika, Geert Cappelaere. Mehr als elf Millionen Kinder seien in dem Bürgerkriegsland auf humanitäre Hilfe angewiesen.

Das Uno-Kinderhilfswerk Unicef führt im Jemen derzeit seinen weltweit größten Nothilfeeinsatz durch. Vor allem werden Behandlungszentren eingerichtet, um sich akut um mangelernährte Kinder zu kümmern. (Lesen Sie hier mehr zum Bürgerkrieg im Jemen.)

Diese Kinder könnten mit einfachsten Medikamenten und Hilfsmaßnahmen gerettet werden, sagte Bundesentwicklungsminister Gerd Müller (CSU). Hilfswerke wie Unicef aber seien massiv unterfinanziert.

Die Vereinten Nationen bezeichnen die Situation im Jemen als schwerste humanitäre Krise der Welt. In den vergangenen vier Jahren wurden in dem Konflikt zwischen Huthi-Rebellen und der international anerkannten Regierung des Landes nach Uno-Angaben mehr als 70.000 Menschen getötet oder verletzt. Zwei Drittel der Bevölkerung haben demnach große Schwierigkeiten, an ausreichend Lebensmittel zu kommen.

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/jemen-alle-zehn-minuten-stirbt-ein-kind-aus-vermeidbaren-gruenden-a-1243154.html

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ICRC: Conditions in Yemen Expected to Worsen Even if Peace Takes Hold

The International Committee of the Red Cross warns conditions in Yemen are expected to worsen even if a political solution is reached to end more than three years of civil war that have killed or injured more than 65,000 people.

ICRC outgoing head of delegation in Yemen, Johannes Bruwer, has been posted in that country on and off for the past decade. He says he has seen a significant decline in conditions over that period.

He tells VOA the Yemeni people are so weakened by years of fighting and deprivation they are vulnerable to a number of life-threatening diseases.

"So, cholera, the epidemic still did not cease. We still have new cases on a daily basis,” Bruwer said. “It is much lower occurrence, but the potential is there for it to re-ignite into another big crisis. Now ... cholera, meningitis, measles — we are seeing a number of diseases re-emerging in Yemen in the general population today, so we are concerned about all of them."

https://www.voanews.com/a/icrc-conditions-in-yemen-expected-to-worsen-even-if-peace-takes-hold/4696364.html

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Yemen’s food crisis 10 times worse than South Sudan, says UN

Humanitarian aid co-ordinator Mark Lowcock says that the situation has dramatically worsened

The UN’s humanitarian aid chief on Monday said the food crisis in Yemen was unprecedented and 10 times worse than anything seen in South Sudan, announcing an appeal for US$4 billion (Dh14.69bn) that will be needed to fund next year’s relief effort.

Mark Lowcock, the head of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs who was briefing reporters about his recent trip to Yemen, said a desperate situation there underlined the need for progress at peace talks between the country’s government and Houthi rebels, currently taking place in Sweden.

Describing the lack of food for civilians as an “atrocious crisis”, he said the past year had seen a 45 per cent rise in the number of Yemenis suffering from hunger and that there was consensus among people that he had spoken to from all sides of the conflict.

“They’ve all got one message and their message is that they’re at the end of their tether and they want this war to stop,” said Mr Lowcock of his visit to the war-torn country.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will host an international pledging conference on Yemen to take place in Geneva on February 26, together with the governments of Switzerland and Sweden, Mr Lowcock said.

The $4bn appeal for 2019 is up from $3bn this year and $2bn the year before.

“The big picture is straightforward and easy to understand. There are 20 million hungry people in Yemen, 70 per cent of the population,” said Mr Lowcock. “In 152 of the country’s 333 districts, there is an emergency. Large numbers have moved into a worse category. “

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-s-food-crisis-10-times-worse-than-south-sudan-says-un-1.801300

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Action Contre la Faim France: Yemen: 240,000 people suffer from "extreme" lack of food

Action Against Hunger reacts to the latest Integrated Security Classification (IPC) analysis from Yemen and reiterates its call for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

Since the start of the devastating conflict, Action Against Hunger has been providing humanitarian assistance to affected populations across Yemen. Despite difficult access, our teams reached more than 600,000 beneficiaries in 2017.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-240000-people-suffer-extreme-lack-food

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Mercy Corps: War and Economic Collapse Drive Worsening Hunger Crisis in Yemen

Amid a three-and-a-half-year-old conflict in their country, Yemenis are starving to death, driven not by lack of food but by policies by parties to the conflict that have led to an economic collapse, says the global organization Mercy Corps.

The latest IPC Acute Food Insecurity Analysis, that measures food security in Yemen, stopped short of a formal declaration of famine but identified that a Level 4 hunger crisis

Mercy Corps is currently providing food assistance to approximately a quarter million people and reached more than 3.7 million people with humanitarian assistance last year in Yemen.

https://www.mercycorps.org/press-room/releases/mercy-corps-war-and-economic-collapse-drive-worsening-hunger-crisis-yemen = https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/mercy-corps-war-and-economic-collapse-drive-worsening-hunger-crisis-yemen

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FAO: Yemen Crisis

The conflict in Yemen has escalated since March 2015. Now entering its fourth year, the ongoing conflict is compounding an already severe protracted humanitarian crisis. Some 75 percent (22.2 million people) of the country’s total population of 29.3 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. This includes 17.8 million Yemenis food insecure, including 8.4 million who are severely food insecure.

The ongoing conflict has led to a severe economic decline and collapsed essential services, taking an enormous toll on the population and exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. The expansion of the conflict has also led to large-scale displacement and high rates of malnutrition.

The agriculture sector is among the worst hit by the current crisis and local food production has been severely compromised. Before the current escalation of conflict, Yemen was in dire need of strengthening its agriculture sector. With the deterioration of the security situation, FAO is increasing its effort to support local food production and to protect the livelihoods of highly vulnerable rural populations.

FAO’s priority interventions are to:

[and links]

http://www.fao.org/emergencies/crisis/yemen/intro/fr/

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Film: Rumaisa dreams of going back to her home town #Hodaydah & to see the sea again! This is the 6th of 20 videos done by children & young people in #Yemen

https://twitter.com/UNICEF_Yemen/status/1072151558132039682

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Yemen - Humanitarian Imports Overview, November 2018

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-imports-overview-november-2018

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World Food Programme: Yemen Situation Update, November 2018

In November, the Logistics Cluster worked with its partners on an augmentation plan for 2019

The Logistics Cluster plans to increase its storage capacity in both Aden and Sana’a.

The Logistics Cluster aims to open the Djibouti – Aden route for cargo airlifts to avoid the congestion at the seaport

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-situation-update-november-2018

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Yemen war: Billions in aid, but where's it going?

International donors have been praised for raising large amounts of money for Yemen in response to the humanitarian crisis.

Almost all of the $2bn pledged at a UN conference in April has been received or formally committed.

The first pledging conference for Yemen held in 2017 was similarly as successful. The UN says 94% of the pledges - $1.1bn (£862m) - were fulfilled.

Half of the money pledged in this year came from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). These are the two largest contributors to the UN's plan followed by the US, Kuwait and the UK.

The money has been given to dozens of UN agencies, international organisations and local NGOs. The largest recipients include the World Food Programme, United Nations Children's Fund, World Health Organization and the UN refugee agency.

The view from inside Yemen

Nawal Al-Maghafi, Special Correspondent, BBC Arabic

The current conditions on the ground are seriously hindering the delivery and distribution of aid - far too little is reaching those desperately in need.

On the one hand, the Saudi-led coalition is enforcing a commercial blockade on sea and air routes into the country, and placing restrictions on relief supplies.

So why isn't the situation improving?

Delivering aid in an active conflict is challenging - continued fighting and air strikes make it dangerous for humanitarian workers to gain access to people in need.

In the months of June and July this year, 86% of incidents where UN staff were delayed or denied access were due to administrative restrictions on movement - activities that require permissions from the authorities. Most of the rest were delayed by military operations and hostilities impeding humanitarian operations.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46469168

My comment: No word stating that the three “greatest donors” are those who largely are responsible for this crisis.

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Film: JEMEN ZWISCHEN NOT UND HILFE - HD DOKU 2018 - ANSAAR INTERNATIONAL e.V.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETWuzX8K6xw

Zu Ansaar International die eigene Webseite (https://ansaar.de/ ) und der Wikipedia-Artikel (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansaar_International ), wo es heißt: “ wird dem salafistischen Spektrum des Islam zugerechnet.“

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SFD works using pathways of a multiple #resilience. They generate self sustaining and adaptative life with basic services, #livelihoods, #stability. Photo on water harvesting cistern in Jamad village, #Hajjah #Yemen #SPCRP Supported and funded by @EUinYemen thru @UNDPYemen (photo)

https://twitter.com/SFDYemen/status/1072555350572834817

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MEET HANA SALEH AL GARADI, YEMEN

For Hana Saleh, a nurse in the capital city of Sanaa, the 2011 peaceful revolution in Yemen was a turning point in her life. She spent months with other youth leaders and protesters, in what would come to be known as Change Square, calling for an end to the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. In her hands, Hana carried a camera and with it she recorded the dreams of the Yemeni people. In 2013, she produced “Sparrows’ Revolution”, a documentary about the peaceful revolution. She is now the Executive Manager of Belqees Media and Belqees TV. It is an independent broadcaster reporting exclusively on Yemeni news. She is also a member of Women For Yemen, a network demanding that Yemeni women have a seat at the peace table.

https://nobelwomensinitiative.org/meet-hana-saleh-al-garadi-yemen/

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Film: A girl who suffered a series of great challenges She was imprisoned & She was detained & Hijacked, Know it now!

https://twitter.com/nadalahdal/status/1058866325802573824

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Photos: Fakhriya Al Tayeb, a 57-year-old Yemeni woman from #Taiz, she living under a flatbed trailer in the country’s , where she has been living with her mentally ill husband, for more than three years because the war .

https://twitter.com/Basha__/status/1072219148955062272

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Photos: The Mishqafa IDP camp

On December 7, 2018, CBS News visited the Mishqafah camp in southern Yemen, which houses approximately 2,500 people, all of whom fled fighting elsewhere in the country.

The people residing at the Mishqafah camp have always been poor, but now they are destitute, residing in rudimentary shelters made of tarpaulin and bits of wood. They have no access to proper medical care.

The sanitation at the camp is dangerously bad; there are only a few basic latrines. Most people use the fields, and the situation is worst for women, who, for modesty's sake, can only go out at night, alone in the dark.

The people living at the Mishqafah camp do, however, have access to just enough food to survive.

https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/pictures/yemens-humanitarian-crisis/

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Yemen UNHCR Operational Update, 7 December 2018

On-going cash distributions are reaching over 320,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs).

UNHCR is responding to the shelter and protection needs of close to 50,000 people in the northern governorates of Jawf and Sa’ada. In cooperation with local authorities, UNHCR identified 6,800 displaced families who recently fled from Al Hudaydah and Hajjah governorates.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-unhcr-operational-update-7-december-2018

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Film, Photos: Cadets graduations in Yemeni capital Sanaa, despite Saudi dirty war! New batch from war college, New batch from aviation and air defense, New batch from naval forces, New batch of pilots.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1072765738572832768

https://twitter.com/uprisingtoday/status/1072594620121522179

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Reports Emerge Of Torture Inflicted By Yemen's Houthi Rebels

INSKEEP: What kinds of people are the Houthis detaining?

MICHAEL: Houthis detain anyone and everyone suspected to be an opponent - so from journalists to rival politicians to tribesmen to normal youth who just post criticism on social media - like, even a WhatsApp group.

INSKEEP: OK. So it's about maintaining political control, anybody who is perceived as an opponent or potential opponent. How are people being treated in those detention centers?

MICHAEL: The detention centers are rife with abuse, torture of all forms and kinds. We have met many of them in Yemen. Some told us the stories about two years in prison where they have been hung from their chains for many hours. Some

I NSKEEP: I hate to get graphic, but you said, sometimes, they pour acid over the bodies. You saw people to whom that had happened?

MICHAEL: Yes, and there's a case where a pharmacist disappeared for one year and then surfaced and was found covered by burns over his body. And the man lost his memory. And the only evidence is what the family is saying

INSKEEP: Did you have any way to reach Houthi officials to ask them whether they condone these kinds of abuses?

MICHAEL: We had - we tried to reach them. They're very hard to reach. They're very hard to comment. And we had, like, a typical denial by the Ministry of Human Rights run by the Houthis. They say there is no torture. And whenever there is torture, we - it's individual case.

http://www.pulitzercenter.org/reporting/reports-emerge-torture-inflicted-yemens-houthi-rebels

Remark: referring to the report https://www.apnews.com/e32442a4c8c24acd9d362c433d5cd10e

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Over 18,000 Detainees Held by #Houthi Militia, Only 8,576 to Be Released

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/12805

#Yemen FM: We presented a list of 8576 names of workers, political activists, youth, teachers, students, media, children, tribal figures, businessmen, jurists, women & doctors, arbitrarily detained & forcibly hidden in Houthi prisons. List is open, agreed to include any additions

https://twitter.com/ToEducate/status/1072455998982504448

Remark: Prisoner swap (look at cp7).

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In conjunction with the ongoing talks in #Sweden to swap prisoners, the #Houthis launched a campaign, arresting innocent citizens in several provinces. The militia has abducted Eng. Abdulkarim Al-Manzli from his workplace at the Ministry of Water and Environment in Sanaa.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1072522462242455554

https://twitter.com/AHMED_ALSABAI/status/1072351417933942785

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Al-Houthi group dismiss 117 academics from Sanaa University due absenteeism

Earlier this month, Houthi group dismissed 117 academics from the faculty of the University of Sanaa, on charges of absenteeism, in a move aimed at destroying academic education.

According to a decision by the President of the university, which is under the control of the Houthis, the university's decision to terminate the services of 117 academics from all faculties of the university.

http://almasdaronline.com/articles/162062

My comment: “absenteeism“ is a reason tob e fired – certainly almost everywhere. If this really ist he reason…

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Sana’a University which is under the #Houthi control fires 117 of its academic staff, including myself (document)

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/1072618929187684353

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Cooperation between Yemen, ICRC discussed

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news518571.htm

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Human Rights Monitor: Houthis Uprooted 619 Families in Yemen's Taiz

A Yemeni human rights watchdog on Monday released a report documenting violations committed by Iran-backed Houthi militias between January and November, 2018

Published on the 70th anniversary of the International Human Rights Day, the report revealed that in Taiz alone “Houthi militias killed at least 134 civilians and injured 310, including 62 women and 13 children.”
Houthi militias carried out at least 17 massacres against Taiz citizens, the report added.
The Center documented 15 kidnappings, with civilian victims mostly being abducted by the dozens when Houthi militias raid nearby villages and neighborhoods. At least eight accounts of encroachments against freedom of the press have been also registered.
Houthi militias “forcibly displaced 619 families, destroyed about 45 public properties and 211 private properties in Taiz.”

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1500106/human-rights-monitor-houthis-uprooted-619-families-yemens-taiz

my comment: By Saudi media, quoting a Hadi government affiliated organization.

(A P)

US commanding aggression against Yemen: Al-Houthi

Mohammed Ali al–Houthi wrote on his Twitter page on Sunday night, 'The position of the American foreign ministry indicates the fact that the country bears the command of aggression on Yemen and is against the establishment of peace in our country. It also appears that Washington's positions are being exported from the Ministry of Defense, and the recent rhetoric of the White House is due to the fact.'

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/83129787

(A P)

Death sentences to “Alaa” rapist and murderer in Ibb city

The specialized criminal court in Ibb city has issued on Monday, a death sentence for rapist and murderer of the child Alaa Al-Hemiari.

http://almasdaronline.com/articles/161971

(* B P)

The Plight of Yemen’s Baha’is

On September 29, at court proceedings in Houthi-run Sana’a, 22 Yemeni Baha’is – including a teenaged girl – faced sham charges of apostasy and espionage – accusations that could result in death sentences. The judge denied bail for the five Baha’is present, froze the properties of the accused while the trial proceeded, and ordered the names of 19 of the Baha’is published in a newspaper, further endangering them. Such persecution is a lamentable new variation on an old theme.

It seems as if the Houthis aim to intimidate and decimate the Baha’is through a “slicing the sausage” approach – a death sentence here, arbitrary arrests there – in hopes that onlookers won’t catch on to this pre-genocide.

Sympathetic Yemenis and observers have expressed their support for Yemen’s Baha’is, including the local Yemeni Initiative for Defending Baha’is.

https://intpolicydigest.org/2018/12/10/the-plight-of-yemen-s-baha-is/

(B P)

The whole argument that Houthis successfully established security & order in their areas is utterly misleading & deeply flawed.Comparing security situation in Sanaa to areas like South, Taiz, or Baydha is a mistake. As #Yemen analyst @maysaashujaa eloquently puts it:

Sanaa was not impacted by fighting. Areas that r unsafe now witnessed devastating fighting that killed many civilians & left massive destruction to state institutions & infrastructure. Houthis, on the other hand, inherited state apparatuses that were still functioning.

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1071790090651865090

(A P)

Parliament discusses political developments, aggression repercussions

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news518300.htm

(A P)

Yemen rebel leader seeks torture probe, cites AP report

A top leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels has called for an investigation after The Associated Press found evidence of extreme torture in Houthi-run lockups.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/yemen-rebel-leader-seeks-torture-probe-cites-ap-59712236

Remark: Look at Yemen War Mosaic 489, cp1.

(A K P)

Transport Minister Confirms Readiness of Sana’a International Airport

The Minister of Transport confirmed the readiness of Sana'a International Airport to receive civil and commercial flights and in accordance with the international requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=4257&cat_id=1

(B P)

Rumor has it that this is ex-president Saleh’s Maybach driven around Sanaa by a Houthi leader (photos)

https://twitter.com/ammar82/status/1065720522707791879

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

(A P)

Yemeni Parliament to the Congress: without coalition intervention we would become failed state

In a statement issued by the main parliamentary blocs, the Yemeni Parliament called on the US Congress to listen to the voice of Yemenis and the legitimate Yemeni government in its discussions and deliberations on the situation in Yemen.

"The Congress should look at the Yemeni crisis from the perspective of a simple Yemeni citizen who has lost security, stability, order, income and decent living since the Houthi armed terrorist militias staged a coup d'état against the state and its regime, its institutions, and controlled cities and the capital Sana'a" said the statement, which was obtained by Al-Masdar online.

http://almasdaronline.com/articles/162060

My comment: This is not “parliament”, but a quite limited number of parliamentarians who joined zthe Hadi government. – And the ordinary Yemeni in the most cases will know who daily bombs his country and endangers his life.

(A P)

President Hadi arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 11 after undergoing six weeks of medical treatment in the U.S.[4]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-december-11-2018

(A P)

The Mothers of Abductees Association reported that security forces were shooting at the detainees and injured some of them at their peaceful protest in the central prison in Mukalla where they were demanding to be released or get a fair trial.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1072207318597681152

(A P)

A protest in the interim capital of Aden to demand to reveal the killers of Rawi Alariqi, Imam of Ibn Alqayyim mosque and bringing them to justice (photo)

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1072562657264328704

(A P)

[In various articles, Southern separatists propagate their “Security Belt” militia]

Security Belt Troops in Salah El-Din – Al-Berika Confiscates Weapons Heading to Aden

https://en.smanews.org/security-belt-troops-in-salah-el-din-al-berika-confiscates-weapons-heading-to-aden

A Security Belt Post Exhausts a New Smuggling Operation for Ammunition into Aden

https://en.smanews.org/a-security-belt-post-exhausts-a-new-smuggling-operation-for-ammunition-into-aden

A wide Military Operation of the Security Belt Against Terrorist Groups in Modia – Abian

https://en.smanews.org/a-wide-military-operation-of-the-security-belt-against-terrorist-groups-in-modia-abian

and more by separatists, more and more behaving like a government, claiming to be the only representative of Southern Yemen:

(A P)

Chairman of the Southern National Assembly Receives the ICRC Delegation to Middle East and North Africa

Ben Brik welcomed director of ICRC operations in the Middle east and his accompanying delegation and greeted them on behalf of president Aidarous Al-Zubaidi. He asserted the significance of this meeting to support relations for the interest of the southern people.

https://en.smanews.org/chairman-of-the-southern-national-assembly-receives-the-icrc-delegation-to-middle-east-and-north-africa

(A P)

Al-Huraibi: Stick to the Council who Rises the Southern Flag

The southern media man, Mohamed Ali Al-Huraibi, chairman of Southern Medias Agency – SMA, called for all honorable southern citizens to stick to the independence project delegated to the southern transitional council.

https://en.smanews.org/al-huraibi-stick-to-the-council-who-rises-the-southern-flag

(* B P)

Southern citizen writes phrases demanding the expelling of the UAE from Yemen, UAE responds horribly

A member of the Yemeni southern provinces was brutally tortured in an UAE prison in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.

Horrific scenes of Abyan’s son Ibrahim Mohammed al-Ja’adni after his release from the Emirates prisons in Aden showed a brutal torture.

Sources close to al-Ja’adni said that he witnessed the death of several times at the hands of the UAE forces, as shown by the scenes on his body because he wrote statements calling for the fall of what he called the occupation of the UAE (photo)

http://www.yemenextra.net/2018/12/10/southern-citizen-writes-phrases-demanding-the-expelling-of-the-uae-from-yemen-uae-responds-horribly/

(* B P)

UAE, Yemen’s Islah Party try to tolerate each other

Many observers describe recent relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Islah Party in Yemen as a “temporary marriage,” while others believe they are far from that, even temporarily. The UAE and the Islah Party quickly agree with that assessment, only to disagree again even more quickly. They share opportunistic relations marked by distrust on both sides.

The UAE and the Islah Party are united by a common enemy — the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen — but separated by their own interests. Islah is tightly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, but has had to deny its connections because the UAE considers the Brotherhood a terrorist group. The movement in the UAE was accused of trying to stage a coup, and many members, including Yemenis, were arrested a few years ago.

Despite their sudden meeting Nov. 14, it seems the UAE and Islah have no intention of breaking the ice between them.

Any positive relations between the UAE and the Islah Party undoubtedly fall under one goal: defeating the Houthis. But the devil is in the details. The UAE advocates fighting political Islam and considers covert work national treason. Besides, Islah can't remove itself ideologically and politically from its Muslim Brotherhood roots, and still has ties with Qatar and Turkey, both of which the UAE and Saudi Arabia despise.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/12/yemen-islah-party-uae-relations-brotherhood-saudi-arabia.html

(A P T)

A vigil in Eden demanding the reveal of Sheikh “Rawi” Assassinators

http://almasdaronline.com/articles/161973

(A T)

#AlQaeda #Yemen activity over past month has focused on Abyan. Yesterday #AQAP claimed it killed several & injured several #UAE-backed Security Belt forces & destroyed 2 vehicles. Clashes lasted 4 hours as security forces advanced against mujahidin in Qahtan territory in Mudiya.

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1072083724777459712

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-489-yemen-war-mosaic-489

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-489 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-489:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

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

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

16:32 12.12.2018
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