Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 523 - Yemen War Mosaic 523

Yemen Press Reader 523: 28. März 2019: Vier Jahre saudischer Luftkrieg – Jemens Frauen leiden unter dem Krieg – Entführungen von Frauen im Jemen der Huthis – Söldner im Jemen – Wer saudische V..
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... Wer die saudischen Verbrechen weiß wäscht – und mehr

March 28, 2019: Four years of Saudi coalition air raids – Yemeni women affected by the war – Abducation of women in Houthi-held Yemen – Mercenaries in Yemen – Those who are whitewashing Saudi crimes – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

Neue Artikel / New articles

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Film: Yemen's healthcare system among war's wreckage

More than half of hospitals and clinics destroyed, leading to shortage of vital medicines after years of confilct. =

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DEATH FROM ABOVE: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

Armed with US-made bombs and British-made fighter jets, Saudi Arabia and its allies have been waging a ruinous war on Yemen for the last four years.

Since they intervened in the country's civil war on March 26, 2015, more than 19,000 raids have been carried out in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country.

When the aerial campaign commenced, expectations were high that the coalition assembled by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would crush the Houthi rebellion within a matter of weeks.

But after nearly four years of fighting, and an estimated 60,000 deaths, the coalition has failed to pave the way for the recapture of the capital, Sanaa, and most urban centres.

Despite assurances by the coalition that all precautionary measures would be taken to avoid civilian casualties, a sizable number of coalition attacks have targeted civilian areas.

According to data collected by the Yemen Data Project, nearly two-thirds of the coalition’s air raids have struck non-military and unknown targets.

Airports, ports, bridges and roads have all been repeatedly attacked.

So too have farms, schools, oil and gas facilities, factories and private businesses.

According to rights groups, the coalition has not accidentally attacked civilian infrastructure – it has been doing it deliberately.

In this interactive, based on data collected by the Yemen Data Project, an air raid refers to a single incident which could comprise multiple attacks.

Air raids in 2015

At the request of Yemen's internationally recognised Yemeni government, Saudi Arabia formed a military coalition of several Arab nations to assist Yemen's armed forces in fighting the Houthi rebels.

Although the Saudi-led coalition only intervened in Yemen at the end of March, they carried out more air raids in 2015 than any other year.

The United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, among several other nations, lent their support to the coalition in the form of weapons, intelligence and training.

Total raids: 5,431; Most intense day: September 6 - 50 raids; Average raids per day: 19

Air raids in 2016

The war raged on throughout 2016, despite 109 days of peace talks in Kuwait. Additionally, 2016 saw increased criticism of the US's role in the war. News reports revealing the use of US-made weapons in coalition air raids, as well as rising civilian death tolls, forced the US to renege on certain plans to support the coalition.

Total raids: 5,102; Most intense day: August 8 - 52 raids; Average raids per day: 14

Air raids in 2017

Coalition forces upped their efforts in 2017 by blockading rebel-held territories, like the vital Hodeidah port, which exacerbated the humanitarian crisis troubling the country. The election of Donald Trump in the US brought increased support for the coalition's efforts.

Total raids: 5,228; Most intense day: July 28 - 36 raids; Average raids per day: 14

Air raids in 2018

The situation in Yemen drew great attention from the public this year, following several high-publicised air raids that took the lives of women and children, as well as the coalition's apparent use of US-made bombs in these attacks. By the year's end, Saudi Arabia and it's coalition were under intense scrutiny due to the kingdom's involvement in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Several countries curtailed their support of the coalition's efforts. Meanwhile, the Houthis and the government met for another round of peace talks and agreed upon a ceasefire in the beleaguered city of Hodeidah.

Total raids: 3,362; Most intense day: March 11 - 28 raids; Average raids per day: 9

Air raids in 2019

Total raids: 155; Most intense day: January 30 - 12 raids; Average raids per day: 5

The human cost (with infographics, maps, films)


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First Civilian Casualty Data From Air War in Yemen

26 March 2019 marks four years of the Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led air war in Yemen. Data collected by the Yemen Data Project released today are the first figures on civilian casualties from 26 March 2015 to 20 March 2019 in the bombing campaign.

Yemen Data Project figures show more than 17,500 civilians were killed and injured in the coalition's four-year bombing campaign. A quarter (25%) of all civilians killed in air raids were women and children.

Total civilian casualty numbers 2015 - 2019

Total civilian casualties: 17,729 - including 3,406 women and children

Total civilians killed: 8,338 - including 801 women and 1,283 children

Total civilians injured: 9,391 - including 526 women and 796 children

How the civilian casualty numbers are collected

Data for the civilian casualties from the air war were taken from the same sourcing as the Yemen Data Project's air raids data that has been collected contemporaneously since the start of the Saudi/UAE-led air campaign in 2015. It was then cross-referenced with other reporting from human rights organisations. The figures presented are the most conservative reported by open sources.

Yemen Data Project collation
Trawling back through four years of data was done by YDP's coders in Yemen. It took the team more than 18 months to complete alongside their day-to-day work of recording every air raid carried out by the Saudi/UAE coalition in addition to data YDP contributes to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, on countrywide political violence.
Since March 2015 The Yemen Data Project has collated all open-source data on airstrikes carried out by the Saudi/UAE-led coalition in Yemen to create a publicly available dataset. Our website has been relaunched today to present all air raid data including the new civilian casualty data. You can download the full dataset is available to download.

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4 ways 4 years of war in Yemen has impacted women and girls

Four years of conflict in Yemen has led to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and women and girls have been affected disproportionally.

The war has intensified violence against women.

Before the war, violence against women and girls in Yemen was widespread. The conflict worsened the situation—with assaults and abuse targeting women increasing 63 percent, according to the United Nations. International Rescue Committee teams working in Yemen have found that adolescent girls are among the most vulnerable Yemenis, as are women who are unmarried, divorced or heads of households.

Women and children are being starved

Before the war, Yemen was already one of the world’s poorest countries, with acute levels of hunger. Now it is teetering on the edge of famine.

Girls are unable to go to school.

More than two million children in Yemen have lost access to education because of the war. Schools have been destroyed. Teachers who do not receive their salaries regularly have left to seek other opportunities.

  1. Women are part of the solution.

Before the war, women were becoming involved in the country’s political processes, securing their recognition as equal citizens and independent individuals. Even though they have paid the heaviest price during the war, they have been playing a critical role in peace building within their communities

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'We only found her bag': Abductions of women and girls spreads fear in Sanaa

A major rise in the number of cases has largely gone unreported, with families of the abducted often too ashamed to speak out

Terrifyingly, her abduction is part of a trend. Ghadir's case is only one of more than 100 abductions of women and girls in and around the Yemeni capital in recent months.

However, few people dare to talk about the issue in Houthi-controlled areas like Sanaa, and many female abductees' relatives feel ashamed of discussing their cases.

Last month, Sanaa-based NGO the Yemen Organisation for Combating Human Trafficking (YOCHT) accused the Houthi rebels who hold the capital of abducting women and girls to force their relatives to pay ransoms.

Nabil Fadhel, the head of the organisation, told MEE: "Some Houthis abduct the women and girls and take them to their homes, then demand money from their relatives to release them."

According to Fadhel, Yemen's conservative society encourages the kidnapped's relatives to pay whatever ransom covertly, and avoid making the abductions public.

Fadhel's organisation estimates that around 120 women and girls have been abducted in recent months in Sanaa. Many are thought to have been later released, though Fadhel was unsure of the number.

Yemen's government has also accused the Houthis of being behind them.

The Houthis deny accusations they are behind the abductions.

And a source in the Houthis' interior ministry in Sanaa, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, told MEE that the reports were exaggerated

The Houthi source said that kidnapping in Yemen was "normal", but stressed that the attention it has recently received in pro-government media was conversely very unusual.

The Rights Radar foundation, a Netherlands-based organisation which promotes human rights in the Arab world, has called for an urgent investigation into the cases of kidnapping, rape and abuse that many women and girls have been subjected to during the four-year civil war in Yemen.

In a recent report the foundation said: "In the provinces controlled by the Houthi militants, which are the most populated areas, women were more subjected to grave abuses than other provinces during the war.

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The Ongoing Role of Mercenaries in Yemen

Coalition forces in Yemen use mercenaries to both avoid casualties among their native forces and to avoid scrutiny of their actions abroad. Mercenaries also target peaceful, political adversaries in Yemen. This mercenary activity in Yemen comes from the unwillingness of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the UAE to take ownership of their devastating role in the Yemen war. The war that, in their minds, should have been over already.

The UAE created a private army of battle hardened Colombian and Central American mercenaries in order to benefit from their previous counter insurgency experience. The UAE needed a battle-ready force to fight in Yemen because of its own military lacked combat experience. Initially organized by Blackwater founder Eric Prince, this highly paid security force is now managedby the UAE directly and participated directly in the war. This increased reliance on foreign soldiers is in response to a ballistic missile attack by Houthi forces in September 2015—which killed more than forty-five UAE soldiers.

Political enemies in Yemen were also targeted by the UAE through former US Special Forces soldiers.

Saudi Arabia is accused of recruiting Sudanese mercenaries to fight against Houthi rebel forces in a similar capacity to the UAE, but on a much larger scale. KSA uses mercenaries to increase the number of soldiers available for large campaigns—particularly around Hodeidah. As many as 15,000 Sudanese militiamen are fighting in Yemen for the coalition. In order to increase this number, KSA and Sudan recruit child soldiers.

KSA hesitance to deploy their ground forces extends to their own border with Yemen where Houthi fighters launch continual raids into its territory.

By keeping their citizens away from the front lines, KSA and UAE use mercenaries to keep the war apparatus in Yemen going without having to suffer domestic political consequences – by Trevor Mace

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Call out the musicians, artists, organizations, and tourism figures who are helping Saudi Arabia, whitewash it crimes of murder and repression

The hands of musicians, artists, and public figures who stand by Saudi Arabia are covered in blood. Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the leader who has murdered journalists, killed innocent Yemeni civilians, and jailed women fighting for their basic rights, is desperately trying to improve his image in the West after the global outrage over the killing of Washington Post journalist Khashoggi. Musicians, artists, and public figures who agree to normalize Mohammed bin Salman as an “open and tolerant” leader are playing right into his strategy. After such a fall from grace when the world condemned him for killing Khashoggi, promoting tourism using Western cultural figures as cover seems his only card left.

We have created a list of those - who though concerts, art, theatre, and tourism - help to whitewash the agenda of a repressive regime and a war criminal. Each listing includes a brief bio of the individual or company and their specific involvement in whitewashing Saudi crimes. The list will be updated regularly.


Laura Alho (Blue Abaya)


Arabia Foundation/Ali Shihabi

The Arabia Foundation, a registered non-profit organization, was founded in 2017 as a think tank in Washington DC. It describes its primary role as providing “insight information.” \

Despite its innocent image, the real work of the Arabia Foundation is whitewashing the repressive regime in Saudi Arabia by legitimizing the spread of misleading information about the kingdom. Founder Ali Shihabi works day and night to feature MBS as a reformer and encourage the U.S. to ignore the Jamal Khashoggi crisis without demanding that the crown prince, who ordered his death, be held accountable. To this end, Shihabi argues that we should forget the Khasshoggi crisis and instead focus on how the United States and Saudi Arabia can work together.

Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC)

The Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), founded by Salman Alansari, is a Saudi PR organization based in Washington DC that focuses on four approaches: 1) content, 2) events, 3) media, and 4) initiatives.

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Jemen: Immer mehr Cholera-Kranke in mehreren Provinzen - Ärzte ohne Grenzen weitet Hilfe aus

In den jemenitischen Provinzen Amran, Hadscha, Ibb und Tais erkranken immer mehr Menschen an Cholera. Ärzte ohne Grenzen hat daher die Cholera-Projekte in mehreren Provinzen des Landes ausgeweitet. Insbesondere die Wasser- und Sanitärversorgung muss verbessert werden

Zwischen dem 1. Januar und 26. März dieses Jahres hat Ärzte ohne Grenzen 7.938 Menschen mit Verdacht auf Cholera in den Gesundheitseinrichtungen in den Provinzen Amran, Hadscha, Ibb und Tais aufgenommen. 50 Prozent von ihnen kamen aus der Provinz Ibb. Im selben Zeitraum stieg die Zahl der von Ärzte ohne Grenzen behandelten Cholera-Patienten von 140 auf 2.000 pro Woche.

und auch

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Cholera, Lurking Symptom of Yemen’s War, Appears to Make Roaring Comeback

Cholera, a potentially fatal disease that has come to symbolize the humanitarian crisis of the war in Yemen, has surged again in the country, health workers reported Wednesday, with some areas hit by as many as 2,000 suspected or confirmed cases per week.

Doctors without Borders, the medical charity, said in a statement that its teams had recently seen a “dramatic increase in cholera cases, demonstrating the urgent need for humanitarian assistance to improve water and sanitation in the war-torn country.”

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Save the Children: 1,000 children infected every day as Yemen cholera outbreak spikes

An alarming spike in suspected cholera cases in Yemen is infecting 1,000 children every day, Save the Children is warning.

40,000 new cases were reported in just the last two weeks, a spike of 150% compared to the same period last month. More than a third were children under the age of fifteen – an average of 1,000 cases every day.

With heavy rains arriving, the outbreak is now set to spread even faster without urgent action, the aid organisation says.

Since January this year there have been 124,493 suspected cases of cholera nationwide, about half occurring in the last month.

Four years of war have created the perfect conditions for cholera to spread rapidly, with sanitation systems in ruins, water sources contaminated, and displaced families left without access to clean water.

Increasing rates of malnutrition have also left millions of Yemeni children more likely to contract – and die – from the disease.

Two million children under the age of five will need treatment for acute malnutrition this year, according to the United Nations.

Malnourished children have substantially reduced immune systems and are at least three times more likely to die if they contract cholera. Diarrhoeal diseases like cholera are also themselves a major cause of malnutrition. =


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In Cholera Outbreak, 1,000 Yemeni Children Are Infected Each Day

Roughly half of the new cases this year have occurred in the last month, and those numbers are rising rapidly. Malnourished children are particularly at risk of contracting the disease and once infected they are more likely to die from it.

Yemen’s infrastructure is devastated, many of its water and sewage treatment plants have been targeted by coalition airstrikes, and even cholera treatment centers set up by aid organizations have come under attack from Saudi jets.


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UNICEF: Two years since world's largest outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhea and Cholera, Yemen witnessing another sharp increase in reported cases with number of deaths continuing to increase

In Yemen, since the beginning of the year till 17th March, nearly 109,000 cases of severe Acute Watery Diarrhea and suspected cholera were reported with 190 total associated deaths since January. Nearly one third of the reported cases are children under the age of five years old. This comes two years since Yemen witnessed the world-largest outbreak when more than 1 million cases were reported.

“We fear that the number of suspected cholera cases will continue to increase with the early arrival of the rainy season and as basic services including lifesaving water systems and networks have collapsed. The situation is exacerbated by the poor status of sewage disposal systems, the use of contaminated water for agriculture, unreliable electricity to store food and families’ displacement as they flee escalating violence especially in Hudaydah and Tai’z.

“Our teams in Yemen are working day and night with a wide network of local partners to respond and stop the further spread and transmission of the diseases =


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Médecins Sans Frontières: Yemen: Worrying increase in cholera cases

As cases of cholera increase in Amran, Hajjah, Ibb and Taiz governorates, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is scaling up its response. More humanitarian assistance - particularly water and sanitation activities - is needed to prevent cholera from spreading across the country, says MSF.

Between 1 January and 26 March 2019, MSF has admitted 7,938 suspected cholera cases to its health facilities in Amran, Hajjah, Ibb and Taiz governorates, 50% of them coming from Ibb governorate.

Over this period, the number of cholera patients treated by MSF increased from 140 to 2,000 per week. Results of rapid diagnostic tests done in MSF projects show that, in the same period, the percentage of cholera-positive cases increased from 58% to 70%.

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

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Film: Überleben im Jemen-Krieg

Am Rande der jemenitischen Hafenstadt Hodeidah kämpft der Familienvater Ahmed für das Überleben seiner sechs Kinder. Vier Jahre ist es her, dass sich die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Militärkoalition in den Jemen-Krieg eingeschaltet hat. = = =

und hier auch mit dem text zum Lesen:

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

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Yemeni official: About 100 civilians murdered in 3 months

Spokesman of the Yemeni army Abdu Mujali has said that approximately 100 civilians were murdered by the Houthis and 613 others were wounded since the beginning of the Hodeida ceasefire.

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Film, Elisabeth Kendall: Why has the UN-brokered #StockholmAgreement for #Yemen stalled? Is there hope? Here's my take for France 24

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Defense Ministry: US-Saudi Mercenaries Commit 1379 Violations in Past 6 Days

A military source in the Defense Ministry said, on Wednesday, that the US-Saudi aggression and their mercenaries continue their intensive violations in Hodeidah, committing 1379 violations during the past 6 days.

In a statement to Saba News agency, the source said that the US-Saudi mercenaries targeted by 725 artillery shells, 7 missiles, 389 bombs and 241 movement operations, constructing 9 new fortifications.

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March 27: In Hodeidah, the invaders and mercenaries fired 38 artillery shells at various areas in the south and east of Tahita, Hays and residential areas of 7 Yolio.The mercenaries of the aggression targeted by 25 mortar shells Kilo 16 area.

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Al-Huthi militias continue to violate and deliberately bomb the barriers and dirt barriers

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Footage: Houthi Sniper Shoots a worker to death in al-Hodeidah

The Houthi insurgents have deployed some snipers on rooftops in cross-line areas and started targeting their rivals as well as civilians.

A Houthi sniper killed today morning a worker in Akhwan Thabet Complex, and injured another in the flashpoint city of Hodeidah


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Presidential advisor criticizes performance of UN Envoy to Yemen

has said that the UN Special Envoy’s lack of seriousness impeded the implementation of the Sweden Agreement.

My comment: Well, he is looking for a compromise and does not fully adopt the Hadi government’s position. „Lack of seriousness“???

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Houthis continue their attacks in Hodeidah

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Houthis shell relief center in Hodeidah

The Iran-backed Houthi coupist militia fired heavy shells at a gathering while receiving relief aid in al-Jabaliya area of al-Tuhita district, Hodeidah.


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In Hodeidah, US-Saudi mercenaries targeted Attohayta district with over 50 shells, 3 Katyusa missiles and machineguns. US-Saudi mercenaries also targeted Addurayhimi district with machineguns.

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Houthis order population of Hodeida to leave homes

The Iran-backed Houthis have demanded the population of al-Tuhaita district in Hodeida governorate to leave their homes, threatening them with bombardment if they do not respond.

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Film: Houthi militias bomb schools in al-Tahita

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A meeting of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in al Hudaydah was cancelled on March 25 after ORGANIZATIONal Houthi MovementTHE AL HOUTHIS ARE THE DE FACTO RULING FACTION IN YEMEN’S Houthi movementrepresentatives refused to enter territory controlled by Hadi government-aligned forces to attend the meeting. RCC Chairman Michael Lollesgaard was to reveal a new plan for military forces to withdraw from ports in al Hudaydah governorate. [4]

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Jemen - auf Weltkriegsfüßen ...

[Überblick, wichtige Themen, Ereignisse der letzten Tage]

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Film: Stop the WAR in Yemen - 4 Jahre Jemenkrieg, Sondermahnwache in Berlin

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Minister of Transport : Properties Damage by US-Saudi Aggression in Yemen Estimated at Over 4.3 Billion Dollars

My comment: Look around you and be honest: It’s ca. 40 times more.

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Four years after the military intervention of the Arab alliance in Yemen. What does the military control map look like?

Despite the military achievements on the ground in the first year, the following three years have seen a clear paralysis in military operations and have limited any changes in land control.

On the occasion of the four-year anniversary of the coalition's military intervention, Al-Masdar online provides a map of military control of the parties to the war.

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Saudi Coalition Will Strike Anything to ‘Win The War’ in Yemen, Even Civilians

A Saudi-led airstrike hit a hospital in northern Yemen Tuesday, killing seven people, four of whom were children. However, according to Professor Mohammad Marandi, an expert on American studies and postcolonial literature who teaches at the University of Tehran, the latest strike on a non-military target is just another in a long list of attacks.

According to Marandi, who joined Radio Sputnik's Loud & ClearWednesday, attacks on Yemeni civilian targets by Saudi Arabia are frequent occurrences.

"I think much of it has to do with the Wahhabi ideology that has been taught at Saudi schools for many decades and the way in which Saudi society is brought up to despise and hate people who do not think like them. It is in their school books, and it's in their mosques. So, a lot of young people automatically think very poorly of people who don't have an almost identical ideology to them. As we all know, al-Qaeda and ISIS and other such [terrorist] groups, they are all influenced by the same Saudi ideology,"

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Saudi Arabia is Losing the War in Yemen

Four years ago, they thought they could defeat the Houthis quickly. But the Yemenis turned out to be tougher than expected.

As the war in Yemen marks the end of its fourth year this week, it is clear that, with the aid and complicity of the United States and United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have savaged an impoverished country.

Yet despite this destruction, Yemen has turned into Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam. Ditto for the UAE. The two countries have sunk billions of dollars and countless troops and mercenaries into what has become a quagmire of catastrophic proportions. What they had hoped would be a decisively quick war has turned into an albatross, with the rest of the world now questioning their motivations and urging their Western helpmates to withdraw support immediately.

Saudi and Emirati leaders would do well to learn from Yemen’s 2,000-year history of draining the blood and coffers of imperial and lesser powers.

But were they ever being honest about their real intentions in Yemen? Saudi Arabia and the UAE have armed and supported a mushrooming number of Yemeni militias and factions, some of which have ties to al-Qaeda – by Michael Horton

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Yemen's fragile peace process

Contents: 1. Ceasefire and negotiations 2. On the ground 3. Humanitarian situation and February pledges 4. Banning arms sales?


Talks in the Swedish capital Stockholm in December 2018 resulted in agreement between Yemen’s warring parties. The sides agreed to a ceasefire around the port of al-Hodeidah, crucial for preventing famine because of its role in importing and storing food.

This was the first time the sides had agreed on anything for some time. As well as the ceasefire they agreed to redeploy their forces, demilitarising the port city and allowing for agencies to resume their humanitarian work.

The ceasefire has been implemented but is extremely fragile, with both sides accusing the other of violations. The crucial redeployment and prisoner exchange agreements have not been carried out, however, with the parties unable to agree on the force that should take over security in Hodeidah after redeployment. Unless there is progress, analysts fear that the ceasefire will break down.

On the ground conflict has reduced around Hodeidah but has broken out elsewhere. There has been concern about the employment of mercenaries, including minors, in the conflict. Analysts also argue that the conflict is complicated, with many different forces pursuing various ends. The Saudis and the Emiratis diverge particularly on the fate of southern Yemen, which could end up splitting from the north again.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula remains a potent force in Yemen, where it sometimes forms alliances with local forces close to the Hadi government. Since being driven out of its base in the southern city of Mukalla, its presence is more diffuse, however. ISIS/Daesh has a Yemen “province” but it is not as strong as AQAP, being seen as less close to Yemeni interests. The US continues its drone strikes against terrorist leaders, sometimes killing civilians accidentally; the UK does not participate in counter-terrorism in Yemen.

Meanwhile, the suffering of Yemenis continues. While the danger of famine is not so pressing as in late 2018, experts argue that the ceasefire and access to Hodeidah will do little more than prevent the situation from deteriorating. In February 2019 a pledging conferencetook place, responding to the UN’s largest ever single appeal for humanitarian funds. Saudi Arabia and the UAE each promised $750 million, while the UK was the third biggest pledger.

The disastrous situation of Yemeni civilians already made the question of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE controversial. With the death of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey, pressure greatly increased.

The UK says that arms exports are judged according to strict criteria and, if there is a likelihood they might be used in violation of international humanitarian law, a licence is not approved. UK ministers also say that the UK is helping Saudi Arabia to comply with international law, and that it is better to maintain a strong relationship in order to keep some influence. Opposition politicians have disputed those arguments.

Some other countries have acted to restrict export licensing to Saudi Arabia, although several have continued to honour existing contracts – by Ben Smith with download of full report

Comment by Judith Brown: Well this really is mealy mouthed and ignores UK's role in the suffering of Yemeni people. It emphasises the humanitarian donations of KSA UAE and U.K. whilst ignoring the simple fact that these are the countries plus USA that is doing most of the damage. Double speak, as always.

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‘Every War Is a War Against Children’

We, in the United States, have yet to realize both the futility and immense consequences of war even as we develop, store, sell, and use hideous weapons. The number of children killed is rising. =

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Kurzfilm von Jürgen Todenhöfer. Warum sind die Kinder des Jemen in den Augen vieler Politiker und Medien nichts wert?

und Ts. neues Buch:

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Die Krise im JEMEN tobt seit vielen Jahren. Alles wird von der restlichen Welt gesteuert, meist sind es Stellvertreter-Kriege, meist werden wir doch alle mit Lügen und falschen Informationen gefüttert, in der Hoffnung, dass es keiner merkt . . .

Die Aufschreie aus dem JEMEN reichen nicht bis nach Europa!

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Film: CNN gets exclusive look inside war-torn Yemen

As the war in Yemen enters its fifth year, the country is facing a humanitarian crisis that has led to countless civilian deaths and hundreds protesting against the United States' and Saudi Arabia's involvement in the conflict.

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  1. Wir fordern ein sofortiges Ende des Krieges. Wir sind es leid, ständig vor physischem und emotionalem Schmerz weinen zu müssen. Wir wollen den Jemen wieder lachen sehen. Wir wollen, dass das Kämpfen im Jemen aufhört, damit unser Land wie der Rest der Welt in Frieden leben kann.
  2. Wir appellieren an alle politischen Parteien, Behörden und Länder, eine Lösung für Frieden im Jemen und überall auf der Welt zu finden.
  3. Wir fordern all unsere Rechte ein. Wir wollen endlich gehört werden. Wir wollen, dass für uns wie für jedes andere Kind gesorgt wird. Wir wollen Bildung. Wir wollen zur Schule gehen können. Wir wollen malen, essen, lachen und spielen. Wir haben das Recht zu lernen und darauf, dass man sich um uns kümmert, wir haben das Recht, aufzuwachsen und unsere Träume zu verfolgen. Wir haben das Recht, jeden Tag sauberes Wasser zu trinken. Wir haben das Recht auf Freizügigkeit – von einem Ort zum anderen reisen zu können, ohne fürchten zu müssen, dass man uns aufhält, entführt oder angreift. Wir wollen, dass Mädchenrechte geachtet werden und wir wollen nicht diskriminiert werden.
  4. Wir sind in ständiger großer Sorge über die Bedrohung im Jemen.

Remark: The English version already had been published earlier:

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Media has completely failed to hold anyone accountable for Yemen misery

It begs the question - how on earth have these war crimes and crimes against humanity been allowed to continue for four long and bloody years?

The first step in answering that question is acknowledging that Saudi Arabia would never have had the capability to wage this war were it not for the logistical and material support provided to it by the United States and its Western allies.

These realities of the conflict lead to another important question: how have Western democracies allowed themselves to stand by mostly idle as these atrocities and war crimes are carried out in their name?

In short, mainstream news media outlets in the West have failed their audiences, depriving them of adequate coverage, and providing misleading information in the rare moments it has given airtime to the miserable realities in Yemen. Poor coverage has served to temper the kind of public outrage necessary to pressure governments into taking another direction.

While mainstream media attention has been given to a number of the mass civilian casualty attacks, like those identified earlier, it does so in a way that casts the victims as the “collateral damage” of a Saudi-Iran proxy war, leaving audiences with the impression it’s just another sectarian conflict that has everything to do with them and nothing to do with us.

The media rarely mention the direct role Western governments—that they are tasked with holding accountable through their reporting—played in the respective massacre of civilians, only giving glancing commentary towards the Saudi-Iran rivalry in the region – by CJ Werleman

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Military decisiveness was no longer a goal. Study: Division and Chaos predicted scenarios for war without horizon in Yemen

According to the Center for Studies, Yemen faces a division scenario due to the collision of the objectives of the regional and international actors and contradicts the objectives of the storm of firmness with the strategic interests of the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

In a recent study of the “Abaad” Center titled "Fifth Year in the hell of War storm. Yemen between division and chaos "the study referred to three scenarios facing Yemen, namely the partition scenario and the chaos scenario, which is the most dangerous as described by the study while the third scenario is the military decisiveness which is the weakest possibility.

On the Southern Transitional Council, which was built with the support of the UAE, the study said, "considers itself a parallel authority to the government in the liberated provinces of the south of the country and has supported militarily in the face of the state to control Aden

"The war in Yemen has no horizon and its ends are difficult, especially as the priorities of the Arab coalition in support of legitimacy change from the restoration of power and the end of the coup in Yemen to compete for large strategic interests that differ from different international and regional actors (Iran).

Remark: Seems to come from an anti-Houthi pro-coalition think tank.

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Film: #YEMEN: as today we enter the fifth year of war, learn more about the consequences this conflict has on civilians #YemenCantWait

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Film, Ahmad Alghobary: My message to the world about 4 years of #Saudi led coalition war in #Yemen.

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Film: Hassan Al-Haifi war live.

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Welt feiert 4. Jahrestag des Jemenkrieg-Ignorierens

Mit kollektivem Achselzucken hat die Welt heute den vierten Jahrestag des Jemenkrieg-Ignorierens begangen. Der Konflikt, der bereits mehr als 60.000 Menschen das Leben kostete, geht der Weltgemeinschaft nun schon seit dem 26. März 2015 gediegen am Arsch vorbei.

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International Committee of the Red Cross: Yemen: A renewal of fighting is endangering a tired, hungry and war-weary population

Four years after the beginning of the conflict in Yemen and only a few months after agreements that gave hope to a war-weary nation, a renewal in hostilities is again forcing people on the move and taking the country from bad to worse.

Hopes that violence, displacement, disease and hunger would begin to subside after years of misery in Yemen are being crushed by a renewal of conflict.

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Senate vote could end US complicity in theSaudi-led genocide in Yemen

Because of the role it plays in movement of people, food and medicine, Yemen’s transportation infrastructure is especially important. Airports, ports, bridges and roads have all been repeatedly attacked.

Yemen’s economic infrastructure – farms, private businesses and factories, oil and gas facilities, water and electricity lines and food storage – have also been hit. And the coalition has targeted and destroyed schools and medical facilities, too.

Finally, Yemen’s cultural heritage has been attacked

The attacks aren’t the only way the coalition is creating a massive humanitarian crisis.

The air and naval blockade, in effect since March 2015, “is essentially using the threat of starvation as a bargaining tool and an instrument of war,” according to the U.N. panel of experts on Yemen.

The coalition’s genocide in Yemen would not be possible without the complicity of the U.S. This has been a bipartisan presidential effort, covering both the Obama and Trump administrations. – by Jeff Bachman

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Four Years of Hell: To Crush Yemen’s Independence, US-Saudi War Created World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

Corporate media outlets have paid very little attention to the war, despite the key role of Western governments in waging it. Instead MSNBC and other corporate media spent their resources and time obsessively spreading the Russiagate conspiracy theory.

This left independent journalists and scholars to do the hard work documenting the devastation.

The human cost of the damage this US-Saudi war has exacted is difficult to quantify.

Since fighting began in 2014, poverty in Yemen has increased by 33 percent

Beyond the stomach churning statistics, there is a key question: Why have the US, UK, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE spent the past four years waging such a cruel war on the poorest country in the Middle East?

This question is almost never asked, yet alone answered, in corporate media. When they have rarely reported on Yemen, corporate media have endlessly repeated the myth that war is an “Iran-Saudi proxy war” or a “Sunni-Shia conflict.” This is a false narrative designed to obscure the real motives behind the assault.

To understand the war on Yemen, historical and political context is crucial.

This war was conceived to prevent Yemen from ever enjoying the capacity to rebel, wage a revolution, or govern itself as an independent state. Yemeni nationalists have tried for decades to forge a path independent of the US and Saudi Arabia, and have been ruthlessly punished for it – by Ben Norton

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Film by Press TV Iran: Over 15,000 Yemenis, mainly civilians,‎ killed in Saudi-led invasion since 2015‎

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Yemen war: UK-backed bombing campaign has killed more than 8,000 civilians, research says

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News Analysis: Yemen's conflict enters 5th year amid dimming peace prospects

War-ravaged Yemen entered the fifth year of the years-long internal military conflict on Tuesday amid an ongoing escalation in fighting and complete absence of peaceful solutions despite the difficult economic and humanitarian conditions caused by the non-stop violence.

As the war just entered its fifth year, the military operations started to escalate in various parts of the country with no signs of a peaceful solution to end the crisis in the impoverished Arab country, which the United Nations says is suffering "the worst humanitarian crisis in the world."

No clear prospects for a peaceful solution in Yemen as the fighting continues in escalation day after day as a result of the regional interventions that are fueling the conflict, according to Yemeni analysts who spoke to Xinhua.

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Four years on, no end in sight for Yemen war

Thomas Juneau, associate professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, said he expects things to get worse before they get better.

“The tragic reality is that I’m not optimistic that a solution will be found to the conflict anytime soon, certainly not this year,” Juneau said.

“It’s important to remember that this is a multi-layered conflict: the Saudi-led intervention is only one layer to this conflict that has regionalized it but on top of that there are a number of domestic conflicts inside Yemen.”

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Four years on, why is there a war in Yemen?

Tens of thousands of people have been killed as Yemen's brutal war enters its fifth year this week, with no end in sight.

An estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger since 2015.

Air strikes have been the leading cause of war-related deaths and injuries among Yemeni children, according to the charity.

Here are eight facts about the war that has created the "world's worst humanitarian crisis", according to the UN.

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4 Jahre Jemen-Konflikt: Verheerenden Folgen für die Zivilbevölkerung

Anlässlich des 4. Jahrestags des Jemen Konflikts weist die gemeinnützige Organisation Handicap International (HI) auf die katastrophale Lage der Zivilbevölkerung hin. HI verurteilt die weitverbreiteten Bombenangriffe auf bewohnte Gebiete und die Verwendung von Antipersonenminen in einem Ausmaß, wie es seit Inkrafttreten des Minenverbotsvertrags von 1999 nicht mehr vorgekommen ist. Seit 2015 hat Handicap International rund 2.500 Opfer von explosiven Waffen behandelt. 300 dieser Opfer waren Überlebende von Unfällen mit Landminen. Fast alle von ihnen leben infolge ihrer Verletzungen nun mit einer Behinderung und werden ihr Leben lang spezielle Versorgung benötigen.

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Helfer fordern von Merkel:Keine Waffen für Blut-Scheichs

Mehr als 20 NGOs haben einen Brief an Angela Merkel geschrieben, in dem sie sie auffordern, am Waffenexport-Stopp gegen Saudi-Arabien festzuhalten

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Thousands dead and counting in Yemen. Happy Anniversary

This week marks four years since Saudi Arabian jets began a deadly bombing campaign of its poor neighbour, Yemen — an intervention that has only worsened the humanitarian crisis.

While airstrikes are not killing as many, people are dying because of landmines, snipers, IEDs and starvation.

Homes, farms, shops and schools - all have been attacked since the poorest country on the Arabian peninsula descended into chaos in 2015.

Depending on the sources, between 7,000 and 68,000 people have been killed in the war, many in relentless Saudi air raids, which have at times hit unsuspecting civilians during funerals and weddings.

The numbers get even more gruesome.

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Vier Jahre nach Beginn des Krieges im Jemen zieht die Hilfsorganisation CARE eine erschütternde Bilanz: 20.000 Luftangriffe, 70.000 Tote, vier Millionen Vertriebene, der Ausbruch von Cholera und die Ausrufung einer Hungersnot. „Der Punkt ist erreicht, an dem man feststellen muss: Schlimmer kann es nicht werden“


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CARE: Four years on, Yemen war leaves country reliant on humanitarian aid

26 March marks four years since the escalation of conflict in Yemen in 2015. In four years the country has seen the worst cholera outbreak in history, a declaration of famine, and a crippled economy. There have been almost 20,000 airstrikes, over 70,000 people have died, 4 million have had to leave their homes behind, and now 80% of the population requires humanitarian assistance – an increase of 10% since 2018.

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Film: Der Krieg im Jemen-Vier Jahre Vertreibung, Elend und Tod

Jahrzehntelang beherrschen Konflikte den Jemen, doch die Eskalation beginnt vor vier Jahren: Eine von Riad geführte Militärallianz greift ein und zerstört das Wenige, das es gibt.

Nur noch wenige funktionierende Krankenhäuser

Machtpolitik auf Kosten des Lebens von Millionen

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Nabeel Khoury: Some prefer Sept, of 2014 as start date - semantics of course. Houthis took over Sanaa Not Riyadh after all & Riyadh's reaction was neither appropriate nor effective, & has been the most destructive of Yemen. Ultimately, Blame is irrelevant, focus should be on ending the war.

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We’ve had four years of war in Yemen and the suffering is reflected on every face you see

Tuesday marks the four year anniversary of the conflict in Yemen. How has my life changed during the wartime? We are still suffering every day and every night, and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about it. Walking the streets of Yemen four years ago was very different to what it is like now. The damaged and destroyed buildings and shops break my heart. I grew up in Hodeidah – an area that has experienced very heavy fighting.

The war has devastated us and is slowly killing our ambitions and dreams. If you ask anyone in Yemen how their life has been affected by the war, you will find that everyone has a story of suffering to tell – by Ola Fattah, CARE

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As Yemen conflict enters fifth year, the International Rescue Committee issues urgent call for progress in peace process

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Four years on, Yemen has become the Vietnam of our generation

Despite the GCC's financial muscle, Western diplomatic and military support, Saudi Arabia has not been able to defeat a rebel movement in one of the poorest countries in the world

oday marks the start of the fifth year of the Anglo-American bombing campaign against Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world.

Since then, the war has been as devastating as it has been futile. While it was supposed to defeat the rebel Houthi movement, today most of the major population centres remain under Houthi control, with the "coalition" assembled by the Saudi unable to retake either the capital, Sanaa, or the country’s most important strategic asset, the port city of Hodeidah.

Instead, it quickly plunged Yemen into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, a position it retains today, as critical health, sewage and transport infrastructure was destroyed, triggering the world’s worst outbreak of cholera since records began in 1949, with over one million infected.

And the country now stands on the brink of the world’s worst famine in 100 years, as a gratuitous and arbitrary naval blockade and the apparently wilful targeting of food supplies takes its toll.

Western support continues, regardless – by Dan Glazebrook

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Film by Elisabeth Kendall: On the 4th anniversary of the #Yemen war, is peace any closer? Here's my 2-minute answer for Al Jazeera.

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Why Yemen Starves: The Making of a Modern Famine

To create a famine in the twenty-first century requires an extraordinary amount of organized effort. It is something that some people do to others to achieve their political goals. As such, it ranks as another type of mass atrocity and a crime against humanity. One such crime against humanity is taking place today in Yemen.

Yemen’s famine is largely a product of economic blockade and other policy decisions made by the Saudi-backed, internationally-recognized government of Yemen led by President Hadi.

Between the damage done to the country’s infrastructure from Saudi coalition bombing, the sea and air blockade maintained by the US-backed Saudi coalition, the relocation of the central bank to Aden, the devaluation of Yemen’s currency, and more than two years of failing to pay civil servants their salaries, Yemen’s economy has virtually collapsed.

Just as famine has political causes, it can have a political remedy – by Daniel Larison


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The Atrocity of Mass Starvation in Yemen

The governments responsible for starving them have the full support of the U.S., and so our government is partly responsible for what is being done to these people and has it within its power to rein in the governments that are killing them with hunger. We don’t usually think of these famines in terms of mass atrocities, but that is what they are and that is how they need to be understood – by Daniel Larison

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‘We can’t afford to give up’: the Yemenis keeping hope alive

As the civil war enters its fifth year, activists talk about their work to hold Yemen together

Many Yemenis speak with anger at the international community’s inability to broker a political solution to the conflict, which began in the aftermath of the Arab spring. But the thousands of people who took to the streets in 2011 in peaceful protests – among them human rights activists, students, journalists, doctors, teachers and development workers – are still working hard to keep their country together and maintain hope for a better future.

Hisham al-Omeisy, human rights activist

Fatima, aid worker

“The work is very difficult. Many tribal communities are afraid to give location coordinates because they think the coalition will use it to target them,” she said.

“What gives me hope is seeing the impact we have. We help people get back on their feet with work programmes and they tell me they feel like they have their dignity back.”

Jaclin al-Batani, university lecturer and political activist

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Yemen's Women Confront War Marginalisation – by Afrah Nasser (subscribers only)

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New statistics reveal rise in victims of coalition war on Yemen

According to recent statistics issued by the Law Center for Rights and Development, the total number of civilian deaths amounted to 15,579, including 9,870 men, 2,452 women and 3,267 children, while the number of wounded reached 24,421, including 18,380 men, 2,557 women and 3,484 children.

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Education Ministry: US-Saudi Aggression Target Over 3526 Educational Establishments Effecting 4.5 Million Students in 4 Years

The US-Saudi aggression has targeted more than 3526 educational establishments in 22 Yemeni governorates, of which 402 were totally destroyed, during the four years of aggression.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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Film: The first video to me for talking about #EndChildMarriage in my country of #Yemen #NadaAlahdal

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Film: Yemen War : Humanitarian organizations are facing obstacles to reach people in need

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Yemen: Salah dreams of bombs and death

Salah, 13, is scared. At night, he dreams of planes that drop bombs on people. About rockets that hit houses and about people being shot. He is a child in war-torn Yemen, and every night he experiences it all, over and over again.

“My dream is to become a doctor so I can treat people in need,” he says. “But I’ll need a car, because I get very tired from walking.”

Salah needs crutches to get around, which is extremely exhausting in the heat. Soon, it will get even warmer.

One day, he and two of his cousins were out grazing sheep in the valley. One of the girls found an unexploded shell. They started playing with it. Salah kicked it. Then, everything went black.

“I didn’t know it would explode,” he says.

Salah injured his stomach, and had to have his hand and a leg amputated. One of the girls injured her hand. The other died (photos)

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Thread: I spoke to @Fatikr this week, the founder of @monarelief, a Yemen-based charity providing care to malnourished Yemenis since the war's advent in 2015. Some things he told me about conditions in Yemen since we last spoke in October 2018:

Nothing has changed since Oct. but the situation is getting worse every single day. The number of hungry people along with the death among children are increasing daily. Diseases continue killing Yemeni children. Cholera epidemic is spreading everywhere in the country"

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Yemen war forces children to take up menial jobs

As the conflict entered its fifth year on Tuesday, figures showed at least half a million children have dropped out of school with many doing odd jobs to sustain themselves and their families.

With Qasim gone, his 11-year-old son Mohammed Amin became the breadwinner for the family.

“My father wanted us to be independent and not wait for people to help us," Amin told TRT World. "So I quit school and restarted my father's fish business."

Amin works with his father’s friends in the same fish market where his father was killed. He makes $2 (YR1,000) per day. With that money, he manages to buy food for his family.

“I only think about how to make some more money and get by," the 11-year-old said.

Every morning as Amin sets his kiosk up at the same spot where his father sold fish, he gets flashes of his father's blood-soaked and dismembered body. He fights those thoughts, puts his head down and tries to focus on selling fish.

Jamal al Shami, the head of the Democracy School, said that the number of child breadwinners had increased manifold since the beginning of the Yemen war in 2015 – by NASSER AL-SAKKAF

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The Charitable Society for Social Welfare: With YHPF Funding and CSSW Implementation, an Integrated Relief Project in Lahij Serves as a Model for Yemen

The influx of IDPs and the lack of access to basic supplies combined to create a full-on medical crisis in al-Musaimir and neighboring districts. Without reliable deliveries of supplies, equipment, and personnel, health facilities in the region began to falter, and many villages in the area were left entirely without access to healthcare. Food deliveries were so limited that malnutrition became rampant, especially among children. Diseases, most notably malaria, spread freely among the weakened populace, with no adequate medical response possible.

Because piecemeal approaches have no chance of success in such circumstances, the CSSW and its partners responded with an integrated multi-sector project

HPF Project - Lahij: Provision multi-sectoral integrated assistance (WASH, Health and Nutrition) for the under nutrition communities in two districts in Lahij Governorate.

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Film by Save the Children: Sameer* walked home to the sound of a falling bomb when the #airstrike hit, knocking him of his feet & he fell unconscious. He woke to a paralysed arm & several injuries. All parties to the #conflict MUST take action & address the #Yemen humanitarian crisis!

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Yemen: "Dreaming of a Decent Life"

Kawather, a thirty six years old mother of four children. After the war started in 2015 her husband lost his job. In order to survive with her children she started working in the farms.

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10 million Yemenis ‘one step away from famine’, UN food relief agency calls for ‘unhindered access’ to frontline regions

With Yemen now in its fifth year of conflict between pro-Government forces and Houthi rebels, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is calling for “unhindered access” to the most desperate areas in the frontline regions “to prevent the food security situation deteriorating”.

“Today twenty million Yemenis – some 70 per cent of the population – are food insecure, marking a 13 per cent increase from last year”, WFP Spokesperson Herve Verhoosel told reporters at a regular press briefing in Geneva. “Nearly 10 million of them are one step away from famine”.

“In northern Hajjah governorate, already one of the most food insecure areas of Yemen, a recent surge in violence risks pushing thousands more to catastrophic levels of hunger”, he said.

Moreover, in the last six months, the number of people displaced by violence has increased sharply from 203,000 to around 420,000.

WFP’s ongoing rapid-response food rations have been able to support over 5,000 families and Hajjah governorate has around 200 food distribution points covering 1.5 million people.

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Oxfam: 4 Jahre Jemen-Krieg

Hunger, Krieg und Waffenlieferungen

Kinder werden von Raketen getötet, Familien hungern, Krankheiten wie Masern und Cholera breiten sich aus: Die Schreckensnachrichten aus dem Jemen nehmen kein Ende. Das Leid ist menschengemacht – durch Nothilfe können wir es lindern, und durch einen Friedensprozess beenden.

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Yemen: where worst nightmares have become a reality

I have been an aid worker for more than 15 years and worked on some of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st Century from Niger to Syria.

I didn’t think there were many things left that could shock me but what I saw on the ground in Hodeidah, Sanaa and Aden when I visited this month chilled me to my core.

I saw so many children, with desperate staring eyes, ravaged by acute malnutrition and in some cases, cholera. Some were struggling to stand, never mind walk. I saw many others who had lost their limbs in bombing attacks or following a land mine explosion. Many of these children are traumatised by what they have seen and experienced and for some of them, the loss of their parents and brothers and sisters.

But the stories my team shared with me shocked me even more – by Najat Elhamri | Islamic Relief Worldwide

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Yemen's humanitarian efforts an ongoing battle, say officials

Juan Carlos Ramirez Gomez, of the International Committee of the Red Cross, described the difficulties of protecting civilians

Juan Carlos Ramirez Gomez, of the International Committee of the Red Cross, described the difficulties he faced in mitigating non-combatant casualties.

“When you have to face war…it is absolutely key to take into account that you have to protect [the] civil population,” said Mr Gomez, who was speaking at a two-day conference in Abu Dhabi entitled ‘International Law and War in the 21st Century’.

“Our interest is to explain to military commanders that we understand [the] complexity of their work.

“If the people [civilians] you are helping do not feel you are doing what you can to protect them you are not achieving anything.”

He was speaking at a two-day conference in Abu Dhabi entitled ‘International Law and War in the 21st Century’.

My comment: Such a conference at Abu Dhabi … is a real bizarre joke.

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Hungersnot im Jemen

Jemen war bereits vor der Eskalation des Konflikts im März 2015 eines der ärmsten Länder des Nahen Ostens. Heute sind 22 Millionen Jemeniten auf humanitäre Hilfe angewiesen und kämpfen mit der weltweit schlimmste humanitäre Krise der Welt. Hunger und Mangelernährung plagen die Menschen, sauberes Trinkwasser ist ein knappes Gut. Mangelnde Ressourcen treiben das Land in tiefe Armut, die Zerstörung ihrer Lebensgrundlagen gibt Kindern keine Hoffnung auf eine Zukunft.

Juma'ah Quhri und ihre Familien kommen aus der Region Mandhar, wo der Konflikt besonders in den Vordergrund drängt. Im Juni floh sie zusammen mit mit ihrem Sohn, der Lehrer ist, und ihren acht Enkelkindern nach Hodeida.

Islamic Relief Jemen ist aktuell in elf Provinzen im Jemen aktiv und leistet wichtige Not-, Lebensmittel-, und Einkommenshilfe sowie WASH (Wasser- und Hygienemaßnahmen) und medizinische Versorgung. Die Verteilung der Hilfsgüter erfolgt zum Teil vor Ort gemeinsam mit lokalen Partnern.

Spenden Sie jetzt an die Menschen, die im Jemen dringend unsere Hilfe benötigen!

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Islamic Relief: Hunger and fear for millions in Yemen as brutal war enters its fifth year

“For the last four years, the people of Yemen have been held hostage to bombs, bullets and been forced to endure a near total collapse of basic services such as health and sanitation which have claimed tens of thousands of lives,” says Islamic Relief’s head of mission in Yemen, Muhammad Zulqarnain Abbas.

“As the conflict has lurched on and on, it has trapped families in an impossible situation of having to choose between feeding themselves or their children.”

Grandmother Juma’ah Quhri is from Mandhar, now the frontline in the conflict. In June she fled with her son, who is a teacher, and her eight grandchildren.

“When the clashes arrived in our neighbourhood, we did not think to take anything with us and we fled with just the clothes on our back,” Juma’ah said. “Our houses were destroyed after we left the village.”

Islamic Relief is on the ground in Yemen

More humanitarian aid and an end to the crisis urgently needed

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Film: This is how Yemeni babies are born after four years of US-Saudi war .

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Film: The plight of malnourished children in Yemen: Afaf's story

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World Food Programme: Yemen Market Watch Report, Issue No. 33 (February 2019)

In February 2019, the flow of supply and ensured availability of basic food commodities at local markets in most governorates except for some scarcity of food commodities in Al Hodieda and Soqatra. Half of all governorates reported availability of diesel and petrol.

  • Retail prices of food commodities in February 2019 slightly increased further by an average of (1.2-3%) from those reported in January; however, the prices are still much higher (35-145%) than the pre-crisis period.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Saada Opens Memorial of School Bus Children Massacre of Dahyan

The governor of Saada opened Wednesday a memorial in the city that portrays a part of the massacre of the school bus children of Dahyan.

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Local organization monitors 712 crimes and violations against civilians in Dhamar governorate

A local human rights organization has monitored 712 crimes and violations against civilians in Dhamar province (central Yemen), controlled by the al-Houthi group, during the year 2018.

My comment: Whether serious or not, such counts seem to be a preferred anti-Houthi propaganda scheme. - This organisation is Shumool Organization for Media and Human Rights ( Try to google, then you will see what seems to be strange about this group.

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This is the lighter 'statue'! Like the liberty statue! Yemeni fighters burnt&destroyed thousands of US AbramsTanks&Bradley Vehicles with lighters! This is why they built this&opened it 2day in the heart of Yemeni capital Sanaa! To extol the bravery ofYemenis&mock US weapons! (photos)

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Foreign Ministry Calls For Forming International Commission to Investigate All Crimes of Coalition Forces

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Houthis kidnap tens of civilians in Dhamar

The Iran-backed Houthi militia carried out on Tuesday a massive kidnaping campaign against unarmed civilians in Dhamar province, central Yemen.

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A Houthi killed him in Hodeidah A year of tampering with the case of the killing of Alhilal club player Abdullah Bazzaz

However, the group's influence and control over the courts hampered the course of the case, and almost a year after the trial judgement was issued, the case was not initiated by the Court of Appeal.

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Retaliation Will Extend to Aggression Countries’ Depth : Sayyed Abdulmlik Alhuthi

Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi in a television speech broadcast live on Monday evening said ,Saudi Arabia’s “unprecedented oppression” aimed to divide the Yemeni people and control them in order to serve the aggressors’ interests” .

He said, US-Saudi military campaign is also aimed at occupying Yemen and looting it oil resources, adding that it was a religious and national duty to keep confronting Saudi Arabia’s aggressive behavior.

He also condemned the stance of traitors and those irresponsible people who act in support of Riyadh.

He stressed that no one has the right to sell his country and to waste the blood of his people , referring to Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi

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Foreign Ministry: Aggression aims to impose trusteeship, destroy Yemen capabilities

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Jemen: Hunderttausende demonstrieren gegen Krieg

Im Jemen demonstrierten am Dienstag hunderttausende Menschen anlässlich des vierten Jahrestages gegen den Bombenkrieg der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Koalition (Photos)

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Tausende demonstrieren in Jemens Hauptstadt Sanaa gegen Saudi-Arabien

Vier Jahre nach Beginn einer Militäroffensive im Jemen haben am Dienstag Tausende Unterstützer der Huthi-Rebellen gegen die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkampagne demonstriert.

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Yemenis rally in support of Houthis to mark war anniversary

Yemenis held a mass rally in Sanaa on Tuesday to show support for the Houthi movement on the fourth anniversary of a war that has killed thousands of people and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

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Millions of Yemenis Celebrate National Day of Steadfastness

The capital Sana'a and the provinces of Sa’adah, Taiz, Ibb, Al-Baidah, Al-Jawf and Rimah on Tuesday morning witnessed marches of millions marking the fourth anniversary of the Yemeni resistance against the US-Saudi aggression.




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Films by Nasser Arrabyee: They have been fighting back the US-Saudi aggression for 4 years Yemenis singing and dancing despite all pain! In 10 squares across Yemen, millions outcried today: We never give up We never bow We never surrender We fight back, we defend ourselves, and we're destined for victory.

The US-Saudi-UAE war on Yemen turned out to be; A bottomless quagmire, A haunting nightmare, And a shameful disaster, after 4 years.


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26th of March; The 4th Year of Resilience and Resistance

It’s in moments like these, like today the 26th of March that I realize that I will never accept being a mound of grief; I am Yemeni. I am Yemeni, I stand tall and beat the odds. I am Yemeni and no one can take that away from me, not in a million years not even when I am burned into ashes after a missile falls on my body. I refuse to give the world’s worst criminals the joy of seeing my country burn, I will resist and fight till my last breathe even if I am the last person standing.

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Yemen's war: Four years on, what Houthi rule looks like

From a militia to a semi-state, the Houthis have strengthened their presence in Sanaa, despite near-daily aerial raids.

Today, and after four years of war, the Houthis have transformed themselves from an isolated militia in Saada to a local state that rules the bulk of Yemen's north with an iron fist. They have deepened their influence through a combination of force and strengthening alliances with powerful tribes and leading Yemeni figures using political expedience or buying loyalties.

On a local level, they have established a system of administration by appointing "supervisors" in every district. The supervisors take all the decisions needed for day-to-day administration, escalating any larger decisions up to higher Houthi management. Their points of focus are largely security, maintaining control, and mobilising more people to fight for their cause.

"The Houthis have proved to be more capable to govern than the legitimate government," Abdulaziz Mohammed, a passenger on the bus from Aden to Sanaa, told Al Jazeera. "If we strike a comparison between Sanaa and Aden, Sanaa is better with regard to security."

The popular support for the Houthis today is strengthened by the ever-present threat of aerial bombings by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Human rights center: 213 civilians killed, 496 injured in al-Houthi attack in Hajur

The information and rehabilitation Center for Human Rights said on Monday that it has documented 8,000 cases of violation of civilians by the Houthis in Koshar district of Hajjah Province in the northwest of the country over the past two months.

In a seminar held in cooperation with the Arab Organization for Human Rights in Cairo, he stated that the Houthis killed 213 civilians, including 24 children and 32 women, and injured 496 civilians, including 38 children and 63 women.

My comment: These figures are quite doubtful. This anti-Houthi newssite tells quite different ones:


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About 7060 human rights violations committed in Kushar

A committee tasked to tackle the humanitarian disaster in Kushar district, Hajjah governorate, has revealed that 7060 violations were committed by the Houthis against the people of Kushar.

The committee said that the violations ranged from murder to abducted, displacement, destruction of properties and blow-up of houses.

It spelt out that 91 persons were killed, 370 wounded, 174 captured, 60 missed and 5083 displaced. It also mentioned that over 400 properties including houses and cars were destroyed and looted.

My comment: The long story of this conflict had been followed on many “Yemen War Mosaics”. – What an ominous “committee” should this be?

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Yemen owns significant technologies in military manufacturing: Sayed Abdulmalik

Leader of the Revolution, Sayed Abdulmalik al-Houthi, on Monday said that Yemen has significant technologies at the level of military manufacturing not owned by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


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Yemen: Houthis threaten Saudi-led coalition with pain should war continue

“If they [the coalition member states] are determined to close all windows of peace, they will face the harshest and most painful choices that we have not used until now,” he warned in an interview with Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper yesterday, adding that “when the attack stops, the defence will stop”.

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

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Normalization of life in Taiz

The life has been normalized in the city of Taiz in the wake of clashes between security forces and outlaws.

The recently-appointed governor Nabil Shamsan ordered security services last Thursday to cleanse the city of all outlaws and criminals, and impose security and stability.


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Brigadier Sarhan for "Al-Masdar online": We participated in the security campaign in Taiz without interfering in its course

Brigadier General Sadiq Sarhan, commander of the 22meka Brigade in the southwestern city of Taiz, said on Tuesday that the brigades and military units of the government forces all participated in the security campaign, without interfering in the implementation process.

He noted that calm prevails in the city, while the conservative pacification committees are still working to defuse tensions and situations, and frequent field visitations have been conducted.

He noted that gunmen tried to close the doors in the Old City yesterday before the Pacification committees intervened


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Gunmen close neighbourhoods and alleys in the old city of Taiz amid fears of fighting resurgence

Armed elements have shut down a number of alleys and streets in the Old City, in a tension scene again after relative calm in the city and the cessation of hostilities, a local source said in the southwestern city of Taiz on Monday.

According to the source reported to, "Al-Masdar online ", that gunmen believed to belong to the Abu Abbas brigades closed Bab Moses and the Al-Bab Al-Kabeer, as well as a number of neighbourhoods and alleys in the city, and a number of them spread on rooftops.

The residents fears a resurgence of fighting between the security campaign forces and the battalions.


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Sixty-Five Civilians Killed or Injured by Al-Hashd Militias in Taiz

Sixty-five civilians were killed and injured during armed clashes between Al-Hashd militias, loyal to Muslim Brotherhood and financed by Qatar, and Abu Al-Abbas Battalions, south of Taiz. Law-making and medical sources asserted the killing of 20 civilians, including two women and five children, in addition to 45 other injuries during the past four days of bombard, sniper activity and field executes in the old town. Sources also asserted that Al-Hashd militias continue their raids against citizens’ houses and robe public and private property that are sent to the north over military vehicles. Sources expected these numbers to increase during the next few hours as citizens refuse the attack of their houses.


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Al-Islah denies media reports saying the party leads armed militia in Taiz

The Islah party on Tuesday denied media reports about operating and leading armed militia in the southwestern city Taiz, saying that it was "false allegations and fabrications serves suspicious agendas and malicious intentions."


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Southern Transitional Council Condemns Crimes of “Al-Eslah” Party Militias in Taiz

In a statement issued on March 24th, 2019, the Southern Transitional Council condemned all acts of assassination and burning committed by “Al-Hashd” militia, loyal to “Al-Eslah” Yemeni Party in Taiz – Yemen. The council requested urgent interference of the Arab Coalition to save lives of innocent civilians who are being killed by the death machine of Muslim Brotherhood.


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Al-Eslah Punishes Those who Stood Against Al-Hashd Militias in Taiz

Al-Eslah Political Party, the political arm of Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen, is pursuing to punish all politicians, activists and writers who were against the crimes of Muslim Brotherhood leaders committed during the past few days in the old city, south of Taiz.
Media sources indicated that Al-Eslah leaders in Taiz formed legal and media committees to observe activists who talked about the violations of Al-Hashd militias in Taiz

Remark: According to pro-Islah Party and pro-Hadi government media, the pro-Islah fighters are labeled as “security forces”. For Southern separatists, these pro-Islah forces are terrorists. While the pro-separatist media do not even mention the Salafist Abul Abbas brigades, which are affiliated to Al Qaeda. For this conflict at Taiz, look at Yemen War Mosaic 522, cp6.


Government forces announce seizure of smuggled Katyusha shells on the road between Shabwah and Al-Baydha

and also

My comment: The Houthis have great lots of these ordinary weapons and hardly need any new supplies.

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Al-Zubaidi in an Interview with RT TV

In an interview with RT TV, General Aidarous Al-Zubaidi, president of the Southern Transitional Council, indicated that excluding the south and the southern cause from any negotiations will only lead to failure of such negotiations adding that the war broke when Al-Houthis initiated their coup and as a result of the so-called national dialogue outcomes.

He also indicated that “Al-Eslah” party, the political arm of Muslim Brotherhood, proved its failure in all battlefields for four years.

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White Mountains continues to hunt terrorists in Shabwa

The Operation White Mountains to hunt down terrorist groups in Shabwa governorate continue for the second day, led by Shabwa Elite Forces with the support and back-up of the Arab Coalition.


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Shabwa Elite Forces find heavy weapons in west Shabwa (Photos)

Shabwa Elite Forces found heavy weapons and explosives in the hideouts of al-Qaeda terrorist organization in the districts of Neseeb and MarKha in the western parts of Shabwa, on the second day of the code named operation the White Mountains that aims at establishing security and cleansing the region of terrorist groups.

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Military Source: The Army's nutrition allowance was not disbursed in Taiz 6 months and the last batch was held at the "Iron Factory" point

A shipment of foodstuffs destined for the army in Taiz, southwest of the country, is being held at a security point in Lahj the southern province for six months, a military source told Al-Masdar online.

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Yemen: UAE-backed force launches military operation to track down Al Qaeda

The newly installed forces will play a significant role in the fight against terrorist groups in Shabwa, Abyan and Hadramawt

Elite troops supported by Emirati forces have begun a campaign to track down Al Qaeda militants in mountain hideouts in the Shabwa province of southern Yemen.

The campaign, called White Mountains, complements a mission in which troops were sent to the three Shabwa districts of Nesab, Markha and Khourah in April 2018.

My comment: The UAE has created another Yemeni militia… Look at cp1.

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Saudi Arabia, UAE dispute over Yemen island of Socotra

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been competing to impose sovereignty over the Yemeni island of Socotra by carrying out humanitarian relief activities, Arabi21 reported yesterday.

“Despite the quiet dispute between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both have been racing to dominate the humanitarian relief activities,” a source from the island told Arabi21, noting that the UAE “is jealous of the Saudi activities being carried out in the island.”

Last week, Arabi21 reported that the Governor of Socotra Ramzi Mahrous had warned of the establishment of a “dangerous UAE military force parallel to the government force in the country”.

Remark: This competition already lasts for quite a long time.

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The authority for sovereignty protection: The Coalition war in Yemen has become without horizon and has departed from its stated goals

The National Commission for the Protection of sovereignty and the defeat of the coup said that the Coalition war has become without a clear horizon and has moved away from its stated goals.

In a statement issued by the Commission on the occasion of the four-year anniversary of the military intervention of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, "the most surprising and aggravating of the Yemenis together after four years of the crushing war, that the storm of firmness and then the process of restoring hope did not hit the coup and did not restore hope to the Yemenis until today ".

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PM meets EU delegation to Yemen

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Yemen hospital airstrike under investigation amid resurgence of deadly cholera

UN human rights staff in Yemen are investigating an apparent airstrike on a hospital in opposition-held territory which reportedly killed at least seven civilians on Tuesday, amid fears that cholera is spreading “like wildfire”, one of the organization’s senior humanitarian officials has warned.

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Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen: Griffiths to Yemeni Women Conference: “We have to walk an uphill”

The Special Envoy reiterated his conviction that the inclusion of women brings a better understanding of the conflict in Yemen and is crucial for a successful peace process.

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The Role of UN Security Council in Yemen: Report

If the world has looked the other way during Yemen’s ‘forgotten war’, the role of the UN Security Council in authorizing the actions of the Saudis and their allies has also escaped public attention.

The Saudi-led coalition has invoked this resolution as authorizing the blockade of Yemen’s ports and a major airport, as well as inspections well beyond any legitimate concerns about weapons, all this has delayed the delivery of humanitarian goods, contributing to severe shortages of food and other critical needs.

The coalition has also failed to comply with the resolution’s (very modest) requirements for monitoring and reporting; and the Security Council has done little to clarify the resolution’s scope or intent, or address the Saudis’ failure to comply with it.

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

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Iran's Zarif blames S. Arabia for prolonging Yemen war

Iran's foreign minister Tuesday blamed Saudi Arabia for the continuation of the devastating war in Yemen by rejecting the peace plan suggested by Tehran.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia: the longest domestic debt to face the budget deficit

Saudi Arabia sold local bonds worth 6.075 billion riyals ($ 1.62 billion) for 10 years and 15 years, the longest maturity period for a public debt offered domestically by the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia began issuing local currency bonds in monthly bids in mid-2015 to help cover the huge budget deficit due to falling oil prices.

My comment: Price of the Saudi aerial war in Yemen, up to now: nearly US$ 300 billion.

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Saudi women activists detail torture allegations in court

Prominent women activists on trial in Saudi Arabia told a court on Wednesday they had been subjected to torture during more than nine months of detention, sources familiar with the matter said, in a case that has sharpened Western criticism of the kingdom.

At least three of the women, including Hathloul, were held in solitary confinement for months and subjected to abuse including electric shocks, flogging, and sexual assault, rights groups have said.

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Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Charged With Diplomat, Reporter Contacts

A leading Saudi women’s rights activist faces charges that include communicating with diplomats and journalists, according to people familiar with an indictment that makes no mention of earlier statements alleging she and fellow detainees were arrested for ties to foreign intelligence.

Loujain Al Hathloul, 29, is scheduled to have a second trial session in Riyadh’s criminal court on Wednesday along with nine other detained women

Some of the women had fought for years to end Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving.

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Saudi King Salman meets Libya's General Haftar

My comment: Saudi Arabia has supported Salafists in Libya and is a main contributor to the chaos in that country.

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Newspaper: Khaled bin Salman receives Yemeni dossier in Saudi Arabia

Yemeni sources were quoted by the Arabi Al-Jadeed newspaper as saying that the responsibility to supervise the Yemeni dossier within the Saudi government came under the custody of the son of the king, Prince Khalid bin Salman, who recently appointed Deputy Minister of Defense, after he was running until late February the post of ambassador Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C.

According to the sources, Prince Khalid, the brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not yet started any formal meetings with Yemeni parties, but Saudi officials have informed a limited number of their Yemeni counterparts of the decision.

Prince Khaled began his duties as deputy defense minister by visiting Saudi forces stationed on the southern border with Yemen.

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The King and the Crown Prince receive the Chinese Defence Minister (photos)

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Saudi Arabia denounces U.S. recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli territory

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Desperate and hiding, collapsed Saudi Oger workers left in limbo

The demise in 2017 of the once-mighty company owned by the family of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri forced thousands of its expatriate workers to exit the kingdom without months of unpaid wages and end-of-service benefits.

But many like 60-year-old Mohammed, who worked for the company for 35 years, are still stuck in Saudi Arabia.

The expiration of Mohammed's residence permit makes his presence in Saudi Arabia illegal, but he is also legally barred from leaving due to an outstanding bank loan taken while he was employed.

So Mohammed is left in a bewildering limbo

Former Saudi Oger workers –- from France to Lebanon, India and the Philippines –- are still awaiting salary arrears despite repeated management assurances.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Progressive groups warn Dems not to vote on GOP motion that could 'destroy' Yemen bill

Progressive organizations are urging House Democrats not to vote for any Republican motions to recommit when the chamber takes up a resolution to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war.

Republicans have successfully passed two motions to recommit this year, capitalizing on tensions between centrist and liberal Democrats.

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Pompeo’s Pathetic Pro-Saudi Spin

During his testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mike Pompeo said the following about Yemen and Saudi Arabia (around 4:10:15 here):

The challenges that you’ve cited, the death that you just cited in Yemen, is not because of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. You have the wrong end of the stick on that.

That answer caught the attention of several observers, some of whom referred to the coalition attack on the Save the Children hospital in Saada that took place yesterday and killed eight people, including five children [look at tweets]

This is not the first time that Pompeo has knowingly made false statements to Congress.

It is not surprising that an enabler and accomplice to war criminals would cover for the criminals, but Pompeo’s brazen denialism is nonetheless remarkable. Pompeo’s statement is consistent with his usual shameless whitewashing of Saudi responsibility for war crimes and especially the crime of mass starvation – by Daniel Larison

referring to

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U.S. approved secret nuclear power work for Saudi Arabia

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has approved six secret authorizations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, according to a copy of a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The Trump administration has quietly pursued a wider deal on sharing U.S. nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia, which aims to build at least two nuclear power plants. Several countries including the United States, South Korea and Russia are in competition for that deal, and the winners are expected to be announced later this year by Saudi Arabia.

My comment: This is totally odd, the risks clearly had been named.

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For Peace in Yemen, End U.S. Support for the Saudi Coalition

Supporters of the war on Yemen often claim that ending U.S. involvement won’t bring an end to the war, but no one involved in humanitarian relief work in Yemen thinks that continued American backing for the Saudi coalition will do anything except prolong the conflict and the population’s suffering. The people that are in the position to understand the humanitarian crisis best all agree that the crisis can’t be stopped as long as the war continues, and they support efforts to withdraw U.S. support from the Saudi coalition because they see that support as one of the drivers of conflict.

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Mural of Trump milking Saudi king shows Yemenis' disgust at war (photo)

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What to Do with Vetoed Bills

He [Trump] is expected to veto the Yemen resolution too. The conflicts between Congress and the President over these resolutions tee up an important question: what do we do with vetoed bills?

The Constitution’s bicameralism and presentment requirements mean that the resolutions cannot be binding law without presidential concurrence. Yet, it is also deeply unsatisfying to say they are nullities, irrelevant to the ongoing separation of powers struggles between the legislature and executive. After all, a majority vote of both houses of Congress has a significant democratic pedigree: such votes are all that is required from the legislature to create supreme U.S. law (so long as the President agrees).

Here’s a possible solution: a Youngstown canon.

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Congress: Save lives in Yemen now

As US involvement in the conflict enters its 5th year, the House and Senate must both act–or be complicit in Yemen’s continued spiral into famine.

Nearly four years ago, President Obama notified Congress of his intent to sell Saudi Arabia more than $1.2 billion in precision-guided bombs.

Not a single Member of Congress objected—despite the fact that Oxfam and other organizations raised the alarm. The sale quietly proceeded as his administration fueled a bloody war in Yemen while insisting on its peaceful resolution.

This time must be different. After four years of US support for the war, the 116th Congress must create more hope for peace. It must unequivocally demonstrate that the instability, hunger and death caused by the coalition’s open-ended military campaign to defeat the Houthis is unacceptable to Americans – by Scott Paul, Oxfam

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As War on Yemen Hits the 4-Year Mark, Here’s a Brief History of U.S. Involvement

As the political tide in the United States finally turns against the war, we must not let its U.S. proponents whitewash their wrongdoing.

In the early days of the intervention, Obama’s war went virtually unquestioned by most members of Congress.

While Congress spent years inching toward ending the war by challenging its legality, mounting protests from activists have pressured both chambers to take demonstrable action toward halting U.S. participation.

One day, this war will be over, and Yemenis will begin rebuilding what’s left of their country, piece by piece. When they look back, however, they will find countless countries who are responsible for destroying Yemen

But there will also be heroes: ordinary people in the United States who did not hesitate to stand against their government's support of a war in a country few know anything about – by Shireen al-Adeimi

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp2

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Yemen: giving peace a chance debated by Lords

On Monday 1 April the House of Lords debates the International Relations Committee's short report, Yemen: giving peace a chance

The International Relations Committee believes that the Government is narrowly on the wrong side of international humanitarian law on arm sales to Saudi Arabia given the volume and type of arms being exported to the Saudi -led coalition, they are highly likely to be the cause of significant civilian casualties in Yemen. Therefore, the Committee has called upon the Government to:

Give much higher priority to resolving - not just mitigating the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Condemn any further violations of International humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition and be prepared to suspend some key export licences to members of the coalition.

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Film: “Over the last four years Saudi forces have inflicted the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world on the people of Yemen,” Andrew Smith, CAAT, as a @UKHouseofLords report suggests arm sales to #Saudi could be illegal.

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Joint statement on 4th anniversary of Saudi intervention in Yemen

The Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary have released a joint statement on the fourth anniversary of the intervention by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition into the Yemen conflict.

Comment by Elisabeth Kendall: Statement by UK Ministers of Foreign Affairs & Int'l Development stresses "political settlement is the only way to bring long-term stability to #Yemen". On same day, UK Foreign Minister also writes an article in Politico endorsing UK arms sales to #Saudi

It’s here:

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Yemen crisis won’t be solved by UK arms exports halt

The UK’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates helps us influence their leaders.

Some argue that Britain has contributed to the crisis because of arms sales to some of the participants. In fact we have some of the strictest arms control export guidelines in the world and I have made the quest for a political solution in Yemen a central priority for British diplomacy.

Britain’s history and our values require us to play our part in making a constructive difference in the Middle East — and our unique links in the region mean that we have the ability to do so. Our strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates allows us the opportunity to influence their leaders.

We could, of course, decide to condemn them instead. We could halt our military exports and sever the ties that British governments of all parties have carefully preserved for decades, as critics are urging.

But in doing so we would also surrender our influence and make ourselves irrelevant to the course of events in Yemen. Our policy would be simply to leave the parties to fight it out, while denouncing them impotently from the sidelines.

That would be morally bankrupt and the people of Yemen would be the biggest losers – by Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt

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Comment by Elisabeth Kendall: Several things wrong with UK Minister's defence of arms to #Saudi 1 Whitewash. We don't sell arms merely to exert good influence 2 Legal. UK arms kill civilians 3 Disingenuous. Obv halting arms won't solve #Yemen. But it says targeting civilians is not ok

My comment: This really is odd and infamous propaganda. “the people of Yemen would be the biggest losers” if Britain stops selling arms to the Saudis. – If there really exists anything like this claimed British “influence” on the Saudi leadership, then it only would be effective through a clear and strict verdict: “Until you do not stop this war, we will sell no more arms to you”. – But stopping the war is not Britain’s main goal. The main goal is to secure the billions made by continuously selling arms to the Saudis. – Read more:

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The Absurd Case for Arming the Saudi Coalition

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt rehearses a tired defense of continued U.K. arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a means of preserving influence

There are three major flaws with Hunt’s defense of arms exports. First, there is no evidence at all that continued arms exports to Saudi coalition governments has enabled the U.K. or any other arms supplier to influence Saudi coalition conduct for the better. On the contrary, the Saudis and Emiratis assume that they can ignore protests from the countries that supply them with weapons without suffering any consequences because the arms suppliers will never cut them off no matter what they do.

Arms suppliers for the Saudi coalition help make their war on Yemen possible. Continuing to supply them with weapons tells the Saudi and Emirati governments that they don’t have to worry that the war is damaging their relations with the suppliers – by Daniel Larison


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Four Years Of War And Destruction In Yemen, And Britain IS Still Utterly Complicit

Even at this late stage, May, Hunt and their colleagues must finally do the right thing and end their support for this awful war – every day they maintain their don't will be another day of bombardment

From the start, the Saudi-led bombing has been armed and supported by some of the most powerful governments in the world, including the US and the UK. The war simply would not have been possible without that support. According to former CIA analyst Brucie Riedel, “the Royal Saudi Air Force cannot operate without American and British support.”

Right at the outset, as the first bombs were being dropped, the then-foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, pledged to support the war “in every practical way short of engaging in combat.”

Since Jeremy Hunt replaced Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, the rhetoric about aid and the need to end the humanitarian catastrophe may have improved, but the support for the war has continued – by Andrew Smith, CAAT

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Daily Mail: Fünf britische Soldaten im "heimlichen, dreckigen Krieg" im Jemen verwundet

Im Jemen sind fünf britische Soldaten verwundet worden. Sie gehören zur Spezialeinheit SBS. Die Briten unterstützen vor Ort den rücksichtslos geführten Kampf der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Koalition. Bisher wird ihre Präsenz von London geheim gehalten.

Das Bekanntwerden der britischen Truppenpräsenz sorgte in Großbritannien für Kritik.

Die britischen Spezialeinheiten finden sich im Jemen auch an der Seite von Islamisten und Milizen wieder, die Kindersoldaten einsetzen. Die Mail on Sunday zitiert einen britischen Veteranen mit der Aussage, dass die mit den Saudis verbündeten Milizen eine islamistische Agenda verfolgen und einen hohen Anteil an Minderjährigen aufweisen. Die 13- und 14-Jährigen würden den Milizen als Gegenleistung für finanzielle Zuwendungen aus Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten von Stammesführern zur Verfügung gestellt.

Bemerkung: Frühere Berichte s. Yemen War Mosaik 522, cp1.

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'Serious' questions over SAS involvement in Yemen war

Minister promises to investigate report of firefight involving British personnel as claims swirl about child soldiers in Saudi-led force

The foreign office minister Mark Field has promised to get to the bottom of “very serious and well sourced” allegations that British SAS soldiers have been injured in a firefight with Houthi rebel soldiers in Yemen.

He was answering an urgent question asked in the Commons on Tuesday by the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, who suggested the Britons may have been witnesses to war crimes, if weekend allegations were true that UK special forces were training child soldiers in the Saudi-led coalition.

She claimed as many as 40% of the soldiers in the Saudi coalition were children, a breach of international humanitarian law.


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Investigation to launch into the shooting of British secret soldiers in Yemen

Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry asked in an urgent Commons question whether “the government still stands by its long-running statement that Britain is not a party to this conflict?”

If the MoS report is true, “it would confirm that our forces are not just a party to this conflict but witnesses to war crimes,” Ms Thornberry pointed out.

In response, Mr Field pledged that the government “will investigate [the allegations] as a matter of urgency.”


and Emily Thornberry in The Commons:

My comment: As they were wounded, facts are evident. There no more investigation is needed, but a policy change.


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Film: UK Labour Party demands answers on British troops in Yemen

Labour Party leaders are demanding answers after reports in British media that UK special forces had been involved in battles with Yemen's Houthi rebels. =


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British forces 'injured in Yemen'. Is UK now a party to the conflict?

A further issue raised in the Mail's report is that Britain appears to be conniving in the use of child soldiers. The Houthis have long been using child soldiers but according to the Mail the British-backed coalition is using them too. In fighting on the ground, the coalition relies heavily on Yemeni tribal militias which recruit boys in their early teens.

The paper quoted an unnamed "former British serviceman who returned earlier this year from Yemen":

"The tribal leaders accept payments from the Saudis and the UAE in return for youths aged 13 and 14 to bolster the front line. They are poorly armed and have no body armour. So they get picked off by the Iranian-backed rebels.

"It’s not just the odd youth either – child soldiers can make up to 40 per cent of the manpower in these militia units. In spite of their disadvantages, the militia do most of the fighting in Yemen because the Saudi soldiers don’t want to leave their air-conditioned camps."

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Film, Emma Lewell-Buck MP: The suffering & death toll continues to rise in Yemen, yet this shameful Tory Government continue to try & justify arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Sickening.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Trotz vereinbarten Exportstopps: 208 Rüstungsdeals für Jemen-Allianz genehmigt

Während CDU und SPD weiter über das Waffenembargo gegen Saudi-Arabien streiten, zeigt eine Grünen-Anfrage: Schon im vergangenen Jahr wurden Rüstungsexporte für 400 Millionen Euro an die von den Saudis angeführte Jemen-Kriegsallianz genehmigt.

Die Bundesregierung hat in ihrem ersten Amtsjahr Rüstungslieferungen im Wert von rund 400 Millionen Euro an die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Jemen-Kriegsallianz genehmigt. Trotz eines von Union und SPD im Koalitionsvertrag vereinbarten teilweisen Exportstopps wurden in den ersten zwölf Monaten nach der Vereidigung des Kabinetts am 14. März 2018 208 Einzelgenehmigungen für die acht beteiligten Länder erteilt. Das geht aus einer Antwort auf eine Anfrage des Grünen-Bundestagsabgeordneten Omid Nouripour hervor.

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Vertrauliche Protokolle zeigen, wie die Regierung Waffenexporte rechtfertigte

Die Regierung begründete in der Vergangenheit Waffenexporte für Saudis und Emiratis mit deren "Schutzbedürfnis". Jetzt duckt sich die Groko weg, trotz Sichtungen deutscher Waffen im Jemen-Krieg.

Kurz: CDU-Mann Altmaier und ähnlich auch Außenminister Heiko Maas von der SPD versuchen zu mauern. Man könnte auch sagen: Sie versuchen zu vernebeln. Denn sie haben ja die Berichte von #GermanArms sehr wohl genau zur Kenntnis genommen – und widersprachen bisher keinem einzigen konkreten Ergebnis über die Funde im Jemen.

Seit Ende Februar gibt es dank der Recherchen von #GermanArms eine neue öffentliche "Erkenntnislage" – aber Altmaier & Co. wollen es nun offenbar doch nicht so genau wissen. In einem Bericht vom 12. März für den Wirtschaftsausschuss zu den Ergebnissen von #GermanArms machte das Wirtschaftsministerium keinerlei konkrete Aussage zu den einzelnen Sichtungen. Erst auf Druck der Abgeordneten im Ausschuss sagte ein Staatsekretär zu, man werde die Recherchen prüfen und demnächst im Detail informieren. "Sie wollen auf keinen Fall für eine Endverbleibskontrolle haftbar gemacht werden, die nicht funktioniert", kommentiert das der Grünen-Außenpolitiker Omid Nouripour. "Deshalb machen Sie auf Vogel Strauss."

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Jemen-Krieg: Einsatz deutscher Waffen offenbar ohne Genehmigung

Die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate haben im Jemen-Krieg offenbar deutsche Rüstungstechnologie ohne Genehmigung der Bundesregierung eingesetzt. Der Grünen-Außenpolitiker Omid Nouripour sieht darin einen Verstoß gegen deutsche Rüstungsexportregeln.

Grünen-Außenexperte Nouripour warf der Regierung daraufhin eine Vogel-Strauß-Taktik vor: "Statt aufzuklären steckt die Bundesregierung den Kopf ganz tief in den Sand, damit sie nicht in Haftung genommen wird für Dinge, die sie nicht sehen will."

Nach Einschätzung des Tübinger Rechtsanwalts Holger Rothbauer würde ein Eingeständnis der Bundesregierung, dass deutsche Waffen im Jemen eingesetzt werden, künftige Exporte deutlich erschweren.,RLv8ISX

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Streit um Rüstungs-Exporte nach Saudi-Arabien: ::

Wo ist Merkels „humanitärer Imperativ“ im Jemen-Krieg?

Union und SPD konnten sich am Mittwoch nicht auf eine Verlängerung des Waffenembargos gegen Saudi Arabien einigen. Die Union will Zusagen zu europäischen Rüstungsprojekten einhalten. Das widerspricht aber dem Koalitionsvertrag.

Es ist also nicht nachvollziehbar, warum die Union gegen den Willen der SPD das Waffenembargo für Saudi Arabien nicht verlängern will. In dieser Frage sollten die C-Parteien auf die Haltung der christlichen Kirchen vertrauen.

Frische Waffen aus Europa verschlimmern und verlängern das Leid der Menschen im Jemen.

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„Das wäre ein klarer Bruch der Koalitionsvereinbarung“

Union und SPD hatten vereinbart, dass sie keine Waffenexporte mehr in Länder genehmigen, die am Jemen-Krieg beteiligt sind. Nach Kritik europäischer Partner sollen jetzt wohl doch bestimmte Lieferungen möglich werden. SPD-Politikerin Hilde Mattheis forderte im Dlf die Einhaltung des Koalitionsvertrags.

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Linksfraktion: Schwarzer Tag für die Menschen im Jemen

Ende März läuft das Moratorium für Waffenexporte an Saudi-Arabien aus. Im Bundessicherheitsrat gab es keine Einigung über die Verlängerung des Rüstungsexportstopps. Damit ist die Bundesregierung dafür verantwortlich, dass die deutsche Rüstungsindustrie wieder Waffen für den mörderischen Krieg der islamistischen Kopf-Ab Diktatur im Jemen liefern kann.

Dies ist unverantwortlich und ein schlechte Nachricht aus Deutschland für die Menschen im Jemen

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4 Jahre Krieg im Jemen: 25 humanitäre - und Menschenrechtsorganisationen fordern Deutschland auf, sein Moratorium für Waffenverkäufe nach Saudi-Arabien zu verlängern

Sehr geehrte Frau Bundeskanzlerin,

wir, die unterzeichneten Organisationen, engagieren uns für den Schutz der Zivilbevölkerung in bewaffneten Konflikten. Wir fordern Sie dringend dazu auf, den Stopp für die Erteilung von Ausfuhrlizenzen für Rüstungsgüter an Saudi-Arabien für Rüstungsgüter, die bei dem Konflikt im Jemen zu Einsatz kommen könnten, zu verlängern. Mit diesem Beschluss würden Sie den rechtlichen Verpflichtungen Deutschlands nachkommen, und Ihr Land würde sich damit einer wachsenden Zahl seiner europäischen Nachbarländer anschließen.

Frankreich und das Vereinigte Königreich sehen sich mit ihrer Weigerung, einen Lieferstopp für Bauteile für Rüstungsgüter an die Militärkoalition auch nur in Betracht zu ziehen, unter den Mitgliedstaaten der Europäischen Union zusehends isoliert.

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Four years of war in Yemen: 25 Yemeni and global NGOs call on Germany to extend its moratorium on arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Dear Chancellor Merkel,

As organizations working to protect civilians in armed conflict, we urge you to renew the suspension of export licenses for arms transfers to Saudi Arabia for use in the conflict in Yemen. This decision would be consistent with Germany’s legal obligations and would align the country with a growing number of its European neighbours.

Among European Union member states, France and the United Kingdom are more and more isolated in their refusal to even consider stopping the sale of arms components to the coalition.

We hope that Germany will continue to take a principled position and one that aligns with your legal obligations, including under German domestic law prohibiting the export of arms, including spare parts and components, where there is a major risk they will be used to commit or facilitate violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.

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Saudi-Arabien: Kritik an Rüstungsexporten auch in Frankreich und Großbritannien

Die Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker (GfbV) fordert, Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien weiter auszusetzen.

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Generalsekretär Karl-Otto Zentel: „Druck auf Konfliktparteien darf jetzt nicht vermindert werden“

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Fällt der Exportstopp für Saudi-Arabien?

Die Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien liegen auf Eis - doch das könnte sich nun ändern. Im Koalitionsstreit zeichnet sich offenbar eine Entscheidung ab. Werden wieder Waffen an die Saudis geliefert?

Im Streit über den Rüstungsexportstopp für Saudi-Arabien steht möglicherweise eine Entscheidung in der Großen Koalition bevor. Nach Medienberichten wird sich heute der Bundessicherheitsrat mit dem Thema befassen. Das Gremium tagt geheim unter Vorsitz von Kanzlerin Angela Merkel.

Das Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland berichtet, der Rat werde über bereits genehmigte europäische Gemeinschaftsprojekte beraten, die wegen des deutschen Exportstopps blockiert seien. Die SPD ist demnach bereit, diese Blockade teilweise aufzugeben. Die Partei will dem Bericht zufolge Exporte für europäische Projekte zulassen, bei denen der Anteil deutscher Bauteile - je nach Auftrag - zehn bis 20 Prozent nicht überschreitet.

Mein Kommentar: Die SPD sollte sich besser in OUP (Opportunistische Umfaller-Partei) umbenennen.

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Germany's SPD ready to allow some arms exports to Saudis: RND newspapers

Germany’s junior coalition party is prepared to allow some arms exports to Saudi Arabia, a softening of its position which may defuse a row with its conservative partners in power, RND media reported on Wednesday.

Such a move by the Social Democrats (SPD) would also ease concerns in Britain and France that Germany’s current ban on arms exports to the kingdom

My comment: This is a typical move of this party. Great promises, loud voicing, nothing behind, in rality a policy in favor of Big Business and war-mongering around the world.

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Linksfraktion: Waffenstopp für Saudi-Arabien aufrechterhalten

“Die Bundesregierung darf dem Druck der Rüstungsindustrie und anderen NATO-Staaten nach Wiederaufnahme von Waffenlieferungen an Saudi-Arabien nicht nachgeben. Die Drohungen der französischen Botschafterin im Namen des französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron sind eine skandalöse Aufforderung zum Rechtsbruch für eine Wiederaufnahme der Rüstungsexporte an Riad.

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Zum vierten Jahrestag der saudisch geführten Militärintervention im Jemen fordert Ärzte der Welt die Bundesregierung dazu auf, Waffenexporte nach Saudi-Arabien weiter zu verhindern.

Wir hoffen, dass Deutschland auch in Zukunft eine klare Haltung einnehmen wird, die mit seinen rechtlichen Verpflichtungen im Einklang steht. Dazu gehört die nationale Gesetzgebung, die es verbietet, Waffen – einschließlich Ersatz- und Bauteile – zu exportieren, wenn ein großes Risiko besteht, dass sie verwendet werden, um gegen das Völkerrecht oder die Menschenrechte zu verstoßen. Das Verhalten der Militärkoalition seit dem Jahr 2015 hat diese Risiken deutlich vor Augen geführt.

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Paris und London gegen deutsche Rüstungsexportpolitik

Die französische und britische Regierung drängen die Bundesregierung zu einer Wende in der Rüstungsexportpolitik.

Die französische Botschafterin Anne-Marie Descotes warnte zugleich davor, dass immer mehr Firmen in Gemeinschaftsprojekten keine deutschen Teile mehr verbauten. Die Rechtsunsicherheit über die deutsche Exporterlaubnis für gemeinsam entwickelte Waffensysteme führe bei Firmen dazu, “dass immer mehr von ihnen sich für ‘German-free’-Strategien entscheiden, um so Ausrüstungen ohne deutsche Komponenten produzieren zu können”

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France fumes as Germany freezes arms sale to Saudi

Saudi order worth $13B is at stake as Germany continues ban over Khashoggi killing

The French government has strongly criticized Germany for stalling joint military projects in the wake of a ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Afraid of losing a defense contract, France has acted impatiently over Germany's position on the Khashoggi killing, a grave human rights violation that has been condemned internationally.

On Monday, the French envoy to Germany, Anne-Marie Descotes warned the German government against the “politicization” of arms sales that might jeopardize joint ventures for jets, drones, and tanks.

In an article published by the Federal Academy for Security Policy of the German military, Descotes said Germany's position is leading more companies to develop “German-free” weapons, referring to weapons developed without German input.

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Why Germany Shouldn’t Yield on Arms Sales to the Saudis

For EU member states, a decision about arms sales to Saudi Arabia should be about complying with an EU Common Position adopted in 2008, which states that there should be no arms exports if there is a "clear risk" that such weapons will be used to commit "serious violations of international humanitarian law."

In November, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on member states to suspend all arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

There is no doubt that Germany’s ban has a knock-on effect on European defense projects like the Eurofighter aircraft.

But by continuing their arms sales to Saudi Arabia, despite the Saudi atrocities being committed in Yemen, France and the United Kingdom risk becoming complicit in serious violations sending a message that narrow economic interests outweigh the lives of Yemeni civilians.

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Salafismus in Deutschland: Ein Keil zwischen Riad und Berlin

Die nachrichtendienstlichen Einschätzungen Berlins zum extremistischen Salafismus in Deutschland könnten die latenten Spannungen mit Riad erneut verstärken. I

Die finanzielle und vor allem religiöse Unterstützung aus Saudi-Arabien trug in den 1980er und 1990er Jahren entscheidend dazu bei, den Salafismus in Deutschland zu etablieren. Mit saudischem Geld wurden Übersetzungen salafistischer Werke aus dem Arabischen ins Deutsche mit dem Ziel finanziert, die wahhabitische Ideologie unter Muslimen zu verbreiten.

In letzter Zeit äußert die Bundesregierung offen ihre Verärgerung über die saudische Unterstützung von Salafisten.

Im Rahmen ihrer Bemühungen, die Ausbreitung des Extremismus unter Jugendlichen zu stoppen, verfolgen die deutschen Sicherheitsbehörden eine Null-Toleranz-Politik gegenüber gewalttätigen salafistischen Aktivisten.

Die mutmaßliche saudische Unterstützung salafistischer Gruppen unter marginalisierten Gemeinschaften wirkt sich auf die saudisch-deutschen Beziehungen aus, die ohnehin an einem Scheideweg stehen und von einer weiteren Eintrübung bedroht sind.

Allerdings messen beide Seiten ihren bilateralen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen einen hohen Stellenwert bei. Deutschland braucht die attraktiven Investitions- und Exportmöglichkeiten in Saudi-Arabien.

Zur Rettung ihrer wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen werden Riad und Berlin vermutlich in dem Bemühen zusammenarbeiten, den Salafismus zu bremsen und die Radikalisierung junger Muslime in Deutschland zu verhindern – von Mahmoud Jaraba

Mein Kommentar: Die Saudis werden mithelfen, „den Salafismus zu bremsen“??? Sicher nicht. Allenfalls werden sie sich vielleicht in Deutschland mehr zurückhalten – und in allen islamischen Ländern von Marokko bis Indonesien weiter den Salafismus mit vielen Milliarden Dollar verbreiten und die Bevölkerung weiter radikalisieren und damit auch den Terrorismus fördern.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Every moment I spend in prison in Bahrain stains the reputation of F1

In 2017 I criticised the Bahrain Grand Prix on Facebook. Since then I have been imprisoned, beaten and sexually assaulted

Najah Yusuf’s nightmare began a week after the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix when she was asked to attend a police station, held against her will and eventually charged and imprisoned.

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Marking the fourth anniversary of the illegal Saudi-led and Western-backed war on #Yemen, Canadian Defenders For Human Rights, made an urgent plea to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on behalf of peace-loving Canadians, to end the $15Billion #ArmsDeal with #SaudiArabia (full text in images)

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Iran fordert Ende des Krieges im Jemen

Das Außenministerium der Islamischen Republik Iran verurteilte am Tag des Beginns der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Invasion der Koalitionstruppen in den Jemen diese offensichtliche Invasion und forderte ein baldiges Ende des Krieges in diesem Land.

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Man claims he was 'beaten, electrocuted, cut and burned' in the UAE over a football shirt

Ali Issa Ahmad from Wolverhampton was arrested during the 2019 Asian Cup championships

A football fan from the Black Country who was arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has described a brutal ordeal.

Ali Issa Ahmad has launched legal action against the UAE after he suffered "physical and psychological torture" while held in a cell with 18 other prisoners.

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UAE: Eight Lebanese Face Unfair Trial

Emirati authorities detained eight Lebanese nationals for more than a year without charge in an unknown location, ill-treating them and denying them their due process rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Their trial, which began on February 13, 2019, continues to be marred with violations.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp11

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp6

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#IslamicState in #Yemen likewise claimed victory over #alQaeda in al-Humaydah region yesterday but its claim lacks detail. Both Yemen's main #jihad groups are now overwhelmingly focused on fighting each other, though some informal #AQAP off-shoots continue to claim Houthi battles

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Al-Qaeda controls ISIS positions in Al-Baydha and frees 30 government soldiers

According to the source of , "al-Masdar online ", al-Qaeda supported by local tribesmen launched an attack on the positions of ISIS ' operatives, and violent battles took place between the two sides.

He said the fighting resulted in the deaths and injuries of both sides, with no specific toll, while the Yakla region is in a state of alert between the two sides.

al-Qaeda and tribal elements seized weapons, military equipment and funds estimated at 300,000 Saudi riyals (80,000 dollars), and released 30 soldiers of the pro-government forces who were captured by ISIS.


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Fight between #alQaeda & #IslamicState in #Yemen appears to have escalated dramatically. Extensive clashes on Sunday left several dead including #AQAP commanders. AQAP now claims 4 more attacks on ISY in al-Bayda' & lists 6 positions it wrested from ISY in Qayfa yesterday & today

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Here's #AQAP's version of Sunday's clashes with #IslamicState in #Yemen: AQAP stormed ISY positions in Za'j, killing occupants & seizing vehicles, weapons, ammo, electronic goods, cash But ISY's claim to have killed AQAP's Abu Wafi is likely true as a lament #poem just surfaced

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Major claim by #IslamicState in #Yemen Clashes yday with #AQAP in al-Jalajil & al-Humaydah. ISY also stormed AQAP HQ in Lower Dhi Kalib with 2 suicide fighters from Sana'a & #Somalia. 1 detonated his vest in home of army commander & AQAP leader Abu Wafi al-Suraymi. Over 10 killed

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WHO GAVE #ALQAEDA FREE REIGN IN YEMEN TO OPERATE, TRAIN & PLAN ATTACKS - INCLUDING 9/11? Maj Gen Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar (Yemeni Vice President US & Saudi are supporting & trying to re-install) @CIA contractor Billy Waugh #USambassador Barbara Bodine @CIA officer Michael Scheuer (images)

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JIAT refutes some claims of incidents in Yemen

Spokesman for the Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen Mansour Al-Mansour, reviewed at a press conference held here today final findings of the claims received from some international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

With regard to Amnesty International's report dated (18th /08/2015) stating that the Coalition Forces bombed a house in Magalia District south of Taiz at 03:45 am on (16/06/2015) causing the death of five people dead. According to the allegation, on that night three air raids targeted Magalia District with minute intervals between the raids. The first bomb hit Arwa School, which was alleged to be used by Al-Houthi and Saleh troops as detention centers. The second hit a house located 30 meters away from Arwa School. The third fell in courtyard of the same house which cellar was the shelter of 13 people hiding there following hearing the sound of the previous explosions. Fortunately, the bomb that rested few meters away from the house door didn't explode, a matter which limited the size of destruction and injuries among civilians.
The JIAT investigated the incident. Having reviewed all documents including the rules of engagement, the surveillance and reconnaissance reports, the daily mission schedules, the after mission report, mission video recordings, satellite images, provisions and principles of the International Humanitarian Law and Customary Rules and evidences assessment, JIAT found that at 05:28pm on Saturday (13/06/2015), and on based on reliable intelligence information obtained by the Coalition forces, regarding extensive presence of Al-Houthi armed militias in (Majalia) District (Taizz) Governorate, which were ready to attack locations of the legitimate Yemeni forces. Furthermore, leaders and groups of Al-Houthi militias occupied (Arwa School). This was considered a legitimate military target of high value which destruction would achieve a military advantage. According to Article 52/3 of Protocol (II) Additional to the Geneva Conventions, it lost its legal protection for being used by Al-Houthi armed militias in fighting operations.

After reviewing the video recordings, after mission report and satellite images, JIAT found that the Coalition Air Forces had taken the necessary procedures to reduce the collateral damages to minimum as follows:
In the light of that, JIAT found that the procedures taken by the Coalition Forces were correct and legitimate in targeting the leaders and groups of Al-Houthis armed militias occupying Arwa School in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law And Its Customary Rules. It also found that the Coalition Air Forces did not target a house and its courtyard as alleged.

My comment: These saudi coalition “investigations” are a sham, a fig-leaf not only for the Saudi coalition, but also for its Western supporters. The main (or even only) function is white-washing Saudi coalition air raids – by quite twisted stories simply ignoring what really had happened on the ground.

And look at Arwa school and the victims:

And here the raid at Sanaa, Jan. 29, 2016: film =

and here the raid at Sanaa, Jan. 31, 2018:

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On the 4th Anniversary of “Storm of Determination”, President Al-Zubaidi Delivers a Speech.

Today, we are celebrating the 4th anniversary of the “Storm of Determination” that blew on vicious aggressors and saved our nation from being victim to extremism. Today, we are entering a new stage of victory where invaders fell and atmosphere became friendly for the revolution. Where eagles of Determined Salman and Willing Mohamed dominated the skies. It was an unforgettable night when the principles of defending the weak and defying the aggressor are clear. An Arabian night full of courage, will and dignity. First of all, peace be upon the soles of martyrs and greetings for the Arab Coalition countries’ kings, rulers and peoples who sacrificed a lot for us and still do, for our present and our future.

My comment: By the southern Yemeni separatist leader. – This simply is bizarre.

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Yemeni presidency: Al-Houthi is a threat to Yemen, and any alignment away from government serves their survival

The al-Houthi group is the threat to the Yemeni people, and any alignment outside the framework of the legitimate Government and the Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia serves the survival of the Houthis, said the director of the Presidential Office of the Republic Abdullah al-Alimi on Tuesday.

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The UN & Houthis! (cartoon)

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Saudi Ambassador to Yemen: Houthis Threw Themselves Into Iran’s Custody

The Saudi Ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed bin Jaber, said that the “Decisive Storm” - led by Saudi Arabia against the coup in Yemen - was necessary to prevent the country from sliding into civil war.
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the ambassador noted that the Houthis have committed themselves to “implement the Iranian project and shed the blood of Yemenis.”

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Al-Houthi Vows to Prolong Yemen War

The leader of Houthis insurgents, Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, warned on Tuesday that the war in Yemen would continue for a fifth year

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A Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Sana’a governorate allegedly killed several Iranian officers on March 26, according to an Emirati news outlet. The Iranian officers reportedly included missile experts and intelligence officers advising al Houthi forces. A coalition airstrike also killed an Iranian officer in Sa’ada governorate on March 25, according to the same source.[3]

My comment: The fighter jet pilots checked the passports.

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Film: Yemen: "Saudi Arabia is there to restore democracy, doing its best to minimize the humanitarian suffering"

Watch the full interview.

From the comments: S. Arabia is trying to minimize human suffering with more accurate airstrikes that KILL the Yemen people, instead of injuring them & making them suffer. I'm sure the Yemen people really appreciate SA 'restoring their democracy' for them. So 'humanitarian'.

When is democracy coming to Saudi Arabia?

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Al Zubaidi : Our Arab brothers transformed the balance of the battle from the very start

President of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), Maj. Gen. Aidroos Qasim Al-Zubaidi, said that the Arab brother's interference disarrayed all the Houthi militias plans to control the south after it controlled the north.
In a speech marking the fourth anniversary of the launch of ‘Decisive Storm’, he stressed that the Arab brothers transformed the balance of the battle from the very start.
Pointing to the fact that history will not forget what they have done. It will remain a debt on the southerners, for generations to come. The noble and courageous attitude of the Arab brothers protected the lives of civilians and saved the people from death, which came from the caves of evil.
On the 4th anniversary of the launch of Decisive Storm, Al Zubaidi presented a speech to the people it started in the name of God and with verses from the holy Quran.

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Yemen's four-year war, South is free as one northern province has not been liberated yet

The fourth anniversary of the Operation Decisive Storm came as the Arab Coalition in Yemen still hasn't found an active partner on the ground.

Only the Southerners were an exception, when they acted fast to stand in the face of the Houthi expansion and managed to drive out them in record time, profiting from the Coalition support and the popular consensus.

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Security Belt is a partner in the liberation of the North

Al-Juma'i's statement confirms that the Security Belt is a partner in the liberation of the northern provinces from the grip of the Iran-backed Houthi putschist militia.

My comment: „Security Belt“ is a horrible militia, founded by the UAE, accused of human rights violations, secret prisons, detentions, torture.

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Al-Bahsani hails UAE role in eliminating al-Qaeda

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Film: Yemen – Yemenis commend Al-Hazim Storm for saving Yemen from Iranian expansion

On the 4th anniversary of Al-Hazim Storm, citizens of temporary capital Aden commended Al-Hazim Storm for its importance and its role in saving the people of Yemen from the Iranian expansion that is led by Houthis in the country.

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Rep. Omar and the New Flock of Congressional Doves

The main effect of the House measure will be to shift the balance of power on the battlefield towards Iran's Shiite proxies. The timing of the House resolution could not be worse.

The U.S. supports the Saudis as a frontline state opposing Iranian aggression. And it is nice to have an ally who will fight. The U.S.-Saudi alliance is the basis for the larger, cooperative relationship between America and the vast Sunni Muslim community. Israel and the Arabs have also been drawn into alignment against the common enemy Iran.

Yemen and Venezuela are only the first two places where the left-leaning Congress will work to isolate America from the world.

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How to improve the relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the US defense industry

During the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2019, which was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), the UAE government spent close to $5.4 billion on weapons and military hardware contracts.

UAE representatives assert the country would like to work out a mechanism with the United States under which requests for munitions and arms purchases could receive expedited U.S. consideration.

There could be a considerable benefit — as the UAE’s recent spending showcased — to pursue one of the above options.

A recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on the UAE stated that because of the Arab country’s “partnership with the United States, the UAE has enhanced its military capabilities to the point where it is increasingly asserting itself in the region, both militarily and politically.”

Alongside Saudi Arabia, the UAE is a buffer to Iran’s expansionist strategy in the region, a strategy that takes Iranian soldiers and covert operatives from Iraq to Yemen to Syria.

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UN Lauds Experience of Joint Forces of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen to Protect Children

Ms. Virginia Gamba, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, affirmed that she is pleased for signing a memorandum of understanding with the Joint Forces of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen. The MoU aims to strengthen the protection of children affected by the armed conflict in Yemen.

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More Saudi coalition “We are benefactors” propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

March 26:

March 25:

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Sieben Tote bei Luftangriff auf Krankenhaus im Jemen

Einer Hilfsorganisation zufolge wurden bei einem Luftangriff auf das Krankenhaus von Ritaf sieben Menschen getötet. Unter den Opfern seien vier Kinder.

Im Jemen sind bei einem Luftangriff nahe einem Krankenhaus nach Angaben einer Hilfsorganisation mindestens sieben Menschen getötet worden. Unter den Opfern seien vier Kinder. Acht weitere Menschen wurden den Angaben zufolge verletzt. Zwei Erwachsene wurden zunächst noch vermisst, wie die Hilfsorganisation Save the Children mitteilte.

Den Angaben zufolge traf eine Rakete eine Tankstelle nahe dem Eingang zum Krankenhaus von Ritaf

und auch

Bemerkung: Kitaf, nicht Ritaf. Die C+P-Helden der Medien kopieren auch die Fehler. – Mittlerweile ist noch ein Kind seinen Verwundungen erlegen.

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7 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Saada

At least seven civilians were killed and eight wounded on Tuesday in an airstrike waged by Saudi-led aggression coalition on the rural hospital's gate in Kutaf district of Saada province, in the first massacre in the fifth year of the aggression.
A security official told Saba that the death toll is likely to rise because of the continuous flying of the coalition aircrafts and the difficulty of rescuing the wounded.


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The number of children killed in an airstrike which hit a Save the Children supported hospital in Kitaf, Yemen, yesterday has risen to five.

The children, along with three adults, died when a missile struck a petrol station near the entrance to Kitaf rural hospital

Surviving patients and staff fled into the surrounding areas following the attack, and the hospital has been forced to close.

Early assessments show that medicines and medical equipment have been damaged and destroyed in the attack. The pharmacy has reportedly been destroyed, with all of its medicines damaged. The hospital generator and an ambulance were also damaged. It may take weeks or months for the facility to return to normal operations.

Save the Children’s team has reported that security is continuing to deteriorate, with planes regularly flying overhead and air strikes continuing in the surrounding areas.

The hospital is the main health facility in the area, with around 5,000 people relying on it for vital health care.

This hospital was de-conflicted. This means that parties in the conflict were made aware that the building was a hospital. Its coordinates were placed on a no-strike list and all parties were obliged to avoid it by a radius of 100m.

The air strike hit just 50m from the front of the hospital. International humanitarian law states that warring parties must keep hospitals safe.

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Four children were among seven people killed today when a hospital supported by Save the Children in Yemen was hit by an airstrike. Two other adults are unaccounted for.

A missile struck a petrol station near the entrance to Kitaf rural hospital, about 100km from the city of Saada in the northwest of the country, at 9.30am.

The hospital had been open for only half an hour and many patients and staff were arriving on a busy morning. They included a health worker who died along with their two children.

Also among the dead were two other children and a security guard. In addition to those killed and missing, a further eight people were wounded in the attack.

The missile was said to have landed within 50 meters of the facility’s main building on the fourth anniversary of the escalation of conflict in Yemen.

and also

Photos: (with names, age of victims) (hospital gate with petrol station)

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Saudi Coalition Bombs Save the Children Hospital in Yemen

Coalition airstrikes on homes, markets, hospitals, and schools in Yemen are quite common and have been throughout the war. The Saudis and their allies have consistently hit civilian targets about one-third of the time during their bombing campaign, and according to the Yemen Data Project that means that there have been well over 6,000 airstrikes like this one on civilian targets.

half of the country’s medical facilities have been destroyed or damaged over the last four years. Sick and starving Yemenis that seek treatment at these facilities are always at risk of being the ones killed by Saudi coalition bombs that the U.S., U.K., and other governments sold to them.


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Coalition Refers Kitaf Incident to JIAT for Assessment

The Saudi Press Agency quoted Al-Maliki as saying: According to the results of the comprehensive review, operational vetting and what was stated by the executors of the said operation, that there might have been collateral damage during targeting members of the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia in Kitaf Directorate, Sa’ada, Yemen, which is an active military Theater of Operations, all documents relating to this incident have been handed over to JIAT pending assessment and announcement of results.”

My comment: Odd. For JIAT, look at cp15.

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Government site: 50 Houthis killed and wounded in coalition raids in Serwah

The "September net " spokesman for the government forces said 50 Houthis were killed and wounded by air raids carried out by Arab coalition fighters led by Saudi Arabia, in the front of Serwah , west of Marib City (east of the country).

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

March 27: and Hajjah p.

March 26: Saada p. Dhalea p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1

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MASAM removes 1396 Houthi-laid mines in Yemen

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Army downs third Houthi drone in Nihm this month

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Two children were wounded by Saudi missiles that hit populated villages in Razih border district.

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Indiscriminate bombardment drive out dozens of families in Ibb

Dozens of families have been displaced from the area of al-Awd in Ibb governorate owing to indiscriminate bombardment by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Local sources told Alsahwa Net that some families could not flee as a result of the fighting between the Houthis and residents of al-Awad backed by government forces.

and also and

My comment: The government forces do not shell? – Certainly, they did:

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Tribal gunmen and government forces stationed at strategic al-Oud and surrounding mountains to repel Houthis

Tribal gunmen, backed by government troops, were able to station in Jabal al-Oud and several surrounding mountains east of Ibb province.

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Report: 1239 Civilians Killed or Wounded by the Houthi Militia in Marib

According to a report revealed by the office of the Ministry of Human Rights in the province of Marib, shelling and mines, launched and planted by the Iranian-aligned militia, have killed 428 residents and wounded 811 wounded, including kids and women, since the coup in September 2014.

My comment: It seems all war victims are ascribed to the Houthi side here.

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Dozens of Houthis killed as battles rage in Yemen

Dozens of Houthi militia have been killed in battles across Yemen, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

The Yemeni army killed 45 militia and wounded 30 in Ibb province, while another 40 Houthi fighters were killed in clashes in Qaataba district.

In Marib province, coalition raids killed a Houthi commander and his men.

Remark: As claimed by Saudi media.

Vorige / Previous

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-522/ Yemen War Mosaic 1-522: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

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