Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 525 - Yemen War Mosaic 525

Yemen Press Reader 525: 4. April 2019: Kriegsstatistik – Jemenitische Kindersoldaten im Dienst der Saudis – Saudische „Soft power“-Strategie im Jemen – Großbritanniens heimlicher Krieg im Jemen
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... Frankreich unterstützt saudische Marine – Cholera wächst rasant – Saudi-Koalition belagert al-Durayhimi – Hodeidah: Schwere Kämpfe, kein Fortschritt – und mehr

April 4, 2019: Statistics of war – Yemeni child soldiers fighting for the Saudi coalition – Saudi Arabia’s soft power strategy in Yemen – Britain’s hidden war in Yemen – France helps maintain Saudi navy – Sharp increase of cholera – Saudi coalition siege of al-Durayhimi – Hodeidah: heavy fighting, no progress – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Human Rights Reveals at Press Conference US-Saudi Aggression Crimes in 4 Years

The Ministry of Human Rights revealed that 42 thousand and 55 citizens has been killed and injured, including women and children, during the four years of the US-Saudi aggression against Yemen.

The Ministry in a report entitled "Statistics of crimes and violations of the aggression on Yemen" has reviewed at a press conference, that 16 thousand and 506 citizens were killed, including three thousand and 534 children and two thousand and 272 women, in direct military operations launched by the coalition of aggression in four years.

The report pointed that 25 thousand and 549 citizens were injured, including three thousand and 605 children and two thousand and 817 women. Indicating that the aggression caused the handicap of tens of thousands of civilians with various disabilities as a result of air raids.

The report showed that 229,563 people were killed by terrorist attacks, lack of medicines and food, and inability to travel for treatment outside Yemen. It added that the aggression and siege caused the death of 247 thousand children due to malnutrition. It also caused displacement of more than three million and 130 thousand and 824 citizens. Pointing out the closure of Sanaa International Airport and the imposition of arbitrary restrictions on the airport and seaports caused the death of 32 thousand patients while 230 thousand patients are in urgent need of traveling abroad for treatment.

The Ministry of Human Rights said that two thousand and 919 were died by cholera, while the number of the infected reached million and 493 thousand, confirming that half a million people with diabetes do not find the drugs needed for treatment.

According to the report, more than 500 fishermen were targeted in more than 81 direct attacks by the aerial aggression.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6201

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Exclusive: Yemeni child soldiers recruited by Saudi-UAE coalition

Al Jazeera obtains exclusive footage proving presence of child soldiers in recruitment camp of Saudi-UAE-led coalition.

Al Jazeera has obtained exclusive footage that proves the presence of child soldiers in the recruitment camps of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

The children, desperately poor, are being recruited to fight along the Saudi border to defend it from the Houthis, a rebel group that overran the capital, Sanaa, and large swaths of Yemen's northwest in 2014.

many children face an even worse reality: being recruited by either warring side to fight in the conflict. According to the United Nations, two-thirds of the child soldiers in Yemen fight for the Houthis. The others fight for the Saudi-UAE-led coalition.

Although Yemen and Saudi Arabia signed the international protocol banning involvement of children in armed conflict in 2007 and 2011, respectively, at the end of 2018, Saudi Arabia was accused of recruiting Sudanese children from Darfur to fight on its behalf in Yemen.

Today, Yemeni children are being recruited using local trafficking networks to defend the Saudi border.

Bereaved families interviewed by Al Jazeera questioned why the coalition would need to recruit children to fight in its war. Al Jazeera investigated these claims.

In the southern city of Taiz, Al Jazeera spoke to 16-year-old Ahmad al-Naqib and his family at the end of 2018, and the family of Mohammad Ali Hameed, 15, in February 2019. Both boys left their home, chasing promises of a regular paycheck and non-combatant roles.

The teenagers were first contacted by recruiters in the south's poverty-stricken villages; they were looking for young boys to take to the Saudi-Yemeni borders.

Ahmad said he and many other boys were recruited ostensibly to work in the kitchens of Yemeni military units stationed inside Saudi Arabia.

"We went because we were told we would be working in a kitchen and making 3,000 Saudi riyals ($800)... so we believed them and got on the bus," Ahmad told Al Jazeera.

Typically, a recruiter would deliver his human cargo to a trafficker at one of the Yemeni cities along the route leading up to the borders. The trafficker would then deliver the young recruits to another smuggler who would provide them with identification cards - if they did not have one - so they are able to cross into Saudi Arabia, where they would be placed into a military camp.

Al Jazeera called a trafficker, posing as a man interested in travelling to a military camp with three boys between 15 and 16 years old

"They take them into battles to defend Saudi Arabia. As if these children are the ones who will defend the kingdom. Where are their weapons, their aeroplanes?" said Mohammad al-Naqeeb, Ahmad's father.

Ahmad said he and others managed to flee the camp late last year.

Fifteen-year-old Mohammad was not one of them.

"These young and irrational boys should have never been allowed to be enticed and recruited to fight in the war. The government should have sent them back home to go to school, but in a time like this, conscience is dead. Instead, they're welcomed with open arms," he added.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2019/03/exclusive-yemeni-child-soldiers-recruited-saudi-uae-coalition-190329132329547.html

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFk-JzI-pYw = https://twitter.com/AJEnglish/status/1112786531268296704

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Saudi Arabia’s Soft Power Strategy in Yemen

Yet Saudi Arabia is cementing its presence in Yemen through economic and diplomatic initiatives designed to secure its influence even after its military campaign winds down.

Controversial aid donations and reconstruction and development projects across Yemen highlight Riyadh’s long-term ambitions. Such moves would help limit the influence of other external actors such as the United Arab Emirates, which is also jostling for greater influence in southern Yemen

Throughout the conflict, Saudi Arabia’s war strategy has aimed at breaking down Yemen and weakening the state while preventing it from collapsing entirely—which incidentally now provides it more opportunities to lend a “helping hand” in reconstruction. Data compiled by the Yemeni Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation shows that between March 2015 and August 2016, Saudi Arabia deliberately targeted dams, reservoirs, agriculture, and markets in almost every governorate, particularly near frontlines of the conflict.

Skepticism surrounds Saudi efforts to present itself as offering a humanitarian hand to Yemen. In May 2018, it announced long-term plans to focus on developing infrastructure through the Saudi Reconstruction and Development Program in Yemen (SRPY).

While Riyadh conveys this as a benevolent gesture that reflects a desire to help Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, critics note that it mainly enables Saudi Arabia to expand its networks of patronage.

These widespread efforts focus on developing areas under control of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government, particularly in Mahra and Aden, as opposed to the more devastated regions under Houthi control.

Significantly, it is building the King Salman Education and Medical City University in Mahra, whose name indicates Saudi Arabia aims to impose its cultural influence as well. Even though war has not affected the city of Marib as much, Saudi Arabia has funded renovation and reconstruction work on its airport, which created thousands of jobs for Yemenis. The SRPY had also nearly completed reconstruction of the 250-kilometer (155-mile) road from Marib to Saudi Arabia, which will increase transport and communication between the two countries.

Many of the projects are being overseen or implemented through the “temporary” capital in Aden, tying Hadi-controlled provinces more firmly to the key Yemeni commercial hub. Riyadh has attempted to redirect trade from Hodeidah, which imports over 70 percent of Yemen’s goods and has been under Houthi control since October 2014, toward Aden. Meanwhile, Hadi’s regime will be more accountable to Saudi Arabia as his influence over these regions will be more dependent on Saudi support, which in turn will grant Saudi Arabia continued investment privileges in Yemen.

These development and reconstruction projects also provide Riyadh the opportunity reap its own economic benefits, particularly as it seeks to develop new routes to increase its capacity to export oil and gas.

Such attempts to gain economic influence in Yemen coincide with the kingdom’s strategy to control Yemen’s key logistical hubs, through which it chooses to funnel aid – by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/78749

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Britain's Hidden War: Channel 4 Dispatches

Channel 4 Dispatches investigates the extent to which the war in Yemen is made in Britain.

  • British technicians working for the UK’s biggest defence contractor are working on air bases in Saudi Arabia keeping Saudi jets in the sky. One former BAE Systems worker who left a few months ago reveals the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) would be unable to fly its fleet of Typhoon fighter jets without this support. He tells Dispatches: “With the amount of aircraft they’ve got and the operational demands, if we weren’t there in 7 to 14 days there wouldn’t be a jet in the sky.”
  • British and American forces have military “liaison officers’ in the Saudi Air Operations Centre in Riyadh to help ensure the Saudis adhere to international humanitarian law. But we find they are mostly confined to a “cubby hole” away from the operations floor where key decisions are made.
  • We find flaws in the Saudi targeting process: most air strikes are not directed by the Saudi Air Operations Centre, meaning targets are not always checked against “no strike lists” of schools, hospitals and other civilian targets.
  • Former US Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta says the UK and US do not have clean hands in the Yemen conflict.
  • Former International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell MP says the UK is “complicit” in strikes that have killed civilians.
  • Former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord Ken Macdonald says BAE Systems could face criminal liability for their involvement if they are aware of any breaches of international humanitarian law

https://www.channel4.com/press/news/britains-hidden-war-channel-4-dispatches

Film (excerpt): https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=838976403106305 = https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=838900173113928

Film (full): https://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/on-demand/69110-001 (register; until May 1 only)

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France profits from lucrative Saudi maintenance contracts, repairing ships that ensure Yemeni children starve.

Guillaume and Quentin – not their real names – are far from being the only ones who have gone through this experience. An investigation by Mediapart has revealed the scale of involvement of French firms– some of whom belong to the country’s largest groups – in repairing ships and equipment belonging to the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, whose ships are involved in the blockade of Yemen as part of the ongoing bloody conflict there. Though it is the sale of arms and weapons that makes the headlines, maintenance contacts are generally more discreet while being just as lucrative.

Like dozens of expatriates since 2014, these two men have been looking after warships that have been damaged by the passage of time and a lack of maintenance. Their work has been carried out in a purpose-built area in the military port at Jeddah. The dockyard has two dry docks for working on the ships, offices for the engineers and administrative staff, workshops, and warehouses to stockpile equipment. The works are being overseen by Naval Group – formerly DCNS – the leading French defence firm that both builds and maintains military craft and which is 62.5% owned by the French state.

It was back in 2013, before the Yemen war, that this group – which has 13,000 staff and an annual turnover of 3.6 billion euros – landed this deal to renovate a part of the Saudi fleet.

But whether it involves a full-scale overhaul, modernisation or even simply keeping the ships in operational readiness, the maintenance of vessels plays an essential role in the waging of any war. “Maintenance is central to war,” says Aymeric Elluin, advocacy officer at Amnesty International. “That’s true too of training, technical assistance, exercises … everything that an army needs to uses its weapons.”

Mediapart has learnt that subsidiaries of a second major French group, Vinci Energies, are also involved in the repair work in Saudi Arabia. One is Cegelec Défense et Naval Sud-Est, based at Toulon on the French Mediterranean coast

The modernisation work on the frigates has apparently already been completed.

Once they are renovated the naval vessels may well pass each other on their way to the coast of Yemen.

The incident was a public demonstration of Saudi’s naval presence in the area. This could potentially have legal consequences for French businesses working on warships in Jeddah. “Since 2015 it is common knowledge that violations of international humanitarian law, potentially constituting war crimes, have been committed by the Arab coalition in Yemen,” says lawyer Helène Legeay

When Mediapart asked the subcontractors in Jeddah about the issue of legality, they either sidestepped the issue or did not reply. Their contractor Naval Group, meanwhile, pointed out that they had been granted an export licence by the French government – while the government itself did not wish to respond to questions on the subject.

At what cost are French companies seeking to win overseas markets? Though such an approach may be successful financially – as the Naval Group’s excellent results in 2018 show – the impact of such a policy in other domains remains to be seen – by Eva Thiebaud and Thomas Clerget

https://www.mediapart.fr/en/journal/international/280319/how-france-helps-maintain-saudi-navy-it-blockades-yemen?onglet=full = https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/04/01/france-profits-from-lucrative-saudi-maintenance-contracts-repairing-ships-that-ensure-yemeni-children-starve/

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Cholera 101: Why This Ancient Disease Is Making Headlines In 2019

Cholera is in the headlines again. Last fall, the World Health Organization declared an ongoing outbreak in Yemen the worst in recorded history, with more than 1 million cases. The outbreak first struck Yemen back in 2016, surged in May 2017 and has now flared up again. There have been more than 2,500 deaths so far.

"We have been confronted with a sharp increase since the beginning of this year," said Brienne Prusak of Doctors Without Borders (MSF). In that time, they've seen an increase from 140 to 2,000 cases per week to reach about 1.4 million cases since the outbreak began. Since January, the death toll has been 190.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, cases are surfacing in Mozambique and other affected countries. This week, the first death from cholera in Mozambique was reported in the city of Beira.

It's a reminder that an ancient disease – and one which is easily treatable — can still take a terrible toll in modern times.

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/04/02/707994461/cholera-101-why-this-ancient-disease-is-making-headlines-in-2019

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UNICEF and WHO: 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's 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.

https://www.unicef.org.au/about-us/media/march-2019/two-years-since-world-s-largest-outbreak-of-acute

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New cholera outbreak in Yemen is spreading at a speed never seen before

At least 190 people have died of the disease so far this year and 100,000 more cases of suspected cholera have been reported in Taiz and adjacent cities.

Poor or broken sewage disposal systems and the use of contaminated water for agriculture, unreliable electricity to store food and the displacement of families due to war have been some of the major causes of cholera outbreaks in the region.

In Taiz province, out of more than 2,000 suspected cases of cholera, 17 deaths have been recorded since the beginning of March, according to health officials in Taiz province.

New cases of suspected cholera arrive at Taiz city's Republican Hospital almost every day.

Most patients are children and old people. Dirhem Salem is in his late 60s. He came to the treatment center a few hours after showing the symptoms of cholera.

Young people are also vulnerable to catching the disease. Hassan Rashed, 33, is being treated at the hospital for a week.

The manager of the Taiz health office, Dr Abdul Rahim al Samie, said a huge number of suspected cases and deaths indicate that the disease is likely to swallow other towns and districts and at a scope that's hasn't been seen in the recent past.

“The main reason behind the spread of cholera in Taiz alone is water scarcity, the collapse of health system and poor sanitation,” al Samie said, while speaking to TRT World.

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/new-cholera-outbreak-in-yemen-is-spreading-at-a-speed-never-seen-before-25525

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Cholera epidemic spikes in Sana’a

Over than 1950 cases were registered on April 2, 2019 alone in the capital Sana’a amid the silence of the Houthis who are reportedly receive medical assistance and trade them in black markets.

Moreover, Cholera epidemic has reportedly broken out in the city of Taiz, leaving 25 persons dead and thousands of cases are suspiciously infected, the of the Health Ministry in Taiz stated.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-28908

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Medical source: three civilians died during the last two days as a result of dengue fever after the epidemic emerged and is spreading in Al-Mansour district, in the interim capital of Aden (photo)

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1113070527785193475

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Dengue outbreak during ongoing civil war, Taiz, Yemen

We identified dengue in ≈51% of patients given a clinical diagnosis of suspected dengue in Taiz, Yemen, during 2016. The cosmopolitan genotype of dengue virus type 2 was most common; viruses appeared to have originated in Saudi Arabia. Damage to public health infrastructure during ongoing civil war might enable dengue to become endemic to Yemen.

https://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2019/04/dengue-outbreak-during-ongoing-civil-war-taiz-yemen.html

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MSF warns of sharp increase in cholera cases in Yemen

Doctors without Borders (MSF) yesterday warned of a “sharp increase” in the number of suspected cholera cases across Yemen.

The international medical organisation posted on Twitter that its teams have noticed a sharp increase in the number of suspected cholera cases in several Yemeni provinces.

“In Sanaa, we started supporting the cholera treatment center at Kuwait Hospital, which has 60 beds, and 145 patients were treated in less than 48 hours,” it added.

The organisation said it has donated medical supplies to health centres in the central province of Al-Bayda to increase response capacity and prevent the spread of cholera throughout the country.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190403-msf-warns-of-sharp-increase-in-cholera-cases-in-yemen/

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Cholera breaks out in Taiz

Cholera epidemic has broken out in the city of Taiz, leaving 25 persons dead and thousands of cases are suspiciously infected, the of the Health Ministry in Taiz stated.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-28872

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Cholera deaths rise to 291 since the beginning of 2019, mostly in March

According to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), a recent statistic of the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Yemen, the number of cases of the disease, whose symptoms include a severe watery diarrhea, reached 147927 people from the beginning of the year until March 28.

The statistics showed a marked increase in the number of cholera cases and deaths in March, amounting to 76152 and 195 deaths.

The capital Sana'a and its countryside (Sana'a province) topped the highest morbidity rate in Yemen, registering 58 deaths.

The central Yemeni province (Ibb) recorded the highest level of mortality nationwide, with 49 deaths

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166076

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Killed by cholera, Yemeni doctor knew he was fighting 'disastrous' epidemic

Yemeni doctor Mohammed Abdul-Mughni described the surge in cholera cases he was treating as “disastrous” in a country battered by years of war and short of medical staff.

Two weeks later cholera killed him too.

Yemen is suffering its third major outbreak of the water-borne bacterial infection since the conflict broke out in 2015

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-cholera/killed-by-cholera-yemeni-doctor-knew-he-was-fighting-disastrous-epidemic-idUSKCN1RD1WN

Film: https://www.reuters.tv/v/PO8Q/2019/04/02/war-torn-yemen-faces-a-surge-of-cholera-cases

Photos: https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/yemens-deadly-cholera-outbreak-idUSRTS2FX9O

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One million cases of #cholera since the outbreak of the war and hundreds of deaths.. watch this video

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1113101500404953088

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Yemen: Cholera Outbreak, Interactive Dashboard

http://yemeneoc.org/bi/

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Yemen: Cholera epidemic continues as of late March /update 4

https://www.garda.com/fr/crisis24/alertes-de-securite/217716/yemen-cholera-epidemic-continues-as-of-late-march-update-4

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

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Saudi Siege of Yemen’s al-Durayhimi as Devastating as WWII Siege of Leningrad

To compare Saudi Arabia’s blockade on al-Durayhimi to the siege of Leningrad by German and Finnish forces in 1944, one of the most notorious and brutal military sieges in history, is no exaggeration.

At least 7,000 civilians remain trapped in Southern Hodeida’s al-Durayhimi district by Saudi-led Coalition forces, in what has become a de facto eight-month siege amid Yemen’s broader humanitarian crisis. Conditions in al-Durayhimi are dire, as civilians endure an acute shortage of food and the spread of disease and epidemics.

In June 2018 Saudi-led forces imposed a land and air blockade on the heavily populated area of al-Durayhimi, which lies about 20 km from the Red Sea port city of Hodeida. Saudi forces left no safe corridors for civilians to flee and then began an indiscriminate campaign of rocket and artillery strikes on the district.

Without humanitarian corridors, local authorities, humanitarian organizations, and ambulance crews have been left unable to evacuate the wounded. The roads leaving al-Durayhimi are rife with danger thanks to the seemingly endless barrage of coalition rocket and artillery attacks, making it difficult to smuggle food and medicine into the district.

“Thousands of civilians from children, women to the elderly have been trapped by Saudi Arabia,” Majed Shureim, a representative of the Durayhimi Directorate in the local council of Hodeida, said. “Dozens die every day because of hunger and disease. They can not flee due to the lack of secure corridors.” Furthermore, the Saudi-led Coalition has also blocked internet access across the region, making it almost impossible for residents to contact the outside world.

In August 2018, the Coalition announced a military operation to seize the city, backed by air power, rockets, artillery, and a ground offensive, as well as militia groups loyal to Yemen’s ousted former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. Yet despite all of their resources, Saudi forces have been unable to overcome the fierce resistance shown by al-Durayhimi’s residents.

Mohammed Sulaiman al-Halisi, a high-ranking official in Hodeida province, said that civilians in al-Durayhimi have faced both an external enemy in the siege and an internal enemy in the diseases and hunger that have plagued others coastal districts, adding “whatever happens, we will not surrender to Coalition forces and we will keep our land.”

Dr. Yussif al-Hadhri, the spokesman of Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health and Population, told MintPress News that the blockade of al-Durayhimi has already sparked a humanitarian disaste

Before imposing the blockade, the Coalition destroyed farms, shops, mosques and health centers, government buildings and dozens of civilian homes in and around the city. The city’s stock of food and medicine was already depleted and hundreds of the district’s residents were already sick or wounded as a result of intense shelling by Saudi forces.

The policy of imposing suffocating blockades on civilians without providing humanitarian corridors for women, children and the wounded to reach safety has been used throughout Yemen by the Coalition during its four-year war on its southern neighbor.

Despite enduring the devastating Saudi war themselves, thousands of Yemeni civilians have begun to collect donations and prepare a large food convoy for delivery to al-Durayhimi’s residents. The residents hope that the food convoy will be delivered by the Red Cross or United Nations to civilians trapped in the district.

Local authorities have asked Danish General Michael Lollesgaard, the head of the United Nations mission to monitor Yemen’s truce agreement, to accompany the food convoy so as to avoid its being targeted by Saudi-led Coalition forces.

The convoy’s date of departure has not yet been announced, and Yemenis widely expect Saudi forces to prevent it from reaching the city – by Ahmed Abdulkareem

https://www.mintpressnews.com/saudi-siege-of-yemen-al-durayhimi-as-devastating-as-wwii-siege-of-leningrad/256820/

and on this subject, read also https://english.alahednews.com.lb/essaydetails.php?eid=47331&cid=269

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Heavy clashes break out in Yemen's Hodeidah

Heavy clashes and artillery shelling erupted on Tuesday night between the Yemeni government forces and Houthi rebels on the southeastern edges of Hodeidah port city amid United Nations' peace efforts to maintain the ceasefire deal.

Residents said the fighting was concentrated at Hodeidah airport and Red Sea mills, with no casualties reported yet.

Heavy clashes and artillery shelling erupted on Tuesday night between the Yemeni government forces and Houthi rebels on the southeastern edges of Hodeidah port city amid United Nations' peace efforts to maintain the ceasefire deal.

Residents said the fighting was concentrated at Hodeidah airport and Red Sea mills, with no casualties reported yet.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414e336b7a4e33457a6333566d54/index.html

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Saudi aggression commits over 1,000 violations in Hodeidah cease-fire: Military official

The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries have committed over 1,000 violations of the UN-brokered cease-fire in Hodeidah over the past six days, a military official said on Wednesday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531737.htm

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Al-Amalika forces down Houthi drone in Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2884

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In Hodeidah, three women were killed and two citizens were injured by the US-Saudi invaders and mercenaries shells at Hawk district.

The US-Saudi mercenaries targeted by more than 30 artillery shells, the Faculty of Medicine, Al-Jamal street, Al-Hodeidah University, Hodeidah Airport, and the areas south of Hays district. They launched 24 artillery shells on Tahita district, and eight mortars at city of Durehami.

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcLreieTBQs

Photos: https://twitter.com/crimesarchive/status/1113488778298056704

And this seems to refer to the same incident:

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Three women killed and two men injured by Houthi shelling on a residential neighbourhood south of Hodeidah

Three women were killed and two wounded when a shell landed on the densely populated neighbourhood near the al-Najah school in Al-Rabsa neighbourhood on Saturday morning, as Al-Masdar online correspondent said.

Al-Rabsa district is frequently subjected to the fall of Houthi projectiles fired by militias based inside the city on the coalition's joint forces and the legitimate government, which is stationed near the neighbourhood.

Earlier, a citizen was killed with a bullet during the clashes that took place on the airport road south of Hodeidah on Thursday night and a child was shot in the Al-Howk neighbourhood by a returning bullet.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166159

My comment: It seems, pro-Houthi media could reach the place and the victims. Draw your own conclusions.

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April, 2: In Hodeidah, US-Saudi mercenaries targeted several areas of At-tohayta district with 25 artillery shells and machine guns. The mercenaries also targeted Ad-durayhimi district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6190&cat_id=1

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Houthi militants shell a field hospital in al-Tuhita, Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2871

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Yemen's Houthis deny U.N. access to Hodeidah mills for 'safety reasons': sources

A WFP technical team was scheduled to cross the front line between the Iran-aligned Houthi movement forces and the Saudi-backed government on the eastern outskirts of Hodeidah to fumigate the wheat stored in the Red Sea Mills.

But Houthi forces told the WFP team they could not leave Houthi-held areas inside Hodeidah city for “security reasons”, asking the United Nations instead for a way to investigate attacks on the mills.

“The Houthis argued that government forces will target the U.N. and then they will be blamed for it,” one source aware of the discussion said. “(But) if the wheat is not fumigated, it will be lost.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-un/yemens-houthis-deny-u-n-access-to-hodeidah-mills-for-safety-reasons-sources-idUSKCN1RE1IM

and

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Government source: Houthis prevent Red Sea mills from operating

The militants of the al-Houthi group prevented the re-operation of Red Sea Mills and detained the chairman of the UN Redeployment committee, south of the city of Hodeidah (western Yemen), a government military source said on Tuesday.

The source told Al-Masdar online that the Houthis prevented the resumption of work in the main wheat mills after they refused the reach of 120 employees to the mills, through the city of Hodeidah under their control.

He noted that efforts by the World Food Programme (WFP) had earlier reached an agreement with the Houthis to restart the mills, before the latter had to retreat into the implementation of the agreement and allow staff to access the mills.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166151

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Yemen’s Houthis Target UN Employees

Yemen’s Houthi militias have once again targeted United Nations employees tasked with reinforcing a truce in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.
Waddah Aldbish, a spokesperson for the Saudi-led Arab coalition, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the insurgents opened fire on 89 employees of the World Food Program (WFP) and others to deny them access to the Red Sea Mills in the port.
He said armed Houthis surrounded the UN convoy and threatened to target employees and to confiscate their equipment and vehicles. The militias then forced the employees to return to where they came from.
“We saw head of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in Hodeidah, Lieutenant-General Michael Lollesgaard trying to interfere and stop this aggression by contacting Houthi leaders. However, the militias did not listen to him: Either they turned down his calls or closed the line while he talked to them,” Aldbish said.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1662651/yemen%E2%80%99s-houthis-target-un-employees

My remark: This report is from a Saudi news site.

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Houthis execute dozens of their own members in Hodeidah

Iran-backed Houthi putschist militia executed 31 of their own members in al-Duraihimi, south of Hodeidah.
Spokesman for the brigades of al-Amalika, Wadah al-Dubaish said that the trapped rebels inside al-Duraihimi offered a few days ago their readiness to surrender after contacting some commanders of the joint forces in Hodeidah.
"After having discovered the deal, the Houthis liquidated the 31 men who wanted to surrender on charges of treason." al-Dubaish added.
Al-Dubaish also said that the execution took place in a brutal way, in the site of water wells project in al-Duraihimi, the bodies were buried behind a school.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2857

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-28871

My remark: As claimed by anti-Houthi news sites.

(A K)

Heavy overnight battles erupted between the warring parties in Hodeidah in west Yemen as the UN is struggling to salvage a ceasefire deal reached during peace consultations in Sweden in December.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1112638171806908416

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Girl Killed by Shells of US-Saudi Mercenaries in Hodeidah

A girl was killed on Monday morning and a young man was injured by shells of US-Saudi mercenaries that targeted areas of Alhali and Hawk district of Hodeidah governorate.

Ten people were wounded in Hawk district by artillery shells fired by US-Saudi invaders and mercenaries after midnight on Sunday.

Informed sources said that artillery shells fired by the invaders and mercenaries have targeted a house of citizen, injuring ten of them, mostly women and children.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6163

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joenPUtRxoc

and

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Details of the crime of mercenaries yesterday in Hodeidah, which led to the wounding of 10 and the martyrdom of a young woman aged 20 years .. Details wounded: -

3 female children and 5 elderly women between 50, 60 and 65 years old

Issued by the Ministry of Public Health and Population, Monday, April 1, 2019

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680/2003474493281868/

and

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Ministry of Health : 7 Wounded Especially Elderly Women in Critical Situation in Hodeidah, We Call on International Organizations to Help Besieged Durahemi

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population Yousef al-Hadheri said on Monday that seven of the wounded in Al-Rubisa of Hodeidah, especially elderly women, are in a critical situation, calling the international organizations to help reaching the besieged Durahemi city south of Hodeidah.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6166&cat_id=1

(A K pH)

3 saudi-led airstrikes hit fishermen boats in Hodeiah

The warplanes of US-backed saudi-led aggression coalition on Monday launched three airstrikes on fishermen boats in Hodeidah province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531532.htm

(A K pH)

YMU condemns targeting the correspondent of Radio 21 September by coalition

The most recent of those attacks was targeting the radio correspondent of the Ministry of Defense September 21 Bassam al-Asadi, which led to his injury while covering the violations committed by the mercenaries of the US-saudi aggression coalition in Hodeidah.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531451.htm

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Yemen Aggressors Blocking Every Step of Stockholm Deal: Swedish Analyst

A senior human rights activist and commentator from Sweden blamed the Saudi-led coalition and its Western allies for the ongoing human tragedy in Yemen and said the aggressors are blocking "every step" of a recent UN-brokered peace deal in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

"The murderous blockade (on Yemen) is a diplomatic house of cards, with no legal ground in international law," Ulf Sandmark said in an interview with Tasnim.

"Now the aggressors are hiding behind a ceremony of negotiation procedures, blocking every step of the Stockholm agreement, which was very important as it was the first step to expose to the world the diplomatic charades going on to keep the war and the hunger catastrophe going," he added.

Following is the full text of the interview

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2019/03/29/1977487/yemen-aggressors-blocking-every-step-of-stockholm-deal-swedish-analyst

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Crucial Week ahead for Redeployment Committee in Yemen’s Hodeidah

The Yemeni government team in the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in Hodeidah agreed on Saturday on the plan proposed by head of the committee, Lieutenant-General Michael Lollesgaard, concerning the first phase of redeployment in the ports of al-Salif and Ras Issa, government sources told Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1659631/crucial-week-ahead-redeployment-committee-yemen%E2%80%99s-hodeidah

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/2859

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON APRIL 3, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-april-3-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON APRIL 2, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-april-2-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON APRIL 1, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-april-1-2019-map-update/

(A K P)

Stop Bombing Civilians: Sign the petition

https://hi-action.org.uk/petition

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Film: Hassan Al-Haifi war live

https://www.facebook.com/hassan.alhaifi/videos/2196676350379321/

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Film: Yémen, un silence complice?

Des dizaines de milliers de morts et de blessés, des millions de déplacés et une population dépendant à 80% de l’aide humanitaire. Le Yémen est à feu et à sang depuis 4 ans, loin, très loin des regards du monde entier. Pourquoi une telle indifférence? Pourquoi une telle tragédie à huis clos? Quelles responsabilités de l’Occident?

https://www.rts.ch/play/tv/infrarouge/video/yemen-un-silence-complice?id=10340297

(B P)

Film: Jemen: Kirchen

Nur noch wenige Christen leben im Jemen. Der Krieg hat viele Kirchen zerstört. Die meisten Gläubigen wanderten aus.

https://www.facebook.com/Weltspiegel/videos/vb.49633993885/442480126491948/?type=2&theater

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Yemen in time of war and cholera

Blue death creeps across Yemen with alarming speed, compounding the nation’s humanitarian crisis

Yemen is mired in a raging sea of questions. Aside from its foreign relations and peace developments, Yemen’s domestic front is full of agonising intrigue.

Is it the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islah Party, the Salafis, Houthi militias or cholera that is kinder to Yemenis? Why did Islah set its eyes on Taiz’s Old City? Why has Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar been accused of treachery in Taiz? Is Yemen’s cholera an epidemic or a weapon of annihilation?

Questions abound in Yemen, and many remain unanswered. The distressed nation clings to the hope that war will be over and disease will recede. Over everything else, certainty breaks down.

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/26860.aspx

My remark: An overview article, from Egypt, member of Saudi coalition.

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Taiz: Another Saudi-led coalition failure in Yemen

Taiz today is a fresh example of the fragile presence of the state, and the lack of the rule of law in Yemen, writes a Yemeni journalist.

The infighting killed six and wounded about 50 civilians while families remained besieged in their houses for four days. Vital public facilities such as hospitals came under fire, barring civilians from basic services.

Although these militant factions - the al-Islah party fighters and the Salafis - show allegiance to the Saudi-led coalition, they are driven by the coalition's divided agenda in Yemen. Such violence would not occur, were the armed groups affiliated with the Saudi-led coalition held accountable.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a key member of the Arab coalition, is backing the Salafis to face off the Islah party, a matter which has created a tense climate in Taiz, causing in destructive violence in the city.

The chaos and bloodshed in this densely populated city is further evidence that the Saudi-led coalition has failed in Yemen, and contributed to undermining the legitimate government in the country over the last four years.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2019/4/3/taiz-another-saudi-led-coalition-failure-in-yemen

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Film: Kathy Kelly on Afghanistan, Yemen, nuclear weapons and being Kathy: Part I, II

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnBqglu6-H4 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATP5GZRYiAs

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Film: War School - Yemen

Protest Action against Britain's involvemment in bombing of Yemen

https://vimeo.com/328168932

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The explosive toy that killed and injured 17 children in Hamedan

The child was on his way to school in the Hamedan district north of Sana'a and was in a strange way, and because the village children are deprived of play, each body takes a regular shape and a polished texture fit to play.

The child carried the strange item and put it in his school bag and when the class arrived and found a free time he took out this strange body from his bag and started messing with his colleagues who shared the game eagerly.

According to the Al-Masdar online correspondent, the projectile exploded in the face of the students, killing two and injuring 15 children of the total students in the classroom.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166161

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Film: Yemen: The Forgotten War

The Agenda speaks with Belkis Wille, Yemen and Kuwait researcher for Human Rights Watch about, who has just recently returned from Yemen.

https://www.tvo.org/video/yemen-the-forgotten-war

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Films: A Night of Solidarity at Yale for Yemen

Yale students, member of "Students for Yemen", introduce the 3/30/19 event at Yale's famed Battell Chapel. Daud Shad, Mehdi Baqri, Yasmin Abdella, and Sarah Pitafiand talk about the program and urge contributions to Doctors Without Borders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ShUenpzESI

Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi, Yemeni-American and professor at Michigan State University gives background about the warfare in Yemen at the Yale "Night of Solidarity with Yemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw9NfxmReY4

Cornel West's address at the Night of Solidarity with Yemen, Yale University

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68wfZW8ehtQ

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The role of the United States "USA" in the Saudi-led coalition war on #Yemen The war in Yemen is one the U.S. doesn't want you to know about.

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1113164782255960064

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Film (in Arabic): Field investigation on some of the crimes of the Saudi American aggression in the province of Hajjah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_42Tp2G2aag

(B K P)

Saudi exit strategy

The Kingdom faces a tough task to extricate itself from the ongoing war in Yemen

https://www.petroleum-economist.com/articles/politics-economics/middle-east/2019/saudi-exit-strategy

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Yemen: Heavy Losses of a Never-Ending War

[Overview]

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Yemen-Heavy-Losses-of-a-Never-Ending-War-20190401-0015.html

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Audio: Jemen - Der vergessene Krieg

Seit vier Jahren herrscht Krieg im Jemen. Der Bevölkerung mangelt es zusehends an Lebensmitteln und Medikamenten. Die UN sprechen von der größten Katastrophe weltweit.

https://www.ndr.de/info/Jemen-Der-vergessene-Krieg,audio500992.html 0 https://player.fm/series/ndr-info-das-forum-1941840/jemen-der-vergessene-krieg

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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.

http://en.ypagency.net/97152/

My comment: How many victims were never counted in any statistics? As a reminder: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/yemen-war-death-toll-saudi-arabia-allies-how-many-killed-responsibility-a8603326.html

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Saudi coalition destroys 5,000 km of roads in Yemen

According to Yemeni media ‘Saba’, Ministry of Public works and Infrastructures of Yemen announced on Sunday that the four-year aggression and bombardments of Saudis on Yemen have inflicted damages to roads and bridges in the country.
The damages to Yemeni infrastructures has cost over $3.29 billion during the last four years.
Based on the reports, the Saudi coalition has put on the agenda destroying bridges and roads to disconnect cities and villages since the very early moments of war on Yemen.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/83261327

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6155

(A P)

30th Arab League Summit Reaffirms Nations’ Sovereignty

The text of the Tunis Declaration renewed condemnation targeting the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its cities with ballistic missiles and stressed concern for its security and stability as an essential component of the security of the Gulf region and the entire Arab region.
The Arab Leaders underscored the continuity of Arab efforts to restore legitimacy in Yemen and put an end to the suffering of the Yemeni people.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2854

My comment: A document of Saudi dominance.

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Houthi prisoners say were forcibly taken to fronts

A number of Houthi militants, captured two days ago by the national army in the front of Bani Hasan in Hajjah, revealed how they were recruited to fight alongside the rebel militia.

“They( the militia) told us we won’t receive any salary if we don’t come to Dhamar province to meet a committee before moving to Sana’a”, one of the prisoners appears speaking in the video.
Mohammed Hamud Al-Hadad, who was former army soldier, added that the rebel militia ” took us forcefully without our consent, forced us to attend some courses before deploying us on the front lines in the west coast.”

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2855

(B K P)

Yemen is not going through war only at the moment, we are in a stalemate period within war. This is more devastating than war itself because it drains all hope out of people, kills progress, solidifies societal animosities and creates a chronic political crisis in the country.

https://twitter.com/ammar82/status/1112090073393188865

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Yemeni FM urges UN to let ships carrying food dock in ports

Yemeni foreign minister said that the United Nations has stopped giving permission to the ships for entering Yemen's ports.

Hisham-Sharaf, foreign minister of Yemeni government called on the UN to give permissions for the ships carrying food consignments to dock in Yemeni ports, acording to al-Mayadeen.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/83262939

My remark: Sanaa government.

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Commodity Tracker (as of 31 March 2019)

Since the start of UNVIM operations until the temporary blockade (pre-blockade period) food imports via Hudaydah and Saleef were meeting 96% of national requirements. Q4 & Q1 import levels were about 40% less than the preblockade period. Food items may be imported via other ports, but lack similar capacity.

Fuel imports via Hudaydah & Ras Isa during the pre-blockade period met about one-third of national requirements. Q4 and Q1 import levels were similar, although Ras Isa remains closed. Other ports also have capacity to import fuel

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-commodity-tracker-31-march-2019

(B H)

#Yemen `This is Abdulrahman who we met last October in #Yemen. He died in Sudan in March, after waiting months for a medical evacuation. He could not leave sooner because of Yemen's war and the #Saudi ban on civilian flights from #Sanaa. His innocent face should shame us all. (photo)

https://twitter.com/OrlaGuerin/status/1112832052125159425

https://twitter.com/OrlaGuerin/status/1112837382162841600

https://twitter.com/jamesdenselow/status/1112829169581342720

(B H)

#YemenCantWait For Yusra, who is six, a second chance. She had a life threatening tumour but has been successfully treat at the King Hussein Cancer Centre in Amman. But many other sick children remain trapped in #Yemen by #Saudi ban on civilian flights from #Sanaa (photo9

https://twitter.com/OrlaGuerin/status/1112840825371807744

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Oxfam: Women in conflict zones

No-one can escape the devastating grip of war. For women, it can mark a point of no return. But it can also be a door to new opportunities. Through examples from Iraq, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Yemen, this report analyses the impact war and occupation have had on the lives of women.

Oxfam Intermón (Spain) shows in this report how Spain can play a key role in helping

In Yemen, violence against women, in all of its forms, has been a historical reality, and was legally condoned in Article 40 of the Personal Status Law of 1992, which states that women must obey their husbands in all matters.

Yemen is one of the countries with the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, and the highest in the region.

The ongoing war in Yemen is likewise creating greater devastation amongst women in what is now the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. Sexual violence, already a structural problem, is increasing as a result of the conflict. Three million women and girls are believed to be at risk from different types of violence. Here too, women are more vulnerable when forced to flee from their homes. Women and children make up 76% of all displaced persons. Extreme poverty and rampant violence further affect the security of women and girls. According to the report by the UN Human Rights Council Group of Experts on Yemen, there is evidence of rape, detentions, disappearances and extortion of women, who are increasingly being taken from their homes at night to be raped. 42 Impunity and fear of revictimization means that these incidents go largely unreported.

https://www.oxfam.org/en/research/women-conflict-zones = https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/bp-women-in-conflict-zones-290319-en_0.pdf

(B H)

Relief and Development Peer Foundation: On the frontlines towards awareness raising

The entire population of Fara Al-Udayn is at risk for life-threatening diseases, some of which are considered the top causes of death. These diseases disproportionately affect the poorest and least-educated families and is far more common in remote, rural areas than in urban and peri-urban areas.

Since July 2017, Relief and Development Peer Foundation (RDP) has been implementing the “Integrated Health and Nutrition Project” in Fara Al-Udayn district

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/frontlines-towards-awareness-raising

(B H)

In #Yemen, where famine/disease threaten millions of children, a few heroic men like @ghalebalsudmy work tirelessly to bring these children back from the brink & restore their glowing smiles. Helping save these children is the least we can possibly do (photos)

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1112504715412209664

and

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Food and medicine for Yemen

My name is Mike Myers, I live in Hector NY. I had the honor to become acquainted with Ghaleb Alsudmy on Twitter. I encourage you to visit ghalebsudmy.blogspot.com to become familiar, ( if you are not already) with Ghaleb’s work. Donations to the account will be sent directly from me to Ghaleb via Western Union.I will send money weekly or every hundred dollars. Which ever occurs first. Ghaleb will post receipts from donations on his blog. Ghaleb can also be found on Twitter @ghalebalsudmy. Ghaleb is a bright light of humanity in the middle of darkness. Thank you for helping to bring much needed food and medicine to the children of Yemen. Ghaleb is working tirelessly to help his neighbors and many others. The children of Yemen thank you! ghalebsudmy.blogspot.com

https://www.gofundme.com/food-and-medicine-for-yemen

and

(B H)

#Good_News, We distributed #baby_milk_food to dozens of poor displaced children in camp north of #Hodeidah, We will send more photos later. With your donations we can alleviate their suffering (thread; reporting work, photos9

https://twitter.com/ghalebalsudmy/status/1112792811663974400

and more:

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International Committee of the Red Cross: Yemen: Catastrophic Toll Of Landmines And UXOs

The fighting continues, despite peace efforts. That means, says ICRC demining expert Mike Trant, that the risk of mines and unexploded ordnance is almost impossible to reduce. In fact, the danger may be spreading.

“There is a huge issue with UXO and landmines here,” he says. “The front lines are constantly shifting which means a large area of the country is contaminated and it causes a huge problem for rural areas and in urban areas because you have the airstrikes, shellings etc.”

It is a danger which affects everyone; young, old, men, women, boys, and girls. Mansour is just five, with all the energy and mischief of any five year old. But he lost his leg when he was just a baby, and the childhood he has a right to has been restricted.

Children are especially vulnerable. They cannot always recognise a lethal mine or unexploded shell when they see one. In the five ICRC supported physical rehabilitation centres in Yemen, 38 per cent of the patients are children.

“I personally have seen a case where a young boy in Al Hudaidah lost a leg and has some series injuries because he thought he was picking up a toy, when it was in fact a UXO”, says Mike Trant.

Physical rehabilitation, artificial limbs, and mine education can help. The ICRC is committed to continuing all of these things in Yemen. But those things cannot undo the catastrophic damage. And only a halt to the use of landmines, and a halt in fighting to allow landmines and UXOs to be cleared, can prevent more children suffering such terrible injuries (with film)

www.icrcnewsroom.org/open.asp?ID=2698&title=Yemen__Catastrophic_Toll_Of_Landmines_And_UXOs = https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-catastrophic-toll-landmines-and-uxos

My remark: UXO = Unexploded ordnance.

(B H)

Int. Red Cross: Social Media Dashboard, Yemen

https://www.icrc.org/en/social-media-dashboard/country/ye/yemen

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World Food Programme: WFP Yemen Situation Report #44, February 2019

In Numbers: 24.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance
3.3 million people internally displaced
20.1 million people are food insecure

Highlights: WFP distributed food assistance to 9.3 million people in February, achieving 80 percent of the planned 11.7 million.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/wfp-yemen-situation-report-44-february-2019

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Government begins disbursements salaries of January and February for health workers in Houthi control areas

The legitimate Yemeni government on Monday began paying the salaries of some 33,000 health workers in areas still under the control of the Houthi rebel group, through the branches of Alkuraimi Islamic Bank.

Government and other sources at the Alkuraimi bank told al-Masdar online that employees of the health offices and government hospitals in Sana'a and the rest of the governorates that are under the control of Houthis, have started receiving the salaries of January and February through Alkuraimi Bank.

According to government sources, the government has transferred the salary amount in early March, but the rebel group obstructed the disbursement by requiring that the salaries of health staff be paid from old banknotes and warned against the confiscation of salaries if they were disbursed with new money printed by the government in Russia.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166112

(B H)

Global Communities: CREATE Program in Yemen Empowers Youth to Challenge Themselves

During my visits to the Vocational Training institute, I encountered some trainees that caught my attention.

https://www.globalcommunities.org/CREATE-yemen-youth-vocation

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Why Water is Key to Saving Lives and Restoring Dignity in Yemen

Due to the conflict, as well as years of under-development—a result of being the poorest country in the region long before the conflict broke out—Yemen also suffers from an acute shortage of functioning irrigation systems, water points and sanitation facilities. This leaves the Yemeni people at risk of such life-threatening diseases like cholera and typhoid.

These alarming numbers illustrate that the need for improved WASH-services—such as reliable water points and access to functioning latrines—isn’t simply a matter of convenience. It’s central to survival.

https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/story/why-water-is-key-to-saving-lives-and-restoring-dignity-in-yemen/

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Film: A Yemeni girl’s journey from cancer to recovery

When we first met six-year-old Yusra in October, she had a life-threatening tumour in her left eye.

Because she and her family were trapped in war-torn Yemen, she couldn't get the treatment abroad she needed.

Thanks to donations after her story was told on the BBC, she was operated on in Jordan last month.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-47755407/yemen-conflict-a-little-girl-s-journey-from-cancer-to-recovery

and

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Young girl faces being sent back to Yemen after having eye removed to treat cancer

A little girl suffering from cancer in war-torn Yemen has had to have her eye removed. Yusra is considered one of the lucky ones after she was evacuated from the conflict for urgent medical attention. Metro.co.uk first highlighted her plight last year when it was feared the cancer that had already claimed her sight would soon claim her life.

Medics feared the disease was spreading but there are barely any doctors or functioning healthcare facilities after years of war. An international aid effort saw Yusra taken to neighbouring Jordan where she underwent major surgery to remove the tumour. Sadly surgeons at the King Hussein Cancer Centre in Amman said it had been left too late to save her eye. Dr Yacoub Yousef told the BBC it was one of the hardest operations he had ever done.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/02/young-girl-faces-sent-back-yemen-eye-removed-treat-cancer-9094521/

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BLOG: BLEIBEN ODER FLIEHEN?

Sukaina* kommt aus dem Jemen und arbeitet dort für Save the Children. Seit 2015 herrscht Krieg und das Land ist Schauplatz einer der größten humanitären Krisen der Welt. Hier schreibt sie über ihr Leben.

Der Krieg hat alles verändert. Für mich, für meine Familie, für Menschen überall im Jemen. Viele haben das Land verlassen.

Mein Mann hatte eine gute Arbeit, aber er verlor sie, als die Wirtschaft zusammenbrach.

Alles ist teuer geworden. Früher habe ich Windeln gekauft, ohne darüber nachzudenken. Heute sind sie Luxusgüter. Viele Familien nehmen Plastiktüten oder funktionieren alte Kleidungsstücke als Windeln um, weil sie sich keine Windeln leisten können.

Der Transport, Krankenhäuser, Schulen, Kindergärten - alles bricht zusammen.

Jeder, der kann, versucht aus dem Jemen zu entkommen. Ich kann nicht. Ich unterstütze meine gesamte Familie. Ich kann sie nicht alleine lassen. Ich kann mein Land nicht alleine lassen. Ich hätte keine Freude mehr im Leben, wenn ich wüsste, dass meine Familie, meine Freunde, mein Land jeden Tag ums Überleben kämpfen müssten, während es mir gut geht.

https://www.savethechildren.de/news/blog-bleiben-oder-fliehen/

(* B H)

Staying? Or going?

The war has changed everything for me, my family and families across Yemen, and many have left.

My husband used to have a good job, but he lost it when the economy crashed.

People like me, who are lucky enough to still have a job, support their whole extended family. I support my parents, my brother’s family, my grandmother, and my cousin’s family. Although the support I provide them is very basic and is barely enough, it is better than nothing. Everything in the shops is so expensive.

Everyone keeps abandoning Yemen. I can’t. I am the provider for my entire family. I can’t abandon them. I can’t abandon my country – by Sukaina Sharafuddin, Communications Officer, Save the Children Yemen

https://campaigns.savethechildren.net/blogs/sukainasharafuddin/staying-or-going

(* B H)

Film: Here is message from one of Sana'a hospitals Where parents bringing children to get nutrition, the children are only bones & skin from the malnutrition There 400,000 children in #Yemen are suffering acute malnutrition

https://twitter.com/MohammedHojily/status/1112786555930927104

(* B H)

International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies: Psychosocial support to vulnerable communities in Yemen

After four years, the on-going armed conflict in Yemen has left people exposed to psychological distress and in need for psychosocial support. To help people exposed to psychological distress Danish Red Cross and PS Centre are currently supporting Yemen Red Crescent Society to implement psychosocial support for affected communities in Yemen..

trainings that are offered under the C-SHARE programme. C-SHARE stands for “Community Services in Health and Action for Resilience” and is a three-year long programme funded by the EU Development and Cooperation (DEVCO) and developed by Danish Red Cross with technical support from the PS Centre. It is implemented by Yemen Red Crescent Society serving vulnerable communities and local authorities in the Hodeidah, Ibb, Mahweet, Aden and Sana’a Amanat al Asimah governorates in Yemen.

Voices from the field in Yemen:

“With the capacity building of Yemen Red Crescent Society through the trainings we are building a society and aiding our country to adapt to the current difficult conditions.” – Dalia Jalal Alsaggaf, PSS Officer in Sana’a, Mahweet, & Aden branches.

“The most important thing I have learned about myself is how protection is important and should be integrated in any program. I have learned the essential principals of the DAPS (Dignity, Access, Participation and Safety). I learned also how to deal with different groups and respect their attitudes and opinions.” – Mohammed Al Gozahi, Field Officer in Mahweet.

http://pscentre.org/archives/8017 = https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/psychosocial-support-vulnerable-communities-yemen

(B H)

How Yemen’s radicalized children can be rehabilitated

Maybe it is too early at present to establish a program to deradicalize children in Yemen, but certainly a plan for such a program should be initiated. Those radicalized children should be targeted and rehabilitated after the areas currently under the control of the Houthis have been liberated.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1476026

My comment: By a Saudi source, this largely is propaganda. – And, there are child soldiers fighting for the Saudis as well.

(* B H)

World Bank, UN Development Programme: Yemen emergency crisis response project as of December 2018

In response to Yemen crisis, UNDP has partnered with the World Bank to implement the US$300 million YECRP to revive Yemen’s economy through large cash-for-work projects, support to small businesses, and labor-intensive repairs of small infrastructure benefiting vulnerable communities in over 300 districts across the 22 governorates of Yemen.

YECRP aims to mitigate the impact of the current crisis on Yemeni local households and communities and assist their recovery.

Yemeni households benefit from short-term income generation and employment opportunities through implementation of two cash programs

http://www.ye.undp.org/content/yemen/en/home/library/crisis_prevention_and_recovery/fast-fact-sheet-YECRP-december-2018.html

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

(* B H)

The Plight of the Internally Displaced Yemenis in Sanaa

On its mission to cover the sufferings of Hudaydah’s besieged Duraihimi civilians, al-Ahed couldn't find easily families from this district, as it seems they couldn't flee conflict and still languish under US backed Saudi-led militants siege. In Sana'a, al-Ahed met only families fled from Hudaydah city's outskirts areas who struggle to survive on their own, mostly in small ships and tents far away from displaced camp on the outskirts of Sana'a city.

Among the 996,600 people displaced from Hudaydah, which the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a January 15th report, al-Ahed met Ahmed Al Zabidi who lives with his family and others in small shops at Hishishiah neighborhood of Al Hassabah area in Sana'a city.

Al Zabidi, 35, is a father of two children – Haneen, two, and Rawan, four. He said he left his house on the outskirts of Hudaydah city last August, following the kick-off of the Saudi assault on the city and has been living in this small shop in Sana'a since then (photos)

https://english.alahednews.com.lb/essaydetails.php?eid=47331&cid=269

(B H)

Relief and Development Peer Foundation: Displaced by the war to a war of starvation

Now what!

Now, their life has totally turned upside down. No place to protect them from getting cold. Children are no longer studying. A father who lost his job is now unable to afford buying even one meal a day. Fleeing from the dreadful war and conflicts to face other war of starvation is the sole meaning of death.

Abubaker’s family has been fiercely displaced by the escalated conflicts in Al-Hudaydah Governorate. Abubakar is now living in extreme poverty with his wife and five children

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/displaced-war-war-starvation

(B H)

Romance between Yemeni refugee and Jeju woman blossoms into marriage

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/888566.html

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=329281177793890

(B H)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 29 March 2019

UNHCR continues to respond to the needs of Yemen’s internally displaced persons (IDPs), in light of ongoing conflict, including shelling and airstrikes, in the northern governorates of Sa’ada and Al Jawf particularly. UNHCR has nearly completed the distribution of core relief items (CRIs) to IDPs in Sa’ada governorate.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-unhcr-operational-update-29-march-2019

(B H)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees: UNHCR Yemen Situation: 2019 Funding Update (as of 20 March 2019)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unhcr-yemen-situation-2019-funding-update-20-march-2019

(* A H K pS)

Gains for government forces in Abbs – Hajjah and battles cause displacement of about 500 families

Government troops on Monday made new field gains in Beni Abbs district of Hajjah Governorate (northwest of the country), following battles against Houthi militants.

The battles caused a massive exodus of civilians in the villages. The number of families displaced in the direction of Hayran district, reached more than 500 families.

The humanitarian conditions of the displaced people were very poor.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166113

(B H)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees: East, Horn of Africa and Yemen - Displacement of Somalis: Refugees, asylum-seekers and IDPs, showing host countries with more than 1,000 Somalis | as of 28 February 2019

249,305 Somalians in Yemen

https://reliefweb.int/map/somalia/east-horn-africa-and-yemen-displacement-somalis-refugees-asylum-seekers-and-idps-5

(B H)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen: Contingency Stocks and Pipelines (as of March 2019)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-contingency-stocks-and-pipelines-march-2019

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

(A H P)

Al-Ra'i asks MSF's President to convey Yemen's suffering to world

Speaker of the Parliament Yahya Ali al-Ra'i on Wednesday asked President of MSF Dr. Joanne Liu, who is currently visiting Sanaa, to convey the suffering of Yemen and its people to the world public opinion

https://www.sabanews.net/en/news531693.htm

(* A P)

"Sam" reveals harsh treatment of detainees in Sanaa's political security prison

SAM Organization for Human Rights and Freedoms has published testimonies of a lawyer and a number of relatives of detainees who have detailed the harsh treatment of detainees at Houthis political security prison in Sana'a.

According to a statement published by the Geneva-based organization, on Wednesday, the testimony of a detainee's wife said that her husband had been chained for three days with other detainees because he asked a jailer to bring a doctor to a detainee who had been in convulsion and fainted inside the cell.

She added that during the visit, the guards entered every minute and pulled some of the detainees out away from their relatives, in addition to preventing food and medicine from them.

The al-Houthi militia is blocking the families of detainees in the political security prison from visiting their relatives since two weeks, Sam said.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166157

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-28909

and

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Lawyer says defendants were tortured by Houthi captors

A Yemeni lawyer says 36 defendants charged with espionage by the Houthi rebels are alleging they have been tortured.

Abdel-Majeed Sabra, a Yemeni lawyer representing one of the detainees, made the claim to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

He said his client appeared in court Tuesday but the hearing was adjourned until Saturday.

Sabra says the detainees have been subjected to beatings and other physical abuses since their detentions, which have ranged from two to four years. He said they are held in underground cells and deprived of food and medicine.

Thousands have been imprisoned by the Houthi militia during Yemen’s civil war. An AP investigation found some detainees were scorched with acid, forced to hang from their wrists for weeks at a time or were beaten with batons.

https://apnews.com/af4b0a4bf3bd497daf3f160d1c0dd6c2

and

(* A P)

Houthis trial for 36 abductees. And a kidnapped: we’ve subjected to torture

A lawyer of the kidnapped in al-Houthi prisons in Sanaa, Abdulmejeed Sabra, said that the al-Houthi group held a hearing on Tuesday for 36 abductees without an advance date.

In his blog post on his Facebook page, Sabra added that the kidnapped complained about the abuse they suffered every time, and that it has increased in the recent period in an insane and excessive manner.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166150

(A P)

Houthis Storm al-Mahwit governor's house in Sanaa

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166148

My remark: Hadi government official’s house.

(A P)

Parliament holds meeting attended by gov't to discuss several topics

The Parliament on Tuesday held its session under the chairmanship of its Speaker Yahya Al-Ra'i in the presence of the Prime Minister and his deputies, members of the National Salvation Government, the Mayor the Capital and the heads of departments and government bodies.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531651.htm

My remark: While the Hadi government tries to establish a concurrent parliament, by MPs who left the Houthi side.

(A P)

Sayyed Abdulmalik: The Quranic Project, Important and Only Way to Face US-Israeli Dangerous Agenda

In the annual anniversary of the martyrdom of Sayyed Hussain Al-Houthi, Sayyed Abdulmalik revealed the importance of the Quranic project that Sayyed Hussain Al-Houthi has launched.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6182

and also http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531663.htm

(A P)

From the creations of the students of the Department of Art Education at the University of Dhamar will be presented during the annual art exhibition, which assesses the University of Dhamar within the activities of four years of legendary steadfastness and persistence in the aggression (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/fahmi.alshami.5/posts/282152642686144?

(A E P)

Safer condemns al-Houthi attack on oil pipeline and emptying of crude oil

Safer's oil exploration and production operations company condemned the intrusion of the Houthi militia into the company's crude oil pumping station in Raima Province, the withdrawal of crude oil and the main export pipeline.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166122

(A P)

Houthis prevent visits, food and medicine from some abductees in Sanaa

The Association of Mothers of Abductees said that two weeks ago, the Houthis in Sanaa banned visits from some of the abductees, prevented the introduction of food and medicine and confiscated all their clothes and personal items, mattresses and blankets.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166116

and also https://republicanyemen.net/archives/16082

(A P)

Tribal Sheik Killed by a Houthi Supervisor

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/16043

(A H P)

Al-Houthi Discusses with MSF Head Supporting 13 Hospitals

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6172

(A P)

A citizen was executed inside his home and in front of his family west of Taiz

Al-Houthi militias on Sunday executed a citizen in Al-Quhaifah isolation in Maqbana district, western Taiz province in southwest Yemen.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166029

(A)

A Houthi Leader Kills a Citizen and Seizes His Car

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/16035

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

(A T)

Saudi-backed Yemeni security forces raided an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP) bomb-making cell and destroyed explosives in Juaymah city in Shibam district in Hadramawt governorate in eastern Yemen on April 2. [2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-april-3-2019

(A)

Darkness sneaks back into Marib city through the holes of corruption and neglect

The city of Marib (central Yemen) has lived in the past two days in long hours of darkness, which has been shrouded in large parts of the city.

Activists on social media complained that the cut-off had continued in some quarters for more than 20 hours, after the city witnessed a remarkable stabilization in the electricity service during the past period.

Speaking to Al-Masdar online, Owidhah said the problem lies in the manipulation by oil officials of the amounts allocated to electricity and their disbursement

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166158

(A H P)

MSF suspends work in Aden after ailing gunmen kidnap a patient from its hospital

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has suspended its work in Aden (the temporary capital of southern Yemen) after an armed group abducted a patient from an affiliated hospital.

In a statement issued by the organization, Al-Masdar online received a copy of it, saying it was suspending the reception of patients at its hospital starting at 12 a.m. Wednesday.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166162

(A H P)

#MSF has suspended admission of patients in its hospital in #Aden following the abduction of one of its patient on 2 April, who was found dead later on.

“We are worried by the deterioration of security in #Aden and its consequences on our medical activities, for both patients and staff whose lives are endangered by these incidents”

https://twitter.com/msf_yemen/status/1113432395401895937

https://twitter.com/msf_yemen/status/1113434120896618496

(B P)

Mansour Saleh: Security and Stability in Yemen and the Region will Never Be Achieved Unless the Southern Cause is Solved.

Saleh asserted that the southern transitional council thinks representing the south through its rightful representative, the council itself, is the best way to solve the southern cause and respect the southern will in restoring the southern state.

https://en.smanews.org/mansour-saleh-security-and-stability-in-yemen-and-the-region-will-never-be-achieved-unless-the-southern-cause-is-solved

My remark: Southern separatists’ viewpoints.

(A P)

Detention of Al-Masdar source reporter in Al-Turbah – Taiz by the commander of the Special Security forces

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166121

(A T)

Two soldiers and gunmen killed in armed attack on military police headquarter in Taiz

Two soldiers and a tribal gunman were killed and a civilian was wounded in a serious clash on Tuesday between the military police and an armed gang west of Taiz in southwest Yemen.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166124

(A)

Soldier killed in clashes between security forces and local militants in northern Aden

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166077

(A T)

Al-Qaeda explosives expert was arrested east of Abyan

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166066

(A P)

Release "Bahbib " after a year and a half in a Bir Ahmed.. Arrested without charge and left with a disability due to torture

Last week, Emirati forces released the young man Ahmed Bahbib, a year and a half after the enforced disappearance and torture in the notorious Bir Ahmed prison, which turned into a Yemeni version of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Local sources told Al-Masdar online that Bahbib was arrested a year and a half ago without charge and remained hidden, and there was no information about him before his family was surprised by information about his arrest in the prison of Bir Ahmed in Aden, which includes hundreds of innocent people arrested without charge and fabricated charges.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166068

(A E P)

Agreement between the Yemeni central Bank and Saudi financial authorities for the transfer of salary funds

The central bank of Yemen, the Ministry of Finance of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Arabian monetary Agency, the Saudi National Bank and the leadership of the Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, signed the agreement on the transfer of salary funds for soldiers and support for the Yemeni budget.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166067

(* A)

Three civilians killed and two wounded in clashes in al-Shamaytin, Taiz

Three civilians, including a child, were killed and two others wounded in clashes Sunday in al-Shamaytin province southern Taiz, a government military source said.

"The clashes broke out between gunmen from Beit al-Asnag in Duba’a and other gunmen from Beit Dughaish in Beni Hammad, in Al-Samsarah market in the Shamaytin region,"

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166064

(A P)

Airline announces suspension of flight for inability to obtain authorization from coalition

A Yemeni airline company announced Sunday evening that it had stopped flights due to the inability to obtain flight permits from the operations of the Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

The Coalition has been fully dominating the regional airspace since the start of its operations in Yemen on March 26, 2015, and civil aviation is allowed to fly in the air only after obtaining permission from the Allied operations room.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166069

My comment: This (again) evidently shows who really is ruling in Southern Yemen.

(* A T)

Four soldiers killed in ambush in eastern Yemen

No group has claimed responsibility for deadly attack

An improvised explosive device went off while a Yemeni military patrol was passing through Hadhramaut’s city of Seiyun, a military source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to media.

Following the blast, a group of gunmen opened fire on the patrol, killing four and injuring several others

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/four-soldiers-killed-in-ambush-in-eastern-yemen/1440312

and also https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166117

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/02/c_137943674.htm (stating only 2 killed)

(* B E P)

Saudi-Led Coalition Loots Yemenis As They On The Brink Of Famine!

Lootings and security disorder have been ramping in Aden and other provinces since United Arab Emirates, a main part of the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, forces took over the city.

An unknown armed groups attacked and looted employees’ salaries of Water and Sanitation Foundation in Yemen’s southern city of Aden,whereas the paid fighters attacked a financial accountant’s car of branch of the foundation and fled carrying with money in Mansoura district.

Paid fighters members loyal to the coalition revealed that an official in ministry of defense in Saudi-backed government of the exiled Yemeni president Hadi dominated and seized a land scheme of a whole block in Aden province.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) -run Yemeni Oil Investments Company announced 600 thousands of Yemen’s oil barrels exported from Shabwah province.

A number of exiled Hadi’s government ministers withdraw large sums of money from accounts of their ministries

A local official said that Bin Daghr’s authorities in Aden became a gang to loot goods and food aid that belonging to traders and companies in the northern provinces.

The authorities seized raw materials of Sanaa-based Kamran company and medicines and food supplies for traders.

http://www.yemenextra.net/2019/03/31/saudi-led-coalition-loots-yemenis-as-they-on-the-brink-of-famine/

(B P)

Situation in #Yemen's UAE-run Aden is out of control. Homicides are on the rise, the latest was the murder of a girl in her 20s Monday. In this port city where internationally recognised government can't do its duties properly, crimes are being reported "almost" on a daily basis.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1112877408930103301

and

(A)

A bizarre New Crime, under the US-UAE-Saudi Occupation a 20 yeas old Girl Killed in mysterious circumstances in Aden

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6188

and also http://www.yemenextra.net/2019/04/02/girl-found-dead-in-southern-yemen/.

(A P)

Workers of Aden Radio and Television demand to return to work

The Workers staged a protest against the unjustified shut down of Aden Radio and Television Services.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2852

(* A P)

Disagreements threaten the convene the House of Representatives again..

Parliamentary sources said that until now, there is no consensus between the parliamentary blocs on a consensual presidency of the House of Representatives, which is scheduled to be held this month under the direction of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Sources told Al-Masdar online that what has been circulating of a consensus among the national powers on a new presidency of the House of Representatives is incorrect and not discussed in any of the preparations for the sessions of Parliament.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166078

and

(A P)

Disagreements hinder the holding of the Council.. Why did Al-Barakani left Riyadh? And who is Hadi candidate for parliamentary presidency?

More than once, the Yemeni House of Representatives has been deadlocked for more than four years from the departure of deputies of the capital Sana'a, before the recent moves to take place in anticipation of arrangements by the Houthi putschists to hold complementary elections in vacant seats rather than the deceased deputies.

Al-Masdar online has received special information confirming that the failure to agree on a board presidency may hinder its convening.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166120

and

(* A P)

Yemen's parliament to hold first session since civil war started

Many MPs, including the former chairman of the Yemeni parliament, are working with Houthis

Yemen's internationally-recognised government is preparing to hold its first parliamentary session inside the country since the civil war erupted in the capital city Sana’a at the end of 2014.

A Yemeni MP told The National that the deputy of the parliament, Mohammed Al-Shadadi, notified exiled MPs to fly to Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital, where the parliament members will be gathering before they fly to join those who are still in Yemen to hold the session.

"Holding the first session for the parliament is crucial," MP Mohammed Al-Hazmi told The National. "Reactivating the parliament will support the legitimacy of the internationally-recognised government and will play an observatory role on the performance of the current government."

Mr Al-Hazmi added that the government had secured the required quorum of over 134 MPs for holding the session.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-s-parliament-to-hold-first-session-since-civil-war-started-1.843711

My comment: There had been a plenty of sessions of parliament at Sanaa under Houthi control since 2016. – But this looks quite less probable, as is seen here:

(* A P)

Parliamentarians confirms to AL-Masdar online that they have received a call for a meeting. Will the Council really be convened this time and where?

In anticipation of the election to fill the vacant seats in the House of Representatives, which the Houthis plan to hold in mid-April, the pro-government parliamentary presidency called on council members located inside and outside Yemen to come to the Saudi capital of Riyadh, in preparation for the first session of the House of Representatives.

According to a letter from Deputy Speaker of the House Mohamed Ali al-Shaddadi to Members of Parliament, a copy of which was received by Al-Masdar online, "The parliamentary sessions will be held in early April, under the decision of the President of the Republic, Marshal Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The letter, which was scheduled to be held in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday, is the last date for the gathering of members of the House of Representatives in the Kingdom or abroad, with the aim of transferring them to the Yemeni province, where the parliament will be seated (without actual time For the first session and the governorate in which the sessions of the Parliament will be held).

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166028

and also https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1659701/yemen-parliament-hold-first-session-houthi-elections

(A P)

A Foreign News Agency Accuses Al-Eslah Party with Abusing Legitimacy to Eliminate Political Rivals in Taiz

Associated Press indicated that Al-Eslah Party militias target civilians in Taiz and destroy private properties. Last Friday, AP indicated that violent armed clashes occurred in the streets of Taiz among Islamic armed groups loyal to the exiled government but ceased now.
According to a local Yemeni official, AP indicated that clashes occurred between militias loyal to Al-Eslah Part, the political arm of Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen and the governing party of president Hady, and Abu Al-Abbas Salafi group.

https://en.smanews.org/a-foreign-news-agency-accuses-al-eslah-party-with-abusing-legitimacy-to-eliminate-political-rivals-in-taiz

My comment: Separatist news site is using an AP article for its propaganda against Islah Party (Muslim Brotherhood).

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1b

(A P)

Yemen Sanctions Committee confirms implementation of Sweden agreement

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166146

also https://www.securitycouncilreport.org/un-documents/yemen/

My comment: This committee also demonstrates the bias of the UN.

(A P)

Head of government: Al-Houthi's participation in Sweden's consultations was to rearrange their ranks in Hodeidah

Prime Minister aeenl Malik said on Tuesday that the Houthis ' participation in the Swedish consultation was to rearrange their ranks in the western city of Hodeidah and to stop the government's military operation to control the city.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166147

My remark: Hadi government’s claim.

(B H K)

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict: Children and Armed Conflict Monthly Update – April 2019

In Yemen, six parties are listed for grave violations against children

https://watchlist.org/publications/children-and-armed-conflict-monthly-update-april-2019/ = https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/children-and-armed-conflict-monthly-update-april-2019

(A P)

National delegation discusses with UN envoy implementation of Hodeidah

The national negotiating delegation headed by Mohammed Abdulsalam on Sunday discussed, in the Omani capital Muscat, with UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths the implementation of Hodeidah agreement.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531383.htm

and

(A P)

UN Envoy to Yemen in Muscat, Pressures Houthis to Accept Redeployment Plan

UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths continued on Monday to exert pressure on the Iran-backed Houthi militias to accept the plan of head of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in Hodeidah, Lieutenant-General Michael Lollesgaard.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1660991/un-envoy-yemen-muscat-pressures-houthis-accept-redeployment-plan

and also https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1112693071240749056

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

(* B P)

First images of Saudi nuclear reactor show plant nearing finish

Saudi Arabia is nearing completion of its first nuclear reactor, satellite images of the facility show, triggering warnings about the risks of the kingdom using the technology without signing up to the international rules governing the industry.

The research facility is located in the southwest corner of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh, according to images published by GoogleEarth. They’re the first in the public domain to confirm that the program is advancing, showing construction nearing its finish around a columnar vessel that will contain atomic fuel.

The advancement is alarming to arms-control experts because Saudi Arabia has yet to sign up to the international framework of rules other nuclear powers follow to ensure that civilian atomic programs aren’t used to build weapons (photos)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-03/first-images-of-saudi-nuclear-reactor-show-plant-nearing-finish = https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/04/03/world/first-images-saudi-nuclear-reactor-show-plant-nearing-finish/

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Saudi Arabia gives Iraq $1 billion grant: state TV citing minister

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is giving Iraq $1 billion to build a sports city, state television said on Wednesday, citing the kingdom’s commerce minister.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-iraq-grant/saudi-arabia-gives-iraq-1-billion-grant-state-tv-citing-minister-idUSKCN1RF2DV

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AMC Theatres pursues Saudi expansion despite journalist's killing

Theater operator AMC Entertainment Holdings is forging ahead with its expansion in Saudi Arabia, Chief Executive Adam Aron told Reuters, after a journalist’s killing six months ago clouded the future of the kingdom’s newly opened cinema market.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-film-theaters-saudiarabia/amc-theatres-pursues-saudi-expansion-despite-journalists-killing-idUSKCN1RF13N

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Saudi King Salman to visit Bahrain

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-bahrain/saudi-king-salman-to-visit-bahrain-bna-agency-idUSKCN1RF0G0

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The most profitable company in the world is not Apple — it's Saudi Aramco

The Saudi oil giant had earnings of $224 billion in 2018; Apple had $81.8 billion.

Saudi Aramco, the world's biggest oil producer, made core earnings of $224 billion last year, almost three times as much as Apple, figures from the state-owned company showed on Monday ahead of its debut international bond issue.

Previously reluctant to disclose its financials, Aramco had to reveal them in order to obtain a public rating and start issuing public international bonds.

Despite the huge profit, the state-owned oil giant was rated by credit agencies at par with Saudi Arabia, meaning the kingdom's sluggish economy will weigh on Aramco's cost of borrowing as it prepares its bond market debut.

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/most-profitable-company-world-not-apple-it-s-saudi-aramco-n989441

Comment: Yet 12% of Saudi’s are on social welfare programs. Don’t forget the 970,229 who are still looking for work. And of course, 82% of the unemployment line are women. So much for #Saudi enabling women in the workforce. So much for the people benefiting from their countries wealth.

https://twitter.com/amani_aal/status/1112771018110558208

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Fighting 'Radical Islamic Terrorism' Begins with Saudi Arabia

Trump's attitude towards the Saudis contradicts one of his most important campaign promises: to be tough against "radical Islamic terrorism."

Instead, Trump has complete faith in the Saudi monarchy and repeats its rhetoric, labeling Iran as the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. While Iran's influence in the region is toxic and its sponsorship of Hezbollah threatens Israel, an important American ally, neither Al Qaeda, Hayat Tahrir al Sham, ISIS, or most of the radical groups in Syria are Shia extremists. Rather, these groups that have perpetrated acts of terror in the West are influenced by Salafism, Sunni extremism, and Saudi clerics.

With its oil money, Saudi Arabia exports this ideology by funding madrassas all over the Islamic World, in an effort to push out and eradicate other moderate forms of Islam receptive to the kind of life and rights that we enjoy in the West. Saudi Arabia’s aim is therefore one of dominance of the Islamic world. It is not only a fight against Shiism, but against any competing version of Sunnism.

Saudi Arabia is an expansionist power that aims to counteract any influence—be it Western or Indigenous—with its own ideology.

While I was in Jordan, I learned from Palestinians who had lived in Saudi Arabia that in school they were taught things like: “The Shia have tails, the Jews have horns, and if you shake the hands of a Christian then you become one of them.”

But the problem doesn’t stop in the Islamic World because Saudi Arabia also funds preachers and mosques in the West

There is no way to fight radicalism without confronting Saudi Arabia’s role in it – by Carlo Jose Vicente Caro

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/middle-east-watch/fighting-radical-islamic-terrorism-begins-saudi-arabia-50157

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Congress Acts on War in Yemen

Congress may act to restrict arms transfers to Saudi Arabia, impose sanctions, and stop air-to-air aircraft refueling for Saudi-led coalition aircraft, according to a bipartisan measure introduced by Menendez with six co-sponsors. Legislation in the House sponsored by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) seeks to prohibit further arms sales to Saudi Arabia and has 27 co-sponsors.

https://www.armscontrol.org/act/2019-04/news/congress-acts-war-yemen

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Saudi humanitarian worker under 'enforced disappearance' for a year and allegedly subject to severe torture, says sister

‘We have heard from families of other detainees who have seen him in the prison that he might he die from torture,’ says Abdulrahman al-Sadhan’s sister

Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, 35, was detained without reason in Riyadh in March 2018, Areej al-Sadhan said.

Ms Sadhan, who lives in the US, said her family had heard nothing from her brother since.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-aid-worker-missing-torture-abdulrahman-al-sadhan-a8845886.html

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Film: HRH Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, lays the foundation stone for the establishment of the RSAF Air War Center during his visit to King Abdulaziz AFB, Dhahran

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1112775534096707585

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#Saudi claims to have flown 1st military jet assembled locally. MBS gives the go ahead. This is a Saddam moment (film)

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1112551622582960129

My remark: The site referred to is suspended. But find it here:

HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inscribes his signature on the first locally-assembled Hawk T.165 training aircraft at the launching event in King Abdulaziz AFB

HRH the Crown Prince while giving the Hawk T.165 pilot permission to take off

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1112714166014488577

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#Saudi succeeds in returning #US-based quasi-dissident & lawyer AbdulAziz AlHussan. He is back home after 6 tears in exile

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1112552506507362304

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Saudi Arabia to raise around $31 billion in debt this year

Saudi Arabia plans to issue 118 billion riyals ($31.5 billion) in debt this year to help finance the national budget deficit, the country’s Debt Management Office (DMO), part of the ministry of finance, said.

Saudi Arabia has borrowed extensively over the past few years to refill state coffers depleted by a drop in oil prices.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-debt/saudi-arabia-to-raise-around-31-billion-in-debt-this-year-idUSKCN1RC08D

My comment: The aerial war against Yemen costs ca. 200 million US$ a day. And the war is lasting nearly 1500 days now. This is US$ nearly 300 billion.

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The Dakar Rally May Be Headed To Saudi Arabia: Report

https://jalopnik.com/the-dakar-rally-may-be-headed-to-saudi-arabia-report-1833700638

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Emily Thornberrry, film: Jamal Khashoggi was murdered six months ago today. I asked the government today why we have still got no justice for him or the children of Yemen.

https://twitter.com/EmilyThornberry/status/1113074297055203328

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Film: Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz: 'I want to know who gave the order to kill Jamal'

Cengiz spoke to FRANCE 24 about living with grief and how she hopes the truth will emerge about Khashoggi's killing.

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

and hear her at BBC, Oct. 29,2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnTlddZVaRg

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Saudische Führung entschädigt Khashoggis Kinder

Die Kinder des ermordeten Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi haben nach einem Bericht der «Washington Post» von der saudischen Führung teure Häuser und hohe Geldsummen als Kompensation erhalten.

Die Zeitung berichtete am Montagabend (Ortszeit) unter Berufung auf aktuelle und frühere saudische Regierungsvertreter sowie auf das Umfeld der Familie Khashoggis, König Salman habe die Zuwendungen Ende vergangenen Jahres abgesegnet. Die zwei Söhne und zwei Töchter Khashoggis – der Kolumnist der «Washington Post» war – hätten teure Häuser in Saudi-Arabien bekommen und würden monatliche Zahlungen in fünfstelliger Höhe erhalten.

https://bnn.de/nachrichten/politik/bericht-saudische-fuehrung-entschaedigt-khashoggis-kinder

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Khashoggi children have received houses in Saudi Arabia and monthly payments as compensation for killing of father

The children of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received million-dollar houses in the kingdom and monthly five-figure payments as compensation for the killing of their father, according to current and former Saudi officials as well as people close to the family.

Khashoggi’s two sons and two daughters may also receive much larger payouts — possibly tens of millions of dollars apiece — as part of “blood money” negotiations that are expected to ensue when the trials of Khashoggi’s accused killers are completed in the coming months, according to the officials and others who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive talks.

The previously undisclosed payments are part of an effort by Saudi Arabia to reach a long-term arrangement with Khashoggi family members, aimed in part at ensuring that they continue to show restraint in their public statements about the killing of their father by Saudi operatives in Istanbul six months ago.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/khashoggi-children-have-received-houses-in-saudi-arabia-and-monthly-payments-as-compensation-for-killing-of-father/2019/04/01/c279ca3e-5485-11e9-8ef3-fbd41a2ce4d5_story.html

and also reported by.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/slain-saudi-journalist-khashoggi-s-children-paid-by-kingdom-11403084

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jamal-khashoggi-children-blood-money-payouts-saudi-arabia-washington-post/

https://www.france24.com/en/20190402-khashoggi-children-homes-money-saudi-arabia

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It’s been six months since Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and Trump has done nothing

Now, half a year after this heinous act shocked the world, it is worth taking stock of what has been done in response — and what has not.

The dedicated professionals in our intelligence services have done their jobs.

Congress is doing its job, too.

But the Trump administration is a far different story. White House officials have issued critical words and slaps on the wrist, but they’ve stopped short of imposing meaningful penalties. They have stonewalled and obfuscated, brushing aside the CIA’s findings to continue business as usual with the crown prince.

In keeping with his transactional view of foreign policy, Trump seems all too willing to sell out America’s principles.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/its-been-six-months-since-jamal-khashoggis-murder-and-trump-has-done-nothing/2019/04/01/38bbded0-5251-11e9-88a1-ed346f0ec94f_story.html

My comment: Be honest: Backing the most horible dictators is perfectly fitting to „American principles“.

cp9 USA

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Tell your Representative: End our unauthorized war in Yemen

Call your representative now and tell them to pass the Yemen resolution, and reject the motion to recommit.

https://act.indivisible.org/call/end-unauthorized-war-yemen/

Film: https://twitter.com/IndivisibleTeam/status/1113063535981006849

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With Friends Like These: Abusive Frenemies and American Mideast Policy

By backing this core of abusive regimes, Washington only rewards and encourages bad behavior.

And, if Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can commit crimes at will, can the US really criticize Chinese human rights abuses of dissidents or Uighur Muslims? Finally, if the US unilaterally moves (as it did) its embassy to a "Jewish capital" in Jerusalem and recognizes (as it also has) Israel’s illegal annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights, how can Washington protest when Russia annexes Crimea, or Eastern Ukraine?

Now there are different ways to view these staggering disconnects – perhaps even cognitive dissonances – between America’s public values and its (not-quite) private policy. Some view it as proof of US hypocrisy in the world – and it is that.

Values, so to speak, cannot be separated from and are inextricably linked to strategy. As such, over the last 18 years the combination of American military hyper-interventionism and nefarious alliances has been utterly counterproductive – destabilizing the region, emboldening jihadis, and endangering the Homeland

It’s hard to say which is worse: a people who don’t care about their broken democracy or one that hardly exists at all – by Danny Sjursen

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2019/04/02/with-friends-like-these-abusive-frenemies-and-american-mideast-policy/

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Saudi border guards receive training from US experts: Report

Although the U.S. military plays a minor role in directly supporting operations in Yemen, the Saudi war effort draws indirectly on the large U.S. training missions and contractor support services that keep the kingdom’s armed forces operating.

In 2008, the U.S. Army set up a smaller Ministry of Interior-Military Assistance Group to help the Saudis develop critical infrastructure security capabilities and build out their Facilities Security Forces, Special Security Forces, Border Guards, and General Security Aviation Command.

This training mission contributes to protecting the world’s largest energy installations and developing the Border Guards, the force that has suffered the highest casualties in the Yemen war due to Houthi raids into Saudi Arabia.

Another few hundred U.S. military personnel and contractors oversee the U.S. Army’s Office of the Program Manager-Saudi Arabian National Guard (OPM-SANG). This mission has operated continuously since 1973 to organize, equip, and train SANG, a multi-brigade collection of armored infantry, helicopters, and artillery that has become the kingdom’s second-largest land force.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531564.htm

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Film, text: Rep. Ro Khanna on WH Security Clearances, Ending Support for the Saudi War in Yemen, and Venezuela

What we’re talking about here is a humanitarian catastrophe. Fourteen million Yemenis may face famine. I was just with Martin Griffiths, who’s the envoy to the area. He said if we don’t act in the next few months for the Saudis to lift the blockade and get food and medicine there, there could be a real humanitarian catastrophe, where the famine becomes irreversible.

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/3/rep_ro_khanna_on_wh_security

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Exclusive– Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna Calls for Bipartisan Coalition to Work with Trump on Ending Foreign Wars: ‘I Think We’re All on the Same Team’ As Americans

Ro Khanna argued that if the United States stops its backing of Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s civil war, finally ends the war in Afghanistan, withdraws troops from Syria once and for all, resists temptations by some to get militarily involved in Venezuela, and completes successful peace negotiations with North Korea, then the United States could better invest resources wasted abroad into rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1113060519865274370

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Film, Rep. Ro Khanna: The world was indifferent when 3 million perished in West Bengal. Today, there are *14 million* Yemenis facing famine. Let’s not repeat that indifference here. We must pass the War Powers Resolution and end the war in Yemen.

https://twitter.com/RepRoKhanna/status/1113133833925332992

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Why Congress must act now on Yemen

What can Congress do? At a minimum, the United States should impose travel bans and asset freezes on those responsible for war crimes in Yemen. If the administration won’t do that, Congress should pass legislation requiring it. Sanctions should not be limited to the coalition. Houthi forces also have committed unlawful attacks, including serious detention abuses, and any legislation should apply to all parties.

Members of Congress have decried the abuses in Yemen. They need to show all parties that the United States no longer will tolerate atrocities in Yemen. Why now? Because Yemen can’t wait.

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/436182-why-congress-must-act-now-on-yemen

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GOP Wants To Politicize Anti-Semitism To Help Trump, Saudis. Jewish Groups Push Back.

In February, Republicans used a surprise vote on language condemning anti-Semitism to hinder legislation on U.S. intervention in Yemen.

Republicans are seeking not to test whether Democrats will agree to criticize anti-Semitism but to force them into a choice between doing that or pushing an end to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Now the remarks from the Jewish groups could provide cover for Democrats who vote no or abstain on the expected amendment, an aide to party leadership predicted.

On Friday, the Anti-Defamation League released a letter that it had sent to leaders in both chambers.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anti-semitism-gop-democrats-yemen_n_5ca2a239e4b0a453fb74a939

and also https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/02/outrageous-stunt-jewish-groups-accuse-gop-weaponizing-anti-semitism-prolong

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Progressive Surge Propels Turning Point in US Policy on Yemen

What is already historic about the resolution (introduced by Democratic Representatives Ro Khanna of California and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin) and its Senate counterpart (introduced by Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Republican Mike Lee of Utah and Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut) is their invocation of the War Powers Resolution of 1973, which restrains a president’s capacity to commit forces abroad.

Anti-war activists in the United States have been organizing against US support for the Saudi intervention in Yemen since 2015

This campaign is poised to change not only US policy on Yemen, but possibly the longstanding US-Saudi relationship.

Khashoggi’s murder proved pivotal on the legislative front

Since the beginning of 2018, a coalition of organizations have worked around the clock mobilizing grassroots support for congressional action.

Yemen has become an important subplot in a larger story: the development of a new progressive foreign policy vision in Congress. A central figure in this story is Rep. Ro Khanna

Unlike in 2016, when Bernie Sanders seemed to shy away from foreign policy issues, foreign policy has become a major focus as he enters the presidential race for 2020. [

Moreover, every Democratic senator running for president is on board as a co-sponsor of the Sanders-Lee-Murphy resolution on Yemen – by Danny Postel

https://pulsemedia.org/2019/03/31/progressive-surge-propels-turning-point-in-us-policy-on-yemen/

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U.S. Dept of Defense: Have a Defense Department question? We have answers! A whole Q&A section of http://Defense.gov is devoted to over 100 frequently & not so frequently asked questions. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask us!

https://twitter.com/DeptofDefense/status/1112655845794283520

Under what legal authority does DoD provide targeting assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen? Under what legal authority do U.S. personnel sit in the coalition joint air operations center in Saudi Arabia?

@DeptofDefense won't tell Congress so maybe you'll tell Twitter.

https://twitter.com/KateKizer/status/1112765366558703616

Answer: None.

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USA liefern Nuklear-Technologie nach Saudi-Arabien

Kernkraftwerke produzieren nicht nur Energie, sondern auch den Grundstoff zum Bau von Atombomben. Die US-Regierung hat kein Problem damit, die heikle Technologie an ihre Verbündeten in Riad zu liefern.

Nach Angaben von Energieminister Rick Perry wurden in jüngster Vergangenheit sieben Lieferungen erlaubt. Die Demokraten im Repräsentantenhaus halten das für einen Rechtsbruch.

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/usa-liefern-nuklear-technologie-nach-saudi-arabien-a-1260259.html

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U.S. senators seek details on nuclear power cooperation with Saudi Arabia

U.S. senators from both parties on Tuesday asked Energy Secretary Rick Perry for details about recent approvals for companies to share nuclear energy information with Saudi Arabia, with the lawmakers expressing concern about possible development of atomic weapons.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-nuclearpower-senate/u-s-senators-seek-details-on-nuclear-power-cooperation-with-saudi-arabia-idUSKCN1RE230

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Film by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: President Trump’s recent decision to allow U.S. companies to sell Saudi Arabia nuclear technology is both mind-blowing and inexplicable. How does it serve our interests to help Saudi Arabia develop nuclear weapons?

https://twitter.com/TulsiGabbard/status/1112687465230270466

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TRUMP CANCELS DRONE STRIKE CIVILIAN CASUALTY REPORT: DOES IT MATTER?

On March 6, without explanation, President Donald Trump revoked an Obama-era rule requiring an annual public report on U.S. drone strikes, including civilian casualties. This prompted worries: What are they trying to hide? Are they planning something big? Covering up a disaster? As The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf put it, “Trump just gave himself more power to kill in secret.”

These fears are overblown. Not because criticisms of the drone campaign are unwarranted, but because the statistics the Obama administration generated weren’t especially believable.

https://warontherocks.com/2019/04/trump-cancels-drone-strike-civilian-casualty-report-does-it-matter/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Britain could stop the war in Yemen in days. But it won’t

Support from the UK has enabled the world’s worst humanitarian disaster – this war is our war

The testimony of various interviewees confirmed what I and other expert observers have been saying for some time: that Washington and London could have pulled the plug on the Saudi campaign at any point over the past four years.

Under an arms deal signed by the New Labour government, Britain has provided the Saudis with a fleet of Typhoon military jets as well as the constant supply of ammunition, components, training and technical support required to keep those jets operational. This creates a high degree of Saudi dependence on continued British support.

A British former technician, stationed in Saudi Arabia until recently, told Channel 4 that if this support was withdrawn then “in seven to 14 days there wouldn’t be a jet in the sky” over Yemen. A former Saudi Air Force officer stated flatly that his compatriots “can’t keep the Typhoon in the air without the British”, and that, although US-supplied jets also play an indispensable role, the British Typhoon is so crucial that “without the Typhoon they will stop the war”.

The UK government claims that it is not a party to the war, but this is blatantly disingenuous – by David Wearing

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/03/britain-war-in-yemen

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Yemen: Giving Peace a Chance (International Relations Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note

in the House of Lords at 4:47 pm on 1st April 2019.

Moved by Lord Howell of Guildford:

However, when it comes to British involvement with the parties to the war, which is causing all the suffering in the first place, by virtue of Britain’s colossal arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the situation is much less clear. Our short report does not say that British arms shipments should be immediately suspended, as some of the more sloppy media reporting suggested.

We need to know more precisely how approval decisions on specific arms exports are matched against the evidence received. How does the licensing approval system work in situations such as this?

Above all, I hope that we can be given clear assurance that, as well as doing our utmost to alleviate the suffering, British policy is doing nothing to prolong or intensify the conflict,

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2019-04-01a.36.1&p=13103

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Court of appeal to consider legality of British arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Court of Appeal to consider legality of British arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Campaign Against Arms Trade is appealing to overturn a 2017 High Court judgement allowing the British government to continue to export arms to the absolute monarchy

Representing CAAT, lawyers from Leigh Day will argue that the decision to grant the sales licences was against Britain’s arms exports policy.

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/court-of-appeal-to-consider-legality-of-british-arms-exports-to-saudi-arabia

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Film: Are UK soldiers fighting on the ground in Yemen?

The UN has reportedly launched an investigation into the involvement of British special forces in Yemen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW4Nv_0jIJ4

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REACTION: Dispatches investigation into UK involvement in Yemen war

Emma Fanning, Oxfam’s Head of Humanitarian Policy said:

“The UK government has serious questions to answer about its role in fuelling the war in Yemen following this investigation.

https://oxfamapps.org/media/press_release/reaction-dispatches-investigation-into-uk-involvement-in-yemen-war/

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It’s Jeremy Hunt Who Is “Morally Bankrupt”

Ending the sale of UK arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen “would be morally bankrupt and the people of Yemen would be the biggest losers”, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote in an article for Politico this week.

It’s worth reading that again. According to our Foreign Secretary, it’s not continuing to arm the Saudi regime as it rains bombs on Yemen that’s morally bankrupt – but stopping arming them.

The stunningly misguided article finished with Hunt’s conclusion that “This is the fourth anniversary of the latest stage of a terrible conflict. Britain will do everything possible to ensure that Yemen’s people do not have to suffer a fifth.”

The reality is that the arms sales that Hunt is defending have played a central role in creating the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news-comment/3327-it-s-jeremy-hunt-who-s-morally-bankrupt

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No Jeremy Hunt, if Britain was really living its values it wouldn't sell arms to Saudi Arabia

After 15 years of researching UK arms export policy, it’s rare that I am surprised by the UK government’s capacity for sophistry and self-aggrandisement. Yet Jeremy Hunt’s recent claim that the consequences of the UK stopping selling arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen would be “morally bankrupt” left me temporarily speechless.

Second, much noise has been made about growing levels of UK humanitarian aid and our involvement in the push towards a peace process in an attempt to deflect criticism of UK arms export policy. Yet this effort to tally the balance sheet doesn’t work: no amount of humanitarian aid can compensate for a strategy that relies on harming the civilian population physically, economically and psychologically.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/saudi-arabia-yemen-war-conflict-uk-arms-sales-jeremy-hunt-bae-systems-a8851011.html

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Film by Press TV Iran: UK's Role in War on Yemen

The British government has always maintained it has absolutely no direct combat role in the war on Yemen. The claim has come under serious scrutiny after media reports revealed five British Special Forces were injured during a firefight in Yemen‘s Northern Sa‘ada province.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/04/04/592548/UKs-Role-in-War-on-Yemen

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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(K)EIN KRIEG GEGEN KINDER

Deutschland übernimmt heute den Vorsitz im UN-Sicherheitsrat und hat die Chance, humanitäres Völkerrecht und den Schutz von Kindern voranzubringen.

Unterschreiben Sie hier unsere Petition an die Bundesregierung: Wir fordern von Außenminister Heiko Maas, den Schutz von Schulen fest in der deutschen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik zu verankern.

https://www.savethechildren.de/news/kein-krieg-gegen-kinder/

https://aktion.savethechildren.de/?_ga=2.112094979.662050626.1554220841-506320807.1552452657

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Linke gegen Rüstungsexporte an am Jemenkrieg beteiligte Staaten

Die Linke wendet sich in einem Antrag (19/8965) gegen Rüstungsexporte an Saudi-Arabien und andere am Jemenkrieg beteiligte Staaten. Ihr Antrag ist am Donnerstag, 4. April 2019, Gegenstand einer Aussprache im Bundestag. Der Antrag soll im Anschluss zur weiteren Beratung in die Ausschüsse überwiesen werden. Stritt ist, ob der Ausschuss für Wirtschaft und Energie oder der Auswärtige Ausschuss die Federführung übernehmen.

https://www.bundestag.de/dokumente/textarchiv/2019/kw14-de-ruestungsexportstopp-633468

und

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Deutscher Bundestag Drucksache 19/8965 19. Wahlperiode

Antrag: Keine Rüstungsexporte an Saudi-Arabien und andere am Jemenkrieg beteiligte Staaten

http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/19/089/1908965.pdf

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Film: Stop the WAR in Yemen - Berlin - 4 Jahre Krieg im Jemen

Die Friedensinitiative Stop the WAR in Yemen - gegründet im Februar 2017 in Berlin-Brandenburg, rief zum 23. März 2019 alle Jemeniten*innen die in Deutschland leben, Friedensaktivisten und -initiativen, Kulturverbände bzw. alle friedliebenden Menschen auf, in Berlin gemeinsam laut und friedlich ihre Stimmen gegen den Krieg im Jemen zu erheben und unsere Forderungen zu unterstützen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBI8fxTC814

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Kampagne gegen Rüstungsexport

Wir sind mehr als hundert Organisationen der Friedens- und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Wir engagieren uns seit 2011 gemeinsam für ein grundsätzliches Verbot deutscher Rüstungsexporte.

Unser Ziel: Im Grundgesetz Artikel 26.2 soll es künftig heißen: »Kriegswaffen und sonstige Rüstungsgüter werden grundsätzlich nicht exportiert.

https://www.aufschrei-waffenhandel.de/wir-ueber-uns/

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Planbare Verhältnisse: BRD liefert Waffen an saudische Kriegsallianz

Generell dient die jüngste Debatte interessierten Kreisen als Anlass, um zum erneuten Generalangriff auf die - ohnehin schon recht laxen - deutschen Rüstungsexportrichtlinien zu blasen. Mit Überschriften wie "Deutschland darf sich nicht isolieren" (Deutschlandfunk) oder "Europa braucht endlich gemeinsame Regeln für Waffenverkäufe" (Handelsblatt) wird dafür geworben, sich mit den europäischen Partnern auf den kleinsten gemeinsamen Nenner in Sachen Waffenexporte zu einigen. Der Grund für diese Bestrebungen ist simpel: Ohne Exporte keine Rüstungsindustrie.

https://www.imi-online.de/2019/03/30/planbare-verhaeltnisse/ = https://www.lebenshaus-alb.de/magazin/012171.html

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Keine Waffen mehr für Saudi-Arabien?: Ein Exportverbot mit Ausnahmen

Union und SPD haben in der Debatte um Rüstungsexporte für Saudi-Arabien eine Einigung erzielt. Was der Kompromiss in der Praxis bedeuten könnte – eine Analyse.

Zulieferungen für europäische Projekte wieder möglich
Bis Ende September will die Bundesregierung keine neuen Anträge für Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien mehr genehmigen, bereits genehmigte Güter dürfen nicht ausgeführt werden. Allerdings soll der Exportstopp nicht weiter deutsche Zulieferungen für europäische Rüstungsprojekte verhindern.

Appelle an die europäischen Partner statt Bedingungen

Keine „endmontierten“ Rüstungsgüter für Saudi-Arabien
Der Kompromiss von Union und SPD enthält zudem eine interessante Einschränkung: Im Rahmen der europäischen Projekte sollen nur „endmontierte“ Rüstungsgüter nicht nach Saudi-Arabien geliefert werden

Ausnahmen auf Wunsch Frankreichs
Über die bekannt gewordene Einigung hinaus soll die Bundesregierung Frankreich mehrere Ausnahmen zugesichert haben.

Deutsche Exporte in die Emirate nicht vom Verbot betroffen

https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/keine-waffen-mehr-fuer-saudi-arabien-ein-exportverbot-mit-ausnahmen/24167724.html

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Audio: Saudi-Arabien und der Rüstungsstopp

Der Rüstungs-Export-Stop nach Saudi Arabien ist nun von der Bundesregierung unter Auflagen verlängert worden. Herausgekommen ist ein sogenannter STOPP-LIGHT, wie es manche Medien ausdrückten. Man kam den Franzosen und den Briten entgegen, für diese ist das Thema von Bedeutung, weil es auch um gemeinsame Projekte innerhalb der EU geht.

https://www.freie-radios.net/94575

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Grüne beantragen Aktuelle Stunde: Haltung der Bundesregierung zur Lockerung des Rüstungsexportstopps an die am Jemenkrieg beteiligten Staaten

https://www.gruene-bundestag.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/2019/april/aktuelle-stunde.html

https://www.gruene-bundestag.de/parlament/sitzungswoche/aktuelle-stunde-ruestungsexportstopps-an-die-am-jemenkrieg-beteiligten-staaten.html

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Bundesregierung öffnet europäischen Waffenexporten an Saudi-Arabien Tür und Tor

„Die Bundesregierung öffnet über Gemeinschaftsproduktionen mit Frankreich und Großbritannien Waffenlieferungen an Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate Tür und Tor. Diese schlimme Entscheidung des Bundessicherheitsrats muss dringend korrigiert werden. Notwendig ist ein Waffenexportstopp ohne Wenn und Aber“, erklärt Sevim Dagdelen, stellvertretende Vorsitzende und abrüstungspolitische Sprecherin der Fraktion DIE LINKE.

https://www.linksfraktion.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/detail/bundesregierung-oeffnet-europaeischen-waffenexporten-an-saudi-arabien-tuer-und-tor/

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Wegen Exportstopps: Airbus will Rüstungsgüter "german-free" machen

Der scheidende Airbus-Chef droht: Dass die Bundesregierung weiter auf einen Exportstopp für Rüstungsgüter nach Saudi-Arabien setzt, soll Konsequenzen haben. Der Regierung wirft er "moralischen Rigorismus" vor.

http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/airbus-will-ruestungsgueter-german-free-machen-wegen-exportstopps-a-1260389.html

Mein Kommentar: „Moralischer Rigorismus“: Was für ein absurder Vorwurf. Seien wir doch nicht so „moralisch rigoros“: Lasst uns halt nur ein bisschen killen.

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GroKo-Kompromiss: So hält es die Bundesregierung mit Rüstungsexporten nach Saudi-Arabien

Lange haben Union und SPD über die Ausfuhr von Rüstungsgütern nach Saudi-Arabien gestritten. Jetzt gibt es einen Kompromiss, der auf ein geteiltes Echo stößt. Der Konflikt ist ohnehin nur vertagt.

Union und SPD haben sich beim Dauerstreitthema Rüstungsexporte vorläufig geeinigt. Bis Ende September werden weiterhin keine rein deutschen Rüstungsgüter nach Saudi-Arabien geliefert - damit hat sich die SPD durchgesetzt. Für europäische Gemeinschaftsprojekte wird der Exportstopp dagegen leicht aufgeweicht - das wiederum hatte die Union gefordert.

Wie sieht der GroKo-Kompromiss zu den Rüstungsexporten konkret aus? Die Entscheidung des Bundessicherheitsrates im Überblick:

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/ruestungsexporte-nach-saudi-arabien-so-sieht-der-groko-kompromiss-aus-a-1260344.html

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Film: Stop the WAR in Yemen - Statement #5

30.03.2019 - Impressionen vom Brandenburger Tor aus Berlin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XnIk3G91IE

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Audio: Ramstein Air Base: „Quasi Hoheitsgebiet Deutschlands“? – Interview mit Pascal Luig
Ist die Bundesrepublik mitverantwortlich für tödliche amerikanische Drohnenangriffe von einem US-Militärstützpunkt in der Pfalz? Drei Jemeniten hatten gegen das Verteidigungsministerium geklagt – und erkämpften vor dem Oberverwaltungsgericht Münster einen Teilerfolg.

https://soundcloud.com/sna-radio/ramstein-air-base-quasi-hoheitsgebiet-deutschlands-interview-mit-pascal-luig

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US-Stützpunkt Ramstein: Kuschen die Deutschen vor den USA?

Die Air Base Ramstein in Rheinland-Pfalz hat eine zentrale Bedeutung für das amerikanische Militär, auch für den weltweiten Einsatz von Militärdrohnen. Die Opposition im Bundestag beklagt eine Kultur des Wegschauens.

Als erstes deutsches Gericht hat vor zwei Wochen das Oberverwaltungsgericht Münster die Bundesregierung in die Pflicht genommen, den Amerikanern dabei auf die Finger zu schauen.

Politiker der linken Oppositionsparteien sehen sich durch das Urteil in dem lang gehegten Verdacht bestätigt, dass deutsche Behörden und Politiker beim Partner USA gerne beide Augen zudrücken. Hier werde "das Recht von deutschem Boden aus gebrochen", heißt es bei der Linkspartei

In der Union hingegen wird Bündnistreue gegenüber dem Partner angemahnt

https://www.dw.com/de/us-st%C3%BCtzpunkt-ramstein-kuschen-die-deutschen-vor-den-usa/a-48112090

Mein Kommentar: „Bündnistreue“: So kann man Kuschen auch schönreden.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Frankreich / France: Siehe / Look at cp1

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Turkey: Charity campaign rallies public for Yemen

Turkey is among the biggest donors sending humanitarian aid to the crisis-stricken country

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/04/04/charity-campaign-rallies-public-for-yemen

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La France invitée à « choisir son camp dans la guerre au Yémen »

En guise de statistique, les dizaines de milliers de Yéménites tués par le conflit entre la coalition saoudienne et les rebelles Houthis, qui vient tout juste de pénétrer dans sa 5ème année. Quant à la tragédie, point de mort d’homme ; celle d’une idée plutôt, ardemment défendue par Emmanuel Macron : l’Europe de la défense. Deux facteurs qui n’ont a priori pas grand chose à voir (euphémisme), mais que le locataire de l’Elysée prend en compte de manière égale. Et encore, pas tout à fait, puisque ce dernier semble plus attaché à faire vivre son projet européen plutôt que prendre la défense du peuple yéménite.

Problème, les ventes d’armes appartenant au « domaine réservé » du chef de l’Etat, impossible d’y jeter un œil – tout démocratique fût-il. Une situation qui arrange bien Emmanuel Macron et son Europe de la défense…

https://lemonde-arabe.fr/01/04/2019/france-invitee-a-choisir-son-camp-guerre-yemen/

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On March 28, #Bahrain regime forces arrested 14YO Abdullah AbdelNabi after a sham trial for "illegal assembly". Abdullah, a mere schoolboy, was thrown in #DryDockPrison's solitary confinement upon his arrest, and his parents haven't heard from him in 5 days! (photo)

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1112750817776418816

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Reports from #Bahrain's #JawPrison & #DryDockPrison indicate that the conditions behind bars have significantly deteriorated yet again, exposing the lives of detainees, including detained minors, to serious risk. Thread (details, photos)

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1107069767805034497

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp10, cp11

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Lockheed clinches $2.4 billion deal for sale of THAAD missiles

Lockheed Martin Corp was awarded a $2.4 billion Pentagon contract on Monday for THAAD interceptor missiles, some of which are slated to be delivered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Reuters had reported Lockheed was nearing the deal earlier on Monday.

In November, Saudi and U.S. officials signed letters of offer and acceptance formalizing terms for Saudi Arabia’s purchase of 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense launchers, missiles and related equipment.

The Pentagon said the Saudi government would pay $1.5 billion of the $2.4 billion.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-thaad/lockheed-clinches-2-4-billion-deal-for-sale-of-thaad-missiles-idUSKCN1RD35J

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"They're not going to be able to claim clean hands."

Former US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says by providing weapons and officers to Saudi Arabia, Western countries "are involved" in the Saudi airstrikes on Yemen, which have killed thousands of innocent civilians.

https://www.facebook.com/DispatchesC4/

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Pope Francis: Govts. That Sell Arms to Saudi Arabia 'Have No Right to Talk About Peace'

"They're fomenting war in another country"

Nations that send arms to Saudi Arabia "have no right to talk about peace," Pope Francis said recently.

The statement by the Pontiff came in an interview that aired Sunday on the weekly Spanish news show "Salvados."

Referring to those countries, the pope said, "They're fomenting war in another country, but want peace in their own." Yet that will come back to bite them, he said, because there's always a "boomerang" effect. Fuel "war over there, and you'll have one in your own home—whether you want it or not."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/03/pope-francis-govts-sell-arms-saudi-arabia-have-no-right-talk-about-peace

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Pope in Morocco says physical barriers won't solve migration issue

Pope Francis said on Saturday that problems of migration would never be resolved by physical barriers but instead required social justice and correcting the world's economic imbalances.

https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/30/pope-in-morocco-says-physical-barriers-wont-solve-migration-issue

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Papst: Europa befeuert Migration

Papst Franziskus hat europäischen Regierungen beim Versuch, Migration einzudämmen, Inkonsequenz vorgeworfen. Zuallererst müsse sichergestellt werden, „dass die Menschen, die migrieren, die vor Krieg und Hunger flüchten, dies nicht tun müssen. Aber wenn ein so großzügiges Europa Waffen verkauft, an den Jemen, um Kinder zu töten. Wie kann Europa da konsequent sein?“, kritisierte das katholische Kirchenoberhaupt am Sonntag

https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/papst-europa-befeuert-migration-mit-ruestungsexporten-16118419.html = http://www.dnn.de/Nachrichten/Politik/Papst-wirft-Europa-Inkonsequenz-im-Umgang-mit-Fluechtlingen-vor

und auch: https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/087181-044-A/doppelmoral-papst-kritisiert-eu-ruestungsexporte/

Mein Kommentar: Exakt. Es geht aber um die Verkäufe an Saudi-Arabien und die Emirate.

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Britain must follow Germany’s example to help end Yemen’s civil war

Jeremy Hunt has testified that resolving Yemen’s civil war is a top item on his ministry’s agenda. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that Hunt penned a letter to his German colleague asking him to loosen the Saudi arms moratorium.

For Angela Merkel, suspending arms to Saudi Arabia is the right call—morally, strategically, and diplomatically. German and European defence manufacturers will lose money, but Europeans will be able to sleep at night knowing that fewer of their bombs are being callously dropped on hospitals, markets, mosques, wedding halls, and homes.

If anything, Western governments should be applauding Germany for its stance. And after they applaud, they ought to follow Berlin’s lead.

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/04/britain-must-follow-germanys-example-to-help-end-yemens-civil-war/

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The War on Yemen & The Arms Industry Jay Tharappel

Sydney University PhD Student Jay Tharappel delivers a talk at the MUA Building (365 Sussex St) about The War on Yemen & Australia's Arms Industry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84HDYepWAeg

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Middle East Arms Sales Up By a Massive 87%, Mostly US-Supplied

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, both party to the international offensive in Yemen, together make up around 28 percent of the US global arms sale.

A recent report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on global weapons sales revealed that arms sales to countries in the Middle East/West Asia have increased by a whopping 87 percent between 2009-13 and 2014-18.

The report, which was released on March 11, also stated that the United States retains its position as the world’s largest arms exporter. The U.S. arms exports grew by 29 percent between 2009-13 and 2014-18, while its share of the total global exports increased from 30 percent to 36 percent.

Among the key reasons, cited by the report, behind these increases is the ongoing ‘Iran threat narrative’ in the region, which lead to the U.S. providing a large number of arms to its allies. It also cited the ongoing war against Yemen since March 2015 to be one of the reasons, along with the Saudi-UAE blockade of Qatar by air, sea and land since 2017, which has led to a steep decline in relations between those countries.

The report stated that the U.S., along with the United Kingdom and France, is the major supplier of weapons to the Saudi Arabia-led international coalition offensive in Yemen.

https://peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/13/middle-east-arms-sales-up-by-a-massive-87-mostly-us-supplied/ = https://citizentruth.org/middle-east-arms-sales-up-by-a-massive-87-mostly-us-supplied/

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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JM KAPLAN rehabilitates national museums

Minister of Culture Marwan Damaj announced that the ministry, in cooperation with the JM KAPLAN foundation in the United States of America will rehabilitate and renovate national museums in Aden, Taiz and Abyan provinces.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2881

My remark: Southern Yemen.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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During #conflicts in #Yemen more than 62% of the large, medium and small companies shutdown! This unfortunately means: Thousands of #job opportunities has been lost A deterioration in the #quality of services provided.

https://twitter.com/SMEPSYEMEN/status/1113495436470431749

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In a step to improve the value of the riyal.. Central Bank announces coverage of oil derivatives imports

Yemen's central bank in the southern city of Aden on Tuesday announced the adoption of a unified mechanism to cover the country's imports of petroleum derivatives between the central bank, local banks and oil importers.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166149

My remark: Hadi government’s central bank.

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World Bank: Yemen's Economic Update - April 2019

Economic prospects in 2019 and beyond will critically depend on stabilization of the political and security situation. If violence can be contained by mid-2019, GDP is projected to recover in the second half of the year with a double-digit growth rate. Much of the instability in macroeconomic indicators—rapidly growing government debt, accelerating inflation related to money printing for salaries, rapid depreciation of the exchange rate- will improve with an improvement in security, easing of import barriers, the restoration of government services, and a recovery of the private sector.

However, even in this scenario, little of the projected growth will translate into a substantial reduction of poverty.

http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/yemen/publication/economic-update-april-2019 = https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemens-economic-update-april-2019

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Film: 95%of SMEs suffered partial or total destruction due to conflict. Companies that offered services &products were effected directly! The inability to meet the needs of the local market led to an increase in the prices of services effecting Yemenis #livelihoods!

For more: #Be_Brave

https://twitter.com/SMEPSYEMEN/status/1112762016844914688

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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#IslamicState in #Yemen from bad to worse: It justified blowing up a well & pump in Qayfa last week as "economic war on Allah's enemies". Striking precious #water sources, esp when cholera is spiking, may explain why locals are now (allegedly) aligning with #AQAP to hunt it down

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1113412339041222656

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This is significant. The battle between #alQaeda & #IslamicState in #Yemen (ISY) moves up a notch: "Sons of Qayfa" (a tribally-supported group aligned with #AQAP) announces a reward of 5 million rials (c.$20k) for the ISY leader in Yakla, named Khalid al-Marfadi

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1113198526094204931

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Where Will the Next Islamic State Rise?

As the group loses territory, other terrorists will likely try creating states of their own.

It is more than likely that one of these will now seek to fill the void created by the collapse of Islamic State. “The challenge for the others is to recreate or re-conceptualize the Islamic State,” says Fawaz A. Gerges, a professor at the London School of Economics and the author of “ISIS: A History.”

If the next terrorist state can recreate the conditions al-Baghdadi had imposed at the height of his power, it will enjoy the advantages he did — and represent the same danger, both in its immediate neighborhood and in the wider world. Where might the next such state emerge?

Yemen’s endless war may also offer an opportunity for ambitious terrorists. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has twice seized and governed parts of the country’s southern region.

Although Yemen is hard to reach, AQAP has shown it can recruit from the local population. It has also demonstrated a capacity to evolve

Will AQAP take another stab at controlling territory? Almost certainly.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-04-01/next-islamic-state-could-rise-in-mali-yemen-libya-or-syria

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Recent battering for #alQaeda in #Yemen: -AQAP claims US #drone strikes on its fighters battling #IslamicState [in al-Bayda'] 30 March -CENTCOM claims 6 airstrikes on #AQAP in al-Bayda' during March -ISY claims it killed/injured over 10 AQAP in Upper Dhi Kalib, al-Bayda' 31 March (images)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1112981428046884864

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A likely U.S. drone strike killed three members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Sawma district in eastern al Bayda governorate on March 30. [1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-april-1-2019

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CENTCOM Yemen Strike Summary Jan. 1 – Apr. 1, 2019

U.S. Central Command conducted 8 total air strikes in Yemen in 2019 targeting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

CENTCOM conducted two air strikes in January and six airstrikes in March. The January air strikes took place in Marib and Al Bayda Governates respectively. The March airstrikes took place in Al Bayda Governate.

All strikes this year targeted AQAP terrorists. The Jan. 1 strike targeted Jamal al-Badawi, one of the planners involved in the USS Cole bombing.

http://www.centcom.mil/MEDIA/PRESS-RELEASES/Press-Release-View/Article/1801674/centcom-yemen-strike-summary-jan-1-apr-1-2019/

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#IslamicState #Yemen releases 1st video of 2019. 28mins. Nostalgia for lost #ISIS state. Stylized images of #jihad life in al-Bayda’ (photos)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1112823061995249664

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1112835798880210951

cp15 Propaganda

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Blindgänger

Europa will künftig besser für seine Sicherheit sorgen. Kann es sich dabei auf Deutschland verlassen?

Die EU, das reichste Staatenbündnis der Erde, kann sich militärisch kaum verteidigen – das ist ein genauso deprimierender wie politisch weitreichender Befund. Und weil die Nato, die diese Woche ihren 70. Geburtstag feiert, längst nicht mehr die von den USA garantierte Vollkasko-Versicherung ist, wird vielen Europäern klar, dass sie selbst künftig viel besser für ihre Sicherheit sorgen müssen.

Der Streit um Flugzeuge und Raketen für Riad bedroht einen Kernbestandteil der künftigen europäischen Verteidigung: den Aufbau einer gemeinsamen Rüstungsindustrie und gemeinsamer Waffensysteme.

https://www.zeit.de/2019/15/ruestungspolitik-eu-militaerische-sicherheit-verteidigung-armee

Mein Kommentar: Die „Zeit“ plädiert auf übelste Weise für mehr Aufrüstung. Allein die Wortwahl: „Sicherheit“, „sich verlassen“, „sorgen müssen“ zeigt die Tendenz. Was mit den exportierten Waffen anderswo passiert, ist den Autoren egal. Deutsches wie EU-recht verbieten ausdrücklich Waffenexporte in Kriegsgebiete. Ist doch egal.

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Yemen: Can Aid Alleviate Human Suffering?

There’s no doubt that the ideal option is stopping the war and imposing security and stability to begin the process of alleviating human suffering in Yemen and to introduce a new focus on reconstruction. A model for this ambitious option can already be seen in southern Yemen, where most of the liberated areas of the country and much of the infrastructure, including police stations, courts, schools, hospitals and roads, is being restored and built. A large part of these reforms were funded directly by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, allowing the United Nations to remain focused on humanitarian interventions in areas of conflict and areas controlled by Houthi forces. Similarly, reconstruction costs are expected to be borne by Yemen's historic partners in the GCC countries in the post-war period.

However, replicating southern Yemen’s successful model in the north of the country will be complex and take time. This is particularly the case due to the repeated violations by Houthi forces of prior agreements

https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/yemen-can-aid-alleviate-human-suffering

My comment: ????? It’s bizarre to tell Southern Yemen would be a matter of any success.

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Houthis Capitalize on Yemen’s Heartbreaking Cholera Epidemic

“Most patients do not trust public healthcare in Sanaa because of negligence and lack of sterilization. Only those who do not have access to treatment in private hospitals will continue to be hospitalized there.”

An official source in the Houthi-run water and sanitation institution in Sana'a accuses the Iran-backed militia of knowingly exacerbating the cholera outbreak.

“Houthi militias have shut down the sewage treatment plant north of the capital, Sana'a, which is not only ready to go into work, but also could seriously help in reigning in the cholera epidemic.”

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2869

My comment: This deserves the palm for the most absurd propaganda report of the week. – Oh, it’s part of a propaganda campaign:

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Hundreds of physicians leave Houthi-controlled areas

Hundreds of Yemeni physicians have left the Houthi-controlled areas due to threats, pressures and blackmailing imposed by the Houthi against them, some of them told Alsahwa Net.

They said that the Houthis force them to work without payment and that they are ordered to work in hospitals that have no medical supplies.

According to Alsharq Alawsat newspaper, most Yemeni physicians are no longer able to work in Sana’a and Hodeida due to restrictions imposed by the Houthis, pointing out that many physicians left these two governorates.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-28873

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KSRelief Distributes Food Aid in Yemen

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1661421/ksrelief-distributes-food-aid-yemen-supports-jordans-syrian-refugees

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Col. Al-Maliki confirms coalition’s keenness to ensure the protection of civilians

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2862

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More than 5 thousand Houthi violations against women in al-Jawf

The Houthi militia have committed more than 5000 violations against women in Yemen's northern province of Aljawf over the years 2016-2018, the Ministry of Human Rights said.

The Director General of the office Abdulhadi al-Assar said the militia's violations affected all forms of life amidst international especially UN silence and failure to stop this rogue malaria from their brutalities.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2860

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Houthis make youngsters an easy target for terrorism

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2865

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Shatara: Southern Transitional Council is the title of the South

Shatara wrote on his Facebook timeline that "when it comes to the South and protecting its security, you will only find the STC leaders on the front lines."

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2863

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Arab Coalition to Launch UN-Sponsored Initiative for Children Affected by Yemen War

Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that efforts are underway between Saudi Arabia, the UN and some members of the alliance to launch the initiative this month.
It will focus on reintegrating children affected by war into society, he told a press conference in Riyadh.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1660321/arab-coalition-launch-un-sponsored-initiative-children-affected-yemen-war

My comment: What a propaganda scam. Look at cp1: Child soldiers fighting for the Saudi coalition.

Comment: After having bombed, starved, blocked inside #Yemen without chances of seeking treatment abroad, traumatised, recruited children,the Saudi-led Arab coalition will launch a #UN-sponsored global initiative to support children affected by the war in #Yemen

You read right: UN sponsored

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/2206579526061732

(A P)

UAE Press: Time to tackle Houthi intransigence

The international community well knows that the conflict in Yemen and the humanitarian suffering in many parts of the country are the direct results of the illegal and violent overthrow in 2014 of the legitimate government of Yemen by the Houthi militia, a UAE newspaper has commented editorially.

"Right from the beginning, the Saudi-led Arab Coalition’s singular intention has been to spread justice and uphold the legitimacy in Yemen," said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Monday, adding, "Unfortunately, endless violations by the Iran-backed Houthi militias have been threatening the overall political process and continue to inflict huge suffering on the Yemeni people."

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302752317

(A P)

Hadi: The Houthis have failed all peace efforts, the latest of which is the Sweden agreement

President of Republic Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi stated that the volume of the catastrophe that Yemen has suffered due to Iranian regime-allied Houthi militia's coup d'état is an unimaginable; noting that the calamity touched upon every city, quarter, village and house in Yemen, and the warfare triggered by this terrorist militia has further exacerbated Yemen's economic, humanitarian and security problems.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166036

(A P)

Arab summit: Tough action sought on Iranian interference

Tehran’s hand seen in every crisis in Arab world

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/arab-summit-tough-action-sought-on-iranian-interference-1.63014149

(A P)

More Saudi coalition “We are benefactor” propaganda

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2883

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2882

https://www.sharjah24.ae/en/uae/181171/ERC-delivers-relief-convoy-to-remote-village-in-Yemen

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

(* A K pH)

Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

April 2: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1554281534./1276394545844241/

April 1: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1554210081./1275685642581798/

March 31: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1554110912./1274987429318286/

March 30: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1554110912./1274986762651686/

(A K pH)

110 Saudi-led air strikes on several provinces over six days

The US-backed Saudi-led aggression combat jets have waged 110 strikes over the past six days that targeted several Yemeni provinces, a military official said on Wednesday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531735.htm

(* A K pH)

4 civilians killed in saudi-led airstrike on Bayda

Four civilians were killed on Wednesday when a warplane of US-backed saudi-led aggression coalition launched on Wednesday an airstrike on Bayda province, a security official told Saba.
The official affirmed that the air raid hit a water tanker truck in Wahbya district resulting in killing the four civilians.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531656.htm

(A K pH)

3 saudi-led airstrikes hit fishermen boats in Hodeiah

The warplanes of US-backed saudi-led aggression coalition on Monday launched three airstrikes on fishermen boats in Hodeidah province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531532.htm

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

April 3: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6204 Hajjah p.

April 1: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6175&cat_id=1 Al Dhalae p.

(A K P)

Al-Baydha resistance urged President and coalition to investigate raids on government troops

The popular resistance in al-Baydha province called, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the leadership of the Arab coalition, for the establishment of a commission of inquiry into the air raids that targeted the positions of the government forces in Al-Sawma’ah Directorate.

https://www.almasdaronline.com/articles/166111

My remark: This had been a “friendly fire”.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

(A K pS)

30 Km separates national army from Sa’ada center

Governor of Sa’ada province Major Gen. Hadi Tarshan al-Wayli held a meeting on Wednesday with the security committee in the province.
During the meeting, the Governor said there are 8 districts out of 15 districts of Sa’ada province are witnessing fierce battles between army forces and Houthi coup militia.
Less than 30 kilometers separates the army from the center of Sa’ada province, Maj. Gen. al-Wayli added.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/2879

My remark: As claimed by Hadi government’s “governor”.

(A K pH)

April 3: In Sa'ada, various areas of the Manibah and Shida border districts were hit by Saudi missiles and artillery shells, causing severe damage to homes and property.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6204

(A K pH)

60 Saudi-paid mercenaries killed, injured in missile attack in Hajjah: Army Spokesman

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531641.htm

(* A K pS)

The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Royal Saudi Air Defense Intercepts and Destroys Two Hostile UAVs Launched Towards (Khamis Mushait)

The Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki S. Al-Malki, stated: “At (21:35) local time, Tuesday, the Royal Saudi Air Defense systems detected two unidentified objects headed towards civilian objects in (Khamis Mushait). They were directed at densely populated civilian areas, and were intercepted and destroyed according to the Rules of Engagement.”
Col. Al-Malki clarified that up until the issuance of this statement, and as a result of intercepting the two hostile Houthi drones, debris have scattered along two civilian areas, and resulted in injuring (5) civilians; among them a woman and a child. In addition to damages to some houses and (4) vehicles.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1907302

and also https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201904031073773424-Saudi-Arabia-Blocks-Drones-Launched-City-Yemen-Border/

Flights delayed: https://twitter.com/alihmourad/status/1113195896542519297

Films: https://twitter.com/alihmourad/status/1113201482613051394

https://twitter.com/alihmourad/status/1113200162783092738

My comment: The Saudi propaganda implications are quite absurd, when keeping in mind the Saudi coalition air raids against Yemen. – Obviously, the Houthi side had tried to target King Khalid Air Base close to Khamis Musait. From there , a great part of Saudi coalition air raids against Yemen is started: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Khalid_Air_Base and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khamis_Mushait.

And

(A K pH)

Armed Forces Spokesman: Our Forces Do Not Target Civilians, Khamis Mushait Incident Caused by Saudi Army Training

Armed Forces spokesman, Brigadier Yahya Sar,i said on Wednesday that "what happened in Khamis Mushayt area is caused by the Saudi Army training, under the participation of foreign officers. "Our Forces declare their military operations as usual in all military operations anywhere," he explained.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-7687.html

(A K pH)

In Al-Dhalee, 6 civilians were injured with an artillery shelling targeted a house in Qutobah district.

In Sa'ada, Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted civilians' properties and houses in Baqem border district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6190&cat_id=1

(A K pH)

In Sana'a, a civilian was injured following artillery shelling on civilians' houses in Nahm district

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=6175&cat_id=1

(A K pS)

Yemen army kills 167 Houthis in five-day firefight

in the north of Al-Dhale province

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1476346/middle-east

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/2861

and

(A K pS)

Battle rages in Al Dhalea province between Yemeni government and Houthi rebels

Reports indicate the Houthis are redeploying forces to the strategically important Yemeni province amid heavy casualties

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/battle-rages-in-al-dhalea-province-between-yemeni-government-and-houthi-rebels-1.843785

(A K pS)

A young man was killed by a landmine deployed by the Houthi group in Al-Qubaytah district in Lahj province.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1112475010088742915

(A K pH)

240 Saudi-paid mercenaries killed, injured over 24 hours

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531526.htm

(A K pH)

Five Zilzal-1 missiles hit saudi-led mercenaries in Asir, leave huge losses

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531414.htm

(A K pH)

Army's spokesman: Army kills, injures more than 200 saudi-led mercenaries in Hajjah's Hairan

Spokesman for the Armed Forces Brigadier-General Yahya Sarie on Sunday has confirmed that the army, during the past four days, killed and injured more than 200 saudi-led mercenaries, including commanders in Hiran front, Hajjah province.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531418.htm

(A K pH)

Army kills more than 215 saudi-led mercenaries over last hours : Report

The army, supported by popular forces, over the last 24 hours killed and injured more than 215 saudi-led mercenaries during several attacks on various war-fronts, a military official on Saturday told Saba.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news531420.htm

(A K pS)

Dozens killed in clashes between troops, rebels in south Yemen

At least 13 soldiers and dozens of Houthi rebels were killed in clashes in Yemen's southern province of Dhalea on Sunday, a government source said.

Fighting raged after the rebels seized control over several sites three days ago in the north of Dhalea, about 245 km south of rebel-held capital Sanaa.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/01/c_137938936.htm

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(* B P)

AMERICAN HACKERS HELPED UAE SPY ON AL JAZEERA CHAIRMAN, BBC HOST

A group of American hackers who once worked for U.S. intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against the Gulf state of Qatar.

The American operatives worked for Project Raven, a secret Emirati intelligence program that spied on dissidents, militants and political opponents of the UAE monarchy. A Reuters investigation in January revealed Project Raven’s existence and inner workings, including the fact that it surveilled a British activist and several unnamed U.S. journalists.

The Raven operatives — who included at least nine former employees of the U.S. National Security Agency and the U.S. military — found themselves thrust into the thick of a high-stakes dispute among America’s Gulf allies. The Americans’ role in the UAE-Qatar imbroglio highlights how former U.S. intelligence officials have become key players in the cyber wars of other nations, with little oversight from Washington.

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-raven-media/

and: https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-spying-raven/

Film: https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1112780415884881922

and in short: https://www.axios.com/uae-us-trained-hackers-spy-bbc-al-jazeera-3b7fe9f0-3563-48ee-a4d3-7cbdd17b56d2.html

Vorige / Previous

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-524-yemen-war-mosaic-524

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-524/ Yemen War Mosaic 1-524:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

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

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

10:19 04.04.2019
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