Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 527 - Yemen War Mosaic 527

Yemen Press Reader 527: 11. April 2019: Vier Jahre Jemenkrieg – Der Jemenkrieg, ein Krieg gegen die Demokratie – Jemen ist Saudi-Arabiens Vietnam – Der Südjemen zerfällt – Chaos in Taiz ...
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... Der Jemenkrieg, ein britischer Krieg – Choleraimpfung 2017 von den Huthis blockiert – und mehr

April 11, 2019: Four years of Yemen war – The Yemen War, a war on democracy – Yemen is Saudi Arabias Vietnam (in German) – Provinces adrift in Southern Yemen – Chaos at Taiz – The Yemen War, a British war – Cholera vaccination blocked by the Houthis in 2017– and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Four Years of War in Yemen

Five experts look at the fractured Saudi-led war in Yemen and explain its grave impact on the country’s people and institutions.

A Multifaceted Conflict

While most attention focuses on the internationalization or resolution of the Saudi-led intervention, longstanding local socio-political fissures continue to have a life of their own.

It is a multifaceted conflict, or perhaps more accurately, collection of interconnected conflicts. And while higher level issues—whether the internationalization of the conflict or ongoing efforts to broker a peace deal between representatives of the Yemeni government and the Houthis—continue to garner the most attention, on the ground, a slew of local dynamics often seem to have a life of their own – by Adam Baron

From Reclaiming Legitimacy to Weakening It

The empowerment of paramilitary organizations fighting on behalf of the internationally recognized government is undermining what legitimacy the state still has.

Even as the internationally recognized government continues to operate in exile, the UAE—which is the second-most prominent member of the Arab coalition—has established a political body to exercise its authority on the ground, namely the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

The Arab coalition also backs religious groups to the detriment of the recognized government. Instead of supporting the Ministry of Defense as a Yemeni military institution, Saudi Arabia bankrolls the military wing of the Islah Party (the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood).

Even though the government has the legitimacy of international recognition, the actions of Saudi Arabia and the UAE have weakened the government – by Ammar al-Ashwal

My comment: The legitimacy of this government ended on February 27, 2015. No international recognition could change this.

Saudi Arabia Does Not Know What it Wants

The Saudis’ incoherent approach to Yemen, which reflects a willingness to accept having a weak southern neighbor, is allowing the UAE to stir the pot.

the Saudis, with UAE involvement, are stuck in a destructive and politically counterproductive routine of air strikes—coupled with the more traditional Saudi policy of deploying cash to try to win friends, but with only mixed success in influencing people. The Saudis would probably do better to focus solely on their established, if admittedly clumsy, use of riyals and state Wahhabism in a bid to turn the clock back in Yemen to when tribes and those susceptible to Salafism were cooperative to a degree. Instead, they are blindly sticking to a failed air war that encourages Houthi missile strikes deep into Saudi territory.

The Saudis’ incoherence over Yemen relates in part to the established Saudi tradition of being happy to accept Yemeni state weakness as the acceptable price for the kingdom’s own security. This plainly does not work any longer – by Neil Patrick

The War’s Psychological Impact

As the war goes into its fifth year, conditions are only worsening for those suffering from psychological trauma.

A survey of 902 children aged 8-18 in public schools for displaced children in Sanaa during the 2015-2016 academic year, using the Child PTSD Symptoms Scale adjusted for the Yemeni environment by the author, showed that 79 percent (712) of these children were suffering from PTSD. The PTSD symptoms include flashbacks to traumatic events, fatigue disorder, and emotional stress, but also manifest as difficulty showing emotions of sadness or happiness.

A 2018 study published by the Family Counseling and Development Foundation, a Yemeni NGO, examined people over 16 years old from across Yemen.

The results showed that participants were suffering from anxiety disorder (3.25 percent), depression (2.3 percent), and PTSD (0.7 percent). Overall, 19.5 percent of survey participants had any kind of psychological disorder, suggesting that around five million Yemenis do as well – by Fawzia Al-Ammar

The Yemen war is impossible for either side to win militarily, and Yemenis are caught in the middle.

Already the poorest Arab state, Yemen has been facing nothing but more destruction and starvation since the Saudi-led coalition’s military intervention began in 2015

civilians in Yemen are paying the heaviest price of an unwinnable war.

Contemplating the fourth year of the war in Yemen and the question of what has been achieved so far, I am at a loss in finding anything but further fragmentation and destruction of an already enfeebled state of Yemen.

Saudi Arabia’s fight against the Houthis has also involved the unnecessary bombing of historical sites across Yemen. And the UAE, Saudi Arabia’s partner, now occupies Yemen’s remote island of Socotraand controls UAE-funded militias and armed groups in south of Yemen outside the control of the Yemeni government. It is unsettling how these two rich monarchies are doing such damage to world’s poorest Arab country. Being caught between these warring parties is a hell Yemenis must deal with – by Afrah Nasser

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Saudi Arabia and UAE wage counter-revolution in Yemen

The US is colluding in a Saudi-UAE-led war on democracy

It might be tempting to dismiss Yemen as a 'quagmire', or write off the conflict as being such a complex mess that even trying to understand it is folly. For so long, we heard this same rhetoric over Syria as a means to justify genocide.

But there should be no hesitation in pointing out the primary forces to blame for the current catastrophe in Yemen - Saudi Arabia, the UAE and, their ally-enabler, the US.
It should also be understood that this war, as part of a wider, regional counter-revolution following the so-called Arab Spring, is a war against democracy.

This is something that Congress doesn't want to know about. It's an element that most US lawmakers are unlikely to know or admit exists within the context of Yemen.

Unlike with the rebellion in Syria, which was overwhelmingly - if haphazardly - supportive of democracy and liberty in the face of tyranny, the Houthis do not constitute a progressive force.

To make matters more complicated, the transitional government never had the full backing of the UAE, due to its general hostility to regional democracy, and its specific disdain for the role played in it by Yemen's Muslim Brotherhood affiliate, Al-Islah.

Similarly, Saudi Arabia had been delaying the democratic transition precisely to ensure that someone from the old regime remained in power.

This enabled the Houthi coup. What has ensued since has been the complete destruction of the country, with the US acting as the primary source of the means of destruction.

So destructive is the fight in Yemen, that even proxy forces of the two nominal allies - Saudi Arabia and the UAE - are fighting each other

This Saudi-UAE counter-revolutionary rampage has consisted of attacks on democracy in Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Tunisia and Qatar – by Sam Hamad

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Saudi-Arabiens Vietnam: Der Jemen und „der Friedhof der Imperien“

Seit nunmehr vier Jahren ist eine Koalition unter Führung Saudi-Arabiens und der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate heillos in einen desaströsen Krieg im Jemen verstrickt, wo die laut UN „größte humanitäre Katastrophe der Welt“ wütet. Neben der Unbeugsamkeit der Houthi-Rebellen ist der Jemen nicht zuletzt wegen seiner Geographie ein kriegsstrategischer Albtraum und hat damit das Potential, Saudi-Arabien sein „Vietnam zu bescheren“.

Der Jemen ist ein kriegsstrategischer Albtraum – und hat damit ebenfalls das Potential zum „Friedhof der Imperien“.

Der Beschützermythos der Houthis

Der Rückhalt, den die Rebellen genießen, stützt sich im Kern auf ihr Image als Beschützer. Einerseits sind sie die einzigen Akteure, die ernsthaft gegen die Al-Qaida im Jemen kämpfen – im Gegensatz zu den USA, deren Drohnenschläge und Night-Raids immer wieder in blutigsten Massakern an der Zivilbevölkerung enden und der Al-Qaida so als Rekrutierungsmaßnahme dienen.

Andererseits werden die Houthis als Beschützer vor den saudischen und emiratischen „Besatzern“ wahrgenommen, als die die ausländischen Truppen gesehen werden.

Irans Asset sind nicht die Houthis

Um eines unmissverständlich festzuhalten: Das unermüdlich aus Riad kolportierte Narrativ, im Jemen handle es sich um einen Stellvertreterkrieg gegen den Iran, ist schlicht falsch – mögen die meisten Medien es auch noch so oft unhinterfragt übernehmen. Die Houthis erfahren zwar eine gewisse Unterstützung aus dem Iran, doch handeln sie aus rein innenpolitischem Eigeninteresse – zuweilen auch explizit gegen Teherans Absichten – und ließen sich historisch nie für eine fremde Sache vereinnahmen

Erstens sind die Houthis eine der wenigen tatsächlich unabhängigen Gruppen im Nahen Osten. Selbst für den Preis ihrer militärischen Rettung würden sie keine substanziellen Einschnitte in die jemenitische Souveränität hinnehmen und lehnen etwa den Bau einer iranischen Marinebasis entschieden ab. Zweitens ist das Houthi-Territorium am Roten Meer mit seiner Meerenge am Tor der Tränen zwar eine der weltweit wichtigsten Ölschifffahrtsrouten – und damit ein geostrategisch wichtiger Flaschenhals in Richtung Suez-Kanal –, doch liegt auf der anderen Seite der Arabischen Halbinsel der geostrategische Jackpot direkt vor Irans Küste: die Straße von Hormus.

Um Irans begrenztes strategisches Interesse am Jemen und seinen Houthis einordnen zu können, ist wiederum ein vergleichender Blick auf die enorme Bedeutung der Hisbollah hilfreich.

Riads Orientierungslosigkeit

Und daher fährt Teheran im Jemen die Taktik der Sparflamme und trägt mit minimalem Einsatz dazu bei, den Status Quo zwischen den Houthis und der Saudi-Emirate-Koalition aufrechtzuerhalten.

So falsch es war, diesen Krieg zu beginnen, so absurd ist es, ihn auch nur einen einzigen Tag fortzuführen – aus finanzieller, militärischer und allem voran menschlicher Perspektive. Der junge Machthaber MbS wird zwar von den Falken in den USA und Israel in seiner Orientierungslosigkeit bestärkt, doch rast er sehenden Auges auf den Abgrund zu und verursacht neben unerträglichem Leid im Jemen auch den Fall seines eigenen Landes. Ein bedeutender jemenitischer Stammesführer umschreibt es folgendermaßen: „Die Saudis versuchen, einen Amboss mit einem Ziegelstein zu zertrümmern. Sie werden nicht den Jemen, sondern sich selbst zerstören.“ – von Jakob Reimann

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Yemen provinces adrift after Houthis ousted

Provincial governors reportedly spurn Saudi-backed government after liberation from northern rebels

Yemen’s provincial governors are seizing unprecedented levels of autonomy in areas retaken from Houthi rebels, spurning the Saudi-backed government and withholding revenue streams from the Central Bank in Aden, local journalists and officials tell Asia Times.

Now, as the war between the Iran-backed Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition backing the government settles into a stalemate, local officials are increasingly taking affairs into their own hands.

Fatehi Ben Lazrg, the editor of Yemen’s Al Ghad News, says the breakdown of authority started during the Arab Spring protests, which forced the ousting of longtime strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Many of these liberated areas have since been plagued by anarchy and lawlessness. Other areas have quickly recovered, only to become disconnected from the government.

Governors of Yemen’s wealthiest provinces of Marib and Hadhramout have stopped wiring revenue to the new headquarters of the central bank in Aden

Local officials now routinely leave the country without telling their superiors in Riyadh or Aden, and engage in meetings with foreign dignitaries including military delegations and foreign countries’ ambassadors.

This has caused friction with the government

Yemen’s temporary capital of Aden has slid into disorder in recent years, despite the Houthis being evicted in the early months of the Saudi-led campaign. In contrast, cities such as Marib in the interior and Mukalla further east along the coast were promoted as havens of stability and security.

Critics say local authorities in these cities are detaching themselves from the central government, creating their own military units and sources of income.

“As the conflict has weakened state institutions and the Yemeni central government, a variety of power centers have emerged,” Adam Baron, Yemen expert at European Council on Foreign Relations who regularly visits government-controlled areas, told Asia Times.

As those power centers provide stability, they are making a case for a federal system of governance on the ground – by Saeed Al-Batati

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Anatomy of chaos: Yemen’s Taiz

Armed clashes continue in central Yemen’s city of Taiz between rival pro-government factions. Over the past year, crime and political maneuvering has exacerbated fragmentation among allies of the internationally recognized government, while regional rivalries continue to spill into the conflict through support for groups fighting over hegemony, obstructing the fight against Houthis.

Former governor Ali al-Mamari once referred to the armed groups and political parties as the “many devils” besieging the city of Taiz, pointing to groups that were supposed to fight Houthi-Saleh forces since the summer of 2015.

During his year-long (2016-2017) term in office, the governor had to address the deepening humanitarian crisis, Houthi-Saleh elements in the eastern and northern sectors, the military leadership under the Axis Command, and militias that formed under the banner of Popular Resistance forces, such as the Abu al-Abbas Batallion, al-Salek Brigade and Abu al-Saduq Brigade. For the governor, the main problem stemmed from weak authority over such armed groups, and a lack of financial resources from the central government.

The problems were not unique to al-Mamari’s term. Current escalation extending from a security crackdown ordered by Taiz governor Nabil Abdo Shamsan al-Qadasi resembles the chaos that erupted under then governor Amin Ahmed Mahmoud, following the assassination of ICRC worker Hana Lahoud in April 2018. Criminal activity and assassinations between rival groups were responsible for the chaos then, and resumed following the assassination of Abdullah Moqbil al-Makhlafi, an officer of the 22nd Brigade on March 19, 2019.

Four years of fighting for hegenmony

Spill over

In the city of Taiz, fragmentation is both political and physical. The city is split into north and south, areas under the control of al-Islah and Abu al-Abbas elements respectively. The city’s main artery, 26 September streets, serves as de facto line between the areas under control of pro-Islah elements and Abu al-Abbas through the city center.

Houthis remain in the eastern sector from the Central Bank and Central Security HQ to Science & Technology University, controlling the eastern entrance to Taiz. Residents often report the on dangers from crossing over into a rival territory, as most people are afraid of criminal gangs or harassment. These fears are compounded by indiscriminate shelling of neighborhoods by Houthis in retaliation for armed clashes elsewhere.

A leadership vacuum

The level of chaos seen in Taiz is clearly exacerbated by the lack of leadership at the local and national level.

The chaos also prevents any progress against Houthi elements inside the city.

As problems mount for president Hadi, observers continue to lose confidence with the current government’s ability to diffuse conflicts among its supporters. If the government is unable to resolve its in-house problems, how can it work toward a solution in Hodeida or create the environment for a return to comprehensive peace talks? – by Fernando Carvajal

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Cordoning Yemen: A Saudi War at British Geopolitical Bidding?

The latest reports of British special forces injuries fighting in the Saudi led war on Yemen once again provides further evidence the British political establishment are the main Western backers behind the war launched in March 2015. It’s not for the first timeBritish elite forces operating in Yemen are reported to have been injured. Yet western commentary, especially before these injuries became known, largely blames the United States as the main instigator behind the current destruction of Yemen.

In the same vein, referring to “American backed” Saudi war on Yemen, one instantly knows something, a priori, sinister is happening. But if I were to say the Saudi war on Yemen is actually and predominately backed by the British establishment therefore it is mainly a “British backed” war on Yemen, in the words of Chomsky, it “just doesn’t have the same ring.” Although Britain has hundreds of years of imperial and colonial aggression behind it, one needs to still specifically qualify the very meaning of “British backed” war. At the very least it doesn’t sound as sinister as “American-backed” war.

From the beginning of the war, Britain has been in the cockpit.

Once it’s indisputably confirmed the British political elite are more involved in the War on Yemen than the Americans, the default position is then to place the blame on arms contracts and business.

Additionally and just as importantly, the role of the puppet is not limited to the purchase weapons or pouring other types of monies into the British economy but also to do the geo-political bidding of Britain

So, whether we are looking at the foundations of the Saudi Kingdom or the Cold War, the Saudi ruling clan has always implemented the geo-political bidding of the British Empire and later British interests. It would be far-fetched to deny that the current “Saudi-led” war on Yemen, is not done at British bidding.

On this historical basis, it is not difficult to see that British arms sales to the Saudi Kingdom is merely one factor, if it is factor, of this British co-ordinated war on Yemen.

In conclusion, when the cart is firmly placed behind the horse, the current war on Yemen is not simply a matter of Saudi Arabia destroying the already poorest country in the Arabian peninsula under the pretext of supposedly restoring the legitimate government of Yemen (as though the Saudi clan is itself legitimate) but it is also Britain establishing a cordon around the Arabian Peninsula with naval military bases.

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Vaccines blocked as deadly cholera raged in Yemen

In the summer of 2017, a plane chartered by the United Nations idled on the tarmac at an airport in the Horn of Africa as officials waited for final clearance to deliver half a million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen. Amid the country’s ruinous war, the disease was spiraling out of control, with thousands of new cases reported each day.

The green light for the plane to head to northern Yemen never came. The U.N. wasn’t able to distribute cholera vaccines to Yemen until May 2018 and the outbreak ultimately produced more than 1 million suspected cholera cases — the worst cholera epidemic recorded in modern times and a calamity that medical researchers say may have been avoided if vaccines had been deployed sooner.

U.N. officials blamed the canceled flight on the difficulties in distributing vaccines during an armed conflict. But officials with knowledge of the episode told The Associated Press that the real reason was that the Houthi rebels who control northern Yemen refused to allow the vaccines to be delivered, after spending months demanding that the U.N. send ambulances and other medical equipment for their military forces as a condition for accepting the shipment.

The cancellation of the shipment was just one of the setbacks that aid agencies faced in battling the cholera epidemic, which has killed nearly 3,000 Yemenis.

Relief workers and government officials said they have seen repeated indications that insiders in both the Houthi government in the north and the U.S.-backed government in the south have skimmed off money and supplies for cholera vaccination and treatment and sold them on the black market.

In the wake the vaccination campaign in the south, the Houthis broke the logjam in the north. They agreed to allow cholera vaccines into some areas under their control. Immunization drives were launched in three rebel-held districts in August and September 2018.

A senior official who worked with the Houthi-run Health Ministry at the time noted the U.N. had agreed to some of the rebels’ wish list of additional medical supplies and equipment, including the purchase of 45 ambulances for the ministry. The ambulances were then sent to the front lines for the military’s use, the ex-official said – by Maggie Michael = = =

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Yemen: Houthis announce state of emergency following cholera outbreak

Yemen’s Houthis yesterday announced a state of emergency in areas under their control after a sharp increase in the number of reported cholera cases.

The Houthi-allied Saba news agency said Taha Al-Mutawakil, the health minister in the group’s government, has declared a state of emergency to cope with the cholera epidemic.

Earlier on Saturday, the group ordered all school canteens in the capital Sana’a to close for ten days in an attempt to control the epidemic.

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Islamic Relief Fear grows with the spread of cholera in Yemen

As concerns grows about a surge in the number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen, Islamic Relief is supporting a healthcare system on the brink of collapse.

Since the start of the year, over 120,000 suspected cases of the deadly disease have been reported in all but one of the country’s governorates. Of these, more than 1,640 have been confirmed as cases of cholera, and over 100 people are thought to have died from the disease. Many cases are children under the age of five, with malnourished children particularly susceptible and least able to fight off the disease.

The outbreak comes at a time when Yemen’s healthcare system is close to collapse after four years of war and blockade. Health services are limited and there is a severe shortage of medication – even the tests needed to diagnose cholera are in short supply.

Most vulnerable are communities in the frontline of the fighting or in remote rural areas, where hunger is prevalent and there are no sources of clean water.

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Over the past two months, #MSF treated 3,328 suspected #Cholera cases in its Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) in #Ibb city. In the last 24 hours 100 new cases were admitted. #MSF CTC in Ibb has 148 beds and around 150 staff work there to provide the needed health assistance (photos)

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Film: " We received many suspected #cholera cases this month, and we treated patients of different ages, including kids under the age of 5 and pregnant women. " Dr. Sarah #MSF Cholera Treatment Center #Houban #Taiz

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

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Yemen's #Hodeidah: intense situation amid reports Houthis are shelling residential areas and army positions. Yeah! The Houthis are bringing it on! The UN-sponsored ceasefire has almost failed.

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Film: Death of a citizen in the explosion of a Houthi mine in the Directorate of Durahmi Hodeidah

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The US-Saudi mercenaries targeted Duraihmi city by 10 artillery shells and machine guns. They also fired intensively by automatic weapons various residential areas in the besieged city of Duraihmi.

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Girl Killed, Her Brothers Injured by US-Saudi Shells in Hodeidah

A girl was killed and her brothers were injured on Wednesday evening, by US-Saudi shells that targeted Tahita district of Hodeidah

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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Child Wounded by Mercenaries’ Gunfire in Hodeidah

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BG Sarie: 1221 violations of coalition in Hodeidah, 97 raid, attacks on other fronts

Brigadier Sarie told Saba news agency that the violations of coalition's troops in Hodeidah exceeded in a week more than 1221 violations, confirming that they carried out 262 operations of reinforcements and movements of their forces and fighters, as well as two others for developments and fortifications, while their air force committed 69 violations while continuing to fly in the atmosphere of Hodeidah.

and also

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Film: Al-Houthi terrorist militia launched indiscriminate artillery attacks on residential neighborhoods in Al-Tahta city with artillery shells this morning.

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A friend in Yemen just sent me these photos of Saudi Arabia and UAE bringing new weapons into Hodeida yesterday.

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Houthis shell al-Amalika and the joint forces in Hodeidah

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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and as a reminder from March 27, 2015:

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President Hadi leaves Yemen as Saudi-led raids continue

Yemen's President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has arrived in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, officials say, as a Saudi-led coalition continues to launch air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels.

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In Yemen, impunity prevails and the war grinds on

The people of Yemen have the right to justice, accountability and the chance to rebuild their lives

The reality is, those in power do not value their lives enough to put an immediate end to the war, and instead continue to fuel their own political agendas.
The people of Yemen have suffered on an unprecedented scale since March 2015, when Saudi Arabia and the UAE supported by the US and UK began the assault in response to the 2014 coup staged by the Iranian-backed Houthis militias.
Since then, the conflict has been shamelessly driven by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his coalition, who appears not to think twice about killing his own brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
Not only is the US heavily complicit in this war, but my own Britishgovernment was also found to have authorised 18,107 license of open delivery arms to Saudi Arabia for use in the Yemen conflict, according to a damning report by Control Arms UK.

But impunity prevails, and those in power fail to be held accountable, while war crimes continue to be swept under the carpet.

The people of Yemen have the right to justice, accountability and the chance to rebuild their lives. It is about time world leaders put aside their own agendas, and that the people of Yemen were given the chance to pave the way to a better future.

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Film: Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs School in Yemen, Killing Schoolgirls

We speak to Hussain Albukhaiti from Sana’a where he discusses the bombing of Al Raei school in Yemen by the US and UK-backed Saudi-led coalition, UK and US arms sales to the Saudis and the damaging impact this bombing will have on the surviving Yemeni schoolchildren

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Film: Panelist @AliAlAhmed_en at @ADHRB event on #Yemen says that the #Saudi-led air strike is a Saudi invasion to Yemen to create conflicts and to weaken Yemen.

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Film: #Yemen If massacring vulnerable civilians in schools/hospitals with airstikes is "good" for Yemenis, then the world is clearly ruled by disgusting satanists who have no regard for humans and their lives: civilisation is dead, freedom and democracy are nonsense written on water

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Foreign & Commonwealth Office: Statement from the Ambassadors of the G 19+ on Yemen

A statement from the G 19+ countries on the situation in Yemen

Short explanation: New statement on #Yemen by G19+ Ambassadors is significant in that it fronts up urgent need to tackle collapsing economy (inflation, salaries..) Also includes usual: -call for free flow of aid -backing for UN-led #StockholmAgreement -support for Yemen gov

My remark: States supporting the Hadi government. What’s really new? I don’t know…

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Yemeni unity; and Put Saudi aggression on World List of War Crimes

As the battle lines settle on a stalemate after the inception of the Saudi-led coalition’s unforgiving bombing campaign, it’s about time all parties to the conflict think about a peace process, which must include all categories of Yemeni society.

Since the beginning of the war, the Arab media have lacked objectivity. The media’s bias towards one side or another has blatantly correlated with the policies of the countries that finance them. Some of the pro-Arab coalition media channels include Sky news, Al-Arabiya, and Al-Arabiya’s Al-Hadath.

The Saudi media and their allies have sought to demonize the Houthis, accusing them of war crimes against innocent civilians in Yemen, as well as portraying them as inhumane. Conversely, media agencies close to the Houthis and their allies have highlighted the devastation and war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition in airstrikes against civilians, and have focused on their brutality and apparent lust for blood.

The Saudi-led coalition uses all of its considerable media capabilities to serve the coalition’s objectives for the war, war propaganda has reached its peak and the crisis is only getting worse. The coalition used Iran’s statements in support of the Houthis as a pretext to intervene and condemn Iranian interference in the region. The coalition media seized upon the alleged link between the Houthis and Iran and repeated it so frequently that many of the world’s media started to perpetuate the same idea that the Houthis are supported by Iran .

In particular, CNN sometimes adopts the propaganda of the coalition, especially in the reports produced from Riyadh and sometimes from Yemen, linking Iran as a supporter of the Houthis.

The Houthis said that Saudi Arabia have pressured other Arab countries with a strategy of “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” which has influenced Arab countries.

The Saudi and UAE propaganda claims that the coalition’s military intervention is intended to protect the Yemeni people from the Houthi factions and to limit Iran’s expansion to the region.

In fact, according to statistics and human rights reports, the coalition intervention contributed to the collapse of the Yemeni economy.

The solution in Yemen will through a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political process, the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people could be achieved.

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YJS document 28 violations against journalists in 3 months

The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) has documented 28 journalists against its members during the first quarter of 2019.

The report registered one murder case against Zeyad al-Shara’abi, 4 cases of assaults, 11 trials and investigations.

It further noted that the 17 cases were perpetrated by the Houthis, 11 cases by governmental forces and 3 cases by other parties.

and also

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Film: Stronger measures needed to stop Saudi war on Yemen, Analyst says

International lawyer Edward Corrigan says opposition to the Saudi war on Yemen has already emerged in the western countries, but it’s not enough and stronger measures are needed.

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Film: International inaction helping Riyadh get away with crimes: Activist

“We have seen that any time that Ansarullah the Houthis or Yemeni army … launch a ballistic missile or a drone attack on any military target of the Saudi-backed forces either in Yemen or in Saudi Arabia … the international community [cries] out loud about this, even though they have not targeted civilians at any point and this shows you how biased the international community [is] and we remember that the United Nations has taken the Saudi name from a list for killing children twice. They have appointed the Saudi [Arabia] to lead the Human Rights Council in Geneva and to be a member during the war on Yemen,” Hussain al-Bukhaiti told Press TV in an interview on Monday.

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Film: Hassan Al-Haifi war live.

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Al-Aidarous Calls on United Nations to Pressure US-Saudi Aggression to Lift Siege on Yemen

Yemeni Shura Council’s Speaker Mohammed Al-Aidarous on Wednesday directed letters to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterich and UN Resident Representative Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande concerning the oil vessels held by the US-Saudi Aggression at sea.

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US-Uk-Saudi War Coalition pushed the Worst Humanitarian Crisis to become the Worst ever! By detention the Fuel Ships&preventing them from reaching to #Hodeidah port Which is Causing more complicated Circumstances for Hospitals,service Facilities&civilians becuz of fuel shortages

Oil and Minerals Minister, Ahmed Dares, said in a press conference in the capital Sana’a that “the total vessels detained by the coalition of aggression are 9 tankers loaded with Oil derivatives.”

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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Film von CARE: Jemen: Kampf gegen den Hunger

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“I didn’t believe my sister was still alive”

Four years into the Yemen conflict, families are struggling to feed themselves. That’s having a devastating impact on their health.

Doa’a was one of the hundreds of thousands of children in Yemen suffering the most extreme and visible form of undernutrition as four years of conflict continue to take a devastating toll on families. Almost 10 million people in Yemen are suffering from extreme hunger, while around 360,000 children under five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

The suffering is particularly acute for residents in the port city of Hudaydah, where ongoing clashes, soaring prices and a lack of basic services have made life almost unbearable for residents, who are struggling to access affordable food.

The therapeutic feeding centre where Doa’a received her care typically treats between 50 to 60 malnourished children and their mothers each month, offering free medication for the children and providing meals for mothers.

The UNICEF-funded facility, operated by the Taibah Foundation, also covers the cost of patients’ transportation home. This is tremendously important because even the cost of a shared car or taxi can be prohibitive for many families, further endangering babies and children who might not be able to reach treatment facilities at all. But Al-Omari warns that despite the treatment, children and their families still face an uphill struggle because of the deteriorating situation in the country.

“We can provide treatment for those that come here, but that’s not going to be enough,” (photos)

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Why should we Yemenis stop having babies and surrender to war?

Four years into the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crisis, three Yemeni women ask – exactly what is required of people living in warzones?

The report was first shown on the American PBS NewsHour in December 2018. The footage is shocking. Yet Sana’a-based photographer Amira Al-Sharif came across a social media comment on the story that took her breath away:

“Why do these [Yemeni] women continue to have babies knowing they can’t feed them?”

She was infuriated. “It’s not enough for the [UK- and US-supported, Saudi-led] coalition to bring Yemen death and destruction – now we, Yemeni women, shouldn’t bring new life into the world?” said Al-Sharif.

“Babies are life in return for all those killed by the war,” said the photographer, who has 12 young nieces and nephews in Sana’a, the Houthi-held capital of Yemen. “Babies are hope.”

Over the following few weeks, Al-Sharif took a body of photographs themed “Mothers being Mothers”. Scenes of Yemeni women embracing their children are interspersed with those of either Emirati-backed or Iranian-aligned militiamen wielding their weapons (photos)

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Film: Mohammed is little child at 8 months old his weight was like a new born baby, He died easily few days after his photography went to the world by WFP Cameraman He suffered acute malnutrition Mohammed is just ex for 10s of 1000s of #Yemen children who died due acute malnutrition

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Wie eine Villingerin Kinderärztin mitten im Bürgerkrieg im Jemen hilft

Gudrun Adams berichtet über ihre Erfahrungen bei ihren Hilfseinsätzen auf der arabischen Halbinsel.

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ICRC: Zur Lage im Jemen

Zahlen des "Internationalen Komitee vom Roten Kreuz" machen jetzt erneut auf die prekäre humanitäre Lage der Menschen im Jemen aufmerksam.

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Doctors Without Borders: Interview du Dr. Scaini, médecin à l'hôpital d'Haydan, Yémen

[English, French subs]

« Chaque jour, nous recevons 80 à 100 patients, dont certains blessés sur les lignes de front. » Dr. Scaini, médecin à l'hôpital d'Haydan au Yémen.

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Sole swimming pool in Yemen's third city struggles to remain open

The pool, which was built in the 1960s sees hundreds of visitors every week especially as temperatures soar to over 30 degrees. Water is scarce and Taiz is some 100 kilometers from the coast.

The swimming pool was forced to shut down with the start of the conflict in March 2015, but reopened its doors in February 2018.

My comment: Even more than 48 hours later, Reuters had not reported the Saudi air raid at Sanaa killing 13, among them 12 children.

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Film: "Actually everybody is affected by the war but we see very high #child & #maternal mortality. #MSF is one of the only organizations working in #Taiz city with permanent #international staff on the ground. And that just too little. " Christian Katzer, Operations Manager – MSF

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World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster: Yemen: Situation Update, March 2019

Air Transport: In March, the Logistics Cluster facilitated the transport of 59 mt / 305 m3 on behalf of MSF, PU-AMI, PFSCM, UNICEF, UNFPA and WFP.

Sea Transport: Overall, 48 mt / 176 m3 were transported in March from Djibouti to Aden, on behalf of UNICEF.

Overland Transport: In March, the Logistics Cluster facilitated the overland transport of 396 mt/ 4,593 m3 of relief items on behalf of FAO, UNDSS, UNHCR, Relief International and WFP.

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Aberdeen student helps feed the starving in war-torn Yemen

An Aberdeen University graduate is travelling through some of the world’s most dangerous war zones to deliver food to starving people.

Laura Phillips is currently helping the World Food Programme (WFP) distribute parcels to those who need them most in Yemen.

She is staying in Sana’a, the nation’s biggest city, and last week was given a harsh insight into the realities of conflict when seven people were were killed in an airstrike on a hospital there.

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International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Local Governance and Social Cohesion Interventions Impact Assessment 2019

This report presents the results of an assessment of the local governance and social cohesion interventions under the Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen (ERRY) Programme in Abyan, Hajja, Hodiedah and Lahj governorates in Yemen. The Governance and social cohesion review was commissioned to assess interventions, shift in capacities and conditions of local governance interventions at the community and district-levels, and capture the intended and unintended impact in the four governorates and targeted districts in terms of enhancing the service delivery aspects of the community-based resilience building process in the crisis context of Yemen.

To fulfil the research objectives, a combination of quantitative and qualitative assessment techniques and tools was used, including key informant interviews (KIIs), questionnaire, focus group discussions (FGDs), case studies, and structured observation. = and full document:

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Photo: A little girl from Taiz named Hadeel lost both of her hands due to Houthis’ indiscriminate shelling of her neighborhood last year. Her biggest fear was that she’ll never be able to write again. She struggles a lot but is determined to learn to write

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US-Saudi Missiles on Yemen Produce Generation of Deformed Babies

Hospitals in the capital Sana’a, Hodeidah and Sa’ada recorded the birth of 89 distorted, according to the confirmation of medical sources and human rights.

One of the hospitals in Hodeidah registered another child last week with a congenital deformity after a caesarean section performed on his mother.


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

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In 2016 Ahmed was 13 and had hepatitis. We tried to launch an appeal to help him but Ahmed died because of lack of medicines. We tried, Ahmed. Forgive us. We will never forget you. (photo9

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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

14,457 from Yemen

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: UNHCR Somalia Factsheet - 1 - 28 February 2019

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Médecins Sans Frontières: Yemen: Fighting north of Abs forces thousands to flee

Renewed fighting along a front line in the war in Yemen has forced thousands of people to flee to the city of Abs and surrounding areas in recent weeks, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, calling for food, water, shelter, and medical care for those in need.

After several days of intense fighting, more than 18,000 newly displaced people have arrived in Abs and the surrounding areas. We also saw an increase of war-wounded in our hospital in Abs, which serves an area with more than 1.2 million people in Abs and the surrounding districts. In total, there are more than 50,000 displaced and the situation could get worse if there are new clashes.

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IOM Addresses Migrant Smuggling in Gulf of Aden for Somaliland Border Authorities

According to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) figures, [1] Berbera and Bossaso constitute main routes for migrants entering Yemen through the Gulf of Aden irregularly. The reports additionally states that more than 99,000 migrants who have reached Yemen in 2017 made it through Somaliland and Puntland – making the region an important departure and transit point for human smuggling and trafficking.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Shocking testimonies of forced disappearance and systematic torture in Houthi prisons in Yemen

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor condemned the continued torture as well as and inhuman and degrading treatment of dozens of Yemeni prisoners by Houthi group in Yemen, revealing that torture is a systematic feature in these prisons.

We are following the proceedings of the trial of 36 Yemenis, including dissidents, journalists and human rights activists based on seemingly trumped-up charges of assassination or espionage for the Arab coalition forces, said the Geneva-based Euro-Med Monitor. They are tried in the absence of any guarantees of fair trials, the nonprofit group added.

Euro-Med Monitor had earlier received testimonies about these 36 detainees, asserting that many trial sessions lacked proper legal procedures. Most of the trials were preceded by a series of serious violations of detainees before and during their presentation to the court, including physical torture, and secret transport from one facility to another for months without informing their families of their places of detention or even allowing them access to a lawyer.

It was reported that all the detainees in the case were subjected to torture and inhuman treatment. Members of the Houthi security forces reportedly beat them with sticks, batons and iron chains, and stripped them of clothes except for prison uniforms in an attempt to harass and humiliate them.

Most of the detainees are confined to solitary cells and are prevented from eating food and medicine, putting their lives at great risk and making their health conditions even worse. Their bodies appear to have the effects of malnutrition and lack of medical care.

The families of the detainees said that the court did not respond to the demands of the defense, especially with regard to the request to reveal the fate of Dr. Yousef al-Bawab, preventing his relatives from visiting him.

In the same context, sources reported that one of the detainees was beaten by a security officer in the presence of judges because of his request to borrow a pen from a lawyer. The court never held the security officer to account. =

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UNICEF stops disbursing cash incentives to "Al-Oud" teachers in Ibb

According to the source, the process of halting the disbursement of financial dues was in response to the directives of the Houthi leaders that the cash incentive for Al-Oud teachers would not be disbursed after the people resisted the control of the Houthi militia over their areas by force of arms

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Houthis commit grim violations in Dahamar

The Houthis have committed approximately 69 human rights violations during the first quarter of 2019 in Dhamar governorate.

A report issued by Shomoul for Media and Human Rights said the violations included 7 cases of murder, 5 cases of torture, 33 cases of enforced disappearance and abduction, and 21 cases of confiscating and looting proprieties.

My comment: This is the only reference to this “Shomoul for Media and Human Rights”.

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Houthis blow up 107 houses in al-Jawaf

The Houthis bombarded 107 houses in al-Jawaf governorate in the period between 2011 to 2016, official statics have showed.

In a news conference held today, Wednesday in al-Jawaf, a representative of Yemen’s human rights ministry revealed that 71 farms were ruined as well.

The statistics also displayed that landmines planted by the Houthis killd 23 civilians including three women and seven children, and wounded 68 others including 14 women and 10 children.

They also revealed that 3000 families were enforcedly displaced from al-Ghail directorate and over 2000 students were deprived from access to schools.

My remark: As claimed by the Hadi government.

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The “Houthis” Governor of Raima kills two young men from Arhab and attempts to bury the case

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Pro-aggression parliamentarians' meeting in Sayoun is high treason: SPC

The Supreme Political Council (SPC) on Wednesday considered the meeting of several Yemeni parliamentarians, who reside in abroad and support the aggression against Yemen, in Sayoun city under protection of the Saudi occupier, as high treason.

My remark: This refers to the Hadi government’s attempt to establish a concurrent parliament. Look at cp6.


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Al Houthi forces raided the houses of several Hadi government-aligned parliamentarians in Yemen’s capital Sana’a on April 10. Al Houthi forces targeted members cooperating with Hadi government efforts to hold Parliament in Sayun. Al Houthi forces additionally raided the homes of former parliamentarians in Sana’a.[2]

and also

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Ansarallah Spokesman: The US Administration Continues to Confront the People of our Region, Goes Beyond all Lines

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A citizen with his children was brutally killed by Huthi gunmen in Sa'ada city


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In Saada, the birthplace of the Houthis, a reliable news website quoting eyewitnesses reported that Houthi militiamen shot dead a man and two of his children and left another child in critical condition.

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Emergency meeting of UN organizations working in Yemen held to discuss Sunday's Saudi-led warplanes' crime

At the meeting, the head of the National Authority for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Dr. Qassem Abbas stressed the international community's bias towards the aggressors despite the grave violations, massacres and the worsening humanitarian situation due to the continued aggression and unjust siege imposed on Yemen by the US-saudi-led coalition.

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Parliament continues holding sessions

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Al-Houthi arrests a doctor in Sanaa after raiding his clinic and assaulting him with severe beatings

Ten militants from the al-Houthi group raided the clinic of the dentist Ahmed al-Olofi, 42 years, near the General Revolutionary hospital and beat him severely until he lost consciousness before being taken in a humiliating manner to a al-Houthi security vehicle, according to medical sources told Al-Masdar online.

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Houthis caution MPs against leaving Sana’a

The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have cautioned Yemeni members of Parliament against leaving Sana’a, suspecting that they might join the legitimate government.

Dozens of MPs managed to escape from Sana’a and joined the Yemeni government, however, the Houthis tighten their measures against MPs and put some of them under house arrest.

Remark: As claimed by anti-Houthi news site.

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Brigadier General Faisal Rajab calls his family for the first time since he was captured by Houthis four years ago


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Oman, Yemen reach pact on military official

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Exclusive - Houthis Continue Their Oppression of Street Vendors in Yemen

by extorting them and imposing fees for their war effort.
Asharq Al-Awsat toured the streets of Sanaa where local sources revealed that Houthis, riding in bulldozers, destroyed a number of stalls and stores in the Sunaynah market on Sunday.
A number of vendors were arrested and their properties were looted, they added.
The Houthis also shut a number of stores for failing to pay their illegal fees to the militias, they said.

My comment: By a saudi news site, to be read with care.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Shatara shows Hadi the final solution to Yemen's problem

"Hadi must return to the South in a swift and gentle way, this is the end of the story and the fait accompli, the North won't be freed from Houthis and the South can never return to a buried dead unity."

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German Ambassador to Yemen Carola Mueller-Holtkemper met with Hadi government Prime Minister Mu’ayyan Abdulmalik Sa’id in Aden on April 10. The German Ambassador arrived in Aden with a delegation of foreign ambassadors and reaffirmed the German government’s support for the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement.[3]

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German ambassador arrives in Aden and meets governor of the city

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Yemen Welcomes US Decision to Name Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Group

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Film: Taiz The high frequency of clashes after the arrival of reinforcements called the popular mobilization

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Yemen expects Kuwait's contribution to help economic recovery: FM

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani speaks at a press conference in Kuwait City, Kuwait, on April 7, 2019. Yemen hopes that Kuwait could contribute to its economic recovery, Khaled al-Yamani said on Sunday in Kuwait City.

My comment: Stop the war, this would be the best.

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Transitional Political Council for the South (STC) Vice President Hani bin Brik stated on April 8 that the STC does not support the convening of Yemeni Parliament but that it welcomes Saudi and Emirati forces in southern Yemen. President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi recently announced that Parliament will convene in Sayun city in Hadramawt governorate in eastern Yemen in order to elect a new Head of Parliament and set a legislative agenda. Two STC parliamentarians, STC Foreign Minister Aidarus al Naqib and Nassar al Khubji, will attend the first parliamentary session later this week.[1]

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Shatara: The South stated its stance against Yemen's parliament

Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, Lutfi Shatara said that the South stated its stance against the convening of Yemen's parliament in Seiyun, Hadramout.
Shatara wrote on his Twitter official account that "the pictures alone are sufficient for all the world to see that the Southerners, from al-Mahra to Bab-el-Mandeb, have one goal in common; popular rejection of any parliament that does not represent them."

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Hundreds protest against holding Yemeni parliament session in Seiyun (Photos)

Hundreds took to the streets of Seiyun, the second largest city of Hadramout governorate on Wednesday afternoon, in protest to the legitimacy's decision to hold the expired Yemeni parliament session in the land of Hadramout and the South.



Parliamentary source: Parliament meeting postponed until Saturday to finalize arrangements

According to the sources, the postponement was aimed at completing the logistical arrangements for the meeting to be attended by the President of the Republic and the Ambassadors of the States sponsoring the peace process in Yemen

My comment: If these ambassadors attend, this again clearly shows that the represent states which are not neutral in this conflict, but are biased in favor of one party of the conflict.


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Minister of State for Parliament and Shura Affairs reveals these are the names that have been approved for the Parliament board

The parliamentary blocs have agreed to form a new Presidium of Parliament, replacing the previous body headed by General Yahya al-Ra’ee, who is still in Sana'a

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Hadi convenes the parliament in Hadramout amid popular rejection

President of the Republic Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi issued a decree on Wednesday which calls on the Parliament to convene an extraordinary session in Hadhramout, Saba news agency reported.
No time has been set for the session, but broad-based preparations were carried out by the government just a few days ago, for the meeting of the already expired parliament in Seiyun city.

Comment: A lot of noise growing around a parliamentary session being held this Saturday in Saiyyun with some surprising names for speaker / deputy, also of elections for MPs in Huthi-controlled territory. STC promising to protest meet. The struggle for legitimacy about to get very real.


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Yemen’s parliament to resume sessions in Sayoun

The Yemeni parliament is to resume its sessions in the city of Sayoun, Hadhramout province.

Government sources have reiterated that the members of parliament will elect a new parliament board during the first session to be held on Monday.


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Postponement of Presidium of Parliament resolution and Hadi meets with party leaders and bloc leaders

meeting held by President Hadi on Monday, including party leaders and parliamentary bloc chiefs, to resolve the dossier of the Presidium of the House of Representatives, which is scheduled to be held in Hadramawt this weekend.

The deputies, who are in Riyadh on Wednesday, will travel to the city of Seiyun, and the session will be on Thursday.


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Hadramawt members of parliament discussing to boycott council meeting to protest their marginalization from its presidency

A source in the parliamentary bloc of Hadramawt revealed that deputies of the Hadramawt parliamentary bloc are seriously considering not to travel to Sieyun cities to attend Parliament sessions.

The source said in the statement to Al-Masdar online, discussing the boycott of the session as a result of the marginalization of Hadramawt and its people from representation in the presidency of the House


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Sheikh Hani warns against any assault on protesters in Seiyun

Vice president of the Southern Transitional Council, Sheikh Hani Ben Brik warned against any assault on the peaceful protesters in Seiyun, Hadramout governorate.
Sheikh Hani wrote on his official Twitter account that "Any assault on the peaceful protests of our people in Seiyun will have grave consequences." pointing out that the southern resistance will move with its full force and effect from everywhere and no one can drive it back.
The tweet came in conjunction with a rally to be staged in Wadi Hadramout on Wednesday night, by angry crowds against holding the Yemeni parliament session in Seiyun, the action will be escalated into a mass strike on Thursday.


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Hadramawt governor arrives in Seiyun and his media office denounces the distortion of a press interview

The governor of Hadramawt, commander of the 2nd Military zone, Maj. Gen. Faraj Salem al-Bahssani, arrived Monday evening in Seiyun city.

The visit comes with intensive preparations in Seiyun city for the Yemeni parliament session.


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Tuesday's parliament members arrive in Say'un in preparation for a session attended by the President

A parliamentary source for "Al-Masdar online" said the Parliament will be held this weekend in Say’un city of Hadramawt, eastern Yemen.

A member of the House of Representatives told the "Al-Masdar online" by telephone that members will leave Riyadh for Say'un on Tuesday.

The source said that President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, along with several of his advisors and members of the Government, would attend parliament session in Say'un.

Consultations on the Presidium of the parliment are continuing, with President Hadi and his deputy holding intensive meetings with political party leaders on Sunday to decide on the arrangements for electing a Presidium of the Council as a substitute for the previous body headed by Major General Yahya al-Ra’ee, who is still in Sana'a and presides over the formal sessions of some Members Parliament loyal to the Houthi group.

My comment: Parliament is holding sessions at Sanaa since 2016. – „President“ Hadi always tried to establish a concurrent parliament, which would contribute to his „legitimacy“. After the Houthi–GPC conflict, more representatives deflected from Sanaa. Now cewrtainly there will be a competition which parliament ist he legitimate one, which of them has more representatives. Only one oft hem really could meet the quorum of 50 % of representatives.

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Two explosions hit the coastal town AL-Mocha, west of Taiz

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Protesters in Radfan cut Aden-Al-Dale line in protest against the killing of a citizen in Aden

Protesters in the southern province of Lahij on Monday cut off an international road to protest the killing of a civilian from Radfan by security forces earlier last month.


Mukalla.. Three accused of murdering a child were sentenced to death

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Al-Zubaidi: We work with the Gulf countries to restore the South

The president of the Southern Transitional Council, Aidroos Qassem al-Zubaidi emphasized that the Council is not the sole representative of the South, but it works as its representative, with the Gulf countries to restore the Southern State that was recognized by them in 1994.
In an interview with BBC News, al-Zubaidi stressed the need to form the government from the South and the liberated areas, estimating that the Arab Coalition and the Yemeni president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi would lose their patience with the Muslim Brotherhood's wing in the government, in particular after four years without achieving any progress on the fronts under their command.
Regarding granting UAE citizenship to the inhabitants of Socotra, al-Zubaidi made it clear that it's a personal freedom and every one has the right to get the nationality he wants within the Arab framework

and also

My comment: Look, he even willingly accepts the UAE politics of annecting Socotra island.

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Security Belt Forces Track down Al-Qaeda in Abyan

My comment: Sepratists are praising their militia as anti-terror fighters.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Yemen Exerts Efforts to Release UN Statement on Houthi Hindering of Peace Efforts

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yemany told Asharq Al-Awsat that his government is exerting efforts to issue a UN Security Council statement confirming the the Houthis were obstructing peace in Yemen.
“The government, in coordination with Arab coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen, is working on issuing a Security Council statement, which reveals for the first time that Iranian-backed Houthi militias are hindering all peace efforts,” he added.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yemany told Asharq Al-Awsat that his government is exerting efforts to issue a UN Security Council statement confirming the the Houthis were obstructing peace in Yemen.
“The government, in coordination with Arab coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen, is working on issuing a Security Council statement, which reveals for the first time that Iranian-backed Houthi militias are hindering all peace efforts,” he added.


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Arab Coalition urges UN to pressure Houthis over Yemen peace process

Letter to UN Security Council says rebels are obstructing Stockholm agreement

In a letter to the council on Tuesday, the UAE, Yemeni and Saudi Arabian missions to the UN called for pressure on the Houthis because the truce had not been honoured more than 100 days after it came into force following peace talks in Stockholm.

The three governments also suggested that new negotiations should take place.

My comment: The Saudi coalition itself did not honour the truce at all.

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Film: Armed violence in Yemen & other topics - Daily Press Briefing (8 April 2019)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General. =

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UN envoy leaves Sanaa after meeting Friday with al-Houthi leader

UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths left Sanaa Tuesday morning after a meeting with group leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi

during the meeting, "the Hodeidah agreement was discussed and the need for its speedy implementation far from the obstacles invented by the states of aggression outside the Sweden agreement."

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Leader Of The Revolution Meets The UN Envoy To Yemen

In the meeting, Sayyed Abdulmalik stressed the need to speed up the implementation of Hodeidah agreement away from the obstacles created by Saudi-led coalition countries outside Sweden Agreement.

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UN envoy to Yemen in Sanaa to salvage faltering peace deal

The UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths held talks with Houthi leaders in Sanaa on Tuesday in efforts to salvage the country’s faltering peace deal and to push the rebels towards disengagement after four years of war.

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I am deeply saddened to hear of the tragic deaths of civilians, the majority of whom were young female students attending school, in Saewan area in Sana’a, on 7 April.

My comment: Quite weak.

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UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths arrived in Sana’a to discuss the al Hudaydah redeployments with al Houthi movement leaders on April 7. [3]

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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We Finally Won the Right to Drive in Saudi Arabia. But the Kingdom's War on Women Is Only Getting Worse

Originally, I was planning to go back to Saudi Arabia when the ban on women driving was lifted.

I was so hopeful with the lifting of the ban. It was a huge step for us because we’ve been fighting this fight for so long.

The only charges the women in jail today are facing are contacting foreign organizations. Those foreign organizations are human rights organizations.

The activists were put in a secret prison, where they were tortured and sexually assaulted. This information has even been confirmed by their families.

What happened the last two years is a huge crackdown on activists, especially peaceful activists who used social media

We won’t be anonymous or silent anymore. We will keep speaking up in the face of tyranny and injustice – by Manal al-Sharif, co-founded the Women2Drive movement in Saudi Arabia in 2011

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#Saudi tweeps are saying this is one of the uncles who beat & forcibly repatriated Dina Ali from Manila airport. In 2017, Dina tried to go to Australia to claim asylum but was detained in Manila. Her uncles forced her on a plane w/ her mouth taped shut, arms & legs bound.

referring to

The Saudi Civil Aviation Company appoints the man who kidnapped Dina Ali and was forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia with the help of the government as its president

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A powerful hacker group behind the Triton malware strikes again

A highly capable hacker group reportedly behind in a failed plot to blow up a Saudi petrochemical plant has now been found in a second facility.

FireEye researchers said it found traces of the so-called Triton group in another unnamed “critical infrastructure” facility.

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We confirm the detention of 2 new #Saudi writers: - Riza al-Bouri (also a photographer) - Ali al-Saffar after calling them for "investigation" With this, the total of the latest detainees has mounted up to 15 personalities. (the photo below is for Riza al-Bouri)

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Saudis emerge from Khashoggi crisis with US$75bil orders

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, has received $75 billion in orders for its debut bond sale, kickstarting an offering with yields likely to fall in line or below Saudi Arabia’s sovereign debt.
It’s rare for bonds of a state-owned company to yield less than the sovereign debt and the demand reflects intense investor appetite for high-quality paper.
For Saudi Arabia and Aramco itself, the early success in selling the bonds marks a tremendous turnaround after investors, Wall Street bankers and corporate titans briefly shunned the kingdom last year following the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.$75bil-orders/

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Saudi welcomes U.S. blacklisting of Iran Revolutionary Guards

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Film: The U.S. can’t keep ignoring Saudi Arabia’s egregious human right’s abuses

When Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women driving in May 2018, it was hailed as a momentous step forward for gender equality in the country. But many of the activists who fought to reform the kingdom are now in prison. Amnesty International’s Samah Hadid joined THINK to discuss U.S. silence on Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses.

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Libyan social media/data researcher @k_ramali has been examining social media traffic related to recent escalation in #Libya. The KSA aspect of this (see below) is unprecedented. Huge pro-Haftar/LNA push. Begs questions of what transpired during Haftar’s recent visit to Riyadh. referring to map:

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Two killed, two arrested in Saudi security operation in eastern province: state security

My comment: By Reuters. For the events in Saudi Arabia’s eastern provinces, Reuters parrots Saudi state propaganda.


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It was confirmed that Mahmoud AlZar'a & Majed AlFaraj were killed in an ambush after being surrounded by #Saudi death squads, who shot them repeatedly at close range killing them instantly. Martyr Majed was on the wanted list for protesting, while martyr Mahmoud was NOT wanted.

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Only #Qatif can do this, for now. Government sign welcoming #Saudi dictator @KingSalman to Eastern Province painted over with anti-king slogans. Traitor & treacherous Salman (photo)

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The Dakar Rally Is Probably Moving to Saudi Arabia Despite Its Horribly Oppressive Regime

Hey, Dakar: Maybe you don't want one of the world's toughest rally raids to be used as PR for a brutal authoritarian state.

The Amaury Sport Organisation that organizes the Dakar Rally has signed a five-year deal with Saudi Arabia to move the event there, according to Autosport.


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The Dakar Rally is set to swap South America for Saudi Arabia

The Dakar rally is set to leave South America to start a new era in the Middle East after signing a five-year deal with Saudi Arabia, Autosport understands.

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Nuklearexperte: Satellitenbilder zeigen, dass saudische Reaktoranlage kurz vor Fertigstellung steht

Satellitenaufnahmen zeigen, dass Saudi-Arabien kurz vor der Fertigstellung seines ersten Nuklearreaktors steht. Aufgrund der Größe wird vermutet, dass er Forschungszwecken diene soll. Das Weiße Haus bleibt Antworten zum Verkauf von Kerntechnologie schuldig.

Das Weiße Haus machte den Weg für den Verkauf von Kerntechnologie an Saudi-Arabien frei. Insgesamt sieben Genehmigungen wurden erteilt. Der Kongress fordert Antworten und fühlt sich übergangen.

Der Nuklearexperte Robert Kelly wies nach der Auswertung der Satellitenbilder darauf hin, dass Saudi-Arabien der Internationalen Atomaufsichtenergiebehörde (IAEA) Zugang gewähren müsse, bevor Riad den Reaktor in der saudischen Stadt King Abdulaziz mit Kernbrennstoffen bestücke (photo)

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Trump Admin Complementing Israeli Effort to Give Nuclear Weapons to Saudi Arabia

Already seven of the 10 countries in the world with the highest military budgets are in the Middle East. The development of nuclear weapons in Saudi Arabia has many speculating that it could mark the beginning of an even more dangerous era for the war-torn region.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s energy secretary, Rick Perry, has secretly approved the sale of nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, Reuters revealed this week. Saudi Arabia is reportedly attempting to construct at least two nuclear power plants as part of its effort to diversify its energy sector and its economy as a whole. As part of this plan it has accepted bids from Russia, South Korea and the U.S. for the lucrative contract. Perry’s approval is known as a Part 810 authorization, which allows energy companies to begin the process of planning and starting preliminary work in anticipation of the closing of a formal deal in the future.

While the Saudi proposals are presented as civilian and do not mention nuclear weaponry, U.S. approval and sale of nuclear technology has been seen by many as a prelude to the development of a Saudi nuclear weapon, which could potentially spark a nuclear arms race in the region

An important nuclear player in the region is Israel, one of the few nations in the world that has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

Israel has been key in pushing the United States into a more confrontational stance on Iran through a continuous public-relations drive to present the country as a menace.

Last year Mint Press News reported that the Israeli government had begun selling Saudi Arabia nuclear weapons secrets

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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US bars entry to 16 Saudis over role in Khashoggi murder

The US State Department has barred 16 Saudi nationals from entering the United States over their involvement in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.

The list includes Saud al-Qahtani, a senior adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Maher Mutreb, a member of the young prince’s entourage on foreign trips.

My comment: What a weak reaction. These 16 are those the Saudis presented as scapegoats.

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Saudi Arabia is reportedly mulling ‘nuclear option’ of stripping the US dollar from oil trade

Saudi Arabia has reportedly discussed selling oil in currencies other than the dollar if the U.S. passes anti-OPEC legislation.

Sources tell Reuters that Riyadh has floated the proposal within OPEC and mentioned it to U.S. energy officials.

The move would chip away at U.S. influence over global trade and the international financial system.

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Film: ‘I didn’t help anyone. I just perpetuated a system of senseless violence.’ — This Marine vet is releasing unseen footage to show Americans the reality of war in Afghanistan

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U.S. Senate confirms Abizaid as ambassador to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to confirm retired General John Abizaid as the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling a vital position vacant since President Donald Trump took office more than two years ago.

The Senate voted 92 to seven for the 68-year-old retired four-star Army general, who led U.S. Central Command during the Iraq war.

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Congress Demands End To Yemen War: Now What?

After this historic victory for peace advocates and constitutionalists alike and with the war in Yemen not over, the question remains: what’s next?

The first step will be pressuring the president to sign, rather than veto, the bill.

Should Trump veto the legislation, as he is most likely to do, it will reinforce the perception that Trump has made the United States a client state of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Trump’s fealty to these monarchies is not the only thing that should concern Congress in the face of a veto. In fact, a Trump veto sets up a choice for members of Congress that goes well beyond Yemen

Even if Congress fails to override a potential veto, however, it can significantly scale back or even end U.S. support for the Saudi coalition’s war through other means

Regardless of whether Trump vetoes the Yemen war powers resolution, Congress should move to proactively ban weapons sales to the coalition countries.

It must not stop at Yemen. It must move onto ending U.S. military misadventures in Syria, the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan, and beyond – by Kate Kizer

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Yemen’s Fate is in Trump’s Hands

The resolution went to President Donald Trump’s desk on Thursday. As I write this, Trump has not yet vetoed the resolution. Trump, however, has said that he will, and has been saying it since at least March of last year. The Administration argues that, contrary to the resolution’s language, the US is not involved in “hostilities” in Yemen because the US is not bombing the country. Nor are US troops on the ground.

Congress does not share the president’s doglike loyalty to the Saudis and to the kingdom’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

On April 4, a bipartisan group of three Senators and six Members of Congress sent President Trump a letter, urging him to sign the resolution.[1] The lawmakers draw on every ounce of their cunning in hopes of averting an almost certain Trumpian veto.

Step One: Tie Yemen to the hated Barack Obama. The April 4 letter emphasizes that it was President Barack Obama who took the US into Yemen in 2015.

Step Two: Play on Trump’s avarice. Trump gave a reason for his muted response to the Saudis’ murder of Jamal Khashoggi: arms sales.

Don’t expect to read any of this in Trump’s veto message to Congress, however. Instead, we will be treated to a sanctimonious assertion that the US must continue to assist our Saudi and Emirati allies in order to counter the spread of Iranian influence in the region. We will hear that this is certain to occur if the Iranian-backed Houthis are not defeated – by Charles Pierson

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Foreign Policy Principle Number 1: Intervene in No More Civil Wars

Having offended the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by making a deal with Iran to limit the latter’s nuclear activities, the Obama administration sought to silence Riyadh’s doubts by backing the latter’s invasion of neighboring Yemen.

Washington had no sensible reason to join such a fight. Yemen has been at war for most of its life over the last six decades.

What was to take just a few weeks is in its fifth year, with America deeply involved

Despite the awful record of American intervention in civil wars, the administration appears determined to foment another one in Venezuela.

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Film: US Complicit in War Crimes in Yemen (Pt 1/2)

Three out of five weapons used in Yemen are supplied by the US says Andrew Feinstein, the author of Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

US Provides Three out of Five Weapons Saudi Arabia Used in Yemen (Pt 2/2)

Shadow Wars author Andrew Feinstein discusses new research showing that the US sold 70 billion dollars worth of arms to the Saudi Coalition for its war in Yemen, currently the world's worst humanitarian crisis

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Trump: "Produktives" Telefonat mit saudischem Kronprinzen

US-Präsident Trump hat mit dem Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman gesprochen – Saudi Arabien spiele die "entscheidende Rolle" für Stabilität im Nahen Osten. Der Fall Kashoggi war jedoch offenbar kein Thema.

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Trump discussed Iran, human rights with Saudi crown prince: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by phone on Tuesday, discussing Riyadh’s role in Middle East stability, maintaining pressure on Iran and the importance of human rights issues, the White House said.

My comment: LOL.

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Bill to End Yemen Siege Passes—No Thanks to MSNBC

After Khashoggi outrage passes, cable network goes back to ignoring US-backed humanitarian disaster

As activist pressure on lawmakers mounted over the past few months, the nominally liberal media powerhouse MSNBC was once again AWOL. The 24-hour cable news channel has yet to cover the war in all of 2019, repeating a similar no-show record when activists were attempting to end the war last spring; MSNBC ignored Yemen entirely from September 2016 through July 2018 (, 3/20/18).

In August 2018, after almost two years of not doing a single segment on the US war on Yemen (August 31, 2016–August 9, 2018), Chris Hayes finally reported on a US-made bomb that killed over 40 children in a Yemen school bus. (A widely circulated FAIR Action Alert two weeks prior—7/23/18—pointing out MSNBC had 455 mentions of Stormy Daniels and 0 of Yemen from July 2017 to July 2018 may have contributed, but it’s impossible to know for sure.)

With a bill making its way to Trump’s desk that would finally end US arms sales, as well as intelligence and logistical support, for the Saudi campaign (which, CIA veteran Bruce Riedel insists, the war could not continue without), it’s worth reckoning with how inadequate and jingoistic liberal corporate media are when it comes to matters of US violence overseas.

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Revolutionary Guard Corps: US labels Iran force as terrorists

It is the first time the US has labelled another nation's military as a terrorist organisation.

Iran swiftly retaliated by declaring US Central Command as a terrorist organisation, Iran state news reported.

My comment: Trump is fueling tensions.

Commant by Dan Cohen: Unlike his English tweet simply saying thanks, Netanyahu reveals in Hebrew that Trump agreed to designate Iran’s IRGC as a terrorist organization ”as another important request of mine”. In other words, Trump gets dangerous policy directives from Netanyahu

Donald Trump is taking directives from a foreign power that raises the likelihood of war – or in beltway parlance, “threatens U.S. national security” – but because it’s not Russia, this obvious collusion will be ignored

The NYT chooses to ignore the key part of Netanyahu’s tweet taking credit for the idea of designating IRGC as FTO, instead opting for language about how warmongering keeps the world safe

Comment by Trita Parsi: What it's really all about: Through this, some US allies are seeking to ensure a US-Iran war or to, at a minimum, trap them in a PERMANENT state of enmity.

This won't put any real new economic pressure on Iran. But it will close yet another potential door for peacefully resolving tensions with Iran. Once all doors are closed, and diplomacy is rendered impossible, war will essentially become inevitable. That isn't a coincidence.

After all, these US allies have a long and public track record of pushing the US towards war with Iran. At a minimum, it locks in the US in an institutionalized enmity with Iran, which is another aim of key US allies in the Middle East.

Comnment by Glen Greenwald: Trump's designation of IRGC as a terrorist organization is stupid, dangerous & provocative, making it much harder to forge a peace with Iran: more evidence that maniacs like Bolton & David Friedman are dominant. You can't arm & hug Saudis while pretending to oppose terrorism:


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Iran brands US military a 'terrorist organisation' after Trump blacklists IRGC

Tehran claims Washington poses 'major threat to regional and international stability and peace'


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Trump’s Iran sanctions could backfire

Like so many Trump administration foreign policy gambits, the Iran squeeze looks like a tactical campaign that’s in search of a strategy. Does the administration want negotiations? If so, why has it effectively banned the United States from contact with Tehran’s power brokers?

Does the administration instead seek a change of Iranian policy and less power for the hard-liners? If so, the United States should be working to deepen fissures within the Iranian elite, rather than pushing different factions toward the Revolutionary Guard


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Trump Puts Iran in His Crosshairs as Yemen Bleeds

The move against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps came just ahead of heated national elections in Israel and only days after Congress passed a historic War Powers Resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen’s bloody civil war

Top officials in intelligence agencies and the Pentagon opposed the terrorism designation for the Revolutionary Guard because it could provoke attacks on U.S. personnel operating in Iraq and Syria, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump’s hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton pushed for the terrorism designation anyway, according to The New York Times. Even conservative observers fear Pompeo and Bolton want nothing less than all-out war with Iran.

“The Trump administration uses Yemen as one of its venues for its confrontation with Iran — that’s why they are so adamant about continuing their support for the coalition despite the atrocities we just saw, with the killing of these children,” Kizer said.

Kizer said the Trump administration views the Houthi rebels who have been fighting against Yemeni governments for years as proxy forces for Iran, much like Hezbollah, for example. However, international experts warn that Saudi Arabia has exaggerated Iran’s role in the war in order to justify its bloody military interventions.

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Pelosi calls on President Trump to sign Yemen resolution

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on President Donald Trump Tuesday to sign into law a resolution ending American involvement in the war in Yemen.

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President Trump promised to veto a resolution ending U.S. involvement in the brutal Yemen civil war even before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent it to his desk. But a diverse group of lawmakers — including some of the president's strongest allies — think they can convince him to put down the veto pen and sign it into law.

They just have to get a meeting first.
The group thinks it can convince Trump that his base isn’t so wild about foreign conflicts. If that fails, they’re going to argue that continuing to support Saudi Arabia in the conflict, which has killed an estimated 7,000 civilians and left millions on the brink of famine, is just wrong.

“I think if we get to the president, we can convince him. The question is whether all of his advisers are going to block it,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.)

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Dem rep presses Trump officials on civilian casualties in Yemen

A Democratic congressman is pressing the Trump administration on U.S. involvement in two recent high-profile instances of civilian casualties in Yemen.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) is sending separate letters Tuesday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Defense Patrick Shanahan about a March airstrike that hit a hospital and an April strike near a school. Combined, the strikes killed about 20 people.

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Film, Rep. Ro Khanna: Our president has called for ending endless wars. We are a bipartisan group of legislators, and we are ready to work on fulfilling his promise in Yemen.

My comment: You must not like the Iranian government to conclude: This is obviously true.

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Trump veto of Yemen resolution looked certain, but now he may heed call to end US war role

President Trump is considering signing legislation that would end the U.S. role in Yemen's stalemated civil war after his advisers urged him to veto the bill.

Trump's choice pits his aversion to Mideast wars against concern about the consequences of not routing Iran-allied Yemeni rebels who took over population centers in 2014.

Although White House advisers urged a veto, potentially Trump's second, Trump expressed open-mindedness Thursday, telling reporters, "I'll look at it." Since then, he's made no public remarks amid behind-the-scenes lobbying.

Some opponents of the war doubt that Trump will allow the resolution to take effect.


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Congress’ Yemen Resolution Could Be Better

There are still several large and disappointing carve-outs which limit the resolution’s effectiveness.

The first is intelligence sharing. Congress made sure the U.S. could still share information with the Saudis if they discover any threats in Yemen.

It’s understandable why the carve-out exists because the U.S. does have intelligence assets in the region.

The other issue is the fact it puts too much power in the hands of the executive over intelligence sharing.

Perhaps the most frustrating part of the resolution is its decision to allow the military to keep hitting al Qaeda or al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Yemen. The AP reported last year Saudis are fine with using al Qaeda operatives to attack Houthi forces, and the U.S. may have turned a blind eye to some of their operations.

Congress’ decision to show a little bit of spine over Yemen is laudable. What will be more interesting is whether Congress will show more spine by attempting to overturn any sort of presidential veto. There’s no reason for the U.S. to be involved in Yemen. It’s a civil war. We needn’t be involved – by Taylor Millard

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Federal Watchdog Probes Trump Admin Push for Saudi Nuke Deal

In 2017 Team Trump worked to clinch a nuclear deal with Saudi Arabia—and an independent investigative agency wants to know what happened behind closed doors.

One of the government’s top investigative agencies has looked at allegations of potential wrongdoing by individuals in the Trump administration about their planning of a nuclear deal with Saudi Arabia, according to two individuals with knowledge of the probe.

The line of inquiry is part of a broader investigation in the Office of the Special Counsel—an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency—into alleged politically motivated personnel decisions at government offices.

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Film: Trump will fail to provide nukes to Saudi Arabia: Scholar

US President Donald Trump is in favor of providing nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia but would not be able to push through his plan because it is opposed by the Europe, American writer and retired professor James Petras says.

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Two years after travel ban, families remain divided and 'heartbroken'

Yemeni-American Zaid Nagi, 37, at home in Yonkers April 3, 2019. Nagi has been unable to bring his mother to the United States to join him, his wife, and their four children because of the travel ban.

The Trump administration has maintained that the ban is needed to ensure extremists don't enter the United States.

Critics say the federal government already had tremendous discretion over who gets visas. They cited Trump’s anti-Muslim comments and tweets, including his remarks on the campaign trail calling for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States, as evidence of bias.

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The Lawfare Podcast: An NSI Conversation on Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and U.S. Policy

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Ian Blackford defends links to arms trade despite criticising Yemen war

The SNP’s Westminster leader has defended his link to arms manufacturers that sell weapons to Saudi Arabia.

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Dutzende saudischer Offiziere wurden seit der saudi-arabischen Intervention im Jemen, an der die Streitkräfte des Golfstaats weitverbreitete Menschenrechtsverletzungen beschuldigt wurden, an angesehenen britischen Militärhochschulen ausgebildet.

Über 40 saudische Kadetten – darunter ein Dutzend letztes Jahr – haben seit 2015 in Sandhurst, der RAF-Schule in Cranwell und dem Royal Naval College trainiert.

Die Details wurden nach einer Informationsanfrage des Guardian veröffentlicht, die ursprünglich vom Verteidigungsministerium abgelehnt, jedoch im Berufungsverfahren aufgehoben wurde.

Die Mehrheit der 43 Kadetten hat am Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth trainiert.

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Dozens of Saudi military cadets trained in UK since Yemen intervention

FOI findings show majority of cadets have been training at Britannia Royal Naval College

Dozens of Saudi officers have been trained at prestigious British military colleges since the Saudi intervention in Yemen that has seen the Gulf state’s forces accused of widespread human rights abuses.

More than 40 Saudi cadets – including a dozen who came last year – have been training at Sandhurst, the RAF’s school at Cranwell and the Royal Naval College since 2015.

The details were released following a freedom of information request by the Guardian that was initially rejected by the Ministry of Defence but overturned on appeal.

The majority of the 43 cadets have been training at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth

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REVEALED: UK government met with BAE Systems weeks after Khashoggi murder to discuss response

Trade Secretary Liam Fox met with company officials to see how government's reaction could impact corporate relations, document shows

A one-line confirmation that the meeting was held on 29 October, “to discuss the UK government response to the killing of Khashoggi and BAE Saudi interests”, has been disclosed by the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Although the department said it was making that disclosure in line with its commitment to government transparency, no further details were forthcoming. Neither the DIT or BAE answered questions from Middle East Eye.

The meeting with BAE came less than four weeks after the murder and a few days after the Riyadh investment forum known as “Davos in the Desert” was held, which Fox and many other politicians and business leaders had declined to attend.

My comment: Whow!! The British government’s main goal is keeping the arms industry’s big bonanza running.

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Government defends arming Saudi Arabia at secret court hearing

THE government will defend its arms sales to Saudi Arabia at a secret court hearing in London tomorrow in a bid to obscure sensitive details about Britain’s covert role in the Yemen war.

The Court of Appeal went into closed session this afternoon with journalists, campaigners and some lawyers forced to leave court room 72 until later today.

Only security-vetted judges and special advocates remained to discuss “a large quantity” of evidence behind locked doors.

The government said the secrecy was required to “protect national security” and avoid divulging highly sensitive aspects of its relationship with Saudi Arabia and the ongoing war in Yemen.

My comment: requiring secrecy, the government demonstrates that the mastter is not ok.

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UK arms sales are factor in humanitarian crisis in Yemen, court hears

Campaigners allege UK has sold nearly £5bn of arms to Saudi Arabia since civil war began

British arms sales to Saudi Arabia are contributing towards the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” where an estimated 24 million Yemenis are in desperate need of aid, the court of appeal has heard.

There is “overwhelming evidence” of violations of human rights law by both the Saudi-led coalition and other forces in Yemen, lawyers for the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) told the court on Tuesday.

Lawyers for CAAT and other human rights groups told the hearing that the government should reconsider its decision to sell weapons in light of recent evidence from the United Nations and the European parliament.

The appeal, before the master of the rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, and two other judges, is due be heard over three days. Part of the hearing will be closed so that secret evidence can be presented by the government.

and also

My comment: „Secret evidence“???

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Human rights activists from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam hold a vigil outside the Royal Courts of Justice before the hearing by the Court of Appeal of CAAT’s appeal against a High Court judgment in 2017 which permitted the UK Government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. The UK has licensed £5 billion of arms to the Saudi military since the attacks on Yemen began in March 2015.

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

On 9, 10 and 11 of April 2019, the Court of Appeal in London will hear an appeal brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) to overturn a 2017 High Court judgment which allows the UK Government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.

In May 2018, CAAT was given permission to appeal against the original verdict. This followed a hearing in front of two Court of Appeal judges, Lord Justice Irwin and Lord Justice Flaux.

CAAT’s legal team is led by Martin Chamberlain QC, assisted by Conor McCarthy and lawyers from Leigh Day. They will argue that the decision to grant the licences was against UK arms export policy, which clearly states that the government must deny such licences if there is a "clear risk" that the arms "might" be used in "a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law". The case will also include a joint intervention from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Rights Watch UK, and one from Oxfam

and also


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Challenge Over UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia Reaches Court Of Appeal

The original appeal was rejected in July 2017, with the sales being described as "lawful".

Campaigners are set for a legal challenge over the Government's sales of arms to Saudi Arabia, amid allegations the weapons are being used to commit 'war crimes' in Yemen.

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is challenging a High Court ruling given in July 2017 which concluded the sales were "lawful".

At a hearing starting on Tuesday, CAAT will urge judges at the Court of Appeal in London to overturn the ruling.

and full interventiuon:

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NGOs Intervene to Block Weapons Linked to Abuses in Yemen



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Saudi Arabia: Fresh legal challenge to stop UK Government supplying arms for use in Yemen

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Rights Watch UK will this week join the appeal against the UK’s continuing arms exports to Saudi Arabia in a fresh legal challenge.

The organizations will intervene in the case, brought by Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), at the Court of Appeal in London seeking to challenge the legality of the UK Government’s decision to issue licences for arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen, despite the risk of the weapons being used for serious violations of international humanitarian law in the conflict.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Bundesregierung für Desinteressierte: BPK vom 10. April 2019

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Der Bock als Gärtner

Die deutsche Teilnahme an dem UN-Einsatz ist bemerkenswert, weil die beiden Staaten, die den Krieg im Jemen maßgeblich verantworten - Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate -, eng mit Deutschland kooperieren und zu den größten Käufern deutscher Waffen gehören. Auch im Jemen werden deutsche Rüstungsprodukte eingesetzt, darunter Kampfjets, Bomben und Kriegsschiffe. Berlin teilt ein zentrales Ziel Riads und Abu Dhabis im Jemen.

Saudi-Arabien hat allein in den Jahren von 2008 bis 2017 Genehmigungen für die Einfuhr deutscher Rüstungsgüter im Wert von 3,5 Milliarden Euro erhalten. Damit gehört es zu den größten Käufern deutschen Kriegsgeräts. Auch die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate haben umfangreiche Waffenbestände in Deutschland gekauf

Dass die in Deutschland erworbenen Waffen auch im Krieg im Jemen eingesetzt werden, ist schon seit Jahren bekannt. Saudi-Arabien hat bei seinen Angriffen Tornados und Eurofighter genutzt.

Die Bundesregierung hat jetzt erstmals zugegeben, über den Einsatz deutscher Waffen im Krieg im Jemen informiert zu sein.

Dabei teilt Berlin ein zentrales Ziel Saudi-Arabiens und der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate im Jemen-Krieg: Es geht ihnen darum, Irans Einfluss zurückzudrängen

Dabei hat die Bundesregierung nun eingeräumt, dass die deutsche Beteiligung an UNMHA nicht nur eingeleitet wird, um die Lage im Jemen zu verbessern und die Berliner Rolle in den Vereinten Nationen zu stärken; es geht um mehr: Die Entsendung deutscher Soldaten sowie deutscher Polizisten liege, heißt es, nicht zuletzt im "regionalpolitischen ... Interesse Deutschlands".[12]

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Jemen-Einsatz der Bundeswehr: Geballter Zynismus

Gastkommentar zum Beschluss des Bundeskabinetts, Soldaten und Polizisten zur Überwachung des Waffenstillstands in den Jemen zu entsenden

Vor dem Hintergrund, dass durch die fortgesetzten Waffenlieferungen an den Aggressor Saudi-Arabien die Bundesregierung Deutschland indirekt zur Kriegspartei im Jemen-Krieg macht, ist die Entsendung von deutschen Militärbeobachtern in den Jemen mehr als zynisch. Deutschland ist in diesem Konflikt in keinem Fall neutral und verletzt bewusst die ungeschriebene UN-Regel, dass bei Beobachtungsmissionen keine Soldaten von Großmächten, Konfliktparteien oder Staaten mit unmittelbaren Interessen zum Einsatz kommen sollten.

Zugleich soll der Einsatz der deutschen Öffentlichkeit ein friedenspolitisches Engagement der Bundesregierung im Jemen suggerieren, das es so gar nicht gibt – von sevom Dagdelen, MdB

und auch

und die CDU-Version:


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Deutschland schickt Polizisten und Soldaten in den Jemen

Die UN-Beobachtungsmission UNMHA soll in der Hafenstadt Hudaida den Waffenstillstand überwachen. Deutschland beteiligt sich mit bis zu zehn UN-Beobachtern.

Deutschland wird ein Kontingent von bis zu zehn Soldaten und Polizisten für die UN-Beobachtungsmission UNMHA im Jemenbereitstellen. "Damit ergänzen wir unser deutsches umfassendes politisches Engagement zugunsten eines Friedensschlusses im Jemen", sagte Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert. Die maximal je fünf Soldaten und Polizisten werden nach seiner Darstellung nicht bewaffnet sein und in zivilen Missionen eingesetzt.

Und Erklärung des Außenministers:

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Deutschland will unbewaffneten Soldaten in den Jemen schicken

Die Vereinten Nationen schicken Beobachter ins Bürgerkriegsland Jemen, um die Waffenruhe zu überwachen. Auch ein deutscher Soldat in Zivil soll an der Mission teilnehmen, weitere könnten folgen.

Am 10. April will die Bundesregierung beschließen, die Uno-Beobachtungsmission UNMHA im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen mit einem deutschen Kontingent zu unterstützen. Das geht aus einer an führende Verteidigungs- und Außenpolitiker im Bundestag adressierten Unterrichtung des Auswärtigen Amtes und des Verteidigungsministeriums hervor.

Zunächst solle nur "ein Soldat in Zivil und unbewaffnet zur Besetzung des Dienstpostens 'Chief Assessment UNMHA' - Leiter Auswertung - entsandt werden", heißt es in dem Schreiben. Allerdings könnte die deutsche Beteiligung perspektivisch "auf bis zu zehn Beobachter (maximal fünf Soldatinnen und Soldaten, maximal fünf Polizistinnen und Polizisten) anwachsen".

und auch

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Germany to join UN monitoring mission in Yemen: reports

The German government is expected to send unarmed soldiers and police to oversee a ceasefire in Hodeida.

The German government is planning to take part in a United Nations observer mission in Yemen, which has been torn by civil war since 2014, German media reported Tuesday.

The mission will help implement and monitor a ceasefire in the port city of Hodeida as outlined by a Security Council resolution from December. Germany will reportedly send a maximum of 10 unarmed soldiers and police, German news agencies reported, citing a government briefing document.

The Cabinet is expected to officially approve the decision on Wednesday.

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Tornados und Eurofighter im Jemen-Krieg

Schon lange wird gemutmaßt, dass deutsche Rüstungstechnologie im Jemen-Krieg eingesetzt wird. Wie in einer geheimen Sitzung bekannt wurde, hat die Bundesregierung dies erstmals eingeräumt.

Erstmals hat die Bundesregierung zugegeben, dass Eurofighter und Tornados im Jemenkrieg eingesetzt werden. Nach Recherchen von NDR, WDR und "Süddeutscher Zeitung" wurde vergangene Woche in einer geheim eingestuften Sitzung des Auswärtigen Ausschusses des Bundestags bekannt, dass die Bundesregierung eigene nachrichtendienstliche Erkenntnisse über den Einsatz von Kampfflugzeugen im Jemen hat.

Demnach hat Saudi-Arabien im Krieg gegen Rebellen im Jemen sowohl Tornados als auch Eurofighter eingesetzt. Beide Kampfflugzeuge werden von Deutschland gemeinsam mit anderen Ländern wie Großbritannien und Italien entwickelt und gebaut.

Öffentlich will die Bundesregierung den Vorgang nicht kommentieren.

Die Bundesregierung hatte bisher jedoch stets beteuert, keine Hinweise auf solche Einsätze zu haben. =

Mein Kommentar: Nichts hören, nichts sehen, nichts sagen.


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Waffen aus deutschen Rüstungsunternehmen töten im Jemen

Der Exportstopp und dessen Verlängerung zunächst bis zum 31. März 2019 rief umgehend die Rüstungslobby auf den Plan.

Als Paradebeispiel für die negativen Auswirkungen des Waffenembargos führen die Rüstungslobbyisten die »Peene-Werft« in Wolgast an

Insoweit verwundert es zunächst einmal nicht, dass sich Betriebsrat und Gewerkschaft für die Einhaltung des Rüstungsdeals stark machen

Die aktuelle Debatte über den Rüstungsstopp für Saudi-Arabien dient interessierten Kreisen, einen erneuten Angriff auf die schon ohnehin laxen deutschen Rüstungsexportrichtlinien zu fahren. Mit Schlagzeilen wie »Deutschland darf sich nicht isolieren« oder »Europa braucht gemeinsame Regeln für Waffenverkäufe« wird in den Leitmedien dafür geworben, sich mit den europäischen Partnern auf den kleinsten gemeinsamen Nenner in Sachen Waffenexporte zu einigen.


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Film: Dagdelen konfrontiert Merkel: "Wann stoppen Sie den Waffenexport in Kopf-ab-Diktatur Saudi Arabien?"


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Ganz unter uns: Wir bomben mit ...

René Heilig über »neue«, aber geheime Erkenntnisse zum Krieg in Jemen

Donnerwetter! Jetzt haben unsere Geheimdienste etwas ganz Tolles herausgefunden: Im Jemen-Krieg werden deutsche Waffen eingesetzt.

Ob die Dienste wohl noch mehr entdecken?

Also BND, nur Mut, da geht noch was - jenseits aller regierungsoffiziellen Exportstopp-Beteuerungen!


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Verhohnepiepelt Euch Selbst, Altmeier Und Co. Zum Thema Jemen

Wir haben zwar in Kürze Ostern, aber die Leser so zu vergackeiern ist einfach unverschämt, als würden lange gehütete Staatsgeheimnisse enthüllt.


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Film: Regierungstagebuch #121 - Tornados mit deutschem Migrationshintergrund

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Würth legt Widerspruch ein

Wie ein Familienunternehmen erfolgreiche Öffentlichkeitsarbeit für Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien machten

Das bei bundesdeutschen Handwerksbetrieben bekannte Familienunternehmen Würth aus Baden-Württemberg legte Widerspruch gegen den Stopp von Rüstungsexporten nach Saudi-Arabien ein.

Würth drohte so mit Schadenersatz: „Es geht um einen niedrigen sechsstelligen Betrag: Teile des Auftrags, der laut „Spiegel“ ein Volumen von 900 000 Euro hatte, sind abgearbeitet.“

Für die deutsche Rüstungsindustrie ist das Produkt von Würth ein ideales Mittel der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit für den Export von Rüstungsgütern: denn es handele sich angeblich nur um einen „Schalter“, der in ein gepanzertes Sanitätsfahrzeug für Polizei-Einsätze aus Frankreich verbaut ist. Damit setzte Würth die Berliner Politik unter moralischen Druck: mit möglichen Schäden für die bundesrepublikanische Rüstungsindustrie und deren Arbeitsplätze wegen eines unbedeutenden „Schalters“ in einem Sanitätsfahrzeug, das Menschen retten kann.

Würth und die Rüstungsindustrie haben innerhalb weniger Wochen ihre erfolgreichen PR- und Lobbyaktivitäten für weitere europäische Exporte nach Saudi-Arabien koordiniert

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Germany and its Involvement in the US Drone Programme before German Administrative Courts

Amongst the many noteworthy issues raised in the decision, two points stand out. The first one is that the Higher Administrative Court applies a stricter legal standard.

Moreover, and that is one of the most important and interesting parts of the decision, the Court finds that whether the claimants can rely on the right to life and seek protection from the German state against US drone strikes depends on their lawfulness under international law.

As a consequence, the Higher Administrative Court concludes that the legality of the drone strikes is not a political question left to the discretion of the government but a legal one that is open to being, and indeed ought to be, assessed by the courts.

As outlined, the Court’s judgment leaves a considerable degree of uncertainty or, in more positive terms, executive discretion to the German authorities on how to proceed.

To conclude, the Higher Administrative Court delivered a remarkable decision that does not shy away from tackling the legal questions the case raises even to the extent that they touch upon “political questions” – by Leander Beinlich

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Report: 14 of 17 largest Danish pension providers invest in Saudi Arabia arms suppliers

Danish pension funds invested 1.13 billion kroner in companies that supply military equipment and service to Saudi Arabia.

Trine Christensen, the secretary general of Amnesty International, believes the investments are problematic.

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Anatomy of a Police State: Systematic Repression, Brutality, and Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior

In 2011, the government violently suppressed a peaceful protest movement calling for democracy and human rights. Since then, Bahraini authorities have committed increasingly severe human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and systemic torture.

A comprehensive look at the core security agency driving Bahrain’s human rights crisis, Anatomy of a Police State is the first full study of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) police force’s integral role in the kingdom’s repression of dissent. It reveals that the MOI has led Bahrain’s catastrophic devolution into a police state even as it has received millions of dollars from countries like the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK), presenting overwhelming evidence of widespread gross human rights violations perpetrated as a matter of government policy.

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Those backing Saudi war on Yemen should account for their crimes: Iran

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that the countries that support the Saudi-led war on Yemen should be held accountable for their crimes.

The statement by Qassemi came one day after Saudi-led a

and also

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Democracy Activist’s Hunger Strike Exposes UAE Tolerance Charade

Ahmed Mansoor, the United Arab Emirates’s most prominent human rights activist, has been on a hunger strike for the last three weeks to protest abysmal prison conditions and the flagrantly unjust trial that put him there. He has been held in solitary confinement for most if not all of the period since his initial arrest more than two years ago.

This is the same UAE that in November 2018 hosted the first-ever World Tolerance Summit, claiming that “the UAE is a shining example of inclusion and tolerance.” Needless to say, the summit’s website makes no mention of the authorities’ zero tolerance for any manner of peaceful criticism or dissent.

and more (Arabic):

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Qatar sues Luxembourg, UAE, Saudi banks in FX manipulation case

Qatar filed lawsuits on Monday against three banks, accusing them of causing billions of dollars of damage to its economy by what it called overseas currency manipulation in the wake of an Arab boycott against Qatar in 2017.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp10, cp11

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

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Ministry of Oil and Minerals: 23 Billion Dollars Losses of Ministry Sectors Due to US-Saudi Aggression

Ministry of Oil and Minerals confirmed on Tuesday that the losses and damage to various sectors of the ministry as a result of the US-Saudi aggression amounted to more than 23 billion dollars.

My remark: Sanaa government.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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#AlQaeda in #Yemen announces that Muhammad Mansur al-'Arifi has rejoined #AQAP after escaping from the political security prison in Sana'a. He had been sentenced to death. No details of his escape (other than thanks to Allah's benevolence). Vows not to forget other captives (image)

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#ISIS fragmenting: New audio has emerged allegedly of an #IslamicState leader in #Yemen, revealing in-fighting. Pro-#AQAP wires hash-tagged it in #Arabic "disputes (al-khilafaat) remain & expand", sarcastically mocking the ISIS motto "the caliphate (al-khilafah): remain & expand"

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A likely U.S. drone conducted a strike on a vehicle carrying al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters in Shibam city in Hadramawt governorate in eastern Yemen on April 7.[4]

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#IslamicState in #Yemen lashes back at #alQaeda today. Repeats claim that #AQAP works with Yemeni army (AQ strongly denied this in yday's Hidaya video) & claims it thwarted an advance by AQAP/army at dawn today, killing 10 & injuring others in 4 hours of clashes in 'Awajah, Qayfa (image)

cp15 Propaganda

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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs calls for new progress towards political solution in Yemen

In meetings with senior United Nations (UN) officials, Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, renewed the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen’s firm commitment to the Stockholm Agreement and to the ongoing peace efforts brokered by Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen.

Dr. Gargash underscored that Yemen needs a political solution to resolve the conflict, and that the UAE is working to support that solution.

My comment: Bla bla.

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Yemen: Houthis Trigger Oil Crisis to Counter Anti-Iran Government Measures

Iran-backed Houthi militias have orchestrated a fuel crisis in areas under their control with the intention of using the shortage as a trump card against the Central Bank of Yemen to overturn its decision to crack down on the illegal purchase of Iranian oil derivatives, one of the main resources funding coup militias.
The decision had the effect of restoring a large part of the cash cycle from the black market to the banking sector and tightened the noose on Houthi financial activity. =

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Speaking truth to evil: Trump hits Iranian terrorists

The Trump administration has served the Iranian people and the cause of truth by dubbing Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group.

The Revolutionary Guard uses violence and economic leverage to achieve authoritarian ends. Calling them terrorists is salutary candor. The designation also serves the cause of peace.

My comment: „uses violence and economic leverage to achieve authoritarian ends“: a perfect descxription of US army and US policy – doing this on a scale Iran never will be able to reach.

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Yemeni Minister: Houthis destroyed Yemen’s economic development

Yemen’s economic and developmental achievements have been destroyed by the ongoing Houthi war, the country’s trade and industry minister has said.

“The Houthi war destroyed all the economic and developmental achievements in Yemen,” Minister of Industry and Trade Mohammed Al-Maytami said during the opening of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia’s Arab Forum for Sustainable Development in Beirut.

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A Middle Eastern-Studies Professor on His Conversations with Mohammed Bin Salman

Haykel condemned Khashoggi’s death, but, in its aftermath, offered guidance for the kingdom, stating on CNN, “What I have been telling the Saudis is that they have to come up with a narrative, with a story that is plausible, that, you know, rebuffs the leaks that the Turks have been deliberately engaged in—that they lost the narrative thread because of the Turkish leaks, and they have to explain what happened to him.”

I recently had several phone conversations with Haykel, which have been edited for length and clarity. We discussed his communications with M.B.S., how much blame the Saudis deserve for the war in Yemen, his consulting work in the Middle East, and whether America should focus less—or more—on human rights abroad.

„As far as the war in Yemen is concerned, my sense is that the Saudis really would like to get out of the war, would like to end it; they just don’t know how to do so without basically leaving a major beachhead for Iran in that country in the form of the Houthi rebels, who would take over the country.

Saudi Arabia certainly plays a very important role in exacerbating the humanitarian conditions, but you have to remember there is also a civil war that predates the Saudi involvement there. So it is more complicated than just attributing everything that happens there to Saudi Arabia.

They have offered humanitarian aid to the U.N. and directly to Yemen. And we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, so the idea that they are completely oblivious to Yemen is belied by what they offer by way of humanitarian aid in terms of food and other supplies.“

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Timely UAE-Saudi aid to help Yemenis

The UAE has been continuously engaged in providing relief assistance and supporting the Yemeni people so as to alleviate the dire humanitarian conditions prevailing there.

As Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, points out, this is not just about money, it also has to be about hope, to ensure that all Yemenis achieve security and stability.

The UAE also deserves praise for playing a major role in demining and removing explosives placed by the Houthi militias in the liberated areas.

The constant support being provided in all fields reflects the deep ties between the UAE and Yemeni people

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Houthis urged to hand over weapons in exchange of political participation

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Yamani said the war in Yemen will only end if the Houthis hand over their weapons in exchange of guarantees of political participation. “The Yemenis will not accept another copy of Hezbollah in Yemen,” he said.

My comment: Why they should do this? This would mean suicide. Any peace process will mean a unification of two or more sides to form a common government and a common military. It will not be the Hadi government granting political participation to anyone, after fulfilling any preconditions. It’s not one side sitting on the throne and the other standing in front of it.

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Government of Saudi Arabia: KSA and UAE Announce USD 200 Million in Support of Urgent Humanitarian Needs in Yemen

My comment: This is the equivalent of one day of bombing Yemen. It’s the financial equivalent for killing 13 school children and adults.

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The tolerance shown by some actors in the international community towards the Houthis militias in Yemen reflects a lack of deep understanding and awareness of the nature of the dilemma that the Yemenis suffer by this ideological militia. In the sense that, this is not just a bloody, sectarian and racial coup by Iranian-backed militia against the state and its institutions, rather, it is most serious, where the militia, besides the aggressive and cruel war against Yemenis, is waging another brutal war against all coexistence, equality and civil values in a systematic way, using state institutions and potentials that they seized by force and intimidation – by MOAMMAR AL-ERYANI, Hadi government minister of Human rights

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Why Did Yemen's Iran-Backed Houthis Fire Missiles Into Saudi Arabia?

This goes alongside the necessity for senior Iranian regime officials to save face in times of increasing domestic unrest parallel to elevating international isolation.

As a result, the circumstances are ripe to increase pressure on Tehran with actions such as sanctioning the mullahs’ Central Bank and crippling the Revolutionary Guards.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

April 9:

April 8:

April 7:

April 6:

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Saudi-Arabien fliegt Angriffe auf Huthi-Stellungen im Jemen

Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Koalition flog am Mittwoch Angriffe auf Huthi-Stellungen in Sanaa. Ziele seien eine Drohnen-Fabrik und eine Lagerhalle mit Raketenabschussrampen gewesen, teilte ein Sprecher der Koalition mit. Berichte über Verletzte gab es keine. Der von den Huthi kontrollierte Sender Masirah TV berichtete, aufgrund der Angriffe sei in einer Plastikfabrik Feuer ausgebrochen.

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Saudi led coalition strikes Yemen's capital: Ekhbariya TV

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen struck Houthi targets in the capital Sanna, Saudi state TV Ekhbariya reported early on Wednesday.

The station gave no further details. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.

Saudi-led coalition's air strikes hit Yemeni capital

The Saudi-led coalition carried out air strikes in Yemen against two Houthi targets in Sanaa, the capital, early on Wednesday, its spokesman said.

The coalition said the strikes targeted a Houthi drone-manufacturing plant and a warehouse containing launch pads. Residents said a house was also hit, but no casualties were reported.

Houthi-run Masirah TV said a fire broke out in a plastics factory as a result of air strikes early on Wednesday.

and by Saudi propaganda¨

My comment: By no single word, Reuters did not at all report the Saudi air raid killing 13 people, among them 12 school children, at Sanaa on April 7. Reuters extreme bias is also shown by the fact that when reporting on the Yemen war, often refers to Saudi coalition sources, while others simply are neglected.


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US-Saudi Aerial Aggression Launches Air Raids on Capital Sana’a

The US-Saudi aerial aggression launched at dawn Wednesday a series of raids targeting residential areas in the capital Sana’a.

Al-Masirah Net correspondent reported that the aerial aggression targeted a citizen’s house in the area of Bani Hawat, Bani Al-Harith district, causing a fire, no casualties were reported until now.

Our correspondent also reported that a huge fire broke out in a plastic factory, east of Al-Thawra stadium in the capital Sana'a, after three raids by the aerial aggression, with continuous overflights.


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Pictures of the crime of targeting the house of the citizen, "Yahya Al-Qudaimy" by the US-Saudi aggression's air raids at dawn on Wednesday in Al-Jeraf area of Al-Thawrah district in the capital #Sanaa, and the injury of a number of civilians, and large destruction of the house and damaged neighboring houses.

More photos:

Film: =

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Dozens of Houthis killed, injured in Coalition airstrikes in Al-Dhale

At least 37 Houthi militants were killed and injured on Tuesday, in Arab Coalition airstrikes in Al-Dhale province, The Yemeni Ministry of Defense's official website 'September Net' reported.

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Film: The crime of targeting aviation aggression to the home of a citizen in the Directorate of Haradh, Hajjah province =

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Jemen fordert unabhängige Ermittlungen zum saudischen Luftangriff auf eine Schule

Nach dem Luftangriff der saudisch geführten Militärkoalition auf eine Schule im Jemen, durch den 13 Schülerinnen getötet wurden, hat der Vorsitzende des Obersten Revolutionskomitees Mohammed Ali al-Huthi eine unabhängige internationale Ermittlungsgruppe zur Untersuchung der Verbrechen der Aggressor-Koalition gefordert.

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Yemeni Children Sends a Message to the World, in Funeral of Victims of the US-Saudi Massacre, Sana’a

Dear Audience:

The children of Sa`wan are students who were not the first to be targeted by the aggression. Over the past years, the aggression has killed thousands of Yemeni lives. It has hounded us into our homes, streets and schools. It killed us, It killed our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. What does the aggression want from us? And why it is avenging our childhood? Does our laugh bother it during its defeats on the field? Does the pen in our hands scare it, that it could be a weapon to fight ignorance? Does the aggression want us to stay ignorant, do not know how to write our names, do not know what is the history of our country and who are the heroes of our nation?

Four years passed and this is the fifth. When will the aggression get saturated with our blood?


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Yemen holds mass funeral for children killed in Sanaa blast

Yemeni rebels held a mass funeral Wednesday for children killed in an explosion near two schools in the war-torn country's capital Sanaa.

Crowds of men spilled into the streets of the capital where coffins draped with Yemeni flags were lined up.

Relatives of the children and schoolboys hoisted the coffins above the crowd and made their way to the cemetery, escorted by a line of ambulances.

"What sin have they committed?" asked Essam al-Abed, a local Huthi official and funeral organiser.

"Their only sin was carrying backpacks and pens to get an education."

My comment: When an air strike is labeled as a “blast”.


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Sana’a Bids Farewell Sa’wan Martyrs

A funeral procession was carried out in the capital Sana'a, Wednesday morning, for 14 students that the US-Saudi warplanes targeted their school and residential areas on Sunday.

The funeral was held from the area where the US-Saudi aerial aggression committed the crime in Sa'wan district, east of the capital Sana'a.

The funeral procession was attended by a number of ministers of the Salvation Government, thousands of citizens who streamed from various districts of the capital, waving banners condemning the crime and photographs of a number of victims.



and photo of all killed children:

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Film: Coalition media, #SkyNews from #UAE, broadcast news of air striking east #Sanaa then later denies it when they hear about school girls death/injury toll. Not the 1st time. Calls for human rights investigation.

Remark: Main recording of this air raid Yemen War Mosaic 526, cp16. An overview here: =


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Yemenis recount horror of mysterious blast in capital

Witnesses said Sunday’s blast at a warehouse in the heart of Sanaa damaged nearby schools, destroyed homes and left houses without walls or doors as far as 400 meters (440 yards) away.

Some families and residents of the district of Sawan said the explosion occurred after a fire erupted inside the warehouse. They said a fire sent columns of white smoke rising into the air, followed by the explosion. Their accounts were confirmed by several videos filmed by bystanders.

Another resident said his daughter was knocked out of his arms and into the air by the blast. He eventually found her alive under plastic bags and rubble.


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Blast in rebel-held Yemen capital killed 14 schoolchildren: UN

Yemen's Huthi rebels have accused a Saudi-led military coalition backing the government of carrying out an air strike.

The coalition denied conducting any air raids on the capital on Sunday.

"A blast in Sanaa this week killed 14 children and critically injured 16. This is what UNICEF was able to verify, with the actual number of children killed and injured likely to increase," said UNICEF's Middle East and North Africa director, Geert Cappelaere.

"It was almost lunchtime and students were in class. The blast shattered the windows and unleashed a burst of shrapnel and broken glass into the classrooms." and also

My comment: An airstrike as “mysterious blast”. This is how propaganda and western whitewashing look like. Forgetting #SkyNews Arabic had covered the breaking news of an airstrike.

Comment: Oh God help us, journalism is now so advanced, it calls Saudi air trikes which they announce “mysterious explosions”


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This is such vile, nauseating propaganda: US/UK-backed Saudi forces just bombed a residential area in Yemen, killing 13 people (including 7 children) and wounding 110 more. And the NY Times and AP absurdly call it an "explosion" and cast doubt. But there is video of the bombing! (thread; images)


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Save the Children: “Children were bleeding on the floor, calling for their parents"

A Save the Children child protection worker who rushed to the scene of the school where several pupils were killed yesterday described scenes of devastation, and children bleeding heavily while aid workers tried to reach them.

The Save the Children team immediately intervened at Al Raee school, and helped transfer wounded girls from governmental hospitals to private ones that can provide better care than the public system worn out by four years of conflict. Five girls aged 12 to 16, were transferred yesterday after the incident. Sadly, one died in the evening.

The aid agency will continue transfers in the coming days, to ensure the wounded girls get the best medical care available, and will cover the cost.

The Save the Children child protection worker said:
“I received the news yesterday midday. We hurried to the school. The scene when we arrived there was extremely painful. Children were bleeding on the floor, calling for their parents. Parents were searching for their children, worried if they are still alive or dead. Some of the children were bleeding very badly in their classrooms, and they died.

“People were running in the streets and most of them were injured and calling for help.

“Getting the children to fully operational hospitals was challenging. One of the girls was badly injured and died due to lack of equipment and supplies in the hospital she was admitted in. It was very hard for me to inform her parents that she had passed away, her mother was crying loudly.”

“I will never forget how the father of Salma* was holding my hand, crying, and asking us to do everything we can to save his little girl. I am glad we were able to save the lives of these four girls, and I am very sad that many children died in this incident.”

One of the girls Save the Children transported, 14 year-old Amina*, said: “I will never go to school again”, as she lay in hospital, her head resting on one hand, a drip inserted in the other.


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Image: Statistics of the massacre committed by the #US- #British #Saudi #Emirati aggression on #Yemen coalition air force as a result of targeting some houses and Al-Raei school in Saa'wan neighborhood 7 April 2019


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Document: Names and ages of the martyrs of the massacre of # Sa'wan committed by the coalition # Saudi in Sana'a # Yemen # Unioz.

Remark: Ages 6, 10, 11, 12 (7 x), 13, 14, 30.

More photos, films:


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Norwegian Refugee Council: Statement on yesterday's deadly attack in Sana'a, Yemen

The cruel nature of yesterday's attack is too familiar to communities across Yemen. It hit a densely-populated urban, residential area in the middle of the day.


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European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations: Yemen - Conflict

On Sunday 7 April, shortly before midday, an airstrike hit an hangar in Sana’a, Shuaub district, damaging civilian houses and a neighbouring school. Eleven civilians, including female students, have reportedly been killed, and a further 42 injured.

My comment: At least, the EU confirms it’s a Saudi air raid – even if their figures are outdated. – The UN does not:


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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen: Tens of civilians wounded and killed in Sana’a

Preliminary reports indicate that on 7 April as many as eleven civilians, including five students, were killed and scores of civilians injured in Shu’aub District in Sana’a City.

“These are terrible, senseless deaths and injuries and we offer our deep condolences to the families of the victims.” said Ms. Lise Grande

My comment: What an ugly meteorite. – The UN always never blames Saudi Arabia.

Comment: UN shyly condemns US-Saudi massacre against Yemeni students inside their school in Sanaa by bombing from the sky. Killing13girl students&injuring 91 others on Sunday April 7th,2019. US continues to kill Yemen humans with Saudi hands for Saudi money. UN continues to cover up.


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The coalition denies responsibility for the Sa’wan incident and says its planes have not carried out any raids on the capital

The spokesman of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, Col. Turki Turki al-Maliki, on Sunday evening denied any link to the coalition with the explosion that took place hours earlier in the Sa’wan neighbourhood northeastern of Sanaa.

Al-Maliki told al-Arabiya television that coalition planes did not carry out any operation in the capital, Sana'a, on Sunday, blaming al-Houthi group for the full responsibility for what happened.

Al-Maliki called on international organizations in Sanaa to clarify the circumstances of the incident

My comment: LOL. Earlier, they had claimed that theyy had carried out air raids. – Even a pro-Saudi coalition website states:

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UN says what happened in Sanaa was an explosion in a warehouse that killed 13 and injured more than 100

Civilian victims were killed in an explosion in the Sa’wan neighborhood of Sanaa, the Saudi “Al-Hadath” channel said was a coalition raid targeting the military police camp in the northeastern suburb of Sa’wan (northeast of Sanaa), which was turned by militias into a training camp and a weapons depot, before the alliance's spokesman denied at the time and denied that coalition fighters carried out any raid in Sanaa on Sunday.

"A huge explosion in a warehouse in the Yemeni capital killed at least 13 people on Sunday, including 7 children and wounded more than 100," the report said on the United Nations website.

My comment: Look above.

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

April 8: Nehm, Sanaa p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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Film: Saudi American aggression continues to destroy the homes and property of citizens in the Directorate of Baqem border in the province

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A civilian and three soldiers were wounded by a bombardment of the Houthi group west of #Taiz.

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BG Sarie: 1221 violations of coalition in Hodeidah, 97 raid, attacks on other fronts

and also

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120 mines removed from one village in Hajjah

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Saudi Air Defenses Intercept, Destroy Houthi Drone over Asir

The Saudi air defenses intercepted and destroyed on Sunday a drone operated by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen that was flown towards the Kingdom’s Asir region, announced the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen.

No one was injured and no damage was caused by the incident.

He accused the militias of maintaining their terrorist acts in order to provoke a military retaliation from the coalition in Hodeidah.

My comment: If you really think this would Hve been a „terrorist act“, why Saudi coalition air raids in Yemen – which are 5,000 % worse – should be anything different?

My comment: Look above.

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More Saudi coalition artillery shelling recorded on:

April 8: Nehm, Sanaa p.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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Die stummen Opfer von Sanaa

Seit vier Jahren versinkt der Jemen im Krieg. Künstlerin Haifa Subay macht mit Street-Art auf das Leid der Frauen und Kinder aufmerksam.

Ihre Kunst ist für Haifa auch ein Mittel, die eigene Ohnmacht zu überwinden.

So auch ihr älterer Bruder Murad Subay. „Er war 2012 einer der Ersten, der Streetart im Jemen groß gemacht hat“, sagt Haifa stolz

Sich auf eine Seite zu stellen, kommt für Haifa nicht in Frage. Für sie verüben alle am Krieg beteiligten Parteien Verbrechen.

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Nicht bloß ein Opfer von Interventionen

Der französische Forscher Laurent Bonnefoy zeigt in seinem Buch über den Jemen, wie vernetzt das vorderasiatische Land international ist und welch gewichtige Rolle es für den gesamten Nahen und Mittleren Osten spielte und spielt.

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Londoners’ cup of coffee helping farmers in war-ravaged Yemen

The farmer who supplies Le Cafe Alain Ducasse is from Al Hayma, a village in Sana’a governorate.

Londoners who buy a cup of coffee for $20 from Le Cafe Alain Ducasse in an up-market shopping complex near Kings Cross station are helping small farmers in war-ravaged Yemen.


On Echoes of Invisible Hearts: Image Making and Popular Archiving in Times of Unrest | Yemeni art comes to Beirut

On Echoes of Invisible Hearts: Image Making and Popular Archiving in Times of Unrest, a group show curated by Lila Nazemian will run from April 17 to May 5, 2019 at STATION Beirut, and will feature works by Alia Ali, Yasmine Diaz, Arif Al Nomay,Thana Faroq, Ibn Seera and Rahman Taha. An illustrated catalogue by Yemeni designer Zulfa Ishak will accompany the exhibition. (photos)

Vorige / Previous

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-526/ Yemen War Mosaic 1-526: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

07:40 11.04.2019
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