Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 535 - Yemen War Mosaic 535

Yemen Press Reader 535: 7. Mai 2019: Film: Jürgen Todenhöfers Anti-Kriegs-Botschaft – Jemen-Dokumente von Wikileaks – Der Verband der Mütter von Verschleppten – Kämpfe in Dhalea – Oman und ...
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... Oman und die Ereignisse in Südostjemen – und mehr

May 7, 2019: Film: Jürgen Todenhöfer’s anti-war message (in German) – Wikileaks Yemen files – The Association of Abductees’ Mothers – Fighting at Dhalea – Oman and the events in South-eastern Yemen – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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:

Neue Artikel / New articles

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Film: The humanitarian situation in Yemen 2019

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Video: Jürgen und Frederic Todenhöfer – "Die große Heuchelei"

Der Titel ihres aktuellen Buches lautet: "Die große Heuchelei". Es verspricht, das Anti-Kriegs-Buch des Jahres zu werden. ttt spricht mit den Autoren und zeigt exklusive Filmaufnahmen der Todenhöfers aus Mossul und dem Jemen. =ürgen-und-Frederic-Todenhöfer-Die-gr/Video

Meine Bemerkung: Zum Buch hier: Vom Verlag mit Hörproben:, Leseprobe und 81 Rezensionen:, bei Amazon mit 169 Bewertungen:

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For anyone that hasn’t seen this before it’s worth noting

The Yemen Files are a collection of more than 500 documents from the United States embassy in Sana'a, Yemen. Comprising more than 200 emails and 300 PDFs, the collection details official documents and correspondence pertaining to the Office for Military Cooperation (OMC) located at the US embassy. The collection spans the period from 2009 until just before the war in Yemen broke out in earnest during March 2015. This time period covers both Hillary Clinton's term as Secretary of State (2009-2013) and the first two years of Secretary John Kerry’s tenure.

Julian Assange said: "The war in Yemen has produced 3.15 million internally displaced persons. Although the United States government has provided most of the bombs and is deeply involved in the conduct of the war itself reportage on the war in English is conspicuously rare."

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Freeing the Kidnapped in Yemen’s War

How Yemeni Mothers Succeeded Where Everyone Else Failed

Thousands of young men are being forcibly disappeared in Yemen, and mediation efforts by the United Nations envoys, the Red Cross, and many other international organizations have not been successful. The only successful group so far is a coalition of Yemeni mothers, the Abductees’ Mothers’ Association. These women are the only hope for the young men who are kidnapped, tortured, and sometimes bargained in political standoffs between the Houthis and the Yemeni government. So far the association has negotiated the release of over 600 young man.

“Our story started in Sanaa three years ago,” explains Amal Abdulrahman, one of the leading figures in the Abductees’ Mothers’ Association. “It expanded to Hodeidah and other governorates in 2017, and in mid-2018, there was a fusion with a coalition of mothers of the disappeared in Aden. Every governorate represents itself but we are all under one umbrella coalition.” Before the coalition, each woman would do whatever she could to help get her family member released. “We tried talking to many officials, up to the presidential palace. But they do not care. They may sympathize and wish that the disappeared or kidnapped reemerge, but they didn’t take the issue seriously with us as individuals.” Then the women formed a united front. The coalition provides some protection for them–safety in numbers during protests or meetings. Individually, women were subjected to beating, stoning, and stabbing attempts. Instead of one woman standing in the face of danger, they became a group, united in effort and in voice.

Overall, more than 600 men have been freed so far. The Association negotiated and put pressure till some were swapped, others freed with guarantees, and some under what the Houthis call a “pardon”.

The reason for forcibly disappearing those men, according to Abdulrahman, have changed over the course of time. It began as detentions due to their political affiliations, then they started rounding up apolitical workers or high school students. Pretrial detentions can last for a long time. Abdulrahman says that it is all about politics. Those kidnapped are used as bargaining chips for political wins.

Forcible disappearances and illegal detentions, or kidnappings as Abdulrahman calls it, happen on both sides of the conflict, and the Association does not discriminate. “Houthi mothers have reached out to us, and we helped them in all the ways that we could. A mother is a mother, her pain is like mine, and mothers do not discriminate, she says.

The Association, made up of mothers, sisters, cousins and family members, humanized the issue and made ignoring them a massive political problem for both sides of the conflict. With regular protesting, and persistent attempts at being heard, the women succeeded. “We try to depoliticize the issue. Politics should be serving people, not that people be used as props for a political gain,” Abdulrahman says.

Their inclusion of women from both sides and their ability to humanize the issues, has strengthened the Association’s credibility and people’s belief in the sincerity of their efforts. But such credibility and sincerity do not offer enough safety. In fact, women activists face detentions, prison, and sometimes death sentences, on top of defamation.

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With focus on Hodeidah, Yemen's war rages on elsewhere

With global attention on Yemen focused on a fragile truce in its main port of Hodeidah, fighting between rival forces in the country’s four-year war has surged elsewhere.

Escalating hostilities in the southwestern al-Dhalea area have disrupted the main south-to-north goods route, displaced thousands and complicated efforts to battle a cholera epidemic and feed millions on the brink of starvation.

“The clashes taking place in al-Dhalea are less visible than those in along Yemen’s west coast (where Hodeidah is) but threaten to have a similarly disastrous impact,” said Suze van Meegen of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

“It is absolutely critical that supplies coming through Aden move inland as quickly as possible, keeping commercial markets afloat and replenishing humanitarian supplies.”

Al-Dhalea straddles the main roads between the government-controlled southern port of Aden, a major entry point for aid and commercial supplies, and the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa.

Heavy clashes and artillery in al-Dhalea are forcing aid, commercial traffic and civilians to divert onto long and dangerous mountain passes, reducing humanitarian access and increasing journey time and costs.

Two weeks ago a bridge connecting al-Dhalea to neighboring Ibb was blown up, severing that route. Local reports blamed the incident on the Houthis after they stormed the area, though responsibility has not been confirmed.

Heavy fighting has also broken out in the last couple of months in northwestern regions Hajjah and Abbs, and Taiz in the southwest, causing deaths and displacing hundreds of thousands.

Before the Hodeidah agreement, the al-Dhalea front between the Houthis and government forces was static.

“(Now it’s) an active front line with people being displaced on a regular basis and with the expectation it (fighting) will continue in that area,” McManus said.


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International Crisis Group: Crisis Group Yemen Update #10

This is Crisis Group’s tenth update on recent developments in Yemen, focussing on al-Dhale in the south. A ceasefire in Hodeida notwithstanding, violence is on the rise on other key front lines and could undermine prospects for a future peace process.

Fighting between Huthi (Ansar Allah) and United Arab Emirates (UAE)-backed forces is intensifying in the southern governorate of al-Dhale. Battles have cut off key transit routes connecting the southern port city of Aden, the Huthi-held capital of Sanaa in the north, and the central governorate of Taiz, which houses important food processing, packaging and distribution facilities. If allowed to continue, the fighting could significantly deepen the country’s economic woes and further complicate efforts to revive a national peace process.

Al-Dhale sits on the historic fault line between former North and South Yemen, separate countries before 1990. Formed after Yemen’s unification by combining districts of the two former states, it is a natural battle ground for future north-south struggles. Since the Huthis and their allies were pushed north out of Aden in July 2015, al-Dhale became a front line in the current civil war where fighting flares periodically. Before and after the UN-led talks in Sweden in December 2018, fighting intensified in al-Dhale with Yemeni government and UAE-aligned forces claiming advances against Huthi fighters.

Now the Huthis appear to be making gains. Yemeni media reported on 1 May that Huthi forces had captured two towns along the highway linking al-Dhale with Ibb governorate to the west. After seizing the towns of Fakhir and Shakhab, they were closing in on Qataba, a town near an important junction between the westbound and northbound highways that link southern Yemen with Huthi-held territory. If the Huthis were to take Qataba, the ensuing fighting would also cut off the northbound highway that links rival forces in Damt district in northern al-Dhale with their supplies from the south, weakening the position of separatist forces. Fighting on the Damt front has also escalated in recent weeks.

Blocked highways are yet to cause an increase in food prices in the north of the country, but humanitarian organisations worry that continued fighting could cause a price spike. Aden airport has become the main route in and out of the country for Yemenis, especially those seeking medical treatment abroad, and ongoing violence along the highways would also impede travellers from Huthi-held territory.

Yemeni government officials view ongoing battles in al-Dhale and neighbouring governorates as part of a Huthi plan to exploit the current UN-mediated ceasefire in Hodeida to make gains on the ground in other areas. They claim the attacks are part of a pincer move to pressure UAE-backed forces in the south and to draw UAE-backed front-line forces away from the Red Sea theatre. Indeed, some forces have been redeployed from Hodeida to al-Dhale to help turn the tide against the Huthis. Some suspect the Huthis may even be preparing to push south again toward Aden, the government’s temporary capital.

Huthi officials, however, argue that they are fighting back against a months-long campaign by the Saudi-led coalition and its allies to destabilise territory they control and gain new ground, also under the cover of the Stockholm Agreement reached in Sweden in December 2018. The Huthis are likely trying to seize important supply lines and prevent their rivals from opening new routes into territory they hold while expanding buffer zones between the different cantons of control. Damt in northern al-Dhale has become the de facto border between the warring sides along the Aden-Sanaa highway, while Qataba is similarly important to the westbound routes to Ibb and Taiz city. The buffer zones are important because several tribal and religious groups in Ibb, which borders al-Dhale to the north, have remained neutral throughout the war. Yemeni government officials are convinced that they would join the anti-Huthi cause given a supply line connecting them with the south; the Huthis too are concerned that this might be the case.

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Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) and their allies have been developing their operation to encircle the town of Qatabah, which is one of the key stronghold of forces loyal to the Saudi-led coalition in the province of Dhale.

The advances are now ongoing in the two main areas:

north of Qatabah, along the M45 highway;

northwest of Qatabah, to the west from Qardah;

In the upcoming days, Yemeni forces will likely make an attempt to establish full control of the roads north and west of Qatabah and then will push to outflank the town. In the event of success, Saudi-led forces will have little chances to defend their stronghold.

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and in a nutshell:

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The Houthis are advancing against the government forces in #Dhale province.They are pushing deeper into northern parts and close to recapturing strategic positions, including Al-Jamimah in Murais district, as they are marching on regions that were retaken from them in mid-2015.

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Oman's Balancing Act in Regional Politics May Not Last

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are becoming more entrenched in Yemen. What does this mean for the Sultanate of Oman?

Yemen’s president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, recently attended an extraordinary parliamentary session in the government-controlled city of Sayoun. Among the items discussed was an exclusive report authored by tribal leaders which I have obtained. The report outlines the fragile security situation in the eastern Mahra Governorate. I have also obtained a copy of a two-page agreement reached between Mahra tribal leaders and the commander of the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

The Yemen War and Strategic Encirclement

Only days after President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration, Saudi Arabia dispatched troops to Mahra after UAE Special Forces had departed from the governorate. The UAE had maintained special forces there since 2015, but even though their troops have been withdrawn, intelligence officers remain in place. The Saudi justification for entering Mahra, which is located some 1,300 kilometers from the flashpoints where the Saudi-led coalition is fighting the Houthis, was to distribute Saudi aid to Yemenis and regain control of Al Ghaydah Airport, which is the governorate’s administrative capital and sole airport. A prison has since been established at the airport.

Oman’s decision not to participate in the Yemen war is informed by its neutrality-based foreign policy, as well as its geography, which includes Oman’s 288 km (179 mi) long-border with Yemen and close people-to-people ties with the tribes of Mahra, which typically “maintain Omani (as well as Saudi and Emirati) nationality.” In fact, because of geographical and tribal links, along with deep historical ties, Mahra has for all practical purposes served as an Omani buffer-zone against the war in Yemen.

In light of these long-standing ties, local tribes swiftly objected to the coalition’s decision to take over the Al Ghaydah Airport. Because of local opposition, the coalition’s commander in Mahra, Brigadier General Abdulaziz Al Sharif, and the tribes reached an agreement in March 2017 that the airport should only be used for humanitarian efforts and not be turned into a military base.

The agreement, however, was swiftly violated by the coalition as it turned the airport into a military base. Now coalition military planes arrive on a daily basis and all civilians, including locals, are barred from entering its premises where Apache helicopters and weaponry are stationed.

No coalition aid has to date been delivered to Mahra, a local tribal official told me.

Since then, the gradual—but consistent deployment of Saudi forces have taken place, including to Mahra’s coastal areas where twenty-six checkpoints have been established. Saudi Arabia’s coastal command is located in the center of the port city of Nishtun, which is also Mahra’s only sea port. Because all final decisions are made by the coalition commander, the new governor has limited power over these forces, and all local officials who initially protested the Saudi presence in Mahra have been fired by Hadi.

Local tribes have been protesting since 2017 against Saudi Arabia’s presence in Nishtun. So far, they have been peaceful but are taking place throughout Mahra’s nine districts.

Saudi Troops

As of March 2019, two brigades consisting of 2,500 Saudi troops have been dispatched to Mahra, but the number of troops arriving daily is increasing. In addition to the Saudi troops stationed in Mahra, the following contingencies have been deployed as well:

The Yemeni Coast Guard—but made up of militia fighters operating outside of the Yemeni state—now account for 1,300 service members.

Salafist Extremists

Tensions between Riyadh and the Houthis can be partially explained by a contentious relationship between the two neighbors that stretches back to the 1960s, when Riyadh began granting generous subsidies to various Yemeni factions—ranging from tribal sheikhs to clerics and political leaders. The tribes residing along the Yemen-Saudi border benefited in particular as Riyadh sought to influence Yemeni affairs by supporting a number of Wahhabi educational institutions throughout the county. Over time, the Saudi influence increased and its Wahhabi institutions grew stronger.

Socatra and the Strategic Encirclement of Oman

In April 2018, UAE Special Forces seized control over sea and airports on Yemen's remote island of Socotra. Abu Dhabi’s decision to exert control over Socotra is not only about facilitating its access to East Africa—as the island is situated off the coast of Somaliland where the UAE has invested heavily in the commercial port of Berbera—but about destabilizing Oman through an Emirati strategic encirclement of the Sultanate – by Sigurd Neubauer

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen First Reserve Allocation 2019 Dashboard

The Yemen Humanitarian Fund First Reserve Allocation was launched on 5 April 2019 to mitigate the impact of the recent cholera outbreak.
Key activities supported include the distribution of cholera kits, establishment of diarrhea treatment centres and oral rehydration corners, deployment of rapid response teams, scale-up of water and sanitation assistance in priority areas, training/incentives for health staff, and cholera awareness campaigns. A total of US$26.1 million has been allocated to 13 projects targeting 1.8m people at risk in 12 governorates.

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17 African migrants die of cholera epidemic, 400 infected in Lahj province

According to Dr. Shallal Hasil, the coordinator of the early Warning program of the Office of Public Health and population in the southern province of Lahj, that 17 migrants from African countries died after severe watery diarrhoea, among 400 migrants who said they became infected with the cholera epidemic in the rural province to North of the interim capital of Aden.

Dr.Hasil said to "Al-Masdar online " that 229 African immigrants received treatment in the field while some were transferred to the isolation division at Ibn Khaldoun Hospital in Al-Hawtah, the capital of Lahj province.

According to Dr.Hasil , the total number of migrants held in the province was 1,400, with the majority of them concentrated in a security camp in the governorate's capital of al-Hawtah.

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

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UNO bekommt wieder Zugriff auf Getreidevorräte

UNO-Mitarbeiter bekamen in der Hafenstadt Hodeida Zugang zu mehr als 50.000 Tonnen Getreide. Wegen der Kämpfe hatten die Helfer seit Monaten keinen Zugriff auf die Vorräte. Die UNO befürchtete bereits, dass das Getreide verderben könnte. Nach neuestem Stand sind etwa 70 Prozent noch nutzbar und sollen in den nächsten Wochen gemahlen werden. Mit dem Weizen könnten dann mehr als dreieinhalb Millionen Menschen einen Monat lang ernährt werden.

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Monday, May 6th, 2019

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Two citizens were wounded on Saturday in US-Saudi coalition’s mercenaries bombardment on Hodeidah province, a military source said.

The mercenaries launched a mortar shell on al-Jabalia area of Tuhayta district, the source added.

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Houthis continue to target al-Amalika brigades in Hodeidah

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Yemeni Military Official to Asharq Al-Awsat: Houthis Ignored UN Plan, Escalated Operations

The Iran-backed Houthi militias have failed to give a final response to the proposed first phase of the redeployment plan in Hodeidah, a Yemeni military source told Asharq Al-Awsat.
They have instead intensified their military operations in Hodeidah and Dhale ahead of the arrival of United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths to Sanaa, he added.

The envoy was in Yemen as part of his efforts to persuade the militias to implement the first phase of the plan within ten days, he added.
The legitimate government’s representative at the regional redeployment committee (RCC), Saghir bin Aziz, had informed its head, Michael Lollesgaard, that it accepts the plan and was ready to implement it, he revealed.
The Houthis have until May 15 to withdraw from Hodeidah as part of the proposal.

The government forces will not wait forever for the Houthis to fulfill their commitments to the plan, warned bin Aziz, according to Dbish.
The Houthis have instead chosen to escalate their actions on the ground, he continued.

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Houthis Shell Hodeidah's Red Sea Mills After UN Team Visit

The key grain storage silos in Hodeidah came under direct fire attack by the Houthi artillery units, right after the departure of the UN team from the Red Sea mills facility.

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Film: Targeting mercenaries to the neighborhood of martyrs in Hodeidah 05-05-2019

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Houthi militia wounds woman in Hodiedah
The militia’s shelling targeted civilian homes in Hays district, wounding one women and damaging several houses.
Moreover, the Houthi artillery units shelled populated neighborhoods in the area of al-Jabaliya in al-Tuhita district, wounding a number of civilians.

And two films:

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Film: An elderly woman was wounded by shrapnel from a Houthi shell in the Hays district of Hodeidah

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Film: the tragedies of the people and the extent of damage to their homes in Durahemi because of the bombing of the Houthis

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U.N. races to process rotting Yemeni grain after reaching Hodeidah store

The United Nations regained access to donated grain stored in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Sunday, and began the task of salvaging food that could stave off starvation for millions of citizens before it rots.

World Food Programme (WFP) grain stores there have been cut off for eight months, putting 51,000 tonnes of wheat at risk of rotting. The stores came under the control of government forces after fierce battles last year but a major frontline is only a few blocks away.

A WFP technical team arrived in the eastern outskirts of Hodeidah on Sunday to begin cleaning and servicing equipment in preparation for milling grain, a WFP spokesman told Reuters.

Sources familiar with the matter said the WFP-led team traveled from the government-held southern port city of Aden along the western coast, avoiding Houthi-controlled areas after the group denied them access from the north, which it controls.

WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel said its priority was to begin cleaning and servicing milling machinery and fumigating the wheat.

The U.N. expects that process to take several weeks before starting to mill it into flour and distributing it to the Yemeni communities most in need.

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Houthis target al-Amalika, one soldier injured in al-Jabaliya

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The Houthis continue to violate Hodeidah truce

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Militias bomb the village of Mukin in Hodeidah

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Film: A girl was injured Saturday afternoon by shrapnel from a mortar fired by the Huthi militias on the residential neighborhoods and houses of citizens in the Directorate of Hays south of the province of Hodeidah.

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Two senior officers of Tariq Saleh forces defected and joined the Houthis in the West coast

Two officers defected from the so-called "Republican Guard forces", loyal to the United Arab Emirates, and led by Brigadier General Tariq Saleh, the son of the brother of former President Ali Abdallah Saleh.

Colonel Abdel Aziz Hassan Sab’ah and Capt. Moaz Taha al-Hitari defected from Tariq Saleh's formations on the west coast and joined Houthi militias, a military source told Al-Masdar online.

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Jemen - im Schatten der Lügen

Eine Auffälligkeit des Krieges im Jemen ist das lange Festhalten der westlichen Medien an der Zahl von 10.000 Todesopfern.

Bereits nach etwa zwölf Monaten war die Zahl von zehntausend Todesopfern erreicht, an der man seither ungeachtet der Tatsache eisern festhält, daß das Hilfswerk der Vereinten Nationen im Jemen wegen Hungersnot und Cholera-Epidemie längst die "schwerste humanitäre Krise weltweit" ausgerufen hat. Die auffällige Weigerung weiter Teile der westlichen Presse und Politik, das große Abschlachten im Jemen beim Namen zu nennen und die Zahl der Todesopfer entsprechend des Kriegsverlaufs laufend nach oben zu korrigieren, kann man nur als Verharmlosung aus Rücksicht auf die Despoten in Riad und Abu Dhabi verstehen, die in den vergangenen vier Jahren zu den wichtigsten ausländischen Kunden der Rüstungsindustrien der USA, Großbritanniens, Frankreichs und Deutschlands avanciert sind.
Verläßlichere, erschreckende Zahlen über das, was sich im Armenhaus Arabiens abspielt, liefert die 68seitige Studie "Assessing the Impact of War on Development in Yemen", welche die Universität von Denver, Colorado, im Auftrag der Vereinten Nationen erstellt und vor wenigen Tagen veröffentlicht hat. Aus der Studie geht hervor, daß aufgrund der laufenden Entwicklung bis Ende 2019 die Zahl der Personen, die wegen des Krieges im Jemen gewaltsam zu Tode gekommen sind, bei 102.000 liegen wird. Die
Zahl der Menschen, die indirekt durch den Konflikt das Leben verloren haben, sei es aufgrund von Hunger, Krankheit oder schlechter Gesundheitsversorgung infolge der Bombardierung der staatlichen Infrastruktur durch saudische und emiratische Kampfjets bzw. infolge der von Riad und Abu Dhabi verhängten Wirtschaftsblockade des von den Huthis kontrollierten Nordwesten des Jemens, wird 131.000 erreicht haben, so die Studie. Zusammen ergibt sich eine Gesamtzahl von 230.000 Todesopfern. Somit dürfte der Jemen bis Ende dieses Jahres 0,8 Prozent seiner Bevölkerung von insgesamt 30 Millionen Menschen infolge des Konflikts verloren haben.
Die Mehrzahl der Todesopfer des Jemenkrieges sind Kinder unter fünf Jahren. Die Autoren der Studie kommen zu der Schlußfolgerung, daß die fünf Kriegsjahre für den Jemen einen wirtschaftlichen Schaden von 89 Milliarden Dollar angerichtet haben. Bei der Vorstellung des Denver-Berichts erklärte UN-Sprecher Stephane Dujarric: "Der laufende Konflikt im Jemen hat die gesellschaftliche Entwicklung dort bereits um 21 Jahre zurückgeworfen. Die Studie warnt vor den exponentiell wachsenden Auswirkungen des Konflikts auf die gesellschaftliche Entwicklung. Sie prognostiziert, daß der gesellschaftliche Fortschritt, sollte der Krieg 2022 beendet werden, um 26 Jahre - fast eine Generation - zurückgeworfen sein wird."

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Thread about my country #Yemen today: -4 years of #Saudi bombardment on civilian targets. -4 million children at risk of starvation. -3 million people displaced. -1.5 million have contracted #cholera in the largest outbreak of the disease in history.

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Audio: What Is The U.S. Role In The Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen?

we ask Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy: what are the next steps to address this humanitarian crisis, now that the senate has failed to override the president’s veto of a resolution to end American involvement in the war?

We also talk with a former ambassador to Yemen about the roots of the conflict. And we hear from the president of Save the Children about the physical and mental toll of the war on a generation of children in Yemen—where an estimated 85 thousand children may have died of starvation.

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Film: Stop the WAR in Yemen

Seit dem 26.März 2015 leiden die Menschen im Jemen unter der Geißel eines absurden Krieges. Ein Krieg, der ausgelöst wurde von einer arabischen und internationalen Koalition, angeführt von Saudi Arabien. Ein Krieg, der Kinder und Frauen tötet und vertreibt und die Infrastruktur eines ganzen Landes systematisch zerstört. Eine kritische Berichterstattung über den Völkermord im Jemen und die Rolle der internationalen Koalition inkl. den USA, Frankreich, Großbritannien und Deutschlands dabei, findet in internationalen wie deutschen Haupt-Medien nicht statt und die UNO schaut sprachlos zu.

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Ein Machtspiel auf Kosten der Zivilbevölkerung

Donald Trumps Veto gegen die US-Militärhilfe im Jemen könnte angesichts der drohenden Hungerkatastrophe zur Farce verkommen.

Mein Kommentar: Das bleibt mehr als oberflächlich.

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Crisis Group Yemen Update #10

Political and Military Developments

Since concluding the technical details of the first phase of force redeployments from in and around Hodeida in April, the parties have made no progress implementing the Stockholm Agreement

In Taiz, another round of fighting between local government-aligned military units and Salafist fighters

Regional and International Developments

[Overview; latest events] =

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How Yemen has benefitted from the work of International Crisis Group

I just spent three days at the semi-annual trustee meeting of The International Crisis Group (ICG) in Paris. I have been on the board of ICG for 14 years and have always regarded the organization as the most important cause in all my philanthropic endeavours.

During these meetings, we discuss the world’s conflicts and brewing hot spots.

At our recent meeting, Yemen featured prominently as our top priority.

Our approach comes in three parts. The first part was the aforementioned research we produce, which policy makers rely on. The second part is our ability to get the message out through media interviews, op-eds, a documentary, and social media. We helped shape public discourse, which in turn put pressure on policy makers to act. Lastly, we conduct targeted high-level advocacy with all the stakeholders in this conflict, regardless of what side they are on.

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US, Britain unwilling to end war in Yemen: Russian expert

A Russian expert believes that the US and Britain are reluctant to resolve the Yemen conflict because Saudi Arabia and its allies are buying billions of dollars of weapons and advanced weapons to use in the conflict.

'It is evident that Washington officials are interested in continuing the war in Yemen because they have great benefits,' Serebrov noted.

The experts underlined that Saudi Arabia suffered heavy losses and casualties from its strategic mistake in Yemen.

He said that Saudi Arabia does not release a major portion of the casualties and losses caused by the Yemeni conflict, but it is quite clear that the country entered the war with wrong calculation and for four years it was paying the price for its strategic mistake.

He went on to say, 'So, it would be in Saudi Arabia's interest to end the war as soon as possible in Yemen.'

Serebrov, elsewhere in his remark reacted to the criticism by Britain, the United States and Saudi Arabia for Iran's role in the Yemeni war, saying Iran is not playing an active role in the conflict in Yemen, and the claim that there is a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Yemen is baseless.

He highlighted that the dispute between the Shia and Sunni Muslims in Yemen and that it is a sectarian conflict also been exaggerated.

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Audio: Yemen: Inside the Forgotten War

This month, History Talk explores the current conflict in Yemen and its historical antecedents with two experts on the region: Dr. Asher Orkaby and Dr. Austin Knuppe. We examine the conflict in its multiple facets – a civil war between regional parties, an anti-terrorism campaign, and a proxy war between regional foes: it’s all three – to better understand why peace remains so elusive.

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Of Western Weapons and War Crimes in Yemen

For a long time, the United States and its partners have been downplaying and ignoring the role their deadly weapons have played in committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Yemen.

Now, some are conceding that their weapons are indeed the reason why many civilians have been killed and continue to get killed in that unfortunate country.

Strange enough, when US political leaders urged the Trump administration to either reduce or cut off arms supplies to Saudi Arabia - largely as a punishment for its indiscriminate bombings of civilians in the four-year old military conflict - President Donald Trump provided a predictable response: “If we don’t sell arms to Saudi Arabia, the Chinese and the Russians will.”

Perhaps in theory it’s plausible, but in practice it’s a lie primarily because switching weapons systems from Western to Chinese and Russian arms in the middle of an ongoing war could be a long drawn out process. It involves maintenance, servicing, training, military advice and uninterrupted supplies of spares – something the US and company have been providing to the Saudis from day one of the conflict, even refueling their warplanes midair and providing targeting intelligence.

More so, UN experts and rights groups point out that Saudi Arabia would find it very hard to maintain the US and UK weapons its armed forces largely rely on without the support of the large numbers of US and UK service personnel in the war right now. “The Saudi military might be able to keep the weapons going for a while in Yemen, but presumably at a much lower operational level.”

Which is to say it will not only be very costly for Saudi Arabia to replace the expensive existing equipment, it also means that non-western weapons will not be as high quality as what Saudis now receive from the US and Western Europe.

As is often the case, these are the same weapons that are being used to commit war crimes in Yemen

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Film: 60 Minutes barred from Yemen

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Saudis dish out millions in Yemen aid amid global criticism

Standing amid the bullet-pocked ruins of a once rebel-controlled Yemeni district, Saudi officials unveil their latest multi-million dollar aid projects, seeking to blunt global criticism over a worsening humanitarian crisis.

While leading a military coalition since 2015 against Iran-aligned Huthi rebels, Saudi Arabia is also ramping up aid projects across its southern neighbour -- from schools to greenhouses and desalination plants -- amid international pressure to end the conflict.

Many also question the viability of Saudi projects before the end of the war, which has destroyed much of Yemen's already-crumbling infrastructure.

The Saudi blockade of many of Yemen's ports -- ostensibly to stop Iranian arms from entering Yemen -- has hindered much-needed humanitarian aid, relief workers say.

"The Yemenis that I am in touch with see the Saudi intervention as disproportionately aggressive, self-serving, and politically naive," Sarah Phillips, a Yemen expert at the University of Sydney, told AFP.

"The notion that the Saudis and the UAE will win 'hearts and minds' by providing reconstruction assistance or aid to fix a humanitarian crisis they are instrumental in sustaining is widely treated with derision."

Saudi officials reject such criticism, saying it overlooks Huthi crimes. =

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Saudi Arabia is only holding the economic card because it has sought to use the policy of systematic starvation and the creation of famine as a weapon of war.

In particular these illegal coercive economic measures, taken by the Saudi-led coalition, which were illegally imposed on the entire population, has destructive effects to vulnerable civilians, including women, children, the elderly, the sick, the wounded and those with special needs. As one of the economic means in the war, Saudi Arabia resorted to imposing a comprehensive air, land and sea blockade. By continuing in its suffocating blockade against Yemen, the aggression hoped to get the situation to reach the extent of complete collapse and Yemen in some aspect is going through it now. This terrible blockade, permitted by the Saudi-controlled international forces, which no one speaks of, and other economic measures are the sole cause of the country’s total collapse.

The US-Saudi Aggression Coalition expects predicted that this collapse will happen quickly, with the aim of weakening the de facto authority in Sana’a, indifferent to the consequences of this siege on the vast majority of the Yemeni people who fall below the poverty line and who are the only victims of this barbaric siege. They Believe that the world will forgive them and will absolve Saudi Arabia of human responsibility, but history will not relieve anyone of its curse. The collapse of the economic situation in Yemen will be recorded without debate as the worst crime of collective punishment against an entire country committed by one party that everyone knows. And it’s happening under the nose of United Nations, Member States, all monetary and financial institutions and human rights organizations worldwide.

The use of starvation as a means of warfare also violates article 54 of the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and on the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I)

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Oil Ministry Renews Demand to Allow Export of Crude Oil from Saffer Vessel

The Oil Ministry called on the United Nations and the Security Council to prevent the aggression countries from targeting the floating tank, Saffer. It renews the calls to establish a mechanism for selling Yemeni crude oil, including the oil of the floating tank in the Red Sea.

The US-Saudi aggression on Yemen has stopped the ship's activity for more than four years, preventing its maintenance and supplying of fuel oil. Most of its activities have been halted. Which threatens the region with an environmental disaster.

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Continue protests detention of oil vessels in Sanaa

The citizens protested on Friday in front of the United Nations building in Siteen street after Gomah prayer in the capital Sanaa that the coalition continued to detain oil vessels and not allow them to access the Hodeidah' port. (with photo)

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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LLA distributes ready Iftar meals in Aden

Love and Loyalty for Aden Foundation launched on Monday, its annual programme "Iftar Saem" food distribution for needy families in the poor neighborhoods of the capital Aden.

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Film: Yemen Rice Farming: Locally grown rice takes root in Hadramaut

Now, a new effort to grow rice in the arid northeast may re-establish production. Shoaib Hasan has this report

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Roya Amal organization International provided medical and therapeutic supplies to a number of rural hospitals and health centers in Mahwit within the Emergency Health Response Project funded by the World Health Organization.

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International Red Cross: Social media dashboard, Yemen

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A Ramadan 'full of mortar shells' in Yemen

Mohammad Abkar thought he would be home by the time Ramadan rolled around, but the Yemeni father of three will spend the Muslim holy month in a camp -- displaced.

The fasting month begins on Monday amid a war that has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis pushing millions to the brink of famine.

Abkar and his family were driven out of their village of Al-Munther in June last year when government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched a fierce campaign against Huthi rebels in the nearby Red Sea city of Hodeida.

Hundreds of families were forced to flee the port city and its surrounds.

"We have been here for about a year. A whole year, and we're still displaced," Abkar tearfully told AFP from a camp in government-controlled Khokha, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) south of Hodeida.

"We will remain patient, and the rest is in God's hands."

For Hodeida resident Hoda Ibrahim, 39, it is imperative the warring parties abide by the ceasefire at least during Ramadan.

That is her only hope, she said.

"We are constantly looking for gas and fuel, and we do not even have the time to experience the spirituality of this month," said the mother of four.

"Ramadan this year is full of mortar shells, and we hope the situation won't get worse." =

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Today, We started distributing Ramadan food baskets, There is still a lot of orphans and poor need food. #Ramadan For #help via link … Thanks so much to all our donors

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen Humanitarian Fund 1st Standard Allocation 2019

The 1st YHF Standard Allocation (SA) was launched on 31 January with the objective of covering key gaps in the existing operation and support the immediate scale-up of activities in highly vulnerable communities.

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Ärzte ohne Grenzen nimmt Arbeit in Aden nach Ermordung eines Patienten wieder auf

Nachdem bewaffnete Männer Anfang April einen Patienten entführt und ermordet hatten, hatte das Al Sadaka-Krankenhaus vorerst keine Patienten mehr aufgenommen.

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MSF resumes work in Yemen’s Aden after patient killed

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) resumed its work in a hospital in Yemen’s second city of Aden on Sunday after a one-month suspension following the kidnapping and killing of a patient.

MSF stopped admitting people early last month when a group of armed men threatened staff and took a patient who was later found dead on a street.

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Film: "It wasn’t the no. of people wounded as a result of fighting that struck me, but poverty that’s rife in Yemen." Hakim Khaldi is back from Hodeidah, #Yemen where he was working as @MSF project coordinator. He shares how years of conflict have fueled a massive humanitarian crisis.

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Kuwait delivers aid to Hadramout

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Real time pictures @monarelief's team delivering now food aid baskets to IDPs at al-Azraqeen camp in the capital Sana'a. Our project today was funded by anonymous #Kuwaiti donors along with @monareliefye's online fundraising campaign in indiegogo. More pics will be posted later

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Film: @monarelief's team to distribute food aid baskets to displaced families at al-Azraqeen camp based on funds by anonymous #Kuwaiti donors along with @monareliefye's online fundraising campaign. 6 months ago IDPs in this camp when they received food aid.

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Film: See the story of midwife Najeeba from Abyan

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This boy's name is Iad Aish he is 13 years old live in #alhohdidah he suffered from several dissaes he is infected by diabetic and he is considered as one of one case that sufferers from keen malnutrition this boy need special nutrition, health care as well´.

He ask me to buy him food cause they don't have any thing to eat and the mother indicate to me that this boy cry when they don't have any thing to eat cause he has stomach pain as will the boy ask if we could by him clothes and he want his sors in his leg to be treated (photos)

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World Food Programme: WFP Yemen Country Brief, March 2019

In Numbers: 10.6 m people assisted in March 2019; 109,518 mt of general food assistance dispatched; US$ 20.5 m cash-based and commodity transfers made; US$ 609 m six months (April - September 2019) net funding requirements

In March, the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen announced that there has been significant, yet slow, progress towards a first phase of the redeployment agreement in Hudaydah governorate.

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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International Organization for Migration: Flow Monitoring Points | 2018 Migrant Arrivals and Yemeni Returns from Saudi Arabia in Mar 2019

Displacement Tracking in Yemen includes the monitoring of key migrant and return locations on Yemen's northern border with Saudi Arabia and southern coastal border. Enumerators placed at Flow Monitoring Points (FMPs) monitor the arrivals of migrants and Yemeni nationals in order to identify different patterns and types of migration, including quantitative estimates to help define the population of irregular migrants present in the country. Access constraints limit the ability to collect data at some migrant arrival points. IOM estimates that 13,299 migrants entered Yemen in addition to 5,462 Yemeni returns from Saudia Arabia during March 2019 brining the number of migrants who have arrived in Yemen in 2019 to 37,109 in addition to 15,251 of Yemeni returnees.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 3 May 2019

IDP Response: UNHCR continues to deliver emergency corerelief items (CRIs) to internally displaced families (IDPs) in Taizz governorate, where the southern frontlines run horizontally through the region. Taizz governorate houses the second highest number of IDPs (68,625 families) and returnees (24,721 families) in the country.

The second round of cash assistance for multipurpose protection assistance and rental subsidies has been finalized, with a total of 1,925 vulnerable families identified in those governorates by UNHCR Sub Office Aden.

Refugee Response: From 22 - 24 April, UNHCR undertook a regular protection monitoring mission to Kharaz refugee camp, Lahj governorate, in order to hear first-hand the refugees’ concerns and give advice on legal and documentation matters.

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Attempt to smuggle 144 Africans thwarted off Aden coast in south Yemen

The coastguard service of the Yemen' internationally recognized government of Yemen said on Friday it had foiled the smuggling attempt of dozens of Africans off the coast of the Burayqa district of Aden province.
A security patrol seized a "ship" led by five Yemenis, carrying 144 people of African nationality, 13 km from the coast of Burayqa, heading to Abyan province, the Coast Guard posted on its Facebook page seen by "Debriefer" news agency.
The Department added that its patrol seized the Africans during the performance of their normal functions in securing and control of the coast, noting that they were handed over to the Department of Security of Aden, to take the necessary action.
It reported that the naval security had detained the ship and its crew for interrogation.

and what anti-Houthi propaganda is making of this:

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Sayyed Abdulmalik: The mass public presence in the anniversary of steadfastness for the fifth year is not strange to this people. It is an expression of its stability, struggling and steadfastness. At the same time, Yemenis have been present in the squares, fields and fronts since the beginning of the aggression. It is not strange for our dear people to make this great attendance to inaugurate the fifth year of steadfastness.

This people have a great balance of values, principles and ethics. It has a very fair and grievous cause. These are important factors that help Yemenis to attend and enter the fifth year with this efficiency, enthusiasm, steadfastness and this great distinctive and compelling presence.

As for the length of time of the aggression, there are two sides, the first aspect concerns our dear people. This aggression is great. It is natural that the period of aggression is prolonged and that our people cannot reach a direct resolution of the battle, but steadfastness is victory for this long period compared to the size of the aggression. On the part of enemies, the length of this period is a failure for them. Of course, if we come to events in the region in general, what is happening to us is not isolated from what is happening in the rest of the countries of the region. Events have a long period like the war on Syria since 2011 till today, the conflict in Libya since 2011 till today, crises and security, militarily, politically conflicts of various forms in the region, different from one country to another have a long time. The region has many problems and long-term war crises not only in Yemen. The length of the aggression will never, God willing, affect the steadfastness, cohesion and stability of our people, because it believes in its cause, it is aware of the nature of this aggression and the objectives of this aggression. It is aware of the risks of dereliction and negligence or retreat and defeat in this battle.

My remark: This interview had already been reported earlier. Here is the text in full.

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Envoy visits detained Briton in Yemen for first time

Family says Luke Symons has been detained for more than two years over false spying claims

UN officials have visited a Briton allegedly beaten in a Houthi-run prison in Yemen for the first time since his arrest more than two years ago.

Luke Symons, 27, was accused of being a British spy after being arrested in the capital Sanaa in 2017 after a failed attempt to escape the country with his family. His family denies that he is involved in spying.

An official from the office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen met Mr Symons last month and reported that he was in good health but had been stopped from making a telephone call to his family in Cardiff, Wales.

The British government told the family that the official would be discussing the case with senior Houthi leaders and “we hope that conversation might shed some light on the prospect of Luke’s release”.

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Houthi militia kidnaps several merchants in Ibb

According to local sources, the Houthi militia leader Abdulwahed Al-Mrwaee, kidnapped a number of merchants in the province and closed their shops after refusing to pay illegal levies imposed on them by force.
The militia imprisoned the merchants in a special prison located in the office of Public Works and Road in the province, the sources added.

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On World Press Day. Yemeni journalists hunted by death and hunger … Sanaa the world's first in suppress freedoms

World Press Freedom Day, for the fifth consecutive time, has been the subject of ongoing abuses and harassment of journalists in Yemen.

More than 10 journalists are languishing behind the bars of the Houthi militia in the capital, Sana'a, with various kinds of psychological and physical torture, and their lives are under threat according to Human rights reports.

Journalists and media professionals in Yemen are living in a tragic situation, whether they are abducted in Houthi militia jails or displaced in areas of legitimate government control, according to the undersecretary of the Ministry of Information Abdel Basit al-Qa’edi.

Al- Qa’edi pointed to the need for concerted efforts and advocacy of abducted journalists in the prisons of the Houthi militias, and the provision of financial and psychological support to their families, which live in a painful reality.


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"Release journalists", a campaign led by Yemen Times in solidarity with journalists arrested in al-Houthi prisons

In conjunction with World Press Day, the Yemen Times radio launched a wide-ranging advocacy campaign in solidarity with journalists held in al-Houthi prisons in the Yemeni capital Sana'a for years.

"The campaign, which started on Tuesday, will be phased in until the release of the 12 journalists in Sanaa's prisons, two of whom are hidden in unknown places," said a press release from Yemen Times.

Ali Ibrahim al-Mushki, chairman of Yemen Times Radio, said “This campaign was planned for a while and we to support it on May 1st, the Workers ' Day to officially launch Friday in conjunction with World Press Day under the slogan " release of journalists. "

"The campaign aims to advocate for journalists detained in the prisons of the Government of Sana'a, most of whom detained in 2015

My comment: Do you also care for journalists in Southern Yemeni prisons?

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Houthis Lure Saleh’s Son to Side with them by Naming him GPC Deputy Chief

The Iran-backed Houthi militias attempted to lure the son of slain Yemeni former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to side with them by naming him as deputy chief of the Sanaa-based General People’s Congress (GPC).
Ahmed Ali Saleh has not objected to the move.

The Sanaa meeting also approved a number of appointments, all of which were rejected by the GPC branch, headed by Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, that is loyal to the legitimate government.
Hadi slammed the “farce that can be added to the long list of Houthi farces in Sanaa.”
He noted that the decisions taken at the GPC meeting were made under threat of violence, a method that the Houthis have adopted against the people, political powers and Congress.’s-son-side-them-naming-him-gpc-deputy-chief

My comment: This is how a Saudi news site reports. – Earlier reporting, Yemen War Mosaic 534.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Landmine explosion hits civilian vehicle in Yemen's Taiz, 2 killed

At least two people were killed on Monday when a civilian vehicle was hit by a landmine explosion in Yemen's southwestern province of Taiz, a security official told Xinhua.

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Civilians in Hadhramaut suffer the domestic gas and derivatives crisis and demand the authority to adjust the prices of food (photo)

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Who stops the futility and corruption of the "Yemenia " officials?

More than 100 passengers aboard the Yemeni Airways are forced to wait for two days, three days in Aden, to receive the bags they are supposed to receive after leaving the plane.

It seems odd in relation to the rules of air carriers, but those who are with the Yemenia air are no longer surprising, and they are facing such practices almost invariably.

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Abdullah Al-Quhaim, a leader in southern high revolutionary council, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Monday night in Yemen's lawless port city of #Aden.

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The Yemeni Minister of Transportation accused the Arab coalition of obstructing the return of thousands of citizens to Yemen at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

He added about the number of flights authorized by the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen, "we have five flights a day," and most of them goes to international organizations."

Aljabwani asked, "What's left for us, brothers in the coalition. “and for how long? "


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Transport Minister in the so-called legitimate government, Begging Flight clearances from Saudi/UAE aggression for #Yemen national carrier to the so called liberated Aden airport (text in image)

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UAE-Backed Shabwani Forces Obstruct The Work Of Prosecution

The UAE-backed Shabwanian forces are obstructing the work of the prosecution, which is investigating criminal cases in which the leaders of the Shabani elite are accused, according to a local source.

The source confirmed that the prosecution has been investigating for months the murder of citizens (Mohsen al-Medaei and Sarhan Salih) who were killed under torture in the prisons of the Shabani elite forces, but was unable to find witnesses as a result of the elite threats to anyone trying to testify in the case.

The source added that the leaders of the Shabwani elite are among the accused in the case, led by elite leader Mohammed Salem AL-Buhar, supervisor of the secret prisons of the UAE.

My comment: There is a deep rift between the Hadi government and its backers (one is Muslim Brotherhood Islah Party) and the UAE-backed southern separatists and their militia.


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Detainees close to detainees in prisons under the supervision of the UAE forces, in the city of Mukalla in Hadramout province, revealed that the detainees were subjected to ill-treatment and serious violations, and at the behest of the security leadership in the governorate and the complicity of the specialized criminal prosecution.

Detainees inside the prisons in Hadramout complain about the humiliating and inhumane treatment by the prison administration and guardianship of insulting and insulting and dealing according racial and regional of them, as being the detainees from different governorates of the Republic, in addition to the seizure of their private property, money, telephones and others, according to sources

The administration of these prisons continues, according to saying of the close sources to the detainees, the practice of physical and psychological torture against the detainees and the most unjust reasons, and depriving them of many basic rights.

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The outcome of the Aden consultation meeting stressed on the restoration of the city's leading role and the support of President Hadi

The outcome of the Aden consultative meeting, which took place Saturday morning in the southern city of Aden, included the need for the institutions of the official authority, civil society and the people to strengthen security stability in the way of restoring the cultural role of the coastal city, which is being taken by the internationally recognized government as a interim capital.

The consultative meeting, which was hosted by the Federal Palace Hall in the vicinity of the Maashik Palace in Aden, issued a statement that included a number of points, including the assertion that the people of Aden were standing behind the country's legitimate president, Mansour Hadi.

My comment: By Hadi supports; it seems this event had been held as a concurrent to the separatists’ “dialogue” show.

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Shot dead by a sniper: Yemeni child meets same fate as his father

Four-year-old Hashem al-Aizari died while playing outside his home in Taiz, in the same place his father was killed in 2016

Four-year-old Hashem al-Aizari and his four siblings knew it was not safe outside their house.

In 2016, Houthi snipers shot and killed their father, Abdulqawi al-Aizari, a couple of minutes' walk down the street in central Yemen's Taiz city.

Since then the children have been careful not to stray from their home while playing, and run inside whenever the sounds of battles approach.

Those noises have become increasingly common in recent weeks, as the Islahis and Salafis, two groups loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi's government, clash in the Wadi Al-Madam area of the city where the children live.

On 25 April, during a lull in the fighting raging a few hundred metres from his home, Hashem was in front of his house when a sniper's bullet took his life.

Walid Abdul Hamid, a neighbour of Hashem's family, told Middle East Eye: "The battles are threatening all residents in the Old City and surrounding areas, including Wadi Al-Madam, and we cannot leave our houses freely nowadays.

"Hashem is an orphan child, and he left the house when the battles calmed down. He did not know that snipers do not differentiate between fighters and children."

Taiz has witnessed fierce clashes since 2015 and the only change now is that while the battles were previously only between the Houthis and pro-Hadi forces, now there are battles both with the Houthis and within the pro-Hadi forces.

Fighting in March between the Abu al-Abbas Brigades, one of the UAE-backed Salafi forces, and the Islah fighters was the bloodiest Taiz has endured in recent months.

The warring parties in the Old City and surrounding areas reached agreement on 26 April.

Dozens of Salafi families were forced to leave the city to head for Al-Kadah, 40km from Taiz, and other rural areas to the south of the city.

The Salafis left the city with their personal weapons and cars, the second time that batches of the group have left the city, following the first time was in August, 2018.

"The Old City is the stronghold of Salafis and even if the battles calm down for some days they will break out again anytime," Masah said. "The Old City is not safe for residents to live in."

A member of the Salafis who fled the Old City towards Al-Kadaha told MEE: "We accepted to leave the city together with our families to stop the bloodshed of civilians.

"We are still looking for proper shelter for our families which we hope we can find soon. Our exodus from the city is solid evidence that we need peace for the city."

The families of Salafis live inside the houses of relatives or friends in several villages and there is no specific camp for those displaced from the city.

My remark: Infight among anti-Houthi forces: and they had blamed the Houthis for killing this boy.


A civilian was killed by an armed gang in Bir Basha neighborhood, west of Taiz

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Al-Zubaidi greets Southerners & Muslims on advent of Ramadan

My comment: Southern separatists playing “Parallel state”.

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Second phase of the South - South dialogue kicks off in Aden

The Southern Transitional Council, in the interim capital of Aden in southern Yemen, launched the second phase of the South-South dialogue, aiming at reuniting Yemenis living in the southern governorates and uniting their word and creating a south-Yemeni state with Aden as its capital, speaking at the opening session, the President of the Council,Aydros Zubaidi, stressed that the Southern Transitional Council is open to all and would welcome any opinion as long as its content and purpose would serve the aspirations of the people of the South and achieve their goals of freedom, independence and living in peace and security.

and also

My comment: Is this how “dialogue” looks like?


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Political, Civilian, Popular Entities And Figures Commend The Convening Of Southern National Conference In Aden

The national event of the first conference of the Southern Conference was particularly welcomed after it was held in the interim capital of Aden in the context of complex security conditions in the city.

“Aden News” monitored a number of personalities and political and social components that announce support of the Southern National Conference:


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Film: Committee of the Transitional Council for Relief and Humanitarian Action announced

The Committee of the Transitional Council for Relief and Humanitarian Action was announced today in Aden, southern Yemen, in the presence of members of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, representatives of civil society organizations and organizations concerned in relief and humanitarian activities.


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Southern National Conference Welcomes Any Calls And Efforts To Unify Southern Components

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Al-Zubaidi Threatens To Oust The Islah Party In Southern Yemen.

The head of the so-called South Transitional Council backed by the United Arab Emirates, Eidroos Al-Zubaidi, threatened to oust the Islah Party in southern Yemen.

“Reform is a terrorist party and will have no presence in the becoming state,” Al-Zubaidi said in an interview with Abu Dhabi TV.

This came in response to a question about the participation of parties in the alleged state, specifically the Islah party.

“We are working with moderate parties that work with the countries of the region and we reject any religious organizations or parties,” Zubaidi said.

However, his deputy, Sheikh Hani Ben Brik, comes from a Salafist religious group and does not miss the religious language in his political speeches.

The UAE is inciting and supporting parties seeking to divide Yemen.

My comment: More signs of strife within the pro-Saudi coalition parties and forces, also:


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Ben Brik Calls For Boycotting Saudi News Al-Arabia Channel

Vice President of the Southern Transitional Council Hani Brik said that “the Saudi Al-Arabia channel, which broadcasts from the UAE city of Dubai, is serving the Muslim Brotherhood”, calling on southern Yemenis to boycott it.


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Ben Brik: Arab Coalition Media News Are “Fake”!

Vice President of the so-called Southern Transitional Council, Hani Ben Brik, continued his attack on the Arab Coalition and its media channels.

Ben Brik wrote a tweet saying: There are many lies promoted by the Arab Alliance media, including the slogan (we are here.. where are you?), where the slogan became ridiculous and proved that the coalition media news are fake.

My comment: We pretty all know this.

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Amid Anti-Saudi protests, Saudi Wrships Arrives Al-Maharah Coasts

Saudi warships arrived in the coast of the Hawf district of Al-Mahra province on Saturday, coinciding with anti-Saudi protests.

A source told Almasirah that the warships raised the Saudi flag along the coastal strip of Hawf district, in an attempt to strangle on the fishermen.

Al-Maharah governorate witnesses protests condemns the Saudi absence and extending an oil pipeline across the province.

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UAE Completes Training of Dozens of Female Recruiters in Abu-Dhabi

Local sources on the island of Socotra said that the UAE has completed the training of dozens of female recruiters of Socotra from the people of Socotra, under the consolidation of control over the island. The sources said that Abu Dhabi seeks to extort Socotra and turn its male and females youths to tools for controlling of the UAE on the island.

The sources pointed out that the graduating of new batches of Socotria
troops in the UAE confirms the intention of the UAE in the provisions of control over the island of Yemen.

The source pointed out that the graduation of young girls in the security, military and public security sectors in Abu Dhabi was attended by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, in addition to 10 officers of the General Security.

According to the sources, Abu Dhabi is seeking to employ about 2000 people from Socotra in the UAE, and settling them with their families in order to gain the loyalty to the UAE and the loyalty of relatives in Socotra.

According to local sources, the UAE is razing the fish wealth of Socotra and that tons of fish were exported to Abu Dhabi, while the introduction of tons of oil derivatives and gas to the archipelago without subjecting them to customs.

The local authority in Socotra headed by the governor appointed by Hadi has reiterated its rejection of any form of military in Socotra, which is being established away from the Ministries of Defense and Interior, warning that these configurations will be doomed fate of armed militias, which have no legal presence.

The training of young girls and the recruitment of young people in the UAE in the context of the escalation against the Saudi forces in the archipelago, which came after the outbreak of tension between the government of Hadi and the UAE, which brought troops and military equipment to the island mid-last year.

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Training course on child recruiting prevention starts in Aden

A training course on children recruiting prevention commenced on Saturday in the temporary capital Aden.

The three-day training course designed to help 40 participants from different military contacting posts in Yemen acquiring necessary knowledge about international conventions and laws about the protection of childhood during armed conflicts.

The training course is funded by the UNICEF, organized by the Ministry of Human Rights. =

My remark: The anti-Houthi forces and militia also have recruited child soldiers.

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Al-Maisari Launches The Strongest Attack Against The UAE Intervention In Yemen

The Minister of the Interior, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Al- Maisari launched an attack against the UAE intervention in the war in Yemen, which led to the deviation of the liberation process.

Al- Maisari said: “Our partnership with the coalition is based on the war against the Huthis and not on the administration of the liberated provinces, in reference to the UAE’s obstruction of the legitimate authority over the liberated cities, including the interim capital of Aden.

He added: It is time to tell the truth .. The imbalance in the partnership between legitimacy and coalition must be corrected. We have courageous men who will not hesitate to say that the only way is to liberate the northern provinces of militias.

The UAE has impeded – and continues to – the presence of legitimate authority in all cities liberated from the Houthi militias, and has created military formations and fueled regional groups to keep the conflict burning in Yemen.


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Emirati Academic Attacks Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Al-Meissari

“the less thing to say is that the Yemeni minister is ungrateful and seeks to weaken the coalition, although he lives in his protection,” said UAE academic Abdul Khaliq Abdullah in a tweet on Twitter.

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Released Detainees From UAE Prisons Demand The Return Of Their Belongings Possessions

A number of citizens who were released from UAE prisons in Hadramout complained that their belongings and possessions which was taken from them during the abduction are still with the jailers.

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Association Of Assassinations’ Victims Families Prepares Files For Judiciary.

Khalid Mohammed Saad, head of the Association of Victims Families, said that the Association is in the process of completing a number of files of assassinations victims, for submission to the judiciary for decision.

My remark: Many had been killed by UAE-hired mercenaries.

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The Southern Transitional Council Condemns the Terrorist Act of Al-Cotton and Asks the Arab Coalition to Respond to the Demands of Hadhramaut Valley

As the council condemns this terrorist act, we assert again that leaving Hadhramaut valley as a hostage at the hands of evil and terrorist power and their supporting armies is no longer acceptable.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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UNO fördert Friedensprozess in Jemen

Der UN-Sonderbeauftragte für den Jemen, Martin Griffiths ist am Sonntag in der jemenitischen Hauptstadt Sanaa eingetroffen, um die Huthi-Rebellen zur Umsetzung des im Dezember 2018 unterzeichneten Friedensvertrags zu drängen.

Griffiths wird mit Anführern der Huthi-Rebellen über den Friedensprozess diskutieren.

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UN Special Envoy to Yemen arrives in Sanaa


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Houthis say meeting with UN #Yemen Envoy yday discussed: -Ways to progress #StockholmAgreement especially #Hodeidah -Humanitarian crisis & “international cover from USA & UK” for #UAE & #Saudi -Prisoner swap -Economy Predictably blames all lack of progress on Saudi coalition. (documents in Arabic)


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Mr. Abdulmalik Al-Houthi informs UN envoy of necessary steps

The leader of the revolution and the leader of “Ansar Allah”, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, informed the special envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen, Martin Griffith, of the steps urgently needed to implement, in addition to the agreement of Sweden.

During a meeting on Sunday, Mr. Abdulmalek Al-Houthi discussed with the UN envoy the latest developments regarding the course of the Swedish agreement, especially in Hodeidah and the obstacles that the other party is creating to prevent progress and implementation.

Mr. Al-Houthi reiterated in the meeting the importance of completing steps in the file of prisoners, especially with the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.

and also


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President al-Mashat meets UN envoy to Yemen

During the meeting, the President confirmed the full readiness to implement Hodeidah agreement, noting that the representatives of the national delegation in the redeployment committee had shown great cooperation and had agreed with proposals of the committee’s chairman regarding redeployment despite the procrastination of the other party.
He pointed to the role of the aggression states in putting obstacles before the implementation of the Hodeidah agreement.

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Emirati minister: Nothing has happened in Yemen since the Stockholm agreement, but we must continue to believe that we will slowly progress

Reem Al-Hashimi, UAE Minister of State for International cooperation, said she understands that the United Nations is "close" to the agreement regarding the withdrawal of troops from Hodeidah, western Yemen.

"What we understand from the United Nations is that they are close to some form of agreement, so we really rely on the promise that this withdrawal will happen so that they can open things," al-Hashimi said in remarks quoted by the official Emirates agency.

In response to a question has anything happened since the Sweden agreement? The UAE official replied: No, but we have to keep thinking that we will get there slowly.

My comment: This is somewhat odd, by the main promoter of war on the ground, but at least they tell they would stay generally calm up to now.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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One of my Saudi clients is dead. Another is living, but he could be next: Exiled lawyer

The executioner strikes without warning in Saudi Arabia. Prisoners are not told that their time is almost up, and their families receive no advance notification. The parents of young men on death row find out their sons have been killed via WhatsApp or Twitter, in a bland government news release announcing the regime’s latest bloodletting.

On April 23, I heard that my client Abbas al-Hassan was among 37 people who lost their lives in a mass execution. Most had been tortured into making false confessions. Several were executed for attending protests when they were children, labeled as terrorists for exercising their right to freedom of expression. Their true "crime" was to question the absolute power of the royal family. In Saudi Arabia, this can get you killed.

I would like to introduce you to two men: one living, one dead. Abbas is gone, his ordeal over, his family in mourning. Another of my clients, Ali al-Nimr, could be next, unless the U.S. government belatedly finds the moral courage to object. When I hear President Donald Trump boast of extracting the highest price for defending the Saudi dictatorship on the world stage, it does not fill me with hope – by Taha al-Hajji


Saudi Arabia’s Najran Airport Reopens After 4-Year Hiatus Due to War in Yemen

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Saudi authorities prevent Yemenis from entering Umrah: Hajj Sector Announces

The Hajj and Umrah Section at the Ministry of Awqaf and Guidance Ismail Daifallah announced the Saudi authorities banned the entry of Yemeni pilgrims to perform Umrah from the people of the northern provinces for the current seas

My remark: „Umrah” is the “little” pilgrimage to Mekka, not in the time of the Hajj.

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Saudi Arabia’s sudden interest in Sudan is not about friendship. It is about fear

In the uprising against Omar al-Bashir in Sudan, the Saudi royal family see a portent of their own demise

Within days of the removal of Bashir, Saudi’s purse strings loosened. Along with the UAE, it pledged a $3bn aid package to prop up Sudan’s economy and thus the transitional military government. This shot in the arm has been accompanied by an alarming and unprecedented phenomenon, a propaganda campaign launched in Saudi-owned or Saudi-sympathetic media.

Gulf News ran a profile of the current head of the transitional military council saying that “during the war in southern Sudan and the Darfur region, he served on [sic] important positions, largely due to his civic manners and professional demeanour”. “Civic” and “professionally run” are not words many would use to describe the wars in Darfur and the south of the country.

But this newfound affection for oh so strategic Sudan and its civic-mannered military leaders has more to do with the Saudi royal family’s heightened insecurity about its own fate than it does with maintaining stability. The danger of a Sudanese revolution is in its optics, in the sense of possibility that it suggests. If Saudi used to care about extending its soft power across the world in order to call on alliances against regional enemies such as Iran or Qatar, today’s aggressive Saudi foreign policy adventurism can be seen in the light of its one overarching fear: regime change.

Despite its economic troubles at home, the Saudi government still sees its sovereign wealth as a massive war chest to be leveraged to the end of its own survival. Even though the Saudi royal family seems to have a total monopoly on power,, executing dissenters on a whim on national or foreign soil, Sudan has demonstrated that regime change is rarely about the technicalities. It is never about the firepower that an opposition can wield against an incumbent: it is about popular will. You can’t execute everyone – by Nesrine Malik

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Film: Saudi Arabia launches border security patrols near Yemen

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#American sister of humanitarian worker Abdulrahman AlSadhan, disappeared by the #Saudi clan, says her family has not heard from her brother for a year. referring to

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#Saudi Monarchy forces raid & ransack home of law Ph.D. student @MrAlkinani1 who is #US after he posted his support for thousands of political prisoners in Saudi Klan jails. Stay strong Hamza.

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The New Saudi Diaspora

Why MBS Should Worry About Asylum Seekers

t first glance, it may not seem as though Saudi university students, disgruntled princes, Islamists, and teenage girls have much in common. But members of all these groups are leaving Saudi Arabia and seeking asylum in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Their numbers may be modest compared with those of the refugees who have fled Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria in the past two decades, but these asylum seekers are a political problem for the kingdom—one that its supposedly modernizing young crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), can no longer ignore.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 815 Saudi citizens applied for asylum in 2017, a 318 percent increase from 2012. And that’s not counting the unofficial asylum seekers

This new, outspoken Saudi diaspora poses several problems for the kingdom. For one, Saudi Arabia spends millions of dollars on scholarships in order to lessen its dependency on foreign labor; it cannot then afford to lose its highly educated young citizens to exile abroad. The diaspora is also creating an image issue: behind every asylum seeker is a story of injustice and repression that punctures the official narrative about the new, modern Saudi Arabia, flush with economic opportunity. For this reason among others, asylum seekers strain Saudi Arabia’s relationships with their host governments, who are all allies and partners of the regime in Riyadh – By Madawi al-Rasheed (subscribers only)

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A thread on #Ramadan. In our diverse country our people start Ramadan according to their respective religious authority. Most Sunnis & all Salafi/Wahhabi adherents follow the government Wahhabi religious body in start & end of the fasting month.

The #Saudi government bans Ismaili Fatimid from celebrating the end if Ramadan - Eid - if it falls a day ahead of the government’s. They are forced to pray Eid with the Saudi govt.

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For First Time Ever, Saudi Invites Zionists Delegation to Visit Saudi Arabia

The World Muslim League has invited a Jewish delegation to visit Saudi Arabia for the first time ever, Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced on its Arabic Twitter account on Friday.

Secretary General of the Muslim World League, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, said the visit will take place in January 2020.

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Exécutions en Arabie saoudite : « La paralysie et l’hypocrisie continuent de régner au sein des nations »

Le directeur général de l’ONG Ensemble contre la peine de mort, Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, explique que l’Arabie saoudite, qui multiplie les exécutions de personnes issues des minorités chiites ou de milieux les plus vulnérables, présente le visage de la barbarie (subscribers only)

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More information on those executed in April

These still had been lacking:

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Saudi Ringleader In Killing Of Washington Post’s Columnist Is Free

Former deputy head of Saudi intelligence Ahmed Assiri, who the Saudi government say ordered the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, is free at home, according to his niece Lama Assiri.

The revelation came Friday when she posted a smiling photo of her uncle at his palatial Riyadh home with his nephew, Lama’s brother Omar, who graduated from King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh last Wednesday.

On November 15, 2018, the Saudi prosecutor office identified Ahmed Assiri as the mastermind of Khashoggi’s abduction and killing at a press conference, adding that suspects in Khashoggi’s death will be tried for murder. Per Saudi laws, people facing capital charges such as murder, rape, or terrorism are not allowed bail and must remain behind bars.

Lama’s tweet attracted substantial online response, which led her to close her account @l_assiri50 on May 4th, but not before she revealed her uncle’s photo was recent, and that he was in fact at home with his children and not facing trial.

Pro-Saudi government twitter accounts tried to cast doubts on the date of the photo.

Lama also posted a video of Omar’s graduation, where he can be seen receiving his credentials from the Saudi Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohamed bin Salman (MBS) as the announcer clearly states his name, Omar Moied Hasan Assiri. The graduation ceremony of the 96th class of King Faisal Air Academy was broadcast on Saudi government television and reported by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).


cp9 USA

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The Case for U.S. Disengagement in Yemen

With the war nearing its fourth year and no obvious end in sight despite multiple rounds of peace talks, the United States must come to a policy consensus on Yemen going forward that can stem the conflict’s mounting humanitarian toll while protecting U.S. interests. The time has come to accept that the dynamic of the U.S.-Saudi alliance has changed, and that U.S. involvement in this war can no longer be justified on strategic grounds.

The decades-long relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia is deeply rooted in the countries’ many shared interests and regional goals. From containing and balancing Iranian power, to counterterrorism efforts, to the protection of shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz, Saudi Arabia remains a valuable strategic ally of the United States. Nonetheless, the nature of the relationship has evolved in the past decade.

In Yemen, the United States can and should to exercise this leverage to end U.S. involvement in the conflict by suspending arms sales to the Saudis and scaling back intelligence cooperation not related to counterterrorism efforts.

The risk of serious fallout between the United States and Saudi Arabia is low, as are the risks for economic repercussions on the United States.

Though there is no guarantee this reorientation in policy will lead to a lasting peace in Yemen, the status quo is not sustainable or acceptable.

My comment: This is a typical US article. In the main point, I hardly would disagree with the author. But, if you read this more accurate, look: “protecting U.S. interests”: seems to be the main goal. – “this war can no longer be justified on strategic grounds”: It actually never could. And even if, what “strategic grounds” could justify any war, destructing a country and killing civilians, 6.000 miles distant from the US? There could not be any such “ground”.

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Kriegsgefahr im Mittleren Osten: USA verlegen Flugzeugträger und Bomber in Richtung Iran

Die USA zünden im Konflikt mit dem Iran die nächste Eskalationsstufe. Ein Flugzeugträger und eine Bomberstaffel sind auf dem Weg in die Region. Es soll eine "unmissverständliche Botschaft" gesendet werden.

Die USA verlegen als militärische Warnung an den Iran den Flugzeugträger "USS Abraham Lincoln" und eine Bomberstaffel in den Mittleren Osten. Das teilte der Nationale Sicherheitsberater der Vereinigten Staaten, John Bolton, am Sonntag (Ortszeit) mit. Den genauen Ort der Stationierung ließ er offen: Bolton sprach lediglich von einer Verlegung in die Region, für die das Streitkräftekommando Centcom zuständig ist – dieses Gebiet reicht von Syrien im Westen bis Pakistan im Osten

Der als außenpolitischer Hardliner bekannte Sicherheitsberater begründete den Schritt mit "einer Reihe beunruhigender und eskalierender Anhaltspunkte und Warnzeichen", auf die man nun reagiere. Die USA wollten eine "klare und unmissverständliche Botschaft an das iranische Regime senden, dass jedem Angriff auf die Interessen der Vereinigten Staaten oder auf die ihrer Verbündeten mit unerbittlicher Kraft begegnet wird".

Die USA wollten keinen Krieg mit dem Iran, heißt es in der Stellungnahme Boltons. "Aber wir sind voll vorbereitet, auf jeden Angriff zu antworten, ob er von Stellvertretern, den islamischen Revolutionsgarden oder den regulären iranischen Streitkräften vorgetragen wird."

und auch

Mein Kommentar: Die USA bereiten den Krieg vor. Die USA als weltweiter Provokateur? Zum gleichen Zeitpunkt: Konflikte im Südchinesische Meer: Trump schickt Kriegsschiffe und provoziert China,

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Citing Iranian Threat, U.S. Sends Carrier Group and Bombers to Persian Gulf

The White House announced on Sunday that the United States was sending an aircraft carrier strike group and Air Force bombers to the Middle East because of “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” related to Iran.

The deployment was intended “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force,” said John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, in a statement released Sunday night.

The announcement did not give any further information on the reasons for the commitment of military forces.

“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps or regular Iranian forces,” Mr. Bolton said in the statement.

My comment: The US is preparing for war. And it is provoking worldwide, look: China slams US warships operation in South China Sea. China says the entry of vessels in disputed sea is a violation of its sovereignty amid tense ties between two nations,

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Killing schoolchildren by Israel is "self-defense", killing schoolchildren by Saudi Arabia "collateral damage", and UAE regime's links with Al-Qaeda and ISIS "just media reports". Here is the point: rogue US allies have the right to kill innocents and be terrorists.

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American-Made Bombs in Yemen: Are We Not Better than This?

[a day later, the headline was changed into: Making Sense of American-Made and Fueled Bombs in Yemen]

Nearly one third of U.S.-aided airstrikes have targeted civilians in schools, hospitals, and markets.

Between 60,000 and 80,000 innocents have died in the Saudi-led war in Yemen that began in 2015. And another 14 million Yemenis are at risk of death from disease and starvation caused by the destruction of infrastructure and a blockade-induced famine.

Throughout the war, starting with President Barack Obama and continuing under President Donald Trump, Washington has provided refueling, targeting intelligence, and many of the bombs used by Saudi Arabia and its coalition partner the United Arab Emirates. Yet when both houses of Congress passed a bipartisan bill under the War Powers Act calling for U.S. withdrawal, Trump vetoed it. The Senate was unable to muster the votes to overrule him.

There are no major U.S. interests at stake in Yemen. The sheer number of civilian casualties is unjustified, and will only spawn more anti-American sentiment, especially in the Muslim world. Moreover, we cannot be prepares for renewed great power competition if we keep getting bogged down in endless conflicts with minor powers and regional actors in the Middle East.

As much as Washington might like to think its vast arms sales, intelligence sharing, pressure, and longstanding friendship with Riyadh would make a difference in sparing civilian casualties, it hasn’t.

Although both sides of the Yemeni war have committed atrocities, U.S. involvement has only increased the regional harm and chaos. As Yemen spins out of control, anti-American sentiment rises, and every airstrike on civilians and vital facilities becomes a potential recruitment tool for terrorists.

And U.S. military involvement in Yemen has damaged more than just America’s image—it’s also hampered more important strategic goals

In this light, our intervention in Yemen is yet another unnecessary, harmful war against third-rate rebels that drains American attention and resources. U.S. policymakers tend to forget that while they are worried about Russia and China, Washington is overstretched, fighting at least five wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen – By JOHN DALE GROVER

Comment: When you read 'There are no major US interests at stake in #Yemen', the only thing which comes to mind is: 'Even if? Would that justify a genocide?'

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Only a few years ago this geo-political portmanteau would have seemed fanciful to farcical. Saudi Arabia, that theocratic monarchy, and Israel, a Western-styled democracy? But times have changed, and all signs point to a confluence of interest between these two ideologically opposed, Middle Eastern states. Moreover, this curious confluence flows through the Mesopotomac swamp of Washington, D.C.

As a sign of things to kingdom come, President Trump’s first foreign foray was to Riyadh (not Moscow), for some symbolic sword-dancing and weird orb-touching. From there, Trump dutifully flew to Tel Aviv. Trump’s trip was a tip of the hat to what his regime’s foreign policy would be: Saudi’Israeli’a First.

Of course, the ongoing Guernica in Yemen has been framed as a proxy war against Iran. For reasons known only to Jared Kushner and that weird orb, perhaps, the Trump, Saudi, and Israeli regimes are all being confluenced by some otherworldly threat from the Islamic Republic. This state of affairs naturally poses the real-world question: What threat, Iran? None, as far as any reasonable eye can far see.

This USA-KSA-Israel “Axis of Roguery” certainly presents a peculiar spectacle on the world stage.

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Pentagon: Weltweit 120 zivile Opfer durch US-Militäreinsätze 2018

In dem Dokument wird eingeräumt, dass in der offiziellen Zahl die zivilen Opfer der US-Operationen im Jemen und in Libyen nicht enthalten sind, da es diesbezüglich keine "glaubwürdigen Meldungen" gibt. In dem Bericht werden auch die Todesfälle durch Angriffe nicht berücksichtigt, die nicht direkt militärischer Natur sind, wie sie im Rahmen von Geheimdienstoperationen etwa von der Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) und mit Drohnen durchgeführt werden.

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It’s Time for Saudi Arabia to Stop Exporting Extremism

Trump should not waste his opportunity to begin repairing Wahhabism’s trail of wreckage.

The harsh reality is that despite the United States’ important successes in killing terrorists on the battlefield and preventing another 9/11-scale attack, the problem of radical Islamist terrorism is not shrinking. On the contrary, it has steadily morphed and metastasized.

Getting Saudi Arabia and other countries out of the business of exporting extremism once and for all is an odd issue: While nearly everyone has agreed for nearly 20 years that the problem directly threatens U.S. national security, no one ever seems to really do anything about it. Lots of rhetoric. Very little action. As the United States prepares to enter the third decade of its ongoing campaign against terrorism, that failed approach should finally change—especially with a de facto leader in Riyadh who, despite his many well-known shortcomings, has openly declared a commitment to put the propagation of religious radicalism in the kingdom’s rearview mirror. For their part, U.S. policymakers should seize upon this as an open invitation for high-level diplomatic engagement to hold the crown prince to account while helping him achieve his stated goals.

My comment: This is a typical US political mainstream document: “Let me have the cake and eat it too”. We know this for more than 20 years now. The alliance with Saudi Arabia is never questioned, and nothing changes, except from words.

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Palo Alto Man Hailed as a Hero For Spray Painting 'Yemen' in Blood-Red Letters at Lockheed Martin's Office

Bryce Druzin wants the defense contractor, which has benefitted greatly from Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, out of his neighborhood.

and also

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U.S. State Dept approves possible $2.7 bln sale of PAC-3 guided air-and-missile defense system to UAE

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale to United Arab Emirates of Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) guided air-and-missile defense system and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.7 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday.

UAE requested a possible sale of 452 PAC-3 Missiles Segment Enhanced (MSE). Also included are tools and test equipment, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, spare and repair parts, facility design, U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics, sustainment and program support. The estimated cost is $2.728 billion.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sale on Friday.

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State Department OKs nearly $6 billion in weapons sales to Gulf allies

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $6 billion worth of weapons sales to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in three separate packages, the Pentagon said on Friday after notifying Congress of the certification.

In one of the notifications sent to Congress on Friday, Bahrain could potentially buy various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an estimated cost of $2.48 billion. That potential Bahraini deal included 36 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles known as GEM-T, an upgrade that can shoot down aircraft and cruise missiles.

In a separate State Department notification sent to Congress, Bahrain was also given the nod for various weapons to support its F-16 Block 70/F-16V aircraft fleet for an estimated cost of $750 million. That package included 32 AIM-9X missiles, 20 AGM-84 Block II Harpoon missiles and 100 GBU-39s which are 250-pound small diameter bombs and other munitions.

In a third State Department notification, the United Arab Emirates was given potential approval for $2.73 billion worth of Patriot missiles and related equipment including 452 Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) Missiles Segment Enhanced (MSE) and related equipment.

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Film by The Damage Report: Republican Cowards Protect Trump's Yemen Veto

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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UAE spy-charge victim: Britain didn’t fight for me, but I’ll stand up for others jailed abroad

Matthew Hedges, who was imprisoned in Dubai, is still trying to break a dependency on the drugs he was fed there (subscribers only)

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Yemen war firms get £3m of taxpayers' cash from Scottish Government

Scottish Enterprise handouts are being dished out to major international arms dealers.

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “These companies have not just profited from the terrible destruction of Yemen, they have actively enabled and facilitated it.

“Leonardo, Rolls-Royce and Raytheon are multi-billion-pound arms companies that arm and support dictatorships around the world. They need to be stopped, not showered with support and handouts from the Scottish Government.”

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Londoner Verkehrsbehörde verbietet Werbung Homosexuellen-feindlicher Länder

London verbietet Werbung für Länder, in denen Homo- und Transsexuellen die Todesstrafe droht, in allen öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln. Dazu gehört zum Beispiel Katar.

Mein Kommentar: Ganz nett. Dass diese Länder insgesamt eine grauenhafte Menschenrechtssituation aufweisen, dass sie seit Jahren einen brutalen Krieg im Jemen führen – das war egal.

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The UK and the “Moriarty game” in Yemen: We bomb you, we maim you, and we help you

However, with UK humanitarian assistance projects being bombed by the UK backed bombing raids since the early period of the conflict – and continuing in 2019 – then clearly the policy of the government is deplorable.

Since the conflict broke out, then many rich pickings have been found by nations that are heavily involved in supplying military arms. Indeed, for the UK, roughly £4 billion of military sales have been sold to Saudi Arabia.

However, with constant reports since specifying that UK humanitarian assistance projects are being bombed by UK backed bombing raids, then clearly this policy by the British government is horrendous. On the one hand, humanitarian assistance is helping greatly, but, on the other hand, the same British weapons are being used to kill – and even guided.

It seems that Prime Minister Theresa May is the real version of Professor Moriarty in the fictional Sherlock Holmes film titled, A Game of Shadows.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Der jährliche Bericht der GKKE zum Thema Rüstungsexporte

„Der Krieg im Jemen wird auch mit deutschen Waffen geführt. Waffenexporte aus Deutschland tragen zu der humanitären Katastrophe im Jemen bei. Ursachen von Flucht und Vertreibung werden hier von der Bundesregierung nicht bekämpft, sondern mittelbar verschärft.“ Diese Kritik an deutschen Rüstungsexporten an Saudi-Arabien stand im Zentrum der Vorstellung des 21. und jüngsten Rüstungsexportberichts der GKKE am 18. Dezember 2017 in der Bundespressekonferenz in Berlin.

Demzufolge hat die Große Koalition von Union und SPD zwischen Januar 2014 und April 2017 Rüstungsexporte von über einer Milliarde Euro an Saudi-Arabien genehmigt. „Saudische Patrouillenboote haben Seehäfen blockiert und damit zivile Hilfslieferungen an den Jemen gestoppt. G-3 Sturmgewehre, mit deutscher Lizenz in Saudi-Arabien gefertigt, wurden aus der Luft abgeworfen, um jemenitische Bodentruppen zu unterstützen“, so die Prälaten Dr. Martin Dutzmann und Dr. Karl Jüsten, der evangelische bzw. katholische Vorsitzende der GKKE. Zusammen mit den beiden Vorsitzenden der Fachgruppe Rüstungsexporte, Dr. Max Mutschler und Dr. Simone Wisotzki, stellen die Prälaten den Rüstungsexportbericht der GKKE jedes Jahr im Dezember in der Bundespressekonferenz vor.

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Kleine Anfrage der Abgeordneten Sevim Dağdelen, Heike Hänsel, Christine Buchholz, Andrej Hunko, Stefan Liebich, Zaklin Nastic, Dr. Alexander S. Neu, Eva-Maria Schreiber, Hubertus Zdebel und der Fraktion DIE LINKE. Endverbleibserklärungen für deutsche Rüstungsgüter und der Jemen-Krieg

Wir fragen die Bundesregierung:

Inwieweit befinden sich nach Kenntnis der Bundesregierung die Staaten Saudi-Arabien und VAE seit 2015 in einem „bewaffneten äußeren Konflikt“, (Politische Grundsätze der Bundesregierung für den Export von Kriegswaffen und sonstigen Rüstungsgütern, S. 4; Downloads/A/aussenwirtschaftsrecht-grundsaetze.pdf?__blob=publication File&v=1) bei dem nicht ein Fall des Artikels 51 der VN-Charta vorliegt?

Inwieweit hat die Bundesregierung Kenntnisse, ob durch deutsche Rüstungsexporte bestehende Spannungen und Konflikte aufrechterhalten oder verschärft wurden?

exporte bestehende Spannungen und Konflikte aufrechterhalten oder verschärft wurden? 3. Inwieweit hat die Bundesregierung Kenntnisse zum bisherigen Verhalten Saudi-Arabiens und der VAE im Hinblick auf die Einhaltung internationaler Verpflichtungen, insbesondere des Gewaltverzichts, einschließlich der Verpflichtungen aufgrund des für internationale u

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Airbus considers legal action against Germany over Saudi ban

Airbus is looking at taking legal action against Berlin over the security system for the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen - a contract worth some 3 billion euros ($3.36 billion), of which around 1 billion euros remains open, the sources said.

In late March, Germany extended the ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia until the end of September, with a few exceptions.

The border system for Saudi Arabia consists of radars, drones and command posts for guards.

“We are not talking about an offensive weapon here, but about a border security system,” the source said.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Bahrain court refuses to grant jailed activist Rajab a non-custodial sentence - lawyer

A Bahraini court has refused to grant the jailed human rights activist Nabeel Rajab a non-custodial sentence instead of the jail terms he currently serving, his lawyer said on Monday.

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The official story is that Belgian arms are not involved in the Yemen war. In practice we see a different picture. Statistics from the National Bank of Belgium show exports of arms and ammunition to Saudi-Arabia almost every month, for the past twelve months. In 2018 arms exports reached a record-high total of 184 million euros.

Antwerp: hub for global arms trade

Vredesactie has information showing that some part of the Belgian arms and ammunition leaves the country through the port of Antwerp. The port is a regular stop of the Bahri fleet, which visits almost every month. Today, the organisation publishes a dossier on Belgian arms exports to Saudi-Arabia. This document shows, among others, a shipment of four containers with military ammunition from the Belgian company FN Herstal was loaded onto the Bahri Tabuk in January 2019, destined for Saudi-Arabia.

Arms are transported in this way, from other countries too. Research linked the Bahri fleet to the export of armoured vehicles from Canada, ammunition from Spain and artillery from France.

Saudi-Arabia is known for selling on weapons to different armed groups. That's exactly what happens in Yemen. Both the German channel Deutsche Welle and Amnesty Internationalhave documented the use of Belgian made FN weapons by militias in Yemen in the past few months.

Belgian weapons in Yemen

In 2018 the Belgian Council of State canceled six export licenses to Saudi-Arabia. Existing legislation should prevent arms being licensed if there is a chance they will be used in violation of international law. Article 6 of the Arms Trade Treaty obliges governments to stop exports that could contribute to war crimes.

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Film: Le gouvernement Français coupable du génocide au Yémen

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UAE publishes list of terrorist organisations

Cabinet decision includes Al Qaida, Daesh and the Muslim Brotherhood

The list, which is in line with the anti-terror law issued by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in August, includes major terror groups such as Al Qaida, Daesh and the Muslim Brotherhood, and its regional and local affiliates, as well as smaller regional and international groups.

The list includes:

Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE

Islamic Relief Organisation in London

Islamic Relief Organisation — an affiliate of the International Organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim Brotherhood Organisation and group

Al Houthi Movement in Yemen

Hezbollah in GCC countries

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Emirati woman jailed for charitable work reportedly dies in detention

Alia Abdulnoor was serving a 10-year sentence in the UAE related to money she had raised online for needy Syrians

Alia Abdulnoor, an Emirati woman imprisoned after raising money for needy Syrians, has reportedly died.

Al Jazeera and online activists said Abdulnoor died in the Tawam hospital in al-Ain. She was suffering from breast cancer.

Abdulnoor was serving a 10-year sentence over terrorism charges. The conviction relates to her work raising money online for Syrian women and children, both in the United Arab Emirates and in war-torn Syria.

Campaigners and the United Nations have said Abdulnoor disappeared for six months following her arrest, and was held in solitary confinement.

According to the UN, in that time she was subjected to intense psychological and physical humiliation, and was forced to sign a false confession under torture.

an also read

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Report Reveals UAE Attempts To Destroy Yemen

A report published by “Yemen Net” website revealed the stages and attempts of the UAE (49 years old) to colonize the oldest civilization in the Arab region, Yemen.

The UAE has using Yemen – including ports and islands – as a starting point of a regional army, turning itself into a “mini Sparta” through deployed troops among several military bases outside the country.

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Sources: Dahlan And Emirati Minister In Secret Mission In Sudan

The fugitive Palestinian leader, who is close to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Mohammed Dahlan, is in Sudan, accompanied by an Emirati minister, according to informed Sudanese sources.

The sources quoted by the “Al Quds Al Arabi” newspaper said that Dahlan arrived in Khartoum aboard an Emirates plane accompanied by an unnamed UAE minister of state.

They added that the Palestinian leader met with leaders of the military council, as well as meetings with leaders of Sudanese parties.

Sudanese activists fear the role of the UAE in their country.


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Emirati Officer Reveals A Massacre Plan By Bin Zayed Against Sudanese

An officer in the UAE security forces revealed a plan by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and his security adviser Mohammed Dahlan against the Sudanese people.

“Sudanese civilians will be killed as civilians had killed in Egypt,” he said.

He added: “Mohammed Dahlan has prepared everything to begin the massacre. Prepare your coffins.

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The X Factor in China-UAE Relations: The Horn of Africa

From port competition to the Somaliland issue, China and the UAE’s conflicting interests in the region are not easy to reconcile.

On April 26, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Makhtoum, the ruler of Dubai, signed $3.4 billion in investment deals between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China. These contracts were hailed in Dubai-based news outlet, Khaleej Times, as a catalyst for a UAE role in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Overall, annual trade between China and the UAE is expected to increase to $106 billion by 2022.

While this major boost to the China-UAE economic partnership follows years of strengthening trade links, the foreign policies of both countries are not aligned in numerous respects. The most commonly cited obstacles to a durable China-UAE partnership stem from Beijing’s deepening economic links with Iran and Qatar, but conflicting interests on the Horn of Africa could also emerge as a cleavage between the two countries. The primary areas of contention between China and the UAE in the Horn of Africa relate to trade policy and the status of Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia that has independence aspirations.

Latent China-UAE tensions over trade policy have persisted since Djibouti rankled Dubai-based port company DP World by selling a 23.5 percent stake in Doraleh Container Terminal to China Merchants Port Holding Company (CMP) in 2013.

My remark: The UAEs role in Eastern Africa also is important for the UAE interference in Yemen.

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Enemies with benefits: How Israel and Gulf monarchies work together

Amid public pressure, ties between Israel and Gulf monarchies will have to be limited to informal meetings, public denials, middlemen and foreign subsidiary companies.

Although the warming of relations seems to be proceeding at a faster pace only recently, the first clandestine contacts were already underway decades prior. In the 1960s, Israel assisted the Saudis in countering Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s intervention in Yemen, as well as in the 1970s when it supported Sultan Qaboos of Oman’s efforts to defeat a rebellion in the Dhofar province.

The actual shift in diplomatic posture has come from Gulf monarchies, in light of profoundly mutated domestic, regional and international contexts. The development of Iranian influence in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, together with the disengagement of the Obama administration from the Middle East, were commonly perceived by the Gulf and Israel, as they discovered each other as potential allies. Specifically, since 2010, unparalleled protests have broken out in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Algeria and Sudan, with relatively smaller turmoil in Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

As a result of such developments, the role of enemy has progressively transitioned from Israel to Iran, allowing for considerable realignment between the Israelis and GCC states. However, Israel does not merely represent a resourceful ally to contrast the regional ambitions of the Islamic Republic. Over recent years, Israeli companies have provided Gulf monarchies with world-class technologies for surveillance, espionage and military purposes, thus contributing to their domestic stability.

However, Arab public opinion remains largely hostile to normalizing ties with Israel. In various surveys conducted by the Arab Barometer between 2006 and 2017, such rejection clearly emerged. In Bahrain, 79% of respondents were against the existence of Israel as a Jewish state in the Middle East, 51% of Kuwaiti interviewees wished for the weakening of economic relations with Israel in the future, and almost half of Saudi respondents were against the recognition of Israel, even after a hypothetical permanent settlement of all issues regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Oman uncovers spy network run by United Arab Emirates: Report

Authorities in Oman have reportedly uncovered a network of spies working for the United Arab Emirates, as the two Persian Gulf Arab states are involved in a Cold War-like conflict amid an ongoing Riyadh-led diplomatic and trade boycott against Doha.

The report added that the confidential information exposed the details of the ring and the names of all individuals and companies cooperating with it. Omani officials subsequently arrested all members of the spy network.

Al-Akbar added that the revelation also showed that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE vice president and prime minister, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, was himself directing the spying network – an issue that generated high political tensions between Muscat and Abu Dhabi.

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The Last Human Rights Defender in the Emirates

The digital activist Ahmed Mansoor’s hunger strike exposes the UAE’s repression.

The United Arab Emirates, the consortium of seven city-states that includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi, boasts a Ministry of Tolerance but can’t tolerate true independent voices.

The Emirates have cultivated a better international reputation than they deserve as relative liberals in the Middle East. In the past two decades, Dubai has transformed itself into a celebrated business hub and a diverse global city. It attracts major businesses and hordes of tourists, major cultural institutions and branches of international universities and art museums.

All of those passing through the Gulf metropolis, however, should implicitly recognize that there is no rule of law there. A person can be snatched off the street arbitrarily and stripped of their rights. It’s happened to Mansoor as well as the Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul.

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INTERPOL Deletion Request Program

Abuse of INTERPOL Mechanism by Countries: Bahrain, and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, have abused INTERPOL mechanisms to target and suppress human rights defenders, activists, and other individuals living abroad, as well as to obtain the extradition of individuals in order to punish them with prison sentences and other forms of abuse. As Bahrain does not publish this information on INTERPOL’s website, many individuals only discover a Red Notice or diffusion when they are detained attempting to travel.

A notable case of Bahrain’s abuse of the system is that of Hakeem AlAraibi,

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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The longest-serving prime minister in history & emperor of sex trafficking Khalifa AlKhaifa of #Bahrain just insulted #MBS & @MohamedBinZayed by calling their nemeses the Emir of #Qatar . He is done unless #MBS is losing influence over tiny AlKhalifa clan.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp11, cp12

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

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What Are The Biggest Industries In Yemen?

Industry and manufacturing accounted for 47% of the GDP before the war while construction, service, and commerce accounted for 25% of employment. Food and beverage processing and packaging alongside the production of cooking oil and flour employed thousands of people and contributed significantly towards the economy. However, most of the thriving industries have collapsed due to the war and displacement of employees while multinationals have left the country. Thousands of jobs were lost resulting in severe unemployment. The country's inability to produce enough electricity has also limited the growth of industries as the cost of power remains exorbitantly high.

The service and tourism sectors have also been affected severely by the ongoing conflict as tourists avoid the state due to security concerns

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SEC to present effective options to political leadership to deter coalition-led economic war in week

The Supreme Economic Committee (SEC) on Saturday held an emergency meeting to discuss the escalation of the US-Saudi aggression coalition and their mercenaries in the economic war against the Yemeni people, as well as the policy of starvation and restrictions on citizens' livelihood as a tool of aggression.

The Committee issued the following statement:
The Supreme Economic Committee stood before the continued escalation in the economic war by the countries of the coalition of aggression led by the US directly and the continuation of the forces of aggression on our people to use the economic paper as a tool of war against the people and the result is disastrous consequences on the life of the Yemeni citizen and continue deepening the suffering.
"With the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, the enemy deliberately raises the range of its economic crimes, tightening the screws on the people and working on the crisis industry and the complexity of the access of food, medicine and fuel to the Republic of Yemen, affecting the Yemeni people in all parts of Yemen, ignoring all the responsible calls made by the Supreme Political Council and the Government of Salvation to neutralize the economy," read the statement.
The committee added, "The most prominent manifestations of this economic war are the following:
1. Continuing to deprive the majority of the employees of the Yemeni state of salaries and refrain from paying them since the transfer of the management of the Central Bank of Yemen, disregarding all calls and initiatives calling for unification of the revenue sources in all province of Yemen and use them to pay salaries.
2. Continuing to prevent the entry of oil derivatives vessels and to increase arbitrary and unjust restrictions on importing commodities.
3. The continuous targeting of the banking sector in the Republic of Yemen and the recent serious escalation through the piracy against the bank's foreign exchange system (SWIFT) of the Cooperative Agricultural Credit Bank (CAC Bank), as was done with the Central Bank of Yemen.
4. Continued targeting of the telecommunications sector and the serious escalation of the attempt to disrupt the Yemeni company for international communications (Telemen) and the seizure of its assets."

My remark: By the Sanaa government. And:

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Statements war between the government and the Houthis.. Yemenis lose hope for improved living conditions

The Houthis authorities and the legitimate government stepped up the recriminations of the disastrous economic consequences that overshadowed the living situation in Yemen as a result of the ongoing war for nearly five consecutive years.

The escalation came this time, on the economic side that turned into an open war arena, each of the conflicting sides with its powerful cards, in an ongoing adventure that pulls the country to other levels of economic and financial collapse, after the deterioration and the decline in the last few weeks especially in respect to the exchange rate of the national currency against foreign currencies.

Aden Economic committee

The Supreme Economic Committee of the legitimate government, based in Aden, accused Houthi militias of causing a breakdown of the economic and humanitarian situation in the country as a result of their continuing crimes against the national economy.

In infographic, the Committee presented it in its account in "Twitter " To illustrate what it termed the "political trading" of Houthis with the suffering of citizens, with the aim of boosting their revenues and building their economic network, through several arbitrary measures, including: impeding the movement of trade and the transport of goods and money, bythe development of points and customs ports, preventing the entry of trucks into cities and creating and causing fuel crises.

Houthis Economic committee

The Government and the coalition have stepped up economic warfare and used it as a means against the people, depriving the majority of state employees of salaries and refraining from paying them since the transfer of the Central bank administration, said the economic committee of the Houthis in Sanaa.

The committee added that, according to Saba, which is under the control of Houthis, government steps are targeted at the banking sector and the "hacking of the Foreign bank remittance system (SWIFT) of the Agricultural Credit Bank (CAC Bank), as was done to the central bank of Yemen.

The Houthis committee implicitly referred to the call made by revolutionary Supreme President Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, in which he called for the sale of oil stored in the ship's floating vessel in Hodeidah, and to transfer its value equally to the bank of Sana'a and Aden and allocate it to pay the salaries of employees.

The al-Houthi committee spoke of "Preventing the entry of ships loaded with petroleum derivatives, doubling the arbitrary and unjust restrictions on the importation of essential goods, the continued targeting of the telecommunications sector and the serious escalation of the attempt to disrupt the Yemeni International Telecommunication Company (Teleyemen).

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Economic Reform panel discusses transport, taxation and central bank independence challenges

At its meeting in Amman, the Economic reform Group (Yemeni private sector) approved a package of proposed economic policies to address the problems faced by the private sector at the current stage.

The economic reform Group (Yemeni private sector) is a voluntary initiative by private sector leaders and representatives of civil society as well as economists, empowering the private sector.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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A word of caution on stats for #alQaeda #Yemen. Yday's @BBCNews article reports - 7000 AQAP fighters as of 8/2018 (via CFR/UN/CTC) But that's 3000 more than its 2015 peak - Under 100 #AQAP attacks 2017-19 (via ACLED) AQAP claimed 273 in 2017 alone albeit domestic & mostly small

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#IslamicState & #alQaeda continue to thrash it out in al-Bayda' #Yemen ISY claims suicide bomber infiltrated #AQAP position in al-'Abal yday, fought, threw grenade & blew himself up killing 4 incl AQ local emir Faruq al-Ibbi AQAP has posted only 1 martyr Abu al-Walid al-Sarari

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#AlQaeda fragmentation: Feels like 2 (at least) groups identify as #AQAP in al-Bayda' #Yemen. 1 claims attacks on Houthis but they're never claimed by the formal AQAP wire which focuses on ISY. Latest is 1 Houthi killed, 1 hurt & vehicle damaged as tried to defuse AQ bomb Friday

cp15 Propaganda

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Yemeni Prime Minister Condemns UN and International Silence over Houthi Militias' Usage of Humanitarian Paper

Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Maeen Abdulmalik condemned the United Nations and international community on what he described as international silence towards the continuation of the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia in deepening the humanitarian tragedy caused by their war against the Yemeni people.
During his meeting with Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) Ameer Abdullah in Aden today, the Yemeni Prime Minister affirmed that hundreds of relief aid shipments were blocked and prevented entrance, stressing that these militias will not hesitate to exterminate all Yemenis for its sectarian project and its well-known regional agendas.

My comment: By Saudi Press Agency. LOL.

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President Hadi: Tragedy of Houthi coup affected all Yemeni families

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UAE launches Ramadan aid campaign for Yemen

It will include tens of thousands of food parcels, as well as moves to ensure clean water

The UAE has launched its Ramadan campaign for Yemen, which will include 100,000 food parcels and a number of charity and humanitarian initiatives.

The campaign will focus on providing for the requirements of local people, and will include the launch of children’s Eid clothing projects in Dalea, the Red Sea Coast, Taez, Lahej, Aden, Abyan, Hadramout and Shabwa, state news agency Wam reported.

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Drones are giving Houthi rebels an edge in the ongoing war in Yemen

There are concerns that they will allow the violence to spill beyond the country’s borders

Comment: It is all in the kicker: 'There are concerns that they will allow the violence to spill beyond the country’s borders'

Read: everything is ok if the slaughter is of #Yemen-is alone

My comment: The comment is true. This is a typical Western view of the Yemen War.

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More Saudi coalition “We are benefactors” propaganda = and

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

May 5:

May 4:

May 3:

May 2:

May 1:

April 30:

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

May 6: hajjah p.

May 4: Saada p. Hajjah p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp1b

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May 6: In Sa'ada, Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted several areas of Shida district.

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Film: Houthi POW recently captured in Dhalee. You can tell most are children.

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Over 65 Saudi Mercenaries Killed , Injured in Various Fronts beyond Borders : Videos


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Army kills 19 saudi-paid mercenaries in Asir, Jizan

Army kills, wounds 46 of coalition-led mercenaries off Najran

My remark: On Saudi territory.

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Film: Ejèrcito saudita realiza la demostracion de ataques con drones con carga explosiva.

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Al-Thawra Hospital in Ibb receives 40 dead and wounded from Houthi fighters

A medical source told "Al-Masdar online" that the General Revolutionary Hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded from the militants of the Houthi militia last hours.

According to the source, the hospital's emergency reception on Saturday evening received 30 wounded injured during confrontations in the fronts of Qa’taba and Murais north of the province of al-Dale between government forces and the Houthi militants.

The hospital received 10 bodies of militiamen killed by government gunfire during the clashes, the source added.

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Army killed dozens of coalition-led mercenaries in Jizan

My remark: On Saudi territory.

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Yemeni journalist Ghalib Labhash, who had been working as a war correspondent, was killed today by a Houthi sniper in Dhale province where battles between pro-government forces and militias and the Houthis are raging, local media said.

and also

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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Dai cortei di Bologna alla crisi in Yemen, il viaggio di Tugnoli verso il Pulitzer

Il prestigioso premio per il giornalismo al 40enne fotografo di Sant’Agata sul Santerno per un reportage pubblicato dal Washington Post. Negli ultimi dieci anni ha vissuto tra Kabul e Beirut. Da giovane voleva fare il batterista poi negli anni dell’università ha preso in mano una macchina fotografica e non ha più smesso

Tugnoli, il suo reportage in Yemen ha vinto sia il World Press che il Pulitzer. Come è nato?
«È uno dei lavori che in gergo si chiamano “assegnati”, mi è stato richiesto dal Washington Post: sono andato sul posto due volte nel 2018, in totale nove settimane. Non capita spesso che un giornale mandi un fotografo completamente spesato per due mesi e mezzo: il Post era interessato alla crisi umanitaria in Yemen, voleva spingerla sul giornale e ha fatto un grande sforzo. Con me c’era il loro caporedattore al Cairo che segue il Medio Oriente e con cui sono a stretto contatto ormai da qualche anno. In tutto è stata una campagna di stampa di sei mesi, siamo stati in prima pagina una dozzina di volte».

Qual è stata la parte più difficile del lavoro?
«Entrare in Yemen.

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Lo Yemen e la sua settima arte

Due giovani attrici sono diventate, grazie a un film, il simbolo di un paese che resiste e rinasce dopo anni di una dura guerra

Queste due ragazze ventenni, ormai delle star in Yemen, sono attrici non protagoniste ma ugualmente importanti del film-simbolo “Dieci giorni prima del matrimonio” (titolo originale in inglese “Ten days before the wedding”) del regista Amr Gamal.


The purpose of this video is to promote the traditional Yemeni Lute

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