Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 537 - Yemen War Mosaic 537

Yemen Press Reader 537: 14. Mai 2019: Film: Europas tödliche Exporte – Film: Taiz, Jemens Stadt der Heckenschützen – Houthis ziehen aus den Häfen von Hodeidah ab – und mehr
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May 14, 2019: Film: Europe’s letal exports – Film: Taiz, Yemen’s city of snipers – Houthis withdraw from Hodeidah’s ports – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

cp19a USA bereiten Krieg gegen Iran vor / US preparing war against Iran

cp19b Angriff auf Schiffe an Emirati-Küste / Attack on ships at UAE coast

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Film: Yemen: Europe's Lethal Exports

Britain, France and Germany all sell arms to Saudia Arabia making these governments possibly complicit in war crimes in Yemen. Focus on the highly lucrative and murky world of the international arms trade.

and older films on the subject:

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Film: Survival in Yemen's city of snipers

Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, has been devastated by a civil war which has been going on since 2015.

Taiz, the country’s third largest city, has seen some of the worst fighting. Snipers haunt the streets and open spaces, meaning civilians in the city are constantly at risk of being shot.

Taiz is extremely dangerous for journalists to visit. The BBC recently obtained some exclusive footage showing the extent of the destruction and the level of fear that the residents live with.

Remark by Judith Brown: Taiz - it has been one of the worst places to live in this horrible war. I hear that some citizens work a day shift fighting for one side and a night shift working for the other - war is the only employer in these sorts of places. And recently the two main local militias, Islah and Abu Abbas Brigades - both ostensibly on the same 'side' were fighting each other.


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Yemen: Taiz, Martyred and Forgotten City

While media coverage and diplomatic concern for the conflict have been growing, Taiz seems to have been neglected. The country’s third-largest city is cut in half by a battle line which separates the Houthists from their adversaries made up of various groups and factions loyal to President Hadi. These are backed by an Arab military coalition led by two countries which are particularly active on the Yemenite theatre of operations, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Even before this coalition came into being, the city suffered early in 2015 Houthist incursions to repress peaceful demonstrations against their seizure of power in Sana and invasion of South Yemen. For a long time, Houthi rebel forces were stationed in the heart of the city.

After four years of fierce fighting, Taiz is no doubt the city which has suffered the worse destructions. Several videos shot from drones, evocative of the worst Syrian examples, attest to this. Buildings are so marked by bullet holes, mortar shells and bomb shrapnel that the few foreign reporters who have been there describe what they saw as a “lunar” spectacle. The civilians, most of whom oppose the rebellion, are the main victims of the fighting, especially from snipers but also booby traps.1 Here, only a limited share of the destruction can be attributed to the coalition’s air raids.

In 2016, after having partially lifted the siege imposed by the Houthists from the highlands to the North with the support of the coalition’s air strikes, the city dwellers remained under the yoke of the various armed factions. For indeed, the rebels are entrenched in the mountains overlooking Taiz, blocking the Eastern and Western accesses. Still today the only way out of the city is to the Souhwest, through Hujariyya and across the mountains to Aden. For a few weeks now, the fighting has begun again and this route may soon be cut off as well. The Houthists have recently repositioned themselves along the southern route and regained some ground in the vicinity of Dhalea.

The strategic marginalisation of the city has generated powerful discontent among the population which has made it easy for Islamists and other armed groups to recruit young men, as well as their manipulation by neighbouring countries – by Mustafa Naji,3091

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Paris-based NGO opens cholera treatment center in Yemen

Doctors without Borders (Médecins sans Frontières) has opened a new cholera treatment center in southwestern Yemen’s rebel-held Taiz province, according to the Paris-based NGO.

“In addition to 5 cholera treatment centers (CTCs) across Yemen, MSF has opened a CTC in Taiz,” the NGO tweeted Monday.

The new center, it added, has the capacity to treat up to 150 people and has already admitted 30 suspected cholera cases. =

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About 20 Africans die in Lahj of cholera

Medical sources in Lahj governorate have revealed that 20 African refugees died this week of cholera epidemic which has recently broken out in a number of Yemeni governorates.

The sources also said that dozens of suspicious cases were transferred to Lahj’s hospitals which lack to adequate medical supplies.

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Film: Deadly cholera outbreak hits African migrants in Yemen

Exposed to hunger and struck by disease, Africans who have crossed the sea from Djibouti in search of a better life are the latest victims of Yemen's cholera epidemic

Health officials in Yemen have recorded more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera since January.

Unseasonal rains along with rising temperatures are said to have caused a spike in the disease.

They say they have seen the disease spreading among increasing numbers of African migrants and refugees entering the country. =

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World Health Organization: Outbreak update - Cholera in Yemen, 12 May 2019

The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen reported 18,171 suspected cases of cholera with 13 associated deaths during epidemiological week 18 (29 April – 5 May) of 2019. Fifteen percent of cases were severe. The cumulative total number of suspected cholera cases from 1 January 2018 to 28 April 2019 is 668,891 with 1,081 associated deaths (CFR 0.16%). Children under five represent 22.7% of total suspected cases during 2019. The outbreak has affected 22 of 23 governorates and 294 of 333 districts in Yemen.

From week 8 in 2019, the trend of weekly reported suspected cholera cases started increasing and reached a peak of more than 29500 cases in week 14. During weeks 15 to 18 new case numbers began to fall, although it is too early to conclude a downward trend. The decline may be attributed to enhanced efforts to control the outbreak such as enhancement in the community engagement and WaSH activities, and scaling up of response by WHO and partners, including establishing of additional DTCs and ORCs. Another factor is the first round of the OCV campaign which took place in April in 3 districts of Amanat Al Asimah Governorate, reaching 1,088,101 people (88% of the target).

The governorates reporting the highest number of suspected cases of cholera during 2019 were Amanat Al Asimah (50,166), Sana’a (36,527), Al Hudaydah (30,925), Ibb (26,421), Dhamar (26,421) and Arman (25,244). =

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Antibiotic resistance in conflict settings: lessons learned in the Middle East

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has designed context-adapted antibiotic resistance (ABR) responses in countries across the Middle East. There, some health systems have been severely damaged by conflict resulting in delayed access to care, crowded facilities and supply shortages. Microbiological surveillance data are rarely available, but when MSF laboratories are installed we often find MDR bacteria at alarming levels.1

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An environmental campaign to combat carries of cholera started on Friday in Kholan, Jahana and al-Tayal districts of Sanaa province.

The campaign, which is implemented by Ministry of Water and Environment and the Environment Protection Authority’s branch in the province, targets the areas witnessing the spread of cholera epidemic.

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Campaign against cholera carriers in Sanaa: MWE announces

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

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Die Huthi-Rebellen beginnen mit dem Abzug aus Jemens Lebensader

Die Rebellen ziehen sich aus drei wichtigen Häfen zurück. Damit erfüllen sie eine Bedingung des Waffenstillstandsabkommens. Ihre Gegner sprechen jedoch von einer Farce.

Nach monatelanger Verzögerung haben die Huthi am Wochenende damit begonnen, drei für Jemen zentrale Häfen freizugeben. Die ersten Gruppen von Kämpfern zogen aus dem strategisch wichtigen Hafen in Hudeida sowie den nördlich gelegenen kleineren Häfen Salif und Ras Isa ab. In einer Zeremonie übergaben die Rebellen die Kontrolle an Einheiten der Küstenwache. Aufnahmen zeigten, wie sie in Dutzenden von Pick-ups die Häfen verliessen.

Damit erfüllen die Huthi einen zentralen Punkt des im Dezember in Schweden geschlossenen Waffenstillstandsabkommens mit der jemenitischen Regierung. Die Uno-Mission zur Umsetzung des Abkommens bestätigte den Abzug, der am Dienstag abgeschlossen werden soll. Damit könne die Kontrolle der Schiffsladungen verbessert werden, sagte der Leiter der Mission, der dänische Generalleutnant Michael Lollesgaard. Gleichzeitig forderte er, dass die Uno künftig eine führende Rolle in der Hafenverwaltung übernehme.

Wie gross das Misstrauen ist, zeigte indes die Reaktion von Regierungsvertretern. Informationsminister Muammar al-Eryani nannte den Rückzug eine «Show». Die Küstenwachen seien nichts anderes als Huthi-Kämpfer in anderen Uniformen. Mit dem Schritt wollten die Rebellen bloss die internationale Gemeinschaft täuschen, sagte Eryani. Für Mittwoch ist eine Sitzung des Uno-Sicherheitsrats zu Jemen anberaumt.

In ungewöhnlich deutlichen Worten bezeichnete der britische Botschafter in Jemen, Michael Aron, die Kritiker als zynisch. Wer alles kritisiere, was die andere Seite tue, und die Uno naiv nenne, glaube scheinbar, dass ein fortwährender Krieg die einzige Lösung sei, twitterte Aron.

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UNO: Rückzug der Huthi-Rebellen aus Häfen in Region Hodeida verläuft planmäßig

Das in den Häfen verbliebene militärische Gerät solle in den kommenden Tagen abtransportiert werden, teilte die UNO mit. Zudem ist eine Minenräumung geplant. Dieser Prozess soll bis Dienstag abgeschlossen sein.

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Bürgerkrieg im Jemen: Huthi-Rebellen geben wichtige Häfen frei

Das Waffenstillstandsabkommen für den Jemen sieht beiderseitige Truppenverlagerungen vor. Die Huthi-Rebellen haben nun begonnen, ihre Kämpfer aus wichtigen Häfen abzuziehen.

Die schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen ziehen sich aus wichtigen Hafenstädten zurück. Wie die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters unter Bezug auf Augenzeugen berichtet, hätten die Rebellen mit der Truppenverlagerung aus den Häfen Salif und Ras Isa begonnen. Der Abzug werde von Mitarbeitern einer Uno-Mission beobachtet. Die Deutsche Presse-Agentur sprach mit einem hochrangigen Huthi-Vertreter. Ihm zufolge laufe auch der Abzug aus dem Hafen Hudaida.

Ein Regierungsbeamter stellte die Gültigkeit des Rückzugs jedoch infrage. Wenn ein solcher Abzug ohne die trilaterale Aufsicht durch Teams der Vereinten Nationen, der Regierung und der Huthis stattfinden sollte, sei dies nicht ausreichend.

Bereits am Freitag hatten sich die Huthi-Rebellen zu einem einseitigen Truppenabzug aus drei strategisch wichtigen Häfen in den Städten Salif, Ras Isa und Hudaida bereit erklärt.

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Film: Hoffnung im Jemen: Rückzug der Huthis aus Hafenstädten

Nach vier Jahren Krieg im Jemen gibt es erstmals wieder Hoffnung. Die UNO meldet, der vereinbarte Rückzug der Huthis habe begonnen. Bis Dienstag soll er, den Plänen zufolge, abgeschlossen sein.

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Jemens Regierung kritisiert Pseudo-Abzug

Im Jemen haben Huthi-Rebellen laut Augenzeugen mit dem Abzug aus dem Hafen Salif der Stadt Hodeida begonnen. Vertreter der Uno überwachten die Verlegung der Rebellen. Jemens Regierung warf den Huthis ein Täuschungsmanöver vor.

Die Rebellen würden "eine neue List aufführen" und die Häfen von Hodeida, Saleef und Ras Issa ohne Kontrolle durch die Uno "an sich selbst übergeben", sagte der Gouverneur der Provinz Hodeida, al-Hasan Taher, am Samstag der Nachrichtenagentur AFP.

Der Rückzug der schiitischen Huthi-Kämpfer war als erster Schritt bei der Umsetzung einer zwischen Rebellen und Regierungsvertretern ausgehandelten Waffenruhe geplant. Er sollte nach Uno-Angaben am Samstag beginnen und bis Dienstag abgeschlossen sein.

Die Huthi-Kämpfer würden nun aber nur das Personal an den Häfen austauschen, sagte Taher. Er forderte eine vollumfängliche Umsetzung des Abkommens, insbesondere bezüglich der Truppen, die auf die Huthi-Rebellen nachfolgen sollten.

Quellen aus dem Umfeld der Rebellen bekräftigten dagegen gegenüber AFP, die drei Häfen seien an das frühere Personal der Küstenwache übergeben worden. Dieses sei vor der Besetzung durch die Huthi für die Häfen verantwortlich gewesen.;art46446,1173271 =

und auch

Mein Kommentar: Das ist falsch. Es sollen am Ende gar keine Truppen mehr in Hodeidah sein.

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

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As Houthis quit ports, Yemen awaits next peace steps

Yemen’s government wants the United Nations to give time-frames for next steps of a peace deal after Houthi forces began withdrawing from key ports in the most significant advance yet for efforts to end the four-year war and relieve hunger.

Local coast guards have taken over security at the Saleef, Ras Isa and Hodeidah ports, according to the United Nations which is supervising operations there.

Some officials from the Saudi-backed, internationally recognized Yemeni government dismissed the pullout as a “show”, but government negotiator Sadiq Dweid acknowledged it marked the start of implementing the Stockholm accord.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, leaders of the coalition backing President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government, have so far not commented on the Houthi ports withdrawal.

Sources saw this as a sign U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths had managed to get the warring sides to agree to the plan, since the coalition had quickly rejected a previous attempt by the Houthis to unilaterally withdraw last December.

Under plans to avert a full-scale assault, the Houthis are to pull back five km (three miles) from the ports between May 11 and 14. Coalition forces, currently massed four km from Hodeidah port on the edges of the city, are to retreat one km from two flashpoint districts.

In a second phase, both sides would pull troops 18 km outside the city and move heavy weapons 30 km away.

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Fresh Yemeni Talks in Amman to Tackle the Economy

Yemeni National Army spokesman Brigadier General Abdo Abdullah Majali hinted that the legitimacy would resort to other options if diplomatic efforts fail to push Houthis into pulling out from the three ports.
He told Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday that the National Army is on alert to protect its military positions in Hodeidah province, under the directives of the Armed Forces commander.
“In case the UN clearly announces that Houthis have obstructed the peace process, the National Army will take the necessary military measures to liberate Hodeidah province,” the spokesman said.
Majali added that the Army possesses a special force trained in urban fighting to accurately hit targets, while protecting civilians and vital installations.
He accused Houthis of taking part in a “ridiculous play” in Hodeidah.

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UN to report Tuesday on rebel withdrawals from 3 Yemen ports

The United Nations said it will report Tuesday on whether rebel forces in Yemen carried out a key first step in the redeployment of forces from three key ports, and is moving ahead to discuss the issues of management and use of revenues from the ports.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Monday that "all three ports were monitored simultaneously by United Nations teams as the military forces left the ports and the Coast Guard took over responsibility for security."

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Yemen: Lollesgaard Inspects Houthi Withdrawal on Tuesday

Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard, the head of a UN mission overseeing the ceasefire in the Yemeni city of Hodeidah, announced that the first day of the withdrawal of Houthi militias from three ports went "in accordance with established plans,” adding that monitors will verify the pullout on Tuesday.
"All three ports were monitored simultaneously by United Nations teams as the military forces left the ports and the Coast Guard took over responsibility for security," said a statement issued by the UN Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) on Sunday.
It added that the coming days will witness demining operations.

Meanwhile, West coast liberation operations spokesman Waddah al-Dbish told Asharq Al-Awsat Sunday that UN monitors began arriving in Hodeidah.
He said the monitors are expected to allow the entry of observers from the government team to verify the militias’ pullout.
“Now, the withdrawal is not unilateral anymore,” Dbish said, adding that it became part of the first phase of the redeployment plan in Hodeidah and its three ports.
“A meeting was held two days ago between Lollesgaard and the government team to discuss aspects of the withdrawal within a certain timeframe and to activate the UN role in Hodeidah,” he said.

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“Dowaid” the member of the government team: Our meeting with the Chief International observer was positive and this is its results

Sadiq Dowaid, a member of the Committee of the Government team on the implementation of the redeployment agreement in Hodeidah, said their meeting with the chief observer was positive.

In a tweet on Twitter, Dowaid said the meeting came out with an agreement that the Houthis ' withdrawals from the ports would lead to four points:

First: specific time frame for activating UNVIM (verification and inspection mechanism),

Second: Time frame for demining and removing armed manifestations;

Third, the mechanism for supervising on the imports in ports,

The fourth point is the time frame for completing the first phase.

The Danish general Lolisgaard arrived in Aden on Monday to meet with the government team in conjunction with the announcement by the Houthi militants to begin withdrawal from the Saleef and Ras Issa ports.

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Final Phase of Redeployment in Hodeidah Ports Concluded

The first phase of redeployment at the ports of Hodeidah ended on Monday. The head of the Coordination and Redeployment Committee, General Michael Lollesgaard, praised the national team in the Joint Commission to facilitate the completion of the redeployment phase. The deputy head of the UN Coordination Team in Hodeidah, Janez Fernandes, confirmed that they had no difficulties in verifying and supervising the redeployment and positioning of the ports of Hodeidah.

Yemeni Army Handed-Over Hodeidah Port to Coast Guards

Deputy chief of Staff, Major General Ali Hamoud Al-Mushaki, said that the Coast Guard forces have took over the ports of Hodeidah from the Army and Popular Committees and is concerned solely with protecting it

My remark: By Houthi news site.

and films by Almasirah TV:

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Audio: Yemen rebel pull-out 'going to plan'

UN monitors say the pullout by Houthi rebels in Yemen from ports which are crucial for the delivery of aid is going according to plan.

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Film: UN team continues to inspect Hudaydah’s ports and monitor the redeployment

Yemen | UN team continues to inspect Hudaydah’s ports and monitor the redeployment The UN mission to Yemen continues to inspect Hudaydah's Salif and Ras Issa ports, west of Yemen, for the second day in a row, where the UN team took a field tour around the two ports, which had been previously evacuated by the Houthis, with the aim of making sure there were no military presence in the area, and to monitor the one-sided redeployment in both ports.

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How significant would it be for peace in #Yemen if the Houthis withdraw from #Hodeidah & 2 other northern ports? Here's a short extract from my interview on Al Jazeera news this evening

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UN Development Programme: UNDP is ready to help upgrade facilities at newly demilitarized Hodeidah port

As military and security forces leave Hodeidah, Ras al-Isa and Salif ports, the United Nations Development Programme is ready to help improve the efficiency and productivity of the ports.

“Hodeidah port is the lifeline for the north of Yemen,” said Ms. Lise Grande, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen.

“Upgrading the facilities at the ports is urgent,” said Ms. Grande. “It is a race against time to move food, fuel, medicines and other vital commodities as quickly and smoothly as possible to the millions of people across the country who depend on humanitarian assistance.”

As soon as redeployment is complete, UNDP will help to upgrade port facilities including watch towers, berths and the navigation channels.

“This is phase one of our critical efforts to restore normal operations at these ports,” said Auke Lootsma, UNDP Yemen’s Resident Representative. “We are drawing upon our extensive experience, as well as national and international expertise, to ensure we can fully restore the functionality of the ports as soon as possible.” =


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As the #Hodeidah ports open, @UNDP & the @UN will work with our partner #YEMAC on #mine clearance to ensure the ports are safe for #humanitarian assistance to arrive in #Yemen. Up to 80 per cent of the assistance comes through these ports.

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Saudi Coalition Game Intl. Humanitarian Law in Yemen

According to the Ansarullah officials, the ports were handed over to coastguard personnel who are now in charge. However, leaders of Saudi-backed forces still claim the pullout is “a flagrant show”. They go on to claim that “it's an attempt to misinform the international community ahead of a meeting of the UN Security Council.”

These statements speak for themselves. The Saudis and their allies are still not ready for dialogue and peace, despite UN warning that the country is in urgent need of international humanitarian aid. Hodeida, the fourth-largest city in Yemen and its port plays a crucial role in allowing food to be imported into the country. The UN has wanted to place the port under its control due to the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict and that’s precisely why the Ansarullah forces decided to withdraw.

The withdrawal should now make sure humanitarian aid could be delivered to millions of civilians who are still trapped in war-torn regions of the country and in dire need of food and medical assistance.

Sadly enough, the same cannot be said about the Saudis, their coalition and the United States.

My remark: This is a view from Iran. – and offivcially from Iran:
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Iran: Stockholm agreement prelude to find solution for Yemen

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi reiterated that Iran's support for Stockholm agreement on Yemen, saying its implementation is a prelude for achieving final and comprehensive political solution.

Abbas Mousavi described as constructive the unilateral withdrawal of Yemeni National Salvation Government forces from three ports of Al Hudaydah, Ras Isa and As-Salif.
Sana'a act in line with Stockholm agreement indicates determination and commitment of Yemeni National Salvation Government to negotiations and also sabotage and lack of commitment of the Saudi coalition, he added.

and also

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Houthi fighters pull back in Yemen but government suspects trickery

So far, there has been no redeployment by forces supporting the internationally-recognised government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The government is clearly suspicious about the Houthis' intentions, so the UN will need to convince it that the Houthis have really left the three ports.

According to the UN statement, the government has "expressed commitment" to fulfil its side of the bargain when the UN asks it to do so, but it's unlikely the de-escalation will proceed further unless/until the government's fears have been allayed.

It's unclear whether either side really wants this process to succeed but the government's wariness is not without foundation.

News photos on Sunday (see above) showed Houthi fighters in Salif port apparently handing over to men in Yemeni coast guard uniform but the question raised by the government is whether these "coast guards" are Houthi supporters in disguise.

This suspicion is based on earlier incidents described by Peter Salisbury in an articlefor the International Crisis Group

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UN monitoring team verifies Yemen's Houthi withdrawal from Hodeidah ports

The United Nations monitoring team in Yemen on Sunday verified Houthi withdrawal from three ports of Hodeidah.

"The first day of the redeployment of Houthi forces from the three ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras-Issa went in accordance with established plans," Michael Lollesgaard, chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee, said in a statement.

"All three ports were monitored simultaneously by UN teams as the military forces left the ports and the Coast Guard took over responsibility for security," Lollesgaard said in the statement by the office of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.

"The formal verification by the UN of this first redeployment will take place at the three ports on Tuesday," he added.

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Yemen's Ansarullah urges UN to press ex-govt. to withdraw forces from key ports

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has urged the United Nations and its Security Council to pressure Yemen’s Saudi-backed former government to pull out its forces from the city of Hudaydah and two other Red Sea ports after Houthi fighters unilaterally began withdrawing from two of the ports according to a UN-brokered agreement.

The movement’s spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam on Saturday strongly called on the UN and the UNSC to “prove, even once,” their “credibility on the ground” by pressuring the so-called government, led by Yemen’s ex-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, to pull out its forces from the key ports of Hudaydah, Salif and Ras Isa.

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UN confirms Yemen aid port withdrawal underway

The UN confirmed a withdrawal by Yemen's Huthi rebels from three Red Sea ports had begun Saturday, while a senior pro-government official accused the rebels of faking the pullout.

The rebel pullback is a first step in implementing a hard-won ceasefire deal reached between Yemen's internationally-recognised government and the Iran-backed Huthi rebels late last year.

"Yes, it has begun," said UN spokesman Farhan Haq, when AFP asked whether redeployment of Huthi troops was underway.

Sources close to the Huthis said that the ports were handed over to coastguard personnel who were in charge before the rebels took over almost five years ago.

An AFP photographer at Saleef port saw Huthi troops leave the facility, and men dressed in coastguard uniforms enter, adding that these movements were observed by the UN.

But the govenor of Hodeida, Al-Hasan Taher, said the Huthis were merely reshuffling personnel.

"The Huthis are staging a new ploy by handing over the ports of Hodeida, Saleef and Ras Issa to themselves without any monitoring by the United Nations and the government side," the government-appointed official said.

UN envoy "Martin Griffiths wants to achieve victory even if the Huthis hand over (the ports) to themselves," Taher said.

"This is totally rejected by us, and the agreement must be implemented in full, especially with regards to the identity of the troops that will take over from the Huthis," he added. =

and also

My comment: Hadi government’s governor. – The Hadi government wants to take control of these harbours by this way, insisting on personal loyal to it. The Houthi government rejects this. The civic administration should remain in its hands, just the three cities should be demilitarized. The Sweden agreement in fact did not tell that the sovereignty in any of these three cities should change form one Yemeni government to the other.

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Film: The War in Yemen: UN: Houthis' withdrawal proceeding as planned

The United Nations says the Houthi rebels' withdrawal from Yemen's key port city of Hudaida, is proceeding as planned, after the government accused the Houthis of faking the pullout.

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Film: Yemen's Houthi rebels leave three ports including Hodeidah

Some government ministers have accused the Houthis of faking a pullout and handing the port to some of its own fighters.

The United Nations says the withdrawal of Yemen's Houthi rebels from three major ports is going according to plan.

This, despite the Yemeni government saying the pullout is just a ploy.

It accuses the Houthis of handing over control to its allies.

The redeployment of fighters is part of a UN-brokered deal and is expected to continue over the next few days.

It includes Hodeidah, which is the main entry point for food and humanitarian aid. =

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UN: al-Houthi withdrawal from Hodeidah ports according to plans and government committed to implementation

The withdrawal of Houthi militants from the port of Hodeidah (western Yemen) has proceeded according to plans, the United Nations announced Sunday.

The head of the UN Redeployment Coordination Committee, Danish General Michael Lolisgaard, said in a statement distributed to the media that the first day of the redeployment of the Houthis forces had been carried out in accordance with the plans, and that the three ports had been simultaneously monitored (Al-Saleef, Ras Issa, and Hodeidah) from United Nations teams were accepted when military forces were discharged from the ports and the "Coast Guard" assumed responsibility for security.

According to the Lolisgaard statement, activities in the coming days are expected to focus on the removal of armed manifestations and demining, and he confirmed that the United Nations will carry out the official verification of the first phase of the redeployment operation on Tuesday.

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Films by Almasirah TV and Ansarullah Media Center, Re-deployment in the ports of the province of Hodeidah

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Hisham Al-Omeisy: Houthi's in uniforms passed as coastguards giddy shaking hands with Houthis in flip flops is "Plan"?. UN cheering unilateral move that goes against Stockholm agreement which clearly stipulates redeployment mutual and under supervision of RCCs comprised of ALL parties. SMH! (commenting photo)

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Jeremy Hunt, British FM: Encouraging signs from the worst humanitarian crisis in the world with reports that Houthis beginning to withdraw (under UN supervision) from the Yemeni ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Issa. Vital this happens in full (photos from Hodeidah)

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Michael Aron, UK ambassador to Yemen: The Yemeni cynics who criticize everything the other side does even if it is positive and who say the UN are naive seem to be saying the only solution is perpetual war in Yemen. I have more faith in Yemenis and believe they can live together in peace and security.

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Yemen war: Houthi withdrawal from Hudaydah met by mistrust

Deep distrust between warring parties has stalled this deal for months and continues to plague this first unilateral step by the Houthis.

A pullout from the ports is a move of least risk for the Houthis in this strategic corner. They've reinforced in the city of Hudaydah in recent months and can find other means to replace lost revenue. Many of the Coast Guard and port officials are regarded as civil servants who, if this pullout is completed, will run the ports with UN experts.

But the Yemeni government suspects the Houthis of moving militia into ports posing as ordinary workers. They're dismissing this unilateral pullout as a ploy.

The UN's emphasis, since the Stockholm deal, is on monitoring, not trust. Its patrols are now in place.

If this step is deemed genuine, it could create conditions for a wider redeployment of forces from all sides. If it isn't, it could mean the end of what's regarded as the best chance to move toward peace.

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Yemen government blasts rebel 'deception' over port pullout

"The (Sweden) agreement is very difficult to execute because the lines are blurry and each side interprets it the way it wants to," said Yemen expert Farea al-Muslimi, a visiting fellow at the London-based Chatham House think tank.

"Overall, the next two weeks will show if this is a handover or a yet another hangover," he told AFP.

According to Adam Baron, a Yemen expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations think tank, the Huthi withdrawal represents a "potential breakthrough".

"That being said, it remains to be seen how significant it can truly be," he told AFP.

"Trust between both parties borders on non-existent, something that continues to hamper any efforts toward deconfliction.

"Even an implementation of the deal only signals progress on one part of the deal and one aspect of the conflict. It's key to remember that Yemen is not Hodeida and even amidst the relative calming there, the conflict continues to burn."

"The agreement in Sweden only stopped the fighting in Hodeida, the challenge is to turn it into an all-inclusive national agreement," said Muslimi. =

My remark: A general overview, and voices of experts. – “Daily Mail” took another headline than AFP when adopting the AFP text: “Yemen government blasts rebel 'deception' over port pullout”. This might tell more about “Daily Mail” than nearly anything else.

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News Analysis: Experts say no seriousness to withdraw warring forces from Yemen's Hodeidah

Yemeni political experts believe that the Houthi sudden decision to unilaterally withdraw from Hodeidah's key ports will not really happen as both warring sides still prepare for upcoming armed confrontations in Hodeidah.

"Both warring sides are continuing in building fortifications and sending military reinforcements to the frontlines in Hodeidah till this moment. There are no clear signs for de-escalation or real desire for withdrawal," Ali Hadi, Aden-based military observer, told Xinhua.

He said that the Houthi fighters continued in digging underground trenches and planting landmines randomly in and around farms or residential areas, paving the way for another military escalation instead of the unilateral withdrawal.

Adil Al-Shujaa, politics professor from Sanaa university, told Xinhua that the Houthis don't really intend to leave Hodeidah and deliberately offered the unilateral withdrawal from the city's ports just to gain more time.

"The Houthis are manipulating through choosing this unilateral announcement. Avoiding to implement all provisions of the Stockholm Agreement proves that Houthis are not serious with their withdrawal from Hodeidah," Al-Shujaa said.

My comment: The bias of Chinese media as far as Yemen is concerned is remarkable (not just in this case). – Earlier reporting: Yemen War Mosaic 536, cp1b. Here again overview articles:

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Yemen FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Reject Unilateral Moves Away from UN

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yemany rejected on Saturday the unilateral withdrawal by the Iran-backed Houthi militias from Hodeidah, saying it violated international law.

He explained to Asharq Al-Awsat that the tripartite mechanism in the UN's Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) means that the legitimate government, UN and Houthis must verify any pullout.

The concept of unilateral withdrawal does not exist in the Stockholm agreement or international law, he went on to say.

“If our forces were to carry out a withdrawal, the Houthi representatives in the committee have the right to verify it,” he added.

My comment: Does the Hadi government want the Houthis to withdraw or not?

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Yemen's Houthis begin withdrawal from Hodeidah ports in boost to peace deal

Yemen’s Houthi movement on Saturday started withdrawing forces from Saleef port in Hodeidah under a U.N.-sponsored deal stalled for months, a Reuters witness said, reviving hopes for peace efforts to end the four-year war.

But a minister in the Yemeni government backed by Saudi Arabia dismissed the Iran-aligned Houthis’ pullout as a “show” meant to “misinform the international community”.

U.N. teams were overseeing the Houthi redeployment in Saleef, used for grain, as other teams headed to the second port of Ras Isa, used for oil, to start implementing the withdrawal from there, according to the witness.

A dozen trucks carrying Houthi fighters, armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers and machine guns, departed from Saleef. Two ships were docked at the port and operations were running normally, said the witness who was at the facility.

“The coast guards have taken over in Saleef,” he said. “They and U.N. officials have started checking equipment at the port.”

However, Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani told Reuters the pullout was “a flagrant show”

“It’s an attempt to misinform the international community ahead of a meeting of the U.N. Security Council” on Yemen, he said. “A group of (Houthi) militiamen left and they were replaced by others wearing coast guard police uniforms.”

My remark: Hadi government information minister.

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Film: Footage 'shows Houthi rebels withdrawing' from key Yemen port

Houthi rebels in Yemen have begun to withdraw from three key ports in the war-torn country after a deal was struck in December.

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Houthis prepare to pull back from Hodeidah

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Al-Houthi: Unilateral Withdrawal Confirms Who Obstruct Implementing Stockholm Agreement Are Aggression Countries

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Ansarullah's Political Bureau praises redeployment of army, popular committees in Hodeidah

“This unilateral step reflects the seriousness of the national party to implement Stockholm Agreement and its keenness on the success of the peace efforts and to spare Hodeidah’ residents the scourge of aggression and its disastrous effects,” the Bureau said in a statement.

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“The decision to withdraw came as a result of the refusal of the US-British-Saudi-Emirati aggression and its allies to implement the Stockholm Agreement, which paves the way for peace,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi Said in Tweet on Saturday.

“The withdrawal will start at 10 a.m. local time,” he added.

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Int. Rescue Committee: Yemen: Positive step for the people as withdrawal from Hodeidah promised

Oxfam: Reacting to the announcement on the withdrawal of Houthis and government forces from Hudaydah port in Yemen, Oxfam’s Yemen Country Director, Muhsin Siddiquey said:

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Monday, May 13th, 2019

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Al-Amalika forces foil two Houthi attacks in Hays and al-Tuhita, Hodeidah

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Al-Amalika brigades subjected to heavy shelling in al-Tuhita, hodeidah

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Sunday, May 12th, 2019

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Houthis target residential areas in Hays, Hodeidah

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Houthi artillery units shell al-Amalika in Hodeidah

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Film: Houthi shells displaced families from their homes in the mountains

Displaced people said they were displaced from their homes because of the continuous Houthi militia shelling during Ramadan, where militias bombed their homes and displaced them from their areas.

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Amid the developing advance by Ansar Allah and its allies on positions of Saudi-led forces in the province of Dhale, more and more speculations appear suggesting that in the event of success the Yemeni resistance may launch a push towards the southern port city of Aden.

My comment: This is not realistic.



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Film: Just a quick catch up on Yemen What happens next after Houthi redeployment? What does that mean? And what’s it all about? Watch and listen.

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Hudeidah/Humanitarian Aid; Ramadan; Suffering Migrants; Hindered Transport; Socotra; Al-Dhalea

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Maggie Michael on War, Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Maggie Michael joined Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer for a conversation on her reporting in Yemen.

Michael, along with an Associated Press team consisting of fellow Pulitzer Center grantees Maad al-Zekri and Nariman el-Mofty, reported on the human costs of the Yemeni civil war, focusing in particular on the impact of the Saudi-led bombing campaign on the lives of uninvolved civilians, as well as the United States' role in the ensuing catastrophe.

"What the Saudis did to get rid of the Houthis was just bomb all of Yemen," Michael said, and "the U.S. supported Saudi Arabia from day one."

Michael was motivated, in part, by the mainstream media's inability (or unwillingness) to cover the conflict from a broader angle.

"When it comes to the media there wasn't much attention to the campaign on the country," she said. But even when there was, "we saw the story missing so many elements." Namely, the war was told almost exclusively through the eyes of the Saudi regime and rarely looked outside the rigid context of the 'Hadi government v. Houthi rebels' narrative.

She wanted to document the struggles faced by ordinary people who had no part in the violence but who were made to suffer the most.


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On the front line of forgotten war in Yemen where a child dies every 12 minutes

EXCLUSIVE: The Daily Mirror's Chief Reporter has travelled to Yemen and reports on the suffering of those caught up in the horrifying conflict

Lying on the floor of his makeshift shack in a refugee camp, disabled Adbul Nasser is close to tears as he tells how he and his family had to flee their home or starve to death.

The 83-year-old, wife Faza and their 25 grandchildren are yet more innocent victims of a civil war raging in Yemen that has caused what aid agencies call “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”.

A child dies here from hunger every 12 minutes – that is 120 a day – in a famine as devastating as the Ethiopian one in 1984 that sparked the Live Aid concert. Staples such as milk and bread are now being described as “luxuries”

Abdul is a broken man. He does not care who started the war that has been ravaging the country since 2014, he just knows it has shattered his once happy family life.

As he talks, his grandchildren buzz around the place – unaware how lucky they are to be alive.

Abdul, who is so frail he had to be carried from minibus to minibus during the perilous journey from his home in a Houthi-held region, added: “Before the war started we were a large happy peaceful family with no problems.

“But now it impossible to survive living there. We were starving and we had to move. Even the food we had was taken from us to give to friends of the soldiers.

“I cannot believe what has happened to Yemen and to my country.” A relative said: “We never thought we would end up living in a refugee camp.

“Life wasn’t easy before but at least we had some food. We did not go to bed hungry. We had to leave to survive. Everyone is hungry and everyone is struggling it’s a nightmare.

“It’s not the sort of life you want your children and family to have.”

We found three young mums who had also fled to the camp, in the government held region. One, Omahend from the capital Sanaa, said: “We were hungry all the time. The men are kidnapped and taken away so there’s no income coming in. The food prices are so shocking.

“Even mothers I know are missing meals and going hungry just to give their children some food and they are still hungry anyway. We all have to make sacrifices every day for years. Things like bread and milk are like luxuries – by Andy Lines and Phil Coburn (photos, film)

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Film: Hassan Al-Haifi war live.

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How Yemen went from Stockholm to stalemate

Jubilation over the milestone agreement in Sweden last December has shifted to concern over its possible collapse

Five months after the highly praised handshake between the different sides of the conflict at the Yemen summit in Stockholm, UN envoy Martin Griffiths remains optimistic about the ongoing stalemate.

Briefing the Security Council in April, he praised both sides for accepting phase one of the agreed-upon plan for the redeployment of Houthi and government forces from the key port city of Hodeidah.

But on the ground, his efforts have been thwarted by Houthi obstruction and President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s shifting priorities.

Swedish diplomats have made significant efforts to rally support from Yemen’s government and the Saudi-led coalition, but these efforts have fallen short of expectations, as the US and UK remain on the sidelines.

Headlines have shifted from jubilation over the milestone Stockholm gathering in December, to caution over its shaky start, to finally acknowledging the possibility of complete collapse.

The Stockholm deal focused on three key issues: Hodeidah, the Taiz humanitarian corridor, and prisoner exchange.

On the latter issue, mediation through the Red Cross stalled in early February amid differences in the prisoner lists submitted by the warring sides, and also due to allegations that certain names on the government list were linked to al-Qaeda.

On Taiz, there has been no progres

The expected ceasefire in Hodeidah, a demand in the lead-up to talks, never materialised on the ground, with the Houthis complaining of violations by the coalition and pro-government forces. At the same time, in a letter made public in February, the Yemeni government and its coalition partners complained to the UN Security Council of repeated Houthi violations.

Yemen’s government and its coalition partners want to isolate the Houthis and remove their access to the Red Sea to curb smuggling routes. The Houthis have used Ras Isa, a port north of Hodeidah, to offload fuel for their markets, representing a major source of income and a means of maintaining patronage networks and funding war efforts.

At the same time, the UN and other aid agencies aim to stabilise the flow of ships into the port to improve the delivery of aid and commercial goods – by Fernando Carvajal

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Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

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Yemenis demand aid transparency as humanitarian crisis rages

Several human rights activists in Yemen have launched an online campaign to demand transparency, including the publication of financial statements by aid organizations to show how they are distributing the aid they receive for Yemen. The "Where is the money" campaign has been active for a month, and activists say it will continue until its goal is reached.

The move came after Reem al-Hashimi, the United Arab Emirates' minister of state for international cooperation, announced at an April 8 press conference that his government and Saudi Arabia had to date provided more than $18 billion worth of aid to Yemen.

At a February donor conference for Yemen in Geneva, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had said that donors had increased their contributions by 30% compared to the last year. According to him, “The largest increases came from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”

How, then, is the aid failing to benefit Yemenis in need?

Fidaa Yahya, one of the organizers of the transparency campaign, told Al-Monitor, “Yemen received more than $23 billion in aid up until 2019, and there are donor countries that pledged more than $2 billion during the last Geneva conference, held in February. Very few people are benefiting, however, from these funds. We find that most of the organizations in Yemen operate free from any government supervision. This prompted us to launch this campaign and call on all organizations working in Yemen to publish their financial reports.”

Yahya added, “As part of the campaign, more than 2,000 emails have been sent to more than 100 organizations operating in Yemen.” Most of them urge the organizations to publish their financial statements. So far, there have been no official or unofficial responses from either government agencies or private organizations.

A source at the World Food Programme in Yemen who agreed to speak to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity remarked, “The lack of [response], especially on the part of large international organizations, is due to the fact that their financial system is very transparent and scrutinized by donors. Some imbalances may have been caused by local partners, but I don’t think such imbalances are as major as the campaign envisions.” – by
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Film: Center Empowering Yemen’s Women and Girls

In one remote desert village, the U.S. aid group International Rescue Committee has established a center for teaching skills and empowerment to vulnerable women and girls. Reporter Neha Wadekar visited the village of Raz Amran in January and has this report.

She says she and her daughters are learning new skills so they can get out of poverty and help their family. With her husband sick, Abdulwasi says it is important for women and girls to learn skills to be able to survive and provide for the house.

Abdulwasi and her daughters attend classes in the Al Boureqa Center, founded by the New York-based International Rescue Committee to empower Yemen’s women.

Fairouz Yassin, a caseworker at the center, says about 50 women and girls are trained daily or simply spend time there - a safe space close to home.

For women like Abdulwasi, this is also a chance to break free from Yemen’s conservative cultural norms and enter the workplace for the first time.

Abdulwasi says that before the war, women in Yemen had been forgotten. But when the organizations came to remote areas in Yemen, because of the war, the women and girls were able to advance themselves and their skills.

According to Yassin, the center also provides counseling for gender-based issues and abuse that case workers say has shown a marked increase with the fighting in Yemen.

Yassin says the caseworkers are seeing higher levels of domestic violence due to the pressures men are facing because of the war. M =

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REACH Initiative: Yemen - Financial Service Providers Assessment - Report January 2019

In 2017, to understand the perceptions of the Yemeni population towards cash transfer programmes, the Cash and Market Working Group (CMWG), in collaboration with REACH, initiated the Inter-Agency Joint Cash Study. The study was designed to determine the suitability of cash-based intervention into the Yemen context, in response to the widespread liquidity shortages, price inflation, and falling of purchasing power. Little evidence was found to determine which method of financial assistance was the most suitable in the context of Yemen. As cash-based programming becomes increasingly prominent in the humanitarian response to the ongoing Yemen conflict, there is a growing need for the humanitarian community to build a more comprehensive understanding of the most suitable methods for delivering cash-based interventions, both in terms of the capacity of financial institutions and the feasibility of different transfer mechanisms. The Financial Service Providers (FSP) Assessment was designed to be a continuation of the CMWG and REACH Inter-Agency Joint Cash Study, with the aim of understanding the most appropriate method of cash-based interventions to be used by humanitarian actors.

Research Scope

The following research questions are addressed in this report:

What is the capacity and experience of financial institutions to facilitate cash-based interventions at the governorate and district level, and what delivery mechanisms are the most used?

Are there any specific groups that are at risk of being excluded from accessing financial assistance due to the lack of identification papers, bank accounts, or electronic communication mechanisms?

What is the speed and cost of delivering cash transfers?

What are institutions’ resilience to change in context, what risks are likely to arise, and what mitigation and monitoring protocols are in place?

What contextual factors will influence the feasibility of each cash delivery modality? and full document: =

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Audio: Women's voices from Yemen

Five audio diaries tell stories of life amid one of the world's most violent conflicts

Yemen: How I arranged my wedding in a war zone

Nisma Mansour had an eventful year graduating as a civil engineer and getting married two weeks later. She says her wedding was a rare chance to escape "all of this drama and tragedy... and just celebrate... life, love and joy".

The Yemeni paediatrician saving lives without a salary

Dr Najla al Sonboli is a paediatrician in Sana'a had been working without a salary for two years. She says the spread of disease and malnutrition are big problems - for patients and staff.

Yemen: Bringing up my son in a war zone is heartbreaking

Fatima al Qubati has a one-year-old son. She worries about the impact of war on him and says children's imaginations are 'all about killing and fighting'. She lives in Taiz, once known as a 'a city of dreamers' but which now lies at the heart of the conflict.

Yemen: Pinning my hopes for the future on my students

Mona Mohammed Al Khattib had to flee her war-torn city of Taiz to find safety in the mountainside town of Ibb. There, she found a job as maths teacher and she hopes her pupils will have a bright future in a peaceful Yemen where they will become "the best doctors, teachers, engineers, professors, hackers, even, if they want!"

Yemen: How my seaside town is recovering from Al Qaeda

Areen Omar lives in the seaside town of Mukalla which was once controlled by Al Qaeda. She says women were not safe to go out and still suffer from mental health problems. Now that the group have gone, she enjoys going to the park and the beach with her friends.

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More than 400 families got today cards from @monarelief's team in Sanaa and Hodeidah to receive food aid baskets. Great thanks to all our backers and donors for their donations. Please keep supporting our efforts to feed starved families in #Yemen

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Ahmad Alghobary: I have distributed 500 food baskets for 500 families in this #Ramadan. Special thanks to all donors and @LayaBehbahani for helping these families. #Yemen. (photos)

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Most Dangerous Countries for Women (2018):

5. Saudi Arabia

8. Yemen

10. USA

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Despertarse en una cama de hospital en Yemen y ver que te falta una pierna

Waking up in a hospital bed in Yemen and see that you are missing a leg

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In addition to rehabilitation, prosthetics, wheelchairs or crutches, Humanity & Inclusion offers psychological support to overcome the trauma

Waking up in a hospital bed in Yemen and see that you are missing a leg

Anwar was five years old when he woke up in a hospital and discovered that his leg had been amputated. No one could calm his screams and his crying. The little boy could not understand why his leg was no longer there and he kept asking his relatives if they could give it back to him. The history of Anwar is repeated frequently in Yemen for four years as a result of the civil war in which the country is sunk. Aerial bombings, artillery fire, unexploded ordnance and anti-personnel mines have left at least 16,000 civilians dead, according to data published by the UN in December, and thousands more wounded and mutilated. In his case, he was injured by a metal splinter while fleeing with his family and neighbors from the bombings in Sana'a, the country's capital under the control of the Houthi rebels since September 2014. When he was discharged he was still sore and confused with what had happened to him.

A few months ago, in the life of Anwar, who is now 9 years old, he crossed Humanity & Inclusion (HI), an NGO specialized in working with people with disabilities. He is receiving physiotherapy from a specialist and will be given a prosthesis according to his age, which has given him new hope. In addition, Anwar is receiving psychological support from the HI team. The therapy helps you to calm your anxiety and knowing that you are not the only one who has suffered amputations also makes you feel better. Now, he already plays with other children his age, including football, and studies hard. "I want to be a doctor," he says resoundingly. "I want to help people with disabilities and support my family," he adds.

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205,385 citizens benefits from hospital services in Sanaa

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Yemen | The outflow of African refugees across the Arabian Sea coast to Aden continues Hundreds of African refugees continue to flow through the Arabian Sea to Aden and other provinces on an almost daily basis, with security officials indicating that the authorities are making every effort to assemble thousands of illegal immigrants and return them to their country, calling for the competent bodies and international organizations that who did not provide any support to the Yemeni authorities until now, by providing assistance in the procress of organizing the returning African refugees to the countries.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: UNHCR Somalia: Refugees and Asylum-seekers Statistical Report - 30 April 2019

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222 illegal Ethiopian migrants repatriated from Yemen

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Saturday that 222 illegal Ethiopian migrants were repatriated from the war-torn Yemen since May 6.

The migrants, who were voluntarily repatriated from Yemen’s capital Sana’a to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa since on Monday with the help of IOM, were “unable to continue to support themselves or fund their fare home,’’ the UN migration agency said in a statement on Saturday.

“The migrants were left stranded in a country experiencing a deadly conflict,’’ an IOM’s statement read.

According to IOM, the latest flight on Saturday brought back home some 46 Ethiopian nationals, increasing the total number of people assisted in the previous three flights since on Monday to 222.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 10 May 2019

Key figures: 24.1 M people in need; 3.65 M displaced since March 2015 More than 80 per cent have been displaced more than a year; 1.28 M IDP returnees; 264,921 refugees; 9,557 asylumseekers; Funding USD 198.6 M required for 2019 operations

IDP Emergency Response

UNHCR’s assistance across the country to internally displaced families (IDPs) is on-going. In the south-western flashpoint of Al Dhale’e governorate, where displacement continues, more than 4,404 new internally displaced families have been registered since November 2018. As of the beginning of 2019, 2,000 families have received core-relief items (CRIs), with 512 families benefitting from these emergency provisions during the reporting period.

UNHCR continues to deliver lifesaving emergency assistance in the southern governorates of Ibb and Taizz where there are several active frontlines.

Since January 2019, there have been constant flows of IDPs southwards leaving the flashpoint of Bani Hassan district, 15 kilometres north of Abs district, Hajjah governorate and arriving in the northern districts of Hudaydah.

The northern Amran governorate continues to be a destination point for displaced persons fleeing the northern frontlines.

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Houthis seize medicine cargos for cancer patients

The Iran-backed Houthis have been seizing medicine cargos for cancer patients in Ibb governorate for several days.

The Higher Committee for Relief has demanded the United Nations organization working in Yemen to immediately intervene and release the medicines.

In a statement, the committee said that the medicine seizure risks the life of more than 3000 cancer patients in Ibb, stressing that the cancer treatment center of Ibb governorate urgently lacks medicines.

Houthis seized last week 189 assistance trucks in the eastern entry of Ibb governorate for four weeks.

Local sources told Alsahwa Net that the seized trucks carried assistances from several international relief organizations including the World Food Programme.

The sources said the Houthis refuse the delivery of assistance because they put the condition of bringing the assistance though Hodeida Airport which is run by them

The sources also said that the Houthis want to impose taxes and customs fees on assistance and reserve 30% of them for the Houthis.

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My remark: As reported by anti-Houthi media.

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Foreign Minister Meets Grande, Delivers Message to Send to UN Secretary-General

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf met on Sunday with United Nations Resident Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande

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Houthis abduct workers, release them with ransoms

The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have intensified their abduction campaigns against workers and travellers in Dhamar governorate.

Local sources affirmed told Alsahwa Net that workers are abducted in Houthi checkpoints when they are moving to other governorates to look for jobs, and only release them when their families pay ransoms.

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Organization stops its activities in Ibb after Huthi's gunmen attacked its staff

A relief organization suspended its activities at Hazm Al-Odain district in the western Province of Ibb, following attacks on its relief team by militants affiliated with the Al-Houthi group.

According to local sources, CARE International has halted the distribution of humanitarian and relief aid at Hazm Al-Odain Directorate after the organization's distribution staff were severely beaten and threatened with death by Houthi leaders after refusing to hand over humanitarian aid to militants of the Houthi militia.

The suspension of the organization's activities deprived more than 1,200 families of the monthly aid they were receiving to alleviate the deteriorating economic and living conditions of the citizens.

In a letter to the governor of the Houthi authorities in Ibb, the organization confirmed that the organization's working group was assaulted with guns at the end of April at a school in the district, as well as the gunmen robbed 279 food baskets after the distribution team was trapped and shot at Al-Tawfiq school. In Hazm Al-Odain.

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STC Opens New Satellite Television Service in Aden

President of the Southern Transitional Council, Major General Aidroos al-Zubaidi and his deputy sheikh Hani ben Brik inaugurated on Monday, a new satellite television service that broadcast from inside the capital Aden under the name AIC to convey the voice of the Southerners to the whole world.

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The movement of Ahrar Aden considered the security chaos in Aden, which is one of the most important demonstrations of assassinations, bombings and burglary of the lands of the state and citizens by armed gangs in the city of Aden as an inevitable result of the conflict of tools due to the intersection of interests between Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The movement revealed that Saudi-Emirati trend towards imposing the complete control on Aden and tightening the siege on its people after weakening the people of Aden and the southern provinces by provoking differences and pushing the youth in northern battles.

The movement said that the UAE had brought thousands of African mercenaries to the Bir Ahmed camp for the purpose of using them for the siege of Aden and controlling them, after the South has emptied its human strength.

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Power Struggle Over Socotra

Earlier this month, Hadi’s administration condemned the Emiratis for sending approximately 100 armed Yemeni separatists to Socotra from UAE-controlled Aden. In response, the UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash labeled the accusation “fake news.”

Socotra’s sovereignty has been a point of conflict between the two governments before. Last year, the UAE deployed tanks and troops to Hadibo (Socotra’s capital and main port) while then-Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghar was paying a visit to the archipelago. Daghar condemned Abu Dhabi’s move and demanded that the Yemeni public voice its opposition too.

Hadi’s government took this issue to the United Nations Security Council. As a result, Abu Dhabi had to back down and announce its recognition of the archipelago as Yemen’s sovereign territory. To thwart an escalation of tension between Yemeni government forces and the Emiratis, Saudi Arabia deployed its troops to Socotra and the Emirati troops departed.

Regional Geopolitics

Although Socotra has thus far managed to escape the violent chaos that has plagued much of mainland Yemen since 2014, it remains a source of dispute among different powers struggling to assert their influence over the islands. The Emiratis’ latest escalation over Socotra also illustrates how Yemen’s political crisis is another driver of deep division within the paralyzed Gulf Cooperation Council.

The question of Socotra has also pitted Yemenis against each other. Although Hadi has had problems with past governors of Socotra who welcomed the idea of partnering with the UAE, Socotra’s sitting governor, Ramzi Mahroos, joins Hadi in staunchly opposing the UAE’s formation of armed groups on the islands.

Resisting the UAE’s “Expansionism”
In May 2017, Hadi first called the UAE an “occupation power” in Yemen. This reflected how a significant number of his fellow Yemenis view the Emirati role in their civil war. In fact, before the current conflict broke out, Yemen had concerns about Abu Dhabi’s perceived quest to control shipping routes via Aden and the Bab al-Mandab (BAM).

The UAE’s actions vis-à-vis Socotra reveal much about how Abu Dhabi’s grander foreign policy strategies pit the Emirates against its close ally, Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi is willing to take bold actions that undermine Riyadh’s positions without regard to the Saudi desire to preserve Yemen’s unification. This power struggle, which is also playing out in Yemen’s easternmost al-Mahra governorate, will make it increasingly difficult for Saudi Arabia to maintain the semblance of even a remotely unified coalition.

Despite working with both the kingdom and Hadi’s government beginning in 2015 to fight the Houthi rebellion, the UAE’s leadership has interests in Yemen that extend beyond efforts to crush the Iran-allied Houthis – by Giorgio Cafiero

Remark: There is an error here - despite claims to the contrary in this article UAE DOES have a coastline Arabian Sea at Fujairah; recent reports this week were of four oil tankers sabotaged there for example. It is Saudi Arabia that has no access to the ArAbian Sea or Indian Ocean.

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Suspicious Moves of Al-Eslah on Some Southern Borders Fronts to Serve Al-Houthis

Suspicious moves of members of Al-Eslah party, the political arm of Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen, revealed their plans to serve Al-Houthi militias in targeting southern borders fronts. Intel info indicated that Al-Eslah moves became very clear with direct orders from military commandership in Mareb to implant some trouble-making elements inside these fronts.

My comment: Southern separatists’ conspiration theories again. This is part of their strife against Islah Party, which supports the Hadi government and the unity of Yemen.

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A soldier was killed and six injured, including civilians, in a IED blast at a security site north of Aden

The IED was planted at a security site in the centre of Dar Saad district, killing one of the site's soldiers and wounding soldiers and civilians with minor injuries and later transported to the Buraihi Hospital in Al-Mansoura Directorate for treatment.

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A woman was killed and three civilians were injured by an improvised explosive device in Taiz

A woman was killed and three civilians were seriously injured as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded Sunday evening in front of the National Bank near the provincial headquarters in Taiz the southwestern city.

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2 killed in bombing in Yemen's Taiz

At least two Yemeni civilians were killed on Sunday in a bomb explosion near the local authority's building in the southwestern province of Taiz, a security official told Xinhua.

An improvised explosive device exploded on Gamal Street near the temporary local authority's building, the security source said on condition of anonymity.

The blast killed two civilians and wounded at least three others, including the local youth activist Bassem Mansour

The injured were transferred directly by ambulances to Rawdah National Hospital in Taiz for treatment

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Proxy War between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi Erupt in Conflict southern Yemen

The situation is heading to a direct military confrontation between the allies of the Emirates on one hand and he allies of Riyadh on the other, and during the past weeks. This confrontation has became more aggressive after the meeting of the pro-aggression Parliamentary members in Say'un city. Abu Dhabi's allies considered it a challenge by Hadi government for their presence in southern Yemen, in addition to the inauguration of the "Southern Alliance" supported by Riyadh in Aden, the inauguration considered by Abu Dhabi to bypass the red lines by Riyadh.

The so-called Supreme Council of the revolutionary movement, refused to deal with the so-called Transitional Council because it does not want to lose its right to represent the south. This rejection caused growing anger, which caused the return of the wave of assassinations to the city of Aden. Within one week two leaders of the Revolutionary Council were killed in the south.

Despite the assassinations of clerics and anti-coalition leaders since Abu Dhabi entered Aden in 2015, the recent assassinations were aimed at pro-Saudi parties. Gunmen targeted a leader of the Revolutionary Council supported by Riyadh in the area of Bir Fadl near the headquarters of the coalition. Killing of Mohammed Al-Qaheen came only days after the assassination of the leader of the "Revolutionary Council" also Rami Mohammed Al-Musaabi, in Mansourah city.

In the opinion of observers, the confrontations, which killed dozens of southern soldiers, caused by the differences, which widen day after day between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, to share important sites and wealth and influence.

My remark: By Houthi news site.

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Two civilians were killed and three others wounded after an explosive device went off in downtown Yemen's Taiz city this evening

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Al - Mahra Net: Special Report

In the east of the skilled Yemeni protected nature reserve officially announced years ago, it is considered a World Heritage Site in Yemen.

Saudi forces, which say they support the legitimacy, headed east away from Houthi and the fronts of the fighting completely, and occupied large parts of the province of skilled, and not only put the eye on the nature reserve of Hof, and tried to enter twice met by the refusal of tribes, but insisted during the previous week and introduced Military equipment to the port of Sarfeet border with the Sultanate of Oman.

All of Hoof has risen to confront the unjustified Saudi presence.

Local authority:

Local leaders came out in demonstrations to reject the militarization of the reserve and the occupation of the port of Sarfeet, including a member of the national dialogue and a local member of Hoof Samih Ali Naseeb, who said, addressing the people of the Directorate, "We must be one class does not budge"

He added that the peaceful struggle will continue and will escalate until the full demands are achieved without a decrease and that this land, which the ancestors protected by the sabers and dangles of the daggers and will not alienate the skilled children is a national responsibility

Sheikhs and dignitaries

Was at the forefront of the demonstration that came out to denounce the presence of Saudi social figures =

My remark: From Arabic, translated by Google. – From Mahrah province, southeastern Yemen. The population opposes Saudi military occupation.


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"Ben Afrar" warns of the continued imposition of house arrest on former Al-Mahrah governor

Abdullah bin Issa Al- Afrar, chairman of the General Council of the Sons of al-Mahhra and Socotra governorates, warned of the continued status of the former Al-Mahhrah governor Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah bin Keda under house arrest.

Ben Afrar, who leads the anti-Saudi military movement in Al-Mahra, called in an urgent appeal, a copy of which was received by Al-Masdar online, he demanded that the coalition and President Hadi lift the restrictions on the former Al-Mahrah governor, noting that the Mahrah has enough congestion.

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"Al-Baydha " Parties warn the government and the coalition of the danger of failing the resistance in Thi Na’em and the Zaher

The political parties in al-Baydha province, demanded the government and the national army, immediate and urgent action to support the popular resistance in "Thi Na;em, Al-Zahir and Al- Humaiqan", which is being subjected to a fierce onslaught of Houthi militias.

This was made in a statement issued by the Parties (General People's Congress, Yemeni rally for reform”Islah”, al-Rashad Yemeni Union, Justice and Building party, and the Peace and Development Party), to which Al-Masdar online obtained a copy.

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With UN and International Attendance, The Second Stage of Southern / Southern Dialogue Starts in Aden

On May 4th, 2019, the second stage of southern / southern dialogue was launched by the southern transitional council. President Aidarous Kassem Al-Zubaidi, president of the southern transitional council, Mr. Marwan Ali, director of UN Envoy to Yemen’s office, representatives of several international organizations and several representatives of political parties, southern components, activists and NGOs attended the launch.
At the opening session, president Al-Zubaidi delivered a speech asserting that the council is open to all parties and all visions as long as these visions are coherent with the expectations and objectives of the southern people represented in freedom, liberation, peace and security.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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School Teachers and Education staff in Ibb, central #Yemen, made serious allegations on @UNICEF_Yemen confiscating a huge part of their salaries. They are saying @UNICEF_Yemen paid them 20$ instead of 50$ they were entitled to..some claimed Unicef confiscated the whole salary

A serious investigation should be carried out

The salaries for the education sector came as a donation from Saudi and UAE and was meant to ensure teachers continue receiving the very minimum of their salaries

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The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen will meet the Yemeni parties in Amman on Tuesday 14 May, to discuss implementation of the economic provisions of the Hudayda Agreement reached in Sweden in December 2018.

Issues to be discussed will include the management of revenues from the ports of Hudayda, Ras Issa and Salif, and their use for the payment of public sector salaries in Hudayda governorate and throughout the country.

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: It's weird that both UN and stakeholders talking more about cranes at Hudaydah port, military deployments, and who will get to control revenues, than of civilians in those areas and elsewhere. Big part of Stockholm deal was about prisoners and detainess, saving lives, no?

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Yemen warring parties hold fresh talks as Houthis withdraw from Hodeidah

Yemen’s warring parties started fresh U.N.-sponsored talks in Jordan on Monday, Yemeni officials said, two days after Houthi forces began withdrawing from the ports of Hodeidah, breaking a six month stalemate.

The talks will focus on sharing out revenues from Hodeidah’s three Red Sea ports to help relieve an urgent humanitarian crisis, they said.

The Iran-aligned Houthi group began on Saturday a unilateral pullout fro

“The U.N. and its special envoy are sponsoring talks in Amman ... to discuss the issue of salaries and to make the economic situation neutral,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the Houthis’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said in a tweet.

A Yemeni government official confirmed the talks to Reuters. A U.N. official said the office of U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths was facilitating the meeting.

Under the Stockholm agreement for a truce and troop withdrawal by both sides from Hodeidah, the ports’ revenues would be gathered in the Hodeidah branch of the central bank to help pay public wages.

The United Nations will help in the management of the Hodeidah ports, which will be under control of Yemen’s Red Sea Port Corporation and local coast guards, and assist in inspection of ships.


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Senior Economic Delegation Leaves Sana’a Airport to Amman

The Yemeni Central Bank team headed by Dr. Mohammed Al-Sayani, the Governor of the Bank, Sunday lift to the Jordanian capital to participate in the Amman talks.

A source at Sana'a Airport said that the US-Saudi aggression tried to block the plane, which is carrying the team, pointing out that the UN envoy instructed to allow the plane to take off.

My remark: Sanaa central bank.


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#Yemeni employees haven't received their monthly salaries from the government since October 2016. Negotiates are being held now in Jordan to discuss this topic along with other economic topics related to the current situation in #Yemen.

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Film: Elisabeth Kendall on BBC Radio 4 "PM" News (11 May 2019)

Peace is still remote in Yemen. Don't get your hopes up for the beginning of the end of the #Yemen war.

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Film: Clip from a longer interview did with @BBCWorld late last night where tried to remind everyone that even if Hudaydah works out, only a small step in much larger peace peoces that needs to include not only Houthis and gov on table, but other factions such as Southerners.

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Yemen deserves peace

While there is a long way to go before it can be said that this conflict, deemed the worst current humanitarian crisis, is over, any step towards that objective must be welcomed.

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Head of the National Committee for Prisoners Affairs Abdulqader al-Mortada said that Saudi/Emirati-led coalition and government of the exiled Hadi refused to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, to visit prisoners and detainees in their custody.

“This is contrary to their commitment during the second round of Amman consultations held in Jordan,” said al-Mortada on his Facebook page, noting that Sanaa was committed to the agreement and opened its prisons to the ICRC.

Al-Mortada explained that came at a request submitted by UN Envoy Office to Sanaa and to the other party to allow ICRC to visit all prisons of both parties to see the conditions of prisoners and detainees, as a step to build confidence between the parties.

“The aggression forces and their mercenaries did not allow this at all and neither ICRC nor any other organization could visit any prison of them,” al-Mortada added.

He pointed out that the coalition and Hadi’s government are not serious in implementing the prisoner exchange agreement signed in Sweden under the auspices of the United Nations on 13 December 2018.

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Arresting and Torturing of Women in Saudi Prisons Continues

Alia Al-Hathloul, the sister of the arrested Saudi activist, said that "a sources close to the Saudi regime told her that all female activists would be released except for Jane because of her family's lack of silence." This reflects Saudi Arabia's transformation into a dark stage under Mohammed Bin Salman, who was not held responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Lina Al-Hathul said that "the interrogators asked her sister to work for them by convincing Saudi girls who fled abroad to return to Saudi Arabia and to their families, because these girls are fans of Belgin," asserting that her sister refused. Al-Hathall pointed out that this is contrary to the principle of the independence of the judiciary, adding: "When we remained silent, Jane was subjected to the most severe torture."

The report stated that most members of the Lajin family live in Saudi Arabia and are forbidden to travel abroad, noting that they have two brothers and two sisters abroad who are publicly speaking about what happened to them. She was arrested in May 2018. Her family, activists and human rights organizations reported being subjected to torture and sexual harassment. Last Thursday, Saudi authorities released five detainees in a "temporary" manner, raising the number of women activists temporarily released to trial to eight.

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The activist @alihashimS received information that the #Saudi authorities are spying on activists from #SaudiArabia in #Lebanon, including him, in order to lure and arrest them. Saudi regime bans Ali's family from travelling. Ali has been campaigning to have a family reunion.

referring to and

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Chorus of criticism hits Saudi Arabia for designating Palestinian martyrs as terrorists

Saudi Arabian daily, Mecca, released a 40-member-list on Friday enlisting Palestinian martyrs as terrorists. The move provoked a chorus of criticism in social media.

Among the enlisted names stand those of the founder of Hamas Sheikh Ahmad Yasin, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority Ismail Haniyeh, Palestinian political leader and the head of the Islamic Palestinian organization Hamas Khaled Mashal, and the co-founder of the Palestinian movement Hamas Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi.

Citing a website named CEP, the Saudi Arabian newspaper claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood (Ekhvan-al-Moslemin) is in contact with terrorist groups including Al-Qaeda, ISIL, Al-Nusra, and etc.

The other names included in the list are those of the Spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Sayyid Qutb, the fifth President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi, and that of the head of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood political movement Abdul Majeed al-Zindani.

The news piece was criticized widely in the social media. Here are some of the reactions:

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Eight Terror-Related Suspects Reportedly Killed in Saudi Arabia (VIDEOS)

At least 8 suspected terrorists were killed in a police raid in Saudi Arabia's eastern Qatif region, AFP reported Saturday, citing Saudi state-run media.

The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), citing a state security spokesperson, said the recently-formed "terrorist" cell in a Shiite minority area was preparing to carry out terror activities in the country, according to AFP.

Meanwhile, local netizens have posted alleged footage of the skirmish between terrorist suspects and Saudi security forces.

Eastern regions of Saudi Arabia are populated by a Shiite minority averse to the ruling monarchy in Riyadh. The area is prone to attacks on security forces.

According to the Saudi Gazette, security forces attacked the terrorist cell at an apartment in the Sanabis neighbourhood of the town of Tarout in Qatif, at around 10 a.m. local time on Saturday (with links to films)

My comment: Be cautious: All opposition and public protests are labeled as “terrorism” in Saudi Arabia.

More film links:


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Saudi security forces kill eight people in flashpoint Shi'ite area

Saudi security forces have killed eight people during an operation in the predominantly Shi’ite eastern Al-Qatif region, state news agency (SPA) said on Saturday.

The operation occurred on Tarout island, just off the city of Qatif, and targeted a newly formed “terrorist cell”, SPA said in a statement, adding there were no casualties among civilians or policemen.

Security forces were still at the site, it said.

Saudi security services regularly carry out operations in the area, with fatalities reported during operations in January and September, according to Saudi media.


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Saudi Security Forces Attack Tarout Town of Qatif Killing Citizens

Saudi security forces launched an attack on Tarout Island, Qatif province. They surrounded a number of houses with armored and security vehicles and fired shots.

Citizens were killed in the attacks by Saudi forces, according to Arabic Al-Ahd website.

According to the information, the Saudi forces are looking for peaceful activists involved in the popular movement in Qatif.


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Several Saudi dissidents killed as regime forces storm Qatif

Several political dissidents have been killed in Saudi Arabia when regime forces raided a village in the kingdom’s oil-rich and Shia-populated Eastern Province, as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against pro-democracy campaigners, Muslim preachers and intellectuals continues unabated in the country.

Local sources, requesting anonymity, said security forces stormed into Sanabes village of Tarout Island on Saturday afternoon, triggering an exchange of gunfire with local residents.

The sources added that a number of distinguished opposition figures were fatally shot in the process.

Meanwhile, a former head of the American visa bureau in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah says US President Donald Trump’s administration and Congress have given the Al Saud regime the green light to press ahead with its brutal crimes, namely the ongoing atrocious military aggression against Yemen.

  1. Michael Springmann told Press TV on Saturday evening that Saudi crude oil and the kingdom’s weapons contracts with Western countries, such as Germany and France, have pushed the West to ignore numerous violations of international humanitarian law by Riyadh.

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US ambassador: Those who seek to divide Yemen on the basis of religion and the region must be resisted

The outgoing U.S. ambassador to Yemen, Matthew Toller, said the unity of the Yemenis is a basic aspiration.

"Those who seek to divide Yemen, on the basis of religion, tribe, region or any other grounds, must be resisted because they do not have in their hearts the interest of the Yemeni people," Toller said in remarks published by the Yemeni embassy in Washington on Twitter.

My remark: The US strongly is backing the unity of Yemen.

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The case for taking Trump to the Supreme Court over his Yemen war veto

The U.S. still backs Saudi Arabia's fight in Yemen, even though Congress voted to end that support. Now, progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) is pushing Democratic leaders to turn to the Supreme Court to help enforce Congress' will.

"If Nancy Pelosi gets a majority behind her to bring suit, this is a moment of truth for the Supreme Court," said Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman, who's leading the charge on this legal theory.

The response: "We continue to consider all viable options to end this humanitarian crisis," Pelosi's office said.

The big question: The Supreme Court has said presidential power is "at its lowest ebb" when exercised in a way that's "incompatible with the ... will of Congress." If the House sues over Trump's Yemen veto, the central question would be whether that's what happened here, said Scott Anderson, a Brookings fellow and former State Department lawyer.

Ackerman says it obviously is. Trump's veto "defied fundamental principles of constitutional law," he and 12 other law professors wrote in a letter to Pelosi.

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Shareholder Resolution Asks How Northrop Grumman Implements its Human Rights Policy

On May 15, weapons-maker Northrop Grumman will face a resolution, brought forward by shareholders, that calls for the company to report on how it implements its human rights policy. This move comes after a year of human rights scandals for the company, from providing services (such as maintenance and training) to Saudi security forces involved in controversial bombings in Yemen, to allegations of racial discriminationand defrauding the U.S. government, to selling technology used in surveilling U.S. residents in the immigration context. Now, three congregations of Catholic Sisters have brought forward a resolution asking for a report documenting “Northrop Grumman’s management systems and processes to implement its Human Rights Policy.” Northrop’s human rights policy declares the company has a “strong commitment to human rights” as laid out in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. It is not clear on how it implements that commitment, however.

The resolution is important—both for the American public, which funds 84 percent of Northrop’s revenues through tax dollars, and for the institutional investors that own 84 percent of its shares.

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The 2020 Candidates Aren’t Talking About Foreign Policy. They Need to Start.

The United States caused many of the planet’s problems and can still unmake them—but only if its politicians face up to the challenge.

The final impact the growing perception of American indifference has had is to signal to various U.S. proxies—countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which enjoy generous U.S. military backing—that they can pursue their own narrow objectives without getting permission from Washington first, as they might have done in the past. Among other things, that shift explains the catastrophic Saudi and Emirati intervention in Yemen’s civil war; their support (along with Egypt) for the aspiring Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is now trying to bomb Tripoli into submission; and other ugly little struggles underwritten by American funds and guns.

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Where Is the Antiwar Movement in the US?

As the media focuses on the Mueller report and Attorney General William Barr, the Trump administration has been especially hawkish in their foreign policy.

It seems the Trump administration is trying to provoke Iran into attacking the US, putting US military personnel in unnecessary risk and potentially starting a war that could be as disastrous as the Iraq war.

The outrage has since faded over the school bus bombing and the Khashoggi murder, and the Mueller report has taken over the headlines.

With all of these lies and deceptions that led our country into wars, why isn’t there more outrage among Americans to stop them? There are a few activist groups like CODEPINK and Veterans for Peace but there are almost no antiwar voices in the mainstream media.

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ADL: Cancel Event With UAE Embassy | Letter

We urge you to cancel your astonishing May 14th event “celebrating tolerance” with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is a brutal monarchy with a bloody record of human rights violations, repression at home, and support for anti-democratic forces abroad. The ADL event in question is scheduled for this Tuesday, May 14th, at 2:30 PM, in your offices in Washington DC.

This joint ADL / UAE event shockingly confers human rights legitimacy to a brutal monarchy that bears responsibility for the deaths of thousands. We call on the ADL to cancel this event until the UAE’s rulers end their extraordinary violations of human rights.

For ADL:

My comment: ADL and UAE: Really strange bedfellows!

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The USA is surrounding Iran from all directions and has tens of thousands of troops stationed in the region. But if it destroys Iran, it will risk losing the only pretext left for it to keep milking GCC. What it is currently doing in the region is all about deal of the century.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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The Ministry of Defence (Air Command Secretariat) have responded to our query about Royal Saudi Air Force personnel trained at RAF Valley (and associated matters) who use facilities at Ronaldsway Civil Airport on the Isle of Mann.

The letter from MOD (Air Command Secretariat) confirms that RSAF personnel have been trained at Valley airbase on Anglesey for the past decade under ‘the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project’. It says:

“The RAF utilises several local airfields within the vicinity of RAF Valley , including civilian airfields on the Isle of Man to practice visual approaches and departures, as the procedure for take-off and landing differs at civilian airfields differs from the procedures used at military airfields. International trainee pilots conduct the same training as their RAF colleagues and none are limited in their use of local airfields for training.”

The Air Command secretariat also confirm that a number of RAF personnel have been deployed to Saudi Arabia in the last six years who had previously been based at RAF Valley.

It says it is unable to supply detail on the civilian contractors issue we queried.

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Voice of the Mirror: 'Innocent children are being slaughtered in Yemen'

'The terrible conflict in Yemen is shameful for Theresa May’s Tories – because Britain is arming the Saudi-led coalition'

Innocent children are being needlessly slaughtered in what the United Nations has warned is now the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

And today’s shocking Mirror report on the terrible conflict in Yemen is shameful for Theresa May’s Tories – because Britain is arming the Saudi-led coalition guilty of indiscriminate bombing and imposing a blockade that condems trapped civilians to death.

The Prime Minister will not shake off Jeremy Corbyn’s accusation that she is complicit in this bloodshed while she continues to support, and sell weapons to, the Saudi dictatorship.

Nobody is under the illusion that resolving the bitter conflict will be easy. But Britain should be on the side of peace and justice.

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Yemen : Inside a crisis, IWM North

The UK’s first major exhibition to address Yemen’s on-going humanitarian crisis will be held at IWM North between 17 May – 24 November 2019.

Yemen: Inside a Crisis will examine the real impact that the current war is having on its people.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Bundesregierung lässt Urteil zu US-Drohnen prüfen

Es geht um US-Angriffe mit Drohnen im Jemen, die aus Ramstein geführt werden: Muss die Regierung klären, ob ein Verstoß gegen das Völkerrecht vorliegt?

Im Streit um aus Deutschland geführte US-Einsätze mit Kampfdrohnen hat die Bundesregierung Revision gegen ein Urteil des Oberverwaltungsgerichts (OVG) Münster eingelegt. Das Gericht hatte die Bundesregierung im März verurteilt, künftig aktiv nachzuforschen, ob Drohneneinsätze der USA im Jemen unter Nutzung amerikanischer Militärstützpunkte in Ramstein (Rheinland-Pfalz) gegen Völkerrecht verstoßen.

Nach Prüfung des Urteils sei entschieden worden, die Rechtslage höchstgerichtlich überprüfen lassen, erfuhr die Deutsche Presse-Agentur aus der Bundesregierung. Revision gegen das Urteil ist bereits am 7. Mai eingelegt worden. Der nächste Schritt ist das fristgerechte Einreichen einer ausführlichen Begründung. Revision war beim Bundesverwaltungsgericht in Leipzig zugelassen worden.

Geklagt hatten drei Jemeniten gegen die Bundesrepublik, stellvertretend gegen das Verteidigungsministerium

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Film: Berlin: Protest gegen Macron, Merkel und Co. wegen Waffenexporten nach Saudi-Arabien

Aktivisten mit Masken, auf denen Gesichter europäischer Spitzenpolitiker abgebildet sind, haben am Samstag vor dem Brandenburger Tor gegen Waffenexporte nach Saudi-Arabien protestiert. Die Kampagne trug den Titel: "Aktion Aufschrei – Stoppt den Waffenhandel!" Ziel ist es, die Aufmerksamkeit auf die Folgen des Waffenverkaufs in Kriegsgebieten und insbesondere im Jemen zu lenken.


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Warum ein "Waffenthron" vor dem Brandenburger Tor steht

Das Möbelstück hat große Ähnlichkeit mit einem Symbol aus einer sehr erfolgreichen TV-Serie. Entworfen wurde es von Studenten. Und es hat eine politische Botschaft.

Eine Kampagne gegen Waffenexporte hat am Samstag in Berlin gegen Ausfuhren vor allem in den Jemen demonstriert. "Die Kampagne 'Aktion Aufschrei – Stoppt den Waffenhandel!' fordert die Bundesregierung auf, ausnahmslos alle Rüstungsexporte an die Kriegskoalition im Jemen zu stoppen und sich auf europäischer Ebene für ein gleichlautendes Waffenembargo einzusetzen", erklärte die Kampagnen-Sprecherin und pax christi-Generalsekretärin Christine Hoffmann.


Und auch: (mit Fotos)

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Saudi Arabia’s hold on Pakistan

Executive Summary

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have had a close relationship through the decades, during both Pakistan’s military and civilian regimes. Saudi Arabia has offered generous economic assistance to Pakistan, and the two countries have cooperated on defense matters.

Since the 1970s, Saudi Arabia has exercised enormous influence on Pakistan behind the scenes through its funding of Ahl-e-Hadith and Deobandi madrassas (religious seminaries), which teach a more puritanical version of Islam than had traditionally been practiced in Pakistan. While the funding is not directly traceable, scholars and analysts report that much of this funding to madrassas comes from private sources in Saudi Arabia. Central to this is the flow of Saudi money to madrassas that trained the Afghan mujahedeen in the 1980s, but the funding both predated and outlasted the Afghan jihad.

The Saudi funding of Pakistan’s madrassas derives from Saudi Arabia’s anti-Iran ambitions and its bid to control the version of Islam, and specifically Sunni Islam, taught and practiced in Pakistan.

Two historic events in 1979—the Islamic revolution in Iran, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan—increased Saudi influence in Pakistan thereafter. The Iranian revolution bolstered Saudi incentives to control Sunnism in Pakistan, and the Soviet-Afghan war gave the Saudis a mechanism to do so, through the funding of madrassas.

While the Saudi-Pakistan relationship is certainly durable, it has not been unconditional. In a surprising move, in April 2015, soon after receiving a $1.5 billion Saudi loan, Pakistan’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to stay neutral in the Saudi intervention in Yemen against the Houthis.

The bottom line: Saudi Arabia has succeeded in changing the character of Pakistan’s religiosity in a bid to expand its influence in the Muslim world, and in its mission to counter Iran. Yet Saudi influence has its limits—Pakistan is skillful at balancing its relationships between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and while its relationship with the latter is on balance the stronger one, it still manages to “wriggle free” of having to overtly pick sides in the Iran-Saudi dispute – by Madiha Afzal

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Bahrain Court Upholds Death Sentences Against Two Anti-Regime Activists

On Sunday, the defendants, identified as Zuhair Ibrahim Jassem and Mohammad Mahdi, were sentenced to death by the Court of Cassation, after the court relied on statements extracted under torture, the Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.


Multiple car fire breaks out near Dubai airport

Three cars caught fire outside a metro station in Deira before spreading to three warehouses, police say

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Belgian leaders mull suspension of Saudi arms sales after probe

Le Soir investigation shows Riyadh used Belgian arms and technology in operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Belgian leaders are mulling the suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, national broadcaster RTBF has said, after it was reported they had been used in Yemen.

Foreign Minister Didier Reynders told RTBF on Saturday: "I think it would be good to suspend arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia" if it were shown they had been used "in an ongoing conflict, such as in Yemen", in which case, he said the regional Walloon Government "must" take that decision.

Belgium's constitution places responsibility for such decisions on the producer region, in this case Wallonia, which owns the arms manufacturer FN Herstal.

Regional president Willy Borsus told RTBF it "could go as far as suspending existing arms export licences" if conditions under which they were granted had been violated.

Belgian newspaper Le Soir said on Wednesday an investigation showed Riyadh had used Belgian arms and technology in operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen

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Reports: Somalia arrests UAE spy network

Somali authorities are reported to have arrested a spy network working for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Only Twitter users report the news, quoting a local intelligence source.

Earlier this year, Somali Foreign Minister Ahmed Issa Awad said that his country’s relations with the UAE are not at the level they should.

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Spain: Petición de "Armas Bajo Control" al Gobierno para que impida la entrada de este barco a cualquier puerto español (teyt in image9

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Canada’s defence minister promoting arms sales to anti-democratic, repressive regimes

Last Friday, members of Mouvement Québécois pour la Paix interrupted a $135-a-plate luncheon to confront defence minister Harjit Sajjan. At the event sponsored by SNC Lavalin, Bombardier, Rio Tinto, etc., we called for cutting military spending, for Canada to withdraw from NATO and an end to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

While Sajjan’s responsibility for NATO and military spending are straightforward, his role in fueling the Saudi led war in Yemen is less obvious. But, the Department of National Defence (DND) plays a substantial role in Canadian arms exports to Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

As he did the last three years, Sajjan is set to speak at the CANSEC arms bazar in Ottawa later this month.

The corporation supplying Saudi Arabia with more than $10 billion in Light Armoured Vehicles produces the same LAVs for the CF.

Beyond contracts, subsidies and various other forms of support to Canadian weapons makers, DND has long promoted arms exports. Its website highlights different forms of support to arms exporters. “Learn how the Department of National Defence can assist in connecting Canadian industry to foreign markets”, explains one section.

Based in 30 diplomatic posts around the world (with cross-accreditation to many neighbouring countries), Canadian Defence Attachés promote military exports.

Representatives of DND often talk up Canadian military equipment as part of delegations to international arms fairs such as the UK’s Defence Security and Equipment International exhibition.

Harjit Sajjan heads a ministry intimately tied to a globally oriented corporate weapons industry that profits from war. Is this something Canadians understand and support? Or would the majority of us be upset to learn their Minister of Defence is an arms pusher, promoting sales to anti-democratic, repressive regimes? – by Yves Engler

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After angering Saudi strongman #MBS for calling #Qatari Emir, the longest serving PM in the world Khalifah, reaches out to #Bahrain Shia leadership to shield himself from repercussions.

Following the visit, the extremists minister of interior ordered an attack on Shia Arab leadership accusing him of terror sympathy

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Aufgedeckt: Fragwürdige französische Rolle im Jemen mit Zahlen unterfüttert

Die von den Stockholmer Forschern veröffentlichte Studie zeigt auf, dass die weltweiten Rüstungsausgaben 2018 den höchsten Stand seit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges erreicht haben. 1.822 Milliarden Dollar haben alle Länder der Welt insgesamt in ihre militärische Stärke investiert. Dabei liegen die USA mit 650 Milliarden Dollar unangefochten auf Platz 1. Ihre Ausgaben betrugen so viel wie die der nächsten 8 Länder der TOP 10 – China, Saudi-Arabien, Indien, Frankreich, Russland, Großbritannien und Deutschland (in genau dieser Reihenfolge) – zusammen! Russland, das seine Militäraufwendungen um 3,5 Prozent kürzte, taucht zum ersten Mal seit 2006 nicht mehr in den TOP 5 auf. Dafür rückt Frankreich, wo man traditionell mit Stolz auf seine militärische Potenz blickt unter die ersten Fünf vor.

Ein Großteil der Waffenströme fließt nach wie vor in den Nahen Osten. Dabei gehört Frankreich – neben den USA, Israel und Großbritannien – zu den Hauptprofiteuren des „Großen Geschäfts“. „Wir liefern der saudischen Luftwaffe nichts“, behauptete der französische Außenminister Jean-Yves Le Drian noch im Februar dieses Jahres. Ist das wahr? Der neuen französischen Enthüllungsplattform „Disclose“ liegt ein als geheim eingestufter 15-seitiger Bericht des militärischen Geheimdienstes „Direction du Renseignement Militaire“ (DRM) vom September 2018 vor, der die französischen Waffenlieferungen seit Beginn des Jemenkrieges 2015 an Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) aufführt und preisgibt, wo diese eingesetzt werden.

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Prevented from loading arms in France, Saudi ship arrives at Spanish port

A Saudi ship, prevented by rights groups from loading an arms cargo at the French port of Le Havre on Friday, arrived at the Spanish port of Santander early on Monday.

It was not clear what the Saudi ship was doing in Santander or how long it would stay docked there.


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Saudi ship leaves Spain with ceremonial, exhibition materials: source

A Saudi ship that was blocked from loading a weapons cargo in France left the Spanish port of Santander on Monday carrying material destined for Saudi Arabia that could be used in military ceremonies, but not wars, a Spanish government source said.

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Film: Endangered Cultural Heritage of the Middle East: Yemen and Oman

MBI Al Jaber Lecture Series April 2019: Endangered Cultural Heritage of the Middle East: Yemen and Oman, presented by Robert Bewley, Director of EAMENA & Michael Fradley, Research Associate at EAMENA

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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An alarming statement, attributed to the Federation of #Yemen Chambers of Commerce & Industry, warns that using economy as a tool to make political/ military gains has brought disastrous consequences for the private sector and aggravated the humanitarian crisis.

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The central bank approves the provision of cash liquidity for the same amount of credit in banks in the Houthi and Legitimacy areas

The Houthi militia and the legitimate government have already exchanged accusations and threats, targeting the banking sector, the bank and major merchants.

The Economic Committee of the Government, “recognized” earlier this month, accused the militia of preventing the banks from exercising their functions or benefiting from the privileges and opportunities offered by the central Bank of Aden, as well as imprisoning the employees in the economic sector and their relatives.

According to the Economic Committee of the Houthis in Sana'a, government steps are targeting the sector, doubling the arbitrary and unjust restrictions on the importation of essential goods, and continuing to target the telecommunications sector, calling for a response in effective and disturbing ways to the government and its supporting coalition.

My remark: Hadi government’s central bank at Aden.

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Aden containers dock receives 58 ships in first quarter

Aden containers station seen 10% increase in the a average of the containers businesses activity in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period of last year.
Gulf of Aden Seaports Corporate reported that total number of the containers the dock received in the first quarter this year is 140 thousand and 975 containers.
Meanwhile the number of the ships which docked in the station is 58. =

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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2 salient points in latest #alQaeda claim regarding its battle with #IslamicState in #Yemen: -Strong #AQAP denial of collaboration with army, "incompatible with our method & way" -AQAP is now using sniper(s) to pick off ISY fighters "from their remaining positions in Upper Qayfa"

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Latest Sri Lanka arrest throws spotlight on Wahhabism in eastern hotbed

Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a Saudi-educated scholar for what they claim are links with Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings, throwing a spotlight on the rising influence of Salafi-Wahhabi Islam on the island’s Muslims.

Mohamed Aliyar, 60, is the founder of the Centre for Islamic Guidance, which boasts a mosque, a religious school and a library in Zahran’s hometown of Kattankudy, a Muslim-dominated city on Sri Lanka’s eastern shores.

“Information has been revealed that the suspect arrested had a close relationship with ... Zahran and had been operating financial transactions,” said a police statement late on Friday.

The statement said Aliyar was “involved” with training in the southern town of Hambantota for the group of suicide bombers who attacked hotels and churches on Easter, killing over 250 people.

cp15 Propaganda

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Yemen: Houthis Accused of Starving Yemenis

The militias continue to elude and delay the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement, stated Coalition Spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki.
Maliki revealed that last Thursday Houthis targeted the Red Sea Mills in Hodeidah, which contains large quantities of wheat, in a deliberate attempt to starve the Yemeni people and prevent the arrival of humanitarian aid to the needy in several areas.
In two weeks, Houthi militias lost 232 equipment and positions, while 652 terrorist elements were killed during the same period.
Maliki said the joint forces and the Yemeni National Army are adopting tactical self-restraint over Houthi violations of the Stockholm agreement to ensure the success of efforts of UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffith and head of the Committee for the Coordination of Redeployment, Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard.

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Al-Saleh: The South is the Tomb of Invaders

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Europa kann sich auf den Kopf stellen

Der Iran ist immer dabei. Der Iran mischt überall mit. Der Iran ist einer der großen Unruhestifter und Kriegsgewinnler in der Region. Das Regime weitet die Sphäre seines Einflusses ziemlich systematisch aus. Früher war das der Versuch, die Revolution zu exportieren und die Region nach dem eigenen Bild zu formen: dem schiitischen "Made in Teheran". Heute ist es eine kaltblütige Machtprojektion, wo immer sich die Möglichkeit zur Konfliktverschärfung ergibt. Abstaubertum als Prinzip. Die Mittel variieren. Mal schicken sie die Revolutionsgarden anderswohin zum Einsatz, mal übernehmen Proselyten wie die Hisbollah oder die Hamas die Kriegsführung.

Mein Kommentar: Auch bei uns wird der Krieg ideologisch vorbereitet.

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Al Houthi rebels can’t be trusted

Don’t believe for one minute that occupiers of Hodeida port have had a change of heart

It’s one thing for the Al Houthis to say they are withdrawing, it is another when it comes to the reality on the ground.

Until such a time there is a verifiable process in place on the ground, the pledge to withdraw is not worth the paper it’s written on. Indeed, until such a time when Hodeida is handed over and safely in the hands of coastguard force — and the withdrawal has been verified and witnessed by the UN — it would be most prudent to consider Al Houthi forces in place and, sadly, with the ability to interfere with the delivery of humanitarian aid as the rebels have done in the past.

The rebels simply can’t be trusted — and doing so would be highly imprudent.

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Yemen government should speak in a unified voice

Elements within the government are complicating efforts to liberate the country

Some elements have accused the UAE of sending southern separatist fighters to the Yemeni island of Socotra.

Not only have the accusations been unequivocally refuted by UAE officials, the false comments have only served to foment division between the Saudi-led coalition and the Yemeni government.

It must be recalled, that the coalition came to Yemen at the request of the Yemeni government, to help reverse an Al Houthi coup carried out in late 2014.

Since then, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with other Arab countries, have made huge sacrifices to help restore the internationally-recognised government of Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

It is extremely reckless to make such false statements in the midst of such a devastating war.

My comment: Look at Yemen War Mosaic 536, cp1.

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More Saudi coalition “We are benefactors” propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

May 12:

May 11:

May 10:

May 9:

May 8:

May 7:

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Coalition airstrikes destroy Houthi’s weapons depot in Hajjah

Arab coalition fighters launched Monday airstrikes in Hajjah province, targeting sites and weapons depot belonging to the Houthi militia south of Hajjah province northwestern of the country, the Yemeni Ministry of Defense's official website 'September Net' reported.

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May 13: In Sa'ada, The US-Saudi aggression launched an airstrike on a car, killing 6 civilians and injured one in Majz district. The US-Saudi aggression also launched two raids on Ghammer district.


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Coalition airstrikes target Hothi’s rallies & reinforcements north of Al-Dhale

Arab coalition on Monday launched airstrikes on the rallies and reinforcements of the Houthi militia in the southern of Al-Dhale province

The airstrikes targeted Houthi militia gatherings in the western of Qataba district in the north of Al-Dhale province.

The airstrikes resulted in the death and wounding of a number of Huothi members, and the destruction of militia’s weapons

and also

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Airstrikes Kill Ten Houthi Rebels in Saada

Ten Houthi militiamen were killed and several others injured on Sunday in air strikes by Arab coalition in Sa’ada province, north of the country.
The air strikes targeted militia’s gatherings and movements in Om-Alreah area near the center district of Kitaf.

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Citizen Injured in US-Saudi Airstrike on Sa’adah

A citizen on Sunday was injured following a raid by the US-Saudi aerial aggression targeted a house in Sa’adah province.

According to Almasirah Net corresponden, the raid targeted a house in Bani Moath area of Sehar district, seriously injuring a citizen.

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The Ministry of Health and Population said on Saturday that the death toll from Saudi-led air strike on civilians’ homes in Qatabah district of Dhalea province has risen to 24 dead and wounded, mostly women and children.

“At least six children and a woman were killed, and 11others children and five women, including one pregnant woman and a man were wounded in Saudi-led air strike on civilians’ homes in Qatabah district of Dhalea province, “the ministry said in a statement.

My remark: Earlier recording: Yemen War Mosaic 536a, cp16.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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Houthi-run TV says Yemeni group targeted vital Saudi installations

A television station run by Yemen’s Houthi group said on Tuesday the Iran-aligned movement had launched drone attacks on vital Saudi installations, without identifying the targets or saying when the attacks occurred.

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MASAM & Yemeni Forces Remove Thousands of Landmines

MASAM, the Saudi Project for Landmines Clearance in Yemen, has announced it had eliminated 1,024 mines and unexploded ordnance planted by Houthi militia in a number of liberated areas during the second week of May.

The field teams have removed 6,820 mines and unexploded ordnance since the beginning of this month which add up to 70539 since the project started its mission in last June, Osama-Al-Kosaibi said.

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Arab coalition says destroyed ballistic missiles in Yemen, drone network targeted

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Artillery, air, missile forces hit saudi soldiers, mercenaries in Najran

Army imposes full control on new 2 sites in Najran’s Talaa

My remark: On Saudi territory.

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Southern Resistance Marches Kataba Streets and Hails of Victory are Heard Everywhere

After fierce fights against Al-Houthis, the southern resistance troops write a new history in Kataba as Al-Houthis suffered massive loses in Al-Abari, Hubil Mushia and Al-Ribi, west of Kataba. Hails of victory are heard everywhere in Kataba streets after fierce street clashes leading to tens of killings and injuries among Al-Houthis in addition to captives. Southern resistance, with backup of artilary, rocket launchers, armory and Arab Coalition air forces, are now inspecting every place in Kataba to secure the city.

My remark: Southern separatists‘ militia, in the heavy fighting in Aö Dhalea province.


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Clashes continue in Qa’tabbah and a woman killed by Houthi sniper

Sporadic clashes between government forces and Huthi fighters continue in the southern Yemeni province of al-Dali amid a major exodus from Qa’tabbah northern of the province.

According to field sources, violent confrontations between government forces and Houthi militia have been sporadic in a number of neighbourhoods and streets of the city of Qa’tabbah after the Houthi militia took control of the northern and western parts of the town.

A woman, Zahra Hamemed Ali, was shot dead by a Houthi sniper in the village of "Thi Ali" in Al-Azareq distric

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May 12: Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted populated villages in Razeh district.

In Al-Dhale'e, a tank of the US-Saudi aggression targeted a gas station western Qa'atabah district.

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Army kills, injures tens of Saudi-led mercenaries in Abwab Hadid in Asir

and also


My remark: On Saudi territory. “Army” = the part of the army under command of the Sanaa government.

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Army destroys 2500 Houthi-laid landmines in Sa’ada

The national army forces blew up 2500 landmines and explosive devices in Sa’ada province.

These explosives were planted by Houthi militia in various disguised ways and shapes.

Col. Saif Al-Salafi, head of engineering battalion in Sa’ada, said “In the past three months, the army extracted and destroyed 7 thousand landmine and explosive devices from liberated areas.

My comment: “national army” = anti-Houthi Yemeni militia.

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A military source said that the guided air force carried out an aerial offensive, using Qasif-K2 drone on the gatherings of the Saudi soldiers in al-Rabua’h in Asir.

My remark: On Saudi territory.

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Video: Yemeni missiles hit Saudi bulldozers in Jizan

The Yemeni forces, in a missile attack, destroyed three Saudi bulldozers, which were building a new military position in the Saudi province of Jizan.

My remark: On Saudi territory.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other


Locust Plague in Saudi Arabia Fulfils Biblical Doomsday Prophecy − US Pastor

According to the Biblical account, swarms of locusts are a harbinger of the Apocalypse. While UN agencies say a recent invasion of locusts in the Middle East was caused by heavy rains and cyclones, scaremongers claim it is all part of God's design.

My comment: LOL.


Photos: The Bottle Tree endemic to Socotra Island, Yemen

and also

cp19a USA bereiten Krieg gegen Iran vor / US are preparing war against Iran

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USA treiben IRAN in den Krieg

Deutsche Regierung bildet saudische Offiziere aus

Wenn man wissen will, ob es regnet, hält man die Hand aus dem Fenster. Will man wissen, was die Regierung denkt, was wir denken sollen, dann schaut man in die "Tagesschau". Seit Donald Trump vor einem Jahr das von den Vereinten Nationen ratifizierte Atomabkommen mit Teheran ablehnte, sagte er, er wolle ein besseres Geschäft. Und außerdem müsse der Iran sein Verhalten ändern und sich wie ein "normales Land" verhalten. Seit der Verlegung des Flugzeugträgers "USS Abraham Lincoln" und einer US-Bomberstaffel in Richtung Iran ist klar, was die USA als normal ansehen: Mit Bomben und Patriot-Raketen drohen die USA mal wieder mit dem Tod, damit andere Länder gefälligst das tun, was vom Imperium verlangt wird. Von der Tagesschau erfährt man brav den Standpunkt der USA: "Die USA werfen dem Iran eine ganze Reihe aggressiver Handlungen vor." Die amtliche Nachrichtensendung fragt sogar: "US-Flugzeugträger in Nahost Alles nur ein Bluff?" Eine Mischung aus Rechtfertigung der US-Aggression und Verharmlosung soll die Zuschauer sedieren und die Gefahr eines neuen Krieges im Mittleren Osten kleinreden. Als wisse man aus dem Irak-Krieg nicht, wohin ein Krieg in dieser Region führt.

Die Meldung über einen Lehrgang saudischer Offiziere in der Bundeswehr sucht man in der "Tagesschau" vergeblich. I

Wenn Teile der regulären Armee als "Terrororganisation" bezeichnet werden, ist das eine Form der Kriegserklärung. Auch die Sanktionen der USA gegen den Iran orientieren auf Krieg: Sie destabilisieren die Wirtschaft des Irans, Inflation und Arbeitslosigkeit bestimmen den iranischen Alltag. Die islamische Republik ist Cyberangriffen ausgesetzt – von Uli Gellermann

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US-Außenminister Pompeo: Krieg mit dem Iran ist nicht unser Ziel

Die USA wollen im Atomkonflikt laut Außenminister Mike Pompeo keinen Krieg mit dem Iran. "Unser Ziel ist kein Krieg, unser festes Ziel ist es, dass die iranische Führung ihr Verhalten ändert", sagte Pompeo am Samstag (Ortszeit) in einem Interview des Senders CNBC. "Der Iran ist die größte destabilisierende Kraft im Nahen Osten, und wir setzen uns das Ziel, das in Ordnung zu bringen." Die Verlegung von militärischen Verbänden in die Region begründete Pompeo mit einer erhöhten Bedrohung durch den Iran. Die USA wollten ihre Sicherheit bestmöglich erhöhen und zugleich sicherstellen, dass genügend Abschreckungspotenzial vor Ort sei. Im Fall, dass der Iran amerikanische Ziele im Irak, in Afghanistan, im Jemen oder an jedem anderen Ort in Nahost angreifen sollte, seien die USA auf eine angemessene Antwort vorbereitet.

Mein Kommentar: Genau das ist zweifelhaft. Die „Sicherheit der USA“ kann nicht im Persischen Golf verteidigt werden, ebensowenig „im Irak, in Afghanistan, im Jemen oder an jedem anderen Ort in Nahost“.

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Konflikte in Nahost: Immer wieder Teheran

Der Atomdeal mit Iran steht vor dem Aus. Es ist nicht der einzige Konflikt, den Teheran mit dem Westen austrägt. Vom Roten Meer bis zum Persischen Golf - hier prallen die Interessen aufeinander.

Doch der Einsatz vor der iranischen Küste, der nun bevorsteht, ist anders als die bisherigen Missionen: Denn US-Präsident Donald Trump rechtfertigt die Entsendung des Flugzeugträgers damit, dass Iran angeblich amerikanische Interessen in der Region bedrohe. Aus dem gleichen Grund hat das Pentagon mehrere B-52-Bomber auf den US-Militärstützpunk Al Udeid in Katar entsandt, der nur wenige Hundert Kilometer von der iranischen Küste entfernt liegt. Und aktuell wurde nun bekannt, dass die USA ein weiteres Kriegsschiff in Richtung Iran verlegen.

Mit der Anwesenheit der US-Truppen steigt auch das Risiko einer militärischen Auseinandersetzung - allein schon durch mögliche Missverständnisse in der Straße von Hormuz.

Daneben gibt es aber noch eine Vielzahl von Konflikten in der Region, bei denen Teheran, der Westen und seine regionalen Verbündeten gegensätzliche Interessen verfolgen. Der Überblick:

Mein Kommentar: Der Spiegel betet die US-Position nach und stellt den Iran als Unruhestifter hin. Tatsächlich trifft das weit mehr auf die USA zu. Aber, ach, der Spiegel:

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If Iran Deploys Missiles in Iraq: U.S.-Israeli Response Options

If Iran duplicates its formula from Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen by sending long-range missiles to Iraq, then future conflicts with Israel would likely include military action on Iraqi soil.

Iran’s long-range rockets and missiles allow it to threaten enemy forces and populations hundreds of kilometers away, while proxy warfare enables it to indirectly harass and deter these enemies with minimal risk of confrontation on Iranian territory. In recent years, Tehran has combined these strategies to great effect in Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen. There are signs that Iraq may be the next theater for this approach—signs that were evident well before the latest U.S. military deployments to the region and meetings with Iraqi leaders. If so, such a scenario would threaten Iraq’s hopes for a peaceful future and its relations with the United States – by Michael Knights and Assaf Orion

My comment: Just another example of US interference and threats to another country. If Iran deploys missiles in Iraq (as far as the Iraqi government agrees) this is not up to the US – exactly as the case when the US would deploy missiles in Canada is not up to Iran.

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Iran Commander: US Military in Gulf a Target Not a Threat

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the U.S. military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported.

The U.S. military has sent forces, including an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, to the Middle East in a move that U.S. officials said was made to counter "clear indications" of threats from Iran to American forces in the region.

"An aircraft carrier that has at least 40 to 50 planes on it and 6,000 forces gathered within it was a serious threat for us in the past but now it is a target and the threats have switched to opportunities," said Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Guards' aerospace division.

"If (the Americans) make a move, we will hit them in the head," he added, according to ISNA.

Iranian navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said on Sunday that American forces must exit, according to ISNA. "The presence of the Americans in the Persian Gulf region has reached its end and they must leave the region," Khanzadi said.

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Missiles On Ships: Making Sense Of Iran’s Recent Moves In The Gulf – Analysis

Yet again, there is a dramatic rise in tension in the Middle East, and, yet again, missiles are at the heart of it.

Fears that Iran could respond to crippling sanctions against its oil and finance sector with military force, either by itself or through proxies, are not entirely new.

On May 8, CNN reported that Iran was loading short-range ballistic missiles on boats. According to U.S. government sources, this move was one of the “critical reasons the U.S. decided to move an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers into the region.”

If these reports are, indeed, accurate, then it worth asking what are Iranian ballistic missiles doing on ships? =

My comment: Of course, this question could be asked. Ask another one: What are US warships doing in the Persian Gulf?

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John Bolton's Middle East War Plans

This is how Donald Trump's national security advisor could cost him the votes he needs to stay in office.

National Security Advisor John Bolton, aided by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is doing everything possible to instigate a war with Iran. Naked aggression as a means of starting such a war may be too much for even Bolton to pull off, so the strategy has been to try to pressure and goad Iran into doing something—anything—that could be construed as a casus belli. So far, no doubt to Bolton’s frustration, Iran has exercised remarkable restraint in the face of unrelenting and escalating hostility from the Trump administration. Iran even continues to comply with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

But Bolton keeps searching for still more ways to goad and to pressure.

One of the most recent ways is a twist on the ever-expanding U.S. sanctions against Iran, the main effects of which so far have been to make life for ordinary Iranians more uncomfortable and to poison relations with U.S. allies and other states doing ordinary business with Iran – by Paul Pillar

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Iran: US Warships in Persian Gulf Waters Psychological Warfare

Presence of US warships in the Persian Gulf waters is just psychological warfare, said a member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, conforming that the Americans know that they cannot afford a military confrontation with Iran.

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U.S. warns merchant ships of possible Iranian attacks; cleric threatens U.S. fleet

Iran could target U.S. commercial ships including oil tankers, the U.S. Maritime Administration said on Friday, as a senior Iranian cleric said a U.S. Navy fleet could be “destroyed with one missile.”

My comment: US war rhetoric; the US is preparring a war:

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As US forces arrive in Middle East, Pentagon announces more deployments

US bombers have arrived in Qatar, CENTCOM announced on Friday, as it released pictures of the planes, as well as US naval forces headed toward Iran.

CENTCOM revealed that two B-52 H Stratofortress bombers landed Thursday night at Al-Udeid Air Force base in Qatar. Others arrived Wednesday in “southwest Asia,” the Air Force said. The US has previously described both Al-Udeid and Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE as “southwest Asia” locations.

The US Navy similarly released photos of the USS Abraham Carrier Strike Group transiting the Suez Canal on Thursday.

In addition, on Friday, the Pentagon announced it was sending more forces to the region, including an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery (photos)

and as a general overview:

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US Foreign Policy as Bellicose as Ever

It only took a few months under Donald Trump’s presidency for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, impose new sanctions on Russia, reverse the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Cuba, announce its intention to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, warn Pakistan, threaten Venezuela with military intervention, and declare a readiness to strike North Korea with ‘fire and fury … the likes of which this world has never seen before.’ The Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Israel are the only countries on better terms with the US since Trump’s arrival in the White House on 20 January.

Trump is not solely responsible for this increased tension: Republican neoconservatives, Democrats and the media all applauded him this spring when he ordered military manoeuvres in Asia and the launch of 59 missiles towards an air base in Syria (1) – by Serge Halimi


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US deployments across Mideast factor in Iran tensions

Yet even without these movements, the U.S. has maintained a vast network of bases across the Persian Gulf dating back to the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq. Allied Gulf Arab nations, many rich from oil reserves, equip their own forces with billions of dollars of American arms as well.

Here’s what military assets the U.S. has across the Persian Gulf, those it is now bringing in, and why America has maintained its long presence in the region.


The Persian Gulf hosts a series of major American military installations.

The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which oversees the region, is based in Bahrain


During the Cold War, the U.S. pledged to defend its Persian Gulf allies from the Soviet Union. By the start of 1980, however, the region was in turmoil.

But what would cement the U.S. presence in the region came in 1990, when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded his oil-rich neighbor Kuwait.


Iran’s Shiite theocracy long has looked at the presence of U.S. forces ringing its country with suspicion.

and on the Street of Hormuz:

cp19b Angriff auf Schiffe an Emirati-Küste / Attack on ships at UAE coast

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Golf-Kooperationsrat besorgt über angebliche Sabotage-Akte

Nach Berichten über Sabotageakte an Öltankern im Golf von Oman warnen führende arabische Staaten vor einer Verschärfung der Konflikte in der Region.

Der Generalsekretär des Golf-Kooperationsrats, al-Sajani, erklärte, die Vorgänge stellten eine ernsthafte Eskalation dar. Auch Ägypten, Bahrain und die international anerkannte Regierung des Jemen verurteilten die mutmaßlichen Sabotageakte. Der Iran forderte umfassende Aufklärung, was genau geschehen sei.
Nach Angaben der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate richteten sich die Aktionen gegen vier zivile Schiffe vor der Ostküste des Landes nahe der Straße von Hormus. Saudi-Arabien meldete, auch zwei saudische Schiffe seien betroffen. Über die Art der Sabotage ist nichts bekannt. Verletzte gab es den Angaben zufolge nicht.
Beobachter vermuten als Hintergrund die jüngsten Spannungen zwischen dem Iran und den USA. Die USA hatten vor wenigen Tagen gewarnt, der Iran oder seine Verbündeten könnten den Schiffsverkehr in der Region angreifen.

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U.S. Energy Department says oil markets well supplied after attack on ships off UAE

The U.S. Energy Department said on Monday that global oil markets are well supplied despite the attack on Sunday that damaged four vessels off the UAE coast, two of them oil tankers from Saudi Arabia.

“The Department of Energy is aware of efforts to disrupt oil shipping as reported by the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,” said Shaylyn Hynes, DOE press secretary, about the attack near Fujairah emirate,

My comment: US wording shows that all this perfectly fits into US war preparations.

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The UAE has appealed to Int'l community to protect waterways after 4 tankers were sabotaged in its territorial waters. Yemenis now ask: why doesn't this rogue state protect its territorial waters instead of destabilising & showing off in Yemeni regions, including Socotra island?!

My comment: A very good question.

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Yemen issues statement condemning ship sabotage

In a statement issued on Sunday and carried by Yemen News Agency, SABA, the Yemeni Foreign Ministry said that such acts constitute a direct threat to regional and international security and peace.

“Those behind the acts seek to destablise the region and to undermine the safety, security and stability of the brotherly UAE.”

and also

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The Latest: Arab League condemns attacks on Saudi tankers

The Latest on alleged sabotage of ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

The head of the Arab League has condemned attacks that targeted vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates the previous day, including two Saudi oil tankers, as “criminal acts.”

Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said in a statement on Monday that these acts are a “serious violation of the freedom and integrity of trade and maritime transport routes.”

He says the Arab League stands by the UAE and Saudi Arabia “in all measures taken to safeguard their security and interests.”

11:40 a.m.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry is condemning “acts of sabotage” that targeted two of its oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman near the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

9:10 a.m.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry is calling for clarification about what happened with two Saudi oil tankers that the kingdom said were targeted in a “sabotage attack” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Monday expressed concerns over the incident that affected the oil tankers and said there should be more information about what exactly happened.

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The U.S. Issues a Warning Amid Reports of Ships Being Sabotaged off the UAE Coast

Emirati officials have declined to elaborate on the nature of the sabotage or say who might have been responsible. However, the reports come as the U.S. has warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the region, and as America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.

Underling the regional risk, the general-secretary of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council described the alleged sabotage as a “serious escalation” in an overnight statement.

“Such irresponsible acts will increase tension and conflicts in the region and expose its peoples to great danger,” Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani said. Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen’s internationally recognized government similarly condemned the alleged sabotage.

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Film: Images of oil tankers allegedly attacked on the UAE coast

and photos of Saudi and Norwegian vessel:

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Saudi Energy Minister says two Saudi oil tankers attacked near UAE waters

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday that two Saudi oil tankers were targeted on Sunday in “a sabotage attack” off the coast of Fujairah, part of the United Arab Emirates, threatening the security of global oil supplies.

One of the two vessels was on its way to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States, Falih said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

The attack did not lead to any casualties or an oil spill but caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels, he added.

On Sunday, the UAE foreign ministry said four commercial vessels were targeted by “sabotage operations” near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates without causing casualties. It gave no details of the nature of the sabotage.

My comment: Iran is not named here, but this looks like a further act of the US war game against Iran.

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Saudi Arabia says its oil tankers among those hit off UAE coast

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two of its oil tankers were among those attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and described it as an attempt to undermine the security of crude supplies amid tensions between the United States and Iran.

The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels were sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz. It did not describe the nature of the attack or say who was behind it.

The UAE had not given the nationalities or other details about the ownership of the four vessels. Riyadh has identified two of them as Saudi and a Norwegian company said it owned another. Reuters images showed the fourth vessel was the UAE-flagged A. Michel, a fuel bunker barge.

Thome Ship Management said its Norwegian-registered oil products tanker MT Andrew Victory was “struck by an unknown object”. Footage seen by Reuters showed a hole in the hull at the waterline with the metal torn open inwards.

A Reuters witness said divers were inspecting the damaged ships on Monday.

Iran, which is embroiled in an escalating war of words with the United States over sanctions and the U.S. military’s presence in the region, moved to distance itself on Monday.


Four commercial ships subjected to sabotage operations near UAE territorial waters, no fatalities or injuries reported

Four commercial ships were subjected to sabotage operations today, 12th May, near UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MOFAIC, has announced.

The Ministry said that the concerned authorities have taken all necessary measures, and are investigating the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies.

It said that there had been no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels and that there had been no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel.



After initial denial, UAE confirms ships 'sabotaged' off its coast



Massive Explosions Reported in UAE’s Port of Fujairah, Oil Tankers on Fire

Powerful explosions have been reported in the Emirati port of al-Fujairah, where seven oil tankers are said to have caught fire.

The blasts took place early on Sunday morning, according to the Lebanon-based Al Mayadeen television channel, which reported the development hours later.

It said the seven oil tankers were completely burnt and that firefighters were still trying to extinguish the blaze.

Some social media activists said that American and French aircraft of unspecified type were flying over the port.

Al Mayadeen did not say what had caused the explosions or the fire.

Later, the media office of the government of Fujairah denied the report of the explosions altogether, saying that transit and other activities at the port were underway as usual.



Lebanon-Based Media Claims Blasts Rock Fujairah Port, UAE Officials Deny Reports

Vorige / Previous

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-536 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-536: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

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