Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 544 - Yemen War Mosaic 544

Yemen Press Reader 544: 11. Juni 2019: Schwangerschaft im Kriegsgebiet – Ein Tag im Leben einer Landarbeiterin- Die extremistische Dystopie der Huthis – Entwicklungen im Jemen ...
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... Diskriminierung der Muhamasheen-Minderheit US-Bundesstaaten erzielen Milliarden mit Waffenverkäufen – Wachsende Spannungen im Mittleren Osten, USA bereiten Krieg gegen Iran vor – und mehr

June 11, 2019: Parenting in a war zone A Day in the Life of a Rural Woman Worker – Houthis‘ extremist dystopia Developments in Yemen Marginalization of Yemen’s Muhamasheen Community US states making billions by arms sales – Mounting tensions in the Middle East, the US preparing war aganst Iran – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Sudan

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 bereitet Krieg gegen Iran vor / The US is preparing war against Iran

cp19b Weitere Spannungen im Mittleren Osten / More tensions in the Middle East

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

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

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

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Yemen: Parenting in a War Zone

The conflict in Yemen has a mounting cost to the lives of mothers and newborns

Highlights

More than four years of armed conflict in Yemen have served to worsen the situation of women and children at birth within a country that was already the poorest in the Middle East and one of the world’s most impoverished even before the war escalated early in 2015.

Highlights

More than four years of armed conflict in Yemen have served to worsen the situation of women and children at birth within a country that was already the poorest in the Middle East and one of the world’s most impoverished even before the war escalated early in 2015. For many, the conflict’s devastating toll on human life means that, as the world approaches the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), few have much to celebrate.

Today, Yemen’s brutal conflict continues to rob children of their right to life and, for the survivors, to the best healthcare possible. This includes prenatal and postnatal care for their mothers (CRC Article 24). One consequence of the war in Yemen is manifested as an evident attack on parenting.

Mothers and babies are amongst the most highly vulnerable in Yemen. Every two hours, one mother and six newborns die because of complications during pregnancy or birth.

Essential public services, including healthcare crucial to support mothers and childbirth, are on the brink of total collapse. Only 51 per cent of all health facilities are fully functional, and even these face severe shortages in medicines, equipment, and staff.

In a country profoundly affected by the humanitarian crisis, delivery of routine primary healthcare services has also been overshadowed by the urgency of responding to the cholera epidemic and starvation. This leaves pregnant women and newborns with limited access to a broader range of maternal and child health services, including antenatal and emergency obstetric and neonatal care.

According to accounts by women interviewed in an ongoing qualitative study on health services in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden, home births are also on the rise.

They reported that because families are getting poorer by the day, an increasing number of women are opting to have their babies at home, and only seek medical care if they experience complications.

https://www.unicef.org/mena/reports/yemen-parenting-war-zone

full report: https://www.unicef.org/mena/media/4876/file/YEM-ParentingInAWarZone-Pamphlet-June2019.pdf.pdf

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A Day in the Life of a Rural Woman Worker

Women engage in hard work. I was among the few who complained about the burden of work, while the majority of women around me acknowledged their responsibilities. They were aware that the season of work is also the season of life, and without it people and animals would perish from drought.

Women do not generally view this kind of labor as ‘work’, but as the natural labor and fate of a human connected to the earth. You can never compare your work in a private company or government agency, complaining and avoiding your responsibilities and being supervised, with the work of rural women farmers. The women are dedicated, not waiting for reward or praise. Women work in the countryside all year round, throughout the seasons, without considering themselves working women. The hegemonic perception of work only acknowledges labor as work when it is exchanged for wages. Women in general do unpaid domestic work, which is added to the responsibilities of rural women who are expected to perform another form of unpaid labor, which is agricultural work. While rural women do other acknowledged forms of labor, they end up being excluded from the social classification of the work force, as their work is expected gender role.

At 4.00 or 4.30 in the morning, women light fires for a new day of struggle. I remember how there were houses whose fires were lit at three in the morning. Women begin their day in a frantic race against the sun, struggling to finish their work in the fields before the sun reaches its peak. The lucky ones were those who completed their daily work in the fields by 9.00 and returned home to take care of their endless domestic responsibilities – by Reem Mojahed

https://almadaniyamag.com/2019/05/31/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-rural-woman-worker/

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A Houthi Masterclass in Dystopia

Even under the massive challenges posed by the ongoing conflict, AMIDEAST had kept its doors open to Yemenis. However, on May 30 this year, AMIDEAST announced that the Houthi authorities had forced its Sana’a office to close, without any justification. In doing so the Houthi authorities closed a gate through which potential agents of socio-economic progress could develop. Indeed, closing AMIDEAST was closing arguably the most significant window through which Yemenis with potential have been able to access the world of opportunity.

For paranoid ideologues, the intellectual advancement of individuals within a society is the ultimate threat to the cohesion of a totalitarian dogma. Put directly: how could the head of the armed Houthi movement, Abdelmalik al-Houthi, retain his veneer of absolute authority if those under his fist were able to articulate better ideas than he? Rather than being seen as an opportunity to advance collective good, these free thinkers are seen as a menace to entrenched Houthi interests.

The Houthi authorities’ campaign to send Yemen back to the dark ages of thought did not begin with closing AMIDEAST. Since overtaking Sana’a in 2014 the Houthi leadership has aggressively pursued a campaign to restructure the minds of the population under its control. Religious zealots now occupy most ministries in the government, in particular the Ministry of Education, headed by Abdelmalik’s older brother, Yahya al-Houthi.

The mixing of men and women at cafes and universities has been banned, while religious-based female militias — known as Zainabiat — now pass as women’s liberation. Like the Taliban in Afghanistan and the so-called ‘Islamic State’ group, or Daesh, Houthi forces have bombed the homes of those who have opposed them and proudly posted the videos on YouTube.

Yemeni institutions have long been riddled with corruption. Among the new elements that the Houthi authorities are introducing, however, is mass indoctrination.

http://sanaacenter.org/publications/the-yemen-review/7517

http://sanaacenter.org/publications/the-yemen-review/7504

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Developments in Yemen

An Environmental Apocalypse Looming on the Red Sea

Warring Parties’ Brinkmanship and Preemptive Accusations

Hudaydah and the Stockholm Agreement

Houthi Troops Stage Contentious Withdrawal from Hudaydah Ports

Tensions Inflamed Between the Hadi Government and the Special Envoy

UN to Support Port Management, Operations in Hudaydah

UN-led Amman Talks Fail to Resolve Impasse on Hudaydah Ports’ Revenue

Frontlines and Security

Houthis Attack Saudi Pipeline, Increase Cross-border Actions

Riyadh Calls Emergency Mecca Summit of Arab Leaders

Saudi-Led Military Coalition Airstrikes Hit Frontlines Across Yemen

Heavy fighting Over Strategic Town in al-Dhalea

New Anti-Houthi Offensive Begins in Taiz

AQAP vs Daesh Rivalry Continues

Yemeni Forces Arrest Leading AQAP Figure

Humanitarian Issues and Human Rights

In Focus: The Muhamasheen, the Most Disenfranchised Community in Yemen

UN Threatens to Suspend Food Aid Over Houthi Interference

Lowcock: Fighting, Restrictions Continue to Impede Humanitarian Response

Political Developments in Brief

Economic Developments in Brief

International Developments

In the United States

Amid Escalation with Iran, Trump Administration Expedites Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Senate Upholds Veto on Resolution Demanding End to Coalition Military Support

Washington Appoints New Ambassador to Yemen

In Europe

France Calls for End of Yemen War, Cracks Down on Journalists Over Yemen Leaks

Belgian Foreign Minister Calls to Suspend Saudi Arms Sales

Italian Union Workers Protest Yemen War

An Environmental Apocalypse Looming on the Red Sea

Throughout April and May there has been rising concern that an oil terminal offshore of Ras Issa port, which has fallen into disuse with more than 1 million barrels of crude oil onboard, will unleash an environmental disaster in the Red Sea.

Despite the imminent potential for environmental disaster, a solution among the many actors directly and indirectly involved would still appear to be some way off. Economic and political interests overshadow the looming environmental catastrophe. An unwillingness among different actors to agree on how to divide up the potential crude oil sale revenues stems from an inherent distrust and unwillingness to concede any ground to perceived adversaries, while each party is also attempting to leverage the prospect of an environmental catastrophe over their opponents.

Hudaydah and the Stockholm Agreement

Houthi Troops Stage Contentious Withdrawal from Hudaydah Ports

In May, controversy surrounded the withdrawal of Houthi forces from three Red Sea ports in and around Hudaydah City. Yemen’s warring parties had agreed in December 2018 to withdraw troops from the city and the ports of Hudaydah, Saleef and Ras Issa as part of the Stockholm Agreement — the UN-mediated deal between the internationally recognized Yemeni government and the armed Houthi movement.

http://sanaacenter.org/publications/the-yemen-review/7504

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The Historic and Systematic Marginalization of Yemen’s Muhamasheen Community

Introduction

No community in Yemen has suffered the consequences of the current war as harshly as the Muhamasheen (Marginalized), a Yemeni underclass that has experienced centuries of discrimination, exploitation and poverty. The Muhamasheen (sing. Muhamash) are commonly referred to in Yemen as the Akhdam (servants). While there are no official statistics on the size of the community, the UN has reported that there are up to 3.5 million Muhamasheen in Yemen.[1]

Prior to the current conflict, social discrimination against the Muhamasheen limited their access to education, healthcare, housing and meaningful work. As this policy brief explores, the war has compounded these vulnerabilities and the existing poverty of this group. Discrimination against the Muhamasheen has also hindered their access to humanitarian aid and made it harder for those who have been displaced by fighting to find safe shelter.

For several months this author has been conducting interviews with Muhamasheen from across Yemen about how the conflict has affected them. This policy brief presents the outcomes of these conversations, as well as recommendations to address the multi-faceted challenges this community faces.

Disputed Origins at the Core of Social Marginalization

The Contours of Community Exploitation and Discrimination

Today, discrimination against Yemen’s Muhamasheen manifests in multiple ways, blending elements of both racism and a caste system. The minority group mostly resides in slums on the outskirts of cities, often without electricity, clean water or secure shelters. Low school enrollment levels have resulted in literacy levels of 20 percent among adults, according to a study by UNICEF.[5] Muhamasheen children often face harassment and bullying by teachers and other students at school, leading to high drop-out rates, while Muhamasheen parents sometimes withdraw their children from school so they can work.[6]According to UNICEF, just nine percent of Muhamasheen register their children at birth, and the lack of birth certificates can also be an obstacle to school enrollment.[7] – by Aisha Al-Warraq

http://sanaacenter.org/publications/analysis/7490

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Alabama, North Carolina, And Other States Move Billions In Weapons To Saudi, UAE

Individual U.S. states such as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Arizona, and others have exported hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates since the Saudi-led war in Yemen began. Altogether, per publicly available data released by the U.S. government, 11 states plus the District of Columbia have each exported over $100 million in weapons for Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Altogether, up to $6.8 billion in bombs, rocket launchers, machine guns and other weapons are mapped below using open source data provided by the U.S. government.

The top five states for these goods (excluding the District of Columbia’s $737 million in exports) are North Carolina, Arizona, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Arkansas. Rounding out the remaining spots are New Mexico, Maryland, Florida, Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Hampshire.

Some of these exports may be linked to alleged war crimes. Building on previous reporting by Bellingcat, identifying marks on U.S. bombs used in the Dahyan bus bombing which killed at least 40 children and 11 adults, revealed that they were partially produced in Pennsylvania, the fifth largest exporter of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Parts found at incidents lead to manufacturers in Texas, showing that even small exporters can have an outsized role in possible human rights violations.

Methodology

The Major Players

By far the largest exporter is North Carolina. From 2015 to March 2019, North Carolina moved over $1.9 billion in arms primarily to Saudi Arabia. Only $15 million of goods from North Carolina went to the United Arab Emirates.

The largest category of goods both produced in and exported from North Carolina are code 930690 goods — an umbrella category for bombs, guided missiles, grenades and mines. While not a party to the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty, the U.S. has committed since 2014 to destroy landmine stockpiles not destined for use in South Korea. Despite “mines” being part of the 930690 umbrella it is likely the majority of goods leaving North Carolina are high-value aerospace goods. Home to the largest U.S. military base in the world,North Carolina has a robust and growing defense industry. This is supported by a variety of public relations endeavors advertising the state as a cheap option for aerospace and defense manufacturing.

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/americas/2019/06/07/alabama-north-carolina-and-other-states-move-billions-in-weapons-to-saudi-uae/

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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The most serious killer .. The cholera epidemic kills Yemenis

I went to hospitals in the capital of Sana’a to work on a cholera news report, the hospital rooms were full of sick children, pregnant women and men. I saw hundreds inside rooms, in the lounges, in the meadows and in the tents, where there are no medicines, places are dirty, tents have no lights, I could literally say that I have seen a humanitarian disaster that is the worst in the world .

Cholera patients number is very high and hospitals in Sana’a receive 140 patients a day. A report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, says that” more than 190 people died of cholera due to rain is the cause of the spread of the disease through garbage, sewage and pollution of water wells, “which is the main source of drinking water in most parts of Yemen .

The outbreak was caused by the collapse of the deteriorating health system after a four-year conflict, and there has been an increase in the number of cholera cases during the rainy season in Yemen.

,Transformed the Yemeni territory into a battlefield for world war, Children and women are the one who pay the price.

https://dailyworker.it/the-most-serious-killer/

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Film: Between January and April, we admitted around 10,000 suspected cholera cases to our health facilities across #Yemen. Since the health system is in a state of collapse, patients aren't always able to seek medical care on time.

https://twitter.com/MSF/status/1137410208131637248

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Film: Cholera im Jemen: Entfernungen entscheiden über Leben und Tod | Ärzte ohne Grenzen

Cholera zu behandeln ist einfach, aber wir müssen rechtzeitig handeln können. Für einen kleinen Jungen kam jede Hilfe zu spät: er starb auf dem Weg zu unserem Cholera-Behandlungszentrum in Chamer, weil seine Mutter sich die Autofahrt nicht leisten konnte. Stattdessen musste sie mit ihm und zwei weiteren Kindern laufen. Schicksale wie dieses sind im Jemen leider kein Einzelfall.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4zf73B7pvc

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

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another child had died after the mercenaries opened fire throughout residential areas in the al-Hali District of the coastal province of al-Hudaydah.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/11/598211/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-militants-kill-children-drone-strikes-Asir

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Al-Houthis Admit False Withdrawal from Al-Sulif and Ras Essa in Al-Hodeida

Al-Houthis asserted that their troops still exist in Al-Sulif and Ras Essa that they claimed a month ago they withdrew from, with a testimony of the UN Envoy to Yemen.
According to SABA Media Agency, loyal to Al-Houthis, “Mohamed Aiash Kuhaim”, acting governor of Al-Hodeida who was appointed by Al-Houthis, inspected the troops in Al-Sulif and Ras Essa oil ports and asserted that the troops should raise their combat readiness in these posts.

https://en.smanews.org/al-houthis-admit-false-withdrawal-from-al-sulif-and-ras-essa-in-al-hodeida

(A K pS)

One killed, three injured by Houthi-laid mine in Khokha

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7440

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkULDTC-wYs

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#Hodeidah: A child was killed due to the Saudi-led coalition and their mercenaries shelling the residential neighborhoods of al-Salkhana area in al-Hali district

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.963391330380564/2319293014790382/

(A K pH)

In Hodeidah, the US-Saudi mercenaries targeted two villages and civilians' farms in Kilo-16 with over 29 shells and heavy and medium machineguns.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7304

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Houthis Target Hays Hospital, South Hodeidah

The pro-Iran Houthi militia renewed its shelling of the only hospital of Hays district, south of Hodeidah.

Officials in the Hospital of Hays said that the Houthi fired three mortar rounds at the hospital, adding that two civilian were badly injured and the shelling caused significant material damage to the building in addition to the destruction of some medicines.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7434

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLvOkBzJ31o

(A K pS)

Houthis shell al-Amalika positions in al-Jabaliya, Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7435

(A K pS)

Houthi militia scales up its military operations in Hays, Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7423

(A K pS)

Houthi militia shells residential neighborhoods in Hodiedah

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/08/houthi-militia-shells-residential-neighborhoods-in-hodiedah/

(A K pH)

US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Friday, June 7th, 2019

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7285

(A K pH)

COALITION’S WARPLANES HIT CITIZENS’ FARMS IN HODEIDAH

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/coalitions-warplanes-hit-citizens-farms-in-hodeidah/

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Civilians Casualties in Artillery Shelling of US-Saudi Aggression in Hodeidah

Three citizens were killed and others were injured by the fire of the invasion forces and mercenaries in the city of Hodeidah on Thursday evening.

Almasirah Net correspondent in the province reported that an elderly woman, a girl and a man were killed, while two women and a man were seriously injured after the artillery bombardment of the forces of invasion and mercenaries targeted residential neighborhoods in Al-Shuhada Street, Al-Hali district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7271

and also http://iranpress.com/middle_east-i135463

photos: https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/videoimages-3-citizens-were-killed-by-saudi-forces-in-the-city-of-hodeidah/

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Two soldiers of al-Amalika injured in al-Tuhita, Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7417

(A K pH)

Air defenses down spy plane of aggression coalition in Hodeidah

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news538357.htm

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON JUNE 10, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-june-10-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON JUNE 9, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-june-8-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON JUNE 8, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-june-7-2019-map-update/

MAP UPDATE: ANSAR ALLAH ATTACK SAUDI-LED FORCES’ POSITIONS IN NAJRAN

https://southfront.org/map-update-ansar-allah-attack-saudi-led-forces-positions-in-najran/

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„… weil es nicht so läuft, wie die USA sich das vorgestellt haben …“

Karin Leukefeld, seit vielen Jahren anerkannte Nahost-Expertin, hat auf Einladung von Attac-Augsburg im Zeughaus einen Vortrag gehalten zum Thema: Jemen – Der vergessene Krieg und die aktuelle Situation am Golf (USA-Iran). Der Vortrag wird demnächst im Internet nach zu verfolgen sein. Im Interview kommen Aspekte zur Sprache, die im Vortrag keine so große Rolle spielten. Wir dokumentieren das Interview im folgenden.

Welche Rolle spielen der Iran und der Jemen in den geostrategischen Plänen der USA und welche Pläne sind das?

Die Region in der Iran und Jemen liegen ist eine Region reich an Rohstoffen, Öl und Gas, und sie ist eine strategisch wichtige Region für Transportwege.

Es sieht so aus als würden die USA eine Art Entscheidungsschlacht herbeiführen wollen, ökonomisch und vielleicht auch militärisch. Nicht nur im Nahen Osten sondern global. Warum ausgerechnet jetzt?

Das hat unterschiedliche Aspekte. Es gibt einen innenpolitischen Aspekt in den USA. Die Administration ist ja in sich gespalten. Es gibt unterschiedliche Ansatzpunkte im Außenministerium, im Pentagon und im Weißen Haus, es gibt Konkurrenz und Widersprüche. Und es hat einen regionalen Aspekt mit der Situation in Syrien und im Irak, weil es nicht so läuft, wie die USA sich das vorgestellt haben mit dem Sturz der Regierung in Damaskus auf der einen Seite und mit den politischen Veränderungen im Irak zugunsten des Iran.

Können Sie sich vorstellen, dass die USA militärisch eingreifen?

Im Augenblick nicht, denn es gibt eine ganz offensichtliche Diskrepanz zwischen dem nationalen Sicherheitsberater John Bolton, ein Hardliner, der unbedingt den Krieg im Iran will, und dem Außenminister Pompeo, ehemaliger Chef des CIA, der lieber andere Mittel anwenden möchte, um den Iran langsam, langsam zu destabilisieren.

https://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=52414

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Film: In my latest interview I was asked to shed light on the #Yemeni Army's reprisal attacks against Saudi Arabia.

"Eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth seems to be the motto the Yemeni army has adopted going forward and now it is Saudi airports that are being targeted, it is Saudi public installations that are being bombed."

https://www.facebook.com/yousef.mawry/videos/2167900336662388/

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Enemies’ airports will be targeted until Sana’a siege ends: Ansarullah

The spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says the airports of countries involved in the devastating military aggression and blockade against his impoverished homeland will be targeted as long as the embargo imposed by the Saudi-led coalition on Sana'a International Airport remains in place.

“Given the criminal siege on Sana'a International Airport and the failure of the UN to take proper measures [aimed at resolution of the issue]…, the countries of the (Saudi-led) aggression must know that their airports are within our firing range as the attacks would be the most efficient way to end the blockade,” Abdul-Salam pointed out.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/09/598123/Enemies-airports-will-be-targeted-as-long-as-Sanaa-siege-persists-Ansarullah-spox

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Audio: There is no civil war in Yemen w/ Nasser Arrabyee

http://eastisapodcast.libsyn.com/there-is-no-civil-war-in-yemen-w-nasser-arrabyee

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For Fourth Year Saudi Barrages Bring Death and Loss to Yemeni Families on Eid

For the fourth consecutive year, Eid al-Fitr has done little to bring quiet to Yemen’s war-weary residents. In Hodeida, airstrikes have been replaced with a new norm: snipers, artillery shells, and missiles.

[Overview; pro-Houthi viewpoint]

https://www.mintpressnews.com/for-fourth-year-saudi-barrages-bring-death-and-loss-to-yemeni-families-on-eid/259079/

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Yemen’s Catch-22: Numbers Capture Conflict’s Scale but Dehumanize its Victims

The scale of the devastation which has befallen Yemen is hard to fathom. Since March 2015, over 70,000 people have died in combat. The total deaths are estimated to reach 233,000 by the end of this year.

About 15.9 million of Yemen’s 29 million population is facing food insecurity, of which 5 million are at a “crisis” point and 63,500 are facing famine. Between January and April 2019, 150,000 newcholera cases were reported in the country.

As a result of the violence, disease, and food insecurity, a Yemeni child dies every 11 minutes and 54 seconds.

These numbers are staggering, but they have failed to captivate the attention of international audiences. A reason for this is that while numbers may capture the scale of the disaster, they also dehumanize its victims. Herein lies the crucial catch-22 for anyone reporting or commenting on the Yemeni war.

Numbers hardly register because we forget the humans behind the numbers. This is especially true for the Middle East, which generations of Western audiences only know as a dark space which produces terrorism, war, violence, and oppression. When violence materializes in this part of the world, it surprises no one.

Journalists reporting from the frontlines in Yemen provide us with a way of re-humanizing the Yemeni war – by Sophia Dingli

https://theglobepost.com/2019/06/07/yemen-dehumanize-victims/

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Human Rights organization monitors the death and injury of 107 children in Yemen in 70 days

A human rights organization has monitored the surge in violations against children in Yemen in recent months, and said its monitoring teams have recorded 107 children killed and injured by the armed conflict within 70 days.

The children were the most prominent victims of human rights violations in Yemen in the months of April, May and June this year, said the Geneva-based SAM Rights and freedoms organization

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168379

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Audio: Nasser Arrabyee on the Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen – May 31, 2019

Nasser Arrabyee is back with an update on the war in Yemen, where the UN estimates a quarter of a million people have died either in combat or because of the deprivation resulting from the war. Arrabyee reminds us that the objectives of this war are totally unachievable and nothing will change unless the U.S., in the hands of President Trump, decides to end the war altogether.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e8BmYciEkY

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Film: New footage appeared today showing Houthis seizing 20 positions in Saudi Arabia some days ago. Here's what it all means to Houthis and Saudi Arabia, as I discuss the matter on Al Jazeera English minutes ago.

https://www.facebook.com/afrah.nasser1/videos/10217916051720265/

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Yemen in Focus: Houthis escalate attacks, infiltrate Saudi kingdom

This week we look at Houthi claims of infiltrating the Saudi kingdom, Riyadh's ballistic missile programme, a pause in Saudi-Iranian rivalry, and of course, Eid.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2019/6/7/yemen-in-focus-houthis-escalate-attacks-infiltrate-saudi-kingdom

(B K)

Film: Armed-to-teeth Saudis fail to defeat Ansarullah: Political Commentator

In an interview with Press TV, Political commentator Naseer al-Omari says Saudi Arabia has failed to defeat the Ansarullah movement in Yemen despite being one of the leading importers of the world’s most sophisticated weapons.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/07/597898/Saudi-arabia-Houthi-Ansarullah-Yemen

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Yemen’s war: Medical imports ban endangers patients

The Ministry of Health run by Houthi rebels in Sanaa says import restrictions imposed by the Saudi-UAE coalition are hurting patients.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/yemens-war-medical-imports-ban-endangers-patients-190608142103869.html = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYTZWpwcSHY

(A P)

Popular Sit-in Denounces Holding of Oil Vessels by US-Saudi Aggression

Employees of Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) on Wednesday performed Eid al-Fitr prayer and continued their sit-in for the 61st day in row in front of the United Nations Office in the capital Sana'a demanding the release of the oil ships held by the US-Saudi aggression.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7273

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

(B H)

It’s not always easy to find fish! Fishermen’s journey becomes easier using fish finder, because it saves them a lot time & efforts. #SMEPS cares about fishermen, so we provided them with fish finders. (photo)

(B H)

@DFID_UK agriculture project is up & running! The agronomists with farmers are working hard to prepare the field plans to overcome their previous challenges.These agronomists will be side by side with farmers for the whole season! Such relationship lasts a lifetime. Photo)

https://twitter.com/SMEPSYEMEN/status/1138146181115195392

(B H)

UN: Bureaucracy hinders aid delivery to 5 million Yemenis living in 75 districts

The United Nations said 5.1 million Yemenis are in need of aid, but it is difficult to reach their areas.

Several reasons have hampered access to assistance such as lack of logistical support and the bureaucracy in which the Houthis operate their areas of control.https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168374

(B H)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen Humanitarian Fund - First Trimester Dashboard (Jan - April 2019)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-fund-first-trimester-dashboard-jan-april-2019

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UN Development Programme: UNDP Yemen: Overview Country Programme Framework, July 2019 - June 2021

At the end of 2018, in the context of on-going conflict and a humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Yemen decided to adopt a two-year bridging framework.

Outlined here, the resulting Country Programme Framework (CPF) is designed to be flexible, conflict-sensitive and adaptive. It will be reviewed periodically and adapted to accommodate the rapidly-changing circumstances within Yemen.

Since the outbreak of conflict in 2015, Yemen’s economic output has decreased by roughly 50 per cent, and poverty has escalated dramatically. The prohibitive costs of food and fuel, paired with high unemployment, makes survival extremely difficult for most Yemenis. Approximately 80 per cent of the population requires humanitarian assistance; 10 million people are on the brink of starvation; and, more than 3.3 million people are internally displaced.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/undp-yemen-overview-country-programme-framework-july-2019-june-2021

(B H)

Film: #Children should always feel safe when going to #School. In #Yemen, 4.7 million school children require assistance to continue their education

https://twitter.com/yemeneye1/status/1137634500249305090

(B H)

MONA Relief: The beginning of @monarelief's food aid distribution was in May 2015 with 32 baskets since then till last month we reached out more than 47800 families across #Yemen Here is where you can donate https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/feed-hungry-children-in-hajjah-province-of-yemen#/ (film)

https://twitter.com/monarelief/status/1137111461766094849

At the end of @monarelief's food aid distribution everyone goes home happy with food baskets. (film)

https://twitter.com/monarelief/status/1137103399609098240

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US Agency for International Development: Yemen ‑ Active USG Programs for Yemen Response (Last Updated 06/07/19)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-active-usg-programs-yemen-response-last-updated-060719

(A E H)

Civilians in Abyan unable to buy essential supplies and clothes for Eid and accuse the traders of doubling the prices due to Eid season.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1136993006421237760

(B H)

World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster: Yemen Monthly Overview May 2019

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-monthly-overview-may-2019

(B H)

Summary and Conclusions: Roundtable on Protection in Yemen - Amman, Jordan 13-14 May 2019

INTRODUCTION

On 13-14 May 2019 in Amman, Jordan, the Protection Cluster Yemen hosted its second roundtable meeting on protection in Yemen. Participation comprised UN, NGOs, donors and diplomatic representatives in order to review the most recent developments on protection in Yemen and agree on strategic directions relating to programming, operations, advocacy and stakeholder engagement. Discussions were held under Chatham House rules. This note is intended to summarize the main discussions and conclusions.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/summary-and-conclusions-roundtable-protection-yemen-amman-jordan-13-14-may-2019

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Here is one of immediate impacts of rainstorms in south #Yemen: hundreds of families displaced from conflict zones in west and north are now stranded after rains destroyed their shelters, including 300 families at Al-Ribat refugee camp in #Lahj. Photos by journalist Ali Jabour.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1137812934007185410

(B H)

A displaced blind man recounted 2@BelqeesTV his tough journey of displacement.He walked for 3 days carrying his big plastic bag on his back,“I don’t have a Riyal in my pocket,nor have I sons or relatives to support me.I have nothing in this life except Allah who is my supporter.” (photo)

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1137447969324773376

(B H)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 7 June 2019

Funding

USD 198.6 M required for 2019 operations; USD 70.7 M received as of 4 June 2019

IDP Response

UNHCR field office Sana’a continues to respond to the needs of displaced families arriving in northern Yemen, Amran governorate, from the neighbouring Hajjah, Sa’ada and Al Jawf governorates further to the north and bordering Saudi Arabia. During the reporting period, a total of 415 families in five districts in Amran received core-relief items (CRIs) or emergency shelter kits (ESKs).

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-unhcr-operational-update-7-june-2019

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A)

Four people killed in two separate incidents in Ibb

Four people were killed in separate incidents in Ibb Central province of the country amid security chaos in the province, which is under the control of the al-Houthi group.

Local sources told Al-Masdar online that three citizens were killed in the area of the Allakmah in the district of al-Radhmah, northeast of the province, a few days after the Houthi militia released a death sentence prisoner.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168380

(A K P)

Money, food, weapons, ammunition, and fresh fighters! ‘Go Fight, Heavy and Light’ Campaign continues in Yemen to support fighters against US-Saudi invaders & occupiers. This support is from Hajja province! (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1137935428194095104

(A H)

People enjoy holiday of Eid al-Fitr in NW Sanaa, Yemen

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/10/c_138130193_4.htm

(A P)

Mothers of abductees expresses concerns about the increasing abduction of women and the continued torture of their children

The Association of Mothers of abductees and detainees said that the joy of Eid was absent from them, following the increasing abuse and brutal torture of abductees in al-Houthi prisons, which killed two abductees in the past days.

In a statement issued by the mothers of the abductees in Hodeidah, the association expressed deep concern about the increase in abductions and the abduction of women without a human, moral or social deterrent.

The association, hold Houthis responsible for the life and safety of all abductees and those forcibly hidden

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168334

(A P)

Houthi militia storms civilian houses in Al-Dhale

the Houthi militants kidnapped two citizens, and took them to an unknown place

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/07/houthi-militia-storms-civilian-houses-in-al-dhale/ = http://en.adenpress.news/news/7419

(A P)

Two Yemeni abductees killed in Houthi-run prisons (Hodeidah)

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7414

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

(A P)

Shabwah UAE-backed forces arrest leader of southern revolutionary movement

UAE-backed Al-Shabwaniah elite forces on Monday morning arrested a member of the central authority, head of the Southern Revolutionary Council's Monitoring and Inspection department, Salem Awad al-Rabizi

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168397

My comment: This is extraordinary, as these UAE-paid militia are pro-separatists.

(A P)

For the first time since his appointment... Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik visits UAE

Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik arrived in the UAE on Monday morning for an official visit to the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the first since his appointment.

The visit comes as part of the government's attempt to soften the relationship between Yemeni legitimacy and the UAE, which has been tensioned for nearly two years.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168387

and

(A P)

Sheikh Mohamed holds talks with Yemeni PM in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, held talks with visiting Yemeni Prime Minister Dr Maeen Abdulmalik on Monday and reviewed the latest developments in the country.

Sheikh Mohamed reaffirmed the UAE’s continuing support for Yemenis.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/sheikh-mohamed-holds-talks-with-yemeni-pm-in-abu-dhabi-1.872969

and

(B P)

The government must face the UAE schemes in south and southeast #Yemen before it's too late. The UAE, as a proxy of the West, must be stopped at this turning point. Otherwise, the government, in exile for 5 years, should tell people it can't do something to protect sovereignty.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1138245711747829761

(A T)

Suspected AQAP militants also detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting Emirati-backed Shabwani Elite Forces in Markhah area in Shabwah governorate in southern Yemen on June 10. AQAP previously issued a statement warning of impending attacks on Shabwani Elite Forces on June 5.[4]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-10-2019

(A P)

A solidarity vigil in Marib with journalists abducted by al-Houthi group

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168381

Photo: https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1138086810746331136

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Yemen foreign minister resigns amid differences over U.N. efforts: sources

Yemen’s foreign minister has submitted his resignation as differences emerge within the Saudi-backed government over the handling of a U.N.-led peace initiative in the main port city of Hodeidah, two ministry sources said on Monday. Khaled al-Yamani, who took over the post in May 2018, said he would step down after some officials in the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi faulted him for not criticizing United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths’ performance.

“He (Yamani) was expecting to be dismissed and so he submitted his resignation before that happens,” one source said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/yemen-foreign-minister-resigns-amid-differences-over-u-n-efforts-sources-idUSKCN1TB232

and

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News of Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani's resignation from office in anticipation of the decision to dismiss him

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani on Sunday resigned to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi after the two sides escalated their differences.

Diplomatic sources told Al-Masdar online that the relationship of the Minister Khalid al-Yamani deteriorated with the presidency because of the worsening performance of Yemeni diplomacy, and a difference in attitude between the Minister and the presidency on the management of the file of peace negotiations and his recent agreement with the UN envoy regarding the implementation Stockholm.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168388

and also https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-s-foreign-minister-khalid-al-yamani-resigns-after-one-year-1.872948

Comment by Stephen Snyder: This is the same man who said "“If we can agree to work together on Hodeidah, we can work together on Yemen"

https://twitter.com/StephenProducer/status/1138073378361946112

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Not defending alYamani, but inept #Yemen gov't just found a scapegoat to blame everything from stalled UN-led peace process to failed diplomacy on. Yamani at least supported peace drive when others didn't. Third FM in just 4 years by the way. Saga of gov't train wreck continues.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/1138083825131696129

(A P)

Yemeni announces postponement of Sunday trip to Cairo due to Coalition licenses

Yemenia Airways announced that it could not take its flight to Cairo Aden on Sunday because they did not get permission from the Arab coalition.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168357

My comment: The saudi coalition, not Yemeni authorities are in control of Aden.

(A T)

Gunmen believed to be linked to al-Qaeda assassinate the director of Maswarah Directorate in Al-Baydha

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168336

(A T)

3 soldiers injured in bomb blast in a military vehicle southern Abyan

Three soldiers were seriously injured Thursday night after an IED exploded in a military vehicle follows a UAE-backed rapid intervention force in the southern province of Abyan

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168344

(A)

Heavy rains plunge Aden into darkness, cause damage in several areas

Thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy rainfall pounded on Saturday, Aden city amid power blackout. The stormy weather was created by a low air pressure flowed from the Indian Ocean.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7427

film: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2270543556359252

photo: https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1137522964797296640

and

(A)

Two people die in Sheikh Othman... Heavy rains cut electricity and close main roads in Aden

A source at the General Electricity Corporation for ("Al-Masdar online ") said the electricity supply in the interim capital of Aden was completely cut off, but said the teams in three major electricity stations were seeking to restore power in the coming hours.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168359

and

(A)

State of emergency has been declared in #Aden as heavy rains & high winds are striking the city in south Yemen. A man has died after a tree uprooted by winds fell on him, reports said. Meanwhile, floods are rising triggering warnings houses could collapse as roads are still cut.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1137613958842654720

and

(A)

3 killed as heavy rains hit southern, eastern Yemen

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/09/c_138129315.htm

and

(A P)

Fatah calls on International organizations to dispatch rescue teams to help governorates affected by floods

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/09/fatah-calls-on-international-organizations-to-dispatch-rescue-teams-to-help-governorates-affected-by-floods/

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Thousands celebrate Eid in Aden as improved security brings life back

With things looking up in the port city, new cafes, restaurants and malls have opened

Thousands of visitors from all over Yemen headed to Aden to celebrate Eid Al Fitr last week, filling the city’s cafes, shops and restaurants for the first time since the war against Houthi rebels erupted in 2015.

Mostly from areas liberated from the rebels, people thronged to the seaside city for the four-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

The crowds brought the city to life with families gathering at newly opened restaurants in the portside area of Kourmaksar, in the newly built modern malls and along the beaches. Around the area of Al Tawahi, long lines of traffic formed as families headed to sea-front resorts to watch concerts and shows.

This is the first year since 2015 that Aden has buzzed with holiday tourists who bring a sense of normalcy back to the city.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/thousands-celebrate-eid-in-aden-as-improved-security-brings-life-back-1.871914

My comment: This is the side UAE propaganda shows. – The propaganda factor s quite high here. How wonderful Yemen is when it’s under our control! How many of Aden’s populace would have had Eid like this?

And

(A)

Film: The Gold Moore Coast is a destination for Yemenis to enjoy Eid days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eoLkr0DWQk

(A P)

#AlQaeda claims it killed an official in #UAE-backed Elite Force by vehicle ambush in Maswara al-Bayda' last night I make this #AQAP's 1st formal claim against UAE-backed forces in 3 months as focus has been on #IslamicState.

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1137266320867844097

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Gunmen attack mosque in Yemen's gov't-controlled province, kill 5

Unknown gunmen launched an armed attack on a mosque in Yemen's government-controlled southern province of Dhalea on Friday, a security official told Xinhua.

"A group of gunmen believed to be extremists attacked a mosque in Azariq district of Dhalea province, killing at least five worshippers at the scene," the security source said on condition of anonymity.

The attackers also kidnapped three people from inside the mosque in the aftermath of the attack

www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/08/c_138125325.htm

and

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UAE-backed militants kill six, abduct four in attack on Yemeni mosque

Militants backed by the United Arab Emirates have killed six Yemeni worshippers and abducted four others in an attack on a mosque in the southern province of Dhale.

The purpose behind the Friday attack is not clear yet, Yemen's al-Masirah TV reported, quoting local sources.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/08/597965/UAE-attack-mosque-yemen-dhale-hudaydah-ansarullah-coalition

and

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Security belt forces kill five civilians in al-Azariq during Friday prayers

A local source confirmed that a security belt crew had raided a mosque, killed five civilians and wounded others in a village in the southern province of al-Dhale during Friday prayers.

A son of Mathad village in the al- Azariq district, told Al-Masdar online that gunmen following the security belt came to the village and killed five people inside the mosque during the prayer, claiming they were "Houthis."

According to the sources, the five dead and wounded were from Hashemite families and had no ties to the Houthis.

The security belt forces arrested five others while they were on their way to the mosque, the source said.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168333

Photos: https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1137639368066306053

Film: https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/mohamed-abdel-salam-condemns-coalitions-mercenaries-crime-against-worshipers-in-dhalea/

My remark: “Security belt” is a UAE-paid southern separatists’ militia, feared for abducations and torture.

This also is recorded by the Washington Post:

Yemeni security officials say gunmen from a security force backed by the United Arab Emirates have stormed a mosque in the southern Dhale province, killing at least five people
The officials say Saturday the attack took place a day earlier, when people were holding prayers in a mosque in the district of Azrak.

They say the attackers, who belong to a group called the “Security Belt”, kidnapped three others. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Tribal leaders in the district condemned that attack and called for those responsible to be held accountable.

The Security Belt force says in a statement the dead were “Houthi rebels” who refused to surrender

And

(A P)

Al-Azariq elders demand extradition of worshippers killers to justice

The local and security authorities in the province of al- Dhale and the elders of the Azariq district demanded that all the perpetrators of the heinous crime of killing worshippers inside the mosque of Math’ad during Friday prayers be handed over to justice.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168353

(A P)

CBY governor threatens to resign, unveils the truth of Muslim Brotherhood

The governor of the Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) Hafedh Mayad has threatened to resign from his post in case of not collecting the revenues from the bank branches (run by Islah Party "Muslim Brotherhood") in the governorates of Marib and al-Mahra and not sending them to the central bank in Aden.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7420

and also https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/1137039316214059009

and

(A E P)

Official source: Finalizing network installation between CBY, Mareb’s branch

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/08/official-source-finalizing-network-installation-between-cby-marebs-branch/

and also https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1759501/official-marib-slams-targeting-yemen%E2%80%99s-central-bank-governor

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/1137340151426932741

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168354

Comment by Judith Brown: The disruption of the functioning of the yemen Central Bank is one of the more shameful episodes in Hadi's administration as the bank had been managing to hold together the nation's finances in a very skilful way. Now it's just a question of arguments between different warring factions on how to put the finances back together again but three years later not many salaries are being paid

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10157645526778641

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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UN council backs embattled Yemen envoy

The UN Security Council on Monday expressed full support for the UN envoy for Yemen after he came under sharp criticism from Yemen's president.

The dispute threatened to derail fragile efforts to implement a ceasefire truce agreed in December in Sweden.

In a statement, council members "underlined their full support" for envoy Martin Griffiths and "called on the parties to engage constructively and continuously" with him.

The statement followed talks in Riyadh between UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo with the Saudi foreign minister and with President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-7125395/Saudis-express-support-embattled-UN-Yemen-envoy.html

and also https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/un-tries-to-shore-up-support-with-yemen-envoy-under-pressure-1.873003

(A P)

Antonio Guterres sends his cabinet to Riyadh to resolve outstanding disputes with Yemeni government

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, will dispatch next week his political affairs adviser, Rosemary de Carlo, to the Saudi capital of Riyadh to discuss with the Yemeni government the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Martin Griffith, on Yemen, according to several sources.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168335

and

(A P)

Yemen Counting on Guterres’ Help to ‘Correct Griffiths’ Mistakes’

The Yemeni government is counting on the help of UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo to “correct the mistakes” of UN envoy Martin Griffiths in handling the peace process in the war-torn country.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1760481/yemen-counting-guterres%E2%80%99-help-%E2%80%98correct-griffiths%E2%80%99-mistakes%E2%80%99

and also https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168396

My comment: „Yemen“ is the Hadi government only; his „mistakes“ is Griffith staying neutral and not being biased in favor of the Hadi government.

Comment by Judith Brown: This Saudi perspective shows that any chance of a negotiator listening to both sides and trying to walk a narrow line just doesn't work when one 'side' in this war has so much money to influence decision making. I'm not defending the Houthis but each 'side' in these negotiations interprets the flawed and flexible Stockholm agreement to suit their own needs - and to my mind to keep all sides on board the peace train they all have to think that they are winning as much as they are losing. The trouble is that Saudi Arabia that wrote 2216 wants it all - it won't be satisfied until the other side submits and lets face it that just isn't going to happen anytime soon

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Gargash: Yemen envoy deserves support after 'imperfect breakthrough' in Hodeidah

Yet efforts by the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffith to halt the slide into disaster are finally making a difference and deserve support so the conflict moves into a new phase that sees Yemenis settling their own differences, the UAE minister of state, Dr Anwar Gargash, told The National.

More than six months after Yemen’s government and its rivals struck the Stockholm Agreement, Mr Griffiths has a chance to overcome the country’s bitter divisions. According to Dr Gargash, failure now would set back reconciliation efforts by years.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/gargash-yemen-envoy-deserves-support-after-imperfect-breakthrough-in-hodeidah-1.871860

My comment: While the Hadi government wants to get rid of Griffith and smeared him… But of course, also here, anti-Iranian propaganda.

(B P)

Prisoner swap was supposed to kick-off in Jan. I keep asking UN, and they're dodging. Here's kicker, while UN envoy MIA, grassroot initiatives and local NGOs took matter into own hands and secured some releases. Big UN fail and loss of public confidence in their process

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/1137180019460116481

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(* B P)

Clerics And Entertainment Seek To Bolster MbS’s Grip On Power – Analysis

A public apology by a prominent Salafi scholar sheds a light on Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s version of ‘moderate Islam,’ his effort to shape the Middle East and North Africa in his mould, and the replacement of religion with hyper-nationalism as the source of his legitimacy.

Claiming to speak in the name of the Sahwa or Awakening movement, Aidh al-Qarni, one of the kingdom’s most popular religious scholars, broke with the Muslim Brotherhood-linked group’s past call for political reform and instead wholeheartedly endorsed Prince Mohammed’s undefined notion of an Islam that would be free of extremism.

More than simply a declaration of support for the Saudi leader, Mr. Al-Qarni’s apology provided ideological justification for Prince Mohammed’s so far only partially successful efforts to ensure that regional states are ruled by governments of his liking, refusal to condemn assaults on Islam like in China’s north-western province of Islam, and crackdown at home that potentially has put some of his past colleagues on death row. – by James M. Dorsey

https://www.eurasiareview.com/10062019-clerics-and-entertainment-seek-to-bolster-mbss-grip-on-power-analysis/

(A E P)

Oil rises as Saudi sees OPEC, Russia restricting supplies for longer

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil/oil-rises-as-saudi-sees-opec-russia-restricting-supplies-for-longer-idUSKCN1TB01E

(B P)

Saudi Arabia Experiencing Most Oppressive Era Under Bin Salman: Activist

The West-backed Saudi regime has long experienced bouts of oppression against pro-democracy campaigners, Muslim preachers and intellectuals, but the brutal crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is unprecedented, Saudi scholar and researcher Hala al-Dosari on Friday.

“We have seen this happen before, but not at this kind of scale,”

http://alwaght.com/en/News/155631/Saudi-Arabia-Experiencing-Most-Oppressive-Era-Under-Bin-Salman-Activist

(* B K)

Saudi Arabia ups defence spending in face of Iranian threats

Unless relations with regional adversaries suddenly improve, it is unlikely that Saudi Arabia will quickly move to relinquish its newly acquired defence-related titles.

Saudi Arabia has earned a unique double distinction in respect to its defence spending, largely the result of the war against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen and bolstering security to thwart threats from Tehran. During the last five years, Saudi Arabia turned to the United States for 68% of its arms purchases, making Riyadh the top buyer of American weaponry. In turn, Riyadh accounted for 22% of American arms exports over the same period. During the last five years, Saudi Arabia turned to the United States for 68% of its arms purchases, making Riyadh the top buyer of American weaponry. In turn, Riyadh accounted for 22% of American arms exports over the same period.

https://thearabweekly.com/saudi-arabia-ups-defence-spending-face-iranian-threats

(* B P)

US-backed Saudi regime tortures dissidents on eve of threatened beheadings

Saudi Arabia’s US-backed monarchical dictatorship has savagely tortured political prisoners facing imminent execution by means of public beheading, according to reports by human rights organizations.

The Saudi human rights organization Al Qst told Al Jazeera that “prisoners are being tortured during interrogations” at the country’s maximum-security prisons. The founder of Al Qst, Yahya Assiri, said the methods of torture routinely used against political prisoners include “electrocution, waterboarding and suspending victims from the ceiling by their hands.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/08/saud-j08.html

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Oil rises nearly 3% as Saudi signals OPEC deal extension, stocks rally

Oil prices rose nearly 3% on Friday, climbing further from five-month lows hit this week, after Saudi Arabia said OPEC was close to agreeing to extend an output production cut beyond June and as Wall Street rallied.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil/oil-rises-nearly-3-as-saudi-signals-opec-deal-extension-stocks-rally-idUSKCN1T801T

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Saudis wollen 18-Jährigen köpfen – wegen einer Fahrrad-Demo vor acht Jahren

Das Regime in Saudi Arabien macht einem angeblichen Terroristen den Prozess – ihm droht die Enthauptung und Kreuzigung. Dabei geht es um einen 18-Jährigen, der schon mit 13 verhaftet wurde – für „Taten“ als Kind. Menschenrechtler protestieren, Donald Trump nicht.

Als man ihn als Polit-Aktivisten verhaftet hat, war er gerade einmal 13 Jahre alt – Murtaja war der jüngste politische Häftling in Saudi Arabien, erklärten Menschenrechtler seinerzeit. Das saudische Regime warf ihm unter anderem vor, dass er im Alter von zehn Jahren an einer Fahrrad-Demonstration teilgenommen hat, mit der rund 30 halbwüchsige Jungs gegen die Herrscherfamilie in Riad protestierten.

Nach fünf Jahren im Gefängnis, davon mehr als ein Jahr in Isolationshaft, ist der Angeklagte nun volljährig – und soll hingerichtet werden

https://www.maz-online.de/Nachrichten/Politik/Hinrichtung-Saudi-Arabien-will-18-Jaehrigen-koepfen-wegen-einer-Fahrrad-Demo-vor-acht-Jahren

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He was arrested at 13. Now Saudi Arabia wants to execute him

As a boy, Qureiris participated in demonstrations like this bike ride, expressions of dissent in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province during the 2011 Arab Spring.

Three years after he was filmed taking part in the bike protest, Saudi authorities arrested Qureiris, then just 13 years old. He was traveling with his family to Bahrain when he was detained by Saudi border authorities on the King Fahd causeway that connects the two countries.

At the time, he was considered by lawyers and activists to be the youngest known political prisoner in Saudi Arabia.

Now, at the age of 18, Qureiris is facing the death penalty after being held for almost four years in pre-trial detention, CNN has learned.

https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2019/06/middleeast/saudi-teen-death-penalty-intl/

Film: https://us.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/06/05/saudi-arabia-teenager-facing-death-penalty-lon-orig.cnn/video/playlists/around-the-world/

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Yemen Minister Says 350,000 Yemenis Performed Umrah, 24,000 Pilgrims Were Recorded

The Yemeni government announced that some 350,000 Yemeni pilgrims performed Umrah in nine months, amid unprecedented facilitations provided by Saudi Arabia.
The most important of these was the e-visa while 24,255 pilgrims were preparing to perform Hajj after completing their registration process.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1757256/yemen-minister-says-350000-yemenis-performed-umrah-24000-pilgrims-were-recorded

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Rituals of Arab Summitry

Three summits (Gulf, Arab and Islamic) were held in tandem in an effort to demonstrate solidarity with the Saudi regime. It quickly registered on Arab social media, (which consistently falls outside the coverage of all western correspondents who lack knowledge of Arabic) that the Saudi regime expressed more concern for oil installations than for the lives of Palestinians who are shot at weekly by Israeli occupation forces.

The Arab summit in Mecca last week, just as the GCC and Islamic summits do, paid lip service to the Palestinian question and regarded it as a “central cause” for the Arab people. But the language of the final statement made it very clear that mobilization against Iran and obtaining Arab support for the Gulf hosting of additional U.S. troops were the priority for the Saudi monarch.

The anti-Tehran consensus that the Saudi regime (on behalf of the U. S. and Israel, no doubt) had wanted to achieve was broken.

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/06/04/the-angry-arab-rituals-of-arab-summitry/ = https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/06/06/rituals-of-arab-summitry/

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp19a

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Can the U.S. Senate Reshape the Yemen War

While the Trump Administration has shown little to no interest in pressuring the Saudis and Emiratis over Yemen, the only real hope for a check to the Saudi coalition is Congress. While the Senate has taken the first step, the House must also follow suit. U.S. foreign policy must be anchored in its human rights ideals. If the United States desires to keep its standing in the world, it cannot help further perpetuate one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises.

https://chargedaffairs.org/can-the-u-s-senate-reshape-the-yemen-war/

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American Wars Are off the Charts Under Donald Trump

He’s failed to deliver his promised withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria, vetoed an order to get out of Yemen, and expanded the U.S. bombing of Somalia, all while eyeing Iran.

There’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts. Still, I’d like to explain — but I’m nervous about doing so. I know perfectly well that the next word I plan to write will send most of you tumbling elsewhere in a universe in which “news” is the latest grotesque mass shooting; the craziest tweet from you-know-who; celebrities marching into court over college-admissions scandals; or even a boy, missing for years, who suddenly turns up only to morph into a 23-year-old impostor with a criminal record.

How can America’s wars in distant lands compete with that? Which is why I just can’t bring myself to write the next word. So promise me that, after you read it, you’ll hang in there for just a minute and give me a chance to explain.

Okay, here goes: Somalia

Maybe you won’t be surprised to learn that what I have in mind is the war in Afghanistan, another of Washington’s off-the-charts affairs.

And none of that compares to Trump’s Syrian debacle.

Meanwhile, don’t forget the war that, unlike Afghanistan and Syria, Donald Trump may not be able to imagine ending, the only one on which, since 2001, Congress has taken a stand. I’m thinking, of course, about the grim U.S.-backed Saudi and Emirati war in Yemen.

Who could be surprised? It’s obviously the wrong off-the-charts war for the president from Riyadh to end — or have I, like the president himself, gotten confused about which Trump was born where?

Oh yes, and talking about learning one’s lessons, as well as truly going off the charts…

As the 2020 elections approach, watch out. There’s one possible American war still to come in the Greater Middle East. You know, the one that won’t be off the charts, that’s bound to turn out well given the deep pool of experience and reflection on American war making that will have preceded it.

I’m thinking, of course, about a potential war with Iran – by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176551/ = https://www.mintpressnews.com/the-number-of-american-wars-is-off-the-charts-under-donald-trump/257587/

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Yemeni Guantanamo detainee's bid for release rejected by Supreme Court

The nine justices decided not to hear an appeal by detainee Moath Hamza Ahmed al Alwi, who was captured in Pakistan in 2001 and placed in the Guantanamo U.S. military detention facility in 2002 without ever facing criminal charges.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-guantanamo/yemeni-guantanamo-detainees-bid-for-release-rejected-by-supreme-court-idUSKCN1TB1RL

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Senators make bipartisan push to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Senators are making a new bipartisan effort to block the Trump administration’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia, a sign that Congress remains unsatisfied with the United States’ relationship with the kingdom amid a civil war in neighboring Yemen and the killing of a Saudi journalist last year.

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) are using a provision in the Foreign Assistance Act to request a report from the administration on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, which could eventually trigger a vote to halt billions in arms sales which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is moving forward despite congressional opposition.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/09/arm-sales-senate-saudi-arabia-1358440

and also https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/dem-gop-senators-want-check-trump-s-power-sell-arms-n1015581

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/10/citing-slaughter-yemen-senators-launch-new-effort-block-trump-selling-more-us-made

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Trump-Regierung für Bomben-Produktion in Saudi-Arabien

Meldungen über geheime Kooperationen zwischen der Trump-Regierung und Saudi-Arabien bei Waffen- und Nuklear-Technik sorgen zunehmend für Besorgnis und Proteste auch in konservativen Kreisen Washingtons. Über das Wochenende wurde bekannt, dass das Weisse Haus jüngst dem Rüstungskonzern Raytheon eine Sondergenehmigung für die Produktion von technisch anspruchsvollen Bomben-Teilen in dem Ölkönigreich selbst erteilt hat. Dies geschah im Rahmen eines neuen Waffendeals mit den Saudis, den die Trump-Regierung als Notstandsmassnahme im Mai genehmigt hatte.

Der acht Milliarden Dollar schwere Deal umfasst weitgehend Munition und Material für die blutige Luft-Kampagne der Saudis in Jemen. Dazu gehören 120'000 «Präzisions-Bomben» von Raytheon.

https://www.tachles.ch/artikel/news/trump-regierung-fuer-bomben-produktion-saudi-arabien

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Trump’s Latest Giveaway to the Saudis

The president has abused his power to expedite these arms sales, and in this case he is also giving away technology to the Saudis that will enable them to build more of the weapons they have used to slaughter thousands of Yemeni civilians. The Trump administration is apparently so desperate to cater to the Saudi government that it is willing to give them things that our government usually doesn’t share.

Arming the war criminals in Riyadh is shameful, and circumventing Congress to do it over their objections is obnoxious.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-latest-giveaway-to-the-saudis/ = https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2019/06/07/trumps-latest-giveaway-to-the-saudis/

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Trump Allows High-Tech U.S. Bomb Parts to Be Built in Saudi Arabia

When the Trump administration declared an emergency last month and fast-tracked the sale of more American arms to Saudi Arabia, it did more than anger members of Congress who opposed the sale on humanitarian grounds.

It also raised concerns that the Saudis could gain access to technology that would let them produce their own versions of American precision-guided bombs – weapons they have used in strikes on civilians since they began fighting a war in Yemen four years ago.

The emergency authorization allows Raytheon Company, a top American defense firm, to team with the Saudis to build high-tech bomb parts in Saudi Arabia.

The production agreement took some lawmakers by surprise. Representative Ted Lieu, a California Democrat and an outspoken critic of the Yemen war, said it seemed “to serve no purpose other than to forfeit our technology and prevent future congressional oversight.”

The arrangement, which would effectively outsource jobs, appears to be at odds with Mr. Trump’s position that arms sales are important because of the American jobs they create.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/07/us/saudi-arabia-arms-sales-raytheon.html

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Congress Can End the Yemen War This Summer, Despite Trump

Congress has another chance to end the war this summer during consideration of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and defense appropriations bills. These annual military spending bills offer Congress one of the quickest and most straightforward ways to defund the war and condemn this military campaign.

Through the NDAA and defense appropriations, Congress can prohibit intelligence-sharing and logistics support activities for the war in Yemen; suspend direct commercial sales licenses for the maintenance and sustainment of fighter aircraft used in Saudi-UAE offensive operations in Yemen; and even stop domestic training of Saudi and UAE fighter jet mechanics.

https://truthout.org/articles/congress-can-end-the-yemen-war-this-summer-despite-trump/

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40+ Group Letter Urging Congress to Defund US Role in Yemen War in 2020 NDAA

Thanks to the 40+ advocacy groups that signed this letter urging an end to US participation in the Saudi-UAE coalition’s war in Yemen during consideration of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Defense Appropriations this summer. This letter was sent to every House and Senate office on Tuesday June 4th at 10am.

https://www.justforeignpolicy.org/40-group-letter-urging-congress-to-defund-us-participation-in-the-saudi-uae-led-war-on-yemen/

and

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Legal Scholars' Letter on Initiating a Congressional Lawsuit to End Illegal US Role in the Yemen War

A letter signed by a wide range of scholars with different political and jurisprudential views urges Congress to sue to end illegal US involvement in the Yemen conflict.

In vetoing Congress' joint resolution on Yemen, President Trump has defied fundamental principles of constitutional law laid down by the Supreme Court's landmark decision in the [1953] Steel Seizure Case. The Court's decision involved a genuine emergency.

We call upon you, as Speaker of the House, to initiate a law-suit which calls upon the judiciary to vindicate Steel Seizure in the case of President Trump's military support of the Saudi war against Yemen.

https://reason.com/2019/06/10/legal-scholars-letter-on-initiating-a-congressional-lawsuit-to-end-illegal-us-role-in-the-yemen-war/

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Trump wants to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia. Congress must stop him

The administration wants to sell $8bn of weapons to Saudi Arabia and UAE – and prop up a morally indefensible war

If Trump succeeds in getting around Congress, these weapons sales will prolong suffering in Yemen and eliminate one of the last levers that allowed the US to exert influence over Saudi and Emirati actions: the threat of Congress blocking arms deals.

On 5 June, a bipartisan group of senators said they would try to block the administration from going ahead with the sales by introducing 22 “resolutions of disapproval” – one for each of the deals cleared by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

In their latest effort to stop the weapons sales, congressional critics of the war will likely need to secure a veto-proof majority. It is a matter of moral and political urgency.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/08/saudi-arabia-trump-weapon-arms-sales-must-be-stopped

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Had such an amazing time at the first Annual Yemeni American Day Parade in the Bronx with my team and community! Loved the energy and all the children decked out in traditional Yemeni cloth. Thank you to the organizers for making this historic day possible! (photos)

https://twitter.com/WidadIndie/status/1137440672728981504

More photos: https://twitter.com/rabyaahahmed/status/1137436289660325889

“we are here and we hear you and we will continue fighting for you” - @AOC giving remarks at the #YemeniDayParade (photo)

https://twitter.com/YAMAMerchants/status/1137404315348480003

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Films: 15 year old Katheryn, co-president of Yemen Action Club, explains why she planned the protest today outside of the White House against the brutal Saudi-led war on Yemen

Chloe, 16 years old, co-president of Yemen Action Club shares why she’s here calling for the end of US arms sales to Saudi Arabia

https://twitter.com/codepink/status/1137094363773898758

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Warnings of More Deadly Attacks on Yemen as Trump Permits Raytheon to Manufacture 'High-Tech Bomb Parts' Inside Saudi Arabia

In a move critics warned could empower the Saudis to manufacture their own high-tech weaponry for use in their assault on Yemen, the Trump administration reportedly wants to allow the American arms giant Raytheon to work with the kingdom to construct bomb and missile parts inside Saudi Arabia.

As The New York Times reported Friday, President Donald Trump's emergency declaration last month greenlighting billions of dollars in U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia without congressional approval contained a provision that permits Raytheon to "team up with the Saudis to build high-tech bomb parts in Saudi Arabia."

The provision, according to the Times, immediately "raised concerns that the Saudis could gain access to technology that would let them produce their own versions of American precision-guided bombs—weapons they have used in strikes on civilians since they began fighting a war in Yemen four years ago."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/07/warnings-more-deadly-attacks-yemen-trump-permits-raytheon-manufacture-high-tech-bomb

and also https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/07/us/saudi-arabia-arms-sales-raytheon.html

and

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Trump's arms sale to Saudi allows US bomb parts to be built in kingdom: Report

Emergency authorisation enables Raytheon and Saudi Arabia to assemble components of bombs that have been used in Yemen

Saudi Arabia could build the precision-guided bombs used to strike Yemen since 2015 as a result of the emergency arms sales the Trump administration pushed through last month, the New York Times has reported.

The emergency authorisation allows American defence giant Raytheon to work with the Saudis to assemble components of Paveway smart bombs in the kingdom, according to the paper, citing details released to the US Congress this week.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/trumps-emergency-declaration-allows-us-bomb-parts-be-built-saudi-arabia-report

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Trump is provoking a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. What could go wrong?

The president is riding roughshod over international treaties to make a killing – no matter who gets killed.

What could possibly be that dangerous, you might ask. Answer: selling American nuclear knowhow to Saudi Arabia without radiation-proof guarantees that it will not be used to make atomic bombs.

Belated confirmation came this week that the US department of energy has issued seven separate permits to allow transfers of nuclear technology to Riyadh. Belated, because the information was purposefully withheld until Democrats insisted on seeing it. Belated also because Trump, his family and associates are doubtless aware of suspicions that they could benefit financially from these or future sales.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/06/trump-nuclear-arms-race-middle-east-president

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VIDEO: #RSAF F-15s assigned to the 3rd Flying Wing perform a joint flight near the #ArabianGulf with the #USAF F-15C Eagles as part of building military-to-military relationships and interoperability.

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1136950559578218498

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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GERMAN PARLIAMENT REJECTS BAN OF HEZBOLLAH, SNUBBING U.S. AND GERMAN JEWS

The parties Christian Democratic Union, Christian Social Union, The Left, The Greens and Free Democrats opposed an anti-Hezbollah bill authored by the far-right party Alternative for Germany party

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/German-parliament-rejects-ban-of-Hezbollah-snubbing-US-and-German-Jews-591800

My comment: „SNUBBING U.S. AND GERMAN JEWS“ is propaganda.

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Plakataktion zu Folgen deutscher Rüstungsexporte in Kriegsgebiete

Die „Aktion Aufschrei – Stoppt den Waffenhandel!“ zeigt mit einer Plakataktion in Berlin die Folgen deutscher Rüstungsexporte in Kriegsgebiete.

https://anfdeutsch.com/aktuelles/plakataktion-zu-folgen-deutscher-ruestungsexporte-in-kriegsgebiete-11862

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Erklärungen des Auswärtigen Amts in der Regierungspressekonferenz vom 06.06.2019

ZUSATZ JESSEN: Aber Waffenlieferungen und der Jemen-Krieg gehören ja zu den Bedingungen der Region. Also darf man davon ausgehen, dass das eine Rolle spielen wird.

SEIBERT: Sie dürfen davon ausgehen, dass das eine Rolle spielen wird, was ich hier genannt habe: die bilateralen Beziehungen und die Region. Der Kronprinz von Abu Dhabi ist ein sehr guter, langjähriger Kenner der Region. Die Bundeskanzlerin wird interessiert seine Analysen hören und sie mit unseren auch abgleichen.

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/newsroom/regierungspressekonferenz

Mein Kommentar: Heiße Luft.

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Linksfraktion: Maas darf nicht mit leeren Händen in den Nahen Osten reisen
„Bundesaußenminister Heiko Maas muss bei seinen Gesprächen in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten deren brutale Kriegsführung im Jemen verurteilen und auf einen sofortigen Stopp der Angriffe drängen.

https://www.linksfraktion.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/detail/maas-darf-nicht-mit-leeren-haenden-in-den-nahen-osten-reisen/

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT REMAINS QUIET ON ARMS EXPORTS TO SAUDI ARABIA

The Australian Government has come under criticism for breaching the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and failing to confront the role its arms exports play in the Yemeni Civil War.

Australian human rights groups, including Save the Children, the Medical Association for the Prevention of War, and Human Rights Watch (HRW), have expressed concern over the lack of transparency surrounding details of arms exports to Saudi Arabia, and their potential use in the Yemeni conflict:

https://thewaronyemen.org/australian-government-arms-saudi/

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Russia's Putin to visit Saudi Arabia in October, says Falih

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Saudi Arabia, a traditional U.S. ally in the Middle East, in October this year, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday.

Falih, who was in Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, said Saudi companies were considering taking part in a methanol plant project in Russia’s east

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-oil-opec-putin-saudi/russias-putin-to-visit-saudi-arabia-in-october-says-falih-idUSKCN1TB108

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It's June 8th. Five years ago today, I finally left Kuala Lumpur airport after being stranded there for a month following my expulsion from my former country, the UAE.

The UAE was my home from 1977 (the year of my birth) to 2014, when a "higher order" was issued to expel me. As a stateless Palestinian, I had nowhere to be expelled to, so I was put in jail instead. I was later expelled to Malaysia, where, yes, I lived in the airport for a month (thread)

https://twitter.com/iyad_elbaghdadi/status/1137133333043908608

Comment: This thread. A must read. But a glimpse of much that Iyad and many like him had to endure. Speaking up comes with a very high cost to self and family. Yet many still do It bcz someone HAS to.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/1137483932142833664

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Warum man eigentlich nicht in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate reisen sollte

Wer nicht genauer hinschaut, der wähnt sich als Tourist in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten im fast perfekten Urlaubsparadies: Für verhältnismäßig wenig Geld und Flugstunden bekommen Touristen luxuriöse Hotelanlagen, architektonische Meisterwerke und importierte Kultur – dazu Meer und Sonnengarantie. Doch was viele Urlauber ignorieren: Menschenrechte werden ignoriert, Presse- und Meinungsfreiheit sind eingeschränkt – Kritiker landen im Gefängnis. Und die großen Bauprojekte werden von Arbeitsmigranten errichtet, die zum Teil unter unwürdigen Bedingungen leben müssen. Ist Urlaub in den VAE überhaupt vertretbar?

Von Menschenrechtsverletzungen und dem blutigen Bürgerkrieg im Jemen, in dem die VAE stark involviert sind, merkt man so gar nichts an den blitzblanken Stränden vor den gigantischen Skylines.

https://www.travelbook.de/ziele/laender/warum-man-besser-nicht-in-die-vereinigten-arabischen-emirate-reisen-sollte

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Der Kronprinz, die Macht und ihre Grenzen

Das Time Magazin listete den Kronprinz dieses Jahr unter den weltweit 100 einflussreichsten Persönlichkeiten auf.

Dabei ist die territoriale Integrität der Emirate eines der zentralen Anliegen des Kronprinzen.

Die größten politischen Sorgen des Kronprinzen gelten allerdings dem Nachbarn auf der anderen Seite der Straße von Hormus, dem Iran. Zu Beginn dieser Woche präsentierten die VAE zusammen mit Norwegen und Saudi-Arabien die Ergebnisse ihrer gemeinsamen Untersuchung.

https://www.dw.com/de/der-kronprinz-die-macht-und-ihre-grenzen/a-49106832

Mein Kommentar: Das ist schon ein sehr (im Sinn der Emirate) staatstragender Artikel. Wieviel mehr gäbe es hier zu sagen!!!

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Parting the Red Sea: Why the Chinese and U.S. armies are fortifying this tiny African country

In Djibouti, two superpowers have built heavily guarded bases only a few kilometres apart, watching the crossroads between Asia, Africa and the Middle East in an increasingly tense standoff for global supremacy. What could possibly go wrong?

If there is a military front line in the growing global tensions between China and the United States, it is here in Djibouti, a small country of less than a million people on one of the world’s most strategically important sites.

In this hot and arid corner of the Horn of Africa, thousands of U.S. and Chinese soldiers are deployed at heavily guarded bases just a few kilometres from each other.

Djibouti dominates access to Bab el-Mandeb (the “Gate of Tears” in Arabic), a crucial choke point at the entrance to the Red Sea

Tensions between the two rival superpowers are already rising. Beijing has complained of spying by low-flying U.S. aircraft near the Chinese base, while Washington alleges that the Chinese have taken unauthorized photos of U.S. warships and even shined lasers into the eyes of U.S. pilots to blind them temporarily.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-parting-the-red-sea-why-the-chinese-and-us-armies-are-fortifying/

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Guerre au Yémen : la France respecte-t-elle ses engagements sur les ventes d’armes ?

Interrogé sur l’utilisation d’armes françaises pour tuer des civils, le gouvernement affirme que Paris honore ses engagements sur les ventes. Les ONG contredisent ce discours.

La France respecte-t-elle ses engagements diplomatiques sur les ventes d’armes aux pays en guerre, conformément à ce qu’ont affirmé plusieurs membres du gouvernement en mai et juin ? La question est sensible. L’exécutif a toujours affirmé respecter les traités en vigueur. Mais les révélations du site Disclose en avril sur l’utilisation d’armes françaises dans le conflit au Yémen ont mis la majorité dans l’embarras.

Le média d’investigation a révélé l’implication d’armes françaises vendues à l’Arabie saoudite et aux Emirats arabes unis dans le conflit yéménite.

https://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2019/06/07/guerre-au-yemen-la-france-respecte-t-elle-ses-engagements-sur-les-ventes-d-armes_5473219_4355770.html

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Qatari official accuses Saudis of blackmail and destabilising the region

Minister appears to accept that row between the two is fuelling other disputes in Middle East

Saudi Arabia is a force for disruption across the Middle East and Africa and often uses blackmail and economic pressure to enforce its brand of authoritarian rule, Qatar’s foreign minister has alleged.

In recent weeks the Saudis and Emiratis have been accused of interfering to stifle popular movements in Sudan, Libya and Somalia.

In a briefing in London, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani appeared to accept that an unresolved two-year quarrel between Qatar and Saudi Arabia was starting to fuel other disputes across the region, making those disputes more difficult to resolve.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/10/qatari-official-accuses-saudis-of-blackmail-and-destabilising-the-region

and also https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/qatar-foreign-minister-critical-saudi-uae-effort-impose-stability-region

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/10/598140/Qatari-FM-Sheikh-Mohammed-bin-Abdulrahman-alThani-Saudi-Arabia-UAE-Middle-East-Africa-instability

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A leading #Saudi govt @Twitter account says his government will end up invading #Qatar

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1137893689257336839

referring at https://twitter.com/KSA24/status/1137764607387492352

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Film: AJ Exclusive: What do people in Qatar think about the blockade?

People in Qatar tell us what they think about the blockade that was imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt two years ago.

https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera/videos/333701197301682/ = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTOpu86YHbw

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The Failed Blockade of Qatar

How the attempt to isolate and undermine the kingdom has backfired on every level

Two years later, little progress has been made to end the blockade, but one thing is quite clear — the strategy has failed.

It failed to topple the Qatari emir. It failed to force the closure of the Turkish military base in Qatar. It failed to force the closure of Al Jazeera, the popular satellite television network. And it failed to isolate Qatar economically or politically. Not only has this blockade failed to achieve a single one of its objectives — it has backfired spectacularly. It led to a more independent, globally engaged, and (relatively) open Qatar. Conversely, the architect of the blockade, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has developed a reputation for a unique mixture of failure, incompetence, and brutality.

https://arcdigital.media/the-failed-blockade-of-qatar-2ed2880546e5?sk=ad53572673d125f227515719164be1a6

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The Failed Qatar Blockade and the Reckless Saudis

The Qatar crisis stemmed from longstanding disagreements between Qatar and its neighbors, but it took place when it did as a result of Trump’s clueless support in the wake of his embarrassing visit to Riyadh in May 2017. The administration has backed away from the president’s initial enthusiastic cheerleading for the blockade over the last two years, but the Saudis and Emiratis can still rely on the White House to back them.

The blockade of Qatar also reconfirmed that Mohammed bin Salman had become a reckless regional menace together with his counterpart from Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-failed-qatar-blockade-and-the-reckless-saudis

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'Most Isil fighters are from Saudi Arabia': Qatari Sheikh hits back over regional blockade in rare interview

(subscribers only)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/06/isil-fighters-saudi-arabia-qatari-sheikh-hits-back-regional/

cp12b Sudan

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Severe internet outage across Sudan amid reports of Darfur paramilitary attacks

New network measurements show that Sudan’s remaining internet connectivity has been disconnected as of 12:00 p.m. UTC Monday 10 June, amid reports of deadly attacks perpetrated by Sudanese paramilitary groups.

https://netblocks.org/reports/severe-internet-outage-across-sudan-amid-reports-of-darfur-paramilitary-attacks-aAwq0oyM

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Pulling Sudan back from brink

Those negotiations were initially promising, but their tone changed abruptly after Burhan and Hemeti returned from visits to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates ― countries that previously supported Bashir's regime. There is reportedly a lot of money on the table for the generals ― who have particularly close ties to the rulers of Saudi Arabia and the UAE ― if they consolidate power and avoid a political opening.

The Saudis and Emiratis have several goals. They hope to stave off a democratic precedent in the region, ensure plenty of foot soldiers for their wars in Yemen and elsewhere, secure access to fertile agricultural land, and gain a foothold in the geo-strategically sensitive Horn of Africa.
Their tactics are not new.

But, as with the crackdown in Cairo and the war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are pursuing a half-baked and shortsighted strategy in Sudan. True, Burhan and Hemeti can ensure that Sudanese troops keep flowing to Yemen.

But the RSF's massacre in Khartoum, coming on top of its previous war crimes in Darfur, will effectively prevent the Sudanese people ― and the international community ― from ever accepting the TMC's rule. Moreover, funneling cash toward Sudan's military will do nothing to address the grievances driving social unrest.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/sudan-military-crackdown-protesters-peace-process-by-ishac-diwan-2019-06 = http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinion/2019/06/197_270331.html

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Civil disobedience campaign empties streets of Sudan's capital

A campaign of civil disobedience to demand civilian rule left the streets of Sudan’s capital Khartoum largely deserted as the working week began on Sunday, while a 20-year-old man was shot dead in Omdurman, witnesses and opposition medics said.

and protest groups had called for workers to stay at home after security forces stormed a protest camp on Monday, killing dozens

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168382

and

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The Sudanese people are teaching the entire world about peaceful resistance. After dozens of protesters were killed by the genocidal Janjaweed militia, they respond with mass peaceful civil disobedience: a general strike.

https://twitter.com/Elizrael/status/1137696411909316608

Films: https://twitter.com/MShareefi/status/1137630355651997696

https://twitter.com/almokabrabi/status/1137632784929972224

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Sudan at a Crossroads: Rethinking U.S. Policy

It remains paramount that the United States play a greater role in facilitating a smooth and prompt transition from military to civilian rule, while also avoiding a forced rush to elections that could create more chaos and violence and set Sudan back for years. The United States should also work with Sudan to ensure the new leadership takes the necessary steps to get off the State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST)list. Sudan could become a beacon for peaceful transition in the region; or it could become the next Libya, mired in an existential tug of war among terrorist groups, warlords, militias and other nefarious actors.

https://www.lawfareblog.com/sudan-crossroads-rethinking-us-policy

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Film: Sudan: Die Frauen fordern ihre Rechte ein

Auch Frauen demonstrierten für den Sturz des Diktators Umar al-Baschir – und stehen heute mit vor dem Hauptquartier der Armee.
Nach der islamistisch-fundamentalistischen Regierung unter al-Baschir von 1993 bis 2019 fordern heute neben den Männern auch Mütter, Frauenrechtlerinnen, Lehrerinnen, Studentinnen und Musikerinnen eine künftige demokratische Regierung des Sudan.

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/030273-716-A/arte-reportage/

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#IAmTheSudanRevolution: Support for Sudan amid internet blackout

Sudanese around the world have been taking to social media to raise awareness of a violent crackdown on protesters in Sudan amid a partial but crippling internet blackout in the country.

Under the #IAmTheSudanRevolution hashtag, social media users are showing support for the ongoing demonstrations and pressuring the international community to pay more attention to events in Sudan.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/iamthesudanrevolution-support-sudan-internet-blackout-190607053612349.html

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Don't let the Saudis ruin Sudan's democratic moment

If ever there was a moment for some tough love between allies, it is now. America, and most of Europe for that matter, is calling for the generals currently in control of Sudan to cede power to civilians and prepare for elections. Three U.S. allies — Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — back the generals.

This is the context of a statement issued Wednesday by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia noting that it "has followed with great concern the developments in the brotherly Republic of Sudan." It offered "deep condolences to the families of the victims" and expressed hope that "all parties in Sudan will choose wisdom and constructive dialogue." It reaffirmed its "unwavering position in support of Sudan and its people."

In other words: We are very sorry that many people died but we are not withdrawing our support for the military junta that ordered the massacre and is seeking to crush a democratic movement. As Judd Devermont, the director of the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, put it, the statement is an attempt to "walk back the escalating crisis."

At the same time, Sudan has a real chance to end decades of tyranny. What happens there in the coming weeks could shape its future for decades to come -by Eli Lake

https://www.stripes.com/opinion/don-t-let-the-saudis-ruin-sudan-s-democratic-moment-1.585105

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Sudan: Stopping a Spiral into Civil War

Sudan’s political transition is in great peril following the unprovoked killing of dozens of protesters. The African Union has rightly suspended the country’s membership. Western and Gulf powers should take urgent steps to compel Sudan’s interim leaders to accept a civilian-led transitional administration.

The attacks on the protesters have muddied the road ahead. The RSF now patrols the streets of Khartoum as residents hole up at home, fearing to go out and without internet access, which the state has cut off. The crackdown could in principle bring together the factious opposition against the military council, which had been quietly trying to peel off some of the established opposition parties. Protesters say they will continue their campaign of civil disobedience rather than negotiate to share power with the military rulers responsible for the mass killings. They have demanded that the junta step down.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/africa/horn-africa/sudan/sudan-stopping-spiral-civil-war

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No, it's not over for the Sudanese revolution

The counter-revolution has struck and temporarily cleared the streets, but it has not broken the revolutionary spirit. For those of us who have watched closely the events in the Arab world since 2011, what happened on June 3 in Sudan was expected. Sooner or later, the counter-revolution was going to strike.

As bodies are being pulled out of the Nile River and shocking stories are surfacing of extreme torture and rape, the brutality of the crackdown is yet to be revealed in full.

For our part, we, the Sudanese people, have already made our choice: We will not let our country be another Syria or Yemen and will not stop fighting until we have a free, democratic, and egalitarian Sudan.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/sudanese-revolution-190607082209760.html

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Sudan’s Future Dim as Foreign Meddling Continues

The incident came after the talks with the representatives from Change and Freedom Movement failed on the makeup of the transitional structure and military council’s chief General Abdel Fatah Abdel Rahman al-Burhan and his aide visited Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE to discuss the crisis in Sudan.

The incident is never natural because the three countries since the beginning of the crisis in Sudan actively worked to influence the political future in the key African country. The trio pushed towards President Omar al-Bashir’s ouster. Afterwards, they shifted their course joining forces against the revolutionary movement in a bid to block the realization of the revolutionary ideals in the country.

http://alwaght.com/en/news/155596

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Accountability in Sudan ‘crucial’ to avoid ‘further bloodshed’, says UN rights office

Now in its fifth day, a crackdown by the military authorities in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, with dozens reported killed, has prompted a “gravely concerned” UN human rights office (OHCHR) to propose the “rapid deployment” of a monitoring team to look into allegations of serious rights violations.

https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/06/1040021

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The document is a delivery note for 53 cars to the #Sudan-ese Ministry of Defense from #Jeddah, #SaudiArabia.
It is dated May 29, 2019, 5 days before the coup. These are 41 Toyota Hilux + 12 Toyota Land Cruisers. (document)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/2318135598239457

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115 Victims Result of Breaking Sit-in by Sudanese Forces

The Sudanese Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD) announced on Sunday morning that a person died by a shot in chest, raising the number of people killed after the Sudanese forces disbanded a sit-in of the General Command to 115 people.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7300

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Sudan opposition leader detained after meeting Ethiopia PM - party sources

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-sudan-politics-detention/sudan-opposition-leader-detained-after-meeting-ethiopia-pm-party-sources-idUKKCN1T823P

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Kurzinterview mit Sudan-Experten Magdi El Gizouli: "Europas südlichste Grenze"

In dieser Woche wurden im Sudan mindestens 35 Zivilisten getötet, Hunderte verletzt. Sudan-Experte Magdi El Gizouli sieht auch Europa in der Verantwortung (nur Abo)

https://www.spiegel.de/plus/sudan-experte-magdi-el-gizouli-europas-suedlichste-grenze-a-00000000-0002-0001-0000-000164302351

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Ethiopia’s Abiy in Sudan to Broker Talks

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in the Sudanese capital Friday to mediate talks between the ruling military council and leaders of the pro-democracy protest movement after a military crackdown this week that left more than 100 people dead.

https://www.voanews.com/a/ethiopia-abiy-sudan-talks/4949545.html

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Film: Activist & refugee @ali_sja sounds off on #Saudi-backed military junta #Sudan. Wise words

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1136968770956795904

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For Gulf States, dictatorship is better than anarchy in Khartoum

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt continue to support Sudan’s military junta even after its crackdown on peaceful protest caused more than 100 deaths. The Sudanese military is engaged in the ongoing war in Yemen alongside the Saudis.

“The regional experience has taught us that the orderly and conservative transition of the state and its institutions is the only way to avoid years of chaos and loss,” said Anwar Gargash, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and one of the region’s most influential men.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/For-Gulf-States%2C-dictatorship-is-better-than-anarchy-in-Khartoum-47226.html

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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt behind Sudan's bloody crackdown: Expert

A Sudanese military expert says a recent brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in capital Khartoum that killed scores of people was part of a Saudi-Emirati plan and launched at Riyadh’s bidding.

The plan to storm a protest camp outside Sudan’s Defense Ministry in central Khartoum on June 3 had been discussed during recent visits to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt by Sudan's military ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who chairs the country’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), the expert told the Middle East Eye on condition of anonymity.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/07/597901/Sudan-Saudi-Arabia-protest-camp-TMC-UAE-Egypt

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The military crackdown in Sudan lays bare the dark heart of Bashir’s regime

Dirty deals with regional allies and militias grown too big to disband have led to this – slaughter on the streets of Khartoum

Even though it was not unexpected, it is still horrifying. To assume that the Sudanese revolution would manage to topple not only Omar al-Bashir but also uproot the deeply entrenched network of military and security interests behind him was always optimistic. But the success of the protests so far, and the extent and consistency of the protesters’ efforts, offered a glimmer of hope that while civilians were negotiating with the transitional military government to end military rule, their leverage in the streets was strong.

It became obvious, however, that the military regime and its associated security bodies were simply playing for time. And they have finally run out of patience.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/04/military-sudan-bashir-protesters-death-khartoum

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9, cp12

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France sold two frigates to UAE

France has reportedly sold two frigates to the UAE for a total worth of 750 million euros, the French newspaper “Le Parisien” reported on Friday.

The sale of the two frigates came on the back of the signing of a secret agreement between the UAE and France’s Naval Group, a French industrial group specializing in maritime defense, in Abu Dhabi on March 25.

There was no official announcement of the deal, either from the UAE or French side until yesterday, indicating a high level of secrecy.

https://www.uprising.today/france-sold-two-frigates-to-uae/

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These aren't Saudi bombs being dropped on Yemeni civilians, they all have English instructions on, and that's because they're mainly US and UK munitions. (photos)

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1136992924699365376

https://twitter.com/Merlin_Norbury/status/1136995511674834944

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Films: Burning the treasure to ashes (SUMMARY) In this episode of #UnderReported we will show how Saudi regime is attacking Yemeni cultural heritage as a weapon of war.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=936864973343563

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=621835924958564

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

presented by Robert Bewley, Director of EAMENA & Michael Fradley, Research Associate at EAMENA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FewLvGGTo7s

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Excellent initiative to encourage cottage industry by selling handmade #Yemen-i products online. Can't wait to order my sandal through @morothat. Away with your plastic Crocs, these are leather and custom made. Sooo comfy by the way. (photo, link)

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/1137451095884738560

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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#AlQaeda last week released horrific footage allegedly found in abandoned #IslamicState camp in al-Bayda #Yemen. Traumatised young recruit asked to leave so #ISIS-Y locked him up until he begged them to kill him. They did. By throwing him off a cliff. They laugh as they walk away (photos)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1138045414568005632

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Road to the Caliphate: the Salafi-jihadi Movement's Strengths

America’s failure to defeat the Salafi-jihadi movement, of which al Qaeda and the Islamic State are only two parts, despite 18 years of concerted effort results from its misdefinition of the threat, failure to identify the correct center of gravity, and failure to focus efforts on the proper critical vulnerability over the long term.

The enemy is the Salafi-jihadi movement itself, not the specific elements of it threatening attacks against the US and Europe at any given moment.

This narrowing of the definition of the enemy misses the broader ideological movement of which the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and other such named groups are a part—a movement that shares a unified objective in violently imposing its vision for Islam on Muslims and then, eventually, worldwide.

The Salafi-jihadi movement’s grand strategic center of gravity is its ideology. The ideology is the source of resilience that allows the movement to recover from defeats and reconstitute time and again.

The Salafi-jihadi ideology draws on the Salafi trend in Islam, which is the belief that Muslims should return to the practice of Islam in the early years of the religion, and a jihadi conviction that it is obligatory on all Muslims to use armed force to achieve this.

However, the US cannot successfully attack or defeat this ideology.

A self-defined vanguard leads the Salafi-jihadi movement. This vanguard is more expansive than the list of senior leaders and other high-value individuals that US counterterrorism policy targets. A mass of actual and potential recruits and fellow travelers constitutes the broader movement. The members of the vanguard adhere to the Salafi-jihadi ideology. They are both internally oriented to ensure that they remain on the true path of Islam and externally oriented to spread Islam and reunify the Muslim community.

https://www.criticalthreats.org/analysis/road-to-the-caliphate-the-salafi-jihadi-movements-strengths

and full report: https://www.criticalthreats.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Road-to-the-Caliphate.pdf

My comment: Saudi Wahabism is the main base of this ideology. Searching through the full text, no matches for Saudi, no matches for Wahabism. Thus, the whole story is not complete.

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New photoset from #IslamicState in #Yemen, celebrating Eid al-Fitr in al-Bayda'. Includes images of a well-attended sermon, plentiful food & campfire bonding. But most worrying is an image of children in military jackets being handed sweets by #ISIS-Y ... It will be a long battle (photo)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1136916318584745985

cp15 Propaganda

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Iran Mullahs - A Glance of Unavoidable crises

The Iranian regime's recent actions in sabotaging oil tankers off the shores of the UAE, the attack on Saudi oil facilities, and rocket launches aimed at the US embassy in Iraq are the desperate acts of a regime on its final legs. Stuck in a quagmire of internal crises coupled with international isolation, the regime is resorting to frantic actions that will only accelerate its downfall. The regime in Iran is spiraling downward in an all-out "collapse crisis", which is due to the three following elements:

https://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3755373/posts

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EXCLUSIVE: Yemeni Minister Warns Against Ignoring Iran’s Death Threats

Iranian chants of ‘Death to the USA’ and ‘Death to Israel’ need to be taken seriously

Minister al-Eryani: First, I have to go back more than four years to the root of this crisis. This war started in 2004, when the senior Houthi began to disseminate the Iranian ideology, exporting the Iranian revolution to Yemen. He started announcing in his chant: “Death to America and Death to Israel.” When Al-Houthi started to attract children to their ideology, the government started to confront them. The war stopped that time but restarted, and the Houthis started to expand more. Each time the war restarted, the international community interfered again, and then the war stopped, and so on and so forth. And they expanded further and started initiating another war.

https://themedialine.org/top-stories/exclusive-yemeni-minister-warns-against-ignoring-irans-death-threats/

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Traitors source of calamity in Yemen

IT has perhaps been prescribed for some elements in Yemen to deviate from the proper principles through blatant and constant approach of obstinacy towards the aspects of history, reality and geography, and thereby leading their country into calamity.

These elements refuse cohesion with the remaining political elements, and go to the extent of seeking support from foreign elements against their own people and nation. This is the peak of treachery, and we have many historical accounts of those who have sold their allegiance.

We know how traitors were punished in France during World War II. We know how Vietnamese traitors were punished during their battle with the French, and later with the Americans, and many others who traded their souls and nations for silver - By Ahmed Al-Jarallah, Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

https://menafn.com/1098623147/Traitors-source-of-calamity-in-Yemen

My comment: Meaning Houthis and Iran. Look at the author:

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Yemen vice president praises coalition’s efforts against Iran’s interference

Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar said on Saturday that he was grateful for the Saudi-led Arab coalition in defending Yemen from “Iran’s destructive influence in the country.”

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1508306/middle-east

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UN Attempts to Whitewash Griffiths’ Actions

The United Nations and its Secretary General Antonio Guterres are seeking to whitewash UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths’ actions after the legitimate government in Yemen accused him of bias in implementing the Swedish agreement and the redeployment in Hodeidah and its ports.
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1759356/un-attempts-whitewash-griffiths%E2%80%99-actions

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Taiz Human Rights office denounces international silence on al-Houthi crimes

The human rights office in Taiz has condemned the war crimes committed by the Houthi group against the civilians in the province.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168331

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Human rights: Thousands of children in Taiz and al-Dhale face the specter of death as a result of Al-Houthi missiles

The Ministry of Human Rights said that thousands of children in Taiz and al-Dhale governorates face the specter of death, fear and horror at every moment, as a result of the Houthi militia's shelling and indiscriminate attacks on residential neighborhoods.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168356

and also http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/08/ministry-of-human-rights-condemns-houthis-crimes-against-civilians/

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Qatari Fake News Rings Spread Misleading Footage Peddling Houthi Propaganda

Qatari propagandists put old video footage back in circulation to mislead viewers into believing Houthi militia false claims of advancing into Saudi Arabia’s southwestern city of Al Khubah, which is nestled in Jazan region near the border with Yemen.
Fake news vigilantes and well-informed sources, however, confirmed that the footage dates back to 2014, and that it featured Saudi riot control taskforces in action, not Houthi gunmen entering the city.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1758306/qatari-fake-news-rings-spread-misleading-footage-peddling-houthi-propaganda

Remark by Rune Agerhus: Ansarullah's official media outlet, the Ansarullah Media Center, has also rejected this footage in its entirety, as have my Yemeni friends in Sana'a.
But the frontline footage released by the Military Media - is recent footage and 100% true.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10157641658413641, below post

My comment: Remarkable: The Saudis take a fake news from someone in Qatar, by this claiming the news of houthi advance is fake. The much broader Houthi official footage they simply neglect. This is dumb propaganda.

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The diplomats who struck the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement sold the deal as the beginnings of a new era but instead the Middle East became ever more polarised as Iranian interference went into overdrive.

Nowhere has that been more true than in Yemen, ravaged by hunger and disease as civil war raged after the government was driven out in a coup by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/gargash-yemen-envoy-deserves-support-after-imperfect-breakthrough-in-hodeidah-1.871860

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1508861/saudi-arabia

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/10/arab-coalition-countries-making-great-efforts-to-support-yemens-economy-spokesperson/

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/10/arab-coalition-launches-campaign-to-aid-civilians-affected-by-heavy-rain/

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/uae-launches-campaign-aid-flood-hit-yemenis

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Coalition airstrikes targeting militia gatherings in Kataf, Sa’ada

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/10/coalition-airstrikes-targeting-militia-gatherings-in-kataf-saada/

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Coalition airstrikes target Houthi gatherings north of Al-Dhale

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/10/coalition-airstrikes-target-houthi-gatherings-north-of-al-dhale/

(A K pS)

Dozens of Houthis killed & wounded in intensive airstrikes in Hajjah

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/09/dozens-of-houthis-killed-wounded-in-intensive-airstrikes-in-hajjah/ = http://en.adenpress.news/news/7431

(A K pH)

Saada: 7 #Saudi-led air raids on communication towers
4 raids hit communication towers in Mounabih 3 and three airstrikes were waged on Kutaf district.
The communication towers in Hudan district were also targeted disrupting the service for the region

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515/2315022545217429/

(A K pS)

Coalition airstrikes inflict Houthi militia heavy casualties in Al-Dhale

Arab Coalition warplanes launched on Friday several airstrikes on positions of Houthi coup militia in the north of Al-Dhale province

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/07/coalition-airstrikes-inflict-houthi-militia-heavy-casualties-in-al-dhale/

(A K pH)

SAUDI-LED COALITION LAUNCHES 2 AIRSTRIKES IN SANAA

The two air raids hit Nahdeen camp in the southern Sanaa

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/saudi-led-coalition-launches-2-airstrikes-in-sanaa/

(A K pS)

Coalition air raids target Houthis in Sana'a and al-Dhale

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7415

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

June 9: https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515/2317364148316602/ Saada p.

June 8: http://en.adenpress.news/news/7425 Dhalae p., Sanaa p., Saada p.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news538526.htm Sanaa city

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news538531.htm Saada p.

June 7: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news538358.htm Sanaa city

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7285 Asir

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/coalitions-warplanes-hit-citizens-farms-in-hodeidah/ Hodeidah p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

(A K pS)

A 12-year old girl was killed a bullet fired by the Houthi group in the area of the old airport, west of #Taiz governorate. (photos)

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1138161434867699717

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Jemens Houthi-Rebellen starten Angriffsdrohnen nach Saudi-Arabien

Die Houthi-Rebellen im Jemen haben mindestens zwei Drohnen abgefeuert, die auf eine südwest-saudische Stadt abzielen, in der sich eine Luftwaffenbasis befindet.

Der Satellitensender Al-Masirah von Houthis berichtete am frühen Dienstag, dass die Rebellen Drohnen vom Typ Qasef-2K auf die Stadt Khamis Mushait abgefeuert hatten.

Die staatliche saudische Presseagentur berichtete am Dienstag unter Berufung auf den Militärsprecher Col. Turki al-Maliki, dass Soldaten zwei von den Houthis abgefangene Drohnen "abgefangen" hätten.

https://www.nach-welt.com/welt/jemens-houthi-rebellen-starten-angriffsdrohnen-nach-saudi-arabien/

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Yemen's Houthi rebels launch attack drones into Saudi Arabia

Yemen's Houthi rebels have launched at least two drones targeting a southwest Saudi city that's home to an air base.

The Houthis' Al-Masirah satellite news channel reported early Tuesday the rebels launched Qasef-2K drones to strike the city of Khamis Mushait.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday, quoting military spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki, that soldiers "intercepted" two drones launched by the Houthis.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-7126745/Yemens-Houthi-rebels-launch-attack-drones-Saudi-Arabia.html

and also by Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-saudi-attack/yemen-houthis-carry-out-attacks-on-saudi-arabia-airbase-al-masirah-tv-idUSKCN1TB2K7

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-saudi-attacks/saudi-air-defense-intercepts-two-houthi-drones-spa-idUSKCN1TB2P9

(B H K)

Last week #MSF supported #Abs Rural Hospital received 7 civilians wounded by strikes, including 5 children & 2 women. A 5-year-old girl will most likely lose an eye owing to her injuries. Civilians are being caught up in the conflict here with nowhere safe to seek refuge.

https://twitter.com/msf_yemen/status/1138027883199422464

(A K pS)

Taiz.. A woman and three of her children were injured and their house destroyed by a Houthi missile

on Monday, north of Taiz City, southwest of Yemen.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168398

Photos: https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1138058968457261057

https://twitter.com/ycmhrv/status/1138133114159546369

(A K pS)

Army regains new areas in Al-Dhale & kills 60 Houthis

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/09/army-regains-new-areas-in-al-dhale-kills-60-houthis/

(A K pS)

Five civilians injured by Houthis’ shelling in Al-Dhale

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/09/five-civilians-injured-by-houthis-shelling-in-al-dhale/

and also https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168389

(A K)

Yemen: 10 Houthis killed in government attack in Saada

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190609-yemen-10-houthis-killed-in-government-attack-in-saada/

(A K pH)

YEMENI FORCES KILL MANY MERCENARIES AND CAPTURE THOSE WHO REMAIN AFTER CRUSHING THREE ATTACKS IN SUDAIS FRONT (NAJRAN) (with film)

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/yemeni-forces-kill-many-mercenaries-and-capture-those-who-remain-after-crushing-three-attacks-in-sudais-front-najran/

and also https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/yemeni-forces-just-a-few-kilometers-away-from-saudi-arabias-najran-defense-minister/

and more films: https://southfront.org/houthis-advance-in-jizan-and-repel-another-coalition-attack-in-najran-18-videos/

(A K pH)

Army controls Saudi' sites in Jizan

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news538528.htm

My remark: On Saudi territory, Houthi government’s army.

(A K pH)

Saudi' mercenaries bombing a village in Sadaa, a woman injured

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news538530.htm

(A K pS)

Hajjah.. Government forces liberate al-Naseem farms and a number of villages west of the city of Haradh

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168342

(A K pS)

Photo: Bidding farewell to his young daughter who fell victim to a #Houthi sniper in the besieged city of #Taizz.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1137334895024513024

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Houthi-Rebellen greifen saudischen Flughafen mit Drohnen an

Jemenitische Houthi-Rebellen haben einem Bericht zufolge einen Flughafen im benachbarten Saudi-Arabien mit bewaffneten Drohnen angegriffen. Ziel sei der Flughafen des Küstenorts Jizan unweit der gemeinsamen Grenze gewesen, berichtete der Rebellen-nahe Fernsehsender Al-Masirah am Sonntag auf Twitter.

Sie hätten als Vergeltung für die von dort ausgehende militärische "Aggression" unter anderem Landebahnen und Wartungsstationen für Drohnen angegriffen.

https://www.derstandard.de/story/2000104603088/houthi-rebellen-greifen-saudischen-flughafen-mit-drohnen-an = https://derstandard.at/2000104603088/Houthi-Rebellen-greifen-saudischen-Flughafen-mit-Drohnen-an = https://orf.at/stories/3126193/

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Drone attacks target Jizan airport in Saudi Arabia: al masirah tv

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched multiple drone attacks targeting Jizan airport in Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, a tweet on Sunday by the group’s TV Al-Masirah said.

The attacks targeted Saudi drone bunkers and stations in the airport

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-saudi-drone/drone-attacks-target-jizan-airport-in-saudi-arabia-al-masirah-tv-idUSKCN1TA03X

and by Saba: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news538533.htm

(A K pS)

Houthi snipers kill woman and wound her sister in Taiz

The sources explained that Jamalah was shot while trying to help her sister Fatima Ahmed Mohammed, who was wounded by another Houthi sniper.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/06/08/houthi-snipers-kill-woman-wound-her-sister-in-taiz/

and also https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168343 (photo)

photos: https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1137383087300628480

(A K pS)

Yemen: 16 children killed, injured in Taiz during Eid

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights yesterday stated that 16 children were killed or wounded after being targeted by a Houthi bombardment of the city of Taiz, northwest of Aden, during Eid El-Fitr.

The ministry said in a statement that “the children were targeted with shells and snipers stationed on the outskirts of Taiz

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190608-yemen-16-children-killed-injured-in-taiz-during-eid/

(A K pS)

The spokesman for President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s army, Brigadier General Abdu Abdullah Majili, denied the al Houthi movement’s recent claims of a cross-border al Houthi offensive into Najran region. Majili further claimed that Hadi government-aligned forces control more than sixty percent of Yemen’s Sa’ada governorate, which borders Najran. Al Houthi-affiliated media outlets released footage of al Houthi forces allegedly attacking Saudi-led coalition vehicles in Najran region on June 7.[2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-7-2019

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Saudi-Arabien räumt ein: 70 Soldaten an der Grenze zum Jemen getötet

Laut saudischen Medienberichten sind 70 Armeeangehörige in den letzten Wochen an der Grenze zum Jemen getötet worden.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i47603-saudi_arabien_r%C3%A4umt_ein_70_soldaten_an_der_grenze_zum_jemen_get%C3%B6tet

(* A K pH)

NAMES OF 70 KILLED SAUDI ARMY’S FORCES, INCLUDING COMMANDERS, RECOGNIZING BY SAUDI MEDIA

The death toll of the Saudi army’s forces during the past few weeks reached 70 killed soldiers, including senior leaders in the operations of the army and the popular committees in Jizan, Najran and Asir.

A military source told Saba news agency that the statistics of the military information monitored by the Saudi official and non-officail media showed that the losses of the army of the Saudi regime has doubled over the past few weeks.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/names-of-70-killed-saudi-armys-forces-including-commanders-recognizing-by-saudi-media/

(A K pS)

Two youths shot dead by Houthi militia sniper north of Taiz City

on Thursday evening in the area of Osaifrah, north of Taiz City, southwest of Yemen.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/168313

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HOUTHIS DESTROY SAUDI-LED COALITION INFANTRY FIGHTING VEHICLES, CAPTURE BELGIUM, AMERICAN & SWEDISH WEAPONS IN NAJRAN (VIDEO)

The Houthis carried out another successful large-scale attack on the Saudi-led coalition in the Kingdom’s southern province of Najran on June 6.

A video released by the Yemen group’s media wing shows Houthi fighters destroying a military truck and a position of coalition forces with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).

Houthi fighters captured loads of weapons, including two Belgium-made FN F2000 assault rifles equipped with FN GL1 40mm grenade launchers, a Swedish-made Carl Gustaf 84 mm recoilless rifle and four US-made AN/PVS-5 dual-tube night-vision goggles. These weapons and equipment are in active service with the SANG’s elite units.

https://southfront.org/houthis-destroy-saudi-led-coalition-infantry-fighting-vehicles-capture-belgium-american-swedish-weapons-in-najran-video/

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9twds2CdGg

Film, photos: https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/videoimages-weapons-obtained-by-the-yemeni-troops-in-najran/

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Saudi warships bomb Hajjah on Eid ul-Fitr

The US-backed Saudi-led coalition’s warships have bombed the northern city of Hajjah on the holy day of Eid ul-Fitr, thus causing seven casualties.

This was reported by a security official to Saba News Agency. The official reported that seven children and women were wounded in the aggression’s battleships’ bombing on the Abes district.

https://www.uprising.today/saudi-warships-bomb-hajjah-on-eid-ul-fitr/

and

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SEVEN VICTIMS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN, TARGETED BY COALITION’S WARSHIPS

Media on Wednesday distributed horrific scenes of seven wounded children and women, who were targeted on Tuesday evening in Hajjah province by battleships of Saudi-led coalition forces (photo)

The distributed images show the extent of the savage aggression

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/seven-victims-of-women-and-children-targeted-by-coalitions-warplanes/

and also, other photo: https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/two-horrific-crimes-against-citizens-by-coalitions-air-raids/

(A K pH)

Army kills, injurs dozens of mercenaries in Najran, Jizan

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news538355.htm

My remark: On Saudi territory.

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IMAGES: YEMENI TROOPS SHOOT DOWN US ( MQ9 ) DRONE IN YEMEN’S WEST COAST

The Yemeni air defenses of the army and popular committees on Thursday shot down American-made fighting drone of the army and popular committees in West Coast.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/images-yemeni-troops-shoot-down-us-mq9-drone-in-yemens-west-coast/

and also: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=7288

and also: https://southfront.org/houthis-shoot-down-another-u-s-armed-drone-over-yemens-western-coast-video-photos/

https://twitter.com/mamashami/status/1137051800358608896

Films: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2095841277209582 = https://southfront.org/houthis-released-video-showing-surface-to-air-missile-launch-at-u-s-mq-9-combat-drone/ = https://twitter.com/almasirah/status/1137401298389786624

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tjeonVAGbQ

My remark: This had been reported earlier already, now the photos.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(B)

The woman fighting for the arts amid conflict in Yemen

Abeer Mohammed Al Hadrami stores about 100 of her own paintings in her parent’s three-room apartment in the port city of Mukalla, the capital of Yemen’s south-eastern province, Hadramout. You’ll find some inside or on top of cupboards, and even under her bed.

The young artist was born in Aden, raised in the capital, Sanaa, and now lives with her mother and father in Mukalla, where Al Hadrami also has a small studio

http://en.adenpress.news/news/7416

cp19a USA bereitet Krieg gegen Iran vor / The US is preparing war against Iran

(*B P)

John Brennan: My trouble with Trump? ‘His dishonesty, his character’

The former CIA director is a fierce critic of the US president – and the feeling is mutual

“The United States has gone down this cul de sac with Iran, by putting pressure on the regime, in the false belief that they will change. It’s a culture of resistance in Iran,” he says, describing national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as “Iran zealots”.

“By reneging on the Iran nuclear deal, by designating the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] as a terrorist organisation, by tightening sanctions on Iran and forcing European parties to the agreement to renege on their obligations, the perception in Iran is that the Trump administration ultimately wants to overthrow the regime.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/john-brennan-my-trouble-with-trump-his-dishonesty-his-character-1.3915703

(A P)

‘Trump avoids war because he knows about Iran's might’

A senior Iranian official says US President Donald Trump avoids war with Iran knowing how much would be at stake for Washington and its allies if such a conflict broke out.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/09/598066/Iran-US-war-Trump-Rezaei

(A P)

Iran says new US sanctions show talks offer hollow

Iran says new US sanctions on its petrochemical industry show the hollowness of President Donald Trump's claims to be open to fresh negotiations with Tehran.

"Only one week was needed for the US president's claim that he was ready to negotiate with Iran to be proven hollow," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Saturday.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/08/597983/Iran-petrochemical-sanctions-Abbas-Mousavi

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U.S. commander says American forces face 'imminent' threat from Iran

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie says he believes the Iranians or their proxies may orchestrate an attack at any moment.

The top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East says he believes the Iranians or their proxies may orchestrate an attack at any moment.

"I think the threat is imminent," Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said in an exclusive broadcast interview with NBC News in the Iraqi capital. "We continually evaluate our force posture in the region."

The U.S. has beefed up its military presence in the region in an effort to deter Iran and protect American forces and allies.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/u-s-commander-says-american-forces-face-imminent-threat-iran-n1014556

My comment: The US is further beating the war drums. Keep in mind, that all this would happen up to 3 miles off the Iranian coast … while 7,000 miles away from any US coastline.

cp19b Weitere Spannungen im Mittleren Osten / More tensions in the Middle East

(* B K P)

Iran Unveils New Indigenous Air Defense System

Iran has unveiled a domestically-designed and -manufactured air defense system capable of simultaneously destroying six incoming hostile targets.

The system, dubbed Khordad 15, was inaugurated in the presence of Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, IRNA reported on Sunday.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/09/598080/Iran-air-defense-system-Khordad-15

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Sabotage in Al-Fuyaira: New Anglo-Saxon „feat“?(Part I)

In this article I intend to provide arguments that would disarm the accusations against Iran as the author of acts of sabotage in an Emirati port.

First, the US authorities they use, when referring to Iran's guilt, a language in terms of which it is highly probable or that they attribute to it their authorship, giving the impression that they do not possess conclusive and incriminating evidence.

Second, US officials have said that they "believe" - in the words of Reuters - that the four oil tankers sabotaged were attacked by Yemeni Shiite Houthis, from the Ansarolá militia, who are fighting the Saudi and Emirati forces that have invaded and occupy Yemen since 2015 "or" Iraqi Shia militias that, according to the US, are being supported, equipped and trained by Iran, to combat the radical terrorist group Daesh. The problem is that, apart from the fact that they speak of a possible guilt, without being able to affirm it for apparent lack of evidence, the Yemeni of Ansarolá doubtfully, in the opinion of this observer, would have the ability to navigate more than 2,000 km from the Yemeni coast of the Red Sea to the Gulf of Oman in the Arabian Sea.

The possible cause of the sabotage presented by the Norwegian insurance company of the tanker of the same nationality attacked is also unlikely. The Norwegian insurer suggests that the Yemenis of Asarolá could have used an unmanned boat loaded with explosives for the sabotage against the Norwegian tanker. The problem is that in order to control this boat the Yemenis would have needed a mother ship to control the vehicle, which probably would have been located by the maritime patrol units using sophisticated means of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in the approximately 2,000 km distance that the unmanned boat or a mother ship would have had to travel,

It can also be said of the Iraqi Shiite militias, who are terrestrial and do not have their own maritime force.

https://www.hispantv.com/noticias/opinion/430349/emiratos-fujaira-petroleros-iran-sabotaje

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Zarif: Mossad fabricating intel to blame Iran for Fujairah false flag

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed as a"fabricated" claim by Israeli spy agency Mossad that Iran was behind the recent attacks near the Emirati port of al-Fujairah, saying he had warned about such false flag attacks in the region.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump said Mossad was simply peddling an anti-Iranian scenario made up by the B-Team -- his way of referring to US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

"The #B_Team's boy who cries wolf is crying once again: this time Mossad is fabricating intelligence about Iran's involvement in sabotage in Fujairah. I've warned of “accidents” and false flags—we know what happens when you believe their lies. We've been here before, haven't we?"

Israeli media have reported over the past days that Mossad had collected material at the site of the alleged sabotage of four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last month that incriminated Iran.

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/436647/Zarif-Mossad-fabricating-intel-to-blame-Iran-for-Fujairah-false

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Emirate: Höchstwahrscheinlich staatlicher Angriff auf Schiffe im Golf

Nach Explosionen an mehreren Öltankern vor der Küste der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) geht das Land nach eigenen Angaben von einem Angriff eines anderen Staates aus. Eine so ausgeklügelte koordinierte Operation erfordere eine "beträchtliche operative Kapazität". Es habe sich höchstwahrscheinlich um einen Angriff von staatlicher Seite gehandelt, hieß es in einer in der Nacht zum Freitag veröffentlichten Stellungnahme der VAE-Vertretung bei den Vereinten Nationen. Die Erkenntnisse stammen aus einer Untersuchung der Emirate zusammen mit Saudi-Arabien und Norwegen, denen drei der betroffenen Schiffe gehören.

Dem Bericht zufolge wurden die Tanker anscheinend gezielt ausgewählt. Wahrscheinlich hätten mehrere Teams mit Tauchern Sprengstoff genau so an den Schiffen befestigt, dass diese nicht sanken, sondern nur manövrierunfähig wurden. Außerdem habe es schnelle Boote gebraucht, die mit genauer Kenntnis der Region in die Gewässer der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate eingedrungen seien. Die gesamte Aktion habe die Kompetenzen eines Geheimdienstes benötigt.

https://www.onvista.de/news/emirate-hoechstwahrscheinlich-staatlicher-angriff-auf-schiffe-im-golf-238616271

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Inquiry into oil tanker attacks stops short of blaming Iran

UN security council hears unidentified state was behind explosions in Gulf last month

An unidentified state actor has been blamed for attacks on four oil tankers in the Gulf last month, according to an inconclusive inquiry that stopped short of explicitly pointing the finger at Iran.

The UAE along with Saudi Arabia and Norway presented the preliminary findings during a private briefing to members of the UN security council, which will also receive the final results of the inquiry and consider a possible response.

The US has accused Iran of almost certainly being behind the attacks on the four oil tankers off the Emirati coast, but the brief report, while providing evidence of the sophistication of the attack, goes nowhere near identifying the culprit.

The UAE may be waiting to see whether other intelligence agencies can provide evidence that Iran directed surrogate groups, or possibly Houthi rebels, to carry out the attack.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/07/uae-tanker-attacks-un-iran-norway-saudi-arabia

My comment: And even more war drums are beaten.

And

(* A K P)

UAE Probe Blames ‘State Actor’ for Oil Tanker Attacks

Claims sabotage required 'expert' navigation

Indeed, their sole real conclusions on it being a state actor at all is that there were 200 ships present, and the attackers must have had the capabilities to select four oil tankers among them all, even though oil tankers are visibly apparent, and that whoever it was had “expert” ability to navigate a small speed boat.

To be clear, the probe never establishes conclusively that these were deliberate attacks involving planted explosives, and seems to take that for granted, apparently because Israel’s Mossad had already made such allegations.

The lack of motives, however, is the real glaring problem. Sabotaging tankers in such a way would be a huge international incident. Yet the four tankers in question suffered only superficial damage, with no casualties inflicted and not a drop of oil spilled.

https://news.antiwar.com/2019/06/06/uae-probe-blames-state-actor-for-oil-tanker-attacks/

(A P)

Film: 1-on-1 with Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

https://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/iran-foreign-minister-javad-zarif-63436401

Vorige / Previous

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-543-yemen-war-mosaic-543

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-543 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-543:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

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

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

07:15 11.06.2019
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