Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 545 - Yemen War Mosaic 545

Yemen Press Reader 545: 16. Juni 2019: Die saudische Blockade von Flughäfen im Jemen – Die UNO und Jemen – Anstieg der Cholera – und mehr
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June 16, 2019: Saudi blockade of Yemeni airports – The UN and Yemen – Cholera is further increasing – and more

Dieses Jemenkrieg-Mosaik ist in zwei Teile geteilt / This Yemen War Mosaic is divided in two parts.

Teil 2 / Part 2:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Kursiv: Teil 2 / In Italics: Part 2

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Sudan

cp13 Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

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




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Yemeni Party Leader Dies as Saudi Airport Blockade Prevents His Travel Abroad for Treatment

The reopening of Sana`a Airport was part of the negotiations that took place in Sweden last year, but Saudi Arabia has refused to implement an agreement that would ease human suffering.

Mohamed Abdel Rahman al-Rubai, the Secretary-General of the Union of Popular Forces (a long-standing Yemeni political party), died on Sunday in his home in Yemen’s capital Sana`a, when his doctors were unable to transfer him for treatment abroad owing to the closure of Sana`a International Airport by the Saudi-led Coalition. The Coalition has closed the airport since 2016 and its devastating blockade of Yemen’s ports is now in its fifth year.

The Saudi-UAE forces have blocked all Yemeni airports except for Aden and Sayoun airports, which often stop working. The two airports receive only Yemeni Airlines and Balqis Airlines planes – five planes in total. Al-Rayyan Airport in the city of Mukalla — the capital of Hadramout, in the southeast of Yemen — has been closed by UAE forces, which use it as a secret prison to arrest and torture its Yemeni opponents.

The five planes operating in Yemen through Aden and Sayoun airports in the south of the country are supposed to serve thousands of Yemenis, but the flights are mostly dominated by Coalition leaders, who cancel trips without any prior warning. In the last month, the Coalition canceled three flights of Bilqis and six flights of Yemen State Airline

Mutasim al-Adini, head of the Yemeni regional airport office, told al Jazeera

“We send messages to the Coalition, every time there is a cancellation, that the cancellation of flights causes suffering to passengers, including humanitarian cases and patients in critical cases, but we do not receive any response.”

Moreover, the Coalition does not allow Yemen to operate Sana`a Airport as a domestic airport nor does it allow local airlines to operate flights to Aden and Sayoun airports or any other airports. Residents in northern areas wanting to travel abroad need to think hard before they make the decision to travel through Coalition-controlled areas, where they face humiliating and dangerous checkpoints, high costs, and great distance that often kills patients before they arrive.

Alarming statistics from the Ministry of Health in Sana`a indicate that at least 20 to 30 patients die every day because of the closure of the airport, while there were 40,000 patients who needed to travel for treatment, who have already died. The closure of Sana`a Airport effectively seals Yemen off from the rest of the world, and dooms the 250,000 patients who need to travel abroad to treatment, while hospitals that are still operating within Yemen urgently require more medicine and medical supplies.

In March 2017, the government of the ousted former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, on direct order from the Coalition, announced the cancellation of the services provided by the Immigration and Passports in the capital Sana`a and the invalidity of all documents — including passports, entry visas for foreigners, residence permits, refugee cards, naturalization certificates and marriage licenses — issued by it

As a result of mounting pressure, the Houthi Ansarullah movement announced on Sunday the airports of countries involved in the devastating military war and blockade against Yemen will be targeted as long as the embargo imposed on Sana`a International Airport remains in place – by Ahmed AbdulKareem

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The United Nations in Yemen .. A failure or a conspiracy?

The anti-United Nations campaign – and talk about its dubious role in Yemen – has become increasingly popular recently. This coincides with claims of conspiracy, a rhetoric mostly used by the helpless party in an indirect attempt to justify self-insufficiency. Calls for the dismissal of UN envoy Martin Griffiths rose together with claims of his close relationship with the Houthis, ignoring the fact that the person in question, just like any outsider party not having military power on the ground, deals only with realities which can be summarized as total control of the Houthis, their cohesion in the front and the effectiveness of performance despite their bad intentions. This is strikingly in contrast with the helplessness of the government, the divisions among the coalition supporting it and above all the intolerable humanitarian conditions.

President Abdu Rabbuh Mansour Hadi boasted that he was the president who was supported by the world and that the Security Council met in the capital Sana’a confirmed its support to him for the transitional period. This boasting becomes surprising to any person who knows and grasps the size of the danger as Yemen file has become an international issue attracting regional competition and interests of great powers in his term.

What is more surprising is that he finally boasted of this, unaware that the main reason for what is currently happening in Yemen is the internationalization of the crisis, and does not see or realize how a group that is not concerned with UN or international community launched a coup against him. Had it not been for regional support, Hadi would have been a former president now.

Since 2011, three United Nations envoys have followed each other in Yemen while the situation in the country steadily declined, and the political process collapsed until it totally died.

All three envoys together with their respective teams of non-Yemeni technocrats were ignorant to the simplest facts about Yemen.

Thus, the Yemeni policy came to be led from out to inside, creating this phenomenon of “embassy sons”, a young elite that has arisen within context of representation of the youth forces, civil society and women. Most of them do not possess any qualifications other than speaking English which ease their communication with Western embassies and present their simple and technocratic solutions to the matter of fact deep Yemeni crisis. The real solution requires considerable efforts from influential local actors in the demographically dispersed country of which majority or statistically about 70% population resides in the countryside. This means this elite residing in city centers busy with contacting outside world are disconnected from real situation in Yemen, where real or factual social and political forces are absent and excluded from the political decision-making in the capital, Sana’a.

UN intervention eases and lengthens the conflict, impeding any possibility of resolving it

UN interventions also prevent the possibility of internal mediation that is more realistic and focused on reparation and coexistence beyond the divisions of war.

Usually, the international intervention establishes so-called democracy, but in reality or practice, this is nothing more than a ballot box based on political or ethnic political representation at fixed proportions.

The United Nations does not have a successful, measurable experience to imagine a different performance in Yemen, but it has become a pretext of the Yemenis’ failure - by Maysaa Shuja Al-Deen

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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A community-based self help initiative is being conducted in health awareness against Cholera in 50 villages of Almadan District, #Amran #Yemen. This volutary initiative, with support of @TamkeenYemen works to distribute 2,000 promotion posters to be posted on nearly 1,500 homes. (photo)

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Cholera situation in Yemen, April 2019


In April 2019, the Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen reported a total 118 112 suspected cholera cases including 202 related deaths (case fatality rate: 0.17%), from 21 governorates.

The cumulative number of suspected cholera cases reported in Yemen since October 2016 to April 2019 is 1 704 246 including 3 438 related deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.20%. The country experienced a second wave of this outbreak from 27 April 2017. The total number of suspected cholera cases reported during the second wave were 1 678 419 including 3 309 related deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.20%.

Since January 2019, a total of 5 535 stool specimens were tested. Out of these, 2 915 were laboratory confirmed for Vibrio cholerae.

The 5 governorates with the highest cumulative attack rate per 10 000 are Amran (1 465.95), Al Mahwit (1 277.94), Sana’a (1 016.09), Dahamar (825.93) and Al Bayda (802.92). The national attack rate is 595.87per 10 000. The Governorate with high numbers of deaths are Hajjah (522),
Ibb (458), Al Hudaydah (363) and Taizz (272). =

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WHO experts sustain decrease in new cholera cases and deaths in Yemen

To support the ongoing scale-up of cholera response efforts in Yemen, from 18 to 25 May 2 World Health Organization (WHO) experts deployed to Sana’a. As part of the scale-up, WHO has increased technical support to the country, which has been facing the worst cholera outbreak in history since 2016. Deployed staff expertise ranges from oral cholera vaccination to laboratory, water and sanitation, and community engagement and health promotion.

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[Sanaa government] Health Minister Disappointed with Delay in UNICEF Processing of Isolation Centers for Diphtheria Patients in Sa’ada

Minister of Public Health and Population Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakil expressed his dismay at the failure of UNICEF to respond to the need for isolation centers for diphtheria patients and the implementation of a medical camp to provide treatment for the children of Sa'ada governorate.

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A strange disease has hit Yemen's #Aden, which was lashed by heavy rains recently, with local journalists saying several people have died and scores of others infected. Infected cases are increasing but authorities have not intervened to contain the disease, journalists said.

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Between 1st January & 2nd of June 2019, the number of cholera cases in #Yemen reached 370,244 cases. As a part of a large-scale intervention, WHO & UNICEF concluded awareness activities amongst the communities in Sana'a, Ibb, Hajjah & Dhamar, reaching more than 35,000 people.

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9 Cholera deaths and 650 infections in Abyan

Nine people died of a cholera epidemic in the southern province of Abyan last month, while the number of cases affected by the epidemic reached 650, a medical source told Al-Masdar online.

the cases infected by the epidemic include some African immigrants who have been in some district centers for nearly four months

and also

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Cholera surge stalks Yemen's hungry and displaced

In the last two weeks Dr Asmahan Ahmed has seen a surge in suspected cholera cases arriving at her health center in Abs, a small, Houthi-held town in northwest Yemen.

The World Health Organization said last week that Yemen had seen more than 724,000 suspected cholera cases and 1,135 deaths this year, but that case numbers had stabilized in recent weeks.

In the clinic, limp children’s faces are covered with flies and their chests heave as they breathe while receiving intravenous fluid tubes in their feet and wrists.

The recent influx means some patients are forced to lie on the floor and the center has run out of some medicines.

“The number of cases are increasing by the day and if it continues we would consider it a humanitarian disaster,” he said.

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

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Photos: Poverty in Hodeidah

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Saturday, June 15th, 2019

In Hodeidah, a girl was injured with the US-Saudi mercenaries' gunshots in Attohayta district. (and more)

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Houthis Mobilize Fighters, Dig Trenches in Hodeidah

In a new escalation, Houthi rebels started to mobilize fighters and dig new trenches in the port city of Hodeidah.

The Houthi group sent more reinforcement to the flashpoint city of Hodeidah and deployed more fighters in Bait Al Faqeeh, south the city, which is an indicator of the group’s will for escalation, military sources said.

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Houthis send more fighters to al-Tuhita, south Hodeidah

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Houthis continue violating UN truce, shelling army’s positions in Hodiedah

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Film: “This agreement offered the brightest glimmer of hope for millions of Yemenis but has fallen woefully short of expectations” @NRC_Norway’s @sultanabegums to @AJEnglish about Stockholm ceasefire agreement in #Yemen

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Al-Houthi impede 60 UN observer’s entry to Yemen over the past months

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, proposed the extension of UN observers to the Hodeidah agreement for a second term, which was approved by the Council in resolution 2452, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat news paper quoted UN sources as reporting. Under the name of the United Nations Mission in support of the Hodeidah agreement known as “UNMAHA”.

Remarkably, the 75 monitors will end their first term, which is six months from January, and the majority of them have not set foot in Yemen, except for 15 of them, headed by Danish Michael Lolisgaard

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Film: a whole village is literally burnt by #USA #Saudi mercenary forces, AlJah, Beit AlFaeqeeh, #Hudaydah governorate; thus, burning what remains of the #Stockholm agreement. #UN & all shamefully silent.

and also here:

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Friday, June 14th, 2019

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Houthis continue shelling civilian areas in Hays, Hodeidah

(A K pS)

Houthis shell al-Amalika and joint forces in Hodeidah

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One child killed and his brother wounded by Houthi blast in Hodiedah

A child was killed and his brother was injured on Friday in a projectile explosion left by Houthi rebels in the south of the western province of Hodeidah.

and also


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No Houthi military in three key Yemen ports for past month: U.N.

A U.N. mission monitoring a peace deal between warring parties in Yemen’s Hodeidah region said on Wednesday it had not detected any Houthi military forces in three key ports since the group withdrew a month ago.

The Iran-aligned Houthi movement’s unilateral pullout from the ports, used for grain, oil, commerce and aid, was the most significant advance yet for efforts to end the four-year-old war and relieve a hunger crisis.

Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard, who heads the U.N. monitoring mission in Hodeidah, said in a statement that regular U.N. patrols had not detected a Houthi military presence in the three ports since May 14. He said coast guard forces were providing port security, but the United Nations could not yet confirm if the coast guard was operating at the agreed strength of 450.

Lollesgaard said Houthi military installations and equipment had been removed from Saleef and Ras Isa, but largely remained in Hodeidah. He called on the Houthis to “expeditiously complete the removal of all military manifestations, including trenches as part of their commitment to the process.”

The Houthi withdrawal from the ports is due to be met by a retreat of Saudi-led coalition forces from the eastern outskirts of Hodeidah, facilitating humanitarian access to grain stores at the Red Sea Mills.

and also


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No Huthi military presence in Yemen ports since pullout: UN

General Michael Lollesgaard confirmed in letters to Yemen's government and the Huthis that "since May 14, the Huthi military presence was not detected in the ports by regular verification patrols" carried out by the UN.

Lollesgaard asked the Huthis to remove "all military manifestations, including trenches" from Hodeida port, a key entry point for humanitarian aid to Yemen.

The Huthis handed over control of the ports to a "coast guard," but Yemen's government said these forces were in fact rebel fighters in different uniforms.

Lollesgaard said in a statement that the Huthi pullout from the ports was "significant" and had transformed the ports into a "civilian space" for Yemen's port authorities to carry out their work, with UN support.

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A child injured by Houthi shelling west of Hodeida

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Film: Huthi mines: The young man Abdullah Mohammed Ahmed, 15, lost his hopes and dreams early after stepping on a grass that hid under the Huthi crime in the popular district of Al-Mundhar, south of Hodeidah province

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Film: Houthi militias fire one child in the eye. The shelling of the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia led to heavy hysterical bombardment of homes in the residential districts of Hayes district,

A 12-year-old boy was severely injured

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

A citizen and his wife were wounded when the US-Saudi mercenaries targeted their home with artillery shell on Al-Jabaliyah area in At-tohayta district. Etc.

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Army defeats militia attack in Hodeida

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

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Houthis renew shelling of al-Amalika locations in al-Tuhita, Hodeidah

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One soldier injured in Houthi shelling in Hodeidah

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Houthi militia continues shelling army sites in Hodeida

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One citizen killed, 3 wounded by Houthi-laid blast in Hodeidah

A Houthi mine explosion killed one citizen and wounded three others in Qtaba district south of the western province of Hodeida.

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Film: Majed, a teacher from #Hodeidah, has paid the highest price when a bombing attack took his daughter’s life.

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Ansarallah Warns of "Major Battle" in Saudi Territories

A senior member of Yemen's Ansarallah movement's political office said the clock is ticking for war on Saudi soil.

Mohammad Nasser al-Bakhiti wrote on his twitter page on Sunday that time is arriving for a "major battle" between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

"It is the right of the Yemeni people to attack the enemy on its land and reciprocate the financial damage" inflicted by the Saudi-led coalition," he added.

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[Sanaa government] Information Minister: foreign governments are trying to stop our retaliation attacks on Saudi Arabia and UAE

Yemen’s Information Minister Dhaifallah al-Shami has revealed details of major international efforts and mediation to save the Saudi and Emirati regimes from Yemeni air and ballistic strikes.

“There are major international efforts and mediations, headed by the UK, to stop attacking the airports and vital facilities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” Information Minister Dhaifallah al-Shami said in a statement.

These efforts and mediations come after the escalation of the qualitative attacks carried out by the Yemeni missile and air forces on airports and vital facilities belonging to the aggression countries.

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Film: Saudi coalition hits Houthi positions in Yemen capital: Report

Saudi jets have hit targets in the Yemeni capital Sanaa after Houthi rebels attacked two Saudi airports, claiming to put them out of service

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The Slaughter of Yemen and the Wider Threat of a Gulf War

Despite the high casualty rates, the conflict from both sides have spiralled right from the word go with Saudi policy-makers no longer speaking of a quick win. They were determined to flex their muscles in spite of what the Houthis came to deploy through missiles and in military punitive measures, with the effective use of drones steadily increasing over 2016, 17, 18 and 2019.

With these kind of figures it is difficult to see how can the war continue but this seems to be the least worry for the time-being as the conflict has long developed a regional dimension of shrinking Iran and/or containing its power, which brings us to the present dangerous precipice: Another war in the Gulf. Many are already drawing similarities with the Gulf War of 2003 when America and UK poised themselves to unseating Saddam Hussein from power even though they now admit Iraq never possessed nuclear weapons which was the reason for invading his country.

But this is not 2003 and the world has changed since then. Is it likely that the current war-mongering is just a media hype with the United States ever-belligerent in approach and words but is military-shy and in no way prepared to start another war. Similarly Iran is not prepared for a war although it has made it clear it will not be bullied by anyone.

In between all this, Yemen has become the sacrificial lamb stuck between great power politics and competing ideologies. Yemenis have long became the Wretched of the Earth to use a pun and a title. It is their desperate situation that concerns everyone but no one at the same time with guns, mortars and missiles continuing to pound innocent lives with seemingly no just or human resolution on the horizon.

(B K P)


The political settlement through a comprehensive dialogue between Yemenis is still the only way to compromise the disputes and get a solution to this conflict.

The facts on the ground suppose more than ever of the need to go forward aggressively on this matter. War can’t solve the problem, and Saudi-led coalition must know that and know Yemenis will not give up their rights to determine their fate and live the true meaning of life.

As a matter of fact, Saudi and its allies committed a shameful action when launched this war against the Middle East’s poorest country, Yemen.

My remark: A pro-Houthi viewpoint.

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The Yemeni popular movement Ansarolá has intercepted the signals and hacked the live broadcast of a Saudi Arabian news network.

In the available images, according to Yemeni media reported on Saturday, you can see how in a news program of the Saudi chain Alekhbariya suddenly the transmission is cut off and images of the military victories of the Yemeni forces against the Saudi troops begin to be transmitted (with film)

and fim also here:

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New rehab course for ex-child soldiers launched in Marib

Wethaq Foundation for Civil Orientation launched in Marib on Saturday a new rehab course for 26 ex-child soldiers recruited by Houthi coup militia.

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Film: Krieg im Jemen (Konflekt ohne Lösung)

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Film: Critical Moves: US Blockade on Syria, Iran and Yemen

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Yemen in Focus: Trump gifts Saudi Arabia its own bomb factory

This week we look at a development in Houthi military capabilities, Riyadh's 'stern' response, and Trump's new gift to the Saudis.

[Overview, this week]

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Will Yemen’s War Escalate Further?

As Saudi Arabia’s use of force continues, it will push the Houthis to further target Saudi territory. Although they can threaten southern territory, especially with the attack on Abha airport, the Houthis have limited experience in hitting precise targets at long-range, so it is unlikely that they will successfully take the fight deep into Saudi territory.

For Riyadh however, the attack serves as a perfect justification to prolong their war efforts, destabilize and control Yemen, and empower their own ruling candidate. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia claims that previous Houthi missiles struck close to Mecca, which it presents as a threat to a key Islamic holy site.

Though Houthis have received limited support from Iran, they are not an Iranian proxy and have other reasons for pursuing their goals. This narrative of “Iranian proxies” has been damaging to peace efforts. The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has also argued that the Houthis are responsible for the violence and are also a proxy. The UAE, not Saudi Arabia, has already spearheaded the attack on Hodeidah and will likely further up pressure against the Houthis.

Ultimately, Yemenis will suffer the most, especially as Saudi Arabia struggles to suppress the Houthis,

Rather than scaling back support for Saudi Arabia because of its harmful role in Yemen, Donald Trump has embraced the narrative that the Houthis are an Iranian proxy and sold $8 billion of weapons to Riyadh in May - by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

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Houthi Messaging May Hint at a Targeting Pattern

The Yemeni group appears to select targets directly inspired by its principal complaints, potentially helping security officials protect against future attacks while negotiators promote overall de-escalation.

The Houthis repeatedly frame their attacks as self-defensive in nature and claim a measure-for-measure approach.

On June 9, in an apparent preview three days before the Abha strike, Abdulsalam claimed that attacks on Saudi airports were justified because of the continued closure of Sana airport.


Even though the Houthis have crafted narratives rooted in specific grievances, many outside observers instead interpret the recent Houthi attacks as part of a series of Iran-driven disruptions in the Arabian Peninsula.


For security and intelligence officials, the Houthis’ penchant for previewing targets and logic in choosing them could provide useful insights for protecting these targets. This is true even if publicly stated Houthi motives sometimes differ from deeper ones, as suspected in the pipeline and airport strike

The Houthis’ rhetorical patterns may also present opportunities for negotiators by illuminating their core demands, such as lifting the economic blockade, paying salaries, and opening the Sana airport. Moreover, the Houthi self-defense argument suggests they may limit or cease external attacks if a de-escalation is negotiated in Yemen – by Elana DeLozier

My comment: So what? The “Iran connection” as described here I conspiracy theory – to blame Iran for the Houthis and to support the US beating war drums against Iran. – Yes, a stop or at least a decline of Saudi aggressive behavior would bring a stop to such Houthi attacks.

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Film: Yemen Update by Hassan Al-Haifi 12 6 2019

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A quarter million Yemenis newly displaced six months since Stockholm ceasefire

Violence in Yemen continued unabated in the six months following the landmark Stockholm Agreement, with tens of thousands of people newly displaced, more children losing their lives to mines, and key supply routes shut down.

“The Stockholm Agreement remains nothing but ink on paper if warring parties and their backers do not act now,” warned Mohamed Abdi, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Yemen Country Director. “Yemen’s best chance of stopping hunger and ending the 4-year conflict risks fizzling into another failed peace attempt, despite the recent troop withdrawals from Hodeidah ports.”

Displacement continued unabated over the past five months, with over 255,000 people forced to flee their homes, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

Hodeidah – home to the battleground port at the centre of the deal – witnessed the largest number of people displaced in the past four years. Over 26,000 people were made homeless since the signing of the agreement.

In the first five months since the deal was signed the average daily civilian casualty toll increased by a third across the country.Over 1,750 civilian casualties were reported across Yemen, including over 500 fatalities*. In Hodeidah, despite civilian casualties dropping overall, the area continued to see the highest rate in the country, making up a quarter of nationwide civilian casualties.

More than three times the number of civilians were killed or injured by small arms fire in the five months after the ceasefire than the same period preceding it. Civilians are twice as likely to be hurt or killed by landmines now than they were before the deal - particularly children. Thirty-four children were wounded or killed by landmines in the five months before the agreement; that number has more than doubled to 80 in the same period after.

Six months on and the Stockholm Agreement has had limited impact in enabling safe and sustained access to communities in frontline areas in Hodeidah.

and also

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107 Children Killed or Injured in 70 days

The children of Yemen were the main victims of human rights violations in Yemen during the months of April, May and June of this year, SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties said today.

Violations included violations of the right to life and physical integrity, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance.

In a statement issued today (June 10, 2019), Sam said that Eid al-Fitr has become a terrifying nightmare for the children of Yemen, especially those living in the city of Taiz, where they lived difficult days because their neighborhoods were bombarded with indiscriminate artillery shells and snipers. Children lost their lives during Eid, turning Eid festivals into funerals.

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Solidarity with Yemeni journalists on the sidelines of the International Federation of Journalists ' Conference in Tunisia

The Tunisian capital on Tuesday evening witnessed a vigil of solidarity with Yemeni journalists abducted in al-Houthi jails on the sidelines of the 30th International Federation of Journalists conference.

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Arab Paper: Development of Yemeni Army's Defense Shield in Final Stage

The Arabic-language al-Rai al-Youm paper wrote that the Yemeni defense minister's recent remarks confirm that the Yemenis are in the final stage of developing an air defense shield, meaning that there is only one step left before they deploy the system.

It referred to the Yemeni army's recent success to bring down several US-made drones in Sana'a, al-Hudaydeh, Sa'adah and even Najran, and said that it is an important and unprecedented issue.

The paper added that the Sana'a forces have turned from defensive into an offensive mode, noting that although the Saudi-led coalition has the upper hand in aerial combat, even one air defense system is enough to shoo them away from Yemen's sky.

My comment: Sanaa government. Wait and see. How they should have managed it?

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The Growing Risk of Saudi Arms Trade

Saudia Arabia is undergoing a difficult public relations crises after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, affecting its arms trade with allies. People have been a lot more critical of the Saudi regime, which also includes its role in the Yemeni civil war. The issue is also bringing along strikes and protests. This may lead Saudi Arabia to act in a more aggressive way using rhetoric against Iran to shore up support.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is struggling to maintain continued support for its participation in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and the United States

The role of France

Italy and Germany: Actions towards Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s public relations work

High-level members of the ruling family have taken this opportunity to push their anti-Iran agenda in order to demand more support against the ‘common enemy’ in their backyard. They have taken every opportunity to castigate Iran, alienate it and show that only Saudi violence is the way to challenge them. As the Yemeni civil war is the most direct battleground for the two players’ competition for regional hegemony, access to weapons and munitions from other states is key for Saudi Arabia. Advertising an image of an uncontrollable and violent Iran would work towards such a message. What the Kingdom has not done, however, is discuss its involvement in the civil war with the aim of reducing the attention from the civil war.

With increased social and political tensions in a variety of countries concerning Saudi Arabia, maintaining strong military ties and weapons sales has become a point of weakness in foreign policy agendas. Though in some countries either the people or government officials have called a stop to the sales, there are other more powerful figures calling the shots and approving transactions. The escalation with Iran inside and away from Yemen will dictate how future weapons sales turn out, though it does not appear as though Saudi Arabia’s image will recover anytime soon – by Gabriela Billini

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Trump’s Veto Behind Increased Yemen Suffering

President Donald Trump’s veto of a congressional resolution to end US military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen has only meant more suffering and death for millions of people in the war-torn country.

If Trump was truly concerned about civilian lives, he would ensure that the US-supported Saudi-led coalition stop breaking the laws of war and depriving millions of Yemenis of life-saving assistance. The US is deepening and prolonging the crisis and civilians are paying the price.

The simple reality of the Saudi-led war on Yemen is that it has become worse due to the US engagement and Trump’s veto. Trump exaggerates the degree to which Saudi Arabia is a constructive, stable partner for the US in the broader Middle East. Still, he is right on the fundamental issue: that the US needs a Saudi Arabia that can be “milked” indefinitely. His veto has only decorated Yemen with more civilian blood. He must be laughing all the way to the bank.

My remark: From Iran.

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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Film: “Famine is imminent. It could happen any time... People have [sold] all their belongings and they have nothing more to sell in order to get food” 4 years of war have plunged #Yemen into one of the world's gravest humanitarian crises:

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Photo: How awful is the war!
One of Yemeni students who has recently lost his right hand was not able to write his answers for the final exam today.

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Number of cancer patients has increased to 60K in Yemen's Houthi-run regions. There are 8.000 kidney failure patients without medicines & dialysis machines amid ongoing blockade by Saudi-led coalition. Perhaps you know Yemen's healthcare system is collapsing, thanks to 5-year war

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Tufts University: Constraints and Complexities of Information and Analysis in Humanitarian Emergencies: Evidence from Yemen

Since 2011, famine analysis in Yemen has been conducted nearly exclusively through the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC). The IPC is managed primarily by a technical working group with the support of the Food Security and Nutrition Clusters. The clusters are comprised of international and national partners as well as relevant line ministries. Yemeni authorities are closely involved in the process.

This report analyses the strengths and weaknesses of this system and offers key lessons learned and recommendations for way to improve data collection and analysis. =

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Final external evaluation report of Concern's disaster response in Yemen

In response to the growing needs and thanks to Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) funding, Concern Worldwide and ACTED designed a programme that worked through relevant coordination mechanisms and partnerships to scale-up capacity through improved WASH standards and cash transfers.

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UNICEF Is Bringing Malnourished Children Back to Life in Yemen

Children in Yemen are growing up in impossible circumstances. After four years of civil war, homes are in ruins, schools have been destroyed and medical care is hard to come by. Spiralling inflation has pushed food prices sky-high: More than half the population wakes up hungry every day.

Some 400,000 children under the age of 5 in Yemen are suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Many parents, like Saba's, struggle to feed their children. "It's not rare to see the same mother coming back with another child who also suffers from malnutrition," said Dr. Waleed. "That's why UNICEF added health educators to the medical teams to educate mothers about the quality of food, hygiene and family planning practices."


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Mental illness affects a fifth of people living in war zones

One in five people in war zones has depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, with many suffering severe forms of these mental illnesses.

The findings highlight the long-term impact of war-induced crises in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, the UN’s health agency said, and the numbers are significantly higher than in peacetime populations, where around one in 14 people has a mental illness.

“Given the large numbers of people in need and the humanitarian imperative to reduce suffering, there is an urgent need to implement scalable mental health interventions to address this burden,” the research team said.

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Islamic Relief in Yemen

Islamic Relief has been working with communities in Yemen since 1998, implementing seasonal Ramadanand Qurbani food distributions, responding to ongoing emergencies and when possible delivering long-term development programmes.

For families in crisis, we provide essential non-food items as part of our winterisation projects and emergency nutrition to families in crisis including malnourished children and pregnant/lactating women. We have also provided families with life-saving medicines to treat cholera.

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Flash floods Flash Update No. 1 As of 11 June 2019

Heavy rains and flooding have affected close to 70,000 people, including internally displaced people, in over 10 governorates; worst affected is Hajjah.
Rains intensified in recent weeks leading to a sharp increase in the number of families affected by flash floods and in damage to infrastructure.
Concerns that floods may escalate the spread of disease across the country; 293 out of Yemen’s 333 districts are already cholera-affected.

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Film: Disabled Children Victims of Houthis’ Indiscriminate Shelling in Taiz.

Hadeel Mahmoud, a girl child, lost her hands when an indiscriminate shell was fired by Houthis on her village in Taiz

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UN Children's Fund, Nutrition Cluster: Yemen: Nutrition Cluster Dashboard (January to April 2019)

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 14 June 2019

Funding: USD 198.6 M required for 2019 operations

IDP Response: Heavy rains, winds and flooding in the southern governorates of Aden and Lahj have left a trail of destruction in their wake as shelters, health clinics, food stocks, and WASH facilities succumbed to the extreme weather conditions. As a result, some 2,700 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been directly affected

During the reporting period, Field Office Hudaydah prepared CRI distributions for 2,554 IDP families in Al Marawi’ah district

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Film: People internally displaced by fighting live in very difficult circumstances, lacking essential resources for survival while the frontline continues to approach. Watch this video report to understand the humanitarian situation in #Abs:

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IOM Yemen: Rapid Displacement Tracking, 1 January– 26 May 2019

The ongoing conflict in Yemen, since March 2015, has led to the displacement of more than 3.6 million people (according to DTM’s 2018 Area Assessment).

DTM’s Rapid Displacement Tracking tool collects and reports on numbers of households forced to flee on a daily basis, allowing for regular reporting of new displacements in terms of numbers, geography and needs.

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IOM Yemen: Migrant situation in Aden | Flash report (10 June 2019)

As the situation enters its second month, irregular migrants continue to be impacted by strict immigration policies in Aden.

On 28 May, IOM began assisting migrants detained in Aden to return to Ethiopia under its Voluntary Humanitarian Returns (VHR) programme.

Migrants continue to arrive at the 22nd of May Stadium. IOM estimates that nearly 3,000 migrants are present at the site - movements in and out of the Stadium are no longer heavily restricted.

IOM has conducted eight VHR flights to date.

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IOM Yemen: Camp Coordination & Camp Management Program Overview, May 2019

3,6M Total IDP population estimated by DTM through key informant interviews

It is estimated that 75% of the people displaced so far in 2019 are residing in collective sites this is up from 25% in 2015

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IOM Yemen: Shelter NFI - Achievements May 2019

IOM in Yemen has significantly expanded its Shelter/Non-Food Items (NFI) response in 2019

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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#SAM learned that #Houthis militia abducted six children from the al-Huthaifi family in al-Hasha district on April 27, 2019. The six children were still in detention and that their families knew nothing about their fate


Local sources: five civilians from the same family were killed as a result of an armed confrontation on a piece of land in al-Salafiya district in Raymah governorate.

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Yemen: New Missile, Drone Power to Change Economic, Political Equation for Saudi-Led Coalition

General Jefri told the Arabic-language Mer’at al-Jazeera news website that after the recent attacks against Najran, Jizzan and Abha, Yemen will launch offensives against the airbases, spcially Khamis Mashit region in Assir which is considered as one of the most important Saudi military bases which hosts Israeli military experts too.

“The Yemeni missiles and planes will reach Riyadh and regions farther than Riyadh as long as the coalition countries continue siege and aggression against Yemen,” he added.

General Jefri said that Yemen also is in possession of new advanced missiles and drones which can reach Bab al-Mandab and the Suez canal, adding that the Saudi-UAE coalition will be forced to end the war in the near future.

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Houthi leader kills and injures 5 from one family north of Sanaa in land dispute

A civilian was killed, and four members of his family were injured on Friday by gunfire from members of the Houthi militia, a local source in the Hamedan Directorate, north of the capital Sana'a, said.

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Without legitimate rationale, Houthis have kidnapped my cousin Hussein & taken him to an unknown location. They’ve refused to reveal his whereabouts & threatened his life should it be brought to public attention. In no uncertain terms, this irrefutably constitutes terror

Kidnapping and forcibly disappearing anyone is criminal, period. Threatening their family into silence is even worse. This is a terror tactic to silence dissent and force public into total submission; no one is safe, no bar too low, everyone a target. Free Hussein NOW.

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Foreign Minister Meets United Nations Coordinator

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Houthi death sentence against Baha'i leader endangers vulnerable Yemeni religious minority

Religious freedom under attack in Yemen, Baha’i public office in US says

If the death sentence of a Baha’i leader is upheld by a Houthi court on Sunday, it will set a precedent that will endanger all Yemeni followers of the faith, a spokesperson for the religious group has said.

Hamed bin Haydara was due to appear before a rebel-led specialised criminal court in Sanaa on Sunday. The Baha'i leader was sentenced to death in January last year for espionage and apostasy, charges that were filed against him in 2015. But Yemen’s internationally recognised government and his family say the charges against him are part of the rebels' wider persecution of the country’s tiny Baha’i minority.

Houthis could confirm the death sentence against Mr Haydara at Sunday’s court appearance

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Kauder/Hirte: Freispruch für Hamed bin Haydara

Verfolgung religiöser Minderheiten im Jemen muss aufhören

Laut zugänglichen Quellen soll am 16. Juni das Berufungsurteil gegen Hamed bin Haydara verkündet werden, der am 2. Januar 2018 als praktizierender Bahá'í von einem Sondergericht in Sana (Jemen) aus religiösen Gründen zum Tode verurteilt wurde. Dazu erklären Volker Kauder, zuständig für Wertethemen, Religionsfreiheit und Einsatz gegen Christenverfolgung für die CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion, und Heribert Hirte, Vorsitzender des Stephanuskreises in der CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion:

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Family of Yemeni Baha’i appealing death sentence call for his release

The Canadian relatives of a Yemeni Baha’i sentenced to death are calling on the Houthi authorities to release him and five other Baha’is imprisoned because of their religious beliefs.

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Army Spokesman: Citizens, Companies Operating in Aggression Countries Stay Away from All Airports, Military Sites

A spokesman of Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahia Sare'e, said on Wednesday that targeting Abha Airport with a cruise missile comes within the framework of self-defense and the legitimate response to the aggression, siege and closure of airports five years ago.

He stressed that as long as the brutal aggression and the unjust siege on Yemen, the aggressor must make sure that we will not stand idly by.

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Yemen Army Urges Saudi, UAE to Stop Aggression or Expect Surprises

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces has called on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to put an immediate end to their military aggression against Yemen, or embrace for major surprises.

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Self-Propelled Conflict

Carnegie’s Ahmed Nagi discusses his recent trip to Yemen and shares his impressions of the Houthis’ expansion.

Ahmed Nagi: I visited several governorates and saw the deep and devastating impact of the ongoing conflict on people’s lives.

One of the main outcomes is that a war economy has emerged in the past four years, creating dynamics that only help to perpetuate the conflict.

Such a situation means that the warlords have an interest in continuing the conflict. The worse scenario for them would be if the fighting were to stop.

Another impression was that there has been a massive movement of people from area to area, creating new or vastly expanded urban areas

MY: Are there any signs that the campaign of Gulf Arab states against the Houthis is succeeding, or can succeed?

AN: It depends on what are the real goals of the Saudi-led coalition. If the declared purpose was restoring the legitimacy of President ‘Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and defeating the Houthi coup, the answer would be no.

MY: What steps did the Houthi movement take to cement its control over state institutions and areas under its control?

AN: Since taking over the capital San‘a in September 2014, the Houthis have imposed an iron grip over state institutions by appointing Houthi supervisors (mushrifoun)

This has allowed the Houthis to create their own economic system. They have been able to impose complete economic control over state institutions

Comment by Judith Brown: An interesting discussion by Ahmed Nagi who has just visited Yemen. Of note - as I've been saying for some time the fighting parties all have something to lose by opting for peace so they have an interest in keeping the war going. And it's interesting that he states the Houthis want to restore the Zaidi Imamate. That of course was what Saudi was trying to do in the 1960's and in many ways would suit the GCC countries that are worried about a successful republic emerging in Yemen. Many Sunnis in Yemen believe this but initially the Houthis were progressive and supported democratic moves and especially they were progressive relating to the involvement of women. Now the moderate Houthi leaders have been assassinated or killed in this dreadful war and as they consolidate their control they are less likely to give it up and resort to a democratic option. So what exactly has this war achieved Obama, Trump, Cameron and May?????

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Lise Grande delivers a letter from President to Secretary-General of United Nations: Minister of Foreign Affairs

The letter included a summary of data and statistics of crimes committed by the States of aggression led by Saudi Arabia against Yemen.

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Film by Press TV Iran: Who are the Houthis and why is Yemen at war?

The Houthis are often described as an Iranian-backed Shia rebel group but if this is really the case, why have the Houthis been successful in ousting the former regime and fighting against the overwhelming force of the Saudi-led coalition?

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

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Film: Hidden Duel Tiny UAE and its Imperialistic Ambitions For almost 4 years Yemen

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Senior Military Leader: UAE Is Going To Implement A Coup Attempt Against The Legitimate In Aden

A military commander revealed that the transitional council in the province of Aden – with the support of one of the coalition countries – is going to implement a military coup against the legitimate government.

“The transitional council has ended its arrangements to control the central bank and the government ministries that opened in Aden and then going to control the presidential palace in Maasheq, “Brigadier Mehran Al-Qubati said in a voice recording.

Brigadier Mehran added that the first military objectives of the Transitional Council is the fourth brigade, and if it is able to break into and control it, the transitional militias will go to break into Maasheq.

Brigadier General Mehran said that a meeting headed by the interior minister, including military and security leaders, was dedicated to discussing this plan mid-week ago.

On the other hand, in the same context, several sources in the province of Aden said that residents were surprised by the deployment of the so-called security belt forces, supported by security forces belonging to Shallal Shayae, at all entrances and exits of the Aden and main streets.

Mehran Al-Qabati accused the UAE of being behind the coup scheme against President Hadi.


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Details Of Coup Scheme Being Prepared Against Legitimate In Aden

An informed source said that a plan is being prepared internally and externally to overthrow the legitimate in Yemen, stressing that its early stages have already begun.

The source added that this scheme is fully supported by the UAE and its arms in Yemen.
The source pointed out that the plan will be implemented within three levels: the political side and the financial side and the military side. And expected to start implementation in the coming days.

The source said: The project of Khalid Bahah adopted by the UAE against the legitimacy returns again with new personalities, but this time is more dangerous,” pointing out that “Al-Yamani did submit his resignation after he took his place in the ranks of the new coup.”
The source said the plan was aimed at support Houthis to control northern Yemen and support the armed militias backed by the UAE to control the south, after which the separation of Yemen would be announced.

According to the source, the legitimate will be charged by “betrayal of the Arab alliance” in order to justify the coup against it.


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Film: Warning of coup by UAE forces against Saudi forces in the occupied Aden south of Yemen. This commader is loyal to Saudis and their puppet, the so-called legitimate President Hadi, Saying here the coup aims to control the central bank & palaces .

A senior pro-Hadi army commander has revealed that STC with support from a state member of Saudi-led coalition is plotting to take over Central Bank of Yemen & army brigades in #Aden and declare separation of south. What is expected is this: UAE warplanes will strike Hadi forces.

More first time news from Yemen that has not been reported on our Western media. Apparently the STC - the parliament in Aden that wants southern independence - has said it will declare independence from Hadi's government and claims it has support of the UAE.

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A local official IN Al-Mahrah accuses coalition militias of kidnapping and torturing a citizen at al-Ghaydha Airport

Al-Mahra Governorate undersecretary for youth affairs, Badr Kulshat, said that armed militias not affiliated with state institutions kidnapped Younis Saif Saleh Saeed (28) after storming his home and took him to a secret prison at al-Ghaydha Airport, where he was tortured.

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Taiz.. Seizure of ammunition belonging to armed gangs

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Upon President Al-Zubaidi’s Directives, Southern Flags Raised Over Public, Educational and Service Facilities.

My comment:Separatists try to overtake state institutions and buildings – at least optically.

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Al-Zubaidi Approves the Formation of a New Brigade in Al-Subaiha Axis

General Aidarous Kassem Al-Zubaidi, president of the Southern Transitional Council and Supreme Commander of the Southern Resistance Troops, issued a presidential; decree forming a new military brigade in Al-Subaiha axis.

My comment: And even more and more separatist militia.

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Yemeni P M Describes his Visit to UAE as 'A Success'

The Yemeni Prime Minister, Dr Moin Abdulmalik, praised the role of the UAE and its stance towards Yemen within the Arab coalition.

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Shabwa’ Sons Call President Hadi To Take Immediate Actions Against UAE Violations

A local leader in Shabwa province called on President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi to take immediate actions against the UAE’s violations and its militias in the province.

The source said that the UAE is seeking to undermine the legitimate authorities in the liberated provinces through the support of armed militias outside the framework of official military and security institutions.
The source said the UAE is seeking to control the oil wells and pipelines through supporting militias seeking to create chaos and control of oil sources under the name of the south liberation.


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Shabwah Protesters raise banners against "UAE occupation"

Dozens of citizens staged a protest rally in Ataq the southeastern city of Shabwah Governorate on Saturday morning condemning the arrests of activists by pro-UAE armed formations.

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UAE Did Not Supply Aden Power Station With 100 MW Of Electricity

Local sources at the Aden Electricity Corporation revealed the truth about the UAE claim that it supplied Aden power station with 100 MW of electricity.

The sources said in a statement to “Aden News” that the Corporation did not sign any agreement with the Emiratis to finance the station by 100 MW, as was claimed.

The sources added that there is no new electricity provided by the UAE and all it provided is just one turbine at Al-Haswa station. it had arrived months ago and was unable to run the electricity institution as it was out of service.

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For smuggling the oil derivatives to Houthis, The public prosecution impose a travel ban on derivatives-importing company's owners

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Al-Rabizi Father Calls On All People Of Shabwa To Participate In The Protest Demanding His Son Release

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Dozens Of Hadramout Sons Protest Against UAE And Demand Reopening AlRayyan Airport

Dozens of citizens of the Hadhramaut coast on Thursday took part in a protest condemning the continued closure of Al Rayyan International Airport.

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Abu Al-Abbas Gunmen Cut Off The Road Between Taiz And Aden

The remains of members of the so-called Abu Abas brigades, militarily displaced, continue to cut off the only connecting line between the city of Taiz and the interim capital of Aden for a second day in a row.

My remark: These brigades are extremist, Al-Qaeda linked, UAE-backed.


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Remnants of "Abu Al Abbas " cut Taiz Aden Road for second consecutive day

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Transitional Political Council for the South (STC) Vice President Hani bin Brik criticized the Saudi-led coalition for its support of the Islamist al Islah party during a speech on June 13. Bin Brik warned that the coalition’s continued support of al Islah would result in the coalition’s defeat in Yemen. The STC is an Emirati-backed southern Yemeni secessionist organization.[3]

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UAE-Backed Militias In Abyan Killed A Citizen

Informed sources said that the citizen Qismeet, one of the sons of Al-Mahara province was killed in one of the security points in Abyan province by the militia of the security belt.

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Yemen condemns Houthi militia’s attack on Abha’s international airport

and also

My comment: “Yemen” = Hadi government. – And they praise the Saudi coalition for bombing targets in Yemen!


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The Southern Transition Council STC condemns terrorist attack on Saudi Abha airport

and also

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Warnings Of Civil War In Aden Led By UAE Proxies

Sources in the city of Aden warned of the possibility of a violent civil war inside the city due to many mistakes and abuses committed by the UAE-backed security forces.

Fathi Ben Lazrak said that Aden may witness major popular protests against the ruling authorities and that the UAE mercenaries in Aden have only to build new prisons that accommodate the new detainees, who reject the current situation in Aden.

Observers believe that the security situation in the interim capital is close to explode after calls for integrating the Transitional Council with the General People’s Congress party, which caused the growing differences between the leaders of the Council.

My remark: By an anti-separatists, pro-Hadi government news site.

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Resumption of sit-in in front of Sarveet border port in Al-Mahrah

A sit-in committee of Howf district in al-Mahra province on Tuesday opened a sit-in in front of Sarveet border checkpoint with the Sultanate of Oman to demand the departure of Saudi troops in the port.

The protest committee said in a statement that the resumption of the sit-in followed the failure of Saudi forces and the leadership of the authority to maintain the terms of the agreement reached in early May, which provided for the lifting of the sit-in in exchange for the withdrawal of Saudi forces from the port.

My comment: Again and again, population of Mahrah province protests against Saudi occupation.

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"Yemenia " cancels a trip and postpones another because it did not get a license from the Coalition

Yemenia Airways announced late Tuesday that it had postponed one of its flights and cancelled another because it had not obtained a license from the coalition.

My comment: Things like this one show who really rules in Southern Yemen.

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UAE signs deal to build $100 million power plant in Yemen: UAE state news agency

The United Arab Emirates has signed an agreement with Yemen’s ministry of electricity to build a $100 million power plant in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, the UAE’s state-run news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.

and more details

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Socotra.. Smuggling a batch of recruits to be enrolled in Emirati training camps in Socotra

Leaders of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council on Monday smuggled more than 250 people from Socotra province to Aden aboard a chartered ship to be placed in the UAE's training camps in Aden.

An informed source told Al-Masdar online that the governor of Socotra Ramzi Mahrous directed the port administration to prevent the departure of the ship that will carry the recruits, which was carried out by the Port administration and prevented the entry of passengers, prompting the transitional leadership to communicate with the captain of the ship and take it out to the area of Delisha east of the port and nearby the sea point is about 2 kilometers away.

According to the source, military and security chiefs in the Socotra archipelago helped smuggle the recruits in contravention of Governor Mahrous's directives to prevent the ship from leaving.

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IED blast kills and injures 5 security belt elements in Abyan

Two members of the "security belt" were killed and three others injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on a vehicle in the district of al-Mahfad, southeast of Abyan province, a local source told Al-Masdar online.

Unidentified men believed to be al-Qaeda militants planted an explosive device along a road leading to the Directorate of Al-Mahfad, and a car carrying soldiers belonging to the UAE-backed security belt exploded

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Maeen Abdulmalik: Sweden's agreement gave the Houthis time to booby trap Hodeidah but there is still a chance for peace

Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Maeen Abdulmalik acknowledged the corruption of the government institutions (recognized), the duplication of official functions in the military and security establishment, in return for the war conditions waged by al-Houthi group on State institutions, and ruled the stages of restoration and rebuilding Institutions have been "The main reason for the existence of corruption, fictitious names and duplication in the public function ".

On the difficulties in the performance of the Government in the liberated areas, he said that he was dealing with the challenges as tasks to be accomplished

The Prime Minister noted that the Stockholm Accords "is just a time used by the Houthis ' coup militia to booby trap the city of Hodeidah and turn it into a gunpowder store

My comment: Blaming the Houthis even for the Hadi government’s corruption… Nice propaganda plot.

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Militants Blow Up Oil Pipeline in Southeastern Yemen – Source

Unidentified militants blew up an oil pipeline in the Shabwah Governorate in southeastern Yemen, a source in the provincial administration said on Tuesday.

and also

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Yemeni officials say top diplomat resigned over UN deal

Yemeni officials say the country’s foreign minister has submitted his resignation to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi due to differences over a U.N.-brokered peace deal.

The officials said on Monday that Khaled al-Yamani’s resignation came after other government figures blamed him for the “failure” in implementing the deal, which was agreed on with the Houthi rebels last year in Sweden.

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Yemen PM tours memorial for fallen Emirati soldiers during UAE visit

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Yemeni-Emirati cooperation in electricity sector discussed

Yemen, UAE discuss cooperation in capacity building, manpower

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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed to detonate an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting Emirati-backed al Hizam Security Forces in al Mahfad district in eastern Abyan governorate in southern Yemen on June 11. AQAP claimed to kill two soldiers in the attack.[3]

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Al-Houthi: Yemen is Ready to sit with Influential Countries for Serious Discussion to Achieve a Just Peace

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UN voices concern over Houthi missile attack on Saudi airport

The United Nations on Wednesday voiced grave concern over a missile attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia.

"We are deeply concerned over the missile attack on the Abha civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia. We urge all parties to prevent any such further incidents, which risk escalating the current situation, pose a serious threat to the national and regional security and undermine the UN-led political process," said Farhan Haq.

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and how Saudi media tell it:

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Yemen’s peace process is almost dead. Here’s how to revive it.

Nearly six months since the so-called Stockholm agreement was signed by Yemen’s warring parties in an effort to prevent a deepening humanitarian crisis, any semblance of progress is almost dead.

This is the crux of the matter that many outside Yemen choose to ignore: The Houthis have no incentive to implement the agreement and, having learned from their experience with the international community during the years of war, do not fear the repercussions for violating it.

For any lasting stability in Yemen and the region, future peace efforts should pursue a different course. The road map to peace in Yemen must begin at home. The international community needs to use its resources to help rebuild Yemen’s legitimate government. The most important steps here are to help the government have a stronger presence in liberated areas of the country and to rebuild state institutions — such as unified security forces, judiciary, the Central Organization for Control and Auditing and financial institutions.

This, of course, will not happen unless genuine pressure is exerted on the Saudi-led coalition — and the United Arab Emirates, in particular, across southern Yemen — to cease their financing and arming of non-state militias, many of which are directly at odds with the legitimate government they ostensibly support.

It is also time to embark on a political process between the parties who are united in opposition to the Houthis but are divided by their desire for power — a vulnerability that has been further exploited during the ongoing crisis - By Alkhatab Alrawhani

My comment: This is by a Yemeni author who obviously sides with the Hadi government. First: the „legitimacy“ of this govrnment ended in Feb. 2015. – On the Stockholm agreement, the author repeats the Hadi government’s anti-Houthi blame game. Yawn. – Peace in Yemen only can be achieved with the Houthis, not against them. – For bringing peace just to Southern Yemen, the author certainly is right. But more international support for the Hadi government in the case against the Houthis, only will push Yemen more and more AWAY from peace.

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UN Security Council offers Yemen Special Envoy ‘their full support’

Security Council members issued a statement on Monday offering “their full support” to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, after he had reportedly come in for criticism by the Government.

In the Security Council Press Statement, members gave their unequivocal backing to Mr. Griffiths, “and called on the parties to engage constructively and continuously with the Special Envoy. The members commended the efforts of the Special Envoy to support the parties to implement the Stockholm Agreement and to promote a political solution in Yemen.”

and full statement here:

My comment: Bla bla.

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Meeting of the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary A. DiCarlo, with H.E. Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, President of the Republic of Yemen

President Hadi and Ms. DiCarlo discussed the work of the Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, the way forward for implementing the Stockholm Agreement and for returning to dialogue to reach a political solution to the wider conflict in Yemen based on the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the National Dialogue Conference outcomes and all relevant Security Council resolutions. The discussions were productive, with Ms. DiCarlo thanking President Hadi for his Government’s commitment to the full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.

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Only a political solution can end Yemen's war

Martin Griffiths might have been too trusting, but he is not to blame for this ongoing crisis

The government of President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi accuses the rebels of fabricating a handover of the port to coastguards, and Mr Griffiths of siding with the Houthis. With the surprise resignation of Yemen’s foreign minister Khalid Al Yamani last week, the fragile peace process now appears to be in even greater jeopardy. Mr Griffiths might have been too eager to place his trust in the Houthis, but he is not to blame for the continuation of this crisis.

Amid the political deadlock, it is ordinary Yemenis who continue to suffer.

My comment: This is by an Emirati media. – The Emirates do not follow the Hadi government in smearing Griffith.

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Yemeni Presidency: UN has provided guarantees for implementation of the Hodeidah agreement in accordance with the terms of reference and Yemeni law

The Yemeni presidency said that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres provided guarantees to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, with the commitment of his Special Envoy, Martin Griffith, to the three terms of reference and the implementation of the Hodeidah agreement in accordance with international resolutions and Yemeni law.

This came in tweets published by the Director of the Office of the President, Dr. Abdullah al-Alimi

My comment: LOL. This would mean Griffith would be biased now. – And, would should “Yemeni law” mean here? It would mean: The will and the interest of the Hadi government.

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Yemen says 'assured' by UN on Hudaydah deal

In two occasions, Hadi accused Griffiths of siding with Houthi rebels

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has received UN assurances about the implementation of UN-brokered deal on the strategic Hudaydah province, according to his office on Tuesday.

"Hadi received assurances from UN Secretary-General [Antonio Guterres] that his envoy Martin Griffiths would abide by implementing the Hudaydah deal in accordance with international resolutions and Yemeni law," head of Hadi's office, Abdullah al-Alimi, said on Twitter.

and by Saudi news site.

and the Hadi government still is angry, they want 120% UN bias.

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Has Saudi Arabia and the UAE failed the Yemeni government over the Griffith crisis and the unilateral withdrawal from the ports?

The positive Emirati-Saudi use of the Houthi play in ports and the negative attitude of the legitimate government crisis with the United Nations (Griffith Crisis) is a disappointing attitude, at least at the public level.

As for the government leadership's opinion, it is not the case that its officials have any criticisms or statements, which do not correspond to the direction of the two countries that have been leading a military coalition four years ago in Yemen, but those goals, for which the coalition was launched for, are retreating in favour of future projects and a special agenda that has become a source of peoples concern and an index of conflicts that may be prolongs even if its name changed.

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Asked for explanation Coalition: How has the UN become a partner for coup militias?

The joint forces of the Coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen called on the United Nations to provide explanations on the handover of new four-wheel-drive vehicles to the coup Houthi militias, and was surprised by the United Nations designation of the coup militias as "partners."

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UN Draft Resolution Condemns Houthi Attacks on Saudi Arabia

Britain presented on Monday a UN draft resolution to the Security Council decrying the Iranian-backed Houthi militias’ attacks on Saudi oil facilities.
The resolution asserted that such “attacks represent a threat to the Kingdom’s national security, as well as a wider menace to regional security.”
In its proposed plan, Britain encourages a political solution to the Yemeni crisis and it stressed the UN’s “total support” to envoy Martin Griffiths.
A diplomatic source told Asharq Al-Awsat that Kuwait had asked to introduce main amendments on several items of the draft resolution.

My comment: Just blaming one side of a war would be bias. Even more, as Saudi air raids and blockade are much more horrible than any Houthi attack up to now had been. Blame Saudi, UAE and their Western supporters first, Houthis second.

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Saudis express support for embattled UN Yemen envoy

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Monday expressed support for the UN envoy for Yemen, a UN spokesperson said, amid a falling-out between the envoy and the Saudi-backed president of Yemen.

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Saudi Arabia and the UAE belong on the UN 'list of shame'

The UN should not succumb to pressure not to hold accountable the two countries for victimising Yemeni children.

In the coming days, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will finalise his annual list of governments and armed groups that have committed grave violations against children in armed conflict.

In 2016, the international community was shocked when former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put the coalition on the list and then quickly removed it after Saudi Arabiathreatened to drastically cut funding to UN agencies. Hoping to avoid a similar incident in 2017, his successor Guterres effectively created a new intermediate category to accommodate the coalition. But it didn't stop there. In 2018, Guterres decided to take the coalition off the list for attacks on schools and hospitals, listing them only for killing and maiming of children. This was despite the fact that his own report found the coalition responsible for 19 of 20 attacks on schools and five attacks on hospitals carried out during the previous year.

And where is the evidence that the coalition has put in place "measures…aimed at improving the protection of children"? All the available evidence shows that the coalition's attacks against children have continued unabated.

Letting the coalition off the hook undermines the UN's commitment to protecting children in armed conflict. It is for their sake, and to preserve the tools available for their protection, that the coalition must now be held to account.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Tunisian security forces arrest crew of Saudi plane on suspicion of attempted murder

Tunisian authorities have arrested a Saudi plane crew at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport on suspicion of involvement in an attack on a person in a hotel near the Gammarth area (Tunis suburb).

"The injured person, a member of the crew of the plane by the swimming pool, was found in a very critical condition as a result of being assaulted with extreme violence and attempted to kill him

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Saudi Arabia Sets Date for Trial of Teenager Murtaja Qureiris

Saudi Arabia's authorities have set a date for the trial of Murtaja Qureiris , who has been detained since 2014, according to "Opinion Detainees" account on tweeter, which is interested in publishing news of detainees in Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi teenager held for more than four years without charge faces possible execution for acts he is accused of having committed when he was as young as 10, according to human rights groups tracking his case.


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Exclusive: Saudis say Shi'ite man arrested as juvenile will not be executed

A young man from Saudi Arabia’s minority Shi’ite Muslim community who was arrested at the age of 13 will not be executed and could be released by 2022, a Saudi official told Reuters on Saturday following reports of his pending execution.

Murtaja Qureiris, who was detained in September 2014, has received an initial 12-year prison sentence with time served since his arrest and four years suspended for his young age, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The sentence is subject to appeal.

“He will not be executed,” the official added.

and also

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Vídeo: Un yemení, torturado en una cárcel secreta de Arabia Saudí

Un vídeo difundido el viernes en las redes sociales muestra las brutales torturas que sufrió un hombre yemení en una cárcel clandestina de Arabia Saudí.

Se trata de Yunes Seif Saleh al-Said, de 18 años, quien ha sufrido brutales tratos y torturas por parte de soldados y mercenarios pagados por Riad en un centro de detención clandestino de Arabia Saudí en la provincia yemení de Al-Mahrah (sureste), fronteriza con Omán (with film)

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Mohammed bin Salman's sister faces trial for allegedly ordering beating of craftsman

The sister of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will face trial in Paris next month after she allegedly ordered her bodyguard to attack a craftsman, CNN has confirmed.

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Mohammed bin Salman’s Fake Anti-Extremist Campaign

The Saudi crown prince vowed to crack down on radical clerics—but the victims have mostly been advocates for moderate Islam.

When Mohammed bin Salman became Saudi Arabia’s crown prince this month two years ago, he announced an aggressive crackdown against extremist clerics, pledging to return the kingdom to the “moderate Islam” he said was hijacked by hard-liners in 1979.

Over the past two years, however, the majority of the clerics that the crown prince has targeted have been anything but extreme. Many of those whom Mohammed bin Salman has sent to languish in prison have long records of advocating the type of reform and religious moderation he purports to support. Meanwhile, religious hard-liners and known critics of his supposed reform plan continue their work in Saudi Arabia unimpeded.

The Saudi government continues to actively promote and fund the likes of Fawzan while arresting, harassing, and torturing moderate voices, feminists, and intellectuals.

The outside world should see the crown prince’s policies in context. What Mohammed bin Salman has been doing for the past two years has little to do with fighting religious extremism. He is targeting critics and weakening independent discourse that historically pushed back against terrorism, all the while empowering extremist clerics who legitimize his repressive campaign. This policy may temporarily silence critics, but it is creating an environment where extremism is likely to grow in Saudi Arabia – by OLA SALEM, ABDULLAH ALAOUDH

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Saudi arrested, tortured over 150 Palestinians over charitable activities: Rights group

An independent human rights group says Saudi authorities have arrested and tortured scores of Palestinian expatriates living in the conservative kingdom over their involvement in charitable activities and sending money back home.

Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization seeking to promote human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a series of posts on its official Twitter page on Tuesday evening that more than 150 Palestinians are currently languishing in Saudi detention centers. Some 40 Palestinians were arrested in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah alone.

The rights group added that Saudi intelligence agents have committed rights abuses against Palestinians during and after their arrest.

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Unhappy with Twitter, thousands of Saudis join pro-Trump social network Parler

A surge of about 200,000 users believed to be from Saudi Arabia who are frustrated at what they say is censorship by Twitter have helped crash the small social media network Parler, which styles itself as a “free speech-driven” space.

Twitter has previously acknowledged pulling down hundreds of “inauthentic” accounts that pushed talking points favorable to the Saudi government, which has built an “electronic army” tasked with furthering its agenda online.

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3 young men from Hodeida disappeared without a trace for 9 months now after they turned themselves in to Saudi authorities to deport them.

referring to

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We have been informed that the 4th session of minor #MurtajaQureiris's trial is scheduled for tomorrow, June 13, before the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh. The Prosecution is demanding Murtaja's execution & crucifixion

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Saudi sisters escape to Turkey, fleeing 'abuse' at home

Two sisters have taken to social media to find help after escaping alleged rape, forced marriage and abuse from relatives in Saudi Arabia.

Two Saudi sisters are pleading for help from Turkey after fleeing alleged abuse from their relatives who they say tried to force them to marry "older religious" men and sexually assaulted one of them.
The runaways' case is the latest in a growing list of high-profile escapes involving Saudi women fleeing extreme restrictions in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Sisters Dua and Dalal said they fled to Turkey to put an end to the life-long domestic abuse they have endured. They posted a video on a Twitter account, which has since then been suspended, describing their situation and asking for help.

The sisters have found support on social media after their story went viral. A hashtag #SaveDuaandDalal is being used, with people across the world urging support for Dua and Dalal, requesting a country takes them in as refugees. They are also condemning Twitter for suspending their accounts five times.


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Film: Saudi sisters @DuaDalal , fled #KSA to Turky, in attempt to survive a legalized human trafficking; they were about to be forced into a traditional marriage to very old men

They have been through mental abuse and domestic violence, all by their “male guardian” AKA their father. Who has also took their passports and national ids.

Help Dua and Dalal, they are the latest runaway Saudi women who have fled an oppressive system back home. We need universal assistance to help these women and to stop this repetitive issue from happening.

My remark: Twitter blocked their account…

More at:

Hey @TwitterSupport, what is it that you have against Saudi refugees fleeing domestic violence and forced marriages? Is it because of the mass exodus by #Saudis to #Parler that you wish to silence dissenters to retain users?

After #twitter suspended their account @DuaDalal, they opened another one @dua_dala, and guess what? it was suspended in a few minutes!#SaudiArabia must have done some sort of contracts with #Twitter ! did you trade Saudi women lives with money?

When Twitter aligns with oppressive regimes to silence fleeing refugees, intentionally or not, it adds up to a global fascism. @DuaDalal account suspended, probably due to mass reporting by Saudi trolls. @TwitterSupport STOP SUSPENDING REFUGEE WOMEN

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Film: ‘Halal’ nightclub set to open in Saudi Arabia

Dubai and Beirut's White nightclub is opening its first branch in the Kingdom


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Saudi General Entertainment Authority investigates claims of Kingdom’s ‘first nightclub’

The Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has announced an official probe into an event which took place in the coastal city of Jeddah.

In a statement posted on its Twitter account, the Saudi government body announced that: “According to information provided to the GEA, the event (Project X) is in violation of the legal procedures and regulations in force, and has not been authorised by the body," the statement said.


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White nightclub in Jeddah shuts down on opening night

Authorities have opened an investigation into White Jeddah, which operates as a licensed nightclub in Dubai and Beirut

The opening of an alcohol-free Saudi nightclub was halted on Thursday as authorities claimed it violated legal proceedings.

White nightclub, which operates as a licensed venue in Dubai and Beirut, was scheduled to open a pop-up ‘halal’ branch in Jeddah, but was shut down by authorities ahead of the arrival of its headline act, American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo.

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Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ Apparently Now Hangs on Saudi Prince’s Yacht

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, Salvator Mundi, one of the world’s most expensive paintings and missing since 2017, was located on Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s yacht, according to Middle East Eye.

The piece, attributed to the Renaissance Italian master, was purchased for US$450 million in 2017 at a Christie’s auction in New York City.

My comment: This painting obviously is no genuine Da Vinci and was paid US$ million 449 too much.

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Saudia airline close to placing order for Airbus aircraft: sources

The carrier, known as Saudia, has been negotiating with both Airbus and Boeing for wide-body jets for months and its chief executive told Air Transport World in March that a decision for planes like the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 was expected soon.

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Normalization of Turkish-Saudi relations key to regional stability

The Saudi-UAE alliance's risky ventures, which designate Iran as an archrival and Turkey as an adversary, makes them vulnerable to demands from the U.S.-Israel axis and undermine their international credibility

My remark: From Turkey.

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Get To Know This Inspirational Saudi Arabian Woman, Randah Al-Hothali

She is not only quite the humanitarian, but she also has an impressive career on her.

Al-Hothali earned her bachelor and master degrees in Economics, and International & Political Trade from George Mason University in the USA. She is employed as a Commercial and Economic Counselor at the Saudi Embassy in Washington

Randah has been engaged in voluntary work since 2011. She starting in social volunteering at the Saudi Club at GMU in Virginia and then in a non-profit organization called Hand in Hand (Yadan Biyad).

She regularly visits Yemen to support Yemeni girls and women in their everyday battles to gain access to education, health, and shelter.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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U.S. pushes for Saudi progress on Khashoggi probe before anniversary of killing

The Trump administration is pressing Saudi Arabia to show “tangible progress” toward holding to account those behind the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and wants them to do so before the one-year anniversary of his murder, a senior administration official said.

Pushing back against critics who have accused President Donald Trump of letting the Saudis off the hook after Khashoggi’s death, the official told Reuters this week the message to the kingdom is that it remains a “very hot issue” and “they need to take it seriously.”

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp19a, cp19b

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As part of building military-to-military relationships & interoperability, #RSAF 13th Sqn F-15C Eagles and #USAF F-15C Eagles fly joint combat air patrolling mission over the #ArabianGulf supported by both #Saudi and #American tankers (photos)

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Senators Switched Key Votes On Gulf Arms Ban Hours After Tanker Attacks

A brief report from's Eric Garris suggests Thursday's tanker attack incident in the Gulf of Oman which the United States promptly blamed on Iran has directly impacted bills placed before the Senate which would ban US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar.

Garris wrote of the vote which came hours after the Gulf tankers incident: "Both votes were considered highly likely to pass up until they were rushed to the floor today. The timing appears almost certainly to have been related to Thursday tanker bombings in the Gulf of Oman, and shifted a number of Senators’ votes in favor of continuing the arms sales." He noted that "some senators switched sides to kill the bills" following news of the tanker attacks.


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US Senate upholds arms sales to Bahrain, Qatar

The U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected Sen. Rand Paul’s measures to block sales of munitions to Bahrain and Boeing AH–64E Apache helicopters to Qatar.

The vote on Bahrain was 43-56 and Qatar 42-57, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., announced their opposition Thursday. The White House earlier this week threatened to veto the measures.

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Sen. Rand Paul: Stop arming radical jihadism

The Middle East is a hot cauldron continually threatening to boil over.

It is a mistake to funnel arms into centuries-old conflicts.
There is no great certainty that the arms we send into the Middle East will not one day be used against our soldiers. In fact, there is a real threat that someday our young soldiers will be sent to fight against the very weapons Congress sends today.

Proliferating arms in the midst of chaos is a recipe for disaster. It’s hard to argue that sending arms into Libya or Syria advanced liberty in any way.

Dreamers often longingly speak of a peace plan for the Middle East. Maybe we should consider a peace plan that doesn’t include dumping more arms into a region aflame in civil unrest, civil war and anarchy.

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Congress will block Trump's arms sales to Saudi Arabia: Pelosi

Speaking at a forum in New York on Thursday night, Pelosi said the House of Representatives would soon vote to block the transfer of weapons to Saudi Arabia, America’s strongest ally in the Persian Gulf.

"There will be a vote to remove any authority to make those sales to Saudi Arabia," Pelosi said during an interview with Fareed Zakaria hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. "This is something that we will fight, and we'll have bipartisan support to fight."

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When will bad press focus Congress' attention on Saudi Arabia?

Less than a year after Khashoggi's murder, Saudi Arabia continues to act with impunity in Yemen and Sudan. It's time for Congress to act.

In Sudan, too, Saudi Arabia is pursuing a policy at odds with the expressed desires of many in Congress.

These reports are glaring reminders for those on Capitol Hill that, while the administration sees Saudi Arabia as a potential fireman in the broader Middle East and North Africa, many of its policies are more akin to those of an arsonist.

Additionally, the aforementioned developments signal to many in Congress that the Saudis are waltzing around, acting with impunity and, since the Trump administration has practiced fealty towards Riyadh, they themselves must act to constrain Saudi Arabia and demand that its actions further US interest, not undermine them.

As the damning reports about Saudi Arabia's - and the UAE's - policies throughout the region pile up, more and more lawmakers in Washington are going to want to see the Gulf states' policies checked.

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Untangling the Yemen Arms Sales Debate

Over the past several weeks, a new front has opened up in the legal fight over U.S. support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen: the president’s authority to pursue arms sales.

Like recent congressional efforts to use provisions in the War Powers Resolution to end U.S. involvement in Yemen, this disagreement over arms sales centers on the novel use of certain relatively obscure statutory provisions. And once again, opponents of the Yemen conflict in Congress appear to be at an institutional disadvantage due to the president’s veto authority.

The president’s authority to engage in arms sales is rooted in statute. Since at least 1795, Congress has permitted the executive branch to transfer or sell arms to allies to help advance their common defense interests. The most recent version of this authority is provided by the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) in coordination with the related Foreign Assistance Act (FAA).

For better or worse, Pompeo’s invocation of Section 36’s emergency exception has raised new doubts in Congress about its value.

If Congress succeeds in taking action along these lines, the Trump administration’s use of the emergency authority provided to it by the AECA, like its controversial use of other statutory authorities, may have longer lasting consequences: new, permanent constraints on the presidency, as Congress reconsiders how much authority it should delegate to the executive branch – by Scott R. Anderson

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Film: John Knefel // The War In Yemen Continues

John Knefel comments on the war in Yemen and how the United States’ interest in maintaining a relationship with Saudi Arabia has influenced a lack of American action on Yemen’s behalf.

and, older films:

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JOHN KIRIAKOU: Bolton’s Long Goodbye

John Bolton’s days as national security advisor are apparently numbered—for reasons that have all played out in the press.

Everybody in America knows that Donald Trump places a premium on what he considers to be “loyalty.” You’re either with him or against him.

Second, my friends say that Trump wants to end U.S. involvement in the Yemen war, but that Bolton has been insistent that the only way to guarantee the closeness of the U.S. relationships with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is to keep providing those countries with weapons, aerial refueling planes, and intelligence support.

Obsessed With Iran

That would explain the reason why the White House did not seek to block the recent Congressional vote on Yemen support. Bolton likely talked Trump into vetoing the resolution. Or he talked the Saudis into talking Trump into it. Still, at least in internal deliberations, Trump has said that he simply doesn’t see a national security reason to keep the war going. The U.S. gets nothing out of it.

Most importantly, Bolton has been famous for decades for his irrationally hard line on Iran. He has made no secret of his desire to bomb Iran into the stone age, to smash and overthrow its government, and to let the chips fall where they may. The policy makes literally no sense.

Trump said just a week ago that he was willing to begin talks with the Iranians “with no preconditions.” This was a major softening of U.S. policy toward Iran and it immediately drew Bolton’s ire – by John Kiriakou, a former CIA counterterrorism officer and a former senior investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

My comment: A better man for the job, here?:

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Is Matt Gaetz the future of Trump foreign policy?

Trump favorite’s speech sets a watershed

Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, a Trump favorite and Fox News star, may have just fired the first loud shot of a new ideological war that may be heard around the world.

‘The “fog of war” is no fog to me, or any of the 700,000 people I serve,’ Gaetz clarified to a surprised Washington crowd of lefties and libertarians last month.

As I’ve reported, Gaetz quietly served as chief lobbyist against continued administration support of Saudi Arabia’s Yemen escapade, arguing that Trump should decline to veto a recent resolution condemning the war. Trump didn’t listen, but he and his team are still listening to Gaetz.

Meanwhile, a broader discussion has reopened on the right. On Iran, the president has taken back the wheel from Bolton in recent days.

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Congress directs Pentagon to press Saudi Arabia on Yemen refueling bill

Congress wants the Pentagon to hold the Saudi-led coalition accountable for paying off the last of its overdue refueling bills for the Yemen war.

The Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act, released today, calls on Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to notify Congress each month of any outstanding bills for the $299 million cost of the three-year refueling mission until the federal government is repaid in full.

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The Real Emergency Is in Yemen

The Trump administration has trotted out this lame excuse for continuing to arm Saudi Arabia and the UAE as they wreck and starve Yemen, but it is not credible. Supposing that Saudi Arabia and the UAE wanted to start buying more of their weapons and weapons systems from Russia and China, it would take many years to switch from the U.S.-made hardware that they have been buying for decades. There is no danger that an interruption in the supply of U.S. arms to the Saudis and Emiratis would lead them to radically overhaul their militaries in the foreseeable future. There is absolutely no reason why these arms sales need to be rushed through without Congressional review, and the administration officials sent to Congress to repeat this nonsense have to know that.

Everyone can see that the administration just wants to evade Congressional scrutiny so that it can send more weapons to be used by the Saudi and Emirati governments in slaughtering Yemenis from the air. The threat that supposedly justifies the phony “emergency” has been grossly exaggerated, and the weapons included in these sales would be of no use in countering that threat in any case:

referring to

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State Department Defends Saudi Arms Sales Before Hostile House ...

A senior State Department official on Wednesday defended the Trump administration’s use of an emergency declaration to push through arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, telling a hostile House committee that holding back the weapons would have offered an opening to commercial rivals in China and Russia.

“The administration has presented us no evidence that the gulf countries face any substantially new threat from Iran that would justify declaring an emergency, or that these weapons, which the Saudis need to keep bombing Yemen, would even be useful if such a threat arose,” said Representative Tom Malinowski, Democrat of New Jersey and a former assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.

“If we allow these arms sales, the effect will be to prolong a war that does not serve U.S. interests, while signaling to the Saudis that they can get away with anything,” he continued.

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Republicans join Democrats to rebuke Trump's 'emergency' $8B arms sale to Saudis, Emiratis

Congress is moving ahead with legislation to block $8 billion of arms sales to Saudi Arabiaand the United Arab Emirates after the Trump administration declared an "emergency" to bypass Congress and move ahead with the controversial sale over lawmakers' objections given the two countries' human rights records.ct-pentagon-press-saudi-arabia-yemen-refueling.html

Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper was called up to defend the decision Wednesday, but faced a grilling from both Republicans and Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. While the Trump administration has defended the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, Congress has said business as usual must end


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Republicans in Congress push back on Trump weapons packages to Saudi Arabia, UAE

U.S. Republican members of Congress pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump’s plan to sell $8 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, saying it was “unfortunate” the administration used an emergency declaration to avoid Congressional review.


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'We are arming a street thug': US lawmakers denounce weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

Legislators grill administration official on emergency declaration to force through arms sales

US lawmakers sought answers to these seeming inconsistencies as they grilled State Department official Clarke Cooper at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

The administration declared the emergency on 24 May to force through more than $8bn in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates amid growing concerns about the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen and the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country.

"Here's the reality, there is no emergency," said Democrat Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which conducted the hearing on Wednesday.

"Do you know how I know? Because a real emergency would require weapons that can be delivered immediately, not months or even years from now," he added.

Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the committee, also voiced concerns about the executive branch undermining the authority of Congress.

"The recent use of this emergency authority, in my judgement, was unfortunate," McCaul said.

In his testimony, Cooper, who serves as assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, said reports of the Iranian threats required Washington to send a message that it stands by its allies to deter potential attacks by the Islamic Republic.

"Our posture regarding Iran remains focused on assuring our partners of our commitment to enhancing their defence capabilities. This action is not intended to be an escalatory military step," he said.


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One of President Trump’s closest congressional allies is ready to strip him of certain emergency powers in response to the administration sidestepping lawmakers to secure 22 arms sales benefiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

“Do away with the emergency exception,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday. Doing so, he added, would prevent the executive branch from repeating such a move in the future. “I would not have agreed to that before, but after this maneuver by the administration, count me in.”

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The Bogus ‘Emergency’ and the War on Yemen

When it comes to Trump’s handling of the relationships with the Saudis and the UAE, the president has done such a horrible job and has treated Congress with contempt so many times that he is driving his closest allies into the opposing camp.

The loophole in the Arms Export Control Act was an invitation to abuse, and in Trump we have a president eager to exploit every available opening. Congress needs to close off that opening so that this president and future ones can’t abuse it in similar fashion.

Everyone can see that the emergency is fake, and more important leading members of Congress are willing to excoriate administration officials publicly for the obvious lie. We all understand that the administration resorted to this obnoxious abuse of power because they have already lost the argument over arms sales to the Saudis and Emiratis.

The “emergency” lie is tied up with the larger lie that is administration Yemen policy.

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Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate

I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of United States Armed Forces equipped for combat.


In furtherance of counterterrorism efforts, the United States continues to work with partners around the globe, with a particular focus on the United States Central and Africa Commands’ areas of responsibility. In this context, the United States has deployed United States combat-equipped forces to conduct counterterrorism operations and to advise, assist, and accompany security forces of select foreign partners on counterterrorism operations.

Arabian Peninsula Region. A small number of United States military personnel are deployed to Yemen to conduct operations against al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS-Yemen. The United States military continues to work closely with the Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) and regional partner forces to dismantle and ultimately eliminate the terrorist threat posed by those groups. Since the last periodic update report, United States forces conducted a number of airstrikes against AQAP operatives and facilities in Yemen.

United States Armed Forces, in a non-combat role, have also continued to provide military advice and limited information, logistics, and other support to regional forces combatting the Houthi insurgency in Yemen. United States forces are present in Saudi Arabia for this purpose. Such support does not involve United States Armed Forces in hostilities with the Houthis for the purposes of the War Powers Resolution.

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How a history of US-Saudi ties turned into billion-dollar arms deals

Congress's effort to halt weapons transfer to Riyadh signals a crack in relationship, experts say

Congress once again is preparing for a major battle with the Trump administration as the US president seeks to expedite the shipment of billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia without any congressional oversight.

Critics of Donald Trump's continued support for the Gulf country - and US arms sales to the Saudi government in particular - have grown increasingly fed up with what they view as Riyadh's intransigence.

But with Trump insisting that the weapons deals are a key part of his administration's plan to maintain strong ties between Washington and Riyadh, a major shift appears unlikely, several experts told Middle East Eye.

"The argument has been that [arms sales] buy the United States leverage on things like human rights," said Jodi Vittori, a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment's Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program.

"But it's hard to see where one can find ... that leverage used successfully," she told MEE. "The [Saudi] human rights record is only getting worse."

The US president's decision to push that sale through - after invoking a state of emergency - comes at a time of unparalleled scrutiny of Saudi Arabia on Capitol Hill, thanks in large part to the devastating Saudi-led war in Yemen and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But for now, Saudi Arabia appears comfortable under the Trump administration's protection, Binder said, citing the emergency declaration as a "perfect example" of how the president has shielded the Gulf country from accountability.

Now, with billions of dollars in US weapons set to make their way to Saudi Arabia, that arms race appears likely to escalate.

"We have a situation where the Gulf Cooperation Council is arming up ... as a counter to Iran, but Iran is really not there in terms of arms. It's an arms race with only one side racing," Abramson said.

"The imbalance of power is really striking."

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Young and Murphy Resolution to Force Vote on Saudi Arms Sale

U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will introduce a privileged resolution today to begin the process of forcing a vote on arm sales and other security assistance to Saudi Arabia. This resolution comes after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared an emergency last month to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates totaling $8.1 billion without congressional approval. It also acts as a check on presidential power and reasserts Congress’ role in setting U.S. foreign policy.

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Film: Al D'Angelo, the chairman of Community Board 11 and the President of the Morris Park Community Association, delivers a brief speech at the Yemeni American Day Parade in NYC.

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In fact, the U.S. intelligence community has concluded that al-Malik served as a paid intelligence source for the UAE throughout 2017, The Intercept has learned.

Al-Malik reported to UAE intelligence about aspects of the Trump administration’s Middle East policy, according to a former U.S. official and documents viewed by The Intercept. The National Intelligence Service of the UAE gave al-Malik a code name and paid him tens of thousands of dollars a month to gather information, a role for which his investment business would have provided a convenient cover.

After he was interviewed as part of the Mueller investigation, al-Malik left Los Angeles, where he’d been based for several years, and went back to the UAE.

and abridged:

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Yemen: Government denies international law has been breached

In its response, published today, to the House of Lords International Relations Committee report Yemen: giving peace a chance, the Government has denied that it is “narrowly on the wrong side of the law” regarding arms exports to the Saudi-led coalition.

Click on the following link to read the Government’s response in full ( PDF 260 KB)

Chairman of the House of Lords International Relations Committee Lord Howell of Guildford said: “We note the Government’s views, but continue to urge ministers to apply the strongest possible criteria when considering arms sales to Saudi Arabia, to prevent UK arms sales resulting in civilian casualties in Yemen.

My comment: This government statement obviously is based on fiction, not on the facts on the ground in Yemen. Of course, saudi coalition media appreciate this, also quoting the UK’s absurd blaming of Iran:

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The issue of the use of the Civil Airport at Ronaldsway on the Isle of Man by Saudi aircrew training at RAF Valley in Wales has been criticised by a Manx politician. Claire Bettison MHK pressed the Chief Minister on the issue in the House of Keys (Manx Parliament).
The issue was first raised in the Isle of Man by the Celtic League after we became aware of protests on Anglesey late last year

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Here is the text and written answer to a query in the Manx parliament on the use of Ronaldsway (Isle of Man airport) by foreign air forces. The issue is in the news following protests here and in North Wales about the training afforded to the Royal Saudi Air Force which is engaged in a ruthless bombing campaign against civilians in Yemen.

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The Independent and Evening Standard could face investigation over Saudi links

A mysterious Saudi investor has bought a stake in the two of the UK's leading newspapers

The investigation could look into whether the media outlets would be able accurately present news and guarantee freedom of speech due to the Saudi connection, according to The Guardian.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said he couled intervene in the sale of 30 percent of the holdings in the two media giants to Saudi banker Sultan Muhammad Abuljadayel.

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Boris Johnson allowed arms sales to Saudis after Yemen bombing

Former foreign secretary accused of showing ‘total disregard’ for civilians

Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson recommended that the UK allow Saudi Arabia to buy British bomb parts expected to be deployed in Yemen, days after an airstrike on a potato factory in the country had killed 14 people in 2016.

Campaigners accused the then foreign secretary of showing a “total disregard” for Yemeni civilians by allowing the sales, revealed for the first time in emails disclosed via a freedom of information request.

A day after the sale was recommended for approval by Johnson in August 2016, a village school in Yemen was hit by another deadly airstrike, prompting further complaints that the UK is complicit in breaches of international humanitarian law.

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UK report on ‘human rights’ forgets to mention Saudi Arabia in section on Yemen war

The UK has published its annual human rights report, but with some notable omissions in its section on Yemen’s war – namely the identity of the country bombing its civilians, and the UK’s own involvement in the conflict.

The 2018 “Human Rights & Democracy”report from the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes an almost 800-word section on the humanitarian situation in Yemen – but, to a reader unfamiliar with the specifics, the document offers few clues as to who bears most responsibility for the crisis, since the British report seems to have forgotten to mention some key details.



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UK Should Get Serious About Defending Human Rights

Foreign Office Annual Rights Report Pulls Punches on Saudi Arabia and Yemen

The report’s most striking weakness is on Yemen. While acknowledging the many civilians killed in the conflict, it ignores the Saudi-led coalition’s responsibility for many of these deaths in unlawful attacks. In marked contrast, the report does name the Houthis as being responsible for certain abuses.

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Deutschland: Rüstungsgüter für mehr als eine Milliarde Euro an Jemen-Kriegsallianz

Die Bundesregierung Deutschland hat seit Jahresanfang Rüstungslieferungen für mehr als eine Milliarde Euro an die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Allianz im Jemen-Krieg genehmigt. Trotz der Exportbeschränkungen im Koalitionsvertrag von Union und SPD wurden zwischen dem 1. Januar und dem 5. Juni allein 13 Exporte für 801,8 Millionen Euro nach Ägypten und 43 Exporte für 206,1 Millionen Euro an die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate genehmigt. Das geht aus einer Antwort des Wirtschaftsministeriums auf eine Anfrage des Grünen-Abgeordneten Omid Nouripour hervor, die der Deutschen Presse-Agentur vorliegt.

Die Regierung erlaubte sogar zwei Rüstungsgeschäfte mit Saudi-Arabien, obwohl für das Land seit November eigentlich ein kompletter Exportstopp gilt. Dabei handele es sich um die Lieferung von «sondergeschützten Geländewagen» für 831 003 Euro, wie der Staatssekretär im Wirtschaftsministerium, Ulrich Nussbaum, mitteilte.

Insgesamt wurden für die acht Länder der Allianz 122 Exportgenehmigungen für Rüstungsgüter im Wert von 1,1 Milliarden Euro erteilt. =

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Approved by the Confederation: Armaments worth billions in Yemen's war coalition

Since the beginning of the year the Federal Government has approved arms deliveries for more than one billion euros to the Saudi-led alliance in the Yemen war.

Despite the export restrictions in the coalition agreement between the Union and the SPD, between January 1 and June 5 alone 13 exports were approved for 801.8 million euros to Egypt and 43 exports to the United Arab Emirates for 206.1 million euros. This emerges from a response from the Ministry of Economic Affairs to a request by the Green MEP Omid Nouripour, which is the German Press Agency.

The government even allowed two arms deals with Saudi Arabia, even though the country has actually had a complete export ban since November. This is the delivery of "special protected SUVs" for 831 003 euros, as the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ulrich Nußbaum, announced.

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Berater des Präsidenten des Obersten Politischen Rates des Jemen für diplomatische Angelegenheiten in Sana'a

Die Friedensinitiative Stop the WAR im Jemen wurde von jemenitischen Freunden gebeten, die folgende Erklärung von Abdulelah Hajar - Berater für diplomatische Angelegenheiten in Sanaa - Jemen, an Mitglieder des Deutschen Bundestages weiterzuleiten.

Das jemenitische Volk heißt jede deutsche Delegation herzlich willkommen, die bereit ist, Sana'a zu besuchen, um das beispiellose menschliche Leid im Jemen mit eigenen Augen zu beurteilen. Auch sind wir stets bereit, eine Delegation nach Berlin zu entsenden, um Unklarheiten und mögliche Konflikte auszuräumen, wobei erwähnt werden muss, dass der Flughafen in Sana'a seit August 2016 von der Saudi-Koalition für alle jemenitischen Bürgerinnen und Bürger geschlossen wurde.

The peace initiative Stop the WAR in Yemen was asked by Yemeni friends to forward the following statement by Abdulelah Hajar - Advisor for Diplomatic Affairs in Sanaa - Yemen to members of the German Bundestag.

Yemeni people welcome any German delegation willing to visit Sana’a in order to witness the Yemeni unprecedented humanitarian suffering , and is also ready to send a delegation to Berlin in order to clarify any vagueness, it is worth mentioning that Sana’a International airport has been closed to all Yemeni citizens by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia since August 2016

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Große Mehrheit der Deutschen gegen Waffenexporte

81 Prozent der Bundesbürger sind gegen Waffenexporte von Deutschland an alle am Jemen-Krieg beteiligten Länder. Das ist das Ergebnis einer repräsentativen Umfrage, die das Meinungsforschungsinstitut Kantar im Auftrag von Greenpeace anlässlich des Embargos gegen Saudi-Arabien durchgeführt hat. Das Embargo war von der Bundesregierung Ende März um sechs Monate verlängert worden.

Die Befragten lehnen Rüstungsexporte an die Koalition des Jemen-Krieges parteiübergreifend mehrheitlich ab. 74 Prozent der Unionsanhänger plädieren dafür, keine Waffen an Länder der Jemen-Kriegskoalition zu liefern.

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Deutschland und Emirate bauen strategische Partnerschaft aus

Deutschland und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate wollen ihre strategische Partnerschaft weiter ausbauen und im Kampf gegen internationalen Terrorismus enger zusammenarbeiten. Das geht aus einer gemeinsamen Erklärung hervor, die anlässlich des Besuchs von Kronprinz Scheich Mohammed bin Said Al Nahjan bei Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) in Berlin am Mittwoch vereinbart wurde. Darin setzen sich beide Länder auch "mit Nachdruck" für eine politische Lösung des Jemen-Konflikts ein. Das Streitthema Rüstungsexporte wird in der 46 Punkte umfassenden Erklärung nicht erwähnt.

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Germany, UAE renew business ties, gloss over arms exports, Yemen war

Germany and the United Arab Emirates have extended their multibillion-euro partnership during a meeting in Berlin. Opposition Greens decried the UAE's role in the Yemen and Libya conflicts, and Sudan's turmoil.

Visiting United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday signed a 46-point declaration focused on business links and only touching on efforts to bring peace to war-torn Yemen.

My comment: Business and money count more than anything else.

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Yemen on the agenda as UAE crown prince visits Berlin

The United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier discussed the war in Yemen when they met in Berlin on Tuesday, according to the president's office. Their discussion included the role of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the conflict, it added. No further details were given.

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Steinmeier und Kronprinz von Abu Dhabi sprechen über Jemen

Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier und der Kronprinz von Abu Dhabi haben bei einem Treffen am Dienstag in Berlin über den Krieg im Jemen gesprochen. Dabei sei es auch um die Positionierung der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate gegangen

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UAE Crown Prince Visits Germany: Greens Call for Strong Yemen Stance

The German vice-president of the Bundestag Claudia Roth considered upon the visit of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan that UAE foreign policy must witness a fundamental shift.

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Deutschland soll sich gegen Jemen-Krieg aussprechen

Deutschland solle sich bei dem Besuch des Kronprinzen von Abu Dhabi klar gegen den Krieg im Jemen positionieren, fordern nun die Grünen.

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Belgium suspends arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia

Belgian State Council decided on Friday to suspend the licenses of arms


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[Belgium]: Le Conseil d'Etat annule les licences d'exportations d'armes wallonnes en Arabie saoudite

Saisi, fin 2017, par la Coordination nationale d'action pour la paix et la démocratie (CNAPD) et par la Ligue des Droits humains sur la question des licences d'exportation d'armes wallonnes vers l'Arabie saoudite, le Conseil d'Etat a décidé, vendredi, d'annuler une série de licences d'exportation octroyées à la FN Herstal et à CMI, faute notamment d'un examen minutieux de la question des droits fondamentaux au royaume wahhabite.

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Tehran Refutes Arab Countries' Accusations of Supplying Missiles to Yemen's Houthis

Iran rejects the Arab League's accusations that Tehran was supplying the Yemeni Houthi movement with ballistic missiles as "false," Ali-Asghar Khaji, a senior assistant for special political affairs to the Iranian foreign minister, told Sputnik.

"These accusations are false. We have always said that there has been no support [for Houthis] with weapons. The only support coming from Iran to Houthis, who are part of the Yemeni people, and who have been under pressure and subject to terrible military attacks, is political and moral support", Khaji said, commenting on the communique.

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Oman following Yemen escalation with 'great concern': Omani media

Oman is following with “great concern the military escalation” in Yemen’s war as well as a missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, the Oman TV News website said on Friday, citing a Foreign Ministry source.

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Austria to shut Saudi-backed religious dialogue center in rights protest

Austria’s government said on Wednesday it plans to shut a Saudi-funded center for religious dialogue in Vienna after parliament urged it to try to prevent the possible execution of a teenager in Saudi Arabia over acts committed when he was a minor.

The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), which was opened in 2012, has long been a lightning rod in Austria for criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

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UAE condemns terrorist attack targeting Saudi Arabia's Abha Airport

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The Latest: Egypt to Yemen rebels: Halt attacks on Saudis

Egypt says it's standing by Saudi Arabia following the attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels that wounded 26 people at a Saudi airport arrivals hall.

The Foreign Ministry, just hours after the attack took place on Wednesday, said Egypt is calling for an immediate halt to all attacks on Saudi territories and will "defy any attempt to target" the kingdom.

My comment: Why they never asked the Saudi coalition to stop bombing Yemen?

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How is Puntland Coping with Yemen’s Fishing Boom?

While Puntland’s state authorities and the Yemeni fishing sector have developed an arrangement over the regulation of fishing rights, this increasingly excludes local fishermen from the industry

The local fishermen are increasingly left out of the industry, while the state government taxes the Yemeni boats $2-3,000 for 45 days to operate in the area. There is a lot of resentment directed towards the administration.

While Puntland’s coastal fishing communities are highly integrated in to the Yemeni fishing economy, it is by no means a win-win situation. Local fishermen feel that they are increasingly being pushed out of the market by the better resourced Yemeni fishing boats, who negotiate their presence in the region with the rent-seeking state leadership.

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[#Italy: RWM Italia sells to #SaudiArabia weapons that are used in the war on #Yemen👇
The Italian arms lobby seems to be the most democratic in the world: it goes with any government willing to pay

The #RWM case

RWM Italia, a factory in Domusnovas, Sardinia, sells the deadly MK80 to the Saudis. These bombs are able to form a crater of about 15 meters in diameter and 11 in depth, can penetrate 28 cm metal armor or poured cement over 3 meters thick, spreading within 360 meters splinters and lethal fragments.]

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L’Italia vende armi ai sauditi per massacrare gli yemeniti. E il Governo tace

[In the coming weeks, other Saudi cargo ships will arrive to Italy, with the risk of being loaded with arms for #SaudiArabia. Despite protests from organizations and activists, the Italian government is silent. Italy in 2018, exported 108 MLN worth of arms]

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Papa Francesco contro Salvini: “Porti chiusi per le persone, aperti per le armi”

Durante l’audienza alla Roaco, Riunione delle Opere per l’Aiuto alle Chiese Orientali, Papa Francesco non ha lesinato critiche a Matteo Salvini e a chi, come lui, in Europa “apre i porti alle armi, ma li chiude per le persone”.

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Nigrizia sostiene con forza l’appello lanciato nei giorni scorsi al governo italiano di sospendere l’invio di sistemi militari all’Arabia Saudita ed in particolare le forniture di bombe aeree MK80 prodotte nello stabilimento di Domusnovas (Carbonia – Iglesias) in Sardegna, di proprietà della RWM Italia Spa, che sono utilizzate dall’aeronautica saudita nei bombardamenti indiscriminati contro la popolazione civile in Yemen.

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UAE disregard for Canadian concerns over Gauthier case

Canada accused of “complicity” if it continues to promote UAE while citizen remains victim of “rampant human rights abuses”

Vorige / Previous

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-544/ Yemen War Mosaic 1-544: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

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