Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 552 - Yemen War Mosaic 552

Yemen Press Reader 552: 5. Juli 2019: Flüchtlinge aus Jemen in Djibouti – Emirate bauen Milizen auf – Die Emirate auf Sokotra – USA, Iran und die Huthis – Wir (USA) sind nicht die guten Jungs ..
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... Trump: Kriegspräsident oder Anti-Interventionist? – US-Iran-Krise, wachsende Spannungen im Mittleren Osten – und mehr

July 5, 2019: Yemeni refugees at Djibouti – The Emirates building up militia – The Emirates at Socotra – The US, Iran and rhe Houthis – We (the US) are not the good guys – Trump: War President or Anti-Interventionist? – US-Iran crisis, mounting tensions in the Middle East – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

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

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Wachsende Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Mounting tensions at the Gulf

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre: The Road from Yemen: Part 3 - Retracing the Steps of the Displaced

Yemeni refugees in Djibouti have no illusions about the current situation in their country. At best, their home towns and cities are plagued by rampant inflation and a complete lack of opportunities to earn an income, which makes it difficult for families to meet even their most basic needs. At worst, fighter jets roar overhead heralding an imminent airstrike, or snipers fire into crowded markets and at mosques during Friday prayers.

The conflict, now in its fifth year, seems intractable. “The Houthis will never stop, the Saudis will never stop,” says a mother of six. “Even if the fighting stopped today, how long would it take for the country to get back to where it was? Ten, 15, 20 years?”, says a father of five. “Yemen is a land that never tires of blood," says a married father of three living in the camp alone. Given the unlikely prospect of a swift end to the war, the conclusion is obvious. There is no realistic prospect of refugees returning in the short or medium term.

There are 5,129 Yemenis in Djibouti, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), half of whom live in Markazi camp in the northern port city of Obock. The camp residents tend to be the more vulnerable refugees;

As part of IDMC's Invisible Majority thematic research, in which we examine the relationship between internal displacement and cross border movements, I travelled to Djibouti in early June to interview Yemenis in and outside the camp to better understand their journeys and their struggle to achieve a durable solution to their displacement.

Almost 40 per cent of respondents had been internally displaced before making their trip across the sea. Most made the decision to leave Yemen when they realised the fighting would not come to a quick end and living conditions for IDPs - in open fields, in crowded schools-turned IDP sites, or with generous host families - would not be sustainable. For those who left the country directly, it provided no safe haven.

When asked about the possibility of return, bewildered looks greeted me. Had I not been listening?

“Impossible, I’m never going back, I escaped death a million times,” says a 65-year-old father from Aden.

There are no imminent prospects of durable solutions being achieved outside Yemen either. There is little to no chance of Yemeni refugees in Djibouti being resettled to a third country, a reality they are painfully aware of. UNHCR, which facilitates such processes, said it had resettled a very small number of Somalis, Ethiopians and Eritreans from Djibouti, but no Yemenis. Host countries simply allocate no “spots” for them. Refugees in Markazi camp repeatedly asked why this was, why the world had forgotten them.

That just leaves local integration. Djibouti’s government has recently decided to house all camp services within government ministries. =

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UAE building up huge militia army ‘to undermine Yemen government’

The UAE is reportedly building a 50,000-strong militia army, which the Hadi government accuses of being set-up to undermine its control in Yemen.

On the back of reports the UAE is dramatically scaling down its military presence in Yemen - where it has been embroiled in a bloody conflict against Houthi rebels for almost four years - sources claim that Abu Dhabi is now building up a huge militia force to sustain military efforts on the ground.

Another aim of the militia army will be to undermine the authority of the internationally-recognised government led by Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, The New Arab's Arabic-language daily reported.

Military and government sources in Yemen have revealed to The New Arab’s Arabic-language service that the UAE have been funding and equipping militias belonging to the secessionist Southern Transitional Council in order to install pro-Emirati factions in areas seized from Houthi control.

The UAE, who supported the establishment of the Southern Transitional Council in 2017, has led a drive to form dozens of military brigades and several military hubs across southern Yemen in recent months.

These initiatives have angered the Hadi government who see this as an attempt by Abu Dhabi to usurp control from the legitimate Yemeni leadership.

The newly established brigades have been concentrated in areas that formerly surrounded the North-South Yemen border prior to its unification in 1990, including the provinces of Lahj, Aden, Dhali, Abyan and Yafa.

Sources close to the Southern Transitional Council leadership revealed that the UAE directed them to form a parallel army to that of the Hadi government, consisting of between 25 and 35 brigades based in southern Yemen, which it fully supports and readily arms.

Each brigade consists of around 1,500 troops, meaning the militia army may be 52,000-strong.

Abu Dhabi has also entrusted a team of Emirati officers and members of the Transitional Council to head up the efforts in southern Yemen, according to the sources.

The militia brigades have been ordered to take control of the southern provinces and their resources, in order to secure former border areas while expelling government forces from these areas.
The support from the UAE comes in the form of hundreds of armoured vehicles and machinery, as well as military training centres. Sources from the Hadi leadership also accused the Emiratis of spreading negative propaganda about the internationally-recognised government.

My remark: On this topic, more in cp2 below.

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Arrival of UAE-backed forces stokes tensions on Yemen's Socotra

Fresh deployment sparks protests for and against UAE presence on strategic island

The arrival last week of hundreds of UAE-backed Yemeni forces on Socotra has fuelled protests and further divided residents of the small island.

On one side are those, including the island's governor, Ramzi Mahroos, who say the forces are part of a broader Emirati effort to occupy the island, located in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

On the other side are locals who point to the food aid and investment in infrastructure that the UAE has provided, and say al-Islah, the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, is stoking anti-UAE sentiment.

Over the past year, tensions have been sparked between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which leads the coalition including the Emiratis that intervened in the war in 2015, over which will dominate Socotra.

Now the dynamics from southern Yemen, where the al-Islah party, backed by Yemen's exiled president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, wrestle against the UAE-backed Security Belt Forces are spilling onto the island.

The latest tensions kicked off last week after the deployment of the new batch of UAE-trained Yemeni forces to an Emirati military camp on the island. Following their arrival, there were clashes between the UAE-backed forces and those aligned with Hadi.

On Sunday, hundreds of demonstrators marched through Hadibu, the island’s capital, chanting slogans against the Emirati militias and in support of the Yemeni government.

But other residents point to the money that the UAE has invested in infrastructure and disaster relief since its arrival.

“The UAE builds hospitals, schools and helped needy people with food and money. The Emiratis helped the victims of the Monaco hurricane, so how can we demand them to go?” Mubarak, another resident, told MEE earlier this week.

A source in the governor’s office who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was true that the UAE had helped residents, but that it was only part of a strategy to maintain its grip on the island.

“This is what invaders usually do to gain the support of people but only educated people know this is the first step of invasion,” he said.

One major objection, he said, is that the UAE is using Yemeni forces, so if clashes break out, they are between Yemenis, while the Emiratis continue to gain territory from a safe distance.

Seasoned Yemeni journalist Mohammed Ali told MEE that the Emirati strategy in Socotra is similar to how it has behaved in other parts of the country: it is willing to lose money in an effort to secure strategic territory, but not men, he said.

“The UAE is not willing to lose more soldiers either in Socotra or in any other province, so they train Yemeni fighters and ask them to implement the UAE’s agenda,” Ali said.

“The UAE has imposed Security Belt Forces in Aden so no one can oppose them easily there and today they repeat the same scenario in Socotra and no one will oppose them in Socotra.”

My remark: On this topic, more in cp2 below.

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US-Iran Tensions Overshadow Houthi Agenda in War in Yemen

Continued tensions between the United States and Iran have begun having second order effects on the war in Yemen. The war was, somewhat wrongfully, originally characterized as a proxy war with Iran, but the conflict is now more at risk of being driven in that direction than it ever has been before. While many recent Houthi attacks and security incidents in Yemen have coincided with the ongoing tensions, responding to them simply through the lens of Iranian puppeteering risks further escalation and foreign entanglement in Yemen that could make the “proxy war” description far more apt and any political solution even more elusive. The escalation of Houthi attacks does, however, indicate increased operational capabilities and the group’s ability to sustain prolonged offensives. However, the Houthi’s political goals remain their own.

These attacks follow a relatively steady trend in terms of target selection progression and the evolution of planning and tactics that has been evident over the past year or more.

The attacks show an increased level of sophistication. The frequency at which the attacks have occurred recently—and while alarming given the timing—are not entirely unprecedented as their attacks have come in similar waves in the past and in direct response to Saudi war efforts and developments surrounding the embattled port city of Hodeidah. Similarly, their selection of targets is not entirely new and should not be viewed as unique to Iran’s agenda.

At present, there is no denying that Iran has provided material and technical support to the Houthis and that improved capabilities are linked to Iranian technology, but it remains a misnomer to label Yemen as a full-scale proxy war and few analysts believe Iran has actually been pulling the Houthi’s strings. The uptick in attacks might be in response to stalling peace efforts and continued clashes in Hodeidah throughout May and June, as well as tit-for-tat operations by Saudi Arabia and its allies elsewhere in Yemen

It is easy to see how recent events viewed in the context of the attacks on the tankers in the Gulf of Oman and Iran’s downing of a U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone near its coastline might paint a different picture of the Houthi’s connection to Iran (CENTCOM, June 20). However, it is important to maintain a clear perspective on the Houthi’s local agenda and goals. There is a real risk that these attacks, if viewed solely as being directed by Tehran, will alter the strategic calculus of the Saudi coalition and the United States and lead to a broader escalation or military miscalculation in Yemen.

Currently, the Houthis are still highly unlikely to take any direction from Tehran that does not benefit their interests or fit in line with their previous tactics. The escalating clashes around Hodeidah and elsewhere that have occurred concurrently to the rise in tensions cannot reasonably be reduced to Iranian involvement.

There is no significant evidence to prove Tehran has been successful at directing the Houthis in the past. Doubling down, however, will further exacerbate the war in Yemen and make the conflict even more intractable.

What is more likely than a strike against Iran is a U.S. response vis a vis the Houthis due to the perception that Tehran has directed the escalation of attacks. The response could come either through direct action or through added support to Saudi Arabia. An attack on the Houthis or bolstered support for the Kingdom would harden its position against the United States and dry up the group’s previously stated willingness to engage with U.S. policymakers.

Most observers agree that there is currently no viable military solution in Yemen that would not wreak further havoc on a country already deemed the most significant humanitarian disaster in the world today.

The most viable way to prevent a deeper Iranian connection is through a political solution that ends in the Houthi’s military needs. As such, it is critical that U.S.-Iran tensions do not overshadow the unique local dynamics of the conflict and push the conflict into deeper territory and the Houthis closer to Iran. Instead, it is necessary to deescalate in the region and continue efforts to reach a political solution – by Brian M. Perkins

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We’re Not the Good Guys: Why Is American Aggression Missing in Action?

Provocations? Aggression? Perish the thought!

And yet, just ask yourself what Washington and the Pentagon might do if an Iranian drone were spotted off the East Coast of the United States (no less in actual U.S. air space). No more need be said, right?

So here’s the strange thing, on a planet on which, in 2017, U.S. Special Operations forces deployed to 149 countries, or approximately 75% of all nations; on which the U.S. has perhaps 800 military garrisons outside its own territory; on which the U.S. Navy patrols most of its oceans and seas; on which U.S. unmanned aerial drones conduct assassination strikes across a surprising range of countries; and on which the U.S. has been fighting wars, as well as more minor conflicts, for years on end from Afghanistan to Libya, Syria to Yemen, Iraq to Niger in a century in which it chose to launch full-scale invasions of two countries (Afghanistan and Iraq), is it truly reasonable never to identify the U.S. as an “aggressor” anywhere?

Consequently, wherever Americans are bothered, harassed, threatened, attacked, we are always the ones being provoked and aggressed upon, never provoking and aggressing. I mean, how can you be the aggressor in your own house, even if that house happens to be temporarily located in Afghanistan, Iraq, or perhaps soon enough in Iran?

As that Times piece also emphasizes, Iran now uses “proxy forces” throughout the region (indeed it does!) against U.S. (and Israeli) power, a tactic Americans evidently just hadn’t thought about employing themselves in this century -- until now. Americans naturally have no proxy forces in the Greater Middle East. That’s a well-known fact. Just out of curiosity, however, what would you call the local forces our special ops guys are training and advising in so many of those 149 countries around the planet, since obviously they could never be proxy forces? And how about the Afghan and Iraqi militaries that the U.S. trained, supplied with weaponry, and advised in these years? (You know, the Iraqi army that collapsed in the face of ISIS in 2014 or the Afghan security forces that have been unable to staunch either the growth of the Taliban or of the Afghan branch of ISIS.)

Now let’s think for a moment about that remarkable American comfort level, that unprecedented sense of being at home practically anywhere on Earth we choose to send armed Americans -- and while we’re at it, let’s consider a related subject: America’s wars.

If, in the early 1970s, you had told me or any other American that, in the nearly half-century to come, the U.S. would fight wars and other lesser conflicts of almost every imaginable sort in startling numbers of places thousands of miles from home, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, countries most Americans couldn’t then (or now) find on a map, I guarantee you one thing: we would have thought you were nuts. –– by Tom Engelhardt =

My comment: The author hits the spot.

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Trump: War President or Anti-Interventionist?

But while the loss of a $100 million drone is no small matter, no American pilot was lost, and retaliating by killing 150 Iranians would appear to be a disproportionate response.

Good for Trump. Yet, all weekend, he was berated for chickening out and imitating President Barack Obama. U.S. credibility, it was said, has taken a big hit and must be restored with military action.

By canceling the strike, the president also sent a message to Iran: We’re ready to negotiate. Yet, given the irreconcilable character of our clashing demands, it is hard to see how the U.S. and Iran get off this road we are on, at the end of which a military collision seems almost certain.

Consider the respective demands.

Monday, the president tweeted: “The U.S. request for Iran is very simple — No Nuclear Weapons and No Further Sponsoring of Terror!”

But Iran has no nuclear weapons, has never had nuclear weapons, and has never even produced bomb-grade uranium.

Why does America not tell the world where Iran’s secret nuclear facilities are located and demand immediate inspections?

“No further sponsoring of terror,” Trump says.

But what does that mean?

As the major Shiite power in a Middle East divided between Sunni and Shiite, Iran backs the Houthi rebels in Yemen’s civil war, Shiite Hezbollah in Lebanon, Alawite Bashar Assad in Syria, and the Shiite militias in Iraq who helped us stop ISIS’s drive to Baghdad.

In his 12 demands, Pompeo virtually insisted that Iran abandon these allies and capitulate to their Sunni adversaries and rivals.

Not going to happen.

As for the U.S. charge that Iran is “destabilizing” the Middle East, it was not Iran that invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, overthrew the Gadhafi regime in Libya, armed rebels to overthrow Assad in Syria, or aided and abetted the Saudis’ intervention in Yemen’s civil war.

Iran, pushed to the wall, its economy shrinking as inflation and unemployment are rising, is approaching the limits of its tolerance.

Yet, what vital interest of ours does Iran today threaten?

Trump, with his order to stand down on the missile strike on Iran, signaled that he wanted a pause in the confrontation.

Still, it needs to be said: The president himself authorized the steps that have brought us to this peril point – by Patrick J. Buchanan

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Official statistics: 63 killed and more than 20,000 infection of Cholera in Taiz this year

The Taiz Health Bureau recorded the deaths of 63 people in the cholera epidemic, and 22200 cases of acute watery diarrhea were recorded in the first half of 2019.

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Film by Médecins Sans Frontières Ireland: Yemen: Stories of patients affected by Cholera

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

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Brüchige Feuerpause in Jemen

Es war ein winziger Erfolg: »Wir hatten im Juni einen ganzen Monat lang keine Aktivitäten der Huthi-Milizen in drei wichtigen Hafenstädten«, sagt Martin Griffiths, Sondergesandter der Vereinten Nationen für Jemen.

Trotz der einmonatigen Ruhe ist es eine brüchige Feuerpause: »Die Huthi-Milizen sind zwar von den Straßen verschwunden, aber ihre Waffen, ihre Kämpfer sind immer noch da«, sagt Generalleutnant Michael Lollesgaard (nur im Abo)

Mein Kommentar: Die Huthi-Milizen sind aus Hodeidah abgezogen, was die UN bestätigt hat. Was jetzt?

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Yemeni government: Houthi proposal to pay salaries unacceptable and they have to withdraw from Hodeida ports

The Yemeni government rejected the announcement made by the Houthi militias of an initiative to pay the salaries of state employees from the revenues of the three ports of Hodeida.

The statement was made by a member of the Economic Committee of the Government (recognized) Ahmed Ghalib was quoted by Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed newspaper.

The Houthi initiative, announced last Monday, provides for the establishment of the group government in Sana'a, an account in the central Bank of Hodeida (subordinate to its militias) and receives the revenues of the three ports (Hodeidah, Ras Issa, al-Saleef), from which the salaries of the employees are paid.

"This is the same proposal that they submitted earlier to the recent economic talks in the Jordanian capital Amman, which the government rejected,".

Ahmed Ghalib said that."These are unacceptable and unacceptable proposals, and the Houthis have to withdraw from ports and for revenues regulated by the Stockholm Convention,".

Ghalib said in a statement Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that the agreement, which took place in the Swedish capital of Stockholm at the end of last year, provides for the transfer of ports revenues to the government account in the central bank of Aden

My comment: This is by the Hadi government. Of course, the Hadi government claims port revenues for itself (“transfer of ports revenues to the government account in the central bank of Aden”), while the Houthis claim civilian administration of Hodeidah should stay into their (or better: the Sanaa government’s) hand, including revenues. Evidently, Stockholm agreement just ruled out that army and military should leave Hodeidah, but this does not refer to civil administration. – The Stockholm agreement is misused by the Hadi government to get control of Hodeidah (and its revenues). More on this dispute,

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Yemeni [Sanaa] government releases new plan for salary payment

The Supreme Political Council has proposed a unilateral initiative regarding staff salaries. The Stockholm agreement, in its economic side, included the inclusion of all the country’s revenues from both parties in order to pay the salaries of employees.

In light of the hard situation endured by the Yemeni people as a result of the unjust Saudi blockade, unjust economic restrictions, the interruption of salaries of the employees of the Republic of Yemen

The initiative suggests opening a special account in the branch of the Central Bank of Yemen in Hodeidah province, and to supply all revenues of the three ports (Hodeidah, Ras Issa and Al-Salif) to this special account in order to pay salaries to all Yemenis The Council stated that it holds the other party responsible in case of evasion of the deal.

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[Sanaa government] PM confirms political leadership's keenness to solve salaries problem

Prime Minister Dr. Abdulaziz bin Habtoor on Tuesday said that the unilateral initiative launched by the Supreme Political Council confirms the political leadership's keenness to solve the salaries problem, for its importance in addressing difficulties experienced by millions.


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From redeployment to economic file.. Houthis evades by unilateral steps to implement Sweden agreement

Al-Houthi group announced the "one side “ initiative to pay all Yemenis ' salaries from the revenues of the port of Hodeidah, with the Government (recognized) fully responsible for evasion and repudiation of its implementation.

In a statement issued by the so-called "supreme Political Council", Houthis said that they have directed their government in Sanaa (unrecognized) to open a special account in the Central bank branch in Hodeidah province, which would receive all the revenues of the three provincial ports.

The group added that its "one-side" initiative for the disbursement of Yemeni salaries from port revenues confirmed that it expressed the "letter and spirit" of the economic paper in Sweden's consultations.

The Houthis indicated that their proposal (the initiative) came after the government party disavowed its commitments, which "included the inclusion of all the country's revenues from both parties in favor of employees ' salaries" and the failure of the recognized government to meet in Amman, capital of Jordan, on the economic dossier.

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Unknown cargo arrives Hodeida port

Workers at the Hodeida port said that unknown cargos were unloaded amidst tightened security measures by the Houthis militants. Containers were unloaded at night from some ships at terminal one of the port and they were transferred secretly at the same night out the port.

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Thursday, July 4th, 2019

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Film: Aggression mercenaries continue to target homes and property with various weapons, and outrage among the citizens 03-07-2019

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In Hodeidah, the US-Saudi mercenaries targeted a neighborhood in July 7th residential area with artillery shells, burning houses and damaging others. The US-Saudi mercenaries targeted farms citizens southern and western of At-tohaytta city with artillery shells.

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Houthis set up new barricades in civilian areas of Hodeida

Houthis militants have set up new barricades in civilians’ buildings nearby frontlines of the fighting in Al-Khamsin Street in Hodeida city

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Saudi aggression commits over 27,000 violations in Hodeidah cease-fire: Army Spokesman

The Saudi-led aggression coalition and its mercenaries have been committed over 27,000 violations of the UN-brokered cease-fire in Hodeidah province since December, 18 2018, Yemen's army spokesman Yahya Sarie said in a statement on Tuesday.
"The violations included artillery and missile attacks that targeted houses and farms of the citizens in the province,"

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In Hodeidah, US-Saudi mercenaries targeted a neighborhood in July 7th residential area with artillery shells, burning 2 houses and damaging others.

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Houthis mount military actions in Hodeida

The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have sent new reinforcements towards Al-Tuhaita District, south Hodeida governorate.

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Military spokesman: Houthis wage full-scale war in Hodeida

Wadah Al-Dabaish, spokesman of the military operations for Western Coast Liberation forces said in a statement published by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat Daily Newspaper that the Houthis militants have been waging “a full-scale war” over the last three weeks and not merely breach of ceasefire.

My comment: This is a propaganda claim – as, at least, his party is not half a penny better.

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Statement of Women4Yemen Network on the Status of Women’s Rights in Yemen in Human Rights Council

The major prevailing threats are currently:

1. False prostitution charges designed to scare women activists: The Women’s Solidarity Network reported that the Houthi
group routinely accuse women of prostitution and have detained 100 women, including juveniles, and were subsequently tortured and sexually assaulted.
Women4Yemen Network confirmed 20 cases but social stigma against women prisoners makes it difficult to reach the remaining.

2. Torture in prison and denial of a fair trail:

Women detained know that they will neither receive proper treatment, nor a fair trial, worsened by social stigma, and media blackout.

3. Restriction on women-led efforts for peace:

Houthi groups forced women-led organizations to prohibit the word ‘peace’ and make it difficult to work in peace building interventions

My comment: All these violations actually happening; as there are much more committed by the anti-Houthi side and coalition (not mentioned), this seems to be somewhat biased.

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Yemen’s Stalled Peace Process Compounds Country’s Acute Humanitarian Crisis

The International Committee of the Red Cross is calling for the urgent revival of Yemen’s stalled peace process to end the conflict that is deepening the country’s already catastrophic humanitarian crisis.

The ICRC’s director for the Near and Middle East region, Fabrizio Carboni, just returned from a mission to Yemen and does not mince his words. He says the country has collapsed, and only a political solution will restore the hopes and future of millions of destitute people.

Carboni said the so-called Stockholm agreement, which emerged from the talks, resulted in some promising humanitarian accords, but is now at a standstill.

He said the ICRC was ready to oversee the implementation of the prisoner exchange between the government and Houthi rebels earlier in the year. He said the operation, however, was aborted at the last minute.

Carboni said the ICRC is on standby, ready to go as soon as it is given the green light by the warring parties.

In the meantime, he said Red Cross delegates continue to visit detainees to check on their well-being.

He told VOA their conditions of detention are very difficult, with their cells stiflingly hot and humid, with no air conditioning.

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Al-Baydha.. 11 people killed and 18 wounded in tribal clashes in Rada’

Eleven people were killed and 18 others injured in clashes between tribal militants in Rada’ district of al-Baydha province, central Yemen.

The clashes erupted early Tuesday evening between gunmen from the Reyam tribe and Abbas tribe in the streets of Rada’, leading to total paralysis of the city and closure of the streets and shops

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Yemen on Wednesday: Taiz: civilians killed, wounded in battles between militias. Bayda: deadly battles between tribes. Marib: deputy security chief killed in battles with tribes. Aden: militias storm Yemen news agency Saba. National currency falling again trading at 570 per USD.

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Film: « Prospects of Peace in Yemen : Reality and Challenges »

This conference will focus on Peace opportunities in Yemen. Dr. Hamadan Dammag will talk about the Fundamental Principles for a Realistic Peace in Yemen. Dr.Mahmood Alazani, will speak about the Multiple Dimensions of the Yemeni conflict, its causes and its consequences. Ms. Bushra Nasr, will be evaluating the Role of the International Community in the Yemeni Conflict.

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Hoffnung auf ein Ende des Jemen-Kriegs?

Die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate sollen sich aus dem Jemen-Krieg zurückziehen

Im Jemen-Krieg, dem "vergessenen" Krieg, scheint sich etwas zu tun. Möglicherweise bröckelt die saudische Koalition

Schon vor wenigen Tagen berichtete Reuters, dass die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) beginnen, ihre militärische Präsenz in Jemen an der Seite von Saudi-Arabien und unterstützt von der US-Regierung zu verkleinern. Das Wall Street Journal sagt, die VAE wollten den Großteil ihrer Truppen abziehen.

Angeblich geschieht der Rückzug aufgrund der wachsenden Spannung zwischen den USA und dem Iran. Nach den Angriffen auf Tanker und dem Abschuss einer US-Drohne hat man Sorge, ins Visier des iranischen Militärs zu geraten, sollte ein militärischer Konflikt ausbrechen.

Nach der WSJ ziehen die VAE Truppen und Panzer auch aus Hudaydah ab. Wenn der stärkste Partner Saudi-Arabiens sich aus dem Krieg zurückzieht, dessen Ziele weitgehend undurchsichtig sind, da Saudi-Arabien nur die Huthis, aber nicht al-Qaida und den IS im Jemen bekämpft, entsteht die Frage, was Saudi-Arabien machen wird.

Mein Kommentar: Grundsätzliche Zweifel sind angebracht. Die Emirate ziehen sich kaum aus dem jemenkrieg zu rück. Die eigenen Truppen werden durch jemenitische Milizen ersetzt (siehe auch cp1, cp6). Das hat den Vorteil, dass fremde anstelle eigener Leute sterben. Sonst wird sich wenig ändern.

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Is the UAE pulling out of the Yemen war?

Reports about a military drawdown come at a time when the UAE is deeply involved in the complex conflict and faces global scrutiny over its role.

In the last few days, two international news organisations have reported that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is drawing down troops from Yemen.

But neither the UAE nor its Yemeni proxies have officially acknowledged any military withdrawal.

Representatives of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), a separatist group that receives the bulk of material and financial support from the UAE, refused to comment on the story.

“No, the UAE has not pulled out any soldiers from Yemen. They are actually replacing them along with damaged armoured vehicles with new deployments,” Hussain Albukhaiti, a Yemen-based activist, told TRT World.

“I think they are spreading this information because they don’t want to be attacked” by the opposition forces, he says.

“Reports that UAE is withdrawing its forces from Yemen should never be understood as a sign of UAE completely ending their fight in Yemen war and becoming fully interested in finding a political solution to the conflict,” says Afrah Nasser, a Yemeni-Swedish journalist.

UAE’s support of the Southern Transitional Council, which seeks independence from Yemen, had pitted the Emiratis against Hadi’s internationally recognised government.

Hadi’s alliance with the Islamic Al Islah party is seen as one of the main reasons behind the friction. The UAE, a monarchy, is particularly wary of Islamist parties such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which threaten its rule.

However, for the locals, the distrust runs deep.

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UAE: No military pullout from Yemen

The UAE has pulled some of its military assets back home from Yemen given the situation with Iran.

Yet, the media reports seem to have greatly misrepresented the move as signaling an Emirati abandonment of its allies in Yemen.

What Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan say about the move?

Tactical Report has prepared a 270-word report to shed light on this and tell how Sheikh Mohammad is approaching the situation there. (paywalled)

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Yemen: Emirati drawdown could give MBS a way out

Such a step is only a very modest beginning in the effort to put a stop to a savage and complicated war in Yemen

Yemen’s war has stalemated. It has become a war of attrition between numerous factions, a war that Mohammed bin Salman, otherwise known as MBS, got himself and his country into without knowing what his exit strategy was.

That’s not a problem his counterpart and comrade in arms Mohammed bin Zayed, or MBZ, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, faces.

Indeed the United Arab Emirates, a collection of seven Gulf emirates of which Abu Dhabi is the strongest and most powerful, has reportedly begun a drawdown of its forces.

MBZ is able to do so because in large part the UAE has accomplished pretty much all it wanted to in Yemen.

Unlike MBS, the Abu Dhabi crown prince had a clear strategy which he has executed pretty much to perfection. It was to secure the crucial southern port city of Aden, to lay claim to the vital island of Socotra in the Gulf of Aden, and to make common cause with the secessionist forces in the south, with a view to splitting Yemen apart into two separate countries, as it was prior to 1990. A reborn South Yemen would in effect be a client state of the UAE.

Meanwhile MBS is stuck in a quagmire.

The Emirati drawdown should set alarm bells ringing in Riyadh. When your comrade in arms decides enough’s enough, then it is time to start rethinking what exactly you are doing at the dance.

Granted, such a step is only a very modest beginning in the effort to put a stop to a savage and complicated war that otherwise will continue with no end in sight.

However, MBZ’s decision to strategically draw down his own troops may be just the opening that Mohammed bin Salman needs. For the sake of the Yemeni people, let us hope he takes that step – by Bill Law

My comment: It’s questionable how real this drawdown is. The UAE built up Yemeni militia instead (look at cp1). Nothing really wll change. I do not believe in this hype propaganted by Western media now.

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Die Emirate treten den Rückzug an (es soll nur niemand merken)

Heimlich, still und leise haben die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate einen Großteil ihrer Truppen aus dem Jemen abgezogen. Um Saudi-Arabien nicht zu brüskieren, findet die Aktion diskret statt.

In den vergangenen Wochen und Monaten haben die Emirate einen Großteil ihrer Truppen aus dem Jemen abgezogen, ohne darüber öffentlich ein Wort zu verlieren.

Erst auf Nachfrage der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters räumte ein Regierungsbeamter in Abu Dhabi ein, dass es "einige Truppenbewegungen" der VAE im Jemen gegeben habe. Er stellte aber zugleich klar: "Wir werden kein Vakuum hinterlassen."

Elana DeLozier, Golfstaaten-Spezialistin am Washington Institute for Near East Policy, schreibt unter Berufung auf mehrere Quellen in den Emiraten, dass sich die VAE-Truppen gänzlich aus der Provinz Marib östlich von Sanaa zurückgezogen hätten. Auch aus der Provinz Hudaida am Roten Meer seien 80 Prozent der emiratischen Einheiten abgezogen.

Nach DeLoziers Erkenntnissen hat der Abzug schon vor Monaten begonnen. Der Rückzug ist demnach eine Folge des Stockholmer Abkommens vom Dezember vergangenen Jahres, das eine Feuerpause in der Provinz Hudaida vorsieht. Bis dahin hatte sich die Militäroffensive der Emirate auf genau jenes Gebiet am Roten Meer konzentriert.

Mit der Waffenruhe sei nun die Stunde der Verhandler und der Vereinten Nationen gekommen, daher habe sich Abu Dhabi bis auf seine Anti-Terroreinheiten aus der Region zurückgezogen.

Westliche Diplomaten vermuten andere Motive: Nach Einschätzung von US-Experten habe sich in den Emiraten schlicht die Erkenntnis durchgesetzt, dass die militärischen, finanziellen und politischen Kosten der Jemen-Offensive den tatsächlichen Nutzen nicht mehr aufwiegen

Andere Diplomaten sehen in dem Abzug eine Reaktion auf die jüngsten Spannungen in der Irankrise und die Attacken auf Tanker vor der Küste der Emirate.

Saudi-Arabien betont stets, nicht im Alleingang zu handeln, sondern an der Spitze einer Militärkoalition mit anderen arabischen Staaten. Doch dieses Bündnis existiert nur noch auf dem Papier – von Christoph Sydow 0

Mein Kommentar: Der tatsächliche Umfang dieses Rückzugs ist umstritten; siehe Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 551, cp 6.

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UAE Drawdown May Isolate Saudi Arabia in Yemen

The war-fatigued Emiratis appear to be leaving Riyadh to fend for itself in the fight against Iranian-backed rebels, underlining the necessity of Saudi-Houthi talks.

the Emiratis view their continued presence in Yemen as just the kind of lingering they like to avoid. As such, they have begun to deliberately draw down their forces in much of the country, excepting their counterterrorism forces.

Abu Dhabi is unlikely to announce this departure in any official terms given sensitivities with its neighbor and coalition partner Saudi Arabia,

UAE sources claim that Emirati units are almost 100 percent out of Marib, 80 percent out of Hodeida, and beginning to withdraw from Aden, leaving local oversight to the Yemeni forces they have trained (i.e., the Security Belt and the Elite Forces). Yemeni sources confirm at least part of the Aden drawdown.


The drawdown has been occurring quietly for months and is not the result of the recent uptick in Iranian and Houthi-led attacks in the Gulf region

Leaving the Houthi fight and concentrating on the counterterrorism mission fits with the UAE’s more limited sense of its role in Yemen. Abu Dhabi’s goals have been to push the rebels out of the south, counter terrorist activity by AQAP and other actors, and train local forces to take over both roles.

In short, the UAE argues that its drawdown is not just because of war fatigue, but also because its mission is largely complete in the south, and the conflict with the Houthis is now in the hands of UN negotiators rather than coalition military forces. Outside observers are often less generous in their view of the UAE’s decisions and efforts, however.


The UAE’s decision is almost certainly causing tension with Riyadh, which must now rethink its own approach to the war.

Such a rift between the two Gulf partners would be concerning, but not surprising.


It has long been apparent that a solution in Yemen is more likely to be attained through a political process than a military one, especially with the U.S. Congress intensifying pressure in that direction and the UAE drawing down. Riyadh’s military limitations mean that a political solution may now be the only option

As such, the United States should push Riyadh to consider reopening direct talks with the Houthis – by Elana DeLozier

My comment: Precondition to this is that there really is a larger drawdown by Emirati forces, which still is quite doubtful. Look at Yemen War Mosaic 551, cp 6.


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UAE Withdraws From Yemen: Managing Alliances And Reputational Threats – Analysis

The pullback suggests that the UAE is preparing for the possibility of a US military confrontation with Iran in which the UAE and Saudi Arabia could emerge as prime battlegrounds.

It also reflects long-standing subtle differences in the approaches of Saudi Arabia and the UAE towards Yemen.

It further highlights the UAE’s long-standing concern for its international standing amid mounting criticism of the civilian toll of the war as well as a recognition that the Trump administration’s unquestioning support may not be enough to shield its allies from significant reputational damage.

The withdrawal constitutes a finetuning rather than a reversal of the UAE’s determination to contain Iran

The UAE’s commitment to assertive policies designed to ensure that the small state can continue to punch above its weight are also evident in its maintenance of a string of military and commercial port facilities in Yemen, on the African shore of the Red Sea, and in the Horn of Africa as well its hard-line towards Qatar and rivalry with Turkey.

As part of its regional and international projection, the UAE is keen to maintain its status as a model for Arab youth and preferred country of residence.

The UAE’s image contrasts starkly with that of Saudi Arabia, the custodian of Mecca and Medina, Islam’s two holiest cities – by James M. Dorsey = =

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Balancing local autonomy and national unity in Yemen

But Aden is a city divided between strongholds of the legitimate government and the Southern Transition Council (STC) that maneuvers, with Emirati support, for predominance.

Our meeting with Yemen’s impressive new prime minister, Dr. Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, nearly did not happen. The STC security detail helpfully sent to accompany our delegation around the city steered us instead to the STC compound even though we made it clear that we wanted to see the legitimate government first.

Apart from these political tensions, however, it’s clear that the Adenis are doing their best to carve out normal lives despite their complex situation.

One can hardly criticize Yemenis for their efforts to build a decent future for themselves and their families away from a ravaging civil conflict. Indeed, political, economic, and social advancement in Marib, al-Jawf, and Aden is an encouraging reflection of what Yemenis can achieve when given the opportunity. The success of these experiments in local governance reinforces the view that decentralization and enhanced local autonomy are critical components for building a stronger, more secure, and more prosperous Yemen in the future.

But the continued devolution of power and authority poses risks, as well. The more deeply embedded these local structures become in Yemeni life, and the more they become magnets for Yemenis seeking to escape the conflict that is tearing the country apart, the more difficult it will become to rebuild a viable, unified Yemen when the conflict ends – by Amb. (ret.) Gerald Feierstein

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25.06.2019 Genf - 41. Tagung des Menschenrechtsrates - Gesundheit

Die katastrophalen Folgen der Aggression auf die Gesundheitssituation im Jemen

In Kooperation mit der irakischen Organisation für Entwicklung und der Initiative Stop the WAR in Yemen, veranstaltete INSAN-Organisation für Menschenrechte und Frieden am 25.06.2019 in Genf, Schweiz, am Sitz des Menschenrechtsrates ein Seminar zur katastrophalen Gesundheitssituation im Jemen. Im Seminar wurde die Belagerung des Jemen durch die Schließung von Häfen und Flughäfen und die daraus resultierende Tragödie der Verschlechterung der Gesundheitssituation und der Ausbreitung von Krankheiten hervorgehoben.

Alle Reden und Präsentationen finden Sie nacheinander hier unten: Dr. Taha al-Mutawakel; Yahya Al-sharafi; Mathias Tretschog; Naomi Kenifra; Jakob Reimann

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41th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneve - The health situation in Yemen


INSAN - Organization for Human Rights and Peace

In cooperation with the Iraqi Organization for Developmentand the initiative Stop the WAR in Yemen, INSAN Organization for Human Rights and Peace organized a seminar on the catastrophic health situation in Yemen on 25 June 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, at the headquarters of the Human Rights Council. The seminar highlighted the siege of Yemen by the closure of ports and airports and the resulting tragedy of deteriorating health and the spread of disease.

All speeches and presentations can be found one after the other here below

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Film: 25.06.2019 Genf - 41. Tagung des Menschenrechtsrates - Die Gesundheitssituation im Jemen Die katastrophalen Folgen der Aggression auf die Gesundheitssituation im Jemen

25.06.2019 - 41th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneve - The health situation in Yemen THE DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES OF THE AGGRESSION ON THE HEALTH SITUATION IN YEMEN

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Film: Stop the WAR in Yemen - Jakob Reimann & Mathias Tretschog

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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Yemeni Patients Victims of US-Saudi Aggression, What is their Crime?

Heart and Cancer patients in Yemen suffer from critical health conditions due to lack of medical supplies and medicines. The Yemeni Ministry of Health announced that more than sixty thousand heart patients are threatened with death, at a time when the Saudi-led aggression damaged most medical centers that treat Heart and Cancer patients.

Cardiac catheterization will stop before the end of its life span and require maintenance. According to the Yemeni Ministry of Health, there are more than sixty thousand Heart patients who are threatened with death due to the interruption of these supplies from the central pharmacies due to the siege after they were granted to patients free of charge.

"Patient are suffering a lot because of the Saudi-led aggression, as most medical supplies do not enter easily because of the siege," said Dr. Nabila al-Maqtari, head of the Center for Cardiology at Al-Thawrah Hospital.

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UN: Aid programs might be ceased in Houthis-held areas

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande said on Tuesday that some of the UN humanitarian aid programs might be suspended in the Houthis-held areas due to difficulties the UN aid organizations face in the rebels-controlled areas.

This came during a meeting Grande had with the Yemen Prime Minister, Maeen Abdulmalik in the temporary capital Aden on Tuesday 2nd July 2019.

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ADRA weitet Einsatz im Jemen aus

Die Adventistische Entwicklungs- und Katastrophenhilfe ADRA Deutschland weitet deshalb nach eigenen Angaben ihr Engagement im Jemen deutlich aus.
Die Adventistische Entwicklungs- und Katastrophenhilfe sei eine der größten im Jemen tätigen Hilfsorganisationen, teilte Christian Molke, Geschäftsführer von ADRA Deutschland, mit. Gleichzeitig sei der Einsatz im Jemen das finanziell größte Engagement von ADRA Deutschland. Gemeinsam mit Bündnispartnern vor Ort sei ADRA Deutschland in den Bereichen Gesundheitsversorgung, Nahrungsmittelsicherheit, Wasserversorgung und Hygiene aktiv und leiste damit humanitäre Hilfe für Menschen im ganzen Land. ADRA setze bis Ende des Jahres zusätzliche Mittel ein, um das Leid der jemenitischen Zivilbevölkerung zu lindern. Das Auswärtige Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland habe dafür zusätzliche Geldmittel bereitgestellt.

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Training course on psychological support in Aden

A week long training course on psychological support started Wednesday in the temporary capital Ade.

The training course aimed to provide the trainees with necessary theoretical knowledge and practical training on providing psychological support for the traumatized children =

My comment: One week… this will be of little use.

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MSF say they are continuing support for al-Thawrah hospital in Taiz

Doctors without Borders MSF’s representative said the organization is continuing to support the health system in Taiz and provide material support and training of staff for the main (al-Thawrah) hospital in Taiz’s provincial capital.

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Film: #YEMEN - El hambre mata cada día al menos 144 niños – 2019

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Film: Last week @monarelief's team was planning to distribute food aid baskets to 102 families in Manakha area west of Sana'a but we stopped from local authorities as we do have a permission to do so. We are working to get the permission to start our humanitarian work there.

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UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster: Yemen - Humanitarian Dashboard ( January - May 2019 ) =

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Saudi Arabia and Unicef extend vaccination programme for children in Yemen

The agreement aims to target 1.1 million children

Saudi Arabia’s relief organisation and the United Nation’s children's agency have extended a vaccination initiative for Yemeni children for an additional six months.

The agreement between King Salman Relief Centre (KSRelief) and Unicef is expected to target 1,1400 children, the centre said on Twitter.

"The project will contribute to vaccinate children under the age of five and one, as well as training nearly 2,000 health practitioners, and 50 health supervisors," Mr Adam said.

My comment: First kill, injure childtren by air raids, then starving and stripping them of medical aid by air raids and blockade, then pay some blood money to help them.

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Film: Kindheit im Jemen

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Concerns Increase with Number of Cancer Patients in Yemen Due to US-Saudi Aggression and Siege

Sana'a announced on June 25 that it is taking measures to combat the spread of cancerous tumors among citizens in the hope of alleviating the suffering of those infected with this malignant disease. On February 7, the World Health Organization classified cancer as a "death sentence for Yemenis".

Since the beginning of the US-Saudi aggression on Yemen in March 2015, the number of cancer patients has been rising, exceeding the normal increase rate in normal circumstances, where the number of casualties doubled by 100% in just four years.

Taha Al-Mutawakil, Health Minister in the Salvation Government, announced that 40,000 cancer cases are reported a year, 20,000 of whom die each year. Eighty thousand people have died of cancer since the siege began.

The number of cancer patients is expected to increase further with the passage of time under the embargo.

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World Health Organization: WHO supports emergency medical care in Al Thawra Hospital, Sana’a, Yemen

To support the functionality of Al Thawra Hospital’s emergency sections, WHO has installed an oxygen station in the facility, and equipped the intensive care unit with medical equipment.

The hospital receives almost 2500 patients every day from many governorates across the country. WHO support includes the provision of 11 beds for the intensive care unit, central washing machines and 350-litre sterilization machines.

“Many cases are admitted in a critical condition and are forced to stay in the hospital for weeks. In addition to the medical equipment provided by WHO, the life-saving supply of oxygen provided through the oxygen station plays a vital role for the functionality of the intensive care unit,” says Najeeb Al Shamy, maintenance manager and organizations coordinator at the hospital. =

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Key Gulf donors yet to deliver on Yemen aid promises

A record-breaking $1 billion pledge from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to humanitarian operations in Yemen has gone unfulfilled for four months – a gap the UN says could soon lead to a slowdown in much-needed aid.

The two countries, which head a coalition fighting on one side of Yemen’s war, promised the money at a Geneva conference in late February. The UN had asked for $4.2 billion to help 15 million people in Yemen, the largest single-country ask in the organisation’s history, and the joint pledge was to be the biggest ever donation to a UN appeal.

But more than four months later, despite multiple meetings between UN humanitarian officials and leaders of the two countries – including a late May visit to Riyadh by UN relief chief Mark Lowcock – the money has still not been disbursed.

“We would of course want the funding to be allocated as quickly as possible given the terrible situation in Yemen,” Jens Laerke, spokesman for OCHA, the UN’s emergency relief body that Lowcock heads, told The New Humanitarian on Monday. “Agencies are already facing serious funding shortages that are affecting critical programmes.

My comment: Announcements are made for a good propaganda; really paying the bill is not this much sexy.

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With the largest support fm @WorldBankMENA thru @UNDPYemen, #SFDYemen's response comprises the largest # of sectors for a single actor in the #conflict. This is imperative to adress communities' multiple needs and collapse of services and to continue work with multi alternatives (photos)

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WFP aid suspension sends Hodeidah's displaced back home

With starvation threats looming, Yemenis are trickling back from Sanaa to find a battle-ravaged city

Although battles are still raging in Hodeidah, people displaced from the port city have already begun returning to their homes from Sanaa, as they struggle to feed their families in the Yemeni capital.

WFP suspended aid distribution in Sanaa last month after disputes with the Houthis over the agency's biometric system introduced to prevent the rebel movement from diverting aid.

The decision affects 850,000 people in the capital Sanaa, including Hodeidah displaced.

Staring at the prospect of starvation in the capital, some Yemenis have returned to their war-torn homes where they are more likely to secure their monthly rations.

"If not for the WFP aid, my children would starve to death.”

Boraie never thought that the WFP would stop providing his family with the much-needed food - and was shocked when they did.

“When the sheikh told me that the WFP would not provide us with food, I changed all our plans as we cannot stay in Sanaa without it,” he said.

“We knew from the sheikh that the WFP would continue to distribute food aid in Hodeidah and they only suspended it in Sanaa, so there was no choice but to return to our house in Hodeidah.”

In fact, Boraie said, anxiety he faced about the fighting last year has been replaced by fears his family will die of starvation instead

“Residents of Hodeidah do not care about the battles as they believe clashes aren't going to stop any time soon. Besides, they are working hard to find food," said Mubarak al-Otomi, a 35-year-old resident of the city.

“I was displaced but I returned to Hodeidah after suffering in Sanaa because of a lack of basic services and food.”

“I believe that life in our home is better than displacement - no one thinks about fleeing the city again even if battles arrive at our houses,” he added.

“If the displaced had proper services in displacement, they would not return to the city amid fighting."

Abdulkhaleq al-Sawa, 53, is from Hodeidah but now living in Sanaa.

He told MEE that many displaced people like him haven't returned home yet, but the suspension meant they could soon head back to Hodeidah

“No one can deny the role of the WFP in helping displaced people in Sanaa and I am one of them - I became dependent on organisations,” Sawa said.

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International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies: Bridging the gap in Yemen

Amani al-Rumaim and her fellow volunteers participate in a three year programme called Community Services in Health and Action for Resilience C-SHARE funded by the EU Development and Cooperation (DEVCO) and developed by Danish Red Cross with technical support from the PS Centre.

It is implemented by Yemen Red Crescent Society serving vulnerable communities and local authorities in five governorates.

Staff and volunteers are trained in psychological first aid, community-based psychosocial support, self-care and peer support, minimum standards for protection, gender and inclusion, how to plan and implement awareness raising and psycho-education sessions, child friendly spaces and community-led social events. Safety and well-being of Yemen Red Crescent Society staff and volunteers is also promoted as they are themselves directly affected by the conflict in Yemen. =

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Humanitarian Dashboard (January - April 2019)

Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and levels of humanitarian need are staggering. Eighty per cent of the population – 24.1 million people – need humanitarian assistance. A total of 230 out of Yemen’s 333 districts (69 per cent) are at risk of famine, and in 45 districts people are facing catastrophic food insecurity (IPC Phase 5)*. In January and February 2019, almost 72,000 new suspected cases of cholera were reported. An estimated 3.34 million people are internally displaced across the country.
Despite a difficult operating environment, 131 international and national partners continued to work across Yemen in the first two months of 2019 to respond to the most acute needs.

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Somalia: Refugee returnees to Somalia (as of 30 June 2019)

returnees from Yemen (4,414)

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International Organization for Migration: IOM Yemen: Aden migrant situation report (April - June 2019)

Nearly two months since the campaign started on 21 April 2019, irregular migrants continue to be impacted by strict immigration policies in Aden governorate. At the peak of the detention campaign (27 April-03 May 2019), IOM estimates that approximately 5,000 irregular migrants were held across three sites: two football stadiums in Aden and Abyan governorates and a military camp in Lahj governorate.

Despite voluntary humanitarian return (VHR) flights, which started on 28 May, over 1,500 migrants remain on site. IOM will be supporting the return to Ethiopia of children and vulnerable cases. To avoid encouraging a permanent emergency response in the 22nd of May Stadium, IOM will phase out humanitarian response at the site. IOM is cognizant of the fact that its priority must first and foremost be the safety, dignity and wellbeing of migrants and has carefully weighed the decision in order not to encourage policies of detention and deportation.

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Roundup: Families flee escalating fighting in southern Yemen

Scores of families left the northern parts of Yemen's southern province of Dhalea, as fighting heavily intensified between the government forces and the Houthi rebels on Tuesday, a security official said.

The fighting escalated following an attack launched by government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition to recapture key military sites from Houthis' control near Qataba district to the northern part of Dhalea, said the security official, who asked to remain anonymous.

Within two days, fighting forced about 26 families to flee and establish a temporary displacement camp in Al Hussein district to the northeastern part of Dhalea province without adequate food assistance, according to local security source.

"Our life is full of pains after leaving our houses. We demand the United Nations organizations in particular to help us," said Khaled.

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“No Mother Wants Her Child to Migrate” - Vulnerability of children on the move in the Horn of Africa (June 2019)



A new UNICEF Innocenti study about children on the move in the Horn of Africa provides critical insights into the motivations driving child migration. The study titled: “No Mother Wants Her Child to Migrate,” reveals how children decide to move, their experiences during migration, as well as the legal systems in place to help protect them.

This exploratory research is the first in a series of reports about children on the move in the Horn of Africa aimed at improving understanding of the complex vulnerabilities and drivers of children on the move.

“This report represents an important shift towards placing children’s experiences and voices at the heart of the current global focus on migration,” said Ramya Subrahmanian, Chief of Child Rights and Protection at UNICEF Innocenti. “It underscores two important issues: that children on the move include internally displaced persons, refugees, migrants and returnees, and children move both with families, but also on their own, or separate from families in the course of their migration pathways,” she added.

The study draws on 282 qualitative interviews and focus group discussions with children and parents on the move. Data has been uncovered on problems encountered in transit and how responses can be improved. Interviewees included internally displaced persons, refugees, migrants and returnees.

Recent assessments by IOM suggest that that there are close to a million internally displaced persons in Somaliland and it is estimated that approximately 450,000 of this number are children.

The study found that children and young people are usually facilitated by smugglers in their attempts to move. They are identified through their networks of friends who have either undertaken a journey themselves or know someone who has. Technology and social networks help provide information to children who want to move. The research revealed that smugglers and traffickers operate on a ‘go now, pay later’ basis which lays the foundations for children to endure harsh conditions, often denied basic provision (such as food and water), traveling long distances by foot or by crowded cars and boats.

All children on the move in Somaliland, regardless their particular struggles, face significant difficulties. =

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Registered Persons Of Concern Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Jordan (excluding SYR and IRQ) (30 June 2019)

14,654 from Yemen.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Sayyed Abdulmalik al-Houthi calls students to participate in summer courses

"We hope that the summer courses will enlighten this generation of different groups and that te

My remark: The Houthis’ enemies denounce such courses as “indoctrination”.

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Security services arrest woman leading cell to monitor army movements

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The Yemeni Media Union has called for the forming of an international commission of inquiry to investigate into the aerial attack on the Union president and his f

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Houthis fear Saudis can exploit UN-gathered biometrics ‘in military fashion’ in Yemen

A UN food agency is suspending work in Yemen after failing to seal a deal on biometrics from locals. The Houthi rebels fear that the data could be used by the Saudi-led coalition for war purposes, a campaigner told RT.

The move comes after the agency failed to secure a deal with the Houthis to introduce a biometrics system it said would “prevent diversion” of food from starving people in the devastated country. The Houthis accused the agency of politicizing aid while doing the bidding of the Saudi-led coalition, whose members are among the chief funders of the food program.

Anti-war campaigner Jonathon Shafi told RT that the rebel authorities have concerns that the requested personal data of millions of Yemenis, “including military officers and soldiers,” could be exploited by the Saudi-led coalition “in a military fashion.” (with film)

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Mohammed al-Houthi: Yemen was on the way to political solution before Saudis invaded

Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, the chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, has asserted that the Saudi-led invaders originally invoked the so-called Gulf Initiative of 2011 as a way to sabotage the democratic process of Yemen.

“The Yemeni parties were about to sign a political agreement. This was foiled by the Saudi-led coalition war,” he said.

While the September 21 Revolution in 2014 did indeed overthrow the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, and established the Supreme Revolutionary Committee as a leading organisation in the new Yemeni government, several sources indicate that there was an extensive campaign of negotiation and rapprochement between various political organisation ongoing by the time the Saudi-led coalition invaded.

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What's left of us? First human rights report sheds light on violations against women in al-Houthi prisons

A new Human rights report revealed serious abuses against abducted women and detainees in al-Houthi militia jails.

Sam organization said in its report released Wednesday, "" What's left of us?", Houthi has formed a security apparatus for women to participate in the storming of houses, arrest and lure women and collect field information on opponents.

According to the report, Al-Masdar online obtained a copy of it, said that it had monitored sites for the arrest and concealment of women, including abandoned places used for interrogation, psychological torture, homes of citizens forced to leave, and police stations controlled by the Houthi militia.

"Women in detention have been subjected to severe torture and cruel treatment, prompting them to commit suicide," said the Geneva-based organization.

The report had testimonies of victims, relatives of victims and eyewitnesses who had spoken to the organization, of grave violations against women detained in al-Houthi militia prisons, including police stations and military checkpoints.

Tawfiq al-Humaidi, head of the organization, said: "Although women in Yemen have a special status, they, with the al-Houthi group's control over Sana'a, have lost this status, and subjected to grave violations that are contrary to human norms and values, and are in contravention of the Convention on the Rights of women, where they are widely monitored Abusive by Houthi militia for women in Yemen. "

and also

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Parliament continues to discuss amendment of income tax law

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The head of the Supreme Political Council for the al Houthi movement, Mahdi al Mashat, announced plans to remove the political immunity of 100 parliamentarians on July 2. Removal of immunity would allow for trials and seizure of property for opposition members within al Houthi-controlled territory.[2]

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Film: Houthi Mufti of Yemen: WFP, HR Organizations Expose Location of Ansar Allah Fighters

Sheikh Shams Al-Din Sharaf, the Houthi Mufti of Yemen, said in a June 21, 2019 sermon that aired on Al-Masirah TV (Yemen) that the U.N.'s World Food Programme is a tool used by foreign intelligence agencies and the U.N. – which he described as "putty" in the hands of America, Israel, Britain, and France – to carry out plots, lies, and deception under the pretext of the suffering and hunger of the Yemeni people.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp2

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Military reinforcements of "Southern Transitional council " arrives to Shabwah coming from Aden

Local residents of Jardan district of Shabwah Governorate reported the arrival of military reinforcements from the Southern Transitional Council coming from the interim capital of Aden.

The residents confirmed to the correspondent of "Al-Masdar online " that a group of vehicles passed on Wednesday evening, through the mountainous roads to the city of Ataq, the center of the south Eastern province of Shabwah.

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Militias kidnapped a photojournalist in Yemen's #Mahrah, peaceful sit-in organising committee said Thursday, adding the photojournalist was put in a Saudi jail at Al-Ghaydah airport. This committee has been organising protests against Saudi military presence & actions in Mahrah.

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Tribal revolution against Saudi-backed rulers spreads across Ma’rib province

Clashes have continued in southern Ma’rib province, between al-Islah party militants and tribal fighters following a dispute over land, leaving dead and wounded on Wednesday evening.

The clashes, which began two days ago, have escalated at a sporadic pace after the tribe of Obeida entered the frontline.

The reinforcements of the Islah group originally only carried out its campaigns against the Ashraf tribes, who were defending their land.

Local sources in Ma’rib reported that shook the city and heavily after the Islah forces reinforced its security campaign against those it named “subversive Houthi elements”, attacking tribal holdings with tanks and artillery fire.

and also

My comment: Islah Party militia are backing the Hadi government, against the separatists.

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UAE mercenaries take over crucial road in east Yemen

UAE-backed militias have taken control over the strategic road linking Shabwah and Ma’rib provinces on Tuesday night.

The so-called “Shabwah Elite” militia, backed by the UAE occupation forces, have taken over the desert road in the Dholaymin area of Markha district, and deployed various checkpoints along the road between the two provinces, sources reported.

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Mercenary infighting renewed in Yemen’s Aden

Different parts of Yemen’s Southern province of Aden province have been witnessing the most violent clashes between rival factions of the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression.

These clashes are part of power struggle in the occupied provinces since nearly four years.

Local sources said that the clashes were renewed on late Tuesday between groups of mercenaries following the so-called “security belt” supported by the UAE,and other groups belonging to the exiled Hadi, in the number of residential neighborhoods in the areas of Saylah , al-Mahariq, and extended to the neighborhood of Omar Mukhtar and other areas in the Directorate of Sheikh Othman.

According to the sources, violent explosions were heard in areas of Sheikh Othman district due to the using of RPG missiles.

A number of deaths and injuries were confirmed and ambulances were seen rushing to the entrances to Omar al-Mukhtar area.

My remark: This is by a pro-Houthi source. The same clashes by a pro-Hadi government source:

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Confrontations between two armed groups leaving four wounded in northern Aden

Local gunmen belonging to al-Mahariq neighborhood in Dar Saad District, north of Aden, clashed Thursday morning with gunmen from al-Sila neighborhoods and Omar al-Mukhtar in the Sheikh Othman district with Kalashnikov and RPGs weapons

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Southern Yemeni leader found dead in Shabwah

Separatist leader possible victim of mercenary infighting

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Yemen condemns Houthi militia’s attack on Abha airport

The Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Iran-aligned Houthi militia’s terrorist attack against Abha’s international airport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which resulted in wounding 9 civilians.

In a statement published by the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) the Foreign Ministry said ” The continuation of Iran-backed Houthi militia’s terrorist operations in which the militiamen deliberately target civilians and civil facilities constitutes flagrant violation of International Humanitarian Law and all international conventional norms”

My comment: This “Yemeni” “government” never cared for the Saudi air raids against Northern Yemen, thousands of which had been more “terrorist” and a “flagrant violation of International Humanitarian Law and all international conventional norms” than these Houthi attacks.

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Supporters of "Southern transitional council “Storm Saba headquarters in Tawahi and close it

Members of the Southern Transitional Council (NTC), which demanded secession, stormed the headquarters of the government's Saba Agency (recognized) in the Tawahi district in the interim capital of Aden, and closed it after they removed Unity flag and raised flag of the south state.

According to media sources, supporters of the UAE-backed southern transitional elements stormed the headquarters of the Saba agency in Tawahi, forcing workers to rehabilitate the agency to leave, after they were threatened with death if they continue to work.

The sources added that the supporters of the transition had removed the flag of the Yemeni unity, and raised its place in the Office's mast, the flag of the country known as the Democratic People's Republic of South Yemen, in addition to writing anti-legality and recognized government statements.

My remark: It’s the Hadi government news agency.


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Saba condemns raid of its office in Aden

Yemen’s official news agency (Saba) has condemned the storming of its office by outlawed militants in Aden on Wednesday.

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Uncovering Serious Matters, Ben Aidan Exposes the Lies of Ma’asheek Government

Hussain Lakour Ben Aidan, a prominent southern academic and politician, exposed the lies of Ma’asheek Government about Yemeni refugees in the south, especially in Aden.

In a tweet on tweeter, Ben Aidan commented on the so-called refugees’ crisis describing it as lies of Ma’asheek Government to reside northern citizens in the south as a means of changing the southern demographic nature systematically as the occupation will benefit from that when time comes for self-determination of the south.
He also mocked claims of Yemeni occupation who called new commers to the south as refugees saying: “They spent the feast holidays with their families in their northern homes. So, how come they are refugees! This is unprecedent in the whole world where real refugees are”.

My comment: Southern separatists mocking refugees from Northern Yemen and blaming the Hadi government by conspiracy theories. And more separatists’ propaganda:

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Al-Zubaidi proved that southern reconciliation and tolerance is a reality and not a slogan

My comment: This separatist propaganda does not fit well to the statement above. And more propaganda:

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Al-Ga’adi: Those who peacefully move the crowds and defeat Al-Houthis in military fields are the ones who define paths and directions of political actions”

Fadl Al-Ga’adi, assistant secretary general of the southern transitional council asserted that defining the directions and paths of political actions is the right for the one who mobilizes the crowds peacefully and achieves military victories in the battel fields.

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Al-Zubaidi: We Will Never Abandon Our Mission in Serving Our People. We Work to Regain the Leading Role and Bright Face of Aden

President Aidarous Al-Zubaidi of the southern transitional council asserted that the south is so close to restore its desired state as its organizations are under construction now. He added that the southern state is formed by God’s will and sacrifices of southern people.

Al-Zubaidi headed an extensive meeting for local leaderships in Aden. He appreciated the political maturity and organizational performance of local leadership of Aden demanding its leaders to use this momentum in developing their performance to reflect the real bright face of Aden as a pioneer city in political affairs.

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Islah in war against all, not Houthis: al-Shabhi

Al-Shabhi tweeted that "the Islah party wages war against everyone in the North and in the South with the exception of the Houthis." adding that "It behaves towards people in Aden, Hadramout, Socotra, al-Mahrah, Taiz and Marib as the militia's proxy server in the areas where Houthis are not present."

My comment: Separatist propaganda putting blame on their political foes in the South: Islah Party backs Yemen’s unity.

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Dofes Post Confiscates Drugs Heading to Aden

Shabwa Elites Confiscate Hashish Coming from Mareb

My comment: Separatists’ propaganda painting their militia as anti-drug fighters.

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A New Batch of Southern Injured Leaves to Egypt for Treatment at the Expense of the Southern Transitional Council

My comment: Separatist propaganda painting a picture of separatist STC as benefactor. Also here:

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Center for Dialysis in Al-Jumhouria Hospital Honors Chairman of Humanitarian Aids Commission of the Southern Transitional Council

And still more separatists’ propaganda:

STC will stand up against religious, military and tribal forces: al-Jaadi

Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council and assistant secretary-general for the Council, Fadl al-Jaadi confirmed that the STC is the eligible body that will stand up against the forces that proclaimed themselves as custodian for the South and its wealth.

And who still did not get enough:

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Taiz.. Civilian killed, 3 injured in ' al-Abbas ' and ' Al-Tahsh ' on royalty’s collection

A citizen was killed and three others injured as a result of the ongoing clashes between the militants of the Abu Abbas Brigades and another militant group on Wednesday in Al-Ma'afer, south of Taiz, southwest of Yemen.

Local sources told Al-Masdar online that clashes broke out between "Abu al-Abbas" militants and an armed group following a person named "Al-Tahsh" Wednesday morning at the Byrin market in al-Ma'afer district, because of their struggle to collect money from the market.

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Aden Oil company employees start strike to demand protection of laws governing work with refineries

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Marib City deputy Security director killed in clashes with security wanted

The deputy security chief of Marib city, Colonel Mujahid Mabkhout Al-Shareef, was killed Wednesday morning in clashes between a security campaign and security wanted militants in cases of attacks on security personnel and the killing and wounding of several of them.

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The South will be declared independent soon
The well-known Kuwaiti journalist, Ahmed Al-Jarallah revealed that there's a consensus reached among the Gulf countries on the return of the two states in Yemen in conformity with a program adopted by the GCC countries.
Al-Jarallah wrote on his official Twitter account "Well, that's it, it's a matter of time for the South to restore its state and join the Gulf Cooperation Council."
He made it clear that "the borders between the South and the North would be accurately demarcated and defined with the cooperation of the Gulf States."
"The Northerners will be given chance and back-up to liberate their home from the Iranian invasion, in the way the Vietnamese did with French and Americans, to prove their patriotism and loyalty." Al-Jarallah added.

My comment: I doubt. In this case, Saudi and UAE would quit „president“ Hadi and his government, and the restauration of Hadi is their main pretense for intervention in Yemen.

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Geneva Call: Yemen: The Supreme Commander of the Southern Transitional Council signs 3 Deeds of Commitment with Geneva Call to improve the protection of civilians during armed conflicts

During a ceremony at the Geneva town hall on 2 July 2019, the Director General of Geneva Call, Alain Délétroz, together with representatives of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, counter-signed three Deeds of Commitment, following on from the commitment pledged by the leadership of the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

The President of the STC, Major General Aidros Qassem al-Zubaidi, recently took a significant step to bring the STC’s policies and behaviour in line with international standards by signing three of Geneva Call’s Deeds of Commitments. The STC pledged to ban any act of sexual violence against any persons, to prohibit the recruitment and use of children below 18 years old and to facilitate the provision of medical care and education to children. In addition, the STC also committed to ban the use of anti-personnel mines in the conflict in Yemen. Geneva Call will work closely with the STC leadership to make sure that this public commitment to strengthen the respect of the rights of the civilian populations is implemented on the ground. =

My comment: Which role does the separatist STC ewant to play? They try to act like state actors more and more.

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UN should name Houthis as obstructors of humanitarian work, Yemen's PM

Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik said it is imperative that the UN, names the Houthis in no uncertain terms as obstructors of humanitarian aid works.

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Yemeni Oil Company - Aden branch Stage a General Strike

Employees from ( Yemen Oil Company) have called for the laws to be put in place to protect their rights.

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Saudi invaders take over fisherman’s beaches in Mahrah

Saudi forces stationed in Sayhut district of Mahrah province, eastern Yemen, have started to establish their own military posts near the main sites of fishermen on the beach, sources reported on Tuesday.

“Citizens were surprised early in the day by the presence of containers next to a military tower established by Saudi Arabia, near the populated areas,and within walking distance of the beach used by Mahrah’s fishermen,” the sources said.

The Saudi-established site is about 50 meters from the official landing site of the Fishermen’s Association, which includes a factory, a workshop for repairing fishing boats, and the association’s office.

Citizens complained that the establishment of these military sites hinder and affect the work of fishermen and the Association’s daily activity.

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Chief of Staff confirms including al-Amaliqa Brigades in the army

As per president Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s directives, the Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Abdullah al-Nakha’ee has confirmed significance of accomplishing measures for including al-Amaleqa Brigades in the National Army and finalizing numbering of their units.

My comment: What a sham. The Hadi government is integrating militia into the regular army, thus trying to circumvent the rule that for a final peace settlement all militia must be disarmed.

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Pensioners all over the country to receive July pension soon

General Authority for Insurances and Pensions (GAIP) announced today, Tuesday, that civil pensioners around the country will be paid July pensions immediately.

My comment: As claimed by the Hadi government. I am in doubt that in Houthi-held northern Yemen anyone will get anything.

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After He Criticized UAE.. Gunmen Arrest Doctor And Take Him To Unknown Destination.

Informed sources said that gunmen of the so-called security belt raided the house of the pharmacist Mohammed Essam in Khor Maksar district at dawn and took him to an unknown destination and assaulted his mother with rifle butts during the raid.

The sources added that the arrest of Dr. Mohammed Essam came on charges of being “Huthi” because of his criticism to the UAE and the Transitional Council in social networking sites.

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For The Fifth Day, Residents In Aden Perform Prayers Outside A Closed Mosque

Local residents in al-Qaloua district, west of the southern city of Aden, performed prayers for the fifth day in a row, outside the Babli mosque, after being closed by security forces of Abu Dhabi’s top leader, Hani Ben Brik, local sources said.

The sources said that the director of Endowments office in Aden, along with Hani Ben Brik, Vice President of the Southern Transitional Council, pushed gunmen loyal to them on military crews to close the mosque in the neighborhood of Al-Qaloua a week ago, after the residents refused attempts to appoint new Imam for the mosque Rather than the former imam who receives support from the people.

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The “Transitional” Militias Impose Levies On Citizens As “Military Effort”

A financial document holding the slogan of the so-called Southern Transitional Council has provoked widespread debate on social networking sites.

The document revealed that the Transitional Council in the province of Dhale receives money from citizens in exchange for the so-called “military effort.”

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Two soldiers killed and others injured in clashes with wanted security south of Marib

Clashes broke out between private security forces and security wanted elements from al-Amir tribes, killing two soldiers of the security forces.

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Yemenis protest against UAE presence in Socotra

Popular protests have broken out on Sunday on the Yemeni island of Socotra against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) control take over of the island and its assault on the island’s governor.

Protesters raised the Yemeni flag and banners condemning the UAE intervention in the island as well as attempts to stir up differences and internal conflicts since 2015.

Yemeni activist, Atef Al-Sokotri, told al- Khaleej Online that the protest is the largest in the history of Socotra which represents a clear message of support for the local authority led by Governor, Ramzi Mahrous and a rejection of the UAE formation of security belts and forces outside the Yemeni government’s control.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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In Yemen’s internationalised war, it’s time to give local peacemakers the floor

While the UN was meeting with the main warring parties in Sweden last December, crafting what became known as the Stockholm Agreement, back in Yemen dozens of tribal and community leaders from the district of Serwah, home to one of the country’s deadliest front lines, were working on their own extraordinary plea for peace.

The leaders’ affiliations span both sides of the battlefield. In more than four years of war, their communities have suffered so much displacement and death that 71 tribal sheikhs and local dignitaries decided, with support from the European Union, to look for a way out of the fighting.

In a March joint statement they urged the international community to pressure the warring parties to stop the conflict in Serwah. They called for adoption of “a peacemaking initiative that will restore life to this area and allow residents to return to their villages and homes, and rebuild what has been destroyed”.

It’s an invitation that must not be ignored.

Yes, the Serwah statement is easy enough to brush aside, given that the area is just one of many flashpoints in Yemen.

But while agreements in places like Serwah may not end the war as a whole, they can greatly complement the national peace process. Local deals have the potential to bring civilians some respite, advance confidence-building measures that could set a precedent for compromise between the warring parties, and accelerate much-needed reconciliation once the war finally stops.

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Head of the Sana’a Delegation meets UN envoy for talks in Oman

The head of the national delegation [Houthi Sanaa government] Mohamed Abdel Salam met today in the Omani capital of Muscat, the special envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen Martin Griffiths and the accompanying team.

During the meeting, they discussed the political, humanitarian and economic situation, as well as the efforts of the political process and overcome obstacles hindered by Hadi regime-in-exile and the Saudi regime, following progress in Hodeidah through unilateral redeployment at various ports.

The meeting, which was attended by member of the national delegation Abdul Malik al-Ajri and member of the Higher Economic Committee Ahmed al-Shami, touched on the economic escalation carried out by Saudi Arabia and the Hadi regime, as well as the impact on exchange rates and the stability of the market and the lives of Yemeni citizens. (photo)

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Griffith in Abu Dhabi coming from Russia.. And Saudi Arabia out of his schedule

UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffith said the UAE's commitment and support to his efforts "encourages him to continue the mission."

Griffith arrived in the UAE on Tuesday from Russia and met in Abu Dhabi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gergash, and Minister of State for International cooperation Reem Al Hashimi.

Griffith said he discussed with Emirati officials’ ways to move the peace process in Yemen and the steps necessary to implement the agreement.

The envoy did not announce a meeting with Saudi officials during his last trip.

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UN envoy to Yemen in Abu Dhabi to revive peace process

Martin Griffiths is on a tour to shore up support in hopes of ending the war

The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, met UAE officials on Tuesday in the hope of reviving the stumbling peace process.

Mr Griffiths kicked off a tour of the region on Monday by meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his deputy Sergei Vershinin in Moscow before landing in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

“I am greatly encouraged by the UAE’s commitment and support."

A UN official told The National that Mr Griffiths is set to visit Oman after Abu Dhabi and the trip has so far been “successful”.

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UN envoy to Yemen counts on Russia’s support in ironing out crisis

Russia’s support as a permanent member of the UNSC and its engagement in Yemen "is important to help us achieve a comprehensive, inclusive, sustainable and Yemeni-led political agreement," he noted

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UN envoy Martin Griffith meets with Russian foreign minister, praises Russia's constructive participation in Yemen

"I held a fruitful meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov today in Moscow," Griffith said in a tweet published by the Special Envoy's Twitter account. I am grateful for the continued support of Russia for my efforts.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Film: A young Yemeni man showed a video of the suffering of Yemenis in the deportation prison in #Riyadh, but he paid a high price. Watch the video

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Message to @NICKIMINAJ : Before performing in #Saudi, can you please check their war crimes in our country #Yemen? Can you tell them to stop their bloody war on our home Yemen? Can you tell them where is #JamalKhashoggi's body?


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Saudi activists condemn government’s announcement of upcoming Nicki Minaj concert in Jeddah

Saudi activists have expressed their outrage over the announcement of the Entertainment Authority, which is headed by the Chancellor of the Royal Court Turki al-Sheikh, that Saudi Arabia will be hosting the US-born singer Nicki Minaj

Activists said the hosting of Minaj is a provocation to the feelings of the Saudis.

Minaj sparked a major controversy in the Islamic world after insulting Islam and Muslims in one of her songs.

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New Saudi ambassadors take up posts in Washington and London

Saudi Arabia’s new ambassadors to the United States and the United Kingdom have taken up their posts after several months’ vacancy amid tensions with Western allies over the Yemen war and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan, the Gulf kingdom’s first female ambassador, presented her credentials in Washington while her brother, Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, did so in London

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Mohammed bin Salman Is Making Muslims Boycott Mecca

The Saudi crown prince’s regional aggression and disdain for human rights have prompted religious scholars and pious pilgrims to refuse to go on the hajj.

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has attempted to cast Saudi Arabia in a more positive light and mask the country’s more aggressive internal and foreign policies by undertaking so-called liberal reforms.

In late April, Libya’s most prominent Muslim Sunni cleric, Grand Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani, called for all Muslims to boycott the hajj—the obligatory pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca.

He went so far as to claim that anyone who embarked on a second pilgrimage was conducting “an act of sin rather than a good deed.” The reasoning behind the boycott is the suggestion that boosting Saudi Arabia’s economy through pilgrimage continues to fuel arms purchases and direct attacks on Yemen—and indirectly Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, and Algeria. Ghariani added that investment in the hajj would “help Saudi rulers to carry out crimes against our fellow Muslims.”

Ghariani is not the first prominent Muslim scholar to support a ban on the hajj.

Saudi Arabia’s influence is not merely linked to its political and military capacity but also to its historical ties to Islam.

This relationship with Islam has instinctively led many from the Sunni Arab world to look to the kingdom for daily guidance on religious issues.

For years, Saudi Arabia has been working toward becoming a regional hegemon in the Middle East, whose claim to power, in recent years, is threatened only by Iran.

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Saving Saudi Arabia's Women

The U.S. Congress can help through advocacy and decisions on funding.

It is time the world understood the position of women in Saudi Arabia as it is, and act accordingly. So far, the absolute monarchy in the kingdom has been able to persuade the world that the way women are treated under its rule is a product of local culture and of Islam itself.

The United States can help by writing a clear policy on ending Saudi enslavement of women. The Congress, which today has the highest number of women in history, can advocate for that at every opportunity, and allocate funding for indigenous efforts to end this Saudi gender apartheid.

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, is a standard-bearer for many Muslims today. The emancipation of Saudi women will be the shortest and fastest way to help empower Muslim women around the world.

Until women in Saudi Arabia acquire legal personhood, the world must make the Saudi government's life hard by placing the emancipation of women in every policy exchange they have with the Saudis, and by offering fleeing women a safe haven just as Canada did recently – by Ali AlAhmed

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UN expert urges ban on spy tech sales to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's murder

A UN expert, who recently concluded a probe into the state-sponsored assassination of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, has called for sanctions on surveillance technology sales to Riyadh, amid reports that the regime has been using such spyware to keep track of the dissidents living abroad.

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Banks scramble to re-pitch for Aramco IPO roles: sources

Investment banks are scrambling to re-pitch to advise Saudi Aramco on a possible initial public offering, sources familiar with the matter said, with Saudi Arabia’s energy minister confirming plans for the listing to proceed in 2020 or 2021.

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Saudis are too ‘small’ in numbers to form their own army: Analyst

An American political analyst believes that Saudi Arabia is unable to have its own army because the Saudis are “basically a small group of people” and, as a result, cannot form an army of their own.

The remarks by E Michael Jones came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month had blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a list of countries that recruit child soldiers.

Jones said the question is; “Why are you employing children from Sudan to fight your wars for you?"

“Well, because you don’t have any people,” he added in an interview with Press TV on June 19.

“The Saudis are basically a small group of people inhabiting a country with a lot of oil and they cannot mount their own army,” said Jones, the current editor of Culture Wars magazine.

My comment: I don’t believe this. They simply want others to do the dirty work for them – and to die in war, of course.

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Film: A #Saudi Media Reporter Fehaid al-Shammari threatening social activist with a saw and dismemberment for anyone who speaks against #MBS (Mohammad bin Salman) and #KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). Threatening anyone speaking against the culture and customs of his country.

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Endorsed by Trump, Saudi Prince Steps Back Out on World Stage

Prince Mohammed boosted by breakfast meeting with U.S. leader

Questions remain for others though over Yemen, Khashoggi, Iran

Part of that is probably protocol. Saudi Arabia is hosting the next G-20 summit in late 2020. So MBS got some prominent treatment in Osaka. But it also reflects the broader reality of Saudi Arabia’s importance to many countries for its oil and its key role in Middle East security. The message from the G-20 is that as time passes some leaders at least are looking to move on from the Khashoggi affair.

Aligning himself so closely with Trump may not be a sustainable long-term strategy for the crown prince, either.

“Winning Trump’s evident endorsement is not a plus across much of the world,’’ according to Henderson.

An official readout of the crown prince’s closing remarks to the G-20 suggests the need for him to not only diversify his economy, but diversify his friends. It contained references to MBS’s comments on the importance of international cooperation and coordination given the "complex and interrelated challenges facing our world today."

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New footage emerges of ‘trapped’ Saudi princesses

Channel 4 News obtains new footage from inside the royal compound in Jeddah where four Saudi princesses say they are being held against their will by their father, the king.

The footage comes after Channel 4 News first broadcast claims by their mother, Princess Alanoud Al Fayez, who says her four daughters – Princesses Sahar, Hala, Maha and Jawaher, have been subject to years of abuse and are effectively held under house arrest.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Film: Joints will be separated, body cut into pieces: New chilling details from Jamal Khashoggi's murder

cp9 USA

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Saudi Arabia has quietly directed tens of millions of dollars a year to American universities from M.I.T. to Northern Kentucky (link to NYT report)

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The Noxious U.S.-Saudi Relationship Has to End

Bruce Riedel offers some ideas for how to change the U.S.-Saudi relationship in the next administration.

Riedel’s recommendations are very good ones, and it is unfortunate that they are going to have to wait almost two years before there could be anyone in the White House willing to follow them. The horrifying thing about Yemen’s humanitarian crisis is that the governments responsible for creating it, including ours, have it within our power to stop it at any time, but for more than four years all of these governments have chosen instead to destroy and starve an entire country for years on end. Congress already has majorities in both houses in favor of ending our government’s involvement in this atrocious war, but as long as Trump remains in office the Saudis and Emiratis know that they can get away with anything.

I would add a couple other suggestions for what the next administration should do when handling relations with the Saudis. The first one may seem superficial, but it is very important: stop referring to them as an ally. Call them a partner if you must, but stop pretending that the U.S. owes them any allegiance or support.

The Saudi government bet heavily on Trump, and they should expect to pay an equally steep price for their many crimes when he is no longer in office to protect them – by Daniel Larison

referring to

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Trump critics rethink US policy toward Saudi Arabia

There are striking parallels between the American relationship with the Saudi kingdom today and our relationship with the shah’s imperial Iran a half century ago

Obviously Saudi Arabia has never aspired to be a democracy, but previous rulers have sought to build a consensus. MBS has instead shaken down the country’s elite in a so-called anti-corruption drive.

But it will be time in 2021 to refashion the relationship if MBS is still the heir apparent.

The place to start is optics. No more embarrassing and silly embraces. Treat him as he is: the murderer of thousands of innocents. The most despotic prince in the country’s modern history who imprisons everyone from his predecessor as crown prince to the women who demanded the right to drive. Don’t give the crown prince and his entourage visas to visit America.

Then change the arms relationship. No more weapons, munitions, spare parts, upgrades or technical assistance until the war in Yemen stops. The Saudis will have to abide; contrary to Trump you cannot run an American-supplied military with Russian or Chinese support. If the British join in, the Saudi war machine, which is already not very impressive, will be in grave dysfunction. Congress has already taken some steps on arms and the impact in the kingdom is palpable. The royal family does not want to break with America however much they complain about us.

The change in direction with the Saudis should be part of a broader change in policy to the region and especially with regard to Iran – by Bruce Riedel

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The United States strongly condemns today’s attack by the Iranian-backed Houthis on Abha Airport in Saudi Arabia, the third such attack in less than three weeks. These attacks are risking the lives of many and injuring innocent civilians. We call for an immediate end to these violent actions, which only exacerbate the conflict in Yemen and deepen mistrust.

My comment: What a document of hypocrisy. The US never decries (not speaking of „condemns“) Saudi air raids against Northern Yemen, even if their effect is much more horrible than the effect of such Houthi attacks.

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US senator asks why Saudi Arabia was excluded from the list of child recruitment countries?

A number of US senators sent a letter to Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo asking him to explain his decision to exclude Saudi Arabia from the list of countries known to recruit children in the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report.

The senators said the exclusion came at a time when Saudi Arabia had been blacklisted for countries that failed to address human trafficking and appeared to run counter to what was set out in the 2008 Prevention of Child Recruitment Act.

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The U.S.-Saudi Alliance Is on the Brink

The relationship has survived for seven decades. A Democratic president could change that.

The real reckoning in the U.S.-Saudi partnership could come if a Democrat is elected president in 2020, though early warning signs are already visible. Virtually all Democratic lawmakers, along with several Republican members of Congress and various lobbyists, analysts, and former officials, are shunning the Saudis to the point where a visit to Washington, D.C., by MbS, the heir apparent who was welcomed in 2017 and 2018, seems inconceivable anytime soon.

For now, the Saudis are banking on the Trump administration’s allegiance. Yet they acknowledge, or at the very least pay lip service to, their precarious position.

But Trump’s motivations for dismissing concerns about the war in Yemen and Khashoggi’s assassination range from the close personal relationship between MbS and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to Riyadh’s plentiful purchases of U.S.-made weapons, which the president argues create American jobs. “You have people wanting to cut off Saudi Arabia. They bought $450 billion” worth of military equipment, Trump declared at a recent campaign rally, greatly inflatingthe actual figures. “I don’t want to lose them!”

The big development now is that there’s also serious ferment in the nation’s capital, where Saudi Arabia by one estimate poured more than $40 million into lobbying Congress, the executive branch, think tanks, and media outlets in 2017 and 2018 alone

“The Saudis used to have really strong bipartisan support in Washington,” Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a Democrat and longtime critic of Riyadh, told us. Now “they are clinging to this alliance simply through the force of the regime’s relationship with one person: Donald Trump.”

But several 2020 candidates have made their displeasure clear.

And Bernie Sanders has referred to MbS as a “murderous despot,” included Saudi Arabia in an “axis” of authoritarian powers that he claims Trump is emboldening – by URI FRIEDMAN AND YARA BAYOUMY

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Can Congress stop Trump's support for the Saudi war in Yemen?

Nobody is likely to similarly brand Rep. Abigail Spanberger a peacenik, at least not with any success. Having served for eight years in the Central Intelligence Agency, the congresswoman from Virginia has the kind of foreign policy experience that Democrats were once derided for lacking

Now, Spanberger and her peers — including some Republicans — are seeking to put their foreign policy expertise to use by moving to stop American support for Saudi Arabia’s bloody campaign in Yemen. With a raft of standalone resolutions and amendments, some of which are tied to the defense appropriations and authorization process now underway on Capitol Hill, they want to use what they see as their constitutional authority to halt the sale of $8.1 billion in U.S. weapons systems to the Saudis and other Gulf nations announced in late May.

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Stop Enabling the Destruction of Yemen

Hal Brands doesn’t think much of the antiwar arguments from the Democratic presidential candidates and others. Here he comments on Yemen:

„If a U.S. pullback does not force Saudi Arabia to end the war, for instance, the upshot might be to make the Saudis even less discriminating and effective in waging the conflict.”

Insofar as the Saudi coalition depends on U.S. arms and military assistance to wage the war, withholding all support for Saudi Arabia and the UAE would make a significant difference in their ability to continue the war.

The U.S. also needs to press for an end to the blockade and the economic war that the coalition and the “legitimate” government have been waging against the vast majority of the population.

The idea that cutting off U.S. support might make the war worse ignores the fact that four years of unconditional backing has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Supporters of the war have claimed again and again that U.S. involvement reduces the harm to civilians, but that cannot be taken seriously when the Saudi coalition repeatedly targets civilian targets on purpose. U.S. support and arms simply enable more war crimes, and cutting off support and arms will deprive the coalition of the means to commit more.

Brands faults Sanders and other progressives for not having an answer for “how” they want to end our foreign wars, but of course they have made very clear how to end U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen. The obstacle to this for the last two and a half years has been the president.

Ending U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen shouldn’t be controversial at this point, and it doesn’t even require making “hard strategic choices.” It is by the worst and most indefensible U.S. policy overseas right now – by Daniel Larison

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Progressives Don't Know How to End the ‘Forever War’

Bringing the troops home is a laudable goal – if you have a plan to do it in a way that doesn’t harm national security.

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US-Präsident Donald Trump hat beim G20-Gipfel in Japan den Diktator und saudischen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman über den grünen Klee gelobt. Trump sagte, dass er ihn als “einen Freund (friend of mine)” sehe und dass er eine spektakuläre Arbeit gemacht hat.
Als ein Reporter den US-Präsidenten fragte, ob er den Mord an dem Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi in seinem Gespräch mit dem Kronprinzen thematisiert habe, der im saudischen Konsulat in Istanbul durchgeführt wurde, konterte dieser nur: Bisher hat niemand direkt auf den zukünftigen König von Saudi-Arabien gezeigt.

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Senator Sanders: Bin Salman ist skrupelloser Diktator

US-Senator Bernie Sanders hat die unverantwortliche Haltung von Donald Trump gegenüber den saudi-arabischen Diktatoren kritisiert und den Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman als einen grausamen Diktator bezeichnet.

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Wachsende Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Mounting tensions at the Gulf

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Die letzte Bastion

Um dem globalen Amokläufer USA Paroli zu bieten, müssen sich die Europäer endlich für Frieden und Kooperation einsetzen.

Die amerikanische Öffentlichkeit wird erneut auf einen gefährlichen Weg in Richtung Krieg geführt. Diesmal mit dem Iran. Krieg wäre katastrophal und muss unter allen Umständen verhindert werden. Die US-Regierung eskaliert und im Iran gewinnen Hardliner die Oberhand, die dem Westen nicht vertrauen. Diplomaten wie Außenminister Zarif verlieren an Boden. Andere Länder müssen sich der Herausforderung stellen, einen Krieg zu verhindern. Ob sie es mögen oder nicht, Deutschland und weitere Länder der Europäischen Union (EU) sind jetzt die letzte Zuflucht, um den Frieden zu wahren.

In den USA hat der Kongress anscheinend die Befugnis verloren, den Krieg zu erklären. Die Exekutive drängt auf Krieg. In Gesprächen offenbarten die Gesetzgeber ein Gefühl der Verzweiflung darüber, wie sehr Trump die Grundsätze und Regeln des Regierens missachtet. Die Folgen eines von den USA eingeleiteten Krieges wären katastrophal: Opfer auf allen Seiten, eine weitere Destabilisierung des Nahen Ostens, eine verstärkte Flüchtlingskrise, ein erhöhtes Risiko der Verbreitung von Atomwaffen und eines Atomkrieges sowie die Verschwendung von Billionen Dollar.

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Was der Iran zum Atomabkommen sagt und warum die deutschen Medien es verschweigen

Der iranische Regierungschef Rohani trat heute vor die Presse und sagte unter anderem folgendes:

„Die EU muss sich entscheiden, ob Sie das Atomabkommen unterstützt oder nicht. Wenn Sie es unterstützen, sollte jeder seine Verpflichtungen so gut einhalten, wie der Iran. (…) Teheran hat ein ganzes Jahr darauf gewartet, dass die übrigen Parteien des Abkommens ihre Verpflichtungen erfüllen. (…) Wir haben die Grenze von 300 kg Uran überschritten und werden weiterhin die Erfüllung unserer Verpflichtungen reduzieren, weil wir das Atomabkommen erhalten wollen. Deshalb sagen wir, dass wir, sobald die anderen Vertragsparteien ihre Verpflichtungen erfüllen, zur 300-kg-Grenze zurückkehren werden. Da andere Vertragsparteien ihren Verpflichtungen nicht nachkommen, beschränken auch wir die Umsetzung der Bestimmungen des Atomabkommens, um das Gleichgewicht im Rahmen der Erfüllung des Abkommens zu erhalten. Wir raten der EU und der Vereinigten Staaten, einen vernünftigen Ansatz zu verfolgen und zu dem Abkommen zurückzukehren und die Resolutionen des UN-Sicherheitsrates zu respektieren und die Umsetzung des Atomabkommens gemeinsam fortzusetzen.“

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Iran summons UK ambassador after ‘illegal’ tanker seizure

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Britain’s ambassador to the country after British forces seized an Iranian oil tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Rob Macaire was summoned to the ministry on Thursday, hours after reports emerged that the vessel had been boarded by British Royal Marines and impounded.

Later in the day, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Moussavi took part in an interview with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB)’s News Network, saying, "We declared to the ambassador that this move amounts to strange unconventionality, because the sanctions that they have announced are not based on the Security Council [resolutions] and the Islamic Republic of Iran does not accept this measure (seizure of the tanker).”

The Iranian diplomat further stated that the Spanish Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the move was made at the request of the US and that the seizure amounted to “implementation of a type of extraterritorial sanctions despite the fact that the European Union has invariably been against such bans.”

Moussavi said that Iran denounces the seizure as "a destructive step," which contributes to further escalation in regional tensions.

Citing a Spanish source, France 24 reported earlier that the tanker had been seized by Britain at the US request (with films)

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Iran summons UK ambassador in tanker seizure row

Iran has summoned the British ambassador in Tehran to complain about what it says was the illegal seizure of an Iranian oil tanker.

British Royal Marines helped the authorities in Gibraltar seize the ship because of evidence it was heading to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

Spain's acting foreign minister said the seizure of the ship - Grace 1 - was at the US's request.

An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman called the actions a "form of piracy".

The UK Foreign Office dismissed that as "nonsense".

Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies detained the super tanker and its cargo on Thursday morning with the help of the marines.

The BBC has been told a team of about 30 marines, from 42 Commando, were flown from the UK to Gibraltar to help, at the request of the Gibraltar government.

The first marines to board the Panama-flagged ship descended by rope from a helicopter, as others approached in speed boats. No shots were fired.

A defence source described it as a "relatively benign operation" without major incident.

BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said while Britain has been keen to suggest it was an operation led by the Gibraltar government, it appears the intelligence came from the US.

Spain's Acting Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said Spain was studying the circumstances of the action but said it followed "a demand from the US to the UK". Spain disputes British ownership of Gibraltar.

White House national security advisor John Bolton said the seizure was "excellent news", saying the tanker laden with oil bound for Syria was violating EU sanctions.

Analysis: Britain would not have acted to enforce US measures

By James Robbins, BBC diplomatic correspondent

It's clear that this seizure was to enforce EU sanctions against Syria, not US sanctions against Iran.

But it looks as if both the US and the UK had been tracking the movements of Grace 1 throughout its curious voyage from the Gulf to the Mediterranean.

Curious because such a valuable cargo of oil would normally be taken via the Suez Canal

The Americans were acutely interested because they are determined to prevent Iran profiting from oil sales which breach US sanctions.

Britain, by contrast, would not have acted to enforce US measures.

But when the super-tanker, all 330 metres of it, entered EU waters, specifically Gibraltar waters, the British authorities judged they had no choice but to enforce EU sanctions against Syria which the UK pushed for and strongly supports.

Brussels was not involved in the seizure decision. It is not a matter for EU institutions to enforce customs law. That is a responsibility of member states.

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Iran’s Intelligence Minister Outlines Conditions for Negotiations with Washington

Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alawi said Iran and the United States could resume talks only if the later ended sanctions.

"Talks with Washington can be reconsidered only if President Donald Trump stops sanctions and the Supreme Leader allows that,"

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Saudi Arabia taking Iranian oil tanker 'hostage'

Iranian officials have warned Saudi Arabia against holding an oil tanker "hostage," describing it as an "illegal seizure" and a case of "ransom-seeking" aimed at gaining concessions from Iran.

On May 2, Saudi Arabia announced its coast guard had rescued a distressed Iranian oil tanker, named Happiness I, with 26 on board off the Red Sea port of Jeddah, after it faced "engine failure and the loss of control."

Two months on, despite being fixed, Saudis are refusing to let the vessel leave, and at the same time charge Iran $200,000 a day for maintaining the vessel in Jeddah.

"The Saudi government first showed good behavior: it provided the damaged vessel with technical assistance, and the crew members with food packages, but it has refused to give any help in the past few weeks," said Iranian lawmaker Jalal Mirzaei on Wednesday.

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Iran Guard: Fear of war makes US focus on economic conflict

Tehran has 'closed the path' militarily, leaving Washington to pursue economic war, Revolutionary Guard's chief says

The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said the United States is worried about the prospect of war with Iran and has instead pursued an economic conflict.

Major-General Hossein Salami on Wednesday said Iran had "completely closed the path for the enemy" in the military sphere, Iran's Fars news agency reported.

"In the current situation it is the enemies who are worried about the outbreak of war and this worry is apparent in their physical and tactical behaviour... At the current crossroads, economic war is the main field for the enemy to confront us," he said.

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No, Iran Does Not Break The Nuclear Deal (Updated)

Here is some fakenews from the Guardian which falsely claims that Iran breaks the nuclear deal.
Iran today announced that its stockpile of low enriched uranium now exceeds the 300 kilogram of enriched uranium hexafluoride (UF6) level set out as a limit in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (pdf).
But Iran does that within the frame of the JCPOA. It is not breaching it. Article 26 of the joint plan states that the U.S. will refrain from reimposing sanctions and that Iran will react in case that happens:
The United States will make best efforts in good faith to sustain this JCPOA and to prevent interference with the realisation of the full benefit by Iran of the sanctions lifting specified in Annex II. The U.S. Administration, acting consistent with the respective roles of the President and the Congress, will refrain from re-introducing or re-imposing the sanctions specified in Annex II that it has ceased applying under this JCPOA, without prejudice to the dispute resolution process provided for under this JCPOA.

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Iran to Stand Committed to JCPOA as Long as Europeans do: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic will comply with the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as long as European signatories to the deal honor their commitments.

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Hezbollah Won’t Stand Down in a US-Iran Conflict

How this confrontation plays out in the Persian Gulf remains to be seen, but in Lebanon, many are anxiously wondering how Hezbollah could react if the tensions spill over into conflict.
On June 1, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah warned that an attack on Iran “will mean the whole region will erupt,” adding that, “Any American forces and American interests will be permissible” as a target.

My comment: A lot of US mainstream / government propaganda in this article, read

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Trotzdem kein Vertragsbruch: Iran hat mehr Uran, als im Atomabkommen erlaubt

Wir lesen aktuell in den Medien, dass der Iran nun mit der Anreicherung von mehr als 300 Kilogramm Uran auch gegen das Atomabkommen verstoßen habe und dass die EU-Staaten den Iran vor den Folgen warnen und selbst an dem Abkommen festhalten wollen. Das sind Unwahrheiten, wie wir bei einem Blick in das Abkommen feststellen können.

In den Medien heißt es immer, die USA hätten das Abkommen verlassen oder gekündigt. Auch im Spiegel lesen wir:

„Die US-Regierung hatte sich unter Präsident Donald Trump aus dem Abkommen 2018 zurückgezogen und hat seitdem die Sanktionen immer weiter verschärft.“

Das ist unwahr, das Abkommen sah keinerlei Möglichkeit für einen „Rückzug“ oder eine Kündigung vor. Was die USA getan haben, ist einfach: Die USA haben das Abkommen, das durch UNO-Sicherheitsratsresolution in den Status des Völkerrechts erhoben wurde, gebrochen. Es war ein Vertrags- und Völkerrechtsbruch der USA. Und auch Sanktionen waren gemäß Abkommen verboten. Im Gegenteil sollten die Sanktionen abgeschafft werden und keine neuen verhängt werden, solange der Iran sich an seine Verpflichtungen hält.

Und er hat sich daran gehalten, wie man auch in dem Spiegel-Artikel lesen kann

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Kriegerische Wirtschaftspolitik

Amerikas Wirtschaftsblockaden ähneln in Funktion und Ergebnis Militärblockaden. Sie haben verheerende Auswirkungen auf die Zivilbevölkerung und können Kriege provozieren. Es ist an der Zeit, dass die internationale Gemeinschaft dagegen angeht.
US-Präsident Donald Trump stützt seine Außenpolitik auf harsche Wirtschaftsblockaden. Sie sollen das jeweilige Zielland erst unter Druck und dann in Angst zu versetzen und letztlich sogar hungern lassen, damit es den amerikanischen Forderungen nachgibt. Während diese Praxis weniger gewalttätig ist als ein militärischer Angriff, sind die Folgen für die Zivilbevölkerung häufig katastrophal. Insofern sollten die US-Wirtschaftsblockaden vom UN-Sicherheitsrat auf ihre Vereinbarkeit mit dem Völkerrecht und der UN-Charta überprüft werden.

Während Trump bisher einen neuerlichen Krieg gescheut hat, hat er die auf Regimewechsel ausgelegten Bemühungen der USA mit anderen Mitteln fortgesetzt.

Die US-Sanktionen gegenüber dem Iran sind seit 1979 mehr oder weniger kontinuierlich in Kraft. Die jüngsten und deutlich drakonischsten Maßnahmen, die im August 2018 eingeführt und in der ersten Hälfte dieses Jahres verschärft wurden, zielen darauf ab, den Iran vom Außenhandel abzuschneiden. Die US-Sanktionen stellen einen direkten Verstoß gegen die Resolution 2231 des UN-Sicherheitsrates dar, der dem Nuklearabkommen von 2015 mit dem Iran zugestimmt hatte. Die Auswirkungen sind fatal.

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Ein guter Feind

Widerwillig war Europa zur Koexistenz bereit. Das dürfte bald vorbei sein

Als Donald Trump am 8. Mai 2018 den Vertrag aufkündigte, war dieses Fundament zerstört, woraufhin sich auch die Sekundanten aus ihren Rollen entlassen sahen, ob sie es wahrhaben wollten oder nicht.
Dass es dazu keine Alternative und daher nichts zu retten gibt, wird spätestens dann vollends zu Bewusstsein kommen, sollte der Iran ab 7. Juli wie angekündigt zu einer 20-prozentigen Anreicherung von Uran zurückkehren. Was kein Verstoß gegen ein Abkommen, sondern eine Reaktion auf einen de facto vertragslosen Zustand wäre. Sobald das geschieht, wird es für die EU-3 keine Abwägungs-, sondern wieder eine Systemfrage sein, sich bei allem Unbehagen über die erratische Iran-Politik

Kommt es im Iran zum Regimewechsel, weiß eine prowestliche Vasallenregierung auch ohne Deal, was zu tun ist. Wenn nicht, wird sich die iranische Führung kein zweites Mal auf ein Projekt einlassen, das nicht an ihr gescheitert ist und dem Land mehr geschadet als genutzt hat. Die von der US-Regierung soeben nochmals verschärften Sanktionen besitzen längst nicht mehr den Charakter von Strafmaßnahmen an sich, sondern richten sich in kriegerischer Absicht gegen die iranische Volkswirtschaft – von Lutz Herden

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Kriegsgefahr am Persischen Golf

Die Trump-Administration will scheinbar in ihrer ersten Legislaturperiode mit den Ayatollahs abrechnen. Die Strategie lautet: Teheran zum radikalen Einlenken zwingen, oder das Land durch erdrückende Sanktionen (Plan A), die bereits 80% der iranischen Wirtschaft hart getroffen haben, mit innenpolitischen sozialen Revolten zu konfrontieren.

Als Ultima Ratio sollen gezielte und abschreckende Militärschläge folgen, welche Irans militärischen Einfluss im Irak, Jemen, Syrien, Afghanistan und Libanon eindämmen sollen. Dabei betont Washington permanent, dass es selbst keinen Krieg starten wird.

Rohanis und Zarifs Antwort zur Rettung aus der Krise war, dass Amerika mit "ökonomischen Terror und Krieg gegen das iranische Volk" aufhören müsse.

Der gewiefte US-Präsident schießt den Ball auf das Feld des Iran, in dem er stets die Bereitschaft zu "bedingungslosen Verhandlungen" hervorhebt. Es ist allerdings anzunehmen, dass Mike Pompeos 12 Bedingungen sofort auf den Tisch kommen, wenn Verhandlungen beginnen sollten. Irans permanente Ablehnung, die auch einer sehr schwachen Position entspringt, kommt in der internationalen Staatengemeinschaft überhaupt nicht gut an

Mein Kommentar: Auch sehr viel antiiranische Propaganda in diesem Artikel, worauf viele Kommentare hinweisen.

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Stabilität kann nicht der Maßstab sein

Die USA begründen ihre Politik des "maximalen Drucks" gegenüber dem Iran damit, dass er die Region "destabilisiere". Doch weder ist Stabilität das richtige Kriterium zur Beurteilung der Politik im Mittleren Osten, noch verhält sich Teheran grundsätzlich anders als seine Nachbarn

Tatsächlich verfolgt der Iran aggressiv seine Interessen in der Region und unterstützt verschiedene Milizen und Parteien, um in Syrien, Irak, Libanon und Jemen seinen Einfluss auszuweiten. Allerdings ist er mit dieser Politik keineswegs allein. Vielmehr gleicht er darin Saudi-Arabien, den Emiraten, Qatar und der Türkei, die selbst direkt oder indirekt in den Konflikten der Region interveniert sind, um ihre Interessen zu verteidigen und ihren Einfluss zu erweitern.

Das Kriterium der "Stabilität" ist daher nicht der richtige Maßstab zur Beurteilung der Politik. Der Vorwurf der "Destabilisierung" geht aber auch deshalb in die Irre, weil der Iran im Libanon, im Irak und in Afghanistan seit Jahren die Regierung unterstützt und "stabilisiert"

Schließlich klingt der Vorwurf der "Destabilisierung" auch deshalb hohl, weil es die USA waren, die mit dem Sturz von Saddam Hussein und ihrer verfehlten Politik in den Jahren danach mehr als jeder andere die Region destabilisiert haben.

Letztlich verhält sich der Iran nicht grundsätzlich anders als seine Nachbarn – als Nationalstaat nämlich, der sich in einem oft turbulenten Umfeld zu behaupten sucht und seine Interessen zu wahren und seinen Einfluss zu erweitern versucht. Teils tut er dies gewaltsam, teils diplomatisch, oft pragmatisch. Dies in Washington und anderen westlichen Hauptstadt anzuerkennen, würde helfen, zu einer realistischeren, nüchterneren Einschätzung des Iran zu kommen – von Ulrich von Schwerin

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Die Rolle der EU im Konflikt zwischen Iran und USA: Deeskalation!

Die EU-Außenbeauftragte appelliert an die USA und Iran, die Eskalation im Persischen Golf nicht weiter voranzutreiben. Die EU muss sich auch weiterhin für die Rettung des Atomabkommens einsetzen.

Weder die USA noch Iran scheinen es derzeit auf eine militärische Auseinandersetzung anzulegen. Doch ausgeschlossen ist es nicht: Denn auf der einen Seite steht der US-amerikanische Präsident, der wiederholt durch impulsive, strategisch nicht nachvollziehbare Entscheidungen und Unberechenbarkeit aufgefallen ist. Auf der anderen Seite scheint das iranische Regime davon überzeugt, die fragile Situation unter Kontrolle zu haben. Es ist äußerst alarmierend, dass beide Seiten die Zuspitzung des Konflikts vorantreiben, denn eine Spirale der Eskalation kann eine Eigendynamik entwickeln, die sich jeglicher Kontrolle entzieht.

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Scooter Braun’s Company Is Reportedly Connected To A Group That Funds War & Genocide In Yemen

Never heard of Carlyle Group before? You’re not alone. They’re a holding company that provides funds for, among other things, the various private military contractors that produce the jets made in Saudi Arabia which are currently bombing the nation of Yemen.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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War in Yemen: Labour movement must mobilise to stop the slaughter

A legal challenge to prevent arms sales to the Saudi regime has brought the horrific war in Yemen into the limelight once again. This court case has achieved a partial success. But what is needed is for the labour movement to wage a militant struggle against British imperialism and its complicity in this barbarism.

We must put an end to war-profiteering and show the Tory hypocrites the door. This can only be done through a struggle based on international working class solidarity.

It is impossible to conceal the indispensable role that the Tories have played in enabling this bloodshed.

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Film: 25p from everyone's council tax goes into bombs that strike Yemen

25p from every person's council tax goes towards pension funds and a percentage of that is invested into the making of the bombs. Paul McGowan, Peace activist & retired teacher is campaigning for councils to invest in ethical businesses.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Die Zentralschweiz opponiert gegen den Pilatus-Entscheid des EDA

In der Zentralschweiz ist die Entrüstung gross über den Entscheid des Bundes von Ende Juni, die Dienstleistungen der Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG in Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten zu untersagen. Grund für den Stopp: Das Aussendepartement EDA sieht das Söldnergesetz verletzt und erstattete Anzeige.


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Die Stanser Flugzeugwerke wollen in Saudi-Arabien weiterarbeiten

Nun regt sich aber Widerstand bei den Stanser Flugzeugwerken. Der Fall kommt vor das Bundesverwaltungsgericht.

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Schweiz: Der Bund erlaubt jetzt eine Ausfuhr von Rüstungsgütern nach Saudiarabien, die er nach dem Mord an Jamal Kashoggi blockiert hatte

Der Bundesrat hat eine von ihm verhängte Blockade der Wiederausfuhr von Rüstungsgütern nach Saudiarabien widerrufen. Für die Blockade fehle die rechtliche Grundlage, teilte das Wirtschaftsdepartement am Donnerstag mit. Die Einzelteile und Baugruppen von Flugabwehrsystemen wurden für Reparatur- und Wartungsarbeiten in die Schweiz gebracht und sollten nach Abschluss der Arbeiten wieder nach Saudiarabien exportiert werden. Der Bundesrat untersagte dies Ende Oktober 2018. =

Mein Kommentar: Ach, ist jetzt Khashoggi putzmunter beim Bundesrat er schienen? Das hätten wir doch gerne gewusst.

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What is the link between Irving Oil, Saudi arms and the war in Yemen?

The Irving Oil refinery in Saint John is Canada’s largest oil refinery

“We have a sort of arms for oil arrangement,” says Anthony Fenton, PhD candidate at York University. “Buying oil from Saudi gives leverage in accessing the Saudi arms market, important for Canada’s arms manufacturers.”

Saudi Aramco’s largest customer in Canada is Irving Oil.

The Saudi arms deal, valued at CA$15 billion, is for weaponized military vehicles made in Canada called Light Armoured Vechicles (LAVs). The deal has made Canada the second-largest arms dealer in the Middle East and the sixth largest worldwide.

(A P)

Yemeni embassy in Turkey calls on police to prevent students from carrying out a vigil

Officials at the Yemeni embassy in Ankara have summoned police to prevent students from carrying out a protest event in the embassy yard, as an official with the Yemeni student union in Turkey said.

The union of Yemeni students in Turkey called for a sit-in at the embassy's headquarters on Wednesday until their legitimate demands are met, according to the announcement of the call for the protests.

and also

(A P)

The ruler of Sharjah stands over the body of his son as funeral is held in UAE for the fashion chain-owner, 39, following his 'drug orgy death at London penthouse'

Funeral held for Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi in UAE Wednesday, after he was found dead in London

Father Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi stood over son's body during prayers at King Faisal Mosque

Three days of national mourning began Tuesday, with flags flying at half mast across the kingdom

Funeral comes amid reports that Sheikh Khalid was hosting a wild party with Class A drugs when he died

Remark: Abuse of hard drugs has killed dozens of Gulf monarchists including sons of #Dubai, #Sharjah rulers, Faisal bin king Fahd, Moatsem, son of King Saud & many others. @Cia backed ex #Saudi CP Bin Naif was a cocaine addict so is Bandar bin Sultan father of @rbalsaud

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Radha Stirling comments on the broader implications of the Princess Haya story:

“The impact of Princess Haya’s escape from Dubai, and from her marriage to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, cannot be underestimated. We have already seen that the Ruler of Dubai is willing to mobilise state power, military resources, and diplomatic connections to manage his personal scandals and exert control over his family.

Considering the fact that Princess Haya is a member of the Jordanian Royal Family, and Jordan’s relationship with the UAE; there are obviously profound ramifications to this situation. There has already been talk from the Emirates of imposing sanctions on Jordan if they do not undertake to return Haya to the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed is willing to sever ties with one of the UAE’s staunchest allies in its blockade of Qatar, a friend of the United States; and impose economic punishment against an entire country, because of his private domestic dispute.


(A P)

Princess Haya: Dubai ruler's wife in UK 'in fear of her life'

Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, a wife of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, is in hiding in London and said to be in fear for her life after fleeing her husband.


(A P)

UAE princess fled Dubai after learning 'disturbing facts' about Latifa's escape: Report

Princess Haya, a wife of the ruler of Dubai, is said to be preparing a legal battle against her husband in High Court


(A P)

ICBU Warns UAE Authorities Against Harming the Life of Princess Haya bint Al Hussein

International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) has warned against harming the life of Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the wife of Dubai ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, after fleeing the UAE to Germany for asylum and divorce.

(A K P)

Stop alla vendita di bombe all'Arabia Saudita? Non proprio

Quello che è successo alla Camera mercoledì, dunque, è stato, in realtà, un atto di insabbiamento fatto passare per un atto deciso e concreto a favore della pace. Il governo non poteva affossare – e basta – la mozione di LeU (La Sinistra) senza passare per guerrafondaio. Perciò ha preferito varare una propria mozione “contro” le esportazioni belliche che somiglia nella forma alla mozione di LeU (La Sinistra) ma che, nei fatti, non vieta nulla. Quanto basta, però, per giustificare la bocciatura della mozione LeU (La Sinistra) e, nel contempo, per farsi dipingere con i colori dell'arcobaleno dai titolisti dei giornali.
Per apprezzare la finezza (e l’ambiguità) della mossa governativa, bisogna confrontare punto per punto la mozione M5S/Lega con quella originale, appunto, di LeU (La Sinistra).

cp12a Sudan

(* A P)

Sudan talks enter day two as key issue still unresolved

Talks between Sudan's ruling generals and protest leaders, held after weeks of standoff following a deadly crackdown on protesters, enter a second day Thursday with the key issue of forming a new governing body still unresolved.

The generals had previously agreed over a broad civilian structure, but talks between the two sides collapsed in May following a disagreement over who should lead an overall new governing body -- a civilian or a soldier.

Talks finally resumed Wednesday after intense mediation by Ethiopian and African Union envoys, who have put forward a draft proposal to break the deadlock.

The two sides were due to meet again on Thursday evening.

(* B P)

Abandoned by the UAE, Sudan’s Bashir was destined to fall

Relations between Bashir and the UAE were still warm in February 2017, when Bashir visited Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi. Some 14,000 Sudanese troops were fighting in Yemen as part of a Saudi and UAE-led military coalition against Iranian-aligned rebels.

The prince, known among diplomats as MbZ, was now hoping for Bashir’s cooperation in another regard - cracking down on Islamists - said a senior official in the Sudanese government who was briefed on the meeting by Bashir.

Billions of dollars from the UAE flowed to Sudan after the Abu Dhabi talks.

In the summer of 2017, a diplomatic crisis exploded among Gulf Arab states. The UAE and Saudi Arabia severed relations with Qatar

Bashir’s Islamist allies in Sudan pressed him to maintain links with Qatar and not to take sides in the dispute. Their message was very clear, said the former government official, “we should keep relations with Qatar.”

In March 2018, Sudan and Qatar announced plans for a $4 billion agreement to jointly develop the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan’s coast.

Bashir had chosen not to throw his support behind the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the dispute.

He had also opted not to diminish the influence of Islamists in his government.

In December 2018, the UAE halted fuel supplies to Sudan

In February 2019, Bashir appeared to seal his fate at a meeting of Sudan’s Shura Council, composed of the country’s top leaders. By now protests at soaring bread prices were raging across the country. Bashir declared: “We are Islamists and proud to be Islamists.”

The senior government official said this was the point of no return. It was clear that Bashir wasn’t going to take on the Islamists.

Increasingly desperate for money, Bashir travelled to Qatar later the same month for talks with the emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Behind the scenes, the plot to remove Bashir was taking shape.

An opposition leader, who was among political prisoners in Khartoum’s Kobar prison, where Bashir is now being held, recounted how spymaster Gosh unexpectedly appeared at the jail in the early days of January 2019 and met with eight opposition figures.

Gosh told the prisoners he had come from Abu Dhabi, with a promise from the UAE of fuel and other economic aid. He wanted the prisoners to support an outline plan for a new political system in Sudan.

The UAE made contacts with Sudanese opposition parties and rebel groups who had waged war against Bashir to discuss “the political situation in Sudan post Bashir,” said a rebel leader and a person who acted as a liaison between the sides – By KHALID ABDELAZIZ, MICHAEL GEORGY and MAHA EL DAHAN

(* B K P)

Sudan's path to democracy is blocked by a modern slavery pact

Foreign powers have long looked to Sudan to procure enslaved soldiers for their armies. Today it is happening again.

Today, it is the Gulf monarchies who are looking to Sudan to provide foot-soldiers for their ruthless plans for regional domination. In 2015, then-President Omar al-Bashir agreed to join the Saudi-led coalition which invaded Yemen to fight the Houthi rebellion, hoping the Saudis and their Emirati partners would help his regime by injecting cash into the collapsing Sudanese economy.

But that didn't happen. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi never rewarded properly al-Bashir and instead focused on courting Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (also known as Hemedti), the young and ambitious commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia who was tasked with supplying Sudanese soldiers for the war in Yemen.

For the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ), Hemedti is a godsend. To realise his regional ambitions, MBZ cannot use his own national army, as well equipped and trained as it is. He needs proxies and militias that are not associated directly with him to do his dirty work. While in Libya he has the loyalty of Khalifa Haftar to secure his interests, in Sudan he has Hemedti, who after al-Bashir's ouster is looking to take over rule of the country.

With an impoverished population of over seven million, Darfur practically offers a large recruitment pool, which could extend beyond its borders to other regions in Central Africa also suffering from high rates of poverty and instability. In other words, Hemedti, if not stopped, could expand his current militia for hire operation into a massive war enterprise, with MBZ as his main client and patron.

This means the continuous victimisation of Darfuri children and young men. While they are officially being paid for their service, their fate is no different from that of their enslaved ancestors forced into the military service of a foreign master. And while their commanders in Khartoum proclaim that their mission is to protect the two holy cities of Islam, they are in fact being used as firewood in a regional conflict they have no stake in.

At this point, there is still hope for democracy in Sudan. If the revolutionary movement were to succeed, it would not only set the country on a path to peace and prosperity but also halt the new wave of soldier-slavery that could sweep Sudan and parts of Africa.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp12

(* A K P)

Saudi state defense firm pens deal with South Africa's Paramount

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and South Africa’s Paramount Group have signed a collaboration agreement as part of the Gulf kingdom’s efforts to develop its own domestic defense industry, the two companies said on Wednesday.

Under the deal, SAMI, the kingdom’s state defense company, and Paramount, a private company, would collaborate on the development of technologies and capabilities across the land, sea and air domains, as well as system integration.

(A K P)

United Arab Emirates Denies Sending American Missiles to Libya

The United Arab Emirates denied on Tuesday that it had supplied a Libyan armed group with powerful American-made missiles, after a Democratic senator warned that Washington could halt all arms sales to the United Arab Emirates.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

Siehe / Look at cp12a

(* A K pH)

Saudi Arabia deports 2,500 Yemeni mercenaries

Saudi Arabia has reacted to the major insurgency and violent protests that have taken place inside the Saudi army’s mercenary camps, by deporting some 2,500 recruits, military sources familiar with issue reported on Tuesday.

According to the sources, Saudi officers held a meeting with a commander of the so-called Fatah Brigade, Radad al-Hashemi, on the latest developments.

“Saudi officers have set conditions for their mercenaries: either fully complying with orders and not provoke ‘unrest and problems’ in the name of demanding salaries or entitlements, be deported [back to Yemen] and replaced by other recruits from Taiz.”

“Between 200 and 300 recruits have been deported every day since the protests erupted, and now they are punished for demanding their dues and treating their wounded,” the military source added.

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

(A P)

First phase of renovating National Museum in Taiz launched

The renovation project is funded by World Monuments Fund for Reservation of historical architecture and cultural heritage sites through the British Council.

Director of the National Museum Ramzi Adomeini stated that the first phase of the project will be carried out with total budget $50 thousand and second phase budget is $20 thousand.

(* B K)

Film: Historic cities in Yemen added to UNESCO danger list

Last week, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee added the ancient Yemeni cities of Shibam and Sana'a to the List of World Heritage in Danger =

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

(* B E)

Yemen GDP per capita

The Gross Domestic Product per capita in Yemen was last recorded at 667.90 US dollars in 2018. The GDP per Capita in Yemen is equivalent to 5 percent of the world's average. GDP per capita in Yemen averaged 1094.76 USD from 1990 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 1334.80 USD in 2010 and a record low of 667.90 USD in 2018.

(* B E P)

Moves of World Bank in Yemen Suspicious

It seems that the World Bank finally decided to engage in the chaos created by the US-Saudi aggression in Yemen. The World Bank has stepped up its activities in the Yemeni occupied territories over the past two days and has provided a $ 400 million grant to the pro-aggression government, while aggression media spoke of the World Bank's intention to open a permanent office in Aden.

Recent World Bank moves have raised questions among observers about the Bank's dubious objectives in Aden. How can the World Bank ignore all the corruption and economic failures of the pro-aggression government, as the UN Committee of Experts' report described the level of corruption in the pro-aggression government to the point of "threatening the foundations of social stability, measures must be taken to curb that corruption." This makes the deal with the "Hadi" government a risk, can not be made by any party, especially the World Bank.

Beside the corruption issue in "Hadi" government, there is also the political and social unrest issue in Yemen during war, which makes the fate of any grants or loans, threatened with loss. =

My remark: From the Houthi news site.

(B E H)

Great to see the #Entrepreneurship spirit of #Aden city #Yemen. Young people are investing in #foodtrucks offering up tastey dishes. Would love to see traditional Haneed and Mendi meat served up in a sandwich - food for thought! (photos)

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

(? B T)

Audio: National Counterterrorism Center Deputy Director on Enduring Extremist Threats

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Russ Travers, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Travers offers an overview of enduring and evolving terrorism threats facing the U.S. from extremist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda as well as known state sponsors of terror Iran and Pakistan. He also outlines how technological shifts are compounding challenges of counterterrorism intelligence collection.

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

Govt keen on protecting, promoting human rights, says minister

Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Asker stated that the Yemeni government is very interested in improving human rights, to this end it has been very keen to react positively to everything may help boosting human rights; reiterating the government’s recurrent calls for establishing peace in Yemen to ensure secure and normal living conditions for the Yemeni peoples.

(A P)

Houthis Exploit Legacy of Yemen’s Late President to Fund War

Houthi militias, backed by Iran, have actively pursued destroying any worthwhile legacy left behind by the slain former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, plundering most of the deceased’s assets and investing it in their war effort.
Sanaa-based members of the General People's Congress (GPC) party sources, the former ruling party which was founded by the late leader, told Asharq Al-Awsat Houthis raided and rebranded a mosque built by Saleh.
According to the sources, who spoke under conditions of anonymity due to security purposes, the mosque now is surrounded by militia outposts, is used as a boot camp for recruiting Yemeni youth plucked from schools and being brainwashed into Houthi-mounted war waged against the poor nation.
Sectarian teachers are spending tremendous time at the mosque Saleh once built for prayers to indoctrinate Yemeni youth into an Iran-inspired agenda.

(A H P)

UN, Yemeni Concerns over Houthi Halt of Relief Aid

The Yemeni government and the United Nations have expressed concern over a possible halt of the new relief programs in Houthi-dominated areas because of the group's continued obstruction of humanitarian aid.

The UN official said that these difficulties and obstacles could lead to the suspension of some of the organization's humanitarian programs in Houthi areas, reported Saba News Agency.
She renewed UN’s support, in all forms, to overcome the challenges and difficulties Yemeni people have to endure as a result of the war.
For his part, PM Abdulmalik asserted it is imperative that the UN names the Houthis in no uncertain terms as the “obstructers of humanitarian aid works.”

(A K P)

Houthis Admit to Pursuing Greater Weapons Capabilities

Houthi coup militias in Yemen claimed responsibility for terror attacks that killed dozens in the last two months. Boasting about the militia’s missile, rocket and drone capabilities, a senior Houthi spokesman said Iran-armed group can strike targets inside neighboring Saudi territory.

In parallel to Houthi militiamen scaling up attacks that violate a UN-brokered ceasefire deal for the strategic Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, coup leaders are openly debating on how to distribute illegitimately collected levies at docks and whether or not the money should be used to pay salaries to Houthi gunmen.

My comment: Houthi atacks = „terror attacks“; Saudi air raids against civilian targets in Yemen is what? – „Houthi spokesman“ actually is Sanaa government army’s spokesman.

(B P)

Der Iran will weder offenen Krieg noch Frieden

Der Iran wird von einem hoch entwickelten Regime regiert, das es genießt zu leugnen, Stellvertreter und verschiedene mit ihm verbundene Gruppen in der gesamten Region einzusetzen, um sich in schwelende Konflikte einzumischen, ohne dass das Regime selbst den Krieg erklären muss.

and the English version:

(A P)


Iran is run by a sophisticated regime that has enjoyed using the plausible deniability of proxy forces and various affiliated groups across the region to insert itself in long-simmering conflicts.

Perhaps a better reading of the current tensions is to see them as part of a long-term strategy of Iran that goes back decades. Iran already views itself as being at war with the US. The US and its allies are therefore in a conflict with Iran. That conflict takes many forms. It may be between allies or proxies. It may be quiet and peaceful for a while, but it is not “peace.” Nor is it “war” in the sense of a large conventional conflict, either.

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

(* A K pH)

Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

July 2:

July 1:

(B K pH)

Yemen's army spokesman: Saudi aggression 834 air strikes hit Yemeni provinces over May, June

The strikes hit of Amran, Sanaa, Hajjah, Jawf and Saada, Dhalea provinces, Sarie said.

(A K pS)

The coalition restrikes Houthis Al-Hamzah camp in Ibb

Arab coalition warplanes on Wednesday afternoon bombed targets and rallies of Houthi militia in Ibb Province (central) for the second consecutive day.

(A K pS)

Coalition fighters launch 10 raids on Al-Hamza camp in Ibb

Coalition fighters on Tuesday afternoon launched about 10 raids on the Houthi-controlled al- Hamza camp in Ibb province.

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

July 4: Sanaa p., Saada p., Hajjah p.

July 3: Hajjah p., Ibb p. Ibb p.

July 2: Saada p., Ibb p., Taiz p. Taiz p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

(* A K pH)

Jemen: Ansarollah-Kämpfer griffen erneut saudische Flughäfen "Jizan" und "Abha" an

Dazu teilte der Sprecher der jemenitischen Streitkräfte, Yahya al-Sari-a, mit, wichtige militärische Ziele sowie die Flughäfen "Jizan" und "Abha" wurden mit Drohnen vom Typ "Ghasef K2" angegriffen.

Daraufhin sollen die Saudis alle Flüge von und nach Jizan und Abha ausgesetzt haben. Der Sprecher kündigte weitere Angriffe an, solange die Aggressionen der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Kriegsallianz gegen Jemen weitergingen.

(* A K)

Yemen's Houthi rebels launch fresh drone strikes on Saudi airports

Yemen's Houthi rebels said they launched drone strikes on Saudi airports of Abha and Jizan on Thursday night, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported.

The attacks targeted "military targets" in both airports and caused a suspension of the air traffic, the television said, citing a statement by the group's military spokesman.

and also

while other reports only mention Jizan airport:

(* A K)

Yemen's Houthis attack Saudi Jizan Airport: Al-Masirah TV

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Thursday that it carried out attacks on military sites in Jizan Airport in Saudi Arabia, the group’s Al-Masirah TV reported.


(* A K pS)

Saudi air defense forces intercept Houthi drones targeting Jazan airport

Saudi air defense forces intercepted weaponized drones launched by Houthi terrorists toward southern Saudi Arabia, the coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said early Friday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the unmanned aircraft were launched on Thursday night from Yemen, targeting King Abdullah Airport in the border region of Jazan.
Al-Maliki bewailed that the Iran-backed "Houthi criminals" continue to carry out "hostile and terrorist acts targeting civilians and civilian installations" in Saudi Arabia.

(A K pH)

Dozens of Saudi-led Mercenaries in Marib Claimed by Yemeni Ballistic Missile Fire

My remark: As claimed by the Houthi side.

(A K pS)

Houthi militia shells residential areas in Al-Dhale (photo)

(A K pS)

Houthis fire ballistic missile on Marib governor’s house

The Iran-backed Houthi coup militias have fired a ballistic missile on the house of Marib governor Sheikh Sultan al-Eradah in the government-held city in eastern Yemen on Thursday.

Photos: =

(A K pS)

Army demining teams destroy 2000 Houthi-laid mines in Sa’ada

The engineering teams of the national army destroyed on Thursday 2000 landmines and explosive devices laid down by Iran-backed Houthi militiamen in Sa’ada province

(A K pS)

MASAM destroys dozens of mines & explosives west of Marib

(A K pS)

Houthi militia blasts crossing bridge in Al-Dhale =

(A K pS)

Saudi Drone Downed by Yemeni Forces over Southern KSA

(A K pS)

Film: Government forces and the security belt continue their progress in Al Dali (Exclusive Scenes)

(A K pS)

14-year-old boy in Al-Dhale shot dead by Houthi sniper (photo)

(B K)

Saudi Cities Face Threat of Yemen Rebel Drones

Here is a look at how the kingdom is facing Huthi retaliatory attacks four years after launching a military intervention against the rebels in Yemen, where tens of thousands have since been killed according to relief agencies.

The rise in drone warfare targeting Saudi civilian airports, desalination plants and other infrastructure follows the prevalence of Huthi ballistic missiles, including some that targeted the capital Riyadh.

As the US worked with Saudi Arabia to choke off missile smuggling routes, drones have emerged as a relatively low-cost and arguably more effective alternative for the rebels, experts say. =

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(* C)

The 40-Year Old Assassination Mystery of Yemen’s President Al-Hamdi

North Yemen’s charismatic President Ibrahim Muhammad Al-Hamdi was mysteriously murdered in Sana’a on October 11, 1977.

President Al-Hamdi seized power through a white military coup against the government of Qadi al-Iryani on June 13, 1974. Once in office, Al-Hamdi’s government embarked on ambitious economic development plans to help bring North Yemen closer to 20th century modernity. Al-Hamdi worked vigorously to establish the rule of law in a country torn by a decade of civil war. Within a very short period of time, Al-Hamdi gained the political trust of an overwhelming majority of Yemeni citizens at home and abroad.

However, there was a small group of tribal leaders and military officers who felt threatened by Al-Hamdi’s policies and increasing popularity. They saw the building of modern state institutions and the application of the rule of law as a danger to the existing structure of political power. Shaikh Abd Allah Hussein Al-Ahmar opposed Al-Hamdi from his stronghold tribal center in Khamir. Moreover, Al-Hamdi’s personal appeal to the leaders of South Yemen greatly concerned the Saudis, who viewed the socialist regime in the south as an existentialist threat. It thus came as no surprise that Al-Hamdi was killed on the eve of his visit to President Salim Rubai Ali in Aden.


Wie der Kaffee nach Europa kam

Von seinem Ursprungsort aus trat der Kaffee relativ früh seinen Siegeszug durch den vorderen Orient an. Berichten eines Scheichs zufolge, wurde im Bereich des Jemen schon im 14. und Jahrhundert, also zur Zeit des Hochmittelalters, ausgedehnt Kaffeeanbau betrieben. Hierzulande war die Kaffeebohne zu dieser Zeit noch völlig unbekannt. Hauptumschlagsplatz für den Kaffee war die die Hafenstadt Mokka im Jemen – das Getränk ist nach dieser Stadt benannt.


Flight (609) passengers trapped between heaven and earth

The Flight (609) passengers survived an impending death and they fell into new disappointment in less than 24 hours, caused this time by the routine of the Arab Coalition and its air operations in Aden.

Passengers--more than 150 passengers, most of them patients--were stranded for more than 13 hours at Cairo airport, after an emergency landing of the aircraft (Airbus 310) of Yemen Airways, minutes after takeoff, on Sunday. c

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-548 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-548: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

07:22 05.07.2019
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