Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 560 - Yemen War Mosaic 560

Yemen Press Reader 560: 30. Juli 2019: Ausgrenzung von Frauen im Jemenkrieg – Wie Saudi-Arabien Dissidenten verschwinden lässt – US-Waffenverkäufe an die Saudis: Unternehmensverbindungen ...
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... Saudischer Luftangriff tötet 14 Zivilisten – USA-Iran-Krise: Wachsende Spannungen am Golf, gegenseitige Schlacht der Worte, die US als Schurkenstaat – und mehr

July 30, 2019: Yemen’s Women Confront War’s Marginalization – How Saudi Arabia makes dissidents disappear – U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: The Corporate Connection – Saudi air raid killing 14 civilians – US-Iran crisis: Mounting tensions at the, mutual battle of words, the US going rogue – 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

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

Neue Artikel / New articles

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Short Film: Facts about #Yemen.

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Yemen’s Women Confront War’s Marginalization

Yemeni women are typically depicted either as heroic icons—such as the Arab region’s first woman Nobel Peace laureate, the journalist and peace activist Tawakkol Karman—or as suffering mothers living amid crushing poverty and violence. This limited frame excludes the everyday activism of Yemeni women who have been working for decades to expand women’s political power and shape their society, under often rapidly changing and difficult circumstances. In the context of the war that broke out in 2015 and the immense suffering it has produced, women have been war-makers and peace-makers alike. They also resist efforts to instrumentalize them for narrow political gains or to exclude them from the political processes that impact their lives.
Despite advances gained from women’s strong participation in the 2011 uprisings against the dictatorship of Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Salih, and despite the fact that they continue to play an essential role in the day-to-day survival of their communities, three years of war and militarization have resulted in a significant setback for Yemeni women and increased their marginalization from formal political and conflict-resolution channels. Yemeni women join others—including youth and the southern movement—who are absent from the negotiation table. Yet women are also doubly-excluded, given the gendered impact of the war and resultant humanitarian crisis. Indeed, women and girls have often borne the brunt of the collapsing social order, with its poverty, famine, disease and dislocation.
Gains and Losses

Women’s activism has taken many forms, from the political and academic activism of feminists like Raufa Hassan and Amal al-Basha to the Islamist activism of women like Karman. As the Yemeni state eroded during the 2000s under severe economic and social pressures brought about by Yemen’s adoption of neoliberal economic policies, women became increasingly active in addressing the needs of their communities.[1] Accounts of women’s activism during this period indicate that while women felt excluded or constrained by partisan political activism, their substantive demands for political inclusion and political and economic accountability mirrored those of many opposition parties.[2]
Women’s capacity for leadership in this landscape of opposition politics crystallized with the outbreak of Yemen’s 2011 uprising, when Karman earned widespread recognition. A campaigner for press freedom, especially through her organization, Women Journalists Without Chains, Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her leadership in the uprising.[3]
The most significant achievement for women in the transitional period following Salih’s departure from office came in 2013, when women fought for and obtained 30 percent of the seats in the country’s National Dialogue Conference (NDC).

Gendered Impacts of War and Crisis
More than two thirds of Yemen’s 29 million people are currently facing what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.[4]Cholera and other infectious diseases continue to threaten millions of people amidst a collapsing health care system.[5] More than 10,000 people have been killed or wounded (according to a UN report in 2016, which surely underestimates this number), and numerous human rights organizations and UN investigators have documented various war crimes committed in the country by all warring parties.[6] By 2018, the UN Panel of Experts concluded that Yemen’s state “all but ceased to exist.”[7]
Women and children are typically the first casualties of such dire crises. The ongoing state of violence and bombing, and the blockade and siege that the Saudi-led coalition has imposed on Yemen, have had a devastating impact on maternal and children’s health.

Women in War and Peace
The war in Yemen is not something that is simply happening to Yemeni women, but rather a process in which women themselves are playing diverse roles across different regions of Yemen. In the Houthi-held capital Sanaa, for example, women have been recruited into the military. The Houthis have opened training camps for women, creating a women’s military unit known as Zeinabeyyat.[17]These female forces have been deployed to crack down against women in peaceful public protests over the past three years.[18] In the context of existing norms of gender segregation, especially in the North, these women soldiers are necessary for the detention and policing of other women and have thus been essential to Houthi rebel governance.
The southern regions of Yemen, by comparison, have not witnessed women taking up arms in the battle between the southern resistance forces and Houthi forces during or since the Houthi advance on Aden from March to July 2015.

Confronting Women’s Marginalization
The future of Yemen, not just the future of Yemeni women, will depend on how women—as individuals and in groups—fight for inclusion in any peace process designed to end the war. Smear campaigns against women in the media, the removal of women activists from peace talks and the undermining of the work of the Women’s Pact all suggest that Yemeni women are finding few allies, whether among Yemeni (male) political factions, foreign governments or international agencies across the (male) political spectrum. The only UN agency to offer consistent support for the Women’s Pact is UN Women, which itself plays no direct role in brokering peace.
As news spread in November 2018 that Sweden would host a new round of peace talks, the Swedish ambassador to the UN Security Council, Carl Skau, affirmed that Sweden was keen to see women participate and that Sweden would continue to support the Women’s Pact.[21] Yet when the talks took place in Stockholm in December 2018, the assistant secretary of the Yemeni Popular Nasserist Party, Rana Ghanem, was the only female member of any delegation. Research on women’s involvement with political parties in Yemen suggests that women’s exclusion is not a function of party ideology, as secular and Leftist parties rarely commit resources to the gender equality they espouse.
Indeed, during the past three rounds of peace talks, only three women have sat at the negotiation table.[22] – by Afrah Nasser =

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The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi was no aberration. A Vanity Fair investigation reveals how Saudi Arabia attempts to abduct, repatriate—and sometimes murder—citizens it regards as enemies of the state.

The prince, the activist, and the officer are the lucky ones. They are merely three examples of the untold number of dissidents who have become entangled in a far-reaching dragnet the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia uses to coerce, bribe, and entrap its critics. Sometimes the Saudi enforcers send operatives to foreign countries to silence or neutralize their perceived foes. Of those who are caught and detained, many end up “disappeared”—a phrase popularized in Latin America during the deadly roundups of the 1970s and ’80s. Some are imprisoned; others are never heard from again. While the first known Saudi abduction occurred in 1979 (when a prominent dissident vanished in Beirut), the practice has only escalated on M.B.S.’s watch.

The targets tend to be those whom the Saudi leadership consider to be working against the interests of the state: dissidents, students, rogue royals, prominent businessmen, and M.B.S.’s personal enemies in nearly a dozen countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Switzerland, Germany, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Morocco, and China. Saudi Arabian residents, of course, are not immune.

Through interviews on three continents with more than 30 individuals—activists, national security experts, relatives of the forcibly disappeared, and American, European, and Middle Eastern government officials—a clearer picture has emerged about the extent to which Saudi authorities have gone to imprison, repatriate, and even murder countrymen who dare to protest the kingdom’s policies or somehow malign the image of the nation. On these pages are the stories of eight recent abductees—and those of four others who managed to elude capture—part of a systematic program that goes far beyond the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi campaign is ruthless and relentless. And it has more similarities with, say, the codes of a crime syndicate than it does with those of a traditional, modern-era ally of the United States of America.

In many instances, the surveillance of Saudi dissidents began online. But the internet was at first a lifeline for millions of people in the region. During the Arab Spring of 2010–12, social media helped topple autocrats in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. Monarchs in a number of the Persian Gulf States began to fear the dissenters in their own countries, many of whom had aired their grievances or organized their protests online.

Over the years, Assiri and other government critics would learn that one of the popular chat rooms on the nascent web was actually a foil. Saudi cyber-operatives had allegedly set it up to entice others to join in and comment freely, only to be tricked into revealing details that would disclose their identities. One such forum, several activists told me, was believed to have been created by al-Qahtani, who, early on, had instructed the monarchy to treat the internet as a secret, potent monitoring tool. (Al-Qahtani did not respond to requests for comment.)

Since then, al-Qahtani is believed to have shaped the country’s broader cybersecurity efforts. His online network—according to human rights monitors and computer-threat experts—has included Saudi computer sleuths and hackers poised to go after government critics at home and abroad. As first reported by Vice’s Motherboard, al-Qahtani worked closely with Hacking Team, an Italian surveillance company that sells intrusion resources and “offensive security” capabilities around the globe. Others have traced Saudi government ties to the Israeli surveillance company NSO, whose signature spyware, Pegasus, has played a role in the attempted entrapment of at least three dissidents interviewed for this report.

This aggressive posture first appeared around the time that M.B.S. became a senior adviser to the royal court, then ramped up in 2017, when he was appointed crown prince.

Just days after Khashoggi’s murder, the kingdom rushed to contain the diplomatic fallout by calling the crime a “rogue operation.” But it was hardly an anomaly. It soon came to light that the regime had been sending squads across sovereign borders to physically repatriate Saudi dissidents. Indeed, shortly after the grisly hit job in Istanbul, a journalist from Reuters, who was briefed in Riyadh by an unnamed government official, was presented with what the reporter described in an article as “internal intelligence documents which appeared to show the initiative to bring back such dissidents as well as the specific one involving Khashoggi. There is a standing order to negotiate the return of dissidents peacefully; which gives them the authority to act without going back to the leadership.” These attempts to kidnap and return alleged offenders, according to the spokesperson quoted by Reuters, were part of the nation’s “campaign to prevent Saudi dissidents from being recruited by the country’s enemies.” – by Ayman M. Mohyeldin

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U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: The Corporate Connection

Executive Summary

This report covers arms offers to Saudi Arabia that have been officially notified to Congress from 2009 to May 2019. The four companies analyzed in this report – Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and General Dynamics – were involved in the majority of arms offers notified to Congress from Fiscal 2009 through May 2019. In all, the four companies were involved in 27 offers worth over $125 billion, out of a total of 51 offers to Saudi Arabia worth $138 billion. In other words, over 90% of U.S. arms offers to Saudi Arabia by value involved one of the top four supplying firms.

The brutal Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen has utilized U.S.-supplied weaponry to target civilians, causing the deaths of thousands. Since the kingdom launched its war in Yemen in 2015, indiscriminate air strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition have hit marketplaces, hospitals, civilian neighborhoods, water treatment centers and a school bus.

American-made bombs have repeatedly been used in these incidents, including at a wedding, where 21 people, including children, were killed by a GBU-12 Paveway II guided bomb manufactured by Raytheon. A General Dynamics 2000-pound bomb with a Boeing JDAM guidance system was used in a March 2016 strike on a marketplace that killed 97 civilians, including 25 children. A Lockheed Martin laser-guided bomb was utilized in an August 2018 attack on a school bus that killed 51 people, including 40 children. A September 2018 report by the Yemeni group Mwatana for Human Rights identified 19 air strikes on civilians that involved the use of U.S.-supplied weapons, noting that the strike on the school bus was “not an isolated incident, but the latest in a series of gruesome [Saudi-led] Coalition attacks involving U.S. weapons.”

In the recent “emergency” deal arms deal to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates put forward by President Trump on May 24th of 2019, $4.346 billion of the overall $8.1 billion went to Saudi arms sales involving one of the top four companies analyzed in this report, including a $1.571 billion deal for the sale and coproduction of Raytheon Paveway bombs and two separate deals totaling $2.6 billion for maintenance and training related to Saudi-owned systems like the Boeing F-15 combat aircraft and the Lockheed Martin C-130 transport plane.

All of the largest sales to Saudi Arabia since 2009, including a $29 billion deal for Boeing F-15 aircraft, a $25 billion deal for Boeing Apache helicopters, a $15 billion deal for a Lockheed Martin THAAD missile defense system, a $10 billion deal for Lockheed Martin Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships, and a $5.4 billion deal for Raytheon PAC-3 missile defense interceptors, involved one of the major firms analyzed here as the primary supplier.

Company officials have largely dodged responsibility, moral or otherwise, for the actions of their Saudi clients in Yemen, arguing that they are just following U.S. government policy. As Raytheon chief financial offer Toby O’Brien put it in a call to investors that came after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, “We continue to be aligned with the administration’s policies, and we intend to honor our commitments.” Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson made a similar point, asserting that “Most of these agreements that we have are government-to-government purchases, so anything that we do has to follow strictly the regulations of the U.S. government...Beyond that, we’ll just work with the U.S. government as they are continuing their relationship with Saudi [Arabia].”

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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The cumulative total number of suspected cholera cases from 1 January to 30 June 2019 is 451,895, with 711 associated deaths (CFR 0.16%). Of them, 85,950 cases were reported in June 2019. Children under five represent 23% of total suspected cases during 2019 and the proportion of severe cases is 16.4%. According to June 2019 data, the outbreak has affected 21 of 23 governorates and 299 of 333 districts in Yemen.

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

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In Hodeidah, the US-Saudi forces targeted different hangers, companies and stores in Kilo-16 area.

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Citizen’s home was burned on Sunday in US-Saudi aggression coalition’s bombardment on Hodeidah province, a military source said.

The mercenaries fired artillery shells to Duraihmi district, burning the home, the source added.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of Ansarullah, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures. (with film9

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Houthis intensify shelling of Al-Duraihimi and Hays districts

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Houthis commit another crime in al-Tuhita, south Hodeidah

Two children were injured, one of them seriously, when the pro-Iran Houthi militants fired intensively heavy mortar shells in the direction of the people's homes in al-Tuhita district, south Hodeidah governorate.


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Army halts militia’s attack in Hodeidah

My comment: Anti-Houthi source label those anti-Houthi militia as „army“.

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Film: Idris Gharib mosque in Tahita Another witness to the crimes of the Houthi terrorist militias

The Iranian-backed Huthi militias have targeted the mosque several times with various weapons. The mosque has been severely damaged

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UAE hands over Zaqar island in red sea to Tareq Saleh forces

A few days ago, UAE forces in the Arab Coalition for The Support of Legitimacy on the Red Sea island of Zaqar to the Coast Guard forces of the nephew of former President Tareq Saleh.

A military source told Al-Masdar Online that the Coast Guard forces of Tareq Saleh's forces received the island of Zaqar, located in the heart of the Red Sea, from the UAE forces.

Zaqar Island is the largest island in the Hunaish archipelago, and is administratively under the province of Hodeidah, and its importance lies in its overlooks of international navigation routes passing between Bab al-Mandab and the Suez Canal.

The handover of Zaqar island comes about a month after UAE forces handed over the strategic island of Myon at the entrance to the Bab al-Mandab Strait to Tareq Saleh's Coast Guard.

The handover sits in the Red Sea following the withdrawal of UAE forces from the West Coast Front

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In Hodeidah, A civilian was killed and 5 others were injured with US-Saudi artillery shelling on Al-Mena district. A woman was injured with US-Saudi mercenaries' gunshots in At-tohayta district. US-Saudi mercenaries targeted several areas of July-7th residential area with machineguns. The US-Saudi forces targeted Baet-AlFakih and Addurayhimi districts with artillery shells and machineguns.

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Saudi Artillery Bombardment Kills , Injures Six Civilians in Yemen’s Hodeida

A civilian lost his life and five injured on Saturday when the Saudi aggression forces targeted Musa street at Almina district of Hodeida province with artillery bombs (photos)

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Film: The crimes of militias in the Directorate of Hays in Hodeidah

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Huthi militias fire and injure a child grazing sheep in Hays

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Yemen's Houthi rebels attack food factory in Hodeidah

Shelling killed one worker at the plant and halted production

One person died and several were injured when Yemen’s Houthi rebels shelled a food processing complex and residential areas of Hodeidah city on Saturday.

Operations at the Thabet Brothers plant in east Hodeidah halted because of the damage caused by the shelling, Col Wathah Al Dubaish, a spokesman for pro-government forces in Hodeidah, told The National.

One employee, Mohamed Naser Wanis, 47, died and several co-workers were injured, Col Al Dubaish said.

The plant processes milk and dairy products such as cheese and yoghurt, as well as fruit juices.

“The Houthis targeted one of the vital service providers in Hodeidah. The shelling came as the management was completing maintenance work on the facility, which was the target of many similar Houthi attacks last year,” he said.

The rebels also shelled residential areas on Sanaa Street and Al Khamseen Street in eastern Hodeidah, residents told The National.

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Films: The artillery shelling of Houthi militias affects the homes of citizens in Durahmi and the wounding of women and children

Local sources said that the militias fired heavy mortar shells at houses in the village of al-Jiribah belonging to the Directorate of Durahmi, and led to the injury of 4 children and a woman injured, some of them critically.


cp1c Saudischer Luftangriff tötet 14 Zivilisten / Saudi air raid killing 14 civilians

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Ärzte: 13 Zivilisten im Jemen bei saudiarabischem Raketenangriff getötet

Bei einem saudiarabischen Raketenangriff im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen sind nach Angaben von Ärzten mindestens 13 Zivilisten getötet worden. Unter den Opfern seien zwei Kinder, erklärten die Ärzte am Montag. Bei dem Artillerieangriff in der nordjemenitischen Provinz Saada seien außerdem 26 Menschen verletzt worden, unter ihnen zwölf Kinder. =

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Air strikes kill more than 10 people in Yemen: medical source, Houthi media

Air strikes killed more than 10 civilians in a market in Yemen’s Saada province on Monday, a medical source and Houthi-run media reported.

The head of the local Al Jomhouri hospital told Reuters 13 people were killed and 23 injured in air strikes conducted by the Saudi-led coalition battling the Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen. Al Masirah TV said on Twitter that more than 10 civilians had been killed in the strikes.

and look how Reuters changes the narrative in favour of the Saudis after the Saudis tell another tall story:

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Attack on Yemen market kills 10, warring parties trade blame

An attack on a market killed more than 10 civilians including children in a market in Yemen’s northern Saada province on Monday, a medical source and Houthi-run media reported.

The manager of the local Al Jomhouri hospital said 13 people were killed and 23 injured in air strikes in Qatabir district by a Saudi-led coalition battling the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen. Al Masirah TV said more than 10 civilians were killed.

The coalition spokesman accused the Houthis of attacking the market but did not specify the type of assault or confirm the number killed.

“The attack carried out by the Houthis on Al Thabet market is a terrorist act to spite Yemenis and the tribes of Al Thabet,” Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement sent to Reuters, adding that the tribes were against the group.

Pictures taken by a Reuters photographer showed more than nine bodies, some of them torn apart, lined up on a nylon sheet near the morgue.

“There are two children among the martyrs and 11 children among those injured,” hospital manager Saleh Qorban told Reuters.

My comment: And even more subtle propaganda here: While the names and ages of the 14 victims are already known, Reuters still writes “more than 10”, which allows to shorten to just “10” in the headline.

And then Reuters “updates” again, propaganda rises. Now, airstrikes are just mentioned once, in quoting a local hospital manager:

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Attack on Yemen market kills more than 10, warring parties trade blame

An attack on a market killed at least 10 civilians including children in Yemen’s northern Saada province on Monday, a medical source and the warring parties who blamed each other said. The manager of the local Al Jomhouri hospital said 13 people were killed and 23 injured in air strikes in Qatabir district by a Saudi-led coalition battling the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen. Al Masirah TV said the death toll had risen to 14.

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government’s information minister, Moammar al-Eryani, said in a Twitter post that the Houthis had fired Katyusha rockets on the market, killing 10 civilians and injuring 20.

“The attack carried out by the Houthis on Al Thabet market is a terrorist act to spite Yemenis and the tribes of Al Thabet,” the coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement sent to Reuters, adding that the tribes were against the group. He did not provide further details.

Pictures taken by a Reuters photographer showed more than nine bodies, some of them torn apart, lined up on a nylon sheet near the morgue.

“There are two children among the martyrs and 11 children among those injured,” hospital manager Saleh Qorban told Reuters. Masirah later said four children were killed.

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US-Saudi New Crime, 13 Civilians Killed, 23 Wounded, Including Children, in Sa’ada

According to Al-Masirah Net correspondent, the US-Saudi targeted Al-Thabet market, on Monday, 36 people were killed and injured, including children in an initial toll in Sa'ada province. (photo)

and how Press TV Iran tells it. Already anticipating those who probably will die also:

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At least 14 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrike on crowded market in Yemen’s Sa’ada

At least 14 civilians have been killed when Saudi-led warplanes conducted an airstrike on a crowded market in Yemen’s northern province of Sa’ada, as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its bombardment campaign against its southern neighbor.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website reported that the Saudi-led jets pounded the Al Sabet market in Qataber district of the province on Monday afternoon, killing 13 civilians, including two children.

It further said the aerial aggression also left 23 others, including 11 children, wounded. The report added that the airstrike occurred at a time when the market was overcrowded.

Yemen’s health ministry also said at least 10 of the wounded were in critical condition, warning that the death toll was likely to rise.

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Update: Death toll from #US-#Saudi aggression's airstrikes on #Saada popular market on Monday evening rose to 14, including four children, and 26 wounded, including 12 children.


Films: (Almasirah 3:36) (3:05) = = = = (Almasirah, 1:07) (Almasirah 0:53) (2:43) (2:31) (0.24)

Names, age of victims (in Arabic) and

While Saudi propaganda and its Yemeni mouthpieces tells tall stories of a Houthi self-attack:

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Houthi attack on Saada market kills more than 10: Yemeni minister

A Houthi attack on a market killed more than 10 civilians including children in Yemen’s northern Saada province on Monday, Yemen’s minister of information has said.

The Arab Coalition spokesman accused the Houthis of attacking the Al Thabet.

“The attack carried out by the Houthis on al-Thabet market is a terrorist act to spite Yemenis and the tribes of al-Thabet,” Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement sent to Reuters, adding that the tribes were against the group.

For his part, Yemen’s Minister of Information Moammar al-Eryani said that the Houthis have “committed a heinous massacre of civilians by shelling the market in Saada.”

Al-Eryani said in a Twitter post that the Houthis had fired Katyusha rockets on the market.

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while might-be Hadi government’s propaganda minister takes the cake:

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Information Minister condemns Houthi massacre against civilians in Sa’ada

Minister of Information Muammar Al-Iryani strongly condemned the massacre committed by Iran-backed Houthi militia against civilians in Sa’ada.

The Houthi militia fired Katyusha rockets at the market of Al Thabet in Qattaber district, killing 10 innocent civilians and wounded 20 others, including a number of children.

Minister Al-Eryani wrote in his twitter account ” The Houthi crime against innocent civilians came as a collective punishment for their national stand that supports the legitimate government and rejects the militia’s coup

He added that this massacre is added to series of crimes committed by Houthi militia against humanity and confirms the terrorism and bloody militia that mastered only the killing and bloodshed and the spread of fear in the hearts of citizens.

And Saudi coalition claims of air strikes, in other parts of Saada province

and international voices reporting a Saudi-led air raid, some with just headlining 10 victims as Reuters did, others still claiming there still was no Saudi reaction:

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Iran decries latest Saudi war crimes in Yemen

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesmen slammed Saudi coalition for war crimes they perpetrated in Yemeni city of Saada by air raids on a market killing civilians, the women and children in the market, saying they want to cover up their failure by the latest outright war crimes.

Abbas Mousavi sympathized with bereaved families of the victims of the air attack which caused deaths and injuries of scores of Yemeni civilians busy shopping in the market place.

My comment: In the „West”: Roaring silence.

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Film: Yemen Update and Breaking News by Hassan Al-Haifi 29 July 2019.

Latest Saudi-Led Aggression massacre by Saudi ground forces of well known popular market in Qatabir, Sa'ada with 39 martyrs and wounded civilians (12 children). Artillery shelling across border between Yemen and Saudi. Obious intentional murder as area is well known to Saudis across the border. Failure of Stockholm Agreement. No UAE withdrawal to date, etc.

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Yemen in Focus: Hizballah official reveals secret UAE-Houthi communication

This week we look at alleged Houthi-Emirati channels of communication, a fundraiser for Hizballah, hope from the UN and more Trump vetoes.

Yemen's Houthis have allegedly had secret channels of communication with the United Arab Emirates, a leading member of the military coalition battling the rebels in the country, according to an official from the Lebanese Hizballah movement.

The rebels are conducting several meetings with Emirati officials, Naeem Qassem, the Deputy Secretary General of Hizballah said in an interview with Al-Mayadeen.

"There are meetings between officials from the UAE and officials of the Houthis to organise subsequent steps in the Emirati withdrawal from Yemen," Qassem said.

The comments came after the UAE announced a drawdown and redeployment of Emirati forces in the war-torn country

Fundraising for Hizballah
But the Houthi's diplomacy has seemingly reached further than the UAE this week, with reports suggesting the rebel movement raised some $300,000 for its Lebanese ally Hizballah, prompting a backlash from Yemenis on Twitter who questioned the rebel group's priorities.

High hopes

But the UN envoy to Yemen had high hopes this week saying the deadly conflict in the war-torn country could still be stopped because warring sides still support a UN peace deal brokered in Stockholm last December.

More Trump vetoes

My remark: An overview of the week, emphasizing some important points.

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Al-Mahbashi: The United Nations Holds the Legal Responsibility for all Crimes of the US-Saudi Aggression

The head of the Legal Office of Ansarullah said, on Monday, that the United Nations holds the legal and human responsibility for all the crimes committed by the US-Saudi aggression in Yemen. In an interview with Almasirah channel, Al-Mahbashi explained that the United Nations plays the role of a false witness who stands with the executioner against the victim.

He added that USA is benefiting from the continuation of the aggression by taking Saudi funds and basically to achieve its plan to occupy Yemen.

The head of the Legal office of Ansarullah directed the full blame to the United States say that "it is the real criminal and its fingerprints appear in all crimes through political and logistical support for the aggression."

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The so-called “legitimacy” government held meetings in Riyadh during the past days to discuss an agreement between Hadi’s government and Saudi Arabia to enable the latter to benefit from some Yemeni territories for exchange of money, sources close to the government reported on Saturday.

The head of Hadi’s government Moeen Abdulmalik, his deputy interior minister Ahmed al-Misari, head of “Sayoun parliament” Sultan al-Barakani and Hadi’s advisor Rashad al-Alimi attended the meetings .

The sources said that Saudi Arabia had pressured al-Barkani to approve the draft agreement during the next meeting of Sayoun parliament after Eid al-Adha, confirming that negotiations are still ongoing with Hadi’s government and al-Barakani by the Saudi party that is determined to pass the project by all available and unavailable means.

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Yemeni women activists escape war with the help of a global, underground network

In October 2018, Houthis arrested Azal, then 21, along with dozens of other university students who attended a protest against poor living conditions in the capital, according to Rasha Rashid Jarhum of the Peace Track Initiative. In prison, guards severely beat her and accused Azal of belonging to ISIS.

Released after 12 hours with a bloodied face and a warning, Azal knew she needed to leave her city — and fast.

Some 6,000 miles away in Ottawa, Canada, Rasha Rashid Jarhum had begun coordinating Azal’s escape through the messenger service, WhatsApp.

“We were asking her, what are the options? We told her, once you think you can safely relocate and once you arrive in Marib, just contact us,” Jarhum said.

For more than 15 years, Jarhum has been working on human rights and gender issues for organizations including UNICEF and Oxfam.

In 2015, Jarhum launched Peace Track Initiative, a nonprofit that advocates for the inclusion of women in the Yemeni peace process. The organization’s work has since expanded to include protecting Yemeni women, as well.

Jarhum is a founding member of the Women Solidarity Network, a coalition of 250 Yemeni women and women-led organizations working on the protection of women and peacebuilding in Yemen.

"We have supported many women human rights defenders in providing safe exit to neighboring countries, assisting in filing for asylum, and seeking resettlement in third countries," Jarhum said in a brief to the UN Security Council session on Yemen in late 2018.

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UAE Won’t Leave Yemen But Won’t Follow Saudis to War with Iran Either

Current events in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula set the stage for a split between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi with Iran and Yemen taking center stage.

UAE seems “over” its war in Yemen and ready to divert resources to other theatres, but its occupation of Yemen remains.

Abu Dhabi is not interested in escalating US-Saudi hostilities against Iran, meeting today with diplomats in Tehran.

UAE doubles down on its occupation of Yemen but distances itself from Riyadh

However, removing Emirati troops from Yemen is much easier said than done. In fact, the UAE is currently carrying out a full-fledged military occupation of Yemen while maintaining a stranglehold on the majority of the political scene throughout the southern provinces.

Although Gargash claimed to highlight the need for peace talks with Ansarullah in his WaPo piece, he simultaneously reaffirmed his country’s need to maintain a military occupation of Yemen:

The announcement doesn’t actually mean much on the ground. Instead, it seems to serve as a reminder to Riyadh that the UAE is not an unconditional military partner in the Gulf. In fact, the UAE has yet to even remove its affiliated troops from Hodeidah port in accordance with the Stockholm Agreement as per the latest round of peace talks in December 2018.

Speaking to Geopolitics Alert, Yemen-based journalist Naseh Shaker said that the UAE’s supposed troop drawdown is nothing more than a “practical formality” and a message to the Sana’a government (led by Ansarullah) that the Emirati withdrawal is just like its redeployment from Hodeidah: nonexistent.

“​UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has confirmed the Ansarullah unilateral redeployment from Hodeidah ports according to Sweden Agreement, but the UAE pull-down of forces from ​Yemen​ still must be at least confirmed by Martin Griffith​,” Shaker told Geopolitics Alert.

Despite both fighting under the banner of the “Saudi-led coalition,” Abu Dhabi and Riyadh support opposing militias and politicians in Yemen.

A conditional alliance reaches its breaking point in the Gulf

Interestingly, the United Arab Emirates has remained unusually quiet as their US and Saudi allies rushed to blame Iran for missing and damaged oil tankers in the Persian Gulf region.

In another blow to Saudi hegemony on the Arabian Peninsula, Tehran hosted a peace delegation from Abu Dhabi on Friday, July 26. The United Arab Emirates is clearly aware of its role as an extension of imperialist US military presence in the region as military tensions flare.

The current round of sanctions is expected to slash the Emirates’ trade with Iran in half, amounting about $10 billion lost each year. Property prices in Dubai are down a staggering 25 percent since 2014 as well while the country’s GDP trickled to just 1.9 percent in 2018.

Like Qatar, the UAE enjoys a solid trade relationship with Iran and does not appreciate the increased sanctions against Tehran nor the heightened military escalation in its backyard.

Infiltrating Yemen through foreign armies and NGOs

The United States already has troops intertwined with Emirati ground forces in Yemen. Not only does the UAE host American soldiers on Yemeni soil for training purposes, but Americans also participate directly while wearing the UAE uniform.

Last year, Buzzfeed revealed that Stephen Toumajan, a former US Army lieutenant colonel, had essentially come out of retirement to accept a promotion as a major general for the United Arab Emirates Joint Aviation Command – by Randi Nord


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UAE Troop Drawdown: Beginning of the End for Yemen War

The United Arab Emirates has been forced to withdraw its occupying troops from Yemen in coordination with key ally Saudi Arabia. This should mark the beginning of the end for the failed US-backed, Saudi-led war on Yemen.

The UAE, a leading member of the Western-backed Arab coalition battling the Ansarullah movement, is reducing its military presence after almost five years of failed war on the poorest country in the Arab world. The Persian Gulf state has pulled many troops from areas including the Southern port of Aden and the Western coast, but claims it remains committed to the ousted government of president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The drawdown was not a last-minute decision and had been discussed extensively with Riyadh. It came after the failed attempt to defeat the resistance movement of Ansarullah amid international condemnations for the ongoing human rights violations and war crimes in the war-torn country by the Saudi-led coalition.

Indeed, behind the drawdown is a disastrous failure of decision-making that led to the war on Yemen in 2015; the signature initiative of the Crown Prince MBS. Thanks to his leadership, Saudi cities and infrastructure are now targets for a once-ragged army that has developed increasingly sophisticated drones and missiles. The war is the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world.

The Trump administration’s decision to sell billions in arms to Riyadh without congressional approval has only encouraged the crown prince to continue the quagmire too. The Saudis are not more capable of winning the war with more munitions. The American support has singularly helped in five years to support the Saudis in bombing civilian targets or increasing the carnage of the war. Children are the most at risk and are paying a horrible cost.

On the other hand, the war on Yemen has exposed the tenuous nature of Saudi Arabia’s relationships with its principal Muslim allies

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As US Beefs Up Military Presence in the Gulf, Yemen’s Houthis Turn to Russia for Support

Houthi attempts to engage the UN to broker a peaceful solution to the war on Yemen have stalled. Now, out of options, the movement may have found a willing partner in Moscow.

Yemen’s Houthi movement has reacted with concern to an announcement by Washington that the U.S. is pursuing an increased military presence in the Persian Gulf. U.S. Central Command announced Operation Sentinel on July 19, claiming that a multinational maritime effort is needed to promote “maritime stability, ensure safe passage, and de-escalate tensions in international waters throughout the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, the Arabian [Persian] Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, and the Gulf of Oman.”

The Houthis’ Supreme Political Council, the highest political authority in Sana`a, held an emergency meeting on Mondayto discuss the developments. After the meeting Houthi officials released a statement denouncing Operation Sentinel, saying that Yemen is keen on the security of the Red Sea and that any escalation by Coalition countries, including the United States, would be met with a response. The statement went on to say:

What makes waterways safe is an end to the war on Yemen, a lifting of the siege on the country and the end to [th Saudi-led Coalition] restricting access to food and commercial vessels in Yemeni ports, especially the port of Hodeida, not the presence of multinational forces there.”

Houthi officials also weighed in on the arrival of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia as a part of a broader tranche of forces sent to the Gulf region over the past two months following increased tensions between Washington and Tehran. Mohammed Abdulsalam, the spokesman of Houthis and one of the most important decision-makers within the movement, told al-Mayadeen TV that the arrival of 500 U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia is “not welcome in the region.”

Abudlsalam’s comments were made during an official visit to Moscow, where a Houthi delegation was visiting at the invitation of the Russian government. The July 24 meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister to the Middle East and North Africa Mikhail Bogdanov was held to discuss, among other things, U.S. military presence in the Gulf. Abdulsalam claimed during the meeting that U.S. and Western visions for a solution to the conflict in Yemen would be unsuccessful, telling his Russian counterpart that there won’t be security and safety in the region without an end to the aggression against Yemen. He went on to say that, “we [Houthis] have common interests with the Russians regarding peace in the region.”

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Rainy season #Yemen: people have died and gone missing in floods in south & southeast. Floods have turned capital Sanaa into a large swamp; sewerage system neglected. In other provinces including Bayda, floods have washed unburied bodies of fighters killed in Houthi-Govt battles.

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Yemen's fresh locust swarm brings bumper crop of local delicacy

While some welcomed the second swarm this year, farmers are less pleased, as their crops have been devastated

Desert locusts have inundated Yemen’s rebel-held capital and surrounding regions this week, devastating farms but also providing a bumper crop of this Yemeni delicacy.

In the city of Sanaa, crowds of people chased the swarms of locusts using special nets. Children, adults and the elderly took to the streets, hunting the swarming locusts. Men stood on rooftops with large nets, scooping the insects out of the air.

This is the second major swarm to hit the Yemeni capital in recent weeks, with another passing through in June.

“Locusts are a nutritious source of food – they contain a great deal of vitamins and proteins,” Amer Ahmed, a resident who took part in the locust hunt, told The National. “We hunt it and go back home to cook it with oil and eat it with rice and with bread. It is really delicious.”

Residents of Sanaa told The National that traders had gathered around the public market to sell sacks of locusts. Traders said that a kilo of locusts cost only 700 Yemeni rial (Dh10).


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Film: Massive waves of locusts invaded the Capital #Sanaa in #Yemen. locusts are attacking farms and eating trees leaves.

Film: That's how people eat Locusts in #Yemen.

Photo: As if #Yemenis don’t have enough to deal with right now, they have a swarm of locusts invading #Sanaa and the surrounding countryside. A friend from there sent me this picture from his garden. A disaster for crops....

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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WHO supports dialysis centers in Shabwa

Kidney dialysis centers in Shabwa received on Monday, 15 kidney dialysis devices, quantities of medical solutions, and financial incentives for their staff, donated by the World Health Organization, Saba news agency reported.

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UN urges world 'not to turn its back' on Yemen

A senior UN official appealed Monday for the international community "not to turn its back" on Yemen and to honour its pledges of aid for the impoverished and war-battered country.

"Four years of conflict according to the UNDP latest report have set back Yemen by 20 years," United Nations Development Programme administrator Achim Steiner told AFP in an interview in Amman.

He said the United Nations had received less than 36 percent of the $2.6 billion (2.3 billion euros) pledged at a Geneva conference in February.

"Currently in the next two or three months we can expect that if funding does not materialise, over 21 programmes will have to be rolled back," Steiner added following his first visit to Yemen since taking up his post in 2017.

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Film: The War in Yemen: More problems for fishermen in southern Yemen

Yemen's once flourishing multi-million dollar fishing industry has suffered serious setbacks since war broke out more than four years ago. And it's destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of fishing communities.

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Zwischen Leben und Tod

Als Hebamme in Krisengebieten erlebt Dorothea Müller neben tiefer Verzweiflung immer wieder Glück und Hoffnung

Ich habe insgesamt sechs Monate in einem Mutter-Kind-Zentrum in Tais-Al-Huban gearbeitet, das von Ärzte ohne Grenzen vor einigen Jahren im Südwesten des Landes aufgebaut wurde und unweit der Frontlinie liegt. Die Klinik ist die einzige ihrer Art in der Nähe, die meisten öffentlichen Krankenhäuser befinden sich auf der anderen Seite der Front, weshalb die Bevölkerung kaum noch die Chance hat, an günstige oder kostenlose medizinische Versorgung zu kommen. Ich habe dort die Stationsleitung übernommen und die Schichten des medizinischen Personals koordiniert, Fortbildungen gegeben und selbst bei kritischen Geburten unterstützt.

Wie oftmals in Kriegs- oder Krisengebieten sind Frauen und Kinder besonders stark betroffen. Die meisten Mütter entbinden mithilfe einer traditionellen Hebamme Zuhause. Für sie ist es sehr schwer, in die Kliniken zu kommen, da die Fahrt dorthin mit Kosten und Gefahren verbunden ist. Vor dem Konflikt konnten die Bewohner von Al-Huban in zehn Minuten ein öffentliches Krankenhaus im Stadtzentrum von Tais erreichen. Heute kann der Weg sechs Stunden dauern.

Man durchlebt dort extreme Gegensätze. Neben der großen Freude über die Mütter und ihre Babys, die durchkommen, denkt man weiter an die Frauen, die es nicht geschafft haben. Mir ist es zudem sehr schwergefallen, die mangelnde Kapazität zu akzeptieren

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Commodity Tracker (as of 30 June 2019 )

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World Health Organization, Health Cluster: Yemen: Health Cluster Bulletin, June 2019

A total of 3,006 Health Facilities (17 Governorate Hospitals, 118 District Hospitals, 66 General Hospitals, 19 Specialized Hospitals, 950 Health Centers and 1,836 Health Units) are supported by Health Cluster Partners.

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UN Children's Fund, Save the Children, Education Cluster: Yemen: Education Cluster Humanitarian Response Dashboard

Yemen: Education Cluster Gap Analysis (January - June 2019)

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National Oncology Center Threatened to be Closed, The Head of Center Warns

Dr. Abdullah Thawabah, head of the National Oncology Center, said that the radiation section will be closed if National organizations do not intervene. "The Yemeni patient is deprived of radiation therapy for cancer because of the siege imposed by the US-Saudi aggression," he added.

He explained that the Radioactive Iodine is simple, inexpensive material and is used in the treating of the patient and "today this substance is banned from entering Yemen because of the siege." He pointed out that chemotherapy for cancer is no longer possible in Yemen because of the closure of Sana'a Int. Airport.

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Jemens Gesundheitsministerium: Alle 10 Minuten stirbt ein Kind

Das jemenitische Gesundheitsministerium teilte außerdem mit, dass sich die Cholera-Krankheit erneut ausgebreitet habe, woran bislang 3700 Menschen gestorben seien.

Laut dem Ministerium seien rund 1,900.000 Menschen im Jemen an Cholera erkrankt.

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Yemen: 6 children die every hour from starvation

Yemen's Health Ministry announced that every 10 minutes a Yemeni child dies because of starvation and malnutrition.

Yemen's Health Ministry presented on Friday shocking figures about the catastrophe brought about by the Saudi-led coalition attacks on the impoverished country.

Based on a report of the Yemeni health ministry the attacks have maimed more than a 100000 Yemeni civilians, Iran Press reported citing al-Mayadeen TV channel.

Since the beginning of the Saudi regime's aggression against Yemen, over 1.9 million people have been infected by cholera, of whom 3,700 have already died with 40 percent of the deaths being children.

According to the report by Yemen's Health Ministry, the Saudi-led coalition attacks and total blockade on the county have caused 2.3 million children under 5 years old to suffer from malnutrition such that every 10-minutes a Yemeni child dies.

On the other hand, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in a recent report on the condition of the world's food security in 2019 announced Yemen as the least food secure country in the world.

Based on the report of FAO the level of starvation in Yemen has reached an alarming 38.9 percent from 2016 to 2018, whereas the level of starvation between 2004 to 2006 was 30.1 percent.

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Government of Yemen: Yemen Socio-Economic Update, Issue 43 - May 2019


Yemen is facing complex socio-economic and humanitarian crises including lack of access to basic social services such as safe water, health and education. Yemen’s health care system still remains extremely overstretched, with approximately 49% of health facilities either partially functional or non-functional. Cholera epidemic surged once again during March and April 2019. In water sector, 55% of the population in 197 districts have been left without access to improved water sources. As a result, women and children often assume responsibility for fetching water even from long distances.

With regard to public education sector, nearly 4.7 million children, i.e. 81% of the students, are in need of assistance to ensure the continuity of their education.

Nearly 2 million children, representing more than a quarter of all children of school age, are now out of school.

The main factors that undermine the performance of the basic social services sectors include irregularly paid or unpaid salaries of state’s employees, lack of fund to cover the operating expenses and the physical damage caused to basic social services facilities.

Despite the gravity of the situation in the country, the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen (HRP) has only received $1.17 billion until 20th June 2019, representing 27.9% of HRP’s funding requirements.

Meanwhile, the overall funding available for basic social services sectors has covered only 27.4% of the total funding requirements for these sector. Without mobilizing more support, millions of Yemenis will continue to be exposed to the risks and consequences of the tragic humanitarian crisis that has engulfed the country.

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National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response: A successful future for a troubled boy

A 13-year-old boy (who we will refer to as AAA), faced a dark and frightening future when was taken to prison after assaulting another child of the same age with a white weapon. AAA was selling Qat in A l Had Souq in the District of Wasab to help his family, when he got into an altercation with one of his friends. He could have killed this other boy with a white weapon. The father of the victim insisted on taking AAA to prison and taking legal action. He did not want to accept any other solution to discuss the case amicably, until the community center in Al Had city in Dhamar governorate intervened.

The Community Center had a great impact in bringing the parents of the victim and the parents of AAA together to resolve the issues amicably. This preserved the brotherly relationship between them and avoided sending AAA to prison, which would have meant the loss of his future and life .

The National of Foundation Development and Humanitarian Response (NFDHR) is implementation a project to protect the most vulnerable people in the Wassab district funded by the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF). This project thankfully funds the Community Centers referred to above.

The Community Center has worked to provide child protection services to the AAA and the victim, as well as legal protection services and psychological support services to deal with their aggressive behavior.

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Somalia Situation: Population of Concern to UNHCR as of 30 June 2019

As of June 2019, Somalia was host to 34,558 registered refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from Ethiopia and Yemen.

Over 90,000 Somali refugees have voluntarily returned to Somalia since December 2014 with UNHCR assistance from different countries of asylum including Kenya,Yemen, Djibouti,
Libya, Tunisia and Eritrea. In addition, some 42,000 Somalis were monitored as arriving from Yemen since March 2015.

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Displaced Yemeni children ride donkeys carrying jerrycans as they draw water from a well in Abs area, #Hajjah governorate. #Yemen. Photos by


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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 26 July 2019

UNHCR remains active in its provision of assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and vulnerable host-community members throughout Yemen. On 17 July, in the north of the country, UNHCR Sana’a conducted a day mission to Amran governorate to verify locations for the installation of 23 refugee multipurpose shelter structures at public hospitals, IDP settlements and local authority offices.

A survey to assess Out-of-School Children (OOSC) was conducted in the Basateen neighbourhood of Aden governorate

Malnourishment continues to be a formidable factor affecting the welfare of millions in Yemen, particularly children. At Kharaz camp in Lahj governorate, refugees benefit from WFP’s general food distributions.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Shelter Cluster: Yemen: Shelter Cluster Dashboard - June 2019

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Houthis abduct five women in Al-Bayda

The Iran-backed Houthi militia has kidnapped five females in Yemen’s central province of Al-Bayda.

Eyewitnesses told September Net the Houthi militiamen at a checkpoint stopped a passenger bus heading from Sana’a, forcibly taking five women to unknown destination.

The militia refused the release the females and threatened the bus driver if he didn’t leave the scene, they added.

and also

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Human rights report: Houthi militia has committed 3,600 violations against abductees since the beginning of last year

A human rights report released Saturday revealed that the Houthi militia has committed more than 3,600 violations against abductees in its prisons since January last year.

This was stated in a report entitled "Death Cells", launched today by the Human Rights Office in the secretariat of the capital Sana'a, during an event held in Marib.

The report revealed that the Houthi militia committed 3,602 violations against abductees in its prisons from January 2018 to July 2019.

The report noted that there were 124 Houthi prisons in secretariat of the capital Sana'a, including houses of opponents seized by coup militias.

The violations monitored in the report varied from abductions to enforced disappearances to torture and death under torture.

The report monitored the deaths of 24 abductees under torture, while 2,221 abductions were monitored.

The report noted 334 abductions and 918 cases of torture in militia prisons.

and also

My comment: By the Hadi government. Propaganda level: ?

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A bloody summer in Ibb, "Al-Masdar Online", monitors the death and injury of more than 20 people in separate incidents within 4 days

Three people were killed in a number of areas of Central Yemen's Ibb province in separate incidents on Friday, amid widespread security chaos in the Houthi-controlled province.

The number of dead and wounded in the Ibb governorates has risen to 18 and 7 injured, including children and elderly, over the past four days, amid an alarming rise in the number and victims of murders in the province.

Ibb, the country's most famous tourist province, is experiencing security chaos


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Five people killed in Ibb

Five people among them two women were killed on in a village of Ibb governorate, in central Yemen, local sources said

The governorate of Ibb which is under the Houthis’ control has been experiencing a growing insecurity since two months ago due to inter-fighting among Houthis-affiliated leaders over management of the governorate.

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Outcry over Houthis’ mistreatment of murdered corpse

Photos of ill-treatment by Houthis against murdered corpse provoked local and international outcry against crimes carried out by the Houthis militants in Yemen.

About 140 local and international human rights organizations released a joint statement on Friday 26 July 2019 condemning Houthis criminal acts against civilians following circulation of a short video showing Houthi-affiliated militants pulling dead body of a fellow tribal leader over roads of Amran, in north Yemen. The victim was killed by the Houthis militants on Saturday 20 July 2019 “on disloyalty charge that was covered up by banditry crime”.

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Local merchant abducted, tortured to death in Hodeida

A Houthi Mushref [supervisor of militants] abducted a local trader in Hodeida, tortured him to death and plundered his money and some of his assets, local sources said.

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Al-Houthi Holds US-Saudi Aggression and UN Responsible for Safer Floating Oil Tank Leak

Member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohamed Ali Al-Houthi, said that Yemen is holding the countries of aggression and the United Nations responsible for any leak from the Safer, a floating oil tank in the Red Sea.

He said in his Twitter account, "We do not deny the existence of maintenance of the floating oil tank, it is what we always demanded," stressing that "the refusal of the forces of aggression to sell oil in the tank to pay the salaries of employees is illogical and inhumane."

It is noteworthy that the US-Saudi aggression has been preventing the maintenance of the tank since November 2016. The Tank is not getting any fuel to operate generators for cooling and discharging gas from crude oil. They have prevent buyers, of the crude oil, from entering the territorial waters to get 3000 tons of fuel oil from Safer.


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Floating oil reservoir in immediate danger of disaster

Saudi blockade risk causing explosion and massive oil spill

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi has blamed the Saudi-led coalition, the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations for any possible future leak in the floating Safer reservoir at Red Sea port of Ras Isa in the western province of Hodeidah.

Al-Houthi warned that disastrous economic and environmental consequences could extend from Suez to Bab al-Mandab.

For four years, warnings from Sana’a as well as regional and international organizations about the dangers of leaking or ignition of some 1.2 million barrels of oil stored in the Safar oil terminal, off the port of Ras Issa in Hodeidah, which has been banned from exporting petroleum by the coalition since the beginning of the war in March 2015.

“The countries of Saudi-led aggression and the United Nations are responsible for any diversion from the floating Safar tank at sea,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said in a tweet. “We don’t mind the maintenance of the floating Safar oil tank, it’s what we always demand,” he said.

The warning is an extension of dozens of warnings from the Supreme Political Council and the National Salvation government, along with appeals of the United Nations and international and regional organizations, to pressure the coalition countries to allow the export of the quantities of oil stored in Yemeni reservoirs.

However, the coalition and the Saudi-backed exiled government of Hadi continue to impose a blockade on the reservoir and prevent the export of oil stored inside it or allow the arrival of the gas to operate boiler generators and coolers of the facilities of the floating reservoir, nor the arrival of maintenance teams to prevent potential disaster.

The National Salvation Government have submitted several initiatives to avoid the disaster of “leakage or explosion of the Safar reservoir”, the latest of which in early May, calling on the United Nations to establish a mechanism to sell the oil of the reservoir and supply its revenues equally to the central bank in Sana’a and Aden, in order to pay the salaries of state employees.

“The refusal of the forces of aggression to sell the oil of the Safar tank in Hodeidah in order to pay the salaries of employees is illogical and inhumane,” said al-Houthi in a tweet on Saturday.


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Oil Minister: US-Saudi Aggression Prevents Floating Tank Maintenance

Minister of Oil and Minerals Ahmed Dares said, on Sunday, the forces of the US-Saudi aggression prevent the arrival of maintenance teams to the floating tank, Safer, off Ras Issa port and even target those approaching it.

In a statement to Almasirah channel, he noted that several appeals were sent to the United Nations, warning of the consequences of any oil infiltration from the floating tank in the sea, but did not receive an answer.

"We demanded to have the cost of maintenance works for the floating tank from the price of the stored oil, but they refused, pointing out that Safer company in Marib concerned to send maintenance teams."

He added, "When we are keen to put the oil revenue in the floating tank for maintenance and pay the salaries of the people, this is a testament to our responsibility."

My remark: Earlier reporting in earlier Yemen War Mosaics.

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After the announcement of a joint mechanism. Al-Houthi group continues to confiscate and loot world food stores in Raymah

Al-Houthi group said it had reached an agreement with the World Food Program (WFP) on the mechanism of disbursing aid and verifying its access to beneficiaries, while the group continues to loot and confiscate aid provided by the program in Raymah province, allegedly expiring.

Abdulaziz bin Habtoor, head of the so-called Houthi national rescue government in Sana'a, met yesterday with WFP resident representative in Yemen, Stephen Anderson.

In remarks quoted earlier by Al-Mayadeen TV, Azan said the UN organization has responded to the group's demands to change to partial cash payments for aid in its areas of control.

According to local sources in Raymah province, Houthi gunmen stormed a warehouse for the program in the province, explaining to "Al-Masdar Online" that the gunmen belonging to the group's supervisor in the province, stormed on Saturday, a warehouse rented by the program to store food aid, and confiscated large quantities of wheat bags and beans, allegedly corrupt.

According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the group worked to transfer the confiscated aid through large debts to stores belonging to a pro-militia merchant outside the city.

and also

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

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Central Bank Governor: My term will end in a month. Referring irregularities to the prosecution prevents international anti-corruption intervention

Governor of the Central Bank of Yemen Hafiz Fakher Mu’yad expressed surprise at the incitement and attempts to incite the president against him on the grounds that corruption files in the bank were opened by the public funds prosecutor.

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Increasing demands to Shut down secret prisons in Aden

Community leaders have called on Saturday the government to shut down private detention centers in Aden, end illegal detention and halt illegal military recruitment.

This was pronounced during a consultative meeting held in Aden by social and community leaders

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Two-word tweet drives Yemeni officials insane

A two-word tweet by the prominent Emirati professor of political science, Abdulkhaleq Abdulla drove many Yemeni officials insane, especially those affiliated with Islah Party, the military and political faction of Yemen's Muslim Brotherhood.
Abdulkhaleq wrote on his Twitter account "From today on, there will no longer be a unified Yemen."

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The suffering of the families of those who are forcibly hidden continue in the Southern, and the UAE refuses to release these families’ relatives who have been detained for three years.

The mothers of the kidnapped and forcibly hidden in the prisons controlled by the United Arab Emirates still appealing the UAE to release their relatives snice three years, but it refuses under the silence of the so-called the legitimate government.

Detainees’ mothers held on Wednesday a protest in front of the minister of Interior, Ahmed Al-Maisari, in Aden, demanding to release their relatives and take the matter seriously , where they are in these prisons since year International and local reports have accused the UAE of torturing detained by various means, including rape and executions. The Associated Press published a report about torturing the detainees in the prisons run by the UAE in the southern city of Aden, here is the report:

My comment: This article seems to largely repeat a former AP article of ca. 2 years ago.

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Unidentified gunmen attempted to kill officials in the Islamist al Islah party in three separate attacks in Yemen between July 25 and July 28. Gunmen on motorbikes killed the director of al Islah’s charity services, Khalid Ghayman, in Dhaleh governorate in central Yemen on July 25. Gunmen also wounded an al Islah activist in Taiz city in southwestern Yemen. Gunmen separately killed an al Islah official in Sayun city in Hadramawt governorate in eastern Yemen on July 28.[3]


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Three members of the Islah Party were killed in one week across south Yemen.

He said that “Enemies of the country are responsible to murder of his brother and other murder crimes” committed throughout government-held areas.

He added that these assassinations aimed at distracting Yemenis from their efforts towards state retrieval from the rebels.


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Gunmen assassinate brother of Hadramout Reform Party leader Salah Batis

On Sunday, unidentified gunmen assassinated the brother of Yemen's Shura Council member and Reform “Islah” Party leader Sheikh Salah Batis.

A source close to the victim told Al-Masdar online that gunmen opened fire on Jamil Batis in the center of Sieyun, the center of Hadramout Valley.

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Blackmail and Royalty… Regular Practices of Yemeni Occupation in Hadhramaut Valley

Southern activists shared photos of Yemeni occupation soldiers in Hadhramaut valley forcing a truck driver on Saioun to pay illegal royalty to let him pass. Activists indicated that soldiers in the photos belong to brigade 135, under commandership of Yahia Abu Awga, chief of staff of the first military zone loyal to general Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar who is involved in several cases of corruption and terrorism.

My comment: Yemeni soldiers labeled „Yemeni occupation“ by Southen separatists‘ propaganda – while they praise the Emirates.

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Bahah: Southern cause is a national issue seeking justice and equality

Former Yemeni vice president and prime minister, Khaled Mahfouz Bahah emphasized the fairness and impartiality of the southern cause

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The STC discussed the failed and deliberate actions of the so-called corrupt legitimate government.

The Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council held its weekly meeting on SundayThe meeting also touched on the economic situation which the southern governorates are suffering as a result of the failed and deliberate actions of the so-called corrupt legitimate government.

The Commission also took several measures related to the legitimate government’s attempts to promote the so-called outcomes of the Yemeni National Dialogue in some southern governorates.

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Info. Minister slams Houthi mandatory teaching on high school leavers as ‘dangerous step’

Yemen’s Information Minister has slammed a Houthi decision enforcing mandatory teaching service on high school leavers in the militant-controlled territories as ‘dangerous.’

Speaking to Saba, Muammar Al-Eryani said the decision “is a dangerous step in the plot to tear down education: Laying off incumbent teachers and replacing them with unqualified ones to produce a generation of illiterate and credulous students who can be easily manipulated.”

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Two Government Officials' Visit to Mukalla Had Dark Intentions

Sources in Mukalla-Hadhramaut governorate, said that Yasser Yasser al-Rua'ani minister of the National Dialogue Conference to Mukalla, carried with it dark and dangerous intentions, not merely to promote the outcomes of the NDC.
According to the same sources, al-Ra'ani and his companion Al-Junaidi head of the Military Intelligence Division of the Legitimate government made contacts and held a series of meetings behind closed doors with leaders and activists of the Islah Party (Yemen Brotherhood) in Hadhramaut.

The source said that the discussions were on plans to provoke unrest in Hadhramaut governorate and the coast.

My comment: Southern separatists‘ propaganda continues to blame the Hadi government, ist petrified „National Dialogue“ (as this National Dialogue was a matter of a unified Yemen) and Islah Party, which is supporting the Hadi government and Yemeni unity.

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Human Rights Ministry opens gallery of Houthi crimes in Al-Jawf

The Ministry of Human Rights has opened a gallery of pictures revealing the Houthi crimes against civilians in Al-Jawf.

The director general of the ministry’s office Abd al-Hadi Alassar said during the gallery opening ceremony on Sunday “the rebel militia had committed one thousand violations against civilians” by planted landmines alone. Increasing number of civilians get killed and injured by those landmines in the northern Yemen province, he said.

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Soldiers from the 170th Brigade kidnap the director of the recruitment division in the Taiz axis

A military source told "Al-Masdar Online" that recruits in the 170th Air Defense Brigade stormed the headquarters of the command of the Axis of Taiz on Sunday, and kidnapped Colonel Ali Al-Ahdal after dropping their names from the statements of alternatives.

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Fire breaks out in two oil wells in Marib's "Safar" fields due to fire shoots

A fire broke out in two oil wells in the fields of "Safar" in Marib province in central Yemen on Sunday, by tribal gunmen fire.

A local source told Al-Masdar Online that the gunmen opened fire on two oil wells in "As'ad al-Kamel" field in Safar area, causing a fire in the two wells.

The militants, who belong to "Al-Mesh’al Obeida" tribe, are demanding financial benefits from Safar Company, for a tribe member who was killed in the resistance against the Houthis.

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Local official: Revenues received by the legitimate government in Taiz do not exceed 11%

A local official in Taiz said most of the revenue is still in the hands of the Houthi coup d'état, despite the liberation of a large area of the province, stressing the importance of liberating the rest of the regions in order to recover revenues.

Abdul-Qawi Al-Mekhlafi, first deputy of Taiz province, explained that politics and economy cannot be separated, and said: There is no economy without security and political stability."

Al- Mekhlafi said, at the opening of a discussion meeting on the economic reality of Taiz province, organized by the Center for Economic Studies and Information in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry: "The legitimate authority in Taiz province manages a large area of the province, but the percentage of revenues it can collect does not exceed 11%, from total what can be achieved in the province.""


One civilian killed in land conflict, north of Aden

a civilian was killed and three others, including a woman, were injured in clashes between two armed groups over territory disputed in Dar Saad district north of Aden city, in the south of the country.

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After the assassination of the director of an association in Al-Dhalea. "Ben Brik" calls for the withdrawal of charities from the hands of the "partisans"

The vice-president of the so-called Southern Transitional Council, Hani Ben Brik, on Saturday called for the withdrawal of charities from the hands of what he described as "partisans", a day after the assassination of the director of an association in Al-Dhalea province.

On Friday evening, unidentified gunmen assassinated the director of al-Bir Development Association and a leader of the Al-Islah party in Al-Dhalea governorate, Khaled Ghaiman, after he left the evening prayers, on the public street in Al-Dhalea.

Ben Brik said in a tweet on his Twitter page that "charities should be withdrawn from the hands of the partisans and must be subject to a strict financial system under the direct supervision of the security services."

Ben Brik accused charities of "supporting terrorism", saying that "most of the support for terrorism from these associations, imagine that they spend 10% of the money to collectors even that they are salaried employees."

Activists on social media called Ben Brik's tweet a phase of liquidation for a new group in society (charity workers), recalling similar tweets he launched against mosque imams in 2016 followed by a wave of assassinations of more than 30 preachers and imams, most of which were recorded against an unknown person.

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The third assassination in 72 hours. Unidentified gunman kills two young men in Dar Saad, north of Aden

A local source told Al-Masdar Online an unidentified gunman shot two young men in Dar Saad district north of the southern city of Aden late Friday evening, killing them on the spot in the third attack in 72 hours in Yemen’s interim capital

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soldier killed by unknown assailants

Unidentified gunmen assassinated a government soldier on the lower Tahrir Street in the center of the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz on Saturday.

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Protesters in Mukalla Force A Government Official to Apologize

A group of activists, symbols of the Southern Revolution and several young people from the city of Mukalla - Hadramaut governorate, led a vigil in the early hours of this morning in front of Hotel Ramada- Mukalla.
The residents protested against the Minister of the National Dialogue Conference who was at the hotel.
The minister organised events and functions and promoted the outcomes of the NDC, an act which provoked the people of Mukalla. It is known that the people who do not agree with those outcomes.
The vigil turned ugly when the chair of the Yemeni Intelligence Department, Ja’amaan Al-Junaidi, attacked the protesters and used offensive language.

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After 29 Years, the Southern Flag Rises Over Al-Mualla Police Station in Aden

In a ceremony attended by Dr. Ali Awad, chairman of Al-Mualla local leadership. Dr. Awad thanked the commandership and the police force of Al-Mualla who celebrated the rise of the southern flag as a symbol for all southern.


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Kriter Police Station in Sira Rises the Southern Flag Over Its Building

According to directives of president Aidarous Kassem Al-Zubaidi of the Southern Transitional Council, the campaign of rising southern flags over governmental, military, security and administrative facilities continued in Aden.

My comment: This is a PR method of southern separatists trying to overtake state institutions.

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Lamlas: Eager to Strengthen Relations with All Southern as Our Strength is in Our Lineup but Our Weakness is in Our Dividedness

He said: “Several parties tried to create conflicts in the south according to false information and when we noticed that we contacted our brothers on the other party asserting to them that the southern strength is in unity and their weakness is in dividedness. I went with Mr. Fadl Al-Gaadi to Sira – Kriter and had breakfast there together with tree leaves in our hands”.
Lamlas asserted that the council reaches for all southern as the south will never be but with all southern.

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Film: Yemen | Community radio stations target all segments of society

The city of Tarim in Hadramout province has witnessed the launch of a number of non-official community radio stations in recent years. The radio stations are known as independent and diverse in terms of content, addressing all segments of the society, in order to form an opinion and awareness about them or to warn of the dangers and to fight against bad phenomena in the community.

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US delegation arrives in Hadhramaut

Observers fear plans for US base in Yemen's south

A US delegation has arrived at Yemen’s southern province of Hadhramaut, which is occupied by the UAE invaders.

The delegation is headed by Denise Natali, the US Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict & Stabilization Operations. Natali said that the aim of this visit is “to offer the help and provide assistance in several areas in order to find ways to enhance the stability and security situation in the province.”

Observers however have deemed this visit as a step in its efforts to establish a military base in Hadhramaut.
A visit of such as high-level US delegation confirms is highly unusual, especially to a country at war.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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UN Withdraws from Southern Meeting in Amman

Al-Ayyam learned that the United Nations refrained from participating at a meeting which hosts senior southern leaders that started today in the Jordanian capital Amman.
The same sources said that the meeting was held in Amman for southern leaders, including former presidents of the southern state as well as leaders from different southern political spectrums.
The meeting was an invitation from the' European Institute of Peace' under the motto 'South Yemen- The Way Forward' aimed to build confidence and consensus.

and also

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

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#American ambassador to #Riyadh John Abizaid gives condolences in the death Bander bin Abdulaziz one of #Saudi famous corrupt members of ruling family who land grabs are worth billions of dollars

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Two Saudi sisters who fled allegedly abusive father hope Canada will grant them asylum

Two Saudi sisters who have been hiding in Turkey for the past six weeks say they’re hoping Canada will accept them as refugees before their allegedly abusive father finds them and forces them to return to Saudi Arabia.

Dua and Dalal al-Showaiki ​have been living in Istanbul since June 10, when the two young women ran away from a family vacation, clutching only their mobile phones. Since then, they’ve been moving from location to location every few days for fear their father, who they say is politically well-connected, will find them.

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Saudi court postpones hearing of prominent preacher Awdah: son

A Saudi court on Sunday postponed until November the trial of prominent Islamist preacher Salman al-Awdah, who could face the death penalty on terrorism-related charges, his son said.

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Film: Our situation is getting worse in Turkey We feel fear and insecurity and the United Nations


is still dealing with our cause with all the coolness and we do not know what will happen to us at any moment #SaudiSistersRescue #SaveDuaandDalal

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Saudi Arabia restricts foreign employment in tourism sector

Effort to increase share of Saudi nations in workforce

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Australian Muslims are joining international calls to boycott the Hajj

a growing number of Muslims, including some in Australia, are turning their backs on what is one of the central pillars of Islam, and calling for a boycott of the event.

Sydney-based aspiring filmmaker Faraaz Rahman says he believes going to Hajj at the present time is not morally responsible.

The social media hashtag #BoycottHajj has trended on Twitter in some Muslim majority countries.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a

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New Documents Show Corporate and Foreign Interests Seek to Influence U.S. Nuclear Policy

WH, Agencies Still Refuse to Produce Documents in Committee’s Investigation

Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued a second interim staff report in the Committee’s investigation into efforts to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

Chairman Cummings issued the following statement:

“Today’s report reveals new and extensive evidence that corroborates Committee whistleblowers and exposes how corporate and foreign interests are using their unique access to advocate for the transfer of U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The American people deserve to know the facts about whether the White House is willing to place the potential profits of the President’s personal friends above the national security of the American people and the universal objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.”

The Committee’s second interim report is based on more than 60,000 pages of new documents produced to the Committee in response to requests that Chairman Cummings made to a host of outside companies about their involvement with plans to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The report states:

New documents and communications show that IP3, the private company lobbying the White House to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, repeatedly sought a $120 million investment from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It is unclear if the company ultimately received the investment.

Documents show that IP3 is currently pushing the Trump Administration not to require Saudi Arabia to agree to the “Gold Standard,” which is a commitment not to use U.S. nuclear technology to make nuclear weapons. Documents show that IP3 officials repeatedly urged White House and Trump Administration officials to abandon the “Gold Standard” in any future 123 Agreement with Saudi Arabia, complaining that it would lock them out of lucrative nuclear contracts with the Saudis.

New documents show that IP3 officials have had unprecedented access to the highest levels of the Trump Administration, including meeting directly with President Trump, Jared Kushner, Gary Cohn, KT McFarland, and Cabinet Secretaries Rick Perry, Steven Mnuchin, Mike Pompeo, Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, and Wilbur Ross. IP3 described the Trump Administration as “an extended team member.”

and full report:

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Senate fails to override Trump vetoes of bills stopping Saudi weapons sales

The U.S. Senate on Monday failed to override President Donald Trump’s vetoes of legislation passed by Congress that would have blocked the sales of certain weapons to Saudi Arabia.

In the first of three separate efforts to overturn the Republican president’s vetoes, supporters failed by a vote of 45-40, well short of the two-thirds needed. Five of the chamber’s 53 Republicans joined Democrats in voting to override Trump.

The vote tallies were similar in the two subsequent roll-call votes to override vetoes of legislation blocking additional weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries.

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Federal Inquiry of Trump friend focused on foreign lobbying

Thomas Barrack, a top campaign fund-raiser, spoke with prosecutors about Persian Gulf contacts as part of an investigation into foreign influence starting in the 2016 campaign.

Mr. Barrack was, in fact, coordinating the language in a draft of the speech with Persian Gulf contacts including Rashid al-Malik, an Emirati businessman who is close to the rulers of the #United_Arab_Emirates.

The relationship between Mr. Barrack, Mr. Manafort and representatives of the U.A.E. and #Saudi_Arabia, including Mr. al-Malik, has been of interest to federal authorities for at least nine months.

Colony Capital, Mr. Barrack’s real estate investment and private equity firm, received about $1.5 billion from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates through investments or other transactions like asset sales, Mr. Barrack’s aides said.

Investigators have also questioned witnesses about Mr. Barrack’s involvement with a proposal from an American group that could give Saudi Arabia access to nuclear power technology.

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2020 Democrat Marianne Williamson: U.S. backing "genocidal war" in Yemen

Marianne Williamson, a Democratic candidate for president, condemned the Trump administration's military and economic assistance to the Saudi-led coalition waging a bloody campaign against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen.

"We are giving aerial support to a genocidal war that Saudi Arabia is waging against Yemen,"

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With Guns, Cash and Terrorism, Gulf States Vie for Power in #Somalia - 'In an audio recording obtained by The New York Times of a cellphone call with the Qatari ambassador to Somalia, a businessman close to the emir of #Qatar said that the militants had carried out the bombing in Bosaso to advance Qatar’s interests by driving out its rival, the #UnitedArabEmirates'

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Why we’ve seen three presidential vetoes in four months

Indeed, it’s no small thing that Trump has only used his veto pen three times since taking office, and in two of the three instances, he was rejecting lawmakers’ opposition to his policy toward Saudi Arabia.

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

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America gone rogue

If America goes to war in Iran, it will be because we are a rogue state, not because they are. Iran’s government is a vicious theocracy which supports bloodthirsty regimes, but the current crisis regarding their nuclear program is one wholly of our government’s making. The Trump administration, in its ongoing quest to upend everything that its predecessor did, was the first to breach the nuclear agreement reached in 2015, and has re-imposed punishing sanctions on Iran, threatening the rest of the international community to do likewise. This despite all evidence showing that Iran was complying with the agreement.

Now we Americans, always the beneficiaries of a “free press”, find ourselves once again swimming in sensational stories of “unexploded mines”, shot-down drones, and impounded oil tankers. The corporate media has in many instances emulated its conduct prior to the Iraq war, being stenographers of the government line.

In his behavior toward Iran, we see just another example of Trump since he came down the escalator, conducting himself as the schoolyard bully. Insults and intimidation are how he ran his campaign, how he operates from the White House, and how he wishes the United States to behave in the world.

Brutality and buffoonery are the calling cards of this administration, at play in all realms of foreign and domestic policy, from the waking nightmare they have purposefully created for asylum seekers on the Southern border, to the attacks they have waged on protections for the LGBT community, to the solicitousness and affection he has shown toward the worst tyrants in the world.

We must not forget, however, that our status as a rogue state did not begin with Trump, nor will it end with him unless the underlying and longstanding assumptions which govern our international conduct are exposed, challenged, and demolished.

Our sovereignty is sacrosanct, but if a nation challenges our wishes, we are within our rights to destroy them. The absurdity of the situation is illustrated perfectly by the state of the Iran nuclear deal. Trump withdrew the United States, re-imposed sanctions on Iran, threatened everyone else to impose sanctions, and largely succeeded in tanking Iran’s economy.

Subsequently, when Iran announced that it too was going to break the agreement, Trump talked of “obliterating” them. In other words, we expect them to respect the parameters of a deal which we are actively trying to sabotage.

We are citizens of a rogue state, and our government’s desire to wage war against Iran is merely the latest example of this – by Christopher Teel =

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Shadow force: The secret history of the U.S. intelligence community's battle with Iran's Revolutionary Guard

In March 2018, federal prosecutors in New York unsealed a shocking indictment: nine Iranians, prosecutors said, working on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), had undertaken a “massive, coordinated” hacking campaign that targeted hundreds of universities across the globe, including 144 based in the United States, as well as private U.S. and European companies, U.S. federal agencies and state governments, and the United Nations.

From at least 2013, these IRGC-sponsored hackers tried to infiltrate about 50,000 academic email accounts in the United States, said prosecutors, and successfully compromised roughly 3,700 of them. The hackers allegedly stole $3.4 billion in intellectual property and academic data from U.S.-based universities alone in “one of the largest state-sponsored hacking campaigns ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice,” said Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, at a press conference announcing the charges.

Many countries have military and intelligence agencies that operate abroad, but few are as far-reaching or prolific as the Revolutionary Guard, which has been involved in everything from conducting espionage campaigns in Europe and the Americas to supporting proxy forces in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

At the same time, over the past decade, and over two successive presidential administrations, U.S. officials have struggled with how to respond to a unique organization that is simultaneously a conventional military actor, covert action force, intelligence agency, ideological vanguard and sponsor and facilitator of terrorism.

As tensions between the United States and Iran escalate, it’s unclear what Tehran’s ultimate objective is. The current instability is compounded by long-standing, deep pathologies in the U.S.-Iran relationship, said Wise, the former senior CIA official. The Iranians have “an unparalleled paranoia,” said Wise, who worries about Iranian security officials who see "saber rattling” and misinterpret it “as the onset of an attack on Persia. And then they act in the only way they can, and we’d have no choice but to unleash on Iran.”

My comment: Propaganda level: High. The IRG are the bad guys, the CIA the god guys. “The Iranians have “an unparalleled paranoia”, the US of course have not.

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Oman, Iran cooperating on navigation in Hormuz: Oman minister

Oman and Iran were cooperating on navigation through the Strait of Hormuz, Oman’s minister in charge of foreign affairs said on Sunday after meeting Iranian officials in Tehran.

Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah added that there is a need for all parties to maintain contact to avoid more incidents in the world’s busiest shipping lane, speaking in an interview with Omani state TV.

My comment: Local cooperative control, this is the only way things will work.

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Russia presents to UN its concept of collective security in Persian Gulf

In a letter to the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, Russia said that it is "ready for cooperation with all interested parties to implement this and other constructive proposals"

Russia's concept of collective security in the Persian Gulf has been distributed as an official document approved by the United Nations. The document has been obtained by TASS.

"Practical work on launching the process of creating a security system in the Persian Gulf may be started by holding bilateral and multilateral consultations between interested parties, including countries both within the region and outside of it, UN Security Council, LAS [League of Arab States], OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation], GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council]," the document added.

In a letter to the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, Russia said that it is "ready for cooperation with all interested parties to implement this and other constructive proposals."

On July 23, the Russian Foreign Ministry presented the Concept of collective security in the Persian Gulf. The document envisages forming an initiative group to prepare an international conference on security and cooperation in the Persian Gulf, which would later lead to establishing an organization on security and cooperation in this region.

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Konflikt mit Iran: Großbritannien hofft auf US-Unterstützung

Großbritannien wirbt für eine europäisch geführte Marinemission zum Schutz von Tankern im Persischen Golf. Für den Erfolg der Aktion sei die Hilfe der USA wichtig, sagte der britische Außenminister Dominic Raab nun.

Nach Angriffen auf Öltanker in der Straße von Hormus haben die USA Verbündete zu einem gemeinsamen Einsatz aufgerufen. Auch Großbritannien sieht Handlungsbedarf und setzt dabei auf eine europäische Mission. Ganz ohne Unterstützung aus Washington wird diese laut dem britischen Außenminister Dominic Raab wohl nicht auskommen.

Auf die Frage, ob er bei der angestrebten Mission auf US-Hilfe hoffe, antwortete der konservative Politiker in der britischen BBC, er setze sich für einen europäisch geführten Einsatz ein. Damit dieser jedoch "realisierbar und effektiv" sei, wäre die Unterstützung der USA wichtig.

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Briten: Kein Tankertausch. Iran will Atomabkommen weiter aufweichen

Im Irankonflikt ist keine Beruhigung in Sicht. Teheran droht mit einem weiteren Teilausstieg aus dem Atomabkommen und Großbritannien lehnt im Tankerstreit eine Art Friedensangebot ab. Die einen pochen auf gemachte Zusagen, die anderen auf Prinzipien.

Der Iran droht mit einem weiteren Teilrückzug aus dem Atomabkommen Anfang September. Hintergrund ist der Streit mit den verbliebenen Unterzeichnerstaaten - Russland, China, Frankreich, Großbritannien und Deutschland - über die Umsetzung des Atomdeals. Die Führung in Teheran ist frustriert, weil für sie wichtige Zusagen in den Bereichen Handel und Wirtschaft nicht eingehalten werden. "Die Europäer reden viel, aber wir können uns auf ihre Lippenbekenntnisse nicht verlassen und erwarten konkrete Maßnahmen", sagte Außenamtssprecher Abbas Mussawi in Teheran.

Ein Treffen von Vertretern der sechs Länder am Wochenende in Wien ging laut Mussawi ohne Einigung zu Ende. Geplant sei daher ein baldiges Treffen der Außenmin

Wohl kein Tankertausch zwischen Großbritannien und dem Iran

Währendessen wird es in der Tankerkrise mit Großbritannien nach Angaben des britischen Außenministers Dominic Raab keinen Austausch geben. "Es geht hier nicht um einen Tauschhandel." Vielmehr gehe es um internationales Recht und dessen Einhaltung. Der iranische Präsident Hassan Ruhani hatte vergangene Woche einen Tausch der gegenseitig festgehaltenen Öltanker vorgeschlagen.

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London will USA in europäische Hormus-Mission einbinden

So schnell kann das gehen: Vor gut einer Woche schlug Großbritannien eine rein europäische Militärmission in der Straße von Hormus vor. Jetzt gibt es einen neuen Premier, einen neuen Außenminister und einen neuen Kurs in dieser wichtigen Frage.

Hunt wurde inzwischen vom einstigen Brexit-Minister Dominic Raab abgelöst.

Der machte bereits am Samstag in einem seiner ersten Interviews nach Amtsantritt mit der Tageszeitung "The Times" klar, dass er nicht alles so wie sein Vorgänger machen will. "Ich glaube, wir wollen einen europäisch geführten Ansatz, aber das scheint mir nicht ohne amerikanische Unterstützung machbar zu sein", sagte Raab zur Diskussion um einen Militäreinsatz im Persischen Golf. Ende vergangener Woche haben die Briten nach Informationen der "Süddeutschen Zeitung" und der dpa zudem bei einer Truppenstellerkonferenz im Zentralkommando der US-Streitkräfte in Tampa, Florida, klar gemacht, dass sie in der Straße von Hormus gemeinsame Sache mit den Amerikanern machen möchten.

Dieser Kurs könnte die Allianz der Europäer in der Iran-Frage gefährden.

Mein Kommentar: Na bitte, Trump wird alles bekommen, was er will. Nicht nur europäische Kriegsschiffe im Golf, sondern auch noch unter “Einbindung der USA“, im Klartext: unter amerikanischem Kommando. Wir müssen nur noch ein bisschen warten.

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Briten schicken zweites Kriegsschiff

Die Briten geben sich kompromisslos: Im Streit um die iranische Beschlagnahme eines britischen Tankers soll das Kriegsschiff "Duncan" für Sicherheit sorgen. Der Iran droht mit einem Teilrückzug aus dem Atomabkommen.

Das Verteidigungsministerium in London ist sich sicher: Das Kriegsschiff "Duncan" wird für die Sicherheit britischer Handelsschiffe in der Straße von Hormus sorgen. Das teilte das Ministerium mit. Bereits am Donnerstag hatte Großbritannien seine Marine angewiesen, Handelsschiffe aus Großbritannien in der Straße von Hormus zu eskortieren. Bereits vor Ort ist die Fregatte "Montrose".

Einen Tausch der festgehaltenen Öltanker mit dem Iran lehnt Großbritannien ab. "Es gibt kein Quid pro quo", sagte der neue britische Außenminister Dominic Raab dem Sender BBC. "Es geht hier nicht um einen Tauschhandel." Vielmehr gehe es um internationales Recht und dessen Einhaltung. Der iranische Präsident Hassan Rohani hatte vergangene Woche einen Tausch der gegenseitig festgehaltenen Öltanker vorgeschlagen.

Wenn der Iran als verantwortungsbewusstes Mitglied der internationalen Gemeinschaft anerkannt werden wolle, dann müsse er deren Regeln einhalten, sagte Raab dem Sender Sky News. Das bedeute, dass der Iran den von ihm festgehaltenen britischen
Tanker freigeben müsse.

Mein Kommentar: LOL. Während die Briten es sich als selbstverständliches Recht herausnehmen, iranische Tanker zu kapern.

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Second warship arrives in Strait of Hormuz to protect British tankers

A second warship has arrived in the Strait of Hormuz to protect British ships in the strategic waterway, as the foreign secretary urged Iran to “come out of the dark” and release a British-flagged tanker it detained there two weeks ago.

The Ministry of Defence said that Royal Navy vessel HMS Duncanarrived over the weekend and will work with frigate HMS Montrose in accompanying merchant vessels to “secure this essential route”.

Iran has previously slammed the move as “provocative”, criticising a wider British proposal to create a European-led naval mission to escort tankers in the Gulf.

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Britain tells Iran: release ship to 'come out of the dark'

Britain told Iran on Monday that if it wants to “come out of the dark” it must follow international rules and release a British-flagged oil tanker seized by its forces in the Gulf.

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Britain Says It Won't 'Barter' With Iran Over Seized Tankers

Britain has rejected the idea that it could release an Iranian tanker in exchange for a British-flagged vessel seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf.
"There is no quid pro quo," Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC on July 29. "This is not about some kind of barter. This is about the international law and the rules of the international legal system being upheld and that is what we will insist on."

"You cannot go about detaining unlawfully foreign vessels," he said

My comment: LOL. Raab really seems to joke. "You cannot go about detaining unlawfully foreign vessels," this precisely blames the British.

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Krise im Iran: Alles ist besser als keine Antwort

Der Iran testet die Glaubwürdigkeit der EU. Nun müssen die Europäer es ernst meinen mit einem gemeinsamen Handeln - und bald ernst machen. Ein Kommentar.

Da warnt also der Iran die Europäer wiederholt vor einer Schutzflotte für die Fahrt von Tankern durch die Straße von Hormus - und die Europäer nehmen das ohne sichtbare Antwort hin? Stattdessen diskutieren sie in einer Weise, als ließe sich die ganze große Herausforderung kleinreden. Kaum zu glauben. Oder: Das darf doch nicht wahr sein.

Warum soll die Präsenz ausländischer Truppen die Lage nicht sicherer machen, sondern zu weiteren Spannungen führen, wie der iranische Präsident Hassan Ruhani sagt? Unsicher ist sie schon, aber durch den Iran, und die Frage stellt sich, womit Ruhani jetzt außerdem noch drohen will. Das macht dann eine rasche Antwort eigentlich um so zwingender: zur Abschreckung.

Mein Kommentar: Lauter kann die Propaganda kaum noch zum Krieg trommeln. – Das liegt auf der Linie von Leuten wie Dauerplauderer Röttgen:

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Zwischen Tankern, Drohnen und der Bombe

Die deutsche Politik diskutiert über europäischen Schutz für Handelsschiffe. Der Iran sähe darin ein „feindliches Signal“. Ein Krisentreffen läuft nicht gut.

Der Iran hat Europa vor der Entsendung einer Marineflotte in die Golf-Region gewarnt – und hat zugleich den Gesprächsfaden im Streit über sein Atomprogramm wieder aufgenommen. Ein Regierungssprecher in Teheran sprach am Sonntag mit Blick auf eine europäische Flotte im Golf von einem „feindlichen Signal“. Laut Präsident Hassan Ruhani wäre die Präsenz ausländischer Truppen in der Region ein „Hauptgrund für Spannungen“.

Die Bundesregierung hat sich bislang zurückhaltend geäußert, auch wenn die Diskussion darüber im politischen Berlin zusehends an Fahrt gewinnt. „Das Verhalten des Irans verlangt eine europäische Antwort“, sagte der CDU-Außenpolitiker Norbert Röttgen der „B.Z. am Sonntag“. Der Iran habe die freie Schifffahrt angegriffen, die „Grundlage des freien Handels, des Exports und damit unseres Wohlstands“ sei.

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Iran crisis: Britain could ask Russia and China to join fight as tensions rocket in Gulf

BORIS Johnson was last night under mounting pressure to invite China and Russia to join the European-led maritime coalition to safeguard tankers from Iranian attacks.

However it’s feared that if the plan is accepted by the Prime Minister, it would lend a legitimacy to both rogue regimes. The Royal Navy frigate Montrose is already escorting British-flagged tankers and will be joined by the destroyer Duncan and support vessel Wave Knight today. France, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany have now agreed to contribute, on condition that the effort is distinct from the US’ own operation, Sentinel, for fear of escalating tensions further.

And senior sources at the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters confirmed that plans to invite Japan, China and Russia to contribute have been sent to Downing Street.

One said: “If it helps ensure stability is resumed and maintained then it’s right that we extend the offer.”

The move was suggested after a summit on Thursday bet­­ween military chiefs from the US, UK, Europe and the UAE in Florida, where US admirals failed to persuade Britain to join its Sentinel operation.

My comment: It’s getting even more absurd.

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Sky Views: Other nations must help UK secure key waterway amid Iran threat

Spare a thought for the crew of a Royal Navy warship braving the threat of an Iranian attack to keep UK-flagged ships moving in the Gulf.

HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, has been transiting back and forth through the Strait of Hormuz since Wednesday accompanying nervous groups of tankers.

France, Denmark and Italy have made positive noises about supporting this kind of mission and the United States is trying to build an international maritime protection coalition.

But only Britain is actually delivering the guard service despite a widely acknowledged and frankly inexcusable - Prime Minister Boris Johnson please take note - shortage of warships, ammunition, spare parts and sailors.

My comment: A quite primitive piece of war propaganda – just beating the war drums. And more of such warmongering propaganda junk:

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‘Boris Johnson, act NOW' Britain must be firm on Iran as Gulf tanker conflict rages on

BORIS JOHNSON and the UK Government must “act now” to stop a crisis with Iran escalating after a British tanker was seized earlier this month, one MP has insisted.

On July 27, some 3,000 Iranians living in the UK demonstrated on the streets of central London, demanding comprehensive sanctions against the mullahs’ regime.

Along with deteriorating international relations, the regime in Iran is accused of severe human rights violations and barbaric treatment - especially of prisoners, such as that of Britain’s own Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon in north London, demanded action be taken now.

He told the chanting crowds: “The decision by world powers to decouple human rights and terrorism from the nuclear deal was a mistake and missed opportunity.

“I know that many of my cross-party colleagues in both houses of Parliament agree with this assessment as we face growing aggressions from the regime in the Persian Gulf, seizing a British tanker in violation of International Law.

“Our response must be firm and result in a firm, principled policy towards the regime that hold its leaders and IRGC to account for these atrocities.

“I believe the UK Government must now act to proscribe the IRGC and the Ministry of Intelligence as terrorist organisations in their entirety in response to Teheran's aggression.”

Banners and flags were unfurled on Saturday as the defiant crowds chanted message against the regime.

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Iran ready to unleash 3rd nuclear step if EU fails again

Iran has warned the UK, France and Germany -- the three European signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal – that it will not hesitate to take the third step in reducing its commitments under the agreement if they once again fail to meet its demands.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Monday diplomatic efforts to save the agreement – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – is underway but Tehran’s patience is limited.

“We are still waiting for the Europeans’ practical and concrete steps in implementing the JCPOA,” he told reporters during a daily briefing in Tehran.

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Don’t interfere in my operation: IRGC boat warns UK warship

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Crops (IRGC) has released audio and video footage of its warning to a British Royal Navy warship to stay out of way as it moves to seize a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf.

In the brief audio clip, released Monday morning, British warship HMS Montrose (F-236) is heard declaring its position "in the vicinity of international waters" as it escorted the oil tanker Stena Impero.

The IRGC seized the British tanker near the Strait of Hormuz on July 19, after it tried to flee the scene of a major collision with an Iranian fishing boat.

"British warship Foxtrot 236, this is Sepah navy patrol boat: you are required not to interfere in this issue," an Iranian naval officer can be heard saying.

An officer on board the warship responds: "This is British warship Foxtrot 236: I am in vicinity of an internationally recognized strait with a merchant vessel in my vicinity conducting transit passage."

The Iranian officer replies: "British warship Foxtrot 236, this is Sepah navy patrol boat: don't put your life in danger."


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Video shows Iranian guard warning U.K. warship on day tanker was seized: "Don't put your life in danger"

In new video released Monday, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer is heard telling a British warship not to interfere or put their "life in danger" as the paramilitary force, using speedboats and a helicopter, seized a U.K.-flagged commercial vessel in the Strait of Hormuz earlier this month.

The video includes a shot apparently filmed on the day of the July 19 incident from above the British warship Foxtrot 236 that was in the vicinity of the U.K.-flagged Stena Impero, showing the British navy unable to prevent Iran's seizure of the ship in the critical waterway.

It also offers additional audio to that released by maritime security risk firm Dryad Global, which last week made public a portion of the exchange between the Foxtrot and the Iranian Guard during the incident.

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Saudi Plan B to Avoid Hormuz Danger Isn't Much Safer

The Red Sea's Gate of Tears looks like an appealing alternative to the Persian Gulf chokepoint, but has its own dangers.

The kingdom now plans to complete the expansion of the line to carry 7 million barrels a day by September. But as recently as April, the prospectus for the first international bond sale by state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco showed the completion date for the expansion was four years away and the planned capacity was half a million barrels smaller.

But will all this work make Saudi oil exports any safer? Perhaps not.

The East-West pipeline itself came under attack from drones in May. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility, though U.S. officials subsequently judged the incursion to have originated in Iraq

Saudi oil exports to Asia must negotiate one of two chokepoints to reach open seas, and the Bab el-Mandab may be just as risky as Hormuz.

Shipping crude out through the Red Sea may avoid the Strait of Hormuz, but it also has its own bottleneck to negotiate – the Bab el-Mandab, or Gate of Tears, a narrow sea passage between Yemen and Djibouti that links it to the Indian Ocean and the sea routes to Asia. And that may prove no less fraught than sailing through Hormuz.

Twice last year Saudi tankers were attacked in the Bab el-Mandab, causing the kingdom to halt shipments through the strait.

Diverting more of Saudi Arabia’s crude exports through the Red Sea could, perversely, complicate the task of protecting oil tankers, requiring navies to patrol not one, but two chokepoints over which Iran, or militias it backs, have a degree of control.

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Britain's seizure of Iranian oil tanker was illegal and will be detrimental for Britain: Iran president

Britain’s seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar was illegal and will be detrimental for Britain, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, according to the official presidency website.

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Foreign forces cannot bring security, cause more tension in region: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says any presence of foreign forces in the Persian Gulf will only cause even more tension in the region, amid reports that the UK and the US are pushing for a joint force to escort oil tankers as they pass through the Strait of Hormuz off Iran.

“Iran makes constant efforts to ensure the Sea of Oman, the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz remain safe passageways for international shipping,” he said during a meeting with visiting Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi in Tehran on Sunday.

“The presence of foreign forces wouldn’t help the regional security, and if anything, it would actually be the main source of tension,” he added.

The remarks come as both the UK and the US are leading two sharply different plans for patrols in the Persian Gulf.

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UK tanker seizure violation of nuclear deal: Iran deputy FM

Iran's deputy foreign minister for political affairs says recent seizure of a supertanker carrying Iranian oil off Gibraltar was a violation of the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the world powers in 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Abbas Araqchi made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Vienna, where is attending another session of the JCPOA joint commission with the European parties to the deal.

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#Iranian media outlets covering the warm welcome a group of #Hajj pilgrims from Iran received by #SaudiArabia|n authorities as they were entering #Medinah. Important positive public messaging in times of heightened regional tensions.

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Moscow: Chances to Save Iran Nuke Deal Will Increase if INSTEX Opened to Third Countries

The INSTEX payment mechanism for trade with Iran and the situation around the heavy water reactor in Arak will be the main topics at the upcoming meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

If the INSTEX mechanism is open to third countries and to transactions with Iranian oil, then the chances of saving the JCPOA will increase, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated.

“As for increasing the production of heavy water by Iran, it is not so rapid as to turn it into the most pressing, acute and urgent problem”, Ryabkov said ahead of the meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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Iran military strength REVEALED as tensions with the UK soar - shock chart

TENSIONS between Iran and the UK and the west have reached new highs following the seizure of the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, bringing the countries one step closer to a conflict.

Both Jeremy Hunt and Philip Hammond confirmed Theresa May’s Government would explore any diplomatic solution to avoid a clash between London and Tehran. However, the foreign secretary and chancellor both quit following the Cabinet reshuffle, which took place on Wednesday after the appointment as Prime Minister of Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson has yet to reveal how he wants to tackle the Iranian crisis and Tehran has assured it “doesn’t seek confrontation”. But as the tensions continue and Tehran keeps refusing to release the crews of the Stena Impero, analysts are looking at the military strength of the UK and Iran.

Global Fire Power (GFP) reviewed both Tehran and London’s military strength this year and ranked them eighth and 14th respectively out of the 137 nations analysed so far.

The website assesses the military strength of countries using a thorough in-house generated formula, called PowerIndex score (PwrIndx).

My comment: A high propaganda level, as there never will be a UK-Iran war.

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Iran threat: Boris Johnson needs alliance in Strait but not with Trump, says ex-diplomat

NEW Prime Minister Boris Johnson must quickly get to grips with the crisis in the Gulf after the seizure by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard of the UK-flagged Stena Impero - and that is likely to mean entering into a partnership with European nations, even though Brexit is looming, former diplomat Lord David Hannay has said.

“The Royal Navy cannot police those waters on their own – that’s obvious.

“But it could be a part of an international effort involving the French, the Germans and perhaps the Japanese.

“A convoy system is likely to work better than individual ships.

My comment: A high propaganda level. The british seizure of the Iranian tanker simply is omitted from this story. Taking into account all facts, there would be no special „Iran threat“.

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Iran, Oman FMs hold talks on bilateral, regional issues

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has held talks with his Omani counterpart, Yusuf bin Alawi, on bilateral relations and regional developments.

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Russia warns of ‘large-scale’ conflict as Iran tensions rise

Russia says tensions with Iran have made the prospect of “large-scale” conflict real, calling on world countries to support a Russian security doctrine of zero extra-regional military presence in the Middle East to prevent such a scenario.

Speaking at a BRICS foreign ministers meeting in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov used the tensions between mainly the United States and Iran to promote the Moscow-proposed doctrine of collective security in the Middle East.

“The development of the situation [involving Iran] has reached a dangerous line, which is fraught with risks of large-scale warfare. We must do our best to prevent it,” Lavrov said.

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Saudi Arabia can be Iran’s ‘strategic partner’, MP says

Mohammad Javad Jamali Nobandegani, the deputy chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, has said that Saudi Arabia can be a “strategic partner” of Iran if it abandons following the United States.

“If Saudi Arabia abandons animosity and stops blindly obeying America it can have a good strategic partner like the Islamic Republic, which will be to the benefit of all regional countries and Muslims,” Jamali Nobandegani told ISNA in an interview published on Friday.

The MP said Iran and Saudi Arabia have a common religion and have joint borders,” he said.

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Under US Sanctions, Iran Regional Influence Grows

All US secondary sanctions on Iran’s core economic sectors were re-imposed by the Trump administration in November 2018 as a direct consequence of its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The administration justified its withdrawal from the accord partly on the assertion that the lifting of sanctions required by the 2015 nuclear agreement was enhancing Iran’s ability to exert influence in the region.

Trump has asserted that the re-imposition of sanctions has made Iran “a much different country.” He and other US officials state that the sanctions, including the May termination of sanctions exceptions under a 2011 law penalizing the banks of countries that do not reduce their purchases of Iranian crude oil, have devastated Iran’s economy and caused Iran to retrench in the region.

A wide range of observations and data support the former assertion, but not the latter—suggesting that the economic effects of sanctions do not necessarily translate into strategic gains for US policy.

The re-imposition of sanctions has, without question, harmed Iran’s economy.

If sanctions translated into changes in Iran’s regional behavior, it would be expected that Iran’s regional influence would have suffered setbacks during 2011-2016. Yet, events and trends demonstrated just the opposite or, at best, suggest that sanctions and Iran’s regional influence are independent of each other.

Sanctions also did not stop Iran from taking advantage of the battlefield success of the Houthi movement in Yemen. Iran helped them not only confront a Saudi-led Arab coalition that was assembled with the express purpose of rolling back Iran’s regional influence by defeating the Houthis, but has also armed the Houthis to the point where they are able to launch missiles into Saudi Arabia and threaten shipping in the vital Bab el-Mandeb

Administration policy might potentially induce Iran into negotiations on a revised JCPOA that might involve Iranian concessions on issues not explicitly restricted in the 2015 agreement, such as Iran’s development of ballistic missiles. But, because Iran’s regional activities are at the core of its ideology and its strategy for defending the revolutionary regime, it is virtually certain that there will be no alteration of its regional policy that is either compelled by sanctions or demanded in negotiations – by Kenneth Katzman

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Film: Iran FM sends message to UK's next prime minister

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it's important for Boris Johnson, Britain's next prime minister, to understand that Iran does not seek confrontation. "Iran wants to have normal relations based on mutual respect," Zarif said, speaking during a visit to Nicaragua.

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UK official: Saudi ownership of British paper has ‘national security implications’

Saudi Arabia’s influence over British media has become a security concern, a UK court was told yesterday. Papers part owned by the kingdom through a series of “unconventional, complex and clandestine” deals could be used to exert editorial influence that could have “national security implications”, the government’s legal representative David Scannell said.

The warnings were made at a hearing of the competition appeal tribunal looking into the purchase of shares by Saudi Arabia in the Evening Standard and the Independent. Russian billionaire Evgeny Lebedev, who controls both publications, sold 30 per cent stakes in them to offshore companies fronted by a Saudi businessman in 2017 and 2018. The Standard and the Independent are said to be unsure who ultimately employs the businessman.

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Why a Boris Johnson government could benefit the Gulf countries

Boris Johnson is widely expected to be unveiled as the new prime minister of the UK tomorrow. His victory will increase the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit, pushing the UK to develop its extra-EU relations and presenting new economic opportunities for the Gulf states to improve their already strong economic ties to Britain.

The first point to note is that Johnson has committed to get the UK out of the EU by the October 31 deadline, even if that means leaving the EU without a deal.

For the Gulf countries, Brexit represents an opportunity. In many respects, from the UK’s perspective, the Gulf countries are ideal economic partners: they export goods and services that the UK needs (energy, petrochemicals, metals, warm weather tourism); and they import goods and services that the UK produces (machines, vehicles, pharmaceuticals, financial services). Moreover, a recent survey of 250 Gulf investors by the consultancy Cluttons revealed that 22 percent of Gulf investors consider the UK their favorite destination, underlying the economic ties between London and the Gulf. Today, Gulf countries rank among some of the most open in the world according to Heritage’s Index of Economic Freedom, and this is consistent with the British belief in the importance of trade to prosperity.

From the Gulf side, access to the UK market, which is one of the top five economies in the world, via a new free trade agreement after no-deal Brexit is an attractive opportunity.

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Boris Johnson approved £1.2 billion arms sales to Saudi Arabia as bombs rained down on Yemen

As Foreign Secretary, Johnson licensed bombs two days after Saudi forces destroyed a food factory killing 14 people. And a day before a school was bombed, killing 10 children. Two months later, Saudi forces bombed a funeral killing 140 people. In the weeks that followed, Johnson signed another arms transfers for bombs.

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Iran Blames US for Killing Children in Yemen, Palestine

Iran's Judiciary Chief Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi took the US responsible for the killing and death of children in Yemen and Palestine by supporting the aggressive Saudi and Israeli regimes.

"Based on the UN figures, today the highest number of child-killings have been registered by the al-Saud in Yemen and the Zionist regime in Palestine, and the US is directly responsible for these crimes," Rayeesi said, addressing the judiciary officials in Tehran on Monday.

He, meantime, underlined that both history has shown and religions have always admired killing and destroying arrogance in the world.

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Fresh demonstrations after Bahraini activist dies following execution protest

Mohamed al-Miqdad, 21, was taken to hospital after being found unconscious on a street in the capital Manama

A new round of protests broke out in the Bahraini capital Manama on Monday, following the death of a 21-year old activist after taking part in demonstrations against the execution of two Shia youths in the kingdom.

Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Bilad al-Qadeem suburb where Mohamed Ebrahim Habib Mansoor - also known as Mohamed al-Miqdad - died from gas inhalation on Saturday, four activists said.

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Film: Ex #Bahrain Army Lt. Col whose battalion responded to #ArabSpring #Manama protesters at Pearl R/A says Armed Forces given false briefing abt protesters w/ wepons, but in reality most were peaceful & weapons shown on TV were planted (to blame #Iran of course).

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Film: Senior #AlQaeda #Bahrain nationals made "insurance tapes" in case they get thrown under bus - admitting to working w/ Bahraini Royal Family + links w/ Al Saud #Saudi to qash #ArabSping protests by citizens demanding better life/more rights.

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Anti-regime Protesters in Bahrain Condemning Execution of Arab and Malali

Anti-regime protests took place, on Saturday evening, in various parts of Bahrain in protest against the regime's execution of the martyrs Ahmad Al-Malali and Ahmad Al-Arab.

Thousands of Bahrainis have spilled out into the streets across several towns and villages, especially in Manama, Karabad, Karana, Al-Mamir, Sitra, Nabih Saleh, Musalla and Al-Deraz, with clashes reported in some areas.

There were violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces on Sitra Island, south of Manama, as security forces flooded the areas with poison gas and followed the participants with four-wheel vehicles.



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Young man killed during police crackdown in Bahrain

Mass protests against recent executions rock the country

A Young Bahraini man was killed Sunday during a protest against the Bahraini regime that took place in a suburb of the capital Manama, the Al-Manar news agency reported.

According to the news outlet, the death of Bahraini youth Mohammed Ibrahim al-Meqdad came after authorities suppressed a demonstration in Manama’s “Old Country” area.



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Bahrainis Hold Funeral for Young Protester

Bahraini protesters hold a funeral ceremony for a young protester who died after inhaling tear gas fired by Bahraini security forces during anti-regime protests on Saturday (film)



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Bahrain executes 2 in 'terror' case despite rights groups' pleas

Bahrain's public prosecutor announces executions hours after UN envoy Agnes Callamard appealed to stop them.

Bahrain has executed two people convicted on terror charges, the public prosecutor has said, despite international appeals for clemency amid concerns the pair did not receive a fair trial and were coerced into making confessions through torture.

Attorney General Ahmed al-Hammadi said in a statement on Saturday that the men, who were not identified, were involved in "terrorist" operations that killed a security officer, among other charges. They were put to death by firing squad.

Rights groups identified the pair as Ali al-Arab, 25, and Ahmad al-Malali, 24.

The two men, who were arrested separately in February 2017, were convicted in January 2018 in a mass trial involving some 60 people. Both were allegedly subjected to torture, as well as prevented from attending their trial and sentenced to death in absentia.


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'Rogue state': Bahrain dissidents seek action against government

Al Jazeera documentary suggested Bahrain's government worked with al-Qaeda operatives to murder dissidents.

Leaders of Bahrain's opposition in exile have branded the nation a "rogue state" following revelations that the country's government may have hired al-Qaeda operatives to murder dissidents.


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Bahrain: Playing With Fire

Did the Bahraini government collude with al-Qaeda members to target Shia opposition figures during the 2011 unrest?

The government called the unarmed protesters and activists "terrorists". Civilian demonstrators were tear gassed, beaten and shot.

Now, allegations have surfaced suggesting that the Bahraini government made attempts to coerce members of al-Qaeda in Bahrain to target key figures in the Shia Muslim community during the unrest.

In leaked secret video recordings, former members of al-Qaeda say that the Bahraini government and intelligence officials cracked down on and tried to assassinate key Shia opposition figures.

The recordings say that Bahraini intelligence officers recruited al-Qaeda members to form a cell to murder Bahraini opposition activists, on orders from the king.

In one recording, former al-Qaeda member Mohammad Saleh says: "A state security officer and another officer ... paid me a visit. They said they'd come on behalf of His Majesty the King of Bahrain at a time when the country was having a difficult time. He said that we, as fighters and members of al-Qaeda could help quell the Shia."

In a different recording made at the same time, Hisham Hilal al-Balushi - who was later a known leader of a Sunni armed group in Iran, before being killed in 2015 - talks about being detained by Bahraini security services and then recruited to infiltrate another group in Iran.

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Bombs and work, the hour of truth

Deputy Prime Minister Di Maio publishes a video of strong commitment to stop the government from supplying missiles and Italian bombs to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, but the decision encounters obstacles and vetoes. Let's try to understand whyIt was, without a doubt, the one put online shortly after the House's approval , on June 26th, of the motion calling on the government to stop sending bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

A real epochal transition, compared to previous governments, which targets the production of Rwm Italia with operational headquarters in Sardinia, between Domusnovas and Iglesias, in Sulcis Iglesiente.

Di Maio's video is unexceptionable , but suffers from the serious problem of the lack of a national industrial policy , together with the inability, even if only theoretical, to negotiate with the German ownership of the factory, which could decide to have war material produced in Italy intended for European customers, thus silencing any scandal.

Whoever is in charge of a multinational company knows well that it must balance the risks for its shareholders. It cannot, therefore, believe that it continues to export heavy weapons, such as airplane bombs, to a country, such as the Saudi one, which leads a military coalition involved in a serious humanitarian disaster denounced in the UN and made the object of resolution expressed by the European Parliament.

There are many doubts about the strategy of the board of directors of Rheinmetall Defense,where ex-ministers of the Berlin government also sit. It is not only with occupational blackmail that large companies can be managed that should move within a perimeter of shared European values.

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Film: Human rights activists of Arab nationalities break into #MbZ residence in Four Seasons Hotel in Geneva, and stayed in the hotel lobby and restaurant chanting slogans against the Abu Dhabi crown prince and his criminal war on #Yemen.

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Dubai hotels suffer worst Q2 occupancy rates for a decade

STR figures show that average daily rate and revenue per available room levels fall to lowest in Dubai since 2003

Hotels in Dubai suffered the lowest second quarter occupancy rate since the time of the global economic a decade ago, according to new figures released by analysts STR.

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We should all be shamed by the shocking death of a sick woman in UAE custody

Alia Abdulnoor’s case reveals the grim reality of human rights during the ‘year of tolerance’ in the United Arab Emirates

This death in custody should shame us all. Riddled with cancer, osteoporosis and liver fibrosis, she spent her final weeks chained to a bed, denied adequate care and made to sign a document stating that she didn’t want treatment, according to reports by human rights monitors.

The list of rights denied to her is long.

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Film: “The only person that can let Latifa go, because it is a dictatorship, is her father.” Human Rights lawyer David Haigh is fighting for the freedom of Princess Latifa, who attempted to escape Dubai’s Royal family last year but was returned against her will.


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Film: Palace insider Marcus Essabri believes Princess Haya left her husband and fled Dubai because she finally realised the truth about what had happened to Princess Latifa, who attempted her own escape last year.

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cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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S. Arabia Recruiting Al-Qaeda to Fill UAE Gap in Yemen

Yemeni Sources said Saudi Arabia has created a formation of 25,000 militants, including al-Qaeda terrorists, in coastal areas and Southern parts of Yemen after the UAE declared withdrawal of its forces from the war-torn Arab state.

Sources were quoted by the Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper as saying on Monday that Saudi Arabia is attempting to revive the militia loyal to the anti-Yemen coalition, adding that once the UAE announced decreasing forces in Yemen, Riyadh started a new phase of recruitment in the Southern provinces to fill the vacuum created after the Emirati forces' pullout.

According to the report, Saleh al-Mashjari, a Saudi-backed Salafi cleric, has been able to mobilize over 15,000 militants.

Meantime, the Abyan revolutionary youth movement, one of the local movements opposing the Saudi-led coalition, warned of Riyadh's attempts to recruit the young people to send them to the Northern and Western coastal front.

It added that al-Mashjari has invited tens of al-Qaeda members from al-Baydah province in Central Yemen to his base and given them key posts in al-Maniyaseh.

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Yemen urges oil companies to restart production: document

Yemen’s internationally recognized government has called on oil companies to restart production and exploration in the country, the Ministry of Oil and Minerals said in a document seen by Reuters on Monday.

The ministry said companies involved in production and exploration should resume production as per the partnership agreements with the government, according to the document, which was a memorandum signed by Yemeni oil and minerals minister Aws Abdullah al-Awd.

Yemen’s oil output has collapsed since 2015


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The ministry also urged domestic and international oil companies to make their Yemen headquarters in the temporary capital Aden.

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Coalition measures serve the Omani port of Salalah at the expense of Aden port

Security measures imposed by the Arab coalition in the port of Aden led to the transformation of dozens of Yemeni traders to the Omani port of Salalah, which recorded a growth in revenues of general goods and containers during the past year and the first quarter of 2019, and benefits from Yemen's trade at the expense of Yemeni ports.

The port of Aden benefited from the decline in activity of the Red Sea port of Hodeida (west of the country) against the backdrop of fighting on the west coast, and became Yemen’s main port and the port is witnessing a remarkable growth in shipping and commercial activity, but is losing significant opportunities for growth due to the security measures of the Arab coalition.

In mid-July, the Yemeni government announced a rise in container traffic, which has seen a marked increase from year to year in the past three years, and said it last year approached 399,000 containers, the largest level in the port even in the pre-war period, the first quarter of this year also achieved a significant level, with containers exceeding 110,000.

However, an official at the Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation confirmed to "Al-Masdar Online", that the rise in trade through the port of Aden is not due to government efforts, but is the result of limiting the activity of the port of Hodeidah with relief goods and oil derivatives, thus diverting the ship's route to the port of Aden to receive incoming goods, in addition to World Food Programme relief materials and other relief organizations.

The official, who asked not to be named, said the Arab coalition's actions were hampering the desired growth in the port of Aden and squandering important opportunities to restore activity at a high pace.

My comment: That’s sure: deviating ships from Hodeidah to Aden means that less aid and goods reach those who would nee it most – the population of Northern Yemen.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp13b

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Al-Qaeda child soldier unit arrested in Bayda

Terrorists hired children to conduct intelligence operations for Saudi coalition

Security services were able to arrest a child soldier cell recruited by an al-Qaeda takfiri group in Bayda province, the security media center reported.

According to the center, children between the ages of 10 and 15 were recruited by al-Qaeda to monitor the movements of a number of social figures from Bayda province.

The duties of the child soldiers consisted of monitoring and photographing the positions of the army, Popular Committees, security personnel and military pickups, and sending the pictures to the Saudi-led aggression command to be targeted in strikes.

The child recruits confessed to carrying out numerous monitoring and photography missions in service of the al-Qaeda takfiri group and in exchange for money.

My remark: By a pro-Houthi news site.

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The Islamic State in Yemen released a video on July 27 in which a militant discusses the group’s history of operations against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al Houthi forces, and the Saudi-led coalition. Islamic State in Yemen militants also renewed their pledge of allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in the video.[2]

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Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Open to Helping Victims’ Lawsuit if U.S. Spares Him Death Penalty

Guantanamo detainee Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s pending trial is still in flux

Alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has opened the door to helping victims of the terrorist attacks in their lawsuit against Saudi Arabia if the U.S. government spares him the death penalty at a Guantanamo Bay military commission, according to court documents.

Mohammed’s offer was disclosed in a Friday filing in the victims’ federal lawsuit in New York, which accuses the Saudi government of helping coordinate the 2001 suicide attacks. (paywalled)

cp15 Propaganda

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Taiz: Ignorance of child-killing kills faith in international journalism

In Taiz which has borne the brunt of the Yemeni years-long war, the failure to report Houthi routine murder of the city's children is killing the faith in international journalism.

The media, especially the western online news sources, do cover Yemen every day. But pick and choose as reflects the Houthi views!

All claims of civilian casualties from Arab air strikes mouthed by the Shia Islamic extremist organization echo in Reuters, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Independent, and others.

And no reports about Houthi crimes, happening indeed and being widely shared and published with evidence photos on local Yemeni media, will make it to these outlets no matter the number and type of casualties.

(A P)

Yemen’s stability linked to 3 peace references, says human rights minister

Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Askar said Yemen’s sought-after stability is “linked to implementing the three terms of reference for peace first.

Addressing a human rights conference in Cairo on Sunday, Askar was referring to the GCC Agreement of 2011, the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference of 2014 and the UN Security Council resolution 2216 (2015).

My comment: And again and again these “three references” of the Hadi government, claimed again and again, as they would continue the eternity of Hadi government’s superiority – by petrifying the political situation of 2013/14.

(A P)

King Salman to Host 2,000 Pilgrims from Yemen Martyrs’ Families

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz will host during this year’s Hajj 2,000 family members of the Yemeni army and Popular Resistance soldiers who died during the operations of Decisive Storm and Restoring Hope.
The 2,000 pilgrims will perform the pilgrimage as part of the 'Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah' which is overseen by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.

and also

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Houthis’ Iran-enabled ascent in the Gulf raises security risks

In June, the Houthi rebels initiated 90 attacks on various parts of Saudi Arabia after acquiring new weapons, some of which Houthis were shown brandishing online.

Hussein Ibish, a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, told AFP that Iran has had a hand in developing the Houthis’ armaments. Ibish and other analysts point to explosive-laden drones as evidence of the Houthis and Tehran are linked.

Despite warnings from the international community, Iran’s position relies on the status of its proxies whose military strength is needed because of sharpened tensions between Tehran and Washington.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda = and

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1c

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

July 26:

July 25:

July 24:

July 23:

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Coalition airstrikes destroy Houthi operation room in Sa’ada

The Arab coalition fighter jets on Monday destroyed an operation room for Iran-backed Houthi militia in the east of Sa’ada province.
The coalition airstrikes destroyed the militia’s operation room in the valley of Hadwan near the center of Ketaf district. Several elements in the Houthi militia were also killed and injured.
In the context, similar airstrikes by the Arab coalition targeted gatherings of Houthi militiamen in the valley of Fahlaween in Ketaf, leaving a number of killed and injured and destroying a number of their combat vehicles.

and also =

My comment: Look at cp1c

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Coalition airstrikes hit Houthi targets in Amran

The Arab Coalition fighter jets targeted on Monday, a number of military targets of the Iran-backed Houthi coupist militia in Amran governorate, north Yemen

(A K pS)

Coalition jets strike Houthi militia in Al-Dhale

The Arab coalition fighters jets launched on Sunday several airstrikes on Houthi militia in the north of Al-Dhale province.

The coalition launched two airstrikes on gatherings of Iran-backed Houthi militia in Bani Saleem area western Qatabah district, killing and wounding several Houthi elements and also destroying their BMB vehicle.

Several airstrikes by coalition warplanes targeted sites of Houthi militia in al-Zobairyat area western Qatabah district, leaving killed and injured among militia’s ranks, destroying 23 caliber gun and one of their combat vehicles. =

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Saudi-led coalition fresh airstrikes hit Houthi-held sites in Yemen's capital Sanaa

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen launched a series of airstrikes on rebel-held sites in the capital Sanaa on Sunday evening, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting residents.
The airstrikes targeted a military camp in Kutbayn area in Nehm district northeast of the capital and another camp in Aroush area of Khawlan district in the southeast of Sanaa.
Explosions could be heard in downtown Sanaa but there were no reports of casualties yet.

(A K pS)

Coalition destroys militia’s combat hardware & rocket launcher in Hajjah

The Arab Coalition air forces for the support of legitimacy destroyed on Saturday, combat hardware of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Hajjah province, in the northwestern of the country.

The Arab coalition fighters launched three air strikes on the positions and gatherings of the Houthi militia in the district of Abes.

The airstrikes resulted in the destruction of a Katyusha rocket launcher in Al-Badah area in ​​Abas district, in addition to the killing of several members of the militia. =

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

July 29: Sanaa p. Amran p.

July 28: Sanaa p.

July 27: Hajjah p.

July 25: Hajjah p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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Army launches Ballistic missile on Najran

The army and popular forces on Sunday launched a Ballistic missile on Headquarters of the Alliance of Aggression in Najran , the army spokesman Yahya Sarie said in a statement.
The army hit their headquarters with a ballistic missile in south Saqam area in Najran.

My remark: On Saudi territory.

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Ballistic Missile, Badr-F, Hits US-Saudi Mercenaries Gatherings Western Aseer

The Rocketry Force of the Army and Popular Committees, on Monday, targeted gatherings of mercenaries with ballistic missile, Badr-F, western Aseer. The spokesman of the Armed Forces, Brigadier Yahya Saree, said that the Rocketry Force fired a ballistic missile type Badr-F that targeted the gatherings US-Saudi mercenaries and weapons storage in Al-Dae'r area western Aseer, stressing that the missile hit the target accurately.

My remark: On Saudi territory.

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Responding to US-Saudi Crimes, Air Forces Target King Khalid Air Base

Yemeni Armed Forces' spokesman, Yahya Sare'e, stated that Air Forces targeted King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushaet in Aseer with a number of drones, Qasef 2K.

The Armed Forces spokesman said that the attack targeted warplanes' hangers and important military sites accurately. He added that the operation comes in response to the continued aggression and siege against the Yemeni People.

and also

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Army' drones targets Ibah Int'l airport: Army spokesman

The Army' drones on Monday carries out a wide operation on Ibah Int'l airport, the army spokesman said in a statement.

The army' spokesman emphases Yahya Sarie that the drones hit the targeted directly and led to Disable Air Navigation in the Ibah airport.

My remark: On Saudi territory.

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Yemeni Forces continues the progress in north of Ad Daali

The Yemeni Governmental Forces have announced regaining their control over a number of highlands in different areas


(A K)

Film: Yemen: Saudi-backed forces retake Houthi-held territory in western Yemen – reports

The Saudi-backed Hadi government reportedly retook a Houthi-held area in the north of the Ad Dali governorate in western Yemen on Saturday.


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Dozens of pro-Iran Houthis killed north al-Dhale

Dozens of pro-Iran Houthi militants were killed in a qualitative attack launched by the 83rd infantry brigade and the southern joint forces in al-Qahra village in the eastern part of Morais district, north al-Dhale.

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A child killed, others injured in Houthi shelling north of Taiz

A child was killed and two other children and a civilian from one family were injured when Houthi militias shelled a residential neighborhood north of Taiz -southwestern Yemen .



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Another child dies by Houthi shelling north of Taiz

A child died of his wounds on Sunday, hours after her younger brother was killed by an artillery shell on their home north of the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz.

A source close to the family told "Al-Masdar Online" that 10-year-old Kholoud Khaled Saleh Hatem died of her injuries as a result of a mortar shell fired by Houthi militias

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#MASAM, the Saudi Project for Mine Clearance, say they have removed 4198 #landmines and explosive devices, laid by #Houthi rebels, during July.

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Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it launched on Sunday a drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, Houthis’ Al- Masirah TV reported citing the group’s military spokesman.

and flight returning:

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Taiz.. 5 children injured by Houthi fire

five children were injured, two of them seriously, on Saturday afternoon when Houthi militias shelled al-Humaira neighborhood in Sala district , east of Taiz.



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Yemeni forces strike Saudi military control centre in Najran

The missile forces of the Yemeni army have on Sunday fired a short-range ballistic missile at a Saudi-led coalition command center south of Saqam in Najran region.

Military spokesman Yahya Sare’e said that the ballistic missile hit the Saudi-led coalition command center with high accuracy, destroying the operation center in addition to leaving large number of mercenaries dead and wounded, including commanders.

The general also said the targeting of this important site came after an intelligence operation, and added that the border battles of the Saudi invaders were managed from these control rooms.

“Today we assure the Saudi-led aggression forces that the long hand of the Yemeni armed forces will follow them wherever they are and that our target bank is expanding day by day,” a spokesman for the armed forces said.

Hours earlier, the Yemeni Air Force had carried out large-scale drone attacks at Najran airport, targeting aircraft hangars, control rooms and military and vital locations at the airport, using Qasif-2K drones.

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Today’s Strike, Yemeni Drones target Saudi Najran Airport, Halting its Air Traffic

The Air Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees carried out an attack with Qasef 2K drone targeting Najran Airport. Armed Forces Spokesman stated that "the first wave of drones, Qasef 2K, targeting Saudi Najran Airport hit Saudi Drones' control command. The second wave of drones targeted Saudi Drones' hangers and military sites."

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman confirmed that Qasef 2 drones accurately hit their targets which led to halting of all air traffic in the airport. He pointed out that the attacks come as a response to US-Saudi continuous airstrikes.

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In Sa'ada, Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted populated villages in Munabbih and Razi districts, damaging a mosque.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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Drug business flourishes in Houthis-held areas

The drugs addition among youth in the Houthis-held areas is on rise due to illegal thrive of the substance by Houthis-affiliated dealers, reports by the Ministry of Interior said.

Security checkpoints along Marib Road, east Yemen which is a key thoroughfare of goods supply into the Houthis-held territory have intercepted 1.5 tons of drugs while en route to the Houthis-held areas during the first six months of 2019, according to reports by the Police of Marib.

My comment: Well, it flourishes in the whole country, the subject is used for propaganda purposes here.

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Much of southern Yemen flooded by heavy rainfall; 6 dead

Yemeni officials say at least six people were killed when floods swept through much of the country’s south following heavy rainfall.
The officials said Saturday that at least three people are still missing in the Abyan and Shabwa provinces hit by heavy rains over the past 24 hours.
The officials say rushing muddy water flooded dozens of farms, cutting off roads and sweeping away cars and cattle in parts of both provinces.



Teenager killed, another missing in Shabwa torrential rains



Two dead and agricultural areas damaged by floods in Shabwah

Two people died and several houses and agricultural areas were damaged by the floods from yesterday evening until dawn, in several districts of Shabwah province.


Film: Feel the sound of music in war-torn Yemen

At the Cultural Center in Sanaa, Abdullah Al-Diubai has been teaching youngsters to play various musical instruments.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-559 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-559: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

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