Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 568 - Yemen War Mosaic 568

Yemen Press Reader 568: 22. Aug. 2019: 20.000 Luftschläge – Humanitäre Programme wegen fehlender Finanzierung gefährdet – Der verlorene saudische Krieg – Saudi-Koalition greift Fischer an ...
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Aug. 22, 2019: 20,000 air raids – Humanitarian programs endangered by lack of funding – The Saudis’ lost war – Saudi coalition attacking fishermen – Trump’s crash at the Gulf – Civil war in Southern Yemen: Separatists hold their conquests, Hadi government refusing talks – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp6 Bürgerkrieg im Südjemen / Civil war in Southern Yemen

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

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

Neue Artikel / New articles

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Film: Stories Scattered by War

When we break down the larger story, known as “the war in Yemen” into smaller stories, we end up having the stories of individuals, individuals from flesh and blood who were stormed with events that changed their present and future forever. Then all the slogans raised by politicians are diminished especially those speeches about good and evil, right and wrong. This video features stories of some Yemenis that the war resulted into losing their loved ones, and losing their homes. It made them face poverty, displacement and the loss of dignity. The absent security that the video talks about includes physical security, psychological security, security of endangered moral values, and the security of a generation that is vulnerable to loss in a future that seems lost with the cycles of war. This video release is a collaboration between Al-Madaniya Magazine and YPC’s project (Rebuilding piece and security). The project was funded by the European Union.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUYW4sP9wpo

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Film: Not a Target

On World Humanitarian Day, people, patients and the hospitals that treat them should never be a target. Glimpse into a day in the life of many Yemenis, and see reality through their eyes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycho8PrWciA

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Film: Jürgen und Frederic Todenhöfers Friedens Plädoyer

Der Titel ihres aktuellen Buches lautet: "Die große Heuchelei". Es verspricht, das Anti-Kriegs-Buch des Jahres zu werden. ttt spricht mit den Autoren und zeigt exklusive Filmaufnahmen der Todenhöfers aus Mossul und dem Jemen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGbo7tVVdqI

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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20.000 Luftschläge – ein historischer Tag im Jemenkrieg
Genozid vor unseren Augen

Der Counter des Yemen Data Project überschritt heute die historische Zahl von 20.000 Luftangriffen der Saudi-Emirate-Koalition. Neben den Köpfen der Koalition müssen sich die Komplizen im Westen vor internationalen Kriegsverbrechertribunalen für den Genozid im Jemen verantworten.

Das Yemen Data Project (YDP) ist eine privat finanzierte non-profit NGO, die seit Kriegsbeginn akribisch Buch über den Krieg im Jemen führt. Seit Tag 1 zählt das YDP die Luftschläge der Saudi-Emirate-Koalition auf die Zivilbevölkerung des Jemen.

Heute, am 20. August 2019, überschritt der „Coalition Air Raids“-Counter die Marke von 20.000 und steht aktuell bei 20.025 Luftschlägen. Der Krieg begann am 26. März 2015. Das macht knapp 13 Luftschläge jeden Tag. Seit fast viereinhalb Jahren. Jeden Tag.

Unter diesen Luftschlägen befanden sich tödliche Angriffe auf so glorreiche militärische Ziele wie unzählige Hochzeitsfeiern und Beerdigungen, Flüchtlingsboote und -lager, Fischerboote, Hunderte Krankenhäuser, Moscheen, eine Blindenschule und eine Kartoffelchipsfabrik, in der zehn Angestellte eingeschlossen wurden und elendig in den Flammen verbrannten.

YDP geht über das bloße Zählen hinaus und weist die Angriffe auf zivile Targets auch, so gut es geht, entsprechenden Kategorien zu und zählte etwa Angriffe auf folgende Einrichtungen:

2.017 Wohngebiete
774 Transportinfrastruktur
649 Farmen
292 Regierungsgebäude
217 Marktplätze
90 Fabriken
241 Schulen
132 Wasser- und Elektrizitätswerke
16 Banken
21 Radio-/TV-Stationen
51 Moscheen
60 Sporteinrichtungen

Nach dem – anhaltenden – Völkermord in Darfur ab 2003 wird die Menschenfamilie im Jemen Zeugin des zweiten Genozids im 21. Jahrhundert. Neben Zehntausenden Kriegstoten implementiert die Saudi-Emirate-Koalition eine hermetische Luft-, See- und Landblockade – und hält so Millionen von Menschen buchstäblich in Geiselhaft.

Die Koalition setzt die historische Hungersnot und die größte Choleraepidemie der Menschheitsgeschichte als Kriegswaffen ein. Neben lebenswichtiger Infrastruktur wie Wasseraufbereitungsanlagen und Krankenhäuser zerstört sie systematisch die Industrie und entsprechende Infrastruktur des Landes und sorgt so dafür, dass sich der Jemen auch Jahrzehnte nach Kriegsende nicht vom Genozid erholen wird.

Und der Westen ist der Komplize dieses Verbrechen. Weit über die Hälfte der Waffen der Kriegskoalition stammt aus den USA, gefolgt von Frankreich, Russland, Großbritannien und Deutschland in den Top-5 der Waffenlieferanten – die 20.000 Bomben, die den Jemen verwüstet haben, sind westliche Bomben – von Jakob Reimann

http://justicenow.de/2019-08-20/20-000-luftschlaege-ein-historischer-tag-im-jemenkrieg/ = https://diefreiheitsliebe.de/politik/20-000-luftschlaege-ein-historischer-tag-im-jemenkrieg/ = https://www.freitag.de/autoren/jakob-reimann-justicenow/20-000-luftschlaege

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Hilfsprogramme im Jemen: "Wenn das Geld nicht kommt, sterben Menschen"

2,6 Milliarden Dollar an Hilfsgeldern wurden dem Jemen bei einer Geberkonferenz im Februar zugesichert - angekommen ist bisher weniger als die Hälfte. Laut Uno stehen deshalb nun mehr als 20 Hilfsprogramme vor dem Aus.

Die Vereinten Nationen (Uno) drängen auf dringend benötigte Hilfsgelder für den Jemen. Sollte die finanzielle Unterstützung ausbleiben, droht 22 Hilfsprogrammen das Aus.

Die Programme müssten binnen zwei Monaten ihre Arbeit einstellen, wenn nicht bis dahin die zugesagten Mittel von gut einer Milliarde Dollar eingegangen seien, sagte die Uno-Hilfskoordinatorin für den Jemen Lise Grande. "Wir brauchen das zugesagte Geld dringend. Wenn das Geld nicht kommt, sterben Menschen."

Die Nahrungsmittelrationen für 12 Millionen Menschen müssten reduziert werden. Mindestens 2,5 Millionen unterernährte Kinder würden dann von der lebensrettenden Unterstützung abgeschnitten, schätzt Grande.

Bei einer Geberkonferenz im Februar hatten die Teilnehmer dem Jemen insgesamt 2,6 Milliarden Dollar an Hilfen zugesichert. Von dieser Summe sei weniger als die Hälfte eingegangen, sagte Grande. Nach vier Jahren Krieg sind Millionen Menschen im Jemen von einer Hungersnot bedroht.

"Wir alle schämen uns für die Situation"

Zudem würden ohne neue finanzielle Mittel in den kommenden Wochen 19 Millionen Menschen den Zugang zur Gesundheitsversorgung verlieren. Laut Grande müssten die Programme für sauberes Wasser für fünf Millionen Menschen Ende Oktober eingestellt werden.

"Millionen von Menschen im Jemen, die unschuldig Opfer dieses Konflikts sind, sind auf unsere Hilfe angewiesen, um zu überleben", sagte Grande. "Wir alle schämen uns für die Situation. Es ist herzzerreißend, einer Familie in die Augen zu schauen und zu sagen, wir hätten kein Geld, um zu helfen."

https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/jemen-22-hilfsprogramme-stehen-laut-uno-vor-dem-aus-a-1283112.html

und auch https://www.dw.com/de/wo-bleibt-die-zugesagte-hilfe-für-den-jemen/a-50119665

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Humanitarian programmes in Yemen forced to shut due to lack of funding

Commitments made by donor countries at the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen have failed to materialize. At the event convened by the UN Secretary General in February 2019, the United Nations and humanitarian partners were promised USD 2.6 billion to meet the urgent needs of more than 20 million Yemenis. To date, less than half of this amount has been received.

“We are desperate for the funds that were promised,” said Ms. Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “When money doesn’t come, people die.”

Of the 34 major UN humanitarian programmes in Yemen, only three are funded for the entire year. Several have been forced to close in recent weeks and many large-scale projects designed to help destitute, hungry families have been unable to start. A staggering 22 life-saving programmes will close in the next two months unless funding is received.

The UN was forced to suspend most of the country’s vaccination campaigns in May. Procurement of medicines has been stopped and thousands of health workers are no longer receiving financial support. Plans to construct 30 new nutrition centres have been shelved and 14 safe houses and four specialized mental health facilities for women have closed. A treatment plant that purifies the water used to irrigate agricultural fields shut in June.

Unless the funds promised at the pledging conference are received in coming weeks, food rations for 12 million people will be reduced and at least 2.5 million malnourished children will be cut-off from the services which keep them alive. 19 million people will lose access to health care including one million women who depend on the UN for reproductive health. Clean water programmes for five million people will shut at the end of October and tens of thousands of displaced families may find themselves homeless.

“This is the largest humanitarian operation in the world addressing the worst humanitarian crisis,” said Ms. Grande. “When we receive funding, we make a huge difference.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/humanitarian-programmes-yemen-forced-shut-due-lack-funding-enar

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The Deeper Meaning in a Lost War

It’s pretty clear. Saudi Arabia has lost, and, notes Bruce Riedel, “the Houthis and Iran are the strategic winners.” Saudi proxies in Aden – the seat of Riyadh’s Yemeni proto-“government” – have been turfed out by secular, former Marxist, southern secessionists. What can Saudi Arabia do? It cannot go forward. Even tougher would be retreat. Saudi will have to contend with an Houthi war being waged inside the kingdom’s south; and a second – quite different – war in Yemen’s south. MbS is stuck. The Houthi military leadership are on a roll, and disinterested – for now – in a political settlement. They wish to accumulate more “cards.” The UAE, which armed and trained the southern secessionists has opted out. MbS is alone, “carrying the can.” It will be messy.

So, what is the meaning in this? It is that MbS cannot “deliver” what Trump and Kushner needed, and demanded from him: He cannot any more deliver the Gulf “world” for their grand projects – let alone garner together the collective Sunni “world” to enlist in a confrontation with Iran, or for hustling the Palestinians into abject subordination, posing as “solution.”

What happened? It seems that MbZ must have bought into the Mossad “line” that Iran was a “doddle.” Under pressure of global sanctions, Iran would quickly crumble, and would beg for negotiations with Trump. And that the resultant, punishing treaty would see the dismantling of all of Iran’s troublesome allies around the region. The Gulf thus would be free to continue shaping a Middle East free from democracy, reformers and (those detested) Islamists.

What made the UAE – eulogized in the US as tough “little Sparta” – back off? It was not just that the Emirs saw that the Yemen war was unwinnable. That was so; but more significantly, it dawned on them that Iran was going to be no “doddle.” But rather, the US attempt to strangulate the Iranian economy risked escalating beyond sanctions war, into military confrontation. And in that eventuality, the UAE would be devastated.

But there was another factor in the mix. “As the world teeters on the edge of another financial crisis,” Esfandyar Batmanghelidj has noted, “few places are being gripped by anxiety like Dubai. Every week a new headline portends the coming crisis in the city of skyscrapers. Dubai villa prices are at their lowest level in a decade

As Bloomberg’s Zainab Fattah reported in November of last year, Dubai has begun to “lose its shine,” its role as a center for global commerce “undermined by a global tariff war—and in particular by the US drive to shut down commerce with nearby Iran”.”

An extraneous Houthi drone landing in Dubai’s financial zone would be the “final nail in the coffin” (the expatriates would be out in a flash)

In short, the Gulf realized MbS’ confrontation project with Iran was far too risky, especially with the global financial mood darkening so rapidly. Emirati leaders faced off with MbZ, the confrontation ideologue – and the UAE came out of Yemen formally (though leaving in situ its proxies), and initiated outreach to Iran, to take it out of that war, too.

It is now no longer conceivable that MbS can deliver what Trump and Netanyahu desired. Does this then mean that the US confrontation with Iran, and Jared Kushner’s Deal of the Century, are over? No.

In terms of the US confrontation with Iran, it seems that Trump is turning-down the volume on belligerence toward Iran, hoping that economic sanctions will work their “magic” of bringing the Islamic Republic to its knees. There is no sign of that however – and no sign of any realistic US plan “B.” (The Lindsay Graham initiative is not one).

Where does that leave MbS in terms of US and Israeli interests? Well, to be brutal, and despite the family friendships … “expendable,” perhaps? The scent of an eventual US disengagement from the region is again hanging in the air – by Alastair Crooke, former British diplomat

https://original.antiwar.com/alastair_crooke/2019/08/20/the-deeper-meaning-in-a-lost-war/

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Human Rights Watch: Jemen: Kriegsschiffe der Koalition greifen Fischerboote an

47 jemenitische Fischer getötet, Dutzende seit 2018 inhaftiert

Die Seestreitkräfte der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Koalition haben seit 2018 mindestens fünf tödliche Angriffe auf jemenitische Fischerboote verübt, so Human Rights Watch heute. Kriegsschiffe und Hubschrauber der Koalition waren an Angriffen beteiligt, bei denen mindestens 47 jemenitische Fischer, darunter 7 Kinder, getötet wurden. Zudem war die Koalition an der Inhaftierung von mehr als 100 weiteren Personen beteiligt. Einige von ihnen wurden in saudischer Haft gefoltert.

Die Angriffe der Koalition auf Fischer und Fischerboote richteten sich offenbar gezielt gegen Zivilisten und zivile Objekte und verstoßen somit gegen Kriegsrecht. Koalitionsbeamte, die Angriffe anordneten oder Häftlinge folterten, haben höchstwahrscheinlich Kriegsverbrechen begangen.

„Die Seestreitkräfte der Koalition griffen wiederholt jemenitische Fischerboote und Fischer an, offenbar ohne vorher zu prüfen, ob es sich um legitime militärische Ziele handelte“, sagte Priyanka Motaparthy, Leiterin der Abteilung Krisengebiete bei Human Rights Watch. „Wenn Fischer mit weißen Tüchern niedergeschossen werden oder man schiffbrüchige Besatzungsmitglieder ertrinken lässt, dann sind das Kriegsverbrechen."

Human Rights Watch führte Interviews mit Überlebenden, Zeugen und Experten zu sieben Angriffen auf Fischerboote. Sechs wurden im Jahr 2018 verübt, einer im Jahr 2016. Bei fünf der Angriffe starben Zivilisten. Die Angriffe durch die Koalitionstruppen fanden mit leichten und schweren Waffen statt. Kriegsschiffe und Hubschrauber waren an den Angriffen, die aus kurzer Distanz erfolgten, beteiligt, so dass die Fischerboote als zivile Objekte hätten erkannt werden müssen. Die Fischer schwenkten weiße Tücher, hoben die Hände oder signalisierten auf andere Weise, dass sie keine Gefahr darstellten. Bei drei Angriffen unternahmen die Koalitionstruppen keine Versuche, auf offener See treibende Überlebende zu retten. Viele von ihnen ertranken.

Ein Fischer beschrieb den Angriff auf sein Boot wie folgt: „Der Hubschrauber war in der Nähe, etwa drei Meter hoch. Sie riefen [durch ein Megaphon] ‚Geht nach vorne‘, und vier oder fünf [Fischer] gingen nach vorne, und die anderen waren in der Nähe des Hecks [des Bootes]. Ich war in der Mitte. Dann schossen sie mit der großen Waffe auf uns.‘ Sieben Fischer starben.

Die Koalition hat zudem mindestens 115 Fischer, darunter drei Kinder, in Saudi-Arabien zwischen 40 Tagen und mehr als zweieinhalb Jahren ohne Anklage festgehalten. Sieben ehemalige Häftlinge sagten, dass saudische Behörden Fischer und Bootsbesatzungsmitglieder gefoltert und misshandelt hätten und ihnen den Kontakt zu ihren Familien, einem Rechtsbeistand und jemenitischen Regierungsvertretern verweigert hätten.

Die Angriffe und Festnahmen hatten gravierende Folgen für abgelegene Fischergemeinden. Dutzende von Familien verloren hierdurch ihren Hauptverdiener. Auch hat die Angst vor weiteren Angriffen andere Fischer davon abgehalten, auf See hinauszufahren. „Vor dem Krieg lief die Fischerei gut“, sagte die Frau eines Fischers. „Aber wir hörten, dass acht Männer aus unserer direkten Nachbarschaft getötet wurden... also hörte mein Mann auf, hinauszufahren.“

Das San Remo Manual über bewaffnete Konflikte auf See, das als Gewohnheitsrecht für Krieg auf See gilt, verlangt von den angreifenden Kräften, alles Mögliche zu tun, um Angriffe auf militärische Ziele zu begrenzen. Schiffe sind demnach immer als zivile Objekte anzusehen, es sei denn, sie sind mit militärischer Ausrüstung bestückt oder stellen eine unmittelbare Bedrohung für das angreifende Schiff dar. Kleine Küstenfischerboote sind ausdrücklich von Angriffen ausgenommen.

https://www.hrw.org/de/news/2019/08/21/jemen-kriegsschiffe-der-koalition-greifen-fischerboote

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Yemen: Coalition Warships Attack Fishing Boats

47 Yemeni Fishermen Killed, Dozens Detained Since 2018

Saudi-led coalition naval forces have carried out at least five deadly attacks on Yemeni fishing boats since 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Coalition warships and helicopters have been involved in attacks that killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen, including 7 children, and the detention of more than 100 others, some of whom were tortured in custody in Saudi Arabia.

The coalition attacks on fishermen and fishing boats appear to be deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian objects in violation of the laws of war. Coalition officials who ordered or carried out the attacks or tortured detainees are most likely responsible for war crimes.

“Coalition naval forces repeatedly attacked Yemeni fishing boats and Yemeni fishermen without any apparent determination that they were valid military targets,” said Priyanka Motaparthy, acting emergencies director at Human Rights Watch. “Gunning down fishermen waving white cloths or leaving shipwrecked crew members to drown are war crimes.”

Human Rights Watch interviewed survivors, witnesses, and knowledgeable sources about seven fishing boat attacks: six in 2018 and one in 2016. Civilians died in five of them. Coalition forces carried out the attacks using small arms and heavy weapons. Warships and helicopters were involved in the attacks from short distances away, so the civilian nature of the fishing boats should have been clear. The fishermen waved white cloths, raised their hands, or otherwise showed they posed no threat. In three attacks, coalition forces did not attempt to rescue survivors adrift at sea, and many drowned.

A fisherman described the attack on his boat: “The helicopter was close, about three meters up. They said [over a megaphone] ‘go forward,’ and four or five [fishermen] went forward, and the rest were near the [boat’s] stern. I was in the middle. Then they hit us with the big gun with bullets.” Seven fishermen died.

The coalition also detained, apparently without charge, at least 115 fishermen, including 3 children, in Saudi Arabia for between 40 days and more than two-and-a-half years. Seven former detainees said that Saudi authorities tortured and ill-treated apprehended fishermen and boat crew members and denied them contact with their families, legal counsel, and Yemeni government representatives.

The attacks and detentions severely affected remote fishing communities that lost the primary earners for dozens of families. They have also deterred other fishermen from going to sea. “Before the war, fishing was good,” said the wife of a fisherman. “But we heard that eight men from the neighborhood next to us were killed … so [my husband] stopped going.”

The San Remo Manual on Armed Conflict at Sea, which is widely viewed as reflecting customary laws of war at sea, requires attacking forces to do everything feasible to limit attacks to military targets. Vessels are presumed to be civilian unless they are carrying military equipment or presenting an immediate threat to the attacking vessel. “Small coastal fishing vessels” are specifically exempt from attacks.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/08/21/yemen-coalition-warships-attack-fishing-boats

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Trump’s Persian-Gulf Car Crash

Trump has taken an insane U.S. policy towards Iran and make it even crazier

Traffic accidents normally take just a second or two. But the coming collision in the Persian Gulf, the equivalent of a hundred-vehicle pile-up on a fog-bound interstate, has been in the works for years. Much of it is President Donald Trump’s fault, but not all. His contribution has been to take an insane policy and make it even crazier.

The situation is explosive for two reasons. First, the Iranian economy is in a free fall with oil exports down as much as 90 percent from mid-2018 levels. As far as Iran is concerned, this means that it’s already at war with the United States and has less and less to lose the longer the U.S. embargo goes on.

Second, after Trump denounced the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord from the moment he began his presidential run, it’s all but impossible at this point for him to back down. The result is a classic collision between the immovable and the unstoppable with no apparent way out.

How did the world bring itself to the brink of war? The answer, ironically, is by bidding for peace.

The process began in early 2015 just as the nuclear talks were entering their final stages. Despite last-minute hand-wringing, it was clear that success was in sight simply because the participants – China, France, Russia, Germany, Britain, the European Union, Iran and the U.S. – all wanted it.

But other regional players felt differently, Saudi Arabia first and foremost. The kingdom’s survival strategy depends on its special relationship with America, its patron since the 1940s. Hence, it was panic-stricken by anything smacking of a U.S. rapprochement with its long-standing arch-enemy Iran. The upshot was a proxy war in which the Saudis set out to roll back Iranian power by striking out at pro-Iranian forces.

The offensive began after a new Saudi monarch ascended the throne in January 2015.

For the Saudis, it was a neo-medieval crusade whose goal was to topple two religio-political allies of Iran, the Alawite-dominated government in Damascus and Yemen’s Houthis.

The American empire was possibly so over-extended that it was at the mercy of its ostensible clients. Even while making peace with Iran, Obama thus green-lit Saudi wars that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in Syria and another 100,000 or so in Yemen while triggering a surge of international terrorism and the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. While reducing tensions in some respects, the 2015 nuclear negotiations, paradoxically, caused them to explode in others.

The results were so devastating in a region torn by war, sectarianism, and economic collapse that Trump could not possibly make them any worse – except that he did.

Rather than threatening the Jewish state, the treaty represented a landmark concession on Iran’s part, since Israel, with an estimated 80 to 90 nuclear warheads in its arsenal and enough fissile material for a hundred more, would maintain its nuclear monopoly in the Middle East indefinitely.

After Iran shot down a $130-million U.S. surveillance drone last month, Trump imposed sanctions on “supreme leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, his office, and his closest associates. Two weeks ago, he imposed penalties on Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s U.S.-educated foreign minister.

It was a gesture of contempt for the very idea of diplomacy. So what happens next? The problem is that re-starting negotiations would not be enough. Instead, Iran has demanded that the U.S. remove all sanctions and apologize before agreeing to a new round of talks. Since this would be tantamount to re-authorizing the JCPOA, it’s unlikely in the extreme. While Trump is known for changing his mind in a flash, a course correction of this magnitude is hard to imagine.

Thus, the confrontation is set to continue.

If so, the consequences are unpredictable – by Daniel Lazare

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/08/19/trumps-persian-gulf-car-crash/

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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UNICEF: First months of 2019 saw an increase of acute watery diarrhea cases in over 95% of districts across Yemen. Nearly 536,000 suspected cases and 773 associated deaths were reported between January and July. Children under five represent one quarter of all suspected cases.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1164123816349638656

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Second round of oral cholera vaccine reaches nearly 400,000 people in Aden, Taiz and Al Dhale’e in Yemen

A six-day oral cholera vaccination campaign reached almost 400,000 people including almost 65,000 children under the age of five in Aden, Al Dhale’e and Taizz, where high numbers of suspected cholera and acute watery diarrhoea cases have been recorded.

The first few months of 2019 saw an increase of reported acute watery diarrhea cases in over 95 per cent of districts across Yemen. Between January and end of July 2019, there have been nearly 536,000 suspected cases and 773 associated deaths. Children under five represent one-quarter of all suspected cases.

The vaccination campaign, run by local health authorities, UNICEF and WHO was made possible thanks to GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance and to the World Bank’s ‘Emergency Health and Nutrition Project.’

“Amid the fighting in surrounding areas, over 800 health workers, brave men, and women, risked their lives to reach communities from cholera — these are the real heroes,” said Altaf Musani, WHO Representative in Yemen.

https://www.unicef.org/mena/press-releases/second-round-oral-cholera-vaccine-reaches-nearly-400000-people-aden-taiz-and-al

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

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In Hodeidah, a source reported that US-Saudi mercenaries targeted Ad-Durayhimi district with heavy and medium machine-guns on the city since this morning. US-Saudi mercenaries of the aggression targeted 9 artillery shells and machine-guns in different neighborhoods of Hodeidah.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8389

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Houthis pushing big reinforcements towards Al-Tahita in Hodeidah

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/08/21/houthis-pushing-big-reinforcements-towards-al-tahita-in-hodeidah/

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Houthi rebels bomb fuel station in Hodeida

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/08/22/houthi-rebels-bomb-fuel-station-in-hodeida/

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRr09BXfHFE

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In Hodeidah, a security source told The Yemeni News Agency (Saba) that two children were injured by shrapnel from a mortar shell fired by the invaders and mercenaries while they were grazing sheep in al-Rubasa area of al-Hawk district.

The forces of aggression fired 38 artillery shells on citizens’ property in the south and west parts of Hays district. They also fired five mortar shells on the village of Al-Zafaran in Kilo 16 area in Ad Durayhimi city.

Furthermore, the source explained that the forces of aggression have fired seven Kornet missiles and 19 artillery shells on several part of al-Shajan village in the outskirts of the besieged Ad Durayhimi city, causing significant damage to the citizens’ homes and properties

Several areas of Kilo 16 district were heavily shelled with medium machine guns of invaders and mercenaries who bombed Ad Durayhimi city with seven artillery shells.

https://www.uprising.today/saudi-led-coalition-wages-27-airstrikes-on-three-yemeni-provinces/

(A K pH)

In Hodeidah, a child was injured with US-Saudi mercenaries' gunshots in Attohayta district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8373

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Al-Hodeidah. Four children and a woman injured by Houthi fire and two soldiers killed in shelling east of Hodeidah

Four civilians, including a child and a woman, were injured and two soldiers of "joint forces" were killed and two houses were destroyed by the shelling of towns and villages in Hodeidah on Tuesday.

Local sources told Al-Masdar Online that Houthi militias shelled with heavy guns today and last night, neighborhoods of Hees (south of Hodeidah) and houses of the village of Mandhar, which belongs to al-Hok district, the outskirts of Hodeidah.

The shelling of Hees neighborhoods injured 13-year-old Mohammed Begash Mohammed, 13-year-old Nabil Abdullah Qassem, Nasr Abdulqadir Matari, and Iftikhar Ghaleb al-Shamiri, and the destruction of the house of Abdulaziz al-Sharabi.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170846

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Houthi shelling injures 3 civilians, including child in Hodeidah

Three civilians, including a child, were injured Tuesday as Iran-backed Houthi militia shelled residential areas in Hays district in the south Hodeidah.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/08/20/2/

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ob4_Qbn3hs

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Houthi militias target residential neighborhoods and homes of citizens in Hays south of Hodeidah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rQS5agE-Bo

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON AUGUST 22, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-august-22-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON AUGUST 21, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-august-21-2019-map-update/

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Do Saudi Arabia, UAE seek perpetual chaos in Yemen?

The talks between the STC and the Yemeni government in Jeddah will serve the interests of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Riyadh will work on maintaining the presence of the legitimate government in Yemen to preserve the legitimacy of the Saudi and Emirati intervention in the country. Meanwhile, Riyadh will turn a blind eye to the new reality imposed in Aden for several reasons, mainly the division of power between Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Al-Monitor learned from sources close to decision-making circles that Riyadh is keen on preserving its presence in northern and eastern Yemen, while Abu Dhabi is more interested in the country's islands and ports in the south. The Saudi-UAE coalition also wants to keep the government and STC pitted against the Houthis in any upcoming negotiations.

The rules of the game are changing in Yemen. Yet, the Riyadh-Abu Dhabi coalition will work to halt the STC’s separatist demands, having shown since its intervention in Yemen in March 2015 that it doesn't support unity or separatism. It's neither keen on restoring legitimacy nor bringing down the Houthis. Instead, it manipulates the conflict to keep Yemen weak and reap the resulting economic and geopolitical benefits.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/08/saudi-arabia-uae-yemen-southern-separatists-aden.html

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The Last Thing Yemen Needed Was a Second Civil War

Yemen’s latest misfortune will make harder the herculean task of bringing peace to the ravaged nation.

The tragedy is deepened by its pointlessness. Far from being beaten, the Houthis have grown bolder, lobbing missiles and drone attacks deep into Saudi territory.

Inevitably, cracks in the coalition are showing.

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/the-last-thing-yemen-needed-was-a-second-civil-war-1.1305095

My comment: Perfunctory, biased.

(B P)

Extremists undermining chances of peace in Yemen

[Overview with bias]

http://jordantimes.com/opinion/michael-jansen/extremists-undermining-chances-peace-yemen

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The Situation in Yemen

Written in January/February of 2015. A history and background of Yemen and the conflict up to that time. Written for National Model United Nations

https://www.academia.edu/17263694/The_Situation_in_Yemen?auto=bookmark

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"Wenn sie euch nicht in den Jemen lassen, berichtet trotzdem!"

Im südlichsten Land der Arabischen Halbinsel sterben Tausende Menschen in einem Krieg, von dem kaum jemand weiß. Wie schon anderen Journalisten wurde auch unseren Autoren Amrai Coen und Malte Henk die Einreise verweigert. Sie fanden einen Weg, trotzdem mit den Menschen im Jemen zu sprechen (im Abo)

https://www.zeit.de/2019/35/jemen-buergerkrieg-huthi-opfer-kindersoldaten-hungertod-humanitaere-hilfe

(A P)

He said they didn't deserve a dollar. Emirati academic calls on his country to stop aid to Yemen and return its soldiers

Emirati academic Abdul Khaleq Abdullah on Tuesday called on his government to stop supporting Yemen and withdraw soldiers from the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces, describing his country's spending one dollar in Yemen as a "loss."

This came in two tweets posted by the academic close to the UAE authorities on his Twitter page, hours after the Yemeni government holding UAE the responsibility for the armed rebellion in Aden, in the south of the country.

Abdul Khaleq described the government of Yemen as "becoming a dependent and willing to prolong the war, and described any drop of pure blood and losing one dollar for its corrupt leadership as a waste"

"His country has been fighting for legitimacy for five years, and the Yemeni legitimate government is blaming the UAE for its failure," he said.

"It is regrettable that the Yemeni government is attacking the UAE unjustly

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170865

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No Progress in Yemen

The latest attack by Houthi rebels against Saudi oil and gas infrastructure involved ten drones equipped with improvised explosives.

The Saudis have achieved none of their goals in Yemen, while Iranian influence in the conflict, including Tehran’s support of the Houthis, has increased over time.

The anti-Houthi coalition has been relatively ad hoc; led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, it has recently fractured, and proxies have turned on one another.

The Trump administration has decided to fully back Riyadh, even over the objections of the U.N. and the U.S. Congress.

http://www.soufangroup.com/intelbrief-no-progress-in-yemen/ = https://www.thecipherbrief.com/column/soufan-center/no-progress-in-yemen

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Yemen's Infighting Tests Alliance Key to Trump's Mideast Policy

A raging conflict threatening to further splinter Yemen is also casting a shadow over a crucial Arab alliance that has backed Donald Trump’s policy against Iran.

In addition to complicating an already-struggling UN attempt to end the war, the infighting has raised questions about the strength of a Saudi-U.A.E. alliance that has been a linchpin in the Trump administration’s efforts to contain Iran.

“The Saudi-U.A.E. alliance in Yemen is at a crossroads,” said Paul Sullivan, a Middle East Expert at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. “The forces to split Yemen apart seem much greater than the forces to keep it together. There will be vituperative blame games coming around the bend. Frankly, getting involved with Yemen was a losing play to begin with.”

Stronger ties between Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. have helped shape Middle East politics in recent years. Aside from Yemen, they’ve spearheaded an unprecedented boycott of neighboring Qatar and extended billions of dollars in support to governments cracking down on Islamist groups.

But the escalating showdown between Trump and Iran has prompted the U.A.E. to rethink its priorities to avoid a conflict that could have a devastating impact on its economy.

“There have always been differences between the Emiratis and the Saudis,” said James Dorsey, senior fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and its Middle East Institute. “Those differences have become more evident with the U.A.E.’s partial withdrawal from Yemen.”

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/yemen-s-infighting-tests-alliance-key-to-trump-s-mideast-policy-1.1304781

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Saudi Arabia Losing Ground and Allies in its War on Yemen

Recently, the Yemeni Houthis were successfully able to carry out a drone strike on an oilfield in Saudi Arabia, and currently possess drones with a range covering all of Saudi Arabia. With this, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) withdrawing its forces from Yemen, the Saudis are fast losing their hold over Yemen. NewsClick's Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha talks about these developments, along with the implications of the tanker wars between Iran and UK on the overall situation in the region.

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

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Ex-CIA-Agent: Trumps Schwatzhaftigkeit gilt als Sicherheitsrisiko

Der Ex-CIA-Agent Robert Baer schätzt die Lage ein.

Bin Salman begründete das militärische Eingreifen im Jemen damit, die Sicherheit des Königreichs zu gewährleisten, die er durch den Aufstand der schiitischen Huthis gefährdet sah.

Ja, und mit welchem Erfolg? Die Sicherheitslage für Saudi-Arabien wird immer prekärer: An allen Grenzen des Königreiches, vom Jemen im Süden hin zu Katar im Osten sowie an den Küsten des Persischen Golfes, haben sich Krisenherde gebildet, hervorgerufen durch bin Salmans Aggressionen. Überall gibt es Konflikte, überall gärt es. Auch innenpolitisch spitzt sich die Lage zu, aufgrund der Drangsalierung der Schiiten Saudi-Arabiens.

Die Kriegsallianz zwischen Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten, die bisher im Jemen an einem Strang zogen, scheint aber zu zerbrechen?

Nein. Die Kriegsallianz zwischen Saudi-Arabien und den Emiraten ist zerbrochen. Die ehemalige Partnerschaft zwischen diesen beiden reaktionären Golf-Monarchien ist sogar in einen offenen Konflikt ausgeartet.

Was sind die Hintergründe?

Die Ursachen hierfür sind in der komplexen geopolitischen Gemengelage zu suchen – auf der Arabischen Halbinsel im Allgemeinen, speziell aber im Jemen. Mit der Dauer des Krieges sowie den wachsenden Verlusten treten diese Konflikte jetzt deutlich sichtbar hervor.

Was bedeutet das für den weiteren Verlauf dieses Krieges?

Weitere Probleme für die Saudis, bis hin zu einer Kriegsniederlage. In den vergangenen vier Jahren führten beide Staaten, flankiert von ihren lokalen Verbündeten, einen Terrorkrieg auf Kosten der Zivilbevölkerung, was zu einer der größten humanitären Katastrophen unserer Zeit führte. Jetzt ziehen die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate ihre Truppen im Kampf gegen die Huthis zurück. Das bedeutet: Saudi-Arabien steht alleine da, mit dem Rücken zur Wand.

https://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/ausland/krisen/id_86300280/ex-cia-agent-donald-trumps-schwatzhaftigkeit-ist-ein-sicherheitsrisiko-.html

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Facing the new realities of Yemen

Once there is enough courage in and outside Yemen to deal with the Yemeni situation from perspectives totally unrelated to the past, it will be possible to search for a new formula for a country that has become virtually fragmented.

It is time to face the painful reality in Yemen. At the top of the list of the things that must be accepted is that a return to a united Yemen is no longer possible. At the same time, it is impossible to revive a country that was once called South Yemen and which at one point was going by the name of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen.

Once there is enough courage in and outside Yemen to deal with the Yemeni situation from perspectives totally unrelated to the past, it will be possible to search for a new formula for a country that has become virtually fragmented after the fall of what was called its “centre,” Sana'a.

Why did Yemen’s unity fail? Well, it comes back to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the first and last president of unified Yemen. One can say a lot of good things and a lot of bad things about him.

When the north-south balance ceased to exist, the laws that governed the Arab Republic of Yemen -- North Yemen -- were extended to the rest of the country in an attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to find a new balance of power at the level of the newly unified state.

It was the Brotherhood's lust for power that was behind the loss of Sana'a to the Houthis on September 21, 2014.

Sana’a’s role as the symbol and centre of Yemen’s unity had ended before the Houthis entered it, however. That role ended when it became the ground for confrontations between Saleh’s supporters and backers of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2011.

As an independent state, South Yemen was never a viable and sustainable entity.

If one brings up the subject of the future of Aden these days, it is because of the daydreams of those calling for the restoration of the southern state. They do not know whether it may be possible to restore the city of Aden and its immediate surroundings but it would be impossible to restore the whole of the southern state in its six provinces (Aden, Lahji, Abyan, Shabwa, Hadramawt and Mahrah).

Aden may still have a place in a new entity under a federal or confederate regime but there is no way for Aden and Hadramawt to return under one state, just as Yemen cannot be unified and ruled from Sana’a again.

https://thearabweekly.com/facing-new-realities-yemen

My comment: A special viewpoint by a news site which “excelled” by a lot of pro-Saudi propaganda before.

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Emirati report criticises Saudi reaction to Houthi drone attacks

In a document seen by MEE, UAE intelligence says number of strikes on Saudi targets in the kingdom and around is far higher than publicly acknowledged

A confidential report compiled for the Emirati leadership criticises UAE ally Saudi Arabia’s reaction to attacks on oil tankers and installations in the Gulf.

It says the Saudi media was too quick to point the finger of blame on Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi movement, a sign it says of “unprofessionalism”.

The document, seen by Middle East Eye, also criticises Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih for giving detailed descriptions of the attacks to the media.

The report contrasts Riyadh’s panicked response to the attack on four tankers off the port of Fujairah on 12 May to the Emirati one.

It says the Emirati foreign ministry did not pin responsibility on any side, neither did it point to Iran as the party behind the attacks.

The intelligence report is one of a monthly series written by the Emirates Policy Centre, a think tank with close links to the Emirati government and security services.

Entitled “Monthly Report on Saudi Arabia, Issue 24, May 2019”, the report is of limited circulation and intended for the top Emirati leadership. It does not appear on the think tank’s website. A copy has been obtained by Middle East Eye.

Saudi defensive weaknesses

The report also reveals critical Saudi defence weaknesses to the weaponised drones used by the Houthis.

It reports that from January to May there were 155 such attacks against Saudi targets in Yemen and throughout the Gulf, a much higher figure than previously admitted.

“The attack on the Lahj Military Base demonstrates a weakness in Saudi air defences and the lack of capacity in electronic war if we take into account that these drones are basic and are not launched on tarmac,” the report says.

According to the report, the Saudis launched an air attack on the caves in Yemen where the drones were stored, but that failed.

“Air defences such as the Patriot are not capable of spotting these drones because the systems are designed to intercept long and medium range Scud missiles.” – by David Hearst

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/emirati-report-criticises-saudi-reaction-houthi-drone-attacks

(B P)

Yemen: lessons to be learned

Since 2015, Yemen has been bombed using Western-made military arms. Basically the whole country has been destroyed for no good reason(s). Dropping bombs must stop.

There are many lessons in bombing any country; in this case, Yemen.

The bomb, destroy, and destabilize campaign in West Asia came from the most powerful lobby in the USA. You may guess which organization that is.

It is hard to predict how a political settlement in Yemen could look like. The country is still divided over ethnic, religious, tribal and ideological viewpoints. Even though UAE/Saudi/UK actors did fuel this tension, it was there before the war, and likely will be after it. For the sake of its people, let us hope peaceful solutions would be found and implemented mostly by regional powers.

Lesson Seven: No more wars

Lesson Eight: Regime Change

The Saudi and UAE military expenditures are not because they want to use these military gears to defend themselves or their ideology. It is one way to return the petrodollars to Western countries. If they did not they would become the target of regime change, which both countries do not want. Another way to look at billions of dollars of military expenditures is a favor to Western countries to continue their business as usual, which must change

Lesson Nine: Western media is biased

The Hong Kong "protests" are covered in detail, frequently and on a daily basis - always from a pro-western/"democracy" UK/USA-supported perspective. The use of tear gas is "deplored" vigorously - as if Western nations haven't and wouldn't use such a thing against protestors (thus the BBC and NPR and Zionist groups stay mum about the Gilets Jaunes and the serious injuries inflicted on French protestors - against austerity, not "for" so-called democracy therefore unworthy - by the French police).

Lesson Ten: Stop using "terrorist" word

While terrorizing many countries economically and with military arms, stop making a wrong use of the word terrorist – by Mohammed Ala

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Yemen-Lessons-to-be-learn-by-Mohammad-Ala-Media_Military_Oil_People-190821-368.html

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More turmoil will come from disunity in Yemen: Arab League

The Arab League expressed on Tuesday its concern over developments in Yemen, saying that disunity will bring in more turmoil to the war-torn country.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302780829

and also https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1864981/arab-league-expresses-concern-over-aden-developments

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Red Sea Ports Corporation: Financial Losses Caused by US-Saudi Siege Over $ 945 Million

Yemeni Red Sea Ports Corporation affirmed that its ports are civil, commercial and compliant with the international system of port security, and said that all vessels returning to it show the greatest possible cooperation and facilities.

The Corporation revealed that the financial losses since the start of the US-Saudi siege and aggression amounted to more than $ 945 million.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8394

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

Relief and Development Peer Foundation: Yemen: Monthly Situation Report No. 07 (July 2019)

Lifesaving assistance of general food distribution to benefit 53,410 Individuals.

Last Distribution Cycle of Cash Transfer Assistance to support 19,600 Individuals.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-monthly-situation-report-no-07-july-2019

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Rice? Price increased by 60% in Yemen. Milk? Price increased by 60% in Yemen. Flour? Price increased by 60% in Yemen. Cooking oil? Price increased by 60% in Yemen. Sugar, beans, salt, lentils... all their prices increased by 60%. Yemen can't afford to eat.

https://twitter.com/ICRC/status/1163785754478370818

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WFP resumes food distribution in Yemen's Sanaa after deal with Houthis

The World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday resumed distributing food to 850,000 people in Yemen’s capital Sanaa after a two-month stoppage, having reached an agreement with the Iran-aligned Houthi authorities who control the city.

The U.N. agency halted most aid in Sanaa on June 20 out of concern that food was being diverted from vulnerable people, maintaining nutrition programs only for malnourished children, pregnant and nursing mothers.

Dozens of people gathered at a distribution center in Sanaa to be given flour, vegetable oil, pulses, salt and sugar.

“We are relieved. Thank God. All we can do is praise God,” said one recipient, Um Ahmed.

When the agreement with Houthi authorities was reached in early August, the WFP said a biometric registration process would be introduced for 9 million people living in areas under Houthi control.

The system - using iris scanning, fingerprints or facial recognition - is already used in areas controlled by the Saudi-backed government that holds the southern port city of Aden and some western coastal towns.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-aid/wfp-resumes-food-distribution-in-yemens-sanaa-after-deal-with-houthis-idUSKCN1VB22H

(B H)

Ein Haus des Friedens mitten im Krieg

Aichacher Jemenhilfe hat viele Schützlinge in dem gebeutelten arabischen Land. Viele von ihnen sind Kinder. Damit sie nun ein sicheres Zuhause bekommen, plant der Verein den Kauf eines Hauses. Dafür braucht er Unterstützung

Die Aichacherin Aenne Rappel, Vorsitzende des Fördervereins Jemenhilfe und der Jemen Kinderhilfe, ist in ständigem Kontakt mit ihren jemenitischen Mitarbeitern in Taizz. Die Großstadt mit ehemals einer halben Million Einwohner liegt im Bergland zwischen Sanaa im Norden und Aden im Süden und ist durch saudische Bombenangriffe schwer gezeichnet. In ihrem Jahreszwischenbericht teilt Rappel mit: „Seit 2015 tobt dieser sinnlose Krieg nun schon, der nur Leid und Zerstörung bringt.“ Die Zahl der derzeit von ihrer Hilfsorganisation betreuten Kinder sei auf knapp 100 Waisen gestiegen. Davon sind 25 Mädchen, die in einer angemieteten Wohnung mit zehn Kriegswitwen leben. Eine davon sei Lehrerin. Diese unterrichte die Mädchen zu Hause. In einem von der Kinderhilfe angemieteten Haus leben derzeit 73 Buben verschiedenen Alters. Sie gehen, wann immer der Weg sicher und die Schule geöffnet ist, zur Schule oder Universität, sagt Rappel und ergänzt: „Deren einziges Kapital ist die Bildung.“ Inzwischen seien auch alte Menschen, die alles verloren haben, Mitglieder der Wohngemeinschaft. „Wir versorgen alle mit Essen, Kleidern und dem Notwendigen“, so die Vorsitzende, die von „einer großen Familie“ spricht.

https://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/aichach/Ein-Haus-des-Friedens-mitten-im-Krieg-id55228366.html

(B H)

Die Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe bittet dringend um Spenden:
Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe – Kennwort „Nothilfe Jemen“
IBAN: AT85 2011 1287 1196 6333

https://evang.at/diakonie-erinnert-an-vergessenen-konflikt-im-jemen/

(A H)

I feel so happy. I distributed meat for 1000 families in #Yemen as #Qurban project in #EidAlAdha 2019. Special thanks to all donors. (photos)

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1163965439686447105

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Yemen: Flash Floods Flash Update No. 2 As of 19 August 2019

Rains intensified in recent weeks across the country, leading to a sharp increase in the number of families affected by flash floods and damage to shelter and infrastructure, including water networks. While most western governorates were affected by the heavy rains, Al Hudaydah and Al Mahwit have suffered the most damage – particularly in Az Zaydiyah, Al Hali, Al Khawkhah and Al Qanawis districts in Al Hudaydah and Milhan District in Al Mahwit. IDPs and host communities in these areas saw their shelters, houses, livestock and livelihoods washed away in the floods. Overall, IDP sites have been most impacted, forcing many to seek shelter in public buildings, including schools, or with relatives. In Sana’a Governorate, heavy rains and floods damaged shelters in IDP sites in Hamdan and Bani Hushaysh districts. Several IDP sites in Al Jawf, Al Mahwit, Amran, Dhamar, Ibb, Hajjah, Al Hudaydah and Taizz governorates also suffered damage. Flash floods were reported within the Red Sea Coast area and Taizz Governorate. Partners are carrying out assessments to determine overall needs and targeted response to affected families.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-flash-floods-flash-update-no-2-19-august-2019

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

(B H)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees: UNHCR Yemen Situation: 2019 Funding Update (as of 15 August 2019)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unhcr-yemen-situation-2019-funding-update-15-august-2019

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

(A P)

Houthis kidnapping shop owners in al-Dhale

The Iranian-backed rebel Houthi militia has carried out massive kidnappings against owners of private businesses in the southern province of al-Dhale.

Local sources told “September Net” that the rebel Houthi militia launched arresting and raiding campaign against shop owners in the area of ​​Alfakher, west of the city of Qataba, northern the province.

The sources added that the Houthi militia kidnapped a number of shop owners and merchants and fired live bullets towards the commercial stores.

The sources said that the militia launched this campaign, in an attempt to pressure and force the owners of businesses to pay illegal levies for what the militia called the “war effort”.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/08/22/houthis-kidnapping-shop-owners-in-al-dhale/

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-32687

(A P)

Sayyid Abdulmalik stresses importance of commemorating “Day of Wilayah”

The leader of the Revolution Sayyid Abdulmalik Badr al-Din al-Houthi has on Monday stressed the importance of commemorating the Day of Wilayah because it is as he said “the day of completion of religion and the grace.”

https://www.uprising.today/sayyid-abdulmalik-stresses-importance-of-commemorating-day-of-wilayah/

cp6 Bürgerkrieg im Südjemen / Civil war in Southern Yemen

Siehe / Look at cp1

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#Yemen gov & #STC southern separatists are in talks in Jeddah, but developments on ground continue: -STC met Kathiri tribal delegation yday to discuss "liberation" of #Hadramawt valley & desert from gov "occupation" -Also reports of pre-dawn gun battle outside palace in #Aden

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1164442174358003712

My comment: This means, the Hadi government has abandoned its claims, or had been forced to (by Saudis).

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Fighting for Legitimacy: The Dueling Sovereignties in Southern Yemen

The circumstances of recent weeks confirm the need for a frank discussion over the future of southern Yemen.

Recent clashes in Aden lay bare the untenable sociopolitical status quo in southern Yemen. Weeks of attacks and conspiracies reveal a strained Saudi-Emirati alliance and unaddressed southern Yemeni grievances. A tenuous partnership between forces of the Saudi-backed, internationally-recognized government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) — a UAE-backed proto-state vying for an independent South Yemen — has collapsed.

These actors’ shared mandate to defeat the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who have controlled most of northern Yemen since March 2015, has faced challenges for years.

Sovereignty in Yemen

In international law, sovereignty is the exercise of power by a ruling authority. Of the three types of sovereignty, two forms clash in southern Yemen. President Hadi maintains the juridical sovereignty inherent in recognition from the UN and its member states. However, in light of both the Houthi coup in the north and separatism in the south, Hadi’s forces maintain a light presence in Yemen itself. Beyond Marib governorate and portions of central Hadramawt, Hadi lacks legitimacy and Yemeni patronage.

Although the STC lacks juridical sovereignty, it is carving out empirical sovereignty

Ideological affinity is the second element of legitimacy where the STC surpasses Hadi. While Hadi is originally from Abyan, his long-held allegiance to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh spurs disdain. The STC has tapped into a popular desire for southern self-determination

For the STC to solidify its influence beyond Aden, it must demonstrate that it upholds the interests of all southerners and is not just an implement of Emirati interests.

The juridical sovereignty afforded to President Hadi as leader of the Republic of Yemen is void of legitimacy. His forces are folding and his popularity has long been flagging.

The circumstances of recent weeks confirm the need for a frank discussion over the future of southern Yemen – by Tyler B. Parker

https://www.fairobserver.com/region/middle_east_north_africa/southern-yemen-war-conflict-hadi-aden-arab-world-news-48924/ = https://gulfstateanalytics.com/fighting-for-legitimacy-the-dueling-sovereignties-in-southern-yemen%e2%80%8b/

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Yemen's southern separatists put UN in a bind

Separatism aside, the southerners have a fair point about the Hadi government. Whatever legitimacy it once had has mostly evaporated and it has not had much military success either.

One of the problems here, though, is that the international community has left itself little room for manouevre in terms of the evolving situation in the south. Four years ago (in rather different circumstances) the UN Security Council firmly committed itself to supporting the Hadi government and opposing separatism.

Resolution 2216 called on UN member states and all parties in the conflict "to refrain from taking any actions that undermine the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen, and the legitimacy of the President of Yemen".

Speaking to the Security Council on Tuesday, special envoy Griffiths expressed alarm at the violence in the south

Griffiths went on the welcome the planned discussions in Jeddah but emphasised a need "to ensure the continuity of governance, security and basic service provision in Aden and other relevant areas under the exclusive authority of the state" [italics added].

While this appears to rule out allowing the separatists to take charge in the south, Griffiths did make a few conciliatory noises, saying that the UN "remains committed to inclusive dialogue to resolve differences" and to address "the legitimate concerns of all Yemenis, including southern groups".

The devil in the detail, as far as southern separatists are concerned, is the phrase "long-term questions". The UN, not unreasonably, sees ending the war with the Houthis as its top priority and would much prefer to keep the issue of southern independence on the back burner in the meantime.

The current UN peace plan does envisage including the southerners, but only in the final stages and only for "political talks". The southerners' objection is that this would come far too late, and they should be involved much earlier in talks about security and the shape of a transitional government. They argue that the war can't be ended without drawing them more fully into the peace process (see previous article).

One of their hopes is that by establishing control in the south they will put enough pressure on the UN to revise its plan in the light of new facts on the ground – by Brian Whitaker

https://www.al-bab.com/blog/2019/08/yemens-southern-separatists-put-un-bind

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Aden clashes highlight discord within Saudi coalition

Diverging interests behind Saudi Arabia, UAE participation in war against Houthis despite they try to work as allied forces

Continued instability in southern Yemen and the prospect of open confrontation between the STC and the government, as well as the entry of the region into a security vacuum will give al-Qaeda an impetus to regain some of its influence in urban centers in the south of the country.

Confrontations such as these will inevitably distract the efforts of the Alliance for the Support of Legitimacy and its forces to fight the Houthis, who can expand their influence and areas of control in central Yemen.

In any case, the UAE could also secure its interests in Aden through its allied “Security Belt” forces while redeploying other allied forces represented by the Giants Brigades militia and National Resistance Forces on the Yemeni coasts from the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.

The National Resistance Forces, are led by Tariq Saleh, a nephew of slain president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was also a UAE-backed.

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/aden-clashes-highlight-discord-within-saudi-coalition-3498751

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Under US-Saudi-UAE Occupation of Southern Yemen, Assassinations Series Continues in Aden

Unknown gunmen assassinated, on Wednesday, a folk doctor at his clinic in Sheikh Othman district, southern Aden.

Local sources said that gunmen aboard a motorcycle raided the Mosabeen Medical Clinic for the treatment of fractures, killing the physician Khaled Mosabeen, and then fled.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8396

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Islah militias illegally hold Omani civilian in prison

Ali Abdul Mohsen Al-Sheikh has been held in Islah prison since abduction a year ago

The Islah party militias have been holding an Omani citizen inside one of its prisons in Ma’rib province since a year ago, after he was kidnapped. This was reported by Omani sources on Wednesday.

https://www.uprising.today/islah-militias-illegally-hold-omani-civilian-in-prison/

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STC Members Meet to Discuss Providing Public Services

The Southern Transitional Council presidency members chaired by Dr Abdulnasser Alwali with the presence of Lutfi Shtara and Ali Alshaiba held a meeting on Wednesday with the representatives of the public sector in Aden.
The meeting, which included the leadership of the water and electricity companies and the oil and refinery companies, discussed several important topics related to the lives of citizens in the capital Aden. Fathi Alsaqaff said that the water company is doing its best to provide running water continuously.
http://en.adenpress.news/news/13085

My comment: Separatists propagating themselves as caretakers.

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Displaced people were killed and injured in al-Maleka camp as a result of conflict between the army forces and armed men in al-Ma’afer district in rural Taiz.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1163694667793408001

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"Transitional" forces retake Ma'ashiq Palace and looting its contents

Al-Masdar online has known and through several sources that gunmen belonging to the so-called Southern Transitional Council (STC) attacked the presidential palace in Maaasheq, in the interim capital Aden in southern Yemen, and forced a small group of its guards to leave.

A source in the palace's guard told Al-Masdar Online that a small group of presidential protection personnel who remained there after the palace was attacked last week were forced to leave and the attackers began looting the palace's contents.

According to the source, Saudi forces were stationed near the palace gate, but their personnel did not intervene to intercept the attackers or stop the looting.

Residents saw armed men and armored vehicles loaded with furniture and equipment from Ma'ashiq Palace disappear in various destinations.

Armored vehicles and vehicles belonging to the Southern Transitional Forces stormed the palace and regained control, witnesses confirmed to al-Masdar Online.

The presidential palace in Maashiq area is the headquarters of the legitimate government

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170880

My comment: This is by a pro-Hadi government source. And separatists claim the opposite, article below. And they even both use the same photo… – Well, I think the upper story sounds more credible…

And

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Security Belt Forces Prevent Looting of Maashiq Palace (Photos)

The Security Belt forces intervened to prevent acts of looting targeting the Maashiq palace in the capital Aden on Wednesday, after having unexpectedly been left by the presidential guards without informing the Arab Coalition command in Aden.
Local sources said that the senior commanders of the Presidential Brigades, Sanad al-Rahwa and Louay al-Zamki suddenly opened the gate of the palace for terrible riots and looting in the vicinity of the Maashiq, in defiance of the Coalition-mediated agreement to secure the presidential palace.
The Security Belt forces deployed in the area and closed the roads leading to the presidential palace in order to end the chaos and acts of looting.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/13082

and by the Houthi news site:

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US-Saudi Forces Fired at Citizens at Presidential Palace, Injuring Dozens, Aden

US-Saudi military forces opened fire on citizens who stormed into Al-Maashaiq Palace in Crater district in occupied Saudi military forces. Local sources said that the US-Saudi forces stationed in the mountain overlooking the Al-Maashaiq Palace after fleeing from inside the palace fired at citizens directly, which resulted in killing and injuring many citizens, some of them had seriously injuries.

Presidential Forces of the coalition withdrew this afternoon from Al-Maashaiq palace, as the Saudi forces left the palace and stationed in the mountain overlooking Al-Maashaiq.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8388

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Saudi military equipment arrives at coalition headquarters in Marib

On Wednesday, Saudi military equipment have arrived to Marib and sources told Al-Masdar online that those equipment will be handed over to the Yemeni army to strengthen its position in the face of Houthi rebels in the north.

Al- Masdar Online monitored the arrival of about 30 trucks loaded with military equipment in Marib province from Saudi Arabia.

The equipment included approximately 60 armored vehicles and other equipment.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170909

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Saudi committee arrives at Ataq to try to defuse the crisis in Shabwa

A Saudi committee arrived Thursday in the city of Ataq to defuse the crisis in Shabwa, southeastern Yemen, against the backdrop of moves by forces loyal to the southern transitional to complete control of the province.

According to local sources, the committee arrived today in the city of "Ataq" coming from the province of "Marib", where the headquarters of the coalition forces in the northern and eastern areas of Yemen.

The source pointed out that the committee arrived at Ataq airport and did not meet until the moment with the governor, who is still in continuous meetings with sheikhs and social figures in the province to discuss the situation.

The sources pointed out that the governor and the local authority formed a committee led by the deputy governor Dr. "Abdul-Qawi Lamrouq", the command of operations Ataq axis and the commander of special forces in Ataq to communicate with the transitional and elite forces and spare the province any conflicts or fighting.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170911

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President of the "People's Assembly" Shabwa: What happened in Aden is a coup and Bayhan in the hands of its sons who gave hundreds of martyrs

The head of the People's Committee in Shabwa province, Major General Ahmed Musa’ad Hussein, said that what happened in Aden is a full coup, and that the Transitional Council has only to announce its presidential council, form a government and demarcate the border. He said.

Major General Masa’ed, a military commander and former minister, and one of the biggest figures of Shabwa, accused during a press conference held wednesday morning at the headquarters of the Authority in the city of Ataq, UAE and Saudi Arabia complicity and allowing damage to the interim capital Aden

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170901

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After Aden Rebellion. Undersecretary Ben Habrish proposes Hadramout's own rule to prevent conflicts

Amr Ben Habrish, first deputy of Hadramaut province, on Wednesday proposed the leadership of the local authority, represented by the governor of the province, taking over the full control of the province.

Ben Habrich pointed out in a publication on his official page that his proposal comes from the point of view of preventing sedition and conflicts and the fact that the leadership of the authority is represented by the governor of Hadramout, the highest official authority of the province.

Ben Habrish, who heads the Hadramout Alliance and Conference, called on the Hadhramout Assembly to grant all powers to Hadramaut to perform tasks within the province, extend its influence and fully tighten its control within its jurisdiction.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170902

My comment: The South is fragmenting further… - And more fragmentation here:

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Al-Maharah Tribes Declare General Alarm, After Mercenaries’ Meeting to Enable Saudi Arabia in the Province

Tribes in the Yemeni province of Al-Maharah confirmed that they continue their endeavor to drive out Saudi-backed militias and stop their futility.

In an expanded meeting, Al-Maharah tribes held Saudi militias responsible for the use of force against their children, stressing that they have the right to respond to any targeting or provocation against any citizen.

At the tribal meeting, Sheikh Ali Salem Al-Harizi, the former deputy governor of Al-Maharah province, called for raising the state of readiness and preparing for the expulsion of the Saudi occupation from the province.

Al-Harizi said that any southern components that claim to represent the south cannot be recognized, as these components are only puppets in the hands of the occupation forces of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The the tribal meeting was held as the security committee of mercenaries and Saudi military leaders held a meeting, coming out with disastrous and escalating decisions on Al-Maharah people who reject the Saudi military presence in the province.

Al-Maharah's sons considered the decision to prohibit bearing and selling arms, as well as seizing weapons, as a prelude to a campaign of liquidation that the Saudi forces intend to carry out against the leaders and sheikhs of the province opposed to its occupation project for the Yemeni territories.

Sheikh Al-Harizi has called on the security and military forces of Al-Mahrah province, appealing to them not to be dragged behind the calls made by the mercenary Governor Rajeh Bakrit and his militias to confront the free people of the province.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8374

and

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NEW SAUDI ESCALATION TO CONTROL THE PORT OF SAIRAFEET IN AL-MAHRA PROVINCE

The Saudi Arabia continues to escalate in the province of Al-Mahra with new military reinforcements to try to control the port of Sairafeet, amid the confrontation and widespread rejection of the Al-Mahra tribes.

Sheikh Ali Salem Al-Huraizi, former Undersecretary of Al-Mahra Province, demanded the recruiters working under the command of Saudi Arabia to withdraw from the military units and rejected any Saudi directives, pointing out that the Yemeni people, in particular the people of Al-Mahra are desperate and will defend their land and ports.

“Anyone who works under the orders of the Saudi occupier should realize that they are working against their brothers,” Sheikh Ali al-Huraizi, a prominent sheikh, said in a statement.

He also called on the military and security leaders to stand honorably and not to be involved in the implementation of any directives of the Saudi leader, who seeks to occupy the Yemeni ports as he put it.

In addition, the tribal sources said that the gunmen of the governor of the governor Bakrit loyal to Saudi Arabia set up security checkpoints in the valleys Al-Ghaida to prevent tribal leaders from entering the city, because of his positions rejecting the Saudi presence in the province.

On the other hand, the tribes established checkpoints parallel to the Bakrit elements in the same area, which led to an exchange of fire without casualties.

The people of Al-Mahra province announced yesterday a popular revolution against provocative practices by Rajeh Bakrit, after the prevention of Sheikh Abboud Hboud Qaimseet of entering the city of Al-Ghaida.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/new-saudi-escalation-to-control-the-port-of-sairafeet-in-al-mahra-province/

and

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Salafi mission calls into question Saudi concept of moderation and policy in Yemen

Plans to open a Salafi missionary centre in the Yemeni province of Al Mahrah on the border with Oman and Saudi Arabia raise questions about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salah’s concept of a moderate form of Islam. The questions are prompted by the fact that Prince Mohammed has so far put little, if any, flesh on his skeletal vow last October to return his ultra-conservative kingdom to “moderate Islam.”

The crown prince has created expectations of more social liberalism with the lifting of a ban on women’s driving, a residual of Bedouin rather than Muslim tradition, as well the granting of female access to male sporting events; the legitimization of various forms of entertainment, including cinema, theatre and music; and the stripping away of the religious police’s right to carry out arrests.

While removing Saudi Arabia as the only Muslim country that didn’t permit women to drive or allow various recreational activities, Prince Mohammed has yet to conceptualize what a rollback of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism would mean in a nation whose public life remains steeped in a puritan interpretation of the faith. (The lifting on the ban of women entering stadiums leaves Iran as the only country that restricts female access to male sporting events.) The disclosure of the plan for a Salafi mission suggests Prince Mohammed may only want to curb ultra-conservatism’s rough edges. It also calls into question Saudi policy in Yemen that is reminiscent of past failures.

Saudi Arabia’s conflict with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, a Zaydi Shiite Muslim sect with roots in a region bordering the kingdom, dates to Saudi employment of Salafism to counter the group in the 1980s. The plan harks back to the creation of an anti-Shiite Salafi mission near the Houthi stronghold of Saada that sparked a military confrontation in 2011 with the Yemeni government, one of several wars in the region. The centre was closed in 2014 as part of an agreement to end the fighting – by James M. Dorsey

https://www.academia.edu/35655887/Salafi_mission_calls_into_question_Saudi_concept_of_moderation_and_policy_in_Yemen.docx?auto=bookmark

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An STC spokesman claimed on August 21 that the Hadi government had cut fuel and power supplies to Aden, Lahij, and Abyan governorates in southern Yemen. The spokesperson stated that the STC will provide fuel to the governorates in response and claimed that the STC has sufficient reserves for one month.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-21-2019

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2 Yemeni journalists have been arrested by the military intelligence in #Taiz. In #Aden, journalists been threatened, intimidated & their homes stormed since STC seized the city. The press in Yemen: if journalists don't take sides of militias or keep silent, they'll be attacked.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1164089357743140864

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Tensions rise in #Yemen after southern forces take over government military positions in Abyan. #Saudi diplomat accuses #STC of coordination with Houthis whose Abyan positions were left intact. Top questions now -Will STC move on rest of south? -Will Saudi/gov respond militarily? (image)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1163858598402940928

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YEMENI SEPARATISTS AND THE JEDDAH CONFERENCE

Last week, we found ourselves facing another serious crisis in the region – perhaps one that could ignite fighting in Yemen for at least 10 more years. Thankfully, at this wonderful moment we see that this was avoided by prudence on all sides. Yemen’s Southern Transitional Council (STC) announced its willingness to join a conference in Saudi Arabia to discuss the future of Yemen.
Everyone is going to Jeddah to seek durable solutions. The STC has retreated from its takeover of Yemeni government institutions and issued statements confirming its acceptance of Yemen’s legitimacy as enshrined by the United Nations. Indeed, the STC reassured the Saudis, relieved the UAE of great embarrassment and, more importantly, saved itself and its people, the citizens of the South, and the entire region from more bloodshed.
But the debate, of course, will not stop. I have read articles by Dr. Mohammed al-Rumaihi and Dr. Saad al-Ajmi on the dispute. In short, they believe that the independence of southern Yemen is the best solution. Even educated Saudis believe that the Saudi interest is to carve out two or three Yemeni states, and not one united Yemen.
This is especially true since the experience of dealing with a unified Yemen ruled by the regime of the late president Ali Abdullah Saleh was difficult and harmful for Saudi Arabia. But it is dangerous to tamper with the political entities of states. I tell Dr. al-Rumaihi and Dr. al-Ajmi, these two esteemed Kuwaiti intellectuals, that delegitimizing and dismantling a state recognized by the UN threatens all countries in the region, including Kuwait itself. Accepting illegal separation is exactly the same as illegal annexation!

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Voices-from-the-Arab-Press-YEMENI-SEPARATISTS-AND-THE-JEDDAH-CONFERENCE-599299 = https://themedialine.org/mideast-mindset/yemeni-separatists-and-the-jeddah-conference/

My remark: This is from a Saudi news site and might reflect the really ambiguous Saudi (non-)position.

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"Saudi Arabia will not forget." Head of the Saudi Lobby in Washington: What happened in Aden is an outright betrayal and stabbing in the back

The founder and chairman of the U.S-Saudi Public Relations Committee (Sabrak) launched a strongly worded attack against who stands "behind" what happened in Aden, promising them a "very heavy loss" as a result of what they did.

Salman al-Ansari said in a tweet, "The mixing of papers that took place in Aden and southern Yemen without coordination with the coalition leadership is nothing but an outright and full-fledged betrayal; a real stab in the back; and a (very heavy) loss to everyone behind it in the medium and long term.

"Saudi Arabia may tolerate with its wisdom and highness when it sees it, but it is "unforgettable," he said.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170903

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Shatara reveals the STC goal in Jeddah talks

Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, Lutfi Shatara said that the STC goal is to achieve the people's will that perceived by the whole region and the world, so let the Jeddah talks on Aden be the beginning, not the end.
Shatara added in his tweet today that "STC will not negotiate the return of the legitimate government that wreaked havoc and used all means to stir up inter-southern conflict since 2015."
Shatara said it clearly that the STC will not accept in its negotiations quota positions within the government.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/1308

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Yemen separatist chief in S.Arabia for talks on Aden standoff

The leader of southern Yemeni separatists has arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks aimed at ending a standoff in Aden port between the separatists and Yemen’s Saudi-backed government, who had been nominal allies under a Sunni Muslim military coalition.

Saudi Arabia, the coalition leader, called for a summit after the separatists on Aug. 10 took over Aden, interim seat of the government, in a move that fractured the alliance. The ousted Yemeni government and coalition partner the United Arab Emirates traded blame over the crisis late on Tuesday.

It was not clear if a delayed meeting involving both Yemeni sides would go ahead after the separatists extended their grip on the south on Tuesday by seizing government military camps in nearby Abyan.

STC chief Aidaroos al-Zubaidi arrived in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah late on Tuesday for the talks, the STC said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/yemen-security/yemen-separatist-chief-in-s-arabia-for-talks-on-aden-standoff-idUSL5N25H1KY?rpc=401&

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/13075

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2019/08/20/Head-of-Yemen-s-Southern-Transitional-Council-heads-to-Jeddah-.html

My comment: What for, if negotiations are postponed?

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Op-Ed: Yemen summit to create a new government postponed indefinitely

A summit that was intended to form a new Yemeni government and was slated to take place in Saudi Arabia has not started and was postponed indefinitely.

The STC hit headlines a week ago when it swiftly took over the port of Aden but it has now declared its plan to seize control of the entire southern region: "In a statement, the separatists declared the restoration of the "independent federal state of the south," is irreversible, according to local Yemen Monitor which verified the statement."

The STC has rejected the Saudi demand that Aden be returned to the Hadi government control since Aden will be the capital of South Yemen. However, they did return the government buildings they took to the Saudis. However, this appears not be to sufficient so far to result in negotiations with the Saudis. The situation is quite unstable and it is not clear what the next moves by either side will be.

A recent article indicates that the Saudis still want a full withdrawal from Aden before negotiations but it seems that they could be willing to sideline Hadi because he lacks support

http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/politics/yemen-summit-to-create-a-new-government-postponed-indefinitely/article/556296

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Former governor warns against “planned chaos” in Taiz

The former governor of Taiz, Ali Al-Ma’mari, warned on Wednesday against a scheme that has been planned to create mutiny in the governorate of Taiz.

Al-Ma’mari wrote on his Facebook page that some entities have a plan of mutiny to ignite internal fighting

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-32687

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Increasing abuses against reporters in Aden

The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) expressed on Monday its concern over safety of reporters and press freedom in Aden following reports of abuses against media professionals.

Reporters in Aden have been vulnerable to different forms of abuses and violations since the pro-separation forces took control of the city on 10 August.

The YJS said in a statement that it received a report of an abuse and intimation against Ali Saleh Al-Esi, a journalist who works for the Aden-based government-run 14 October Newspaper.

Al-Esi was lucky that he was not at home when gunmen stormed into his house looking for him, according to the YJS statement.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-32668

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Yemeni government says will not talk to separatists until standoff ends

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government said on Wednesday it would not hold talks with southern separatists unless they hand back control of Aden port, after the separatist chief arrived in Saudi Arabia to discuss the standoff between the nominal allies.

“We will not participate in any dialogue with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) unless it withdraws for the sites it seized, hands over weapons, allows government forces to return and ends all its violations,” said a foreign ministry statement.

Hadi’s government asked Abu Dhabi, which has called for dialogue, to stop funding and arming separatist forces.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/yemeni-government-says-will-not-talk-to-separatists-until-standoff-ends-idUSKCN1VB11W

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Yemen's government threatens legal action against UAE's support of southern separatists

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government accused its UAE ally of supporting what it described "a coup" in the temporary capital Aden, warning on Wednesday it would take legal action against the Gulf state as separatists advanced in on a nearby southern city.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hadhrami warned the government would take action "in accordance with international law and the UN Charter to ensure that the UAE halts its supports for the the transitional council, which has enabled the armed rebellion in Aden and Abyan", according to The New Arab's arabic sister platform.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/8/21/yemen-threatens-legal-action-against-uaes-support-of-separatists

and also https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-20/yemen-points-finger-at-u-a-e-as-clashes-with-separatists-spread

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After his silence on the events of Aden. Al-Barakani: What is happening in Abyan disrupts Saudi efforts and in service to the Houthi project and Iran

The president of the Parliament, Sultan al- Barakani, said that the expansion of the southern transitional coup to Abyan province, "an attempt to disrupt Saudi Arabia's major efforts to contain the situation in Aden province, warning of the dangers of dividing Yemen.

This came during his meeting today with the United Kingdom Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aaron

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170864

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-32688

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Yemen Points Finger at U.A.E. as Clashes With Separatists Spread

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government reiterated its demand that the United Arab Emirates halt its support for armed southern separatists after clashes between the two spread on Tuesday.

“We reject the continuation of the U.A.E.’s financial and military support to the forces of the outlawed Southern Transitional Council and renew our demand for its full and immediate stop,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/yemen-points-finger-at-u-a-e-as-clashes-with-separatists-spread-1.1304048

and

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Ministers Council holds UAE fully responsible for STC’s armed rebellion

The Council of Ministers said it holds the UAE fully responsible for the armed rebellion of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and its aftermaths.

In an exceptional meeting held in Riyadh on Tuesday on armed rebellion of the TC’s militia, the council confirmed facing armed insurgency by all means entrusted by the constitution and law for ending the rebellion and normalizing conditions in the transitional capital Aden.

The council valued efforts of Saudi Arabia, calling it for continuation of its efforts and support to the government for ending the insurgency.

A release issued by the council after the meeting said the United Arab Emirates-backed rebellion undermined the state institutions, destroyed the social fabric, endangered the local and regional security and peace and increased threats of the violent and extremist groups.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/08/21/ministers-council-holds-uae-fully-responsible-for-stcs-armed-rebellion/

and also https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170858

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-32659

and

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Had it not been the full Emirati support, rebellion won’t have occurred: Yemen

Yemen’s government has blamed the United Arab Emirates, an Arab Coalition member, for veering off from the course of supporting the Yemeni government to supporting southern armed separatists who captured the country’s temporary capital, Aden, on August 11 and Abyan province to its north today.

“Had it not been the full Emirati support with planning, implementing, and financing, this rebellion would not have occurred,” Yemen’s permanent representative to the UN Abdullah al-Saadi told the UN Security Council’s meeting today.

“This plot of dismemberment of the country is still going on, despite all calls for deescalation by Saudi Arabia. The attack of yesterday that continued into today against Military Police, Special Forces and Public Security headquarters in Abyan is probably the best evidence of that,” he said.

“This armed rebellion openly threatens the unity, security and stability of Yemen and violates the goal of the Arab Coalition in Yemen.”

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/08/20/had-it-not-been-the-full-emirati-support-rebellion-wont-have-occurred-yemen/

and

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Defense Minister: Aden rebellion inhibits counterterrorism efforts

The Minister of Defense, General, Mohamed Al-Magdashi said on Sunday that Aden acts of rebellion hinder counterterrorism efforts and prvide a chance of expansion to extremist groups.

Al-Magdashi pronounced this during a meeting with the Military Attaché of the United States’ Diplomatic Mission to Yemen, Robert Tembekins.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-32658

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South Yemen Separatists Say Plan to 'Ensure Security' in Entire South of Country

Yemen's separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), which seized power in Aden, plans to establish control over the entire south of the country, Nasser Khabaji, a member of the council's presidium, said on Wednesday.

The national duty of the Transitional Council is to ensure security in the entire south of the country," Khabaji said, answering whether the STC had plans to establish control over the entire southern Yemen.

According to the politician, the forces loyal to the government of President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi include militants from the al-Islah movement, which is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood* terrorist organization.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201908211076597761-south-yemen-separatists-say-plan-to-ensure-security-in-entire-south-of-country/

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Südjemen-Miliz vertreibt Regierungstruppen aus zwei Militärlagern

Bei neuen Gefechten zwischen der Südjemen-Miliz und Regierungstruppen sind in der jemenitischen Provinz Abjan mindestens vier Kämpfer getötet worden. Zwei Soldaten und zwei Milizionäre seien am Dienstag bei Kämpfen um Lager der Regierungstruppen ums Leben gekommen

https://www.zeit.de/news/2019-08/20/suedjemen-miliz-vertreibt-regierungstruppen-aus-zwei-militaerlagern

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Falling of the "military police" and "special security" in Abyan by the UAE-backed separatist forces

Two military and local sources told Al-Masdar Online that the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Forces (STC) took control of the military police camp in The City of Zanzibar, capital of Abyan province, after several hours of fierce fighting.

A military source said that the "transitional" forces simultaneously launched two attacks on the military police camp in al-Kud area, the entrance to the city of Zanzibar in the direction of Aden, and the building of the special security forces in the same directorate before the transitional forces imposed full control over the military police building after clashes began since At 8 a.m., it eventually led to the separatists' complete control of the camp loyal to the internationally recognized government.

Local sources said that the commander of the guards of the commander of the rescue forces was killed and a commander of the security forces of the transitional security belt named Abdul Rahman al-Shanini was injured.

The source said that soldiers were killed and wounded on both sides, but a local source and eyewitnesses told "AL-Masdar Online" that 15 soldiers of the security belt forces of the transitional arrived at al-Razi hospital west of Abyan while heavy fighting and the tightening of siege on the building of the special security forces stumbled Transporting the wounded and dead from the camp.

Local sources told "Al-Masdar Online" that soldiers from the security belt forces of the transitional driving vehicles and military vehicles stormed the camp located in the area of al-Kud and spread all over the place and raised flags of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, which existed in southern Yemen before Unity and the flag of the UAE.

The sources said that the fate of the commander of the military police forces Colonel Yusuf al-Aqel is still unknown, but local sources said that cars left the camp minutes before the security belt forces attacked the camp and it is believed that al-Aqel was one of those on board.

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170842

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Yemen separatists drive out govt troops from two camps in south

Yemeni separatists drove government troops out of two military camps in deadly clashes Tuesday, reinforcing their presence in the south after they seized the de facto capital Aden.

On Tuesday, fighters from the so-called Security Belt Forces surrounded a special forces camp near provincial capital Zinjibar.

The site is about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Aden, and close to Al-Kawd military camp.

Abyan governor Abu Bakr Hussein told AFP the separatists then seized the Al-Kawd camp in fierce clashes, forcing out the 350 troops there.

They remained positioned around the Zinjibar base following the exit of government forces, in a deal mediated by local authorities.

At least four military personnel -- two separatists and two government troops -- were killed and 23 wounded in the fighting, said Hussein, adding that 1,100 troops had been stationed in Zinjibar.

Mohammed al-Markhi, a Security Belt Forces commander, confirmed his troops had control of both camps, while Zinjibar residents said separatists were also deployed in the city's streets.

Yemen's Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad al-Hadhrami said the latest flare-up would undermine peace talks.

"What Abyan governorate is witnessing is an unjustified escalation by the STC," the Yemeni foreign ministry quoted him as saying.

"It is something that is rejected and unacceptable and will undermine mediation efforts by Saudi Arabia."

"We reject the continued provision of financial and military support by the UAE to outlawed STC forces in Yemen," he added.

In an interview with pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, STC spokesman Nizar Haitham said the group was open to dialogue but ruled out any withdrawal from the military posts in Aden.

"There will be no dialogue if we were to hand over all the positions... what will there be left to negotiate," he said in remarks published on Tuesday.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-7375785/Yemen-separatists-drive-govt-troops-two-camps-south.html

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Yemeni separatists extend control in south

Southern separatists seized most Yemeni government security and military bases near the port of Aden on Tuesday after clashes between nominal allies that have complicated U.N. peace efforts, residents and officials said.

On Tuesday, they took over military police, special forces and military brigades camps in Zinjibar, around 60 km (40 miles) east of Aden in Abyan province, local officials said.

This effectively put control of the Abyan capital in the hands of the United Arab Emirates-backed separatists, who seek self-rule in the south, and further weakened the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who resides in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The Saudi-led military coalition, which backs Hadi, carried out air strikes on Zinjibar, two sources including a local official said.

“What is happening in Abyan is an unjustified escalation by the Southern Transitional Council (STC - the separatists),” Hadi’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

STC president Aidaroos al-Zubaidi headed with a delegation to the Saudi city of Jeddah late on Tuesday after accepting the kingdom’s invitation to a summit on the crisis in Aden, the council said.

Yemeni sources have said the summit could reshuffle Hadi’s government to include the STC.

The separatists’ seizure of bases in Abyan, Hadi’s birthplace, showed they are holding firm to demands to govern the south and be included in shaping Yemen’s future.

“For too long the southern voice has been excluded from any negotiation table,” STC said in a statement to the U.N. Security Council ahead of a Yemen briefing on Tuesday in New York.

“The onus is now on the international community, and in particular the U.N. Security Council, to accept the new realities on the ground.”

The government, in a letter to the Security Council, reiterated a call on the UAE to stop backing separatist forces.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-sanaa/yemeni-separatists-extend-control-in-south-saudi-led-forces-strike-capital-idUSKCN1V91UG

and also https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/fresh-clashes-separatists-government-yemen-south-190820143248635.html

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sbf-open-new-battle-against-hadi-supporters-abyan

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Security officer killed in Abyan

According to the sources, The commander of guards of the Head Police forces in Abyan province, Mohammed Salem Bosanh, was killed during clashes in front of the gate of the police command in the capital Zinjibar distric

http://en.ypagency.net/126112/

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Yemen: Over 75 organisations call for mandate of Group of Eminent Experts to be renewed

We, the undersigned more than 75 international, regional and Yemeni CSOs, call for the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) to extend and broaden the mandate of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen (GEE), including a thorough investigation into specific violations against human rights defenders, journalists and bloggers, and the closure of civic space.

The mandate of the GEE, which was created in September 2017 and extended for one year in September 2018, is up for renewal at the 42nd session of the UN HRC in September 2019. The UN High Commissioner will present the GEE’s report at the HRC followed by an interactive dialogue. The GEE’s mandate is to “monitor and report on the situation on Human Rights in Yemen” through “a comprehensive examination of all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights…. committed by all parties to the conflict since September 2014, including possible gender dimensions of such violations,” to “identify those responsible” and to provide “guidance on access to justice, accountability, reconciliation and healing.”

The humanitarian disaster caused by the war in Yemen has been well-reported. Among the many victims are human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers and activists. We encourage the GEE to ensure that upcoming reports increase the focus on the ongoing attacks by all the parties to the conflict specifically perpetrated against human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers and Internet activists.

https://www.civicus.org/index.php/media-resources/news/4009-yemen-over-75-organisations-call-for-mandate-of-group-of-eminent-experts-to-be-renewed-emphasising-violations-against-human-rights-defenders

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UN special envoy arrives in Sana’a

The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has arrived in the capital Sana’a on Wednesday to meet officials in the Supreme political council and the national salvation government over peace talks.

https://www.uprising.today/un-special-envoy-arrives-in-sanaa-3/

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Sayyid al-Houthi meets with UN envoy Martin Griffiths

Discussion focuses on implementation of Stockholm agreemen

https://www.uprising.today/sayyid-al-houthi-meets-with-un-envoy-martin-griffiths-2/

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[Sanaa gov.] President Al-Mashat to Griffiths: United Nations Involved in Harming Yemeni People

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8395

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Al-Houthi: Saudi-Mercenaries Have No Validity, Griffith Must Look for New Negotiating Table

Member of the Supreme Political Council Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi said on Wednesday that the United Nations envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, should look for a new negotiating table with the countries of the aggression.

“Griffet should look for a new table, he knows very well that coalition’s mercenaries don't really have any validity," Al-Houthi wrote in his Twitter account.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8376

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[Houthi side] Prisoners’ Committee: UN Envoy’s Briefing Shocking, Totally Ignored Our Approval of His Initiative

The National Committee for Prisoners' Affairs confirmed on Tuesday that it has responded to the UN envoy's initiative in the prisoner exchange file in less than a week, confirming its approval.

"Since we agreed to the initiative of the UN envoy, we have not received any report of tangible progress in this aspect, except what was issued today from the sudden position," the Committee said in a statement.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8375

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‘No time to lose’ UN envoy tells Security Council, ‘Yemen cannot wait’

On Tuesday, he again urged members to acknowledge that recent infighting around the Government stronghold of Aden were “a clear sign” that the conflict must be brought to a swift, peaceful end.

“A continuation of this current situation is simply untenable”, Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said via video-link from Amman, Jordan, referring to a series of clashes in the port city this month between formerly-allied separatists and pro-Government forces that have led to dozens of civilian deaths and injuries to hundreds of others.

The UN envoy condemned “the unacceptable efforts by the Southern Transitional Council to take control of State institutions by force” and deplored “the harassment of Yemenis of northern origin in Aden, such as through physical violence, forced displacement and denial of freedom of movement, including targeting of Government officials and supporters”.

Citing Aden and Abyan, the Special Envoy said, “the fragmentation of Yemen is becoming a stronger and more pressing threat”, that is making peace-process efforts “more urgent than ever”.

“Every additional day of the conflict adds to the total of the tragedy and the misery” Mr. Griffiths maintained. “No country can tolerate the stresses of internal conflict indefinitely. Yemen cannot wait”.

Stressing that “there is no time to lose”, he said, “the stakes are becoming too high for the future of Yemen, the Yemeni people and the wider region”.

Describing more positive developments, eight months into the Stockholm Agreement which he helped broker, Mr. Griffiths reported “there have been no major military operations in Hudaydah city” involving Houthi rebels and pro-Government forces, violence there has diminished, and aid continues to move through the ports, which “by itself a major achievement” that benefits civilians in “Hudaydah and elsewhere in Yemen”.

Calling it “a key milestone in Yemen’s peace process”, he advised the Council not to allow its implementation “to override our broader imperative to bring the conflict to an end. Yemen cannot wait”.

Noting that the situation on the ground “is changing with great pace”, Mr. Gr

For her part, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ursula Mueller, updated the Council on five key priorities aimed at reducing the suffering in Yemen.

https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/08/1044561

and briefing in full: https://osesgy.unmissions.org/briefing-special-envoy-united-nations-secretary-general-yemen-open-session-security-council

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Assistant-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller Briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, 20 July 2019

Events in Yemen over the past several weeks have shown – yet again – just how volatile and devastating this war is. Its impact is seen most clearly in the suffering and injustice inflicted on millions of civilians.

For months, we have advocated progress on five key priorities to reduce the suffering in Yemen.
The Security Council endorsed these priorities in your resolution 2451.

I would like to review where these five points stand today, specifically: First, respect for international humanitarian law; second, unhindered humanitarian access; third, funding for the United Nations response plan; fourth, the economy; and fifth, the urgent need for peace.

First, respect for international humanitarian law. Unfortunately, the conduct of hostilities in Yemen continues to have devastating consequences for civilians and civilian infrastructure.

the third point: funding for the aid operation.

Since last month’s briefing, there has been no major increase in funding for the 2019 response plan. Only 34 per cent of plan requirements have been met.

At this time last year, the Humanitarian Response Plan was 65 per cent funded – thanks to generous contributions from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as many other donors. This funding saved millions of lives.

Since the pledging conference six months ago, nearly all donors have paid most or all of their 2019 pledges. Some have paid even more. But the largest donors – Yemen’s neighbours in the Coalition – have so far paid only a modest share of what they have promised.

Essential programmes are now closing down. You heard last month about vaccination campaigns, supplies for health facilities and cholera prevention programmes that had been cancelled. These cuts are now much deeper.

In the next few days, water and sanitation programmes will stop in four governorates, leaving 300,000 displaced people at extreme risk of cholera. By the end of September, WASH programmes for another 1 million people will also close.

In September, we will be forced to close life-saving programmes for 2.5 million malnourished children. Immediately, more than 23,000 babies suffering from severe malnutrition – babies whose lives we could otherwise have saved – will risk death.

This is a tragedy because we know that with adequate resources, we can save millions of lives and reduce people’s suffering.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/assistant-secretary-general-humanitarian-affairs-and-emergency-relief-coordinator

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Remarks at a UN Security Council on Yemen

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen, Acting Permanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the United Nations

The United States is deeply concerned by the outbreak of violence and by the deadly clashes in Aden. Violence plays into the hands of those who seek to prolong this conflict, at the cost of the Yemeni people, and exacerbates the humanitarian crisis the United Nations and others are working hard to address.

We call on the parties to respect the rule of law, adhere to the agreed-upon ceasefire, and participate in good faith in the reconciliation talks proposed by Saudi Arabia.

https://usun.usmission.gov/remarks-at-a-un-security-council-on-yemen/

My comment: Bla bla by one of the main pushers of this conflict.

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Chinese envoy urges reason, restraint amid Yemen's Aden clashes

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/21/c_138324517.htm

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UAE categorically rejects allegations on its stance towards Aden developments

The United Arab Emirates has expressed its regret and categorical rejection of allegations it is facing in light of ongoing developments in Aden, affirming its firm stance as a Coalition partner and determination to continue exerting all efforts to de-escalate the current situation in Yemen.

This statement followed comments by Saud Al Shamsi, Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d'affaires of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, in an address before a Special Ministerial Meeting convened by the UN Security Council on Tuesday regarding challenges to peace and security in the Middle East in relation to the item entitled "Maintenance of International Peace and Security."

Al Shamsi underscored the UAE’s extreme concern as conveyed in an official statement in recent days over armed clashes in Aden between the Legitimate Government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council. He reaffirmed the UAE’s call for calm and de-escalation in order to maintain peace and security for the people of Yemen. Al Shamsi clarified that this remains the UAE’s position as a key partner in the Saudi-led Coalition, pointing to the enormous sacrifices made by the UAE. Accordingly, the UAE firmly refutes all accusations espoused against the backdrop of differences and divisions in which the UAE takes no part.

In his address, Al Shamsi also reaffirmed the UAE’s concerted support for the restoration of legitimacy and stability in Yemen. He underlined that it was at the official request of the Legitimate Government of Yemen that the UAE became a member of the Saudi-led Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen and took decisive action against Houthi attacks in order to back the Legitimate Government.

Furthermore, Al Shamsi provided an overview of the UAE’s role in Yemen, stating, "We must not forget the significant role that my country has taken on in liberating Aden and other territories occupied by the Houthi coup militias while preventing terror organisations from exploiting the security vacuum during this difficult and sensitive time."

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302780957

and also https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/uae-to-exert-every-effort-to-de-escalate-fighting-in-southern-yemen-1.900721

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Film by Press TV Iran: over 98% of Saudi Arabia's historical Islamic sites have been destroyed since 1985

Did you know over 98% of Saudi Arabia's historical Islamic sites have been destroyed since 1985?

https://www.facebook.com/ProgramsPressTV/videos/616751168850017/

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Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women: agency

Saudi Arabia has begun allowing adult women to travel without permission and to exercise more control over family matters, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday, following a flurry of royal decrees approving the changes.

The authorities have steadily chipped away at those restrictions in recent years, including ending a ban on women driving cars last year. A series of royal decrees published earlier this month further eroded that system as the kingdom comes under increased scrutiny over its human rights record.

The regulatory changes stipulated that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and that any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel.

They also granted women for the first time the right to register child birth, marriage or divorce and to be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to children who are minors.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-women/saudi-arabia-implements-end-to-travel-restrictions-for-saudi-women-agency-idUSKCN1VA1OI

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Official source at the Ministry of Interior: The Passports and Civil Affairs departments begin to apply the amendments stipulated in the Royal Decree modifying the travel and civil affairs documents systems

An official source at the Ministry of Interior stated that in implementation of the Royal Order No. (M/134) dated 27/11/1440 AH (30th of July 2019) to approve the Council of Ministers’ Resolution No. (684) dated 27/11/1440 AH to amend the travel and civil affairs documents systems, the Passports and Civil Affairs departments and their branches in all regions of the Kingdom have started to execute the amendments stated in the Royal Order.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1960360

My comment: Women are not even mentioned here.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a, cp14, cp17

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Anrainer- und Regionalstaaten in der Persischen Golfregion rücken zusammen

Am 20. August geht es im UN-Sicherheitsrat um “Herausforderungen für Frieden und Sicherheit im Mittleren Osten”. Erwartet wird, dass US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo auftreten und unter anderem über den Iran sprechen wird. Ein Ausblick von Karin Leukefeld.
Pompeo gilt als Hardliner gegen den Iran und als Architekt der US-“Politik des maximalen Drucks” gegen das Land. Voraussichtlich wird Pompeo über die US-Initiative IMSC (International Maritime Security Construct) sprechen. Dabei geht es um die “Überwachung und Sicherheit zentraler Seefahrtswege im Mittleren Osten”. Gemeint ist eine internationale Militärmission, in der die USA möglichst viele Staaten zusammenbringen wollen, um den Iran aus der Golfregion zurückzudrängen. Großbritannien hat bereits zugesagt, auch Israel hat seine Unterstützung angeboten. Deutschland und Frankreich denken derweil über eine europäische Militärmission zum gleichen Zweck nach.
Russland hat bereits in Moskau (23.7.2019) und in New York (8.8.2019) sein “Konzept für kollektive Sicherheit in der Persischen Golfregion” vorgestellt. Danach soll die Sicherheit der Region einzig Angelegenheit der Anrainer- und Regionalstaaten sein, ausländische Truppen sollen aus der Region abziehen, ein permanenter Dialog und vertrauensbildende Maßnahmen sollen den Iran und die arabischen Golfstaaten zusammenbringen. Vereinbarungen über den Kampf gegen den Terror, Lösung der Kriege im Jemen und Syrien und Bildung einer Zone frei von Massenvernichtungswaffen werden angestrebt. Langfristiges Ziel ist demnach die Bildung einer “Organisation für Sicherheit und Kooperation am Persischen Golf”, der der Iran und die arabischen Golfstaaten angehören sollen. Russland, China, die USA, die EU, Indien und weitere interessierte Staaten sollen einen Beobachterstatus erhalten. Für diesen Plan strebt Russland die Unterstützung des UN-Sicherheitsrates an. Der russische Präsident Putin wird über den Plan voraussichtlich am 20. September sprechen, drei Tage vor dem Beginn der diesjährigen UN-Vollversammlung. In deren Mittelpunkt werden neben dem Klimawandel voraussichtlich der Mittlere Osten und die Lage in der Golfregion stehen.

https://deutsch.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/91415-anrainer-und-regionalstaaten-in-persischen-golfregion-ruecken-zusammen/

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Iran FM warns US against ‘serious miscalculation’ in Persian Gulf

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif cautions the United States against attempting to form a naval coalition against Iran under the guise of ensuring maritime security in the Persian Gulf.

Zarif made the remarks to NBC News’ Lester Holt on August 17 in an interview in Tehran, whose complete footage was published by the network on Tuesday.

“If countries from outside this region want to come to this region to disturb our security, to create military alliances against Iran, to create coalitions expecting Iran not to benefit from the fact that it is the coastal state here, then they are making a very serious miscalculation,” he said.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/08/21/604094/Iran-warning-United-States-Persian-Gulf-alliance

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Iranischer Tanker: USA drohen Mittelmeerhäfen

Die USA haben alle Mittelmeer-Anrainer vor Geschäften mit der iranischen “Adrian Darya 1” gewarnt. Dies wäre Terrorunterstützung. Der Tanker soll das Ziel Griechenland haben – dort hat man aber keine Anfrage vorliegen.
Am Montag hatte die “Adrian Darya 1” nach wochenlanger Festsetzung die Hoheitsgewässer Gibraltars verlassen. Der iranische Supertanker schlug einen Ostkurs ein – angeblich in Richtung des griechischen Hafens Kalamata. Bisher stellte das Schiff jedoch den griechischen Behörden zufolge noch keine offizielle Anfrage, um dort einzulaufen. Es sei üblich dies mindestens 48 Stunden vor Ankunft zu tun, so die Hafenbehörden.
In dieser unklaren Situation erhöhen die USA den diplomatischen Druck auf die Mittelmeer-Anrainer. Geschäfte mit dem Schiff entsprächen einer Unterstützung von Terroristen, erklärte ein Sprecher des US-Außenministeriums. Jegliche Unterstützung für das Schiff könne hohe Geld- und langjährige Haftstrafen nach sich ziehen, warnte das Ministerium.
Der US-Sondergesandte für den Iran, Brian Hook, betonte, man wolle sicherstellen, dass das Öl nicht für Irans “Terrorunterstützung” benutzt werde. “Wir verfolgen die Bewegungen dieses Schiffes.” Deshalb habe man alle Länder aufgefordert, iranischen Tankern die Durchfahrt durch nationale Gewässer und das Ankern in Häfen zu verbieten.

https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/iran-tanker-mittelmeer-101.html

Anmerkung Marco Wenzel: Wohin der iranische Tanker fährt geht die USA auf gut Deutsch gesagt einen feuchten Dreck an. Es gibt weder völkerrechtliche noch anderweitige Gründe, das Schiff nicht dahin fahren zu lassen wohin es will. Amerikanische Gesetze gelten im Mittelmeer ebenso wenig wie deutsche Gesetze in der Bucht von Kalifornien. Internationales Seerecht, Völkerrecht, Genfer Konvention, Klimaabkommen, Atomvertrag, der internationale Gerichtshof in Den Haag usw., alles das scheint die USA nicht zu interessieren. Das darf die Völkergemeinschaft nicht weiter hinnehmen.

https://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=54257#h06

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U.S. Warns Greece Against Assisting Iran Oil Tanker

State Department advises companies, mariners of immigration and potential criminal consequences for aiding vessel

The U.S. warned Greece against assisting the Iranian tanker released by Gibraltar as it continues efforts to block the vessel and further drags its allies into escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran.

“We have conveyed our strong position to the Greek government on the matter, as well as all ports in the Mediterranean that should be forewarned about facilitating this vessel,” the State Department said.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-warns-greece-against-hosting-iran-oil-tanker-11566285957

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U.S. threatens sanctions in Iranian tanker case after Gibraltar court orders ship released

The U.S. is gravely disappointed with the U.K. after a Gibraltar court allowed the release of an Iranian tanker suspected of transporting oil to Syria, and threatened sanctions against ports, banks and anyone else who does business with the ship or its crew, two administration officials said.

The court’s decision Thursday to release the Grace 1 was a missed opportunity and the Trump administration hopes that the U.K. government and authorities in Gibraltar will reconsider, according to the officials, who asked not to be identified discussing private deliberations. They said the court order rewards Iranian terrorism and Tehran will interpret the action as appeasement.

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement Thursday night that the ship “was assisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps by transporting oil from Iran to Syria. This could result in serious consequences for any individuals associated with the Grace 1.” In April, the Guard Corps was designated a terrorist organization by the Trump administration.

The two administration officials said the Grace 1 should now be considered a pariah. Anyone who does business with the ship, its crew or its owners, or provides financial transactions or port services to the vessel could be liable for evading U.S. sanctions, the officials said.

They argued that the U.K. should think of the tanker issue in terms of the broader relationship with the U.S., particularly as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government presses forward with departing the European Union and seeks a free-trade agreement with the U.S. While the people would not say the release threatens prospects for that deal, they added that the U.K. should ask if it wants to do business with the U.S. or Iran.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/16/world/us-sanctions-iran/#.XVzEwugzaUk

My comment: The US playing (bully) Master of the Universe.

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Iraqi MP: Evidence Points to Israel Being behind Recent Attacks on Popular Mobilization Forces

An Iraqi legislator says evidence points to involvement of the Israeli regime in a recent attack on pro-government Popular Mobilization Units, better known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha’abi, stating that the Tel Aviv regime is trying to weaken the volunteer forces.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network on Wednesday, Karim Alaiwi, a member of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi Parliament, said it is known that many attacks on targets in Iraq were carried out by Israeli planes, including the attacks on Camp Amerli and Camp Saqr, stressing that the evidence points to Israel being behind the airstrikes.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/08/21/604129/Evidence-points-to-Israel-being-behind-recent-attacks-on-Hashd-alShaabi-forces-Iraqi-MP

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Film: The impact of US sanctions on Iran

Iran's economy is in freefall following the reintroduction of sanctions by the US one year ago. Washington is also aiming to punish those who trade with Iran. And the sanctions have bitten: Soaring inflation has even prompted the government to shave four zeros off the value of the currency. Meanwhile, foreign companies continue to pull out of the country.

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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9 regimes Liz Truss should disinvite from London’s arms fair

It's like a who's who of global villians.

https://leftfootforward.org/2019/08/9-regimes-liz-truss-should-disinvite-from-londons-arms-fair/

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UK licensed £6.3bn worth of arms to Saudi-led forces in first four years of Yemen conflict

Campaign Against the Arms Trade says the arms sales were 'immoral and illegal'

The UK government licensed £6.3bn ($7.6bn) worth of arms to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen in the four years of the group’s bombing campaign, according to a new report by Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT).

According to new government statistics, since March 2015 the UK has licensed £5.3bn worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, £657m to the United Arab Emirates, £85m to Egypt, £72m to Bahrain, and £40m worth to Kuwait.

The UK also licensed £142m worth of arms to Qatar prior to its withdrawal from the coalition in 2017.

"They can either continue to rely on discredited Saudi/UAE-led coalition assurances or listen to those who have painstakingly documented the constant civilian deaths caused by coalition air strikes."

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-licensed-ps63bn-worth-arms-saudi-led-forces-first-four-years-yemen-conflict

and also https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/saudi-arabia-arms-sales-uk-trade-yemen-war-crimes-a9073836.html

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British government advises southern separatists to “postpone secession”

UK ambassador to Hadi regime asks for STC to wait until "the end of the war"

The United Kingdom of Britain has advised the Southern Transitional Council (STC) to “solve the problems usefully and clearly, and be a part of the exiled Hadi’s government”, calling on the organisation to postpone its declaration of a secession of southern Yemen until the end of the ongoing Saudi-led coalition war.

“It is in favor of the Transitional Council, and we have said this to them, to solve the problem in a useful, clear and positive way and to be a part of the legitimate government,” Michael Aron, the British ambassador to the coalition-backed government in exile of Hadi said.

Aaron’s statements clearly express Britain’s tacit support for the STC.

” They are a political entity that has popularity in some southern regions. We understand that,” he said, adding that “the popularity creates responsibility, but it is not enough.”

“Popularity does not mean legitimacy. Legitimacy is another matter,” the ambassador added.

The British ambassador to the Saudi-backed regime, who is currently living with Hadi and his government in Riyadh, defended the Southern Transitional Council (STC), and welcomed the partial withdrawal of its militias in Aden.

The ambassador ignored the expansion of the STC and spread of his militias outside the city of Aden and its control over the province of Abyan, and failed to mention the matter.

He indicated instead that “at the moment they [the STC] are ready for dialogue in Saudi Arabia, and we hope that there will be an agreement between them and the government.”

On the adoption of the Southern transitional Council’s demand for the secession of southern Yemen, the British ambassador seemed implicitly supportive, demanding only to postpone the separation.

“Periods of war and problems are not the right time to make important decisions for the future of the state,” he stated.

https://www.uprising.today/british-government-advises-southern-separatists-to-postpone-secession/

My comment. Whow. What a neo-colonialist interference in other countries’ affairs.

(A P)

Has Iran asked the Houthis to appoint an ambassador to Tehran and why?

The British ambassador to Yemen criticized the appointment of Houthi militias as ambassador to Iran, stressing that this is an exclusive right of the legitimate government, while a special source revealed to the "Al-Masdar Online" that the move taken by the Houthis, was in accordance with the Iranian desire.

Ambassador Michael Aaron said "only a legitimate government is concerned with the appointment of ambassadors,"

"The Houthis have no right to appoint anyone," he said in a tweet, noting that the person appointed by the Houthis as ambassador to Iran "has no official position" and that the British representative in Iran will not meet with him."

On the British Foreign Office's accusation of contradiction, Aaron said, "There is no contradiction," adding, "I am not saying that we should not talk to the Houthis. We do this because they are parties to the conflict or, rather, they are the cause of the conflict. But we don't recognize them as a state and they don't have the right to appoint ambassadors."

https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170845

and also https://almasdaronline.com/articles/170878

My comment: How funny, dear old colonialist: Because Britain doesn’t recognize them, they should not have the right to do this? Get off with this.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

(* B K P)

Peter Altmeier auf dem Sprung zu neuen Rekordwerten?

Wirtschaftsminister Peter Altmeier peilt offenbar höhere Ziele an. Sein Haus genehmigte im ersten Halbjahr mit 5,33 Mrd. € bereits mehr Rüstungsexporte als im gesamten Vorjahr (4,8 Mrd. €). Diese Zahl teilte man auf Nachfrage des Grünen Omid Nouripur dem Bundestag mit

Mit den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten gehört auch immer noch ein Land zu den wichtigsten Genehmigungsempfängern, das aktiv an den Kriegshandlungen im Jemen beteiligt ist und offenbar mittlerweile mit eigenen Waffensystemen (Luftabwehrraketensystem Pantsir S1 auf MAN-LKW) auch in den Krieg in Libyen eingegriffen hat - gegen die von den Vereinten Nationen unterstützte Regierung.

Mit Ägypten (801,8 Mio), Katar (164,6 Mio.) und Kuwait (74,2 Mio.) gehören gleich drei weitere (ehemalige) Mitglieder der Jemen-Allianz zu den 13 wichtigsten aufgeführten Empfängerstaaten deutscher Rüstungsexportgenehmigungen im ersten Halbjahr 2019.

Dass Saudi-Arabien auf dieser Liste fehlt, hat seine Ursache in einem Sonderweg, den die Bundesregierung beschritten hat: Im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen westlichen Staaten begründet Deutschland seine Weigerung weitere Rüstungslieferungen für Saudi-Arabien zu genehmigen nämlich isoliert nicht mit der saudischen Kriegsbeteiligung im Jemen, sondern mit den immer noch unzureichenden Bemühungen des Königreichs, den Mord an dem Journalisten Dschamal Khaschogi aufzuklären. Diese Herangehensweise ermöglicht es Berlin zugleich, weiterhin umfangreiche Lieferungen an Länder wie die Emirate oder Ägypten zu genehmigen – von Otfried Nassauer

https://www.lebenshaus-alb.de/magazin/012455.html

cp12b Sudan

(A P)

New Sudanese prime minister sworn in

A new Sudanese prime minister, the economist Abdullah Hamduk, was sworn during a ceremony late Wednesday evening. He will lead a cabinet of ministers that will begin their work on September 1.
Hamduk served as finance minister in the 1980s and more recently held positions with the International Labour Organization, African Development Bank and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1960699

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

(* B K P)

ISRAEL PLANS TO ATTACK THE HOUTHIS IN YEMEN - REPORT

Sources say the Mossad and Military Intelligence are tracking Iranian shipments to organizations under its protection designed to hurt the interests of the region's countries.

Israel's fight against the shipment of weapons from Iran to organizations under its protection may reach new districts. Sources from the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida claim that Israel plans to attack targets of Houthi rebels and Hezbollah in Yemen, near the Straits of Bab-el-Mandeb separating the Red Sea from the Gulf of Aden. According to the source, the Mossad and Military Intelligence are monitoring Iran's attempts to deliver weapons, including missiles and drones, which could be used for terrorist attacks against the region's maritime network.
It has also been claimed that some of the drones and missiles were transferred to Iraq in an attempt to mislead the other party, and that the bombings attributed to Israel in the Arab country were intended to prevent the continuation of the route towards Yemen.

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Israel-plans-to-attack-the-Houthis-in-Yemen-report-599374

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

(* B P)

Mysterious Israeli Businessman Behind Mega-deal to Supply Spy Planes to UAE

Two business jets, an offshore company, millions in cash, wealthy Gulf royals, one Israeli businessman - and Iran. Leaked documents reveal the secrets behind the United Arab Emirates' newest spy planes

The sight of the surveillance plane that recently began trial flights marks the last stages of a secret mega deal that began about a decade ago, and whose connection to Israel was unknown until now. A Haaretz investigation reveals that the person behind the supply of the planes is Israeli businessman and entrepreneur Matanya “Mati” Kochavi.

Documents obtained by Haaretz, some of them originating in the huge Paradise Papers leak by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung in 2017, reveal that the deal involved total payments of about 3 billion shekels ($846 million according to the current exchange rate). The documents note that at least part of this sum was paid for in cash, and they name UAE leaders as being connected to one of the companies involved in the transaction.

The fact that there are no diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE and other Persian Gulf countries has not prevented the shared interests of the countries in the region to forge an extensive unofficial relationship, including in business, military and political spheres. In the case of Israel and the Gulf states, one main shared interest is their mutual enemy: Iran.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-mysterious-israeli-businessman-supplied-spy-planes-to-uae-1.7696711

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

(* A T)

US drone strike targeted on Wednesday, a gathering of al-Qaeda militants in al-Mushirif area between Yemen's governorates of Al Baydha and Marib.
According to Yemeni sources, the air raid targeted the site where the al-Qaeda elements holed up, killing and inuring a number of terrorist militants.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/13084

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

Saudi Press: KSA's Commitment to Principles of international law

Saudi newspapers highlighted in their editorials today a number of issues at local, regional and international arenas.
Al-Yaum newspaper said in its editorial that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's speech before the Security Council's session held under the title “Maintaining international peace and security and challenges standing against achieving peace and security in the Middle East has indicated its firm principles along with its absolute commitment to the principles of the international law and its respect for all UN binding resolutions for achieving international peace and security, defusing tensions from all their sources and calling for peace, security and stability within human societies.
On the other hand, the paper noted that Iran through its aggression acts poses a serious threat to the security of the Middle East region through its blatant interference in the internal affairs of the countries of the region and its support for terrorist organizations that continue in bringing instability, corruption and destruction in many of these countries.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1960749

My comment: Everything which Saudi propaganda objects to iran, the Saudis themselves do at a much larger scale.

(A P)

Criticism of Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen is unbalanced and favors Iran

In the current US political climate, we can split our traditional allies into teams: Democrats generally favor the Islamic Republic, while Republicans are too afraid of criticism to favor anyone. Downgrading or even cutting off ties with Saudi Arabia is a popular idea among Democrats and some Republicans as we get closer to the 2020 election.

The idea is the US should punish Saudi Arabia because of the Khashoggi affair, but the reality is we need the guardians of Makkah and Madinah and our main ally in the Middle East to help us curb Iranian influence in Iraq and Syria, to fight Daesh, balance Iran in the region, and support the peace process. The Kingdom is a necessary ally and the Islamic Republic of Iran is a dedicated enemy.

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the Yemen campaign are two different things. One was an unnecessary failure — a crime (whereby the trials are ongoing and being attended by representatives from the embassies of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council) — while the other is a necessary campaign that is failing. And, if it ultimately fails, then Iran will have another Hezbollah in the region — and that’s the goal – by Michael Pregent, Hudson Institute.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1543211

My comment: LOL. Also look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_Institute.

(A P)

Yemen: A futile campaign by Al Houthis

Attempts to sow terror won’t deter the international coalition from its mission in Yemen

Al Houthi terrorists from Yemen and their Iranian masters seem to be intent on bringing disruption to international oil markets in a misguided attempt to change attitudes or somehow seek relevance for their causes and agenda.

The latest act of sabotage against oil facilities came just days ago when Al Houthi drones attacked an oil field in Saudi Arabia and also targeted other civilian installations. These terrorists undoubtedly used weaponry supplied by their armourers in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, aided and abetted by the regime in Tehran.

Throughout this conflict, Al Houthis have done everything to thwart peace efforts and frustrated every meaningful initiative to bring peace and stability to Yemen.

https://gulfnews.com/opinion/editorials/yemen-a-futile-campaign-by-al-houthis-1.65926293

(A P)

Kingdom affirms its commitment to principles of international law and its support for security, stability, peace in region

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has affirmed its commitment to the principles of international law and its support for all that can help bring security, stability and peace to the countries of the region.

This came in a speech delivered by the Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami before the Security Council in a session on peace and security in the Middle East.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1960392

(A P)

[from 2018] Houthis: The Second Arm of Iran in the Region to subjugate the Arabian Peninsula

Houthis militia became an international issue in Yemen and Arabian Peninsula. At the time, Houthis militia didn’t control a part of Yemen only, but they interpret in regional and neighboring countries. Having full military, media, educational, financial and logistic support from Iran, they have started their armed activities in 2004 against central government of Yemen. This paper aims to illustrate the role of Houthis militia in implementing Iranian’s strategy to subjugate Arabian Peninsula. This paper also explains internal conflicts of this militia with central government of Yemen during 2004 to 2018.

https://www.academia.edu/37970592/Houthis_The_Second_Arm_of_Iran_in_the_Region_to_subjugate_the_Arabian_Peninsula?auto=bookmark

(A H P)

More Saudi coalition “We are benefactors” propaganda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1960609

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1960606

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/sdrpy-establishes-new-electricity-infrastructure-hajjah

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

(* A K pH)

Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

Aug. 20: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1566412043./1389894081160953/

Aug. 19: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1566412043./1389891764494518/

Aug. 18: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000.1566412043./1389006811249680/

Aug. 17: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1389006041249757/

Aug. 16: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1389005641249797/

Aug. 15: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1389005154583179/

Aug. 14: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1389003474583347/

Aug. 13: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1389002854583409/

Aug. 12: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1389002107916817/

Aug. 11: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1388998534583841/

Aug. 10: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1388997101250651/

Aug. 9: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1388995811250780/

Aug. 8: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1388991257917902/

Aug. 7: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1388988187918209/

(A K pH)

Saudi-led coalition wages 27 airstrikes on three Yemeni provinces

In Jawf, a woman was killed in Saudi-led aggression bombardment on al- Al-Faid area of in Matton district.

In Saada, a citizen was seriously injured by Saudi artillery shelling on populated areas of Shada border district, while the Saudi-led aggression warplanes launched two airstrikes on civilians’ farms in Ja’malea area of Majz district and 13 airstrikes on Kutaf district.

https://www.uprising.today/saudi-led-coalition-wages-27-airstrikes-on-three-yemeni-provinces/

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Aug. 21: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8389 Dhamar, Hajjah p.

Aug. 20: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8373 Hajjah p.

https://www.uprising.today/saudi-led-coalition-wages-27-airstrikes-on-three-yemeni-provinces/ Al Baydah p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b.

(* A K pH)

Yemeni army fires medium-range ballistic missile at Jizan

Ballistic missile hits Saudi joint operation rooms

The Yemeni military spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e has on Wednesday said that the army forces fired a medium-range ballistic missile at Jizan region, southern Saudi Arabia.

According to the military spokesman, the medium-range ballistic missile targeted Saudi-led coalition joint operation rooms in Samedah area of Jizan region.

He confirmed that the missile hit its target with high accuracy. The missile strikes left a large number of dead and wounded, including leaders, he added.

https://www.uprising.today/yemeni-army-fires-medium-range-ballistic-missile-at-jizan/ and https://www.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=43881

Planes not landing at Jizan airport: https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1164329563318624256

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1164327992262311936

(* A K pH)

In Two Attacks, Air Forces Target King Khalid Air Base with Drones Qasef 2K

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

The Armed Forces spokesman said that the first attack targeted military communications systems accurately. The second attack targeted fueling stations in the airport.

He added that the operation comes in response to the continued aggression and siege against the Yemeni People.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8390

and

(* A K pS)

Forces of Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen intercept and shoot down two drones launched by Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist militia from Amran province towards the kingdom

Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen, said that on Thursday morning, the coalition forces managed to intercept and shoot down two drones launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist militia from Amran province towards Khamis Mushait.
Colonel Al-Maliki explained that all attempts by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia to launch drones are doomed to fail and the coalition takes all operational procedures and best practices of rules of engagement to deal with these aircraft to protect civilians, and that repeated attempts reflect the despair of the terrorist militia and stresses crime of agents of Iran

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1960719

Planes not landing at Abhah airport: https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1164330117902061569

My comment: The propaganda part is repeated by C + P. And keep in mind, at Khamis Musait is one of the main Saudi air force bases uses in the bombing war against Yemen; and this should a “civilian” target?

(A K pH)

In Sa'adah, Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted different areas of Razeh district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8373

(* A K)

US-Drohne MQ-9 über Jemen abgeschossen – Berichte

Laut jemenitischen Huthis hat ihre Luftverteidigung am Mittwoch eine US-Drohne vom Typ MQ-9 über der Provinz Dhamar im zentralen Teil des Landes abgeschossen.

Auch die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters berichtet unter Berufung auf zwei nicht näher genannte US-Beamte, dass eine MQ-9-Drohne des US-Militärs über Jemen abgeschossen wurde. Den US-Quellen zufolge ereignete sich der Vorfall am späten Dienstagabend im Gouvernement Dhamar südöstlich der von Huthi kontrollierten Hauptstadt Sanaa.

Laut einem Sprecher der Huthi-Bewegung soll die Drohne mit einer „modernisierten” Rakete abgeschossen worden sein, die bald auf einer Pressekonferenz vorgestellt werden würde.

https://de.sputniknews.com/panorama/20190821325630769-us-drohne-mq-9-ueber-jemen-abgeschossen--berichte/

https://www.alternativ-report.de/2019/08/21/us-drohne-von-huthi-rebellen-im-jemen-abgeschossen/

(* A K)

Yemeni Air Defenses Down US-Made Spy Drone in Dhammar

Air Defenses of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees on Tuesday evening downed a US-made drone, MQ-9, in Dhammar with an undisclosed missile.

A source in the Air Defenses stated that "Air Defenses were able to down a spy drone, MQ9, operated by the US-Saudi aggression, was fighting in the West Coast frontline."

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8371

(* A K)

Yemen's Houthis down U.S. drone in Dhamar governorate: spokesman

Yemen’s Houthi movement’s air defenses on Wednesday downed a United States drone MQ-9 in Dhamar governorate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, the group’s Al-Masirah TV quoted the group’s military spokesman as saying.

“We are aware of reporting that a US MQ-9 was shot down over Yemen. We do not have any further information to provide at this time,” the U.S. military’s Central Command said in a statement on Wednesday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-houthis/yemens-houthis-down-u-s-drone-in-dhamar-governorate-spokesman-idUSKCN1VA2C6

Photos: https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/1164008051940233216

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/1164135177137901568

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1163948121249976322

Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Vi6TV_dYE

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/1163964091293196291

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1163915571244781568 = https://twitter.com/bon2_o1sav4tjkp/status/1163929390004277254 = https://www.uprising.today/footage-shows-yemeni-air-defences-downing-us-mq-9-drone-in-dhamar/

https://twitter.com/RebeccaRambar/status/1163939631525769216 = https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1163923977628246016

My comment: The US, warring party in Yemen.

And

(* A K)

Houthi rebels claim to down Reaper drone in Yemen, US investigating

U.S. Central Command has opened an investigation into reports that Houthi rebels in Yemenshot down a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper late Tuesday, according to a Wednesday news release.

The unmanned aerial vehicle was operating in “authorized air space,” Army Lt. Col. Earl Brown said in a statement, when it allegedly was attacked by the group over Dhamar, in the country’s north.

“We have been clear that Iran’s provocative actions and support to militants and proxies, like the Iranian-backed Houthis, poses a serious threat to stability in the region and our partners," he said.

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/08/21/houthi-rebels-claim-to-down-reaper-drone-in-yemen-us-investigating/

My comment: „The unmanned aerial vehicle was operating in “authorized air space,””: authorized by whom? Above Yemeni ground?? The US simply “authorizes” itself, worldwide. – “Iran’s provocative actions” when it’s an US drone over foereign territory? LOL.

and

(* A K)

US blames Iran after drone is downed in Yemen

The US blamed Iran on Tuesday for the shooting down of a US MQ-9 drone over Yemen by a surface-to-air missile, an apparent escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.

The US believes the missile was provided to Houthi rebels by Iran, a US official said, adding that it was not immediately clear if the drone was being operated by the US military or the intelligence community. The rebels, however, said the missile used was "developed locally" and appeared to suggest it was not provided to them by Iran.

Statements from the Trump administration and the US military, however, clearly implicated Iran in the inciden

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/21/politics/us-drone-yemen/index.html

My comment: “blames Iran”?? Hey, it had been an US drone. This is really putting upside down.

And

(* A K P)

Pentagon Vows to Decide on Appropriate Response to Drone Downing in Yemen After Facts Studied

The United States will take action as appropriate with regard to its drone shot down over Yemen as soon as it scrutinizes facts related to the incident, Defence Secretary Mark Esper said in an interview.

"We did lose an MQ-9 over Yemen and once we determine that and sort through the facts, then we will figure out the next steps as appropriate," Esper told Fox News in the interview, released late on Wednesday.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201908221076605671-pentagon-vows-to-decide-on-appropriate-response-to-drone-downing-in-yemen-after-facts-studied/

and the interview in full: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6075382323001/#sp=show-clips = https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/sports/mark-esper-discusses-loss-of-us-drone-over-yemen-threats-posed-by-iran-china-russia/vi-AAG8u58

My comment: This is insane. A normal reaction would be: Shut up. The US had been caught by violating another states sky.

And a Houthi statement:
(A K P)

Abdusalam: US Warplanes Participating in the Aggression Violating Sovereignty, Will Face Air Defenses Response

The head of the National Delegation, Mohammed Abdulsalam, said on Wednesday that US Warplanes are still flying over Yemen airspace participating in aggressive activities and in violation of a sovereign state.

"The Americans are not aware of the consequences of what they are doing either stupidity or arrogance," Abdulsalam said in his tweet.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=8387

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-567-yemen-war-mosaic-567/

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-567 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-567:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

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

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

10:11 22.08.2019
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