Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 583 - Yemen War Mosaic 583

Yemen Press Reader 583: 5. Okt. 2019: Der Krieg kostet eine ganze Generation ihre Zukunft – Krieg bedroht das Kulturerbe – Herrschaft der Huthis in Ibb – Warum die USA den Jemen nicht versteht..
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Oct. 5, 2019: War costs a whole generation their future – War threatens the cultural heritage – Houthi rule at Ibb – Why the US misunderstands and missteps in Yemen – Why does Europe still fuel the Yemen War – 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

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Angriff auf Saudi Aramco / Most important: Saudi Aramco attack

cp1d Huthis schalten saudische Söldnerbrigaden aus / Houthis override Saudi mercenaries’ brigades

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp6 Separatisten und Hadi-Regierung im Südjemen / Separatists and Hadi government in Southern Yemen

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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A Generation Deleted: American Bombs in Yemen Are Costing an Entire Generation Their Future

As a new school year begins in Yemen, Ahmed AbdulKareem investigates the impact that American weapons have had on the war-torn country’s schoolchildren.

Over the course of Yemen’s pre-war history, which locals fondly refer to as the happy Yemen years, never has an entire generation been subjected to the level of disaster and suffering as that levied upon Farah’s generation by the Saudi-led Coalition, which has used high-tech weapons supplied by the United States and other Western powers to devastating effect since it began its military campaign against Yemen in 2015.

Last week a new school year in Yemen began, the fifth school year since the war started, and little has changed for Yemen’s schoolchildren aside from the fact that the Coalition’s weapons have become more precise and even more deadly, leaving the futures of the country’s more than one million schoolchildren in limbo.

Even before the war began, the education system in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, was not in good health; a lack of equipment, unqualified teachers, and a shortage of textbooks plagued the country’s schools, which were bursting at the seams with overcrowding. Coalition bombs and a blockade supported by the United States have effectively destroyed what was left, just as schools were beginning to show signs of recovery.

Many of Yemen’s teachers have not received a paycheck in years and some, unable to eke out a living, have sought work as soldiers-for-hire on Yemen’s battlefields, leaving millions of children without prospects for education and the country as a whole with a 70 percent rate of illiteracy. Beysolow warned that the education of a further 3.7 million Yemeni children is at risk, as teachers have not received their salaries for over two years, adding that one fifth of schools in Yemen can no longer be used as a direct result of the conflict. “Violence, displacement and attacks on schools are preventing many children from accessing school,” she said.

In a bid to stop teachers from leaving schools, the Ministry of Education, based in Sana`a, has imposed a fee on students of $2 per month to pay teacher salaries, but that seemingly nominal fee has added a huge burden to families with more than one child, many of whom are living in extreme poverty as a result of the war and siege.

The severe psychological toll

The effect of U.S.-made weapons upon Yemen’s children does not end there. Children who have survived the fighting are often left with physical disabilities and severe and chronic psychological symptoms, turning their environment into the worst place in the world, according to UNICEF.

Beyond the direct casualties from airstrikes, the largely unnoticed and unrecorded (by the world) sounds of explosions and buzzing warplanes are leaving Yemen’s children with irreversible psychological damage.

Al Awlaqi went on to say that many students convulse into spasms when they hear the sound of airplanes, while others have refused to come back to school. “The sound of an explosion or the buzz of the aircraft stays in the mind. The sound of an aircraft can send these children into severe panic attacks and anxiety,” Dr. Ashish confirmed.

Jalal Al-Omeisi, a pediatric nurse at the Psychiatric and Neurological Hospital in Sana`a told MintPress that most of the cases that arrive at the hospital are from areas subjected to intensive Saudi Coalition raids, such as Sana`a, Hodeida, and Saada, as well as the border areas. Al-Omeisi went on to say that most medics lack the training to deal with the complex psychological issues that these children are developing.

Such experiences in children go well beyond the temporary impact on their education and, without proper care and the knowledge necessary to address treat these psychological issues, many will suffer life-long consequences that hinder their ability to obtain an education. This is especially true in light of the lack of programs, centers or hospitals for the rehabilitation of war-affected children in Yemen.

MintPress managed to speak to dozens of school-aged Yemeni children who were captured in a recent Houthi operation that saw thousands of militiamen, including dozens of schoolchildren, and Saudi officers taken into captivity. Fifteen-year-old Adel was among those captured. He left his home in the southern city of Taiz, chasing promises of a regular paycheck of up to 3,000 Saudi riyals ($800). Adel told MintPress:

We were left alone in Wadi Abu to face our destiny. Older recruits were fleeing on pickup trucks and armored personnel carriers; Saudi airstrikes hit us as we were surrendering to the Houthis.”

Saudi warplanes targeted the captured mercenaries in Wadi Abu Jubarah, killing more than 300 of their own recruits - by Ahmed AbdulKareem

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'Manhattan of the desert': civil war puts Yemen's ancient skyscrapers at risk

In addition to the conflict’s huge human cost, Yemen’s rich cultural heritage has been ravaged, from the Queen of Sheba’s reputed throne room to the mudbrick high-rises of Shibam

At least 712 mosques and 206 archeological sites have been affected since the war broke out in 2015, according to the Legal Centre for Rights and Development in Sana’a. The true figures are believed to be much higher: deliberate targeting by Saudi airstrikes, Houthi rebels, Islamic State and al-Qaida, and a booming smuggling trade have all contributed to the loss of thousands of relics.

Shibam, a 1,700-year-old settlement in the valley of Hadramawt, has largely escaped direct violence, but is still suffering from years of neglect, despite being a Unesco world heritage site.

Named for King Shibam Bin Harith Ibn Saba, it is one of the oldest – and still one of the best – examples of vertical construction in the world

“Lots of young people have left,” said Ali Abdullah, 28, who was looking after his family’s goats along with his 10-year-old brother, Majid. “Shibam is beautiful but there is no reliable money to make here unless they start preserving the buildings again.”

While their owners do what they can to rebuild crumbling walls and protect their homes from termites with limewash, Shibam’s 444 buildings are vulnerable to wind, rain and heat erosion: the outer layers of clay need constant maintenance to stop the walls cracking and eventually collapsing.

Since Yemen’s Arab Spring revolt in 2011, funding to help preserve the city has dried up, as has the once steady flow of tourists

Despite Unesco having provided the coalition with a no-strike list of historical sites when the campaign began in 2015, sites such as the Castle of Taiz have been targeted, as well as the Dhamar Museum.

“We are nervous about the politicisation of heritage and the militarisation of archaeology during the conflict,” said Sama’a al-Hamdani, director of the Yemen Cultural Institute for Heritage and the Arts – by Betahn Mc Kernan (photos)

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Inside IBB: a hotbed of infighting in Houthi-controlled Yemen

Renewed attention on southern Yemen has largely obscured recent political developments in the north of the country, where over the past year the Houthis have faced scattered, yet increasing opposition to their pervasive rule. This localized dissent generated a sequence of violent incidents and a spike in infighting, which is at its highest levels since the alliance with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh crumbled in December 2017. These events point to the highly volatile and unstable nature of the Houthi governance system across northern Yemen, and questions their ability to run politics in times of de-escalating conflict.

While the conflict is drawn into stagnation, the Houthis have faced isolated pockets of rebellion from within their own ranks as well as from tribes and communal groups opposed to their rule.

Ibb provides a good example of how the Houthis’ attempt to assert their authority is antagonizing local elites. In this governorate, the Houthis have reconfigured the local political environment, promoting loyalists from their stronghold of Saada and stirring opposition from increasingly marginalized elites and allies.

How the Houthis seized Ibb

The full takeover of Ibb governorate also encountered little resistance. Sporadic clashes with Islah took place in the north-eastern districts of Yarim and ar-Radhma (Sabq,18 October 2014), and around the governorate’s capital city (al-Jazeera, 17 October 2014). Local resistance mobilized around the Du‘am family and the Islah party

Replicating a divide-and-rule strategy used in other governorates under their authority, the Houthis thus attempted to weaken local structures of power splitting up tribal or family lineages and manipulating local tribal orders through the appointment of second-rate shaykhs in state positions.

An unstable coalition and the onset of infighting

Unlike the neighboring governorates of al-Bayda, Taizz and ad-Dali, Ibb is not located on the front line of the war but has nevertheless experienced sustained levels of violence since the start of the conflict around Ibb city and in its easternmost districts bordering Ad Dali and Taizz (see Figure 3). Airstrikes are the primary mode of violence, followed by clashes between armed groups and improvised explosive devices (IED) attacks targeting both combatants and civilians.

Far from constituting routine reshuffles, these latest changes resulted in ousting local elites from key military and security positions in the governorate and instead elevating Houthi loyalists from Saada, with the only exception being Abdulhafiz as-Suqqaf.

These changes are reflected in the governorate’s precarious security situation, which has since plunged into growing instability. Starting from September-October 2018, the governorate experienced a spike in violence against civilians and in communal clashes, largely motivated by conflicts over land involving Houthi militias linked to local groups. Infighting began to surface in March 2019, when Houthi factions loyal to as-Suqqaf clashed with those loyal to Abu Ali al-Ayani.

Eventually, the political struggle over the security establishment merged with pre-existing tribal rivalries and precipitated into violent battles.

Infighting seems largely motivated by a rift between Ibb’s local elites and Houthi loyalists from Saada. After Saleh’s assassination in December 2017, the Houthis have accelerated the takeover of state institutions, replacing local supporters and GPC affiliates suspected of conspiration with militants close to the movement’s inner circle hailing from the northern highlands. This has led to an increasing overlap between formal state positions and political roles within the Houthi movement, triggering the reaction of local elites and tribal groups increasingly marginalized by the Houthis’ pervasive and exclusionary rule.

As the death toll now nears an estimated 100,000 fatalities since 2015, the conflict is increasingly embroiled in regional tensions which makes its resolution ever more difficult. Despite its international ramifications, the roots of the conflict continue to be predominantly domestic, and reflect national and subnational struggles for power and influence. In central and northern Yemen, local opposition to Houthi domination has resulted in multiple violent incidents involving local groups and former Houthi allies. These dynamics of co-option and control, however, are not unique to Ibb, but were instrumental in consolidating Houthi authority across other governorates such as Sana’a, Amran, al-Mahwit, Dhamar and western Marib.

While the Houthis have so far managed to tame the potentially dangerous repercussions of such events, they may struggle to enforce their rule should these pockets of resistance survive or activate. As the conflict stagnates and a military escalation is no longer imminent, keeping their home front united might prove the greatest challenge to Houthi rule in the future – by Andrea Carboni and Luca Nevola

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Seen Only in a Saudi Shadow: Why the US Misunderstands and Missteps in Yemen

The United States does not have a Yemen policy. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise: the United States has never had a Yemen policy. What it has – what it has always had – is a Saudi policy that dictates and determines its actions in Yemen. For the US, Yemen is an add-on country, small enough and unimportant enough to be out-sourced. Periodically, of course, there are moments of crisis that demand more focused attention from US policymakers. After the September 11, 2001, attacks, for instance, Yemen was seen primarily as a counterterrorism problem that needed to be solved. More recently it has been seen through the prism of US efforts to counter Iran. But in both cases, the US was in lockstep with Saudi Arabia. In the early 2000s, Saudi Arabia had its own Al-Qaeda problem, and over the past several years the kingdom has seen Iran as its chief regional rival, often encouraging the US to take a harder line.

The problem with viewing a country, any country, through a single lens – whether through the prism of a regional partner or a national security challenge – is that it tends to distort the reality on the ground, sacrificing nuance for an easy narrative. This leads to mistakes of analysis and, ultimately, results in poor policy options.

Seeing Yemen only through the lens of counterterrorism, for example, leads to the conclusion that anyone who wears a beard, carries a gun, and talks about Allah is a member of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) or the Islamic State group. But that isn’t the case in Yemen, and thinking it is results in mistaken drone strikes and misapplied sanction designations. View the country primarily as an arena to counter Iran, and you end up thinking that the Houthis are only an Iranian proxy instead of a local group with a local history and local interests. And, perhaps most importantly for US policymakers, if the US sees Yemen only as an addendum to its relationship with Saudi Arabia it runs the very real risk of supporting Saudi policy goals instead of US ones. The United States and Saudi Arabia have overlapping interests in the Middle East. But they do not share a common set of values or core goals.

After nearly five years of war, the Yemeni state has collapsed and the country is breaking apart. Yemen is unlikely ever to be put back together as a single state. Instead of dealing with one Yemen, in the future the US will have to contend with multiple Yemens. Such a messy reality will make policy more difficult and a detailed understanding of what is happening on the ground more essential than ever.

For reasons from counterterrorism and national security to regional stability and maritime security, the United States needs to see Yemen clearly and on its own. The US should coordinate strategy with Saudi Arabia and other regional actors where it can, but never again should it let US actions be driven by Saudi interests. The US needs a Yemen policy, not a Saudi policy that includes Yemen.

A Way Forward

As chaotic and confusing as Yemen is at the moment, it will only become more so in the future as the country splinters into different pieces. Increasingly, the US will be forced to deal with non-state actors, whether militias or tribes or other groups, who have control on the ground. The US is not set up to succeed in such an environment.

The US may not always understand what is happening on the ground in Yemen, but viewing the country as its own place with its own history will go a long way toward creating a more successful policy – by Dr. Gregory D. Johnsen

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Why Is Europe Still Fueling the War in Yemen?

Despite attempts to ban arms exports, European countries remain important weapons suppliers to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE regularly top the table of arms purchases from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, and Sweden. Several NGOs have unilaterally initiated legal proceedings in national courts and the International Criminal Court, hoping to demonstrate the exporting country’s criminal responsibility, but the law remains hard to interpret.

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which came into force in December 2014, and the EU Common Position on Arms Export Controls of 2008 require arms-producing countries not to export arms where there is a clear risk they will be used in breach of international humanitarian law. But NGOs and governments interpret “clear risk” differently. NGOs take any civilian deaths as proof, whereas governments class them as collateral damage (which they criticize) but do not condemn the whole military operation. So far, NGOs have failed to convince any court of war crimes or collusion by arms manufacturers.

In France, the publication of classified documents by the journalists’ collective Disclose on April 15 this year revealed politicians’ responsibility and earned the journalists a summons to appear before the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI) as part of an inquiry into a breach of national defense secrecy.


According to the DRM, Caesar self-propelled howitzers made by French manufacturer Nexter put 436,370 Yemeni civilians within firing range and “support loyalist troops and Saudi armed forces in their advance into Yemeni territory.” Although military intelligence referred to the weapons’ being used defensively, the Disclose journalists revealed that 35 civilians were killed in artillery bombardments that must have come from Caesars, as no Chinese or US guns there had sufficient range.

The military intelligence memo also mentions Italian-made Abu Dhabi-class corvettes, British Typhoon and Tornado fighters, German Al-Murjan mine hunters and Murayjib-class corvettes, and Swedish Ghannatha patrol boats and airborne radar systems.

How are these sales justified? France’s armed forces ministry does not comment, but minister Florence Parly told parliamentarians on the national defense committee this May, “It’s vital to our sovereignty.… We need to maintain the viability and independence of our defense industry to have access to military equipment that enables us to intervene to guarantee our fundamental mission of protecting our territory and our citizens as well as nuclear deterrence’.

Her position oscillates between bad faith and untruth. Despite the information from the DRM, she insisted on France Inter on January 20 this year, “I have no knowledge of [French] weapons being used directly in this conflict.”

En Marche! deputy Fabien Gouttefarde justified France’s arms sales: “There’s a strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. We mustn’t forget Charlie Hebdo. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula [AQAP] has carried out deadly terror attacks from support bases in Yemen. There was a genuine terrorist threat that the coalition has contributed to fighting.”

No industry figure was willing to speak officially, but a French executive said off the record, “[Working with] SAMI is now a prerequisite for Saudi Arabia. It’s a recent invention that comes from the need to coordinate the industry locally. Saudi Arabia is the world’s second-largest arms importer. So every seller is there.” – by Romain Mielcarek

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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World Health Organization: Yemen Conflict, Situation Report Issue No. 8, August 2019

Since 1 January to 31 August 2019, a total of 620,348 suspected cases of cholera, including 845 associated deaths (CFR 0.14%) were reported. Children under the age of five continue to represent 25% of the total number of suspected cases.

Jointly with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health, WHO conducted the 2nd round of OCV campaign in four high risk districts in the governorates of Aden, Taizz and Al Dhalea for 6 days. Despite heavy conflict in the area at the time of implementation, over 400,000 people including 65,000 children above the age of 1 till 5 years old were reached with cholera vaccine. =

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

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Injuring 2 Children with Remnants of US-Saudi Cluster Bombs, Hodeidah

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Friday, October 4th, 2019

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Film: The Yemeni government says its forces have avoided attacking the port area of the rebel-held city of Hudaydah

My comment: ???

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Houthis plant a new field of landmines in Hays district, south of Hodeidah, Yemen Press quoted military sources as saying.

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In Hodeidah, US-Saudi forces targeted Haiys district with artillery shells and machineguns. US-Saudi forces targeted the property and houses of citizens in 50th Street and Sana'a Street, and targeted with six artillery shells the farms and property of citizens in Al-Hali district.

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In Hodeidah, US-Saudi forces targeted several areas of Kilo-16 areas with machineguns. US-Saudi mercenaries targeted different areas of Al-Jah area in Baet Al-Fakih district with artillery shells and different machineguns.

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National army defeats Houthi attack in Hodiedah

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Angriff auf Saudi Aramco / Most important: Saudi Aramco attack

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Gulf military chiefs say attacks on Saudi flew through GCC airspace

Gulf military leaders on Thursday condemned the use of their countries’ airspace to carry out attacks last month against a Saudi crude processing plant, a statement that indicated oblique backing for a U.S./Saudi account blaming Iran for the attack.

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Russia's Putin says no proof Iran was behind Saudi attacks

“We condemn these (attacks) but we are against shifting the blame to Iran because there is no proof of that,”

cp1d Huthis schalten saudische Söldnerbrigaden aus / Houthis override Saudi mercenaries’ brigades

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Ohne Kampfgeist, kann auch eine High-Tech Armee nicht siegen

Die saudische Armee gilt als gut gerüstet. Sie ist eine der modernsten im Orient und zumindest auf dem Papier mit den allerbesten ausgestattet, was NATO und Nicht-NATO-Länder zu bieten haben. Aber ähnlich wie im Golfkrieg vor einigen Jahrzehnten zeigt sich, dass die Saudi-arabische Armee nur eine Schaustellertruppe von priviligierten Söhnen ist, die ihren Militärdienst als eine Art Hobby verstehen. Ihr Ruf in Kreisen westlicher Staaten, die mit ihnen bereits zusammenarbeiten mussten, war noch nie gut. Die Houthi-Rebellen und anderen Milizen haben mittlerweile mehrfach bewiesen, dass sie ihrem technologisch überlegenen Feind im Kampf trotz Unterzahl und schlechterer Waffensysteme mehr als nur gewachsen sind.

All die überlegene Technik hilft nicht, wenn die Soldaten keinen Kampfgeist haben. Die saudischen Truppen gelten als unmotiviert.

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Film (in Arabic): Video footage shows number of Saudi soldiers captured in Najran

Military Media published on Tuesday released video footage showing a number of war prisoners of Saudi soldiers , who were captured in the 2nd phase of the Victory from Allah operation in Najran.

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Al-Houthi: Ready to Consult with Canada on its Burned Armored Vehicles

"We are here to consult with Canada on the armored vehicles, especially the burned ones," Mohammed Al-Houthi said in a tweet on his Twitter account.

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Yemenis Overwhelmed with Joy amid Victories against Saudi-Led Forces (+Video)

Yemeni people expressed their joy after recent victories of army troops and allied fighters from Popular Committees against the Saudi forces.

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Am Wochenende haben die jemenitischen Huthi Rebellen (Ansarallah) im Gouvernement Najran, einen Großangriff auf die Verteidigungslinien der saudisch-geführten Koalition gestartet, und Letzteren schwere Verluste beigebracht.

In Anbetracht der militärischen Schlagkraft der Ansarallah, sahen dutzende saudisch gestützte Söldner sich dazu gezwungen ihre Waffen zu strecken um sich anschließend zu stellen.

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[Full video of Houthi victory by AlMasirah (Houthi) TV

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Living In Yemen On The Edge: We are sad to inform our followers that we are being forced to stop sharing news to the world about the Genocide in #Yemen, unfortunately we’ve been getting censored by Facebook which are restricting us from publishing to our page for no apparent reason or explanation, a number of pages related to Yemen have already been shutdown due to censorship, we think this is part of Saudi’s war on Yemen’s media via their PR campaign to hide their atrocities in Yemen, we thank everyone for helping us get our message out and will keep everyone informed.
We are also on Twitter, follow us @YemenEdge

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Prince Khalid bin Salman: Saudi Arabia views Yemen truce ‘positively’

Saudi Arabia said that it views the truce announced by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia positively and called on “all Yemenis” to stand against Iranian interference in the country.

My comment: And, what will the Saudis do? The continue their air raids. – Khalid’s words on Iran are propaganda and quoted in cp15.


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Saudi Arabia considering some form of Yemen ceasefire: sources

Saudi Arabia is considering a proposal by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement for some form of ceasefire which, if agreed, could bolster U.N. efforts to end a devastating war tarnishing Riyadh’s reputation.

There was no immediate Saudi acceptance or rejection of the Houthi offer. But Riyadh this week welcomed the move, and three diplomatic and two other sources familiar with the matter told Reuters the kingdom is seriously considering some form of ceasefire to try to de-escalate the conflict.

Two of the sources said Saudi air strikes on Houthi territory had decreased significantly, and that there were reasons to be optimistic about some sort of deal emerging soon.

Riyadh appears now to be more open to options other than fighting.

A regional official familiar with the matter said the Saudis are considering the Houthi offer, which western diplomats are using to convince Riyadh to change tack.

“They seem very open to it,” the source said.

A senior military source in Yemen on the Houthi side said that Saudi had “opened communication” with the head of the Houthi political office, Mahdi al-Mashat, via a third party, but no deal had been reached.

This offer involved a partial ceasefire in certain areas, the source said. Two diplomatic sources and the source familiar with the matter also said a partial ceasefire was on the table.

But Houthi officials have said a partial deal is unacceptable

“MbS wants to get out of Yemen so we have to find a way for him to get out while saving face,” a European diplomat said.

Another diplomat said Saudi Arabia agreeing to halt air strikes would effectively mean the war ends, as Saudi Arabia does not have extensive ground capabilities.

There are also signs the international community is coming together to encourage Riyadh to engage with the Houthis.

The Houthis have threatened that if their peace initiatives are not heeded, more cross-border attacks might follow.

“For the sake of peace, we postponed many strategic strikes that are no less than Aramco’s size and impact,” al-Mashat said.


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Sana’a Continues to Warn Riyadh: Accept Peace Initiatives or Expect the Worst

Supreme Political Council sent during the past two days more than message to Saudi Arabia, warning it not to miss the last opportunity to save the remaining of its economic status. The city of Najran came under the Army and Popular Committees fire after the collapse of all fortifications. Yesterday, the Council, during its regular meeting, reiterated the warning coalition's efforts to fail the peace initiatives.

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Roundup: Yemen’s war rattles on, a year after Khashoggi killing

Meanwhile, large-scale famine in Yemen appears to have been averted — at least for now — but the US-funded famine monitor FEWS NET warns that “increased levels of conflict are expected to restrict humanitarian access” in some parts of the country, and some 17 million Yemenis need immediate humanitarian assistance.

Here’s a selection of some of our recent reporting on Yemen:

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Audio: Prospects for Peace in Yemen

Barbara K. Bodine discusses prospects for peace in Yemen.

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Film: Petrol price increase due to Yemen - Saudi Civil war?

In this episode of 5 Minutes Interview, we talk to Shridhar Krishnaswamy over the Yemen - Saudi Civil war that has been happening from 2015.

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Efforts Ramping Up to Resolve Yemen Conflict Following Saudi Attacks

Efforts to resolve the nearly five-year conflict in Yemen are increasing following drone and missile attacks on Saudi oil facilities last month.

They apparently are trying to maintain military momentum while pressing for a cease-fire. Observers say the Saudis may now see the war south of the border as posing a greater threat than before.

Gulf analyst Neil Partrick is the editor of and lead contributor to the book, "Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy: Conflict and Cooperation." He tells VOA that Saudi Arabia has responded to the rebels with a combination of airstrikes on the port of Hodeidah — an important port for humanitarian aid — while offering a very partial cease-fire. Saudi-led forces claimed they were targeting the Houthi rebels' capacity to mount remote-controlled assaults on shipping in the Red Sea.

"Perhaps that interest on either side in at least winding down aspects of the conflict suggests from the Saudi point of view that there is a recognition that after four-and-a-half years, they can't bomb the Houthi into submission, and that perhaps there has to be some kind of accommodation," Partrick said.

"Saudis would say that they have always been interested in dialogue, and there has been attempted dialogue at various points. There has always been an interest, albeit on terms that would benefit Saudi Arabia," he added.

The Wall Street Journal reported the Trump administration was trying to coax Saudi Arabia into negotiations with Houthi leaders, amid the threat of a broader regional conflict with Iran.

"It may be becoming more important and more serious now, but as ever, it depends just how much, from the Houthis' point of view, territory they are to withdraw from and how much weaponry they are expected to give up, which has been a constant issue. The Saudis are in many ways rather constrained in what they can do to deal with what they see as the Iranian regional threat," Partrick said.

"Airstrikes in Yemen have proven to be a very limited success, and in many ways counterproductive ... There is a recognition on the Saudi side there is a limit to what it can do, if key allies don't want to take a direct military response against Iran in light of the Abqaiq and Khurais attacks," he said – by Dale Gavlak

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After humiliating defeat, Saudis are turning against Hadi

Saudi newspaper Al-Watan launches vicious attack against Hadi government-in-exile, calling them "traitors

In a first angry Saudi reaction to the defeat of Saudi Arabia and its mercenary forces, the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan has launched an attack on the Hadi government.

The newspaper described them as “traitors and war traders” and accused Hadi of trying to prolong the war.

In the angry article, the paper called for an end to the privileges offered to what it is called “the legitimacy of hotels,” referring to the fact that Hadi and his ministers have been living in luxury hotels in Saudi Arabia for the past years.

The article, entitled “Yemen: let’s speak frankly,” attacked the leaders of the so called “legitimate government”, accused them of treason, and claimed that they benefit from the crisis through subsistence and the sale of weapons and recruitment of fighters.

My comment: Oupps… Nothing will be written with consent of the Saudi leadership.

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Ending Western hypocrisy is the key to ending the war in Yemen

Western governments have prioritised profit over principle but a reversal of policy can help bring the Yemen war to an end. The selfishness that the West has shown in maintaining economic ties with authoritarian regimes has damaged its image. For many in the Global South, and particularly the Arab world, the West is, or was, looked upon as the home of human rights protections.

By contrast, Arab leaders are more often than not viewed as repressive, prepared to undermine any individual liberties. Western governments are destroying their reputation as defenders of human rights, however, as they continue to make compound their complicity in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, where the Saudi-led coalition is prolonging Yemen’s war.

If the devastating war in Yemen is to end, the first step must be for the West to withdraw support for the coalition

The conflict in Yemen demonstrates that Western governments are insistent on backing the Saudi-led coalition regardless of consequences.

We also must bring more attention to this forgotten war and pressure these governments to change their incomprehensible behaviour toward the Saudis. Otherwise, neither the Yemenis nor history will forgive us as our silence will be looked at as no different from the silence of the West.

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Luftwaffen aus der Bastelkiste

Dass man einer Miliz Derartiges zutraut, liegt daran, dass der Luftraum längst nicht mehr exklusives Terrain staatlicher Akteure ist.

Das haben die Houthis selbst unter Beweis gestellt

Das Wallstreet Journal bezeichnet die Houthis als die wohl kompetenteste nichtstaatliche Gruppe im Umgang mit Drohnen.

Über den technologischen Fortschritt der Drohnen freuen sich eben nicht nur Fotografen, Hobbypiloten oder Landwirte. Er erreicht inzwischen auch die Schlachtfelder. Fluggeräte für den privaten Gebrauch verfügen über leistungsfähige Funkverbindungen und Autopiloten, sie können Videos übertragen und über eine Stunde in der Luft bleiben.

Der Schlüssel zu wirklich effektiven Angriffswaffen liegt jedoch in staatlicher Unterstützung. Das zeigt das Arsenal der Houthi-Rebellen: Sie verfügen über Drohnen vom Typ Qasef-1, die laut dem UN-Bericht auf einer Drohne aus iranischer Produktion basieren. Sie seien in der Lage, mehrere Kilogramm Sprengstoff bis zu 150 Kilometer weit zu tragen. Die britische Forschungsorganisation Conflict Armament Research schreibt, dass diese Drohnen gesteuert werden, indem man ihnen die GPS-Koordinaten einprogrammiert.

Im Herbst 2018 tauchte dann erstmals eine Drohne auf, mit der die Houthis auch weite Strecken zurücklegen konnten: die sogenannte UAV-X. Dieses Fluggerät könne bis zu 1500 Kilometer weit fliegen und werde sowohl für die Luftaufklärung als auch als Waffe eingesetzt, heißt es in dem UN-Bericht.

Deshalb werde mit Hochdruck an vielen Orten der Welt an Drohnenabwehrsystemen gearbeitet. Die Ideen reichen von automatisch zielenden Maschinengewehren über Störsender bis zu Laserwaffen.

Ein Detail aus dem Bericht des Sicherheitsrates verdeutlicht ebenfalls, wie schwierig eine Kontrolle über derartige Systeme ist. Die Houthi-Drohne UAV-X verdankt ihre große Reichweite unter anderem einem hochwertigen Verbrennungsmotor. In dem Bericht steht, dass es sich bei einigen der gefundenen Drohen um ein Aggregat aus deutscher Produktion handelt. Es stammt von einer Firma, die seit über 35 Jahren Motoren für Modellflieger herstellt. Wie die Motoren in den Jemen gelangten, ist unklar. Das Motor-Beispiel zeigt: Ein ungefährliches Stück Technik kann durch die immer bessere Drohnentechnologie plötzlich zu einem entscheidenden Element in einer tödlichen Waffe werden – von Piotr Heller

Mein Kommentar: Ein grundsätzlicher Gedankenfehler, der zeigt, wie Schreiber im Westen von der eigenen Propaganda zu Fehlschlüssen verleitet werden: Die „Huthis“ sind keine „nichtstaatliche Gruppe“. Sie bilden seit einigen Jahren eine reguläre Regierung für einen international anerkannten Staat. Die Tatsache, dass diese Regierung international nicht „anerkannt“ ist, ändert daran gar nichts. Und für diese Regierung kämpft der größere Teil der regulären Armee des Landes.

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Tragic Folly: Supporting Death and Destruction in Yemen

Everyday Yemenis are conscious of where the bombs and missiles originate: fragments of unexploded materials litter the ground with clearly identifiable writing. “Technical information and serial numbers from missile parts that survive explosions can easily be traced to western arms manufacturers,” wrote Bethen Makernan of the Guardian.

United Nations reports indicate that war crimes have been committed by both sides, however, it is the Yemeni people that have, by far, suffered the most, enduring indiscriminate bombing and missile targeting and starvation used against them as a military tactic. Of course, for each crime, Saudi Arabia provides an official excuse: schoolboys being used as combatants, errors in targeting information, or civilian shields.

Another side to this tragedy is the folly of US and other nations policies regarding their own future security interests. The US military-industrial complex supplying weapons, logistics, and intelligence to the Saudi coalition demonstrates, at worst, a complete disregard to understand and address the causes of terrorism as well as anti-American sentiment in the region – by Paul F.J. Aranas

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The Arabs must press the main combatants to end the war in Yemen.

On the military front, if it happened, the Najran battle may have, for the time being, ended Saudi Arabia's threat to Saada Province, the Houthi heartland, thereby freeing up Houthi fighters to conduct operations elsewhere.

On the diplomatic front, in addition to their unilateral halt to attacks on Saudi Arabia and call for a country-wide ceasefire, the Houthis have freed 290 prisoners

While the UN and the international community have failed to convince the combatants to ceasefire, exchange prisoners and negotiate, the Arabs could play a positive role in this effort by making it clear to both sides that continuation of the war threatens the security of the entire region and global oil supplies – by Michael Jansen =

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The Complete Failure of the War on Yemen

Blaming Iran for the war on Yemen has been the Trump administration’s go-to excuse for continuing to arm and support the Saudi coalition, but it isn’t true. Iran isn’t responsible for the war, and it is still much less involved than the governments that the U.S. has supported to the hilt for years. In fact, the Iran hawks in the administration are doing Iran a favor every day that they continue to support this unwinnable war. The smartest thing the administration could do would be to pull the plug on that support and push the Saudis and Emiratis to negotiate, but instead they have chosen to indulge and cover for their clients.

The war on Yemen provided an opening for increased cooperation between the Houthis and Iran. The war was sold on the lie of combating “Iranian expansionism,” but like many ill-conceived military interventions before it the Saudi-led campaign contributed to creating the thing it was supposedly launched to prevent.

This was not only foreseeable, but it was actually pretty obvious to anyone paying attention when the intervention started.

They thought that they could carve up Yemen for themselves, install new puppets to do their bidding, and that would be that. Instead, they have created a much greater threat to their security than existed four and a half years ago – by Daniel Larison

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Saudi Arabia’s Self-Fulfilling Houthi Prophecy

The Yemeni minority group hardly had anything to do with Iran—until the Saudis got involved.

Nevertheless, when the coalition’s aerial bombardment campaign began in Yemen, it triggered a self-fulfilling prophecy. Until the international conflict began in Yemen in 2015, Saudi allegations of Houthi-Iranian cooperation were mostly only backed by hearsay and online rumor-mongering. According to Peter Salisbury, an analyst at the International Crisis Group, the Houthis received only minimal levels of support from Iran before the regional war started. “It has been politically more convenient to lay the blame for the Houthis at Iran’s door than to say that the Houthis’ rise was the product of a series of internal political miscalculations and misplaced international priorities,” Salisbury said – by Rawan Shaif (paywalled)

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Yemeni Houthis Defeating Paper Tiger Saudis

It’s only sensible option is cutting its losses and pulling out. Yemeni Houthis vowed to keep striking strategic targets in the kingdom otherwise, including its crown jewel oil facilities.

The Saudi capital is vulnerable to Houthi strikes if its forces continue endless war.

How much longer will king Salman let his favorite son crown prince Mohammad (MBS) drain kingdom resources on a losing operation, achieving nothing?

When will he pull the plug on partnering with endless US war in Yemen? – by Stephen Lendman

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Prisoner release breathes life into Yemen's Stockholm agreement

The Houthi movement unilaterally released 290 prisoners, citing the move as a step towards the implementation of the Stockholm deal

During the Stockholm meeting, the Houthi movement and the internationally recognised government agreed to swap prisoners as a confidence-building step, with each side meant to release around 7,000 detainees. But the arrangement has been stalled as the sides struggled to agree on implementation.

“Our initiative proves our credibility in implementing the Sweden agreement and we call on the other party to take a comparable step,” the head of the Houthis’ prisoners' affairs committee, Abdel-Qader al-Murtada, told reporters on Monday.

Some of the released prisoners are minors, some are civilians, but the majority are fighters, according to eye-witnesses. However, pro-government activists believe that the freed detainees were all civilians.

“There was no implementation of the Stockholm agreement. The reason behind this step is that the Houthi prisons are full,” Ammar Maqrami told MEE.

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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[Sanaa] Ministry of Health: Ending Oil Derivatives Lead to Major Disaster

Ministry of Public Health and Population sounded the alarm about ending the oil derivatives in the health sector, which portends a humanitarian catastrophe as a result of the continued siege by the coalition countries.

The coalition prevents tankers loaded with diesel and petroleum from reaching Hodeidah port to provide hospitals and other governmental and private health facilities with their requirements and needs.

The Ministry of Health denounced in a statement on Friday the intransigence of the coalition countries to prevent ships from entering Yemen, although they were inspected and authorized by the United Nations.

The statement stressed that the health sector entirely depends on oil derivatives whether to provide all medical, diagnostic and therapeutic devices with electric power, or for the movement of ambulances and emergency transport of doctors, paramedics and health workers.

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Presser that appeals for immediate lift for Saudi ban in fuel

Yemen is grappling with a fresh fuel shortage, making life even harder for ordinary civilians in the war-torn country.

In the capital Sana’a, long lines at petrol stations mean that drivers have to wait for days to refill their vehicles.

Ordinary Yemenis say they cannot deal with another fuel crisis.

Predicting that the worse is yet to come, Yemen’s Oil Company held a press conference near the UN's office in Sana'a to raise the alarm.

Transport and delivery services as well as water facilities have already been affected by the fuel shortage.

Lifesaving services at hospitals are also in danger due to the shortage.

Saudi Arabia’s blockade and its restrictions on the import of fuel into the poor country have caused numerous fuel shortages in Yemen (with film)

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An Urgent Important Statement

The Yemeni Oil Company has already declared the alarm and repeatedly warned during the last period that the continued detention of oil derivatives ships and preventing their entry to the port of Hodeidah by the aggression coalition and their mercenaries will stop the activity of all vital sectors related to the lives of citizens, especially health, water and sanitation - and electricity - Food industries, grain and wheat silos - hygiene, improvement, etc., and thus a humanitarian catastrophe the world has never seen before.

Today, we are already at the gates of this humanitarian catastrophe as a result of the inability of the Yemeni Oil Company to provide petroleum products to the most vital sectors needed to cover its needs, especially in diesel, which we noted in a previous statement that the last ship loaded with diesel arrived in Hodeidah port more than Fifty days

It's duty of all of us to expose the unethical and abusive criminal practices of the aggression coalition and their mercenaries about the detention of oil derivatives vessels at sea, and the use of oil derivatives as a means of pressure extortion and putting people's lives on stake

and also

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The port of #Hudaydah has been under a blockade for more than 4 years. In these images you can see how the port was filled with shipping containers in 2014. Now in 2019 the port is almost completely empty (aerial views)

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#USA #Saudi aggression still detaining fuel vessels from entering #Yemen #Hudaydah port. The vessels arrived 42 days bk, some 50 days, hv bn released by #UN, yet #Yemenis purposely made to face further starvation, disease, & death! #UN shamefully silent as usual!

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U.S. unlawful sanctions block aid to Yemeni people: Iran

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Gholam-Hossein Dehghani has strongly criticized Washington’s illegal sanctions against Yemen, saying the sanctions block the delivery of humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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50 widows received today in al-Durahimi area of #Hodeidah their monthly cash based on a fund by our partners in #Kuwait along with @monareliefye's online fundraising campaign in indiegogo. Thanks to you all guys. (photos)

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US Department of State: United States Announces $25 Million to Support Emergency Cash Transfer Program in Yemen

This week, the United States announced $25 million in additional aid to support the people of Yemen through the UNICEF-implemented Emergency Cash Transfer (ECT) program. This funding complements more than $2.2 billion in U.S. humanitarian assistance since 2015 and will help 1.5 million Yemeni households – approximately 9 million people – access basic goods and services on the local economy.

My comment: This really is blood money by the greatest arms seller tot he main perpetrator of the Yemen war.

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CIVIC in Yemen

CIVIC has adopted a multifaceted approach involving government actors, civil society, and communities to strengthen civilian protection. First, CIVIC advocates the parties with the most influence over conflict dynamics – the US, UN, Saudi-UAE Led Coalition, France, UK, and the internationally-recognized Yemeni government – to seek a political solution, stop indiscriminate attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, and abide by their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law. Second, CIVIC (with film)

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World Health Organization, Health Cluster: Yemen: Health Cluster Achievements (August 2019)

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World Health Organization: Yemen Conflict, Situation Report Issue No. 8, August 2019

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United Nations Population Fund: UNFPA Receives Urgent Lifesaving Support from the Yemen Humanitarian Fund [EN/AR]

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund welcomed the generous contribution of US$3 million from the Yemen Humanitarian Fund to assist the most vulnerable women and girls with lifesaving reproductive health and protection services.

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Fast for Yemen: Boy's call for help answered on social media

People have been sharing pictures of their empty plates to highlight Yemen's humanitarian crisis, as millions go without food

A plea by a nine-year-old Yemeni boy to highlight his country's humanitarian crisis has been answered by social media users, who have been sharing images of their empty plates online.

With millions of Yemenis reliant on aid and on the brink of famine, Hamza Hakim Almasmari asked for people to skip a meal for three consecutive days and upload pictures showing their absent food.

At his request, social media has been flooded with empty plates, alongside the hashtag #FastActionForYemen. Almasmari's campaign has also been highlighted by rights organisations, such as and Codepink.

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Krieg im Jemen: Fast fünf Million Kinder sind unterernährt

Aufbaunahrung ist Zainabs letzte Chance. Das Mädchen (Foto) ist erst 19 Monate alt und mangelernährt. Zainab kämpft in einem Krankenhaus ums Überleben.

Im vom Krieg zerrütteten Jemen geht es vielen Kindern wie Zainab. Fast fünf Millionen sind unterernährt. Elend und Hunger schwächen die Menschen. Fast 24 der 30 Millionen EinwohnerInnen sind auf humanitäre Hilfe angewiesen. CARE gehört zu den wenigen Organisationen, die trotz anhaltender Kämpfe Nothilfe leisten (Fotos)

Bitte helfen Sie mit!

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In Pictures: Malnutrition, cholera add to Yemen woes

War-ravaged Yemenis, mainly children, suffer from malnutrition as humanitarian groups warn of unsafe drinking water.

Last month, a local non-government organisation said even Yemen's water has been "weaponised", referring to the country's dirty water, which breeds cholera.

There are 18 million Yemenis with no access to drinking water.

In the past years, the shortage of drinking water triggered a cholera outbreak involving 1.2 million people, making the epidemic the largest in history.

According to the Yemen Data Project, a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Yemeni rebels carried out 20,000 air attacks, a third of which were on non-military sites, including hospitals and schools.

The damages, combined with the air, naval and maritime blockade imposed on the northern areas, have paralysed people's access to basic goods.

At malnutrition prevention centres across the country, dozens of people queue everyday for hours for a medical examination and a pack of soy.

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Film: "Hello, my name is Hamza Hakim Almasmari. I am a child from Yemen. Today is my 9th birthday, and for my birthday gift I want to do this campaign to help Yemen."

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Film: 300 students have been studying under the heat of the sun in rural #Taiz with silence from the responsible authority. Their school lacks a ceiling, classrooms, toilets and a decent educational environment to study.

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3 Yemeni girl students of Russian universities are holding a sit-in inside Yemen Moscow embassy until they get their scholarships. In Egypt, Yemeni ambassador has given "scholarships of top students" to his relatives & relatives of his staff. Suffering of #Yemeni_students_abroad.

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ACTED: Cash assistance helps Yemenis return to and remain upon their land

In Al Dhale’e governorate, ACTED is providing emergency food assistance to conflict-affected families, providing a basis from which they can begin to rebuild their livelihoods and support Yemen in meeting the food needs of its people.

"In most of the days, I cannot find any work”, Saeed said. “Really, we struggle to get enough food, especially with continuous increasing in the prices of foods. I have no fixed income. We borrow money and food from neighbors and vice versa. Also, we borrow goods from the store, until we find money to pay it back, sometimes we sell a sheep for this purpose."

"The distribution provides a great help for us and saves a good amount of the necessary food for us as a family. It is an excellent program that helps hundreds of families in need. I hope it continue till the situation be better."

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World Health Organization: Yemen: Nutrition Surveillance (January - June 2019)

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 4 October 2019

Verification is currently underway for the upcoming fifth cash distribution of 2019, that will address the protection and shelter needs of 20,000 families.

UNHCR continues to reach out to new areas to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance and services to people in need. UNHCR, through partner Jeel Albena, began the distribution of basic household item packages to 1,178 IDP families in Kushar distric

On 24 September, UNHCR’s partner Jeel Albena began conducting needs assessments in Zabid district, south of Hudaydah governorate, reaching up to 4,000 displaced families who have settled in the area since June 2018.

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Heavy floods plague refugee camps

Floods caused by heavy rain storms have on Tuesday hit a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) from Hodeidah province in Dhamar province.

“Torrents of two-day heavy rains have flooded a large area of the camp and damaged the IDPs’ property and foodstuffs,”

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IOM: 143 Somali refugees return home from Yemen via Aden port

"On Tuesday, 143 refugees (41 men, 46 women and 56 children) returned to their Somali homeland safely after leaving the port of Aden on Monday, with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Refugees ".

while Saudis claim they did it:

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UN Children's Fund, Nutrition Cluster: Yemen: Nutrition Cluster Dashboard, January to August 2019

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Sana’a Witnesses Rallies Blessing of Victory from Allah Operation



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Yemenis voice support for anti-Saudi attacks

People marched in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a and the city of Sa’ada to express support for retaliatory attacks on Saudi Arabia. Protesters chanted slogans in support of the Yemeni army and its allied Ansarullah forces who are engaged in the retaliatory attacks.

The demonstrators stressed that in case Riyadh continues its airstrikes and crippling blockade, more reprisal attacks will be carried out against the Kingdom (with film)

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Mass Rally in Saada Blessing "Victory from Allah" Operation

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Speechless, motionless, only his eyes move, Houthis release detainee

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[ Hadi gov.]Dep. human Rights Minister majed Fadhayel said on Wednesday that most of the 350 prisoners announced freed by Houthis days ago are in very I'll health conditions as a result of constant torture in the militia’s jails. Some of them are totally paralyzed.

Other govt officials criticized the ICRC for rushing to acclaim the move while many of the civilians held in jails on criminal charges saying only the govt releases POWs citing recent release of 150 Houthi child soldiers and giving them 60 thousand Yemeni Riyals each to encourage their feeling of reintegrating back to society.

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Houthi militants stormed a house in Dhamar and shot dead a young man by the name of Thabet Maoodha in front of his parents and siblings on Thursday, local sources told Alsahwa website.

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Seven Saudi-Paid Collaborators Released In Sanaa

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Al Houthis changing demography of Yemeni capital

Militants’ systematic plan aims to re-settle its supporters in Sana’a

Cairo: Yemen’s Iran-aligned Al Houthi extremists are seeking to carry out a demographic change in the capital Sana’a that has been under their control for about five years, a Yemeni newspaper has disclosed.

The militants’ plan is based on bringing loyalists from the provinces of Hajjah in north-western Yemen, Saada in the far north, and Amran in the centre and re-settling them in Sana’a, independent online newspaper Aden Al Ghad said, citing local sources.

Al Houthi leaders have recently gone on a spree, buying plots of land and renting apartments in Sana’a at high prices, triggering a housing shortage in the city, according to the sources.

“Owners of land and apartments in Sana’a have taken advantage of the finances available to Al Houthis, who have plundered state revenues and imposed levies since

My remark: As claimed by an UAE news site. Of course, an anti-Houthi bias is given to this story. Due to Saudi coalition air raids and attacks, there is a plenty of displaced persons from Hajjah and Saada provinces. Where should they go to?

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Yemen: Houthis Continue to Blackmail Sanaa's Merchants

The Houthi militias are once again targeting merchants and small shopkeepers in Sanaa by blackmailing and threatening them as well as illegally imposing huge sums of money on them under different pretexts.
Traders and shopkeepers in the capital told Asharq Al-Awsat that the coup militias raided earlier this week a number of barbershops, bakeries, and laundries and forced them to pay 20 percent of their income, claiming it was for “Khoms”.
Traders confirmed that the armed militias stopped at their shops and threatened them in a humiliating manner in case they do not pay the required amount. They said Houthis even raided women’s workplaces like hairdressers.

My remark: As claimed by a Saudi news site.

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Supreme Political Council Warns US-Saudi Aggression of Consequences if not Accepting Peace Initiative

The Supreme Political Council warned against the failure to accept the President's peace initiative, stressing that there are wide preparations for unlimited strikes and with impact that will defeat the aggression and crush its capabilities. In a meeting, the Council welcomed the positive response to the initiative of President Mahdi Al-Mashat

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Chairman of the al Houthi movement’s Supreme Political Council Mahdi al Mashat stated on October 2 that the al Houthi movement has postponed major strikes against .Saudi Arabia in the hope that Saudi Arabia will pursue a peace initiative, according to Iranian media.

Mashat threatened that attacks on Saudi Arabia would resume if Saudi Arabia refused to negotiate.[2]


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Mohammed Al-Houthi: Ignoring Peace Initiatives Means Deterrence Operation Will Continue

Member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi, affirmed the seriousness of the Yemeni people towards peace, stressing at the same time that ignoring all peace initiatives, Yemeni deterrence operations will confront the US-Saudi aggression.

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Film: "We can harm if we are harmed"

In a recent interview, Yemen's Foreign Minister from Sanaa government, Hisham Sharaf, reiterated that Yemen is keen on peace but is also prepared to strongly retaliate against any & all aggression.

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Jemenitische Miliz: Wer sind die Huthis?

Der Krieg im Jemen wird häufig als Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen Saudi-Arabien und den vom Iran unterstützten Huthi-Rebellen beschrieben. Aber die jemenitische Miliz ist mehr als nur der Handlanger Teherans.

Die westlichen Verbündeten Saudi-Arabiens werfen dem Iran immer wieder vor, die Huthi-Rebellen unmittelbar finanziell zu unterstützen, anzuleiten und zu bewaffnen - eine Anschuldigung, die die Huthis bereits wiederholt von sich gewiesen haben.

Teheran unterstützt in seinen Äußerungen die Huthi-Bewegung. Experten weisen zudem darauf hin, dass iranische Technologie, darunter auch Drohnen, bei Angriffen der Huthi-Rebellen genutzt werde. Aus verschiedenen Quellen geht hervor, dass Raketen und kleinere Waffen über den Oman ins Land kommen, wobei die Beweislage lückenhaft ist.

Ohnehin ist es schwer, Beweise für die Verwicklung mit dem Iran zu finden.

Teheran unterstützt in seinen Äußerungen die Huthi-Bewegung. Experten weisen zudem darauf hin, dass iranische Technologie, darunter auch Drohnen, bei Angriffen der Huthi-Rebellen genutzt werde. Aus verschiedenen Quellen geht hervor, dass Raketen und kleinere Waffen über den Oman ins Land kommen, wobei die Beweislage lückenhaft ist.

Ohnehin ist es schwer, Beweise für die Verwicklung mit dem Iran zu finden. Ein Expertengremium der Vereinten Nationen hat festgestellt, dass die Huthis aus Teheran mit Brennstoff versorgt worden, um ihrer Bewegung mehr Auftrieb zu geben, allerdings konnte weder eine direkt finanzielle noch eine militärische Verbindung nachgewiesen werden.

Die Möglichkeiten des Militärs

Die militärische Huthi-Bewegung, die sich selbst den Namen "Ansar Allah" gegeben hat, besteht aus einer Mischung aus verschiedenen Truppen. Etwa 60 Prozent sind übergelaufene Kämpfer der jemenitischen Armee, die dem ehemaligen Präsidenten Saleh diente.

Ein kürzlich veröffentlichter Bericht von Renad Mansour und Peter Salisbury geht von einer Truppenstärke zwischen 180.000 und 200.000 bewaffneten Kämpfern aus. Sie hätten Zugang zu verschiedenen Waffen, wie Panzern, technischen Fahrzeugen, Panzerabwehr-Lenkflugkörpern und Langstrecken-Ballistikraketen. D

Ihren Ursprung hat die Huthi-Bewegung in den 1980er Jahren. Im Norden des Jemen formierte sich eine Allianz aus Kräften, die dem Zaydismus, einer moderaten Form des Schiitentums angehörten. Sie sollten eine Gegenbewegung zum sich ausbreitenden Salafismus bilden.

Die Huthi-Bewegung hat starke anti-imperialistische Züge, wodurch eine Abneigung gegen Israel, die USA und Saudi-Arabien existiert – von Tom Allinson

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

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Separatists call for uprising against Islah Party in Shabwah

Call issues in response to Islah militia crackdown on separatist rallies

The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council has on Thursday called for a massive uprising in the occupied Shabwah province in order to expel the Islah Party, affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, from the area.

The Southern Transitional council confirmed that it would not keep silent on the killing of peaceful demonstrators in the city of Azzan by Islah Party militias,” vowing to enact revenge.

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UAE-backed forces arrest alleged assassination ring

Separatists claim arresting three terrorists in Aden

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UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council command in Socotra sent a warning message to Saudi-backed Islah party, according to official sources.

A member of the Council in Socotra Yahya bin Mubarak accused the Islah party of trying to militarize and bring militants to the province.

There is a group of Emiratis who have an active role in Socotra, they delude people that they will start development projects for them and build roads for them and give them villas, but they do the opposite, each time they come to Socotra, instability comes with them, added the source.

My comment: This really is a joke as the UAE brought own military and separatist militia there. And Islah Party ist he main force supporting the Hadi govrenment and ist institutions on the island.

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A suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militant fatally shot a commander of a UAE-backed al Hizam Security Forces unit, Abdullah Abdulmutallab, on October 3 in Abyan governorate in southern Yemen, according to Russian media. AQAP regularly attacks military positions in Abyan.[2]

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At least two security units in Taiz are implicated in child rape. Rapists who are caught and imprisoned are suspiciously released from prison. This woman in the video says many family’s of victims r reluctant to report cases

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Civil service pensioners to be paid October payment soon

Chairman of the General Authority for Insurances and Pensioners (GAIP) Ali al-Hadar announced that all civil service pensioners around the country will be paid their payment for October, from next Sunday.

My comment: Even „around the country“???? I am in doubt. The Hadi government just rules some parts of SE Yemen.

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Clashes Erupt South Taiz, Governor’s Two Guards Killed

Clashes erupted on Thursday in Al Turba town, south Taiz, killing two guards of the Governor of Taiz, Nabil Shamsan, and wounding four others.

According to local sources, it all started in a quarrel between one member of Taiz Governor’s guards and another solider from the 17th Brigade leading to clashes that killed two guards and wounded four others.

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Taiz: Enquiry commission verifies Houthi abuses against civilians, historical sites

The National Commission for Enquiry into human rights abuse claims began on Wednesday verifying the atrocities which the Houthi militia is accused of having inflicted on civilians and historical sites in Taiz city over the past five years,

My comment: Certainly they will blame the Houthis for everything they find – as if there had not been any Saudi air raids, and artillery and gunfire by both sides.

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Sheikh Lahmar Al-Awlaki Calls for All Southern to Mobilize to Azzan – Shabwa, Next Thursday

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Lamlas Sees for Readiness of Security Belt [separatist militia] of Abian Central Zone and Asserts STC Support for Them


Lahj Security [separatist militia] Arrests a Gang that Robbed Security Belt and Police Soldiers of the Governorate

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A destructive civil war lurks in Yemen’s south

In Yemen, tensions between the government and separatists had simmered since the 2017 formation of the Southern Transitional Council, a body calling for southern Yemen’s secession from the north. But a decisive war between the council and the government broke out in August, opening a new chapter of turbulence for Yemen’s southern provinces.

The armed conflict between the Yemeni government and southern Yemeni secessionists has gone dormant in recent days, but it threatens to explode again at any time. The infighting between the nominal allies is likely to persist in the light of the failure of a Saudi-led mediation effort.

The latest armed confrontations between the two sides have added insult to injury in Yemen’s devastating civil war. Optimism that the presence of the Saudi-led coalition would prevent a separatist conflict in southern Yemen has given way to the reality that such a conflict has now begun. Multiple armed factions are now active in the region, including pro-government forces, STC fighters, and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Outside players are fueling the crisis.

The people of southern Yemen are far from unified in their feelings about independence. Some aspire to part from northern Yemen while others want to continue unity with north based on a federal system that would permit greater levels of regional autonomy. Some southerners even want to form a state that’s independent from a future South Yemen governed from Aden, in which case the south itself could be broken up into at least two states.

Today, a considerable number of southerners feel that independence from the north is a stepping stone to stability and prosperity in in the south. But despite the STC’s prominence, southern Yemen is not united behind any single leadership and there is no consensus as to its future

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Several separatists killed in Abyan clashes

A number of militia members affiliated to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council were killed on Tuesday in fierce clashes in Abyan province, southern Yemen.

According to sources, violent clashes broke out between the transitional council’s militias and unidentified gunmen believed to belong to Hadi’s forces in Zinjbar city of Abyan province.

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CARE International threatens to pull out of Taiz after attack against employee

Humanitarian assistant shot by mercenary forces in Taiz

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Members of the "Security Belt" arrest businessman in Aden and loot his house

A businessman was arrested Thursday by members of the UAE-backed Security Belt in the southern Province of Aden after breaking into his home and looting some of its contents.

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Aden shopkeepers complain about abuses by separatist militias

STC terrorises local commercial areas

The owners of commercial shops in al-Basatain area in the Southern port City of Aden have expressed their indignation at the “abuses” carried out by the UAE’s Southern Transitional Council militias against them, informed sources reported on Wednesday.

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Yemeni officials say protester killed at separatist rally

Yemeni officials and medics say a protester was killed and five were wounded as forces loyal to the country’s internationally recognized government used live ammunition to disperse a rally by separatists in the southern province of Shabwa.



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Yemeni gov't forces open fire against protesters, injure 10

Forces loyal to Yemen's government opened fire against a rally of the pro-secession Southern Transitional Council (STC) in southeastern Shabwa Province on Thursday, a security official told Xinhua.

"Scores of the STC supporters organized a rally in Azzan town of Shabwa province but forces of the government attempt to prevent them," the official said on condition of anonymity.

while a separatist news site blames Islah Party:

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Southern protester deliberately killed in Shabwa

A video shows Islah gunman loyal to Yemen's government deliberately aiming and shooting a southern protester called Saeed Mohammed al-Qumeishi during Thursday's demonstration in Azzan town of Shabwa province.

A number of protesters were seriously injured with live ammunition fired by Islah militia in an attempt to disperse anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstration.

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Def. Minister inaugurates Joint Operations Headquarters in Marib

Yemen’s Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Mohammed Al-Mqdashi along with Marib’s Governor Maj. Gen. Sultan Al-Erada, inaugurated Wednesday the headquarters of the Army’s Joint Operations Command in Marib Province.

Arab’s Coalition Commander in Marib Maj. Gen. Hamdan Al-Shammari, attended the inauguration event also.

and what separatists’ propaganda is making of this:

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Qatar creates new military camp in Marib

Yemen's Muslim Brotherhood, Islah party has proceeded to create a new military camp in Marib province mainly composed of the soldiers who left the fight on the borders with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The same source revealed that the new camp is fully funded by the regime of Qatar in coordination with high-ranking officials and military commanders from the Islah party and the government armed forces.

My comment: This sounds like one of the separatists’ conspiracy theories.

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Southern Flag Raising Campaign Continues in Aden (Photos)

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Mortar attacks kill Islah militants in Shabwa

A number of Islah militants were killed and injured in heavy mortar shelling by the southern resistance in the governorate of Shabwa on Wednesday night.

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Commander of Aden Security Belt [separatist militia]: We Are Following the Steps of Our Martyrs to Serve the South

Waddah Omar Abd Al-Azizi, commander of Aden security belt, indicated that security responsibility of Aden is shared by all forces that have the same goal and struggle to achieve it.
In a special release for Morale Direction, commander Waddah said: We are following the steps of our martyrs and we will never retreat till we achieve our goal. We saw them racing for this goal and we will do the same

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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British Ambassador to Asharq Al-Awsat: Optimism over 'Fragile Progress' For Peace Opportunities in Yemen

British Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aron said on Thursday that the political operation in Yemen has moved forward in the past few days, but stressed that such progress was still “fragile” as warring parties need to take more positive steps towards peace in the country.
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Aron said his country was optimistic about a positive “progress” in Yemen’s peace efforts following “the worst incidents,” referring to the drone attacks at two major facilities run by Saudi Aramco last month.
Aron said he noticed that the level of military escalation between the warring sides had decreased.

My comment: ??? Britain, by taking siedes in this war and by arming Saudi Arabia with weapons for billions, for years had fueled this war.

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KSRelief and UNESCO sign three agreements to implement educational projects in Yemen

UNESCO Beirut will implement KSRelief-funded educational projects in Yemen to ensure that no child is left behind.

Labelled “Education Promotes Peace”, “I Have the Right to Develop”, and “My Right to Learn”, the projects aim to provide out-of-school and at-risk children in Yemen with learning opportunities through catch-up and alternative education programmes, and to develop educational resources

My comment: The UN taking Saudi money is whitewashing the greatest perpetrator in Yemen.

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Kuwait to host new round of Yemen peace talks

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Kuwait, Khaled Al-Jarallah renewed on Tuesday his country’s readiness to host any talks on Yemen that would cease the ongoing war in Yemen.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Guess who's behind the latest propaganda tours to Saudi Arabia. Surprise! It's the former head of Saudi intelligence.

referring to

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Film: Leading human rights activist @abo1fares face off with #Saudi Monarchy ambassador @KSAembassyNL . Amb tells Yahiya , “you are a dirty rag”

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Saudi Arabia allows foreign men and women to share hotel rooms

Saudi Arabia is allowing foreign men and women to rent hotel rooms together without proving they are related, after the conservative Muslim kingdom launched a new tourist visa regime to attract holidaymakers.

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Saudi Arabia allows women to join army

Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to join the army as soldiers for the first time in yet another step to empower females in the country, Saudi newspaper Asharq Al Awsat reported Thursday.

The Saudi Defence Ministry has allowed women’s enlistment for military jobs with ranks from the private soldier to the sergeant in the army’s branches of ground, air, navy, air defence and missile forces as well as medical services, the paper added.

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Saudi crown prince's bizarre, destructive world revealed in interview

If Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman's storm of recent media interviews aimed to blunt foreign criticism of his domestic and regional policies, it has instead emulated those policies and achieved exactly the opposite.

His performance adds a new layer to the high-level lack of credibility associated with Saudi policy deficiencies that have in recent times robbed the country of much of its former clout.
The crown prince and other Saudi officials seem befuddled by the world's focus on the assassination and dismemberment a year ago of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

His media barrage this week adds to this legacy of policy miscalculations by offering a series of excuses and explanations that have no credibility and will only further tarnish his image, except perhaps with the foreign PR companies that advise him on these matters, or Arab and other "allies" who seek Saudi financial support.

On the three critical issues of the Khashoggi murder and cover-up, the Yemen war, and Iran, he offered new explanations that were meaningless and repeated old positions that have been catastrophic.
His assuming "responsibility" for the Khashoggi murder because it was the work of Saudi government employees is a meaningless statement that does not acknowledge the Khashoggi the assassination team's many direct links to his office and to himself personally.
It ignores the hard evidence that caused the CIA and a UN investigation - two rather serious parties - to link the killing to his office and perhaps to him personally, with the UN calling it a state-sponsored murder.

Mohammed bin Salman's main dilemma today is not just that much of the world will not drop the Khashoggi matter, demands answers and real accountability, and in the meantime applies punitive measures like arms embargoes or downgraded political, economic, or strategic contacts.

The bizarre and fantastic world as imagined by the Saudi crown prince has only brought the region war, tension, destruction, insecurity, and expanding human impoverishment.
The better antidote to this painful and destructive Saudi (and Emirati) legacy would be to follow up the successful nuclear/sanctions accord with negotiations in the Gulf, free from foreign military threats and sanctions, with local powers themselves guaranteeing its security and their common economic well-being – by Rami G. Khouri

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Exclusive: In Saudi Arabia, criticism of Crown Prince grows after attack

Some members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family and business elite have expressed frustration with the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following the largest-ever attack on the kingdom’s oil infrastructure last month.

It has sparked concern among several prominent branches of the ruling Al Saud family, which numbers around 10,000 members, about the crown prince’s ability to defend and lead the world’s largest oil exporter, according to a senior foreign diplomat and five sources with ties to the royals and business elite. All spoke on condition of anonymity.

The attack has also fanned discontent among some in elite circles who believe the crown prince, known in the West by the initials MbS, has sought too tight a grip on power, the sources said. Some of these people said the event has also fueled criticism among those who believe he has pursued an overly aggressive stance towards Iran.

Saudi insiders and Western diplomats say the family is unlikely to oppose MbS while the king remains alive, recognizing that the king is unlikely to turn against his favorite son. The monarch has delegated most responsibilities of rule to his son but still presides over weekly cabinet meetings and receives foreign dignitaries.

Regardless of the king’s future, the insiders and diplomats say, a challenge to MbS’s authority could be difficult given his hold on the internal security structure.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

Siehe / Look at cp9, cp15

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One Year On, Shadow of Khashoggi’s Killing Stalks Saudi Prince

Now, after recent drone and missile attacks on Saudi oil facilities raised doubts about the willingness of the United States to intervene on Saudi Arabia’s behalf, Prince Mohammed, 34, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, needs allies. But the suspicion that he is an accomplice to a gruesome murder continues to haunt him

Those changes have brought a flood of American financial firms back to the kingdom, although some of the tech and entertainment companies that Prince Mohammed had hoped would help him start new sectors have continued to keep their distance.

The crown prince has ramped up his efforts to rehabilitate his reputation.

Once a frequent guest in the West, the prince has not set foot in the United States or Europe since the killing. In July, an American law firm, Fein & DelValle, petitioned the International Criminal Court in The Hague to open an investigation into the prince in connection with Mr. Khashoggi’s killing and “other crimes against humanity.”

And a year later, Mr. Khashoggi’s killing has not been forgotten.

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Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée on life without him: ‘I know it’s not my fault, but he went because of me’

It’s a year since the journalist was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, tells Helen Rumbelow her story

This is the story of Hatice Cengiz and Jamal Khashoggi, as told to me by Cengiz. We meet a couple of times in Istanbul, her home town. First, we talk at length in a café. She arrives, her face bloodless, almost speechless with exhaustion. She can’t sleep any more. My talking about ancient myths is all wrong, it misses the agony. She compares her life… (paywalled)

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Why didn’t Pelosi push for impeachment when Trump vetoed the Yemen bill?

Pelosi’s reasoning for not bringing up impeachment sooner was that she thought the Ukraine call would be “easier to understand for the public.” Uh, what? No. I disagree.

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Saudi-Arabien und der Mord an Khashoggi: Die Macht des Geldes hat gewonnen

Was genau im Konsulat passierte, ist im juristischen Sinne ungeklärt.

Die türkische Version: Der Mord war geplant, Khashoggi wurde erdrosselt, zerstückelt, die Leichenteile vernichtet.

Auch Deutschland fährt heute – ein Jahr nach dem Tod von Khashoggi – keinen ganz harten Kurs mehr. Trotz des noch ungeklärten Todes will Berlin die Ausbildung von Grenzschützern in Saudi-Arabien wiederaufnehmen. Das Programm war nach dem Mord ausgesetzt worden.

Der Prozess gegen die elf Angeklagten läuft weitestgehend unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit. Als die Gerichtsverhandlung Anfang Januar begann, war das der staatlichen Nachrichtenagentur SPA wenige Zeilen wert. Vieles blieb vage, genauso wie der weitere Fortgang des Verfahrens.

Vieles spricht ohnehin dafür, dass einer der Hauptverantwortlichen gar nicht vor Gericht steht: Saud al-Kahtani, lange Zeit einer der engsten Berater Bin Salmans

Der mutmaßliche Drahtzieher, Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman, ist der mächtigste Mann des ultra-konservativen Königreichs. Er wird in diesem Fall unbehelligt bleiben – auch wenn viele Spuren zu ihm oder in sein direktes Umfeld führen.

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Jahrestag der Ermordung: Angehörige und Aktivisten erinnern in Istanbul an Khashoggi

Sie ist hochkarätig besetzt, die Trauerfeier zum Jahrestag des Mordes am saudischen Regierungskritiker und Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Der Tatort, das saudische Konsulat, liegt in Sichtweite.

Istanbul - Am Jahrestag der Ermordung des saudischen Regimekritikers und Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi sind nahe dem saudischen Konsulat in Istanbul Dutzende Aktivisten und Journalisten für eine Gedenkfeier zusammengekommen.

Unter den Teilnehmern der Feier im Stadtviertel Besiktas waren die jemenitische Friedensnobelpreisträgerin Tawakkul Karman, Khashoggis türkische Verlobte Hatice Cengiz und überraschend Jeff Bezos, der Besitzer der "Washington Post", für die Khashoggi schrieb.

Auch die UN-Sonderberichterstatterin für außergerichtliche, standrechtliche oder willkürliche Hinrichtungen, Agnès Callamard, war angereist. Callamard hatte im Juni einen Bericht über den Mord vorgelegt und Saudi-Arabien vorgeworfen, Khashoggi vorsätzlich getötet zu haben.

Friedensnobelpreisträgerin Tawakkul Karman verglich den Mord in einer feurigen Rede mit Taten der Terrormiliz Islamischer Staat (IS). =

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Opinion: Trump And Pompeo Have Enabled A Saudi Cover-Up Of The Khashoggi Killing

The Saudi campaign of obfuscation, denial and cover-up would never have gotten off the ground had it not been for the Trump administration's support over the past year. The president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not only refused to distance themselves from the crown prince, known by his initials MBS, but also actively worked to relegitimize him. The Saudis killed Khashoggi but Trump acquiesced in the cover-up and worked hard to protect the U.S.-Saudi relationship and soften the crown prince's pariah status. In short, without Trump, the attempted makeover — such as it is — would not have been possible.

When it comes to the U.S.-Saudi relationship and the kingdom's callous reaction to Khashoggi's killing, the president and his secretary of state have been derelict in their duty: They have not only failed to advance American strategic interests but also undermined America's values in the process.

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What happened on the way to Khashoggi’s horrifying final seconds?

A year after Khashoggi’s killing, Saudi Arabia still hasn’t provided a clear explanation of what happened. But Saudi, U.S. and European sources, amplifying a June report by U.N. investigator Agnes Callamard, helped reconstruct the events leading to the shocking murder of Khashoggi, my colleague and friend.

The Saudi prosecution of this crime remains “episodic, haphazard and ad hoc,” a State Department official told me, but most of the facts are hiding in plain sight. This is a murder story that hasn’t died for a simple reason: It describes a macabre plot by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saud al-Qahtani, his media and covert-operations adviser in the royal court, to silence a brave critic – by David Ignatius

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My quest for justice for Jamal continues. It’s not too late.

In the past year, not a single material step has been taken toward punishing the real perpetrators – by Hatice Cengiz

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Why the world won’t forget the horror of Khashoggi’s murder

Some actions are too heinous for the public to forget.

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Jamal Khashoggi: A missing voice, a growing chorus

One year ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman thought he could end a debate with a bone saw. He did succeed in ending a life and silencing a voice — that of our brave and distinguished colleague, Jamal Khashoggi. But as you will see here, the debate lives on, and the quests that animated Khashoggi’s life — for freedom, democracy, tolerance and greater understanding across cultures — cannot be so easily defeated.

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One Year After the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi: Business as Usual?

When Khashoggi was murdered, the outrage had a major effect on US congressional support for the Saudis, manifested by growing opposition to the US support for the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen.

On the heels of Khashoggi’s death, businesses, embarrassed by their Saudi connections, started pulling out of deals

Still, the Saudis have been investing huge sums of money in companies and notables to “rebrand” the Kingdom

While human rights groups work to hold the private sector accountable, the biggest obstacle to holding Saudi accountable is the Trump administration continued support.

Trump has not only stood by MbS but pushed for his rehabilitation on the world stage

Khashoggi himself was critical of the international community’s unwillingness to take substantive steps to hold the Saudi regime accountable

The sad irony is that in response to his own murder, governments and private interests are proving his point.

One year later, their silence has allowed MbS to tighten his grip on power and increase repression against political rivals and women activists

In times like this, it’s difficult not to ask oneself: Who is more evil—the maniacal Saudi crown prince responsible for Khashoggi’s murder and the murder of tens of thousands of Yemenis, or the mendacious world leaders and businesspeople who continue to embrace what should be a pariah state? – by Medea Benjamin =

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One Year Later, Mohammed bin Salman Still Getting Off Scot-Free In Khashoggi Murder

It's been one year since Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, never to be seen in public again. We are no closer to justice in his case than we were a year ago.

Indeed, the evidence establishing the guilt of the man known popularly as “MBS” is rather overwhelming.

Throughout all of this, the Trump Administration has stood steadfastly behind our so-called “allies” in Riyadh.

Unfortunately, I think the future is far grimmer than the Editors at the Post believe it to be. There is absolutely no evidence that Mohammed bin Salman feels threatened in any respect. His efforts to cover up Khashoggi’s murder and essentially pin responsibility for his death on a group of fall guys have proven to be largely successful. The genocidal war on Yemen continues to move forward with the support, and active assistance, of the United States and United Arab Emirates, and shows no sign of ending notwithstanding the horror it inflicts on the Yemeni people on a daily basis. He remains the de facto ruler of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and still on course to become King on the death of his father. And, most important, he continues to enjoy the obsequious support of the Trump Administration.

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Pessimism and optimism one year on from Jamal Khashoggi’s death

Such pessimism is justifiable. In the year since Khashoggi’s death, MBS has escaped immediate personal accountability: he remains the heir to the Saudi throne; on the international stage, Donald Trump has stood steadfastly beside him, wantonly ignoring the conclusions of his intelligence services. Dissidents and journalists are still in prison in Saudi Arabia. There’s still a war in Yemen, and it’s still being fueled by Western arms sales to the Saudis.

It’s wrong, however, to say that Khashoggi’s death, and the coverage of it, changed nothing.

None of this amounts to justice. But in an age marked by the routine, unpunished abuse of journalists around the world—in which shocking things we learn about are quickly forgotten amid fresh crisis—there is something bleakly heartening in the fact that we remember Jamal Khashoggi. How many murdered journalists, on the anniversary of their death, get a special section in the Washington Post? There are plenty of possible reasons why Khashoggi’s killing is different—the brazenness of the crime; the grizzliness of the details; his ties to the Washington establishment. Whatever the reasons, his death somehow captured our imagination and our outrage. Let’s hope we still remember him this time next year – by John Allsop

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Challenging Western Media Narratives About Khashoggi

Put simply, because of MbS’s purported role in Khashoggi’s killing (which the Crown Prince denies), he has become toxic in Washington.

Over the past year, many articles have been published about Khashoggi and his career. It is important to take stock of what Khashoggi stood for and why this Saudi national was killed in his country’s consulate in Istanbul. According to much of the reporting and analysis in the Western press, Khashoggi was an advocate of democracy, human rights, and freedom in the Arab world. Indeed, some of the columnists who knew him well have eulogized him this way.

Such commentary, however, must seem odd for Arabic speakers who were familiar with Khashoggi’s work prior to his “self-imposed exile” to the Washington DC area in June 2017.

It should be noted that Khashoggi served in many respects as a de facto spokesperson for the Saudi royal family prior to relocating to the United States in 2017

Nothing can justify Khashoggi’s murder. That he harbored illiberal views cannot be the basis for criticizing those who are rightfully outraged by the fact that he was killed, especially in such a heinous way. Yet it is not useful for journalists and pundits to misrepresent Khashoggi and what he stood for throughout his career. As Shenaz Kermalli put it: “In the end, it was Khashoggi’s own ‘friends’ that silenced him.” Indeed, his subtle and polite disagreements with MbS—not any advocacy of democracy in Saudi Arabia or the grander Arab world—are what led to his barbaric death – by Giorgio Cafiero

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America is likely complicit in war crimes in Yemen. It's time to hold the US to account

Saudi-led forces have deliberately targeted civilians since the war’s early days – and US officials have done little to stop it

From the beginning, US officials insisted that American weapons, training and intelligence assistance would help the Saudis avoid causing even more civilian casualties.

But this was a lie meant to obscure one of the least understood aspects of US support for Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen: it’s not that Saudi-led forces don’t know how to use American-made weapons or need help in choosing targets. They have deliberately targeted civilians and Yemen’s infrastructure since the war’s early days – and US officials have recognized this since at least 2016 and done little to stop it.

If the council pursues an aggressive investigation based on the 274-page report, the world might finally see some accountability for war crimes committed in Yemen over the past five years. The report’s authors submitted a secret list of individuals who may be responsible for war crimes to the UN human rights commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, but it’s unclear if that list includes any western officials.

American complicity in the Yemen war goes beyond providing training and intelligence support, and selling billions of dollars in weapons to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which has become Washington’s largest weapons buyer. The US is looking the other way while its allies commit war crimes and avoid responsibility for instigating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Beyond the moral reasons for the US to help end Yemenis’ suffering, the conflict has also harmed American interests in the region.

For its part, Saudi Arabia quickly invited American and UN experts to help investigate the attacks on its oil facilities. Ironically, Saudi officials have refused to cooperate with most international investigations of their actions in Yemen, including the recent UN report that found the kingdom and its allies likely committed war crimes.

One of the most persistent false arguments advanced by Trump administration officials against efforts to end US involvement in Yemen is that the Saudis need American support and training to prevent even more civilians deaths. But the latest UN report belies that argument, showing the Saudis have not done any credible investigations into their attacks on civilians or taken enough measures to minimize casualties, even with US and British training – by Mohamad Bazzi

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Khashoggi’s colleague reveals new dimensions of press censorship in US

A senior Arab journalist has disclosed how he and his family members had been pressured and threatened over his bid to condemn the Saudi government in US media for killing his dissident colleague Jamal Khashoggi.

On the first anniversary of his death, Arab journalist Hassan Hassan – a co-author of best-selling 2015 book ‘ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror’ and a leading columnist – sent a series of tweets to disclose how Saudi operatives in the US pressure journalists to discourage them from publishing articles against Riyadh, and how such censorship has become normal in the US media.

“This is one of the last messages Jamal Khashoggi sent to me before his murder. On the anniversary of his killing, I want to reveal a couple of things related to both the conversation and his death,” Hassan said in his first tweet on Wednesday.

“This is the first time I tell my story in DC, on censorship, and also on how [Persian] Gulf operatives target and try to silence folks like me.”

referring to

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Film, Rep. Ro Khanna. I’ve worked with @BernieSanders to help stop the Yemen war and he’s the only person running who voted against Trump’s defense increases.

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Opinion: Trump and money are shielding Saudi Arabia from accountability for Khashoggi’s killing

Following the brutal killing of Saudi dissident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, one year ago, the Saudi government became something of a toxic commodity in American politics.

Despite the backlash directed at the kingdom, the Saudis haven’t faced serious consequences for the slaying of Khashoggi or its slaughter of civilians in Yemen. That is thanks in large part to one man — President Trump.

Trump’s principal argument for siding with the Saudis has to do with the alleged economic benefits of U.S. arms sales to the kingdom.

While Trump appears to be the commander-in-chief of Saudi Arabia’s public relations efforts in the U.S., he’s far from alone. Even with several firms abandoning the influence machine the Saudi’s had assembled before Khashoggi’s killing, the Saudi lobby is still represented in the U.S. by more than 20 “K Street” firms, according to the Department of Justice

Saudi Arabia has also dramatically increased funding to many of the lobbying and public relations firms that stayed with them post-Khashoggi.

All of this has served a critical function for the Saudi regime: maintaining enough support in Congress to ensure Trump’s vetoes aren’t overridden, which keeps the U.S. government from punishing the Saudis for Khashoggi’s death.

President Trump’s protection of Saudi Arabia is at best a temporary shield.

Yet, one year after Khashoggi’s killing, and 4 ½ years into the brutal Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, Congress and the president have yet to hold Saudi Arabia accountable – By BEN FREEMAN AND WILLIAM D. HARTUNG

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Leader: Iran will keep reducing JCPOA commitments until goals achieved

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran is determined to reduce more of its commitments under a 2015 multinational nuclear deal in response to the US’s exit until the Islamic Republic achieves the desired results.

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

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Exclusive: Iran not 'drawing back' militarily after Saudi attack-US admiral

Iran has not drawn back to a less threatening military posture in the region following the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi Arabia, the top U.S. admiral in the Middle East told Reuters, suggesting persistent concern despite a lull in violence.

“I don’t believe that they’re drawing back at all,” Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said in an interview.

Malloy said he regularly tracks Iranian cruise and ballistic missile movements — “whether they’re moving to storage, away from storage.” He also monitors whether Iran’s minelaying capabilities head to distribution sites or away from them.

My comment: Why the Iranians should do this, while the US is drawing forwards militarily? It’s in the Gulf. Malloy’s words would make sense in the sight of Miami, New York etc.

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IRGC's intelligence unit thwarts Arab-Israeli plot to assassinate Gen. Soleimani

The intelligence unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has thwarted an Arab-Israeli plot to assassinate Major General Qassem Soleimani, a globally famous defense strategist who played a key role in the counter-terrorism operations that led to the collapse of the Daesh terror group in Iraq and Syria.

According to Taeb, the terrorists were supposed to buy a place next to a Husseiniyah (religious hall) belonging to General Soleimani’s late father, plant 350-500 kilograms of explosives beneath the place, and blow up the site during Tasu’a and Ashura mourning processions

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Iran to welcome Saudi policy change if it understands buying arms can’t guarantee security: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran will welcome Saudi Arabia's change of policy “with open arms” if it comes to the realization that it cannot buy security though arms purchases and extra-regional help.

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Two plans to break Iran from within: media, security, starvation

Al-Akhbar continues to publish chapters of the leaked document prepared by advisers to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and reveals Saudi Arabia's plans and means to wage various levels of war against Tehran. In early 2017, the Saudis presented their plans and projects against Iran to Donald Trump's team to discuss them, and to coordinate Saudi and American efforts to develop them, to blockade, isolate, strangle, and undermine its political system. The document is contained in an appendix to a series of other Saudi initiatives presented to the US president entitled "Initiatives of Saudi Arabia's Vision for Strategic Partnership with the United States of America" (in Arabic)

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US Military Pullout from Qatar Indicates Instability in Washington

The US military pullout from Qatar indicates instability and an unpredictable course of events in Washington, says a former United States Senate military and foreign policy analyst.

Press TV asked James Jatras, a former Senate foreign policy adviser in Washington, on Monday what had caused the sudden pull out from the Persian Gulf, and whether it was related to a possible escalation of violence in the region.

"This can be seen in two ways. One is that the United States is preparing itself for some sort of strike on Iran and today we trying to reduce our vulnerability. The other one is that we are not intending such a strike, but this is a contingency."

Either way, Jatras was convinced that the exit indicated the possibility of an outbreak of hostilities.

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Why war with Iran could be deadlier than you think

Washington seems to believe that this war will be winnable, even easy. With much the same gusto that Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev had when leading his country into a disastrous war in Afghanistan, Donald Trump remains certain that the United States would steamroll Iran. However, Iran may not roll over as easily as Trump seems to think.

Iran is currently the dominant military power in the middle east and is quickly becoming a rising global power. However, the structure on which Iran has based its power is unusual and specifically designed to protect itself on a variety of levels.

The first unique strategy employed by Iran is their “forward defense”, which is lead by Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The second part of Iran’s strategy is their use of ballistic missiles

The third, and perhaps most powerful weapon Iran has its disposal is its ability to disrupt the global economy.

President Trump may think that Iran is simply another nation willing to roll over to the USA, but if he continues on his reckless path towards war he will be in for more than he bargained for.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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UK stance on Khashoggi murder betrayed by unlawful arms sales to Saudis

The UK government’s continued loyalty to Saudi Arabia is causing its ‘rigorous and robust’ arms export control regime to descend into tatters

Any time such information is put to the UK government, it responds with its stock response that it operates one of the most rigorous and robust export control regimes in the world.

But the court of appeal ruled in June that the UK government had been acting unlawfully in its arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of its failure to assess whether there was a pattern of past breaches of international law by the Saudis.

Without making this assessment it was impossible for the government to rationally assess whether there was a future risk of misuse of weapons, the court said. The government was ordered to re-take its decisions and to commit to not issuing any new licences.

The breaches of the court order raise serious questions about the basic operation of policy and indicate that the appearance of coherence is more important to the government than cross-departmental effectiveness.

We then learned that UK officials didn’t know that the Royal Saudi Land Forces were active in Yemen (despite the Saudi Press Agency issuing a press release to that effect a year ago), or that Jordan was part of the coalition. This speaks to the hollowing out of civil service capacity, a failure of basic standards of research, or a failure of communication between officials – by Anna Stavrianakis

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UK must do more to end Yemen conflict

Oxfam’s Ruth Tanner and Gary Bennetton Britain’s indirect involvement in the war in Yemen and its breaches of a court order barring the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Germany approves controversial military exports to UAE

Germany's Federal Security Council has given the go-ahead to the sale of military equipment to the United Arab Emirates. The export license is contentious, as the UAE has been involved in the war in Yemen.

The German government has given its approval for new military exports to the United Arab Emirates, despite an agreement by the ruling coalition to no longer supply military hardware to countries "directly" involved in the war in Yemen.

The Federal Security Council, headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, approved the sale of generators for an air defense system, according to a letter from Economy Minister Peter Altmaier to parliamentarians seen by the DPA news agency.


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Germany’s new military sales to UAE draw criticism

Germany’s new military sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), despite Gulf country’s involvement in the Yemen conflict, has drawn sharp criticism from the opposition and voluntary groups.

Describing arms transfer an “irresponsible policy” pursued by the Chancellor Angela Merkel, German opposition, the Left party (Die Linke) criticized the deal.

“The federal government has shown once again that it is not taking its own principles seriously,” the party said in a statement

International human rights watchdog Amnesty International also criticized German government’s move to ease curbs on arms sales to the UAE.

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Bundesregierung genehmigt Waffendeal für die Emirate

Erst vor einigen Wochen verlängerte die Bundesregierung den grundsätzlichen Lieferstopp für Saudi-Arabien. Allerdings findet sich im Kleingedruckten des Kabinettsbeschlusses eine Formel, die Lieferungen von deutschen Komponenten für international entwickelte Waffensysteme durchaus zulässt. Genau auf diese Formulierung kann sich Berlin bei der Genehmigung der Teile für das "Patriot"-System nun berufen.

Als Begründung für die jetzige Entscheidung wird aufseiten der Bundesregierung auch angeführt, dass die zu liefernden Flugabwehrsysteme nicht nur zum Schutz der Emirate, sondern auch von dort stationierten Verbündeten wie den USA dienten. Von Abu Dhabi habe man außerdem eine Garantie erhalten, dass die Batterien nur in den Emiraten und nicht im Jemenkonflikt eingesetzt werden.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Film: Ventes d’armes françaises au Yémen : un lanceur d’alerte convoqué à la DGSI

Benoît Muracciole a été convoqué par la DGSI pour « compromission du secret de défense nationale ». En cause, des documents que son ONG, ASER, a utilisés dans le cadre d’une plainte contre la France pour ses ventes d’armes aux belligérants du conflit yéménite. Sputnik l’a rencontré au sortir de son audition.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp11, cp12

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Motor parts made in Wolverhampton found in Yemen cluster bomb

The parts were found among debris recovered from airstrikes in the capital Sana’a and, according to their labels, were manufactured at Goodrich in Wolverhampton.

The firm was based on Wobaston Road until it was taken over by United Technologies Corporation in 2012, leading to the formation of Collins Aerospace which currently operates from the site.

has caused alarm and led to questions about how they ended up there.

It is not known how the parts came to be used in a bomb.

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Footage of Canadian LAVs in Yemen raises new questions about Saudi arms deal

Images of what appear to be Canadian-made light armoured vehicles (LAV) captured or destroyed by Houthi rebels during recent fighting in the borderlands between Yemen and Saudi Arabia are triggering fresh calls for Ottawa to cancel its multibillion arms deal with Riyadh.

Critics of the $15-billion deal to supply Saudi Arabia with the latest model of LAVs say, if proven authentic, these images not only show once again that Canadian arms are being used by the Saudi forces in the bloody conflict in Yemen, but also illustrate the danger of them being diverted to other groups and militias, contravening Ottawa’s obligations under the UN Arms Trade Treaty.

Former Bloc Quebecois MP and University of Montreal law professor Daniel Turp, who in 2016 launched legal action to force Ottawa to cancel its export permit for the LAVs, said arms sales to Saudi Arabia are inconsistent with Canada’s legal obligations under the UN Arms Trade Treaty, especially given the evidence of their use by Saudi forces in Yemen.

and also

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Note: @davidpugliese's article used outdated data. According to General Dynamics' latest filing, it appears the Saudis owe upwards of $2.4 billion (text in image)


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Canada reviews footage of destroyed and captured Canadian-made Saudi armoured vehicles

Doug Wilson-Hodge, spokesman for General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, said the company is declining to comment on the footage.

Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Adam Austen said Friday that department officials are reviewing the footage. It is unclear what would be done after the footage is examined.

Austen also noted the government is reviewing all export permits to Saudi Arabia but no final decision has been taken

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A precision-guided munition made in the USA was used in a Saudi and Emirati-led air strike carried out on June 28 of this year, on a residential home in Ta’iz governorate, Yemen, killing six civilians – including three children, Amnesty International said today.

The laser-guided bomb, manufactured by US company Raytheon and used in the attack, is the latest evidence that the USA is supplying weapons that are being used by the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition in attacks amounting to serious violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

Siehe / Look at cp1d

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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Banking sources in Sana’a revealed that the central bank in Sanaa managed to thwart a dangerous plot planned by the deposed central bank governor, Hafez Me’ayad, in reaction to his humiliating dismissal from the post of governor of the central bank in Aden by Hadi.

According to the source, Me’ayad had previously planned before hir removal to managing a new crisis that would topple the Yemeni riyal to the lowest levels against the rising of the dollar and Saudi rial, in spite of the new governor and a miserable attempt by Maeayad to show himself through that conspiracy as the savior of the Yemeni economy.

remark: As claimed by a pro-Houthi news site.

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Restructuring Public Finances in Yemen

Executive Summary

Even before the current conflict, Yemen’s public finances suffered from an overdependence on energy exports, one of the lowest tax collection rates in the world, and chronic budget and balance of payments deficits. The government’s consistent operating deficits were funded through domestic debt instruments – drawing investment away from the private sector – borrowing from its own central bank, and foreign loans. Meanwhile, current (or recurring) expenditures dominated government spending relative to capital investments, indicating the state’s poor track record in development initiatives.

With the intensification of the conflict in 2015, energy exports and foreign grants were frozen, while general economic and state collapse saw a precipitous decline in tax revenues. Public debt has thus risen, while the fracturing of state institutions across frontlines has hobbled public revenue collection, as well as fiscal and monetary policy.

On April 27-29, 2019, a group of Yemen’s leading socioeconomic experts convened the fifth Development Champions Forum in Amman, Jordan, as part of the Rethinking Yemen’s Economy initiative. The Development Champions’ in-depth discussions regarding restructuring public finances in Yemen resulted in the recommendations below for the internationally recognized Government of Yemen. These include:

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Inflated Beyond Fiscal Capacity: The Need to Reform the Public Sector Wage Bill

Executive Summary

This policy brief addresses the issue of Yemen’s bloated public sector. Due to decades of corruption and patronage appointments, among other factors, public sector salaries were already a source of fiscal stress prior to the ongoing war. Previous efforts to downsize the public sector, notably those supported by the World Bank, produced few tangible results, as this brief outlines. During the conflict, the internationally recognized Yemeni government and the armed Houthi movement have added to the public sector payroll — particularly in the military and security apparatus — as the economy has contracted. Amid consistently large budget deficits, the inflated public sector wage bill is fiscally unsustainable and threatens to undermine economic recovery and future stability in Yemen.

This policy brief offers recommendations to reduce the public sector wage bill in Yemen, taking into consideration lessons learned from previous failures. Recognizing the multiple challenges of reforming the public sector, even in a stable country, these recommendations are addressed to the post-conflict government.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Eineinhalb Jahre in Islamisten-Hand: Eine Ex-Geisel berichtet

Pater Tom Uzhunnalil wurde 2016 im Jemen verschleppt. Hier schildert er seine Gefangenschaft - und was ihm half, stark zu bleiben.

Eineinhalb Jahre war Pater Tom Uzhunnalil in den Händen jemenitischer Islamisten – an wechselnden Orten, ohne Kontakt zur Außenwelt. Im September 2017 kam der indische Salesianer, der vor seiner Entführung fünf Mutter-Teresa-Schwestern in einem Seniorenheim in Aden unterstützt hatte, frei - durch das Engagement des Vatikan, Indiens und des Oman. Die genauen Umstände kennt er selbst nicht. Derzeit besucht der 61-Jährige auf Einladung der Päpstlichen Missionswerke (Missio) Österreich.

cp15 Propaganda

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Houthis seek absolute power, not peace

By making these statements, the Houthis were able to kill two birds with one stone. First, they managed to diffuse the negative attention they had received due to their role in the Aramco attack, as the media shifted its focus from the Houthis’ dangerous intentions in advancing Iran’s goals to their desire to de-escalate. Second, the Houthis aimed to prove to their followers that they are independent of Iran

The shift in reporting has benefited the Houthis, who are working diligently to present an image of a flexible non-state actor that is able to negotiate.

The Houthis aim to put pressure on Saudi Arabia to stop its intervention and abandon its ally, the government of Yemen. The Houthis are signaling their willingness to talk to the Kingdom should the latter forget about Yemen’s internal strife and focus on its own security instead.

Through their vacuous announcements, they are essentially trying to make peace on their own terms. In other words, they want to have their cake and eat it too. However tempting it is to find a quick solution with the Houthi militias, there is more to peace with Saudi Arabia than a thin, conditional promise of “halting attacks,” such as actually seeking peace and good neighborly relations. The world must not fall for their tactics.

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If Iraq descends into chaos, Iran could seize its chance to take control

What is the common denominator between the current situation in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen? Simply put, it is intervention of Iran; which, in all three cases, has been brought about by the chaos that exists in those countries.

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A year later, justice for Jamal Khashoggi is yet to be served but politicization is at its peak

As the facts of the murder emerged, political games were played, particularly in the US and in Turkey

What was in essence a crime and a tragedy quickly became a political witchhunt, with Saudi Arabia the prey

Many questions have been asked of what happened that day, and most went unanswered until a TV interview on Sunday, when the crown prince took it upon himself to address as many of them as possible.

As the facts emerged, however, so did fictionalized and distorted accounts from parties hostile to the interests of Saudi Arabia. Political games were being played, particularly in the US and in Turkey.

In Washington, those with an ax to grind against Donald Trump used the tragedy to take potshots at the US president. They saw Khashoggi’s murder as a tool to undermine the president because of his close relationship with the Saudi leadership.

Those words were a bolt from the blue for the critics of Saudi Arabia, but no surprise to perceptive analysts.

Meanwhile Turkey played a different game, but with a similar goal; to tarnish the image of Saudi Arabia in the Muslim world and beyond.

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Iranian aid to Houthis prolongs Yemen conflict

Iran’s continued smuggling of weapons to its proxies in Yemen, the Houthis (Ansarallah), has prolonged Yemen's war and caused the Yemeni people immense suffering, analysts told Al-Mashareq.

The Iranian regime's interference in the protracted conflict is aimed purely at serving its own interests in the region, they said, pointing out that an extended state of war is of no benefit whatsoever to the Yemeni people.

Iran has been implicated in the smuggling of weapons to Yemen via its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), along with experts to assemble them, political analyst and journalist Faisal Ahmed told Al-Mashareq.

These weapons have been used to target civilians and infrastructure in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which is supporting Yemen's legitimate government in its battle against the Houthis, as well as in Yemen, he said.

My comment: This is really putting upside down, when comparing Iranian support for the Houthis to Western support for Saudi Arabia.

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In Yemen, Iran Is Testing Weapons and Tactics for Future Use against Israel

The war is being exploited by Iran to test strategies, tactics, and weapons in battle conditions. It stands to reason that the weapons and tactics employed in Yemen today will be used against Israel tomorrow.

With remarkable persistence and ingenuity and in the face of a UN arms embargo enforced by a Saudi led blockade, Iran managed to build an effective war machine for its Houthi ally.

This is the lesson that Israel should derive from the Yemen conflict: that arms blockades are porous, and that a determined enemy like Iran can always find a way to supply its allies.

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Blame Game Continues In Yemen Amid Growing Humanitarian Crisis

With the Iranian Regime’s supply of weapons, including missiles, Houthi militants have been killing not only the innocent Yemenis, but they have also been killing many innocent residents of bordering areas in Saudi Arabia.

Houthis seem careless in choosing their target =

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Cartoon: Houthis make life worse for people in areas under their control !!!

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Khalid bin Salman: Tehran brazenly exploiting Yemen for its own interests

Saudi Arabia’s Vice Minister of Defense, Prince Khalid bin Salman, called Iran’s talk about a partial ceasefire in Yemen “a cheap trade” and an exploitation of the country and its people.

Prince Khalid bin Salman said in a series of tweets on Friday that the Iranian regime is “brazenly trying to exploit Yemen for its own interests.”

“On the one hand, it [the Iranian regime] blames the Yemenis to evade responsibility for its terrorist acts. On the other, it undermines Yemenis by speaking on their behalf, saying that it is seeking peace in Yemen in a campaign of disinformation and lies,” Prince Khalid tweeted.

My comment: This really is putting things upside down.

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Iran’s attempt to force the US back to the JCPOA failed miserably

By attacking Saudi Aramco, Iran wanted to force the US to return to the JCPOA nuclear deal. It failed.

The futility of Iran’s attempts to force the US to return to the nuclear deal was evident at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), where US President Donald Trump reiterated his commitment to sanctions as long as Tehran’s “menacing behavior continues.” His words were followed by action when the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank and National Development Fund.

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Iran: Repugnant Revelations

The Iranian government continued its policy of supporting Islamic terrorism, usually Sunni groups that frequently murdered Shia civilians. Iran never fully recovered from the economic cost of the 1980s Iraq war and the current Iranian protestors grew up under that failed system.


The Saudis carry on with efforts to defeat the Shia rebels despite UN pressure to make a peace deal the Shia rebels would currently accept. The Saudis now say they will accept more local ceasefires. But ending the war would require agreeing to restore the Shia autonomy (lost in the 1960s) in the north and make it possible for Iran to continue supplying the Shia tribes with weapons that can be used to attack Saudi Arabia.

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How a Saudi initiative is making a difference to Yemeni lives

SDRPY provides aid to spur development in addition to educational training and resources

SDPRY is rebuilding roads, bridges, farms, wells, schools, health centers and power stations

Saudi Arabia gives billions of dollars in humanitarian aid to Yemen, but equally impactful is the effort the Kingdom is spearheading to rebuild roads, schools, hospitals and the private business sector in the Arabian Peninsula country.

The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY), directed by Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, not only gives financial aid for development in Yemen but also provides educational training and resources.

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Study center warns of U.S.-led "dangerous game" in Yemen

Abaad Center for Studies and Research warned Thursday of a US-led "dangerous game" in Yemen between the Houthis and Saudi Arabia, which is leading the Arab coalition to support the legitimate government.

"The United States is leading a dangerous game in Yemen by pushing for a new tactic in its campaign against Iran, not in support of its traditional allies in the Arabian Gulf," the center said in a new report.

The report added that this game "may push toward an Iranian-U.S. understanding that ultimately includes a settlement of the situation in Yemen and the region, but at the same time it will be outside the national security concerns of the Middle East."

My comment: ???????????? „Make war, not peace” seems to be Abaad’s motto.

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Yemen minister slams Iran after Tehran admits support for Houthis

Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Iryani slammed Iran on Wednesday for its support of the Houthis after Tehran admitted its backing of the militia.

The Yemeni official called on the international community to pressure the Iranian regime to stop all forms of support it provides to the Houthi militia and use it as a tool to target Saudi Arabia threaten international shipping lines.

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Saudi Press: KSA's Position Towards Region's Crises Is Firm and Clear

Al-Yaum newspaper said in its editorial that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's position towards the region's crises is firm and clear, as it rejects terrorism in all its forms and evil aims, refuses interfering in the internal affairs of states, and always works for bringing security and stability in the region, while the Iranian regime supports terrorism, finances terrorist militias along with interfering in the internal affairs of states.

My comment: LOLOLOLOL.

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Iranian Opposition To Unveil Iran’s Role In Saudi Arabia’s Aramco Attack

The U.S. Representative Office of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is scheduling a press conference in Washington, DC, for Monday, September 30, to present new evidence – obtained by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside Iran – proving the Iranian regime’s role in the September 14th cruise missile and drone attacking targeting Saudi Arabian oil facilities

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors” propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Armed Forces Spokesman Reveals Details of 48 Hours of Targeting Yemeni Governorates

Armed Forces spokesman, Yahya Sare'e, revealed on Wednesday the US-Saudi airstrikes' toll on the Yemeni governorates during the past 48 hours. He stated that the US-Saudi aggression launched more than 17 airstrikes on different governorates in the past 48 hours.

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A father's grief and the Made in USA bomb dropped in Yemen

Cluster bomb, a type of munition invented by the Nazis to kill as many as possible, used in coalition strike on farm that killed Raja, 14

The last day of 14-year-old Raja Hamid Yahya al-Oud’s life began like any other.

She got up early along with the rest of the family because there was always a lot of work to do on the farm in the spring planting season. White drones had intermittently circled above their cornfields for the last few weeks, but there was no sign of them that morning.

Raja and her mother, Amira, liked to take breaks under the acacia trees about 200 metres from the house. At 4pm, this was to become her final resting place.

The plane was flying too high for them to hear it coming but Amira said the sound the CBU-52 B/B cluster bomb made as it rained 220 deadly submunitions on their heads will stay with her forever. Some exploded on impact while others, still armed, fell into the fields.

Screaming for her daughter, Amira saw Raja’s twisted body under a small tree. Her jaw and entire right side had been ripped apart and blood had already dyed the sand around her black.

Cluster munitions were invented by the Nazis and had become a standard weapon of war across the world by the 1970s, designed to kill as many people as possible.

They usually consist of a hollow shell filled with hundreds of submunitions that disperse over an area as big as several football pitches as it falls through the air. They either explode on impact or are triggered when moved or stepped on, firing hundreds of fragments of metal that travel at the speed of bullets.

The cluster bomb that killed Raja was manufactured at the Milan Army Ammunition Plant in 1977. The large site, just north of Jackson in west TennesseeThe US no longer manufactures CBU-52s: it has long since upgraded to “smart” computer-guided cluster bombs with supposedly more accurate arming and targeting systems.

Sahar farms lies in the countryside of Saada in north Yemen, the Houthi heartland on Saudi Arabia’s border. The whole province is littered with bombed-out buildings, bridges, roads and unexploded ordnance.

US-made bombs rain down on north Yemen with almost total impunity.

At Sahar farms, the drones have been back in the last two months. “They already killed my daughter,” said Hamid. “Now they’re back for more.” – by Bethan McKernan, Photographs and video by Achilleas Zavallis


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A Yemeni Girl Murdered With an American Bomb

The Saudi coalition killed this girl with an inherently indiscriminate weapon that it dropped on a farm. That is part of the coalition’s practice of targeting Yemen’s food production and distribution and more proof of its blatant disregard for the lives of civilians. This is just one horrific example of how U.S.-made weapons have been and continue to be used in Yemen. The U.S. has sold the Saudis cluster bombs that no one should use, and the Saudis have used them to attack civilians.

The farm where Raja was killed is located in Saada in northern Yemen. This is the province that the Saudi coalition illegally declared the entire area to be a military target in 2015.

The Saudi coalition’s reckless disregard for innocent life in Yemen appears to be getting even worse the longer that the war goes on

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Arab Coalition In Yemen Confirms Sanaa Blood Bank Bombed By Mistake

The Arab coalition in Yemen has admitted accidentally bombing the National Center for Blood Transfusion and Research in Sanaa.

According to a report by Yemen’s National Committee for the Investigation of Allegations of Human Rights Violations, the medical facility was struck on April 27 this year by a concrete bomb that destroyed part of the building and much of the equipment inside.

The incident was one of four reviewed by Coalition forces. The results of the reviews were announced on Wednesday by Mansour Al-Mansour, a spokesman for the Coalition’s Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT).

He said that investigators had examined the scene of the airstrike at the blood transfusion center and taken statements from medical and administrative staff who work in the building, which is about 200 meters from a gas station at a Yemeni Special Security Forces camp.

A defect in the bomb was blamed for the mistake and he added that Coalition nations will provide assistance to repair the damage caused by the bomb.

Al-Mansour said that JIAT refuted the remaining three allegations. In the first, it was claimed that a farmhouse had been bombed in Aslan, in the Baqim district of Saada governorate, on Nov. 2, 2017, killing seven members of the farmer’s family, including three children.

Al-Mansour said JIAT found that Coalition forces carried out only one air mission that day, which targeted a legitimate military target: a building used as a weapons depot by Houthis, located 3.8 kilometers from Baqim.

The third alleged coalition incident involved an air strike in Sanaa on May 27, 2018 that injured an unknown number of civilians, including children, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

After reviewing the daily mission schedules, JIAT said that the day before the date of the claim, Coalition forces carried out an aerial mission on a legitimate military target, a gas station, in Sanaa. =

and also

My comment: LOL. The Whitewashing Committee at work again.

Baqim, Saada, Nov. 3, 2017, reports:

The Saudi JIAT not even got the date right: Nov. 3 in the morning.

photos: (with names of victims)

film: No more on youtube, saved by me

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Coalition airstrikes hit Houthi targets in Sa'ada

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Oct. 3: Saada p.

Oct. 2: Sanaa

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b, cp1d

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Three citizens, including a woman, were injured when mercenaries from the US-Saudi aggression launched several bombardment on civilians in Maoiah district of Taiz province.

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Film: The crimes of indiscriminate shelling of traitors in Taiz 04-10-2019

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Command of Joint Forces of Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Iranian-Backed Houthi Terrorist Militia Fires Two Ballistic Missiles Today's Morning From Sana'a Using Civilian Objects to Launch and Fall Inside Sa'ada

Spokesman of Command of Joint Forces of Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Col. Turki Al-Malki said that the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia fired two ballistic missiles from Sana'a Governorate on Friday morning, October 4, 2019, using civilian objects of the launch site and fell after firing in Saada Governorate.

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Wie kann eines der ärmsten Länder hochentwickelte Drohnen bauen?

wirft die Frage auf, wie eines der ärmsten Länder der Welt inmitten eines brutalen bewaffneten Konflikts dazu in der Lage ist, all diese Drohnen zu bauen, wenn viele andere Länder, die viel reicher sind, keine eigenen Drohnen herstellen können.

Die Vielzahl jemenitischer Drohnen und Raketen – einschließlich ihres zunehmenden Einsatzes gegen Saudi-Arabien – zeigt, dass die Houthis dazu in der Lage sind, eine hoch entwickelte industrielle Produktionslinie für Drohnen zu betreiben, oder dass sie einen Weg gefunden haben, diese einfach aus dem Iran zu schmuggeln. Es ist nicht ganz klar in wieweit diese Optionen, aufgrund der Isolation der Houthi und der Technologien, die von Saudi-Arabien, den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten und anderen gegen sie eingesetzt wurden, der Realität entsprechen. (…)

referring to:

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In Taiz, Almasirah Net correspondent reported that the Saudi-mercenaries targeted citizens’ homes in Mawiyah district. Three other citizens, including a woman, were seriously injured in the same attack.

In Hodeidah, US-Saudi forces targeted Haiys district with artillery shells and machineguns. US-Saudi forces targeted the property and houses of citizens in 50th Street and Sana'a Street, and targeted with six artillery shells the farms and property of citizens in Al-Hali district.

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KSrelief's Project "Masam" Dismantles 752 Mines in 4th Week of September

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UAE-backed forces score important advance in western Yemen

The UAE-backed Southern Movement, supported by the Yemeni Army, scored an imperative advance in western Yemen on Wednesday when their forces captured several sites inside the Ta’iz Governorate.

Backed by close air support, the Southern Movement troops were able to capture the Zabeh, Qadat, and Tanim areas after a fierce battle with the Ansarallah (var. Houthi forces) troops.

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3 Citizens Seriously Injured in Saudi-mercenaries’ Shelling in Taiz

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In Sa'ada, Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted populated villages in Razih district.

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Desert Locust situation update, Oct. 3 In the Central Region, hopper groups and bands formed on the Red Sea coast of Yemen and, to a lesser extent, in adjacent coastal areas of Saudi Arabia while breeding continued in the interior of Yemen. Control operations were undertaken in Saudi Arabia (4 195 ha) and in parts of Yemen (245 ha). Unusually good rains that fell in Yemen will allow breeding to continue, mostly unchecked, in the interior and on the coast, which will cause a substantial increase in locusts


Minister of Fisheries sends an appeal to rescue a broken boat off the coast of Al-Mahra carrying 60 people

In a post on his Facebook page, Kafayen noted that there was "a report from the international coalition forces that a Pakistani warship had found a broken Yemeni transport boat 100 nautical miles off Ras Furtak, Al-Mahra province, on Wednesday."

"There are 60 people on board, including 43 men, 11 women and 6 children," he said.

and also

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-582 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-582: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

Untersuchung ausgewählter Luftangriffe durch Bellingcat / Bellingcat investigations of selected aur raids:

07:16 05.10.2019
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