Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 584 - Yemen War Mosaic 584

Yemen Press Reader 584: 8. Okt. 2019: Politik mit anderen Mitteln, auf jemenitische Art – Die gescheiterte Agenda des saudischen Kronprinzen – Südjemen: Kochender Konflikt, Unruhe – und mehr
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Oct. 8, 2019: Politics by other means, Yemeni style – The Saudi crown prince’s crippled agenda – Southern Yemen: Simmering conflict, unrest, strife – 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 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

cp13 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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Politics By Other Means, Yemeni Style

A widespread depiction of the latest conflict in Yemen as a Sa’udi-Iranian proxy war is simplistic and misleading. In reality the conflict is complex and multi-factional. It is also predominantly domestic in origin and nature. State-sponsored disinformation and misinformation about the conflict is rife, compounding the effect of the wider world’s lack of familiarity with a small and no longer important country.

While the spark for the conflict came from the Arab Spring and the attempted counter-revolution which followed, many of the underlying factors which fuel the war are the unfinished elements of previous conflicts. Further, as with most enduring situations, there have been splits, re-alignments and hardenings of positions on ‘both’ sides. A survey of the protagonists can reveal much about the conflict, and how it will play out.

Sa’udi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have led a slowly reducing coalition of peripheral Arab states backed by American, British and French military, intelligence and industrial assets.

In the Northern Highlands, Ansar Allah, led by the sharifal Huthi family, are Zaydi revivalists. The sharifal family seeks to redress discrimination against the former sharifal aristocracy under the post-1960s Republic, while the wider movement seeks to re-empower the North’s predominantly agrarian Zaydi community. Under the Republic the latter lost influence vis-à-vis the more mercantile Shafa’i Sunnis of the South and felt besieged after the Sa’udis started, in the 1990s, sponsoring propagation of Salafism.

Overlaid on this religious tension is a less overt push for rebalancing from Bakil, one of the two main Zaydi tribal confederations. Bakil, having been more Royalist during the 1960s civil war, feels that it has lost ground to the more Republican Hashid confederation.

The Arab Spring brought to the surface splits within the then ruling (predominantly Hashid) regime. President Ali Abdallah Salih tried to transition to a jumlukiyya (hereditary republic), breaking the pact which had brought him to power. The General People’s Congress (GPC) party – never an ideological formation – split along factional lines. Despite having fought six wars against Ali Abdallah Salih, the Huthis aligned with his faction of the GPC against Hadi, Ali Muhsin and the 10 brothers of the al-Ahmar family (the paramount shaikhs of Hashid), who are also leaders of al-Islah, the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood affiliate. The al-Ahmars themselves had tried to capture Sana’a in 2011, but were fought to a standstill; they subsequently decamped, and fight alongside Hadi.

In the South, the anti-Huthi factions – anti-conservatives, Southern separatists, GPC-Aden and others – aligned to Hadi, who was ‘elected’ to the Presidency in February 2012. But Hadi has little personal support outside his Abyan homeland.

In addition to the Hadi-aligned groupings, Transnational Jihadis, such as al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula, and Islamic State, found sanctuary among the broken terrain and neglected tribes of the South.

Thanks to the lavish and indiscriminate provision of money and materiel, new actors have since had the wherewithal to emerge, predominantly in the South on the anti-Huthi side. Most vocal has been the Southern Transitional Council (STC), UAE-backed secessionists. The UAE has also set up, trained and paid several semi-autonomous forces in the South, to create “security belts”.

Also enabled by Coalition’s largesse, the Sunni tribes of the Tihama have mobilised as Tihamis for the first time since Sayf al-Islam Ahmad broke their power in 1928/29.

Finally, the Mahris, long the recipients of Omani soft-power, have seen their territory occupied by Emirati and then Sa’udi forces. Fuelling their discontent have been rumours that the Sa’udis intend to establish a Salafi madrassa in Mahra and to create a Sa’udi land corridor to the Indian Ocean, dividing Mahra from the rest of Yemen – by James Spencer

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THE ANGRY ARAB: The Saudi Crown Prince’s Crippled Agenda

From launching a war on Yemen to having Jamal Khashoggi murdered, As’ad AbuKhalil sizes up the magnitude of MbS’s miscalculations.

As soon as MbS became defense minister, he launched the war on Yemen. He calculated that the war would only last a few weeks and that the Huthis would quickly surrender. (The Obama administration presumably found this credible, since it lent support to the adventure, probably as a compensation for the U.S.-Iran agreement, which the Saudis vigorously opposed.)

And, while the war was launched in the name of weakening Iranian hold in the region, it has actually cemented ties between the Huthis and the Iranian regime and its allies in the region.

This calculation backfired on other fronts as well. The assault on Yemen brought international media scrutiny to his atrocious war crimes there, while repressions inside the kingdom have been exposed in the wake of the horrific killing and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi’s slaying became a permanent stigma for MbS. With the exception of his brief appearance at the G-7 summit in France a few weeks ago, he has not visited the U.S. or the West since.

Confronting Iran

MbS’s miscalculations have extended to his entire confrontation with Iran in the region. Last year he kidnapped the prime minister of Lebanon

Furthermore, MbS was hoping — along with MbZ of the United Arab Emirates [Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi] — that Donald Trump would be the U.S. president they had been waiting for: the one who would launch a devastating war on Iran to end Teheran’s influence in the Middle East once and for all.

In the first few years of the Trump administration Saudi regime media were full of scathing attacks on former President Barack Obama

Change of Mind

MbS seems to have now changed his mind about the desirability of war with Iran. What Iran has done in recent months (assuming it was responsible for the various attacks on shipping in the Gulf and on the oil installations in Saudi Arabia), is to demonstrate to Saudi Arabia and the UAE not only the reach of its bombing capability, but its determination to extend the war to the Arab Gulf countries if Iran is attacked by Israel or the U.S. This can explain the recent Saudi and Emirati overtures to the Iranian regime. Both are suddenly expressing concern over the cost of war, if it were to erupt in their region.

Limited Choices

Bin Salman’s economic promises have also failed to bear fruit for the Saudi population. He may now be facing rising resentment within the royal family itself

MbS has limited choices. He can’t afford to antagonize Trump and nor can he influence Trump one way or another regarding U.S. policies toward Iran.

His best hope is that war does not take place, and that Khashoggi will be forgotten. That is very unlikely given the recent publicity surrounding the first anniversary of the killing. A man who made arrogance a key part of his personality, has been humiliated by Khashoggi, a former member of the Saudi royal entourage.

But then again, Western governments have short memories when it comes to war crimes, assassinations and human rights violations by despots who are loyal to Western agendas. Any rehabilitation that MbS can work out will require him to sacrifice much of his original agenda. It will mean curtailing his appetite for war in Yemen and elsewhere and to drop his plans to confront Iran on all fronts. The recent crippling of oil installations responsible for more than 50 percent of Saudi oil production had the effect of also crippling the foreign policy agenda of Mohammed bin Salman. – By As’ad AbuKhalil

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Medical sources for "Al-Masdar Online": 28 cases of cholera epidemic recorded in "Salah al-Din" west of Aden

Cholera cases west of the southern city of Aden have been on the rise since last week.

A medical source and local residents told Al-Masdar Online that about 28 citizens of Salah al-Din area of al-Buraiqa district, west of the southern city of Aden.

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Dengue outbreak in Aden University student residence

On Saturday, a university student died of dengue fever, while other students were confirmed to have infected in the recent outbreak inside a university dormitory in Khormaksar district, east of Aden, in the south of the country.


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Rainwater proliferates dengue fever in Aden

The stagnant pools of rainwater has increased dengue fever proliferation among the populations of Aden, local sources and health officials said.

The lack of rainwater drainage system has led the stagnant fresh water to mix with the open sewage wastewater on streets and propagated several endemic diseases particularly the dengue fever.

So far, the dengue fever claimed one life and other five suspected cases were reported being infected with the same epidemic, local health official said.

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What Yemen Moms can do to save baby from Cholera.

The RINJ Foundation nurses have been asking families in Yemen to adhere to some specific sanitation, food-preparation, and hygiene procedures, even if no family member is ill, to ensure that families stay healthy. First and foremost say experts working in Syria and Northern Iraq is water purification. Boil, boil, boil your water even if you are using a filtration system, says Sharon Santiago.

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

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State Department official calls on UN to resolve the issue of the forces authorized to manage Hodeidah ports

Yemen's Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Dr. Mansoor Bagash, on Monday called on the United Nations to resolve the issue of local forces authorized to run the port of Hodeidah, as the official news agency Saba reported.

My comment: And gain, by this way the Hadi govrenment tries to get power in the Houthi-held port and center of Hodeidah.

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Yemeni officials say explosive device has killed 4 children

Yemeni health officials say an explosive device has gone off near the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, killing at least four children.

The officials say the explosion took place late on Monday in the town of Wadi Nakhla. Two other children were wounded. All the causalities were from the same family.

The officials blamed the Houthi rebels, saying they scattered land mines and explosive devices in areas under their control in Hodeida to hamper a push by government forces last year. =

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Monday, October 7th, 2019

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Film: Yemen: Protest calls for end to Saudi-led blockade on Hodeidah

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Saudi-Led Fighter Jets Hit Hodeidah Two Times

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„Drihmi" a city surrounded by death. What is the reality of the situation in the city where the Houthis and the government are exchanging the charge of besieging it

Al-Durhimi is a besieged city in the coastal province of Hodeidah since late last year, according to the Houthis, while the government's version of the Legitimate government says that the pro-Iranian group is using the civilian population of the directorate as hostages and repeatedly preventing the entry of food and humanitarian aid into Citizens.

The two stories have been frequently echoed in the past few months, through the media.

The Houthis are demanding the lifting of the siege imposed by government forces on the residents of Drihmi, the latter denying this, and say that militias are holding residents of the remote directorate.

What is the real story of the Drihmi that the parties to the conflict are trying to hide?

The report of the Council of Human Rights's eminent expert group noted that they were investigating "allegations that parts of the Drihmi Directorate have been under siege."

The report reviewed a series of events coupled with time, and in early August 2018, the Yemeni armed forces and their Armed groups, supported by the United Arab Emirates, advanced towards the outskirts of the central directorate. After periods of heavy fighting that destroyed many buildings, the Houthis maintained control of most of the directorate, including the center. The front lines were settled at access points to the Directorate's center, which is under the control of pro-coalition armed formations. the presence of landmines has made it more difficult to reach the area."

The Group of Experts stated that "between August and December 2018, while heavy fighting was continuing, humanitarian agencies were never able to reach the Directorate."

In June, WFP spokesman Erve Versell announced that for the first time they would be able to distribute food aid in two areas near the front lines of fighting in Sana'a and Hodeidah provinces.

The program, in collaboration with The Islamic Relief Organization, was able to distribute food in kind to 896 families living near the front lines in Nehm district in eastern Sana'a province, Said Ferrousel at a press conference in Geneva.

According to the food programme, aid has been delivered to the besieged city of Al-Drihimi in Hodeidah province for two months, in addition to water, hygiene kits, by UNICEF and UNFPA groups.

The latest report of prominent experts presented to the Human Rights Council at the end of September said that no humanitarian assessment has been carried out in Drihimi since June 2018,

The report reiterated the restrictions on aid access and access to the population in two parts,

The report, which reviewed by Al-Masdar online, added that parts of the area of "Al- Drihimi " under the control of the de facto authorities, including the directorate's center, suffer from severe restrictions on humanitarian access.

According to information obtained by the experts, they believe that both government forces and their loyalists are violating humanitarian and international law by the siege of Al- Drihimi, and that Houthi militias violate international and humanitarian law by planting anti-vehicle and individual mines, The Houthis deny planting individual mines, but experts say they are cultivating them in places frequented only by civilians.

The report pointed to other conclusions regarding the prevention of access to organizations and assistance, as the Houthi group continues to restrict aid access and sometimes change course, the report said.

The report, which reviewed by Al-Masdar online, added that parts of the area of "Al- Drihimi " under the control of the de facto authorities, including the directorate's center, suffer from severe restrictions on humanitarian access.

According to the report, the control of access points by the Yemeni armed forces and UAE-backed affiliate groups is one of the reasons why aid cannot arrive, while mines laid by the Houthis are other reasons for blocking aid access."

"The exact number of people still living in the Houthi-controlled areas of Al-Drihimi directorate remains unknown, also because humanitarian actors are not able to make an independent assessment of needs," the report continued.

The report spoke of reliable estimates of the number of people trapped in Drihim.

As hundreds of Drihimi residents struggle to survive, they face a blockade, aggression and a war led by all sides without regard to the lives of civilians, whose numbers are increasing, and all sides are playing the beat of these figures in media and political bidding.

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Sunday, October 6th, 2019

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US-Saudi Aggression Destroys Truck in Ras Issa Port

A US-Saudi airstrike destroyed a truck in Al-Erj area in Al-Salif district, Hodiedah. This came as a clear violation of the Stockholm Agreement. A local source stated that US-Saudi aggression targeted the truck with two airstrikes in Ras-Issa port

Pictures of the US-Saudi aggression planes targeting a fuel tanker in Ras Issa Port in Al-Hudaydah governorate during the presence of the UN Monitoring Team = (film) (photos)

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Indian General "Hoja" takes office as the third chairman of the UN Monitoring Committee in "Hodeidah"

Retired Indian general Abahijit Hoja has taken up his duties as chairman of the UN Monitoring Committee in the western Province of Hodeidah.

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Saturday, October 5th, 2019

cp1c Huthis schalten saudische Söldnerbrigaden aus / Houthis override Saudi mercenaries’ brigades

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“Victory From Allah” Of Yemeni Army In Najran: Report

The Yemeni armed forces spokesman, Brigadier Yahya Sare’e, announced a major military operation against the Saudi enemy army called “Victory from Allah”, in which three military brigades and thousands of captives, including hundreds of Saudi commanders and soldiers, were captured in Najran province.

Brigadier General Sare’e said in a statement that the Yemeni army, backed by the Popular Committees seized large quantities of weapons, including hundreds of military cars and armoured vehicles during the operation named “Nasr Min Allah” (Victory from Allah).

Sare’e confirmed that thousands of the enemy forces were taken prisoner, while hundreds of others were killed and injured, including large numbers of senior commanders, officers and soldiers of the Saudi army.

“After the surrender of thousands of the enemy troops, the Yemeni army and Popular Committees worked on securing them from retaliatory airstrikes by the aggression coalition warplanes that targeted the captives with dozens of raids,” the spokesman said.

Under the directives of the leadership, all captives were dealt according to the principles of Islamic religion, and customs and traditions of Yemen and human morals.

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The minister of defense Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Al-Atefi, confirmed, while his inspecting for various models of modern and advanced armored vehicles left behind by the enemy in Al-Fara’ valley and many other sites in the front of Najran, that the seized military vehicles and equipment will be utilized in supplying the strategic stockpile of the armed forces of Yemen .

The Brigadier directed the field commanders in Najran front to assemble them from the reefs and sites from which the enemy fled and left them behind him to activating them in accordance with the requirements of the battle and defending the sovereignty and independence of Yemen.

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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The frightening impact of Yemen's war on children

We estimate that if the conflict continues, Yemen will have the greatest depth of poverty, lowest calories per capita, poorest Gender Development Index, and fastest growing income inequality of any country in the world.

And of these total deaths we estimate that most will be children.

The most striking finding from my perspective is that in 2019 the conflict is responsible for killing one child younger than five every 12 minutes.

This is the conflict attributable impact, meaning that we control for the level of development in Yemen prior to conflict. The conflict itself is responsible for one child’s death every 720 seconds. These deaths are mostly indirect; stemming from lack of basic resources and not fighting or bombing.

When I presented this work recently, with UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner and Yemen’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Al Hadhamri among many other distinguished presenters and participants, I was struck by how limited the impact of this report might be.

We are fighting a war with reports.

But that response is cynical. These reports can change how we think. And the findings of the studies should help people more critically reflect about supporting a conflict that kills a child every 12 minutes. And that may stir us to action in a new way, even if that stirring starts small – by Jonathan D. Moyer

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Yemen, a quagmire for every invading force: Ex-ambassador

Former Iranian ambassador to Yemen emphasized that Yemen is a quagmire of any invading force, and noted that all countries that have attempted to invade Yemen over the past centuries have failed to succeed and ultimately have had to leave the country.

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Najran could well be Saudi Arabia’s fault line as much as its front line

Despite being the best-equipped in the Gulf, the quality and performance of the oil-rich kingdom’s armed forces leave a lot to be desired. As Foreign Policy stated, they are largely inexperienced with a limited track record, leaving them unprepared for the current conflict in Yemen, which appears to serve as “military practice” for the Saudis.

The “rag-tag” rebel Houthis for their part are still highly tribal orientated; indeed, the Zaydi movement is named after the prominent Al-Houthi family which founded the “AnsarAllah” in the northern province of Saada.

As the Houthis have carried out their own aerial attacks on Saudi Arabian territory – including the audacious drone and missile strike on the Aramco oil facilities attributed to them — and have recently increased their cross-border raids against Saudi forces – most notably with the contested claims of having captured thousands of Saudi troops and mercenaries in addition to seizing munitions, territory and overrunning military bases in Najran province — it would be interesting to see how irregular, tribal warriors from the Arab world’s poorest nation pitted against the wealthiest kingdom in the region fit into Ibn Khaldun’s theory of the decline of the state.

I would go as far as to contend that the province of Najran represents the weakest link for Saudi state security; not only has the province witnessed numerous Houthi raids, but the loyalty of the province’s subjects is also suspect, given its modern history. Najran, along with the Saudi provinces of Asir, Jizan and Al-Baha were historically territories of Greater Yemen

In my article on the Zaydi community of Yemen, I concluded that there is perhaps an opportunity for revolutionary ideas to cross the border between the increasingly Iranian influenced Houthis and the local residents of Najran, who Human Rights Watch describe as “second class Saudi citizens”.

The oil facilities and their lack of defence capabilities, as we have seen, also illustrate weaknesses in the kingdom. It may be the reason why Saudi air strikes have decreased significantly over the past few days, following a truce initiative by the Houthis, with veiled threats for continued responses to the strikes.

Although Saudi Arabia is not an empire, the fall of Rome in the 5th century offers many insightful parallels with the current state of the kingdom, chief among them being the reliance on disloyal “barbarian” mercenaries to protect their borders against the “barbarian hordes”; a declining economy; and higher taxation. Roman society became indolent and comfortable and adopted and promoted a form of Christianity which was intolerant to other cultures and religions. Sound familiar? As Ibn Khaldun once said, “The past resembles the future more than one drop of water resembles another.” – by Omar Ahmed

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Humanitarian Crisis Worsens In Yemen: Report

In 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview for Yemen report, shows that 14.3 million people are classified as being in acute need, with around 3.2 million requiring treatment for acute malnutrition; that includes two million children under-five, and more than one million pregnant and lactating women.

Highlighting that more than 20 million people across the country are food insecure, half of them suffering extreme levels of hunger, the report focuses on some key humanitarian issues: basic survival needs, protection of civilians and livelihoods and essential basic services.

Every day Yemeni civilians continue to be killed and injured in their homes, cars, buses, farms and markets. Houses, schools, hospitals and water tanks continue to be destroyed and damaged . With air strikes inflicting the most damage.

Lack of wages and medication has led to the collapse of public health services, and few can afford private health services. Lack of vaccines and medicine has caused many, especially children.

2 million Yemeni children have stopped attending school since 2015, according to the United Nations. UNICEF, the UN’s children’s agency, said many schools are damaged, not in use or have becomes shelters for the displaced.

About 2,500 boys have joined the fighting. More than half of Yemeni girls are married before 15.

Rights group Save the Children estimates that 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of 5 may have died of starvation.

The protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure is not a luxury,” said Frank Mc Manus, Yemen country director at the IRC. “It is an essential provision of international law. When these laws fail civilians suffer.” – by Mona Zaid

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Answering Key Questions about Yemen War – Part Five

How do you analyze AnsarAllah’s recent operation ‘Nasr Min Allah’? Has AnsarAllah’s strategy changed from defensive to offensive?
Ansar Allah’s recent operation with effective results took place while Ansar Allah’s military structure after a period of difficult situation due to severe battles, now has reached the stage to take offensive steps.
Ansar Allah’s military strength in drone, missile, air defense, etc. were very primitive in compared with Saudi coalition equipment and the war was managed using weapons left from Ali Abdullah Saleh era. However in the last 2 years we see a significant development in Ansar Allah’s capabilities. Recent operations of Ansar Allah, such as attacking Aramco, are complicated ones.
Considering Ansar Allah’s situation and strength, operation ‘Nasr Min Allah is considered a large size operation but does not solve the war in Yemen alone. To have better result in the war Ansar Allah should operate more similar to this operation and north of Dhale operation.

My remark. From a Houthi point of view.

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Film: Saudi War in Yemen: The Beginning of the End?

In the first episode of Mapping Faultlines Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha looks at the situation in Yemen following the Houthi claims of defeating the Saudi-led coalition in Najran.

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Baustein eines Imperiums

Warum Iran die Huthi in Jemen unterstützt.

Mein Kommentar: Sehr oberflächlicher Artikel, eher schon Propaganda. Nur ein Punkt hier: „Doch es gibt täglich Flüge zwischen Teheran und Sanaa, der Hauptstadt Jemens.“: Der zivile Flugverkehr wurde am 28. März 2015 eingestellt.

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STANDPUNKTE • Der stille Krieg um die weltweit größten Ölreserven (Podcast)

Eingeplante Milliardeneinnahmen aus dem Börsengang fehlen nun dem saudischen Staatshaushalt und der teure Luftkrieg gegen den Jemen muss weiter finanziert werden. In Jemen ist ein Ende dieses Luftkrieges nicht in Sicht.

Das Image des Königreiches geht in den Keller. Das saudische Kriegsziel kann in Jemen nicht erreicht werden und es fehlt damit die eingeplante „Kriegsrendite“ bzw. Kriegsbeute: Jemen´s alte und neu gefundene Öl- und Gasfelder.

Über die bisher nicht gesprochen wurde, weil man den Jemen bei den deutschen „Relotius-Medien“ immer als arm darstellt, um die wahren Gründe des Jemenkrieges zu verschweigen. Der arme Nachbar ist nicht arm; in seinem Boden ruhen größere Schätze als im Boden der drei genannten Golfstaaten Saudi-Arabien, Kuwait und den Emiraten zusammen. Diesen Hintergrund, verbunden mit der sinkenden saudischen Ölförderung, möchte ich dem Leser und Hörer von KenFM heute näher aufzeigen. Er stellt nämlich den Krieg im Jemen in einem völlig anderen Licht dar:

Saudi-Arabien würde es dem Jemen nicht erlauben, in der Nähe seiner Grenzen nach Öl und Gas zu suchen. Diese Feststellung würde sofort erklären, warum Saudi-Arabien sich mit seiner ganzen Macht ausgerechnet hinter den evident schwachen und jeglichen Rückhalts in der eigenen Bevölkerung entbehrenden, im Exil lebenden Präsidenten, Abed Rabou Mansur Hadi, gestellt hat. Die Erklärung: Hadi ist der Garant für den saudi-arabisch/amerikanischen – den ARAMCO – Zugriff auf das jemenitische Öl. Auf dieser Garantenstellung beruht die ganze „Stärke“ der Position Hadi´s. Und wer möchte schon wirklich wissen, welche Relotius-Medien unisono mitgespielt haben müssen, damit diese Figur bei uns immer noch als „der Präsident der international anerkannten Regierung des Jemen“ durchgeht.

Mit der Entstehung der Harakat Ansar Allah (Bewegung der Helfer Gottes), den sogenannten „Huthis“, die sich in den meisten Gebieten an der Grenze zu Saudi-Arabien im Norden Jemens befindet, stellt diese Bewegung eine große Gefahr für das saudische Regime dar – von Karl Bernd Esser =

Mein Kommentar: Das ist mir zu spekulativ.

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Koalitions-Offensive gegen Jemen

Werden Frankreich, das Vereinigte Königreich und die USA jemals bezahlen, . . was sie im Jemen getan haben?

Man kann nur hoffen, dass der UN-Bericht dazu beitragen kann, solche Angriffe in Zukunft zu stoppen, nicht indem er Saudi-Arabien und seine Koalition unter Druck setzt, sondern indem er die Entscheidungsträger beeinflusst, die es ermöglichen, dass diese schrecklichen Akte unvermindert weitergehen.

Wie gesagt, der UN-Bericht bestätigte nichts, was wir nicht bereits wussten, und auch nichts, was der Gesetzgeber auf der ganzen Welt seit Jahren nicht wusste. Mit anderen Worten, wir kennen seit langem die möglichen rechtlichen Konsequenzen für unsere Unterstützung einer Koalition, die den Jemen pulverisiert, und das hat unsere Einstellung nicht verändert. Zum Teufel, es brauchte die Ermordung eines Journalisten der Washington Post, damit Deutschland seine Meinung ändert (die Ermordung unschuldiger Zivilisten reicht nicht ganz aus).

Andererseits hilft eine zweijährige schriftliche Untersuchung durch eine UN-Expertengruppe sicherlich unser

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Al-Bukhaiti: Militarization of Yemen’s Al-Makha Port Contradicts UAE’s Announcement of Withdrawal from Yemen

Member of the political bureau of Ansarullah blasted the United Arab Emirates’ move to deploy 100 military vehicles in Taiz as “wrong”, calling militarization of al-Makha port in Yemen as violation of international laws and contradiction of its announcement of withdrawal from Yemen.

"We will not remain silent in the face of the militaristic movements of the UAE, which are not in their favor. The Emirates must leave Yemen completely," Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti said in remarks on Al-Mayadeen TV Channel on Saturday.

He affirmed that the UAE steps run and supervised by the US officials, recommending the aggressors not to “think they can change the game.”

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Hoist by its own petard: How Saudi Arabia was pushed against wall in Yemen

A spate of fruitful Yemeni operations against Saudi Arabia has underscored transformation of anti-Saudi forces into an obstinate actor gaining in military sophistication, increasing pressure on Riyadh to acknowledge what described as a democracy-promotion campaign has only diminished its influence in Yemen and sullied its reputation globally.

The attacks showed the Yemeni fighters are capable of engaging in major cross-border offensives against Saudi Arabia, threatening the status-quo of the five-year-old war in Yemen.

What was a small religious movement emerged in Yemen’s north in the 1980s, is now an actor of regional importance.

Let’s hope Saudi Arabia will come to its senses and stop shooting itself in the leg.

Caption: A screengrab from footage via Yemen-based Al Masirah TV purportedly shows soldiers surrendering to anti-Saudi forces near the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border.

Highlight: The ragtag Ansarullah has transformed from a small opposition movement to a battle-hardened military force threatening the status-quo of the five-year-old war in Yemen.

My remark: A view from Iran.

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Saudi-led coalition, mercenaries looted over 18 million barrels of Yemen oil last year: Min.

The Yemeni oil ministry affiliated with the Houthis says countries of the Saudi-led coalition and their mercenaries looted more than 18 million barrels of the country’s oil exports last year.

Daris also called on the United Nations to shoulder its responsibility in facilitating the release of oil shipments detained by the Saudi-led coalition waging war on the impoverished nation.

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Saudi Arabia holds military negotiations with UAE after welcoming Houthi truce offer

Saudi Arabia's deputy defense minister and the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates have discussed military issues, shortly after Riyadh said it views truce offered by Yemen’s Houthis positively.

My comment: Do not expect anything.

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Die Hunger-Waffe

Der Zermürbungskrieg im Jemen verschafft weder der saudisch-geführten Koalition noch den Huthis einen militärischen Vorteil. Dafür zwingt er die Menschen in die Knie. Eine Reise durch ein Land, das verhungert (nur gegen Gebühr)

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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In Letters to International Bodies, [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Foreign Minister Warns of Imminent Humanitarian Disaster

Yemeni Foreign Minister, Hisham Sharaf Abdullah, has warned of the increased risks of the humanitarian catastrophe and the tendency of some to foil the good efforts to end the aggression on Yemen and its people.

, that "the countries of the coalition of aggression and their mercenaries continue to practice a policy of collective punishment against the Yemeni People, the latest of which is the detention of food vessels and oil derivatives."

and also

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Film: Yemen: Sana'a authorities decry blocked oil shipments at Hodeidah

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[Sanaa] Ministry of Human Rights: US-Saudi Aggression Uses Starving and Siege as Means of War

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[Sanaa] Ministry of Industry and Trade: Detention of Aggression Oil and Food Ships Genocide

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Holding Of Oil Derivatives Poses Disastrous Threat To Food Security: [Sanaa] Agriculture Ministry

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Preventing Oil Derivatives Access Will Lead To Disaster: [Sanaa] Water Minister

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Warnings of Humanitarian Disaster due to Continued Blockade of Oil Derivatives

Director General of the Health Bureau in Amran province explained to Almasirah that the continued prevention of aggression to the arrival of oil derivatives will expose the health system to complete paralysis, pointing out that children are more likely to die.


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[Sanaa] Oil Minister Calls On Int’l Community To Release Oil Ships, Warns Of Humanitarian Disaster

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[Sanaa] Ministry Of Electricity Warns Of Humanitarian Disaster

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The official [Sanaa] health ministry spokesman, Dr. Yousef al-Hadhri said that more than 120 hospitals and 3,000 health centers, private hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, and blood banks are facing an impending disaster due to the continued prevention of aggression and the arrival of oil derivatives.

He stressed in his statement, on Saturday, that the reduction of working hours in hospitals due to lack of energy and scarcity of oil products, which directly threatens the lives of patients.

He added that the number of health facilities affiliated to the private sector affected by the lack of oil derivatives is about 183 hospitals, 165 dispensaries, and 555 medical centers, exceeding 903 facilities.

and also

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A member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi, stressed that the continuation of the siege on Yemen and the detention of ships obstacle any steps towards peace.

Houthi said in a tweet: “the continued blockade of the detention of ships does not represent positive intentions, and does not indicate a practical orientation towards peace.”

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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Nothilfe im Jemen - "Die medizinische Versorgungslücke ist riesig"

Der Krieg im Jemen hat im Land eine der schwersten humanitären Katastrophen ausgelöst. Insgesamt sind 24 Millionen Menschen im Jemen auf humanitäre Hilfe angewiesen, das sind mehr als zwei Drittel der Bevölkerung. Krankheiten und Hunger sind allgegenwärtig. "Durch den Krieg ist das Gesundheitssystem komplett zusammengebrochen. Wir haben seit 2016 über eine Million Verdachtsfälle von Cholera und Tausende damit verbundene Tote. Ohne bessere medizinische Versorgung drohen weitere Opfer", sagt Julian Loh, Help-Programmkoordinator für den Jemen.

Die weltweit tätige Hilfsorganisation "Help - Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe" unterstützt die Menschen im Ku'aydinah District nordwestlich der Hauptstadt Sanaa mit dringend benötigten Gesundheitsstationen sowie der Schulung des dortigen Personals.

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Im Jemen sind bis zu 85.000 Kinder verhungert

Etwa die Hälfte der jemenitischen Bevölkerung ist von der Hungersnot bedroht, die als Resultat des Krieges in dem Land herrscht. „Schätzungsweise 85.000 Kinder unter fünf Jahren sind in den letzten drei Jahren infolge des Bürgerkriegs im Jemen verhungert, dies ergab ein Bericht von Save the Children. Die Zahl ist eine vorsichtige Schätzung, die auf UN-Daten bezüglich schwerer, akuter Unterernährung basieren. Laut Angaben der internationalen Organisation sind mehr als 1,3 Millionen Kinder betroffen, seitdem der Konflikt zwischen den Houthi-Rebellen und der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Koalition, die versucht, die Exilregierung des Jemen wiederherzustellen, im Jahr 2015 begann.

Etwa 14 Millionen Menschen – die Hälfte der jemenitischen Bevölkerung – sind derzeit von der Hungersnot bedroht, vor allem wegen der saudischen Grenzblockaden, die die Houthis schwächen sollen und den Zugang der Zivilbevölkerung zu Nahrungsmitteln, Treibstoffen, Hilfsgütern und Handelsgütern behindern.“ (Bethan McKernan, The Guardian: „Yemen: up to 85,000 young children dead from starvation“)

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Flash Floods Snapshot (Between 27 September and 6 October 2019)

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Film: Innocents in #Yemen have been terrorized, bombed, killed, blocked from importing food & medical supplies. Over 24 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. It is the world worst humanitarian crisis.

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Film: Reportage dallo Yemen: dentro l'ospedale di Hodeida

Il racconto di un sopravvissuto al bombardamento della sua casa con la sua famiglia dall'ospedale di Hodeida. =

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Film: Dear peoples of the world, please look to Nada 9 month-old & weight 3kg, I met her in Aslam center this week. She is one of thousands of stories of the daily death of Yemeni children due malnutrition caused by unjust war & siege on my country #Yemen. This is a truth of ksa war

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We visited #Aslam Health Center, thank God we provided food aid for #malnourished #children there & the needs of the center's kitchen. Special thanks to our brothers and all our donors for help our children #Yemen Plz #donate via link to save more lives (photos)

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Sana’a launches campaign against child malnutrition

Children between 6 and 56 weeks of age to be monitored for lack of food

The Public Health and Population Office in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a has on Sunday, in cooperation with UNICEF, launched a national campaign for rescuing malnourished children from the ages between 6 age to 56 weeks.

The campaign, implemented in four districts of the capital, targets more than 280,000 children, and those found to be exposed to malnutrition are referred to the nearest health center to receive the necessary treatment for free, according to the office’s director Dr. Mutahar al-Marwani.

Dr. al-Marwani said the campaign is staffed by 350 teams, with each team consisting of two people to take to the field and arrive at each house in the targeted districts.

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Amid US-Saudi Siege, Epidemics Threaten 13 Governorates Due to Collapse of Hygiene Sector

Thirteen governorates, home to some 25 million Yemenis, are threatened by a large-scale invasion due to the imminent collapse of the hygiene sector in these governorates due to the lack of oil derivatives needed to run clean cars and waste incinerators.

The Executive Director of the Wast Fund in the Municipality of the capital said that "the lack of oil derivatives will lead to an environmental catastrophe as 400 to 450 clean cars stop functioning."

Similarly, hygiene and improvement funds are threatened in the governorates of Al-Jawf, Sa'ada, Sana'a, Amran, Hajjah, Dhamar, Al-Mahwit, Ibb, Taiz, Al-Hudaydah, Al-Baydha, Marib, and Al-Dhala'e, which are not under US-Saudi aggression control.

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Malnutrition, Cholera Add To Yemen’s Suffering (DISTURBING PHOTOS)

The following pictures show just a small portion of the suffering Yemeni people have been enduring since 2015.

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Arab countries must address water security or risk instability

Hazim el-Naser, of Middle East Water Forum, says water security is most important issue faced by states in the region.

Al Jazeera spoke to el-Naser, who is also Jordan's former minister for water and irrigation, about the importance of water security in the Middle East, the threats faced by some of the countries in the region and what needs to be done to tackle the problem. The interview below has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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We visited #Aslam Health Center, thank God we provided food aid for #malnourished #children there & the needs of the center's kitchen. Special thanks to our brothers and all our donors for help our children #Yemen Plz #donate via link to save more lives (photos)

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35 thousand cancer patients facing death and the National Oncology Center in #Aden demand the responsible authorities to provide the necessary supplies and medicine.

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Film: Children in our country #Yemen have grown up with war. Despite their suffering and displacement from their homes, the hope remains, and there still a place for joy. This Yemeni kid is selling water and singing in Sana'a.

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Appeals for Humanitarian Organizations to Save Refugees’ Camps in Abian

Al-Yousufy said: “with these rainy and windy weather conditions over residential areas and camps in Zanzibar and Khanfar, many refugees’ houses were severely damaged, especially those built up with hays and banana leaves. Most food supplied are damaged and rain water mixed with garbage creating swamps. This is a warning against a close environmental and health catastrophe threatening the lives of refugees with diseases like Cholera and malaria”.

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UN: Nearly 2,800 displaced families affected by floods and rains last week

The United Nations said Friday that some of 2,800 displaced families have been affected by floods and rains in several provinces late last week.

The report noted that 2,775 families were affected by the floods in the affected provinces, including 1,329 in Lahj, 900 in Aden, 508 in Abyan and 38 in Hadhramaut.

The main needs noted were food, the removal of stagnant water, the provision of shelters, non-food items, plastic sheeting and the spraying process to reduce the risk of cholera, dengue fever and malaria, the report said

and also

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Chief of General Staff Major General Mohammed Abdul-Karim Al-Ghumari asserted that Yemeni forces are now stronger and have deterrent weapons that would enable them to carry out what the leadership threatened the forces of aggression and occupation, considering the seriousness of the enemy is evident by actions, not words.

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Sarie’, meanwhile, warned that Ansarullah’s list of targets inside Saudi Arabia is “growing by the day”, meaning that more such attacks can be expected until Riyadh ends its war and lifts its blockade of Yemen.

This warning should be seen in the context of two other highly significant warnings that were issued in recent days: the declaration by Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, that his movement has new options available for countering US attempts to cripple it and its allies; and the reaffirmation by Iranian leader Ali Khamenei’s advisor Ali Akbar Velayati that if his country is prevented from exporting oil through the Persian Gulf, no other country will be allowed to do so either.

The Houthis have changed the rules of engagement. The message they delivered with the latest attacks is, in their own words, that they will continue striking targets deep inside Saudi Arabia until the country’s leadership realises that “killing more Yemenis will not force them to their knees.”

My remark: A Houthi view.

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Houthi militia killed on Saturday Tribal Sheikh Ahmed Mosleh Al-Hadrami in Ibb after he refused to be forcibly taken to prison by the militia.

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Yemeni Army, Painful Attacks and Miracle Operations

Two qualitative operations, the first was an airstrike and the second was a supernatural incendiary ground. There is no doubt that everyone is wondering about the third, which would be a judge and killer if it came freely to complete the deterrent equation and end the whispers and suspicions of the enemy, which is based on the continuation of its aggression on the possibilities.

Experts agree that the countdown to the fall of the Saudi regime has already begun after the operation of the Shaybah field and victory from Allah operation on Abqaiq and

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Yemeni chief negotiator says Saudis have not responded positively to offer of truce yet

Spokesman and chief negotiator for Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah, Mohammed Abdul-Salam has said that the Saudi-led aggressors have not reacted positively to Sanaa's peace initiative to date.

Abdul-Salam, for his part, emphasized that the peace proposal offered by the Chairman of Yemen's Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat is based on goodwill and a desire for peace and stability in Yemen and the end of war and embargo.

The Yemeni chief negotiator added that so far, the response to the offer of truce on the part of Saudis has been ambiguous and has not reached the level they could consider it as positive.

and also

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The truth about the Houthis' initiative on prisoners. 250 civilian abductees released, including injured and others in deteriorating health

Houthi militias have released 250 civilian abductees after years of detention, concealment and torture, according to the Association of Mothers of Abductees.

The association's website published a statement by its president, Amat Al-Salam Al-Hajj, in which it confirmed that dozens of those released by the Houthis in what was considered an initiative under the Swedish Agreement, are civilians who were illegally abducted from their homes and workplaces, and during the abduction they were subjected to the most horrible forms of psychological and physical torture and were injured and many of them are affected by chronic diseases, difficulty moving and mental disorders.

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The Houthis inaugurates the new school year by cutting the girls' trousers and deleting the stories of Omar and Abu Bakr from the "Islamic Education"

Educational and local sources in Sanaa said that female supervisors and school principals appointed by Houthi militias assaulted female students by cutting off their trousers on the grounds that they violated school uniforms and because they resembled men.

The sources added to "Al-Masdar Online" that female students in Arwa, Zainab and Rab’ aa al-Adawiya public schools in the secretariat of the capital, were forced in the past two days to leave their schools and return to their homes after being humiliated and punished by supervisors and teachers affiliated with the Houthi group, on the background of wearing trousers "jeans" inside under the school uniform.

In a related context, educational sources reported that Houthi militias deleted the story of Abu Bakr al-Siddiq and Omar bin Khattab from the new edition of the Islamic Education Approach for the third grade of primary school.

Al-Masdar Online correspondent quoted educational sources in Sanaa as saying that the Ministry of Education, run by Yahya al-Houthi, the brother of the leader of the Iranian-backed group, distributed new editions of the Book of Islamic Education for the third grade of primary school last week to schools in Sanaa.

According to the sources, the new edition has undergone several changes in educational content, including the deletion of the stories of Abu Bakr al-Siddiq and Omar bin Khattab.

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Mass Rally Holds In Ibb To Praise Army Achievements In Najran

My remark: At Sanaa, Saada: Yemen War Mosaic 583, cp5.

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Houthis Extort Money from Stores, Small Business in Sana’a

Iran-aligned Houthi militia has lately imposed unlawful taxes on stores and business owners in the rebel-held capital Sana’a and other areas under their control.

This coincides with shortages of fuel and domestic cooking gas becoming scarce, a crisis caused intentionally by Houthi leading figures to profit from the black market that is believed to be run by them.

Store owners in Sana’ complained about being coerced by the militia to pay for the so-called war effort. They said they were threatened that the militia will imprison them and have their stores shut and confiscated if they did not comply with what is called War Effort Campaign.

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Mohammed Al-Houthi: Statements by Russian, Turkish and Iranian Presidents Expose Brutal Saudi-led Aggression

Member of the Supreme Political Council Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi, said that "the recent position of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Hassan Rouhani represents a consensus on the absurdity of the war on Yemen and their declared position has independent political connotations."

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Al-Houthi Confirms Yemeni People’s Seriousness In Pursuit Of Peace

Member of the Supreme Political Council Mohammed Ali al-Houthi has confirmed the seriousness of the Yemeni people in moving towards peace, but with ignoring all the initiatives the Yemeni deterrence operations would continue to confront the aggression.

During his meeting on Wednesday with the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General Martin Griffiths, al-Houthi referred to the initiatives presented in this framework, most recently the initiative of President of the Supreme Political Council.

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US hindering peace efforts in Yemen: official

Muhammad Ali al-Houthi, a member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, has said that the aggression on Yemen will not end until the US, Israel, Britain, and France end their support for the aggressors.

Muhammad Ali al-Houthi said that the United States is hindering peace efforts in Yemen, describing the US an accomplice in the aggression on his country.

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Houthi militia commits 266 abuses in one week

The Iran-backed Houthi militia committed 266 human rights abuses in the areas of its control in one single week, a report by the Yemeni Network for Rights and Freedoms unveiled.

“The Network’s monitoring team documented 22 cases of killing civilians including a woman and three children, and 12 cases of injuring including three children.”

The indiscriminate shelling damaged 48 civilian properties partially and 12 others entirely,” said the report.

My remark: As claimed by a Hadi government mouthpiece organisation.

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

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West Coast. Deporting true leaders to exile and replace them with "puppets" to serve Tariq Saleh's empire

As it made in Aden after the city was liberated from Houthi control in 2015, the UAE is making its own arrangements on the west coast.

After liberating large swathes of the country's west coast from the control of Houthi militias, the UAE began to reduce the presence of real leaders who contributed to military achievement.

According to private sources to "Al-Masdar Online", the UAE has not yet begun to take measures to marginalize and weaken the real military leaders who formed the first resistance and mobilized fighters and used their popular presence to create an incubator for resistance, which contributed significantly In order to facilitate the task of restoring large areas of the west coast more than 200 km from Bab al-Mandab in the south to the outskirts of Hodeidah in the north.

According to the information of "Al-Masdar Online", Abdulrahman Hajari has been in the UAE capital for some time in a house arrest situation. Weeks and months go by while the man who used to be on the ground is isolated in an apartment, and the UAE has been hosting the families of its military leaders and keeping them inside the UAE.

The freeze of Hajeri in Abu Dhabi came after he was fed up with the measures taken by the UAE to reduce his forces and stopped supplying him with any new ammunition or equipment, and as part of its plan to create new leaders the UAE went to form a new brigade under the leadership of a young man named Al-Wahsh (30 years) who was working within the forces of the First Brigade Tihama led by Al-Kawkabani

In exchange for the deportation or freezing of military commanders belonging to the Al-Tahmi Plain who played the most prominent role in the combat operations against the Houthis in the past years, Brigadier General Ammar Mohammed Abdullah Saleh (son of former President Saleh's brother and former national security agent) arrived yesterday to Abu Musa al-Ashari camp which is located at the entrance of Al-Khokha on the road leading to Hees, an old camp built in the 1980s.

Through his network of influence, which he built throughout his administration of the National Security Agency, Ammar Saleh provides security and intelligence services to the UAE in exchange for enabling him and his brother Tarek from the west coast to form their own state there, Ammar travels between Aden and Abu Dhabi.

Yesterday, Tarek Saleh took over the "Al-Anbarah" military base, which houses the headquarters of the UAE forces on the west coast, southwest of Al-Khokha.

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Southern Resistance Launches the Fiercest Attack Since Controlling Radoum by Al-Eslah Militias

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Southern Consultative Center for Rights and Freedoms in Geneva Reports Shooting of Peaceful Protesters in Shabwa and Abian to International Experts Team

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Fears of a traffic stop. Sieyun International Airport announces suspension of refueling of aircraft

Sieyun airport's management said that airport's refueling operations will be suspended from Monday due to fuel shortages,

The lack of fuel to stop a number of flights to and from Sieyun airport is likely to further worsen the suffering of Yemenis, which is their only window to abroad.

Airlines had previously suspended flights to and from Sieyun airport due to lack of fuel.

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For the third day. Oil company's facilities closed in Marib after looting of its derivatives tankers

For the third day in a row, the Marib Oil Company continues to close its stations to citizens after oil derivatives were prevented by gangs.

An official source at the oil company told al-Masdar Online that the company's stations were closed for three days after two of the company's tankers were looted by gunemn

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Mass Crowds Demonstrate in Modia – Abian in Support of STC and Southern Armed Forces

After the demonstration, a consultative meeting for tribal leaders and public figures of Abian issued a statement including:

Supporting the political leadership of the Southern Transitional Council to preserve security and stability of Abian and Aden.

Supporting citizens of Loder in the face of Muslim Brotherhood militias working under cover of the legitimacy and not to allow them to disturb security and stability of Loder.

The meeting demands all those who are misled not to participate in this war against their southern brothers and to return home to the south.

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Yemeni govt, separatists close to deal on ending Aden stand-off - sources

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists are close to a deal that would end a power struggle in the southern port of Aden and see Saudi forces take temporary control of the city, three sources familiar with the negotiations said.

Saudi Arabia, leader of an Arab coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi movement, has been hosting indirect talks for a month between the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) to end the stand-off that had opened a new front in the multi-faceted war.

Two Yemeni government officials told Reuters that Saudi Arabia submitted a proposal to include STC in Hadi’s government, while Saudi troops would deploy in Aden to oversee formation of a neutral security force in the city.

“There is progress in the Jeddah talks. The conversation is still ongoing and it is about bringing STC into the government, de-escalating tensions and redeployment of forces,” a third source familiar with the talks said on Monday.

The STC’s Security Belt forces tweeted on Monday that an agreement could be signed in Jeddah in the next few days.

The third source said resolving the Aden stand-off, which had fractured the Western-backed coalition, was needed before the coalition officially responded to a Houthi offer to halt missile and drone attacks on Saudi cities if the alliance did the same.

and also

My comment: This certainly will not succeed – just look at what really happens in the South of Yemen.

And the consequences are emphasized here:

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Yemen: Imminent agreement to hand over Aden to Saudi Arabia

The city will be temporarily under the control of Saudi forces according to three sources quoted by Reuters.

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Yemen Govt Accuses STC of Coordinating With Houthis, UAE Urges Flexibility

The exchange of accusations between the government and the STC comes in light of escalating security tensions in the provinces of Abyan, Shabwa, and Socotra.
Aryani’s statements coincide with calls by the UAE on the (STC) to pursue wisdom and leniency so that the Jeddah dialogue for peace finds success.
The UAE said on Sunday that it supported Saudi Arabia’s efforts to unite Yemen’s southern separatists and the internationally recognized Yemeni government in fighting the Houthis.
Talks between the government and the STC started last month in Jeddah as Saudi Arabia pushes to end recent fighting in Yemen’s southern provinces.
“We fully support Saudi Arabia's significant efforts in carrying out negotiations in Jeddah to confront the Houthi coup,” the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter.

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UAE reorganises Security Belt mercenary force

Separatist militia reshuffled and given new command

The UAE forces in the occupied city of Aden, have made changes in the structure of the so-called Security Belt forces, which is one of the formations of the Southern Translational Council militias, informed sources reported on Monday.

According to the sources, the changes included the commander of al-Sha’ap camp (the administrative base of the mercenary brigades) and the head of operations of those brigades, Mahmoud Salem, after he was accused of treason during the recent war against Hadi’s Saudi-backed forces

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STC seeks expansion in new areas

The London-based Asharq Al-Awsat Daily Newspaper said that the STC resumed anti-government security escalation in Abyan, Shabwa and Socotra.

Local sources quoted by the Asharq Al-Awsat said that the STC plans to take control of these three governorates through its new anti-government escalation.

The STC forces have also reinforced their presence in Zinjibar and Jaar of Abyan, south Yemen.

My remark: By an anti-separatist, pro-Islah news site.

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Islah Party militants kill UAE-backed mercenary in Shabwah

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Human rights commission continues Taiz survey

The National Commission for Enquiry into human rights abuse claims continued its survey in Yemen’s central province of Taiz as part of its mission in the whole country.

My comment: This is a Hadi government commission. Certainly, there will not have been committed any Saudi air raids.

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Massive Funeral for Al-kumaishi in Habban – Shabwa

demanding the expulsion of these invading militias. Leaders of southern resistance, Shabwa Elites and public figures attened the funeral. Al-kumaishi was shot and killed on Thursday October 3rd, 2019 by Al-Eslah militias [supporting the Hadi government] while heading to an event in Azzan to demand the return of Shabwa Elites Forces [separatist militia].

and also

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Military source: Emirati forces preparing to leave Aden and Sudanese troops left the city yesterday evening

A military source told Al-Masdar Online that Emirati forces will begin to leave a number of military positions in the southern city of Aden and the cities of Al-Mocha and Al-Khokha (west). According to the source, the moves are part of a supposed plan to redeploy Saudi-sponsored military forces, which have been leading the Arab coalition against the Houthis since March 2015.

The military source reported that military units including soldiers, vehicles and military vehicles began to move towards the port of Oil, but the source said that the UAE forces located in the south and west of the country did not leave completely, pointing out that there are Emirati forces still present in the Arab Coalition camp in Buraiqa west the southern city.

The same source said that Sudanese forces stationed at the headquarters of the coalition forces and al-Anad military base in Aden and Lahj provinces (in the south of the country) left the port of oil on Monday evening without specifying where they left.

The source said that a force of the Sudanese army comprising a number of soldiers with their vehicles and some military vehicles began to leave the city of Aden through the port of Oil

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Sudanese troops leave Al-Anad base and arrive in Oil port in preparation for departure from Yemen and units of the "Giants" arrive in Aden

On Sunday, Sudanese troops left their position at al-Anad military base (north of Aden) and arrived at the port of Oil in preparation for leaving Yemen.

A military source told Al-Masdar Online that Sudanese force comprising personnel, weapons and heavy equipment arrived Sunday evening at the oil port in Buraiqa in preparation for departure, where it is scheduled to leave Yemen on Monday evening.

A military source told Al-Masdar Online that military units from the 4th Brigade of the Salafist Giants forces arrived in the interim capital city Aden in the south of the country on Sunday evening from the city of Al-Mocha, on the west coast of the country.

The troops arriving in Aden included military vehicles carrying machine guns, troop carriers and armored vehicles with the emblem of the Giants Brigades.

According to the source, units from the 4th Brigade, giants of the UAE-backed Salafist forces, left their positions in the city of Al-Mocha a short time after forces of the Guards of the Republic led by Tarek Saleh took over their positions in the coastal city.

However, the source said it was not confirmed whether the arrival of these forces in Aden was part of preparations for a new round of conflict with government forces in Abyan and Aden provinces.

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UAE forces hand over their headquarters in Al-Khokha to Tarek Saleh forces

The UAE Armed Forces Command handed over its largest headquarters in the city of Al-Khokha, south of Al-Hodeida province in western Yemen, on Saturday to the forces of the Guards of the Republic led by Brigadier Tariq Saleh, the brother son of the former president, funded by the United Arab Emirates.

A military source told Al-Masdar Online that the UAE command handed over its headquarters at the site of "Al-Ambara" in the city of Al-Khokha, south of Hodeidah, to the forces of the Guards of the Republic, and left for their headquarters in the city of Al-Mocha, west of Taiz province, the last headquarters in the West Coast front.

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Al-Amalika brigades send more military reinforcements to Aden

Al-Amalika forces pushed up military reinforcements towards Aden city to secure the liberated southern governorate and the capital Aden against any hostile or terrorist attacks.
The move is in the framework of Al-Amalika's participation in the fight against terrorist groups that seek to return to Aden and bring it under its control.
The brigades of Al-Amalika had been engaged in the most fierce battles for the liberation of the West Coast and al-Hodeidah province from the grip of the Iran-backed Houthi putschist militia.
More military reinforcements of the southern brigades of Al-Amalika are expected to arrive to defend the southern regions against possible terrorist attacks.

My comment: Separatists labeling Hadi government forces as „terrorists“ (they actually are meant here!)

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Dozens of UAE vehicles arrive in Taiz

UAE continues military build-up despite promise to withdraw

Dozens of UAE armoured vehicles arrived Sunday in the southern and western countryside of Yemen’s Taiz province, as the UAE seeks to establish its presence through forces loyal to it in Taiz.

Yemeni sources talked about the arrival of a UAE ship to the oil port in Aden, which emptied 100 armoured vehicles, military cars and various munitions.

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Fadl al-Jaadi, assistant secretary-general of the Southern Transitional Council's presidency, sent a fiery message to the Islamists, the leaders of terrorism and corruption.

Fadl al-Jaadi, assistant secretary-general of the Southern Transitional Council's presidency, sent a fiery message to the Islamists, the leaders of terrorism and corruption.

My comment: This is how separatists are labeling Islah Party and the Hadi government.

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Al-Mesari, Al-Jabwani barred from entering Shabwa

Arab Coalition forces prevented the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in the legitimate government Ahmed Al-Mesari and the Minister of Transport, Saleh Al-Jabwani from visiting Shabwa, local news website of Aden Time reported on Sunday.

My comment: Obviously, these „Arab coalition forces are UAE military backing the separatists. Saudi military certainly would not block Hadi government ministers.

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Southern NGOs Demand Questioning of Minister of Defense and Governor of Shabwa About Violations of Their Troops in Azzan

Southern NGOs condemn and denounce these acts of military troops against peaceful civilians and consider them as mass killing against all national, international, ethical and humanitarian laws and values. We demand arresting those who committed them and punishing them.
Southern NGOs think that this oprresive attitude of the governmental military is a serious escalation with negative consequences that will create more tension in the south. This will explode the military situation again. Therefore, military commandership represented by the minister of defense and governor of Shabwa should assume full responsibility for these acts.

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UAE supports Saudi Arabia’s efforts in uniting Yemeni allies

A united Yemeni front is needed to confront Houthi rebels, Dr Anwar Gargash says

The UAE said on Sunday that it supports Saudi Arabia’s efforts to unite Yemen’s southern separatists and the internationally recognised Yemeni government in combating the Houthi rebels.

Talks between the government and the Southern Transitional Council started last month in Jeddah as Saudi Arabia pushes to end recent fighting in Yemen’s southern provinces.

“We fully support Saudi Arabia's significant efforts in carrying out negotiations in Jeddah to confront the Houthi coup,” Dr Anwar Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said on Twitter.

My comment: This is fictions, for facts look articles below. – Even Saudi papers tell a quite different story:

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Yemen: Security Tension in Abyan, Shabwa and Socotra

As services in Yemen's interim capital Aden continue to deteriorate, security tension mounts between the legitimate government and the followers of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Abyan, Shabwa, and Socotra.
Yemenis hope that Jeddah dialogue would result in normalizing the relation among Yemeni components and unifying efforts to face the Houthi coup.
In this context, local sources and witnesses told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that there is a security tension in Abyan, Shabwa, and Socotra.

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Taiz.. Forces of the 35th Brigade cut off the road of Al-Quraishiah for two hours and the return of tension in Al-Turbah

In a related context, the atmosphere of armed tension between the brigades of government forces has returned to the scene in Al-Hujariah directorates in southern Taiz province in southwestern Yemen.

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"Northern in Aden", the deadly charge. Artist dies of torture in Transitional prisons

As a result of the regional mobilization, pro-Transitional gunmen have stormed stores, markets and restaurants in many neighborhoods of the city in search of residents of the northern provinces for arrest and deportation, in a wave of violence that has engulfed hundreds of Yemenis.

His brother Noah tells Al-Masdar online: My brother was arrested for no reason, transferred to a secret prison inside the city, and there remained hidden for three months, during which he was brutally tortured and took off all his nails, in addition to being tortured with electricity in his belly until it exploded, and he was shot in the abdomen and did not receive proper treatment.

As a result of this torture, my brother suffered kidney failure, and when he nearly died, they released him to the city of Dhamar on the brink of death. thee traces of bullets from a pistol remain open in his body.

"We rushed him to Dhamar General Hospital, and when we got there, the kidney function was completely stopped," he said.

My comment: Well, a little glimpse behind separatists‘ propaganda, and how their southern state would look like.

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Saudi analyst: Saudi Arabia never accepts terrorism accusations against Yemen’s military

Sulieman Al-Aqili, a Saudi political analyst, said On Thursday that Saudi Arabia does not accept terrorism charges against the Yemeni armed forces.

He indicated that attempts to label the Yemeni military with terrorism or affiliation to certain partisan groups are merely an attempt to foil the main mission of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

My remark: referring to permanent blames by the UAE and the separatists.

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Secret Prisons Run by Muslim Brotherhood in Shabwa

Al-Ayam, the prominent Adani newspaper exposed secret prisons established and run by Muslim Brotherhood militias in Shabwa.
According to Al-Ayam, local sources indicated that Muslim Brotherhood militias coming from Mareb turned STC Headquarters and Al-Shuhada camp of Shabwa Elites Forces in Ataq into secret prisons after controlling the city. These prisons are used to arrest southern activists who are forcefully disappeared. The source indicated that captives live under very poor conditions with torture and inhumane treatment in these prisons.

My comment: While the separatists and their puppet master UAE run their own torture prisons.

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[Separatist leading figure] Lamlas Takes a Tour in Aden and Meets Citizens

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[Separatist leader] Al-Zubaidi Meets the French Ambassador to Yemen in Jeddah

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[Separatist leading figure] Shatara sends IMPORTANT message to Southerners within legitimacy

My remark: „legitimacy“ is the Hadi government. And more separatists‘ blame on the Hadi government:

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Al Yafei:President Hadi is the reason for prolonging the war

The editor in chief of Yafa News News Yasser Al-Yafei, said that the stability of the country and ending the state of war is directly linked to president Hadi's departure from the presidency.
"President Hadi is the reason for prolonging the war and derailing the fight against the invasion.
Al-Yafei continued that president Hadi has become a tool in the grip of the corrupt and the opportunists.

and more:

Laqwer: The exiled government escalates tensions

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Al-Eslah Militias Arrest activists after [separatists‘] Peaceful Protests in Azzan – Shabwa

Al-Eslah militias of Muslim Brotherhood blocked a peaceful demonstration in Azzan where protesters demanded the return of Shabwa Elites Forces. Al-Eslah Militias opened live fire from light and medium range weapons towards protesters. In addition, the militias launched a brutal campaign to arrest media men, activists and even children

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Journalist Musawa Abducted for Reporting the Demonstration in Shabwa

A source close to the journalist said that the Islah Party militias abducted Musawa because he reported the events which occurred during the demonstration in Azan on Thursday

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Public Event of Southern Directorates of Shabwa Issues a Statement Rejecting Yemeni Invasion Militias

The public event of southern directorates [pro-separatists] in Shabwa (Maifa’a – Habban – Al-Rouda – Radoum) issued a statement demanding the return of Shabwa Elites Forces [separatist militia]. The following is a translation of the statement:
Our great southern people everywhere all over the world. These crowds came from all directorates along with honorable southern figures to assert for Yemeni occupation that the southern people will face them and will never allow reoccupation of the south nor disturbing security and stability in it. We will fight back by all means till the last soldier of Yemeni occupation leaves the south and this is our only option. These massive crowds assert the following:

NGOs and public figures in the southern directorates of Shabwa condemn the acts of Yemeni occupation on all checkpoints and crossings in addition to Azzan as they oppressed and assaulted peaceful protesters and demand immediate release of all captives.

My comment: By the separatists, the Hadi government’s Yemeni army and its adjoined militia are labeled „occupation“.

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UAE-backed groups deploy to Aden to fight Islah party

Infighting weakens Emirati West Coast front as troops are moved to fight Saudi-backed forces

Southern Yemeni military sources said that three brigades of the so-called “Southern Giants” forces have withdrawn from the western coast front on Saturday, and are headed to Yemen’s southern province of Aden.

The sources affirmed that the UAE-backed Giants Brigades, which are allied to the Southern Transitional Council, would head to Aden and Abyan provinces in ordet to foil conspiracies carried out by the Saudi-backed Islah party militants.

“These moves, stationing in the south of Yemen and mobilisation of the military reinforcements come to prepare for a decisive battle between by the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the southern provinces,” the sources added.

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Arriving of New UAE Military Reinforcements to Aden, UAE’s Efforts to Build Military Port in Al-Makha

Source of Al-Mayadeen TV revealed that the UAE is continuing to equip a new battle on the front of Taiz to mobilize troops and transport weapons, noting that the arrival of an Emirati vessel was monitored at the oil port in the Aden facility.

Al-Mayadeen TV reported that the Emirati vessel emptied 100 armored vehicles, military vehicles and various ammunition, while the UAE forces established a new port for warships behind Al-Tun factory in Al-Makha city. Exclusive scenes at the end of September showing the arrival of three merchant ships loaded with dozens of armored vehicles and more than a thousand mercenaries trained in one of the UAE camps in Djibouti.


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Dozens of UAE vehicles arrive in Taiz

UAE continues military build-up despite promise to withdraw

Dozens of UAE armoured vehicles arrived Sunday in the southern and western countryside of Yemen’s Taiz province, as the UAE seeks to establish its presence through forces loyal to it in Taiz.

Yemeni sources talked about the arrival of a UAE ship to the oil port in Aden, which emptied 100 armoured vehicles, military cars and various munitions.

The UAE action comes a week after three UAE ships were seen in the port of Mocha, and the establishment of a port for warships behind al-Ton factory in Mocha


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Ansarullah condemns new UAE reinforcements

Mohammed al-Bakhiti: UAE deployments run counter to promise to withdraw from Yemen

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Social care money to be paid soon, says minister

Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Dr Ebtihaj al-Kamal said the sixth payment of the emergency monetary assistance funded by World Bank (WB) will be delivered immediately through the UNICEF.

In a statement the Yemeni News Agency (SABA) received a copy of al-Kamal said ” More than 9 million beneficiaries of social care all over the country will receive the money aid, the process will start on October 6, 2019.”

My comment: As claimed by the Hadi government. Wait and see.


Arab Coalition rescues 65 people after finding missing vessel

The Arab Coalition’s maritime forces on Saturday rescued 65 people after finding their vessels missing since Wednesday off Yemen’s Socotra Island in the Arabian Sea.

Sixty passengers and five crew were heading from Mahrah province to Socotra when the vessel’s engine failed somewhere along the road causing it to get adrift.

and also


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Socotra governor announces Saudi Arabia's guarantee of airlifting stranded people to the island after increased incidents of boat crashes

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Putschversuch der VAE auf Sokotra im Jemen vereitelt

Der Putschversuch der von den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) angeführten Streitkräfte in der südlichen Inselgruppe von Jemen blieb erfolglos.

Die VAE hätten diesen Putsch geplant nachdem der zurückgetretene jemenitische Staatschef Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi vergangenen Donnerstag den Provinzpolizeipräsidenten Ahmed Ali Rajdahi wegen seines Engagements für Söldner der VAE, entlassen hatte, berichtete die Webseite Al-Arabi al-Jadid in Berufung auf informierte Quellen.

Diesen Quellen zufolge haben die emiratischen Söldner, nach der Entlassung von Rajdahi, Sicherheitszentren, darunter das Polizeipräsidium von Najda, angegriffen und versucht, die Kontrolle über Sicherheitszentren in dieser Provinz zu übernehmen. Dieser Versuch wurde durch Eingreifen der lokalen Verantwortlichen, angeführt von "Ramzi Mahrus", dem Gouverneur von Sokotra vereitelt.

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The Saudi mediation committee has not been decisive. UAE moves demonstrations against Socotra governor

An informed source in Socotra Island told Al-Masdar online that Governor Ramzi Mahrous is upset that the mediation committee has delayed the completion of the process of delivery and receipt between the new security managers and the article after the expiry of the deadline set for this.

The source pointed out that the commander of the Saudi forces transferred conditions of the rebels to the governor, including keeping the officers involved in the rebellion in their security positions, which was rejected by the governor, who said that keeping the participants in the rebellion or not is the prerogative of the new director.

Today, the UAE resorted to attempts to move the street against the governor of Socotra through a women's demonstration and another demonstration was called for next Thursday.

Yesterday, Socotra's security director Ali Al-Rajdhi refused to hand over the extradition despite the expiry of the deadline granted to him under Saudi mediation

What had happened? Look at the following reports:

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Appointing chief of Security in Socotra


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Socotra.. Security director refuses to extradite despite mediation deadline

The Province of Socotra continues to be strained as the province's security chief, Ali Al- Rajdhi, continues to refuse to hand over his duties to the new director Fayez Tahes.

For days, al-Rajdhi, a pro-UAE, has refused to make the delivery and receipt, and maintains the seal of the provincial security department.

Al- Rajdhi, backed by the UAE-backed so-called security belt forces, was stationed at the security center of the provincial capital of Hadibo, refusing to hand him over to the new director.

Sheikh Issa Salem bin Yakut, said that the interference of external parties in the province's internal affairs and encouraging their sons to fight, clash, and get out of the state and legitimacy is unacceptable.

It is noteworthy that the UAE has worked during the past period to transport, train, arm and return groups of young people from the Socotra archipelago and return them to the island in anticipation of the right moment to enable its armed arms to take control of the island.

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UAE coup attempt in Yemen’s Socotra

Yemeni sources revealed on Friday that pro-UAE militias attempted a coup in the archipelago of Socotra, the largest island in the east of the country, following the dismissal of a security official. Concurrently, the Arab Coalition accused the Houthi group of firing two ballistic missiles, despite the declared truce with Saudi Arabia.

Sources close to the government told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that on Friday, militias belonging to the so-called Southern Transitional Council carried out an attempt to take control over security headquarters in the governorate, including breaking into the headquarters of the rescue police and looting its contents.

The sources pointed out that the movements in Socotra were carried out in coordination with the dismissed security director, Ahmad Ali Al-Rajdahi, hours after the issuance of the decision which ousted him from his position as Socotra’s police chief, substituting him with Brigadier General Fayez Salem Tahes.

According to recent information, the local authority, led by Governor Ramzi Mahrous, had managed to control the situation and thwart what was termed a “coup attempt.”

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Armed groups affiliated with Transitional storm security headquarters in Socotra and seek to impose their control on the island by force

Armed groups of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) stormed the headquarters of the Rescue Police in the Socotra archipelago on Friday, a source on Socotra Island told Al-Masdar online.

According to the source, the armed groups carried out their movements with the complicity of the Socotra Police Chief Ali Al-Rajdhi following a republican decision to dismiss him and appoint another officer in his place.

On Thursday, President Hadi issued a decree appointing Fayez Salem Tahes as police director of the Socotra archipelago in an attempt to stop plans to enable armed groups of the UAE to take control of the island.

According to the source, the new director of police went to the police department this morning to practice his work and began with police officers to deal with armed movements on the island.

A government source told Al-Masdar online that the security committee in the province assembled in the meantime headed by the governor of the province

and this is what followed:

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Tribal chief of Socotra rejects anti-government rebellion

ssa Salim Bin Yaqoot, Chief of tribal leaders in Socotra Archipelago issued a statement on Friday rejecting attempts of rebellion against the government.

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Saudi mediation to persuade UAE-backed rebels to hand over security headquarters in Socotra

A source close to Socotra Governor Ramzi Mahrous told Al-Masdar Online that southern Transitional Council (STC) rebels have been given time to hand over a security post in the provincial capital.

The source said that mediation by Saudi forces in the island led to a consensus to hand over the "Al-Shamel" security center where the rebels were stationed to the new security director on Sunday.

He said the local authority is waiting for the commitment of the southern transitional militants and the former director, who is supported by the UAE, to agree unless they will take what they deem appropriate, he said.


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Prime Minister confirms support for local authority's actions in Socotra and its measures to maintain security and stability

and how the separatists tell it:

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Security Forces of Socotra Joins STC and Marshal Laws Declared

All security units in Socotra declared joining to the southern transitional council on Friday October 4th, 2019. Security forces raised southern flags over their stations after dismissing brigadier Ali Ahmed Al-Ragdahi, Police Chief of Socotra, and replacing him with Faez Salem Tahes.

Security forces, military police, general security and special forces declared their joining to the council and refusing to work under commandership of the new police chief known as loyal to Al-Eslah and Muslim Brotherhood.

At the same context, local sources indicated that dismissing brigadier Al-Ragdahi was done according directives of Fahad Kafain, the Brotherhood minister and his spoiled child, governor of Socotra, Ramzy Mahrous.


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[separatists‘ supporters] Residents of Socotra archipelago Reject President Hadi's Decision

The residents of Socotra Island denounce the presence of the Islah Party (Muslim Brotherhood) and their continuous attempts to control the island.
According to 'Al Arab' newspaper, Security leaders in Socotra Island refused to implement the latest decision issued by President Abdrabo M Hadi, to hand the security forces of the Island to the Islah Party forces.

At the protest, the residents raised the southern flag and placed it above the headquarters of the Security Department and other institutions in the island and refused to hand over the premises to the Islah Party.
Previously the residents of the island expressed their support for the Southern Transitional Council and protested against the government because it neglected the island for many years.


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Socotri women protest against Islah-linked governor

My comment: It’s the governor of the Hadi government.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Talk about achieving "fragile progress." British ambassador expects agreement between government and transitional within weeks

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.

My comment: Britain is the 2. largest arms seller who fuels this war. Stop your hypocrisy!

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In a statement to Al-Masdar Online. Griffiths' office denies Houthi's story and confirms: We are not interested in conveying messages of war between the parties

The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said it had nothing to do with the coordinates and information about the war, its transmission and its delivery to conflict areas.

This was made clear by the envoy's office in response to inquiries by Al-Masdar Online about the Houthis' recent announcements of measures to spare prisoners' detention sites from the Arab Coalition air strikes.

On Monday, the Houthis announced that they had taken strict measures to spare prisoners' detention centers from strikes by the Arab Coalition.

My comment: What should this mean? The UN does not care for the prisoners‘ safety?

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Der hitzköpfige Kronprinz und sein verwundbares Königreich

Mit Mordbefehlen und Militäroperationen steuert Mohammed bin Salman Saudiarabien von Krise zu Krise.

MbS, wie der Kronprinz kurz genannt wird, hatte zuletzt gar keine gute Presse: „Der Ölprinz“, so urteilte der „Spiegel“, „steuert sein Land von Krise zu Krise, die meisten davon selbst verschuldet.“

„Der Spiegel“ bezeichnet Saudiarabien als „tönernen Riesen“. Trotz Waffenkäufen im Wert von Hunderten Milliarden Dollar sei das Königreich schwach und militärisch inkompetent.

wie „Der Spiegel“ in seiner Titelgeschichte schreibt, wird die Diskrepanz zwischen den Ansprüchen des Kronprinzen und der saudischen Realität immer größer, zumal es niemand in seinem Umfeld wage, den Wahnsinn des MbS zu bremsen.

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How a reckless crown prince put Saudi Arabia on a perilous path

Mohammed bin Salman has forged a dangerous and unsustainable path by doing the exact things Jamal Khashoggi warned him against

MbS wagered that after his charm offensive in the West last year - an effort that saw him dubbed a reformer - the international community would overlook his more troublesome tendencies as long as he kept delivering freedoms to the long oppressed people of Saudi Arabia, and cracked down on the Saudi religious establishment that promulgates an ultraconservative form of Islam that has influenced a number of terrorist organisations.
No single act - not his domestic crackdown on activists, a shakedown of the kingdom's wealthy, his kidnapping of a prime minister, his devastating war on the world's poorest nation, or his direct involvement in the murder of a US resident - could tarnish his place among the world's elite, he thought.Even by Saudi Arabia's standards, this was a shocking act of cruelty and brazenness.
And to some degree, Mohammed bin Salman was correct.
In the year since Jamal Khashoggi's murder, there has been little real accountability for that or any other reckless decision the crown prince has made. Sure, MbS has not been welcomed back by the West as enthusiastically as he was embraced before Khashoggi's death, but he is not exactly a pariah either. He is still afforded smiling photo ops with the US Secretary of State and many, including in Europe are still selling the kingdom weapons.
In the United States, despite the aforementioned apprehension from some US lawmakers, the crown prince and Saudi Arabia have enjoyed near unconditional support from the Trump administration.

Saudi Arabia is beginning to suffer serious blowback from its regional strategy. And domestically, the economic risk resulting from the kingdom's war on its southern neighbour combined with pervasive crackdown on activists of all kinds may jeopardise the delicate pact that the monarchy has crafted with citizens to ensure its survival.
If the economy falters due to more attacks like that on Abqaiq and Khurais, Saudis may seek political reform and an end to arbitrary arrests to compensate for the loss in economic stability.

Mohammed bin Salman has forged a dangerous and unsustainable path for himself and the kingdom by doing the exact things Jamal Khashoggi warned him against. Would it not be justice after all if, in orchestrating Jamal's death, MbS set in motion events that eventually led to his downfall? – by Marcus Montgomery

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Arab Paper: Al-Fagham Killed by MbS for Relaying Yemen War Intel to Saudi King

Major-General Abdul Aziz al-Fagham, the bodyguard of King Salman, was killed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for informing his father about the realities of the war against Yemen.

The Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper wrote that King Salman has lost his confidence in nearly everyone, including his crown prince, and had entrusted al-Fagham with Yemen war affairs.

"Al-Fagham had informed the Saudi King about the realities of Yemen war, attacks against Aramco and dissatisfaction of military officers with bin Salman's behaviors and this has persuaded the MbS to kill the loyal bodyguard of his father," it added.

The newspaper also accused the MbS of killing several other officers in whom he had lost confidence, and pointed out that a number of officers who accompanied him in official ceremonies are no more present.

In relevant remarks last Monday, a dissident Saudi prince who lives in Germany had also blamed Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of two royal bodyguards, saying that the MbS wants to declare himself as the new king soon.

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Mujtahid: Bin Salman Delaying Najran Visit for Fear of Yemeni Attack, Saudi Soldiers in Battlefield Openly Cursing Him

Saudi whistleblower, Mujtahid, revealed via his Twitter account that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is planning a visit to Najran in order to face the accusations which condemn him for abandoning his soldiers in the battlefield.
Mujtahid added that the visit would be presented in media as being on the front lines, while, in fact, it would address the back lines where soldiers have been on alert for a long time.
The Saudi whistleblower also reported a wide scale of grumbling among the Saudi soldiers in Najran. =

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Arab Media: Riyadh's Domestic Awe Shattered by Failure in Yemen War

Arab media outlets underlined Riyadh's failure in the devastating war against Yemen, and said that the Saudi people are now aware of their government's weakness.

"The recent attack against Aramco was highly painful and revealed the military weakness and shattered the awe of the Saudi government before the country's public opinion and therefore, Riyadh has been forced to save itself and immediately devise a strategy to get out of the Yemen war," Omar Ayasareh, a political analyst, told the Arabic-language Khalij Online news website on Saturday.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Justice For Khashoggi Is About The Entire Media Professionals

Killing Khashoggi is an Threat to Every Media Professional

Khashoggi’s murder case raised many questions on criminal accountability across foreign borders. The inability of a government to arrest the perpetrators within another country’s borders is made clear in this incident.

Khashoggi’s killing also shows the continued harshness of media restrictions in the Arab world. This is not the first incident where journalists have been treated with brutality.

If the international community let this murder go unpunished, we have a bleak future for writers, journalists and media professionals even though who are Americans, or based in the United States and work for the leading newspapers such the Washington Post.

That’s why the persecution of this crime to the fullest extent of the laws, will not only serve justice for Khashoggi, but also reinforce safeguards for the media practitioners around the world.

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A year later, Jamal Khashoggi’s killing has taught regional governments the wrong lessons

Far from being a wake-up call, the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi just over a year ago appears to have instilled a negative lesson — that stifling dissent, even in a lurid fashion, can have limited consequences.

Since Khashoggi was choked and dismembered by Saudi agents in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, murders, imprisonment, hostage-taking and enforced disappearances of journalists have increased worldwide, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Still, Agnes Callamard, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings who investigated Khashoggi’s killing, insisted there was something positive in Khashoggi’s legacy.

“The fact that we’re still talking about Jamal Khashoggi, still demanding accountability, the fact that we’re not believing the public relations statement delivered by the Crown Prince, that, to me, is as much part of the story as the continuing repression,” Callamard said in a phone interview Friday.

Yes, outside governments, for the most part, continue to act like nothing happened, she said.

“But it is just one silence. In the street, in the media, in the public opinion, there is no silence.”

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Films: Khashoggi's fiancee awaits answers a year on

Khashoggi's fiancee awaits justice a year on

cp9 USA

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Trump’s War in Yemen Against Congressional Opposition is an Impeachable Offense

The Constitution’s War Powers Clause grants Congress, not the president, the exclusive power to decide whether to engage in warfare.

But is unauthorized presidential warfare impeachable? In his 1974 classic Impeachment: A Handbook, Charles Black described unauthorized military action as “the most agonizing question of all.” He observed that “[a]s a new matter, I should have thought that totally unauthorized entrance into hostilities, without any emergency or any immediate threat to the nation, was the grossest possible usurpation of power, clearly impeachable.” Yet he ultimately concluded that “only a very extreme and not now visible case ought to bring the impeachment weapon into play as a sanction against presidential warlike activity.” Does Trump’s ongoing pursuit of the war in Yemen meet that test?

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A botched program to train Saudi pilots for war in Yemen cost a U.S. Army aviator his life

But Reidy didn’t have time. He died Sept. 6, 2018, while training a Saudi student pilot at the Khashm Al An Airfield in Riyadh. When the accident occurred, Reidy only had 75 hours of flight time on the AH-6i. He needed a minimum of 250 hours in that aircraft, according to Saudi Arabia’s own regulations, and so was granted a waiver, according to an investigation into the mishap obtained by Army Times.

Investigators found that Reidy’s AH-6i transition was not approved by the Department of the Army’s aviation staff, as was required.

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CENTCOM: No Yemen Strikes in September 2019

In response to an email inquiry, CENTCOM states the last U.S. strike in Yemen remains June 24.

On October 4, 2019, United States Central Command (CENTCOM) replied to an email inquiry from New America confirming that “the last strike conducted by CENTCOM in Yemen was 24 June.” Per that statement, there were no CENTCOM strikes in Yemen in September 2019.

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Complicity in Saudi war on Yemen will be part of Trump legacy

MUCH OF THE chaos in today’s world may be traced back to disastrous decisions made by presidents of the United States.

Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s richest countries, may believe it has good reason to bomb Yemen, one of the poorest. By its calculations, the devastation of Yemen, which has included killing 100,000 people and setting off what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, apparently makes sense. Those calculations are horrifically wrong, but the United States has neither the moral nor political power to force other countries to be good. It can, however, choose not to be complicit. By refusing to do so, Trump has made the United States a co-belligerent in the Yemen war.

This war could not be waged at anything near its present level without our direct and daily support.

President Trump favors the Saudis mainly because they promise to spend billions of dollars buying American weapons, and does not seem to care how they use those weapons. His principal advisers, however, have a different motive. They care little about Saudi Arabia and even less about Yemen. To them, this war has a larger purpose. It is part of their hydra-headed campaign against the Middle Eastern country they most detest: Iran. They see Iran as a great sinner because it resists American power. The group that Saudi planes are bombing in Yemen, the Houthis, has Iran’s sympathy, so Trump’s advisers see killing Houthis as a way to hurt Iran.

Expressions of outrage over the recent drone attack on a Saudi oil refinery reflect this lopsided logic.

The Houthis claimed responsibility. But since Iran is friendly to the Houthis, we blame everything they do on Iran. It is part of a campaign to portray Iran as the truly guilty party in the Yemen war — not the Saudis, who are waging the war, or the United States, which provides indispensable support. Officials in Washington indignantly denounced Iran after the refinery attack, which caused much damage but no casualties. Yet when the Saudis hit a Yemeni school bus with a laser bomb made by Lockheed Martin, killing 40 children, they were silent. Their message is clear: Saudi Arabia may bomb the Houthis at will, but the Houthis may not retaliate.

Oddly, though, Trump does not seem to share the anti-Iran passion that drives his advisers.

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The Worst Secretary of State

When Pompeo replaced Tillerson, there was a widely shared, mistaken belief that he could not possibly be worse than Tillerson, but in almost every respect he has proven himself to be just as bad at managing the department and much worse in advancing U.S. interests abroad.

Pompeo’s tenure over the last year and a half has been a miserable time for the department. It is fitting that the man who boasted about bringing back the department’s “swagger” is the one who has driven it into a ditch.

Pompeo’s Yemen and Khashoggi lies are just some of the most glaring examples of how he seeks to deceive the public and Congress on issue after issue. His efforts to whitewash Saudi crimes and shift blame for the world’s worst humanitarian crisis away from the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition are some of the clearest proof of why he is the worst modern Secretary of State. One small consolation is that Pompeo’s destructive role as Secretary of State will stay with him and taint him for the rest of his career – by Daniel Larison

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Pompeo might go down as the worst secretary of state in modern times

If he continues on his current trajectory, Pompeo may end up being remembered as the worst secretary of state in modern times.

He has denied the CIA’s own assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman reportedly ordered the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and claimed instead that “there’s no direct evidence linking him to the murder.” His kowtowing to Salman has enabled the crown prince to pursue reckless policies elsewhere in the region.

Pompeo has been the point man in defending US military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its Yemen fiasco. His refusal to acknowledge the Saudi role in Yemen’s humanitarian disaster and willingness to place the blame solely on Iran strains the bounds of credulity to the breaking point - by Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky

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Tell Congress: End U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen in the NDAA now!

There will be no justice for Jamal, no justice for the people of Yemen until we force an end to ‘business as usual’ between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Luckily, we have an opening right now. As you read this, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees (HASC & SASC) are finalizing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That bill could ban bomb sales and end military support for the war in Yemen. But we have to make sure the leaders of HASC and SASC know we’re still demanding an end to the war in Yemen, we’re still horrified at the assassination of Jamal. They have to hear us loud.

Tell HASC and SASC: End U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen NOW!

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Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Shook Everyone—Except Trump

For Trump, outrage over the slaying of the journalist was just the cost of doing business with Saudi Arabia.

It took Khashoggi’s brutal murder and a botched cover-up to disrupt the prince’s international charm offensive.

But Trump and senior members of his administration quickly tried to shield the prince from any blame, and sought to rehabilitate his image. Why? For Trump, Khashoggi’s murder seems to be perfectly acceptable collateral damage for Saudi Arabia’s remaining America’s largest weapons buyer.

“I don’t like stopping massive amounts of money that’s being poured into our country.”

It was a remarkably honest declaration of American priorities. In one brief statement, Trump stripped away the pretense that the US-Saudi alliance is more than a transactional arrangement based on keeping oil prices stable, negotiating weapons deals, and sharing perceived security interests in the Middle East. Past presidents had tried to obscure decades of American security and military cooperation with repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia and Egypt with lofty rhetoric about human rights and political freedom. But Trump dropped the act: US administrations often favor short-term stability and economic interests over reform and democratic principles.

That early reaction set the tone for Trump’s consistent defense of the prince and the Saudi regime – by Mohammad Bazzi

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

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Why Are US-Iran Relations So Tainted? [Part I]

With Iran, the U.S. has had no war and no armistice. There has been no end and thus, no new beginning. There is instead a troubled history, with third parties stoking the fires, media-propagated misinformation, an inability to understand each other, and the American labeling of Iran as “enemy number one.”

Iranian Coup

The troubled history of Iran-U.S. ties, beginning soon after WWII, is at the foundation of broken relations today.


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US Isolation of Iran and a Regional War Nobody Wants [Part II]

The crippling U.S. economic sanctions on Iran pose an existential threat to thousands of average Iranians. Before the signing of the nuclear deal in 2015, most Iranians blamed their own government for their deprivations, but today, they increasingly see the United States as the main culprit. They see a United States that broke its word and abrogated an agreement that called for sanctions relief in return for Iranian concessions on its nuclear program. Iran had kept its commitment, but the U.S. did not and instead intensified the severity of its sanctions. Sanctions and War

The regime in Tehran sees sanctions and its isolation as war, with economic destruction from global isolation and death from deprivation. Much of the population will become supporters of the regime as Iran is made to pay a heavier price for seemingly committing no transgressions.

Iran has little choice but to strengthen its military capabilities, not merely nuclear abilities but its conventional assets in the form of sophisticated missiles and drones, and its alliances with non-state actors. Once developed, these military capabilities and ties will likely be used if and when there is the slightest provocation. Such conflicts will steadily spread around the region and globe and become more destructive…


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What Will it Take for Iran and the US to Bury the Hatchet? [Part III]

With each passing day demonizing Iran for terrorism, interference in other countries, and human rights violations, it becomes increasingly more difficult to persuade Americans of the need for reconciliation and better relations with Iran. And with each passing day of harsh sanctions on Iran without acceptable justification, the Iranian people’s support for the regime in Tehran increases while anti-American and anti-Saudi sentiments grow.

Time is not on the side of better Iran-U.S. relations. Distrust of the U.S. has ballooned among leaders in Tehran after the U.S. tore up the nuclear deal and exited the agreement. War, or an accidental war, is much more likely today than reconciliation and fruitful relations.

The productive way forward is not a series of timid confidence-building steps but a bold, comprehensive approach to simultaneously address Iranian as well as international concerns. Partial solutions will only result in an unraveling when an unaddressed issue comes to the fore.

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The True Cost of the Attack on Saudi Arabia's Oil Supply

Saudi Arabia has been the kingpin of American strategy toward Iran. Any loosening of Washington’s ties with Riyadh is bound to redound to Tehran’s benefit.

Nonetheless, most observers saw these attacks as an unprecedented escalation in the contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia for power and influence in the Middle East. They were also seen as a challenge to the United States by Iran since Washington is Riyadh’s principal ally and Saudi Arabia’s premier security prop. More important, the attacks appeared to be a part of the tit-for-tat moves that Washington and Tehran have made against each other since the United States announced its withdrawal from the JCPOA in May 2018 and the reimposition of draconian sanctions on Iran.

All this seems to have led to serious rethinking among the rulers of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies. Recent credible reports assert that the de facto Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, has approached the Pakistani and Iraqi prime ministers to act as go-betweens to set up direct high-level talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran in order to reduce tensions between them and, consequently, the threat to Saudi security from Iran.

Given America’s demonstrated reluctance to come to the aid of Saudi Arabia in case of a confrontation with Iran, the Saudi rulers seem to have calculated that it is in their interest to find accommodation with Tehran before the strategic situation becomes more disadvantageous for them.

Where does this leave the American policy of exercising “maximum pressure” on Iran to force the latter to completely renounce its plans for uranium enrichment, discontinue its ballistic missiles program, and stop its support to proxies and allies in the Middle East, such as Hezbollah and the Assad regime, which Washington perceives as being antagonistic to its strategic goals in the region? Saudi Arabia has been the kingpin of American strategy toward Iran. Any loosening of Washington’s ties with Riyadh is bound to redound to Tehran’s benefit. The prospects of this happening should induce the Trump administration to re-evaluate its own policy of total hostility toward Iran and seek avenues, including back-channel possibilities, to begin its own conversations with Iran in order to find a way to reconcile American demands with Iranian requirements – by Mohammed Ayoob

My comment: „Any loosening of Washington’s ties with Riyadh is bound to redound to Tehran’s benefit”: What does the author want to tell? Obviously the whole region will benefit, the Saudis included.

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Tauwetter am Golf?

Meldungen sprechen vom Ausstrecken der ersten Friedensfühlern zwischen Iran und Saudi Arabien.

Die Zurückhaltung des US-Präsidenten scheint unbeabsichtigte Folgen zu produzieren. Medienberichten zufolge ist das saudische Königshaus davon derart enttäuscht, dass Kronprinz Muhammad bin Salman (MBS) Friedensfühler in Richtung Teheran ausstreckt (Link). So hat MBS laut der «New York Times» die Regierungen von Irak und Pakistan ersucht, dabei als Vermittler einzuspringen.

Ein Aspekt des Tauwetters ist das Interesse der Saudis an einer Beilegung des Konfliktes mit den Houthi. Nach militärischen Erfolgen der Stammesmilizen gegen saudische Einheiten im Grenzgebiet gingen beide Seiten jüngst einen Waffenstillstand ein (Link).

Läuft die Annäherung zwischen Riyad und Teheran weiter, wäre dies ein erheblicher Rückschlag für die «Maximum Pressure»-Kampagne der Trump-Regierung gegen Iran.

Ein Aspekt des Tauwetters ist das Interesse der Saudis an einer Beilegung des Konfliktes mit den Houthi. Nach militärischen Erfolgen der Stammesmilizen gegen saudische Einheiten im Grenzgebiet gingen beide Seiten jüngst einen Waffenstillstand ein (Link).

Läuft die Annäherung zwischen Riyad und Teheran weiter, wäre dies ein erheblicher Rückschlag für die «Maximum Pressure»-Kampagne der Trump-Regierung gegen Iran.

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The Oryx Handbook of Iranian Ballistic Missiles and Artillery Rockets

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Abu Dhabi crown prince, top Saudi defense official discuss military, defense matters

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Saudi Vice Minister of Defence Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed “challenges facing the Gulf Arab region and repercussions on the stability and security of its countries ... and efforts to confront them”, state news agency WAM reported.

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Iran Armed Forces prepared to give firm response to any threats: Commander

The head of the Iranian Army’s Strategic Studies Center says the country's Armed Forces are prepared to give a firm response to enemies' threats.

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More steps to scale back Iran's nuclear commitments in offing: AEOI

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Tehran will continue to further scale back its commitments under a nuclear deal it clinched with major world powers in 2015 if the other signatories fail to keep their side of the bargain.

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Europeans in no position to quit nuclear deal: Iran FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the European signatories to a nuclear deal signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015 are legally in no position to withdraw from the accord.

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A diplomatic whirl to avoid war in the Gulf

The annual rush of diplomatic speed dating at the UN General Assembly ended this week without commitments or conclusions from leaders anxious to avoid another Middle East war, as tensions simmer in the strategic waterways of the Gulf.

But this year's stage was packed with matchmakers and mediators - allies eager to ease animosities among enemies.

And they seem to have broken a bit of the ice.

"Maximum diplomacy," is how a senior UK diplomat described this year's flurry of efforts to build confidence, and even move closer - but still not close enough - for a historic meeting between the US and Iranian presidents.

"We need to find a way through the US's maximum pressure' and Iran's 'maximum resistance'," the diplomat explained, while adding there had to be "robust responses to Iranian misbehaviour".

It's a process so sensitive, with so many competing interests and hardliners on so many sides, that it could also so easily collapse.

This shift towards a greater openness to some kind of dialogue emerges from growing Saudi disappointment with their ally in the White House when it comes to what they see as a clear pattern of Iranian aggression.

"The Americans didn't respond to the shooting down of the US drone, the attacks on tankers in the Gulf or, so far, to the Aramco attacks, and so the Saudis are really scared the Americans won't protect them," says Joost Hiltermann, Programme Director of the Middle East and North Africa for the International Crisis Group.

"We have to be prepared for everything," underlined an Arab foreign minister. "The US view on the region is shifting and it's not just Trump. They don't want a military escalation." – by Lyse Doucet

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Saudi Arabia and Iran Make Quiet Openings to Head Off War

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Elite UK military unit secretly trained by leftist regime-change advocate Gilbert Achcar and other academics

Government documents show scholar Gilbert Achcar and other pro-regime change academics have given training sessions to UK Ministry of Defense soldiers, helping the British military enhance its counter-insurgency tactics.

Some of the other scholars involved in the British military program include prominent Yemen expert Helen Lackner, the popular pundit Lina Khatib, and the former director of the BBC’s Arabic and Turkish services.

Like Achcar, Lackner is a regular contributor to left-wing news outlets such as Jacobin Magazine.

Lackner took a liberal “plague on both your houses” stance — a common tactic of the anti-anti-imperialist left — and wrote, “The first thing any socialist, of whatever hue, needs to understand about the war in Yemen is that none of the leaders of any of the many factions involved has objectives worthy of support.”

She expanded her “plague on both your houses” analysis into an entire book, titled “Yemen in Crisis: The Road to War,” which was published by Verso this April – by Ben Norton

My comment: Actually blaming lackner for what? For not taking sides?

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Film, Jonathan Edards MP: Speaking in the House of Commons today I made the point that it is difficult for the British Government to claim it's neutral in the terrible war in Yemen due to its close relations with the Saudi regime.

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Airbus-Rüstungschef wirbt für Waffenexporte nach Saudi-Arabien

Die Bundesregierung will zwar Kriegsgerät in die Vereinigten Emirate liefern, an ihrem Lieferstopp für Saudi-Arabien hält sie aber fest. Der Chef der Airbus-Rüstungssparte fordert einen Kurswechsel.

"Ich glaube, wir werden das System in Saudi-Arabien nicht durch einen Lieferstopp ändern", sagte der Airbus-Manager dem SPIEGEL. Man brauche einen kritischen Dialog mit dem Königreich, um den Fortgang der Dinge zu beeinflussen, so Hoke. (Lesen Sie hier das vollständige Interview bei SPIEGEL+.)

Der Lieferstopp, den die Bundesregierung jüngst verlängert hatte, belaste auch die geplanten Kooperationen bei der Entwicklung eines Kampfflugzeugs und eines Kampfpanzers zwischen Frankreich und Deutschland.

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Keine Waffen an die an die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE)

Pax Christi Münster verurteilt erneute Rüstungsexporte

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Deutsche Rüstungsexporte steuern auf Rekordmarke zu

Obwohl die GroKo die Richtlinien für Rüstungsexporte verschärft und einen Exportstopp gegen den ehemaligen Top-Kunden Saudi-Arabien verhängt hat, steigen die Ausfuhrgenehmigungen für Kriegsgerät. Gewinne seien der Regierung wichtiger als Frieden, kritisieren die Grünen.

Dahinter folgt das an der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Kriegsallianz im Jemen beteiligte Ägypten mit 802 Millionen Euro. Mit den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten ist ein weiteres Land aus diesem Bündnis, das gegen die vom Iran unterstützten Huthi-Rebellen kämpft, unter den Top Ten der Empfängerländer. Mit 206 Millionen Euro steht der ölreiche Golfstaat auf Platz neun.

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Moscow: Yemeni students arrested for staging a sit-in in front of Yemen’s Embassy


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Apocalypse Now: Putin eyes geopolitical spoils from UAE-Saudi rift in Yemen

Russia's Vladimir Putin may seize an opening in the Gulf to exert his influence as regional and global alliances fray around the edges.

Opportunities abound now for the Russian leader in the region to capitalise on the division and the chaos and clean up with new rules, new partners and new deals as the Saudi-UAE front against Iran looked to be in tatters.

Many might argue this is what his trip to the region in mid-October is all about. In theory, it is to visit the Saudis in Riyadh and to further promote Russia as a regional partner for stability

The controversial Russian missile defence system may not be formally scheduled for talks in Riyadh, but its presence will always be there. The real subject though, will be Yemen.

Russia has a special relationship with rebels in Southern Yemen, aligned to the UAE. Indeed, its conciliatory moves towards the STC are aimed at bolstering Moscow’s relationship with the UAE to enable Putin to build a military base along its southern coastline.

Moscow’s proximity with the STC which led to private military companies in southern Yemen supporting the group may well even pave the way for Putin to back UN-brokered peace talks, which would put him in the debt of UAE while giving him a lot of capital in Riyadh.

Where does Putin fit in? It will be a balancing act to keep Abu Dabhi close but Riyadh even closer, but this is what Putin’s trip is all about. He doesn’t need to back the STC outright, but merely suggest this option will always be on the table to vex the Saudis enough, to make him more of a superpower leader that they should be closer to rather than view as a foe.

It’s delicate stuff, but precisely the way the Russians like to operate in the Middle East, always keeping the shop door open to any new customers.

My remark: By TRT, Turkey.

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Spain Secretly Supported the War in Yemen With a Sale of Bombs to Riyadh

Spain secretly supported the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen through its controversial sale of 400 bombs to Riyadh.

The contract was signed in 2015, under the previous administration of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, of the Popular Party (PP). Under the terms of the contract, the Spanish army would sell 400 US-made laser-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia. Riyadh has already paid the full sale price of €9.2 million.

When the Socialist Party (PSOE) took power in early June, Defense Minister Margarita Robles suggested that the sale might be halted

But the Spanish Defense Ministry will have to replace those bombs, probably for more than the €9.2 million that Riyadh paid for them, because they were part of the army’s own reserves, which must be replenished to meet contingency plans.

If it does not sound like good business, that’s because it was never meant to be. “It was a political decision used by Spain to show support for the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war,” said a former high-ranking official with the PP government. The Rajoy administration kept this decision under wraps.

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Can Oman maintain the role of the "facilitator"?

"There are many voices which have said that the resolution of this crisis is through the use of diplomacy," foreign minister Yusuf bin Alawi said in an interview.

"Oman will assist. We are not playing the role of mediator. What we choose for ourselves is the role of facilitator."

Oman’s policy attempts to respect everyone's interests. In 2016, the Sultanate joined a Saudi-led alliance of Muslim countries to fight terrorism, an initiative that was primarily targeted at Islamic State which then still controlled territory in Syria and Iraq.

In recent years, Oman refused to join the coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen, the only member of the Gulf Cooperation Council to do so, with even Qatar initially joining the Saudi-led effort in 2015.

Muscat then stayed out of a blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies

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Sicherheit durch Sichtbarkeit

Westliche Diplomaten sagen heute ganz offen, dass Saudi-Arabien damals einen Einmarsch vorbereitete, unterstützt von den Emiraten. Der Druck der USA hielt Riad und Abu Dhabi davon ab, genauer gesagt der damalige Außenminister Rex Tillerson und Verteidigungsminister Jim Mattis - das Weiße Haus schwieg lange.

Die katarische Führung wusste um die Verwundbarkeit des Landes, dessen Armee 2017 gerade 12 000 Mann zählte. Sie beugte mit einer Art Abschreckungsdoktrin vor, die auf den 2013 abgedankten Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani zurückgeht und die dessen Sohn Tamim fortsetzt: Sichtbarkeit ist ihre zentrale Säule. "Wenn uns niemand kennt, wird uns niemand helfen", sagte ein hochrangiger Sicherheitsberater in Doha schon vor einigen Jahren.

Also ergriff Katar jede Gelegenheit, aus der bedrohlichen Vergessenheit zu treten – von Paul-Anton Krüger

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Sudan has received half of $3 billion aid promised by Saudi and UAE

Sudan has received half of $3 billion in aid promised by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in April and expects the remainder to be paid by the end of next year, Sudan’s finance minister said late on Monday.

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Saudi Arabia working to remove Sudan from U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list: tweet

Saudi Arabia is working to remove Sudan from the United States’ list of state sponsors of terrorism, a Saudi foreign ministry tweet said on Sunday.

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Government of Yemen: Yemen Socio-Economic Update, Issue 44 - August 2019

The country has undergone severe economic shocks that dissipated its material and human resources.

To monitor and follow up on the latest developments, this Issue highlights major and current economic developments in Yemen. By the end of 2019, it is estimated that the cumulative contraction in real GDP would reach approximately 45%, while cumulative losses in economic activity (lost opportunity cost) would amount to around $66 billion. Due to the overall financial crisis, banking sector crisis, scarcity of foreign exchange, restrictions on overseas transactions, growing trade deficit and deteriorated investment climate, the value of the national currency further depreciated against the dollar. The exchange rate rebounded again surpassing 600 YR/USD in September 2019. As a result, prices of goods and services went up, and the cost of the minimum food basket increased by approximately 112% between February 2015 and August 2019. This calls for urgent interventions with the emphasis on exerting efforts to restore sustainable peace and building strong, fair and transparent state institutions.

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Assessment of the Status of Solar PV in Yemen

This challenging situation has geared the Yemeni society towards resorting to reliance on solar photovoltaic (PV) as a survival solution to meet their basic electricity needs. PV technologies have growingly penetrated the market as the only way to get electricity in certain areas for both off-grid communities as well as groups affected by recurrent power shortages and as a new alternative to the expensive and often unreliable diesel-based small independent power producers. This has been fostered by the potential of solar PV technology to enhance the social and economic conditions in the country as well as the dramatic reduction in the prices of the technology of concern.

This report first describes briefly the electricity profile in Yemen. Next, it digs deeper into eight vital dynamic sectors in Yemen to estimate the technical potential, and assess PV application specifically, and energy aspects generally. Then, the report discusses the already existing financing mechanisms of PV projects, and points out to the major challenges faced. To address these challenges, three main business models are proposed. Following, the report portrays the existing supply chain of the PV market in Yemen, and details more on the technical specification and cost of technologies of PV systems (PV panels, batteries, etc.) available in Yemen. Finally, several recommendations are outlined based on the acquired knowledge and information.

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New #ISIS #Yemen photoset claims to show Sharia course graduation in Bayda'. Prizes come in envelopes so likely cash. If true, ISIS-Y is still attracting recruits. But best seen as part of wider media drive to prove it’s not defeated (see new analysis by @MinaLami @BBCMonitoring) (photo)

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Claims by #IslamicState in #Yemen for 1st week of October, all in Qayfa: 10/6 Fired artillery at 3 Houthi positions 10/5 Bombed #AQAP 10/2 Repelled Houthi artillery attack & armed assault by AQAP & army Note: ISIS implies AQAP is coordinating with both Houthis AND Yemeni army

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Smuggling of Iranian Weapons: Obstacle in Resolving Yemen Conflict

The smuggling of Iranian weapons in Yemen remains a major hurdle in kicking off any efforts to resolve the conflict in the war-torn country.
Tehran continues to supply the Houthi militias with missiles and drones to attack the Yemeni army and people.
Spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces, Abdo Majali said the smuggling is ongoing through the Ras Isa, Salif and Hodeidah sea ports that are controlled by the Houthis on the west coast.
The militias are determined to violate any agreement that could push forward the peace process, he told Asharq Al-Awsat.
The Houthis’ ongoing control of the three ports will have a negative impact on the country, he added.
The militias only know violence and there can be no solution without liberating these ports and restoring them under the control of the legitimate government, he stressed.

My comment: A new claim of the „Make war, not peace“ story. And any Iranians arms deliveries fort he Houthis, compared to Western arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE – are nothing more than a mouse compared to an elephant.

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Iran and the Houthi in Yemen (2019)

The Arab Spring revolts provided a great opportunity for Iran. Its Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps - al-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) units leveraged the civil unrests, revolts and the chaos that ensued to expand its activity within the region. This document analyzes Iran’s activities via the IRGC in Yemen and is the first in a series of papers analyzing Iran’s involvement, as well as that of its branches and proxies, in the Middle East.

Iran has a variety of interests in Yemen manifesting themselves through direct and indirect involvement in the civil war that has been ravaging the country since April 2015.

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Temporary Silence from Iran has US Military on the Alert

Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/5th Fleet Vice Admiral James Malloy voices concerns over Iran’s seeming lack of activity; The US and Saudi Arabia continue to share intelligence information; Malloy: I get a briefing of movements on a daily basis and then assessments as to what that could mean.

Malloy stated, “I don’t believe that they’re drawing back at all… whether they’re moving to storage, away from storage… I get a briefing of movements on a daily basis and then assessments as to what that could mean.” Regarding Iran’s current tact, he said, “From my perspective, it is a land-based version of what they did with the mines…quick, clandestine — deny it if you can… Send a signal and harass and provoke.”

The United States remains on the alert, supporting the Saudi’s via military force and the sharing of intelligence information.

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Info. Minister blames outrage campaigns against legitimate leadership

Minister of Information Muamer al-Iryani voiced his regret for the unconstructive response by some political forces to the call of the Saudi Deputy Ministry of Defense His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sulman in which urged the Yemenis to align themselves to counter the Iranian scheme of chaos and destruction.

He stated that unfortunately, instead of reacting positively to such a call these parties launched unfair media campaign against the legitimate constitutional leadership.

This is actually should raise questions about the relationship between the Houthi rebels in the north and Transition Council in the south who are seeking for overthrowing the state and re-divide Yemen “, said al-Irayni.

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Saudi Arabia Begging to be Bombed Again by Yemen, but Harder!

Saudi Arabia, the US best servant in the world, is calling on, say begging, the Yemeni Armed Forces to carry out further retaliation against its territories and valuable asset, we have no clue who played their minds to sacrifice their regime, also their country this way? Maybe their time is over and their task needs to be passed to others?

My remark: Pro-Houthi propagand from Syria.

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Saudi Press: Iranian regime spreads chaos, destruction, division and sectarianism in various Arab countries

The papers pointed out that the Iranian regime and its Revolutionary Guards have spread chaos, destruction, division and sectarianism in various Arab countries including Iraq, Syria and Lebanon and ignited the coup d'état in Yemen, noting that Iraq, by virtue of its geopolitical importance as a neighboring country to Iran, has been posed to the first coveted plots of the Iranian regime.

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Joel Rosenberg: US and Saudi Arabia must stand together against Iran

For too long, U.S. senators have hesitated to stand with Saudi Arabia, a long-time American ally and vital energy supplier to our allies in Europe and Asia. But as the Iranian regime shows its power, it’s time to pick a side.

Apart from Khashoggi, the recent cruise missile and drone attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia briefly cut Saudi Aramco oil production by half, caused global oil prices to spike, and pushed the region to the brink of a new and dangerous military confrontation.

First, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blaming Iran for the attacks, is it not true that U.S. national security interests necessitate standing firmly with the Saudis – along with Israel and our other Sunni Arab allies – to both counter and neutralize the rapidly rising Iranian threat?

But Iran’s brazen attacks on Saudi Arabia – along with the violence the Iranians are fomenting against Israel and other U.S. allies in the region via the terrorist forces of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthis – are now forcing the issue.

It is time for every senator to pick a side – Iran or the Saudis?

My remark: Look who the author is:

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“propaganda (Deutsch) (Deutsch) (Deutsch)

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

Oct. 5:

Oct. 4:

Oct. 3:

Oct. 2:

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US-Saudi Aggression Destroys Truck in Ras Issa Port

A US-Saudi airstrike destroyed a truck in Al-Erj area in Al-Salif district, Hodiedah. This came as a clear violation of the Stockholm Agreement. A local source stated that US-Saudi aggression targeted the truck with two airstrikes in Ras-Issa port

Pictures of the US-Saudi aggression planes targeting a fuel tanker in Ras Issa Port in Al-Hudaydah governorate during the presence of the UN Monitoring Team = (film) (photos)

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Coalition strikes on Yemen decrease after Houthi truce

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen against the Houthi movement have reportedly declined over the past three days, official reports from both sides showed yesterday.

The number of coalition air strikes have decreased from an average of 40 per day in the previous week, to nearly six over the past three days without any reported casualties, according to Xinuha.

This follows Saudi Defence Minister, Khalid Bin Salman tweeting on Friday that his country looks “positively” towards the truce proposal announced by the Houthis two weeks ago

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No single Saudi airstrike was reported over the last 24 hours in all over Yemen, with the exception of very little hovering over Sanaa and Hodeida last night This could be a good sign that Saudis started to understand that stopping airstrikes&blockade on Yemen would secure them

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MSF Yemen condemns strikes against medical centres

Doctors without Borders (MSF) on Wednesday condemned the repeated attacks on its medical facilities in Yemen.

Coinciding with International Day of Non-Violence, the international medical humanitarian organisation took to Twitter to remind all parties in the conflict to respect international law and to ensure the safety of patients and medical staff alike.

MSF said that its facilities in Yemen had been targeted on six occasions in different locations.

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Oct. 7: Hodeidah p. Hajjah p.

Oct. 6: Saada p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b, cp1c

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Government forces advance on the ground west of Al-Dhale’a and take control of the city of Al-Fakher

Forces loyal to the legitimate government on Tuesday made progress west of al- Dhale’a in the south of the country after heavy fighting with Houthi militias in which both sides were killed and wounded.

Military sources said that government forces were able to enter the city of Al-Fakher and ended the control of the Houthi militants.

Violent clashes broke out early in the morning between government forces and Houthi militants in Al- Al- Dhale’a governorate.

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Afrah Saleh, a 13 year old girl, was seriously injured after her family's house was targeted by #Houthi group shelling in Qanya in al-Baydha governorate.

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

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Houthi group claims it killed Sudanese soldiers in Taiz

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MASAM pulls out 1070 Houthi-laid mines in the 1st week of Oct.

The Saudi Project for Landmines Clearance in Yemen, MASAM, has announced it had removed 1070 landmines planted by Iran-backed Houthi militia during the first week of October.

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Houthi shelling kills one civilian, injures four in Taiz

the rebel militia launched heavy artillery shelling on the densely populated neighborhood of Ber Basha , west of the city.

and also (two killed, 4 injured)

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Yemeni [Saudi-backed] army downs Houthi drone in Hajjah

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Female Houthi Cell Busted for Planting Mines in Yemen

A cell run by female loyalists to the Iran-backed Houthi militias was busted in Yemen for planting mines and explosives, revealed a security official in al-Jawf region.
The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance, MASAM, quoted Abdullah al-Breir as saying: “Mines are a major challenge for security in the province and they are a great danger to the locals.”

They have also arrested several cells that have been recruited by the Houthis to plant these explosives.
Large quantities of explosives were found in the possession of the female cell, said Breir.

and also

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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Heavy storm hits Yemen's southern and central areas

Severe storms lashed southern and central areas in Yemen since September 27, 2019, affecting Aden, Lahj, Abyan, Shabwah, and Hadramaut governorates. As of October 3, the number of flood-stricken households recorded by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) has reached a total of 2 775.

The agency also reported that around 1 329 families were affected in Lahj, 900 in Aden, 508 in Abyan, and 38 in Hadramaut. 59 households were reportedly affected in Marib and 190 in Wusab As Safil District from September 28.

In Aden, power disruptions lasted for up to 15 hours after the storm broke electricity grids. Camps for internally displaced people (IDP sites) were also damaged in the city.

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Photos: Yemen is a wonderful country!!

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Fotografien aus einem Land, das so nicht mehr existiert

Die Düsseldorfer Fotografin Renate Scherra präsentiert in der Galerie noir blanche Bilder aus dem Jemen.

Vor rund 30 Jahren, in Schwarzweiß. 1989 und 1992 ist die Düsseldorfer Fotografin in den Jemen gereist. Rund 30 Schwarzweiß-Bilder aus dem Land im Nahen Osten zeigt sie nun in der Derendorfer Galerie noir blanche.

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Film: Artist turns her home into an exhibition of her paintings

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Are the Arab Gulf States Improving Religious Liberty?

Rhetoric has changed significantly in the Gulf States. But have conditions changed on the ground? What is it like to live as a religious minority in a region still dominated by monarchs and void of democracy?

When considering Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen many of these countries deserve commendation for participating in interfaith dialogues. However, they have made no significant progress in improving religious liberty within their borders.

In fact, all of them are top violators of religious liberty according to the most well-known indexes of international religious liberty.

Saudi Arabia

Despite the fact that foreigners comprise over 30 percent of Saudi Arabia’s population, the kingdom does not report on their religious composition. The kingdom earned a “Tier 1” ranking, the highest level of concern, from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). This is hardly surprising given the country traditionally denies non-Muslims the right of public worship. The kingdom also harshly oppresses its Shia Muslim minority, who compose 10-15 percent of the population, and barbarically beheaded 39 Shias in a mass execution this past April.

Saudi Arabia ranks in the “High” category in Pew Research Center’s Social Hostilities Index and “Very High” in Pew’s Government Restrictions Index.

Open Doors lists the kingdom as the fifteenth-most oppressive environment for Christians in the world.


Yemen’s current civil war between the internationally recognized government, heavily backed by Saudi Arabia (with support from a number of allies, such as the United States), and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels has witnessed the exodus of an ancient Jewish community whose presence in Yemen may now only remain as history.

Although the conflict seems to make ranking Yemen impossible in USCRIF’s index, Open Doorsranked it as the eighth-most oppressive country for Christians in the world.

Where Is the Improvement?

Unfortunately, religious intolerance is rampant in many of these countries, and the governments are genuinely trying to rein in religiously intolerant ideas. Most sponsor multi-faith dialogue initiatives and work to improve religious liberty for foreigners. But not one single Persian Gulf state seriously considers its own citizens’ religious liberty.

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Yemen U-16 footballers arrive home, feted as heroes

Yemen’s under 16 footballers returned home on Saturday and were welcomed back as heroes.

The team had played last month in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Boys Championship Qualification 2020 and managed to qualify for the 2020 games which will be held in Bahrain.

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Hundreds Of Propaganda Accounts Targeting Iran And Qatar Have Been Removed From Facebook

Facebook took down over 200 accounts associated with a previous operation using the platform for propaganda.

A BuzzFeed News investigation uncovered a network of websites and accounts using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social platforms to sow propaganda targeting Iran and Qatar. The accounts, which have now been taken down, appear to have been professionally run by PR firms based in the Middle East and Africa.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-583 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-583: 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:

15:31 08.10.2019
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