Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 602 - Yemen War Mosaic 602

Yemen Press Reader 602: 29. Nov. 2019: Yemeni Archive dokumentiert Kriegsverbrechen, Luftangriffe, Angriffe auf Medizineinrichtungen – Das Abkommen von Riad vernachlässigt die humanitäre Krise
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Nov. 29, 2019: Yemeni Archive documents war crimes, air raids, targeting of medical facilities – Riyadh agreement neglects Yemen’s humanitarian crisis – Anti-Saudi resistance in Mahrah province – The impact of explosive weapons on women – UAE militias’ torture prisons – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a 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

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

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

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

Neue Artikel / New articles

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UNHCR: About the Crisis in Yemen

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world. Nearly four years of conflict has forced more than 4.3 million people to leave their homes, and an estimated 80 percent of the population – 24 million people – are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

Since violence broke out in early 2015, conditions in Yemen - already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East - have rapidly deteriorated, driving the country to the brink of widespread famine and economic collapse. Extreme shortages of food, safe water, sanitation and healthcare, as well as deadly massive outbreaks of cholera and diphtheria, have taken a heavy toll on civilian lives and have deprived families of basic needs.

Despite the backdrop of violence, conditions in the surrounding region are so poor that more than 300,000 refugees and asylum seekers have sought refuge in Yemen, fleeing violence and persecution in Somalia and Ethiopia.

https://www.unrefugees.org/emergencies/yemen/

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Curating visual documentation for justice and human rights

Yemeni Archive is an initiative created by a collective of human rights activists, technologists, and journalists working to securely preserve and verify open source documentation relating to human rights violations and other crimes committed by all sides during the conflict in Yemen. Yemeni Archive aims to create an evidence-based tool for reporting, advocacy and accountability purposes.

Observation Database

Verified videos of observations of violations

Investigations

Verification and open source analysis

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

Medical Facilities Under Fire

Medical facilities and health care in Yemen have been systematically targeted by all parties to the conflict as a strategy of war and in clear contravention of international humanitarian law. Hospitals have been attacked with airstrikes and artillery shells, medical workers have been kidnapped and killed and medical facilities have been commandeered for use as military assets.

In this database, Yemeni Archive has documented 133 attacks on medical facilities and health care in Yemen since April 2014. All 133 unique incidents (based on 1,755 observations) of attacks on medical facilities include violations committed against medical facilities and/or other health workers, who are specifically offered protections under International Humanitarian Law. This process necessitated archiving and verifying 1,755 videos, articles, and other reports from 418 sources that documented attacks on hospitals, health centers and medical centers — 596 Facebook posts, 526 Twitter posts form 342 sources, 159 YouTube videos from 76 sources, and 474 websites and news articles from 164 sources. This database has been made available to support justice and accountability efforts for human rights violations in Yemen.

It should be noted that this database may under represent the extent to which medical facilities have been targeted - Yemeni Archive has included only incidents for which documentation has been able to be identified and independently verified.

This database shows:

The impact of the attacks on medical facilities as a result of airstrikes and rocket attacks by various parties to the conflict.

Civilian victims of the airstrikes, including children and women.

Remnants of ammunition used in the attacks allegedly by the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces and Houthi forces.

Witness testimony of attacks on medical facilities, in which surviving medical staff and civilians testify through video interviews.

Rescue operations by humanitarian groups to assist the victims of alleged attacks against medical facilities.

Attacks on medical facilities in Yemen

Attacks on medical facilities, medical and health workers and patients are prohibited by international humanitarian law and constitute war crimes. The Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional Protocols of 1977 mandate the protection of health care facilities and health care workers. Medical facilities are protected by virtue of their function but also because they are run by civilians and civilians are likely to be present in large numbers, especially during times of conflict.

The only exception to this rule is when these medical facilities are used for military purposes, for example as weapons storage facilities or military bases from which missiles are launched. Even then, Article 19 of the First Geneva Conventions stipulates that such protection may “cease only after due warning has been given, naming in all appropriate cases a reasonable time limit and after such warning has remained unheeded”.

Trends and patterns

Since the Saudi-led Coalition began airstrikes, hospitals and medical have been targeted regularly, with a large increase in facilities attacked between March and December 2015. The frequency of attacks was reduced starting in January 2016 and continuing throughout that same year until December.

In 2017, airstrikes on medical facilities increased again, peaking between October and December, however the number of airstrikes on medical facilities did not reach the same frequency as observed in 2015. During 2018, airstrikes were most frequent in June and December. In 2019, the number of airstrikes targeting medical facilities was most frequent in in March and August.

For the attacks on medical facilities identified within this database, Yemeni Archive has determined both alleged perpetrators as well as the area of control in which the medical facility was located.

Of the 133 attacks identified, Saudi-led coalition forces are allegedly responsible for 72 attacks, Houthis forces are allegedly responsible for 52 attacks, Al-Qaeda is allegedly responsible for three attacks, and the forces loyal to the Saudi-led coalition forces are allegedly responsible for three attacks. We could not determine the perpetrator in another three attacks.

Medical workers have been killed both by direct attacks from perpetrators or died as a result of bombings on medical facilities they were in. The 133 attacks identified by Yemeni Archive include 129 attacks in which medical facilities were directly hit.

Nine of the incidents in which medical facilities were allegedly directly hit by the Saudi-led coalition resulted in the death or injury of injured medical workers. For example, airstrikes in which Al Dourayhmi Rural Hospital was hit led to the death of many staff members.

Sixteen of the incidents in which medical facilities were allegedly directly hit by Houthi forces resulted in the death or injury of medical workers. For example, the repeated shelling of Al Thawra hospital, which Yemeni Archive has conducted an in-depth investigation into, led to injuries among several staff members. In the city of Ad Dali, Houthi forces stormed a hospital and directly attacked medical workers inside.

Documentation obtained by Yemeni Archive indicates additional four attacks in which medical facilities were not directly targeted, but medical staff were allegedly killed as a result of alleged targeting. This includes three incidents in which ambulances were hit during Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, and one incident in which an ambulance was targeted during a Houthi-led ground assault.

In areas controlled by Houthi forces, 83 medical facilities were targeted. In areas controlled by Yemeni government forces 17 medical facilities were targeted, in areas controlled by the Saudi-led coalition 31 medical facilities were targeted. One medical facility was attacked in al-Qaeda controlled areas. (photos, evidence)

https://medical-facilities.yemeniarchive.org/

Airstrikes Dar al Shifa Specialised Medical Centre in Saada

Yemeni Archive found out that Dar al Shifa Specialised Medical Center, and a civilian house behind the centre, in the Masa'bah area in the Sahar district of Saada Governorate, were targeted by the Saudi-led coalition on January 22, 2018.

At dawn on January 22nd, activists circulated news of shelling on a health centre and a civilian house in the Masa'bah area. The attack took place in the early morning hours, around 1:00 am, according to witnesses. The first tweets related to this attack were published at 1:45 am, then news containing mixed information began to emerge.

News indicated that the Saudi-led coalition carried out an air strike on the health center killing seven civilians, including five children and one woman, and injuring four people from one family. This information was reported in various outlets, the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) and pages of activists on social media. (photos, evidence)

https://yemeniarchive.org/en/investigations/daralshifa.html

Targeting Al-Hunud market neighbourhood by an airstrike

On the evening of 21 September 2016, several news networks and activist pages reported that many airstrikes targeted the Presidential Palace of Al-Hudaydah city, the last airstrike took place in AL-Hunud market neighborhood, where a number of civilian houses were destroyed, resulting in deaths and injuries.

On 21 September 2016 Ayman Ali Numan published on "Where is the explosion now" Facebook group that the coalition airforce launched four airstrikes targeting the surroundings of the Presidential Palace, and that the last airstrike targeted AL-Hunud market neighborhood. He added, the buildings of Central Security Forces, Air Defense and the Criminal Investigation in Al-Hudaydah were bombed too with several airstrikes.

When did it happen?

The attack on Al-Hunud market neighbourhood was part of several airstrikes targeted the area over two hours. News networks and activist pages started reporting on the attack of the Republican Palace at about 7 pm on September 21, 2016. The first was a Facebook post by Ayman Ali Numan (resident in Hudaydah) at 19:18 local time, which pointed to the start of targeting the surroundings of the Presidential Palace, the Air Defense and the Criminal Investigation Buildings in Hudaydah, in addition to an airstrike targeted a house in Al-Hunud market neighborhood.

To further verify the time of the attack, we analysed the timestamp of the published Facebook posts using the 4webhelp tool to determine the international time difference and to verify the source

Conclusion

After collecting and analysing visual documentation published on social media platforms and news networks, Yemeni Archive determined that Al-Hunud market neighbourhood in Hudaydah governorate was targeted by air strikes on September 21st, 2016.

According to the analysed evidence and sources, several air strikes targeted the surroundings of the Republican Palace, the last airstrike took place in AL-Hunud market neighbourhood, where a number of civilian houses were destroyed, resulting in deaths and injuries.

The attack began around 19:00 that day targeting the buildings of the Central Security, Air Defense, and Criminal Investigation. Al-Hunud market neighbourhood was targeted at about 21:00, resulting in 24 killed and 115 injured, including women and children. The nearby civilian buildings were additionally destroyed, as well as damage to ambulances during rescue operations.

Several reports have indicated Coalition forces’ responsibility for targeting. Despite Yemeni Archive not finding open source content indicating the forces allegedly responsible for the attack, the coalition led airstrikes and destroying of Houthi controlled airports and aircraft strongly indicates that coalition forces are responsible for the attack. (photos, evidence)

https://yemeniarchive.org/en/investigations/hunud.html

Systematic Attacks on Al-Thawra Hospital in Taiz

By collecting and analysing images and videos published on social media and news networks, Yemeni Archive concluded that Al-Thawra Hospital in Taiz was attacked on three separate occasions and targeted on each occasion multiple times with rocket-propelled grenades and other munitions. According to the evidence and sources analysed, the vicinity of Al-Thawra Hospital was struck by a number of missiles targeting medical departments, doctors' residences, the hospital gate and nearby houses. Attacks resulted in casualties from civilians, patients and medical staff working in the hospital.

The first attack began at 11:30 pm on June 20, 2015 and continued until 2:00 am the following day, meaning that the attack consisted of two and a half hours of continuous shelling on hospital departments.

The second attack took place at 09:00 am on 25 October when a shell landed in front of the hospital gate, killing and wounding several people, and then at 12:00 pm, another shell landed on the left side of the hospital's large building.

The third attack took place on November 11 at 5:38 pm with a number of rocket-propelled grenades that killed two people and wounded nine others.

The attacks partially destroyed some of the vital sections of the hospital, forcing them out of service. Numerous reports alleged that Houthi forces were responsible. Although Yemeni Archive did not find any open source content attributing responsibility for the attacks, however the attacks were carried out with heavy weapons, tanks and various mortars and took place after Houthi forces took over military bases from the Yemeni Army which held these heavy weapons. At the time, Houthi forces also controlled all areas of high elevation overlooking the hospital having expanded their control over various Yemeni cities, including Taiz. (photos, evidence)

https://yemeniarchive.org/en/investigations/taizalthawra.html

The hidden truth in the explosion of the Houthi warehouse in Sawan

On April 7, 2019, two explosions occurred in the Sawan area east of the Yemen's capital Sana'a. The explotions coincided with airstrikes around the city by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition. It was not immediately clear what happened as there were many narratives of the incident. Yemeni Archive went to the impact site, inspected it, and met with residents in the neighbourhood to gain a better understanding of what happened. In addition to field research, our team relied on open-source content like videos, photos and reports found online, which we verified.

Based on the available information, as well as interviews with eyewitnesses of the event, Yemeni Archive is led to believe that there were two explosions as a result of a Houthi-controlled warehouse being struck the afternoon of April 7, 2019, between approximately 11:40 and 12:10 Yemen time.

The explosions destroyed houses around the warehouse as well as four schools located nearby. A number of reports indicate that at least fifteen students were killed and more than 100 students were injured as a result of these explosions. Based on the available documentation and witness statements, Yemeni Archive was not able to determine the cause of the explosions. Reports are inconclusive, and at times contradictory with the smoke of the first explosion not clearly indicating that the warehouse was targeted in a missile strike. (photos, evidence)

https://yemeniarchive.org/en/investigations/sawan.html

Targeting Al-Mazraq 1 IDP camp by air strikes

25 civilians killed as a result of airstrikes targeting Al-Mazraq camp

On 30 March 30 2015 after 11:00 Yemen time, several news networks and activist pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 reported that Saudi airstrikes targeted the main gate of al-Mazraq 1 camp and the room where IDPs were registered, resulting in deaths and injuries among the displaced persons who were gathering at the gate.

Conclusion

After collecting and analysing visual documentation published on social media platforms and news networks, Yemeni Archive determined that al-Mazraq camp in Hajjah governorate was targeted by air strikes on March 30th 2015.

According to the analysed evidence and sources, several air strikes targeted the main gate of the Al-Mazraq camp and the registration room between 11:00 am and 11:30 am on March 30th, 2015, resulting in 29 killed and 42 injured, including women and children. Camp buildings, the nearby medical clinic, and civilian properties were additionally destroyed.

Coalition forces and Houthis have accused each other of responsibility for targeting the camp. Several reports have indicated Coalition forces’ responsibility for targeting, including one by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Despite Yemeni Archive not finding open source content indicating the forces allegedly responsible for the attack, the coalition led airstrikes and destroying of Houthi controlled airports and aircrafts several days earlier strongly indicates that coalition forces are responsible for the attack (photos, evidence)

https://yemeniarchive.org/en/investigations/mazraq.html

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Riyadh agreement neglects Yemen’s 'manmade' humanitarian crisis

Deliberate targeting of Yemen’s health care facilities has worsened its civilians’ dire humanitarian suffering. Yet even with ongoing peace efforts brokered by Saudi Arabia, it is unlikely that this alone will repair the catastrophic damage and scars that Yemen’s war has left behind.

Such intentional destruction of Yemen’s state and infrastructure has created what the United Nations has called the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” which is mostly manmade.

Afrah Nasser, a Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch, told Al-Monitor, “As long as the warring parties continue violating international humanitarian law in targeting protected medical facilities and civilian sites, and … as long as the international community fails to pressure the warring parties to respect [international humanitarian law] in Yemen, unfortunately hospitals and medical facilities will continue being attacked.”

Since the Nov. 5 Riyadh Agreement, designed to unify the Saudi-backed government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the United Arab Emirates-backed Southern Transitional Council, fighting has decreased. For the time being, deliberate damage to health care infrastructure should also drop.

Still, tensions between the Houthi rebels and Saudi Arabia could erupt into clashes. Some analysts and Yemenis also say tensions still exist between the Hadi government and the Southern Transitional Council.

Meanwhile, few active measures to rebuild Yemen’s state have occurred; Yemenis will therefore endure ongoing suffering. The Houthis have also often blocked international aid workers from operating in their territories, which could continue while the conflict remains unresolved.

Saudi Arabia, as part of the unification deal, has launched development projects across Yemen. The vehicle for this is the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, which has scheduled more aid efforts across the country.

Yet Jaloud doubts the sincerity of Riyadh’s efforts, particularly due to its past bombing campaign; he called for more external efforts to remedy Yemen’s suffering. “Saudi Arabia cannot bomb hospitals on one day then announce an aid project on another,” he said.

With the European Union praising Riyadh as being a “peacemaker,” having brokered the unification agreement, and with the Saudi-led development projects taking place, might there be fewer international efforts to provide aid or accountability for warring factions’ abuses? Even the international efforts sometimes leave something to be desired: The United Nations’ World Food Program was recently reported to have provided rotten date bars to Yemeni civilians.

Many of the Saudi development projects are not aimed at improving the circumstances in Houthi areas, where most of the population lives. Rather the Saudis have tried to shore up areas under nominal Hadi government control. Such Saudi development and reconstruction efforts in the past have enabled Saudi Arabia to expand its control over Yemen’s logistical hubs and consolidate its own links to Yemeni society, suggesting it is more about expanding Riyadh’s influence over the country.

The deal signed in Riyadh is mostly designed to halt tensions between the factions the Saudis had supported while consolidating Saudi influence.

Nasser said the unification deal has neither addressed humanitarian concerns in southern Yemen nor provided justice for victims of abuses.

“The Riyadh Agreement almost completely ignores the human rights abuses endured by civilians in the south of Yemen by the various warring parties," she added. She said key civilian needs in southern Yemen such as the release of arbitrarily held detainees and punishing abusers were not called for in the agreement – by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/11/yemen-war-houthis-saudi-coalition-destruction-medical.html

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East Yemen former ruling dynasty calls to revive Mahra Sultanate

Saudi military forces have been deployed to Al Mahrah, officially to crack down on smuggling activities. It followed claims by United Nations monitors that a missile was likely smuggled to the Houthis along “the land routes from Oman or Ghaydah and Nishtun in al Mahrah governorate …”

For a brief period of time, the Mahri Security Committee gave the go-ahead to the coalition under certain conditions, including humanitarian aid and economic development for the governorate. Soon, violations of the terms led to a turnaround in Saudi-Al Mahrah relations, highlighted in May 2018 during a confronting public statement read by Afar.

Ever since, Saudi Arabia’s moves have sparked heated debate among Al Mahra's mainly tribal population and triggered pro-independence thoughts as protests erupted to denounce an "invasion" of Yemen’s second-largest governorate. “We were shocked and asked for the reason of their presence since we have no Houthis, no Daesh [Islamic State], no al-Qaeda. Nobody is here,” Afar said.

Born on the Yemeni archipelago of Socotra, the representant of Al Mahra’s former ruling dynasty believes that the kingdom aims at "occupying cities and ports," since it never elaborated on its "vision" for the governorate. The chief sheikh of the island of Socotra told Al-Monitor in late September, “The Saudi-led coalition lost its way in Yemen and has become a force for occupation.”

As of October, the Sanaa Center lists five major Saudi military bases spread across the governorate as part of a wider network of 16 military positions. An estimated 1,500-2,000 Saudi troops support thousands of Riyadh-backed Yemeni proxy forces based in Al Mahrah.

Oil pipeline and Salafists

In Al Mahrah, many subscribe to the view that Saudi Arabia exploits the war in Yemen to move forward with plans to construct an oil pipeline through the governorate. The project, rejected in the 1990s by then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, would enable tankers to load Saudi hydrocarbons in Al Mahrah, bypassing the straits of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandab.

Afar said that he heard about the pipeline, but that "there is nothing official."

As the Saudi-led coalition signed the Riyadh Agreement, the kingdom moves forward with its agenda to shape the future of Yemen. While Afar refuses foreign interferences in local affairs, in January 2018, Saudi Arabia intervened into local politics to allegedly engineer the removal of Al Mahrah’s governor and appoint pro-Riyadh Rajeh Saidbakrit.

“Saidbakrit takes all his decisions from Saudi Arabia; he does not have [any] freedom,” Afar noted, adding, "not to go along" with the governor since their agendas are inconsistent.

In addition, Saudi Arabia, via Saidbakrit, allegedly planned to foster a Salafist movement in the city of Qishn, in a bid to toughen its politico-military campaign. The population protested and blocked the project. Afar said that "there are no longer any Salafists there."

“We have our culture and traditions, we are different from most people in the region,” he said in reference to a distinctive identity highlighted by the Mehri language. Spoken by 100,000 people, the South Arabian language is endangered. “We want to be independent, have our own freedom and select who rules us to protect our culture,” he added.

Violent confrontations

As Saudi Arabia increases its grip on the easternmost corner of war-torn Yemen, concerns are growing over the risk of violent confrontations in Al Mahrah governorate, as two tribesmen died in March during a violent clash with Saudi-backed Yemeni forces.

“The recent use of Apache helicopters by the Saudi coalition in al-Mahra indicates a further step in the militarization of the simmering dispute,” Sewari wrote. In this context, Afar would like to "welcome a peace broker to solve this issue."

Beyond calls for independence, Afar expressed a willingness to make concessions "if Yemen is united." Taking the example of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region, he said, "Al Mahrah should remain a peaceful land. So we can have our own system within the state.” – by Sebastian Castelier

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/11/east-yemen-former-ruling-dynasty-mahra-sultanate-saudi.html

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The Gendered Impact of Explosive Weapons Use in Populated Areas in Yemen

The war in Yemen, especially since the commencement of the intervention by the Saudi and UAE-Led Coalition, has been marked by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. The Coalition has used airstrikes on a massive scale. Houthi forces have routinely shelled urban areas, both in Yemen and across the border in Saudi Arabia. The conflict has also seen the common use of artillery rockets, mortars, rocketpropelled grenades and, increasingly, many types of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The use of explosive weapons in Yemen has a gendered impact, affecting men and women differently, and serious consequences for all civilians. Restrictions on delivery of food, fuel and medicines by sea and air have also contributed very significantly to civilian harm in the conflict, and continue to do so. This paper focuses on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas as this causes a huge proportion of the damage to infrastructure and services such as transport, power, water distribution, education and food supply, as well as causing the majority of displacements of Yemeni people. Controlling the supply and use of these weapons is the best way to prevent further human suffering in Yemen.

In considering the transfer of explosive weapons, some States are obliged by the Arms Trade Treaty to consider the risk of violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), and all States have a legal obligation not to facilitate breaches of IHL. Direct attacks on civilians are war crimes. Indiscriminate attacks – where there is no effort to distinguish between civilians and military targets, or where such distinction is impossible because of the indiscriminate nature of the weapons being used, the size of the explosive yield or the proximity of civilians to military targets – can amount to a violation of international law. Under the Arms Trade Treaty, States must also consider the risk of gender-based violence (GBV). This requires a risk assessment that goes beyond violations of International Humanitarian Law and considers potential uses of explosive weapons which may not constitute illegal attacks, but which do constitute or result in serious incidents of GBV. The widespread use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas of Yemen, even when targeted against military objectives, has contributed to high levels of civilian death and injury, and damage to civilian infrastructure and services including housing, schools, hospitals and medical facilities. In most cases this will be disproportionate to the military advantage achieved, and has contributed to a pattern of harm that has seen the conflict become the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

All of this runs directly counter to the principle of the Protection of Civilians in conflict, which goes beyond not committing war crimes or other violations of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law to require positive action to ensure that all feasible precautions are taken to avoid and minimize civilian harm in the conduct of military operations. In Yemen, this principle is not adhered to.

Primary effects of explosive weapons are defined as those ‘caused directly by the destructive effects that radiate from a point of initiation and include blast overpressure, fragmentation, heat and light’.5 The term ‘blast’ refers to a high-pressure blast wave moving at supersonic speed, referred to as the shockwave, which is followed by blast winds. Primary fragmentation comprises fragments that originate directly from the explosive munition. The third damage mechanism is the thermal energy released during the detonation of the explosive

Secondary effects of explosive weapons derive from the environment in which the munition detonates. The most significant secondary effects include secondary fragmentation, firebrands, ground shock and cratering. Secondary fragmentation originates from objects that have been affected by the detonation, and can include objects such as pieces of masonry or glass from buildings, or bone fragments from human or animal targets. Secondary fragments are generally larger than primary fragments and tend not to travel as fast, or as far.

Tertiary effects can be classified as damage to health, social and economic infrastructure and services that occur over a longer time scale, e.g. the lack of clean water caused by damage to water mains and sewers, or the loss of electrical and gas services. Added to these long-term effects are the dangers posed by unexploded ordnance, which can kill or injure people many years after the conflict has ended and prevent use of or access to the areas they contaminate, often depriving populations of valuable farming land. These longer-term effects are increasingly being researched and documented but are not yet well understood. Additional long-term effects on casualties will become apparent as, with better understanding of blast injuries and swifter treatment, some survivors will live longer and with profound effects that will be lifelong.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/gendered-impact-explosive-weapons-use-populated-areas-yemen

full report: https://oxfamilibrary.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10546/620909/bp-yemen-gendered-impact-explosive-weapons-261119-en.pdf

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Captives... Giants' patience...

The prisons of Hodeidah, Mansoura, Khor Maksar and Bir Ahmed in Aden province are inhabited by tales of torture, whipping with whips, acupuncture, burning, stun , starvation and neglect, and its walls are written down the story of a hidden captive, and the last died torture, and the last released to tell his story In (Living Tombs). The liberated prisoner, Mohammed Abdo Mohammed Saleh al-Rimi, narrates his story of "The People of al Ginn" on the west coast of Hodeidah and ended up being held captive in four prisons, the last of which was The Bir Ahmed in Aden.

A 20-year-old man from al Haymah Ad Dakhiliyah District, west of the capital Sanaa, 90 km away, went to the West Coast Front in September 2015 to join the ranks of the army and popular committees in the quiet front, where the clashes have not yet flared up.

The journey of captivity began to take its unknown course with Mohammed and his 33 fellow prisoners where they were transferred after three months spent in the prison village of al-Saqiya to a school turned "prison" in al Mansoora city district in Aden province, his humanitarian conditions were worse than the previous where Mohammed and his family companions remained for six months suffered severe beatings, hard work and punishment of standing half a full day under the sun, constant investigation, psychological warfare, attempting to change the military doctrine and threatening physical liquidation, especially since the prisoners in that prison were forcibly hidden.

The pains are compounded in the prison solitude where the neglect of hygiene and its tools from prison officials and the lack of clean clothes in addition to the nature of the hot area to the spread of skin diseases among the prisoners and wounds of injured became suppurated, while the prison officials deliberately beat them with sticks in their wounds, which compounded their poor condition and deterioration Their health status.

To hunger his story where the prison administration disavowed the simplest rights of prisoners to food and provided them with only one meal a day, and some food sometimes, and Mohammed remembers the suffering of prisoners during the three months of Ramadan spent in captivity between preventing food, hunger and torture in death prisons.

Third Station..?

A new station for torture in Khormaksar prison and the beginning of suffering from beatings, intimidation and selective separation, where prisoners were separated from the army and committees in prison and prisoners of the army from the central security in another prison and fighters from the provinces of Saada, Amran and Hajjah in another cell in the prison.

And in the hands of the avenger, mercenaries were quick to execute the prisoners whenever the heroes of the army and committees achieved a victory on the ground in the battles where three officers of the Central Security was dragged by tanks in addition to the slaughter of one of the prisoners for suspecting a related link between him and one of the leaders of the army and committees and the killing of a group of officers by throwing Shot.

They passed from there. They settled here in Bir Ahmed prison, where smells of death are known.

Bir Ahmed prison "monster" prison, where human rights reports criticized the conditions of prisoners, and revealed various methods of torture that end with the death of the prisoner or hindered him psychologically and physically, and the prison includes a large number of prisoners from all fronts of the fighting (Daesh, al-Qaeda, prisoners of conscience, forcibly hidden, opponents and citizens).

The prison walls surrounded The Freedom of Muhammad two years in Bir Ahmed, where the torture was different from the previous prisons, where the prisoners of the army and popular committees were combined with prisoners of ISIS militants in one prison, which caused quarrels and bloody battles between the two parties until there was a rebellion in the prison on one of the times in which the prisoners of the army and popular committees demanded separated them from ISIS militants, which led prison officials to place the prisoners in solitary confinement for more than two months and then decided to go on hunger strike collectively until they were separated from ISIS militants – by Eman al-Mutawakel

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3079966.htm

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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"Der Bedarf an menschlicher Hilfe ist riesig"

Im Jemen herrscht Krieg, Millionen Kinder hungern, es gibt eine Cholera-Epidemie - und nun auch noch Dengue-Fieber. Caroline Ducrame, 35, arbeitet für Ärzte ohne Grenzen vor Ort: Wie kommt sie mit der Situation klar?

Die Hilfsorganisation Medécins Sans Frontières betreibt in dem Bürgerkriegsland zwanzig Krankenhäuser. Im Interview erzählt die Leiterin der Mission, Caroline Ducrame, woran es mangelt, wie es den Infizierten geht und was sie jetzt brauchen.

Ducarme: Dengue-Fieber hat die gleiche Ursache wie Malaria, die Krankheit wird durch Moskito-Stiche übertragen. Allerdings stechen die Malaria-Träger nur abends. Die Dengue-Fieber-Träger dagegen attackieren ihre Opfer den ganzen Tag. Die Symptome sind Kopf- und Gelenkschmerzen, Übelkeit.

Die Opfer sind meist Vertriebene, von denen es hier nahe der Frontlinie, in Hajja bei der Küstenstadt Houdaida, besonders viele gibt. Sie leben in Zelten oder unter Planen. Es ist heiß und feucht. Der Boden verwandelt sich durch die starken Regenfälle zu Schlamm mit Wasserlachen. Das alles fördert die Verbreitung.

Die Betroffenen müssen sich tagsüber draußen aufhalten, um ihren Lebensunterhalt zu sichern. Je weiter sie entfernt leben von einer Krankenstation, desto schlechter. Die Gesundheitsversorgung ist durch den Krieg weitgehend zusammengebrochen.

Dengue-Fieber ist eigentlich eine gut behandelbare Krankheit, wenn rasch reagiert wird. Aber der Weg durch die Checkpoints und Frontlinien ist beschwerlich, der Transport ist teuer. Die Patienten warten zu lange, weil es kaum erreichbare Grundversorgung gibt. Am Ende landen sie bei uns in der Notaufnahme. Die ist eigentlich für andere Patienten reserviert. Unser Hospital in Hajjah, genauer gesagt in Abs, hat zum Beispiel allein im Oktober 6990 Menschen mit unterschiedlichsten Problemen behandelt, ein extrem hohes Aufkommen. Das alles, weil es keine lokale Erstversorgung mehr gibt.

https://www.spiegel.de/gesundheit/diagnose/dengue-fieber-in-jemen-wie-gehen-aerzte-mit-der-situation-um-a-1298721.html

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Film: Amid Civil War And Famine, Yemen Is Facing A New Killer: Dengue Fever

Now the European Commission says nearly 8,000 recent cases of dengue have been reported and more than 3,000 confirmed in Taiz, Yemen's third largest city. Ten dengue deaths were reported there just last week.

International Red Cross official Robert Mardini says: "We have recently been extremely worried and concerned by reports of dengue outbreak in addition to cholera...With the violence and the fighting, it is a big challenge to control this epidemic."

https://www.newsy.com/stories/amid-civil-war-yemen-is-facing-a-new-killer-dengue-fever/

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Rotes Kreuz alarmiert wegen Dengue-Epidemie im Jemen

Die humanitäre Krise im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen könnte sich nochmals verschärfen. Laut der Uno-Delegation des Roten Kreuzes ist neben Malaria und Cholera nun auch eine Dengue-Fieber-Epidemie ausgebrochen.

Im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen ist nach Angaben des Roten Kreuzes eine Dengue-Fieber- Epidemie ausgebrochen. "Wir sind extrem besorgt über die Berichte über den Ausbruch von Dengue-Fieber, der noch zu der Cholera hinzukommt", sagte der Leiter der Uno-Delegation des Roten Kreuzes, Robert Mardini, vor Journalisten in New York. Mehr als 3500 Menschen seien demnach im Jemen erkrankt.

In der Hafenstadt Hodeida seien zwischen Ende Oktober und Anfang November mutmaßlich 50 Menschen an der gefährlichen Fieberkrankheit gestorben, sagte Mardini. "Es ist eine große Herausforderung, diese Epidemie zu kontrollieren."

Die Region um Hodeida im Westen des Landes sei besonders schwer von der Dengue-Epidemie betroffen, mehr als 2000 Menschen seien bereits erkrankt, sagte Mardini. Nach Angaben des Roten Kreuzes leiden in derselben Region fast 3000 Menschen an Malaria.

https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/jemen-rotes-kreuz-alarmiert-wegen-dengue-epidemie-a-1298215.html

und auch https://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2019-11/jemen-dengue-fieber-rotes-kreuz-hodeida

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Red Cross reports new outbreak of dengue fever in Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross reported a new outbreak of dengue fever in war-torn Yemen on Monday, with thousands of cases reported and several dozen deaths.

Robert Mardini, the ICRC’s U.N. observer, told journalists that while there has been a de-escalation of fighting in Yemen which is positive news, the Arab world’s poorest nation faces “a very dire humanitarian situation.” It is not only facing an escalation in dengue cases but must also continue to deal with tens of thousands of cholera cases as well as malaria, he said.

More than 3,500 cases of dengue have been reported in Taiz, Mardini said. And in Hodeida, where the country’s main port is located, the ICRC heard that 50 people died in late October and early November of dengue fever and malaria, and the local head office reported the number of people infected with dengue fever is 2,000, and close to 3,000 have malaria.

“So you can imagine, with the violence and the fighting, it is a big challenge to control this epidemic,” Mardini said.

https://apnews.com/033d294dd3664b24954c3d90128c154e

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Taiz: 9351 dengue fever cases including 10 deaths this year

The Director General of the [Hadi gov.] Health Ministry Office in Taiz said on Wednesday there have been 9351 dengue fever cases including 10 deaths in the central Yemeni city since the beginning of 2019.

Speaking in a meeting between the Deputy Governor Taiz, health officials and chiefs of hospitals in the city, Abduraheem al-Samiee said the cases occurred due to the “seasonal spike” of the disease. He said that an anti-mosquito spray campaign has, however, lately slowed the pace of infections by 50%.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/11/27/taiz-9351-dengue-fever-cases-including-10-deaths-this-year/

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How Tetanus Vaccines Give Newborns a Fighting Chance in Yemen

In the midst of a humanitarian crisis, UNICEF and partners are working to protect mothers and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Arwein Ahmed, 26, lives in the Malia district in Aden, Yemen, in a neighborhood filled with shanty homes made of cardboard, plastic sheets and other scavenged materials. Despite her impoverished circumstances, Arwein's 4-month-old son, Abdulrahman, is healthy and happy — a fact she attributes to the timely tetanus vaccination she received at a UNICEF-supported health care center during her pregnancy.

Ahmed says she has heard several stories from prenatal caregivers about children who died during delivery. Most of the women who lost babies in childbirth had not been vaccinated against tetanus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 30,848 newborns died from neonatal tetanus worldwide in 2017, the last year for which data is available. But tetanus is surprisingly easy to prevent through immunization and hygienic birth practices. A series of three shots provides immunity to a woman and protects her future children at birth. (As they grow, children need routine booster shots to remain protected.)

Before she became pregnant, Ahmed thought vaccines were only for children. "Now I know that all pregnant women and women of childbearing age should be vaccinated, too," she says. "It is critical and lifesaving."

Nurse Nada Al-abri, a prenatal care staffer at the Crater Health Facility, says that in rural areas and among largely impoverished communities, death during childbirth is common. Most of the recorded deaths have been linked to tetanus.

"I have worked in this prenatal care center for 15 years," she says. "Most of the people from marginalized sections think that vaccination is a luxury not meant for the poor. We need to create more awareness and make more efforts to disseminate information in the community. Awareness will encourage the community to embrace vaccines. The acceptance then needs to be linked with easily accessible and readily available free services."

UNICEF is conducting a Communication for Development (C4D) campaign in Yemen to raise awareness about tetanus among adolescent girls and expectant mothers. The work is mainly carried out by locally recruited volunteers and community mobilizers.

https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/how-tetanus-vaccines-give-newborns-fighting-chance-yemen/36684

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

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Thursday, November 28th, 2019

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9967

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New bombings hit Hodeidah

Saudi ceasefire violations continue

https://www.uprising.today/new-bombings-hit-hodeidah/

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Popular Protest in Hodeidah Holds UN Responsible for Saudi-led Aggression Continuation

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9952

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Joint forces subjected to artillery shelling in Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14914

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In Hodeidah, US-Saudi forces targeted Baet-Al-Fake district with 13 artillery shells. US-Saudi mercenaries targeted northern Hais with artillery shells.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9945

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Houthi attack conquered south of Hodeidah

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/11/27/houthi-attack-conquered-south-of-hodeidah/

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Aggressionstruppen verletzen weiterhin das Waffenstillstandsabkommen von Hodeidah

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3080148.htm

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Aggression forces continue to breach Hodeidah Agreement

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3080132.htm

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9929

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Film: Defeats of militias on the West Coast drive them to target civilians

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4-GpDrr4JE

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Houthi-fired shells hit civilian houses in Yemen's Hodeidah

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

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Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 26 November 2019 - Yemen

Turning to Yemen, the Head of the UN Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) [Abhijit] Guha, is deeply concerned by the escalation of violence witnessed in the last few days in Yemen’s Hudaydah governorate and its surroundings. The increase in the number of air strikes undertaken in the past 72 hours is in stark contrast to the relative calm after the establishment of the observation posts. The Lieutenant General is alarmed by the reported loss of lives and the suffering among the Yemeni people caused by such attacks, noting that they jeopardize the safety of members of the Redeployment Coordination Committee, the body responsible for monitoring the ceasefire. He urges all parties to refrain from any action that may be in contravention to the terms and the spirit of the Stockholm Agreement and avoid further escalation of the situation. He further urges the use of the de-escalation mechanism established with the support of the UN Mission to resolve differences and support ongoing efforts to maintain the ceasefire in Hudaydah.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/daily-press-briefing-office-spokesperson-secretary-general-26-november-2019-yemen

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Command of West Coast Protectors Brigades Warns Forces of Aggression of Continued Violation

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9924

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Government calls on UN Envoy to name Stockholm agreement spoiler

Muammar Al-Eryani, Yemen’s Minister of Information, demanded on Monday the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Yemen and the UN Hodeida Mission to name spoilers of the UN Stockholm agreement implementation.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-34473

My comment: Well, in this case the envoy would have to name all parties.

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Monday, November 25th, 2019

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9913

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Film: Houthi militias continue to target citizens' homes in Hodeidah

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

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Video: Houthi shells destroy houses in Hays

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S17Nfvwb2Mo

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON NOVEMBER 28, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-november-28-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON NOVEMBER 27, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-november-27-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON NOVEMBER 26, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-november-26-2019-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON NOVEMBER 25, 2019 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-november-25-2019-map-update/

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Audio, from Oct, 31: SAUDI MURDERS AND THE WAR IN YEMEN

Tommy talks with The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan about the international community’s response to murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the catastrophic Saudi-led civil war in Yemen.

https://crooked.com/podcast/saudi-murders-and-the-war-in-yemen/

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Film: Wüste Prinzenspiele - Der neue Golfkrieg

In den drei wichtigsten Monarchien am Golf fand ein Generationswechsel statt. Durch die neuen Herrscher in Saudi-Arabien, Abu Dhabi und Katar haben sich die politischen Gewichte in dieser hochmilitarisierten Region gefährlich verschoben.

Der Wechsel an der Spitze der drei Königshäuser brachte drei Männer auf den Thron, die zu den reichsten und mächtigsten der Welt gehören. Sie geben sich markig, unterdrücken brutal jede Form von Opposition und liefern einander einen geradezu lächerlichen Ego-Krieg.

Dem katarischen Staatchef stehen zwei Kontrahenten gegenüber: Da ist zum einen der ehrgeizige Kronprinz Saudi-Arabiens, Mohammed Ben Salman (34 Jahre, genannt MBS), der sein Land in einen blutigen Krieg in Jemen verwickelte. Um seinen regionalen Führungsanspruchs zu verwirklichen, sicherte er sich die Unterstützung eines Verbündeten und Mentors: Mohammed Ben Zayed (58 Jahre, genannt MBZ), Kronprinz von Abu Dhabi und Regent der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate. Der gewiefte Militärstratege rüstete sein kleines Land zur wichtigsten Militärmacht der arabischen Halbinsel auf. Legten ihre Väter und Großväter Streitigkeiten noch in der diskreten Stille der Beduinenzelte bei, tragen die heutigen Herrscher ihre Konflikte mittels Cyberattacken, Wirtschaftsblockaden und Invasionsdrohungen aus.

https://www.dw.com/de/w%C3%BCste-prinzenspiele-der-neue-golfkrieg/av-51432153

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Past and present perspectives on civil society in South Yemen

The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce was the venue for yesterday’s workshop organised by the Academic Forum Muhammad Ali Luqman and supported by Independent Diplomat focussing on civil society, women’s activism and the role of local and international media in current developments in South Yemen, in particular from a historical and grassroots perspective.

Chaired by Thanos Petouris of SOAS, University of London, the first of two-panel sessions featured two academics: Huda Luqman, the daughter of Muhammad Ali Luqman, the Yemeni lawyer, journalist, social activist and eponym of the Berlin-based forum; and Ameen Shandhor, who serves as the forum’s vice chairman.

According to Shandhor, international reporting on southern Yemen over the past few years can be divided into two stages. The first is between 2015, when the Saudi-led coalition began its military intervention, and 2017, and largely concerns the humanitarian crisis arising from the fighting. Media coverage in this period was weak, he argued, with the conflict referred to as the “Forgotten War”, with frequent stereotyping through the prisms of Saudi-Iranian tensions and Sunni-Shia sectarianism.

The second stage, Shandor continued, was from 2017 to the present. This period of intensified media coverage could also be explained through a plethora of developments, with the dire humanitarian crisis being largely responsible for the media attention, what the UN described as the “worst humanitarian crisis” of our time. However, the friction among the many factions in the conflict is also a possible reason, such as the so-called legitimate government of Yemen backed by the Saudis and the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

Last, but not least, the 14 September attacks on the Saudi oil facilities cannot be discounted. They were blamed on Iran but claimed by the Houthi movement. Iran’s Supreme Leader has since admitted responsibility for ordering the attacks.

During this time, media reports about Yemen increased naturally. Shandhor noted that there had had been just two reports per month, and then there were several reports per week, both in English and Arabic print media.

While many mainstream media referred to the Houthis as “rebels” some outlets, including Reuters, referred to them as the “Houthi movement”. Shandhor argued that the STC was rarely referred to by its official name, but was instead referred to consistently as “separatists”.

Finally, Rasha Obaid works for the Peace Track Initiative, a Yemeni organisation founded and staffed by women, which is the largest network of Yemeni women both locally and in the diaspora. Those involved work in many fields. Obaid spoke about civil society organisations and their differences in the north and south of Yemen, and also touched upon the south’s marginalisation following the unification of the country – by Omar Ahmed

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191127-past-and-present-perspectives-on-civil-society-in-south-yemen/

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The real deal on the war in Yemen

https://www.tesfanews.net/real-deal-yemen-war/

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Three women named finalists for top human rights prize

A Yemeni lawyer who exposed secret prisons and torture, a Mexican champion fighting femicide and a South African women's rights activist were nominated on Tuesday for a top human rights prize.

This marks the first time that the Martin Ennals Award jury has presented three women finalists to be in the running for the prestigious award.

The winner will be announced in Geneva on February 19, 2020.

Among the finalists for the award — often referred to as the Nobel Prize for human rights — is 42-year-old Yemeni lawyer Huda Al Sarari, who has worked with a range of rights organisations to expose a network of secret prisons run by foreign governments in Yemen since 2015.

Al Sarari has in recent years unveiled the existence of several secret detention centres where "the worst violations of human rights were committed: Torture, disappearances or even extrajudicial executions", the award organisers said in a statement.

She "collected evidence on more than 250 cases of abuse taking place within the prisons and succeeded in convincing international organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to take up the cause", they said.

The lawyer was hailed for pushing on with her pursuit of justice despite threats and defamation campaigns against her and her family

http://jordantimes.com/news/region/three-women-named-finalists-top-human-rights-prize

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[Hadi] Govt wants UNSG to force Houthis to allow maintenance of ‘floating bomb’ oil tanker

The tanker, which is loaded with an estimated 1.1 million barrels of oil and has been left unmaintained since 2015, is described by experts as a floating bomb.

In an address to Guterres on Monday, the Yemeni government called for pressuring the Houthi rebel militia to allow UN experts to access the vessel to mainten it and prevent the oil spill catastrophe that, if happened, will extend beyond Yemen- to the other countries overlooking the Red Sea.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/11/25/govt-wants-unsg-to-force-houthis-to-allow-maintenance-of-floating-bomb-oil-tanker/

My comment: The Hadi government insists in drawing financial profit from this oil , the Sanaa government does as well – thus the Hadi government itself had blocked the access in case its preconditions were not met.

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Norwegian Refugee Council: Film: Mohammed died in agonising pain in need of life-saving treatment outside #Yemen. We hope that today's decision to allow medical patients to travel out of #Sanaa airport will save the lives of many others. The #blockade must end.

https://twitter.com/NRC_MiddleEast/status/1199697118707027970

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Reopening Sana'a airport 'critical first step' for Yemenis needing medical care

Patients requiring life-saving treatment to be allowed to fly, but aid agencies say imports of medicine and humanitarian aid crucial

Aid agencies have welcomed news from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that it will allow some flights out of Houthi-held Sana’a, for Yemeni civilians requiring life-saving medical treatment.

As many as 32,000 people in need of overseas medical care may have died since the airport closed to commercial flights in August 2016, according to Ministry of Health estimates. The figures have not been verified independently, but in 2017 the UN estimated that up to 20,000 people had been denied access to potentially life-saving healthcare due to restrictions on airspace.

The war has left Yemen’s already fragile health system weakened.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/nov/28/reopening-sanaa-airport-critical-first-step-for-yemenis-needing-medical-care

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Verkehrsministerium bestreitet die Eröffnung des Flughafens Sanaa, um Patienten zur Behandlung zu transportieren

Eine offizielle Quelle im Verkehrsministerium bestritt, was der sogenannte Sprecher der Aggressionskoalition gestern in Bezug auf die Eröffnung des internationalen Flughafens von Sanaa für den Transport von Patienten zur Behandlung ins Ausland gesagt hatte.

Die Quelle sagte in einer Erklärung an die jemenitische Nachrichtenagentur (Saba), dass viele der kranken Fälle gestorben sind, während sie auf diese Flüge gewartet haben.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3080190.htm

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Ministry of Transport Denies Opening Sana’a Airport to Transfer Patients for Treatment Abroad

An official source at the Ministry of Transport denied what was said by the so-called spokesperson of the aggression coalition yesterday, regarding the opening of Sana'a International Airport to transport patients for treatment abroad.

The source said in a statement to the Yemeni news Saba agency that many of the sick cases have died while waiting for the flights.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9950

and

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Sana’a Airport Director Denies Saudi Claims of Flights Transporting Patients

Sana'a International Airport Director, Khaled Al-Shaif, denied on Tuesday the statements of the aggression's spokesman, Turki al-Maliki, on conducting any flights from Sana'a International Airport to transport cases in cooperation with the World Health Organization. In a statement, Al-Shaif confirmed the continuation of the ban on Sana'a International Airport and the restriction of flights.

Sana'a International Airport was scheduled to open on Saturday for flights after being delayed more than once. This led the Director of Sana'a International Airport Khaled Al-Shaif question the United Nations credibility and its ability to lift the blockade on Sana'a International Airport.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9935

and also https://www.uprising.today/sanaa-airport-remains-blockaded-despite-saudi-claims-and-promises/

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Norwegian Refugee Council: Yemen: NRC's reaction to Saudi-led coalition's move to open Sana'a airport for medical patients

"For the last three years the Sana'a airport closure has been a death sentence for thousands of women, children and men who died prematurely because they were unable to get treatment abroad. Today's move comes too late for them, but will hopefully save the lives of other Yemenis caught in the conflict and with no available treatment in the country."

"We hope all warring parties and their sponsors seize this moment to turn the tide against this war. The blockade must end: restrictions on humanitarian goods, commercial imports of food, fuel and medicine, and the closure of sea ports, have thrown Yemen down a dark valley of intolerable suffering. Over 10 million people are on the brink of starvation. The conflict needs to end so that millions of families can start rebuilding their lives."

https://www.nrc.no/news/2019/november/yemen-nrc-secretary-general-jan-egelands-reaction-to-saudi-led-coalitions-move-to-open-sanaa-airport-for-medical-patients/

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„Es ist ein sehr positives Signal, dass die Konfliktparteien das Wohl der Menschen im Jemen ernst nehmen“, sagte Aaron Brent, Länderdirektor von CARE im Jemen. Die Öffnung des Flughafens für Patienten sei zwar ein wichtiger erster Schritt, aber die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Koalition muss noch einen Schritt weitergehen und es ermöglichen, dass kommerzielle und humanitäre Güter eingeflogen werden können und Menschen, auch wenn sie nicht krank sind, ausreisen dürfen.

https://www.care.at/presseaussendungen/jemen-flughafen-sanaa-wird-fuer-krankentransporte-wieder-geoeffnet/

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CARE welcomes announcement of re-opening of Yemen’s Sana'a Airport for medical transportation

While opening the airport to medical patients will be a critical first step, the Saudi-led coalition must go one step further and open it up to commercial flights, which will bring in commercial and humanitarian goods and give Yemenis the freedom to travel overseas – something that in most countries is taken for granted.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/care-welcomes-announcement-re-opening-yemen-s-sanaa-airport-medical-transportation

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Film: Saudi-led coalition eases restrictions for Yemen capital's airport

The Saudi-led coalition involved in Yemen's war has announced it is easing restrictions to allow the airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa to be reopened. The coalition says it will mean patients in need of medical care can be flown out from the rebel-held area. Flights will be operated in cooperation with the World Health Organization. The airport has been closed to commercial flights since 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORKQdt4DdUU

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Good news from Sanaa: the Saudi-led coalition is reopening Sanaa airport to humanitarian flights, two flights a day to transfer patients under WHO supervision, reports said on Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1199339672796725249

The partial reopening of Sana'a airport is a much needed and welcome step towards alleviating the suffering of many #Yemen-is badly in need of medical attention abroad. Plz do not politicize or ruin opportunity, let us focus on helping the sick and ways to expand assist provided.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/1199342514131488768

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Aenne Rappel, Vorsitzende der Jemenhilfe: Drei Beduinen, viele Waisen und ein Krankenhaus

Nach einer Reise in den Jemen ließ Aenne Rappel das Land nicht mehr los. Sie gründete einen Förderverein, baute mit Hilfe von Spenden ein Krankenhaus und ein Kinderheim. Für viele der Waisen dort ist sie die „Mama“.

Zurück in Deutschland gründete Aenne Rappel die Jemenhilfe und begann, Spenden für das Krankenhaus zu sammeln. Regelmäßig brachte sie persönlich Verbandsmaterial und Medikamente in das Land.

Dann kam der Tag, als die deutsche Spendensammlerin aus dem bayerischen Aichach von drei Beduinen gebeten wurde, ein Krankenhaus zu bauen. Das Land dafür würden sie ihr schenken.

„Ich habe versucht zu erklären, dass ich keine Millionärin bin. Das ich viele Menschen brauche, die helfen. Und ich wiederkomme, wenn ich Geld habe. Wenn ich nicht mehr komme, dann wissen sie, es ist mir nicht gelungen.“

Aenne Rappel kam wieder, mit 45.000 D-Mark. Das Krankenhaus wurde im Süden des Landes gebaut. Trotz regelmäßiger Bombardements: Das Gebäude ist immer noch intakt. Seit über 20 Jahren ist es jetzt Anlaufstelle für alle Menschen der Region. Egal ob Huthi-Rebellen oder IS-Kämpfer, hier wird jeder behandelt.

6000 Euro überweist Aenne Rappel monatlich für das Krankenhaus, noch einmal 6000 Euro werden im Monat für ihr Kinderheim benötigt. Denn das hat die gelernte Horterzieherin ebenfalls gegründet. Auch das passierte eher zufällig. Während das Krankenhaus gebaut wurde, war Rappel viele Monate vor Ort. Sie lernte Arabisch und kam mit vielen Waisenkindern in Kontakt.

Für Aenne Rappel war bald klar, es muss auch noch ein Kinderheim her (mit Audio)

https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/aenne-rappel-vorsitzende-der-jemenhilfe-drei-beduinen-viele.970.de.html

Audio auch hier: https://www.ardaudiothek.de/im-gespraech/aenne-rappel-und-die-jemenhilfe-drei-beduinen-viele-waisen-und-ein-krankenhaus/69415970

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Fotos: Gesundheitsversorgung im Jemen: Drei Stunden mit dem Taxi zur einzigen Klinik

https://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/jemen-drei-stunden-mit-dem-taxi-zur-einzigen-klinik-fotostrecke-171804-4.html

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Film: Hunger bekämpfen. So hilft CARE im Jemen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEalGG3KjLE

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Film: A Brighter Future for Children with Autism in Yemen

Amjad is one of thousands of children growing up with a disability in Yemen. His family in Sana’a adapts their lifestyle daily to create an environment where he can learn and thrive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5iGkwblyWY

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Film: A Brighter Future for Children with Hearing Impairments in Yemen

Suaad was six-months old when her parents discovered she had a hearing impairment. After IOM Yemen provided her with a hearing aid, she has begun to communicate with her parents and learn with other children.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuKk8UZFHD4

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Humanitarian Access Snapshot (August - September 2019)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-access-snapshot-august-september-2019

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Famine Early Warning System Network: Yemen Key Message Update: Eased import restrictions provide relief to fuel crisis, with future import financing uncertain, November 2019

Ongoing conflict continues to cause new displacements and disrupt livelihood activities in affected areas. Significantly above-average food prices and national cereal production estimated at 30 percent below five-year average levels are severely restricting food access for most households. About 17 million people continue to need humanitarian assistance, with much of the population facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse acute food insecurity outcomes. A risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5) persists, and would be possible should severe disruptions to port operations or food supplies occur.

Increased conflict has been reported in Al Dali, Ta’izz, and southern areas of Al Hudaydah.

Severe fuel shortages attributed to new restrictions on imports were observed in Sana’a and surrounding areas in September and October. According to OXFAM, this increased food and commodity prices and restricted water access for close to 15 million people, elevating risk of diseases such as cholera. Meanwhile, UNVIM reports that the easing of restrictions observed in late October has continued, with fuel availability returning to recent average levels.

https://fews.net/east-africa/yemen/key-message-update/november-2019

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Yemen: Humanitarian Response Plan 2019 - Funding Status (As of 26 Nov 2019)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-response-plan-2019-funding-status-26-nov-2019-enar

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WFP Yemen Situation Report #10, October 2019

Highlights

WFP provided general food assistance to 12.3 million Yemeni people in October.

The fuel situation remained of major concern in October.

WFP requires USD 655 million to continue operations unimpeded over the next six months (December 2019 – May 2020).

Situation Update (including security)

Throughout October, the fuel situation remained of major concern.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/wfp-yemen-situation-report-10-october-2019

and

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WFP Yemen Country Brief, October 2019

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/wfp-yemen-country-brief-october-2019

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Film: A 16-day campaign in opposition to violence against women kicks off in Taiz

Youth Without Borders organization for development, funded by RNW Media, in the Yemeni city of Taiz, launched a 16-day campaign on opposite to violence against women, the organizers of the inauguration ceremony, which took place at Zaid Al-Mushki School, one of the largest female schools in the city, explained that the highlight of this campaign comes from their belief in the importance of safeguarding the rights of women in Yemen and all countries of the world, pointing out that the campaign will be interspersed with many educational activities in the field such as open days in girls' schools in the province, as well as the establishment of a youth marathon calling against the violence against women and girls.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAW7rkT7Of0

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Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion: Yemen: Fatehia: "Humanity & Inclusion helped me become strong again

After hearing about the air strike, Fatehia's father rushed to the school and found his daughter in a critical state. Fatehia lost her leg. He took her to the nearest hospital where doctors operated on the 8-year-old. After spending two weeks in the hospital, Fatehia reflects on her situation. “I was always thinking about my friend and sister, asking about them,” she says. “When I saw my sister again, I was so relieved! I felt better but I was still wondering about Wafaa, my best friend. Then my father told me that she was dead. I cried a lot. But my family was very supportive. They helped me a lot.

“Then I started to wonder if I could ever have a chance to walk again. I was brought crutches. I hated them because they made me ugly.” This new situation made Fatehia lose any desire to walk. Desperate and frustrated, she became isolated. She stopped moving and speaking.

Following this tragedy, the traumatized family left their home and settled in the city of Sana'a. Along with thousands of others Yemenis, Fatehia’s family are internally displaced individuals. They live a hard life, far from the old one.

Almost two years after the school bombing, Fatehia visited the Sana'a rehabilitation center, along with her father, uncle, sister, and brother. Fatehia and her family wondered if she would be able to walk again. Greeted by Humanity & Inclusion’s team, an HI physical therapist reassured them and explained the possibilities and progress of the treatment, which would allow Fatehia to be fitted with a prosthesis. At the same time, seeing that the family is still in a deep trauma, Humanity & Inclusion’s team offered them psychological support. Since then, Fatehia and her father visit regularly for psychosocial support sessions.

After only a few months of support from Humanity & Inclusion’s team, Fatehia has changed a lot. T

https://www.hi-us.org/yemen_news_humanity_inclusion_helped_me_become_strong_again

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Yemen: A Canadian field worker on the impact of war on mother and child health in Taiz

Shelling, snipers and resurgent diseases

The effects of the war on health facilities and public vaccination programs has been detrimental for children, contributing to a deadly resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Imagine your current town or city of residence. Now imagine an active conflict zone — including shelling and snipers — slicing it in half. Access to healthcare is challenging, if not impossible, for people living near the front line, which divides Taiz City and nearby Taiz al Houban. Vital resources are nearly impossible to access for those trapped on the other side.

Before the conflict, Taiz governorate had nine functioning public hospitals, five of which were located in Taiz City, serving some 615,000 people. However, as of March 2019, no public hospital was fully functioning in the region.

“Many different cases we receive include infectious diseases — for example, measles, cholera, chicken pox,” Saleem explains. “These are all vaccine-preventable diseases. We are receiving a lot of measles cases. Families are not able to get vaccines. The war is an important part of this.”

Mother and child care urgently needed

Since opening in the fall of 2015, the demand for MCH’s services has been high and has increased each year:

Newborn deliveries increased from 4,100 in 2016 to 8,443 in 2018.

In 2018 alone, MCH saw 6,915 inpatient admissions and admitted 1,432 malnourished children to its therapeutic feeding programme.

Again in 2018, MSF referred 3,322 patients to local private health facilities because of a lack of capacity to provide the care required.

“When we look at our statistics, we would have to build five mother-and-child hospitals in Taiz governorate to provide enough care and coverage for the people of the governorate, but that is not possible,” says Rachel Fletcher, Hospital Director.

https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/article/yemen-canadian-field-worker-impact-war-mother-and-child-health-taiz

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This mother shared that her husband who is locked in prison for theft has married off his 8 year old daughter to a prisoner on death raw & is demanding the girl be delivered to her husband in prison. The laws in #Yemen doesn’t protect the girls & give power to male guardians.

Today on the day of ending violence on women, we continue to see drastic increase in violence against women and girls in #Yemen. Agencies responsible to address this such as Women Union are underfunded and pound to operate within violent laws against women.

https://twitter.com/RashaJarhum/status/1198965291717480448

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United Nations Population Fund: UNFPA Response in Yemen: Monthly Situation Report #10 October 2019

The level of need in Yemen is staggering. Nearly 80 per cent of the population requires humanitarian assistance and protection. Close to half of all families are in acute need. As many as 4.3 million civilians have been displaced, including 375,000 during 2019. Conditions are worst in conflict-affected areas, including in the sub-districts where humanitarian access remains restricted.
Two-thirds ofthe population, more than 20 million people, are hungry, and 36 percent of the population is malnourished. Economic decline, restrictions on imports, shortages of foreign exchange and liquidity, and fluctuations in the value of the currency continue to put millions of people at risk of famine.

Despite operational challenges, the humanitarian operation in Yemen is the largest in the world, and one of the most impactful. Partners are reaching an average of 13.7 million people each month. Catastrophic levels of food insecurity have been rolled back in at least 29 of the 45 districts with IPC 5 conditions. Although substantial gaps remain, UN agencies have re-opened many programmes that had been suspended, including support for health facilities. UNFPA is supporting 268 health facilities with reproductive health medicines and emergency obstetric care services, as a result, many rural hospitals are able to undertake Cesarean sections, reducing the risk to women's health and their babies during pregnancy and delivery.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unfpa-response-yemen-monthly-situation-report-10-october-2019

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Film: Her name is Malak, she was injured by #Saudi airstrike in Sana’a. She needs to travel abroad for urgent surgery for her spinal cord, but the closure of #Sanaa airport exacerbates her health conditions. Humanity died!

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1199091578570182657

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Up to 131 Somali refugees return home

Up to 131 Somali refugees returned to their country on Wednesday within voluntary return program carried out by King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Activities in cooperation with International Organizations for Migration and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
The voluntary return program for Somali refugees covers transporting refugees from Aden- via sea- to Somalia and then transporting them to their different Somali states on air or ground.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14912

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 22 November 2019

Fighting and displacement are continuing in various frontlines in Taizz governorate, as well as armed clashes in Ibb governorate. According to the recent IOM/DTM report, Taizz saw the highest number of displacements between 10-16 November, with 284 families fleeing their homes.

The overall security situation in the Sa’ada region remains tense and unpredictable. During the reporting period, UNHCR verified the needs of 168 newly displaced families in the central Sa’ada district and provided basic household item packages to all

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-unhcr-operational-update-22-november-2019

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Somalia: Refugee returnees to Somalia (as of 31 October 2019)

From Yemen, 2015–2019: 4,811

https://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/somalia-refugee-returnees-somalia-31-october-2019

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Photos: Displaced people feel hungry all the time and they live in the streets, when the cold weather gets worse in winter, they do not have enough blankets to stay warm.

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1199093702523785218

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From Sept. 2019, film: Poor Displaced Family Hit by Houthi Missile in Al-Khokha IDP Camp

No medical treatment yet for the child Hanan and her friend who were victims of a missile that killed a woman and injured 14 in Al-Khokha IDP Camp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0IzHpu0O4A

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Houthis ordered jailed Briton’s release a year ago

Luke Symons remains in a Sanaa jail despite a high-level order for his release

The family of a British Muslim arrested for spying in Yemen has criticised international diplomatic efforts to secure his freedom after it emerged that a senior Houthi official ordered his release from prison a year ago.

Luke Symons, 27, who was in the country to study Islam and teach, has been held for nearly three years in a political prison in Sanaa despite investigators finding no evidence to suggest he was a British spy, according to documents obtained by his family.

Mr Symons was arrested at a security checkpoint in the capital in April 2017 after several failed attempts to leave the country with his Yemeni wife and their young son to escape the war. He was only detained because he was carrying a British passport when he was stopped, his family says.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/houthis-ordered-jailed-briton-s-release-a-year-ago-1.944272

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Houthis carry out arbitrary arrests among Sana’a University students

The Houthis militants carried out arbitrary arrests among students of Sana’a University during the past two days in fear of popular protests in their held areas.

Students from Sana’a said that the Houthis militia arrested dozens of students with a charge of forming anti-Iranian influence and corruption exposure union, the Saudi state-run Okaz daily Newspaper reported.

The sources said that the Houthis militants stormed schools of business, arts, education, mass communication and arrested a number of students.

Sources said that other students are under surveillance and some students were recruited as spies to report information about any student that speaks about the union.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-34539

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How Yemen’s Houthis have become kingmakers in the bloody conflict

Riyadh and its allies have grossly underestimated the strength of the Houthis.

After four years of brutal fighting, which has led to what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, Yemen’s Houthis have shown the Saudi-led Gulf coalition and its ally, the US, that they are no pushovers.

Since 2014, Riyadh and its allies have done their best to defeat the Iran-backed Houthis through constant, heavy, and at times indiscriminate, bombing - including the country’s capital Sanaa, which is held by the Houthis.

Under its young and inexperienced leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh treated the Houthis as just a ragtag force.

But under Iranian backing, the Houthis have proven to be anything but.

The Houthis were not only able to claim much of northern Yemen, which has been their ancestral stronghold for centuries, but they have also hit Saudi targets with their missiles allegedly supplied or facilitated by Tehran.

Saudi failure

Riyadh’s Yemen war plans were apparently based on the assumption that the Houthis were not a real force anymore, so the Saudi expedition would be a walk in the park.

Saudi Arabia army has no real war experience unlike Tehran and mostly relied on mercenaries and Sunni Yemenis to do their fighting in Yemen, backing their attacks with deadly airstrikes.

But in Yemen, the political situation regarding Sunni Yemenis is also complicated because they are divided into two different camps.

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/how-yemen-s-houthis-have-become-kingmakers-in-the-bloody-conflict-31762

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200 released Yemeni prisoners arrive in Sana’a today

Freed prisoners given hero's welcome

At least 200 prisoners of the Yemeni army and popular committees who had been freed by the Saudi-led coalition arrived on Thursday in Yemen’s capital Sana’a.

Earlier in the day, Member of the Supreme Political Council Mohammed Ali al-Houthi has said that the first batch of the 200 prisoners released by the invading coalition will arrive at Sana’a airport on Thursday,

“The first batch of the 200 [released] prisoners announced by the US-backed Saudi-UAE Aggression coalition and its allies will arrive on Thursday morning at Sana’a International Airport,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said in a tweet posted at midnight Wednesday:

Al-Houthi called on all the Yemenis to participate in receiving the freed prisoners . “We call on anyone who can go to the reception ceremony to be there at 11 PM in front of the airport.”

“We also reiterate the call for the aggression coalition to stop torturing prisoners, and we ask Allah almighty “to help releasing the imprisoned”, he said.

https://www.uprising.today/200-released-yemeni-prisoners-arrive-in-sanaa-today/

Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oo1ClL9XSI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47dcAhDK7So

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnzMXioyq5g

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The Houthi rebels wrestle with the UN over food aid

To the houthi rebels, aid workers are spies and food is a tool of espionage.

But instead of helping it reach the needy, the Houthis are getting in the way. Over the past two years they have detained dozens of relief workers. The un accuses them of blocking aid of all kinds to some 5m people.

As the Houthis see it, the un is being used by their enemies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which support the government. The two countries donate much of the $4bn that the un spends each year in Yemen. In return, say Houthi officials, the body serves as their eyes and ears in the north. Houthi preachers accuse the un of withholding aid for the hungry or sending rotten food. “If the Saudi-backed coalition doesn’t kill you, the un will,” say the Houthis’ backers on social media (subscribers only)

https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2019/11/30/the-houthi-rebels-wrestle-with-the-un-over-food-aid

My comment: The propaganda bias of this report is obvious.

And

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The World Food Program (WFP) continues to distribute the corrupt "righteousness and flour" to the people of Yemen who find no other source of survival (photos)

https://twitter.com/msalsharabi/status/1200092905605664768

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Minister für Wasser und Umwelt kritisiert die negative Rolle der Vereinten Nationen bei der Verwendung von Spendengelder

Der Minister für Wasser und Umwelt, Nabil Abdullah Al-Wazir, bedauerte die negative Rolle der Vereinten Nationen bei der Verwendung der dem jemenitischen Volk zur Verfügung gestellten Spendengelder.

Bei einem heutigen Treffen mit Vizeminister Haneen Al-Duraib und dem Unterstaatssekretär des Umweltsektors Mohammed Al-Wadei sowie den Leitern der dem Ministerium angeschlossenen Organe und Institutionen wies der Minister darauf hin, dass die UN-Vorwürfe, die im Jahr 2019 für den Wasser- und Umweltsektor ausgegeben wurden, falsch seien, wie der Generalsekretär des Obersten Rates für Verwaltung und Koordinierung der Angelegenheiten bestätigt hat. Menschlichkeit Abdul Mohsen Peacock.

Er betonte, dass das Ministerium für Wasser und Umwelt von den Vereinten Nationen weder einen Dollar noch einen Rial erhalten habe.

Der Minister für Wasser und Umwelt forderte alle internationalen Geber, die den Vereinten Nationen vertrauen, auf, die Korruption und den Missbrauch von Jemen-Geldern innerhalb dieser Organisationen, die Gelder für die Kinder des Jemen sammeln, sowie den Hintergrund des internationalen Personals innerhalb der Vereinten Nationen zu überprüfen, das aufgrund von Korruption aus anderen Ländern ausgewiesen wurde und eine Arbeitserlaubnis erhielt Jemen mit fantastischen Gehältern.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3080240.htm

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Minister of Water and Environment: We Have not Received a Dollar from United Nations

The Minister of Water and Environment, Eng. Nabil Al-Wazir, said that his ministry has not received one dollar from the United Nations. He expressed his regret for the negative role of the International Organization in the use of donor funds provided to the Yemeni People. The minister pointed out in a meeting today, that the allegations of the United Nations of spending $ 205 million in 2019 to the water and environment sector is incorrect, as confirmed by the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Abdulmohsen Al-Tawoos.

The Minister of Water and Environment called on all international donors who trust the United Nations to review the corruption and misuse of Yemen's funding inside these organizations

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9949

and also https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/1199830056585121793

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[Hadi gov.] Education Ministry condemns Houthi mass teacher abductions

The Ministry of Education has condemned the Houthi mass abduction of public school teachers who serve in the government-held city of Marib and visit their hometowns in the areas under the control of the radical insurgents.

“Since the beginning of the new school year, armed militants manning the Houthi militia’s checkpoints in Dhamar and Al-Bayda provinces have abducted large numbers of teachers trying to cross t Marib where they are posted,” a statement by the ministry’s branch office in Marib read.

“The militants forced others to return back to their home provinces after signing pledges not to try again to travel to Marib.”

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/11/27/education-ministry-condemns-houthi-mass-teacher-abductions/

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Yemeni Perlimante held's its meetings

The Speaker of Yemani house Yahia Ali al-Raei today on Tuesday will resume its sessions for the fourth period of the second session of the 14th annual session next Sunday.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3080095.htm

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Sayyid al-Houthi refuses to meet with UN Envoy after false claim in UN report

Martin Griffiths falsely reported halt to Saudi attacks, amidst total of 12 airstrikes being reported on the ground

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths has left Sana’a International Airport on Monday, evening after a two-day visit, during which he met with President of the Supreme Political Council Chairman Mehdi Al-Mashat and other officials of the National Salvation Government.

However, he has not met with Leader of the Revolution Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, contrary to the usual practice.

Several media outlets quoted “informed sources”, saying that “the UN envoy left Sana’a after the meeting for several reasons, including the refusal of SayyId Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi to meet him.”

According to media reports, the sources attributed Griffiths’ departure, as well as Sayyid Al-Houthi’s refusal to meet him, to “fallacies he [Griffiths] mentioned in his recent briefing to the Security Council.”

https://www.uprising.today/sayyid-al-houthi-refuses-to-meet-with-un-envoy-after-false-claim-in-un-report/

My comment: This is not intelligent. He could have told Griffiths that he actually had been wrong, and why.

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President and Prime Minister of Yemen meet with UN envoy

Mahdi al-Mashat and Abdulaziz bin Habtoor talk to Martin Griffiths about resolving the conflict

President of the Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat, has on Monday met with Special Envoy of UN Secretary General to Yemen Martin Griffiths and his team, in the presence of Prime Minister Dr. Abdulaziz bin Habtoor.

They discussed the latest efforts made by the UN envoy to reach peace and implement Hodeidah Agreement.

During the meeting, President al-Mashat confirmed that the Supreme Political Council and the National Salvation Government are keen to achieve peace and are serious in ending the war.

https://www.uprising.today/president-and-prime-minister-of-yemen-meet-with-un-envoy/

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Yemeni Foreign Minister meets with UN representative

Hisham Sharaf calls for comprehensive peace agreement

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf had met on Monday with the United Nations envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths.

At the meeting, the officials discussed efforts exerted by the UN and its movements with various countries and parties concerned with Yemeni affairs, aimed at ending the aggression, lifting the siege and reaching a comprehensive settlement.

The minister pointed out that Sana’a has proven to the UN in more than one occasion that is wants a just and honourable peace, and it would continue to defend Yemen and its sovereignty.

Sharaf called on the aggression countries to end the war and lift the siege on Sana’a International Airport and Hodeidah port as a humanitarian step to allow entry to the oil and food tankers.

https://www.uprising.today/yemeni-foreign-minister-meets-with-un-representative/

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Humanitarian Affairs Council: International Organizations Squander Donors’ Funds in Yemen

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Abdul Mohsen Tawoos, said on Monday that "international organizations continue to tamper with donors' funds uncontrollably, denying figures given by some organizations in their reports and the size of humanitarian spending in Yemen."

Tawoos explained that the National Authority has set the course of humanitarian action and directed funding to meet the people needs. He pointed out that there are projects that have been stopped because they affect the values and morals of Yemenis and will be revealed soon. The organizations have conducted secret courses to target the Yemeni people in their morals and values. He explained that international organizations are eating the funds of refugees and have not kept their promises to transfer them to their countries.

Tawoos said that "the UN organizations do not abide by the basic agreement with the Republic of Yemen and conduct illegal acts inside the cities. There are organizations that paid money to personalities in some cities to cooperate with them in Intelligence work."

He pointed out that a document was signed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to start a medical bridge to transfer critical cases of patients for traveling abroad for treatment, but this was not done either.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9919

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Government: Hinderance to Al-Riyadh agreement implementation benefits Iran

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Al-Hadhrami said on Wednesday that any hinderance to implementation of the Al-Riyadh agreement benefits only Iran and its allies in Yemen.

Al-Hadhrami voiced this during his Wednesday’s meeting with Director General of Bilateral Affairs at the Belgian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Anick Van Calster.

He indicated that at present, implementation of the Al-Riyadh agreement represents one of the top priorities for the Yemeni government.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-34540

My comment: This obviously would benefit others more: all those arms sellers benefitting from selling arms to STC, Islah Party, Hadi government infighting.

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Prosecution of Houthis cell begins in Marib

The Military Court in Marib started on Wednesday trial sessions of a Houthis’ cell charged with implementation of assassinations and explosions.

During the first hearing, lawyer of the Yemen’s Defense Ministry, presented a petition that demanded investigating the suspects and enlisting them in the accusation statement.

The petition included 182 Houthis leaders and affiliates headed by their leader, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi and ended by their deputy foreign minister, Hussein Al-Ezzi.

For his part, the defendants’ lawyer, demanded to see the petition and the court granted him one week to reply against the petition.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-34541

My comment: A political propaganda trial against the whole (absent) Houthi leadership – as the Houthi side organized the same against the Hadi government, Trump, Obama and others…

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Film: Mothers, sisters, and daughters of forcibly detained people in Aden tirelessly continue demonstrating in Aden to free their sons, husbands, brothers @abducteesmother. "Let the disappeared appear, let the detained free," says a lady in the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdwWkme4Nsc

https://twitter.com/Afrahnasser/status/1200075611819192320

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Noura Almoteari: Face to Face with President Al Zubaidi

Noura Amoteari's interview with President of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) Aidroos Al Zubaidi

At the start, Al Zubaidi spoke about the difficulties and challenges which face the Riyadh agreement.

He said that the Arab coalition’s enemies, whether they are the Brotherhood or those who oppose the Riyadh agreement, try to use all means to procrastinate or to foil the agreement.

They consign difficulties and exasperate the leadership but the Arab coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) operate effortlessly to overcome those obstacles and continue to operate according to the plans put in place.

Al Zubaidi said to Almoteari that the STC doesn’t want ministerial positions or a piece of the cake which all are after. The STC aims to implement what the Arab coalition sees; which is peace and security.

On the issue of the southern state, Al Zubaidi explained that the long term strategic endeavour is to reclaim the independent southern state Pre 1990. The STC realizes that it will face several complications and challenges, whether from the Houthis or the Brotherhood or even the terrorist groups, who are waiting to attack any chance they find therefore the STC will not give them any chances.

Without any doubt KSA and it rulers realise the difficulties which the south faces during the Yemeni Unity, that will facilitate the STC’s position to achieve the main aim legally after peace and security prevail Yemen, which is also the Kingdom’s priority.

Our open and modern culture, which we gained during the British command, taught the current generation to be more aware and open and more flexible. In the north, they lost control and their intrusion is not as effective as before; all we hear from those who control the tribes is pure intimidation.

The Yemeni affairs researcher asked, what does Mohamed Ben Salman in the UAE mean to you?

Al Zubaidi assured Ben Salman means a lot to us, the strong cohesion of the leadership of the Arab coalition and the depth of the Saudi- Emirati relations are both the secure bases for our projects, goals and dreams for the south and the Gulf, the region and the world.

Almoteari asked about the agreement between the Revolutionary Guards and the Brotherhood, he answered the Ottomans do not want peace for the KSA so they attempt to reconcile with the Brotherhood and the Revolutionary Guards only to serve the Houthis, it is evident in the way they betrayed the Arab coalition.

Their lies no longer work, as southerners, our role is to support the Arab coalition and we will double our efforts to overcome the traitors’ foul play against the coalition. The most important thing is to end the internal wars and defeat all the external components that are in Yemen who are hostile to Saudi and the UAE, to establish security and peace.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14918

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Government condemns Houthis’ incitement against aid organizations

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-34525

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First flight lands in Mukalla following five-year suspension

A civil flight of the Yemen Airways (Yemenia) landed on Wednesday morning in Al-Rayyan Airport in Mukalla city, capital of Hadhramaut governorate following a five-year suspension of the airport’s operations.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-34523

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Southern employees grievances of central importance to govt

Prime Minister Ma’een Abdulmalik said the grievances of southern military and civilian servicemen forced into retirement and dismissed following the 1994 civil war is of central importance to the government.

In a meeting with a panel representing the disgruntled servicemen in Aden on Thursday, he assured them that despite the country’s financial constraints, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi conveys his assurances that the state will do its best to tackle the grievances.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/11/28/southern-employees-grievances-of-central-importance-to-govt/

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President Al-Zubaidi Arrives in Aden

The president of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), Aidroos Qassem Al-Zubaidi arrived in Aden on Thursday after concluding successful visits to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14917

My comment: The separatist leader is still labeled as “president”.

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100 people killed, injured in tribal-Islahi clashes in Marib

Nearly 100 people were killed and injured in clashes erupted between tribal forces and Islah militia, the military wing of Yemen's Muslim Brotherhood in al-Arqain area of Marib governorate, medical sources reported on Thursday.
The same sources added that the number of injured persons taken to hospitals of the province is even larger, noting that at least 20 people were killed, mostly civilians.
Islah party said that three of its fighters were killed in the armed clashes with the tribal forces in al-Arqain and about 85 civilians were killed and injured, some of them were travelers passing when the confrontations broke out between the two sides on Wednesday.
The sources expected further rise of the toll cause the number of casualties among the tribes was not declared and they avoid hospitals in fear of detention.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14915

My remark. This is a report by a pro-separatist news site. Here a report by a pro-Hadi government site:

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Protracted clashes in Marib between tribesmen and the Yemeni military to be resolved

A military source told Almasdar Online that 6 members of the army were killed during clashes between government forces and "subversive gangs" led by arms dealer Sheikh Hadi Muthanna in the Arakin area of Marib governorate.

"The subversive gangs are still shelling army positions with heavy artillery and have shelled residential neighborhoods near the provincial center," the source added.

A local sheikh said that the clashes killed 6 civilians and injured others, including women, in the area of "Al-Arakin", in addition to an unidentified foreign truck driver killed in the clashes.

Hundreds of trucks and vehicles are still piled up on both sides of the international line due to the clashes.

According to medical sources, a number of wounded "subversive gangs" have arrived at local clinics and medical centers. Some of the wounded have received treatment and have been released from hospital, while others are still receiving treatment due to their severe conditions.

Muthanna demands financial compensation, and says the Saudi-led coalition targeted industrial equipment in the Al-Menin district south of Marib city, after the Houthis entered the area.

On November 4th, the Marib public prosecutor's office issues arrest warrant for Hadi Muthanna and three of his children after they had repeatedly blocked the highway.

Tribal mediation was able to stop clashes that took place in recent hours between the army and 'subversive gangs' in the Al-Wadi district in the north of the governorate.

Tribal sources told Almasdar Online that tribal mediation was able to remove the gunmen attacking army positions and withdraw them from the sites of the clashes.

The sources added that an emergency meeting of the tribes of "Obeida" will be held tonight to discuss the problem and find solutions to it.

https://al-masdaronline.net/local/133

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PRO-UAE TRANSITIONAL COUNCIL KIDNAPS SOUTHERN JOURNALIST IN ABYAN

Media sources said that the Security Belt forces in the directorate of Sarar Yafi, arrested journalist Saleh al-Bakhiti on the background of his opposition to the practices of Transitional Council.

https://www.yemenpress.org/us/pro-uae-transitional-council-kidnaps-southern-journalist-in-abyan/

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The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate condemned the abduction of the distributor of al-Sharea newspaper, Zakraia Hassan and the bus driver, as well as the confiscation of the bus by armed men in #Taiz city.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1199821645394980864

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STC, judicial authority stand against violations on public property

The acting president of the Transitional Council Fadl al-Jaadi met in Aden on Wednesday, with the head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Ali Nasser Salem Babrik.
The meeting focused on the violations on public property and challenges facing the city, in particular tampering with private and public lands, distributing ownership contracts from more than one hand and illegal and/or disorderly construction by some individuals.
The both sides confirmed that along with the competent authorities, they will spare no effort to take a firm stand against such practices that threatens the urban planning in the capital Aden.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14913

My comment: This report shows that the separatists still claim they rule Aden city.

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Implementing Riyadh Agreement one of govt’s key priorities, says FM

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/11/27/implementing-riyadh-agreement-one-of-govts-key-priorities-says-fm/

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Officials: Airport used by UAE as prison in Yemen reopened

Yemeni officials say an airport in a southern city has been reopened after a five-year closure, during which United Arab Emirates forces used it as a military base and a prison.

They say the first civilian flight in five years landed Wednesday at Al-Rayyan Airport in Mukalla in Hadramout province, about two months after UAE handed over the facility to Yemeni authorities.

The officials say the detainees, mostly al-Qaida and Islamic State militants, were moved to other UAE-run prisons in Yemen.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-7732307/Officials-Airport-used-UAE-prison-Yemen-reopened.html

and, from June 2019:

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Hadramout Women’s Team for Peace: The Struggle to Reopen al-Rayyan International Airport and al-Dhaba Road

Since Mukalla was seized by terrorists in April 2015, al-Rayyan International Airport has been closed. Both freight and passenger traffic has stopped completely, and the airport is paralyzed after its facilities were looted and much of the equipment destroyed. After the liberation of the Hadramout coast on 24 April 2016, citizens waited for the airport to reopen, but disappointment awaited them as doors remained closed to air travel. Despite the repeated promises made by the government and local authorities in Hadramout, al-Rayyan International Airport remains closed for the fourth consecutive year. In recent years, the residents of the city and neighboring governorates have been deprived of access to their only means of outbound travel. The closure has been more critical for patients in need of medical treatment abroad.

Al-Dhaba Road, which links the city of Mukalla with the eastern regions, has also been closed to the community following the liberation of the city. According to the local authorities, its closure is due to security reasons and to secure the oil port. The road has been closed for two years but was partially reopened after community pressure.

At the heart of this social movement is the Hadramout Women’s Team for Peace, the first women’s organization to attempt to reopen al-Rayyan International Airport and al-Dhaba Road. Their work comes as an attempt to alleviate the human suffering caused by these closures and to communicate the issue to the necessary authorities. In addition, they are also involved in various activities that contribute to raising awareness and community advocacy.

https://almadaniyamag.com/2019/06/18/hadramout-womens-team-for-peace-the-struggle-to-reopen-al-rayyan-international-airport-and-al-dhaba-road/

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Film by Elisabeth Kendall: So exciting to see what grassroots NGO @MahraYouth is achieving in #Mahra, east #Yemen! Here's a 2-minute video of its #peacebuilding program, now in 26 schools If you'd like to help keep this going, click this link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=MYUA

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1199645296717946881

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Former commander asks separatists and Hadi loyalists to take fight outside of Aden

Leave Aden, Abyan and Lahj out of the conflict, Khaled al-Wahishi asks

A former military commander of Hadi’s presidential protection brigades has warned against an escalation of the military situation in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden.

Khaled al-Wahishi, commander of the 3rd Brigade, said that the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) intends to blow up the situation against Hadi’s forces.

Al-Wahishi explained in a post on his Facebook page that if the STC intends to escalate the military situation, they and the Hadi loyalists should get out of the city to the al-Alam and Haror areas to fight and eliminate each other over there, away from the citizens and cities of Aden, Abyan and Lahj.

https://www.uprising.today/former-commander-asks-separatists-and-hadi-loyalists-to-take-fight-outside-of-aden/

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Amjad Khaled, the young commander in the middle of Aden’s fragile truce (profile)

He led a resistance front against the Houthis, purged his district of Al-Qaeda militants, and commanded a military brigade in the recent UAE-backed coup attempt in Aden – all by the age of 31. Now, Brigadier Amjad Khaled has returned home to Aden to help monitor the implementation of the recently signed Riyadh Agreement. This profile provides a closer look at one of the most influential local military figures in Aden, and helps to explain why he has become the subject of considerable praise – and criticism – amongst Yemenis.

Unlike the 2018 battle, more recently Amjad was forced to leave Aden along with other key figures on the government side, and his brigade was relocated to Abyan. On November 22 Amjad returned to Aden, as a member of the military committee formed by President Hadi to monitor the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement. The committee members are supposed to disarm the military camps inside Aden and restructure the military according to what is stipulated in the military annex of the agreement.

Upon his return to Aden, Amjad was welcomed by many, especially locals in his home district of Dar Sad, where many of his troops are drawn from.

Allegations have included that Amjad supports the pro-northern regime, that he is working with the Islah Party, and that he supports terrorist groups. Salafi Sheikh Hani Bin Buraik, who is vice president of the STC and the UAE’s right-hand man in Aden, wrote to his wide following online that Amjad Khaled must be “brought to justice.”

This opposition appears to have come as a result of the warm welcome he received among a considerable portion of locals, likely out of concern that Amjad can play a key role in rallying support for the government should opposition be encountered with the implementation of the agreement.

https://al-masdaronline.net/national/131

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Defense Ministry denounces anti-Yemeni army comment

An official of the Yemeni Defense Ministry denounced on Monday an anti-Yemeni army comment stated by Hassan Al-Shehri, a brigadier general of the Saudi Army.

The Yemeni military mouthpiece, 26 September Net quoted a source of the defense ministry saying that comments made by Al-Shehri hurt the Yemeni legitimate leadership, Yemen’s sovereignty and disagrees with goals of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-34494

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Film: Riyadh agreement teeters as a result of its parties hiding behind their interests

The failure of implementing the terms of the Riyadh agreement effectively in Yemen has raised popular and political concerns about a return of tension in areas that have experienced relative tranquility over the past period based on the agreement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSB1JwtcUA0

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Al Jaadi:Chaos Encouraged Corruption and Forging Property Documents

The Assistant Secretary-General of the Southern Transitional Council presidency, Fadl al-Jaadi on Tuesday discussed the illegal land theft, public property and empty spaces in the capital Aden.
During an extended meeting with legal, engineering and military figures in Aden Al Jaadi stressed on the importance of protecting public property including land and government buildings and institutions. Al Jaadi said, ‘the theft of public property and land is a time-bomb waiting to explode it is a matter that concerns the capital and the southern issue’ .

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14903

and by a pro-Houthi site:

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Southern Transitional Council admits inability to properly rule southern Yemen

High-ranking separatist official admits failure

The Southern Transitional Council (STC) has on Tuesday admitted its inability to run Aden and other provinces under the control of its militias.

The Assistant Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Council explained that the land- seizure of lands and public property, empty spaces and park spaces in Aden were caused by the collapse and the absence of the state.

Fadhl Al-Ja’adi said the land issues are “time bombs in Aden,” and the southern provinces in general, and that this is clear and evident in the attacks on monuments, installations, museums, research centers and others, according to the Aden News Agency.

Al-Ja’adi indicated that the chaos and the absence of the state have encouraged corruption to fester.

https://www.uprising.today/southern-transitional-council-admits-inability-to-properly-rule-southern-yemen/

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Al-Awlaki proves falsity of Islah-affiliated media

Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, Salem Thabet Al-Awlaki said that the tribal infighting and bloodshed which took place on Tuesday night in one of Shabwa's areas, only a few meters away from Ataq city, uncover the falsehood of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood-linked media outlets about the achievements made under their authorities.
Al-Awlaki wrote on his official Twitter account that "the growing terrorism, tribal infighting and insecurity are obvious facts in Shabwa as most the province 's share of oil sales went and still goes to the war-fighting effort of the Islah's militia."

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14906

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UAE plane carrying hundreds of rare trees stopped at Socotra Airport

Hadi’s forces on Tuesday stopped an Emirati plane before taking off from the airport in Socotra province, local sources reported.

According to the sources, Hadi’s authorities at the airport forces subjected the Emirati aircraft to be inspected before takeoff.

The plane was carrying rare trees on board from Socotra Island to Abu Dhabi, they added.

http://en.ypagency.net/144082/

(A P)

STC forces detain Taiz axis officials at Adeni checkpoint

The detention and subsequent release of Taiz axis commander Al-Majidi highlights unresolved tensions between the government and STC

https://al-masdaronline.net/local/129

(A P)

Yemen Ambassador to Spain Resigns

The Ambassador revealed that his resignation was due to the widespread corruption in the corridors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including fraud and handing out diplomat passports in return of large sums of cash as well as fabricated jobs in the embassies abroad since 2015.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14901

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Shatara:Such Events Define the Deep Rooted Culture and Preserves our Southern Heritage

Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, Mr. Lutfi Shatara, launched on Tuesday in the capital Aden the Southern Governorates Folk and Heritage Event.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14902

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#Breaking: #UAE foreign affairs minister Anwar Qarqash assails #Saudi backed Hadi & apparently Windsorian kingdom #England the colonial occupier of #Aden #riyadhagreement is dead. Told you so

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1199333403151208448

referring to:

Gargash: A stranger ordered by our neighbor, promoting the narrative of terrorism in Aden against his neighbor and seeing the protection of his sovereignty in the manifestations of the return of his old colony, is a stage that will go along with the follies of the feisty generation and the madness of his greatness.

https://twitter.com/AnwarGargash/status/1199198369836654592

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Both Islah and STC claim victories in occupied Yemen

Conflict between Saudi-backed militia and separatist gunmen continues to escalate

A military commander in Islah party (Yemeni Branch of Muslim Brotherhood) has confirmed that that the Emiratis “are being subjected to an insult they have not suffered since their feet touched Yemen.”

“The humiliation suffered by the Emiratis last night in Shabwah province has not been seen since their feet hit the land of Yemen, ” Major General Salem al-Awlaqi said on Twitter .

“Our forces have avenged every Yemeni official who has been humiliated by the UAE. We have thoroughly searched their convoy, and it has been suspended for more than six hours. We will not mention the contraband found in their possession,” he added.

Militias of the so-called Shabwah Elite, part of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council, has on Sunday morning abducted several of citizens from the northern provinces in Shabwah province, while traveling to their provinces.

“Armed groups of the transitional council interrupted the way of travelers in al-Aram area of Habban district in Shabwah, and detained the people of the northern provinces after being forced to disembark from taxis,” residents said.

Media sources confirmed that the STC gunmen hold travelers from the northern provinces in remote areas after kidnapping them.

https://www.uprising.today/both-islah-and-stc-claim-victories-in-occupied-yemen/

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Film: Al Jazeera reveals secret UAE prisons in Yemen

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191126-al-jazeera-reveals-secret-uae-prisons-in-yemen/

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Southern flag raising campaign continues in Aden

Southern flag raising campaign, organized by the Southern Transitional Council (STC), continues in Aden in conjunction with the National Independence Day.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14900

My comment: This is like a protest against the Riyadh agreement.

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[Sanaa gov.] MINISTRY OF TOURISM CONDEMNS THE ACTS OF SABOTAGE IN THE HISTORICAL FORTRESS OF SIRA

The Ministry of Tourism condemned the crime of sabotage by a group of mercenaries of the US-Saudi aggression in the historic Sira Citadel in the occupied city of Aden and the uprooting of stones under the pretext of installing a flag of separation on the castle in a new violation of the Antiquities Law and its provisions.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/ministry-of-tourism-condemns-the-acts-of-sabotage-in-the-historical-fortress-of-sira/

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UAE OFFICERS KILL A CITIZEN, PUT HIM IN TRASH

The UAE crimes in the secret prisons in Aden against Southerners are still hidden and those prisons are full of hundreds of detainees and forcibly disappeared without being considered about them or released, despite Saudi Arabia controlling over Aden and the announcement of the United Arab Emirates to withdraw from them and handing over it to Riyadh, but the secret prisons file is still in the knowledge of the unseen.

A former detainee in secret UAE prisons in the city of Aden, Marwan Latif, recently uncovered some of the UAE’s heinous crimes committed against the people of the south. According to Latif, he saw Emirati officers kill a man who refused to confess and then put his body in a garbage bag. He confirmed that while he wasin the prison met a leader in Daesh who assured him that Emiratis supply Daesh with oil.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/uae-officers-kill-a-citizen-put-him-in-trash/

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TRANSITIONAL COUNCIL ACCUSES HADI’S GOVERNMENT OF DIVIDING HADRAMOUT TO CONTROL OIL DISTRICTS

The top official of the Transitional Council, Ramzi al-Shuaibi, in Lahj governorate accused the parties in the Hadi’s government of dividing Hadramaut to maintain control over it.

Al-Shuaibi explained that the aim of dividing Hadramout by partisan parties in Hadi’s government, refering to Islah Party, is to remain under the northern control as he put it, and the continuation of the looting of its natural sources and wealth.

Observers believe that Saudi Arabia is providing full support to Islah party to divide Hadramout into two governorates, to ensure that it maintains control over the oil-rich Al-Wadi area, which is controlled by pro- Hadi’s government military forces.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/transitional-council-accuses-hadis-government-of-dividing-hadramout-to-control-oil-districts/

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Financial amounts for wounded people transferred, says finance minister

Financial amounts allocated for the medication of the servicemen and freedom fighters who suffered injuries as a result of their engagement in the battle against the putschist Houthi militia have been transferred to pay the costs of the treatment they have been receiving in India and Egypt, according to the Finance Minister Salim bin Boreik.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/11/25/financial-amounts-for-wounded-people-transferred-says-finance-minister/

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Die Ankunft von 128 freigelassenen Gefangenen auf dem Sanaa internationalen Flughafen von Sanaa

128 Häftlinge der Armee und der Volkskommissionen sind heute am internationalen Flughafen von Sanaa eingetroffen. Die Zukunft der aus feindlichen Gefängnissen befreiten Gefangenen wurde von Mohammad Ali al-Houthi, dem stellvertretenden Vorsitzenden des Shura-Rates, Mohammed al-Bochaiti, dem Vorsitzenden der Generalautorität für Zakat, Scheich Shamsan Abu Nashatan, dem Direktor des internationalen Flughafens Sanaa, Khaled al-Shaif, dem Botschafter Abdul Ilah Hadschar 'und dessen Familienmitglied geleitet.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3080264.htm

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STATEMENT BY THE SPECIAL ENVOY ON THE RELEASE OF YEMENI DETAINEES

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, welcomes the unilateral release of 128 Yemeni detainees by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “I am grateful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this move. This, together with other measures to de-escalate violence are proof of the parties’ good will and interest to provide a conducive environment for peace-making.

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/statement-special-envoy-release-yemeni-detainees

https://twitter.com/OSE_Yemen/status/1199971965857128449

Comment: I have a lot of respect for the @OSE_Yemen... but this is a complete joke. Why are you thanking the Saudis? Since August 2016 they have deprived Yemenis in the North the basic human right of being able to travel abroad for medical treatment at their OWN expense!

https://twitter.com/BBCNawal/status/1200024030415409153

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Houthi prisoners land in Yemen after release

The International Committee of the Red Cross says over a hundred rebel prisoners released by the Saudi-led coalition have returned to Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen, a step toward a long-anticipated prisoner swap between the warring parties.

The ICRC, which supervised the arrival, said in a statement that 128 of 200 captives freed earlier this week arrived at the airport in the capital Sanaa.

Thursday’s prisoner transfer was a sign the Saudi coalition and Iran-backed Houthis were advancing a U.N.-brokered deal aimed at ending the war in the Arab world’s poorest country.

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Houthi-prisoners-land-in-Yemen-after-release-14868794.php

Photos: https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1200095393486426112

and

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Yemen civil war: 128 rebels returned from Saudi Arabia

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has announced it is repatriating 128 rebels from Saudi Arabia to Yemen.

It comes two days after the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels said they would release 200 Houthi prisoners and allow medical cases to be flown out of Yemen's rebel-held capital.

Sanaa's airport has been closed for years amidst Yemen's ongoing civil war.

In a tweet, ICRC Yemen welcomed the repatriation of detainees, adding it was "pleased to see humanitarian considerations taken into account".

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths has also backed Thursday's repatriation.

His office tweeted that he thanked the Gulf Kingdom for releasing the detainees and for "the opening of San'a airport for mercy flights that would allow Yemenis to receive much-needed medical treatment abroad".

It remains unclear if the 128 repatriated prisoners are among the 200 Houthi rebels the Saudis announced would be released on Tuesday.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50587358

and also https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-prisoners/red-cross-says-it-repatriating-128-detainees-from-saudi-arabia-to-yemen-on-thursday-idUSKBN1Y217P

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/houthi-prisoners-freed-saudi-arabia-return-yemen-red-cross-191128104911144.html

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Is Saudi Arabia finally seeking peace with Houthis?

Riyadh has been unable to achieve any of its stated objectives, such as overthrowing the Houthis and restoring the legitimate government. This has been a burden on Saudi allies in Washington because of the prolonged war and its repercussions on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, especially as US elections approach. All this has contributed to cause many to think that dialogue is closer to being a solution than continued war.

“Direct US-Saudi negotiations with the Houthis are very possible, especially in Muscat, since some Houthi leaders are there,” said Nabeel Khoury, the former deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Sanaa.

He told Al-Monitor, “The Americans prefer direct negotiations, especially as they had already concluded some with the Houthis in the days of John Kerry [when he was secretary of state]. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has its own reasons to start these negotiations with the Houthis, and the US encouragement is useful here.”

Khoury said, “The war has exhausted Saudi Arabia financially and the worsening military situation in its south is not in its best interest. The fact that Prince Khalid has been assigned the Yemeni dossier is positive because it is a complicated issue and it needs a full-time decision-maker who [Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman trusts.” The two are brothers.

Khoury said, “The bombing of Aramco is one of the reasons that led to the negotiations because it increased the cost of war and raised fears of damaging the Saudi economy should the war continue.”

He added, “The obstacle to consultations is the lack of trust between the parties to implement any agreement they may reach.”

The results of any possible settlement are yet to be clear, but there are likely serious intentions to halt the dynamics of the war, as a comprehensive calm has prevailed on the fighting fronts, while the Houthis have put the brakes on their missiles and drones launched toward Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

It seems clear that Riyadh wants to get out of the impasse of war in Yemen while saving face. It thus seeks, with US support, an agreement with the Houthis, following the Riyadh Agreement it achieved among its allies, to gather momentum to nurture a comprehensive agreement among all Yemeni components, ultimately for a political solution.

However, Riyadh fears that the Houthis will expand their influence in Yemen if a peace agreement is signed, especially near Saudi Arabia's southern border, as the Saudis consider the Houthis to be an extension of Iranian influence in the region. At the least, Riyadh would seek a fair and equitable relationship with the Houthis if they manage to rule Yemen, or at least the northern part of northern Yemen – by Ammar al-Ashwal

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/11/yemen-saudi-arabia-talks-houthis-war-peace.html

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Al-Murtadha Denies Claims of Aggression Releasing 200 of Army and Popular Committees Prisoners

The head of the [Sanaa gov.] National Committee for Prisoners Affairs, Abdulqader Al-Mortadha, denied the allegations of the aggression forces about the release of 200 prisoners of the Army and Popular Committees.

"We confirm that none of this has been done yet, and we will clarify everything in time,"

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9932

and

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Saudi-led coalition says it freed 200 Houthi prisoners

A Saudi-led military coalition said on Tuesday it had freed 200 prisoners from the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in a step that could further efforts to end the nearly five-year war in Yemen.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was aware of the coalition’s “intention to release 200 detainees”.

“We are in contact with the parties in this regard. We are ready to facilitate the repatriation of these detainees,” spokeswoman Ruth Hetherington told Reuters.

A coalition statement said it would also ease restrictions on Yemeni airspace to allow flights out of the Houthi-held capital Sanaa, helping evacuate people requiring medical treatment abroad.

Senior Houthi official Mohammed Ali al-Houthi welcomed the coalition’s move and called for the rest of its prisoners to be released.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/saudi-led-coalition-says-it-freed-200-houthi-prisoners-idUSKBN1Y01NX

and the Saudi statement:

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Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: An Initiative by the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Release 200 prisoners of Houthi Militia, Start Flights in Cooperation with WHO to Transport Patients from Sana’a

A statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Colonel Turki Al-Malki is issued as follows:
“In accordance with the Coalition Command’s continuous efforts to support crisis resolution in Yemen and further implementing the “Stockholm Agreement” including the article regarding exchange of prisoners, establish a favorable environment to overcome any disputes relating to prisoner exchange, which is first and foremost a humanitarian issue, and in further continuation of Coalition efforts to enhance the humanitarian, especially, healthcare situation of the people of Yemen, based on noble Islamic teachings, inherent Arab values and customs and related international laws and conventions, the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition has decided, in its own initiative and merit, to release 200 prisoners of the Houthi militia, in addition to flights, in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), carrying people in need of healthcare from Sana’a to countries in which they can receive medical care suitable for their cases.”

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2003347

(B P)

Oman Sees Path to Achieve Peace Between Saudis and Yemen Rebels

Omani Foreign Minister Yousef Bin Alawi said he is optimistic that an agreement between Saudi Arabia and the Houthi rebels could be reached to end the four-year-war in Yemen.

“There are consultations, there’s mediation and the desire to solve the conflict,” Bin Alawi told Oman’s state television after meeting with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington today. ‘’Houthi leaders’ principle is to take the path of peace, security and stability, and I believe they will positively cooperate.”

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/oman-sees-path-to-achieve-peace-between-saudis-and-yemen-rebels-1.1353338

(A P)

US' Pompeo, Omani FM discuss Yemen

Top two diplomats agreed 'only a political solution would bring an end to the conflict' in Yemen, says State Department

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/us-pompeo-omani-fm-discuss-yemen/1655356

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Another female Bangladeshi worker returns home from KSA

Another female Bangladeshi migrant worker, Hosna Akhter, whose video seeking help while working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia spread across social networking sites, has returned home.

In the beginning of this month, Hosna, 24, went to Saudi Arabia to work as a domestic help through a recruiting agency, Arab World Distribution.

Later, she posted a video, pleading and describing her deplorable situation at her workplace, which went viral on Facebook.

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2019/11/29/another-female-bangladeshi-worker-returns-home-from-ksa

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Saudi, UAE discuss $70B crude refinery project in India

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates discussed a planned refinery in the western Indian state of Maharashtra that will cost at least $70 billion, a figure that exceeds the initial $44 billion estimate previously announced.

The new figure came from readout of a meeting in the UAE between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Wednesday evening.

https://apnews.com/c03bae35816f454981e9746aa02b5b8d

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Three detained Saudi writers freed, others still held: rights group

Saudi Arabia has released three people swept up in the latest wave of arrests in a crackdown on free expression, London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said on Thursday, but several more remain in detention.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-arrests/three-detained-saudi-writers-freed-others-still-held-rights-group-idUSKBN1Y215N

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Saudi crown prince visits Abu Dhabi as Yemen war rages

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in the United Arab Emirates for talks that are expected to focus on the war in Yemen and tensions with Iran.

Talks are expected to center on Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and the UAE are partners against Iranian-allied rebels, as well as threats from Iran.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-7731617/Saudi-crown-prince-visits-Abu-Dhabi-Yemen-war-rages.html

cp9 USA

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New Book: Bunker Diplomacy: An Arab-American in the U.S. Foreign Service, by Nabeel Khoury

Nabeel Khoury has written a remarkably cogent memoir. He not only details life in the Foreign Service in a highly entertaining and engaging style, but also provides provocative and telling insights into many of the crises in the Middle East…From Egypt, to ‘The Magic Kingdom’ to Iraq, Morocco and Yemen — Dr. Khoury undertook his duties with a flair that was both bold and unique. I only wish that American policy makers would read his chapters on Morocco and Yemen in particular, and benefit from his general policy recommendations – It might induce some humility and second thoughts on some important “lessons learned.” (Mark G. Hambley, Former Ambassador to Qatar and Lebanon)

This is a gripping narrative that fuses two stories in one. The first is the academic and political journey of a fascinating man standing between two worlds — Beirut and Washington, Arabness and Westerness, the State Department and the Middle East…The second narrative is a story of America itself as a great power casting a long shadow over the Arab world. The bureaucratic battles described as occurring inside different presidential administrations over four decades reveal a foreign policy often caught between conflicting personalities and demands. Major events like the Gulf War, Iraq War, and Arab Spring are trenchantly retold from the perspective of policymakers, diplomats, and intelligence officers. That these two stories come from the same book is reason enough to read it, but that they come from the career of the same individual will make readers never forget it.

After twenty-five years in the Foreign Service, Dr. Nabeel A. Khoury retired from the U.S. Department of State in 2013 with the rank of Minister Counselor. He taught Middle East and US strategy courses at the National Defense University and Northwestern University. In his last overseas posting, Khoury served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Yemen (2004-2007). In 2003, during the Iraq war, he served as Department spokesperson at US Central Command in Doha and in Baghdad.

https://westphaliapress.org/2019/11/25/bunker-diplomacy/

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Film by Bernie Sanders: When Trump vetoed our historic legislation to end the horrors in Yemen, the peace movement in this country did not give up—they began mobilizing even more strongly. @RepRoKhanna is absolutely right. This is how we are going to stop this unconstitutional war.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3esOTi2zVfw = https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1199724941853245445

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Trump: "We have to stand with Hong Kong..no more weapons to police to protect human rights there". Trump: "We have to stand with Saudi & UAE to kill & starve Yemeni children & people". "We will continue to sell arms to our Gulf milky allies even if they give arms to AQAP & ISIL".

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1199908322079625218

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Film: Oliver Stone in 2017: The best and most honest two minutes in the Hollywood world ever talked about the American system.

https://twitter.com/m_almoayed/status/1199746509878833152

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Pentagon rethinks how to protect diplomats, aid workers in Mideast war zones

The Pentagon is pushing Congress for more authority to provide security to diplomats and aid workers in conflict zones, a move that could allow US aid to penetrate deeper into war zones in the Middle East such as Yemen.

As part of the Donald Trump administration’s revamped defense strategy, the Defense Department’s office for special operations and low-intensity conflict is spearheading legislation that “will give DoD the authorities to kick-start State and USAID-run stabilization initiatives in otherwise unreachable areas,”said Mick Mulroy, who until last month was the Defense Department’s top Middle East official.

The proposal would specifically allow State Department and USAID staffers to be detailed to Pentagon forces, allowing the Defense Department to maintain legal authority to protect American diplomats or aid workers. It would also allow the Defense Department to assume the authority to conduct stabilization operations if State personnel are unwilling to go.

The defense spokesperson said though the Pentagon often has access to conflict zones, the agency “has extremely limited authority to conduct stabilization activities” or to support the State Department or USAID.

The Pentagon is increasingly worried that terror groups such as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State — the main focus of American strategy in the war-torn country — as well as Iran could exploit power vacuums in the country. A senior defense intelligence official said last week that Iran provides “not only training” but also financial assistance to the Houthi rebel group, though it’s not clear if Iran has a direct command-and-control relationship.

In particular, US and international officials worry that that militants could entrench themselves in hard-to-reach areas such as in Yemen’s hilly southern region, making them difficult to target with only aerial surveillance in place and a limited presence of American troops on the ground.

“This authority would be a small step toward enabling our interagency colleagues to quickly fill the gap before our adversaries can seize a power vacuum, be it [al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula], [IS] or Iran,” Mulroy said in the October statement as part of the rollout of the Pentagon’s irregular warfare strategy.

The former top Pentagon official added that the Houthis have overtaken towns and critical ports, giving them the ability to steal humanitarian goods and surge forces into those areas to anticipate attacks.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/11/pentagon-aim-protect-diplomats-mideast-warzones.html

My comment: And a new way of more US interference…

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'The Bloodshed Must Stop': Sanders, Khanna, and Schumer Demand Passage of Measure to End US Complicity in Yemen Slaughter

"Without U.S. support, the Saudi bombings on innocent civilians could not continue," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

With Congress set to vote as early as next week on the annual military spending bill, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joined Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ro Khanna in calling for the inclusion of an amendment that would end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's years-long assault on Yemen.

"The humanitarian crisis in Yemen must end," tweeted Schumer, a Democrat from New York. "A bipartisan majority in Congress has repeatedly supported ending President [Donald] Trump's support of the Saudi war in Yemen."

Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, quickly echoed Schumer Wednesday.

"Senator Schumer is right," tweeted Sanders. "Congress has got to stand up for the Constitution and tell this lawless president: We are not giving you a Pentagon bill that allows you to partner with the despotic Saudi regime in its horrific war in Yemen."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/27/bloodshed-must-stop-sanders-khanna-and-schumer-demand-passage-measure-end-us

and

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DEMOCRATS WANT TO END U.S. SUPPORT FOR THE YEMEN WAR — BUT THEY MIGHT CONTINUE FUNDING IT ANYWAY

AS SOON AS next week, Democrats in Congress will have another chance to end U.S. participation in the brutal Saudi-led war in Yemen.

When lawmakers return from Thanksgiving break, passing the National Defense Authorization Act — a bill known as the NDAA that specifies the annual defense budget — will be high on their list of priorities. Since President Donald Trump vetoed a bipartisan War Powers resolution to halt U.S. activity in Yemen in April, a broad coalition of anti-war groups, advocates, lawmakers, and, notably, a group of former national security officials have called on Congress to use its pow

Yet the Senate version of the defense bill contains neither of those measures — and it remains unclear whether they will survive reconciliation, the negotiating process by which bills from each chamber are merged.

“Democrats increasingly purport to support putting an end to the country’s many endless wars,” said David Segal, executive director of the progressive advocacy group Demand Progress, “But anything less than using the NDAA to ensure an end to our involvement in the Yemen war would belie these claims.”

Khanna told The Intercept he will refuse to vote for an NDAA which continues to fund the war. “If my Iran and Yemen provisions are not included in the final NDAA, I, and many other progressives, will oppose this large of a price tag,” Khanna said, referring to military spending. “That’s all there is to it.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who with Khanna has been agitating for years against Saudi Arabia’s war, called on his colleagues to seize the moment.

https://theintercept.com/2019/11/27/yemen-war-khanna-bernie-sanders-ndaa/

and also https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/how-democrats-are-trying-end-war-yemen-through-us-military-budget

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Commentary: To end war and hunger in Yemen, stop arms sales to Saudis

We should make this Thanksgiving a day of prayer and action to end Yemen's civil war. For long after this Thanksgiving, mothers in Yemen will be watching their children perish from malnutrition, unless we do something about it.

On this Thanksgiving we cannot turn away from the pain of Yemen's civil war victims. We must help them, much like Lincoln's Thanksgiving proclamation called us to aid "those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged.'

We should be a peacemaker and humanitarian in Yemen. That means the Trump administration must stop supporting the Saudi-led coalition.

Trump, meanwhile, proposed cuts to global food aid in his first three budget proposals. We should be increasing food aid. And we must stop the war by ending our military support of the Saudis. That is the best way to help the UN-led peace process for Yemen.

https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Commentary-To-end-war-and-hunger-in-Yemen-stop-14864856.php

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US sends investigators to UAE and Saudi to probe CNN weapons violations findings

The US State Department and Pentagon are sending teams to the UAE and Saudi Arabia to investigate CNN's findings that American-made weaponry has been transferred to rebel fighters and separatist militia in Yemen.

In a letter obtained by CNN, the State Department says the "continued insufficient responses" of both US allies have delayed the probe, which was launched in response to CNN reporting earlier this year.

CNN's ongoing investigation has found that American-made armored vehicles (known as Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs) which were sold to the UAE and Saudi Arabia have been transferred -- in violation of their agreements with Washington -- to groups including al Qaeda-linked fighters, Iranian-backed rebels and separatist militias.

Following CNN's initial reporting in February, the State Department said it had launched a joint investigation with the Pentagon into the unauthorized transfer of weapons in Yemen.

This latest letter from the State Department's Bureau of Legislative Affairs is the first substantive update on the progress of the investigation since then.

It says that a joint State-Pentagon visit was carried out to the UAE in September to verify what had happened to the MRAPs the US supplied. The letter adds that another similar "oversight visit" to Saudi Arabia is planned for November, after which "the Department expects to have a full account of the circumstances related to the disposition of this equipment and any potential violation of the agreements."

https://us.cnn.com/2019/11/26/middleeast/us-yemen-investigators-sent-uae-saudi-arabia-intl/index.html

My comment: They must not go to Yemen if they want to verify this??

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

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KSA’S AMBASSADOR TO CAIRO: BURNING OF THE IRANIAN CONSULATE IN IRAQ IS A RESPONSE TO IRAN’S ACTIONS

“Iran’s real role in the region is to sow discord through support its militias and supplying weapons in Yemen and through its interventions in neighboring countries such as Iraq and Lebanon,”Osama Naqli said.

“Iran has already done similar work when it burned the Saudi embassy in Iran and what happened yesterday in Najaf is only some of the consequences of what the Iranian regime has done before and the next period will not be Easier,” Saudi ambassador said about the burning of the Iranian consulate in Iraq last night.

“We are ready to provide all the assistance to Iraq as a brother and Muslim country from the hands of Iran and stop Iranian looting of Iraq’s wealth,” The Ambassador stated.

https://www.yemenpress.org/world/ksas-ambassador-to-cairo-burning-of-the-iranian-consulate-in-iraq-is-a-response-to-irans-actions/

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President Rouhani hails Iranians for holding nationwide rallies, foiling enemies’ plots

President Hassan Rouhani has hailed the nation for frustrating enemies’ plots and throwing their weight behind the establishment in the wake of violent riots that recently hit several cities.

According to Press TV, Rouhani said enemies thought that the recent riots, sparked by a government decision to increase gasoline prices, would last several months.

However, “People’s [powerful] presence and their clenched fists one again showed [our] national power and frustrated enemies.”

https://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i113145-president_rouhani_hails_iranians_for_holding_nationwide_rallies_foiling_enemies%E2%80%99_plots

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Iran says protesters attacked hundreds of banks, blaming US

Protesters angry over government-set gasoline prices spiking in Iran attacked hundreds of banks, police outposts and gas stations in the demonstrations, Tehran acknowledged Wednesday as its supreme leader alleged without evidence that a “conspiracy” involving the U.S. caused the unrest.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comment while addressing members of the Revolutionary Guard’s all-volunteer Basij force, which help put down the demonstrations.

https://apnews.com/a0b90a628dc24070a69f584900503c4f

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Leader hails Iranian nation's glorious triumph over enemy

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has lauded the Iranian nation’s tremendous victory in thwarting a “dangerous” enemy plot to take advantage of the government's gas price hike as an opportunity to commit acts of violence and vandalism in line with a subversive agenda.

Ayatollah Khamenei was addressing members and commanders of Iran’s volunteer Basij force in Tehran on Wednesday on the occasion of the Basij Week.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/11/27/612241/Iran-Leader-people-victory-enemy-riots-gasoline

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Belligerents in the Persian Gulf are trying something new: diplomacy

The gulf countries are more open to talks with Iran and its proxies partly because they’ve lost some of their former confidence in the United States as a reliable military protector. That’s one cost of President Trump’s erratic policy, in which he alternates tweets about bombing Iran with bromides about meeting with Iranian leaders. Confused gulf countries increasingly are hedging their bets, through diplomacy and greater reliance on Russia and China.

The United States, meanwhile, is pursuing its own sensitive dialogue with Iran, through a Swiss diplomatic channel, about a possible exchange of prisoners. At the top of Iran’s list is Masoud Soleimani, a scientist arrested last year in Chicago for allegedly attempting to export biological materials to Iran. The United States has a long list of prisoners for release in any swap. If the Swiss-brokered negotiations succeed, they could be the start of a broader U.S.-Iranian engagement – by David Ignatius

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/belligerents-in-the-persian-gulf-are-trying-something-new-diplomacy/2019/11/26/2f7cd13e-1093-11ea-b0fc-62cc38411ebb_story.html

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FM Zarif: Iran believes in strong neighborhood policy

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Iran believes in powerful neighborhood policy and will take steps to realize it.

Addressing a ceremony marking Day of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) late on Tuesday, he added that Iran believes in strong neighborhood policy as the countries can pursue their objectives and achieve them by having powerful neighbors.

https://en.irna.ir/news/83570567/FM-Zarif-Iran-believes-in-strong-neighborhood-policy

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Iran supreme leader claims protests a US-backed ‘conspiracy’

Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday claimed without evidence that recent protests across the Islamic Republic over government-set gasoline prices rising were part of a “conspiracy” involving the U.S., as authorities began to acknowledge the scale of the demonstrations.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comment while addressing members of the Revolutionary Guard’s all-volunteer Basij force, which help put down the demonstrations.

https://apnews.com/a0b90a628dc24070a69f584900503c4f

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U.S. Worried Israel Will Strike Iran. Israel Is Worried About Something Else

With Netanyahu's legal woes and a new defense minister looking to score political points, Israel's security establishment has one responsible adult

Both countries took care to stress that ties between their respective defense establishments are particularly close. But two other considerations that aren’t talked about publicly are also apparently motivating this aerial convoy of senior American officials. Both have to do with calming fears – Israel’s fear of American abandonment and America’s fear of unilateral Israeli action.

Israel is scared by America’s apparent desire to quit the region, which leaves Iran with more room to maneuver.

The Americans, in contrast, are apparently worried about decisions Israel might make in the future. Senior Israeli officials speak ceaselessly about the dangers posed by Iran’s efforts to entrench itself militarily in southern Syria, smuggle advanced weaponry to Hezbollah and bolster its presence in Iraq and Yemen. Increased military friction between Israel and Iran plus its satellites could drag the Americans into a regional war, which, judging by his public statements, U.S. President Donald Trump doesn’t want.

Nevertheless, Israeli officials’ recent statements about Iran have been unusually aggressive.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-u-s-worried-israel-strike-iran-netanyahu-worried-trump-admin-syria-1.8186024

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The U.S. Is Firing Blanks Against a New Iranian Threat

Having played his aces too early on Iran’s nuclear program, President Donald Trump now has only a weak hand against a new threat from the Islamic Republic. The Pentagon is warning that the regime will buy advanced conventional weapons — like tanks and jet fighters — toward the end of next year, when a United Nations embargo ends.

In a compromise linked to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with the world powers, the UN agreed that starting in October 2020, the regime could purchase arms it doesn’t produce. Iran is already in talks with Russia to buy Su-30 fighters, Yak-130 trainers, T-90 tanks, S-400 air-defense systems and Bastian coastal defense systems. It may also be in the market for Chinese military hardware.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-11-25/u-s-is-firing-blanks-against-a-new-iranian-threat

My comment: „a new threat from the Islamic Republic“: This really is somewhat of BS. Iran never will threaten US territory, which is far out of any Iranian interests. Simply do not fall fort he tricks of US propaganda wording and keep the feet on the ground: Thefe only could be a „threat“ if you would take US worldwide rule or at least US‘ right to rule worldwide for granted. Simply do it not – than the idea of any Iranian „threat“ against the US is collapsing.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Film: Our Yemen

IWM commissioned spoken word artist Amerah Saleh to lead a series of creative writing and performance workshops for young people from the Yemeni Community Association in Eccles, Manchester and the Liverpool Arabic Centre. Exploring thoughts and ideas around Yemen, the humanitarian crisis and the concept of home, the young people created their own personal spoken word response titled ‘Our Yemen’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ODqpJVTAXY

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Musikschule Ridder überreicht Spende

https://www.unicef.de/mitmachen/ehrenamtlich-aktiv/-/arbeitsgruppe-bremen/musikschule-ridder-ueberreicht-spende/204964

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Maas betont "führende Rolle" Deutschlands bei internationaler Konfliktlösung

Bundesaußenminister Heiko Maas (SPD) hat die deutsche Beteiligung an der Bewältigung internationaler Krisen herausgestellt. In Bezug beispielsweise auf Syrien, die Ukraine und den Jemen habe Deutschland "mittlerweile meistens die führende Rolle bei der Konfliktlösung übernommen", sagte er am Mittwoch im Bundestag in der Debatte über den künftigen Haushalt seines Ressorts

https://www.afp.com/de/nachrichten/760/maas-betont-fuehrende-rolle-deutschlands-bei-internationaler-konfliktloesung-doc-1mm4kz1

Mein Kommentar: LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

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Sprecher des Repräsentantenhauses [in Sanaa] erhält eine Einladung zur Teilnahme am Berliner Wirtschaftsforum

Der Sprecher des Repräsentantenhauses, Yahya Ali al-Ra'i, hat eine Einladung des Direktors der Akademie für Kulturdiplomatie in Berlin, Mark Donfried, erhalten, an dem am 5. März stattfindenden Berliner Wirtschaftsforum teilzunehmen und eine Ansprache zu halten.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3080193.htm

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UN-Bericht fällt vernichtendes Urteil über Deutschland

Mehrere Kinderhilfsorganisationen haben der Bundesregierung ein schlechtes Zeugnis beim Schutz von Kinderrechten in Konfliktgebieten ausgestellt. Deutschland missachte zentrale UN-Empfehlungen zum Schutz von Kindern in bewaffneten Konflikten, heißt es in einem heute vorgestellten Bericht. Die Bilanz sei katastrophal.

Deutschland müsse dringend Waffenexporte in Länder stoppen, die Menschenrechte verletzten oder in bewaffnete Konflikte verwickelt seien, forderte Frank Mischo von der Kindernothilfe. Länder wie Saudi-Arabien, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, Ägypten, Brasilien, die Philippinen oder Indien gehörten seit Jahren zu den größten Empfängern deutscher Waffenlieferungen. "Kinder müssen in vielen Ländern mit deutschen Waffen kämpfen oder fallen diesen zum Opfer", kritisierte Mischo.

https://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/ausland/krisen/id_86889784/deutschland-umgang-mit-kindersoldaten-un-faellen-vernichtendes-urteil.html

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Stammesverband der Jubur appelliert an junge Araber

Die Türkei benutzt für ihren Angriff junge Menschen, die aus Syrien in die Türkei migriert sind, erklärt Fawaz Zuba al-Mirhem vom Stammesverband der Jubur und ruft die Araber dazu auf, nicht auf die Machenschaften des türkischen Staates hereinzufallen.

Fawaz Zuba al-Mirhem ist Präsident des Stammesverbands der Jubur und hat sich gegenüber ANF zu der türkischen Besatzungsoperation in Nord- und Ostsyrien geäußert. Sein Stamm werde außer den Demokratischen Kräften Syriens (QSD) keine andere militärische Kraft in der Region tolerieren, erklärte er.

Der Stammesverband der Jubur lebt in Syrien in den Regionen Deir ez-Zor, Raqqa, Hesekê, Şedadê, Hol, Til Berak und Qamişlo, ihm gehören die größten arabischen Stämme in dem Gebiet an. In Syrien hat er 1,5 Millionen Angehörige, im Irak 8,5, im Jemen 400.000, in Jordanien 500.000, in Saudi-Arabien 850.000 und in Bahrein 150.000. Insgesamt wird von rund zwölf Millionen Menschen ausgegangen.

https://anfdeutsch.com/rojava-syrien/stammesverband-der-jubur-appelliert-an-junge-araber-15739

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Intent on tearing apart entire families, #Bahrain has sentenced detainee Abdulhadi Rajab to life in prison, while his brothers Fahdel & Hussein have been languishing behind bars since 2015, each serving 15yrs and stripped of their citizenship! (photos)

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1200099603846062082

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#Bahrain's judiciary has sentenced detained MINOR Hussein AlRayes to 5yrs, raising his sentence to a total of 7yrs in prison! Hussein was arrested last April while visiting his imprisoned brothers, Ali & Mohamed, each of whom is serving 5yrs! #ThisIsBahrain

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1199755767215054848

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Tehran: Government in Sana’a Is Legitimate

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, rejected the Arab League's protest against Iran's acceptance of the new Yemeni ambassador, stressing that Sana'a-based government is legitimate and several countries including the European and UN have held talks with it. According to IRNA agency, speaking about the Arab League's protest against Iran's acceptance of the new Yemeni ambassador, Mousavi rejected their criticism.

Mousavi said that "Sana'a's government is a legitimate government and that several countries, including the European and UN, have held talks with them. It is normal to send ambassadors to the countries of their choice and Iran has accepted their ambassador as a friendly country."

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9916

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Mörderische Geschäfte

Spaniens Rüstungskonzerne liefern Kriegsgerät an Saudi-Arabien und Marokko. Spuren führen auch nach Deutschland

Im Flughafen Barajas nahe der spanischen Hauptstadt Madrid werden regelmäßig Militärflugzeuge aus Saudi-Arabien gewartet und repariert. Darüber berichtete am Montag exklusiv das spanische Onlineportal Eldiario.es. Die spanische Luftfahrtgesellschaft Iberia bestätigte das auf Nachfrage, verwies aber darauf, lediglich Aufträge des Airbus-Konzerns auszuführen. Man wisse dabei nicht, wer die eigentlichen Kunden sind, hieß es. Auch Airbus bestätigte den Journalisten, dass in Barajas Militärmaschinen vom Typ A-330 MRTT kontrolliert werden.

Eldiario.es veröffentlichte auch Fotos saudiarabischer Flugzeuge, die zwischen 2017 und 2019 auf dem internationalen Flughafen der spanischen Hauptstadt gelandet waren.

Eine Firma im Besitz von Josep Piqué, der unter dem rechtskonservativen Regierungschef José Maria Anzar Industrieminister gewesen ist, soll bis mindestens 2017 Motoren für die »Eurofighter Typhoon« gebaut haben, die Saudi-Arabien im Jemen einsetzt. Das Kabinett von Aznars Amtsnachfolger Mariano Rajoy soll den Deal trotz eines Verbots durch die EU autorisiert haben.

Im Rahmen ihrer Recherchen stießen die spanischen Journalisten, die auch mit ausländischen Kollegen zusammengearbeitet haben, auch auf Spuren, die nach Deutschland führen. In der Bundesrepublik sollen vor allem Ersatzteile für Kampfflugzeuge oder Panzer hergestellt und an Riad verkauft worden sein.

https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/367689.mörderische-geschä4fte.html

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Film: Spain Arms: Waffenexporte aus Spanien

Wir zeigen, wo sie letztlich enden und gegen wen sie eingesetzt werden.

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/093990-000-A/spain-arms-waffenexporte-aus-spanien/

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SpanishArms: Maintaining war in Yemen

How Spanish companies (Iberia and Airbus) make a profit from the war in Yemen, by maintaining the airfleet of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2xSZOZbORY

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Saudi Arabia elected to World Heritage Committee for first time

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who is also Chairman of the National Committee for Education, Science and Culture, said that the Kingdom's election to the World Heritage Committee, comes after the support of the culture sector by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2004009

My comment: Shame on UN. The arsonist as firefighter: While the Saudis have destroyed cultural sites in Yemen – and elsewhere by their Wahabist ideology – , they are honoured by the UNESCO.

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SONS OF AL-BAYDA CONDEMN BOMBING OF OLD MAUSOLEUMS AND GRAVES

Sons of al-Bayda province, on Tuesday, came out in a tribal rally to denounce the Takfiri elements called “ISIS and al-Qaeda” blow up several shrines in the al-Sawma’ah district in the province.

During the rally stand, the participants pointed out that these heinous acts are an extension of the Saudi-American aggression against the Yemeni people and clear proof that these elements are one of the tools of aggression.

The participants stressed that these heinous acts are the result of being influenced by the Wahhabi takfiri, which had previously targeted the house of the prophet PBUH and turned it into baths, as well as digging, demolishing and removing the graves and shrines of the companions in Baqi and renewed his crimes by targeting the shrine of Imam Al-Hadi, in addition to a number of cemeteries in a number of provinces.

Participants called on all the people of the province to take effective action and confront these criminal elements and cleanse the province of desecration of its actions.

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/sons-of-al-bayda-condemn-bombing-of-old-mausoleums-and-graves/

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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[Sanaa] Central Bank Governor: Aggression Forces Seek to Harm the National Economy

The forces of aggression and mercenaries are seeking to harm the national economy by printing large quantities of local currency and flooding the market, which caused the creation of inflation situation reflected on high prices, the governor of the Central Bank Dr. Rashid Abulohom stressed on Wednesday.

Abulohom told Almasirah that the country is witnessing a sharp deterioration in the national currency resulted from the acquisition of aggression on foreign reserves, oil and gas.

He pointed out that the aggression did not allowed to invest oil and gas revenues to cover Yemen's reserves in the dollar abroad.

Abulohom pointed out that the country's inflation situation is also the result of printing the local currency by the illegal aggression, which led to high prices.

He explained that the Central Bank is working on strict control measures in the banking sector to improve the exchange rate in the provinces of the state. He pointed out that the countries of aggression did not like the improvement of the exchange rate, so they printed 80 billion and injected it into the local market.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9958&cat_id=1

and also https://www.uprising.today/central-bank-of-yemen-reveals-true-cause-of-financial-collapse/

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[Sanaa ] Ministry of Finance Reveals Consequences of Aggression and Siege on Yemen’s Economic Sector

The aggression and siege on the Yemeni people over five years, has caused catastrophic damage to the financial and economic sector, the undersecretary of the Central Bank, Sami al-Siaghi said on Wednesday.

In a statement to Almasirah, al-Siaghi revealed that the latest statistics for 2018 estimated the losses of the national economy due to the siege and aggression between $ 66 billion and $ 80 billion.

He pointed out that Yemen's foreign exchange reserves declined from three billion seven hundred and sixty-seven million dollars to less than one billion dollars as a result of the aggression.

Al-Siaghi pointed out that some US banks facilitated the mercenaries' managing of part of Yemen's foreign exchange reserves, owned by the Yemeni people.

He stressed that Yemen's foreign reserves lost due to the blockade the investment returns estimated at $ 8,000,000 in addition to revenues of oil and gas sales estimated at $ 6 billion annually.

Al-Siaghi said that internal public debt indicators exceeded revenues and accounted for 110% of the total public revenues of the state, exceeding the risk rates according to international standards. The total public debt ratio represents 127% of the gross national product due to the blockade imposed on Yemen, he added.

He added that the siege imposed on Yemen and the illegal and uneconomic printing by mercenaries for more than one trillion and four hundred billion riyals are the main reasons for the high exchange rates and the deterioration of the national currency.

Al-Siaghi said that the countries of aggression targeted remittances of Yemeni expatriates in various ways because of being the first tributary of foreign exchange, besides the control of mercenaries on oil and gas revenues. It imposed new and unfair fees on Yemeni expatriates to curb foreign transfers to Yemen. Several restrictions were imposed on Yemen, limiting the Central Bank's dollar transactions with foreign banks.

Al-Siaghi explained that the Central Bank of Aden branch besieged commercial banks under the pretext of not applying compliance standards, which exacerbated the banks' suffering in covering the import credits of basic commodities.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9954

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

UAE and Saudi Arabia, Strategic Partners in Yemen

Facing the conflict in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sought to present a united front in an attempt to prevent a potential war in the country.
This critical issue will be one of the main topics up for discussions of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz during his meeting with Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on the sidelines of his official visit to Abu Dhabi that will start on Wednesday November 27th.
The two Gulf powers reaffirmed continued support for the legitimate government of Yemen and called on warring parties to immediately cease all military operations.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14911

(A P)

Yemen: Negotiating The Price Of Peace

There has been a major reduction in fighting since October as both sides talk about the possibility of a ceasefire and peace deal. No real progress there. Meanwhile the Shia rebels have been attacking Red Sea shipping. This is part of an Iranian effort to retaliate for economic sanctions on Iran. While coalition airstrikes are down about 80 percent since October this is changing because of the rebel threat to Red Sea shipping.

The rebels currently provide Iran with access to the Saudi border and for the Saudis that is unacceptable, given the fact that the Iranians are openly calling for the overthrow of the Saudi government, and Iran taking over as the “protector of the two Most Holy Islamic cities of Mecca and Medina”.

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/yemen/20191127.aspx

(A P)

A friend informed of the hashtag "…" - which translates as "Qatar is against the people of Iraq". It seems clear after analysis that the hashtag is being promoted by a anti-Qatar/Iran/Turkey nexus and pro-UAE troll and/or sock-puppet farm. Read on

If you search for the hashtag, you will notice the top tweets on the Arabic hashtag, and are in English. Here is a sample of a few of them. The language is very similar, both stylistically and in terms of word use, almost as if it's the same person writing the content.

https://twitter.com/marcowenjones/status/1198913651727425537

(A P)

The Recognition of Houthis as Representatives of Yemen in Tehran is a clear violation of diplomatic norms After the Iranian authorities formally recognized the Houthis' representation of Yemen and handed them over the Yemeni embassy in Tehran, observers saw the move as a clear violation of diplomatic norms, wishing a clear response by the United Nations to the Houthis' representation of Yemen and its people in Iran.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCTFkiy1eGs

My comment: It’s obviously not; recognizing an alternate government is happening very often, in many cases by the „West“ if a regime cngange had been achieved or even before (Venezuela). Thus, why not in the case of (A P)

Due to Houthi Terrorist Acts, Yemen Ranked 8th in Global Terrorism Index 2019

The Institute for Economics and Peace has revealed in its Global Terrorism Index 2019 a list of the most affected countries by terrorism in the world in which Yemen ranked 8th.

The report listed Iran-aligned rebels to be the Houthis deadliest terrorist group in Yemen since they staged a coup in 2015, saying that Al Qaeda and ISIS were committing the most terrorist attacks before Houthis took over the capital Sana’a.

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/22034

(A P)

[Hadi] Yemen Minister says Houthi militia sets up all-female brigades to abduct, torture women

Yemen’s Social Affairs Minister said the Houthi militia controlling the capital Sana’a since the September 2014 coup had set up “all-female b

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/11/25/yemen-minister-says-houthi-militia-set-up-all-female-brigades-to-abduct-torture-women/rigades known as Al-Zaynabiyat to abduct and torture oppositionist women.”

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2004455

https://www.prnewswire.com/ae/news-releases/sdrpy-assesses-needs-of-aden-international-airport-300966037.html and https://www.presseportal.de/pm/132628/4452476 (Deutsch)

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2003412

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

(A K pH)

Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted civilians' houses and properties in Baqem district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9967

(A K pS)

Landmine cuts off young girl's leg in Taiz, in newest Houthi crime

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-34528

(A K pS)

MASAM project dismantles hundreds of Houthi-laid mines in Al-Jawf

The Saudi project for demining in Yemen MASAM dismantled on Thursday hundreds of new discovered landmines and unexploded ammunitions left by the Houthi militia in Yemen’s northern Al-Jawf province.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/11/28/masam-project-dismantles-hundreds-of-houthi-laid-mines-in-al-jawf/

(A K pH)

Citizen Injured by Saudi Border Guards in Sa’adah

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9959

(* A K)

African migrants among 20 civilians killed in attacks on Yemen within a week - U.N

African migrants were among at least 20 civilians killed this week in two attacks on a market in northern Yemen where migrants are known to congregate as they make their way to wealthy Gulf states in search of a better life, the United Nations said.

The U.N. statement, issued on Thursday, did not specify the type of attacks on Al-Raqw market in Saada province, near the Saudi border, or say who was responsible, but said many of those killed or wounded were Ethiopians.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-migrants/african-migrants-among-20-civilians-killed-in-attacks-on-yemen-within-a-week-u-n-idUSKBN1Y21NC

(* A K pH)

At least 32 dead and wounded counted after Saudi attack on African migrants in Yemen

Refugees from East Africa viciously attacked by Saudi invaders

The number of victims of Saudi-led coalition’s artillery shelling on African migrants in the border directorate of Manabeh district of Saada province has risen to 32 dead and wounded, a security official told Yemen Press Agency on Wednesday evening.

The official elaborated that the Saudi shelling on al-Raque area in the border district of Monabeh left 10 dead and 22 wounded from the civilian African migrants.

Earlier in the day, the official said that a dead African migrant and two wounded arrived at the hospital of Saada city.

Last Wednesday, 10 African migrants, Somali and Ethiopian nationals, were killed and 35 others injured in artillery shelling by the coalition forces on al-Raque market in the same district.

https://www.uprising.today/at-least-32-dead-and-wounded-counted-after-saudi-attack-on-african-migrants-in-yemen/

(* A K)

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen: New attack kills more civilians in Sa'ada Governorate

Preliminary reports indicate that at least ten civilians have been killed and a further 22 injured, including four children and a woman, during a 27 November attack on AlRaqw market in Monabbih district, Sa'ada. This attack comes just a week after a similar incident caused the death of ten civilians at the same location. Many of the killed and wounded are Ethiopians.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to all of the bereaved families,” said Ms. Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/new-attack-kills-more-civilians-saada-governorate

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/2163337507295565

Film: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=443290832997560

and

(* A K pH)

Human Rights Office in Sa’ada Condemns US-Saudi Crime against African migrants

The Human Rights office in Sa'ada governorate condemned on Wednesday the crime of targeting residential areas in Al-Raqw area, killing and injuring a number of African migrants.

In a statement, the office hold the United Nations, the international community and the US-Saudi alliance the responsibility for the crimes.

The forces of aggression targeted on Wednesday a camp for African migrants with artillery shelling in the border district of Munabbih, killing and injuring 32 migrants, including women.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9947

(* B K pS)

HRITC: Houthis Committed 44 Crimes against Women in Taiz

HRITC asserted that its field teams had documented the deaths of 14 women: 4 killed by mortar attacks launched by Houthis, 3 killed by Houthi-affiliated snipers, 5 killed by Houthi-laid landmines and 2 killed by blade weapons.

The report said that clashes erupted by the Security Forces and gunmen resulted in the killing of two other women, adding that there was another woman who was killed by an armed man.

HRITC also said that it had monitored 30 injuries among women: 14 wounded by mortar shrapnel, 10 wounded by Houthi-affiliated snipers, and 6 others by landmines planted by the Houthi milit

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/22060

(A K pS)

Al-Aqili reveals expansion of mine fields laid by Houthi militia

The [Hadi gov.] National Mine Action Center (NMAC) unearthed expansion of mine fields laid by Houthi rebel militia in cities, villages, roads, public establishments, water resources, pasture fields and agricultural lands in a number of provinces.

The Director of NMAC General Amin al-Aqili made it clear in Yemen’s speech he delivered in the Fourth Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Accord held in Oslo that the Saudi Project for Demining in Yemen- in partnership with the center- has been able to demine and destroy in the period between June 2018 and October 2019 1,642 anti-person mines, 43,576 anti-tanks mines, 4,040 explosive devices and 56, 722 war wastes and unexploded ammunitions.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2019/11/27/al-aqili-reveals-expansion-of-mine-fields-laid-by-houthi-militia/

(A K pH)

SHELLING OF SAUDI MISSILES AND ARTILLERY ON RAZIH IN SAADA

https://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/shelling-of-saudi-missiles-and-artillery-on-razih-in-saada/

(* A K pH)

Streitkräfte enthüllen Operation "Wenn Sie zurückkehren, kehren wir zurück" auf Invasorenlagern in Mocha

Die Streitkräfte gaben heute bekannt, dass sie eine Operation durchgeführt haben, "und wenn Sie zurückkehren, kehren wir zurück", bei der die Lager der Invasoren und Agenten, die am Hochverrat in der Region Mocha beteiligt sind, mit neun ballistischen Raketen und mehr als 20 Drohnen bombardiert wurden.

Die Streitkräfte sagten in einer von der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba) herausgegebenen Kopie, dass der Operation zum Tod von mehr als 350 Toten und Verwundeten geführt habe, darunter saudische Staatsangehörige, Emiraten und Sudanesen und die Zerstörung von fünf Waffengeschäften und einer Reihe von Fahrzeugen und gepanzerten Fahrzeugen in den Ziellagern sowie die Störung und Zerstörung einer Reihe von Radargeräten and Patriot-Batterien.

In der Erklärung wurde betont, dass die Streitkräfte nicht untätig bleiben wüfrden und stark auf die Angriffe, Verstöße und Verletzungen des Feindes in Hodeidah und an der Westküste reagieren werden

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3080043.htm

(* A K pH)

[Sanaa] army spokesman unveils in military operation in response to coalition crimes

Yemen's Army spokesman unveiled on Monday a military operation in response to the Saud-led aggression coalition crimes and violations in Yemen

In a press statement, the spokesman Yahya Saria said that over 350 Saudi-led aggression coalition mercenaries, including Saudi, UAE and Sudanese soldiers were killed and injured during the operation on the coalition camps Mocha district of Taiz.

The spokesman said that the operation” If you return to aggression, we will respond too” targeted the coalition forces with nine ballistic missiles and over drones.

Saria affirmed also that the operation destroyed five coalition weapon depots and a number of military vehicles in the attack.

Saria added,” A number of radars and Patriot batteries of coalition were suspended and destroyed during the air and missile attack.”

The spokesman warned the aggression of strong response if it would continue to commit more violations in Hodeidah and West Coast fronts.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3080044.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=9912

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/152695/Yemeni-army-conducts-new-operation-in-west-kills-350-Saudi-led

(A K pS)

Photos: Bomb-laden drone down in Mocha

The military police of the West Coast shot down a bomb-laden drone over the Red Sea city of Mocha, launched by the pro-Iran Houthi militia, Al-Amalika Media Centre reported.
The same sources said that the military police detected the drone in Mocha and shot it using DShK heavy machine gun, adding that the unmanned aerial vehicle fell down 200 metres away from MSF hospital in the city.
The bomb-laden drone did not exploded after being hit, explosives experts attended the scene and managed to defuse the 10 kg TNT charge.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/14897

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(A H)

The Great Escape: 9 exploited in Yemen steal boat, set sail for India

Nine Indian fishermen who were allegedly harassed and not paid by their employer in Yemen for nearly a year have escaped that country by stealing their employer's boat and sailing for Kochi

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/the-great-escape-9-exploited-in-yemen-steal-boat-set-sail-for-india/articleshow/72285648.cms

(C)

Yemen’s lost Pre-Islam School of Medicine – Part I

When books on Arab heritage discuss medical schools from the pre-Islamic era, we find that they mention in detail the Academy of Gondishapur in Persia and the Levant School, but neglect to mention medical education in Yemen, despite the fact that Yemen had made considerable progress that did not stop until after the Sasanian invasion.

https://almadaniyamag.com/2019/11/13/yemen-medicine-part-i/

(* B H P)

Did you know that Yemen has its own cultural magazine? Focusing on all of Yemen's regions and a wide variety of topics, @almadaniyamag brings you Yemeni academia, literature, culture, history and more in English and Arabic. Be sure to follow and share!

Take for example its newest publication: Mohammed Atbuosh, a young Yemeni scholar, uncovers traces to Yemen's pre-Islamic medicine. It is a fascinating story of Islamic politics and competition, leaving its traces in the way history was recorded.

Mohammed Mahrous wrote about young Yemenis in Taiz. Youth are active in all fields: "Since the very first weeks of the siege, the initiatives took the lead to deliver medicine and food to those in need as well as oxygen tubes to hospitals.

@almadaniyamag publishes the work of young writers, such as Hisham Mohammed and his story "Silkworm: The Thoughts of a Cleaning Man," they come illustrated with the most amazing art

On @almadaniyamag you will find articles about Yemeni music icons, icons all Yemenis cherish and love, such as Ayoub Taresh! Now the magazine is bringing his life and work to young Yemenis, and people all around the world!

@almadaniyamag brings you photography and videos, such as this photo essay on lanterns in Sanaa's old city by Badr Youssef; or @AfroHussain's Stories Scattered by War.

@almadaniyamag is a place where even the youngest are given space. Heba is only 12 years old; she is a YouTuber, graphics designer, artist, writer, and programmer, and she is also learning Japanese. Look at her gorgeous work:

https://twitter.com/projectyemen/status/1199254806856110080

This is not just a magazine, it's an oasis of everything that's beautiful in #Yemen. Most of the authors are Yemeni and they offer a candid insight into our academia, rich culture, high literature, and amazing history. Visit to see that there's more to Yemen than a devasting war.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/1199294251269533701

(B D)

Another forgotten wealth -- Yemeni handcrafts: Fekri Al Muafa at TEDxSanaa 2013

Fekri speaks about the wonders and beautify of Yemeni handcrafts and how remarkable and valuable they are for local consumers but also for export to the world. By presenting innovative ideas on how to promote some of the most traditional handicrafts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi8WN7O2rgc

(* B H P)

Youth Volunteering Initiatives in Taiz: Snapshots of Civil Resistance Against Destruction

The absence of state institutions in Taiz in recent years has created a massive gap in people’s lives, especially at a time when they are in severe need of security and development services. Due to the suffering this absence has caused, a number of youth initiatives have appeared that make a significant difference in the lives of people in Taiz, despite the dire conditions. These initiatives have become a model for collective community efforts that reflect the responsibility these young women and men have towards their communities and their city, which has been hijacked by war.

Scores of initiatives have emerged, despite the limited resources, introducing emergency replacements for governmental institutions. Street cleaning and lighting, education, emotional support and entertainment activities for children as well as awareness programs on health, culture and environment are among the activities these initiatives have been carrying out. In addition, these young women and men’s involvement in food and other forms of humanitarian aid distribution, done with relentless enthusiasm, has earned them the respect and appreciation of their communities.

Youth initiatives reflected the true face of Taiz when they managed to break the city’s siege, since August 2015.

More than 1,000 young women and men have been involved in over 100 initiatives. Their enthusiasm and energy has been focused on the suffering caused by war. They became volunteers and community based civil society alternatives for the paralyzed state institutions. They kept working according to the needs in their communities.

https://almadaniyamag.com/2019/11/10/resistance-against-destruction/

(* C)

Die Abteilung Moralische Beratung enthüllt Einzelheiten der Ermordung von Präsident Al-Hamdi

In einem Bericht über das Verbrechen, der vom stellvertretenden Direktor der Abteilung für Moralische Beratung für Medienangelegenheiten, Brigadegeneral Abdullah bin Amer, vorgelesen wurde, wies die Abteilung für Moralische Beratung auf die wichtigsten Täter des Attentats und die Rolle der amerikanischen und saudischen Geheimdienste hin, die das Attentat direkt planten, finanzierten und überwachten.

In dem Bericht wurde darauf hingewiesen, dass eines der Dokumente, das Ausmaß der Angst des saudischen Regimes vor den Folgen dieses Verbrechens und seine Auswirkungen in dem Maße, in dem er daran interessiert ist, einen der Haupttäter des Verbrechens zu unterhalten und die Präsidentschaft des jemenitischen Staates zu töten, um den Rest der Mörder im Jemen zu schützen und die saudische Agenda umzusetzen.

Dem Bericht zufolge wurden Informationen über den Einheitsplan von al-Hamdi und Salmeen, die Integration der Streitkräfte und Bab al-Mandab sowie Einzelheiten des Konflikts mit dem israelischen Feind während dieser Zeit eingeholt, die bestätigten, dass die Rolle der ausländischen Geheimdienste beim blutigen Putsch in Sanaa am 11. Oktober 1977 nicht ausgeschlossen war.

Er betonte, dass unter den Ergebnissen und aus mehreren verlässlichen Quellen die Ermordung von Bildern und die Beteiligung des saudischen Regimes an der Straftat dokumentiert wurde, von der Planung bis zur Überwachung der Umsetzung, um die Straftat zu vertuschen, während die Worte "Saudi Authoring in Zusammenarbeit mit US-Geheimdiensten" in einem der Dokumente über die Operation standen Ermordung.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3080120.htm

(* C)

Documents on assassination of President al-Hamdi found in house of Saleh

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Saudi-backed ruler from 1978 to 2011, had detailed documents all along

The document relating to the assassination of President Ibrahim al-Hamdi, unveiled Tuesday by the Moral Guidance Department, was found in former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s old house in the capital Sana’a, the army’s spokesman said on Wednesday.

“The document was found among a set of papers in a place that no one expects to find such important documents in,” the army’s spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e said in a statement.

Sare’e explained that the place contained papers and neglected and untidy files, which were apparently prepared for destruction several years ago.

The military spokesman hailed efforts of all those who interacted to uncover all what the Moral Guidance Department has learned on the case of bloody coup on October 11, 1977 and the assassination of President al-Hamdi.

https://www.uprising.today/documents-on-assassination-of-president-al-hamdi-found-in-house-of-saleh/

Better image of document (Arabic): https://twitter.com/ahameedrahman/status/1199770533434445829

(* C)

Film: Ibrahim Al-Hamdi is a legend and an icon amongst the Yemeni people for one particular reason: He opposed Saudi foreign interference and tried his best to improve Yemeni society.

https://twitter.com/m_almoayed/status/1199721448073580544

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-601-yemen-war-mosaic-601

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-601 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-601:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

Untersuchungen von Angriffen, hunderte von Filmen / Investigations of attacks, hundreds of films:

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

06:39 29.11.2019
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