Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 610 - Yemen War Mosaic 610

Yemen Press Reader 610: 30. Dez. 2019: Zahl der Toten von Angriff auf Markt steigt auf 24 – Huthi-Frauensicherheitskräfte unterdrücken Frauen – US-Drohnenkriege – Weiter Unruhe im Südjemen ...
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Dec. 30, 2019: Number of victims of market attack rises to 24 – Houthi female security forces oppressing women – US drone wars – Unrest in Southern Yemen continues – Houthi attack at parade kills 9 – Saudi dissidents on Khashoggi murder trial – 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

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

Neue Artikel / New articles

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Film: EK'rem - How Can We Carry Your Burden Yemen?

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Yemen war: Humanitarian crisis worsens in fifth year of conflict

Analysts say more than 91,000 have died, 3 million displaced since war began, with nationwide famine imminent.

For nearly five years, the Saudi-Emirati-led coalition has been fighting against the Houthis in Yemen - bringing it to the point of collapse.

And still, the coalition has not yet won the war.

But its people continue to pay the price. =

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Major events related to Yemen in 2019

My comment: By Kuwait News Agency. The actual headline is propaganda.

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10 Conflicts to Watch in 2020


In 2018, aggressive international intervention in Yemen prevented what UN officials deemed the world’s worst humanitarian crisis from deteriorating further. 2020 could offer a rare opportunity to wind down the war. That chance, however, is the product of a confluence of local, regional, and international factors and, if not seized now, may quickly fade.

The war’s human cost is painfully clear. It has directly killed an estimated 100,000 people while pushing a country that was already the Arab world’s poorest to the brink of famine. Yemen has become a critical fault line in the Middle East-wide rivalry between Iran on the one hand and the U.S. and its regional allies on the other. Yet a year after it briefly grabbed international headlines, the five-year-old conflict is at risk of slipping back out of international consciousness.

The loss of focus is the flip side of recent good news

But the opportunity could evaporate. A collapse of the government’s fragile deal with the STC in the south or of its equally vulnerable agreement with the Huthis along the Red Sea coast would upend peacemaking efforts. The Huthis’ impatience with what they consider the Saudis’ sluggishness in transitioning from de-escalation to a nationwide ceasefire, coupled with their access to a stockpile of missiles, could rapidly reignite the cross-border war. Heightening U.S.-Iranian tensions could also spill into Yemen. The lull in violent conflict in the second half of 2019, in other words, should not be mistaken for a new normal. The opportunity for peace should be seized now. =

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

Weitere wichtigste Punkte: cp6, cp8a, cp17 / More most important points: cp6, cp8a, cp17

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Death Toll of US-Saudi Aggression Massacre in Sa’adah Rises to 24

The number of victims of the Saudi massacre that was committed against citizens and African immigrants in Ar-Raqou Market, in Munabih district of Sa’adah governorate, rose to 24 martyrs.

Almasirah correspondent reported that the death toll rose to 24 martyrs, including 6 citizens, after 4 bodies were found 4 days after the crime.

More than 20 citizens, including African immigrants, were killed and wounded Tuesday, by the US-Saudi aggression forces targeting a popular market in Munabbih district.

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The Latest Saudi Slaughter In Yemen Kills 17 Civilians

The Saudi coalition has said that it will investigate another one of its own war crimes following the latest slaughter of Yemeni civilians earlier this week.

Saudi coalition atrocities in Yemen have not stopped. Our government’s support for the war criminals responsible for these atrocities has not ended. Innocent civilians continue to pay the price for the indefensible U.S. policy of backing this war.

When the Saudi coalition promises an investigation into one of its own massacres, we already know what they will conclude. They will either claim that it was an accident or they will attempt to shift the blame to the people they blew up. We know this because the coalition’s Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) exists to whitewash these crimes as much as possible. Having the coalition investigate itself will predictably yield a result as dissatisfying and outrageous as the verdict in the sham Khashoggi trial.

Since the Saudi coalition’s “commitment to international humanitarian law” is non-existent, referring to the case to JIAT is very much in keeping with it. The Saudi coalition acts with impunity in Yemen because their military personnel know that they face no consequences for killing civilians a dozen or more at a time. Their assessment team exists to create the appearance of taking international law seriously while they routinely violate it in practice.

The Saudi coalition has been launching indiscriminate attacks in civilian areas all over Yemen for almost five years, but Saada has been the hardest hit and one of the most frequently targeted parts of the country. Almost as soon as the bombing campaign had begun, the Saudi coalition illegally declared all of Saada to be a military target. It is no accident that many of the most egregious massacres of innocents have occurred in that province, including the Dhahyan bus massacre that took place in August 2018.

The coalition is responsible for causing more Yemeni civilian casualties throughout the war. In just the last few weeks, they are responsible for killing dozens and dozens of civilians in a marketplace. They get away with this in large part because their Western patrons value arms sales over everything else, and because virtually no one speaks up for their Yemeni victims. The longer that the U.S. supports this war and continues enabling Saudi coalition atrocities, the more atrocities our government will have made possible – by Daniel Larison

My remark: Earlier reporting, photos: Yemen War Mosaic 609, cp1c.

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Abductions, ransom, prostitution allegations: How the Houthis' female security force silences women in Yemen's war

The so-called Zaynabeyat were created to repress women’s political participation, but they've gone much further, victims say

It was a heartbreaking moment when the prisoners began to tell each other how their stories began: kidnapping, forcible disappearance, imprisonment and torture. Suddenly they start weeping, and the voice of one of them rises: "What do they want from us? They made us confess that we are prostitutes and drug dealers. They beat us, burned our bodies, made our families disown us. What more do they want?"

Houthi authorities told the young woman’s mother that she was imprisoned for prostitution.

“I'm not a prostitute,” she said. “They kidnapped us and forced us to admit that we are prostitutes. Tell my mother this charge is not true.”

Another young woman with scars on her chest was burned with cigarettes and electrocuted.

"My parents don't know I'm here,” the 20-year-old told Almasdar Onlinr. “Tell them that the Houthis kidnapped me." Her mother came looking for her and demanded her release, but was told to disown her daughter, as she was a hashish dealer.

Other families still don’t know their daughters’ fate or whereabouts. Many families with disappeared daughters wait for the release of female prisoners in the hopes that they bring messages from their daughters on the inside.

Based on interviews with a dozen current and former abductees and their relatives, two human trafficking activists, a lawyer and several security officials familiar with the abductions, Almasdar Online examined how the Houthi-run female security force known as Zaynabeyat has abducted women at an unprecedented rate in Yemen's war.

Exploiting social stigmas

Because Yemeni society generally considers women to be guilty before proven innocent, some parents threaten to disown or, in the worst of cases, kill their daughters, if they leave prison. Honor and tribal culture dictate these situations in most cases.

There are no official statistics on the victims of Houthi abductions, although media and human rights reports say that between 100 and 300 women have so far been abducted. The true figure is likely higher, however, since many disappearances are covered up out of fear of scandal.

Eighty Yemeni women, including underage girls, were detained in the central prison in Sana’a at the time of publication, as well as three Ethiopian women who have so far been unable to contact their embassy or any of their relatives. One of the Ethiopian victims was a food delivery person, who was abducted while working.

At the central prison, female prison guards and supervisors have been replaced by the Zaynabeyat, who mistreat inmates on a daily basis, according to abductees.

Female prisoners are subjected to various forms of verbal abuse and physical torture, including beatings, sexual violence, cigarette burns and electric shock. Unconfirmed reports suggest two women have died from torture, while others have been admitted to hospitals under fake names following the abuse.

A lawyer close to the crackdown told Almasdar Online that “all of the actions taken against these women are illegal, including kidnapping or arrest without permission of the prosecution and detention in secret, irregular prisons, enforced disappearance, torture and sexual exploitation.”

Most of the victims in the Houthi abduction campaign have no criminal records, he said.

“It’s clear that there are girls and women who were released after paying money, and others were imprisoned without being charged with anything other than communicating with the Saudi-led coalition and without evidence,” he said.

Most of the female abductees’ legal cases go unheard, and appeals are likewise ineffective or not heard, according to the lawyer.

Charges raised against female abductees that he has seen range from collaborating with the aggression, mobilizing women in support of former President Saleh, adultery, prostitution, selling hashish and other drugs, working abroad as dancers, and drinking and selling alcohol.

The lawyer said the Houthi investigation that led to the arrest of 28 prostitution networks is more of a condemnation of the Houthis than of the supposedly guilty women they abducted. "The laws in the country are broken, we are governed by the law of the jungle,” he said.

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So, let’s tell the truth about America. The truth is that, through a worldwide drone war we commenced two decades ago, we’ve invented a new form of terror for millions of people across the world. The truth is that we continued to escalate this war in 2019, yet there’s no way to say exactly how much, because the U.S. government refuses to tell its citizens the basic facts about it. The truth is that the best sources of information on this war are two underfunded outfits — the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Airwars— that aren’t even based in the United States.

The truth is that these journalists can’t be sure which airstrikes are being carried out by drones and which by conventional manned aircraft. The truth is that our drone war is like some underseas leviathan, the nature and size of which we can only guess at when parts of it briefly surface.

The truth that is our fleet of killer drones is likely aloft on Christmas Day, right now, circling endlessly as intelligence analysts decide whether to pronounce a death sentence on people thousands of miles away. The truth is that, as we open presents, these death machines might as well — for all the space they occupy in our consciousness — not exist at all. The truth is that there have been six Democratic presidential debates this year, and during these six debates, the number of times our worldwide drone war was debated is zero.

Eighteen years after September 11, 2001, this is the pattern with our drone war: The worst of the atrocities briefly make an appearance in the media. “We are aware of the allegations of civilian casualties and working with local authorities to determine the veracity of these claims,” Col. Sonny Leggett, a military spokesperson, said about Malana’s death. The news flits across the screen that 30 Afghan pine-nut farmers were killed by a U.S. drone strike. “We are aware of allegations of the death of noncombatants and are working with local officials to determine the facts,” Leggett said about them.

Then for Americans, the murders subside into the electronic maelstrom, never to be heard of again. (The Pentagon did not respond to a request for comment on whether any progress has been made in the investigation of the death of Malana.)

For the most part, our drone war grinds on with no notice taken here at all. Meanwhile, people in an uncertain number of countries live under the unblinking gaze of drones. We can say that the military’s overt program has conducted drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and Libya. In addition, the CIA has a classified program that it does not acknowledge. Through news coverage, we know of alleged CIA strikes in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and beyond. (Oddly, the New York Times reported in 2017 that the CIA, sensing opportunity as the Trump administration began, sought to expand its operations into Afghanistan for “the first time.”) CIA strikes may be spreading further into West Africa, as the CIA runs counterterrorism missions out of Niger and Somalia.

“From the ground, it is impossible to determine who or what they are tracking as they circle overhead,” according to David Rohde, who was kidnapped and held captive for months by the Taliban. “The buzz of a distant propeller is a constant reminder of imminent death. Drones fire missiles that travel faster than the speed of sound. A drone’s victim never hears the missile that kills him.”

“When [children] hear the drones, they get really scared, and they can hear them all the time so they’re always fearful that the drone is going to attack them,” explained a man in Pakistan who collected his cousin’s body after a drone strike. “Because of the noise, we’re psychologically disturbed — women, men, and children. … Twenty-four hours, [a] person is in stress and there is pain in his head.” – by Elisa Swain and Jon Schwarz

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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Anti-Polio vaccination campaign starts tomorrow

A nation-wide anti-polio immunization campaign to be launched tomorrow Sunday throughout all the Yemeni governorates.

It is funded by the WHO and UNICEF, carried out by the Ministry of Public Health and Population.

Under-Secretary of Health Ministry Dr. Ali al-Walidi told the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) the vaccination operation is targeting five million and 70 thousand children under 5-year-old all over the country.

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Mounting concern over cholera in Yemen

Cholera, which can kill within hours if left untreated, reappeared in Yemen.

Cholera, a potentially fatal disease that has come to symbolize the humanitarian crisis of the war in Yemen, has surged again in the country, with some areas hit by as many as 2,000 suspected or confirmed cases per week.

The United Nations had announced that 2.2 million suspected cases of cholera have been registered in Yemen, between the beginning of the outbreak in 2017 until mid-November 2019.

Last October, the World Health Organisation announced that it had registered 913 cholera deaths in Yemen during the period from the beginning of 2019 until the end of last September. The organisation said in a report that a total of 696,537 suspected cases of cholera have been detected in Yemen in 2019 alone.

The latest surge in cholera cases threatens to further complicate the already dire humanitarian situation.

Two years ago Yemen suffered the world’s largest cholera outbreak, with more than 1 million cases. Although the disease was brought under control, medical organizations operating in the country have continued to see cases in almost every region.

Doctors without Borders said that its facilities had admitted more than 7,900 patients with suspected cholera in Amran, Hajjah, Ibb and Taiz governorates in western Yemen .

Staff at the shabby and ill-equipped hospitals that are still functional amid the continued violence are at their wits' end, unable to cope with the rising number of patients.

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Over 2 million Yemenis suffering from cholera

Pandemic affects millions of Yemen, as death toll climbs in the thousands

On Thursday, the United Nations had announced that 2.2 million suspected cases of cholera have been registered in Yemen, between the beginning of the disease outbreak in 2017 until mid-November 2019.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations said in a statement that it has supplied two centers for treating diarrhea in Hodeidah province with medicines and other supplies, with the support of the Japanese government.

Last October, the World Health Organisation announced that it had registered 913 cholera deaths in Yemen during the period from the beginning of 2019 until the end of last September. The organisation said in a report that a total of 696,537 suspected cases of cholera have been detected in Yemen in 2019 alone.

The organization added that “children under the age of five constitute 25.5 percent of the total suspected cases of cholera.”

According to the organisation’s statistics, 305 districts out of 333 districts in Yemen have been reported as having a cholera pandemic.

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Houthis claim 94 deaths from swine flu epidemic in three months

A medical worker in Sana’a accused Houthi authorities of "misleading and minimizing the seriousness of the H1N1" swine flu epidemic

The Houthi-run Ministry of Health in Sana’a has announced the deaths of 94 people from the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, following accusations that the ministry misled the public about the dangers of the disease and its presence.

Minister Taha Al-Mutawakkil said samples from suspected swine flu cases have been sent to international laboratories to investigate, due to the lack of certain cases’ response to treatment.

"We do not rule out changes in the virus's genes as part of an act of hostility against the Yemeni people," he said.

On Monday, a medical worker at an international NGO in Sana’a accused Houthi authorities of "misleading and minimizing the seriousness of the H1N1" swine flu epidemic, which has recently spread in Sana’a and other areas under the group's control.

The source told Almasdar Online that the ministry’s spokesman, Yusuf Al-Hadadi, lied about the number of swine flu deaths in Houthi-controlled areas when he claimed that only 42 people had died in the past two months. Data issued by the ministry's epidemiological surveillance offices said that the number of deaths in the week leading up to Sunday, Dec. 22 reached 39 in Sana’a city alone, noting that the data of all cases are documented.

and also,-suspected-of-infecting-1,600-people:-Health-Ministry

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UNICEF Yemen Country Office Humanitarian Situation Report (Reporting Period: 1 - 30 November 2019)

In November, there have been 43,831 suspected Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera cases and 12 associated deaths. Over 11,000 AWD/cholera cases, a quarter of the national caseload, were treated in 328 Oral Rehydration Centres (ORC) and 70 Diarrhoea Treatment Centres (DTC).

Between 20 October - 10 November, 26 deaths associated with dengue fever were reported from Al Hudaydah, Taizz, and Hajjah governorates. UNICEF screened and treated 222 suspected Dengue Fever cases in Al Jarahi between 13 - 18 November.

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[Sanaa gov.] Health Ministry: US-SaudiI Aggression Could be behind Spread of Epidemics in Yemen

The Minister of Public Health and Population announced today, Tuesday, that it does not exclude the involvement modified viruses in the war against the Yemeni people, revealing in numbers the number of cases of viral diseases in the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Taha al-Mutawakil said that the ministry sent samples to international laboratories to investigate the lack of response of some cases to treatment, adding that we do not exclude the presence of changes in the genes of the virus within the hostile action against the Yemeni people.

My comment: I really doubt. “the lack of response of some cases to treatment” is the case in all Middle east countries which are affected by war, crumbling infrastructures and bad medical treatment.

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

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Sunday, December 29th, 2019

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Film: New scenes targeting the aggression forces, schools and homes in the besieged city of Al-Daraymi

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Houthis Target Joint Forces in al-Tuhita and al-Duraihimi

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Film: Houthi militias bombard homes of citizens in the district of Hays, south of Hodeidah

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Saturday, December 28th, 2019

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Man killed by Houthi snipers inTuhita, Hodeidah


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Aggressionsskräfte verschärfen ihre Verstöße gegen das Waffenstillstandsabkommen in Hodeidah

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Saudi-led aggression coalition violates Hodeidah ceasefire agreement

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Friday, December 27th, 2019

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Film: Al Houthi militias continue to target facilities and residential areas in Al Hudaydah and its countryside

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Film: People of Mashhar neighborhood in Al-Houk Directorate continue their displacement after Houthi militia bombed and destroyed their homes

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Film: The forces of aggression and its tools continue to target the besieged city of Al-Deraihemi

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Thursday, December 26th, 2019

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

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Film: The Houthi militia loyal to Iran continues its series of violations and daily violations of the international truce in a blatant and dangerous escalation, by bombing and targeting Hays district located in the south of Al Hudaydah governorate in western Yemen in a hysterical manner

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Film: 3736 Houthi mines were destroyed in Bab Al-Mandab on the West coast

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Yemen: A humanitarian emergency

This year, Yemen’s debilitating civil war continued to prove deadly with no end in sight, neither for the war nor the country’s humanitarian plight

For Yemen, 2019 was a year of continued failure to reach a breakthrough in efforts to resolve the conflict that has torn apart the country since the coup that ousted the internationally recognised government in September 2014. It was also a year in which other dimensions of the crisis grew more articulated and acquired increasing prominence. While the central government-Houthi dimension of the Yemeni crisis was marked by the persistent floundering of the Stockholm Agreement that was signed in December 2018, mounting tensions in the resurgent north-south tug-of-war erupted in armed clashes in the south. Simultaneously, regional impacts on the conflict grew more pronounced against the backdrop of rising tensions in the Gulf between Iran, on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia and the US, on the other, in tandem with US moves to tighten sanctions against Iran.

The Yemeni conflict still has no end in sight. Opportunities for peace in the country that has been torn by war for over five years are growing further remote. Yemen does not have the petroleum wealth of other war-torn countries such as Iraq and Libya. If such wealth can be a major source of conflict and its perpetuation, it can also be a source of healing when its revenues are channelled into post-war reconstruction projects. Therefore, even if/when the Yemeni war ends, the country will continue to suffer its humanitarian plight, the consequences of which have been at least as catastrophic as those wrought by the war.

Because of its geopolitical position, Yemen is important at the regional level in the context of tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The perpetuation of these tensions will continue to cast their shadow over the war and the prospects for peace. Conversely, developments in Yemen, whether positive or negative, will remain a gauge of Iranian-Saudi tensions and the climate in the Gulf region as a whole.

My remark: From Egypt, with propaganda bias.

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Infographics: The sample of the study’s questionnaire on the reality of places of detention & police stations in #Yemen included (277 respondents) from 7 governorates who were detained during the study period (2015-18)

The unofficial detention places were operated in bathrooms, residential and private buildings, and government civil and military buildings.

Read Mwatana study on the detention places in #Yemen:

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Al-Murtada Reveals: Over 2,000 Prisoners in One Battle Abandoned by Coalition of Aggression

The head of the [Sanaa gov.] National Prisoners Affairs Committee, Abdulqadir Al-Mortadha revealed on Thursday that the US-Saudi aggression and its mercenaries have abandoned over 2,000 war prisoners, who have been arrested in the “Victory from Allah” operation, "although we offered an exchange deal several times."

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„Deutschland sollte seine Vorbildfunktion nutzen“

David Miliband, Präsident der Hilfsorganisation International Rescue Committee und britischer Ex-Außenminister, sieht auch Deutschland in der Pflicht.

DM: Die Auswirkungen des Krieges sind nach wie vor verheerend. Zehntausende sind bislang durch direkte oder indirekte Folgen des Kriegs gestorben. 24 Millionen Jemeniten, das sind 80 Prozent der Bevölkerung, brauchen humanitäre Unterstützung.

Als ich im September vergangenen Jahres dort war, habe ich viele hungernde und kranke Kinder in unseren Behandlungszentren gesehen. Wenn sich die Mangelernährung der Kinder zurückentwickelt wie bisher, dauert es 20 Jahre, bis sie wieder auf Vorkriegsniveau ist.

Die Huthi-Rebellen, aber auch andere Konfliktparteien versuchen, die internationale Hilfe als Druckmittel zu benutzen. Oft liegen Frachtschiffe monatelang im Hafen, ohne dass ihre Ladung bei den Menschen im Land ankommt. So sollen etwa Lieferungen an die Bevölkerung im Feindesgebiet blockiert werden.

Oder sie beschlagnahmen Güter, verteilen sie entweder an ihre Kämpfer oder verkaufen sie auf dem Schwarzmarkt. Die Regierung, Rebellen, Milizen – sie alle behindern unsere Arbeit zusätzlich durch Visabeschränkungen, Checkpoints, Straßensperren. Das kostet buchstäblich Leben.

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The [Hadi gov.] Minister of Fish Wealth said fishermen have been subjected to killing, arrest and forced disappearance, committed by all parties to the conflict.

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Das Fischereiministerium [Sanaa -Reg.] verurteilt die Inhaftierung von 17 Fischern auf Hanish Island durch Saudi-Arabien

Das Fischereiministerium verurteilte am Donnerstag die Inhaftierung saudischer Truppen für 17 Fischer auf der Insel Hanish.

In einer bei der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba) eingegangenen Erklärung verurteilte das Ministerium für Fischreichtum die willkürlichen Handlungen der feindlichen saudischen Streitkräfte gegen die Fischer, die ihre Fische festgenommen, untersucht, gefoltert und beschlagnahmt hatten Ihnen.

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Fishermen detained and tortured by Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni soldiers

More than a dozen fishermen were detained and tortured by Saudi-led coalition forces and Yemeni soldiers belonging to the Tihami Elite on the Red Sea island of Hunaish.

About 17 fishermen from the village of Al-Qataba in Al-Khokha district were found on Wednesday morning with signs of torture and beatings, residents in Al-Khokha who are familiar with the situation told Almasdar Online.

According to the sources, the fishermen were detained and tortured by a group of coalition soldiers and members of a Yemeni brigade known as Tihami Elite, who together control the Hunaish archipelago which lies midway between Eritrea and Yemen. The Tihami Elite, trained in the Eritrean city of Assab by UAE forces, is one of three coalition-backed groups of Yemeni fighters that make up the anti-Houthi Joint Forces.

According to the residents, the fishermen were in the vicinity of the lesser island of Hunaish, when a gunboat carrying a Saudi officer and a group of Elite soldiers took them to prisons on the island at gunpoint, where they were detained and tortured for three days.

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[Sanaa gov.] Fisheries Minister: Emirati Ship Used as Floating Prison to Detain Fishermen

Minister of Fisheries Mohammed Al-Zubairi revealed that an Emirati ship is used as a floating prison in the sea to detain fishermen, stressing that the ministry has submitted complaints more than once to international organizations.

In a statement to Almasirah, Minister Al-Zubairi said Wednesday, "We formed a joint committee from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Fisheries and Coast Guard to follow up the issue of the fishermen's detention."

In a previous statement, the Minister of Fisheries condemned the arbitrary actions against the Yemeni fishermen and their detention in Eritrean prisons, calling for an end to Emirati piracy in the Red Sea and kidnapping fishermen and fishing boats.

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Potential oil spill disaster looms off Yemen's coast: Who’s to blame?

Both sides in Yemen's civil war are blaming each other for blocking international aid to prevent an imminent disaster in the Red Sea that has been described as a "floating bomb."

The Houthi-run Ministry of Water and Environment in Yemen held a press conference Dec. 14 in Sanaa to appeal for help, accusing the Saudi-led coalition it is battling of preventing the maintenance and unloading of the Safer, a floating storage and offloading oil ship.

Built as a Japanese single-hulled oil tanker in 1976, the Safer has been moored 7 kilometers (4 miles) off the Yemeni port of Ras Isa in Hodeidah. It has not been maintained since 2015, when the Yemeni war broke out between the Iran-affiliated Houthis and the internationally recognized government backed by the Saudi coalition.

Both sides want control of the cargo, which could be worth more than $60 million, based on July oil prices.

“[We] warn against the biggest imminent oil spill disaster in Yemen and the region, which will cause an environmental disaster for the Red Sea region and Aden Gulf that may extend to the Mediterranean Sea,” Abdul-Malek al-Ghazali, acting head of the General Authority for Environmental Protection, affiliated with the Ministry of Water, said at the press conference.

“This is because the aggression states [the Saudi-led coalition countries] continue to prevent the maintenance, operation and unloading of the Safer crude oil tanker,” he added.

But the United Nations has accused the Houthis of preventing its maintenance team from accessing the tanker.

In his latest brief to the UN Security Council in September, UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said the Houthi rebels had objected to deployment of a UN assessment team and equipment to Djibouti on the Gulf of Aden coast in August, based on a prior agreement with Houthi authorities.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee and a member of the Supreme Political Council, said the Houthis had raised several issues for the UN to consider, including compliance with the Stockholm Agreement signed last year.

He told Al-Monitor, “The UN is demanding that Houthis abide by all of its obligations under the Stockholm Agreement, but never demanded that [President] Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government implement its obligations.” He indirectly accused the UN of trying to show the world that it is concerned about the potential disaster the tanker poses, while it is not actually working to solve the root of the problem.

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Commuting in some areas in oil rich Marib, ironically also one of the most neglected governorates under both Saleh& Hadi. That is why Maribis r not keen on Sanaa elite reclaiming control over resources & decision making. Most Yemenis share that sentiment.

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Yemen Population

Yemen: Gdp and National debt

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Film: Yemen is hell

They had no chance of growing up.

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Afrah Nasser: For the Sake of the Sun

The Yemeni journalist on chronicling catastrophe in exile.

When Afrah Nasser was growing up in Sana’a, Yemen, “freedom” was an alien word, a Western concept associated with the erosion of traditions and culture. “More relevant to Yemenis is a life without oppression,” she says—a life marked not by violence, corruption, and poverty, but rather by a sense of possibility. It’s those aspirations that drove her to become a journalist, and to both cover and participate in Yemen’s 2011 uprising, which began as a peaceful, youth-led movement against an authoritarian regime.
In the face of death threats from regime supporters, Nasser was forced into exile in Sweden, where she’s lived for the last eight years, documenting Yemen’s slide into civil war, the overwhelming humanitarian crisis—some 14 million people are at risk of starvation and death because of displacement, disease, and famine—and the failures and complicity of international actors. Deeply connected to the home she left behind, Nasser occupies a vital position as a sensitive chronicler of both international diplomacy and the ground realities in Yemen. “Yemen experts tend to be 40-year-old academic guys sitting in New York,” she says. “Whatever I am part of, I always stress the agency of Yemenis. Talk with Yemenis, not just about Yemenis.”
Nasser’s reporting and analysis has appeared across international media.

I spoke with Nasser over Skype from her adopted home in Gothenburg, Sweden

Afrah Nasser: There are multiple fronts to the conflict in Yemen, and the humanitarian crisis is absolutely horrific. But the main question is: how can we save Yemen from being a failed state? Ensure it is a state where basic rights are protected, where people can enjoy life without human rights violations and misery?
As someone who grew up in Yemen and is living in exile now, I’m pretty much dominated by the feeling of guilt. It’s like, I survived, you know? Survival guilt. And I see, from people inside Yemen, especially those who have access to social media, a tendency to say, “Look, these Yemenis outside, they’re not doing enough to help us. They’re enjoying their time.”

It reminds me that I have a responsibility from the outside towards people who are stuck inside.

Afrah Nasser: I was working as a journalist, and then the uprising started I became involved with that. We were a really tiny group of Yemeni journalists writing in English, so the Ali Abdullah Saleh regime and the pro-Ali Abdullah Saleh people tried to control us. I started getting a lot of online bullying, hateful comments, death threats.
Around then, I was invited to attend a workshop in Sweden. I didn’t have any idea of what Sweden was at that time. But I came, and while I was in Sweden, violence broke out in Yemen. My family was displaced from one area in Sana’a to another area. When I called them, they were like, “You can come back but there is a lot of violence and also, if you come back, you cannot write again.” My family, out of a sense of protectiveness, was threatening me, not allowing me to write again.
I couldn’t imagine myself not writing. I decided to stay here in Sweden. I became a political refugee. And the violence never ceased in Yemen. =

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YPC: US-Saudi Aggression Continues to Detain Vessels

Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) announced that the US-Saudi aggression continues to detain tankers and prevent them from reaching the port of Hodeidah.

The company confirmed in a statement that tthe troops of the US-Saudi aggression alliance was striving with the policy of seizing oil ships to tighten siege on citizens and increase their suffering.

The general manager of the Yemeni Petroleum Company in Hodeidah confirmed that the aggression forces continued to detain 10 oil and food vessels.

The detained ones have permits to enter the port of Hodeidah, stressing that the aggression is striving with the policy of seizing oil ships to tighten the noose on citizens and increase their suffering, he pointed out.

He indicated that the quantities on board ships trapped at sea reach over 240 thousand tons of gasoline and diesel. These vessels have been in detention since the beginning of last November, and the first vessel has been held for 51 days.

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YPC: US-Saudi Aggression Continues to Detain 11 Vessels

Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) announced, Thursday, that the US-Saudi aggression continues to detain 11 vessels.

An official source at the company confirmed that the aggression forces continued to detain 11 oil and food vessels, carrying international transit permits, in front of Jizan port.

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Die Luftfahrtbehörde erneuert ihren Appell, Schliessung des Sanaa internationalen Flughafens aufzuheben

Die Generalbehörde für Zivilluftfahrt und Meteorologie appellierte erneut an die Vereinten Nationen, den Sicherheitsrat und die internationale Gemeinschaft, die Schliessung des Sanaa Flughafens zur Zivilflügen aufzuheben, um das Leben von Tausenden von Patienten zu retten, die eine Behandlung benötigen und ins Ausland reisen.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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"We use #Farm_school as an interactive learning way for outreach, exchange of ideas, and experiences, solve problems among farmers & engineers. Thanks to #SFDYemen for the opportunity and to #SAPREP for supporting the idea.” #Horticulture team in #AlZaidiya, #AlHodeidah, #Yemen (photos)

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Schweizer Chirurg im Jemen - «Der Krieg zerstört alles – auch die Menschen und ihre Werte»

Der Tessiner Raffaele Rosso ist Chirurg und weilt derzeit für die Organisation «Ärzte ohne Grenzen» (MSF) im Jemen. In einer Stadt in der Nähe von Sanaa, die von den Huthis kontrolliert wird. Für ihn ist klar: Unser Bild von den Zuständen im Land entspricht nicht der Realität.

RR: Vielen Spitälern ist es nicht möglich, Patienten zu behandeln und Eingriffe vorzunehmen, die vor dem Krieg Routine waren – beispielsweise Blinddarm-Operationen. Solche Eingriffe führen also oft wir durch, genauso wie Gallenblasen-Operationen, einfache Wundversorgung und so weiter. Schliesslich sind durch die grossen Spannungen im Land viele Männer bewaffnet. Deswegen behandeln wir auch viele Schussverletzungen.

Die Bevölkerung weiss derzeit nicht, ob noch Krieg herrscht, ob er weitergeht, ob er bald fertig sein könnte. Diese Unsicherheit führt zu einer erhöhten Anspannung unter den Menschen. Sie reagieren sehr dünnhäutig auf kleine Dinge, auf Banalitäten – das kann bis zu bewaffneten Angriffen führen.

Als ich aus der Schweiz für meine Mission hierhergekommen bin, glaubte ich, dass ich im unmittelbaren Kriegsgeschehen landen würde. Luftangriffe, Bombardements, Kriegsversehrte. All diese Dinge. Das ist aber nur ein Teil der Realität. Das Hauptproblem ist der Zusammenbruch des ganzen Landes durch die Kollateralschäden des Kriegs. Der Jemen ist ein so wunderschönes Land mit vielen Ressourcen. Die Menschen tragen eine besondere Wärme in sich. Es schmerzt, wenn man diese allumfassende Zerstörung sieht. Auch die Menschen und ihre Werte werden zerstört.

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International Committee of the Red Cross: Yemen ICRC Activities: January 2019

Yemen ICRC Activities: February - March 2019

268,416 patients benefitted from the healthcare and medical facilities services provided by ICRC.

108,272 individuals received food parcels.

+2.5M Yemenis provided with safe water

Yemen ICRC Activities: April - May 2019

268,978 patients benefitted from the healthcare and medical facilities services provided by ICRC.

221,158 individuals received food parcels.

+2.4M Yemenis provided with safe water.

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WFP Yemen Situation Report #11, November 2019


WFP provided general food assistance to 12.73 million Yemeni people in November. This is the highest number of people reached with general food assistance to date.

WFP-led UNHAS established a new air route between Aden and Mukalla.

WFP requires USD 559 million to continue operations unimpeded over the next six months (January 2020 – June 2020).

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Yemen's Women With Disabilities Seek Inclusion Through Wheelchair Basketball

Living through years of Yemen's devastating war has been a constant struggle for Afaf Mohammed al-Adwar, who uses a wheelchair because of congenital spinal damage.

But she is now determined to demonstrate her ability to cope by participating in a women's wheelchair basketball championship.
The 16-year-old sportswoman joined dozens of other girls and women with mobility impairment in a wheelchair basketball tournament that was held in Sanaa this month.
She told VOA that her participation was "the first step" toward showing the plight of Yemen's women and girls with disabilities during four years of civil war between the government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
"We are trying to show people that we are not just disabled, but we are able to do whatever we aspire to," al-Adwar said.

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"Jemen ist tief gezeichnet von den Kämpfen"

Drei Fragen an Christian Katzer von "Ärzte ohne Grenzen".

Seit fünf Jahren tobt im Jemen Krieg. Die "Ärzte ohne Grenzen" haben dort 2.500 einheimische und internationale Mitarbeiter: Sie betreiben zwölf Krankenhäuser und Gesundheitszentren, weitere 20 werden mit medizinischem Material beliefert. Ferner zahlt die Hilfsorganisation etwa 1.175 Mitarbeitern des Gesundheitsministeriums monatlich Gehälter. Christian Katzer, Leiter der Berliner Projektabteilung, schildert die Lage in dem arabischen Land, das unter einer der schlimmsten humanitären Katastrophe der Welt leidet.

Katzer: Unser Fokus liegt auf der Versorgung von Schwangeren, Kindern und den Menschen, die im Krieg verletzt wurden. Wir haben schon 135.000 von ihnen seit März 2015 behandelt. In Tais gab es neulich eine bewaffnete Auseinandersetzung um ein Stück Land. Jungs, die Fußball gespielt haben, sind wegen der Schießerei weggerannt, einer wurde von einem Auto erfasst. Er wurde mit einer Kopfverletzung in die Notaufnahme gebracht. Der Junge taucht in der Statistik übrigens nur als Verkehrsopfer auf. Insgesamt merken wir, dass Patienten erst sehr spät kommen. Denn Benzin ist teuer und an den Checkpoints ist es gefährlich. Oft kommt es dadurch zu Komplikationen, die vermeidbar gewesen wären. = =

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During 2019 @SFDYemen through @RUAWFD_Yemen built capacities of 1504 #youth (incl. 682 #females) with #Development knowledge, thinking & communications skills, jobs & income so their profiles spurred market demand. Funded by @DFID_UK (photos)

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#VOLIP program reduces poverty by harnessing educational and vocational literacy in #Yemen. In the economc side, 1700 youths (60% female) received #Vocational_Training courses, 2,100 received training on #Business_Entrepreneurship, 250 accessed loans (photos)

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With an education, the possibilities are endless

UNICEF and its partners understand that robust education programming is the key to build peace and hope for a prosperous future

Taiz in Yemen continues to bear the brunt of ongoing conflict. This has forced thousands of families to flee their homes. As parents flee they search for shelter (often in schools), and anyway to bring a sense of normalcy back to their children who have lost so much.

At a school in Al-Azaiz, there are students coming from more 30 areas in search of an education. The schools itself had been destroyed by fighting. Families are desperately poor and living on the edge.

“Without enough classrooms teachers had to run classes at night to help keep children learning,” says Abdul Rahman Saeed, who is the principal of the school. It is extremely disruptive and puts a huge amount of pressure on an education system on the brink of collapse.

In response to the ongoing strain on schools like the Al-Khair School, UNICEF, with generous support from KfW has begun to provide vital assistance to ease the burden and increase access to education. With the reconstruction of 6 semi-permanent classrooms across the district, there are now more space places for children to get back to learning (photos)

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UNICEF Yemen Country Office Humanitarian Situation Report (Reporting Period: 1 - 30 November 2019)

As of November, 287,336 children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (89 per cent of annual target) were admitted for treatment in 2019.

Between January and November 2019, UNICEF received $302.8 million of contributions towards the 2019 Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal, which is aligned with the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan for 2019. UNICEF wishes to express its deep gratitude to all public and private sector donors for contributions and pledges received, which make the current response possible.

In addition, UNICEF has $167.7 million that was from other allocations or carried forward from 2018

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We distributed 57 large food basket with eggs & milk powder to the poorest families in the city of Hodeidah All thank 2All the philanthropists for feeding these families. Plz don't forget to donate via link to feed poor (photos)

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Since the beginning of the conflict in March 2015 and up until September 2019, @MSF has treated more than 160,000 patients wounded by violence.

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Quantities of Rotten Food Infested With Insects Have Been Seized By Authorities of San'a Gov! See Photo. This Is Disgusting Barbarism By "Int.Comm".Why Is There No Uproar?No Independent Int.Investigation?

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Film: A TV report on unyielding persistence of #Taiz city residents to send their children to schools despite the mounting hazards and challenges. Students study among the rubble of their blown up school, while others go to a school stationed at crossfire zone.

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Feature: Yemeni students return to airstrike-hit school

The war in Yemen has forced more than two million children out of school and put 3.7 million others at high risk because of the non-payment of teachers' salaries, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

But for those who can return, they will risk everything in order to go back to the classrooms, even to sit on the rubble of airstrike-hit schools.

On the early morning of Sept. 4, 2015, while the parents of Mohammed Othman were preparing to walk him to the nearby Shuhada-Alwahdah School for enrolling him in the first grade, they suddenly heard a loud roar of planes hovering overhead, then explosions shaking the ground and people screaming.

The warplanes struck the school in Al-Radhmah district in Ibb province, about 193 km south of the Houthi-held capital Sanaa.

There were no military installations near the airstrike-hit schoo

Nearly four years after the airstrikes hit the Shuhada-Alwahdah school in Ibb, the now 11-year-old Mohammed Othman along with dozens of his classmates returned in September to the classrooms of the bomb-out school. They have no alternative.

"I cannot understand the lesson when I look up to the destroyed ceiling... I am afraid it could collapse on our heads at any moment," Mohammed told Xinhua.

"We have no other choice," he lamented.

The Shuhada-Alwahdah school is like many other bombed-out schools in Yemen, where there were no tables or chairs for the students or the teachers who have not been paid for over two years.

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Ambassadors of Happiness: A young man from Hadhramout has helped thousands of needy people using social media

The initiative completed 19 charitable projects, supported 89 surgeries, and treated 623 patients at a cost of 44,555,000 Yemeni riyals

Mohammed Bahabara, a 30-year-old from Mukalla, the capital of Hadhramout governorate in southeastern Yemen, has been trying for four years to provide as much help as possible to the sick and needy in his hometown.

Bahabara started the "Ambassadors of Happiness" initiative after seeing a six-month-old girl in his neighborhood threatened with complete paralysis because her father couldn’t afford her treatment.

He posted an appeal for the child on Facebook and one of his followers promptly responded and paid for the treatment. Bahabara’s sense of happiness from the child’s recovery prompted him to continue the appeals by establishing his charitable organization with the support of friends and colleagues.

Social media as a source of funding

Since starting his campaign in 2014, Bahabara says he has raised nearly 337 million Yemeni riyals (about $675,000), which he has used to provide Hadhramis with therapy, food, payment of financial debts, guarantees and support for small family business projects. He says he raised the money through financial and in-kind donations from charitable appeals launched through the organization’s websites and social media.

In 2019, the organization completed 19 charitable projects, which consisted of treating 623 patients and helping more than 400,000 needy people, according to Bahabara.

He points out that the initiative verifies the validity of each case that it seeks to help and promises to maintain the privacy of all cases, expressing his admiration for the rapid response of the philanthropists to his appeals.

Multiple health projects

The initiative supported 89 surgeries at a cost of 44,555,000 Yemeni riyals, as well as pharmaceutical campaigns providing treatments for 534 chronic and emergency patients at a cost of 11,520,000 Yemeni riyals.

The initiative also sponsored 45 orphaned children and 13 families at a cost of 10,480,000 Yemeni riyals, in addition to cash assistance of 9.6 million Yemeni riyals for 813 poor people, or about $50 each.

The initiative also financed a food basket project, a Ramadan dates project, a school bag project, clothing, water projects and support for summer courses.

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Fatoom Ali, an internally displaced woman, flees her home in Hodeida governorate to Aden governorate. She was forced to leave her house and stable life to live in dire circumstances and suffer from food insecurity (photo)

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Sprecher der Streitkräfte: Die Offensivkraft der Luftwaffe hat sich auf 400 Prozent verdoppelt

Der Sprecher der Streitkräfte, Brigadegeneral Yahya Saree, bestätigte, dass die Ziele der Bank der Streitkräfte auf lebenswichtige und sensible Zentren entlang der Geografie und Breite der Länder der Aggression ausgedehnt wurden in Saudi-Arabien und drei in den Emiraten.

Brigadegeneral Saree erklärte heute in einer Pressekonferenz, dass sich die Angriffsstärke der Luftwaffe gegenüber dem Vorjahr um 400 Prozent verdoppelt habe. Das Jahr 2020 werde ein Jahr für die Luftverteidigung und die Entwicklung der Militärindustrie.

Mein Kommentar: In Mathe 6.

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Drones' offensive capability has doubled to 400 percent: Army Spokesman

Spokesman of the Army Brigadier General Yahya Sarie on Sunday said that the offensive capability of the army drones has doubled by 400 percent from what it was in the previous year.

During the press conference he held in the capital Sanaa, the army spokesman affirmed the year 2020 would be a year for air defense and the development of military industries.

Brig. Sarie announced the expansion of the army's bank of targets to include vital and sensitive centers along the geography of the aggression countries.

"The bank of targets for our forces is divided into three levels according to importance," he said, indicating that within the first level there are nine very important goals, including six in Saudi Arabia and three in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

My comment: What ever, in maths he is a lame duck.

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Yemeni forces imposed new military equations on enemy: Spokesman

Yemen’s soldiers have adeptly managed to impose military equations on the Saudi-led coalition involved in a deadly campaign against the impoverished country, says the spokesman for Yemeni armed forces.

“Our forces are fighting battles of independence and liberation, and continue to carry out their tasks and duties in defense of Yemen and the Yemeni nation. They continue to strengthen their defense capabilities by liberating and securing expanses of land across Yemen and confronting the Saudi-led aggression and blockade. They have been able to impose new military equations on enemies based on striking strategies,” Brigadier General Yahya Saree said in a press conference in the capital Sana’a on Sunday afternoon.

The official also lauded the military capabilities of the armed forces who, he said, have delivered unexpected blows to the enemy.

Saree said the armed forces of Yemen are fully prepared to strike nine strategic targets deep inside the territory of the aggressors, of which six are located in Saudi Arabia and the rest are in the United Arab Emirates.

“It is legitimate to respond with painful strikes as long as the (Saudi-led) coalition of aggression targets our people and our country… Military installations and hardware of the aggressors on our soil, in our territorial waters, and on our islands are legitimate targets for our forces.”

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Yemen's Houthis list six targets in Saudi, three in UAE: al-Masirah TV

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis said six “sensitive” locations in Saudi Arabia and three in the United Arab Emirates are on a list of strike targets, the group’s al-Masirah TV reported on Sunday, quoting a Houthi military spokesman.

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Parliament listens to MPs comments on Govt's measures matrix

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Yemeni Foreign Minister sends message to participants in Kuala Lumpur Islamic Summit

Hisham Sharaf expressed regret upon inability of Yemen to attend due to war and blockade

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The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate demanded the Houthi group to release the journalist Abdul Hafez al-Samadi. The Syndicate said it received a report from al-Samadi's family stating that his health has been deteriorated as a result of having a tumor in his back

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1,645 medical cadres take exams to get license in 2019

At least 1,645 applicants from various provinces on Thursday performed at the Faculty of Medicine at Sanaa University the fifth proficiency exams to obtain a license to practice the medical profession in 2019, organized by the Supreme Medical Council.

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Mohammed al-Houthi: Time of mercenaries is coming to an end

Al-Houthi warns traitors of the consequences for their crimes

Mohammad Ali al-Houthi, a member of the Supreme Political Council, has warned those loyal to the Saudi-led aggression coalition that the end of their services is coming soon.

Mohammed al-Houthi said in a series of tweets on Tuesday that: “Foolish is the one who is looking for mercenary work and sale of the homeland. He did not get the lessons from those who have betrayed their homeland [before]. As the popular proverb says% “People are coming out of the market and Zaekumuh is entering”, which means it is too late already. ”

He continued to describe the loyalists of the alliance, saying: “It is impossible to learn patriotism from a mercenary, to see sacrifice in the positions of mercenaries or to earn loyalty from a traitorous mercenary to his country.

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Yemeni Deputy FM: Collaborators who wish to return should also return money they stole

Mercenaries and traitors can redeem themselves, Hussein al-Ezzi says

A prominent leader in Ansarullah has set a condition for the possible return of those who are now loyal to Saudi-led aggression coalition.

He called on them to think about it first before planning to return to Yemen, so that their return would be beneficial to Yemen and its people.

Hussein al-Ezzi, Deputy Foreign Minister in the National Salvation Government said that “Yemeni officials living in Riyadh and a number of Arab capitals should consider returning to Yemen to redeem themselves with the money they have earned.”

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Abdulsalam: Ar-Raqou Market’s Crime Confirms US-Saudi Aggression Intention to Continue its War

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Exclusive: Saudi Arabia bogged down in Yemen, says Sana’a envoy to Iran

Saudi Arabia is bogged down in Yemen as it has failed to achieve any of the objectives of the devastating war it has launched against the Arabian Peninsula country, Sana’a’s ambassador to Tehran tells Press TV.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV on Wednesday, Ibrahim Mohammad al-Dailami said that at the onset of the war five years ago, Saudis were pursuing several domestic and regional goals.

He said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman — also known as MbS and seen as the mastermind behind the military campaign against Yemen —was initially after “tuning his country into a regional entity to counter other regional entities and become the main agent for the American project in the region.”

“This would lead to forging ties with the Zionist enemy at all levels. However, his stumbling in Yemen resulted in a real delay for the Saudis to become a regional power and agent for the American-Zionist project in the area,” he said.

“Saudis wanted to achieve quick victory in a matter of weeks or one to two months. However after five years, Saudi Arabia is drowning in Yemen,” he said.

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Houthi official threatens thuggery against female relatives to arbitrary detainees

Yahya Saree, a Houthis-affiliated security official who governs the notorious Political Security Prison in Sana’a, threatened to use thuggish acts against female relatives to arbitrary detainees, a local human rights organization said.

Saree released his threats following talks by the female relatives to the media about torture and mistreatment their loved ones are subjected to in the prison by Saree himself and his fellow militants, the National Organization of the Yemeni Media Professionals said in a statement.

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Parliament condemns Saudi aggression attack on market in Saada

Parliament condemned in its session on Wednesday the Saudi-led aggression coalition attack that hit the popular market and killed 17 citizens and injured others in Saada province.

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Brigadegeneral: Aggressionsverbrechen werden nicht vergehen und Bestrafung wird für den saudischen Feind schmerzhaft sein

Der Sprecher der jemenitischen Streitkräfte, Brigadier Yahya Saree, bestätigte, dass die Verbrechen der amerikanisch-saudischen Aggression gegen das jemenitische Volk nicht unbemerkt bleiben werden.

Brigadegeneral Saree sagte gegenüber der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba): "Die Bestrafung wird für den saudischen Feind schmerzhaft sein, weil das Blut unseres Volkes nicht billig oder zulässig ist."

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Yemen vows retaliation for Saudi bombing of market square

Yemeni army’s spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e has on Wednesday vowed a painful response to the Saudi-led coalition’s crimes against the Yemeni people, the most recent being the shelling of al-Raqw market in Saada on Tuesday, which killed 17 civilians.

“We confirm that these crimes will not go unnoticed, and that the punishment will be painful for the Saudi enemy,” Sare’e said in a statement.

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Houthis detain internet union leaders for protesting rate hikes, WiFi restrictions

The arrests followed a meeting with Houthi officials to discuss internet price hikes, bandwidth reductions and hardware confiscations

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Ministry of Interior: Foiling 296 Hostile Plans, Achieving 45,000 Security Accomplishments during Aggression Period

The Ministry of Interior announced the disclosure and frustration of 296 hostile plans by the forces of the US-Saudi aggression and their collaborators over five years of aggression against Yemen, including 23 were planned in 2019 only to target the home front.

In a press conference of the Ministry of Interior in the capital, Sana'a, the ministry’s leadership presented the security achievements since the beginning of the aggression, stating that several terrorist cells affiliated with Al Qaeda and Daesh “ISIS” were detected and arrested, including 13 cells, and the failure of 15 crimes related to state security during 2019.

During the press conference, the Ministry’s spokesman pointed out that the total of the explosive devices planted by organizations linked to the aggression, that were discovered and dismantled, are 1458 since the beginning of the aggression. They were targeting public roads, markets, citizens ’homes and mosques.

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Yemeni Central Bank: Hadi’s-Pro Aggression Government Printed Currency Surpluses 40 Years Need

The Central Bank of Yemen in Sana'a, revealed that in two years the Bank of Aden has printed new currency ore than what was issued in the past 40 years. The bank indicated that the cash supply before the start of the US-Saudi aggression is approximately 850.9 billion Riyals, which is the money needed to meet the needs of the Yemeni economy as a whole.

In 2015, the aggression caused all public financial resources to stop, especially exports, and nearly 500 billion Riyals were issued during the years 2015 and 2016 to meet the inevitable expenses of salaries and operating expenses for all governorates of the Republic.

Then, the decision came in violation of the Central Bank Law and the Constitution, which is to transfer the functions of the Central Bank to Aden, which began printing 400 billion riyals at the beginning of 2017.

The Bank of Aden was not satisfied with that, but continued the printing process to reach the amount of one trillion and 300 billion riyals for the second half of the year 2017 and the years 2018 and 2019 to reach one trillion and 700 billion riyals as the total of printed.

When calculating the total money supply, we find that it has reached three trillion riyals, which is a catastrophic figure and its consequences are negative for the economy, national capital, and the citizen.

The justification for the bank branch in Aden to continue printing the new currency under the pretext of paying salaries is illogical since 70 percent of employees have not received their salaries since 2017 until today despite continuous printing.

According to economists, the monetary policy pursued by the bank’s branch in Aden does not serve the functions of monetary policy represented in achieving stability of the national currency against foreign currencies and curbing inflation rates in a manner that achieves a kind of price stability, nor does it serve the state’s policy and orientations in managing internal and external public debt and paying obligations on the government.

In this regard, experts warned of the danger of dealing in the illegal currency

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Houthis’ war on new banknotes deprives people from food and medicine

The Houthis rebels continue withdrawing the newly-printed banknotes of the Yemeni national currency from citizens’ hands and replacing it with a fake currency it named as “electronic rial”.

The action is part of the rebels’ illegal campaign against the newly printed banknotes of the Yemeni national currency which the legitimate government printed over the past two years.

The Houthis’ action increased sufferings of the citizens who live in the Houthis-held areas where the Houthis banned last week circulation of the new banknotes and threatened one-year prison to anyone found using the new notes.

This week thousands of people in the Houthis-held areas were stranded in commercial shops and transportation routes when they found that their cash was declined by cashiers because it was a new banknote.

Banking sources and residents in Sana’a said that the Houthis’ illegal action created confusion in the market and deprived those who possess the new banknotes from buying food and medicine.

Vendors and traders of the Houthis-held areas decline acceptance of the new banknotes in fear of cash confiscation and imprisonment by the Houthis militia.


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Security arrests gang trading in illegal currency

The security forces arrested on Friday a gang trading in the illegal currency, in clear violations of the directives issued by of the Central Bank in Sanaa, a security official said.


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Yemeni politician calls for hitting Saudi Fund Agency, UAE Central Bank

Yemeni politician called on Sana’a authorities to hit the Saudi Fund Agency and UAE’s Central Bank had they failed to stop printing more Yemeni rial notes without a cover.
To find what he considered a “more meaningful solution” that puts an end to the repetition of the printing of the “Hadi government” and the Bank of Aden, hundreds of billions notes of national currency without cash cover and the catastrophic implications of that on the value of the Yemeni riyal, a prominent Yemeni politician called on Sanaa official authorities to threaten of hitting the Saudi Fund Agency and the UAE Central Bank with missiles and drones.

Member of the Supreme Authority of the Salafi Rashad Party and the Association of Yemeni Scholars, Muhammad Taher Anam, said that this solution is to enforce the rule of “the penalty should be equivalent to the deed”, and to reciprocate equivalently for what he considered a systematic targeting of the Yemeni economy and the Yemeni currency by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The politician, Mohamed Anam, said in a tweet on Twitter on Saturday, “The most effective solution to the sinful insistence to print Yemen’s national currency repeatedly and destroy the economy is the threat to hit the Saudi Arabian Fund Agency and the UAE Central Bank (the Emirates Central Bank) with missiles and drones.”


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While looting & confiscating the new #banknotes issued by the #government, #Houthi militia brings back mutilated and microbially contaminated banknotes into circulation. Most of these banknotes are no more usable & they were actually meant to be burnt out (photos)


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[Aden branch] CBY: Peoples need to be cautious about Houthi militia’s deceptive plan to snatch their own reserves

Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) has confirmed that all banknotes of the national currency of its different forms have been in circulation were officially issued in accordance with the law of the CBY no (14) of 2000 that was amended by law no (21) of 2003 are legal and binding currency, valid to be dealing with in all transactions throughout the Republic of Yemen.

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Film (Arabic): The widespread phenomenon of kidnapping women in Sanaa

My remark: The Houthi government had denied this.

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

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Gunmen kill intelligence officer in Yemen's Aden

Col Nasser Makrij, who was the chief intelligence officer at Aden airport, was gunned down by men on a motorcycle as he walked on a street near his home in the city.

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[Separatists playing the role of “government”]

President Al-Zubaidi stresses on importance of cultural and social forums in restoring the bright face of Aden

Chairman of National Assembly: We are keen to pay attention to the role of southern women in various fields

President Al-Zubaidi meets with the social figure of Aden Sheikh Mustafa Al-Aidarous

President Al-Zubaidi meets with head of the tribal bloc of Sabiha

Representative of Russian President receives two letters from President Al-Zubaidi to Russian leadership

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Government forces surround Shabwa military camp housing Emirati troops

The deployment follows complaints from Shabwa’s governor to President Hadi about UAE provocations against members of the army and security forces

Army and security forces loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized government have deployed around Al-Alam military camp in Shabwa Governorate, where UAE forces are stationed, a local military official told Almasdar Online.

The deployed forces are searching all vehicles passing by the camp, according to the official, who said that Majid Lamrouk, commander of the UAE-backed Shabwani Elite’s 7th Brigade, is inside the camp under the protection of the Emiratis.

Lamrouk has led recent operations targeting army and security checkpoint

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Defense Minister : Yemenis looking forward to restore the country’s security & stability

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Yemeni Prime Minister: Supporting state under "Riyadh Agreement" will accelerate ending of Houthi terrorist militia coup

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Yemeni general vows to seize Sanaa from Houthis

A Yemeni army general who defected from the Houthis has vowed to keep fighting the Iran-backed militant group and push them from all Yemeni territories under their control, including the capital Sanaa.

Brig. Gen. Tareq Mohammed Saleh, a nephew of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and a military commander at the Joint Forces in Yemen’s Red Sea battlefield, said Saturday that his forces wanted to free people from repression and tyranny.

He said Yemeni forces had taken the offensive on the battlefield and managed to push back Houthi attacks with little help from the Saudi-led coalition.

“Our goal is one: Houthis. Our crystal clear goal is Sanaa, the capital of Yemen,” he said

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Weapons looted from Yemeni army bases find a diversity of buyers in Aden

A large amount of the weapons were sold to armed men whose political identities were unknown, an arms dealer told Almasdar Online

Arms dealers in Yemen’s interim capital Aden completed a number of sales of looted government weapons in recent days, brokers involved in the deals told Almasdar Online.

Gunmen belonging to security Aden-based forces aligned with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) sold light and medium weapons, including machine guns, mortars, rockets and DShK gun bases to buyers from Al-Dhale, Abyan and Lahj governorates, according to an arms dealer in the Sheikh Othman District in Aden.

The weapons were looted from government camps in Aden in August, when STC forces ejected troops loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi from the interim capital, he said. Saudi forces arrived to Aden last month to enforce a power-sharing deal, known as the Riyadh agreement, that halted the fighting and seeks to incorporate the STC into the Yemeni government.

Some of the weapons sold in recent days went to military commanders in the internationally recognized government, while others went to leaders of STC-aligned forces, the arms dealer said. But a large portion of the weapons were sold to armed men whose political identities were unknown, he added.

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Hundreds protest against Islah in al-Mahfed, Abyan

Hundreds of people took to the streets of al-Mahfed district of Abyan governorate on Saturday, in a protest called for by a number of civil society organisation against the presence of Islah-linked militias, the military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen.
The protesters decried the Islahi invasion of their district. They chanted slogans against the military presence of the Muslim Brotherhood, the unethical methods and provocation against the inhabitants of al-Mahfed.

My remark: Separatists’ supporters.

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Islah militants killed in ambush in al-Mahfed of Abyan

Local sources said that the southern forces targeted a military supply-laden vehicle of Islah, the military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen, in al-Hamam area in the western parts of al-Mahfed district in Abyan.
The same sources added that the operation resulted in burning down vehicle and killing all the Islah-linked gun men on it.

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Military source: UAE appoints Security Belt commander

The recent departure of Abyan’s Security Belt commander, Abdul Latif Al-Sayed, is likely final, according to a military official in the governorate, who said that a successor has already been appointed behind the scenes.

The UAE has allowed Al-Sayed and his family to depart Abu Dhabi, where they had been living, and relocate to Cairo until further notice, the source told Almasdar Online.

The UAE is considering relieving Al-Sayed of his duties altogether in accordance with Riyadh agreement, which eased intense fighting between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the pro-secession Southern Transitional Council (STC) in August in exchange for a power-sharing deal in the interim capital Aden.

Al-Sayed, who supports the STC, was a key figure in those clashes. He is also a controversial figure due to his past relationship with Al-Qaeda-aligned forces in Abyan.

The UAE has appointed a leader to succeed Al-Sayed in Abyan, though the decision has yet to be announced publicly

My comment: This clearly shows who rules the separatists and their militia.

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All national media outlets should align behind President Hadi’s leadership, says Info. Minister

” It is increasingly becoming imperative to establish a united national media team and acting together to stand up to the destructive Houthi militia media discourse that has proved to pose an existential threat to the Yemeni people’s future”, said al-Iryani.

My comment: What he wants to tell: “More propaganda, please!”

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[Separatist leader] Al-Zubaidi Rejects Idea of Separating Walls Between North and South

The writer and researcher Noura Moteari revealed in her tweet on Thursday, that she put the idea of constructing a separating wall between the North and South, similar to Trump's proposed wall, to the President of the Southern Transitional Council, Aidroos Qassem al-Zubaidi.
Moteari quoted al-Zubaidi's answer as saying "we need to build bridges of understanding between us rather than constructing separating walls, it's true we are mighty warriors, but we are actually peace-loving people."

My comment: Nice propaganda ping-pong game.

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A security campaign to prevent chewing Qat in public places in the capital # Aden

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[Separatists’] Human Rights Department monitors violations of the invading forces into Ahwar

The head of Human Rights Department praised the heroes of the Southern Resistance and the security belt in Ahwar

My remark: The separatists’ Security Belt militia is known for many Human rights violations.

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Al-Batool: Our southern forces secured the border and today dominating areas in the depth of # Taiz

Colonel Mahmoud Al-Batool, commander of the 5th Resistance Brigade, leader of the Azariq front, that after the 5th Resistance Brigade declaration, the Azariq front now is able to be more coherent, after all groups battling in the front of the Azariq under the umbrella of the brigade.

My remark: Separatist militia fighting against the Houthis.

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The Transitional Council: The criminal incident against prisoner Habtoor is an act of blatant violation of international charters and laws

The Southern Transitional Council issued a statement of condemnation through the Human Rights Department of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Transitional Council, for the criminal incident committed against the captive young man, Salim Saleh Saeed Habtoor, who was tortured by the Muslim Brotherhood in one of its prisons in Shabwa governorate until he died,

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The Security Belt in Aden deployed female police officers to search vehicles that have women in them. Previously vehicles with women & children inside don't get searched & terrorists/smugglers have abused this opening. Finally the authorities have taken action.

My comment: They always blamed the Houthis for their female fighters. Now the separatists’ militia is praised for the same thing.

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Large campaign continues to tighten security situation in Yemen's Aden

Units of the newly-recruited Yemeni forces on Wednesday continued their large campaign to tighten the security situation in the country's southern port city of Aden.

An official of Aden's local authority told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that "the security forces will continue to be deployed across the city's streets to monitor the situation and combat the terrorist acts."

"All the citizens' vehicles without a license or registration plate are targeted by the security campaign and seized for further investigation," the source said.

He said that "terrorist groups usually use vehicles that are without registration plates to carry out armed attacks or assassinations against the security forces in Aden."

The security campaign advised all the citizens based in Aden to carry their driving license to avoid detention as the security campaign will continue till eradicating the outlaw acts in Aden, according to the official.

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Separatist commander launches fierce verbal attack against Islah Party

STC leading figure Fadl al-Ja'adi calls Islah terrorists

Fadl al-Ja’adi, a leader of the so-called the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) has attacked Hadi’s government and the Islah party, accusing them of “exporting terrorism” to the occupied southern provinces.

Al-Ja’adi, a member of the STC’s presidency, tweeted that “al-Islah is draining the Saudi-led coalition to build terrorist militias and prolong the war.”

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Al-Jaadi: Muslim Brotherhood Declares War on the South

Member of the presidency of the Southern Transitional Council and assistant secretary general, Fadl al-Jaadi said that the decision made by the terrorist organization of the Muslim Brotherhood to mobilize armed forces (161st Infantry Brigade) from al-Jawf to Shabwa province is tantamount to a declaration of war on the South.
Al-Jaadi wrote on his Twitter account that the step taken by Islah, the Yemeni arm of Muslim Brotherhood is "a flagrant defiance of the Arab Coalition and an apparent violation of the Riyadh Agreement that provides for the redeployment out of Shabwa, not the other way around."

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Hadi’s Shabwah governor accuses STC of attacking oil pipelines

As province descends into chaos, governor accuses separatists of causing unrest

The so-called governor of Shabwah, who was appointed by the Saudi-backed government of Hadi has on Tuesday the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militias of blowing up oil pipelines in Shabwah province.

The governor threatened to thwart the UAE’s plans aimed at spreading security chaos and carrying out assassinations in the province.

He confirmed in his speech that the UAE militias attacked Ataq city with UAE armoured vehicles in a failed attempt to create security chaos.

Hadi’s governor, who is appointed by the Islah party, has vowed to “thwart the UAE’s plans to spread chaos, carry out attacks, adopt assassinations and blow up oil pipelines,” referring to operations carried out by the UAE’s transitional militias.

This comes in an attempt by the governor of Hadi to get rid of the charges against him by bringing the province to a very lowly state which caused its inability to provide the most basic services to the community, such as health, water and electricity, despite the huge oil revenues that he harnessed for the benefit of the Islah Party.

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Key Southern Yemeni figure sides with Ansarullah

Yasser Al-Yamani condemns Hadi and calls on all Yemenis to side with Sana'a government

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Houthis release Saudi plane carrying seven captured soldiers after ransom paid

The Saudi prisoners, who departed from Sana’a International Airport, were released for 25 million Saudi riyals (about $6.7 million)

The Houthis’ desire to complete the deal "could be seen as an indication of the group's willingness to further rapprochement with the Kingdom," said the officer, who works closely with Saudi military operations.

Previously, the Houthis showed footage of Saudi soldiers saying they had been captured along with hundreds of pro-Yemeni government fighters from battles on the Kingdom's southern border with Yemen in August.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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With US help no longer assured, the Saudis try a new strategy: Talks

In the months since a missile and drone attack widely seen as the work of Iran left two Saudi oil facilities smoldering, the Saudi crown prince has taken an uncharacteristic turn to diplomacy to cool tensions with his regional enemies.

The prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has stepped up direct talks with the rebels he has been fighting in Yemen for over four years, leading to a decline in attacks by both sides.

He has made gestures to ease, if not end, the stifling blockade he and his allies imposed on his tiny, wealthy neighbor, Qatar.

He has even engaged in indirect talks with the kingdom’s archnemesis, Iran, to try to dampen the shadow war raging across the region.

Fueling the shift from confrontation to negotiation, analysts say, is the sobering realization that a decades-old cornerstone of American policy in the Middle East — the understanding that the United States would defend the Saudi oil industry from foreign attacks — can no longer be taken for granted.

Worried about having to fend for themselves in a tough and unpredictable neighborhood, analysts say, the Saudis have quietly reached out to their enemies to de-escalate conflicts.

I think we will look at Sept. 14 as a seminal moment in gulf history,” said David B. Roberts, a scholar of the region at King’s College London. With the presumption shattered that the United States would protect the Saudis, Dr. Roberts said, “they realize the need to be more accommodating.”

For the United States, the shift toward diplomacy is an awkward paradox. The Trump administration and Congress have been pressing the Saudis to end the war in Yemen, and the administration has pushed them to reconcile with Qatar, largely in vain.

Now, the presumed Iranian strikes may have done more to advance those goals than American pressure ever did.

Those events led to what Rob Malley, a top official for the Middle East in the Obama administration, describes as a “semi-recalibration” of Saudi policies. The sudden willingness to pursue diplomacy in Qatar and Yemen, he said, “reflects a Saudi desire to solidify its regional posture at a time of uncertainty and vulnerability.” =

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State Security Presidency: Two wanted individuals were killed after refusing to surrender when confronted in Dammam, one other arrested

The official spokesman of the Presidency of State Security stated that, as a result of the follow-up of terrorist activities, the competent authority in the Presidency has been provided with indicators that there are arrangements for an imminent terrorist operation, in which terrorist elements in charge of the operation use a vehicle being equipped with explosives, as exerted efforts were able to monitor the vehicle, a "Ford", driven by two terrorists in King Saud Street in the city of Dammam on Wednesday morning, 4/28/1441 AH, and when requested to surrender themselves, they started shooting at the security men and held up in a building, which required dealing with them according to the situation to neutralize the danger, which resulted in their killing.


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Saudi Security Forces Kill Two Citizens in Al-Anoud Neighborhood, Dammam

An activist’s account posted two names of the two young men, Ahmad Al Swaid and Abdullah Al-Nimr, who were killed after the State Security carried out a deliberate operation in Al-Anoud neighborhood while they were in Dammam to repair their car.

It is worth noting that the two victims were not wanted, as the fake government media claims.

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Saudi Arabia sentences Riyadh concert stabber to death: state TV

A Saudi Arabian court on Sunday sentenced to death a man accused of stabbing three performers at a live show in the capital Riyadh in November, state television said.

Another man on trial for the same incident was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison, al-Ekhbariya television said.

The Nov. 11 attack occurred at King Abdullah Park, one of several venues hosting a months-long entertainment festival as part of government efforts to open up Saudi society and diversify its economy away from oil.

The assailant had previously been identified as a 33-year-old Yemeni resident in reports broadcast by Ekhbariya.

and also

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This courageous pregnant woman who called out the #Saudi regime for corruption, poverty, injustice & abuse of power is now arrested. The voice of entertainment should never be louder than the voice of justice and human rights.

referring to film:

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On the eve of 2020, Mohammed bin Salman has let down the world

Amid domestic repression and regional misadventures, the coming year holds dim prospects for Saudi Arabia

If success is measured by achievements, Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sunk deeper into trouble on many fronts over the past year.

The domestic scene has been punctuated by the contradiction of reform and repression. Regionally, Saudi oil fields suffered two attacks that crippled production, and an aborted reconciliation with Gulf neighbour Qatar stumbled before it even started.

Globally, Mohammed bin Salman is yet to salvage his reputation as a reliable leader after a failed five-year military adventure in Yemen and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in late 2018, both of which tamped enthusiasm for his project to draw international investors and float the oil company Aramco in global markets.

On these three fronts, the crown prince proved successful only in undermining the kingdom’s credibility, and tarnishing its reputation beyond repair.

Imprisoned activists

Notwithstanding the hype that accompanied bin Salman’s declared social and economic liberalisation plans, which made the Saudi public sphere less restrictive for women and young men, successive waves of arbitrary detention remained a thorny issue. More intellectuals and professionals were detained, and most are still waiting to appear in court.

As Saudi Arabia’s entertainment and tourism industries were strengthened in 2019, the regime has yet to show signs of real openness, beyond the propaganda of concerts, festivals and circuses. It is unlikely that both sectors will generate enough jobs to appease the youth; both industries are more about conspicuous consumption than production.

Failed reconciliations

As the two regional crises of Yemen and Qatar appeared to have yielded no victories for the crown prince this year, a bleak reconciliation in Yemen is yet to prove a durable solution that will pacify warring factions and allow the kingdom to move beyond its entrenched military intervention.

Misguided calculation

Counting on the protesters to expel Iran and replace it with Saudi hegemony is a misguided calculation. Neither the Iraqis nor the Lebanese protesters seem to seek the replacement of one bad overlord with another equally bad one. Bin Salman does not understand the mindset of people who rebel; he is more comfortable with repression than liberation.

As long as Saudi Arabia does not have transparency, governance and rule of law, it will be difficult to achieve global financial success. The Aramco IPO looked more like a local smash-and-grab than a global market listing.

The coming year does not look bright, as the entrenched repression and regional adventures appear destined to continue. The crown prince has let down his own people, regional powers and the international community.

Only a change in leadership could bring about a better future for Saudi Arabia and restore its image beyond its borders – by Madawi al-Rasheed

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Two anti-regime activists killed as Saudi regime forces storm Dammam

At least two political dissidents have been killed in Saudi Arabia when regime forces raided a village in the kingdom’s oil-rich and Shia-populated Eastern Province, as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against pro-democracy campaigners, Muslim preachers and intellectuals continues unabated in the country.

Local sources, requesting anonymity, said security forces stormed into al-Anoud neighborhood of the provincial capital of Dammam, located about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital Riyadh, on Wednesday afternoon, triggering an exchange of gunfire with local residents.

The sources added that two opposition figures were fatally shot in the process.

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Three children may be executed and beheaded at the beginning of the New Year in Saudi Arabia due to their participation in peaceful demonstrations in the eastern region

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An account claiming to be of Saud AlQahtani, has been opend on @Twitter instead of the suspended acct, after he was exonerated by the #Saudi Monarchy from killing #JamalKhashoggi. Acct gaining many followers by the second @sauodql978

a reminder from 2012:

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Film: Al-Yom News Feature on Samar Badawi

Feature news report on Al-Yom on Saudi woman human rights defender Samar Badawi, and her efforts in the struggle for gender equality in Saudi Arabia.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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“Saudi Judicial System Corrupt, Bin Salman Chief Culprit behind Khashoggi’s Killing”

Saudi judicial system corrupt, Bin Salman chief culprit behind Khashoggi's killing: Dissidents

A group of Saudi rights activists, researchers and journalists have severely censured the ultra-conservative kingdom’s “corrupt” judicial system over shielding the masterminds of the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October last year, describing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the primary culprit in the case.

The dissidents, in a joint statement, called the verdicts recently pronounced by a criminal court in the capital Riyadh on the case as “unfair,” saying, “The Saudi judiciary is corrupt and not independent. The main suspect in the case is the Saudi Crown Prince who is in control of the conduct of such trials.”

“This ruling is nothing but an attempt to conceal the truth, and is in line with the House of Saud’s policies as the regime does not want to stop its crimes and violations, and rather seeks to cover them up and even commit more. All pledges Saudi authorities have made about stopping human rights violations are, therefore, empty and no essential steps have been taken in this regard,” the statement read.

It added, “Torture, executions and arbitrary arrests continue, the prisoners of conscience have not been released, and the war on Yemen is still going on. All these developments point to the (Saudi) authorities' insistence and intention to press ahead with their violations and disregard to their earlier promises and pledges to solve the lingering problems.”

The dissidents then dismissed the Riyadh regime’s use of some members of Khashoggi’s family to whitewash the image of the judiciary and downplay the case, saying, “The case does not concern his family only, but is rather a public opinion issue. Jamal Khashoggi was not killed in a family quarrel. He was a political journalist, who used to criticize the political system. He was killed by the regime. The whole issue is political, not just criminal.” The statement also called for “an international trial in which the defendants will appear before a fair and impartial court, attended by members of the media and human rights organizations, and that their safety is guaranteed so they can say what they know without any fear, especially about those who gave them orders to commit the crime.”

The Saudi dissidents also called on Turkish and US authorities to disclose whatever evidence and records they possess in regards to Khashoggi’s case.

and the statement in full (Arabic):

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Statement of the spectrum of political action

We categorically reject the Saudi trial in the Khashoggi case and the resulting judgments from that trial, because the trial is unfair, and the Saudi judiciary is corrupt and not independent, and the main suspect in the case is the Saudi Crown Prince, who controls the conduct of the trials. We confirm that this ruling is only an attempt to sow ash in the eyes, and a continuation of Saudi policy that does not want to stop its crimes and violations, but rather seeks to cover it and continue to more of them, and that all the promises that it made about its intention to stop the violations and fold the page of the past are not serious, and there have not been taken any sincere steps in any of the files.

Torture, executions, and arbitrary arrests continued, and prisoners of conscience were not released, and the war on Yemen continues, all with the results of yesterday's trial indicating the authorities' insistence and intent to press ahead with their violations, and all their promises and pledges to resolve these are lies.

We also reject the Saudi authorities ’use of some members of the Jamal Khashoggi family to whiten the image of the judiciary and dwarf the case, because his family or some of its members do not fully own their freedom, second - and most importantly - because the case does not concern only Jamal Khashoggi’s family, but rather is a public opinion issue.

The whole issue is political, not just criminal. We call again for an international trial in which the accused appears before a fair and impartial international court, attended by the media and human rights organizations, and guarantees the accused their safety to say what they have without fear, especially about those who gave them orders to commit the crime, and we also call on the Turkish and American authorities to disclose their evidence and records. We call on the world to press for justice and reject the Saudi play, not to aid the regime, stand with it and collude with it, especially with the regime's continuous attempts to polish its image, normalize its crimes, and occupy the world and people with secondary issues far from rights and freedoms. We call for the case of the murder of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi not to be separated from the rest of the crimes and violations of the regime, so that the regime cannot escape punishment for its crimes one after the other.

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Foreign Office statement on #Khashoggi verdict perfectly reflects Britain's dilemma of ethics versus interests: it can't say nothing but can't say something. Hence this watery veneer of implied but deniable criticism: #Saudi "must ensure ALL those responsible are held to account"

referring to

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Here is another talented young Yemeni man denied visa to do his graduate degree in the US because of Trump’s Muslim ban. Way yo go America!

referring to

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'A blank check': Five times Trump defended the Saudi government in 2019

The Trump administration has gone to great lengths to protect its relationship with Saudi Arabia. MEE takes a look at those efforts in 2019

Critics have slammed the US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen and Washington's questionable policies that have increased tensions with Iran to the satisfaction of Tehran's regional rival, Saudi Arabia.

One such policy has been the US withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and six countries, and its reinstatement of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

As 2019 comes to an end, Middle East Eye takes a look at events that highlight Trump's support for the Saudi government.

The drastic contrast between the Florida naval base shooting and previous attacks highlights the US president's willingness to moderate his Islamophobic impulses to protect his Saudi allies.

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

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Iran raps France 'interference' in case of spying suspect

Tehran has rebuked France's interference in the case of an Iranian national who is being held for spying, after Paris summoned Iran's ambassador in protest.

The Iranian ambassador "was reminded of France's demand that Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal are released without delay," France's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

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US strikes hit Iraqi militia blamed in contractor’s death

The U.S. carried out military strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia blamed for a rocket attack that killed an American contractor, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the strikes send the message that the U.S. will not tolerate actions by Iran that jeopardize American lives.

“Precision defensive strikes” were conducted against five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, or Hezbollah Brigades, Defense Department spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement earlier Sunday.

The U.S. blames the militia for a rocket barrage Friday that killed a U.S. defense contractor at a military compound near Kirkuk, in northern Iraq. Officials said as many as 30 rockets were fired in Friday’s assault.

Esper said the U.S. hit three of the militia’s sites in western Iraq and two in eastern Syria, including weapon depots and the militia’s command and control bases.

and also

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10 Conflicts to Watch in 2020

The U.S., Iran, Israel, and the Persian Gulf

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran rose dangerously in 2019; the year ahead could bring their rivalry to boiling point. The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement and impose mounting unilateral sanctions against Tehran has inflicted significant costs, but thus far has produced neither the diplomatic capitulation Washington seeks nor the internal collapse for which it may hope. Instead, Iran has responded to what it regards as an all-out siege by incrementally ramping up its nuclear program in violation of the agreement, aggressively flexing its regional muscle, and firmly suppressing any sign of domestic unrest. Tensions have also risen between Israel and Iran. Unless this cycle is broken, the risk of a broader confrontation will rise.

Tehran’s shift from a policy of maximum patience to one of maximum resistance was a consequence of the U.S. playing one of the aces in its coercive deck: ending already-limited exemptions on Iran’s oil sales.

With deep distrust, each side has tended to wait for the other to make the first concession. A diplomatic breakthrough to de-escalate tensions between the Gulf states and Iran or between Washington and Tehran remains possible. But, as sanctions take their toll and Iran fights back, time is running out. =

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Russia says extension of UN arms embargo on Iran out of question

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has ruled out the possibility of renewing a UN arms embargo against Iran which is to expire in October 2020 in line with the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Speaking to the Russian news agency Interfax, Ryabkov said restrictions on Iran's import and export of arms will expire next year as per the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and it is not possible to renew them.

The US officials’ calls for extension of the embargo are considered as a foreign policy move that has no basis and principle, Ryabkov noted, highlighting that the removal of the embargo is based on the JCPOA, signed by several parties including the US and endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

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France summons Iran’s ambassador over detained researchers

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Japan OKs divisive plan to send naval troops to Mideast

Japan on Friday approved a contentious plan to send its naval troops to the Middle East to ensure the safety of Japanese ships transporting oil to the energy-poor country that heavily depends on imports from the region.

The Cabinet’s decision reflects tensions that have escalated between Iran and the U.S. since President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal.

”Taking into consideration the escalating tension in the Middle East, it is necessary to strengthen our information gathering effort,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide suga told a news conference. Citing Japan’s heavy dependence on oil imports from the region, Suga added that “it is extremely important to secure the safe navigation of Japan-affiliated ships.”

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With U.S. Help No Longer Assured, Saudis Try a New Strategy: Talks

In the months since a missile and drone attack widely seen as the work of Iran left two Saudi oil facilities smoldering, the Saudi crown prince has taken an uncharacteristic turn to diplomacy to cool tensions with his regional enemies.

The prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has stepped up direct talks with the rebels he has been fighting in Yemen for over four years, leading to a decline in attacks by both sides.

He has made gestures to ease, if not end, the stifling blockade he and his allies imposed on his tiny, wealthy neighbor, Qatar.

He has even engaged in indirect talks with the kingdom’s archnemesis, Iran, to try to dampen the shadow war raging across the region.

For the United States, the shift toward diplomacy is an awkward paradox. The Trump administration and Congress have been pressing the Saudis to end the war in Yemen, and the administration has pushed them to reconcile with Qatar, largely in vain.

Now, the presumed Iranian strikes may have done more to advance those goals than American pressure ever did.

Concrete progress has been scarcest where the stakes are highest: between Saudi Arabia and Iran. But after years of heated statements and competing support for opposite sides in regional conflicts, officials from Pakistan and Iraq have stepped in as intermediaries for back-channel talks aimed at averting a wider conflict.

It remains unclear how far such talks will go in reducing tensions, especially since an official Saudi opening with Iran could infuriate Mr. Trump, who has tried to isolate and punish Iran.

“Washington would not look kindly upon a Saudi-Iranian channel at a time when the U.S. is trying to isolate Iran,” said Mr. Malley, the Obama administration official. “Not to fully trust the Trump administration is one thing. To openly defy it is another altogether, and Prince Mohammed is unlikely to do that.”

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China to Send Guided-missile Destroyer to Joint Drills with Iran, Russia

China says it is to dispatch a guided-missile destroyer to the joint naval drills with Iran and Russia -- which are to be held not only to hone the trio’s maritime security and anti-piracy prowess, but also to demonstrate their close alliance.

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Iran, Turkey sign religious cooperation agreement

Iran and Turkey have inked a cooperation agreement focusing on further expansion of religious relations.

The agreement was signed in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday between Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman, the head of Iran’s Islamic Culture and Communication Organization, and Ali Erbaş, the head of Diyanet or Religious Affairs Directorate, Turkey’s top religious authority.

According to Torkaman, the agreement features 18 articles covering translation and publication of religious books, holding of various events, and teaching of Islamic jurisprudence by Iranian experts at theological faculties in Turkey.

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Iran seizes haul of US-made weapons meant to be used for riots

The Iranian Judiciary says the country's intelligence forces have seized a haul of American-made weapons in the central city of Isfahan, smuggled into Iran from Western borders in order to be used in the November riots.

According to the public prosecutor of Isfahan, the consignment consists of over 126 riot (pellet) guns, firearms, and AK-47 as well as 900 live rounds.

"The weapons had been imported to Iran from Western borders, and were confiscated by members of the Intelligence Ministry in Isfahan province," said Ali Esfahani.

The Judiciary official said five people have been arrested on charge of smuggling the weapons, and will face trial.

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China, Russland und Iran beginnen gemeinsames Marinemanöver

China, Russland und der Iran haben am Freitag ein gemeinsames Marinemanöver im Golf von Oman und im Indischen Ozean begonnen. Die viertägige Übung findet vor dem Hintergrund des Konflikts um das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran statt.

An dem Manöver nehmen neben der iranischen Marine auch die Revolutionsgarden teil, die von US-Präsident Donald Trump im April als "Terrororganisation" eingestuft wurden.

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Iran to hold joint, four-day navy drill with Russia, China

Iran’s armed forces will hold a joint, four-day naval exercise with Russia and China in the northern part of the Indian Ocean, a spokesman said Wednesday.

The drill, which is to start on Saturday, will be the first such trilateral exercise as Tehran seeks to boost military cooperation with Beijing and Moscow amid unprecedented economic sanctions from Washington. Visits to Iran by Russian and Chinese naval representatives have also stepped up in recent ye

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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50-prozentige Steigerung britischen Waffenverkaufs an saudische Koalition

Einer neuesten Studie in Großbritannien zufolge haben die britischen Waffenverkäufe an die Koalition unter saudi-arabischer Führung, trotz vielfacher Aufrufe humanitärer und Menschenrechtsorganisationen, um 50 Prozent zugenommen.

Die britische Zeitung The Indipendent schrieb am Dienstag, dass Großbritannien einer Qxfam-Studie zufolge seit Beginn 2015 bis heute, Waffen und militärische Ausrüstungen im Wert von 6,4 Milliarden Pfund an Saudi-Arabien, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate sowie andere Mitglieder der Koalition unter saudischer Führung, im Krieg gegen den Jemen, verkauft habe.

Im Zeitraum von 2010 bis 2015 habe Großbritannien entsprechende Güter im Wert von 4,4 Milliarden Pfund an diese Länder verkauft.

Ruth Tanner, Leiterin für humanitäre Kampagnen bei Oxfam, sagte, dass zunehmende Waffenexporte an die Käuferländer im Jemen-Konflikt "uns eigentlich ein schlechtes Gewissen" machen müssten.

Von den 6,4 Milliarden Pfund an Waffen und Ausrüstung, die Großbritannien seit 2015 an Saudi-Arabien verkauft hat, entfielen 3 Milliarden Euro auf den Verkauf von Kampfjets, Hubschrauber und Drohnen und 2,6 Milliarden Pfund auf den Verkauf von Mörsern, Bomben und Raketen. Die britische Regierung erteilte von Januar 2015 bis Dezember 2019 etwa 358 Waffenverkaufslizenzen für Waffen an Saudi-Arabien und seine Verbündeten im Jemen-Krieg.


cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Deutschland genehmigt Rüstungsexporte in Rekordhöhe

Nach drei Jahren Rückgang haben die von der Bundesregierung genehmigten Rüstungsexporte 2019 einen neuen Rekordwert erreicht. Der bisherige Höchststand aus dem Jahr 2015 wurde mit 7,95 Milliarden Euro bereits bis zum 15. Dezember knapp übertroffen. Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr bedeutet das schon vor Jahresende eine Steigerung um 65 Prozent.

Mit Ägypten auf Platz 2 und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) auf Platz 9 (207 Millionen Euro) sind zwei Gründungsmitglieder der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Kriegsallianz im Jemen dabei, die dort gegen die vom Iran unterstützten Huthi-Rebellen kämpft. Inzwischen haben sich die VAE aber mit Saudi-Arabien überworfen und den Abzug ihrer Truppen aus dem Jemen angekündigt. Union und SPD hatten sich in ihrem Koalitionsvertrag im März 2018 vorgenommen, Exporten an die "unmittelbar" am Jemen-Krieg beteiligten Staaten einen Riegel vorzuschieben. Es wurden aber Ausnahmen zugelassen und ein kompletter Exportstopp nach der Ermordung des regierungskritischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi nur gegen Saudi-Arabien verhängt.

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Bundesregierung genehmigt so viele Rüstungsexporte wie noch nie

Opposition fordert Exportkontrollgesetz

Die Opposition im Bundestag übt scharfe Kritik an den Zahlen. Linken-Außenexpertin Sevim Dagdelen sagt: "Diese dramatischen Zahlen zeigen, dass das ganze System der Exportkontrolle schlicht nicht funktioniert". Sie bekräftigt die Forderung der Linken nach einem Rüstungsexportverbot.

Grünen-Rüstungsexpertin Katja Keul moniert, dass der starke Anstieg nach all den Ankündigungen einer eingeschränkten Exportpolitik kaum zu erklären sei. "Wir brauchen endlich ein Rüstungsexportkontrollgesetz, das die Bundesregierung verpflichtet, eine außen- und sicherheitspolitische Begründung für ihre Entscheidungen zu liefern", fordert sie.

Aber auch in der SPD dürfte der Rüstungsexport-Rekord nicht gut ankommen.

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Nouripour kritisiert SPD nach Rüstungsexport-Rekord

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Israel is increasingly looking at Yemen with concern

Attacks on Aramco and deepening Iranian and Hezbollah involvement in the Arabian Peninsula has the Israelis wondering whether they too may soon become a target

Israeli officials told Middle East Eye that they tend to accept the US findings, but also emphasised that like many other previous attacks and clashes, it was most probably a joint venture involving Houthis, Iran’s intelligence ministry and the Quds force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

Around 2,000km separate Israel and Yemen, but the threat of Houthi missiles is nonetheless a recurring theme.

Netanyahu’s concerns have been met by Houthi threats. General Mohammed al-Atifi, the Houthi administration’s defence minister, said three weeks ago that his forces had identified a range of Israeli military targets that they are able to attack.

“We will not hesitate even a minute to destroy these targets if the leadership takes the decision to do so,” he said in an interview with the Houthi-linked Al-Masirah newspaper. Atifi accused Israel of participating in the Saudi-led coalition’s war against the Houthis.

Though there’s little evidence the Houthis possess the ability to launch a strike from hundreds of kilometres away, Israel sees Yemen as another theatre for Tehran’s attempts for regional hegemony.

Israel finds itself surrounded by Iranian and pro-Iranian militias and huge arsenals in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

My comment: This is either propaganda or paranoia. In any case, it’s quite dangerous – just for these reasons Israel might inflate the Yemen War by interfering.

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U-18 UAE Girls Football Team to participate in West Asian Football Championship in Bahrain (photos)

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Katholische Kirche der Stadt Luzern spendet 15'000 Franken für humanitäre Hilfe im Jemen

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Iran’s intervention in Yemen destabilizing Middle East, says Japanese newspaper

Iran needs to realize that some of its destabilizing activities in the Middle East, including interference in Yemen’s civil war, have earned the distrust of the international community, Japan’s most popular daily has claimed.

An editorial in Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said that it would be difficult for Iran to end its current predicament without the trust of other countries.

According to the newspaper, Iran will not be able to achieve its objective — such as lifting of sanctions and economic assistance — just by threatening to make nuclear weapons.

The editorial noted that it is essential for Japan to maintain relations with Iran when it is isolated and that Tokyo should continue to help ease tensions in the Middle East.

Japan should also extend help in improving the living condition of the Iranian people by helping in providing medical services and on environmental issues, said the newspaper.

The daily suggested that stability in the Middle East will become impossible if the US and Iran doesn’t overcome mutual distrust, adding that the Iranian leadership should change its stance of rejecting any dialogue with the US.

My comment: A mixture of parroting propaganda and serious demands.

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Canadian man to remain in Dubai prison after appeal partially rejected

The son of a Canadian geologist jailed in Dubai after allegedly uncovering fraud in a gold company says the only way his father will get out of prison is if the Canadian government steps up its pressure on the United Arab Emirates.

A panel of Dubai judges on Tuesday rejected Andre Gauthier’s appeal on a technicality, according to Gauthier’s son, Alexis. He said his father, who has been detained off and on in the Middle East since December 2015, will remain in a Dubai prison indefinitely.

The Gauthier family says Andre was a whistleblower who alerted authorities in the United Arab Emirates to irregular dealings in a gold-trading company, Gold AE. But instead of being thanked for his troubles, he was arrested, charged and convicted with committing 73 counts in the very fraud he uncovered.

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'I think of the children in Yemen' says Pope Francis in Christmas message at Vatican

In his message, Francis spoke about children suffering from war and spoke of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

"I think of the children in Yemen," the pontiff said.


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Wie die Emirate 2020 ihre Macht ausbauen

Die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate präsentieren sich als weltoffen und friedlich. Im Stillen hat das reiche Land seinen Einfluss in der Region aber auch militärisch stetig erweitert — auch auf die Gefahr hin, den grossen Nachbarn Saudi-Arabien dabei links liegen zu lassen.

Als «weiche Supermacht» beschrieb der Staatsminister für Auswärtiges, Anwar Gargasch, welche Rolle die Emirate auf der Weltbühne anstreben. Von «weich» kann aber keine Rede sein: Trotz einer vergleichsweise kleinen Streitkraft von etwa 50'000 Soldaten mischt das Land im Nahen Osten, in Ost-Afrika und teils auch Südasien militärisch mit. Beim Machtausbau stellen sich die VAE unter Kronprinz Mohammed bin Said Al Nahjan nicht nur geschickter an als Saudi-Arabien, sondern treten auch in direkte Konkurrenz zum grossen Nachbar.

Beispiel Jemen: In den Krieg gegen die Huthi-Rebellen waren die VAE als wichtigster Partner Saudi-Arabiens mitgezogen. Aber während Riad die Huthis im Norden zu bekämpfen begann, konzentrierten sich die Emirate auf den Süden, um dort — auch aus wirtschaftlichem Eigennutz — den Hafen Aden und Wasserwege zu kontrollieren. Und statt sich mit Riad hinter die Regierung des Jemen zu stellen, stärkten sie die Separatisten im Süden, bevor sie ihre Bodentruppen schliesslich fast komplett abzogen. Die VAE, so die Botschaft, sind kein militärisches Anhängsel der Saudis, sondern verfolgen eigene Interessen.

So auch im Konflikt mit dem Iran.

Emirate betreiben Imagepflege

Gleichzeitig üben sich die VAE in Imagepflege und setzen sich als weltoffen, tolerant und friedlich in Szene. Papst Franziskus' Besuch im Februar markierte den ersten eines Katholiken-Oberhaupts auf der Arabischen Halbinsel überhaupt

Aber während in Dubai schon der nächste Wolkenkratzer in die Höhe wächst, der das weltweit höchste Gebäude Burj Khalifa bald überragen soll, geht es mit den Menschenrechten im Land abwärts. «Eine Zivilgesellschaft ist nicht vorhanden», sagt Experte Devin Kenney von der Menschenrechtsorganisation Amnesty International.

Chancen auf politische Teilhabe haben die neun Millionen Einwohner (etwa elf Prozent davon sind Staatsbürger) kaum. Politische Parteien gibt es nicht.

Welches Schicksal bei freier Meinungsäusserung drohen kann, zeigt der Fall des Aktivisten Ahmed Mansur, der zu Reformen im Land aufgerufen hatte. Mansur wurde 2017 festgenommen und zu zehn Jahren Haft verurteilt. =

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Kuwait resumes flights to Yemen

cp12b Sudan

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Sudanese Opposition Calls for Withdrawal of Sudanese Forces from Yemen

Head of the Sudanese National Umma Party, Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, Saturday called for the withdrawal of Sudanese forces from Yemen.

Al-Mahdi told Al-Sudani international newspaper, published Saturday: "There is no justification for the presence of any Sudanese fighter in Yemen, war is a crime, that is, a war that cannot be interceded except as a defense of the homeland."

"Therefore, we demand that there be no Sudanese soldiers fighting outside the principle of defending the homeland", he said.

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Popular Anger Escalated in Sudan from UAE’s Ambition to Control Ports

Popular anger is escalated in Sudan from the dangers of the UAE’s ambition to control the country's ports within its plots to gain suspicious influence and expansion.

Yesterday, the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, witnessed a massive demonstration against the UAE’s ambition to control the country's ports, denouncing what they called the “budget security committee” in the Red Sea state.

The Popular Congress Party in Sudan had warned days before about monopolizing the country's ports for the Emirates through secret negotiations to resolve the economic crisis.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Riyadh signs deal with Raytheon Saudi Arabia to localize Patriot maintenance

Saudi Arabia signed a deal with the local unit of U.S. weapons maker Raytheon on Saturday to localize maintenance of its Patriot missile defense system, as part of efforts to boost Saudi’s defense industries and its broader economy.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman plans to diversify the kingdom away from its reliance on oil exports and wants Riyadh to produce or assemble half its defense equipment locally, aiming to create 40,000 jobs for Saudis by 2030.

Saudi Arabia is among the top five defense spenders in the world. It is one of several U.S. allies to use Patriot, a ground to air missile system giving defense against ballistic missiles and other threats.

Ahmed al-Ohali, governor of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), said the agreement with Raytheon reflected the authority’s efforts to develop Saudi’s military industries and its research and technology capabilities, state news agency SPA reported.

by Saudi Press Agency:

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Marktbeschuss im Jemen: Huthis werfen Frankreich Mitwirkung an tödlicher Attacke vor

Rebellen der politisch-militärischen Bewegung „Ansar Allah“ (Huthis) haben Frankreich vorgeworfen, in den jüngsten Beschuss eines Marktes in der Provinz Sada (auch Saada, Sadah) im Nordwesten des Jemen verwickelt gewesen zu sein.

„Das Vorgehen Frankreichs hat dazu geführt, dass mehr als 38 Menschen bei einem Artilleriebeschuss des Marktes Al-Raqu in der administrativen Grenzregion (zu Saudi-Arabien – Anm. d. Red.) Munabih in der Provinz Sada ums Leben kamen oder verletzt wurden“, twitterte das Mitglied des Obersten politischen Komitees der Huthis, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi.

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Houthis Accuse France of Having Links to Deadly Market Attack in Northwestern Yemen

Yemen's Shiite Houthi movement said that France had been involved in the recent deadly attack on a market in northwestern Yemen.

“The French actions left people dead and injured as a result of the artillery bombardment of the Al-Raqu market in the border administrative region of Munabih in the province of Saada. The use of French weapons and experience in the aggression is a crime, which is ignored by the French justice system in return for arms deals”, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, member of the Supreme Political Council of the Houthi movement, wrote on his Twitter page on late Wednesday.

and also

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

War on bank notes: Look at cp5

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Report: Oil production, export resumed, companies return

[Hadi gov.] Ministry of Oil and Minerals reported that it has managed to resume oil production and export; subsequently some foreign oil firms come back to the country to operate.

An annual report by the ministry the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) familiar with stated that oil production and exports were resumed in S2 bloc in Shabwah governorate with total capacity 16 thousand barrel per day (bpd) in 2018. In 2019, oil production resumed in Malik 9 bloc in Shabwah.

According to the report oil production and export also resumed in 2019 in Marib governorate block (18) by Safer Oil Company with total capacity 20 thousand (bpd), 8 to 10 thousand barrels out of which are refined locally and the remaining quantity is exported.

Oil production and export also resumed in Al-Massila oil fields in the governorate of Hadramout through Petromassilah Oil Company with 32 thousand (bpd), according to the report.

The ministry’s annual report noted that the Austrian oil firm (OMV) and the Cyprus Calvary have already returned to the country and resume their oil businesses.

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Exploitation of Yemen’s seas is depleting country’s fish stocks, minister warns

The country’s waters are being exploited by local and foreign fishermen

Yemen’s marine fish stocks are at risk of exploitation and depletion due to destructive fishing practices that have caused a drop in annual fish production, government officials and experts have warned.

Yemen’s minister of fishery, Fahd Kafayn, told The National that the country’s fish stock is being overexploited by local and foreign fishermen and some kinds of fish have already disappeared from the market.

“The marine fish stock in the country is generally experiencing a hard time,” Mr Kafayn said in an interview on Monday.

Figures released by the government’s Fishery Authority in the south-eastern province of Hadramout and obtained by The National showed that roughly 12,000 fishermen using 3,800 boats caught 42,000 tons of fish in 2018, compared to 52,604 tons in 2012.

Production reached its lowest point in 2016 when the production was 33,034 tons. Officials and experts say the fluctuating figures are indications that the marine stock is suffering overexploitation. “This is an indication to an ecological problem,” the minister said.

When the Houthis seized control of power in late 2014 the country’s coast guard apparatus crumbled as forces deserted their positions, leaving a security vacuum.

During the ensuing war, the country’s seas were left unprotected, allowing foreign vessels and local fishermen to wreak havoc at sea. The impact of arbitrary destructive fishing practices, such as trawling, was dwindling fish production.

“The state’s monitoring on the sea has decreased due to lack of capabilities and the security situation. This allowed foreign vessels to illegally fish in the Yemeni waters,” the minister said, adding that Yemen has seized 43 Iranian ships fishing in the Yemeni waters over the last three years.

As the Saudi-led coalition deployed warships off the Yemeni shores to prevent Houthis from bringing in Iranian arms, foreign vessels have largely disappeared. But experts say the threat to the fish stock came from the Yemeni fishermen.

The most destructive and controversial method used by local fishermen is known as ‘purse seining’. Instead of using a small round net to trap fish, as fishing regulations say, locals use a large net that catches a dozen tons of fish at a time.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Just catching up on #Yemen's #jihad over past 2 days. On Xmas Eve both #AQAP & #ISIS posted claims from Qayfa: -AQAP attacked ISIS in Hammat Abu al-Ghayth (a hotspot this month) -4 ISIS photos of artillery vs Houthis in Tabbat al-Shahiri (could refer to their 12/18 attack)

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IS has released a new photo series showing the targeting of Houthi position in Qaifa, Yemen

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Film: Aid organizations targeted in Southern Yemen

(23 Dec 2019): In the southern Yemen province of Dhale, aid groups have suspended their work. Five aid organizations have been the target of attack by rocket-propelled grenades.

My remark: Earlier reporting Yemen War Mosaic 609, cp14.

cp15 Propaganda

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Was auf die deutsche Außenpolitik zukommt

Kein Mittel haben Deutsche und Europäer bislang entwickelt, um Iran daran zu hindern, seine Nachbarschaft sowie Länder wie den Jemen und Syrien zu destabilisieren.

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Why Are Academics Ignoring Iran’s Colonialism?

why ignore the Iranian attempts to do exactly to others what they accuse others of having done to Iran?

Journalists and analysts, such as Jonathan Spyer and Seth Frantzman, have been documenting Iran’s colonial expansion for many years. But most academics have been reluctant to turn their skills on Iran. Many prefer softer targets, such as Israel and the U.S. Earlier this month, the United Nations’ Decolonization Committee pushed eight anti-Israel measures through the General Assembly, showing where its priorities lie.

Even without its violations of other countries’ sovereignty, Iran itself is an empire, with ethnic Persians dominating the Arabs, Kurds, Balochis, Azeris, Turkmen, Lur, Gilakis, and Mazandaranis. Only a few, notably Daniel Pipes, Ilan Berman, and Shoshana Bryen, are interested in this fact.

Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution was an imperialist project from the beginning.

The Iranian colonial project is among the most significant events in modern history, and its contours coincide with the interests and deeply held beliefs of the professoriate. But most academics are remarkably uncurious about Iran’s colonialism. Talk about wasting the moment – by A. J. Caschetta

My comment: The US a “softer target” than Iran?? LOL. For the author:, for his Middle East Forum: and

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Saudi Press Round up, Lies of Houthi Pro-coup Militia Exposed

Jeddah-based Okaz newspaper said in its editorial titled: (The Coalition .. Transparency and Precision, in Operations) that in addition to its military and humanitarian successes, the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy, in Yemen adds moral success through its great keenness to apply the highest standards of targeting and adherence to the principles of international humanitarian law, within the framework of its clear approach that confirms the highest levels of responsibility and transparency in assessing the damages resulting from any military operation carried out in the areas of operations inside Yemen.

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A Year of De-escalation in Yemen and the Beginning of the End

The Riyadh Agreement challenged pessimism and proved that there can be a solution regardless of the size of disagreement

Since the beginning of the crisis in Yemen, a magic question has been repeated: When and how will the crisis end? The answers were as complicated as the crisis.
Starting from understanding its content and the conflicts that were not merely, as Western intellectual and media institutions claim and to which some Yemenis have objected, a Sunni-Shiite conflict or a proxy war, disregarding the particular Yemeni concern.

A disagreement over the solution

Again: How and when will the crisis end? Examining the answers by the Yemeni government and its allies in decision-making, it boils down to the golden rule: Houthis do not understand any other language but that of power.
It justifies that only power liberated the vast areas of the country. Others, on the other hand, including the Americans, find that military pressure is the most effective way. In this, they agree with the alliance for legitimacy in Yemen that seems in its media discourse that it put military pressure on the Houthis and forced them to sit on the table to discuss a solution as their only option.
Another opinion, close to that of the UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and European powers, thinks that the humane aspect is the entry point into a peaceful solution and dialogue. Many Yemenis disagree with this for two reasons; first, never have Houthi conflicts (six wars since 2004) ended with a humane entry point followed by a political solution. Second, Houthis are not a group of old fighters that do not leave their caves and mountains, but have power over government facilities and are supported by foreign powers such as Iran and Hezbollah, with money, equipment, arms, and political, military, and media consultations.
Therefore, they will not compromise as easily as some may naively think.
Saudi Reconstruction as the Star of the Year

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda /

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

Dec. 28:

Dec. 27:

Dec. 26:

Dec. 25:

Dec. 24:

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In Taiz, an injured citizen was martyred as a result of wounds sustained during Saudi raids on the Shahra market in Al- Ta`ziyya district two years ago, raising the number of victims of the massacre to 35 martyrs.

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At least 15 Houthi rebels killed in Sa’ada

At least 15 elements in the Iran-backed Houthi militia were killed on Wednesday in Sa’ada province.

The Arab Coalition launched airstrikes on Houthi militia’s sites and gatherings in Ketaf district, killing 15 elements, wounding others, and destroying their vehicles.

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

Dec. 29: Saada p., Jizan

Dec. 25: Saada p., Jizan

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp1b

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Houthi landmine kills, injures 4 civilians in Al-Bayda

Two civilians including a child were killed and two others were injured in an explosion of a Houthi-laid landmine they stepped on in the central Yemen on Sunday.
Local sources told Saba Ali al-Salehi and Saleh al-Awadhi were killed and Jaber al-Fadheli and Yaser al-Awadhi were injured in the explosion of the landmine one of them stepped on in al-Feleih area of al-Beidha province. =

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In Sa’adah, a civilian was injured with Saudi border guards gunshots in Razih district.

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Tote und Verletzte bei Angriff auf Militärparade im Jemen

Houthi-Rebellen werden dafür verantwortlich gemacht, eine Rakete auf die Parade in der Stadt Al-Dhalea gefeuert zu haben

Bei einem Angriff auf eine Militärparade im Süden des Jemens sind am Sonntag mehrere Menschen getötet worden. Houthi-Milizen hätten am Sonntag eine Rakete auf die Veranstaltung in der Stadt Al-Dhalea gefeuert, teilten die separatistischen "Sicherheitsring"-Einheiten mit. Mindestens fünf Menschen seien getötet, acht weitere verletzt worden.

Seitens der schiitischen Houthi-Milizen gab es zunächst keine Stellungnahme.

Die Einheiten des "Sicherheitsrings" kontrollieren die Stadt Al-Dhalea. Diese liegt an der wichtigen Nord-Süd-Straße, die die Hafenstadt Aden im Süden mit der Hauptstadt Sanaa verbindet. Mitten durch die Provinz Al-Dhalea verläuft eine umkämpfte Frontlinie =

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Filme: = = =

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Missile attack kills 9 at military parade in Yemen’s south

A ballistic missile attack ripped through a military parade for a Yemeni southern separatist group that’s backed by the United Arab Emirates, killing at least six troops and three children, a spokesman said Sunday.

The explosion took place while the separatists, known as the Resistance Forces, were finishing a parade for new recruits at a soccer field in the capital of Dhale province, said Maged al-Shoebi, a spokesman for the group, who spoke with The Associated Press by phone.

The southern separatists are allied with the Saudi-led coalition that’s been fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels. But the UAE-backed southerners are currently at odds with Yemen’s internationally recognized government, which is more closely allied with Saudi Arabia. Cracks within the anti-Houthi bloc have widened over the past several months.

Footage circulated online of Sunday’s attack showing a hole in a stage at the edge of the field, apparently from an explosion, while other footage showed dead bodies on the ground.

More than 20 people including civilians were wounded in the blast, al-Shoebi said. He blamed the Houthis for the attack. The rebel group did not immediately comment.

The Houthis have been trying to wrest Dhale province from the southern separatists for years, but without much progress. =

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Yemen: blast hits military parade in Al Dhalea, killing nine

No claim of responsibility was made for the attack that occurred near a guest platform

The forces said that at least nine people were killed, including three children. More than 20 people were injured in the blast.

“A Houthi missile hit Al Somood square in Al Dhalea city where a military parade for security forces in the province was held on Sunday morning,” Cpt Fuad Jubari, the spokesperson of the Al Dhalea military forces, told The National. He added that the missile was fired from the village of Al Erfaf in the district of Damt in northern Al Dhalea some 40 kilometres from the parade.

“Fortunately, the Houthi missile attack took place 20 minutes after the military parade was over, all the victims were civilians of those who are in charge of organizing the platform in the square, some of [the victims] are children,” Cpt Jubari said.

He confirmed no soldiers or military officials were injured.

The killed and wounded were rushed to AL Naser public hospital a few meters from the square where the attack took place, a medical source at the health centre told The National.

“We received seven corpses of those who were killed amid the blast in addition to 20 injuries, some of them were severely injured,” Sameeh Hizam, a doctor at the Al Naser Hospital said.


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Missile hits military parade in Yemen, killing at least seven

A missile fired by the Iran-aligned Houthi group struck a military parade in Yemen’s town of al-Dhalea, killing at least seven people and wounding several, government-allied southern separatist forces who control the area said on Sunday.

No claim of responsibility was made and Houthi media did not immediately comment on the blast or the accusation.

The missile struck a parade ground where a military graduation for Security Belt forces had just finished, statements from the Security Belt group and the al-Dhalea southern separatist forces said.

The Security Belt forces are part of a government-aligned southern separatist front in south Yemen which favors the creation of an independent state.

They are also backed by the United Arab Emirates in a fight against Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group.

Witnesses told Reuters that the blast occurred near a guest platform during the parade, causing injuries and deaths. They reported seeing bodies.

Pictures from the scene showed a blast hole in the concrete of an outdoor square.

Seven people died, among them four children, and 25 were injured, according to the local forces’ spokesman.

and also


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Rocket Attack on Southern Yemen Separatists Causes Dozens of Casualties

A rocket attack on a southern Yemeni separatist militia graduation ceremony has left around 10 people dead and more than several dozen wounded.

Survivors helped victims of the rocket attack as rescue workers evacuated the wounded to ambulances, taking them to hospitals in the southern Yemeni capital of Aden.

Amateur video showed a crater where rockets struck near a viewing stand at the ceremony for cadets of the southern separatist "Security Belt" forces. A similar attack in August by Yemen's Houthi militia forces killed the group's top commander Gen. Munir Mahmoud al-Mashali.

Majed al-Shouaiby, a spokesman for the "Security Belt" forces, told Arab media that the Houthis fired rockets at the military parade from a position north of the town of Dhalea, where the attack took place.

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In Sa’adah, Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted populated villages in Shida district.

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Yemeni Mine Monitor: Since 2015, #Houthi-laid #mines have killed as many as 484 civilians in Taiz, including 162 children and 117 women. These #landmines have also maimed 1245, 287 of them were children, in the same four-year besieged city of #Taiz.

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Ballistische Rakete abgefeuert auf einem saudischen Lager in Najran

Heute hat die Raketentruppe eine ballistische Badr-1-P-Rakete auf 19. Brigadekommandocamp in Bir Askar von Najran abgefeuert.

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Badr-1P Ballistic Missile Strikes Military Camp of Saudi Army in Najran

"Badr-1P ballistic missile struck, on Friday, a military camp for the Saudi army and its mercenaries in Najran,” the spokesman of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e said. The ballistic missile hit its target accurately, killing and injuring a number of the US-Saudi mercenaries including commanders.

This missile strike came as a response to the crimes of aggression and its mercenaries against civilians, the most recent of which was the crime of targeting the market in Munabih border district in Sa’adah, killing and injuring dozens of African immigrants.

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Yemen: Saudi Arabia responsible for the attack in Saada according to NGOs

In Yemen, three days after the attack on a market in Saada province, which killed 17 civilians, the exact conditions of the explosion are still unclear. According to local NGOs, the Riyadh-led coalition is responsible.

It is the third attack in a month targeting this locality in northern Yemen. The Saudi-led military coalition admitted on December 25 that it had conducted an air operation in the area where the market was located.

For Radhya al-Mutawakel, president of the Mwatana association for human rights, the inhabitants of this border area are once again caught in the crossfire.

My comment: Up to now, they did not admit anything – and it was no air raid but an artillery attack.

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Saudi-led coalition to investigate Yemen market attack

U.N. humanitarian coordinator Lise Grande said first reports showed 17 people, including 12 Ethiopians, died and 12 people were injured in Tuesday’s strike on the al-Raqw market in Saada, an area near the Saudi border controlled by the Houthis.

Grande did not single out the coalition, but said the market attacks were deeply troubling. “The parties responsible for this, and other atrocities, must be held accountable,” she said.

Houthi-controlled al-Masirah TV said Tuesday’s incident was a result of artillery shelling from across the Saudi border.

Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki, in a statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA, said an initial review of the operation in Saada indicated possible “incidental losses and collateral damage”.

The case has been referred to the coalition’s incident assessment team in keeping with its commitment to international humanitarian law, Malki added.

and the Saudi statement:

My comment: This actually is a bad joke. The Saudi coalition “investigation” team is a whitewashing machine.

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Saada p.: Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted populated villages in Razih district.

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MASAM destroys 4761 Houthi-laid mines, explosives in Taiz and Al-Jawf

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Ein Kind wurde durch einen saudischen Artillerie-Bombenanschlag in Saada verletzt

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Child injured in Saudi aggression artillery shelling on Saada

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U.S. and Chinese embassies to Yemen spar on Twitter over Uighur Muslims

The argument started on Christmas day, when the Chinese embassy to Yemen asked if the US ever found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq


Film: Children's fashion show the first of its kind in Yemen

The interim capital of Aden, in southern Yemen, witnessed yesterday evening the organization of the first children's fashion show by Yemeni fashion designer Reem Al-Yafei, attended by a large crowd of usual visitors of Aden Mall who praised the performances made by a group of children of the province who displayed dresses, this fashion show is the first of its kind in the country.


Study of Fractures Network in the Basement of Socotra Island—Yemen by Using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques

Fractured basement rocks have become an increasingly common target for hydrocarbon production in the Republic of Yemen, where the oil is in production from the deeply buried fractured basement. These basement reservoirs underlie a thick sequence of Mesozoic to Tertiary sediments and in order to study the characteristics of this buried basement, indirect methods must be used. The present work deals with the production of structural maps of basement of Socotra Island, and the extraction of lineaments from remote sensing data (satellite imageries and aerial photographs) as well as the analysis of these extracted lineaments by using GIS.


Film: Book Fair in besieged Taiz since 2015

The Yemeni Ministry of Culture opened a book fair in the southern Province of Taiz, the week-long exhibition contains a pavilion for caricatures that mimic the humanitarian and political situation in Taiz and a special pavilion for the historical manuscripts. The exhibition is a literary and cultural outlet for the people of the province.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-609 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-609: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

Untersuchungen von Angriffen, hunderte von Filmen / Investigations of attacks, hundreds of films:

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