Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 638b- Yemen War Mosaic 638b

Yemen Press Reader 638b: 2. April 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 638, cp2 - cp18 / April 2 , 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 638, cp2 - cp18
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 638, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 638, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-638-yemen-war-mosaic-638

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Kursiv: Siehe Teil 1 / In Italics: Look in part 1

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Coronavirus und Seuchen / Most important: Coronavirus and epidemics

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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IN MAPS: ANSAR ALLAH FORCES ADVANCING INSIDE SAUDI ARABIA

https://southfront.org/in-maps-ansar-allah-forces-advancing-inside-saudi-arabia/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON APRIL 1, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-april-1-2020-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON MARCH 31, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-march-31-2020-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON MARCH 30, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-march-30-2020-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON MARCH 29, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-march-29-2020-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON MARCH 28, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-march-28-2020-map-update/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON MARCH 26, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-march-26-2020-map-update/

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Film: A woman in the city of Taiz complains about the demolition of the security services of her house, which has owned its land for 27 years

https://twitter.com/BelqeesTV/status/1245342455135973377

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Death toll of war on Yemen reaches at least 112,000

ACLED project estimates massive scale of civilian casualties caused by war in Yemen

A recent statistic for the ACLED project, funded by the US and Dutch government, has revealed that the war in Yemen in the past five years has directly killed 112,000 civilians.

https://www.uprising.today/death-toll-of-war-on-yemen-reaches-at-least-112000/

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Teheran: Anschuldigungen gegen Iran können die Niederlage der Saudis im Jemen nicht kompensieren

Die Äußerungen am Mittwoch waren eine Reaktion auf die jüngsten Aussagen des von Saudi-Arabien geführten Koalitionssprechers über die militärische Präsenz des Iran im Jemen und die Beteiligung an einem jüngsten Angriff der jemenitischen Armee auf die saudische Hauptstadt Riad, die beide vom iranischen Außenministerium direkt abgelehnt wurden .

https://de.news-front.info/2020/04/01/teheran-anschuldigungen-gegen-iran-konnen-die-niederlage-der-saudis-im-jemen-nicht-kompensieren/

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Iran Has No Military Expert in Yemen: Foreign Ministry

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran has shrugged off the baseless allegations made by the Saudi-led military coalition that Iranian experts are present in Yemen.

In a statement on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi rejected the groundless allegations raised by the spokesperson for the coalition of military aggressors which have attacked Yemen.

“Under a delusion of achieving victory within a couple of weeks, Saudi Arabia launched military aggression against Yemen, and now after five years, it is still grappling with such miscalculation, while this act of aggression has brought about nothing but devastation and killing of Yemeni people,” he noted.

Mousavi refuted the baseless allegations made by the Saudi-led coalition’s spokesperson that Iranian experts are in Yemen, dismissed the false accusations he has levelled against Iran, and said, “We advise the coalition of aggressors against Yemen to take into account the realities on the ground, including the Yemeni people’s resistance to such acts of aggression and the international community’s hatred for Saudi Arabia, instead of delusions and reveries, and to recognize that playing with words, pinning the blame on others, and making accusation against the others will not make up for their political and military failures.”

https://ifpnews.com/iran-has-no-military-expert-in-yemen-foreign-ministry = https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12067

and also https://en.irna.ir/news/83735545/Iran-FM-spox-advises-aggressors-to-pay-attention-to-Yemenis

https://iranpress.com/en/iran-i145518-saudis_must_stop_illusion_over_yemen_fm_spox

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Yemeni Center for Human Rights Issues 5 Years Report on Saudi-led aggression Crimes

The Yemeni Center for Human Rights issued its fifth periodic report on the deteriorating humanitarian situation and crimes committed by the US-Saudi aggression. The report listed the most serious crimes in accordance with the charters of international humanitarian law committed by the coalition in Yemen. In addition, it documented the largest massacres and the most prominent crimes committed by the coalition forces in Yemen.

The report highlighted the results of monitoring and documenting the targeting of homes, residential buildings, places of civilian gathering and destruction of infrastructure. The report documented the use of prohibited weapons by the coalition forces and clarified the violations committed in accordance with human rights and international humanitarian law.

The report also documented the stages of the deteriorating humanitarian situation

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12054

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Sana’a Threatens US-Saudi Aggression with Painful Response to its Escalation

Saudi warplanes during the last hours intensified their raids on the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, and a number of other areas, including Hodeidah Governorate, which witnessed a continuation of the aggression forces' violations of the Stockholm agreements. This escalation comes at a time when there have been international calls for the need to stop military actions in Yemen and focus efforts to confront the Corona epidemic.

Contrary to what is expected, the Saudi coalition respond to all these calls by intensifying its hysterical raids during the past few hours on civilian and military sites in Sana'a, Sa`dah, Hajjah, al-Jawf, Amran and Hodeidah.

Abdullah Al-Jafri, a military and strategic expert, said: "The countries of the aggression, headed by Saudi Arabia, launch their raids as revenge on the Yemeni people and in a hysterical way to bomb the citizens and kill them even the animals were not safe from that."

The scenes in Sana'a reveal the scale of the brutality of the aggression

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12050

and

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Miserable Saudi Attempt to Make up for Its Military Failure in Yemen

Saudi Arabia reached a high level frustration due to the impact of drones and ballistic missiles. It felt the needed to respond by targeting stables of horses in the Military College area in Sana'a and places near the quarantine centers in the Al-Salif area in Hodeidah. What is also strange is that the aggression dropped boxes containing masks and other materials In the governorates of Sana'a, Hodeidah, and Al-Mahwit. The World Health Organization affirmed that Yemen is free of the global Corona virus.

Commenting on the escalation of the Saudi aggression The spokesman of the National Salvation Government and the Minister of Information, Dhaifallah Al-Shami, said that the aggression raids launched today on a number of governorates are a dangerous escalation, but not out of the ordinary, and it reveals aggression's desire is not to stopp the aggression.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12053

My remark: The Houthi viewpoint of the newest escalations.

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Yemen’s civilians: Besieged on all sides

According to the United Nations, Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

A UNDP-commissioned report calls Yemen’s war “one of the highest-impact internal conflicts since the Cold War. On par with Iraq, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo—conflicts with an impact on development that lasts for a generation.” If the war ends in 2021, development gains in Yemen will have already been set back a quarter-century; the country will also be the poorest in the world with 79 percent of the population living below the poverty line and 65 percent classified as extremely poor. If the war continues until 2030, the reversal will be 40 years—erasing a generation-and-a-half of gains.

THE WAR CONTINUES TO EXACT A TOLL

Despite talks between the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition initiated last October, fighting has resumed.

PROFITEERING IS ENDEMIC

All sides also practice economic warfare, using obstruction and financial tools to deny resources to opponents. With powerful forces benefiting materially from the war, there is little hesitation in impeding peace efforts.

HUMANITARIAN AID IS SQUANDERED

Another tempting target is the world’s largest aid program. The Houthis control most of the Yemeni population, and therefore most humanitarian aid—roughly $3.7 billion in 2019—is targeted to Houthi areas. By February 2020, Houthi rebels had blocked half this aid—a tactic to control aid resources as tons of food rotted without being distributed.

RESOLUTION REMAINS ELUSIVE

The agony of the Yemeni people, with predators from within and without, is hard to overstate. This was not a war of necessity for the Saudis, the UAE, or Iran. Nor was the West—lucrative arms sales aside—deeply committed with significant strategic interests at play. It was largely a sideshow for all except the Yemeni people. Now, after years of war, a resolution remains elusive as the Hadi government, the Southern Transitional Council, and the Houthis will have to reconcile their interests managing internal divisions and the demands of their Saudi, UAE, and Iranian patrons. In a move that will worsen the humanitarian tragedy, the U.S. scaled back vital aid on March 27 to Houthi controlled areas citing continuing diversion and harassments. The move and its timing were opposed by international aid officials and some Democratic lawmakers who cited Yemen’s looming COVID-19 crisis – by Omer Karasapan

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2020/03/31/yemens-civilians-besieged-on-all-sides/

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Escalating conflict, no aid, and the coronavirus: Yemen prepares for a perfect storm

The civil war in Yemen is escalating at the worst possible time.

While Yemen has not yet documented any infections, it is expected that an outbreak will occur in the coming days.

When that happens, it will affect an impoverished, starving population without regular access to clean water, let alone even the most basic medical care.

The responsibility for this looming catastrophe rests on both sides.

Nevertheless, the primary responsibility here lies with the Houthis. Sensing the world's distraction amid the coronavirus pandemic, and observing the Saudi failure to make significant advancements in territorial control, the Houthis believe they hold the strategic initiative.

Because the Houthis are also obstructing foreign aid supplies in areas under their control. They say this is for reasons of security and to cover logistics costs. In fact, it's a bald-faced attempt to leverage aid to line their own pockets

So we now have a perfect storm in which the conflict is escalating, the coronavirus about to breach Yemeni borders (if it hasn't already). https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/escalating-conflict-no-aid-and-coronavirus-yemen-prepares-for-a-perfect-storm

My comment: „the primary responsibility here lies with the Houthis”: This is the propaganda tactics of not looking to the whole story. It’s not the Houthis who transformed a local civil war to an international war. It’s the Saudi side who destroyed and blocked Northern Yemen for 5 years now. And the US is not even mentioned – those who had made this war possible and who had fueled it by arms sales, by political and logistic support.

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Why are Yemen’s Houthis attacking Riyadh now?

So why are the Houthis attacking Riyadh now? Information on the war in Yemen, and especially about the Houthis, has always been hard to get, and the global pandemic has grabbed the media’s attention.

Part of the reason, probably, is that the Houthis are winning. Since January, they have made significant advances on the ground, especially in Jawf province along the Saudi border.

Iran is involved in Houthi decisionmaking. Tehran undoubtedly wants the Saudi kingdom to remain bogged down in the Yemeni morass. Iranian-backed militias are also stepping up rocket attacks against U.S. positions in Iraq.

Saudi Arabia and Iran have been engaged in proxy wars with each other for 40 years, since the Iranian revolution. Yemen is now among the victims of that conflict. Ironically Riyadh is now under fire, not Tehran – by Bruce Riedel

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/03/30/why-are-yemens-houthis-attacking-riyadh-now/

My comment: Bruce Riedel is a very good analyst of the Yemen crisis. But here, he simply adopts and repeats the common anti-Iranian propaganda narrative, contradicting his own analyses.

You also can plea for a ceasefire, without mixing propaganda, but might-be US media are unable to do so, then look at Pakistan:

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Missile strikes

Considering the fact that the whole world, from highly developed states to those with more fragile infrastructure, is battling to keep the Covid-19 pandemic at bay, all parties involved in Yemen must cease fire and devote their efforts to confront the pandemic. In fact, this could be an opportune moment to declare a cessation to hostilities in all trouble spots of the world, including Yemen, as the UN secretary general has also said. The fact is that five years of war have devastated Yemen, and one shudders to think what would happen if a Covid-19 outbreak was reported in the country.

In such a miserable situation, should Covid-19 spread rapidly in the country, the results would be catastrophic. All forces must cease hostilities in Yemen, and the process to bring about a negotiated settlement to the imbroglio must be speeded up.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1545171/missile-strikes

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Winning: Another Iranian Defeat

Iran is running out of excuses against accusations that they are supplying UAVs, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles to Iran-backed groups in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon for attacks on Israel, Yemen and anyone who opposes Iranian aggression. These weapons are built with Iranian components that are deliberately made with key components lacking any visible evidence that they were manufactured in Iran. A lot of effort is put into this. But Iran sometimes uses the same unmarked components in weapons that are clearly labeled as Iranian.

Despite all those deception efforts UN and other investigators have been collecting components from debris of Iranian (labeled or unlabeled) UAVs and missiles that functioned properly and exploded as well as some that were captured or crashed near Iranian territory. The UN and Saudi Arabia have put many of these components on public display and the U.S. has also displayed captured Iranian arms shipments or missile components recovered from weapons that have crashed.

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htwin/articles/20200330.aspx

My comment: More US anti-Iranian stances. Even if it’s proofed that Iran supplies its allies with arms (in many claimed cases it’s quite dubious, for instance a great part of these claimed shipments to Yemen), so what? The US anyway is supplying thousands of times more arms to its allies – terrorists included. So what, really??

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FIVE YEARS LATER, IT’S TIME TO END THE YEMEN WAR

Given the devastation caused by the war, the United States should have long since stopped its arms transfers and military support to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the two key players in the anti-Houthi coalition. The United States is far and away the largest supplier to the Saudi regime, followed by the United Kingdom.

But despite unprecedented action by Congress – including bipartisan votes under the War Powers Resolution and votes in June and July of 2019 to block “emergency” arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and several other countries, the Trump administrated vetoed these measures. This occurred even after Saudi Arabia’s brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October of 2018 had raised serious questions about the wisdom of the US-Saudi alliance.

President Trump’s statement on the issue explicitly cited the revenue from arms sales as a reason not to take action against the Saudi regime for the Khashoggi murder

President Trump’s assertions on arms exports and jobs don’t stand up to even minimal scrutiny.

With both the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels now agreeing to a nationwide ceasefire to allow Yemen to deal with the threat of COVID-19, it is time to bring all available pressure to bear to go beyond the ceasefire and conclude an agreement to end the conflict. By ending arms and support for the Saudi war effort, the United States can play a role in making it happen.

https://inkstickmedia.com/five-years-later-its-time-to-end-the-yemen-war/

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Love Thy Neighbor: Saudi Arabia Needs Regional Help to End the Yemen War

A lot can change in five years. At the outset of the war, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was ostensibly intact, even as the first Qatar rift in 2014 had shown cracks in its unity. As a result, when Saudi Arabia decided to intervene in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Qatar followed suit. Meanwhile, Kuwait positioned itself as a mediator and Oman stayed on the sidelines. Now, five years on, with the exception of small Bahraini and Emirati contingents, the GCC has left the war in Yemen to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia

From the outset, Saudi Arabia could envision only a military victory in Yemen, persisting with this objective well beyond when most military analysts thought they could achieve one. In an abrupt shift in the fall of 2019 after the attack on its Aramco facilities, Saudi Arabia entered direct talks with the Houthis.

In addition to talks with the Houthis, Saudi Arabia took on responsibility for turbulent southern Yemen after the UAE largely withdrew its forces last year.

UAE

Abu Dhabi’s experience has vastly differed from that of Saudi Arabia. By running ground operations in the south independently of the Saudis, the UAE was able to demonstrate its military superiority. Most notably, the Emiratis take credit for helping push the Houthis out of Aden and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula out of Mukalla. They also set up a logistics and training hub in Assab, Eritrea, to develop southern so-called “Elite Forces,”

Oman

Oman, meanwhile, has played a fundamentally different role — that of facilitator and host to the warring factions

The Way Forward

Five years on, the strains of the conflict on several Gulf relationships are obvious. The Yemen conflict alone did not split the Gulf states from one another, but it has been the lens through which the splits are clearly visible.

To end the Yemen war, the Gulf states will need to band together just like they did in 2011, when they worked in common with the international community to effectuate Ali Abdullah Saleh’s resignation and Yemen’s transition. Already, it seems some version of this is underway, with senior Saudis and Omanis meeting several times recently. The United States and United Kingdom should support these efforts, as they appear to be doing with recent visits to Oman and Saudi Arabia. The UAE should be brought in as necessary. Kuwait may have a mediator role to play. After five years of war, Saudi Arabia may be left largely alone with the conflict in Yemen, but it will almost certainly need its neighbors’ help to bring it to an end – by Elana DeLozier

https://sanaacenter.org/publications/analysis/9548

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Yemen’s unending agony

Tit-for-tat strikes, in that order, by Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led Arab coalition reproduce the pattern that defines the protracted war in Yemen.

The warring sides welcomed a UN call for an immediate truce to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. But given the fact that the talks do not seem to be going anywhere and the resumption of fierce battles in Al Jawf and Marib provinces since February 2020, Yemen's unabated agony shows no signs of ending.

The Yemen conflict has its roots in the failure of a political transition following the Arab Spring uprising in the country in 2011 that forced its longtime authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to hand over power to his deputy, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Hadi was unable to control the situation, exacerbated by jihadist attacks, a separatist movement in the south, security personnel's continuing loyalty to Saleh, corruption, unemployment and food insecurity.

Yemen, already tragically poor, is considered the world's worst humanitarian crisis because of the civil war complicated by foreign intervention. Big world powers have learnt to their cost the limits of being able to structure the politics of a country by invasion and occupation, e.g., in Afghanistan and Iraq. Regional power Saudi Arabia is now learning a similar bitter lesson vis-à-vis its military intervention in the Yemen civil war. As the world is diverted and focused on combating the coronavirus pandemic, it must nevertheless turn its attention to an unmitigated disaster in the making at the cost of the long suffering Yemeni people. While the protagonists must exercise (or be made to exercise) restraint, talks and a political solution seem the only way forward in a fractured and destroyed Yemen.

https://www.brecorder.com/2020/04/02/585828/yemens-unending-agony/

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Yemen Crisis: Ending a never-ending war

While much of the world is fighting to stop the outbreak of COVID-19, Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, marks 5 years of its ostensibly intractable civil war on 26thMarch 2019.

Often, we see the latest developments on the television or while scrolling down in the social medias but that doesn't make us much bothered since life is rewarding to us.

Apparently, this is a proxy war which can be seen as a regional power struggle between Sunni state of Saudi Arabia and Shia ruled Iran which shows no sign of abating as of today. Tens of thousands of Yemeni people have simply become scapegoats in the show-off of two countries' military might. Besides the ongoing civil war, the US launched counterterrorism operations in Yemen against the Al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and self-proclaimed Islamic State.

There are so many parties engaged in Yemen's war that sometimes it becomes tough to understand who's fighting for who. War is a perfect market for selling of arms and prolonged war means more revenues to the arms manufacturers. Beneath the veneer of combating terrorism and religious extremism, the arms manufacturers' syndicates in the US, UK and France might have a vested interest of not letting the war come to an end.

In a separate note, Yemen's geo-strategic location bears serious importance to Saudi and Iran as it sits on the Bab al-Mandab strait, a narrow channel, linking the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden, through which much of the world's oil shipments pass. Saudi shares 1,800 kilometers of border with Yemen and will never allow Iran to gain political or military hegemony over Yemen.

Seemingly, Iran wishes to keep its shadowy presence in Yemen and intends to use the Yemeni soil to teach Saudi, its arch rival, a lesson when necessary. As these sensitive dynamics unfold, it's quite apparent that sanity and humanity in Saudi Royals and Iran's Ayatollah can only free the Yemeni people from their unending sufferings.

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has already devastated Iran and who knows might do the same to Saudi Arabia. Thanks to the pandemic, innocent civilians in Yemen might enjoy some relief from the life taking offensives unless the COVID-19 spreads in Yemen. All parties, including the US, should capture this rare opportunity to resolve the crisis.

https://dailyasianage.com/news/225064/yemen-crisis-ending-a-never-ending-war

My comment: This is NO Saudi-Iranian proxy war. Iran’s and Saudis’ role in Yemen cannot be equaled.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

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THE STRUGGLES OF SINGLE PARENTS IN YEMEN

Single parents in Yemen are struggling due to many reasons including a lack of access to basic goods, or professional services such as maternal care during and after pregnancy. This struggle of being a single parent in Yemen falls mostly on many Yemeni women who lost their husbands in the on-going conflict.

Being a single parent, especially a single mother, in Yemen is difficult. Yemen’s female participation in the workforce is extremely low. This means that many women in Yemen rely on their husbands for financial support. However, the conflict in Yemen took many Yemeni men from their families. As casualties rise, both military and civilian, many women lose their husbands. However, because the majority of women do not have much work experience, they lack the experience or qualifications to go out and find employment.

The challenge of single parenting in Yemen begins even before a child is born. This is especially true for mothers, single or otherwise, in Yemen. According to UNICEF, one woman and six newborns die every two hours from complications during pregnancy and childbirth in Yemen.

Malnutrition is another challenge that single parents in Yemen struggle against. Multiple factors contribute to malnutrition in Yemen. Some reports suggest that the Saudi coalition intentionally targeted Yemeni farms. A report suggested that the Saudi-led coalition launched at least 10,000 strikes against food farms, 800 strikes against local food markets and about 450 airstrikes that hit food storage facilities. This made civilian access to food extremely difficult on a local level. The Saudi-led coalition’s blockade of Yemeni ports and other entry points for food, medicine, fuel and foreign aid worsened this food shortage. Yemen’s impoverished civilians, 79 percent of whom are living under the poverty line, find it difficult to afford the ever-increasing food prices. For single parents in Yemen, this makes feeding their children a difficult challenge. An estimated 2.2 million Yemeni children are acutely malnourished.

Single parents in Yemen struggle against the difficult daily conditions in the country. Lack of access to food, water, health care and basic goods makes it extremely difficult for single parents in Yemen to provide for their children.

https://borgenproject.org/single-parents-in-yemen/

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ACTED in Yemen

ACTED has been working in Yemen since 2012, supporting the most vulnerable to ADAPT to shocks, RECOVER from crisis, and to THRIVE.

Pillar 1: ADAPT

ACTED is the major Site Management and Coordination (SMC) actor in Aden and Al Dhale'e, working in 55 sites across the two governorates.

ACTED takes time to understand the complex displacement dynamics in these sites, and publishes a range of profiles to help better understand their composition, which actors are providing services and in which areas there are major gaps.

A major daily priority is then to work with local authorities, trained site focal points and other NGOs present to coordinate a comprehensive response to the needs inside the sites.

Through an understanding of the people and needs in each site, ACTED has the appropriate information to coordinate and advocate for responses.

In January 2020, the ACTED SMC team was conducting its regular service monitoring and found that almost 3,500 people across ten IDP sites in Al Dhale'e were without water.

On investigation, the water project supplying these sites had come to an end. ACTED immediately followed up the issue with UNICEF and sought other partners who could fill the gap. A national NGO, YCFA, agreed to fill the short-term gap whilst UNICEF prepared the next project.

Pillar 2: RECOVER

Responding to Emergencies and Creating Opportunities for Vibrant Early Recovery

ACTED is a major emergency actor across all its governorates of intervention - Aden, Al Dhale'e, Al Hudaydah, Ibb and Sa'adah.

The priority is to respond to the most vulnerable with a timely activity that meets immediate needs. This is typically in either Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH or Shelter/NFI.

Pillar 3: THRIVE

Towards Holistic Resilience in Vulnerable Environments

In pockets of stability, engage communities in ways to develop capacity for sustainable self-reliance;

Support these communities with longer-term interventions to build this sustainable self-reliance.

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/31bc1bc1c58047618eacb1d599031f53

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Providing hope and support for Yemeni women as conflict drags on

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day where women around the world continue to fight for equality, Yemen sits at the bottom of both the Gender Inequality and the World Economic Forum Gender Gap indices. In 2017 Yemen was listed as the world’s worst place to be a woman.

Inequalities have long been recognized as barriers for Yemeni women and girls, but for nearly half a decade, Yemen has been in violent conflict that has exacerbated their situation. They are now forced to shoulder the burden of displacement, starvation, broken education systems, job scarcity, economic insecurity and little or no water, electricity and sanitation. And they are often excluded from any decision-making processes within their communities and left without a voice or representation.

More vulnerable to violence and deprivation

Massive internal displacement has left them more vulnerable to violence and deprivation. They make up more than half the 3.5 million who are now constantly on the move in search of safety and shelter. More than a quarter of them are under 18.

A single mother of two, Samiah was forced to flee her home when conflict broke out in the western port city of Hodeidah. For the first time, and against her will, her small family was on their own, without a support system. “I want the war to be over. I want to be able to live safely with my children,” she says tearfully.

Most Yemenis want the same things as Samiah — a different future for themselves and their families, one that is safe, secure and just.

“We went to bed hungry many nights; there wasn’t enough food to eat. There were times I told my children I wasn’t hungry so that whatever food I put on the table would be enough for them,” Samiah says.

Before the conflict Samiah’s family had for generations fished the sea, enabling them to feed themselves, as well as run a small market stall. But “Everything changed after the war broke out. Conflict was everywhere — there was no place that was safe, including the sea. My family was unable to fish, we had no other way to make money.”

Putting women at the centre

Because Samiah’s situation was not unique UNDP’s partnership with the World Bank and its national partners — the Social Fund for Development and the Public Works Project — has made women’s empowerment and protection central to its projects.

The USD$400 million Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project (YECRP) works to reduce some of the socio-economic barriers facing women. It has helped nearly 40,000 women become equal partners in addressing the urgent needs of their local communities. They have been involved in nearly 3,700 projects — building water cisterns, paving roads, repairing schools and protecting agricultural lands that will assist Yemen in building back stronger than it was before the conflict. https://medium.com/@UNDP/providing-hope-and-support-for-yemeni-women-as-conflict-drags-on-5c75b61ddfec

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UNICEF Yemen Country Office Humanitarian Situation Report (Reporting Period: 1 - 29 February 2020)

In February, over 1,000 families were displaced in Sana’a, Marib, and Al Jawf following a rapid escalation of armed conflict. UNICEF provided Rapid Response Mechanism kits to 41,664 people and multi-purpose cash assistance to 5,642 people to meet their most critical immediate needs during the displacement.

16 incidents of grave violations against children were verified by the United Nations Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting in February. 21 children were killed (12 girls and 9 boys) and 39 children were maimed (16 girls and 23 boys), with one case of abduction involving a boy.

Nearly 32,800 Acute Watery Disease/cholera suspected cases were identified in February, with five associated deaths recorded

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unicef-yemen-country-office-humanitarian-situation-report-reporting-period-1-29

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Yemen: CERF and YHF support in 2019

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-cerf-and-yhf-support-2019

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ACTED releases its 2020 strategy in Yemen continuing its support to the most vulnerable

ACTED in Yemen announces the launch of a refreshed country programme strategy for 2020. This launch comes just a few weeks after the signature of a new Principal Agreement in the country which helps ensure the delivery of life-saving aid in country, supporting the most vulnerable populations in need.

The core strategy document is interactive and is available here. It is founded on the work completed by ACTED in Yemen since 2012, where the organization has been implementing programs focusing on displacement-affected communities, emergency response and the transition to recovery, and resilience-building, supporting over 300,000 Yemeni people in the process. Furthermore, this country strategy fits into the global 3Zero vision of the organization, working towards a Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon and Zero Poverty world.

https://www.acted.org/en/press-release-acted-releases-its-2020-strategy-in-yemen-continuing-its-support-to-the-most-vulnerable/

and

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ACTED scales up cash-based assistance in the time of Covid-19

ACTED remains committed to delivering humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable, and is currently scaling up cash and mainstreaming best practices to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

In response to the global spread of Covid-19, the Authorities in Yemen have announced a series of measures to limit the movements and interactions of people across the country, to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading. While ACTED has itself taken strong mitigation measures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus amongst staff and beneficiaries, the organization remains committed to continue provide assistance to the most vulnerable.

Since early 2020, ACTED, with the financial support of Welthungerhilfe (WHH), has been providing food assistance to the poorest and most food insecure people in Haydan, a western district of Sa’adah governorate.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/acted-scales-cash-based-assistance-time-covid-19

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The road less travelled: mobile teams across Yemen get medical support to hard to reach communities

A field update from Aden, Taiz, Hajjah and Mareb

A mobile team is deployed to treat a displaced population that has arrived in a centre for the internally displaced in Aden (photos)

https://www.unicef.org/yemen/stories/road-less-travelled-mobile-teams-across-yemen-get-medical-support-hard-reach-communities

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Yemen Key Message Update: Food prices further increase as the Yemeni Rial depreciates, March 2020

In Yemen, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes are currently widespread in the presence of large-scale humanitarian food assistance. In the coming months, macroeconomic conditions are likely to continue deteriorating due to severe currency shortages, expected to further increase food prices and restrict access to income. Throughout 2020, it is anticipated that over 17 million people will be in need of monthly humanitarian food assistance. A risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5) persists and would be possible if there is significant disruption to port operations – thereby limiting the country’s capacity to import food – or other significant restrictions on food supply to inland markets for a prolonged period of time. Recent reports indicate that beneficiaries in northern areas of Yemen will likely face a 50 percent reduction in food assistance starting in April, as a result of the restrictive operating environment. FEWS NET is in the process of confirming details related to the potential reduction and will release an analysis in April related to these likely cuts.

According to FAO market monitoring data, food prices increased between January and February 2020 for the second month in a row. These increases were greatest among imported commodities, with the national average price of wheat flour increasing by 3.8 percent. These price increases are largely attributable to the continued depreciation of the Rial since November 2019, which has increased the cost of imports, as well as to divergent exchange rates between northern and southern areas. According to UNVIM reporting, monthly food import levels through the Red Sea Ports have continued to decline since October, by an average of per 29,731 tons per month. This is in line with expectations that foreign currency shortages will progressively reduce import capacity and drive food price increases.

https://fews.net/east-africa/yemen/key-message-update/march-2020

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SFD_Yemen: Usually the need increases in areas of #conflict and #displacement #Yemen. There, we care about #education to protect #HumanCapital esp. when little girls find nothing to protect them from summer heat. Balqis Girls School - Abs District #Hajjah (photos9

https://twitter.com/SFDYemen/status/1245038606760267778

(B H)

Yemen: Flash Floods in southern governorates - Flash Update No. 1 (As of 31 March 2020)

Heavy rains hit southern parts of Yemen on 24 and 25 March, affecting Lahj, Aden, Abyan, Taizz, Al Dale’e, Al Mahrah and Hadramaut governorates badly.

HUMANITARIAN NEEDS

The priority needs observed during rapid assessments conducted by CCCM, Shelter and WASH cluster partners on 25 and 26 March are for food, dewatering/desludging, tents, NFIs and plastic sheeting.

In Aden Governorate, the CCCM and Shelter clusters, together with ACTED and the ExU conducted assessments at some of the affected areas which include 14 IDP sites and collective centres.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-flash-floods-southern-governorates-flash-update-no-1-31-march-2020

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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UN: More than 40,000 people displaced to Marib since end of January

The UN refugee agency estimates that Marib now hosts about 750,000 displaced Yemenis, more than the city's original population of 500,000

More than 40,000 people have fled to the eastern governorate of Marib since the end of January, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The displacement follows fierce fighting between the Houthis and forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government on the frontlines of Marib, Al-Jawf and Sana’a governorates since the beginning of the year.

The new wave of displacement comes five years after the start of the conflict. Most of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are women and children, the UN refugee agency said in a statement.

The UN estimates that Marib now hosts about 750,000 displaced Yemenis, more than the city's original population of 500,000, which has strained humanitarian services and assistance there.

https://al-masdaronline.net/national/568

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Leader in GPC survives an assassination attempt in center of the capital, Sanaa

The leader of the General People's Congress (GPC) and the Secretary-General of the local council in the secretariat of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa Amin Joma'an, survived a failed assassination attempt today, Wednesday, in the center of the capital.

A source close to Joma'an told the Debriefer news agency that people riding a motorcycle started shooting at the car of the GPC leader Joma'an

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16124.html

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Hamas, Houthis hope for deal with Saudi Arabia

In an unprecedented development that further strained relations between the Palestinian Hamas movement and Yemen’s internationally recognized government, Hamas welcomed the initiative of Yemen’s Houthi leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, to release Saudi captives in exchange for Hamas prisoners detained in Saudi Arabia.

Hamas welcomed the Houthi initiative in a statement March 26, saying, “We highly appreciate the sympathy and brotherly spirit with Palestinians and the support for their resilience and resistance.”

Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar told the television channel Al-Mayadeen directly after the initiative was launched, “The initiative of the Houthi leader warmed the hearts of all Palestinian fighters and resistance members. Hamas asked one of the parties that has good ties with Sanaa to follow up on the initiative.”

Member of Hamas’ international relations bureau Bassem Naim told Turkey's Anadolu Agency March 25 that Saudi authorities began the trial of 62 Palestinians who live on its territories March 8; some have Jordanian passports. Naim noted that they were mainly accused of “supporting terrorist entities,” and he stressed that they did not commit any activities threatening the kingdom’s affairs or higher interests.

In the same vein, Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza welcomed the Houthi initiative

Yet the Houthi initiative angered the Yemeni government. Yemeni Minister of Information Moammar al-Eryani tweeted March 28 that the Houthis’ initiative to exchange Saudi prisoners with Hamas detainees held by the kingdom is “a cheap trade and bid.”

He dismissed Hamas’ welcoming of the initiative as part of its loyalty to Iran.

Despite the Saudi silence on the deal and the official Yemeni anger, Lebanon’s Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah reiterated March 28 Houthi’s calls to Saudi Arabia.

Ibrahim al-Madhoun, a political analyst close to Hamas, believes that Hamas was surprised with such an initiative. “I don’t think there was previous coordination between Hamas and Houthis," he told Al-Monitor.

Amman-based political analyst and expert on Islamic affairs Hassan Abu Haniyeh told Al-Monitor that relations between Hamas and Saudi Arabia have reached their worst level yet for no clear reason.

Abu Haniyeh believes the absence of an official response from Saudi parties to the initiative points to the kingdom’s disinterest in the matter.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/03/hamas-welcome-houthi-release-saudi-palestinian-prisoners.html

and

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Solidarity Campaign Calling for Releasing Hamas Detainees in Saudi Prisons

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12066

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Houthis exploit COVID-19 for imposing illegal fees on private health businesses

The Houthis imposed illegal fees on private health businesses under the pretext of supporting COVID-19 preventive measures.

Local sources in Sana’a quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat Daily Newspaper said that the Houthis officials carried out field visits to medical facilities and pharmacies for collection of the illegal fees.

Each medical business is forced to pay between YR300,000 to 1,000,000 ($500-1,666) according to health professionals cited by the paper.

The Houthis say that the money will be used for health education on the COVID-19 prevention.

So far, the Houthis militants have forced 40 private hospitals, 250 medical centers and hundreds of pharmacies to pay the illegal fees.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-38777

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Houthis’ preventative security kills comrades for subversive suspicion

Over 18 Houthis leaders were killed during the past week by hit squads recruited by the leadership of the Houthis militia to eliminate comrades doubted of intentions to do subversive acts.

The Houthis’ Preventative Security, a security office which operates out of the state formal structure is the Houthis higher leadership that implements and supervises murders of the comrades.

The dead Houthis officials were killed in various parts of the Houthis-held territory including the capital Sana’a, Taiz, Al-Baida, and Dhamar.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-38758

My remark: As claimed by anti-Houthi media.

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Sechs Lastwagen mit faulem WFP-Mehl wurden in Hadschah beschlagnahmt

Die örtlichen Behörden in der Provinz Hadschah haben sechs Lastwagen des Welternährungsprogramms (WFP) im Bezirk Abs beschlagnahmt, die 3.000 Säcke mit Flout befördern, die nicht für den menschlichen Verzehr geeignet sind.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092804.htm

Mein Kommentar: Die Huthis blockieren die Verteilung teilweise Monate lang; wenn das Getreide verrottet, ist es ihre Schuld.

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Six trucks carrying rotten flour of WFP seized in Hajjah

Local authorities in Hajjah province have seized six trucks belonging to the World Food Program (WFP) in Abs district carrying 3,000 bags of flout not fit for human consumption.

Director the branch of the Supreme Council for Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and International Cooperation in the province Allan Fadhael said that the council’s branch received a notification on March 11 from the joint operations room in the province on the presence of a locomotive and 21 trucks carrying food aid belonging to WFP in Abs district.

When the concerned authorities examined those quantities of aid food they found that six trucks carrying rotten flour, which is not suitable for human use, Fadhael added.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3092727.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12063

My comment: The Houthis block distribution for many month and should not blame others when the flour is rotten.

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Film: "The Judicial Guard" ... the last means of the #Houthi group to plunder the property of Yemenis

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1245034683471220737

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Abschluss der Sitzungen der Zentralbank des Jemen in Sanaa und des Internationalen Währungsfonds

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092712.htm

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Meetings of Central Bank of Yemen with IMF concluded in Sanaa

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3092680.htm

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Government Spokesperson: Escalation of Aggression not out of the Ordinary, Reveals Desire not to Stop Aggression

The spokesman of the National Salvation Government and the Minister of Information, Dhaifallah Al-Shami, said that the aggression raids launched today on a number of governorates are a dangerous escalation, but not out of the ordinary, and it reveals aggression's desire is not to stopp the aggression.

He told Almasirah Net that targeting the populated areas in the capital, Sanaa, Saadah, and Hodeidah is evidence of the crime of aggression, whenever the enemy spoke about peace, it was accompanied by an escalation targeting civilian areas.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12032

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National Delegation: War Sponsors Cannot be Sponsors of Reconciliation

Sponsors of the war cannot be the sponsors of reconciliation at the same time, Member of the National Delegation Abdulmalik Al-Ajri said Tuesday, referring to Saudi Arabia and its attempts to present itself as a mediator.

It is neither correct from a logical nor from a political point of view, that it (Saudi Arabia) sponsors the war and sponsors reconciliation at the same time, as they are two opposites that do not meet,” Al-Ajri stated in a statement to Saba News Agency.

He pointed out that since Saudi Arabia chose to sponsor the war of aggression, it has determined its position on the negotiating table as an opponent and it is not correct to request any other characteristic.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12058

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Houthi leader: It is not logical that Saudi Arabia is sponsors war and reconciliation at the same time

The prominent leader of the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) and a member of the group's negotiating delegation, Abdulmalik Al-Ajri, considered that Saudi Arabia has been the one that has been invited to dialogue since it announced its sponsorship of the war in Yemen.

Al-Ajri tweeted Tuesday evening: "It is neither logical nor political that Saudi Arabia sponsors the war and sponsors reconciliation at the same time."

He added: "Saudi Arabia, since it chose to sponsor the war of aggression, has determined its position on the negotiating table as an opponent, and it is not correct to ask for itself any other characteristic."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16102.html

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Mohammed Ali al-Houthi trifft den Leiter der IKRK-Delegation

Das Mitglied des Obersten Politischen Rates, Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi, traf heute mit Sanaa, dem Leiter und Stellvertreter des Internationalen Komitees vom Roten Kreuz, Franz Rauchenstein, zusammen.

Während des Treffens betonte Mohammed Al-Houthi die Notwendigkeit, den Prozess des Austauschs der gesamten Gefangenen abzuschließen und ihnen keine Hindernisse durch die andere Partei vorzulegen, wodurch die Koalitionsländer dafür verantwortlich gemacht werden, was mit den Gefangenen aufgrund der Corona-Krankheit geschehen könnte.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092598.htm

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Al-Houthi meets Head of ICRC Delegation

Supreme Political Council's member Mohammed Ali al-Houthi met on Monday in Sanaa with the head of the ICRC delegation Franz Rauchenstein and his deputy.

During the meeting, Mohammed al-Houthi stressed the need to complete the process of the total exchange of prisoners, and not to put the other party in the way of obstacles, blaming the coalition countries for what might happen to the prisoners due to Corona's disease.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3092609.htm

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Yemen: IED wounds two people in Taiz (Tazi governorate) April 1

Two civilians were wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near the Passports and Nationality Authority building in the Muroor neighborhood of Taiz city on Tuesday, April 1.

https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/328431/yemen-ied-wounds-two-people-in-taiz-tazi-governorate-april-1

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Shatara: Coalition has no right to speak on behalf of the South

Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), Vice-President of the National Assembly for Control and Inspection, Mr. Lufti Shatara said that the Arab Coalition has the right to seek solutions with the Houthis and to hold talks with them on the future of the war in the north, especially after the failures of Yemen's legitimacy and all the northern forces to change the fact that the Houthis are in control of the north.
Shatara made it clear on his Twitter account that "the Arab Coalition will have no right to speak on behalf of the South as long as there are people who have the final say on key decisions."
He concluded his tweet by saying that "the people who achieved the victory will shape their own future, even if this involved the use of force."

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19744

My comment: This indicates severe tensions between the Saudi coalition and the southern separatists.

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Southern resistance launches surprise attack on Islah in Shabwa

The southern resistance forces launched on Wednesday night, a surprise attack on the Islah-held military camp of Khamoma in Markha district, north Shabwa province.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19743

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STC detains 18 food trucks outside Aden

Militants of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), an armed separation group based in Aden, detained during the past three days, 18 food trucks, at Al-Alam Checkpoint while en route to Shabwa governorate.

The food trucks belong to local businessmen of Shabwa, local sources said.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-38776

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New batch of elite Saudi forces arrives in Yemen's Aden

A new batch of Saudi Arabia's armed forces arrived in the southern port city of Aden amid tension with the local Southern Transitional Council (STC) security units, a military official told Xinhua on Wednesday.

"Saudi Arabia wanted to increase presence through dispatching a new batch of its troops that arrived in Aden late on Tuesday as tension continues in escalation in the strategic city," said an Aden-based military official who asked to remain anonymous.

"Fears mounted from potential attacks and the new forces will be tasked with securing the well-fortified main headquarters of the Saudi forces in Aden," the source said.

Relations between the powerful newly-recruited southern forces of the STC and Saudi Arabia were deteriorated during the past months, the military source said.

There's a wave of growing anger and resentment among the local Yemeni people and some officials against Saudi Arabia that received securing the southern cities following the withdrawal of the United Arab Emirates forces from Aden last year, according to the official.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-04/01/c_138938495.htm

My remark: It seems not to be quite clear which troops actually arrived at Aden:

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Yemeni forces arrive in Aden after receiving training in Saudi Arabia

A batch of Yemeni soldiers trained in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia arrived Tuesday night in Aden Governorate, in southern Yemen.

Security and local sources in Aden said, "Dozens of Yemeni recruits who trained for months in the Saudi city of Abha returned on board two Saudi military aircraft to Aden."

The sources added that the trained soldiers in Saudi Arabia will be assigned from the coalition with security missions in Aden, including protecting its headquarters instead of the security belt forces.

It indicated that the arriving soldiers were transferred to the headquarters of the coalition forces in Salah al-Din in the Buraiqa district, west of Aden.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16119.html

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Al-Jaadi: Brotherhood's treason prolong Houthi threat

Member of the presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, Fadl al-Jaadi said that none of any promises made by the Iran-backed Houthi coupist militias had been fulfilled, but they went on to breach the agreements and commitments.
Al-Jaadi wrote on his official Twitter account that "the persistent threat of the Houthi militias is derived from the fragility, treason and dual loyalty of the Muslim Brotherhood's tools within the legitimacy."

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19737

My comment: Separatists blame their internal foes of Islah party.

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Abu Dhabi undermined Riyadh Agreement, says Yemen’s former transport minister

In an interview with Al Jazeera, the resigned Yemeni Minister of Transport, Saleh Al-Jabwani, said that he had confronted the United Arab Emirates because he realised early its destructive divisive project in Yemen, and said that Saudi Arabia turned a blind eye to this devastating project.

He said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its militias in Aden undermined the agreement reached in Riyadh.

“It is the UAE and its militias in Aden that caused the failure of the Riyadh Agreement. We have said this over and over again,” Al-Jabwani said.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200331-abu-dhabi-undermined-riyadh-agreement-says-yemens-former-transport-minister/

and

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Prime Minister in Hadi puppet government accused of being “Trojan horse” for UAE

Former minister Saleh al-Jabwani accuses Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed of supporting southern Yemeni separatist projects

Resigned minister of transport in Hadi’s government, Saleh al-Jabwani, said on Monday that Hadi’s Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed is “nothing but a Trojan horse for projects of chaos in the south.”

“Either the Riyadh agreement is implemented, or Saudi Arabia lifts its hand and Aden will be liberated. Riyadh turns a blind eye to what the UAE is doing in Yemen, and we don’t know whether it’s ignoring it or complicit in it,” he said.

Al-Jabwani added: “We confronted the UAE because we realized its destructive partition project in Yemen early, and advised Maeen Abdulmalik not to be a Trojan horse for projects of chaos in the south.”

https://www.uprising.today/prime-minister-in-hadi-puppet-government-accused-of-being-trojan-horse-for-uae/

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Gunmen storm Aden port and detain ambulances

Militants of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) stormed on Monday Aden Port and seized several ambulances provided to Aden by the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the local health system to improve its response to risks of the coronavirus.

Local sources said that the STC militants stormed the port when the health officials were on the site to receive the ambulances and deploy them to Aden and nearby governorates.

The WHO provided 81 vehicles to the Yemen’s Health Ministry and 12 of the vehicles were allocated to Aden.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-38731

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Nine ambulances stolen by armed gangs in Aden

WHO aid looted by armed groups amidst collapsing Aden society

In a new scandal that reveals the total collapse of security in Aden, gunmen have looted nine ambulance vehicles provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday, officials said.

Health Ministry officials of the Saudi-led Hadi administrated had gone to Aden port to receive the vehicles, in preparation for distribution to neighboring provinces, according to the officials.

During the reception ceremony, armed men aboard military pick-ups stormed the port and took over nine ambulances
A Health Ministry source in Aden said there were 81 cars, only 12 of which were ambulances.

The source said that a communication process was in contact with the coalition leadership with the aim of returning the nine cars seized.

https://www.uprising.today/nine-ambulances-stolen-by-armed-gangs-in-aden/

My remark: The Islah party news site blames the separatists, a Houthi news site blames “armed gangs”.

and

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UAE-backed militants in Aden steal medical aid sent by WHO

Militants loyal to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Yemen are reported to have stormed into the southern port of Aden and stolen medical aid donated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as part of a package to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic. A source in the Yemeni Ministry of Health said that gunmen stole nine ambulances provided by the WHO.

The source pointed out that at least six military vehicles were used to carry the militants during the raid.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200331-uae-backed-militants-in-aden-steal-medical-aid-sent-by-who/

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A P)

Yemen’s Houthis ‘extend hand for peace,’ says senior official

A senior official in the Houthi-affiliated government revealed yesterday that the group has contacted Saudi Arabia through intermediaries to contain the recent military escalation between the two parties.

“We extend our hand for a comprehensive peace that produces complete, undivided solutions,” Minister of Information Dhaifullah Al-Shami told Al-Jazeera.

The Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al-Jaber, told The Wall Street Journal that his country does not intend to escalate the current situation with the Houthis, adding that the kingdom is holding daily talks with the group to end the war.

He explained that the Saudi-led coalition’s recent air strikes on Houthi military sites in the capital, Sanaa, came in response to the Houthi escalation.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200401-yemens-houthis-extend-hand-for-peace-says-senior-official/

(A P)

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen consults with the Yemeni women’s Technical Advisory Group

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, met with the Yemeni women’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) today in a video conference over the internet.

TAG is a network of Yemeni women formed in 2018 by the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY) from diverse backgrounds, including economics, human rights, governance, as well as women with political party affiliation.

During the meeting, Mr. Griffiths consulted with the TAG members on how to resume the political process as soon as possible to end the war. The TAG was also briefed on his engagement with the parties to work out the specifics of how to translate their stated commitments to end hostilities into a tangible reality.

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/un-special-envoy-yemen-consults-yemeni-women%E2%80%99s-technical-advisory-group

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Saudi-Arabien versucht, den kostspieligen Krieg im Jemen zu beenden

Riadh bittet die Houthis zu Friedensgesprächen, da der Jemen-Krieg für Saudi-Arabien inzwischen zu kostspielig und ineffektiv wird.

Saudi-Arabien hat beschlossen, seinen langwierigen Konflikt mit dem Jemen zu beenden. Laut dem saudischen Botschafter im Jemen, Mohammed al-Jaber, hat Riad Houthi-Rebellen eingeladen, sich an Friedensgesprächen zu beteiligen, schreibt Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

Experten schließen nicht aus, dass sinkende Ölpreise der Grund für Riads Bereitschaft sind, Verhandlungen zu führen, weisen jedoch darauf hin, dass es wahrscheinlich auch andere Ursachen gibt.

„Zu beachten ist, dass sich die militärische und politische Situation im Jemen in den letzten Monaten stark verändert hat“, sagte Grigory Lukyanov, Dozent an der Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften der School of Political Science der Higher School of Economics. „Pro-saudische Streitkräfte – die Armee von Präsident Hadi – waren in den jemenitischen Provinzen Al-Jowf und Mareb mit erheblichen militärischen und politischen Misserfolgen konfrontiert“, sagte er und fügte hinzu, dass letztere ein wichtiges Transport- und Wirtschaftszentrum seien.

Infolge der militärischen Aktivitäten der Rebellen wurden wichtige Transportwege und Ölfelder in Gefahr gebracht und Hadis Armee verlor den Zugang zu wichtigen Vorräten. „Die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, die sich 2019 tatsächlich aus dem Konflikt zurückgezogen haben, haben Saudi-Arabien für die Operation verantwortlich gemacht. Unter den gegenwärtigen Bedingungen ist die jemenitische Kampagne für Riad einfach zu viel“, betonte Lukyanov.

https://www.tagnews.de/news/saudi-arabien-versucht-den-kostspieligen-krieg-im-jemen-zu-beenden?uid=584712/

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Saudi Arabia Invites Houthi Rebels to Talks in Riyadh

New overture comes as the kingdom tries to extricate itself from the Yemen war

Saudi Arabia is in daily talks with Iran-aligned Houthi insurgents in Yemen and has invited Houthi representatives and the internationally recognized government in Yemen to peace talks in the kingdom, a senior Saudi official said.

Saudi’s ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed al-Jaber, said the proposal for talks to end the five-year war, which has killed more than 100,000 people, remains on the table despite a flare-up in violence over the weekend. The Houthis haven’t yet responded to the offer, he said (paywalled)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/saudi-arabia-invites-houthi-rebels-to-talks-in-riyadh-11585616096

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Saudis call Houthis for Yemeni talks in Riyadh

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in talks with the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, and has recently called the group's representatives and the Yemeni internationally-recognized government to hold peace talks in Riyadh, a senior Saudi official has said.
The offer for talks to end the five-year war, which has killed more than 100,000 people, remains on the table despite a eruption in violence over the weekend, Saudi ambassador to Yemen said.

Saudi officials spoke with their Houthi counterparts on Monday to emphasize that the Sana'a strikes were in response to Saturday's missile attacks and not intended as a re-escalation of the conflict, Mr. Jaber said.
"We are committed to our de-escalation," Ambassador Jaber said. "We are ready to have a ceasefire in all Yemeni territory if they accept it."
The oil-rich kingdom is seen as increasingly eager to extricate itself militarily from Yemen, where it intervened five years ago this month after the Houthis seized Sana'a and ousted the internationally-recognized government.
"The standing invitation to the Houthis to meet face-to-face for talks after provocative attacks this weekend suggests the Saudis desperately want to end the war in Yemen," said Elana DeLozier, a Yemen expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "Despite recent territorial gains by the Houthis, the Saudis have stood by their direct channel with the rebel group."

The Saudi offer of talks in the kingdom was undertaken at the request of Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen, he added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16096.html

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi minister tells Muslims to wait on making haj plans: state TV

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-saudi-haj/saudi-minister-tells-muslims-to-wait-on-making-haj-plans-state-tv-idUSKBN21I2W2

and also https://apnews.com/bd844e533c9f7a312d8589c2416c6709

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Military attache in Washington and Ottawa congratulates Saudi women on joining military action in the armed forces

The Military attache of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington and Ottawa, Major General Fawaz bin Muhammad Al-Fawaz, congratulated Saudi women on joining the military work in the Saudi Armed Forces, which came under the directive of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and with the follow-up of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2053231

My comment: Women are appreciated – as partners in killing.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a

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Saudis risk losing last Republican defenders with oil price war

Saudi Arabia risks losing its last line of defense against legislation targeting the kingdom in Congress amid the Saudis' rapidly escalating oil price war with Russia.

A coalition of Republican senators — most of whom come from oil-rich states hardest hit by the price war and have a strong pro-Saudi voting record — has assembled to pressure the kingdom to reduce its record-high oil output. Most of the senators have consistently sought to shield Saudi Arabia from legislative efforts to end support for the Yemen war.

Now they’re threatening to retaliate against the oil-rich kingdom with their own draconian measures if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman fails to meet their demand to restore oil market stability.

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., has emerged as the de facto leader of the Republican coalition and has threatened “not to bring any pro-Saudi Arabia legislation” and to “oppose any anti-Saudi Arabia legislation until the kingdom proves itself worthy of our support.”

Saudi Arabia hopes to further ramp up oil production to more than 12 million barrels of oil per day in April. Cramer’s home state of North Dakota has borne the brunt of the price war, which has resulted in layoffs in oil-dependent states throughout the country. This has exacerbated problems brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/04/saudis-oil-price-war-senate-support-yemen-coronavirus.html

My comment: LOL. The US tries to keep oil price high, otherwise US oil states would suffer losses and US fracking no more would be inefficient. More reports on this matter:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil-usa-saudi/u-s-saudi-oil-alliance-idea-born-at-white-house-put-on-back-burner-for-now-idUSKBN21I31E

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil-usa-white-house/trump-says-he-expects-saudi-russia-oil-production-deal-in-coming-days-idUSKBN21J704

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil-saudi-usa/u-s-energy-department-urges-saudi-russia-to-calm-oil-markets-idUSKBN21J72D

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil/oil-rallies-as-trump-talks-up-truce-hopes-for-saudi-russia-price-war-idUSKBN21J6ZR

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16133.html

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Saudi Arabia and US talk Yemen and 'global response' to coronavirus

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, about coronavirus efforts and the war in Yemen.

In the call, Mr Pompeo said he supported efforts to ease tension between the internationally recognised government and the Irani-backed Houthi rebels.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/saudi-arabia-and-us-talk-yemen-and-global-response-to-coronavirus-1.1000490

and also https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202004011078797937-pompeo-tells-saudi-minister-us-backs-un-de-escalation-efforts-in-yemen/

My comment: LOL.

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Saudi Arabia’s Dwindling Influence

Ted Cruz has consistently been one of the most pro-Saudi Republicans in the Senate, so it is interesting that he is now criticizing them publicly over their misguided oil price war.

Cruz says that “the Saudi kingdom is supposed to be our friend,” and he goes on to say that they are “not behaving like a friend when you are trying to destroy thousands and thousands of businesses all across Texas and the country.” It’s true that Saudi behavior has not been that of an ally, but then that’s because Saudi Arabia isn’t an ally and never has been one. Our government should stop treating them as if they were an ally, and we should not expect them to start acting like one anytime soon. There are no “friends” in international relationships, but even as a partner the Saudis have proven to be unreliable and a growing liability for the U.S. The U.S. owes them nothing, and as we can see from their latest antics they cannot be counted on to act responsibly.

The Saudi government has spent a considerable sum on lobbyists to influence members of Congress, and that lobbying effort has intensified in response to growing criticism of U.S. support for the war on Yemen.

Cruz has voted against every resolution to end U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen or otherwise hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its crimes, so it is a measure of how much Saudi influence has deteriorated that even Cruz is coming out against them now – by Daniel Larison

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/saudi-arabias-dwindling-influence/

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf

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Iran advises U.S. to avoid adventurous moves in Iraq

Iranian Foreign Ministry Abbas Mousavi on Wednesday urged U.S. forces in Iraq to respect the demands of the Iraqi people to leave the country and avoid creating tension in the Wes Asia region.

Mousavi said while the UN secretary general and the international community are insisting on the need to pull back from hostilities and focus on containing the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. moves in Iraq are in contrast to “the official demands of the Iraqi government, parliament, people and create tension.”

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman warned these moves “can push the region toward instability and a catastrophic situation.”

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/446402/Iran-advises-U-S-to-avoid-adventurous-moves-in-Iraq

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Trump warns Iran against attacking US troops in Iraq

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Tehran should expect a bold U.S. response if Iran or Iranian-backed groups attack American forces or assets in Iraq.

Trump tweeted: “Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!”

https://apnews.com/533c77fae0b813a8c00045d55d630164

and

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US Threatens Iran by Citing Baseless Allegations Involving Iraq

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/01/622115/US-threatens-Iran-over-baseless-allegations-involving-Iraq

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Iran general visits Baghdad, tries to forge political unity

A top Iranian general arrived in Baghdad this week to try and unify Iraq’s fractured political leaders, Iraqi officials said Wednesday, as stiff opposition by one major bloc thwarts chances the country’s latest prime minister-designate can form a government.

Esmail Ghaani, head of Iran’s expeditionary Quds Force, arrived in Baghdad late Monday, Iraqi officials said, in his first public visit to Iraq since succeeding slain Iranian general Qassim Soleimani. His arrival at Baghdad airport came amid a curfew to stem the spread of the coronavirus

https://apnews.com/0fdb7d13c62c453378251e6c92918af7

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Der drohende Iran-Krieg

Ein Iran-Krieg erscheint möglich. Die Zeitung gegen den Krieg greift einige Argumente auf, die immer wieder auftauchen, und gibt Antworten.

  1. Behauptung Es handelt sich bei der Krise im Persischen Golf um einen Konflikt wie viele andere. Siehe Venezuela, Nordkorea, Syrien. Damit wird „die Staatengemeinschaft“ schon fertig werden.
  2. Behauptung Im Iran-Konflikt stehen sich mit Donald Trump und Hassan Rohani Wild-West-Raufbolde gegenüber. Es ist schwer, hier die Verantwortung für den Konflikt zu benennen
  3. Behauptung In dem Konflikt sind die EU bzw. dir deutsche Regierung nur Statisten.
  4. Behauptung Was spricht denn dagegen, dass es einen Geleitschutz für Handelsschiffe im Persischen Golf gibt und dass sich die deutsche Marine daran beteiligt?

Antwort Selbst der deutsche Reeder-Verband hat erklärt: Je mehr Kriegsschiffe im Persischen Golf unterwegs sind, desto größer ist die Gefahr einer Eskalation und eines Kriegs. Ein umfassender Schutz für alle Schiffe ist nicht möglich. Kriegsschiffe dort würden nur – zu Recht – als weitere Provokation und als potentielle Ziele für Attacken begriffen werden.

5. Behauptung Wir sollten uns in der Region engagieren – schließlich erwarten dies unsere Verbündeten dort.

Antwort Welche Verbündeten? Es handelt sich im Fall von Saudi Arabien und den anderen Golfstaaten (Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate; Bahrain, Kuwait, Katar, Oman) um diktatorisch regierte Länder. Dort werden die Menschenrechte flächendeckend missachtet.

6. Behauptung Es geht beim IranKonflikt wieder Mal um Öl.

Antwort Ja und nein.

https://www.zeitung-gegen-den-krieg.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/zgk_45-01-08-5.pdf

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Wie Trump die EU in einen Krieg gegen den Iran zwingen will

Damit erscheint die Aufkündigung des Iran-Atomabkommens und die konsequente Vorbereitung des Iran-Krieges in neuem Licht. Könnte es den herrschenden Machtzentren in den USA ganz einfach darum gehen, alles, ja wirklich alles, zu unternehmen, um einen drohenden Verlust der absoluten Vorherrschaft der USA zu verhindern? Denn das Überleben des gigantischen Rüstungssektors, der sich allein aus globalen Konflikten nährt, hängt entscheidend davon ab, dass die USA auf weitere Jahrzehnte ihre absolute Vorherrschaft ausüben. Ähnliches gilt auch für die Fortexistenz eines Finanzsektors, der nur deshalb floriert, weil er immense Kaufkraft aus den produktiven Sektoren abzweigt und zugleich weltweit Arbeitslosigkeit, Armut und Elend schafft.

Trumps Politik mit Amerika First ist nur vordergründig verrückt. In Wirklichkeit ist sie Ausdruck einer minutiös durchdachten Strategie der genannten Machtzentren, um das Fundament ihrer absoluten Vorherrschaft mit allen erdenklichen Mitteln zu verteidigen.

https://www.zeitung-gegen-den-krieg.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/zgk_45-01-08-5.pdf

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Trumps Sanktionspolitik gegen Iran muss auf den Prüfstand

Kaum ein Land ist so schwer vom Coronavirus getroffen worden wie Iran, kaum ein Land wirkt so überfordert von der Krise wie die Islamische Republik. Dies liegt in erster Linie an der Inkompetenz und dem Missmanagement des Regimes, das viel zu spät auf die sich abzeichnende Epidemie reagiert hat und lieber Verschwörungstheorien verbreitet, als den Empfehlungen der Wissenschaft zu folgen. Verschärft wird die Krise noch durch die Sanktionen der USA, denn das Virus trifft auf eine Volkswirtschaft und ein Gesundheitssystem, deren Abwehrkräfte massiv geschwächt sind.
Das Gesundheitswesen in Iran ist im Grunde hochentwickelt, an qualifizierten Ärztinnen und Krankenpflegern gibt es keinen Mangel. Doch in der Corona-Krise zeigt sich, wie dünn die Ausstattung der Spitäler ist. Nicht nur gibt es zu wenig Schutzausrüstung, Desinfektionsmittel und Beatmungsgeräte, auch wichtige Medikamente fehlen. Einiges daran ist hausgemacht, doch hat es auch viel mit den amerikanischen Sanktionen zu tun. …
Obwohl Medikamente, medizinische Geräte und Lebensmittel von den Sanktionen ausgenommen sind, zeigen Studien, dass sich das Sanktionsregime negativ auf die Gesundheitsversorgung auswirkt. Laut Human Rights Watch sind Medikamente für die Behandlung von Krebs, Epilepsie und anderen Krankheiten seit Jahren nur noch schwer erhältlich. Mangels Zugang zu westlichen Produkten weichen iranische Spitäler auf Medikamente minderer Qualität aus. Auch der im Januar mit Billigung der USA eingerichtete Schweizer Zahlungskanal zur Abwicklung humanitärer Geschäfte kann da kaum Abhilfe schaffen.

https://www.nzz.ch/meinung/trumps-sanktionspolitik-muss-auf-den-pruefstand-ld.1538417

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US sanctions aim to destabilize Iran: Analyst

US sanctions aim to destabilize the Iranian government and destroy the nation, according to Canadian writer and activist Mark Taliano.

The US slapped its “ugliest” sanctions against Iran amid the coronavirus pandemic which is infecting more and more Iranians.

Taliano told Press TV in an interview that imposing harsh sanctions against Iran during this critical time proves Washington aims to “destabilize and destroy Iran”.

“Iran is a target country, a prey country. Washington has made no secret of the fact that it seeks to destabilize this country,” he said.

Taliano said the US aims to destabilize Iran through economic terrorism and isolation of the Iranian nation.

He noted that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has used the novel corona pandemic as a pretext to demonize Iran.

“Pompeo is already demonizing Iran using the Corona virus. They're saying that Iran is importing it to different countries which of course he doesn't use any proof nor does he need to use proof, just false allegations,” Taliano pointed out.

Iran has defended itself against hostile US policies, saying the COVID-19 pandemic reveals the “ugliest face of US government addicted to sanctions”.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/03/31/622005/%E2%80%98US-sanctions-aim-to-destabilize-Iran%E2%80%99

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Twitter suspends Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei's official accounts

Twitter suspended multiple accounts belonging to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reports confirmed on Monday, noting two of the three were later reinstated.

Khamenei’s official English, Farsi and Arabic accounts went offline without explanation on the popular social media sites, which is often used by politicians as a platform for issuing semi-official public statements.
The English and Farsi account both reappeared shortly after the suspension, although the Arabic platform remains offline.

It is unclear why the move was taken against the official Iranian accounts, though it follows similar actions taken by Twitter.

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/3/31/twitter-suspends-irans-supreme-leader-khameneis-official-accounts

My comment: Twitter, Facebook, Google & Co. are part of the US Infowars. The world needs independent platforms – and this does not depend on whether you like Khamenei or not.

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Escalation In Iraq Would Be Insane

Top Trump administration officials continue to agitate for escalation in Iraq against Kata’ib Hezbollah and other Iraqi militias supported by Iran.

Trying to destroy these groups would be folly under normal circumstances, and doing it while the pandemic is still spreading is insane. The last thing that the U.S. needs right now is an escalating conflict in Iraq. Escalation in Iraq would require a significant increase in the number of U.S. troops there, and it would also mean waging open war on armed groups that are part of Iraq’s own security forces. This is not a fight that the U.S. could realistically win. Even at the height of the U.S. occupation in the 2000s, U.S. forces were not able to eliminate Iraqi militia groups, and there is no chance of doing it now. Even if the U.S. managed to inflict considerable damage on these groups in the short term, the damage to the relationship with the Iraqi government would be extensive and very likely permanent.

There is no question that launching a major campaign with the goal of killing tens of thousands of Iraqis would “run afoul” of any agreement with Baghdad, because it would amount to launching illegal attacks on Iraqi citizens on their own soil. The only legal fig leaf that U.S. troops have for operating in Iraq is the permission of the local government, and the government has already told the U.S. to leave. Killing Soleimani didn’t make U.S. troops safer, and launching a larger campaign will get many of them killed for nothing. The U.S. should be hastening the withdrawal of all forces rather than looking for new excuses to escalate – by Daniel Larison

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/escalation-in-iraq-would-be-insane/

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The Sanctions Minefield

The Washington Post reports on the obstacles to humanitarian trade created by U.S. sanctions. The process of complying with regulations so burdensome that most firms won’t bother.

Sanctions advocates leave only the narrowest of gaps open to humanitarian trade, and they make it so onerous to bring goods through that gap that very few will accept the risk that comes with continuing to trade with the besieged country. The comparison with a minefield is apt. There may be a narrow, winding path through the minefield that will allow someone to traverse it safely, but the path is unmarked and the U.S. refuses to advise businesses on where to go. Given the obstacles put in their way, it is no wonder that most businesses would rather not take the chance of mistakenly treading on a mine in the form of legal penalties and fines. If the humanitarian exemptions to U.S. sanctions meant anything, they would be as broad as possible and the U.S. would make it easy for firms to use the approved channels, but the administration has done just the opposite. Even the newly-opened Swiss channel that was delayed for years by administration foot-dragging is limited because of the sheer amount of information that firms are expected to provide.

Economic warfare is cruel and iniquitous at the best of times, and during a pandemic it is especially monstrous. For the sake of preserving innocent life and for the sake of bringing the pandemic under control, the economic wars have to end – by Daniel Larison

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-sanctions-minefield/

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Iran’s IRGC to Enemies: Even Slightest Mistake at Any Point Will be Your Last One

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/03/31/622012/www.presstv.co.uk

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US-led coalition to hand over more bases to Iraqi forces in coming days: Official

A high-ranking Iraqi military official says the US-led military coalition purportedly formed to fight the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group is going to pull out of more bases and give back the sites to the country’s government forces within the next few days, and that there is a timetable for the handover.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/03/31/622027/US-led-coalition-to-hand-over-more-bases-to-Iraqi-forces-in-coming-days:-Official

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Iraqi Resistance Forces Say Fully Prepared Ahead of Reported US Operation

Iraqi resistance forces say they stand fully ready to confront any possible act of aggression by the US military, which is widely reported to be gearing up for operations against the positions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) -- an elite pro-government anti-terror force.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/03/31/621982/Iraq-Kataib-Hezbollah-PMU-US-Pentagon

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Jan. 29: US awaits Iraq’s okay to deploy Patriots to protect troops amid Iran tension

The United States is awaiting a green light from the Iraqi government to deploy Patriot missile defense systems to protect US troops from Iranian missile attacks, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said on Thursday.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2020/01/30/US-awaits-Iraq-s-okay-to-deploy-patriots-to-protect-troops-amid-Iran-tension

March 24: US to build new base in Iraq for Patriot missile deployment

An Iraqi security source says the US military intends to construct a new military base in the country’s western province of al-Anbar for the deployment of Patriot missile systems.

“US forces intend to establish a new base in Umm Samij area north of al-Baghdadi district in the city of Hit in order to deploy a Patriot anti-missile system, and protect Ain al-Assad air base as well as other locations in western regions against possible attacks,” the unnamed source told Iraq’s Arabic-language al-Ahad news agency on Monday.

He noted, “Identification of a location for the deployment of the Patriot missile system is the first of its kind in Iraq. Such measures are indicative of US forces’ intention to stay in their bases in the western regions of Iraq for a long period of time.”

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/633499-us-to-build-new-base-in-iraq-for-patriot-missile-deployment

March 31: US installs missile system in military base in Iraq

Deployment of defensive missile shield possible prelude to further withdrawal of US troops

The US occupation forces and so-called “international coalition” in Iraq have on Monday reported that Patriot air defence missiles had been deployed at the Ain al-Assad air base in Anbar.

According to al-Mayadeen website, the US military has begun installing a Patriot missile system with its wing at the Ain al-Assad base in Anbar, and there are expectations that the Patriot systems will arrive in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

“Another battery has arrived at the Harir base, and two other batteries are still in Kuwait waiting to be transferred to Iraq,” Russia Today news agency quoted news outlet Rudaw as saying.

“Senior Iraqi officials indicated during a meeting with US Central Command commander General Kenneth Mackenzie in February, that Washington could give Baghdad political cover by reducing its numbers in Iraq and replacement of then by deployment of defensive missiles,” informed officials he said.

The US-led international coalition has withdrawn its troops from several bases in recent weeks.

On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi warned the US that “it is dangerous to carry out any act without the approval of the Iraqi government”.

https://www.uprising.today/us-installs-missile-system-in-military-base-in-iraq/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Coronavirus hasn’t stopped bombs falling in Yemen. And our government’s complicit in death.

Complicit in death

As bombing continues, the UK’s fully complicit in escalating this crisis. According to CAAT, since 2015, “the UK has licensed £5.3 billion worth of arms to the Saudi regime” but:

In reality the figures are likely to be a great deal higher, with most bombs and missiles being licensed via the opaque and secretive Open Licence system.

In June 2019, UK arms sales to the Saudi regime went on hold after the Court of Appeal ruled they were “irrational and therefore unlawful”. However, as CAAT noted, this didn’t “stop arms from being transferred under extant licences”. And the government still hasn’t “published a timeline” to end these sales.

As The Canary reported, research from Mark Curtis also revealed that the UK’s role in this brutal war is “notably under-reported” by the establishment media.

Mwatana’s chair Radhya al-Mutawakel stressed that:

Those supplying weapons and other forms of support to the warring parties – be they in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Iran, or other states – prolong Yemen’s misery and are complicit in the pervasive abuses documented in [the Mwatana] report.

Yet even while profiting from arms deals, the US is reportedly cutting humanitarian aid to Yemen:

US also cutting $73m in humanitarian aid to Yemen, under Saudi-US attack for 5 years: "the cut could prove disastrous ahead of what many fear will be a crippling coronavirus outbreak in a country already the scene of world’s worst humanitarian crisis." https://t.co/Dco15FPQyY

— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) March 29, 2020

Smith said it’s “vital” to end “this devastating war”. He also called for the UK “and other arms dealing governments” to “finally stop arming and supporting this brutal bombardment and end the uncritical political and military support” given to Saudi Arabia.

Challenging as this crisis is for everyone, we don’t face daily bombing and still have a working healthcare system. As the pandemic continues, it’s vital not to forget people in Yemen. And we have to keep pressure on our government to stop profiting from death – by Fréa Lockley

https://www.thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/03/31/coronavirus-hasnt-stopped-bombs-falling-in-yemen-and-our-governments-complicit-in-death/

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Continued fighting in Yemen can only make imminent coronavirus threat worse: UK arms sales and support for the war must end

In June 2019, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Government acted unlawfully when it licensed the sale of UK-made arms to Saudi forces for use in Yemen without making an assessment as to whether or not past incidents amounted to breaches of International Humanitarian Law. The Government was ordered not to approve any new licences and to retake the decisions on extant licences in a lawful manner. This ruling did not stop arms from being transferred under extant licences. So far, the Government has not published a timeline for this process.

In the aftermath of the Court ruling, the Government has admitted multiple breaches of the ban of new licences.

Since the bombing of Yemen began in March 2015, the UK has licensed £5.3 billion worth of arms to the Saudi regime, including:

£2.7 billion worth of ML10 licences (Aircraft, helicopters, drones)

£2.5 billion worth of ML4 licences (Grenades, bombs, missiles, countermeasures)

In reality the figures are likely to be a great deal higher, with most bombs and missiles being licensed via the opaque and secretive Open Licence system.

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said:

If coronavirus spreads in Yemen then it will put an even greater strain on a healthcare system that is being stretched to breaking point. Yemen is already enduring the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and this stands to make it even worse. Hospitals and other medical services have been destroyed in the conflict, and millions of people are in need of aid.

It is vital that this devastating war is brought to an end. That is why the UK, and other arms dealing governments, must finally stop arming and supporting this brutal bombardment and end the uncritical political and military support that they have offered to the Saudi regime. Yemen has already seen five years of war, and thousands of people have been killed. There must be a ceasefire now, but the chances of that happening will be even more remote as long as the arms keep flowing.

https://www.caat.org.uk/media/press-releases/2020-03-31

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The UK feigns ignorance, but five years on it's still intimately involved in Yemen's war

The British government refuses to track the use of its weapons in a conflict that has targeted civilians and healthcare facilities, and now a coronavirus outbreak looms

As we in the UK try to forge social solidarity and reciprocity within our communities, we would do well to consider our country’s role in far-away crises such as that in Yemen. As coronavirus dominates the news, other topics fall even further down the agenda for public attention.

But the war in Yemen remains active, with a recent escalation in hostilities after a few months of relative calm. And the UK is intimately involved in the war: through the provision of weapons, military training and support, and diplomatic cover for the Saudi-led coalition. Without the support of the UK, and Saudi Arabia’s primary supporter, the US, the war would have to end.

The UK government’s arms export policy made headline news in June 2019 when the court of appeal found it to be unlawful because the government had not properly assessed risks associated with weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. Since then, the government has committed to not issuing any new licences for exports to the coalition, but, crucially, allow already-registered companies to continue exporting. The overall effect is to permit the ongoing supply of weapons to the coalition whilst also claiming to act in the spirit of the law.

It has batted away questions from concerned MPs, repeating the canard that the UK has one of the most robust arms export control regimes in the world. It has not yet concluded the process required of it by the court of appeal, to retake past decisions, this time lawfully.

One key feature of the way the government is handling the arms export controversy has something in common with its response to the coronavirus pandemic: a desire not to know.

With its policy on arms exports, the Ministry of Defense has failed to keep track of whether Saudi-led coalition attacks might have constituted a violation of international law. As a result, by claiming not to know whether attacks have been unlawful, the government can allege there is no clear risk that weapons will be misused – and hence no reason to halt exports. This refusal to track the use of weapons in the war is central to how the government continues to support the Saudi-led coalition while claiming to uphold international law.

However, as with coronavirus, not knowing about a problem doesn’t mean that it’s not there; and doesn’t exempt the government from responsibility – by Anna Stavrianakis

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/commentisfree/2020/mar/31/the-uk-feigns-ignorance-but-five-years-on-its-still-intimately-involved-in-yemens-war

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Linksfraktion: Bundesregierung befeuert Jemen-Krieg

Die Bundesregierung befeuert den Konflikt mit immer neuen Waffenlieferungen. Seit Anfang 2019 wurden Rüstungsexporte für mehr als eine Milliarde Euro an die Länder der Jemen-Kriegsallianz genehmigt. Das geht aus der Antwort [PDF] der Bundesregierung auf eine Anfrage der Abgeordneten Sevim Dagdelen hervor.

„Unter Verletzung der eigenen Grundsätze genehmigt die Bundesregierung weiter verantwortungslos Kriegswaffen an autoritäre Regime in Spannungs- und Krisengebieten“, kritisiert die Außenexpertin und abrüstungspolitische Sprecherin der Fraktion DIE LINKE. „Wir brauchen eine sofortige Beendigung dieser skrupellosen Exportpolitik, die weltweit Konflikte mit Waffen ausstattet.“

CDU, CSU und SPD haben sich in ihrem Koalitionsvertrag auf einen Rüstungsexport für alle „unmittelbar“ am Jemen-Krieg beteiligten Staaten verständigt. Die Bundesregierung wollte damit ihren Mythos einer „restriktiven Rüstungsexportpolitik“ pflegen. Von einem Lieferstopp kann allerdings keine Rede sein, wie die realen Zahlen zeigen.

https://www.linksfraktion.de/themen/nachrichten/detail/bundesregierung-befeuert-jemen-krieg/

und

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Jemen-Kriegsallianz: Rüstungsexporte für 1,2 Milliarden Euro

Vor fünf Jahre griff eine Allianz arabischer Staaten in den Jemen-Krieg ein. Die große Koalition wollte mit einem Rüstungsexportstopp ein Zeichen des Protests setzen. Er wurde aber nur für ein Land vollständig umgesetzt.

Die Bundesregierung hat seit Anfang 2019 Rüstungsexporte für mehr als eine Milliarde Euro an die Länder der Kriegsallianz genehmigt, die im Jemen gegen die Huthi-Rebellen kämpft.

Allein für Ägypten wurden innerhalb von knapp 15 Monaten 21 Lieferungen für 802 Millionen Euro erlaubt, für die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) waren es 76 Einzelgenehmigungen im Wert von 257 Millionen Euro. Die Zahlen gehen aus einer Antwort des Wirtschaftsministeriums auf eine Anfrage der Linken-Abgeordneten Sevim Dagdelen hervor, die der Deutschen Presse-Agentur vorliegt.

An drei weitere Mitglieder des Bündnisses - Bahrain, Jordanien und Kuwait - gingen Exporte für zusammen 119 Millionen Euro. Die Führungsmacht Saudi-Arabien erhielt dagegen nur Geländewagen für 831 003 Euro. Das Königreich ist das einzige Land der Allianz, gegen das die Bundesregierung unter anderem wegen des Jemen-Krieges seit November 2018 einen kompletten Rüstungsexportstopp verhängt hat. Die Geländewagen waren die einzige Ausnahme, die seitdem gemacht wurde.

Die insgesamt 224 Exportgenehmigungen vom 1. Januar 2019 bis zum 24. März 2020 summieren sich auf knapp 1,2 Milliarden Euro.

https://www.stern.de/kampf-gegen-huthi-rebellen-jemen-kriegsallianz--ruestungsexporte-fuer-1-2-milliarden-euro-9206774.html = https://www.stimme.de/deutschland-welt/politik/dw/Jemen-Kriegsallianz-Ruestungsexporte-fuer-1-2-Milliarden-Euro;art295,4340295

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Waffenembargo mit Schildbürgerstreich unterlaufen

Ein Waffenfabrikant rüstete die Geschütze eines in Eritrea stationierten Kriegsschiffes nach. Dem UN-Embargo schwamm es davon.

Der deutsche Rüstungskonzern und Automobilzulieferer Rheinmetall AG, der mit der Rheinmetall Air Defense AG (RAD) auch in der Schweiz eine Tochtergesellschaft unterhält, machte 2019 6,3 Milliarden Euro Umsatz – und sorgte für Negativ-Schlagzeilen der besonderen Art. Der Konzern rüstete die Geschütze eines in Eritrea stationierten Kriegsschiffes der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) nach. Recherchen von «correctiv.org» und «Stern» lösten eine Prüfung durch niedersächsische Ermittler aus, weil sich das Land damals unter einem UN-Embargo befand.

Trotzdem kam der Konzern ohne Konsequenzen davon: Die deutschen Techniker fuhren einfach in internationale Gewässer, erledigten dort ihre Arbeit und führten Schiessübungen durch, bevor das Schiff wieder zurück nach Eritrea schwamm. Ein Vorgehen das zeigt, wie schlicht UN-Waffenembargos umgangen werden können.

Der Persilschein für Rheinmetall löste in Deutschland Verblüffung aus. Immerhin gibt es offizielle UN-Berichte, die der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate vorwerfen, mit der Militärbasis in Assab das Waffenembargo gegen Eritrea zu verletzen. Und die Sanktionen gegen Eritrea standen auch klar in der entsprechenden EU-Verordnung. Demnach waren bis Ende 2018 nicht nur Waffenlieferungen untersagt, auch «technische Hilfe im Zusammenhang mit militärischen Aktivitäten und der Bereitstellung, Herstellung, Instandhaltung und Verwendung von Rüstungsgütern und sonstigem Wehrmaterial» waren verboten.

«Und dann soll es reichen, wenn man die dort illegal stationierten Kanonen einfach drei Seemeilen vor der Küste nachrüstet? War das damit gemeint, als Rheinmetall im November davon sprach, dass man 'strengstens darauf' geachtet habe, das Embargo einzuhalten?», fragt der «Stern» lapidar.

Zwar wurde das Waffenembargo gegen Eritrea in der Zwischenzeit aufgehoben. Allerdings nutzt das VAE-Militär den Militärstützpunkt in Assab auch weiterhin als Basis für Einsätze im nur 60 Kilometer entfernten Jemen.

https://www.infosperber.ch/Artikel/Politik/Waffenembargo-mit-Schildburgerstreich-unterlaufen

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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[Oman] Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues statement

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement on the missile launch from Yemen to Saudi Arabia. Oman called on all parties to work calmly and avoid escalation.
The ministry said in its statement: "The Sultanate is following with great interest the escalation of military operations in the sisterly Republic of Yemen, the last of which is the launching of ballistic missiles on the territory of the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."
“The Sultanate deeply regrets these developments, hoping everyone to work in calm and avoid escalation and make way for the completion of international efforts to cease fire and resume the political process in Yemen, because this is the only way to achieve security and stability in the region,” the statement added.

https://timesofoman.com/article/3003892/oman/government/ministry-of-foreign-affairs-issues-statement

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European Union: Yemen: Statement by the Spokesperson on the continued hostilities

Despite repeated appeals by the international community for parties to the conflict in Yemen to adhere to the call of the UN Secretary General for a ceasefire, military confrontations continue.
This goes completely against the calls by the United Nations for a ceasefire, as well as most recent EU statements, at a time when the parties should stop hostilities and be united in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Union therefore reiterates the statement issued by the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths on the need for an immediate halt of armed confrontations and calls on the parties to seize this moment’s potential for de-escalation and use it to establish a formal ceasefire.

The European Union will continue to fully support the UN-led process with all the tools at its disposal.

https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/76775/yemen-statement-spokesperson-continued-hostilities_en

My comment: Supplying arms to the billions and then lamenting when arms really are used, this is hypocrisy.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp10, cp11

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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[Sanaa gov.] Tourism Minister: US-Saudi Aggression Targeting of Yemeni Monuments, Disregard for Historical Heritage of Mankind

The Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Al-Alayi, said that the US-Saudi aggression targeted the invaluable assets of Yemen cannot be compensated for its civilization value. He explained that the cultural, human heritage and geographical diversity in Yemen is a basic source of national income, which prompted the enemy to target it.
Al-Alayi added in a statement to Almasirah Net that the historic cities in Yemen belong to all humanity and represent a great value for the whole world. "Preserving it is an appreciation of the value of these monuments," he said. "The targeting of these monuments of human heritage in Yemen confirms the lack of responsibility in the US-Saudi aggression actions."
Al-Alayi pointed out that the ancient city of Baraqish was targeted by the aggression airstrikes and destroyed during the time of its occupation. Many assets were looted in it. This targeting represents a major failure of the United Nations responsible for preserving these sites in Yemen. He mentioned that the occupied areas witnessed organized looting, and this was what appeared on Socotra Island, where the Dracaena cinnabari, two brothers' blood, trees were cut down and a number of them were transported to the Emirates.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12065

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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[Sanaa gov.] Tourism Ministry reveals sector's losses during 5 years of aggression

Minister of Tourism Ahmed al-Aliy on Wednesday announced that the losses of the Yemeni tourism sector due to the aggression and the blockade exceeded five billion dollars during the past five years.

In a press conference held in Sanaa on the fifth anniversary of the steadfastness, al-Aliy explained that the Saudi-led aggression coalition has destroyed 475 tourist and archeological sites and monuments during the same period.

The Tourism Minister pointed out that the continuation of the aggression and the siege for five years has caused a disruption to thousands of job opportunities that were supporting thousands of families with estimated resources of 890 million dollars.

"The tourism sector was subjected to the largest fierce attack that targeted all aspects and trends of Yemeni tourism, including monuments and tourist facilities," the minister said in a statement.

Al-Aliy added that more than 95 per cent of workers in the tourism sector have lost their jobs.

According to the statistics issued by the Ministry of Tourism, the aggression coalition destroyed, during the past five years, 25 historical cities, 25 mausoleums, and 42 archaeological monuments, in addition to 252 hotels, 81 restaurants, 12 festival halls, 38 gardens and parks, and eight cafes and cafeterias.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3092823.htm

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Developing Yemen’s Fishing Industry

Executive summary

The fishing industry in Yemen faces many structural challenges that have limited its production and potential contribution to overall economic output. Development of the industry’s infrastructure, human capacity and regulation was already poor prior to the outbreak of the ongoing armed conflict in Yemen. Since the war began five years ago the fishing industry has faced increased challenges, including a significant drop in the level of production with the displacement of many fishermen and associated workforce; fish processing plants halting production; surging fuel costs; the decline of local purchasing power leading to a drop in the local demand for fish products; and the disempowerment of the Ministry of Fish Wealth (MFW), among other challenges.

From November 26 to 28, 2019, a group of experts and fishing industry stakeholders convened in Mukalla, Hadramawt, as part of the Rethinking Yemen’s Economy Initiative, to discuss the industry’s challenges and recommend solutions. These talks discussed how the sustainable development of the industry and recovery from the impacts of the current conflict require collaboration between the government, the private sector and fishing communities, educational institutions, along with international stakeholders. In particular, given the inability of the MFW to carry out its basic institutional functions due to the ongoing conflict, it is crucial that the ministry’s executive privileges for short-term policy making and regulation be temporarily delegated to local councils and that they be empowered to regulate the industry during the conflict. The participants also identified longer-term policies for the government and international stakeholders to revitalize the industry and enhance its capabilities.

https://sanaacenter.org/publications/main-publications/9511

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A T)

#AlQaeda leadership finally laments death of #AQAP leader Raymi & throws full support behind Batarfi What's interesting: 2 month delay shows comms challenges

Betrayal narrative shows #spy challenges

AQ call for "all in AQAP to heed & obey" Batarfi shows #Yemen infighting

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1244725544660488193

cp15 Propaganda

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#Houthis militia tortured to death (35) detainees in its prisons during 2019 only, according to Rasd Coaltion reports.

https://twitter.com/ycmhrv/status/1245041856125308932

(A P)

[Hadi gov.] Foreign Ministry says Houthis escalate militarily despite Yemen coronavirus fears

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/04/01/foreign-ministry-says-houthis-escalate-militarily-despite-yemen-coronavirus-fears/

(A P)

The world's "covid-19" poison turns into Houthis' meat

The Houthis controling large parts of the country exploited the world's ordeal of coronavirus and the Yemeni people's "fear of an outbreak" to further the terrorist theocratic organization's interests by:

1- Stopping passengers wanting to enter their territories in a central Yemen's Radaa checkpoint and re-allowing passages against hefty bribes.

2- Closing shopping malls and allowing re-openings against bribes too, raising huge funds for the militia's war effort.

3- Tightening siege on the government cities they have already been militarily besieging for six years, such as Taiz.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-38774

(A P)

Yemen [Hadi gov.] Denounces Qatar ‘Identifying’ with Iran

The Yemeni government denounced Qatari “identification” with the Iranian regional project, warning against Doha exploiting Yemen in its row with Saudi Arabia.

Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryani accused Qatar and its state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera of identifying with the Iranian project in Yemen and Tehran’s proxy, the Houthis.

According to Eryani, Houthis are receiving political and media coverage from Doha.

Warning that history will not forget the bloodshed caused by Iran in Yemen, Eryani advised Qatar to revise its policies and to distance itself from the war in Yemen.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2210851/yemen-denounces-qatar-%E2%80%98identifying%E2%80%99-iran

My comment: „the bloodshed caused by Iran in Yemen”: What a propaganda BS. Iran did not throw a single bomb in Yemen, what a difference to Saudi & Co.!

And

(A P)

Qatari Foreign Ministry responds to accusations of Yemeni Info. Minister

Qatar responds to the accusations of the Yemeni Minister of Information

The Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its strong condemnation of the accusations made by the Minister of Information in the internationally recognized Yemeni government, Muammar Al-Iryani, that Qatar provides political and media support to Ansar Allah group.

The Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday: "The far and near know who are the parties to the conflict in Yemen, and they are the parties that continue to stoke the human tragedy of the brotherly Yemeni people."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16114.html

(A P)

Arab Coalition spokesman: Iranian generals supervise Houthis activities from Sana’a

In an interview with the Saudi Al-Arabiya Satellite Television, Al-Maliki showed pictures of the missile remnants that was intercepted on Saturday’s night by the Saudi air defense.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-38730

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2053859

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2053844

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2053415

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2053414

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

(A K pH)

Film: Al-Hudaydah # Aggression - violates Sweden's agreement A new air aggression on vital areas in Al Hudaydah, and a flagrant violation of the Swedish agreement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M2bF9pkMcQ

(A K pH)

Der Quelle zufolge starteten die Kampfflugzeuge drei Luftangriffe auf die Stadt Al-Mansri im aktuellen Distrikt, vier Luftangriffe im Nordwesten der Stadt Al-Shaab und zwei Luftangriffe auf die Quarantäne in Al-Salif sowie zwei Luftangriffe im Norden des Gebiets Al-Jah im Distrikt Beit Al-Faqih.

Die Kampfflugzeuge der Aggression haben drei Luftangriffe auf Wasserbrunnen auf der Insel Kamran und einen Überfall auf die Kommunikationstürme auf der Insel Kamran angeflogen

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092655.htm

und

(A K pH)

Wasser und Umwelt Ministerium verurteilt die Bombardierung der Kampfflugzeuge der Aggression auf Wasserbrunnen auf der Insel Kamran

Das Ministerium für Wasser und Umwelt verurteilte die Bombardierung von Trinkwasserbrunnen auf der Insel Kamran im Gouvernement Al Hodeidah durch Kampfflugzeugen der saudi-amerikanischen Aggression.

Das Ministerium erklärte in einer Erklärung der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba), dass dieser Beschuss von Wasserbrunnen auf der Insel Kamran ist der dritte, da die Wasserbrunnen bereits Ende 2018 und 2016 bombardiert wurde.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092654.htm

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Military Official: US-Saudi Aerial Aggression Uses Cluster Bombs in Targeting Horse Stables in Sana’a

US-Saudi warplanes used internationally-prohibited cluster bombs in bombing the horse stables of the Military College on Monday, Director of the Military College Brigadier General Mohammed Saleh Shaizer revealed on Tuesday.

“There are unexploded objects, left over from the bombing remnants, which are still present in the horse stables, indicating the magnitude of the crime,” Shaizer said

“The aerial aggression on Monday waged three raids on the stables of horses, launching four missiles in the first raid, four missiles in the second and two missiles in the third raid, all of them directly targeted hangers that harbor horses,” Shaizer elaborated.

He indicated that the raids resulted in the killing of the horse trainer Mahdi al-Raimi and the injuring of two horsemen, as well as the killing of 70 horses and the injuring of more than 90 others.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12061

and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200401-saudi-used-cluster-bombs-in-yemen-horse-stable-attack/

(A K)

Animal Rights Groups Slam Saudis for ‘Horse Massacre’ in Yemen

Animal rights groups issued statements on Tuesday condemning Saudi Arabia’s Monday airstrikes against the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, and in particular, the strikes against the horse stable at the military college.

https://news.antiwar.com/2020/03/31/animal-rights-groups-slam-saudis-for-horse-massacre-in-yemen/

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

April 1: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12076 Jawf p., Hajjah p., Saada p., Amran p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3092820.htm Marib p., Jawf p.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092746.htm Jawf p.

March 31: https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092737.htm / https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12051 Saada p., Jawf p., Hajjah p. Jizan

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092656.htm / https://www.saba.ye/en/news3092643.htm Hajjah p

March 31/30: https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092655.htm Saada p., Hodeidah p.

March 30: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12026 Jawf p., Hodeidah p., Saada p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

(A K)

New military advance for government forces in Saada within 24 hours

The forces of the Yemeni internationally recognized government said on Tuesday evening that they had managed to regain control of sites that were under the control of Ansar Allah group (Houthis) in the border province of Saada with Saudi Arabia.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16108.html

(A K pS)

Marib tribe flexes muscle in military parade

The tribal support force mobilized to help Yemen's national army defend Marib’s sovereignty from any further Houthi attacks

The Al-Sayyad Murad tribe of Marib governorate demonstrated their defensive prowess Tuesday through a military parade in the Wanab area of Al-Juba district.

https://al-masdaronline.net/national/569

(A K pS)

Marib governor celebrates battle victories, urges anti-Houthi unity in televised speech

Maj. Gen. Sultan Al-Arada said army-backed tribal fighters ejected Houthis from strategic positions in the Haylan mountain range

The Yemeni army and tribal forces ejected Houthi fighters from strategic positions in the Haylan mountain range on the western fringe of Marib governorate on Wednesday, according to Marib Gov. Maj. Gen. Sultan Al-Arada.

Al-Arada announced the military advances along the Serwah and Nihm battlefronts during a televised speech at the state-run radio station in Marib city.

"Marib, which broke Houthis at the height of their power years ago, is now, together with the good citizens of Yemen, and with the support of the (Saudi-led) coalition, burying these militias and their plans," Al-Arada said.

https://al-masdaronline.net/national/571

and

(A K pS)

[Hadi gov.] Army liberates strategic sites in Serwah and Nihm

The army backed by popular resistance launched an offensive operation which liberated a number of mountain heights in the strategic Hilan mountain western Marib.

The army forces have also liberated a number of positions around the mountain and continue to advance in the meantime.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/04/01/army-liberates-strategic-sites-in-serwah-and-nihm/

and

(A K pS)

[Hadi gov.] Third Military Region Commander: Army makes significant field advances in Hilan front, moves towards Sana’a

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/04/01/third-military-region-commander-army-makes-significant-field-advances-in-hilan-front-moves-towards-sanaa/

and

(A K pS)

[Hadi gov.] Army advances in Serwah between Sana’a and Marib

Yemeni armed forces backed by Popular Resistance and Arab coalition supporting legitimate government in have made new advances in the Serwah front between Sana’a and Marib provinces.

The army managed to advance to the outskirts of Serwah market, and liberate a number of important sites in Al-Mashjah and Hilan region, east of Marib province.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/03/31/army-advances-in-serwah-between-sanaa-and-marib/

and more http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/03/31/fierce-shelling-targets-houthi-militia-in-serwah-and-saada/

and

(A K pS)

Reports that #Yemen army & tribes took control of most of Hailan Mountain east of Marib. The mountain has been under Houthi control since 2015. If true, this is huge as it gives Yemen army a strategic military advantage. Hailan overlooks key Houthi supply routs from Sanaa

From Hailan,Houthis were able to control Serwah & launch missile attacks on Marib city. Coupled wt well-planned offensive, retaking Hailan would allow govt forces to liberate Serwah,secure Marib, & advance in Nehm.

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1245276565048635392

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Houthi forces retake military base as they surround Marib

The Houthi-allied Yemeni armed forces have retaken Al-Labnat military base in Al-Jawf province from the Saudi-backed mercenaries fighting to reinstate exiled President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. This is the first time in five years that it has been under Houthi control.

The pro-Hadi Islah militia at the base was reported to have handed weapons over to the Houthi forces.

The Houthis’ advance now means that they are getting closer to encircling the remaining Islah-stronghold of Marib. Saudi-supported ground forces are close to losing another northern Yemen province following most of Al-Jawf falling to the Houthi-led forces at the beginning of the month.

It is speculated that the next target will be the Mas military base situated in Marib province. There are also ongoing battles to capture Kofal camp from Saudi-backed forces. The assaults are launched from Sirwah, which is currently under the control of the pro-Houthi military.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200331-houthi-forces-retake-military-base-as-they-surround-marib/

Maps: https://twitter.com/A7_Mirza/status/1244904312150659072

https://twitter.com/YemeninmyDNA/status/1244721450768109568

(A K pH)

ein Mann und ein Kind in ihrem Haus durch das Feuer der saudischen Armee in einem der Grenzdörfer im Distrikt Razeh im Gouvernement Saada verletzt wurden

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092655.htm

(A K pH)

In Sa'adah, a civilian and his child were injured in their house with Saudi border guards gunshots in Razih district. Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted populated villages in Razih district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12026

(A K)

Gov't forces take control Houthi positions in Yemen's Saada

The Yemeni internationally recognized government forces announced on Monday evening their control of sites where the Houthi forces (Ansar Allah) were stationed in the border province of Saada with Saudi Arabia.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16082.html

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(B H)

Pen pals: London boy, 6, forms an unlikely friendship with a girl in Yemen who was injured in an airstrike after hearing of her story and writing her a sweet letter

Apollo from London was moved by the story of Razan, 8, from war-torn Yemen

He wrote her a letter & incredibly she wrote back, forming an unlikely friendship

Over the past year, the pair have exchanged touching handwritten letters

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8177593/Boy-6-forms-unlikely-friendship-girl-Yemen.html

(B H)

Meet This Guy From Yemen Who Dreams of Skating His War-Torn City Again

Yemen has been brought to its knees by civil war and starvation. This skateboarder from Sana’a aims to bring hope back on board.

Now living in the United States, Ryan, a 28-year-old who represented Yemen in an Olympic qualifier, said that when it’s safe enough for him to return, he dreams of going back to his home to start its first Olympic skateboarding team.

https://www.vice.com/en_asia/article/dyg9kj/ryan-sanabani-skateboarder-yemen-war

(A H P)

Feldkampfkampagne und Bewertung der Heuschrecken in den Gebieten der Ebene von Tihama

Die Vermessungs-, Überwachungs- und Heuschreckenbekämpfungsarbeiten werden in den Winterbrutgebieten in einer Reihe von leicht zu verzehrenden Gebieten fortgesetzt, die von den Heuschreckenüberwachungs- und -kontrollteams des Desert Locust Control and Control Center durchgeführt werden.

Der Direktor für Pflanzenschutz im [Sanaa-]Ministerium für Landwirtschaft und Bewässerung, Eng. Wajih Al-Mutawakel, sagte der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba), dass die Kampagne, die in Zusammenarbeit mit der Ernährungs- und Landwirtschaftsorganisation der Vereinten Nationen (FAO) durchgeführt wird, darauf abzielt, die Situation der Wüstenheuschrecken in den Winterbrutgebieten in den Gebieten der Ebene von Tihama zu bewerten.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092717.htm

(B H)

Desert Locust situation update

YEMEN. More hopper bands and immature adult groups on southern coast near Aden.

http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/info/info/index.html

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The Current Insecticide Resistance in Main Malaria Vector Anopheles arabiensis in Yemen

Abstract

Control of malaria vectors in Yemen relies on both indoor residual spraying using carbamate (bendiocarb) and long-lasting pyrethroids-treated nets. This paper reports the results of studies conducted to monitor the insecticide resistance of the main malaria vector, Anopheles arabiensis, to the insecticides currently used in the vector control in four different locations. Susceptibility tests were performed following the WHO test procedures.

The results of the performed susceptibility bioassay showed that the vector is susceptible to bendiocarb and resistant to lambda-cyhalothrin and deltamethrin in the four studied areas. The pyrethroids resistance is solely metabolic. This information could help policy-makers to plan insecticide resistance management. Bendiocarb is still an effective insecticide in the form of IRS. Concerning LLINS, it would be interesting to assess their effectiveness, combining a pyrethroid with PBO for the control of the pyrethroid-resistant malaria vector. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jtm/2020/5625019/

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-637-yemen-war-mosaic-637

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-637 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-637:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

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

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

11:19 02.04.2020
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Dietrich Klose

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