Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 639b- Yemen War Mosaic 639b

Yemen Press Reader 639b: 6. April 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 639, cp7 - cp18 / April 6, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 637, cp7 - cp18
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 639, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 639, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-639-yemen-war-mosaic-639

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

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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By video call .. President [separatist leader] Al-Zubaidi holds a meeting with UN envoy Martin Griffiths

https://en.smanews.org/by-video-call-president-al-zubaidi-holds-a-meeting-with-un-envoy-martin-griffiths

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Yemeni [Hadi] gov't says willing to swap prisoner, Houthis vow

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government reiterated willingness on Saturday to start prisoner swap with the Houthi group on the basis of "all-for-all", as the latter vowed to force the Arab coalition to release its prisoners, two days after initial consent.
"We reiterate the government's preparedness to immediately implement the Jordan recent understandings" on the release of "1,100 out of 1,420 prisoners and abductees .. and to hold a meeting on the others," the government information minister Moammar al-Eryani tweeted.
He called for UN efforts to make a breakthrough in this humanitarian issue, amid COVID-19 pandemic, accusing the Houthis of placing obstacles.
The Houthis, however, "has many pressure cards" to "force the Arab coalition to release" their prisoners, said head of the group's prisoner committee.
"We have prisoners of the enemy's commanders and officers enough to force it into releasing all our captives," Abdul Qader al-Murtadha added on Twitter.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16230.html

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Houthis say prepared to exchange prisoners with Yemeni gov't

The Houthi group on Thursday expressed willingness to start instantly prisoner swap with the Yemeni internationally-recognized government and Arab coalition, under UN observation, to avoid COVID-19 spread.
"If they were really serious in implementing anything in order for coronavirus [be avoided], why the prisoners – whose lists had been co-approved with the aggression's mercenaries 30 days ago – have not been released?" member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council tweeted.
"Where is the response to the UN Secretary-General's call in this regard?" Mohamed Ali al-Houthi added.
"We're ready to begin prisoner swap as of Friday or Saturday, in accordance with all what was agreed to in Jordan under the sponsorship of the UN and its envoy" Martin Griffiths.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16174.html

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Yemeni [Hadi] government 'ready' to make prisoner swap with Houthis

Members of the negotiating team said it was imperative to finalise the deal given the coronavirus pandemic

The Yemeni government on Sunday called for the Houthi rebels to follow through with an agreed but long-delayed prisoner exchange.

The deal was agreed as part of a deal made in December 2018 in Sweden to avert a government offensive on the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

The agreement would see hundreds of political prisoners and captured government fighters released by the rebels in exchange for hundreds of captured Houthis.

But the deal has not been implemented after haggling over the finalised lists put forward by both sides at meetings in Amman, Jordan over the last 12 months.

Majed Fadhel, Yemen’s deputy minister of human rights and a member of the official team negotiating the prisoner swap, said that the government is ready to implement the last understandings with the Houthi rebels which were signed in Jordon in February 2020.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemeni-government-ready-to-make-prisoner-swap-with-houthis-1.1001905

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Houthis hinder release of prisoners

The Yemeni [Hadi] government said that the Houthis refuse implementation of the prisoners’ exchange agreement that was agreed on last mid-February.

Undersecretary of the Human Rights Ministry and member of the government’ representatives to the Negotiation Committee on detainees and prisoners, Majed Fadhayel said that while the government is determined to release all prisoners and detainees, the Houthis respond with procrastination.

He indicated that the government remains committed to the phased release of detainees that includes initial release of 1,420 detainees and prisoners until reaching the full exchanged release.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-38840

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[Sanaa gov.] Head of National Prisoners’ Affairs Committee: Aggression Forces Obstruct Amman Agreement

Head of the National Prisoners' Affairs Committee, Abdulqader Al-Murtada, Thursday accused the aggression forces of obstructing the implementation of Amman agreement regarding the exchange of prisoners.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12084

and also https://www.uprising.today/saudi-led-coalition-still-delaying-prisoner-exchange-agreed-in-jordan/

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16158.html

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Yemen .. Obstacles facing implementation of prisoner swap agreement

It seems that no breakthrough will take place in the file of the prisoners and detainees in Yemen, as the two parties to the conflict still exchange accusations of obstructing the implementation of the agreement reached last February at the conclusion of the Jordanian capital, Amman.

"We have not received a response today, Friday, to accept the release of the prisoners agreed upon, according to the statements submitted by the two sides under the auspices of the United Nations at the Jordan meeting," said a senior leader of the Houthi group (Ansar Allah), a member of the so-called Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi.

Al-Houthi added in a tweet on "Twitter", "We hope to respond tomorrow, God willing, as we hope that the rest of the prisoners who were previously announced to the kingdom will be released. Only about 170 have been released, and we hold the American aggression responsible for that."

On Thursday, the Houthi leader said, "They are present to begin the swap of prisoners during Friday or Saturday, according to what was agreed upon in Jordan under the auspices of the United Nations."

Earlier Friday, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Human Rights in the internationally recognized Yemeni government accused a member of the supervisory committee to negotiate the file of prisoners, Majed Fadaiel al-Houthi, of "lack of seriousness in implementing the agreement, and demanding the release of fake and lost names in order to block the agreement and exploit it politically."

In a statement published by the Aden-based Yemeni news agency (Saba) , Fadaiel said that his government is ready to "implement what was agreed upon in the last round of negotiations, in Amman, of a phased release that includes 1420 detainees, until the comprehensive release according to the principle of all-for-all."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16192.html

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Advisor to Yemen president attacks UN envoy, requests his resignation

The advisor to the Yemeni president, Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi, attacked UN Envoy Martin Griffiths, and demanded his resignation and admission to failure.

This came in a post Al-Mekhlafi published on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

Al-Mekhlafi posted: “In Yemen, legitimacy has agreed to a ceasefire, but the Houthis have continued to fight and kill everywhere.”

In the same tweet, the presidential advisor and former foreign minister called on the UN envoy to admit his failure and to resign because: “He did not convince Al-Houthi to cease the fire under these circumstances.”

According to Al-Mekhlafi: “Because of the coronavirus pandemic that threatens humanity, all the countries at war have declared a ceasefire.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200403-advisor-to-yemen-president-attacks-un-envoy-requests-his-resignation/

My comment: LOL.

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Houthis propose 3 quartets and UN to arbitrate between them and Arab Coalition

The Houthi group (Ansar Allah) proposed on Wednesday evening the arbitration of three quartets and the United Nations between the two parties to the conflict in Yemen, and stipulated that both the internationally recognized government and the Arab coalition abandon the "three references" to stop the war in order to confront the Coronavirus.

The prominent leader of the group, a member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, said in two tweets on "Twitter": "You must give up your terms and adhere to the name of references and others."

He added that the group's response to the United Nations' call to stop the war "does not mean accepting what was rejected from the beginning or searching for gains that precede the lifting of the siege and stopping the US-UK-Saudi-UAE aggression and its allies.

He said: "Let us quote an Arab quad that rules between us and you as countries that attack our country, an Islamic quadrant, an Asian quadrant, in addition to the United Nations."

The Houthi leader suggested arbitration "Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Russia, China, Korea and Japan, considering that they will not be in isolation from the solution."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16142.html

and also https://en.abna24.com/news//ansarullah-calls-on-saudi-led-alliance-to-consider-yemen%e2%80%99s-mediation-proposal_1022593.html

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Houthi official calls for 12-country arbitration with Saudi

Member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Al-Houthi, has extended a new arbitration initiative to the Saudi-led coalition, urging it to “accept the arbitration of 12 countries”.

In a Twitter post yesterday, Al-Houthi reiterated the need to respond to the UN Secretary-General’s call for a ceasefire, especially in a bid to focus on combatting the coronavirus pandemic. He mentioned the “three references” which are conditions stipulated by the Saudi-backed, UN-recognised Yemeni government and laid down his own conditions for a ceasefire.

“As the world is facing the corona pandemic, [the coalition countries and their mercenaries] must abandon their conditions and what they called references and others,” he said. The “three references” include the 2011 Gulf initiative, outcomes of the national dialogue and certain UN resolutions, such as Resolution 2216.

However, Al-Houthi stressed the importance of ending the war and lifting the coalition-imposed blockade first, saying “Our response to the ceasefire call does not mean that we accept what has been rejected from the beginning.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200402-houthi-official-calls-for-12-country-arbitration-with-saudi/

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Während sich das Coronavirus ausbreitet, strebt die UN im Jemen einen landesweiten Waffenstillstand an

Der UN-Sonderbeauftragte für den Jemen, Martin Griffiths, hat Gespräche mit den Kriegsparteien des Landes geführt, um einen landesweiten Waffenstillstand zu erreichen, und befürchtet die Ausbreitung des neuen Coronavirus in der vom Krieg zerstörten verarmten arabischen Nation.

Griffith´s Büro sagte in einer Erklärung am Donnerstag, dass er in regelmäßigem Kontakt mit beiden Parteien stehe, «um Vereinbarungen über einen landesweiten Waffenstillstand, humanitäre und wirtschaftliche Maßnahmen zur Linderung des Leidens des jemenitischen Volkes zu treffen».

Griffiths sei in täglichen Konsultationen, um die kriegführenden Seiten so schnell wie möglich in «virtuellen» Verhandlungen zusammenzubringen.

Der Beamte sagte, der Prozess ziele ferner darauf ab, gemeinsame Anstrengungen zur Bekämpfung der Bedrohung durch COVID-19 zu fördern.

Griffiths sagte, er hoffe, dass die Konsultationen bald abgeschlossen sein und das liefern können, was die Jemeniten erwarten, fordern und verdienen.

https://de.news-front.info/2020/04/03/wahrend-sich-das-coronavirus-ausbreitet-strebt-die-un-im-jemen-einen-landesweiten-waffenstillstand-an/

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UN-Beauftragter weiter um Waffenruhe im Jemen bemüht

Der UN-Sonderbeauftragte Martin Griffiths will nun beide Seiten zu einem Online-Treffen zusammenbringen.

Der UN-Sonderbeauftragte für den Jemen, Martin Griffiths, bemüht sich weiter um eine landesweite Waffenruhe für das umkämpfte Bürgerkriegsland Jemen. Er sei dafür im Gespräch mit den Konfliktparteien, teilte sein Büro mit. Ziel der laufenden "täglichen bilateralen Gespräche" sei, die Beteiligten so schnell wie möglich zu einem virtuellen Treffen zusammenzubringen.

Ziel der Gespräche sei auch, gemeinsame Anstrengungen zum Kampf gegen eine drohende Ausbreitung des Coronavirus voranzubringen, teilte Griffiths mit.

https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2020-04/martin-griffiths-waffenruhe-jemen-regierung-huthi-rebellen

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UN Proposes 4 Approaches to End Yemen Crisis

UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has opened four internationally sponsored "fronts" through which he aspires to bring peace to war-torn Yemen.

These fronts are: a nationwide ceasefire, humanitarian and economic measures to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis, a speedy resumption of the political process and fostering joint efforts to fight the threat posed by the new coronavirus pandemic.

"I hope that these consultations can be soon completed and deliver what Yemenis expect, demand and deserve," Griffiths said.

Griffiths is in daily consultations aimed at bringing the warring sides together in "virtual" negotiations as soon as possible, a statement from his office said.

For observers of Yemeni developments, it is hard not to doubt the political process, especially after the stalemate the Stockholm Agreement had hit.

The UN has issued a global call for armed groups to stand down during the pandemic.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2214366/un-proposes-4-approaches-end-yemen-crisis

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As coronavirus spreads, U.N. seeks Yemen urgent peace talks resumption

The United Nations and Western allies are pointing to the threat of coronavirus to push Yemen’s combatants to agree to fresh talks to end a war that has left millions vulnerable to disease, the U.N. and sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The world body has sent a proposal to the internationally recognised government, the Saudi-led military coalition that supports it and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that holds the capital Sanaa and most major towns, said two of the sources.

They said U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths is working to convene the parties via video conference soon to discuss the working document that calls for a nationwide ceasefire, including halting all air, ground and naval hostilities, and for the parties to ensure compliance by forces on frontlines.

Griffith’s office said the need for peace talks was urgent.

“The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen is engaging the parties on reaching agreements on a nationwide ceasefire... and the urgent resumption of the political process aimed at comprehensively ending the war,” a statement by his office said.

“This process further aims to foster joint efforts to counter the threat of COVID-19,” it said, adding it was also contacting a broader range of Yemenis to consult on how to help Yemen’s capacity “to avert and mitigate a COVID-19 outbreak.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/as-coronavirus-spreads-u-n-seeks-yemen-urgent-peace-talks-resumption-idUSKBN21K1P4

and also https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-8180357/UN-envoy-talks-Yemen-ceasefire-coronavirus.html

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/un-envoy-martin-griffiths-hopeful-of-agreement-on-yemen-ceasefire-soon-1.1000828

and UN statement:

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Statement by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen - 2 April 2020

The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen is engaging the parties on reaching agreements on a nationwide ceasefire, humanitarian and economic measures to alleviate the suffering of Yemeni people, and the urgent resumption of the political process aimed at comprehensively ending the war. This process further aims to foster joint efforts to counter the threat of COVID-19.

The Office of the Special Envoy is discussing concrete steps with the parties and remains in regular contact with them. The Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, is conducting daily bilateral consultations with the aim of convening virtually the parties together soonest possible.

“‘I hope that these consultations can be soon completed and deliver what Yemenis expect, demand and deserve” stressed Mr. Griffiths.

In parallel, the Office of the Special Envoy continues its efforts to reach out to broader Yemeni groups and communities to consult them about ways to resume an inclusive political process and seek their inputs on what could be done to support the capacity of Yemen to avert and mitigate a COVID-19 outbreak.

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/press-release-office-un-special-envoy-yemen

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi non-oil private sector hits decade-low on coronavirus - PMI

Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector shrank in March at its fastest rate on record as emergency measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak dealt a heavy blow to business, a survey showed on Sunday.

The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Saudi Arabia Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 42.4 in March - the biggest drop since the survey began in August 2009 - from 52.5 in February.

https://www.reuters.com/article/saudi-economy-pmi/saudi-non-oil-private-sector-hits-decade-low-on-coronavirus-pmi-idUSL8N2BR2LL

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Saudi Arabia launches massive arrest campaign against activists amid coronavirus pandemic

Saudi authorities have launched a new round of massive arrest campaign against media activists and human rights campaigners, exploiting the world’s focus on the global coronavirus pandemic, a rights group says.

The rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization seeking to promote human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on its official Twitter page that Saudi officials have launched a wide arbitrary detention campaign.

In separate posts on Twitter, the rights group identified some of the dissidents detained as PhD student Majid al-Ghamdi as well as social media activists Mohammad al-Judayee and Mansoor al-Rokibah.

Human rights groups that monitor the kingdom say Saudi Arabia’s long-running drive to muzzle dissent and intellectuals has escalated recently.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/02/622153/www.presstv.tv

and also https://twitter.com/m3takl_en/status/1245017427450175492

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Saudi Arabia brings forward coronavirus curfew start in three areas

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-saudi-coronavirus/saudi-arabia-brings-forward-coronavirus-curfew-start-in-three-areas-idUSKBN21L0IR

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Mecca, Medina get 24-hour curfew; Gulf migrant worker districts locked down

Saudi Arabia imposed a 24-hour curfew on Thursday in the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, extending measures to combat coronavirus, while other Gulf Arab states locked down districts with large migrant worker populations.

The Saudi interior ministry stipulated exceptions, including for essential workers and to allow residents to buy food and access medical care. Cars may only carry one passenger.

The eastern oil-producing province of Qatif, where the kingdom’s first coronavirus cases were reported among Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims returning from Iran, has been on lockdown for nearly four weeks.

Entry and exit to Riyadh, Mecca, Medina and Jeddah is limited. Some neighbourhoods in Mecca and Medina were already under full lockdown, but in the rest of those cities the curfew was previously from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-saudi/mecca-medina-get-24-hour-curfew-gulf-migrant-worker-districts-locked-down-idUSKBN21K1TV

My comment: The lockdown of Shia Qatif region mainly is due to political reasons.

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Will the coronavirus claim Saudi’s ‘Vision 2030’ as its victim?

With the world predicted to change in ways that were unimaginable only a few weeks ago due to the coronavirus outbreak, can Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman pull off a miracle and deliver his ambitious “Vision 2030” social and economic transformation programme?

The latest indications are that “Vision 2030” is likely to suffer a similar fate as its predecessor, King Abdullah Economic City. K

Saudi Arabia’s decision to enter into an oil price-war with Russia following the coronavirus outbreak, would suggest that “Vision 2030” is no longer at the top of Riyadh’s list of priorities. Though emerging victorious is the kingdom’s number one concern at the moment, there is no guarantee that it will be able to do so. Just how long the Saudis will be able endure the kind of haemorrhage $20 a barrel inflicts on a major oil producer, is anyone’s guess.

But indications are that the Saudis are likely to blink first. Unlike the Russian economy, the Saudis need oil prices to be $85.7 per barrel to balance their budget, while Russia needs less than half of that, roughly $40 a barrel. Both countries have been bullish.

Riyadh’s staying power is further limited by its budgetary constraints.

Unless the Saudis find a way to resolve this crisis, all other priorities, including reaching key “Vision 2030” milestones, are likely to be put on hold.

But the problem for Bin Salman, known popularly as MBS, is that like a prized boxer who enters the ring starved – his failed policies over the past five years will mean that Riyadh will enter its toughest challenge in the coming years, deprived of the political and economic resources it needs to not only win the oil price war with Russia, but to also ensure it delivers on the “Vision 2030” promise.

MBS’s past form would suggest that the de-facto ruler is far more likely to lead the kingdom into a cul-de-sac, than guide its 33 million people towards the three big visions promised in his programme aimed at reducing Saudi Arabia’s dependency on oil: “a vibrant society”, “a thriving economy” and “an ambitious nation”.

Do the Saudi’s really want a brash young prince, soon to be king, to lead them during this period of global uncertainty, given that he has been nothing but a disaster?

The failure to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) in the kingdom is a sign that MBS is not on target.

Some of the many pledges made by MBS suggests that he is off course. During the launch of “Vision 2030” in 2016, he announced that by 2020, the kingdom “will be able to live without oil” as the principle generator of national income. This optimism stands in stark contrast to the current reality, where crude oil still accounts for roughly 80 per cent of Saudi Arabia’s revenues.

Due mainly to his unpredictability, global investors have not been completely bowled over by the crown prince’s vision.

With global investors not willing to bet on MBS, further humiliation was to come. In a move that screamed desperation, the crown prince applied pressure on wealthy Saudis to buy a piece of Aramco, which was floated on Riyadh’s Tadawul stock exchange, instead of the more prestigious London and New York.

While no country is unlikely to come out of this crises unscathed, Saudi Arabi stands to lose more than most, for the simple reason that a grand social and economic transformation of the kind envisaged by the crown prince will be harder, if not impossible, to achieve under a looming recession and shrinking global economy, not to mention under the leadership of an unstable and volatile prince, soon to be king – by Nasim Ahmed

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200402-will-the-coronavirus-claim-saudis-vision-2030-as-its-victim/

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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US medical sanctions on Iran amid coronavirus pandemic threat to world health: Envoy

Medical sanctions by the United States government against the Islamic Republic amount to an "unprecedented threat" to global public health, says a senior Iranian diplomat, urging the international community to react in earnest to Washington's restrictions amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/03/622235/www.presstv.tv

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US has no moral duty to ease Iran sanctions amid coronavirus pandemic: Trump

US President Donald Trump has said the US has no “moral responsibility” to halt Iran sanctions if Tehran does not ask for it to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

"No, no, no, they didn't even ask me about it," Trump said on Thursday during a press briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force when asked if he had a "moral responsibility" to lift the sanctions.

The US president added that he would only consider “helping” Iran if “they asked”.

Despite repeated calls by Iran, US officials have refused to lift draconian sanctions harming Iran's efforts to contain the coronavirus while simultaneously claiming readiness to “aid Iranians” if “they ask”.

Iranian authorities have dismissed the offer as hypocritical “words without action

https://parstoday.com/en/news/world-i119122-us_has_no_moral_duty_to_ease_iran_sanctions_amid_coronavirus_pandemic_trump

and also https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/trump-grilled-punishing-iran-sanctions-coronavirus-crisis-200403092935715.html

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Biden calls for US sanctions relief on Iran amid coronavirus outbreak

Former US vice president and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden has called on the Trump administration to immediately lift Iran sanctions which have hampered Iran’s efforts to curb the coronavirus.

https://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i119120-biden_calls_for_us_sanctions_relief_on_iran_amid_coronavirus_outbreak

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US shale producers launch anti-Saudi lobbying push

Sector taps former energy secretary Rick Perry and seeks block on some imports

American shale producers have launched an aggressive lobbying campaign in support of new sanctions against Saudi Arabia and Russia, urging the White House to compel the oil producing nations to cut output in order to prop up crude prices. The industry has tapped Rick Perry, President Donald Trump’s recently-departed energy secretary, to help in the push, which has included advocating a block on Saudi crude shipments to North America’s biggest refinery. Shale producers have faced an existential threat since demand collapsed amid the global coronavirus lockdown and a Saudi-Russian market-share war that drove crude prices down to $20 a barrel. Most shale producers are unprofitable at prices below $50 a barrel

https://www.ft.com/content/af0c7876-10fa-4320-9d3a-7d913573ff56

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USA verhandeln nicht mit Russland und Saudi-Arabien über Öl

Die US-Regierung führt einem Insider zufolge keine Verhandlungen mit Saudi-Arabien oder Russland über ein Abkommen zur Drosselung der Ölförderung. Das Weisse Haus möchte, dass die beiden Parteien sich untereinander einigen.

Das sagte US-Energieminister Dan Brouillette am Freitag gegenüber Managern der Öl-Industrie

https://www.grenchnertagblatt.ch/wirtschaft/usa-verhandeln-nicht-mit-russland-und-saudi-arabien-ueber-oel-137597887 = https://www.bzbasel.ch/wirtschaft/usa-verhandeln-nicht-mit-russland-und-saudi-arabien-ueber-oel-137597887

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Trump says he brokered deal with Saudi, Russia for huge oil cuts

U.S President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had brokered a deal with top oil producers Russia and Saudi Arabia to cut output and arrest an oil price rout amid a global coronavirus pandemic, sending crude prices up by 45%.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil-saudi-russia/trump-says-he-brokered-deal-with-saudi-russia-for-huge-oil-cuts-idUSKBN21K0EA

and also https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil/oil-soars-over-20-after-trump-claims-saudis-and-russians-to-cut-output-idUSKBN21J6ZR

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil-saudi-russia/trump-touts-great-saudi-russia-oil-deal-to-halt-price-rout-but-details-unclear-idUSKBN21K0EA

My remark: High oil prices are essential for US oil and fracking industries.

And

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Donald Trump: Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince) of Saudi Arabia, who spoke with President Putin of Russia, & I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil & gas industry!

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1245720677660925952

My comment: „My friend MBS“…. “GREAT for the oil & gas industry”: That’s what Trump really is caring about.

But

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Oil drops on scepticism over Trump's Saudi-Russia output deal

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16157.html

and

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Factbox: Oil analysts sceptical about Saudi-Russian 'deal'

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil-analysts-factbox/factbox-oil-analysts-sceptical-about-saudi-russian-deal-idUSKBN21L1KL

and

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Who to believe? Trump claimed MBS and Putin had talked. "The Kremlin later denied that Russian President Putin had been in contact with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman"

https://twitter.com/BillLaw49/status/1245750254303133698

and

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Saudi Arabia sharply rebukes Russia over oil price collapse

https://apnews.com/0583ee8329ffcedf3ce9f8f32d41be40

and

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OPEC+ meeting delayed as Saudi Arabia and Russia row over price collapse

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-oil-opec-saudi-russia/opec-meeting-delayed-as-saudi-arabia-and-russia-row-over-price-collapse-idUSKBN21M0FY

My comment: Once again: Loudmouth Trump telling tall stories.

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

(A P)

US hampering Iran's coronavirus fight, crime against humanity: Shamkhani

A high-ranking Iranian security official says the efforts made by the administration of US President Donald Trump to block Iran's access to financial and other resources it needs to contain an ongoing pandemic of new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, amount to crime against humanity.

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), made the remarks in a Sunday Twitter post, saying, “Imposing sanctions [on importation of] hygiene items is an illegal measure against human rights and [a sign of] Trump's clear animosity toward the Iranian nation.”

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/05/622369/www.presstv.ir

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Film: Washington and Tehran..War of words through remote platforms and threats to strike interests

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JY1SHNk2hc

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NATO says plans to expand mission in Iraq

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the military alliance has decided to expand its mission in Iraq by training personnel for the Iraqi army and security forces.

Stoltenberg made the announcement on Thursday during a press conference after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers where the alliance's response to the coronavirus outbreak as well as the situation in Iraq were discussed.

“We agreed to expand our mission in Iraq by training non-commissioned officers, mine experts and federal police cadres within the framework of its program,” he said.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/04/622284/Iraq-NATO-Jens-Stoltenberg-mission-training-program-US-troop-withdrawal

My comment: NATO in Iraq? This obviously is absurd and violates the purpose of NATO.

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US military forces in Iraq to be treated as ‘occupiers’: statement

Eight groups of Iraqi Resistance Movement in a joint statement on Sat. said that US military forces in Iraq are considered as ‘occupier’ and announced that they would turn Iraq into hell for occupiers.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/157236/US-military-forces-in-Iraq-to-be-treated-as-occupiers-statement

and

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Iraqi Factions Vow to Attack US Forces, Accuse Zurfi of Collaborating with Washington

Eight Iran-aligned factions in Iraq vowed to confront and respond to what they labeled as “American aggression” in the country. The factions also accused newly appointed Prime Minister Adnan al-Zurfi of colluding with Washington.

They issued a joint statement days after Iran’s new Quds Force Commander Esmail Ghaani visited Baghdad, revealing that he failed in uniting the ranks of Shiite forces in Iraq as they continue to bicker over the formation of a new government and Zurfi’s designation.

According to the statement, the factions – including Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Liwaa Imam Ali and Harakat Al-Nujaba Movement – vowed to attack the US forces in Iraq, while also condemning Zurfi.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2217661/iraqi-factions-vow-attack-us-forces-accuse-zurfi-collaborating-washington

(A P)

Iran hits back at Pompeo over alleged assassination attempt in Turkey

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman has lashed out at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for accusing "Iranian diplomats" of involvement in an alleged "assassination" in Turkey last November.

"Undisputed fact: US "diplomats" have long been in the business of coups, arming terrorists, fueling sectarian violence, supporting narcotics cartels, bullying governments & companies, spying on even US allies, flirting with dictators, butchers and terrorists, etc…," Abbas Mousavi said in a tweet on Saturday.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/04/622319/Mousavi-Pompeo-diplomats-Turkey-assassination-terror-medical-terrorism

referring to https://twitter.com/SAMOUSAVI9/status/1246395123203743744

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Biden’s call on Trump to remove Iran sanctions is a ’game changer’: Analyst

US presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s recent call on the Trump administration to lift sanctions against Iran over the coronavirus pandemic is a significant shift and will increase pressure on Washington to remove all illegal sanctions on Tehran, says a journalist and former US Senate candidate.

“Joe Biden's latest statement on lifting the sanctions on Iran is a tremendous step,” Mark Dankof said Friday during a phone interview with Press TV. “This is a potential game changer.”

“So between the thinking left and the thinking right, hopefully we can put enough pressure on the powerbrokers in this country to do what should have been done all along and that is to ensure that we have no sanctions on the Iranian government whatsoever,” Dankof said.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/04/622283/www.presstv.tv

My comment: I do not thinks so. The Trump administration will continue, whatever happens.

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Suspicious US Moves In Iraq: Goals, Consequences

Over the past few days, the international and regional media unprecedentedly reported that the US plans attacks on Iraq’s Public Mobilization Forces (PMF), a voluntary force constitutionally part of the Iraqi Armed Forces.

The reports have been so intense over the past week that even the Iraqi officials including the caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi warned of any attacks on the Iraqi forces and the PMF leaders asserted that they are at the highest level of readiness to respond to the “occupying forces” in case of any new hostility.

Evacuating Iraq military bases aimed at waging psychological warfare against resistance forces

The reports about potential comprehensive attacks by the American forces on the Iraqi voluntary forces is more psychological warfare than a real plan to strike the anti-occupation forces.

http://alwaght.com/en/News/174377/Suspicious-US-Moves-In-Iraq-Goals,-Consequences

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Does Iran control four Arab capitals?

An Iranian cleric once uttered in a reckless statement that Iran controls four Arab capitals, namely: Beirut, Damascus, Sanaa and Baghdad. Many anti-Iran parties held debates on this statement, considering it a reality, and began to warn the world about Iran’s emerging power and future hegemony over the Arab region.

I wondered about the kind of information on which this mullah based his statement, indicating his political ignorance. I started further examining the political condition of each of the four capitals, seeking to find a suitable ground for the statement of the mullah.

I have been aware for decades that the Arab countries are infiltrated by the US, the British, and the Zionists, as no one has ever tried to loosen these powers’ grip on the region. The collapsed Soviet Union tried to infiltrate the Arab world and compete with the US.

Perhaps, it was not possible to debunk the mullah’s statements at the time, because Iran’s Arab enemies had already controlled the Arab public opinion and strongly adhered to the statement of the delusional sheikh. Thus, refuting the mullah’s statements during that period, was deemed to be considered an act of blasphemy. However, the present stage can pave the way for proceeding with a different dialectic.

In Lebanon, for instance, it is easy for anyone who is willing to delve further into the matter, to see that Beirut is still dominated by the US. It is true that the pro-Iranian Hezbollah have a strong presence in Lebanon, however, the movement does not control Beirut and has no influence on the Lebanese government’s will. In other words, Hezbollah cannot dictate the government’s actions in accordance with its preferences or the Iranian agenda, and the proof is that the US prevented Lebanon from accepting Iran’s offer to arm the Lebanese military forces.

As for Iraq, the issue is no longer a secret, after the reported US military and intelligence activities in the media.

As for Syria, the US remains there, controlling the Syrian oil wells and roaming the eastern region, with their aircraft flying in Syrian airspace with comfort and reassurance. The presence of some Iranian and Russian forces in Syria has not yet affected the US’ insistence on remaining in Syria, while Sanaa is busy defending its purebred Arabian horses – by Abdul Sattar Qassem

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200404-does-iran-control-four-arab-capitals/

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Film: Watch @KimberlyHalkett from @AJEnglish ask US President Donald Trump (repeatedly) if he would lift sanctions on Iran to let medical supplies in, in order to help fight against the coronavirus pandemic. His response: 'they haven't even asked us to do that'.

https://twitter.com/UsaidM16/status/1245950119221968896

My comment: LOL.

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Die stillen und tödlichen Kriege gegen den Iran

Manche Kriege werden mit Bomben und Kugeln geführt. Das sind die Kriege in Syrien und im Irak, in Afghanistan und im Jemen. Dann gibt es ruhigere Kriege, die mit Drohnen ausgeführt werden. In diesen feigen Kriegen werden auch Menschen getötet, aber nicht unser Personal. Diese leiseren Kriege erreichen das, was die kakophonischeren Kriege ohne den öffentlichen Aufschrei und die öffentliche Verurteilung erreichen.

Medizinische Kriegsführung

Aber es gibt Kriege, die noch ruhiger sind. Es gibt Kriege, die so still sind, dass sie nicht einmal über die Grenzen der Länder, in denen sie stattfinden, hinaus gehört werden. Im Iran führen die USA einen medizinischen Krieg: das, was Außenminister Javad Zarif als medizinischen Terrorismus bezeichnet hat.

Der Iran wird durch das COVID-19-Virus schwerr getroffen, und das Gewicht der Pandemie wird durch US-Sanktionen verstärkt, die den Iran daran hindern, das Virus angemessen zu testen und zu behandeln und ihm vorzubeugen. Die abgewürgte Wirtschaft des Iran ist zu ausgemergelt, um vorübergehend zum Stillstand zu kommen oder die Menschen zu unterstützen, wenn sie daran gehindert werden, zu arbeiten, um ihren Lebensunterhalt zu verdienen. Und Sanktionen gegen iranische Banken ersticken den Erwerb von Medikamenten und medizinischer Ausrüstung.

Aber als effiziente und tödliche Krieger, die sie sind, lassen die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika nicht nach, wenn ihr Gegner taumelt, sondern machen Druck auf die offenliegende Schwachstelle des Feindes.

Wirtschaftliche Kriegsführung

Und es hat andere Formen von stillen Kriegen gegeben. Die Wiedereinführung von Sanktionen gegen den Iran war eine moderne Version einer mittelalterlichen Belagerung.

Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika waren rechtlich verpflichtet, ihre Verpflichtungen aus dem Gemeinsamen Umfassenden Aktionsplan für den Nuklearbereich, einschließlich der Beendigung der Sanktionen, einzuhalten, solange der Iran alle seine Verpflichtungen einhält. Da der Iran also nachweislich alle seine Verpflichtungen einhielt, handelten die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika illegal, als sie sich aus dem Vertrag zurückzogen und erneut Sanktionen verhängten.

Amerika hat den Iranern die Last beispielloser einseitiger Sanktionen aufgebürdet, die durchaus einen international verbotenen Angriffsakt darstellen können. Die iranische Wirtschaft leidet, und die Menschen im Iran werden getötet.

Cyber-Kriegsführung

Aber die medizinische Kriegsführung und der Wirtschaftskrieg erschöpften die Vielfalt der stillen Kriege nicht. Die USA haben die direkte Verantwortung für eine Flut von Cyberangriffen gegen den Iran eingestanden.

Amerika hat keine Bomben auf den Iran geworfen. Es sind keine Explosionen zu hören. Aber die Stille des Krieges macht ihn nicht weniger kriegerisch. Kriege hören nicht auf, Kriege zu sein, weil man die Worte "medizinisch", "wirtschaftlich" oder "Cyber" vor das Wort "Krieg" stellt – von Ted Snider

http://www.antikrieg.com/aktuell/2020_03_31_diestillen.htm = http://freiesicht.org/2020/die-stillen-und-toedlichen-kriege-gegen-den-iran-ted-snider/

and the original in English:

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The Quiet and Lethal Wars Against Iran

Some wars are fought with bombs and bullets. These are the wars in Syria and Iraq, in Afghanistan and Yemen. Then there are quieter wars executed by drone. These cowardly wars also kill people, but not our people. These quieter wars accomplish what the more cacophonous wars accomplish without the public outcry and condemnation.

Medical Warfare

But there are wars that are even quieter still. There are wars so quiet that they aren’t even heard beyond the borders of the countries in which they are happening. In Iran, the U.S. is waging medical warfare: what foreign minister Javad Zarif has called medical terrorism.

Iran is being crushed by the COVID-19 virus, and the weight of the pandemic is being intensified by US sanctions that prevent Iran from adequately testing and treating the virus and from preventing it. Iran’s strangled economy is too emaciated to come to a temporary stop or to support people if they are prevented from going to work to earn their living. And sanctions on Iranian banks choke the acquisition of drugs and medical equipment.

But, like the efficient and deadly warrior it is, the US doesn’t ease up as its enemy staggers, but presses at the enemy’s exposed weakness.

Economic Warfare

And there have been other forms of quiet wars. The re-imposition of sanctions on Iran has been a modern version of a medieval siege.

The US was legally bound to honor its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement, including ending sanctions, as long as Iran was honoring all of its commitments. So, since Iran was verifiably honoring all of its commitments, the US acted illegally when it pulled out of the treaty and re-imposed sanctions.

America has pressed Iranians down under the weight of unprecedented unilateral sanctions that may well constitute an internationally prohibited act of aggression. Iran’s economy is suffering, and its people are being killed.

Cyber Warfare

But medical warfare and economic warfare did not exhaust the variety of quiet wars. The U.S. has admitted direct responsibility for a barrage of cyberattacks against Iran.

America has dropped no bombs on Iran. There are no explosions to be heard. But the quiet of the war doesn’t make it any less of a war. Wars don’t stop being wars because you place the words "medical," "economic," or "cyber" before the word "war." – by Ted Snider

https://original.antiwar.com/ted_snider/2020/03/30/the-quiet-and-lethal-wars-against-iran/

(A K P)

U.S. AND IRAN PREPARE FOR ESCALATION IN IRAQ, WHERE CORONAVIRUS MAY MAKE CONFLICT WORSE

The United States and Iran appear prepared for an escalation in their common battlefield of Iraq, even as all three nations battle a pandemic that experts say may serve to only inflame tensions.

President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that Iran was planning a "sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq" and later cited unspecified intelligence he said indicated potential plots by local Tehran-aligned forces there.

On Thursday, Iranian military chief of staff Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri stated his forces were "closely monitoring the activities and moves of Americans," who would face the "fiercest reactions" should they strike. He denied Iran's responsibility for the recent spate of rocket attacks targeting military positions hosting U.S. and allied troops.

https://www.newsweek.com/us-iran-escalation-iraq-coronavirus-threat-1495810

(A P)

Patriot missile system deployment breach of Iraqi sovereignty: Legislator

A member of the Iraqi parliament's security and defense committee has strongly condemned the deployment of Patriot missile systems at the bases hosting US troops in Iraq as a breach of the Arab country’s sovereignty, urging senior government officials to detail any agreement pertaining to the US move.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/02/622189/www.presstv.tv

(A P)

No one fooled by US disinformation campaign against Iran: UN envoy

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations says nobody will be duped by Washington's campaign of disinformation against Tehran, after the US secretary of state accused “Iranian diplomats” of “involvement” in an alleged assassination in Turkey.

"The US administration’s Iran-bashing is limitless,” Majid Takht Ravanchi tweeted on Thursday, adding that despite Washington's efforts to spread disinformation about Tehran, "No one is fooled."

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/157181/No-one-fooled-by-US-disinformation-campaign-against-Iran-UN

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Iran medical body writes to Guterres, slams UN inaction on cruel US bans

The Academy of Medical Sciences of Iran has written to the UN to complain about the world’s body failure to push for the lifting of cruel US sanctions at a critical time when the Islamic Republic is fighting a deadly coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the Academy’s President Alireza Marandi criticized the UN and its affiliated organizations for taking “no effective measures” to ease the restrictive US measures, which are hampering Iran’s fight against the fast-spreading disease.

“Following correspondence about the US government’s illegal sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and its direct impact on the health of the Iranian people, unfortunately, so far, the United Nations and other relevant organizations including the World Health Organization, which claim to defend the rights of humanity, have taken no effective measures to lift the cruel sanctions against our dear children, women, men and patients,” he wrote.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/02/622149/www.presstv.tv

(A P)

Zarif to Trump: 'Iran starts no war, but teaches lessons to to those who do'

"Iran starts no war, but teaches lessons to those who do," Zarif tweeted.

Zarif warned Trump, "Don't be misled by usual warmongers, again."

The warning by the Iranian foreign minister came after Trump claimed on Twitter on Wednesday that Iran was plotting a “sneak attack” on U.S. troops or facilities in Iraq.

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/446412/Zarif-to-Trump-Iran-starts-no-war-but-teaches-lessons-to-to

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Germany sells arms to members of Saudi-led Yemen coalition

Since 2019, Germany's government has approved arms exports worth over €1 billion to members of the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen. Critics says this exacerbates the fighting.

Citing new figures from the Economic Affairs Ministry that show that sales are up, Left party disarmament specialist Sevim Dagdelen told DW that promises that Germany would be highly selective about weapons exports to avoid complicity in atrocities in Yemen are "nothing but hot air." Since early 2019, German arms manufacturers exported over €1 billion ($1.1 billion) worth of weapons to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led alliance.

In 2019, Germany's government gave the go-ahead for arms exports to the UAE worth more than €257 million. Dagdelen said this had exacerbated the war in Yemen, which has been raging for five years now. "The UAE and Saudi Arabia are to blame for the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of our times," she said. Dagdelen has called for Germany to immediately halt weapons exports to the UAE.

Egypt also remains a major buyer of German military and naval equipment.

Marius Bales, an arms expert with the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), said the latest figures made clear that "Germany's arms exports are driven largely by economic considerations and are not at all selective." Demand in Middle Eastern countries for German military equipment has always been high, in part because national arms industries are not as advanced as Germany's.

Bales said exporting military equipment and arms to countries involved in the war was "utterly deplorable." Doing so violates the 2018 decision by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to stop selling weapons to countries "directly participating in the Yemen war." Preapproved arms exports were exempted from the policy, provided that they "remain in the recipient country." The investigative journalism consortium #GermanArms, of which DW is a member, found that weapons produced by German companies are being used to wage war in Yemen.

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-sells-arms-to-members-of-saudi-led-yemen-coalition/a-53000044

Berichte auf Deutsch: Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 638b, cp11

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

(A P)

Yemenis brutally assaulted for violating curfew in India…video

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19760

referring to https://twitter.com/AlkhailSalim/status/1246005101623480324

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War against Yemen and Libya, Incurred UAE Losses on Stock Exchange of $85 Billion

The Emirates Stock Exchange incurred heavy losses exceeding $ 58 billion during the first 3 months of this year, which will exacerbate the severe setback for the UAE economy, which is threatened by the near-total collapse due to the Abu Dhabi rulers ’depletion of the country's money in wars and foreign military interventions, in Yemen and Libya.

Based on data from the Dubai and Abu Dhabi financial markets, the Dubai Financial Market recorded a decline during the first quarter of 2020, by 35.9 per cent, 1771.31 points by the end of last March, compared to 2764.86 points at the end of December 2019, losing 993.55 points.

The shares recorded a market value of Dubai shares of AED 268.87 billion at the end of last March, compared to a market value of AED 374.17 billion, to lose AED 105.3 billion ($ 28.66 billion) in the three months of this year.

By the same negative performance, the market value of the Abu Dhabi Securities Market fell by AED 110.63 billion ($ 30.11 billion) to AED 410.74 billion, compared to AED 521.37 billion at the end of last year.

The index of the UAE capital market dropped to 3734.68 at the end of last March, compared to 4901.42 points at the end of last February, so that the index dropped 1.166 thousand points in one month, by 23.8%.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12100

cp12b Sudan

(A K P)

Sudan quarantines soldiers returning from Yemen

Sudan has quarantined a number of soldiers who returned from their tour of duty in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition, in a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus, SUNA news agency reported.

800 soldiers arrived at Port Sudan, where the relevant authorities have placed them under quarantine for a period of two weeks.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200403-sudan-quarantines-soldiers-returning-from-yemen/

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp11

(A K P)

Saudi Joint Forces and military needs for Yemen war

Commander of the Saudi Joint Forces Lt-General Prince Fahd Bin Turki Bin Abdulaziz is said to have submitted a comprehensive report to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz on the most important types of weapons and military requirements needed for the ongoing war against the Yemeni Houthi rebels.

What are the most important weapons listed in his report?

Tactical Report answers this question and more in the following 320-word report (paywalled)

https://www.tacticalreport.com/saudi-joint-forces-and-military-needs-for-yemen-war/

My comment: Still not enough weapons????

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

(B E)

Film: march Salt and plaster fortune is a Yemeni wealth

Forced halt to extract salt and gypsum due to the blockade imposed on # Yemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7KQBMkNS00

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Fisheries Authority Reveals the Losses in 5 Years of Aggression

The General Authority for Fisheries in the Red Sea revealed that the total losses incurred by the fishing sector in the Red Sea, during five years of the US-Saudi aggression, amounted to $9 billion dollars.

The head of the authority, Abdulqadir Al-Wadei, stated in a press conference today in Hodeidah that the total infrastructure losses resulting from the partial destruction of the Medi and Al-Hima ports, as well as the total destruction of 11 fishing landing centers, in addition to the exports center and the quality laboratory at the Haradh port amounted to 13 million dollars. The losses of stopping the implementation of fishing projects in the Red Sea amounted 1.6 billion dollars.

He stated that the losses of the fishing sector in the Red Sea due to unauthorized fishing under the protection of battleships and aggression vessels amounted to 2.6 billion dollars, while the total environmental impact assessment resulting from it amounted to two billion dollars.

Fee and revenue losses were estimated at 95 million dollars, and the industries and services associated with the fish activity at 17 million dollars.

Al-Wadei pointed out that the total cost of the destroyed boats with direct targeting by the aggression's warplanes exceeded 6 million dollars, and the number of boats which are totally destroyed in the coasts of Hodeidah and Hajjah governorates, which the authority was able to restrict 250 boats.

He stated that the aggression caused the suspension of five thousand and 86 boats, most of them in the directorates of Midi, Hajjah, Thobab, Bab al-Mandab and al-Mukha in Taiz Governorate, and its production loss was estimated at two billion, 375 million dollars. More than 40 thousand fishermen lost their living income sources, 21 thousand and 612 people lost their jobs and 102 employees lost their jobs.

Al-Wadei stated that the attacks on fishermen reached 83, killing 271, injuring 214 and the kidnapping, imprisonment and torture of a thousand and 507 fishermen, of whom 23 fishermen are still being held till the moment. Turning to the impact of 45 exporting fishing companies to its activity, and the stopping of 50 factories and companies' activities due to the direct targeting on them.

The head of the authority confirmed that the aggression had caused direct damage to the living standards of more than a million and a half residents of cities and villages along the coastal strip of the Red Sea. He pointed out that the direct targeting of the villages and gatherings of fishermen from the aggressive battleships and warplanes caused displacement wave, which disastrously affected the displaced people, their families and the areas to which they were displaced.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12131

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Die Häfen am Roten Meer ... Wirtschaftsfront, die der Aggression standhält

Fünf Jahre Aggression, Blockade, Tötung und Zerstörung der Infrastruktur, einschließlich des Transportsektors und insbesondere des Seeverkehrs, vertreten durch die jemenitische Red Sea Ports Corporation, die mit völliger Professionalität und Unparteilichkeit arbeitet, um die Grundbedürfnisse von Nahrungsmitteln, Medikamenten und Ölderivaten zu befriedigen.

Und die Bombardierung der Kampfflugzeuge der etablierten Aggression und ihrer Häfen (Hodeidah, Mokha, Salif und Ras Issa) in einer systematischen Aggression, die großen Hass gegen die strategischen Standorte zeigt, die auf den Seeschifffahrtslinien in ihren verschiedenen lebenswichtigen Bereichen wirtschaftliche und Investitionsbedeutung genießen, insbesondere die kommerziellen, die das Meer mit Importen und Exporten nach Osten und Westen durchstreifen Arten von Waren und Handelswaren.

Das Verkehrsministerium hat die Größe der direkten und indirekten Schäden und Verluste, die dem Unternehmen und seinen Häfen infolge der Aggression und der Belagerung über einen Zeitraum von fünf Jahren entstanden sind, nach den ersten Indikatoren, die sich auf mehr als 955 Millionen und 886.000 Dollar beliefen, offengelegt.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092969.htm

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120,000 kgs of Yemeni onions arrive in Kuwait

https://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/120000-kgs-of-yemeni-onions-arrive-in-kuwait/

Film: https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1246058227214802951

My comment: Why there is any food exported from hungry Yemen to one of world’s richest countries and not the other way round????

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

(A T)

ISIS dens found by The Yemeni Army and people's committees After TheLiberation of Al-Jawf Governorate (photo)

https://twitter.com/newnews_net/status/1246893025659412481

#ISIS secret prisons, suicide bombs manufacturing facilities, exposed by #AlMasirah tv channel after clearing #AlJawf governorate from pro #USA #Saudi mercenaries by #Yemen armed forces.

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKk9nwKhxbM = https://twitter.com/ahmedayed2000/status/1246881371450155017

My comment: This means ISIS could freely act under Hadi government control of this region.

(A T)

#AQAP #Yemen may be back in business. 3 new op claims, all vs Houthis: ambush Fri, IED & armed attacks Sat What's interesting

Both AQAP & #ISIS now targeting Houthis not each other

Before this, only 5 *formal* AQ op claims all 2020

Op area still very limited: Tayyab, Qayfa

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1246753396138352640

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

Everybody in this world, look here

The western media are consistently and persistently biased in a blind manner in favour of the Shia extremists against the rest of the Yemeni nation.

This bias has been noticed over the years, and lots of writings were made to lay it bare but the outlets have not felt ashamed.

Day by day Yemeni writers are citing case-in-points of this portrayal of Houthi as victims and ignorance of the atrocities that befall Yemeni masses at the hands of the Shia extremists.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-38867

(A P)

New Houthi massacre in Taiz, western media won't mention it, UN won't condemn it

The Shia extremist Houthis reportedly killed 30 women in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz on Sunday afternoon, a massacre the western media will certainly not cover and the UN will certainly not condemn

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-38866

(A P)

Jemenitischer Scheich: Corona ist jüdisches Komplott zur Kontrolle von Mekka und Medina

Ibrahim Al-Ubeidi erklärte die saudische Herrscher-Dynastie zu Juden, die Teil einer Verschwörung zur Übernahme der heiligen Stätten des Islams seien.

Darüber hinaus führte Scheich Al-Ubeidi aus, dass der verstorbene Houthi-Führer, Hussein Badreddin Al-Houthi, vorausgesagt habe, dass die Juden, Israel und Amerika die Kontrolle über Mekka und Medina übernehmen und eine Pandemie auslösen würden, um die beiden heiligen Moscheen zu schließen.

https://www.mena-watch.com/jemenitischer-scheich-corona-ist-juedisches-komplott-zur-kontrolle-von-mekka-und-medina/

(B P)

Yemen five years on after Operation Determination Storm

The Saudi-led Arab intervention has shrunk Iran’s influence in Yemen.

The Houthis, acting as the legitimate Yemeni government, signed an agreement with Iran to operate a large number of weekly flights between Tehran and Sana'a. They also began conducting military exercises with live ammunition near the Saudi border.

Between the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015, al-Houthi sent signals that were bound to raise fears in Gulf countries about Yemen's transformation into an Iranian satellite.

The Obama administration was engaged in a rapprochement with Iran, culminating in the Iranian nuclear deal in July 2015. Before the agreement, which US President Donald Trump later tore apart, Washington was willing to overlook everything Iran did outside its borders.

It is legitimate to describe Operation Determination Storm as a defensive war initiated by the countries of the region and ignited by Iran through its Houthi proxy militias, who were more than willing to assume all tasks required of them by Tehran.

Operation Determination Storm has shrunk Iran’s influence in Yemen. Iran is no longer in Aden and Mocha, that is, it is no longer able to close off the strategically important Bab el Mandeb Strait.

It is not enough to secure most of the Yemeni coastline and connect it to a regional security network. Sooner or later, the Yemeni question will necessitate a fresh approach to a sustainable solution that guarantees a minimum level of decent living conditions for all Yemenis.

Does this mean then that we should wait for the downfall of the Iranian regime and the collapse of its doomed expansionist project, a project whose feet of clay have been laid bare by US sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic?

https://thearabweekly.com/yemen-five-years-after-operation-determination-storm

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Extent of western media's bias in favor of Yemen Shia extremists unbelievable

The Arab Coalition launched on Tuesday an intensive aerial onslaught on Houthi military sites in response to increasing Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, the alliance's leader. As usual, the Houthi propaganda machine stirred much outcry out of nothing. It spread stories everywhere that an airstrike killed 70 horses in Sana'a providing only two separate pictures of two dead horses: one showing one dead adult horse and the other showing a baby horse lying dead as its mother stands over it.

Nothing more. Reacting to the Houthi propaganda, the London-based Middle East Monitor published on Thursday a story entitled "Saudi used cluster bombs in Yemen horse stable attack."

The Anti-war website published an Op-Ed entitled: "Animal rights groups slam Saudis for "Horse Massacre in Yemen". The Digital Journal published: "Animal rights groups condemn Saudi Yemen attack that kills horses".

And way many more websites engaged in the suspicious outcry. Over the past six years the Shia extremists have killed tens of thousands of people

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-38810

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2070555

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1653181/saudi-arabia

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2070255

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1652726/saudi-arabia and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/19755

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2069975

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2069971

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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5th US-Saudi Crime, in past few hours, Destroys Citizen’s House Completely in Al-Jawf

Aggression's warplanes destroyed a citizen’s home completely in Al-Jawf governorate, in a new crime, the 5th today, Saturday. The source did not provide information about civilian casualties until the moment.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12130

(A K pS)

Coalition airstrikes & ground offensive increased in Marib & Al-Jawf to prevent Houthis from advancing towards Marib

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1246782336911507457

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3 Zivilisten gemartert, eine Frau verletzt bei einem Luftangriff Aggressionsluftwaffe auf Saada

Drei Zivilisten wurden heute gemartert und eine Frau wurde durch einen amerikanisch-saudischen Luftangriff auf das Haus im Distrikt Al-Dhaher im Gouvernement Saada verwundet.

Eine Sicherheitsquelle im Gouvernement erklärte der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba), dass die Luftwaffe der Aggression einen Luftangriff auf das Haus von Ahmed Aqbi im Bezirk Ghafra der Grenzdirektion angeflogen habe, der zum Tod von drei seiner Söhne und zur Verletzung einer Frau geführt habe.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092950.htm

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US-Saudi Aerial Aggression Targets Citizen’s House in Sa’adah, Casualties Reported

Three citizens were killed and a woman was wounded, Friday, in an airstrike on Sa’adah governorate.

Our reporter in Sa’adah governorate reported that the civilian casualties was as a result of the US-Saudi aggression targeting a citizen's house in Adh-Dhahir district, with an airstrike.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12104

and also https://www.saba.ye/de/news3093025.htm

(A K pH)

Luftverteidigung abwehrt feindlische Kampfflugzeuge über Al-Dschouf

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092929.htm

(A K pH)

Yemeni Air Defenses Intercept Hostile Warplanes in Al-Jawf

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12098

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3092958.htm

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At least 40 mercenaries killed in friendly fire incident

Saudi airstrikes hit their own forces in Ma'rib

Dozens of recruits in the ranks of the Saudi-led Hadi puppet government forces were killed in a friendly fire incident by Saudi aircraft in Ma’rib province, military sources reported on Wednesday.

According to the sources, about 40 recruits of Hadi’s forces were killed, and 80 others wounded as a result of the airstrikes that targeted them in al-Knais area, in what is described as a “military error”.

The incident is not the first time Saudi forces end up killing their own mercenaries.

https://www.uprising.today/at-least-40-mercenaries-killed-in-friendly-fire-incident/

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Film: The outcome of the telecommunications sector losses during the 5 years of aggression and the blockade of Yemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3IPJIWzl4A

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

April 5: https://www.saba.ye/de/news3093187.htm Jawf p.

April 4: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12128 Marib p., Hajjah p., Jawf p., Jizan

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3093108.htm Marib p., Jawf p., Sanaa p.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3093026.htm / https://www.saba.ye/en/news3093016.htm Jawf p.

April 3: https://www.saba.ye/en/news3092993.htm Hajjah p.

April 2: https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092928.htm Hajjah p., Amran p.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092949.htm / https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12093 Marib p., Jawf p., Hajjah p., Saada p.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092921.htm Serwah p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3092902.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092873.htm / https://www.saba.ye/en/news3092863.htm Jawf p.

April 1 and 2: https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092871.htm Hajjah p., Amran p., Marib p., Saada p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

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Video footage shows [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni advance in Najran

Yemenis drive Saudi forces from several positions

https://www.uprising.today/video-footage-shows-yemeni-advance-in-najran/

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNFdkDEdU5Y

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Tote bei Angriff auf Frauengefängnis im Jemen

Bei einem Angriff auf ein Frauengefängnis im Jemen sind mindestens fünf Menschen getötet und 23 weitere verletzt worden. Die Huthi-Rebellen hätten die Haftanstalt in der Stadt Tais im Süden des Landes beschossen, so der Leiter der dortigen Gesundheitsbehörde gestern zur dpa. Die Huthi-Rebellen äußerten sich zunächst nicht zu dem Angriff.

Die Huthis, die vom Iran unterstützt werden, belagern derzeit die Stadt Tais, die von Kräften der jemenitischen Regierung beherrscht wird.

https://orf.at/stories/3160764/

und auch https://www.n-tv.de/der_tag/Fuenf-Tote-bei-Angriff-auf-Frauengefaengnis-im-Jemen-article21694884.html = https://www.zentralplus.ch/frauengefaengnis-in-jemen-angegriffen-1766855/

Photos: https://twitter.com/h_alsarare/status/1246820068052303873

https://twitter.com/ycmhrv/status/1246817091514179586

Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeX7vJuOZA0

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1246881919125553158

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5 Yemeni women prisoners killed by shelling in SW Yemen

At least five Yemeni women prisoners were killed Sunday when a shelling attack targeted the central prison in the southwestern province of Taiz, a security official told Xinhua.

The local security source based in the city said on condition of anonymity that "a number of Houthi-fired shells indiscriminately struck the women's section at the central jail in Taiz province."

He confirmed that the shells killed at least five women prisoners and wounded more than 20 others at the scene.

The source accused the Houthi fighters stationed in Taiz's western part of launching an indiscriminate shelling attack against the city's central jail.

Meanwhile, the government's health department in Taiz confirmed that "the Houthis committed a horrific crime by bombing the women's section of the central prison in Taiz."

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-04/05/c_138949854.htm

Photos: https://twitter.com/h_alsarare/status/1246820068052303873

https://twitter.com/ycmhrv/status/1246817091514179586

Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeX7vJuOZA0

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1246881919125553158

and

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Victims' toll of Houthi shelling on a women’s prison in Taiz increase to 6, and 28 wounded

The death toll of the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) shelling on the central prison in the city of Taiz, southwest of Yemen, today, Sunday, increased to 6 inmates and 28 seriously injured women.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16227.html

and also https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-8189705/Yemen-officials-say-rebel-shelling-kills-6-women-prisoners.html

and

(A K)

in Taiz , a girl went to visit her mom in prison to play together , but 4 missiles exploded there Resulted to kill them and 4 others and left many Wounded women (photos)

https://twitter.com/Albaraa_Mansoor/status/1246862786078093312

and

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Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations condemns in strongest terms,the shelling of #Houthi militia of women's warden n central prison n #Taiz on Sunday,April 5,2020 According to initial reports of Coalition monitors,6 women killed & 8 wounded,including children (statement in image)

https://twitter.com/ycmhrv/status/1246838835620843522

and

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Yemeni Prime Minister: targeting Houthi militia for central prison in Taiz is a clear indication of its rejection of truce calls

Yemeni Prime Minster Dr. Ma'een Abdulmalik stated that Houthi rebel militia has continued to commit hideous crimes against the civilians.
To support his argument Ma'een cited the militia's attack today, Sunday, against the women section in the central prison in the city of Taiz.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2070666

My comment: Why Saudi extinguishing of Yemeni families at Saada should not be “a clear indication of its rejection of truce calls”, stays his secret.

and

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Brig. Gen. Yahya Sarie denies what media said about targeting of women's prison in Taiz

Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sarie , denied what was circulated by some media of the aggression and his mercenaries regarding the targeting of the women's prison in Taiz by the army and popular committees.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3093255.htm

and

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Yemen: Houthi group denies targeting women's prison in Taiz

A source in the local authority of the Houthis in Taiz governorate said in a statement published by the Houthi run Yemeni News Agency "Saba" early Monday, that an attempt to inform the coalition and the Yemeni internationally recognized government, "Attaching this crime to the army and committees comes within the framework of the enemy's preparations to ignite the fronts." In Taiz and covering up the crimes committed by the airline of aggression against the Yemeni people. ".

The source added, "There is information confirming that military leaders belonging to the Islah Party received huge funds and direct directives from Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar (Yemeni Vice President) to ignite the fronts in Taiz."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16251.html

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Örtlichen Behörde [der Sanaa-Regierung] von Taiz bestreitet Angriff der Armee und- Komitees auf Frauengefängnisse

Eine Quelle in der örtlichen Behörde im Taiz-Provinz bestritt die Behauptung der Aggressionsmedien und ihrer Söldner über dass die Armee und die Volkskomitees hinter der Angriff auf Frauenabteilung im Zentralgefängnis in der Region Dabab stecken.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3093199.htm

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Saturday, April 4th, 2020

In Al-Dhalea, 4 citizens were injured, one of them was with seriously injured, with a mortar shell by the mercenaries of the aggression on their farms..

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12130

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The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Launch of Ballistic Missile by the Terrorist Houthi Militia From (Sana’a) Using Civilian Objects As Launching Location Saturday Morning, Missile Fell in (Sa’dah)

The Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen COL Turki Al-Malki issues the following statement:
“In continuation of its terrorist, hostile acts, the terrorist Iran-backed Houthi militia launched a ballistic missile at (0633) Saturday April 04 2020, from (Sana’a) using civilian objects as a launching site.
The ballistic missile fell, after traveling (200 KM) from launch, in Yemeni territory in (Al Safra) directorate, (Sa’dah) governorate in an agricultural area of civilian and civilian object capacity, that is in close proximity to (‘Akwan) village.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2070425

and also https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2217726/arab-coalition-accuses-houthis-firing-ballistic-missile-sanaa

My comment: And the “normal” propaganda phrases are following. – I fear this will be used as a pretense (or the whole story just is invented to get one) to bomb Sanaa once again.

And Saudi media even change this to more propaganda nonsense:

(A K pS)

Houthis launch ballistic missile attack against Yemen’s Saada

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1653506/middle-east

My comment: The Houthis should have attacked their own homeland. LOL.

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Yemen's warring parties accuse each other of attacking pipeline

Warring factions in Yemen accused each other on Sunday of attacking an oil pipeline pumping station in the central province of Marib, where clashes have raged for weeks and displaced tens of thousands of civilians.

The oil ministry of the internationally-recognized, Saudi-backed government in Yemen said on Sunday the Iran-aligned Houthi group had targeted the station, according to the Saudi state news agency (SPA).

Hussein al-Ezzi, an official in the Houthi-controlled government based in the capital Sanaa since 2014, said Saudi-led coalition forces had attacked the Kofel pumping station in what he described as a dangerous escalation.

Both sides gave no details of the reported attack.

The pipeline is operated by the Yemeni government-owned Safer oil company but no oil has been pumped through it for years.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-oil-saudi/yemens-warring-parties-accuse-each-other-of-attacking-pipeline-idUSKBN21N06X

and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200405-yemen-oil-pipeline-attacked-both-warring-parties-accuse-each-other/

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16229.html

and

(A K pS)

Houthis target oil facility in Marib

Iran-backed Houthi coupist rebels targeted on Saturday, an oil pumping station in Sirwah district of Marib governorate.
Military sources told the local press on condition of anonymity that a number of Katyusha rockets were fired by the Houthis and hit Kofel oil pumping station of the state-run Safer Company, causing a large fire, but no casualties were reported.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19759

Film: https://twitter.com/mareb_alward/status/1246540385389817857

And Hadi government:

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Ansarallah forces strike important oil facility in northern Yemen

The Ministry of Oil and Minerals, affiliated with the government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, announced on Sunday the targeting of the pumping station for the Safer oil pipeline in the Sirwah District of western Marib.

The ministry accused the Ansarallah (var. Houthi) forces of carrying out this devastating attack in northern Yemen.

According to the Oil Ministry, “this targeting by the terrorist militia of the oil pumping station represents a criminal, sabotage and catastrophic act on the path of continuous depletion of the state’s capabilities and confirms the fact that the Iranian-backed militia has insulted and tampered with the capabilities and property of the Yemeni people, and it only speaks the language of sabotage and demolition. ”

“The militia’s committing this cowardly act and heinous crime is an affirmation of the fact that it is seeking to destroy all the capabilities and progress of the Yemeni people.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/ansarallah-forces-strike-important-oil-facility-in-northern-yemen/

And Saudi media repeat this version:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2217411/yemen-accuses-houthis-attacking-oil-pumping-station-marib

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1653426/middle-east

but from the Houthi side:

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What is promoted by media of aggression by targeting pumping facility in Kofl in Sirwah with no basis for truth: Brig. Gen. Yahya Sarie

Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sarie said that what is being promoted by the aggression media about the targeting of the pumping facility in Kofl, in Sirwah Marib province, is unfounded.

"Since the beginning of the aggression against our country, we have committed ourselves to avoiding any targeting of national installations, even though the rocket hand and the drone air force, thanks to God, extended the depth of the enemy and targeted its military positions and facilities, which it relies on in its aggression," Brig. Sarie said in a statement to Saba.

"We have not targeted any national establishment within our country, whether it serves all or part of the people," he said.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3093125.htm

and

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Al-Ezzi Condemns US-Saudi Aggression Targeting of Oil Facility in Kovel, Marib

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the National Salvation Government condemned the Saudi-UAE-led coalition and its militants’ targeting of an oil facility in the Kovel region in Marib governorate, on Saturday, days after the Army and Popular Committees defeated the coalition militants from the area.

Hussein Al-Ezzi said that targeting the Kovel oil facility is a dangerous escalation by the coalition and its militants, destroying the interests of the Yemenis. It is a witness to their lack of intent or orientation of peace.

"We consider the targeting of the Kovel oil facility a dangerous escalation of aggression and its mercenaries and a determination to continue to directly harm the higher interests of our oppressed people," Al-Ezzi said in a tweet Sunday morning.

The Deputy Foreign Minister went on saying, “The targeting of the Kovel facility is a disgrace added to the record of the Muslim Brotherhood’s dark and the rest of the extremists among their comrades in the coalition.”

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12142

and

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[Sanaa gov.] Oil Ministry condemns aggression forces’ attack on oil facilities in Marib

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3093258.htm

and

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Important Facts About Destroying Kovel Oil Facility in Marib

As soon as the Army and Popular Committees approached the control of an oil transfer station near Kovel camp, the coalition aircraft began bombing and destroying this station.

The observers considered it as the beginning of the scenario that the coalition might play in Marib governorate. It attempts to pressure the army to stop the military progress to keep these oil facilities from being targeted.

It also represents a preemptive strike by the coalition aiming to deprive the Yemenis of the oil resource that they are close to putting their hand on in Marib, especially as Sana’a government controls Ras Issa oil port to use it to export the oil in case it controls the oil installations. The coalition forces deliberately destroyed the oil pipeline that extends to Ras Issa port, which passes through Kovel Oil Facility, which was destroyed by the coalition aircraft Saturday.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12161

and

(A K pH)

Film: Here_ the march Kovel Oil Station, Saudi targets from targeting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLvRZe_45Gk

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Saudische Bomben radierten ganze jemenitische Familie aus

Ein Vater und eine schwangere Mutter sowie ihre beiden Kinder wurden beim saudischen Raketenangriff auf das Gebiet Beni Sayyah in Sa’ada getötet, berichtete Jemens Fernsehsender al-Masirah am Samstag.

https://de.news-front.info/2020/04/05/saudische-bomben-radierten-ganze-jemenitische-familie-aus/

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/2267107036918611

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Family Killed by Saudi Rocketry Strike in Sa’adah Governorate

All members of a family were killed Saturday, by a Saudi rocketry strike in Razih border district, of Sa’adah Governorate.

Almasirah Net correspondent reported that a family consisting of a father, a pregnant mother and two children, were killed by Saudi rocketry strike in Beni Sayyah area of Razih district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12118

and also https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/04/04/2236237/saudi-shelling-kills-all-members-of-yemeni-family-in-sa-ada

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/2267107036918611

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UNDP: Supporting a Safer Yemen for Over 20 years

For the International Day of Mine Action, UNDP reflects on 2019 and celebrates significant changes in mine action in Yemen.

Since the late 1990’s, in partnership with our national counterparts, UNDP has supported Yemen’s mine action operations primarily through institutional and technical support, capacity development, resource mobilisation and procurement of equipment. Activities have focused on restoring livelihoods, capacities and building resilience by: a) creating jobs and livelihoods; b) strengthening national institutions that work to help Yemen continue to develop; and, c) assisting Yemeni organizations to implement mine action convention obligations.

Mines and unexploded ordnance contamination erode the social structures of communities, damages livelihoods and the wider economy. Additionally, there is also the ever-present fear that the presence of these create in communities and the obvious personal impact upon victims.

This is why the work of our partners, the Yemeni Executive Mine Action Centre (YEMAC), is so important. In 2019 alone, they removed over 66,000 pieces of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) throughout Yemen positively impacting the lives of 126,000 people. They cleared 3,487 square meters of land in 11 governorates, allowing people the safety and security to farm and live a freer life. And by clearing the Hodeidah Red Sea Mills, 51,000 tons of grain were able to be disseminate to Yemenis in need.

Last year, the mine action sector witnessed more partners becoming involved in the mine action efforts in Yemen. For example, the international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) HALO Trust and Humanity and Inclusion deployed staff to Aden to join the Danish Demining Group who were already present in country. And – in collaboration with UNDP – the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining became is helping reestablish the Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA) and support the development of the national mine action standards.

http://www.ye.undp.org/content/yemen/en/home/presscenter/speeches/2020/supporting-a-safer-yemen-for-over-20-years.html

(B K pS)

Mine clearance continues in Yemen despite coronavirus spread

As the world marks International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2020, Yemen’s mine clearers are hard at work

Masam, funded by the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, has been operating in Yemen since June 2018.

A staff of 450 people, making up 32 manual clearance teams and five emergency response teams, has cleared 15,800 explosive remnants of war (unexploded ordnance and abandoned explosive ordnance, also known as ERW) and improvised explosive devices since the project began.

Mr Algosaibi said the Houthi rebels had planted mines “randomly” in all areas they occupied.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/mine-clearance-continues-in-yemen-despite-coronavirus-spread-1.1001512

My comment: This claim obviously is propaganda BS: “Mines are usually used to stop the advance of opposing forces or to defend military positions.That is not the case in Yemen. In Yemen mines were used to terrorise the local civilian population and to deny access to villages, farm land, schools and so on.”

(A K pS)

Medical source reported that a woman was killed by the bullet of a #Houthi sniper in al-Shaena area, south of #Hodeida governorate.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1246174139691515904

(B K pS)

UAE's role in mine action and saving lives in Yemen

Since the first days of ''Operation Restoring Hope'' in Yemen, UAE Armed Forces experts cleared and deactivated tens of thousands of landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices, IEDs, in liberated areas. The efforts helped swift delivery of humanitarian assistance and brought life back to normalcy.
The UAE was keen to exchange its demining expertise with Yemeni personnel and held many relevant workshops to train Yemeni volunteers.
The UAE has also helped to raise awareness about this issue, and a field engineering team from the UAE Armed Forces conducted awareness campaigns for the residents of Yemen’s liberated areas about the dangers of mines and explosive.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19757

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Yemeni [Hadi] govt troops advance, retake sites in Jawf

The Yemeni government forces said on Sunday they retook vast areas from Houthi control in the Yemeni northern governorate of al-Jawf bordering Saudi Arabia.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16228.html

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105 Yemeni troops, Houthis reportedly killed, injured in Marib

Senior commanders have been among 80 Yemeni government troops killed or injured in "attempted advance towards Kofal" military camp in the northeastern governorate of Marib, Houthi-run media said Saturday.
Separately, the official army said 25 Houthis were killed in an ambush in the same governorate.
The 310th Brigade's commander Gen Mohamed Kamil al-Thaifani, his aide (chief-of-operations) Gen Hameed al-Maswari and the 72nd Brigade's commander Gen Khalid al-Joma'ei were killed by Houthi fighters, according to media.
Houthis fended off a great advance by the official government forces heading for Kofal in Sirwah district of Marib, the group said earlier on Saturday.
The government forces were inflicted huge losses in personnel and ordnance after fierce fighting, it claimed, as "Marib hospitals received nearly 80 deaths and injuries" from the government troops.
For their part, the official army said on Saturday that its forces killed 25 Houthis and wounded others at a "perfect ambush" in the oil-rich governorate.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16222.html

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Jemenitische Truppen [der Sanaa-Regierung] töten, verletzen über 80 von Saudi-Arabien unterstützte Söldner in Ma’rib

Jemenitische Streitkräfte haben den von Saudi-Arabien gesponserten Militanten in Ma’rib große Verluste zugefügt, nachdem sie versucht hatten, in Richtung des Kofel-Distrikts in Sirwah vorzustoßen, der unter der Kontrolle von Ansarullah-Kämpfern steht.

Während des Gegenangriffs wurden mehr als 80 Militante, darunter mehrere Rädelsführer, getötet und verletzt.

https://de.news-front.info/2020/04/05/jemenitische-truppen-toten-verletzen-uber-80-von-saudi-arabien-unterstutzte-soldner-in-marib/

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Over 80 Saudi Coalition forces killed, injured in Yemen

The Yemeni sources said that more than 80 Saudi military personnel and Saudi coalition forces were killed or injured.

According to Yemen news agency, which is affiliated to Sanaa's government, the forces of the army and the Yemeni popular committees repelled the advance of Saudi-led coalition forces into the Kofel Heights in the city of Sarwah in Yemen's central Arab province of Ma'rib, inflicting heavy casualties.

Among those killed in the Saudi coalition were the commander of the 310th Brigade and the head of the operation, Hamid al-Dusturi, and Khalid al-Jama'i, the commander of the 72nd Brigade of the resigned government forces, Yemeni resigned President Mansour Hadi.

Yemeni army forces and popular committees also took control of areas and military bases north of the city of Ma'rib on Thursday.

https://iranpress.com/en/middle_east-i145648-over_80_saudi_coalition_forces_killed_injured_in_yemen

and also https://apnews.com/a838b5260d222ddad3dbf10a364bf063

and

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Dozens of Houthi militants killed, wounded in Serwah

Dozens of Iran-backed Houthi militants were killed and wounded on Saturday during clashes with Yemeni armed forces in Serwah front western Marib province.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/04/04/dozens-of-houthi-militants-killed-wounded-in-serwah/

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni forces advance closer to Ma’rib city

Key areas north of Ma'rib liberated as Yemeni forces continue their offensive

The Yemeni army forces and Popular Committees at dawn on Wednesday managed to take control of military areas and sites north of Marib city, informed sources in Ma’rib province said.

According to the sources, “The army forces and the Popular Committees are fully in control of the areas of al-Khasaf, al-Bursh, Qarn Mansour and al-Aqsha’, north of Ma’rib city, and clashes are now taking place in al-Knais areas.”

https://www.uprising.today/yemeni-forces-advance-closer-to-marib-city/

My remark: While the other side is claiming the opposite.

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[Hadi gov.] Army Spokesman: Army’s continued victories in Serwah changed course of battle

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/04/02/spokesman-armys-continued-victories-in-serwah-changed-course-of-battle/

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5 Zivilisten wurden auf der Hauptstraße in Marib durch Söldnerfeuer getötet

Eine lokale Quelle erklärte der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba), dass die Söldner der Aggression auf einer öffentlichen Straße zwischen Marib und Al-Dschouf ein Auto von Zivilisten erschossen und fünf an Bord getötet hätten.

Die Quelle gab an, dass die Bürger von Al-Dschouf daran arbeiten, Waren zu transportieren, und auf dem Rückweg von der Stadt Marib waren.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3092920.htm

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Five citizens killed in aggression coalition fire in Marib

Five citizens were killed on Thursday when the Saudi-led aggression mercenaries opened fire at their car in Marib province, according to sources.

The citizens were targeted in the main road in Raghwan district.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3092903.htm

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Marib battle ... last stronghold of legitimate gov't alone in face of Houthi escalation

The governorate of Marib, northeast of Yemen, is witnessing the most intense fighting for 3 years between government forces and the Ansar Allah group (Houthis).

Marib, which the Houthis control large areas of, is the strongest stronghold of the forces of the Yemeni internationally recognized government and the latest.

On Wednesday, forces affiliated with the Yemeni internationally recognized government said they advanced in the northeastern province of Marib, after violent confrontations with the Ansar Allah group (Houthis).

Government forces confirmed their control of several locations around the strategic Haylan Mountains, which extend 14 kilometers in the Serwah district, west of Marib.

It indicated that its control over those sites came after violent battles with Houthi fighters, which left people dead and wounded and heavy casualties on both sides.

The fighting continues in the vicinity of the "Arielat" site in the strategic mountain range north of Serwah.

According to military experts, control of Mount Haylan is important in securing the city of Marib, which is several kilometers away and used by the Houthis to launch missile and artillery attacks on the headquarters of the Yemeni army in the oil-rich city.

For its part, the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) says that it is achieving great victories against the government forces and is taking important and broad steps on its path towards full control of Marib.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16141.html

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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Film: My 1 Week Tour to Socotra, Yemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQQrC5QxpxE

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Photo: This castle in Najran is one of the monuments that Yemeni Christians built and was a monument to them before most of them moved to the Levant after Islam during the era of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab.

https://twitter.com/SuaadS/status/1246576855576203264

My remark: Najran, originally Yemeni, since 1934 Southern Saudi Arabia

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A local official in al-Maharah governorate said the rain flood has besieged 1700 households for ten days in al-Messila valley (photo)

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1246522672311341057

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Twitter removes accounts linked to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, other countries

It took down 2,541 accounts in the Egypt-based El Fagr network because it created fake accounts to amplify messages critical of Iran, Qatar, and Turkey.

“Information we gained externally indicates it was taking direction from the Egyptian government,” Twitter said.

Twitter also took down 5,350 accounts associated with Saudi Arabia and operating out of multiple countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates which had content praising the Saudi leadership and critical of Qatar and Turkish activity in Yemen. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-twitter-accounts/twitter-removes-accounts-linked-to-egypt-saudi-arabia-other-countries-idUSKBN21K1SK

(A)

Dozens of houses were damaged, people's properties swept away and the general road was cut off in Ahwar district as a result of floods in many areas in Abyan governorate (photos)

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1245809505931272192

Vorige / Previous:

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

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-638 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-638:

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

07:37 06.04.2020
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