Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 640b- Yemen War Mosaic 640b

Yemen Press Reader 640b: 9. April 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 640, cp3 - cp18 / April 9, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 640, cp3 - cp18
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 640, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 640, part 1:

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: Seuchen / Most important: Epidemics

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

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Saudi-Arabien erklärt Waffenstillstand / Most important: Saudi Arabia announces ceasefire

cp1d Am wichtigsten: Huthi-Friedensplan / Most important: Houthi peace plan

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Delivering triplets in war-torn Yemen, under shadow of pandemic

Living on the mountainous front lines of Yemen’s brutal conflict, 28-year-old Aisha Hussain Sibtan was unable to access antenatal care during her second pregnancy. Reaching the city would take two to three hours on foot, and the threat of violence always loomed close.

But she had another reason for staying away from antenatal care, as well: “We also kept hearing on the television about a new virus called corona that is killing people in many countries,” she told UNFPA. “I was even scared to go to the hospital fearing this may affect my unborn child.”

Ms. Sibtan decided to have her baby at home, in the remote Al Lawya’a Village in Al Hudaydah Governorate. It is a common enough decision in Yemen. About 70 per cent of deliveries took place at home according to a 2013 survey; after years of conflict, the number is likely higher now.

But her pregnancy was not like most others: Ms. Sibtan was unknowingly pregnant with triplets.

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Integrated Biometrics Provides Fingerprint Scanners for Humanitarian Efforts in Yemen

Integrated Biometrics (IB) has teamed up with Prodigy Systems to facilitate the distribution of food and other resources to refugees in Yemen. Prodigy Systems is based in the country’s capital city of Sana’a, and was asked to create a national registration and authentication system to ensure that humanitarian aid is distributed fairly.

To that end, the system uses IB’s Five-0 ten print fingerprint scanner to verify the identities of heads of households and other adult family members. The mobile system is able to function in remote areas of the country with limited infrastructure.

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Unfulfilled Ambition: Yemen’s National Action Plan for Women Leaves Much to be Desired

As Yemen enters its sixth year of a vicious war, turning it into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, women bear the greater burden of the armed conflict. Even before the conflict, Yemeni women were suffering from discriminatory laws and disempowering traditions. Yet, during these times of instability, the limited existing social protections for Yemeni women are diminished as competition over resources increases and insecurity escalates. According to OCHA, gender-based discriminative practices such as violence against women, rape, and early marriage has increased by 63 percent since 2014.

If women are to carry the greater burden of war, it is only fair that they are equally contributing to peacebuilding and recovery processes. In fact, Yemeni women have repeatedly proven themselves as strong peace mediators and political negotiators, whether in formal peace talks, or informal initiatives such as campaigning for safe humanitarian corridors, combating recruitment of children in armed combat, and release of civilian abductees, to state a few examples.

Last December, the prime minister’s office approved Yemen’s National Action Plan for Women, Peace, and Security in order to implement the resolution, making Yemen the fifth Arab country to do so. Having a national action plan is a step in the right direction considering the significant challenges the country constantly faces. However, there are many detrimental flaws in Yemen’s NAP as it stands. To start with, it was issued without adequate involvement of various stakeholders especially civil society organizations that have been at the forefront of this issue. As a member of the National Women’s Committee in Aden and director of Wogood for Human Security Foundation, I have seen firsthand how recommendations from relevant civil society organization and informed stakeholders were ignored in the making of this plan.

Similarly, Yemen’s NAP ignores the need for an integrated approach in implementation, without which, the different state institutions such as various ministries, the Parliament, the Judiciary System and High Relief Committee, will not contribute to its implementation and hence its effectiveness. The way the NAP is designed runs the risk of isolating efforts to engage women in peace and security processes in crucial national efforts such as military operations, international development projects, and sectoral policies. What is worse is that there was no mention of budgets, resource allocation, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms or accountability measures, especially through the formation of joint public and civil society committees.

In terms of activities, the action plan limited its work to awareness raising, capacity building and research. Vital needs such as reforming the security sector, eliminating discriminative laws and practices in the legal and judiciary systems, and support for female prisoners and mothers of child soldiers, were not mentioned. Equally important, there was no mention of women’s role in disarmament activities, reintegration operations, transitional justice and compensation for victims of the conflict.

Furthermore, aside from a general lack of data, this NAP ignored some of the most important international legally binding frameworks such as the CEDAW, the Beijing Platform of Action, international humanitarian law and various human rights conventions. It ignored the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference as a national point of reference – by Maha Awadh

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Public Statement by Chair of Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, 8 April 2020

The Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, in connection with the examination of the second report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Yemen (document S/2019/453), agreed to convey the following messages through a public statement by the Chair of the Working Group:

The Working Group agreed to address the following message to all parties to the armed conflict in Yemen, mentioned in the report of the Secretary-General, in particular non-State armed groups, such as Houthis, Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula/Ansar al-Sharia, pro-Government militias, including the Salafists and popular committees, and the Security Belt Forces, as well as the Government forces, including the Yemeni Armed Forces, and the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, through a public statement by its Chair:

Expressing grave concern at the scale, severity and recurrence of violations and abuses endured by children in Yemen, strongly condemning all violations and abuses that continue to be committed against children in Yemen, and urging them to immediately end and prevent all violations of applicable international law involving the recruitment and use of children, abduction, killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence, attacks on schools and hospitals and denial of humanitarian access and to comply with their obligations under international law;

Stressing the importance of accountability for all violations and abuses against children in armed conflict; and stressing that all those responsible must be brought to justice and held accountable without undue delay, including through timely and systematic investigations, and, as appropriate, prosecution and conviction;

Expressing deep concern at the high number of children verified as recruited and used in violation of international law, of which the majority were recruited and used by the Houthis; strongly urging all armed forces and groups to immediately release all children associated with them and end and prevent further recruitment and use of children, consistent with their obligations under international law and, as applicable, the Optional Protocol to the Convention of the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict and the declaration made by Yemen upon accession thereto in 2007; expressing concern about the deprivation of liberty of children, both by State and non-State actors, for their alleged association with armed forces and armed groups and urging all parties to conflict to release those children and ensure their full re-integration through child protection programmes; urging that children allegedly associated with parties to conflict should be treated primarily as victims, and that detention should be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time, in line with international law as well as guided by the Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (‘Paris Principles’) endorsed by the Government of Yemen in December 2012;

Expressing deep concern at the alarmingly high number of children killed and maimed, including by airstrikes, ground fighting, including with small arms fire and shelling, which was prevalent in densely populated areas, mines and unexploded ordnance, and suicide attacks; and urging all parties to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular the principles of distinction and proportionality and the obligation to take all feasible precautions to avoid and in any event minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects;

Expressing strong concern at the high number of children killed and maimed by mines, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war, and urging all parties to the armed conflict to take steps to prevent and reduce such killing and maiming, including by prioritizing the clearance of mines, unexploded ordnance and other explosives, as well as risk education and risk reduction activities;

Expressing deep concern at the cases of rape and other forms of sexual violence perpetrated against children and at the lack of appropriate services for survivors; expressing concern about the increase in early marriage of girls; strongly urging all parties to the armed conflict to take immediate and specific measures to put an end to and prevent the perpetration of rape and other forms of sexual violence against children; and stressing the importance of accountability for those responsible for sexual and gender-based violence against children;

Strongly condemning the attacks on schools and hospitals in violation of international law; calling upon all parties to the armed conflict to comply with applicable international law and to respect the civilian character of schools and hospitals, including their personnel, and to end and prevent disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks or threats of attacks against those institutions and their personnel as such as well as the military use of schools and hospitals in violation of applicable international law; and in this regard noting the endorsement of the Safe School Declaration by the Government of Yemen in October 2017, and stressing the importance of accountability for attacks against those institutions in violation of international law;

Strongly condemning the abduction of children, including for recruitment and use, and other forms of exploitation, as well as ransom; and calling upon all concerned parties to cease the abduction of children and immediately release all abducted children;

Expressing grave concern at the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

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OCHA: Yemen Humanitarian Update Issue 3 (March 2020)


Resources needed to sustain world’s largest aid operation in 2020

The food insecurity situation continues to deteriorate

Aid continues to reach conflict-displaced persons in Marib and Al Jawf

Authorities, aid agencies step up measures to curb COVID-19

Yemen Humanitarian Fund allocates US$3.5m to ensure critical services continue

Resources needed to sustain world’s largest aid operation in 2020

Aid organizations are finalizing the status report on the humanitarian operation in Yemen – a technical roll over from the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan. The status report, which outlines humanitarian response priorities for 2020, will highlight the financial requirements for this year. Of the UN’s 41 major humanitarian programmes, 31 will either reduce or shut during April unless funding is urgently received.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world, driven by five years of conflict, economic collapse and the breakdown of public institutions and services.

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We made an emergency response to support the women survivors of the prison attack in #Taiz yesterday they did not have food or anything (photos)

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GIZ, Film: Youth Employability Improvement Summer Program in Yemen

In partnership with education offices and NGOs in three governorates in Yemen, Youth Employability Improvement Program implemented Summer Program and provided school students and youth one-month training on; life and works skills, career guidance and labour market orientation and vocational studies.

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Charity bakery opens in Ibb to ease impact of currency collapse

The newest charity bakery, Zad Al-Khair, which started serving residents in the Dheher and Al-Mashana districts of Ibb city on Saturday, hopes to distribute bread to 11,000 people daily.

The bakery was established with the support of donors and funds raised through social media campaigns, and partly funds its charitable giving through the market sale of bread to restaurants and other local businesses. It plans to reach Yemen’s most vulnerable, including widows, orphans and those without primary breadwinners, a worker in the baker told Almasdar Online.

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Yemen’s Healthcare System on five years ago

Since US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition war on 19 March, Yemen’s already fragile health system has come under enormous strain.

Almost five years of war have devastated Yemen, leaving 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian and protection assistance .

Yemen is facing a growing humanitarian catastrophe as health workers there risk their lives to help civilians caught up in the deadly war.

Heavy bombardment and airstrikes combined with continuous fighting, with few ceasefires allowing for humanitarian activity, have hampered citizens’ access to health care and increased the pressure on the health facilities that are still functioning.

According to the United Nations, more than 1.4 million people have been internally displaced and almost 80% of the population – 21 million since March – requires some form of humanitarian assistance. An estimated 7 million people, almost one third of the population, face hunger.

More than 7 million are facing food insecurity, and more than 8 million face acute shortages of clean water and sanitation. Nearly 3.3 million people – including 2.1 million children – are acutely malnourished including 462 000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Violence since 2015 has forced more than 3 million people from their homes, including 2 million who remain internally displaced as of January 2017.

Years of restricted access and infrastructure damage, as well as attacks against hospitals and other facilities, have left the country’s health system unable to respond to preventable diseases, let alone a pandemic.

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Film: IDP suffering in Lahij governorate camps

The displaced people in Rabat camp, in Lahij governorate, in southern Yemen, suffer from a shortage of food and medical supplies that were previously brought to them by international organizations and bodies, In addition to the absence of any kind of precautionary measures to prevent corona virus in camps for the displaced, hundreds of families who fled the fires of the war in the country for five years reside in the camp and it seems that they have become like the one who escaped from fire, not only because of the fear of the Corus virus, but also from hunger they have been suffering for more than eight months.

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Houthi advance displaces 70,000 as pandemic threat grows

The displacement crisis began when families from Al-Gail and Hazm in Al-Jawf started moving out of their homes after seeing the Houthis exercise brute force toward their political opponents. Residents reported that the Houthis executed youths from the local population, including teachers, and arrested or abducted a dozen others. The Houthis also confiscated and looted private homes, including those of doctors who work in Al-Jawf General Hospital as a coercive measure to secure their cooperation.

Given the chaos and uncertainty caused by the Houthis’ incursion, children, women and men fled their homes, leaving all their belongings behind. They walked through the desert for days without water, food or access to medical care. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Yemen Red Crescent Society, 10,000 families, totaling 70,000 people, have been displaced by the fighting (Yemen’s government estimates triple this amount). These numbers add a significant burden to the local population of Marib and decrease hospitals’ capacity to deal with the virus pandemic.

Given the sudden Houthi incursion into these areas, which had been unaffected by the conflict for the past four years, local authorities and international organizations were not ready to face the influx of displaced people. Moreover, the amount of assistance they received was scarce, and there is an acute shortage of food, shelter and assistance.

In an interview with Belqees TV, Jameel Qassem, the director of the administrative unit for internally displaced affairs, indicated that, although organizations claim to give aid to families, they don’t accurately calculate the number of family members. So, for example, if there is a family of seven in need of urgent care, they would receive only two or three blankets and mattresses, which obviously do not cover everyone’s needs. Moreover, many displaced people seek to stay with friends and family to avoid living in the camps, which overburdens host communities and deprives the displaced of aid because they fall off the assistance grid.

Qassem added that the Houthis are controlling access to Al-Jawf and are attempting to confiscate the assistance designated for the displaced families and redirect it to the capital city of Sanaa. This politicization and manipulation of aid is a regular punitive tactic that the Houthis exercise in areas that oppose them, irrespective of the humanitarian need.

The fighting has complicated efforts to help those in need of medical help – by Fatima Abo Alasrar

My comment: On a Saudi news site, by a pro-Saudi author.

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200 families recently displaced by the conflict will sleep with a roof above their head in Taizz, Yemen. They can’t wait to have a safe & private space to share. Check how kids are already enjoying the mattresses

This is @UNHCRYemen first line of protection! (photos)

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Houthis force African migrants to cross into Saudi Arabia amid coronavirus pandemic

The Houthi militia has been forcing hundreds of African migrants to cross the border from Yemen into Saudi Arabia, according to videos posted by activists on social media and the official spokesperson of the Arab Coalition.

Videos posted on social media showed hundreds of migrants crossing a border into Saudi Arabia with gunfire being heard at some point in the background.

“The Iranian-backed Houthi militias are trying to take advantage of the global situation in light of the global coronavirus pandemic to force these migrants out of Yemen and into Saudi Arabia,” Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in an interview with Al Arabiya.

“The Houthis are forcing the illegal immigrants by firing at them in Saada to move toward the borders of Saudi Arabia,” al-Maliki confirmed.

and also

My remark: As claimed by the Saudis; the Houthi side tells a different story, which sounds more reasonable:

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Saudi Arabia forcibly massing African immigrants at Yemeni border

Saudi Arabia forcibly massing African immigrants at Yemeni border Arrested and deported immigrants in Saudi Arabia grouped in unhygienic circumstances along Yemeni border

Saudi Arabia has on Monday begun assembling hundreds of African migrants in a camp on the Yemeni border, in a latest campaign of suspicious activity.

Large groups of African refugees are being held by Saudi authorities in the open in Wadi Al-Dhamd, which lays at the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

The move has raised fears among many activists that Saudi Arabia is actively seeking to spark a covid-19 outbreak amongst the refugee population in order to spread it into Yemen.

According to the activists, the Saudi authorities carried out arrests inside their cities, apprehending migrants and transported them to an open camp in the valley that reaches the valley of Al-Raqaw in Saada province.

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Film: Houthis displaced residents of Heis Hodeidah & now using their homes as bunkers/military installations.

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Al-Jawf Al-Houthi Militia is stationed in the buildings and housing of the displaced Saada in the city of Al-Hazm, which was sponsored by the sister state of Kuwait about a year ago, and the militia turns them into their headquarters after the civilians abandoned it for fear of the oppression of the militia (photos)

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IOM Yemen | Rapid Displacement Tracking (RDT) - Reporting Period: 29 Mar - 04 Apr 2020


Between 29 March and 04 April, newly displaced households were recorded in Marib (785 HH), Hadramaut (364 HH), and Al Dhale'e (92 HH). Most of these displacements were the result of increased fighting in Al Jawf (960 HH), Marib (115 HH), and Sana'a (89 HH). =

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

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A statement from the Bahá'í International Community. "We demand the Supreme Political Council to ensure the immediate implementation and release of the Baha'is, and we are concerned that the Attorney General and the Criminal Prosecution office are being obstructed." (text, Arabic, in image)

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Das zentrale Militärgericht beginnt mit der Verhandlung von 75 Militärführern

Das Zentrale Militärgericht in Sanaa begann am Dienstag mit einer Sitzung, in der 75 Militärführer in Abwesenheit wegen Hochverrats vor Gericht gestellt wurden.

Die Militärführer wurden des Verrats beschuldigt, die Unabhängigkeit und Sicherheit der jemenitischen Gebiete bedroht zu haben, sich auszugeben und mit dem Ausland zusammenzuarbeiten, um den Eintritt des Feindes in das Gebiet der Republik Jemen zu erleichtern, Gebiete und Standorte zu kontrollieren und Reichtum zu plündern.

Meine Bemerkung: Von der Armee der Hadi-Regierung und diverser gegen die Huthis kämpfenden Milizen.

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Central Military Court begins to trial 75 military leaders

The Central Military Court in Sanaa began in a session on Tuesday to trial 75 military leaders in absentia on charges of treason.

At the session, the court approved to publish the name of the accused military leaders by the official media outlets and instruct them to appear the court at the next session.

The military leaders accused of treason, threatening the independence and safety of the Yemeni territories, impersonation and collaborating with foreign countries for facilitating the entry of the enemy into the territory of the Republic of Yemen, controlling areas and sites, plundering wealth.

My remark: Hadi gov. army and militia and other Yemeni anti.Houthi militia leaders.

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586 Gefangene im Gouvernement Ibb freigelassen

Die Staatsanwaltschaft in Ibb hat heute 586 Gefangene in vorgerichtlichen Fällen freigelassen und diejenigen, die drei Viertel der Zeit in schwerwiegenden und halbzeitigen Fällen in nicht schwerwiegenden Fällen verbracht haben.

Der Leiter der Ibb Judge Appeals Prosecution, Dr. Marwan Al-Mahaqeri, erklärte, dass die Staatsanwaltschaft ihre Bemühungen fortsetzen werde, Gefangene freizulassen, die die gesetzliche Frist verbracht haben

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Saree: Eskalation der Aggression wird nicht ohne eine angemessene Reaktion vergehen

Der Sprecher der Streitkräfte, Brigadier Yahya Saree, erklärte, dass die amerikanisch-saudischen Aggressionstruppen in den letzten sieben Tagen fast 300 Luftangriffe auf verschiedene Gouvernorate angeflogen hätten.

Brigadegeneral Saree sagte gegenüber der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba), dass eine Reihe von Luftangriffen zu Märtyrern und Verwundeten geführt habe.

Er betonte, dass die ernsthafte Eskalation der Aggression nicht ohne eine angemessene Reaktion vergehen werde ... Er sagte: "Es ist unsere Pflicht, unser Volk und unser Land zu verteidigen."

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Escalation of aggression will not pass without an appropriate response: Armed Forces Spokesman

Yemen's army spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sarie on Tuesday said that the US-Saudi-led aggression coalition warplane has carried out nearly 300 raids on various provinces in the past seven days.

A number of air strikes causing dozens of casualties, Brig. Gen. Sarie told Saba.

He stressed that the dangerous escalation of aggression would not pass without an appropriate response. "It is our duty to defend our people and our country," he said.

and also

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Houthi leader threatens WFP about aid cash Money delivery

The senior leader in the Houthi group (Ansar Allah), member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Ali Al Houthi, threatened today,Tuesday, the World Food Program (WFP), to reveal the proceedings of the meetings held with his officials and broadcast their videos, in the event that the delivery of aid was not started in cash.

Al-Houthi said in a tweet on "Twitter": "If the WFP does not begin the implementation of the experimental stage of cash delivery approved and justified with flawed excuses, the videos of these excuses may be downloaded and we will show their agreement to the terms and the fact that the problems that hinder the implementation of the experimental stage of the cache are disrupted." .

He added that "He added that "the program officials meetings in Yemen were documented on the videos"

The Houthi group announced on March 5, through the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for the Administration and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Abdul Mohsen Taous, that "an agreement has been reached with the World Food Program to receive aid in cash so that the citizen can buy whatever food he wants."


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Humanitarian Affairs: UN Decision to Reduce Aid to Yemen Reflects Its Real Role

The decision of UN organizations to reduce aid to Yemen by more than 75% at a sensitive stage reflects the reality of the role of these organizations, Head of the Planning Department at the Supreme Council for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Mutahar Zaid said on Tuesday.

Zaid added that most of the expenses of UN organizations' projects go towards operating expenses of more than 80% and that UN organizations are the only beneficiaries under this aid, providing to the Yemeni people nothing but crumbs.


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WFP again considers aid suspension amid continued Houthi obstruction

The suspension of aid in Hajjah, where Houthis admitted to stealing 120 tons of lentils in January, is on the table if authorities don't intervene to stop obstruction of aid delivery

The World Food Programme (WFP) has threatened to suspend aid distribution in Hajjah governorate following contested accusations by Houthi authorities that the UN body is storing spoiled wheat.

Houthi authorities said on Wednesday that they confiscated six WFP trucks containing inedible wheat.

In a statement to Almasdar Online, a WFP representative said the wheat had been approved for distribution by the Yemeni Authority for Specifications, Standards and Quality Control, but the aid had spoiled after being confiscated and held by local authorities in Hajjah.

The WFP official, who requested anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the press, said the suspension of aid in Hajjah is on the table if the authorities do not intervene to stop the obstruction of aid delivery. Fadhil, the Houthi's SCMCHA director in Hajjah, has been at the center of multiple cases of aid manipulation in recent months.

The threat to suspend aid in Hajjah comes less than two months after UN leaders met in Brussels to discuss a potential aid freeze throughout Houthi-controlled areas due to ongoing obstruction, theft and diversion of humanitarian aid.

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Will Baha'is be released from Yemeni prisons as ordered?

In a surprise move, the leadership of the Houthi movement ordered the release of all detained members of the Baha'i religious minority in Yemen on March 25 and pardoned their leader, Hamed bin Haydara, who had been sentenced to death.

The National Security Bureau under the government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had arrested Haydara Dec. 3, 2013, and held him in Sanaa on charges of being a “destroyer of Islam and religion.” In October 2014, after Houthi rebels captured Sanaa, he was transferred to the Central Prison, under the jurisdiction of the Prosecution Service.

On Jan. 8, 2015, officials announced the charges against him, including apostasy, using a false name (accusing him of being Iranian), converting areas of Yemen into a Baha'i homeland and collaborating with Israel.

Osama al-Fakih, director of Mwatana, said he isn't entirely sure why the SPC issued its order. “What I believe is that this decision is a result of accumulative efforts by all human rights organizations,” he told Al-Monitor. “But also it might involve some political factors that I'm not aware of.”

According to the BIC, six of the Baha’is being held have been in prison for several years for their religious beliefs.

Diane Alai, the Baha’i International Community’s representative to the United Nations, declined to speak with Al-Monitor, but on April 1, tweeted, “One week since Mahdi Al-Mashat (Supreme Political Council) announced a pardon for Hamed bin Haydara & unconditional release of all #Bahai-s in prison in #Yemen. They are all still incarcerated. When will the order be implemented? #YemeniBahais.”

What the Baha’is will face once they are released is anyone's guess. Eryani remarked that only with peace and a stable state will Yemenis be able to exercise freedom of religion and speech and enjoy human rights.

Fakih wonders whether the Baha’is, after their release, will be allowed to remain in Sanaa and to practice their faith openly or be forced into exile – by Naseh Saker

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Islah calls for swift move to save Qahtan

The Islah party called on the United Nations (UN), the UN Security Council and all human rights organizations to move swiftly for saving the forcibly disappeared Mohamed Qahtan.

Qahtan has been in an enforced disappearance for five years with no respect to his old age and his health condition.

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Houthi militia targets Yemeni identity through education

Several published reports have revealed the Houthi rebel militia has distorted basic study materials and made modifications to textbooks, in order to pass on their sectarian ideas and brainwash students’ minds, as part of the militia’s policy of destroying education in Yemen

my remark: As claimed by the Hadi government.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Yemen: UAE-backed forces detain Saudi reinforcements

Forces affiliated with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) have intercepted and detained Saudi military reinforcements in the Yafei district of Lahj governorate in Yemen. The reinforcements were on their way to support the government forces fighting Houthi militants in Al-Bayda governorate, a military source said.

Meanwhile, the commander of the security belt forces of the UAE-STC, Abdel Nasser Al-Ba’wah, threatened on Tuesday to close Aden Airport and its port if they are used in violation of preventive measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19. Dozens of Yemenis protested in front of the airport, denouncing the Saud-led coalition countries for using the airport to reach the city.

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A civilian was killed by Security Belt Forces supported by UAE in the Crater neighborhood in Aden city.

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The authorities in Taiz governorate approved the release of 140 prisoners (male and female) who were imprisoned for being insolvent debtors, since the women's section in the Central Prison is being targeted.

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Senior official shot dead in Hadhramaut

Infighting in Saudi-held province kills Deputy Director of Security

A senior Saudi-backed security official was killed on Tuesday in violent clashes in Hadhramaut province, eastern Yemen.

Local sources said that the Deputy Director of Political Security in the the Valley and Desert Districts was shot dead by tribal gunmen in Shibam, Hadhramaut.

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Gunmen loyal to STC attack the house of Socotra governor

Gunmen loyal to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) attacked today, the home of the governor of Socotra Archipelago, southern Yemen.

A local official, preferring not to be named for security reasons, said that members of the security belt forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), accompanied by "rebel" elements from the security forces, attacked the house of Governor Ramzi Mahrous in Hadibu district, the capital of Socotra.

He added that the guard of the house and the security forces clashed with the gunmen, without causing any casualties except for some material damage.

and also

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Yemeni ministers warn against premier illegal actions

A group of Yemeni official ministers have warned against "illegal actions taken by the Prime Minister," Maeen Abdulmalek, against some of their fellows.
In a letter sent to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, 12 Yemeni ministers called on the Yemeni President to stop the premier's actions, according to Al-Jazeera TV.
The letter unveils a conflict between the PM and a number of his cabinet members, some of whom Dr. Abdulmalek suspended and others resigned.
Such premier-ministers disputes contribute to weakening of a government that already suffers from almost complete disability, losing the people's trust, the ministers said in their letter.
By suspending ministers, the premier unlawfully "interferes in presidential powers," they told the President.

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Islah launches arrest campaign against Southerners

The Islah party, Yemen's Muslim Brotherhood wing within the legitimate government, launched an unprecedented arrest campaign against the Southerners in regions under its control.

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Mothers of abductees stand in front of coalition HQ in #Aden to ask for release of their loved ones, especially with #COVID19 looming Statement mentions 40 forcibly disappeared & 42 arbitrarily detained in Bir Ahmad prison (photo, image)

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#SFDYEMEN, the first responder in removing solid waste blocking flood courses in all affected districts of #Aden City as per prority of the city's local authority (photos)

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Riyadh Agreement at risk of collapse in southern Yemen

Escalating frictions between Yemeni government forces and the council have sparked concerns that November's Riyadh Agreement, which united both factions into a governing coalition, could collapse. Nadwa al-Dawsari, a nonresident expert at the Middle East Institute, told Al-Monitor that the Riyadh Agreement “will likely inevitably fail” as “both sides who signed onto it walked away with very different interpretations of the agreement and that was never addressed.” The Southern Transitional Council’s interpretation of the Riyadh Agreement includes the belief that it should pursue self-determination or outright independence if popular support aligns with these views. Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi disagrees with this perspective, as he emphasized the inviolability of Yemen’s unity in a December statement and stated his preference for a federal structure in Yemen.

In addition to the ambiguities within the Riyadh Agreement, deep-seated distrust between the Southern Transitional Council and the Hadi government has posed a major stumbling block to peace in southern Yemen. Southern Transitional Council-aligned officials continue to depict the Hadi government as a proxy of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Ahmed Omar bin Fareed, the Southern Transitional Council representative in Europe, recently asserted that al-Islah, Yemen’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, is aligned with the Houthis. Yemeni government officials also remain deeply divided on how to handle the council. Ayad Qassem, the editor-in-chief of South 24 News, told Al-Monitor that the Hadi government is divided into two factions. The first wing, which is funded by Qatar, seeks to “control the south and crush the separatists,” but the second wing, which is controlled by Saudi Arabia, “prefers to deal positively” with the Southern Transitional Council. These divisions noted by Qassem are causing the Yemeni government to vacillate between engagement and provocation of the council, undercutting its ability to live up to its Riyadh Agreement commitments.

The UAE’s geopolitical ambitions in southern Yemen, which include establishing economic hegemony over Aden and bridging its Red Sea presence in Yemen with its spheres of influence in the Horn of Africa, also impede the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement. The UAE’s footprint is particularly visible in the clashes in Socotra.

As Saudi Arabia is preoccupied with containing Houthi belligerence on its borders, Riyadh’s ability to rein in the UAE’s ambitions in southern Yemen is constrained. Dawsari, noting this limitation, said, “Saudi Arabia has not used enough of its leverage on both sides to force them to comply with the Riyadh Agreement.”

In spite of these countervailing pressures, the Riyadh Agreement might survive in the short term due to Saudi and UAE unwillingness to risk a major rupture in their alliance, and the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council’s common opposition to the Houthis.

The growing belligerence of the Houthis in southern Yemen could also help paper over the cracks between Hadi’s coalition and the Southern Transitional Council.

Although the United Nations has urged Yemeni factions to lay down their arms and focus on the struggle against COVID-19, southern Yemen remains a major nexus of instability. The Riyadh Agreement’s fragility has been laid bare by recent events, but its imminent collapse could be staved off by the desire of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE to preserve their alliance, and by the growing momentum of Houthi forces on the battlefield – by Samuel Ramani

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[Sanaa-based] Human Rights Organization Condemns Raping Displaced Women in Saudi-UAE Occupied Aden

Human Rights Organization, Entesaf, for Women and Child Rights condemned the immoral crime committed by the mercenaries of US-Saudi aggression against the displaced in Dar Saad in Aden governorate. The mercenaries stormed a residential complex housing a number of displaced families, arresting men and taking turns raping their women.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Guterres begrüßt angekündigte Waffenruhe im Jemen

UN-Generalsekretär António Guterres hat die von Saudi-Arabien angekündigte Waffenruhe im Jemen-Konflikt begrüßt. Die unilaterale Maßnahme könne den Frieden fördern und im Kampf gegen die Corona-Pandemie helfen, erklärte Guterres laut einer am Donnerstag von den UN in Genf verbreiteten Erklärun

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I welcome the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on behalf of the “Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen”, of a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen. This can help to advance efforts towards peace as well as the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I now call upon the Government of Yemen and Ansar Allah to follow through on their commitment to immediately cease hostilities

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the office of the UN envoy to Yemen told Almasdar Online that they are still discussing a potential ceasefire with the conflict parties and will announce details as soon as an agreement is reached.

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Prisoners 'Affairs Committee kündigt Freilassung von 9 Gefangenen an Fronten von Al-Dschouf und Westküste an

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Yemen ceasefire talks: Senior Houthi figure Mohammed Ali al-Houthi screengrabs talks with UN Envoy Martin Griffiths @OSE_Yemen and posts their position paper in a later tweet.

referring to

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Mohammed Al Houthi: We handed Martin our vision to a final halt Today I explained to him that it is based on complete solutions Fragmented or patchy solutions - which do not make the citizen and the people their priorities and do not provide visions of its economic construction, independence and full sovereignty - cannot be accepted, and any solution that needs - after approval - for a people's referendum on it We will announce it now (photos)

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Intra-Yemeni talks planned to be held in online mode shortly

The process of political settlement of the Yemeni conflict continues despite the coronavirus pandemic, with the parties planning to hold online talks soon, Russian Ambassador to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin told TASS on Tuesday.

"The process has not stopped. The Yemeni process goes on despite the pandemic. Setting aside combat operations that continue in various parts of that country, the parties to the conflict are generally ready for talks," he said. "The bulk of work is currently being done by United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths who maintains contact with both the Houthis and with representatives of the Yemeni government."

"Immediate plans are to resume intra-Yemeni talks in the format of videoconferences," he noted.

According to the Russian diplomat, it is planned to organize a meeting between the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to Yemen and Yemeni Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdullah Al-Hadhrami. "The five ambassadors to Yemen have also rearranged their work in a new format. We are maintaining contacts and plan to hold an online meeting with the Yemeni foreign minister. We will discuss the current situation and exchange views," he said.

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Southern resistance attacks Islah militias in Shabwa

The members of the southern resistance launched a surprise attack on Muslim Brotherhood-linked gatherings at a security checkpoint in Radhoum district of Shabwa governorate.
According to Aden-based Al Ayyam newspaper, the southern resistance used small arms and light weapons in the attack, adding that the local residents confirmed that a series of loud explosions were heard from the Islah-held area.
A few hours later, eyewitnesses told the press that all the watchtowers near Radhoum checkpoint were likely destroyed by RPG-7 rockets and there was no presence of any Islah's rebels which made it hard to determine the number of casualties on their ranks.

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Al-Murtada: Wir haben dem Vorschlag der Vereinten Nationen über Gefangenenaustausch zugestimmt

Der Leiter des Nationalen Komitees für Gefangenenangelegenheiten [der Sanaa-Regierung], Abdulqader Al-Mortada, bestätigte die Genehmigung des Vorschlags der Vereinten Nationen zur Umsetzung des zweistufigen Gefangenenaustauschabkommens.

Al-Murtada sagte in einer Erklärung, dass die jemenitische Nachrichtenagentur (Saba) eine Kopie davon erhalten habe: "Nach dem Stolperstein bei der Umsetzung des Amman-Abkommens schlugen die Vereinten Nationen vor, das Abkommen in zwei Schritten umzusetzen."

Er erklärte, dass die erste Phase den Austausch von tausend und 30 Gefangenen beider Parteien und die zweite den Austausch der übrigen 390 Gefangenen beider Parteien umfasst.

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We approve UN proposal on prisoner exchange agreement: Al-Mortada

The head of the [Sanaa gov.] National Prisoners' Affairs Committee, Abdul Qadir al-Mortada, Sanaa approved on the new proposal made by the UN to carry out the prisoner exchange agreement that singed lately in Jordan's capital, Amman.

Al-Mortada said in a statement that the UN's proposal has been two phases, "the first phrase involves the release of 1030 war prisoners from the two parties, while 390 other prisoners will be freed in the second phrase."

"Sanaa inform the United Nations the approval of the proposal, added he. "Now we are awaiting the response of the other side."

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Houthis say UN proposes splitting first phase of prisoner exchange; government disagrees

The claimed UN proposal was revealed in a tweet documented on Houthi-controlled Al-Masirah TV by the head of the Houthi-run National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, Abdelkader Al-Murtadha. The Houthis said they have agreed to the proposal.

The office of UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, had not responded to a request for comment as of publication.

Majed Fadhel, Yemen’s deputy minister of human rights and a member of the team negotiating the prisoner swap, denied that the UN has proposed a split of phase one of the exchange.

“No formal proposal has arrived for the government from the UN envoy, and if it [does], we will [examine] it and respond,” he told Almasdar Online.

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Yemeni gov't criticizes UN envoy stance at Houthi crimes

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government on Tuesday criticized the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, for his "foggy stances at crimes and violations committed by the Houthi group."
"Griffiths' position, in which he has not clearly pointed a finger at Iran's mercenaries [the Houthi group] for committing the shocking slaughter in the Taiz central prison's women section, is very disappointing .. and reflects foggy stances at the group's crimes and violations," information minister said.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Coronavirus widespread among Saudi royal family: Report

At least one high-ranking royal, as well as dozens of lower-level officials, have COVID-19, The New York Times reports.

Dozens of members of the ruling Saudi royal family, as many as 150, have been infected with coronavirus in recent weeks, a news report said.

Saudi Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - the governor of the capital Riyadh who is in his 70s - is in intensive care after contracting the virus, according to The New York Times, which cited hospital communications, doctors in the country and sources familiar with the family.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) have retreated into isolation to avoid the outbreak.

Doctors at an elite hospital that treats royals are preparing 500 more beds for an expected influx of patients.

"Directives are to be ready for VIPs from around the country," the operators of the elite facility, the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, wrote in a "high alert" sent out electronically on Tuesday to senior doctors and later obtained by the Times.

"We don't know how many cases we will get but high alert," said the message, which instructed "all chronic patients to be moved out ASAP" and only "top urgent cases" will be accepted, according to the newspaper.

The alert added any infected staff members will now be treated at a less elite hospital to save room for royals.

There are thousands of Saudi princes. Many travel regularly to Europe and some are believed to have contracted the virus abroad and brought it back to Saudi Arabia, the report said.

based on NYT report:

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Saudi Arabia imposes 24-Hour Curfew on Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, Hafouf, Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar, Interior Ministry announces

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"Visitor ID" of Yemeni Residents in Saudi Arabia Electronically Extended, Immigration authority reports

In implementation of Royal directives to extend visitors IDs for residents from Yemen until 21/9/1441H, the General Department of Passports, in cooperation with the National Information Center, started today to implement the procedures of extending "visitor ID's" of the Yemeni residents who have enjoyed extensions for previous terms.

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Wikipedia: List of drone strikes in Yemen

United States drone strikes in Yemen started after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, when the US military attacked Islamist militant presence in Yemen, in particular Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula using drone warfare

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Film: Pompeo: "America remains the world's leading light of humanitarian goodness."


Comment: These really are Goebbels-level lies. You have to be a totally unhinged, monstrous sociopath to say this stuff with a straight face, as you are waging war across the planet, stealing protective equipment from your own "allies," and killing thousands of civilians with sanctions

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US Embassy Yemen: Ambassador Christopher Henzel condemns the Houthis for firing rockets and mortars into Taiz on April 5, striking the women’s section of the central prison, leaving several victims dead and injured. #Yemen Full statement below:

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U.S. pushes back on call by OPEC+ to join big oil output cuts

Saudi Arabia, Russia and allied oil producers will agree to deep cuts to their crude output at talks this week only if the United States and several others join in with curbs to help prop up prices that have been hammered by the coronavirus crisis.

However, the U.S. Department of Energy noted in a statement on Tuesday that U.S. output is already falling without government action, in line with the White House’s insistence that it would not intervene in the private markets. That decline, however, would take place slowly, over the course of the next two years.


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U.S. oil state senators to talk crude markets with Saudi officials Saturday: source

Republican U.S. senators who have introduced a bill that would remove U.S. defense systems and troops in Saudi Arabia unless it cuts oil output will hold a call with the kingdom’s officials on Saturday, a source familiar with the planning said on Tuesday.

The senators’ bill would remove U.S. troops, Patriot missiles and THAAD defense systems from the kingdom and put them elsewhere in the Middle East unless it cuts oil output.

My comment: Imagine: Their main / only interest is US oil industry. They did not care what the Saudis actually did with all these weapons for 5 years now. And no this – even if oil output and arms sales actually have nothing to do with each other.

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Intel: Key Democrat says Yemen war restrictions 'on the table' in major defense bill

House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., told Al-Monitor today that Democrats are considering renewing last year’s push to cut off US support to the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels as part of Congress’ annual defense authorization bill.

“There was bipartisan support last time, just not enough bipartisan support to overcome the objections of [Senate Armed Services Chairman James Inhofe, R-Okla.] and others in the Senate and at the White House,” Smith told Al-Monitor on a conference call with reporters. “So, that will certainly be on the table.”

While Democrats failed to defund US support for the war last year, Smith argued that the increased pressure on the coalition prompted the United Arab Emirates to “for the most part” exit the conflict.

“I want to keep the pressure on all parties involved, including, by the way, the Iranians and the Houthis, who are also part of this, to reach a peaceful settlement,” said Smith. “And whatever the best thing we can do to push in that direction, we are going to do.”

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

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Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s diverging regional coronavirus strategy

Iran’s declaration on April 6 that its coronavirus coordination with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has further improved both countries’ ties indicates an increasing rift between Abu Dhabi’s traditional alliance with Saudi Arabia, and shows how the UAE seeks to use the regional coronavirus outbreak to increase its own influence. Such contrasting strategies could further alter the Middle East’s future geopolitical power balance.

However, the UAE is showing an independent course from that of Saudi Arabia and the United States, while continuing to stress its close security relationships with both.
These developments ultimately distinguish the UAE from its ally and fellow geopolitical heavyweight Saudi Arabia, whose relations with Iran have further soured amid the current crisis.

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Iran: US sanctions aggravate coronavirus pandemic, detrimental to entire world

Iran’s United Nations envoy has renewed the call for the lifting of unilateral American sanctions against other countries amid a global fight to curtail the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, saying the restrictions only cause the pandemic to accelerate.

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Iran welcomes Russia’s idea of green corridors: FM Zarif

In a Wednesday tweet, Zarif wrote, “Some countries have closed their geographical borders to curb the outbreak of the coronavirus, but the borders should be opened to provide assistance.”

Referring to the US refusal to lift sanctions on Iran, even amid the coronavirus pandemic, he added, “US President Donald Trump continues to resist against the international calls for lifting sanctions on Iran in the fight against the coronavirus. The virus can also spread to neighboring countries.”

“Iran welcomes Russia’s idea of green corridors free of trade wars and sanctions,” Zarif said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for the lifting of sanctions on various countries that are hindering the global fight against the novel coronavirus.

Putin also said it was important to establish "green corridors free of trade wars and sanctions" that would ensure supplies of medication, food, equipment, and technology.

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Iran warns IMF, says US cannot veto its request for loan

President Hassan Rouhani has warned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to consider Iran’s request for $5 billion without “discrimination” after reports said the US was seeking to block the loan.

While the IMF has said it is in dialogue with Iranian authorities to understand Iran’s needs and what is required for Tehran's demand to be processed, several reports say the Fund is under the US pressure to forego the request.

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Nach Venezuela nun auch Iran: USA wollen IWF-Hilfen für den Kampf gegen Corona blockieren

Die USA nutzen den IWF, um missliebigen Ländern Hilfe im Kampf gegen das Coronavirus zu verweigern. Nach Venezuela hat es nun auch den Iran, einen der Hotspots Pandemie, getroffen.

Die Vereinigten Staaten haben vor, die Bewilligung eines Kredits in Höhe von 5 Milliarden Dollar an den Iran durch den Internationalen Währungsfonds (IWF) zu blockieren, den der Iran Mitte März zur Bekämpfung des Coronavirus beantragt hat. Das berichtete das „Wall Street Journal“ am Dienstagabend unter Berufung auf Quellen in der Regierung von US-Präsident Donald Trump.

Nach Ansicht der USA verfügt die iranische Regierung über genügend Mittel, um die Ausbreitung des Virus zu bekämpfen und wenn der IWF Teheran finanziert, würde der Iran das Geld nicht verwenden, um das Virus zu bekämpfen, sondern um den Teilen seiner Wirtschaft zu helfen, der unter den US-Sanktionen leiden, oder es einsetzen, um seine Verbündeten im Nahen Osten zu unterstützen.

Washington kann als größter Anteilseigner des IWF weitgehend darüber entscheiden, ob ein Land beim IWF beantragte Mittel erhält. Die USA halten beim IWF mit über 16 Prozent der Stimmrechte, was sie mit Abstand zum mächtigsten Land in der Organisation macht.

Da die USA die westlichen Länder regelmäßig dazu bewegen können, bei internationalen Organisationen im Interesse der USA abzustimmen, setzen die USA ihren Willen beim IWF (und anderen Organisationen) in aller Regel durch, da kaum eine Mehrheit gegen die USA erreichbar ist.

Selbst gegenüber den USA sehr loyale Organisationen wie Human Rights Watch kritisieren die Politik der USA.

Darüber wurde in den deutschen „Qualitätsmedien“ natürlich erst recht nicht berichtet, denn dann müssten sie ja erwähnen, dass der Westen mit seinen „Wirtschaftssanktionen“ nicht „nur“ die Wirtschaft der betroffenen Länder angreift, sondern auch die Zivilisten in den Ländern, indem der Import von Medikamenten und medizinischem Gerät sanktioniert wird.

Beim Iran kommt erschwerend hinzu, dass er auch noch vom Zahlungsystem SWIFT abgeklemmt wurde und dass Banken, die den Zahlungsverkehr mit dem Iran abwickeln, riskieren, von den USA bestraft zu werden. Daher könnte der Iran – selbst wenn es keine Beschränkungen für die Lieferung von medizinischem Gerät gäbe – nur schwerlich auch nur Schutzmasken kaufen, weil er kaum Möglichkeiten hat, eine Bestellung auch zu bezahlen.

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U.S. to Block Iran’s Request to IMF for $5 Billion Loan to Fight Coronavirus

Trump administration officials say Tehran has billion-dollar accounts still at its disposal

The U.S. plans to block Iran’s requested $5 billion emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund for funding Tehran says it needs to fight its coronavirus crisis.

Senior officials in the Trump administration said Iran’s government has billion-dollar accounts still at its disposal. If allowed to tap IMF financing, the officials said, Tehran would then be able to divert those or other funds to help its economy, which has been weakened by U.S. sanctions, or finance militants in the Middle East, rather than on containing...

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US to continue with economic sanctions on Iran despite epidemic: Pompeo

US hawkish Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims Washington will continue with its economic sanctions against Iran as part of its attempts to bring about regime change.

According to Press TV, in a news conference at the US State Department on Tuesday, Pompeo once again raised baseless allegations about Iranian support for terrorism and said Washington would press on with its sanctions against the Islamic Republic until Tehran “had a change in outlook.”

“Iran will remain under sanctions and Tehran must change its behavior and the Iranian people must understand the importance of taking this step in order to change their system,” he claimed.

My comment: This man is a monster.

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U.S. sanctions in a time of coronavirus are morally depraved as well as illegal under international law

While the United States is fighting COVID-19 here at home, U.S. sanctions against other governments are aiding the virus’s spread abroad. They’ve already likely contributed to many unnecessary deaths in Iran, and Venezuela’s experience with the pandemic may also be much more deadly due to these punitive measures.

COVID-19 has killed over 3,400 in Iran so far, and its government warns that a staggering 3.5 million more Iranians may die before the pandemic has run its course. U.S. sanctions only impede the type of broad, life-saving government intervention that other countries are rushing to implement.

U.S. sanctions against Iran make it difficult for the country to obtain medical supplies, sanitation equipment, and other goods we now know are necessary to slow the virus’ spread. The sanctions do not directly target medical supplies, but they reduce Iran’s ability to pay for them.

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bragged in January, the sanctions slashed the country’s oil revenue by 80% and cut off access to the world banking system, where 90% of Iran’s foreign currency reserves lie out of reach.

Iran’s COVID-19 deaths are not unintended consequences of the sanctions. Such broad sanctions are expressly designed to prevent targeted governments from providing basic services, especially to the most vulnerable. Pompeo bragged that as a result of the sanctions, “things are much worse for the Iranian people, and we are convinced that will lead the Iranian people to rise up and change the behavior of the regime.”

Abetting the world’s worst pandemic is not just morally depraved, it is also illegal under international law. =

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US-led Coalition withdraws from military base near infamous Abu Ghraib Prison

The U.S.-led Coalition has withdrawn from its sixth base in Iraq, Al-Sumaria TV reported on Tuesday.

According to Al-Sumaria TV, “the international coalition forces decided to withdraw from a military base in the Abu Ghraib area, west of the capital, Baghdad, and hand over the site to the Iraqi forces during the past hours.”

The site indicated that Abu Ghraib Base is the sixth Iraqi military site from which the US-led Coalition forces have withdrawn from recently.

The base itself is located near the infamous Abu Ghraib Prison, which made worldwide headlines in 2003 when it was reported that the U.S. military and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were using the site to commit human rights violations.

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Iraqi military: 3 rockets target US oil company in south

At least three rockets hit near the site of an American oil field service company in southern Iraq early on Monday, Iraq’s military said, the first such attack in recent months to target U.S. energy interests in Iraq.

The rockets targeted the site of Halliburton in the Burjesia area in the oil-rich Basra province, the military statement said. Two Iraqi security officials and one official at the state-run Basra Oil Company said five rockets at struck the area.

My comment: Halliburton: The US exploiting Iraqi ressources.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Political asylum seeker in plea with Home Office for family to join him in UK before they are returned to Yemen

'When I arrived here I thought I might finally be able to express myself without retribution, and that within a few months I'd be reunited with my family, but it seems the UK is not so welcoming'

A political asylum seeker from Yemen is pleading with the Home Office to process his case before his wife and five children face removal to their home country where he says they will be at risk of persecution.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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As Yemen braces for COVID-19, China calls for release of prisoners

In a tweet, the Chinese embassy to Yemen emphasized the release of four senior government officials: Mahmoud Al-Sabihi, Mohammed Qahtan, Faisal Rajab and Nasser Mansour Hadi

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Amnesty: Bahrain: Peaceful activists must be released amid COVID-19 pandemic

HRW: Bahrain: Free Imprisoned Rights Defenders and Opposition Activists

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Dubai imposes two-week lockdown as Gulf states step up coronavirus fight

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"Please do not ignore this cry for help" - New Audio Recording Smuggled out of Al-Wathba Prison

In an audio recording leaked out of Abu Dhabi’s al-Wathba prison, 22-year old Emirati prisoner of conscience, Maryam Al-Balushi says she is in desperate need of help.

"I'm Maryam Suleiman [Al-Balushi]. Many times I asked for help but no one heard. Please do not ignore this cry for help."

Last week, news reached us that she had attempted suicide by cutting a vein in her hand after years of torture, ill-treatment and abuse by prison warders.

cp13a Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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ALECSO denounces Houthi destruction of yemen's history

The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALESCO) has deplored missing up with cultural legacy in Yemen by Iran-allied Houthi militia that has deliberately sought to destruct the Yemeni museums' collections, concealing and smuggling the rare historical manuscripts in the public libraries in Sana'a, Shibam, Sa'ada, Dhamar, Zabid, Jeblah and al-Ganad.
The ALESCO issued a statement in which it said " Houthi militia's acts of robbing, damaging and smuggling targeted Yemen's precious treasures including rare historical manuscripts and documents of endowments' assets" in the Great Mosque of Sana'a. It is reported that significant amount of ancient, rare and precious of manuscripts and documents of endowments' property dated back to the 6th and 7th centuries of Hegira have been disappeared".

My comment: This is by a Saudi puppet agency. It’s somewhat ridiculous that they turn a blind eye on the tremendous destruction of Yemeni heritage by the Saudis.

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Film: Yemen's historic castle in Saada at risk

Standing tall for 600 years, Al-Qashla Castle in Yemen's Saada city is struggling to survive the ongoing civil war. The castle stands on a hill at the heart of Saada which is one of Yemen's oldest medieval cities. Now closed amid bombing raids, it was a hot spot for locals and worldwide tourists before 2015.

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Film (Arabic; English subs): Our heritage first episode: Shibam Hadramout

The first episode of the program highlights the historic city of Shibam in the Hadramout valley. This city, which has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because of its unique architecture that has survived for centuries. During the city tour, we will learn about the shrewd residents of the ancient city of Shibam and how they managed to avoid natural disasters such as torrents and expand their city by building buildings up on multiple floors and the result was the first skyscrapers in history. We will discover how the people of Shibam still preserve their heritage by making wood carvings that are still present as one of the most important handicrafts that are a source of income for many to this day.

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Film (Arabic; English subs): Our heritage Second Episode: Old Sanaa

Do you know the history of the ancient city of Sanaa and its unique architecture? And why was it placed on the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO? Do you know the number of popular markets in the city and what are the most important trades carried by its indigenous people? How do these crafts contribute to reviving the cultural heritage of Yemen? Follow the second episode of our heritage program to learn more about the ancient city of Sanaa, its captivating beauty and the culture of its residents

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Film (Arabic; English subs): Our heritage Third Episode: Aden

The city of Aden, which dates back to six thousand years BC. It is considered one of the most important commercial ports in the world and the merchant kiss of time. Several civilizations built upon it and were invaded and occupied due to its important geographical location. Aden possesses many heritage monuments that have been and are present since ancient Aden. In this episode of our heritage program, we will learn more about the ancient history of Aden and its most famous monuments, customs and traditions

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Film (Arabic; English subs): Our heritage Fourth Episode: Dar Al-Hijr

Dar Al-Hajar is one of the most important monuments in Yemen, established and built on a rock dating back to the era of the Himyarite State. This architectural masterpiece was built in a smart engineering way to serve those who lived in the past and it was a fortress for them. Dar Al-Hajar has recently become a shrine for guests from different regions who perform some popular dances to celebrate their special occasions.

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Film (Arabic; English subs): Our heritage Fifth Episode: Al Mahwit!

In this episode of our heritage program, we will learn more about Mahwit and some of its heritage monuments, its history, its importance, and how some of it was destroyed by the war in Yemen since 2015. We will also learn about the "Madar" profession, which many Mahwit people and youth still adhere to as an income generating profession and preserve the heritage identity of the governorate.

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

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cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Yemen: Document exposes Saudi coalition support for Al-Qaeda in Baydah

The Yemen Press Agency has reported that a southern journalist has posted a document purporting to show the extent of the relationship between the US-supported, Saudi-led coalition and the terrorist group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the central Yemeni province of Al-Baydah.

“An official document from the al-Humiqani tribe warns Saudi-led coalition against sending weapons to terrorist organizations through the Al-Rashad Party, Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist Abdul Rahman Abu al-Harith al-Humiqani, who is affiliated with Daesh,” said Salah Bin Laghbar, posted on Twitter. He speculated that it is part of escalat ions by Saudi-backed terrorist forces against the south, in which UAE-backed separatists are presently in control of the UN-recognised government’s de facto capital, Aden. The letter was addressed to the commander of the Saudi-led coalition, Brigadier General Mujahid Al-Otaibi.

In another, Laghbar explained that a second document from the Saudi Ministry of Defence is said to have directed the coalition to transfer weapons to the same person his tribe warned against. If true, warned the journalist, the ignorance of the coalition will lead to a major disaster.

Last year an investigative report found that coalition partners, Saudi and UAE had transferred US arms to Al-Qaeda linked groups and a Salafi militia, whose commander had once led the Yemeni branch of Daesh.

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#Yemen: Another sign #AQAP may be back in business = 2 new nasheeds in past week. Audio arm had fallen silent since 24Dec. Won't be smash hits. "Greetings from the Gun Barrel" is a discordant mess; "Lions of Jihad" catchier but reworked from old recording by Ba'dani (droned 2014) (images)

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It was less of de-escalation and more of a war tactic that Houthis used to govern, celebrate their holidays, re-group, recalibrate strategy, and launch their biggest offensive to date yet...It was good progress for them, bad for everyone else.

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Houthis: A desire to kill the people and destroy the economy

The Houthi violence observed in the past few days boils down to this concept.

The theocratic militants' attack on an oil facility including a key pipeline on Saturday was the latest attack on the government-held economic infrastructure. The militia had threatened two days ago hit with missile the country's ports of entry.

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Rich with ballistic missiles, Shia extremists search for flimsy excuses to use them

Rich with ballistic missiles they boast about "developing" every now and then, Yemen's Shia extremist Houthis appear to search for the flimsiest excuse to use them.

The Deputy Foreign Minister in the self-styled government of the Jihadist theocratic organization controlling Sana'a, Hussein al-Ezzi, threatened to make new strikes with ballistic missiles on government-run entry ports if the government "does not examine and quarantine" passengers arriving from abroad to prevent coronavirus spill.

Having too many of them, Houthis have even been using ballistic missiles where it is not militarily the efficient and appropriate weapon to use considering the target, e.g. neighborhoods and houses in impregnable government strongholds. Last month the terror organization struck a several houses in Aziraah and Arrowdha neighborhoods in Marib with such missiles, to kill pro-government civilians and public morale.

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Report: Houthis committed 55 thousand violations in Al-Jaw

The Houthis committed 55,000 violations against the civilians in Al-Jawf since they began their military escalation early last March, according to report released by the Human Rights Office in the governorate.

My comment: Such figures seem to be propaganda.

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Give the UN a pat on the back

Finally! The UN is criticizing a crime the Houthis have done.

The Houthis, the Shiit lookalike of ISIL, have besieged the pro-government and third largest city of Taiz for six years, committing non-stopping atrocities against its residents, en mass and individually.

The UN peace mediators including the incumbent Martin Griffiths have a tendency to ignore that. Griffiths is the one who turns blind eye the most to these massacres and abuses as he hasn't been heard criticizing Houthi acts in Taiz before.

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Cartoon: Killing Taiz children

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Cartoon: #Houthis have a dictionary of their own!!! They use the word 'mercenary' to describe whoever exposes their atrocities. Even history itself can be a mercenary to the #Houthi militia.

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Escalation in Yemen

The current escalation of the conflict in Yemen could be the prelude to serious dialogue to end the five-year civil war

Saudi Arabia and its allies in the coalition do not want to see any worsening of the humanitarian situation in Yemen. Some analysts argue that the Houthis are exploiting the pandemic to embarrass the government and the coalition, hoping to gain a better bargaining position in any settlement talks.

But as US academic Bruce Riedel wrote this week on the Brookings Institute Website, it might not be the Houthis’ decision. “Iran is involved in Houthi decision-making. Tehran undoubtedly wants the Saudi Kingdom to remain bogged down in the Yemeni morass. Iranian-backed militias are also stepping up rocket attacks against US positions in Iraq, and Iran is mounting a well-orchestrated campaign to undercut US sanctions. And they’re doing it while entrenching their position in Iraq and the Gulf vis-à-vis the United States,” Riedel commented.

This will not be the first window to peace in Yemen that has been shut or shattered by the Houthis. Besides insensitively exploiting the global pandemic, the Iran-backed militia might think this is an opportunity to make advances on the ground.

One Saudi analyst went along with Riedel’s view, adding that “Iran and its proxies don’t care about their own people dying in their thousands from the coronavirus. Instead of directing resources to fight the pandemic and save Iranian lives, the mullahs are repeating the rhetoric against their neighbours and strengthening their terrorist militias,” he said.

“The escalation in Yemen is a decision taken in Tehran and the Houthis just execute it.”

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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#Breaking :#Saudi air strike targeted aldailami air base in Sana'a, #Yemen.

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Coalition Fighter jets hit Houthi targets in al-Baidha

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Ein Kind wird bei einem Aggression Luftangriff auf Al-Bayda verletz

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In Al-Baidha'a, A child in Mukayras district was critically injured with US-Saudi raid.US-Saudi aggression launched 20 raids on several districts.

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Komitee [der Sanaa-Regierung] zur Bekämpfung von Epidemien verurteilt die Ausrichtung der Aggression auf Quarantänezentren in Al-Bayda

Das Höhere Ministerkomitee zur Bekämpfung von Epidemien verurteilte nachdrücklich die Ausrichtung der saudi-amerikanischen Aggression auf Quarantänezentren zur Bekämpfung des Corona-Virus.

Das Komitee sagte in einer Erklärung, die bei der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba) eingegangen war, dass die Aggression in den letzten Stunden einen Luftangriff auf der Nähe des Quarantänezentrums in der Al-Mujaba-Schule in Afar, Al-Bayda-Provinz, sowie einen Luftangriff auf der Nähe des Ortes der Steinfahrer in der Nähe von Afar angeflogen habe.

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US-Saudi Airstrikes Hit Quarantine Center, Undermining Coronavirus Containment Efforts

The Higher Committee for Combating Epidemics strongly condemned the US-Saudi aggression’s targeting of quarantine centers to combat the coronavirus.

The committee said in a statement that aerial aggression launched a raid near the quarantine center at Al-Mahjabah School in Afar of Al-Baidha province and another raid near the quarantine of locomotive drivers’ area near Afar.

The committee noted that these raids come as part of the coalition’s efforts to introduce the coronavirus to Yemen, in which no cases were recorded to date.

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Citizen injured in aggression airstrikes on Hajjah

A citizen was killed on Monday when the Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes waged two strikes on Hajjah province, a security official told Saba.

The strikes hit the citizens' farms in Abbs district, injuring the citizen and destroying a water well.

My comment: ??

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

April 9: Bayda p. Saada p., Amran p., Al Bayda p.

April 8: Bayda p. Amran p. Saada p., Jizan p. Saada p. Many provinces

April 7: / / Bayda p. Marib p., Jawf p., Sanaa p., Bayda p., Jizan, Najran

April 6: / / / / / Sa’ada, Hajjah, Ma’rib, Jawf, and al-Bayda p. / Amran p.

April 5: / / Hajjah p., Jawf p., Al Bayda p., Najran

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Siehe / Look at cp1b

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9-year-old Abdullah Faisal Al-Shamiri was injured in the issues of an RPG missile fired by the Houthi militia on their house, causing his left eye to be stripped (photo)

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Film: The combined forces dismantle a field of mines and various Houthi missiles in Al-Barh, west of Taiz

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Houthis say they fire ballistic missile at Yemeni gov't camp in Abyan

The Houthi group (Ansar Allah) announced today, Wednesday, that it launched a ballistic missile at the Al Shajiri camp in Abyan governorate, southern Yemen.

The Houthi military spokesman, Yahya Saree, said in a statement, that the group's missile force "launched a ballistic missile, Tayp Qassim, targeting the gatherings of vehicles and enemy personnel in the Al-Shajiri camp in Abyan Governorate while they were preparing to march towards Al-Bayda this morning."

He pointed out that this targeting came in response to the escalation of government forces in Al-Bayda Governorate from the direction of the southern governorates.

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[Hadi gov.] Yemeni army downs Houthi spying drone at Saudi borders

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Yemen's Houthis launch ballistic missile at Yemeni city of Marib: Saudi state TV

Saudi state TV said early on Thursday that Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched a ballistic missile at the Yemeni city of Marib, hours before a ceasefire announced by the Saudi-led coalition takes effect.


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At least 10 pro-Saudi commanders killed in latest offensive

Saudis suffer heavy losses in Bayda province

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[Hadi gov.] Army advances, coalition destroys militia’s weapons depot & vehicles in Al-Bayda


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[Hadi gov.] Yemen army launches offensive to take back Al-Baydha governorate

The advance coincides with the buildup of Saudi-provided reinforcements on several other fronts in Al-Baydha

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Largest tribe of Ma’rib demands Saudi-backed party to leave province

Murad tribe warns for consequences if Islah commander Mehran al-Qubati does no leave immediately

The Murad tribe, the largest tribe in Ma’rib province, has on Tuesday issued its strongest threat to the most prominent military leader of the Islah party, demanding that the latter leave the province.

Tribal sources in the province confirmed that the Murad tribe sheikhs warned for the consequences for Ma’rib, due to the presence of mercenary commander Mehran al-Qubati in the province.

The sources added that Murad tribal sheikhs asked al-Qubati to leave the province or suffer dire consequences.

The call for the expulsion of al-Qubati and military leaders affiliated with al-Islah came after Islah party exploited the tribe’s members and forced them into confrontations against the Yemeni army and Popular Committees.

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Über 270 Tote bei Kämpfen im Jemen

Innerhalb der letzten zehn Tage sind bei Kämpfen im Jemen mehr als 270 Menschen getötet worden.

Vor allem die Huthis hätten schwere Verluste erlitten, hieß es aus Kreisen der international anerkannten Regierung.

Bei heftigen Kämpfen zwischen regierungsnahen Truppen und Huthi-Rebellen sind in den vergangenen zehn Tagen mehr als 270 Menschen ums Leben gekommen. Das verlautete am Mittwoch aus Regierungskreisen und von Stammesführern. Truppen der international anerkannten Regierung hätten den Huthis in den Provinzen Marib, Dschauf und Bayda schwere Verluste zugefügt, verlautete aus Regierungsquellen.

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Yemen: [Hadi gov.] Army launches massive attack on Houthi sites

A Yemeni military source revealed on Wednesday that government forces regained parts of the strategic Houthi-controlled Al-Labnat camp in Al-Jawf governorate (north).

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Anadolu Agency that the Yemeni government forces launched a massive attack on Wednesday on Houthi sites in the Khabb wa ash Sha’af District in Al-Jawf.

The source added that the government forces managed to control large parts of Al-Labnat camp, while fighting battles to control the rest of the camp’s northern parts, and other locations.

A Yemeni military source revealed on Wednesday that government forces regained parts of the strategic Houthi-controlled Al-Labnat camp in Al-Jawf governorate (north).

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Anadolu Agency that the Yemeni government forces launched a massive attack on Wednesday on Houthi sites in the Khabb wa ash Sha’af District in Al-Jawf.

The source added that the government forces managed to control large parts of Al-Labnat camp, while fighting battles to control the rest of the camp’s northern parts, and other locations.

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Houthis Suffer Heavy Losses in Yemen Fighting

Legitimate government officials and tribal leaders announced Wednesday that the Iran-backed Houthi militias have suffered heavy losses in fighting in the provinces of Marib, Jawf and Bayda.

Saudi-led Arab coalition has carried out numerous airstrikes against the Houthis in less than two weeks, the officials said, according to the Associated Press.

They said the clashes have left more than 270 dead and at least 300 wounded from both sides, with the Houthis suffering heavy losses.

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In parallel with the progress in Al Bayda, a new gain was made by the pro-[Hadi] government forces in Al Jawf. Troops scored partial control over parts of Al Labnat military base Southern Al Jawf.


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Houthi militia suffers heavy losses during clashes with [Hadi gov.] army forces in Taiz

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In Sa'adah, Saudi artillery shells targeted Munabbih border district, killing and injuring a number of African migrants. Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted populated villages in Razih district. US-Saudi aggression launched a raid on Adh-dhaher district.

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Yemen: pro-government forces gain ground in Houthi-controlled territories in Al Bayda

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Yemen’s Houthis recapture Al-Khanjar camp near Saudi border

The pro-Houthi Yemeni army yesterday recaptured the strategic Al-Khanjar camp in the northern Al-Jawf province, along the Saudi-Yemeni border.

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Film: The moment captured of the shelling in #Marib governorate by the Houthi group using more than 6 mortars and the escape of correspondents

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Saudi-backed Yemen army makes progress against Houthi advances

The Yemeni army today announced that it had regained control of important sites in Al-Bayda Governorate, in the centre of the country, in a military operation against the Houthis.

A military source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Anadolu that “three military brigades in the army have carried out an important operation in the areas of Al-Malajam, Nateh, and Qaniyah in Al-Bayda governorate, with the participation of the Arab coalition fighters.”


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Houthis: Liberation of Yemen’s Marib a matter of time

A leading member of the Houthi movement yesterday announced that he expects the liberation of Marib province to be achieved soon.

Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti is the Deputy Speaker of the Shura Council and member of the AnsarAllah Political Bureau and stated on his Facebook page that “the liberation of Marib has become a matter of time”.

Al-Bukhaiti also discussed allegations of the failed attempts of the Saudis in offering financial incentives in order to win over the tribes of Marib. “We salute Marib tribes for rejecting Saudi financial temptations, confirming that their blood is not for sale,” he said.

He also advised people from Marib who have been fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the Saudi-led coalition to align themselves with the Houthi-allied Yemeni military (map)

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni forces take areas in eastern Jawf, uncover Daesh prisons (+Video)

Yemeni army and popular committees have purged areas in eastern al-Jawf Province of Takfiri militants and uncovered homes-turned-prisons that were run by the Daesh terrorist group.
Yemen’s al-Masirah TV channel released footage that uncovered prisons run by Daesh, and the cooperation between the terrorists and the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen in al-Jawf.
The video showed that Daesh terrorists had turned homes in al-Marwan district in eastern al-Jawf into prisons. It showed the basements where women and children had been tortured.
According to the report, Saudi Arabia conduced 15 airstrikes on factories used by al-Qaeda terrorists to make explosive devices and booby-trap cars shortly after the area was seized by the Yemeni forces in order to remove evidence and hide plans hatched against the Yemeni people.

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Schrecklicher Angriff auf das Frauengefängnis in Taiz kann nicht gerechtfertigt werden: Grande

Die humanitäre Koordinatorin der Vereinten Nationen für Jemen, Lise Grande, sagte am Montag, dass der schreckliche Angriff auf die Frauenabteilung des Zentralgefängnisses in der Provinz Taiz eine Verletzung der internationalen humanitären Grundsätze darstellt, die nicht gerechtfertigt werden kann.

In einer Erklärung drückte Grande den Familien der Opfer ihr Beileid aus und wünschte den Verletzten eine baldige Genesung.


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Örtlichen Behörden [der Sanaa-Regierung] in Taiz bestreitet die Ausrichtung auf die Armee, die Komitees des Frauengefängnisses

Eine kommunale Quelle in der Provinz Taiz bestritt die Echtheit dessen, was von den Medien der Aggression und ihren Söldnern verbreitet wurde, dass die Armee und die Volkskomitees hinter der Zielgruppe der Frauenabteilung im Zentralgefängnis in der Region stehen al-Dhabab.

Die Quelle wies darauf hin, dass es Informationen gibt, die bestätigen, dass die Militärführer der Islah-Partei große Geldsummen und direkte Anweisungen von Söldner Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar erhalten haben, um die Fronten in Taiz zu entzünden.

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UN: Taizz Central Prison is hit resulting in multiple fatalities and injured

We share our deepest condolences with families who are grieving for their loved ones and we wish the injured a swift recovery,” said Ms. Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen.

“A strike like this, which results in the killing and injury of defenseless women and children, cannot be justified,” said Ms. Grande. “It is an appalling breach of international humanitarian principles.”

The injured were rushed to Al Thawra and Al Bureihi hospitals where humanitarian partners are providing surgical and medical supplies, including trauma kits.

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Yemen / shelling of prison: comment by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

“I strongly condemn the shelling on Sunday of the Central Prison in Taiz, resulting in the deaths of five women and a child, and leaving at least 11 other people injured. We understand three shells, allegedly fired by the Houthis, hit the women’s section of the prison.

“At the time of the attack, there were reportedly no armed clashes between the warring parties in the area. Furthermore, there was no apparent military presence in the vicinity of the prison. Such an attack cannot be justified in any circumstances. This attack appears to be in breach of international humanitarian law, and depending on the circumstances could amount to a war crime.”


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UN Yemen Envoy: Griffiths: I condemn the heinous attack on #Taiz's central prison which killed and injured several women and children.Civilians and civilian objects including prisons must be protected as per international humanitarian law.


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Global rights groups condemn deadly attack on Yemen jail


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CARE condemns attack which killed & injured women prisoners



WomenSolidarityYe: Letter to the Higher Commissioner of the Human Rights

The Women Solidarity Network value your statement regarding the heinous indiscriminate attack targeting the women’s prison in Taiz on 5th April 2020, that has resulted until now in the death of 8 women including five women inmates, a policewoman, and two girls who were visiting their mothers, as well as, injuring 15 other women.
The members of the Women Solidarity Network who are based in Taiz, have visited the location right after the indiscriminate attack, met with the survivors in the hospital, and met with the representative of the prison’s administration in order to document the attack. They have concluded that the Houthis are responsible for this indiscriminate attack.
The Network condemns in the strongest words this alarming escalation of targeting women prisoners and a civil institution that is protected by International Humanitarian Law.


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ICRC Yemen. The ICRC deplores yesterday's attack on Taiz Central Prison that left women and children dead and injured. Prisons and their inmates are protected under International Humanitarian Law and cannot be a target. We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims.


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Yemen [Hadi government] Urges UN Intervention after Houthi ‘Massacre’ at Women’s Jail

Yemeni Prime Minister Moeen Abdulmalek condemned the “terrorist crime,” saying the Houthis are continuing their “ugly massacres” against civilians.

Their attack against the prison is clear indication that they are maintaining their aggressive tactics in rejection of all UN and international calls for peace, he remarked.


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Deadly attack on women's prison in Yemen a 'war crime': Analyst

Officials accuse Houthis of attack on Taiz prison that killed five women and wounded two dozen others, as war rages on.

Mohamad al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi's political bureau, told Al Jazeera by phone from Yemen's capital, Sanaa, that he "has no information about the attack at this point" and declined to comment.

Gamal Gasim, professor of political science at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, told Al Jazeera the shelling of the prison was a war crime.

"This is certainly a war crime and those who committed it should be brought to justice. An international investigation should be conducted to hold those who are responsible for it accountable."

Gasim also decried the "Houthis' disrespect for human rights" and the "targeting of women" who are the most vulnerable segment of Yemeni society.

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Child killed, his brother wounded by Houthi militia snipers in Taiz

A child was shot dead and his brother wounded on Monday by the Iran-backed Houthi militia snipers in the north of Taiz city southwestern Yemen .

Local sources told September Net that the child Saber Abdu Al-Samadi, 10, was killed and his brother Mohammed, 8, injured this morning in Al-Sfarra area by snipers of Houthi militia stationed in Al-Zinoog area (photo)

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Eine militärische Quelle bestätigte der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba) den Tod eines Zivilst und die Verletzung von drei Kindern infolge einer Granate, die der Söldner der Aggression auf das Wohnviertel Al-Sallal im Bezirk Salah im Taiz-Provinz abgefeuert hatte.

In der Saada-Provinz wurden besiedelte Dörfer im Grenzbezirk Razeh mit saudischen Raketen und Artillerie bombardiert.

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In Taiz, a citizen was killed by the aggression mercenaries shelling, which targeted the Al-Salal neighborhood in Taiz City.

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2,383 land mines cleared in Yemen in April’s 1st week

The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) cleared 2,383 land mines in Yemen during the first week of April.

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Yemen Update: December 3-April 5

Between December 3-April 5, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) reported eight Houthi missile attacks. Below is a summary of these and related events.

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Safer oil company calls on UN to condemn, sanction Houthis after taking Serwah facility offline

The facility, which was targeted in three consecutive days of shelling, coincides with the Houthis' push into western Marib

Yemen’s Safer oil company, owned by the internationally recognized government, issued a statement Monday calling for the UN and its special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to condemn a recent mortar attack on its facility in Serwah district in western Marib governorate, and to sanction the rebels over their continued targeting of the company.

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Woher kommt die Heuschreckenplage in Afrika?

Typischerweise wird eine ganz wesentliche Ursache der Heuschreckenplage nicht genannt: Das ist der Krieg im Jemen und seine Auswirkungen! Einer der seltenen Artikel, die dem Problem wirklich mehr auf den Grund gehen, war im Tagesspiegel vom 6.2.2020 zu lesen, nicht von einer Nachrichtenagentur, sondern von einem Korrespondenten, also sicher nicht überall zu lesen. Dort hieß es:

Wüstenheuschrecken leben normalerweise als Einzelgänger.Sie beginnen erst in Schwärmen zu migrieren, wenn ihre Population eine bestimmte Dichte erreicht hat.

Gewöhnlich passiert das nach ausgiebigen Regenfällen in Halbwüstengebieten: Die derzeitige Plage wurde im Oktober 2018 von einem Zyklon in der Region um Jemen auf der arabischen Halbinsel ausgelöst. Der dort tobende Bürgerkrieg verhinderte, dass die Heuschrecken-Task-Force auf die Gefahr rechtzeitig reagieren konnte.

Anschließend breiteten sich die Schwärme gen Osten nach Indien und Pakistan aus – wo sie zunächst über Baumwolle, Weizen, Mais und anderes Getreide herfielen. Die Regierung in Pakistan hatte vergangene Woche den Notstand ausgerufen. Vom Jemen hatten es die Insekten auch nicht mehr weit nach Äthiopien. Dort hatte es Ende des vergangenen Jahres ungewöhnlich viel geregnet, was den Heuschrecken Futter für ihre explosionsartige Vermehrung bescherte.“ (, Hervorhebung von mir)

Der Krieg im Jemen, der das Funktionieren der Heuschrecken-Task-Force verhindert hat, genau eben an der Stelle, wo die Plage an der Quelle am ehesten abgewürgt werden konnte, ist nicht einfach nur ein Bürgerkrieg, sondern ein Krieg einer Koalition von Staaten, die gegen eine Umsturzbewegung im Jemen kämpft, gennannt die Huthis. Diese Koalition unter der Führung von Saudi-Arabien zerbombt das unterentwickelte und arme Land mit Milliardenaufwand und überzieht es mit einer unglaublichen Verheerung, um die ihnen genehme alte Regierung wieder ins Amt zu bringen, oder eine andere unter ihrer Fuchtel. Bisweilen wurde von der schlimmsten gegenwärtigen humanitären Katastrophe geredet. Die Huthis ihrerseits werden vom Iran unterstützt, dem Erzfeind und Rivalen der Saudis in der Region. Daß sie standhalten, spricht dafür, daß sie auch Rückhalt im eigenen Land haben.

Die USA, Großbritannien und auch Deutschland unterstützen diese Koalition mit militärischer und sonstiger Ausrüstung für Milliarden, und damit auch den bestialischen Krieg gegen den Jemen,
der zugleich Teil der neokolonialistischen Kampagne gegen den Mittleren Osten und gegen Afrika ist, und sie tragen mit die Verantwortung für die Heuschreckenplage für die Region und Afrika und große Teile der Erde.


Diese Galerie in Jemen operiert in einem Kriegsgebiet

Die Gründer von Arsheef, Ibi und Lizzy, erzählen uns, wie sie junge Künstler IRL und via Instagram unterstützen, um Kunst trotz des anhaltenden Konflikts zugänglich zu machen.

Etliche Galerien und Kunsträume haben ihre Pforten geschlossen, was es jemenitischen Künstlern erschwert ihre Arbeiten zu zeigen—sie sind damit fertiggeworden, indem sie ihre Kunstwerke behelfsmäßig in Kellergewölben oder auf Stadtmauern ausgestellt haben. Es ist genau dieser Mangel an Ausstellungsräumen, der den in Jemen wohnhaften bildenden Künstler und Filmemacher Ibi Ibrahim und die in London lebende Kuratorin und Autorin Lizzy Vartanian Collier dazu bewegt hat, Arsheef zu gründen—die erste Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst ihrer Art in Sanaa, der Hauptstadt des Landes. Seit zwei Jahren in Vorbereitung, spiegelt Arsheef das seit langem bestehende Interesse der beiden, die Arbeiten junger jemenitischer Künstler sowohl in Jemen als auch in der Diaspora zu feiern und zu zeigen.

Was Arsheef jedoch von seinen Pendants in Jemen und im Nahen Osten (inklusive die Online-Datenbank Yemen Art Base) unterscheidet, ist, dass der Kontakt zum Publikum fast ausschließlich über Instagram erfolgt. Besucher können per Email oder Direktnachricht um einen Termin ansuchen, um die Arbeiten in Person zu besichtigen, aber ihr könnt die Galerie auch aus der Entfernung erleben: Arsheef ist für die Bewohner von Sanaa genauso zugänglich wie für jemanden in South Dakota. “Wir sind einfach eine Galerie für das 21. Jahrhundert”, sagt Lizzy (Fotos; Link fehlt)


Film: “Fingers painting for peace“ exhibition concludes

The exhibition “Fingers painting for peace" for visual arts held by Resalati Foundation for Women's Development in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz has concluded on Monday. The exhibition, which followed training sessions for participants, included artists with photographs, paintings and sculptures that embody the meaning of peace during the wartime in Yemen

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Film (Arabic): How the wide sea is restricted by fish and fishermen due to maritime piracy of aggression 06-04-2020

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Twitter entfernt mehr als 5.300 Falschkonten

Twitter hat 5.350 Konten gelöscht, die Propaganda für die Regierungen Ägyptens, Saudi-Arabiens und der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate verbreiteten. Das teilte der Kurznachrichtendienst am Donnerstag mit. In 36,5 Millionen Posts hätten die Verfasser die saudische Regierung gelobt und Kritik geübt an den Aktivitäten der Türkei und des Emirats Katar im Jemen. Dies stellt laut Twitter einen Versuch dar, die öffentliche Diskussion zu unterwandern


Film: This clip takes you to Ibb, the green governorate. Enjoy

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Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-639 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-639: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

15:38 09.04.2020
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Dietrich Klose

Vielfältig interessiert am aktuellen Geschehen, zur Zeit besonders: Ukraine, Russland, Jemen, Rolle der USA, Neoliberalismus, Ausbeutung der 3. Welt
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