Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 646b- Yemen War Mosaic 646b

Yemen Press Reader 646b: 28. April 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 646, cp2 - cp18 / April 28, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 646, cp2 - cp18
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 646, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 646, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-646-yemen-war-mosaic-646

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

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

cp1c1 Separatisten in Südjemen erklären Selbstverwaltung: Deutsch / Southern Yemen separatists proclaim self-administration: German

cp1c2 Separatisten in Südjemen erklären Selbstverwaltung: Englisch / Southern Yemen separatists proclaim self-administration: English

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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Updated map of Yemen showing Houthi-, government- and STC-controlled areas following STC declaration of self-rule

https://twitter.com/Macoombs/status/1254184782608470016

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MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON APRIL 27, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-april-27-2020-map-update/

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

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

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON APRIL 25, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-april-25-2020-map-update/

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'What's Lost is Truth': In Yemen, Harassment, Arrests and Torture Drive Reporters from Profession

Earlier this month, four Yemeni journalists were sentenced to death in a court set up by the Houthis, the group that controls the country’s north and is known formally as Ansar Allah.

Yemeni journalists say harassment, arrests and torture were already forcing the press to self-censor, but now the looming executions are driving people out of the profession.

“One journalist I know now cuts ice and another is a garbage collector,” Essam Alqadasi, a journalist based in Sanaa, said in a phone interview. “Some are so poor they cannot afford medicine.”

What is lost in this onslaught of violence is not just the reporters themselves, Alqadasi said. “What’s lost is the truth.”

Danger from all sides

In 2015, after the Houthis took the capital,and the internationally recognized government fled to the south, a notice appeared on Facebook from their Ministry of Information.

It threatened “strict legal measures and possible closure to any media outlet that stirs discord.” The next day, at least four news agencies in Yemen were raided, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and the country’s once-robust news industry began to dwindle.

In the following years, many news outlets were banned or fell into financial ruin. About 20 journalists were arrested, and many others fled the country or left the business.

Now, nearly all news outlets in Yemen are associated with a military or a political party, according to the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

In the past year, attacks on the press have intensified, said Justin Shilad, a CPJ senior researcher. Reporters are in danger from officials or militias in both the Houthi-controlled north and in the south, which is controlled by the Yemen government and its allies.

“We have seen across the board in Yemen from all sides of the conflict fairly egregious violations of press freedoms in the past year,” Shilad said in a phone interview. “But I think that sentencing four journalists to death is really beyond the pale, even by the standards of this conflict.”

Yemeni journalists believe strongly in the role the press plays in a free society and continue reporting despite the danger, said Shilad. But if assaults continue to escalate, more reporters may be forced to quit.

And while journalists in Yemen cannot publish everything they learn, Taher said many produce “relatively independent” news stories that are vital to keeping the public informed.

“We, the journalists, are still here,” he said – by Heather Murdock

https://www.voanews.com/press-freedom/whats-lost-truth-yemen-harassment-arrests-and-torture-drive-reporters-profession

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Es ist Zeit, dass Riad seine verfehlte Intervention in Jemen beendet

Mit der Machtübernahme der Separatisten in der Hafenstadt Aden ist klar, dass Saudiarabien in Jemen gescheitert ist. Ein Ende der saudischen Intervention wird den Krieg nicht stoppen, kann aber zu einer Beruhigung beitragen.

Zugleich war bei näherer Betrachtung immer klar, dass der Krieg nicht in der Rivalität zwischen Riad und Teheran begründet ist, sondern seinen Ursprung in Jemen selber hat. Auch wurde in den vergangenen Jahren immer deutlicher, dass er sich nicht auf einen Konflikt zwischen den proiranischen Huthi-Rebellen auf der einen Seite und der von Saudiarabien unterstützten Regierung von Präsident Abedrabbu Mansur Hadi auf der anderen Seite reduzieren liess.

Die Separatisten des STC treten für die Abspaltung des Südens ein, der bis 1990 ein unabhängiger Staat war.

Ebenso realitätsfern ist damit auch der Anspruch Hadis auf die Macht in Jemen. Schon seit seiner Flucht nach Aden Anfang 2015 entsprach sein Präsidententitel mehr Wunsch als Wirklichkeit. Auch wenn Hadi weiter als Chef der «international anerkannten Regierung» Jemens auftrat, war er zunehmend eine Marionette der Saudi von fragwürdiger Legitimität.

Mit der Aufspaltung der Anti-Huthi-Koalition und der Machtübernahme der Separatisten in Aden ist das Ziel der Saudi, Hadi zurück an die Macht in Sanaa zu bringen, unerreichbar geworden. Trotz einer jahrelangen Bombenkampagne, die Zehntausende Zivilisten das Leben gekostet und die Infrastruktur des Landes in Trümmer gelegt hat, ist es Saudiarabiens Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman nicht gelungen, die Huthi zu besiegen.

Die Emirate haben dies erkannt und ihre Truppen weitgehend abgezogen. Bin Salman sollte nun nachziehen, so schwer das dem ungestümen Kronprinzen auch fallen mag, und seinen verfehlten Militäreinsatz beenden.

Zwar wird der Bürgerkrieg damit kaum enden – schliesslich liegen die Gründe dafür in Jemen selbst. Ein Abbruch der saudischen Intervention und ein Stopp der Waffenlieferungen können jedoch helfen, den Konflikt zu beruhigen. Am Ende müssen die Parteien, Milizen und Stämme in Jemen selbst einen Weg finden, zu einer neuen Machtteilung zu gelangen. Allein über Verhandlungen wird das wohl nicht gelingen. Doch ohne ausländische Einmischung kann es leichterfallen – von Ulrich von Schwerin

https://www.nzz.ch/meinung/krieg-im-jemen-saudiarabien-muss-seine-intervention-beenden-ld.1553798

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Enttäuschte Hoffnung

Im Bürgerkriegsland verläuft eine neue Front.

Saudi-Arabien, das fünf Jahre lang immense Summen in die Schlacht ums Nachbarland investierte, sollte nun die richtigen Schlüsse ziehen - und sich mehr anstatt weniger um ein Ende des Krieges bemühen. Militärisch gewinnen konnten seine Kräfte den Konflikt schon bislang kaum, nun ist es unmöglich. Friedensgespräche mögen in Zeiten von Corona aufwendig zu organisieren sein. Doch sie sind die Mühe wert.

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/jemen-enttaeuschte-hoffnung-1.4888748

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Saudisches Kalkül

Zieht sich das Königreich aus dem Krieg im Jemen zurück? Undenkbar ist das nicht – aber unwahrscheinlich

Nicht auszuschließen, dass eine saudische Waffenruhe nur einem militärstrategischen Umsteuern dient, um Kräfte freizusetzen, die Hadis Verteidigung unterstützen.

Völlig undenkbar ist es freilich nicht, dass sich das Königreich etappenweise aus dem seit März 2015 mit großer Brutalität geführten Krieg zurückziehen will. Er kostet viel, ohne die gewünschten Ergebnisse zu bescheren. Meist wird da die Zurückdrängung des iranischen Einflusses geltend gemacht, der im Jemen aber eher kulturell als politisch besteht. Tatsächlich ging es den Saudis um die Quasi-Einverleibung des kleinen Nachbarn, der zu den wenigen nie kolonisierten Ländern der Region gehört und auch künftig eifersüchtig auf Autonomie achten wird, vor allem gegenüber dem starken nördlichen Nachbarn. Vielleicht ist Riad sogar daran gelegen, die Spannungen mit dem Iran etwas herunterzufahren. Seit bekannt wurde, dass der Mord am iranischen General Suleimani durch US-Raketen den Grund hatte, ein durch ihn gestartetes Verhandlungsangebot an Saudi-Arabien zu stoppen, darf in diese Richtung gedacht werden.

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/sabine-kebir/saudisches-kalkuel

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The two front war

In these times of a pandemic, the need to talk about the war in Yemen is greater than ever.

Covid-19 affords an exit strategy for the Saudis out of a costly conflict. Given the Houthis’ increasing ability to strike both, military and civilian targets, together with the kingdom’s deteriorating domestic situation (in wake of falling global oil prices and pause of all religious tourism), Riyadh simply cannot afford to engage on unnecessary fronts.

The forthcoming contagion sparks little fear in the Yemenis. They are already accustomed to death.

It is also worth noting that Yemen has an import-based economy. These necessitates hard currency which in turn requires foreign exchange as well as a stable Yemeni riyal to uphold an appropriate exchange rate. Since oil is the main source of income for the country, the government will find it difficult to fund imports and pay public wages in the global economic onslaught brought about by Covid-19.

Presently, the dominating idea surrounding the war in Yemen is that decentralisation through democracy is the only way peace can be attained. This narrative fails to take account of the fact that any form of decentralisation would inevitably rely on the existence of an effective representative central government which has the ability of dividing power, all the while guaranteeing the country’s sovereignty and sponsoring the state’s key institutions such as foreign affairs and defense. In other words, decentralisation should be viewed as a future goal once stability has been achieved and not as a means to an end.

The new battle that Yemen now faces will be intense and all-consuming. The country cannot afford to fight on two fronts — a war and a pandemic — at the same time. Covid-19 provides a unique opportunity to silence the guns once and for all, make hard decisions, and take ownership of realising a conflict-free Yemen through peaceful means – by Arhama Siddiqa

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2206141/6-two-front-war/

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Arab coalition’s extension of Yemen cease-fire welcomed

[Hadi gov.] Yemen’s army and allied forces have welcomed the Saudi-led coalition’s announcement of an extension of the truce in Yemen, and called upon the Iran-backed Houthis to stop hostilities on the ground to allow Yemeni health care workers to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Col. Abdul Basit Al-Baher, a Yemeni army spokesperson in the southern city of Taiz, said that troops have suspended raids on Houthi-controlled positions since the beginning of the truce.

“We welcome the truce by our brothers in the Saudi-led coalition and we announced that we are committed to putting it into effect,” Al-Baher told Arab News on Friday, adding that government forces are defending their positions against Houthi attacks.

“We only respond to provocations. The national army has halted military expansion on the battlefields in response to the truce,” he said.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1664611/middle-east

My comment: This does not sound serious. It’s always the bad enemy.

And

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Al-Houthi: We Expect Actions, Not Statements for Media Consumption

Commenting on the announcement of the coalition of aggression against Yemen to extend the truce, member of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi, said, Saturday, we are waiting for actions, not words for media consumption.

“The past two weeks witnessed the opposite of the announcement, with increased bombardment and escalation in all axes by the US-British-Saudi aggression,” Al-Houthi added in his Twitter account.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12540

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Conflict in Yemen amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Yemen has been ravaged by conflicts for decades and there seems to be no end to it. Due to the ongoing civil war, Yemen has witnessed one of the worst humanitarian crises.1 The civil war has left thousands of people internally displaced and several thousands dead. In the last five years, the Iran-Saudi rivalry has intensified in Yemen. Recently, in March, the warring factions in Yemen expressed their desire for a mutually acceptable ceasefire, followed by a ceasefire declaration from a Saudi-led alliance in April. What do these ceasefires really mean, particularly as coronavirus ravages the region?

Prognosis

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Yemen’s current predicament with large-scale humanitarian emergency, coupled with presence of terrorist groups, could have serious consequences for the entire region. The Yemeni conflict has already engulfed Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman. It is imperative to come up with long-lasting options to end the civil war; otherwise, country’s vulnerability would expand to the whole Arabian Peninsula. Undoubtedly, the ceasefire is a welcome development, but there are some serious doubts about the effectiveness of the ceasefire. Since 2015, the Yemeni conflict had been a saga of ceasefires and their relentless violations. Therefore, it is difficult to believe that this time it is going to be any different unless both sides adhere to it.

However, the malaise of COVID-19 – a common concern for all in the region – may be a reason for some optimism. The abidance to ceasefire does not mean an end to the conflict, but it surely would work as a confidence-building measure, at least for now, to address the bigger challenge of coronavirus. No peace initiative will work without cooperation between Riyadh and Tehran. Perhaps, the pandemic could be an opportunity to reduce, if not entirely end the Iran-Saudi rivalry in Yemen.

https://idsa.in/idsacomments/yemen-covid-19-msroy-pjwala-240420

and quoting this article: https://debriefer.net/en/news-16717.html

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»Feuerpause« der Militärkoalition von Anfang an gebrochen

Dass das saudische Königshaus und die VAE, deren kleinster gemeinsamer Nenner der Kampf gegen die Ansarollah ist, ihre einseitig verkündete und inzwischen verlängerte Feuerpause tatsächlich als »klare Verpflichtung zu einer friedlichen politischen Lösung des Konflikts« gemeint haben, wie Martin Griffith in New York sagte, ist äußerst unwahrscheinlich. Denn dann müssten sie die seit fünf Jahren über den Jemen verhängte Blockade, die unzählige Menschenleben gekostet hat, aufheben und den Flughafen in Sanaa wieder öffnen. In Wirklichkeit aber hat sich die Kriegskoalition selbst an die von ihr deklarierte Waffenruhe nicht einen einzigen Tag lang gehalten.

https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/377330.jemen-vom-frieden-entfernt.html

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Navy of US-Saudi Aggression Holding15 Ships Loaded with Oil Products

Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) asserted on Monday that the coalition of aggression continued to detain 15 oil ships with a total tonnage of 374,480 tons of petroleum products arbitrarily and for varying periods, the maximum - for ships currently in detention - reached 46 days, while the period of arbitrary detention in previous cases up to nearly five months.

It added that these actions are a clear violation of the provisions of the International Convention on Human Rights, the rules of international humanitarian law and all applicable laws and customs, as well as a permanent disregard for the essence and goals of the Stockholm Agreement, which stressed in its entirety the need to facilitate access to basic materials and humanitarian assistance to the port of Hodeidah, to meet the needs and aspirations of the Yemeni people.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12574

and also https://www.uprising.today/saudis-still-illegally-detaining-15-oil-vessels-bound-for-yemen/

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Houthis accuse coalition of holding 22 oil and food ships in Jizan port

Ansar Allah group (Houthis) Friday evening accused the Arab coalition to support of the Yemeni internationally recognized government of continuing to detain 22 oil and food vessels in front of Jizan port, despite carrying international permits.

The Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV, quoted sources in Jizan port as saying that the coalition is holding oil tankers and has more than 217,000 tons of diesel and more than 150,000 tons of gasoline.

The sources noted that the coalition is also holding food carriers that carry more than 65,000 tons of flour, sugar and corn.

"The total seized by the coalition of oil and food ships is estimated at about 500 thousand tons in 22 marine carriers carrying international passes.", according to the sources.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16711.html

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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Film (in Arabic): She found no way to express the amount of her suffering and her pain, other than tears and supplication..this woman expresses the pain and oppression of most Yemenis inside the country.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1254773456626782216

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Currently, the Yemen Charity Bakery project is being prepared to provide bread for poor families with self-financing from the project owner The bakery will open soon and will be needed To support us in providing bread requirements If you contribute a small bag of $ 25 It is enough to feed a day For 100 families consisting of five people (photos)

https://twitter.com/mohamd_alamery/status/1254747113373777920

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Yemen is hit by once-in-a generation floods; tens of thousands of families lose everything

Initial reports indicate that more than 100,000 people across Yemen have been impacted by torrential rains and flooding since mid-April. Health authorities in Aden Governorate, one of the hardest-hit areas, have confirmed seven deaths, including four children. Two people are missing, and deaths and injuries have been reported elsewhere.

“Countless families have lost everything,” said Ms. Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen.

“This tragedy comes on top of the COVID-19 crisis, which comes on top of the pre-famine last year, which came on top of the worst cholera outbreak in modern history.”

Aden, Abyan, Lahj, Marib and Sana’a governorates and Sana’a City have been worst affected.

Flooding has damaged roads, bridges and the electricity grid, and contaminated water supplies, cutting access to basic services for thousands of people. Conditions are hardest for thousands of families already displaced who have now lost shelter, food rations and household supplies.

Humanitarian agencies have rushed to provide life-saving assistance

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-hit-once-generation-floods-tens-thousands-families-lose-everything

and

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Yemen Flood Susceptibility - Analysis Methodology, March 2020

Flooding has inflicted devastating consequences upon Yemen in the past. Unfortunately, due to climate change, flood events are predicted to increase in frequency, magnitude and seasonality globally. Floods cause loss of life and property damage, consequences which are more impacting on vulnerable communities like those affected by the Yemeni crisis. Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in terms of human and economic loss. Mitigating the effect of natural disasters is becoming ever more relevant in the Yemen humanitarian crisis intervention due to the looming climate crisis.

This country-wide analysis aims to provide humanitarian actors with an improved understanding of the exposure of vulnerable populations to flooding in Yemen. Though this analysis does not represent comprehensive hydrological predictions, it can serve as a means to inform humanitarian programming with relation to flood risk and preparedness.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-flood-susceptibility-analysis-methodology-march-2020 = https://www.impact-repository.org/document/reach/d41580e9/REACH_YEM_MethodologyNote_HVA_FloodSusceptibility_01APR2020_EN_V2.pdf

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-16770.html

(A H)

Film: Despite Coronavirus Restrictions, Ramadan Rituals Remain Alive in Yemen

Some Yeminis continue to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, gathering at dusk to share prayer and iftar, as the country grapples with both the coronavirus and a yearslong civil war.

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

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

(B H)

Yemen Refugees Response - Overview of UNHCR's activities as of End March 2020

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-refugees-response-overview-unhcrs-activities-end-march-2020

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Yemen IDPs Response - Overview of UNHCR's activities as of End March 2020

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-idps-response-overview-unhcrs-activities-end-march-2020

(B H)

IOM Yemen | Rapid Displacement Tracking (RDT) - Reporting Period: 19 - 25 April 2020

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/iom-yemen-rapid-displacement-tracking-rdt-reporting-period-19-25-april-2020

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IOM Yemen | Displacement in Marib | 22 April 2020

Since 21 January this year, IOM estimates over 9,000 households (HHs) have fled conflict-affected areas in Marib and Al Jawf governorates, as a result of heightened insecurity. Internally displaced people (IDPs) have mainly moved into Marib city, Marib Al Wadi, Medghal and Sirwah districts in Marib governorate. IOM and partners have provided safe shelters, essential aid items, emergency health care, clean water, safe sanitation and food to 45,591 (6,513 HH) new arrivals, since the start of the displacement crisis.

On 15 April, heavy rains and flooding damaged shelters and IDP hosting sites across Marib. IOM estimates that over 3,500 IDP shelters across 16 sites were damaged by the storms, with Marib city, Sirwah, Alwadi and Medghal districts being the most affected. IOM is assessing the impact of floods across the governorate, carrying out flood risk reduction activities across vulnerable sites, and providing critical shelter and non-food item (NFI) support to households whose shelter was either totally or partially destroyed by flooding.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/iom-yemen-displacement-marib-22-april-2020

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UNHCR Yemen critical requirements, 23 April 2020

UNHCR urgently seeks USD 89.4 million to provide life-saving protection and assistance to internally displaced families, refugees and asylum-seekers and the communities hosting them in Yemen.

UNHCR’s 2020 financial requirements are USD 211.9 million for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and asylumseekers in Yemen. As of 14 April, only USD 58.4 million has been received, 28 per cent of the total requirements.

The USD 89.4 million outlined below represent funds required by May for the continuation of humanitarian and protection programmes in Yemen, within UNHCR’s overall unfunded requirements in 2020.

This is now urgent, without the required funds, reduction or closure of programmes will have an immediate impact on the lives of 655,000 IDPs 1 and 281,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, across the country.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unhcr-yemen-critical-requirements-23-april-2020 = https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unhcr-yemen-critical-funding-needs-23-april-2020

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

(A P)

Präsident al-Mashat in Interview mit "Al-Thawra": Jemen verlor durch Präsident al-Sammad Martyrium einen großen Führer

Der Präsident des Obersten Politischen Rates, Mahdi al-Mashat, sagte: "Der Jemen hat durch das Martyrium von Präsident Saleh al-Sammad einen großen Führer und ein Symbol seiner Symbole verloren, aufgrund seiner Eigenschaften, die das verkörperten Koranmodell. "

Dies geschah in einem Interview mit der Zeitung „Al-Thawra“, das in ihrer Ausgabe am Samstag veröffentlicht wurde.

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3095277.htm

(A P)

President Mahdi al-Mashat speaks on two year anniversary of martyrdom of Saleh al-Sammad

Martyred President of Yemen killed on April 23, 2018

President of Yemen Mahdi Al Mashat has affirmed that the political solution presented by the Republic of Yemen represents a possible and fair way out for all parties.

He explained that it will also mean “reaching a comprehensive settlement of all files of war.”

The statement came in a press interview conducted by Al-Thawra newspaper with President Al-Mashat, to be published on Saturday on the occasion of the two year anniversary of the martyrdom of President Saleh al-Sammad

https://www.uprising.today/president-mahdi-al-mashat-speaks-on-two-year-anniversary-of-martyrdom-of-saleh-al-sammad/

(A P)

Yemen releases imprisoned journalist as part of Ramadan pardon

Saleh al-Qa'idi released by orders of Ministry of Information

https://www.uprising.today/yemen-releases-imprisoned-journalist-as-part-of-ramadan-pardon/

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

Siehe cp1c / Look at cp1c

(B P)

Daily updates from my parents in #Aden #Yemen. No electricity, no water. Clearly, no leaders on the ground are assuming responsibility to support the affected by the floods and provide basic services to people in government controlled areas, what have you been doing for 5 years?

https://twitter.com/Hala_KSadi/status/1254244604351741952

(A K P)

Brotherhood militia forces in Shabwa capture Head of Transitional Council of Al-Rawda in Shabwa

https://en.smanews.org/brotherhood-militia-forces-in-shabwa-capture-head-of-transitional-council-of-al-rawda-in-shabwa

(A P)

Angry protests in Qalansiyah of Socotra in opposition to Brotherhood militia policies

https://en.smanews.org/angry-protests-in-qalansiyah-of-socotra-in-opposition-to-brotherhood-militia-policies

(A K P)

Qat causes armed clashes between Brotherhood forces in #Shokra

https://en.smanews.org/qat-causes-armed-clashes-between-brotherhood-forces-in-shokra

(A P)

Bin Laghbar: UAE liberated Marib and Sorwah then Al-Ahmar sold them to Iran

The journalist Salah Bin Laghbar said that the terrorist army of Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar sold a number of fronts in Nahm, Al-Jawf and Marib to Iran in exchange for the occupation of the south, after the liberation of the UAE army for those front

https://en.smanews.org/bin-laghbar-uae-liberated-marib-and-sorwah-then-al-ahmar-sold-them-to-iran

My comment: Separatist conspiracy theory propaganda against Hadi government Vice President Al-Ahmar.

(A P)

Mosahwar reveals the way to stop Erdogan’s ambitions in Libya and Aden the capital

The political analyst Hani Mosahwar called for the elimination of the Brotherhood to stop the ambitions of Turkish President Rajab Tayyip Erdogan in the capital, Aden and Libya.

https://en.smanews.org/mosahwar-reveals-the-way-to-stop-erdogans-ambitions-in-libya-and-aden-the-capital

My comment: And more of separatist conspiracy theory propaganda against Islah Party, the main backer of the Hadi government.

(A K P)

Forbidden money gathers Brotherhood, al-Qaeda in southern Yemen

The Yemeni south is currently witnessing joint cooperation between the militia of the Muslim Brotherhood and the terrorist Al Qaeda organization, in light of the presence of Qatari financial support.
That is what some consider an attempt by the legitimate government to impose its control on the region, through a coalition consisting of terrorist organizations, in new violations of the Riyadh Agreement 2019.
Military reinforcements of the Brotherhood's militia affiliated with the Sharia government arrived, on Monday 20 April 2020, in a military convoy, in the town of Shuqra in the Yemeni governorate of Abyan, in the presence of elements affiliated with Al Qaeda, headed by the prominent terrorist Mustafa Mahdi.
According to Yemeni media, training camps in the city of Taiz, led by Brotherhood Hammoud al-Mikhlafi, serve as a platform to implement the agendas of Qatari money, especially as they mainly targeted the training of terrorist elements, and then sent them to the south, rather than directing them north to confront the Houthi militias.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19923

My comment: Anti-Hadi government propaganda by the separatists as the conflict is inflamed again.

(A P)

Southern Yemeni academic accuses Islah Party of terrorism

Hussein Laqour condemns Islah and wider Muslim Brotherhood for spreading terrorism across Islamic world

The southern Yemeni academic Hussein Laqour has once again attacked the Islah Party (the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood) and blamed them for the spread of terrorism in various parts of the Arab world.

“The Muslim Brotherhood recruits the demagogues and the teenagers and has plunged them into the strife of terrorism, while sending their children to study in London, Paris and Berlin,” Said Dr. Laqour, who is close to the Southern Transitional Council, in a tweet.

https://www.uprising.today/southern-yemeni-academic-accuses-islah-party-of-terrorism/

(A P T)

Another imam murdered in Aden

STC suspected for assassination of religious leader

Once again, an imam of a mosque in the southern port city of Aden have been assassinated, amid growing tensions between the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the Saudi-backed Islah Party.

According to the sources, the Imam of the Sunnh mosque Rami Ahmed Fadl, in the Area of Bir Ahmed, was killed by a car-ramming attack.

Eyewitnesses reported that a group of gunmen believed to belong to the STC deliberately ran over Rami Fadl, killing him instantly.

The military pickup vehicle left the crime scene immediately , one of the eyewitness said

https://www.uprising.today/another-imam-murdered-in-aden/

(A P)

Director of al-Tawahi resigns, accuses legitimacy [Hadi gov.] of corruption

The Director of al-Tawahi district, Abdel Hamid Nasser Al-Shuaibi, resigned on Saturday, from his position and officially gave a resignation letter to the governor of Aden, Ahmed Salmin after having assigned the Secretary General of the local authority to conduct the work in the district.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19918

(A P)

Following fury protests electricity gradually returns to Aden

Electricity has gradually returned to the interim capital of Aden, the internationally-recognized government said Saturday, following fury protests coupled with unrest acts blocking main streets in the port city.
"One of the purchased power plants has been repaired, minutes after the al-Hiswah power plant was maintained," the Aden-based Saba quoted deputy minister of electricity and energy as saying.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16728.html

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-39346

(A P)

Aden protests against power outage

Dozens of people took to the streets of the capital Aden on Friday, in protest against a three-day power outage.
The protesters blocked a number of roads and set some rubber tires on fire to express their anger and disappointment over the continuous power cuts in Aden since three consecutive days.
Aden's Al-Hiswa Power Plant sustained heavy damage in the floods that hit the city last Tuesday, officials said.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19913

Photos: https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/1253830012626763777

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkN4ala1Bis

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In closed-door meeting, STC and army forces strike informal deal to vacate Abyan

Those forces were brought to Abyan during the military clashes between the two sides in September and October

As part of the implementation of the military annex of the Riyadh Agreement, some military units from the internationally recognized government’s 3rd Presidential Protection Brigade withdrew from the coastal town of Shaqra in Abyan governorate to the Akad Camp in Abyan’s Lawdar district Wednesday. Others headed to Shabwa governorate, an official from the Fourth Military Region not authorized to speak with the press told Almasdar Online.

Wednesday’s withdrawals follow a Sunday meeting which brought together leaders of government forces with the leaders of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) at the Saudi-led coalition headquarters in Aden. The meeting was dedicated to reviving the Riyadh Agreement, whose implementation has been stalled since it was signed in November. There have been no statements regarding what the parties agreed to at Sunday’s meeting.

That meeting, called by Saudi Arabia in support of the efforts of the de-escalation committee, included prominent leaders of the Fourth Military Region, southern political leaders and social figures in Lahj and Abyan governorates.

The STC delegation had demanded the departure of the 3rd Presidential Protection Brigade, led by Col. Hassan Bin Mu’aili, to Shabwa as a prerequisite for its own forces’ departure. But the military official was unable to confirm whether Bin Mu’aili’s units were among the government forces that had withdrawn to Shabwa. A member of the de-escalation committee told Almasdar Online that as of Wednesday, STC forces have not yet withdrawn from their positions including in Shaqra.

https://al-masdaronline.net/national/686

(A P)

Today April 27, 2020, Dr. Mustafa Almutawakel completed his third year in enforced disappearance. He was detained by forces of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in Alfalaj checkpoint in Marib #Yemen. @sultan_alaradah @HadiPresident : Where is Dr. Mustafa?

https://twitter.com/MwatanaEn/status/1254863235758477312

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Film: Yemen: Local Pockets of Stability Can Build Peace

Nadwa Al-Dawsari says the main challenge to creating long-lasting peace is a misunderstanding of what is driving the conflict.

She says observers like to see this as a regional conflict involving Saudi Arabia, or ISIS, whereas the reality is it is very local to Yemen itself based on internal dynamics and long-standing grievances.

Nadwa argues that there is a level of order at a local level that outsiders do not see, and there is potential to build on these pockets of stability and take that to a national level.

She believes the conflict may go for a long time and solutions may not be found for up to a decade, and so it is important to invest in those areas of stability to create more opportunities to develop an overall peace.

https://www.chathamhouse.org/file/yemen-local-pockets-stability-can-build-peace

(A P)

Yemen needs cooperation between parties more than ever, says top UN negotiator

Responding to a declaration of self-rule by the Southern Transitional Council, the main separatist group in the south of the country, Mr Griffiths highlighted the fact that the city of Aden – where the internationally-recognized Government is based – and other areas, have yet to recover from recent disastrous flooding. They are also facing the rising risk of COVID-19, he said.

In a statement, Mr. Griffiths called for greater support for a Saudi-led initiative known as the Riyadh Agreement, which seeks to deliver improved public services and security to people in the south.

“Now, more than ever, all political actors must cooperate in good faith, refrain from taking escalatory actions, and put the interests of Yemenis first”, stressed Mr. Griffiths. “The Riyadh Agreement provides for the participation of the STC in consultations on the final political solution to end the conflict in Yemen and serving the interests of Yemenis nation-wide,” he added.

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/04/1062702

and also https://osesgy.unmissions.org/statement-un-special-envoy-yemen-developments-south

(A P)

Ali al-Bukhaiti suggests a way to break stalemate in Yemen

Yemeni politician and writer Ali al-Bukhaiti has suggested, in a series of tweets, another way “from a geographical perspective” to end the five-year crisis in Yemen and break the stalemate of the conflict in the country.

Mr. al-Bukhaiti believes that the Yemeni crisis has reached a dead end and another approach has to be sought, stressing that reaching a comprehensive solution will only be a result of achieving reconciliation in each governate.

“Instead of finding a comprehensive solution, it is better to work on achieving reconciliation in each governate. After reconciliation has been achieved in all, or most, governates, we bring together their leaders in order to accomplish a comprehensive reconciliation that results in one leadership for the entire state,” said Ali al-Bukhaiti.

He said that each governate has to be “led by independent figures known for their experience, integrity, and capability of leading without bias and appointing professionals in accordance with specialties,” noting the role of local councils in mentoring the performance of the governates’ leadership.

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/23963

My comment: He is a strict anti-Houthi propagandist. Anyway, such a plan cannot work. There are provinces under Houthi, under STC and under Hadi government control.

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Iraq serious about US troops pullout, negotiations will start next June: Spokesman

The spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces says the Baghdad government is serious about implementation of the parliament's resolution concerning the withdrawal of US forces from the country.

“The letter that US ambassador to Baghdad (Douglas A. Silliman) delivered to caretaker prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, was very positive, and covered all possible forms of strategic relationship between Iraq and the United States in detail. It was important and good,” Arabic-language al-Mawazin news agency quoted Major General Abdul Karim Khalaf as saying on Sunday.

He added, “Iraq will discuss the subject of foreign forces' presence with the United States in a serious and detailed manner. The United States has significantly reduced its forces under agreement with the Iraqi government as a goodwill gesture.”

Khalaf noted that the two countries will next June discuss setting a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops in full compliance with the relevant parliamentary decisions, and a bilateral agreement on the matter will be worked out.

“Security relationship between Iraq and the United States will continue within the framework of training operations and exchange of experiences even at the time of implementing the troop withdrawal decision,” the senior Iraqi military official concluded.

https://www.yjc.ir/en/news/45859/iraq-serious-about-us-troops-pullout-negotiations-will-start-next-june-spokesman

(A P)

UN envoy: Political dialogue only way to peace in Yemen

The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has told Arab News that the escalation in fighting and shelling throughout Yemen has derailed his efforts for resuming talks between warring factions.

“It has pushed back our plans for the resumption of the peace process and showed us the fragility of all gains toward peace,” he said in an exclusive interview with Arab News.
“I have told the parties publicly and privately that peace will not be dictated from a position of military dominance,” he added, urging Yemenis to concentrate efforts on fighting the spread of coronavirus. “Now, even more than ever, with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) posing an existential threat to Yemen, they must urgently silence the guns and work jointly to combat the common enemy.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1665526/middle-east

(A P)

Griffiths: Talks underway to add abducted journalists for upcoming release

The United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths said on Friday that talks are underway to add the detained journalists in the Houthis-run prison to the exchanging lists of prisoners for release.

The Houthis rebels sentenced on 11 April four detained journalists to death on and imprisonment of six others who have been in confinement for five years.

Griffiths said in media statements that his office works for inclusion of the death ruled journalists to the exchanging lists of prisoners for the upcoming release.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-39344

(A K P)

Al-Mashat: Our vision guarantees comprehensive settlement of all war files in Yemen

The head of the Supreme Political Council of the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) Mahdi Al-Mashat said Friday evening that his group’s political solution document represents a possible and fair way for all parties to reach a comprehensive settlement of all the files of war.

This came in an interview with the Houthi-run "Al-Thawra" newspaper, on the occasion of the second anniversary of his presidency of the Political Council.

Al-Thawra quoted Al-Mashat as saying that his group had "friendly relations with all countries and governments, and that it wanted a lasting and comprehensive peace."

He noted that he "sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin in this regard."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16712.html

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12541

(A K P)

Houthis expect deeds, after truce worded, by coalition

The Houthis expect deeds from the Saudi-led coalition, member of the group's Supreme Political Council said Saturday, after the Arab Coalition had declared a one-month extension of a two-week unilateral ceasefire.

"We are expecting deeds but not words, and that the extension would not for propaganda as happened in the last two weeks," Mohamed Ali al-Houthi added on Twitter.

The last two weeks saw the coalition militarily escalating at all of the combating fronts, he claimed.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16734.html

and also https://www.uprising.today/yemen-highly-skeptical-of-saudi-promise-to-extend-ceasefire/

(A P)

Griffiths to Yemenis: Speak up and call for peace and better future

United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths Thursday evening called on the people of Yemen to raise their voice and call for peace and a better future, and urged the parties to the conflict to lay down arms and open the humanitarian corridors.

"To the people of Yemen," Griffiths said in a message:" I wish Ramadan brings you its gifts of peace, reconciliation and joy. I hope you will continue to raise your voices to demand peace and to defend your right to a better future. "

"May the spirit of this Holy month inspire and provide the desire, strength, as well as the determination, to achieve durable peace and stability in Yemen.,"

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16700.html

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Government agencies are looking to return half a million Barmawi to Myanmar

Government agencies (Ministry of Interior and Foreign Affairs) are looking into the possibility of returning about half a million people from the Burmese community to Myanmar, provided their safety is preserved, based on a research and survey study presented recently by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research under the title "Study of the conditions of the Burmese community" by Dr. Muhammad Al-Sharif, who explained that 25% of that community wants to return to her country, and confirming that the study, which worked in part on correcting the conditions of the Burmese community, mentioned the possibility of their return

https://makkahnewspaper.com/ampArticle/78241

#Saudi Monarchy to deport 1/2 million #Rohingya #Muslims after they lived in the country since the 1970s. Do you you think #Pompino will say anything?

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1254581894412451840

(B P)

Photos: This is what 2 years of @SecPompeo backed #Saudi regime prison does to you. Abdulah Gurairees from #Awamya was jailed for mourning his son, a protest martyr. His other son is the famous Murtaja, arrested at 10 sentenced to death at 13 by @KingSalman‘s court.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1254389288143372291

(A P)

Saudi eases coronavirus curfews, keeps 24-hour curfew in Mecca

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-saudi-curfew/saudi-eases-coronavirus-curfews-keeps-24-hour-curfew-in-mecca-idUSKCN2280A0

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Middle East coronavirus updates: Cases in Saudi Arabia have more than doubled in a week

In Saudi Arabia the number of known Covid-19 infections has more than doubled during the past week. Earlier this month, when the tally was just over 2,000, the health minister warned that expert studies were predicting a minimum of 10,000 and a maximum of 200,000 confirmed cases “over the next few weeks”.

The minimum figure was clearly wrong, because Saudi Arabia passed the 10,000 mark on Tuesday and the latest tally is 12,772 confirmed cases.

There are several reasons for this. One is that levels of testing have increased, revealing cases that otherwise would have gone undetected.

At the same time, though, the kingdom’s preventive measures have been less effective than they might have been. The health minister has accused a “section of society” of not taking the precautions seriously. Corruption may also play a part: several officials have been charged with selling fake permits granting curfew exemptions.

But while some deliberately flout the rules there are thousands of others who have little choice — because of their living conditions. This is a sensitive issue for Saudi Arabia and the other wealthy states in the Gulf, but there are plenty of signs that the virus has taken root in their migrant communities. They have relied for years on cheap Asian labourers and are now reaping the effects of housing them in cramped and often squalid conditions.

The Saudis don’t appear to have issued figures for infection rates among migrant workers compared with those among their own citizens, but in Bahrain migrants are said to account for 90% of the currently active Covid-19 cases

https://medium.com/@Brian_Whit/middle-east-coronavirus-updates-cases-in-saudi-arabia-have-more-than-doubled-in-a-week-41ab9fb43e05

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Saudi-Arabien schafft Todersstrafe für Kinder ab

In dem autoritär regierten Saudi-Arabien gilt ein äußerst rigides Strafrecht. Jetzt kündigt der Wüstenstaat zwei maßgebliche Reformen an. Beobachter reagieren eher verhalten auf die Neuerungen.

Das islamisch-konservative Königreich Saudi-Arabien hat die Todesstrafe für Minderjährige und das Auspeitschen als Strafe abgeschafft.

König Salman schaffte Hinrichtungen Minderjähriger per Dekret ab, wie der von Saudi-Arabien finanzierte Nachrichtenkanal Al-Arabija berichtete. Die Todesstrafen würden nun in Haftstrafen von maximal zehn Jahren umgewandelt werden. Das gelte für alle Strafen von Tätern unter 18 Jahren.

Fast zeitgleich zu diesem Schritt teilte die staatlich kontrollierte Menschenrechtskommission auf Twitter mit, dass Auspeitschen als Strafe in Saudi-Arabien künftig verboten sei. Das habe der oberste Gerichtshof entschieden.

https://www.emderzeitung.de/deutschland-und-die-welt/topthemen_artikel,-saudi-arabien-schafft-todersstrafe-für-kinder-ab-_arid,2064102.html = https://bnn.de/nachrichten/politik/saudi-arabien-schafft-todesstrafe-fuer-minderjaehrige-ab

Mein Kommentar: Hier und im Folgenden schlampig recherchiert, da die Änderungen jeweils nicht für alle Vergehen gelten. Und die deutsche Presse arbeitet so schlampig mit C+P, dass nicht einmal ein Schreibfehler in der Überschrift entdeckt wird. "Saudi-Arabien schafft Todersstrafe für Kinder ab" bringt es auf 1.690 Google-Treffer!!!!!! Die korrigierte Version „Saudi-Arabien schafft Todesstrafe für Kinder ab“ hat drei Treffer.

und

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Saudi-Arabien schafft Auspeitschen als Strafe ab

Im Rahmen des Reformprozesses in Saudi-Arabien hat das Land die Strafe des Auspeitschens abgeschafft. Diese drohte bisher zum Beispiel schon bei außerehelichen Beziehungen.

Saudi-Arabien hat die Strafe des Auspeitschens abgeschafft. Das geht aus einem Dokument des Obersten Gerichtshofes des erzkonservativen Königreichs hervor, das die Nachrichtenagentur AFP in Riad am Samstag einsehen konnte. So solle künftig die Einhaltung "internationaler Menschenrechtsstandards (gegen) körperliche Bestrafung" in Saudi-Arabien gewährleistet werden, heißt es in der im April getroffenen Entscheidung des Gerichtshofes.

Die Veröffentlichung der Gerichtsentscheidung erfolgte, nachdem der Menschenrechtsaktivist Abdallah al-Hamid am Freitag im Gefängnis an den Folgen eines Schlaganfalls gestorben war. Der 69-jährige al-Hamid hatte eine elfjährige Freiheitsstrafe verbüßt, laut Amnesty International unter anderem, weil er die "Treue zum Königshaus" gebrochen und die "öffentliche Ordnung" gestört habe.

https://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/ausland/id_87768956/reformprozesse-in-saudi-arabien-auspeitschen-als-strafe-abgeschafft.html

und auch https://www.nau.ch/news/ausland/saudi-arabien-schafft-auspeitschungen-ab-65698416

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Saudi Arabia scraps execution for those who committed crimes as minors: Commission

Saudi Arabia will no longer impose the death sentence on individuals who committed crimes while still minors, the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) said in a statement, citing a royal decree by King Salman.

“The decree means that any individuals who received a death sentence for crimes committed while he or she is a minor can no longer face execution. Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility,” HRC President Awwad Alawwad said in the statement.

It was not immediately clear when the decree, which was not immediately carried on state media, would take effect.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-rights-execution/saudi-arabia-scraps-execution-for-those-who-committed-crimes-as-minors-commission-idUSKCN2280LI

and also https://apnews.com/4354e5f93d34b3548adaddd0ff607544

Remark: Bad journalism from @nytimesworld @NYTimesPR. Saudi Arabia is not ending flogging. They are limiting it. Flogging will continue but not in tazir cases. An immediate correction is needed.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1254500999768784897

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Saudi Arabia eliminates flogging as form of punishment: document

Saudi Arabia eliminated flogging as a form of punishment, according to a document from the kingdom’s top court seen by Reuters on Friday.

The decision will see the punishment replaced by imprisonment or fines.

“The decision is an extension of the human rights reforms introduced under the direction of King Salman and the direct supervision OF Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman,” the document said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-rights-flogging/saudi-arabia-eliminates-flogging-as-form-of-punishment-document-idUSKCN2262VT

Remark: Bad journalism from @nytimesworld @NYTimesPR. Saudi Arabia is not ending flogging. They are limiting it. Flogging will continue but not in tazir cases. An immediate correction is needed.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1254500999768784897

My comments to @AP regarding #Saudi claim it will end torture-by-flogging. I noted it is not ending flogging but is limiting it, so is the case of beheading minors. It doesn’t apply to political prisoners. (link)

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1254539252530118656

(A P)

Prominent Saudi rights activist dies in prison: sources

Prominent Saudi Arabian rights activist Abdullah al-Hamid, imprisoned since 2013, died on Thursday, activists and a source close to him told Reuters.

Hamid, 69, died in the King Saud Medical City in Riyadh, having suffered a stroke on Apr. 9 in prison, London-based Saudi rights group ALQST told Reuters.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-rights/prominent-saudi-rights-activist-dies-in-prison-sources-idUSKCN2262T2

and

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Abdullah al-Hamid: Saudi human rights advocate and 'national hero'

Bridging traditions, religion and progressive politics, the scholar's outspoken and articulate calls for reform made him an existential threat for the government in Riyadh

The death of Arabic professor Abdullah al-Hamid on Friday after his health deteriorated in a Saudi prison is both shocking and revealing of the Saudi government's brutality.

Prison turned out to be his second home, as in the last 27 years Hamid continued to be arrested and released. The repression that Hamid was subjected to took place under three Saudi kings: Fahd, Abdullah and Salman.

Hamid’s activism ended in March 2013 when he was arrested together with more than a dozen colleagues. HASM was officially dissolved by a court ruling, and its founders lingered in prison with no royal pardon on the horizon.

The Saudi charges against Hamid represented a mix of vague statements. They included: planting the seeds of discord and strife, questioning the independence of the Saudi judiciary and the Council of Higher Ulama, describing the Saudi regime as a police state, and inciting public opinion against the security and intelligence services, and, most importantly, against the legitimate Muslim ruler of Saudi Arabia.

As the frail Hamid stood in court during his trials and defended himself in eloquent and convincing prose, he emerged as an articulate advocate of human rights.

His own defence circulated on social media with supporters absorbing a new language of rights that had been suppressed under the auspices of the official religion of the state, namely the Wahhabi Salafi tradition, its judges and scholars.

Hamid’s project will remain alive even after his death.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-arabia-abdullah-al-hamid-human-rights-advocate-obituary

and also https://apnews.com/c6a6d8ad27093f4205c9df57328c63bc

and

(B P)

Photo: This is the #Saudi judge (Hamad AlOmer) who sentenced Dr. Abdullah AlHamed to 11 years. In his sentencing he used the same language #ISIS uses & the same religious sourcing. Let's see if @USAinKSA will ban him from getting a #US visa.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1254798066298826753

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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

(* A P)

Zarif to Pompeo: Stop dreaming

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has advised U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “stop dreaming”, saying the Iranians always decide their destiny.

“2 yrs ago, @SecPompeo and his boss declared ‘CEASING US participation’ in JCPOA, dreaming that their ‘max pressure’ would bring Iran to its knees. Given that policy’s abject failure, he now wants to be a JCPOA participant. Stop dreaming: the Iranian Nation always decides its destiny,” Zarif tweeted on Monday.

In a report published by The New York Times on Sunday, it is said that Pompeo is preparing a legal argument that the United States remains a participant in the Iran nuclear accord that President Trump has renounced, part of an intricate strategy to pressure the United Nations Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Tehran or see far more stringent sanctions reimposed on the country.

“In an effort to force the issue, Mr. Pompeo has approved a plan, bound to be opposed by many of Washington’s European allies, under which the United States would, in essence, claim it legally remains a ‘participant state’ in the nuclear accord that Mr. Trump has denounced — but only for the purposes of invoking a ‘snapback’ that would restore the UN sanctions on Iran that were in place before the accord,” The Times said.

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/447263/Zarif-to-Pompeo-Stop-dreaming

referring to

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In twist to press arms ban, US asserts role in Iran deal

President Donald Trump's administration has persistently trashed a nuclear deal with Iran. But as it seeks to extend an arms embargo, it is making the case that it still has a seat at the table.

The push has drawn skepticism from Western allies and has led critics to question if the ultimate aim is to kill the deal entirely, potentially in the final stretch of Trump's re-election campaign.

"You cannot cherry-pick a resolution saying you implement only parts of it but you won't do it for the rest," a Western diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on United Nations members to renew the ban on all conventional arms exports to Iran which is due to expire in October.

He renewed his push last week after Iran said it had launched a military satellite into orbit for the first time -- proving, according to Pompeo, that the clerical regime had been deceitful in saying its space program was for peaceful purposes.

https://www.france24.com/en/20200427-in-twist-to-press-arms-ban-us-asserts-role-in-iran-deal

My comment: Pompeo thinks he can eat the cake and also keep it.

And

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Report: Pompeo to argue US still part of Iran deal to extend UN arms embargo on Tehran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to present a legal argument that the United States is still a “participant state” of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which the Trump administration withdrew from in May 2018 in an effort to extend the U.N. arms embargo on Tehran that is scheduled either to be lifted in the fall or to have even harsher sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, reported The New York Times over the weekend.

Since then, the United States has reimposed sanctions lifted under it, along with enacted new financial penalties against the regime –

The reported strategy would come as the United States has begun to make known a U.N. Security Council resolution to extend the 2010 arms embargo on Iran—a resolution that is all but guaranteed to fail as China and Russia would likely each exercise its permanent veto on the council. The Russians have already stated their intention of resuming the trade of arms to the Islamic regime.

Were such a resolution to fail, the United States is expected to unilaterally activate the snapback sanctions under the deal that would include restoring previous U.N. bans on Iran, which were lifted under the nuclear deal, including the arms embargo.

“We cannot allow the Islamic Republic of Iran to purchase conventional weapons in six months,” Pompeo told The New York Times in a statement. “President [Barack] Obama should never have agreed to end the U.N. arms embargo.”

He added that “we are prepared to exercise all of our diplomatic options to ensure the arms embargo stays in place at the U.N. Security Council.”

https://www.jns.org/report-pompeo-to-argue-us-still-part-of-iran-deal-to-extend-un-arms-embargo-on-tehran/

(A P)

US interventions undermine regional peace, stability: President Rouhani

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/27/624055/Xi-Jinping-Rouhani-US-sanctions-Persian-Gulf

(A K P)

Note to Donald Trump: Iran’s Naval Militia Has Deadlier Missiles

Armed speedboats belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy habitually harass U.S. Navy and allied vessels in the Persian Gulf, in particular in the strategic Strait of Hormuz that connects the Gulf to the open ocean. Now those boats have farther-flying missiles, the militia claimed.

Longer-range missiles could make the IRGCN more dangerous in wartime. It’s not clear whether or how the new munitions might alter the militia’s tactics during peacetime.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/note-donald-trump-iran%E2%80%99s-naval-militia-has-deadlier-missiles-147186

and as reflected by Iranian media: https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/447043/Trump-must-do-everything-possible-to-avoid-war-with-Iran-National

(A P)

Iran's Leader asks people not to be afraid of US, bullying powers

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on the Iranian people not to be afraid of the United States and other bullying powers.

Speaking at the Qur'an recitation event to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, Ayatollah Khamenei said that Qur’an has guidelines for resolving the problems of human beings and stated that some verses of the holy book teach people social relations that they need in their lives.

https://iranpress.com/en/iran-i146449-iran's_leader_asks_people_not_to_be_afraid_of_us_bullying_powers

(A K P)

President Rouhani: Iran closely watching US moves

Iran's president has told the Qatari emir that Tehran won't initiate any conflict in the region despite the US provocative moves.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is closely watching and following the activity and movements of Americans, but will never be the initiator of any tension and conflict in the region," President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/25/623869/www.presstv.tv

(A K P)

Zarif: Neither US nor Europe can lecture Iran on its missile program

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says neither the United States nor its European allies, with their ‘flimsy’ misreading of the landmark nuclear deal of 2015, is allowed to ‘lecture’ the Islamic Republic on its missile program.

“US has been bullying all against UNSC Resolution 2231 since 2017. Europe obeyed US instead of 2231,” Zarif said in a posting on Twitter on Friday.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/24/623801/Zarif-Resolution-2231-

(B K P)

Operation Eagle Claw was ‘absolute catastrophe,’ stands as warning to US president’: Analyst

The Operation Eagle Claw, a failed US military operation in Iran’s central Tabas Desert that was launched in an attempt to release former US embassy staff held in Tehran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, was an “absolute catastrophe” and serves as a warning for President Donald Trump not to initiate a war against Iran, a political analyst and former US Senate candidate has said.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/24/623834/www.presstv.tv

(A K P)

Trump und Pentagon machen widersprüchliche Aussagen zu Angriffen auf iranische Boote

Wenn Präsident Trump auf Twitter verkündet, dass er eine Regierungsstelle beauftragt hat, etwas zu tun, ist oft tagelang nicht klar, ob er es ihnen überhaupt mitgeteilt hat. Dies wird zuletzt im Tweet vom Mittwoch veranschaulicht, iranische Boote im Persischen Golf "abzuschießen".

Nach Trumps Äußerung, nach der Weigerung des Weißen Hauses, einen Kommentar abzugeben, und mehreren Äußerungen vonVertretern des Verteidigungsministeriums ist es überhaupt nicht klar, ob die USA tatsächlich planen, iranische Boote anzugreifen, wobei Beamte des Pentagon vermuten, dass es sich dabei um "eine wichtige Warnung" und nicht um einen wörtlichen Angriffsbefehl handelte.

Pentagon-Beamte fielen auf mit ihrer Weigerung zu sagen, wie sich Trumps Bemerkungen auf eine hypothetische Situation in der Zukunft auswirken würden

http://www.antikrieg.com/aktuell/2020_04_24_trump.htm

(A K P)

Trump, Pentagon Offer Contradictory Statements on Attacking Iranian Boats

Pentagon says Trump's tweet was just a warning

When President Trump announces on Twitter that he has ordered a government body to do something, it’s often not clear for days if he ever told them about it. This is latest exemplified in Wednesday’s Tweet to “shoot down” Iranian boats in the Persian Gulf.
After Trump’s statement, the White House refusal to comment, and multiple statements from Defense officials, it’s not clear at all if the US is actually planning to attack Iranian boats, with officials at the Pentagon suggesting it was “an important warning” as opposed to a literal order to attack.
Pentagon officials were notable in their refusal to say how Trump’s comments would impact a hypothetical situation in the future

https://news.antiwar.com/2020/04/23/trump-pentagon-offer-contradicting-statements-on-attacking-iranian-boats/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

(A B P)

I'm a long-time Saudi dissident — Newcastle United have no idea what they're getting into

The notion that Newcastle United’s new owners would use their cash to transform the club into a football powerhouse along the lines of Manchester City is a pipe dream

As the English Premier League deliberates whether to accept Saudi Arabia’s offer to purchase a majority stake in Newcastle United, it should be beware of the buyer. Today’s cash infusion could well prove tomorrow’s liability. Morally, politically and economically, English football and Britain’s citizens will pay a very high price if this sale is approved.

As a long-time Saudi dissident and target of the monarchy’s ruthless security services, I know whereof I speak. My family and friends have been imprisoned and tortured by a regime that cannot tolerate even the mildest of criticism.

The policies and practices of the government of Saudi Arabia and its sovereign wealth fund run contrary to everything that Great Britain stands for: the rule of law, human rights and the notion of fair play. Do you really want to trade your good name and the interests of English football fans for a paltry $300 million?

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/saudi-arabia-newcastle-united-takeover-bid-mbs-mohammed-bin-salman-a9486791.html

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Yemen war: Why supporting MBS is driving UK's unethical foreign policy

Tories have failed to take action to bring the Saudi-led war in Yemen to an end, instead fuelling it through weapons exports

If I sound in despair, forgive me. But what really gets me about Yemen is the sheer amount our Tory government actively chooses not to do when it comes to bringing the war to an end.

As the official UN penholder on Yemen, we could demand a comprehensive, nationwide ceasefire to allow proper peace talks and the mass distribution of humanitarian aid. We could demand a full, independent UN investigation into all alleged war crimes, and impose - with no exemptions - a total ban on all UK arms sales for use in Yemen until that investigation is complete.

I’ve made those three demands of all four Tory foreign secretaries I’ve faced, and everyone has refused - not for reasons of high principle or substantive policy, but just because of the naked politics that Mohammed bin Salman is in a power struggle, and they must be seen to back him up.

Watching all that across the dispatch box has changed me. It has taught me to hate the Catch-22 contortions of an unethical foreign policy - one where we accept that British arms have enforced blockades used to starve Houthi-held areas into submission, and deny children essential medical treatment.

They’ve been used to bomb weddings, funerals, school buses, food markets, homes, schools and hospitals. An impartial observer might therefore conclude there is a “clear risk” UK arms are being used to commit war crimes, and block their export accordingly.

Crazed Tory logic

But not the UK government. Instead, they applaud Saudi authorities for taking these concerns seriously and investigating all allegations, both - they argue - clear examples of good intent, and signs of positive UK influence.

Furthermore, because these investigations have supposedly only revealed a series of unfortunate accidents, not deliberate war crimes, the Tories say Riyadh deserves praise for admitting the former, not an unjustified arms ban to prevent the latter.

That, the Tories conclude, is consistent with the licensing rules put in place by former foreign secretary Robin Cook, even though Cook would have been appalled to see them applied in this way.

It was after hearing this crazed Conservative logic that I told Labour colleagues it would not be enough for us to simply operate the current arms export regime more stringently. I said we should scrap it entirely and introduce a Bank of England-style model, removing politicians from the decision-making process entirely.

Instead of ministers, an independent panel would make objective assessments of each export application, based solely on the risk to international law, free from any external interference, lobbying or personal prejudice.

Anything short of that, I argued, would allow a future Tory government simply to return to the old system, in a way they could never do on bank independence.

Force for peace

But my proposal met with resistance from some quarters – by Emily Thornberry

https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/uk-and-yemen-catch-22-contortions-unethical-foreign-policy

(A P)

State of emergency in Yemen: Minister for the Middle East's statement

The UK urges the parties to resume their efforts to implement the Riyadh Agreement and restore security and stability to southern Yemen.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/state-of-emergency-in-yemen-minister-for-the-middle-easts-statement

My comment: More hypocrisy by the war’s second largest arms supplier.

(A P)

Saudi Arabia extends ceasefire in Yemen: Foreign Secretary statement

Dominic Raab urges the Government of Yemen and the Houthis to immediately cease all hostilities in Yemen and engage with UN proposals.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/saudi-arabia-extends-ceasefire-in-yemen-foreign-secretary-statement

My comment: More hypocrisy by the war’s second largest arms supplier.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

(A P)

Zarif, Guterres underline dispatch of humanitarian aid to Yemen

In a telephone conversation on Sunday, Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underscored the vitality of dispatching humanitarian aid cargoes to Yemen, amid coronavirus outbreak.

In this phone talk, which is the two sides' third conversation in the past two weeks, they underlined the significance of having Yemeni ports reopened and ensuring the country's border security.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/158053/Zarif-Guterres-underline-dispatch-of-humanitarian-aid-to-Yemen

(A P)

#Ramadan in #Bahrain: Hasan AlQattan was imprisoned at 20YO from 2008-2016. Officers tortured him, "poured detergent, coffee" on his skin wounds, & denied him medical care until he suffered kidney failure. He died battling the effects of torture on April 23, the eve of Ramadan (photos)

https://twitter.com/PrintempsArabeS/status/1254129872240328705

(B P)

Bahrain Political Prisoners Struggle With Coronavirus Risks As They’re Denied Freedom

Although large number of prisoners in many countries were freed to reduce the pandemic fatalities, the Al Khalifa regime in Bahrain refused to take similar steps to the frustration of the rights groups and the families of the prisoners. The tiny Arab kingdom has so far confirmed 1,895 people tested positive for COVID-19 pandemic, as it said that 7 died of the disease.

http://shiitenews.org/shiitenews/bahrain/item/113048-bahrain-political-prisoners-struggle-with-coronavirus-risks-as-theyre-denied-freedom/

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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In the midst of our COVID-19 crisis, Canada lifted its moratorium on arms exports to Saudi Arabi

Did Global Affairs Canada (GAC) consider the ironic contradictions of the announcements it made just one day apart last week?

On April 10, GAC issued an official statement in support of a global ceasefire, in response to the high-profile appeal on March 23 by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. The day before, however, it had announced that it was lifting a moratorium on arms-export permits to Saudi Arabia, one of the worst violators of human and women’s rights on the planet.

Saudi Arabia is the chief perpetrator of the catastrophe engulfing Yemen

Yet Canada’s support for weapons sales to Saudi Arabia has never faltered. Even during the moratorium, arms shipments continued, including exports of light-armoured vehicles (LAVs).

All that was suspended was the issuance of new export permits. And now that restriction has been lifted – even though it is now certain that Riyadh repeatedly lied to the world about the Khashoggi affair.

Perhaps Ottawa’s most egregious argument for continuing arms sales to Saudi Arabia is that there is no conclusive evidence that Canadian-made military exports have been misused. This is not only inaccurate but misses an essential point.

First, there is evidence of the misuse of Canadian-made arms.

But the critical point is that the whole emphasis on evidence is wrong. No proof of misuse is required to deny export permits under Canadian and international law. All that must be established is the risk that abuses might occur. The word “evidence” does not appear once in the international Arms Trade Treaty that Canada joined last September.

Ottawa has also said that failing to honour the most recent deal for LAVs could result in hefty financial penalties, said to be in the billions of dollars. What is not clear is how or why Canada’s sovereign mandate, prerogative, and obligation to faithfully implement the law, including the ability to cancel arms export permits, would somehow be subordinate to the language of a commercial contract.

In foreign policy, as in life, actions do speak louder than words. And Canada’s decision to lift the moratorium on arms exports to Saudi Arabia right in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis makes its rhetorical support for a global ceasefire sound disappointingly hollow – by Cesar Jaramillo

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-in-the-midst-of-our-covid-19-crisis-canada-lifted-its-moratorium-on/

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemen’s riyal drops as UAE-backed forces claim southern provinces

The Yemeni currency, the riyal, continues to drop in financial markets, but has seen its value plummet further in the southern provinces where the UAE-supported separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) has declared self-rule from the Saudi-based, UN-recognised government, confirming earlier reports that the so-called Riyadh Agreement has failed.

The Yemen Press Agency reported on Saturday that the riyal had deteriorated to 655 to the US dollar in Aden province, which is also where the port city of the same name has been claimed by the STC as their capital and had served as the de facto capital of the government before it was seized last year by the separatists.

However, in the state capital Sanaa where the Houthi-aligned government is based, the currency had reportedly stabilised at 598 riyals per dollar.

On the black market the price of the dollar reached 600 riyals, although it remained stable in the Central Bank in Sanaa at 250 riyals per dollar and 440 riyals in other Yemeni banks across the city.

Yesterday the Central Bank in Aden was surrounded by militia aligned with the STC. According to local sources, the bank evacuated employees after STC forces besieged it despite of the presence of Saudi forces.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200427-yemens-riyal-drops-as-uae-backed-forces-claim-southern-provinces/

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Head Of General Investment Authority Reveals Losses Suffered By Investment Sectors Due to Aggression

Yasser Al Mansour, Chairman of the General Investment Authority, confirmed that the indirect losses suffered by the investment sectors due to the aggression had even greater influence comparing to direct losses.

Al-Mansour said in a statement to Almasirah, Sunday, that “the countries of the Saudi American aggression target the industrial and investment sectors to preserve us as a market for their products and production lines.”

“Due to the aggression, we lost a large group of investment opportunities and fair agreements that could accommodate thousands of workers.”

Al-Mansour pointed out that the aggression deliberately transformed some industrial areas into a confrontation area, as it did in Hodeidah. He continued saying, “we have 12 projects registered this year related to the pharmaceutical industries, supplies and other services in Hodeidah.”

He explained that the projects that have been able to restart their production lines are few and suffer from the interruption of supplies of raw materials as a result of the blockade. Al-Mansour also confirmed that the number of investment projects directly affected by the airstrikes has reached 64 projects in four important sectors.

Al-Mansour also noted that the losses were endured by 34 projects in the industrial sector, 4 in the agricultural and animal sectors, 14 in the service sector and 7 in the tourism sector, indicating that the losses of fixed assets in investment projects are amounting to 400 billion riyals.

The President of the General Investment Authority indicated that 27,000 workers were laid off after the investment projects were destroyed and damaged.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12567

Film (in Arabic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xALsPpImSCg

(B E)

Photos: It is very beautiful with the entry of the holy month of Ramadan. You buy a product made in your country and not only that, but most of these products are the source of the materials included in the product from the country's farms ... Made in # Sayoun # Hadramout # Yemen

https://twitter.com/M_Baftim/status/1253767129792499712

(B E H)

Although the markets are crowded with people, still many people can't buy things for Ramadan. Over the years and since the beginning of the war, the situation has worsened for Yemenis and more and more people have lost their source of income.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1253776583619461125

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

(A T)

Recent uptick in #AQAP media output coincides with rising tension in south #Yemen as gov & #STC wrestle for power. There's a new video series of religious lectures by Batarfi, a recruitment nashid, + a sermon by Judge Abu Bishr pointing out that Ramadan is a good time to fight

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1254485125125099520

(A T)

New lecture by #AQAP #Yemen leader on the Surahs of al-Nur & al-Hujurat (Quran chapters 24 & 49). Batarfi sports his usual accoutrements (huge dagger, fave pen, fancy ring, leather holster) but new watch, laptop & fancier setting. Looks like my Friday night viewing is sorted... (photo)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1253782538222518273

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

(WFP) provides relief supplies to Houthi militia fronts

It is no longer a secret that UN in Yemen has used such funds in great vain, putting them at the disposal of the Houthi militia. The Houthi militia uses these funds to finance its war against Yemenis and to deal with organizations and personalities that help give these funds and assistance to the militia.

The World Food Programme (WFP) after exposing organized corruption among its employees tried to contain the situation with statements by the executive director of the program accusing the Houthis of stealing food from the mouths of the hungry, manipulating relief quantities and names threatening to cut off aid in areas controlled by the militia.

With these statements, the programme manager was able to calm the situation and deflect accusations from the World Food Programme.

A new phase of corruption has begun with cash donors, which is the most suitable system for militia and provides it with the sale of relief for money, because it will get the money directly.

In order to put the touches to camouflage the game, the UN envoy began a sitcom at a Security Council session, where he began by talking about the Houthi militia rejecting the cash and fingerprint system

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/04/28/wfp-provides-relief-supplies-to-houthi-militia-fronts/

(A P)

Al-Hwaitat tribes express loyalty to wise leadership, support for major projects in "NEOM" , "Amala"

People of Al-Hwaitat tribe in Tabuk region have expressed loyalty to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

The people of the tribe expressed support for the "NEOM" project launched by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince in the Tabuk region as well as projects in Amala.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2079760

My comment: Why this? Because the Saudi police shot to death a tribal activist who refused to let the government bulldoze his home to make way for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s pet project NEOM.

(A P)

»Saudi-Arabien hat einen hohen Preis im Jemen gezahlt«

Sultan Al-Barkani steht dem exilierten jemenitischen Parlament vor. Im Interview spricht er über Bedingungen für einen Frieden mit den Huthis, Vorwürfe gegen Saudi-Arabien – und welchen Beitrag er sich von Deutschland wünscht.

Sultan Said Al-Burkani: Zuallererst möchte ich betonen, dass diese tragische Situation ein Resultat des Krieges ist, den die Huthis über das Land gebracht haben. Das iranische Projekt hat diese verheerende Katastrophe für die Menschen verursacht. Die Regierung tut alles in ihrer Macht Stehende und ruft ihre Brüder und Freunde in aller Welt dazu auf, sich um Hilfe für die Menschen im Jemen zu bemühen. Unsere Brüder im Königreich Saudi-Arabien, allen voran das »King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center«, sind uns als erste zu Hilfe geeilt. Nun ist die gesamte Welt gefordert, diese furchtbaren Umstände nicht links liegen zu lassen. Die humanitäre Situation im Jemen steht in direkter Verbindung zur militärischen und politischen Situation im Land – das gesamte jemenitische Volk durchlebt momentan eine Tragödie. Und ich appelliere an die Welt, sie möge an der Seite der jemenitischen Regierung und an der Seite unserer saudischen Partner handeln, um das Leben dieser Menschen zu retten.

https://magazin.zenith.me/de/politik/interview-mit-dem-jemenitischen-parlamentspräsidenten-sultan-al-barkani

Mein Kommentar: Al-Barkani ist der Sprecher des Minderheiten-„Parlaments“ auf Seiten der Hadi-Regierung, das jetzt seit vielen Monaten nicht getagt hat. Und hier lässt man ihn irre Propaganda verbreiten.

(A P)

Yemen: An outstanding testimony on UN failure

It is about five years since the UN issued a resolution calling for ending the Houthi seizure of power, restoring the government and banning of the militia's armament. Today the Houthis control northwest Yemen unchallenged and are the only warring party that imports arms normally and develops ballistic missiles.

With the progress of time, the UN not only spared the Shia extremists the accountability for the coup and the years of horrific abuses, but has from the beginning showed an interest in giving them a carte blanche to do whatever they want: The UN has avoided enforcing its resolutions on them, allowing them to sabotage too many ceasefire deals and establish a routine of horrific abuses against civilians with no accountability in return.

Demonstrating, in effect, an interest to confer a mantle of authority upon the Shia militia, the UN ignored several calls by the Yemeni government in the past to move its offices from the Houthi-held Sana'a to the temporary capital Aden.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-39364

My comment: The UN siding with the Houthis? This is the newest from Islah Party’s propaganda jokebox.

(A P)

Cartoon: #Houthis & The Road to Power!

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1254194885588115457

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19930

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2079611

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/sdrpy-launches-health-and-education-sector-projects-hadhramaut-al-mahra-and-socotra

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/ksrelief-continues-distribute-aid-yemen

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2079312

https://www.mofaic.gov.ae/en/mediahub/news/2020/4/26/26-04-2020-uae-erc

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/ksrelief-distributes-humanitarian-aid-flood-victims-ma-rib

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/ksrelief-continues-distribute-aid-yemen

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2078904

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2078913

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/urgent-relief-campaign-those-affected-floods-aden-yemen-enar

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

(* A K pH)

Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

April 26: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000../1646113768872315/?type=3&theater

April 25: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000../1646109682206057/

April 24: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000../1646106908873001/

April 23: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000../1644056752411350/

April 22: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/pb.551288185021551.-2207520000../1644054379078254/

(A K pH)

Kriegsflugzeuge der Aggression fliegen 16 Luftangriffe auf Marib an

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3095394.htm

16 Airstrikes of US-Saudi-led coalition warplane hit Marib

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3095403.htm

(A K pH)

Aggressionskampfflugzeuge fliegen 20 Luftangriffe auf Marib an

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3095360.htm

(A K pH)

Aggression coalition aircraft wages 20 raids on Marib

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3095351.htm

(A K pH)

29 Luftangriffe auf fünf Provinzen

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3095276.htm

(A K pH)

29 raids on 5 provinces

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3095275.htm

(A K pH)

Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt drei Luftangriffe auf Dschuban in Al-Dhalea an

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3095234.htm

(A K pH)

Aggression fighter jets hit Dhalea

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3095256.htm

(A K pH)

Saree: 29 Luftangriffe der Aggressionsluftwaffe in den letzten 24 Stunden

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3095252.htm

(A K pH)

Aggression coalition aircraft wage 29 raids on several provinces

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3095257.htm

(A K pH)

38 Luftangriffe auf drei Gouvernorate

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3095199.htm

(A K pH)

38 raids on 3 provinces

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3095211.htm

(A K pH)

Aggressionswarplanes fliegt 6 Luftangriffe auf Al-Dschouf

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3095202.htm

(A K pH)

Aggression fighter jets wage 6 strikes on Jawf

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3095205.htm

(A K pH)

Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt fünf Luftangriffe auf Sahar, Saada

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3095179.htm

(A K pH)

Aggression coalition aircraft wage 5 raids on Saada

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3095204.htm

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

(A K pS)

Houthi militias push large reinforcements towards fronts & army committed to truce

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/04/27/houthi-militias-push-large-reinforcements-towards-fronts-army-committed-to-truce/

(A K pH)

In Saada, northern Yemeni border, Saudi missile and artillery strikes targeted populated villages in the border district of Razih.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12580

(A K pS)

The joint forces liberates mountainous heights in Hajar north of Qataba in Al-Dhalea.

https://en.smanews.org/the-joint-forces-liberates-mountainous-heights-in-hajar-north-of-qataba-in-al-dhalea

(A K pH)

Film: Al-Jawf: Scenes of the storming of Al-Marzaiq, Al-Hadba, Al-Banat, Al-Asheqa'a and Al-Khassaf 27/04-2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF7AwK0gGrQ

(* A K pS)

Eight civilians were killed and eight others injured in the explosion of landmines and explosive devices in two separate incidents in al-Hodeidah and al-Baydha governorates.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1254542863666499590

(A K pH)

Yemeni Army Foils Infiltration Attempt by US-Saudi Mercenaries, Marib

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12566

(A K pH)

Yet Another Day Of Bombardment In Sa’adah Governorate, Civilian Property Damaged

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12553

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=12563

(A K pS)

KSrelief Project 'Masam' Dismantles 671 Mines in Yemen in a Week

Masam, a project for clearing mines in Yemen affiliated to King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), demined 671 mines including 45 antipersonnel mines, 175 anti-tanks, 435 unexploded ordnance and 16 explosive devices in the 4th week of April.
Since the beginning of the project, 161,909 landmines have been dismantled after being planted by terrorist Houthi militia in Yemen.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2079072

(A K)

16 killed in offensive launched by Houthis against pro-gov't forces in southern Yemen

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-04/25/c_139007425.htm

(A K pS)

Houthis launch artillery strikes on civilians in al-Dhale

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19917

(A K pS)

Houthis violated cease-fire extension 129 times

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19922

and also https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2254956/129-houthi-violations-1st-two-days-unilateral-ceasefire-extension

(A K pH)

Several prominent mercenary commanders killed in Yemeni attacks

https://www.uprising.today/several-prominent-mercenary-commanders-killed-in-yemeni-attacks/

(A K pS)

Clashes on the border of Al-Baydha, Abyan escalate despite ceasefire announcement

https://al-masdaronline.net/national/692

(A K pH)

Krieg im Jemen: Houthis konnten mehrere Gebiete erobern

https://de.news-front.info/2020/04/25/krieg-im-jemen-houthis-konnten-mehrere-gebiete-erobern/

(A K pH)

[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni army liberates al-Banat camp belong to aggression in Jawf: military source

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3095200.htm

(A K pS)

Yemeni official army squashes three Houthi battalions

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government said on Saturday its troops defeated three Houthi battalions in Sirwah district, in the northeastern governorate of Marib.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16724.html

(A K pS)

[Hadi gov.] Army foils Houthi militia’s infiltration attempts in Serwah & Nehm

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/04/25/army-foils-houthi-militias-infiltration-attempts-in-serwah-nehm/

(A K pS)

Southern forces foil Houthi attack in al-Dhale

http://en.adenpress.news/news/19912

(A K pH)

Militärische Quelle: Räumung des Labinat-Lagers und seiner Umgebung durch großflächige Offensivoperation

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3095183.htm

(A K)

Houthis say fully seized Labinat camp in Jawf

The Houthi group late on Friday said its fighters had fully seized the al-Labinat military camp from the Yemeni official army in the northern governorate of al-Jawf.

In an offensive operation, the Houthis took control of al-Labinat camp and the nearby hills, after massive fighting with the government troops, "tens of whom were killed or injured, including senior commanders," the Sana'a-based Saba reported.

"Houthi fighters started advancing towards [the higher and lower hills of] al-Marazeeq, after purging the whole city of al-Hazm," the Houthi-run agency quoted a military sources as saying.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-16710.html

(A K pH)

Saree: Armee [der Sanaa-Reg.] vereitelt Vormarsch der Aggressionstruppen in Richtung der Raghwan-Direktion in Marib

https://www.saba.ye/de/news3095172.htm

(A K pH)

[Sanaa gov.] Army foils aggression's infiltration attempts towards Marib: Army Spokesman

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3095162.htm

(A K pS)

Clashes intensify in Sarwah after the militia attempts to advance

This morning, coalition aircraft launched several air strikes on militia locations in the Sarwah front, west of Marib. Well-informed military sources confirmed that the Houthi militia has again launched attacks on liberated sites in the "Sarwah Front", with the aim of regaining control over them

https://www.almashhad-alyemeni.com/164039

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(B H)

Map: Yemen - Flood Susceptibility: Nationwide Susceptibility to Flooding - March 2020

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-flood-susceptibility-nationwide-susceptibility-flooding-march-2020

Map: Yemen - Flood Susceptibility - Marib Governorate (16 April 2019)

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-flood-susceptibility-marib-governorate-16-april-2019

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Satire: Jemen bietet an saudisches Öl in Bombenkratern zu lagern

Weil der Preis zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte ins Negative gefallen ist, hat der Jemen seinem freundlichen Nachbarn eine kreative Lageroption angeboten. Ein Sprecher kommentierte: „Wie Sie sich vorstellen können, waren wir am Boden zerstört, als wir erfuhren, dass unsere Freunde solche Entbehrung erleiden und natürlich wollten wir helfe. Wir konnten ihnen eindeutig kein Geld leihen, weil jemand all unsere Infrastruktur systematisch zerstörte. Aber zufälligerweise verfügen wir über einen Überfluss an großen Löchern und niemand füllt sie auf, weil… Nun, sie verstehen; wir wollen uns wirklich nicht wiederholen.

https://heplev.wordpress.com/2020/04/25/jemen-bietet-an-saudisches-oel-in-bombenkratern-zu-lagern/

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-645-yemen-war-mosaic-645

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-645 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-645:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

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

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

07:36 28.04.2020
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