Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 650b- Yemen War Mosaic 650b

Yemen Press Reader 650b: 12. Mai 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 650, cp6 - cp18 / May 12, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 650, cp6 - cp18
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 650, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 650, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

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

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Waffenstillstand und Friedensangebot / Most important: ceasefire and peace offer

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

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




(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

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

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp14

(A K P)

Yemen's Southern Transitional Council Accuses Government of Violating Peace Treaty

The president of Yemen's Southern Transitional Council (STC), Aidaroos Qassem Zubaidi, on Monday accused the country's internationally recognized government of not following the peace agreement and attacking the council's forces.

"Today, we have witnessed an escalation of a military campaign which brings us back to the past wars of conquest against the south in 1994 and 2015 by the armed groups of the Houthis and the Muslim Brotherhood* who have deployed their forces to the south", Zubaidi said in a statement.

"We are defending the people's wishes in the south as well as their choice of independence, restoring and building a modern, federative, and completely independent country", Zubaidi added.

(A P)

Yemeni mothers demand release of 44 detainees risking COVID-19

The Yemeni abductees' mothers league (AML) on Monday called on the international community to "save the lives of 44" people detained in the southern port city of Aden.

The "44 detainees held in Bair Ahmed jail are at risk of COVID-19 infection," AML said in a statement, "after the prison's director caught the virus and his brother, who worked at the same jail, died.

"While the Yemeni government has declared Aden as infected city, security authorities still refuse to release the prisoners," it added.

and also

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Reports Yemen president’s health is deteriorating after heart attack

Sources close to exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi leaked news about his deteriorating health on Thursday after reports emerged that he was hospitalised following a heart attack in the Saudi capital Riyadh where he has been residing since he fled the country five years ago.

According to the Yemen Press Agency, citing sources within the Hadi government, the Yemeni president is an intensive care unit at the King Faisal Hospital.

The sources disclosed that the 74-year-old was brought into intensive care twice over a 24-hour period with the hospital starting the process of implanting coronary arteries to try to save him.

However, Hadi’s office and his internationally-recognised government have so far not issued any official statement.

(A K P)

Tariq Saleh implicitly rejects Yemeni gov't army attack on Aden

Guards of the Republic commander on Monday expressed indirect rejection to an attack by the Yemeni UN-recognized government on its interim capital of Aden.
Aden needs "relief and medical equipment and teams, but not storming equipment and teams," Tariq Saleh added on Twitter.
The government had already called on the Southern Transitional Council (STC) to hand Abyan's provincial capital of Zinjobar and withdraw forces to Dofus, the city's western gateway leading to Aden.

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Yemen govt, southern separatists clash over Zinjibar

Fighting broke out Monday between government troops and separatists in southern Yemen, officials said, in the first major clash since the Southern Transitional Council declared self-rule over the region.

The two sides fought for control of Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province, the separatist STC said.aden

Government troops launched an offensive on the outskirts of Zinjibar, some 60 kilometres (35 miles) from the main southern city of Aden, sources from both sides told AFP.

An STC official, Nabil al-Hanachi, told AFP that they managed to "stop the attack and kill many of them", without giving figures.

Video footage showed government armoured vehicles on fire, as STC forces celebrated their "victory".



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Yemen: Violent battles between gov't and STC forces in Abyan

Violent battles erupted on Monday, between the Yemeni internationally- recognized government forces and the forces of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) in the southern governorate of Abyan, while the President of STC considered what is causing an open war to gain independence.

Local sources said that units of the government forces stationed in the city of Shaqra, south of Abyan, advanced towards the Sheikh Salem area east of Zonjobar, the capital of the province, which resulted in violent clashes between the two sides.

The sources said that the government forces took control of the area, about 15 km from Zanzibar, and continued to advance towards the city, while explosions of mutual shelling were heard between the two sides, in the eastern suburbs of it.

The sources added that the commander of the Third Brigade, supporting and supporting the Southern Transitional Forces, Nabil al-Mashushi, was killed in the confrontations.

Sunday evening, government forces sent large military reinforcements from Shabwa to support their forces stationed in the city of Shakra, Abyan, in preparation for their advance towards Zonjobar, large forces of the Southern Transitional Council arrived in Zonjobar, coming from Aden and Lahj, to support the forces present in Abyan.

The Southern Transitional Council forces control the cities of Zonjobar and Ja'ar, Abyan, up to Aden Governorate, while government forces control the military supply line coming from the Marib Governorate in the north, all the way to the city of Shaqra, south of Abyan, passing through Shabwa Governorate.

The Southern Transitional Council confirmed Monday, that government forces launched an attack on its forces in the Abyan governorate, accusing the government of "sparking a new conflict ... after months of breaches and attacks it carried out without justification."

like a comment: What is it with the level of irresponsibility the #RYG and #STC are exercising? Instead of combating the spread of #COVID-19, they are fighting for land control?! What have any of you done with the areas you already ‘control’?! Absolute shambles, shame on you.

and by a pro-separatist news site:

Islah's bid to invade Aden foiled in Abyan

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Declaration of Autonomy: The Gradual Erosion of Authority in South Yemen

In light of competing interests and calculations, the situation in south Yemen could unfold along various trajectories, but the determining factor will be the extent to which the STC takes its commitment to the Riyadh Agreement seriously.

The unilateral declaration of autonomy by the Yemeni Southern Transitional Council (STC) on 25 April 2020 did not arise from a vacuum. It was a product of various intersecting contexts and interests in Yemen, growing out of the long-standing conflict between north and south Yemen, southern rivalries and factionalism, and the competing aspirations of regional actors in the Yemeni war, particularly the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Although the STC soon backtracked and recommitted to the political power-sharing arrangement laid out in the Riyadh Agreement in late 2019, the timing of its declaration sheds light on the current balance of power in south Yemen, the possible trajectory of the wider conflict in the country, and the future of southern autonomy.

Taking the immediate context, the declaration was apparently precipitated by the recent defeats of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi’s forces in northern Yemen in February and March.

While KSA and UAE are united in their military coalition against the Houthis, ostensibly on behalf of the legitimate Hadi government, each country has its own interests, and as the war wears on, their interests have increasingly diverged.

In light of these competing interests and calculations, the situation in south Yemen could unfold along various trajectories, but the determining factor will be the extent to which the STC takes its commitment to the Riyadh Agreement seriously. One scenario is that the STC refuses to do so and seeks to enforce unilateral southern secession with military action, but this move has little chance for success. Factionalism and local rivalries within the south are too strong and it would likely spur a prolonged civil war, which would in turn prove conducive to meddling by other regional powers like Iran and Russia, especially if the Saudi-led coalition fragments.

In a second scenario, the Hadi government could launch a military offensive to re-take Aden and STC-controlled governorates, but this is unlikely. Such an action would probably not receive the green light from Saudi Arabia absent a direct clash between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.

The most likely scenario is that the Riyadh Agreement holds, despite breaches by various parties. Formally adhering to the agreement would give the STC room to maneuver, allowing it to light small fires to slowly erode the authority of the Hadi government in the south, while enjoying political legitimacy under the agreement and avoiding open conflict with Saudi Arabia. This option is the most preferable for KSA as well, for it would give Riyadh a role, meager as it may be, in the formation of any future governments in Yemen, particularly if a power-sharing agreement is reached with the Houthis to end the war.

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Stranded Yemenis return via Al-Wadea crossing, as new quarantine facility prepared in Hadhramout

Hundreds of stranded Yemenis crossed the Al-Wadea border crossing from Saudi Arabia on Saturday, as the first group of Yemeni citizens to return via the major land port since its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A source at the border crossing told Almasdar Online that 400 people were included in the initial group of returnees, who had been stranded in the Saudi governorate of Sharoura for more than a month due to the closure of the border crossing in early April.

Only stranded individuals are being allowed to return, according to the border agent, who said Al-Wadea land port remains closed to regular traffic.

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Aden: As Catastrophe Looms, STC and Yemen’s Govt Keep Silent

The Yemeni interim capital of Aden has been witnessing public outrage at both the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the Yemeni internationally recognized government for failing to provide the very basic services in the city.

“The situation here is worsening. Many hospitals shut down and there is almost no electricity,” Ousan Faisal, an angry protester, told Republican Yemen.

“Both the STC and the Yemeni government never care about us. Power is their only interest,” he added.

Mohammed Anwar, 30, believes that the people of Aden are the only affected ones of this chaos. He accused the STC and the Yemeni government of pursuing power and neglecting the people.

“If they do care about Aden, you won’t see sewage all over the streets. Diseases are the result of such sewage and those who raise fake slogans about us being their top priority never bother to even dispose it from streets,” Mohammed said.

(A P)

STC militants shoot at protesters in Aden

Militants of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), a separation armed group based in Aden, opened fire on Saturday night at hundreds of citizens who gathered in Crater district to demonstrate against deteriorating living standards and public services in Aden.

Local sources told Alsahwa Net that the STC militia deployed their forces supported by armored vehicles throughout streets of Aden and forced business shops to shut down.

The STC militants imposed a curfew in Crater to fail implementation of the declared demonstration.

The sources said that the STC militants dispersed the gathering and arrested several citizens when attempted to form the assembly.

(B H P)

Photo: This is one of the popular markets in #Aden , the sewage on the streets . 73 new death reported (For Sunday only ! ) . Most of the streets are crowded despite of the curfew decision . This is how Aden looks today : lawlessness!

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Press Statement of General Department of Foreign Affairs in Southern Transitional Council

The Southern Transitional Council declared a state of emergency and self-administration across South Yemen the aim of which is to protect civilians and restore and manage state facilities and institutions.

We did not take this decision lightly, but it became necessary to ensure the protection and administration of the South, which was subjected to wilful neglect, mismanagement and collective punishment by successive Yemeni governments. As the Southern Transitional Council, we are responsible for the citizens of the South and for their safety and protection, as well as the protection of those from other areas who are living in the South. In the current circumstances, we are committed to ensure the stability, safety and humanitarian well-being of the South and we have directed our efforts and resources to this task.

Recently, in particular, the Government of Yemen has undertaken a policy of collective punishment against the Southern People. Civil servants’ salaries have gone unpaid and the government took systematic measures to deteriorate and close basic services such as drinking water and sanitation facilities throughout the South. Recently, electricity – the final straw – has been shut down on top of a long list of measures designed to subdue the people of the South. The situation became more acute after the April 21 deadly flash floods that devastated Aden, in addition to the threat posed by the Covid-19.

In parallel, rather than ensuring basic services and protecting Southern civilians from the impact of the flash floods and Covid-19, the Government of Yemen has lost its legitimacy in accordance with the Riyadh Agreement and pursued a military strategy through military escalation against Southern forces, in coordination with extremist elements allied to it. This has put the urgent response plans for Covid-19 at risk. I

With this in mind, the Southern Transitional Council has an obligation to intervene to take full responsibility for governance and the provision of basic services to the people of the South.

Experts and technicians are already working to reconvene state institutions in the South that were deliberately closed in recent days, as well as direct their resources to serve the people.

Our goal now is to work for the South, with all officials, segments of the Southern community, and civil society organizations to achieve a collective vision for the Southern People. Our action today is a clear rejection of the current catastrophic situation in the South, whose roots go back to the forced unification in 1990 and the unjust civil war of 1994. However, we still intend to work for a just and sustainable political solution to the Southern People’s Case and to achieve that through the United Nations-led political process. Our case has not been properly defined and so far excluded as well as the absence of any international guarantees to clearly address our legitimate concerns in all Yemen’s related UN resolutions and international consultations since 2012.

It is therefore of critical importance to include the Southern People’s Case in the United Nations-led peace process.

(A P)

The Southern Transitional Council welcomes the statement of the Arab Coalition

The Southern Transitional Council welcomes the statement issued by the Arab coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, affirming the importance of the Riyadh Agreement, and the need to respect its sequencial steps

(A P)

Press Statement of General Department of Foreign Affairs in Southern Transitional Council

he Member of the Southern Transitional Council Presidency Salem Thabet Al-Awlaqi affirmed that the fall of the Brotherhood’s authority in Socotra is a settled matter, noting that the kidnapping, torturing and assassination points did not appear in Socotra except during the period of the Brotherhood governor Ramzi Mahrous.

My comment: The separatists want to override Socotra, blaming the Hadi government representatives as “Muslim Brotherhood”.

And also here:

(A P)

Al-Jaadi: We will not stand idly before the Brotherhood corruption in legitimacy

The member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, “Fadl Al-Jaadi,” confirmed that the people of the south will face the corruption of the legitimacy kidnapped by the Brotherhood.

My comment: This is the separatists’ main propaganda narrative

(A P)

Laqwar: There is a crime against humanity by Ministry of Health of the legitimacy in Aden the capital

Laqwar wrote on Thursday on his Twitter account: The medical staff abandoned their work in the face of the health situation in Aden and elsewhere (if this actually happened) then it is a crime against humanity made by the Ministry of Health, which left them without protective capabilities to protect themselves.

My comment: Wrong: Now the separatists are in charge of Aden – as they claimed themselves.

(A P)

Hadi official accuses Saudi Arabia and UAE of carrying out coup in southern Yemen

Ali Salem al-Haziri claims both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi plot against Hadi

In a press statement, Sheikh Ali Salem al-Harizi, former Undersecretary of Mahrah Province, has accused Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of carrying out a “coup against Hadi’s government in the southern provinces”.

Al-Harizi called on the people of Socotra province to join Hadi’s governor of the Socotra archipelago, Ramzi Mahrous, in order to defend the province from the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militias.

He noted that there are practical procedures in place to pressure Dhalea province to withdraw its troops from Socotra.

The official said that the “sons of Mahrah are ready for any emergency in the province to confront the UAE.”

(A P)

Gov’t supports anti-rebellion measures in Socotra

The government vowed on Friday its support to the local authority of Socotra Archipelago against attempts of rebellion by the Aden-based separatists known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

(A P)

Gov’t holds STC accountability to worsening health situation in Aden

The government held on Friday the separatists in Aden known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC) accountability to deteriorating health situation in the city following surge of the COVID-19 cases.

Undersecretary of the Health Ministry, Abdulraqeeb Al-Haideri said in a statement quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper that irresponsible acts taken by the STC hindered the government to respond to the spread of COVID-19 in Aden.

He explained that the health ministry set up a preventive response scheme to counter the COVOD-19 in the government held areas.

However, local health authorities in Aden failed to implement the government’s COVID-19 response strategy because of impairment ensued by the STC’s declaration of self-administration of south Yemen, according to Al-Haidari.

(A P)

Abyan marks 3rd anniversary of STC creation

Hundreds of people roamed the streets of Moudiya district in Abyan's central region on Saturday, to mark the 3rd anniversary of the establishment of the Southern Transitional Council.

My comment: It’s not „Abyan”, it’s just supports of separatism in Abyan.

(A P)

The de facto authority of the Southern Transitional Council (#STC) arrested activists who call for protests demanding basic services in #Aden, #Yemen's interim capital, where scores die on a daily basis due to the recent outbreak of epidemics.


(A P)

STC forces release protesters in Aden

Forces of the UAE-backed southern transitional council have released protesters including a number of organisers of a demonstration in Aden.

They prevented the demonstration against deteriorating basic services in the city which was called by political and social activists.

STC forces fired at demonstrators and arrested organisers, sources said.

(A P)

Yemen Cabinet calls for UNESCO intervention to stop destructions in Socotra

Yemen’s Cabinet has called on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to intervene to stop the destructive acts of Yemen’s separatist militia in Socotra archipelago.

Socotra, a worldwide popular tourist oasis 60 miles from the Horn of Africa and on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for its exceptionally rich and distinct flora and fauna, is now witnessing a constant unrest as a result of the Southern Transitional Council’s violent attempts to overthrow the legitimate government’s control.

(A H P)

Ahrar Aden movement calls for Southern Yemeni revolution against both STC and Hadi

People of Aden reject both mercenary gangs and all invaders

In conjunction with the catastrophic situation, deterioration of services and spread of epidemics and diseases in the southern port city of Aden, the so-called Ahrar Aden ( Free Movement of Aden) and other local organisations have called for a popular demonstration against both the Southern Transitional Council and the Saudi-led Hadi puppet government, under the slogan “We are all here for you, Aden”.

(A H P)

Films: The Giants Brigades [UAE-backed militia] intensify their efforts to reconstruct what was left of the flood disaster in the capital, Aden

The Giants Brigades implement a cleaning campaign in a number of neighborhoods of the Khor Maksar district in the capital, Aden

The giants 'brigades take away citizens' cars that were buried by torrents and opened the road in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood of Qaloua

My remark: From the Giants brigades’ youtube channel.

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Parliamentarians appeal to Saudi Arabia to save Yemen's Aden

Members of the Yemeni Parliament called on Saudi Arabia for intervention to save the governorate of Aden in southern Yemen from the catastrophic situation in light of the internationally recognized government's inability to manage the province.

This came in a well-known letter signed by six members of the Yemeni Parliament representing the governorate of Aden to the Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz.

In their message, the parliamentarians pointed out that "the emergency humanitarian crisis in Aden due to the torrential rains and torrential rains that caused the displacement of dozens of families from their homes, and multiplied by the spread of epidemics and deadly viral fevers, which daily kill dozens in the light of the almost complete deficiency of the health system in the city."

And the letter demanded "a special gesture that saves this city and its people and its inhabitants whose lives are reaping the kinds of deadly epidemics that expand their spread, and made the reality of the city a catastrophic and tragic reality."

The parliamentarians said that "what has further confused the situation and the inability of the central and local authorities to manage the interests of the people in this province and control these disasters combined is the failure to implement the Riyadh agreement and the failure of state institutions to return to the interim capital of Aden."

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Yemen's separatists take state revenues in Aden to tighten southern grip

In a major development, Aden's institutions have deposited revenues in southern council's bank accounts

After declaring self-rule across the south of the country, Yemen's Southern Transitional Council (STC) has moved to wrest control of its economy from the government, ordering all taxes and levies in Aden to be deposited in its bank accounts.

The bold move to redirect revenues from the government-controlled Central Bank in Aden is set to stoke tensions even higher, as fierce clashes between separatists and government forces erupted elsewhere in the south.

The secessionist group, which believes the south should be an independent state, seized Aden, the government’s provisional seat, after battles against forces loyal to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi in August.

However, the council says it needs resources to manage Aden and its surrounding provinces.

STC member and head of the economic committee, Abdul-Salam Humayd, said in a statement that Mualla port's customs, tax authority, ports authority, free zone customs, oil company and Aden’s refinery company have opened accounts at Al-Ahli Bank and placed their revenues in STC accounts.

He said other institutions are still working to open accounts in Al-Ahli, adding that the resources will be utilised in the interest of the south and the STC might stop paying salaries to public servants in northern provinces like Taiz.

The source said the STC is gradually advancing towards its goal and after its forces took over Aden, and most of Lahj and Al-Dhale provinces, the time has come to seize control over the south’s financial resources.

He said the economic battle is decisive, as it can strengthen the STC and its management can therefore improve services in the south.

“We have reached the last battle and after the complete recapture of the revenues, the self-management will start reducing the suffering of southern people as money has been a major issue,” the source said.

“Our leadership found out that the Central Bank pays salaries for officials based outside Yemen in US dollars and that has pushed the currency towards collapse.”

A better future

Saeed al-Wahidi, an accountant at a local business in Aden, said the company is going to deposit its taxes in Al-Ahli bank as its management believes the STC can serve Aden better than the government has.

“We have been witnessing diseases kill people in Aden and the government has not taken any action, so we should give the STC a chance to prove that they can improve services,” Wahidi told MEE.


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Yemeni gov't closes STC bank accounts in Aden

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government has decided to close bank accounts opened by the Southern Transitional Council (STC) to deposit revenues of government offices in the southern port city of Aden.

Hadi government has, in a memo, instructed its ministry of finance to freeze withdrawal and disposal of funds deposited into these accounts.
The government accused the director general of Aden office of finance of "colluding with illegal entity that has no official capacity," and referred him to the Public Prosecution for investigation.
The official government called on all revenue-generating sectors and institutions to not deal with the STC in the capacity of self-rule or any other unofficial body.
Seven government revenue-generating bodies have already opened bank accounts in preparation for transferring the funds to an STC-run account, the Emirati-backed STC said Thursday, in pursuance to its declared self-government.
While the "tax corporation, customs offices of Mualla and Free Zone, the office of senior taxpayers, ports corporation, petroleum company and Aden refinery opened accounts at the National Bank, other institutions are taking the procedures," head of the STC-run economic committee, Abdul Salam Hameed, said.
Government revenue-generating bodies had deposited their revenues at the official Central Bank of Yemen, before the STC decided late last April to open a new account at the National Bank to collect the State's revenues.


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Yemen's STC announces 7 voluntary government institutions subject to its administration in Aden

The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) said Thursday evening that 7 government revenue entities have completed opening bank accounts under its supervision, in preparation for transferring funds to a special account in the council, in implementation of its declaration of self-administration for the interim capital of Aden and some southern governorates in the country.

According to the website of the STC, the head of the economic committee, a member of the council’s self-management committee, Abdulsalam Homaid, said, “The institutions that have completed their procedures in opening accounts for them at the National Bank are the Tax Corporation, Al-Mualla Customs, Free Zone Customs, Taxes for Senior Taxpayer, the Ports Authority , The oil company, the Aden Refineries Company, while other institutions are still following the procedures. "

Homaid pointed out that "those resources will enter into the current account of these institutions and behave through those bodies as usual and according to financial systems, with a difference that they will be subject to control to ensure that tampering and corruption is not allowed."

He added, "Only sovereign resources will be channeled in favor of improving public services such as water, electricity, hygiene and health, and any emergency services."

The Acting President of the Transitional Council, Chairman of the Self-rule Committee, Major General Ahmed bin Boraik, issued last Tuesday orders to deposit the revenues of government offices in accounts with the National Bank of Yemen and then transfer them to an intermediary account of the Council, as part of the financial and economic measures he took in implementation of his declaration of self-rule issued in 25 Last April.

My comment: Interesting: Imagine US taxes must be paid to the GOP now instead to the state.

(A K P)

Socotra: STC pledges to halt escalation for Ramadan, but reserves right to respond to government escalation

The Southern Transitional Council (STC) issued a statement on Thursday pledging to “stop escalating” conflict on the archipelago of Socotra out of respect for elders and the month of Ramadan, though the group said it would respond to any hostilities.

The statement also repeated its call for President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to dismiss Socotra Gov. Ramzi Mahrous.

(A K P)

Hadhramout governor deploys 10,000 troops to secure Mukalla

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government has decided to boost security measures in Hadhramout following the public protests in the eastern governorate.
"We've ordered the deployment of a massive force of 10,000 security and army troops to maintain security in cities," Hadhramout governor tweeted.
"Little groups won't be allowed to trifle with the provincial security," Gen Faraj al-Bohsoni added.
The provincial capital of Hadhramout, Mukalla has seen demonstrations since the beginning of this May, with stagers blocking streets in protest of long blackouts and bad public services.

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Yemen’s Dead End – OpEd

Now comes the latest bid to restore an independent South Yemen. Perhaps the instigators calculated that the current state of utter chaos within the country provided them with a golden opportunity.

So far the STC coup cannot be counted a great success.

The Saudi-led military coalition – including the United Arab Emirates, once firm supporters of the STC – immediately rejected the group’s declaration of self-rule in the south

But, much to the disappointment – perhaps even dismay – of the STC, within hours of its declaration no less than five of the eight southern Yemeni governorates refused to endorse it, confirming their adherence and loyalty to Yemeni President Hadi.

Moreover the attempt by the separatists to take over the Yemeni island of Socotra was thwarted by government force

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The Yemen conflict: Southern separatism in action

According to the declaration, the STC formally ended cooperation with President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s internationally recognised government in response to months of non-payment of salaries, as well as a lack of military support, efforts to fuel internal conflict and support terrorism, and a deterioration of public services, particularly those in Aden. The STC attributes all these problems to the actions of the government. And it blames the government for failing to implement the Riyadh Agreement – which they signed last November in a bid to solve long-standing disagreements between them that, three months earlier, deteriorated into military conflict.

Aden is now the focus of the conflict, thanks to its symbolic importance as the temporary capital, as well as its large population, port, and economic infrastructure.

The STC is one of many separatist groups in southern Yemen. Since its creation in 2017, it has achieved prominence thanks to the financial and diplomatic support it receives from the United Arab Emirates. Its international offices lend it a wide public presence.

The declaration and its timing raise questions about STC leaders’ vision. They appear to have partially heard widespread advice against making a declaration of independence, as “self-rule” is not quite “independence”, thereby allowing for some wriggle room. The STC also says that it is willing to return to the Riyadh Agreement if the government fulfils its conditions. But the organisation’s leadership could have predicted the negative reaction in Yemen beyond its core support – as it could the international response.

The STC will now face a challenge in not only asserting its legitimacy following the move but also financing its rule (particularly salaries in the security sector), given that its main sources of funds are the post-withdrawal UAE and a Saudi Arabia likely angered by the declaration.

The international community insists that Yemen’s future must be addressed within the framework of the internationally recognised state. Like all Yemenis, the people of Aden want peace, security, medical services, a livelihood, and physical and social infrastructure. The STC has struggled to provide any of these things. Instead, the organisation has risked reviving the internecine feuds of previous generations.

While it may hope to use the declaration to achieve a status comparable to that of the Houthis in Sana’a, the STC has far fewer assets with which to do so. The main question for its leadership concerns how to step back without losing face or local support. If it fails to achieve this, far from re-establishing the southern state along pre-1990 borders, the STC could lead southern Yemen into deeper political fragmentation and further conflict – by Helen Lackner

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Protracted conflict on Yemen’s island of Socotra reflects rival geopolitical ambitions

On April 30, roughly a week after the Southern Transitional Council (STC) declared self-administration in Aden, a military confrontation broke out on the remote Yemeni island of Socotra between members of the STC and government forces.

A critical strategic position on maritime trade routes

Every day, over three million barrels of oil travel from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea.

For years, international and regional powers have scrambled to establish bases around the Horn of Africa. Socotra, like the rest of the region, has become a hotbed of geopolitical competition. Iran, Somalia, Eritrea, India, Qatar, and the UAE have all attempted to gain a foothold on the island. In this competition, however, the UAE holds a clear advantage. Abu Dhabi enjoys strong historical, familial, and cultural ties with Socotra. The island’s governor, Ramzi Mahroos, vehemently rejects the STC, and maintains support from Islah and government loyalists on the island opposed to the UAE’s influence. However, many Socotrans, who consider themselves southerners, cheer the UAE's backing for the STC

But the UAE's expansion into the Horn of Africa has put it in direct competition with Turkey, which has its own designs on the Persian Gulf-Mediterranean Sea route. Since 2017, Ankara has stationed 3,000 troops in Qatar and has also signed an agreement with Sudan to rehabilitate and use the Ottoman-era port of Suakin.

While there has been considerable speculation around the UAE’s potential use of Socotra as a military base, experts point to logistical issues that would make this extremely challenging

Ankara and Abu Dhabi’s colliding interests

The UAE and Turkey’s interests have collided in Somalia. Turkey has built strong economic, political, and security ties with Somalia over the past decade

After the Emiratis’ departure from Somalia and involvement in Yemen, Ankara appeared uncomfortable with the UAE’s presence on Socotra and criticized its militarization of the island. Growing tensions between the Hadi government, which fears southern secession and is struggling to exercise control over political and military forces in the South, and the Emirati-backed STC provided Turkey with an opportunity to drive a wedge between Hadi and Abu Dhabi.

Saudi Arabia steps in

Ultimately, through de-escalation and mediation with the STC, the Saudi government is offering Hadi a face-saving compromise. At the request of the president-in-exile, Riyadh dispatched its own forces to the island, thereby symbolically upholding Hadi's claim to stewardship over Socotra as the legitimate government of a united Yemen – by Fatima Abo Alasrar

My comment: The author – a fierce Saudi backer – omits to mention Saudi Arabia’s own geopolitical interests – just painting the Saudis as angels of peace who want to appease the conflict on Socotra. – The newest events on Socotra already had outdated some of the conclusions of this article.

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Southern Yemeni leader survives second assassination attempt

Abu Hammam shot at in Aden, presumably by Saudi forces

Abdul Nasser al-Bawa, nicknamed “Abu Hammam” al-Yafei, who is a commander in the so-called Southern Resistance, has survived an assassination attempt in of Aden on Thursday, local sources said.

According to the local sources, unidentified gunmen fired a barrage of bullets at Abu Hammam’s convoy in the Inma market of al-Buriqa district.

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Yemeni gov't reopens Wadeah crossing point with Saudi

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government on Thursday said it had reopened the al-Wadeah border passage with Saudi Arabia to allow access for the Yemenis stranded in the Kingdom since the COVID-19 outbreak.
"President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has instructed the government to reopen the al-Wadeah crossing point," expatriate ministry said in a statement, "in a special case to receive the stranded."
Located in the Yemeni eastern governorate of Hadhramout, the crossing point has been closed for one month in the face of arrivals from Saudi lands as part of precautions against COVID-19 spread.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Could the Coronavirus Put an End to the War in Yemen?

The coronavirus has clearly thrown the kingdom for a loop, with more than 28,000 reported cases on its own territory—including members of the royal family—and oil prices in freefall amid a global downturn in demand. As the Saudis struggle to curb their outbreak at home, they would certainly be loathe to deal with the consequences of the same in Yemen.

Yet despite a call by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres last month for a global ceasefire to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, heavy fighting continues in Yemen. The Houthi rebels, who control Yemen’s highlands, have continued their military campaign unabated and have accused the Saudis and their allies on the ground of doing the same despite the ceasefire declaration.

It has become clear that the Saudi-led coalition cannot implement a ceasefire on its own. An earnest nationwide cessation of hostilities would have to include the Houthis, the Yemeni government, anti-Houthi forces on the Red Sea coast, and all southern secessionist forces.

The Houthis, in addition to their continued military operations, have made clear their negotiating terms.

This is where the U.S. role could be pivotal. It could apply pressure on the Saudis and the UAE to at least ease restrictions on the Sana’a airport and al-Hudaydah port as a show of good faith. Such actions will prove necessary, in any case, to ensure the uninterrupted flow of aid to combat a coronavirus outbreak.

A lasting ceasefire is unlikely without significant pressure from the United States and key international stakeholders to bring an end to the war. It is incumbent on the U.S. to work alongside the United Nations and other international actors to pressure all the warring parties to agree on and uphold a comprehensive ceasefire and to begin negotiations for a political settlement.

Resolving the conflict is in the U.S. national security interest, as the continuing war thwarts any adequate effort to address the spread of coronavirus in the Arabian Peninsula – by Charlotte Karmin

My comment: The great US illusion: That the US could be a “force of Good” and a peace broker in Yemen. This only would be possible with just quite another US. Today’s US is a warring party in Yemen.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Twin shocks threaten Saudi crown prince’s grand reform plans

Effects of coronavirus and oil collapse put some of kingdom’s biggest projects at risk

When Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled his bold economic reform plan, 2020 was supposed to be the year when a first round of key targets were to be met, including reducing unemployment, increasing non-oil revenue and creating private sector jobs. Now it threatens to be the year that slams the brakes on his ambitions as the twin shocks of coronavirus and collapsing oil prices force the government to reconsider its priorities. Mohammed al-Jadaan, the finance minister, unveiled a round of austerity measures on Monday, including slashing capital and operating expenditures.

The measures were expected to save the government SR100bn ($26.6bn). Mr Jadaan told Bloomberg the money would be reallocated. Riyadh had already dipped into its foreign reserves and Mr Jadaan, who previously announced a 5 per cent cut in government spending, warned this month the kingdom was facing an “extreme crisis” and would need to take “strict and extreme” measures. With deeper spending cuts looming, some of Prince Mohammed’s flagship Vision 2030 projects to reduce the kingdom’s dependency on oil — such as a $500bn futuristic city called Neom, a high-end Red Sea tourism development and entertainment and sports complex — risk becoming victims of the belt-tightening. “The final numbers have not been agreed, but they [the megaprojects] are being looked at. It’s a question of spreading the investment out over a longer period,” said one Saudi analyst familiar with the leadership’s thinking. “Capital expenditure will go down dramatically.” Mr Jadaan told Saudi television network Al Arabiya last week that the government was considering delaying “some projects” that are part of the 2030 plan, which was launched four years ago. His warnings about the severity of the crisis represented a marked shift in tone. One businessman, who has already furloughed staff and is finding it tougher to secure payments from state-affiliated entities, said it “sent shivers down a lot of people’s spines”.

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Saudi Arabia triples taxes, cuts $26B in costs amid pandemic

Saudi Arabia announced Monday it was tripling taxes on basic goods, raising them to 15%, and cutting spending on major projects by around $26 billion as it grapples with blows from the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices on its economy.

Saudi citizens will also lose a bonus cost-of-living allowance that had been in place since 2018, according to the country’s finance minister.

Despite efforts to diversify the economy, the kingdom continues to rely heavily on oil for revenue.


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Saudi Stocks Falls after Govt. Triples VAT Rate

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Has #Saudi #MBS murder his cousin & #CIA man & former CP Mohamed bin Naif? It seems that he he suffered a heart attack in prison & maybhave not survived. Murder by medical neglect is MBS new method

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Rights group says Saudi Arabia is holding a senior prince incommunicado since March

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Saturday that Saudi Arabian authorities recently detained and are holding incommunicado Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, who had previously been netted in an anti-corruption drive and released in late 2017.

The U.S.-based rights group, citing a source with ties to the royal family, said Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, a son of late monarch King Abdullah, was detained by security forces on March 27 while self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic at a family compound northeast of the capital Riyadh.

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Saudi Arabia coronavirus cases exceed 35,000

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Siehe / Look at cp9a

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Photographer known for images of bald eagles deported back to war zone

A Yemeni wildlife photographer specializing in images of bald eagles spent 22 years in the U.S. before he was deported in January to his country in the midst of civil war. Now, as stories like his recede from the news in the face of the global pandemic, the New York community where he lived longs for his return. NewsHour Weekend's Tom Casciato reports.

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Trump, Saudi king reaffirm defense ties amid tensions

President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman spoke by phone on Friday and “reaffirmed the strong United States-Saudi defense partnership,” the White House said, amid tensions over Saudi’s oil output.

The two men spoke after news the United States planned to withdraw two Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia that have been a defense against Iran.

My comment: „Defense ties” is an Orwellian wording joke when speaking of the US in the Middle East.

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Trump blasts Republicans who voted for Iran war powers bill as Senate fails to override veto

President Donald Trump laid into some of his close Senate allies for siding with Democrats on an Iran war powers bill even as Congress failed to override his veto.

“This was a very insulting resolution, introduced by Democrats as part of a strategy to win an election on Nov. 3 by dividing the Republican Party,” said Trump. “The few Republicans who voted for it played right into their hands.”

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Senate fails to override Trump's Iran war powers veto

The Senate on Thursday failed to override President Trump’s veto of a resolution seeking to rein in his ability to take military action against Iran.

Senators voted 49-44, falling short of the two-thirds support necessary to nix Trump’s veto and send the effort to the House.

The Senate vote comes less than a day after Trump vetoed the resolution, marking the seventh time he has used his veto pen since entering office in 2017.

The resolution, spearheaded by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), would require Trump to pull U.S. troops from any hostilities against Iran within 30 days unless he gets congressional approval for the military action.

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

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Citing virus, Iran says it’s ready for prisoner swap with US

Iran says it is ready for unconditional prisoner swap talks with the United States because of fears that the coronavirus could put the lives of the prisoners at risk, Iranian media reported Sunday.

An Iranian news website,, quoted Cabinet spokesman Ali Rabiei as saying there is a “readiness for all prisoners” to be discussed without condition.

“But the U.S. has refused to answer, so far,” said Rabiei.

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JINSA Conf Call: Iran Regime Collapse Strategy

Join the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) for a conference call with JINSA President & CEO Dr. Michael Makovsky who will be discussing his recent essay in The National Interest that proposes and recommends a comprehensive U.S. strategy that aims to hasten the collapse of the Iranian regime.

Comment: Fascinating no? Washington think tanks openly host panels to discuss how to DESTABILIZE countries. The pretense of seeking democracy is not even bothered with anymore. Rather, the focus is on what ALWAYS been the real goal: Collapse & Destabilization.

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Ilhan Omar backs Israel lobby campaign against Iran

In an unexpected move, Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has reportedly signed on to a letter circulated by AIPAC, the powerful Israel lobby group on Capitol Hill.

According to the publication Al-Monitor, the AIPAC-backed letter is aimed at “bolstering the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to extend the United Nations arms embargo on Iran.”

That embargo is set to expire in October as part of the 2015 multinational deal in which Iran placed limits on its civilian nuclear energy program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Instigated by American hardliners as well as Israel and its lobby, the Trump administration reneged on and withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018.

Since then, the US has ramped up sanctions on Iran, even amid the coronavirus pandemic, inflicting immense suffering on its population.

Among other impacts, the sanctions cause shortages of medicines, leading to avoidable deaths of sick people.

Rather than peacefully resolving international disputes, America’s ruling right wing, and Israel and its hardline lobby, want to see Iran destroyed by sanctions, and if necessary war, to stop the country becoming an effective check on American and Israeli regional dominance.

Under the cover of the coronavirus pandemic, Israel is escalating its direct attacks against Iran-allied force

In other words, Omar has signed on to a letter whose goal is to preserve and protect American empire and shore up its reactionary and undemocratic client states in the region.

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Iran Rejects Discussing Yemen with US in Oman

Iran dismissed media reports on sending a delegation to Oman to play a mediating role in talks between Yemen's popular Ansarullah movement and a US delegation.

"There is no Iranian mediation between Ansarullah movement and the Americans in Masqat," an Iranian deputy foreign minister said on Monday.

His remarks came after the UAE paper al-Bayan quoted informed Yemeni sources as saying that an Iranian delegation is in talks with the US and Ansarullah representatives in Oman.

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USA ziehen inmitten eines Streits Patriot-Raketen und Kampfflugzeuge aus Saudi-Arabien ab

Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika wollen, dass die saudische Ölförderung gesenkt wird, um stabile Preise zu gewährleisten

Die Trump-Administration hat sich über die Unfähigkeit Saudi-Arabiens geärgert, die Ölpreise auf einem Niveau zu stabilisieren, das hoch genug ist, um den US-Produzenten einen Gewinn zu sichern, und in einem Schritt, der wie ein Vergeltungsschlag im Rahmen dieser Spannungen aussieht, beginnen die USA, militärische Anlagen aus Saudi-Arabien abzuziehen.

Offizielle Stellen kündigten am Donnerstag an, dass die USA zwei Patriot-Raketenbatterien sowie eine Reihe von Kampfflugzeugen aus der saudischen Wüste abziehen werden, zusammen mit anderen Luftabwehranlagen. Die Anlagen wurden in den letzten Monaten in dem Gebiet platziert, um "dem Iran entgegenzuwirken".

Die Stationierung von Truppen dort scheint den USA die Möglichkeit gegeben zu haben, Truppen von dort abzuziehen, und da die saudischen Bemühungen, die Ölpreise wieder in die Höhe zu treiben, weitgehend erfolglos waren, scheinen die USA beschlossen zu haben, dass dieser Schritt sie zum Handeln veranlassen wird.

Aus sicherheitspolitischer Sicht dürfte dies kaum eine Rolle spielen, da es keine Anzeichen dafür gab, dass der Iran oder irgendjemand anderer die Saudis wirklich angreifen wird. Dies sollte auch keinen wirklichen zusätzlichen Sicherheitsaufschlag auf den Ölpreis zur Folge haben, doch da das Ziel der USA eine Preissteigerung ist, würden sie jede Steigerung infolge des Rückzugs begrüßen.

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US Pulling Patriot Missiles, Warplanes Out of Saudi Arabia Amid Dispute

US wants Saudi oil production cut to ensure stable prices

Putting troops there appears to have given the US the leverage to pull troops out of there, and with Saudi efforts to try to get oil prices back up largely unsuccessful, the US appears to have decided that this will coax them into action.
As a security matter, this is unlikely to matter, as there was no indication that Iran or anyone else was really liable to attack the Saudis. This should also mean no real added security premium on the price of oil, though since the US goal is a price increase, any increase from the pullout would be welcomed.


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US Patriot withdrawal a ‘tactic’ to get more money from Saudi Arabia: Analyst

The United States' decision to pull its Patriot missile systems from Saudi Arabia as part of broader curbs on its military support for the Arab kingdom is a “tactic” to further sponge off Riyadh, says a political analyst from Washington.

Ali al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for [Persian] Gulf Affairs (IGA) in Washington, made the remarks during a Friday edition of Press TV’s The Debate program, while commenting on whether the decision could breed a fracture in US-Saudi ties or it could be the initial phase of a larger US drawdown in the region.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Iranian FM aide confers with Ansarullah spox

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“Leave Dubai before you are jailed” - Coronavirus lockdown economic disaster risks gulf expats

My advice now is what it was then. Leave Dubai before you are jailed and resolve any debts or business issues from the safety of abroad. Most of those who remained in the UAE in 2008 to try to resolve their debts or issues, were banned from leaving the UAE or jailed. Most lost all of their investments and savings. The safest solution is to leave the UAE and wait to see how it recovers.

If the UAE maintains its social distancing policies and if people are still frightened to contract the virus, there will be ongoing economic decline.”

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How the UAE reduced Saudi Arabia into a subordinate ally in Libya

The UAE's ambitious foreign policy goals has slowly overshadowed Saudi Arabia's standing in the Middle East, according to regional experts.

For regional experts, Saudi is fighting the UAE's war in Libya and Abu Dhabi's divisive role in the Middle East is fast diminishing Riyadh's efforts to wield influence across the region.

"Despite Saudi Arabia paying Haftar to launch his offensive on Tripoli, the UAE has overtaken Riyadh as Haftar's leading patron," argues the Middle East expert Jon Fenton-Harvey.

"Saudi Arabia most likely holds secret resentment towards the UAE's more assertive and increasingly independent stance, particularly in Yemen."

Since foreign interventions in various conflicts have almost always resulted in competition for who would benefit the most from post-war construction, in Libya's case it means the stimulation of billions of dollars of economic activity. And the UAE, according to war observers, aims to be the first to amass a vast fortune from rebuilding the conflict-torn country and cultivate a strong influence to crush democratic forces in the region.

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Audio: They thought my husband was a spy

Daniela Tejada said goodbye to her husband at the start of his work trip to the UAE. She expected to see him in two weeks – but he disappeared.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Film: The U.S. has long been the world's top - Military spender - Arms seller - War initiator & instigator - Conflict profiteer.

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemen COVID-19 Joint Market Monitoring Initiative, Dates of data collection: 25 - 30 April 2020

KEY FINDINGS: 25 -30 APRIL, 2020

There have reportedly been minimal store closures in the two weeks prior to data collection.

Eighty-two per cent (82%) of vendors did not report any added difficulty acquiring goods due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

The price of treated water reportedly continues to increase, however the overall WASH SMEB decreased for the second month in a row.

The WASH SMEB in Al Jawf decreased by more than 40% after rising by 80% between the end of March and the second week of April.

Restocking times in Marib and Amran were reportedly the highest of assessed governorates.

Many vendors are experiencing issues with price inflation.

Vendors reported supply issues as the top COVID-19 related constraints. =

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Security sources from Abyan said that the internationally wanted AQAP leader Saad Bin Attif brought AQAP terrorists from Baydha to fight alongside Hadi govt forces and some have been captured by the Security Belt.

If true, the below raises awkward questions -Early in #Yemen war, #AQAP & gov collaboration was ignored as both targeted Houthis -But more recent collaboration would fuel gov-#STC conflict, North-South feud, coalition rifts N.B. AQAP dissociated itself from Abyan ops from 9/2019

cp15 Propaganda

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Why now is the time for a new Middle East alliance

The COVID-19 pandemic has not changed many of the geopolitical challenges for the US in the Middle East. Iran will continue to export its “revolution” through terrorists proxies. Transnational terrorism will continue to plague Syria and Yemen. For better or worse, Russia and China will strive to be more involved in the region.

If anything, new challenges have appeared —the economic fallout from the pandemic and the drop in the price of oil.

What will change, however, is the level of resources the US can devote to these issues. This means Washington needs to be smarter in how it manages its relations in the Middle East. One initiative that deserves further attention is the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) proposed by the Trump administration.

Because the historical and political circumstances that led in 1949 to the creation of NATO are absent in the Middle East, the region lacks a similarly strong collective security organization. The idea of forming one emerged publicly during President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia in May 2017 for the Riyadh Summit, his first official trip outside the US. The Gulf states were focused on building close ties with the new administration after strains with its predecessor over the flawed and risky 2015 Iran nuclear deal. =

My comment: COVID-19 as a pretense to revive the idea of an US-led Middle East NATO?? You really must imagine.

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Shatara: STC is the people's unbreakable will

Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), Vice-President of the National Assembly for Control and Inspection, Mr. Lufti Shatara affirmed that the STC is the people 's will and it's unbreakable.

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Settlement Talks Flare up Divisions among Houthi Leaderships

Cut-throat competition has pitted Houthi leaders against each other, dividing the ranks of the coup group. Houthi leaders based in Saada province monopolize power over the group’s military, political and security functions.

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Yemeni gov't says Houthis plan to blast FSO Safer

The Houthi group plans to explode the floating storage and offloading (FSO) facility Safer anchored off the Yemeni western port city of Hodeida, spokesman for the Yemeni internationally-recognized government said Monday.
The Houthis have in several occasions rejected all mediations by the UN, UK and many countries that tried to persuade them into allowing UN teams access to repair Safer, Rajih
Badi added in remarks to Asharq Al-awsat.

and also

My comment: As the Houthis would spoil their own coastline, this claim can be rejected as propaganda.

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Cartoon: How #Houthis deal with #COVID19

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Unprotected from Houthi missiles, Yemen's IDPs' only hope is in their launch failure

"As nothing shields us, our only hope is that the missiles will fail in their launch moment," says Sayf.

"Our prayers, 'Let their bullets come back to their chests' won't go in vain," says Osamah. "The UN and the world don't give a damn about us. They have been seeing Houthi rockets rain down on us for years and doing nothing. The international media would care only if the government is the party who has and uses ballistic missiles, but since it is Shia extremists who fire them, who have the upper hand, that is something they favor. You know, I know, everyone knows this fact."

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Langwieriger saudischer Krieg zieht die Türkei von Libyen in den Jemen

Berichten zufolge hat die Türkei ihre Präsenz in den südlichen Küstengebieten Jemens verstärkt, um in der Bab el-Mandeb-Straße, Fuß zu fassen, was Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate beunruhigt.

Die Aktivität wird von Katar über einige jemenitische Politiker und Stammesangehörige finanziert und unterstützt, die der Bewegung der Muslimbruderschaft angeschlossen sind, berichtete die Arab Weekly. "Die behutsamen und praktisch verdeckten türkischen Aktivitäten im Jemen konzentrieren sich derzeit auf drei jemenitische Küstengebiete: Schabwa, Sokotra und al-Makha in der Provinz Ta'iz", zitierte der Bericht anonyme Quellen im Jemen.

Türkische Geheimdienstelemente operierten in Schabwa unter dem Deckmantel der Stiftung für Menschenrechte, Freiheiten und Humanitäre Hilfe (IHH) und des wachsenden Einflusses der Muslimbruderschaft in der jemenitischen Provinz.ürkei_von_libyen_in_den_jemen

Mein Kommentar: Jetzt zitiert auch eine iranische Seite die antitürkische Geschichte einer pro-saudischen Seite. Belege fehlen.

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Turkey using Brotherhood to control Yemen

The Muslim Brotherhood militias in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taizz do everything possible to demonstrate allegiance to Turkey, a main benefactor of terrorist organizations around the world.
Turkey has been paying growing attention to this Yemeni city for some time now.
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Iran-backed Houthi militia share control over the city. Turkey is now stepping into the same field, using its influence within Islah Party, the branch of the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen.
Turkey sent dozens of intelligence officers to Yemeni cities, especially Shabwah, Socotra, and Mocha. It sent these officers under the cloak of offering humanitarian aid to Yemenis affected by the war going on in their country.
Turkey tries to expand its presence on the Yemeni coast as part of its expansionist project in the region. The Yemeni coast brings Turkey close to important maritime passageways in the Red Sea.

My comment: This seems to be a new propaganda campaign by the separatists. More:

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Turkey sets sights on Yemen, raising regional security concerns

Turkey’s growing presence in Yemen, especially in the restive southern region, is fuelling concern across the region over security in the Gulf of Aden and the Bab al-Mandeb.
These concerns are further heightened by reports indicating that Turkey’s agenda in Yemen is being financed and supported by Qatar via some Yemeni political and tribal figures affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. They are thought to be aiming to blackmail the Arab-led coalition by creating a Turkish threat in the country and forming a new coalition that includes both Qatar and Oman.
Turkey did so far tread carefully in Yemen, apparently waiting for a favourable moment to intervene and hoping for more support from the Yemeni government of Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi before moving in on the ground.
Cautious and virtually concealed, Turkish activity in Yemen is currently concentrated in three Yemeni coastal areas: Shabwa, Socotra, and Al-Mukha district in Taiz governorate, according to anonymous sources in the country. =

Comments: All places the UAE has had some of its strongest presence throughout the war, hard to believe without any evidence...

I find it really hard to believe that Turkey is present in places that UAE & Saudi Arabia control which, by the way, r all the areas you mentioned below. This is most likely propaganda by Gulf counties to justify their military presence n #Yemen

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In line with a request issued Monday by 387 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is preparing a diplomatic campaign to block one of the most damaging concessions enshrined by the Iran nuclear deal—namely, the lifting of the international arms embargo on Iran this coming October. Mr. Pompeo's effort merits bipartisan support at home and allied support abroad—not only to counter Iran's proxy war campaigns, but to stop Russia and China from shifting the balance of power in the Middle East.

The end of the arms embargo is one of the many key international restrictions on Iran scheduled to expire over time—the so-called "sunsets" negotiated alongside the nuclear agreement. Yet it makes little sense to lift an arms embargo on a regime that has steadily increased its violent behavior over the past year,

Accordingly, the first phase of Pompeo's plan is to propose a new U.N. Security Council resolution to extend the arms embargo on Tehran indefinitely. Russia and China are expected to block the proposal, because the end of the embargo will unshackle their efforts to employ arms sales as a means of turning Iran into a client state.

Phase two of Pompeo's plan circumvents Russian and Chinese obstruction. He intends to use the self-destruct—or "snapback"—mechanism of the nuclear deal to block the sunset of the arms embargo, removing the need for an extension.

This mechanism gave all original parties to the nuclear deal—including the U.S.—the right to snap all U.N. sanctions and embargoes back into place if the Iranian regime ever breached its nuclear commitments.


My comment: You must not be astonished about such propaganda when looking at who wrote it. Keep in mind: Iran did not violate its obligations; and the US had kicked itself out of the whole deal.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

May 8:

May 7:

May 6:

May 5:

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Joint Incidents Assessment Team issues a statement regarding allegations against Coalition Forces

Joint Incidents Assessment Team has issued a statement regarding allegations that Coalition Forces targeted Souq Al-Raqou in the Directorate of Munabih in Saada Governorate, two fishing boats near the island of Zaqar off the Yemeni coast, in Sohar Directorate in Saada, and bombed a house in the area of Mahdaidiya in the Directorate of Baqim. Following is the text:

Regarding case number: 188 and with regard to the statement of the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen issued on (25/12/2019) entitled (a third attack within a month on (Souq Al-Raqou) in (Saada) governorate, that caused the deaths of at least (17) civilians, which includes that the initial field reports indicate that an attack on (Souq Al-Raqou) on (24/12/2019) caused the death of at least (17) civilians, including (12) Ethiopian citizens, and the injury of at least (12) others, and this is the third attack on the same market within one month, when (32) civilians were killed and injured in the attack that occurred on (27/11/2019).

JIAT vetted the incident, and reviewed all documents, including procedures and rules of engagement, daily mission schedule, after mission report, satellite images, border monitoring images, records of artillery and mortar units, video recordings of the reconnaissance for (Souq Al-Raqou) area after the date of the claim, provisions and principles of International Humanitarian Law and its customary rules, JIAT's visits to the relevant units, interviewing and listening to the statements of the relevant personal of operations on (27/11/2019) and (24/12/2019), and assessment of evidences.

By assessing the military mission executed by the mortar, JIAT found the following:
1. Civilian objects are located outside the scope of the projectile side effects used to deal with the military target, and the distance is considered safe compared to the type and size of the shells used.
2. (Souq Al-Raqou) of the claim, is at the same direction as the projectile.
3. JIAT was able to determine the location of two mortar shells impact points, but was unable to determine the third mortar impact point, and it is likely that it landed on (Souq Al-Raqou) due to a technical defect, or the possibility of it being subjected to changing weather conditions.
In light of that, JIAT found the following:
1. The Coalition Air and Land Forces did not target (Souq Al-Raqou) in (Monabih) district of (Saada) governorate on (27/11/2019).
2. The Coalition Air and land Forces did not target (Souq Al-Raqou) in (Menabah) directorate of (Saada) governorate on (24/12/2019), but the Coalition Land Forces dealt with (combatant elements) that infiltrated into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia border, and were shooting at one of the Coalition units on (24/12/2019) with indirect weapons for self-defense, as it was the only means available to deal with the threat.
3. it is likely that one of the mortar shells landed on (Souq Al-Raqou) of the claim, on (24/12/2019), and that the projectile miss was due to a technical defect, or the possibility of it being subjected to changing weather conditions.
4. JIAT sees that it is appropriate for the Coalition States to provide assistance for human and material losses, that occurred due to the possibility of the projectile falling on (Souq Al-Raqou) of the claim.

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Regarding case number: 189 and with regard to what was stated in:
1. (Human Rights Watch) report issued on (21/08/2019) which states that (in mid-August 2018), the Coalition Naval Forces attacked two fishing boats near (Al-Zaqr) island off the Yemeni coast, in the waters controlled by the Yemeni government.
2. What was reported in an article in the New York Times that on (August 18), a warship opened fire on the boat named (Al-Ameerah), killing three fishermen, the bullets left at least (26) holes in the (Al-Ameerah) boat, attached a photo of the boat, the diameter and shape of the holes were identical to that of heavy and medium machine guns, which are the same type of weapons found on warships, the next day an attack helicopter sank a boat named (Al-Rannan), killing four of the ten fishermen on board.
The JIAT vetted the incident

JIAT found:
1. The coalition ships were in the restricted naval area south of the Red Sea, carrying out the mission of maritime embargo, as well as escorting and protecting oil tankers.
2. Intelligence reports to the Coalition Naval Forces indicated that Al-Houthi armed militia were about to carry out operations to target Coalition Forces ships and oil tankers in the Red Sea.
3. At (4:43) p.m. on Saturday (18/08/2018), one of the coalition ships spotted a boat heading towards the convoy of the warship and oil tanker, after arriving at a distance that posed a threat to the convoy, the boat was warned via loudspeakers not to approach, but did not obey, then the ship fired warning shots at it to turn away from the convoy, but again the boat did not obey and continued to head towards the convoy, until it reached a distance that posed imminent danger to the convoy, where it was dealt with using (50) mm machine gun, to neutralize its danger to the convoy, in accordance with the Coalitions rules of engagement, and the legitimate right to self-defense.

In light of that, JIAT found that the procedures taken by Coalition Forces, in dealing with the legitimate military target (the two boats), that posed an imminent danger to the maritime convoy on (18/08/2018) were correct, and in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its customary rules.

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Regarding case number: 190 and with regard to what was stated in:
1. The report of the Panel of Experts on Yemen No. (S/2018/68) issued on (26/01/2018), that at (02:00) on (01/11/2017) a bomb was dropped from a military plane, on or near a hotel inside A crowded night market, in (Sohar) district of (Saada) governorate, killed (31) civilians and wounded (26).
2. The annual report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights No. (A/HRC/39/43) issued on (17/08/2018) that on (01/11/2017), an air strike targeted a hotel in (Souk Al-Lail) in (Saada) governorate, killing more than (50) civilian men, and wounding (50) others.
The JIAT vetted the incident

Verification degrees were also available through intelligence information about the presence of a high-value military target which is (a building in which a group of operators, technicians and ballistic missile experts) in a specific location, and through the implementation of the (reconnaissance and surveillance) operation, which confirmed the intelligence information received, based on customary rule (16) of customary International Humanitarian Law.
The legal protection of the civilian objects (a building in which a group of operators, technicians and ballistic missile experts) lost due to the effective contribution to military actions, and the fact that the target was of high value, in accordance with Article (52), of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions.
Accordingly, the Coalition Forces carried out a reconnaissance mission on the target, and at (02:00) AM on Wednesday (01/11/2017), the Coalition Forces targeted (a building in which a group of operators, technicians, and ballistic missile experts), using one guided bomb that hit its target, the Coalition Forces took all feasible precautions to avoid accidental loss of or damage to civilian objects, or to reduce them in any case to a minimum, by choosing the appropriate time to target at (2:00) AM, as markets closes and civilians movement is least, as well as using a single guided bomb which proportional to the size of the target, in accordance with Article (57) of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions, and customary rules No. (15) and No. (17) of customary international humanitarian law. The targeting resulted in the killing of the ballistic missile expert (Qais Ali Al-Qimantar) and several operators, technicians, and ballistic missile experts, , thereby achieving the desired military advantage.
By analyzing the satellite images of the military target site and comparing it with what was published in the media and the reports issued, JIAT found the following:
(1) The target site corresponds to the photos published in the media, as well as the photos attached to the reports issued by international organizations, which is (a building in which a group of operators, technicians, and ballistic missile experts).
(2) The bomb struck the military target directly.
(3) The buildings adjacent to the targeted military target were not affected.

Joint Incidents Assessment Team issues a statement regarding allegations against Coalition Forces 5 Riyadh

Regarding case number: 191and with regard to what was mentioned in the letter submitted by Mr. (A.A.W), in which he requested compensation, as a result of the wrong strike that targeted his house in (Saada) governorate, in (Dhul-Qa'dah 1437), his father and (5) members of his family were killed, in addition to the destruction of the house and its accessories.
The JIAT vetted the incident

JIAT found that the period of the claim witnessed Houthi armed militia infiltrating, and attacking the guard posts and defensive points of the Coalition Forces, located on the international borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, using medium weapons and mortars to attack the defensive positions of the Coalition Forces, Moreover the Houthi armed militia mobilize their fighters and posting them on the mountain peaks overlooking (Elb) border port.

Moreover, The Coalition Forces received intelligence information which confirmed that Al-Houthi armed militia mobilized its fighters in the (Baqim) directorate to attack the borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and that there were fighters from Al-Houthi armed militia inside (a building) using it as a starting point for carrying out hostile operations on the borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the (Baqem) directorate, which is considered a legitimate military target whose destruction achieves a military advantage in accordance with Article No. (52), paragraph (2) of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions and customary rule No. (8) of International Humanitarian Law.

The Coalition Forces achieved degrees of verification, through ground sources of the legitimate forces inside Yemen, stating that fighters of Al-Houthi armed militia were inside (a building) in (Baqim) directorate, based on customary rule No. (16) of International Humanitarian Law.
The legal protection for civilian objects (the building) lost for the use of it to support the war effort, and the effective contribution to military actions, by the presence of fighters from Al-Houthi armed militia inside it, and using it as a starting point for military operations, in accordance with Article No. (52) paragraph (3) of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions.

By studying the satellite images of the targeted building, and the targeting video for the task carried out, JIAT found the following:
1. The military target (the building) of the claim, which elements from Al-Houthi armed militia were present inside it, was in a semi-isolated area from the urban areas.
2. Obvious damage to some parts of (the building) of the claim, before the date of targeting.
3. No movements of civilians or civilian vehicles were observed before and during the targeting.
4. The bomb hit the designated point of the military target (the building) of the claim.
In light of that, JIAT found that the procedures taken by Coalition Forces, in dealing with the legitimate military target (fighters of Al-Houthi armed militia inside a building) of the claim, in (Baqim) directorate of (Saada) governorate on (12/08/2016) were correct, and in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its customary rules.

My comment: This „Joint Incidents Assessment Team” is a scam. The Saudi coalition itself “investigating” its own military actions and war crimes. The results always are the same: Whitewashing. In case the war crime cannot be rejected, just claim that the target was a “military target´”, that there had been any military personal, temporary use, or even only any “Houthi” person (whatever really this should be) at the place. And in these case the “investigators” even try to hide behind international law, as can be seen here.

I tried to look for evidence for these cases.

Case 188, 2019-12-24, Souq Al-Raqou, Saada province: All evidence collected: cp1c in

and cp1 in

Case 189: Mid August 2018, Fishing boats:

Case 190: 2017-11-01, Hotel at night market, Sohar district, Saada province: cp16 in


Case 191: 2016-08-12: Residential House, Baqim district, Saada province: Films and had been removed by youtube: Google protects war crimes by removing such footage.

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34 Luftangriffe auf drei Provinzen

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Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt drei Luftangriffe auf den Serwah District an

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Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt 3 Luftangriffe auf Al-Bayda an

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Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt in den letzten Stunden 48 Luftangriffe auf verschiedenen Provinzen

Luftangriffe auf 3 Provinzen

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Aggression combat jets wage 48 strikes on several provinces over 24 hours

Air strikes on three provinces

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Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt 12 Luftangriffe auf verschiedenen Gebieten in Al-Dschouf an

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Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt 11 Luftangriffe auf der Al-Bayda an

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Aggression warplanes launch 11 strikes on Bayda province

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Aggression coalition aircraft wages 12 raids on Jawf

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Aggression combat jets wage 48 strikes on several provinces over 24 hours

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Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt einen Luftangriff auf eine Hühnerfarm in Al-Dhalea an

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Aggression warplane targets poultry farm in Dhala

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Luftverteidigung wehrts feindlische Kampfflugzeuge über Al-Dschouf ab

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Air defenses repulse aggression coalition fighter jets in Jawf

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Luftwaffe der Aggression fliegt 6 Luftangriffe auf den Bezirk Madschsar in Marib

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Aggression coalition warplanes wage 6 raids on Marib

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Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt 6 Luftangriffen auf zwei Distrikten in Saada

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Aggression warplane launches 6 airstrikes on 2 districts in Saada

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In Marib, a military source stated to Almasirah that US-Saudi aggression launched 20 raids on Serwah.
In Al-Jawf, the aggression launched 21 raids on KhubWalShaaf district.
In Al-Baidha'a, US-Saudi aggression launched a raid on Mekeras.

The US-Saudi aggression launched 7 raids on Majazah and 2 raids on Al-Raboa'ah.

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Kampfflugzeuge der Aggression fliegen 11 Luftangriffe auf Serwah in Marib an

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More Saudi coalition air raids recorded on:

May 10: Several provinces

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Siehe / Look at cp1b

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[Hadi gov.] Army repels Houthi attacks & militia inflicted heavy losses

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Film: New sniper attacks on a number of Saudi Soldiers and mercenaries on separate fronts.

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Ein Kind gemartert, zwei weitere durch einen saudischen Beschuss in Razeh, Saada, verwundet

Ein Kind wurde gemartert und zwei weitere Kinder wurden gestern Abend durch einen saudischen Raketenangriff auf besiedelte Grenzdörfer in der Grenzdistrikt von Razeh in der Saada Provinz verletzt.

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Child killed in Saudi aggression artillery attack on Saada

A child was killed and two other children were injured when the Saudi-led aggression waged on Monday a rocket and artillery attack on residential areas of Saada province

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Houthis committed 3051 ceasefire violations

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KSrelief Project "Masam" Dismantles 1,022 Mines in Yemen during First Week of May

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center's project for clearing mines in Yemen (Masam) demined 1,022 mines during the first week of May 2020, including 103 antipersonnel mines, 146 anti-tanks, 811 unexploded ordnance, and 52 explosive devices.

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Film: Jizan: New sniping operations for a number of Saudi soldiers and mercenaries 10-05-2020

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Houthi militia continues attacking [Hadi gov.] army’s sites in several warfronts

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Saudi-led coalition commits 41 violations of truce in Yemen

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Landmine kills an elderly man in al-Bayda

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In Sa'adah, Saudi missiles and artillery shells targeted Razih district, killing a number of livestock and damaging civilians' properties. Saudi missiles also targeted Haidan district. US-Saudi aggression launched a raid on Baqim district.

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Film: Aseer: New sniping operations for a number of Saudi soldiers and their mercenaries in the Aseer Front 5 - 5-2020.

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Film: Najran: New sniping operations for a number of Saudi soldiers and mercenaries from the Saudi army, 8-5-2020

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Saree: Unsere Streitkräfte wehrt dem Vormarsch der Aggressionstruppen in Serwah ab

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Army forces repel aggression coalition forces’ infiltration attempt in Serwah

and also

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[Hadi gov.] Yemeni army repulse deadly Houthi rebel attack in Marib

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Saudi attack targets Yemeni telecommunications engineers

Attack results in one engineer killed

The US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition’s mercenaries have on Wednesday night targeted a car carrying engineers of the General Telecommunication Corporation in Bayda province, the Yemeni Telecommunications Ministry said.

The mercenaries planted an explosive device on road of Thi Naaim district, killing one of the engineers, the Ministry added.

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Film: Jizan: New sniper attacks by a Yemeni sniper on Saudi soldiers and mercenaries.

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2 Zivilisten gemartert, ein dritter verwundet, Ziviles Eigentum bei neuen Verbrechen der Aggression zerstört

Eine militärische Quelle bestätigte der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur (Saba), dass ein neunjähriges Kind mit seiner Mutter getötet wurde und dass sein Vater bei einem Schießangriff von Söldner-Bewaffneten verwundet wurde, die im Gebiet Al-Rahba in Bezirk Al-Ahjour im Shara'ab Al-Salam Distrkt in der Taiz Provinz überfallen hatten.

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Child, His Mother Killed by Saudi-mercenaries’ Gunfire in Taiz

A child and his mother were killed and his father was injured, Friday, by Saudi-mercenaries gunfire in the Sharab As-Salaam district in Taiz governorate.

Almasirah Net correspondent reported that armed gunmen set up an armed ambush, shooting a nine-year-old child with his mother and father in the Al-Rahba area, the isolation of Al-Ahjur.

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Houthis say coalition escalated hostilities in Yemen

"The coalition persisted escalation in different frontlines. Last week, it launched more than 11 offensives and infiltrations in border fronts, Jawf, Marib, Baydha and Dhalea," Yahiya Sarie added.

Their "aircraft carried out 110 airstrikes on Sana'a, Sa'ada, Baydha, Marib, Jawf and Dhalea governorates," he claimed.

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Film (Sept. 2019): Landmines Planted by Houthis Everywhere in Tha’bat Put Citizens and Children At Risk

The Houthis didn’t spare schools, mosques and houses from landmines, causing injuries among citizens returning from displacement to Tha’bat.

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Photos from Shabwa:

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FAO: Erfolge im Kampf gegen Heuschrecken in Ostafrika und dem Jemen

Im Kampf gegen die Heuschrecken in Ostafrika und im Jemen gibt es laut der UN-Landwirtschaftsorganisation (FAO) Erfolge. Nach vorläufigen Schätzungen seien in zehn Ländern 720 000 Tonnen Getreide - wovon sich fünf Millionen Menschen pro Jahr ernähren könnten - gerettet worden, indem die Ausbreitung der Wüstenheuschrecken eingedämmt worden sei, teilte die FAO am Montag mit. "Unsere Gewinne sind signifikant aber der Kampf ist lang und noch nicht zu Ende", sagte Qu Dongyu, der Chef der Organisation.

Seit Monaten fallen Millionen von Wüstenheuschrecken über Ostafrika und die Arabische Halbinsel her und zerstören Ackerland und Weiden. Ein kleiner Schwarm der Insekten kann theoretisch an einem Tag so viel vertilgen wie 35 000 Menschen. Mithilfe unter anderem der FAO sprühen die Länder in den betroffenen Regionen Insektizide. Doch die Corona-Krise hat die Arbeiten und den Zugang zu den Mitteln erschwert. =

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FAO makes gains in the fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa and Yemen but threat of a food security crisis remains

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, said today that significant gains had been made in the fight against the desert locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen. He stressed, however, that more needs to be done to prevent a food security crisis, as the ongoing rainy season not only provides livelihoods for farmers and pastoralists but also favourable conditions for locusts to breed.

Releasing FAO's progress report on the locust control campaign in East Africa and Yemen, the Director-General noted that the UN agency had continued its surveillance and control operations despite constraints resulting from COVID-19 and other challenges.

Preliminary estimates from the UN agency indicate that 720, 000 tonnes of cereal, enough to feed five million people a year, have been saved in ten countries by preventing the spread of Desert Locusts and damage to many more hectares. An additional 350 000 pastoral households have been spared from distress.

"Our gains have been significant; but the battle is long and is not yet over," Qu said. "More people are at risk of losing their livelihoods and worsening food security in the coming months."

While swathes of treated land are now relatively free from the voracious pest, the first wave of swarms has reproduced and a second wave of locusts will transition from juveniles to the young adult stage in June, taking flight at a critical time when many farmers in East Africa prepare to harvest their crops.

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Desert locust upsurge: Progress report on the response in the Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen | January – April 2020

As part of FAO’s accountability framework, this first quarterly Desert locust upsurge progress report sets out the Organization’s immediate response so far and the livelihoods support planned for the coming months in combatting the potential food security fallout of one of the worst locust invasions seen in decades across the Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen.

Thanks to FAO and governments’ response and the generous funding of donors, around 720 000 tonnes of cereal – enough to feed five million people for a year – have been saved across Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, the Sudan, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Yemen. The current situation is particularly alarming given that over 42 million people will face acute food insecurity across the ten countries this year.

While thousands of hectares of treated land are now relatively free from the pest, the threat remains as the first wave of swarms has reproduced and a second wave will transition from hoppers to the young adult stage in June – a critical time when many farmers in East Africa are preparing to harvest their crops. The report is also a timely reminder that FAO’s work continues on the ground despite COVID-19 and other challenges, in order to contain the desert locust upsurge, mitigate its impacts and safeguard food security and livelihoods for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.


Film: Torrential damages in Ma'rib Governorate

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Nobelpreisträgerin Tawakkul Karman fühlt sich bedroht

Seit ihrer Berufung in das Facebook-Aufsichtsgremium sieht sich die jemenitische Friedensnobelpreisträgerin Tawakkul Karman Anfeindungen in Medien und sozialen Netzwerken ausgesetzt. Die Motive scheinen durchsichtig.

Die jemenitische Menschenrechtsaktivistin Tawakkul Karman, Trägerin des Friedensnobelpreises 2011, zeigt sich sehr besorgt. In saudischen und anderen Medien sei sie derzeit einer ausgreifenden Hetz- und Schmutzkampagne ausgesetzt, erklärte sie am Montag (11.5.) auf Twitter.

Tatsächlich wird Karman in vielen arabisch- und englischsprachigen Tweets und Posts als "Terroristin", teils sogar als "Hündin aus Katar" beschimpft. Der Aufruhr um die Jemenitin entzündete sich an ihrer Aufnahme in ein Aufsichtsgremium des amerikanischen Digital-Giganten Facebook. Mitte vergangener Woche hatte Facebook dessen erste 20 Mitglieder berufen. Das Gremium gilt Facebook zufolge als eine Art "Oberster Gerichtshof" des Netzwerkes. Seine Mitglieder haben die Aufgabe, gepostete Beiträge auf Übereinstimmung mit Facebooks Richtlinien und Werten zu überprüfen. Zudem sollen sie auf die Wahrung der Meinungsfreiheit im Rahmen internationaler Menschenrechtsnormen achten.

Vorwurf: Nähe zu Muslimbrüdern

Unmittelbar nach Karmans Berufung brachten sich die Medien mehrerer autoritär regierter Staaten des Nahen Ostens in Stellung. Sie warfen der Nobelpreisträgerin Nähe zu den Muslimbrüdern vor, die in Ägypten als Terrororganisation gelten und die von Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) als Rivalen um regionale Vorherrschaft bekämpft werden. "Radikalisierungs-Experten glauben, dass Facebook durch die Wahl von Karman in eine so einflussreiche Rolle den Zusammenhang zwischen der ideologischen Befürwortung der Muslimbruderschaft und extremistischen Aktivitäten nicht erkannt hat", schrieb etwa die in Dubai erscheinende Zeitung "Gulf News".

Günter Meyer vom Zentrum für Forschung zur arabischen Welt an der Universität Mainz hält die Aufregung um Tawakkul Karman für unangemessen.ägerin-tawakkul-karman-fühlt-sich-bedroht/a-53396963

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Facebook sparks controversy by naming Brotherhood figure to oversight board

The name of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Yemeni Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman stood out as an odd addition to the list of Facebook's first 20 oversight board members.


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Change Org petition:

Tawkkol Kerman must be removed from the Facebook Oversight board

We are against appointment of Tawakkol Karman from being a memeber of Facebook-Instgram oversigt board as there is a clear connection between her and terrorism with Muslim brotherhood


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Naming Muslim Brotherhood figure Tawakkol Karman to Facebook oversight board sparks anger in Arab world

‘Hate speech and Karman are just like branches of same tree’

Naming of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Yemeni Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman as a member of Facebook’s first oversight board has sparked widespread public anger among opinion leaders in Arab countries, who strongly rejected the censoring by those known for their support for extremist ideology.

Social media users launched a hashtag of “#RefuseTawakulKarman” demanding the withdrawal of her appointment as she is known for her lack of neutrality as well as her extremist views. They also questioned the standards and foundations adopted by the company in appointing the leadership in Al Islah Party, the Yemeni arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Prominent political science professor Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, said on Twitter: “Tawakkol Karman does not deserve to be on an international council to supervise Facebook content. Hate speech and Karman are just like branches on a tree,” Abdulla said.

My comment: This piece is from the UAE – which are hostile to Muslim Brotherhood and its Yemeni affiliate Islah Party.

And from another UAE news site:

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Karman is a poor choice for Facebook's 'Supreme Court'

There is every reason for anti-Islamist and secular Muslims to fear that the appointment will culminate in a pro-Islamist bias

Arab journalists and social media users are raising concerns about a recent appointee to Facebook's new Oversight Board with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The board, an outside entity set up by Facebook to squash long standing complaints about their management of content, will have the final say over hate speech enforcement.
Board member Tawakkol Karman is known as the first Arab woman to win a Nobel Peace prize. A journalist by profession, she was called the "mother of the revolution" for her role in the Arab Spring protests in Yemen which ousted then president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Karman was also a senior leader of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood-linked Al Islah party.
The Islah party was identified by the US government as playing a role in supporting Al Qaeda, and its founder Majid Al Zindani is a specially designated global terrorist. =

And this is from Saudi Arabia:

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Loss of face for Facebook for naming Brotherhood figure to oversight board

The inclusion of controversial Yemeni Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman in the list of Facebook's first 20 oversight board members is both surprising and shocking for many in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Karman, who is known for her affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood and her ultra radical views, is not only a bad choice but her very presence in the board defeats the purpose for which it has been created.But by choosing Karman for playing an influential role, Facebook has miserably failed in recognizing the fact the Muslim Brotherhood ideology is primarily responsible for extremist activities in the Muslim world.
She is a leading figure of Yemen's Islah Party, an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by a number of countries in the Middle East and other countries. Its terrorist links are under investigation in several Western nations. A number of Al-Qaeda leaders have initially been active with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Kamran’s selection was received with confusion and derision by many social media users in the region as the Yemeni writer is more known for her activism and divisive stances than for public service commitment.

And this from another pro-Saudi news site:

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Facebook courts controversy by adding Tawakkol Karman as a friend

Yemeni journalist and political activist Tawakkol Karman has complained of “widespread bullying and smear" after Facebook’s decision to induct her into its content Oversight Board plunged her into controversy. But what if her credibility was more at risk from her own words and actions than any alleged “smear campaign?”

To much of the globe, Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Khalid Karman is the first Arab woman — and the second Muslim woman — to win a Nobel Prize, in 2011.

Less well known is the fact that Karman held a senior position with her country’s Al-Islah Party, an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood known regionally for its divisive and violent agenda.

Karman has severed ties to the Brotherhood’s Yemeni branch, an Islamist movement founded by Abdul Majeed Al-Zindani, a man who figures in Washington’s Specially Designated Global Terrorist list. But many wonder whether the move was merely a cosmetic exercise.

Unsurprisingly, Facebook’s choice has prompted outrage on social media networks, with many worried that it will bring the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideas right into the heart of the biggest social networking company in the world.

And from Aljazeera, Qatar (which supports Islah Party)


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Yemen's Tawakkol Karman 'bullied' after Facebook nomination

Nobel Peace Prize laureate says she was smeared after being named a member of Facebook's new oversight committee.

Karman was previously a member of Yemen's Islah party, the Muslim Brotherhood's arm in Yemen. The Brotherhood has been banned and targeted by security forces in several Middle East countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Some activists and celebrities took to social media to criticise Facebook's move to make her an oversight board member.

"Karman is only qualified to support terrorism around the world … her hands are stained with blood," said Ahmed Moussa, an Egyptian TV host, on his show.

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Egypt activists call for boycott of Facebook after Yemen's Tawakkol Karman added on its board

Egyptian activists have launched a violent campaign against Facebook after it appointed the first Arab person among 20 international figures to review the site’s content, claiming that Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The campaign, led by activists and lawyers on social media, saw users send a “warning” to Facebook, rejecting its appointment of Karman to its Global Supervision Board for Facebook and Instagram Content. They explained that the appointment was fundamentally inconsistent with Facebook’s policies as a result of Karman’s alleged political orientation.

Lawyer Tariq Al-Awadi called for a boycott of Facebook.


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Tawakkol Karman: I am subjected to widespread bullying&a smear campaign by #Saudi’s media&its allies.What is more important now is to be safe from the saw used to cut #jamalkhashoggi’s body into pieces.I am in my way to #Turkey&I consider this as a report to the international public opinion.

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Over 400 editions of CIHRS Library on Human Rights now available online

For over a quarter of a century, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) has contributed to the Arab Rights Library with more than 400 specialized publications on human rights. The library is nowavailable onlineto researchers and advocates, offering diverse analyses and perspectives on cultural, legal, and political issues in the Middle East and North Africa region. It is enriched by numerous contributions from prominent researchers, writers, academics and human rights defenders from around the world. In countries throughout the region and globally, CIHRS publications are republished (Morocco) or are re-translated into local languages (Indonesia). CIHRS’ translated material is also used in renowned universities, such as the American University in Cairo.

Bahey eldin Hassan, the director of CIHRS, hopes the library will “shed more light for researchers and university students, who seek to understand the political, societal and cultural transformations that have been brewing since the Arab Spring, and which are still ongoing under the surface of current events in the Arab region.”

Library, in Arabic:

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-649 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-649: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

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Dietrich Klose

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