Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 657b- Yemen War Mosaic 657b

Yemen Press Reader 657b: 9. Juni 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 657, cp5 - cp18 / June, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 657, cp5 - cp18
Bei diesem Beitrag handelt es sich um ein Blog aus der Freitag-Community

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 657, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 657, 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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp1a

(A P)

Father of four sons in Houthi detention dies seeking their release

A hospital director in the central governorate of Dhamar has died of health complications exacerbated by a stint in Houthi detention while trying to free his sons from rebel captivity.

Mohammed Qabel, the finance director at Dhamar General Hospital, died of pneumonia shortly after being rushed to a hospital on Sunday, sources close to the Qabel family told Almasdar Online.

Qabel had been detained and abused by the Houthis in mid-April while trying to persuade the de facto authorities in northwest Yemen to release three of his sons who had been arrested days earlier.

and also


(A P)

Abductees Mothers Association extend condolences to family of former abductee Mohammed Qabel

With great sadness and grief, we received the news of the death of the former abductee, Mohammed Ezzi Qabel, who died yesterday after his health condition deteriorated since his abduction by Houthi armed group in Dhamar. Mohammed was released on Eid's eve, May 23rd, 2020. His health had severely deteriorated since he was abducted, along with three of his sons, and used as hostages to force his fourth son to turn himself in.

At Abductees' Mothers Association, we condemn the injustice Mohammed's family faced as their father and four sons were abducted and forcibly disappeared, all their phones and laptops were confiscated, and women and children were threatened of abduction and bombing their hous

(* A P)

Houthis approve discriminating act to steal Yemen's resources

The Houthis approved on Monday a discriminating act that allows them to steal 20 percent of the public and private resources.

Social media activists circulated a document issued by the Houthis-run Ministry of Legal Affairs that legalizes looting of the country's public resources and citizens' private properties using the Hashemite descendants' right to the share of a certain type of Zakat which is known as the fifth share.

The Houthis' act defines this share at 20 percent which stipulates that this share must be deducted from revenues of oil, mineral resources, gold, fishery wealth, animal wealth, honey, crops, commercial profits and any other private incomes.

Deducted money is to be collected and channeled into the benefit of the Houthis' leaders and eventually divided for families with alleged connection to the Hashemite origin.

Relying on some debated thoughts, the Houthis claim that they are Hashemite descendants and eligible to be paid the 20 percent share of the Zakat.

The Houthis seek to establish a religious validity to their illegal collection of money from citizens and their stealing of the public resources.

The Houthis who rebelled against the government in late 2014, rely much on the fifth Zakat share to justify their rebellion and attempts for reinstatement of the Imamates' rule that was overthrown in north Yemen in 1962.

The Imamates' rule had been notorious for devoting discrimination using the fifth Zakat share which the Houthis introduced it again for the same purpose.

The new act disagrees with the existing constitution of Yemen that affirms equality among citizens to rights and duties.


(* A P)

The Houthi militia has modified the Zakat law legalising Khums in regions under their control. #Khums means the Houthis have the right to acquire 20% of every national resource and individual's profit or income. In other words, it is a racist tax system "or rather racketeering"!

#Houthis are pushing sectarian laws by allocating financial resources & privileges for Hashemties (descendent of prophet Muhamed) This perceived superiority has been imposed on #Yemenis since Houthis' takeover, deepening injustice & depriving Yemenis of equal access to resources (document)

These are not only secterian provisions but more importantly, supremacist. Allocating 20% of resources for Hashemties, who make up roughly less than 10% of Yemeni fabric, undermines principles of equal citizenship, human rights, equal opportunities etc... It deepens grievances!!

The Zakat law amendment require Yemenis to pay 20% of any income including Oil, Gas and other minerals. This reenforces social class system that was in place in the Imamate era before 1962. In fact even the Imamate didn’t go as far as the Houthis


(A P)

[Hadi gov.] Yemeni minister: Houthi fifth-share law worst racism model today

Information minister of the Yemeni UN-backed government on Monday accused the Houthi group of looting Yemenis' resources and properties by imposing the 'fifth-share' law, which represents "the worst model for racist discrimination in modern era."
"Tehran's mercenaries didn't only loot the public treasury, cash reserves and revenues, but they have also enacted racist dissemination laws, called 'the fifth', which legalize sharing the country's resources and people's properties, seriously affecting the national identity and peace and agitating ethnic feuds among the Yemeni society," Moammar al-Eryani added on Twitter.

(A P)

Houthis intimidate again medical facilities

The Houthis waged again a new chain of intimidation against health facilities in areas of their control.

Facilities that came under persecution included medical clinics and drug stores where the Houthis officials overcharged or closed their businesses claiming violation of pricing regulations.

Owners of drug stores quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper said that over 200 pharmacies and drug stores have been so far shut down during the last two days when the Houthis began the new intimidation.

Sources in Sana’a said that the Houthis-health minister, Taha Al-Mutwakel and their director of the Medicine Authority, Mohamed Al-Madani are leading the ongoing intimidation against the medical facilities using gunmen in military vehicles.

Over 92 individuals were arrested during the past two days including pharmacists, merchants and salesmen.

My remark: As claimed by an anti-Houthi news site.

(A P)

SAM calls Houthis to release all detainees amid COVID-19

SAM for Rights and Freedoms on Sunday called the Houthi group to release all prisoners over Yemen's conflict immediately and without delay amid the growing risks of COVID-19 pandemic.
"Coronavirus spread poses a clear threat to detainees, particularly with the absence of an obvious announcement on a precautionary plan to protect jails by the group," the NGO said in a press release on Facebook.
What further raises concerns about detainees' life and safety is the Houthi "irresponsible security dealing with COVID-19 pandemic, ignoring all the UN and local calls to release prisoners," it added.

and also


(A P)

Mothers of Abductees warns of suspected COVID-19 outbreak in Sana’a Central Prison

The Mothers of Abductees Association announced on Saturday it has received information about a suspected outbreak of COVID-19 among prisoners and detainees in the Central Prison in Sana’a, and said Houthi authorities are failing to provide medicine and painkillers to treat them.

“The cases are in quarantine inside the prison, and the Houthis did not allow the supply of medicine, painkillers, nor allow food or any money to be brought to them, which increases the risk and increases the suffering,” the association said in a statement on its Facebook page.

The Mothers of Abductees Association is an independent advocacy body that includes women and the relatives of prisoners and detainees from across Yemen.

In its announcement, the association said that prison officials in both the north of Yemen and in the south have flouted their responsibilities in minimizing the spread of the epidemic among abducted Yemenis.

and also

Film (Arabic):

(A P)

Film: A Houthi operative in the kidnapped capital, Sanaa, looted by force of arms a vendor

(* A P)

Houthi gunmen accused of killing bride’s family in Ibb

Houthi gunmen allegedly shot dead a mother and her young son in Ibb governorate in central Yemen on Thursday as the family was traveling by bus to buy a wedding dress.

Eyewitnesses said that Houthi gunmen in a military vehicle fired a barrage of bullets at the bus near the Al-Ma'ain area in western Ibb, killing Bashir Taha Al-Jaafari and his mother. Al-Jaafari's sister, who was sitting next to her mother in the bus, survived the attack. The family was on their way to buy a dress for the young woman.

The motives of the shooting were unclear, the witnesses said, adding that Ahmed Naif Al-Idrissi, a motorcycle driver from Ibb’s Far’a Al-Odain district, was injured in the attack.

and also


(A P)

Once again ... a Houthi leader calls the Islah party for dialogue and peace

The leader of the Houthi group, "Muhammad Nasser Al-Bakhiti", returned to the Yemeni Islah party call for dialogue and peace.

Al-Bakhiti said in a tweet posted on his account on "Twitter": "Our hand is still outstretched for peace and dialogue with the Islah party because we are at war with it since the Saada wars until now."

"The problem is its coloration and lack of clarity as it continues to deny that it is a party in all wars, on the pretext that it is a political party, even though it has detonated it," Bakhiti said.

He concluded his tweet, "We are keen to stop the war between us and him, because this is in

(A H P)

Coronavirus: Yemen’s Bahai 'at high risk' in Houthi prisons

The Iran-backed rebels must follow up on pledge to release the prisoners, rights groups say

Bahai detainees held in Houthi prisons in Yemen are at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, rights groups said on Thursday.

The Iran-backed rebels announced in March that they were to release Bahai leader Hamed bin Haydara and another five Bahai detainees, but they remain behind bars.

“The Houthi authorities must honour their agreement to release the Bahai prisoners. Keeping prisoners of conscience is egregious on its own terms. Refusing to release them during a pandemic to which prisoners are particularly vulnerable is a whole new level of immorality,” Anthony Vance, Director of the US Bahai Office of Public Affairs, told The National.

The Bahai community said two detainees in Sanaa’s Central Prison, where the six Bahai are held, have been diagnosed with the virus.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A P)

Mothers of Abductees warns of suspected COVID-19 outbreak in Sana’a Central Prison

The association also mentioned the conditions facing prisoners and detainees in Bir Ahmed prison in Aden, where a relative of a detained individual was quoted as saying “they face a slow death inside their cell as the prison administration continues to cut off electricity and reduce the amount of meals for detainees, in addition to the spread of diseases among the abductees.”

Detainees in Bir Ahmed are planning to start a hunger strike to protest the ill-treatment, according to the statement. About 44 abductees are being held in Bir Ahmed prison, the Association said. The prison is run by the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), who are refusing to release the abductees despite judicial orders to release some of the individuals.

(A P)

Editor-in-chief of Aden Alghad Newspaper says he has received a death threat from STC leader Yahya Ghalib Al-Shuaibi. "If I get killed, this man will have executed his threat". The tweet comes amid a new wave of assassinations in #Aden, with journalists among targets this time.

referring to

(A P)

Northern Yemenis refused entry into Aden

UAE-backed mercenaries ban northerners from entering southern Yemeni city

The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia has once again prevented people originating from northern Yemen from entering the city of Aden.

Local sources in Aden city confirmed that Security Belt forces have been deployed on the line linking Al Burayqah and Bir Ahmed areas on Saturday, to prevent dozens of travelers from Taiz province from entering the city.

The sources said that STC militias detained 10 buses and cars.

According to the sources, they released the detained passengers after forcing them to sign a paper promising not to return to Aden again.

(A P)

Yemenis want expulsion of UAE-backed forces from Socotra

Yemen's southern provinces have witnessed repeated clashes between government forces and STC fighters

Hundreds demonstrated in the Yemeni island of Socotra on Monday to demand the expulsion of forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), which is backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Waving Yemeni flag, protesters chanted slogans in support of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and in rejection of the STC's self-rule.

A statement issued by the demonstrators called for ending all forms of military presence in the island and reiterated support for efforts by the internationally recognized government to maintain peace and security in the island.

and also

(* A K P)

[Hadi gov.] Yemen army troops briefly capture major city in Abyan

Heavy fighting broke out on Sunday between government forces and separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) troops in Yemen’s southern Abyan province after loyalists attacked a major city there, local media reports and residents said.

Army troops and allied tribesmen briefly recaptured Ja’ar town after a brief and abrupt attack on separatists who retreated to neighboring areas under their control. Residents told Arab News that separatists pushed loyalists out of Ja’ar three hours later after regrouping and getting reinforcements from Abyan’s capital.

“Government forces entered the town at nearly 11 a.m. and subsequently set up checkpoints before being forced into retreating after a counterattack by STC troops,” a resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, said.

Clashes have reportedly killed several combatants and civilians. Pro-government figures posted images on social media of captured forces and military equipment abandoned by separatists. STC media broadcast footage of military vehicles seized from government forces after the clashes.

and also


(* A K P)

[Hadi gov.] Yemeni army captures major city from UAE-backed forces

Government forces captured the city of Ja'ar in Yemen's southern Abyan province on Sunday, according to a government source.

The city fell to government forces after fierce clashes with fighters of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), which is backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the source told Anadolu Agency.

The source said Abdel-Rahman Shineini, a senior commander of STC forces, was injured during the clashes.

The claim, however, was swiftly denied by STC spokesperson Mohammad al-Naqib, who said his forces had dealt with an "infiltration attempt" into the city.

In a tweet, al-Naqib said "within half an hour, the infiltrators have been eliminated". =

while the separatists claim:

(A K P)

Islah suffers heavy losses in failed attacks on Abyan

Military field souurces reported that in flagrant defiance and violation of the truce and the Riyadh Agreement, the pro-government militias of the Muslim Brotherhood carried out massive attacks against the locations under the control of the southern armed forces on the outskirts of Zinjibar and Sheikh Salem of Abyan province.
The spokesman for the Abyan axis, Captain Muhammad al-Naqib told the press that the southern armed forces also thwarted an infiltration attempt into Ji'ar city where Islah's militias suffered heavy human and material losses.


(A K P)

Top Islahi leader Killed in Abyan

(A K P)

[Separatist] Spokesman for Abyan axis reveals latest military developments in Shokra Front

(A K P)

Houthi cell arrested in Aden

(A K P)

Senior Commander of Brotherhood's Militias Killed in Abyan

A senior military commander of the pro-government Muslim Brotherhood's militias (Islah Party), along with a number of his companions were killed in Abyan on Friday.
Military field sources that Colonel Arafat Al-Sabri was killed with a number of fighters in an infiltration attempt launched by the pro-government Muslim Brotherhood's militias into the positions of the southern armed forces in Qarn al-Kalassi in Abyan governorate.

(A P)


We must stress, however, that additional funding will be needed if we are to truly secure the humanitarian response in the country.

In this regard, the pledging conference is but a first step: Pledges need to be urgently turned into concrete aid and relief to all Yemenis. Further delays will only exacerbate the acute strain on UN programmes, particular COVID-19 response teams and other crucial work on the ground.

(A P)

Shatara: Enemies are collapsing before southern journalism

The antagonists of the South are crumbling before the power of southern media and the proof of that is the killing and death threat made against southern journalists, the member of the STC Presidency, Vice-President of the National Assembly for Control and Inspection, Mr. Lufti Shatara tweeted.

(A K P)

Gov`t security forces thwart weapons` smuggle attempt to STC in Shabwa

The security forces of the Yemeni internationally recognized government thwarted on Friday an attempt to smuggle weapons to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), in the southern province of Shabwa.

A government security source, preferred not to be named, said that "the Special Security Forces have been thwarted Smuggling quantities of various weapons, in Habban Shabwah district, was on its way to STC armed cells. "

The source added, "These weapons include (undetermined) missiles and R bombs BG, aboard a number of cars. "

and also

(A P)

Yemen embassy in Riyadh investigates COVID-19 bribery scheme at border crossing

The Yemeni embassy in Riyadh has launched an investigation into a bribery scheme at the Sharoura border crossing that links Saudi Arabia’s Sharoura city to Yemen’s Hadhramout governorate.

Hundreds of Yemeni citizens, who have been stranded in Sharoura city due to COVID-19 restrictions, report being charged costly fees for coronavirus tests before crossing into Yemen, despite arrangements with Sharoura General Hospital to conduct free tests for the stranded individuals, according to an embassy statement released Thursday evening.

(A P)

Yemeni Hadhramout tribes give gov't 20-day time limit

Hadhramout tribes on Saturday gave the Yemeni official government a 20-day time limit to hand the killers of Shibam security commander and his bodyguards.
At a meeting invited for by its leader Sheikh Amr Bin Habreesh al-Alii, the Authority of Hadhramout Valley and Desert Tribes Alliance called for Hadhramout people be tasked with the provincial security, emphasizing their right to escalation.
Hadhramout tribesmen will take control of their land, if the killers of Saleh Ali Jabir and his bodyguards are not handed, the gathering said in a statement.
Late last May, Shibam security commander and three bodyguards were killed in an explosive device blast.


(* A P)

Hadhramout's second largest tribal alliance outlines vision for local-led security

The proposal by the Hadhramout Valley and Desert Tribes Alliance comes in the wake of the assassination of a local security chief

The second largest tribal alliance in Yemen’s eastern Hadhramout governorate has presented a proposal to solve the security problems plaguing the area.

The move by the Hadhramout Valley and Desert Tribes Alliance comes amid deteriorating security in the northern desert region of the governorate, known as the Hadhramout valley, where a local security chief was assassinated in late May.

In a document outlining their vision for security, the tribal alliance called for the immediate implementation of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi’s directives to recruit 3,000 Hadhrami residents to security roles within two months.

The group requested security equipment including a surveillance camera system to be installed within a month, the creation of a control center linked to the Saudi-led coalition’s Joint Operations Room and financial support. At the same time, army forces would return to their barracks based on a clear timetable, according to the proposal.

Meanwhile, in Hadhramout’s coastal region, Gov. Faraj Al-Bahsani met Wednesday evening with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) representatives in the governorate.

The meeting comes two days after security forces arrested a “gang” plotting to assassinate Bahsani, who is also the commander of Yemen’s Second Military Region.


(* A P)

Yemeni Hadhramout tribes introduce security plan

Hadhramout tribes on Thursday introduced their own vision to end insecurity increasingly seen by the Yemeni southeastern governorate.
The vision comes in response to the "deteriorating security and resultant assassinations against many innocents," the Authority of Hadhramout Valley and Desert Tribes Alliance said on Facebook, "amid silence from presidency, government and local authorities."
Under the vision, security would be entrusted to locals, by "recruiting 3,000 people of the governorate in security within two months," as already "instructed by President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi," the tribal union added in a statement.
After being trained, these recruits would be "gradually and thoughtfully deployed in districts and points, with army units redeployed to their camps according to an obvious timetable.
"Local authorities would start, within one month as of today, install surveillance cameras and establish a control room that would be connected to the joint operation room" of the Yemeni army and security.
In case of failure to do its duties and end insecurity, the Yemeni government would be responsible for potentially painful ramifications, the statement read.
The tribal decision comes after Yafea tribes in Hadhramout had set a 4-day time limit for local security and military authorities to identify assassins of their fellow tribesmen.

(A P)

Tribal clashes lead to dead and wounded in #Syieoun

(A P)

Al-Arada controls # Syieoun airport and evacuates Brotherhood and Al Qaeda wounded to Jordan

Syieoun Airport witnessed a unique incident that reflects the barbarism of the legitimate government and shows additional evidence of the kidnapping of the legitimacy decision by the Islah Party, the branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen.

The airport staff of Syieoun were forced on Wednesday, to open the airport gates to enter three ambulances accompanied by five armed crews coming from Ma’rib carrying leaders of the Islah militia who were injured in Abyan battles.

A source in the civil aviation said that what happened would lead to the closure of Syieoun airport and the suspension of flights to return those stranded abroad.


(A P)

Al-Subaihi and Al-Arada are the most prominent names smuggled into Jordan

(A P)

Al-Zubaidi, Dedushkin Met in Riyadh

President of the Southern Transitional Council and Supreme Commander of the Southern Armed Forces, Aidroos Qassem al-Zubaidi met at his residence in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on Friday, with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Yemen, Vladimir Dedushkin.

(A P T)

Sources reveal receiving Southern journalists death threats

Sources revealed that a number of southern journalists were subjected to threats of physical liquidation as part of violations against the media in the liberated provinces

The sources added that other media personnel were exposed to direct and indirect threats, including the journalists Hussein Al-Hanashi, Yasser Al-Yafi, Fawaz Al-Hanashi, Adnan Al-Ajam, and the war photographer Saleh Al-Ubaidi, in addition to the exposure of many of them to media campaigns via social media by figures affiliated with the Islah party and the Brotherhood.


(A P T)

After Al-Qaiti's assassination, al-Aqel receives death threats

The reporter of the Arabic-language television news network RT, Salah al-Aqel received on Friday, a direct threat of physical liquidation from an anonymous number for his media coverage of events in the South

(A T)

Yet another journalist murdered in southern Yemen

Abdulbasit Al-Jahafi is second journalist in mere days killed by unidentified gunmen

Unknown gunmen have assassinated journalist Abdulbasit Al-Jahafi in Lahj province, two days after previously murdering a photo journalist in Aden, southern media reported.

According to the media, gunmen shot Abdulbasit Al-Jahafi in the city of Al Hawtah.

(A P)

Major General bin Brik chairs meeting of Supreme Economic Committee of the Transitional Council

Major General bin Brik stressed on the challenges facing the Self-Administration, calling for extraordinary efforts to be excreted and work in the spirit of one team to help economic and service institutions in a way that serves Aden the capital, and other southern governorates.

(A P)

Southern Self-Administration decides to open bank account for disasters and crises

the Southern Self-Administration decided to open a special bank account to deal with disasters and crises in order to receive all contributions and donations to confront the new Corona virus “Covid-19” as well as to improve and develop the public services in Aden and the southern governorates.

(A K P)

Aden: UAE-Backed STC Forces Withdraw From Areas In Crater

A cautious calm prevailed this morning in the city of Crater in Aden after the withdrawal of the militias of the Southern Transitional Council from the vicinity of Al-Taweelah and Hussein neighborhoods.

The transitional militia retreat after fierce resistance to the storming operation by members of the targeted neighborhoods, which resulted in the damage of 4 militia military vehicles.


(A K P)

STC forces carry out mass arrests in Aden following bomb attack on military vehicle

Forces loyal to the Southern Transitional Council (STC) carried out a campaign of mass arrests in Aden on Friday, after a grenade exploded inside a military vehicle in the center of the city and injured two soldiers, a local source and eyewitnesses told Almasdar Online

The source, who works in the local authority in Aden, said that early on Friday morning unidentified assailants used a grenade to attack a military vehicle belonging to the Storm Forces, a specialized unit in the STC’s forces.

Following the attack, witnesses said that troops and armored vehicles were deployed throughout the area in Crater and fired rounds into the air while arresting youth standing near the scene.

According to the sources, at least 15 young people from the neighborhood who were sitting near the scene were arrested and then taken to an investigation center in Aden belonging to the Storm Forces. The armed men who were attacked are personnel in the Storm Forces, a unit of the UAE-sponsored STC.

(A K P)

Film: A battle in Aden, from the beginning of the night until now, between the people of Al-Dali 'Transitional and the people of Residents The city of Aden in Crater


(A K P)

Reports of clashes between UAE-backed STC troops and local gunmen in Crater district of #Aden as the former trying to storm al-Tawylah and Hussein neighborhoods, according to residents. Picture of STC armoured vehicle


(A K P)

Two UAE-backed forces injured in bomb explosion and clashes in Yemen's Aden

Armed clashes took place early Friday after a military kit was detonated in Aden Governorate, south of Yemen, wounding two soldiers from the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces.

"Unidentified people on a motorbike threw a grenade at a military pick-up belonging to the (Al-Asifa) Forces loyal to the STC near the National Bank, in the Crater district," a security source said, on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

He added that two soldiers following the blast seriously wounded and was transferred to Al-Gomhoria Teaching Hospital in Khor Maksar.

The source pointed out that the security forces deployed in most of the streets of the Crater neighborhood, to search for the perpetrators of the accident.

Witnesses said that heavy gunfire was heard in different parts of the Crater neighborhood, and clashes took place between the security forces and armed men in the vicinity of Al-Taweelah neighborhood, which led to damage to the homes of the citizens.

(A P)

[Pro-separatist] Massive rally in the capital of Socotra in gratitude for Emirates and in support of self-administration

(A P)

Leader in the Transitional Council: we will fight against corrupt and tampered and will make sure Aden overcomes electricity and water outages issue

(A P)

Southern Self-Administration assigns supervisory committees to vital sectors

The Self- Administration Committee of the Southern Transitional Council decided, on Wednesday evening, to form the financial, economic and supervisory committees on the various sectors of its administration.

(A P)

While legitimacy ignores the catastrophic situation .. torrents flood homes in Shokra and people are crying out

The citizens of Shokra made a distress call to help them, as floods accumulated, and torrents entered the homes in a number of the city’s neighborhoods, causing severe damages, and bulldozing dozens of sheep, agricultural materials and fishing boats, and some buildings collapsed.
Citizens asserted that despite the presence of legitimacy forces leadership in Shokra, they have become a burden on the city and did not provide anything to it

My remark: From a pro-separatist source; “legitimacy”: Hadi government.

(A P)

Residents of Dhaiman region in #Al-Mehfid denounce the storming of Brotherhood militias to theirs houses

(A K P)

Southern forces target Brotherhood militia locations in Al-Tarya Front in #Abyan

(A K P)

Southern forces announce full liberation of Wadi Salay in Abyan

(A K P)

STC captures strategic area in Abyan

Southern separatists keep pushing back Hadi forces

(A K P)

STC accuses Muslim Brotherhood of terrorist attacks in southern Yemen

Three attacks in southern provinces blamed on Islah

Ahmed Omar Bin Fareed, a leader in the Southern Transitional Council, had accused the Islah Party militias of carrying out three terrorist attacks in the southern provinces.

Bin Fareed said on his Twitter account: “Al-Islah militias carried out three terrorist operations against the honourable southerners in three provinces in just 10 days.”

“Bin Ali Jaber and his companions were targeted in Hadhramaut, Talal Areeq in Shabwah and Nabil al-Qaiti in Aden,” Bin Fareed explained.

“All these crimes have been managed, planned, funded and carried out from a single criminal location, and without catching the perpetrators, the killing will continue,” Bin Fareed added.

(A P)

Hunderte bei Beerdigung für getöteten AFP-Journalisten al-Quaety im Jemen

In der jemenitischen Küstenstadt Aden haben hunderte Menschen an der Beerdigung des bei einem Mordanschlag getöteten AFP-Journalisten Nabil Hasan al-Quaety teilgenommen. Zahlreiche Teilnehmer der Trauerfeier am Donnerstag hielten Porträts des getöteten Fotografen und Videojournalisten in der Höhe und forderten mehr Meinungsfreiheit in dem Bürgerkriegsland. Der 34-jährige al-Quaety war am Dienstag von Unbekannten in seinem Auto erschossen worden, die Behörden sprachen von einem "gezielten Mordanschlag".,-Hunderte-bei-Beerdigung-fuer-getoeteten-AFP-Journalisten-al-Quaety-im-Jemen-_arid,729020.html =



(A P)

Preisgekrönter Ruptly-Fotoreporter Nabil Hasan al-Quaety im Jemen getötet

Zum Tod al-Quaetys gab Ruptly am Donnerstag eine offizielle Erklärung ab. Darin bezeichnete die Videoagentur ihren freien Mitarbeiter als einen "fleißigen und engagierten Journalisten" und pries ihn für seine hervorragende Arbeit bei der "unnachgiebigen Berichterstattung zum Konflikt in der Region".

(A P)

Hundreds of people attended on Thursday, the funeral of the photographer and journalist, Nabil Hasan Al-Qaiti in Aden.


(A P)

Aden the capital witnesses the funeral of the international war photographer martyr Nabil Al-Qaiti


The participants in the funeral condemned the crime of assassinating Al-Qaiti, which reveals the terrorist trend rooted in the Brotherhood and which was embodied in its most horrific image in this terrorist operation.
The mourners demanded the speedy disclosure of the perpetrators of this crime and bringing them to justice to receive the penalty for this crime.



(A P)


With deep sadness and pain, the Southern Transitional Council mourns the death of the war photographer the martyr Nabil Hassan Al-Qaiti, in a treacherous terrorist operation on Tuesday afternoon in front of his house in Dar Saad district in the southern capital of Aden.

and more

(A P)

Mosahwar: The martyrdom of Al-Qaiti increases our determination to get independence

He wrote on Twitter: “The more they killed and treacherous, the more rigid and intense the south would become.”


(A T)

Demands to launch international investigation into the murder of journalist Nabil Al-Qaiti.


(A T)

UNESCO condemns killing of AFP contributor in Yemen

The UN's cultural organisation on Thursday condemned the killing of Nabil Hasan al-Quaety, a Yemeni journalist who contributed to AFP, in the southern city of Aden this week.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp2

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(* B E P)

Risse im Verhältnis zwischen Saudi-Arabien und den USA

Der Ölpreis-Krieg scheint also keineswegs vorbei zu sein, er ist nur aus den Schlagzeilen verschwunden.

Die wahrscheinliche Erklärung für das riskante Spiel der Saudis ist, dass es um den Kampf um Marktanteile und letztlich auch um Macht geht. Die US-Ölindustrie ist hoch verschuldet und die Fracking-Ölquellen versiegen recht schnell, weshalb ständig für viel Geld neue Quellen erschlossen werden müssen. Wenn eine hochverschuldete Industrie nicht kostendeckend arbeitet, ist eine Pleitewelle zu erwarten. Oder die Konkurrenz kauft sie vorher auf. Und das scheint die Hoffnung der Saudis zu sein.

Als der Ölpreis hoch war, haben die US-Firmen ihre Marktanteile auf Kosten der Opec-Länder und vor allem auf Kosten von Saudi-Arabien erhöht. Saudi-Arabien ist vom US-Markt praktisch verdrängt worden und die Saudis scheinen die Hoffnung zu haben, diesen Markt zurückerobern zu können. Und wenn die USA ihr Öl wieder bei den Saudis kaufen müssen, bedeutet das automatisch einen Machtzuwachs der Saudis in den USA.

Das könnte man noch als normale Vorgänge zwischen wirtschaftlichen Konkurrenten abtun und nicht von einem Riss im Verhältnis zwischen den USA und Saudi-Arabien sprechen. Aber es gibt noch weitere Hinweise.

(A H P)

Divorces rise by 30% in Saudi Arabia after quarantine uncovers polygamous husbands

Divorces in Saudi Arabia have risen by 30 per cent in the month of February after the quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic caused many wives to discover that their husbands had other wives and families, cording to the Dubai-based news site Gulf News.

The majority of women who requested divorces from their polygamous husbands were employees, businesswomen, prominent women in the community and female doctors

The number of divorces that month, however, was at a record 7,482, resulting in a 30 per cent increase in requests for divorces and ‘khula’ – the Islamic process in which a woman can divorce her husband. Annulment is also an option for the women, particularly in cases in which they prove they were harmed by the husband.

(* A P)

Saudi Arabia considers limiting haj pilgrims amid COVID-19 fears

Saudi Arabia could drastically limit numbers at the annual haj pilgrimage to prevent a further outbreak of coronavirus after cases in the country topped 100,000, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Two sources familiar with the matter said authorities are now considering allowing “only symbolic numbers” this year, with restrictions including a ban on older pilgrims and additional health checks.

With strict procedures, authorities think it may be possible to allow in up to 20% of each country’s regular quota of pilgrims, another source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

(* B E P)

Can Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Fix His Mistakes?

The post-coronavirus era will require learning some painful recent lessons.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman might admit that he bears at least as much responsibility as the coronavirus pandemic for the state of Saudi Arabia’s economy. It is, after all, the combination of his ill-timed oil war against Russia with the Covid-19 crisis that has left the kingdom facing the steepest contraction in a generation.

Although relatively few Saudis have contracted the virus, the substantial economic damage will likely force the crown prince to make deep cuts to his “Vision 2030” plan.

The centerpiece for an ambitious agenda of economic and social reforms, that plan was conceived in the throes of the last oil slump. Its goal was to wean Saudi Arabia from its dependence on hydrocarbons and create more opportunity for private enterprise. But four years on, more than 60% of government revenue still comes from oil, and low prices have halved the take.

MBS, as the crown prince is commonly known, has ordered austerity measures — most prominently, the tripling of the value-added tax and cuts to bureaucrats’ allowances. But these will sharpen the economic downturn by reducing consumption and inhibiting private-sector investment. In turn, this will compound the frustrations of unemployed Saudis, the majority of them women, who had been promised a shot at prosperity in the prince’s vision of the country’s economic future.

The harsh realities facing Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler come on top of problems that have bedeviled him since he emerged from relative obscurity five years ago, when his father’s coronation gave him his first taste of real power. They will compound the challenges of ruling a petrostate with a growing population and diminishing wealth

The portents allow for little optimism: As headstrong as he is young, MBS has demonstrated little interest in, much less capacity for, changing his ways. But the past few months have served up important lessons he’d do well to heed.

(A E)

Saudi Arabia's oil exports plunge $11 billion in first quarter

The value of Saudi Arabia’s oil exports plunged by 21.9% year on year in the first quarter to $40 billion, corresponding to a decline of about $11 billion, official data showed on Sunday.

(A H)

Saudi coronavirus cases exceed 100,000

(B P)

Family fears grow for activists detained in notorious Saudi prison

Reports of Covid-19 cases and allegations of withheld medical treatment have sparked concern for those held in al-Ha’ir prison

Relatives of prisoners held in a sprawling complex outside Riyadh say they fear prison conditions and denial of medical treatment are risking the lives of detainees including members of the Saudi royal family.

Two sources close to the family of Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al-Saud say the senior royal, known as an outspoken advocate for reform, is in a life-threatening condition inside al-Ha’ir prison south of Riyadh. Concerns grew following the death in a Riyadh hospital last month of prominent rights activist Abdullah al-Hamid, formerly held in al-Ha’ir.

and also

(A P)

Foreign Workers will get deported and will be forbidden from entering the Saudi Arab for not wearing a face mask. How bluntly Racist is this regime ?

(A P)

Saudi Arabia reimposes curfew in Jeddah for two weeks: SPA agency

(B P)

'Sarah and Omar have disappeared': children of ex-Saudi official missing since March

Aljabri family tells of anguish over what they describe as act of vengeance by Prince Mohammed bin Salman

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

(A P)

Saudi Embassy account, after 2 yrs of inactivity, tweets that Saudi diplos have promised Trump Organization investment and that Saudi is hiring Israeli firms. Hack? (image)

#Saudi embassy in #WashingtonDC says it has not tweeted about hiring an #Israeli company or giving #Trump organization $100s of millions in contracts. I think there is someone who willl defect soon.

Funny though that the embassy deleted the tweets after that. This appears to be a #Saudi diplomat who is against relationships woth #Israel & of funding #Trump & that was his way of leaking the info.

(A P)

Court orders dismissal of Trump Muslim travel ban challenges

A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out three lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries, a victory for the Trump administration in its yearslong defense of the ban.

(A P)

Senior US diplomat praises Saudi Arabia’s ‘productive’ role in Yemen

A senior US official Thursday lauded Saudi Arabia for its productive role in Yemen, while criticizing the Iran-backed Houthis for their lack of good faith in negotiations.

“We are supportive and appreciative of the Saudi’s flexibility. We really think that they are now playing a productive role on Yemen,” David Schenker, the US Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affair, said during a webinar with the Middle East Institute think tank.

Schenker cited Saudi Arabia’s one-week unilateral ceasefire followed by a one-month unilateral ceasefire.

While the senior US diplomat spoke positively of the kingdom’s good faith in negotiations, he said “we haven’t seen … by any stretch of imagination” the same good faith by the Houthis.

Speaking during the MEI webinar “Shifting Dynamics and US Priorities in the Middle East: A Conversation with David Schenker with Middle East Institute,” Schenker was asked about relations between Washington and the GCC.

He said that the relationship in the energy and security sectors remained solid.

“We remain tight partners with our Gulf friends and coordinate with them what we’re doing,” said Schenker while adding that “a lot is read into when we take an asset out of the region.”

He pointed out that there was still an “enormous” number of US troops in the region and assets that can reach the region “in relatively short time.”

On the security front, Schenker called the Saudi Arabian efforts a “success story” after filling the gap “very quickly” ensuring there was no interruption of oil in the markets following the September 2019 drone attacks on Aramco facilities.

My comment: The US is warring party in Yemen and in the Middle East – otherwise such a bulk of BS would be unthinkable.

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

(A P)

IRGC commander threatens to ‘eliminate’ Israel in new speech

The commander-in-chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Major General Hussein Salami, said that “the geography of the resistance will not forget the name and goals of the former Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, Ramadan Shalah, the high, bright, and hope of liberating Jerusalem and removing the cancerous gland (Israel) from the region.”

(* A P)

Russia rejects US drive for permanent Iran arms embargo

Russia’s foreign minister is accusing the Trump administration of unleashing a politically motivated campaign against Iran and is calling for “universal condemnation” of the U.S. attempt to get the U.N. Security Council to impose a permanent arms embargo against the Islamic Republic.

Sergey Lavrov said the United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six major powers and now has no legal right to try to use the U.N. resolution endorsing the deal to indefinitely continue the arms embargo, which is set to expire on Oct. 18.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council circulated Monday, the Russian minister said statements by U.S. State Department officials that the Trump administration doesn’t plan to resume its commitments under the nuclear deal but plans to invoke rights allegedly deriving from the resolution endorsing it are “ridiculous and irresponsible.”

Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has already make clear Moscow’s opposition to a Security Council resolution extending Iran’s arms embargo, which Russia could veto. He also said the U.S. has “no right” following its withdrawal from the nuclear deal to use the “snap back” provision in the 2015 council resolution, which automatically restores all U.N. sanctions against Iran that had been lifted or eased if the nuclear deal is violated.

(A P)

Iran insists it is ready to swap prisoners with U.S.

Government spokesman Ali Rabiei on Monday insisted on Tehran’s willingness to swap prisoners with the United States.

“Three Iranian scientists Dr. Soleimani, Dr. Taheri and Dr. Asgari returned to Tehran or are on the way back. We hope the process of returning the Iranian inmates in the United States would continue. Iran is fully prepared to swap prisoners and full responsibility is upon the United States’ administration,” Rabiei said during a press conference.

(A P)

Iran doctor freed in swap for Navy veteran returns to Tehran

(A P)

Trump Advisers Made a ‘Dumb Bet’, Zarif Says of US JCPOA Withdrawal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed US President Donald Trump’s call for a “big deal” with Iran, saying Trump’s advisers made a “dumb bet” by urging him to leave the JCPOA and it is now up to him to make up for the mistake by returning to the deal.

(* A P)

UN agency: Iran violating all restrictions of nuclear deal

Iran has continued to increase its stockpiles of enriched uranium and remains in violation of its deal with world powers, the United Nations’ atomic watchdog said Friday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported the finding in a confidential document distributed to member countries and seen by The Associated Press.

The agency said that as of May 20, Iran’s total stockpile of low-enriched uranium amounted to 1,571.6 kilograms (1.73 tons), up from 1,020.9 kilograms (1.1 tons) on Feb. 19.

(A P)

Russia' UN envoy backs Iran's right to missile program

Russian Ambassador to UN Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya on Friday slammed allegations stating Iran has breached the UN resolution in 2015 through the launch of the satellite.

The United States' prolonged attempts to deprive Iran of the benefits of a peaceful space program under false pretences could be regarded as a serious concern and deep regret, he added.

He termed the US allegations against the launch of the satellite, which was carried out on April 22, 2020, as misleading.

(A P)

Iran top security official says prisoner swap with US involved no negotiations

(A P)

Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran as part of deal

A U.S. Navy veteran whose family said his only crime was falling in love left Iran on Thursday after nearly two years of detention, winning his freedom as part of a deal that spared an American-Iranian physician from any additional time behind bars.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

(* B K P)

Britain must address unlawful harm to civilians in Yemen

The British government is still selling arms to Saudi Arabia, despite the court ruling banning such sales; this is unacceptable. Accountability needs to be sought for the unlawful harm caused to civilians, starting with the Prime Minister’s role in signing-off licences. Boris Johnson has been accused of being complicit in signing-off arms deals for the use of British weapons in Yemen yet there has still been no proper investigation to highlight the unlawful harm to civilians as a consequence of Britain’s stance on arms in this war.

The British government is still selling arms to Saudi Arabia, despite the court ruling banning such sales; this is unacceptable. Accountability needs to be sought for the unlawful harm caused to civilians, starting with the Prime Minister’s role in signing-off licences. Boris Johnson has been accused of being complicit in signing-off arms deals for the use of British weapons in Yemen yet there has still been no proper investigation to highlight the unlawful harm to civilians as a consequence of Britain’s stance on arms in this war.

I fear that accountability will not be sought by putting Yemen higher up on the agenda. With Johnson’s alleged involvement in signing arms deals without assessing the risks posed to civilians how can he be trusted to do anything about his mistakes in retrospect?

The British Prime Minister has a record of bigotry and racism towards Muslims and minority groups and many British Muslims such as myself believe that he will neither look after the needs of minorities nor tackle issues affecting the Middle East objectively.

Many of the bombs dropped on Yemen have done so with British assistance; they have killed innocent children, women, men and the elderly

More worryingly, according to another report in the Guardian, three judges have alleged that Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and Liam Fox were just some of the ministers who signed-off arm sales without assessing the risk posed to civilians.

Legal action should be taken without delay to ensure not only that those found guilty of complicity in very serious crimes are brought to account, but also to ensure that Britain thinks twice about continuing arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Apparently reckless decisions in Westminster have contributed to the unprecedented disaster unfolding in Yemen. A full official investigation is essential if the people of Yemen are to see an end to this brutal war which is affecting them all so badly.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

(A P)

The fight against COVID-19: helping save lives in Yemen

In view of the increased need for humanitarian assistance and the spread of COVID-19 in Yemen, the German Government is maintaining its substantial humanitarian efforts. At the conference, Minister of State Niels Annen announced that the Federal Foreign Office will make available 125 million euro for humanitarian assistance in Yemen in 2020. The areas in which Germany is providing support include emergency food aid, healthcare, water and sanitation, as well as protective measures. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is also providing funding in the amount of 70 million euro for measures to strengthen resilience.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

(A P)

Billionaire ruler of Dubai is handed hundreds of thousands in EU farming grants despite being among the world's richest men

(A P)

Spaniens Justiz ermittelt gegen Ex-König Juan Carlos

100 Millionen Dollar Schmiergeldzahlungen soll der frühere spanische König Juan Carlos für das Einfädeln eines Auftrags zum Bau einer Schnellbahnstrecke in Saudi-Arabien erhalten haben. Nun untersucht Spaniens Oberstes Gericht den Fall.

(A P)

Spain's supreme court investigates former king Juan Carlos on Saudi case

Spain’s supreme court prosecutor has opened an investigation into former King Juan Carlos as part of a probe into a high-speed train contract in Saudi Arabia, the general prosecutor said in a statement on Monday.

(* B K P)

Politik der VAE in Libyen ist gescheitert - Jemen kostet Milliarden von Dollar

In einem Bericht heißt es, dass die Expansionspolitik der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) und ihre Beteiligung an Konflikten in Libyen und im Jemen das Land Milliarden von Dollar gekostet haben, was zu einer Verurteilung durch hochrangige Verantwortungsträger innerhalb der Emirate geführt hat, nachdem die von den Emiraten unterstützten Militanten in beiden Ländern gescheitert sind.

Dem Bericht zufolge stieß die aggressive Außenpolitik des Landes bei einigen der sieben Emirate in den VAE auf Widerstand.

„Wie Saudi-Arabien und einige andere unterdrückerische arabische Regime haben die VAE eine der versiegelten Regierungen. Es wurde jedoch erfahren, dass vor einigen Monaten ein geheimes Treffen über die Außenpolitik des Landes und seine intervenierende Haltung gegenüber den Ländern in der Region abgehalten wurde“, betonte die Nachrichtenagentur.

Bei dem Treffen, so die Anadolu, äußerte Scheich Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vizepräsident und Premierminister der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, seinen Protest gegen die Außenpolitik des Landes.

"Wir geben jeden Tag Hunderte Millionen Dollar aus und was haben wir dafür erhalten?" sagte Al Maktoum.

Er forderte auch, "die aggressive und aufdringliche Außenpolitik so schnell wie möglich zu revidieren, weil sie für das Land genug gekostet habe und keine Vorteile hatte", fügte der Bericht hinzu.

and English version:

(* B K P)

UAE failed expansionism in Libya, Yemen costs billions of dollars: Report

A report says the United Arab Emirates’ expansionist policy and its involvement in conflicts in Libya and Yemen have cost the country billions of dollars, sparking condemnation from senior officials inside the emirates, amid the failure of the Emirati-backed militants in both countries.

The UAE has provided the militants in both countries with extremely expensive weapons -- including unmanned aerial vehicles, missiles, helicopters and air defense systems, according to Turkish state news agency Anadolu.

“Thousands of civilians have been killed in Yemen and Libya due to the use of these weapons supplied by the UAE,” the report added.

The UAE also pays for thousands of mercenaries from countries such as Chad and Sudan to fight alongside Haftar.

The report added that the UAE, one of the members of coalition against Yemen, sent several heavy weapons worth billions of dollars to Yemen as well as deploying its own soldiers.

According to the report, the UAE's aggressive foreign policies drew opposition from some of seven emirates.

“Like Saudi Arabia and some other oppressive Arab regimes, the UAE has one of the non-leaking governments. However, it was learned that a secret meeting was held several months ago on the country's foreign policy and its interventionist attitudes towards the countries in the region,” the news agency reported.

At the meeting, the news agency says, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the UAE, expressed his opposition to the country’s foreign policy.

"We spend hundreds of millions of dollars every day and what do we get in return?" Al Maktoum said.

He also called for reviewing “its aggressive and intrusive foreign policy as soon as possible because it had cost enough to the country and that it had no benefits”, the report added. =,-Yemen-Costs-Billions-of-Dollars

(A P)

Statement by Ambassador Zhang Jun at the Virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Ambassador Zhang said, China supports the call for ceasefire made by Secretary-General Guterres and his Special Envoy Griffths, and welcomes the extended unilateral ceasefire made by Saudi Arabia on behalf of the Coalition. The political settlement represents the only solution to the Yemeni issue.

(A P)

Putin comments on Yemen crisis

Russia is ready to help settle the crisis in Yemen

The road to peace in Yemen lies through a wide national dialogue and Russia will be prepared to promote a settlement of the conflict in that country, if need be, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a credentials presentation ceremony attended by newly-appointed foreign ambassadors in Russia, including Yemen’s Ahmed Salem al-Wahishi.

(A P)

I just received an urgent case of a #Yemen-i doctor who illegally crossed boarder to #Canada #Vancouver to seek a life of dignity, is at risk of forced deportation after authorities refused to grant him asylum.

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

(A P)

Qatar's foreign minister says there is a new initiative to end Gulf crisis

Qatar’s foreign minister said on Friday there is a new initiative to end the three-year-old Gulf crisis and that Qatar is open to negotiations, Qatar’s Al Jazeera broadcaster reported on its twitter account.

“We hope the initiative will produce results, we are open to dialogue and ready to meet each step forward with 10 steps from our side,” Al Jazeera’s tweet quoted foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

Kuwait and the United States have tried to mediate a rift that has undermined Washington’s efforts to form a united front against Iran, which is locked in a struggle for regional supremacy with Saudi Arabia.

(* B P)

Drei Jahre Boykott gegen Katar

Vor drei Jahren startete Saudi-Arabien eine massive Boykott-Kampagne gegen Katar. Seitdem gab es zwar Annäherungsversuche, die aber kaum erfolgreich waren. Dabei hätten die Akteure viele Gründe, aufeinander zuzugehen.

Im Umgang mit Katar zeigte sich sehr früh die politische Handschrift des neuen starken Mannes in Saudi-Arabien, der im Juni 2017 zum Kronprinzen ernannt worden war: Mohammed bin Salman (MbS). "MbS hatte die bisherige Außenpolitik seines Landes immer als zu wenig entschlossen empfunden", sagt Daniel Gerlach, Chefredakteur des auf den Nahen Osten spezialisierten Zenith-Magazins. "

Die Gelegenheit dazu bot sich im Konflikt mit Katar. Dort pflegte er erstmals jenen rüden Politikstil, der später, insbesondere im Jemen, so typisch für ihn wurde. "Allerdings betreibt MbS in Katar weniger eine Außen- als vielmehr eine Innen- und Sicherheitspolitik", so Gerlach. Jemen und Katar lägen unmittelbar vor der saudischen Haustür. "Was dort geschieht, betrifft aus saudischer Sicht die inneren Angelegenheiten des Königreichs. Deswegen achtet Riad auf die Entwicklung in diesen Ländern viel stärker als auf die in anderen Staaten."

(* B P)

[from 2014]: Wahhabism vs. Wahhabism: Qatar's Challenge to Saudi Arabia - By James M. Dorsey

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

(* B K P)

Saudi Arabia to keep buying arms despite austerity

Middle East’s biggest arms importer tells executives it will plough ahead with procurement

Saudi Arabia’s vast appetite for western weaponry and defence equipment appears undiminished despite sweeping austerity measures unveiled by the government last month, buoying its US and British suppliers.

Two days after Riyadh announced the austerity measures, the defence wing of Boeing was awarded contracts worth $2.6bn to supply the kingdom with more than 1,000 surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles. Experts say while that was part of long-term agreements, the fact that it is proceeding is a sign that one of the world’s biggest arms importers is still spending on defence. Lockheed Martin, the US arms manufacturer which supplies THAAD missile defence systems to the Saudi government said it had “not seen a backing off of expenditures on defence” by any of its main Middle Eastern customers.

Robert Harward, chief executive of Lockheed’s Middle East unit, said it was too early to know if budget pressures would filter through to defence, but said he expected that customers, including Saudi Arabia, “will continue with their procurement”. “Regional threats are not receding and are more unpredictable than ever,” Mr Harward said. “Countries will have to make choices on budgets, as countries always have to do.” Another Gulf-based defence executive said his company had not witnessed “any shift in attitudes from the customers” but suggested that could still change. “I think that’s because the implications of what’s going on has not quite filtered down to that level.” If cuts have to be made, analysts predict that new big-ticket arms sales, which have helped Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ingratiate himself with US president Donald Trump, will be most vulnerable to belt-tightening.

“It seems inevitable that the [government spending] cuts will start to feed through to defence, and to the discretionary part of spending — investment in new programmes and procurement activity,” said Fenella McGerty, senior fellow for defence economics at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “Anything that is beyond a critical requirement, including those that relate to mitigating specific threats like Iran, is at risk.” The Saudi finance ministry told the Financial Times that the kingdom would “continue to support our military needs and spare no resources to defend our people and our territory”. The ministry said it had been working to rationalise spending to ensure the kingdom got defence equipment “for the right cost for the right quantity with the right specification”.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

(* B K P)

US Blackwater to Withdraw Mercenaries from Yemen

The US Blackwater company is preparing to withdraw its forces from Yemen after its recent defeats in the Arab country, media reports said.

The Blackwater security company decided on Tuesday to take out its strike forces from Al-Amri Front in Ta'iz province, the Arabic-language Bemanioun news website reported on Wednesday.

The Blackwater's decision came after its forces sustained heavy losses in al-Amri front.

Seven Blackwater mercenaries were killed and 39 others were injured in Al-Amri front.

Meantime, the Arabic-language Sahafa24 website reported that 49 percent of the US Blackwater company belongs to the UAE's ruling family.

The UAE government has sent five airplanes to Aden to take out the Blackwater forces.

On January 31, tens of Blackwater mercenaries, including their US commander, were killed in the [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni army and popular forces' attacks on their positions in the Southwestern province of Lahij. Several Apache and Typhoon helicopters were also destroyed in the Yemeni attack.

The Yemeni forces' Tochka missiles hit a gathering of the Saudi forces at al-Anad military base in Lahij province, killing 200 Sudanese Blackwater mercenaries and their new commander US Colonel Nicolas Petras.

Several Apache and Typhoon helicopters as well as several oil tankers were also destroyed in the Yemeni missile attack.

The Blackwater forces' military operations room and the houses of the Blackwater forces were also destroyed in Yemen's attack.

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

(* B K)

Arab coalition accused to destroy 80% of Yemen' monuments

The Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights accused the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen of targeting the country's cultural, touristic and historical notables in violation of international humanitarian law standards.

The Institute documented in a report entitled "War crimes in Yemen: targeting cultural and historical sites," examples of the attacks that targeted those sites and led to widespread destruction of Yemeni cultural property.

The report considered the attacks a clear violation of the protection provided by the laws of war, stressing that the archaeological sites have not been protected in accordance with the standards of international humanitarian law.

The head of the institute, Yahya Al-Hadid, said that the war crimes that targeted archaeological, tourist and religious sites in Yemen did not stop with direct targeting and destruction that affected about 80% of the monuments.

He added that those crimes also caused "their damage due to the blockade and the circumstances of the war that did not allow those concerned to provide the appropriate care and environment to preserve these civilizational and cultural treasures, and thus humanity and future generations lost the opportunity to see it.

"Many of the artifacts were stolen, robbed and smuggled, especially towards Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, which are trying everything they can to destroy Yemen and all aspects of civilization and life in it.", Al-Hadid added.

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

(* A E H)

Prices Soar in Yemen as Currency Collapse

The Yemeni currency, the riyal, keeps dropping amid the five-year war and the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, worsening the humanitarian situation that is already the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in modern history.

The Yemeni riyal has deteriorated to a very low value in the financial market, with 715 riyals to the US dollar in Yemen’s interim capital Aden, where the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) declared self-rule from the internationally recognized government, resulting in skyrocketing prices.

Residents expressed concerns over the deterioration of the currency as the costs of goods and basic services soar.

Nageeb Saeed, a retail store owner, told Republican Yemen that it has become even harder to make ends meet due to the collapse of the currency.

“Costs for everyday goods rise on a daily basis. When we ask wholesale merchants why they impose costly prices for the goods, they say they import them using US dollar,” Nageeb explained.

“Three days ago the cost of a bag of rice was about 20000 riyals. Today it is 250000, meaning I made no gains when I sold it. We are all suffering from this,” said Nageeb.

The currency in Sana’a, where the Iran-linked Houthis take control, appears to be a bit better in terms of the exchange rate compared to Aden, with 615 riyals to the US dollar.

The reason why there is a variation in the exchange rate of the currency is that the militia has banned the new banknotes issued by Aden-based Central Bank that is run by the legitimate government.

(A E P)

Yemeni [Hadi] Government Calls on WB to Support Its Efforts in Facing Crises

The Yemeni government stressed the importance of increasing support for its country by the Board of Directors of the World Bank (WB) as Yemen is facing huge challenges due to the war being fueled by the Iranian-backed terrorist Al-Houthi militia, outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and climate change with their extreme negative impacts and internal pressure on economy and infrastructure, straining all aspects of life in Yemen.
This came during a virtual official discussion session between the Yemeni government and the World Bank

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

On the anniversary of re-founding, [Hadi gov.] Yemen’s armed forces.. five years of victories and achievements

Yemen is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the reconstitution of Yemen’s armed forces and the rebuilding of the military establishment with the aim of restoring the Yemeni state from the grip of the Iran-backed Houthi rebel coup.

On this occasion, we recall the great achievements and sacrifices made by Yemeni Armed Forces Foundation in a dedicated effort to rid Yemenis of the Houthi coup.

Since the founding, Yemen’s armed forces have now been a pride for all Yemenis and an essential link to national unity, as a result of the great advances it has made in restoring most parts of the country from the Houthi militia.

With the fifth anniversary of the founding Yemen’s armed forces, Yemenis proudly remember the great sacrifices made by the founders, and army’s great leaders in order to build a strong national army with a pure Yemeni faith and identity that depends on the liberation of Yemen from the descendants of the Imamate.

“We have come a long way in rebuilding Yemen’s armed forces, preparing specialized units, rebuilding the institutions, bodies and departments of the Ministry of Defense, and providing leadership opportunities for all the nation,” said Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Mohammed al-Maqdashi in a series of tweets posted on his Twitter account.

My comment: In 2014/2015, the greatest part of the Yemeni army took side with the Houthis and ex-president Saleh.

(A P)

Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Spares No Effort to Support Yemen Despite Difficult Global Conditions

Saudi newspapers highlighted in their editorials today a number of issues at local, regional, and international arenas.
Al-Yaum newspaper reported in its editorial that despite exceptional and difficult global economic conditions due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, upon directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, is going on providing the Yemeni people with massive humanitarian assistance worth US$17 billion over the past years.

(A P)

Yemen [Hadi gov.] demands int’l investigation into Houthi coronavirus-related crimes

Yemen has demanded “an international investigation” into coronavirus-related crimes by the Houthi militia controlling the capital Sana’a and other territories.

In a statement to Saba, Information Minister Muammar al-Eryani said the theocratic rebel militia are killing people infected with the virus by “mercy injections”, reserving cemeteries and appropriate healthcare to the militia’s warlords and other members, and handling the plague in the Iranian style.

(A P)

[Hadi gov.] Yemeni minister says int'l community reluctant to support his gov't

The international community is unwilling to support the Yemeni UN-recognized government in imposing its influence on all Yemeni lands, the official information minister said Thursday.

"We'd early warned the international community that the Houthi militia is a tool in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and that the peace-or-war isn't its decision but in the hand of Tehran regime, which undermines lull efforts and enkindles war in Yemen," Moammar al-Eryani added in remarks carried by the Riyadh-based Saba.

The international community's reluctance to help the legitimate government impose influence gives "mullahs' regime and its Houthi tools the chance to impose this subversive agenda on the ground," the Yemeni minister said warning that the danger "would not be limited to Yemen, but would affect the region and the world."

(A P)

At the donor conference, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said the kingdom has provided $16 billion in assistance to Yemen overall.

Rabeeah dismissed reports by the UN and human rights groups that Saudi-led coalition forces deliberately targeted hospitals and civilians in the past.

“I can assure you Saudi Arabia did not direct any airstrikes on the health care system,” Rabeeah said. “If it has happened, it’s by mistake and we do not shy from making that public to the media. We coordinate with many UN and non-UN agencies to ensure that vital, important structures will not be targeted.”

UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al-Otaiba told Al-Monitor that the challenge in Yemen today is no longer the actions of the Saudi-led coalition, but rather the increased fracturing of the Yemeni parties themselves, who “cannot come to an agreement” about the future of their country.

(A P)

[Hadi gov.] Info Minister: Int’l community’s failure gives Iran ‘opportunity to implement plot’ against Yemen

Yemen’s Information Minister said the international community’s failure to back the government extend its control the country’s whole territory gives Iran, through its Houthi proxy, “the opportunity to implement its plot against Yemen.

Muammar al-Eryani, in a statement to Saba, warned that the Houthi theocratic militia’s retention of control on significant parts in the country’s northwest will constitute a time bomb-like threat to not only Yemen “but also the region and the world.”

(A P)

Ending Houthi occupation key to solving Yemen crisis

The UN official confirmed that the Kingdom was the largest donor with a contribution of $500 million, as Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan pointed out in his speech to the conference. Since September 2014, Saudi Arabia has provided its neighbor with more than $16.9 billion, which includes 453 projects of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center covering 12 sectors.

The most important support that can be provided to Yemen is to help its legitimate government regain all its lands and end the occupation of Yemen by the Iranian-backed, terrorist Houthi militia. That occupation is the reason for the political and humanitarian crises in Yemen and, unless UN Security Council resolution 2216 is implemented, the situation will get worse, so the responsibility for avoiding that lies with the international community.

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

(* A K pH)

Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

June 7:

June 6:

June 5:

June 4:

June 3:

(A K pH)

US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Monday, June 8th, 2020

(A K pH)

Kampfflugzeuge der Aggression fliegen 22 Luftangriffe auf Marib an

(A K pH)

Aggressionskampfflugzeuge fliegen 10 Luftangriffe auf Serwah in Marib an

(A K pH)

Aggression fighter jets wages 40 airstrikes on Marib province

(A K pS)

Aggressionskampfflugzeuge fliegen 35 Luftangriffe auf Marib, Saada und Al-Dschouf an

(A K pH)

Saudi-led warplanes wage 35 airstrikes on Marib, Saada, Jawf

(A K pH)

22 Saudi-led aggression airstrike target Marib

Aggression coalition launches 10 air raids on Marib

(A K pS)

Coalition aircraft hit Houthi reinforcements in Sana'a

Military field sources reported that the Coalition air raids targeted Houthi gatherings and military reinforcement, including a number of military vehicles while on their way to the front of Nihm in the northeast of the Houthi-held capital, Sanaa.

(A K pH)

Kriegsflugzeuge der Aggression fliegen 16 Luftangriffe auf Marib an

(A K pH)

16 Saudi-led airstrike target Marib

(A K pH)

Aggression coalition aircraft wage 9 raids on Marib, Jawf

(A K pH)

20 Saudi aggression-led airstrikes hit Marib

(A K pH)

Luftangriffe der Aggressionskräfte in der Provinz gehen weiter

(A K pH)

Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt 8 Luftangriffen auf Madschsar in Marib ab

(A K pH)

Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt 10 Luftangriffen auf Marib an

(A K pH)

10 Saudi-led air raids target Marib

(A K pH)

Aggression coalition aircraft wage 8 raids on Marib

(A K pH)

US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Friday, June 5th, 2020

(A K pH)

Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt 9 Luftangriffen auf Al-Dschouf an

(A K pH)

Aggression coalition launches 9 airstrikes on Jawf

(A K pH)

Aggression forces launch 15 air strikes on Hajjah, Marib

(B K pH)

Over 250 raids on Yemen in past week alone

Since early April, Saudi-led invaders launched over 1,800 raids on Yemen

(B K pH)

Over 1800 Saudi-led airstrikes over two months on Yemen: Army Spoksman

(A K pH)

Aggression fighter jets attack Hajjah

(A K pH)

4 Saudi-led air raids target Haradh district in Saada

(A K pH)

Aggressionsluftwaffe fliegt 7 Luftangriffen auf Marib

(A K pH)

Aggression Coalition Fighter Jets Wage 7 Raids on Marib

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1b

(A K pS)

Army’s artillery shells Houthi militia reinforcements in Nihm

(A K)

Yemeni Gov't forces shoot down Houthi drone in Marib

(A K pH)

In Sa'adah, Saudi missiles and artillery bombardment targeted populated villages in various areas

(A K pS)

[Hadi gov.] Army makes key advances east of the capital Sana’a

and also

(A K pS)

KSrelief Masam Project Dismantles 852 Mines in Yemen during First Week of June

(A K pS)

Scores of Houthis killed, injured in south Yemen

Scores of Houthis fighters have been killed or injured in the Yemeni southern governorate of Dhalea, the Yemeni internationally-recognized government said Friday.
"Tens of Houthis were killed or wounded," spokesman for the pro-government forces tweeted, following an attack on a gathering of the group's fighters northeast of al-Hosha district in Dhalea.

(A K pS)

Film: The Houthi group renewed its violation of the humanitarian truce agreed between the Arab coalition and the Yemeni government, after targeting civilians in the southwestern city of Taiz, which resulted in the injury of a number of citizens.

My comment: There is no truce.

(* B K)

Map: Updated Tableau chart for reported UAV activity in #Yemen. Shows 52 downed UAVs by type, affiliation, & governorate between DEC 2019 - JUN 2020. Doesn't cover downed UAVs in KSA.!/vizhome/YemenKSAUAVChart/Sheet1

(* A K)

Yemen: Houthis make advances towards entrances of Marib city

Houthi forces have reportedly made advances towards the southwestern and northeastern entry points to the Yemeni city of Marib.

According to local sources in Marib, Yemen Press Agency reported that Houthi and allied forces have been fighting fierce battles since yesterday morning, during which they were able to control the Al-Somirat area, south-west of Madghal district in Marib province.

The sources added that the Houthis have gained control over one of the most important main entrances to the provincial capital city of Marib.

It has also been reported that a high-ranking Saudi military officer was killed in Marib in a rocket attack yesterday

Remark: This is completely untrue. Fierce clashes underway northern and western the province since over a week.

and by a Houthi news site:

Yemeni forces advance upon key city of Ma’rib

Saudi stronghold in central Yemen close to being liberated

The Yemeni army forces, backed by the Popular Committees, have on Thursday managed to make military advances towards the southwestern and northeastern borders of Ma’rib city.

Local sources in Marib told Yemen Press Agency that the Yemeni army forces and the Popular Committees have been fighting fierce battles since this morning, during which they were able to take control of al-Somirat, southwest of Madghal district in Ma’rib province.

The sources revealed that the hospitals of Ma’rib city were filled with Saudi-led coalition militants, including commanders.

(* A K pH)

High-ranking Saudi officer killed in missile attack

Lieutenant Colonel al-Dosari dies in attack on Ma'rib military base

A high-ranking Saudi military officer has been killed in Ma’rib, pro- coalition media reported Thursday, without giving further details about his death.

According to the reports, Saudi paratrooper commander Lieutenant Colonel Fahad Abdul Rahman Rakan al-Dosari was killed in a rocket attack that targeted al-Mile camp and Sahin al-Jan Al-Mel in the occupied city of Ma’rib a few days ago.

The sources explained that the rocket strike left dozens of officers and soldiers in Saudi-led coalition dead and wounded.

No one has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on al-Mille and Sahn al-Jin camps so far.

(A K pS)

Houthis suffer casualties in failed attacks on al-Dhale

(A K pH)

KSrelief Extends Contract of Demining Project in Yemen

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has extended the contract for implementing the project to clear mines in Yemen (Masam) for one year at a cost of $ 30,494,922 .
The project is implemented by Saudi cadres and international experts to remove mines in all their forms, which have been randomly planted by the Houthi militia.

(A K pH)

Sprecher der Streitkräfte [der Sanaa-Regierung]: Die Aggressionskräfte eskalieren weiterhin an verschiedenen Fronten

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

(A H)

Aden International Airport ready to receive stranded passengers from Egypt and India

Sources from Aden airport told the editor of "Aden Press", that the airport will receive on Friday the first flight carrying the stranded people from Cairo airport.
The source added that , on the same day Aden airport will receive the second flight from India which is scheduled to bring back the stranded in India .


(A H)

Sayoon Airport receives third flight of Yemenis trapped abroad

The third flight of Yemenia Airline arrived Monday at Sayoon Airport carrying on board Yemeni people who were trapped in Jordan


Amazing Drone photo of the capital Sana'a, 2017

(* B H)

Alles verschlingende Schwärme

Zum Beginn der Ernte droht Ostafrika eine neue Heuschreckenplage. Schon jetzt sind Millionen Menschen von Hunger bedroht.

Ein bedrohliches Szenario für die Menschen in der Region, in der bereits Millionen Menschen von einer unsicheren Lebensmittelversorgung bedroht sind, wie Hilfsorganisationen wie Caritas international warnen. Nicht ausgeschlossen auch, dass der Wind die rund sieben Zentimeter großen Insekten weiter nach Norden treibt - nach Somalia, Äthiopien, in den Südsudan und den Sudan.

Die Zahlen sind erschreckend: In Kenia sei ein Schwarm von 60 Kilometer Länge und 40 Kilometer Breite beobachtet worden, berichtet der Trierer Heuschrecken-Experte Axel Hochkirch im Interview der Katholischen Nachrichten-Agentur. "Die Anzahl der Tiere wird auf 95 Milliarden geschätzt. Die würden dann pro Tag so viel Nahrung benötigen wie alle Bundesbürger zusammen."

Das Wetter hat das Ausmaß der Krise begünstigt: 2018 brachten zwei Zyklone ungewöhnlich viel Regen in die Sandwüsten der Arabischen Halbinsel. Feuchtigkeit und sprießende Vegetation boten günstige Bedingungen für die Heuschrecken. Doch auch der Krieg im Jemen und die unsichere Lebenssituation in der gesamten Region verhinderten nach Darstellung von Hochkirch eine schnelle Bekämpfung der Plage. Daten konnten nicht weitergeleitet werden; Material sei zerstört worden. =

(* B H)

‘Rolling emergency’ of locust swarms decimating Africa, Asia and Middle East

Unseasonal rains have allowed desert pests to breed rapidly and spread across vast distances leaving devastation in their wake

Huge swarms of locusts have been causing devastation across swathes of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Erratic weather conditions and storms have aided their path. As a result, countries have been battling the pests for months to avoid a hunger crisis.

Kenya is experiencing its worst infestation for 70 years, with pastoralists complaining that the vegetation on which their livestock feeds is being wiped out. Ethiopia and Somalia have not seen an outbreak this bad for 25 years. Swarms have also been destroying crops in Uganda, India and Pakistan.

The current locust outbreak originated in Yemen, where breeding conditions created by unseasonable rains combined with ongoing conflict had allowed an almost unchecked outbreak.

Cressman said Yemen had “become a reservoir” that could continue to stoke the crisis because it was still unable to monitor and control locusts. As well as the fighting, heavy rains that were once unusual have become an almost monthly occurrence.


Photos: Swarms of locusts invade a cultivation area in Dhamar Province, Yemen



Films: Massive waves of locusts invaded Dhamar city

(A H P)

293 Yemeni stranded people in UAE arrive in Hadhramaut

293 Yemenis stranded in the UAE due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have arrived in Hadhramaut Governorate, eastern Yemen.

The Yemeni legitimate government-run supreme national emergency committee for Covid-19 reported in a tweet on Twitter, early Saturday, that Al-Rayyan Airport in the city of Mukalla (the capital of Hadhramaut) received an international flight coming from the UAE with 293 Yemeni citizens stranded abroad."

"The evacuation of the stranded from the UAE came in accordance with the protocol to repatriate the stranded Yemenis abroad.", the committee added.

(* C)

Umm-al-Subyan: The Beginning, Origins and the First Clue from Sabaean Archaeological Inscriptions

She is the most horrifying demon of all: the queen of terror who swore from the beginning of time to eliminate all human males. She chooses the most remote of places of all, valleys and long travel routes so she can ambush male travelers. She seduces them with her calls, which they cannot resist, so that she can tear their bellies with her sharp hooves and drink the juice of their guts. She easily abducts children who stay out playing late after sunset and aborts women’s pregnancies once they bear male fetuses. She is more than just any other ordinary demon, like those created by the popular imagination to scare children from going out late at night. Most Middle Eastern cultures share a common belief in this feminine terrorizing monster. While she climbs the Yemeni slopes with ibex legs and hooves to catch her prey, Umm-al-Subyan has camel legs in Najd and Hejaz, where her name is Umm-Dowis and Sa’laa, respectively. In Syria and Iraq, she is al-Sala’wah, with a fish tail as she takes residence in rivers. Outside the Middle East, on the Russian and Eastern European steppes, she is Baba Yaga, the demon of swamps, with her stick-like long legs. In this article, first, we outline the Umm-al-Subyan legend and others by tracing her origins, and second, we look at a proposition, supported by ancient Sabaean archaeological inscriptions, that reveals the origins and symbolism of this figure in Yemen.

(* A H)

Yemen - Floods (YMS, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 05 June 2020)

Heavy rain has been affecting several Governorates of the country (in particular Hadhramaut, Shabwa and Al Mahrah) since the last few days, causing widespread floods and resulting in casualties and damage.

According to media reports, 16 people died in eastern Hadhramaut and central Shabwa. Around 130 people have been displaced, 25 houses flooded and hundreds of livestock have been killed by flood events in Hadhramaut


Film: heavy rain in the spots and the eastern shoulder of Saada

(* A )

Film: The local official said 9 civilians died as a result of heavy rain and flash floods in the #Hadhramaut governorate. Houses and people's properties and farmlands were damaged by the floods. Many areas are still surrounded by torrential floods and people can't move.

(* A)

Flooding kills seven, damages homes and farms in Hadhramout

Yemen’s eastern Hadramout governorate witnessed heavy floods on Wednesday, a day after the arrival of a tropical depression.

At least seven people have died, three of whom were washed away in floodwaters in Al-Qatn district of Hadhramout valley. Two others who were washed away have not been found. The other four deaths occurred in a traffic accident on the Bagharib road linking coastal Hadhramout with the valley in the governorate’s north.


Tropical depression hits #Al-Mahra

the eastern districts of Al-Mahra witnessed, at dawn on Monday, heavy rain with strong winds as a result of the depression that is hitting the governorate.


Flooding at Aden, photos


Film: Wedding on the roofs in #sanaa #COVIDー19


Dear friends, please follow @Bassam_photo's account. He is a professional photographer in Sana'a, #Yemen. Examples of his photos، I am sure you will like them!

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-656 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-656: 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:

07:25 09.06.2020
Dieser Beitrag gibt die Meinung des Autors wieder, nicht notwendigerweise die der Redaktion des Freitag.
Geschrieben von

Dietrich Klose

Vielfältig interessiert am aktuellen Geschehen, zur Zeit besonders: Ukraine, Russland, Jemen, Rolle der USA, Neoliberalismus, Ausbeutung der 3. Welt
Schreiber 0 Leser 22
Dietrich Klose