Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 658b- Yemen War Mosaic 658b

Yemen Press Reader 658b: 13. Juni 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 658, cp6 - cp18 / June, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 658, cp6 - cp18

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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 658, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 658, 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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 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

(A P)

Yemeni government can't claim legitimacy if it doesn't pay salaries & provide services. The govt has 40 ministers, hundreds of deputy ministers, etc living n luxury abroad while employees n Yemen have been with no salaries for 4 years.

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Saudi Arabia's new predicament in Yemen after the transitional announcement of self-rule for the south (in Arabic)

This paper attempts to read the contents of the Declaration of "Autonomy" for the Southern Transitional Council and its regional sponsors, its role in promoting the conflict in southern Yemen and turning it into a "regional conflict", its political dimensions within Yemen and the international community's vision of the Southern Transitional Council after the declaration of "self-management", as it focuses on options Saudi Arabia narrow to get out of the Yemen war after the announcement of the transitional measures described as separatism.

The repercussions of not implementing the "Riyadh Agreement": Leaders in the Southern Transitional Council attribute that the lack of implementation of the "Riyadh Agreement" prompted the council to declare "self-management", but in reality the intention to control the management of the southern governorates has been in place since May 2017 when the council was established after demonstrations in Aden or what it describes Supporters of the Council to announce the "historic Aden" which includes the formation of a Presidency for "the administration and representation of the South" [1]. This was confirmed a few days later by the announcement of the Presidency of the Transitional Council led by "Aidroos al-Zubaidi" [2]. The supporters and leaders of the council consider that the "management" of southern Yemen represents a goal and not a real administration so that the transitional council can acquire power at the lowest cost, but the context of events and developments since the "Riyadh Agreement" prompted the southern transitional council to show the end of the plans drawn prematurely, which caused Local and international anger, including the governorates that do not belong to the Triangle region (Yafa, Al-Dhali ', Lahj).

The most prominent of these indicators that affected the Southern Transitional Council: Management failure: The pressure faced by the Southern Transitional Council after controlling Aden and other governorates in the south of the country in August 2019, and expelling the legitimate government. And its inability to assume responsibility for services, political, security and financial in Aden alone.

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Photos: Dozens rally in solidarity with STC in al-Mahra

My comment: „Dozens“. While the great majority in Mahrah province rejects the STC policy.

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Armed clashes erupts in Yemen's Shabwa between gov't forces and STC forces

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STC gunmen ambush Shabwa security forces as tribal mediation unravels

The ambush, which killed the brother of Shabwa’s special forces commander Brig. Gen. Abdrabbuh La’kab, came hours after tribal mediation with the head of the governorate’s security committee and Gov. Mohammed Bin Adyo defused a similar situation

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Separatist militias attack presidential palace in Aden

Deputy Prime Minister of Hadi puppet government targeted in attack

Gunmen affiliated with the pro-UAE Southern Transitional Council (STC) have on Thursday launched an attack on a Hadi government residence in Aden which was under the protection of Saudi forces, local sources reported.

According to the Yemen News Portal, at dawn, the STC gunmen infiltrated sites overlooking the presidential palace in Ma’shiq, and attacked the building.

The sources said the attack was aimed at targeting Hadi’s Deputy Prime Minister, Salem Al Khanbashi, who is currently living in Aden.

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Yemeni separatists urge formation of new government

Southern Transitional Council wants new government on equal basis, says Aidarus al-Zoubaidi

The Yemeni Southern Transitional Council (STC), backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), called Thursday for the formation of a new government on equal basis between the group and the current legitimate government.

STC head Aidarus al-Zoubaidi made the comment in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh while meeting with a German delegation headed by German deputy ambassador to Riyadh, according to the official website of the STC.

Al-Zoubaidi stressed the importance of accepting the political partnership principle and expressed STC support for a comprehensive peace process mediated by the UN.

"It is impossible to reach a solution without a real and complete representation of the south through the negotiation." al-Zoubaidi said.

(A P)

Century-old turtle killed by poachers in Socotra archipelago

Activists denounce Saudi-UAE campaign of destruction against World Heritage site of Socotra

Activists have on Tuesday revealed the killing of a hundred-year-old turtle by poachers on Socotra Island in Yemen.

The activists published a picture of the turtle, which they said is more than a hundred years old and had been hunted and transported through military points belonging to the UAE and Saudi occupation forces on the island.

and also

referring to (photo)

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Shabwa: Islah's fighters killed in clashes with tribal forces

Armed clashes erupted in Jardan district of Shabwa governorate on Thursday night between tribal forces and the pro-government Muslim Brotherhood's militias (Islah Party).
The battle between the two sides resulted in the death of at least seven fighters of the Brotherhood militias, including the commander of the military campaign against Jardan, Abdul Rahman Laka'ab, the brother of the terrorist, Abd Rabou Laka'ab, local news websites reported

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Is it time to start calling STC-gov clashes a war within a war? Locals report 100+ killed/injured today in Abyan + Pro-STC commander assassinated in drive-by shooting. #AQAP unlikely to claim as wires unmanned. Anyway it's now hard to distinguish terrorists from militias

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Im Süden des Jemens wurden am Donnerstag Gefechte zwischen Regierungstruppen und Separatisten gemeldet. Mehr als 85 Kämpfer auf beiden Seiten seien getötet worden, meldeten Sicherheitskreise, Dutzende Familien seien vertrieben worden.

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Fighting between gov't and STC forces escalating in Abyan

Armed clashes escalated between the Yemeni internationally recognized government forces and the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) in the southern governorate of Abyan on Thursday.

Military sources said that the (STC) forces fired artillery at the positions of the government forces in the Tariyah and Klassi areas and carried out large-scale attacks on the two areas and were trying to advance towards the coastal area of Shakra, east of Abyan.

The government forces repulsed on Wednesday a large-scale attack by the STC forces in Wadi Sala, Abyan, and forced them to retreat after "seizing a number of their Emirati military vehicles, including thermal missiles."

According to a military source, the STC forces pushed dozens of military vehicles to Wadi Sala with the aim of controlling its heights and controlling areas where government forces were stationed in the Shakra region, but they did not succeed in doing so.


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Fierce infighting between mercenaries leaves dozens dead in southern Yemen

Fierce fighting has broken out between Hadi forces and UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militias east Zinjibar city, Abyan province in southern Yemen.

Yemen News Portal quoted sources saying that bloody confrontations erupted following a large-scale attack launched by STC militias on Hadi forces towards areas in Wadi Sala and al-Taryah.

According to the sources, the STC made limited progress before a counterattack was launched by Hadi forces in which they regained control over locations previously captured by the STC.

The infighting left dozens of dead and wounded of both sides. A tribal mediation effort led by Faisal Balaid is currently trying to stop the confrontations in order to remove the dead bodies that are scattered across the deserts east of Zinjibar city.

The local mediation committee also launched an appeal to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), asking for aid in recovering the bodies of dozens of people killed in the fighting in the province.

(A K P)

Emirati-backed officer killed as STC attacks gov't troops south Yemen

Unknown gunmen assassinated a former security officer of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) on Thursday, as forces loyal to the Emirati-backed STC attacked troops of the Yemeni official government in the southern governorate of Abyan.

and also

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With qualitative UAE weapons ... Will STC win in Abyan battles?

For a long time, the UAE has been the main partner in the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni internationally recognized government to equip the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the security belts it established in the southern governorates logistically and militarily well.

According to military experts, the UAE had decided to subjugate the southern governorates and lay their wealth after the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) was expelled in the summer of 2015.

The UAE carefully selected southern leaders and assigned them to equip an army and security forces, and generously supported the new formations that created them outside the will of the legitimate Yemeni government, and then fought against them fierce battles in Aden, Abyan, Shabwa, and Socotra under the pretext of southern independence from the "northern occupation".

In the battles in the governorate of Abyan after the transitional announcement of its self-administration over the temporary capital of Aden and the rest of the southern governorates on April 26 last year, the government forces said that the transitional was fighting with advanced quality weapons, including thermal missiles and anti-armor, accusing the UAE of being behind the qualitative armament of the transitional forces.

According to military experts, the transition would not have survived in the face of the regular and qualified government forces, had it not been for the UAE to openly engage in battles, the government forces would have won some of them and were about to settle the rest of them.

(A K P)

UAE-backed STC deploys its militias in Yemen’s Aden

The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) has deployed its militias in Khor Makser district, east of Aden city hours after a member of directorate was shot dead by militias on Tuesday, local sources said.

According to the sources, the STC deployed its masked members in the public streets in a state of combat readiness. =

(A P)

STC warlords: From looting Yemen's central bank to destroying cinemas

Today, Wednesday, one of the STC's warlords and influential figures in Aden Abdu al-Dayemb has destroyed the oldest cinema building in the Middle East in Almansoora district of Aden using earth moving equipment under the pretext of searching for the tomb of his grandfather.

Ordinary people driving by the site filmed the destruction process and shared it on social media with cautious audio-only condemnations of the STC's acts in the background of the video clip.


(A K P)

Clashes escalate in Abyan between government and STC forces

Clashes have escalated in the town of Sheikh Salem and Al-Tariyah area in Abyan governorate between government forces and forces loyal to the Southern Transitional Council (STC), according to a military source in the Fourth Military Region.

The source said STC forces launched artillery shells on internationally recognized government forces positioned in the areas of Al-Derjaj, Sarar and Al-Tariyah, north of Abyan’s capital of Zinjibar. Government forces responded by shelling STC positions in Jabal Khanfar on the outskirts of Ja’ar.

STC forces launched a large-scale ground offensive i


(A K P)

Scores of Islah's fighters killed in ambush in Abyan

A number of military vehicles of the pro-government Muslim Brotherhood's militias were targeted and destroyed on Wednesday, in a well executed ambush set by the southern resistance in al-Mahfed district of Abyan governorate.
Field sources said that the Brotherhood's convoy of military vehicles was subjected to a suprise attack in the eastern part of al-Mahfed, adding that the operation resulted in a number of casualties in the ranks of Islah militias and the destruction of at least three military vehicles.

(A K P)

Massive military reinforcements arrive in Abyan

The southern armed forces pushed up massive military reinforcements to back up the fronts in the governorate of Abyan.

(A P)

Hani bin Breik, vice president of STC, tweeted today that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the #Israeli government. He broke the world's skydiving record!

referring to

In order for the breach to be guaranteed, let them serve worshipers married to a Jew. I am confident that the Israeli government is infiltrated by the Brotherhood and they are against the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the Arab initiative agreed upon by the Arabs based on the two-state solution. Maintaining the Arab-Israeli conflict is the greatest investment for the brothers.

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In Yemen, a Third Enemy of the Saudi-Backed Government Emerges

The escalation in Yemen’s south has revealed the conflicting agenda of Brigadier Tareq Saleh and the Yemeni government. While the Saudi-backed government seeks to defeat the UAE-backed separatists, Saleh (also backed by the UAE) has shown frustration with such a move, adding to the complexity of the war in Yemen.

While fighting between the Yemeni government and southern secessionists was predictable, it was not expected that forces led by Tareq Saleh – nephew of the late former president Ali Saleh – would engage in the battle to support the UAE-backed southern separatists.

Local reports have revealed that Saleh’s forces have been involved in the fighting in support of the secessionists who have been tightening their grip on the Aden, Abyan, Dhale, and Lahj provinces since August 2019. In essence, a third foe of the Yemeni government has just emerged.

Amidst this tide of violence in Abyan province, Saleh, the head of the National Resistance Forces (NRF), showed on which side he stood. Once the clashes between the separatists and the Yemeni government flared up in Abyan, some 35 miles away from Aden, Saleh tweeted: “Aden is in need of aid, relief and medical equipment. It needs medical teams, not forces to storm it or military equipment.”

Saleh’s statement clearly expresses his resentment of the government’s military activities in the south and reveals that he and the government have conflicting priorities.

Indeed, the leadership of the STC acknowledges its rapprochement with military commander Saleh since both he and the STC are armed and propped up by the UAE.

Nonetheless, Saleh’s forces have denied any connection to the ongoing battle between the southern secessionist fighters and the Yemeni government. The spokesperson of National Resistance Forces (NRF), Sadeq Dewaid, argued that the Saudi-backed Yemeni government is just accustomed to making excuses.

The fact remains that Saleh’s forces are willing to fight the Houthis, but they are unwilling to follow the directives of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government.

Adel Dashela, a Yemeni researcher and writer, told Inside Arabia: “Saleh’s forces and STC rebels are both militias. The only thing that unites them is their hostility to the Saudi-backed UN-recognized Yemeni government. In my view, if the rebellion in Aden is not ended either by a military operation or through the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, Saleh may rebel against the Yemeni state in the future.”

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AlMaharah Rejects Presence Of UAE-Backed STC In Governorate

The political components in Al-Mahra governorate (eastern Yemen) refused the presence of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council in the governorate.

In a statement, the organizing committee for the peaceful sit-in and the branches of political parties and organizations in the governorate expressed their condemnation and surprise at the allegations and fallacies about the presence of Sheikhs and figures from the governorate in meetings of the transitional during the past few days.

The statement pointed out that those who attended did not represent the sheikhs of AlMahara, and they only represented themselves, adding that they were very few who went out of consensus among the people of the province.

The statement rejected the calls made by the transitional council, which mainly aims to absent and distract the people of the south in sub-issues to achieve the goals and ambitions of the UAE occupation … adding that the transitional council’s neglect of these plans and plots is a disgrace.

It also said that what the Transitional Council has practiced since its declaration of “self-administration” revealed to the public opinion that there is no doubt that the council is a group of mercenaries who aim to implement the agendas of the Emirati occupation in the land of the south.

The political parties and the Mahara sit-in committee reaffirmed their support for the people of Socotra against what they are subjected to.

(A P)

STC leader threatens life of Aden Al-Ghad editor-in-chief Fathi Bin Lazraq

The editor-in-chief of one of Yemen’s most well-respected newspapers, Aden Al-Ghad, revealed on Monday that a leader in the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), Yahya Ghalib Al-Shuaibi, had threatened his life.

"If I get killed, you should know that this man has actually carried out his threat," Fathi Bin Lazraq, the paper’s editor, said in a tweet.

“I hold [Al-Shuaibi] responsible for any harm, death or injury, to me or my family,” Lazraq continued. “I am a journalist and I have no weapon but my pen, and this is a communication to the people so that an innocent person will not be accused of killing me, my killer is Yahya Ghaleb Al-Shuaibi."

Lazraq said the threats came because he refused to “be bought.”

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(A T)

Soldier and civilian killed in suspected Al Qaeda ambush in southern Yemen

A security soldier and a civilian were killed in an ambush in southern Yemen on Tuesday night suspected to have been carried out by Al Qaeda.

(A K P)

UAE-backed senior Yemen officer dies in Abyan

A Yemeni military source yesterday said that a senior officer with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC)’s troops has died during battles with government forces in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan province.

(A K P)

[Hadi gov.] National Army Seizes New Camp Of The UAE-Backed STC In Abyan

(A K P)

Film: Yemen - Sporadic clashes between the STC forces and the Yemeni army in Abyan Abyan province in southern Yemen is witnessing sporadic clashes between the southern Transitional Council (STC) forces and the Yemeni army of the legitimate government, where transitional forces were able to take control of the Jaar area in Abyan province, after government forces withdrew from locations that they had taken over in the area.

(A K P)

Southern forces make fresh progress in Abyan

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Abyan: Ji'ar city completely secured by Southerners (Video)

The operation to secure the whole city was achieved on Tuesday, following an infiltration attempt into Ji'ar last Sunday, by the pro-government Muslim Brotherhood's militias where the southern armed forces inflicted heavy human and material losses on them.


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Spokesman for the southern forces in Abyan front clarifies what happened on the outskirts of #Jaar

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Southern forces chase Brotherhood’s militia on outskirts of Sala Valley #Abyan

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The leader in Brotherhood militia Al-Khader Korda gets killed while trying to infiltrate to Jaar of #Abyan

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Yemen army seizes UAE missiles from the Transitional Council

The Yemeni army carried out an attack on sites belonging to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) on the outskirts of the city of Zanzibar, the capital of Abyan Governorate, south of Yemen, and seized Emirati weapons.

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cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

(A P)

UK ambassador to Yemen: Griffiths-Houthi talks positive

The consultations between the UN envoy for Yemen and the Iranian-backed Houthi group are positive, the British ambassador to Yemen said Wednesday.
The talks between Martin Griffiths and the Houthis are being held in positive circumstances, Michael Aron added in remarks to Asharq Al-awsat, as he believed that the envoy "was optimistic .. and was in contact with all parties. We are expecting good news to come from these efforts."

My comment: Do not forget: Britain is a warring party in Yemen siding with the Saudis, while miming a peace broker.

(A P)

UN Special Envoy’s Office for Yemen concludes first online mass consultations

The Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen has concluded the first large-scale virtual consultation with hundreds of Yemenis on the opportunities and challenges of peace in Yemen, including the UN’s ongoing efforts to mediate between the parties to reach inclusive and sustainable peace.

During three hours of live, interactive online discussion on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 June, over 500 Yemeni participants expressed their thoughts on the prospect of a nationwide ceasefire, the future of the political peace process and key humanitarian and economic measures that are needed to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Yemen and to improve the country’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Most of the participants worked with civil society organizations and nearly 60% were under the age of 41.

An overwhelming majority of the participants expressed grave concern about the spread of COVID-19 in Yemen and linked the failures in Yemen’s response to the outbreak to the continued war. 95% agreed a nationwide ceasefire is necessary for an effective response to the Coronavirus outbreak in the country. Many called the situation “catastrophic”; others expressed anxiety and fear. 62% of the participants equated the threat of the outbreak to the impact of the war and agreed that “Yemen is suffering from two viruses: the war and Corona.”

The payment of civil servant salaries was flagged as a top priority by the participants with 99% agreeing that it is both important and urgent – the highest level of consensus during the two-day consultation.

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UN sacks HR representative in Yemen following Houthi pressures

The Human Rights High Commission has ended contract with its representative in Yemen, sources at the United Nations said Thursday, following Houthi pressures.

After months of conflict with its representative, the agency yielded to Houthi pressures and decided to replace Elobaid Ahmed Elobaid, Yemeni media quoted the sources as saying.

A Yemeni document dated Wednesday showed the Yemeni mission in Geneva notifying Yemen's foreign ministry of the appointment of Elobaid's substitute in the country, according to the NYT.

On Wednesday, the Houthis closed the UNHCHR in Sana'a, in the pretext that its coordinator had refused to cooperate with them and give them copies of staff reports, the sources added.

Dr. Elobaid started career in Yemen in October 2016, and worked in Sana'a until June 2018, when the Houthis expelled him.

Human rights minister of the Yemeni UN-recognized government had warned the UN of yielding to Houthi "bargains and blackmail" regarding the replacement of HCHR office's director.

This would give Houthis too influence over the UN that it would not be able to practice its work neutrally and independently in accordance with international conventions and regulations, Mohamed Askar added in press release.

"Tolerating and yielding to Houthis is by itself a violation making the UN and its agencies lose a lot of credibility. We're studying all options to deal with these developments," HR mister warned.

Dispute between Elobaid and Houthis had been sparked by the killing of the HR activist, Riham al-Badr who worked for the UNHCHR projects, in shelling in Taiz.

The shell was fired from Houthi-held areas, Elobaid said then, angering the group that deported him from Sana'a.

The dispute was further widened by a bombing on Taiz prison's women section early this year. The UNHCHR then condemned the shelling and clearly stated that the shoot had come from Houthi-held areas.

The Houthis have tried to pressure Elobaid into adopting their accounts on their own war crimes and called on him to show them all the agency's reports and his sources watching the violations at field.

His refusal led the group to deny him entry to Sana'a in October 2019, so he continued his work from the Jordanian capital of Amman.

The Houthis have sent many objection letters to the UN, accusing Elobaid of working for the Yemeni official government and the Saudi-led coalition, said an informed source.

The UN eventually abode by Houthi demands and replaced Elobaid lest its HR office in Sana'a is closed, the source added.


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UN agency replaces official blocked from entering Yemen

The United Nations has quietly ended the assignment of its chief rights officer in Yemen after Houthi rebels blocked his entry into the country for months, according to U.N. documents.

The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner replaced its chief in Yemen, Elobaid Ahmed Elobaid, nearly nine months a fter the Houthis, who control northern Yemen, denied him entry, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

A U.N. document dated Tuesday showed that OHCHR notified the Yemen mission in Geneva of the replacement of Elobaid without giving reasons.

Elobaid was denied entry into the country on Sept. 30 last year in the aftermath of a damning U.N. report detailing abuses by all parties in Yemen’s civil war, including sexual violence against women in Houthi-run prisons.

After landing in Sanaa, Elobaid's plane was ordered to leave after security officers boarded the jet and withdrew his travel permit. =

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Comment: International organizations continue to shamelessly succumb to Houthi intimidation. OHCHR #Yemen ended the assignment of its representative in Yemen Al-Obaid Al-Obaid as a result of Houthi demands to remove him!

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(B H)

Scheidungsrate in Saudi-Arabien steigt im Lockdown um 30 Prozent

Der Lockdown wegen des Coronavirus sorgt in Saudi-Arabien für mehr Scheidungen. Der Grund: Frauen entdecken, dass ihre Männer ein Doppelleben führen.

Der Grund: Durch den Lockdown haben die Frauen entdeckt, dass ihre Ehemänner ein Doppelleben führten und eine zweite Frau und Familie besassen.

Mehr als eine Frau zu ehelichen, auch Polygamie genannt, ist im Islam erlaubt. Auch in Saudi-Arabien, dessen Recht auf der Scharia beruht, ist Polygamie nicht verboten.

(A P)

Leading Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood figure arrested in Saudi Arabia

Despite being allied to Saudi-led invaders, Islah Party official is arrested on suspicion of colluding with Turkey

Saudi security authorities have arrested a leader of the Islah Party (Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood), on charges of “communicating with Turkey.”

According to the organisation Prisoners of Conscience, Saudi security forces have arrested Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Zubairi from his home in Mecca, and have held him in captivity since May 20.

Prisoners of Conscience explained that “the arrest of al-Zubairi came against the background of his participation in a video call to a symposium in Turkey, hosted by the Yemeni Student Union.”

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Die Saudis hatten grosse Pläne – dann kamen das Virus und der niedrige Ölpreis

Eigentlich wollte Saudi-Arabien seine Wirtschaft umkrempeln und in ehrgeizige Projekte von morgen investieren. Dann kam das Coronavirus und der Ölpreis ist abgesackt. Ist die «Vision 2030» damit gestorben?

Aber die kolossalen Pläne könnten nicht nur buchstäblich auf Sand gebaut sein: Saudi-Arabien erlebt durch den sehr niedrigen Ölpreis und die Corona-Pandemie derzeit eine Krise an zwei Fronten: Mehr als 89'000 Menschen haben sich mit dem Virus infiziert. Weil Flugzeuge am Boden blieben und der Warenverkehr im Notbetrieb lief, sank auch die Nachfrage nach Rohöl wegen des Coronavirus deutlich – dem Rohstoff also, der den Wüstenstaat zu einem der reichsten Länder der Welt machte.

Ölschock trifft das Königreich schwer

Für einen ausgeglichenen Haushalt benötigt Saudi-Arabien nach Schätzungen des Internationalen Währungsfonds (IWF) eigentlich einen Ölpreis von etwa 80 Dollar pro Barrel. Im April war der Preis für US-Öl aber teils unter die Marke von 11 Dollar gesackt und sogar in den Negativbereich gerutscht.

Die Regierung in Riad will gegensteuern und das Haushaltsloch stopfen. Mitte Mai kündigte sie an, die Mehrwertsteuer ab Juli von fünf auf 15 Prozent zu verdreifachen und die Staatsausgaben um umgerechnet 26,6 Milliarden Dollar zu senken. Die monatlichen Zuschüsse zu Lebenshaltungskosten von Beamten werden ab Juni ausgesetzt. Projekte im Rahmen der «Vision 2030», darunter auch die glitzernde Zukunftsstadt «Neom», sollen gestrichen oder aufgeschoben werden.

Unter der «Vision 2030» will Saudi-Arabien seine Wirtschaft umbauen und sich unabhängiger vom Öl machen.

Die Bevölkerung in dem Land mit 35 Millionen Einwohnern muss sich auf Einschnitte vorbereiten.

Vielleicht muss die «Vision 2030» kleiner ausfallen als geplant

(A P)

Saudi Arabia will resume sports activities, without fans starting from June 21

(A P)

Saudi child killed by bulldozer in Asir

Urban planning committee destroyed civilian house with child still inside

Video footage of the demolition, circulated on social media platforms, has created a wave of shock and outrage in Saudi Arabia.



(A P)

Graphic: #Saudi Monarchy kills Nora, a 7 year old girl by driving a bulldozer over her home while she slept in #Aseer region

A video showing the #Saudi bulldozer that killed the 7 year old girl minutes before crushing her shanty home & killing her #Aseer

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Blogger in Saudi Arabien festgenommen

Menschenrechts-Aktivist und Blogger Mohamed al-Bokari (29) aus dem Jemen wurde am 8. April in Saudi-Arabien verhaftet. Laut der Human Rights Watch wird er zur Zeit im Gefängnis al-Malaz in Riyadh festgehalten und hat dort keinen Zugang zu Rechtsbeistand. Shaker bin Suleiman Al-Tuwaijri von der Polizei in Riyadh erklärte: In einem Video habe al-Bokari „sexuelle Andeutungen“ gemacht, die die „öffentliche Ordnung und Moral“ verletzten. Im besagten Video hatte al-Bokari auf Zuschauerfragen geantwortet und unter anderem seinen Standpunkt zu gleichgeschlechtlichen Paaren deutlich gemacht: „Jeder hat Rechte und sollte sie frei ausleben können, auch Homosexuelle.“

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Saudi Arabia: Release Yemeni Blogger

Arbitrary Detention Threatens Free Expression

Saudi authorities should immediately release a Yemeni blogger and human rights activist, Mohamad al-Bokari, who was arrested on April 8, 2020 after posting a video on social media, Human Rights Watch said today. His detention appears to be based on his call for equal rights. A source in contact with al-Bokari told Human Rights Watch that he is being held in al-Malaz prison in Riyadh, with no access to legal counsel.

The media spokesman for the Riyadh police department, Shaker bin Suleiman Al-Tuwaijri, confirmed in a statement that police arrested al-Bokari, 29, on April 8. In his statement, Al-Tuwaijri said that the video al-Bokari posted, which sparked anger on social media, contained “sexual references” that “violate public order and morals,” prompting urgent police intervention. In the video, which Human Rights Watch reviewed, al-Bokari responded to social media queries, including on his position regarding same-sex relations. He said, “Everyone has rights and should be able to practice them freely, including gay people.”

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Siehe / Look at cp9a

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US Congress Republicans: List Yemen's Houthis as a terror group

US Congress Republicans yesterday tabled a comprehensive set of policy proposals which include increasing sanctions on Iran; designating Iranian proxy militias in Iraq and Syria, as well as Yemen’s Houthis, as foreign terrorist organisations (FTO) and extending sanctions on Lebanon and Lebanese Hezbollah.

The 111-page document, which was co-authored by 13 members of the Republican Study Committee in Congress, advocates several policies to increase pressure on Iran, while claiming the Islamic Republic is not a major power, like Russia or China. The report says: “Iran is not a great power or strategic competitor, but it still presents a significant challenge as a rogue regime backed by a military and intelligence apparatus while being the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.”

The proposals seek to augment the maximum pressure campaign on the Islamic Republic by imposing sanctions on Iranian interests, including the country’s petrochemical, financial, automotive and construction sectors and ending support for Iranian-backed militias in the region.

The report claims the number of fighters in Iranian-backed militias, and the geographic spread of the groups across the Middle East, now outstrips the size of Daesh at its peak. As a result, the policy proposals call for proxy militias in Iraq and Syria to be designated FTOs.

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My comment: This simply would be rogue state politics.

Comments: Maddening that this still comes up. When I was working on Yemen I would constantly hear that the US lacks an understanding of Houthi endgame objectives and conditions for a settlement. Designating them would compound misunderstanding and be insufficient for military intervention.

Would classifying the Houthis as a terrorist organization help defeat them? Would it push them to sever ties with Iran? I doubt it. What this classification could do is complicate negotiations & the eventual formation of a new gov't in Yemen. Open to hearing other opinions.

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Ousted State Department Watchdog Says Official Pressed Him Over Probe of Saudi Arms Sales

Democrats, who are investigating the circumstances of Steve Linick’s termination, release transcript of his interview with congressional committees

The former State Department internal watchdog fired by President Trump told lawmakers that a senior department official discouraged him from probing U.S. arms sales to a pair of Gulf states before his ouster last month.

In June 3 testimony to three House and Senate committees, former Inspector General Steve Linick said Under Secretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao told him his office “shouldn’t be doing the work because it was a policy matter not within the IG’s jurisdiction.”

Mr. Linick said he resisted the “pressure” because his office is required by law to review the department’s work for compliance with applicable laws and regulations. He testified that his office wasn’t evaluating the policy merits of the declaration but its implementation.

On May 15, Mr. Trump notified Congress of his intent to terminate Mr. Linick, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Mr. Linick of leaking to the news media and has said he recommended that Mr. Trump fire him. Mr. Linick has been on administrative leave since that date.

Congressional Democrats, who are investigating the circumstances of Mr. Linick’s termination, on Wednesday released a transcript of his June 3 interview.

Much of the questioning focused on an inquiry by Mr. Linick’s office into a May 2019 emergency declaration that facilitated arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two key allies in Washington’s then-intensifying confrontation with Iran. The declaration circumvented the traditional congressional review process, and lawmakers opposed to the arms sales denounced the declaration as another effort by the White House to undermine congressional oversight. Mr. Linick told the committees that the review was launched in response to a request from Congress.

Asked about his relationship with Mr. Bulatao, Mr. Linick told lawmakers and staff, “sometimes the relationship was professional; at other times, he tried to bully me.”

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Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate


In furtherance of counterterrorism efforts, the United States continues to work with partners around the globe, with a particular focus on the United States Central and Africa Commands’ areas of responsibility. In this context, the United States has deployed forces to conduct counterterrorism operations and to advise, assist, and accompany security forces of select foreign partners on counterterrorism operations. In the majority of these locations, the mission of United States military personnel is to facilitate counterterrorism operations of foreign partner forces and does not include routine engagement in combat.

Arabian Peninsula Region. A small number of United States military personnel are deployed to Yemen to conduct operations against al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS. The United States military continues to work closely with the Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) and regional partner forces to degrade the terrorist threat posed by those groups.

United States Armed Forces, in a non-combat role, have also continued to provide military advice and limited information, logistics, and other support to regional forces combatting the Houthis in Yemen. Such support does not involve United States Armed Forces in hostilities with the Houthis for the purposes of the War Powers Resolution.

United States Armed Forces are deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to protect United States forces and interests in the region against hostile action by Iran or supporting groups. These forces, operating in coordination with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, provide air and missile defense capabilities and support the operation of United States fighter aircraft. The total number of United States forces in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is approximately 3,600.

My comment: LOL: This is propaganda.

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How a behind-the-scenes bare-knuckle brawl shaped US foreign policy under Trump

It was a bare-knuckle brawl of the first order. It took place in Washington, D.C., and it resulted in a KO. The winners? Lobbyists and the defense industry. The losers? Us. And odds on, you didn’t even know that it happened. Few Americans did, which is why it’s worth telling the story of how Saudi, Emirati, and Qatari money flooded the nation’s capital and, in the process, American policy went down for the count.

The unregistered influence of players like Broidy and Nader was evidently backed by other FARA-registered Saudi and UAE foreign agents actively pushing the bill. For example, Qorvis Communications, a long-time public relations mouthpiece for the Saudis, circulated a document titled “Qatar’s History of Funding Terrorism and Extremism,” claiming that country was funding Al-Nusra, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other groups. (Not surprisingly, it included a supportive quote from David Weinberg, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.)

While that anti-Qatar crusade was ramping up in Washington, the president himself was being wooed by the Saudi royals in Riyadh on his first official trip abroad.

Qatar Strikes Back

But they now moved swiftly to shore up their country’s image as a crucial American ally. They went on an instant hiring spree, scooping up lobbying and public-relations firms with close ties to Trump and congressional Republicans. Just two days after the blockade began, for instance, they inked a deal with the law firm of former Attorney General John Ashcroft, paying $2.5 million for just its first 90 days of work.

They also quickly obtained the services of Stonington Strategies. Headed by Nick Muzin, who had worked on Trump’s election campaign, the firm promptly set out to court 250 Trump “influencers,” as Julie Bykowicz of the Wall Street Journal reported. Among others, Stonington’s campaign sought to woo prominent Fox News personalities Trump paid special attention to like former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. He was paid $50,000 to travel to Qatar just months later.

In September 2017, the Qataris also hired Bluefront Strategies to craft a comprehensive multimedia operation

But they now moved swiftly to shore up their country’s image as a crucial American ally. They went on an instant hiring spree, scooping up lobbying and public-relations firms with close ties to Trump and congressional Republicans. Just two days after the blockade began, for instance, they inked a deal with the law firm of former Attorney General John Ashcroft, paying $2.5 million for just its first 90 days of work.

They also quickly obtained the services of Stonington Strategies. Headed by Nick Muzin, who had worked on Trump’s election campaign, the firm promptly set out to court 250 Trump “influencers,” as Julie Bykowicz of the Wall Street Journal reported. Among others, Stonington’s campaign sought to woo prominent Fox News personalities Trump paid special attention to like former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. He was paid $50,000 to travel to Qatar just months later.

In September 2017, the Qataris also hired Bluefront Strategies to craft a comprehensive multimedia operation

The Saudi Bloc’s Battle for the War in Yemen

Just as Qatar started to turn the tide in the fight for influence in Washington, the Saudis and their allies faced another problem: Congress began moving to sever support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. On February 28, 2018, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a joint resolution to withdraw U.S. support for that war. According to FARA filings, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, representing the Saudi ministry of foreign affairs, contacted several members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, particularly Democrats, presumably to persuade them to vote against the measure.

That March, the firm sent out dozens of emails to members of Congress inviting them to a gala dinner with the key Saudi royal, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself. According to the invitation from the CGCN Group, another FARA-registered firm representing the Saudis, the “KSA [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia]-USA Partnership Gala Dinner” was to emphasize the “enduring defense and counter-terrorism cooperation” and “historic alliance” between the two countries. It would end up taking place just two days after the Senate voted to table Sanders’s bill.

Emirati lobbyists similarly reached out to Congress to maintain support for their role in that war.

The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

And the Winners Are…

Though Qatar faced a near-existential threat to its survival when the blockade began, three years later it’s not only surviving, but thriving thanks significantly to its influence operations in Washington. They have helped immeasurably to deepen economic, diplomatic, and military relations between the two countries.

Meanwhile, the emir’s rivals in Riyadh not only failed to make their blockade a success, but saw their influence wane appreciably in the U.S. as they stumbled from one public relations fiasco to the next – by Morgan Palumbo and Jessica Draper = =

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Yes, Congress, There Is Something You Can Do About Reckless Arms Sales

One year after bypassing Congress to sell over $8 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and other countries, President Donald Trump is preparing to again push through more problematic arms sales. This time, it’s half a billion dollars’ worth of bombs that have been used in the past to kill children in Yemen.

The proposed sale would provide Saudi Arabia with 7,500 precision-guided missiles and allow the Kingdom to manufacture high-tech bomb parts, according to media reports.

Unfortunately, the administration’s latest effort to ignore congressional objections and accelerate arms sales like these is not a new phenomenon.

Concurrently, the House passed an amendment by Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) to ban the sale of air-to-ground munitions to Saudi Arabia and the UAE for one year – but at the White House’s insistence, the provision was stripped from the final defense policy measure. Meanwhile, the Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed, by a bipartisan vote of 13-9, a bill by Senators Robert Menendez and Todd Young to limit the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and to promote accountability for war crimes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to bring the bill to the floor for a vote by the full Senate.

As we wrote last year, the Trump administration’s rationale for circumventing Congress failed to withstand scrutiny, and some of the sales in the package bore no clear relationship to the emergency being declared.

Once again, Congress is objecting to these weapons sales. After receiving informal pre-notification of the deal, both Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Menendez, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are seeking to block final approval. They are calling for a bicameral investigation into last year’s emergency declaration and “what appears to be a politically motivated act of retaliation designed to protect Pompeo,” referring to Linick’s firing. While respecting such committee “holds” on proposed arms sales is a courtesy, rather than a legal obligation, a White House decision to ignore these objections would be regarded as an assault on congressional prerogatives.

But the truth is that such an executive branch assault is likely to go unanswered. The inability of Congress to stop these weapons transfers is not a bug in the system, it’s a defining feature. No matter how deadly the equipment or how abhorrent the end-user, Congress has never before been able to muster the two-thirds vote of both houses that is required to stop a sale the president is determined to complete.

Under the procedures set out in the Arms Export Control Act, a major weapons sale proceeds unless Congress enacts a law to stop it. If Congress fails to pass a resolution of disapproval, and to override the inevitable veto, then the arms transfer can be finalized. In other words, the default is for arms to be sold.

But Congress made this law, and Congress can change it. Instead of trying to stop an objectionable sale, Congress could flip the script and require that sales obtain affirmative congressional approval. In the face of congressional inaction, an arms sale would be halted. That was, in fact, the premise behind a bill introduced by then-Senator Joe Biden in 1986.

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Saudi Arms Sales, the Ghost of a Reporter, and America’s Oil War in Yemen

IG Steve Linick, who accused Pompeo of misconduct, has become the latest victim in a string of politically motivated firings of government watchdogs. If the president’s bunker mentality isn’t disturbing enough, a deeper look into this scandal shows how racism lies at the heart of Trump’s and Pompeo’s foreign policy. And how oil, most notably in the Middle East, and most particularly, in Yemen, is the driving force.

Trump’s Love Affair with Oil

Donald Trump, a mere real estate developer before becoming president, has not been shy about his love of the powerful oil industry, whether domestic or Middle Eastern.

Now Trump’s brazenness is backfiring against his most recent Secretary of State. Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigating Linick’s firing last month want to know if it was an act of retaliation by Pompeo. The secretary has denied the charge, but his timing was certainly suspect.

Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigating Linick’s firing last month want to know if it was an act of retaliation by Pompeo. The secretary has denied the charge, but his timing was certainly suspect.

Linick briefed the State Department of his findings before issuing his report, which assuredly set off alarm bells in Pompeo’s office and plausibly resulted in Linick’s abrupt dismissal. The congressman who originally asked for the investigation, Representative Eliot Engel, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the Washington Post, “We don’t have the full picture yet but it’s troubling that Secretary Pompeo wanted Mr. Linick pushed out before this work could be completed.”

Now, at least, I know where to look and how to look when questions loom. I analogize this to peeling an onion, beginning with the most obvious question.

First peel: Why did Democrats and Republicans object to arms sales to Saudi Arabia last year?

The answer, in this case, can be boiled down to three words: cold blooded murder. The murder victim in this case was a Washington Post columnist and an exiled Saudi national named Jamal Khashoggi.

Second peel: Is there an oil connection to the US-Saudi war in Yemen?

It stands to reason, since Saudi Arabia ignored widespread condemnation to pursue its war in Yemen at all costs. That term, “at all costs,” has been employed repeatedly through decades of endless wars in the Middle East

Fact is, Yemen is swimming in oil. Equally significant, the crown prince’s main concern has been “freedom of navigation” for oil tankers carrying Saudi oil, whether they pass through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow chokepoint at the bottom of the Persian/Arabian Gulf that separates eastern Saudi Arabia from Iran, or the Bab el Mandeb Strait on the western side of the Saudi peninsula.

Third peel: Did alleged threats from Iran warrant Trump’s declaration of emergency?

A series of attacks on oil tankers did, in fact, occur during the spring of 2019 that brought the world perilously close to another Middle Eastern war. The thing is, the identity of the perpetrators remains unresolved.

Small wonder, with skepticism about Iran’s involvement mounting at home and abroad, that Pompeo’s claim of a national emergency, caused some members of Congress to see the emergency as phony.”

But the attack on Saudi Arabia had one salutary effect: a surge in crude oil prices. Who benefited? One group in particular: US shale oil producers, who early on in Trump’s reign became overnight billionaires through heavy borrowing and financial mismanagement.

Could this mean President Trump created a phony emergency and risked war with Iran to help his embattled friends (described in my previous blog) in the shale oil industry? So far, Pompeo has yet to turn over witnesses and documents. But if the truth ever comes out, it will surely confirm that protecting the riches of oil, “at all costs,” will trump protecting the rights of ordinary individuals here and abroad – by Charlotte Dennett

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

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Cables: US falsely said British queen backed 1953 Iran coup

The U.S. ambassador to Iran mistakenly told the shah in 1953 that Britain’s newly enthroned Queen Elizabeth II backed a plan to overthrow the country’s elected prime minister and America maintained the fiction even after realizing the error, historians now say.

The revelation, based on U.S. diplomatic cables cited by the historians, shows how America has struggled even to this day to offer a full, unvarnished account of its actions in the coup that cemented Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s power and lit the fuse for Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

“There’s an acceptance that you’re never going to have the whole story,” said Richard Aldrich, a professor at the University of Warwick whose research on the cables will be featured in a Channel 4 documentary in Britain on Sunday. “You’re on a journey to try and achieve a better history but you’re never going to have the complete story.”

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"US will kneel before Iranian people soon," FM spox

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi, in a tweet on Friday, addressed the US officials saying “you will soon kneel before the Iranian people.”

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Rouhani: Sanctions failed to weaken Iranian nation’s will

President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that US sanctions have failed to weaken the Iranian nation’s will and the country keeps progressing towards its objectives regardless of the pressure.

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Zarif: US has no right to abuse UN, IAEA to vilify Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message referred to US’ attempts to escalate tensions with Iran, saying it has no right to abuse UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to vilify Iran.

“US has tried to heighten tension w/ Iran & bully others to follow,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday.

“But having admitted to: -Terror assassination in Iraq -Complicity in war crimes in Yemen & Palestine -Piracy -Breaching JCPOA, UNSCR 2231, & IAEA decisions It retains NO right to abuse UN & IAEA to vilify Iran,” he added.

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Arms seized by U.S., missiles used to attack Saudi Arabia 'of Iranian origin': U.N.

Cruise missiles used in several attacks on oil facilities and an international airport in Saudi Arabia last year were of “Iranian origin,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council in a report seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Guterres also said several items in U.S. seizures of weapons and related materiel in November 2019 and February 2020 were “of Iranian origin.”

Some have design characteristics similar to those also produced by a commercial entity in Iran, or bear Farsi markings, Guterres said, and some were delivered to the country between February 2016 and April 2018.

He said that “these items may have been transferred in a manner inconsistent” with a 2015 Security Council resolution that enshrines Tehran’s deal with world powers to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.

The U.N. chief said the United Nations examined debris of weapons used in attacks on a Saudi oil facility in Afif in May, on the Abha international airport in June and August and on the Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Khurais and Abqaiq in September.

“The Secretariat assesses that the cruise missiles and/or parts thereof used in the four attacks are of Iranian origin,” Guterres wrote. Guterres also said that drones used in the May and September attacks were “of Iranian origin.”

He also said the United Nations had observed that some items in the two U.S. seizures “were identical or similar” to those found in the debris of the cruise missiles and the drones used in the 2019 attacks on Saudi Arabia.


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Iran rejects U.N. report that arms 'of Iranian origin' used in Saudi attacks

Iran on Friday rejected a United Nations report that said cruise missiles used in attacks on oil facilities and an airport in Saudi Arabia last year were of “Iranian origin”, saying it had been drawn up under U.S. and Saudi influence.

“Interestingly, the ... report comes at a time when the United States is working to draft a dangerous resolution to extend an arms embargo against Iran,” the statement said.

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US, Iraq launch strategic talks on economy, American troops

The United States and Iraq launched much-anticipated strategic talks on Thursday that are to span the gamut of their bilateral relations, with Washington prioritizing the issue of the future of its forces in the country while Baghdad is expected to focus on the nation’s dire economic crisis.

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Rouhani: Iranians Defeated America’s Knee-to-Neck Policy Through Unity

President Hassan Rouhani says the Iranian nation has managed to defeat America’s longtime “knees on neck” policy by staying united and standing up against Washington’s pressure campaign.

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Rocket attack hits near US embassy in Baghdad

Popular anger against US occupation continues to grow

A rocket attack has targeted the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, which houses some of the main Iraqi government offices and the US embassy.

There were no immediate reports about casualties, but sirens were heard in the zone, a government statement read.

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Rocket hits area near Baghdad Airport: Iraq military

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Russian envoy terms US new anti-Iran sanctions as failed policy

Permanent Representative of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov in a message reacted to US new sanctions against Iran, saying it’s a failed policy.

"The failed policy continues. And the problem is not only the lack of any creativity but the total lack of strategic thinking and vision," Ulyanov wrote on his Twitter account.

"The absolute majority of states are unhappy, to put it mildly, with the US attempts to derail #JCPOA except for a few countries in the ME region," he added.

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Aid flight arrives from Iran to Venezuela despite continued US pressure

Economic and political relations between Iran and Venezuela continue to develop despite Washington's best efforts.

An Iranian flight carrying coronavirus aid reportedly landed in Venezuela today. It is the latest sign of cooperation between the two countries in the face of US opposition.

The United States has criticized flights between the countries as well. In April, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the international community to stop flights from Iran’s Mahan Air from going to Venezuela.

My comment: “Best” efforts??

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EU rejects any US attempt to invoke Iran nuclear deal

The European Union’s top diplomat said Tuesday that since the United States has already withdrawn from an international agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, it can’t now use its former membership of the pact to try to impose a permanent arms embargo on the Islamic Republic.

“The United States has withdrawn from the JCPOA, and now they cannot claim that they are still part of the JCPOA in order to deal with this issue from the JCPOA agreement. They withdraw. It’s clear. They withdraw,” Borrell said.

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Iran "soon" to execute spy convicted of helping U.S. kill top general

Iran said Tuesday it will execute an Iranian for spying for the United States and Israel after his conviction was upheld for helping the U.S. locate a top Iranian general killed in a drone strike.

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Iran Gives Death Sentence to Man It Says Aided Soleimani Killing

Iran has sentenced a man to death for providing the CIA and Mossad with intelligence that led to the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad’s international airport, according to the country’s judiciary.

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Negotiation futile unless withdrawal of US troops from Iraq realized: Nujaba official

A senior official with Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, whose group is part of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), has warned against granting concessions to the United States in the forthcoming negotiations between Baghdad and Washington, stating that any talks that would not result in the pullout of US troops are rejected.

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Amid US tension, Iran builds fake aircraft carrier to attack

As tensions remain high between Iran and the U.S., the Islamic Republic appears to have constructed a new mock-up of an aircraft carrier off its southern coast for potential live-fire drills.

The faux foe, seen in satellite photographs obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, resembles the Nimitz-class carriers that the U.S. Navy routinely sails into the Persian Gulf

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Waffenexporte stoppen, um Frauenrechtler*innen zu schützen: Für eine kohärente deutsche Außenpolitik

Die Bundesregierung hat sich im VN-Sicherheitsrat für die Bekämpfung sexualisierter Gewalt in Konflikten eingesetzt. Dafür ist die Arbeit lokaler Aktivist*innen unerlässlich – diese werden aber im Jemen von Konfliktparteien angegriffen. Deutschland sollte deshalb Waffenexporte an Drittstaaten wie die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate stoppen, die dort Menschenrechte verletzen.

Wie bereits im Beitrag von Toni Haastrup und Miriam Mona Müller auf diesem Blog beschrieben, sollte die Bundesregierung im Rahmen einer nachhaltigen und glaubhaften Umsetzung der Agenda „Frauen, Frieden und Sicherheit“ die Arbeit von Menschenrechtsverteidiger*innen unterstützen. Dieser Beitrag soll nun aufzeigen, welche Konsequenzen Deutschlands wirtschafts- und sicherheitspolitische Entscheidungen auch indirekt für Aktivistinnen haben können und welche Rolle hier Rüstungskontrolle und Rüstungsexportpolitik spielt. Kurz gesagt ist es kontraproduktiv, wenn einerseits Projekte für Aktivist*innen gefördert werden, Resolutionen zur Bekämpfung von sexualisierter Gewalt vorangetrieben werden und andererseits Waffen in Drittstatten geliefert werden, die in Konfliktgebieten Menschenrechtsverletzungen verüben. Deutschland muss eine kohärente Außen-, Sicherheits- und Wirtschaftspolitik verfolgen, welche die Handlungsspielräume für Menschenrechtsverteidiger*innen nicht gefährdet.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Türkei / Turkey: cp1

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Schweiz: UBS: Geldwäschereifall um korrupten jemenitischen Ex-Präsidenten

Die UBS soll Millionen von Dollar des 2017 getöteten Ex-Präsidenten Jemens, Ali Abdulla Saleh, gewaschen haben. Die Grossbank wehrt sich seit Jahren in dem Verfahren der Bundesanwaltschaft und will Beweismaterial nicht herausgeben.

Die Bundesanwaltschaft führt seit drei Jahren ein Verfahren gegen die Grossbank UBS wegen Geldwäscherei im Zusammenhang mit im Jahr 2011 durchgeführten Transaktionen von jemenitischen Kunden. Diese sollen Strohmänner des 2012 getöteten und damaligen Präsidenten Ali Abdullah Saleh gewesen sein.

Die UBS habe im Auftrag der jemenitischen Geschäftsleute 65 Millionen Dollar nach Singapur überwiesen. Deren Namen standen auf der Sanktionsliste der UNO.

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Bekannter Aktivist aus dem Gefängnis entlassen worden

In Bahrain ist der bekannte Aktivist und Regierungsgegner Rajab aus dem Gefängnis entlassen worden.

Seine Familie teilte mit, Rajab habe die Haftanstalt verlassen und werde den Rest seiner Strafe zu Hause absitzen. Rajab war 2018 wegen kritischer Tweets zu fünf Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt worden. Das Oberste Gericht hatte das Urteil bestätigt und betont, er habe damit Falschnachrichten verbreitet und die Regierung beleidigt.

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Bahrain Activist Nabeel Rajab Freed After Jail Time Over Tweet

Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who played a key role in 2011 anti-government protests, was freed from jail Tuesday after serving time over tweets critical of the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

"Nabeel has been released and he is on his way home now," his lawyer Mohammed Al-Jishi told AFP, adding that Rajab would serve the remaining three years of a five-year sentence in an "alternative" or non-custodial setting.

Rajab, a leading figure in the Shiite-led protests against the Gulf state's Sunni-minority monarchy, had been convicted of insulting the state, spreading false news, and "publicly offending a foreign country", a reference to Saudi Arabia.

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cp12b Sudan

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Khartoum Ready to Discuss Bashir’s Extradition to The Hague

The Sudanese government welcomed on Wednesday the surrender of Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb into the custody of the war crimes tribunal.

In a statement, the government reiterated that it was ready to discuss the extradition of the remaining accused, who are wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), including ousted President Omar al-Bashir, as part of the government’s pursuit of justice for the victims of the war in Darfur as a necessary condition for achieving peace.

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda described Kushayb’s surrender “a pivotal development” for victims awaiting justice and urged Sudan to hand over Bashir and two others wanted by the court.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp9

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Dispatch: How the US Arms Export Industry Sustain Human Rights Violators in the Yemen War

In spite of the US signatory to the ATT, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain remain among the top countries supplied by the United States. These countries are well known to be human rights violators and often use excessive use of force against civilians

The US Arms Industry’s Influence on US Export Policy

The US and Saudi Arabia have been major arms export partners for decades. And more recently in 2009, the Obama administration has strengthened its partnership by further increasing its weapons sales with the Gulf state. Over the course of the administration, they closed 42 different deals with Saudi Arabia resulting in over $115 billion worth of weapons sales. The export orders cover a broad range of items, including and not limited to; armed vehicles, combat aircraft, combat ships, attack helicopters, air-to-ground missiles, guns and ammunition.

Subsequently, the Trump administration also did not shirk the chance of confirming its well-established trading relationship with Saudi Arabia

Fueling the Fire: How American Company Manufacturers Supply Weapons to the Bloody Conflict in Yemen

Specific examples of US-manufactured weapons being employed in Yemen have been frequently reported.

Bahrain is another common destination for US-made weapons.

Lockheed Martin is the largest arms manufacturer on the planet. With a staggering $59 billion dollar revenue for the year 2019, 88% of its expenditure was spent on arms sales as of 2017. A deeply American company, approximately half of its annual arms deals are to the US Defense Department. #

Raytheon is also a prominent producer of the arms that are used in the Yemeni war. The company also boasts one of the top-spots on the list of the world’s largest arms producers. Raytheon reported its 2018 sales as $27 billion, and in 2017 spent 87% of its company expenditure on manufacturing arms.

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Canada doubles weapons sales to Saudi Arabia despite moratorium

Canada sells nearly C$3bn of military equipment in 2019

Ban on new exports in place over human rights concerns

“I struggle to know what ‘moratorium’ means to this government, because to me, when there’s a moratorium on something, you can’t increase the sales of that thing. And exactly what seems to have happened,” said Mark Kersten, deputy director of the Wayamo Foundation.

“I can’t understand for the life of me, why the government wouldn’t say anything about it, unless it just simply didn’t want the public to know, because it looks awful.”

Canada also exported more than 30 large-calibre artillery systems and 152 heavy machine guns to Saudi Arabia.

The multi-billion-dollar arms deal with the kingdom was initiated under a previous Conservative government in 2014, but continued under the Liberals.

At the time it was signed, it was the largest export deal in Canada’s history, making the country the second-largest arms exporter to the Middle East.

Rights groups, academics and policy advisers have long called on Trudeau to cancel the deal, and follow the example of Germany and Sweden which both cancelled arms contracts with Saudi Arabia following public outrage over Khashoggi’s murder.


cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Yemeni mercenaries caught in Libya

Yemenis recruited by Muslim Brotherhood to fight on behalf of Government of National Accord

The Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Haftar has captured a group of foreign recruits, including Yemenis, who were fighting in ranks of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord forces in Libya.

Libyan activists broadcastef videos of Arab recruits, including five Syrians and three Yemenis, who were being dragged into a detention facility after being stripped of their clothes.

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemen, unlikely victim of the Lebanese financial crisis Nearly $ 300 million in deposits from Yemeni banks are blocked in the land of Cedars.

The Lebanese economic crisis is coming to Yemen. According to the Central Bank of this country (BCY), nearly 300 million dollars in deposits from Yemeni banks have been blocked in Lebanon, notably in accounts opened at Bank of Beirut, since the implementation in September of informal measures to control capital. In a survey published last month, the think tank Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies indicated that the amount in question was $ 240 million last October, representing 20% of the total foreign currency deposits of Yemeni banks at the 'foreign. As a result of the liquidity crisis in Lebanon, initiatives taken by the country's banks have for ten months prevented the transfer of dollar capital abroad, with the exception of specific cases, and imposed strict limits on withdrawals.

According to the BCY, these measures directly affect Yemeni banks and traders in transactions for imports of basic necessities. An obstacle which is added to the limitation of their activities in the wake of the restrictive measures put in place in the 2000s as part of the fight against terrorism. Seeing Yemeni banks as risky interlocutors in recent years, Western banks have become more cautious about them. These elements would not, however, have repelled the Bank of Beirut when its relations would have been strengthened with Yemeni banks, themselves taking advantage of the advantages offered by the Lebanese banking system. Anchored to the value of the dollar, the official exchange rate for the Lebanese pound has been 1,507.55 LL for one dollar since 1997, allowing customers of Lebanese banks to have accounts in both currencies. This system was not only interesting for Lebanese users but also for those coming from abroad because it allowed until then to combine a certain stability with the possibility of carrying out commercial transactions by exceeding the conversion costs. All of which is made all the more attractive by the interest rates offered by Lebanese banks, which can exceed 10%

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Currency exchange rate #Yemen-i rial to #USD

Sana'a: Ask 625, Bid 622

Aden: Ask 745, Bid 740

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Yemeni rial unprecedentedly depreciates in gov't-held areas

An unprecedented depreciation in the Yemeni rial on Tuesday led to a spike in food prices at market in the official government-held provinces, portending worsened living and humanitarian conditions in the war-torn country.
"The rial selling value in Aden increased to 726 for one US dollar and 191 for one Saudi real," bankers told Debriefer.
According to local merchants, prices of essential foods in Aden markets increased on Tuesday by 20 percent, following the YR decline.
"This increase poses an addition to the burdens already suffered by the public amid a persistent conflict, deteriorated economic conditions and the spread of many diseases including COVID-19," said locals.
The YR has lost 50 percent of its value during the past month, with it depreciation keeping on after the Aden-based Central Bank (CBY) run out of cash reserves in the form of Saudi US$1-billion deposit.
"The local currency's decline can be ascribed to the ongoing conflict between the official government and the Southern Transitional Council, depletion of cash reserves, looted public resources, and the CBY's inability to intervene and control exchange market," banking experts said.
Its suffering from a grave shortage in dollar makes the CBY unable to provide hard money enough for suppliers to import goods, foods in particular, said banking sources at the bank.
For the Yemeni Exchanger Association, the great "illogical increase" in exchange rates has been stemmed from irresponsible speculations in currency and the fact that exchangers follow rumors causing disorder at the market.
The CBY said it is studying all options to stop decline in exchange rates and take strict actions against speculations, holding exchanging firms "fully responsible" for rial depreciation.
Yemen's 5-year-old war has left the country with two different exchange rates; in Aden 726, in Sana'a 604 YRs for one dollar on Tuesday.

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The end of Saudi financial support to Yemen: scenarios | Possible impact on the economy and humanitarian outcomes in Yemen due to the end of Saudi financial support - June 2020

Saudi financial support to Yemen’s economy, worth over $2.2 billion since March 2018, has been crucial in helping Yemen to escape economic collapse. With this financial support coming to an end, and no alternative financing in place, Yemen could see the riyal lose almost half its value over the coming six months (reaching YER 1000 to the USD). This would cause food prices to almost double again, increasing food insecurity and pushing Yemenis into a heavier reliance on humanitarian aid, regional patronage and negative coping mechanisms, including criminality and informal taxation. Yemen, one of the poorest Arab countries, is highly dependent on revenues from its relatively small oil and gas reserves, remittances from expatriates working mainly in the Gulf states, and bi-lateral support from Saudi Arabia. The crash in oil prices and global spread of COVID-19 has reduced Yemeni income from oil exports and severely reduced remittances leaving direct support as Yemen’s economic lifeline. Saudi Arabia provided a $2 billion deposit to the GoY in March 2018 to help stabilise currency and food prices. This funding is all but exhausted, with less than $200 million remaining in May 2020.

Neither Saudi Arabia nor any other donor has yet indicated a willingness to provide ongoing funding to Yemen. Thus Yemen is looking increasingly economically vulnerable. The global crash in oil prices has reduced GoY hydrocarbon revenue by, on average half that seen in 2019 (USD 60 per barrel to under USD 30). Concurrently, worldwide COVID- 19 restrictions have significantly reduced Yemeni expatriates’ earnings and remittances have fallen while transfer costs increased. Any decision by the GoY put in circulation any new banknotes without sufficient foreign exchange cover will fuel inflation.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Al-Qaeda Is Rising Again, and No One Seems to Give a Damn

The Islamist group is lurking just around the corner in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia.

In Yemen too, relief for al-Qaeda might be imminent

While a limited number of US troops have been in Yemen to conduct counterterrorism operations alongside the Emiratis, the Emirati counterterrorism platform has shrunk as UAE troop commitments draw down. In late 2019, the last UAE troops left Aden, a key counterterrorism hub in southern Yemen, leaving only a small footprint in eastern Yemen. Should the Emiratis leave, the Americans will follow suit.

cp15 Propaganda

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Cartoon: #Houthi militia exploiting people's needs!

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Ihsan al-Faqih … A Muslim Brotherhood serpent

Ihsan Mahmud al-Faqih failed in becoming a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Nevertheless, the terrorist Islamist organization and its allies in Doha viewed her as a good asset.
They used her in attacking the member states of the Anti-Terrorism Quartet, which severed their trade and diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017 for its sponsorship of terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs.

She wrote a number of articles on the Muslim Brotherhood news site Arabi 21 and the site of the London-based al-Hayat newspaper. However, she was banned from writing in both sites. She is now active on Twitter and on her website, writing day and night to smear the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

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Western media ignore Yemen big story on Houthi discriminatory act

The western media, which usually have a low newsworthiness threshold for the day-to-day events that take place in Yemen, are ignoring a big story unfolding in the country right now, only because its coverage will cast the Shia thugs in a bad light.

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Yemeni [pro-Hadi gov.] Parties: Houthi militias would not dare to enact Khumos system if not int’l community ignore their daily crimes

In a statement, the National Alliance of Political Parties, an inclusive umbrella, said, “Those militias would not dare to take such a step if not the international blind-eye approach toward their daily crimes … and the dynastical discrimination” which motivates their “longstanding war against the Yemeni people.”

My comment: This is odd as the “International community” since the beginning of the war is biased in favor of the Hadi government.

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Yemeni gov't says Houthis deliberately create fuel shortage

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government on Wednesday accused the Houthis of deliberately creating fuel shortage in northern areas under the group's control, in order to boost black market, renege from agreement with the UN envoy and cause humanitarian crisis.
The government and Saudi-led coalition have nothing to do with allowing or denying access to oil tankers to Hodeida seaport, the government-run supreme economic council said in a statement.

and also

My comment: This is odd. Look at cp2a.


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Houthis revive again gas black markets in Sana’a

Sources in Sana’a said that the Houthis have created this fuel shortage on purpose to enable sales of the gas according to the black-market rate.

This time, the gas shortage occurs with increasing spread of the coronavirus which will critically worsen the citizens’ suffering.

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Coronavirus: MSF, KSRelief aiding Yemen’s COVID-19 efforts despite Houthi challenges

Global aid groups like Doctors without Borders (MSF) and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) are pushing forward with efforts to help Yemen combat the coronavirus pandemic despite challenges posed by the Houthi militia.

Efforts from the KSRelief included efforts to support the Yemeni government with medical assistance with $3.5 million in March, including medications and supplies to help the country face the coronavirus pandemic.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda = [Deutsche Version] [English version]

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

June 8:

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US-Saudi Aggression Attacks Number of Governorates by Series of Air Raids

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A Saudi-led coalition airstrike reportedly killed an al Houthi official in al Jawf governorate in northern Yemen on June 11. Forces aligned with the internationally recognized Yemeni government of Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi claimed capturing several al Houthi-held positions and militant vehicles in al Jawf governorate in late May.[1]

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Yemen - Conflict (DG ECHO, UN, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 12 June 2020)

Over the past two days, 12 children and 10 women died and 30 people, including 14 children, are reported injured following strikes on their houses in Kushar District, Hajjah Governorate.

Many of the injured children were sent to hospitals in Abs district and in Sana’a for treatment and several require possible evacuation to survive.

The Yemen UN Humanitarian Coordinator strongly condemned the incident

My remark: This has been reported where?

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Aggressionskampfflugzeuge fliegen 21 Luftangriffe auf das Gebiet Al-Kane westlich von Marib

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Aggression alliance carries out 23 raids on Marib, al-Jawf, Nehm

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Luftwaffe der Aggression fliegt vier Luftangriffe auf Hadschah an

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Aggression air forces hit Hajjah

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[Sanaa gov.] Armed Forces Spokesman: Aerial Aggression Launches Over 205 Airstrikes Past Week

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Over 2,000 Saudi bombings since Riyadh promised ceasefire in Yemen

Despite lofty promises, attacks continue unabated

Although the Saudi-led invaders announced a truce on April 9 , it has nevertheless carried out more than 145 offensive operations and over 2,041 airstrikes on Yemen since

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Aggressionskampfflugzeuge fliegen 8 Luftangriffe auf den Bezirk Madschsar in Marib

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Airstrike kills Houthi educators at military training sites in Al-Jawf

Eight Education Ministry officials loyal to the Houthis were killed and injured by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Al-Jawf governorate on Monday while attending a military training on the front lines, according to an official in the Sixth Military Region, a source in the education ministry’s office in Raymah and a Houthi memorandum documenting the airstrike.

Most of the educators were from Raymah governorate, where they had recruited hundreds of people for the training.

Four school principals and education officials were killed and four others were injured in the airstrike.


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Saudi-led combat jets attack Marib eight times

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US-Saudi Aggression’s Daily Update for Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

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Drei Zivilisten bei einem Luftangriff der Aggressionsluftwaffe auf Saada gemartert

Eine Sicherheitsquelle in der Provinz teilte der jemenitischen nachrichtenagentur (Saba) mit, dass die Luftwaffe der Aggression auf der Straße zum Gebiet Al-Aqiq im Distrikt Kutaf einen Luftangriff auf ein Zivilauto angeflogen habe, bei dem drei Menschen an Bord gemartert und vollständig zerstört wurden.


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Three citizens killed aggression airstrikes on Saada

Three citizens were killed on Wednesday when the Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes wage an airstrike on Saada province, a security official told Saba.

The strike hit a car carrying citizens in the main road in Kotaf district, killing the three citizens.

and also (with photo)


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4 Citizens injures in Saudi-led warplane shelling in Sanaa

Four citizens were injured on Wednesday after the US-Saudi –led aggression fighter jet shelled al-Subaha area in Sana'a province, a security official told Saba.

The aggression fighter jet shelled al-Subaha area with cluster bombs, injuring a citizen, his wife and two of their children and demolishing the house, said the official.

and also



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Citizen Seriously Wounded in Explosion of Remnants in Sa’adah

A citizen was seriously wounded, Wednesday, when a cluster munition left behind from previous bombing by the US-Saudi aggression exploded in Sa’adah governorate.

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Kampfflugzeuge der Aggression fliegen 9 Luftangriffe auf Marib und Al-Dschouf an

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Nine Saudi-led airstrikes hit Marib, Jawf

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36 airstrikes in 4 Provinzen

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36 strikes on 4 provinces

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Kampfflugzeuge der Aggression fliegen 21 Luftangriffe auf Marib an

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Kampfflugzeuge der Aggression fliegen sechs Luftangriffe auf Saada und Asir an

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Aggression coalition wages 21 airstrikes on Marib

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Aggression warplanes attack Saada, Asir

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38 strikes on 4 provinces

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp18

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The Joint Forces said its demining team has defused a 500-kilogram explosive device that was left by the #Houthi militia west #Taiz, #Yemen's third largest city.

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Houthi ground leader killed by army fire in Taiz

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Two children injured in landmine laid by Houthi militia

Two children were injured on Friday in the northeastern province of Al-Jawf when a landmine planted by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia exploded.

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6 citizens killed, injured in Houthi shelling west of Taiz

The Iran-backed Houthi rebel militia on Thursday evening committed a horrific massacre west of Taiz after a rocket fired by the militia targeted a housing area west of the city.

Local sources confirmed to September Net the killing of the young Zeid Ali Numan Al-Brihi and his brother Mohammed Ali Noman Al-Brihi(11 years old) as a result of a rocket fired by the militia west of Taiz city.

The sources added that the shelling also resulted in serious injury to four citizens and damage to citizens’ property.

and also

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Houthi drone downed over Yemen's Jawf desert

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Film: Aseer: The scenes of the [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni army and popular committees repelling a large-scale march of Saudi mercenaries in the Majazah al-Sharqiya area.

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

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Aggression forces target Yemen over 10 ground attacks, 205 airstrikes: [Sanaa gov.] Army Spokesman

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Photo: The child Saeed Abdul-Qahir Al-Aferi, 13 years old, was killed by an anti-personnel mine while grazing his sheep in the Al-Kedha area, west of Taiz. Residents complain of the mines laid by the Houthis on their farms and pastures

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Film: Najran: The [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni army and popular committees launch an attack against the positions of the Saudi army and their mercenaries in Bir al-Salami and the al-Sudani station in the Al-Ajashher Desert and there are heavy casualties and equipment.

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Southern forces foil Houthi attack in al-Dhale

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[Hadi gov.] Army launches attack on militia positions in Serwah, frees new positions

and also

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Mine Explosion Kills One Man, Leaves His Brother Wounded in Al Bayda

One civilian was killed and his brother wounded on Monday in a mine explosion in Al Bayda province, central Yemen.

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Report: The Missile War in Yemen

The Missile War in Yemen is the first comprehensive review of missile and missile defense activity in the ongoing Yemen conflict. It reviews the events and trends that have shaped this part of the war, the strategy behind Houthi missile attacks, and how Houthi militants have acquired these weapons. It furthermore examines the ways the Arab coalition has countered the Houthi missile campaign, including its employment of Patriot missile defenses, efforts to close missile proliferation networks, and the efficacy of its attempts to destroy Houthi missile capabilities from the air.


The civil war in Yemen between the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi movement is a conflict deeply rooted in the country’s decades-old political divides. Yet since the Saudi-led intervention in 2015 to support the Hadi government, the war has broadened to become an arena of competition between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The involvement of these parties has protracted the fighting and prompted a major humanitarian crisis. The influx of foreign involvement has also evolved the conflict into a modern war, one that may portend aspects of future wars.

One such aspect has been the extensive use of ballistic missiles, far more than any other conflict in recent history. With the assistance of Iran, Yemen’s Houthi rebels have fired hundreds of ballistic missiles to strike Arab coalition bases, population centers, and infrastructure. They have also launched nearly a dozen antiship cruise missiles against coalition and U.S. Navy warships as well as nearby shipping vessels and oil tankers. The Houthis have furthermore struck scores of targets with unguided artillery rockets. They have used armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to harass and assassinate coalition forces and attack economic targets in Saudi Arabia. Their increasingly capable surface-to-air missiles, furthermore, have downed a number of coalition aircraft and at least three U.S. drones.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition has countered the missile campaign with a three-pronged strategy. The coalition has launched hundreds of airstrikes to destroy Houthi missiles on the ground “left of launch.” The coalition has also imposed strict air and sea restrictions to block the flow of weaponry from Iran into Yemen and set up numerous checkpoints to interdict shipments over land. Finally, the coalition has relied on active air and missile defenses—primarily the Patriot system—to defend against Houthi launches. The conflict in Yemen has the unique distinction of featuring by far the greatest use of ballistic missile defenses of any conflict in history.

While parties have taken some steps toward ending the violence, continued Houthi possession and use of long-range missiles and drones complicates prospects for restoring stability. The presence of a hostile actor on its southern flank with long-range projectiles significantly raises the stakes for Saudi Arabia, making Riyadh less willing to accept a robust Houthi role in a future Yemeni government. If unchecked, moreover, Houthi missile activity could inadvertently widen the conflict, possibly pulling in the United States or bringing the United States into direct conflict with Iran. Mitigating the Houthi missile threat, as such, will be a necessary component of any lasting peace. =

My comment: A typical US biased view. It takes for granted that the US and its allies must come out on top and should keep all sorts of the strongest armament, while their enemies might not. It’s “horrible” and an obstacle to a peaceful solution that the Houthis keep these missiles, while the Saudi air force bombing Yemen to ruins even isn’t worth mentioning.


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Lessons from Yemen’s Missile War

After five years, hundreds of long- and short-range missiles fired, and more than 160 missile-defense intercepts, it’s time to take stock.

Part of the Saudi-Arab coalition’s response has been history’s most extensive use of ballistic missile defenses, with more than 160 reported intercepts.

This duel offers a rare glimpse into the utility and limitations of active missile defenses. It also provides insight into modern air and missile attack, the difficulties of destroying enemy missiles on the ground (“left-of-launch”), and the challenges of missile proliferation. The picture that has emerged is one in which the role of active missile defenses remains great, even when coupled with concerted counterproliferation and left-of-launch action.

Given the shortcomings of its left-of-launch and counterproliferation efforts, the Arab coalition has leaned heavily on its Patriot air and missile defense forces to blunt Houthi missile attacks. Between March 2015 and April 2020, coalition air and missile defense forces reported at least 162 intercepts of Houthi ballistic missiles.

Arab coalition defenses have not been perfect, but available data suggests they have meaningfully limited damage from Houthi missile attacks and curtailed the value of Houthi missiles as a strategic tool. One illustrative data point is that at least four of the seven deadliest Houthi missile strikes took place in areas that lacked ballistic missile protection at the time of the strike. Given the damage seen in these unprotected areas, it seems likely that hard-hit areas, such as the border cities of Khamis Mushait and Jizan, would have experienced greater damage and loss of life had they too lacked defenses.

The Yemen war also highlights the challenges to air and missile defenses.

The Arab coalition’s experience in Yemen’s missile war contains valuable lessons for the United States and its allies. It is difficult to imagine a future U.S.-involved war that would not be inundated with a wide variety of missiles.

My comment: In the US, they do not think of peace, but of future wars wherever on this planet.

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

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Film: A child was wounded during the shelling of Houthi militia targeting citizens' farms in Al-Muteena, Hodeidah

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Joint forces hit newly created Houthi trenches in Hodeidah (Video)

Iran-backed Houthi coupist militia have created new military positions, tunnels and trenches under the villagers' farms and near civilian homes and government buildings in al-Tuhita district in the south of Hodeidah governorate.


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107 Recorded Violations by US-Saudi Aggression in Hodeidah

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Yemen’s [Hadi] Government demands UN action regards Houthi violation of deal

Yemen’s government has demanded UN action against Iran-backed Houthi militants for violating the Hodeidah deal, state news agency Saba New reported.
Yemen’s Economic Council – a state advisory body composed of cabinet members – said the militants looted the central bank in Hodeidah city and were delaying the fuel and food that arrive at the Hodeidah port.
The looted funds were supposed to be used to pay salaries of public workers, who have not received payments for months, according to the report.

My comment: The Houthis “delaying the fuel and food that arrive at the Hodeidah port”: this is odd propaganda, look at cp2a.

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Eskalation der Aggressionstruppen in Hodeidah mit 111 Verstöße

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Aggression forces escalate militarly in Hodeidah, commit 111 violations

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Houthi Rebels Targeted Populated Areas with Mortar Shells

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Film: Ahmed Al-Nahari ... A victim of a Houthi shell for the sake of a living

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In Hodeidah, the US-Saudi aggression targeted Al- Ad-Durayhimi city, which is besieged by Katyusha rockets.

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77 Verstöße der Aggressionskräfte in Hodeidah

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77 Saudi-led coalition violations in Hodeidah over 24 past hours

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Aggressionstruppen verletzen weiterhin den Waffenstillstand in Hodeidah

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Aggression forces continue violating truce in Hodeidah

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Saudi-led aggression carries out 102 breaches against Hodeidah ceasefire

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Aggression forces continue violating Stockholm agreement in Hodeidah

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Yemen's qat markets still draw crowds despite coronavirus threat

The vast majority of Yemeni men - and many women - chew the leaves for hours a day, cramming them into their cheeks as they work, chat or sit in contemplation. The stimulant in qat can cause excitement, loss of appetite and euphoria.

Neither government has managed to shut the qat markets.

“The qat market crowds are a catastrophe,” said Houthi health ministry spokesperson Yousef al-Hadari. “If someone is infected, like the seller or customer or even the bags or cash, this could lead to disaster.”

“We only open one entry point so people can be disinfected on entry, and ensure they are wearing masks. We stress over and over to stall-owners the importance of no crowds.”

“I advise people that if they need to chew, to do it at home and to avoid gatherings,” said Fuad Muajam, a doctor.

One of the more cautious sellers in the Sanaa market sprays a wad of cash with sanitiser.

“Despite the great concern about the spread of the virus, people are still willing, frankly speaking very willing, to buy qat,” said customer Nabil Mufleh, one of few wearing a facemask.

“So we sterilize our qat supplies, wash them well and may God preserve us.”


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Yémen. Le qat résiste à la guerre et au « korona »

La consommation de qat est une caractéristique souvent stigmatisée de la société yéménite. Mâchées quotidiennement par une large partie la population, ces feuilles sont ailleurs dans le monde classées comme une drogue et le plus souvent interdites. Elles revêtent au Yémen une dimension politique et identitaire forte qui a trouvé, en temps de guerre et de pandémie Covid-19, de nouvelles dimensions.

En temps de guerre, groupes armés, famine, bombardements et contrats d’armements occupent le devant de la scène et structurent l’image du pays. Depuis cinq années que dure le conflit, les enjeux liés au marché du qat ont ainsi été largement ignorés. De façon stupéfiante, c’est pourtant là une activité qui semble, en comparaison à d’autres, avoir connu une certaine stabilité. En dépit de la terrible crise humanitaire et des infrastructures détruites, la consommation de cette plante n’a été que peu affectée par la situation de guerre. Il est fréquent d’entendre qu’elle aurait même augmenté, permettant de faire face à l’ennui et à la dépression parmi des Yéménites lassés par la violence.

Le rôle de coupe-faim du qat, mais aussi son effet excitant en font un produit qui, dans le cadre du conflit, a trouvé de nouvelles fonctions, notamment pour les combattants. C’est pourquoi aucun groupe combattant n’a décidé de l’interdire, d’autant plus que ceux-ci puisent dans sa commercialisation une part — certes difficile à estimer — de leurs revenus.

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Yemeni gov't evacuates nationals from Egypt

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government on Wednesday evacuated first batch of its nationals from Egypt following the COVID-19 spread.
The first flight of Yemenia Airlines left Cairo airport at noon and will arrive at Seyoun airport, in the Yemeni southeastern governorate of Hadhramout, diplomatic sources in the Egyptian capital said.

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Arrival of first Yemeni stranded flight from Egypt to Aden International Airport

The first Yemeni flights carrying Yemeni stuck passengers arrived Today, Thursday, at Aden International Airport from the Arab Republic of Egypt.

The director of Aden International Airport, “Abdul Raqeeb Al-Omari,” said that all of the 150 passengers on the Yemeni flight had undergone a medical examination for the new Corona virus in the Arab Republic of Egypt, indicating that Aden International Airport and its crews are ready to receive the rest of the Yemeni travelers stranded abroad according to the standards of the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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Photos of the historical city fortress of Thala. #Amran governorate. #Yemen.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-657 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-657: 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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