Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 666b- Yemen War Mosaic 666b

Yemen Press Reader 666b: 13. Juli 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 666, cp6 - cp19 / July, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 666, cp6 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 666, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 666, 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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Sudan

cp13 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

Aden verbleibt in der Hand der Separatisten im Süden. Ihre medien verbreiten eine große Menge von parteiischen Berichten, die das Narrativ der Separatisten überihren Hauptgegner, die Islah Partei (genannt "Muslim-Bruderschaft"), über die Kämpfe in Abyan und Shabwa, ihre Herrschaft in Aden und den von ihnen kontrollierten Gebieten verbreiten.

Aden remains in the hands of southern separatists. Their media are spreading a bulk of biased reports, showing their narrative of their foes from Islah Party (labeled “Muslim Brotherhood”), the fighting at Abyan and Shabwa, their self-rule at Aden and the areas under their control.

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Hadi wants STC to abolish self-rule of south as precondition to implement Riyadh Deal

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi has put a precondition for the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement which is that the UAE-backed southern transitional council abolishes self-administration of the south, Aljazeera TV reported on Sunday, quoting a government source.

No progress will be made in the current consultations between the government and the council in Riyadh unless this precondition is accepted, the source said, according to Aljazeera.

There are no Saudi guarantees the council will implement an amended version of the Riyadh Agreement, the source said, adding that the council wants to hold the entire share of the south in the upcoming power-sharing government.

Hadi wants to give the council four ministerial portfolios and 8 portfolios to other southern factions in the government which is expected to be formed following the current consultations, sources familiar with the consultations said recently. He has agreed that current prime minister Maeen Abdulmalik forms the new government.

Aljazeera also said the council has not provided any guarantees to merge its forces in the national forces after forming the government.

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Yemeni Hadhramout authority pauses work, in protest of relegation

Entities in the Yemeni southeastern governorate of Hadhramout on Saturday announced suspension of local authority's work in protest of being marginalized at ongoing talks held in Saudi Arabia to form a new government according to the Riyadh Agreement.

The Hadhramout tribal alliance, Hadhramout collective conference and a group of CSOs have held a meeting to discuss "latest developments at national level to reach settlements and understandings sponsored by [Yemen's] President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Saudi Arabia."

The Yemeni largest, oil-rich governorate is worthier of one of the three presidencies, they said in a joint declaration, hinting at the post of the prospective cabinet's prime minister.

The entities decided to pause the work of their leaders at all the local authority offices – except for the service-providing, military and security ones – in protest of the "deliberate marginalization" of their demands.

They vowed to take "decisive stance" if their demands are not urgently met by relevant authorities.

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Islah kidnaps tribal sheikh in Shabwa

(A P)

Yemeni government leaders in Riyadh were moved from fancy hotels to new apartments in a modest building outside the city of the Saudi capital Riyadh


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Aggression of Islah draws wide condemnations in Shabwa

My remark: Two pro-separatist reports. The “wide condemnations” of course are limited to separatists’ supporters.

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Tensions rise in #Mahra #Yemen as regional rivals vie for proxy influence: Clan of historical Sultan in Qishn reportedly appoints new pro-#Oman head to replace current "Sultan" whom some see as cozying up to #UAE, #STC & coalition (others see him as just trying to avoid conflict).

And here's a rebuttal of the earlier statement claiming to speak for the historical Sultan's clan. It says it was issued without clan consent by a group that broke away from yesterday's clan meeting At very least, we can conclude that tensions are high in #Mahra #Yemen (documents, Arabic)

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Personnel of 35th brigade in Taiz warns Hadi of offering Houthis "a favour"

The officers and personnel of the 35th armoured brigade on Saturday called on internationally recognised president of Yemen, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, to reconsider the appointment of a new commander of the brigade from outside the brigade's force.


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Units of Yemen government army fight in Taiz

Clashes broke out on Saturday between units from the 35th armoured brigade and the 4th infantry brigade on the outskirts of the Al-Turbah town south of Yemen's Taiz province, a local source told Debriefer.
The two brigades are loyal to the internationally recognised government which has been fighting the Houthis with support from a Saudi-led military coalition since 2015.
"A checkpoint from the 35th armoured brigade stopped a military committee near the area of Al-Birain in the district of Al-Maafir and prevented it from going forward to oversee the handover and takeover of the brigade's sites, a move which triggered the calshes" the source said.
The committee was formed by the Taiz military command to oversee the takeover of the brigade's sites in the region after a new commander of the brigade was appointed, the source added.
On Friday, President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi issued a republican decree appointing Abdulrahman Shamsan as the new commander of the brigade, eight months after former commander, Adnan Al-Hammadi, was killed by his brother at his residence in the district of Bani Hammad.


(A P)

Republican decree issued about appointing commander of 35 armored brigade

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Yemen: UAE-backed militias clash with Saudi-backed combatants

Separate militia groups, one backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the other backed by Saudi Arabia, have clashed in Yemen, where both countries are part of a coalition aiming to end the military coup in war-torn Yemen, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

“Heavy clashes erupted between the forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), backed by the UAE, and the Giants Brigades, backed by Saudi Arabia, in the governorate of Lahij in the south of Yemen,” a government military source told Anadolu Agency.

The source who spoke on condition of anonymity disclosed: “The STC forces set up military sites in an area disputed with the Saudi-backed forces and this led to clashes.”

According to the source, the conflicts took place near Al-Anad military airbase in Lahij and resulted in deaths and injuries, however, no numbers have been revealed.

Seven militants from the forces backed by Saudi Arabia were arrested, the source noted.

Meanwhile, Maher Al-Halmi, the military spokesman of Al-Anad military airbase, confirmed that his forces confronted the Giant Brigades and pushed them to pull back from near the airbase.

On his Facebook page, Al-Halmi posted: “The Giant Brigades attempted to control the base and manage the route connecting the governorates of Ad Dali and Aden.”

The governorate of Lahij has been witnessing clashes between the Giant Brigades, supported by armed tribesmen, and the STC forces since the start of this year.

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Yemeni Abyan sees gov't-STC renewed infighting

Skirmishes renewed on Saturday between the Yemeni internationally-recognized government and Southern Transitional Council (STC) in the southern governorate of Abyan.
A ceasefire has been held between the two sides in Abyan since late June, with Saudi-led coalition's observers stationed in the governorate to monitor the truce in flashpoints of Shoqra, Sheikh Salem and Taria areas.
Government troops and Emirati-backed STC forces exchanged sporadic mortar shelling

and also

(A K P)

Gunmen Attack Security Belt Forces in Abyan

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Yemen Diplomat: Separation Project In Yemen Will Remain Rejected And Condemned By Yemenis

(A P)

Yemeni Government Refuses To Set Up Investment Project In Hadramout

The Yemeni government refused to set up a project in the “Sharma” natural reserve in Hadramout Governorate (eastern Yemen), after the governor Faraj Al-Bahsni agreed to a request by an investor to set up investment projects on the coast of the reserve.

According to a memorandum addressed to the governor of Hadhramaut and issued by Deputy Prime Minister Salem Al-Khanbashi in mid-June, the government refused to establish investment projects in the aforementioned region.

According to the official note, the area is a natural reserve for turtles, and has ancient ruins.

Al-Khanbashi advised the Governor Al-Buhsuni to define another area for the investor.

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Future of government depends on implementation of Riyadh Agreement, STC leader

The future of the Yemeni legitimate government is on stake and depends on implementing the Riyadh Agreement, said vice president of the UAE-backed southern transitional council, Hani bin Breik, on Friday.
He called on the government to direct its forces stationed in the southern provinces of Abyan, Shabwa and Hadramout to fight in Houthi-controlled regions.
"The legitimate government will be politically buried if it does not do that. Any agreement between it and the STC that does not guarantee this arrangement will fail," he wrote on Twitter.

and also

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Yemeni Socotra governor accuses STC of curetting State institutions

Governor of the Yemeni southern island of Socotra on Friday accused the Southern Transitional Council (STC) of curetting the State's institutions and excluding legitimate officials from the archipelago.
Insinuated by their supporters, the Emirati-backed STC representatives in Socotra work on curetting the State's institutions and replacing legitimate leaders with their own "elements in security, military and civil posts," Ramzi Mahroos added on Facebook.
The STC is also "erecting new military sites in the archipelago, militiaizing the governorate and distributing and selling weapons at markets in queer and denounced illegal moves.
"All these actions are invalid and unacceptable, as they further complicate the situation and hinder efforts exerted by the government and Saudi Arabia for a solution and normalization," the governor warned.
On Thursday, the STC announced the establishment of a "military scout site" in Ras Momi, in the eastern part of Socotra, days after the erection of a similar post in Ras Qatian in the western part of the strategic island.

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Yemen: Separatists ‘take advantage’ of negotiations to impose control in the south

An adviser to Yemen’s Minister of Information said on Thursday that the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) is taking advantage of negotiations in Riyadh to gain time for it to take control of the rest of the southern governorates. Mukhtar Al-Rahbi added that this is being done with the cooperation of the Saudi-led coalition.

“The STC militia negotiates ministerial quotas and refuses to back down from all of its escalatory steps,” tweeted Al-Rahbi. “In such a situation, the talk about the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement remains just words and aims to gain more time to drop the remaining governorates (Hadramaut, Mahra) into their hands after handing Socotra to them with clear cooperation from the coalition in their favour.”

Meanwhile, a government source reported that consultations between the Yemeni government and the UAE-backed STC on the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement continue, amid the ministerial quota disputes and the implementation arrangement of the amended deal.

According to Sputnik, the source said that the Yemeni presidency is committed to granting the STC four ministerial portfolios, and distributing eight to other southern groups. However, the STC is demanding eight, with just four going to the others.

The source added that the presidency refused the STC’s request to assign to it the Ministry of the Interior. It was, though, agreed to grant it the governorship of Aden provided that its candidates are presented to the

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UAE-backed forces accuse Yemen government of 'ignorance'

UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Yemen’s province of Hadhramaut yesterday warned the Yemeni government against “marginalising us in any consultations over a solution to the situation in Yemen.”

In an official statement, the STC stressed on its “support for Yemen’s legitimate government led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi,” noting that it is an “independent council.”

The statement demanded the next prime minister be elected from the province governed by the STC, adding that their people must have “compatible rights as an independent region”. It also called on the government to “involve us in the national dialogue.”

(A P)

HumanRights sources demand the security authority in Abyan governorate to disclose the fate of 4 civilians that were abducted when travelling from Hadramout to Aden in late June.

(A P)

Association of Abductees' Mothers protested in #Aden to demand the Southern Transitional Council to disclose the fate of all detainees and take measures to protect them from the risk of #COVID_19.

(A P)

The family of the photojournalist, Abdullah Awad Bakir, who was detained in the prison of the Military Intelligence in Al-Mukalla, confirmed that Bakir was transferred to Hadhramout hospital after his health condition worsened.

(A K P)

Armed clashes resume on Abyan's fronts

Armed clashes resumed in Abyan governorate on Thursday night, between the militias of Islah party, the Yemeni arm of Muslim Brotherhood organization within Yemen's legitimacy [Hadi gov.] and the southern armed forces.
Military field sources reported that the Brotherhood militias used medium and heavy weapons in their attacks on the locations under the control of the southern forces in flagrant violation of the ceasefire called for by the Arab Coalition

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Al-Naqeeb: The militia of Brotherhood bombs southern forces with various weapons

(A P)

Islah abducts dozens including children in Shabwa

The Islah militias (Yemen's Muslim Brotherhood) conducted raids on several houses in Mefa'a district of Shabwa governorate, local news websites reported on Thursday night.
Well-informed sources told the press on the condition of anonymity because of security reasons that the militias of Islah abducted 16 people, mostly children under the age of 15.
Earlier the same day, armed clashed erupted in Ba'arm village between the Brotherhood militias and al-Noman tribes over arbitrary arrest of a young man in Mefa'a district.

(A P)

In launching work of oversight committees in self-administration .. Major General Bin Brik: The decision of self-administration confused corrupt and will be implement in scientific manner

Today we are going through a difficult stage in which we face all kinds of conspiracy and hatred against the people of the south in general and the people of Aden in particular.” He emphasized that the decision of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council to declare a state of emergency and self-administration for the south was not due to a mood, but rather came in difficult days when the state almost collapsed.

Major General Bin Brik pointed out, “We were watching the chaos, terrorism, looting, and corruption sweeping the south and the capital Aden by terrorists and bullying forces who gathered to make Aden another Somalia to plunder and steal institutions, banks, and made gangs in residential neighborhoods, within a complete plan prepared in advance, but this scheme was foiled by the administration’s decision, which resonated strongly, and shook those terrorist forces and the countries supporting them.

Major General Bin Brik asserted, “We came to Aden and worked to help it after the catastrophes of torrential rains and diseases

(A P)

Supreme Economic Committee of the Southern Transitional Council approves its organizational regulations

(A P)

Self-Administration Committee for Monitoring Prison Conditions visits Anti-Terrorism Prison in the capital Aden

(A P)

Dr. Al-Wali visits sit-in of members of Southern Army and Security in front of headquarters of Arab Coalition in the capital #Aden

The Army and Southern Security continue their sit-in open for the third day in front of the headquarters of the Arab Coalition headquarters, demanding their salaries due that have been suspended

My comment: Separatist militia are paid by the UAE.

(A P)

Warnings of Turkish expansion in #Shabwa after inaugurating second camp for “Qatari-Turkish” coalition in the governorate

My comment: The separatist propaganda narrative once again.

(A P)

Head of Women and Children Department in the Council: We value efforts of engaging southern women to contribute to the success of the self-administration

(A T)

Gunmen assassinate tribal sheikh in Habban of #Shabwa

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Will formation of new government in Yemen lay groundwork for peace?

Despite agreeing to a cease-fire in south Yemen, it seems the chances of ending the conflict between the Saudi-backed government forces and the UAE-backed southern separatists and forming a new government are dim.

Yemeni government officials and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) have engaged in tough negotiations in Riyadh in a bid to form a new Yemeni government divided equally between Yemen’s south and north. This step is part of the Riyadh Agreement that the two sides signed in November 2019 under the auspices of Saudi Arabia — but they failed to implement it over the last seven months.

While the presence of the Yemeni government keeps waning, the United Arab Emirates-backed separatists continue building further political and military muscle in the south.

While the Saudi pressure may end up in the formation of a new Yemeni government, it is not a guarantee that the coming government will bury the conflict in Yemen’s south and bridge the schism between the two sides. The gap is extremely wide and challenges abound, according to political observers.

Majed al-Daare, political commentator and the editor-in-chief of Moragboonpress, said the hope for the success of the government formation is dim, and there is a slim possibility of seeing a successful 50-50 government divided between the STC and the government.

He added, “The government believes that the south is a priority and taking over of Aden is more important [than] recapturing Sanaa from the Houthis.”

Some observers oppose the implementation of the agreement, indicating that such an agreement will weaken the government further. Aref Abuhatem, a Yemeni political analyst, reckoned that the Riyadh agreement will yield counterproductive results.

The nature of the conflict in Yemen’s south is not limited to fighting over state positions. However, it is a battle between a political group that seeks to create an independent state in the south and a fragile government that struggles to keep the north and south united as one country.

At the grassroots level, optimism about the success of any coming 50-50 government is low.

The political scene in Yemen is chaotic and frontlines are ablaze in the north and south.


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Empowering the Separatists

Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest a new Yemeni government may be in the making.

The consultations that the Saudi-led coalition recently conducted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were not aimed at resolving the conflict between the internationally recognized government of President ‘Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Southern Transitional Council (STC), as announced. Rather, they were designed to pave the way for the formation of a new government that better represents the interests of the coalition members, through the appointment of their proxies.

After more than five years of conflict, the government is not only facing the Houthis, who took over San‘a in September 2014, but also the STC, which expelled the government from Aden in April 2020 and announced self-administration there. In addition, the rise of local and hybrid governance in the governorates of Shabwa, Marib, and Hadhramawt has further weakened the Hadi government.

Despite the fact that the STC’s actions were fully supported by the UAE, Saudi Arabia also seemed to accept them, and they took place not long after the visit of the head of the STC, Aidarous al-Zubaidi, to Riyadh. Moreover, the Saudis refused to support the local authorities in Socotra and facilitated the advance of STC forces toward Socotra’s capital Hadibo.

Saudi Arabia, which intervened in Yemen to restore the legitimate Hadi government, no longer appears committed to that goal. The government’s frailty has encouraged both its adversaries and allies to take control of the territories under its authority and its institutions. The government is unable even to return to areas nominally under its control, let alone those it lost to the Houthis and the STC.

The disintegration of the Hadi government is a result of two dynamics. First, the feebleness of governmental leadership, as most ministers and officials are in exile, and take no responsibility for what is happening inside Yemen. Rather, the officials are spending much of their time on social media blaming each other.

A second reason is Saudi domination of the government’s decisionmaking process, especially in the last three years. This has pushed many Yemeni officials to publicly speak out against the nature of their relationship with the Saudi-led coalition. In fact, the Saudis decide even routine government matters. For instance, the travel documents of Yemeni officials have to be approved by Saudi Arabia before being issued.

Riyadh is shifting its strategy. The fact that the Saudis did not prevent the STC’s takeover of Socotra suggests they have decided to go along with the southern separatists, while consolidating their relationship with the UAE. However, Saudi military forces are still deployed on the island to protect Riyadh’s interests.

The impact of the Riyadh Agreement is likely to be a new government fully controlled by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The UAE will, therefore, guarantee its influence in the south and along Yemen’s western coast without opposition from Hadi. As the new partner of the government, the STC will preserve Emirati stakes. The Saudis, in turn, will be able to use their sway over a new government to pursue their interests in negotiations with the Houthis.

However, introducing southern separatists into the government will only increase its fragmentation. This will lead to more failures and a new round of conflict on the ground – by Ahmed Nagi

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Clashes erupt over arbitrary arrest in Shabwa

Armed clashed erupted on Thursday, between the militia of Islah Party and al-Noman tribes in Mefa'a district of Shabwa governorate.
The fighting broke out over arbitrary arrest of a young man in Mefa'a by the Muslim Brotherhood militia (Islah)

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STC refuses to undo latest escalatory steps, coalition supports it, says Gov't official

The southern transitional council, STC, is refusing to cancel its latest escalatory steps, an official in Yemen's internationally recognised government said on Thursday, accusing a Saudi-led coalition, fighting in support of the government, of collaborating with the council.
The UAE-backed council declared self-rule of south Yemen in April.
STC militias are negotiating ministerial portfolios in a power-sharing government currently discussed in Riyadh but refusing to undo escalatory steps, advisor to the information minister, Mukhtar Al-Rahabi, said on Twitter.
"Thus their talk about the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement is just statements to gain more time and take over the remaining provinces in the south, Hadramout and Mahrah, after Socotra was handed to these militias with obvious complicity from the coalition," he said.
Separately, another government official told the Sputnik news agency that controversial issues during the current consultations to implement the Riyadh Agreement include a precondition by the government that the STC retreats from self-administration of the south and addresses its consequences.

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[from 2018?] Salafi mission calls into question Saudi concept of moderation and policy in Yemen

Plans to open a Salafi missionary centre in the Yemeni province of Al Mahrah on the border with Oman and Saudi Arabia raise questions about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salah’s concept of a moderate form of Islam –by James M. Dorsey

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Negotiations with Yemeni gov't, Houthis on binding ceasefire: UN

The UN Secretary-General special envoy for Yemen is currently holding negotiations with the Yemeni UN-recognized government and Houthis to reach a joint declaration binding the two parties on ceasefire, the UN spokesman said Thursday.
Envoy Martin Griffiths has received comments from both parties during several rounds of discussions with them, Stephane Dujarric added at a press conference.
Once they agree to its wording, the two parties will bound by the declaration to nation-wide ceasefire, to taking crucial economic and humanitarian measures, and to resuming the political process, he said.
"The Secretary-General reiterates his full confidence in his Special Envoy and he calls on the parties to continue constructive dealing" with Griffiths and with negotiations, the UN spokesman added.

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Iran's Ahmadinejad 'Mediates' To End Yemen War, Report Says

An Iranian news website has quoted an "informed source" as saying that former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to Saudi and Houthi leaders as well as the U.N. Secretary-General in an attempt to mediate an end to Yemen's conflict.

According to a report by Rouydad 24 news website on Tuesday which has been widely quoted by other news websites, an informed source has said that Ahmadinejad wants to play the role of a mediator to end the conflict in Yemen.

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cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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U.N. rights investigator calls on Saudi Arabia to free women activists

An investigator for the U.N. Human Rights Council urged member states on Thursday to pressure Saudi Arabia to free women activists before a G20 nations summit which Riyadh will be hosting in November.

At least a dozen prominent women’s rights activists were arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2018 as it lifted a ban on women driving cars, a step that many of the detainees had long campaigned for. The women were rounded up as part of a broader crackdown on dissent that extended to clerics and intellectuals.

In a speech to the council in Geneva, Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said Saudi Arabia should release “prisoners of conscience, women, human rights defenders that are currently in prison for demanding the right to drive”.

Several of the arrested women have alleged torture and sexual assault in detention. Saudi officials deny this and said the detainees were suspected of having harmed Saudi interests and offered support to hostile elements abroad.

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VIRUS DIARY: In Saudi Arabia, a photographer finds new focus

The coronavirus had slipped into Saudi Arabia, evading early and stringent attempts to keep the contagion out. Entire cities, including the capital, Riyadh, were placed under 24-hour curfew. The holy city of Mecca was sealed off. The year-round Muslim umrah pilgrimage was suspended.

Now I was photographing scenes of sterility and calls to prayer without worshippers.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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Hilfsorganisation der USA schmuggelt Waffen in den Jemen

Als die jemenitischen Houthi-Rebellen ihre neuesten Waffenfunde in der nordjemenitischen Provinz al-Jawf inspizierten, fanden sie etwas ungewöhnliches: Dem Pressesprecher der Houthis (offiziell bekannt unter dem Organisationsnamen „Ansar Allah“) zufolge fand man in mehreren Depots Waffen und Munition aus den Händen der „United States Agency for International Development“ (USAID), einer humanitären Hilfs- und Koordinierungsorganisation des amerikanischen Außenministeriums, um offiziell Entwicklungsarbeit in durch Krieg oder Zerstörung geprägten Ländern eine enge Kooperation mit den USA zu erwirken. Insofern diese Waffensysteme tatsächlich aus den USA stammen, könnte dies auf eine neue Dimension der amerikanischen Intervention im Jemen hindeuten.

Insgesamt gibt es für die gegenwärtige Situation und Tatsachenbehauptung nur ungenügend Beweise. Während man es als gesichert betrachten kann, dass die Houthi-Rebellen während einer ihrer Razzien Waffen- und Munitionsbestände mit USAID-Aufklebern gefunden haben, ist der Ursprung davon völlig unklar. Möglicherweise gab es diese Waffenlieferungen direkt zwischen der amerikanischen Organisation und Saudi-Arabien bzw. ihre Ansprechpartner im Jemen, alternativ könnte z.B. Saudi-Arabien auch ältere Bestände einfach aufgekauft haben. In jedem Falle wirft das ein fragwürdiges Licht auf die USA, welche angeblich seit Jahren und Monaten ihre Rolle im jemenitischen Konflikt stark eingeschränkt haben.

Meine Bemerkung: Die Gegenseite wirft den Houthis Fälschung vor. Das Design der Labels zeigt, dass sie schon älter sein müssen. Sie sehen jedenfalls nicht dnach aus, als hätten die Houthis sie eben aufgeklebt. Die Frage wäre dann: Wann hat USAID wem diese Waffen geliefert?

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The Houthis have accused the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) of supplying ammunition to the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies.

At the conference on July 7, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari presented photos of what he claimed to be ammunition supplied by the U.S. AID to Saudi-backed forces. The ammunition was captured by Houthi fighters during recent military operations in the provinces of Ma’rib and al-Bayda.

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

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Der vergessene Konflikt: Zuspitzung im Streit mit dem Iran erhöht Kriegsgefahr am Persischen Golf

Ein etwas in Vergessenheit geratenes Thema meldet sich zurück: Das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran. Die Krise um das Abkommen spitzt sich zu, denn der Iran will die EU dazu drängen, endlich die übernommenen Verpflichtungen einzuhalten. Wenn die EU sich weigert, dürfte das Abkommen Geschichte sein und die Lage am persischen Golf dürfte sich zuspitzen.

Die USA haben dann im November 2018 harte Sanktionen gegen den Iran eingeführt, was ebenfalls ein Vertragsbruch war, weil der Iran ja seine Verpflichtungen eingehalten hat. Nun hätten die anderen Vertragsparteien (Russland, China, Großbritannien, Frankreich und Deutschland) alles tun müssen, um ihre eigenen Verpflichtungen einzuhalten. Sie hätten sich den US-Sanktionen entgegenstellen und den Handel und den Zahlungsverkehr mit dem Iran aufrecht erhalten und auch sein Öl kaufen müssen.

Daran halten sich aber nur Russland und China. Die EU-Staaten haben vor den USA gekuscht, den Kauf von iranischem Öl schnell wieder eingestellt und auch der Zahlungsverkehr ist abgebrochen.

Der Iran hat trotz der Vertragsbrüche des Westens mehr als ein Jahr stillgehalten. Erst ein Jahr, nachdem die USA den Vertrag gebrochen haben, und ein halbes Jahr nach Einführung der US-Sanktionen, hat der Iran reagiert, nachdem klar war, dass die EU ihre eingegangenen Verpflichtungen nicht erfüllen wollte. Der Iran hatte danach angefangen, einige seiner Verpflichtungen nicht mehr einzuhalten. Dabei berief er sich auf Artikel 26 des Atomabkommens

Aber die EU hat ihre Verpflichtungen bis heute nicht eingehalten und macht auch keinerlei Anschein, das tun zu wollen.

Ein etwas in Vergessenheit geratenes Thema meldet sich zurück: Das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran. Die Krise um das Abkommen spitzt sich zu, denn der Iran will die EU dazu drängen, endlich die übernommenen Verpflichtungen einzuhalten. Wenn die EU sich weigert, dürfte das Abkommen Geschichte sein und die Lage am persischen Golf dürfte sich zuspitzen.

Das Atomabkommen wurde 2015 geschlossen und der Iran verpflichtete sich, sein Atomprogramm soweit einzustellen, dass eine ausschließlich friedliche Nutzung der Atomtechnik garantiert ist. Das sollten Experten der Atomenergiebehörde überprüfen. Im Gegenzug sollten die internationalen Sanktionen aufgehoben werden. Das Ergebnis wurde auch in einer Resolution der UNO-Sicherheitsrates festgehalten und somit in den Status des Völkerrechts erhoben. Die Details und die Chronologie des Abkommens finden Sie hier.

EU unterstützt Vertragsbruch der USA

Im Mai 2018 haben die USA das Abkommen gebrochen, als sie ihren Austritt daraus angekündigt haben. Das Problem ist nämlich, es gibt darin keine Ausstiegsklausel oder Kündigungsmöglichkeit. Der „Austritt“ der USA, wie es die deutschen „Qualitätsmedien“ nennen, war nichts anderes, als ein Vertrags- und Völkerrechtsbruch. Vor allem auch, weil niemand dem Iran einen Verstoß gegen das Abkommen vorgeworfen hat, der Iran hat jeden Buchstaben des Abkommens erfüllt.

Die USA haben dann im November 2018 harte Sanktionen gegen den Iran eingeführt, was ebenfalls ein Vertragsbruch war, weil der Iran ja seine Verpflichtungen eingehalten hat. Nun hätten die anderen Vertragsparteien (Russland, China, Großbritannien, Frankreich und Deutschland) alles tun müssen, um ihre eigenen Verpflichtungen einzuhalten. Sie hätten sich den US-Sanktionen entgegenstellen und den Handel und den Zahlungsverkehr mit dem Iran aufrecht erhalten und auch sein Öl kaufen müssen.

Daran halten sich aber nur Russland und China. Die EU-Staaten haben vor den USA gekuscht, den Kauf von iranischem Öl schnell wieder eingestellt und auch der Zahlungsverkehr ist abgebrochen. Und ohne Bezahlung gibt es auch keinen Handel. Da die EU sich in dem Atomabkommen aber verpflichtet hat, den Handel mit dem Iran wieder zu ermöglichen, verstößt die EU offen gegen das Atomabkommen.

Die EU hat zwar Instex gegründet, eine Art Tauschbörse, bei der der Handel zwischen der EU und dem Iran verrechnet werden soll. Experten haben von Anfang an gesagt, dass das nicht funktionieren kann. Das hat sich bestätigt, erst im April 2020 wurde eine erste Transaktion über Instex abgerechnet und seit dem ist nicht viel mehr passiert.

Reaktion des Iran

Der Iran hat trotz der Vertragsbrüche des Westens mehr als ein Jahr stillgehalten. Erst ein Jahr, nachdem die USA den Vertrag gebrochen haben, und ein halbes Jahr nach Einführung der US-Sanktionen, hat der Iran reagiert, nachdem klar war, dass die EU ihre eingegangenen Verpflichtungen nicht erfüllen wollte. Der Iran hatte danach angefangen, einige seiner Verpflichtungen nicht mehr einzuhalten. Dabei berief er sich auf Artikel 26 des Atomabkommens, der lautet:

„Der Iran hat mitgeteilt, dass er solch eine Neu-Einführung von Sanktionen gemäß Annex II, oder eine Einführung von Sanktionen in Verbindung mit nuklearen Themen als Grund ansehen wird, seine Verpflichtungen dieses Abkommens ganz oder teilweise auszusetzen.“

Da die USA neue Sanktionen eingeführt hatten, hatte der Iran also das Recht, seine Verpflichtungen nicht mehr zu erfüllen. Trotzdem hat er nur punktuell gegen Auflagen verstoßen und nichts getan, was ihn tatsächlich einer Atombombe näher gebracht hätte. Auch die Inspektoren der Internationalen Atomenergiebehörde haben das bestätigt.

Der Iran hätte nach dem Vertragsbruch der USA komplett aus dem Abkommen aussteigen können. Das hat er nicht getan, seine kleinen Verstöße gegen das Abkommen waren Signale an die EU, dass sie zumindest sie ihre Verpflichtungen einhalten sollte. Dann würde der Iran über den Vertragsbruch der USA hinwegsehen.

Das hat der Iran immer wieder sehr deutlich und offen gesagt, die „Qualitätsmedien“ haben dann formuliert: „der Iran stell der EU Bedingungen“ und schon klangen die berechtigten Forderungen des Iran für die deutschen Leser geradezu unverschämt, wie ich hier an einem Beispiel aufgezeigt habe.

Aber die EU hat ihre Verpflichtungen bis heute nicht eingehalten und macht auch keinerlei Anschein, das tun zu wollen.

Der Schlichtungsmechanismus

Im Atomabkommen ist in den letzten beiden Punkten (36 und 37) ein Streitschlichtungsmechanismus vorgesehen, der von den Vertragsparteien aktiviert werden kann, wenn sie der anderen Seite Verstöße gegen das Abkommen vorwerfen. Der Schlichtungsmechanismus sieht vor, dass der Streit binnen 15 Tagen ausgeräumt werden muss. Es gibt da noch Möglichkeiten einer Fristverlängerung und einer Schiedskommission, aber die Fristen sind überschaubar.

Wenn es zu keiner Einigung kommt, kann jeder Beteiligte die Frage vor den UNO-Sicherheitsrat bringen. Der hat dann 30 Tage Zeit, eine Resolution zu beschließen. Sollte es nach 30 Tagen zu keiner gemeinsamen Resolution kommen, treten die alten, weltweiten Sanktionen gegen den Iran automatisch wieder in Kraft.

Der Iran hat nun anscheinend genug vom Rumgeeiere der EU. Am 3. Juli hat der Iran offiziell den Schlichtungsmechanismus aktiviert, wie der Spiegel mitgeteilt hat:

„Die erste Deadline droht im August. Denn Iran hat am 3. Juli offiziell den Streitbeilegungsmechanismus des Abkommens ausgelöst: Teheran wirft dem Westen vor, seine Verpflichtungen nicht einzuhalten. Der Mechanismus sieht vor, dass Streitfragen innerhalb von 30 Tagen gelöst werden müssen. Andernfalls hat der Kläger, in diesem Fall Iran, das Recht ebenfalls seinen Verpflichtungen teilweise oder ganz nicht mehr nachzukommen.“

Der Iran setzt der EU damit die Pistole auf die Brust und die EU muss sich entscheiden: Hält sie endlich das Abkommen ein und stellt sich gegen die USA, oder bleibt sie den USA treu und beerdigt damit das Abkommen. Die Zeit der Worthülsen und leeren Versprechungen ist nun vorbei, die EU muss Farbe bekennen.

Der Iran hat nichts zu verlieren.

Was die „Qualitätsmedien“ daraus machen

Nun ist es die Aufgabe der Medien, es für die Öffentlichkeit so darzustellen, als wäre der Iran an dem Scheitern des Atomabkommens Schuld. Dazu wird konsequent verschwiegen, dass die USA das Abkommen gebrochen haben und dass es all die Probleme ohne den Vertragsbruch der USA gar nicht geben würde.

„Nachdem die USA im Mai 2018 aus dem Abkommen austraten und harsche Sanktionen gegen Iran verhängten, begann die iranische Führung im Mai 2019 eine Atombeschränkung nach der anderen zu brechen – und die Lage in der Region zu eskalieren.“

Klingt hübsch, oder? Die USA sind also aus dem Abkommen ausgestiegen und der Iran hat danach die Lage eskaliert. Das klingt entschieden besser, als „Die USA haben den Vertrag gebrochen und der Iran hat über ein Jahr lang untätig und geduldig auf eine Reaktion der EU gewartet, die aber bis heute nicht erfolgt ist – von Thomas Röper

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US military convoy blown up in Iraq's Diwaniyah: Reports

A US military convoy carrying logistic supplies has been attacked in Iraq on the road between Samawah and Diwaniyah, south of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, local media reports say.

At least three vehicles of the convoy were reportedly destroyed or damage


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Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on Iranian

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized an independent U.N. human rights expert’s report insisting a American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January was a “watershed” event in the use of drones and amounted to a violation of international law.

The report presented by Agnes Callamard to the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council on Thursday chronicled events around the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the legal implications of his killing as part of a broader look on the use of drone strikes.

Pompeo said in a statement late Thursday that the U.S. rejected her report and “opinions.”

“Ms. Callamard’s conclusions are spurious,” he said. “The strike that killed Gen. Soleimani was in response to an escalating series of armed attacks in preceding months by the Islamic Republic of Iran and militias it supports on U.S. forces and interests in the Middle East region.”

My comment: „ USinterests in the Middle East region.” really are an excuse for nothing. The US claims “US interests” as priority worldwide.

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Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdown

A misaligned missile battery, miscommunication between troops and their commanders and a decision to fire without authorization all led to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner in January, killing all 176 people on board, a new report says.

The report released late Saturday by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization comes months after the Jan. 8 crash near Tehran.

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Long-Planned and Bigger Than Thought: Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Program

As Iran’s center for advanced nuclear centrifuges lies in charred ruins after an explosion, apparently engineered by Israel, the long-simmering conflict between the United States and Tehran appears to be escalating into a potentially dangerous phase.

The Natanz explosion occurred inside the Iran Centrifuge Assembly Center, where the country was building its most advanced machines, designed to produce far more nuclear fuel, far faster, than the old machines used until Iran dismantled most of its facilities in the 2015 accord.

While research on those machines was permitted under the agreement, they could not be deployed for years — and Iran’s crash effort to mass produce them was an ambitious effort to show that it could respond to Mr. Trump’s rejection of the deal by speeding up.

A study by the Institute for Science and International Security published Wednesday concluded that while the explosion “does not eliminate Iran’s ability to deploy advanced centrifuges,” it was “a major setback” that would cost Iran years of development.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who always leaps at any opportunity to denounce the Iranian government, twice declined on Wednesday to discuss the issue at a news conference.

But it is hardly a secret inside the State Department that Mr. Pompeo, who served as Mr. Trump’s first C.I.A. director, developed a close relationship with Yossi Cohen, the director of the Mossad, Israel’s external spy service. The two men talk often, making it difficult to believe that Mr. Pompeo had no idea about what was coming, if indeed it was an Israeli operation.

Just as the strike was happening, Mr. Cohen’s term was extended for six months by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, interpreted by many as a sign of things to come, since Mr. Cohen is a veteran of Iran operations. He was a key player in the sophisticated series of cyberstrikes known as Olympic Games that took out nearly 1,000 operating centrifuges at Natanz — near the site of last week’s explosion and fire — a decade ago. And as chief of Mossad, he directed the covert seizure of the secret nuclear archive.

and a part of it:

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US general: American forces to stay in Iraq for foreseeable future

A top US general says American forces will remain in Iraq for the foreseeable future amid calls for their expulsion from the Arab country.

“I believe that going forward, they (Iraqis) going to want us to be with them,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command told reporters Tuesday after he met with Iraq’s new prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Baghdad.

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GLAN statement on UK government's decision to reinstate arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) joins other human rights organisations in expressing our dismay at the recent reinstatement of arms exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by the UK government. British weapons have formed an integral part of a devastating bombing campaign in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which has decimated Yemeni infrastructure and led to a humanitarian catastrophe. The government’s conclusion is, remarkably, that an analysis of the available evidence showed no “patterns of non-compliance” with international humanitarian law (IHL) by Saudi Arabia and the military coalition it leads.

As an organisation of lawyers with expertise in IHL and public law, GLAN has long recognised the need to present airstrikes according to patterns of repetition observed throughout this aerial bombardment. Patterns of attack are something the government claims to take into account when assessing future risk of the commission of violations of IHL using UK-supplied weapons. The purpose of identifying patterns that constitute serious violations, and of analyzing the kinds of procedures and practices leading to such attacks, is to assess whether their recurrence makes further, similar attacks more likely.

GLAN has identified specific problems in Coalition practices which give rise to routine violations of IHL and show that, far from being “isolated incidents,” such attacks are part of an ongoing trend. Indeed, this systemic problem reflects the Coalition’s consistent disregard for IHL and their long-standing record of violations of IHL. Based on this analysis, on 11 August 2019 in partnership with Yemeni organization Mwatana for Human Rights, we submitted hundreds of pages of evidence that unequivocally demonstrated such patterns to the UK government. In our letter, we presented three categories of patterns which wholly discredit the government’s conclusion. Our letter and the evidence can be found on our website. To highlight the need for parliamentary scrutiny, we further published a pattern-specific legal analysis on 20 May 2020, which is available here, and a shorter overview of the factual picture presented by the evidence file.

Contrary to the Secretary of State’s claim that incidents of concern did not form patterns because they occurred “in different circumstances and for different reasons,” we found that unlawful attacks categorically did have circumstances in common and occurred for recurring reasons. We identified:

Contrary to the Secretary of State’s claim that incidents of concern did not form patterns because they occurred “in different circumstances and for different reasons,” we found that unlawful attacks categorically did have circumstances in common and occurred for recurring reasons. We identified:

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Film: Throughout the Yemen war - the world's worst humanitarian crisis - the British army, air force and navy have hosted and trained hundreds of Saudi and other coalition forces. Our reporter @pmillerinfo has done more than any other journalist to expose this. Watch him explain:

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Underreporting on the crisis in Yemen, the complicity of the British government, and what we can do to help

As Catherine Happer wrote in The Role of the Media in the Construction of Public Belief and Social Change, ‘the media… are key to the setting of agendas and focusing public interests on particular subjects.’ In a content study of 1989 news bulletins relating to Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she found that ‘there were only 17 lines of text (from transcribed bulletins) relating to the history of the conflict. When journalists used the word ‘occupied’, there was no explanation that the Israelis are involved in a military occupation… Palestinian perspectives were effectively marginalised.’

Such under-contextualised reporting on complex geopolitical issues is the central cause of the reality that the vast majority of us are under-informed on the Yemeni Crisis. ‘People don't realise how involved the US and UK governments are in creating this catastrophe in Yemen,’ says Shireen al-Adeimi, assistant professor at Michigan State University. ‘It's construed as something that just is happening somewhere to people who are fighting each other - as a sectarian war.’

Since 2015, the US and UK have collectively sold more than $12 billion dollars-worth of weaponry to Saudi Arabia.

the government announced its decision to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia, dismissing the ‘possible’ war crimes committed in Yemen as ‘isolated incidents.’

These events highlight a startling degree of cognitive dissonance at the heart of government. As Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, said, “How the Government can seriously describe a five-year Saudi-led aerial assault on Yemen which has seen numerous examples of civilians killed in schools, hospitals, funeral halls and market places as a set of ‘isolated incidents’ is almost beyond comprehension.

Suggestions that private companies bear the moral responsibility for these arms exports initially appear plausible, until one considers that the most senior members of The UK government have engaged in shameless lobbying on behalf of private defence companies.

As a country, we have profited off of war crimes, and yet there has been little public outcry. Consistent underreporting by the British media on the events in Yemen means that too many of us are unaware of both the heinous complicity of our own government, and of the disastrous humanitarian consequences which that complicity has wrought.

As a nation, we have substantial influence when we choose to use it.

That goes for the rest of us too. Social media has blessed us each with a megaphone to amplify the causes that we care about. Activism in the digital era is no longer just about turning up to protests. It’s about donating, educating ourselves, and writing to our MPs to demand the change we want to see.

So donate, educate yourself - take time for yourself, but when that’s over, turn back to the work. Use your megaphone for good.

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UK government accused of phoning Saudi Arabia to apologise after imposing human rights sanctions

Saudi Arabian media reports that UK defence minister called to praise government’s work

The UK government privately showered Saudi Arabia’s government with praise a day after publicly criticising its human rights abuses and targeting it for sanctions, The Independent has learned.

The government was accused of “calling to apologise” to the regime after some Saudi individuals were included on the foreign secretary’s new “Magnitsky Act” sanctions list on Monday.

Defence minister Ben Wallace is understood to have discreetly telephoned his Saudi counterpart on Wednesday to reiterate the UK’s support for the regime and its work.

The call was not publicised by the British government in the UK, but Saudi Arabia’s state-run news agency used the opportunity to boast about it in a press statement issued on Wednesday.

“His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Defense, received yesterday a phone call from His Excellency British Defence Secretary [sic], Mr Ben Wallace, during which the partnership between the two countries was discussed, especially in the defence field, and the efforts made by the two countries to enhance regional and international security,” according to a statement on the Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi Arabian media reports that the minister “expressed his country’s appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s role in addressing threats to stability in the region”, adding: “He also affirmed the country’s government’s keenness to strengthen defence relations between the two friendly countries, especially in the field of military exports to the Kingdom.”

Layla Moran, a candidate in the ongoing Liberal Democrat leadership contest, told The Independent: “It looks like the UK government took action against Saudi individuals one day, then called to apologise privately the next.

“This sends completely the wrong message to nations and individuals involved in human rights abuses around the world.

“The government needs to decide once and for all what kind of global nation they intend the UK to be: a global champion of liberal values or an apologist for human rights abusers.”

My comment: We learn, once again: The Western “human rights” propaganda just is a PR stunt.

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UK Complicity with Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

Britain operates as a US imperial project junior partner — allied with its preemptive wars against nonbelligerent nations threatening no one.

Both countries operate by a do what we say, not as we do standard.

While their lofty language expresses support for peace, stability, and human rights, their actions consistently and repeatedly breach their professed principles.

On Monday, UK Foreign Secretary Raab announced sanctions on 20 Saudi nationals it holds responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018 — crown prince/de facto ruler Mohammad bin Salman, responsible for ordering his assassination, omitted from the list.

Nothing about Britain’s longstanding ties to Riyadh was mentioned in Rabb’s remarks — in cahoots with the US — including in Yemen, at war with its people, starving them to death by endless war and a medieval blockade.

The US is by far the leading supplier of arms and munitions to Saudi Arabia.

The Boris Johnson regime is now resuming arms sales to the kingdom.

While acknowledging ongoing Saudi war crimes, a statement by Johnson’s international trade secretary Liz Truss announced the resumption, saying the following:

An IHL analysis concluded that there was no “patterns of non-compliance” by the Saudis (sic), just “isolated incidents (sic),” adding:

No “lack of commitment on the part of Saudi Arabia to comply with IHL (sic).”

No “lack of capacity or systemic weaknesses which might give rise to a clear risk of IHL breaches (sic).”

The above remarks bear no relationship to reality on the ground.

Saudi crimes of war and against humanity occur multiple times daily, including the enormous harm from blockade.

Based on the above assessment, the Johnson regime maintains that “there is not a clear risk that the export of arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia might be used in the commission of a serious violation of IHL (sic).”

Unmentioned by Truss is that evidence beyond dispute proves that Riyadh is one of the world’s leading human rights abusers, the foremost one among Arab states internally and in cahoots with Washington’s regional imperial agenda.

One kingdom’s nefarious ties to another is no surprise. As long as Riyadh is oil and monetarily rich, there’s no shortage of nations in the West, region and elsewhere lining up to maintain dirty business as usual with the royal family.

Longstanding UK/Saudi relations continue largely unchanged to the present day, both nations complicit with each other’s regional war crimes — together with the US – by Stephen Lendman

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Britain is two-faced over Saudi Arabia

When announcing the asset seizures and travel bans targeting the 20 men (along with others from Russia, North Korea and Myanmar), Raab declared unambiguously that, “today this government and this house sends a very clear message on behalf of the British people that those with blood on their hands, the thugs of despots, the henchman of dictators, will not be free to waltz into this country.”

Human rights organisations and aid agencies have been vocal in condemning the war in Yemen and periodically there are demonstrations in London and other cities calling for an end to British involvement. However, the British government argues that Saudi Arabia is a long-standing ally and that if British arms manufacturers did not sell their weapons their competitors from France and elsewhere would.

Moreover, given the way so many of the political and military conflicts in the Middle East are these days seen through the optic of Saudi-Iranian rivalry – with the Iranians giving political and limited military backing to the Houthis in Yemen – London tends to line up alongside Washington in backing Saudi Arabia. Of course, that backing is not absolute. Unlike the Trump administration, Britain’s Conservative government really would like to see the 2015 Iran nuclear deal functioning again. But if push came to shove, Riyadh would be seen as a more reliable ally than Tehran.

The events of the past few days nonetheless highlight the ambiguity and inconsistency inherent in British government policy towards Saudi Arabia, which could be characterised as two-faced. Though Raab and his predecessors – who include the current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson – warmly welcome what they see as positive reforms that have taken place domestically in the Desert Kingdom, largely at the behest of MBS, they cannot ignore the fact that some of the very violations Raab highlighted in his statement to the House are prevalent inside Saudi Arabia. Small wonder, therefore, that Saudi dissidents – some of whom have found safe haven in Britain – are exasperated at what they see as little real action by British governments to hold Saudi Arabia to account

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Government's decision to resume arms sales to Saudis is ‘tantamount to signing the death warrants’ of thousands of Yemeni children

War Child head Rob Williams said: “By allowing these arms sales the UK will be complicit in the suffering and murder of children in what is already the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

“It is tantamount to signing the death warrants of thousands of children in Yemen.

“In the wake of this week’s announcement where the government has committed that it ‘won’t look the other way on human rights’ it sends a clear message that being a ‘force for good’ means prioritising arms sales over children’s lives and arming a country that is bombing children in the ongoing war.”

Mr Williams called the decision “shameful and deadly” and said it must be reversed.

Labour’s Lord Stevenson of Balmacara urged the government to reverse its decision and warned that Britain risks acting as an “apologist” for Saudi Arabia’s human-rights abuses.

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Emily Thornberry: Along with @StewartHosieSNP, @SarahJOlney1, @HywelPlaidCymru and @CarolineLucas, I’ve written to Liz Truss asking her to come to Parliament on Monday and explain her decision to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. It’s too significant a decision to duck scrutiny.

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Berlin: Kritiker des Anti-Jemen-Krieges versammeln sich vor der saudischen Botschaft


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Bundessicherheitsrat genehmigt U-Boot-Lieferung an Ägypten

Thyssenkrupp darf ein U-Boot nach Ägypten liefern – trotz der Kriege im Jemen und Libyen. Die Linke fordert eine "sofortige Beendigung dieser skrupellosen Exportpolitik".

Die Bundesregierung hat Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) die Lieferung eines U-Boots nach Ägypten genehmigt. Dies teilte Bundeswirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier (CDU) dem Wirtschaftsausschuss des Bundestages mit. Das Schreiben liegt der Deutschen Presse-Agentur vor.

Für die Vorsitzende der Linksfraktion im Auswärtigen Ausschuss, Sevim Dağdelen, ist die Genehmigung des U-Boot-Geschäfts an Ägypten ein neues Beispiel für eine "skrupellose Exportpolitik" der Bundesregierung. "Mit der Aufrüstung von Ägypten befeuert die Bundesregierung die Kriege im Jemen und Libyen", sagte sie. Diese Exportpolitik müsse sofort beendet werden.

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UAE seeks turnaround in relations with Somalia for help in Yemen war

The United Arab Emirates has offered Somalia to reopen a hospital in the capital, in exchange for backing the UAE’s involvement in the Yemeni war, but Somalia rejected this amid deteriorating relations between the two countries.

After a period of cold relations, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) now seeks to court Somalia, offering to reopen the Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Mogadishu, which it closed two years ago. Yet like many of Abu Dhabi’s humanitarian gestures, this helping hand comes at a price.

Somalia News reported July 1 that, in exchange for restoring the hospital, Abu Dhabi requested that Somalia backs its involvement in Yemen. The offer came after the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) seized Yemen’s Socotra island in the Gulf of Aden on June 20, which the UAE has eyed for some time.

“The UAE is attempting to creep back into Somalia’s good books for a variety of reasons. The most important reason centers around the strategic Socotra Archipelago,” Mohammad Shire, lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, told Al-Monitor. “The island lies in the middle of one of the world’s most important oil trading channels and has served the UAE for the past two years as a strategic foothold for projecting its military and economic interests.”

Emirati and Somali relations plummeted to an unprecedented low after the 2017 Gulf crisis, when Somalia refused to take the UAE and Saudi Arabia’s side against Qatar, and instead opted for neutrality. In May 2018, the UAE withdrew its life-saving aid and military cooperation programs from Somalia to punish and pressure it into supporting their stance. It [the UAE] also aimed to weaken the influence of Qatar and Turkey, which have strong ties with Somalia.

The UAE then sought stronger ties with Somalia’s autonomous regions.

Somalia has repeatedly condemned the UAE’s role in the Somali peninsula. It blocked tens of millions of dollars entering Mogadishu from Abu Dhabi, destined for Somaliland, in April 2018. Somalia reportedly arrested a network of Emirati spies operating in the country. Its stance hinders the UAE’s aims of becoming a powerful actor in the Horn of Africa and beyond.

Facing such obstacles, the UAE has apparently shifted to a more pragmatic approach in Somalia, opting for a more humanitarian image.

During the coronavirus pandemic, some wealthier countries have employed “coronavirus diplomacy” through aid to strengthen regional relations and influence, and the UAE is among them. On April 14, Abu Dhabi sent eight tons of coronavirus aid to Mogadishu in collaboration with the World Health Organisation.

However, despite these gestures, Abu Dhabi may still fail to win over Mogadishu.

“If history has shown us anything, I doubt UAE humanitarian overtures will produce their intended effects,” Shire said.

Somalia rejected Abu Dhabi’s support of reopening the hospital and criticized the UAE’s role in Yemen.

“Somalis are not cheap tools used to implement your demands. Yemen is a neighbor and a brotherly country and has its own sovereignty and dignity of its people,” said Ahmed Issa Awad, Somalia’s minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, in response to the UAE’s recent offer, Somalia News reported. “The world knows that Socotra is Yemeni land, and has been from ancient times,” he concluded.

And during an interview with Al-Arabiya channel June 9, Awad again condemned DP World’s “unauthorized” activities in Somaliland and Puntland as a violation of Somalia’s sovereignty, warning that this could make Somali and Emirati relations even worse.

Somalia was once supportive of the UAE — and more widely, the Saudi-led coalition — in Yemen, and Abu Dhabi evidently seeks to revive this.

“The past Somali government of Hasan Sheikh supported the Saudi-led coalition. They did this by officially approving the use of the country's airspace, territorial waters and land for coalition airstrikes against the Houthi movement in Yemen,” Shire said.

“And of course, Hasan Sheikh's close links with the UAE and Saudi [Arabia] in addition to financial motives were the primary drivers — no doubt about that,” he added.

Turkey and Qatar have built strong influence in Somalia’s present government led by Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (or “Farmajo”), and Mogadishu can rely on this. Therefore, the UAE will struggle to financially entice Mogadishu – by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

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France: Yemen: Parliament must be able to exercise genuine control over the sale of French weapons

Ten humanitarian and human right organizations expose the desire of the French government to maintain the opacity of its arms sales, on the occasion of the hearing held behind closed doors with the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, at the National Defense and Armed Forces Commission of the National Assembly regarding its report on France’s arms exports over the past year.

By maintaining the confidentiality of this hearing, the French authorities are denying civil society, the media and public opinion the right to ensure France’s compliance with its international commitments in terms of human rights and international humanitarian law as required by the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

“France, like the rest of the international community, must terminate all licenses and supplies of weapons, military equipments and munitions to all parties associated with the conflict in Yemen and instead promote the implementation of the ceasefire and the protection of civilians, as well as the fight against impunity (accountability) and access to justice which are non-negotiable aspects of any long-lasting peace in Yemen.” NADA AWAD, INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY OFFICER AT THE CAIRO INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS STUDIES

France’s arms transfers should in no way contribute to the “human suffering “as mentioned by the UN Group of Eminent International Experts on Yemen in its latest report published on September 3rd, 2019. Our organizations therefore call upon the parliamentarians to mobilize so that France can finally be held accountable for its arms exports, particularly to the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates regarding the conflict in Yemen. Arms transfers suspected of fueling human rights violations in the conflict in Yemen must stop immediately.

“France must investigate its role and that of its officials in regards to the violations and the war crimes allegedly committed by its allies in Yemen. As the Coalition led by the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates attacked civilians and civilian property including hospitals and schools, France continued to sell them weapons. France should support efforts made to fight impunity in Yemen rather than help its allies evade justice” RADHYA AL-MUTAWAKEL, DIRECTOR OF MWATANA FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

If the government has a responsibility to be transparent, then parliament has a responsibility to monitor the government’s actions. =

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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UAE said to be holding up Gulf deal that could end Qatar blockade and protect US interests in Middle East

Delay caused by the UAE has temporarily denied the Trump administration a win in the Middle East

It is time for the Gulf Cooperation Council to unite to protect American interests in the Middle East.

That is the assessment of analysts who say that the three-year-old blockade against Qatar by its fellow Gulf members should be dropped, as a way for the region to consolidate against the continued threat from Iran.

"If President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo can end the GCC rift, that will be a diplomatic victory – and one of the few within reach before the November election," said Dr. Rebecca Grant, a veteran national security analyst and president of IRIS Independent Research in Washington, D.C.

Following the Doha conference, at the beginning of this year, the Trump administration increased pressure on the different countries in the region to finally try to resolve the dispute. Two months ago, with Washington playing the role of mediator, the discussions took a positive turn when Saudi Arabia indicated a willingness to accept elements of the U.S.-led solution. President Trump then tasked senior administration officials with crafting a deal that was acceptable to all sides.

Sources say that after a series of high-level discussions among the top leaders from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and the U.S., an agreement to end the blockade was apparently at hand in the past week.

But Fox News has learned that the UAE, at the last moment, shifted course and asked Saudi Arabia to withhold support for the U.S.-backed proposal. The delay caused by the UAE has temporarily denied the Trump administration a crucial, hard-fought foreign policy win in the Middle East that would strengthen the U.S. hand against Iran.

"Resolving this dispute will open the way to better regional cooperation and would be an instrumental diplomatic breakthrough," said Jonathan Wachtel, global affairs analyst and former communications director to the United States Mission to the United Nations.

For starters, the resolution would restore Qatar Airways' rights to traverse Saudi Arabian and Emirati airspace, an important goal of President Trump's maximum pressure campaign on Iran.

My comment: For the US, “Us interests” must be priority worldwide – not just for US politics, but the US claims that “US interests” must be treated as priority by the whole world.

cp12b Sudan

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Sudan ratifies law criminalizing female genital mutilation

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Sudan reshuffles government, hoping to appease protesters

Sudan’s transitional government announced a major Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, hoping to defuse public discontent over economic collapse and other crises that have tested the country’s path toward democracy.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok accepted the resignation of six ministers, including the finance minister criticized for failing to rescue the plunging economy. He also dismissed the health minister in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak that has hit the country hard.

cp13 Wirtschaft / Economy

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Yemeni economy in free fall amid collapsing currency, COVID-19

The majority of Yemeni society bears the consequences and stands alone, unable to confront the ravages of war, division and the ongoing economic deterioration.

Over the past month, the Yemeni rial has declined against foreign currencies to the lowest rate since the war began in March 2015, registering 800 rials to the US dollar, amid international warnings of further declines.

Speaking about the most important causes of the economic deterioration, Mustafa Nasr, head of the Studies and Economic Media Center — which was based in Sanaa before the war, but now has branches in Taiz and Aden — told Al-Monitor, “The devaluation of the Yemeni rial against foreign currencies is catastrophic, especially since it dropped by 12% during the first five months [of 2020], and could drop even more. The main causes of this are the ongoing military and political conflict, which coincided with a speculative [attack] on the hard currency by prominent [traders] in the market. Not to mention the impact of [the virus that causes] COVID-19 and printing quantities of new currency notes, all of which have contributed to this alarming plunge.”

Meanwhile, Ahmed Said Shamakh, a financial expert and member of the Houthi-affiliated Shura Council, held Saudi Arabia, which is leading the coalition fighting Houthis in Yemen, responsible for the devaluation of the currency and the deterioration of the economy in Yemen.

“Yemen has been undergoing a series of disasters for years, targeting it at various levels, with many tools, be it military or not. Hitting the economy is one of the most prominent tools of war that Saudi Arabia and its allies have been using since the war began,” Shamakh told Al-Monitor.

He added, “Economic indicators have declined, collapse is never-ending, and our economic growth is negative. This is the outcome of everything that Saudi Arabia and its allies are seeking to achieve in order to win the battle.”

Yemeni economic analyst Abd al-Wahid al-Oubali told Al-Monitor that years of war have formed a so-called war economy, to which various parties contribute, by depriving the banking system of its functions and printing banknotes outside its framework, which facilitates corrupt deals at various levels.

He added, “The economy could never recover as long as the main revenues from selling oil derivatives and the expatriate transfers — estimated by the World Bank at $3.7 billion annually — as well as the aid provided by donors, do not make it to the Central Bank [in Aden] and the Yemeni economy does not benefit from them as for foreign currency cash.”

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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#ISIS #Yemen claimed 3 ops vs Houthis in Bahran Tuesday 1/Night attacks+IED 2/Firing at car 3/IEDs Inconsistencies: Original claim says op1 killed/hurt 13 & rest fled. But video shows only 2 dead; Naba' says op1 IEDs were set off next day so after Houthis fled; ops1&3 conflated

cp15 Propaganda

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Jemen: Entweder Föderation oder Teilung

Hauptakteure im Jemenkrieg sind Saudi-Arabien, der Iran und die Türkei über die Muslimbruderschaft. Im Moment herrscht eine Waffenruhe, aber eine politische Lösung liegt in weiter Ferne.

Der Jemen ist ähnlich wie Libyen Schauplatz eines Stellvertreterkriegs. Parteien sind der Iran, Saudi-Arabien und die Türkei. Die Türkei will im Jemen ihre neoosmanischen Ansprüche über die Muslimbruderschaft durchsetzen, während der Iran auf die Huthi-Rebellen und Saudi-Arabien auf salafistische Gruppen setzt.

Nach fünf Jahren Krieg herrscht seit April im Jemen ein Waffenstillstand. Eine politische Lösung ist allerdings weiterhin nicht absehbar. Der Jemen ist politisch, administrativ, ökonomisch und emotional geteilt. Der türkische Staat versucht durch die oppositionelle, islamistische Islah-Partei (Reformpartei) der Muslimbruderschaft Einfluss im Jemen zu gewinnen. Die Türkei will vor allem die strategisch wichtige Meerenge Bab al-Mandab und den Suez-Kanal unter ihre Kontrolle bekommen und so Druck auf Ägypten und die Golfstaaten aufzubauen.

Das türkische Interesse am Jemen wurzelt in dessen Geschichte osmanischer Besatzung.

Unser Korrespondent Ersin Çaksu hat mit dem Generalsekretär der heute oppositionellen Südjemenitischen Befreiungsfront, Ali al-Mashabi, über die aktuellen Entwicklungen und Perspektiven in dem zerrissenen Land gesprochen.

Was können Sie zum Fortgang des Waffenstillstands im Jemen sagen?

Der Krieg ist im Moment praktisch unterbrochen. Es gibt nur einige kleinere Gefechte. Das ist normal. Wenn sich keine politische Lösung entwickelt, dann kommt es zu solchen kleineren Auseinandersetzungen. Das sind kleine Details, aber wir können nicht sagen, dass diese keine internationale Dimension und keinen tieferen Hintergrund hätten. Wir können sie als Widerspiegelung der Konflikte auf internationaler Ebene interpretieren. Nach dem Abkommen von Riyad sind die Kämpfe jedoch zum größten Teil eingestellt worden.

Mein Kommentar: Das ist nun wirklich Bullshit-Propaganda im Sinn der Separatisten im Süden. Seit April Waffenstillstand im Jemen??? Haben wir da was verpasst??? Ein Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen Saudi-Arabien, Iran und der Türkei??? Iran und Türkei??? Und Emirate, USA und Großbritannien werden nicht einmal erwähnt?? Offenbar wird hier von einem erdähnlichen Planeten außerhalb unseres Sonnensystems berichtet? Das scheint mir schon deswegen so, weil die USA hier nicht genannt werden, aber wohl an fast allen Stellvertreterkriegen auf der Erde und darüber hinaus (Star Wars) beteiligt sind.

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US official: Tehran works on extending Yemen’s war

Deputy Director for Iran Action group of the US State Department, Michael Bell accused on Sunday Iran of prolonging the war in Yemen and undermining the UN-led peace efforts.

In a press interview with the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper, Bell said that the support by the Saudi-led coalition continues to the legitimate government despite Iran’s meddling.

He said that this shows Iran’s persistence on destabilization of the region and its threats against Saudi Arabia.

He said that the Saudi-led coalition did not fail in Yemen, but Iran has been deepening sufferings of the Yemeni people.

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My comment: LOL. This is propaganda BS in a nutshell and shows how twisted US politics is.

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Who to save Yemen from a Yemeni perspective

The western media outlets and think-tanks covering the Yemeni war and some international officials speaking through them recommend the wrong solution to the conflict. Most news articles blame the misery on the government and Arab Coalition-led war that sought to subdue the theocratic militia's coup, stating and implying that the Coalition's aerial campaign should be stopped.

This recommendation is the core demand of Houthis. The terrorist militia is on the doorstep of the last government strongholds in the east and the west, and a cessation of air bombings means the bigoted militia may overrun the cities, commit genocides against hundreds of thousands of refugees. That is, defeating the people and putting the militia in power.

This is what western media's perspective will lead to!

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

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GLAN statement on UK government's decision to reinstate arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Contrary to the Secretary of State’s claim that incidents of concern did not form patterns because they occurred “in different circumstances and for different reasons,” we found that unlawful attacks categorically did have circumstances in common and occurred for recurring reasons. We identified:

Patterns of attack by “object type”: residential homes, targets with economic significance and civilians. Categorising attacks by object type not only signifies the risk of future similar attacks, but also – crucially – helped to reveal the Coalition’s unlawful reasons for attacking such civilian objects.

Patterns of attack by failure to adhere to the Coalitions procedures: Demonstrating – often through the Coalition’s own admissions - that these procedures were not being followed gave the UK government the clear information it needed to show that IHL was not being adhered to. The conclusion that no “systemic weaknesses” and no “lack of commitment to comply with IHL” is thus directly contradicted by the evidence submitted by GLAN and Mwatana.

Patterns of failure to respond to attacks and correct deficiencies in process, thereby failing to eliminate the risk of future violations: This included the failure to even admit that a large number of attacks have caused grave civilian harm. Our submission shattered the credibility of Saudi Arabia’s statements through exposing conclusive falsehoods – yet the UK government still found no evidence of a lack of commitment to comply with IHL.

The need to show patterns through evidence is also why we launched an investigations program with our partners at Bellingcat which is designed for use in legal proceedings. So far, Bellingcat has identified a number of incidents which the Coalition either entirely denies, or has made untruthful statements about. All 20 of the incidents Bellingcat has investigated have caused grave civilian harm, are either clearly or presumptively unlawful, and all demonstrate the disregard of the Coalition for IHL.

GLAN continues to maintain and develop an evidence database of incidents which combines all of the attacks known to us at the present time.

GLAN has also been working with arms trade control experts and legal practitioners to analyse the current state of domestic implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty and take stock of the alleged deficiencies of national licensing systems laid bare by domestic accountability efforts around arms sales linked with the Yemen conflict. The UK’s decision to continue sales despite the unequivocal gravity of the violations of the end-users of UK-supplied arms is one such example. The aim of this work is to further much-needed legal reform in this field.

For more information on our Yemen and arms control work, please see our case page.

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More airstrikes: July 11 Saada 4 provinces and and Marib, Jawf July 10 Marib, Jawf Marib and others

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp18

Im Jemen herrscht ein militärisches Patt. Eine größere offensive mit größeren Erfolgen und Geländegewinnen für eine Seite bleiben seit der Offensive der saudischen Koalition gegen Hodeidah im Jahr 2018 aus. Kleinere Offensiven, ständige gegenseitige Angriffe und Gefechte mit Toten auf beiden Seiten und Opfern unter der Zivilbevölkerung gibt es aber ständig. Besonders betroffen sind die Provinzen Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, der Bezirk Nehm in der Provinz Sanaa, die Provinzen Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah und Saada.

There is a military stalemate in Yemen. A larger offensive with greater successes and territorial gains for one side has been absent since the Saudi coalition's offensive against Hodeidah in 2018. Smaller offensives, constant mutual attacks and skirmishes killing fighters of both sides and causing victims among the civilian population are constant. The provinces of Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, the district of Nehm in the province of Sanaa, the provinces of Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah and Saada are particularly affected.

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Saudi-Arabien vereitelt Angriff der Huthi-Rebellen

Saudi-Arabien hat nach eigenen Angaben einen Angriff von Huthi-Rebellen auf das Königreich vereitelt. Zwei ballistische Raketen und sechs mit Sprengstoff beladene Drohnen seien von den Huthi aus dem Jemen Richtung Saudi-Arabien abgefeuert worden. Diese seien abgefangen und zerstört worden, sagte der Sprecher der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Koalition der staatlichen Nachrichtenagentur am Sonntag. =

Mein Kommentar: Einmal wieder: Westliche Medien melden diesen Angriff (mit 0 Toten), aber nicht, dass er die Reaktion auf einen saudischen Luftangriff ist, bei dem das Haus einer Familie angegriffen wurde mit 10 Toten. So kann Parteinahme in einem Krieg auch aussehen.

Bericht im Westen von Bloomberg (

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The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Joint Coalition Forces Intercept, Destroy (2) Ballistic Missiles, (6) Bomb-Laden UAVs Launched by the Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Toward the Kingdom Targeting Civilians and Civilian Objects.

Statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen COL Turki Al-Malki
“Joint Coalition forces were able to intercept and destroy (2) ballistic missiles launched by the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia to deliberately target civilians and civilian object, and (6) bomb-laden USVs launched by the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia launched deliberately from (Sana’a) to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom.
The terrorist Houthi militia is deliberately escalating hostilities as it targets civilians and civilian objects in Yemen and neighboring countries using ballistic missiles and UAVs
The Joint forces will display their efficiency in handling and foiling these threats through monitoring, destruction and tackling them within areas under the Houthi militia’s control.

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My comment: The Saudis risk such a BS statement while they just had killed a family of 10 by an air raid against their house, look in cp16. And Western media only report the Houthi raid against Saudi Arabia, killing 0, evidently a reaction to the Saudi air raid, which doesn’t get reported. Reuters: At least Bloomberg reported:

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Citizen Sultan Mahyoub was injured this afternoon by a landmine explosion in the car he was carrying in the village of Al-Quoz - Ashrouh - Jabal Habashi # Taiz (photo)

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Jemenitischer General: Truppen der Regierung der nationalen Rettung kurz vor Einrücken in Marib

Laut dem Leiter der Geheimdienstabteilung der Regierung der nationalen Rettung im Jemen sind die Armee und die Volkstruppen vor die Mauern der Stadt Marib östlich der Hauptstadt Sanaa gerückt und werden demnächst in die Stadt einrücken.ücken_in_marib

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Unprecedented violent battles south, west, & north #Marib. Houthis using all their power to advance toward Marib since 5 months now.


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A rare statement attributed to Houthi's most senior military commander Abu Ali al-Hakim, the intelligence chief: we are on the outskirts of Yemen Marib, backed all tribes, and warn the aggression against targeting the city's oil installations

referring to

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One man was wounded and his car totally destroyed due to a #landmine explosion in Jabal Habashi district, west the five-year besieged city of #Taiz (photos)

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Houthis claim they are within a stone's throw of city centre of Yemen's Marib

A senior Houthi leader claimed on Sunday that the forces of the Ansar Allah Group, known as the Houthis, are now within a stone's throw of the city centre of Yemen's Marib.

Chief of the group's intelligence and military reconnaissance, Brigadier General Abdullah Yahya Al-Hakim, said in a statement to the 26th September news website: "With support from all Yemeni tribes topped by the free people of Marib and Jawf provinces, today we have reached the outskirts of Marib". "We will take this province back very soon," he said.

The command headquarters of the army of the internationally recognised government is based in Marib, 172 kilometers northeast of the capital Sanaa.

Al-Hakim warned the aggression states, referring to a Saudi-led coalition which has been fighting in support of the government since 2015, against targeting economic and oil facilities in Marib.

"Our arm is strong and long. It can reach and destroy all your economic and oil facilities. We can deliver a twofold payback," he said in his message to the coalition, according to the website.

Moreover, he called on the Marib tribes that are still on the side of the aggression to come back to the people and contribute to arresting the killers of a tribal elder and his family members two weeks ago.

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Getty image from Houthi warfronts

As the Houthi militia forcibly recruit and pump countless number of people to the warfronts to achieve military gains east of Sana'a and towards the province of Marib, the fallen fighters are returned in large numbers to their hometowns for burials.

The attached picture circulated today is for a truck carrying a number of those fallen fighters in caskets being brought on Friday from Nehm and Beidha fronts back to their hometowns in Taiz and Ibb.

My comment: Might-be I already had seen this photo sometimes ago.

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Houthi snipers gun down new boy in Taiz

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Coalition begins withdrawing heavy weapons from Marib

The US-backed Saudi-led coalition forces on Saturday began withdrawing their heavy weapons from Marib, northeastern Yemen, Media outlets reported.

This coincides with the continued advance of [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni army forces on the frontlines amid signs of the province’s imminent liberation.

Yemen News Portal quoted tribal sources saying that over ten tankers loaded with various types of weapons were seen leaving the Tadawin camp, which is being used by Saudi forces as a base and heading towards the Al-Wadiah, in Yemen’s eastern border with Saudi Arabia.

It also noted that the coalition has begun dismantling its defense systems, especially Patriot batteries.

The moves have angered activists of the Islah party, whose forces control the province, saying it paves the way for handing over the province to what they describe as the “Houthis.”

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Houthi snipers shot injured five civilians in the southern province of Dhale'a over the past few days including Samiya Humash a woman in her 30s who was shot today, and 13-year-old Saba Allayth who was shot two days earlier. The injured are all in critical conditions

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Pro-gov't army shelling kills 9 Houthis in southern Yemen

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[Hadi] Government forces say advance against Houthis in east Sanaa

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Film: Saudi F-15 Shoots Down Iranian Drones Over Yemen

My remark: Date? Someone suggested July, 2.

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

Seit dem Abkommen von Stockholm vom 13. Dezember 2018 gibt es einen Waffenstillstand für Hodeidah. Zwar bleiben größere Offensiven aus, kleinere Gefechte gibt es aber laufend, und beide Seiten werfen sich ständig Verstöße gegen den Waffenstillstand vor.

Since the Stockholm Agreement of December 13, 2018, a ceasefire has been in place for Hodeidah. There are no major offensives, but smaller battles are ongoing and both sides constantly are accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.

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[Sanaa gov.] Prime Minister Claims UNVIM to Start Its Tasks in Hodeidah Port

Prime Minister Dr. Abdulaziz Saleh bin Habtoor affirmed that the United Nations is concerned with confronting the escalation of the aggression side and its continuing violations in Hodeidah and the West Coast, obliging it to carry out the implementation of its own Stockholm Agreement.

During a meeting with the deputy head of the National Delegation on Saturday, the Prime Minister called on the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM) to move to the port of Hodeidah and exercise its tasks in accordance with the Stockholm Agreement and carry out its duties to facilitate the arrival of ships carrying basic needs For the Yemeni people, including petroleum products and household gas.

He pointed out that the United Nations and the Security Council bears responsibilities and consequences for the aggravation of the crisis of oil derivatives in the local market, as they have legitimized the aggression and the blockade that was used in an immoral and inhuman manner and flagrantly violated the international humanitarian law.

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Houthis burn down company warehouses in Hodeidah

Iranian-backed Houthi militias shelled on Friday, Al-Amri Company stores in Sana'a Street in the port city of Hodeidah.
Field sources said that the Houthi shelling caused a huge fire that destroyed the warehouses and totally damaged their contents.

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Two people killed by Houthi-laid mine in Hodeidah

Locals and medical sources said that the two men, Ahmed Abdo Kazan and Haitham Mohammed Saeed Jabali were killed immediately when they drove their motorcycle over two landmines planted on the road to the market of Qataba village in the east of al-Khokha.


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Daily violations:

July 11:

July 10:

July 9:

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Film: a child was killed by a Houthi sniper in Hodeidah

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Film: Remnants of fishermen boats bombed by the aggression coalition warfare in the Directorate of #Salif in Al-Hodeidah 10-07-2020

My comment: This hardly looks like what the Saudis claim.


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Saudische Koalition greift Sprengstoff-Boote der Huthis im Jemen an

Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition im Jemen hat nach eigenen Angaben erneut mehrere mit Sprengstoff beladene Boote der Huthi-Rebellen angegriffen. Die Boote seien unweit des Hafens Al-Salif nahe der umkämpften Provinz Hudaida unterwegs gewesen, teilte die Koalition der staatlichen Nachrichtenagentur SPA zufolge am Donnerstag mit. Sie seien für terroristische Angriffe im Roten Meer und in der Meerenge Bab al-Mandab im Einsatz gewesen, die zu den weltweit wichtigsten Schifffahrtsstrecken zählt.

Mein Kommentar: Weder dpa noch das Greenpeace-Magazin machen sich die Mühe, über die andere Seite zu berichten. So sieht Parteinahme in einem Krieg auch aus.

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The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Targeting and Destruction of (2) Bomb-laden Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) of the Terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi Militia Which Pose An Imminent Threat On International Navigation

Statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen COL Turki Al-Malki
“The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition has conducted at (0320) this morning a targeting and destruction operation against two legitimate military targets of the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia (6) km South of Saleef port. These targets posed an imminent threat to Sea Lines of Communication, international trade and regional and international security.
The destroyed targets are two bomb-laden USVs (6) km South of Saleef port, (215) m offshore, prepared to imminently execute hostile and terrorist actions in Bab Al-Mandab Strait and Southern Red Sea. The operation is in line with the customary International Humanitarian Law, and all precautionary measures were taken to protect civilians
The terrorist Houthi militia uses Hodeida governorate as a ballistic missile and bomb-laden UAV and USV launch site, in addition to the indiscriminate deployment of naval mines in a blatant violation of the International Humanitarian Law and the provisions of the Stockholm Agreement.



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US-Saudi Aggression Targets Al-Salif area in Hodeidah by Two Air Raids

US-Saudi aggression carried out Thursday two air raids on Al-Salif area in Hodeidah, targeting a hangar belonging to the Salt Company and violating Stockholm agreement.

The US-Saudi mercenaries bombarded by artillery shells and various machine guns, targeting Dabiani, the airport, the defense camp, and the engineering college in Hodeidah city.


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Saree: Aggressionsluftangriffe auf zivile Boote in Salif ist Aggression und eklatanter Verstoß gegen schwedische Abkommen

Der Sprecher der Streitkräfte, Brigadier Yahya Saree, betrachtete die Angriffen der Aggressionskräften auf zivile Boote in der Region Al-Salif heute in der Provinz Hodeidah als eine große Aggression und einen offensichtlichen Verstoß gegen das schwedische Abkommen.

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Aggression target of civilian in al Salif is an aggression, a flagrant violation of Swedish agreement: Army Spokesman

The official spokesman of the armed forces, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sarie, described the attack today on Thursday as a major aggression and a flagrant violation of the Swedish agreement.

Brig. Gen. Sarie told Saba that this attack comes to cover up the crimes of aggression through the naval blockade and the disruption of the ports of Hodeidah and Al-Salif despite the steps provided by local authorities and military forces in The City of Hodeida.

"With these steps, the aggression continues to be besieged and its daily crimes with constant motives and fabrications," he said.

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Yemen Vows Retaliation After Saudi Arabia Destroys Civilian Vessels

The spokesman for Yemen’s Armed Forces censured Saudi Arabia for waging a war against the impoverished Arab country over destruction of two civilian vessels in the strategic Red Sea, vowing that Yemeni troops and allied fighters will respond to the act of aggression.


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[Sanaa gov.] Hodeidah Governor: US-Saudi Mercenaries Know That Boats They Bombed Are Civilian Not Military

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144 Photos: Yemen, Socotra

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Film: Condensation of water droplets at night provides water for the plants in the morning.

Film: Fine nets that catch and intensify fog drops. Condensed water is collected in ponds This nets provide 6,000 liters of clean water per day to 500 families in Lima Peru and can help millions of people around the world


Yemeni Music: Qat music


Photos: Shots from old city of Thula, it is amoung other Yemeni cities on UNSCO world heritage tentative list. Historians says it dates back to Himyarite period.

Ornate windows in old Sana'a, Yemen

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Artwork As Resistance: A Conversation With Ahmed Jahaf, Whose Work Pushes for Peace in Yemen

BELatina interviewed Ahmed Jahaf, a 28-year-old Yemeni graphic designer and artist whose artwork is inspired by the war. We spoke to Jahaf about what it is to live under a Saudi-led military siege.

Ahmed Jahaf lives in Yemen’s capital city Sana’a; we spoke via email.

AJ: Art is the best way to resist; art in war, art in spite of war, art because of war, art against war. I try, through art, to depict our conditions during the war and at the same time give a concrete form to the role of art in the current war in my country, because if art cannot be present to speak for the people during war conditions, when should it appear then?

I made art (graphic designs) against the war because I wanted to show the world what’s happening in Yemen. I feel that art delivers the message to others faster. Art has become a talent for me because of the war, the fear, and the suffering. I’m just trying to show the ugliness of war, this is what happens in war while the world is watching in silence. This is my way to protest against the injustice of this forgotten war,

Many people, especially in the West, like to see art better than normal pictures. I got huge moral support and encouragement from many activities from the U.K., France, Germany, Spain and the U.S. in the beginning and still until today.

I dedicate most of my artworks to those who are defending their homeland in battlefields with pride and honour. It’s something simple for what a tremendous sacrifice they did, and to all who refused this brutal barbaric aggression, who defends the independence of their homeland and resists with their voices, writings, poems, and arts and many other ways.

I want the people to know that what’s happening in Yemen is not the forgotten war, it’s the dirty war. Yemen itself never destroyed (anything) as Saudi-led invasion of Yemen did with U.S. and U.K. support. There is no reason that any nation has the right to destroy my country, whatever happened. The only need is peace; we need to live our own life as other humans do.

We in Yemen believe that not only the Saudi-led coalition is bombing us, but also the U.S., the U.K, France, Germany and other countries are partners of the war crimes because they (are still) selling arms to Saudi and U.A.E., they support the blockade and keep silent about what is happening in Yemen. The war on Yemen was announced on the night of March 26, 2015, from Washington, and this war is one the U.S. doesn’t want people to know about.

So please speak loudly to stop this war and lift the blockade. We need you to send our voices to your government to stop the war and stop arming Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (images)

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-665 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-665: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

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Dietrich Klose

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