Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 668b- Yemen War Mosaic 668b

Yemen Press Reader 668b: 23. Juli 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 668, cp6 - cp19 / July 23, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 668, cp6 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 668, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 668, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-668-yemen-war-mosaic-668

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

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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.

(A P)

Mahrah protesters vow to increase resistance against Saudi-UAE plots

Protest committee condemns increased activity by UAE-backed separatist mercenaries

The committee organising protest marches in Mahrah province, eastern Yemen, has announced its refusal of holding a demonstration in support for the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) next Saturday in the city of al-Ghaydah, the capital of the province.

The sit-in committee, in a meeting on Tuesday, accused the Saudi-Emirati coalition, which it described as “the occupation,” of supporting the STC’s militias and their so-called demonstrations.

https://uprising.today/mahrah-protesters-vow-to-increase-resistance-against-saudi-uae-plots/

(A)

3rd batch of stranded Socotris return home

The third batch of Socotris stranded in al-Mahra governorate returned home on Wednesday, within the framework of the initiative of the Joint Command of the Arab Coalition.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23630

(A K P)

New clashes between Islah militants and UAE-backed troops break out in Taiz

New infighting breaks shaky truce declared earlier

https://uprising.today/new-clashes-between-islah-militants-and-uae-backed-troops-break-out-in-taiz/

(A K P)

Houthis accuse government forces of torturing prisoner to death

The Ansar Allah Group, also known as the Houthis, on Wednesday accused forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognised government of torturing a prisoner to death in the southwestern province of Taiz.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18675.html

(A P)

Armed men affiliated to 'Abu Al-Abbas' battalion, which is supported by #UAE, abducted 5 civilians and led them to an unknown destination in Al-Hajriyah area, south of #Taiz governorate.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1285629613243117570

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Saudi places restrictions on Yemen officials over fears of ties with Turkey

The Saudi-led coalition has reportedly imposed restrictions on the movements of Yemeni officials in the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, according to a report yesterday by the Yemen Press Agency.

According to the news agency, aviation sources at Aden airport disclosed that the coalition is tightening travel procedures to and from Yemen. The measures are reportedly aimed at tracking the flights of officials in Hadi’s government traveling between Aden, Turkey and Qatar, amid concerns that some of Hadi’s officials are secretly forging alliances with Turkey.

The restrictions follow speculation that Ankara is seeking greater involvement in Yemen with several Hadi officials having travelled between Aden, Cairo, Doha and Istanbul.

UAE-funded media has increasingly reported on allegations that Turkey is intervening in Yemen, through supporting the Islah-party, widely viewed as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, although such links have been denied by the group.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200722-saudi-places-restrictions-on-yemen-officials-over-fears-of-ties-with-turkey/

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Saudi Arabia suspecting Hadi officials from cooperating with Turkey

Riyadh shadowing Hadi officials as suspicion of Turkish links grows

On Tuesday, Saudi-led coalition forces have begun tracking the movements of leaders in Hadi’s government.

This comes amid fears of certain politicians in the Hadi puppet government secretly forging alliances with Turkey.

According to aviation sources at Aden airport, the coalition is tightening of travel procedures to and from Yemen. This was seen in the a flight when on which the coalition asked a copy of all passengers’ passports.

It is reportedly aimed at tracking the flights of Hadi’s government officials traveling between Aden, Turkey and Qatar on domestic flights.

The sources confirmed that the coalition has been shadowing the movements of leaders in Hadi’s government.

The coalition is also preventing any aircraft from moving without prior permission from the coalition, and forcing them to send passport photographs to a special operations room.

The coalition’s tightening of restrictions coincides with signs of upcoming Turkish intervention in Yemen, preceded by a series of travels by several of Hadi government officials between Aden, Cairo, Doha and Istanbul.

https://uprising.today/saudi-arabia-suspecting-hadi-officials-from-cooperating-with-turkey/

(* A P)

Yemen official says Saudi Arabia seeking alternative to Riyadh Agreement

Vice speaker of Yemen's House of Representatives, Abdulaziz Jubari, revealed on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is seeking to sponsor a new agreement between the internationally recognised government and the southern transitional council as an alternative to the Riyadh Agreement.
The Ritz 'new' agreement, after the Ritz hotel where consultations between the two sides are taking place, will focus on implementing the political part of the Riyadh Agreement which calls for forming a new government and appointing governors and security chiefs in some provinces, he said, according to a statement carried by Aljazeera TV.
"But the problem will not be solved if the security and military parts of the Riyadh Agreement are not implemented," he said.
The Riyadh Agreement was signed in November 2019 after military escalation between the government and UAE-backed STC forces.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18644.html

(* A P)

Saudis, Emiratis seek to thwart deal in Yemeni Mahara

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates seek to foil efforts by Mahara local authority and social groups to sign a gentlemen agreement aimed at keeping the Yemeni eastern governorate away from conflict and disorder, local and tribal sources said Tuesday.
The pact was scheduled to be signed on Sunday, with participation of Mahara political and tribal entities, sources told Al-Jazeera.net. But the Mahara governor, Mohamed Ali Yasser, travelled to Riyadh in response to a Saudi call that, as they say, came deliberately to thwart the pact.
"The Saudi call also coincided with vows by some leaders of the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) – whose representatives in Mahara rejected to engage in the pact – to overthrow established institutions in Mahara, Hadhramout and Shabwa."
The gentlemen agreement is an attempt to unite Mahara people, along with their political and tribal entities, in order to prevent the duplication of Aden and Socotra scenarios, spokesman for Mahara Sit-in Committee said.
There are attempts currently made in Mahara to help the STC gain public and tribal support through paying off loyalties, particularly after the "Saudi-Emirati occupation had failed to impose its agenda and entice some of the governorate's sheikhs opposing the Saudi practices," Salem Balhaf added.
Other officials in the Committee talked about Saudi-Emirati-led intense moves in Mahara by sending military reinforcements from Dhalea, Lahj and Aden and gradually injecting them into the governorate, in preparation for seizure of Mahara.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18638.html

(A P)

Hundreds protest against deterioration of services in Aden

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18670.html

and

(A P)

Yemeni Aden hosts protests over power cuts

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18639.html

Photos: https://twitter.com/ToEducate/status/1285987191164985349

(A P)

(* A K P)

STC forces force Yemeni gov't troops out of Socotra port

Yemen's official government coastguard and security forces on Sunday announced their withdrawal from the southern port of Socotra island, due to the Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces' interfering in their tasks.

Socotra coastguard and port security forces pulled out following "dodges and arrests against them by the STC," the forces' director said in a statement.

The Saudi 808 duty forces "are responsible for illegal violations," Abdul Moeen Ghanim added. "The coastguard directorate is no responsible for STC acts."

Since its seizure of Hadibo (the provincial capital of Socotra) last June, the STC has been trying by every means to take control of Socotra port and interfering in works tasked to the government-run civil, military and security management, particularly when it comes to ship entry orders, the Anadolu Agency quoted a government official as saying anonymously.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18612.html

(A P)

Al-Qutaibi: The central bank pays billions of riyals to governorates that do not supply a penny

The economist, Dr. Musaed Al-Qutaibi, was surprised by the screaming of some people about stopping the governorate of Aden from supplying a portion of its revenues to the Central Bank of Yemen, at a time that the governorates of Marib, Al-Jawf, Al-Mahra and Shabwa refuse to supply any amount to the bank since 2015.

Dr. Al-Qutaibi said, on Facebook: “Since 2015, Marib governorate has not supplied a single penny of its revenues to the Central Bank in Aden, yet tens of billions of riyals are sent every month to it from the Central Bank in Aden.”!

https://en.smanews.org/al-qutaibi-the-central-bank-pays-billions-of-riyals-to-governorates-that-do-not-supply-a-penny

(A P)

Local leadership of Transitional Council in Lahj praises success of mass event of supporting self-administration and denouncing corruption of local authority

https://en.smanews.org/local-leadership-of-transitional-council-in-lahj-praises-success-of-mass-event-of-supporting-self-administration-and-denouncing-corruption-of-local-authority

(A K P)

Top military official killed in Abyan

The commander of the pro-government special forces, Abu Khaled Al-Hanashi was killed with a number of his companions in an armed ambush set by unknown group in the early hours of Monday in the west of al-Mahfed district in Abyan governorate

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23605

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-18613.html

(A K P)

Chief of Guards of Republic says they will not fight anyone but Houthis

Chief of the Guards of the Republic in Yemen's western coast, Brig. Gen. Tariq Saleh, on Sunday said they will not be dragged into war against anyone but the Houthi Group, in remarks following of battles between pro-government forces in the town of Al-Turbah in south Taiz province.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18597.html

(* B K P)

Socotra between UAE occupation, Saudi ambitions..!

For years, international and regional powers have scrambled to establish bases in the Island. Socotra, like the rest of the region, has become a hotbed of geopolitical competition. Somalia, Eritrea, India, Qatar, and the UAE have all attempted to gain a foothold on the island.

Following the Emirati armored carriers arrived on the island, Hadi's government which that based in Riyadh accused the UAE of taking "unjustified military action" and submitted a complaint to the UN, which described the Emirati action as a "violation of Yemen's sovereignty." Although the UAE announced its withdrawal from Yemen , it still maintains its sphere of influence through its support for the STC, a situation that complicates political dynamics on the island.

Saudi Arabia acutely aware of the geopolitical conflicts, which it has sought to de-escalate through the November 2019 Riyadh Agreement between the Hadi government and the STC. However, in a geopolitical struggle that aims to weaken Saudi Arabia’s economy and military position, it is more than likely that the Saudis will side with their long-term ally, the UAE. This is part of the reason why they have maintained a favorable tone toward the STC, despite Hadi’s opposition.

Ultimately, at the request of the president-in-exile, Riyadh dispatched its own forces to the island, thereby symbolically upholding Hadi's claim to stewardship over Socotra as the legitimate government . The move was also a victory for the STC, whose forces are entrenched on the island and will remain there. But while the Hadi government's dependence on Riyadh gave the Emiratis the upper hand, it is unlikely that the matter is settled. Socotra is still a prize.

The UAE is seeking greater influence in Socotra, having built a military base there, installing communications networks, and carrying out other development projects - similar to its policies elsewhere in Yemen such as Aden and Mukalla.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103137.htm

(A P)

[Separatist leader] Major General Bin Brik discusses with labor committee of #Aden Refineries mechanisms of ending strike of company’s workers

https://en.smanews.org/major-general-bin-brik-discusses-with-labor-committee-of-aden-refineries-mechanisms-of-ending-strike-of-companys-workers

(A K P)

Brotherhood’s militia continues to violate cease-fire in #Abyan

https://en.smanews.org/brotherhoods-militia-continues-to-violate-cease-fire-in-abyan

(A K P)

Terrorist militias renew their breach of cease-fire and bombard and fire on southern forces

https://en.smanews.org/terrorist-militias-renew-their-breach-of-cease-fire-and-bombard-and-fire-on-southern-forces

My comment: LOL. “Terrorist militias” is how the separatists are labeling pro-Hadi government militia.

(A K P)

Spokesman for [separatist militia] Abyan axis confirms the southern forces thwarted Brotherhood’s militia attempt to advance

https://en.smanews.org/spokesman-for-abyan-axis-confirms-the-southern-forces-thwarted-brotherhoods-militia-attempt-to-advance

(A K P)

Armed clashes in Yemeni Turba town leave fatalities

At least one person was killed and three others injured in clashes in Turba on Saturday, eyewitnesses said, after a rally organized by locals from the rural town (southern Taiz) to protest the appointment of Abdul Rahman al-Shamsani as commander of the 35th brigade.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18569.html

(A P)

Yemen's STC forces besiege Lahj governor house

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18565.html

and also https://uprising.today/separatist-forces-besiege-governors-residence-in-aden/

(A P)

Fans of STC hold rally in support of self-rule in Mukalla

Fans of the UAE-backed southern transitional council on Saturday held a rally in Mukalla, the capital city of Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout, in support of self-rule of the south.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18574.html

and also https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/yemen-separatists-hold-protest-in-oil-rich-hadhramaut-province-1.1467339

and what separatist propaganda tells: http://en.adenpress.news/news/23590

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23595

Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3_HOEqAQRc

https://twitter.com/South24_net/status/1284490521986117632 = https://twitter.com/YemeniFatima/status/1284530599525527558

(A P)

Coalition begins to evacuate Socotris stranded in Yemen

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition Forces began the evacuation operation of the inhabitants of Socotra stranded in the Yemeni governorates for nearly three months due to coronavirus lockdown, including travel restrictions.
http://en.adenpress.news/news/23585

(A P)

Al-Shabhi: STC has several options if Yemen fails to fulfil Riyadh deal

The representative of Department of Foreign Affairs of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), Adel Sadeq Al-Shabhi told Alghad Almushreq TV that the STC has several options if Yemen's legitimacy persists in its intransigence on the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23586

(A P)

Hadhramout reps arrive Riyadh for Yemeni cabinet formation

Representatives for the Yemeni eastern governorate of Hadhramout arrived Friday in Riyadh for Saudi-sponsored negotiations on the Riyadh Agreement application.
The trip comes in response to Saudi invitation to negotiate on taking part in the ongoing political settlement talks, the Hadhramout collective conference said in a statement.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18564.html

and also https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-17-2020

(* A P)

Saudi Arabia helps recover billions of Yemeni rials from STC, says envoy

Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al Jaber, on Friday said his country led mediation efforts to recover billions of Yemeni rials that were seized by the UAE-southern transitional council in Yemen's interim capital Aden.
On 13th June, forces from the STC stormed the Aden seaport and seized seven containers full of cash that were intended for the government-run central bank of Yemen.
The STC said at the time that the move aimed to protect the interest of the people and prevent further devaluation of the national currency.
Al Jaber wrote on Twitter: "The kingdom (Saudi Arabia) exerted efforts including meetings between the government and the STC to get back the money which was intended for the central bank of Yemen to pay salaries".
The handover of the recovered money comes within steps taken under the Riyadh Agreement and the continued support to the central bank in Aden, he added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18550.html

While the separatists insist that the Hadi government must pay the separatist fighters (actually fighting against the Hadi government:

(A P)

Economic Committee of Transitional Council holds Yemeni government responsible for not paying salaries of army and southern security

In light of the keenness of the self-administration of the South and its responsibilities in preserving the public interest of the south, the self-administration, through the Supreme Economic Committee, sought to settle the file of the funds that were preserved, with a view of immediate payment of the salaries of military, security, and civil sectors, and to stop the repercussions of currency collapse and to address and prevent the deterioration of the life that affected citizens as a result of failure and corruption practiced by government institutions.

In the face of this dangerous development, we hold the Yemeni government the consequences and repercussions of depriving the military and security of their monthly salaries for several months, and its insistence on the practice of torturing the people, as this affects their lives and the livelihood of their families, noting that this irresponsible intransigence, persistence and systemic failure has its dire consequences.

https://en.smanews.org/economic-committee-of-transitional-council-holds-yemeni-government-responsible-for-not-paying-salaries-of-army-and-southern-security

and

(A P)

Spokesman of Transitional Council denies news of reaching to agreement with Central Bank on salaries of army and security and confirms self-administration keenness to get their full rights

https://en.smanews.org/spokesman-of-transitional-council-denies-news-of-reaching-to-agreement-with-central-bank-on-salaries-of-army-and-security-and-confirms-self-administration-keenness-to-get-their-full-rights

(A P)

Yemen praises Egypt's role in battle to restore state from Houthi rebels

Information minister in Yemen's internationally recognised government, Muammar Al-Eryani, said on Friday that Egypt under president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is restoring its regional status, praising the Egyptian role in the battle against the Houthi rebels.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18551.html

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

(A P)

UN constant submission to Houthis consolidates grounds for chaos, war: PM

[Hadi gov.] Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik said the constant submission by the UN and its special envoy for the illegal demands of the Houthi putschists consolidates the grounds for chaos and war.

In an interview with the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram said caving in to the militia has emboldened them to go too far in imposing their terms and dictates in such a way that blasts all peace mediation efforts and extends the war.

Abdulmalik said that any peace proposals by the UN envoy need to “comply with the nationally and internationally recognized terms of reference for peace, and to make an unequivocal distinction between the legitimate government and non-state factions such as the Houthi rebel group.” Otherwise, he said, “It won’t be accepted and will only further complicate the peace mediation efforts” and prolong the already protracted war.

Regarding the prospects of peace, Abdulmalik said the government’s pro-peace attitude is unchanging despite the Houthi conduct which proves the militia is never serious about peace.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/07/21/un-constant-submission-to-houthis-consolidates-grounds-for-chaos-war-pm/

My comment: This is rather ridiculous – as the UN is fixed (by keeping UBSC resolution 2216) to side with the Hadi government. But the Hadi government insists that all other Yemeni parties must capitulate as a precondition to “peace”.

and, by pro-Hadi gov. supporters, telling the same:

(A P)

An open letter to @OSE_Yemen signed by a group of prominent Yemeni figures on the recent “Joint Declaration”: "The proposed solutions overlook internal dynamics, do not address grievances, and seek quick fixes to a protracted, increasingly complex conflict" (text in image)

https://twitter.com/alkhatabyemen/status/1285966251647533067

(A P)

UNICEF refuses to airlift critically ill Yemeni children for live-saving treatment

UN organisation causes uproar as it charters private plane for child of staff member, but refuses to rescue seven critically ill children

Children’s rights organisations UNICEF has caused severe discontent in Yemen by sending a private plane to evacuate a child of one of its own staff members from Yemen, while thousands of suffering Yemeni children have been awaiting transport abroad for urgent medical care for months.

The Ministry of Health in the National Salvation Government has demanded the evacuation of at least seven children suffering from deadly diseases, pointing out that thousands of children are suffering as a result of the siege imposed by Saudi-led coalition and are in need of emergency care.

In a memorandum sent by the Ministry of Health to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, the ministry expressed its hope that these seven cases would be transferred, along with the one child for which a private plane has already been sent.

However, a Ministry of Health source has confirmed that UNICEF has rejected the Ministry of Health’s request and threatened to stop its activities in Yemen if the Ministry of Health in Sana’a insisted on the transfer of the seven children abroad.

https://uprising.today/unicef-refuses-to-airlift-critically-ill-yemeni-children-for-live-saving-treatment/

and

(A P)

A charter flight is coming to provide medical evacuation to a child of a UNICEF staff member. Minister of Health sent a collaboration request to the UNICEF & to the HC in #Yemen asking to transfer another 7 children who suffer from medical problems that can't be treated locally.

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/1285260794880548864

My comment: Obviously, for the UN there exist 1. and 2. class children. Just after two flights with small planes only, the UN had stopped medical flights for ordinary Yemenis again. Remember: https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/1266822590020100102

(A P)

Houthi rebels accuse UN envoy of prolonging Yemen war

Yemen’s Houthi rebel group on Saturday accused UN envoy Martin Griffiths of prolonging the conflict in war-torn Yemen.

"From his recent speech, it has become clear that the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has broken away from neutrality and fairness that his mission requires," rebel spokesperson Mohamed Abdel Salam tweeted.

"Griffiths became involved with the forces of aggression against Yemen, adopting their position completely," he said, in reference to the Saudi-led coalition.

There was no comment from the UN envoy on the rebel accusations.

Previously, Griffiths stressed that he and his office are working diligently and impartially in order to reach a peaceful political solution to end the crisis in Yemen.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/houthi-rebels-accuse-un-envoy-of-prolonging-yemen-war/1914735 = https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200718-houthi-rebels-accuse-un-envoy-of-prolonging-yemen-war/

and by Houthi news site https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14028

(A P)

Workshop discusses State of Yemen Cities Report

UN-Habitat together with local partner, Science and Technology Center (STC) -University of Aden, held a workshop in Aden to discuss the State of Yemen Cities Report covering.

The Report covers the cities of Aden, Taiz, Al Mukalla, Zinjibar and Al Hawtah and is part of Yemen Cities profiles project funded by the Union.

https://unhabitat.org/workshop-discusses-state-of-yemen-cities-report

(A P)

[Sanaa gov ] Ambassador: UN Envoy's Mission to Yemen A Fiasco

Yemeni Ambassador to Tehran Ibrahim al-Dulaimi termed the failure of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen during the previous years a fiasco, and said that the humanitarian situation in his country has deteriorated.

"The UN envoy has recorded a major failure during his time in Yemen on all levels," al-Deilami said.

The Yemeni ambassador reiterated that the Secretary-General of the United Nations has called for a cease-fire in Yemen to confront the COVID-19 disease, while other countries responded to that by providing more military and political support to the Saudi-led aggression.

Al-Deilami reiterated that the siege got worst during the past few months preventing all needed supplies and basics from getting into the country.

https://en.farsnews.ir/newstext.aspx?nn=13990429000996

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(* A P)

Saudi Arabia explores income tax, privatisation to boost finances

'Saudi Arabia is not in austerity and we are not getting into an austerity phase,' said Finance Minister Mohammed Al Jadaan said

Saudi Arabia is accelerating plans to sell off state assets and isn’t ruling out introducing income tax as the kingdom seeks to boost state coffers hit by the slump in oil prices.

The world’s biggest oil producer could raise more than 50 billion riyals ($13.3 billion) over the next four to five years by privatising assets in the education, health-care and water sectors, Finance Minister Mohammed Al Jadaan said Wednesday during a virtual forum organised by Bloomberg.

The government is “considering all options” to bolster its finances and while income tax isn’t “imminent” and “would require a lot of time” to prepare, the kingdom “isn’t ruling anything away for now,” he said.

https://www.arabianbusiness.com/banking-finance/449977-saudi-arabia-could-raise-billions-of-riyals-from-privatisation

My comment: Neoliberal suicide politics also starting in Saudi Arabia. Coasts of Yemen war up to now: nearly US$ 400 billion.

(B P)

Pandemic hit to haj saddens would-be pilgrims

This year’s haj will be a time of sadness for many Muslims around the world prevented from travelling to Saudi Arabia, but a decision to honour local health and security staff in the front line of the fight against the coronavirus has won praise.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-saudi-haj/pandemic-hit-to-haj-saddens-would-be-pilgrims-idUSKCN24N2GJ

(? B P)

The Making of Saudi Arabia’s Energetic, Ruthless Crown Prince

An inside look at the early years of Mohammed bin Salman and how he became the kingdom’s de facto ruler

Saudi Arabia’s leaders have historically shunned the spotlight, but over the past several years, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has become one of the most controversial and scrutinized people on the planet. His admirers, including President Donald Trump, see him as a charismatic partner determined to contain Iran and modernize Saudi Arabia’s closed and deeply conservative society. His critics denounce him as an increasingly authoritarian ruler pursuing a reckless foreign policy. And the CIA has concluded that he personally ordered the October 2018 murder in Istanbul of the Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi (paywalled)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-making-of-saudi-arabias-energetic-ruthless-crown-prince-11555082281

(A P)

Saudi king in stable condition after being admitted to hospital: sources

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-politics-king/saudi-king-in-stable-condition-after-being-admitted-to-hospital-sources-idUSKCN24M1CP

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Saudi-Arabiens König Salman im Krankenhaus

Immer wieder gibt es Spekulationen über den Gesundheitszustand des saudischen Königs Salman. Nun kommt der 84 Jahre alte Monarch wegen einer Gallenblasenentzündung ins Krankenhaus.

https://www.np-coburg.de/deutschlandwelt/brennpunkte/Saudi-Arabiens-Koenig-Salman-im-Krankenhaus;art2801,7321036

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Saudi King Salman, 84, admitted to hospital

Saudi Arabia’s 84-year-old ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has been admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh, suffering from inflammation of the gall bladder, state news agency SPA said on Monday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-politics-king/saudi-king-salman-84-admitted-to-hospital-idUSKCN24L055

and by SPA: https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2111734

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Saudi Ambassador in Yemen Detained for Spying for UAE

Former advisor to fugitive Yemeni President Mansour Hadi and the Saudi ambassador to Sana’a were detained on charges of spying for the UAE.

Officials affiliated to Mansour Hadi government were quoted by the Arabic-language al-Sahafat al-Yamaniyeh news website as saying that Rashad al-Alimi and Mohammad al-Jaber, the Saudi envoy, have been arrested.

According to the report, the two are also accused of cooperation with the UAE to overthrow Mansour Hadi.

A number of Yemeni media outlets had earlier reported that the Saudi kingdom has suspended al-Jaber’s mission as its ambassador to Yemen for providing Hadi with misleading information.

https://en.farsnews.ir/newstext.aspx?nn=13990429000583

and also https://www.islamtimes.org/en/news/875364/saudi-ambassador-in-yemen-detained-for-spying-uae

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Saudi Arabia Wants Its Fugitive Spymaster Back

Officials say billions in a Saudi counterterrorism fund under the control of spy chief Saad al Jabri have gone missing; Jabri’s supporters say the money was used to fight terrorists

Jabri was America’s closest antiterrorism contact within the Arab world for greater than 15 years, starting after the 9/11 assaults. The Saudi spymaster had informants, access to billions of government dollars, close relationships with key members of the royal family and an ability to get things done that Americans found rare among their connections in the Middle East, the report said.

Now Jabri is a global fugitive. He’s on the run from Saudi Arabia, the place officers allege {that a} group of males he led whereas working for the Inside Ministry misspent $11 billion in authorities cash, paying themselves at the least $1 billion.

The Saudi authorities issued extradition requests and Interpol notices. Jabri believes Saudi authorities dispatched an outdated pal of his to lure him again. In March, they jailed two of his younger grownup youngsters.

The bitter combat between the Saudi authorities and Jabri opens the books on the nation’s system of patronage, enterprise offers and alleged self-enrichment, all accomplished within the identify of combating terrorism.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-spymaster-ran-off-after-saudis-say-billions-went-missing-they-want-him-back-11595004443 = https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14030

and also https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/report-fugitive-saudi-official-misspent-11b-in-government-funds-1.72662340

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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House OKs repeal of Trump travel ban decried as anti-Muslim

The House on Wednesday voted to repeal the Trump administration’s travel ban and further restrict the president’s power to limit entry to the U.S., a symbolic victory for Muslim American and civil rights groups.

The bill, which passed the Democrat-controlled House 233-183, had initially been slated for action in March, before the coronavirus forced scheduling changes on Capitol Hill. The measure is unlikely to advance in the Republican-controlled Senate, where it has no GOP support. But the bill’s passage by the House still elated advocates who had long pushed for formal action against a travel ban that they see as discriminatory.

https://apnews.com/befa156ed04fcc049d0af83844ec0d7a

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Joe Biden pledges to end Trump’s Muslim ban on ‘day one’

Joe Biden addressed Muslim-American voters on Monday, vowing to undo President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” on his first day in office if elected president.

https://yemeniamerican.com/en/joe-biden-pledges-to-end-trumps-muslim-ban-on-day-one/

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USAID YEMEN ECONOMIC GROWTH, RECOVERY, LIVELIHOODS AND AGRICULTURE FACT SHEET

USAID is strengthening the Central Bank of Yemen and the Ministry of Finance to stabilize and create a productive macroeconomic environment given the ongoing conflict. USAID provides financial and marketing advice to Yemeni small and medium enterprises, primarily in the fishery and agriculture sectors, that generate the value needed to create jobs, increase incomes, and support sustainable livelihoods.

https://www.usaid.gov/yemen/fact-sheets/economic-growth-recovery-livelihoods-and-agriculture

My comment: USAID's mission statement, adopted in February 2018, is: "On behalf of the American people, we promote and demonstrate democratic values abroad, and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. In support of America's foreign policy, the U.S. Agency for International Development leads the U.S. Government's international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises and progress beyond assistance." – This means, USAID is a tool of promoting the US foreign policy’s imperialist agenda.

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

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Iraq: Twin bombings target support convoy for US forces

Material damage from 2 bombs reported in Dhi Qar province following similar bombing in neighboring Diwaniyah last week

An Iraqi supplies convoy was targeted by two roadside bombs on Wednesday while making its way to support US troops in southern Iraq, according to a security source from the country.

"Two explosive devices blew up a tire on Iraqi trucks carrying logistical support for American forces on the Al-Bathaa road in Dhi Qar province," a police captain told Anadolu Agency.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/iraq-twin-bombings-target-support-convoy-for-us-forces/1919073

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Iran president calls Iraqi premier’s visit ‘turning point’

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called a visit Tuesday by the new prime minister of Iraq, where the U.S. military has a presence, “a turning point” in the countries’ relations and vowed to continue supporting the neighboring Arab nation.

https://apnews.com/e8cbff92b6cea5923b3c0688faca74b0

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Iran executes man convicted of spying on US-slain general

Iran executed a man convicted of providing information to the United States and Israel about a prominent Revolutionary Guard general later killed by a U.S. drone strike, state TV reported on Monday.

https://apnews.com/3739d528a05f2bdb2b65e20bfe753c9c

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China guarantees to buy Iran crude for 25 years: Ex-envoy

A former Iranian ambassador to China says the East Asian country would guarantee to buy Iran’s oil for 25 years as part of a long-term partnership deal that is being negotiated between the two.

According to Press TV, Mehdi Safari said in remarks published on Sunday that China is looking for a reliable supplier of energy as its imports of oil have more than doubled in six years to reach 11 million barrels per day (bpd).

https://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i124121-china_guarantees_to_buy_iran_crude_for_25_years_ex_envoy

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US Embassy vicinity in Baghdad rocked by rockets

Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone has seen another day of uninvited guests in the form of Katyusha rockets as three of them landed near the US Embassy.

An Iraqi security source inside the district, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network that the projectiles hit the area on Sunday afternoon.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/07/19/629946/rockets-US-Embassy-Baghdad

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FM Zarif in Iraq to discuss regional security, US assassination of Gen. Soleimani

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/07/19/629926/Iran-Javad-Zarif-Iraq-General-Soleimani

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Encouraging sabotage in Iran can ignite full range escalation, Tehran warns

Tehran’s UN Mission has denounced a Bloomberg article that has praised the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists and encouraged sabotage in the country’s infrastructure, warning against “barbaric” measures that can spark a full range escalation.

Alireza Miryousefi, Head of Media Office of Iran’s Mission to the UN, responded to a Bloomberg opinion column written by Eli Lake titled, “Sabotage in Iran Is Preferable to a Deal With Iran”.

According to Press TV, in his response published on the American news outlet, Miryousefi said Lake’s column is “one that against all journalistic standards encourages violence, terror and sabotage, and makes a number of factual errors and assumptions.”

He noted that “praising the illegal assassination of nuclear scientists and encouraging sabotage in Iran’s infrastructures amounts to what are inhumane, barbaric acts that promote violence and terrorism. Such measures do nothing less than keeping tensions high, and could ignite a full range escalation.”

Lake’s article argued that recent incidents in Iran, among them the one at Natanz nuclear facility, showed that there were better ways to frustrate what it called the “nuclear ambitions” of the Islamic Republic.

https://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i124105-encouraging_sabotage_in_iran_can_ignite_full_range_escalation_tehran_warns

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Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks

The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities, according to former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

The secret authorization, known as a presidential finding, gives the spy agency more freedom in both the kinds of operations it conducts and who it targets, undoing many restrictions that had been in place under prior administrations. The finding allows the CIA to more easily authorize its own covert cyber operations, rather than requiring the agency to get approval from the White House.

Unlike previous presidential findings that have focused on a specific foreign policy objective or outcome — such as preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power — this directive, driven by the National Security Council and crafted by the CIA, focuses more broadly on a capability: covert action in cyberspace.

The “very aggressive” finding “gave the agency very specific authorities to really take the fight offensively to a handful of adversarial countries,” said a former U.S. government official. These countries include Russia, China, Iran and North Korea — which are mentioned directly in the document — but the finding potentially applies to others as well, according to another former official. “The White House wanted a vehicle to strike back,” said the second former official. “And this was the way to do it.”

https://news.yahoo.com/secret-trump-order-gives-cia-more-powers-to-launch-cyberattacks-090015219.html

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Iran sends downed Ukrainian plane’s black box to France

Iran has sent the black box of the Ukrainian passenger jet that its armed forces mistakenly shot down in January to France for reading, an Iranian semi-official news agency said Saturday.

Iran accidentally shot down the Boeing 737-800, killing all 176 people aboard, after mistaking it for an incoming missile.

https://apnews.com/66c32dcd14ae0966545e397c6911af6e

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US-Außenpolitik: Die Kurzsichtigkeit der Falken

Kenntnisarme Anti-Iran-Politik: Der Fortgang der Destabilisierung des Iraks und neue Cyberwar-Kompetenzen für die CIA
Es ist keiner der “üblichen Verdächtigen”, der den USA vorhält, dass ihre Sprengsätze, vorbereitet durch Analysen von Falken, Chaos im Nahen Osten anrichten. Renad Mansour ist leitender Mitarbeiter im britischen Think Tank Chatham House, kein Redakteur bei RT und auch nicht bei PressTV.
Mansour beklagt den Tod seines irakischen Freundes Hisham al-Hashimi, der letzte Woche in Bagdad getötet wurde. Wer genau hinter dem Mordanschlag steckt, ist nur Insidern bekannt. Man geht davon aus, dass es politische Extremisten waren, die al-Hashimi umbrachten. Der Mord an dem Mann, der im “Herzen der irakischen Politik” (Mansour) aktiv war, als weithin geschätzter Kenner der Verhältnisse, Berater und Vermittler zwischen Opponenten, wirft ein Schlaglicht auf die sich zuspitzenden Spannungen im Irak, wie Mansour in seinem Beitrag über den “Sicherheitsexperten” darlegt.

https://www.heise.de/tp/features/US-Aussenpolitik-Die-Kurzsichtigkeit-der-Falken-4845872.html

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Teen uses artistic talent to raise money for Yemen children

https://www.mitchelladvocate.com/news/local-news/teen-uses-artistic-talent-to-raise-money-for-yemen-children

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Deutschland missachtet Waffenexportregeln

Deutschland verstößt einer Studie zufolge seit 30 Jahren systematisch gegen zentrale Grundsätze zu Rüstungsexporten. Dies ergab eine Untersuchung des Leibniz-Instituts Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK) für Greenpeace, wie die Organisation mitteilte. "Deutschland genehmigt und exportiert Kriegswaffen und Rüstungsgüter in Kriegs-und Krisenländer, in Staaten mit Menschenrechtsverletzungen und in Spannungsregionen", heißt es in der Untersuchung.

In der Studie geht es insbesondere um den Einklang der deutschen Rüstungsexportpolitik seit 1990 mit dem gemeinsamen Standpunkt der Europäischen Union zu diesem Thema. Dieser listet acht Kriterien auf, die bei der Genehmigung von Rüstungsexporten zu berücksichtigen sind.

Genannt werden unter anderem "Achtung der Menschenrechte und des humanitären Völkerrechts durch das Endbestimmungsland" sowie "Aufrechterhaltung von Frieden, Sicherheit und Stabilität in einer Region". In der Untersuchung heißt es, Deutschland habe "wiederholt gegen diese Kriterien verstoßen".

Auch im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen werden laut der Studie Waffen benutzt, die aus Deutschland stammen.

https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Deutschland-missachtet-Waffenexportregeln-article21920591.html

und auch https://www.hsfk.de/wissenstransfer/news/news/deutsche-ruestungsexporte-in-alle-welt/

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Germany violated arms export regulations for decades, study says

Germany has authorized and exported weapons and military equipment to be used in countries with human rights violations and ravaged by war. Wars, including the Yemen conflict, have been "fought with German weapons."

Germany has systematically violated arms export regulations for 30 years, researchers announced on Sunday.

"Germany licenses and exports weapons of war and armaments to countries affected by war and crisis, to countries with human rights violations and to regions of tension," the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) said.

A PRIF study examined the consistency of German arms export policy since 1990 and whether they adhered to the European Union's eight-point criteria when approving arms exports.

The EU criteria includes "respect for human rights and international humanitarian law by the country of final destination" and "maintenance of peace, security and stability in a region."

Germany has "repeatedly violated these criteria," the study said.

The study also said German-made weapons are being used in the war in Yemen.

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-violated-arms-export-regulations-for-decades-study-says/a-54235639

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Is Yemen Turkey’s Next Stop after Libya?

Ankara’s military interventions in Iraq, Syria and Libya as well as its growing presence in the eastern Mediterranean constitutes a radical change in Turkish foreign policy. Its recent success in Libya demonstrates Ankara’s regional heft. Turkey’s next intervention is probably in Yemen.

Since Operation Euphrates Shield that was launched in 2016 against ISIS and the Kurdish PYD-YPG in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey has adopted a very aggressive, interventionist foreign policy. In his new foreign policy approach, Turkey has no hesitations about conducting military operations beyond its borders.

Ankara launched its first operations beyond its borders in neighboring countries, Iraq and Syria.

Last year, after entrenching itself in northern Syria and Iraq, Turkey began expanding the scope of its military intervention to the broader MENA region.

Turkey’s “Blue Homeland” doctrine dictates expansion of its influence to the entire eastern Mediterranean, at the expense of Greece.

Turkey’s successful adventure in Libya is part of a network of activities in the MENA region.

As a predominantly Sunni country, Turkey already has declared its antagonism toward the Shiite Houthis (March 2015). President Erdoğan condemned the Houthi militias’ advancement and blamed Iran for seeking regional domination in the Middle East.[5] Despite the fact that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) seemingly share the same vision for Yemen, they have failed to unite under one Sunni umbrella. The core reason for this is the ongoing rivalry between Turkey and Saudi Arabia for Sunni world leadership.

The withdrawal of UAE support for the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) presented an opportunity for Turkish involvement in Yemen.

On September 16, 2019 Erdoğan signalled his intention to intervene in the Yemen civil war. Even though the Turkish president spoke ambiguously and did not specify whether he wishes to act militarily or through soft power, he criticized Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates for not defeating the Houthis and turning the civil war into a humanitarian tragedy.[7]

Turkish press viewed Erdoğan’s statement on Yemen as signalling a new military intervention. Indeed, since September 2019 the Turkish press, mostly under Erdoğan’s control, has begun to prepare the public for another overseas adventure. The Anatolian News Agency started to allow more space for Yemen experts and NGO leaders to express their thoughts about the ongoing war in Yemen and a possible role for Turkey in that conflict.

A blunter invitation was offered by the head of the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated “Turkey-Yemen Association” Dr. Mohammed Humaykani on June 7 during a panel sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated “Turkey-Yemen Association.” In his speech Humaykani underlined that the Yemenites are expecting a real partner and ally like Turkey to step into the war in Yemen.

Public debate in Turkey over Yemen brought forward reports by media outlets such as Aden Press[11] and Ahval News[12] of Turkish meddling in Yemen. A Yemenite defector named Saleh Al-Jabwani (a former Yemenese transportation minister) is said to be cooperating with local Muslim Brotherhood branches and distributing money from Qatar.[13] Reportedly, Turkey has sent Al-Jabwani to Abyan and Shabwah provinces that are under control of the STC to recruit new fighters with Qatari money.

Like its modus operandi in Libya, Turkey also has begun recruiting mercenaries in Syria for its new war in Yemen. The Turkish SADAT company again is playing a role in recruiting these mercenaries.[16] To further strengthen its position in Yemen, Ankara also is building relations with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islah Party in Yemen.

Clearly, Turkey seeks to penetrate Yemen and exploit its natural resources, as well as secure a foothold on the Red Sea. By having a naval base in Yemen, Erdoğan will able to become a key player in the Red Sea and the Bab Al-Mandeb straits through which much of the oil from the Gulf is shipped to world markets.[17] – by Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak

https://jiss.org.il/en/yanarocak-is-yemen-turkeys-next-stop-after-libya/ = https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/44242

My comment: From Israel, by an author with a Turkish name. This article should be read with care; with an anti-Turkish bias. There are lots of rumours of Turkish interventions in Yemen, which are promoted by pro-UAE, pro-separatist sources. The whole story is part of a greater UAE-Turkey rivalry on hegemony in Bab el-Mandab and East Africa.

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EU demands release of detained journalists

The European Union (EU) delegation to Yemen called on Monday on the Houthis to immediately release detained journalists.

This was pronounced in a statement by the EU heads of Mission to Yemen released on Monday.

It called on all parties to immediately release all detained journalists in Yemen, including Akram Al-Walidi, Abdelkhaleq Amran, Hareth Hamid and Tawfiq Al-Mansouri who have been sentenced to death by the Houthis.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-40927

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Spanish representatives demand action against Saudi weapons shipments from Europe

Members of the United Left Party call on European Commission to take action against Saudi shipping of weapons from Europe

https://uprising.today/spanish-representatives-demand-action-against-saudi-weapons-shipments-from-europe/

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Egypt reportedly concerned about Turkish and Muslim Brotherhood role in Hadi regime

Prime Minister of Hadi administration visiting Cairo to smooth over tensions with Egypt

Egypt has expressed its apprehension over the movements of the Islah Party, the Yemeni branch of the Muslim brotherhood, and its militias in the Taiz province, which borders Yemen’s west coast, as well as about the military escalation in the districts of al-Turbah and al-Hujarya.

Yemeni political sources revealed that the visit of Hadi’s Prime Minister Moeen Abdel Malik Saeed to Egypt on Monday, was carried out in an attempt to reassure Egypt about concerns expressed in a letter delivered to the coalition-backed Hadi puppet government by the Egyptian ambassador in Riyadh.

https://uprising.today/egypt-reportedly-concerned-about-turkish-and-muslim-brotherhood-role-in-hadi-regime/

and

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Sisi: Yemeni security, stability extremely important for Egypt

Yemen's security and stability are of extreme importance for Egypt's national security, the Egyptian President said Monday.
Egypt constantly supports the Yemeni legitimate government, unity, sovereignty and national institutions' integrity, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi added at meeting with Yemen's prime minister, Dr. Maeen Abdulmalek, who is currently visiting Egypt.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18619.html

My comment: Nebulous words to justify own interference, while at the same time:

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Egypt rejects any regional interference in Yemen: Prime Minister

Egypt affirmed its support for the Yemeni stability, unity and safety, rejecting any regional interference in Yemen, announced Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli in a press conference with his Yemeni counterpart Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed in Cairo on Sunday.

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/89857/Egypt-rejects-any-regional-interference-in-Yemen-Prime-Minister

My comment: ?? The heaviest interference in Yemen is the Saudi coalition’s interference bombing Yemen. Including Egypt itself.

or what did he really tell?:

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Egypt rejects non-Arab interference in Yemen: PM Madbouly

Egypt rejects regional non-Arab interferences in Yemen, the Egyptian Prime Minister said Sunday.

Egypt supports the Yemeni government and legitimacy represented by President Hadi, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly added at meeting with his Yemeni counterpart, Dr. Maeen Abdulmalek, who is currently visiting Egypt.

Any regional non-Arab interference in Yemen is objectionable, since it destabilizes and further complicates the situation in the war-torn country, he argued.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18592.html

and also http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/20/c_139224750.htm

My comment: LOL. This just should point to Iran. And obviously does not include US, UK and any Western interference? What about Arab interference? Arab interference is interference by bombing the country into ruins.

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Französische Justiz ermittelt wegen Foltervorwürfen gegen Abu Dhabis Kronprinzen

Die französische Justiz hat im Zusammenhang mit Foltervorwürfen Ermittlungen gegen Abu Dhabis Kronprinzen Scheich Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan eingeleitet.

Wie die Nachrichtenagentur AFP aus Ermittlerkreisen erfuhr, wird dem Mann aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten Mittäterschaft bei Folterhandlungen in Gefängnissen im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen zur Last gelegt. Ein Ermittlungsrichter solle den Vorwürfen nun nachgehen.
Gegen Scheich Mohammed war bereits im Oktober ein Verfahren eröffnet worden. Mehrere jemenitische Staatsbürger hatten im November 2018 Klagen gegen ihn eingereicht, als er sich zu einem offiziellen Besuch in Paris aufhielt. Sie machen ihn verantwortlich für die Folter von Häftlingen in Gefängnissen, die von den Truppen der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate kontrolliert werden. Der Kronprinz als Oberbefehlshaber der Truppen habe die Befehle für diese Verbrechen gegeben.

https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/buergerkrieg-im-jemen-franzoesische-justiz-ermittelt-wegen.1939.de.html?drn:news_id=1152384 = https://www.sn.at/politik/weltpolitik/folter-frankreich-ermittelt-gegen-abu-dhabis-kronprinzen-90316636

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France to probe Abu Dhabi crown prince over torture accusations in Yemen

French authorities are opening an investigation into allegations that Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been complicit in acts of torture in Yemen, where the UAE, along with Saudi Arabia and its allies, has been waging a years-long bloody war.
Citing multiple sources with knowledge of the case, AFP reported on Friday that a French investigating magistrate had been mandated to take on the probe.
Bin Zayed is deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces and a close ally of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
An initial inquiry was launched against bin Zayed last October after two complaints were filed during his visit to Paris in November 2018.
Six Yemenis had lodged a complaint with a judge specializing in crimes against humanity in Paris over acts of torture committed in UAE-run detention centers in Yemen.
The complaint alleges that bin Zayed is likely to have provided the "means and orders for these violations to be carried out".

https://news.yahoo.com/abu-dhabi-crown-prince-targeted-french-torture-probe-165601158.html = https://en.abna24.com/news//france-to-probe-abu-dhabi-crown-prince-over-torture-accusations-in-yemen_1055840.html

and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200720-uae-leader-mohammed-ben-zayed-accused-of-complicity-in-torture/

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Iran urges UN to take action to protect Yemeni civilians

Iran has called on the United Nations to take necessary measures to protect the lives of Yemeni civilians against the aggressions of the Saudi-led coalition.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi condemned on Friday the recent airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition that killed and injured at least 25 civilians, including women and children, in Yemen’s al-Jawf province, and expressed condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/161067/Iran-urges-UN-to-take-action-to-protect-Yemeni-civilians

and also https://en.irna.ir/news/83858624/Iran-calls-on-UN-to-intervene-for-saving-Yemeni-civilians

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Qatar Airways sues, seeks $5B from boycotting countries

Long-haul carrier Qatar Airways said Wednesday it launched international arbitration seeking at least $5 billion from four boycotting Arab countries for blocking its flights from their airspace and their markets, years into a simmering political dispute between the nations.

The Doha-based carrier did not elaborate where it initiated international arbitration against Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all of whom launched a boycott of Qatar in June 2017 that continues today

https://apnews.com/22a7d3a459d881b58db0fd38312be0ca

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[Hadi gov.] Yemeni PM accuses Qatar of backing Houthis, spreading chaos

Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed accused Qatar of backing the Iran-backed Houthi militia and spreading chaos in Yemen, in a speech delivered during his visit to Egypt on Tuesday, the Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23613

and also https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2402976/yemen-pm-accuses-qatar-backing-houthi-militias

and

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Qatar blasts accusation of support to Yemen Houthis as ridiculous

Qatar has blasted a statement by prime minister in Yemen's internationally recognised government accusing it of providing support to the Houthi Group as ridiculous.
It expressed its surprise over including its name in the war in Yemen and its denunciation of the false accusation.
"It would have been better for the prime miinister to save this great effort that he exerted in pointing ridiculous accusations to the State of Qatar, and to direct and focus these efforts to stop the tragedy of Yemen, find a formula for reuniting the Yemeni people and provide their urgent needs," the Qatari ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18643.html

and by Qatari media: https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/21/07/2020/Foreign-Ministry-expresses-great-surprise-at-including-Qatar-s-name-in-Yemen-war = https://www.qatar-tribune.com/news-details/id/194176/dragging-qatar-s-name-into-absurd-yemen-war-very-surprising-mofa

cp12b Sudan

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Sudan’s premier appoints civilians as provincial governors

Sudan’s prime minister announced the appointment of civilian governors for the country’s 18 provinces Wednesday, another key step forward in a fragile transition to democracy over a year after the military ousted long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

Abdalla Hamdok said at televised news conference that his government would gradually slash some energy subsidies as part reforms to help the African nation face daunting economic challenges.

He said the new governors, who included two women for the Nile River and the Norther provinces, would take office in the “next few days.”

https://apnews.com/4c6d991b4c99ad7122bd6498c02b911a

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Sudan: Houthi Targeting of Civilians Aims to Hinder Political Solution in Yemen

Sudan has affirmed its full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its right to defend the security of its territories and citizens.
In a statement issued today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan has reiterated its condemnation of the attacks launched against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by the Houthi militia in Yemen on July 13.
The statement added that it was clear that the aim of the Houthi militia's targeting of civilians inside Yemen and the neighboring countries of Yemen is to hinder the efforts being exerted by Saudi Arabia and the UN’s Special envoy to Yemen to move the political process forward and reach a comprehensive political solution.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2110985

My comment: Looking at Saudis’ deliberate targeting of civilians in Yemen, this obviously is BS.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp11

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Saab signs support agreement for GlobalEye

Saab has signed a support agreement with the United Arab Emirates regarding the advanced airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) solution GlobalEye. The agreement is valid between 2020 and 2022, with an order value of 144.9 M USD.

The agreement covers support and maintenance for the airborne surveillance system GlobalEye.

The support and maintenance will be executed locally in the United Arab Emirates.

https://saabgroup.com/media/news-press/news/2020-07/saab-signs-support-agreement-for-globaleye/

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Yemen coastguard see uptick in seizures of arms smuggled to Houthis

Yemen's internationally supported coastguard said it is tightening the noose around weapons smugglers in the Red Sea

Yemen's coastguard recently found sacks of AK-47 ammunition hidden on a trading vessel shortly followed on another operation by discovering 40 kilos of cocaine. All the shipments were headed to rebel-controlled areas of the war-torn country and come as a result of efforts to control violations of a UN arms embargo.

Col Abduljabar Zahzooh, who leads Yemen's coastguard in the Red Sea, told The National the raid last Thursday that uncovered the hidden ammunition was the fourth time they've uncovered such illicit cargo in just the last few months.

"The patrol suspected a boat while it was sailing in the Yemeni waters in Bab Al Mandab," Col Zahzooh said. "The patrol stopped the suspect boat and towed it with its three-man crew to a safe area in Bab Al Mandab where our officers inspected it and found dozens of plastic bags containing thousands of AK-47 rounds hidden within the body."

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-coastguard-see-uptick-in-seizures-of-arms-smuggled-to-houthis-1.1052009

and, the same incident, telling the arms should have been smuggled to Sudan:

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Yemen seizes boat loaded with weapons in Red Sea

[Hadi gov.] Yemen coastguards in the Red Sea have seized a boat loaded with three tons of ammunition, as the country intensifies sea patrols to intercept Iranian weapon shipments to the Houthis.

A local security official said a coast guard vessel on Thursday stopped a boat sailing inside Yemeni waters near Perim Island.

The coastguards who boarded the boat found thousands of ammunition rounds in large plastic bags and unnumbered AK47 assault rifles hidden inside. The official said the three Yemeni crewmen, who come from different Red Sea coastal areas, were arrested.

“They admitted that they were heading to Sudan to sell the ammunition,” the official, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Arab News on Saturday.

He said the three Yemenis were part of a large network involved in smuggling weapons from different countries, including Iran, to Yemen and other places. The official did not say if the seized ammunition and rifles were sent from Iran. “The investigation is still going on,” he added.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1706646/middle-east

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-40886

My comment: It would not be a surprise if this ammunition would have been smuggled from Yemen itself to Sudan – Yemen is full of arms, so it’s possible to make profit by selling them to East Africa. – this seizure already had been reported in Yemen War Mosaic 667.

And look at Sanaa market:

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A pristine AK-104 on sale in #Sanaa #Yemen for $2800. Comes with 3 magazines. (photos)

https://twitter.com/CalibreObscura/status/1284391633568530432

and

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Turkish-made silenced pistols seized in al-Dhale

Military forces foiled a bid to smuggle a shipment of silenced pistols into Aden governorate, security sources told the local press on Sunday.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23603

My remark: Smuggling from the war zone to Aden… There are more than enough arms in Yemen.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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THE AMAJID BRIGADE

Little-Known Military Brigades and Armed Groups in Yemen: A Series

Supported by the Southern Resistance, the Amajid Brigade reportedly captured the strategic Thirah front from Houthi forces on 25 April 2020. This raised the little-known group’s profile, warranting further examination of its history and role in the Yemen conflict. The Amajid Brigade is a brigade created by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in June/July 2019 and is led by Salafi Sheikh Brigadier General Salih Salim al-Sharji, reported to be close to Saudi Arabia. The brigade is part of the internationally-recognized government’s military structure, but seems to pursue its own agenda. According to some sources, it is based in al-Minyasah area, east of Lawdar district in Abyan governorate, while other sources report that its camp is based in Dathinah area of Mudiyah district (Twitter, 20 February 2020; Aden al-Ghad, 23 September 2019).

The Amajid Brigade is estimated to maintain between 5,000 and 6,000 fighters (Akhbar al-Yom, 11 July 2019). It recently completed its mission to push Houthi forces out of the Thirah front and is, as of July 2020, now trying to gain control of Mukayras district and Hazimiyah front in the Sawmaah district of Al Bayda governorate, as illustrated in the map below (Aden al-Ghad, 19 June 2020). If it achieves these objectives, the group may advance up Al Bayda governorate as part of its further strategic goals.

On 22 December 2019, the brigade reaffirmed its readiness and its commitment to fighting Houthi forces during a large military parade, with its activity rising significantly in the following months (Youtube, 22 December 2019; Al-Masdar, 24 December 2019). Until February 2020, ACLED records only six events involving the brigade. As of 30 June 2020, the number of reported events increased to almost 50, as shown in the graph below. This rapid escalation can be explained by an intensification of clashes around Thirah front, which culminated in its capture by Amajid Brigade forces, supported by the Southern Resistance, near the end of April 2020. However, anti-Houthi forces fighting in the Thirah front are typically reported collectively as Southern Resistance forces, most notably by reputed news outlet Aden al-Ghad, or as generic “government”/“legitimacy” forces, which might skew the number of records, in which ACLED codes the Amajid Brigade, downwards.

https://acleddata.com/2020/07/20/the-amajid-brigade/

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UAE Using Latin American Mercenaries For Wars In Libya, Yemen – Reports

The UAE has relied on mercenaries in its wars in Libya and Yemen and also deployed them in a number of ports in countries along the Red Sea coast. In 2011, the UAE signed a $529 million contract with Reflex Response Security Consultants managed by infamous Blackwater Worldwide founder Eric Prince, who has legal problems in the US because of his security business.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has increasingly sought to expand its influence in the Middle East. Experts write that the UAE has vested interests in the Middle East, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, and has not shied away from using mercenaries in its regional endeavours.

With a small population of around 2.7 million, the UAE has not been able to get enough recruits from within its citizenry to take part in external wars in the region. As a result, it was forced to recruit mercenaries to do “dirty” work on its behalf.

Former Palestinian senior security official Mohammed Dahlan has been working with the UAE’s crown prince as a security consultant because of his close ties with private security companies which provide mercenaries.

In 2011, the UAE signed a $529 million contract with Reflex Response Security Consultants managed by infamous Blackwater Worldwide founder Eric Prince, who has legal problems in the US because of his security business.

The UAE has relied on mercenaries in its wars in Libya and Yemen and also deployed them in a number of ports in countries along the Red Sea coast.

Around 450 mercenaries from Latin American countries dressed in UAE military uniforms were deployed in Yemen in 2015 to fight alongside the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels, according to a New York Times report. The report said fighters were trained in UAE deserts before being deployed.

On the other hand, BuzzFeed News reported in 2018 that the UAE hired US mercenaries to kill politicians belonging to the al-Islah party that the UAE considers a “terrorist group” for its alleged affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The report said the UAE sought to eliminate individuals that have challenged its separatist policies in Yemen; its control over resources of southern Yemen and its military and mercenaries’ presence in the strategic Socotra Island.

Earlier this year, UAE-based Black Shield Security company was accused of deceiving Sudanese youth by offering contracts as security guards in the UAE only to take them for training at a military camp and then forcefully deploy them in Libya and Yemen.

According to Western media reports, the company recruited at least 3,000 Sudanese through Sudanese travel agencies and other intermediaries working for them.

https://eurasiantimes.com/uae-using-latin-american-mercenaries-for-wars-in-libya-yemen-reports/

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Photo: Ancient statuette of ibex with Sabean inscription. In 2000, two men came to Yemeni photographer Abdulrahman al-Ghabari, asking him to take photos of this unique piece. Then they took it and left. Missing and never seen again since then.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1285427360632844291

My comment: It looks like a modern fake.

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemen COVID-19 Joint Market Monitoring Initiative, dates of data collection: 28 June - 2 July 2020

KEY FINDINGS: 28 JUNE - 2 JULY, 2020

  • There have reportedly been minimal store closures in the two weeks prior to data collection.
  • Nearly 72% of vendors reported facing additional difficulties obtaining petrol. 64% of vendors also reported that Diesel was difficult to obtain.
  • Price inflation is still the most commonly reported economic issue when obtaining fuel, WASH items, and water trucking services.
  • The price of water trucking was reported to have decreased by 26%, which has resulted in a decrease in the overall SMEB cost by 17%.
  • Restocking times for WASH goods were higher than fuel restocking times.
  • The ability of vendors to adapt to 50% and 100% demand increases has reportedly continued to decrease.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-covid-19-joint-market-monitoring-initiative-dates-data-collection-28-june-2-july

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Al-Qaeda in Yemen: Preparing to Strike

Despite recently suffering setbacks, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains a major player in war-torn Yemen and a major regional and global threat. As recently as 2015, with all eyes on the rise of Daesh, AQAP was able to orchestrate the Charlie Hebdo massacre in central Paris—the first jihadi terrorist attack in Europe since 2005. A new leadership, ongoing fighting in Yemen, and AQAP’s core characteristics leave the terrorist organisation capable to strike on multiple fronts.

Batarfi has an in-built advantage to his position: eradicating AQAP from Yemen will take much more than some successful military operations by the group’s opponents. AQAP’s success was never much related to its military strength. Rather, AQAP was successful in securing hospitality and endorsement from key towns by winning the complicity of tribal leaders and passive toleration from local populations. To date, the branding of its cause, community development projects, and youth engagement have all played an equally important part in AQAP’s patient integration strategy, which targeted local communities throughout Eastern and Southern Yemen.

To underscore the importance of AQAP’s local strength in Yemen it is worth noting that ISIS, which relied overwhelmingly on bold military operations to inspire fear and support but produced little in the way of culturally specific narratives and did not engage in community engagement, failed to establish itself in a durable way and failed to displace AQAP. It appears sections of ISIS in Yemen—most of which originate as splinters from AQAP—are currently being re-absorbed by AQAP.

Historically, Yemen has functioned as the ideal sanctuary for AQAP and its militants due to its territory and geographical position.

International jihadi terrorism is in constant state of evolution and AQAP has already demonstrated in the past that terrorist groups that might appear defeated have been able to develop new techniques and to maintain or even increase their appeal and emerge as powerful foes once again. With global and regional powers increasing their focus on other priorities, Yemen continues to offer significant opportunities for AQAP to reverse its military misfortunes on the ground and, possibly, in the months ahead, revive its terrorist sleeper cells around the world.

https://eeradicalization.com/al-qaeda-in-yemen-preparing-to-strike/

cp15 Propaganda

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Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Rejects Interference in Internal Affairs of Arab Nation

Al-Riyadh newspaper reported in its editorial that the Arab countries are witnessing critical phase over their modern history in the light of Iranian-Turkish interference in their internal affairs.
The paper added that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, throughout its long history, has sought to move the Arab countries forward, and unifying their views towards all different causes.
The paper concluded that Saudi Arabia always seeks to achieve the interests of the Arab nation, reject the interference in its internal affairs, and support its different causes at regional and international levels.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2112698

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USCIRF provides an update on religious freedom in Yemen

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recently released a country update for Yemen, detailing religious freedom violations in the country.

The Houthis, a militant group representing Shia Muslims in the region, have been conquering territory and harassing Sunni Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, and other religious groups.

Six says, “The Christian population, which was small a few years ago, probably about 40,000 or so, has dwindled to maybe just a few thousand now. That’s after concerted attacks on churches, burned down and entered by gunmen. And [in many] Christian businesses and care facilities, Christians were shot and killed by gunmen, deliberately targeted for their faith. Yemen is really one of the most difficult places in the world right now.”

Pray that God would transform the country into a place of love and freedom. Six points to what has happened in Sudan recently to give hope the same could happen in Yemen.

In the meantime, be praying that Christians in Yemen would be kept safe from religious violence. And pray that many would be drawn to Christ by their faithful witness in such a difficult country.

https://www.mnnonline.org/news/184433/

My comment: The US is misusing the topic of religious freedom as a tool of US foreign policy by blaming its enemies. The situation of Christians in Yemen is dire, it doesn’t matter whether in the Houthi-held areas or elsewhere. There had never been any reports of Houthis especially harassing Christians. – The US position on religious freedom is extremely odd: The worst country in this regard is Saudi Arabia. Also read this. https://apnews.com/5ede767e136d846bdd06700f11ca51f2

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Resistance to the Brotherhood in Yemen

Over the past few months, the situation in South Yemen has been getting worse as the legitimate government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has focused on its southern allies rather than facing up to the rebel Iran-backed Houthi militia. However, since the internationally recognised government of Hadi began to court the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood, the southerners have become wary of the future.

When the Hadi government called in the Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces in 2015, it was mainly to fight the Houthi rebels who then dominated the country. Most of the military achievements of the coalition in liberating provinces from Houthi control saw the active participation of southern fighters more than that of the army loyal to the Hadi government.

In successive cabinet reshuffles, Hadi brought the Al-Islah Party, representing the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen, into his government, letting party members control the military and incorporate their own militias into it. The southerners felt betrayed and formed the STC in 2017 in a bid to take control of the liberated areas of South Yemen.

Late last year, the Saudis brought the two sides together to sign a power-sharing agreement in a bid to direct all efforts towards the Houthi rebels. But Al-Islah elements in the government saw this as allowing them to take control of areas where terrorists used to cluster in the southern and middle parts of the country.

Some of these areas came under Houthi control some years ago when Al-Islah conspired to let them in.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1203/375085/AlAhram-Weekly/World/Resistance-to-the-Brotherhood-in-Yemen.aspx

My comment: This is the southern separatists worldview.

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Iran Sets Its Sights on Mecca

While most of the Western world is preoccupied with Iran’s role in Iraq and Syria, Yemen — the “forgotten conflict” — remains an integral and growing theater of operations for the expanding Iranian sphere of influence.

The Houthis of Yemen are much more than the nemesis of Saudi Arabia. They are radicalized Shiites with Persian roots. While they come from a once peaceful Zaidi tradition, they are increasingly a global menace. They have threatened the UAE and Israel, and have expressed hatred for the US.

By taking advantage of side conflicts between other Yemeni factions, such as the separatist Southern Traditional Council (which has broken with the fragile Riyadh agreement and declared autonomy in part of Aden) and the local Muslim Brotherhood branch (known as the Islah Party and Brigade), the Houthis have been expanding their territorial control while making a political power grab. They are essentially displacing the internationally recognized Hadi government, which is now in exile.

With the rise of the Houthis, Yemen has become a global hub for ballistic missile import, terrorist operations, and centralized corruption and money laundering. While many analysts have recommended a strategy to separate the Houthis from their Iranian masters and funders, this advice has largely fallen on deaf ears – by Irina Tsukerman

https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/07/21/iran-sets-its-sights-on-mecca/

My comment: This really is a big piece of BS propaganda.

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Health doctors praise work of Supreme Health Committee for Self-Administration in the capital #Aden

https://en.smanews.org/health-doctors-praise-work-of-supreme-health-committee-for-self-administration-in-the-capital-aden

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Rebels in Yemen are holding hostage an ageing, abandoned oil tanker at risk of explosion

Because the Houthis have prevented international inspection teams from boarding the ship, no-one is sure about the condition of its hull.

The rebels are treating the vessel as "a deterrent, like having a nuclear weapon", according to a European diplomat who spoke anonymously to AP.

The rebel group has said the United States and Saudi Arabia are responsible for any spill, because they are preventing them from selling the oil.

But Abdulwahed Al Obaly, an employee of the SAFER company and a Yemeni economic researcher, said the Houthis have been using the threat of environmental disaster to press for major concessions.

"The Houthis are not just demanding the money for releasing the vessel," he told the ABC.

In exchange for access to the tanker, the Houthis want government forces to withdraw from a key port and reopen the airport in the former capital, Saana.

Abdulwahed Al Obaly says the Houthis also want to use the tanker to force the US to lift sanctions on their ally, Iran.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-19/how-a-ghost-ship-off-yemen-is-being-used-like-a-floating-bomb/12465810

My comment: As this subject is misused for anti-Houthi propaganda, the article is placed here. You should not rely on a source claiming “As Houthis get their instructions from Iran”.

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[Hadi gov.] Yemen minister to tribes: don't throw your sons into Houthi holocausts

Information minister in Yemen's internationally recognised government, Muammar Al-Eryani, on Saturday called on the elders and sons of the tribes in Houthi-controlled regions to resist and reject Houthi blackmail and pressure on them.
"Information we obtained from areas controlled by the Houthis showed that villages in the district of Bani Matar in west of the capital Sanaa have lost the majority of their young men in the war," he wrote on Twitter.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18575.html

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-40902

My comment: The Yemen War is a “Houthi holocaust”? This really is BS.

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Saudi Arabia Launches French News Website, an Attempt to Improve Image

French newspaper Le Monde said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia launched a news website in French to "Improve its image" that it causes in front of Western public opinion due to the assassination case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The newspaper stated in a report that the new media is the digital and French version of the English-language daily Arab News, owned by a group close to the royal family, and an interface to the kingdom's image as desired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14020

and an Arab news report: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14020

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Picture on the left is of Houthi-controlled #Sanaa last night by Samira Ali. The right is #Marib that #Houthis relentlessly trying to snuff out this bright spot, turning it into a backward place again.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1284324992465932289

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[from 2018]:

Hipster-imperial bible VICE did paid propaganda for Saudi Arabia

Hipster media giant VICE worked with Saudi Arabia’s regime mouthpiece SRMG to create a video promoting tourism and a camel festival.

https://thegrayzone.com/2018/10/21/vice-propaganda-saudi-arabia/

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2112449

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2112358

https://www.mofaic.gov.ae/en/mediahub/news/2020/7/21/21-07-2020-uae-yemen

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23609

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2111306

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2111261

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2111055

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Aggression warplanes target communication network in Amran

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103488.htm

and

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Coalition airstrikes hit Houthi targets in Amran

The Arab Coalition Fighter jets hit Houthi reinforcements and supply lines in Amran governorate in the north of Yemen, local sources said on Wednesday.
According to the sources, the Coalition airstrikes pounded a number of Houthi gatherings and military vehicles in Aiyal Sarih district of Amran.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23624

but look yourself:

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Photos: Saudi led coalition airstrikes hit yesterday sites of net communications in Amran and Sa'ada provinces in northern #Yemen. The question is are these sites are Houthis fighters to be targeted by Saudi air jets? I don't think so!!!!

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1286100255906451456

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More air raids:

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14101 Several provinces

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103450.htm Marib

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103381.htm Marib

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103327.htm Marib

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103241.htm Bayda

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103235.htm and https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14056 4 provinces

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103124.htm Bayda, Marib

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103165.htm Hajjah

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103221.htm Marib

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1284541969235095553 Marib, Sanaa, Bayda

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103118.htm Marib

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103014.htm Hajjah, „Houthi targets” as claimed by pro-separatist news site: http://en.adenpress.news/news/23588

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103015.htm Bayda

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103019.htm Marib, Jawf

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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Masam project dismantles 1,287 mines in Yemen

The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen dismantled a total of 1,287 mines during the second week of July, a Saudi Press Agency (SPA) report said on Tuesday.
https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/595759/SAUDI-ARABIA/Masam-project-dismantles-1287-mines-in-Yemen

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/23618

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Child Wounded in Mine Explosion

A child was seriously wounded in a mine explosion planted east of the five-year besieged city of Taiz by the Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/24966

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Child badly injured by projectile blast in al-Dhale

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23611

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Saudi activist: Number of Al Saud princes killed in Yemen's missile attacks on Riyadh

The Saudi activist, Rashed al-Dossary, said in a tweet, that a number of princes of Al Saud had been killed in the latest missile attack carried out by Yemen’s Ansarullah on Riyadh 10 days ago.

“After sadness joy comes … I confirm to you the death of a number of princes of Al Saud due to Yemen’s Houthi missile and drone attack on the Ministry of Defense in Riyadh,” Al-Dossary said.

This explains the intensify Saudi air raids on Sana’a, Baydha and Marib because the Yemeni strike on Riyadh was very painful.

https://en.abna24.com/news//saudi-activist-number-of-al-saud-princes-killed-in-yemens-missile-attacks-on-riyadh_1056336.html

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Missiles still fly over: How effective is Yemen air defense?

Riyadh announced that 313 rockets and 357 drones had been intercepted since the beginning of the campaign in 2015.

The use of ballistic missiles in this conflict is unprecedented – in no other case has so many been used, although there is no fully reliable and verifiable information that would make it possible to say exactly how many were used, how many were intercepted and how many hit the target, and what losses were induced.

Nevertheless, the American analytical center CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies) has prepared a report in which, based on available press releases, data similar to the facts are presented.

They report that by April 2020, i.e. the abovementioned ceasefire, Saudis were to shoot down at least 162 enemy rockets.

During the first phase, already discussed in the pages of Defense24, Ansar Allah relied on rockets acquired in Yemen. For example, in September 2015, a tactical Soviet 9K79 Toczka rocket system killed 60 coalition soldiers. In December of the same year, another Tochka killed 100 soldiers from Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

As CSIS notes, Ansar Allah then focused more on – in addition to attacking military targets – Saudi and Emirate industrial infrastructure, mainly energy.

A new variant soon appeared, designated Burkan 2-H with a detachable warhead and a range of approximately 900 kilometers. According to CSIS, the first time this type was used was in July 2017.

These rockets extended the range of harassment by Ansar Allah, who began attacking the capital city of Riyadh and other locations, such as Jeddah in the western part of the country.

CSIS analysts recognize October 2016 as another breakthrough, when Ansar Allah once again increased its missile capabilities – the use of anti-ship missiles. A party to the conflict has become the US Navy.

Then it came to “the greatest militant use of anti-aircraft and missile defense systems in recent history.” Also then – in October 2016 – Ansar Allah damaged the HSV-2 transport catamaran. American warships also began to attack.

CSIS emphasizes that from mid-2018 the intensity of ballistic missile attacks of a larger range has decreased, which can be explained on the one hand by the quite effective actions of the Saudis. Second, Ansar Allah has run out of stocks and replenishing them is difficult.

Thus, it had to focus on the use of shorter-range artillery missiles and drones, which began to “attack military bases, coalition air defense, individuals, as well as civilian targets such as airports and energy infrastructure.”

As for missile defense, CSIS gives completely different data than the coalition representative cited at the beginning. According to an American center, from March 2015 to April 2020, at least 162 Ansar Allah rockets were intercepted.

It’s hard not to see the desperation – despite several years of operations in Yemen, almost unlimited funds, full air and sea dominance, frequent bombings, Ansar Allah still receives enough rockets from outside to continue its operations.

https://bulgarianmilitary.com/2020/07/18/missiles-still-fly-over-how-effective-is-yemen-air-defense/

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Analysis: Painful blows of Yemen's Ansarullah to Bin Salman’s dreams

While the quagmire of Yemen war goes deeper and more complicated every day for the Saudis, once again Saudi Arabia came under a new wave of missile and drone strikes launched by the Yemeni army and the popular forces.
General Yahya Saree, the spokesman to the Yemeni armed forces, in a statement released on Monday, gave details of the attacks on the Saudi oil facilities and military positions inside the Arab kingdom.
Details and goals of the new operation against Saudi Arabia
According to Al-Masira news network, the spokesman to the Yemeni forces in comments on the goals of the new attacks deep into Saudi Arabia said that the Yemeni forces in a massive operation targeted a number of Saudi military bases and vital facilities in Jizan, Najran, and Asir south of the kingdom.
In the operation, in which ballistic missiles and combat drones were used, the hangars of the fighter jets and also Patriot air defense systems in Khamis Mushait, Abha, Jizan, and Najran were targeted. The attacks took over seven hours to carry out and led to the destruction of a number of fighter jets and killed a number of Saudi officers serving in the facilities, Saree stated.
Also, big oil facilities in the Jizan industrial region were destroyed. “The strikes were launched in retaliation to the enemy’s crimes the latest of which were in Hajjah province, as well as the ongoing blockade on the anniversary of Tanomah massacre,” he continued, referring to killing of Yemeni Hajj pilgrims by Saudi forces under British direction about a century ago in the Saudi town of Tanomah.
The spokesman added that the Yemenis also attacked Tadwin military base in Marib while a meeting was underway between Saudi commanders and loyalists to the resigned President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. He said that during the strikes on the meeting place “dozens were killed and injured.”

https://en.abna24.com/news//analysis-painful-blows-of-yemens-ansarullah-to-bin-salman%e2%80%99s-dreams_1055815.html

My comment: Hmmmm. Obviously, success was very limited.

(A K)

Clashes rage in Yemen's Bayda, Sanaa

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18553.html

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.

(A K pH)

Daily violations

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14101 July 22

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14086 July 21

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14074 July 20

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14056 July 19

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14022 July 17

(A K pS)

Film: A citizen's house in Hays was damaged by Houthi missiles and angry reactions of citizens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4t3RxRsEWE

(A K pS)

Film: A child from al-Jah was wounded by a Houthi sniper bullet

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

Photo: https://twitter.com/wfahd1000/status/1285610341486002176

(A K)

Yemeni joint forces fiercely clash with Houthi fighters in Hodeida

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18667.html

(A K pS)

Houthis target civilians, places of worship in Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23623

(A K pH)

Saudi-backed mercenaries try to cover up rape of seven-year-old in Hodeidah

Gangs of mercenaries terrorising Hays area in support of pedophile rapist

A seven-year-old girl was reportedly raped by her mother’s husband in Hodeidah province, local sources told Yemen Press Agency.

Noaaman Saeed, a supporter of the invading coalition’s mercenaries, sexually assaulted his wife’s daughter, who was only seven years old at the crime.

https://uprising.today/saudi-backed-mercenaries-try-to-cover-up-rape-of-seven-year-old-in-hodeidah/

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14092

(B H K pS)

Film: Houthi death mines deepen the human and living wounds of Hodeidah residents

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj8NogVqjnE

(A K pS)

Local sources: a child was injured by mortar shells fired by the #Houthi group in Hayes city, south of #Hodeida governorate

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1285597017461448705

(A K pS)

Six Houthis killed by explosive device in Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23615

(A K pH)

Girl injured in aggression forces' shelling in Hodeidah

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3103124.htm

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14041

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

(A)

'Visionary' groom: Thousands attend blind man's wedding in Yemen after online plea for friends

Thousands of Yemenis filled the streets of the temporary capital city on Saturday to respond to calls from a young blind groom that requested locals attend his wedding.

The unprecedented celebrations saw the coastal Aden city jam packed with hundreds of cars in a traditional celebratory convoy to celebrate the wedding of Mohammed Ali Abdullah.

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/7/19/thousands-attend-blind-yemenis-wedding-celebrations-after-online-plea

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/23606

(B H P)

Abdurabu: Hard work key to making Yemen proud

Yemen aiming for strong finish in Group D of Qatar 2022 qualifiers

Mudir Abdurabu has played in all of Yemen’s games

Qatar-based defender hoping to lead his country to the global showpiece

https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/abdurabu-hard-work-is-key-to-making-yemen-proud

(B H)

Photo Story – As UN seeks ceasefire in Yemen, poverty doesn’t stop football

https://corporatedispatch.com/photo-story-as-un-seeks-ceasefire-in-yemen-poverty-doesnt-stop-football/

(B P)

‘Remote, tribal’ Newcastle is worse than war-torn YEMEN, claims Middle East website

NEWCASTLE is worse than war-torn Yemen, according to a Middle East website.

The city was also “a remote, tribal community” where it was “illegal not to drink”.

It accused the locals of having a “well-documented penchant for violence” and “outsiders cannot understand a word they say”.

The jibes came in an Inside Arabia article on the planned Saudi takeover of Newcastle United.

https://www.fr24news.com/a/2020/07/newcastle-distant-and-tribal-is-worse-than-war-torn-yemen.html

My comment: This is either a bad joke or bullshit neoliberal capitalism.

(B P)

Since 2015 traveling is a chaotic decision. Logistics are extremely difficult and draining. Many people lost medical and education opportunities due to visa and travel restrictions. For clarity of info, Sanaa airport was completely closed in Aug 2016.

https://twitter.com/HanaalShowafi/status/1284414867424903171

Since 2015: - only Aden and Sieyun airports are open which means 12hrs car drive to people live in the North with road travel risks - Only few flights a week r allowed to Cairo/Amman, yet flight might get cancelled if Saudi doesn't approve take off - Tickets prices got 50% higher

https://twitter.com/HanaalShowafi/status/1284407300401369088

A Yemenia flight of 171 passengers from Cairo to Aden was forced to go back to Cairo after taking off bcoz 'Saudi did not have a copy of passengers passports'!! Humiliation. I personally experienced it 3 years ago. Passengers now r stuck in the airport bcoz they don't have visas!

https://twitter.com/HanaalShowafi/status/1284405445109723136

(A H P)

391 stranded Yemenis return home

Three planes carrying 391 stranded people from United Arab Emirates (193), Egypt (148) and Ethiopia (50) landed in Hadramout and Aden on Friday.
All the passengers were subjected to covid-19 tests before departure, to make sure that they are free from infection.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23583

(A)

Heavy rain in Al-Sadda district in Ibb governorate has caused huge damage to civilians' houses and land

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1284502204905291776

(-)

Photo: Yemeni Fortress, Sanaa "Taiz is a little, but photogenic and dramatic mountain village in southwest Yemen, where you can find the marvelous Al-Qahira Fortress."

https://twitter.com/40_Ronda/status/1284870846700556288

(-)

Photos: Al-Hajrein village is one of the most beautiful and historical villages in #Hadramout & #Yemen. It was the center of the pre-Islamic kingdom of Kinda. Kindah tribe was a Kahlani branch that was part of the Sabaean Kingdom of #Marib in the early 3rd century AD.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1284707575825661953

(-)

Photos: Shehara Bridge, one of #Yemen's wonders and architectural masterpieces. It is the oldest stone bridge in the Arabian Peninsula, built 100 years ago to connect two villages in the district of Shehara, Amran province, north Yemen.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1285066581433778176

(* C)

Wikipedia: History of Yemen

Yemen is one of the oldest centers of civilization in the Near East.[1] Its relatively fertile land and adequate rainfall in a moister climate helped sustain a stable population, a feature recognized by the ancient Greek geographer Ptolemy, who described Yemen as Eudaimon Arabia (better known in its Latin translation, Arabia Felix) meaning "fortunate Arabia" or "Happy Arabia". Yemenis had developed the South Arabian alphabet by the 12th to 8th centuries BCE, which explains why most historians date all of the ancient Yemeni kingdoms to that era.

Between the 12th century BCE and the 6th century CE, it was dominated by six successive civilizations which rivaled each other, or were allied with each other and controlled the lucrative spice trade: Ma'in, Qataban, Hadhramaut, Awsan, Saba, and Himyar.[2] Islam arrived in 630 CE, and Yemen became part of the Muslim realm.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Yemen

and the Yemen article. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemen

(C)

Just in case anyone thinks #Yemen is new to #arms #smuggling (or Britain is new to trying to control it), take a moment to explore the fabulous @BritishLibrary archives online @BLQatar where you can find gems like this (167 folios dated 1911)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1285614452533088256

referring to https://www.qdl.qa/en/archive/81055/vdc_100028977073.0x00000b

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-667-yemen-war-mosaic-667

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-667 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-667:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

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

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

06:09 23.07.2020
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