Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 669b- Yemen War Mosaic 669b

Yemen Press Reader 669b: 28. Juli 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 669, cp6 - cp19 / July 28, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 669, cp6 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 669, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 669, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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

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

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President Hadi affirms Govt support to Hadhramout’s model of coexistence

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Forcibly disappeared Yemeni detainees released from UAE-run prisons, lawyer says

A number of Yemeni detainees who had been forcibly disappeared and kidnapped for five years by the United Arab Emirates were released, lawyer and human rights activist, Huda Al-Sarari, said on Monday.

They were first taken to secret prisons in the Yemeni cities of Aden and Mukalla and then transferred to UAE-run prisons outside Yemen, she wrote on Twitter.

"We could reach a number of them who revealed that they had been subjected to torture and inhuman treatment in UAE-run prisons outside Yemen," she said.

They said they were not referred to court and that only UAE officers and mercenaries were interrogating them, she said.

"They were released on condition they do not talk to the media. During the years of their forced disappearances and torture, they were pressured to work for their kidnappers or remain disappeared," she revealed.

"The crimes against these people are not subject to statute of limitations. We will pursue the local violators and their supporters".

All of them need psychological rehabilitation in order to be reintegrated into society, she said.

and also

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Yemeni gov't-STC new deal declaration expected Monday: official

A new pact between Yemen's internationally-recognized government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) is expected to be announced Monday, advisor to the Yemeni information minister said Sunday, after consultations hosted in Riyadh.

"The new deal is expected to be declared next Monday," Mukhtar al-Rahabi added in a tweet.

"The pact includes new provisions to be added to the Riyadh Agreement, which the STC refuses to apply," he said.

Earlier on Sunday, Yemeni media reported that the new deal provides for the existing premier Maeen Abdulmalek to lead the new cabinet, a governor and security director be appointed for Aden, the STC-declared self-governance in south be canceled, and cash recently appropriated by the STC be brought back.

Under the new pact, Socotra governor will return to the archipelago and the cabinet will be formed following a decree by President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and after the STC revers it self-rule.

and also

and by the separatist side:

My comment: This will not work.

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SCT official challenges pro-unity groups to accept self-determination of south

Chairman of foreign relations department in the southern transitional council, Ahmed Omar bin Farid, on Monday challenged groups seeking to impose unity in Yemen by force to accept the right to self-determination of the southern people.
"The causes of nations are not subject to voting. But we always show respect to the will of the southern people and their right to self-determination without pressure or coercion," he wrote on Twitter.
The statement was made after thousands of people staged a demonstration in the southern province of Abyan in support of the internationally recognised government.


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Abyan hosts demonstration in support of Yemeni legitimate gov't

Thousands of Yemenis on Monday took to Abyan streets in a demonstration supporting the Yemeni legitimate government against the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

'No exclusion. Yes partnership' was the emblem of the rally that was staged in Lauder district of Abyan, in response to the Southern National Alliance (SNA), to express support for President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Yemenis reject that one entity monopolizes by force the representation of all the southern governorates, the statement said, hinting at the STC.

The Yemeni government needs to shoulder responsibility in terms of providing services and securing regular monthly salaries, so as to boost the State's administrative and military performance, it added.

and also =



and a rally by the other side:

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Abyan's Lawdar demonstrates support for STC, self-rule

Hundreds of people staged a demonstration in Lawdar district of Abyan governorate on Monday, in solidarity with the leadership of the Southern Transitional Council and in support for the STC declaration of self- administration of the South declared on 25 April 2020.

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Yemen defence ministry accuses Central Bank, finance ministry of obstructing payment of military salaries

A senior source in the Yemeni Ministry of Defence has accused the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Yemen of obstructing the payment of army salaries in a number of military regions, bodies and departments, the Al-Masdar news site reported.

The site quoted the source as saying that the finance ministry’s leadership and the bank promised a few days ago to pay at least two of the delayed salaries but did not fulfill their promise despite the repeated presidential and government directives.

The source accused the finance ministry and the bank of not treating the military regions equally, explaining that the salaries of the fourth military zone are being paid on time, while the salaries of the first, third, sixth and seventh regions have not been paid for months.

According to the source, the salaries of three months from 2019 and the salaries of the past six months of the current year have not been paid for three regions, while the salaries of March and April were paid to the fourth region days ago.

(A K P)

At least one civilian killed in clashes between mercenary forces in Lahj

Forces of Saudi-backed brigades clashed with one another in Lahj province

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Tribal militias in Mahrah prevent UAE-backed mercenaries from entering city

City of Al-Ghaydah barricaded by tribal fighters to keep out STC mercenaries

The tribes of the Yemeni province of Mahrah have taken control of the square where the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) was planning to hold a rally in the city of Al-Ghaydah.

Former Undersecretary of Mahrah, Sheikh Ali al-Harizi, confirmed on Saturday that the tribes “will not submit to the Hadi government and the Saudi-led coalition, as long as the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) is treated as a partner.”

“We do not trust the Riyadh Agreement, and anything that comes out of Riyadh is a conspiracy,” said Sheikh al-Harzi, who is a leading member in the Mahrah Peaceful Sit-in against the Saudi-Emirati occupation, during an interview with Al-Jazeera news channel.

Al-Harizi added that “Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading a conspiracy in Mahrah, and they are racing against time to achieve it.”

He explained that the STC moves in Mahrah can only take place because of Saudi-Emirati approval, and he stated that he holds Saudi Arabia and the UAE responsible for what will happen in Mahrah as a result of the STC’s escalation.

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Yemen Mahara Sit-in vows to counter Saudi-Emirati plots

The Mahara Sit-in Committee will not allow the Southern Transitional Council (STC) to take control over the Yemeni eastern governorate as part of the Saudi-Emirati plot to overtake the governorate, spokesman for the committee said vowing to counter any military escalation.

The STC cannot escalate without being pushed by Saudis and Emiratis, "who use it for guess; when it seizes a governorate, they intervene to establish that situation," Amer Kalashat added in remarks carried by the Anadolu Agency.

If the STC "explodes the situation militarily in Mahara, we're ready to counter. We won't stay helpless before the STC's expansion, which is an expansion for foreign forces and occupation we cannot tolerate," he said.

The Sit-in Committee will not allow the STC to take control of Mahara. "This is a Saudi-Emirati plot to finalize control over all southern governorates and divide shares between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi."


(A P)

Local leadership of Transitional Council in Al-Mahra affirms implementing Self-Administration support mass event on its date in Ghaidha city

We confirm that the peaceful event is still active on its time, and the local leadership of the Southern Transitional Council in Al-Mahra governorate has completed all required arrangements in all areas for it, including coordination with the security authorities.

We also confirm that the local leadership of the Transitional Council has put all the plans, programs and precautions necessary to hold the event on its date and time, and there is no truth in the news circulated about postponing the mass event.


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STC's supporters in al-Mahra issue IMPORTANT statement

Thousands of people staged a demonstration in al-Ghaida, the capital of al-Mahra governorate on Saturday, in support of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and for the self-administration of the South declared on 25 April 2020.
The participants came to the provincial capital from all the districts of al-Mahra in response to the call made by the STC, against all odds and despite all the obstacles made by the militias of Islah party, the Yemeni arm of Muslim Brotherhood organization within Yemen's legitimacy.
The peaceful demonstrators took to the Independence Square near the STC's local headquarters in al-Ghaida, raising the flags of the South and portraits of the STC leaders. They also carried banners, placards and slogans to reflect their solidarity with the STC and the southern forces, in addition to display their anger and their resentment toward the presence of Muslim Brotherhood-linked troops in the province.
The southern masses issued a statement to confirm that:
1- Al-Mahra is an essential part of the South and its southern identity can never be obliterated or wiped out.
2- Al-Mahra rejects any form of tutelage, marginalization, exclusion and/or being represent it or talking in behalf of it in a way that not reflect the will of its people.
3- Al-Mahra declares its full and unequivocal support for the STC and self-rule in the south.
4- Al-Mahra appreciates the key role played by the Arab Coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to establish peace in the homeland and protect it against foreign interference and ambitions, affirming that Al-Mahra and all the South stand by the Arab Coalition and its project to promote the Arab nation and protect its national security.


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Saudi Arabia, UAE dragging Mahra into new war in Yemen

It seems Mahra province in eastern Yemen will soon slip into an armed conflict amid growing tensions between the organising committee of peaceful demonstration in the province and the UAE-backed southern transitional council.
In a powerful response to a statement the STC will be holding several events in Mahra on Saturday, local tribes on Friday closed all entrances to the province, banned fans of the council from other provinces and controlled squares the STC is planning to hold events in, local sources told Debriefer.
This is a dangerous development in the province which has been volatile since 2017. Mahra had remained calm since the armed conflict in the country started in late 2014. But it now seems to be heading to violence, a matter which triggered an emergency meeting by the provincial security committee chaired by governor and with the attendance of military chiefs and tribal elders. The meeting discussed the latest moves of the STC that are apparently aimed at establishing self-rule in the province.

Meanwhile, the current escalation comes as the organising committee of peaceful demonstration sees the STC's calls for events in Mahra aim to enable STC fighters, who are backed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to take over the province.
Aljazeera TV Channel quoted chairman of the committee, Amir Kalshat, as vowing that they will not allow the scenarios of Aden and Socotra to be repeated in Mahra.
"We will not allow any foreigners to achieve their goals in Mahra," he said, according to Aljazeera.

On Wednesday, President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi called on the governor, Mohammed Ali Yassir, to unite the people in order to work as a team.

Hadi's order followed a hard-hitting statement by the committee warning a Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting in Yemen against repeating the Aden and Socotra scenarios or spreading chaos and violence in Mahra.
Hadi is apparently avoiding direct confrontation with the STC because the latter is receiving support from Saudi forces stationed in the province.
Earlier, the committee said it will defend the province and prevent chaos the STC plans to spread if the government fails to do that.
In a statement, it held the Saudi/UAE occupation responsible for any escalation or confrontations, pointing out that it will call for a popular uprising if the occupiers continue their escalation.
"We will resume our activity if the Saudi/UAE occupation insists on pushing the STC to organise its events," it said.


(A P)

Al-Mahra Security Committee bans protest and rallies

The Security Committee of Al-Mahra governorate, headed by the governor, Mohammed Ali Yasser, banned temporarily on Friday organizing any public gathering by any party.

The action has been taken amid efforts by the Aden-based southern rebels known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC) to organize anti-government rallies to overthrow the government in Al-Mahra.

The Saban News Agency reported that the committee discussed ways to end the tension and maintain security and stability of the governorate.


(A P)

Mahara governor calls for de-escalation as STC holds event

Mahara governor on Saturday called on all the parties to listen to reason and cooperate with security forces so as to maintain stability in the Yemeni eastern governorate, where the Southern Transitional Council (STC) insisted it would hold an event promoting self-governance despite official opposition.
"We call everyone to give priority to the provincial interest and to cooperate with local authority," Governor Mohamed Ali Yasser tweeted, in order to spare Mahara conflicts and disorder.
Late on Friday, the Emirati-backed STC said it would organize an event on Saturday in Mahara.

(A K P)

Leader of the resistance in Dhi Na’im in Al-Bayda governorate refuses to join Islah Party in Abyan war

(A K P)

Assassinating a soldier of the [separatist] Shabwani elite in #Shabwa

(A P)

Soldiers of #Lahj governorate close the road of Tor Al-Baha to Aden

It was seen that convoys of trucks and cars parked along the road line and not being allowed to cross because of that protest of the soldiers.

With the permission of one of the soldiers who cut the line that they are sorry for their work, but we were forced to do so because of our salary cuts by the brigade commander Turk

(A P)

President of [separatist] Self-Administration discusses ways to secure electricity fuel and supply stations during Eid al-Adha holiday

The President of Self-Administration of the South discusses ways to secure electricity fuel and supply stations with petroleum products during the holiday of Eid al-Adha.

(A P)

Film: East #Yemen tension: A local sent me this to show floods in #Mahra last week. But what struck me was the large number of armed men on the move. This is not business as usual (even in Mahra). Note that the secessionist #STC plans a rally in Mahra tomorrow

(A P)

Arab coalition prevents two Yemeni families from flying

Security authorities in Aden airport stopped the two families under directives from the Arab coalition in the pretext that their names were in the coalition's ban list, the sources added.

(A P)

Seven people inured as Taiz rally comes under fire

Seven people were wounded when a rally, staged Saturday in support of the Yemeni President's decree appointing a new commander, came under fire in Hojaria districts, south the southwestern governorate of Taiz.
A group of the 35th brigade's personnel, opposing Hadi's appointment of Abdul Rahman al-Shamsani as a new commander, blocked rural roads leading to the brigade's HQ in al-Eyn and to sports hall in Nashama town and opened fire at demonstrators, leaving 7 people injured, said local sources

and also

(A K P)

5 killed, injured in renewed clashes between government forces in southwest Yemen

One person was killed and four others injured on Friday in renewed clashes between military units loyal to Yemen's internationally recognised government in Al-Turbah town south of Taiz province.

(A K P)

Security official assassinated in Abyan

(A T)

SEF assassinated by terrorists in Shabwa

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Three southern soldiers assassinated in single day

(A P)

High-ranking Islah member arrested in Saudi Arabia

Vocal supporter of Saudi invasion of Yemen arrested by Saudi forces

(A P)

Yemeni man tortured to death by Saudi mercenaries in Taiz

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Yemen: Separatist STC did not return money seized in Hadhramout, Aden

A Yemeni government source said southern Yemeni separatists did not return the money they looted in Hadhramout and Aden.

The source told Al Jazeera that the Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia had withdrawn tens of billions from Aden banks over the past two months.

Earlier this month, a spokesman for the UAE-backed STC announced that the council’s president had issued directives to hand over the money confiscated while on their way to the Central Bank in the temporary capital, Aden.

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Yemeni President precedes STC rally in Mahara with call for unity

The Yemeni President on Wednesday, prior to Saturday rally called for by the Southern Transitional Council (STC) demanding self-governance in the eastern governorate, just called on Governor Mohamed Ali Yasser to maintain unity and team spirit, the al-Araby al-Jadeed reported.

(A K P)

Yemeni disputed Sabaran Mont in Turba entrusted to special forces

(A P)

Al-Qaeda kills security belt leader, member, third killed in floods in Abyan

(A P)

Speaker of Yemeni Parliament highlights importance of implementation of Riyadh Agreement

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp2a

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Houthis accuse UN envoy of bias in Yemen conflict

The Houthis in Yemen have launched a strongly-worded attack on the UN and its special envoy to the country, Martin Griffiths. They accuse the organisation of being biased and not contributing seriously to the peace efforts.

Houthi spokesman Mohamed Abdel Salam told 26 September newspaper on Saturday that neither the UN nor the Arab coalition countries led by Saudi Arabia deal positively with any peace initiative. He added that they do not want a just peace, but just want the Houthis to surrender

“The Houthis had hoped that Griffiths would be able to present a political vision for a solution through a real and effective move to end the unjust siege on the Yemeni people,” explained Abdel Salam, “but the UN failed to pressure the coalition in order to force it to implement its obligations agreed upon in the Sweden consultations.”

The official criticised statements in which Griffiths held the Houthis responsible for delaying the payment of employees’ salaries. “This is a fabrication,” he insisted. “[The UN envoy] is negative and… is really participating in the siege of Yemen.” He pointed out that Griffiths readily condemns any military action by the Houthis, but says nothing about the killing of dozens of civilians as a result of coalition air strikes.

“We believe that if the envoy continues in this way,” added Abdel Salam, “then his days in office will be short. We do not exclude the possibility that he may have decided to be biased, just as the former envoys were when they tried to improve their standing with the aggressive coalition states.”

Nevertheless, said the Houthi spokesman, the UN envoy has an opportunity to redeem himself. “If he can take advantage of this and provide a real vision for the project to stop the [coalition] aggression, break the siege, introduce humanitarian aid and end this unjust siege, then this may be possible.” He stressed that the group does not ask Griffiths to “do the impossible,” but simple set out a clear position.


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Head of [Sanaa gov.] National Delegation to "26 September ": countries of aggression, UN do not deal positively with any peace initiatives

The Head of the national delegation Mohamed AbdulSalam has affirmed that since the establishment of the United Nations it did not depart from the American and British cloak.

The head of the national delegation noted in an interview with the 26 September newspaper published on Sunday that the countries of aggression and the United Nations do not deal positively with any peace initiative. "They do not want a just peace, they want us to surrender."

AbdulSalam criticized the role of UN envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths and went on saying "If the envoy continues with these actions, his days are over and we do not put his days aside that he may have decided at the end of this stage to take sides in this way, as we used to from the past envoys at the end of their periods trying to improve their position with the countries of aggression, perhaps to have political gains or other things in the future".

"The UN envoy has an opportunity if he can exploit it and present a real vision for the project of stopping the aggression, lifting the blockade, introducing humanitarian aid and ending the blockade, or at least issuing a clear position," he added.

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Houthis vow to continue military confrontation attack UN envoy

The Houthis will continue military confrontation in Yemen, the group's spokesman said Sunday, since the United Nations and Saudi-led coalition failed to positively respond to their peace initiative.

The UN and the Arab coalition "don't want fair peace, they rather want surrender," Mohamed Abdul Salam added in remarks carried by the Houthi-run al-Masyra TV.

He criticized the recent "negative" positions of the UN envoy to Yemen.

My comment: “The UN and the Arab coalition "don't want fair peace, they rather want surrender," this clearly is implemented in the UN resolutions, which are biased in favor of the Hadi government.

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[Hadi] Government rejects amended UN peace proposal as biased towards Houthis

The internationally recognised government of Yemen on Sunday rejected amendments to a peace draft proposed by the UN envoy, but affirmed it will continue to be engaged in the peace process because it always stands for lasting peace.
The draft peace proposal is biased towards the Houthis, foreign minister, Mohammed Al-Hadhrami, said at a meeting with the ambassadors of the five permanent member states of the United Nations Security Council, according to a statement carried by the government-run Saba news agency.
The government is keen to cooperate on making all international and UN peace efforts a success in order to reach a permanent peace solution based on the 2011's Gulf Initiative for Power Transfer, the outcomes of the 2013's national dialog conference and UN resolutions, Al-Hadharmi said

My comment: No moves at all! There is no UN bias in favor of the Houthis. The Hadi government claims full superiority, as it had been granted by the UN all the time now. The “three references” the minister is emphasizing here (as always) guarantee a bias in favor of the Hadi government.

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Ambassadors of UN Security Council permanent members, Yemeni [Hadi gov.] FM discuss peace efforts


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UN envoy Griffiths adopts the aggression agenda

politicians and activists on social media considered the United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, a tool of war, not a peace envoy.

The politicians on the social networking site “Facebook” and “Twitter” launched the label #Griffith_Envoy_of_aggression, and accused him of participating in the murders of children and women in Yemen through the aerial bombardment of the alliance or starvation due to the siege.

They considered the UN envoy, “Martin Griffiths” part of the problem and an envoy to Britain and Saudi Arabia to pass their projects in Yemen.

Although the UN envoy’s mission for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, required neutrality with all parties, but the great part of his mission have become missing, since he became from the peacemaker into the sponsor of the war waged by the Saudi-led aggression coalition against Yemen for straight six years.

Griffiths seeks to cut off half of the salary paid by the National Salvation Government through his explanations that “Sanaa withdrew its revenues supplied in Hodeidah Bank’s account that were unilaterally supplied in the bank, which he has ignored that the other party backed by the coalition has obstruct the payment of salaries and refused to pay salaries despite Sanaa providing solutions and supplying its revenues to a special account in the Central Bank branch in Hodeidah.

Additionally, the United Nations, through its international envoy, renounces the fulfillment of its obligations, abandons the agreements being sponsored and obligated to pay the salary, has announced the suspension of arrangements for paying the salaries, which proves that the UN humanitarian claims are nothing and it is just banners raising to deceive the world opinion.

The head of the national negotiating delegation, Mohamed Abdel Salam, said on his Twitter page, that the UN envoy, Martin Griffiths, separated from his mission of neutrality and fairness, and he became involved with the forces of aggression on Yemen, and fully adopted their thesis, which is what It makes him a participant in prolonging the war of aggression against the Yemeni people.

My remark: As claimed by the Houthis side.


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[Sanaa gov.] Humanitarian Council Spokesman Accuses UN of Ignoring Distress Calls in Service of Aggression’s Agendas

Spokesman of the Supreme Council for Humanitarian Affairs, Talaat Al-Sharjabi, confirmed , Saturday, that distress calls have reached international and UN stakeholders, surprising at the silence of the United Nations.

Al-Sharjabi told Almasirah that the United Nations is using oil derivatives to put pressure on Yemenis to serve the agendas of the coalition of aggression.

(B P)

Still a chance for Yemen, says UN peace envoy

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(B P)

Film: EXPOSED: Ambassador of #SaudiArabia to London, Prince Khalid Bandar, has a PUB at his home in England.. This is a man who represents an Islamic country with the shahada on its flag and administration of Islam's 2 holiest sites.

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A Saudi court has sentenced a Yemeni blogger to jail and then deportation to Yemen for a social media post supporting equal rights for all in Saudi Arabia, including LGBT, HRW said in a statement Monday. The blogger has been fined 10.000 Saudi Rials, according to the statement.

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Interpol rejects Saudi request to extradite ex-spy chief: Report

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly tried to lure Saad al-Jabri back to Riyadh with offer of new job, before trying to have him extradited on corruption charges

Interpol is understood to have rejected a request by Saudi Arabia to help detain former intelligence official Saad al-Jabri, who is living in exile in Canada and reportedly resisting pressure from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to return to the kingdom.

The New York Times reported on Friday that after trying to lure him back to the kingdom with the offer of a new job, Riyadh unsuccessfully attempted to have him extradited on corruption charges through the worldwide police cooperation organisation.

According to text messages and legal documents reviewed by the Times, instead of filing a Red Notice, which acts like an international arrest warrant, the Saudis filed a diffusion, which Interpol describes as a less formal way for Interpol members to request help from other nations.

Jabri told the Times that his name was in Interpol's system in December 2017, when he, his wife and other relatives were barred from flying from Turkey to Canada because their party contained another Saad al-Jabri, his infant grandson.

Still, the family managed to get to Canada via the United States, and according to a July 2018 Interpol document, successfully appealed Jabri's inclusion in the system.

The document, the Times said, did not detail the charges levied by Saudi Arabia against Jabri, or any evidence the kingdom had provided.

According to the Times, an Interpol commission viewed Saudi's Arabia's request as politically motivated - a violation of the organisation's rules - and questioned Riyadh's "lack of due process and human rights guarantees".


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A Saudi spy chief hit abroad

As Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia sidelined rivals to consolidate power a few years ago, a former Saudi intelligence official feared that he would end up in the prince’s sights and slipped out of the kingdom.

According to text messages and legal documents reviewed by The New York Times, the prince has been trying to get him back since, first asking the former official, Saad Aljabri, to come home for a new job, then trying unsuccessfully to have him extradited on corruption charges through Interpol.

“You are involved in many large cases of corruption that have been proven,” Prince Mohammed wrote to the former official in September 2017. “There is no state in the world that would refuse to turn you over.”

But Interpol questioned the Saudi commitment to due process and human rights in the kingdom’s handling of corruption cases and deemed the Saudi request for Mr. Aljabri politically motivated, a violation of the organization’s rules, according to Interpol documents. So it removed Mr. Aljabri’s name from its system.

The text messages and documents reviewed by The Times, which have not been previously reported, shed new light on how far Prince Mohammed has reached to exert control over Saudis he fears could subvert him. =

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a

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Will the Left Get a Say in the Biden Doctrine?

Covid-19 creates an opportunity to shift foreign policy away from the military.

As recently as February, when Bernie Sanders appeared to be the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, it seemed possible that US foreign policy was on the verge of turning toward a less militarized and interventionist approach.

But Joe Biden’s decisive victory over Sanders dealt a blow to those hopes. For decades, Biden has been a representative figure of the mainstream foreign policy establishment, the so-called Blob. He supported the Iraq War, is close with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and has premised his campaign on a restoration of the Obama era.

“The forever war has clearly not ended,” said one leading progressive foreign policy adviser, who requested anonymity to speak candidly. “Just because we happen to be more focused on the pandemic right now does not let us off the hook for ending wars.” But everyone I spoke to agreed on the urgency of doing so.

In Yemen, a country mired in starvation and cholera due to an ongoing US-backed Saudi intervention in its civil war—opposition to which has been a central mission for progressive foreign policy activists—deaths from Covid-19 could exceed wartime fatalities in the internationally recognized capital of Aden. In just two weeks in May, the city recorded 950 deaths from the pandemic, roughly half of Aden’s war fatalities in all of 2015.

“The primary focus for us remains asserting congressional war powers to end US support for the war in Yemen that continues to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” said Erik Sperling, the executive director of the left-wing anti-war group Just Foreign Policy. “Covid in Yemen is just starting. They have an absolutely devastated health system. We’ve had Save the Children hospitals that have been bombed by the Saudi coalition.”

My comment: No. almost nothing will change. Blob and neoliberalism have smothered the US (and all of the West) since decades. if there are “elections” and the people can “vote”, they can decide between two models of politics: A) Blob and neoliberalism; B) Blob and neoliberalism.

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Film: Yemen #BringThemHome

CAIR is urging all Americans to contact Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and their members of Congress to urge the U.S. Government to bring home the more than 1,000 American citizens and LPRs (Legal Permanent Residents) who have been stranded in Yemen due to the COVID-19 global health crisis and the cancellation of flights.

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US-Senator kritisiert Trump wegen Verkauf von Angriffsdrohnen an Saudi-Arabien und VAE

Der demokratische US-Senator Chris Murphy hat die Entscheidung der Regierung von Präsident Donald Trump, offensive Drohnen an Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) zu verkaufen, als einen Schritt bezeichnet, der ein Wettrüsten in der Region zur Folge haben wird.

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Draft 2020 Democratic Party Platform: Democrats will end support for the Saudi-led war in #Yemen and help bring the war to an end. This war is responsible for the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and it amplifies threats to the region and to our interests.

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Should Congress Play a Role in Arms Sales?

The Trump administration’s proposal to end the informal practice of notifying Congress well in advance of major arms sales is a departure from long-standing norms and a means of decreasing congressional interference in controversial sales, such as those to help the Saudi war in Yemen. Alexandra Stark of New America explains why this shift would be a mistake, discussing both the role of Congress and why the notification process should continue.

The problem of executive overreach in national security policy is not just a Trump problem. While Trump has brought this issue to a crisis point, the problem of declining congressional oversight of U.S. national security policy has been a constant over the past few decades. To address this issue, advocates have promoted “flipping the script” on arms sales, which would have Congress vote affirmatively to approve any arms sales—an approach modeled on legislation introduced by then-Senator Biden in 1986. While such reforms may be a stretch for a deeply polarized Congress, Congress should at least hold on to its existing ability to weigh in on arms sales via the notification period and the ability to place holds on arms sales regardless of which party is in the White House.

The Trump administration is right in one sense: Congressional notification does slow down the arms sales process. But due deliberation is a good thing when deciding whether to provide U.S.-manufactured weapons to foreign governments. By doing away with this norms-driven tradition, the Trump administration would decrease transparency and accountability around U.S. foreign policy and weaken one of the few tools Congress and the public have to reset the nation’s relationship with security partners like Saudi Arabia that have “become a disruptive force” in the Middle East.

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The United States Agency for International Development: An enemy wearing a humanitarian hat

A soft-power gloves as a tool for destroying people's economies and a tool for creating agents and spies

Through the Agency, The US has delivered weapons and equipment to ISIS and al-Qaeda, created killing and terrorism groups that have destroyed Arab and Muslim countries, and through the agency has carried out political coups in several countries.

In the aggression against Yemen, the United States agency penetrated areas, provided information and coordinates, and provided weapons into areas that were enclaves that were difficult to access.

Since it was founded in the late 1950s, USAID has served the US foreign policy, which aims to take absolute control of the world in a new way that shows as if it is building, reconstruing helping, while the internal core a war.

As part of the US plan, the White House relied on security intelligence methods to force other forces to follow the path set by them, but also used violence against many of the forces that stood in their way.

After the creation of The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), America had opened an office in Yemen, during the reign of Imam Ahmed Bin Yahya Hamid al-Din, specifically in 1958.

It was called the “fourth point” in Taiz, and it carried out a number of projects in the field of water, roads and health, as well as food assistance.

One of the most important projects implemented by the fourth point, is the Taiz Water Project, which is still remembered by elderly people in the province as Taiz Water Project was named Kennedy Water Project, as well as the Mocha-Taiz-Sana’a High way,” according to a report by Abbas al-Sayed, the current the Editorial Manager in al-Thawra newspaper on September 24, 2012.

However, the organization’s work in Yemen has gone through several stages that the US administration has used to blackmail the regime or as a reaction to action contrary to the directions set by its regimes.

Yemen has ruled for the past four decades, for example, when Yemen’s representative to the United Nations voted against the formation of a US-led coalition to use force against Iraq in 1990.

The US representative Thomas Pickering walked up to the Yemeni delegate’s seat and informed him that this was the most expensive “no vote”, and the Yemeni rejection resulted in the suspension of the agency’s funding to Yemen.

It did not resume its work until 2003

Since then, the Agency has worked on cooperation agreements with sovereign ministries such as the Interior ministry and other major economic interests, such as the Ministry of Finance, Agriculture, Industry and Higher Education.

The agreements were malicious scenarios practiced by the agency in all the countries, but those countries uncovered the games and expelled them while Yemen stood the bait.

The Former US Secretary of State George Shultz (1982-1989), described the USAID in the introduction to the 1983 Special Report of the US Department of State as “an essential foreign policy tool, directly linked to America’s national security and economic prosperity.”

Suspicious Objectives Roles

According to Philip Agee, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer said Since the USAID has been founding, it has served as a wing of the CIA.

He confirmed that the USAID agency follows three forms of hacking into community organizations around the world.

Firstly, the USAID recruits a number of political symbols of the target country in the intelligence and funds them to create the facades of civil society organizations that raise the slogans of political change, the defense of freedoms and human rights, protection of religious and ethnic minorities, the empowerment of women, transparency, etc., inspired by American culture.

Secondly, the agency focuses on supporting and funding organizations that already exist and had influence on them to take positions that serve and align with the US policies.

Thirdly, it includes moral support for organizations that raise human rights slogans in countries around the world by holding and enlisting them to participate in international conferences, recruiting their administrators as consultants and academics in the US and international institutions, with the aim of giving them influential positions in public opinion in their countries, and directing them indirectly to serve the US interests.

Among the countries that the agency worked against was Venezuela.

In light of this great revelation, which showed the suspicious role of USAID, becoming America’s hidden hand for the military, social, economic and moral destruction of Yemen.

The same question is raised again to the public: Will Yemen follow the example of other countries that have cancelled cooperation agreements with the AGENCY, expelled its staff and suspended its activities once and for all? Or will the agency continue to have fun in the country as it pleases? The Yemeni authority has to answer this question.

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Trump, Saudi crown prince discuss economic recovery from coronavirus: White House

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

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Film: The Taji camp, north of Baghdad, was hit by three Katyusha rockets

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Iran moves mock aircraft carrier to sea amid US tensions

Iran has moved a mock aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., satellite photographs released Monday show, likely signalling the Islamic Republic soon plans to use it for live-fire drills.

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US military chief visits Israel amid tensions with Iran

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Iran not to leave any hostile act unanswered: FM spox

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Iran's FM: US turned into rogue country after quitting nuclear deal

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Iran’s top security official: Harsher revenge awaits perpetrators of Gen. Soleimani’s assassination

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Iran's Prosecutor-General calls for legal prosecution of US attack on Iranian airliner's_prosecutor_general_calls_for_legal_prosecution_of_us_attack_on_iranian_airliner

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US warplanes harassed Iran civilian plane two times in 6 minutes: Informed sources to Press TV

US warplanes harassed an Iranian passenger plane approaching the Beirut airport two times in six minutes during the Thursday terrorist incident, informed sources tell Press TV.

According to the sources, the American fighter jets’ first harassment occurred when the Iranian airliner was flying over Syria’s strategic al-Tanf region, near Syria's border with Jordan and Iraq.

"The second instance of harassment took place over Syrian-Lebanese border," the sources added.

They noted that the US warplanes, which harassed the Iranian civilian aircraft on Thursday night took off from al-Azraq air base in Jordan, adding that al-Azraq air base is presumably the same base from which a US drone took off to assassinate the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' Quds Force, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and his companions outside the Baghdad International Airport in early January.

According to the informed sources, the pilot of the airliner was forced to drop altitude to avoid collision with US warplanes over the Syria-Lebanon border.

On Thursday night, US warplanes operating illegally in Syria, conducted some “dangerous” maneuvering close to the Mahan Air flight in an act of air piracy.



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Iran slams interception by US jet over Syria as ‘illegal’

Iranian officials on Friday slammed the interception of an Iranian passenger plane by a U.S. fighter jet in the skies over Syria the previous day as “illegal,” threatening action against Washington over the incident.

Iran had said that one of its airliners, flying from Tehran to Beirut on Thursday, was “harassed” by fighter jets, but later landed safely in Lebanon. A U.S. official confirmed a U.S. jet had passed by the Iranian airliner, but at a safe distance.

According to Iranian state TV, two fighter jets came within a distance of 100 meters (328 feet) of the Iranian Airbus A310. The pilot of Mahan Air Flight 1152 quickly took the aircraft to a lower altitude to avoid a collision, the report said. The sharp maneuver caused slight injuries among some of the passengers.

My comment: Using „“shows the bias of this US news agency. Harrassing passenger flights this way is illegal – even more if this happens over another country’s soil.


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Iran threatens action after US jet intercepts Iranian passenger plane

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that what happened was an act of “lawlessness upon lawlessness.”

“US illegally occupies the territory of another State and then harasses a scheduled civil airliner—endangering innocent civilian passengers—ostensibly to protect its occupation forces," he tweeted.

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U.S. Intercepts Iranian Passenger Plane Over Syria

The U.S. military said July 23 it intercepted an Iranian civilian airliner over Syria, after Iranian media reported passengers were injured when the pilot was forced to maneuver to avoid a collision.
U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. operations in the Middle East, said a F-15 fighter jet “conducted a standard visual inspection of a Mahan Air passenger airliner at a safe distance of approximately 1,000 meters” while on a routine air mission near At Tanf in Syria.

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My comment: This really is odd. Terrorism in the air = „inspect“.

Comment by Trita Parsi:


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Films: Reports that 2 #US fighter jets came so close to an #Iranian passenger plane over #Syrian airspace. The plane had to change altitude to avoid collision and passengers were terrified and some of them got injuries.

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"The Idea of the Northern Tier: A New Order in the Middle East?"

A Two-tiered Middle East: The Stakes

In this volume, Middle East Institute scholars Serkan Yolaҫan and Nisha Mathew delineate the shape of a new order that maybe emerging through the apparent chaos of the Middle East. Their concepts of a Northern Tier and a Southern Tier present a rare macro framework that connects many of the disparate dots of events since the eruptions of the “Arab Spring” beginning in 2011, and their head-jerking aftermath. Collaborators flesh out dimensions of the framework while also counterposing evidence that tests its limits.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1

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The Dfid merger could create a Department capable of tackling Yemen's humanitarian crisis

In an increasingly dangerous, polarised and unequal world, can the departments use their combined assets to really make a difference?

Now that the dust has settled on the decision to merge the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) into the Foreign Office (in the interests of transparency, I was not an enthusiast), the question that really matters is this: in an increasingly dangerous, polarised and unequal world, can the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) use its combined development and diplomatic assets to make a difference to the lives of children like Ayesha? I believe it can.

Yemen will be an early test.

Yemen also illustrates the case for putting human rights at the centre of the FCDO’s remit. As in so many armed conflicts from Afghanistan to Somalia and Syria, children in Yemen have been directly targeted in acts of appalling violence or treated as ‘collateral damage’ in indiscriminate bombardments and humanitarian blockades.

Having decided, wrongly in my view, to resume arms exports to the Kingdom, the FCDO faces a familiar dilemma.

In effect, we are arming a country that is undermining humanitarian efforts supported by UK taxpayers. Saudi Arabia should be put on notice that Britain’s standard on human rights will be rigorously enforced. Meanwhile, arms export legislation should be aligned with the UK’s global responsibility to uphold human rights

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Film: How Britain Enables the Crisis in Yemen - The UK Arms Industry - Documentary

The UK exports arms across the globe, recently our arms exports have received huge criticism due to the continuing exportation of weapons to Saudi Arabia, which enables the world worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen. This documentary discusses UK - Saudi Relation, the effects of this on Yemen and the wider arms exports industry in general.

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UK firms are selling invasive spy tech to repressive governments around the world

UK companies are marketing and selling spy tech to countries accused of using such technology to abuse human rights.

Official 2020 data analysed by Business Insider showed firms were licensed to sell surveillance kit to Pakistan, Oman, and the UAE, among other nations.

Activists criticized the sale of such technologies to countries with questionable records on democracy and human rights. =

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Britannien unter Kritik wegen erneutem Waffenverkauf an Saudi-Arabien

Die britische Regierung hat beschlossen, den Waffenverkauf nach Saudi-Arabien wieder aufzunehmen. Menschenrechtsaktivisten haben die Entscheidung verurteilt. Viele glauben, London sei an den saudischen Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen beteiligt.

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The UK Government has decided to resume selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. This will have devastating consequences for the people of Yemen. Please join us in prayer that this decision will be reversed.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Siehe / Look at cp1 (UAE)

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Irans Ex-Präsident fordert in einem Brief an saudischen Kronprinzen, den Krieg im Jemen zu beenden

Der frühere iranische Präsident Mahmud Ahmadinedschad sandte einen Brief an den saudischen Kronprinzen Prinz Muhammad bin Salman, in dem er Ideen für eine Initiative zur Beendigung des Krieges im Jemen vorstellte.

Die Zeitung Asharq Al-Aswat berichtete am Sonntag, Ahmadinedschad habe in seinem Brief vorgeschlagen, dass bin Salman ein Komitee bilden soll, dem eine Reihe international vertrauenswürdiger Persönlichkeiten angehören, die sich mit Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit befassen, um Gespräche mit den beiden gegnerischen Parteien (im Jemen) zu führen die Krise zu beenden und Frieden und Freundschaft zu bringen.

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad sends letter to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly reached out to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with a letter offering to work together on Yemen, despite the history of tensions between the two countries.

Ahmadinejad, who served as Iran’s president from 2005 to 2013, sent a letter to the Crown Prince in which he offered to coordinate a ceasefire in Yemen, according to the New York Times, which said it received a copy of the letter from Ahmadinejad’s office.

“You are upset that regional resources belonging to the people are used for destruction instead of developing peace and prosperity. For these reasons you will welcome a just peace,” he added.

Iranian media also reported on the letter, but no official Saudi Arabian sources had acknowledged it as of Monday.

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Turkish Involvement In Yemen War: Goals And Outlook

After the unprecedented condemnation of the parties participating in the anti-Yemeni war and blasting the UAE in particular last month, Turkey, reports say, is recruiting foreign and Syrian mercenaries who are fighting in Syria for deployment to Yemen to support the Muslim Brotherhood-aligned Al-Islah Party.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the Syrian war since the beginning of the conflict in the Arab country in 2011, said that it had information that the Turkish forces operating in the Syrian city of Afrin are recruiting and transferring armed groups from Afrin to Qatar with thousands of dollars in pays to them for deployment to the war-devastated Yemen, against which Saudi Arabia and its ally the UAE in March 2015 waged a devastating war to reinstate the fugitive President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
If the information is true, it represents an important development, meaning that despite its past reluctance Ankara is stepping into the Yemen war case. But what goals are taking Turkey to Yemen war? What influences can this intervention leave on the course of the war in Yemen and the regional developments? =


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A newly-leaked video call between two Syrian militants has revealed new details about Turkey’s proxy war in Libya and its upcoming plans for Yemen.

During the call, that was shared by activists on July 26, a Syrian militant who went to Libya to fight for the Government of National Accord confirms that he receives a monthly salary of $2,000. This information corresponds to many recent reports.

Turkey began sending Syrian militants to Libya last year. Turkish support helped push the Libyan National Army away from the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

The video call also reveals that Turkey is working to send Syrian militants to Yemen. A number of recent reports said that Ankara was preparing for such a move. The militants would supposedly fight for the Saudi-backed al-Islah party.

The Libya-based militant confirmed that Turkey had sent the first batch of militants to Yemen. The batch allegedly consisted of up to 100 Syrians.

While Turkey is working to gain influence in Libya, its plans to send its Syrian proxies to Yemen are more about financial profit (with film)

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Emirati senior academic calls for removal of Mohammed bin Zayed from power

Yousif al-Yousif calls MBZ "reckless and disgruntled with Islam" and condemns his aggressive imperialist policies

An Emirati academic has called on his country’s rulers to choose a new leadership to fill the vacancy that Abu Dhabi’s crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed is exploiting due to the illness of his older brother Khalifa.

Professor Yousif Khalifa al-Yousif, a former Professor of Economics at the UAE University, said the current power vacuum has “paved the way for Mohammed bin Zayed’s gangs to plunder the country and waste its wealth in destroying and occupying Arab peoples.”

Al-Yousif noted that a move against bin Zayed would be difficult, but that delaying it will be at the expense of Abu Dhabi’s reputation if they do not take the initiative to remove Mohammed bin Zayed, whom he described as “reckless and disgruntled with Islam and Arabs.”

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Schmach für Dubai: Prestigeprojekt Emirates bleibt wohl nur Fusion als Ausweg

Dubai gerät mit seinem Aushängeschild Emirates ins Hintertreffen. Eine Fusion mit Ethiad könnte die Lösung sein - doch noch verhindern Rivalitäten diesen Schritt.

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Gulf dispute has gone on too long, U.S. envoy says on visit

U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook said on Sunday a rift between Qatar and some of its other Gulf Arab allies had lasted too long and urged them to rebuild trust and unity.

“Bringing an end to this dispute really will advance the collective interests of all the parties to this conflict.”

Hook is in the Middle East to urge the extension of a United Nations arms embargo on Iran.

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Qatar urges Yemeni officials to keep its name away from Yemen absurd war

Director of the information office in Qatar's ministry of foreign affairs, Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, on Saturday called on officials of the Yemeni legitimate government to keep the name of Qatar away from the absurd war in their country.

"Though we understand pressure Mr. Al-Eryani and his colleagues are facing from sponsors of the devastating and absurd war in Yemen to use the tragedies of the Yemeni people to accuse Qatar, we urge them to shoulder their responsibility towards their country," he wrote on Twitter.

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Saudis depend on Yemeni legitimate ministers against Qatar

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is publically fighting a propaganda, intelligence war in order to extradite Saad al-Jabri, a Saudi intelligence officer, from Canada that has shown strong objection amid a campaign adopted by media outlets like The New York Times and Al-Jazeera.

The Qatari Al-Jazeera TV, in particular, seems to have deprived the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman (known by initials MBS) of sleep and made him seek help of every means, including the Yemeni UN-recognized government, in his counter-campaign against Qatar.

His resorting to it suggests that MBS is now as useless as the Yemeni government, which is unable to return to its interim capital in Aden and has performed its "sham" missions from Riyadh.

On Friday, the Yemeni information minister accused Qatar of adopting a policy in harmony with the Iranian-backed Houthi agenda, harming the national issue and Yemeni people's interests.

Yet, the official government has not taken an obvious stance at the Saudi, Emirati actions affecting the Yemeni sovereignty in many southern cities, including the recent STC's declaration of self-rule in Socotra.

While the Yemeni government has not filed an official complaint against Qatar, as it did against the United Arab Emirates last October, Emirati media outlets have hailed the Yemeni PM and his information minister.

cp12b Sudan

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Konflikt im Sudan: Neue Gewalt in der Krisenregion

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Sudan armed group attacks Darfur village, killing at least 7

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Sudan finds mass grave likely linked to foiled 1990 coup

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Sudan protest movement rejects gov’t plans to cut subsidies

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp10

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Film: War has massively affected archaeological sites in Yemen | WION News

War has massively affected archaeological sites in Yemen | WION News | World News Inside the museum in Taez, a city ringed by mountains, ancient cooking utensils and priceless manuscripts lie exposed on wooden tables draped with old cloth.

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Yemen's 'Manhattan of the desert' damaged by flooding, say officials

The Unesco-listed town of mud skyscrapers is at risk of collapse unless urgent help is provided

Officials called for urgent action after the historic mud-skyscraper city of Shibam in southern Yemen was damaged by torrential rains last week.

Dating back as far as the 16th Century, the Unesco-listed town of tightly packed mud buildings dates back as far as the third centry.

The town was hit with flooding and torrential rain on May 4 and then again last Monday, causing damage to dozens of towers, Hasan Eidid, Shibam branch manager of the General Organisation for the Preservation of Historic Cities in Yemen, told The National.

“This happens while the residents of the city are at a very critical time due to the worsening situation caused by the war,” Mr Eidid said.

“The majority of the buildings partially damaged by the recent torrential rain are those located in the southern facade of the historic city. Additionally, the heavy rains caused damage to the roofs of some buildings in the city, causing water leakage into the rooms.”

There is also concern for the foundations on the southern and northern sides of the town, home to about 7,000 people.

“In addition to the new threats caused by the torrential rain, Shibam city tops the list of World Heritage sites under threat from explosions and clashes between Al Qaeda and the army since 2015,” Mr Eidid said.

He said the city is in urgent need of international help to save the Unesco World Heritage site often referred to as the “Manhattan of the Desert” and believed to be the oldest settlement in the world to use such high-rise construction.

“We need emergency funds and urgent intervention to save the buildings with significant damage before they crumble. Moreover, we need Unesco, the EU and the other funding bodies in charge to help to reconstruct the walls of the city soon and reconstruct the deteriorated infrastructure of the city,” Mr Eidid said.

Hussein Al Aidrous, manager of Yemen’s General Authority of Antiques and Museums, said the city was under increased risk of damage due to climate change.

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Photos: Torrential rains put historic sites at risk in Yemen


Photo: Baran Temple in #Yemen's #Marib, where History Stands Still.


Photos: Historic city of Thula in Amran province is one of #Yemen's five towns on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. It dates back to pre-Islamic Himyarite period.


Photos: Pair of bronze lions with riders,1st century bce. Discovered in Timna, capital of pre-Islamic Qataban Kingdom ,which is now Wadi Bayhan in #Yemen's Shabwah province. Were excavated by American archaeologist Wendell Phillips in 1950s.


Photos: 2000-year-old bronze bust of Yemeni princess whose name was written in the Sabaic language on her neck "Nadeen dhe Sadqen Shams". This piece along others found in Jabal Awad in Dhafar of #ibb province, center of #Yemen's ancient Hymerite kingdom.

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Bombed and looted: Yemen battles to save its heritage

Yemen's rich cultural heritage has not been spared.

Inside the museum in Taez, a city ringed by mountains, ancient cooking utensils and priceless manuscripts lie exposed on wooden tables draped with old cloth.

"The museum is packed with rare antiquities, including manuscripts and stone sculptures, swords and shields," Damini told AFP.

"We've recovered some of it, but significant pieces are still missing," said the director as he stood in a courtyard piled with bricks and steel girders.

He said he was in contact with the authorities and UNESCO to update them about the restoration works, but also to "recover articles smuggled out of the country".

"It's a difficult process," said Mohanad al-Sayani, head of Yemen's General Organisation of Antiquities and Museums (GOAM), which works with UNESCO.

"We have two governments, a country in a state of war -- and the trafficking of antiquities existed long before the conflict."

Though there are no figures for the number of antiquities stolen, the authorities and UNESCO have undertaken inventories at several of Yemen's museums.

Restoration work is also underway at historical sites in Sanaa, Zabid, Shibam and Aden, Sayani said.

The war has "massively affected" archaeological sites, said Yemeni archaeologist Mounir Talal.

He recounted the bombings of old Sanaa, of a museum in Dhamar that used to house thousands of artefacts, and of Taez's Al-Qahira citadel, which blends into the mountainside. =

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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[Sanaa gov.] Oil Minister Reveals Amount of Oil Stolen by Mercenaries during the Past Years

Minister of Oil and Minerals, Ahmed Dares, revealed the amount of oil stolen by the Saudi-led aggression and its mercenaries during the past years.

Dares told Almasirah in Satyrday that the quantities of oil stolen by the mercenaries of aggression during 2018 amounted to 18 million barrels, and during 2019 reached 29 million and 500 thousand barrels.

"The forces of aggression are looting Yemeni oil and its revenues go to Saudi banks, while our people are suffering from the depletion of these derivatives," he pointed out.

The Minister of Oil stated that the cost of the looted oil derivatives during 2018 alone amounted to one billion and 250 million dollars.

He explained that the mercenaries and the coalition are coordinating with some merchants through which the Yemeni oil wealth can be looted.

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Yemen currency crash has ‘done more damage’ than war, experts say

The depreciation of the Yemeni currency has caused more damage to Yemenis than the raging conflict in the country, economists and locals have said.

The Yemeni riyal traded 752 against the US dollar on Thursday’s black market for the first time in two years, falling from 700 in recent weeks. The riyal was 623 at the beginning of the year before slowly falling to 680 over the following six months. In January 2015, the riyal was 215 to one dollar.

The impact of the currency depreciation on the Yemeni economy and the public is dramatic, experts and economists said.

“The direct violence of the war has affected some people in Yemen, but the fall of the currency affects everyone,” Spencer Osberg, chief editor at the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies, told Arab News.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Group calling itself #ISIS in #Yemen claims its first actions in 2.5 weeks: -Assault on 4 Houthi positions yesterday in al-Zahra, Qayfa -IED on Dahhan road today injured 3 Houthis As ever, scepticism is advised

cp15 Propaganda

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Iran regime sees Biden as its way out of crisis

Since the mullahs believe that the Trump administration has been seeking regime change despite the White House’s denials, they feel that Trump has failed in his policy on Iran.

Iran’s state-owned newspapers and politicians are very optimistic about Biden defeating Trump.

Amid all the bad news that the Iranian leaders have received and among all the difficulties the regime has encountered since Trump was elected, the theocratic establishment looks at Biden as a way out of its crippling crisis. To begin with, a Biden administration would most likely return to the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump decisively pulled out of in 2018.

This move would likely ensure that all sanctions would again be lifted and billions of dollars would flow into Iran’s treasury.

In addition, Iran would also be able to strengthen its Shiite armies and proxies, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, and the conglomerate of about 40 Iraqi Shiite militias under the banner of the Popular Mobilization Forces.

Through the prism of the ruling clerics, a Biden presidency, a return to the nuclear deal and a renewed flow of money would enable them to more powerfully and forcefully suppress domestic opposition and pay their radical loyalists to advance the regime’s revolutionary ideals and ensure the hold on power of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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US envoy Hook says Iran backs terrorists in Yemen, Gulf, Lebanon

‘Tehran poses threat not only to countries of the region, but also to its people’

US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook has stressed that Tehran authorities pose a threat not only to countries in the Gulf region, but also to their people.

In an interview with Asharq Al Awsat, Hook, also a senior adviser to the US Secretary of State, said Iran supports terrorists and rebels in Yemen, the Gulf, Lebanon and Israel.

Concerning arms embargo on Iran, Hook said “we have a project that we seek to endorse by all member states of the Security Council, whether they are permanent members or not. It is important to extend those sanctions that began 13 years ago, because the current decision will expire on October 18,” he said.

Hook explained, “Failure to extend this resolution will mean more dangers for all peoples of the region and its countries and for our friends in the Gulf and in the world. It would mean more arms exports from Iran to Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, and more Iranian weapons to Hezbollah, Hamas, and others. We reject this altogether and in detail, and we consider that it is in the interest of peoples of the region and its countries to support development efforts and improve the conditions of peoples and eliminate the deep causes of extremism and terrorism, including poverty, tyranny and the absence of a rational government.”

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[Hadi gov.] PM stresses significance of taking serious position against Houthis over Safir

Prime Minister Ma’een Abdulmalik has stressed significance of taking serious position by the international community towards Houthi militia’s tricks regarding draining Safir Oil Tanker to avoid the greatest disaster in the world over oil leak or explosion of the tanker floating on the Red Sea.

He pointed out that the government always welcomes all solutions to drain the tanker to make Yemen, the region and the world away of any potential disaster but Houthi militia use the issue as a means for blackmailing and for other purposes despite warning by Security Council in its session held last week not to use the oil tanker a means for bargaining or blackmailing.

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Al-Jaadi: Yemen's legitimacy lacks any base among Southerners

Member of the presidency of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and assistant secretary general, Fadl al-Jaadi said that the mass rallies in Hadramout and al-Mahra have proven that Yemen's legitimacy and its ally Islah Party, the Yemeni arm of Muslim Brotherhood organization, lack any base among the Southerners.

Al-Jaadi affirmed on his official Facebook page that "the Southern Cause is much stronger than terrorism and intimidation."

He made it clear that the weapons arsenal, bullying and checkpoints will not hold in the face of the public outrage and will not prevent the people from gaining victory for their cause."

"By means of war or peace, you won't be able to break the will of the South and its people." Al-Jaadi added.

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Cartoon: #UN, #Houthis, and #Peace

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Report: As US pushes Iran Arms Embargo Renewal, Houthi Missile Attacks Are A Global Danger

While Secretary Pompeo is pushing for an extension of the arms embargo on Iran, which is due to expire in the fall, Houthis continue facilitating Iran’s military and ideological agenda in the region.

Iran has shown no signs of slowing down in the implementation of this agenda and denied any external interventionism.

Enter the HOuthis, who have been reportedly smuggling oil out of Southern Yemen and supplying Hezbullah and IRGC with a resource lifeline to complement access to Iraqi oil and the Chinese lease monopoly over Ahwazi petrochemicals. Yemen’s internationally recognized government has downplayed the attacks on Safter oil pumping stations, but with the fall of oil output in Yemen since the HOuthi coup, access to natural resources has become an important rallying point for the Houthis. In exchange, Houthis are playing an increasingly central role in Iran’s regional hegemony projects as Iraqi militias have attracted increasing US scrutiny and ire, with mass arrests following the liquidation of Qassem Soleimani and several important heads of Iran-backed Shi’a groups starting in January.

And that is the argument that was heard in detail by a gathering of international experts during a series of meetings held by the Coalition of Organizations for Peace in Yemen on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council, session 44 – by Irina Tsukerman

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Yemen: A Field of Human Rights Violations

The current status of human rights in Yemen is tenuous at best. The actions of the Houthi rebels, which have included summary executions, forced disappearances, forced displacements, violations of physical integrity, and the recruitment of children, have been universally condemned by local and international authorities.

The Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations was created in 2015 in order to address such egregious and flagrant disregard for humanity. By documenting the experiences of victims, and ensuring their voices are heard in a court of law, the Coalition helps stem the tide of injustices unleashed by the Houthis.

My comment: This seems to be a pro-Saudi coalition propaganda fake.

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Arab Parliament Speaker calls on international organizations to stop Houthi violations

My comment: A Saudi mouthpiece. „Saudi“ and „parliament“ is a joke.

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Yemen needs Arab support in fight against Iranian interference, PM

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Libya’s Gaddafi and Qatar’s former emir suggested reaching out to al-Qaeda: Interview

Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi and Qatar’s former emir said they could contact al-Qaeda and suggested Yemen’s former leader reached out and made peace with the terrorist organization, according to a 2013 interview with Yemen’s late President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The claims made by Saleh in an interview with Al Arabiya have resurfaced in the light of a series of leaked audio recordings that capture conversations featuring Gaddafi, Qatar’s former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, and other political figures.

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Qatar’s policies in Yemen are ‘in line with Iran-backed Houthi coup’: Yemeni minister

Qatar’s policies in Yemen are in line with the “Iran-backed Houthi coup,” Information Minister of the internationally-recognized government in Yemen, Muammar al-Iryani said on Friday.

“Qatar’s policies in Yemen are in line with the agenda of the Iran-backed Houthi coup and harms the national cause and the interest of the Yemeni people who suffered woes and continue to sacrifice their sons in the battle to restore the country,” al-Iryani said on Twitter.

My comment: Once gain (look at Yemen War Mosaic 668, cp12a.

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda = =

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

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More Saudi coalition air raids: Amran Marib, Jawf Marib, Jawf / / Var. provinces Marib, Hajjah Hajjah Hajjah, Bayda Jawf, Marib Nihm, Sanaa p. Serwah 4 provinces

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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Houthi Militia’s Landmines: A Nightmare for Civilians In Al-Jawf

Information below was published by the website of the government army. Houthi landmines continue to kill civilians in Yemen's #Jawf. Remember, some estimates say Houthis have laid more than million mines, with Yemen now most-mined nation since WWII.

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More than 2,000 Houthis militants killed, injured over last three months most of them under 18

Over 3,000 Houthis militants were killed and injured over the last three months during Houthis’ attacks on army’s sites in the different battle fronts.

Sources quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper said that they documented funeral of 114 Houthis dead fighters over one week in the provinces of Sana’a, Amran, Dhamar,and Ibb.

These deaths included 18 Houthis leading militants who were killed while fighting against the government forces in Nehm, Mareb, Al-Jawf and Al-Baida.

The Houthis suffer unprecedented human exhaust amid ongoing mobilization and military recruitment among children and young men in areas of their control.

A source of the Houthis’ Martyrs Organization quoted by Asharq Al-Awsat said that the number of the Houthis dead fighters increased during the past three months to over 3,206 dead men killed by the national army forces or by air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition.

and also

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Woman, Two Children Injured by Saudi Artillery Shelling in Sa’adah

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KSrelief Project (Masam) Dismantles 1,186 Mines in Yemen during Fourth Week of July

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) project for clearing mines (Masam) in Yemen demined 1,186 mines during the fourth week of July 2020, including 21 antipersonnel mines, 373 anti-tanks, 788 unexploded ordnance and 4 explosive devices

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Houthi-laid mine killed a woman in Taiz

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Houthis’ landmines killed, maimed 800 people in Taiz

Saudi landmines clearance project known as MASAM in Yemen reported this week that the Houthis landmines have killed and maimed so far around 800 people in Mawza’a and Al-Wazeiya districts of Taiz governorate.

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Torrential rains and floods unearth landmines in al-Dhale

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

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

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

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Daily violations

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Film: A father of seven kids was killed by a #Houthi #landmine two weeks ago in Al Tuhayta district, south the port city of #Hodeidah. The victim's father talks about the tragedy of his son's death and how hard it became to feed seven young orphans.

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Sorge vor der Sommerbrut der Heuschrecken

Ostafrika erlebt die größte Heuschreckenplage seit Jahrzehnten. Auch Pakistan, Indien und der Jemen kämpfen mit Schwärmen. Inzwischen ist die zweite Generation der Insekten in Ostafrika geschlüpft. Ob es gelingen wird, die Tiere am Wandern zu hindern und die Ernten zu schützen, ist ungewiss.

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Shot in Yemen, scammed in India, surgery stalled by lockdown

Muhammad Gibran Saleh Gibran is among several soldiers who were flown over in January for specialised treatment by Yemen’s exiled government after they were injured in the civil war that erupted in 2015 between a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Today, the soldiers are confined to their hotel rooms, awaiting surgeries stalled by the Covid lockdown, nursing landmine injuries, gunshot wounds and shattered bones. And, Gibran has as much disdain for his compatriots fighting for the Houthis as for the two Yemeni nationals who allegedly scammed him and have since been arrested.

“In Yemen we are fighting Iran, and in India we are troubled by cheats… our own people,” says Gibran, an Inspector in the Yemen Army, who has been put up at a hotel in Vashi with five colleagues.

Fortis Hospital declined comment when contacted by The Indian Express. Yahya Yahya Ghobar, Consul General of Yemen in Mumbai, called for “greater protection” of Yemeni nationals being treated in Indian hospitals. “India has a very good reputation in Yemen. We know that India has good hospitals and the best treatment, but such cases of cheating will affect this reputation,” he told The Indian Express.

In Vashi, housed in “comfortable” air-conditioned rooms and back in the care of Fortis, Gibran’s colleague, Abdel Fattah Ismail Omar Al-Rajhi (30), says he is afraid to even travel to the nearest branch of Western Union to withdraw money sent by a charity in Yemen. “Because of corona we cannot go anywhere. And I fear being caught outside without any documents,” he says.

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Yemen airlifts last national corona-stranded abroad

The evacuation of Yemenis stranded abroad due to Covid-19 has finished, the internationally-recognized government said Sunday.

There is still one flight from India and sea voyage from Djibouti that will be run on Tuesday and Wednesday, the government-run supreme emergency committee said at meeting with Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalek.

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A bus driver lost his bus to a fire and this is how Yemenis responded

Yemenis rallied around a young bus driver who lost his only source of income this week when the rented vehicle caught fire in capital Sanaa.

Akram Ali Al-Salwi nudged the hearts of millions when a video of the fire emerged online on Friday, showing the 25-year-old on the floor crying in distress as the bus burned beside him.

As the videos began to circulate, Yemenis around the world began to mobilise to help the young man, leading to fundraising campaigns intended to assist him to get back on his feet.

But as news got round on social media, donations began to flood into his official account and Al-Salwi soon found himself with enough money to not only replace the bus he was renting from someone, but to buy his own.
It is unclear how much was exactly raised for Al-Salwi, though posts by activists involved in the campaign confirmed it was enough to cover the cost of two buses, with the remaining funds expected to go towards the young man's upcoming wedding.


Photos: Houses, Citadels in #Yemen's al-Mahwait.


Wikipedia: Jambia

Der Jambia, auch Jambiya, (arabisch Dschambiya, DMG ǧambiya oder Dschanbiya / جنبية / ǧanbiya) ist ein Krummdolch, der auf der Arabischen Halbinsel und an der ostafrikanischen Küste von arabischen Männern als kulturelles Symbol und Schmuckgegenstand am Gürtel getragen wird. Im Jemen gehört der Jambia noch heute zur traditionellen Bekleidung des Mannes.


Wikipedia: Janbiya

Janbiya, also spelled jambia, jambya, jambiya, and janbia (Arabic: janbīyah), is the Arabic term for a specific type of dagger with a short curved blade with a medial ridge that originated from Yemen.[1] It is most closely associated with the people of Yemen and Najran in Saudi Arabia. Men typically above the age of 14 wear it as an accessory to their clothing.

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Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-668 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-668: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

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