Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 672 - Yemen War Mosaic 672

Yemen Press Reader 672: 11. Aug. 2020: Der ignorierte Krieg – des Jemen Auswirkungen des Krieges auf Wohngebäude – Al Kaida: Der Islamische Staat im Jemen – Die Kriegsmarine des Jemen ...
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Aug. 11, 2020: The ignored war (in German) – Impact of Armed Violence on Civilian Dwellings in Yemen – Al Qaeda and IS in Yemen (in German) – Yemeni naval forces – Saudi coalition air raid kills 20 civilians – Torrential rains, flash floods kill 130, destructions – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Kursiv: Siehe Teil 2 / In Italics: Look in part 2: https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-672b-yemen-war-mosaic-672b

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff tötet 20 Zivilisten / Most important: Saudi air raid kills 20 civilians

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Überschwemmungen / Most important: Flash floods

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

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

Ältere einführende Artikel u. Überblicke für alle, die mit den Ereignissen im Jemen noch nicht vertraut sind, hier:

Yemen War: Older introductory articles, overviews, for those who are still unfamiliar with the Yemen war here:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-einfuehrende-artikel-u-ueberblicke

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Der ignorierte Krieg

Die Tragödie im Jemen wird in den Medien vielfach falsch erklärt, weil Saudi-Arabien und seine Verbündeten die Wahrheit über ihre Taten vertuschen wollen.

Die größte humanitäre Katastrophe weltweit, das Leid der Kinder und die scheinbar unbesiegbaren Huthi-Kämpfer: So wird die Lage im Jemen in den Headlines der Mainstream-Medien beschrieben. Nur sprechen viele leider fälschlicherweise vom Jemenkrieg als einem vergessenen Krieg. Vergessen bedeutet hier jedoch nicht den Verlust einer Erinnerung. Denn: Der Jemen wird nicht vergessen, sondern systematisch auf der politischen Weltbühne ignoriert.

Bei näherer Betrachtung der Geschichte des Jemens erkennt man schnell, wie kompliziert die Lage von Nord- und Süd Jemen immerzu war und die Spannungen nicht nur auf den Arabischen Frühling zurückzuführen sind. Der meist zitierte Satz des früheren Präsidenten Ali Abdullah Saleh: Wer Jemen regieren wolle, müsse über den Köpfen der Schlangen tanzen, verdeutlicht, wie kompliziert die Machtverteilung gewesen sein muss.

Im Westen liest man von einem Bürgerkrieg im Jemen zwischen den Huthi-Rebellen und der jemenitischen Regierung. Um die Lage jedoch besser verstehen zu können, sollte das direkte Einschreiten Saudi-Arabiens im Jahr 2015 in diesen Krieg näher betrachtet werden.

Iran und Saudi-Arabiens Militärkoalition 2015

Im Jemen geht eine Art von „Proxy War“ vonstatten. Diese Stellvertreterkriege sind seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg keine Seltenheit und waren für den Kalten Krieg ebenso charakteristisch wie für den Krieg gegen den Terror oder für den Arabischen Frühling. Dessen ungeachtet, kann die Unterstützung des Irans für die Huthis nicht mit derjenigen der USA für die Mujaheddin in Afghanistan gleichsetzt werden. Auch ist die iranische Unterstützung, für die ohnehin keine ausreichende Beweislage besteht, nicht annähernd ins Verhältnis zu der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Militärallianz zu stellen.

Der Iran dementiert jede Beteiligung an diesem Krieg sowie die Unterstützung der Huthi-Kämpfer. Saudi-Arabien rechtfertigt dagegen seine „Militärallianz im Jemen“, seit dem Jahr 2015 unter dem Namen Operation Decisive Storm (deutsch: Sturm der Entschlossenheit oder Operation Entscheidungssturm), mit der Einmischung des Irans im Nachbarland Jemen und wollte die Macht des im Februar 2015 gestürzten Präsidenten Hadis, der im Exil in Saudi-Arabien weilte, wiederherstellen (6).

Die Koalition Saudi-Arabiens mit neun weiteren Ländern — wobei die USA, Großbritannien und Frankreich finanzielle und logistische Unterstützung zur Verfügung stellen — hat sehr große Auswirkungen auf den Krieg. Die „Jemen-Papers“ — ein 15 Seiten langer Bericht des französischen Militärgeheimdienstes (DRM) vom 3. Oktober 2018 — sind klassifizierte Dokumente, die die Waffenlieferung Frankreichs nach Saudi-Arabien beweisen und Diskussionen rund um die umstrittenen Waffenlieferungen auslösten (7).

Ein Kriegsverbrechen großen Ausmaßes

Die Huthi-Rebellen kämpfen für die Unabhängigkeit ihres Landes. Jeder Krieg ist ein schmutziger Krieg und gewiss tragen sie auch Verantwortung für das Leid der Bevölkerung. Was jedoch Saudi-Arabien und seine Verbündeten im Jemen angestellt haben, um ihre eigenen Interessen zu verfolgen, lässt sich unschwer als Kriegsverbrechen einordnen.

Wenn es um Saudi-Arabien geht, fallen in der westlichen Politik und im Mainstream weder die Begriffe Diktator, Menschenrechte, Al-Qaida-Unterstützung noch hat die Ermordung eines Journalisten eine Auswirkung auf die Beziehung zum Golfstaat.

Die Welt schaut einmal mehr zu

Nach dem ersten Corona-Lockdown in Europa konnte man sich die etablierte Medienwelt anschauen und deren Positionen und Berichterstattungen einordnen: Solch eine aufwühlende, neue und gleichzeitig beängstigende Zeit hatte die Menschheit seit Jahren nicht zu spüren zu bekommen. Zu sehen war, wie sich der sogenannte zivilisierte Westen in solchen Krisenzeiten verhält.

Ebenso wie die „Black-Lives-Matter-Bewegung“ ist auch der Krieg im Jemen von großer Bedeutung, deshalb sollte auch hierzu ein ebensolcher Aufschrei erfolgen. Medial und im öffentlichen Leben wird dieser Krieg nicht einfach „vergessen“, sondern systematisch ignoriert – von Ramona Wakil

https://www.rubikon.news/artikel/der-ignorierte-krieg

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Civilian Impact Monitoring Project: Thematic Report: The Impact of Armed Violence on Civilian Dwellings in Yemen, July 2020

As hostilities persist across Yemen, the civilian population continues to be impacted by armed violence. This report presents and analyses trends regarding the impact on civilians when armed violence impacts their houses, as civilian residential areas continue to come under fire across the country, particularly from airstrikes and shelling. The report also explores the specific vulnerabilities of women, children and IDP sites, covering trends and case studies from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2020.

The continued impact of armed violence on civilian houses in Yemen

During the first half of 2020, 547 incidents of armed violence directly impacted a cumulative total of 2,490 civilian houses. Despite the ongoing ceasefire in Hudaydah, efforts to sustain partial ceasefires in both the north and south of the country, and the UN Secretary General's appeal for a country-wide ceasefire in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is just 2% fewer than during the previous six months: from July to December 2019, 2,530 civilian houses were impacted by armed violence in Yemen. An average of 92 incidents have impacted directly on civilian houses on a monthly basis in 2020, down 13% from 106 in 2019. However, since November 2019, the number of incidents of armed violence impacting on civilian houses has been gradually increasing.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/civilian-impact-monitoring-project-thematic-report-impact-armed-violence-civilian

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Film: Al Qaida: Der Islamische Staat im Jemen

Al-Qaida, auch al-Kaida ist ein loses, weltweit operierendes Terrornetzwerk meist sunnitisch-islamistischer Organisationen, das seit 1993, meist in Verbindung mit Bekennerschreiben, zahlreiche Terroranschläge in mehreren Staaten verübt hat und mit zahlreichen weltpolitischen Ereignissen im Zusammenhang steht. Viele der von dem Netzwerk verübten Anschläge gelten als terroristischer Massenmord an Zivilisten.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0E1SBH7bsI

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Rebuilding Yemen’s Maritime Forces Hobbled by Internal and External Rivalries

Without a durable political agreement to end Yemen’s conflict, the country will remain divided, unable to assume a coherent stance on issues affecting maritime stability.

After over five years of war, Yemen is politically fragmented and its maritime forces, the coast guard and navy, mirror this reality. Although Yemen’s patrolling activities increased in the first half of 2020, without a durable political agreement to end the conflict, the effective rebuilding of Yemeni maritime forces will remain unrealized.

Saudi Arabia and the United States are focusing on strengthening the coast guard, shifting their attention from preventing terrorist activities to countering arms smuggling from Iran and the Houthis’ asymmetric maritime warfare. Port cities such as Hodeidah, Aden, and Mukalla are held by rival factions with different external backers. This reflects competition among regional states in the Red Sea, Bab el-Mandeb, and Horn of Africa, exposing Yemeni maritime forces to geopolitical rivalries.

The Messy Puzzle of Yemeni Port Cities

How Political Rivalries Affect Local Maritime Forces

Local forces are not neutral as they are connected with broader factions competing with one another, and this is also true for the coast guard and navy. The Stockholm Agreement states that warring parties have to withdraw from the ports of Hodeidah, Salif, and Ras Isa leaving “local security forces” to manage the areas. But the forces in charge of Hodeidah, including the coast guard, are an expression of the Houthis’ de facto authority.

Concerns over the rusting FSO Safer oil storage vessel anchored off the coast of Hodeidah reflect these challenges. The Houthis are not allowing U.N. inspectors on the ship, which holds more than a million barrels of crude oil. Without maintenance, it risks a major oil spill, which could cause widespread devastation in the Red Sea and for Yemen’s fishermen and population.

In March, STC forces in Aden blocked medical aid sent by the World Health Organization to fight the coronavirus pandemic

Yemen’s Navy and Coast Guard

With its headquarters in Sanaa and the main training center in Aden, the coast guard received international training from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Malaysia, and Japan. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, as of 2013 the Yemeni navy had 22 patrol and coastal combat vessels (with only one landing ship), and the coast guard had 12, with maritime forces developing only green and brown water capabilities. The coast guard counted 1,200 active personnel and the navy had 1,700 as of 2013.

Maritime Forces: Reform, New Targets, Persisting Fragmentation

In 2016, in the areas formally held by the government, the Saudi-led coalition began to rebuild the coast guard, training and equipping – with about 150 high-speed boats – hundreds of personnel deployed in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Arabian Sea. Saudi Arabia and the UAE trained new guard units on the coast of Hadramout and the Emiratis remained on Zuqar island (Hanish archipelago) until October 2019 to train members of the coast guard. In 2018, the United States trained the coast guard in the Seychelles as part of a 4-week specialized program. Two years later, the U.S. Coast Guard determined that, except for the Balhaf LNG Terminal, Yemeni ports were not maintaining effective counterterrorism measures. Since the first half of 2020, the coast guard has increased patrolling to stop Houthi smuggling activities.

A Postconflict Yemen Would Be a Maritime Stability Actor

Yemen’s ongoing conflict is impacting regional stability. Somalia’s onshore fragmentation has also affected the offshore environment.

But as long as warring parties will not agree on a national framework for an inclusive cease-fire and postconflict trajectory, Yemen will remain divided, unable to assume a coherent stance on issues affecting maritime stability. The puzzle of Yemeni port cities adds to this uncertainty – by Eleonora Ardemagni

https://agsiw.org/rebuilding-yemens-maritime-forces-hobbled-by-internal-and-external-rivalries/

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Film: Weltkulturerbe in Sanaa droht der Verfall

In der historischen Altstadt von Sanaa sind Tausende Gebäude gefährdet, die zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe gehören. Wochenlange Regenfälle haben die Substanz der jahrhundertealten Lehmhochhäuser beschädigt.

Sanaa kämpft gegen den Zerfall. In der Hauptstadt des Jemen stürzen hunderte historische Gebäude unter andauernden Regenfällen ein. Seit April kommt es in dem arabischen Land, das bereits mit Krieg, Nahrungsmittelknappheit und Krankheiten zu kämpfen hat, immer wieder zu Stürmen und Überschwemmungen.

Aqeel Saleh Nassar, Amt für den Schutz historischer Stätten:

"Die Dächer von 107 Gebäuden sind teilweise eingestürzt und bei 2.005 Gebäuden innerhalb der Stadt dringt das Wasser durch die Dächer ein. Zwei verlassene Gebäude brachen in sich zusammen und ein bewohntes Gebäude stürzte teilweise ein.

https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/jemen-regenfaelle-bedrohen-unesco-weltkulturerbe-in-sanaa-a-9ac3cffe-f01e-426d-b0fc-28a609f79a3e#ref=rss

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Yemen's UNESCO-listed Old Sanaa houses collapse in heavy rains

The distinctive brown and white mud-brick houses have long been under threat from conflict and neglect.

The houses in Yemen's UNESCO-listed Old City of Sanaa are collapsing due to heavy rains, as months of floods and storms assail a country already reeling from war, food shortages, and disease.

The distinctive brown and white mud-brick houses of Sanaa's historic neighbourhoods, which date from before the 11th century, have long been under threat from conflict and neglect.

Approximately 5,000 of the towering buildings in the old city have leaky roofs, and 107 have partially collapsed roofs, he said.

This year's exceptionally heavy rains, which began mid-April, have added to what the UN describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/yemen-unesco-listed-sanaa-houses-collapse-heavy-rains-200810081839188.html

and

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Yemen's UNESCO-listed Old Sanaa houses collapse in heavy rains

Houses in Yemen’s UNESCO-listed Old City of Sanaa are collapsing under heavy rains, as months of floods and storms assail a country already reeling from war, food shortages and disease.

The distinctive brown and white mud brick houses of Sanaa’s historic neighbourhoods, which date from before the 11th century, have long been under threat from conflict and neglect.

Muhammad Ali al-Talhi’s house partially collapsed on Friday as heavy rain battered Sanaa, leaving the six women and six children of his family homeless.

“Everything we had is buried,” he said surrounded by ancient debris and mud, appealing for help to find shelter.

Aqeel Saleh Nassar, deputy head of the Historic Cities Preservation Authority, said citizens today do not maintain these old buildings as in the past, leading to cracks and weakness.

Around 5,000 of the towering buildings in the old city have leaky roofs and 107 have partially collapsed roofs, he said. The authority has been working with UNESCO and other funds to preserve some.

This year’s exceptionally heavy rains, which began mid-April and last into early September, have added to what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-floods-sanaa-old-city/yemens-unesco-listed-old-sanaa-houses-collapse-in-heavy-rains-idUSKCN2560MK

and

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111 buildings of Old Sanaa City partially, completely collapse in heavy rains

111 buildings of the Old Sanaa City have partially and completely collapsed in heavy rains during the past few weeks, Yemen national commission for education, culture and science revealed on Sunday, according to a statement carried by the Houthi-run Saba news agency.
UNESCO has recently called for immediate interventions to save the city and to rehabilitate its buildings damaged by rains.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19035.html

and

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In pictures: Deadly floods hit Yemen's historic capital

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53722409

https://twitter.com/NavantiGroup/status/1292926196183961601

Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jJEgSTgQlA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkc7bQtfzsM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXj5LfNpnjI

Mehr / More: cp13c

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

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22 new cases of coronavirus reported, 1,826 in total

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23791

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Yemen COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Snapshot - As of 08 August 2020

As of 8 August, the number of reported confirmed COVID-19 cases in Yemen had reached 1,801 with 513 associated deaths and 912 recoveries. Men constitute 73 per cent of all reported cases and most COVID-19 cases and deaths are reported among people aged 45 and above. The highest number of confirmed cases continue to be reported in Hadramaut (772 cases, 238 deaths and 282 recoveries), followed by Taizz (298 cases, 80 deaths and 186 recoveries). In Aden, where the third highest number of cases has been reported (270 cases, 32 deaths and 194 recoveries), no new cases, deaths or recoveries have been reported in the past two weeks. However, indicators suggest that the virus continues to spread and that the number of confirmed cases and deaths fall below actual numbers, due in part to a lack of testing facilities and official reporting. Health partners are concerned that people who are asymptomatic continue to transmit the virus and urge communities to continue to observe precautionary measures.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-covid-19-preparedness-and-response-snapshot-08-august-2020

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Supporting COVID-19 Prevention through Soap Production

For most Yemenis, purchasing food is a daily struggle, much less purchasing basic hygiene needs like soap. This is causing many war-torn, rural communities to struggle to protect themselves from COVID-19. And for those that can afford potentially lifesaving hygiene products, their availability is strained – placing unprecedented global and regional pressure on essential health supplies, putting the most vulnerable communities at risk. Hundreds of thousands in the poorest urban and rural areas are affected.

Malak participates in the United Nations Development Programme’s soap making training that has been established in communities to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading throughout Yemen. The training supports home-based micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to enable them to successfully produce significant amounts of soap. After the training, participants receive USD 600 grants to begin their home production of soap with an expectation that they will produce 5,500 bottles of liquid soap a month.

https://www.ye.undp.org/content/yemen/en/home/stories/supporting-covid-19-prevention-through-soap-production-.html

(A H)

7 new cases of coronavirus reported, 1,804 in total

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23784

(A H)

1 new case of coronavirus reported, 1,797 in total

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23774

(A H)

28 new cases of coronavirus reported, 1,796 in total

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23766

(A H)

5 new cases of coronavirus reported, 1,768 in total

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23760

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Let’s Talk COVID-19: Crisis After Catastrophe in Yemen

In this installment of our “Let’s Talk COVID-19” webcast series, our panelists discuss the unique challenges Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams face while responding to cascading humanitarian crises in Yemen, where the national health system, decimated by years of war, is struggling to respond to the pandemic. Join MSF-USA executive director Avril Benoît for a conversation with Dr. Nizar Mohamed Jahlan, MSF anesthesiologist and ICU doctor in Yemen; Dr. Diana Galindo Pineda, medical team leader for MSF in Yemen; and Ghassan Abou Chaar, deputy emergency desk manager for MSF.

In this eight-part series MSF-USA executive director Avril Benoît talks with MSF aid workers and experts to answer your questions about the humanitarian response to COVID-19.

As COVID-19-related deaths spike in Yemen, the country’s national health system—already pushed to the brink of collapse by years of devastating conflict—is struggling to respond to the pandemic. There is no money to pay health staff, and personal protective equipment and COVID-19 tests are hard to come by. To make matters worse, misinformation about the virus is fueling fear and stigma, causing many sick people to avoid seeking medical care until it’s too late, compounding already high mortality rates.

More resources are desperately needed in Yemen to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and provide care for millions of people suffering from other health problems. In July, MSF called on the international community to mobilize resources to help Yemen cope with this crisis, and on Yemeni authorities to help people access much-needed humanitarian aid.

https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/take-action/attend-event/lets-talk-covid-19-crisis-after-catastrophe-yemen

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-VYHTpxZvw

(A H)

3 new cases of coronavirus reported, 1,763 in total

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23751

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IOM Yemen Quarterly Update - Q2: April - June 2020

With Yemen in its sixth year of conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic has further destabilized the country’s infrastructure, including its health care system, which was already struggling to address rising health needs and is now collapsing under the additional pressure of the COVID-19 outbreak. There are few infection prevention and control measures practiced at the community-level in Yemen and testing remains extremely limited. Stigma surrounding COVID-19 is delaying those with symptoms seeking treatment and leading to a high mortality rate, which could be as high as 25 per cent according to available data. This number may be exaggerated as only those who are critically ill are seeking treatment and are being tested.

The majority of airports, seaports and land border points remain closed, with some exceptions for returning Yemenis stranded abroad and humanitarian cargo and personnel. IOM continues to advocate for stranded migrants in Yemen and look at options for safe and dignified returns for those that choose to return to their country of origin, while providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance in the meantime. IOM notes that approximately 14,500 Ethiopians are stranded in Yemen, though this is a baseline figure and the actual numbers are likely to be much higher. Together with COVID-19 threats, migrants are facing increased xenophobic acts, arbitrary arrests, forced movement across active frontlines and decreased access to health services.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/iom-yemen-quarterly-update-q2-april-june-2020

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Yemen: Health Cluster Bulletin, June 2020

The cumulative total number of suspected Cholera cases from the 1st of January to the 30st of June, 2020 is 150849 with 44 associated deaths (CFR 0.03%). Children under five represent 24% whilst the elderly above 60 years of age accounted for 6.0% of total suspected cases. The outbreak has so far affected in 2020: 22 of 23 governorates and 295 of 333 districts in Yemen.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-health-cluster-bulletin-june-2020

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Saudischer Luftangriff tötet 20 Zivilisten / Most important: Saudi air raid kills 20 civilians

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U.N. condemns air strikes in Yemen that reportedly killed children

Field reports indicate that as many as nine children were killed and seven children and two women were injured, humanitarian coordination agency UNOCHA said in a statement on Friday about strikes that hit al-Jawf governorate.

The U.N.’s Yemen envoy called for a transparent investigation into the incident.

The health ministry for Houthi-held parts of Yemen said 9 children had died and 12 children and women had been injured in a number of strikes by aircraft of the Saudi-led coalition.

Medical and civilian sources told Reuters a number of civilians had been killed by strikes in Jawf and transferred to hospitals.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/u-n-condemns-air-strikes-in-yemen-that-reportedly-killed-children-idUSKCN253277

and

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Women and children killed and injured in Khabb wa ash Sha'af District in Al Jawf Governorate

Although the number of victims is still being confirmed, partners report that as many as 9 children were killed and 7 injured; 2 women are also reportedly injured. Some of the injured were taken to a WHO-supported hospital in Al Hazm while others were evacuated to Sana’a for treatment. Humanitarian partners are providing psychosocial and other support to the survivors.

“Like all senseless act of violence against civilians, this is shocking and completely, totally unacceptable,” said Ms. Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/women-and-children-killed-and-injured-khabb-wa-ash-shaaf-district-al-jawf-governorate

Comment: They should have the courage to say by “Saudi airstrikes”. Who else flies over #Yemen and drops bombs?

https://twitter.com/AishaJumaan/status/1292249853884370944

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Arab coalition reviews airstrike left civilian casualties

The Arab coalition backing Yemen's legitimate government is seriously looking at claims on accidental damages left by air raid on the Yemeni northeastern governorate of Jawf, spokesman for the coalition said.
The "operations carried out" on Thursday are being reviewed by the Saudi-led coalition in conformity with the international humanitarian law, Colonel Turki al-Maliki added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19008.html

and also https://apnews.com/e66748b1df204956a665ecc6545a6118

My comment: LOL, LOL, LOL.

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Neue saudische Luftangriffe reißen zwei Dutzend Zivilisten in Jemens Jawf in den Tod

Fast zwei Dutzend Zivilisten kommen bei erneuten Luftangriffen saudischer Kampfflugzeuge gegen ein Gebiet in Jemens nördlicher Provinz al-Jawf ums Leben.

Das arabischsprachige Fernsehsender al-Masirah berichtete unter Berufung auf lokale Quellen, dass die Kampfflugzeuge am Donnerstagabend auf drei Fahrzeuge abzielten, die auf einer Straße im Gebiet Sha'ab al-Haradh im Bezirk Khabb wa ash Shaaf unterwegs waren, und mehr als 20 Tote hinterließen.

Die Quellen fügten hinzu, dass die meisten Opfer Frauen und Kinder waren.

An anderen Orten in der bergigen nordwestlichen Provinz Saada bombardierten saudische Jets ein Wohngebiet im Distrikt Kitaf wa al-Boqe'e. Es gab jedoch keine sofortigen Berichte über mögliche Verluste oder das Ausmaß der verursachten Schäden.

https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i53079-neue_saudische_luftangriffe_rei%C3%9Fen_zwei_dutzend_zivilisten_in_jemens_jawf_in_den_tod

und auch https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000119230367/20-menschen-bei-luftangriff-im-jemen-gestorben

https://de.sputniknews.com/ausland/20200807327654884-20-menschen-bei-einem-luftangriff-im-jemen-ums-leben-gekommen/

und weiter – hier wird statt 3 Autos eine Bürgerversammlung als Angriffsziel genannt:

https://www.derstandard.de/story/2000119230367/20-menschen-bei-luftangriff-im-jemen-gestorben

https://www.sn.at/politik/weltpolitik/20-menschen-starben-bei-luftangriff-im-jemen-91200088

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At least 20 civilians killed, injured in fresh Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen

At least 20 civilians, including children and women, were killed and injured in Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen's Jawf province on Thursday, a local source told Debriefer.
The airstrikes targeted three families that were driving in the area of Al-Maatirah between the districts of Al-Anan and Khab Wa Al-Shaghaf on the border with Saudi Arabia, the source said.
The area is remote and far away from conflict zones, Jawf governor, Amir Al-Marrani, told the Houthi-run Almasirah TV.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18969.html

and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200807-up-to-20-killed-in-saudi-air-strike-on-yemens-jawf-province/

https://uprising.today/death-toll-of-saudi-massacre-of-yemeni-civilians-rises-to-20/

and by Xinhua: http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2020-08/07/content_76354705.htm

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In Al-Jawf, 20 citizens were killed and 8 others, most of them women and children, were injured by the aggression's four raids targeting Al-Maatara area in Khub Washa`f district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14305

and somewhat earlier: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14298

and FM statement: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14304

Photos:

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/1291435857275224067 (20 killed, 7 injured)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1291458653564874754 (22 killed and injured, including 7 children)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/2355933824702598

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMxolZZkt98

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Save the Children: SEVEN CHILDREN REPORTED KILLED IN YEMEN AIRSTRIKE

Xavier Joubert, Save the Children‘s Country Director in Yemen said:

"In less than a month at least 17 children have lost their lives as a result of indiscriminate attacks in Yemen.

"It’s unacceptable that the world continues to stand idly by while children are losing their lives at home, playing in the streets or simply going to school. In a time that Yemen is battling the COVID-19 pandemic with extremely limited resources, floods are devastating parts of the country and thousands of children continue to go hungry, the focus should be on tackling these issues, not on fighting.

"We strongly condemn the attack and call on all warring parties to respect international humanitarian law, give unhindered access to aid workers so they can help those most in need and adhere to the call for a ceasefire during these challenging times.

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/news/media-centre/press-releases/yemen-seven-children-killed-airstrike

cp1c Am wichtigsten: Überschwemmungen / Most important: Flash floods

Siehe auch / Look at cp4, cp13c

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Mehr als 130 Tote bei Überschwemmungen im Jemen

Schwere Regenfälle und Überschwemmungen haben im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen zu lebensgefährlichen Fluten mit mehr als 130 Toten geführt. Mindestens 120 weitere seien mit Verletzungen ins Krankenhaus gebracht worden, teilte das von den Houthi-Rebellen kontrollierte Gesundheitsministerium am Sonntag mit.

Außerdem hätten die Wassermassen mehr als 200 Häuser und andere Gebäude komplett oder teilweise zerstört.

https://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/panorama/id_88369428/buergerkriegsland-regen-und-uebeschwemmungen-im-jemen-mehr-als-130-tote.html = https://www.stol.it/artikel/chronik/mehr-als-130-tote-bei-ueberschwemmungen-im-jemen

Film: https://www.insuedthueringen.de/deutschlandwelt/brennpunkte/Regen-und-UEbeschwemmungen-im-Jemen-Mehr-als-130-Tote;art2801,7345926

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Yemen’s rebels say floods, heavy rains left over 130 dead

Yemen’s Houthi rebels said Sunday that floods have swept through rebel-held parts of the country since mid-July amid heavy seasonal rains, leaving more than 130 dead and damaging more than 260 homes.

The Houthi-run Health Ministry said at least 124 others were injured by the flooding in parts of northern Yemen controlled by the rebels, including the capital Sanaa and its historic Old City, which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

More than 160,000 people were forced to leave their homes amid heavy flooding and rainfall in the provinces of Hajjah and Hodeida, according to security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

At least 33,000 displaced people who were sheltering in camps in southern Yemen lost their tents and belongings in the floods, the International Committee of the Red Cross said last month.

The devastating floods in the Arab world’s poorest country have exacerbated a cholera outbreak, with 127,900 suspected cases across eight provinces since January, the World Health Organization said in July.

The Red Cross also warned the floods have accelerated the spread of dengue fever and malaria, as mosquitoes carrying the diseases breed in puddles.

https://apnews.com/1b624fe137682169deb5c6f8eef71565

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Health Ministry: 255 people died, injured due to floods

The Ministry of Public Health and Population has announced that 255 people have died or injured due to rains in various provinces.

The operations of the Ministry of Health, in a statement Saba got a copy of it, stated that the number of victims of recent rains in the capital Sanaa and provinces who were transferred to hospitals reached 131 deaths and 124 injured.

The statement indicated that 106 houses and private and public facilities were totally or partially damaged and 156 were partially damaged as of August 7, of which those were swept away or destroyed by the torrential rains.

It pointed out that one of the most important reasons for these tragedies is the reckless handling of many victims with floods, so they move, which often leads to the dredging of their cars or swimming in dams, water barriers, and floods streams, which leads to drowning.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3105206.htm

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Two women died due to floods in Sanaa

Child drowned to death in Sanaa

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3105298.htm

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3105280.htm

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Floods kill 21, drown 1300 houses in Marib

The heavy rains and overflowing dam of Marib killed 21 people and drowned 1300 houses in the eastern Yemen province last week, governmental and media reports say.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41228

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29 people died in Raymah due to heavy rains

29 citizens were killed and nine others injured in the districts of al-Jabin and al-Ja'afareyah in Raymah province after their houses were demolished by heavy rains.

Deputy Director of Observatory Health Office Dr. Mohammed al-Ja'amani said to Saba that a number of houses in Bani Khattab in al-Jabin were destroyed by heavy rains, killing eight people and injuring two others.

Dr. al-Ja'amani pointed out that ten people died and three others injured in Dabj area in al-Jabin in Raymah as a result of the floods, indicating that 11 people died and four citizens injured after their houses were demolished by the floods in Ja'afareyah district.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3105201.htm

Film: https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1292532464154542080

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Six men washed away by floods in Yafa'

A car with six young men inside was washed away in massive floods that hit al-Askariya area in Yafa' late on Sunday evening.
According to local sources, the rescue teams in the area managed to recover one dead body and the five others are still missing and presumed drowned.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23785

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Erneut Überschwemmungen im Jemen - 16 Tote

Im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen sind erneut hunderte Familien von schweren Regenfälle und Überschwemmungen betroffen. Mindestens 16 Menschen, darunter acht Kinder, kamen in den Fluten ums Leben. Eine Person wurde durch einen Blitzschlag getötet. Bürger wurden vor drohenden Schlammlawinen und Bergrutschen gewarnt. In Marib und weiteren Provinzen wurden Häuser sowie Strom- und Wasserleitungen zerstört.

Der Wetterdienst des Landes verzeichnete am Dienstag allein in der Provinz Hudaida 111 Millimeter Niederschlag innerhalb von 24 Stunden. Das ist etwa ein Fünftel der Menge, die über ein gesamtes Jahr durchschnittlich in Berlin gemessen wird. Erst Mitte April hatte es bei Überschwemmungen im Jemen mehrere Tote gegeben.

Hunderte Menschen ergriffen die Flucht vor den Wassermassen. Nach Angaben des UNO-Flüchtlingshilfswerks (UNHCR) sind mehr als 9.000 Familien betroffen, nachdem das Unwetter Unterkünfte, Straßen und Land unter Wasser setzte. Die Menschen hätten Vieh und persönlichen Besitz verloren. Im Internet kursierte das Video einer Herde Kühe, die von den Fluten davongetragen werden. Mehr als ein Drittel der Menschen im Jemen lebt von Einnahmen aus der Landwirtschaft.

https://www.sn.at/panorama/international/erneut-ueberschwemmungen-im-jemen-16-tote-91072675

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Floods kill 100 people over one week

Government and local sources said that around 100 people were killed over the past week due to floods in Marib, Sana’a, Raima, Ibb, Amran and Hodeida.

Heavy rains have been wreaking havoc in several parts of Yemen for the second week on a row that led to human casualty and damages to cattle, farms, building and the infrastructure.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41194

and

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100 people die in heavy rains & floods in Marib, Sanaa, Hodeidah, Ibb, Amran & Raymah this past week. -30K families, mostly IDPs, affected by rains

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1292016063580975104

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17 people died due to floods as result of heavy rains in Rimah

About 17 people died and nine others have gone missing due to floods as a result of rainfall in Jaafarih district of Rimah province for two days.

the heavy rains on the governorate also caused also casualties and material losses and damage a number of houses, as well as public and private property.

He pointed out that the heavy rains washed off the agricultural terraces in the Bani Don and Shouboun area, which led to the destruction of coffee trees and other agricultural products.

Additionally, the rains caused cutting off the main roads in the various districts of the governorate, which led to obstruction of traffic and the entry of the necessary and basic needs of food and accommodation for citizens in the governorate center.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3105071.htm

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Local source: two children died and their mother injured after their house collapsed due to floods in Ibb governorate.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1292187829053857792

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The civilians found 5 dead bodies, including women and children, and removed them from the flood in Bana valley, east of Ibb governorate.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1292203681144684544

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Yemen: 14 dead in floods in Houthis-run areas

Sources tell Anadolu Agency six females killed, house destroyed in Raymah province

At least 14 deaths were recorded Friday in floods that hit Raymah and Sanaa provinces in northern Yemen.

Local sources told Anadolu Agency the floods in Al-Jafariyah district in Raymah province killed six females and destroyed one house.

A house collapsed in the Al-Jabin district and killed five.
Sources said agricultural land was damaged by the floods.
Heavy rains killed three people in the Al-Sad neighborhood in Sanaa.
Houthis-appointed Governor of Sanaa Homod Abad said told the Al-Masira channel the governorate is working within an urgent plan to decrease the effects of the rains in certain neighborhoods.
He said telecommunication and internet services were damaged because of the floods.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/yemen-14-dead-in-floods-in-houthis-run-areas/1935236

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-18997.html

Film: https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1291796770524102657

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Rights groups for aid for flood-stricken Yemen

Five human rights organisations have called to provide humanitarian and relief assistance to thousands of Yemenis who had been affected by the two-weeks of heavy rain and floods especially in Hudaydah, Sanaa, Ma’arib, Aden and Amran.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200807-rights-groups-for-aid-for-flood-stricken-yemen/

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Tehama needs urgent help. Flash floods caused by heavy rains have added salt into injury

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/1291726939837751296

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Thousands of families in the western coastal areas of #Yemen are stranded. Most families live in tents/cottages, which were destroyed by large-scale flash floods. They lost loved ones, farms, livestock & shelter. Yemen continues to be the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. (photos)

https://twitter.com/alasaadim/status/1291726568704946176

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/23765

https://twitter.com/BashaReport/status/1292082095070892034

https://twitter.com/BashaReport/status/1292082095070892034

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Überschwemmungen, Fotos und Filme, siehe auch cp13c

Flash floods, photos and films, also look at cp13c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmPn8F2N1TQ Sanaa

https://twitter.com/HanaalShowafi/status/1292106531417337858 Sanaa

https://twitter.com/AhmedAlkohlani/status/1292421254989795329 Sanaa

https://twitter.com/BashaReport/status/1292822753201000449 Marib

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1292185331287109634

https://www.facebook.com/Classy.Yemeni/posts/2016373731826131

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/08/c_139274218.htm

https://twitter.com/BashaReport/status/1292082095070892034

https://twitter.com/maysaashujaa/status/1292078506680160257

https://twitter.com/BashaReport/status/1292077521396170753

https://twitter.com/YaserAlyamani/status/1292044819808886785

https://twitter.com/dya_bamakhrama/status/1292060888527241216

https://twitter.com/Alhadath_Ymn/status/1291924015511154688

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4bqOe1CbRo

https://twitter.com/BashaReport/status/1292082095070892034

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1291817424166289408

https://twitter.com/j_feierstein/status/1291857930426490887

https://twitter.com/DrAnnuzaili/status/1291780436457332736

https://twitter.com/althor77/status/1291610063975718912

https://twitter.com/HanaalShowafi/status/1291765855207010304

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Db8FS3B5Yg

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1291750164919652352

https://www.facebook.com/Classy.Yemeni/posts/2016373731826131

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1291769412391968772

https://twitter.com/alasaadim/status/1291726568704946176

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/1291726939837751296

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1291770341304479744

https://twitter.com/ICRC_ye/status/1291414637645307909

https://twitter.com/MahaNagi/status/1291675896034865153

https://twitter.com/munaluqman/status/1291626900209664000

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1291244104047824897

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1291418572078690304

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1291388287546949635

https://twitter.com/sameer_alnamri/status/1291449047652466695

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1291459691042811907

https://twitter.com/UKinYemen/status/1291424408641437697

https://twitter.com/alasaadim/status/1291515157642969090

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1291457386159505421

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-4_x0oFVLo = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p35I5LTmkA

https://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/video/video-739421.html = https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute-sendungen/videos/tote-ueberschwemmungen-jemen-100.html

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1291074691952783361

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1291075240756498433

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DHruq7QDtg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F0jqxwf-90

https://twitter.com/hannaheporter/status/1291141959822778368

https://twitter.com/YemenMatters_/status/1290994941397741572

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1291244104047824897

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zZklS_wmnA

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41204

https://twitter.com/faizahsulimani/status/1292759108895072256

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Yemen: Floods from Marib Dam impact Marib-Hadramout highway August 6

Officials in the city of Marib have stated that ambulances are unable to reach heavily affected areas, and has warned of the potential for the spread of malaria and dengue fever in the city. On Sunday, August 2, the Marib Dam flooded for the first time since it was rebuilt in 1986, washing away makeshift structures erected by internally displaced persons (IDPs) and sparking fears of a collapse should the government delay in taking measures to prevent it.

Meteorologists have forecast above-average rainfall across much of Yemen throughout the rainy season, which runs through to September. Further flooding and associated disruptions to power supply, transport, and businesses are expected to continue over the medium term.

https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/366686/yemen-floods-from-marib-dam-impact-marib-hadramout-highway-august-6-update-2

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON AUGUST 10, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-august-10-2020-map-update/

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The crimes of #US-#UK-#SAUDI-#UAE Coalition against Yemeni children as 9 Aug 2020 (infographic)

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/posts/1754139071403117

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Yemen envoy tells why Houthi reject UN plan to repair Safer

They have not rejected the UN solution, but its plan, he told the Saudi paper, adding that this poses a problem.
The militias want another company to take over the repairs although there is company from Singapore - working with the UN - that is specialized in handling such cases, Aron said.
"The UN is in contact with the Houthis to resolve the issue," according to the paper.
"The operation will cost millions of dollars and is beyond the Houthis' expertise and capabilities. They need UN help.
"The problem is big and dangerous, he warned. The repairs will not take place over a matter of days. Time is available, but the Houthi authorities need to facilitate the UN operation," the UK diplomat added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19056.html

and how the Hadi government tells it:

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Gov’t Spokesman: Houthis block Singaporean firm from checking Safer tanker

The government’s spokesman, Rageh Badi, said on Monday that the Houthis militia blocked technical experts from a Singaporean firm contracted by the United Nations (UN) to check the Safer floating tanker in the Red Sea.

The Houthis pledged mid last month to permit the UN to check the tanker.

Yet, this time the Houthis demand change of the company and that technical experts be changed as part of their defiance and procrastination, Badi said.

He indicated that the Houthis insist on blocking repairing of the tanker despite the risk of rupture and threats of a disaster in the Red Sea region.

He said that the Houthis refused in the last minutes granting visas to the experts of the Singaporean firm to enter the country and do the repairing check.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41236

and the Houthi viewpoint:

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Yemeni calls to repair Safer oil tanker are still being ignored

Despite immense threat of ecological disaster, UN and Saudi-led invaders still refuse to take action

Head of the Yemeni National Delegation, Mohamed Abdulsalam said that the continued demands to evaluate and repair the Safer oil tanker are still being ignored, despite the terrible ecological danger it poses.

Mohammed Abdulsalam revealed that the oil tanker Safer, still isn’t allowed to receive fuel to operate its safety maintenance procedures, and hasn’t been able to receive this fuel ever since the start of the Saudi-led aggression in March 2015. Abdulsalam added that continued Yemeni requests to maintain and repair it have continuously been ignored.

Regarding the UN’s response to Sana’a about maintaining the oil tanker, Abdulsalam pointed out that: “Whoever wages a war of extermination against an entire people and imposes the tightest siege on it, does not care about the fate of a ship.”

“Those who remove child killers from the list of shame are not entitled to speak in the name of humanity” he added, referring to a recent UN decision to remove Saudi Arabia from a blacklist of nations that violate children’s rights.

https://uprising.today/yemeni-calls-to-repair-safer-oil-tanker-are-still-being-ignored/

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14361

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After Beirut blast, experts urge action on region’s other ticking time bomb

The 1.1 million barrels of oil aboard the ‘FSO Safer’ off the Yemeni coast are at high risk of leaking or exploding

A Yemeni analyst, Ibrahim Jala, called last week for action on the FSO Safer after 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded at Beirut’s port on Tuesday, having been stored there for six years.

Mr Jala, a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute, said 4,900 tonnes of the compound, nearly double the amount left in the Lebanese warehouse, is being stored at Aden port.

He described this and the FSO Safer as nightmare situations.

If the oil aboard the ship leaks, analysts predict, it could cause a catastrophe that would outstrip some of the world’s worst oil spills and cause irreparable damage to much of the Red Sea’s wildlife and coast.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/after-beirut-blast-experts-urge-action-on-region-s-other-ticking-time-bomb-1.1061132

and also https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/yemen-must-not-allow-for-repeat-of-beirut-blasts-1.1061287

and

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US blasts Houthis over ‘ticking time bomb’ tanker in Red Sea

The US blasted Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen on Sunday for reneging on a deal to allow UN teams to board a rusting oil storage vessel that threatens an environmental disaster in the Red Sea.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1717211/middle-east

and this is the Houthi viewpoint:

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Abdulsalam: UN Not Entitled to Speak in The Name of Humanity after Removeing Saudi-Children Killers from Black List of Shame

Head of the National Delegation, Mohamed AbdulSalam, revealed that the oil tanker, Safer, isn't allowed to receive fuel to operate its safety maintenance procedures, since the start of the US-Saudi aggression, and that the Yemen's request to maintain it and repair it were ignored.

On the UN's response to Sana'a about maintaining the oil tanker, Abdulsalam pointed out that "Whoever wages a war of extermination against an entire people and imposes a tightest siege on it, does not care about the fate of a ship. Those who remove child killers from the list of shame are not entitled to speak in the name of humanity” he added.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14348

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[Hadi] Yemeni gov't says Houthis ignore int'l criticisms over Safer FSO

The Houthi group turns away from international continual criticisms and calls to honor its commitments in terms of sparing the Red Sea risks posed by a looming explosion of the floating storage and offloading (FSO) facility Safer off the Yemeni seaport of Ras Isa, the Yemeni information minister tweeted.
This Houthi negligence will lead to an environmental, economic and humanitarian disaster as hundreds of times as Beirut explosion, Moammar al-Eryani added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19043.html

My comment: Both sides misuse SAFER as a bargaining chip for making money, so the hadi government should not complain. Evidently, a new anti-Houthi propaganda campaign is going on.

And

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Stranded by Civil War, A Leaky Oil Tanker Off the Coast of Yemen Threatens to Unleash the World’s Worst-Ever Oil Spill

The story of a leaky oil tanker stranded off the coast of Yemen is, in part, the story of the country’s civil war. There are about a million gallons of oil stored in this tanker, which has not been operational since 2015. That is when Yemen’s civil war escalated into an international conflict pitting Houthi rebels who overthrew the government against an international coalition lead by Saudi Arabia.

Since then, the condition of this old oil tanker has deteriorated and is threatening to cause what would be the world’s worst-ever oil spill. The environmental, economic and humanitarian damage throughout the Red Sea would be immense. Meanwhile, the Houthi rebels control access to this tanker and so far, they have not permitted UN experts or an international team to inspect the tanker, nor take steps to safely remove the oil from it.

On the line to discuss is Gerry Simpson, associate crisis and conflict director at Human Rights Watch. He has been following the situation with the tanker closely and We kick off discussing the history of this tanker before having a broader conversation about the possible damage that a leak may inflict and its broader relationship to the conflict in Yemen.

The situation with the tanker is something that has been on the radar of the UN Security Council, and even US Congress. The damage from an oil spill would be at a scale that is hard to comprehend.

It’s a crisis waiting to happen and so far there has been very little progress in securing the tanker.

https://www.undispatch.com/stranded-by-civil-war-a-leaky-oil-tanker-off-the-coast-of-yemen-threatens-to-unleash-the-worlds-worst-ever-oil-spill/

and

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Looming repeat of Beirut tragedy? Houthi rebels will lay blame on UN, Saudis if stranded oil tanker in Yemeni port explodes

Houthi rebels have warned they will hold the Saudis and the UN accountable for a possible disaster on its way to the Middle East, as a stranded tanker in the Yemeni port is feared to explode over a lack of maintenance.

The FSO Safer tanker with around 1.1 million barrels of oil on board was moored near the Yemeni port of Ras Isa in 2015. Now the ship is degrading, having spent years without maintenance. The volatile gasses built-up inside threaten to explode and spill the oil, creating a global environmental crisis.

The United Nations claim that they are awaiting permission from the Houthi side to visit the ship and start defusing the time-bomb that is the Safer. The Yemeni rebels’ spokesperson Mohammed Abdul Salam has rejected this notion saying that the Houthis’ demands for the repairing of the vessel were ignored.

https://www.rt.com/news/497609-looming-repeat-of-beirut-tragedy/

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Yemenis fear decaying oil tanker could cause major disaster

Following Tuesday’s huge explosions in Beirut, Yemenis have been voicing their concern that the decaying Safer floating storage and offloading terminal could lead to a devastating disaster in Yemen if it is not repaired soon.

Having seen footage of the destruction wrought by the explosions in Lebanon, Yemeni fishermen, politicians, government officials, military officers and activists have urged the international community to pressure the Houthis to give experts from the United Nations access to the damaged ship so that it can be fixed.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1715281/middle-east

My remark: From a Saudi news site, using this for blaming the Houthis. This also shows it:

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[Hadi] Gov't says Beirut explosion a reminder to the world over decaying tanker off Yemen

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18956.html

and also http://www.diplomatmagazine.eu/2020/08/05/immediate-action-needed-to-prevent-the-looming-disaster-of-the-safer-oil-tanker-moored-off-the-coast-of-yemen/

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UN documents 357 violations against Yemeni journalists since war start

The United Nations has documented 357 violations against Yemeni journalists since the war outbreak, the agency said Thursday.
"Since the start of the conflict in March 2015, the UN Human Rights Office has documented 357 human rights violations and abuses against journalists" in Yemen, it said in a statement.
"There have been 28 killings, 2 enforced disappearances, one abduction, 45 physical assaults, 184 arbitrary arrests and detentions, 16 death or physical violence threats against journalists, 24 seizures of media organizations, 26 closures of TV channels and newspaper companies, 27 attacks on media organizations and houses of journalists, and 4 death sentences imposed on journalists in violation of international human rights law."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18990.html

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Initial Report: Aden Port is NH₄NO₃-Free Zone

After examining samples taken from containers at Aden seaport, a specialized committee said on Monday, that the 3-year-old stored materials in the targeted containers are full of organic fertilizer.
According to the preliminary results, the containers at Aden port contain urea which is used for animal feed additive and fertilizer and it is produced in April 19, 2017.
The committee affirmed in a statement that the containers at Aden port don't contain explosive materials of ammonium nitrate and that the investigations still underway.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23794

and

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Warnings in Yemen amid reports large quantities of ammonium nitrates stored at Aden port

Media sources have warned of a disaster which would be similar to the explosion which rocked Lebanon's capital Beirut this week killing 150 people and injuring 5.000 others.
There are 130 containers of ammonium nitrates held at Aden seaport in south Yemen for three years, journalist, Fathi bin Lazraq, said on Friday, elaborating that the authorities have said the containers were not allowed to enter the country.
The containers contain around 4.900 tons of ammonium nitrates, double the quantity which destroyed Beirut seaport, he said in a post on Facebook.
However, an official in the internationally recognised government denied reports circulated on social media about ammonium nitrates stored at Aden seaport.
There is a quantity of urea fertilizer, not ammonium nitrates, at the port, the official told Debriefer.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19000.html

and

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Beirut blast may repeat in Yemen's Aden

Thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical compound which recently caused a massive explosion in Beirut, are being stored in the Yemeni port city of Aden by Saudi-Emirati occupation forces, a top official warns.
The governor of Aden governorate in southern Yemen says the chemical compound has been stored in Aden since three years ago without finding any immediate solution for use or any measure to keep citizens and their belongings away from possible danger.
Salam warned that the amount of ammonium nitrate stored in Aden is almost twice the amount that blew up the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday.
Yemen’s Al Masirah TV quotes Tariq Salam as saying that the chemicals have been confiscated by the Saudi-led coalition forces and stored in the Aden port, but have been abandoned and now endanger the lives of citizens in case of explosion.
“The forces deployed in this port are responsible for storing this dangerous cargo, which is estimated to include 4,900 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at 130 shipping containers,” he warned.

https://en.abna24.com/news//beirut-blast-may-repeat-in-yemens-aden_1061107.html

and

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Aden port denies hosting ammonium nitrate shipments

The Yemeni Gulf of Aden ports corporation on Friday denied the presence of any shipment of ammonium nitrate in the southern port of Aden.
"Allegations, that 140 containers of ammonium nitrate are held in Aden port for three years, alter and falsify facts," the corporation said in a statement carried by the official Aden-based Saba News Agency.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19015.html

and

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Yemen’s attorney general orders probe into Aden ammonium nitrate reports

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1716626/middle-east

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-19016.html

and

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Probe into NH₄NO₃ claims starts in Aden

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23783

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This website quoted a senior official in the Aden seaport authority as saying arrangements are underway to get rid of 7.000 tons of ammonium nitrates that have been stored at the port since 2017. (link)

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1292149484085039107

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Nov. 2018: Armed Conflicts and the Erosion of the State: The Cases of Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria

How have armed conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen challenged or weakened each state? This report underlines the main dynamics that have affected state capacity and authority and highlights the key challenges facing policymakers in rebuilding centralized, efficient and legitimate states. It puts particular emphasis on the need for building consensus around governance mechanisms that can reconnect local- and national-level institutions and manage resource distribution. It also underlines the need for a holistic approach towards rebuilding efficient and legitimate security structures, taking into account that any such efforts will be political and contentious.

https://www.academia.edu/37755545/Armed_Conflicts_and_the_Erosion_of_the_State_The_Cases_of_Iraq_Libya_Yemen_and_Syria

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Schmerz ist die Waffe, die nicht tötet: vierundvierzig Geschichten vom Krieg

Bushra al-Maktaris Buch «Was hast du hinter dir gelassen?»

Die jemenitische Schriftstellerin und Journalistin hat, oft unter Lebensgefahr, in ihrer kriegszerrütteten Heimat Zeugnisse von Menschen gesammelt, die ihr Obdach, ihre Existenz, ihre nächsten Angehörigen verloren haben; dreiundvierzig der rund vierhundert Protokolle liegen nun in einem von Constantin Schreiber herausgegebenen und von der vormaligen NZZ-Nahostkorrespondentin Monika Bolliger eingeführten Band in deutscher Übersetzung vor.

Bushra al-Maktari geht es allein um das Leiden der Zivilbevölkerung; zu gleichen Teilen stammen die im Buch versammelten Protokolle von Opfern der Huthi und solchen der Militärkoalition, die Präsident Hadi unterstützt. Der dreiundvierzigste Text ist nicht Zeugnis, sondern Abschied; die Autorin widmet ihn ihrer Freundin Riham Bader, die ums Leben kam, als sie Hilfsgüter in Taiz, der Heimatstadt der beiden Frauen, verteilte.

Natürlich spürt man, dass eine erfahrene Hand die Zeugnisse gestaltet hat. Ein Text beginnt mit einer längeren Traumsequenz, ein anderer mit einem in direkter Rede gesetzten Dialog; die Geschichte der jungen Fabrikarbeiterin, die in wilder Flucht innehält, nachdem eine Bombe die Produktionshallen in Brand gesteckt hat, die sich durch die herausströmenden Menschen zurückkämpft, um die Schwester aus den Flammen zu retten, liest man mit fliegendem Atem.

https://www.nzz.ch/feuilleton/colum-mccann-und-bushra-al-maktari-erzaehlen-vom-sinnlosen-sterben-ld.1569405

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Torrential rains stop internet service in Yemen

The heavy rainfalls in many Yemeni provinces on Thursday left partial absence of internet service, say officials.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18975.html

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Yemeni besieged, war-torn Taiz sympathizes with Lebanon, Tehama

The Yemeni southwestern city of Taiz towers above its wounds and disputes and always takes the lead in positions of solidarity with national and Arab issues.
Despite the Houthi siege for more than five years, inter-disputes leading to armed conflict between groups engaged in "resistance", and official negligence towards a city that exported knowledge and revolution to the whole Yemen, Taiz and its people still present humane symbol.
On Wednesday, thousands of Taiz people took to streets with signs showing solidarity with Lebanon and victims of the disastrous explosions. Taiz also keenly expressed sympathy for their floods-affected natives in Tehama amid sufferings ignored by authorities

https://debriefer.net/en/news-18973.html

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The EU steps up its engagement in Yemen, but is it enough?

The conflict in Yemen poses a real threat not only to its immediate neighborhood, but also to global players such as the European Union. Although the country is located relatively far away from the EU’s external borders, instability on the Arabian Peninsula could seriously affect European interests and security. Control over the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a vital maritime chokepoint located between Yemen and Djibouti and connecting the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea, is one key factor. In addition, the conflict may result in a new wave of uncontrolled immigration to the EU, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking the above-mentioned initiatives into consideration, it’s clear that the EU is proactively trying to support the peace process and provide Yemenis with humanitarian aid, adopting a multidimensional approach. The longer the conflict lasts, the worse it will be for the EU, and a peaceful settlement is a necessary step toward stabilizing the situation in the broader Middle East. In addition, EU officials are paying attention to the humanitarian dimension of the conflict and the protection of human rights. What is needed, however, is a substantial increase in financial assistance, realistic promises of future investments, and a bolder engagement in diplomatic efforts.

https://www.mei.edu/publications/eu-steps-its-engagement-yemen-it-enough

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Yemen: Human right violations against journalists, coming ‘from all quarters’

Unparalleled rights violations and abuses against journalists are being carried out by all parties to the armed conflict in Yemen

The high number of rights violations against journalists across the war-torn country include killings, disappearances and death sentences in violation of international human rights law.

Since just the start of April, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has documented an assassination and an abduction, three cases of arbitrary arrest and detention, the sentencing of four journalists to death – in violation of international human rights law – and the jailing of six others, three physical assaults and threats of physical violence.

“They are killed, beaten and disappeared; they are harassed and threatened; and they are jailed and sentenced to death for merely trying to shine a light on the brutality of this crisis”, lamented Ms. Bachelet.

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/08/1069652

and also https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=26152&LangID=E

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From 2017: Iran's Fingerprints in Yemen - Real or Imagined?

There are several challenges to unraveling the true extent of Iran’sfingerprints in Yemen. It is easy to construct convincing arguments either way—showing either the strong hand of Iran in arming and training the Houthis or the spectacular lack of it. This can be done simply by being selective over which of the mixed messages coming out of Iran to present, by citing circumstantial evidence as though it were hard fact, or, conversely, by dismissing strongly suggestive evidence owing to plausible deniability.

This paper attempts to steer a neutral line and to present evidenceand hypotheses that point in different directions. It does, however, try to draw a balanced conclusion and offer a possible analysis as to theextent of Iran’s influence thus far, as well as a trajectory for where itmight be heading. This is done by tackling a series of questions: Is thewar sectarian? Does Iran control the Houthis? To what extent is Iran’s role rhetorical rather than action based, and how might contradictory messages coming out of Iran be reconciled? Why might Iran, and indeed its opponents, have talked up its role? Finally, to what extent are Iranand its proxy Lebanese Hezbollah actually arming and training the Houthis? Has Iran’s input been significant enough to change the dynamics of the conflict, or might the Houthis conceivably have managed thus farwithout decisive input from Iran? – by Elisabeth Kendall

https://www.academia.edu/34954112/Irans_Fingerprints_in_Yemen_Real_or_Imagined

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

Siehe / Look at cp13d

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[Sanaa gov.] Oil Minister Demands Lise Grande to Make More Efforts to Release All Oil Derivative Tankers

Minister of Oil and Minerals, Eng. Ahmed Darras, demands the Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, to make more efforts to release all oil derivative tankers that are detained by the aggression.

The Minister stressed, during his meeting with the UN official, the importance of the humanitarian role that the United Nations should play in order to release the detained ships to ensure the continuity of service facilities' activities in providing their services to citizens.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14358

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Oil tankers detention costs over 100 million dollars: Houthis

The US-Saudi-Emirati coalition's detention of oil tankers has cost more than US$ 100 million of fines, the Houthi group said Monday.
The coalition is still denying 18 oil tankers access to the Yemeni western port of Hodeida, the Houthi-run Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) said in a press release.
Four of the detained vessels are loaded with fuel oil and gas, the other 14 ships are carrying petrol and diesel, it added.
The YPC has reached a "very risky stage of oil shortage, due to the coalition's persistent detention of the tankers," the Houthi-run al-Masyra quoted the YPC's director as saying.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19059.html

and also https://www.saba.ye/en/news3105339.htm

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14374

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FM to UN Resident Representative: Detaining Oil Ships by Saudi-led Forces Catastrophic

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eng. Hisham Sharaf, met, on Sunday, the Resident Representative of the United Nations and the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen, Lise Grande. The meeting discussed the catastrophic repercussions as a result of the continued detention of oil derivatives and domestic gas. They also touched on the serious situation of the floating oil tanker, Safer.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14352

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[Sanaa gov.] Oil Minister Demands Lise Grande to Make More Efforts to Release All Oil Derivative Tankers

Minister of Oil and Minerals, Eng. Ahmed Darras, demands the Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, to make more efforts to release all oil derivative tankers that are detained by the aggression.

The Minister stressed, during his meeting with the UN official, the importance of the humanitarian role that the United Nations should play in order to release the detained ships to ensure the continuity of service facilities' activities in providing their services to citizens.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14358

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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YEMEN mVAM Bulletin no.53 (May-June 2020)

In the first half of 2020,Yemen witnessed the interaction of rising conflict in IRG areas, unfolding of a currency crisis, inflation in food prices, economic slowdown, weather shocks, spread of disease, fall in foreign aid, all compounded by the impact of COVID-19. As a result,Yemen is accelerating its path towards a very bleak second half of 2020.

-With a vast decline in foreign reserves,Yemen is starting to face an alarming currency crisis. Given its high import dependency, Yemen risks reduced food supply as well as soaring prices, resulting in an escalation of food insecurity.

-Food consumption and dietary diversity of households deteriorated in June following a brief seasonal improvement during May 2020 linked to increased charity and food consumption during Ramadhan. The prevalence of inadequate food consumption increased from 30 percent in May to 36 percent in June. The governorates of Al Bayda, Al Dahle, Shabwa and Amran have seen the largest increase and displaced households remain the most vulnerable to food insecurity(40 percent of IDPs had inadequate food consumption during June 2020).

As COVID-19 spreads in Yemen, concern grew for the 20.1 million people in need of humanitarian food assistance in Yemen, where over five years of conflict and displacement have decimated almost half of the country’s health facilities.

https://dataviz.vam.wfp.org/yemen-mvam-bulletin-53-jun-2020

(B H)

Yemen, WASH needs analysis and gaps, Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC)| DG ECHO Daily Map | 10/08/2020

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-wash-needs-analysis-and-gaps-emergency-response-coordination-centre-ercc-dg-echo

(B H)

Sweden provides much needed humanitarian assistance to protect vulnerable women and girls across Yemen

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/sweden-provides-much-needed-humanitarian-assistance-protect-vulnerable-women-and-girls

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Houthi-controlled parliament calls for international interventions to help Yemen civilians

The House of Representatives in Yemen's capital Sanaa which is run by the Houthi Group said on Sunday the catastrophic and tragic conditions in the country require urgent international interventions to help the civilians.
It called for reopening air, sea and land ports and to end the blockade and war on Yemen, according to a statement published by the Houthi-run Saba news agency.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19036.html

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[Hadi] Yemeni gov't criticizes UN report on food insecurity

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government on Sunday criticized a report issued by UN agencies on an increase in people who would face higher level of food crisis to more than 3 million people in south Yemen.
The "inaccurate report aims to raise funding" that will be "spent in unfeasible activities," the government added.
Released by the World Food Programme, UNICEF and Food and Agriculture Organization on 22 July, the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis for 133 districts in Yemen forecasts that "more than 1 million more people in the southern areas of Yemen will face acute food insecurity by the end of the year.

"We are asking about the funding of US$ 1.37 billion they have recently received; where have these organizations used it? Was it in the aspects mentioned in the report, or in unfeasible activities?" Najeeb al-Sa'adi added in remarks to Asharq Al-awsat.
The very report bears condemnation against these organizations, whose work "was not based on strategies. For instance, instead of bringing water to any population gathering, why haven't they founded a project that would benefit the locals after these agencies leave or their funding stops?
"It's imperfect that international agencies work away from official organizations," the Yemeni official said.
While their "inaccurate report talks about needs in Marib, Shabwa and Abyan," these agencies are not operational in these governorates, but in Aden, Lahj and the western coast only, he argued.
https://debriefer.net/en/news-19041.html

(B H)

Child Protection Area of Responsibility Partners - Yemen: Thematic 3W (Who, What, Where) in 2020

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/child-protection-area-responsibility-partners-yemen-thematic-3w-who-what-where-2020

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ICRC plane arrives at Sanaa Airport

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3105139.htm

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PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THE YEMEN CRISIS

The civil war in Yemen prevents the most defenseless people in Yemeni society — pregnant women, newborns and children — from receiving life-saving medical treatment on time. At MSF’s Taiz Houban Mother and Child Hospital, the number of children and newborns dead on arrival at the location has doubled from 52 in 2016 to 103 in 2018. The most prevalent causes of death in newborns were prematurity, deprivation of oxygen known as birth asphyxia and severe infection.
Families struggle to find access to limited medical facilities and must navigate frontlines and checkpoints to receive care. Additionally, the Yemenis’ ability to access healthcare of any kind has dramatically diminished. Due to the declining economy that has devalued people’s savings, the vast majority depend on insufficient public healthcare.
Despite the conditions pregnant women and children during the Yemen Crisis are facing, several organizations aim to help these disadvantaged Yemenis receive the care they need.

https://borgenproject.org/pregnant-women-and-children-in-the-yemen-crisis/

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Desert Locust situation update

Desert Locust swarms continue to persist in several countries in the Horn of Africa as well as in Yemen. Summer breeding is in progress along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border.

In Yemen, breeding continues in areas of recent rains in the interior and hopper bands are forming. Swarms are also present in the interior and, on 4 August, a swarm arrived on the northern Red Sea coast.

http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/info/info/index.html

and

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Locust Swarms Attack Wadi Hadramout

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23769

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COVID-19 exacerbates already deteriorating food security situation in world’s largest humanitarian crisis

The impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbating an already worsening food security situation in Yemen, driven by the combination of conflict and deteriorating macroeconomic conditions, alongside reductions to humanitarian assistance in northern Houthi-controlled areas. Prior to the country’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 on April 10, authorities in both northern and southern areas of Yemen began implementing precautionary measures. These included border closures, increased screening and quarantine measures at ports, and some internal movement restrictions. While enforcement of local movement restrictions has been limited, the impacts of COVID-19 on economic activity at both the global and local levels have reduced household income through decreased remittance inflows and some reduced demand for labor. Across Yemen, an estimated 17 to 19 million people are expected to be in need of humanitarian food assistance in 2020.

As of July 29, 1,695 total cases of COVID-19 and 484 associated deaths had been confirmed in Yemen (Figure 1), with the highest numbers of cases reported in the southern governorates of Hadhramaut (over 663 cases), Ta’izz (over 288 cases), and Aden (over 270 cases). However, capacity for testing and treatment is severely limited, with available data and anecdotal evidence suggesting that the true extent of the outbreak is worse than the official figures indicate. Though data on total number of tests administered are not publicly available, Yemen reportedly has the highest case fatality rate (CFR) in the world — at 28.6 percent as of July 29 — suggesting that only the most severe cases are being tested. In northern areas, numerous reports have also suggested that the extent of COVID-19’s spread has not been fully disclosed.

The COVID-19 outbreak is an additional shock in Yemen, adding to the impacts of persistent conflict and displacement and a deteriorating macroeconomic situation.

The impacts of conflict, deteriorating macroeconomic conditions, and reductions to humanitarian assistance in northern Houthi-controlled areas remain of greatest concern for food security in Yemen, where millions of people already face food consumption gaps that risk human health. In this context, the impacts of COVID-19 are expected to continue exacerbating the food security situation.

https://fews.net/east-africa/yemen/alert/august-7-2020

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Yemen Desert Locust Response Project

The purpose behind the creation of the Yemen Desert Locust Response Project was to kill desert locusts so they could not continue to swarm. This project sought to provide financing for activities that promoted food growth and healthy behaviors of citizens. Secondly, this project looked to collect data and archive information for future generations regarding strategies the government used to stop locust outbreaks.

Yemen Desert Locust Response Project led by Sandra Broka and Yashodhan Ghorpade was approved by the World Bank in June of 2020. The project specified remediation efforts of $25 million to take place throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The Republic of Yemen will benefit from this declaration, which is set to end December 29, 2023.

For countries to benefit from an increased quality of life, they must adhere to the warnings of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FOA) regarding the growth of locust populations. It is believed that in July, as swarms reach their adulthood, crops will also reach the peak of their growth; this also means they reach their highest risk of being eliminated by locusts. Farmers may be able to save July 2020 harvests. Ultimately, Failure to react will cause further distress to Yemen natives.

https://borgenproject.org/yemen-locust-response/

(B H)

Yemen: Health Cluster Bulletin, June 2020

A total of 2,227 Health Facilities (16 Governorate Hospitals, 121 District Hospitals, 49 General Hospitals, 17 Specialized Hospitals, 588 Health Centers and 1,436 Health Units) are being supported by Health Cluster Partners.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-health-cluster-bulletin-june-2020

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UNICEF Is Getting Cash Directly To Yemeni Families Who Need It Most

In 2017, she [Nyanti] became the UNICEF representative in Yemen, two years into the country’s civil war.

It was here that Nyanti established a massive cash transfer program, which provides more than 1 million families – about 9 million people – with money for essentials. Not even COVID-19 has been able to derail these lifesaving efforts, and as Nyanti wraps up her assignment in Yemen, her team is well-positioned to continue getting cash to families in crisis. She recently talked with us about her time in Yemen, as well as what may come next.

And having to pay cash in envelopes in Yemen was, for me, one of the wildest things I had ever heard. But the World Bank and UNICEF agreed to take that risk, to look at how we could get cash to those families.

The background to that was the Yemeni government, prior to the conflict, was using its own fiscal space to pay a social safety net, known as the Social Welfare Fund, for families. You had the elderly, you had disabled people, the Muhamasheen, who are the socially and racially discriminated group in Yemen – all of them were beneficiaries.

So with the conflict, these families were no longer receiving that amount of money. So UNICEF had to step in to set up a parallel system. And that’s where my journey in Yemen started. With the phenomenal team that we've put together, we were able to make the first payment in August 2017 to over 1 million families. That payment system has remained until today, and it's now being seen as the best risk-informed fiduciary management system within the operations in Yemen.

And what does it mean for families to receive these direct cash payments?

SARA BEYSOLOW NYANTI: You know, I'm really happy you asked that question. I was just talking about how empowering cash is and how disempowering some types of delivery mechanisms for aid are. There are so many stories of families who opted to use the cash, for example, to buy medicine. Some opted to buy food, some opted to use it to get a loan.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/unicefusa/2020/08/05/unicef-is-getting-cash-directly-to-yemeni-families-who-need-it-most/#6ec7c79e79a6

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Solar Energy Systems Value Chain

Before Yemen’s war crisis, Yemen had the lowest access rate to electricity (i.e. 40% of the population) compared with the regional rate of around 85%.

Reliance on the indicated fossil fuel for electric generation is not sustainable in the longrun. After the 2015 war crisis, access to energy went down to zero per cent of the population in most districts in Yemen. This has created an enormous demand for solar energy systems. This was also compounded with the severe shortages of fossil fuel that lasted for weeks and months. Prices of solar PV watt/hour reached USD 1 when the international prices were less than 50 cents. While there is no authority to report exact imports of solar energy systems into the country, reports indicate over USD 2 billion worth of solar panels and batteries have entered the country since the crisis erupted. This includes various off-grid systems such as pico systems, solar home systems (SHS), photovoltaic (PV) pumping systems, and even mini-grid systems for residential and non-residential facilities such as schools, health facilities, and the like.

https://www.ye.undp.org/content/yemen/en/home/library/solar-energy-systems-value-chain.html

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Yemen Humanitarian Update Issue 07 (July 2020)

New food security analysis forecasts an alarming increase in the number of people facing high levels of acute food insecurity by end of 2020

A new Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released by the World Food Program (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 22 July, warns that economic shocks, conflict, floods, locusts and COVID-19 could reverse food security gains in Yemen. The report, which analyzes the situation of 7.9 million people in 133 districts in southern governorates, forecasts an alarming increase in the number of people facing high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 and IPC Phase 4), from 2 million (25 per cent of the population) to 3.2 million (40 per cent of the population) in the next six months, even if existing levels of food assistance are maintained. This would reverse improvements made since the 2018/2019 IPC analysis, when more than half a million people moved below IPC Phase 3, primarily because of a huge scale-up of humanitarian food assistance.

“The IPC is telling us that Yemen is again on the brink of a major food security crisis,” said Ms. Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-update-issue-07-july-2020

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WFP: 13m in Yemen receive food aid

The Executive Director of the UN World Food Program, David Paisley, said yesterday that as many as 13 million Yemenis receive food aid from the WFP through a network of aircrafts, ships, trucks and warehouses.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200805-wfp-13m-in-yemen-receive-food-aid/

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As COVID-19 intensifies suffering in Yemen, the EU increases vital support for children and their families

The lifesaving support includes the organisation of a humanitarian air bridge to get vital personal protective equipment and essential medicines into the country. Since mid-July the humanitarian airbridge has facilitated the transportation of nearly 44 tonnes of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) supplies to Sana’a and Aden.

https://www.unicef.org/yemen/press-releases/covid-19-intensifies-suffering-yemen-eu-increases-vital-support-children-and-their

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Disability Rights Activist to UN Security Council: No More Empty Promises

Raja Abdullah Almasabi Calls for Greater Protections During Armed Conflict

“What are you going to do for us people with disabilities?”

This was the question Raja Abdullah Almasabi, a disability rights defender from Yemen, posed to the United Nations Security Council last week. While all council members who spoke committed to protecting people with disabilities, Raja, whom I’ve come to know over the past few months, highlighted a recurring problem with governments around the world: they make promises they never keep.

Raja gave a wrenching account of how the five-year war in her country is disproportionately affecting people with disabilities. She described the difficulties they face fleeing violence and barriers in displacements camps. She described how many people with disabilities, including herself, acquired new, secondary disabilities as result of the war.

She demanded governments do more to protect people with disabilities in Yemen and advocated for their full participation in humanitarian response planning

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/08/05/disability-rights-activist-un-security-council-no-more-empty-promises

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UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report: 1 January - 30 June 2020

As the health systems in Yemen already deteriorated before the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic is increasing the vulnerability of Yemenis. More than a quarter of the confirmed cases have died as a result of the pandemic: over five times the global average.

Approximately 6.5 million Yemenis are highly reliant on critical WASH services, which can prevent the spread of COVID-19. The UNICEF WASH programme has a critical funding gap of $30 million and will require urgent funding before the end of August in order to remain operational.

During the first half of 2020, the United Nations Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting verified 354 incidents of grave violations against children. Over 100,000 people were newly displaced. UNICEF, through partners, provided rapid response mechanism kits to 325,121 newly displaced people.

145,155 Acute Watery Diarrhoea/cholera suspected cases, and 41 associated deaths were reported recorded (0.03 per cent of case fatality rate). 43 per cent (62,425) of the national caseload were treated in the UNICEF-supported Oral Rehydration Centres, and Diarrhoea Treatment Centres.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unicef-yemen-humanitarian-situation-report-1-january-30-june-2020

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Yemen Women Protection Sub Cluster Services, Jan to Jun 2020

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-women-protection-sub-cluster-services-jan-jun-2020

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-women-protection-sub-cluster-services-april-2020

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-women-protection-sub-cluster-services-june-2020

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Film: Torrential rains and flooding damages #IDP camps in #Marib #Yemen. The area hosts 750,000 IDPs since 2015

https://twitter.com/BashaReport/status/1292822753201000449

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Yemen — Rapid Displacement Tracking Update (02 August - 08 August 2020)

From 01 January 2020- 8 Aug 2020, IOM Yemen DTM estimates that 18,455 Households or 110,730 Individuals have experienced displacement, at least once.

Between the 2nd Aug 2020 and 8th of Aug 2020, IOM Yemen DTM tracked 596 Households or 3,567 individuals displaced at least once, the highest number of displacements were seen in:

Al Hudaydah (567 HH) – At Tuhayat (320 HH), Hays (203 HH), Al Munirah (44 HH) districts. Most displacements in the governorate were internal.

Taizz (12 HH) – Mashra'a Wa Hadnan (6 HH), Al Wazi'iyah (4 HH), Al Misrakh (2 HH) districts. Most displacements in the governorate were originated from Aden.

Al Dhale'e (12 HH) – Qa'atabah (9 HH),Al Hussein (3 HH) districts. Most displacements in the governorate were internal.

Most displacement resulted from floods and heavy rains in the following Governorate and districts:

Al Hudaydah (568 HH) – At Tuhayat (320 HH), Hays (204 HH), Al Munirah (44 HH) districts.

Most displacement resulted from increased conflict in the following Governorates and districts:

https://displacement.iom.int/reports/yemen-%E2%80%94-rapid-displacement-tracking-update-02-august-08-august-2020

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Heavy rains force Yemeni displaced families to decamp: UN

Thousands of Yemen's families have been affected by heavy rains and resultant floods that claimed tens of lives and destroyed properties and livings, the World Food Programme said Friday.
Many conflict-displaced families living in makeshift shelter have been anew forced to move away, due to floods this time, the UN program said in a statement.
The WFP closely coordinates with the humanitarian community to ensure that affected families urgently receive the aid they need, it added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19017.html

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Displaced families caught between floods and Houthis’ bombing

Over the course of the fighting in Yemen, thousands of families have left their homes and displaced to huts in fear of being bombed by the Houthis looking for safer locations.

However, these families suffer misery nowadays because of unprecedented heavy rains that swept houses and buildings.

Families who used to live in tents or huts live now in desperation as death and life do not matter anymore since they live in horror with every drop of rain falls on their heads.

Nasser Qasim, 40 years old is one of the displaced persons who caught between the two bad choices.

Qasim had to displace home along with his six-family members from Al-Durihmi area of Hodeida when his area came under direct bombing by the Houthis.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41213

My comment: According to this Islah Party news site, only Houthi bombing displaces people. While Saudi / UAE / Hadi gov. mercenaries bombing and Saudi air raids seem to be welcomed?

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Photos: Flash floods wash away IDPs camps in Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23765

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2020 RMRP Appeal: Regional Migrants Response Plan for the Horn of Africa and Yemen 2018 – 2020

USD 84 Million Dollar Appeal to Assist African Migrants Affected by COVID-19 Launched by IOM and 27 Partners and Governments Across Horn of Africa and Yemen

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners from 27 humanitarian and development organisations and governments are appealing for USD 84 million to provide life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of African migrants and host community members affected by COVID-19 in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. The many partners include the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children, among others.

The Regional Migrant Response Plan for the Horn of Africa and Yemen (2020 RMRP Appeal) launched this week (5 August) will provide urgent aid to thousands of migrants stranded and, in some instances, trapped on the dangerous migratory corridor — known as the Eastern Route — in countries across the Horn of Africa and Yemen.

Eighty-seven per cent of migrants on the route come from Ethiopia while others hail from Somalia. They travel with a shared hope of finding jobs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and elsewhere on the Arabian Peninsula.

The migrants have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, chiefly by the closure of hundreds of air, land and sea border crossings which prevented many from moving to destination countries or returning home.

https://www.iom.int/news/usd-84-million-dollar-appeal-assist-african-migrants-affected-covid-19-launched-iom-and-27

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Photos: Hundreds of IDPs in Dhana of Serwah still besieged by floods from the overflowing #Marib dam since a week amid shortage of water & food. They need chopper to save them but neither the hotel govt in Riyadh nor the Coalition give it shit. Ppl using now rough terrain 4 basic needs!

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1291232300395646976

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IOM Yemen - Marib Response (15 to 29 July 2020)

10,257 Newly displaced households registered

Heavy storms and floods in June affected several districts in Marib. So far, IOM has assessed 26 internally displaced persons (IDPs) hosting sites, where more than 4,500 IDP households (HH) are in need of shelter, non-food item (NFI), food and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support. Al Jufainah Camp, the largest in the country, has been the most affected. IOM teams are providing emergency shelter and WASH support while also carrying out flood risk reduction activities. Alongside these interventions, COVID-19 response efforts continue in IDP and migrant hosting sites.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/iom-yemen-marib-response-15-29-july-2020

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Yemen — Rapid Displacement Tracking Update (26 July - 1 August 2020)

From 01 January 2020 - 1 August 2020, IOM Yemen DTM estimates that 17,877 Households or 107,262 Individuals have experienced displacement, at least once.

Between the 26th July 2020 and 1st of August 2020, IOM Yemen DTM tracked 693 Households or 4,158 individuals displaced at least once, the highest number of displacements were seen in:

Al Hudaydah (612 HH) – Al Qanawis (486 HH), Az Zuhrah (115 HH), At Tuhayat (6 HH) districts. Most displacements in the governorate were internal.

Marib (66 HH) – Sirwah (65 HH), Marib City (1 HH) districts. Most displacements in the governorate were internal.

Taizz (14 HH) – Al Misrakh (5 HH),Mashra'a Wa Hadnan (3 HH),Jabal Habashy (2 HH) districts. Most displacements in the governorate were originated from Taiz and Al Hudaydah.

Most displacement resulted from floods and heavy rains in the following Governorates and districts

https://displacement.iom.int/reports/yemen-%E2%80%94-rapid-displacement-tracking-update-26-july-1-august-2020

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Film, Sep. 2019: Poor Family Suffers Pain of Displacement and Sickness in Aden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXIM5oAXKlw&t=529s

Fortsetzung / Sequel: cp5 – cp19

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-672b-yemen-war-mosaic-672b

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-671-yemen-war-mosaic-671

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-671 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-671:

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

14:56 11.08.2020
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