Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 675b- Yemen War Mosaic 675b

Yemen Press Reader 675b: 26. August 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 675, cp7 - cp19 / August 26, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 675, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 675, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 675, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-675-yemen-war-mosaic-675

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

(A P)

[Hadi] Yemen government denounces UN envoy indifference to Houthi crimes

The Yemeni Minister of Information, Moammar Al-Eryani, yesterday slammed what he described as UN envoy, Martin Griffiths’ “indifference” to the crimes committed by the Houthis in Yemen, Saba news agency reported.

Al-Eryani regretted Griffiths’ ignorance of the Houthis’ brutal assassination of seven-year-old Ruwaida Saleh who was shot in the head while collecting water in the city of Taiz.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200824-yemen-government-denounces-un-envoy-indifference-to-houthi-crimes/

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Houthis accuse UN of participation in aggression on Yemen

The Houthi Group on Sunday renewed accusations against the United Nations of participating in the killing of the Yemeni people and the aggression on Yemen during the past five years.

Prime minister in the Houthi salvation government, Abdulaziz bin Habtour, said the UN is providing a political cover for the aggression states that have committed heinous crimes against civilians in front of the eyes of the Security Council.

Bin Habtour's statement came two days after his meeting in Sanaa with the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19359.html

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8 Houthi prisoners released in Marib

Head of the prisoner affairs committee and member of the Houthi negotiation team, Abdulqadir Al-Murtadha, wrote on Twitter: "The release of the prisoners occurred through local understandings".

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19316.html

and also https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106423.htm

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Bundesregierung lässt sich von Saudi-Arabien und Better Than Cash Alliance Richtlinien für die Frauenförderung geben

Das frauenfeindlichste Regime dieser Erde hat mit Unterstützung der Better Than Cash Alliance der G20-Gruppe der wichtigsten Wirtschaftsmächte Richtlinien gegeben, wie sie Frauen finanziell besser ermächtigen können. Die Bundesregierung macht das mit. Dreister und zynischer kann man nicht zeigen, wie ehrlich es mit “Finanzieller Inklusion” gemeint ist.
Finanzielle Inklusion ist ein Tarnwort für das Zurückdrängen des Bargeld. Von der US-Regierung haben sich die Regierungen der 20 mächtigsten Länder zu einer Globalen Partnerschaft für Finanzielle Inklusion (GPFI) zusammenspannen lassen, die dieses Ziel gemeinsam verfolgt.
Die Better Than Cash Alliance ist “Umsetzungspartner”.

https://norberthaering.de/bargeld-widerstand/saudi-gpfi/

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Playing With Fire: China Fuels Middle East Arms Race

Aided and abetted by China, the Middle East risks barreling towards a nuclear and ballistic missiles arms race.

A disclosure in the last week that Saudi Arabia has constructed, with the help of China, a facility for extracting uranium yellowcake from uranium is the latest in a series of Chinese moves that advance the kingdom’s drive to acquire nuclear technology.

Saudi Arabia’s nuclear focus serves various goals: diversification of its economy, reduction of its dependence on fossil fuels, countering a potential future Iranian nuclear capability, and enhancing efforts to ensure that Saudi Arabia rather than Iran emerges as the Middle East’s long-term, dominant power.

Cooperation on nuclear energy was one of 14 agreements worth US$65 billion signed during Saudi King Salman’s 2017 visit to China.

The nuclear-related deals involved a feasibility study for the construction of high-temperature gas-cooled (HTGR) nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia as well as cooperation in intellectual property and the development of a domestic industrial supply chain for HTGRs to be built in the kingdom.

The agreement was one of a number of nuclear-related understandings concluded with China, including a uranium-related memorandum of understanding with China National Nuclear Corp., an agreement with China Nuclear Engineering Group Corp., and a 2012 accord to cooperate on peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Saudi Arabia has signed similar agreements with France, the United States, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, and Argentina.

To advance its pre-pandemic goal of constructing 16 nuclear reactors by 2030 at a cost of US$100 billion, Saudi Arabia established the King Abdullah Atomic and Renewable Energy City devoted to research and application of nuclear technology.

Concern about Saudi intentions was fueled in the last 18 months by Saudi hesitancy to agree to US safeguards viewed as the nuclear industry’s gold standard that would require it among other things to sign the Additional Protocol of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Saudi Arabia has not ruled out signing the protocol.

The unease was further heightened by evidence that the kingdom was building a ballistic missile production site in a remote desert region. Satellite pictures suggested that the facility resembled a similar site of nuclear power in Pakistan.

https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2020/08/23/playing-with-fire-china-fuels-middle-east-arms-race/

(A E)

Emaar Economic City losses jump 93% in the second quarter

The financial statements of Emaar the Economic City showed “Construction” Net losses rose 93.4% in the second quarter of 2020 year-on-year.

According to company data, on the Saudi Stock Exchange website “Tadawul” today, Thursday, net losses amounted to 205 million riyals after zakat and tax, compared to 106 million riyals net losses in the second quarter of 2019.

https://www.saudi24news.com/2020/08/emaar-economic-city-losses-jump-93-in-the-second-quarter.html

(A P)

Saudi price for ties with Israel is Palestinian state: Saudi royal

Saudi Arabia’s price for normalising relations with Israel is the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, a senior member of the Saudi royal family reaffirmed on Friday.

Prince Turki al-Faisal was apparently responding to U.S. President Donald Trump who said on Wednesday he expected Saudi Arabia to join a deal announced last week by Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalise diplomatic ties.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-emirates-saudi-usa/saudi-price-for-ties-with-israel-is-palestinian-state-saudi-royal-idUSKBN25H151

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Saudi Arabia: Cultivating sectarian spaces

Sectarianism has long underpinned Saudi Arabia’s domestic and foreign policy, and it has proved to be a particularly effective tool in the government’s management of the Arab Awakening, the movement of protest and revolt that began in Tunisia in December 2010. Saudi Arabia deployed a sectarian narrative to describe the 2011 uprising in Bahrain, calling it an Iranian-backed movement of Shia empowerment that aimed to disenfranchise Sunnis, the “rightful” Islamic centre of which Riyadh sees itself as champion. Saudi Arabia readily applied this framework to the conflict in Syria as it developed later that same year: the government characterised it as a battle in which a majority Sunni population has had to defend itself from an alignment of deviant Islamic schools and ideologies that aim to subjugate Sunnis – an easy sell considering that Shia powers and actors, specifically Iran, Hezbollah, and Syria’s own Alawi community, have been the most prominent supporters of President Bashar al-Assad.

The promotion of Salafism has also been an effective strategy to counter other forms of Sunni political Islam.

https://www.academia.edu/7316893/Saudi_Arabia_Cultivating_Sectarian_Spaces

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Trump defies Congress — to shield MBS from accountability on Jamal Khashoggi

THE TRUMP administration has repeatedly crossed legal boundaries in resisting accountability to Congress, most notably during last year’s impeachment investigation. A less noticed but equally clear-cut case is its stonewalling on behalf of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following the 2018 murder of exiled journalist and Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

That defiance prompted another bipartisan congressional alliance to attach an amendment to last year’s National Defense Authorization Act requiring — once again — an unclassified report identifying “any current or former official of the Government of Saudi Arabia” with “advance knowledge and role” in “the directing, ordering, or tampering of evidence” in the killing.

It would be impossible to prepare such a report without naming Mohammed bin Salman, to whom President Trump has catered ever since he was lavishly feted by the kingdom early in his administration. And so, the administration once again declined to comply with a clear legal requirement. Instead, weeks after the deadline expired, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence delivered a classified report to Congress, along with a letter contending that it could not supply the required unclassified report because it would compromise intelligence sources.

The matter has since lapsed in Congress, but a civil society group has taken the matter to federal court. This week, the Open Society Justice Initiative filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York seeking the release of the Khashoggi report under the Freedom of Information Act. The group filed a FOIA request for the documents in July, but — no surprise — received no response by the legal deadline.

The lawsuit follows ongoing litigation by the Justice Initiative to obtain government records on the Khashoggi case. These would almost certainly show that Mr. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have repeatedly lied in saying it is not known whether Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the murder. They would also lay the groundwork for a long-overdue change of U.S. policy toward the crown prince and his regime — perhaps just in time for a new administration.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trump-defies-congress--to-shield-mbs-from-accountability-on-jamal-khashoggi/2020/08/21/4cc19034-e3da-11ea-b69b-64f7b0477ed4_story.html

and https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14583

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp8a, cp9a

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U.S.-made weapons sold to the Saudis are fueling civilian deaths in Yemen

Now even the State Department has acknowledged that our arming of the Saudi coalition is problematic — or at least the agency’s independent inspector general has. In a report out this month, the inspector general concluded that the U.S. government failed to “fully assess risks and implement mitigation measures to reduce civilian casualties” from American-made precision-guided bombs in Yemen.

And our country’s fingerprints are all over the mess, raising serious questions about our advocacy of global human rights and our commitment to the rules of war.

“Look, we should not be involved in war crimes or human rights abuses, period,” Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) says. “If we know they’re being committed with our weapons, and if the country we’re selling to is refusing our advice to change its behavior, from that point on we are complicit. And the Saudis have consistently refused our advice even as they have taken our weapons.”

How does it happen that U.S.-made weapons are routinely being used to kill civilians on the other side of the world? Simple. American arms manufacturers make and sell the military equipment — including planes, helicopters, bombs, missiles and spare parts of all sorts. The U.S. government approves the sales. The Saudis and their allies fly the planes, pull the triggers and detonate the bombs.

Today, the United States is the world’s biggest arms seller, and Saudi Arabia is its biggest client. American companies selling to Saudi Arabia include General Dynamics, Raytheon and Boeing.

It has long been the U.S. position that arms sales can work to our advantage. By arming our allies, we can help them meet their “sovereign self-defense needs,” as the State Department puts it. In theory, it protects them, keeps us from being drawn into their conflicts and creates jobs and profits here at home.

But how can we as a country possibly deny all moral responsibility when the deadly weapons we sell are misused — especially if that misuse is persistent and predictable?

The truth is that the Saudis have shown little willingness to change their behavior — not because they don’t know how or lack training or advice, but because they lack the political will to do so. The United States, for its part, lacks the will to disentangle itself from this humanitarian catastrophe.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-08-24/american-made-weapons-civilian-deaths-yemen

(A P)

Yemen is a Massachusetts/ Raytheon War. It’s Time to End It!

Saturday, August 29th 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Harvard Sq. T Stop (1400 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge 02138)

Americans don’t support the war in Yemen. They don’t support arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Yet the war goes on and on. Why? We think it has something to do with the billions in profit being made by the weapons makers like Raytheon, based right here in Massachusetts. Since the profits from this war are lining the pockets of Raytheon executives, we feel that it’s the responsibility of the people of Massachusetts to raise their voices in opposition to the genocide in Yemen.

https://masspeaceaction.org/event/yemen-is-a-massachusetts-raytheon-war-its-time-to-end-it-harvardsq/

(A P)

Second Day of Yemen Protests March Through Streets of Hamtramck

The purpose of the protest was to show frustration over US Foreign Policy decisions that prove to have a detrimental effect on Yemen and it’s people. Chants criticized the United States’ role in supporting the War in Yemen.

https://yemeniamerican.com/en/second-day-of-yemen-protests-march-through-streets-of-hamtramck/

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[from April 5, 2016]: Imperial Human Sacrifice in Yemen

Is America the World's Worst Girlfriend?

Stand-up comic Louis CK recently did this bit where he characterized America as “the world’s worst girlfriend”:

“America is like a terrible girlfriend to the rest of the world. If someone hurts America, she remembers it forever. But if she does anything bad, she’s like: ‘Whaaatt? I didn’t do anything!’ America, why do you keep bombing those people in Yemen? ‘Because nine-eleven, okay. Nine-eleven. So shut up!’”

The bit is really funny and perceptive. But in actuality, the average American would respond with, “We’re bombing Yemen? What’s Yemen?” While the average American foreign policy official wouldn’t cite 9/11, but would feign innocence. “We’re not! That war belongs to Saudi Arabia. Whaaatt? I didn’t do anything!”

These veils of ignorance and deception parted ever so slightly recently, when, after a whole year, the war on Yemen finally received some major coverage in the mainstream media.

So there you have it. The U.S. enabled the Yemen war as a reassuring gesture for the Saudis and a “tough message” for the Iranians. Thousands killed and hundreds of thousands of children being starved, all to send various signals to allies and adversaries: war as a geopolitical messaging app.

President Barack Obama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, couldn’t negotiate a partial detente with Iran without offering up a mass human sacrifice in Yemen to propitiate the Saudis. Such are the dismal prospects for peace through politics.

The war has also enabled Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to thrive and conquer in Yemen. “America, why are you providing the bombs being dropped on mortal enemies of Al Qaeda?” “Because nine-eleven!”

Empire is a harsh mistress. But is America the world’s worst girlfriend? I don’t know about that. But, from starving babies to breeding terrorists, the U.S. government is definitely building a reputation as the world’s worst “security” force.

https://medium.com/dan-sanchez/imperial-human-sacrifice-in-yemen-473118226b31 = https://original.antiwar.com/dan_sanchez/2016/04/04/imperial-human-sacrifice-in-yemen/

(* B P)

The American public wants less war. Can Joe Biden deliver?

Three-quarters of Americans want to bring US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. The Biden-Harris ticket needs to transform US foreign policy for good

the Obama administration expanded the forever war through drones and special forces, intervened in Libya and Syria, and aided Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. He handed over to Trump command of 200,000 troops stationed around the globe.

But four years have made a difference. A President Biden is likely to face more intense and sustained pressure against military intervention than Obama did. Many Americans, left and right, now say that the biggest foreign policy problem is that their own country is waging “endless war. It’s a remarkable development. Americans have opposed specific wars in the past, but rarely have so many voiced a general complaint that their country is waging warfare continually and unjustifiably.

Candid criticism and sustained pressure might just move the pragmatic occupant of the Oval Office. It will also deepen the ferment for change that began in support of diplomacy with Iran and matured in the transpartisan effort to stop US participation in the destruction of Yemen.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/18/biden-foreign-policy-us-public-wants-less-war

My comment: i am in doubt. Obama and Trump promised more peace, less war, and did the opposite. Sleepy Biden will not make any difference. Only a system change in the US will do.

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

(A P)

Iran dismisses demands beyond nuke deal as IAEA head visits

Iran won’t accept any additional demands beyond its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, the country’s top nuclear official declared Tuesday as the chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog made his first visit to Iran.

Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Iran on Monday to press for access to sites where the Islamic Republic is suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material. Grossi took over the IAEA after the sudden death of its late director-general Yukiya Amano last year.

https://apnews.com/12cea4d359d43a23b88c4b61441ebcd8

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US-Forderung nach Iran-Sanktionen abgelehnt

Der Präsident des UN-Sicherheitsrates hat die Forderung der USA nach Einsetzung aller UN-Sanktionen gegen den Iran abgewiesen. Unter den 15 Mitgliedern des Gremiums gebe es keinen Konsens, daher sei er nicht in der Position, weitere Maßnahmen hinsichtlich des US-Begehrs zu ergreifen, teilte Indonesiens Botschafter Dian Triansyah Djani am Dienstag mit. Indonesien hat derzeit den Vorsitz im Sicherheitsrat inne.

13 Mitglieder hatten am Freitag ihren Widerstand gegen die Forderung der USA erklärt. Sie argumentierten, die USA beriefen sich auf einen im internationalen Atomabkommen von 2015 verankerten Mechanismus, nachdem unter bestimmten Bedingungen Sanktionen greifen. Die USA hätten aber dieses Abkommen 2018 einseitig aufgekündigt, daher sei ihr Vorstoß nichtig. Die USA dagegen argumentieren, sie hätten das Recht, diesen Mechanismus zu nutzen, da sie noch immer als Unterzeichner des Atomabkommens geführt würden.

https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/385402.us-forderung-nach-iran-sanktionen-abgelehnt.html

und

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USA gegen Iran: Die Uhr tickt

Donald Trump heizt vor US-Präsidentschaftswahl Konflikt mit Iran an. Mechanismus zur Wiedereinsetzung von Sanktionen aktiviert. Am vorigen Donnerstag hat US-Außenminister Michael Pompeo einen Brief an den Vertreter Indonesiens, das gegenwärtig den Vorsitz im Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen (UNSC) führt, und an UN-Generalsekretär António Guterres übergeben. Mit diesem förmlichen Akt teilte die US-Regierung mit, dass sie den Punkt elf der UNSC-Resolution 2231 vom 20. Juli 2015 für sich in Anspruch nimmt. Dieser erlaubt jedem Beteiligten (»Participant State«) des Wiener Abkommens vom 14. Juli 2015, das automatische Wiederinkrafttreten aller früheren Sanktionen des Sicherheitsrats gegen den Iran innerhalb der folgenden 30 Tage auszulösen. Der rechtliche Sachverhalt scheint auf den ersten Blick eindeutig. Es gibt nur einen Schönheitsfehler: Die USA sind kein Teilnehmer des Wiener Abkommens mehr, seit Präsident Donald Trump am 8. Mai 2018 den Rückzug aus allen Vereinbarungen bekanntgab. Die US-Regierung kann aus dem »Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action« (JCPOA) ebensowenig irgendwelche Rechte herleiten wie aus der Resolution 2231, an die sie sich nicht gebunden fühlt und gegen deren Bestimmungen sie ständig verstößt.

https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/385043.html

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USA weltweit isoliert – Spaltet der Streit um den Iran die westliche Welt?

Vor einer Woche sind die USA im UN-Sicherheitsrat krachend mit dem Versuch gescheitert, ein Waffenembargo gegen den Iran zu verlängern. In der Iran-Frage ist der Westen gespalten, wie bei keinem anderen Thema.

Bei dem Thema gibt es hinter den Kulissen offensichtlich Streit im Westen, denn ich habe im Januar ausführlich berichtet, dass die EU den Schlichtungsmechanismus des Abkommens auslösen wollte, was zwangsläufig zu einer Neueinführung aller Sanktionen gegen den Iran geführt hätte, die seinerzeit während des Atomstreits beschlossen und nach Inkrafttreten des Atomabkommens außer Kraft gesetzt worden sind. Die USA und Israel sind im Januar vor Freude regelrecht in die Luft gesprungen. Die Hintergründe zu dem Schlichtungsmechanismus finden Sie hier in meinem Artikel vom Januar.

Aber die EU scheint es sich – warum auch immer – stillschweigend anders überlegt zu haben und hat den Schlichtungsmechanismus – auch Snapback genannt – nicht ausgelöst. Das wollen nun offenbar die USA tun

die USA haben das Atomabkommen gebrochen und sind – wie es die deutschen „Qualitätsmedien“ höflich umschreiben -, „einseitig aus dem Atomabkommen ausgetreten.“ Sie sind also de facto kein Vertragsstaat des Abkommens mehr und daher dürften die anderen Vertragspartner die US-Aktion ignorieren.

China wurde noch deutlicher, denn die USA haben Moskau und Peking sogar mit Sanktionen gedroht, sollten sie sich in der Frage gegen die USA stellen. Aus dem chinesischen Außenministerium hieß es dazu:

„Das ist eine Provokation von Grund auf. Ich möchte Sie daran erinnern, dass die Vereinigten Staaten das Atomabkommen bereits verlassen haben. Die USA werden einen Mechanismus zur „schnellen Wiederherstellung der restriktiven Maßnahmen“ auf den Weg zu bringen. Jetzt sind sie bereit, Sanktionen gegen all jene zu verhängen, die mit der Position Washingtons nicht einverstanden sind, sie wollen also noch brutalere und absurdere Schritte unternehmen.“

https://www.anti-spiegel.ru/2020/usa-weltweit-isoliert-spaltet-der-streit-um-den-iran-die-westliche-welt/

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China: Aufforderung der USA zur schnellen Wiedereinführung der Iran-Sanktionen eine völlige politische Farce

US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo hat am Donnerstag den Weltsicherheitsrat aufgefordert, den Mechanismus der „Schnellen Wiedereinführung der Sanktionen“ gegen den Iran zu starten. Er behauptete ferner, dass China und Russland mit eventuellen Sanktionen rechnen würden, falls sie dies ablehnten. Dazu sagte ein Sprecher der chinesischen UN-Vertretung, diese Handlungsweise der USA sei eine völlige politische Farce.
Weiter erklärte der Sprecher, die Vorgehensweise der USA sei gesetzlich unbegründet und moralisch unvernünftig. Sie sei voll und ganz eine selbst fabrizierte politische Show, die keine Unterstützung der Mitglieder des Weltsicherheitsrats und keine Anerkennung der internationalen Gemeinschaft finde.

http://german.cri.cn/aktuell/alle/3250/20200821/530030.html

(A P)

Iran: UN nuclear chief’s visit to Tehran no link to US push

Iran said Sunday that an upcoming visit this week by the head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog agency to Tehran has nothing to do with a U.S. push to impose so-called “snapback” sanctions on Iran — even as Tehran acknowledged a recent explosion at a major uranium enrichment site was “sabotage.”

https://apnews.com/018bbdf90f41149af161d1971741f1d7

(A P)

Iran retrieves data, cockpit talk from downed Ukraine plane

Iran has retrieved some data, including a portion of the cockpit conversations, from the Ukrainian jetliner that was accidentally downed by the Revolutionary Guard forces in January, killing all 176 people on board, an Iranian official said Sunday.

That’s according to a report on the website of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, which described the official’s remarks as part of the final report that Tehran plans to issue on the shootdown of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.

https://apnews.com/e61d316f64e8c41d3878b228e4516fc4

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Paralleluniversen im UN-Sicherheitsrat

US-Regierung will Iran-Deal zerstören, obwohl sie nicht mehr Mitglied des Abkommens ist.

Es sind zwei Paralleluniversen, derentwegen nicht nur der Atomdeal von 2015 endgültig auf der Kippe steht.

Es dreht sich um die Frage, ob die Trump-Regierung das Recht hat, die Einigung von 2015 faktisch zu zerstören, obwohl sie längst ausgestiegen ist. Die USA meinen Ja, Pompeo überbrachte dem Sicherheitsrat einen Brief, um den sogenannten Snapbackmechanismus in Gang zu setzen. Mit diesem können Mitglieder des Deals die Wiedereinsetzung aller UN-Sanktionen gegen den Iran aus der Zeit vor dem Deal erzwingen – was praktisch das Ende des Regelwerks wäre.

Doch nicht nur Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien, sondern die meisten Mitglieder des Sicherheitsrats - darunter auch die Atomdealmitglieder Russland und China – sehen das ganz anders. Die Folgen könnten gravierend sein und Beobachtern zufolge die internationale Zusammenarbeit tiefgreifend beeinträchtigen. Die Glaubwürdigkeit der USA in der Trump-Ära ist es offenbar bereits.

Was nun aber im UN-Sicherheitsrat in New York passiert, bezeichnet ein Diplomat am East River als „schamlose politische Show“. Die US-Regierung pocht dabei auf die Resolution 2231, die das Atomabkommen in internationales Recht übersetzt. Dort heißt es, ein „Teilnehmerstaat“ dürfe die Rückkehr der Sanktionen veranlassen, ohne dass ein Veto das stoppen könnte.

Das heißt, dass innerhalb von 30 Tagen die immensen UN-Daumenschrauben gegen den Iran wieder „zurückschnappen“ müssten. Doch so gut wie niemand in New York findet, dass die USA in der Sache noch irgendetwas zu sagen hätten. Trump war 2018 aus dem ihm verhassten Abkommen ausgestiegen.

https://www.fr.de/politik/paralleluniversen-im-un-sicherheitsrat-90028209.html

(A P)

UAE ship 'seized' by Iran over fishermen deaths

Tehran says Emirati vessel violated its territorial waters on Monday and that UAE guards shot dead two Iranian fishermen on the same day

Iran seized a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-registered ship violating its territorial waters earlier this week, Iran's foreign ministry said on Thursday, adding that UAE coast guards had killed two Iranian fishermen on the same day.

Tensions have risen between the two oil-rich countries, which face each other across the Gulf, since last week's agreement normalising diplomatic ties between the UAE and Israel.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iran-uae-boat-seized-fishermen-deaths

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UN council rejects US demand to `snap back’ Iran sanctions

The president of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday rejected the Trump administration’s demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, a move that drew an angry rebuke from the U.S. ambassador who accused opponents of supporting “terrorists.”

Indonesia’s ambassador to the U.N., Dian Triansyah Djani, whose country currently holds the rotating council presidency, made the announcement in response to requests from Russia and China to disclose results of his polling of the views of all 15 council members on the U.S. action.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted last Thursday that the United States has the legal right to “snap back” U.N. sanctions, even though President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers that was endorsed by the U.N. Security Council.

All the council members, except the Dominican Republic, had informed the council president that the U.S. administration’s action was illegal because Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, in 2018.

https://apnews.com/83c58a5a2b9539cee61b909d9767485a

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Thirteen of 15-member U.N. Security Council oppose U.S. push for Iran sanctions

The United States was further isolated on Friday over its bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran with 13 countries on the 15-member U.N. Security Council expressing their opposition, arguing that Washington’s move is void given it is using a process agreed under a nuclear deal that it quit two years ago.

In the 24 hours since U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he triggered a 30-day countdown to a return of U.N. sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo, long-time allies Britain, France, Germany and Belgium as well as China, Russia, Vietnam, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Indonesia, Estonia and Tunisia have already written letters in opposition, seen by Reuters.

Diplomats said Russia, China and many other countries are unlikely to reimpose the sanctions on Iran. Pompeo again warned Russia and China against that on Friday, threatening U.S. action if they refuse to reimpose the U.N. measures on Iran.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-un/thirteen-of-15-member-un-security-council-oppose-us-push-for-iran-sanctions-idUSKBN25H1Q5

and also https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/security-council-members-oppose-bid-iran-sanctions-200821223144049.html

and

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The U.S. puts ‘maximum pressure’ on the Security Council

On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threw down the gauntlet at the United Nations. But his latest move may only underscore America’s diplomatic isolation.

The nation’s top diplomat exercised what he claimed was his country’s right at the U.N. Security Council to initiate a process that reimposes international sanctions on Iran. The “snapback,” as it is called, is a mechanism tethered to the nuclear deal brokered between world powers and Iran in 2015, which the Trump administration exited on the grounds that the pact didn’t do enough to curb Iran’s regional agenda and malign activities. Last week, a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran set to expire this October was rebuffed by the Security Council. This week in New York, Pompeo upped the ante.

Other countries, including the four other permanent members of the Security Council, were unimpressed. Russia’s envoy to the United Nations described the move as “nonexistent,” because the United States was no longer a real participant in the nuclear deal. A joint statement from France, Germany and Britain — usually America’s closest ally at the United Nations — echoed that argument, rejecting the move as incompatible with their efforts to preserve what’s left of the agreement.

The current spat brims with irony. After spending much of the Trump presidency attacking the U.N. system and unilaterally sanctioning Iran against the wishes of their allies, Pompeo and other U.S. officials are now trying to invoke the terms of the agreement they rejected to ensure that some of the constraints it put in place on the Iranian regime don’t disappear.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/08/21/iran-pompeo-united-nations-trump/

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Iran says US has no right to demand restoration of sanctions

Iran’s foreign minister in a letter to the U.N. Security Council said the U.S. has no right to demand the restoration of U.N. sanctions against Iran, the Foreign Ministry’s website said Friday.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said the U.S. lost the right to make demands in 2018 when it withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers. He also said America’s unilateral pullout violated a U.N. resolution that required signatories to avoid any damage to the deal.

https://apnews.com/c63492839f95a70437079eb82ae3d13e

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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UK ambassador to Yemen urges Houthis to cease Marib operations, take UN envoy ‘seriously’

The British ambassador to Yemen has called on the Houthis to cease military activity in Marib province and urged the militia to take the country’s UN envoy “seriously.”

Michael Aron tweeted on Tuesday that he had spoken to Marib Governor Sultan Al-Aradh, who informed him of the Houthis’ continued military campaign in the region

Aron said the UK strongly condemned Houthi operations in Marib and held the militia responsible for the continuation of the war, which had killed thousands of Yemenis “for no reason.”

He urged the Houthis to end their “inhumane” attacks in Marib and to take the role of UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths seriously.

Aron added that the Houthi militia still refused to adhere to a cease-fire proposed by the Arab coalition.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1724481/middle-east

My comment: This is a subtle way how Britain tries to demonstrate itself as a party trying to bring peace to Yemen. Actually, Britain is an anti-Houthi warring party in this war, heavily supporting the anti-Houthi side by everything below a direct military intervention with boots on the ground.

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Government has 'blood on hands' says serving soldier investigated for protesting against war in Yemen while wearing uniform (subscribers only)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/25/government-has-blood-hands-says-serving-soldier-investigated/

and more:

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Military police probe British soldier over Yemen war protest

A serving British soldier is being investigated by the Royal Military Police for protesting against arms sales to Saudi Arabia. He accuses the government of having ‘blood on their hands’ and says: ‘I’d rather sleep peacefully in a cell than stay silent for a paycheck.’

The soldier, Ahmed Al-Babati, was filmed demonstrating outside the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in London on Monday before military police carried him away. The MOD has refused to comment on what had happened to him since or where he is being held.

In a video posted before the protest, Al-Babati said he was born in Yemen and joined the British army in 2017. Al-Babati wore combat uniform with insignia suggesting he is a lance corporal from the 14 Signals Regiment (Electronic Warfare).

The unit is part of the Royal Corps of Signals which has close connections with the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a body which protects the ruling Saud family and is supported by a permanent British military mission.

Explaining his reasons for the protest, Al-Babati said: “Yemen is facing the worst humanitarian crisis… due to years of war. This proxy war is led by Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia are responsible for multiple airstrikes, killing innocents, targeting hospitals and breaking international law. Saudi Arabia are also responsible for blocking aid from going into the country.

“And it’s clear this government has blood on their hands, so with that being said I refuse to continue my military service until the arms trade with Saudi Arabia has been put to an end. It is reported that a child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen, so I’ll be standing outside 10 Downing Street blowing a whistle every 10 minutes so that they can hear every time a child dies due to a war they continue to arm and support.”

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-25-military-police-probe-british-soldier-over-yemen-war-protest/

and

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Film: Serving British-Yemeni soldier, Ahmed Al-Babati, has quit the UK armed forces and publicly condemned British government, UK arms sales to #Saudi and the brutal war on #Yemen. Adding this government "blood on it's hands!".

https://twitter.com/Bob_cart124/status/1298331911891439616

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Remember Yemen, remember the war

My name is Amina Atiq. I am a British Yemeni poet and activist. A daughter and granddaughter of Yemen.

The UK provides the Saudi-led military coalition with our support, spare parts, maintenance, technical advice and resupply. It is a contradiction that we give aid to help those most in need in Yemen while supplying the arms that are killing them. More than anything, it’s about the violations of rights and laws. Perhaps you know all this.

Yemen is much more than the picture I have painted. In conflict, there is resilience and hope. Hope that one day they will return to a dignified life without war and trauma.

Yemen will survive and we can be part of saving it – many faces are waiting for us to remember them, as we stand immobilised and scatter our flowers for them and the rest is for history to never forget.

https://oxfamapps.org/blog/remember-yemen-remember-the-war/

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=NZq34WdPMmU

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Yemeni asylum seeker found dead in Manchester hotel room

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah Alhabib arrived in UK in June after crossing Channel in boat

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/23/yemeni-asylum-seeker-found-dead-in-manchester-hotel-room

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Brook House Protester: ‘We came here and we just want the chance to live and find peace.’

We are Yeminis and we are detained here, in Brook House in the UK. Our country is going through a war.

We are protesting because we are trapped and detained, and we are being threatened with removal to Spain on Thursday. When people leave their country they come to a place like the UK for its peace and safety. We don’t want to take advantage of welfare or anything, we want to work and study and to contribute to society. For Yemenis, a lot of us feel that there is peace and security in Britain.

We hope that the British government will act justly and let us live here.

To get to Britain there was a lot of pain along the way. At first I was in Mauritania, then I was in the deserts of Mali. Then we made our way to Algeria after a 3 day long trip in which we ran out of water. We were scared that the government would catch us and send us back to Niger because that’s what they were doing to a lot of refugees and it happened to my friends. They were sent back to Niger after numerous attempts and payments that they made to get to Algeria. We then walked to a place in Algeria over 2 days – during which we were not allowed to stop or sit down. In the day time we were hiding and in the night time we were walking. We reached a place called Aïn Salah (Algeria). And then walked to another place called Ghardaia (in Algeria). After the sunset, we walked as far as we could until it was morning in an area called Djidiouia (Algeria), and the guy that was taking us was scared he would get caught and left us in the desert all the day. We were out of food and water and we were trying to hide. A lot of people gave up – they tried to find officials to hand themselves in.

Then the guy that was taking us came back and we started walking immediately – through mountains – I felt faint and like I was going to pass out. When we reached Oujda (Morocco), 20 of us crammed into a car. The people in the car were from all over,

https://detainedvoices.com/2020/08/23/brook-house-protester-we-came-here-and-we-just-want-the-chance-to-live-and-find-peace/

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GERRY ADAMS: Rule Britannia!

LAST month the British government resumed the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. British bombs, bullets, missiles and military equipment sold to the Saudi’s and their allies have caused thousands of deaths and injuries and contributed to a humanitarian disaster in the Yemen.

However, for British arms manufactures and the government it was far from ‘illogical’. In the four years since 2015 British firms sold £6.4 billion in military equipment and weapons to Saudi Arabia and its allies.

So it came as no surprise that last month the Johnson government decided to resume selling armaments to Saudi Arabia.

But British hypocrisy was not yet finished. The previous day the Brits announced in a blaze of self-congratulatory pomposity that they were introducing a new so-called ‘groundbreaking global human rights regime’. Their Foreign Minister Dominic Rabb gave himself a pat on the back and said that: “This is a demonstration of Global Britain’s commitment to acting as a force for good in the world.”

The reality is that this new rights regime does not target governments – the principal actors in most conflicts, including that in the Yemen. Instead it will target 49 individuals and organisations it accuses of gross human rights violations in respect of three human rights. Firstly, an individual’s right to life. Secondly, the right “not to be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment”; or the “right to be free from slavery, not to be held in servitude or required to perform forced or compulsory labour.”

I wonder if those thousands of bereaved families in Yemen, starving and terrorised by British weapons - wondering where the next bomb will fall or the next meal will come from - feel that Britain is a force for good?

British hypocrisy is not a surprise nor is the brass neck with which they claim to be a force for good.

https://belfastmedia.com/rule-britannia

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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„Antwort der Bundesregierung auf die Kleine Anfrage der Abgeordneten Sevim Dağdelen, Heike Hänsel, Andrej Hunko, weiterer Abgeordneter und der Fraktion DIE LINKE. – Drucksache 19/21011 – Der Export von deutschen Kriegswaffen und sonstigen Rüstungsgütern im ersten Halbjahr 2020“

https://www.rib-ev.de/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/20-08-10-REX-1-HALBJAHR-2020-Antw-Breg-KlA-Linke__19-2156.pdf

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Türkei / Turkey: Siehe / Look at cp1

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Is UAE's Mohammed Bin Zayed a Machiavelli, Mussolini or Both?

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, dubbed most powerful man in Middle East, doesn’t need peace to get territories or to protect his country’s borders. But he has his eyes set on loftier goals

Known by his initials MBZ, he is Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and he takes important visitors on sightseeing jaunts over his state, piloting the helicopter himself.

In an interview to the New York Times about a year ago, Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official, said “he thinks he is Machiavelli but he acts more like Mussolini.”

MBZ, 58, the de facto ruler of the Emirates, has been given the unofficial title “the most powerful man in the Middle East,” more than leaders of large states like Egypt or Saudi Arabia.

While in Israel a bizarre semantic argument is going on whether the agreement with the Emirates is a “peace agreement" or merely an “agreement to normalize relations,” bin Zayed has no doubt this is a peace agreement. Not one intended to serve Israel or help the Palestinians, but part of a strategic medium and long term move that will mainly serve the interests of his small state

The immediate reward isn’t only a flight package of F-35 planes and advanced weapon systems, but bolstering bin Zayed’s position in the United States Congress, which had planned to impose sanctions on the Emirates for its involvement in the war in Yemen and to stop arms deals with Saudi Arabia, a decision side-stepped by President Donald Trump.

Peace with Israel could remove the remaining American objection to the arms sale, and would also be an insurance policy for bin Zayed if Trump loses in the November election and is replaced by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Bin Zayed, who for years had avoided being replaced as president – a position that according to the constitution is to rotate among seven princes every five years – could no longer ignore the pressure and threat from Washington. He made a difficult strategic decision and withdrew his army from Yemen, signed a cooperation agreement with Iran to ensure sailing in the Persian Gulf and allowed Dubai’s ruler to give entry visas to Iranian business people after years of suspension. In return, the Houthis stopped firing missiles at the Emirates.

But the Yemenite arena was replaced by the Libyan one, where bin Zayed supports the separatist General Khalifa Haftar in his struggle to gain control of the state, in coalition with Egypt, who has a direct interest in Libya, alongside Russia and France and vague American backing.

This is an intense war against Turkish forces and Qatari funding, two states that support the Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi Arabia and Egypt’s enemies. This isn’t the first time that Emirates’ planes take part in the war in Libya. In the previous round it was the war against the Islamic State in east Libya. But now it’s turning into an international war, in which bin Zayed is a key player.

The peace with Israel has a strategic role in this weave of the Emirates’ international and Arab interests. The decision to abandon the Arab consensus regarding the Palestinians and cut off the Arab peace initiative – that Israel must first withdraw from the occupied territories to gain normalization with the Arab states – and to decide on a peace agreement with Israel, could indicate not only daring but the desire to take the lead in the Middle East leadership – by Zvi Bar’el

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-is-uae-s-mohammed-bin-zayed-a-machiavelli-mussolini-or-both-1.9091386

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Film: Emirate: Kein Eldorado mehr?

Sie kamen aus Indien, Nepal, Bangladesch oder von den Philippinen, um in den superreichen Öl-Ländern am Persischen Golf als Hausangestellte, Verkäufer oder Bauarbeiter drei- bis viermal mehr Geld zu verdienen als in ihren Heimatländern. Mit dem Einbruch der Wirtschaft durch Covid aber wurden über eine Million dieser Arbeitsimmigranten entlassen, ohne jede soziale Absicherung.

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/098526-000-A/emirate-kein-eldorado-mehr/

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The United Arab Emirates should seek a peace deal with Yemen now

The UAE should now enter negotiations in Yemen, where its military intervention as part of the Saudi-led coalition has unleashed the worst global humanitarian catastrophe

Having established a “peace deal” with Israel, a state that never was at war with, the United Arab Emirates should now enter negotiations in Yemen, where its military intervention as part of the Saudi-led coalition has unleashed the worst global humanitarian catastrophe.

https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/english/united-arab-emirates-should-seek-peace-deal-yemen-now

cp12b Sudan

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Pompeo in Sudan visit pushes normalizing ties with Israel

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Sudan on Tuesday to push for normalizing ties with Israel, building on momentum from the recent historic agreement to establish relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The Sudanese transitional government said, however, that it does not have a mandate to establish diplomatic ties with Israel. It called on the Trump administration to not make the removal of Sudan from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism contingent upon normalizing relations with Israel.

https://apnews.com/e0de581f7e2b714eedbf77e1298c165d

and

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Pompeo in Sudan, top US official to visit since uprising

Pompeo’s visit on Tuesday is meant to discuss the normalization of ties between Sudan and Israel and also show U.S. support for the country’s fragile transition to democracy

https://apnews.com/e0de581f7e2b714eedbf77e1298c165d

and

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Sudanese prime minister rejects ties with Israel, for now

After meeting Mike Pompeo, Abdalla Hamdok says transition government he heads has no mandate to normalize relations with Jerusalem

https://www.timesofisrael.com/pompeo-in-sudan-to-discuss-israel-ties-as-khartoum-seeks-terror-delisting/

and

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Sudanese Consider Pompeo’s Visit Hijacking of their Will

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14631

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Belgium Suspends Arms Exports To Saudi Arabia As Yemen Crisis Worsens

The move to suspend contracts to SANG is hardly a surprise, considering Belgium has for the last several months begun to gradually restrict weapons exportations to Saudi Arabia. In February, the local government of the southern Belgian region Wallonia issued a weapons sales ban on the Saudi Air Force in response to mounting concerns relating to Riyadh’s role in the Yemeni Civil War. This decision, however, did not come without considerable backlash, including a strong objection from Wallonia’s Minister-President Elio Di Rupo, a tenacious supporter of Saudi weapons exportations.

Belgium’s restriction of arms sales to Saudi Arabia is an important step in de-escalating the violence and human suffering which has plagued Yemen since 2014. However, these actions alone are not enough, as Saudi Arabia is far less dependent on Belgian arms compared to the luxurious array of riches provided by wealthier countries like the United States.

In the interest of preserving human rights and putting an end to Saudi Arabia’s relentless airstrike campaign in Yemen, the United States and United Kingdom must terminate their arms deals with Riyadh.

https://theowp.org/belgium-suspends-arms-exports-to-saudi-arabia-as-yemen-crisis-worsens/

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UAE nixes meeting with US, Israel over F-35 arms deal row: Report

Emiratis reportedly angered by Netanyahu's public denial of the deal and his vow to lobby US Congress to oppose it.

The United Arab Emirates has cancelled a planned meeting with the United States and Israel over differences on the possible sale of American F-35 fighter jets to the Gulf state opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a report said on Monday.

Last week, US President Donald Trump announced that an agreement is under review for the UAE to buy the fighter jets, and a US defence official hinted that a deal could be reached in six months.

The US has sold the F-35 jet to allies - including South Korea, Japan and Israel - but sales to the Gulf require a deeper review because of American policy for Israel to maintain a military advantage in the Middle East.

According to the US news website, Axios, the UAE shelved a planned meeting with the US and Israel on Friday, after Netanyahu came out publicly to deny knowledge of the proposed arms deal between Washington, DC and Abu Dhabi.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/uae-nixes-meeting-israel-35-arms-deal-row-report-200824235236086.html

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Nach Israel-VAE-Deal: USA erwägen Verkauf von F-35-Kampfjets

Das Friedensabkommen zur Normalisierung der Beziehungen zwischen Israel und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten soll eine Geheimklausel für Waffengeschäfte enthalten. Netanjahu dementiert den Bericht über einen Waffendeal. Die USA erwägen derweil den Verkauf von F-35-Kampfjets an die Emirate.

Das geplante Friedensabkommen zur Normalisierung der Beziehungen zwischen Israel und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) soll eine Geheimklausel für Waffengeschäfte enthalten. Die USA erwägen derweil den Verkauf von hochmodernen F-35-Kampfjets an die Emirate. "Sie würden gerne eine ganze Reihe F-35 bestellen", sagte US-Präsident Donald Trump. Seine Regierung prüfe dies. Ein Plan für einen solchen Verkauf wurde in der Vergangenheit vom US-Kongress nicht gutgeheißen, da die VAE wegen mutmaßlicher Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen immer unter Verdacht standen.

Israels Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu hat am Dienstag einen Bericht dementiert, demzufolge das Abkommen mit den Emiraten eine Geheimklausel für Waffengeschäfte beinhaltet. Die Vereinbarung enthalte "keinerlei Zustimmung Israels zu irgendeinem Waffendeal zwischen den USA und den VAE"

https://deutsch.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/105837-nach-israel-vae-deal-usa/

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Possible U.S. F-35 Sale to UAE Tests Israel Deal, Iran Tensions, Concerns over Yemen

President Donald Trump's push to sell advanced F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates is testing the Arab country's recent peace deal with Israel, ongoing tensions with Iran and concerns over the humanitarian situation in Yemen, where the UAE is involved in an ongoing civil war.

Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord deferred all F-35-related questions to the State Department during a briefing Thursday with reporters, saying only she had "spent quite a bit of time in the region over the years in this role actively talking about F-16 upgrades, that has been an ongoing discussion that DSCA and the Air Force have worked on."

The prospect of selling such a state-of-the-art fighter jet to the UAE has been a contentious one, dividing U.S. allies and adversaries alike, even if Abu Dhabi didn't see the problem.

"We have legitimate requests that are there," UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said Thursday during a virtual talk with the Atlantic Council think tank. "We ought to get them."

https://www.newsweek.com/us-push-f35-uae-tests-israel-iran-yemen-1526861

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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UAE recruits Yemeni mercenaries for fight in Libya

The United Arab Emirates have recruited tens of Yemeni mercenaries and sent them to fight against the internationally recognised government of Libya, Yemeni security sources said Sunday.

The recruits were trained in a military base in Lahj province and the UAE military base in the Eritrran city of Assab, the sources told Aljazeera.

The internationally recognised government of Yemen knew about knew about that but did not take action, they added.

The UAE has been supporting the forces of the Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar since 2015.

On Saturday, Libyan activists said the UAE recruited the Yemeni mercenaries in collaboration with the Russian Wagner Group.
The first group of the Yemeni fighters was transferred to the city of Sirte, despite a ceasefire between the warring parties in Libya and efforts to disarm the city, according to the activists.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19360.html

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Two organizations to follow up foreign mercenaries involved in murder cases in Aden

Two human rights organizations have declared their determination to sue American and French mercenaries involved in murder cased in Aden, before the international courts.

These mercenaries implemented scores of assassinations against leaders of the Islah party and other Yemeni figures in Aden over the past four years.

This was voiced in a joint statement released by Sam Organization for Rights and Liberties and the AFD International for Human Rights.

The joint statement said that information published by the G-Forum News Website on 19 August 2020 on the use of American and French mercenaries by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) affiliated agent Mohammed Dahlan, to implement assassinations against Yemeni politicians of the Islah party is illegal act and it is criminalized in both countries.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41488

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Houthis urge UNESCO to guard Socotra against Emirati looting

Yemen's Houthi-run tourist promotion council has called on the UNESCO to protect the unique environmental system and biodiversity in the Yemeni island of Socotra, listed as world heritage site.
The council's managing director, Mohamed al-Mansour, accused the Arab coalition of destroying the archipelago's biodiversity by randomly drifting coral reefs, unsustainable exporting of fisheries, bringing unoriginal plants and birds into the island, and looting rare species.
Al-Mansour expressed concerns about Israel's presence in Socotra, the statement added, after the UAE had erected military camps in the island and recently declared normalization deal with Tel Aviv.
He called on relevant agencies and locals to "counter these violations and halt all devastating activities in Socotra, particularly those negatively affecting wild life and unique nature."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19336.html

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Drohnenvideo vom „Manhattan der Wüste": Schwere Schäden nach Regenfällen

Die Stadt Schibam in Jemen gehört mit ihren berühmten Hochhäusern zum Weltkulturerbe. Starke Regenfälle vergangene Woche haben das „Manhattan der Wüste" aber schwer beschädigt, wie ein Drohnenvideo zeigt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izkl5alrJlM = https://www.msn.com/de-de/video/topvideos/drohnenvideo-vom-%E2%80%9Emanhattan-der-wüste-schwere-schäden-nach-regenfällen/vi-BB18l8OT

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Rains hit Shibam historic city, Yemeni gov't seeks UNESCO help

Heavy rains have hit the Yemeni western city of Shibam, the official government said, due to torrential rains seen by the war-torn country.

"Over 200 archeological buildings in Shibam Hadhramout city, listed by the UNESCO as world heritage, have been affected by rains," Yemen's representative to UNESCO tweeted on Thursday.

The Yemeni UN-recognized government has recently told the UNESCO about "rains' impacts on a number of world heritage sites in Yemen," Mohamed Jomaih added. "We're expecting an urgent response, since the situation is serious."

Dating back to the 16th century, the archeological fenced city of Shibam, along with its skyscrapers, represents one of the oldest and best symbol of civic systems based on vertical construction.

On 2 July 2015, the UNESCO added Shibam Hadhramout and Sana'a Old City to its list of the world's endangered heritage.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19328.html

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izkl5alrJlM = https://www.msn.com/de-de/video/topvideos/drohnenvideo-vom-%E2%80%9Emanhattan-der-wüste-schwere-schäden-nach-regenfällen/vi-BB18l8OT

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A beautiful view of a historical building, Alashrafia mosque in Taiz.

https://twitter.com/HanaalShowafi/status/1297603760781484032

(C)

Photos: 1950: The Brits blowing up the house of Awaleq sultan fortresses.

https://twitter.com/oldyemeen1/status/1297193662217097216

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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Houthis accuse coalition of stealing 950.000 barrels of crude oil from Yemen

The Houthi Group on Monday accused Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of stealing and draining Yemen's national resources during their six-year war and in dirty efforts to keep Yemen suffocated by poverty and crises.

Around 950.000 barrels of crude oil have been recently exported outside Yemen for $50 million through Al-Nushaima oil terminal, CEO of the Houthi-run Yemen Petroleum Company, Ammar Al-Adhru'e, said.

That was not the first crude shipment handled by the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Debriefer learned.

A number of tankers have transported crude oil outside of Yemen under supervision of the UAE forces stationed at the terminal, sources said.

Last year, the UAE forces prevented the then-minister of transport Saleh Al-Jabwani from accessing the terminal which is considered as one of their headquarters in south Yemen.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19391.html

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Oil Minister: Aggression causes huge economic losses estimated at billions of dollars

Minister of Oil and Minerals Ahmed Abdullah Dares has said that the losses of oil and minerals sector due to the aggression are very huge, estimated at billions of dollars, as a result of the suspension of many giant projects in this important economic sector.

The Minister of Oil pointed out that the aggression coalition was not satisfied with these losses and the siege imposed on the Yemeni people. The aggression coalition resorted to detaining oil derivatives ships and preventing their entry to the port of Hodeidah in an effort to humiliate the Yemeni people.

Dares indicated that the acts of maritime piracy and the seizure of derivative ships grow out of large financial penalties that are borne by the Yemeni people, which are added to the prices of oil derivatives.

The Minister Dares, during his meeting on Saturday with a number of media outlets, pointed out that these "demurrage" fines prevented citizens from benefiting from the reductions of fuel prices that the world witnessed in light of the precautionary measures taken by the countries of the world to confront the Corona epidemic, indicating that the fines are due to the detention of oil ships and its delay exceeded 101 million dollars during the year 2019 and the last period of this year.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106592.htm

(A E P)

Islah's Information Official: Currency devaluation threatens Yemenis

Chief of the Islah’s Information Department, Ali Al-Jaradi, said on Tuesday that the ongoing devaluation of the Yemeni Rial threatens lives of the Yemeni people.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41555

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

(A P T)

Government, Houthis continue to trade accusations of cooperation with terrorists in Yemen

The internationally recognised government and the Houthi Group are continuing to trade mutual accusations of cooperation and coordination with terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda and Daesh, as battles between the two sides are raging in Bayda province in central Yemen.
On Tuesday, the government renewed its accusations that the Houthis have had field coordination with extremist groups during the years-long fighting in Bayda.

Days ago, Houthi military spokesperson said the coalition and the government have recruited Al-Qaeda and Daesh militants to fight alongside their forces.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19409.html

(A T)

#Yemen: #AQAP breaks 3-week silence with new statement

Arrest of #spy network in Bayda'

Formally adopts killing & crucifixion of dentist

#USA #Saudi #UAE recruit doctors as spies; USA also coordinates with Houthis

Patients blackmailed to inform using compromising photos

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1298168669646794752

(A T)

Al-Qaeda Blows up Yemen Clinic After Executing Dentist

Al-Qaeda blew up a medical center in war-torn Yemen on Tuesday, 10 days after executing a dentist it accused of guiding US drone strikes against its militants.

The clinic in the Somaa district of Al-Baida province was where the dentist worked before his execution, a local official told AFP.

The jihadists shot Motthar al-Youssoufi, then crucified his body and left it outside the health center on August 15.

On Tuesday, they blew up the clinic.

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/08/25/al-qaeda-blows-up-yemen-clinic

and also https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2020/08/25/Al-Qaeda-blows-up-clinic-after-executing-dentist-in-Yemen-s-al-Baida-.html

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19403.html

Film: https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1298207870144651264 = https://twitter.com/GhamdanAlyosifi/status/1298174789027274752

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Saudi-led coalition’s document reveals to send 200 al-Qaeda, ISIS militants to Yemen's Marib

A document issued by the Saudi-led aggression coalition leadership in Aden city has revealed that the coalition sent dozens of al-Qaeda and ISIS members to the Marib province.
A commander in Aden city called, in a letter obtained Yemeni Press Agency, on acting head of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) baked by the UAE, Ahmed Saeed bin Borik, to facilitate and transport 200 personnel from Lahj governorate to Marib front.

The document stated that the coalition would take care of transporting these elements on 6 buses, without mentioning the identity of those elements.

https://en.abna24.com/news//saudi-led-coalition%e2%80%99s-document-reveals-to-send-200-al-qaeda-isis-militants-to-yemens-marib_1065206.html

My comment: Fact or fake?

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Losing in Yemen, Winning in Afghanistan, Islamic State Weighs in on Arab-Israeli Peace

The Islamic State (IS) produced the 248th edition of Al-Naba, its newsletter, on 20 August. The front page was devoted to recent events in Yemen, which had not gone well for IS—although one could easily miss that fact when reading a story that a focuses almost entirely on enemy casualties and the failures of others.

The front page of Al-Naba 248, continued on page four, is about IS in Yemen countering an attack in the Qayfa area of Bayda province by the Iran-backed Huthis, formally known as Ansarallah. Al-Naba claims that “the mujahideen” killed and wounded 130 “polytheists/idolaters” (mushrikeen), “despite the great difference in numbers and equipment”. IS claims that recently it has been “alone in fronting the Huthi attacks”, and its forces had persevered to the last despite being outnumbered and outgunned.

IS dates the Huthi attack to 12 August, saying it killed and wounded twenty-five Huthis on this day. IS claims to have launched a raid of its own against the Huthis the following day, which killed and wounded thirty. IS then ambushed a Huthi convoy with a roadside bomb on 14 August, according to Al-Naba, before launching two more IED attacks on Huthi vehicles and bombing a Huthi gathering on 15 August. An “epic” battle is reported with Huthi reinforcements on 16 August, and on 17 August it is claimed that IS killed sixty Huthi fighters and wounded others.

The outcome of this week of “sanguinary confrontations” was, by IS’s count, 100 Huthis killed and thirty wounded

Moving to page five, IS notes the “rapid advances” by the Huthis in Qayfa and the fact the Huthis now control large parts of the area, without really conceding it has much to do with them—indeed, while directly refusing responsibility and loading it onto the failure of the tribes to mobilise against the Huthis and the treachery of Al-Qaeda, which withdrew from all of its “contact points” against the Huthis.

https://kyleorton1991.wordpress.com/2020/08/22/losing-in-yemen-winning-in-afghanistan-islamic-state-weighs-in-on-arab-israeli-peace/

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Al Bayda liberation from ISIS and al-Qaeda dropped last chapters of aggression forces plan to occupy province, open front towards capital Sana'a: Security source for "Saba"

A security source revealed that the security services obtained important documents that included detailed information on a criminal plan for the coalition of aggression to enable takfirist groups to overthrow al-Bayda province and to engage in various formations of the camp of aggression to open a front towards the capital Sana'a from the strategic gate of al-Bayda province in its location in the middle of the governorates (Sana'a, Dhamar, Ibb, al-Dhale, Lahij, Abyan, Marib, Shabwa).

The source explained in a statement to Saba that documents obtained by the security agencies reveal that the so-called al-Qaeda began implementing the first stages of this plan during the year 2018, through the implementation of the process of recruiting and training military and ideological according to the concepts of takfiri groups for hundreds of elements, and the introduction of new camps in remote areas far from monitoring, and sent recruits training recruits to receive military training in the camps of aggression in Marib and Shabwa.

According to the information of the security services, the organization instructed its recruits to take important combat positions within the ranks of the mercenaries of aggression in Al-Bayda province and intensify criminal operations in order to destabilize and facilitate their subsequent overthrow altogether by takfiri groups, in addition to expanding their control to new areas to try to tighten control of the Nati' District and Thee Naem.

The security source confirmed that the documents held by the security agencies reveal the amount of military logistical support provided by the forces of aggression to takfiri groups, which increased in frequency in the first months of 2018.

The documents indicate that the direct link between takfirist groups are the fled traitor Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar and the fled traitor Mohammed Ali al-Maqdashi, and tawfiq al-Qayyaz, and the infiltration of dozens of members of takfiri groups from the occupied southern governorates to the areas of Al-Aqla in al-Sawma'a, Al-Bayda, to participate in the aggression against them.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106593.htm

My remark: As claimed by the Sanaa government.

(A T)

Houthis vow to hunt down Takfiri elements who escaped from Bayda

The Houthi Group on Friday vowed to hunt down Takfiri elements of Al-Qaeda and Daesh who escaped from Bayda province in central Yemen into Marib and some southern provinces following a recent military operation against the two terrorist groups.

Since the first moment of the aggression on Yemen, these Takfiri groups became tools of the aggression, the group's military spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari'a, said in a news conference in Sanaa.

The operation took place in the districts of Wald Rabi'a and Al-Qurashiah in northwest of Bayda, he said, accusing the USA, Saudi Arabia and the UAE of having links to terrorist groups in the country.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19313.html

(A T)

Houthi forces kill Daesh emir in Yemen’s Bayda

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200821-houthi-forces-kill-daesh-emir-in-yemens-bayda/

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-19332.html

and

(A T)

A security source reveals the details of the specific security operation that led to the killing of ISIS leaders

The source explained to the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) that the operation that the spokesperson of the armed forces talked about in the press briefing yesterday, Friday, was preceded by an intelligence effort and vigorous follow-up during the military operation carried out by the heroes of the army and the popular committees in the districts of Quraishi and Walid Rabi’a, where the siege was applied to what The leader of the organization called the Yemen Province, to begin the clashes after they refused to surrender.

https://www.saba.ye/ar/news3106529.htm

(*A T)

Pro-Ansar Allah military spokesman has announced killing, wounding, and capturing 250+ “takfiri[ISIS&Qaeda] individuals”& liberating around 1,000 km2 in Al-Bayda province, including Yakla, where Trump conducted 1st op against AQAP (map)

https://twitter.com/Naseh_Shaker/status/1296939639983439872

and

(A T)

Film: The areas where ISIS was stationed in the Quraish front and the Shahatt camp in Al-Bayda 23-08-2020

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

(A T)

Film: Al-Bayda: Scenes of the operation to cleanse the Qifah area from al-Qaeda and ISIS militants.

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

and

(A T)

Al-Qaeda, ISIS have Storage of World Food Program Aid, in Al-Bayda

The lens of the military media of the Army and the Popular Committees documented during clearing Qaifah areas the possession of al-Qaeda and ISIS individuals food aid, with the logo of the World Food Program “WFP”.

Meanwhile, the United Nations World Food Program, in a statement at the end of last April, announced the reduction of food aid in the areas under the authority of the Supreme Political Council to half, under the pretext of a lack of funding. It hinted to stop the aid completely in the future.

The images published on Friday showed modern American-made M47 Dragon shells and M2 browning machine that are only available with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14573

(A T)

[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Military: Terrorists Targeted in Yemen’s Bayda Received Arab, Western Support

The Yemeni military said Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) and al-Qaeda terrorists recently targeted in operations in the province of al-Bayda received support from the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen and Western countries.

Speaking in a news conference on Friday, Yemeni Military Spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree said the week-long operations were conducted in the Northwestern areas of the province, presstv reported.

He said the terrorists that were targeted operated in coordination with Arab and Western intelligence agencies and received financial and military support from the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen, specifically Saudi Arabia itself, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates.

https://en.farsnews.ir/newstext.aspx?nn=13990601000420

and

(A T)

An important scenes of the press briefing for the spokesman of the Armed Forces @Yahya_Saree about the details of Gaifh liberation operation and how these criminal groups are associated to the countries of Saudi-led aggression (maps, images)

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1296802690673127424

(A T)

This week's #ISIS bulletin devotes back page to bigging up its role in recent clashes in Qayfa, #Yemen. The story inflates each time ISIS tells it. Now it's 130 Houthis killed/wounded by ISIS between 11-17 August. "Their corpses filled the mountains & valleys"...

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1296748025386237952

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

Is this what the UN is doing behind the scenes?

As I always said, the UN can never be a neutral peace mediator between the government and Houthi Shia militants. Years of bias in favor of the militia have proven that. The UN refrains from pointing finger at Houthi responsibility for the long running war, refuses to move offices to the territories held by the government, continues to grant Houthis – the only warring party who plant landmines - with generous funds in the name of "landmine extraction" support, systematically interferes to stop the legitimate army's march on Houthi-held cities in the name of preventing casualties, and turns a blind eye to the Houthi relentless wars and endless attempts to march on the cities that the government still holds, such as Marib,

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41560

(A P)

Guido Steinberg: Der Konflikt Iran versus Saudi-Arabien und was er für uns bedeutet

Iran ist der Hauptverantwortliche für die Eskalation seit 2011, denn die Islamische Republik ist eine revisionistische Macht, die auf eine Hegemonie in der Region abzielt und so Saudi-Arabien und andere Staaten gezwungen hat, ihr in Syrien, im Libanon, im Irak und im Jemen entgegenzutreten.

Iran wird versuchen, sich durch die Entwicklung einer Atombombe vor den USA, Israel und den Golfstaaten zu schützen. Es ist sehr unwahrscheinlich, dass es noch einmal gelingt, Iran mit Sanktionen von der Entwicklung von Atomwaffen abzuhalten.

Ein US-amerikanischer oder israelischer Militärschlag gegen Iran wird nicht zu verhindern sein, wenn Iran erneut versucht sich Nuklearwaffen zu verschaffen. Deutschland und Europa sollten dann an der Seite Washingtons und Tel Avivs/Jerusalems stehen.

https://www.mynewsdesk.com/de/verlagsgruppe-droemer-knaur/pressreleases/guido-steinberg-der-konflikt-iran-versus-saudi-arabien-und-was-er-fuer-uns-bedeutet-3002720

(A P)

[Hadi gov.] Army spokesman: Houthis work with al-Qaeda and ISIS to kill Yemenis

Spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces said Houthi militia is a terrorist group and they work with al-Qaeda and ISIS to kill the Yemeni people.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/08/24/army-spokesman-houthis-work-with-al-qaeda-and-isis-to-kill-yemenis/

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41528

(A P)

Cartoon: #Houthis and #AQAP in #Yemen have one thing in common!

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1297532755253878785

(A P)

Yemen's Information Minister says the UN's constant silence for Houthi atrocities in Taiz and all other parts of Yemen is a green light for the theocratic militia to go ahead in killing civilians.

The conspiracy on Yemen cannot be clearer than today. And the UN can't be more consistent in this regard. When the army wants to march on Hodeidah , pressures from the UN force it to stop. When the Houthis marched on Aljawf in March, no one said a word. Houthis, at their own leisure, fought the battle, won it, and executed oppositionists and rounded them up to jails. When the government forces tried in April to regain the city and drew close to achieving that, the UN's pressures came on time to save the Houthi control on it. All of a sudden the government announced a unilateral ceasefire as an outcome of those open and secret pressures.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41491

(A P)

Towards Sana’a, the capital

Without a return, the era of rebellion and terrorism has faded.

When the Iran-backed Houthi rebel militia failed to take control of the liberated areas, it protected itself in areas still under its control.

More than ever, the military option is the only one to complete the liberation of areas still under the control of the Houthi militia, especially after the escalation of the activities of extremist terrorist groups.

The Houthi militia eased the release of terrorist elements from ISIS and al-Qaeda from the prisons of the capital Sana’a and other provinces.

The Houthi militia, through these terrorist elements, plans to target the security and stability of Yemen, neighboring countries and the global maritime movement.

However, the Yemeni armed forces will not allow terrorist elements to carry out their terrorist activities, nor will they tolerate those who cooperate with them.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/08/22/towards-sanaa-the-capital/

(A P)

Arab Parliament Speaker: Iranian Regime Holds Responsibility of Cowardly Terrorist Attempts of Houthi Militia against KSA

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2124280

(A P)

Houthi repeated hostilities not help solve Yemen crisis ICO

The Houthi repeated hostilities are not in favor of efforts to find a peaceful solution for the Yemeni crisis, the Islamic Cooperation Organization (ICO) said Thursday.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19305.html

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://www.mofaic.gov.ae/en/mediahub/news/2020/8/25/25-08-2020-uae-mukalla

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23915

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2125461

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1724656/saudi-arabia

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/distribution-dates-yemeni-governorates-enar

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23910

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2125409

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2125298

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23905

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2125177

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2125146

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2125020

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1723646/saudi-arabia

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2124755

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2124526

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2124509

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23885

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2124509

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2124292

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

(* A K pH)

Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

Aug. 18–19: https://twitter.com/m_almoayed/status/1297550798465961984

(A K pS)

Coalition Fighters target Houthi militia reinforcements and gatherings in Al-Jawf

The raids targeted gatherings and reinforcements of the Houthi militia laid in the vicinity of Al-Hazm, the directorate center of the province.

The raids resulted in the killing and injuring several Houthi militiamen, and destroying combat vehicles.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/08/24/coalition-fighters-target-houthi-militia-reinforcements-and-gatherings-in-al-jawf/

and

(A K pS)

Houthi commanders killed in coalition airstrike

Several high-ranking Houthi military commanders were killed and numerous others injured when Arab coalition forces bombed a convoy in northern Yemen, military officials said on Monday.
Rabia Al-Qurashi, Yemeni army spokesman in Jouf province, told Arab News that militia chiefs, including Houthi minister of defense Mohammed Al-Atefi, were visiting Al-Khanjer military camp in Khab and Al-Sha’af district on Saturday when coalition warplanes struck, leaving a number of commanders dead, dozens wounded, and six vehicles destroyed.
“The fate of Houthi minister of defense is unknown. But the warplanes caused carnage among Houthi fighters,” Al-Qurashi said.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1724056/middle-east = http://en.adenpress.news/news/23903

and

(A K)

Houthi senior officers killed in Jawf north Yemen

Houthi foreign undersecretary, Hussein al-Ezi, announced in a tweet the death of Gen Ezi Salah Motlaq Dihowa and Gen Roohallah Zaid Ali Moslih, son of one of the group's founders

The two leaders were killed in airstrikes launched Sunday by the Saudi-led coalition at Houthi gatherings in Jawf, Al-Arabiya quoted "private sources" as saying.
The raids also left other senior leaders killed, but their deaths have not been announced by the group, the Saudi TV added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19375.html

and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200825-2-senior-houthi-leaders-killed-in-yemen/

(* A K pH)

Two women killed in aggression airstrikes on Saada

Two women were killed when the Saudi-led aggression coalition wagged a strike on Sunday their home in Saada province, a security official told Saba.

The strike hit the home of citizen Jaber Saraih, which led to the death of two women from his family.

The official indicated that the same family was previously targeted by the warplanes of the aggression, and nine members of the family were killed.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106613.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14587

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/162654/2-women-killed-in-latest-Saudi-led-air-strikes-on-Yemen

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/23/c_139312313.htm

(A K pH)

In Critical Breach of Stockholm Agreement, Aggression’s Warplanes Drops Cluster Bomb on Hodeidah

The US-Saudi aggression has renewed the breach of the Stockholm Agreement by dropping a cluster bomb on Hodeidah province.

Almasirah Net correspondent reported that the aggression’s warplanes dropped, Sunday, a cluster bomb on Bajil district of Hodeidah. No civilian casualties were reported until this moment.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14586

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-19356.html

(A K pS)

Houthi militants killed, injured by coalition airstrikes in Al-Jawf

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/08/22/houthi-militants-killed-injured-by-coalition-airstrikes-in-al-jawf/

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/23894

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106859.htm Marib, Jawf

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106809.htm Marib, Jawf

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14618 / https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106804.htm 3 prov.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106737.htm Bayda

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14607 Various p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106588.htm 3 prov.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106451.htm Various prov.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14572 Marib, Jawf

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14557 Various prov.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106401.htm Marib, Jawf

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp18

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

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

(A K pH)

Citizen Injured by Saudi Border Guards’ Fire in Sa’adah

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14624

(A K pH)

[pro-Sanaa gov.] Taiz Human Rights office condemns liquidation crimes in mercenary-controlled areas

The statement condemned access militias armed in Taiz city to level of liquidation civilians and representation of their bodies simply because of differences between them... noting that these practices are a flagrant violation of international human rights and humanitarian law. https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106829.htm

(* B K pS)

Rasd: 366 children killed, injured in Taiz by Houthi snipers

The Yemeni Alliance for Monitoring Human Rights or "Rasd Alliance" has said its field team monitored killing and injuring 366 children from 1-17 years in Taiz by Houthi militia's snipers in the period between 2015-2020.
The alliance made it clear in a report that the snipers of Houthi militia killed 130 children, 88 males and 42 females and injured 236 others, 170 males and 66 females in 16 districts.
The report considered the fires of snipers the forth weapon-after rockets, tanks and mines- in taking lives of civilians, including children.
The report pointed out that Houthi militia spread great numbers of its snipers in many buildings and establishments in Taiz's neighborhoods, on hills surrounding the city, and in some rural areas.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23906

and full report (in Arabic only): http://ycmhrv.co/Home/MonthlyReport/yMcj9o5i/--

(A K pS)

Belqees TV correspondent: a civilian was killed by a mortar shell fired by Houthi group in Al-Lakama village, Maris area in Al-Dalea governorate.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1297211946849243136

(A K)

Yemeni [Hadi gov.] official army seizes strategic sites in Sa'ada and Sana'a

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19329.html

and also http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/08/22/yemeni-army-liberates-strategic-positions-eastern-sanaa/

(A K)

Houthis warn coalition to move war to major pain phase

The Houthi Group on Saturday warned a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen to move the war to a major pain phase.
Defense minister, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Atifi, said while visiting Houthi fighters in the district of Khabb Wa Sha Sha'af in Jawf province: "We are now in the fourth strategic phase of the deterrence balance operations".

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19339.html

(A K)

Angriff aus dem Jemen vereitelt

Wie die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur SPA meldet, feuerten die Huthis aus dem Nachbarstaat Jemen eine ballistische Rakete und eine mit Sprengstoff beladene Drohne in Richtung Saudi-Arabien. Beide seien abgefangen und zerstört worden.

https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/saudi-arabien-angriff-aus-dem-jemen-vereitelt.1939.de.html?drn:news_id=1164735

(A K pS)

Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Joint Coalition Forces Intercept, Destroy Bomb-Laden (UAV), (1) Ballistic Missile Launched by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Towards Kingdom

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2124561

(A K pS)

Houthi militia continues planting mines in civilian regions

Director of the Saudi Project for Mine Clearance MASAM’ in Yemen said that Iran-backed Houthi militia continue to plant landmines and explosive devices in civilian areas.

Speaking to September Net, Eng. Osama Al-Qusaibi said 78,000 landmines and explosive devices planted by Iran-backed Houthi militia in different regions have been removed and destroyed.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/08/20/houthi-militia-continues-planting-mines-in-civilian-regions/

(A H K)

Film: Kinder - Opfer des Konflikts im Jemen

Auf dem Weg zum Wasserholen wird die neunjährige Ruwaida angeschossen. Sie überlebt dank ihres Bruders. Ein Glück, das nicht alle Kinder im Jemen haben.

https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/video/panorama-kinder-jemen-100.html = https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=770021080417483

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

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

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

(A K P)

Daily violations

Aug. 25: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14632

Aug. 24: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14619

Aug. 23: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14607

Aug. 22: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14574

Aug. 21: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14557

(A K pH)

Joint forces injure Yemeni girl in Hodeida: Houthis

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19352.html

(A K pS)

Houthis killed by their own explosives in south Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23901

(A K pH)

In Critical Breach of Stockholm Agreement, Aggression’s Warplanes Drops Cluster Bomb on Hodeidah

The US-Saudi aggression has renewed the breach of the Stockholm Agreement by dropping a cluster bomb on Hodeidah province.

Almasirah Net correspondent reported that the aggression’s warplanes dropped, Sunday, a cluster bomb on Bajil district of Hodeidah. No civilian casualties were reported until this moment.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14586

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-19356.html

(A K)

Pro-gov't forces defuse 65 Houthi-laid landmines in Yemen's Hodeidah

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/22/c_139308641.htm

(A K P)

Pro-government military chief demands relocation of UN mission HQ out of Hodeidah

The briefing of head of the UN Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement, Lt. Gen. Abhijit Guha, to the UN Security Council confirmed the need for relocating the headquarters of the mission into areas not controlled by the Houthi Group in Hodeidah province, a pro-government army chief said on Friday.

Brig. Gen. Sadeq Dwaid, a member of the joint forces that are responsible for military operations in the western coast, wrote on Twitter: "The briefing included confessions of obstacles the Houthis are imposing on the mission that are affecting the transparency of the mission's report".

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19312.html

My comment: Pro-government military obviously will not be any better.

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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He tortured me for 2 yrs: Indian woman on death row for murder in Yemen seeks help

30-year-old Nimisha Priya, a nurse, has been sentenced to death for murdering a Yemeni man, who harassed and tortured her.

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/he-tortured-me-2-yrs-indian-woman-death-row-murder-yemen-seeks-help-131574

(B H)

Desert Locust situation update 24 August 2020

On the Arabian Peninsula, hopper bands and swarms continue to form in the interior, southern coast, and central highlands of Yemen. Breeding is also likely on the Red Sea coast. Control operations were carried out against a mature swarm in the Asir Mountains of southwest Saudi Arabia near the Yemen border. In southern Oman, at least one immature swarm formed on the Salalah coast from local breeding.

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

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Another amazing pic from Taiz, this time from the rooftop of Almodafar mosque! Aaand on top of that mountain, alQahira castle is watching you :)

https://twitter.com/HanaalShowafi/status/1298248696321265664

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-674-yemen-war-mosaic-674

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-674 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-674:

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

07:28 26.08.2020
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