Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 683b- Yemen War Mosaic 683b

Yemen Press Reader 683b: 1. Oktober 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 683, cp5 - cp19 / October 1, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 683, cp5 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 683, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 683, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-683-yemen-war-mosaic-683

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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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

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp13a

(A P)

Prisoner died under torture in Houthis-run prison

One prisoner has died of brutal torture in the Houthis-run prison.

Human rights sources said that Mohammed Ahmed Al-Subari, from Al-Haima district of Sana’a province was a government solider who was imprisoned in March 2019 in Nehm front, east Sana’a and was tortured to death by the Houthis.

The Houthis handed over Al-Subari to the government in a deal of prisoners’ exchange, yet Al-Subari died three months upon his arrival to hands of the government forces.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42356

and also http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/09/30/rights-group-condemns-houthi-militia-torturing-executing-of-abductee/

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Yemeni [Hadi] gov't negotiator says Houthis killed 200 prisoners

The Houthi group has killed 200 detainees in its secret jails, a member of the Yemeni government's delegation to prisoner swap talks said Wednesday.
"The Houthis cruelly tortured 200 abductees and captives to death," Majid Fadhiel added.
"At Switzerland talks, we gave the office of the UN special envoy for Yemen a detailed list of 158 victims that were found to be killed under torture as of 2019, but there are many others."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20200.html

(A P)

The Deputy Youth and Sports Minister in the Houthi-self-styled government Osama Sari has called for killing and crucifying his own “prime minister” Bin Habtoor and the “Minister of Environment and Water” in Sanaa’s main square of AL-Tahreer, accusing them of corruption. Source: Several news websites.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42337

(A P)

Report: Houthis steal public funds using Zakat claim

An investigative report said that the Houthis stole billions of Yemenis Rial from the public funds using the Zakat claim.

The report said that stolen funds were disbursed on Houthis leaders who come mostly from alleged Hashemite origin.

The report, which was published by Yemen site, supported its information with documents of stolen funds that were withdrawn from the Zakat Public Authority.

Published documents suggest that 620 checks were paid to several Houthis leaders during the first six months of 2019, according to the report.

The report said that the Houthis also paid tens of millions of Yemeni Rial to Houthis-affiliated organization

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42327

(A)

SMEPS: Labor intensive program continuing the rehabilitation of the streets in Alsubal of #Ibb_City (photos)

https://twitter.com/SFDYemen/status/1311033633638100992

(* B P)

Houthis privatisation of public school (a thread) Houthis have recently introduced a new system that is effectively privatising public schools in the areas under their control. The fees scale is as follows: Primary: 65K p/s Secondary: 85K p/s High School: 95K p/s

To put this to a context, the minimum income of a gov employee pre 2015 was 20K YER = 100 USD, it now = 33$. 1 primary schooler costs a family 108$ which is 3x more than what they make. Let’s remember that many public servants didn’t receive a salary since 2015.

This means many families won’t be able to afford education, & if they can they probably won’t be able to afford educating more than one child, which will definitely not be a girl. This will lead high literacy rates within the next generation, more child soldiers, & child brides.

https://twitter.com/mabaabbad/status/1310622624607866881

(A P)

Houthis have unveiled a new banknote of Yemeni thousand Riyals they got printed in spite of this being the exclusive right of the government, Several websites reported this story using a video of someone unwrapping bands of banknotes as an evidence for that claim.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42307

My comment: LOL. The Houthis actually ARE a government in Yemen.

(A P)

Parliament welcomes executive procedures for prisoner exchange agreement

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3110570.htm

(B P)

Houthis use informants to spy on citizens

Recruited informants include women, community leaders and taxi drivers and motorbike users.

The sources said that the Houthis continue exercising an iron-fist policy towards opponents.

The London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper said that recruited informants have led to the detention of thousands of civilians and dismissal of others from their jobs.

The Houthis detain thousands of civilians throughout their held areas and the capital Sana’a holds the biggest number of civilian detainees.

The paper quoted Tawfiq Al-Samee, a human rights activist, who confirmed that methods of spying on citizens include recruitment of women following their abduction and extortion and the use of electronic taping of phone calls and communications.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42281

(A P)

Foreign Minister to UN: Recognition of Hadi as "Legitimacy" Is Immoral Act

The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Salvation Government, Hussein Al-Ezzi, said, Saturday, that recognition of Hadi as the "legitimacy" is an immoral act.

Al-Ezzi wrote on Twitter: Who would tell the United Nations that this false legitimacy is inconsistent with the interest and dignity of the Yemeni people?

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15107

(B K P)

Over 70000 crimes in Yemeni Houthi-held areas since war breakout

The Houthi-run interior ministry has foiled 41 suicide attacks attempted by Qaeda and Daesh militants in Yemeni provinces throughout six years of war, spokesman for the ministry said Saturday.
Security authorities thwarted 302 plots by Arab coalition-affiliated parties aimed to destabilize security, Gen Abdul Khaliq al-Ajri added.
1,483 explosive devices were detected and defused, he said, after being "planted by coalition militants in roads, markets, in front of schools and public utilities over 2,000 days" of war in Yemen.
"The coalition persistently seeks to target the Yemeni people's life and security, and to spread disorder and crime in all Yemeni governorates," he claimed.
According to their spokesman, the Houthi security forces retrieved private possessions stolen at 6,015 thefts, and detected 64,204 criminal cases and 342 banknote counterfeits since March 2015 when the Arab coalition intervened in Yemen.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20111.html

and also https://www.saba.ye/en/news3110370.htm

and

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Houthis committed 66,000 violations against children in Yemen, rights group says

Yemen’s Houthi group has committed about 65,971 violations against children, the Yemeni Network for Rights, and Freedoms revealed yesterday.

According to Anadolu, the organisation revealed that it had documented these violations between January 2015 and August 2019. The Houthis took control of parts of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014, ousting the internationally recognised government.

“The violations committed by the Houthis included killings, recruitment, kidnappings, and detention in 17 out of 22 Yemeni governorates,” the report said.

It stated that 7,120 children were killed, including 79 infants, due to bombing, sniper attacks, landmines, and as a result of the blockade.

The report also documented 465 detentions and kidnappings in 16 out of 22 governorates, as well as the displacement of 43,608 children.

Meanwhile, it revealed that 12,341 children under the age of 14 were recruited by the Houthis and forced to take part in the fighting.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200930-houthis-committed-66000-violations-against-children-in-yemen-rights-group-says/

(* B P)

The Unexpected Rise of Yemen’s Abdel Malek al-Houthi

In 2009, Abdel Malek al-Houthi appeared on al-Jazeera just days after the Yemeni government claimed that it had killed him. He accused former President Abdullah Saleh of colluding with the United States (US), an alliance, he said, that prioritized foreign interests over the lives of Yemenis.

Despite his nationalist rhetoric, al-Houthi did not gain much support outside of his stronghold in Saada. His anti-Semitism – the Houthi flag reads death to Israel and curse the Jews – and frequent rants about the acute perils of the US and Saudi Arabia made many Yemenis suspicious that the Houthis were following in the footsteps of the Iranian regime.

The dislike for Saudi Arabia was understandable, since the kingdom had long financed fundamentalists to attack the Houthis in Saada. But most Yemenis feared that the Houthis aspired to control the entire country, as Zaydi Shiites had done more than half a century earlier.

For some, the Houthi takeover of the capital Sanaa confirmed those suspicions. By October 2014, the group had firm control of the north. Months later, it succeeded in driving out acting President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from the capital. That was the last straw for Saudi Arabia, which quickly organized a coalition to defeat the Houthis and reinstate their man Hadi as president.

By then, al-Houthi was already sharpening his rhetoric by speaking about issues that resonated with more Yemenis from various regions in the country.

“After the [Arab Spring], Abdel Malek began addressing the nation, talking about shared injustices, the price of fuel, drone strikes. He’s gained a lot of confidence. Nowadays he speaks clearly with purpose, he doesn’t beat around the bush,” Fernando Carvajal, a former Yemen-based NGO consultant who studied the Houthis, told Middle East Eye in late 2014.

https://fanack.com/yemen/faces/abdel-malek-al-houthi/

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

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

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

(A P)

Lamlas says Aden suffers from gross negligence

If we are not able to accomplish something for Aden and its people, we will not deserve to stay in power, the governor of Aden Ahmed Lamlas said on Wednesday, during his chairmanship of the regular meeting of the Aden's Executive Office.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/27213

My comment: Lamlas is a member of the separatist STC. Compare today’s Aden to his claim, it’s obvious the STC does not “not deserve to stay in power”.

(A P)

Southern Army deals firmly with Brotherhood's violations in Abyan

The southern armed forces dealt firmly with the persisting and serious violations committed by the Islah party's militias, the Yemeni arm of Muslim Brotherhood organization within Yemen's legitimacy, military official said on Wednesday.
The spokesman for the Abyan axis, Captain Muhammad al-Naqib indicated that fierce fighting broke out near the coastal sector of Abyan's fronts between the two sides following a major breach of the ceasefire agreement by the terrorist Brotherhood's militias.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/27214

My comment: “Southern army” = separatist STC militia. And their enemy, the pro-Hadi government Islah militia, are labeled as “Mulsim Brotherhodd” and “terrorist”.

(A P)

Abductees Mothers Association rally statement by Aden administration building, demanding uncovering fate of forcibly disappeared

We, at Abductees' Mothers Association, rally today by Aden's administration to demand the governor, Ahmed Hamed, to urge the competent authorities to take the necessary actions immediately to uncover the fate and conditions of the forcibly disappeared persons.

We, once again, demand going forward with the legal processes, which has been stopped by the prosecution and the court, of the arbitrarily arrested individuals held at Be'er Ahmed Prison.

http://ama-ye.org/?no=1464&ln=En

(A P)

Yemen’s political parties in Shabwa have renewed their call for evacuating the country’s biggest industrial facility from UAE troops to allow resuming Yemeni liquefied natural gas and earn badly needed revenues for the country. Source: Almasdar Online news website.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42337

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-20190.html

(A P)

MPs reject to implicate parliament in settling political scores

A group of members of the Yemeni parliament on Tuesday expressed their rejection to implicate the parliament in political quarrels or to use it as a tool to settle political scores.

The statement followed a statement attributed to a source in the parliament responding to remarks of vice speaker Abdulaziz Jubari to Aljazeera TV about mistakes of a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen and how the coalition has deviated from its objectives.

They expressed their surprise about publishing the statement without knowledge of the leadership and members and the parliament.

It included unjustified and subjective accusations violating the ethics and boundaries of the profession and defaming vice speaker Jubari, they said.

What Jabari said reflects his own opinion in a democratic state which respects freedom of expression, they said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20180.html

(* B P)

Erneut wird im Jemen trotz des Krieges massenhaft demonstriert: Mit Blockaden und brennenden Reifen gegen Hunger und sozialen Kahlschlag

Im Süden des Jemen, in der Provinz Hadramaut, stehen die Zeichen seit Wochen auf Sturm: Nicht der Stürme der einen Truppen auf die anderen (üblicherweise ohne Rücksicht auf zivile Bevölkerung, deren Opfer dann einfach als Feinde umdefiniert werden) – sondern des Sturms der Bevölkerung auf politische Kräfte, Organisationen und Einrichtungen, die sie zu Hunger und Not verurteilen wollen. In Al Mukulla, einem der städtischen Zentren der Region, gibt es bereits seit August 2020 nahezu täglich neue Protestaktionen, von denen schon die – wenigen – vorhandenen Fotos deutlich machen, dass dahinter zumindest wenig politische Organisation steckt, sondern entscheidend das direkte Anliegen der Betroffenen ist. In dem Bericht „Yemenitas protestan en la ciudad de Al Mukalla por el deterioro de las condiciones de vida“ am 23. September 2020 bei Resumen Latinoamericano wird dargestellt, dass die Proteste bereits seit über vier Wochen andauern und sich gegen die wachsenden Missstände in der Grundversorgung der Region – wie etwa Strom – richten.

Siehe dazu auch einen weiteren aktuellen Bericht über Massenproteste auch in Aden:

„Yemen: soldiers and workers protest against Saudi-backed administration“ am 25. September 2020 beim MENA Solidarity Network berichtet von massiven Protestaktionen sowohl von Armee-Veteranen und ihren Familien, als auch von Lehrerinnen und Lehrern an den Schulen Adens, die seit drei Jahren immer wieder in den Streik getreten sind – und seit der aktuellen Teuerungswelle, die im Juli 2020 begonnen hat (und die Gegenden unter Kontrolle der saudisch gestützten Regierung heftiger trifft, als andere Gebiete), dies weiter intensiviert haben.

https://www.labournet.de/internationales/jemen/soziale_konflikte-jemen/erneut-wird-im-jemen-trotz-des-krieges-massenhaft-demonstriert-mit-blockaden-und-brennenden-reifen-gegen-hunger-und-sozialen-kahlschlag/

(* A P)

One northern Yemeni was killed and several others were injured today as Southern Transitional Council opened fire on them in Aden. The northerners were lining up to undergo medical checks, a requirement for Yemenis wanting to get visas to Saudi Arabia. Northern Yemenis often face inhumane treatment by the [separatist] security forces in Aden. Source: Yemen Direct news website.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42307

(A K P)

Another rebel militia introduces drones to service, kills soldier, injures 3

The Southern Transitional Council militia has begun using armed drones against the Yemeni army, military sources in Abyan said, making the ill-equipped Yemeni army increasingly outgunned by the rebel militias besieging it from the Houthi-held north and now the south.

The UAE-created militia destroyed a military vehicle and injured three soldiers by a drone strike a week ago in the said front, north of Aden. In a new strike early on Sunday, the militia hit the army’s sites in Qarn Alkalasi, east of Abyan’s provincial capital using two armed drones, killing a soldier and injuring three others, one of them critically, military sources said.

A government military general in the front Abdullah al-Marqashi confirmed the attack to Yemen Shabab TV, saying the army had “complained about this ceasefire violation” to the Arab Coalition of which the UAE is a member.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42306

(A K P)

STC escalation in Socotra threatens to blow up Riyadh agreement

Yemen's internationally recognised government on Tuesday said the escalation of the UAE-backed southern transitional council in the Socotra Archipelago is threatening to blow up the Riyadh agreement and the mechanism to accelerate the implementation of the agreement.

Fisheries minister, Fahad Kefayen, wrote on Twitter: "Dragging the province into armed conflict is unacceptable".

"Militarising the province through bringing hundreds of armed outsiders and building military bases in it in an attempt to impose a fait accompli should not be tolerated," he said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20178.html

(A K P)

STC builds new military positions with UAE support on Socotra, governor

Socotra governor Ramzi Mahrous on Monday accused the prime minister in the caretaker government of colluding with the southern transitional council to pass UAE malicious and expansionism projects in the strategic island of Socotra.

The government has authorised officials of the UAE-backed council to assume financial responsibilities in the island, he said in a letter to president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The council is continuing to steal the resources of and rule the Socotra province even after it rescinded the self-rule of the south, he said.

Its and UAE forces have set up new military positions in east and west of the island

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20159.html

(A P)

Retired Yemen soldiers block roads over unpaid pensions

Hundreds of retired military personnel in Yemen’s Aden have blocked the roads leading to the oil company and oil ports demanding payments of their pensions be expediated after they stopped in January, Anadolu reported.

According to the agency, the retired soldiers also closed the gates of the oil ports of Al-Zeit, Al-Mualla, and the Caltex containers.

An Anadolu correspondent said the protests led to a fuel crisis in the city where hundreds of cars queued in front of petrol stations to purchase petrol.

Yemeni citizens told Anadolu that a state of panic prevails in Aden over the possibility of escalating protests due to the government’s inability to pay the soldiers’ pensions.

Earlier on Sunday, the retired soldiers warned that they would escalate their protests over the coming days by closing Aden International Airport and the Central Bank of Yemen until all their demands are met.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200930-retired-yemen-soldiers-block-roads-over-unpaid-pensions/

(A P)

Yemeni military pensioners close Aden port main gates

Yemeni military retirees on Sunday closed three of Aden ports' gates in protest of nonpayment of their pensions overdue since the beginning of this year.

Closure of the port gates comes after three months of sit-in staged by the seniors outdoor the Arab coalition's HQs in the Yemeni southern city of Aden, as the pensions kept on unpaid.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20154.html

Photo: https://twitter.com/alimahmood19844/status/1310952139624194051

(A P)

Al-Mukalla launches civil disobedience campaign

The people of al-Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout launched on Monday, a campaign of civil disobedience and staged demonstrations in the city to protest against systematic corruption and failure to provide basic public services, in particular the daily power outages.

Dozens of shops closed in response to a call launched by protesters in al-Mukalla city. They also called on all the people of Hadramout's districts to take to the streets in a major rally over the significant deterioration of basic services.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/27193

(* A K P)

Yemen: UAE transports 100 militants to Socotra

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday transferred 100 militants belonging to the Southern Transitional Council (STC) from Yemen’s interim capital city of Aden to Socotra.

Yemeni media quoted local sources as saying that the militants were transferred “onboard an Emirati ship”, Abu Dhabi recently launched construction works of a military base in the west of Socotra, “with Saudi approval”, according to the sources.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200928-yemen-uae-transports-100-militants-to-socotra/

and

(* A K P)

UAE equips STC forces with 100 gunmen in Yemen Socotra

The United Arab Emirates on Saturday enhanced the Southern Transitional Council's (STC's) forces in the Yemeni governorate of Socotra with nearly 100 armed men.

The gunmen came to Socotra island from the interim capital, Aden, onboard an Emirati ship, local sources told Debriefer.

The new troops arrive at time the UAE is erecting a military base in the western part of the archipelago, with Saudi approval.

"The armed men had received military training under Emirati supervision," the sources added.

The Gulf state has persistently enhanced its presence in Socotra, provoking the island's local communities and Yemen's official government

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20130.html

(A K P)

Yemeni Taiz sees militias intra-fighting anew

The Yemeni southwestern city of Taiz on Saturday witnessed clashes with light and medium arms, stirring a state of panic among civilians.
Fierce skirmishes erupted in the nearby of Sinan intersection, downtown Taiz, between gunmen led by Ghazwan al-Mikhlafi and others supporting Ghadar, local sources said, following dispute over claim to a piece of land.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20123.html

(A P)

Five government minister have arrived from outside Yemen to Sayoon city in east of Yemen. Source: Multiple news websites

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42259

(A K P)

Member of Hadrami elite forces killed as lawlessness deepens in Hadhramout

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20114.html

(A K P)

Brotherhood's militias shell southern locations in Abyan

The Islah's terrorist militias, the Yemeni arm of Muslim Brotherhood organization within Yemen's legitimacy, targeted on Saturday the positions of the southern forces in Abyan governorate.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/27180

My comment: STC “terrorist” militia label their enemy Islah militia as “terrorist”.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

(* A P)

Eine Einigung, die Hoffnung auf mehr macht

"Unser Ziel ist, eine Einigung über eine gemeinsame Erklärung zu erzielen, die einen Waffenstillstand beinhaltet und den Krieg in Jemen beendet", sagte er in Glion am Genfer See, wo die Gespräche am Sonntagabend endeten. Eine solche Erklärung soll auch die Öffnung der Häfen, Flughäfen und Straßenverbindungen beinhalten, die wegen des Konflikts blockiert sind.

Offen ist, ob die neue Vereinbarung umgesetzt wird.

Das IKRK, das den Austausch abwickeln soll, forderte Sicherheitsgarantien und die nötigen logistischen Zugänge. Die Details der Überstellung müssen erst noch vereinbart werden.

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/jemen-eine-einigung-die-hoffnung-auf-mehr-macht-1.5047207

(B P)

A breakthrough in Yemen?

Hopes are high that a prisoner-exchange agreement between the warring factions in Yemen could lead to a political solution ending the conflict in the country

All such agreements are fragile and vulnerable to twisted interpretations by warring parties to the extent that they may not stand or last for long.

The UN might also be hanging onto straws in its hopes of ending the conflict in Yemen

Some analysts have suggested that the diplomatic efforts coinciding with the escalation of military action are an indication of a possible further breakthrough in Yemen before the end of the year.

But regional developments do not support this suggestion. A settlement in Yemen is becoming more and more intertwined with other conflict areas in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Unless there is a reconciliation between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the situation in Yemen will not stabilise.

As one Gulf analyst put it, all the parties are also waiting for the results of the US presidential elections in November. “Iran wants to keep its intervention in Yemen as a playing card with the US, especially if Trump wins a second term in the White House and a new deal between Tehran and Washington is on the table. If the Democrats win, then Yemen will also be a significant card for the Iranians to play with a Biden administration,” he commented.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1203/386252/AlAhram-Weekly/World/A-breakthrough-in-Yemen.aspx

My comment: An example how you could use this subject for a larger anti-Houthi blame game. Just a few more serious thoughts are quoted here. It’s no Iranian game, once again.

(A P)

UN Secretary General Welcomes Yemeni Prisoner Release Pact

A spokesman for U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the U.N. chief “welcomes” the agreement Yemen’s warring parties have reached to exchange more than 1,000 prisoners; a move designed to revive the stalled peace process of the more than five-year-old conflict.

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/un-secretary-general-welcomes-yemeni-prisoner-release-pact

and full statement: https://osesgy.unmissions.org/statement-spokesman-secretary-general-yemen-prisoner-exchange-agreement

(* A P)

Female Relatives to detainees call again for implementation of Stockholm agreement

The Female Relatives to Detainees Association called on Monday on the international community to continue exercising pressures on Yemeni parties to the conflict to promptly implement the release plan agreement signed recently in Switzerland as well the Stockholm agreement by releasing all abducted persons, detainees and enforced disappeared people.

The association affirmed on the need to separate between civilian abductees and military prisoners and not insert the detainees cause into the political and military deals.

It stressed on the rights of all abductees and detainees to full compensation and demanded accountability of perpetrators of abduction, detention and torture.

It also called on providing psychological support to the releasees.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42326

(A P)

Yemeni activists criticize the division of prisoner exchange into phases, casting doubts on Houthis seriousness. Source: Aden Alghad website.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42337

(A P)

Yemen’s warring sides should swiftly implement largest prisoner swap deal: Iran

https://parstoday.com/en/news/west_asia-i127387-yemen%E2%80%99s_warring_sides_should_swiftly_implement_largest_prisoner_swap_deal_iran

(A P)

GCC calls for immediate implementation of Yemen’s prisoner exchange deal

Yemen’s warring parties must immediately implement a prisoner exchange deal reached in Switzerland last week, the Gulf Co-operation Council said on Monday.

The agreement in Geneva through UN-sponsored talks was for the largest prisoner swap yet between the internationally recognised government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels. It involves 1,080 people.

“It is necessary to immediately put the deal in place and set free prisoners and detainees without any delay, leading up to freeing all prisoners and reuniting them with their families,” Nayed Al Hajraf, the GCC secretary general said.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/gcc-calls-for-immediate-implementation-of-yemen-s-prisoner-exchange-deal-1.1084935

(A P)

[Hadi gov.] Yemeni FM: Prisoner swap human deal should be applied without delay

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government on Sunday praised the UN special envoy to Yemen and the International Committee of Red Cross for the great efforts they exerted to reach a phased deal on prisoner swap declared earlier on Sunday.
The prisoner swap is a pure humanitarian issue, the Yemeni foreign minister said, "so the legitimate government was determined to apply all the pact's provisions without selectivity or fragmentation."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20151.html

and also

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Yemen [Hadi gov.] Stresses Need for ‘Immediate’ Release of Prisoners

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2535236/yemen-stresses-need-%E2%80%98immediate%E2%80%99-release-prisoners

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Prisoner swap deal to come into effect in mid-October, says chief Houthi negotiator

The Ansar Allah group, known as the Houthis, said the implementation of a deal signed on Sunday with the government for swapping prisoners will start in mid-October through flights from Riyadh, Aden and Marib to Sanaa and vice versa, he said.

Under the deal, 1.081 war prisoners and detainees will be released immediately, UN envoy to Yemen revealed earlier today.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20140.html

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[Hadi] Gov’t welcomes prisoners-exchange agreement

The ministry demanded implementation of the release agreement without any procrastination.

It said that the release of prisoners is a humanitarian issue that should not politicized, and that majority of the detainees listed by the government for their release is civilians, activists, enforced disappeared people.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42282

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Devastating the news that journalists r excluded from the prisoners exchange. All civilian detainees must be prioritized & released. The agony of civilian detainees’ families must end as well

https://twitter.com/Afrahnasser/status/1310207607186116611

and

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The Director of the Prisoners Foundation Hadi Hayj said the Houthi militia has for six years been using journalists in its captivity as hostages and therefore refuses to release them. In a memo to the UN peace mediator’s deputy, Hayj said journalists have been subjected to all forms of torture in the radical militia’s jail, calling on the UN to intervene to secure their release. Source: multiple websites.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42307

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4 Saudi pilots among those to be released under Yemen prisoner swap deal

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20153.html

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U.N. envoy for Yemen seeks to build on prisoner exchange to clinch ceasefire

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said he was working to build on the prisoner exchange agreement announced on Sunday to pave the way for a national ceasefire to be followed by a political solution.

Griffiths, in an interview with Reuters after announcing the deal between the internationally-backed Yemeni government and Iran-aligned Houthi movement, said: “Now what we need to do is to make sure the sequences of releases and the timing is agreed promptly here today and tomorrow so that we can then proceed with the logistics.”

“Our overall aim at the moment is to bring an agreement on what we call a joint declaration which is a national ceasefire to end the war in Yemen. And accompanied by various measures to open up the ports and airports and roads so that people can start to live a little,” he added.

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-yemen-security-prisoners-un-envoy/u-n-envoy-for-yemen-seeks-to-build-on-prisoner-exchange-to-clinch-ceasefire-idUSKBN26I0IR

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Special Envoy Griffiths’ Remarks at the Closing Session of the Fourth Meeting of the Supervisory Committee

I would like to say thank you to all our Yemeni friends here for your efforts. I personally am extremely pleased to be here to announce that you have reached a very important milestone. Here in Switzerland, during the Fourth Meeting of the Supervisory Committee from 17 to 25 September, you have renewed your commitments to the full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.

Releasing those detainees will bring immense relief and comfort to more than a thousand families who will be reunited with their loved ones because of your acts and your decisions.

I call on you to build on this very important achievement, and to move together towards a negotiated solution to bring lasting peace to Yemen.

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/special-envoy-griffiths%E2%80%99-remarks-closing-session-fourth-meeting-supervisory-committee

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Joint press statement by the UN office of the Special Envoy for Yemen and the International Committee of the Red Cross on the fourth meeting of the Supervisory Committee

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/joint-press-statement-un-office-special-envoy-yemen-and-international-committee-red-cross-fourth

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Jemen-Konfliktparteien über Austausch von Gefangenen einig

Nach Verhandlungen in der Schweiz haben sich die Konfliktparteien im Jemen anscheinend auf den Austausch von 681 Rebellen gegen 400 Regierungskräfte innerhalb der nächsten 14 Tage geeinigt.

Binnen zwei Wochen sollten 681 Rebellen gegen 400 Regierungskräfte, darunter mehr als ein Dutzend Saudi-Araber und vier Sudanesen, ausgetauscht werden, hiess es von Regierungsseite. Die Einigung werde am Sonntag offiziell bekanntgegeben. Die Gespräche unter Uno-Vermittlung an einem geheimen Ort in der Schweiz hatten am 18. September begonnen.

https://www.nzz.ch/international/jemen-konfliktparteien-ueber-austausch-von-gefangenen-einig-ld.1578709

und auch https://www.24matins.de/topnews/eins/konfliktparteien-im-jemen-vereinbaren-gefangenenaustausch-227486

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Yemen's warring parties agree to their largest prisoner swap as U.N. seeks ceasefire

The U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen wants to build on Sunday’s announcement of the largest prisoner exchange agreement in the five-year conflict to pave the way for a national ceasefire and a political solution to end the war, he said.

Yemen’s warring parties agreed to exchange 1,081 prisoners, including 15 Saudis, as part of trust-building steps aimed at reviving a stalled peace process, the United Nations and sources said.

“I was told that it’s very rare to have prisoner releases of this scale during the conflict, that they mostly happen after a conflict,” U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths told Reuters in the Swiss village of Glion where the deal was announced.

But the timing, sequence and logistics of the exchange were still being finalised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which will organise the transfers, he said, calling for further releases.

Griffiths is trying to restart political negotiations to end the war

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-yemen-security-prisoners-un/yemens-warring-parties-agree-to-their-largest-prisoner-swap-as-u-n-seeks-ceasefire-idUSKBN26I064

Films: https://watch.thewest.com.au/show/360615

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hgrPJ2FN3Y

and

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Yemen prisoner swap agreed: govt, rebel sources

Both sides in Yemen's war agreed to exchange more than 1,000 prisoners during UN-sponsored talks in Switzerland, sources from both sides said on Saturday.

The government, supported by a Saudi-led military coalition, and Iran-backed Huthi rebels agreed to exchange some 15,000 detainees as part of a peace deal brokered by the United Nations in Sweden in 2018.

The two sides have since made sporadic prisoner swaps, but the release of hundreds of loyalists and insurgents -- if it materializes -- would mark the first large-scale handover since the war erupted in 2014.

"A deal to exchange 1,081 prisoners has been reached," a member of the government delegation told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The deal includes the release of "681 rebels, and 400 government forces (and allies), among them 15 Saudis and 4 Sudanese", added the source.

"It must be implemented in two weeks," he said.

A Huthi source close to the talks confirmed to rebel-run Al-Masirah TV channel that this round of the talks was due to end Sunday with the announcement of the agreement.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-8776721/Yemen-prisoner-swap-agreed-govt-rebel-sources.html

and

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Yemen warring sides agree to swap over 1,000 prisoners

The Huthi-run Al-Masirah TV channel quoted a rebel source as confirming a deal had been reached and that both parties "express their commitment to implement the agreement".

"What matters to us is implementing the deal, not only signing it," senior rebel commander Mohamed Ali Al-Huthi had tweeted on Saturday.

Yemen's Foreign Minister Mohammad al-Hadhrami welcomed the deal as a "humanitarian" breakthrough, but also said in a tweet that "the government demands the agreement is implemented without stalling".

Dr Elisabeth Kendall, a researcher at the University of Oxford's Pembroke College, said the deal was an "important trust-building measure" amid efforts to end the Yemen conflict, but one that would create more animosity if it faltered.

"This step has to be viewed positively, given how polarised the warring sides now are and how intractable the conflict has become," she told AFP.

"But there are several reasons to be wary... We have been here several times before. Prisoner swaps are agreed, then they come to nothing and those impacted end up even more frustrated and angry."

https://www.france24.com/en/20200927-yemen-warring-sides-agree-to-swap-over-1-000-prisoners

and also https://apnews.com/article/yemen-archive-united-nations-044b6eb33bc8ed8141566b99bff83b54

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2020/09/27/Yemen-s-warring-sides-agree-to-swap-of-1-081-prisoners

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Film: Yemen - First Right of Reply

1st Right of Reply by the Republic of Yemen at general debate of the 75th Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 22 – 29 September 2020).

http://webtv.un.org/watch/yemen-first-right-of-reply/6195780426001/

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Sadiq Khan refuses to attend city mayors' summit in Saudi Arabia

Khan and GLA staff will boycott event in protest over human rights issues in the country

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has joined the mayors of New York, Los Angeles and Paris in refusing to attend or send a representative to a major international summit this week hosted by Saudi Arabia as part of its chairmanship of the G20.

Campaign groups had called on mayors around the world not to attend the three-day Urban 20 summit (U20), which began in Riyadh on Wednesday, in protest at the plight of political prisoners in Saudi Arabia.

The episode underlines the limits of Saudi Arabia’s struggle to improve its international reputation on human rights and develop an image of a country seeking to modernise.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/30/sadiq-khan-refuses-to-attend-city-mayors-summit-in-saudi-arabia

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Trump is urged to intervene in trial of US-Saudi national

The trial of a U.S. citizen who is also a Saudi national began Wednesday in Saudi Arabia in a counter-terrorism court that has been used to imprison rights activists in a case that could spark further tensions in already uneasy U.S.-Saudi relations.

The case of Salah al-Haidar, who has been detained since April 2019 in Saudi Arabia, has caught the attention of members of Congress who are urging President Donald Trump to personally seek his immediate and unconditional release.

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-dubai-saudi-arabia-united-arab-emirates-trials-6a42e682b101028f06dc1afc5722b235

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Arbeitsmigranten in Saudi-Arabien und im Libanon: Ausgenutzt und eingesperrt

In arabischen Ländern leben Tausende Arbeitsmigranten aus Afrika unter unwürdigen Bedingungen in Lagern. Eine Menschenrechtsorganisation wirft den Golfstaaten einen Rassismus vor, der "bis zur Perfektion strukturiert" sei.

Hunderte Männer liegen auf dem blanken Boden, viele mit nacktem Oberkörper. Die Männer schauen apathisch, manche zeigen Narben auf ihrem Rücken. Es sind Bilder aus Saudi-Arabien, einem der reichsten Länder der Welt, die nach Angaben des Daily Telegraph von äthiopischen Migranten aufgenommen wurden - von jungen Männern also, die an den Golf kamen, um zu arbeiten. Nun werden sie nicht mehr gebraucht und in verschiedenen Unterkünften festgehalten, die wie Internierungslager aussehen.

"Es ist die Hölle, wir werden behandelt wie Tiere und jeden Tag geschlagen", berichtet ein junger Äthiopier. Einige Insassen hätten sich bereits umgebracht, die wenigen Toiletten seien mit Fäkalien überschwemmt, Trinkwasser gebe es kaum. Der äthiopische Generalkonsul im saudischen Dschidda berichtete, dass es dort 53 Gefängnisse gebe, in denen Äthiopier festsitzen. In einem sogar 16.000 Menschen.

Menschenrechtsorganisationen forderten Saudi-Arabien auf, für humane Bedingungen zu sorgen und die Lager aufzulösen. Die saudische Botschaft in London versprach Aufklärung, die Bilder seien "schockierend und nicht akzeptabel".

Rassismus "bis zur Perfektion strukturiert"

Sie decken sich aber mit dem, was Gastarbeiter seit Jahren aus vielen Staaten am Golf berichten, wo sie von ihren Arbeitgebern wie Sklaven gehalten und oft missbraucht würden. Die lokale Gesetzgebung macht die Migranten fast vollkommen von ihren Arbeitgebern abhängig, gewährt oft nicht einmal minimale Arbeitsrechte.

Wer sich beschwert, wird im besten Fall einfach hinausgeworfen, aus freien Stücken zu gehen, ist gleichzeitig nicht möglich - Arbeitsmigranten müssen ihre Pässe beim Arbeitgeber abgeben. Nicht selten kommt es zu Gewalt gegen die Angestellten. Die äthiopische Zeitung Addis Standard berichtete, dass am Flughafen Addis Abeba regelmäßig die Leichen von Gastarbeiterinnen aus arabischen Staaten ankommen.

https://de.qantara.de/inhalt/arbeitsmigranten-in-saudi-arabien-und-im-libanon-ausgenutzt-und-eingesperrt

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State Security Presidency: Terrorist Cell Thwarted whose Elements Received Military Training at Revolutionary Guard's Sites in Iran

The official spokesperson of the Presidency of State Security said in a statement today that the competent authorities at the Presidency thwarted a terrorist cell on 05/02/1442H, whose elements received a military and field training on how to make explosives, at the Revolutionary Guard's sites in Iran, during the period from 09/02/1439H to 20/03/1439H. Security investigations revealed the elements' identities as well as two sites used by the elements to store weapons and explosives. The security operation resulted in the following:
First: Arresting 10 elements of this cell, where three of them received training in Iran, while the rest have performed different roles for the cell. The interest of the investigation requires not to disclose the identities of those elements arrested.
Second: Seizing weapons and explosives hidden in a house and a farm, as follows

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2139253

and also https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security/saudi-arabia-says-it-busted-terrorist-cell-trained-by-irans-revolutionary-guards-idUSKBN26J2XS

and

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Iran rejects Saudi accusation it trained a terrorist cell

Iran rejected on Tuesday an accusation by Saudi Arabia that it had trained a terrorist cell, which Riyadh said it had taken down.

“The repetitive and worthless accusations of the Saudi rulers are not the way for Riyadh to achieve its goals, and our recommendation is that Saudi Arabia choose the path of honesty and wisdom instead of worthless scenarios,” Iranian state TV quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh as saying.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security-iran/iran-rejects-saudi-accusation-it-trained-a-terrorist-cell-idUSKBN26K1LA

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Saudi Arabia plans to resume tourist visas by early 2021: minister

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-tourism/saudi-arabia-plans-to-resume-tourist-visas-by-early-2021-minister-idUSKBN26H100

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This is the aftermath of your #Saudi partners bombing our city in #Qatif 20 miles from the #American consulate in #Dhahran & you support it (photos, film)

https://twitter.com/i/status/1309938304268279811

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Middle East Monitor: Wealthy Saudis Have Bought Other Nationalities to Escape Bin Salman’s Brutality

Rich families buy second citizenship in post-Ritz Saudi Arabia

Political repression following the rise of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has pushed some wealthy Saudis to buy second passports.

“I have clients who escaped the Ritz-Carlton event because they were prudent enough to secure second citizenship beforehand. … The moment you hire me you are admitting to yourself that there is a danger,” David Lesperance, a Canadian lawyer who has advised dozens of affluent Gulf families since the early 1990s, told Al-Monitor.

In November 2017, 381 prominent Saudi businessmen, royals and officials were caught up in the "anti-corruption" crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Saudi authorities reportedly pressured a quarter of Ritz-Carlton detainees, including through physical abuse, to hand over to the state assets worth a total of over $106 billion.

Ryan Bohl is a Middle East analyst at the US-based geopolitical-risk firm Stratfor. He told Al-Monitor anti-corruption campaigns led by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are now “used to seize assets of those the state sees as disloyal.”

In this context, the global trade of second citizenship — often associated with tax evasion, money laundering and corruption — is viewed by some Gulf nationals who are exposed to risks related to political oppression and regime change as a strategic way out.

Preferred destinations are publicly known — Cyprus, Ireland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and the Caribbean islands, among others — but firms operating in this secretive industry do not disclose how many Gulf nationals bought second citizenship.

According to The Independent, some wealthy Saudis moved assets “out of the region” in the days following the Ritz-Carlton arrests, and Capital Economics’ senior emerging markets economist Jason Tuvey noted “a jump in Saudi residents placing banking deposits abroad.”

Beyond political considerations, getting second citizenship is “a long-standing practice” for Gulf businessmen and investors who travel frequently and want to avoid visa processing time, Bohl recalled. According to The Henley Passport Index, a power ranking of passports, the Cypriot travel document is twice as powerful as the Saudi.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/09/saudi-arabia-ritz-carlton-second-citizenship-passport.html = https://www.saudi24news.com/2020/09/this-is-what-the-wealthy-of-saudi-arabia-are-doing-to-rid-themselves-of-bin-salmans-oppression.html

and from 2018: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180724-fearful-of-bin-salman-wealthy-saudis-look-to-invest-abroad/

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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NYT fails to note critic of new Middle East watchdog is funded by Saudi Arabia and the UAE

The New York Times reported on Tuesday about the existence of a new organization dedicated to promoting human rights and democracy in the Arab world and quoted a critic without disclosing that the critic’s affiliated organization is funded by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — two authoritarian Gulf countries accused of gross human rights abuses and targets of the new group.

The new organization, Democracy for the Arab World Now, or DAWN, is the brainchild of the late Jamal Khasshogi

According to the Times, DAWN will seek to carry out Khashoggi’s vision as a hybrid think-tank and human rights watchdog organization that will, among other products, publish articles in both English and Arabic by dissidents and other experts and activists that criticize the authoritarian methods carried out by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and others.

The Times went on to quote Hussein Ibish, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, who said he didn’t think DAWN would have an impact because many would rather focus on U.S. economic and military relationships with Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt rather than the malfeasance of their autocratic regimes.

A Saudi or Emirati official couldn’t have said it any better: don’t focus on the bad stuff we’re doing, particularly with the military gear you sell us, instead think about all the money you’ll be making.

The Times report made no mention of AGSIW’s sources of funding or the conflicts of interest in Ibish’s criticism of DAWN

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/09/29/nyt-fails-to-note-critic-new-middle-east-watchdog-funded-by-saudi-arabia-uae/

My comment: A typical example of Western mainstream media bias. Mainstream = media for the garbage bin.

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Photos: U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker conducts aerial refueling missions with #RSAF F-15SA Advanced Eagles and #USAF F-15C Eagles over #SaudiArabia during a joint multi-national training event, Sept. 17

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/1310848190506315776

My comment: Does this mean the US again refuels Saudi fighter jets bombing Yemen, after they had claimed they had stopped doing so? Probably.

(A P)

Ruben Lopez: Hero Bikes From Poo Poo Point, Washington to Pee Pee Creek, Ohio For Charity

As of publication, his fundraising efforts on his GoFundMe page, which he's promoted on social media throughout the journey, have raised more than $7,000 for the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation (YRRF), an organization that "provides help and support to the neediest families in Yemen who have suffered from a devastating war since 2015," according to their website.

https://www.cracked.com/article_28673_hero-bikes-from-poo-poo-point-washington-to-pee-pee-creek-ohio-charity.html

My comment: Send Pompeo to the South Pole and make Lopez Sec. of State instead.

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Pompeo discusses Middle East peace agreements with Saudi foreign minister

U.S. State Department says diplomats spoke of advancing humanitarian aid and peace in Yemen, mending ties between the Gulf countries and the historic signing of the Abraham Accords

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke via phone call on Sunday with his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud to discuss a series of issues, including Israel's newly signed normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Hkc725e8D

and

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Mike Pompeo: Good to speak with Saudi Foreign Minister @FaisalbinFarhan . We discussed the Abraham Accords, and I thanked him for Saudi Arabia’s work to advance peace in the south of Yemen. Looking forward to a productive Strategic Dialogue in October.

https://twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1310706106147262465

My comment: LOL LOL LOL.

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US reportedly says it is shutting down Baghdad embassy

The US has reportedly said it is closing its embassy in Baghdad unless Iraq prevents rocket attacks.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly called Iraqi President Barham Salih and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Sunday.

“What we’re being told is that it is a gradual closure of the embassy over two to three months,” an Iraqi official was cited as saying in a Wall Street Journal report.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/09/27/635170/US-says-it-is-shutting-down-embassy-in-Iraq

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Iranian-backed Iraqi forces threaten to target US embassy with precision weapons

The Iraqi Nujaba Movement, backed by Iran, threatened to target the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, with what it described as "precision weapons."

The Secretary-General of the movement, Akram Al-Kaabi, said in a tweet to him, today, Sunday: "We are still waiting for official positions from all forces regarding the military barracks violating Iraqi sovereignty, which America placed in central Baghdad on behalf of an embassy to wreak corruption and sabotage in Iraq."

He added, "The resistance has its position if all of them remain silent, especially since precision weapons have entered service."

https://hawarnews.com/en/haber/iranian-backed-iraqi-forces-threaten-to-target-us-embassy-with-precision-weapons-h19534.html

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IED targets contractor convoy in Babil: Iraqi military

A convoy belonging to a contractor for the U.S.-led Coalition was targeted by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Babil province on Sunday (September 27), the Iraqi military said in a statement.

https://esta.krd/En/Print.aspx?id=4688

and also https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/270920201

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Zarif says US simply lying about sanctions not affecting humanitarian items

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Washington is simply lying when it claims its unilateral sanctions have had no impact on the delivery of humanitarian items to the Iranian people.

“Whatever the Americans are saying about their sanctions not affecting humanitarian items is just [a] lie,” the Iranian foreign minister told Russia Today on Sunday.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/09/27/635143/Zarif-US-sanctions-humanitarian

(A P)

New York City mayor boycotts summit in Saudi Arabia over rights concerns

Coalition of human rights groups urges world city mayors to speak out 'against injustices' and boycott summit, which is part of G20

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling out of a G20 world cities summit to be hosted by Saudi Arabia at the end of the month after rights groups called for a boycott.

De Blasio announced his withdrawal from the virtual summit in a statement

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/new-york-city-mayor-boycott-g20-summit-saudi-arabia

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U.S. launches new terrorism review of Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen

The Trump administration is considering new steps to intensify pressure on Yemen’s Houthi rebels, including a potential foreign terrorist organization designation, according to several officials, in a bid to further isolate the group’s patron, Iran.

The officials cautioned that no decision has been made but said the administration was discussing several possible moves, which could also include naming individual Houthi leaders as “global terrorists.” Like others, they spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

The terrorist organization designation would make it illegal to provide support to the Houthis, ban members from traveling to the United States and freeze the group’s financial assets. Those actions would have a largely symbolic effect because of the rebels’ already isolated status but could make it more difficult for aid organizations to provide to relief in the country.

The discussions come as prospects for a swift negotiated settlement appear to be receding in the increasingly fractured conflict, which has spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and allowed Iran to increase its influence on the Arabian peninsula.

The war has pitted the Houthi movement, which comes from a minority Shiite sect and now controls much of the country, against Yemen’s internationally recognized government and an allied Saudi-led military coalition that includes the United Arab Emirates.

The Trump administration previously considered designating the Houthi organization, officially known as Ansar Allah, a terrorist group in 2018. But the plan was shelved, in part because of concerns that it could complicate aid deliveries and endanger Westerners operating in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

But now, with the administration seeking to extend its “maximum pressure” campaign against the Iranian government, a designation appears more likely. In recent days, senior officials announced new steps to block Iran’s access to ballistic missiles and other conventional arms, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that international sanctions against Iran were back in place, a position that few other countries support.

A possible decision to label the Houthis terrorists sets the Trump administration’s most aggressive Iran hawks against officials who view the move as inconsistent with the U.S. goal of an inclusive peace settlement for Yemen that includes a role for the Houthis in the government.

A spokesman for the rebels called the possible U.S. move “foreign interference and a foreign invasion.”

“Firstly, the word terrorism is a floating term that the United States could not define, but has rather been raising in the face of those who reject America’s policies in killing and injustice to the sons of the nations, including the sons of the Yemeni Republic and others,” Muhammad Ali al-Houthi said in a statement.

“This floating term has become clearly exposed where President Trump has called the word terrorism even on his own citizens demonstrating in the United States,” he added.

A senior U.S. official said officials were preparing to conduct a legal and intelligence review to determine whether the Houthi organization now meets the criteria for a terrorism designation or new sanctions in a way it previously did not.

“I think the facts have changed since the last time they did the review, that there probably is more compelling intelligence that might support a designation,” the official said.

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/25601

and also https://hawarnews.com/en/haber/us-officials-washington-is-studying-the-classification-of-ansar-allah-houthi-as-a-terrorist-group-h19494.html

My comment: The Houthis might be a lot: a classical example of bad governance and oppression, but they are no “terrorists” if this expression should really mean anything. The US has dropped all serious use of this term, and labels “terrorist” many forces and groups just for opposing it In the case of the Houthis (as the article tells) this even has little to do with the Houthis and Yemen itself but should just be (mis)used to put maximum pressure on Iran, which in US self-believed propaganda is the master of the Houthis (it isn’t). For Yemen, designating the Houthis as “terrorists” would be a desaster, because any peaceful solution almost would become impossible, as it must include the Houthis, and all parties would continue fighting until the end (and there will be none). And any other states, which would try to neglect the US decision to broker a peace for Yemen, or which would risk to deal on normal terms with a Yemeni government including the Houthis, would be hit by the US sanctions policy. It’s time to stop the bully of the world.

(A P)

Film: Die jemenitische Gemeinde in New York City feierte den Tag der Revolution am 26 September / Yemeni community in New York City celebrated the day of the September 26th revolution.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/3403420706377602

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

(A P)

Iraq hopes US reconsiders embassy closure, warns of danger

Iraq’s foreign minister on Wednesday said his country hopes the U.S. will reconsider its decision to close its diplomatic mission in Baghdad, as a group of ambassadors expressed their willingness to help Iraq tackle security challenges.

Fuad Hussein spoke at a news conference during a heated week sparked by the U.S. warning that it was taking measures to close its embassy in Baghdad. The U.S. said it would be closed unless the Iraqi government took action to stop frequent rocket and improvised explosive device attacks by Iran-backed militias and rogue armed elements against the American presence in the country.

https://apnews.com/article/embassies-middle-east-iraq-baghdad-4e576be1329f3c74e5532c7d08fa1ee0

My comment: "Danger" when the US embassy closes????? Joke of the week.

(A P)

UN atomic watchdog inspects disputed Iranian nuclear site

The United Nations’ atomic watchdog agency said Wednesday its inspectors have been able to visit the second of two disputed sites where Iran is suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material in the past.

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in late August secured an agreement with Iran to inspect the two sites in the country, thought to date from the early 2000s.

One site was inspected shortly afterward and the Vienna-based IAEA said the second site was visited this week by inspectors who took environmental samples.

https://apnews.com/article/iran-archive-united-nations-e1d124923806fb6a72cd2232c4dac3ad

(A P)

Saudi Cabinet: International community must deal firmly with Iran's nuclear violations

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-cabinet-iran-nuclear/saudi-cabinet-international-community-must-deal-firmly-with-irans-nuclear-violations-idUSKBN26K3PR

My comment: Up to now, what “violations” actually exist? Violations of what? The Nuclear deal has been killed by the US.

(A K P)

New armed group in #Iraq named “al-Ghashieh” announced its establishment. Its proclaimed mission is targeting US forces. #IRGC linked telegram channels describe the group as a member of the “Axis of Resistance”. #Iran (Text in Arabic in image)

https://twitter.com/KhosroKalbasi/status/1310298951757762561

(A P)

White House ‘responsible’ for all crimes against Iranians: Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at the US administration over the imposition of inhumane sanctions and the so-called maximum pressure on the country, saying the White House is responsible for all the hostile measures and crimes against the Iranian nation.

https://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i127233-white_house_responsible%E2%80%99_for_all_crimes_against_iranians_rouhani

(A P)

US threatens to shut embassy in Iraq if attacks continue on American compounds

The United States has threatened to close its embassy in Baghdad if the Iraqi government does not move to stop attacks on American compounds, an Iraqi media report says.

Iraqi24, a Baghdad news site, reported that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had warned Iraqi President Barham Salih that Washington was ready to shut its diplomatic mission in Baghdad and take action against anti-terror resistance groups.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/09/26/635039/Iraq-US-emabssy-Mike-Pompeo-Barham-Salih-

My comment: “Threatens”?

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

(A P)

UN Human Rights Council 45: Interactive Dialogue with the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen

UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French's statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen.

The UK is deeply concerned by the findings of the Group of Eminent Experts. Their latest report alleges serious and wide-ranging human rights abuses by all parties to the conflict. The UK urges the parties to investigate these allegations and take action to promote and protect human rights, as well as to cooperate with the Group in future.

We are particularly concerned by persecution of members of minorities, including the Baha’i, in Houthi areas and indiscriminate Houthi targeting of Saudi cities with ballistic missile and drones.

A political settlement is the only way to bring stability to Yemen.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/un-human-rights-council-45-interactive-dialogue-with-the-group-of-eminent-experts-on-yemen

My comment: What a hypocrisy. Britain, one of the main puppet mastersand profiteers of the Yemen war, mimes the role of a modest observer – and blames just the Houthis for their (rather harmless) attacks on Saudi soil, whether saudi air raids are not even mentioned – well the British support them by arms supplies, logistics, training – and political support.

Comment by Elisabeth Kendall: UK says it is "deeply concerned" by UN report on #HumanRights violations in #Yemen. But simply urges warring parties to investigate themselves. Not good enough The UN report recommended an international probe into suspected #WarCrimes, like for Syria. Yemen needs #accountability

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1311287867407245313

(A P)

Alison Thewliss MP, Film: Last week, I spoke in the Yemen debate and raised the findings of Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, who call for end of arms sales and referral of Yemen situation to @IntlCrimCourt. I also put on record concerns of @AbducteesMother, @BAbuosba, and @omeisy

https://twitter.com/alisonthewliss/status/1310883943688929284

(A K P)

Britische Waffen für Saudi-Arabiens geführte Koalition im Jemen

Vergangene Woche kritisierten mehrere britische Abgeordnete die Mitschuld Großbritanniens am Krieg im Jemen.

https://www.piqd.de/flucht-und-einwanderung/britische-waffen-fur-saudi-arabiens-gefuhrte-koalition-im-jemen

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An air force accused of war crimes in Yemen are using civilian airports in Scotland to train their pilots.

Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) pilots based in Lincolnshire for training are allowed to land at 25 civilian airfields in the UK including Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Wick and Prestwick.

The RSAF – which relies on UK training and support for its bombing campaign in Yemen – fly UK-made warplanes that drop so-called smart bombs, with parts made in Scotland.

Saudi pilots stationed at RAF Valley and RAF Cranwell, in Lincolnshire, can use civilian airfields in Scotland during flying lessons. They are being allowed to conduct air-to-ground sorties.

The Saudis have also been trained in the UK to use Paveway IV smart bombs, whose guidance systems are made by US arms firm Raytheon at its factory in Glenrothes, Fife.

A video on YouTube shows RAF pilots testing Paveway IV bombs on Garve Island off the coast of northern Scotland during training exercises.

Various versions of the Paveway have been linked to casualties in Yemen, including 27 deaths in 2018 when a bus carrying civilians and schoolchildren was destroyed from the air.

Critics of the Saudis’ access to Scots airports incl

“Boris Johnson and his colleagues are always telling us that they want to build a ‘global Britain’ that champions human rights, but they are responsible for arming, supporting and training human rights abusing regimes like the one in Saudi Arabia. The Scottish Government must condemn this training and call on Downing Street to ensure Scottish sites are never used again. As long as bombs made in Fife are being used by pilots trained in our airports, Scotland is contributing to the suffering in Yemen.”

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/air-force-accused-of-war-crimes-in-yemen-using-scots-airports-to-train-pilots/

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

(A K P)

Pax Christi fordert Waffenexportverbot für Jemen-Konfliktparteien: Bundesregierung an Kriegsverbrechen mitschuldig

Pax Christi und die "Aktion Aufschrei - Stoppt den Waffenhandel!" haben ihre Forderung nach einem Waffenexportverbot für alle Kriegsparteien im Jemenkonflikt bekräftigt. In der Kritik steht auch die deutsche Bundesregierung.

https://www.domradio.de/themen/ethik-und-moral/2020-09-29/bundesregierung-kriegsverbrechen-mitschuldig-pax-christi-fordert-waffenexportverbot-fuer-jemen

und auch http://www.scharf-links.de/44.0.html

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

(A P)

Oman calls int'l community to get Yemen out of crisis

The Omani foreign minister on Wednesday called on all the Yemeni rivals to come together at dialogue table in order to reach a peaceful solution for the ongoing conflict.
Oman has adopted and encourages dialogue approach, FM Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi told the UN General Assembly's 75th virtual meeting, calling on the international community to support Lebanon and Libya, and help Yemen get out of its crisis.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20198.html

(A P)

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of Yemen Mohammed Abdullah Al-Hadhrami

On September 29, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of Yemen Mohammed Al-Hadhrami at the latter’s initiative.

The foreign ministers discussed in detail the developments in the Republic of Yemen

https://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/international_safety/regprla/-/asset_publisher/YCxLFJnKuD1W/content/id/4361027

(A P)

Houthis praise Kuwaiti Amir stances supporting peace

The Houthi group will not forget the Kuwaiti late Amir's stances supporting peace in Yemen and his obvious love for Yemen, the group's spokesman tweeted on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Kuwaiti palace announced the Amir Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber al-Sabah's death of the age of 91.

"On the day of his demise, we won't forget the Kuwaiti Amir's position in support of peace talks," Mohamed Abdul Salam added. "At every meeting with him, Amir Sabah expressed his love for Yemen.

"The late Amir used to show his keenness to put out the war fire... This was gained everyone's respect."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20182.html

and

(A P)

President Hadi appreciates Amir Sabah great roles to help Yemen

The Yemeni President on Tuesday appreciated the great roles played by the Kuwaiti late Amir Sabah to support Yemen and Yemenis in different periods and conditions.

Sheikh Sabah's life was full of good and achievements in service of his people and Arab and Muslim nation, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi said in commiseration statement.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20183.html

(A P)

Yemen: Statement by the Spokesperson on the prisoners’ exchange

This exchange of prisoners’ between the parties of the conflict represents a key step in the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement and in building trust among the sides. A concrete implementation plan will now have to be worked out swiftly to implement the deal and to allow the detainees to return to their families

https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/85943/yemen-statement-spokesperson-prisoners’-exchange_en

My comment: Arms suppliers’ hypocrisy.

(A P)

United Arab Emirates to launch spacecraft to moon in 2024

The United Arab Emirates plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024, a top Emirati official said Tuesday, the latest gamble in the stars by the oil-rich nation that could see it become only the fourth nation on Earth to accomplish that goal.

https://apnews.com/article/mohammed-bin-rashid-al-maktoum-dubai-united-arab-emirates-sheikh-rashid-mars-7f280b0e90ce07109175ee19ceee71f7

(A E P)

Iranian ships conduct illegal fishing off Yemen coast

More than 40 Iranian ships violated Yemen’s territorial water for conducting illegal fishing operations off the Socotra coast, the Yemeni fisheries minister said on Monday.

“The illegal fishing by these Iranian ships constitutes a blatant assault on the Yemeni sovereignty,” Fahad Kafain said on Twitter.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/iranian-ships-conduct-illegal-fishing-off-yemen-coast/1988499

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-20169.html

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

(A P)

[Saudi foreign minister] Adel Al-Jubeir's secret visit to Doha a few days ago was not successful yet. Saudi Arabia is trying to maneuver with Doha and obtain some form of reconciliation (practically a truce) as insurance in the event that Trump loses the elections and the democrats come to power. Qataris are demanding Saudi guarantees. UAE objected

https://twitter.com/Ali_reports/status/1311362161457999872

(A P)

Qatar calls Yemeni parties for national settlement, political solution

Qatar on Tuesday calls all Yemeni parties to choose political solution and reach national reconciliation in accordance with the National Dialogue outcomes, GCC Initiative and UNSC Resolution 2216, second secretary of Qatar permanent delegation to the UN.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20189.html

and also https://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/30/09/2020/Qatar-calls-for-political-solution,-national-reconciliation-in-Yemen

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Revealed: How Iran smuggles weapons to the Houthis

Pretending to be relatives of wounded fighters, Fotaini, Abu Khalel, and another smuggler called Najeeb Suleiman boarded a humanitarian flight to Oman, and then flew to Iran. They were taken to the port city of Bandar Abbas, where they received training on using GPS, camouflage, steering vessels and maintaining engines.

“We stayed in Bandar Abbas for a month as they were preparing an arms shipment that we would be transporting to Yemen,” Fotaini said.

On Fotaini’s first smuggling mission, his job was to act as a decoy for another boat carrying Iranian weapons to the Houthis. “The plan was for us to call the other boat to change course if anyone intercepted our boat,” he said.

He was then sent to Mahra in Yemen to await new arms shipments. The Houthis sent him data for a location at sea, where he and other smugglers met Abu Khalel with a boat laden with weapons from Iran, which were delivered to the Houthis.

Security analyst Dr. Theodore Karasik said long-standing trade ties between Yemen and Somalia made arms smuggling difficult to stop. “This is a complex network that requires constant monitoring, hence the focus on maritime security,” Karasik, a senior adviser to Gulf State Analytics in Washington, DC, told Arab News.

Pretending to be relatives of wounded fighters, Fotaini, Abu Khalel, and another smuggler called Najeeb Suleiman boarded a humanitarian flight to Oman, and then flew to Iran. They were taken to the port city of Bandar Abbas, where they received training on using GPS, camouflage, steering vessels and maintaining engines.

“We stayed in Bandar Abbas for a month as they were preparing an arms shipment that we would be transporting to Yemen,” Fotaini said.

On Fotaini’s first smuggling mission, his job was to act as a decoy for another boat carrying Iranian weapons to the Houthis. “The plan was for us to call the other boat to change course if anyone intercepted our boat,” he said.

He was then sent to Mahra in Yemen to await new arms shipments. The Houthis sent him data for a location at sea, where he and other smugglers met Abu Khalel with a boat laden with weapons from Iran, which were delivered to the Houthis.

Security analyst Dr. Theodore Karasik said long-standing trade ties between Yemen and Somalia made arms smuggling difficult to stop. “This is a complex network that requires constant monitoring, hence the focus on maritime security,” Karasik, a senior adviser to Gulf State Analytics in Washington, DC, told Arab News.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1742621/middle-east

My remark: By a saudi linked news site.

(? B K P)

Trump’s ‘Peace Deal’ Fuels Orgy of Mideast Arms Sales Not Seen Since the Cold War

Trump’s plan to sell the world’s most expensive fighter jets to the UAE will only increase a deadly weapons splurge that threatens to spiral out of control (subscribers only)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-peace-deal-fuels-orgy-of-mideast-arms-sales-not-seen-since-the-cold-war

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

(* B C)

Audio: Bedrohtes Weltkulturerbe Sanaa schmilzt buchstäblich weg

In Jemens Hauptstadt Sanaa bedrohen Überschwemmungen ein einmaliges Ensemble tausender Häuser, das die UNESCO zum Weltkulturerbe zählt. Sie wurden vor Jahrhunderten aus gestampftem Lehm gebaut.

https://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/audio/wdr5/wdr5-scala-netzkultur/audio-bedrohtes-weltkulturerbe-sanaa-schmilzt-buchstaeblich-weg-100.html

(* B C)

Youth of Sanaa Laying the Stones of Hope

The current conflict in Yemen has severely affected the construction field, including the stones carving industry, whose practitioners were unable to maintain incomes during the past five years, resulting in a severe shortage of revenues affecting the livelihoods of many people.

The joint UNESCO/EU promotes the use of traditional building materials and techniques that contribute to the outstanding universal value of Yemeni Cultural Heritage. It aims at involving 4,000 young men and women over 500.000 Cash Working Days for the restoration of 50 historic sites across the country. Indeed, the conflict has resulted in a series of direct and directed damages affecting the World Heritage Sites of Yemen and exacerbated the long-term neglect, lack of maintenance, and resources. The project does not only allow for emergency stabilization and rehabilitation of historic neighborhoods, but it also alleviates the living conditions of the local population by prioritizing private houses and public spaces (instead of monuments) and by providing daily incomes to young people who constitute over 70% of the local population.

The implementation of a cash for work scheme in a World Heritage property is the first experiment of its kind within UNESCO. The involvement of skilled and unskilled local youth communities in rehabilitation sites is accompanied by mentoring and coaching provided by the local master builders association. National authorities also guide works from each city, including the General Organization for the Preservation of the Historic Cities (GOPHCY), which facilitates the sustainable transfer and revitalization of technical skills and competencies that the young workers can use when the country enters in a reconstruction phase.

https://en.unesco.org/news/youth-sanaa-laying-stones-hope

(* A C)

Heavy rains trigger collapse at Yemen's newly restored museum

Heavy rains have triggered the collapse of parts of the newly restored National Museum in Yemen's third city Taez, in the latest loss to the country's cultural heritage after years of war.

Established as an Ottoman palace, then a residence for one of Yemen's last kings, the building became a museum in 1967 but has since been bombed and its collections pilfered.

It was partially restored in 2019, but a recent deluge caused the entrance hall to give way last week, with the facade and the rooms inside reduced to rubble.

"One of the main entrances collapsed... as a result of the heavy rainfall which poses a threat to all cultural and historical sites," the museum's director Ramzi al-Damini told AFP, urging the international community to intervene to protect Yemen's heritage.

The renovation work on the National Museum had left parts of the complex beautifully restored, with the facade, intricate ochre brickwork, and arched windows back to their original grandeur.

Other parts however remained pocked with damage, crumbling away to reveal collapsed floors and shattered walls.

The disrepair left it vulnerable to the heavy rains which hit Yemen in recent months

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-8784587/Heavy-rains-trigger-collapse-Yemens-newly-restored-museum.html = https://www.arabnews.com/node/1741756/middle-east

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

(* B E K)

Y.R 10.7 trillion losses of the agricultural sector due to aggression and blockade: [Sanaa gov.] Minister

The total direct and indirect losses and damage to the agricultural sector due to the Saudi-Emirati aggression from the outset have exceeded Y.R 10.7 trillion, deputy minister of agriculture and irrigation Dr. Radhwan al-Rabbaei said on Tuesday.

During a protest stand organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation and its facilities and institutions in front of the United Nations office in the capital Sanaa, Dr. Al-Rabbaei added that the direct losses amounted to Y.R 1.6 trillion while the losses and indirect damages reached Y.R 9.1 trillion.

He pointed out that the direct damages included the total and partial damage to buildings, agricultural facilities, machinery, equipment, agricultural supplies, land, protected farmhouses, and productive nurseries, as well as direct damage to livestock, honey bees, and other agricultural crops.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3110745.htm

(A E P)

The Yemeni currency Riyal has regained a slight part of its value lost over the past few days, due to government measures.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42307

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

(A T)

Film in Arabic: Yemen- Southern Areas Controlled by the Government have Transformed into Fertile Land for ISIS Military Operations Analysts indicated that ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s presence in Al Bayda Governorate, run by the Houthis, is damning evidence that there is collusion between the two-sided. They clarified that the explosions that have taken place since 2015 had never targeted areas held by the Houthis. On the contrary, areas in the south controlled by the government have transformed into fertile land for ISIS military operations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev1v8NKYHwU

(A T)

Bit of a schoolboy error by #AQAP #Yemen to claim an operation + release 4 photos of it the day *before* it allegedly took place: IED against Houthis in Tayyab "Sunday morning" is one of 3 ops claims released by AQAP Saturday afternoon. (Last week's op claims were equally sloppy)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1310303035218898944

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

Yemeni Information Minister Calls for Unified Arab Stance against Iranian Interference

Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al-Iryani praised alertness and high readiness of the security services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, due to the success of their security operation that culminated in the announcement of the overthrow of a terrorist cell whose members received training by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the arrest of its members and seized a quantity of weapons and explosives.
In a statement to the official Yemeni News Agency today, Al-Iryani renewed his strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist hostilities being exported by the Iranian regime, noting that these acts reflect the Tehran regime's insistence on its blatant interference in the affairs of Arab countries with the aim of destabilizing their security and stability, and confirming the continuation of this terrorist regime to proceed with his subversive policies and the agenda of spreading chaos and terrorism in the region.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2140090

(A P)

Houthis accused of intending to spread illiteracy in Yemen

Experts on the Yemen conflict accused the militia of making education unaffordable so that they could lure students to join frontlines instead of going to schools.

Ibrahim Jalal, co-founder of the Security Distillery Think Tank, accused the group of aiming at reducing students’ attendance and increasing illiteracy among young Yemenis in areas under their control.

“Turning public schools to private is nothing short of a consolidation of the newly created political economy in Sana’a. But increasing the cost of public schooling from ~YER500 to over YER65000 is the way to reduce students’ attendance, and therefore, increase illiteracy,” Ibrahim Jalal wrote on a Twitter post.

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/25639

My comment: They obviously try to raise even more money, but rather are not “intending to spread illiteracy”.

(A P)

Citizens denounce Houthis’ attack on schools and mosques of Marib

The Houthis often target schools, residential areas and mosques when proved failure to conquer any province.

Indeed, the Houthis lost thousands of their fighters in Marib in open fighting with government forces backed by the local tribesmen.

Citizens who spoke to Alsahwa Net said that the attacks on mosques, civilians’ houses and schools have been the feature of the Houthis who care not to lives of civilians and the public infrastructure.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42325

(A P)

Reflecting on Jamestown Foundation’s biases in Houthis favor in Yemen

I wonder if the Jamestown Foundation thinks Yemeni readers would not notice in its reports on a Yemen a pretty clear bias in favor of the Iranian Shia militia of Houthis who are responsible for Yemen’s war and misery.

Obviously one way to credit someone (the Houthis) is is to put down their opponent (the legitimate army.)

This description referring to the government forces in Marib may fool a western reader, not a Yemeni one. In Yemen it sounds so outlandish, the usual pro-Houthi points of view from western research institutes and media institutions. The government forces in Marib are the legitimate army that was first founded in 2015. Yes it comes from different regions and political backgrounds, but it is the epitome of coherence and patriotism. Where on earth would an army stay held together even after one year without receiving any payments?! This miracle is happening in a country seeing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and dirtiest conspiracy against the legitimate government. Thanks to the conspiracy, the army is the least armed too.

I personally think an aspect of the conspiracy against the Yemeni legitimacy in is evident in the constant bias not only of the UN reactions but also the daily news reports and periodical researches published by the various western media and research institutions about Yemen.

The Jamestown Foundation is one such institution and its report I am criticizing now is an example.

In conclusion the JF, through these reports, is communicating an advertisement. A very dark one! To promote the sensibility of surrendering the last remaining safe haven in Yemen to Shia terrorists.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42283

(A P)

US State Department: Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities, 2020

The report covers Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation.

https://www.state.gov/outlaw-regime-a-chronicle-of-irans-destructive-activities-2020/

Comment: Pompeo is describing Saudi Arabia here.

https://twitter.com/joseph_preville/status/1309960561740967939

My comment: What about the US?

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

http://en.adenpress.news/news/27212

https://www.iom.int/news/iom-ksrelief-sign-new-agreement-support-over-100000-people-yemen

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302873427

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2138748

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2138740

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

(* A K pH)

Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

Sep. 21–28: https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/3415113721874967 https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/3415113721874967

(A K pS)

Coalition destroys two Houthi Katyusha launches in Marib: Saudi media

The Saudi-led coalition warplanes have destroyed two Houthi Katyusha missile launches in Sirwah district in the Yemeni northeastern governorate of Marib, Al-Arabiya said Monday, after military sites and vehicles of the group were targeted as well.

Backed by coalition aircraft, the Yemeni official army and tribesmen retook control of Hamra's al-Areedh Mont in Baihan district in Marib, the Saudi-run TV added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20161.html

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3110599.htm / https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15134 / https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15133 Several prov.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3110597.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3110478.htm Marib p., Jawf p.

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)

8 citizens killed, injured by Saudi Army in Saada

Eight citizens were killed with artillery shelling and Saudi Frontier Guard fire in Monabbih border district in Saada province, a security official told Saba on Tuesday.

The densely populated area of al-Raqw in Monabbih district, was subjected to Saudi Frontier shelling and attacks by Saudi Frontier Guard, killing three citizens and injuring five others, said the official.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3110790.htm

and

(* A K pH)

8 Killed, Injured by Saudi Border Guards Gunfire in Sa’adah

3 citizens were killed and 5 others were wounded by Saudi border guards gunfire in Munabbah district of Sa’adah Governorate.

(A K)

Pro-gov't forces repulse Houthi attack in southern Yemen, 6 killed

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/29/c_139404852.htm

(A K pS)

Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of Bomb-Laden UAV Launched by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Toward the Kingdom

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2138679

(A K pS)

KSrelief Masam Project Dismantles 1,250 Mines in Yemen during 4th Week of September

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief)'s Masam Project for Clearing Mines in Yemen demined 1,250 mines during the fourth week of September 2020, including 2 antipersonnel mine, 204 anti-tank mines, 1,036 unexploded ordnance and 8 explosive devices.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2138739

(A K pH)

Saudi army kills civilian, injures another in Saada

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3110395.htm

(A K)

One government soldier killed, four wounded in drone attack in south Yemen

A soldier was killed and four were wounded after an unknown drone attacked a position of the government forces in Yemen's southern province of Abyan, a government official told Debriefer on Saturday.

The attack occurred in the area of Al-Sheikh Salim on the outskirts of the capital city Zinjibar and was the second in less than a month against government forces in the province.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20127.html

(A K pS)

Four civilians have been injured by Houthi heavy shelling on a school in Abaar district in the central Yemen city of Taiz. Source: Almoatamar Press and Yemen Talk website.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42259

(B K pS)

The Houthi militia killed and injured 918 civilians in rocket shelling on Marib from April 2015 – April 2020, the NGO “Yemen Rights and Development” unveiled in a report. Source: Bawabati news website.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42259

and

(B K pS)

340 civilians killed, 578 injured by Houthi random shelling of Marib, HRO

Some 340 civilians have been killed, 578 others injured since the Houthi militia attack escalated on Marib city, human rights organizations working in Marib province, said.

Between April 2015 and July 2020, the total number of Houthi attacks on Marib city exceeded 1,000, said a report by rights groups in Marib.

Houthi militia attacks using ballistic missiles, Katyusha and thermal rockets, projectiles, and drones left 1,363 civilians dead.

The report mentioned that the Houthi militia attacks in Marib city killed 340 civilians, injured 578 others, as well as the destruction of 347 and 98 private /public property.

The report confirms that during the past five years, the Houthi militia has fired 288 ballistic missiles, of which 224 of them were intercepted by the Arab Coalition Patriot air defense system and 64 of them landed on populated areas.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/09/29/340-civilians-killed-578-injured-by-houthi-random-shelling-of-marib-hro/

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 going on and both sides constantly are accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.

(A K)

2 killed in artillery shelling in Yemen's Hodeidah: medics

Two women were killed on Wednesday morning when artillery shelling hit a residential neighborhood in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, medics told Xinhua.

Five others, including a child, were wounded in the shelling on al-Rabasah neighborhood in the southern part of the city, the medics in Althawra hospital said.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/30/c_139409459.htm = http://www.china.org.cn/world/2020-09/30/content_76768881.htm

and

(A K pH)

Two women killed, 2 others injured by Saudi shelling in Yemen's Hodeidah

Two women were killed and two others were injured, at dawn Wednesday, by US-Saudi mercenaries' shelling that targeted the homes of citizens, in Al Hawk district of Yemen's Hodeidah Governorate.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15152 = https://en.abna24.com/news//two-women-killed-2-others-injured-by-saudi-shelling-in-yemens-hodeidah_1074621.html

and also https://www.saba.ye/en/news3110738.htm

and an anti-Houthi news site blames the Houthsi, referring to the Xinhua report which had not named a prepetrator: https://republicanyemen.net/archives/25649

(A K pH)

Child,woman killed in aggression forces' violations in Hodeida

In al-Hawk district, a child and a woman have been killed and three were injured in an artillery shelling of aggression forces on al-Quds St., while an intensive artillery shelling of aggression forces targeted the citizens' houses.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3110599.htm

(A K pS)

Houthi shelling destroys homes, leaves civilians wounded

At least three civilians were wounded and two homes destroyed due to indiscriminate shelling launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia on Hays and Al Tuhayta districts, located south the port city of Hodeida.

The rebels fired mortar shells targeting residential areas in Al Tuhayta district

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/25629

(A K pS)

12-year-old Issam Taleb Mohammed was shot by a #Houthi #sniper while playing with his friends in Hays district, south the port city of #Hodeidah. According to medical sources, the boy is in a critical condition as the bullet went through his chest, causing internal hemorrhage.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1310648336039530499

referring to https://twitter.com/RepublicanYemen/status/1310373839944265729 (photo)

(A K pS)

Film: An employee of the Al-Hashidi company was wounded by a Houthi sniper fire in Kilo 16, east of Hodeidah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utz40Kt5UAw

(A K pH)

Saudi-led coalition killed, injured 5 Yemenis in Al Hudaydah

Militants affiliated with the Saudi-led coalition today targeted the Al Hawak District in the western Yemeni province of Al Hudaydah with artillery shells, Al-Masirah reported.

According to the report, initial statistics indicate that a girl and a woman killed and three women were injured during the attack.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/164023/Saudi-led-coalition-killed-injured-5-Yemenis-in-Al-Hudaydah

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15108

(A K pH)

Daily violations

Sep. 29: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15144

Sep. 28: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15134

Sep. 27: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15118

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

(* B P)

Journalism and Media Education in Times of Conflict: Three Cases from the Arab Region

This paper examines the journalism and media education programs in three countries in the Arab region (Libya, Syria, Yemen) that have been or are still in the throes of civil wars and/or polarization along conflicting political ideologies and control of different geographical zones. Based on an online questionnaire distributed among academics affiliated with universities in these three states, results show that the three countries suffer from an extreme lack of proper journalism and media education programs. However, online and blended education can serve as a bridge for these countries to overcome their constraints and challenges, and develop new models for their journalism and media education programs.

Scholars and social studies researchers have always been intrigued by how war is covered and packaged to be presented to the world. Audiences often switch between different outlets in search for the voice that supports their side, as well as understand what the ‘other’ is saying. The question of objectivity becomes key, and issues of bias and ethical coverage remain central (Galtung 2003). Most studies in mass communication focus on media performance during times of war or conflict, yet rarely pay attention to journalism and media education during these times (Ziani, Elareshi, Alrashid, and Al-Jaber 2018). This paper surveys the importance of examining media education programs by analyzing the impact of journalism and media programs in three Arab states that have been or are still in the throes of civil wars and/or polarization along conflicting political ideologies and control of different geographical zones in each country, and how journalism and media education is affected partially and/or entirely by these divisions.

One of the causes of the decline in media education programs in Yemen is the politicization of public university administration by the Houthi militia, where they have ordered the arrests of academics, and deprived faculty members and administrators of their salaries. The government’s refusal to pay their wages along with those of employees in several other sectors, whose salaries have been suspended since August 2016, have resulted in labor strikes (Al-Mekhlafi 2018; Laub 2016).

Several media colleges in a number of Yemeni public universities have been bombarded by coalition fighter jets after the Houthis seized them and made them weapons caches (as was the case with Hodeidah University). All documents in the college’s archives, including student data and research, were destroyed. In the case of the University of Taiz, the militia seized the site for tanks and the deployment of snipers. The campus became a battlefield, resulting in severe damage to the buildings, many of which were completely flattened, such as the Faculty of Medicine, Graduate Studies, and others (Al-Mekhlafi 2018; Laub 2016).

Despite these circumstances, public universities were only able to accept 15 thousand students. While this represents a good level of enrollment for private universities and institutes in the country, it is a mere fraction of the approximately 150 000 students enrolled in public universities in pre-conflict times (Al-Hadidy 2019).

https://www.syriahr.com/en/185852/

My remark: By “Syrian Observatory of Human Rights” propaganda outlet, thus per se anti-Houthi as far as Yemen is concerned.

(A H)

Desert Locust situation update 29 September 2020

In Yemen, hopper bands and swarms continue to form in the interior between Marib and Wadi Hadhramaut. Several immature swarms moved towards the Gulf of Aden coast near Lahij. On the Red Sea coast, hopper bands are forming in the north and extend northwards to coastal areas near Jizan, Saudi Arabia. A few maturing swarms have been seen in the adjacent Asir Mountains south of Al Baha and mature breeding groups are present further north along the coast near Lith. Control operations are in progress.

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

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100 Yemen photos

https://www.pinterest.de/wassim502/yemen/

(B D)

ASBC Future Stars – Yemen’s Sil Ghaleb Mohammad Al-Qarnas who made history for the country several times

http://www.asbcnews.org/asbc-future-stars-yemens-sil-ghaleb-mohammad-al-qarnas-who-made-history-for-the-country-several-times/

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-682-yemen-war-mosaic-682

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-682 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-682:

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

07:07 01.10.2020
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