Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 684b- Yemen War Mosaic 684b

Yemen Press Reader 684b: 6. Oktober 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 684, cp6 - cp19 / October 6, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 684, cp6 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 684, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 684, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-684-yemen-war-mosaic-684

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

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

(* B P)

Cabinet announcement said to be imminent in Yemen

Yemeni political sources warned of an escalation plan sponsored by Doha aimed at thwarting efforts to announce the new Yemeni government and implement the Riyadh Agreement.

Yemeni political sources revealed to The Arab Weekly that the Yemeni Prime Minister-designate, Mueen Abdul-Malik, has completed his consultations for forming the new government based on the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement, noting that the list of the 24 new cabinet members has been submitted to President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

This comes at a time when the Qatari-backed Muslim Brotherhood is trying to obstruct the implementation of the requirements of the Riyadh Agreement by carrying out drone attacks against positions of the Southern Transitional Council forces in Abyan.

The sources emphasised that the Yemeni president may issue a presidential decree announcing the formation of the new government within the next two days, assuming there will be an agreement reached on the military and security arrangements accompanying the formation of a parity government between the north and the south, in which the Southern Transitional Council (STC) will participate for the first time as the second signatory to the Riyadh Agreement.

The sources pointed out that the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, is making great efforts to overcome the obstacles still obstructing the completion of the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, announcing the new government, and starting to implement the military and security part of the agreement, which is still beset with many difficulties.

Saudi efforts to advance the implementation of the agreement concluded in Riyadh between the Yemeni government and the STC are accompanied by indications of the increasing activity of the Qatari-backed current in the Yemeni government to abort that agreement and causing the military showdown in Abyan governorate (east of Aden) to flare up.

“The government, unfortunately, is experiencing a state of division, and there is an essential part of it working to obstruct and hinder any progress on the path of implementing the agreement, by keeping up its provocations, its war of services in Aden and the lack of seriousness in implementing the initial obligations,” he added.

Saleh clarified in a statement to The Arab Weekly that progress is being made in the political track with regard to forming the government, in light of the consultations with all of the political components with STC’s participation. He considered that these consultations have gone a long way in reaching understandings about the distribution of ministerial portfolios between the north and the south and between the components participating in the government.

On the other hand, Yemeni political sources warned of an escalation plan sponsored by Doha aimed at thwarting efforts to announce the new Yemeni government and implement the Riyadh Agreement, by using tools and agents in the government who are working to create a political and media crisis within the “legitimacy” camp.

https://thearabweekly.com/cabinet-announcement-said-be-imminent-yemen

My comment: From a pro-separatist author, warming up the story of a “Doha camp” (sponsored by Qatar) within the Hadi government obstructing the Riyadh agreement.

(A K P)

Brotherhood uses drones to attack Riyadh Agreement

The escalation of the Muslim Brotherhood's militias in Abyan and Shabwa reveals that those forces are not subjected to the Riyadh Agreement and they seek to block progress towards forming a new government, member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, Salem Thabet Al-Awlaki said on his official Twitter account.
"The progress achieved on the track to form the new government is a good thing, but it is clear that there are those who escalate on the ground and do not care about the way that things are being conducted in Riyadh."
"The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against the southern armed forces in Abyan province and the declared threats to some of the Arab Coalition headquarters in Shabwa, discloses an agenda that does not follow the Riyadh Agreement." he added.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/27257

My comment: As claimed by the separatist. They blame their enemies of Islah Party (labeled “Muslim Brotherhood”) to block the implementation of the Riyadh agreement – which the separatists themselves do not want to implement at all, as their militia would be obliged to leave Aden.

(A K P)

Reports of sabotage attack on #oil tanker off #Yemen's south coast on 3 Oct. No party has claimed it, but the location (Nasimah port, Shabwah) suggests it's part of an ongoing struggle for control of resources. #STC & gov are still at loggerheads here

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1313134665750982658

and

(A K P)

Emirati oil tanker sinks in southern Yemen

An oil tanker of the United Arab Emirates was exploded and sunk in Yemen's Al-Nashimah oil port.

The Emirati oil tanker 'Syra' carrying 500,000 barrels of oil was exploded and sunk in Al-Nashimah oil port, due to a collision with marine mines.

No further details have been released about the Emirati oil tanker exploded.

https://iranpress.com/content/28250

(A P)

Yemen’s tribes call for pro-UAE militants to be expelled from Socotra

Scores of Yemeni tribal leaders and dignitaries on the island of Socotra on Saturday called for the removal of hundreds of militants onto the archipelago by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its Southern Transitional Council (STC).

The tribal leaders said during a meeting that the gunmen have caused tensions and provocations and demanded they be expelled, checkpoints set up by them be removed and fixed checkpoints be handed over to soldiers from Socotra.

The leaders denounced “the terror” caused by militants during peaceful activities and protests.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201005-yemens-tribes-call-for-pro-uae-militants-to-be-expelled-from-socotra/

(A P)

A protest took place in Ja'ar city in Abyan governorate in solidarity with the internally displaced family whose child was killed after he was raped by an armed man, and demanding the execution of the perpetrator.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1312834846369222656

(A K P)

Brotherhood's militias launch drone attack in Abyan

http://en.adenpress.news/news/27249

(A P)

Deal reached to end protest of army retirees in Aden

Aden governor Ahmed Lamlas and the supreme authority for the army retirees on Sunday reached a deal to end a week-long protest by army retirees at Aden seaport.

Army retirees have closed all entrances of the port causing an acute fuel crisis and chaos in the volatile interim capital Aden and nearby provinces. They are protesting against the suspension of their salaries since January.

Under the deal, fuel trucks at Al-Zait port and the headquarters of the Yemen petroleum company will be allowed to supply fuel to filling stations in Aden and nearby provinces.

Lamlas promised a committee representing the retirees to communicate with the government and a Saudi-led coalition backing it over the unpaid salaries.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20275.html

and

(A P)

Lamlas, Ben Brik meet military protestors in Aden (Photos)

Aden governor Ahmed Lamlas, accompanied by the President of the National Assembly of the Southern Transitional Council, Major General Ahmed Sa'id Ben Brik visited on Monday, the military protestors who set up tents for sit-ins in front of the gate of the headquarters of the Arab Coalition in Aden over delayed salaries and financial dues.
During the meeting with the retired military personnel, Lamlas and Ben Brik affirmed their firm support for the protesters' legitimate rights.
Lamlas revealed that a deal was reached with the Yemeni government and presidency to end the suffering of the southern military retirees.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/27251

My comment: What a slapstick. Separatist leaders reach an “agreement” with retired separatist militia fighters who insisted that they should have been paid by the hadi government they had been fighting against.

and

(A P)

Corporation calls on Hadi to intervene to reopen Aden seaport

The administration of the Yemen Gulf of Aden ports corporation has warned of continued closure of Aden seaport by army retirees who have been protesting at the port for a week.

Chairman of the corporation's board of directors, Mohammed Alawi, on Saturday called on president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to intervene immediately to reopen the port.

The army retirees have closed the port's entrances in protest against the suspension of their salaries.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20274.html

and

(A E P)

In a letter to President Hadi, Aden Seaports Administration has warned that the closure of Aden seaports serves the Houthi-held Hodeidah Seaport. Southern separatists have for days been staging a sit-in in front of Aden Seaport to demand unpaid “due claims” from the Arab Coalition. The protesters disallowed the offload of imported fuel. It is widely believed that the UAE incited the protesters to close the Seaport. Source: Alharf 28 website.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42408

(* A E P)

Oil shortage prompts thriving black market in Yemeni Aden

The Yemeni interim capital Aden has been overwhelmed by an oil shortage for nearly one week, after retired servicemen closed the main gates of Aden port in protest of their unpaid pensions.
On Sunday, military retirees closed container terminal's gates in the southern port city of Aden, calling for payment of their pensions overdue since the beginning of this year.
Closure of the port gates triggered an oil shortage, increasing petrol and diesel prices to YR 1,000 (more than one US dollar) at black market.
For five days now, Aden container terminal's activities have been halted, labor committee at the terminal said Friday in a statement.
Activities at the container terminal make up 85 percent of Aden port's total business.
"Storage capacity of Aden container terminal is getting overloaded," the statement read, "as the piled containers find no way out to their owners after taken down of vessels.
"This in turn will lead the terminal to halt all its activities as its storage more and more gets crammed with containers. Looming risks would not only make Aden port compromise its reputation, but would also put people's living in jeopardy," it warned.
"The closure comes while voices increasingly call for the Hodeida port be reopened to provide the Houthis" with funds, according to the statement.
The military retirees vowed to escalate their protest in the coming days – by closing Aden international airport and the Central Bank of Yemen – until their demands are met and 9-month pensions are paid.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20242.html

and also

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20250.html

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42401

(A)

Yemeni local official survives assassination in Mocha Taiz

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20270.html

(B H)

Civilians suffer from frequent power outages of up to 16 hours a day in #Aden city, which is controlled by the Southern Transitional Council, amid the lack of alternative power sources.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1312402004304592898

(A P)

A number of Yemeni ministers who last week returned from Saudi Arabia to Yemen and stayed in Marib have now moved to Shabwa province. The ministers of Sports, Health and Religious Endowments met Shawa governor and are expected to inaugurate developmental projects. Source: Al-Rashad Press website.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42408

(A K P)

The capital of Socotra is seeing heavy clashes this evening between the Southern Transitional Council and Popular Resistance force who refuse the militia’s illegal control on the archipelago. Source of the story: Multiple news websites.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42408

(A E P)

As calls mount for resuming the operation of Yemen Liquefied Natural Gas (Yemen LNG) to export gas and generate revenues for Yemen, the UAE forces occupying this- biggest industrial Yemeni- facility have brought a battalion STC separatists to consolidate grip on it and prevent its return to the government.

The vicinity of the occupied facility is seeing frequent protests by local people of Shabwa and Faculty of Oil graduates who want the facility re-operated to generate revenues and create jobs. Source: Multiple news websites.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42408

(* A K P)

Battles renew in Abyan as talks to form Yemen government falter

Clashes have resumed between the forces of the government and the UAE-backed southern transitional council in Yemen's southern province of Abyan.

The two sides exchanged heavy fire using artillery and other heavy and medium weapons in east of the capital city Zinjibar, local sources said on Saturday, adding that other clashes also took place in the areas of Al-Tariya and Al-Sheikh Salim east of Zinjibar.

On Thursday, a government official said the two sides failed to agree on the formation of a power-sharing government in accordance with a mechanism which was presented by Saudi Arabia in July to accelerate the Riyadh agreement.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20251.html

(A K P)

Film: Worrying news coming out of #Mahra in east #Yemen of shootout between militants and security forces in coastal capital of al-Ghaydah this morning. Some are calling the militants #alQaeda #AQAP but that's not confirmed. (The language in the video is Mahri)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1311993075363962880

(* A P)

Yemeni sources say new gov't formation stalled

Formation of the Yemeni new coalition government has been stalled, a government official said Thursday, two months after Saudi Arabia declared a mechanism to form this new government in one month.
"The government formation is stalled, and won't take place before the application of the Riyadh Agreement's military and security section," the official told Al-Jazeera TV.
The Southern Transitional Council (STC) has implemented no term of the pact's military and security section, he added.
Last Friday, the STC said its presented all the plans needed to apply the Riyadh deal accelerating mechanism, together with plans for disengaging and redeploying its troops in Abyan and Aden.
The Emirati-backed STC accused the government of hindering the formation of the new government and application of the declared acceleration mechanism "in the course of a collective punishment policy against the south governorates."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20223.html

My comment: Exactly what I had expected.

(* B P)

Distrust within ‘legitimacy camp’ impedes quest for Yemeni solution

Pressure to increase on all actors to accept a vision for a comprehensive solution in Yemen proposed by the UN Envoy Martin Griffiths.

However, there are obstacles that are expected to impede the completion of the implementation of the agreement’s agenda, foremost of which is the lack of confidence between the government and the STC regarding military and security issues, which includes the withdrawal of STC forces from the interim capital, Aden, and the withdrawal of government forces from Abyan governorate, which is still witnessing sporadic clashes between the two camps.

The Yemeni presidency is requesting that the military and security part of the Riyadh Agreement be implemented before announcing the new government that will be formed in accordance with applying parity between North and South Yemen, and observing partisan quotas between the components and forces opposing the Houthi militias.

Regarding the latest developments in the implementation of the political part of the Riyadh Agreement, Yemeni journalist Akram al-Fahad confirmed in a statement to The Arab Weekly that the Yemeni political parties and the Arab alliance reached an implicit agreement to set a time limit for the completion of the agenda item related to forming the new government and ending the disputes surrounding it within two weeks in conjunction with completing the first phase of the military and security component of the agreement.

Fahad explained that the main dilemma to the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement lies in the existence of a clear lack of trust between Yemeni parties, as each demands that its rivals start implementing their own commitments first. Moreover, the interpretations related to the agreement seem to vary widely, which explains the insistence of all the signatory parties to the Riyadh Agreement in their political statements that they have done what is required of them by the agreement and that it is this or that other party that is obstructing the implementation of the agreement.

Fahad believes that the stalemate in the Yemeni government camp coincides with the growing pace of UN and international political efforts to close the file of the Yemeni crisis in light of persistent talks about imminent peace in Yemen. Such conditions place difficult challenges ahead of the legitimacy camp, requiring it to put an end to its internal conflicts and start a new stage where it would meet these challenges as a single and coherent block.

Informed political sources told The Arab Weekly earlier that the international powers involved in the Yemeni file had given the legitimacy camp a deadline in order to better reposition itself in the map of forces on the ground, so that it can extract better advantages in the event that the international community agrees on a formula for peace in Yemen.

According to the sources, the coming period will witness increasing pressure exerted on all actors in Yemen to accept a vision for a comprehensive solution in the country proposed by the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths. This vision will be passed through the UN Security Council by the completion of the upcoming US presidential elections. The United States still plays a pivotal role in the Yemeni file, as Griffiths’ initiative is based on the vision formulated by former US Secretary of State John Kerry.

In the same context, Yemeni political researcher Saeed Bakran points out that there are many signs indicating that the agreement on the mechanism to accelerate the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement has itself entered a stage of stagnation, or perhaps more precisely a stage of anticipation, due essentially to the desire of “the legitimacy camp”— especially the pro-Qatar wing of this camp — to wait for the outcome of the upcoming US elections.

Bakran believes that “in the next phase and until the end of the US presidential elections, the efforts of this wing in the legitimacy camp will focus mainly on obstructing any progress in implementing the Riyadh Agreement in the hope that the US elections will produce results that support once again Qatar’s and the Muslim Brotherhood’s presence in the region in general and in the Yemeni file in particular.” – by Saleh Baidhani

https://thearabweekly.com/distrust-within-legitimacy-camp-impedes-quest-yemeni-solution

(A P)

Implementation of military, security part of Riyadh agreement underway, parliament speaker

The implementation of the military and security terms in the Riyadh agreement between the Yemeni government and the southern transitional council will be finalised in coming days, speaker of Parliament Sultan Al-Barakani said on Wednesday.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20205.html

My comment: Fiction, not fact.

(* A K P)

Yemeni gov't, STC start swapping war prisoners in Abyan

A prisoner swap started on Thursday between the Yemeni UN-recognized government and the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Abyan, said local sources in the southern governorate.
The swap was mediated by a local committee of tribal sheikhs and social leaders in the governorate.
The persistent clashes there have delayed the release of 178 government captive troops in exchange for 28 STC prisoners in Aden, according to media sources

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20221.html

and the sepratists’ headline: Southern Army, Islah's Militias Exchange Prisoners in Abyan: http://en.adenpress.news/news/27222

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

(A P)

UNICEF Thanks Saudi Arabia for its Humanitarian Role towards Yemeni Children

Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Henrietta Fore expressed, in a letter sent, thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), for the generous support that it announced through implementing seven diverse projects with cost of $46 million for Yemen, within the framework of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan in Yemen 2020.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/27255

My comment: Shame for praising blood money of mass murderers.

(A P)

Houthi negotiators arrive Sana'a after Geneva prisoner swap talks

"We're back in Sana'a.. and expect the deal to be applied mid this month," Abdul Kader al-Murtadha, a negotiator in the Houthi delegation, tweeted.
The Houthi group has expressed full preparedness to swap all prisoners with the government, according to the Sweden-hosted talks, but had "doubts" about the government's readiness to apply in such a deal.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20228.html

(A P)

Building women skills for better contribution to the peace process

The Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen continued its gender inclusion efforts and organized a set of virtual skills-and-knowledge building workshops in September with the Yemeni Women's Technical Advisory Group (TAG).

The workshops aimed at advancing the integration of gender analysis and perspectives into the peace process. The knowledge and skills acquired during the workshops are part of a broader effort to support the TAG and its contribution to the peace process.

The first workshop focused on feminist public policy and ways of integrating gender analysis into public policy-making processes. "Gender is much more then advocating for quota. These sessions were important in broadening and deepening our understanding and ability to drill down, undertake and apply gender analysis in policy-making processes – essentially bringing gender equality aspirations to life by making specific, actionable recommendations and provisions", said one of the participants.

The second workshop tackled language in peace agreements, trends in gendered provisions and drafting such texts and involved researchers and experts from the University of Edinburgh’s Political Settlement Research Program.

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/building-women-skills-better-contribution-peace-process

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A E P)

With oil prices low, Saudi Arabia tries to boost property market

Saudi Arabia has lowered the transaction costs of buying property as it tries to revitalise its economy which has been battered by a plunge in oil prices due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Its ruler issued an order on Friday exempting real estate deals from a 15 percent value added tax (VAT) and instead imposed a new 5 percent tax on transactions.

The finance minister said on Twitter that the order, issued on state media, aimed to support Saudi citizens who want to buy homes.

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2020/10/2/with-oil-prices-low-saudi-arabia-tries-to-boost-property-market

(A P)

Saudi former intelligence chief slams Palestinian leadership's criticism of UAE-Israel deal

Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief and ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, slammed the Palestinian leadership for criticizing the decision of some Gulf states to normalise ties with Israel.

In an interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television aired on Monday, the prince labelled the Palestinian authorities’ criticism a “transgression” and “reprehensible discourse”.

While Saudi Arabia is not expected to follow the example of its Gulf allies any time soon, experts and diplomats believe the kingdom has started shifting the public discourse on Israel.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-gulf-saudi/saudi-former-intelligence-chief-slams-palestinian-leaderships-criticism-of-uae-israel-deal-idUSKBN26Q33U

(A P)

#Saudi court convicts a man for criticizing a #September11 recruiter Sheikh Ahmed AlHawashi. He will serve 15 days & is barred from social media

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1312900706341466115

referring to https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1312900706341466115

(A P)

Saudi business leader calls for boycott of goods from 'hostile' Turkey

The head of Saudi Arabia’s Chambers of Commerce has called for a boycott of Turkish products amid reports from merchants that animosity between Ankara and Riyadh is hindering the flow of goods between the two regional powers.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been at odds for some years over foreign policy and attitudes towards political Islamist groups. The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi’s Istanbul consulate in 2018 escalated tensions sharply.

Earlier this year the two countries blocked some of each other’s news websites.

“A boycott of everything Turkish, be it imports, investment or tourism, is the responsibility of every Saudi ‘trader and consumer’, in response to the continued hostility of the Turkish government against our leadership, country and citizens,” businessman Ajlan al-Ajlan tweeted on Saturday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-turkey-trade/saudi-business-leader-calls-for-boycott-of-goods-from-hostile-turkey-idUSKBN26P0RZ

(A P)

Pilgrims return to Mecca as Saudi eases virus restrictions

A very small, limited number of people donning the white terrycloth garment symbolic of the Muslim pilgrimage circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday after Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for months.

The kingdom had taken the rare step of suspending the smaller

https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-mecca-saudi-arabia-archive-islam-aca68bf1499178d3325fd026b5565024

(* B P)

Film: Saudi-Arabien: Harte Wirklichkeit

Öl, Tradition und Zukunft

Can kann auf seiner Reise diesen Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen Saudi-Arabien und dem Iran nicht ausblenden - anders als die Bewohner der Grenzregion zum Jemen. Der Journalist spricht mit den Menschen, die diesen Konflikt ausblenden und nicht darüber sprechen möchten.

Alle scheinen nur auf den ehrgeizigen Plan von Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman zu schauen: Vision 2030. In diesem Konzept steht kein Wort über den Krieg im Jemen, sondern es geht um wirtschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Reformen. Doch wie weit reichen die Pläne, und sind sie realistisch? Das möchte Sinan Can bei seiner vierten Reise durch Saudi-Arabien herausfinden.

https://www.zdf.de/dokumentation/zdfinfo-doku/saudi-arabien-oel-tradition-und-zukunft-harte-wirklichkeit-100.html

(* B P)

Saudi Arabia Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council

A state that tortures and executes children has no place in an international body that aims to protect human rights

This week, Saudi Arabia is bidding to rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council. After leaving the institution on Jan. 1 upon serving the maximum number of consecutive terms, the country is once again tossing its hat in the ring for a seat on the council. If Saudi Arabia succeeds, it will show the world that as long as a state has powerful friends and a limitless public relations budget, it can torture and execute its people, including children, with impunity.

Saudi Arabia’s poor track record on human rights is no secret. Last month, the killers of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was murdered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018, saw their sentences reduced—something U.N. Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard called the final act of a “well-rehearsed parody of justice.” (The individuals who ordered the execution continue to walk free.)

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/10/02/saudi-arabia-shouldnt-be-allowed-to-rejoin-the-u-n-human-rights-council/

(A P)

Breaking: Confirming my previous tweet last week of #Saudi plans to enforce a boycott of #Turkish products; head of Saudi Chamber of Commerce Ajlan AlAjlan tweets that boycotting #Turkey is a patriotic duty 4 business & all citizens. This escalation is bad for regional stability

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1312217261369954309

referring to

Boycotting everything Turkish, whether on the level of import, investment or tourism, is the responsibility of every Saudi "merchant and consumer", in response to the continuing hostility of the Turkish government against our leadership, our country and our citizens,

https://twitter.com/ajlnalajlan/status/1312142156513964033

(* B P)

Critics cite worsening Saudi repression two years after journalist’s gruesome slaying

Nevertheless, critics say political repression in the conservative oil-rich kingdom has deepened during the last two years. Activists for causes including women’s rights routinely face abuse and torture behind bars, human rights groups say, while exiled Saudi citizens who criticize the monarchy from afar face the threat of being snatched up and forcibly returned to the kingdom.

Even before the killing of Khashoggi, the crown prince had moved methodically to consolidate his position in the kingdom’s sprawling royal family as the power behind the throne. The formal ruler is his father, King Salman, a frail octogenarian, but as the country’s day-to-day leader, Mohammed has sidelined one rival after another, a process that continues to this day.

This spring saw another campaign targeting senior princes, and more recently, the crown prince ordered the detention of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a well-respected former counter-terrorism chief who worked closely with U.S. officials in past administrations, having earlier been shoved from the line of succession by his cousin.

“That this man today is under arrest and under charge for corruption is extremely dangerous,” Bruce Riedel, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who is a former CIA analyst and presidential advisor, wrote on the group’s website. “I fear for his health. I fear for his life.”

WORSENING RIGHTS ABUSES

The crown prince was once considered a reformist. On a U.S. tour months before Khashoggi’s killing, he was feted for moving to usher in social changes such as allowing women to drive. But that same year saw the start of a concerted crackdown against rights activists, including more than two dozen campaigners for women’s rights arrested since 2018.

Many are accused of terrorism-related crimes for their activism, denied contact with family or legal representation. Rights groups and relatives have made credible accusations of torture, including sexual abuse

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-10-01/critics-cite-worsening-saudi-repression-two-years-after-journalists-brutal-slaying

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Two New Movies Share a Clear Message: Don’t Forget Jamal Khashoggi

“Kingdom of Silence,” and “The Dissident,” due Dec. 18, revisit the killing of the Saudi journalist Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018.

Two years on, two new documentaries remind us that Turkish prosecutors — and those closest to Khashoggi — are still awaiting justice, hoping he won’t fade from memory. Covering the high-profile case of a subject who opposed the Saudi government outright brought challenges for the filmmakers, both during and after shooting.

“Kingdom of Silence,” a Showtime documentary by Rick Rowley (“16 Shots”), debuted Friday, the second anniversary of Khashoggi’s death. (In a rare move, Showtime is allowing nonsubscribers to watch it free on the platform and on YouTube.)

The film follows Khashoggi’s career, from his early days as a wide-eyed journalist in Afghanistan to his time as a spokesman for a top Saudi politician to his final years as a self-exiled Washington Post columnist.

Surveillance is a key story line in “The Dissident,” by Bryan Fogel, the director of the Oscar-winning 2017 documentary “Icarus.” Slated for a theatrical release on Dec. 18, the documentary plays like a thriller: Its tense score often evokes impending doom, and archival footage is supplemented with computer-generated imagery.

The movie chronicles the final years of Khashoggi's life from the perspective of Omar Abdulaziz, a young Saudi activist in Montreal and friend of Khashoggi’s who, like the journalist, fled Saudi Arabia, criticized its rulers and has had to pay for it.

Their stories progressively intertwine, particularly as the film looks at the kingdom’s cyberoperations. Both Khashoggi and Abdulaziz were targeted for their online rhetoric, and Abdulaziz has said that the royal court hacked his smartphone using the same software that has been used to spy on journalists and activists.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/02/movies/jamal-khashoggi-kingdom-of-silence-the-dissident.html

Film trailer, Kingdom of Silence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYKLXx8YB8U

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Films: Turkish news agency releases new footage from forensic team's investigation of the site of Jamal Khashoggi's murder and subsequent discarding of his remains

https://twitter.com/anadoluajansi/status/1312049842449977345

#Turkish media airs a video taken by Turkish forensic team showing blood splatter under black light & what seems to be #JamalKhashoggi shirt.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1312190469036675072

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Activists seek justice on anniversary of Khashoggi killing

Journalists and human rights activists called for justice for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, the second anniversary of The Washington Post columnist’s brutal killing inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul.

Dozens of activists gathered at a memorial erected in Khashoggi’s honor near the Saudi Consulate building in the Turkish city. The activists denounced the journalist’s slaying, which cast a shadow over the reputation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and criminal proceedings in Saudi Arabia as inadequate.

“Justice has still not materialized,” journalist Turan Kislak, who was a friend of Khashoggi’s, said. “A theatrical court has been in session for two years. However, no details on this subject has been given to the world.”

https://apnews.com/article/istanbul-archive-jamal-khashoggi-saudi-arabia-b1e252d26672f2847fed8b795397fd3c

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a

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Biden to end US support for Yemen war

Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has pledged to end his country’s support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen if he becomes president.

“Under Biden-Harris Administration, we will reassess our relationship with the [Saudi Arabia] Kingdom, end US support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and make sure America does not check its values at the door to sell arms or buy oil,” Biden said in a statement on his campaign website.

The war in Yemen has been one of the main topics of debate between Biden and his rival, Republican candidate and current President, Donald Trump.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201005-biden-to-end-us-support-for-yemen-war/

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Huge Wins: Mayors Boycott Saudi Arabia and Stand with Yemen!

Responding to pressure from CODEPINK and other peace groups around the world, four mayors of the largest US and European cities have announced that they will not be attending the G20 summit hosted this year by Saudi Arabia. Bill de Blasio of New York City, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Ann Hidalgo of Paris and Sadiq Khan of London all answered the calls to boycott the summit and stand against the war crimes committed by Saudi leadership.

Last week, we sent out an email to our New York City supporters asking them to write to de Blasio and demand he boycott the summit. The very next day, the mayor’s office announced that de Blasio would not be attending. In the statement, De Blasio said “We cannot lead the world without speaking out against injustices.” CODEPINK issued a statementcommending the mayor’s decision. Mayor Garcetti’s announcement followed the next day.

Saudi Arabia hosting an event that discusses women in the global community seems inappropriate, as MBS continues to lock up and torture women’s rights activists. Lyric Thompson, a prominent W20 delegate has already dropped out of attending the W20 summit, saying she plans to “stand in solidarity with women’s rights activists.”

Garcetti and De Blasio’s decisions make it clear: American politicians are no longer blind to Saudi Arabia’s crimes.

https://www.codepink.org/huge_wins_mayors_boycott_saudi_arabia_and_stand_with_yemen

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American Muslims praise Biden after he says 'inshallah' during Trump tax discussion

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/518908-american-muslims-praise-biden-after-he-says-inshallah-during-trump-tax

Comment: Joe Biden and Obama bombed 8 majority-Muslim countries for 8 years straight.

https://twitter.com/sahouraxo/status/1311382619515281408

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Audio: U.S. Involvement in Saudi-Yemen Conflict

Today on the Global Current, we discuss the U.S' indirect involvement in the Saudi Arabian War. Join us as our Host Valentina Orejarena asks the implications of this involvement, how the situation developed, and of course, is diplomacy the answer. This week, we are joined by analysts Jasmine Deleon, Hamzah Khan, and briefer Mark Gorman.

https://theglobalcurrent.simplecast.com/episodes/us-involvement-in-saudi-yemen-conflict-PQahOfsk

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"Pandemie der Straflosigkeit" im Jemen: Kriegsverbrechen als "Eckpfeiler" der US-Außenpolitik

Nun fordert die Expertengruppe, dass sich der Internationale Strafgerichtshof mit der Situation im Jemen befasst und die Liste der Personen, die Sanktionen des Sicherheitsrates unterliegen, erweitert.

Die Gruppe setzte sich auch für die Schaffung eines internationalen Ermittlungsmechanismus der Strafgerichtsbarkeit sowie für weitere Diskussionen über die Möglichkeit eines Sondergerichtshofs ein, der sich mit den während des Konflikts im Jemen begangenen internationalen Verbrechen befassen soll.

Derweil gab die saudische Regierung nach fünf Jahren des rücksichtslosen Luftkriegs bekannt, dass man gewillt sei, dem verwüsteten Jemen Hilfe im Wert von 204 Millionen US-Dollar zur Verfügung zu stellen. Den Krieg beenden, um dadurch auf die wohl wirksamste Weise das Leiden der Bevölkerung zu lindern, kommt für Riad offensichtlich nicht in Frage, kann es doch auch auf die unerschütterliche "Freundschaft" zu Staaten wie den USA und Großbritannien vertrauen.

Um möglichen Anklagen gegen Kriegsverbrechen vor dem Internationalen Strafgerichtshof in Den Haag (IStGH) zu entgehen, der länger gewillt ist, lediglich afrikanische "Warlords" zu verfolgen, greift die US-Administration nun auf die bereits wohl bekannten Maßnahmen zurück: Sanktionen

So wurden Anfang September die IStGH -Chefanklägerin und Phakiso Mochochoko, der Abteilungsleiter für Justizbeziehungen und Zusammenarbeit des Gerichts, mit Einreisesperren in die USA belegt. Ihr Eigentum, soweit die USA darauf Zugriff haben, wurde eingefroren. US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo erweiterte das beispiellose Vorgehen, um die Drohung, dass jeder der den Sanktionierten helfe, ebenfalls mit dem Zorn Washingtons zu rechnen habe und bestraft werde.

Seit Jahren versuchen die US-Regierungen, mit Einschüchterungen und groben Pöbeleien zu verhindern, dass der Internationale Strafgerichtshof gegen US-Soldaten und CIA-Agenten sowie deren Auftraggeber ermittelt, die zum Beispiel schwerer Kriegsverbrechen in Afghanistan verdächtig sind. Nun könnte den USA aufgrund ihrer unmittelbaren Beteiligung an Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen weiteres Ungemach drohen.

https://deutsch.rt.com/international/107281-pandemie-straflosigkeit-im-jemen-kriegsverbrechen/

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On this anniversary of Khashoggi's murder, Biden says "we will reassess our relationship with the Kingdom, end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and make sure America does not check its values at the door to sell arms or buy oil."

https://twitter.com/MarquardtA/status/1312152533566025731

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Khashoggi murder: US lawmakers pledge to push for accountability

Speaking at event commemorating slain journalist, members of Congress slam Trump for 'forfeiting responsibility' to protect human rights

On the eve of the second anniversary of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, several American legislators are calling for justice for the slain journalist and berating President Donald Trump for shielding Saudi Arabia's rulers from accountability.

At a virtual event hosted by the Washington-based Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) on Tuesday, members of the US Senate and House of Representatives vowed to stress human rights in America's relations with Riyadh

On Thursday, legislators speaking via pre-recorded video messages pledged to honour his legacy by pushing for accountability and human rights in Saudi Arabia.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/khashoggi-murder-us-lawmakers-pledge-push-accountability

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The legal challenges against Saudi Arabia must continue (paywalled)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/01/legal-challenges-against-saudi-arabia-must-continue/

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Ending Violent Conflicts Requires Preventing Them in the First Place

Ending current wars—some of which seem endless—is an admirable goal. Doing so responsibly while also focusing on preventing violent conflict is an even better goal.

One year from now we will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The attacks of that day led to wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East that have lasted the better part of the subsequent two decades. Over 801,000 people have died in wars which have cost U.S. taxpayers more than $6.4 trillion.

U.S. development assistance programs, diplomacy, and other civilian resources have tried to keep up but must adapt and innovate to keep pace with recent broader trends of increased violence and protracted conflicts. In 2019, the number of highly violent conflicts increased for the first time in four years, and roughly 2 billion people live in countries where development is affected by fragility, conflict, and violence. Civilian funding to fragile states has increased recently, but it is not evenly distributed nor consistent, mainly focusing on humanitarian aid to select “aid darlings”—places with active wars like Syria and Yemen but also including Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Nigeria—and not nearly at the overall pace needed to prevent violent conflict.

We are now experiencing a global pandemic that is proving to be stabilization in reverse, seriously disrupting not only health systems but also governance, the economy, food security, and more while providing plenty of opportunity for the proliferation of dis- and misinformation.

To make matters worse, climate change is already directly and indirectly increasing global fragility.

A Meaningful Opportunity to Refocus on Prevention

Civilian efforts (particularly development and diplomacy) are critical to ending violent conflicts and endless wars. Evidence shows peace processes are more sustainable when civilian-led, especially when women are involved. While more research is needed on the best utilization of civilian resources in violent conflict prevention, strong evidence suggests civilian-led conflict prevention is (or would have been) significantly cheaper than the security-focused responses. Each dollar invested in peacebuilding could save as much as $16 in the overall cost of conflict, to say nothing of the civilian and military lives saved. Investing in prevention results in reduced costs to the directly affected territory, to its neighbors, and to foreign partners like the United States. Nonetheless, conflict prevention is often more art than science. It requires longer-term attention to hyper-local, informal, and political dynamics, and the evidence of what works is growing.

Despite this evidence, the U.S. government does not yet have a comprehensive, coordinated, and civilian-led strategy to prevent violent conflict – by Erol Yayboke.

https://www.csis.org/analysis/ending-violent-conflicts-requires-preventing-them-first-place

My comment: The author is obviously right. But the US on the contrary stars and inflates all these wars – because they are “needed” for three reasons: A) to keep up or to install US world rule, B) to seucre a world-wide market for the profit of US arms manufacturers, military contractors and “security” industry, c) to keep the US polulation on the alert: “The world is dangerous, and our elite is working to keep us save, therefore stay calm and consent.” The US is world’s rogue state no. 1, and unless this does not change, nothing will change.

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US reiterates support to Yemeni unity, sovereignty

The United States absolutely rejects any harm to Yemen's unity, security, stability and sovereignty, Deputy Chief of Mission for the US embassy to Yemen said Thursday.
Washington supports Yemen's legitimate government and its republican regime, Cathy Westley added at meeting with the Yemeni Parliament speaker, Sultan al-Barakani.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20222.html

My comment: The US is a warring party in Yemen.

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

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End The Dangerous Saudi Relationship Now

Trump’s enthusiasm for catering to Saudi preferences has been unusually strong, but before 2018 the conventional wisdom in much of Washington had been that the U.S. had not been as supportive of the Saudis as it should have been. The extensive lobbying network acting on behalf of the UAE and Saudi Arabia made sure that this is how people viewed the final years of the Obama administration. The false promise of Mohammed bin Salman’s “reforms” notwithstanding, there was a great willingness in D.C. to indulge and “reassure” the Saudis. This is ostensibly why the Obama administration backed the attack on Yemen in the first place, and it is why opposition to U.S. involvement in the war was so muted in Congress until it became identified with Trump’s sword-dancing, orb-grasping spectacle in Riyadh. When Trump became president, his determination to curry favor with the Saudis and the UAE weirdly aligned him with what lots of people in Washington thought the U.S. should be doing. But then the war on Yemen continued to drag on and the Saudi coalition repeatedly slaughtered innocent civilians with airstrikes, and Saudi agents murdered Khashoggi.

The administration remains wedded to the fiction that its involvement in the war on Yemen has reduced the harm to the civilian population, but there is no evidence that this is so.

It is this record of war crimes and the thousands of innocents killed in these attacks that should define Mohammed bin Salman’s legacy more than anything else, since he was one of the chief architects and drivers of the war. He has demonstrated what a reckless and aggressive government Saudi Arabia now has, and we should expect nothing better from him in the future. That calls for not just accountability for him, but also a complete reassessment of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and an end to all arms sales to their government. If the crown prince is held accountable for one murder, but his thousands of Yemeni victims are forgotten, that won’t be justice. The crown prince should be seen and treated as a pariah and war criminal, and his government should be kept at arm’s length for as long as he is the de facto ruler. Mohammed bin Salman has acted so aggressively and criminally in part because he has assumed that he can act with impunity, and it is important for the next administration to show him that this is no longer the case.

Downgrading the relationship isn’t just the right thing to do because of the Saudi government’s crimes, but it is also a long overdue correction to our policy in the region.

The U.S. should stop shielding and arming a despotic government whose interests increasingly diverge from ours, and it should stop whitewashing the crimes and abuses of the Saudi government against its own people. We have seen over the last few years what happens when Washington gives the Saudis uncritical backing and protection, and everyone is worse off because of it. It is past time to choose a different path – by Daniel Larison

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/state-of-the-union/end-the-dangerous-saudi-relationship-now/

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A missed chance to reshape our relationship with Saudi Arabia

The U.S. government missed an unique opportunity to reshape our long and complicated relationship with Saudi Arabia. All President Trump had to do was hold Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accountable for the brutal murder of journalist and Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi two years ago. But Trump refused to do so, and U.S. interests and the Saudi people will pay a heavy price because of it.

Lessening our reliance on Saudi Arabia has quietly been a strategic priority for many in the U.S. foreign policy community since 9/11, but a constant stream of Saudi money flowing into Washington has long obscured that goal. Our decreasing appetite for Middle Eastern oil, however, kept the prospect of a more balanced relationship tenable. Now there is literally no resource, natural or strategic, that we need from Saudi Arabia that can’t be sourced somewhere else.

But Trump’s transactional approach to every matter made it obvious he had no interest in limiting Saudi influence in Washington. (Remember the glowing orb?) Khashoggi’s gruesome killing and the subsequent sloppy coverup created a window to scrutinize this alliance anew. Trump not only missed it, we now know he actively tried to subvert it.

Khashoggi’s murder confronted the U.S. establishment with moral dilemmas that could have reset Middle East policies long in need of an overhaul.

In his new book “Rage,” Bob Woodward writes that Trump deemed his handling of the public outcry over Khashoggi’s murder a success, because he was able to help MBS evade justice.

“I saved his ass,” Trump told Woodward. “I was able to get Congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them to stop.”

Now that we know the predictions of modern reform were wrong, the United States must correct course. We must push to hold MBS accountable — not only because it is the correct and moral thing to do, but also because it could ensure that we don’t remain entangled and dependent on a despotic leader motivated by a blind and violent thirst for power. That remains the ultimate threat to our interests and national security – by Jason Rezaian

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/01/missed-chance-reshape-our-relationship-with-saudi-arabia/

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US court: Iran owes $1.4B over ex-FBI agent presumed dead

A U.S. judge has ordered Iran to pay $1.45 billion to the family of a former FBI agent believed to have been kidnapped by the Islamic Republic while on an unauthorized CIA mission to an Iranian island in 2007.

The judgment this month comes after Robert Levinson’s family and the U.S. government now believe he died in the Iranian government’s custody, something long denied by Tehran, though officials over time have offered contradictory accounts about what happened to him on Kish Island.

In a ruling dated Thursday, the U.S. District Court in Washington found Iran owed Levinson’s family $1.35 billion in punitive damages and $107 million in compensatory damages for his kidnapping.

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-international-news-dubai-iran-united-arab-emirates-c6830ec9885f15b89c6af34965844fab

My comment: LOL. An US court as puppet of US foreign policy. This judgment tells us: A.) The US claims that its agents must have the right to proceed CIA missions all around the world, and their agents must stay untouched. B) US lifes value more than all other lifes. C) AN US agents life values more than any other US life. US $ 1.4 billion for one agent’s life. None of these A-C) US claims can be accepted. The US should pay 1.4 billion for every of the (medium estimate) 3 million people who had been killed and had died due to the US endless wars in the Middle east since 2001 – this will be the sum of US $ (my calculator is going on strike).

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Iran: “Wir werden jedem Land helfen, welches das zionistische Regime und die USA bekämpft”

Der Sprecher der iranischen Streitkräfte, Brigadegeneral Abolfazl Shekarchi, sagte anlässlich der Heiligen Woche der Verteidigung, die dem Ausbruch des iranisch-irakischen Krieges gedenkt, dass der Iran bereit sei, den Verbündeten an der “Widerstandsfront” seine grosse Erfahrung zur Verfügung zu stellen und sogar Berater zu entsenden. Er fügte jedoch hinzu, dass der Iran nicht beabsichtigt, sich in die inneren Angelegenheiten der Länder der Region einzumischen und dort auch keine militärische Präsenz habe.

Shekarchi fügte hinzu, dass der Iran neben Syrien auch den Irak, den Libanon und den Jemen als Teil der “Widerstandsfront” militärisch berät. Er sagte, dass “jedes Land, dass sich dem zionistischen Regime und den blutrünstigen Vereinigten Staaten entgegenstellt, Hilfe vom Iran erhalten wird.

https://medium.com/@mathiasoser/iran-wir-werden-jedem-land-helfen-welches-das-zionistische-regime-und-die-usa-bek%C3%A4mpft-f33249e7eb17

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Zarif: UK conditioning Iran debt payment on prisoner's release amounts to theft

Foreign Minister said if the British government makes payment of Iran’s outstanding debt conditional on the release of the dual British-Iranian national, Nazanin Zaghari, it would be tantamount to stealing the Iranian nation’s money.

The 39-year-old Zaghari was arrested after it became clear that she had run an illegal course to recruit and train people for the BBC Persian Television, a channel Iran deems is an extension of Britain’s anti-Iran propaganda machine.

https://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i127625-zarif_uk_conditioning_iran_debt_payment_on_prisoner's_release_amounts_to_theft

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Revolutionary Guards Commander Gives Rare Estimate Of Money Iran Spent On Proxies, Military Aid In Region

Iran has spent nearly $20 billion pushing its controversial foreign policy objectives in the region, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said in an interview on state television.
Speaking to state TV channel Ofogh on September 26, Ali Fadavi said Iran had spent $19.6 billion on the 1980-1988 war with Iraq while adding that the cost for Iran's regional policies -- on such things as proxy armies and military aid in countries like Syria, Iraq, and Yemen -- was less than that.
He added he could not remember the precise amount.

https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-commander-rare-estimate-money-spent-proxies-military-aid-region/30866922.html

My comment: He obviously did not tell “Iran has spent nearly $20 billion pushing its controversial foreign policy objectives“, if you ciontinue reading. This figure and this article are worthless; it’s not even told within which period Iran should have spent this amount. Since 1979?? Compared to what the US spends for meddling into other countries, it will be peanuts anyway.

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Rockets reportedly hit Iraqi base where U.S. troops are located

On Wednesday, six rockets landed near Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdistan region, the Interior Ministry of the Kurdistan Regional Government announced, and a U.S. defense official told CNN there are initial indications that three of the rockets hit a base housing U.S. troops.

There are no reports of U.S. injuries, CNN reports

https://money.yahoo.com/rockets-reportedly-hit-iraqi-where-230253629.html

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[from 2019] SAUDI-IRAN ENMITY Implications for South Asia, Pakistan and Middle East

The purpose of this paper is to explore the ideological cold war between Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran. These two countries have been involved in a serious fight against each other directly or indirectly. This research paper is intended to draw the historical context of KSA-Iran enmity and its wide range repercussion for South Asia, particularly Pakistan. South Asian Region has remained a theater for proxies between Sunni dominated Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran after Iranian Revolution in 1979. It will also shed light on sectarian, socioeconomic and political dimensions of repercussions for Muslim dominated country and the only Muslim Nuclear Power Pakistan.

https://www.academia.edu/41039900/SAUDI_IRAN_ENMITY_Implications_for_South_Asia_Pakistan_and_Middle_East

and

[from 2016] Saudi-Iran Proxy War in Pakistan

https://www.academia.edu/31718366/Assignment_01_Course_Title_Conflict_Management_and_its_Resolution_Course_Code_IR_511_Saudi_Iran_Proxy_War_in_Pakistan

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Yemen: Britain ‘making a killing’ from the worst humanitarian crisis in the world

When it comes to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world – Yemen – the UK has opted for death and destruction over any remotely meaningful attempt at peace

The British government has played a direct role in licensing arms to the Saudi regime to carry out these indiscriminate airstrikes. In fact, between 2010 and 2019, the UK was the second largest exporter of arms transfers (after the US) to Saudi Arabia. This accounted for 40% of the UK’s total arms export volume.

According to the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, since the war in Yemen began in 2015, the British government has licensed over £5.3bn worth of arms to Saudi Arabia. Aside from licensing the sales of a vast array of deadly weapons such as Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets and precision-guided bombs, the British government has also provided training, intelligence and logistical support for the Saudi regime.

The UK government has been complicit in the suffering of Yemen for far too long with an arms embargo long overdue. Several European countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Greece have already partly or wholly suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and Britain must now follow suit. The suspension of arms may not halt the civil war but it would certainly contribute in alleviating the suffering of the Yemeni people.

https://5pillarsuk.com/2020/10/04/yemen-britain-making-a-killing-from-the-worst-humanitarian-crisis-in-the-world/

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Grüne und FDP protestieren gegen neues Sturmgewehr

Grüne und FDP zeigen sich entsetzt darüber, dass die Bundeswehr ihr künftiges Standard-Sturmgewehr von der Firma C.G. Haenel im thüringischen Suhl bekommen soll. Der Grund: Haenel gehört einem Staatskonzern aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten, und diese sind beteiligt an einer blutigen Militärintervention im Jemen. Tobias Lindner, der Obmann der Grünen im Verteidigungsausschuss des Bundestages, sagte der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung (F.A.S.), dieses Vorhaben sei „Wahnsinn“. Über den Kauf von 120.000 Gewehren bei Haenel würde Deutschland „den Krieg im Jemen finanzieren“.

https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/gruene-und-fdp-protest-gegen-sturmgewehr-16984186.html = https://www.finanznachrichten.de/nachrichten-2020-10/50866502-gruene-und-fdp-gegen-kuenftiges-bundeswehr-standardgewehr-003.htm

und

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Kritik an Waffen-Auftrag für Suhler Firma «absurd»

Der Thüringer FDP-Abgeordnete Robert-Martin Montag hat Kritik an der Auftragsvergabe an den Suhler Waffenhersteller C.G. Haenel zur Lieferung von Sturmgewehren für die Bundeswehr als «absurd» bezeichnet.

https://www.insuedthueringen.de/region/thueringen/thuefwthuedeu/Kritik-an-Waffen-Auftrag-fuer-Suhler-Firma-absurd;art83467,7414729

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Siehe / Look at cp1

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United Arab Emirates: Writer Dhabia Khamis Al-Maslamani banned from traveling

https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2486

cp12b Sudan

Siehe / Look at cp13b

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US push for Arab-Israel ties divides Sudanese leaders

Sudan’s fragile interim government is sharply divided over normalizing relations with Israel, as it finds itself under intense pressure from the Trump administration to become the third Arab country to do so in short order — after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Washington’s push for Sudan-Israel ties is part of a campaign to score foreign policy achievements ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November.

Sudan seemed like a natural target for the pressure campaign because of U.S. leverage — Khartoum’s desperate efforts to be removed from a U.S. list of states sponsoring terrorism. Sudan can only get the international loans and aid that are essential for reviving its battered economy once that stain is removed.

https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-bahrain-israel-united-arab-emirates-sudan-40f83a877ed255233da20396d4ab1d7f

My comment: How the US could claim that Sudanese-Israel relationship is it’s business? And what does this relationship have to do with any from of state terrorism by the former Sudanese government? The whole matter is one more fine example how the US uses its fat ass for blackmailing other countries.

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Sudan, rebel leaders seal peace deal in effort to end wars

Sudan’s transitional authorities and a rebel alliance signed on Saturday a peace deal initialed in August that aims to put an end to the country’s decades-long civil wars, in a televised ceremony marking the agreement.

https://apnews.com/article/sudan-civil-wars-juba-south-sudan-omar-al-bashir-250d4f0c553060be9a04effd4326d3fd

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Rüstungsexportverbot für die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate wegen Menschenrechtsverletzungen und Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen

UN-Expertengruppe fordert Stopp der Waffenlieferungen an Kriegsparteien und die Befassung des Internationalen Strafgerichtshof mit Menschenrechtsverletzungen und Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen

Am 29. September stellte die Expertengruppe der Vereinten Nationen für den Jemen (GEE Yemen) ihren Bericht über die menschen- und völkerrechtliche Lage im Jemen offiziell im Menschenrechtsrat der Vereinten Nationen vor. In diesem Gremium ist auch Deutschland vertreten. Laut dem Expertenbericht besteht hinreichender Verdacht, dass Menschenrechtsverletzungen durch die Regierungen und Kriegsverbrechen durch einzelne Mitglieder der Regierungen von Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten begangen wurden. In der Folge fordert die Expertengruppe, die auch von der deutschen Bundesregierung mandatiert wurde, erneut alle Länder dazu auf, ihre Waffenexporte und militärische Unterstützung an die Kriegsparteien einzustellen. Zudem soll der Internationale Strafgerichtshof mit den grausamen Verbrechen an der Zivilbevölkerung im Jemen befasst werden. Die Bundesregierung sah sich bisher jedoch nicht dazu veranlasst, ihre Rüstungsexporte z.B. an die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate einzustellen.

https://www.lebenshaus-alb.de/magazin/013231.html

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Sudan schickt Hunderte von Soldaten über Saudi-Arabien in den Jemen

Das Middle East Eye-Nachrichtenportal (MEE) berichtete am Freitag unter Berufung auf private saudische Quellen, dass 1.018 sudanesische Offiziere und Soldaten am 22. September mit dem Boot nach Saudi-Arabien kämen, nachdem sie die Passkontrolle in der südwestlichen Stadt Jizan passierten.

Laut einer Quelle, die nicht genannt werden wollte, seien zwei sudanesische Flugzeuge mit Militärpersonal am Tag zuvor ebenfalls von Khartum zum Flughafen Najran geflogen.

Das erste Flugzeug hätte 123 Passagiere und das zweite 128, teilte die Quelle mit. Beide Flugzeuge flogen später nach Khartum zurück. "Die Flugzeuge brachten sudanesische Offiziere und Soldaten zur Teilnahme an der Operation Restoring Hope", sagte die Quelle und verwendete den neuesten Namen der Koalition für ihre Operationen im Jemen.

Der neue Einsatz erfolgte trotz der Ankündigung des sudanesischen Militärs im Januar, ihre Truppenpräsenz im Jemen von rund 5.000 Söldnern auf eine "kleine" Gruppe von rund 650 zu reduzieren.

https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i53910-sudan_schickt_hunderte_von_soldaten_über_saudi_arabien_in_den_jemen

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Sudan sending hundreds of troops to Yemen via Saudi Arabia

Sources say officers and soldiers arrived in the kingdom last week, despite Khartoum supposedly winding down its involvement in the conflict

Hundreds of Sudanese soldiers entered Saudi Arabia en route to Yemen last week, Middle East Eye has learned, suggesting Khartoum is increasing its involvement in the Yemeni conflict.

In January, Sudan announced it was drawing down its military presence in Yemen from around 5,000 troops to a “minor” group of some 650. Previously, Sudan has had as many as 15,000 soldiers deployed there as part of the Saudi and UAE-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement.

However, private Saudi sources told MEE that 1,018 Sudanese army officers and soldiers entered the kingdom by boat on 22 September, passing through passport control in the southeastern city of Jazan, near the Yemeni border.

One well-placed source, who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue, said two Sudanese planes carrying military personnel also travelled from Khartoum to southern Saudi Arabia's Najran airport the day before.

The first, which held 123 passengers, arrived at 7.23pm, while the second took 128 passengers, the source said.

According to the source, the first plane then departed for Khartoum at 8.27pm with 122 passengers and the second at 8.59pm with 128.

"The planes brought Sudanese officers and soldiers to take part in Operation Restoring Hope," the source said, using the coalition's latest name for its operations in Yemen.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sudan-yemen-sending-hundreds-troops-saudi-arabia

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Mercenaries from Sudan, Senegal arrive on Yemen’s Socotra

Sudanese and Senegalese troops have arrived on the Yemeni Island of Socotra, reported the Yemen Press Agency yesterday. A batch of some 600 soldiers from the two African countries turned up on the island amid earlier reports that the UAE had requested forces belonging to the Southern Transitional Council (STC) return back to Aden on the mainland, with others moving onto the Hadramaut province.

At the start of the year Sudan announced it had begun reducing the number of its troops deployed in Yemen. Senegal, a Sunni Muslim majority country is the only non-Arab country to be involved in the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition and – along with Sudan – has been since the formation of the coalition in 2015.

According to a local source, Socotra Post reported that an Emirati ship has arrived at a port of the island, carrying an unknown cargo, two weeks after the arrival of a “suspicious Emirati ship” suspected of unloading military and communications equipment. It is speculated that the shipments may be used to complete the construction of a military and intelligence base on the island.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201002-mercenaries-from-sudan-senegal-arrive-on-yemens-socotra/

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Saudi Arabia enlisted poverty-stricken children for Yemen war, offered recruiters cash rewards: UN report

Saudi Arabia recruited children to fight against Houthi rebels in Yemen, the Report of the UN Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen said in a report released on Thursday.
The report, which accuses all parties in the conflict of exploiting children, also recorded cases of abduction and sexual abuse.
The Group of Experts documented the cases of at least 259 boys between the ages of 12 and 17 who were recruited between May 2016 and January 2020.

The boys were allegedly transferred from areas in south-central Yemen to Saudi Arabia for training, after which they were deployed to fight against the Iran-backed Houthis in Sanaa.
Family members of the abducted boys say their children were targeted due to their economic vulnerability, with recruiters offering the boys salaries of 20,000 to 60,000 Saudi Riyals ($5332 - $16,000) to attract them.
The local recruiters, in turn, would receive rewards of 1000 Riyals ($266) for each boy brought for training.

“Our family was in a difficult economic situation and needed the money from the promised salary and hoped that our son would stay close to home,” the father of one recruited boy was quoted as saying.

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/10/1/saudi-arabia-recruited-children-for-yemen-war-report

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Bringing back our Homes: Testimony from The Old City of Sana’a

Besides the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen resulting from the conflict, millions of Yemenis have lost their shelters during the past five years and were forced to displacement. In the historic urban centers, the direct and indirect effects of the conflict including the long-term lack of maintenance have undermined the structural integrity of historic buildings resulting in the precariousness and displacement of many residents.

Since June 2020, Muhammed’s historic house benefited from the urban rehabilitation programme implemented by UNESCO and the Social Fund for Development, with the generous funding of the European Union (12 M. USD). The project focused on emergency interventions to stabilize the building from further collapse and expedite the return of the inhabitants. Muahmmed emphasizes: “I was very happy and emotional to see our home being saved. I brought my two young sons to the working site so they can witness it being brought back. This was important to me to heal the trauma they faced and bring hope back. This is about our identity. This is their legacy."

The intervention in the building focused on wall and roof repairs working against time and climate crisis. Indeed, in August 2020, The Old City of Sanaa faced unprecedented torrential rains, which affected hundreds of historical buildings as well as water and sewage infrastructures. The urban rehabilitation programme has already stabilized 40 houses before the seasonal rain saving them from imminent collapse due to their weak structural integrity.

The project does not only allow for emergency stabilization and rehabilitation of historic neighborhoods, it also alleviates the living conditions of the local population by creating income-generating opportunities for Yemeni youth who constitute over 70% of the local population. The project includes employment opportunities for 4,000 young male and female Yemenis over 500,000 cash working days. The implementation of a cash for work scheme in a World Heritage property is the first experiment of its kind within UNESCO.

https://en.unesco.org/news/bringing-back-our-homes-testimony-old-city-sanaa

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A E)

Price of vegetables have skyrocketed in Aden as a result of the Riyal’s devaluation. Source: Multiple websites.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42408

(B E)

Cash Consortium of Yemen (CCY) - Remittances Tracker (September 2020)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cash-consortium-yemen-ccy-remittances-tracker-september-2020

Cash Consortium of Yemen (CCY) - Consolidated Price Monitoring Tool (August 2020)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cash-consortium-yemen-ccy-consolidated-price-monitoring-tool-august-2020

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Fuel crisis spreads to regions run by government, coalition as black market dealers unite across Yemen

Acute fuel shortages have spread from Yemen's capital Sanaa which is controlled by the Houthis into the interim capital Aden and other southern provinces that are controlled by the government and factions loyal to an Arab coalition fighting in the country.

Crises have been haunting all Yemenis without exceptions for years, even regions run by the coalition which is led by Saudi Arabia.

On Friday, residents of Aden were surprised by a black market selling fuel for very high prices, 20.000 Yemeni rials per 20 liters, five days after a fuel crisis started to hit the city.

The crisis has been caused by retirees who have closed the main entrances of Aden seaport in protest against the suspension of their salaries.

In government-run parts of Taiz province, the fuel prices have more than doubled after all filling stations shut down. In the Houthi-run parts, fuel shortages have repeatedly been reported since the beginning of war.

The fuel prices in this province jumped from 8.000 rials to 20.000 rials per 20 liters on Friday, raising questions about shortages amid reports that some factions are continuing to smuggle fuel into the Houthi-run parts.

Some activists claimed that pro-government troops are protecting those smuggling fuel for the Houthis.

The Houthi-run Yemen has been facing acute fuel shortages for three months, with the Houthis blaming the shortages on the coalition's prevention of fuel ships from entering Hodeidah seaport.

The fuel shortages have affected the healthcare, telecommunications and other sectors, the Houthis say, as the black market is thriving in the streets of Sanaa and other northern regions.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20250.html

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-20242.html

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Yemen kills three Al-Qaeda militants, captures two in raid in Mahra

[Hadi gov.] Yemeni security forces, backed by the Arab coalition, killed three Al-Qaeda militants and captured two others in a raid on their hideout on Friday in Al-Ghaydah city, the capital of the western province of Mahra, local media and residents said.

Large explosions rocked many districts in the city of Al-Ghaydah on Friday morning as security forces raided a building, triggering a gunfire battle.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1743376/middle-east

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/27224

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20246.html

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#AQAP #Yemen: September saw an uptick in official operational claims to 6 after none since 4/4. It's as though AQAP wants show it remains relevant in al-Bayda' after Houthi advances in August Also in Sept: 2 statements, 1 Inspire publication, 3 photosets, 2 nashids, 1 sermon

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1311651385839095809

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[from 2016]: Framing AQAP’s intra jihadi hegemony in Yemen: shifting patterns of governance and the importance of being local

This article addresses the issue of jihadism in Yemen, framing jihadi networks’ territorial penetration whether in the context of the ongoing Yemeni multilayered conflict, as in the chronic failure of Yemen’s state-building from the unification so far. Due to a gradual convergence in operational areas and targets, the research article contends the occurrence of a rising intra-jihadi rivalry on Yemen’s soil between al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has deep tribal ties with some Yemeni tribes, and emerging cells of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). Three factors that disempower IS’s mobilization capabilities are identified here, building the evidence of AQAP’s intra-jihadi hegemony in Yemen.

In the second section, the article introduces a focus on AQAP’s shifting pattern of governance in the south of Yemen, where it has established fiefdoms and attracts recruits leveraging on tribal/regional discontent vis-à-vis the Sana’a-based system of power.

https://www.academia.edu/41403609/Framing_AQAP_s_intra_jihadi_hegemony_in_Yemen_shifting_patterns_of_governance_and_the_importance_of_being_local

cp15 Propaganda

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Saudi supports UN efforts for political solution in Yemen: Envoy

The Saudi ambassador to Yemen on Sunday reiterated his country's support for UN efforts to reach a political, inclusive solution in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom is with the efforts exerted by the UN special envoy for Yemen to bring about a political nationwide solution, Mohamed Al Jaber added at a virtual meeting with Martin Griffiths.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20295.html

(A P)

Biden's virtue-signaling against Saudi Arabia will backfire

On Friday, to mark the second anniversary of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul Consulate, the Biden campaign released a statement promising to hold Saudi Arabia to account.

Khashoggi’s murder was stupid and odious, but Joe Biden’s progressive virtue-signaling would undercut every interest Biden hopes to promote: U.S. national security and human rights first among them.

Over subsequent decades of the Cold War, Saudi Arabia stood side by side with the U.S. in almost every major crisis, and every U.S. president, regardless of party, developed warm relationships with the Saudi monarch.

The problem with Biden’s proposed policy, however, is its ignorance of both the value of the Saudi alliance and the reality of Saudi decision-making. If Biden talks to any intelligence professional or diplomat, he will hear two truths about Saudi Arabia. First, while Saudi authorities may not have taken the fight against al Qaeda and extremism seriously until 2003 or 2004 when the kingdom began facing blowback for its support, Saudi authorities and intelligence officials are now on the forefront of fighting extremism and provide intelligence that regularly saves American lives.

For the Biden administration to cut off intelligence-sharing with Riyadh would not be to end the war, but rather to make Saudi targeting of the Houthis less accurate. Biden and his advisers should realize: Saudis have agency, and the U.S. is not a colonial power that controls its allies' every move – by Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former Pentagon official.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/joe-bidens-virtue-signaling-against-saudi-arabia-will-backfire

My comment: This is a typical US view: The US as master of the world, do not stop US interference anywhere.

(A P)

Arab League Chief Says Iran is Obstructing Peace in Yemen, Slams Turkey's Regional Interventions

Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit accused Iran of obstructing a comprehensive peace settlement in Yemen, saying the Houthi group decisions are linked to Tehran.

Speaking to Egyptian media, the secretary-general said the situation in the region is unprecedentedly complicated, given the magnitude of threats and challenges, especially with Iranian and Turkish interventions that threaten the national security of several Arab countries, as well as the security of Arabs as a whole.

Turkish interference in Arab affairs is increasing, and now include violations of Iraqi sovereignty through repeated military attacks, said Aboul Gheit.

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2546726/arab-league-chief-says-iran-obstructing-peace-yemen-slams-turkeys-regional

(A P)

The difference between two prisoners exchanged

It is common that lies are detected and exposed by other people a while later. But it is rare that a liar makes the lie and at the same time, without his knowledge, exhibits the evidence that proves he is a liar.

Shortly after his release from a government-jail in Marib, Houthi cleric Yahya Aldaylami said in a sermon to his followers in Sana’a that the jail officers “in Marib “hang over any man in their custody to the extent that they (the prisoner) can’t use their hands if they enter the toilette and that (hand paralysis) lasts for three months.”

Aldaylami had been released in a prisoner exchange on 22nd September and a couple of days later made these remarks. He was speaking vibrantly, hold the microphone and otherwise using his hands dexterously.

His remarks drew a wave of anger and disdain in social media for he, himself in perfect health of hands and overall body, was a witness against his lies.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42389

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[Hadi government] Yemen defence minister vows to eliminate Houthi-Iranian project

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20233.html

and

(A P)

Defense Minister : Yemenis’ major goal regain state institutions, protect revolution values

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/10/02/defense-minister-yemenis-major-goal-regain-state-institutions-protect-revolution-values/

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Sa'adi calls for more int'l pressures to stop bloodshed in Yemen

[Hadi gov.] Yemen's permanent representative to the UN stressed the need for international effective pressures to make "Houthis and their supporters in Tehran stop bloodshed and destruction, and allow all Yemenis access to humanitarian assistances."
Under the GCC Initiative, Yemen saw political process and peaceful transition, before the Iranian-backed Houthi group led a coup on 21 September 2014 and seized the State's institutions, Abdullah al-Sa'adi added at his speech to a meeting for the G7+ foreign ministers.
The Houthis committed crimes against humanity and violations of the international law and human rights, he said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20206.html

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2141615

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302874802

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2140855

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2140850

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2140791

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2140639

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2140582

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2140382

http://en.adenpress.news/news/27219

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Coalition strikes Houthi reinforcements amid raging battles in Marib

Warplanes of a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen on Monday struck Houthi reinforcements in south of Marib province where battles between the government and Houthi forces have been raging for months.

They targeted military pickup trucks carrying weapons and fighters while crossing into the area of Najd Al-Majma'ah from the adjacent province of Bayda, destroying three pickup trucks and killing all fighters who were on them, local sources said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20292.html

(A K pH)

Civilians Killed, Wounded by Remnant Bomb, Dropped by Saudi-led Forces in Marib

Our correspondent said that a child was killed and a woman and her two children were injured, as a result of a remnant bomb dropped by the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression in Sirwah district in Marib governorate.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15168

and also https://www.saba.ye/en/news3111024.htm

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15221 Several prov.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3111312.htm Marib p., Jawf p.

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1312832677440094216 Hodeidah p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3111227.htm Marib p., Jawf p.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15207 / https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15203 Several prov.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3111021.htm Marib p., Jawf p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3111142.htm / https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15194 Several prov.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15169 Several prov.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1, 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 ßpS)

Taiz.. 72 mortar shells fired by Houthi militia against populated areas over the past hours

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/10/04/taiz-72-mortar-shells-fired-by-houthi-militia-against-populated-areas-over-the-past-hours/

(A K pS)

KSrelief Masam Project Dismantles 1,402 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 1,402 mines during the fourth week of September 2020, including 6 antipersonnel mines, 193 anti-tank mines, 608 unexploded ordnance and 595 explosive devices.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2141567

(A K pS)

#Houthi militia targets Al Thulaya school in the five-year besieged city of #Taiz with artillery shell. No casualties have been reported so far. (photo)

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1312719677089603589

Film, photos: https://twitter.com/EshraqAlmaqtari/status/1312639392473919488

https://twitter.com/EshraqAlmaqtari/status/1312629933521489920

(A K pS)

Houthi missile lands in Saudi Arabia's Jazan

A missile launched by the Houthi militia in Yemen landed on Sunday in Jazan, southwestern Saudi Arabia.
Col. Mohammed bin Yahya Al-Ghamdi, a spokesperson for the Saudi Civil Defense, said a car was damaged from shrapnel but no one was harmed.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1744061/saudi-arabia

(A K)

Yemen's [Hadi] gov't forces fend off Houthi infiltration in Taiz

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20256.html

(A K)

[Hadi gov.] Yemeni national army attacks Houthis sites in Marib

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20255.html

(A K pS)

Intense clashes break out between Houthi militia and Govt forces in Marib

Fierce clashes flared up between government forces and the Iran-linked Houthi militia south the oil-rich province of Marib, the stronghold of the internationally recognized government.

Field sources said the militia launched a wide-scale offense south Marib city in an attempt to advance towards the city.

The sources said the intense clashes between Houthi rebels and government forces, supported by tribesmen, resulted in casualties from both sides.

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/25662

(A K pH)

Saudi coalition forces suffer heavy losses south of Yemen's Marib

https://en.abna24.com/news//saudi-coalition-forces-suffer-heavy-losses-south-of-yemens-marib_1076036.html

(A K pS)

[Hadi gov.] Al-Jwaf’s Governor: Army encircling the directorate Center of the Province from three directions

Governor’s of Al-Jawf province, Maj. Gen. Amin Al-Alaokimi, said to “September Net” that the army forces encircling the Houthi militia inside the city of Al-Hazm, the provincial capital from three directions, and achieved qualitative victories, against the militia over the past days.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/10/02/al-jwafs-governor-army-encircling-the-directorate-center-of-the-province-from-three-directions/

(A K pS)

Nearly 1,000 Houthi militants including 215 leaders killed during past September

The heroes of the armed forces, backed by popular resistance and tribesmen, continue to harvest the lives of hundreds of Iranian-backed Houthi militiamen, as statistics show huge militia’s human losses in September for elements and field leaders.

From various battle fronts in the outskirts of Marib and Al-Jawf through Al-Bayda, Nihnm, east of the capital Sana’a, to the fighting on the fronts of Al-Dhale governorate, Houthi militia elements have received heavy casualties over the past month.

Statistics indicate that the rebel militia inflicted more than 1,000 deaths, including dozens of field commanders, buried in the same period about elements, including (215) of its field commanders impersonated large military ranks, who were killed.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/10/02/nearly-1000-houthi-militants-including-215-leaders-killed-during-past-september/

(A K)

Saudi-led coalition forces reportedly intercepted an al Houthi ballistic missile over al Mokha city in western Yemen’s Taiz governorate on October 2. Al Houthi militants reportedly launched a ballistic missile targeting an internationally recognized Yemeni government military parade in the capital of northern Yemen’s Ma’rib governorate in late September.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-october-2-2020

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/27225

(A K pH)

Injuring 2 Civilians with Saudi Shelling, Shida District, Sa’adah

Two civilians were injured, Thursday, with Saudi artillery shells targeting their car in Shida district, Sa'adah governorate. Almasirah correspondent stated that two civilians were injured and their car was burned in Shida district.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15166

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/nafisa.alharazi/posts/10158812410947790

(A K)

Bahraini King's Son Injured in Yemen

Prince Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the son of Bahrain's king, was injured in an Ansarullah missile attack on a military base of the Saudi-backed forces in Ma'rib, Yemen, sources in Manama confirmed on Wednesday.

https://en.farsnews.ir/newstext.aspx?nn=13940708001449

My comment: What the hell is he doing there?

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2145 civilians killed or wounded by Houthi-laid mines in Taiz, says Masam

The Iran-backed militia has laid thousands of landmines in 18 districts in the five-year besieged province of Taiz, killing or wounding 2154 civilians, supervisor of the mine-disposal team of Masam said.

Eng. Aref al-Qahtani told the media office of Masam, which is a Saudi project that has been clearing mines in Yemen since mid-2018, that Houthi-laid mines have killed 184 children and wounded 384 others in Taiz province alone.

According to al-Qahtani, civilians in Al Wazaea district had to displace due to the massive numbers of mines randomly laid in their district where 375 civilians fell victim to such mines.

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/25670

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 pS)

Arab Coalition foils ‘imminent terror attack’ by Houthis in southern areas of Red Sea

The Arab Coalition supporting the legitimate government in Yemen foiled an “imminent terrorist attack” by Iran-aligned Houthi militia in the southern Red Sea.

The coalition said on Monday its forces discovered and destroyed a remotely-controlled explosive-laden Houthi boat near Yemen’s port district As-Salif.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2020/10/05/Arab-Coalition-foils-imminent-terrorist-attack-by-Houthis-south-of-Red-Sea

and by Saudi Press Agency: https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2141893

My comment: This sounds like propaganda BS. This happened near the coast of Houthi-held northern Hodeidah province. An ‘imminent’ attack targetung what? Thus, this was little more than a boat destroyed by a terrorist air attack. The rest is propaganda.

(A K pH)

In Fifth Crime in 24 Hours, A Girl Injured, by US-Saudi Mercenaries’ Bullets in Al-Hodeidah

A girl was injured, on Sunday evening, by bullets of the US-Saudi mercenaries in Al-Tuhayta District, Al-Hodeidah Governorate.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15213

(A K pH)

Aggression forces kill civilian, injure 12 others in Hodeida

A civilian was killed and 12 others wounded, including women and children in a aggression forces' shelling in Hodeida, a military official said to Saba on Monday.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3111256.htm

(A K pH)

#Hodeidah : US-UK-Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on Jabal Al-Melh “Salt mountain” in Al-Salif District

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1312832677440094216

(A K pH)

4th Crime in Hours, Civilian Killed with US-Saudi Mercenaries’ Shelling, Hodeidah

US-Saudi aggression killed a civilian by targeting residential neighborhoods in Hodeidah governorate. Almasirah correspondent stated that a civilian was killed in Al-Hawk district, with US-Saudi artillery bombing, which targeted residential areas.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15202

(A K pH)

7 Members of Single Family Injured by US-Saudi Missile, Artillery Shelling in Hodeidah

Seven members of a single family were injured, Sunday morning, by US-Saudi missile and artillery shelling that targeted 7-Yolio residential neighborhood in Hodeidah, "Almasirah Net" correspondent reported.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15198

(A K pH)

Child, 2 Women, 3 Other Citizens Injured, by US-Saudi shelling on in Al-Hodeidah

Six citizens, including a child and two women, were injured, Sunday, as a result of the US-Saudi continuous shelling on the residential areas in Al-Hodeidah Governorate, amid an absolute international silence.

Almasirah Net correspondent reported that 3 civilians, including a woman, were injured by an artillery shelling in Al-Hawk District, while, a child, a woman, and an elderly man were injured in Ad-Duraiyhmi District.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15200

(A K pS)

Two women badly injured by Houthi snipers in Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/27239

(A K pS)

Film: Hodeidah: A worker at the Thabit Brotherhood Complex was seriously wounded by artillery shelling of the Houthi militia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qd3S6fUZJQ = https://twitter.com/RepublicanYemen/status/1312726641102204928

(B K pS)

Film: #Houthi mines keep claiming the lives of innocent people south the port city of #Hodeida.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1312840202172366853

(AK)

Yemeni fishermen killed by sea mine explosion

A Yemeni fisherman was killed after his boat struck a naval mine in the Red Sea on Saturday.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20257.html

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/27237

(A K pH)

In al- Duraihimi also, the forces of aggression burned six houses in the city with artillery shelling and intensive combing, while a civilian was hit by the forces of aggression fires in the isolation of Al-Maghras in al-Tuhaita district, and a woman was hit by mortar shells fired by mercenaries of aggression in al-Ha'eit area in Hays district.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3111025.htm

and also https://en.abna24.com/news//three-civilians-wounded-in-saudi-bombing-of-yemens-hodeidah_1075523.html

and

(A K pH)

Film: Citizens' homes were set on fire by the aggression forces during the frequent crawls on the city of Al-Dahmy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RDpLY3LlZY

(A K pH)

Daily violations

Oct. 5: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15223

Oct. 4: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15207

Oct. 3: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15194

Oct. 1: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15172

Sep. 30: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15161

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

(A)

Egypt's Alexandria Airlines cleared for flights to southern Yemen

Private operator will provide regular services between Cairo and Yemeni cities of Aden and Sayoun

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/egypt-s-alexandria-airlines-cleared-for-flights-to-southern-yemen-1.1088924

(A H)

Desert Locust situation update 5 October 2020

Even though ground and aerial control operations continue against swarms in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, the situation remains worrisome and could potentially deteriorate during October because of recent breeding.

Substantial hatching and hopper band formation have caused numerous immature swarms to form in northeast Ethiopia. Hopper bands and swarms continue to form in Yemen where some swarms have started to move to the southern coast. An increasing number of swarms have been reported in northern Somalia, including cross-border movements between northwest Somalia and eastern Ethiopia. As prevailing winds coming from the north become established over the Horn of Africa, there will be an increased threat of swarm migration from Yemen, northeast Ethiopia and northern Somalia south to eastern Ethiopia and central Somalia in October that could extend to northern Kenya in November.

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

(A H)

Film: Yemen- Inaugurating Mocha Coffee Club in Conjunction with the International Coffee Day

In conjunction with the international coffee day, a celebration was held to inaugurate Yemeni Coffee Club. The head of the Yemeni Coffee Club, Hashem Numan said that the event aimed at underscoring Yemen’s role in presenting the popular Mocha coffee which is deemed as one of the highest quality types in the world. The event also raised awareness of the mechanisms used in growing coffee beans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkrXeJN6Uw8

(A H)

In war-ravaged #Yemen, life goes on: a coffee fair in Sanaa. Yemen -- with #Ethiopia -- is said to be the birth place of coffee. Not only are the roasted beans used, but the husks are too - in the spiced ginger drink of 'qishr'. Photos by Mohammed Huwais

https://twitter.com/AFP_MENA/status/1313101636441522178

(A H)

Al-Manar Association for the Deaf and Mute Holds an Annual Ceremony to Welcome New Students.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdp0JbL1Y2w

(* B H)

Rains in Yemen: A blessing or a curse?

Yemen is ranked amongst the top five most water-scarce countries in the world with an annual average rainfall of 125mm. Over the past few years, war has destroyed almost everything and most of the damages are affecting the water and sanitation infrastructure.

Like many other countries, Yemen is also facing multiple effects of climate change. Over the least three years, these effects have come strongly to the fore. There have been unprecedented rainfall events, mostly due to cyclones originating in the Indian oceans that empty themselves onto the Arabian peninsula. Some Yemeni cities had not experienced such rain events for a long time and were thus not prepared, and had to suffer catastrophic damages to humans, livestock, agricultural lands and infrastructure. Some waterfalls and rivers, which were dried for years or didn’t exist, were flooded for days. For example, the Ma’rib dam, since its construction 35 years ago, has overflowed, meaning that its capacity reached more than 400 million cubic meters, due to the continuous rain in the area for more than two weeks. The dam’s started draining through the flood outlet (photos9

https://thewaterchannel.tv/thewaterblog/rain-in-yemen-a-blessing-or-a-curse/

(A E)

Kaffefestival in Sanaa

https://de.euronews.com/2020/10/02/kaffeefestival-in-sanaa-von-bunn-bis-qishr

Film: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7wlion

(A E)

"The treasure of Yemen" International Coffee Day is celebrated in Sana'a

In Yemen, different kinds of fresh and roasted local coffee grains are tasted at a festival in the Huthi-held capital Sana'a, to mark International coffee day.

Yemen, mired in civil war since 2014 and one of the Arabian Peninsula's poorest nations, was once best known for its coffee industry.

"Before, Yemenis were not aware of the importance, the quality, and the global value of the Yemeni coffee grains," says Abdel Khaleq al Abrat, director of the Coffee Export and Production Coorporation.

"Today the farmers have replaced the culture of qat for coffee grains, and the Bedouins drink coffee every day in the morning, or during their breaks. Its international quality is known to every Yemeni, who now know coffee is the treasure of Yemen. "

https://www.euronews.com/2020/10/02/the-treasure-of-yemen-international-coffee-day-is-celebrated-in-sana-a

(B P)

Time to Bury Dead Organizations

The illegitimate and cowardly Arabian rulers have never addressed any serious issues facing the region as a result of their treachery but keep looking for Muslim enemies. With nothing positive to their credit, they keep adding to people’s problems.

To deal with this menace, a good starting point would be to abolish the Arab League. This useless forum of squabbling potentates like school children in a playground needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history. The potentates will follow soon thereafter, insha-Allah.

https://crescent.icit-digital.org/articles/time-to-bury-dead-organizations

(A)

Great to see people in east #Yemen celebrate #Mahri #Language Day! Events include the launch of a project to record & preserve their unique language.

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1312789507369046016

(C)

From Mocha to Rio de Janeiro: The Story of How Coffee was Smuggled || Part Three

Once upon a time, a coffee seed was smuggled from Mocha port out into the world, and for more than a century the direct descendants of this seed were scattered throughout many farmlands around Europe and Asia. But all failed to compete with the taste of Yemeni coffee. Coffee requires warmer climates in relatively high places where the sun shines intensely, and so Yemen’s climate offers ideal conditions for coffee to thrive. For a time the rest of the world found it difficult to grow coffee, but after a long journey – spanning a century – heirs of that seed reached the hills of Rio de Janeiro, where the climate is optimum for coffee cultivation.

https://almadaniyamag.com/2017/12/20/2017-12-20-from-mocha-to-rio-de-janeiro-the-story-of-how-coffee-was-smuggled-part-three/

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Photos from Ibb

https://twitter.com/its_yemen/status/1312370351599476737

Vorige / Previous:

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

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-683 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-683:

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

12:15 06.10.2020
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