Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 689b- Yemen War Mosaic 689b

Yemen Press Reader 689b: 25. Oktober 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 689, cp6 - cp19 / October 25, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 689, cp6 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 689, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 689, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Großer Gefangenenaustausch / Most important: Great prisoner swap

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

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

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

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Yemeni sources: Abyan ceasefire paves way for new cabinet declaration

The Yemeni official government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) have ordered their troops to apply ceasefire in the southern governorate of Abyan, Yemeni sources said Saturday, paving the way for the Riyadh Agreement application and new cabinet declaration.

"Understandings seem to be implemented in the coming days that will see troops withdrawn from the two fighting fronts in Abyan," the sources added.

After two months of consultations in the Saudi capital, great progress was made on the formation of new cabinet, and its declaration will be soon, other sources told the

20 (out of the 24) portfolios will be equally shared by northern and southern provinces, the sources added.

Some dossiers have yet to be decided and seem to take long time, mainly the military and security section, which had to be applied before the cabinet declaration, the paper quoted a political source at the government.

Many points of this file is still stalled in terms of the troop full pullouts and the camps movement out of Aden to fighting fronts, he added.

While it is to be blamed for this delay that affects the Riyadh deal's other provisions and timing, the Kingdom pressed for the new government formation, though the military section is behind tension and instability in Aden and other areas.

Still, this dossier "may at any moment cause the government and STC move back to square one and, thus, end the progress made in forming the government," he warned.

My comment: This is the 20th? 21st? 22d? Abyan ceasefire. This one will fail again. And the separarists furtheron will refuse to pull their militia out of Aden – and to cede the city to the Hadi government.


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New truce in Abyan brings peace to southern Yemen

Military units loyal to the internationally recognized government received on Friday orders from the government to immediately put into place a truce, ending military alerts that have been in place in the province of Abyan for months.

“We have received orders to end combat standby state and put into place a comprehensive and permanent truce in the province,” a local government military officer in Abyan, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Arab News on Saturday. “It seems that the politicians in Riyadh reached an agreement,” the officer said, referring to the continuing new government consultation between Yemeni rivals.

Forces from the pro-independence Southern Transitional Council (STC) said that they received similar orders from their commanders to end hostilities in Abyan.

On the ground, the Kingdom has deployed military officers to monitor a truce between the rivals and the implementation of military and security arrangements under the deal.

The premier-designate is putting the final touches on his consultations with Yemeni parties on a new government as major ministries were distributed between Yemen’s big and small parties, two sources told Arab News on Saturday.

“A new government might see light this week as combat forces will simultaneously pull out of contested areas and join fighting against the Houthis,” a senior STC source in Riyadh, said preferring anonymity.

Military and security arrangements under the deal, such as the STC withdrawal of military units from Aden, the country’s interim capital, and Abyan, have long blocked the formation of a new government as the legitimate government insists on the implementation of the security and military side of the agreement before announcing the agreement.

To end the impasse, the rivals agreed to announce the government this week, coinciding with the withdrawal of forces from Aden and Abyan, sources told Arab News.

Government and STC sources in Riyadh said that under the current consultations, Yemen’s president would pick names for four “sovereign” ministries — defense, interior, finance and foreign affairs.

The STC was given the ministries of transport, social affairs and labor, civil service and insurance, agricultural and fisheries, as well as the ministry of public works and highways.

The remaining ministries were distributed between the General People’s Congress that has ruled Yemen for three decades, the Islamist Islah Party, the Socialist Party, the Islamist Rashad Party and Hadramout Inclusive Conference.

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Hadi meets STC president amid reports new government to be announced in days

President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi has met with president of the southern transitional council Aidarous Al-Zubaidi in the Saudi capital Riyadh, a Yemeni official said.
It was a friendly meeting to build trust and understanding, the official said, adding that the meeting was held at Hadi's residence on Thursday, according to the Arabi 21 website.
The deadlock over the implementation of the Riyadh agreement is over and consultations to form a new government are proceeding well, the official told the website on condition of anonymity.
The new government is expected to be announced in the coming days, the official added.
It was the second meeting between Hadi and Al-Zubaidi since the government and the UAE-backed council signed the agreement in November 2019.

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My comment: It will not work.

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Sana’a mayor launches charitable surgery camp for IDP children

My comment: The Hadi government has a Sanaa mayor – a Mayor Lackcity, as it seems.

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Turkey brings back wounded aid worker from Yemen

Ali Can Budak, member of Turkish Red Crescent, was injured in armed attack in Aden on Tuesday

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Wartime Challenges Facing Local Authorities in Shabwa

Shabwa Governorate: Snapshot

Shabwa’s location and resources have made it a strategic concern for the warring parties during the conflict. For example, forces loyal to the internationally recognized Yemeni government positioned in Marib must pass through Shabwa to reach Abyan, Aden and Hadramawt. Financial support from the central government to Shabwa ceased in 2015, however with the exception of salary payments. Local authorities have since tried to cover this deficit by funding some services from oil revenue in the governorate. Despite these efforts, basic services in Shabwa are insufficient, in part due to the lack of funds and support from the central government.

Wartime Challenges

Local authorities in Shabwa have faced a range of challenges during the war, relating to security, administration, finances and oil production. An overview of these challenges is presented below:

Political and Security Challenges

Administrative Challenges

Local authorities in Shabwa face multiple administrative challenges, some of which are national issues which predate the conflict. Corrupt recruitment practices are a key challenge in the governorate.

Oil and Gas Production Challenges

Oil production in Shabwa has decreased during the war, from close to 15.84 million barrels in 2014 to less than 4.35 million barrels in 2019.

Financial Challenges

The war has created multiple financial challenges for local authorities, primarily a lack of financial resources – by Omar Saleh Yaslm BaHamid

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Security discusses biased campaigns against Aden

Aden's [separatist] Security Committee held its periodic meeting on Thursday, under the chairmanship of the governor of Aden, Ahmed Lamlas.
The meeting focused on the current security development in the capital amid bids to destabilize the situation.
The meeting warned of the biased media campaigns against the Security and its s affiliates in Aden, condemning the political exploitation of some occasional incidents and falsification of the facts to intimidate the people with a view to destabilizing the security in the city.
The committee affirmed that Aden enjoys an unprecedented level of stability, adding that all the security units must increase their alert readiness measures.

My comment: LOL, LOL. This is how the separatists “explain” their failure at Aden.



Young man killed in lawless Aden

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[Hadi gov.] Army foils bid to bomb new oil tanker

Yemen’s army foiled an attempt to bomb a new oil tanker off the eastern coast of Al-Nusheimah of Shabwa on Tuesday night, informed sources said.

A militant cell from the Shabwani Elite, a foreign-backed paramilitary force [UAE-backed separatist militia], were arrested while trying to sneak into the Arabian Seaport of al-Nushaymah with IEDs and naval mines in their possessions “to blow up one of the oil tankers,” said a well-informed source.

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Former minister: Saudi envoy faultily managed Yemeni issue

The Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohamed Al Jaber, "has become a burden for the Yemeni dossier," Yemen's transportation ex-minister tweeted on Thursday, citing the Saudi program for Yemeni development as "best evidence for failure."
The Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman and his brother Prince Khaled are urged to review "Al Jaber's file that has become a sign of failure in Yemen," Saleh al-Jabwani added.

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Unknown gunmen assassinate military officer Naser Alfadhli in Aden. Source: Multiple websites

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A cell of militants belonging to the UAE-backed Shabwani Elite militia were arrested trying to bomb a new oil tanker in al-Nushaymat (Arabian Sea) port. Source: Anaween Post.

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Central Bank will not allow entry of oil derivatives into local ports except after banking through Central Bank

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Yemeni gov't, STC troops reengage in fighting in Abyan

Armed clashes on Wednesday renewed between the Yemeni official army and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in the southern governorate of Abyan.
The two sides fiercely exchanged artillery shelling, field sources said, amid sporadic fighting at which heavy, medium and light arms were used in Toriah front east Zinjobar city, Abyan's provincial capital.

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Film: Yemen: A workshop on Organizations and Civil Societies' Role in Promoting the Riyadh Agreement

The Ministry of Human Rights in the temporary capital of Aden coordinated workshops on the organizations’ role and civil activities in boosting the Riyadh Agreement that seeks to promote peace and security in the region. These workshops were held amid commemorating the 57th anniversary of the glorious October 14 Revolution- 1963

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UAE carries out the first military parade in Yemen's Socotra

The Emirati force-funded Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia carried out on Tuesday a military parade in Socotra Island, according to sources.
The sources affirmed that the parade organized at the headquarters of the First Marine Corps Brigade, after the brigade joined the STC Brigades during the first half of this year 2020.

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Some parties seek to mislead international community: Shatara

Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), Vice-President of the National Assembly for Control and Inspection, Mr. Lufti Shatara said that "there are some parties within the Yemeni legitimacy that do not want to implement the Riyadh Agreement."
"Those parties seek to further inflame the situation and mislead the international community."

My comment: LOL.

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Socotra celebrates the 57th anniversary of the glorious October 14 revolution

The governorate of Socotra Archipelago witnessed on Tuesday a celebration of the glorious 14th of October revolution, in the presence of the head of the local leadership of the Transition Council


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Socotra police raises picture of President [separatist leader] Al-Zubaidi at the Governorate Police General Command

My comment: Details of how the separatists – protected by the UAE – are ruling at Socotra.

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[Hadi] Gov’t: security services to pursue perpetrators to murder attempt of Turkish official

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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I remain extremely concerned about the situation in Yemen, a local conflict that has become regionalized over time. Nearly six years of war have devastated the lives of millions of Yemenis and undermined confidence-building efforts in the region. Yemen is Exhibit A for the need to realize a ceasefire now.

Last week brought a ray of hope. The parties took promising steps by releasing more than 1,000 prisoners – the largest prisoner exchange since the start of the conflict. This action not only reunited many Yemeni families with their loved ones, but also demonstrated that the parties are able to reach agreement and follow through on their commitments.

The United Nations continues to facilitate negotiations between the Yemeni parties on the Joint Declaration, comprised of a nationwide ceasefire, economic and humanitarian confidence building measures and the resumption of the political process.

Meanwhile the security situation remains fragile.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi dissidents target crown prince where it hurts: Washington

Even in societies riven by differences, democracy can be a unifying ideal. In the face of repression, Saudis – including liberals, Islamists, Sunnis, Shiites, and former members of the military – have united to oppose the regime.

Forged together by Saudi government repression and forced to act in exile, an unlikely coalition of opposition factions has launched a campaign hitting the regime where it hurts the most: Washington

An advocacy group founded by slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi filed a suit against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in U.S. federal court this week, even as Saudi opposition activists – united in a new party – began mapping out their goal of a democratically elected government.

These were among the first in a flurry of moves designed to scuttle Saudi Arabia’s ties with the West and provide a platform for the voices of the kingdom’s increasingly frustrated citizens.

While dismissed by some observers and analysts as merely the latest in a line of Middle Eastern exile groups, the activists and dissidents say they have risen above internal differences and are set to prove that the road to change in Riyadh runs through Washington.

Pushed together by crackdowns, repression, and the harassment and arrests of their family members, disparate groups from Saudi Arabia’s long-fractured civil society are uniting in opposition to the crown prince, who is often referred to as MBS.

Just weeks old, the National Assembly Party – its acronym NAAS the transliteration of the Arabic word for “people” – began organizing as the first opposition party for a kingdom that lacks a constitution, bans political parties, and targets families as retribution for criticism of the state.

Its founding members include former members of the military, liberals, Islamists, Sunnis, Shiites, and tribes of different regions, who rarely shared a table. The party is now quietly expanding its membership base for the common goals of democracy, an independent judiciary, and an elected government.

NAAS says it has learned from previous reform movements that fractured along Islamist-liberal, Shiite-Sunni, geographical and tribal lines – divisions that were reinforced by state-sponsored divide-and-conquer-tactics.

“At this moment we agreed that this was a time to rise above all the divisions that have weakened Saudi civil society in the past, despite our different orientations and ideologies,” says Madawi al-Rasheed, a social anthropologist and NAAS founding member and spokeswoman, based in London.

“The ability of all these small disparate groups to form a party attests to the really bad situation that has gripped the country the last five years,” she says. “Everyone agreed that democracy was the only way out.”

NAAS’s public demand for democracy also breaks with the previous reform movements in Saudi Arabia, including nationalists and liberal princes in the 1960s, political Islamists in the 1980s, and a liberal reformist movement in the early 1990s.

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MBS said he would be killed by his 'own people' if Riyadh normalised ties with Israel: Report

Billionaire Haim Saban claims crown prince made remarks after UAE and Bahrain's deals with Israel, Haaretz reports

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban he would fear for his life if he struck a normalisation deal with Israel, Haaretz reported.

The Saudi crown prince, also known by his initials MBS, said following in the steps of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain would get him "killed by Iran, by Qatar and my own people", Saban said.

The entertainment mogul made the claim at a pro-Biden online campaign event on Wednesday entitled "Israel's Security and Prosperity in a Biden White House", hosted by Florida for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Haaretz reported.

The UAE and Bahrain, which closely coordinate their foreign policies with Saudi Arabia, normalised relations with Israel in August, cementing the move with a signing ceremony at the White House last month.

Saban, a billionaire who founded the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, was one of the few Democrats present when the agreements, dubbed the Abraham Accords, were signed on 15 September.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump said he expected Saudi Arabia to also agree to closer ties with Israel in the coming months.

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Saad Al-Jabri Assigns an US Lobbying Company to Support Him in His Struggle with Bin Salman

Intelligence Online revealed that the former Saudi security official, Saad Al-Jabri, had contracted with an American lobbying company to support him in his conflict with the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

According to the same source, the company that Al Jabri contracted with has links with the administration of US President Donald Trump, and it is called “Avenue Strategies” company.

Intelligence Online website indicated that the company that Al-Jabri, a former counterterrorism advisor to the former Minister of Interior and former Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, had contracted with, began earlier this year to pressure Washington to demand Bin Salman release members of the Al-Jabri family imprisoned in the Kingdom with the aim of forcing him to return to Country.

My remark: For al-Jabri, read:

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#Twitter has just suspended a patch of #Saudi govt bot accounts that took center stage in its online messaging. One of these accounts is thought to be ran by former intelligence head Turki Faisal

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Saudis launch national artificial intelligence strategy

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday launched a national artificial intelligence strategy aimed at making it a global leader in the field as it seeks to diversify its oil-based economy.

The National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence (NSDAI) will seek to attract $20 billion in foreign and local investments by 2030, a NSDAI statement said.

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G20 women's forum urged to press hosts Saudi on rights

Rights groups want participants in a G20 women’s meeting starting in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to seek the release of detained female activists and call out the kingdom for its record on rights.

“[Saudi] continues to violate basic women’s human rights and muzzle voices that demand equality,” Amnesty International said ahead of the two-day virtual W20 meeting.

“Your participation in the W20 must not be used in Saudi Arabia’s whitewashing of its international reputation while they continue to jail peaceful women activists.”

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#Saudi Monarchy names 13 new judges to its supreme court. None are blacks, Shia or women. This is what the #US @SecPompeo have been supporting for 75 years, a mix of racisms, sectarianism, and sexism. @statedeptspox defends that too.

referring to

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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Katherine Zimmerman debunking US official propaganda:

Where is this peace? Yemen? Syria? Somalia? Mali? Libya? Afghanistan? Mozambique? CAR? Nigeria? ... (text in image)

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Weltmacht USA: Es bleibt die Wahl zwischen Pest und Cholera

Alle Europäer hoffen auf Trumps Abwahl. Aber wird Biden Frieden bringen? In der Aussenpolitik plädiert er für militärische Stärke.
Es ist nachvollziehbar: Trumps egozentrische und paranoide Persönlichkeit hat nichts Gutes erwarten lassen und bisher auch nichts Gutes gebracht, es sei denn zum Vorteil der Reichen und Superreichen. So hoffen denn wenigstens in Europa alle auf seine Abwahl.
Aber was wird denn Joe Biden, sein Gegenkandidat, bringen, wenn er gewählt wird? Innenpolitisch ist er gewiss sozialer und demokratischer – in jedem Sinn des Wortes. Aber aussenpolitisch? Gibt es in seinem Programm einen Punkt, der darauf abziehlt, mehr Frieden auf dieser Welt zu schaffen?
Die international renommierte US-Zeitschrift «Foreign Affairs» hat zu diesem Thema drei Artikel von Joe Biden ins Netz gestellt:

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Americans in Yemen left to fend for themselves and find own way home

Advocates accuse State Department of abandoning hundreds of permanent US residents and visa holders in war-torn country

Months into a coronavirus pandemic that has devastated Yemen, a country ravaged by five years of brutal war, the United States has been accused of doing little to repatriate permanent US residents and visa holders stranded in the country.

Since March, the State Department has sponsored dozens of repatriation flights, bringing home more than 100,000 people who were stuck in countries including Argentina, Peru and Saudi Arabia.

US officials told Middle East Eye that at least three flights were organised to bring back citizens and visa holders in late June, after Washington was accused of abandoning its people in Yemen. Then when the country's internationally recognised government reinstated commercial flights from Aden, the temporary capital in the south of the country, Washington cancelled plans to arrange any new flights.

Advocates told MEE that many Yemenis who could leave, did so immediately, hastily arranging flights to neighbouring Arab countries and subsequently made their own way home.

Still, in a country that has no US consular presence and the devastating war has severely restricted inter-city travel, hundreds of Yemeni Americans remain trapped in areas either controlled by Houthi rebels who monitor their movements, or are unable to leave because of expired travel documents.

"The US picks and chooses which American citizens it values and gives the utmost priority to protect and defend them," Debbie Almontaser, co-founder of the Yemeni-American Merchants Association, told MEE. "Sadly, the Yemeni-American community is on the bottom of that list."

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Information sought on Hizbullah commander in Yemen

The US is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information on Haytham Ali Tabatabai, a Lebanese Hizbullah military leader.

The US State Department is still seeking information on the whereabouts of Haytham Ali Tabatabai, a key Lebanese Hizbullah military leader who commanded Hizbullah special forces in both Syria and Yemen.

The State Department designated Tabatabai as a specially designated global terrorist in October 2016, and in 2018 offered a reward of up to $5 million for information on him as part of its Rewards for Justice Programme.

This reward is still available, it said this week, urging anyone with information on Tabatabai and his activities to come forward.

According to the State Department, "Tabatabai's actions in Syria and Yemen are part of a larger Hizbullah effort to provide training, materiel and personnel in support of its destabilising regional activities".

Tabatabai entered Yemen in 2014, where he was tasked with building a security system around Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi, said Majed al-Madhaji, of the Sanaa Centre for Strategic Studies.

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Washington: Rewards for Justice Khalil Yusef Harb - $ 5 million - works as a close advisor to the Secretary-General of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, and since 2012 he has participated in transferring large sums of money to Hezbollah's political allies in Yemen.

Rewards for justice Haitham Ali Tabatabai - 5 million - He led the special forces of Hezbollah in Yemen, as part of Hezbollah's effort to provide training, equipment, and people to support its regional activities to destabilize.

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US [ambassador at] Security Council: No Peace in Yemen Except by Establishing Relations with Israeli Enemy

In a blatant manner, the US to the Security Council, Kelly Craft, affirmed that there is no peace in Yemen and the region except by establishing relations with the Israeli enemy.

The US representative's speech came during a session of the Security Council, Tuesday, under the title "Maintaining international peace and security: a comprehensive review of the situation in the Arab Gulf region."

While the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, was dwarfing the causes of the aggressive war on Yemen by remarkably speaking about Marib, Al-Jawf and Al-Hudaydah, the US representative declared, in the same session, that establishing relations with the Israeli enemy is the gateway to peace in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Iran.

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At least 45 US lawmakers urge Washington to boycott Saudi-hosted G20

At least 45 American lawmakers have signed a letter urging the US government to boycott next month's G20 summit in Riyadh unless Saudi authorities address key human rights concerns.

The letter, released on Wednesday, from US Congress members to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes after European lawmakers passed a resolution this month calling for the European Union to downgrade its attendance at the summit, also over human rights.

The developments are a source of embarrassment for the kingdom, the current G20 president, as it gears up to host world leaders next month at what is widely seen as a crucial event for Saudi international diplomacy.

Among a suite of demands, Congress members called on Riyadh to release jailed activists, end its military campaign in neighbouring Yemen and provide accountability for the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

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Honeymoon over? Saudi Arabia-U.S. ties face reset with Biden win

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince enjoyed a near free pass under his personal relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, but the kingdom’s brazen young leader will have to tread more carefully should Democrats take the White House and reset strategic ties.

At issue for the Gulf powerhouse, which lobbied hard for Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against foe Iran, is how Biden will address Tehran’s ballistic missiles and support for regional proxies in any talks to revive an international nuclear pact with Iran that Washington quit in 2018.

While Riyadh and its Gulf allies prefer a Trump administration that also prioritised lucrative deals over human rights concerns, a Biden win would not upend decades-long alliances, five regional sources and diplomats said. Biden may, however, place stronger conditions on U.S. support, they said.

“There will be challenges but there are long-term strategic institutional relationships and no one wants to break the camel’s back, though a Biden administration will want compromises,” said one Gulf source.

A foreign diplomat in the region echoed the view that Saudi-U.S. ties would not be unduly harmed: “I imagine (Biden) would demand a few high-profile concessions ... something on women’s rights defenders maybe.”

“There is concern that a Biden presidency would at best, mean a reduced U.S. focus on the Middle East, and at worst ... a more hardline approach towards Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries,” said Abdulaziz Sager, chairman of Riyadh-based Gulf Research Center.

“There is a desire for clarity among Saudis in terms of what Biden’s concrete foreign policy would be towards Saudi Arabia.”

Gulf states are also trying to push through arms deals, with the UAE and Qatar seeking U.S. F-35 fighter jets.

The UAE has hedged its bets, reducing its military presence in Yemen and becoming the first Arab state in a quarter century to normalise ties with Israel, creating a new axis against Iran and Islamists deemed a threat to Gulf dynastic rule.

Bahrain followed suit, handing Trump a win in U.S.-brokered accords that also garnered bipartisan support.

“One of the reasons Gulf states are establishing relations is because they realised a few months ago they might not have the U.S. to rely on as in the past. Israel is a natural partner,” said a source familiar with the process.

Saudi columnist Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh, writing in local daily Al Jazirah, said this “created a new reality on the ground that candidate Biden cannot overlook” when dealing with Iran.

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

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Iran verhängt Sanktionen gegen US-Diplomaten in Bagdad

Der Iran hat Sanktionen gegen drei US-Diplomaten im Irak verhängt. US-Botschafter Matthew Tueller und zwei Mitglieder seiner Botschaft hätten sich an der Organisation, Finanzierung und Ausführung "terroristischer Handlungen" gegen die Interessen "der iranischen Regierung und ihrer Bürger" beteiligt, teilte das Außenministerium in Teheran am Freitag im Online-Dienst Twitter mit. Am Vortag hatten die USA Sanktionen gegen mehrere iranische Organisationen sowie den iranischen Botschafter in Bagdad erlassen.

Teheran wirft den US-Diplomaten vor, in die Tötung des iranischen Generals Kassem Soleimani bei einen US-Drohnenangriff nahe dem Flughafen von Bagdad im Januar verwickelt gewesen zu sein. Zudem hätten sie "extremistische und terroristische Gruppen unterstützt" sowie Sanktionen gegen den Iran umgesetzt. "Anti-iranische Aktionen werden nicht unbeantwortet bleiben", schrieb ein Sprecher des Außenministeriums bei Twitter.,-Iran-verhaengt-Sanktionen-gegen-US-Diplomaten-in-Bagdad-_arid,751957.html

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Iran sanctions US ambassador to Iraq, two other diplomats

Iran says it has blacklisted the United States’ Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller and two other diplomats over their key role in carrying out acts of terror, violating the fundamental principles of human rights and imposing ‘cruel and illegal sanctions’ against the Islamic Republic.

In a statement issued on Friday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said that in cooperation with other responsible bodies it had imposed sanctions on Tueller, Steve Fagin, the deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Baghdad, and Erbil Rob Waller, the Consul General, based on adequate evidence and in line with a bill overwhelmingly approved by Iranian lawmakers in 2017 to confront “America's terrorist and adventurous actions” in the region.

The statement added that the three American diplomats have had “an effective engagement in organizing, financing, leading and committing terrorist acts against the interests of the government or citizens” of Iran.

They had also supported terrorist groups, including Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra – formerly known as al-Nusra Front – and played an effective role in promoting state terrorism against regional nations, it said

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Iran’s FM: US not interested in global stability, wants to start arms race across world

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Teherans Alptraum

Der Iran war Nutznießer der arabisch-israelischen Feindschaft. Wegen Israels Friedensabkommen ist damit Schluss — die Mullahs reagieren gereizt.

Wahrscheinlich wird die neue arabisch-israelische Allianz Iran anfälliger machen für Versuche seiner Gegner, Druck auszuüben. Das gleiche gilt für Operationen von Sicherheits- und Geheimdiensten.

Diese Risse im regionalen Sicherheitspuffer Irans haben jedoch nicht nur derartige Nacht-und-Nebel-Aktionen ermöglicht. Sie haben auch dazu geführt, dass Trumps Politik des „maximalen Drucks“ gegenüber Teheran effektiver und schmerzhafter waren als die Sanktionsoffensive seines Vorgängers. Ziel ist es, die iranische Wirtschaft zu ersticken. Die verstärkte arabische Zusammenarbeit mit Israel und den Vereinigten Staaten hat den USA geholfen, geheime Finanzkanäle zu blockieren und Ventile abzudichten, die von iranischen Behörden und Institutionen traditionell genutzt werden, um die amerikanischen Sanktionen zu umgehen.

Das entstehende arabisch-israelische Bündnis, für das die Normalisierung der Beziehungen zwischen den Emiraten und Israel beispielhaft ist, wirkt sich auch negativ auf das bisher üblicherweise erfolgreiche Streben Irans nach „strategischer Tiefe“ im Nahen Osten aus. Türkischen Medien zufolge (die Türkei ist ein großer Rivale der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und lehnt dessen Annäherung an Israel ab) bieten die Emiratis Israel die einmalige Gelegenheit, auf der von den VAE kontrollierten Insel Sokotra südlich des Jemen „Spionagestützpunkte“ zu errichten.

Dass die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate das sicherheitspolitische Engagement Israels im Golf von Aden erleichtert, könnte langjährige unterschwellige Spannungen in der Region anheizen, sogar wenn der Jemen-Krieg irgendwann beendet ist

Es ist deshalb wenig verwunderlich, dass eine umfassende Öffnung gegenüber den arabischen Staaten der Region, nicht zuletzt gegenüber dem von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Block, in Teheran parteiübergreifend unterstützt wird. Hingegen wären Verhandlungen mit Washington für iranische Anführer angesichts des demütigenden Drucks der Wirtschaftssanktionen und der Ermordung von Kommandeur Qasem Soleimani durch die USA schwer zu erklären und kaum zu verkaufen. Fazit: Der diplomatische Durchbruch zwischen den VAE und Israel wird Teherans Eindruck, strategisch eingekreist zu sein, wohl verschärfen und dazu führen, dass Teheran in seiner Nachbarschaft aggressiver und mit deutlich weniger Zurückhaltung agiert.

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Iran: Saudi military expenditure turned West Asia into powder keg

Iran has hit out at Saudi Arabia for shedding “crocodile tears” over the lifting of the UN arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, noting that it is hypocritical of Riyadh to voice alarm at the ban’s removal while its own purchases of American weapons have turned West Asia into a powder keg.

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US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

U.S. officials accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states that appeared to be aimed at intimidating them into voting for President Donald Trump.

The officials did not lay out specific evidence for how they came to pinpoint Iran, but the activities attributed to Tehran would mark a significant escalation for a country some cybersecurity experts regard as a second-rate player in online espionage. The announcement was made at a hastily called news conference 13 days before the election.

My comment: This sounds like a tall propaganda story.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Petition: Stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. They help fuel the Yemeni civil war.

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Q&A with Jonathan Allen, UK Chargé d’Affaires to the UN

Amb. Allen: Through a combination of public and private diplomacy, the UK is playing a leading role in supporting UN efforts. In addition to facilitating the aforementioned P5+ meeting, the UK has been active in engaging the region. On October 6, Minister [James] Cleverly [responsible for the Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office] spoke with the Yemeni Foreign Minister about the peace process and developments in the South. On September 8, the Defence Secretary [Ben Wallace] spoke to Omani Foreign Minister Badr [al-Busaidi] about support for UN Special Envoy (UNSE) Martin Griffiths. On September 2, the Prime Minister [Boris Johnson] discussed Yemen with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. And on July 1, the Foreign Secretary [Dominic Raab] wrote a joint op-ed with his Swedish and German counterparts calling for the international community to back peace efforts.

The UNSC has a vital role to play: it shines a light into the darkness of conflict, holds actors to account, and helps galvanize international action.

A political settlement is the only way to bring long-term stability to Yemen and to address the worsening humanitarian crisis. We fully support the peace process led by UNSE Martin Griffiths, and urge the parties to engage constructively with this process. The UK is playing a leading role in responding to the crisis in Yemen both through its humanitarian response and using its diplomatic influence. The UK has used its role as penholder at the UN Security Council to help push the Yemen peace process forward.

My comment: This is propaganda BS as Britain by its massive support and arms supply to the saudi coalition remains a main party of the Yemen War. And UNSC res. 2216 is biased (in favor of the Saudi coalition, of course) and remains an obstacle to peace since 5 years.

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UK threatens international sanctions on Yemen’s parties if not agree on peace

Deputy Ambassador of the United Kingdom (UK) Mission to the United Nations (UN), Jonathan Allen threatened on Thursday international sanctions by the UN Security Council on Yemen’s parties if failed to reach peace.

“UNSC sanctions are an important instrument in disrupting actions of targeted individuals and holding them to account. The use of sanctions, however, should be considered strategically and in the UNSC we seek to employ them to support the peace process,” Allen said.

He indicated that UNSC Resolution no. 2216 on Yemen remains fit for purpose that was established for five years ago.

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The Commons: British Involvement In Yemen

The UK’s involvement has taken the role of “supplying weapons and providing military and diplomatic support to the Saudi-led coalition,” along with the US. Since 2015, the UK “has licensed more than £4.7bn of arms exports to the Saudis,” with equipment including “Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets, as well as precision-guided bombs.” In supplying arms to the Saudi government, there’s a risk that the UK – as well as the US – is indirectly responsible for breaches in international humanitarian law that are currently being undertaken by the Saudi-backed coalition.

As to why the UK has stood behind the Saudis, despite the risk of gross humanitarian injustice: a complex history of alliance and an economic reliance. The UK is a historical ally of the United States, a position that it would not want to jeopardize on an international stage. Furthermore, tensions between the UK and Iran over the course of the last decade have grown deeper, adding another layer to the British relationship with the Middle East. With Saudi Arabia and Iran historically opposed in the region, British and American support for the Saudi regime only serves to maintain a tense environment. In terms of economic reliance, the US and the UK both populate their arms exports with sales to the Saudi government. A Parliamentary briefing paper released in July 2020 states that Saudi Arabia was the biggest importer of UK arms between 2010 and 2019, with the “total volume of arms transfers” at “around 40% of the UK's total arms export value.”

In brief, the UK is involved in the crisis in Yemen by virtue of its massive export of military equipment to Saudi Arabia. In the eyes of many human rights organizations, the UK is not only financially benefiting from the crisis but is actually helping it to continue. By “fueling” the conflict with arms sales, both the US and the UK maintain a market for their exports as well as stoking the flames in the region.

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Min. James Cleverly the UK fully supports the @UN-led peace process. For the sake of all Yemenis who are suffering, the parties MUST stop fighting and urgently agree to @OSE_Yemen’s peace proposals.

Comment by Nadwa Dawsari: How about the UK government MUST stop selling arms to the coalition? You can’t sell arms that are used for the fighting with one hand & claim to support “peace” with the other.

More comments: As if the UK and the US aren’t also among “the parties,” right?

It is a wonderful thing that our friends in the United Kingdom know that you are one of the reasons for the continuation of the war in Yemen.

Maybe stop selling weapons that are used in the fighting...

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PPU White Poppy Campaign to be Dedicated to Yemenis

THE Peace Pledge Union (PPU) announced today that this year’s white-poppy campaign for Remembrance Day will be dedicated to the people of Yemen.

The PPU’s white poppies represent remembrance for victims of conflict, a commitment to peace and a challenge to the glamorisation of war.

The PPU said that Remembrance Day, marked on November 11, risks becoming a “festival of forgetting” if the war against Yemen and other conflicts are ignored by the commemorations.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Films: 17.10.2020 - Berlin: Teil 2 "Beendet den Krieg im Jemen - Stoppt die Rüstungsexporte"

17.10.2020 - Berlin: Teil 3 "Beendet den Krieg im Jemen - Stoppt die Rüstungsexporte"

17.10.2020 - Berlin: Teil 4 "Beendet den Krieg im Jemen - Stoppt die Rüstungsexporte"

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Rüstung, Militär und Frieden in Ulm

"Airbus Defence & Space" in Ulm, Wörthstraße 85, eines der tödlichsten Unternehmen Europas. Bei Airbus DS in Ulm arbeiten 400 Mitarbeiter*innen (Stand 2020). Wir bitten alle anständigen Menschen, nicht dort zu arbeiten und nichts dorthin zu liefern!

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Siehe / Look at cp13a

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A 55% decline in profits of the largest Dubai bank within 9 months

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Israeli pipeline company signs deal to bring UAE oil to Europe

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Qatar considering sending envoy to Yemen’s Houthi-led government

Qatar is reportedly considering sending an ambassador to the Yemeni capital Sanaa, where the Houthi-aligned National Salvation Government (NSG) is based, according to an informed source cited in Sputnik Arabic.

The source said that indications over the past several years have pointed to Qatari rapprochement with Sanaa since Doha withdrew from the Saudi-led coalition, which intervened in the country in 2015 in an attempt to reinstate the ousted UN-recognised Yemeni government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

This led to accusations of Qatar providing support to the Houthi movement the source said, adding “This is an indication that Qatar was not satisfied with this aggression against Yemen.”

The source which preferred to stay anonymous added that the Saudi-led blockade imposed on Qatar, and Iran’s stepping forward to support Doha to ease the blockade contributed to the formation of a strategic relationship between Doha and Tehran.

“Doha may take this step as a kind of gratitude to Tehran, after Iran has become today a pivotal country that no one can exclude or deny and this is a reality,” he said.

cp12b Sudan

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Sudan normalizes relations with Israel, though it may not have had much choice

Shortly before the announcement, the Israeli Prime Minister had had a telephone conversation with the Sudanese leaders—Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and the head of the Transitional Council, Abdel Fattah al Burhan—and the American President. Everything had been prepared for days—certainly since Wednesday, when a high-profile Israeli delegation went to Khartoum.

Accordingly, Friday morning Trump announced the removal of Sudan from the list of countries that the United States is accusing of “sponsoring terrorism.” At that point, it was understood that the announcement of the third normalization, after those between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, was a matter of hours.

Sudan has agreed to join the Abraham Agreement, signed on September 15 at the White House. It is difficult to evaluate just to what extent the new Sudanese leaders who removed Omar al-Bashir were happy to reach common ground with their Israeli interlocutors. It is certainly the case that the scenario has changed, and not a little, compared to 18 years ago, when the Arab world was united in supporting the principle of “peace in exchange for the land,” i.e. that normalization with Israel would only be achieved in exchange for the withdrawal from the Arab and Palestinian territories occupied by the Jewish state in 1967. But the impression is that Sudan, with a starving population, has been pushed to enter the agreement by Trump’s diktat more than anything else: there would be no removal from the list of sponsors of terrorism, and no international aid, without a normalization of relations with Tel Aviv.

In any case, the least-celebrated of the three agreements is actually the most significant. Khartoum has been one of the most pro-Palestinian capital cities, and in the past has welcomed thousands of PLO fighters.

And on Friday, the Israeli Prime Minister recalled that it was in Khartoum that the “three Nos” of the Arab League were announced back in 1967: “No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel.”

Five decades later, Israel has officially arrived in Khartoum and Port Sudan with its security and intelligence apparatus.

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Angry Sudanese Rally to Condemn Normalization with Israel

Angry Sudanese protesters have taken to the streets to condemn the current junta's decision to follow the UAE and Bahrain in forging diplomatic relations with Israel.

They rallied in the capital Khartoum Friday evening, calling on Sudan’s Sovereign Council chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to reject the normalization deal.

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Sudan agrees to normalise relations with Israel, Trump says

US President Donald Trump announces Sudan and Israel have agreed to the normalisation of relations.

Sudan and Israel have agreed to normalise relations, US President Donald Trump announced on Friday at the White House, a move that was denounced by Palestinians as a “new stab in the back”.

Trump, who is seeking re-election on November 3, sealed the agreement in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, senior US officials said.

“The leaders agreed to the normalisation of relations between Sudan and Israel and to end the state of belligerence between their nations,” a joint statement issued by the three countries read.

My comment: US blackmailing has succeeded.


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Israel hails 'new era' with Sudan but Palestinians lament 'new stab in the back'

Israel hailed a new era in its relations with the Arab world on Friday after the announcement of plans to normalize ties with Sudan, an agreement the Palestinians described as a “new stab in the back”.


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Head of Sudan’s largest party slams Trump and Israel deal

Sudan’s former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi on Saturday slammed an announcement by President Donald Trump that Sudan would start normalizing ties with Israel.

Al-Mahdi, who is the country’s last democratically elected premier and heads the country’s largest political party, said he withdrew from a government-organized religious conference on Saturday in the capital, Khartoum, in protest against Friday’s announcement.

“This statement contradicts the Sudanese national law .. and contributes to the elimination of the peace project in the Middle East and to preparing for the ignition of a new war,” al-Mahdi said in a letter to the conference.

He said the agreement with Israel would jeopardize the authority of Sudan’s transitional government, a fragile coalition of civilian and military leaders.

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Sudanese officials: Diplomatic deal with Israel is near

Sudanese officials confirmed on Thursday that a senior U.S.-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on a private jet this week to wrap up a deal that would make Sudan the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel this year.

Such a deal would deepen Sudan’s engagement with the West after President Donald Trump’s conditional agreement this week to remove the North African nation from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. It also would deliver a foreign policy achievement for Trump as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3, and give a boost to his embattled ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

My comment: Obviously, this happens through immense US pressure, as also is made clear here.

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Sudanese return to streets over dire living conditions

Sudanese protesters took to the streets in the capital and across the country Wednesday over dire living conditions and a deadly crackdown on demonstrators in the east earlier this month.

Footage circulating online showed protesters marching Wednesday in Khartoum and its twin city, Omdurman, as well as in other cities across the country

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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EU Parliament says no weapons to Arabia, Egypt and Turkey. Italy is silent

"Refrain from selling weapons and military equipment to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and any member of the international coalition active in the conflict in Yemen, as well as to the Yemeni government and other parties to the conflict." “Suspend the granting of arms export licenses to Turkey ”. "Suspend exports to Egypt of weapons, surveillance technologies and other security equipment". The European Parliament asks, without too many words, which last September 16 approved an important resolution on "Arms export" in implementation of Common Position 2008/944 / CFSP .

A resolution blissfully ignored by most of the major Italian media, apart from some praiseworthy exceptions such as the new newspaper "Domani" (which has dedicated an extensive article to it ), perhaps because it is inconvenient to their reference parties or just to avoid antagonizing industrial groups and advertising providers.

It is in this context that the European Parliament calls on Member States to suspend the supply of armaments and military systems not only to countries already subject to EU embargo measures (Belarus, Central African Republic, China, Iran, Libya, Myanmar , North Korea, Russian Federation, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe), but also to countries that, with their military intervention, are aggravating regional conflicts .

Stop arms supplies to the Saudi coalition

Among these, first of all, the conflict in Yemen . Recalling the resolution of 4 October 2018 on the situation in Yemen, the European Parliament "urges all EU member states to refrain from selling weapons and military equipment to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and any member of the international coalition, as well as the Yemeni government and other parties to the conflict ”.

The resolution also "welcomes the decisions of the governments of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands to adopt restrictions on their arms exports to countries that are members of the Saudi-led coalition involved in the war in the Yemen ". And he points out that " such exports clearly violate the common position" .

Europe and the arms race

The resolution first highlights a worrying fact. "Worldwide - notes the European Parliament - a new arms race is spreading and the main military powers are no longer resorting to arms control and disarmament to reduce international tensions and improve the global security climate". In this context, the role that Europe plays should not be underestimated: as the resolution reports "arms exports from the EU-28, in the period 2015-2019, amounted to about 26% of the world total, making the EU at 28 overall, the second largest arms supplier in the world after the United States(36%) and before Russia (21%) ". There is therefore a "particular responsibility" of Member States in arms exports and military systems considering that these exports can "aggravate existing tensions and conflicts". In particular, "to the countries of the Middle East and North Africa , a region that is the scene of various armed conflicts, which continue to be the first regional destination for exports "

An invitation that Italy would do well to listen to at least by extending the suspension of supplies of "aircraft bombs and missiles" to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates decided in June last year following the motion presented by the parties of the then the majority of the government (M5S and Lega) and approved with the favorable vote of the two aforementioned parties, with the abstention of all the others and no contrary vote.

And the Italian Parliament?

It is the task of the political forces that promoted and voted for the resolution in the European Parliament to ask the Italian government to support it in the EU Council and, above all, to begin implementing it with precise restrictions that the Italian government must assume. The two ruling parties, 5 Star Movement and Democratic Party , in Brussels voted in favor of the resolution and, in their statements, recalled the need for states to "be credible" in implementing the restrictions on arms and systems exports military. We hope that their colleagues who sit in the Italian Parliament want to be too.

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Keine Krise für die Rüstungsindustrie – das Geschäft mit dem Tod floriert

Die andauernde Corona-Pandemie hinterlässt in der Schweiz grosse wirtschaftliche Schäden. Nicht davon betroffen ist die Rüstungsindustrie. In den vergangenen neun Monaten wurde für rund 690 Millionen Kriegsmaterial in alle Welt exportiert, wie das Seco heute bekannt gab.

Doch nicht nur die schiere Höhe ist beängstigend, auch der Blick auf die Empfängerländer beunruhigt. Wie bereits seit mehreren Jahren versorgt die Schweiz Länder mit Waffen, die an Kriegen beteiligt sind. Saudi-Arabien, massgeblich an der anhaltenden Katastrophe im Jemen beteiligt, kaufte für 3,8 Millionen Franken Schweizer Kriegsmaterial. «Es ist unhaltbar, dass sich die Schweiz mit diesen Exporten an einer der grössten humanitären Katastrophen auf der Welt beteiligt und sich damit auch noch bereichert,» erklärt Judith Schmid, «diese Zahlen verdeutlichen einmal mehr, wie dringlich die Korrektur-Initiative ist. Es bleibt zu hoffen, dass sich der Bundesrat für den indirekten Gegenvorschlag 2 aussprechen wird.»

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Israel drops objection to US sale of ‘certain’ arms to UAE

Israel said Friday it will not oppose the U.S. sale of “certain weapon systems” to the United Arab Emirates following an agreement with Washington to upgrade its own capabilities in order to preserve its military edge in the Middle East.

The statement released by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz did not specify which weapons systems, but appeared to refer to the possible sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets, which the UAE hopes to obtain following its agreement to normalize ties with Israel.

My comment: This probably was part of the whole “peace deal” from its very beginning.

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The UAE Is Turning Into the World Capital for Weapons Makers

Years of quiet development are finally paying off, and Abu Dhabi’s defense industry can largely stand on its own feet.

The UAE has not released data on its defense budget since 2014, but back then it already outspent the United States in per capita terms, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Most of that money goes to buying the flashiest items on the market. But if a sale is not approved, the UAE is not at much of a loss; a growing portion of its budget is going toward developing its own technologies.

The debate over whether the United States will sell the Gulf country the F-35 fighter jet, then, misses the larger picture. If the UAE can’t get the jet, it might negotiate to join the F-16 supply chain and gain skills and contacts to help it build other sophisticated systems, according to Shana Marshall, an assistant research professor at George Washington University.

Boosted by its recent agreement with Israel to normalize diplomatic relations, the monarchy could become the pumping heart of an unbridled defense industry sooner rather than later. Those working to ban arms and technology transfers to unfriendly countries will find their efforts lost. Those looking to cash in on the military industrial complex will get to know a new pole beyond the United States and China—one that literally considers itself at the center of the world.

The UAE will likely never build an entirely sovereign defense industry—nor, with global supply chains, does it need to. Emiratis will likely never run the whole show, given that the country has few native workers and many foreign ones. But, the way global supply chains work, self-sufficiency is less about the nationality of the developers or the origin of every part; what matters more is that the UAE owns, assembles, maintains, and services a growing share of the technologies it uses.

Its full arsenal is kept confidential, but the war in Yemen offered a preview. The offensive said to have triggered the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, the 2015 blockade of the Hodeida port, was enforced by the Baynunah corvette, a small warship manufactured at Abu Dhabi Ship Building. Observers of the war also spotted UAE-branded missiles, drones, machine guns, and armored vehicles. These arms may not be the highest grade, but they do the job in battle. They are now tested, advertised, and on the market for export.

The way it’s headed, the UAE is hoping to become the center of gravity of an industry in need of deep pockets. It does not need to copy the United States to prove it has succeeded. “The Emiratis find a niche because they know that they are small, and that if they want to matter, they have to not play the game according to others’ rules,” said Florence Gaub of the European Union Institute for Security Studies.

The defense industry the UAE is subsidizing is planning less for wars on land or sea, and more in cyberspace and urban airspace. That’s a market projected to grow and an area that particularly concerns a monarchy intent on holding onto power. And that means the world’s elite engineers, retired officers and mercenaries, private equity managers, defense contractors, and brand consultants are likely to continue packing for Abu Dhabi – by Naomi Cohen

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Yemen Activists Want to Preserve Country’s Beauty Beyond War

While the conflict in Yemen continues to make headlines, a group of 16 Yemeni volunteers is seeking to put the war-torn country in a positive light by presenting its rich history and culture.

The activists started their initiative, Yemen Used to Be, in 2019 on social media platforms and recently launched a website to expand their outreach. With the motto “There’s no present without a past, and there’ll be no fruitful future if its seeds aren’t planted in the present,” the group says it wants to change the way people think about Yemen.

“We felt that it is part of our responsibility to make people see Yemen’s beauty as we Yemenis see it,” Waleed al-Ward, a member of the initiative, told VOA. “We want to introduce the beauty of our country to the world.”

Al-Ward, 23, an undergraduate art and design student at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, works online with the group’s other members across Yemen to collect the stories of the country’s citizens. The team also introduces Yemeni artwork, culture and historical achievements through

A part of the team’s effort now is to spread awareness among regular Yemenis about the importance of preserving their artifacts.

“We believe that such realization of the importance of the shared history among Yemenis will help erase the contentions among Yemenis,” al-Ward said.

The group is working to build an archive of key Yemeni historical sites, influential figures, former traditions and native foods. To make sure their audience is well-engaged, they accompany their stories with graphic illustrations based on evidence from Yemeni websites, local libraries, and interviews with experts and local Yemenis.

One of the group’s projects involved documenting the traditions of Jewish weddings in Yemen that have been lost throughout the decades.


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Yemen used to Be:

About Us

An art initiative that aims to alter stereotypes held about Yemen. Our platform directs its efforts in an artistic approach to change the negative image of Yemen in the eyes of those near and far. Within Yemen, people’s spirits have narrowed to a present where all they can see is the negativity around them. From this starting point, we changed focus and started telling stories about how ‘Yemen Used To Be’, and this is how our story starts.

Through such context and with a group of talented volunteers, we adopt various digital art mediums in two languages Arabic and English in order to reach a wider audience. Furthermore, we strive to go beyond the framework of social media by presenting content on the ground, through various exhibitions, events, and seminars on a local and international level.

Through such a context, our platform directs its efforts in an artistic approach that meets our modern era’s atmosphere by adopting various digital art mediums in two languages i.e Arabic and English to reach a greater audience. We also believe in the power of real-life experience through the arrangement of interactive art exhibitions.

We seek to deliver the voice that lays in the hearts of Yemenis to the whole world. The voice of love, beauty, and hope, so we decided a group of young people of different ages, dreams, and inclinations to turn that toxic energy into an energy that strengthens the spirit of love for our nation which was weakened by conflict.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

Siehe / Look at cp1

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[Hadi] Gov’t official: Shabwa is safe for foreign oil companies

Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Aws Al-Oud said on Thursday that Shabwa province is safe for the return of foreign oil firms to resume operations.

He affirmed on the need to open coordination offices in Shabwa to companies to ease doing business.

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Yemen's Economic Update — October 2020

An unprecedented humanitarian crisis, now aggravated by COVID-19, persists, leaving many Yemenis dependent on relief and remittances. Economic conditions are deteriorating rapidly, driven by a drop in oil exports, downsizing of humanitarian support, and devastating torrential rains and flash floods. Fragmentation of macroeconomic policies add further strains on the fragile economic conditions, with serious humanitarian consequences.

Violent conflict has entered its sixth year, and Yemen continues to face an unprecedented humanitarian, social and economic crisis. Socio-economic conditions deteriorated further in 2020, affected by low global oil prices, the economic fallout of COVID-19, and weak public infrastructure and coping capacity to deal with extreme climate events/natural disasters. Distortions created by the fragmentation of institutional capacity (especially of the Central Bank of Yemen, CBY) and the divergent policy decisions between the areas of control, have further compounded the economic and humanitarian crisis, from protracted conflict, interruption of basic services, and acute shortages of basic inputs, including fuel.

Economic and social prospects for the remainder of 2020 and beyond are highly uncertain. A gradual recovery of global oil prices would help ease the strain on public finances governorates under the IRG and reduce the recourse to central bank financing. However, with ongoing political and security situations, socio-economic conditions will remain difficult. Urgent progress to address the current restrictions of access to supplies and fuel imports through Hodeidah would improve the provision of public services and the operational environment for humanitarian operations. A cessation of hostilities and eventual political reconciliation, including the return of unitary macroeconomic policy implementation, are prerequisites for the reconstruction of the Yemen economy and rebuilding of social fabric.

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Yemen suffers shocking economic losses in 5 year: Minister

The Yemeni economy has experienced grave losses in five years, the [hadi gov.] official minister for planning and international development said Wednesday.
Throughout five years of war, Yemen's local currency depreciated by 180 percent and its economy lost nearly US$ 88 billion, Najeeb al-Aoj added at virtual meeting with WB's vice-president for MENA.
Because of war and conflict conditions, the gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by nearly 50% in the last five years, he told Farid Balhah.

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What's happening in #Yemen's #coffee sector? Quality grading is being standardized leading to improvements in quality & higher rewards to farmers. This startup @CoffeeDurar has several coffee lots ready for export to high value gourmet markets. 3 things they have got right (photo)

cp15 Propaganda

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UN arms embargo on Iran expires, where is the outcry?

Everyone knows that even with the UN’s Iran arms embargo in place, the Persian state was still able to arm the Houthis and ensure they have the upper hand against the Yemeni army – the only faction effectively banned from armament in rebel militia-infested Yemen! With advanced drones, ballistic missiles and millions of landmines, the terrorist theocratic Houthis outmatch even long established militaries in the region.

Using these arms, the militia killed, injured and otherwise ruined the lives of the majority of Yemen’s 30 million people; and shattered their dream in restoring the country back to the track of transition and democracy.

Now that the UN arms embargo on Iran has expired and the Persian state indicated its desire to sell its locally produced gear to whoever is interested, one can only imagine the magnitude of the arms sale shipments that Houthis will receive and the death and destruction that Yemeni cities like Marib and besieged Taiz and their population will suffer.

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Cartoon: The Iranian Ambassador to Houthi militia

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Lethargic international reaction to Iran's interference in Yemen disappointing, says [Hadi gov.] minister

A senior official in the Yemeni government has expressed regret over the lethargic reaction of the international community to Iran's blatant interference in Yemen.
Fisheries minister, Fahad Kefayen, wrote on Twitter on Thursday: "Iran has launched a new phase of its direct interference, appointing a new ambassador to the Houthi-run Sanaa".
"Hassan Irlo will assume his duties as a military governor of Sanaa under the cover of Iran's ambassador. This violates all international and diplomatic norms and laws," he said.

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US State Dep. spokesperson: The Iranian regime smuggled Hassan Irloo, an IRGC member tied to Lebanese Hizballah, into Yemen under the guise of “Ambassador” to the Houthi militia. Iran's intent to use the Houthis to expand its malign influence is clear. The Yemeni people should say no to Irloo and Iran


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USA: Irlou is an IRGC member

The United States of America said on Wednesday that the Iranian official who arrived recently Sana’a is a member of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and has ties to the Lebanese Hezbollah.

“The Iranian regime smuggled Hassn Irlou, an IRGC member tied to Lebanese Hizballah, into Yemen under the guise of “Ambassador” to the Houthi militia,” Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson of the

and also

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Should the US Support Saudi Arabia’s Intervention in Yemen?

The Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, is mistaken to call for an end to US support and involvement in Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen. Biden fails to recognize the linkage of issues in the Middle East. The former vice president is promoting an arguably more destructive and potentially more dangerous policy.

Biden’s position on Yemen looks to redeem the image of the United States as a just, principled, and compassionate nation. He will extract US forces and terminate support for a little understood, deadly, and destructive Middle East conflict. It is an electorally popular position. The optics and actors (i.e. Saudi Arabia) of the conflict make it easy to condemn. It appears to be low-hanging fruit.

It is tempting, but it is an illusion. Nothing is that straightforward in the Middle East.

Withdrawing support and involvement from the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen will do more harm than good to the United States at this particular juncture. It jeopardizes future cooperation with Saudi Arabia — a much needed regional ally. This will inevitably damage US national security interests in the region and the ability to maintain and carry out policy.

Joe Biden either ignores or has simply forgotten the significance of US involvement in Yemen. Saudi security concerns, nuclear

US support and involvement in Yemen is a manifestation of that protection to the Saudi government. It helps to ensure the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia believes the civil conflict in Yemen is a threat to its security. The civil war attracted Iranian involvement because of Yemen’s Shia community. Iran funds and inspires the Houthis

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[Hadi gov.] Defense Minister: army ready to fight & Yemen’s historic battle won’t stop

Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Mohammed al-Maqdashi confirmed that the Yemeni armed forces are ready fight, and won’t stop completing Yemen and the Arabs historic battle against the Iran-backed Houthi militia.

This came during a meeting of the caretaker government, chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Maeenn Abdulmali

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Coalition airstrikes target Houthi gatherings in Saada

The Arab Coalition fighter jets pounded on Thursday, Houthi gatherings and military vehicles in Kitaf district in the north of Yemen's Sa'ada governorate, the main rebels' stronghold.

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Arab coalition warplanes target Houthi SAM6 system in Marib

The Saudi-led coalition fighter jets on Wednesday launched airstrikes on Houthi sites and reinforcements in the Yemeni northeastern governorate of Marib.
The warplanes targeted a SAM6 missile battery, tank and BMB armored vehicle in al-Jedi'an at fringes of Majzar district in Marib, local sources said.
"The bombing left a number of Houthis, including missile experts and field commanders, killed and injured," the sources added.

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More Saudi coalition air raids Marib p., / Marib p., Jawf p. Several prov. Marib p., Jawf p. 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.

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Saudi shelling kills man in Sa'ada

A man was killed on Saturday in a Saudi artillery shelling on al-Dhaher district in Sa'ada province

and also

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Two Houthi landmines experts were killed and other militiamen were injured when the landmines they were trying toplant in Murasy of Dhale’a exploded in their face. Source: Almasdar Online.

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

A statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen COL Turki Al-Malki stated that the “Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed this morning (Sunday) a bomb-laden UAV launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Southern Region.”

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Yemeni cancer clinic hit by heavy weapons, MSF says

A cancer clinic in the Yemeni city of Taiz was hit by heavy weapons on Saturday, with one staff member injured, medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said.

Patients were relocated and non-essential staff sent away, MSF said, after the attack on the clinic which is adjacent to a hospital that the charity supports.

There was also shelling near another hospital which receives its support, MSF said, with two civilians injured. =

and MSF statement: (text in image)


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Taiz shelling injures two health workers southwest Yemen

Two health workers on Saturday were wounded in artillery shelling on a medical center in the Yemeni southwestern city of Taiz, with the fingers pointed at the Houthi group.

Two of the Amal cancer-therapy center's health workers were injured when artillery shells targeted al-Ordhi quarter from the Houthi-controlled two hills of Sofitel and al-Sallal, local and medical sources said.

Fierce clashes renewed between the official government troops and the Houthis in the eastern part of Taiz, where heavy and medium weapons were used, according to the local sources.



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Just now, Al Amal hospital for cancer treatment in #Taiz was attacked by #Houthi shells. According to initial reports from Rasd Coalition team, two employees were injured. (photo)

Patients of Al-Amal Cancer Hospital in Taiz sought refuge in the basement of the hospital, fearing Houthi shells targeting the hospital (photo)


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Rights groups condemn Houthi shelling of Taiz hospital

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Jemens Qasef-2k-Drohnen zielen auf saudische Flughäfen und Luftwaffenstützpunkt

Jemenitische Streitkräfte haben, als Vergeltungsmaßnahmen gegen Riads tödlicher Aggression gegen ihr verarmtes Land, erneut Drohnenangriffe gegen zwei Flughäfen und einen Luftwaffenstützpunkt in Saudi-Arabien geführt.

Der Sprecher der jemenitischen Streitkräfte, Brigadegeneral Yahya Saree, sagte am Samstag in einer Erklärung, dass die im Inland entwickelten Qasef-2K-Kampfdrohnen (Striker-2K) auf Flughäfen in den Regionen Jizan und Abha in Saudi-Arabien sowie auf einen Luftwaffenstützpunkt in der Nähe der Stadt Khamis Mushait abzielten, berichtete Jemens al-Massirah TV.

Er fügte hinzu, dass die unbemannten Luftfahrzeuge die festgelegten Ziele mit großer Präzision getroffen hätten, und betonte, dass solche Vergeltungsmaßnahmen so lange andauern würden, wie das Königreich seine militärische Aggression, Belagerung und Luftangriffe gegen das vom Krieg zerstörte arabische Land weiterführe.äfen_und_luftwaffenstützpunkt

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Yemen's Houthis targeted Jizan, Abha airports and Khamis Mushait base in Saudi Arabia: spokesman

The military spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi movement said in a tweet on Saturday it had targeted the Jizan and Abha airports and the Khamis Mushait base in Saudi Arabia with drones.

Earlier on Saturday and in two statements on Friday, the Saudi-led coalition had said it had intercepted and destroyed three explosive-laden drones from the Houthis aimed towards the southern region of Saudi Arabia.

The coalition’s spokesman did not specify the targets of the drones in the statements on Saudi state news agency SPA.

“The hit was accurate,” Houthi military spokesman Yahia Sarea said on Twitter.

and also

and flight status to Abha airport:


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Army drones hit Saudi vital targets

The army's air forces carried out on Saturday offensives against Saudi Jizan and Abha airports and Khamis Mushait military base, said the army spokesman.

"The attacks were implmented by three drones of 'Qasef 2k' type," Brigadier General Yahya Sarei said in a statement this evening.

He added that the drone attacks come in response to the crimes of Saudi-led aggression coalition against the Yemeni people.


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Interception, Destruction of Bomb-Laden UAV Launched by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia, toward the Kingdom

Statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen COL Turki Al-Malki: “Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed this evening (Saturday) a bomb-laden UAV launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Southern Region.”

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Saudi Border Guards Kill 2 Civilians, Sa’adah

Saudi border guards killed 2 civilians in Sa'adah, on Friday. Almasirah Net correspondent stated that two civilians were killed with Saudi border guards' gunshots in Munabbih border district.

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Child killed by Houthi sniper, north al-Dhale (photo)

and also

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Al Houthi forces reportedly launched several unspecified missiles targeting the capital of central Yemen’s Ma’rib governorate on October 23. Al Houthi militants previously launched a ballistic missile targeting Ma’rib governorate in mid-September.[3]

referring to

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Marib Makhdara sees Yemen gov't-Houthi fighting renewed

Military confrontations on Friday renewed between the Yemeni official government troops and Houthi fighters in many fronts in the two governorates of Marib and Jawf, after a period of relative calm.
Since Friday dawn, fierce battles erupted in Makhdara west Marib, military said, following a Houthi attempted advancement towards government troops' sites.

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Houthi-laid mine leaves one civilian killed, two injured

One civilian was killed and two others wounded on Thursday in a mine explosion laid by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Al Jawf province.

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

Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed this afternoon (Friday) a bomb-laden UAV launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Southern Region


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

Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed this morning (Friday) a bomb-laden UAV launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Southern Region

My comment: It’s a Saudi propaganda story telling that the Houthis would “target civilians and civilian objects”, as in Saudi Atrabia they only had targeted military objects and objets of military / strategic importance so far. On the other side, the Saudis permanently had targeted civilians and civilian objects of all kind in Yemen. Targeting “civilians and civilian objects” obviously is “terrorism” – the only or at least the main “terrorists” in this story are the Saudis themselves.

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Rebels execute 3 soldiers in southern Yemen: Army

The Yemeni army on Wednesday accused Houthi rebels of executing three soldiers in the southern province of Ad Dali’.

Houthi rebels abducted five soldiers in the province and gunned down three of them, the army’s September Net website said.

The fate of the two other soldiers remains unknown.

and also

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.

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Films: An elderly citizen was shot dead by the Houthi militia in the city of Hays

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Video: civilian seriously injured in Houthi shelling on populated areas south Hodeida

One civilian was critically wounded on Friday due to Houthi shelling on residential areas in Al Tuhayta district, south of the port city of Hodeidah.

Film also at: and

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Houthi rebels' shelling kills 2 in Yemen's Hodeidah: gov't source

Two Yemeni civilians were killed on Saturday when the Houthi rebels shelled a residential neighborhood in the country's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, a government official told Xinhua.

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Houthis kill, wound civilians amid renewed fighting in Hodeidah

Pro-government forces have accused Houthti fighters of killing a civilian and wounding three other civilians including two children in the western province of Hodeidah.
Houthis on Wednesday shelled the Ikhwan Thabit Commercial and Industrial Complex with heavy weapons killing a worker, the information centre of the Giant Brigades said.

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Film: The Houthi militia commits a fourth horrific crime and kills a citizen in Hodeidah

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Film: Al Houthi militia targeting the City Max compound with sniper weapons and wounding a civilian

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Film: Houthi snipers hit a woman in the Al-Tur area in the Beit Al-Faqih District

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Snipers target Yemeni child in Hodeida

A 7-year-old child was injured on Wednesday when a sniper opened fire at residential quarter in al-Tahaita district south the western governorate of Hodeida.
A Houthi sniper targeted civilian houses in al-Jabalia area in al-Tahaita, the Giant Brigades' media center said.
"Isra'a Ali Jamali Khaloof (7) was wounded by a sniper's shot that pierced her right thigh and got out from left thigh, when she was in front of her family's house," the center added in a press release.
"The locals rushed to take the child to mobile hospital in Khokha for first aid


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Two girls shot by Houthi snipers in Hodeida province

At least three civilians were seriously wounded on Wednesday in Bayt Al Faqeeh district, south the key port city of Hodeida, by Houthi shelling and snipers, local sources said.

The sources said Houthis snipers gunned down Hamooda Omar Obaid Shami,25, while in her home Al Toor area, in Bayt Al Faqeeh district.

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Daily violations

Oct. 24:

Oct. 23:

Oct. 22:

Oct. 21:

Oct. 20:

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Swarms of locusts attack farms in Lowder villages of Abyan. Source: Almashehad Alyemeni.

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Von Gitmo in die VAE geschickt, fürchten die Häftlinge den Endstopp: Jemen

Den Guantanamo-Häftlingen wurde versprochen, dass sie zur Rehabilitation in ein muslimisches Land geschickt werden, um sie in die Gesellschaft zu integrieren und ihren Anwälten und Familien den Weg zu Arbeit, Geld und Ehe zu ebnen.

Es war eine Lüge.

Stattdessen sind die Häftlinge – 18 Jemeniten und ein Russe, die nach den Anschlägen vom 11. September aus Afghanistan und Pakistan vertrieben wurden – in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten seit fünf Jahren in Haft, so ihre Familien und Anwälte gegenüber The Associated Press .

Kurz gesagt, sporadische Telefonanrufe von unbekannten Orten in den VAE – einschließlich eines berüchtigten Gefängnisses voller Folter – flüsterten ihren Familien zu, dass sie sich wünschen, sie könnten dorthin zurückkehren, so schlimm das Leben in Guantánamo war.

Als man sich vor drei Jahren über „Druck“ beschwerte, wurde der Anruf abgebrochen; er wurde seitdem nicht mehr gehört. Als der Russe in einen Hungerstreik trat, wurde er in Einzelhaft gesteckt und aufgeraut.

Jetzt gibt es Pläne, sie in den Jemen zu schicken, wo ihre Familien befürchten, dass ihre Behandlung noch schlimmer wird.

Ein hochrangiger jemenitischer Regierungsbeamter bestätigte die Pläne in Erwartung von Sicherheitsvorkehrungen. Ein Beamter des Außenministeriums gab an, die US-Regierung sei sich dessen bewusst

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Sent from Gitmo to UAE, detainees fear final stop: Yemen

The Guantanamo detainees were promised they were being sent to a Muslim country for rehabilitation that would help integrate them into society, opening the way to jobs, money, and marriage, according to their lawyers and families.

It was a lie.

Instead, the detainees — 18 Yemenis and one Russian, swept up from Afghanistan and Pakistan after the Sept. 11 attacks — have languished in custody in the United Arab Emirates for as long as five years, their families and lawyers tell The Associated Press.

In short, sporadic phone calls from undisclosed locations in the UAE — including a notorious prison rife with torture — several whispered to their families that as bad as life in Guantanamo was, they wish they could return there.

When one complained of “pressures” three years ago, the call was cut off; he has not been heard from since. When the Russian staged a hunger strike, he was dumped in solitary confinement and roughed up.

Now there are plans to send them to Yemen, where their families fear their treatment will be even worse.

A senior Yemeni government official confirmed the plans, pending security arrangements; a State Department official indicated the U.S. government was aware that it was happening. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. The UAE didn’t respond to AP questions.

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500 Yemen photos at Pinterest

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-688 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-688: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

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