Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 690b- Yemen War Mosaic 690b

Yemen Press Reader 690b: 29. Oktober 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 690, cp6 - cp19 / October 29, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 690, cp6 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 690, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 690, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-690-yemen-war-mosaic-690

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

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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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Yemen: STC demands hinder government formation

The formation of the Yemeni government has been hindered due to the endless demands of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), a local source has revealed.

The STC has apparently rejected all conditions related to the military and security situation in the temporary capital, Aden. This is the core of the dispute that has hindered the government’s formation since the end of last year in accordance with the Riyadh Agreement.

“President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi is facing great challenges from the UAE-backed STC, which will participate for the first time in the next government formation,” explained the source. “Its participation in the legitimate government comes at the expense of Hadi’s power and undermines him.”

It was added that the STC is expected to participate in six out of 24 ministerial portfolios after the Yemeni Socialist Party gave up its share in the council’s favour.

Government officials have confirmed that discussions between the Yemeni government, the STC and Yemeni political groups are still underway. Nevertheless, the understandings are positive about the distribution of ministerial portfolios.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201028-yemen-stc-demands-hinder-government-formation/

My comment: Exactly what I had expected.

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Turkish-backed mercenary forces establish air base overlooking strategic Bab al-Mandeb Strait

The Islah Party has announced on Monday that it is establishing an air base overlooking the Bab al-Mandeb Strait in Lahj province, north of Aden.

Rakan al-Jabihi, press secretary for the leader of the so-called “Taiz axis” Islah party, confirmed that an “air base” had been established in Jebel Erf, a subsidiary of what he called the “Al-Bahah axis.”

He noted that the commander of the Tor al-Bahah Axis and commander of the 4th Brigade, Abu Bakr al-Jabboli, visited the air base and a number of rehabilitation camp sites, which extend over the mountain range linking Taiz and Lahj provinces.

In the context of his speech, al-Jabboli directed the military leadership to raise combat readiness, in all locations adjacent to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militias, in Tor al-Bahah and Alahkum areas.

The Islah militants have sent nine military brigades to surround the area of Tor al-Bahah from all sides, which is located just 80 km from the UAE-occupied city of Aden.

The establishment of an air base in Tor al-Bahah district, overlooking the west coast, came with the support of Turkey, and is considered by many to be a threat to international navigation in the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/10/27/turkish-backed-mercenary-forces-establish-air-base-overlooking-strategic-bab-al-mandeb-strait/

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UAE seeks to establish military bases on Islands of Abdul Kuri, Samaha in Yemen's Socotra

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupation is seeking to establish military bases in the islands of Samaha and Abd al Kuri on Yemen’s Socotra province, informed sources reported
The sources said that the head of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional council (STC) militia in Socotra “Rafat al-Thaqali” met with two officers in the islands of Abd al Kuri and Samaha, Lieutenant Mohammed Salem Ahmed Al-Jamhi, and Lieutenant Khamis Saleh Saeed along with presence of the so-called commander of the 1st Marin Brigade .
According to the sources, these moves are taking place in the context of Emirati efforts to build military bases on the two islands.
In recent days, the UAE military leaders have held intensive meetings with the STC’s leaders in Socotra.
According to the sources, the UAE had tried earlier to seduce citizens to sell their land to them. Local residents were unaware of the great danger surrounding them .
The UAE is acquiring the land through its delegate Abu Mubarak, who managed to own many strategic lands, some by purchase and others by simple to establish colonial projects specific to the UAE and gained large areas in several strategic areas and cities.
Large areas are being held for the use of these strategic lands as military bases for the benefit of the UAE, in addition to the possession of land containing a stockpile of minerals by force of arms .

https://en.abna24.com/news//uae-seeks-to-establish-military-bases-on-islands-of-abdul-kuri-samaha-in-yemens-socotra_1081203.html

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UAE rapidly colonising Socotra island

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupation forces have seized strategic lands in the Yemeni province of Socotra, with the help of the Southern Transitional Council (STC)’s militias, amid popular anger demanding an end to tampering with Yemeni lands.

Informed sources reported on Monday that the STC militias are in continuous work through real estate brokers to seize the Socotra lands with the force of arms to establish military sites, misleading people that they are just private investment projects belonging to the UAE.

“The UAE lures citizens of Socotra to sell their lands through its representative Abu Mubarak, who has managed to own many strategic lands, some by buying and some others by seizing them to establish private Emirati colonial projects,” the sources explained.

Large areas of Socotra land have been reserved to be used as military bases in favor of the UAE, in addition to lands containing stockpiles of minerals being seized by force of arms.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/10/27/uae-rapidly-colonising-socotra-island/

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Saudi Arabia, UAE disclose their ugly faces in Socotra Island

Saudi Arabia and UAE revealed their ugly faces in occupation and sharing of Yemen to areas, plundering its natural resources and exploiting its geo-strategic location.

As the United Arab Emirates attempt to secure the Yemeni island of Socotra are evidence it is seeking to reinforce its political clout in Yemen and ultimately further afield.

The world sees the destruction of Saudi Arabia and UAE of the charming and rare environment in Socotra Island and creating uncensored camps amid dubious international silence.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE entered Israel to Socotra, with the aim of separating the island from Yemeni map.

A Yemeni tribal leader has accused the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia of letting Israel onto its island of Socotra.

The accusation came in a statement by Issa Salem bin Yaqut, the chief of tribes in Socotra, who warned against undermining Yemeni sovereignty on the island and called for expelling Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Bin Yaqut also accused Riyadh and Abu Dhabi of "destroying the charming and rare environmental landmarks on Socotra Island and establishing camps amid terrible international

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3113988.htm

(A P)

Yemeni ex-minister warns efforts to remove President Hadi powers

Yemen's transportation ex-minister on Tuesday warned of efforts aimed to remove President Hadi's powers, by circumventing the Riyadh Agreement signed between the official government and the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC).
"While the Riyadh pact provided for a technocrat government, Abdul Malik al-Mikhlafi [Hadi advisor] wrote yesterday about a national unity government," Saleh al-Jabwani tweeted.
"The President's powers would be fully transferred to a government of this kind," the resigned minister added, and "this what the Emirati-funded parties are seeking to achieve.
"These parties have now the same purpose as the STC. Is the President aware of what happening?" he added.
Formation of a "national partnership government under the Riyadh deal is a national interest and a necessity to prevent worsening of the situations and to boost stability in liberated areas," Mikhlafi tweeted on Sunday.
This would also "strengthen the front in the face of Houthis and create real chances to restore the State and bring peace.
"There is a tangible progress made towards the Riyadh pact application and the government formation," the presidential advisor added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20773.html

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Military escalation in Abyan aims to undermine formation of new government, says STC

The southern transitional council has accused the government forces of military escalation in Yemen's Abyan province in an attempt to undermine the formation of a new government.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, spokesperson for the council's fourth military command, Mohammed Al-Naqib, said the government forces have escalated their attacks, including heavy shelling, on positions of the council's forces in the middle strip of the province.
The escalation comes within desperate attempts to undermine the formation of the new government and understandings between president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and the council's president Aidarous Al-Zubaidi, he said.
Moreover, it exposes the intensions of the Muslim Brotherhood's militias that have dedicated themselves to serve anti-Arab projects, he said.
The government has not commented on the accusations coinciding with continued talks in Saudi Arabia between it, the council and other political groups on final arrangements to announce the power-sharing government.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20742.html

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Breakthrough made on formation of Yemen government

A breakthrough has been made on the formation of a new Yemeni government after the factions have agreed on the distribution of portfolios, a source close to the government said on Sunday.

The new government is expected to be announced in the coming 72 hours after finalising all arrangements, especially those for the controversial portfolios, the source said.

It will include 24 portfolios divided equally between the south and the north, the source said, pointing out that president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi will choose the ministers of the four sovereign ministries.

The defence and foreign ministries will go to the north and the interior and finance ministries to the south, the source said.

The ministries of oil and minerals, information, culture and tourism, justice and legal affairs and human rights will go to the General People's Congress.

The STC will run the ministries of agriculture and fisheries, social affairs and labour, public works and roads and water and environment and the Islah Party the ministries of youths and sports, industry and trade and higher and technical education.

The Yemeni Socialist Party will be responsible for the ministries of planning and international cooperation and transport, the Nasserist Unionist People's Organisation the ministry of local administration and national dialog and the Rashad Union, a Salafist party, the ministry of endowments and guidance.

The ministry of education will go to the Inclusive Hadhramout Conference.

The disagreements over the portfolios of electricity and communications and civil service have almost been resolved, according to the source.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20723.html

My comment: Also this attempt to start implementing the Riyadh agreement, probably will fail. How this new government will work? Where will all this ministers reside? What about the staff of all these ministries? Probably, these people will call themselves “minister”, and nothing else will change.

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Riyadh agreement, a year of stalemate and failure

A full year has passed since the internationally recognised government and the UAE-backed southern transitional council signed the Riyadh agreement.
The agreement was brokered by Saudi Arabia following clashes between the two sides in south Yemen that ended with the council's takeover of the interim capital Aden. It included political, economic and military and security arrangements in 20 detailed provisions that should have been implemented within a week or maximum three months of the signing.
Saudis at the time said the goal was to restore the roles of all public institutions and reorganise all military and security units under the defence and interior ministries.
But it has almost gone with the wind, except the provisions providing for assigning prime minister Maeend Abdulmalik to form a new government and appointing a new governor and police chief for Aden.
Nonetheless, the government has not seen the light of day and the new police chief has not assumed his post until this moment.
The failure to implement it has been expected because of the insistence of the STC and its UAE supporters on clinging to gains they achieved on the ground and the government's failure to move things forward.
Though it was welcomed by the international community, the agreement has been facing huge challenges amid the silence and sometimes collusion of its sponsors.
Observers argued that its real goal was to further weaken the government which a Saudi-led coalition including the UAE intervened in 2015 to restore following a coup by the Iran-aligned Houthis.
The agreement has succeeded in weakening the public institutions and created and legitimised groups parallel to the government within the coalition's efforts to keep the country in chaos, observers said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20718.html

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Hundreds of AK-47 magazines seized in yafa'

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30411

(A P)

Meeting of Hadi and Al-Zubaidi positive, says STC

The southern transitional council has said the meeting between Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi with the council's president Aidarous Al-Zubaidi in Riyadh last week was positive.
It represented a real opportunity to make progress on the political and military crisis, especially the file of the south, it said in a statement at its periodical meeting in the interim capital Aden on Sunday.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20741.html

(A P)

Film: Yemen Inaugurating a Fine Arts Gallery under the Banner “End the Siege on Taiz”

The Cultural Office in the city of Taiz inaugurated the fourth fine arts gallery under the banner “end the siege on Taiz”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSVQOtJ2tHA

(A P)

Protests in Shabwah demand the restart of #Yemen LNG Balhaf facility which declared a force majeure since the outbreak of the war in 2015. In 2017, #GoY requisitioned parts of the Balhaf facility for coalition forces. #GoY, Total, Hunt Oil, #KOGAS and Hyundai own the facility

https://twitter.com/NavantiGroup/status/1321071745747587072

(A T)

The army has foiled a new attempt to bomb the main oil pipeline in Shabwah. Source: The Voice of Freedom.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42895

(A)

Arab Coalition seizes massive drugs shipment in Yemen linked to Hezbollah

Half a tonne of cocaine and heroin linked to Hezbollah smugglers intercepted on way to Houthi-held territory

The Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government said on Tuesday it had seized a Hezbollah-linked shipment of drugs destined for the Houthi rebels in northern Yemen.

A security source in Aden told The National that the coalition, in co-ordination with the security authorities in Aden, foiled drugs smuggling to the Houthi-held areas in Yemen’s north.

“The shipment was sent by a smuggling network linked with Lebanese Hezbollah,” Saudi news channel Al Arabiya reported, quoting a coalition source.

Col Mohammed Al Qommaly told The National that coalition forces “seized a half tonne of cocaine and heroin hidden within sugar sacks shipped in containers”.

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/mena/arab-coalition-seizes-massive-drugs-shipment-in-yemen-linked-to-hezbollah-1.1100827

Comment: This is interesting. According to report from Aden, Saudi refused to allow Yemeni to investigate and insisted on handling the issue. The shipment apparently belongs to a Yemeni with business in UAE.

https://twitter.com/AishaJumaan/status/1321555954173833216

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(A P)

Huge drugs shipment seized aboard Saudi ship in Aden

Navigation sources at the port of Aden on Tuesday revealed new details about a huge shipment of drugs that arrived in the port at an earlier time and was seized by the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC).

The sources said that the shipment of illegal drugs was hidden inside a sugar shipment in several containers on board a ship that had departed from the Saudi port of Jeddah.

The vessel is owned by certain military leaders of the Saudi-UAE alliance.

Aden’s security service announced on Monday that a shipment of up to 3 tons of drugs had been seized after it left the container port of Aden.

In the same context, pro-UAE leader Shalala Shaye’a threatened on Tuesday to “expose” the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed al-Jaber, holding him responsible for the drug smuggling operation.

Sources in the UAE-backed STC said that Shaye’a directed his forces to strengthen their measures in the container port after the threat of Saudi forces to storm it.

The sources pointed out that he received a notification from the UAE forces about the route of the ship that set off from the port of Jeddah and was emptied in the port of Aden.

This prompted Shaye’a to direct the emergency forces to surround the port and seize the cargo, which was about to leave after completing its procedures.

The escalation comes amid Saudi pressure to depose and replace Shaye’a, which has led to significant unrest in occupied Aden.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/10/27/huge-drugs-shipment-seized-aboard-saudi-ship-in-aden/

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(A P)

Large quantities of drug destroyed in Aden

In the presence of the governor of Aden Ahmed Lamlas, attorney general, senior security officials and representatives of media outlets, large quantities of drug have been destroyed today in the capital Aden.
The confiscated 3-tonne shipment of drug, included heroin and cocaine, was seized last Monday, by the security forces in the Port of Aden hidden inside a container carrying a cargo of sugar.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30403

(A)

Armed robbery targets employees' salaries in Abyan's Mudiyah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30383

(A P)

Film: Security Campaign to Restrain Motorcycles in Aden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZPQY6m-5I8

(B P)

Dr. Taher Al-Qubati.. A Story Of A Yemeni Civilian Professor That Was Tortured And Kidnapped To UAE

Dr. Taher Abdullah Abdul Jabbar Al-Qubati (48 years) is spending the fourth consecutive month in the Southern Transitional Council detention center supported by the United Arab Emirates, amid reports that he was subjected to severe torture that made him lose the ability to speak and move.

The Emirati-backed Transitional Militia kidnapped Dr. Al-Qubati on July 20, 2020 from Al-Alam checkpoint, the eastern entrance to the temporary capital of Aden, while he was returning from the city of Seiyun in Hadramawt with his wife, and he was taken to an unknown location, and charged with plotting a coup.

Reports clarified that Al-Qubati was placed in the “Tawahi” prison of the UAE, noting that “since the arrest of Dr. Al-Qubati in August, his family has not been allowed to visit him or check on his health.”

Al-Qubati was subjected to severe torture in Al-Tawahi prison, where he was placed in a private solitary confinement cell called Al-Daghatah (Emirati), an area of half a meter, and he was forbidden to make any contact or visit. He was then taken outside Yemen, and it is widely believed that he was taken to the United Arab Emirates to complete the investigation with him.

https://www.adennews.net/en/122491

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(B P)

UAE-Backed Separatists In Aden Move Dr. Alqubati To Abu Dhabi For Torture Despite His Health Condition

https://www.adennews.net/en/122489

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41864

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THE 30TH ARMORED BRIGADE

Little-Known Military Brigades and Armed Groups in Yemen: A Series

This piece provides a deep dive into an actor that is not yet covered in much detail by traditional media; as such, it draws on OSINT, including new media sources, more than traditional ACLED analyses. Some of these sources are not used in ACLED’s data collection, yet the information garnered from them for this piece has been either triangulated or presented with the appropriate caveats.

The 30th Armored Brigade is a brigade of the internationally recognized Hadi government that has been fighting in Ad Dali governorate against Houthi forces for at least five years (Al Wattan, 22 January 2019). It is known to fight alongside other pro-Hadi forces, such as the 4th Brigade and 83rd Artillery Brigade (Al Masdar, 22 April 2019). Uniquely, the 30th Armored Brigade also fights alongside pro-Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces — including the Security Belt Forces (SBF), Support and Reinforcement Brigades (SRB), Saiqa Brigades, Giants Brigades, and Southern Resistance forces — on a regular basis. It is one of the only pro-Hadi units to regularly fight alongside pro-STC forces against Houthi forces, despite repeated clashes between pro-STC and other pro-Hadi forces in the southern governorates.1 Furthermore, under the command of Hadi Al Awlaqi, the 30th Armored Brigade appears to have developed ties with pro-STC forces in Ad Dali that may indicate that the brigade is becoming a de facto pro-STC force.

The 30th Armored Brigade was reportedly deployed in Ibb from 2013 to 2015, under the command of Muhammad Qaid Saleh Al Hufayzi (Saba, 10 April 2013; Rayman Press, 1 May 2013; Shabwah Press, 28 February 2015). Based on publicly available reports and information, it is unclear when the brigade was established or where it was deployed prior to 2013. In the fall of 2015, after Houthi forces advanced throughout Yemen, command was transferred to Abdul Karim As Sayyadi, who is from the Al Awd area in Qaatabah district (Yemen Media Center, 19 September 2015). Under his command, the 30th Armored Brigade participated in reversing the spring 2015 Houthi advance and remained deployed on frontlines in Ad Dali from that point forward. In the fall of 2018, the 30th Armored Brigade clashed with the 83rd Artillery Brigade in Qaatabah and later lost significant territory to a Houthi offensive in spring 2019 (Yemen Press Agency, 22 October 2018; Al Mawqea, 19 April 2019).

In March 2019, As Sayyadi handed command over to the current commander, Hadi Ahmad Musad Al Awlaqi, in accordance with a Presidential Decree (Al Moaten, 18 March 2019). The change in command occurred after As Sayyadi was accused of sympathizing with the Houthi movement following a successful Houthi offensive in Ad Dali (Al Mawqea, 19 April 2019). Soldiers in the brigade likewise held protests against As Sayyadi’s leadership (Yemen Shabab, 21 January 2019).

The 30th Armored Brigade resides in a precarious position as the primary pro-Hadi force in Ad Dali. Its position will likely increase the chances of the brigade becoming a scapegoat if there is a successful Houthi offensive in Ad Dali, as happened in early 2019 (Al Mawqea, 19 April 2019). Conversely, the brigade may be overshadowed by the sheer number of pro-STC forces if Houthi forces are pushed out of Ad Dali. Regardless, its consistent cooperation with pro-STC forces is a necessity for the pro-Hadi government to maintain a presence in Ad Dali, a STC stronghold (ACLED, 18 December 2019). Despite its unenviable position, it is clear that the 30th Armored Brigade will play a significant role in the future of the relationship between the STC and pro-Hadi government in Ad Dali, and on the frontlines against Houthi forces.

https://acleddata.com/2020/10/26/the-30th-armored-brigade/

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A P)

Yemen [= Hadi government; i.e. Riyadh]: Houthis undermine Stockholm agreement

Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations (UN), Abdullah Al-Sa’di, said on Tuesday that the Houthis continue undermining peace efforts by introducing new conditions and mounting attacks on the Yemeni people in various areas.

Al-Sa’da voiced this during his meeting with the head of the UN Security Council, Inga Rohanda King.

He said that the Houthis use the Stockholm agreement to mount escalation and open new fronts and target civilians using ballistic missiles and uncrewed aerial vehicles.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42893

(A P)

Yemen: Houthis ready for new prisoner swap

Yemen’s Houthis said yesterday that they are ready to exchange all prisoners with the internationally recognised government, ten days after a prisoner swap was completed between the rival authorities, Al-Khaleej Online reported.

In a tweet, the head of Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, Abdul Qader Al-Murtada, said: “We have told the UN that we are ready to start talks on a new prisoner swap.”

He said that the militant group is ready for a swap that includes all or part of the prisoners. “We hope that the UN does not delay the issue,” he said.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201027-yemen-houthis-ready-for-new-prisoner-swap/

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(A P)

Yemen: new round of prisoner exchange talks possibly by end of the year

“We informed the UN of our readiness to participate in a new round of negotiations to agree on a deal that includes all prisoners, or a partial deal that includes more numbers than in the last deal," a Houthi official, Abdul Qadir Al Murtada, said on Twitter.

A member of the government committee for the prisoners exchange confirmed an upcoming round of talks, possibly by the end of the year.

“The talks will focus on the release of four Yemeni officials, including the brother of Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, Brigadier General Nasser Mansour Hadi,” he said.

A UN official close to the warring sides told The National they are in process of planning the next meeting.

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/mena/yemen-new-round-of-prisoner-exchange-talks-possibly-by-end-of-the-year-1.1100574

(A K P)

Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, 26 October 2020: Attack on a hospital in Taizz injures two health workers and terrifies patients [EN/AR]

An attack on the Al Amal Hospital for Cancer Treatment in Taizz Governorate on 24 October injured two health care workers and damaged the facility. Patients, most of them children, have been left in a state of panic.

“Any attack on any health center is unacceptable,” said Ms. Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “An attack on a cancer hospital, where desperately ill children are receiving life-saving treatment, is abhorrent.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/statement-humanitarian-coordinator-yemen-26-october-2020-attack-hospital-taizz-injures

(B HP)

When women play a significant role in the peace process, peace becomes more durable, more sustainable and more inclusive (twxt in image)

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1320533400051220482

(A P)

[Oman’s] Foreign Minister meets Special Envoy of Secretary-General for Yemen

https://timesofoman.com/article/foreign-minister-meets-special-envoy-of-secretary-general-for-yemen

(A P)

UNESCO to send mission to Yemen's Socotra amid fears over threats to biodiversity

UNESCO plans to send a mission to Yemen's Socotra archipelago to report to it about the situation on the archipelago which is on the world heritage list, government officials said on Sunday.

The move comes amid growing fears over threats to the archipelago's unique biodiversity following the southern transitional council's takeover of the archipelago and as the UAE is seeking to build military bases on it. Violence and UAE ambitions could result in removing it from the world heritage list, officials said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20724.html

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[from 2017] Pathways for Peace & Stability in Yemen

https://www.academia.edu/38705253/Pathways_for_Peace_and_Stability_in_Yemen

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(A P)

Prominent Saudi Women's Rights Activist on Hunger Strike in Detention, Says Family

Prominent Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, held in Saudi Arabia since 2018, began a new hunger strike on Monday over the conditions of her detention, her family said.

Hathloul's sister Lina told Reuters that the main demand was to be allowed regular contact with her family. In late August Hathloul went on a six-day hunger strike after authorities at Riyadh's al-Hair prison cut off contact for over four months.

Hathloul, 31, who was arrested along with at last a dozen other women's rights activists, had since March only been permitted limited contact with her family, her sister said, including a March 23 visit, a phone call on April 19 and a visit on Aug 31.

Her parents were allowed to see her on Monday.

"Yesterday during the visit Loujain told (our parents) she is exhausted of being mistreated and deprived from hearing her family's voices," Lina al-Hathloul said. "She told them she will start a hunger strike starting yesterday evening until they allow her regular calls again."

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-rights/prominent-saudi-womens-rights-activist-on-hunger-strike-in-detention-says-family-idUSKBN27C1T4

(B P)

Saudi Human Rights Defender In Prison Since May 2018

Loujain AlHathloul is a Saudi women's rights activist, and a political prisoner since May 2018.

Loujain’s activism began during her studies in Canada, through her social media. Loujain became one of the leaders in the Saudi Women’s Rights movement, reshaping the process of mass collective consciousness-raising and developing a fully articulated understanding of women’s varying social positions. She was a main voice in the movements “Together We Stand to End Male Guardianship of Women” and “Women Demand the Overthrow of Guardianship” raising awareness online and sharing information. She conducted a “driving campaign” where she and other advocates took pictures of themselves driving in the streets of Saudi Arabia in defiance of the driving ban. As part of a working group, she established a shelter for women escaping domestic violence that not only provided a place to go but helped them integrate back into society. (For more information on her activism, please check our “Activism” page).

Loujain has done this at great cost to herself and her well-being. Loujain never used a pseudonym, a current practice used by activists to avoid reprisal. She preferred to be visible so girls and women could identify themselves in her and follow her demands for social change. For her efforts, Loujain has been arrested three times. (For more information on her arrest, torture and charges, please check our “Arrest, Torture and Charges” page.)

Loujain is a spontaneous person with a great capacity for resilience. After being released from her first arrest in 2014, she never showed any rancor or bitterness. She stays positive and optimistic even in her toughest times. Her aspiration in life can be illustrated through a quote by British activist, Emmeline Pankhurst:

https://www.loujainalhathloul.org/about-loujain

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Horrible: Another #Saudi distruction of a historical landmark. AinZubaidah built in 802 by wife of #Abbasid ruler Harun AlRasheed to serve pilgrims. #Saudi war on antiquities is usually explained away bu a contractor mistake (photos)

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1320420157798440963

referring to https://makkahnewspaper.com/article/1522779

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a

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Film: "We hope whoever is elected president will bring Yemeni activists who have dedicated their time to stop US sponsored violence to the table." By Danaka Katovich Codepink

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/3497572636962408

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US embassy in Emirates issues new terrorism warning to American citizens

The US embassy in the United Arab Emirates has warned Americans to be “very careful” of terrorist attacks, after a flareup in tensions between Saudi Arabia and Yemeni rebels led the embassy in Riyadh to issue a similar alert.

US citizens in the Emirates were warned on Wednesday to “maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to keep up their security awareness,” due to the “possibility of terrorist attacks against US citizens and interests.”

https://www.rt.com/news/504849-us-embassy-terror-warning-uae/

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Biden and the Saudi quagmire in Yemen

Many countries around the world have high stakes in this year's US presidential election. Few, if any, might feel the consequences of this election as much as Yemen.

Throughout Biden's campaign, he has spoken about the Yemen war in ways that contrast him from President Donald Trump. As a candidate, the former VP vows to end Washington's support for the Saudi-led war.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is only doubling down on its policies of backing Riyadh against the Houthi rebels by heavily arming the oil-rich kingdom and providing strong diplomatic cover. The Saudi-US Strategic Dialogue, held on 14 October, most recently confirmed this point.

Since early on in Trump's presidency, he has made the US-Saudi partnership a hallmark of his administration's Middle East foreign policy.

What Biden has been laying out on the campaign trail is an idea for a fundamentally new approach to the Yemeni conflict. Against the backdrop of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the exacerbation of Yemen's humanitarian disasters, the abuse of female activists within the kingdom and other issues, there have been growing calls from US lawmakers to revisit the US-Saudi relationship.

As a candidate, Biden's rhetoric indicates that he hears these voices loud and clear. "Under a Biden-Harris administration, we will reassess our relationship with the kingdom, end US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen and make sure America does not check its values at the door to sell arms or buy oil," said the former VP. "America's commitment to democratic values and human rights will be a priority, even with our closest security partners."

As a presidential hopeful, Biden has been distancing himself from the Obama administration's record on Yemen. It seems that Biden believes that only a diplomatic (not a military) solution can solve the Yemeni crisis. Under a Biden administration, the US in coordination with other international actors (the European Union, United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, China, Oman, Kuwait, etc.) would have substantial leverage over Saudi Arabia that could be used to push the multifaceted conflict toward a diplomatic settlement that involves compromises from all actors in the war.

"Biden would work more closely with the UN initiative and would exercise pressure on the kingdom to accept a more comprehensive and inclusive political solution in Yemen, which would see the Houthis playing a greater role in any political solution," Andreas Krieg, Assistant Professor at King's College London's School of Security Studies, told The New Arab.

For a Biden administration to work with various actors - including friends and foes - in pursuit of a political solution in Yemen, the US will need to engage not only the major military actors in the fighting (Saudi Arabia, Yemen's UN-recognised government, the Houthis, the Southern Transitional Council, Iran, etc.) but also various civil society organisations which will inevitably impact the war-torn country's future.
Bringing peace, stability, and security back to Yemen will also require the international community to help the country cope with its nightmarish Covid-19 crisis - a pandemic which the conflict has made nearly impossible for Yemenis to sufficiently contain.

Given the extent to which the Yemen war has become unpopular on both sides of DC's partisan divide, some foreign policy analysts, including Samuel Ramani, a doctoral researcher of International Relations at Oxford University, believe that Biden is serious when he says he plans on withdrawing the US from Yemen.

"There is a growing bipartisan consensus in the United States, which includes prominent Republicans such as Senator Lindsey Graham, about the need to detach the United States from Saudi Arabia and end participation in Yemen," Ramani told The New Arab.

Ultimately, it is too early to know if a Biden presidency would lead to changes in US foreign policy which are consistent with the former VP's rhetoric about values, human rights, and reassessing Washington's relationship with the Saudi kingdom. Nonetheless, it is fair to point out that the only hope for an end to US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen comes from a possible Biden victory in 7 days.

If Biden takes the helm in January, his presidency has the potential to open up a new set of circumstances resulting from the US ceasing to support the Saudis in a conflict that has fuelled the world's worst humanitarian crisis – by Giorgio Cafiero

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2020/10/27/biden-and-the-saudi-quagmire-in-yemen

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UC Needs to Divest From the Murder of Yemen

As UC students, employees and affiliates, we have a unique role in ending this crime against the Yemeni people. The UC has millions of dollars invested into the major weapons manufacturing firms profiting handsomely from the genocide of Yemen and working to perpetuate the current policy on Yemen. We must call on the UC to divest from the onslaught in Yemen, lest we continue our complicity in the blood-letting of the Yemeni people.

The holdings report from the UC Office of the President lists entities that the UC has purchased assets from along with their base market value. The report states that the UC holds assets to the sum of roughly $20 million in weapons manufacturers as of June 2020, including Lockheed-Martin, Boeing and General Electric. Some of the largest and richest weapons manufacturers in the world are profiting the most from this genocide consisting of bombardments of funerals, weddings and school buses. The UC ought to refuse to have the retirement plans of its employees bankrolled by the deaths of innocent people overseas.

Calling on the university to divest is not only a moral requirement but a tactical one as well. Doing so pinpoints the cash flows of one of the central actors in perpetuating this war, which is crucial.

https://www.newuniversity.org/2020/10/26/uc-needs-to-divest-from-the-murder-of-yemen/

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How Congress can help end our endless wars

Since 9/11, the United States has increasingly come to rely on foreign allies and partners to accomplish shared security objectives and sometimes even fight on its behalf. At the same time, while Congress has abdicated much of its responsibility for national security oversight to the executive branch, my new report, Managing U.S. Security Partnerships: A Toolkit for Congress, shows that Congress has a number of tools it can use to hold U.S. security partners accountable and end U.S. involvement in wars from Afghanistan to Yemen.

Members of Congress have begun to rediscover these tools in recent years, using them to create a growing role for Congress in ending America’s “endless wars.” In 2019, Congress passed legislation to invoke the War Powers Act to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition intervention in Yemen and to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In 2020, Congress again invoked the War Powers Act, this time to block the administration from using force against Iran without congressional authorization.

Using these tools is rarely as simple as passing a piece of legislation with a veto-proof majority. Rather, Congress can use its authorities — including the power of the purse and its role in the arms sales process — to increase transparency around often complex and opaque security partnerships, negotiate policy with the executive branch, and to place direct pressure on security partners.

The recent batch of legislation around Yemen’s war is a good example: while President Trump vetoed the bills invoking the War Powers Act and blocking arms sales, pressure from Congress contributed to the signing of the Stockholm Agreement between parties to the Yemen war in December 2018 (providing an opening for peace negotiations) and to the Emirates’ decision to withdraw most of its forces from Yemen in 2019.

Regardless of who wins the upcoming presidential election, Congress can and should use these tools at its disposal to limit U.S. involvement in conflicts around the world.

One clear avenue for congressional influence is through its responsibility for funding security assistance programs that provide U.S. military training, advising, and equipment to partner militaries. The United States operated 167 of these security aid programs with a total of $18.81 billion in funding in 2019, according to Security Assistance Monitor, and 20 military training programs in 137 countries. These programs have grown rapidly in the wake of 9/11, with funding for security assistance more than doubling since then.

Despite this rapid expansion, U.S. security assistance programs have become what Andrew Miller, Deputy Director for Policy at the Project on Middle East Democracy, and Daniel Mahanty, director of the U.S. program at the Center for Civilians in Conflict, have called “faith-based programs” — despite the fact that security assistance has become a default foreign policy option, there has been little effort to define the objectives of this assistance, let alone to measure its effectiveness.

Congress can increase transparency around security assistance programs by writing “reporting requirements” into relevant legislation, such as the National Defense Authorization Act, which is often a vehicle for such legislation because it is considered a “must-pass.”

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/10/26/how-congress-can-help-end-our-endless-wars/

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Ex-CIA Director Brennan: 'Outrageous' for Trump to discuss inviting Saudi crown prince to D.C.

Former CIA Director John Brennan said it is “outrageous” for President Trump to talk about inviting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Washington when he should be treating the Saudi leader as a “pariah” for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Brennan’s comments, made during an interview on the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast, came shortly after Trump on Friday announced plans to hold a “big beautiful party” after the election that would include Saudi King Salman and his son, the crown prince, known as MBS, to sign peace deals with Israel.

https://news.yahoo.com/skullduggery-brennan-trump-mbs-090012238.html

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How American Companies Have Made Profits from the Yemen War

Since 2017, the United States has given $721 million dollars in foreign assistance to Yemen. However, this aid does not cover up the fact that the U.S. has benefited from the conflict in Yemen for years. When war broke out in 2015, the U.S. government supported the Saudi coalition by selling weapons to the Kingdom. Over the five years of war so far, American companies have made billions in profits from the Yemen War.

Overview of the U.S. Involvement

From the onset of the war in 2015, the Obama Administration supported Saudi intervention in Yemen. However, as Saudi air campaigns began to worsen the humanitarian crisis and increased civilian deaths, several Congressional representatives and senators became wary of the partnership. After a Saudi airstrike killed 140 people at a funeral home in Yemen’s capital city in late 2016, the Obama Administration began to limit their military support to Saudi Arabia.

President Donald Trump entered office in 2017, which led to increasing support for the Saudi-led coalition. By May of that year, Trump lifted Obama’s limitations on the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Trump believes that arms sales to Saudi Arabia are essential to the U.S. economy. Consequently, he was motivated to restore the Saudi-U.S. partnership.

Profiting U.S. Companies

Trump’s economic focus in dealing with the conflict in Yemen has allowed several American companies to make billions of dollars in profits from the Yemen War. The companies that have benefited the most include Raytheon, General Dynamics and Boeing.

Raytheon and General Dynamics are both U.S. defense corporations that have sold five billion dollars and $1.3 billion dollars, respectively, of arms to the Saudi-led coalition. Weapon remnants from each company were found in the wreckage of numerous airstrikes throughout Yemen. In the first two years of the conflict alone, pieces of Raytheon weapons were found at 12 different sites where innocent civilians were attacked.

https://www.borgenmagazine.com/how-american-companies-have-made-profits-from-the-yemen-war/

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

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Iran frets over US vote it insists doesn’t matter

Top officials in Iran say the upcoming U.S. election doesn’t matter, but nearly everyone else there seems to be holding their breath.

The race for the White House could mean another four years of President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign. Or it could bring Joe Biden, who has raised the possibility of the U.S. returning to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

In the upper levels of Iran’s Islamic Republic, overseen by 81-year-old Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, anti-Americanism is as deeply entrenched as at any time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, with presidents from both parties seen as equally repugnant.

“America has a deep-rooted enmity against the Iranian nation and whether Trump is elected or Biden, it will not have any impact on the U.S. main policy to strike the Iranian nation,” parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf said in September, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-dubai-iran-iran-nuclear-7b7c2c38138918562c23b36505af5daf

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UN watchdog: Iran building at underground nuclear facility

Inspectors from the U.N.’s atomic watchdog have confirmed Iran has started building an underground centrifuge assembly plant after its previous one exploded in what Tehran called a sabotage attack over the summer, the agency’s head told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Iran also continues to stockpile greater amounts of low-enriched uranium, but does not appear to possess enough to produce a weapon, Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the AP in an interview in Berlin.

Following the July explosion at the Natanz nuclear site, Tehran said it would build a new, more secure, structure in the mountains around the area. Satellite pictures of Natanz analyzed by experts have yet to show any obvious signs of excavation at the site in Iran’s central Isfahan province.

“They have started, but it’s not completed,” Grossi said. “It’s a long process.”

He would not give further details, saying it’s “confidential information.” Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

https://apnews.com/article/iran-iran-nuclear-berlin-united-nations-tehran-effcfe5ea7d691b471355a4b49c7a18c

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Satellite photos show construction at Iran nuclear site

Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility, satellite images released Wednesday show, just as the U.N. nuclear agency acknowledged Tehran is building an underground advanced centrifuge assembly plant after its last one exploded in a reported sabotage attack last summer.

Since August, Iran has built a new or regraded road to the south of Natanz toward what analysts believe is a former firing range for security forces at the enrichment facility, images from San Francisco-based Planet Labs Inc. show.

A Planet Labs satellite image Monday shows the site cleared away with what appears to be construction equipment there, while an Oct. 21 image from Maxar Technologies shows trucks, cars, backhoes and other vehicles at the cleared site.

Analysts from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies say they believe the site is undergoing excavation.

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-dubai-iran-iran-nuclear-2f6574ec6585a928e1417c184dbf5f65

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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UK faces new legal challenge over arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Campaigners seek judicial review of renewal of sales after court ruled them unlawful

Campaigners have filed for a judicial review of the UK government’s decision to renew arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) said the weapons would “fuel destruction and prolong the conflict” in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has employed widespread bombing in a war that has killed thousands of civilians.

Last month, a United Nations report said countries arming parties involved in the conflict could be “aiding and assisting” war crimes, and said there had been “documented patterns” of serious international humanitarian law violations.

In a June 2019 case, also brought by CAAT, the court of appeal ruled British arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful and said ministers had illegally signed off on arms exports without properly assessing the risk to civilians.

It ordered the then international trade secretary, Liam Fox, to hold an immediate review of at least £4.7bn-worth of arms deals with Saudi Arabia and the government suspended new arms sales to the country.

However, in July this year the government announced it was resuming arms sales to Saudi Arabia, after a review concluded there had been only “isolated incidents” of airstrikes in Yemen that breached humanitarian law.

Andrew Smith, of CAAT, said:“Tens of thousands of people have been killed in this brutal bombardment, yet arms companies have profited every step of the way. These arms sales have only fuelled the destruction and prolonged the conflict. Last year, the court of appeal found that the government has acted illegally, and nothing that we have seen since suggests otherwise.

“The government may think that the widespread destruction of schools, hospitals and homes can be dismissed as ‘isolated incidents’ but we do not. These arms sales are immoral, and we are confident that the court will confirm that the decision to renew them was illegal.”

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/oct/27/uk-faces-new-legal-challenge-over-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia

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Judicial Review application filed on decision to renew arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has filed a Judicial Review application into the legality of the UK government's decision to renew arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Yemen.
In June 2019, the Court of Appeal ruled that the government acted unlawfully when it licensed the sale of UK-made arms to Saudi-led forces for use in Yemen without making an assessment as to whether or not past incidents amounted to breaches of International Humanitarian Law. This followed a case brought by CAAT. The government was ordered not to approve any new licences and to retake the decisions on extant licences in a lawful manner.
In July 2020, the government announced that it was resuming arms sales. This followed a review by the Department of International Trade which concluded that any violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) committed by the Saudi coalition were ‘isolated incidents’, despite the fact that hundreds of attacks on residential areas, schools, hospitals, civilian gatherings, and agricultural land and facilities have been documented.
Since announcing its conclusion and the decision to resume licensing, the government has provided very little information on how it reached the conclusions it did, including how it decided there was no "pattern" of violations. It has refused to say how many incidents it considered to be possible violations of IHL.
UK arms export criteria says that if there is a "clear risk" that a weapon "might" be used in a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) then an arms sale should not go ahead. Saudi-led forces have been accused of widespread and systematic violations of IHL.

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/30090

and also https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/uk-s-struggle-to-sell-arms-to-saudi-arabia-continues-amid-new-legal-action-40977

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-arabia-yemen-britain-arms-sales-legal-challenge

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Wieder Genehmigungen erteilt: Deutsche Waffen gehen an Kriegsparteien

Der Exportstopp an Saudi-Arabien gilt zwar noch bis Ende des Jahres, doch an andere Beteiligte der Militärkoalition im Jemen liefert Deutschland weiterhin Waffen. Ein Hauptabnehmer ist etwa das autoritär regierte Ägypten. Insgesamt sind die Zahlen jedoch rückläufig.

https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Deutsche-Waffen-gehen-an-Kriegsparteien-article22130112.html

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Deutschland liefert weiter Waffen an Kriegsbeteiligte im Jemen

Die deutsche Bundesregierung setzt ihre Waffenlieferungen an im Jemen-Krieg involvierte Länder fort. Zwar gilt der Exportstopp an Saudi-Arabien, das die Militärkoalition anführt, noch bis Jahresende, jedoch wurden von Januar bis Juni Ausfuhrgenehmigungen im Wert von 312 Millionen Euro für Ägypten erteilt. Das geht aus dem Zwischenbericht zur Rüstungsexportpolitik im ersten Halbjahr 2020 hervor, den das Bundeswirtschaftsministerium vorlegte.

Damit steht das Nil-Land auf Platz zwei aller Genehmigungen für Drittstaaten - nach Israel (533 Millionen Euro) und noch vor den USA (266 Millionen Euro). Die Exporte nach Ägypten sind besonders wegen der Menschenrechtsverletzungen umstritten, die der Führung des Präsidenten Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi vorgeworfen werden.

Die Bundesregierung erteilte demnach auch Rüstungsexportgenehmigungen an die weiteren Kriegsparteien unter saudischer Führung. Zum Zuge kamen im ersten Halbjahr Katar, für das 52 Genehmigungen im Wert von 260 Millionen Euro erteilt wurden, die Vereinigten Arabische Emirate (31 Millionen Euro), Kuwait (9 Millionen Euro) und Bahrain (1 Million Euro). Für Iran, das die Huthi-Milizen unterstützt, werden grundsätzlich keine Exporte genehmigt.

https://www.finanznachrichten.de/nachrichten-2020-10/51079051-deutschland-liefert-weiter-waffen-an-kriegsbeteiligte-im-jemen-015.htm = https://www.n-tv.de/der_tag/Deutschland-versorgt-Jemen-Kriegspartei-mit-Waffen-article22129999.html

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SPD für Verlängerung des Rüstungsexportstopps für Saudi-Arabien

Die SPD dringt auf eine Verlängerung des Rüstungsexportstopps für Saudi-Arabien bis zum Ende der Legislaturperiode im Herbst 2021. "Wir haben im Koalitionsvertrag verbindlich und klar vereinbart, dass Deutschland keine Rüstungsexporte mehr an Länder genehmigt, die unmittelbar am Jemen-Krieg beteiligt sind", sagte die für Außenpolitik zuständige stellvertretende Chefin der Bundestagsfraktion, Gabriela Heinrich, am Mittwoch der Deutschen Presse-Agentur. "Ohne grundlegende Kehrtwende Saudi-Arabiens im Jemen-Krieg kann und darf es deswegen weiterhin keine Rüstungsexporte geben." Es sei daher "zwingend", dass der bis zum 31. Dezember befristete Rüstungsexportstopp "mindestens" bis zum Ende der Legislaturperiode verlängert werde.

https://www.boerse-online.de/nachrichten/aktien/spd%C2%A0fuer-verlaengerung-des-ruestungsexportstopps-fuer-saudi-arabien-1029733619 = https://www.handelsblatt.com/dpa/wirtschaft-handel-und-finanzen-spdfuer-verlaengerung-des-ruestungsexportstopps-fuer-saudi-arabien/26567132.html?ticket=ST-1118557-Df4CIpHzznIR0cHo9fkg-ap5

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Iranian Spy Ship Commands Strategic Position on Vital Oil Route

The Red Sea forms a physical and geopolitical choke point on much of the world’s trade. At its northern end the Suez Canal constricts the flow of ships, and at the southern end the Bab el-Mandeb Strait does.

Officially Saviz is a merchant ship, but it is most likely a covert Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forward base. Several open-source reports over the last several years and officials with Saudi Arabia have accused the ship of being operated by the IRGC.

The naval role of ships like the Saviz is hard to prove with open sources, but the inference is clear. There is no legitimate civilian explanation for the action, and uniformed men have been seen onboard. On the ship’s deck are Boston Whaler type launches, a boat type popular with the IRGC and not in keeping with Saviz’s civilian design.

The ship is anchored off the Yemen coast at the southern end of the Red Sea, near to where Bab el-Mandeb Strait forms a natural choke point. Automated Information System transmissions and analysis of commercial satellite images show the ship has barely moved in the past three years. From its position, the ship can provide constant surveillance of maritime traffic. The narrow waterway just south of its position squeezes tankers to a channel just a couple of miles wide. There have been numerous attacks on tankers in the area.

Some attacks can be tied to the civil war in Yemen, where Iran is backing and supplying Houthi forces. In 2018, two Saudi tankers were attacked near Bab el-Mandeb, apparently by the Houthis.

Saviz was in a position to play a role in some of the attacks, feeding intelligence to Iran and its Houthi allies in Yemen, Saudi’s have said.

https://news.usni.org/2020/10/26/iranian-spy-ship-commands-strategic-position-on-vital-oil-route

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Inbrandsetzung der französischen Flagge im Westjordanland, Jemen und Jordanien

Hunderte Jemeniten haben in Khor Maksar und Al-Ma'la am Dienstagabend bei Demonstrationen Plakate mit den Aufschriften "Nur der Gesandte Gottes", "Französische Waren verbieten" und "Frankreich hat den Propheten der Muslime beleidigt", getragen. Sie verurteilten die Äußerungen des französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron gegen den Islam und die beleidigenden Karikaturen des geehrten Propheten des Islam -s.a.- und steckten die französische Flagge in Brand.

https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i54243-inbrandsetzung_der_französischen_flagge_im_westjordanland_jemen_und_jordanien

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Iran Denounces Yemeni Minister’s Assassination

Iran strongly condemned the assassination of Yemeni Minister of Youth and Sports Hassan Zaid, saying that the move indicates failure of aggressors in their war on the Arab nation.

https://en.farsnews.ir/newstext.aspx?nn=13990807000148

cp12b Sudan

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Sudan’s leader: Israel deal ‘incentive’ to end pariah status

Sudan’s leader said Monday that the decision to normalize ties with Israel was an incentive for President Donald Trump’s administration to end Sudan’s international pariah status.

Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council, told state television that without the normalization with the Jewish state now, Sudan would have had to wait until deep into next year to be removed from the U.S.’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Trump’s administration has tied the de-listing of Sudan to a deal to normalize ties with the Jewish state. The African country is the third Arab state — after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — to move to normalize relations with Israel. The administration was eager to achieve diplomatic victories in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election Nov. 3.

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-bahrain-israel-united-arab-emirates-sudan-6bf51ca3924404b78d385b1cab41572b

My comment: A nice example of US blackmailing.

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Sudan says it will discuss trade, migration with Israel

Sudanese and Israeli officials will meet in the coming weeks to discuss a package of cooperation deals to “achieve the mutual interests of the two peoples,” Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-global-trade-sudan-israel-benjamin-netanyahu-86db2d40767e99ec93f45cc99095fcdb

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp10, cp11, cp16

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Italy at the bar in a "Yemeni Nuremberg"

Italian Peace and Disarmament Network and other organizations stressed that the Italian government and arms manufacturers could be held responsible for the war crimes committed

Italian Peace and Disarmament Network, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and the Yemeni NGO Mwatana for Human Rights stressed today, in an online event, that the Italian government and arms manufacturers could be held responsible for war crimes committed in Yemen by exporting weapons to the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The organizations also released the documentary film "Produced in Italy, bombed in Yemen " about the civilian victims of the air attack in the Yemeni village of Deir al-Hajari on October 8, 2016. The results of Mwatana's investigation into this attack, which six members of the same family, including a pregnant woman and four children, were killed, proved that the bomb used was manufactured in Italy. The documentary was shot in early 2020.

"Governments that continue to conclude arms sales agreements with member states of the Saudi coalition are legally and morally implicated in the violations occurring in our country, some of which constitute war crimes ," said Radhya al-Mutawakel, president of Mwatana for human rights. "Italy and other arms suppliers must immediately stop these exports and support efforts to establish any criminal responsibility in violations committed by all parties to the conflict in Yemen".

In April 2018, the three organizations promoting today's event filed a criminal complaint with the Italian Public Prosecutor's Office in Rome to investigate the criminal responsibility of UAMA, the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that authorizes exports of Italian armaments, and of the managers of the military production company RWM Italia SpA for the export of weapons to member states of the Saudi coalition. A year and a half later, the Prosecutor asked for the case to be closed instead of making a full assessment of the facts. But the people of Yemen deserve proper scrutiny of Italy's role in air strikes: Mwatana,The Italian Peace and Disarmament Network and ECCHR therefore filed an appeal against the Prosecutor's decision and in February 2020 a judge was identified for who will deal with the case.

In January 2021, the Rome Office of the Judge for Preliminary Investigations will decide whether or not the prosecutor's investigations will continue.

https://www.globalist.it/world/2020/10/27/l-italia-alla-sbarra-in-una-norimberga-yemenita-2066967.html

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Israel won’t oppose US sale of ‘weapons systems’ to UAE

Washington agreed to consider allowing the UAE to buy stealth F-35 fighter jets in a side deal to its normalisation agreement with Israel.

Israel will not oppose US sales of “specific weapons systems” to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Benny Gantz said, in an apparent reference to the high-tech F-35 warplanes sought by Abu Dhabi.

Under a principle of preserving Israel’s “qualitative military edge”, the United States consults with it on proposed sales of advanced arms to other countries in the region.

Israel has reiterated a need to maintain its military superiority since forging official ties with the UAE and fellow Gulf Arab state Bahrain under deals brokered by US President Donald Trump.

Washington agreed to consider allowing the UAE to buy F-35 stealth jets in a side deal to the normalisation agreement between Israel and the Emirates.

Gantz reached agreements in Washington this week with US defence chief Mark Esper that he and Netanyahu said would significantly upgrade Israel’s military capabilities.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/23/israel-will-not-oppose-us-sale-of-f-35-to-uae

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

(A P)

Sources revealed that in Sana'a, which is under the control of the #Houthi group, orders were issued to demolish about 11 historical houses that are more than 600 years old in the Old City of Sana'a.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1321160197633658880

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

(B E P)

WB: Houthis’ ban of new banknotes aggravates economic crisis

The World Bank (WB) said that the Houthis ban on the use of new banknotes has aggravated the economic woes in Yemen.

In its October’s report, the bank said that the fiscal impairments resulted from the divided management of the Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) and the conflicting decisions has worsened the economic crisis.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42841

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

(B P T)

The Islah Party is its most prominent victim... Terrorism in Yemen from cheap extortion to political employment

Terrorism in Yemen is transforming from an extremist ideology into a dirty political game, to become a marketable trump card, where many parties at home and abroad have mastered playing this card and bargaining with it to achieve political gains sometimes and blackmail the international community, in order for obtaining financial rewards under the pretext of fighting terrorism at other times.

Terrorism in Yemen has been politically employed, and this is what events and their details have revealed for more than two decades, where the Yemeni arena has turned into a theater for practicing dirty games and a field for conducting experiments with various criminal roles and cheap blackmail practiced by many forces and reaped its fruits and achieved many material and political gains from it through transforming the terrorism into a pressure card and an old renewable scarecrow.

The civilization and moderation of the Islah party made it a target for militias that only believe in violence and terrorism as a way to achieve their goals, as it was hit by terrorism and criminality before others, and as a result of these attacks, it lost many of its leaders and cadres between assassinations, abductions and liquidations, in addition to storming the headquarters, closing institutions belonging to it, confiscating property and storming homes belonging to its leaders and members, looting and detonating them, the most prominent of which the house of the Sheikh Mansour al-Haniq, a member of the Islah Party and a member of Parliament, the house of Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Emad, a member of the Islah Party Shura, and the house of Sheikh al-Hassan Abkar, and the house of Mr. Sheikhan al-Dubaee, Assistant Secretary-General, and the house of Mr. Adel Rowhani, and the house of the head of the parliamentary bloc of the Yemeni Islah Party, and other attacks.

https://alislah-ye.net/news_details.php?sid=7063

My remark: As claimed by Islah party on its website.

(A T)

Al-Qaeda militants killed by drone strike in Marib

At least two al-Qaeda militants were killed and others were injured in Yemen's Marib governorate on Tuesday, by a drone strike, believed to have been carried out by the US Army.
According to local sources, the drone hit a car carrying two terrorists of al-Qaeda in the area of Erq al-Shabwan of al-Wadi district in the north of Marib.
The car was totally destroyed and the two persons were killed, the same sources added.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30400

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-20781.html

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/10/28/drone-strike-kills-al-qaeda-operatives-in-marib/

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

[Hadi] Gov’t official: Houthis smuggled 14,000 manuscripts

[Hadi-gov. Lackcity] Mayor of the Capital Sana’a, Abdulghani Jameel, said on Tuesday that the Houthis smuggled and disappeared over 14,000 Yemeni ancient rare manuscripts and hundreds of artifacts.

In a cultural event organized by the Culture Office of the Capital Sana’a on the smuggling of manuscripts and artifacts by the Houthis, Jameel said that the Houthis smuggled an old manuscript of the Testament to Israel.

He called on activists concerned with Yemen’s heritage and culture to assume their roles towards preservation of the Yemeni manuscripts and artifacts against smuggling and disappearance.

For his part, Khaled Al-Amoodi, said that the Houthis intend to damage the Yemeni identity by smuggling and disappearance of old manuscripts and artifacts.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42917

My remark: Yemeni Jews had smuggled this old Thora manuscript from Yemen to Israel.

(A P)

Iran attempting to legitimise destructive agendas in Yemen, says [Hadi] government

Yemen's internationally recognised government has accused Iran of continuing provocative policies and attempting to legitimise its aggression on the Yemeni people and its destructive agendas threatening regional and international security and peace.
Information minister, Muammar Al-Eryani, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: "The Tehran regime's smuggling of an army officer involved in acts of terror and who did not held a diplomatic post before and attempts to impose him as a military ruler of Sanaa is a behaviour of gangsters not states and a blatant breach of the 1661 Vienna convention of diplomatic relations".

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20785.html

(A P)

Who killed Hassan Zayd: The Houthis or Iran?, reads the headline of Seerah Post.

The Houthi militia assassinate Hassan Zayd in downtown Sana’a, reads the headline of The Voice of Freedom.

Who is the murderer of Hassan Zayd and Why?, reads the headline of Sana’a Online.

Yemeni Political Researcher: An Iranian cell has assassinated Hassan Zayd, while Tehran is intent on keeping the Houthis a brainless tool for committing crimes. The headline of a story by Almashehad Alkhaleeji.

“Sources close to Hassan Zayd’s family reveal that senior Houthi leaders plotted his murder. Here are their names,” reads the headline of Yemen Voice.

Houthi snakes are biting one another, reads the headline of Seerah Post.

As the press summary above obviously suggests, most Yemeni commentators on news websites and social media automatically attributed Zayd’s assassination to “an infighting” between rival ranks of the extremist theocratic militia. Many stories laid the blame on the feet of Houthi militia with two warlords Yahya Al-Shami or Mohammed al-Houthi as proposed perpetrators, citing heated exchanges between them and the slain Zayd.

Seeing it as a new development in the quite rivalry, some summed it up by saying “the bitch has started to eat its puppies.”

As for the attitudes, Zayd’s death was largely rejoiced by most commentators given the man’s history as a terrorist element red-handed with the blood of thousands of Yemeni children, and responsible for radicalizing thousands of Yemeni children and turning them to fearless killers in the ranks of his theocratic militia. His notorious call in 2017 for “schools to be closed for one whole year” to conscript “hundreds of thousands” of students to the warfronts was bitterly recalled.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-42895

(A P)

Saudi Press: Iranian regime continues arming its terrorist militias in Yemen to attack civilians, civilian objects

Al-Yaum newspaper reported in its editorial that the irresponsible behavior through which the Iranian regime seeks to destabilize the security of the region and the world, confirms that this regime cuts off all paths to find any chance for it to be considered a natural part of the world. This behavior also makes setting a deterrent and decisive solution to confront these practices of terrorism is a necessity and the only option for the international community.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2148376

(A P)

Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

Iran was increasing its support to the Houthis to undermine efforts for peace, Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, the political analyst and international relations scholar, told Arab News.

“They want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.”

Al-Shehri said the situation in Yemen would remain the same unless the legitimate government was returned to Yemen, Security Council Resolution 2216 was put into practice and the Houthi militia were removed.

“Without these things, the Yemen crisis will not end and the whole region will remain in tension.”

The Houthis did not differentiate between military sites and civilian locations, he said.

“Their objective is to damage all places they can reach in Saudi Arabia, and their latest attempts to attack a populated area are nothing new.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1754126/saudi-arabia

My comment: From a Saudi source, this is ridiculous propaganda. Hamdan Al-Shehri is a saudi columnist, closely linked to this “Arab news” Saudi news site.

(B K P)

Yemen Conflict

This chapter unpacks how the Yemen conflict evolved from a set of largely deep-seated, multifaceted, and unresolved issues during Saleh’s 33-year tenure into a complex armed conflict and foreign military intervention, passing through a fragile transitional peace process that ended with a Houthi coup d’état on September 21, 2014.

Interestingly, the internal issues that made Yemen receptive to the Arab Spring continue to aggravate, deepening grievances and local fragmentation, let alone that the combination of domestic and external factors that jeopardized the UN-endorsed, Gulf-backed transitional process continue to reoccur, albeit differently, posing serious wonders to a forthcoming peace agreement.

The UN mediation’s departure from status quo ante bellum to the normalization of status quo, evident in the Stockholm Agreement, only rewards violence of armed groups and sows seeds of conflict rounds to come, risking to keep the country in fragility trap at best, or a cycle of endless conflicts at worst – by Ibrahim Jalal, Middle East Institute (MEI), Washington

https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-030-11795-5_163-1

My comment: This is an anti-Houthi propaganda piece, in the guise of a “lexikon”. For the “Middle East Institute” think tank, look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East_Institute#The_2010s_and_funding:

UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has been active in Washington and has been acting as an envoy at the MEI. UAE is contributing $20 million over the course of 2016 and 2017 to the Middle East Institute. Media has sourced from Otaiba's leaked emails that on the orders of his boss Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, he has been actively influencing White House to think tanks.[8][9]

During 2016−2017, UAE and Saudi sources were the largest contributors to MEI, in addition to oil and military supply companies.

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/ksrelief-and-unfpa-sign-new-agreement-improve-women-s-protection-services-yemen-enar and https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2149363

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

(* B H K P)

Film: Made in Italy, Bombed in Yemen

The documentary film “Made in Italy, Bombed in Yemen” is about the civilian victims of the air strike in the Yemen village of Deir al-Hajari on October 8, 2016. The results of Mwatana's investigation into this attack, which killed six family members, including a pregnant woman and four children, showed that the weapon used was made in Italy. The documentary was filmed in early 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjx9JscM09U

and Mwatana stament: https://mwatana.org/en/made-in-italy-bombed-in-yemen/

Trailer: https://twitter.com/MwatanaEn/status/1320830764855005188

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRuPKn50fCk

(A K)

Saudi-led coalition threatened this evening to deliver Houthis and their supporters "a night of hell" in response to several missile and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The threat comes as Sanaa has turned green to mark birthday of Mohammed.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1321541401792909312

(* B K)

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition 'systematically' targeted bridges

Data suggest that Saudi Arabia and its allies have targeted civilian infrastructure in Yemen, according to an initiative that documents human rights violations. Under international law, such attacks amount to war crimes.

The Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen systematically targeted bridges, considered key for the survival of civilian populations, according to a report published on Wednesday by the Yemeni Archive.

Although the Saudi-led coalition claims that it adheres to international law with regards to its military operations in Yemen, data suggest otherwise.

More than 130 bridges have been hit by airstrikes between 2015 and 2019, according to data provided by the Yemeni Archive. In several of those cases, the bridges were "double-tapped," a term used to describe a target struck once and then again hours later. It generally denotes deliberate destruction.

Many of those bridges linked key networks of roads that have served as lifelines for civilian communities struggling under the weight of the war.

"These are not random attacks," said Abdulrahman al-Jaloud, project director of the Yemeni Archive, an initiative that collects, verifies and collates data about human rights violations in Yemen. "What we see is that these attacks are systematic."

Although the Geneva Conventions, which aim to protect civilians during armed conflict, do not specifically mention bridges as civilian objects, such infrastructure is widely viewed as civilian in international law.

Under the Conventions, targeting civilians and their infrastructure is a war crime. The only exception is when civilian infrastructure is outright used for military purposes, such as the transport of weapons or soldiers.

However, even in such cases, international law calls for the principle of proportionality to be used when determining whether to attack such targets. That means warring parties have to determine how the attack would affect civilian populations dependent on the target.

In the case of Yemen, many of these bridges are used to deliver crucial humanitarian aid, including life-saving food supplies to vulnerable communities. Nearly 16 million people are severely food insecure and an additional 3 million are severely malnourished, according to the UN.

https://www.dw.com/en/yemen-saudi-arabia-yemeni-archive/a-55407318

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3113928.htm / https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15513 Marib p., Jawf p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp18

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

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

(A K pH)

Saudi shelling kills woman in Sa'ada

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3114318.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15545

(* B K)

Die saudische Koalition “zerstört 6 Houthi-Drohnen”, nachdem die US-Botschaft die Amerikaner vor einem möglichen Angriff auf Riad gewarnt hat.

Die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Koalition sagte am Mittwoch, sie habe sechs mit Bomben beladene Drohnen zerstört, die von Jemens Houthi-Rebellen in Richtung Saudi-Arabien abgefeuert wurden. Früher am Tag warnte die US-Botschaft die Amerikaner vor einem möglichen Angriff auf die saudische Hauptstadt.

Die Drohnen wurden in Richtung des Königreichs abgefeuert und sechs mit Sprengstoff beladene Drohnen wurden zerstört, teilte das saudische Staatsfernsehen am Mittwoch mit und zitierte die arabische Koalition, die gegen die Houthi-Bewegung im Jemen kämpfte.

Am Mittwoch zuvor warnte die US-Botschaft in Riad ihre Bürger in Saudi-Arabien vor einem möglichen Angriff und sagte, dass Raketen oder Drohnen “heute, 28. Oktober” in Richtung Stadt gerichtet sein könnten.

“Wenn Sie eine laute Explosion hören oder Sirenen aktiviert sind, suchen Sie sofort Deckung”, riet der Alarm. Es warnte die Amerikaner auch, dass selbst wenn die ankommende Rakete oder Drohne abgefangen wird, “herabfallende Trümmer ein erhebliches Risiko darstellen”. Die Botschaft ging nicht auf die Einzelheiten der möglichen Bedrohung ein.

https://twittersmash.com/news/die-saudische-koalition-zerstort-6-houthi-drohnen-nachdem-die-us-botschaft-die-amerikaner-vor-einem-moglichen-angriff-auf-riad-gewarnt-hat/

(* B K)

US warns of missile strikes on Riyadh amid Yemen rebel attacks

US officials on Wednesday warned of a possible strike on Riyadh, as the Saudi-led coalition said it intercepted drones and a missile fired by Yemeni rebels towards the kingdom.

"The embassy is tracking reports of possible missiles or drones that may be headed toward Riyadh today," the embassy said on its website, without offering any details.

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/mena/us-warns-of-missile-strikes-on-riyadh-amid-yemen-rebel-attacks-1.1101449

and

(* B K)

Saudi-Yemen Airspace Update

The US Embassy is warning of a possible drone attack on Riyadh today, Oct 28. This follows attacks by Houthi rebels earlier this week, targeting OEAH/Abha and OEGN/Jizan airports along the Yemeni-Saudi border.

There have been several Houthi drone and rocket attacks this year, and they continue to be a persistent threat to ops to Saudi airports, and for overflights of the OEJD/Jeddah FIR. The most significant risk is in the south, along the border with Yemen, but OERK/Riyadh and OEJN/Jeddah airports are also on the radar for the Houthis.

Riyadh was most recently targeted in June 2020 – the Saudi-led coalition claimed they intercepted of 8 Houthi UAVs and 3 ballistic missiles. However, two loud explosions were heard in Riyadh.

Much of the information comes from state media and cannot always be independently verified. Back in 2017, a New York Times investigation suggested that at least one of the most high-profile attacks from that year may not have been “shot-down” or intercepted by Saudi defense systems at all.

Saudi Arabia Overflight Risk

Long standing airspace warnings remain in place for Saudi Arabia.

https://ops.group/blog/saudi-yemen-airspace-warning/

(* A K pS)

The Joint Forced Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of (6) Bomb-Laden UAVs 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 today (Wednesday) (6) bomb-laden UAVs launched deliberately and systematically by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom.
The terrorist Houthi militia, and those who stand behind it, are continuing their crimes through attempts to target civilians and civilian objects. Such terrorist attempts are blatant contraventions to the customary International Humanitarian Law and flagrant contradictions of humanitarian values

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2149380

My comment: The saudi interpretation of this attacks is rather ridiculous propaganda, also look at cp16.

(A K pS)

Southern soldiers [separatist militiamen] killed by roadside bomb in Lahj

Security officials said that an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the pro-Iran Houthis on the road of Karesh targeting the military vehicles of the Southern Army and Resistance.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30401

and

(A K pH)

Roadside bomb blast kills 6 UAE mercenaries in Lahj

At least five of militia members of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) were killed and eight others wounded in a roadside bomb blast that targeted their vehicle in Lahj province, southern Yemen.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/10/27/roadside-bomb-blast-kills-6-uae-mercenaries-in-lahj/

(A K pS)

Over 600 Houthi militiamen incl.154 leaders killed since early October

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/10/28/over-600-houthi-militiamen-incl-154-leaders-killed-since-early-october/

My remark: As claimed by the Hadi government army.

(A K pH)

Yemeni drone air force targets Abha international airport

The Yemeni drone air force of the army and popular committees carried out an offensive attack on Abha International Airport on Tuesday.

Armed forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahiya Sarie said the operation targeted an important target at Abha International Airport with a Qasif2 aircraft, adding that the injury was direct.

Brig. Gen. Sarie said the army and popular committees' operations are continuing as long as the aggression and siege of the country continue.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3113999.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15526

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20761.html

and

(A K pS)

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

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2148813

(A K pH)

Saudi shelling kills man in Sa'ada

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3113954.htm

(A K pH)

Saudi shelling kills child in Sa'ada

A child was killed on Sunday in a Saudi missile strike on populated villages of Baqem border district in Sa'ada province, a military official said on Monday.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3113804.htm

and also https://en.abna24.com/news//yemeni-child-killed-in-saudi-bombing-on-saada_1080903.html (photo)

(A K pS)

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 (Monday), in Yemeni airspace, a bomb-laden UAV launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom.”

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2148355

(A K pS)

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 tonight (Sunday) a bomb-laden UAV launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Southern Region.”

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2148330

(A K pH)

[Sanaa gov.] Army drones hit Abha airport again

Army's drones carried out on Monday an attack against Abha International Airport, a Yemeni armed forces spokesman said.

Brigadier General Yahya Sarei added that a 2K aircraft of the army hit accurately an important military target inside the airport.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3113826.htm

and: Flight to Abha airport: https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1320660049107263495

(A K pH)

For second straight day, drones hit Saudi military targets

The army's air forces carried out on Sunday an offensive operation against Saudi military targets for the second straight day, the army spokesman told Saba.

Two drones of "Qasef 2k" type, hit the King Khalid airbase in Khamis Mushait province, in the south-west of Saudi Arabia, Brigadier General Yahya Sarei said.

"The drones targeted the aircraft hangars in the base accurately."

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3113703.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15486

and

(A K pS)

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

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

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2148214

and

(A K pS)

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

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 afternoon (Sunday), in Yemeni airspace, a bomb-laden UAV launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom.”

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2148110

and flights to Abha airport. https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1320356317140275200

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1320356043176685569

(A K)

Forces aligned with the internationally recognized Yemeni government of Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with al Houthi militants in northern Yemen’s Ma’rib governorate in Sirwah and Jabal Murad districts on October 23 and 24. Anti–al Houthi media reported that Hadi government–aligned forces withdrew from the Jabal Murad mountain and that al Houthi militants claimed control of the mountain’s surrounding territory. Al Houthis militants allegedly attacked local anti–al Houthi tribes in Ma’rib governorate on October 20.[2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-october-26-2020

(A K)

Al Houthi militants and anti–al Houthi forces clashed in Nihm district in central Yemen’s Sana’a governorate on October 26. Anti–al Houthi forces clashed with al Houthi militants in Nihm district in September.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-october-26-2020

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

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

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

(A K pS)

Senior Houthi military leader killed in Hodeidah, pro-[Hadi] Gov't forces say

https://debriefer.net/en/news-20788.html

(A K pS)

Medical Source: Shafiqa Hael Saeed, 37, was killed by a #Houthi sniper while shepherding east Hays district, south the port city of #Hodeida. (photo)

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1320863528421453825

(A K pH)

Daily violations

Oct. 27: https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=15535

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

(A P)

Boykott in der arabischen Welt: Die französische Kuh fliegt raus

Viele Supermärkte in arabischen Ländern boykottieren französische Produkte, die Spannung zwischen Paris und der islamischen Welt nehmen zu. Hintergrund ist der neue Streit um Mohammed-Karikaturen.

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/islam-tuerkei-frankreich-arabische-welt-boykott-1.5094719

(A P)

Film: Nach Erdogans Boykott-Aufruf: Supermärkte im Jemen und Kuwait verbannen französische Produkte

In der jemenitischen Hauptstadt Sanaa sind französische Produkte bereits aus den Regalen verschwunden.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D985uiumf0k

(A P)

The Charity and Peace Championship begins in Taiz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot0PjgYvU3E

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Photo: This is how #Yemen's Manhattan of the desert, Shibam ancient skyscraper city, looks like from above. By Nabil al-Awzari.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1320825450369875970

(A P)

Photos: Aden holds second marathon for girls

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Governor of Aden, the General Administration for Women organized in Aden's al-Mansourah district on Tuesday, the second edition of the marathon for girls under the age of 15 with the participation of dozens of runners from all the districts of the capital.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30409

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Armed gang attacks civilians to keep pedophilia case from reaching court

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/10/27/armed-gang-attacks-civilians-to-keep-pedophilia-case-from-reaching-court/

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-689-yemen-war-mosaic-689

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-689 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-689:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

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

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

12:57 29.10.2020
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