Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 691b- Yemen War Mosaic 691b

Yemen Press Reader 691b: 4. November 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 691, cp7 - cp19 / November 4, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 691, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 691, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 691, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Houthis belittle prisoner swap impact on Yemen peace process

The recent prisoner swap with the Yemeni official government is seen as very positive, head of the Houthi prisoner committee, as the deal made a breakthrough in the captives' dossier, but has no impact on peace process.
This is the only prisoner exchange brokered by the UN, and would pave way for other greater swaps and deals, Abdul Kader al-Murtadha added at interview with al-Alam TV.
As long as Yemen is under aggression and blockade, the prisoner swap would have little effect on the wider file of peace, he said.
"If progress was made towards lifting the blockade and reopening the airports and seaports, there would have been hope of impact on the peace process in general," the Houthi official added.
Earlier on Monday, the Houthi FM Hisham Sharaf hailed the latest prisoner swap as a great glimmer of hope to reach inclusive, sustainable peace sought for by all Yemenis.


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Houthi FM: We offered Saudis security at borders if they stop interfering in Yemen

The next two months will see peace negotiations between the Yemeni warring parties, the Houthi foreign minister said Monday, to discuss ways out of war and arrangements for political process with international help.
The recent prisoner swap gave a great glimmer of hope to reach inclusive, sustainable peace sought for by all Yemenis, FM Hisham Sharaf added.
The Houthi group introduced many initiatives offering an end to sorties and to blockade in return for an end to missiles fired at Saudi sites, he told Monte Carlo radio.
"We offered to Saudis that we would secure their borders if they secure our borders and stop interfering in our interior affairs."
The UN envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has been exerting great efforts in this regard, the Houthi official said, expecting that the envoy would succeed if "all parties have goodwill".
Sharaf called on the international community to support the peace efforts made by Griffiths, and to stop selling weapons to countries involved in war.
He denied charges of receiving support and arms from the "friend country" of Iran.

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Government soldiers freed for ransom in Yemen's Jawf

Three government soldiers were freed by the Houthi group in return for a ransom payment on Friday

(A P)

UN Women and the Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen on the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution SCR 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

The Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen (OSESGY) and UN Women Yemen renewed their commitment to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda and to advancing women’s meaningful participation and gender inclusion in the peace process during a virtual event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.

Under the title “Stronger Together: Advancing Yemeni Women’s Meaningful Engagement in Building Peace”, over 50 representatives from Yemeni women’s organizations, mediation support organizations, Track II partners, and diplomatic missions called for embedding and implementing the resolution into the peace process in Yemen.

UN Women Representative for Iraq and Yemen, Dina Zorba highlighted “The evidence is clear: having women at the peace table strengthens accountability for implementation.

UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths affirmed his full focus on women’s representation in any formal talks and the importance of gender perspectives across all policy issues.

Thirty Yemeni women represented ten different civil society and various women groups and networks

The meeting put forward a number of recommendations that focused on accountability mechanisms for the implementation of UNSCR 1325


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Remarks of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen at the meeting commemorating the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

I would like to reaffirm my view that women's political participation and gender inclusion, is of course, a vital issue in this and any peace process. Indeed, in some more obvious way how can a sustainable peace be built, if half the population is neither involved nor their views properly considered.

Women’s representation in the formal negotiations, again as Laura has been reminding us, has been unacceptably low, as we all know. The parties must try to do better, we must too, and we must work hard to get women included in their delegations. So this is both a point of credibility and diversity of their own representation of the Yemeni people, but also it will make for better agreements and more useful perspectives and there are many, and I hesitate to say it to this meeting, that is clear there are many prominent Yemeni women in the ranks of the parties and in civil society who are quite ready to take on this role of representation. And there are many, also, activists and specialists on the key topics that we must consider.

Of course I will, once again, when formal talks proceed, request, urge the parties to include women in their delegations. We will insist on reserved seats that are only for women. I also by the way would like to see youth and young women and men around the table, and we will request their representation too. And your advocacy will help us and everybody in this room will help not us, but the representation of women. That will be crucial.

More women around the table, however, does not mean it falls to those women and those women alone to think about gender perspectives. It is all our responsibility.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(A E)

Saudi Aramco third-quarter profit slumps 44.6% as pandemic chokes demand

Saudi Arabian state oil giant Aramco 2222.SE on Tuesday reported a 44.6% drop in third-quarter net profit as the coronavirus crisis continued to choke demand and weigh on crude prices.

Share prices of global oil companies have been hammered this year as investors fret over the impact of the pandemic on energy demand and the long-term shift away from fossil fuels.

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Film: And here it is! The *uncensored* #T20 keynote speech by

@JosephEStiglitz lambasting #Saudi government for grotesque rights abuses. No hiding #MBS!

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Saudi Twitter users grapple with 'digital authoritarianism'

The former Saudi official's tweet expressing condolences over an activist's death seemed benign, but his mysterious disappearance soon afterwards highlighted what observers call the state's "digital authoritarianism".

Abdulaziz al-Dukhail, who had served as deputy finance minister, went missing in April along with at least two other public intellectuals also believed to be in detention for their implied criticism of the state.

In the following months, separate claims surfaced that a Twitter data breach by Saudi infiltrators in 2015 resulted in a wave of "enforced disappearances" of regime critics, many with anonymous accounts on the social media platform.

The cases illustrate how Saudi Arabia, which accounts for the most Twitter users in the Arab world, has sought to harness the power of the platform to promote its ambitious reforms while also aggressively seeking to tame free expression.

The three public figures dropped from view after expressing sympathy over the death of jailed activist Abdullah al-Hamid, according to family members and two campaign groups including the London-based ALQST.

Hamid, a veteran activist, died after suffering a stroke in detention while serving an 11-year sentence, sparking a torrent of criticism from international campaigners.

Dukhail's exact whereabouts are not known and authorities have not revealed any formal charges, his son Abdulhakim al-Dukhail told AFP.

"Why was he taken? What was his crime?" said Abdulhakim, currently based in Paris.

"Is he in jail just for a tweet?".

Saudi authorities did not respond to AFP's request for comment. =

(A T)

Auto rast in Große Moschee von Mekka - Mann festgenommen

In der heiligen Stadt Mekka ist ein saudischer Mann mit einem Auto in eine Tür der Großen Moschee gerast.

Die Hintergründe des Vorfalls sind noch unklar.

Verletzt wurde niemand.

(A T)

Saudi man crashes car into gates of Mecca’s Grand Mosque

A Saudi man in a speeding car crashed into the outer gates of Mecca’s Grand Mosque late Friday night, the country’s state-run news agency reported.

The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. and saw the man’s car ram through a barrier and keep driving until it hit the gate on the Grand Mosque’s southern side, the Saudi Press Agency said.

Authorities arrested the man inside, who appeared in an “abnormal” condition, the agency said, without elaborating.

Film: A terrorist operation carried out by a #Saudi soldier who tried to storm the Grand Mosque in #Mecca, kill pilgrims and destroy the Holy Kaaba

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Geplantes Rennen in Saudi-Arabien: Formel 1 reagiert ausweichend

Die Protagonisten der Formel 1 haben bezüglich eines geplanten Grand Prix in Saudi-Arabien eine deutliche Positionierung vermieden. "Ich kenne mich nicht genug mit der aktuellen Menschenrechtslage in Saudi-Arabien aus. Aber der Sport hat die Kraft, Dinge zu verändern", sagte Formel-1-Weltmeister Lewis Hamilton.

Sport sei "immer positiv" und trage "eine positive Botschaft" in die Welt, erklärte Ferrari-Teamchef Mattia Binotto ebenfalls am Rande des Großen Preises der Emilia-Romagna in Imola (Sonntag, 13.10 Uhr/RTL und Sky).

Die Menschenrechtsorganisation Amnesty International kritisierte sogleich den nächsten Versuch des umstrittenen Königreichs, durch Sport-Großereignisse sein Image "reinzuwaschen". In Saudi-Arabien fanden in den vergangenen Monaten und Jahren unter anderem das Finale um den spanischen Fußball-Supercup, eine Box-Weltmeisterschaft im Schwergewicht und die Rallye Dakar statt.

"Trotz der Schlagzeilen, dass saudische Frauen endlich Autofahren dürfen, ohne eingesperrt zu werden, haben die Verantwortlichen erst neulich einige führende Frauenrechtsaktivisten eingesperrt und gefoltert", teilte Amnesty International mi

und auch

(A P)

Amnesty warns F1 of Saudi Arabia 'sportswashing' human rights abuses

Rights group asks drivers, owners and teams 'to consider speaking out about the human rights situation in the country' ahead of next year's race

Amnesty International has raised concerns that next year's Saudi Formula One (F1) race planned for Jeddah was being used to "sportswash" the kingdom's human rights record.

The plans were unveiled on Monday, when the provisional 2021 schedule was shared with team bosses at a meeting of the F1 Commission.

Felix Jakens, Amnesty International UK's head of campaigns, warned that the organisation should realise that a Saudi Grand Prix in 2021 "would be part of ongoing efforts to sportswash the country's abysmal human rights record", the BBC reported.

"In the lead-up to a race in Jeddah, we would urge all F1 drivers, owners and teams to consider speaking out about the human rights situation in the country," he said, as quoted by the news agency.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a

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Post Trump, Saudi-US Relationship no Easy Task for Biden

In the corner of international articles, the "Washington Post" published last Wednesday an article by the American writer of Iranian origin, Jason Rezaian, in which he said that Biden's victory in the US presidency will put him in the face of problems left by his predecessor Trump behind him on the domestic, political and foreign levels. He said that the Middle East is the most likely place to start problems and that there will not be any easy return to the status quo before Trump, as the top priority will be to reinvent Iran's effective policy that deters the Islamic Republic from seeking regional impact after President Trump destroyed the nuclear agreement with Tehran. Biden helped build it during the Obama years.

The writer continued that Biden indicated that if he wins, he will reconnect with Tehran and focus on human rights in general, and equally important, it will be to curb the destructive tendencies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom Trump refused to contain, and perhaps encouraged him in fact. Biden pledged to "reassess" US relations with Saudi Arabia and "end US support for its war on Yemen."

But Biden should not be content with the Saudis by increasing arms sales, as President Barack Obama did when the nuclear deal was implemented.

The writer said that William J. The head of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told him, “Relations with Saudi Arabia should be a two-way street, after the Trump administration’s blind indulgence,” and says that sincere moves should be encouraged to fix the kingdom's poor human rights record, if implemented. But when Mohammed bin Salman violates international law, as is the case with the war in Yemen and the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, "we must respond with force."

(A P)

An American court approves the request of the former advisor to the Saudi crown prince to lift the confidentiality of his case documents

A judge at the Federal Court in Washington, DC, approved the request of Saad Al-Jabri, an advisor to the former Saudi crown prince, to lift the secrecy of all documents related to his case, which he filed against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

(A P)

Advancing Women’s Participation in Post-Conflict Reconstruction

A high-level virtual event to launch a Joint UAE-Georgetown Report and UN Action Plan on the role of women in post-conflict reconstruction.

Comment by Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW: Seriously? The BEST way to advance women’s anything is get the #UAE as far away as possible. Just think what the UAE has done to the women and girls of Yemen, literally but bombing and starving them to death. @Georgetown this is a friggin joke.

(A P)

Twitter censors account of Iranian ambassador to Yemen

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USA teilen Beschlagnahme von Raketen und Öl aus dem Iran mit

Die USA haben nach Angaben des Justizministeriums iranische Lieferungen mit Raketen für den Jemen und Öl für Venezuela beschlagnahmt. Der Chef der Abteilung für Nationale Sicherheit im Justizministerium, John Demers, sagte am Donnerstag in Washington, in beiden Fällen hätten hinter den geplanten Lieferungen die iranischen Revolutionsgarden gestanden, die die USA als Terrororganisation einstufen. Nach Angaben des Ministeriums kam es bereits vor Monaten zu den Beschlagnahmungen, Gerichtsdokumente zu den Fällen wurden aber erst am Donnerstag für die Öffentlichkeit freigegeben.

Demers sagte, bereits im vergangenen November und Februar hätten zwei US-Kriegsschiffe flaggenlose Schiffe mit Waffenlieferungen gestoppt. An Bord dieser Schiffe seien unter anderem 171 gelenkte Panzerabwehrraketen und acht Boden-Luft-Raketen gewesen. Sie seien für "militante Gruppen" im Jemen bestimmt gewesen - die Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen werden vom Iran unterstützt.

Demer sagte, bei dem anderen Fall handele es sich um 1,1 Millionen Barrel Öl aus dem Iran, das für Venezuela bestimmt gewesen sei. Die US-Regierung habe das Öl nach einer am Donnerstag veröffentlichten Anordnung eines Bundesgerichts in der US-Hauptstadt Washington vom September verkauft. Die Erlöse würden einem US-Fonds für Opfer von staatlich gefördertem Terrorismus zugute kommen.


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USA beschlagnahmen iranische Lieferungen von Raketen und Öl

Die USA haben nach Angaben des Justizministeriums iranische Lieferungen von Raketen für den Jemen und Öl für Venezuela beschlagnahmt. Unter anderem soll die US-Sanktionsliste demnächst um einige weitere iranische Unternehmen erweitert werden.

Bei dem anderen Fall handle es sich um 1,1 Millionen Barrel Öl aus dem Iran, so Demers weiter. Die US-Regierung habe das Öl nach einer am Donnerstag veröffentlichten Anordnung des Bundesgerichts in der US-Hauptstadt Washington vom September verkauft. Die Erlöse würden einem US-Fonds für Opfer von staatlich gefördertem Terrorismus zugutekommen.

Mein Kommentar: US-Piraterie à la 21. Jahrhundert.


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Wilder Westen USA

Piraterie: Donald Trump als Jesse James: Die US-Regierung konfiszierte 1,116 Millionen Barrel iranisches Rohöl und verkaufte es nun für über 40 Millionen US-Dollar.

Die Anordnung, die Ladung der vier Schiffe zu stehlen, wurde bereits im Juli vom US-Finanzministerium ausgestellt, welches somit der Auftraggeber dieser Piraterieoperation war. In einem Pressestatement prahlte das Ministerium: Dies war „die größte Beschlagnahme von Treibstofflieferungen aus dem Iran aller Zeiten“.

Gestern nun trat an die Öffentlichkeit, was mit dem gestohlenen Öl geschehen ist: Die US-Regierung hat es für über 40 Millionen US-Dollar verkauft. „Wir schätzen, dass die Vereinigten Staaten durch den Verkauf des Erdöls dieser vier Schiffe mehr als 40 Millionen US-Dollar Entschädigungen erhalten werden“, erklärt Michael Sherwin, ein hochrangiger Anwalt der Regierung am Bundesgericht des District of Columbia, gegenüber Reportern. Die Wortwahl spricht Bände: „Entschädigungen“.

Ein „großer Teil“ davon soll in einen Fonds für Angehörige von Terroropfern eingezahlt werden, so der offensichtliche Versuch der Trump-Regierung, bei diesem Multimillionen-Dollar-Raub ihr Gesicht zu wahren. In wessen Taschen jener Teil der über 40 Millionen Dollar landen wird, der nicht zu diesem „großen Teil“ gehört, bleibt offen.

Die Arroganz des Imperiums: Donald Trump als Jesse James, die US-Regierung spielt Wilder Westen und bedient sich an den Schätzen fremder Länder. =

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U.S. seizes Iranian missiles, slaps Iran-related sanctions on 11 entities

The United States revealed on Thursday it had seized Iranian missiles shipped to Yemen and sold 1.1 million barrels of previously seized Iranian oil that was bound for Venezuela, in the Trump administration’s latest move to increase pressure on Tehran less than a week before Nov. 3 election.

Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division John Demers said on Thursday that the U.S. government had sold and delivered 1.1 million barrels of Iranian fuel that had been destined for Venezuela, which it had seized earlier this year.

According to the complaint, the fuel originated with firms tied to the IRGC, and shippers took steps to mask ownership. The two vessels carrying the fuel, the Liberia-flagged Euroforce and Singapore-flagged Maersk Progress, had struggled to discharge and shifted course multiple times over the past several weeks.


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US files case to seize Iranian missiles bound for Yemen

The US Justice Department on Thursday said it had filed a seizure complaint against several vessels carrying Iranian missiles to Yemen and others carrying petroleum to Venezuela.

The US Navy conducted two separate interceptions in November 2019 and February 2020 of flagless vessels in the Arabian Sea with large quantities of weapons the department said were from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

“Aboard both of the vessels were large stocks of weapons, including 171 guided anti-tank missiles, eight surface-to-air missiles and various other missile components,” assistant attorney general for national security John Demers said.

“Additional analysis revealed that the arms were from the IRGC-Quds Force and destined for militant groups in Yemen.”

Elliott Abrams, the State Department’s special envoy for Iran and Venezuela, repeated threats to use unilateral US sanctions on any country engaged in weapons deals with Iran.

The Justice Department also announced that it sold 1.1 million barrels of Iranian petroleum after obtaining a warrant to seize the cargo from foreign-flagged vessels bound for Venezuela, on the grounds that the sale would benefit the IRGC.

“It is with great satisfaction that I can announce that our intentions are to take the funds successfully forfeited from the fuel sales and provide them to the United States Victims of State-sponsored Terrorism Fund after the conclusion of the case,” Mr Dermer said.

The acting US attorney for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, estimated that the US made a profit of about $40 million from selling the Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela.

and also

My comment: Piracy, US 21. century style.

(A P)

Trump says 'Ilhan loves Yemen but doesn’t love our country'

The American President Donald Trump attacked the Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, at a campaign rally Friday in Michigan, claiming that the Somali-born American citizen “loves” Yemen but “doesn’t love our country.”

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Yemen war and Trump's Muslim ban drive Yemeni-American support for Biden

Activists in Michigan say Yemeni-American community favours Joe Biden over Donald Trump, who imposed a travel ban on the impoverished country

"They helped legitimise the war," Alward said of the Democrats. "But we hope that Biden stays true to his word and ends US support for the Saudi-led coalition. That would benefit all Yemenis, no matter which side they are on. The Yemeni people, it is in their interest to end this war."

"Yemeni Americans want a president and a vice-president who would address the issues facing all Americans, including the coronavirus," said Ali Baleed Almaklani, a prominent community activist in Dearborn.

Still, Trump's travel ban, which targeted Yemen among other Muslim-majority countries, has "besieged" the community, said Rasheed Alnozili, publisher of the Yemeni American News, a local monthly publication.

"Trump hurt the reputation of Muslims generally and Yemenis in particular. It cast a cloud of suspicion over our community," Alnozili told MEE.

(A P)

US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia: Iran Interference Makes It Difficult to Find a Path for Peace in Yemen

US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid on Wednesday stressed the importance of promoting security in the Middle East and deterring the malign Iranian threat in the region, confirming that Iranian interference in Yemen is blocking the path to peace.

Abizaid’s remarks were made at a videoconference meeting attended by Asharq Al-Awsat.

My comment: This really is ridiculous taking into account that Iranian interference is very small compared to saudi, UAE, US, UK interference in Yemen.

(A P)

US condemns Houthi drone attacks launched at Saudi Arabia

"These attacks were launched indiscriminately towards Riyadh, and risked the lives of innocent civilians, including Americans," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

"For years Saudi Arabia has endured these types of reckless attacks and for the past week, these attacks have occurred almost daily."

The attacks coincides with the rebels' "declared desire to strengthen their ties with Iran."

and also

My comment: This really is putting things upside down.

(* B K P)


A new report sheds light on Donald Trump’s bloody continuation — and intensification — of the brutality of U.S. foreign policy.

A new report released Wednesday by the independent monitoring group Airwars gives a clearer picture of the Trump administration’s devastating impact on Yemen. Called “Eroding Transparency: US counterterrorism actions in Yemen under President Donald Trump,” the report paints a picture of a war brutally waged over the past four years while quietly being nudged away from public attention. Trump campaigned for office in 2016 by portraying himself, at least some of the time, as a counterbalance to a bloodthirsty and out-of-control U.S. foreign policy establishment. But, as the Airwars report shows, the reality of his time in office does not fit with that rosy picture.

According to estimates provided by the report, at least 86 civilians were killed in airstrikes and raids carried out in Yemen on Trump’s watch. Most of these killings occurred during the years 2017 and 2018. In the context of U.S. military operations in Yemen, these two years were some of the most active in terms of strikes — and the deadliest for civilians. The full U.S. war effort in Yemen contains different components: raids and airstrikes carried out by the military, a separate covert campaign involving drones and other measures carried out by the CIA, and finally the indirect support provided by the U.S. to a Saudi-led coalition waging a separate, devastating war against Yemen’s Houthi rebel forces.

Trump inherited these efforts from his predecessor President Barack Obama, but the 45th president has also intensified them. There can be no doubt that Trump has contributed to making Yemen into what Human Rights Watch has described as the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.

Adding insult to injury, as the Airwars report notes, Trump has rolled back even modest attempts at the tail-end of the Obama administration, after years of pressure, to provide transparency over U.S. military operations.

AS HARROWING AS it has been, the Trump administration’s bloody footprint in Yemen is just one example of how it has continued and even intensified the brutal legacy of U.S. foreign policy throughout the Middle East.

As Trump now pushes for reelection, touting himself as an opponent of “endless wars,” it is worth reflecting on the fates of the civilians in al-Ghayil — and the many other small towns and villages, unknown to most Americans, destroyed during by the U.S. military on Trump’s watch – by Murtaza Hussain

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

(A P)

Iranian lawmakers give green light to urgent motion to thwart sanctions

The majority of Iranian lawmakers have given green light to an urgent strategic motion, which aims to counteract unilateral sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic by Western countries, topped by the United States.

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U.S. Sanctions Put Iran in Cash Crunch, Iran Envoy Says

The Iranian government has access to just $10 billion in hard currency, complicating the hardline regime’s efforts to fund wars across the Middle East, its terror proxy groups such as Hezbollah, and its nuclear program, according to the Trump administration’s top Iran envoy.

While Iran has around $100 billion stored in various international accounts, U.S. sanctions have frozen most of these funds, leaving the regime with around $10 billion in cash and limiting Tehran’s ability to fuel its global terror operation. With active wars and terrorism operations in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon, Tehran’s resources are closer than ever to running dry, according to Elliott Abrams, the Trump administration’s special envoy for Iran.

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On Monday, the Trump administration announced they will slap Iran with more sanctions as well for illegally giving weapons and oil to terrorist groups and countries that threaten the security of their regions. These sanctions, State Department’s Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams explained, are supposed to prevent the Iranian regime from accumulating money, which they often distribute to terrorist groups and organizations.

“The purpose is to reduce the amounts available to the Iranian regime for all of the malicious activities that are undertaken,” Abrams said. “Particularly, things like support for terrorist groups and intervention in Yemen. That’s a critical goal, and the other is to pressure the regime into a negotiation.”

“In our view, that should be a comprehensive negotiation that deals with, not only with nuclear issues but also Iran’s malicious behavior in the region and Iran’s missile program,” Abrams added. “We’re building up a lot of leverage.”

My comment: The US claims to be the king of the world. As a natural right, they claim it’s their decision what is “illegal” or not.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

(A P)

Yemen and the UK's Sales of Arms: Encouraging abuses abroad?

by Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)

Join the HRLA for an unmissable online event on 10th November, where our excellent panellists from both domestic organisations and those in the region will discuss legal issues relating to the UK's role in the conflict in Yemen in the context of arms sales.

Drawing on the experiences of our diverse panel of international experts, advocates and activists, we will explore the current rule of law and international responsibility when it comes to the sale of arms.

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UK 'turning a blind eye' to war crimes in Yemen with Saudi arms sales

Opposition MPs urge government to suspend arms sales to avoid worsening Yemen's humanitarian crisis

The British government is facing renewed criticism over ongoing UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and has been accused by opposition MPs of "turning a blind eye" to war crimes in Yemen.

In a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday, Labour MP Claudia Webbe said it was "shameful" the UK was "complicit" in the Yemeni conflict.
"The UK supplies weapons and crucial military support to the Saudi-led coalition, which is responsible for the highest number of reported civilian fatalities," she said. "British companies should not be allowed to profit from the suffering of the people of Yemen."

Labour MP Sam Tarry said the government "should hang its head in shame at its central role in helping to create the world's worst humanitarian crisis by training, equipping and enabling the Saudi regime to bomb innocent Yemeni civilians".

"After suspending new arms sales to the Saudi regime last year, the government has resumed its deadly support in July," he added.

"Once again [the UK is] turning a blind eye to the war crimes that it is enabling Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to commit."

n July of this year, the government resumed weapons sales with International Trade Secretary Liz Truss saying officials had completed a review of how arms export licences were granted, and that any breaches of international law were "isolated incidents".

Scottish National Party MP Kirsten Oswald derided the decision, saying it was "beyond my comprehension" why the UK had resumed arms sales to Riyadh.

"The UK government needs to explain why they are not following the examples of Canada, Germany, Denmark, the UN, the US Congress and the European Parliament, among others, in calling for an embargo on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, in line with international guidelines on not selling arms to those involved in conflicts that target civilians," she said.

Still, some MPs supported the move, including John Howell of the Conservative Party, who argued that "unless we can stop the Iranian funding of the Houthi rebels, it is useless to put all the blame, and an arms embargo, on Saudi Arabia".

"That simply takes one side out of the equation, but leaves the other side fully funded," he said.

Conservative MP James Cleverly, who is minister of state for the Middle East and North Africa, said he recognised concerns over the arms sales to the kingdom, but also defended collaboration with Riyadh as a necessity against offensives undertaken by Houthi rebels.

My comment: The “arguments” pof the arms sales supporters are an attack on the intellect of the audience.

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How Much Longer Can Government Defend Prolonging the War in Yemen?

With a Saudi-led coalition continuing to drop bombs on Yemen, campaigners prepare to take the UK Government to court again over its arms sales to the kingdom

Every day, ordinary people are living with the effects of the UK’s £6.5 billion worth of arms provided to the Saudi coalition, which include aircraft, helicopters, drones and bombs.

The key to ending the war is seen as turning off the tap on arms sales, as well as logistical and targeting support.

Bruce Riedel, of the American think tank, the Brookings Institute, said in April 2016 that, if the US and UK Governments wanted the war to end “it would end tomorrow” as the Royal Saudi Air Force “cannot operate without American and British support”.

A September report from experts at the United Nation’s human rights office also accused the UK – along with Canada, the US, Northern Ireland and Iran – of prolonging the war. It said that, by continuing arms sales, all of these countries show a “blatant disregard” for violations of international humanitarian law and could be “aiding and assisting” war crimes.

But it remains unclear how effective legal action against the UK Government will be.

In the wake of the previous Court of Appeal ruling, the Government was forced to apologise for breaching the court ban three times, with the Trade Secretary admitting that it “is possible more cases will come to light”.

The period considered in the judgement was the time when the Prime Minister Boris Johnson was Foreign Secretary. It is understood that he personally signed off more than £1 billion worth of the arms licences during that time.

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President Hadi and the Houthi leadership must work seriously and urgently with @OSE_Yemen to end the war in #Yemen by concluding the Joint Declaration in order to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. The long suffering Yemeni people deserve no less

My comment: What a hypocritical double-speech by Saudi Arabia’s second largest arms supplier and 6-years-lasting supporter of slaughter and destruction in Yemen!

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UK’s Cleverly to Asharq Al-Awsat: Houthis Were Encouraged to Build Trust

The UK’s Middle East Minister James Cleverly on Thursday ruled out the chances of a decisive military solution in Yemen and stressed that Britain encourages warring parties there to positively engage in UN-sponsored talks.

Cleverly, in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, laid out the challenges facing Yemenis today which include fighting disease and famine, stressing the need for a negotiated settlement in the war-torn country.

The minister also added that the opportunity provided by the success of the deal must be seized to promote positive work and progress.

As for peacemaking efforts, Cleverly pointed to initiatives mediated by UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths and other UN agencies having the UK’s support.

He added that the Kingdom invites all parties to enter into dialogue openheartedly to try and put an end to the horrific situation in Yemen.

Affirming the presence of communication channels with Houthi militias in Yemen, Cleverly highlighted UK efforts to inspire open dialogue with parties concerned with the Yemeni conflict and boost cooperation.

My comment: Britain is a warring party in Yemen, which had inflated the war for almost 6 years now, miming a peace broker. This is odd.

and the Houthi reply:

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After Cleverly's Statements, Which Peace That Britain Wants in Yemen?

After all this destruction and killing in Yemen, The UK’s Middle East Minister James Cleverly, in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, talked about peace in Yemen, distorting the facts, blaming Sana'a party for the failure of the peace process, and ignoring that the coalition is the party obstructing the peace process in Yemen.
Reviewing some of what was mentioned in the meeting with Minister clarifies the real role that Britain has been playing in the war on Yemen for nearly six years.
Cleverly said that the UK continues to encourage Houthis to embrace peace and keep implementing trust-building measures. Deeds that built trust, according to the minister, include implementing prisoner exchange deals, granting access to the rundown Safer oil tanker moored off the coast of Hodeidah and ensuring that World Food Program aid reaches the needy, all these statements are completely false.

Second, regarding the tanker Safer, Minister “Cleverly” ignored the fact that the coalition is the one that prevents the maintenance procedures of the tanker Safer and prevents unloading its cargo since 2016. In 2016 the tanker was still in good condition and only needed some equipment for its maintenance however, because of the coalition’s arbitrary measures, the tanker reached to such situation.

Minister Cleverley also ignored that the United Nations continued to obstruct the arrival of the maintenance team, which was scheduled to arrive in August 2019, despite the issuance of entry visas to the team in Sana'a, and even changed the team's mission from maintenance to disposal of the tankers according to the coalition's orders.
Third, regarding humanitarian aid, Minister Cleverley ignored that the United Nations World Food Program was the one who reduced humanitarian aid to Yemen in January of this year. In compliance with US pressure that was launched by Mike Pompeo at the United Nations headquarters, as he called in March to stop providing the humanitarian and food aid to areas that are controlled by Sana'a, as part of the starvation policy that the coalition used, after its military failure.

Minister Cleverley also ignored reports confirming that most of this aid does not reach the Yemenis and goes into the pockets of United Nations officials

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Regierung genehmigt Patrouillenboot-Export nach Ägypten

Die Bundesregierung hat der Lürssen Werft die Lieferung von neun Patrouillenbooten und eines Küstenschutzbootes an Ägypten genehmigt. Das geht aus einem Schreiben von Bundeswirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier (CDU) an den Wirtschaftsausschuss des Bundestags hervor, das der Deutschen Presse-Agentur vorliegt. Der Wert der Boote wird in dem Schreiben mit etwa 130 Millionen Euro angegeben. Der Bundessicherheitsrat, dem Kanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) und mehrere Minister angehören, habe das Geschäft abschließend genehmigt.

Bei den Booten dürfte es sich um diejenigen handeln, die ursprünglich für Saudi-Arabien bestimmt waren, wegen eines 2018 verhängten Rüstungsexportstopps allerdings nicht mehr ausgeliefert werden können.


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Deutsche Patrouillenboote für Ägypten

Die Opposition kritisiert die Exportgenehmigung scharf. »Die neuen Genehmigungen sind angesichts der Beteiligung Ägyptens am Jemen-Krieg skrupellos und ein erneuter Bruch des Koalitionsvertrags«, sagt Linke-Außenpolitikerin Sevim Dağdelen. Grünen-Außenexperte Omid Nouripour warf der Bundesregierung vor, den Bemühungen um Frieden in Libyen und die Achtung der Menschenrechte zu schaden. »Anstatt die katastrophale Menschenrechtslage dort zu verurteilen, genehmigt die Bundesregierung nun Rüstungsexporte. Das ist eine moralische Bankrotterklärung der Bundesregierung, aber vor allem einer SPD, die angetreten war für eine restriktive Genehmigungspolitik.«

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RND: Schwesig begrüßt Lieferung von Booten nach Ägypten =

Mein Kommentar: Die SPD als Kriegstreiber.

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Heuchelei aus Prinzip

Deutsche Waffen für Saudi-Arabien

Jetzt also muss auch die Bundesregierung zugeben: Ihr 2018 verhängter und dreimal verlängerter »Rüstungsexportstopp« nach Saudi-Arabien hat die deutsche Verantwortung für das Leid im Jemen genausowenig geschmälert wie die heuchlerische Behauptung im Koalitionsvertrag 2017, keine Rüstungsgüter mehr an »unmittelbar« am Jemen-Krieg beteiligte Staaten zu liefern. Nicht nur wurde das »Embargo« bereits nach kurzer Zeit zugunsten gemeinsamer europäischer Rüstungsprojekte aufgeweicht. Bereits seit der ersten Stunde umgingen es deutsche Rüstungsfirmen mittels Tochterfirmen im Ausland. An die restlichen Mitglieder der Kriegskoalition wurde ganz »legal« weiter verkauft, obwohl etwa die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate die Waffen nachweislich an Betreiber von Foltergefängnissen weitergaben.

Vor wenigen Tagen forderten im Deutschen Bundestag die Koalitionsfraktionen in einem Antrag die Ausweitung des »Weltrechtsprinzips«, um weltweit begangene Kriegsverbrechen in Deutschland vor Gericht bringen zu können. Über den Jemen und die deutsche Mitverantwortung verloren sie dabei kein Wort.

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Deutsche Rüstungsgüter über Umwege nach Saudi-Arabien

Trotz eines Exportstopps hat die Bundesregierung seit Anfang 2019 auf Umwegen zu Rüstungslieferungen an Saudi-Arabien beigetragen.

Im vergangenen Jahr erlaubte sie Frankreich in zwei Fällen, Rüstungsgüter im Gesamtwert von 4,87 Millionen Euro aus deutscher Produktion in den autoritär geführten Wüstenstaat zu exportieren. 2020 stimmte sie einer solchen Lieferung aus Südkorea zu. Das geht aus einer Antwort des Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums auf eine Anfrage der Linken-Außenpolitikerin Sevim Dagdelen hervor, die der dpa vorliegt.

Danach ermöglichte die Bundesregierung 2019 und 2020 über drei sogenannte Sammelausfuhrgenehmigungen auch die Lieferung von Teilen für Kampfjets der Typen «Eurofighter» und «Tornado», die für Saudi-Arabien bestimmt sind. Beide Flugzeuge sind europäische Gemeinschaftsprodukte.

Die Linken-Politikerin Dagdelen nennt den Exportstopp einen «Riesenschwindel». «Über andere Länder werden Software, Technologie und andere Komponenten für Kampfjets geliefert, die im verbrecherischen Krieg im Jemen eingesetzt werden», sagt sie und fordert, alle Lieferungen zu kappen. =

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Saudi Arabia acquires German weapons despite export ban

German arms shipments have been able to make their way to Saudi Arabia with the Berlin government's blessing, despite a ban on defense exports due to the Gulf state's poor human rights record and role in the Yemen war.

Last year, the German government gave permission to France in two cases to export German-produced defense goods with a total value of 4.87 million euros ($5.69 million) to Saudi Arabia, the Economy Ministry said, replying to a request for information from hard-left party Die Linke.

In 2020, a similar delivery was made from South Korea, according to the ministry's reply, which was seen by the German Press Agency (dpa).

The ministry said that the German government also made it possible for parts for Eurofighter and Tornado fighter jets to be sent to Saudi Arabia in 2019 and 2020 via three so-called collective export licenses. Both aircraft are European joint ventures.

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Swedish MEP dismayed with Human Rights violations against children in Yemen

The EU has a major role to play to reinforce this and to highlight the human rights violations perpetrated against children, including the indiscriminate violence that has life-long consequences for their wellbeing. It is important not to forget the significant role diplomacy can play in achieving this. A case in point is the role of the EEAS in advancing the Children And Armed Conflicts (CAAC) agenda in human rights discussions and fora.

Last year, marking the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the European Parliament adopted by overwhelming majority a Resolution on Children’s Rights – put forward by the Intergroup on Children’s Rights.

The resolution addresses the specific needs of children in conflict countries and offers clear recommendations for EU Member States to enact and promote in order to protect children in conflict-affected areas. Children in such conflict zones should not suffer the consequences of decisions made by adults. They should be given a real chance to thrive and reach their full potential.

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Iran does not interfere in Yemen’s internal affairs: [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni FM

“Iran does not interfere in Yemen’s internal affairs. We manage our affairs by ourselves. But the Iranians are our friends,” the chief Yemeni diplomat said in an interview with the Monte Carlo Doualiya radio.
Sharaf called on those who claim that Iran is interfering in Yemen’s affairs to explain their claim.

“Anyone who says that Iran is interfering in the affairs of Yemen should tell the world what this interference is? With respect to weapons and military strikes, we carry out these attacks ourselves, relying on our own weapons depots. Iran, God willing, will be one of the parties to peace. I emphasize again that Iran will be one of the parties to this peace. A peace that all the people of Yemen will enjoy. There is no Iranian interference in our internal affairs,” the Yemeni foreign minister asserted.

Sharaf’s comments came at a time when Saudi Arabia keeps accusing Iran of interfering in Yemen’s internal affairs.

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Iranian fishing vessels continue to ignore regulations in Somalia and Yemen

Iranian flagged fishing vessels are continuing to operate without authorisation in the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of Yemen and Somalia – one of the largest illegal fishing fleets the Western Indian Ocean has ever seen.

While, evidence of these illegal operations was confirmed in early 2020 in November 2020 this illegal fleet is still seen to be operating in Somalia. Recent reports by Yemeni authorities have also drawn attention to illegal activity of around 40 Iranian fishing vessels active off Yemen’s Socotra archipelago and accused of harassing local crews. With no effective coastguard, Yemen is unable to conduct patrols or inspect foreign flagged vessels. In September 2020 Fahd Kafayn, Yemen’s Minister of Fisheries stated, “The Iranian vessels illegally fish and continuously violate Yemeni waters.”

In Somalia, in recent months over 100 Iranian flagged vessels have been identified transmitting their location via automatic identification system (AIS) transponders, fitted as a safety measure on vessels. A further 150 vessels have been seen using satellite remote sensing imagery, and while the identity and flag of these vessels cannot be confirmed, they are suspected to be mainly Iran flagged.

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EU to host humanitarian meeting on Yemen

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Najeeb Al-Awj discussed on Tuesday with the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, arrangements for the upcoming senior humanitarian officials meeting on Yemen.

The two-day meeting is scheduled to take place between 12 to 13 November and it is hosted by the EU and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

During the video-online meeting, Al-Awj appreciated the EU support to Yemen as a key and effective partner in supporting the political process, humanitarian response and development.

My comment: This is hypocrisy. The EU would do much better by just stopping any arms sales to any warring party in this war.

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Bahrain convicts 51 people in mass trial amid crackdown

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GUEST OPINION: How do we reconcile arms exports with human rights considerations?

Curiously, if you listen to what a Global Affairs Canada spokesperson is saying today, Ottawa has a stellar record when it comes to monitoring the export of military hardware abroad. “Canada has one of the strongest export-controls systems in the world, and respect for human rights is enshrined in our export-controls legislation,” she told The Globe newspaper.

Through its arms shipments to Saudi Arabia, though, Canada was recently singled out in a United Nations Human Rights Council panel report for helping to perpetuate the ongoing conflict in Yemen. In the words of one of the panellists from Canada, Ardi Imseis: “This year we added Canada because there has been an uptick in arms sales by Canada in 2019. We therefore reiterate our call for states to stop transferring arms to the parties to the conflict.”

With millions facing severe famine and over 100,000 people already killed by lethal air strikes in Yemen, this is clearly a black eye on Canada’s reputation as a good international citizen.

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Israeli minister says normalisation deals need U.S. president tough on Iran

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are among countries slated to establish relations with Israel under a regional rapprochement launched by U.S. President Donald Trump, an Israeli official said on Monday.

Straying from Israel’s reticence about Tuesday’s U.S. election, Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said implementing further normalisation deals could depend on the next president displaying continued “resolve” against Iran.

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Repressive Gulf Regimes Face Mounting Pressure From EU Legislators

In recent weeks, European legislators increased the pressure on several Arab nations over their grave record of human rights abuses and their role in Yemen’s war, signaling that arms transfers contributing to human rights and international law violations are no longer tolerable for many EU states.

European lawmakers adopted a motion on September 17, calling on EU member states to impose an embargo on arms as well as surveillance technology and other equipment on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt. The European Parliament (EP) also demanded member states to impose sanctions on Riyadh over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and its role in Yemen’s war.

An EU arms export report urged the EU members to “follow the example of Germany, Finland and Denmark, which, after the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi introduced restrictions on their arms exports to Saudi Arabia.”

However, it remains unclear how countries will follow the example of the above-mentioned EU member states, as in many cases, perceived economic and political benefits of continuing the arms trade with the Gulf have been too significant to abandon over EU declared principles. Some countries, notably France and the UK, have simply ignored EP calls in the past.

Diederik Cops, Senior Researcher at the Belgium-based Flemish Peace Institute, observes that since 2016, there has been a gradual decrease in the number of export licenses issued by EU member states to Saudi Arabia. “In 2018, almost all arms export licenses were issued by five member states – France, Belgium, Germany, the UK, and Bulgaria; the other [then] 23 member states did not allow any meaningful arms exports to Saudi Arabia,” Cops told Inside Arabia.

The EU motion, according to Beretta, encourages other EU states to follow this path which is very relevant if the European Union intends to stand for its founding values and bring about a common international policy aimed at peace and security in the Middle East. He believes that it will become increasingly difficult for EU states and governments to ignore the EU resolution and to justify the shipment of arms to countries involved in the Yemen war.

However, Frank Slijper, Program Leader of the Arms Trade at PAX, based in the Netherlands, notes that as long as France and the UK –Europe’s largest exporters – do not take such steps, it unfortunately has limited material effect. With the UK leaving the EU, members may feel even less compelled to apply any restrictions on such sales and further put economic priorities over an ethical foreign policy.

The decision is in the hands of each government, and ultimately the EU Council, but Cops does not think that a common EU position, in the form of a formal arms embargo, will occur in the near future. He argues that France, for example, still exports substantial amounts of military equipment to Saudi Arabia and to the other Gulf States, and therefore Cops is rather doubtful that Paris would substantially alter its position. However, Slijper notes that the pressure will definitely increase for the countries which continue to export, as they are being held accountable for unscrupulous trade.

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War-Weary Yemenis See Threat in Israel’s Increasingly Public Role in Their Country

Many in Yemen fear that Israel’s ambitions in their country don’t end at the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and rumors are circulating that land grabs reminiscent of those in Palestine could soon hit Yemen’s shores.

Israeli battleships now sit side by side with Emirati corvettes ominously docked in Hodeida’s territorial waters in a blatant sign of Israel’s increasingly visibly role in the Saudi-led Coalition’s half a decade long war in Yemen. The ships also represent something else to residents in Western Yemen.

Yemenis fear that Israel not only seeks control of the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb strait, efforts that MintPress has covered in previous months, but also that it seeks a permanent footprint inside of Yemen and hopes to replace the original inhabitants of the islands and other coastal cities with Israeli settlers in a move reminiscent of the land grabs that led to the eventual annexation of land in what is now Israel.

In October, Houthi spokesman Yahya Saree warned that Israel was planning to naturalize tens of thousands of Yemeni-born Jews, emphasizing that such a scenario posed a grave threat to Yemen’s national security. Saree presented a number of National Security Agency documents that were seized when the Houthis took control from the government of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years.

Those documents detailed visits by Israeli officials to Yemen, facilitated by the UAE, in which a number of economic, cultural, and agricultural agreements were brokered alongside an agreement to open Yemeni airspace to Israeli aircraft. The most dangerous documents, according to Saree, relate to “the modernization of the Yemeni military forces.”

Saree accused the UAE and Israel of reviving a project that granted Israeli citizenship to more than 60,000 Yemenis. According to a memorandum to the UAE’s foreign minister in 2004 by Hamad Saeed Al-Zaabi, the Emirati ambassador in Sana’a, an Israeli delegation visited the Yemeni capital as part of normalization efforts and presented demands to build a museum celebrating Yemeni Jews in Sana’a among other moves that included naturalizing 45,000 Yemeni Jews as Israeli citizens. The Emirati ambassador described the move as part of a broader effort being pushed by the United States.

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Yemeni exchange students in Russia vow increased protests against Hadi government

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Iran foreign affairs official: Yemen is not a playground for foreign powers

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Demonstrators in Mualla, Aden, burned the French flag in protest at cartoons. Source: Mareb Press.

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Mass rally in Yemen's Taiz over Macron's 'reckless' anti-Islam remarks

Thousands of protesters gathered in Taiz to reject the statement of French President Emmanuel Macron, which have in recent weeks triggered global outrage among the Muslim community, amid an ongoing debate about cartoons.

The protesters urged for an immediate boycott of French goods, echoing similar calls made around Muslim-majority countries around the world.

"These remarks cannot be issued by a sane mind or leader because they incite hate speech," a statement by the protesters said.

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Yemeni clerks condemn insulting Islam support French product boycott

Yemen's board of religious leaders on Tuesday deplored the French president's "reckless behavior" against Islam and Prophet Mohamed, and called for boycotting French products.
In a statement, the board condemned the "deliberate insult against, and persistent publication of paints offending Islam and its honorable Prophet."
These shocking actions provoke sentiments and resentment of more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world, the board added.
Yemen's clerics urged Muslims to do their "legitimate duty" in voicing their disapproval of this irresponsibly irritating conducts by President Emanuel Macron, and boycott French goods.

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Yemen: Hundreds protest Macron’s anti-Islam comments

Hundreds of people on Friday held a protest in southwestern Yemen against French President Emmanuel Macron’s anti-Islam remarks and republication of caricatures insulting the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), Anadolu Agency reports.

Protesters gathered at the Freedom Square in the Taiz province following Friday prayers.

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Protests in Aden to condemn the offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad

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Iran's intervention in Yemen, in search of regional hegemony

The Yemeni conflict has become another of the scenarios in which the hegemony in the Middle East between Iran and Saudi Arabia is being settled, emerging as a frozen conflict that is difficult to solve

Ana Belén Soage, in her article 'Iraq and Yemen: new satellites of Iran' for the Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies, points out the basic lines of the Yemeni conflict. The Houthis, who live in the northern part of the country, in the province of Saada, receive active support from Iran in the Yemeni civil war.

Iran's goal is not to gain control of the country, or even for the Houthis to gain complete control of the territory.

Indeed, for many of the country's politico-religious sectors, the Zaydis belong to a very ill-considered branch of Islam. The Iranian intervention is not a religious struggle in which it supports a branch of Shia against the Sunni, but an attempt to engage Saudi Arabia in a long-term conflict in its own backyard. In the midst of this political struggle for regional hegemony between Saudi Arabia and Iran is a civilian population in precarious living conditions, held hostage to a situation that has little prospect of being resolved.

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[from Dec. 2015] UAE’s regional wars

The Arab Spring was a turning point for the future of many nations in the region. Among otherthings, it has set a question of legitimacy for the Gulf monarchs and threatened their autocraticrulers. Although the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was considered one of the vulnerable states, its rentier status involving a social contract between the rulers and the ruled gave their emirs a sort of legitimacy as leaders.

Abu Dhabi’s emirs chose to confront the menace by pushing to a “counter-revolution” policy interfering in the internal affairs of other states. Its wealthy status as an oil producer and exporter country, and its presence in the GCC, in addition to its alliance with USA gave the small emirate leverage to advance its foreign policy by interfering in the Libyan war, showing its muscles in the Yemeni war and maintaining its strategic alliance with Egypt. Besides its counter-revolution policy fearing the emergence of ”political Islam” to power, the Emirate faces a continuing challenge in its foreign policy represented by Iran's occupation of three UAE islands in the Arabian Gulf: Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs and the increasing regional threat posed by this Shiite state

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Wilipedia: Friedensvertrag zwischen Israel und Sudan

Die Normalisierungsvereinbarung zwischen Israel und dem Sudan wurde nach Angaben der US-Regierung am 23. Oktober 2020 angekündigt. Das teilte der Vizesprecher des Weißen Hauses, Judson P. Deere, unter Berufung auf US-Präsident Donald Trump mit. Am 23. Oktober 2020 fand ein Telefongespräch zwischen den Regierungen Israels, des Sudan und der Vereinigten Staaten statt – namentlich Netanjahu, Burhan, Hamdok sowie Trump, der als Vermittler bei den Verhandlungen fungierte. Am Ende wurde ein Friedensabkommen zwischen dem Sudan und Israel angekündigt.

Wikipedia: Israel–Sudan normalization agreement

The Israel–Sudan normalization agreement is an agreement that took place on October 23, 2020, whereby Israel and Sudan agreed to normalize relations. It is not clear if the deal establishes full diplomatic relations between the two nations.[1][2] The agreement came after the agreements of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed with Israel in September 2020. This made Sudan the fifth Arab country to recognize Israel's right to exist, after Egypt in 1979, Jordan in 1994, and Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in 2020.[3] Unlike the latter two, Sudan had sent troops to fight against Israel in major Arab-Israeli wars and considered Israel an enemy state

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Israel, Sudan, Trumps Wiederwahl und das Ende der Welt

Donald Trump strich im Eilverfahren den Sudan von der US-Liste der Terrorunterstützer, so dass Israel nach den Emiraten und Bahrain nun auch mit Khartum einen historischen Friedensprozess einleiten kann. Der Grund für diesen übereilten Schritt ist einzig und allein die US-Präsidentschaftswahl nächste Woche, bei der Trump in den Umfragen klar hinter Joe Biden liegt. Um diesen Zusammenhang verstehen zu können, müssen die ultrakonservativen Evangelikalen in den Fokus gerückt werden. Denn ohne diesen mächtigen Wahlblock ist Trumps Wiederwahl ausgeschlossen. Das Mittel, um den Support der Evangelikalen zu sichern, ist die Bedienung ihrer apokalyptischen, zutiefst antisemitischen Endzeit-Agenda.

Der zunehmend paranoide Trump vertraut niemandem und so wurden die Sudan-Verhandlungen einzig von seinem engsten Militärstab aus dem National Security Council geführt (jene Personen im ominösen Hochsicherheitsraum im Keller des Weißen Hauses, den wir aus einschlägigen Hollywood-Produktionen kennen). Nicht einmal der US-Sonderbotschafter für den Sudan Donald Booth war Teil der Verhandlungen, was den zentralen Punkt dieses politischen Stunts illustriert: Hier ging es nicht um die Sache, nicht um den Sudan, sondern um etwas ganz anderes.

Nämlich um Israel. Nachdem die Trump-Administration bereits die Friedensverhandlungen zwischen Israel und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) beziehungsweise Bahrain im September vermittelt hat, braucht Trump vor der Präsidentschaftswahl nächste Woche unbedingt noch einen weiteren Israel-bezogenen außenpolitischen Erfolg (warum eigentlich, dazu gleich mehr).

In den Straßen von Khartum kam es zu Protesten gegen die einseitige Normalisierung mit Israel, ohne dass als Vorbedingung ein gerechter Frieden mit Palästina geschlossen worden wäre – denn im krassen Gegensatz zu den korrupten und zumeist autoritären Führern in den arabischen Ländern ist die pan-arabische Solidarität mit Palästina weiterhin tief in den Völkern der Region verankert. Auch die sudanesische Opposition stellt sich gegen das Abkommen.

Ein Bericht in der New York Times legt nahe, dass Khartum von Washington regelrecht in den Deal hineingedrängt wurde: „Ein hochrangiger sudanesischer Funktionär erklärte, seine Regierung habe sich dem monatelangen amerikanischen Druck schließlich gebeugt.“

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Sudan says deal with US blocks further compensation claims

Sudan says it has signed an agreement with the U.S. that could effectively stop any future compensation claims being filed against the African country in U.S. courts, following Washington’s decision to remove the country from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The deal restores in U.S. courts what is known as sovereign immunity to the Sudanese government, and comes after a year of negotiations between the Trump administration and Sudan’s new leadership, the Sudanese Justice Ministry said.

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Sudan deal plunges migrants in Israel into new uncertainty

Now, after Israel and Sudan agreed to normalize ties, Baraka is among 6,000 Sudanese in Israel once again fearing for their fate. Israel already has indicated it will seek to settle the migrant issue in upcoming talks with Sudan, whipping up trepidation in the community that Israel might forcibly return them to Sudan, a place they say they fled because of conflict or persecution.

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Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Largest Buyers of European Eurofighter Typhoon Fighters

Saudi Arabia came to the top of the countries that bought Eurofighter Typhoon fighters in the Middle East region, followed by Kuwait, Qatar, and Oman. A report published by the Aviation website stated that Saudi Arabia has bought 72 of this model produced by Italy, followed by Kuwait, which has booked 28 fighters, Qatar with 24 fighters, and then Oman with 12 fighters.

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Iranian rights group calls on UN to impose arms embargo on Saudi Arabia to stop Yemen war

An Iranian rights group has called on the United Nations to impose an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, saying the kingdom is committing war crimes by targeting Yemeni civilians in its deadly military campaign against the impoverished country.

The secretary general of the Human Rights Organization of Iranian Youths, Amin Ansari, made the remarks in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday

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Recruited as Security Guards in the UAE, Deceived into Working in Conflict-Ridden Libya Instead

Huddled alongside dozens of other Sudanese men at a military base in the desert one chilly January night this year, “Amer” had no idea where he was – just that he was many miles away from where he had planned to be. It wasn’t until he and his fellow Sudanese workers noticed the labels on the water bottles, he said, that they realized they had unwittingly been brought to war-torn Libya.

Amer’s journey from his hometown of Khartoum to Libya had begun four months earlier, when the 29-year-old traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), expecting to work as a security guard in the air-conditioned skyscrapers or cavernous malls of the capital, Abu Dhabi. But from the day he arrived in September 2019, Amer had grown increasingly uneasy about Black Shield Security Services, the Emirati security services company that hired him. His passport and phone were taken away. He was required to undergo a months-long military training. And he was kept in the dark about where he and hundreds of other Sudanese recruits would eventually be posted.

Despite his nagging doubts, Amer never imagined the company would drop him and about 270 other Sudanese workers onto a military base in Libya, a country in conflict where governance remains divided between two opposing entities: the internationally recognized and Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and the rival Interim Government based in eastern Libya that is affiliated with the UAE-backed armed group known as the Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF).

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Takfiri terrorists destroy historical mosque in southern Yemen

Takfiri forces have on Monday demolished one of the most prominent historic mosques in the Al-Maflahi area of Yafea’ district in Lahj province, which is controlled by the UAE-funded Southern Transitional Council (STC) militias.

Local sources reported that those elements demolished a large part of Al-Asqalani Mosque in Orib village, adding that the mosque was built hundreds of years ago.

The Al-Asqalani Mosque in Yafea’ Al-Maflahi was built in honor of Islamic scholar Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani’s visit to Yemen in Shawwal in the year 799 of the Islamic calendar, corresponding to around the year 1398 on the Gregorian calendar.

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Ten most wanted antiquities: have you seen these missing artefacts?

The Antiquities Coalition releases a list of “infamous cases of cultural racketeering”

At the top of the list is an inscribed alabaster stone tablet, ripped from the floor of the Awam Temple in Marib, Yemen, sometime between 2009 and 2011. “Yemeni antiquities remain under critical threat due to the ongoing civil war and humanitarian crisis,” Lehr says, adding that a report issued by the Antiquities Coalition and Yemen last year showed that “more than 1,600 objects were missing just from the country’s museums due to looting”.

Lehr says it is important to note that when Yemen signed on to the 1970 Unesco Convention last September, it made an official request to the US for emergency import restrictions as well as a full memorandum of understanding (MOU) under the US Convention in Cultural Property Implementation Act. The US government announced that it would impose emergency import restrictions on certain archaeological and ethnological material from the Republic of Yemen in February that will remain in effect until 11 September 2024, but “a full bilateral MOU is still a work in progress, and is much needed”.

Yemen is among many countries whose heritage continues to be under threat

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemen rial continues to fall against foreign currencies

Yemen's currency fell to its lowest level against the US dollar in southern regions on Sunday. It traded at 841 per US dollar in Aden, down from 215 when the war started.
In the Houthi-run regions, it traded at 615 per US dollar.
Banking sources held the internationally recognised government responsible for the sharp fall of rial which has largely affected trade activities and living-conditions.
It is a result of political, economic and social instability, the absence of the role of the public institutions and the division of the fiscal institution and policy, they said. The economic card has turned into an instrument of conflict between the warring parties, they said, warning of worse consequences of the situation is not contained.

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Photo: #Marib, a hub in #Yemen’s energy industry, experiences import restrictions and active armed conflict. This worsens nationwide fuel shortages and price hikes that further restricts humanitarian activities such as aid delivery.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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After 2 weeks of silence, #AQAP claims operations against Houthis in al-Sawma'a area of al-Bayda' #Yemen yesterday: -Extensive attack on Shawkan checkpoint -Ambush on approaching reinforcements -Armed skirmishes in 'Urqub al-'Uqlah -Mortar fired at Shawkan & fort blown up

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Terrorist cell linked to ISIS arrested in east Aden

cp15 Propaganda

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Abkommen zwischen Israel und den Emiraten: Ein Überraschungscoup

Israel und die Arabischen Emirate haben entscheidende Schritte aufeinander zu gemacht. Ein Erfolg für das Weiße Haus? Der langjährige Nahost-Korrespondent Ulrich Sahm kommentiert die Annäherung.

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Prince Faisal: Iran’s practices destabilize the region

Iran’s violations of international treaties and its interference in the affairs of other countries has caused tensions to rise in the region, the Saudi Press Agency cites the Kingdom’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan as saying.
The Iranian regime’s practices have destabilized the region at both a regional and international level, the minister said.

My comment: LOL. Compared to Saudi and US interference, Iran’s in minor. And the most important violation of an international treaty in the region was when the US violated the Nuclear Deal by smashing it into the dust bin.

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The Houthi militia have given desert locusts sufficient time to swarm Yemeni crops in their controlled regions. Headline of an Almashehad Alyemeni story.

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Houthis damage health sector

Yemeni medical sources said that malnutrition and underweight increased significantly among children below five years old especially in the Houthis-held areas.

This coincides with outbreak of several infections such as cholera, dengue fever, malaria, diphtheria, polio and COVID-19.

The sources said that malnutrition and undernutrition have become the worst impact of the ongoing war ignited by the Houthis in 2014.

Malnourished children are at greater risk to dying and their mental development is also at serious risk.

The Houthis’ mismanagement of the heath system has exacerbated the problem and now half of the country’s children suffer chronic malnutrition, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said.

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Houthis’ corruption damage agriculture

The Houthis’ corruption has decreased agricultural production into significant levels compared to the situation before the coup in late 2014.

Sources quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper said that that contribution of the agriculture to the gross domestic production (GDP) went from 14 percent prior the Houthis’ coup to below five percent.

Officials of the Agriculture said that workers in the farming sector decreased from 54 percent in 2010 to less than 10 percent in 2020.

Officials who requested anonymity for safety reasons said that the productivity of crops has also decreased because of systematic stealing and damaging practices by the Houthis officials.


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Houthi’s and Iran’s hand sabotage Yemen antiquities

Areas under the control of the Iranian-backed Houthi rebel militia are witnessing an increasingly widespread looting of Yemen’s historical and cultural monuments, all related to the country’s long-lost past.

According to experts spoke to September Net, organized gangs of Houthi militia have organizes gangs that have for years been active and are looting and selling antiquities, using their proceeds to finance the senseless war they are leading, against Yemenis as well as to build huge empires of money in the capital, Sana’a, under their control.

This has revealed, experts added, the hostility of the coup militia to the country’s civilization, through its systematic war, which it wages not only on human beings, but also on its history, civilization and effects, which it boasts of, and supported of Iran, which has become a threat to Yemen’s past, present and future, in light of its practices that are against all international laws and conventions, which call for respect for states and its culture and non-interference in their affairs.

According to information from the rebel militia’s control areas, all museums, archaeological areas and everything related to Yemen’s history have been subjected to the most heinous looting by the militia, which has obliterated Yemen’s historical monuments and heritage.

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Arab Parliament renews its support to legitimate government of Yemen

Speaker of the Arab Parliament, Adel Al-Asoomi, renewed on Friday support to the legitimate government of Yemen and the Saudi-led coalition.

My comment: A Saudi mouthpiece. The whole matter is a bad joke: Saudi and parliament is like ox and opera.

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Iranian regime’s excess in provocations a ‘natural result’ of int’l community’s silence

Yemen’s Information Minister said the Iranian regime’s excess in provocations in Yemen is “a natural result of the silence of the international community and the failure of the UN Security Council to enforce the UN charter against those who threat peace in Yemen.

In a statement to Saba, Muammar al-Eryani said the appearance of the Quds Force officer Hassan Erlo in a Houthi organized religious occasion in Sana’a on Friday “affirms our argument that the Iranian regime has imposed a military governor for Sana’a … to supervise sectarian incitement and mobilization of militants to the warfronts against the government.”


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Gov’t official: Iran’s attempts to impose fait accompli in Houthis-controlled areas will not succeed

[Hadi gov.] minister of Information, Muamar Al-Eryani said on Friday that Tehran's attempts to impose a fait accompli in Houthis-controlled areas will not succeed.

“Yemeni people who resisted Iranian expansionist project continue to reject all forms of Iranian existence and tutelage and will continue their struggle until liberation of every inch of Yemeni soil,” Al-Eryani said.

He voiced these remarks following appearance of Iran’s recently appointed envoy to the Houthis in Sana’a during a rally organized in the capital Sana’a on Thursday.

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Shatara: 'STC has never been as strong as it is today'

Member of the Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), Vice-President of the National Assembly for Control and Inspection, Mr. Lufti Shatara highly praised the prestigious position that had been achieved by the STC, both internally and externally.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Coalition destroys Houthi militia’s missile launcher in Hajjah

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Coalition air raids kill Houthi rebels in Sa'ada

The Arab Coalition fighter jets hit on Friday, Houthi reinforcements in Sa'ada governorate, the Houthi main stronghold in the north of Yemen.
According to Saba news, the Coalition airstrikes targeted a number of military vehicles carrying Houthi fighters while trying to advance toward the locations of the national army in Sa'ada's al-Safra district.
All the Houthi militants were killed in the air raids, the same source added.

and also

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More Saudi coalition air raids Marib p., Jawf p. Marib p., Jawf p. Several prov. Marib p., Jawf p. 4 prov. Najran 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.

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9 Al-Qaeda , 63 US-Saudi Mercenaries Arrested

The official spokesman for the [Sanaa gov.] Ministry of Interior, Brigadier General Abdul Khaleq Al-Ajri, said that the security services had arrested 9 members of Al-Qaeda and 63 criminal affiliated with the Aggression, during the fourth week of last October.

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Battles renew in Yemen's Taiz

Fierce clashes between forces of the internationally recognised government and the Houthi fighters continued for a second day in Yemen's Taiz province on Monday.
They were the fiercest in months, with both sides using various weapons, a local source said


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Artillery shells snipers injure 8 civilians in Taiz Yemen

Eight civilians including women and children were injured by artillery shelling and snipers in the southwestern city of Taiz on Monday, after armed clashes renewed between the official government and the Houthi group.
"Some of the artillery shells were fired in the few last hours by Houthis positioned on Sofitel Hill, and fell onto populated quarters," local sources said, leaving 7 civilians wounded according to initial statistics.
The figure is expected to increase, due to the continuous shelling that focused on Taiz's northeastern quarters of al-Jomhouri, Camp and al-Thawra and the northern areas of Osaifira and Wadi al-Qadhi, the sources added.
In the southeastern quarter of Sala, one child was injured by a "sniper affiliated to the government troops," according to Houthi media.
Since Sunday evening, Taiz has been witnessing renewed confrontations pitting the official government against the Houthi fighters

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Houthi indiscriminate shelling today on populated areas in the five-year besieged city of Taiz left injuries among civilians and caused panic among young students (photos)

(A K pH)

Saudi- led aggression mercenaries' snipers injures child in Taiz

and also

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Houthi shelling injures two female children in Taiz


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Fierce clashes pitting Yemeni [Hadi] gov't Houthis in Taiz

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Woman killed, child injured by Houthis in al-Dhale

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KSrelief Masam Project Dismantles 1,254 Mines in Yemen during 4th Week of October

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief)'s Masam Project for Clearing Mines in Yemen demined 1,254 mines during the fourth week of October 2020, including 105 anti-tank mines, 1,139 unexploded ordnance and 9 explosive devices.

and also

(A K)

Forces aligned with the internationally recognized Yemeni government of Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi claimed surrounding al Jawf governorate’s capital, al Hazm city, in northern Yemen on November 1. Al Houthi forces reportedly withdrew from al Jawf governorate toward Arhab district in Sana’a governorate. Hadi government–aligned forces claimed seizing al Houthi–held territory near al Hazm city in early October.[2]

(A K)

Battles intensify as Houthis change strategy in Yemen's Marib

Battles between the government and Houthi forces on Saturday intensified in western and southern parts of Yemen's Marib province as the Houthis have changed their attack strategy.
More Houthi reinforcements have arrived in the western parts where the Houthi group is seeking to make a breakthrough amid its heavy losses in the east and south.
It is seeking to surround oilfields and suffocate the province which is home to the leadership of the government's army.

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Saudi army attacks Yemeni border villages

The Saudi army on Saturday launched attacks on a number of Yemeni villages on the border between the two countries, local media sources said.
Rockets and artillery shells landed in the district of Monnabih, causing damage to homes and farms, the sources said.

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Al Houthi militants reportedly seized territory from forces aligned with the internationally recognized Yemeni government of Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Nihm district in central Yemen’s Sana’a governorate on October 30. Al Houthi militants and Hadi government–aligned forces previously clashed in Nihm on October 26.[2]


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[Hadi gov.] Yemeni army says 100 Houthis killed, injured east Sana'a


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Arab coalition video shows Houthi drones' destruction

The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's legitimacy on Thursday displayed a footage documenting the interception and destruction of a Houthi booby-trapped drones heading for Saudi lands.

(A K pS)

Film: Yemeni tribesman in Marib removing landmines with their bare hands and no equipment

(A K)

Houthis losing 300 fighters a day in Marib, Jawf, says coalition

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

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

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

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Houthis launch brutal attack on al-Tuhita in Hodeidah

Film: The Houthi militia re-targeting residential neighborhoods in Hays and Jirh in Al-Tuhayta

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22 civilians killed, wounded by Houthis in west Yemen

At least 22 civilians, including 4 children and 6 women, were killed and injured by Houthis in Yemen's western province of Hodeidah in the past two weeks, pro-government forces said.
Hospitals in areas run by the legitimate government received 22 civilians, 3 dead including a woman and 19 wounded, between 17 and 31 October, the media centre of the Giants Brigades.
The casualties occurred in the districts of Al-Durayhimi, Al-Tuhayta, Hays and Bayt Al-Fakih and the city of Hodeidah, it said.
On 18th October, the UN said the number of civilian casualties increased sharply in Hodeidah and the adjacent province of Taiz in recent fighting.


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Yemeni [Hadi] gov't, Houthis engage in violent fighting in Hodeida

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Daily violations

Nov. 2:

Nov. 1:

Oct. 31:

Oct. 30:

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Daily violations

cp19 Sonstiges / Other


4.6 Richter scaled earthquake hits Yemen Socotra

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United Nations warns for worsening food shortages in Yemen due to locust swarms

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has reported that the livelihoods of farmers and pastoralists in Yemen has been severely affected by a continued plague of desert locusts.

According to a report by FAO, the agricultural blight has destroyed crops in many areas of the country, increasing the suffering of thousands of people already exhausted due to years of war.

FAO said it supports Yemen’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation in efforts to control desert locusts by providing logistics and training field teams.

The report noted that desert locusts attacked horseradish crops, onions, sesame, watercress and even plumtrees, causing heavy losses to farmers.

The organisation explained that Yemen was a breeding ground for desert locusts and that controlling its spread is crucial in preventing a new spread of the scourge in both the Horn of Africa and South-West Asia.

FAO said it supports desert locust control through logistics, providing nearly 15,000 liters of pesticides and training 393 field teams on effective control techniques and best health, safety and environmental practices.


Yemen - National Historical Cyclone Severity Score (October 2020)

This map shows the Severity Scores of those Yemeni district that were hit at least once by a historical tropical cyclone between 1906 and 2018. Severity scores are based on the number of cyclone events per district, which were calculated by overlaying cyclone paths

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Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-690 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-690: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

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