Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 696b- Yemen War Mosaic 696b

Yemen Press Reader 696b: 26. November 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 696, cp8 - cp19 / November 26, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 696, cp8 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 696, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 696, 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

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

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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New arrests from the Al-Hwitat tribe. Al-Hawitat refused to leave its lands, which fall within the MBS project called NEOM. The tribe has settled these lands for more than a 1500 years. MBS used against them, intimidation, killing, arresting & closing their schools & health centers

referring to

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Saudis Are Dependent on US Power to Sustain Them

Well, I think it takes the mask off of Saudi Arabia because they've been sort of working behind the scenes for years with the Israeli regime against popular movements throughout the Arab world.

Israel's been involved covertly in the Yemen war. It's actually bombing Syria almost on a weekly basis and even interfering and attacking Lebanon. So they're targeting Hezbollah, they're targeting Iran, they're targeting anybody that wants to support independence for the region.

The Saudis and the other feudal dictatorships are all afraid of their own populations. And they work with the Americans, so they trade oil for some protection. Even Donald Trump said that without American protection the Saudi regime wouldn't last a day. So I think he's correct.

The people of Arabia and the UAE and Bahrain do not support the recognition of Israel because they still support human rights for the Palestinians. And I think Qatar and Kuwait who have criticized that as have other Arab leaders and all the other political movements that are based within their nations and are supported by the populations have criticized this, but the Saudis are dependent upon American power to sustain them.

And of course, they sell up their resources and get a fair bit in return, but they act as an agent for the Americans to attack popular movements in the area. There are secret negotiations going on between Israel and Saudi Arabia for years.

Again, because the Israelis and the Saudis have I guess a similar agenda to control popular movements and not to engage appropriately on the Palestinian issue.

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#Saudi state security apparatus led by human rights criminal AbdulAziz AlHuwairini has arrested economist and university professor Hamza AlSalim @bookshamza over a tweet. Can @TwitterSafety suspend this agency's account @pss_ar for committing crimes against tweeps?

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My main question is : how is it possible for the judge to realise the court lacks jurisdiction after dealing with the case for 1 year and 8 months? Nobody can be fooled anymore. This is MBS's Saudi Arabia's definition of a fair trial and of an Independent Court.

My sister @LoujainHathloul’s case has been transferred to the Specialised Criminal Court ie the Terrorism court. More details coming up. Thank you all for your support

Regarding Loujain's health : she looked weak in court, her body was shaking uncontrollably and her voice was faint and shaky.


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Hunger-striking Saudi activist's trial resumes Wednesday: family

Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul is due in court on Wednesday, her family said, nearly a month after she went on hunger strike.

The trial of Hathloul, who has been detained for more than two years, began in March 2019, but campaigners and her family say court sessions are arbitrarily announced and closed to diplomats and journalists.

"We were just announced that @LoujainHathloul has a trial tomorrow," the activist's sister Lina Hathloul wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.


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Saudi Arabia : Family of @LoujainHathloul concerned at possibility she may be pressured into accepting allegations against her - her sister Lina has tweeted - 'any confession made by Loujain regarding their absurd allegations, is made under a hunger strike and potential torture'

and as a reminder, from Oct. 1:

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Terrified of US return to JCPOA, Saudis urge new Iran deal involving Riyadh

The incoming US administration is not “naïve enough” to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, says the Saudi ambassador to the UN, calling for negotiations for a new deal with the Islamic Republic involving the Arab country.

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi on Sunday dismissed the idea that the United States would re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, under a Joe Biden administration.

The Saudi diplomat said nobody would be “naïve enough” to go back to a deal that has “proven its failure to the entire world.”

Speaking during an appearance on Fox News’ ‘America’s News HQ’, Al-Mouallimi said he did not believe Biden’s administration would pivot from the Persian Gulf states back to Iran and the nuclear deal.

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War Benjamin Netanjahu in Saudi-Arabien?

Der israelische Premier Benjamin Netanjahu soll zu einem Blitzbesuch in der saudischen Stadt Neom gewesen sein. Doch Saudi-Arabien dementiert die Nachricht. Sollte das Treffen stattgefunden haben, wäre das historisch.

Reiste er oder reiste er nicht? Am Montag hatte die israelische Zeitung "Haaretz" über eine geheime Reise von Premier Benjamin Netanjahu in die saudische Stadt Neom berichtet. Dort habe er offenbar ein knapp zweistündiges Gespräch mit dem saudischen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) und US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo geführt, dann sei er kurz nach Mitternacht zurück nach Israel geflogen.

Nun dementierte die saudische Staatsführung dieses Gespräch. "So ein Treffen gab es nicht", schrieb der saudische Außenminister Prinz Faisal bin Farhan auf Twitter. "Die einzig anwesenden Regierungsvertreter waren amerikanisch und saudi-arabisch."

Netanjahu selbst wollte sich zu den Berichten über die angebliche Reise nicht äußern.

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Netanyahu met Saudi crown prince, Pompeo in Saudi Arabia - Israeli minister

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Saudi Arabia and met its crown prince, an Israeli official said on Monday, in what would be the first publicly confirmed visit there by an Israeli leader as the countries close ranks against Iran.

Earlier, Israeli media said Netanyahu had secretly flown on Sunday to Neom, on the Red Sea, for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Reports of the meeting between the crown prince and Netanyahu were denied by Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

and also


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Saudi foreign minister denies meeting between Crown Prince and Israeli officials

and tweet:


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Well informed #Saudi source says #MBS meeting with @netanyahu was held without the involvement of FM @FaisalbinFarhan. Maybe it was done on the yacht.

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With a joint effort of the government of #Ethiopia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 289 Ethiopian citizens have been repatriated today from the #KSA. Among the returnees, 90 are infants and minors, & 289 are women. (photo)

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The general secretary of the Muslim World League declared:"Muslims should respect French Laws".Well, breaking news: French Muslims are FRENCH & don't need to be lectured by a Saudi org. The assumption that French Muslims don't respect the law is insulting.

referring to

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#Neom which hosted @SecPompeo and @IsraeliPM just hours before the Houthi attack on Jeddah, has been increasingly fortified since 2019. Originally one Patriot battery would be moved when needed, since mid 2020 instead 2 full AD installations are present (stellite images)

and also

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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ACTION ALERT Stop Arming the Middle East

We have just two weeks to stop the Trump administration’s disastrous weapons deal with the UAE Rep. Ilhan Omar has introduced legislation — tell your Congress members to join in!

For weeks now, we have been asking members of Congress to speak out and act to stop the Trump administration’s dangerous $23 billion weapons deal with the United Arab Emirates that Trump offered in exchange for normalizing relations with Israel. We write to you today with an exciting update: Ilhan Omar in the House and Chris Murphy, Robert Menendez, and Rand Paul in the Senate have introduced legislation!

This legislation comes just in time. The thirty-day window for Congress to stop the sale ends on December 10, so we must act quickly. According to the Senate legislation from Murphy, Menendez, and Paul, the Trump administration has circumvented the standard review process, which includes a Congressional review period, in a naked attempt to rush this sale. On top of this, the State Department and the Pentagon have failed to respond to the Senators’ inquiries about the sale.

As usual, Rep. Omar is on point in her opposition to the deal. In a press release for her legislation, she points to the UAE’s war crimes in Yemen and Libya,its role in the Darfur genocide, its interference in Sudan’s democracy, and a plethora of other human rights abuses. “Amidst a deadly pandemic,” she says, “we should be investing in our own communities here at home, not selling weapons to help dictators commit human rights abuses.”

We couldn’t agree more with Ilhan and we want more members of Congress to join her! Contact your senators and representative now!

If Trump’s arms deal — F-35 fighter jets, 14,000 bombs and munitions, and 18 Reaper drones — goes through, it is likely to have disastrous implications for the entire Middle East and the world for decades to come. In fact, it will be the second-largest sale of US drones to a single country in our history.

We have seen the effects of pouring weapons into the Middle East and we know who pays the consequences. For the sake of the Yemeni people and so many others in the Middle East, we can’t allow it to happen again. We are grateful to Rep. Omar and her colleagues in the Senate for being the first to act against this deadly deal — but we need many more members of Congress on board. We have only two weeks to convince Congress to block the US-UAE weapons deal. Contact your senators and representative now!

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USA verlangen Visa-Pfand von Bürgern von Entwicklungsländern

Die US-Regierung verschärft in den letzten Amtswochen des abgewählten Präsidenten Donald Trump die Visa-Regeln für Reisende aus zahlreichen Entwicklungsländern. Im Zuge eines Pilotprojekts sollen Bewohner von 23 Staaten eine Sicherheit von bis zu 15.000 Dollar (12.642 Euro) für ein Visum für Geschäfts- oder Privatreisen hinterlegen, wie das US-Außenministerium diese Woche anordnete.

Die Maßnahme tritt am 24. Dezember in Kraft und soll zunächst für sechs Monate gelten. Betroffen sind unter anderem Bürger zahlreicher afrikanischer Staaten wie Angola, Eritrea, der Demokratischen Republik Kongo, des Sudan und des Tschad. Die Maßnahme trifft aber auch Antragsteller aus Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bhutan, dem Iran, dem Jemen und Syrien.
Nach Angaben des US-Außenministeriums überziehen Bürger dieser Länder besonders häufig die gültige Aufenthaltsdauer in den USA. Um ihr Pfand zurückzubekommen, müssen Reisende nachweisen, dass sie die USA rechtzeitig wieder verlassen haben. Als Sicherheit können US-Konsularbeamte 5.000 Dollar, 10.000 Dollar oder 15.000 Dollar verlangen.

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Houthi Terrorism Designation More Likely to Deliver Famine and Entanglement Than Leverage

To stave off a potential humanitarian disaster in Yemen, keep communication lines open, and avoid getting drawn into the war, the Trump administration should not designate the Houthis.

Amid this debate, the hope was that the Houthis would limit their attacks to avoid adding fuel to the fire. Instead, they targeted an Aramco oil distribution facility in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on November 22. Such attacks on nonmilitary sites have served as kindling for the Trump administration’s designation argument, as have the Houthis’ ongoing missile upgrades and their ties with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The Aramco strike is therefore likely to strengthen the administration’s resolve.


For the most part, the sudden focus on designation appears to stem from the administration’s maximum pressure policy against Iran. Formally listing the Houthis as terrorists—an option championed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—would prohibit any entity from providing them with material support, cutting them off from their sources of funding by making businesses or traders hesitant to work with them.

The current debate is also born of frustration over the protracted state of the Yemen war. The administration apparently sees designation as one of the few tools capable of providing leverage against the Houthis. According to this argument, the option of later rescinding a U.S. designation would give the coalition a carrot worth trading for a major Houthi concession in future negotiations.

To meet the statutory criteria for designation, the Houthis must be found to have engaged in terrorist activity (broadly defined) and threatened U.S. national security. This was already a low bar to reach, and the controversial 2019 decision to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization makes the Houthis particularly low-hanging fruit, since the Iranian military branch is known to back them. The Trump administration also highlights the Houthis’ attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, their hostile slogans (including “death to America”), and their kidnapping of Americans.


Despite these arguments, many Yemen watchers and stakeholders fear the negative consequences would outweigh any gained leverage. In particular, they worry that designation would lead to famine in struggling Houthi-held areas of the country by curtailing aid and the private sector—just as a terrorism designation did in Somalia a decade ago.

Hindering aid. Many figures in the aid community are deeply concerned that listing the rebels would restrict their ability to deliver much-needed assistance to the 80 percent of Yemenis who live under Houthi control, or more than 20 million people. Countries have already under-pledged humanitarian aid to Yemen, and the U.S. Agency for International Development suspended its $73 million program earlier this year, leading several international agencies to shutter projects aimed at staving off famine.

It is possible to implement waivers or licenses that would allow humanitarian actors to continue operating in Houthi-held territory despite a designation, but such efforts have fallen flat elsewhere.

Constricting the private sector. A Houthi designation would also restrict the private sector’s ability to provide basic goods to Yemen—another major risk factor for famine given that 90 percent of the country’s food is imported.

Hampering mediation and peace talks. A designation might also impede the peace process—whether by making it diplomatically difficult for Washington to support Hadi government talks with a terrorist group, or by limiting mediators’ ability to work with the rebels, since even giving them advice could be deemed “material support.”


Yet in addition to raising the risk of famine, designating the Houthis would make the United States party to the conflict in a way it has thus far avoided. The terrorism label would become yet another item that needs to be negotiated in order to end the war—an unnecessary entanglement for an administration that has prided itself on getting out of Middle East conflicts.

Indeed, the Houthis and their supporters would point to a designation as further evidence for their belief that America is secretly behind the war.

The latest Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco does not appear to have changed minds on either side of the argument, and if the diverse efforts to sway the Trump administration fail, the rebels may be designated as soon as December 1. In the near term, the Houthis are unlikely to respond by coming to the table; rather, they may see a terrorism listing as evidence that the coalition does not want to make a deal with them.

they seem willing to wait it out, while neither side of the U.S. political aisle nor the Saudis are similarly dispositioned. Thus, to stave off potential famine, keep communication lines open, and avoid entanglement, the Trump administration should not designate the Houthis – by Elana DeLozier


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The mistake of designating the Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization

That would be a mistake. Designating the Houthis would be bad for Yemeni civilians, bad for peace talks, and, ultimately, bad for U.S. national security. It would also box-in President-Elect Biden before he even takes the oath of office, although perhaps that’s part of the attraction for exiting Trump officials.

For much of the past six years — under both the Obama and Trump administrations — the United States has been complicit in Saudi Arabia’s brutal and bloody war in Yemen.

It is the Houthis’ ties to Iran that is behind the Trump administration’s last-minute push to designate the group as a foreign terrorist organization. President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — encouraged strongly by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and Saudi Arabia — believe that a hardline approach from the U.S. will force the Houthis to compromise or capitulate. There are several problems with this approach, most notably, that it won’t work.

Designating the Houthis a foreign terrorist organization would ban its members from traveling to the U.S. and freeze the group’s financial assets. But three of the Houthis’ top commanders, including the group’s leader, Abd al-Malik al-Houthi, are already under U.N. sanctions.

In Yemen, sanctions hurt the wrong people. The Houthi leadership is largely insulated from shortages in food and medicine. Yemeni civilians are not. Placing the Houthis on the terrorist list would effectively cut off humanitarian aid to the roughly 16 million people who live under Houthi control, many of whom depend on outside aid to survive.

A terrorist designation would also further hamper peace talks.

Ultimately, however, this move is bad for U.S. national security. At a time when the U.S. is drawing down troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, trying to end wars, it should not be venturing abroad in search of new enemies.

The Houthis are a domestic insurgency not a global terrorist organization, and no one — particularly not the secretary of state — should conflate the two. There is also an element of self-fulfilling prophecy with such a designation. Saudi Arabia went to war in Yemen in early 2015 because it was worried that the Houthis were an Iranian proxy. They weren’t, but after nearly six years of war, the Houthis and Iran are closer than ever, exchanging ambassadors and battlefield lessons.

The Houthis haven’t targeted Americans in terrorist attacks, but that could change following a U.S. designation.

Yemen doesn’t need another terrorist designation. It needs the sort of creative and proactive diplomacy that went missing in action under the Trump administration – by Gregory Johnsen


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Designating the Houthis as Terrorists Would be a Mistake

A proposed White House move would hinder peace talks and humanitarian efforts in Yemen.

The Trump administration’s floated initiative to designate the Houthi movement as a Foreign Terrorist Organization would play right into the Iranians’ hands. It would advance Iranian interests rather than American ones, and it would contribute to the suffering of millions of Yemenis. The Houthis are a challenge, and they are a threat, but designating them as terrorists does a lot of things wrong and very few things right.

The Houthi movement, or Ansar Allah (God’s Partisans) as its members prefer to be called, is a home-grown Yemeni organization that is partly sectarian, partly regional, and partly tribal.

The Houthis are not only a thorn in the Saudis’ side—which the Iranians see as payback for decades of Saudi hostility—but they have pushed the Saudis into a war in Yemen that costs Saudi Arabia dearly in terms of both money and reputation. Saudi Arabia saw the Yemen war as a way to pre-empt Iran from establishing a Hezbollah-like force on the Arabian Peninsula. The inconclusive five-year war has actually opened the door further to Iranian influence and blown back on Saudi Arabia.

The idea of punishing Iran by designating the Houthis as terrorists would scarcely hurt Iran, which hasn’t invested much in them anyway. It is unclear, in fact, how such a designation would affect the way Iran currently engages with the Houthis, which is largely clandestine.

Instead, a designation would hurt two groups. The first are the diplomats who are seeking to negotiate an end to Yemen’s conflict.

The other group are the millions of Yemenis who are hungry and food-insecure, and the humanitarians who seek to help them.

The Houthis are combatants in control of a capital and a large population. The United States and its partners have tools to confront such groups, as well as to negotiate with them. The U.S. law allowing the designation of foreign terrorist groups should have no role in the strategy. It would represent swinging wildly in the dark, serving the interests of U.S. adversaries rather than its allies – by Jon B. Alterman


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USA prüfen weiter möglichen Terrorstatus für Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen

Der Nationale Sicherheitsberater der USA, Robert O'Brien, hat weiter offengelassen, ob die Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen auf die US-Terrorliste gesetzt werden. Washington beobachte die Situation um die Rebellen "sehr genau", sagte er während eines Besuchs in der philippinischen Hauptstadt Manila am Montag.

Die US-Regierung prüfe ständig, "ob und wen" sie als terroristische Organisation einstufen sollte, sagte der Sicherheitsberater von US-Präsident Donald Trump. Gleichzeitig wies er darauf hin, dass Trump noch 50 Tage im Amt sein wird. Dabei stehe die Frage der vom Iran unterstützten Huthi-Rebellen "sicherlich auf der Tagesordnung". Sollten die USA die Rebellen auf die Terrorliste setzen, würde dies Trumps Iran-Politik des "maximalen Drucks" in seinen letzten Amtswochen weiterführen.

O'Brien warf den Huthi-Rebellen vor, nicht zu einem konstruktiven Friedensprozess beizutragen. Er forderte sie auf, Iraner aus ihren Reihen auszuschließen, Angriffe auf Nachbarstaaten und im Jemen zu beenden sowie einen Friedensprozess im Jemen konstruktiv mitzugestalten.

Die Huthi-Rebellen reagierten verärgert auf die Äußerungen O'Briens und sagten, Trump habe kein Recht, nach seiner Wahlniederlage eine solche Entscheidung zu treffen. Auch internationale Hilfsorganisationen warnten davor, die Rebellen auf die US-Terrorliste zu setzen. Dies könnte die Auslieferung von Hilfsgütern erschweren, während der Jemen nach UN-Angaben von der schwersten humanitären Krise der Welt getroffen wird. =,-USA-pruefen-weiter-moeglichen-Terrorstatus-fuer-Huthi-Rebellen-im-Jemen-_arid,757434.html =

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Yemen: More Damage To World Peace And Security Due To Trump Wrecking Everything As He Exits

The headline is a bit heated, particularly in light of Biden naming uber-hawk Tony Blinken as Secretary of State in waiting. Nevertheless, Barkley Rosser is correct to call out Trump’s bizarrely punitive departing act of designating a Yemen operation controlling a big chunk of the country as terrorists.

And a reason for featuring this post, including its mention of Rachel Maddow, is to demonstrate that Goodthinking Liberals who are actually paying attention to the Middle East expect Biden to dial down support for the war in Yemen, if nothing else to send a message to the rancid Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. To put it more cynically, it would be a pretty low-cost way differentiate the Biden Administration from Trump’s, by getting it out of one human rights horror and applying pressure to MbS. So pay attention to this litmus test.

So, just to make things “better,” the Trump admin has decided to declare that the Houthi group who rule not only most of northern Yemen, but also its capitol, Sana’a, to be officially a “terrorist group.” The immediate result of this ruling is that all kinds of humanitarian aid that has been going to people in the parts of Yemen they live in will no longer receive it. This is morally awful and just plain stupid.

So this is part of Trump frustrated in his anti-Iran policy. He exited the Iran nuclear treaty, leading to a massive increase in enriched uranium there. Ooops! He killed a top general from there to stop attacks on US forces in Iraq by Iranian militias. But those continue, with more political support in Iraq. Duh.

The argument for this move on the Houthis is that they are backed by Iran, which they are. But that is a far secondary matter.

The other part of this is the Saudis, who have been waging war against the Houthis, with Trump deeply tied to the murderous Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who has been behind this awful war against the Houthis in Yemen, support that dates back to the Obama admin. This makes this a serious issue for the incoming Biden admin.

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US keeps 'all options' open for Yemen's Huthis

The United States is "keeping all our options open" when it comes to Yemen's Huthi rebels, the national security advisor said Monday, amid reports the outgoing Trump administration could tag the group as terrorists.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to the Philippines, Robert O'Brien criticised the Iran-backed Huthis of failing to engage in a "good-faith peace process" to end the conflict.

The Huthis are at the centre of a flurry of diplomacy as the Trump administration, which has made isolating its arch-foe Tehran a centrepiece of its regional policy, enters its final weeks.

Washington was monitoring the situation "very closely", said O'Brien in response to a question on whether the US would designate the Huthis a "terrorist organisation".

"We are constantly considering whether and who and how we should designate terrorist organisations," O'Brien said.

"President Trump is still the president of the United States for the next 50 days and this will be something that is certainly on the agenda and we will have to see how that plays out," he added.

"Right now we encourage the Huthis to expel the Iranians, to stop attacking neighbours and stop attacking people within Yemen and engage in a good-faith peace process with the other stakeholders in Yemen." =

and also

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US mission to Saudi Arabia: On International Day to End Violence Against Women and the first of the #16Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, in collaboration with @HRCSaudi we're excited to share with you the work being done in KSA to empower and protect women. #16DaysKSA

Comment: The #American embassy is trolling human rights champion #LoujainAlHathloul on her trial day & after weeks on a hunger strike. Shameful & speaks volumes on the personality of Amb John AbyZaid. This is truly sick.


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»Amerika ist bereit, die Welt anzuführen«

Der designierte US-Präsident Joe Biden hat seine Regierungsmannschaft offiziell vorgestellt – und dabei globalen Führungsanspruch geltend gemacht: »Amerika ist zurück.«
Der gewählte US-Präsident Joe Biden hat den Führungsanspruch der USA in der Welt betont. In seiner Heimatstadt Wilmington stellte er seine Kandidaten für außen- und sicherheitspolitische Schlüsselposten in der künftigen Regierung vor. Er sagte: »Es ist ein Team, das die Tatsache spiegelt, dass Amerika zurück ist, bereit, die Welt anzuführen, statt sich aus ihr zurückzuziehen.«
Eine klare Absage an den bisherigen Kurs der USA unter der Regierung des Republikaners Donald Trump. Mit seiner künftigen Regierungsmannschaft sei Amerika »bereit, unseren Gegnern entgegenzutreten, statt unsere Verbündeten zurückzuweisen, bereit, für unsere Werte einzutreten«, so Biden weiter.

Anmerkung Albrecht Müller: „Unseren Gegnern entgegen zu treten.“ Das ist eine halbe Kriegserklärung. Es ändert sich nichts zum Guten.


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Bereit, die Welt anzuführen – wie bisher mit Mord, Raub und Plünderungen?

Wer wünscht sich eigentlich, dass die USA die Welt anführen? Die USA führen Bombenkriege, Drohnenkriege, verdeckte Kriege, Handelskriege und stehen für millionenfachen Tod, Raub und Plünderungen.
Würden die USA ihren Rüstungshaushalt von 732 Milliarden Dollar halbieren und der Welt ein Beispiel geben, wie man Hunger und Krankheit bekämpft, dann hätten sie mit 366 Milliarden immer noch mehr Geld für Waffen und Kriege als China (261 Milliarden) und Russland (65,1 Milliarden) zusammen und könnten das Leben von Milliarden Menschen verbessern.
Auch die Spaltung wird Biden nicht überwinden, weil die auf Raub und Plünderung gründende Wirtschaftsordnung der USA auch zu Zeiten von Obama und Biden zu extremer Ungleichheit führte, die sich in der Corona-Krise weiter verschärft und ihre ganze Brutalität offenbart.

Es wird zivilisierter in der internationalen Diplomatie zugehen und einige Fehlentscheidungen Trumps werden zurückgenommen. Aber zur Euphorie besteht nicht der geringste Anlass von Oskar Lafontaine

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G20 summit: Saudi Arabia sends a message to Joe Biden

US President-elect Joe Biden may reverse course in Washington’s relations with Riyadh on issues as varied as Iran, Qatar, Yemen, human rights and arms sales. Here are the highlights from the virtual G20 summit.

The virtual G20 summit, held online in the Saudi capital on 21 and 22 November, may have deprived Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) of a prime opportunity to polish Saudi Arabia’s image – tarnished by allegations of human rights violations – but, if nothing else, it provided a rough sketch of the kingdom’s political future in the wake of Joe Biden’s election win.

The US president-elect’s campaign platform is a stark departure from the “blank check” Donald Trump seemed to have given the Saudi regime. In October, Biden published a statement outlining how US-Saudi relations could change going forward: “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. America’s commitment to democratic values and human rights will be a priority, even with our closest security partners.”

The statement also made it clear that the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two years ago, would “not be in vain, and we owe it to his memory to fight for a more just and free world”. On a separate occasion, Biden even floated the idea of making the country “the pariah that they are”.

The president-elect’s approach runs completely counter to that adopted by Trump

Will Biden be as uncompromising with Riyadh as he claims he will be? “He needs Saudi Arabia to help build regional support for a new deal with Iran and for anti-terrorism efforts, but also in terms of stabilising oil markets and Israeli-Palestinian relations,” said Saudi commentator Ali Shihabi.

Saudi Arabia seized the opportunity during the G20 meetingto send a first message to the incoming administration, with two months to go until Biden takes office on 20 January 2021. Whenever sensitive issues were brought up, Riyadh communicated a mix of inflexibility and openness.

A long-standing war in Yemen

Asked about the future of the Saudi-Yemeni War MBS started in March 2015, al-Jubeir said: “We’re trying our best to try to put an end to it very quickly. When the start of military operations occurred, we announced on day one that there is no military solution to Yemen, that the solution is a political solution and that we are moving in order to take out a clear and present threat to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the form of ballistic missiles aimed at our towns and cities.”

Reiterating that the US-led international coalition has been “fighting for 19 years in Afghanistan”, he suggested that the war in Yemen, which has already resulted in 100,000 deaths and, according to the UN, led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, could continue over the long term. The Saudi regime is therefore unprepared to make any concessions in this respect either, in spite of Biden’s threat to end arms sales to Riyadh, the US being the country’s top weapons supplier.

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Grösste humanitäre Krise der Welt – US-Regierung mitschuldig

Saudi-Arabien führt seit 2015 Krieg gegen Jemen. Möglich ist dies vor allem auch dank der US-Waffenindustrie.

Massgeblich zur humanitären Katastrophe beigetragen haben auch die westlichen Regierungen, allen voran die US-Administration. Denn die saudische Koalition, der die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, Bahrain, Kuwait, Ägypten, Jordanien, Marokko, Senegal und Sudan angehören, wird wesentlich durch Waffen aus dem Westen unterstützt. Dies verdeutlichen Daten des Stockholmer Friedensforschungsinstituts (SIPRI).

«Trotz der weitreichenden Besorgnis in den USA und in Grossbritannien über die militärische Intervention Saudi-Arabiens in Jemen exportierten sowohl die USA als auch Grossbritannien in den Jahren 2015 bis 19 weiterhin Waffen nach Saudi-Arabien», schreibt das SIPRI. Dabei stammten insgesamt 73 Prozent der Waffenimporte Saudi-Arabiens aus den USA und 13 Prozent aus Grossbritannien. Die Hilfsorganisation Oxfam geht davon aus, dass seit 2015 die G-20-Länder Waffen im Wert von mehr als 17 Milliarden US-Dollar nach Saudi-Arabien exportiert haben. Das sei eigenen Berechnungen zufolge das Dreifache dessen, was die G-20 an Mitteln für humanitäre Hilfe in Jemen zur Verfügung stellen, schreibt Oxfam.

Trumps Nähe zur Monarchie

Die Unterstützung der US-Regierung für Saudi-Arabien begann bereits unter der Obama-Regierung, intensivierte sich jedoch noch unter Präsident Donald Trump. Der noch amtierende US-Präsident unternahm alles, um der sunnitischen Monarchie entgegenzukommen.

Die Waffenverkäufe werden in den USA durch den Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) und den Arms Export Control Act (AECA) geregelt. Für die Waffenlobby sind beide Gesetze jedoch keine wirkliche Behinderung. Der Grund dafür ist, dass die Waffentransfers gesetzeskonform sind, solange der Kongress diese nicht verbietet. Und selbst dann kann der Präsident, wie schon oft geschehen, sein Veto gegen Einschränkungen einlegen.

Auch erlaubt Abschnitt 36 des AECA dem Präsidenten, den Kongress zu umgehen.

Fernando C. Saldivar, der für das Netzwerk Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) arbeitet, macht darauf aufmerksam, dass die USA auch international mit keinerlei juristischen Konsequenzen zu rechnen haben. «Für Länder wie Saudi-Arabien besteht einer der Vorteile der Zusammenarbeit mit der US-Rüstungsindustrie gerade darin, dass Amerika rechtlich nicht verpflichtet ist, die humanitären Auswirkungen eines Waffentransfers an einen ausländischen Staat zu berücksichtigen.»

Bis heute hat die US-Regierung den völkerrechtlichen Vertrag über den Waffenhandel – The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – nicht ratifiziert. Dieser verlangt, dass Staaten von Waffenexporten absehen, wenn es Beweise dafür gibt, dass sie zur Begehung von Kriegsverbrechen verwendet werden. Als Nicht-Mitglied des ATT kann die US-Rüstungsindustrie Waffen ungestraft ins Ausland verkaufen.

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Joe Bidens Wahl: ein interventionistischer Außenminister

Anthony Blinken drängte auf Intervention im Irak, Syrien, Libyen und Jemen

Am Montag kündigte Joe Biden an, dass er seinen langjährigen Berater Anthony Blinken als Außenminister für die neue Regierung nominieren wird. Blinken kann auf eine lange Geschichte zurückblicken, in der er sich für Interventionen in Länder wie Irak, Syrien, Libyen und Jemen eingesetzt hat.

Blinken war Bidens oberster Berater im Jahr 2002, als Biden im Senat einen Vorstoß anführte, um George W. Bush den Einmarsch in den Irak zu ermöglichen. Im Jahr 2006 verfasste Biden einen Gastkommentar für die New York Times, in der er die Aufteilung des Irak in drei getrennte autonome Zonen mit einer Zentralregierung in Bagdad forderte, die später als "weiche Aufteilung" bezeichnet wurde. Der Times zufolge half Blinken bei der Ausarbeitung von Bidens Vorschlag.

Blinken bekleidete verschiedene Posten in der Obama-Regierung. Zunächst als nationaler Sicherheitsberater des damaligen Vizepräsidenten Joe Biden von 2009 bis 2013, als stellvertretender nationaler Sicherheitsberater von 2013 bis 2015 und als stellvertretender Außenminister von 2015 bis 2017.

Blinken, der als loyaler Berater Bidens angesehen wird, überraschte einige im Weißen Haus, als er mit Biden brach und die militärische Intervention in Libyen 2011 unterstützte, so die Washington Post. Blinken forderte auch ein Vorgehen der USA in Syrien, nachdem Barack Obama 2012 wiedergewählt worden war. Quellen berichteten der Post 2013, dass Blinken "weniger begeistert war als Biden", dass Obama die Zustimmung des Kongresses für einen Militärschlag gegen Syrien anstrebte.

Im Jahr 2015 erleichterte Blinken der von den Saudis geführten Koalition eine Zunahme der Waffenverkäufe und des Informationsaustauschs, nachdem sie im Jemen im Kampf gegen die Houthis interveniert hatte. "Wir haben die Waffenlieferungen beschleunigt, wir haben den Austausch nachrichtendienstlicher Erkenntnisse intensiviert, und wir haben eine gemeinsame Planungszelle zur Koordinierung in der saudi-arabischen Einsatzzentrale eingerichtet", sagte Blinken im April 2015.

Im Jahr 2018 schloss sich Blinken mehr als zwei Dutzend ehemaligen Mitarbeitern der Obama-Administration an und unterzeichnete einen Brief, in dem er ein Ende der Unterstützung der USA für den Krieg im Jemen forderte. Doch im Jahr 2019 fehlte Blinkens Name auffällig in einem ähnlichen Brief, in dem Vertreter der Obama-Ära wie Susan Rice, Samantha Power und Ben Rhodes vertreten waren.

Ein Bereich, in dem eine Biden-Administration weniger kämpferisch sein könnte als eine Trump-Administration, ist der Iran. Blinken hat die Entscheidung von Präsident Trump kritisiert, sich aus dem 2015 mit dem Iran geschlossenen Nuklearabkommen, dem so genannten Gemeinsamen Umfassenden Aktionsplan (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA), zurückzuziehen.

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Joe Biden’s Interventionist Secretary of State Pick

Anthony Blinken pushed for intervention in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen

On Monday, Joe Biden announced he will nominate his long-time advisor Anthony Blinken to be the secretary of state for the incoming administration. Blinken has a long history of advocating for intervention in places like Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen.

Blinken was Biden’s top aide in 2002 when Biden was leading the charge in the Senate to give George W. Bush his invasion of Iraq. In 2006, Biden penned an Op-ed for The New York Times that called for dividing Iraq into three separate autonomous zones with a central government in Baghdad, later referred to as a “soft partition.” According to the Times, Blinken helped craft Biden’s proposal.

Blinken served various posts in the Obama administration

Blinken also called for US action in Syria after Barack Obama was reelected in 2012. Sources told the Post in 2013 that Blinken “was less enthusiastic than Biden” about Obama seeking Congressional approval for a military strike on Syria.

In 2019, Blinken co-authored an Op-ed in The Washington Post with neoconservative Robert Kagan. The piece argued against President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy and said the US did “too little” in Syria. “Without bringing appropriate power to bear [in Syria], no peace could be negotiated, much less imposed,” the article reads.

In 2015, Blinken facilitated an increase in weapons sales and intelligence sharing for the Saudi-led coalition after it intervened in Yemen to fight the Houthis. “We have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the Saudi operation center,” Blinken said in April 2015.

In 2018, Blinken joined over two dozen former Obama administration officials and signed a letter calling for an end to US support for the war in Yemen. But in 2019, Blinken’s name was noticeably absent from a similar letter that included Obama-era officials like Susan Rice, Samantha Power, and Ben Rhodes.

One area where a Biden administration could be less hawkish than a Trump administration is Iran. Blinken has been critical of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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Biden’s Likely Defense Secretary Pick Flournoy Faces Progressive Pushback

From concerns about ties to defense contractors to worries about forever wars, at least one of the president-elect’s potential nominees is raising hackles.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden named a slate of experienced hands for his national security team on Monday—but stopped short of selecting a defense secretary. Now, backers of Michèle Flournoy, his likely pick for defense secretary, are trying to head off a last-minute push by some left-leaning Democrats trying to derail her selection, with many progressives seeing her nomination as a continuation of what critics refer to as America’s “forever wars.”

In a letter obtained by Foreign Policy organized by No Exceptions, a mostly inactive nonprofit that previously advocated for opening more military service roles to women, expected to be signed by more than 100 former U.S. and military officials and national security experts, Flournoy is described as a consensus-builder able to heal the tensions and mistrust sown during the Trump administration.

“This level of wide-spread trust and confidence will enable Michèle to build a coherent defense strategy and restore trust amongst allies and partners,” the authors wrote. “She will repair the actual and reputational erosion of the last few years, while recruiting and sustaining talent to set our country on a confident and renewed course.”

In response, progressive groups led by Just Foreign Policy and Demand Progress are planning a letter asking Flournoy and Biden’s already-announced top national security picks, Avril Haines and Antony Blinken, to account for perceived past foreign-policy mistakes, including U.S. policy in Yemen, Libya, Syria, and with regards to Saudi arms sales.

The dueling letters reflect the simmering tensions between the progressive and centrist wings of the Democratic Party as Biden tries to hold Democrats together while he prepares to enter the Oval Office.

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"The purpose of the use of force is 2stop Houthi aggression, 2demonstrate 2them that they cant take the country by force & 2get back 2 pol. transition process..,to NDC that brought all #Yemen-is together,"Biden's sec of state nominee Antony Blinken in interview with CNN in 2015

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Perhaps no issue over the past 4 years has more animated the progressive foreign policy movement than ending US support for disastrous the Saudi-Emirati war in Yemen.

@JoeBiden’s reported nominees for Sec State @ABlinken & UN Amb @LindaT_G both joined a 2018 mea culpa on Yemen. (text in image)

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Sec. Pompeo: Constructive visit with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in NEOM today. The United States and Saudi Arabia have come a long way since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz Al Saud first laid the foundation for our ties 75 years ago. (photo)

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Barack Obama and the shattered hopes of a new Middle East

In his new book, A Promised Land, former US President Barack Obama admits that he has a lot to say. So much so, that he felt the need to explain why he was unable to tell the story of his presidency in a single 900 page volume.

His critics view Obama as a failure as much as his supporters think of him as a great champion of freedom and democracy. He made his grand entry into foreign policy by pledging to "fix" his predecessor's counter-terrorism policies within days of being elected. He promised to close Guantanamo Bay, the US military prison camp in Cuba, which exists in an extrajudicial space of its own. It is still open. Instead of "fixing" the war on terror, Obama accelerated "dirty wars" across regions occupied by US forces, carrying out more drone strikes than his predecessor George W Bush, resulting in thousands of deaths in Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, among other places.

In this book, Obama looks back at the gap between hope and reality in the Middle East. He appears resigned to the fact that having raised expectations as he did he "was doomed to disappoint." It seems clear, at least to me, that he left office more cynical about the power of the US President than when he was first elected.

His failure, however, is less a product of the false hope of his high-minded rhetoric and more a result of the corruption and self-serving nature of politicians within institutions who are elected to uphold the highest values of the office they hold. "Looking back," says Obama as he reflects on his failure to leave a mark on the Israel-Palestine conflict, "I sometimes ponder the age-old question of how much difference the particular characteristics of individual leaders make in the sweep of history."

This could well be as much of an admission that we are ever going to get that the US is not as important as it likes to think it is. More radically, perhaps, that it is not as important as it has convinced the rest of the world that it is, which should give us all some serious food for thought as we ponder global politics in these turbulent times.


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Kill lists: Barack Obama’s blind spot

He opposes the death penalty in the US, after lengthy trials, but issued kill orders for Muslims overseas with no trial at all.

Very little has been said about Obama’s immoral and counterproductive approach to the so-called “war on terror” – which has set human rights back a long way, and only encouraged his successor to behave even more reprehensibly.

Obama spends plenty of pages on challenges and achievements, but less on accepting his errors.

All the sadder, then, that Obama sided with Republicans to suppress Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senate torture report, so that much of the truth remained behind the sealed doors of the CIA. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Perhaps even more important, in a little-noted but extraordinary development, Obama ramped up the use of “kill lists” where he acted as judge and jury in the White House and imposed a secret death sentence on people who had hitherto been taken to prison, albeit Guantanamo. This policy was proudly leaked to the media, dubbed “Terror Tuesday”: Obama himself would watch a slide presentation of bearded Muslims and then, like a latter-day Emperor Caligula in the Colosseum, turn his thumb down to authorise their assassination by Hellfire Missile.

One problem facing all presidents is that they must make decisions on topics where they have no experience, often based on advice from people whose biases go unchallenged

He turned to his advisors, and between them, they made matters exponentially worse. Obama provoked many more to join the ranks of his enemies, inflamed by evidence that this man who purported to promote human rights was a hypocrite, ignoring 200 years of history – assassination was first declared illegal by Emer de Vattel in 1797.

His book sadly confirms this in stark terms, and without repentance.

In other words, the law professor who opposed the racist imposition of the death penalty by state courts jettisoned all his principles in the interests of domestic poll numbers and applied the death penalty without trial exclusively to Muslims.

Obama was perhaps blinded by the technology being used. “The National Security Agency, or NSA, already the most sophisticated electronic-intelligence-gathering organisation in the world,” he glows, “employed new supercomputers and decryption technology worth billions of dollars to comb cyberspace in search of terrorist communications and potential threats.”

On his watch, the US was targeting people using the metadata on their phones, so if you made calls that seemed suspicious, you could end up on the wrong end of a missile.

We did not learn of this dangerous defamation from Obama’s vaunted transparency, but from a leak by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Rather than applauding, or at least acknowledging, the exposure of a criminal conspiracy to murder Zaidan, Obama’s attorney general focused on bringing Snowden to the US, bargaining with Russia that if they forced him to “come home”, he would not be tortured or executed.

The same intelligence agencies targeting Muslims for death under Obama were responsible for the intelligence that harvested the detainees to be taken to Guantanamo.

There are consequences for American democracy when a president blunders over the line. In 2012, John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, wrote that the “revelation that President Obama, operating off a government ‘kill list,’ has been personally directing who should be targeted for death by military drones … merely pushes us that much closer to that precipitous drop-off to authoritarianism”.

Four years later, we elected Donald Trump – by Clive Stafford Smith

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

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Die nächste Runde im Atomstreit mit Iran

Die Bundesregierung dringt für die Zeit nach dem Amtsantritt des designierten US-Präsidenten Joe Biden auf eine schnelle Rückkehr unter das Atomabkommen mit Iran. Biden hatte seine Bereitschaft dazu schon vor Monaten erklärt; deutsche Unternehmen erhoffen sich davon lukrative Geschäftschancen, die nicht zuletzt beitragen könnten, die Coronakrise zu überwinden. Allerdings bestehen in Washington Hindernisse fort, so etwa in Form der mutmaßlich bleibenden republikanischen Mehrheit im US-Senat und in Form einer neuen Sanktionswelle, die der scheidende Präsident Donald Trump ausgelöst hat; sie belegt faktisch die gesamte iranische Erdölbranche mit ergänzenden, vom Atomabkommen unabhängigen Zwangsmaßnahmen. Hinzu kommt die auch von Berlin unterstützte Forderung, Iran solle seine regionale Einflusspolitik und sein Raketenprogramm massiv einschränken. Teheran ist nicht bereit, dem Folge zu leisten, und setzt – eine Konsequenz aus seinen außenpolitischen Erfahrungen mit dem Westen – auf eine Politik des “Blicks nach Osten”.

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US-Außenminister Pompeo: "Iran ist zentrale Bedrohung der Region"

Wir hatten schon über Vermutungen berichtet, dass im Weißen Haus, in Israel oder/und Saudi-Arabien noch Pläne zirkulieren, gegen den Iran vorzugehen, so lange Donald Trump noch im Amt ist.

Bekannt wurde, dass Trump nach dem Rausschmiss von Mark Esper als Verteidigungsminister schon im Kreis seiner Sicherheitsberater einen Angriff auf den Iran erörtert hat. Das könnte als Dezember- oder Januar-Überraschung von Trump gedacht sein. Angeblich wurde ihm davon abgeraten, weil dies zu riskant sei (Trump scheint über einen Militärschlag gegen Iran nachzudenken).

US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo, ein treuer Trump-Minister, der Iran als die "zentrale Bedrohung der Region" bezeichnete, während er sich mit den Taliban traf, hat gerade eine Nahost-Reise absolviert, mit der er Israel, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, Katar und Saudi-Arabien besuchte. Dort sprach er mit dem Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman. Ob israelische Gesandte mit dabei waren, wurde von den Saudis zurückgewiesen.

Das Wall Street Journal hat gestern gemeldet, dass sich im Zuge des Besuchs von Pompeo sogar der israelische Regierungschef Netanjahu, der seit Jahren für eine Zerstörung der iranischen Atomanlagen wirbt, und der israelische Geheimdienstchef mit dem saudischen Kronprinzen, der den Jemen-Krieg gestartet hat, getroffen haben soll.

Was Misstrauen erweckt, ist, dass das Pentagon am 21. November B-52H "Stratofortress"-Bomber in die Region schickte. Das sollte "Aggression abschrecken", Alliierte beruhigen und klarstellen, dass die USA die Luftwaffe schnell weltweit einsetzen können.

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Scoop: Israeli military prepares for possibility Trump will strike Iran

The Israel Defense Forces have in recent weeks been instructed to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. will conduct a military strike against Iran before President Trump leaves office, senior Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: The Israeli government instructed the IDF to undertake the preparations not because of any intelligence or assessment that Trump will order such a strike, but because senior Israeli officials anticipate “a very sensitive period” ahead of Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.

The IDF's preparedness measures relate to possible Iranian retaliation against Israel directly or through Iranian proxies in Syria, Gaza and Lebanon, the Israeli officials said.

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Iran’s president hopes Biden unravels Trump’s Iran policies

Iran’s president reiterated his hope Wednesday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden would return America’s Iran policy to where he left things as vice president four years ago, state TV reported, rejoining Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Menschenrechtsorganisationen fordern Stopp englischer Rüstungsverkäufe an Saudi-Arabien und VAE

Zwei internationale Menschenrechtsorganisationen haben von Großbritannien die Einstellung der Rüstungsverkäufe an Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, VAE, aufgrund des Jemenkrieges gefordert.

Die in Genf ansässige Menschenrechtsorganisation SAM und die "Organisation zur Unterstützung von Frieden und Demokratie" haben am Montag in einem Bericht Großbritannien aufgerufen, die Aufforderungen internationaler Organisationen nach dem Stopp der Rüstungsverkäufe an Riad und Abu Dhabi zu beflogen.

In dem Bericht heißt es, dass zwischen 2010 und 2019 rund 41 Prozent der britischen Rüstungsverkäufe an Saudi-Arabien gegangen seien. Seit dem Beginn der saudisch geführten Angriffe auf den Jemen hätten die britischen Rüstungsexporte an Saudi-Arabien mehr als 16 Milliarden Pfund betragen.

Bezüglich der Rüstungsexporte an die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, VAE, hieß es in dem Bericht dieser beiden Organisationen, dass die meisten Luftangriffe der arabischen Koalition auf den Jemen von Abu Dhabi ausgeführt worden seien.

Die britischen Rüstungsexporte an die VAE betrugen seit Beginn der Angriffe auf den Jemen 715 Millionen Pfund hieß es weiter.

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Rights groups demand UK end Saudi, UAE arms sales

Two human rights groups called on Britain to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in light of their ongoing involvement in the war in Yemen.

A joint report issued on Monday by Sam for Rights and Liberties (a Yemeni non-governmental organisation based in Geneva) and FSPD (a British non-governmental organisation) said: "The United Kingdom should listen to calls by international organizations (such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in previous statements) to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE."

The statement pointed out that "Saudi purchases accounted for 41 percent of the total of British arms exports between 2010 and 2019, while the UK secures 19 percent of Saudi Arabia's arms imports."

"Based on data provided by arms ban campaigners, the total value of British export licenses of military products to Saudi Arabia since the start of the bombing in Yemen amounts to £5.4 billion ($7.20 billion), however the real value of weapons exports is not less than £16 billion ($21.34 billion)," the statement explained.

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Yemen: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – in the House of Commons on 24th November 2020.

Minister James Cleverly: The humanitarian situation in Yemen is dire. As my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary warned in September, Yemen has never looked more likely to slide into famine than it does now. Almost 16 million people—53% of the population—are currently unable to afford food. In response, the UK is rapidly disbursing the £200 million-worth of aid commitment this year. We fully support UN special envoy Martin Griffiths, who is seeking the parties’ agreement to proposals for a nationwide ceasefire and formal talks.

My comment: LOL. In all cases the british government is speaking up on Yemen, it’s blatant hypocrisy.

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Britain lambasts Houthi missile attack on Saudi Aramco oil base

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the rebels must cease their aggression and work with the UN to achieve peace

Britain has condemned a Houthi missile attack on an Aramco oil plant in Saudi Arabia and urged the Iran-backed rebel group to focus on peace in the region.

With Yemen on the brink of a brutal famine, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Monday’s assault was at odds with Houthi claims that they wanted a ceasefire.

My comment: LOL. Britain is a warring party in Yemen and statements like this one are propaganda BS.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Deutschland muss US-Drohneneinsätze im Jemen nicht unterbinden

Drei Jemeniten hatten gefordert, dass Deutschland Aktionen auf der US-Militärbasis in Ramstein stärker überwachen müsse, um mögliche Verstöße gegen das Völkerrecht aufzudecken. Das Bundesverwaltungsgericht wies die Klage nun ab.

Drei Männer aus dem Jemen sind mit einer Klage gegen die Bundesrepublik wegen der US-Drohneneinsätze in ihrem Heimatland gescheitert. Die Kläger wollten erreichen, dass Deutschland die bewaffneten Drohnenflüge der Amerikaner unterbindet, bei denen die Armeebasis Ramstein in Rheinland-Pfalz eine wichtige Rolle spielt. Die Jemeniten hatten 2012 bei einem Angriff zwei Angehörige verloren – nach ihrer Darstellung unschuldige Zivilisten.

Die Männer wandten sich an deutsche Gerichte, weil in der Ramstein Air Base Datenströme für das US-Drohnenprogramm zusammenlaufen. Wegen der Erdkrümmung wird die Satellitenrelaisstation auf dem US-Stützpunkt bei Angriffen genutzt, um Daten aus den USA an die Drohnen zu schicken.

Das Bundesverwaltungsgericht entschied nun, dass es für Ausländer im Ausland prinzipiell eine grundrechtliche Schutzpflicht Deutschlands geben könne. Dafür gebe es aber Voraussetzungen. Zum einen müssten völkerrechtswidrige Handlungen konkret zu erwarten sein. Zum anderen müsse es dabei einen engen Bezug zum deutschen Staatsgebiet geben. Es reiche nicht aus, dass Ramstein technisch für das US-Drohnenprogramm bedeutsam sei. Vielmehr müssten konkrete Entscheidungen auf deutschem Boden stattfinden.

Anders als das OVG kamen die Bundesrichter auch nicht zu der Einschätzung, dass die Bundesregierung bisher im Austausch mit den Amerikanern zu wenig unternommen habe. Es gebe regelmäßige Konsultationen, die den diplomatischen Gepflogenheiten entsprächen. Die Bundesregierung könne nicht verpflichtet werden, ihre Rechtsauffassung zu veröffentlichen, hieß es in der Urteilsbegründung

Die Jemeniten wurden bei der Klage von der Menschenrechtsorganisation ECCHR und Reprieve unterstützt. Den Klägern bleibe nun noch der Weg ans Bundesverfassungsgericht und eventuell auch zum Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte (EGMR). =

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Mein Kommentar: Ein schändliches Urteil, aber verständlich. Eine (notwendige!) Entscheidung würde ganz wesentliche Fragen berühren. Deutschland ist ein Satellit der USA, ein anderslautendes Urteil hätte diesen Status infrage gestellt. Lesenswert auch die Kommentare beim „Spiegel“.


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Klage gegen Bundesrepublik: US-Basis Ramstein für Drohnenangriffe im Jemen genutzt

Drei Jemeniten klagen erneut gegen die Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Die Ramstein Air Base wurde für Drohnenangriffe im Jemen genutzt. Von hier aus wurden Daten weiterverschickt. Letztes Jahr hatten sie vor Gericht einen Teilerfolg erzielt, die BRD ging in Revision.

Vor Gericht wollen die jemenitischen Kläger erwirken, dass die Ramstein Air Base in Rheinland-Pfalz nicht mehr für Drohnenangriffe der USA genutzt werden darf. Von dort aus starteten zwar keine Drohnen, aber es wurden Daten aus den Vereinigten Staaten an die Drohnen weitergeschickt. Unterstützt werden die Kläger von den Menschenrechtsorganisationen Reprieve und ECCHR.

Im März des vergangenen Jahres hatten sie beim Oberverwaltungsgericht Münster einen Teilerfolg erzielt. Die Bundesrepublik sollte prüfen, ob durch die Nutzung Ramsteins zur Datenweitergabe Völkerrecht verletzt werde. Die Kläger hatte ein Verbot der Nutzung der Air Base für die Drohnenangriffe gefordert. Die Bundesrepublik legte am 7. Mai Revision gegen das Urteil ein. Das Bundesverwaltungsgericht Leipzig gab der Revision statt.

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Bundesverwaltungsgericht prüft Nutzung von Airbase Ramstein für Drohnenangriffe

Das Bundesverwaltungsgericht in Leipzig verhandelt am Mittwoch (10.00 Uhr) über von der Airbase im rheinland-pfälzischen Ramstein gesteuerte Drohneneinsätze der USA. Drei Staatsangehörige des Jemens rügen, die dort geflogenen Drohneneinsätze stünden nicht im Einklang mit dem Völkerrecht. Leben und Unversehrtheit Unschuldiger würden gefährdet. (Az: 6 C 7.19)

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Erfolg für Friedensaktivist: Petition gegen Drohneneinsätze kommt auf Tagesordnung

Tödliche Angriffe mit Drohnen würden von der Air Base Ramstein gesteuert, sagt Hermann Theisen. Mit seinem Gang vor Gericht hat er erreicht, dass Westpfälzer Kommunalpolitiker sich mit dem Thema beschäftigen müssen.,-erfolg-f%C3%BCr-friedensaktivist-petition-gegen-drohneneins%C3%A4tze-kommt-auf-tagesordnung-_arid,5137232.html

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Emirates: Siehe / Look at cp1

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The Emirates deprived 22 Yemeni doctors from entering the country and taking the Arab Board of Surgery exam this year. The annual medical event 'Arab Board' was supposed to be hosted this year in the interim capital of #Aden, but the #UAE changed the host city from Aden to Dubai.

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UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states - document

The United Arab Emirates has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park.

A source briefed on the matter told Reuters the visas had temporarily stopped being issued to Afghans, Pakistanis and citizens of several other countries over security concerns, but did not provide details of those concerns.

The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 countries that also included Somalia, Libya and Yemen until further notice.

The ban also applies to citizens of Algeria, Kenya, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia and Turkey, it says.

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Saudi Arabia - Yemen – Attack on oil facility in Jeddah (23 November 2020)

France condemns the attack on an Aramco oil facility in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on November 23, for which the Houthis claimed credit. This attack, which targets civilian infrastructures in violation of international law, undermines current peace efforts, jeopardizes Saudi Arabia’s security, and is harmful to stability in the region.

The cessation of hostilities and revival of talks on reaching a comprehensive, inclusive political agreement in Yemen offer the only possible prospect for ending the conflict and the suffering of the Yemeni people.

My comment: LOL. France is the 3d largest arms supplier to Saudi Arabia. They had stayed quiet when Saudi Arabia killed thousands of Yemeni civilians, but dare to speak up when Saudi oil facilities are hit.

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Yemeni exchange students in Russia resume protests against Hadi

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Zarif: Welt hat moralische Verantwortung, Tragödie im Jemen zu beenden

Der iranische Außenminister hat die Notwendigkeit der Beendigung der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Angriffe auf den Jemen sowie den Beginn eines politischen Prozesses zur Lösung des dortigen Konflikts gefordert.

"Genug ist genug! Es ist eine längst überfällige moralische Verantwortung der gesamten Weltgemeinschaft, die Tragödie im Jemen zu beenden. Und die Invasoren - und ihre Herren, die jemenitische Leben für Dollar handeln - zu stoppen", schrieb Zarif auf Twitter.

"Der einzige Weg ist ein Waffenstillstand + das Ende der Bombardierungen, dringende humanitäre Hilfen; und politische Gespräche", betonte der iranische Außenminister.

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Zarif: Ceasefire, ending bombardment as only viable path to end Yemen tragedy

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message emphasized ceasefire and ending bombardment as only viable path to terminate Yemen tragedy.

"Enough is enough! It is a moral responsibility, long overdue, for int'l community to end #Yemen tragedy. And hold invaders—and their masters trading Yemeni lives for $—to account," Zarif wrote in his Twitter account on Monday.

"Only viable path is ceasefire+end to bombardments; urgent humanitarian aid; and political talks," he added.

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cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

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„Keine andere Waffenart tötet weltweit mehr“

Wo kommen deutsche Kleinwaffen zum Einsatz?

In jedem Konflikt weltweit. Kleinwaffen verbreiten sich sehr schnell, wandern von Krieg zu Krieg. Waffen werden erbeutet, gestohlen und auf dem Schwarzmarkt verkauft. Wenn ein Gewehr aus Deutschland zum Beispiel nach Saudi-Arabien geliefert wird, kann keiner verhindern, dass die Regierung in Riad diese Waffe später an ihre Verbündeten im Jemen liefert – genau das ist in den vergangenen Jahren passiert.

Trägt Deutschland damit eine Mitschuld an Kriegsopfern?

Deutsche Rüstungsfirmen und die Bundesregierung, die den Export genehmigen muss, tragen selbstverständlich eine Mitschuld daran, dass Konfliktparteien zu leicht an Sturmgewehre und anderes Kriegsgerät gelangen. Keine andere Waffenart tötet weltweit mehr zivile Opfer als Kleinwaffen.!5727438/

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Digital Heritage Platforms in Yemen: Opportunities and Challenges

Historians and cultural advocates have continuously called for interventions to safeguard Yemen’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage over the years. But the problem is rooted in the negligence and carelessness by the relevant authorities. Moreover, the centralization of archives behind abandoned and closed museum doors and government buildings – where the keys are nowhere to be found – has made it even more complicated for non-governmental organizations and independent initiatives to take any action. However, looking beyond the state-controlled archives, Yemen’s cultural heritage is scattered all around, in the memories of elders, in family photo albums, in diaspora letters and war diaries. Digital archives can function as explorative tools for uncovering undermined areas of our cultural heritage through individual accounts of inherited or lived experiences. They also have the potential to function as a documentation tool for items in danger of loss, theft or damage. A medium to document and reimagine the archive to become knowledge sourced by the people, not only about them.

There is an opportunity for local independent initiatives and private institutions in Yemen to collaborate and find innovative ways of employing the digital space to enhance accessibility and preservation of historical material. Luckily, there is a growing interest in cultural protection in the Yemeni sphere. The potential of digital-based projects is starting to manifest; particularly, the focus given to the preservation of cultural heritage and archives in conflict areas, where non-physical documentation begins to be a necessity.

Today more than ever provides a timely opportunity for digital-based platforms to prosper and for traditional institutions to innovate, diversify and adapt.

Digitizing cultural heritage is one way to construct platforms enabling access to information that is not usually reachable. The availability of open-access digital spaces will provide people with convenient access to archival material anywhere with a screen and internet connection. One advantage is expanding outreach to the Yemeni diaspora as they will be able to reconnect and contribute to these projects. Building bridges with the Yemeni diaspora brings more richness to our heritage as it explores different perspectives on migration, communities and political ideologies in distinctive geographical locations during remarkable historical eras.

Heritage is no longer a static concept:

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Photos: Specialized studies call for stopping pumping oil into the dilapidated pipeline (Ayyad - Nashima) due to the large and frequent environmental pollution Environmental and oil pollution and destructive to the environment in Yemen and in light of official silence and lack of clarification of what is happening in the districts of Shabwa Governorate located along a pipeline (Sector 4, west of Ayyad - Port Al-Nashima)


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Environmental Disaster Due to Continued Attacks, Looting from Oil Pipeline in Occupied Shabwa

A study by (Ultare Consulting) revealed significant environmental pollution in the districts of Shabwah Governorate located along a pipeline (Sector 4 West of Ayyad - Port Al-Nashima) due to oil leaks due to continuous attacks or attempts to steal from the pipeline repeatedly, as well as the destroy of the pipe.

The company described the pollution as "the biggest environmental pollution disaster in Yemen," explaining that it found severe pollution in large quantities and repeatedly in large areas along the oil pipeline (Ayyad - Al-Nashima) in the districts of Shabwa governorate.

It indicated that the effects of the major pollution are represented by the increase in the oil content in the soil, the increase in salinity and salts in the soil, as well as the drinking water, causing severe damage to the surrounding environment, including flora and fauna, as well as a very negative societal impact.

The company indicated that the authorities did not move a finger towards this disaster, calling on the authorities to stop pumping oil from the pipeline and carry out maintenance operations first. =


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Serious oil pollution in Shabwa

Pollution is the result of a large oil spill from a dilapidated pipeline that carries crude oil from the fields of Sector 4 in the “West Ayyad” area to the Nashima port in Shabwa.

For months, crude oil has spilled from the dilapidated pipeline, and led to the pollution of large areas of land and desert

Due to the continuous leakage, pools of oil floated on the surface, within agricultural crop lands, and near groundwater source.

A recent environmental study revealed that a number of directorates in Shabwa Governorate, in southern Yemen, continued to be exposed to serious oil pollution, the effects of which extended over vast distances and affected the population. In the shadow of a suspicious official silence by government authorities. Despite many appeals to contain the disaster.

The field study, which is the first of its kind for the region, was prepared by a specialized team of researchers, namely: the geological expert, Dr. Abdul-Ghani Abdullah Jaghman, and Dr. Abdul-Moneim Marsas Habtoor, academic lecturer at the College of Petroleum and Minerals in Shabwa Governorate. And was able to provide proven facts about the details of the disaster.

The study revealed that the districts of (Lahiya, Gail bin Habtoor, Tammourah) in Shabwa suffered significant environmental damage. The study was carried out on those areas affected by the oil spill, depending on the data, sample collection, and the results of laboratory tests.

The study called on the local authorities in Shabwa to stop pumping oil from the dilapidated pipeline in the areas in Sector 4 (west of Ayyad - and the port of Nashima). Confirming that large parts of the land have been severely affected, along the crude oil pipeline.

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cp15 Propaganda

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Saudi Press: The World Condemns Cowardly Terrorist Attack that Targets Global Energy Security

Al-Riyadh newspaper reported in its editorial that targeting of fuel tank at the petroleum products distribution terminal in north of Jeddah, by Iran-backed terrorist Houthi Militia is a terrorist and criminal act according to the description of international law.
The paper said that the countries of the world and international organizations expressed their solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and expressed also their condemnation of the terrorist attack that targeted civilian infrastructure, considering it as a violation of international law and would undermine the ongoing peace efforts, destabilize the security of Saudi Arabia and the stability of the region as well.
The paper added that these countries and international organizations affirmed their absolute support for all the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to maintain its territories, security, and stability.

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The public services are on their way to total collapse in Sana’a and the rest of the Houthi-held provinces as the Houthi warlords incurred the collapse in order to make their private businesses thrive./Almashehad Alyemeni.

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Southerners praised for their resistance against Qatari-Turkish plans

The strategic political affairs expert and regional head of the British Middle East Center for studies and Research (BMCSR), Amjad Taha highly praised the role played by the Southerners in resisting the Qatari-Turkish plans in Yemen.
"The people of South Arabia do not fight only the Muslim Brotherhood and the pro-Iran Houthi militia, but they are also resisting the war of the Qatari and Turkish regimes on Yemen and their malicious projects in the region." Taha said in a tweet.

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Saudi Press: Houthi Militia Constitutes Threat to Region and Whole World

Saudi newspapers highlighted in their editorials today a number of issues at local, regional and international arenas.
Al-Riyadh newspaper reported in its editorial that the new terrorist attack carried out by the terrorist Houthi militia against petroleum products distribution terminal in the city of Jeddah is another hostile act in the criminal behavior of this movement.
The paper added that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia is not a party interested in peace or achieving stability in Yemen and the region, but an executive arm of Iran's sabotage project to strike regional and international stability and security.
The paper further added that the new aggression represents new evidence that the Houthi criminal group does not only target the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but constitutes a threat to the region and the whole world and global energy security.

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We will see in the coming days “a Muslim Brotherhood rebellion against the Arab Coalition,” says Khaled Al-Nasi a senior member of the UAE-created STC militia. / Voice of Yemen and Yafe’a News.

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Yemen won't serve as Iranian thorn in Arabs side: PM Maeen

The Houthi coup will be crushed and the Iranian project will be defeated in Yemen, the war-torn country's prime minister said Monday.
The legitimate government will not let Yemen be altered into an Iranian thorn in the Arab and Gulf region's waist or a stage for threatening the global shipping routes, Maeen Abdulmalek added.
"All Yemen's legitimate institutions and entities are today fighting a fateful, irreversible battle to restore the State, complete liberation of every inch of Yemen and abort the Iranian project," he said in remarks carried by the Riyadh-based Saba.
"Our goal is clear and our crucial battle is irreversible in crushing the Houthi coup, restoring the State and defeating the Iranian project in Yemen."
PM Abdulmalek hailed the steadiness and high morale showed by the Yemeni people, national army, popular resistance and tribesmen in this existential battle.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

Nov. 23:

Nov. 22:

Nov. 21:

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Coalition of Aggression Targets Gyms, Parks with Initial Losses Exceed Billion Dollars

Even the parks and gyms have not been spared from bombing and destruction, the US-Saudi airstrikes targeted the infrastructure and youth facilities in various governorates of the Republic.

Since the first moment of the barbaric campaign of the aggression, the coalition airplanes have struck the stadiums of young people, to confiscate the dreams and hopes of the largest segment of society. So those missiles turned the green spaces into massive destruction and made gyms headquarters into ruins.

The total number of youth and sports facilities that were targeted by the coalition reached 131 facilities in various governorates, and according to a report of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the costs of rebuilding these facilities require more than one billion dollars.

32 establishments whose losses amounted to 210 million and 392 thousand dollars were in Sana'a, while nine establishments each cost 113 million and 543 thousand dollars were in Aden and Al-Mahwit, eight facilities in each of them and losses amounting to 142 million and $ 269,000, were in Abyan and Al-Hodeidah and seven facilities worth $ 21,562,000 in Sa'adah and Al-Baidha.

Six sports and youth facilities in Taiz and Hajjah were targeted by the coalition airstrikes that worth 36 million and 576 thousand dollars. In Ibb and Ma'rib, three facilities were destroyed in each of them, with losses amounting to 60 million and 345 thousand dollars.

Two facilities in the governorates of Amran, Dhamar and Hadramout were damaged, with losses amounting to 51 million and 130 thousand dollars, and one sports facility in Rima, Al-Dhalea and Shabwa was destroyed, with losses amounting to one million and 950 thousand dollars.

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

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Joint Incidents Assessment Team Refutes Allegations against Coalition Forces 1, 2

Official Spokesman of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen Legal Counsellor Mansour Al-Mansour refuted a number of claims raised by global bodies and international organizations on errors allegedly committed by the Coalition Forces to Support Legitimacy in Yemen during their military operations in Yemen.

In a press conference held at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Riyadh today, Al-Mansour reviewed the results of assessing four incidents included in those claims as follows:

Case 1

With regard to the report (UN Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen) issued (July 13, 2020) that Coalition Forces carried out an air strike in (Al-Washha) directorate of (Hajjah) governorate on (12/07/2020), killing seven children and two women, and injuring two children and two women who were rescued to (Abs) hospital.

JIAT found that Coalition Forces received intelligence reports about a building with (2) communications masts on top of it, and AlHouthi armed militia are using that building as (command and communications center) to direct combat operations.
By examining operational and intelligence reports, electronic monitoring operations, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, JIAT found the following:
- Movements of elements of Al-Houthi armed militia, were observed in various locations (Washha) area.
- Presence of elements of Al-Houthi armed militia, were observed inside (the building used as a command and communications center).
- Warning and motivational communications against Coalition Forces, were observed through electronic monitoring.
- Radar transmission of anti-aircraft missiles (Sam 6) were observed in the area.
Which is considered to be a legitimate military target that the targeting of it is a tangible.

Coalition forces have taken possible precautions to avoid accidental loss or damage to civilian objects or to minimize them during the planning and execution of the military operation through the following:
- Performing a reconnaissance mission over the target, to make sure there are no civilians around the target.
- Use of a guided bomb and proportional to the size of the target.
- Ensuring that civilians are not present before and during the targeting operation. Based on article 57 of The First Additional Protocol of the Geneva Conventions and rules (15) and (17) of customary international humanitarian law.

In light of that, JIAT reached the following:
- The procedures taken by Coalition Forces, in targeting (the building used by Al-Houthi armed militia as a command and communications center, and Al-Houthi leader with armed elements of Al-Houthi armed militia inside it) east of (Washha) directorate in (Hajjah) governorate, were correct and in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its customary rules.

My comment: The first paragraph shows what is the one and only task of this fake “investigation” team: It just “refutes Allegations against Coalition Forces”. That’s it and nothing else. Just claim some “Houthis” at the place and then claim it to be a “legitimate” “military” target.

Evidence for this case: A) Reports by western agencies. and Saudi claims at this time:

Longest film:

The bomb is a US MK82bomb, film: =

Photos of bomb: and and

Photos from the site: Film from the site: =

2. Case:

Joint Incidents Assessment Team Refutes Allegations against Coalition Forces 3

With regard to the statement issued on (June 16, 2020) by the Office of the United Nations Coordinator and the Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen entitled (An attack that killed at least (12) civilians, including (4) children, in (Saa'da) governorate), and that initial reports indicate that at least (12) civilians, including (4) children died, as a result of strikes to a car on (June 15, 2020), in (Shada) directorate of (Saa'da) governorate, northern Yemen. The JIAT vetted the incident, and reviewed all documents, including daily mission schedule, air tasking orders, after mission report, interviewing and listening to those concerned, surveillance and reconnaissance system video recordings, video recordings of the targeted site, summary of electronic warfare activity of wireless communications in (Saa'da) sector.

On Monday (15/06/2020) while Coalition Forces were performing surveillance and reconnaissance operations, they identified the presence of two vehicles on an unpaved road in an uninhabited mountainous area, in the area of clashes in (Shada) district, at the western side of (Saa'da) governorate, near the international border of the Kingdome of Saudi Arabia were observed as follows:
- A vehicle (SUV) carrying two persons directing elements of Al-Houthi armed militia.
- A pick-up truck (Toyota) carrying supplies and distributing it to points where elements of Al-Houthi armed militia are stationed.
Which is considered to be a legitimate military target that the targeting of it is a tangible, direct and certain military advantage, based on article (52) of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions and Rule (8) of customary International Humanitarian Law.

Coalition forces have taken possible precautions to avoid accidental loss or damage to civilian objects or to minimize them by the following.

The bomb was seen hitting the moving target ((SUV) vehicle carrying two elements of Al-Houthi armed militia), directly and accurately.
By examining of the video recordings of the fighter aircraft, JIAT found the following:
- The targeting was focused in the military target ((SUV) vehicle carrying two elements of Al-Houthi armed militia) and the bomb hit its target directly and accurately.
- No civilians or other vehicles in the vicinity of the military target before and during the targeting.

The Coalition Forces did not target a civilian (car) carrying (12) civilians, including children, in (Shada) directorate of (Saa'da) governorate, on (15/06/2020), as claimed.

My comment: And the same “miltary target” story as for case 1. Evidence:

Reports: and and and and

Photos: and


3. case

Joint Incidents Assessment Team Refutes Allegations against Coalition Forces 4

The statement issued by the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen on (February 15, 2020), entitled "strikes kill scores of civilians in Al-Jawf governorate", that preliminary field reports indicates that on (15 February, 2020) as many as (31) civilians were killed and (12) others injured, in strikes that hit (Al-Haija) area in (Al-Masloub) directorate of (Al-Jawf) governorate.
The JIAT vetted the incident, and reviewed all documents, including visits by members of JIAT to the relevant operations centers, assessment of the documents related to military operations carried out on the date of the claim, interviewing and listening to those involved in carrying out air missions, daily mission schedule, air tasking orders, after mission report, satellite and reconnaissance images of the targeted site, video recordings of the targeted site, information received from the Panel of Experts in Yemen, open sources..

While the air formation was in the area of operations in support of the legitimate forces, one of the coalition aircraft was targeted by the air defenses of Al-Houthi armed militia, the aircraft crashed in an area of ongoing operations, near the village of (Al-Haija), of the claim.
The Coalition Land Forces immediately carried out a search and rescue operation for the air crew, and were unable to approach the crash site due to clashes and the heavy presence of fighter elements of the Al-Houthi armed militia around the crash site and the whereabouts of the air crew.

At (1:17) a.m., a vehicle and a group of elements of Al-Houthi armed militia were spotted at the (wreckage of the fighter plane), recovering parts of the wreckage and loading it on a (vehicle), when they heard the sound of the aircraft, the vehicle moved from the wreckage site and was dealt with and targeted in an area free of civilian objects.

JIAT believes is it likely that damage to civilians and civilian objects occurred as a result of the shooting down of the fighter plane by Al-Houthi armed militia, which caused some parts of it to fall near (Al-Haijah) village.

Due to the inability of land forces to reach and rescue the air crew, because of the clashes and the intense presence of Al-Houthi armed militia fighters around the crash site of the fighter plane and the whereabouts of the air crew, and due to the acceleration of the operational situation during the handling of military targets, where a number of vehicles and personnel are present at the wreckage of the aircraft late at night, in a military operations area free of civilian objects, loading parts of the wreckage of the aircraft, which led to the exposure of the air controller to the effects of the urgent need to take the decision to try to rescue the air crew before they were captured by Al-Houthi armed militia, and prevent them from obtaining parts of the aircraft, which caused inaccuracies by assessing the possibility of entering the non-military environment within the side effects of targeting, in accordance with the Coalition Forces rules of engagement.

My comment. And the same again, just claim “Houthis” at the site.

All reports at:, cp1.

Photos: = = and

Films: and

4. case.

Joint Incidents Assessment Team Refutes Allegations against Coalition Forces 6

With regard to was received by (JIAT) about a claim that at (10:00) a.m. on (20/04/2017), the family of (M.SH.) was targeted near their house in Al-Faidh) agricultural area in (Al-Maton) district of (Al-Jawf) governorate, causing the death of (3) persons.

a unit of the Legitimate Forces requested an air support on a site where (a gathering of armed Houthi militia elements) are located, and another location where (armed vehicle) is present in (Al-Maton) district of (Al-Jawf) governorate. Therefore, at (9:00) a.m. on Thursday (20/04/2017), the Coalition Forces carried out an air mission on two military targets (a gathering of Al-Houthi armed militia elements, and an armed vehicle) in an area free of civilians, in (Al-Maton) district of (Al-Jawf) governorate.

My comment: And the same story again. I did not find any evidence for this raid.

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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Houthi shelling leaves a woman, her four-year-old child wounded in Taiz


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Mine explodiert an Öltanker vor Küste Saudi-Arabiens

Eine Mine ist an einem Öltanker vor der Küste Saudi-Arabiens explodiert und hat an dem Schiff im Roten Meer Schaden angerichtet. Der unter maltesischer Flagge fahrende Öltanker „Agrari“ sei getroffen worden, bestätigte die griechische Reederei TMS Tankers der Deutschen Presse-Agentur am Mittwoch. Die Explosion ereignete sich der britischen Sicherheitsfirma Ambrey zufolge am Hafen eines Kraftwerks von Al-Schukaik in Saudi-Arabien. Der Rumpf des Tankers, der ohne Ladung im Hafen lag, sei dabei beschädigt worden.
Das von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärbündnis bestätigte den Angriff und machte die schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen indirekt dafür verantwortlich. Die Explosion habe an der „Agrari“ einen Meter über der Wasseroberfläche geringen Schaden angerichtet,

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Oil tanker hit by blast at Saudi terminal, Saudi Arabia confirms

An explosion damaged a Greek-managed tanker at a Saudi Arabian terminal on the Red Sea just north of the Yemeni border, the ship’s manager said on Wednesday, in an attack confirmed by Saudi Arabia.

In a statement published by state media, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said a commercial vessel suffered minor damage from shrapnel in what it described as a foiled terrorist attack.

Athens-based TMS Tankers said the Maltese-flagged vessel it managed was “attacked by an unknown source” while at berth in Shuqaiq in Saudi Arabia after it had completed discharging and was preparing to depart.

“The Agrari was struck about one meter above the waterline and has suffered a breach,” TMS Tankers said in a statement.

“It has been confirmed that the crew are safe and there have been no injuries.


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Mine explodes, damaging oil tanker off Saudi Arabia

The ship was still floating off the coast and had been boarded by Saudi officials, the company said. Shuqaiq is some 160 kilometers (100 miles) north by sea from the Yemeni border.

Ambrey, a British security firm, reported the blast and attributed it to a mine. It said the Agrari had cargo from Rotterdam, Netherlands, that it had discharged at the Shuqaiq Steam Power Plant.

“The explosion took place in port limits and punctured the hull of the vessel,” Ambrey said.

The United Kingdom Marine Trade Operations, an information exchange overseen by the British royal navy in the region, acknowledged a ship had “experienced an explosion,” without elaborating.

Saudi state television later aired a report claiming a military coalition led by the kingdom destroyed a bomb-laden Houthi drone boat and that a merchant ship sustained light damage. The report offered no details and it wasn’t immediately clear if the report was the same incident at Shuqaiq.


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Coalition foils Houthis' terror attack in Red Sea

Arab Coalition successfully intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden boat in the Red Sea, launched by Iran-backed-Houthi militia in Yemen on early Wednesday.
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A mother and her two kids were injured in Houthi shelling on al-Dhaboo’a neighborhood in Taiz. / Crater Sky and other websites.

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Mercenary forces crack down on deserters as panic spreads amongst occupation force in Ma’rib

Hadi loyalist military police forces have launched a campaign against military personnel in Ma’rib city whom are charged with fleeing the fronts.

Local sources said that police forces launched a campaign to confiscate military pickup vehicles in the streets of Ma’rib city, and also launched arrests of soldiers and military leaders accused of fleeing from duty.

The sources added that the military police forces confiscated dozens of vehicles, and gave the arrested troops the choice between arrest or return to the front.

On Monday, the of Marib has witnessed a massive military deployment of invading coalition forces in the streets of the city and in the vicinity of the government complex (photos)


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Saudi-backed governor of Ma’rib flees as [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni forces advance on the city

The Saudi-backed governor of Ma’rib, Sultan al-Arada, has left the province on Tuesday for nearby Hadhramaut in a surprise move.

This was reported by Yemen News Portal, based on local sources.

The move came after a call he received from Hadi’s Prime Minister, Moeen Abdul Malik.

Tribal sources said that Al-Arada arrived at the al-Wadeiah border with Saudi Arabia. It is not yet known whether he will stay or leave for Riyadh.

Al-Arada’s flight comes at a difficult time for the Islah authorities in Ma’rib, with differences widening and infighting increasing amid a steady advance by Yemeni forces loyal to the National Salvation Government on the outskirts of the city.

while the Hadi government claims:

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[Hadi gov.] Army makes progress west of Marib

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Saudi-led coalition destroys five mines laid by Yemen's Houthis in Red Sea - Saudi TV

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said it had destroyed five mines laid by the Iran-aligned group in the Red Sea, Saudi state TV reported on Tuesday.

The mines are of the Iranian-made ‘Sadaf’ type, the channel said, adding that the coalition had destroyed a total of about 163 sea mines left by the Houthis.

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Huthi-Rebellen: Haben Aramco-Ölanlage in Saudi-Arabien angegriffen

Die Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen haben nach eigenen Angaben eine Ölanlage des Staatskonzerns Aramco (Aramco (Saudi-Aramco)) in Saudi-Arabien angegriffen. Ein Marschflugkörper habe die Anlage in der Küstenstadt Dschidda "sehr genau" getroffen, schrieb Huthi-Sprecher Mohammed Abdulsalam bei Twitter am Montag. "Dieser Einsatz folgt als Antwort auf die anhaltende Belagerung und brutale Aggression in unserem Land." Die Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen werden vom Iran unterstützt.

Saudi Aramco und die Regierung in Riad äußerten sich zunächst nicht zu der Attacke. Auch über das Ausmaß der Schäden oder mögliche Opfer gab es zunächst keine Angaben. Auf Videos, die den Angriff zeigen sollen, ist in der Entfernung eine größere Explosion zu sehen. Huthi-Militärsprecher Jahia Saria verbreitete auf Twitter ein Satellitenfoto, das die getroffene Anlage in Dschidda zeigen soll. = 0

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Saudi-Arabien: Feuer in Erdölverteilungsstation in Dschidda nach mutmaßlichem Raketenangriff

Die saudischen Staatsmedien berichteten am Montag, dass in Norddschidda nach einem Terroranschlag auf eine saudische Aramco-Erdölverteilungsstation ein Feuer ausgebrochen sei. Welche Gruppe dahinterstecke, gab die saudische Presseagentur nicht bekannt.

Dschidda ist die wichtigste Hafenstadt Saudi-Arabiens und in der Provinz Mekka gelegen. Das Feuer sei ein "Ergebnis eines Terroranschalgs mit einem Geschoss". Verletzt worden sei niemand. Die Feuerwehrmannschaften hätten das Feuer erfolgreich gelöscht. Erdöllieferungen seien von dem Angriff nicht betroffen gewesen.


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Saudi Arabien: Aramcos Ölversorgung von Angriff nicht betroffen

Der Angriff auf eine Anlage des saudischen Ölgiganten Aramco im Küstenort Dschidda hat dessen Versorgung nach offiziellen Angaben nicht beeinträchtigt. Das Geschoss, das die Huthi-Rebellen aus dem Jemen nach eigenen Angaben abfeuerten, habe eine Explosion und einen Brand in einem Tank ausgelöst, teilte das Energieministerium in Saudi-Arabien am Dienstag mit. Die Ölversorgung des Staatskonzerns an Kunden sei aber nicht betroffen gewesen, hieß es in einem Bericht der staatlichen Agentur SPA.

Der von Saudi-Arabien finanzierte Nachrichtenkanal „Al-Arabija“ berichtete am Dienstag, die Schäden seien gering gewesen. Der Sender zeigte Aufnahmen schwarzer Spuren und einige Schäden am Oberrand eines Tanks. Feuerwehrleute hatten den Brand nach dem Angriff am frühen Montagmorgen gelöscht, Opfer gab es nach offiziellen Angaben aus Riad nicht.

Saudi-Arabien sprach von einem „feigen Terrorakt“, der die weltweite Energieversorgung und die Weltwirtschaft gefährde. Die Huthi-Rebellen seien „eindeutig“ als Verantwortliche bestimmt worden, sagte der Sprecher der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Militärkoalition im Jemen, Turki al-Malki. =

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Saudi Aramco says domestic supplies unaffected by attack on Jeddah plant

Saudi Aramco said on Tuesday its domestic fuel supplies had not been affected by an attack the previous day by Yemen’s Houthi group on a petroleum products distribution plant in Jeddah, with operations resuming three hours after the event.

Abdullah al-Ghamdi, manager of the North Jeddah plant, told journalists on a tour that one of the 13 tanks used for diesel oil, gasoline and jet fuel at the facility is currently out of action.

The company was still assessing the scale and cost of the damage from the attack, which happened at 3:50 am Saudi time on Monday, he said.

He described the site as a “critical facility” with total storage capacity of 5.2 million barrels. It can distribute more than 120,000 barrels of products per day domestically to the western Saudi regions of Jeddah, Mecca and al-Baha.

“Within a minute (of the attack) the response team started the firefighting system which is fixed to the tank itself. A minute or two later the fire station crew arrived at the scene,” Ghamdi said.

A fire caused by the attack was extinguished in around 40 minutes with no casualties, he said.

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Films by Houthi Almasirah TV:

by Bloomberg:

and, contradicting themselves:

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Saudi cabinet says Houthi attacks target backbone of global economy, security of its supplies: SPA

Saudi Arabian’s cabinet said on Tuesday that Houthi attacks committed against vital installations target the backbone of the global economy and the security of its supplies, state news agency (SPA) reported.

My comment: It seems the Saudis have two propaganda tales they both want to tell even if they are contradictory within themselves.

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[Sanaa gov.] Army hits Aramco in Jeddah

Army on Monday targeted Aramco's distribution station in the Saudi city of Jeddah, armed forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree said.

Saree added the army launched a winged missile 'Quds-2', which entered into service recently after successful experiments in the Saudi depth, and hit the station accurately.

Ambulances and firefighting vehicles were rushed to the targeted station, he said.

The armed forces spokesman noted that this qualitative operation comes in response to the continued siege and aggression against Yemen.

Saree confirmed that the army's operations are continuing to target vital Saudi facilities.

He advised citizens and foreign companies operating in Saudi Arabia to stay away from vital installations as they have become targets for the armed forces.

Saree’s tweet:



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Yemeni Houthis say they fired missile at Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah

Yemeni Houthi forces fired a missile that struck a Saudi Aramco oil company distribution station in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah, a Houthi military spokesman said on Monday.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen later confirmed the attack saying it targeted not only the kingdom’s national capabilities but global energy security.

The Houthi spokesman, Yahya Sarea, said foreign companies and residents in Saudi should exercise caution as “operations will continue”.

The strike had been carried out in response to the Saudi-led coalition’s actions in Yemen, he said.

He posted a satellite image with the label “north Jeddah bulk plant-Saudi Aramco”. Google Maps shows a facility matching that image and description on the northern outskirts of Jeddah.

An official at Saudi Arabia’s ministry of energy said that a fire broke had broken out in a fuel tank at a petroleum products distribution station in north Jeddah but that it had been put out and there were no injuries.


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Yemen rebels claim attack on Saudi oil facility in Jiddah

That facility is just southeast of Jiddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, a major airfield that handles incoming Muslim pilgrims en route to nearby Mecca.

Online videos appeared to show a tank farm similar to the bulk plant on fire, with wailing sirens heard and police cars alongside a highway by the facility. Details of the videos posted predawn Monday matched the general layout of the bulk plant. However, passers-by could not see damage to the tank farm from the highway running beside the facility later Monday morning.

A satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. later published by appeared to show damage to one of the tanks and what appeared to be fire-suppression foam on the ground near it.

The U.S. Consulate in Jiddah said it wasn’t aware of any casualties from the claimed attack. It urged Americans to “review immediate precautions to take in the event of an attack and stay alert in case of additional future attacks.”

Saudi state-run media did not acknowledge the Houthi claim. Saudi Aramco, the kingdom’s oil giant that now has a sliver of its worth traded publicly on the stock market, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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and airplanes did not land at Jeddah:


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Yemen's Houthi Rebels Say They Struck Saudi Oil Facility With New Type Of Cruise Missile

Satellite imagery shows what looks to be damage to an oil tank at a facility belonging to the Saudi Aramco oil company in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on the Red Sea.

The strike, which occurred on the night of November 22nd, 2020, underscores the Houthis' ever-increasing ability to hit targets deeper inside Saudi Arabia with cruise and ballistic missiles, as well as so-called "suicide drones." Jeddah is more than 390 miles from the Yemeni border, at closest, and the Yemeni militants claimed the Quds-2 flew just over 400 miles to reach its target.

Cruise missiles were also a notable feature in the unprecedented strikes on Saudi oil infrastructure in the northeastern portion of the country in September 2019.

Available satellite imagery, as well as video purportedly shot on the ground after the strike, indicates that at least one missile hit the side of the oil tank, penetrating it and causing a fire. What looks to be residual fire-fighting foam, used to extinguish oil fires, is visible in the satellite images.

It's also interesting to note that Jeddah is roughly the same distance away from Yemen as the Aramco sites in Abqaiq and Khurais, the facilities struck in September of last year, are from southern Iraq and northwestern Iran.

Quds-1 cruise missiles, along with drones, were employed in those strikes, as well. The Quds-1 is a design tied to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which is in part responsible for arming, training, and otherwise coordinating with Tehran's proxy forces across the Middle East. The missile also shares some general similarities in form and function to the Iranian Soumar, which is derived from the Soviet-era Kh-55 air-launched cruise missile.

Satellite images:


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The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy, in Yemen: The Terrorist Assault on One of the Oil Derivatives Distribution Stations in (Jeddah) Is a Cowardly Terrorist Assault on Global Energy Security and Supply

Statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Brigadier-General Turki Al-Malki
“In reference to the statement issued by the Ministry of Energy Regarding the fire that erupted in an oil tank in the oil derivatives distribution station in Jeddah, the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia has been positively identified as the culprits of this cowardly terrorist assault, which did not target the Kingdom’s National Assets, but the core of global economy and its supply routes, as well as the security of global energy. =

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My comment: Blaming the Houthis for “terrorism” is rather odd. It’s war, stupid, and your side had started it. – And, this attack hardly targeted “the core of global economy and its supply routes, as well as the security of global energy. Now, you blow it up to apply for international support against the Houthis (Us terror designation), while before you thought to better deny the attack to avoid a decline of Aramco’s share value.


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all Saudi allies, vassals, mouthpieces and money recipients “condemn” the attack: (France) / (UK) (South Korea)

energy officials etc.:

My comment: What you could laern from this: Killing civilians in Yemen: No problem; scratching at Saudi oil industry: War crime.

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Yemen [Hadi gov.] condemns Houthi militia terrorist attacks on petroleum products distribution terminal in Jeddah


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Eleven Yemeni Parties Condemn Houthi Aggression Against Civilian Targets in Saudi Arabia

and, in the beginning there was denial:

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Saudi Aramco reacts to Yemeni army's missile attack

In reaction to the Yemeni army's missile attack on the company's oil facilities, Saudi oil company Aramco claimed that the missile strike did not hit the target.

Some sources at Aramco said the country's facilities in Jeddah had been targeted but this attack had not been successful.

Saudi officials have not yet reacted to the rocket attack.


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[Sanaa gov.] Prime Minister Praises Targeting Aramco's Distribution Station, Jeddah


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Missile attack on Aramco sends message to region

Prominent Arab analyst said that missile attack on Aramco sent an important message to compromisers that Israel regime can not protect itself, let alone protect you.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Abdel Bari Atwan wrote, "Saudi Arabia's official admission that missiles fired by the Yemeni army accurately targeted the Aramco oil facility in Jeddah (western Saudi Arabia) without injuring a single civilian is a strategic development in the Yemeni war."

"It [strategic development] changes all existing equations, terrifies Tel Aviv and emphasizes that [these missiles will eventually] reach Tel Aviv either from Sa'dah or from Gaza," he added.

"It is a message to the compromisers that Israel regime is not able to protect itself, let alone protect you," he stressed.


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[Sanaa gov.] Yemen's PM: all of our targets in agressors' soil legitimate

Referring to the successful missile attack on the Aramco refinery in the port of Jeddah, the Yemeni Prime Minister stressed that all of Yemen's targets at the aggressor countries are legitimate.

In an interview with al-Masirah TV, Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour stressed that anyone who wants peace must prevent aggression and blockade.

He went on to stress that the continuation of the blockade on Yemen will not remain unanswered.

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20 civilians killed, injured by Houthi landmines in one week in Al-jawf

Landmines laid by the Houthi militiamen killed and injured 20 civilians in the northern Yemen province of A-ljawf in a single week, the local Committee on Rights and Freedoms has said.

In a statement, the Committee said the landmine which the militiamen planted in Alhazm and Khab Al-Shaaf, two provincial districts, “killed three civilians including a woman and injured 17 others among them 12 women.”

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Yemeni [Hadi] gov't troops say about to seize Labinat camp

Fierce battles on Monday erupted in the Yemeni northern governorate of Jawf persistently pitting the official army against the Iranian-backed Houthi group.

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Aggression forces hit Sa'ada

The Saudi-led aggression coalition continued on Monday to shell several civil border areas in Sa'ada province

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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Film: Two children were injured when a Houthi projectile exploded in al-Khokha =

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5 civilians killed in western Yemen'

Army-backed militia accuses Houthi rebels of planting explosives in Al-Hudaydah

At least five civilians were killed and seven others injured in an explosion in western Yemen, a government-backed militia said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Giants Brigades, which is fighting the Iran-backed Houthis, accused the rebels of planting explosives on an unpaved road between At-Tuhayta and Al-Khawkha districts, southern Al-Hudaydah province.

A woman and a child were among those dead, it said, adding that the injured were moved to a hospital.

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Film: =

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Daily violations

Nov. 25:

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Cyclone Gate nears Yemeni southeastern coasts

The tropical cyclone 'Gate' is closing in on the Gulf of Aden, amid prospects that the storm would affect Yemeni south and eastern coasts.
After hitting Yemen's remote island of Socotra and some Somali areas in the last two days, Gate is feared to keep on shake beaches in the region and to reach the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea, the meteorology authority warned on Wednesday.


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Yemen: Cyclone Gati, Anticipatory short note - 23 November 2020

Very severe cyclonic storm Gati is moving westwards towards Somalia and Bab Al Mandeb Strait, and is expected to make landfall on 23 November.

Socotra has already recorded localised small-scale flooding caused by heavy rainfall and thunderstorms between 22 and 23 November. No casualties have been reported, and nor have there been any reports of severe impact on critical infrastructure.

As of 23 November, Cyclone Gati is not expected to hit Yemen but related heavy rainfall is likely to affect southern governorates. IDP camps in coastal areas could be more vulnerable to flooding. Wind and thunderstorms could cause moderate to significant damage to homes and criti-cal infrastructure.


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Netanyahu, UAE Leader Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by laureate Lord David Trimble, Netanyahu’s office said.

Under the rules of the Nobel Prize Committee, a nomination made by a recipient must be discussed, his office said.

Trimble, the former First Minister of Northern Ireland, won the prize in 1998 for his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed in September to normalize relations.

My comment: Absurd.


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Nobel Peace Prize nominees liable for civilian deaths

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who are blamed for the deaths of thousands of civilians in attacks in Palestine and Yemen, have been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.


Film: The work of Hakim Alaqel is part of the collective exhibit "Phantoms, Ruins, and Reflections: Contemporary Art from Yemen" contemporary artworks featuring Yemeni artists, creating art in and from a state of conflict.

Don't miss it:

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7 Yemen fishermen drown after boat capsizes near Somalia


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Belqees TV correspondent said five Yemeni fishermen died due to the tropical cyclone in the northeastern coasts of Somalia and parts of #Aden gulf.

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Families of the victims of falling-bullets in Ibb governorate

Ibb governorate is trying to distance itself from the armed conflicts that have raged for nearly six years in Yemen, which made it a destination for thousands of displaced people from various Yemeni governorates. Nevertheless, death found its way to civilians through the catastrophe of insecurity and the absence of the rule of law.

One of the ghosts of death that wanders quietly among the people of Ibb and disturbs their tranquility is the falling-bullets, which fall from the sky immediately after leaving the muzzle of the firearm to settle in a body of victim, causing them death or injury. These incidents are repeated in the absence of the role of Ansar Allah group (Houthis) in Ibb to stop this continuous bleeding, as they are the de facto authority and responsible for protecting civilians in the areas of their control. Victims and their families, also, have no legal recourse to find out the violators and hold them accountable.

In the past, the falling-bullets were connected to weddings, where people used to shoot fire into the sky celebrating wedding ceremonies, in addition to the limited use of gunfire in funerals of those killed for criminal cases. However, the number of victims of this kind of gunfire was not as big as it is today. As the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) and their supporters excessively use this custom during the funeral ceremonies for their dead who fell on the battlefronts.

Ibb governorate recorded, within a few weeks, more than eight cases of injury and killing with this uncontrolled weapon, most of which are children.

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The OSME expedition to Yemen in 1985 – personal reflections

The opportunity to spend two months in the field in North Yemen (as it was at the time) was something that I had no hesitation in applying to join… and what an amazing chance to be on the first-ever OSME Expedition which ran from 9 October to 4 December. Organisers Mike (OSME Chairman at the time) and Gill Rands and Richard Porter had already established and carefully planned the various contacts and logistics, and the initial team members headed out via the Aeroflot flights and a very snowy stopover in Moscow to join Mike and Gill already with almost half of the team members changing over after the first month. Fortunately for me, I could plan this between work contracts, and so I was able to be there throughout the two months!

Starting off in Sana’a, and early on visiting the dramatic nearby rock hillsides of Kawkabhan, we all felt very privileged and inspired to be part of the team. Our two vehicles, and a range of basic accommodation options, along with diligent planning, meant we could spend almost every day of that period in the field, and we mainly only slept for just a few hours between full days out, setting off and returning in darkness, covering many of the key areas and habitats from the coastal Tihama to the highest jebels. (with photos)

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-695 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-695: 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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