Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 701 - Yemen War Mosaic 701

Yemen Press Reader 701: 15. Dez. 2020: Die Welt hat den Jemen verraten – Jemens Umweltkrise – Vision Jemen 2021 – Die Provinz Al Mahra und die Rivalität am Golf – Wandel von Al Kaidah im Krieg
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Dec. 15, 2020: Yemen gets betrayed by the world (in German) – Yemen’s environmental crisis – Yemen 2021 vision – Al Mahra province caught in Gulf rivalries – The transformation of AQAP during the Yemen war – Documents Reveal UAE’s Malicious Moves in Yemen – Chaos in Yemen’s COVID-19 quarantine centers – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Kursiv: Siehe Teil 2 / In Italics: Look in part 2: https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-701b-yemen-war-mosaic-701b

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

Ältere einführende Artikel u. Überblicke für alle, die mit den Ereignissen im Jemen noch nicht vertraut sind, hier:

Yemen War: Older introductory articles, overviews, for those who are still unfamiliar with the Yemen war here:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-einfuehrende-artikel-u-ueberblicke

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Die Welt hat den Jemen verraten

Im Jemen wütet die laut UN „schlimmste humanitäre Katastrophe der Welt“: Zu einer Jahrhundert-Hungersnot gesellen sich Dengue, Polio und Malaria. Es grassiert die größte je in der Menschheitsgeschichte registrierte Choleraepidemie und auch die Corona hat sich vermutlich im gesamten Land ausgebreitet. Über 80 Prozent der Menschen sind auf humanitäre Hilfen angewiesen. Doch vom Kleinstbetrag von 3,38 Milliarden US-Dollar, den die UN in diesem Jahr für ihre Dutzenden Hilfsprogramme im Jemen benötigt, wurde bis heute nicht einmal die Hälfte überwiesen. Die reichen Geberländer weigern sich, ihre Zusagen einzuhalten. Die Welt dreht dem Land kollektiv den Rücken zu – das ist keine Gleichgültigkeit, kein bloßes Desinteresse, das ist Mord durch Unterlassung.

Katastrophale Folgen

Da die Geber sich weigern, ihre zugesagten Hilfen für den Jemen zu leisten, musste bereits die Hälfte der über 40 UN-Programme im Land gänzlich eingestellt oder drastisch zurückgefahren werden. Schon im April wurden acht Millionen Menschen die Lebensmittelrationen halbiert, Millionen weitere werden folgen. Spezialbehandlungen hunderttausender kriegstraumatisierter Frauen und Mädchen wurden eingestellt. In mehr als 300 Krankenhäusern mussten Behandlungen bereits zum Teil oder in Gänze eingestellt werden und die Versorgung mit Medikamenten und Gebrauchsgütern von 2.500 Kliniken läuft in Kürze aus, was der Hälfte sämtlicher Gesundheitseinrichtungen im Jemen entspricht. Die Menschen werden wieder an einfachsten Krankheiten sterben. Unzählige unterernährte Kinder werden von Nahrungsmittellieferungen abgeschnitten. Das alles geschieht in Zeiten der Corona, von der die UN annimmt, dass sie sich bereits ins gesamte Land verbreitet hat. Da die Saudi-Emirate-Koalition jedoch jede erdenkliche zivile Infrastruktur im Jemen bombardiert, ist ein auch nur rudimentäres Monitoring der Corona-Lage im Land undenkbar. Im Jemen wütet eine Jahrhundert-Hungersnot und neben Dengue, Polio und Malaria grassiert die größte je in der Menschheitsgeschichte registrierte Choleraepidemie. Und die Welt dreht dem Land kollektiv den Rücken zu – das ist keine Gleichgültigkeit, kein bloßes Desinteresse, das ist Mord durch Unterlassung.

Dieser Einbruch trifft die Menschen im Norden des Landes – jene in den angestammten und eroberten Gebieten der Houthi-Rebellen um die Hauptstadt Sana’a bis nordwärts zum jemenitisch-saudischen Grenzgebiet – besonders hart, da Hilfsprogramme in den Rebellengebieten stets als erste eingestellt werden. Den Houthis wurde in der Vergangenheit des Öfteren vorgeworfen, internationale Hilfen zu politisieren, indem Lieferungen umgelenkt oder strategisch zurückgehalten und so als politisches Druckmittel eingesetzt werden. Sprecher der Rebellen weisen die Vorwürfe erwartungsgemäß kategorisch zurück, doch kommt – oder zumindest kam es in der Vergangenheit – glaubhaften Berichten und Quellen zufolge wiederholt zu derartigen Fällen. Dieses Vorgehen der Houthis ist ohne Frage mit Nachdruck zu verurteilen, doch kann es nie als Rechtfertigung herhalten, zukünftige Hilfen einzustellen.

Die drei treibenden Kriegsparteien Saudi-Arabien, Emirate und USA nehmen eben diese Vorwürfe gegen die Houthis als Vorwand für ihre ausbleibenden oder stark reduzierten Zahlungen. Wenn diese Länder ihrerseits nun ihren finanziellen Zusagen nicht nachkommen, ergehen sie sich in der exakt selben schändlichen Taktik der Politisierung humanitärer Hilfen, die sie den Houthi-Rebellen vorwerfen.

Doch es kann für das Verständnis großer Zahlen durchaus helfen, wenn wir sie ins Verhältnis zu anderen großen Zahlen setzen.

Die 2020 für UN-Hilfsprogramme im Jemen benötigten 3,38 Milliarden US-Dollar entsprechen 1,8 Prozent vom Vermögen des Amazon-CEOs Jeff Bezos (186 Milliarden), dem reichsten Menschen der Welt. Oder auch dem, was Bezos alle 16 Tage an zusätzlichem Vermögen anhäuft. Die für den Jemen benötigte UN-Hilfe entspricht auch 1,3 Prozent der Jahresumsätze der 15 größten Rüstungsschmieden der Welt, heruntergerechnet also dem, was diese alle fünf Tage mit dem Verkauf ihres Tötungswerkzeugs umsetzen. Der für den Jemen benötigte Betrag entspricht weiterhin mageren 0,04 Prozent der Geldvermögen privater Haushalte in Deutschland (6,3 Billionen Euro) oder auch dem, was die Regierungen dieser Welt alle 15 Stunden fürs Militär ausgeben. Würde Jeff Bezos also nur 16 Tage auf seinen Vermögenszuwachs verzichten oder die deutschen Privathaushalte nicht einmal ein halbes Promille ihrer Vermögen abgeben oder die großen Rüstungsschmieden fünf Tage ihre Umsätze spenden oder die Welt für 15 Stunden kein Geld ins Militär stecken: müsste im Jemen für ein ganzes Jahr lang kein Mensch am Hunger sterben und 29 Millionen Jemenitinnen und Jemeniten könnten in Verhältnissen leben, die wenigstens entfernt in die Nähe von dem kämen, was wir als ein Leben in Würde bezeichnen würden von Jakob Reimann

https://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=67895

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Yemen’s Environmental Crisis Is the Biggest Risk for Its Future

The current civil war in Yemen threatens the country as a state, but the lesser-known environmental crisis threatens the very existence of Yemen as a habitable land.

Alongside other poor countries around the world, Yemen suffers disproportionately from the consequences of wealthy states’ continued carbon emissions—even as Yemen itself is an insignificant contributor of global warming gases.3 As a prime producer of harmful emissions and the most powerful state in the world, the United States has a responsibility to address the problems resulting, even partially, from the damage it is causing to the world’s environment. Yemen should be a focus of U.S. concern, not only as its population of nearly 30 million is suffering, but also because it is in the American geostrategic interest. Millions of Yemenis may, in the future, be forced to migrate to neighboring states, particularly Saudi Arabia, should life become impossible in their homeland because of climate-related events. The political and strategic importance of Saudi Arabia’s stability for the United States is widely acknowledged, and Washington’s main, direct concern in Yemen is counterterrorism. Both these risks are aggravated by Yemen’s environmental problems, in particular its water crisis.

Environmental issues demonstrate the complex synergy between factors directly resulting from human intervention and other apparently “natural” phenomena—“acts of God.” Debate in recent decades about mutual causality between environmental degradation and conflict has focused on Sudan’s Darfur and northeastern Syria. The situation in Yemen confirms that the nexus exists, but is indirect: for example, during the past four decades, depletion of the aquifer in the Sa’ada basin in the far north of the country accelerated social differentiation. Wealthy landowners drilled deep wells to irrigate high-value fruit crops, while the majority of smallholders were impoverished, as their shallow wells dried up and they lost their own agricultural and pastoral potential.

This situation created fertile ground for the rise of the Houthi movement, which presented itself as a popular response to the actions of a kleptocratic elite. Elsewhere in Yemen, following the exhaustion of their water supplies, families forced out of their villages increase pressure on resources in the towns to which they migrate. In the past three decades or so, these and other developments contributed to social and political tension, which eventually boiled over into a series of smaller and then larger-scale open conflicts.

In the short term, the war’s environmental impact has been complex: There is no doubt about the totally negative impact on people or the environment of mines, unexploded munitions, and other war debris. Destruction of physical infrastructure is affecting education, medical services, and access to basic necessities for a largely rural population. The only aspect of the war’s impact that could be seen as positive has been the rapid spread of solar power for domestic use,

The Challenge

Both short-term and long-term environmental crises loom over Yemen. The most urgent and best-publicized environmental issue in Yemen is the threat posed by a neglected oil tanker floating off the west coast of the country. The supertanker Safer is moored about eight kilometers west of Ras Isa on the Red Sea, and may leak its massive cargo of crude oil into the ocean. It has not received any maintenance since Houthi rebels captured it in 2015.

Even longer-brewing problems in Yemen are starting to have immediate consequences. In Yemen, climate change is not a distant prospect. Catastrophic climate events that are “unprecedented” or statistically “once-in-a-century” are now frequent.5 Among numerous recent examples are two major cyclones within a week in 2015, another two in 2018, and a series of destructive nationwide downpours and floods in 2020, all causing irreparable damage to different aspects of Yemen’s wonderful heritage and people – by Helen Lackner and Abdulraham Al-Eryani

https://tcf.org/content/report/yemens-environmental-crisis-biggest-risk-future/?agreed=1

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YEMEN POLICY’S FORWARD THINKING VISION FOR 2021: COMBINING EMPIRICAL RESEARCH WITH IMAGINED ALTERNATIVES

With our work, at the Yemen Policy Center, we want to contribute to peacebuilding through a discussion which -not only- sheds light on local politics but scales up creative local solutions to the national level. We do so through rigorous field research, conducted by our sister organisation, the Yemen Polling Center, coupled with an imaginative approach to social and political identities and everyday national politics. At YPC we believe that “the peacebuilder must have one foot in what is and one foot beyond what exists.” Only then, can we begin to think outside of the box, and generate new impetus for peacebuilding.

Throughout the last several years, the field researchers at the Yemen Polling Center have conducted hundreds of interviews with security officials throughout Yemen. We have learned how, at the outbreak of the 2015 conflict in the southwest of the country, security institutions have collapsed in heavily embattled areas. We have also come to recognise how instead of unifying troops under the “National Army,” the re-establishment of institutions through localized recruitment efforts has furthered fragmentation.

Regional support to the state security sector, as well as other non-state actors has created a mosaic of military and para-military formations, with conflicting missions and motivations. After having expulsed the internationally recognized government from its interim capital, the Southern Transitional Council (STC) now controls police and para-military forces in and around Aden. This is, de facto, a building block for what the STC wishes to become an independent South. In the North, we learned through our research, that the ways Ansarallah gained control over the state, systematically weakens tribal structures and uses security forces to crush any spaces for opposition. These dynamics have created an impasse for the peace process.

As a consequence of the deadlock on the national level, opportunities for peace on the local level are now paramount. Although the parties to the conflict have enlisted journalists, intellectuals, civil society and religious leaders to defend and further their narrative, and despite political rifts dividing communities, neighbourhoods and families, networks of non-violence continue to exist. It is here, and against all odds, that community initiatives, civil society organizations, artists and intellectuals are challenging the status quo created by the conflict parties.

While the Yemeni state with its institutions has fragmented into a seemingly irreversible reality, the framework of the UN peace talks is expected to recreate the pre-conflict status quo; a framework that has little to offer to convince conflict parties to compromise. A return to the pre-conflict state is highly unlikely given the changed realities on the ground. Since the outbreak of the war, national politics have perished; country-wide institutions no longer exist, elites sought refuge abroad. Within the country, political groups appear to pull the state and its institutions further apart, rather than compromise to unify the country. A public debate about what peace could look like in Yemen, and what kind of state could realize peace are suspiciously weak.

John Lederach, a recognized Professor in international peacebuilding, with experience in Somalia, Northern Ireland, Nicaragua, Colombia and Nepal argues that “moral imagination” is required to “generate constructive processes that are rooted in the day-to-day challenges of violence and yet transcend these destructive patterns;” “moral imagination” is the capacity to rise above “divisions and reach beyond accepted meanings;” it is the discovery of “untold new angles, opportunities, and unexpected potentialities”. To enable this moral imagination, space for creativity must be given. At Yemen Policy, we want to combine empirical political analysis with creative visions for Yemen’s future to enable the moral imagination to emerge.

In our project funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, al-Madaniya magazine, our imaginative Kaleidoscop

The National Dialogue Conference, with its thousands of recommendations for the future Yemeni State, is the closest the country has come to a vision of the future and can serve as a point of departure for further deliberations. This is where our imaginative approach comes into play: what if the National Dialogue produced a national consensus, what if the Dialog would have concluded successfully? What would Yemen look like today, and what would it look like 20 years from now? What can we learn from this to make peace today?

https://www.yemenpolicy.org/yemen-policys-forward-thinking-vision-for-2021/

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Caught in the Gulf Rivalry: Yemen’s Al Mahra Avoids the War Despite ‘Collateral Militarisation’

Three years after my LSE blog post Emiratis, Omanis, Saudis: the rising competition for Yemen’s Al Mahra, Yemen’s Al Mahra has become an example of ‘collateral militarisation’. I use this concept to describe a stable region geographically close to a conflict area whose local system, although separate from the main war actors and dynamics, is affected by externally driven militarisation. In fact, the Saudi military presence has risen despite the south-eastern region remaining untouched by the conflict between the Houthis and their opponents, and far from the Northern Zaydi insurgents’ radars.

Nowadays, the geographically remote Al-Mahra can’t be analysed without taking into account the geopolitical factor, which likewise permeates the war throughout Yemen. The regional competition for leverage among the Gulf monarchies has become a polarising factor upsetting local balances, and this remains so in this border region. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have since 2017 reduced their presence in Al-Mahra, instead focusing upon the Socotra archipelago (another theatre of ‘collateral militarisation’). Taking their opportunity, Saudi Arabia have sent soldiers since November 2017 to counter smuggling activities and, most importantly, the import of Iranian-made weapon components destined for the Houthis. The Saudis have established some military facilities in coastal and land areas, supported by pro-Saudi Yemeni fighters from other Southern regions or local military allies. In response, the neighbouring Sultanate of Oman has increased financial efforts to counter Saudi influence, trying to preserve its traditional leverage across the borderland linking Al-Mahra to the Omani Dhofar.

Although Mahris are caught in an indirect struggle much bigger than local politics, they are showing restraint and resilience. The incidence of skirmishes has risen, with a Saudi Apache helicopter bombing a border checkpoint in April 2019 during clashes between Saudi forces and Mahri tribes active in cross-border activities. However, wide-scale violence has been avoided so far. Mahris are now divided between supporters of Saudi Arabia and the pro-Omani camp: this fragile balance will likely endure only if local interests are not directly challenged by foreign states’ agendas, which would likely provoke a backlash against external forces.

In the last three years, Saudi Arabia has managed to become a powerful actor in Al-Mahra. The kingdom has deployed security forces and embarked upon development projects for an area in dire need of electricity provision and services, in doing so establishing patronage ties with some Mahri tribes.

Throughout history, Al-Mahra has distinguished itself as an autonomous player wary of external meddling: its residents are fiercely proud of their culture, habits and linguistic identity – by Eleonora Ardemagni

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2020/12/11/caught-in-the-gulf-rivalry-yemens-al-mahra-avoids-the-war-despite-collateral-militarisation/

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THE WARTIME TRANSFORMATION OF AQAP IN YEMEN

In late January 2020, an apparent United States (US) drone strike targeted a car in Yakla, a mountainous area situated across Yemen’s Al Bayda and Marib governorates. Inside the car were Qasim Al Raymi and Abu Al Baraa Al Ibbi, the emir and a senior jurist, respectively, of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the local branch of Al Qaeda’s global franchise (Al Masdar, 2 February 2020). A veteran jihadist militant from the Afghanistan wars and one of AQAP’s founders in 2009, Al Raymi became emir in June 2015 after another US drone strike had killed his predecessor, Nasir Al Wuhayshi, in Mukalla. Less than a month after Al Raymi’s death, AQAP announced Khalid Batarfi as the new emir. Also known by his nom de guerre Abu Al Miqdad Al Kindi, Batarfi is a Saudi-born Yemeni militant who rose through the ranks of AQAP as a prominent and charismatic ideologue (The National, 23 February 2020).

Al Raymi’s death has marked a turning point in AQAP’s decade-long history. Al Raymi oversaw AQAP’s expansion in southern Yemen, where the group held the third biggest port city in the country, and its eventual retreat into the mountains of central Yemen. Within the Islamist camp, AQAP also faced fierce competition at the hands of the Islamic State in Yemen (ISY), which escalated into months of fighting between the two groups between July 2018 and February 2020. Batarfi’s appointment came at a moment when AQAP was suffering from fragmentation and low morale, two factors that negatively affected its operational and mobilization capabilities (Al Araby, 22 March 2020). Today, AQAP appears to be in a transitional phase, as it redirects its weakened military force towards fighting against the Houthis.

Drawing on recently updated ACLED data, this report examines AQAP’s activity in Yemen from 2015 to the present.1 In assessing the organization’s geographic outreach and its relations to other armed actors, the report identifies three phases of AQAP’s wartime activity: AQAP’s expansion (2015-2016), its redeployment and infighting with ISY (2017-2019), and the current retrenchment in Al Bayda (2019-2020). The report shows that following its territorial expansion in 2015-2016, AQAP has suffered major setbacks that have hampered its operational capabilities. The group currently operates in isolated pockets of territory along with a variety of anti-Houthi forces, a context that has forced AQAP to adapt its strategy amid a changing situation. Yet, AQAP has not been fatally defeated, and may take advantage of anti-Houthi sentiments to boost its insurgency yet again.

Conclusion

This report has categorized the evolution and devolution of AQAP into three different phases: expansion (2015-2017), redeployment (2017-2019), and retrenchment (2019-2020). Drawing on ACLED data, it has shown how AQAP expanded in the first two years of the civil war and how it exploited the initial fragmentation of the security landscape in Yemen. The report has then illustrated how AQAP was weakened by an extensive campaign of US drone-strikes, coalition campaigns (i.e. the build-up of ‘local’ counter-terrorism forces), and a heavy phase of infighting with ISY. This phase, the ‘phase of redeployment’ from different parts of Yemen towards Al Bayda, lasted from 2017-2019. Finally, as a result of the jihadi infighting and the killing of AQAP Emir Qasim Al Raymi, this report has shown the last phase of AQAP’s retrenchment in Al Bayda in 2019-2020, along with the steady rebuilding of capabilities, tribal embeddedness, and group cohesion. It remains to be seen whether AQAP will manage to capitalize on the many security vacuums in Yemen, and if it can herald a new phase of expansion by replicating its 2014 strategy of taking advantage of tribal grievances to install itself at the helm of a common “anti-Houthi front” in Al Bayda’s tribal areas.

https://acleddata.com/2020/12/14/the-wartime-transformation-of-aqap-in-yemen/

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Documents Reveal UAE’s Malicious Moves in Yemen

Al Jazeera has broadcast exclusive documents and videotapes which it says confirm the UAE’s involvement in illegal movements in Yemen, including the use of commercial aircraft for arms transfers, and the use of charities as a facade for intelligence and political work.
The investigation by the Qatari broadcaster covered the Emiratis’ expansion on the Yemeni coast and focused on the Abu Dhabi-backed troops present in the coastal area.
The report revealed the transformation of Al-Mokha port, which is famous for the export of Yemeni coffee around the world, into a hub for the landing and loading of weapons, and its use as a military base.
The port is only about 40 nautical miles from Bab al-Mandeb Strait, and about 100km from the city of Taiz.
The investigation also indicated that the UAE used the Emirati Red Crescent as a front for intelligence operations on Yemen’s west coast.
Al Jazeera said the documents show that the UAE also established detention facilities on Perim Island, Zuqar Island and Bab al-Mandeb, noting that a special unit has been supervising these facilities.
In September, two international civil society organizations for human rights said the United Arab Emirates had hired thousands of mercenaries to carry out high-profile assassinations and targeted killings in the southern part of Yemen.
The International Institute for Rights and Development and the Rights Radar Foundation said in a statement, read during the 45th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in the Swiss city of Geneva, that they "are deeply concerned about the

escalation of assassination cases in Yemen by the mercenaries.”
"The UAE hired American mercenaries to carry out high-profile assassinations in Yemen. They conducted several operations in Aden and several cities, resulting in the assassinations of dozens of politicians and public figures during the past five years of conflict in Yemen,” the statement read.
The rights groups highlighted that the Persian Gulf country had signed up 30,000 mercenaries from four Latin American states, of whom at least 450 mercenaries have been deployed to Yemen after having received training by U.S. trainers.
"They take advantage of the UN’s disregard for their human rights abuses in Yemen to continue their crimes with no accountability,” the groups argued.
"Over 80 percent of Yemeni politicians, lawmakers and media professionals have been displaced locally or globally, seeking safety as they become potential targets for assassination,” they pointed out.
The rights groups warned that "the right to life in Yemen is in extreme danger,” stressing that the situation "needs the UN to offer effective action not just kind words. Enough is enough.”
Aden and other Yemeni southern cities are controlled by Riyadh-allied and UAE-backed militant groups, which serve a Saudi-led coalition of aggressors waging war on Yemen since early 2015.
Abu Dhabi — alongside Riyadh — has repeatedly come under fire for running secret prison facilities in southern Yemen, which are rife with gross human rights violations, including torture and sexual abuse of the captives, as documented by prominent rights institutions.

http://kayhan.ir/en/news/85479/documents-reveal-uae%E2%80%99s-malicious-moves-in-yemen

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

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Chaos, pollution and corruption in quarantine centers in Yemen

Against the Covid, the country is increasing isolation measures in under-equipped and crowded places. From where the Yemenis escape by bribing the carers or the guards.

The young man is taken directly to a school to be placed in quarantine. Exhausted, Abdel-Rahman lies down on the floor, without a blanket to sleep on. Three days later he finds himself with a hundred other men in the classroom. The guards inform them of their transfer to another nearby school.

The new quarantine center is even more crowded and less well equipped than the first. More than 20 people per 8 m 2 room and a single WC for 150 people, supplied by the nearby gutter. We were given polluted water from wells to drink , ” says Abdel-Rahman.“Rubbish, bugs and bits of plastic littered the windowsills, hallways and lobby of the building. Members of the healthcare and logistics teams circulated among the residents, often without a mask, gloves or sanitizer. The new arrivals in quarantine were mixed up with those who had been present for a longer time, without any precaution. Exit permits for three hours in the neighborhood were granted from 1 pm, to buy food or drink, ” reports the young man. “I felt in prison, treated in an inhuman way , ” he says.

The cases of escape from the sanitary isolation centers are acknowledged by the Houthi Authority's Health Ministry in Sana'a, which does not specify the figures. The ministry spokesman, Youssef Al-Hadiri, indicates that the security forces have arrested several fugitives denounced by citizens.

Escapes from quarantine centers have increased in several provinces in both northern and southern Yemen, according to various accounts. The SAM NGO for Rights and Freedoms has documented forty of them. The sums paid to flee vary between 200 and 3000 Saudi riyals (45 to 700 euros). The fear of contagion due to the lack of protective measures, the risk of being transferred to an isolation center as well as poor hygiene and comfort conditions, are the main reasons that push people to flee.

Up to 3,000 people were crammed into the center lacking food, while the women did not have dedicated places to sleep and sanitation. Photos and videos taken in the center of Redaa show dozens of people sleeping on the floor in the hall of the faculty. “We lacked everything: food, sanitary equipment, cleanliness”, testifies one of those who stayed there. “And then, it was a real souk, with street vendors. It is therefore normal that those who have the means to escape from this place which is more harmful than beneficial”, he adds.

Abuses and corruption in the management of quarantines have sparked revolts, especially in the Al-Abar region – by Mohamad Hoskins

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&u=https://www.liberation.fr/planete/2020/12/12/chaos-pollution-et-corruption-dans-les-centres-de-quarantaine-au-yemen_1808480

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'We have no oxygen': First journalist to access Yemen after Covid discovers major cover up in country of her birth

Grave diggers at Alradhwan Cemetery in Aden told the BBC they didn't have time to eat during the coronavirus outbreak, they had so many bodies to bury

The Houthi authorities in the north had not announced a single case.
From London I set out to find out what was really happening, but it was next to impossible. The Houthis had imposed a blanket restriction on all Covid reports from areas they controlled.

Instead, they broadcast propaganda videos about disinfecting neighborhoods to keep the virus at bay.
Unimpressed, I spoke to the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen and learned that the whole country only had 200 ventilators. I was told that Yemen was at the bottom of the queue with the world powers buying up all supplies.

It took me two weeks to negotiate access to hospitals, so was the resistance to cover. But finally I made it with 6 Houthi thinkers in tow.
In the first one I went to, the doctor wasn't even allowed to tell me the exact number of deaths, but she said the hospital was overwhelmed. In most countries, young people are considered to be low-risk - but not in Yemen.
“We started having really young patients, 25, 30, 35, 40 years old,” she told me. “You had no health problems. They would worsen quickly, they wouldn't last 1 to 2 weeks. "
During my 2,000km journey, I was desperately concerned about the people I had left behind at any point - it wasn't just the virus that put them at risk.

I met a doctor, Tariq Qassem, who was faced with the task of treating Covid amid these cuts.
He was only 26 years old and told me that most of the deaths were due to a lack of oxygen in the hospital.

"If the oxygen runs out we'll see them die," he said.
Although I knew that Yemen was poorly prepared for Covid, I was still stunned to hear that he and his colleagues were working in the intensive care unit without protective equipment.
He caught Covid, but continued to work - until he had to be supplied with oxygen himself.

https://news.yahoo.com/no-oxygen-first-journalist-access-094929195.html = https://www.ampgoo.com/we-have-no-oxygen-first-journalist-to-access-yemen-after-covid-discovers-major-cover-up-in-country-of-her-birth

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COVID-19: 1 new case, 1 recovery in Hadramout

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30760

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One new case of COVID-19 reported in Hadramout

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30741

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Part of YMER+ project we supported 280 humanitarian journalist with protection #Covid19 kits. Implemented by @CFImedias and funded by @EUinYemen. We target five different provinces such us Sanaa, Aden, Taiz, Hudidah/ Hajjah and Hadramout (photos)

https://twitter.com/ahmedbaider1/status/1337410960211013632

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IOM Yemen COVID-19 Response Update (15 - 28 November 2020)

2,081 Reported Cases

1,383 Reported Recovered

606 Reported Deaths

11.84K Tests Conducted

The humanitarian situation in Yemen, the largest crisis in the world, is further deteriorating to alarming levels. The context is characterized by a myriad of concerns – conflict-driven displacement, a fuel and economic crisis, and weakened public and health services. The outlook for the year to come is worrying, with 16.2 million people likely to experience high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or above) in northern governorates, and 3.2 million people projected to face famine like conditions across the south of the country. With Yemen at the brink of another famine, lifesaving assistance must be scaled up, together with socioeconomic support and an urgent de-escalation of the conflict.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the local authorities in Yemen declared a nationwide health emergency and introduced movement restrictions along key transit and boarder points. Yemeni authorities had put additional preventive measures and health screenings for people passing through ten transit points used for public movement between southern and northern governorates

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/iom-yemen-covid-19-response-update-15-28-november-2020

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

https://yemen.liveuamap.com/

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SAUDI ARABIA BLAMES HOUTHIS FOR BLAST ON OIL TANKER OFF JEDDAH (VIDEO, MAP)

https://southfront.org/external-source-caused-blast-on-oil-tanker-off-saudi-arabia-video-map/

MILITARY SITUATION IN YEMEN ON DECEMBER 13, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-december-13-2020-map-update/

YEMENI FORCES MAKE MORE GAINS IN BATTLE WITH SAUDI PROXIES IN MARIB (MAP UPDATE)

https://southfront.org/yemeni-forces-make-more-gains-in-battle-with-saudi-proxies-in-marib/

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Detained fishermen released

Fifty-Three fishermen who were detained in Saudi, UAE and Eritrean prisons for about 3 months have arrived at the fishing port of Hodeida, Head of the General Authority for Fisheries in the Red Sea.

Engineer Hashem al-Dan'aei, said that fishermen were arrested three months ago in the Yemeni territorial waters, 30 miles off Kebret Island, and taken to prisons in Eritrea, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3120091.htm

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Houthis criticise continued UN recognition of Hadi's legitimacy

The Ansar Allah group, known as the Houthis, on Sunday criticised the continued UN recognition of the legitimacy of Yemen's Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and his government.
The first state which is without a sky, land, capital, people and authority but is recognised by the UN is Hadi's state and the first legitimacy which is rejected by the people but is recognised by the UN is Hadi's legitimacy, vice foreign minister in the Sanaa-based salvation government, Hussein Al-Ezzi, wrote on Twitter.
Hadi's government is composed of thieves, corrupt officials, Al-Qaeda, Daesh and Muslim Brotherhood, he said, adding that the recognition of this government is evidence of the decline in the international community's values.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-21798.html

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Yemen war: Four civilians killed or wounded every day since peace deal

UK has given £1bn in aid to Yemen but has licensed £6.5bn worth of arms to countries bombing it

Yemen’s internationally recognised government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group signed the Stockholm Agreement on 13 December 2018 to halt hostilities around the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah and to address the mounting humanitarian crisis in the central province of Taiz.

It marked the first time in years that the warring sides had met and was supposed to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive long-term peace deal to end the devastating conflict, now in its fifth year.

Since then, however, 592 civilians have been killed and 2,136 wounded in the two areas, according to data compiled by the Civilian Impact Monitoring Project and analysed by Oxfam, meaning that, on average, approximately four civilians a day have been killed or injured.

The global aid organisation said that rather than these agreements bringing an end to violence in Yemen, attacks on civilians were on the rise. It urged the international community to intervene and halt the sale of weapons for use in the war.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-war-civilians-death-toll-latest-b1768713.html

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Yemen's crisis has far-reaching effects (subscribers only)

https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/st-editorial/yemens-crisis-has-far-reaching-effects

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Third Feminist Summit in Aden stand in support with Abductees Mothers Association

The third Feminist Summit, organized by Wogood for Human Security and Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Aden, stood in support with Abductees' Mothers Association.

The female participants from different parties and organizations had a stand expressing their support to mothers' cause and demanding releasing all abductees and forcibly disappeared and arbitrarily detained persona, in conjunction with the Human Rights Day.

http://ama-ye.org/index.php?no=1516&ln=En

cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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YPC: Oil Tankers Detained for Over 250 Days

emen Yemen Petroleum Company, on Friday, organized a protest in front of the United Nations office in Sana'a to denounce the continued detention of the oil derivative tankers by the US-Saudi aggression. The protest entitled "the United Nations: neutrality from humanitarian principles and bias towards international piracy"

https://english.almasirah.net/post/16572/YPC-%C2%A0Oil-Tankers-Detained-for-Over-250-Days

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

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SMEPS Yemen: One-time financing ends the crisis of drinking water scarcity for decades to come in Malbat M. Hatib # Shabwa. We continue to build a reservoir in 1200 m3 for rain and spring water harvesting + installation of a feeding pipeline from the eyes + purification and calming basins + a stream of feeding from the valley.

https://twitter.com/SFDYemen/status/1338521560999714819

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Yemeni in a mountainous village decide to build a road to connect them with major cities. Farmers donated the land, women sold their jewelry and many donated funds to complete the project. This is done during extreme hardship.

https://twitter.com/AishaJumaan/status/1338593789158387712

referring to https://twitter.com/BinMahfouz_HDT/status/1338567835682025477 (with photo)

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Film: This mother’s answer broke my heart, when asked her why not bring her child before his condition worsened to this stage. (I fight to feed my kids, all I get provides one meal all day, if I allocate the money to treat him, that means the rest of his brothers will starve to death)

https://twitter.com/ghalebalsudmy/status/1338523556041416705

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Film shows how Yemen's health workers struggle to save young victims of malnutrition

The youngest casualties of the civil war are not from fighting. Malnutrition kills some children and stunts the growth of others. A new film profiles the work of doctors and nurses who treat them.

Children on the verge of death from malnutrition in Yemen are being brought back to health and recovering their childhoods, thanks to nutrition clinics across the country.

Dr. Aida Al-Sadeeq celebrates those success stories. For a decade, Sadeeq ran a program at Sadaqa Hospital in Aden that treated children with malnutrition. Sadeeq, who is now an assistant professor at the University of Aden, was filmed at work in her clinic for the new documentary, “Hunger Ward.

A report from United Nations agencies projects that of the country’s 30 million people, at least half will experience “worsening levels of hunger” by the middle of 2021.

“Yemen is a disaster,” David Beasley, head of the World Food Program, said on Thursday. “We are supporting about 13 million people as we speak. About 8.9 million of them are getting half rations.”

One consequence of Yemen’s food shortage, childhood malnutrition, is the focus of “Hunger Ward.” In a pivotal scene, an infant is shown on a hospital bed, and she's unconscious. Dr. Sadeeq is giving her compressions and calls out for a breathing pump.

“It was a very sad experience for me because my work is to serve, to help people to survive, to resuscitate people, not to to be lost,” Dr. Sadeeq told The World.

Dr. Sadeeq added that seeing the film brought the moment back to her. “It's very painful for me, really. I cried at that time because I stood helpless. I felt I can't do anything for this life.”

The infant could not be saved. The baby’s grandmother had tried to feed her while she was attached to life support, causing her to choke to death.

“The infant died because — look, families here, because of poverty and ignorance, [they bring] their babies [for medical care] too late,” Sadeeq said.

In the film, the grandmother rails against clinic staff in her anger and grief. “Yes, she cried at that time. She started to blame the others,” Sadeeq added. “But this is the case all the time.”

The work in the nutrition clinic at Sadaqa Hospital goes on even as war continues in parts of Yemen, and as economic troubles cause millions of Yemenis to live with hunger.

Dr. Sadeeq, who conducts research on children’s health, says the war has made malnutrition much worse

https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-12-11/film-shows-how-yemens-health-workers-struggle-save-young-victims-malnutrition

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Al-Saadi: Food insecurity and famine threaten the future of Yemen's generations

[Hadi gov.] Yemen’s representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah Al-Saadi, affirmed that the food insecurity and famine looming in Yemen have many dire consequences that not only affect the lives of the current generation, but threaten the future of many coming generations.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43780

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UNICEF: DER JEMEN IST EIN ALBTRAUM FÜR KINDER

2,1 MILLIONEN KINDER IM JEMEN SIND AKUT MANGELERNÄHRT

Hilfsaufruf von UNICEF-Exekutivdirektorin Henrietta H. Fore zur Situation im Jemen anlässlich einer Veranstaltung zur Abwendung einer unmittelbaren Hungersnot.

Jemen steht kurz vor dem Zusammenbruch. Acht von zehn Menschen brauchen dringend humanitäre Hilfe und Schutz, darunter 12 Millionen Kindern, deren Aufwachsen einem schrecklichen Albtraum gleicht.

Das Land ist wohl der gefährlichste Ort der Welt für Kinder. Alle zehn Minuten stirbt dort ein Kind an einer vermeidbaren Krankheit. Zwei Millionen Kinder gehen nicht zur Schule. Tausende haben seit 2015 ihr Leben verloren, wurden verstümmelt oder zwangsrekrutiert. Allein letzte Woche wurden 11 Kinder getötet, darunter ein vier Wochen altes Baby.

Das Land leidet unter mehreren Krisen gleichzeitig – jede von ihnen würde ein Land in die Knie zwingen. An 49 Frontlinien wird derzeit gekämpft – vor einem Jahr waren es 36. Die Wirtschaft liegt in Trümmern und Familien kommen nicht mehr zurecht. Grundlegende Dienste und die zivile Infrastruktur, wie Krankenhäuser, Schulen sowie die Trinkwasser- und Sanitärversorgung – stehen vor dem Zusammenbruch. Gleichzeitig erschüttert die Covid-19-Pandemie das Land.

Und während all dessen werden diejenigen, die humanitäre Hilfe leisten, immer wieder durch Angriffe, Blockaden und bürokratische Hürden daran gehindert, Millionen Menschen zu erreichen, die dringend Hilfe benötigen.

Und nun, trotz wiederholter Warnungen, ist das Land mit einer Ernährungskrise konfrontiert. 2,1 Millionen Kinder sind akut mangelernährt – rund 358.000 von ihnen sind schwer akut mangelernährt. Wir gehen davon aus, dass manche Kinder sich bereits in Situationen befinden, die einer Hungersnot gleichen. Hier geht es nicht nur um Zahlen, sondern um Millionen von individuellen Schicksalen. Um Millionen von zerstörten Kindheiten. Um Millionen von Eltern, die vor der unmöglichen Wahl stehen, ihre Kinder mit lebenswichtiger Nahrung oder ärztlicher Hilfe zu versorgen.

Die UNICEF-Mitarbeiterinnen und -mitarbeiter tun alles in ihrer Macht Stehende, um den Kindern zu helfen – dazu gehören Maßnahmen zur Bewältigung der Ernährungskrise, zur Ausweitung von Wasser und Gesundheitsprogrammen sowie Bildungsmaßnahmen, psychosoziale Hilfe und Geldtransfers für Familien. Aber der Hilfsbedarf steigt schneller, als wir Kapazitäten haben. Deshalb brauchen wir dringend Unterstützung. Es braucht eine politische Lösung für den Konflikt sowie weltweite Unterstützung für den Friedensprozess unter der Leitung von Martin Griffiths, dem UN -Sondergesandten für den Jemen. Nur eine politische Lösung kann diese schreckliche Situation beenden.

https://www.unicef.de/informieren/aktuelles/presse/2020/jemen-hilfsaufruf-fore/233062

und Medienartikel: https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/unicef-warnt-vor-hungerskatastrophe-im-jemen-fuer-kinder-das-gefaehrlichste-land-der-welt/26711336.html

https://web.de/magazine/unicef/jemen-grosse-gefahr-erneuten-hungersnot-35344080

https://www.evangelisch.de/inhalte/179675/11-12-2020/unicef-jemen-ist-der-gefaehrlichste-ort-der-welt-fuer-kinder

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War has a negative impact, where most of whom are living in very dire circumstances. Ahlam, 30 years old, started her small project with her sisters to support their family.Their 60-year-old father who worked in the public sector had his salary cut and his health has deteriorated

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1337404297785593856

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Self-initiatives paved the most rugged places on the road to Aqaba, Al-Rayyiah # Al-Bayda, which connected several villages in 3 isolations. Some societies have always thought about paving parts of them for years to fulfill their various life interests, but they are only achieved today after the establishment of @Anime_Guys By stimulating and uniting the hands and resources of those villages. #Volunteering Week (photo)

https://twitter.com/SFDYemen/status/1337433461892780032

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Yemen Situation Report, 9 Dec 2020

HIGHLIGHTS

Senior officials recommit to tackling the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as the situation deteriorates

Health Cluster and partners prepare for a second wave of COVID-19

Global Humanitarian Overview indicates increasing humanitarian needs

Civilian casualties peak in October Pooled funds allocate $167 million to underfunded response areas

Pooled funds allocate $167 million to underfunded response areas

TRENDS

Window for preventing famine in Yemen is closing

The window for preventing famine in Yemen is closing, the UN has warned, as new figures released by the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO, WFP and UNICEF indicate unprecedented levels of food insecurity.

A new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis for Yemen signals that pockets of famine-like conditions (IPC Phase 5) have already returned to Yemen for the first time in two years and that the number of people experiencing such catastrophic levels of food insecurity could nearly triple from 16,500 currently to 47,000 people between January and June 2021.

At the same time, the IPC analysis warns that the number of people facing IPC Phase 4 (emergency) food insecurity is poised to increase from 3.6 million to 5 million people in the first half of 2021 – placing millions on the brink of famine and at risk of falling into catastrophic conditions if aid is not ramped up.

“These alarming numbers must be a wake-up call to the world. Yemen is on the brink of famine and we must not turn our backs on the millions of families who are now in desperate need. Make no mistake, 2021 will be even worse than 2020 for Yemen’s most vulnerable people. Famine can still be prevented – but that opportunity is slipping away with every day that passes,” said David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP.

Phase 4 is a final call for action –people in Phase 4 on IPC’s hunger spectrum are already suffering enormously and the most vulnerable are at risk of dying of hunger-related causes. Over half the population –16.2 million of 30 million – will face crisis levels of food insecurity or worse (Phase 3+) by mid-2021.Many families are on the threshold of slipping into more acute levels of hunger, exhausted by over five years of war that has left them extremely vulnerable to shocks.

“Keeping people alive by maintaining the flow of food is imperative, but this cycle cannot continue forever. Yemen needs a cessation of conflict, which is the primary driver of food insecurity in the country. Yemeni families need stability and security – and livelihood assistance to help them resume normal food production, so that they require less external support, and can build more resilient and self-sufficient food systems,” said FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu.

Immediate and coordinated humanitarian support is critical to preventing famine and saving lives in Yemen. But significant funding shortfalls threaten lifeline food assistance, life-saving malnutrition services for infants and pregnant and nursing women, and critical livelihood support.

“The world cannot stand by as Yemen slips into famine and millions of vulnerable children and families go hungry,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-situation-report-9-dec-2020

and film, Beasley speaking: https://twitter.com/WFP_Media/status/1336959659488456705

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Yemen crisis explained

The world's largest humanitarian crisis

The ongoing brutal conflict has left millions of Yemenis homeless and suffering from extreme levels of malnutrition.

Now, the UN has described the spread of coronavirus in Yemen as "extremely alarming" with a healthcare system "in effect collapsed".

Already one of the world’s poorest countries, Yemen is now on the brink of catastrophe, with two in three people in urgent need of life-saving humanitarian assistance.

The statistics are shocking. Five million people are at immediate risk of starvation, 16 million do not have clean safe water and sanitation and 22.2 million need urgent humanitarian assistance or protection. Behind these numbers, the full extent of the suffering is laid bare by real-life, impossible choices that face families every day.

https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Yemen-crisis-explained

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Yemen/ MENA: Floods Operation Update Report n° 1, DREF n° MDRYE009

SITUATION ANALYSIS

Description of the disaster

Since April, Yemen experienced heavy rains which caused flash floods in different governorates of the country requiring immediate assistance. On 21 April, a tropical storm hit the southern coast of Yemen with highest impact in Lahj, Aden, Taiz, Ad Dali’, Abyan, and Hadramawt, affecting at least 150,000 people across 13 governorates, including 64,000 internally displaced people. The floods destroyed roads, bridges, and blocked access to affected areas, which resulted in temporary disruption to humanitarian activates.

The situation was further compounded by the first case of COVID-19 reported on 10 April in the country, and the flood-affected areas had witnessed increased conflict and displacement in the last three months. The floods lasted up until the end of August 2020.

Summary of current response

Since the onset of the floods, YRCS activated its emergency protocol for coordination with those branches in the most affected areas, mobilizing over 20 staff and 80 volunteers in activities including rapid assessment, First Aid, evacuation, ambulance service, and psychosocial support.
With the DREF being approved, YRCS mobilized its prepositioned stocks to the governorates in need and promptly distributed NFI kits that included blankets, hygiene kits and jerry cans, to the affected populations.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-mena-floods-operation-update-report-n-1-dref-n-mdrye009

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Film: 3.6 million people in #Yemen have internally been displaced. Footage taken in Abs area of Hajjah 2 years ago and the situation is still the same since then.

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/1338575813747347464

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African migrants arrive in war-ravaged Yemen illegally

Yemeni security authorities on Monday declared that new batches of African migrants are still arriving in the war-ravaged Arab country amid harsh living conditions.

An official of Aden's security command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that "large numbers of the African migrants, mostly from Ethiopia, are still arriving sporadically in the country's southern provinces."

"The flocking of African migrants is still increasing as they easily enter Yemen through many illegal ways and with smugglers' support," the source said.

He noted that "most of the migrants face harsh living conditions after their arrival in the Yemeni areas affected by years-long conflict."

Last month, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased barriers to movement, and migrants are stranded with limited access to basic services and food.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/14/c_139589026.htm

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They risked all to cross the Red Sea. Now a cruel fate awaits in Yemen

Fleeing Ethiopia and Somalia, refugees made their way across the world’s busiest migration route, only to be left in the hands of smugglers in a lawless land

Despite – or rather because of – the war that has raged for six years, desperate migrants and shrewd traffickers have been keen to exploit Yemen’s lawlessness as the EU has cracked down on Mediterranean crossings from Turkey and Libya. Far away from western border controls, by 2019 the Gulf of Aden became the busiest maritime migration route in the world, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Unable to continue to the Saudi border because of frontline fighting and coronavirus road closures, but with no money to get home, they too hope this is just a temporary stop.

While the IOM has organised regular repatriation flights in the past from the southern city of Aden, Covid-19 means that the Ethiopian government has refused to take returnees.

Like Tigrit, few of those stuck here were aware that Yemen is in the middle of a devastating war, complicating their journey and leaving them vulnerable to abuse and kidnapping for ransom. Almost no one appears to know that Saudi Arabia has been imprisoning Ethiopian migrants since the pandemic began, or that it is already trying to expel its population of Yemeni labourers – let alone those who enter illegally.

“Our smuggler is a nice man, he helped us find this place to stay, but some of them are bad men. I don’t care if I go to Saudi Arabia or go home. I just want to leave,” Tigrit said.

A record 138,000 people, mostly Ethiopians, made the perilous journey across the Red Sea to Yemen last year, which at its narrowest point is just 29km wide.

Pandemic border closures dampened arrivals in 2020, but at least 34,000 have tried to make the crossing so far this year. With a new conflict now engulfing Ethiopia’s Tigray region, aid organisations worry that the numbers will grow ever higher.

All put their lives in the hands of smugglers and traffickers who promise safe passage to the wealth of the oil-rich kingdom next door, some driven by reassurances from family and friends who have already made it. If they have enough money, some people will try the route more than once.

Co-ordinating through messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, local sales representatives recruit clients in towns and villages across Ethiopia, who pay between 10,000-15,000 Ethiopian birr (£200-£300) to walk or drive to port towns in Djibouti or Somalia.

From there, sea captains take over for another 10,000 birr to facilitate a journey that can take up to 24 hours on overcrowded and unsafe boats across the Gulf of Aden to landing points all over the white sand shores of south Yemen.

On arrival, migrants and refugees are usually picked up by a handler from their own country who speaks their language, as well as by Yemeni smugglers. Those who can afford it are driven around 1,000km to the Saudi border, sleeping in safe houses en route while smugglers pay off soldiers from Yemen’s different warring parties at checkpoints.

Those who can’t must walk for about two weeks through frontline territories, mountain passes and scorching desert, usually sleeping on the street, while getting shaken down by soldiers for phones and money. Columns of young African men and women walking northwards are now a common sight across the country, but Yemeni citizens who try to help are often reprimanded for their trouble, encountering issues at checkpoints if they offer lifts.

Abdi’s story was echoed by many Ethiopians and Somalis whom the Observer met. Some, however, have faced worse, when smugglers take their charges to detention centres as soon as they land in Yemen. There they are beaten and tortured until their families send ransom money – by Bethan McKernan

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/dec/13/yemen-refugees-red-sea-ethiopia-somalia-migration-route-smugglers

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CCCM Cluster Yemen: Households in IDP Hosting Sites (November 2020)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cccm-cluster-yemen-households-idp-hosting-sites-november-2020

CCCM Cluster Yemen: IDP Hosting Sites Overview (November 2020)

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cccm-cluster-yemen-idp-hosting-sites-overview-november-2020

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cccm-cluster-yemen-al-hudaydah-hub-idp-hosting-sites-november-2020

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cccm-cluster-yemen-saadah-hub-idp-hosting-sites-november-2020

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cccm-cluster-yemen-aden-hub-idp-hosting-sites-november-2020

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cccm-cluster-yemen-marib-hub-idp-hosting-sites-november-2020

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cccm-cluster-yemen-sanaa-hub-idp-hosting-sites-november-2020

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IOM Yemen | Rapid Displacement Tracking (RDT) - Reporting Period: 06 - 12 Dec 2020

From 01 January 2020 to 12 December 2020, IOM Yemen DTM estimates that 28,207 households (HH) (169,242 Individuals) have experienced displacement at least once.

Since the beginning of 2020, DTM also identified other 1,320 previously displaced households who left the displaced location and moved to either their place of origin or some other displaced location.

Between 06 December 2020 and 12 December 2020, IOM Yemen DTM tracked 264 households (1,584 individuals) displaced at least once. The highest number of displacements were seen in

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/iom-yemen-rapid-displacement-tracking-rdt-reporting-period-06-12-dec-2020

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Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 11 December 2020

For 2021, UNHCR will need USD 271 million to provide life-saving protection and assistance to the most vulnerable internally displaced Yemenis, refugees and asylum-seekers. UNHCR will work with authorities, UN agencies, humanitarian organisations, IDPs, host communities and refugees, to assist up to 1.5 million displaced Yemeni and 140,000 refugees with cash, shelter, core relief items, health, education and other specialised services, anchoring its interventions in its protection mandate.

UNHCR warned that hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Yemenis are at heightened risk of food insecurity as livelihoods have been lost to the combined effects of ceaseless violence and COVID-19 pandemic and call for urgent actions to shield them from hunger and famine. An estimated 13.5 million people are currently food insecure, despite ongoing humanitarian food assistance

Countrywide, a total of over 4,000 displaced families received cash to pay for rent, food, medical visits and to buy medicine.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-unhcr-operational-update-11-december-2020

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Vertriebenen Jemeniten droht Hungersnot

UNHCR warnt, dass andauernde Konflikte und COVID-19 Hunderttausende von Binnenvertriebenen im Jemen einem erhöhten Risiko der Hungersnot aussetzten.

Laut den jüngsten UN-Erhebungen herrscht in den Konfliktgebieten Jemens, wo sich zurzeit die Hälfte der vier Millionen vertriebenen Jemeniten aufhält, eine große Ernährungsunsicherheit. UNHCR ist besonders besorgt über die Auswirkungen auf die Schwächsten unter den Binnenvertriebenen. Fast 40 Prozent der am stärksten gefährdeten Familien geben an, kein Einkommen zu haben. Rund 37 Prozent haben bereits heute ungenügenden Zugang zu Nahrungsmitteln.

Frauen sind unverhältnismäßig stark betroffen. Sie dürfen oft nur sehr eingeschränkt arbeiten, weshalb sie keine Tätigkeit ausüben können, um ihre Familien zu versorgen. Viele binnenvertriebene Frauen, darunter auch alleinstehende und verwitwete Frauen, berichten, dass sie sich aufgrund von kulturellen und sozialen Hindernissen von der humanitären Hilfe im Jemen ausgeschlossen fühlen.

Angesichts der Inflation und der wenigen Möglichkeiten, den Lebensunterhalt zu bestreiten, können sich die Familien keine Grundnahrungsmittel mehr leisten. Um Essen auf den Tisch zu bringen, verkaufen viele vertriebene Familien ihr Hab und Gut, nehmen ihre Kinder aus der Schule und schicken sie zum Arbeiten, betteln auf der Straße oder reduzieren ihre Mahlzeiten auf nur eine am Tag.

Schätzungsweise greifen inzwischen vier von fünf vertriebenen Familien mit weiblichem Familienoberhaupt zu Portionseinschränkungen. UNHCR-Mitarbeitende berichten, dass eine Mahlzeit oft aus nicht mehr als einer Schale Reis oder einer Tasse Tee mit einem Stück Brot besteht.

Vertriebene Eltern sind gezwungen, schwierige Entscheidungen zu treffen zwischen der Versorgung ihrer Familien mit Nahrungsmitteln und dem Schutz vor übertragbaren Krankheiten wie Cholera und dem neuartigen Coronavirus.

In diesem Winter verstärkt UNHCR trotz knapper Mittel seine Unterstützung für die vertriebenen Familien und ihre Gastgeber im Jemen durch direkte Bargeldhilfe.

https://www.unhcr.org/dach/de/56281-vertriebenen-jemeniten-droht-hungersnot.html

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Yemenis displaced by conflict now face threats of looming famine

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today warning that hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Yemenis are at heightened risk of food insecurity as livelihoods have been lost to the combined effects of ceaseless violence and COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the latest UN food security survey in Yemen, food insecurity is prevalent in areas of conflict, where half of Yemen’s four million displaced population resides. They live in and around the 16 districts worst affected by acute food insecurity, in Marib, Al Bayda, Abyan, Taizz, Hadramautand and Al Jawf governorates. They are increasingly at risk of famine-like conditions.

Nearly 40 per cent of the most vulnerable displaced families say they have no access to income and 37 per cent were already eating less.

UNHCR is particularly concerned about the impact on the most vulnerable among the internally displaced people (IDPs). Today, one in four displaced families is headed by a woman or a girl of whom every fifth is under the age of 18.

Women are disproportionately impacted, in a country where socio-cultural norms often restrict their access to work. Many IDP women, including single and widowed women, report feeling excluded from humanitarian aid in Yemen because of cultural and social obstacles which restrict them from going out to provide for their families. For many, conflict, displacement and gender inequity only compound the hardships and difficulties they face.

With rampant inflation and few livelihood opportunities, families no longer can afford basic meals. To put food on the table, many displaced families are selling off belongings, pulling children out of school and sending them to work, begging on the streets, or eating just once a day.

UNHCR staff report that often a daily meal is nothing more than a bowl of rice, or a cup of tea with a piece of bread. Coping strategies such as limiting meal portions are most prevalent among displaced. An estimated four out of five displaced female-headed displaced families now resort to such measures.

Displaced parents are pushed to make difficult choices between providing food for their families and protecting them from communicable diseases, like cholera and novel coronavirus.

UNHCR, despite a funding crunch, is stepping up its support to the displaced families and their hosts in Yemen through direct cash assistance this winter.

https://www.unhcr.org/news/briefing/2020/12/5fd337994/yemenis-displaced-conflict-face-threats-looming-famine.html

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Failing to usurp some cars, a Houthi militant has killed car dealer, Abdullah M. Khaled al-Mikhlafi, in Ibb./Yemen Time.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43822

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Deceived solders returns to Sana'a

Eight deceived soldiers have joined the national army in Sana'a, after leaving the camps of the aggression and its mercenaries, the Returnee National Center said on Monday.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3120094.htm

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Freed journalist tells tales of horrific torture experienced in Houthi jails

Yemeni journalist Ahmed Hawdhan was unfortunate like everyone who falls in Houthi hands. From the moment of his arrest covering the "Uprising of the Hungry" in Sana'a in late September 2018 to his release in a Houthi-government prisoner exchange in September 2019 , Hawdhan was frequently blindfolded, hanged on the wall, severely assaulted and slapped in the face during lengthy torture sessions from the afternoon time to 2:00 am. In an interview with al-Bilad newspaper, he said five Houthi militants took turns to keep lashing him with wooden planks and electrified rods. He was also subjected to mock executions, threats, and other forms of torture in an insects-infested detention cell.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43819

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A Houthi gunman has killed a man just because he told him: "It is not right to call [your leader] Abdulmalik al-Houthi is a prophet."/Almashehad Alyemeni.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43802

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Fierce clashes are going on for one whole week between the Houthis and a tribe,Bani Khawli, from their own stronghold of Saadah. The tribe is under siege and appealing for Arab Coalition's help./Bawabati.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43802

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Rights report documents Houthi militia’s violations against capital Sana’a citizens’ over November

Al-Asemah Information Center issued Sunday human rights report documenting part of the Houthi militia violations against the people of the capital Sanaa, during past November 2020.

The report focused on three Houthi militia’s violations :1st dredging of the educational process.

2nd the confiscation of land and state property under a militia-sought plan aims to effect demographic change.

3rd abusing and blackmailing banks, private companies, shops and street vendors.

The report documented over 320 violations against female teachers, including threatening and interfering in their work by the so-called “Zeinbiat”.

As a part of the militia’s policy to make restrictions against female teachers and educational process it transferred a number of them to schools far from their homes.

Also, more than 50 public and private schools were raided by militia’s gunmen, while 16 private schools were closed a week after their administrations refused to pay levies under the pretext of Prophet’s birthday celebrations.

Since 9 months, the militia keep kidnapping the manager of Science and Technology University Professor Hamid Aqlan, despite the demands and demonstrations carried out by senior tribal and community figures, but the militia has not yet responded.

About 220 law clerks in the capital Sanaa, have been arrested in Nov and dozens prosecuted, as part of militia’s efforts to impose demographic change that serves its sectarian agenda.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/12/13/rights-report-documents-houthi-militias-violations-against-capital-sanaa-citizens-over-november/

My comment: Rad with aution; this had been published at the Hadi government’s army news site. Just google “Al-Asemah Information Center” and you will get just this one match.

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Report: 15 thousand schools may lose nationalistic identity

The Houthi militia keep replacing the nationalistic identity of schools and in schools with a sectarian ideological one in the their areas of control in northern Yemen. Measures range from changing the names of schools - after figures and symbols sacred to theocratic dynastical militia – to changing textbooks to teach the militia's terrorist ideology .

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43800

My remark: As claimed by anti-Houthi Islah Party.

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Houthi militia extort the UNICEF

The Houthi have forced the UNICEF to suspend the financial grants it used to spend on project within the militia's areas of control.

Local sources said the militia "prevented the UNICEF from paying the small financial incentives it had been paying to school teachers in rural areas within the militia's areas of control.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43801

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Amran receives 15 deceived soldiers

Amran province received on Saturday 15 deceived soldiers who were fighting in the ranks of aggression.

Amran undersecretary Abdulaziz Abu Kharfasha called on those who remained in the ranks of the aggression to return home and benefit from the general amnesty decree and stand by the nation against occupiers.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3119825.htm

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Deceived soldiers, commanders return national army

Ten deceived soldiers, including two commanders, left the mercenaries' troops and returned on Saturday to the national army availing from the government's amnesty decision.

According to the Returnee National Center, the ten individuals, headed by deputy chief of the supply division in the so-called 3rd brigade Orouba in Jizan Major Fahd Hamed and the commander of the first battalion in the so-called Falcon Brigade Major Dalil al-Qubati have joined the national army.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3119804.htm

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#Houthi militia has arrested these university male graduates for intending to hold a graduation ceremony with their female graduates in #Sanaa. The militia imposed a strict gender-segregation policy in an attempt to bring back the dark time of the Imamate reactionary culture.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1337490527697113089 = https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1337443857475244032 = https://twitter.com/BShtwtr/status/1337448286127595524

My comment: This looks like a propaganda story. They look quite bhappy, there are no guards seen (you easily could descend from the car), it seems another student wearing the same students’ dress is sitting at the co-driver’s seat.

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Mohammed al-Houthi condemns new US sanctions against Yemeni political figures

In a tweet, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said: “The classification of America, which leads an aggression on Yemen, of any Yemeni is condemned and illegal (…) There is no law that allows America to classify others.”

“The US acts are a clear evidence that it does not recogise the world order represented by the Security Council,” he said.

Al-Houthi stated that he considers all accusations against the targeted Yemenis as abusive interference, calling that as “an American act of terror.”

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/12/11/mohammed-al-houthi-condemns-new-us-sanctions-against-yemeni-political-figures/

and also https://english.almasirah.net/post/16574/Two-Citizens-Injured-by-Saudi-Artillery-Shells-in-Sa-adah

Film: https://twitter.com/Naseh_Shaker/status/1337753745480953856

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Film: Friday preachers denounce the accelerated normalization calls for Arab countries 11-12-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8xk3XwRb7A

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Houthis slam Saudi silence over US statement about normalisation with Israel

https://debriefer.net/en/news-21743.html

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Scholars Dept. condemns Morocco's normalization with enemy

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3119651.htm

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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

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

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Shabwa governor says has come under several assassination bids planned by the UAE./Yemen Press.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43822

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Shabwa authorities warns local contractors against involvement in any construction works for the UAE forces occupying al-Alam Military Camp and the country's natural gas liquefaction plant of Balhaf. /Almahrah

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43822

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Yemen's natural gas liquefaction plant in Balhaf, Shabwa, has come under a mortar attack, the first since it was launched in 2009. The perpetrator is not yet known./Multiple websites. Note: The plant is closed since the beginning of the war and is now a UAE military base against the will of the Yemeni government in Shabwah.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43822

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The withdrawal of forces in Abyan have stalled as a result of the STC's backdown from the demilitarization measures under the Riyadh Agreement. Confrontations are expected to resume./Almashehad Alkhlaeeji and other websites.

Military withdrawals have stopped after the STC militia prevented the regular security forces from taking over Zunjubar [the provincial capital of the frontline

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43822

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What Is Behind Attempt to Revive Dead Riyadh Agreement?

This attempt by Riyadh coincided with the US and British moves in the eastern provinces, which politicians described as an open plot to divide Yemen in order to achieve their colonial goals in the southern and eastern provinces.

Observers of the Yemeni issue believe that the acceleration to reactivate the Riyadh agreement, which was more than a year old, with these moves, in addition to the efforts of the UAE and the Israeli entity to establish a military and intelligence base on the island of Socotra, represent a preemptive step for any international changes that may lead to the failure of their project in those governorates.

Observers say that this was related to Trump's defeat in the US elections, who considered his support for Saudi Arabia and its alliance in their aggression against Yemen as a central US strategy in the region that paves the way for Israeli hegemony over the Middle East.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/16605/What-Is-Behind-Attempt-to-Revive-Dead-Riyadh-Agreement%3F

My remark: A Houthi view.

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Prisoner in UAE-run illegal prison in Yemen reportedly commits suicide in act of protest

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/12/14/prisoner-in-uae-run-illegal-prison-in-yemen-reportedly-commits-suicide-in-act-of-protest/

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STC forces arrest Yemeni Socotra local official

The Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces on Monday arrested the director of Socotra public lands and survey office in the Yemeni southern island.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-21810.html

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UAE continues to build bases on Yemen's Socotra island

The UAE has continued to build military bases on the Yemeni island of Socotra with the transportation of military equipment arriving with the approval of Saudi Arabia, a source told Al Jazeera.

The source revealed that the UAE "has pressed to disrupt parliamentary accountability to the government about building UAE bases in Socotra".

The development comes amid the withdrawal of UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces from parts of the southern mainland, including the interim capital Aden and the Abyan province

However on Socotra the STC, which has been in control of the island since June, remains and as of today has reportedly shut down the offices of the State Land and Real Estate Authority and kidnapped its director, according to the Socotra Post.

The Post also reported yesterday that the UAE has sent 40 foreign officials and experts to the island as part of a renewed effort in consolidating its control over the strategically located island.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201214-uae-continues-to-build-bases-on-yemens-socotra-island/

and

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Yemeni gov't official: UAE continues building military bases in Socotra

The United Arab Emirates persistently builds military bases in Socotra and transports military equipment to the southern archipelago with Saudi approval, a Yemeni government official said Sunday.
The UAE practiced pressures to halt any parliamentary step to hold the Yemeni government accountable for the construction of Emirati bases in Socotra, Al-Jazeera quoted the official as saying.
The Socotra is shockingly "absent from the military measures paving the way for the new government declaration," he added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-21805.html

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/12/14/uae-occupation-of-socotra-curiously-absent-from-saudi-uae-talks-in-riyadh/

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Yemeni southern politician arrested in Hadhramout

Security force in the southeastern governorate of Hadhramout on Sunday arrested a leading politician of the Southern Revolutionary Movement Supreme Council (SRMSC) over unknown causes.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-21794.html

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Protesters call for Houthis’ designation as a terrorist group after death of Yemeni football coach and son

Yemeni athletes and the local authority of Taiz called on Sunday for the designation of Houthis as a terrorist organization after a militia rocket attack killed a football coach and his 10-year-old son.
Former professional player Nasser Al-Raimy, 53, was holding a training session on Saturday morning when a barrage of rockets hit the Al-Ahly stadium in Taiz, killing him along his son, Imran.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1777061/middle-east

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Arab Coalition to Asharq Al-Awsat: Riyadh Agreement Revives Stability in Yemen

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition, which is backing Yemen’s legitimate government, stressed that the Riyadh Agreement serves as a bridge to the next phase awaited by Yemenis. It will unite ranks, restore normality to life and reinvigorate the economy.

Great efforts have been exerted by the coordination and political liaison team and the coalition command in Aden and have culminated in the separation of forces in Abyan and their withdrawal from Aden, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki told Asharq Al-Awsat.

“There is no doubt that the implementation of the military part of the Riyadh Agreement, represented in separating the military forces in the Abyan governorate and their pullout from Aden, is a bridge to a future that Yemenis await,” he asserted.

He added that the Riyadh Agreement helps in achieving a normal life that is anchored in uniting ranks, ending military appearances and stimulating the economy.

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2681646/arab-coalition-asharq-al-awsat-riyadh-agreement-revives-stability-yemen

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President Hadi has delayed declaring the new Cabinet to review women's representation./Anaween Post.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43802

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Women’s rights movement demands female representation in letter to Saudi-led Hadi government

Women’s rights leaders have refused to be excluded from the government formation talks between the Hadi puppet government and the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC).

Several women’s organisation leaders have sent letters to Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and his Prime Minister, Moeen Abdul Malik, who both live in Riyadh, calling in them to save the civil rights of Yemeni women, protect their gains, and enhance their participation under the declared local and international authorities.

They called for women to be included in the new government, after they were confirmed to be excluded from the cabinet

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/12/13/womens-rights-movement-demands-female-representation-in-letter-to-saudi-led-hadi-government/

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Yemeni Parliament discusses steps to convene in Aden

The Yemeni official Parliament presidency board on Saturday discussed steps to resume legislative meetings in the interim capital of Aden, and to form its constitutive instruments and bodies.
The Parliament board hailed progress made in applying the Riyadh Agreement military section and the cabinet formation, the Riyadh-based Saba reported.
The legislatures also praised all parties for cooperation in troop pullouts and redeployment in Abyan and Aden as agree in the Riyadh pact's acceleration mechanism.
The coming days require more cooperation to line up ranks, unite efforts, restore activity at State institutions in Aden, alleviate Yemenis' suffering, and maintain the republic and federal system, they said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-21782.html

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Ein Strandhotel gegen Jemens Trauma

Fünf Jahre Krieg haben den Jemen an den Abgrund gebracht. Doch in Schabwa keimt Hoffnung: Durch politisches Geschick fließt nicht nur Geld in die Provinz, es landet auch an den richtigen Stellen. Selbst der Tourismus erlebt einen Reanimationsversuch.

Es ist eine Wette auf die Zukunft. Eine sehr riskante Wette. In Bir Ali, einem kleinen jemenitischen Örtchen direkt am Golf von Aden, soll bis Ende des kommenden Jahres ein Urlauberparadies im großen Stil entstehen. 65 Villen sind geplant - direkt am kilometerlangen weißen Sandstrand und mit Blick aufs türkisblaue Wasser. Die lokalen Investoren hoffen auf betuchte Touristen. Doch ob sie kommen werden, ist mehr als fraglich. Im fünften Jahr eines verheerenden Bürgerkriegs denkt beim Jemen niemand mehr an Schnorchelausflüge zum Korallenriff.

Inmitten dieses Elends ist Schabwa - die Provinz im Süden des Landes, zu der auch Bir Ali gehört - gewissermaßen eine Oase der Hoffnung. Eine asphaltierte Straße führt in die Provinzhauptstadt Ataq. Die rund 100.000 Einwohner treffen sich auf belebten Märkten. An jeder Ecke entstehen neue Gebäude. Highways und ein kleiner Flughafen sind in Planung, das städtische Krankenhaus wird derzeit modernisiert. Auch eine Quarantänestation für Covid-19-Erkrankte inklusive Intensivbetten und Beatmungsgeräten soll hinzukommen. Die Mittel für ein neues Testlabor kamen zum Teil aus Saudi Arabien. Die Provinz Schabwa will sich dem Ausland öffnen, zugleich aber unabhängiger vom Rest des Landes werden. Ein allzu verständlicher Wunsch.

Obwohl die Provinz über reiche Ölvorkommen verfügt, erhielt sie bis vor wenigen Jahren kaum etwas von den Erlösen. Praktisch alles Geld floss in die Hände der jemenitischen Zentralregierung. Mit dem Antritt von Gouverneur Mohammed Bin Adio in Schabwa, vor zwei Jahren, änderte sich das. Bin Adio positionierte sich gegen die wiedererstarkten Separatisten, die in der Region für einen unabhängigen Südjemen kämpfen, und begann Verhandlungen mit der aus Jemens Hauptstadt Sanaa vertriebenen Administration von Präsident Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi. Der Lohn für seine Loyalität: Ein Fünftel der Erlöse durch die Ölproduktion in Schabwa fließen inzwischen an die Provinzregierung. Bin Adio nutzte die finanziellen Mittel, um die Infrastruktur wieder aufzubauen. Elektrizität, fließendes Wasser und eine funktionierende Verwaltung waren zuvor auch in Schabwa nicht selbstverständlich.

Seine Furchtlosigkeit hat den Provinzpolitiker bekannt gemacht. Und sie lockte Investoren an. Tatsächlich ist die Hoffnung, dass der Jemen wieder ein attraktives Urlaubsziel werden könnte, nicht unbegründet.

Um die alten Zeiten zurückzubringen, braucht es allerdings mehr als nur Geld. Die Ruhe in Schabwa ist trügerisch. Lange Jahre war die Provinz eine Hochburg von Al-Kaida.

Auch die VAE sind weiter präsent in der Provinz. Ihre Militärbasen sind berüchtigt - selbst bei Amnesty International. Jahrelang sollen Jemeniten dort ohne Anklage festgehalten und gefoltert worden sein. Auch in der Hafenstadt Balhaf, wo die Emirate eine Gasverflüssigungsanlage kontrollieren, gibt es laut Menschenrechtlern eines dieser inoffiziellen Gefängnisse. Nur mit Mühe konnte Gouverneur Bin Adio bisher seine Autonomie gegen Angriffe all dieser Akteure verteidigen. Die Hoffnung der Menschen in Schabwa - und der Investoren - ist, dass ihm das auch weiterhin gelingt. Und dass dann irgendwann auch die Touristen wiederkommen – von Judith Görs

https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Ein-Strandhotel-gegen-Jemens-Trauma-article22223339.html

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Explosion Targets Home of Police Chief in Occupied Aden

https://english.almasirah.net/post/16590/Explosion-Targets-Home-of-Police-Chief-in-Occupied-Aden

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/12/13/roadside-bomb-explodes-in-aden-2/

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Arab coalition says Riyadh agreement continuing in Yemen

Government troops and separatist forces continued to redeploy their troops in southern Yemen on Sunday under a Saudi brokered-agreement.

On Sunday, the coalition gave an update on progress on the military aspect of the agreement.

The process of separating the forces in Abyan and their exit from Aden was proceeding with “discipline and commitment” for a fourth day.

The coalition also said it “appreciates the commitment of the legitimate Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in implementing the military aspect.”

The two sides started withdrawing their forces on Friday from a flashpoint in the southern province of Abyan, military officers from both sides said.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1776721/middle-east

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PM: coming period will be difficult but government can overcome challenges

Prime minister Maeen Abdulmalik said on Saturday the coming period will be difficult as he revealed that a mini-technocrat government will be announced this week.
The challenges will be huge but it is not impossible for the new government to overcome them and address all national issues, he said at a meeting with the French ambassador to Yemen, Jean-Marie SAFA.
The mission to save the national economy, put an end to the depreciation of the national currency, complete the restoration of the state and build its institutions and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people across the country without exceptions will be the top priority, he said.
The new government has a package of reforms which it will carry out with support from partners and friends of Yemen in the fields of development, economy and finance as well as measures to fight corruption and enhance accountability, he said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-21774.html

and also https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2680206/yemeni-pm-new-govt-will-introduce-fresh-reforms

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According to the leak list and informed sources, Islah has 4 ministries; Youth and sports ( Naif Al-Bakri) , higher education (Khaled al-Wesabi), health and population ( Qasem Buhaibeh who is from Marib), and trade and industry (Mohammed al-Ashwal).

Also STC has 5 ministries: -Abdulsalam Humaid (Transportation). -Salem al-Suqatri (Agriculture and Fisheries ) -Mohammed al-Za'awari ( Social Affairs and Labour). - Abulnaser al-Wali ( Civil Service).

GPC has 5 too: -Moamer alEryani (Information , Culture and Tourism) -Badr al-Aradha (Justice). -Najeeb al-Awaj (Telecommunication). -Huessein Mansour (Electricity). -Abdulsalam Baaboud (Oil).

Socialist has 2: -Waed Bathib (Planning & Int. Coop.) -Tawfiq al-Sharabi (Water & Environment). Each of the following has only one: -Nasserite, Hussein Abdulrahman (Local Adm.). -Inclusive Hadramout Conf., Tareq al-Akbari (Education). -Rashad, Moh. Shabibah (Endo. &Guidance).

President Hadi has 4: -Ahmed Awdh bin Mubarak @BelovedAden (Foreign Affairs) -Moh. AlMaqdashi (Defense) -Ibrahim Haidan (Interior) -Salem bin Buraik (Finance). Again this is according to the leaked list and informed sources. List and names can be changed anytime.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1337918665627459584

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1337928358726873088

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1337937575911313408

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1337939652993495041

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It is absolutely unacceptable to exclude women from the new government. Women had some representatives in previous cabinets and were fighting for broader representation, but awkwardly, they’re completely excluded.

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/1337760775373348864

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Yemeni separatists withdraw Aden under Riyadh pact

Forces of the Yemeni separatist group known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC) started on Saturday to withdraw from the Aden province, southern Yemen, as part of implementing the military part of the Riyadh agreement, Anadolu Agency reports.

A member of a committee observing the implementation of the Riyadh agreement confirmed to Anadolu Agency that the STC forces began to withdraw from Aden and moved towards the frontlines in the Ad Dali' province.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni government forces and the STC forces began on Friday a reciprocal withdrawal from the fighting areas in the Abyan province.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201213-yemeni-separatists-withdraw-aden-under-riyadh-pact/

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-21778.html

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Saudi-led coalition continues to redeploy warring Yemeni forces in southern regions

For the third consecutive day, military officials of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition continued on Saturday redeployment of forces affiliated with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and Yemen's government in the country's southern provinces.

Saudi Arabia seeks to implement a long-delayed power-sharing deal signed between the STC and Yemen's government last year as well as putting an end for internal military conflict between its nominal allies.

Earlier in the day, military units of the STC completely withdrew from flashpoint areas in the country's southern province of Abyan and headed back to their locations in the neighboring province of Lahj.

A military official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity saying that "the 15th Armored Brigade backed by other military units of the STC left Abyan and ceased the military operations there."

"The STC's military units honestly implemented the instructions given by the Saudi officials and moved out from Abyan to other areas determined by the observers," the source said.

He confirmed that a number of army units affiliated with Yemen's government were redeployed from the military contact lines on the outskirts of Zinjibar, capital city of Abyan.

The pro-government military units withdrew back to their previous headquarters in the country's southeastern province of Shabwa, according to the official.

Amin Hussein, spokesman of the pro-government forces in Abyan, told Xinhua that the process of rearranging the warring factions continued for the third day smoothly without obstacles.

He said that leaders of pro-government forces are continuing to hold meetings with the members of Saudi observing committee in Abyan to complete the withdrawal process.

According to Hussein, Saudi Arabia's military observers are dealing seriously with the military commanders of the warring factions and approximately succeeded in implementing the troop redeployment process so far.

On the other side, Mohammed Naqib, spokesman of the STC's troops, told Xinhua saying that the redeployment of warring troops proceeded gradually according to the mutual understandings between the factions under the Saudi officials' supervision.

"We received assurances from the Saudi observing committee that the other party also withdrew and implemented the orders as planned by the coalition," said Naqib.

Meanwhile, local residents confirmed to Xinhua that armed confrontations were stopped in Abyan and a calm situation overwhelmed the turbulent areas of the southern province.

They said that all roads linking the coastal town of Shuqrah that's located on the Arabian Sea and other cities of Abyan were reopened for passengers.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/13/c_139584909.htm

and also https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/yemeni-separatists-withdraw-aden-under-riyadh-pact/2074982

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2678406/mutual-military-withdrawal-begins-abyan-under-arab-coalition-supervision

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30738

https://en.smanews.org/south-arabia/government-and-stc-forces-withdraw-from-flashpoint-in-abyan/

(A P)

Al-Jaber: Yemenis would “reap the fruits” of Riyadh Agreement

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen said on Friday that the Riyadh Agreement would “fulfill peace, security and stability.”
Mohammed Al-Jaber also said that the Yemeni people would “reap the fruits” of the agreement”

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30730

(A P)

Riyadh Agreement important step in dealing with Yemen crisis: Gargash

The UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted his support for the Riyadh Agreement on Friday.
“The implementation of the Riyadh Agreement remains one of the most important steps in the constructive political deal with the Yemeni crisis, and hope is returning once again towards the serious dealings of the Yemeni parties with this agreement,”

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30733

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-21764.html

(A P)

Senior Islah official supports new Cabinet, brethren’s efforts to unify national ranks

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43781

(* A K P)

Yemeni gov't, STC mutually withdraw troops in Abyan

The Yemeni government and Southern Transitional Council (STC) on Friday commenced pulling out their troops in the southern governorate of Abyan as stated in the Riyadh Agreement.
The first military unit withdrew from clashing points to Lauder district, military sources said.
On Thursday, the Yemeni UN-recognized government and the Emirati-backed STC agreed to the formation of the new government that will be declared within one week, the Saudi-led coalition said.
All arrangements needed to apply the Riyadh Agreement's acceleration mechanism were finalized, as parties agreed to the 24-portfolio cabinet formation, a coalition official said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
All military and security plans were concluded to implement the military and security section of the Riyadh pact, the official added.
By help of monitors on the ground, the coalition joint forces command will start as of Thursday observing the troop disengagement in Abyan and moving them to fighting fronts, the official said, as troops will also be sent out of Aden.
The Arab coalition command will continue supporting the security units to perform their core duties in maintaining security and stability and combating terrorist groups, according to the statement.
The already formed government will be declared once the military section is completed within one week, the official added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-21749.html

Photos: https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1337447419223699456

and

(* A K P)

Government and separatist forces withdraw from flashpoint in Abyan, Yemen

The internationally recognized government of Yemen and the pro-independence, separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) began withdrawing their forces on Friday from a flashpoint in the southern province of Abyan, military officers from both sides told Arab News.

The latest redeployment of forces from contested areas in southern Yemen is part of the power-sharing Riyadh Agreement, which was designed to end hostilities between the two sides.

Alongside images of Saudi officers supervising the withdrawal of forces, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber tweeted on Friday: “Our brave heroes from the Coordination and Political Liaison Team, the leadership and officers of the coalition forces, are hand in hand with the leaders and officers of the legitimate forces and the Southern Transitional Council to implement the agreement.”

Troops were seen on Friday afternoon leaving their positions in the contested Sheikh Salem area — under the supervision of Saudi officers — and heading towards a military base in the government-controlled Lawder district.

“The army has pulled out military units that are not part of the Abyan Axis from Sheikh Salem to Mukayras,” one army officer, who asked to remain anonymous, told Arab News by telephone.

The STC also announced the withdrawal of forces from Sheikh Salem to Aden and the shifting of another military brigade from Aden to Karesh in Lahj, a move that Mohammed Al-Naqeeb, a spokesperson for the STC forces in Abyan, told Arab News was intended to reinforce anti-Houthi forces.

“We are committed to our partnership with the (Arab) coalition and we thank them for their peace efforts,” Al-Naqeeb said, adding that the remaining military forces in Abyan would be withdrawn in phases.

On Thursday, the coalition announced that its forces in southern Yemen would monitor the separation of forces in contested areas in Abyan province and Aden and their redeployment to fight the Houthis.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1775886/middle-east

and

(A K P)

Southern Army [separatist militia] Withdraws from Positions in Abyan

The southern armed forces started on Friday to implement the military part of the Riyadh Agreement, said the spokesman for the Abyan axis, Captain Mohammed al-Naqib.
In brief press release, al-Naqib explained that in commitment to the military part of the Riyadh Agreement and in accordance with directives of the supreme political and military leadership, the southern armed forces began their withdrawal from their positions in Abyan under the supervision of the Arab Coalition Forces and they returned to their previous locations in accordance with a specific redeployment plan.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/30732

(A P)

Yemeni official doubts STC willingness to quit arms

Yemen's Southern Transitional Council (STC) will not quit arms and its forces will guard "south people's gains against any plots," an STC official said Friday, pushing the information minister's advisor to warn that the Emirati-backed STC could not abide by the Riyadh Agreement.
After "one year of its delay and failure to apply, the STC has kept everyday looking for a justification for not applying the Riyadh pact," the advisor tweeted.
"Successive committees were formed, but when they were forced, they agreed to apply [the pact], though everyone knows they would apply no clause of the military section," Mukhtar al-Rahabi added. "The coming days would disclose their lies.
"Saudi Arabia was embarrassed by STC's delayed application the deal, so the STC was pressured and threatened that force would be used in case of continuous obduracy.
"Would force be used against the STC if it reneges its promise this time?" the government official said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-21748.html

(* A P)

Mutual concessions pave the way for STC, Yemen government implementing Riyadh Agreement

Analysts expect an increase in political, media, and possibly military activity by what has become known as the Doha current in the Yemeni “legitimacy” camp working against the agreement.

They said that the coalition leadership was able to persuade the Yemeni presidency to make concessions regarding candidates for ministerial portfolios and to provide consensual names, in exchange for the STC’s consent to start implementing the first phase of the military and security component before implementing the political aspect and announcing the government, a step that was previously rejected by the STC.

The Arab Weekly sources confirmed that the coalition provided guarantees to the two parties to the Riyadh agreement, that it will closely supervise each party’s fulfilment of its obligations in the agreement, and take a firm stance towards any party that tries to overthrow the agreement or evade its entitlements.

They expected that the Arab coalition would succeed in overcoming the obstacle of the order in implementing the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement by supervising a simultaneous withdrawal of forces from the front lines at Shagra and its surroundings, leading to the announcement of the new government, but the sources suggested at that time that there would be an increase in political, media, and possibly military activity by what has become known as the Doha current in the Yemeni “legitimacy” camp, which vehemently rejects the Riyadh Agreement and pushes for a scenario of comprehensive confrontation between the Yemeni government and the Transitional Council.

https://thearabweekly.com/mutual-concessions-pave-way-stc-yemen-government-implementing-riyadh-agreement

My comment: The “Doha connection” is an anti-Islah Party, anti-Hadi government bogeyman of pro-separatist, pro-UAE followers.

(A K P)

An awards ceremony to honor 1000 wounded army members is being held in Taiz now./Crater Sky.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-43783

(A P)

Saudi-backed Yemen govt hails US sanctions on Houthi leaders

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government has welcomed US sanctions on five leaders of the Houthi group.

The move "comes as a victory for the civilian victims against the tyranny and crimes of these terrorist militias [the Houthi group]," the Yemeni Foreign Ministry said late yesterday in a statement published on the official Saba News Agency.

The government said it looks forward to similar steps by the international community to "deter Houthi militias, which have not stopped committing crimes and grave violations against civilians."

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201211-saudi-backed-yemen-govt-hails-us-sanctions-on-houthi-leaders/

(A T)

Two car bombs explode in Aden

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/12/12/two-car-bombs-explode-in-aden/

(A T)

At least one dead in shooting in occupied Hadhramaut

A soldier was killed on Friday by unidentified gunmen in the town of Seiyun in Hadhramaut province, eastern Yemen, local sources said.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2020/12/11/at-least-one-dead-in-shooting-in-occupied-hadhramaut/

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/30729

(A P)

Tunisian, Yemeni politicians slam Morocco, Israel deal

Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki and Yemeni presidential advisor Abdul Malik al-Mikhlafi Friday condemned the controversial announcement of normalisation of relations between Morocco and Israel, Anadolu Agency reported.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201211-tunisian-yemeni-politicians-slam-morocco-israel-deal/

(A P)

Hadi urges to unify efforts to build state, face Iranian project

Yemen's president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi has urged to unify efforts to build the state and face the Iranian project and renewed his government's commitment to implement the Riyadh agreement and form the new government.
The remarks were given at meetings the new French and South Korean ambassadors to Yemen who delivered their credentials on Thursday

https://debriefer.net/en/news-21742.html

(A P)

Today in #Marib hundreds of GPC members marked the 3rd anniversary of the so-called 2nd December uprising , the day when former Yemeni president Ali Saleh broke off his alliance with #Houthis in 2017 (photo)

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1337858711151316993

(A)

Film: Despite the deteriorating situation in the city of Aden southern #Yemen, Today, a youth entertainment event was held. Life continues despite everything

https://twitter.com/hussamA123/status/1337489772961550336

(* B P)

The gas war in southern Yemen

In Chabwa, a miserable land rich in hydrocarbons, a monumental battle is being waged, in which political and economic interests mingle, in particular those of Total, which operates a factory there.

It makes you wonder if he wants to die. Mohammed Saleh Bin Adio, governor of Chabwa province in southern Yemen, is waging a personal war against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which he says behaves like a colonial power in his country. "I have stopped counting the number of times the Emiratis have tried to assassinate me," asserts this 44-year-old former teacher, a little man with fragile health. In the summer of 2019, they sent me snipers, then drones. Last week [early November] they planted a bomb next to my house. "

Governor Bin Adio only leaves under good escort from his palace of Atak, capital of the province.

In Chabwa, a miserable tribal land rich in hydrocarbons, Mr. Bin Adio is caught in a monumental battle, where the interests of the Saudi and Emirati coalition, which has been bogged down since 2015 in its military intervention against the Houthi rebellion in Yemen; those of a French energy multinational, Total, which has been operating a liquefied natural gas plant on the coast since 2009 in Balhaf; and those of the Yemeni state, which relies on Total's gas to rise from its ashes, after being consumed in five years of civil war (paywalled)

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/12/04/dans-le-sud-du-yemen-ruee-sur-le-magot-gazier_6062186_3210.html

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

(A P)

Statement by the Secretary-General on the second anniversary of the Stockholm Agreement

Today marks the second anniversary of the Stockholm Agreement, a diplomatic breakthrough that offered a glimmer of hope that an end to the devastating conflict in Yemen was at hand. Unfortunately, far more needs to be done to achieve that common goal – and the profound suffering of the Yemeni people has persisted.

The Stockholm Agreement helped to avert a catastrophic military escalation at the time, thereby safeguarding the continued although limited functioning of the Red Sea ports and the entry of commercial goods and key humanitarian assistance, on which millions of Yemenis depend to survive. The preservation of this lifeline is even more vital now as pockets of famine-like conditions have returned in Yemen and millions are facing severe, growing food insecurity, in particular against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. I call on all Member States to step up their financial support for United Nations relief operations, and to help address the severe economic crisis in the country.

I call on the parties to fulfil the commitments they assumed in Stockholm

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/statement-secretary-general-second-anniversary-stockholm-agreement

(A P)

SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON YEMEN

The members of the Security Council condemned military escalation in Yemen, including in Marib, Hudeydah, and Taez, and called for engagement with UNMHA’s joint implementation mechanisms and implementation of the Global Ceasefire call detailed in resolution 2532 (2020). They strongly condemned the Houthi attack on oil facilities in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 23 November. They reiterated their commitment to an inclusive Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned political process as set out in the relevant United Nations (UN) resolutions, including resolution 2216 (2015), as well as by the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative and its implementation mechanism and the outcome of the National Dialogue Conference. They reaffirmed the international community’s firm commitment to uphold Yemen’s sovereignty, unity, independence, and territorial integrity. They called for the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, and for Yemen’s parties to meet urgently under Martin Griffiths’ auspices to bridge differences on the Joint Declaration. They highlighted the second anniversary of the Stockholm Agreement.

The members of the Security Council expressed alarm at the new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) assessment, which shows that 16,500 people in Yemen are living in famine-like conditions and this is expected to triple by June 2021 even if current assistance levels remain constant. The IPC assessment shows that 13.5 million people are at risk of starvation and already facing acute food insecurity, and this figure could rise to at least 16 million by June 2021.

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/security-council-press-statement-yemen-2

My comment: Hypocrisy, because they did not condemn Saudi coalition air raids at various targets, and because the hunger crisis is the consequence of the Western-pampered war.

and

(A P)

Statement by Ambassador Christoph Heusgen in the UN Security Council VTC Meeting on Yemen, December 14, 2020

I want to confirm that Germany will continue to be engaged – be it as one of the major humanitarian donors and also on the political process as part of P5+4. When we joined the UNSC two years ago, it was just after the Stockholm Agreement and we were all very hopeful that the situation in Yemen would improve and that the country would have a better future ahead of it. But as Martin [Griffiths – SESG] said in his opening statement today talking about the last year, “It was a grim year.”

We have to be realistic and we have to admit that over the last two years, the situation has not improved, but has rather deteriorated. Every time when we thought that we had reached a new low, it got even worse. Special Envoy Griffiths always remained optimistic, but his briefings became more depressing over time and his call for a political solution remains unheard. We have been discussing the Joint Declaration time and again, but no progress has been made. This Joint Declaration will only be the start of a real political process.

https://new-york-un.diplo.de/un-en/news-corner/-/2427142

Fortsetzung / Sequel: cp8 – cp19

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-701b-yemen-war-mosaic-701b

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-700-yemen-war-mosaic-700

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-700 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-700:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

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

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

07:08 15.12.2020
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