Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 714b- Yemen War Mosaic 714b

Yemen Press Reader 714b: 5. Februar 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 714, cp5 - cp19 / February 5, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 714, cp5 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 714, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 714, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Biden beendet US-Unterstützung im Jemenkrieg / Most important: Biden ending US support for Yemen War

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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Houthis arrest 50 teachers and employees belonging to the Sana’a Education Ministry branch office accusing them of “collaborating” with the government/Bawabati.

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A survivor of Houthi jails narrates horrific tales of torture including nail removal body burning./Sama website.

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Houthis are installing new spy software to monitor Yemenis on social media platforms./Bawabati

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Peace Only Possible If US-Saudi Aggression, Siege Ends

Establishment of peace in Yemen would only be possible if the US-Saudi aggression, that has been attacking Yemenis over the past many years, ended its attacks and a concomitant siege, the head of the National Delegation Mohammad Abdulsalam said.

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Parliament to resume its sessions Saturday

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New hearing held for killers of former president of Houthi supreme political council

The specialized criminal appeals court in Yemen's Hodeidah province on Wednesday held a seventh hearing for persons accused of assassinating the former president of the Houthi supreme political council Saleh Al-Samad and his companions.

It gave the relatives of the victims and the prosecution time to respond to appeals by the lawyers of the defendants, according to the Sanaa-based Saba news agency.

The accused of assassinating Al-Samad and his companions include Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Yemen's President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, Defence Minister Mohammed Al-Maqdashi and other army chiefs including those backed by a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, according to pro-Houthi media.

Al-Samad was on a list of 40 Houthi leaders wanted by the coalition. He was killed in a drone attack by the coalition in April 2018 in Hodeidah.

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Huthi Justiz-Farce gefährdet Bahá’í-Leben im Jemen

In der jemenitischen Hauptstadt Sanaa werden neunzehn Bahá’í zur Wiederaufnahme ihres Strafprozesses vor ein Huthi-Gericht geladen und zu Flüchtigen erklärt, wenn sie nicht erscheinen. Die Huthi-Behörden, die die religiöse Minderheit der Bahá’í seit ihrer Machtübernahme in Sanaa im Jahr 2014 schikanieren, schüchtern die Bahá’í weiterhin ein und gefährden ihr Leben, während sie gleichzeitig versuchen, sich ihr Eigentum anzueignen.

Wenn sie erscheinen, werden diese neunzehn Personen höchstwahrscheinlich wegen der unbegründeten Anschuldigungen, die gegen sie aufgrund ihres Bahá’í-Glaubens erhoben wurden, verurteilt werden, zu denen auch das „Zeigen von

Es steht zu erwarten, dass die Behörden im Rahmen der gerichtlichen Vorladung die Namen der Neunzehn in den Medien veröffentlichen werden. Dies wird ihr Leben in einem Umfeld, in dem zu Gewalt gegen die Baha’i öffentlich ermutigt wurde, direkt gefährden.

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Traders pour fuel tanks on the ground in the entrance areas of Sana’a after Houthis banned them from entry to the city unless they agree to sell the fuel to their own militants instead of directly to the customers. /News Line. /News Line


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Film: A citizen went Aljawf to buy 40L of diesel. While on his way back yesterday, Houthis in Nihm stopped him, tried to take diesel by force & would give him a check in return. He refused as he needed to water his farms in Sana's Hamdan. They didn't allow him to pass,so he was forced to do this as a protest

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#Houthis' Preventive Security murdered Sheikh Musleh al-Werwari, one of the most prominent tribal leaders in Qaflat-Uthar district,#Yemen's north Amran, acco. 2 local sources. 2 years ago they killed his brother Sheikh Sultan. Musleh was one of Houthis' key allies in 2015 (photos)

Comment: Dismantling the tribes through executing and subjugating tribal leaders is one of Houthis main methods to solidify their control over the population in the north. In the past, tribes offered protection for their members against central government abuses!


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Houthi militants kill senior tribal loyalist in Amran

The Houthi theocratic militants killed senior tribal loyalist Musleh al-Warwari on Wednesday, more than a year and a half after they killed his brother, in Amran province north of Yemen.

Several sources including Yemen Time news website reported that the Al-Warwari was a tribal supporter and financier of the militia but “has been killed with his son for no known reasons.”

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Houthis dub STC declared intention to normalize with Israel as weak obsessions

The Southern Transitional Council (STC) declared willingness to normalize with Israel is blatant provocation and weak obsessions, Houthi deputy foreign minister tweeted on Wednesday.
"Any Yemeni disclosing publically intention to normalize with an entity occupying the Arab land of Palestine, they in fact blatantly provoke feelings of Arabs and Muslims," Hassan al-Ezzi added.
"But the implementation of such weak obsessions in the first Arab cradle remains impossible."

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Houthi militia keeps confiscating fuel for several advantages

The Houthis are continuing to confiscate fuel to the terrorist militia’s own advantages, reports say.

An anonymous source said the militants are intercepting fuel tank trailers heading from the government-held Marib to the militant-controlled Sana’a are “being intercepted in Al-Darkal area in in Al-Hazm,” the provincial capital of Aljawf province.

A Houthi militant impersonating the “director of Oil Company” in Sana’a acknowledged in a recent statement that his militia has confiscated 400 trucks of fuel in Aljawf alone.

Ammar al-Adhroee also acknowledged that the cargo is 22 million liters of petrol and diesel.

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Film: Houthinizing State Institutions in #Yemen

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Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi speaks on birthday of Sayyida Fatima al-Zahra

The Leader of the Yemenj Revolution, Sayyid Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, has congratulated the entire Islamic Ummah on the birthday of Sayyida Fatima al-Zahra, the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed.

“The birthday of Sayyida Al-Zahra was indeed worthy to be the International Women’s Day”, Sayyid al-Houthi said during a speech he delivered on Tuesday evening.

“The emergence of high-end models of women, such as Maryam, daughter of Imran and Fatima bint Mohammed, provides a clear witness that God has honoured women,” he said, noting that “the enemies of Islam seek to strike at the woman who believes in her principles, morals and values, and seek to ruin her.”

The Sayyid also pointed out that “the enemies of the nation consider that the degeneration of the entire Muslim community is the greatest means of conquering, humiliating and controlling it.”

He highlighted the importance of Yemenis’ commitment to Islamic values in steadfastness in face of Saudi-led aggression.


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Information Minister: Yemeni women have derived their patience, steadfastness from Fatima al-Zahraa

The female students' department at the University of Science and Technology celebrated on Wednesday the International Day of Muslim Women, the birth anniversary of 'Fatima al-Zahra' Bent Muhammad (peace be upon her).

In the event organized by the Department of Student Affairs at the University in cooperation with the University Student Forum, Minister of Information Dhaifullah al-Shami referred to the status of women in Islam who honored by Allah that proclaiming a surah in the Holy Quran in the name of women, ''known as Maryam'' in honor of their role in life.

Al-Shami stressed the enemy is targeting Yemen, especially women, through the soft war, under misleading headlines and slogans to corrupt society after it has been militarily, politically, and economically incapable to achieve its goals in Yemen.

Minister al-Shami warned against the efforts of the West and the enemies of Islam in general to target Muslim women in their values and principles by creating symbols of Muslim women and ignoring the real examples.

He touched on the position and role of Yemeni women, who recorded the most wonderful images of steadfastness in the face of aggression and who drew their patience and steadfastness from al-Zahra's positions.

The Minister of Information considered the revival of this occasion as a reminder and call for Muslim women to return to their true symbols and role models, such as Fatima al-Zahra, Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, and other feminist figures who were named in Holy Quran and Sunnah.

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Yemen marks World Cancer Day by calling attention to use of cancer-causing weapons by invaders

The Cancer Control Fund of Yemen has on Wednesday organised a ceremonial event to mark World Cancer Day.

At the event, member of the Supreme Political Council, Sultan al-Samei, referred to the importance of celebrating World Cancer Day in order to raise awareness of the dangers of cancer and ways to prevent it.

Al-Samei pointed out that cancer patients in Yemen suffer even more today, as a result of the continued aggression and siege, the closure of Sana’a International Airport and the prevention of entry of their medicines.”

Dr. al-Qubati indicated that the number of cancer patients has reached 71,000 during the years of the aggression, often as a result of the Saudi-led coalition’s use of internationally prohibited weapons.

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Ansarullah congratulates Iran on launches new satellite rocket

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12 deceived soldiers return home

The National Center for Returnees on Wednesday received 12 deceived soldiers in the capital Sana'a.

Among the returnees the commander of the so-called al-Barah Battalions Axis in Marib Maj. Faiz al-Barh returned to homeland ranks from the camps of the aggression in the border areas.

The returnees confirmed that the aggression coalition and its mercenaries are continuing to torture those who were deceived and stood by their ranks.

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10 deceived soldiers return home

10 deceived soldiers returned to the capital Sana'a on Tuesday, including the control corner of the so-called Azal Axis, LTC. Khaled Daba'an.

The deceived soldiers, the returnees, were at the aggression camps in the border areas of Yemen fighting against Yemen and its sovereignty.

My remark: They had defected from anti-Houthi forces.

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#Houthis also appointed Ali Hussein al-Houthi, son of the founder of Houthi group, com. of Petrol Police (Najda). They promoted him 2 Gen. Abdulmalik is the Imam His uncle Abdulkarim MOI, His nephew com. of Najda, Abdulmajid head of Awqaf,...


Houthi militant kills himself, relatives in grenade accident

A Houthi militant accidentally killed himself and relatives to him in an accidental explosion of a hand grenade that was in his possession on Monday, local sources said.

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Women banned from contraceptive, men allowed in Sana'a

In order to compensate for the lack of militants in the ranks of the Houthis, the Iranian-backed militia has imposed severe restrictions on women's access to birth control methods and ordered the change of the guidebook for their use, in conjunction with accelerated steps to change educational curricula and society's ideology according to sectarian foundations that open the door to the existence of a generation of extremists and warns of long-term sectarian conflicts.
On Saturday, January 30, Houthi Minister of Health Taha al-Mutawakil stated the cancellation of the family planning guidelines in place for years and which was prepared with the contribution of international medical organizations. He will prepare another guide that is consistent with him saying that “they are the appropriate trends and policies,” which are the expressions used by the militia in fighting all aspects of civility and coexistence within Yemeni society.
Houthi health offices have placed strict restrictions on women's access to birth control methods, including the husband's prior consent to his wife's use of this method, and consent is only achieved when the husband is present with her at the moment she requests it and after confirming the existence of the marriage contract. But if the husband is unable to attend, the wife is obliged to bring the husband’s approval, notarized, and placed in a special file that a Houthi security authority will receive after that to ensure the safety of payment procedures and time periods.


My comment: The reason stated here is rather odd propaganda BS. Those born now will be able “to compensate for the lack of militants in the ranks of the Houthis” within 14 years only, admitted they are forced to become child soldiers. A sincere reason would be an ever-growing “Wahabisation” of Houthi thought and politics.

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Houthis separate male and female students with cement walls in university classrooms

The Iran-backed Houthis have begun separating male and female students in university classrooms using cement walls, according to photos shared by Yemen’s information minister.

“The Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia began to separate male and female students in the halls of government universities located in the hijacked capital Sana'a and the rest of areas under its control with concrete walls, in an unprecedented incident,” Muammar al-Iryani, [Hadi gov.] Yemen’s information minister, shared on Twitter (photo)

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

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Yemeni official denies UAE called back troops

Yemeni officials accuse UAE of seeking to divide Yemen by controlling southern ports

A Yemeni official on Friday denied that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had ended its military presence in the country.

This came in a tweet by Mohamed Gezan, the undersecretary of the Information Ministry of the Yemeni government. He called on Abu Dhabi to stop arming militias in the south.

Earlier, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted that his country had ended military presence in Yemen.

"The world is a small village, thanks to the media, and everyone knows that you are still in Yemen," Gezan tweeted in response. "Withdraw your soldiers from Socotra, Balhaf, and Mayyun, and stop arming the militias."

Gezan called on the UAE authorities to sincerely support the legitimacy of the Yemeni government.

Yemeni officials usually accuse the UAE of seeking to divide Yemen and to control its southern part in order to control its wealth and influence the vital ports, by arming forces parallel to the legitimate government.

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Unknown military vessels reported docking on UAE-occupied Yemeni island

Four foreign military ships are reportedly docked at the coast of Mayon Island, the most important Yemeni island in the Bab al-Mandab Strait. These vessels have begun landing ammunition and forces whose affiliation has not been identified until now, local sources said on Thursday.

Southern Yemeni journalist Adel Al-Hasani confirmed the arrival of four military ships belonging to the Saudi-Emirati coalition landing forces on Mayon Island in the Bab al-Mandab.

referring to

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Hadhramaut tribes renounce ties to Southern Yemen in protest against separatist collaboration with Zionism

The so-called “Hadhramaut Tribes Alliance” in Hadramout province, eastern Yemen, called on Thursday for the province’s complete independence from the southern Yemeni provinces.

Head of the Public Relations Department of the Valley and Desert Districts, Sheikh Salem Ali bin Ajiyan Shahbal, called on the political leaders and civil society organisations of the province to immediately declare the independence of Hadhramaut with full powers.

The Hadhramaut tribes’ alliance, which is loyal to Saudi Arabia, sent a message to the exiled former president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, demanding that he promptly declare the secession of Hadhramaut from what is considered southern Yemen, and as such would no longer be considered part of the southern Yemeni region.

This comes after the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) leader, Aidarous al-Zubaidi, announced on Tuesday that he plans to establish relations with the Zionist entity known as “Israel” if South Yemen were to become independent.

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Mercenaries' kidnap woman with her son in Marib

The aggression's mercenaries kidnapped on Thursday Naziha al-Junaid and her son, and took them to an unknown destination, a security official said.

Naziha and her seven-year-old son, was kidnapped while she was applying for a passport in the Civil Status Authority in Marib, said the official.

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Yemen slams STC remarks on Israel normalization

Chairman of Abu Dhabi-backed organization hints at full normalization with Tel Aviv

The head of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Yemen has been slammed for his remarks to normalize relations with Israel.

Earlier this week, Aidarus al-Zoubaidi said that the organization, which is backed by the United Arab Emirates, intends to normalize relations with Israel in case a separate southern Yemeni state is formed.

In an interview with Russia Today Arabic, al-Zoubaidi described the recent normalization deals with Israel "an exemplary action" to achieve regional peace. The UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco established diplomatic relations with Israel in 2020.

"All Yemenis reject normalization with the Zionist entity [Israel]," Mukhtar al-Rahbi, adviser to Yemen's information minister, tweeted on Wednesday. He added that al-Zoubaidi did not represent the entire Yemen.

Salah Batis, a member of Shura Council, the upper house, said al-Zoubaidi's statement gives Yemenis two choices: either back a strong, unified state or split it into three that will then compete to establish relations with Tel Aviv.

Most of the political forces in southern Yemen also denounced al-Zoubaidi's statement.

Abdul Kareem al-Saadi, who is heading the Southern National Assembly, termed it "catastrophic," and demanded the STC not to be influenced by Abu Dhabi.

Ali al-Musabi, the secretary general of the Front for Liberation party, said the southern Yemen problem cannot be resolved at the expense of the Palestinian cause.


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'South Yemen would normalise relations with Israel', UAE-backed group says

The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Yemen said yesterday that it would normalize ties with the occupation state of Israel if the state of South Yemen is established.

STC head Aidarous Al-Zubaidi told RT: "We support normalisation with Israel." He added that this is a principle of peace in the region and a basis for peace in the distant future.

"If we have a sovereign state, we can have normal ties with Israel. When we have our own capital and have independence and sovereignty, then we have the right to establish relations with Israel, this is our sovereign right," he continued.


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President of UAE-backed STC Aydrous al-Zubaidi: we would normalize relations with Israel whenever we restore our state South Arabia. Counts his chickens before they are hatched (film)

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SEF [separatist militia] Soldier Survives Assassination Attempt in Shabwa

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Yemen Govt Rejects Accusations Made by Recent UN Report

The Yemeni government expressed its reservations over a recent report published by a team of experts from the UN Security Council that accused the Yemen Central Bank of “laundering money.”

Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik, at a press conference in Aden, told reporters that the government has always maintained transparency.

“The government’s principle is absolute transparency,” he asserted.

Noting that the methodology for the report was wrong, Abdulmalik said he was astonished at how the policy for supporting basic goods in a country suffering from a humanitarian crisis was slammed as a destructive strategy.

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Rebel leader implies parliament won’t be allowed back in Aden

The top [separatist] rebel leader in south Yemen Ayderoos al-Zabidi has implied in a news agency interview that Yemen’s parliament won’t be allowed to return to Aden city which lies under the control of his militia, known as the Southern Transitional Council.

Asked by Sputnik whether the parliament can return to Aden, al-Zabidi said the Riyadh Agreement which allowed for the return of the national unity government to Aden “did not go over the issue of convening (parliament) sessions in Aden. And we are limited by that Agreement.”

While the Riyadh Agreement provides for full partnership and shared control, only the skeletal government was allowed to return under the mercy and protection of the UAE’s militia.

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Saudi-backed mercenaries continue building military checkpoints in Ma’rib refugee camps

The so-called “Special Security Force” affiliated with the Islah Party in Ma’rib province has refused to remove its military points from internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the city of Ma’rib, sources told Yemen Press Agency on Wednesday.

“A tribal mediation from the sheikhs of Ma’rib province demanded that security forces lift the military points from the IDP camps in the city, but security commander Abu Mohammed Sha’alan refused the mediation request,” the sources said.

According to the sources, the tribal mediation, led by a number of sheikhs, including Sheikh Abdulhadi bin Ma’eli, threatened with taking a firm stance if the militarisation of the displaced camps continued.

The displaced refugees in Ma’rib camps are being regularly harassed by Islah security forces.

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UAE and Israel building joint military bases on occupied Yemeni Island of Socotra

An informed source revealed that the UAE and Israel have completed preparations for the establishment of intelligence bases on Yemen’s Socotra island, Yemen Press Agency reported.

The source told Yemen Press Agency that the UAE and Israel have completed logistical preparations for the establishment of intelligence bases to gather information from all over the Gulf of Aden, the Bab al-Mandab Strait and the southern Yemeni provinces, which are under the control of the invading coalition.

Yesterday, the UAE Air Force took 28 Israeli officers and soldiers to the Socotra archipelago before they were transported by helicopter to the Island of Samhah, which is one of the archipelago’s islands.

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Former minister calls for releasing Socotra probe findings

Former minister of fisheries in Yemen's government Fahad Kefayen on Tuesday called on the Parliament to release the findings of a committee probing the situation in the Socotra archipelago in the aftermath of battles between the UAE-backed southern transitional council and the government forces last year.

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Houthi group hands down death sentences to four convicted of forming armed group

The Houthi specialised criminal court on Tuesday sentenced four people to death after convicting them of affiliating with an armed group.
It also ordered them to pay 60 million Yemeni rials in fines and to confiscate their properties.

The four, named Tariq Al-Hasisi, Ali Al-Bani, Bashir Al-Aslami and Khalid Al-Abdali, will be executed at the Al-Sabeen Square.


Large fire destroys parts of Aden

A major fire broke out in a popular market near the Maasheeq Palace, which is the official residence of the Hadi puppet government, in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, southern Yemen, local sources reported on Tuesday.

The fire that erupted on Monday night destroyed many shops in a popular market in the Crater district, causing heavy damage to civilian properties and a state of terror among dozens of families living in apartments in the middle of the market, the sources explained.


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Security official escapes assassination in Yemeni Shibam

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Marib police seize members of cell linked to terrorist Houthi leaders

The Marib police captured elements of a cell linked with the leaders of the terrorist Houthi militia while plotting to carry out acts aimed at destabilizing the security, stability and public order in the governorate.

A statement issued by the police of Marib governorate that members were seized after a careful monitoring and follow-up since the arrival of some of the cell members from Sana'a ,tracing their movements and activities they were involved in, adding that investigation is still ongoing.

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Comment: So Houthis ban wmn frm working in restaurants ,cafes, bt encourage em 2 join their Zainabiat team or work as slpr cells


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Yemen security authorities foil kill plot by female Houthi cell

Authorities in Yemen have foiled a plot to kill military and security officers after uncovering a Houthi cell of eight women.

The women were planning to carry out attacks against local targets when they were found by police hiding in several houses in the central Yemeni city of Marib, a security source told Arab News on Tuesday.

The officer, who wished to remain anonymous, said security forces had been closing in on the all-female cell for more than a month and when the properties were raided they discovered GPS devices and a list of targets on mobile phones.

During the last five years, security and military authorities have busted several Houthi sleeper cells

My comment: As claimed by the anti-Houthi side.

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Woman tortured to death in Saudi-run prison in Ma’rib

Activists on social media circulated on Tuesday news about the death of a detainee in a prison controlled by Saudi-led coalition forces in Ma’rib province, as a result of being tortured for a whole month.

Activists said that the detainee, named Safaa al-Amir died in the military intelligence prison in Ma’rib as a result of being tortured to death.

In an attempt to justify the crime that rocked the city of Ma’rib, the Hadi puppet government published a photo of a medical report issued by a hospital in the city, stating that the victim had died of a heart attack.

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Al-Kathiri: STC's leadership will be in Aden soon

The leadership of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) will return to Aden in the coming days, the STC spokesman, Abdullah al-Kathiri said in a statement to the Russian state-owned news agency, Sputnik, adding that there is nothing to prevent or hinder its return to the capital.
During the past months, the STC's leadership was in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to discuss the mechanisms for implementing the Riyadh Agreement, al-Kathiri explained, affirming that after the historic visit of the STC's high-level delegation to Russia, the STC's leadership will be in Aden in the upcoming days and weeks.

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Al-Zubaidi concludes official visit to Moscow


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Russia discusses with STC the situation in South Yemen in detail

Russia affirmed its support for a comprehensive national dialogue in Yemen that takes into account the legitimate concerns of all leading political forces, including the form of state.

This came during a meeting between Russian officials with the head of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), Aidaroos Al-Zubaidi, and his high-ranking delegation, today, Monday, at the Foreign Ministry's headquarters in the capital, Moscow.

“The Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia M.L. Bogdanov, received on February 1, the President of the Yemeni STC, Aidaroos Al-Zubeidi,” a statement published on the official website of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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Russian foreign ministry receives secessionist delegation led by STC president

President of the southern transitional council Aidarous Al-Zubaidi on Monday affirmed his commitment to what he called the goals and ambitions of the southern people, including their right to self-determination and restore their identity and pre-1990. state.

The statement was made as he and an accompanying delegation from the council were received by Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

The meeting represents an opportunity to highlight a history of friendship and cooperation at all levels between south Yemen and the Russian Federation, he said, pointing to common positions towards many issues in the south and the region, including coordination to face challenges and threats to international navigation at the Bab Al-Mandab Strait and war on terror.

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cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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The decision to designate the Houthis (Ansar Allah) a foreign terrorist organization, and how it’s impacting the United Nations

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control issued several general licenses aimed at mitigating the anticipated repercussions for humanitarian operations in and commercial traffic to Yemen. However, humanitarian actors in Yemen have repeatedly warned that these licenses are not enough to avert the negative humanitarian impact of the designations.

Yemen depends on commercial imports to bring in nearly all its food and everything else. The licenses as currently formulated do not address the underlying uncertainty around commercial transactions in Yemen – including potential risks of criminal liability for many relevant stakeholders, such as banks and suppliers.

This may create a “chilling effect” that would greatly reduce Yemen’s supply of food and other essential goods just as the risk of famine is intensifying. For years, aid agencies have been clear that they cannot compensate for major drops in commercial imports or replace the private sector.

Following the initial announcement of the US decision, UN officials and independent humanitarian organizations, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and 19 international NGOs operating in Yemen to deliver humanitarian assistance, have called for a reversal of the designation.

In a briefing to the Security Council on 14 January, UN officials expressed deep concern about the adverse humanitarian impact the designations would have on the Yemeni people, especially at a time when the threat of famine is growing.

“It is already clear that even with licences and exemptions in place for humanitarian work, the designation will have serious implications, causing delays and uncertainty in our ability to deliver assistance, making it even more difficult to operate in Yemen, particularly in areas controlled by the Ansar Allah de facto authorities which are home to the majority of people in need”, said a joint statement by 19 international humanitarian operators in Yemen.

“This is why today we make an unprecedented and united call for the Biden administration to immediately revoke the designation.”

UN officials have expressed similar concerns while distinguishing between any judgment on the substance and intention of the decision of the United States about the Houthis (Ansar Allah), and the concern for the millions of Yemenis who live under their control. On January 25, the United States issued an additional temporary general license in an attempt to further mitigate the humanitarian impact.

The United States has said it was continuing to monitor the impact of the designations and that it had initiated a review. However, United Nations officials have continued to call for reversal on humanitarian grounds for fear that the imports’ flow into Yemen would be interrupted, noting Yemen’s dependence on imports to secure basic commodities such as food and medicine.

“We have heard concerns that companies are still planning to cancel or suspend business, given that this move does not resolve underlying uncertainties. With millions of civilians at risk of starvation, Yemen cannot afford even a temporary disruption in commercial activity. We continue to call for the reversal of the designations on humanitarian grounds,” said Stephane Dujarric, the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.

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Photos: The World Food Organization opens its first relief work in Al Hudaydah Governorate for the year 2021 AD by destroying quantities of expired foodstuffs that are not suitable for human use.


cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

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What’s in Store for Saudi-Turkish Relations in 2021?

In recent years, substantial tension has built up between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Yet given a host of new dynamics, both within the region as well as with new leadership in Washington, there is reason to consider the possibility of a rapprochement between Riyadh and Ankara.

With top US officials in President Joe Biden’s administration calling for the pursuit of justice in the Jamal Khashoggi murder case, an end to Washington’s support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, and a more careful look at US arms sales to Riyadh, it appears that the kingdom must now work with a new White House that is less Saudi-friendly than Donald Trump’s administration. Moreover, against the backdrop of the al-Ula summit held in early January that led to an official Saudi-Qatari rapprochement, Riyadh may seek to cool tensions with Turkey in order to have more options in the region amid a period of uncertainty in US-Saudi relations.

Ultimately, while a Saudi-Turkish rapprochement is anything but inevitable, it is safe to contend that any major improvement in relations between Ankara and Riyadh will leave officials in Abu Dhabi unsettled. The UAE has spent recent years working to establish a solid bloc of anti-Turkish state and non-state actors that would work together in order to counter Ankara’s clout. The UAE’s rapprochement with the Syrian government as well as Abu Dhabi’s formalization of diplomatic relations with Israel were two bold moves made for various reasons, including the UAE’s quest to unite more regional players against Ankara.

To be sure, Saudi Arabia moving away from its support for Abu Dhabi-driven efforts to challenge Turkey could become a new source of tension in relations between the Saudi kingdom and the UAE in 2021. It would also signal the possible collapse of an anti-Turkish coalition that Abu Dhabi began to establish in 2019. In the months and years ahead, the Saudis will need to make difficult decisions about where to position Riyadh in relation to Ankara and Abu Dhabi’s “Cold War.”

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This morning started with (rare) tears & screams of joy. Wishing freedom in all ways for all wrongfully held in #Saudi; be it in jail or imprisoned by kafeels or male guardians. We want a better Saudi for all. Salah is my daughters cousin, so I’m truly happy for the family.

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Breaking: My cousin Dr. Badr AlIbrahim, an epidemiologist & journalist, been released Today. I want to thank

@ABlinken for his influence on his case. You got him out within 2 weeks after he was ignored by @mikepompeo for 2 years. Thanks.

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Hi @Paul_Casey my brother, who’s a humanitarian aid worker, was kidnapped from the Red Crescent in Riyadh by Saudi officials nearly 3 years ago. He was tortured & was locked up in secret prison. To this day we can’t contact him & we don’t even know if he’s ok.

Hey @Paul_Casey. I am a mother of a #Saudi child & work with battered women & children in Saudi. You mentioned being wrong before on Saudi & cite children’s rights issues & the CRC. Int’l human rights law is my field & I’d like to clarify some things. 1/8

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Happy to report that another dual national #American #Saudi Salah AlHaidar was also released today. He is the son of leading women rights activist Aziz AlYousef. Thanks @SecBlinken

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102 Women Detainees ... Saudi Arabia Violates Human Rights in Detention

Saudi activists revealed that the Saudi regime continued violations, during January 2021, against prisoners of conscience, whom the Kingdom refused to release despite international and local demands.

Saudi activists stated that a number of prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia carried out a hunger strike to protest the ill-treatment inside the notorious Saudi prisons.

The founder of the Human Rights Union Society, Mohammad Al-Otaibi, who is detained by the Saudi regime, continues his strike for the fifteenth day in a row to protest the ill-treatment and the deteriorating conditions in his detention.

The Saudi judiciary had issued Al-Otaibi a 14-year prison sentence, after the Qatari authorities arrested him and handed him over to Saudi Arabia in 2017, while he was about to go to Norway to seek political asylum.

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Saudi forces attack protest against economic woes, make arrests: Reports

Reports coming out of Saudi Arabia say Riyadh’s forces have attacked a group of protesters who were out on the streets of the city of Buraidah in Qassim Region to denounce the regime’s economic policies.

According to reports, clashes erupted on Monday night as Saudi troops attempted to disperse the demonstrators, who were angry at Saudi’s heir apparent Mohamed bin Salman's (MBS) economic policies that they say have worsened unemployment and poverty across the kingdom.

“The city of Buraidah in the al-Qassim region witnessed demonstrations where hundreds of young people gathered, and [the demonstrations] led to clashes with Saudi security forces,” media personality Hosein Mortada tweeted on Monday night.

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For Biden, Tough Talk on Saudi Arabia Meets Reality

‘We don't yet know exactly’ how Biden will change things, says CENTCOM’s Gen. McKenzie

“My domain is the mil-to-mil relationship. We work to preserve that, regardless of what's happening at the policy level,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of all U.S. forces in the Middle East, said in an interview with Defense One last week. “The military component serves policy, so we're going to be completely responsive to whatever policy is set here.”

But, McKenzie said, “we don't yet know exactly” how the Biden administration’s policy approach to Riyadh will shake out. “I think the Biden team is going to do an evaluation there. That won't happen overnight. It'll take a short period of time to do it.”

For some current and former officials with experience in the region, the quiet continuation of the broader security relationship is a nod both to Riyadh’s strategic importance to the United States and to the thorniness of t

But while curtailing the sale of precision munitions to the Saudis might prevent some civilian deaths in the short term, it wouldn’t resolve the conflict in Yemen, which has spiraled into an unprecedented humanitarian disaster, officials suggest.

McKenzie and others familiar with the thinking in Riyadh say that Saudi Arabia is keen to end the conflict — the stated goal of the United States — but the Houthi rebels, backed in part by Iran, aren’t ready to deal. That’s partially because they are enjoying a certain “momentum” on the battlefield, McKenzie said, and are “gaining ground in the North.”

“It's hard to know their intentions,” McKenzie said. “Sometimes when you're having success like that, you always feel like you've got to get a little bit more before you negotiate. And that's very dangerous because hubris, pride can be an upsetting element in these kinds of negotiations.”

“I think our assistance for them is more specifically focused on the defense of Saudi Arabia,” McKenzie said. “Those are the things that I track most closely, is what we do to help them defend Saudi itself, from ballistic missile or [unmanned aerial system] attacks.”

But how will Biden square that level of nuanced engagement with his campaign politics?

“From my vantage point, I don't think it's as narrow as people think,” Westphal said. “You have to kind of put behind what was said during your campaign. That's in the heat of a campaign. Now, he's president he's got a much bigger world map to consider.”

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It’s time to stop US arms sales to Saudi Arabia

The war in Yemen is America’s war. Saudi Arabia has spent a fortune buying arms from America to prosecute a war that has killed almost a quarter of a million people — the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe in our lifetime. Two American administrations have enabled the war. It’s long past time to stop.

Despite the wide-ranging concerns in the U.S. and the United Kingdom about Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen, both Washington and London continued to export arms to Saudi Arabia from 2015 to 2019. A total of 73% of Saudi Arabia’s arms imports came from the U.S., and 13% from the U.K.

In the five years before the war, U.S. arms transfers to Saudi Arabia amounted to $3 billion; between 2015 and 2020, the U.S. agreed to sell over $64.1 billion worth of weapons to Riyadh, averaging $10.7 billion per year. Sales to other belligerents in the war, like the United Arab Emirates (UAE), also rose exponentially.

Barack Obama could have stopped the war at its start in 2015 by cutting off military, diplomatic, and intelligence support for the Saudi-led coalition that imposed a blockade on Yemen and began deadly air strikes on civilian targets. The administration’s regional military commander, now Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, reportedly advised against supporting the Saudi campaign and predicted it would be a failure. The Senate confirmation process for Austin gave insufficient attention to the issue. It would be useful to know more about the debate inside the Obama administration during the start of the war. Who were the proponents of backing Riyadh and Abu Dhabi? Who were the doubters?

The Trump administration was totally enthusiastic about the war.

Iran is the big winner in the war. The Houthis have moved closer to Iran as the war progressed, and Iran has significantly more clout in Sana’a today than six years ago. Its provision of missile and drone technology has enabled the Houthis to strike Riyadh and other Saudi targets

Today, President Biden announced an end to support for “offensive” operations by the Saudis. We will need to see how this is transferred into concrete policy. Does it mean an end to the blockade, which is the most important element in the malnourishment of Yemenis? It continues support for Saudi air defenses against missiles and drones, but does it halt support for air strikes on missile batteries?

It is time to stop the carnage in Yemen and stop fueling the arms race in the Middle East. =

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ADRA appelliert an US-Regierung: Humanitäre Hilfe im Jemen nicht blockieren!

Die Adventistische Entwicklungs- und Katastrophenhilfe ADRA appelliert an die internationale Gemeinschaft und speziell an die neue US-Regierung, die Helfer*innen im Jemen zu unterstützen. Alle Maßnahmen, die das Leid der Menschen im Jemen vergrößert, sollten rückgängig gemacht werden. Zeitgleich fordert ADRA dazu auf, dass die Friedensverhandlungen kraftvoll fortgeführt werden.

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Pentagon Calls Situation in Yemen Biggest Humanitarian Disaster in World

Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby described the situation in Yemen as the largest humanitarian disaster in the world currently, stating officials in Washington are aware of it.

He said in an exclusive interview with Al-Jazeera that US President Joe Biden wants to “review our contributions in support of Saudi Arabia’s offensive operations in Yemen”.

He added that when we provide support to our partners, it should be in line with our interests and values.

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Contours of President Biden’s Foreign Policy towards the Middle East

Biden is likely to firstly renegotiate the JCPOA and restore the nuclear agreement with Iran conditioned by ‘strict compliance’. However, since Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ strategy has significantly altered the security landscape, especially after the assassination of Qassim Soleimani and recent killings of Iran’s nuclear scientists; negotiating such a deal will be easier said than done for the upcoming Biden administration. Irrespective of the willingness of the Rouhani government, outrage at the murder of scientists and anticipated conservative parliamentary gains in June may create hurdles for the deal.

Moreover, though Biden is equally committed to containing Iran’s ‘destabilising activities’ in the region, Washington’s allies – including Israel and Saudi Arabia – will continue to resist a nuclear deal that directly benefits the regime in Tehran. This is all the more likely as Israel continues to earn normalisation agreements across the GCC countries – hence Biden’s push for a deal with Tehran could test any good faith in the Washington–Tel Aviv relationship.

Biden has pledged to end American support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen; something the Trump administration largely ignored while continuing weapons sales.

However despite all these concerns, Biden is unlikely to ostracise Riyadh, reasoning that engaging may improve the Saudi attitude towards reforming policies, and will also help the US deal with the growing Iranian threat.

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Defense contractors like Raytheon aren't blameless in Yemen crisis

The bombing of civilians in Yemen's civil war involves many actors, including defense contractors such as Raytheon in Tucson.

The U.S. government is providing the weapons that are destroying a country, and Arizonans are unwittingly involved. We all deserve better.

It’s time to confront the powerful interests of the arms industry, stop arms sales to those who are indiscriminately bombing civilians, and end U.S. complicity in the war in Yemen for good.

These sales have proven to be nothing short of a disaster. U.S.-sold weapons are regularly used to commit apparent war crimes, have repeatedly fallen into the hands of violent non-state actors, and have served only to prolong the conflict.

But despite the total failure of this strategy to bring peace or security, the sales continue. There’s a simple explanation for that: the weapons industry wants them to.

While companies like Raytheon, whose missile program is headquartered in Tucson, pretend that they’re merely passive actors meeting their products’ demand, they actually have a large hand in the decision-making process.

Every year, Raytheon and the rest of the weapons industry spend millions of dollars influencing elections and lobbying for more arms sales – fueling horrific wars like Yemen’s for the sake of profits. The blood money from these sales isn’t going to everyday employees either: while Raytheon assembly workers receive about $37,000 per year, its CEO brings home more than 450 times that.

And it looks like the lobbying is paying off. Late last year, the U.S. Senate narrowly rejected legislation to block part of President Trump’s last-minute $23 billion weapons sale to the UAE when Arizona Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema defected from the Democratic party to vote “no.”

Understandably, Kelly and Sinema, along with other Arizonans, might worry that jobs depend on these sales. But the fact is, the arms industry is a poor job creator.

Arizonans don’t want their hard work to go toward massacring civilians halfway around the world, and they don’t want their senators voting to sell arms to dictators.

From Arhab to Tucson, the Arabian Desert to the Sonoran, everyday people would be better off without Raytheon’s weapons. It’s time for Arizona to say no to these disastrous arms sales and the corporate powers that back them.

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Yemeni activists and supporters demand end to ‘War on Yemen’ on global day of action following a teach-in by CDSA

Dozens of activists from the women’s peace group CODEPINK, Chicago Area Peace Action, Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, and Chicago Committee against War and Racism rallied in downtown Chicago at Federal Plaza on Monday evening, demanding the Biden administration move forward with policies that will end the war in Yemen during his first 100 days in office.

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The American Exceptionalism Of Secretary Of State Antony Blinken

“American leadership still matters. The reality is the world simply does not organize itself,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken proclaimed at his confirmation hearing. “When we are not engaged, when we are not leading, then one of two things is likely to happen. Either some other country tries to take our place but not in a way that is likely to advance our interests and values, or maybe, just as bad, no one does and then you have chaos.”

Much like President Joe Biden, Blinken is a neoliberal Democrat who believes in the doctrine of “Manifest Destiny.” He thinks if the United States does not impose its will and shape the world then there will be no law and order. He cannot fathom how countries could survive on their own. At least, that is how he argues for greater American intervention in global regions.

Making Venezuela’s ‘Regime Enablers’ Finally Feel The Pain Of Sanctions

Blinken Defends Being Wrong On War In Libya

The Bothsidesism Of Blinken’s View Toward War In Yemen

Sarah Lazare recalled for In These Times the horrors unleashed on the people of Yemen, as a result of the Obama administration’s support for Saudi Arabia’s war against the Houthis.

Asked about the intense humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Blinken drew a false equivalency between the actions of the Houthis and the Saudis.

“We need to be clear-eyed about the Houthis. They overthrew a government in Yemen. They engaged in a path of aggression through the country. They directed aggression toward Saudi Arabia,” Blinken contended. “They’ve committed atrocities and human rights abuses and that is a fact. What’s also a fact though is that the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen to push back against the Houthi aggression has contributed to what is, by most accounts, the worst humanitarian situation that we face anywhere in the world.”

The Houthis were part of the Arab Spring uprising in Yemen against the corrupt government of Ali Abdullah Saleh. State Department officials generally backed these rebellions against autocratic rulers.

The Obama administration, which included Blinken, did not want to jeopardize a 70-year-plus alliance with Saudi Arabia and backed the monarchy’s intervention

‘Very Much’ Supporting U.S. Arms Shipments To Ukraine

US Return To Iran Nuclear Deal Not Happening Soon

“If Iran returns to compliance with the JCPOA [nuclear deal], we would do the same thing and then use that as a platform working with our allies and partners to build longer and stronger agreements — also capture some of the other issues that need to be dealt with, with regard to missiles, with regard to Iran’s activities and destabilizing activities in the region,” Blinken said.

“There is a lot that Iran will need to do to come back into compliance. We would then have to evaluate whether it actually [did] so. So, I don’t think that’s anything that’s happening tomorrow or the next day.”

Much of the public is wary over military interventions in the Middle East. The threat of terrorism is no longer enough to justify expenditures toward an ever-gargantuan military-industrial complex. Countering China, however, is an easier sell.

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Royal Saudi Land Forces, US Army Central Command Conduct 'Friendship Exercise 2021'

The exercise aims at unifying military concepts through joint work, developing the command and control process during operations, exchanging military expertise between the Royal Saudi Land Forces and the US Army Central Command and enhancing military relations between the two friendly countries.

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Joe Biden will have no choice but to remove Ansarullah from the American list of terrorist groups in order to participate in the peace talks with Saudi Arabia in future.

As Joe Biden’s team is adopting a fundamentally different approach than that of Trump’s administration towards the events of the Middle East such as the Saudi war against Yemen, it seems that during the next weeks, the issue of terminating the war in Yemen will be placed on the agenda of the new US president. The recent remarks by Saudi Arabia authorities such as Faisal bin Farhan, the Saudi Foreign Minister, on the preparedness of this country to end the war in Yemen is an evident message by Riyadh to Biden’s team.

The Saudi Foreign Minister has recently claimed that his country is ready to end the Yemen aggression but that Ansarollah is creating obstacles on the way of creating a sustainable peace between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. On the other hand, the reconciliation between Riyadh and Doha sends an important message by Saudi Arabia to the United States that Riyadh is ready to coordinate its policies with the team of the new president of the United States. Therefore, as Joe Biden is going to re-open numerous cases related to the Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman—including the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the war in Yemen and the multi-billion-dollar blackmail of Donald Trump by Saudi prince—the Saudi ruling family is seriously worried about the future of the crown prince and is therefore trying to review its regional policies.

Saudi Arabia is trying to get out of the Yemen quagmire in a face-saving move and without paying heavy political and financial costs; however, it seems that the Joe Biden’s team will inflict more pressures on future on the Saud family. The issue of designating Ansarollah which happened in the last days of the Trump tenure by the demand of Saud family aimed at removing legitimacy of this Yemeni militant movement as Saud Arabia is well aware that if the war in Yemen ends, it should engage in negotiations with Ansarollah.

My remark: From Iran.

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US military team arrives in Aden to train elite mercenary forces

A US military team has on Tuesday launched a new mission in Yemen’s southern city of Aden, under the guise of “countering terrorism in the future.”

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

According to the sources, a US military team arrived two days ago in the city, and is currently working on selecting local faction leaders to be transferred to the United States for “counter-terrorism training.”

A number of Hadi officers are expected to leave for Washington as part of a plan to train so-called counter-terrorism units.

Hadi’s Interior Minister met earlier in Monday with the FBI regional director at the US embassy, Richard Ryan, through a closed-circuit television call.

The two sides discussed ways to “combat terrorism and organised crime,” according to Hadi’s media.

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US terror designation of Houthis: a fresh ordeal in Yemen

Despite warnings by human rights groups, the previous US administration designated Yemen’s Houthis a terrorist organization, which locals fear will only add to their misery.

On the local level, Yemenis are divided. Some welcomed the news, deeming it a step in the right direction. Others reacted with fury, calling it an extension of America's war on Yemen

Now, with the Houthis' new designation as terrorists, peace talks may face additional stumbling blocks. Plus, military victory against the Houthis has been unattainable over the last six years, and it seems a long road before Houthis lose the war.

Houthis have showcased defiance in reaction to the US labeling, saying it will have no political or military influence.

However, the consequences of their designation as a terrorist organization will be inevitable. It is a new chapter in suffering among Yemen citizens.

It is a concern of aid organizations operating across Yemen. On Jan. 24, 22 humanitarian organizations, including the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children and Oxfam, called on the new US administration to override the former administration's resolution.

Leila Amri, a schoolteacher in Sanaa, said the US designation of the Houthis is an additional agony to Yemen's people. Speaking to Al-Monitor, she said, “The certain thing is that the warlords in the country will not suffer from this move. It is only the civilian population that will bear the brunt. We have been experiencing constant fuel shortages over the last five years, which has made life worse. And now blacklisting the Houthis will certainly affect the lives of millions of people under their rule.”

She added, “I neither support nor protest the US designation. I just do not want to see people drown in further misery.”

Though some civilians have shown their worry about the potential consequences of designating the Houthis a terrorist organization, others have said the definition of terrorism applies to the Houthi movement.

A human rights activist residing in Sanaa told Al-Monitor the Houthis are not different from any other terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda or the Islamic State (IS).

Khalil al-Omary, editor-in-chief of the news website Rai Alyemen, argues that the US labeling of Houthis as a terrorist organization will not leave an enormous impact on civilians' lives in Yemen. Omari told Al-Monitor, “The Houthis have been robbing humanitarian aid to fund their war effort.

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Zarif: Ending US Military Deployment to Region Best Response to Gen. Soleimani’s Assassination

Ending US military deployment to region best response to Gen. Soleimani’s assassination: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javd Zarif has lauded an Iraqi court’s decision to order the arrest of former US president Donald Trump for the assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi comrade Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, saying ending the presence of US forces in the region would be the best response to such a terrorist act.

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EU advises ‘maximum diplomacy’ instead of ‘maximum pressure’ in dealing with Iran

The European Union says it is high time the former American administration’s “maximum pressure” policy towards Iran was jettisoned in favor of diplomatic engagement and interaction, reminding how Washington undermined a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers through the approach.

“We need to move from 'maximum pressure' to 'maximum diplomacy' through the JCPOA Joint Commission,” EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell told Russia’s Interfax news agency before making a trip to Moscow on Thursday.

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US Developing Military Base in Northern Iraq Despite Parliament's Call for Troops Pull-Out's_call_for_troops_pull_out_report

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Macron supports U.S.-Iran dialogue, floats himself as 'honest broker'

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US Exit from Iraq Prelude to Expulsion from Entire Region: Shamkhani

The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council hailed the Iraqi parliament’s resolution on the expulsion of US forces as a good prelude to the withdrawal of American troops from the entire region

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UN court says it can hear case brought by Iran against US

The United Nations’ highest court ruled Wednesday that it can hear a case brought by Iran against the United States in a bid to end sanctions the Trump administration re-imposed in 2018 after pulling out of an international deal aimed at curtailing Tehran’s nuclear program.

Lawyers for the United States argued at hearings last year that the case should be thrown out by the International Court of Justice for lack of jurisdiction and admissibility.

However, the court’s president, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said that judges rejected U.S. arguments.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Wednesday’s ruling “another legal victory for Iran.”

“Iran has always fully respected int’l law,” he wrote on Twitter. “High time for the US to live up to 𝙞𝙩𝙨 int’l obligations.”

Iran filed the case in July 2018 a few months after then-President Donald Trump said he was pulling the U.S. out of a 2015 international agreement over Iran’s nuclear program and would re-impose sanctions on Tehran.


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Iran’s president claims big victory in bid to end sanctions

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China urges pressure on US to rejoin JCPOA without preconditions

China has called for an “unconditional” US return to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and removal of the sanctions it restored against the Islamic Republic after unilaterally abandoning the UN-endorsed agreement.

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Iran: Sailors from seized South Korean tanker to be released

The sailors from a South Korean tanker seized in the Persian Gulf by Iranian troops last month are free to leave the country on humanitarian grounds, Iran’s state TV said Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said a legal investigation into the tanker and its captain would continue. Iran maintains the tanker and its 20-member crew and captain were stopped because of the vessel’s “environmental pollution,” a claim rejected by the vessel’s owner.

Despite that claim, it appeared the South Korean-flagged MT Hankuk Chemi’s seizure in the crucial Strait of Hormuz was an attempt by the Islamic Republic to increase its leverage over Seoul. The move came ahead of negotiations over billions of dollars in frozen Iranian assets tied up in South Korean banks amid a U.S. pressure campaign targeting Iran.

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Saudi Arabia eyes Russian arms: report

A Russian newspaper reported that the Saudis are seeking to buy Russian weapons after the US system failed to repel attacks on Saudi oil facilities and Biden stopped selling some weapons to the country.

According to Gazeta, Saudi Arabia has decided to buy weapons and ammunition from Russia, just like Turkey, following a temporary suspension of the sale of some American weapons to the country.

Riyadh plans to buy the S400 missile system and Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, says the report.

The Saudis' decision comes after the administration of US President Joe Biden temporarily suspended US arms sales to Saudi Arabia in a move to reassess relations between Washington and Riyadh.

The Russian newspaper wrote that in addition to Biden's decisions to temporarily ban the sale of F-35 fighter jets to the UAE and some strategic weapons to Saudi Arabia, the inability of the US Patriot missile defense system to intercept Yemeni drones that attacked Aramco refineries in eastern Saudi Arabia is another reason why Riyadh has turned its back on the United States.

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US must stop arms sales to region before any talks on Iran missiles: Zarif

Iran’s foreign minister says the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, officially known as the JCPOA, did not include Iran’s defensive capabilities because the US was not prepared to stop its arms sales to the region as a precondition.

Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks in an exclusive Skype interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday evening, when asked about the US call for inclusion of non-nuclear issues in the JCPOA.

“The nuclear deal was negotiated based on what we could agree and what we could not agree. This is the deal that was made,” Zarif said.

“The United States has to accept that ... we decided not to agree upon certain things, not because we neglected them, but because the United States and its allies were not prepared to do what was necessary. Is the US prepared to stop selling arms to our region?”

Zarif said Iran “spends a seventh of Saudi Arabia on defense, with 2.5 times its population."

“If it wants to talk about our defense … is the US prepared to reduce hundreds of billions of dollars of weapons it is selling to our region? Is the US prepared to stop massacre of children in Yemen if it wants to talk about the situation in Yemen,” he added.

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US Defense Contractor Distances Itself from Cluster Munitions

Northrop Grumman Move Shows Weapon’s Stigma is Spreading

United States defense contractor Northrop Grumman announced this week it is ending participation in a US government contract to test the shelf life of stocks of cluster munitions. It inherited the stockpile management contract after acquiring US company Orbital ATK.

The move shows that the stigma of cluster munitions is gaining momentum even in countries such as the United States that have not signed the 2008 treaty banning the use of these weapons.

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CAAT calls for UK to follow US in ending support for saudi-led bombing of Yemen

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has called on the UK to follow the US government in ending its support for the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen. This follows reports that the Biden administration will end its support for the military campaign and will freeze arms sales to Saudi forces.

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Biden announces end to US support for Saudi-led offensive in Yemen

The US decision, if implemented fully, will increase pressure on the UK to suspend arms sales to Saudia Arabia. The arms manufacturer Raytheon has already removed some orders from its books, according to evidence given to the British arms control select committee this week.

Although the UK is not formally part of the Saudi coalition in Yemen, it does provide technical assistance to the Saudi air force , which the Ministry of Defence says is designed to help Saudi Arabia’s targeting meet standards of humanitarian law.

Anna Stavrianakis, professor of international relations at the University of Sussex, said: “The UK now risks looking even further out of step with EU member states and potentially with the USA, which leaves the UK looking very isolated. For a country that is very invested in being seen to be at the forefront of the rule of law and multilateral arrangements, I think that is a very dangerous position for the UK government to get itself into.”

But the UK will be deeply reluctant to follow the US lead since the UK has licensed at least £5.4bn worth of fighter jets, mainly Typhoons and missiles, since the air campaign began in 2015.

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Commander-in-Chief of Bahrain Defense Force Receives UK's Defense Senior Adviser to Middle East

My comment: What the hell is the UK’s business there?

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How Britain’s Weapons Industry Supports the War on Yemen

Britain is the world's second largest arms exporter, selling £11 billion worth of weapons in 2019 alone – and from the beginning of the war on Yemen, the industry has been directly complicit in a humanitarian disaster.

Despite a global pandemic and the biggest hit to the world economy since the dawn of capitalism, the arms industry seems to have remained largely undisturbed. BAE Systems has boasted that apart from disruption in the second quarter of 2020, it has been able to maintain its cashflow and operate with 90 percent of its employees working.

As part of Parliament’s ongoing Arms Export Controls Review, the Committee will today hear evidence in relation to the Department for International Trade and the Export Control Joint Unit’s work on halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Among those giving evidence is Professor Anna Stavrianakis, who has been vocal on Britain’s role in facilitating Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen.

As Anna Stavrianakis has pointed out, there is ‘ample evidence’ of Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate airstrikes and blockade of Yemen violating humanitarian law. The British government has deliberately blurred the lines on what a ‘possible breach’ may be, and has likely ignored the majority of the Ministry of Defence’s own acknowledgements of alleged breaches.

There are no ‘isolated incidents’ in Yemen. There is a very clear, evidenced pattern of civilians being targeted. The logic of the British government in deliberately turning a blind eye is clear from Boris Johnson’s own comments as foreign secretary in 2016: he claimed that if Britain stopped selling arms to Saudi Arabia, it would be ‘vacating a space that would rapidly be filled by other Western countries who would happily supply arms.’

But to admit that Saudi Arabia is violating international law would be to expose Britain’s role in helping to facilitate war crimes. Far from ‘influencing’ Saudi Arabia as Johnson and others have claimed, Britain has loyally supported the Gulf monarchy in its war. British troops have been present in the coalition’s joint operation centre to help with logistics and targeting; Saudi pilots have been trained in RAF bases in Wales; the British government continues to provide diplomatic cover.

Part of the reason for Britain’s ardent support for Saudi’s butchery in Yemen can be explained by the financialisation of the economy over 40 years of neoliberalism which, as David Wearing argues, has created a necessity for capital inflows from petrodollars to finance the current account deficit. London’s property market, for one, is propped up to a large extent by the Gulf royal families.

More importantly, Britain’s role in the Middle East also stems from its ‘special relationship’ with the US. British foreign policy has long been dictated by Washington’s strategic interests. Under the Trump administration, the US massively hiked arms sales to Saudi Arabia, conducting one of the biggest single arms deals in history worth $110 billion.

Trump’s decisions to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, broker a ‘Deal of the Century’ for Israel and move the US embassy to Jerusalem, and normalise relations between the UAE, Bahrain, and Israel all pointed to an effort to boost Saudi Arabia as a regional power and stoke the threat of military confrontation with Iran. His unwavering support for the war on Yemen was also part of this proxy war with Iran.

Of course, Saudi Arabia is not the only country to which Britain sells arms. In the last five years, Britain has sold weapons to 80 percent of the countries under arms embargoes, trade sanctions, or other restrictions by the Department for International Trade, many of them on Britain’s own ‘human rights priority’ list.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Waffenstopp für Saudi-Arabien und Wiederaufbauhilfe im Jemen

„Die Beendigung der US-Kriegsbeihilfe für Saudi-Arabien im Jemen-Konflikt ist lange überfällig. Die Entscheidung der USA muss für die Bundesregierung Anlass sein, ihrerseits umgehend alle Waffenlieferungen an Saudi-Arabien, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und Ägypten sowie die anderen Länder der Jemen-Kriegskoalition dauerhaft einzustellen. Auch die Waffenausfuhren über Tochterfirmen deutscher Rüstungskonzerne im Ausland sowie Komponentenlieferungen im Rahmen europäischer Gemeinschaftsprojekte etwa mit Frankreich und Großbritannien müssen gestoppt werden. Notwendig ist zudem eine umfassende Wiederaufbauhilfe für Jemen durch die Angreiferstaaten und ihre Unterstützer“, erklärt Sevim Dagdelen, Obfrau der Fraktion DIE LINKE im Auswärtigen Ausschuss

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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French Newspaper Reveals Fate of Activist in UAE Prisons

The French newspaper Le Monde highlighted the continued detention of human rights activist Ahmed Mansour by the Emirati authorities, who has been subjected to solitary confinement since 2017.

The newspaper confirmed in a report, that "the fate of the Emirati human rights activist reflects the gradual transformation of the petroleum regime in the Persian Gulf into a highly repressive police state," noting that he has been imprisoned for four years without any human contact, except for a few short visits.

The newspaper stated that the four years of detention, Mansour was kept in a cell measuring 4 square meters, without a radio, television or book. It is that the conditions of detention imposed by the Emirates take us back to the Middle Ages.

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Analysis: How does Russia look at South Yemen developments?

Russia’s geopolitical objectives in southern Yemen

Certainly, Moscow seeks geopolitical goals behind close and strong ties with the southerners. Russia's goals in the Red Sea were first given publicity in January 2009, when a senior Russian military official spoke of the need to establish a military base near the strategic Bab al-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. Also, in 2017, former Russian navy commander Feliks Nikolayevich Gromov called for a Russian naval base near the Gulf of Aden trade routes. Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies described the Socotra an ideal location for such a base.

The importance of having such a base in the region for Moscow’s geopolitical interests is growing as the Russian leaders see southern Yemen as a gateway to broad influence in the Horn of Africa.

In 2017, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and the UAE de facto ruler and decision-maker Mohammed bin Zayed visited Moscow and met with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Bin Zayed offered Moscow for its naval vessels to anchor in the Gulf of Aden, according to intelligence sources. The Emirati foreign policy czar also promised the Russian leader a fourth "stop station" from the Suez Canal in the Mediterranean to the Arabian Sea.

In March 2020, a dispute between Saudi Arabia and Russia as two major oil producers over the crude’s output brewed. The despite remains latent though the two countries said they cooperate under OPEC Plus platform.

Russia and terms of the policy of balance of power in Yemen

Despite the geopolitical benefits Russia may achieve from Yemen, Moscow does not directly support the independence of southern Yemen, as this would create cleavage with Saudi Arabia. Russia finds south’s stable conditions as an essential precondition for realizing expansion of its sphere of influence in the Red Sea. To this end, the Kremlin has so far tried to play as a credible mediator and thus maintained close ties with Hadi and unofficial ties with leftist politicians in the south. The Saudis are happy with this approach as they are desperate to bring Hadi and the STC to a sustainable peace.

The Russian foreign ministry in January 2018 officially voiced its readiness to mediate between the separatists and Hadi camp.

In addition, Moscow is careful to maintain relations with Ansarullah and occasionally support Sanaa in the Security Council all to maintain its balance-making weight in Yemen equations.

The UNSC resolution 2216 on Yemen was the first test for Russia. Designed by Western and Arab countries, the draft resolution called on Ansarullah and the popular committees to quit all the regions they captured. It also endorsed the authority of fugitive government of Mansour Hadi. Moscow abstain. In 2018, the Supreme Political Council of Yemen, the executive body of the revolutionary forces and led by Mahdi al-Mashat, sent a letter to Putin urging the president to push for war and blockade end and also help the Yemenis counter the US-led Western intervention.

Maintaining positive relations with Riyadh and Tehran will help Russia become an "honest agent" in the regional conflicts and rivalry cases between the two regional powers, the Russian leaders think.

In mid-2019, Russia re-raised its plan for collective security in the Persian Gulf region, with Yemen playing a prominent place in the design. Russia believes that as the US presence and role in regional developments declines, such an approach will enable Russian participation in crisis settlement processes and hence pave the ground for its influence boost.

Therefore, Russia's Yemen policy framework revolves around support to the ceasefire, pursued through maintaining ties with all home and foreign actors. Through a policy of balance of power, Russia thinks it can build a more effective presence in Yemen and next to Bab al-Mandab, to facilitate naval operations and ensure regional security in compliance with its Persian Gulf collectible security initiative.

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Migrant worker in the UAE considered less than cockroaches

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought some ugly features of this dazzling desert land under the spotlight. Abandoned by the government and their employers, many blue-collar migrant workers are now sleeping rough on the streets of one the richest countries in the world.

Although migrant worker make up the backbone of the Emirati economy, comprising ninety percent of the population, reports coming out of the country are not encouraging.

Blue-collar migrant workers are paid low wages, have to work for long hours and often cannot afford but squalid dormitories, hotbeds of infectious diseases.

But the country’s recent economic downturn has made life even harsher for these migrant workers as they have to sleep in parks beneath huge towers.

October 2020, more than 480,000 Indians, 60,000 Pakistanis and 40,000 Filipinos had been repatriated since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. But there are many workers out of work still in the country on a “no work, no pay" basis with their employers.

In the words of Isthiaq Raziq, of the Sri Lankan Welfare Association, “These people are very helpless, they’ve lost their jobs and they don’t have a single penny to pay.” They don’t have a single penny because they have not been paid for months relying on friends and relatives for food and money.

Jemeela Abdul Salam is one of the migrant workers living in Satwa Park in Dubai after losing her job as a house maid. She says, “The police are telling us to go to the embassy but the embassy can’t help either.” One man that has organized a food handout center says, “The common theme for many people is no work for months, lots of liabilities, no money for accommodation and living on one meal a day.” Satwa, a rubbish-strewn park in Dubai has now become a safe haven for many of these workers. The park also is a bitter reminder that there is no social safety net for blue-collar workers hailing from poor countries.

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UAE: The scramble for the Horn of Africa

The United Arab Emirates is waging a war for influence over the Horn of Africa

Since the 2011 Arab Spring the United Arab Emirates has been taking an active role in a number of hotspots from Egypt, Libya to Yemen. The Gulf nation has spent $26 billion annually on its defence budget since 2016 and this is expected to increase to $37.8 billion by 2025, according to Research and Markets.

A growing security and war industry with military deployments abroad, US generals often refer to the Sheikhdom as 'Little Sparta'. As of 2020, The UAE has military bases in Eritrea, Djibouti and Somaliland, which further indicates the importance of the Horn of Africa to Abu Dhabi. The region offers excellent access to the Red Sea, the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Aden, all of which are vital to the Emirates' economic future as a global trading hub. The military bases ensure Abu Dhabi can see off threats to its interests and secure its influence over East Africa at a time when it is expanding its income streams away from the petrodollar.

The 2015 war in Yemen and the 2017 blockade of Qatar have seen Abu Dhabi take a more aggressive role in East Africa.

Countries in the Horn of Africa have by and large welcomed growing ties with the Arab World, but in 2017 following the breaking of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt with Qatar, countries across the world were pushed to take sides.

The Horn of Africa is the playground for rising UAE aspirations and is a microcosm of what the UAE aims to replicate across the African continent. Much of this is driven by the decline of US influence globally, new regional alliances and powerhouses are emerging to manage international security. However, the UAE does not exercise total control over East Africa and is still in the early stages of developing its reach and influence. The Horn is full of flashpoints and the UAE could either help stabilise or destabilise the region.

cp12b Sudan

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Yemeni students in Sudan demand payment of their dues

Yemeni students in Sudan have been holding a full sit-in since Monday evening, in front of the Yemeni embassy in Khartoum in order to demand the payment of their student benefits , Almawqea Post reported.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp9, cp10

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Yemen bank calls UN experts to professionally examine Saudi deposit report

The Aden-based Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) on Wednesday called on the UN Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen (UNGEIRE) professionally and neutrally review phrases and terms they adopted against the Bank.
At a virtual meeting, a CBY team also asked the UNGEIRE to correct information stated in their report and correlate them to the right interpretations common between the Bank and the Group, Saba said.
The CBY again denied authenticity of what the UNGEIRE report stated last week about corruption in dealing with the Saudi deposit, the Aden-based news agency added.
The CBY team expressed "full reservation at unfair judgments, claims and charges and incorrect data on which the UN Experts based their reporting."
The team highlighted the need for partnership in sharing and verifying the validity of information and data, constant consultations, and discussion of the report's initial draft before presentation to the UN Security Council.

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UN agrees to revise accusations against YCB

The UN experts have agreed to revisit a report they released last week accusing [Aden branch] Yemen central bank (YCB) of misuse of a Saudi financial deposit, said the Yemeni news agency Saba.
In a virtual meeting with the experts on Yemen, officials from the central bank presented its responses to the accusations regarding alleged corruption in the disbursement of the deposit and expressed its reservations around the “unfair accusations and wrong statements the experts panel based their report on.”

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Devaluation of currency at heart of Yemen's intensifying famine

For years Yemen has seen an influx of counterfeit currency exacerbate an already dire economic situation. Many say that Iran, which backs the Houthis, is behind the operation.

The devaluation of the currency -- which has eroded people's purchasing power -- is at the heart of Yemen's food crisis, with the rival Central Banks in Aden and Sanaa contributing to the plunging value of the Yemeni riyal.

The Yemeni government moved the Central Bank from Sanaa to Aden, where it has established its temporary capital, in 2016. But the bank's historic home in Sanaa is still operating under the Houthis.

This has brought the Yemeni riyal-based system to the point of collapse, which has driven people to use hard currencies such as the Saudi riyal.

In January 2020, the Houthis banned the use of new banknotes printed by the Central Bank in Aden, and residents and money changers stopped dealing with them under the threat of a 10-year jail term.

This left a glut of newly printed bank notes in circulation in government-controlled areas -- exacerbating inflation -- while residents of Houthi-controlled areas scrambled to convert their old notes into hard currencies.

As a predictable consequence, there have been several recent reports of banknote forgery, with seizures of counterfeit currency -- both Yemeni and Saudi riyals -- in several areas, and a crackdown on forgery networks.

For years, observers have been pointing their fingers squarely at Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force for the counterfeit chaos.

In November 2017, the US Treasury sanctioned a network involved in a large-scale scheme to help IRGC Quds Force counterfeit currency.

The network, comprised of individuals and entities, had procured advanced equipment and materials to print counterfeit Yemeni bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the IRGC Quds Force, the Treasury said.

Since then, counterfeit currency has been a regular news feature in Yemen.

Most recently in December, police seized forged Yemeni banknotes in markets in the Shabwa provincial capital of Ataq, Al-Mashhad-Al-Yemeni reported. The search was extended to local money exchange shops, and several arrests were made.

Later that month in Lahj province, Al-Ayyam reported, security services set out to track down a currency counterfeiting network, after seizing forged Yemeni and Saudi banknotes in a supermarket and electronics store in al-Houta.

In April 2020, Al-Anbaa news website reported that Yemeni forces in al-Jawf province had confiscated some counterfeit money, in 5,000 riyal denominations, from Houthi elements, on the Laqshaa front.

My comment: From an anti-Iranian iraqi news site.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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UNO: Chef von Al-Kaida-Unterorganisation im Jemen in Haft

Der Anführer der Unterorganisation des Terroristennetzwerks Al-Kaida im Jemen, Chaled Batarfi, befindet sich in Haft. Wie die UNO in einem am Donnerstag (Ortszeit) in New York veröffentlichten Bericht mitteilte, wurde der Chef von Al-Kaida auf der Arabischen Halbinsel (Aqap) bereits im Oktober in der Stadt Al-Ghaida im jemenitischen Verwaltungsbezirk Al-Mahra festgenommen.

Bei dem damaligen Einsatz sei zugleich der Aqap-Vizekommandant Saad Atef al-Awlaki getötet worden, hieß es in dem Bericht an den UN-Sicherheitsrat. Darin wurde keine näheren Angaben zu dem damaligen Einsatz gegen Aqap gemacht. Auch blieb unklar, wo sich Batarfi in Haft befindet.

Batarfi war erst vor einem Jahr an die Spitze von Aqap gerückt, nachdem sein Vorgänger an der Spitze der Al-Kaida-Unterorganisation, Kassim al-Rimi, getötet worden war. Nach Angaben des damaligen US-Präsidenten Donald Trump wurde al-Rimi bei einer "Anti-Terror-Operation" der USA getötet. =

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Al Qaeda's leader in Yemen under arrest, UN report reveals

The leader of al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen has been under arrest for several months, the United Nations disclosed Thursday in a development that may have opened up a goldmine of information for counterterrorism agencies in their campaign against the global al Qaeda network.

According to the UN, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Khalid Batarfi, was arrested and his number two, Saad Atef al Awlaqi, died during an "operation in Ghayda City, Al-Mahrah Governorate, in October."

This is the first time Batarfi's arrest has been officially confirmed. The UN provided no further details about the operation or on Batarfi's current whereabouts. In early October, the SITE Intelligence Group drew attention to "unconfirmed reports" indicating Batarfi had been arrested by Yemeni security forces in the Mahra Governorate and then handed over to Saudi Arabia.

Batarfi's arrest was disclosed in a wide-ranging report to the United Nations Security Council by UN monitors tracking the global jihadi terrorist threat, which also warned of a potential surge in ISIS terrorist attacks as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Batarfi became the leader of AQAP in early 2020 after his predecessor was killed in a US airstrike. Batarfi, who is in his early 40s, is from a Yemeni family but was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He trained with al Qaeda in Afghanistan before 9/11 and later joined al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen. Batarfi became a key ideologue for the group and, according to the UN, helped oversee its external operations before he became leader.

The fact that Batarfi allowed himself to be captured alive during the raid rather than securing "martyrdom" like Osama bin Laden will be a major embarrassment to al Qaeda. In his inaugural address as AQAP leader last March, Batarfi stated that "as per our methodology, the martyrdom of leaders is proof of its truthfulness, and it is a badge of honor adorned by these leaders," according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group.

Given Batarfi was the "emir" of one of al Qaeda's key regional affiliates, there has arguably not been a more senior al Qaeda leader captured alive since bin Laden founded the group more than 30 years ago. Despite putting out statements on other matters in recent months, AQAP has not acknowledged Batarfi's arrest.

The loss of Batarfi is the latest in a string of setbacks for AQAP.

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A court in Sana'a sentences four of Al-Qaeda members on Teusday into death under qisas.

cp15 Propaganda

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[Hadi gov.] PM: International clemency towards Houthi militia no longer useful

Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik told British ambassador to Yemen in a virtual meeting on Wednesday that “The international clemency towards the Houthi militia is no longer useful” given the militia’s constant aversion to peace.

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The new US geopolitics leaves Israel in isolation


During the press conference Blinken reiterated that there will be, by the Biden management , a review of a series of agreements, especially in the field of foreign policy, including that of the Abrahamic Agreements . The management of the "reviews" will be handled directly by the US State Department.

The crisis between Iran and Israel , exacerbated by the continuous provocations of the Tehran regime , constitutes a primary argument useful to clarify what the real intentions of the new President Biden are towards the Israeli ally, more isolated every day.

Basically, Iran is already producing and installing thousands of centrifuges for uranium enrichment also in consideration of the fact that the nuclear agreement, stipulated with the US administration of Barack Obama, did not prohibit this type of research and proliferation.

A bad agreement even in the face of the fairly evident blackmail of Iran, considering that Tehran stresses that the initiatives undertaken on uranium enrichment and nuclear proliferation are in any case reversible measures, promising to revoke them if the US and Europeans comply with its requests for a complete removal of sanctions.

Iran claims it has no plans to acquire nuclear weapons and claims its aerospace activities are peaceful and comply with a UN Security Council resolution.

It may be, but this could represent a further cause for concern that could awaken Europe and the new American administration from the good-natured slumber

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Saudi Arabia the natural leader of the Muslim world

Saudi Arabia’s leadership role in the Muslim world is shaped by several foreign policy principles: A commitment to all Muslims globally, non-interventionism, support for Muslim deradicalization efforts, and confronting extremism. These principles are based on its obligations toward Islam as a religion, an identity, its history and civilization, and on its commitment to a rules-based international system and to international organizations and institutions.
In fact, Saudi Arabia is where Prophet Muhammad was born, as the Qur’an revealed, and the Islamic civilization started. Over the centuries, and under various leaders, the Saudi commitment to Islam and Muslims solidified, most recently in the country’s Basic Law of Governance (i.e., constitution), which asserts that: “The State shall nourish the aspirations of Arab and Muslim nations in solidarity and harmony and strengthen relations with friendly states.” After Riyadh announced the Vision 2030 blueprint, the country’s grand plan to rebalance its economy, few took note that this document also addressed its cardinal principle, as it stated: “Saudi Arabia… (is) the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds, the investment powerhouse, and the hub connecting three continents.”
More than a billion Muslims turn five times daily toward Makkah to pray, and millions visit the country to perform their religious duties for Hajj and Umrah in the holy city, as well as to complete various pilgrimage rituals at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

My comment: The greatest joke are the Saudi “foreign policy principles” claimed here: “non-interventionism, support for Muslim deradicalization efforts, and confronting extremism”. LOL.

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Biden should address Iran’s supply of weapons to Houthis

Rather than rewarding the Iranian leaders by returning to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal and lifting sanctions on the regime, the US Biden administration should make addressing Iran’s devastating role in Yemen’s conflict a priority.
The Iranian regime is violating a UN arms embargo by supplying weapons to the Houthis in Yemen. UN experts last week accused Iranian entities and individuals of delivering weapons.

The Iranian regime is also clearly violating UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which “calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”
Saudi Arabia has so far been the main target of the Iranian weaponry supplied to the Houthis. But the Houthis can grant Iran critical geopolitical leverage because they are able to fire ballistic missiles into any Gulf country.

The Iranian regime and its proxy have continued to demonstrate their fierce and ruthless strategy through acts of terror. In 2017, the Houthis targeted an Abu Dhabi nuclear facility — an act most likely meant to cause mass civilian casualties. Thankfully, the missile fell short.
Even the Iranian leaders have admitted they are helping the Houthis.

It is incumbent on the Biden administration to hold the Iranian leaders accountable for defiantly supplying weapons to the Houthis.

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Does an end to US support for Yemen war help Iran?

Qatar, using its powerful media arm and influence in the West, slammed Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen in 2018 and 2019 and soon after, in 2020, reports emerged accusing Qatar of involvement in supporting the Houthis. Iran increasingly sent drone experts to Houthi-controlled areas to help them with missiles, air defense and drones. Drones, such as the Qasef loitering munition, plagued Saudi Arabia in 2019.

By the fall of 2020 calculations had changed. The Houthis were still targeting Riyadh, but at a reduced rate. The UAE, after various ventures in Yemen and dealing with separatists in Aden, had reduced its role. Saudi Arabia and Qatar patched things up in January. The incoming Biden administration likely played a role in this calculus.

Saudi Arabia knew that many of those close to Biden were its critics. The US break with Saudi Arabia is interesting because only a decade ago, US officials and legacy media were all in lockstep support for Riyadh. The Qatar crisis led to a major chasm opening as Qatar fueled anti-Saudi reports and particularly targeted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Now that the US is indicating an end to support for offensive operations, it is clear that Saudi Arabia would have seen this coming. Riyadh knows that the US was going to review its support.

That the US will end support for Riyadh’s offensive operations is a new chapter in the conflict. It may signal to Iran that Tehran has an advantage now. Tehran has used Yemen as a proving ground for advanced weapons with many of which it would like to target Israel. IRGC Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani, who was killed by the US under the Trump administration, was involved in Yemen too. He may have ordered the murder of Abdullah Saleh in 2017.

Ultimately though, much remains a mystery about whether Iran could use Yemen to target Israel. The stories of a new drone and other weapons being trafficked are important. It is believed that there were rising threats in 2019 during the same years that Iran moved ballistic missiles to Iraq.

Iran has also spread conspiracies about Israeli links to the UAE involving Yemen, including Iran’s Press TV accusing Israel of “stealing” resources from an island called Socotra off the coast. Like many things in Yemen, these stories are more rumor than reality and are used to discredit various governments through the prism of the Yemen war – by Seth J. Frantzman

Comment: The article is biased but it serves the purpose to disclose Israel's position

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First Make Iran Mend Fences With Its Neighbors

The U.S. should link nuclear talks to Iranian efforts toward regional peace.

Biden would be wise to return to negotiations, but wiser still to demand that Iran engage in good-faith peace talks with its neighbors before the U.S. will make a move.

A major flaw in the original deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was that the world powers made no room at the table for countries directly menaced by Tehran. Those countries — especially Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — have every reason to fear a nuclear Iran, both because of its proximity and because its leaders routinely threaten them. They repeatedly argued that the regime would use a moratorium on nuclear-weapons development to expand its other destabilizing activities.

They were right: In the three years before President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal and imposed sanctions, Iran stepped up its support for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s slaughter of his own people; boosted funding for proxy militias in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen; and sped up its ballistic missile programs. Trump’s sanctions didn’t end this behavior,

The lesson from that experience is that the threat from Tehran can’t be contained by separating the nuclear menace from other malign behavior. It must be dealt with in the aggregate. Biden should start by insisting that Iran demonstrate goodwill toward its neighbors if it expects goodwill from the U.S. in return.

My comment: As it has always been. The US claims it must rule the world. And Iran should be prevented from doing at its doorstep what the US does worldwide.

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Houthi terror in Yemen

Now after the Houthi Militia were classified as terrorist outfit by the international community, the question that arose in my mind was, is there still anybody who can justify their actions as something else other than terrorism?
Terrorist acts can never be justified, but despite the militia being branded as terrorists, I’m not sure if they will reform or will continue to do damage in this world.
In fact, Saudi Arabia’s stand on Houthis has been steadfast for many years, with the Kingdom unerringly casting the militia as representing the terrorism movement in the area.
Let’s keep in mind that we were targeted repeatedly by the Houthis and had to face enormous consequences more than any other country. Sadly, it took such a long time for the international community to recognize their attack on us as terrorism.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

Feb. 1:

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More Saudi coalition air raids Jawf p., Saada p. Jawf p. Marib p., Hajjah p. Marib p., Saada p., Asir

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp18

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

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

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Sare’e: 1283 Soldiers of Aggression Forces Killed, Injured in January, Including 74 Saudi

Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e announced that the Army and Popular Committees managed to kill and wound 1,283 enemy forces - the coalition of the US-Saudi aggression on Yemen.

Sare’e pointed out that the toll, which is during January only, includes the killing of 74 Saudi soldiers and 75 Sudanese mercenaries.

He added that during January 2021 also the Army and Popular Committees destroyed and damaged 92 armored vehicles and shot down 6 spy drones.

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Aggression kills man in Sa'ada

and also

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A young boy was killed today by #Houthi gunmen in Al Hayma village, north of #Taiz province. (photo)

and also

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KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles 1,419 Mines in Yemen During 4th Week of January

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) for clearing mines in Yemen, dismantled, during the fourth week of January 2021, a total of 1,419 mines, including 7 anti-personnel mines, 259 anti-tank mines, 1,143 unexploded ordnance and 10 explosive devices.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 214,437 mines,

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Saudi shelling kills man in Sa'ada

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Houthis target villages in north Lahj

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

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

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

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Pro-gov't forces ambush Houthis in Yemen's Hodeidah, 10 killed

and also (wrong headline; reporting 6 killed):

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Yemeni JF blame Houthis for new violations western Yemen

The Houthi group persistently breaches the UN-brokered truce declared two years ago in the Yemeni western port city of Hodeida, the pro-government Joint Forces (JF) said Tuesday in a brief statement.

and also

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Film: An old man named Aish Ali died today of his wounds in #Aden, #Yemen's interim capital, after he was wounded in #Houthi indiscriminate shelling on residential areas in Almandar area, south of the port city of Hodeidah. =

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Daily violations, as claimed by the Houthi side:

Feb. 4:

Feb. 3:

cp19 Sonstiges / Other


Large drugs smuggling thwarted off Yemeni coasts

The Naval Joint Forces (NJF) on Tuesday said an attempted smuggling of a large cargo of drugs was thwarted in international waters north of Arabian Sea off Yemeni coasts.
The USS Filipina (CG 58) guided missile frigate, which was deployed in the US fifth fleet in support of the NJF, intercepted a cargo of more than 275 kilograms of drugs on a sailboat off Yemeni coats on 30 January, the NJF said in a statement.
Seven suspected sacks were taken from the boat, and tests led to the seizure of 600 pounds of heroin worth US$ 2.89 million, the statement added.
This is the seventh operation since October 2020, as the NJF teams carry out naval security operations outside Arab Gulf to curb criminal and terrorist groups, so as to make sure that commercial shipping can pass without threats, according to the statement.
Last December, the US naval seized an unknown sailboat with a large cargo of drugs onboard off Yemeni coasts, in addition to other four cargos that were previously captured.

My comment: What is this Naval Joint Forces (NJF)? Google it and do not find it.

(A P)

Yemen Nobel Peace laureate supports Russia anti-Putin protests

Yemeni winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and human rights activist, Tawakkol Karman, yesterday announced her support of Russian protests against President Vladimir Putin, saying the Arab Spring has inspired the world.

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Popular Games in Yemen and their Impact on Society

In Yemen, popular games have a number of characteristics that highlight their cultural specificity.1 Among these are originality, creativity and adaptability, since they emerge from society itself and are often intertwined with local history. Many of these popular games adapt to the surrounding environment and often take place in harmony with existing social values and class systems. Game characteristics differ from one season to another, from one class to the other, and their names, rhythms and aesthetics change from region to region. Local games enrich children’s worlds through imagination, humor, pleasure, and create a sense of purpose that fulfills children’s psychological and physical needs.

In recent years, the ongoing war in Yemen has heavily influenced popular games. In the past, simple martial arts games such as Swords and Sticks were common among children. More recently, fireworks are in high demand in the market, despite having been available in the market before the war. Water and bead pistols, as well as sniper games, also acquired more popularity in response to the current situation. Often children revive these games as a way to deal with their fears and understand the circumstances of war, such as sounds of explosions or sniper attacks. These games then allow them to reimagine the experience of fear as play, despite the risk of embracing violence.

Today, with the development of technology and the introduction of electronic and digital games, many traditional games have disappeared

(B D)

On What is Attributed to Yemeni Dialects in Classical Arabic Books

Dr. Khalid al-Absi reviews Al-Mansoob Ila Lajahat al-Yaman fi Kutub al-Turath al-‘Arabi: DIrasah Laghawiyah Tahliliyah (On What is Attributed to Yemeni Dialects in Classical Arabic Books: An Analytic-Linguistic Study) by Professor Ali al-Mekhlafi.[1] Professor al-Mekhlafi currently lectures at the Faculty of Arts in Sana’a University. He has guided and supervised dozens of Masters and Doctorate students in language and grammar, and has held a number of administrative positions in academia, including Head of the Arabic Language Department at the Science and Technology University, Dean of the Language Center at Sana’a University, Deputy Dean for Graduate Studies and Academic Research at Sana’a University, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ta’izz University. He is currently a member of the academic council for the Doha Historical Dictionary of Arabic. His research publications include Textual Means of Attestation in Lisan Al-Arab by Ibn Manzur[2] (an analytic-linguistic study) and The Poetic Citations in the Tafsir of al-Shawkani.[3]


Beautiful Yemen photos

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-713 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-713: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

14:24 05.02.2021
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