Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 733b- Yemen War Mosaic 733b

Yemen Press Reader 733b: 8. April 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 733, cp6 - cp19 / April 8, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 733, cp6 - cp19

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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 733, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 733, 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

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

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Schlacht um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

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

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A P)

Yemen: Clashes between protesters and security forces in Al Mukalla early April 7

Security forces reportedly fire on anti-government protesters in Al Mukalla, Yemen, early April 7. Localized transport disruptions likely.

(A P)

All free people of Yemen who want to improve their lives and rescue whatever remains of their currency from collapse should unify their call for driving the UAE and its militias out of Balhaf Liquified Natural Gas plant./Facebook post by Socotra governor Ramzi Mahroos who was overthrown by the UAE.

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Shrouded in mystery, big arms shipment arrives in Yemen’s Mocha seaport

A big arms shipment has arrived in Yemen’s Red Sea port of Mocha controlled by the UAE-affiliated “Republican Guards” militia over the past days, informed sources said.

One source said 30 containers of arms arrived in the seaport and “two containers are now being transported to [the southern] Aden city everyday.” Aden city is controlled by another UAE-affiliated militia, known as the Southern Transitional Council. While the goal of the arms shipment is not known, the UAE’s STC militia in the south supplies arms to Iran’s Houthi militia in the north and both militia’s are fighting the Yemeni government and people.

On April three, military sources in Yemen’s central Taiz governorate said they have intercepted an arms shipment on a truck en route from Aden to Houthis in the north. The smugglers carrying official traffic permits from the UAE’s Support Brigades of the Security Belt militia confessed to having smuggled 29 truckloads of arms to Houthis. The shipments contained UAVs, night vision googles, mortar rounds and other ammunitions.

My remark: This is by a pro-Islah Party news site, and this is how the Houthi side reports:

(A K pH)

New Saudi aggressive maneuvers reported near Mocha

[Sanaa gov.] Undersecretary of Hodeidah province, Ali Qushar has on Monday revealed military movements of the Saudi-led coalition forces in Mocha city, Taiz province, as well as the transfer of military reinforcements to it.

In a statement to Al-Masirah TV channel, Qushar confirmed that Hodeidah is ready to confront any attack.

He held the United Nations and the United States of America responsible for the ongoing violations of the Stockholm Agreement in the province, pointing out that the coalition forces are constantly targeting civilian areas.

and also

(A P)

Southern flag raising campaign starts in al-Mukalla

Southern flag raising campaign, organized by the Southern Transitional Council (STC), continues in the main cities of the South.
The STC local leadership in al-Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadramout, launched the campaign by raising the southern flag on the main Government facilities, streets and military and security checkpoints starting from the west side of the city.

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After Looting and Disruption, Conflict Breaks Out Between Saudi and Emirati Mercenaries in Balhaf

The conflict between the tools of the Saudi-Emirati aggression reaches the use of medium weapons in the Balhaf LNG facility in Shabwa. Local sources in the governorate say that the station was attacked by mortar shells, in a dangerous and escalating development.

Since 2016, gas and oil has been smuggled and sold for the benefit of influential people who follow the Saudi and Emirati parties in a clear and overt collusion.

This is while the Islah Party is carrying out a robbery operation through other channels in Shabwa and Hadramout, in addition to SAFER oil in Marib governorate. This manipulation of state resources and wealth goes to the benefit of limited heads in the Islah Party, Emirati-backed Transitional and other groups close to Saudi Arabia under the supervision of the Saudi ambassador Mohammad Al Jaber.

In spite of the process of sharing theft, the plunder of oil and gas wealth and the deliberate disruption, Emirati and Saudi competition and conflict are taking place through their tools.


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Brotherhood-linked authority in Shabwa continues oil smuggling

The Muslim Brotherhood-linked authority in Shabwa governorate led by Mohammed Bin Adeow smuggled more than 40 feul trucks over the past two days, well-informed sources told the press on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
The same sources affirmed that the tanker trucks passed through Ataq City, the provincial capital of the oil rich province en route to Houthi-held areas in the north.
Oil smuggling is one of the lucrative financial sources for the Muslim Brotherhood-linked authority in the governorate of Shabwa

My comment: Separatists blaming Shabwah governor.

(A K P)

Houthi group warns of conspiracy to destroy LNG plant, export terminal

The Ansar Allah group, also known as the Houthis, on Monday warned the member states of a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen of targeting and destroying the Balhaf LNG Plant in Shabwa province, a day after reports said artillery shells landed at the plant.

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STC says willing to form joint delegation with Hadi's government for peace talks

The Southern Transitional Council on Sunday voiced its readiness to participate in the delegation of the government of Yemen's internationally recognised president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to UN-sponsored negotiations with the Houthi group.

The statement was made by Amr Al-Bidh, a member of the council's presidency, at a meeting with the UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in the Jordanian capital Amman.

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UAE occupation force on Socotra launches new campaign of repression

The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia on the Yemeni island of Socotra has on Monday launched a new campaign of arrests against their opponents.

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

Local sources said that the STC militia arrested Abdullah al-Bishhami, vice-chairman of a protest committee, and Saeed Farajhi, a leader in the committee. They were taken to an unknown destination.

The new arrests are part of an ongoing crackdown against the local leaders of the committee by the UAE, even though the protest movement had not carried out any actual events yet since the start of the campaign nearly a month ago.

The campaign coincided with UAE directives to close the island’s ports by land and sea under the pretext of “confronting thr coronavirus”, but the timing of the campaign indicates that the UAE is seeking to eliminate its opponents and prevent their flight from the island or the arrival of reinforcements to push the island towards a new conflict.

(A P)

Yemeni gov't calls for strict stance at civilian fatalities in Marib

The international community is urged to have serious stance at carnages experienced by IDP camps and civilians in Marib, the Yemeni foreign minister said Monday, accusing the Houthi group of systematically firing ballistic missiles at the northeastern governorate.

(A P)

Hadi advisor urges UN to condemn Houthi abusing African migrants

(A P)

Yemen's FM praises Turkish efforts for peace, stability

My remark: Siehe / Look at cp14.

(A P)

Yemen: Protest ongoing in Al Mukalla April 4

A protest is ongoing in the Salam district of Al Mukalla the morning of April 4. Protesters are denouncing frequent power cuts and the high cost of living. Local reports indicate that demonstrators have blocked Salam Street with burning tires.

Security forces will almost certainly maintain a heightened security posture throughout Al Mukalla

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#UAE seizes tourism sector in #Socotra Island of #Yemen The UAE has controlled the tourism sector in #Socotra Island archipelago, southern Yemen, through transportation helicopters, informed sources said Sunday. The sources explained that the UAE uses helicopters stationed at #Socotra Airport for tourist flights and imposes $ 100 on each tourist in exchange for transporting him via a flight. “Dozens of tourists queues in front of the #Emirati helicopters at Socotra airport waiting for their flights in exchange for thousands of dollars,of which the local authorities in the archipelago are deprived,” the sources added. The #UAE has prevented local tourism agencies from practicing their activities, the sources said, indicating that #AbuDhabi has five small helicopters to transport tourists. The sources affirmed that the #UAE imposes conditions and fictional fees on tourists in exchange for visas, services, and transportation in #Socotra, ”according to “Al-Mahriya Net” website.

(A K P)

Security forces clash with gunmen in Yemeni Abyan, one killed

One soldier was killed and 3 others injured in clashes between security forces and armed men seen on Monday by the Yemeni southern governorate of Abyan.
The clashes were sparked when the gunmen (affiliated to the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council) blocked the international road, leaving one policeman killed and 3 others injured, Abyan security department said in a statement.
The armed men blocked traffic and detained a number of trucks on the road, pushing the security forces to intervene and reopen the road, the statement added.


(A K P)

Abyan attacks aimed to agitate terrorism in area: STC

Attacks seen by the Yemeni southern governorate of Abyan against Security Belt personnel in the last few days were aimed to transform the area into a center of terrorism activity, the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) said Wednesday.
By their attempts to seize military sites, the "Muslim Brothers' militias seek to tighten grip on Ahwar district, reach coastline, allow terrorists access to abroad support and change the area into an active center for terrorists," STC chairmanship said in a statement following a meeting.


(A K P)

Al-Jaadi says Abyan attack aims to return to square one

The attack conducted on the Security Belt Forces in Abyan governorate aimed at sending the situation back to square one, the member of the presidency of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), Fadl al-Jaadi said in a tweet.
Al-Jaadi affirmed that the incidents that took place in Abyan are armed clashes that meant to get things back to square one, surpass the Riyadh Agreement and conditions for calming the situation and undermine the consensus that led to the forming of the power-sharing government.

My comment: This and the following is by separatists’ news site.


(A K P)

Southern forces foil new Islah's attack in Abyan

The militias of Islah party, the arm of Muslim Brotherhood organization within Yemen's legitimacy launched an attack on the locations under the control of the southern armed forces in Abyan in a clear and flagrant violation of the Riyadh Agreement and the ceasefire in the province, military official said late on Tuesday.
The spokesman for the Abyan axis, Captain Muhammad al-Naqib affirmed that the southern armed forces repulsed an attack launched on their positions by the Islah's militias in Khubar al-Maraqesh of Khanfar district in the southwest of Abyan.


(A P)

Southern [separatist] soldier killed by pro-legitimacy forces in Abyan

(A P)

Rayyan Airport to resume flight operations

Rayyan International Airport in al-Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout, will resume its operations with Yemenia Airways company on 9th April after five years of closure.
According to Yemen Airways, domestic flight operations will start in the next few days (Aden- Al Rayyan-Socotra/ Socotra-Al Rayyan-Aden) and to be followed by operating international flights on a par with Aden and Seiyun airports.

and also

(A K P)

Yemen: Army seizes some STC arms shipments en route to Houthis

The UAE’s Transitional Council militia in south Yemen has smuggled new arms shipments to Iran’s Houthi militia in the north, sources that intercepted some shipments in central Yemen said.

Sources in Yemen’s armed forces in Aldabi valley in Yemen’s central Taiz province published photos of intercepted trucks “carrying ammunition, mortar rounds, and night vision goggles” saying the crew on the convoy confessed to having involved in 29 separate operations of smuggled

My comment: Islah Party blames separatists STC for smuggling arms to the Houthis; this sounds like odd propaganda. And this is by a separatist news site:

(A K P)

Weapons shipment to Houthis seized in north Lahj

The [separatist] resistance forces in north Lahj governorate foiled on Saturday, a bid to smuggle a shipment of different types of weapons and ammunition to the pro-Iran Houthi militants.

and also

(A P)

UAE-backed mercenaries transfer abducted prisoners to illegal prison

A UAE-backed militia had transferred 21 abductees from Taiz province from the Basateen Police Station prison to Bir Ahmed prison, seven months after they were kidnapped in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.

According to human rights sources in the city, the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia had kidnapped the market the salesmen from the city of Enma because they refused to pay imposed taxes .

The sources confirmed that the STC threatened the families of the abductees in order to force them to make confessions that they were agents belonging to the National Salvation Government in Sana’a.

(A P)

Plot by UAE Mercenaries to Liquidate Tihama Leaders

The intelligence official of the Fifth Military Region, Brigadier General Riyad Baladhi, revealed the plans of UAE mercenary Tariq Afash to liquidate Tihama leaders affiliated with the US-Saudi aggression in the West Coast.

Brigadier General Baladhi explained that individuals affiliated with the Intelligence Directorate in the Fifth Military Region obtained important documents containing plans to exclude and marginalize Tihama leaders through multiple liquidations.
He pointed out that the list was made of those who want to get rid of them, under the justification of traffic accidents or assassinations by unknown sources.
And he noted that full details will be revealed in the coming days, after completing the notification of the targeted leaders, before liquidating them.

(A P)

Over 1,400 crimes in occupied southern provinces during 3 months

The report said that more than 1,448 crimes were committed in the occupied southern provinces during the first quarter of this year.

The Report confirmed in a statement received by Saba that the Crimes range from assassinations, armed clashes, kidnappings, arrests, travel bans and raids on homes and shops.

According to the report, the main causes of insecurity and high crime rates in the occupied governorates are the total lack of security.

My remark: By the Sanaa government news site.

(B P)

War torn Yemen to build Socotra feeder port

A proposed US$50 million container port on the strategically-located Yemeni island of Socotra has moved forward, while pressures mount as the impoverished Arab nation battles with conflict (subscribers only)

My comment: This is by the UAE which occupied the island for exploitation.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

(A P)

Mohammed Al-Houthi Demands Full Implementation of Prisoner Swap Ahead of Ramadan

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi made the plea in a tweet late on Monday, demanding the enforcement of a prisoner exchange that includes all inmates in Yemen's war without exception as the holy month of Ramadan approaches.

He also blamed the aggressor states of the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and their allies as well as the United Nations (UN) for any potential delay in the exchange of prisoners.


(A P)

Houthis: Saudis prevent Yemeni prisoner inclusive swap

Saudi Arabia does not want an inclusive swap of prisoners affiliated to Yemeni warring parties, head of the Houthi prisoner committee said Wednesday, as Riyadh only "wants a deal that includes Saudi captives detained by the group."
The Yemeni government received Saudi strict instructions preventing local prisoner swaps since last March, Abdul Kader al-Murtadha added in remarks carried by al-Masyra TV.
"Over 10 deals to exchange 700 prisoners between the two parties were halted," he claimed, and "we were able only to achieve some individual swaps.
"The government negotiators lack trust, in addition to the coalition's direct meddling in local negotiations.


(A P)

Houthi statements on prisoners' exchange 'media, political manipulation', Gov't

Yemen's internationally recognised government said on Tuesday the Houthi proposal to exchange all war prisoners in the holy month of Ramadan is not serious.

The statements of the Iran-backed Houthi group on prisoners' exchange are for political and media manipulation, misleading prisoners' families making efforts to release their relatives, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Muammar Al-Eryani said.

At talk rounds, the group insists on releasing prisoners of specific families and regions, he said, blaming it for the failure of the latest round of talks in Jordan.

(A P)

Swedish Envoy to Yemen to Asharq Al-Awsat: Tragic Bloody Attack on Marib Must Stop

Sweden's Special Envoy for Yemen, Ambassador Peter Semneby stressed that the conflict in the country needed a solution through a “broad and inclusive political process, starting with a nationwide ceasefire.”

In an interview to Asharq Al-Awsat, he said the Stockholm Agreement between the Yemeni parties averted a new humanitarian catastrophe in the coastal province of Hodeidah. He demanded a similar agreement be reached to halt the Iran-backed Houthi militias’ offensive on the Marib province.

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Yemen war: Reasons behind new peace initiative

This new peace plan has been putted forward by KSA because it has failed to achieve its desired objectives in Yemen which includes restoration of president Hadi’s government, and limiting the Iranian influence.

Alongside this United States has also increased its pressure towards Saudi Arabia’s role in the conflict, which has apparently compelled KSA to concede.

Thirdly due to the intervention of Saudi led coalition in Yemen the national security of KSA has also been on risk.

In reality, Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen has failed.

Due to all these reasons Saudi Arabia has been keen to exit Yemen at any cost at this point as the costs of the war in terms of both finances and lives has become horrendous on the KSA in the midst of oil-price and COVID-19 caused economic crisis.

(B P)

Film: What could a regional solution to the Yemen conflict involving Iran look like? @A_Tabatabai suggests an approach not considered before.

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Yemen peace efforts falter as Houthis demand direct flights to Iran

UN-brokered peace efforts to end the war in Yemen have made no progress, with the Houthis and government squabbling over key issues such as flights from Sanaa airport, halting military operations and airstrikes, and Hodeidah seaport revenues, a senior government official told Arab News.

During talks with the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths and Omani mediators, the Houthis demanded arranging unchecked direct flights to Iran, Syria and Lebanon, halting Arab coalition airstrikes, and easing restrictions on traffic to and from the seaport as preconditions for agreeing to a truce, the Yemeni government official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

The government has rejected the Houthis’ demands.

It insists on arranging inspected flights from Sanaa to limited regional and international destinations such as Egypt, India, Sudan, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. It also wants the Houthis to stop their military operations before airstrikes are halted, and for seaport revenues to be deposited into the central bank in Hodeidah and used to pay public servants.

If the Houthis agreed to those demands, the government would then engage in direct talks with them to end the war, the official said.

“The Houthis are demanding that the ceasefire be divided: First halting airstrikes and then stopping military operations on the ground,” the official told Arab News.

The government is concerned that the Houthis might ferry fighters and weapons from Iran on direct flights.

My comment: The Hadi government viewpoint, letting aside the main own demands which let peace falter (its so-called “3 references”). The headline gives an even more misleading idea.

(A P)

Envoy: Iran Ready to Help Any Talks to End Crisis in Yemen

Iranian Ambassador to Sana'a Hassan Irlou reiterated his country's readiness to help any talks which terminate the war and crisis in Yemen.

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Houthis: Iranian Initiative should be included in peace efforts to end Yemen crisis

The Ansar Allah group, also known as the Houthis, on Monday hailed the Iranian Hormuz Peace Initiative designed to address instability in the region as an important effort which can help end the crisis in Yemen.

The current negotiations with the UN and US envoys should include the essence of the initiative and other peace initiatives on which the international community pins hope to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Houthi government Hisham Sharaf said at a meeting with Iran's envoy to Sanaa Hasan Irlu.

He appreciated the Iranian stance calling for ending the military aggression and the blockade on Yemen, criticising the latest statement of Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs to CNN about peace as delusions.

and also

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Political groups threaten boycott of any deal that ignores Taiz siege

Yemeni political parties have threatened to boycott any deal the UN Special Envoy brokers between the government and the Houthis if the deal ignores the Houthi militia's years strangling siege around Taiz city.

In a statement, the main 10 parties including the GPC, the Islah, and Yemen Socialist Party said they "will not consider to any [peace] proposal … that ignores the systematic abuses of human rights in Taiz ..

(B P)

In April 2015, with the Saudis’ saturation bombing already in its third week, the United Nations Security Council unanimously (14-0) passed Resolution 2216, which “Demands End to Yemen Violence.” The Resolution begins with an obscene misrepresentation of reality:

Imposing sanctions on individuals it said were undermining the stability of Yemen, the Security Council today demanded that all parties in the embattled country, in particular the Houthis, immediately and unconditionally end violence and refrain from further unilateral actions that threatened the political transition.

That is the official lie that has publicly defined the war on Yemen since 2015. The UN sees no terror bombing by foreign countries. The UN sees no invasion by foreign troops. The UN sees no terrorist groups in a country that has had little stability for decades. The UN cites only the Houthis for their sins, as if it were somehow the Houthis’ fault that, having no air force and no air defenses, they weren’t getting out of the way of the cluster bombs dropped on their weddings and their funerals.

(A K P)

Mohammed Al-Houthi: US Must Lift Yemen Blockade If It Wants to Prove Its Honesty

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(A P)

#Saudi King promotes 258 judges. There are not a single Black or Shia judge in #Saudi Arabia.

referring to

(A P)

in 2017 #Saudi Monarchy said its planned algae farms will provide 200,000 jobs & will be completed in 3 years. There is not such project as of today. 0 jobs created. #MBS

referring to

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Only immunized pilgrims allowed to perform Umrah

Saudi authorities said on Monday only people immunised against Covid-19 will be allowed to perform the Umrah and visit the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque from the start of Ramadan.
The Haj and Umrah ministry said in a statement that three categories of people would be considered “immunised” — those who have received two doses of the vaccine, those administered a single dose at least 14 days prior, and people who have recovered from the infection.

(A P)

Saudi terror court sentences Red Crescent aid worker to 20 years in prison

Abdulrahman al-Sadhan's arrest was reportedly linked to an anonymous Twitter account that voiced concerns over human rights in the kingdom

A Saudi terrorism court sentenced a local aid worker to 20 years in prison, weeks after his family reported that his release was imminent.

Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, 37, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in addition to a two-decade travel ban, his sister announced on a series of Twitter posts on Monday.

Abdulrahman was detained in March 2018 from the Red Crescent offices in Riyadh, where he worked. He was arrested without a warrant or charge and his family initially knew nothing of his whereabouts.

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“Electronic flies” promoting MBS on Twitter

Over the past few years, the Saudi kingdom has invested billions of dollars in social media. The kingdom’s passion for this digital platform, especially Twitter, initially promised a new lease of life to a nation practically deprived of freedom of expression.

But what was hoped to be a parliament of people soon turned into a tool in the hands of the repressive regime, to promote its own narrative while muzzling voices of dissent.

Shortly after the Biden Administration released a report on the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi in which the Saudi Crown Prince was incriminated, Saudi Twitter blew up with support for the young prince.

Saudi-based Twitter accounts with fake profile pictures

Saudi-based Twitter accounts with fake profile pictures, and repetitive wording, sought to undercut the findings of US intelligence officials. It was part of a wider effort by Saudi accounts to shape public opinion on the role of Mohammad bin Salman as the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia.

More than 600 Twitter accounts — many of them apparently fake — used a hashtag in Arabic translated as “#the people of the kingdom support the crown prince” on the day before the intelligence report was released.

Riyadh has long sought to use mass media to construct public narratives about major events and politically important themes. Twitter suspended about 3,500 accounts after they commented on the US intelligence report.

Some of the same accounts, according to the social media company, promoted pro-Saudi claims about women’s rights, tourism and the Yemen war, while also praising the crown prince for his leadership.

(B P)

Detention of Palestinians in Saudi Arabia Arbitrary, Unlawful

The Geneva Council for Rights and Liberties affirmed that the Saudi authorities' continued arrest of dozens of Palestinians, in an illegal arbitrary measure based on vague and unclear charges.

Lamia Fadla, president of the Council, said, in a statement to Shehab News Agency, on Sunday, “No one can justify arrests without charges, and what the Saudi authorities have issued alleged charges related to their role in supporting Palestinian factions, and no data were available on any connection with the prejudice to Saudi security.”

Fadla warned of the conditions that detainees suffer in Saudi prisons, and said, “There is fear of their detention conditions, which are considered offensive to dignity. They are subjected to torture and most of them are allowed to be visited. They also suffer from medical negligence, in particular, Dr. Muhammad al-Khudari, who suffers from a deterioration in his health and was not granted temporary release for treatment”.

(A P)

#Saudi cartoonist @faljubairi draws dissidents @Hudhaif9 & @oamaz7 as baggers & “mercenaries” Seems that their online presence is getting under #Saudi skin.

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Confronting Fears of Retribution, the Son of An Imprisoned Saudi Academic Is Now Campaigning for His Father’s Release

Last spring, during the holy month of Ramadan, Abdulhakim Al-Dukheil received a flood of texts and voicemails from his relatives in Saudi Arabia. Each message relayed the same, grim news: his father had been arrested by government security forces.

Abdulaziz Al-Dukheil, a round-faced, balding septuagenarian who donned thin ovular glasses and a thinning mustache, did not fit the typical mold of a national security threat. The 76-year old Saudi economist and academic expended very little of his intellect or charisma on political squabbles, according to his son.

“My father doesn’t have a group or a company that’s fighting with the government,” Abdulhakim later recalled. “He doesn’t have any agenda; he’s a businessman.”

(A P)

The Saudi Twittersphere is reacting strongly to the trend "Irhal MBS" (meaning leave MBS). Two chopped hashtags have appeared to dilute the trend. I think the fact it directly mentions MBS means it has struck a chord.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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Just a day after #Saudi monarchy court sent the son of an #American family & a graduate of an American university #AbdulrahmanALSadahan to 20 years behind bars for tweeting, @USAinKSA prompts #US training of #Saudi forces (photos)

referring to

and US-Democrat hypocrisy:

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Pelosi Statement on Sentencing of Abdulrahman Al-Sadhan

Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Saudi humanitarian aid worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan was sentenced by the Kingdom to twenty years in prison followed by a twenty-year travel ban for engaging in peaceful dissent anonymously on Twitter. Al-Sadhan’s family are San Francisco residents:
“The brutal sentencing of humanitarian aid worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, which follows his years-long disappearance and imprisonment without trial, is a grave and appalling injustice. This act continues Saudi Arabia’s profoundly disturbing assault on the freedom of expression and its pattern of human rights abuses, which must be condemned by all freedom-loving people worldwide.

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Jemen: Über 70 US-Organisationen und Prominente appellieren an Biden, Worten Taten folgen zu lassen

Joe Biden hat versprochen, die Intervention im Jemen durch Saudi-Arabien nicht mehr zu unterstützen. Im Wahlkampf sprach er davon, Riad zum Paria zu machen. Die aktuelle Politik lasse jedoch zu wünschen übrig, meinen Abgeordnete. Derweil wandten sich mehrere Organisationen an Biden.

Zum sechsten Jahrestag des Beginns der Intervention der Koalition von Ländern unter Führung Saudi-Arabiens und der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, dem 25. März, hatten 41 Kongressmitglieder in einem Schreiben an Biden um Antwort darauf gebeten, welche Formen der Unterstützung er eingestellt hatte und welche Waffenverkäufe der Vorgänger-Administration als "relevant" für offensive Operationen gelten würden.

Bisher hat die Biden-Administration den Brief jedoch unbeantwortet gelassen, wie es bei The Intercept heißt. Eine Sprecherin des Außenministeriums habe eine Anfrage des Mediums an das Weiße Haus verwiesen. Dort blieben mehrere Anfragen für einen Kommentar ebenfalls unbeantwortet.
Monate nach dem Sieg der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit durch das verkündete Ende der US-Beteiligung an offensiven saudischen Aktionen im Jemen habe die Biden-Administration einfach noch immer keine Einzelheiten über die Art der früheren oder aktuellen amerikanischen Beteiligung am saudisch geführten Krieg zu bieten, zitiert
The Intercept einen demokratischen Berater, der den Brief kennt, aber nicht öffentlich dazu Stellung nehmen kann.

Auch hinsichtlich der direkten Verantwortlichkeit des Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) für den Mord an Jamal Khashoggi, die vom US-Geheimdienst untermauert wurde, erscheinen einigen Kongressabgeordneten die tatsächlichen Konsequenzen unzureichend und inkonsequent.

Immer lauter werden nun die Forderungen an Biden, seinen Worten bezüglich dem Jemen und Saudi-Arabien Taten folgen zu lassen.

Ein Brief, der die früheren Aussagen Bidens sowie auch erste Schritte – wie die Aufhebung der Designation der Huthis als Terrororganisation – lobt, aber das Ausbleiben der entsprechenden Politik anprangert und konkret ein Ende der Blockade fordert, wurde von Prominenten und mehr als 70 nationalen Organisationen unterzeichnet. Die tatsächliche Situation, verursacht auch durch die saudische Blockade, sei "höllisch". Washington müsse politischen Druck gegenüber Saudi-Arabien ausüben, um ein Ende der Blockade zu fordern, die unabhängig von Verhandlungen zwischen den Kriegsparteien aufgehoben werden müsse.

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“After enjoying a public relations victory, the Biden administration has yet to offer any specifics on the nature of American participation in the Saudi-led war.”

Forty-one progressive members of Congress wrote to Biden asking him to clarify what forms of support he had discontinued and which Trump-era arms sales would be deemed “relevant” to offensive operations. The letter requested a response before March 25.

But almost two weeks after the deadline, the administration still has not responded to the letter.

Although the letter expressed support for the administration’s decision, it also asked for a detailed account of what role the Trump administration was playing in the war when Biden took office, which activities would be discontinued, and how the United States would support a diplomatic resolution.

The missed deadline comes as many of the same members of Congress are looking for ways to press Saudi Arabia to end its blockade of Yemen.

A letter sent Tuesday by Democratic Reps. Debbie Dingell of Michigan, Ro Khanna of California, and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin urged the Biden administration to do more to pressure the Saudis to lift the blockade.

Both letters are a sign that Biden is struggling to recalibrate the U.S.-Saudi relationship in a way that satisfies the kingdom’s critics in Congress while preserving the longtime alliance.Both letters are a sign that Biden is struggling to recalibrate the U.S.-Saudi relationship in a way that satisfies the kingdom’s critics in Congress while preserving the longtime alliance.

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Are we pressing Saudi Arabia enough on the Yemen blockade?

The Biden administration has multiple avenues of leverage over Riyadh that can be used to press for an unconditional lifting of the blockade. There are billions of U.S. weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia in the pipeline, and the Saudi Air Force could not function for long without U.S.-supplied maintenance and spare parts. The time to use this leverage is now, not as part of a protracted peace process that could leave hundreds of thousands of Yemenis at risk of starvation and death from preventable causes. As the coalition that is pressing the Biden administration over the Saudi blockade has noted, the ultimate goal should be “a comprehensive political settlement that addresses the conflict’s myriad issues, including a nationwide ceasefire, currency stabilization, and payment of government salaries.” But while efforts are being made on those fronts, the blockade must be lifted, immediately. Yemen can’t wait.

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Biden told to 'pressure' Saudi Arabia into ending Yemen blockade

More than 70 Democrats tell US president to take additional steps to end 'unconscionable' Saudi-led blockade

More than 70 US lawmakers sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Tuesday urging him to "publicly pressure" Saudi Arabia into ending its "unconscionable" blockade on Yemen.

The letter, led by Congressmen Ro Khanna, Mark Pocan, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, said while ongoing peace negotiations should be supported, ending the blockade should be treated as a separate issue.

"We ask you to take additional steps to publicly pressure Saudi Arabia to lift this blockade immediately, unilaterally, and comprehensively," the letter read.

"We strongly support a comprehensive political settlement that addresses all aspects of the conflict, including a nationwide ceasefire, currency stabilization, and payment of government salaries.

"At the same time, a US demand to end the blockade must occur independently of negotiations."

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and the letter in full:

and a similar letter by civil society:

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Advocates and Celebrities Call for Immediate End to Saudi Blockade of Yemen

The Saudi blockade is a leading driver of starvation in Yemen. In response to the growing humanitarian crisis, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, Demand Progress, and Just Foreign Policy sent a letter to President Joe Biden, calling for an end to the Saudi blockade of Yemen. They were joined by Actor and humanitarian Mark Ruffalo, the creators of the 2021 Oscar-nominated film HUNGER WARD, dozens of celebrities, and more than 70 national organizations.

from the letter:

We strongly support a comprehensive political settlement that addresses the conflict’s myriad issues, including a nationwide ceasefire, currency stabilization, and payment of government salaries. But a U.S. effort to wield its unique political leverage over Saudi Arabia to demand the blockade’s end must occur independently of negotiations between the warring parties. This is particularly necessary in light of the highly uncertain outcome of peace talks, as Saudi warplanes have freshly launched repeated bombings of the capital city of Sana’a and the Houthis have launched an offensive on the city of Marib. Riedel warns that “linking lifting the blockade to a ceasefire is a recipe for prolonging the suffering of the Yemeni people. The two issues need to be decoupled.”

This moral imperative requires the United States to pressure Saudi Arabia to lift this blockade immediately, unilaterally, and comprehensively. This means ending the Saudi naval blockade and allowing humanitarian and commercial imports to freely enter into Yemen; entrusting security oversight to the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM); fully permitting commercial and medical flights in and out of Sana’a airport; and reopening land crossings to importers, exporters and civilian traffic.

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U.S. arrested two Yemenis on terror watchlist who tried to cross border from Mexico

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Vice Media Opens First Office in Saudi Arabia

The media giant is also teaming with the Saudi Research & Marketing Group on a training program.

Comment: Looking forward to @vicenews @vice "storytelling on the ground" about detained activists facing the death penalty in #Saudi (remember when Vice put its contract in Saudi "under review" when MBS butchered Jamal? did their review find his body?)

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UN Investigator: Biden Ignores Bin Salman's Punishment, Very Dangerous

A UN human rights investigator said that "US President Joe Biden's neglect to punish anyone responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in any way is considered extremely dangerous."

Investigator John Kirby stressed the need for the US administration to punish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directly. He indicated that the United States has punished 76 Saudis who participated in the Khashoggi murder, after it imposed financial penalties and a travel ban.

He noted that the message the United States is sending is full of contradictions.

In the end, according to the UN investigator, the problem with the United States refusal to punish Prince bin Salman is the message it sends to him and those who seek to act like him. So are those who fall victim to similar violent crimes. While it might be an exaggeration to say that US actions empower Prince, they do not act as a strong enough deterrent.

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Hungerstreikende fordern USA auf, brutale saudische Blockade gegen Jemen nicht mehr zu unterstützen

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Yemeni American activists are launching a hunger strike to demand an end to Yemen's 6-year civil war: 'They're no longer on the brink of it, they are in famine.'

Six Yemeni-American activists have waged a hunger strike to demand action on the crisis in Yemen.

@IlhanMN is outside the White House meeting with @LiberateYemen, who has been on hunger strike for 9 days calling for an end to the U.S.-backed Saudi blockade of Yemen

We were still camped out in front of @POTUS's crib. Still spreading awareness + our demands. Still drumming on.

Reflections at **8 days of hunger striking

It’s day 7 of our hunger strike. One week of not eating, and we’re still waiting for the world to hear us. #hungerstrike4yemen

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Letter: Yemen needs our country's humanitarian support

No one is safe from bombs and most of their living areas are in ruins. The United States should provide reparations (not charity) for the destruction caused by the U.S. drone bombing campaign as well as our military training and weapons fueling for the Saudi/UAE coalition.

The Biden administration should immediately push Saudi Arabia and the UAE to end the deadly blockade. The administration and Congress need to plan for funding to help rebuild all economic and social aspects of life in Yemen. The United States must also join in the United Nations process to find a lasting ceasefire. We need to encourage our president and Congress to start acting as a positive force for peace in Yemen.

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Yemen: Little clarity on US vow to end aid to Saudi-led coalition

Two months after Biden said US would end ‘offensive’ support and related arms sales, experts and lawmakers want answers.

The Biden administration has offered few concrete details on its plan to end the United States’ support for “offensive” operations by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen and “relevant” arms sales, telling Al Jazeera only that a review is continuing.

While Biden’s policy pivot was hailed by observers calling for an end to the continuing conflict, particularly after former President Donald Trump’s permissive approach to the Saudi government, many questions remain unanswered about what actual changes Biden intends to make.

“Frankly, I’m worried of the message this [lack of clarity] is sending to Saudi Arabia,” said Hassan el-Tayyab, Middle East lobbyist at Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a Quaker organisation in the US.

“I’m hopeful that there’s time [for the Biden administration] to correct this and still make the right choices,” el-Tayyab told Al Jazeera. “But in a situation where a child may die every 75 seconds, hours matter, days matter, weeks matter and we just don’t have the time here to be sitting on our thumbs.”

Last month, dozens of US legislators – including Democratic members of Congress Peter DeFazio, Debbie Dingell, and Ro Khanna – sent an open letter to Biden asking for clarity on the administration’s promise to end offensive support for the coalition.

In their letter on February 25, the US legislators asked what US support existed when the Biden administration took office; which “activities” the administration already ended, and whether the US would continue to provide “maintenance and spare parts” to the Saudi air force.

They asked for a response by March 25, but the White House has not yet provided answers to their questions, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Asked about its plan to end “offensive” support for the coalition and what that would entail, a White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman told Al Jazeera in an email that the US is still “reviewing our policies”.

The State Department, which oversees most US arms transfers and export licences, did not respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment on the continuing review.

In their letter, the US legislators asked for more clarity on how the administration will define offensive versus defensive weapons and whether some categories of weapons would be completely banned. They also asked whether naval equipment would be blocked due to its “potential role in supporting the de-facto blockade” on Yemen.

Andreas Krieg, a professor in the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, said the Biden administration is torn between “delivering on the campaign promise to be tougher on the [Saudi] kingdom and on the other hand maintaining a workable relationship with Saudi Arabia”.

He told Al Jazeera that it is “unrealistic” for Washington to be “sieving through” its current weapons contracts to assure “no military support ends up helping the offensive component of the war” in Yemen.

“The notion to ban the export of ‘offensive weapons’ that could be used in the war in Yemen must be seen as a compromise to this US tight-rope walk on the issue, but not actually realisable,” Krieg said.

Still, el-Tayyab said if the US clearly explains which arms will be affected by its end to offensive support for the coalition, the Biden administration’s policy shift can help increase international pressure to end the conflict – and encourage other Saudi allies to end their arms exports, too.

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Rally in Little Yemen for diversity visas

While President Biden ended the Muslim ban in January, many who were granted diversity visas during the Trump presidency are being left out in the cold.

Biden stated in his recent proclamation that anyone whose diversity visa was approved between 2017 and 2020 must reapply.

This is leaving 2,000 Yemenis dreaming of coming to America stuck in the nation with the worst humanitarian crisis. This ruling affects many in Morris Park as within the neighborhood is Little Yemen, an area with a high Yemeni population and 500 Yemeni businesses.

Needless to say residents are angry and on March 24 held a rally led by the Yahay Obeid, the outreach coordinator for the Bronx Muslim Center.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Iran is a middling power contained by its neighbors and poses no direct threat to the U.S. Washington seeks to address at least three primary elements of Iran's foreign policy: its (1) potential nuclear weapons program, (2) ballistic missiles, (3) and network of proxies engaged in foreign conflicts.

Each of these challenges is best addressed with diplomacy, not military power. President Biden has committed to rejoining the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which offers a natural place to limit proliferation and then address other concerns.

A return to the JCPOA requires abandoning “maximum pressure,” the failed escalation strategy pursued by the Trump administration. Maximum pressure has included not only sanctions, but also U.S. military deployments throughout the Middle East, including in Iraq (currently about 2,500 troops) and Syria (500–900).

The U.S. military presence in Iraq and Syria—part of an unsuccessful compellence strategy—is a potential “tripwire” that could cause an escalation toward a larger and needless conflict with Iran. The posture also poisons relations with Iran, making diplomacy less likely.

Withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq and Syria would reduce the risks of war and aid President Biden’s efforts to pursue diplomacy with Iran and salvage the JCPOA.

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Film: Told @dwnews that Trump's sanctions wall is doing exactly what it was meant to do: Make diplomacy as difficult as possible for Biden. They were never meant to be "leverage." Leverage is something you can move. These sanctions were designed to be immovable - that is, an OBSTACLE

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Cartoon: "The negotiations to revive the Iran-US nuclear deal" I fear this is accurate, although the shores should be labeled with the names of all the actors trying to prevent the talks from succeeding!

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Rouhani hails ‘new chapter’ in efforts to revive JCPOA as parties speak with single voice

President Hassan Rouhani says the recent talks between Iran and the other signatories to the 2015 nuclear agreement opened a “new chapter” in efforts to revive the multilateral deal as the participants in the Vienna meeting unanimously underlined the need to keep the agreement alive.

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No timetable for withdrawal of troops after US, Iraq talks

The mission of U.S. forces in Iraq has shifted to training and advisory roles, allowing for redeployment of combat forces remaining in the country, U.S. and Iraq delegates said Wednesday, after a third round of strategic U.S.-Iraq talks.

Statements issued by both sides, however, said the timing of such a redeployment would be determined in upcoming technical talks, without specifying when they would take place. They also stressed the need for continued security cooperation.

The talks — held virtually because of the pandemic — began in June under the Trump administration. Wednesday’s round, the first under President Joe Biden, centered on an array of issues, including the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Iraq had requested the latest round, partly in response to pressure from Shiite political factions and militias loyal to Iran that have lobbied for the remaining U.S. troops to leave Iraq.


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Iraq’s Fatah alliance says Iraq-US talks must lead to full withdrawal of foreign troops

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Yemen, Syria and Iran’s capabilities: A look at Israel’s strategic view of key proxy conflicts in the MidEast

Israel is concerned about Iran’s role in Syria and Yemen, as well as its continued support for groups that threaten Israel. A recent discussion with an Israeli senior defense official provided an insight into Israel’s concerns and how these conflict areas have developed. A previous post at the FDD’s Long War Journal looked an overview of the region, now it is worth examining several key areas and themes in Israel’s strategic view.

“Yemen is important because it is the first time Iran is in that region,” said the Israeli defense official. “Iran has a foothold there now. In the past it had influence, but it has a foothold.” The Biden administration rescinded the Trump administration’s terror designation for the Houthis but has called on them to stop attacks on Saudi Arabia.

Israel warned that Iran’s capabilities are increasing. In the wake of the Abqaiq attack in Sept. 2019 and the ballistic missile attack on U.S. forces in Jan. 2020, Iran’s abilities are on full display. Iran has carried out recent tests with its ballistic missiles, including a satellite-carrying missile called Soljanah in early February. Such large missiles could carry other payloads, such as a nuclear capabilities. In the first months of 2021, Iran claimed new anti-ship ballistic missiles and used its Emad, Sejjil and Ghadr-type missiles in its Great Prophet 15 exercise.

“Iran has tremendous capabilities,” the Israeli official admitted. These capabilities, paired with UAVs and cruise missiles, puts Iran in a unique category with only a handful of countries in the world that have such an arsenal.

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Explosion auf iranischem Schiff im Roten Meer

Der iranische Frachter "Iran-Saviz" ist nach Angaben des Außenministeriums in Teheran bei einer Explosion am Dienstagabend im Roten Meer leicht beschädigt worden.

"Glücklicherweise wurden bei dem Vorfall auch die Crew-Mitglieder nicht ernsthaft verletzt", sagte Außenamtssprecher Said Chatibsadeh laut Nachrichtenagentur Isna am Dienstag. Die zuständigen Behörden würden die genauen Ursachen des Vorfalls untersuchen. Falls notwendig, würden auch rechtliche Schritte eingeleitet.

Der Sprecher ging nicht auf einen Bericht der "New York Times" ein, wonach es sich um einen israelischen Angriff auf das Schiff gehandelt haben soll. Israel äußerte sich zunächst auch nicht zu dem Bericht. "Wir kommentieren ausländische Medienberichte nicht", sagte eine israelische Militärsprecherin in Tel Aviv.

Die "New York Times" zitierte einen namentlich nicht genannten US-Repräsentanten, der sagte, Israel habe die USA informiert, dass seine Streitkräfte das Schiff angegriffen hätten. Es handele sich dabei um eine Reaktion auf frühere iranische Angriffe auf israelische Schiffe. = = =

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Iran ship said to be Red Sea troop base off Yemen attacked

An Iranian ship believed to be a base for the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard and anchored for years in the Red Sea off Yemen has been attacked, Tehran acknowledged Wednesday.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the attack on the MV Saviz, suspected to have been carried out by Israel — though Tehran did not immediately blame its regional archenemy. The assault came as Iran and world powers sat down in Vienna for the first talks about the U.S. potentially rejoining the tattered deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program, showing events outside the negotiations could derail those efforts.

The ship’s long presence in the region, repeatedly criticized by Saudi Arabia, has come as the West and U.N. experts say Iran has provided arms and support to Yemen’s Houthi rebels in that country’s yearslong war.

Iran previously described the Saviz as aiding in “anti-piracy” efforts in the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb strait, a crucial chokepoint in international shipping. A statement attributed to Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh described the ship as a commercial vessel.

“Fortunately, no casualties were reported ... and technical investigations are underway,” Khatibzadeh said. “Our country will take all necessary measures through international authorities.”

In an earlier state TV statement, an anchor cited a New York Times story, which quoted an anonymous U.S. official telling the newspaper that Israel informed America it carried out an attack Tuesday morning on the vessel. Israeli officials declined to comment about the assault when reached by The Associated Press, as did Saviz’s owner.

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Reminder: Last month the Wall Street Journal reported that Israel had targeted a dozen Iranian oil vessels, some with limpet mines

U.S. officials tell Reuters that the United States did not carry out the attack.

Not only is the Saviz an interesting target because of its status as an #Iran IRGC mother ship for #Houthi attacks, but also because the U.S. sanctioned the Saviz back in 2018 after it was delisted by the Obama administration as part of JCPOA. A message is being sent.

NYT, citing a U.S. official, saying #Israel notified the U.S. that its forces had struck the #Saviz at about 7:30 AM local time, calling it a retaliation for earlier Iranian strikes on Israeli vessels.

"The American official said it was possible that the attack had been delayed to allow the Dwight D. Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier in the area, to put some distance between itself and the Saviz. The Eisenhower was about 200 miles away when the Saviz was hit."

Shocking this isn't getting much more attention in the media! As the US tries to rejoin the #IranDeal, the Israelis intensify their attacks against Iranian ships, undermining America's diplomacy and risking a war that the US likely would be dragged into.

This is STUNNING! The NYT doesn't write that the ISRAELIS SAY their attacks on Iranian ships are part of "their effort to curb Iran’s military influence." Rather, it writes it AS IF IT IS A FACT. As if it is regular and legitimate police work. Unreal...

Israel's actions may well be an effort to sabotage chances for talks on JCPOA. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said "no deal is better than a bad deal," may have been behind former President Trump's abrogation of the 2015 agreement. And want to stop it again.


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Iranian ship affiliated with IRGC attacked - report

Iranian and Israeli officials have largely remained silent on the reports.

An Iranian cargo ship affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps was reportedly attacked off the coast of Eritrea in the Red Sea on Tuesday, according to the Saudi Al-Arabiya news outlet. The reports remained unconfirmed by any official source, but the IRGC-affiliated Tasnim news reported that the ship was damaged in an explosion caused by limpet mines on the hull of the ship.

Saudi media later speculated that the blast was caused by "Israeli commandos".

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Leise Hoffnung auf Deeskalation zwischen USA und Iran

In Wien beraten ab Dienstag die Vertragsstaaten des Nuklearabkommens mit Iran über dessen Rettung.
Gibt es einen Weg zur Deeskalation der seit drei Jahren gefährlich wachsenden Konfrontation zwischen den USA und Iran und damit eine Chance für die Rückkehr beider Staaten in das Abkommen zur Begrenzung von Teherans Nuklearprogramm auf nichtmilitärische Zwecke? Leise Hoffnung macht das für Dienstag in Wien geplante erste Treffen von RegierungsvertreterInnen aller sieben ursprünglichen Vertragsstaaten.
(…) Beide Seiten wollen Vorleistungen
Joe Biden verkündete gleich nach seinem Wahlsieg im November letzten Jahres die grundsätzliche Bereitschaft seiner Regierung zur Rückkehr in das Abkommen. Allerdings nur unter der Bedingung, dass Iran «zuvor sämtliche Vertragsverstöße rückgängig macht». Vertreter der iranischen Führung forderten hingegen, dass die USA zunächst «sämtliche Sanktionen» aufheben. Sonst werde es «keine Verhandlungen mit den USA geben». Das Treffen in Wien ist nun ein Indiz dafür, dass beide Seiten ihre Maximalpositionen aufgegeben haben, und dass die Frage, wer den ersten Schritt macht, nicht mehr als Blockade im Raum steht. Die Biden-Administration sei bereit zu Gesprächen über eine «gegenseitige Rückkehr» der USA und Irans in das Nuklearabkommen, erklärte das Weiße Haus am Freitag. Es gibt bereits Ideen für parallele, beziehungsweise in ihrer Abfolge miteinander abgesprochene Schritte.
(…) Nicht nur Nuklearprogramm, auch Raketenrüstung soll verhandelt werden
Doch selbst wenn durch derartige Schritte der USA und des Irans schließlich die vollständige Rückkehr beider Seiten zu dem bestehenden Nuklearabkommen erreicht werden sollte, bleibt ein Problem: die Biden-Administration will auch ein Abkommen mit Teheran zur Begrenzung der konventionellen Raketenrüstung des Landes sowie zur Eindämmung der in Washington als «destabilisierend» kritisierten Rolle Teherans in der Region. Angesprochen sind damit die Unterstützung des syrischen Regimes, der Hisbollah im Libanon oder der Hamas im Gazastreifen. Unterstützung finden diese Forderungen bei den Regierungen in Berlin, Paris und London. Zwar besteht Präsident Joe Biden im Unterschied zu seinem Vorgänger Donald Trump nicht mehr darauf, entsprechende Vereinbarungen in das bestehende Nuklearabkommen aufzunehmen. Aber auch zu Verhandlungen über neue, separate Vereinbarungen mit Restriktionen, die lediglich für Iran gelten würden, gibt es in Teheran bislang keine Bereitschaft. Zu Begrenzungen der eigenen Raketenrüstung wäre man durchaus bereit, erklären iranische Diplomaten – allerdings nur im Rahmen einer multilateralen Rüstungskontrollvereinbarung, an der auch andere Staaten der Region – wie Saudi-Arabien, Israel, die Türkei oder Ägypten – beteiligt sein müssten…

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Concerned JCPOA parties react positively to Vienna talks

A number of concerned parties to the 2015 nuclear deal have reacted to the recent Vienna talks on the revival of the troubled agreement, with China urging the US as the “offending party” to lift its sanctions against Iran so that Tehran can reverse the retaliatory measures it has been taking since Washington’s withdrawal.

According to Press TV, Wang Qun, China’s Envoy to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, spoke to reporters on Tuesday after a meeting between representatives of Iran and the other remaining signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany.

Wang said in a statement that the US’s withdrawal from the JCPOA in 2018 and its so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran is the root cause of the current situation, adding that America’s early return to the accord is the key to settling the problem.

“The justified request of the injured party, rather than the offending party, should be confirmed and satisfied first. This is a basic right-or-wrong question. The US should lift all sanctions against Tehran and on this basis, Iran can resume full compliance to the nuclear deal,” he added.

Wang also stressed that China firmly opposes any unilateral bans imposed by the US on other countries and will safeguard its legitimate rights and interests.

Washington, he stressed, should end its “long-arm jurisdiction” against third-party entities and individuals, including those from China.

During the Vienna meeting, envoys from Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain and Iran agreed to establish two expert-level working groups, one to work on the lifting of sanctions and the other to work on nuclear issues.

A US delegation headed by the Administration’s Special Envoy for Iran, Rob Malley, was also in the Austrian capital, but it was not attending the talks.

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[Iranian] Top negotiator to Press TV: US must lift Iran sanctions all at once, in one step

Top Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi tells Press TV that the United States must lift its anti-Iran sanctions altogether and in one step if it truly seeks to rejoin the 2015 nuclear agreement, which it abandoned around three years ago.

He also reflected on comments coming out of Washington alleging that Tehran’s assertion that the US has to lift the sanctions first showed the Islamic Republic’s lack of seriousness in the JCPOA’s revival.

Such remarks, the official said, are indicative of “a lack of seriousness on their [own] side since they have left the JCPOA, and they have imposed sanctions.”

“That is quite logical and a very reasonable demand by the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Araqchi said. “They (Americans) have left the JCPOA, and they have imposed sanctions. So obviously if they want to come back, they will have to lift all those sanctions, all together, in one step.”

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On Iran nuclear deal, Biden faces more distrust in Tehran and sharpened knives in Washington

With the first serious efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal unfolding this week, President Biden faces an increasingly urgent dilemma: He can go slow, risking war and a collapse of talks, or move fast, even if it means a possibly flawed deal that damages his ambitious domestic agenda.

The new talks — the first public meetings involving all parties since former President Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 — are aimed at returning both the U.S. and Tehran into compliance. Washington would ease sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy, and the Islamic Republic would cut back production of nuclear materials, which it had increased to prohibited quantities. Until now, each side insisted the other go first, locking the two into a stalemate.

Some U.S. officials and analysts think Biden should delay dealing with Iran, focusing on his domestic agenda instead. Others think he has already waited too long.

And some Pentagon officials think the tensions are so severe that it might not be possible to delay further. Without a deal restricting the Iranian nuclear program, the choice becomes to watch Iran march closer to the ability to build a bomb, or to go to war to stop it, U.S. military officials say.

The longer Iran is outside the deal, the closer it gets to having a nuclear weapon.

Vali Nasr, an expert on Iran and former dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, also said Biden’s go-slow policy not only betrayed his campaign promises but also increased the demands on Iran to seek sweeping relief from U.S. sanctions, rather than settling for a partial removal. Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Yemen have also stepped up attacks on U.S. bases and allies, including Saudi Arabia.

“There has been a shift that actually has created more distrust in Tehran,” Nasr said

If Biden does embrace the deal — and the Vienna talks in no way ensure such progress — the GOP is sharpening its knives to go after him for acquiescing to the hostile Islamic Republic. Critics of the deal have long insisted it cover other parts of Iran’s military activity, including its development and testing of missile systems and support for regional militant groups; the authors of the pact said wrapping in the other issues would have doomed agreement on nuclear weapons.

If the nuclear agreement can be revived, Biden officials say they would seek further talks with Tehran to craft a “stronger, longer” deal, aimed at extending the nuclear restrictions and putting limits on Iran’s growing arsenal of missiles. The U.S. would also seek to curtail Iran’s backing of militia groups in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria, U.S. officials say.

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Biden Should Listen to Americans and Return to the Iran Deal | Opinion

In order to nurture democracy, President Joe Biden should abide by its core belief to carry out the will of the people. His administration's openness to diplomacy with Iran reflects that very will.

In the case of U.S. foreign policy, the American public made its position clear. Poll after poll indicate that the majority of Americans wish to end endless wars and ensure national and global security through diplomacy.

A recent The Economist/YouGov poll showed that a majority of Americans view Iran's nuclear program as a threat, with 63 percent supporting direct negotiations with Iran to address their concern. Upon a closer look, 84 percent of Biden voters polled supported direct negotiations, along with 54 percent of Trump voters.

These numbers corroborate CNN polling from May 2018, after former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran deal—also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—which showed 63 percent of Americans believe the U.S. should not quit the deal. That Trump's "maximum pressure" policy on Iran was a complete failure, which brought us to the brink of war, only reaffirmed the need to return to diplomacy.

If the U.S. is to take on such leadership while preserving its own democracy, President Biden should heed the calls of the majority of Americans and the people who voted him into office.

War hawks and fringe groups determined for regime change in Iran at any cost should not be the arbiters of America's Iran policy. Instead, our policies on Iran should reflect the will of the American people.

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Iran prosecutor says 10 indicted for Ukraine plane shootdown

Ten officials have been indicted in Iran over the 2020 military shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed 176 people, a prosecutor said Tuesday, an announcement coming just as Tehran begins indirect negotiations with the West over its collapsed nuclear deal with world powers.

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Iran says it has arrested spies for Israel, other nations

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Washington und Teheran bereit zu indirekten Gesprächen

Kein Durchbruch, aber immerhin Bewegung bei diplomatischen Bemühungen um eine Rückkehr der USA und Irans zum internationalen Atom-Abkommen mit Teheran wurde Ende Woche vom US-Aussenministerium vermeldet. Demnach sollen diese Woche in Wien indirekte Gespräche beider Seiten über den «Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action» (JCPOA) beginnen. Dabei wollen amerikanische und iranische Verhandlungs-Delegationen in einem Hotel Quartier beziehen und über Diplomaten aus Deutschland, Frankreich, Grossbritannien, China und Russland miteinander in Verbindung treten.

Dies wären die ersten Gespräche zwischen allen Vertragsparteien über den JCPOA seit dem Austritt der US-Regierung unter Donald Trump 2018. Die Positionen der Amerikaner und Irans bleiben dennoch weit auseinander: Washington fordert iranische Zugeständnisse wie eine Ausweitung des Abkommens auf regionale Fragen und die Raketenrüstung der Islamischen Republik. Teheran hat als Voraussetzung für Gespräche die Rückkehr der USA zum Abkommen und die Aufhebung der von Trump verhängten Sanktionen verlangt.

Nun ist aus dem Kreis der Beteiligten verhaltener Optimismus zu hören – aus der gegenseitigen Blockade seien Anzeichen von Bewegung geworden.

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World powers seek to bring US back into Iran nuclear deal

Officials from five world powers began a new effort Tuesday to try to bring the United States back into the foundering 2015 nuclear deal they signed with Iran, a delicate diplomatic dance that needs to balance the concerns and interests of both Washington and Tehran.

The meeting in Vienna of envoys from Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain and Iran came as the U.S. was due to start its own indirect talks with Iran. It would be one of the first signs of tangible progress in efforts to return both nations to the accord, which restricted Iran’s nuclear program in return for relief from U.S. and international sanctions.

Following the closed meetings of the signatories to the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Russia’s delegate, Mikhail Ulyanov, tweeted that the initial talks were “successful.”

“The restoration of JCPOA will not happen immediately. It will take some time. How long? Nobody knows,” he wrote. “The most important thing after today’s meeting of the Joint Commission is that practical work towards achieving this goal has started.”

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US, Iran expected to begin indirect nuclear talks in Vienna

Efforts to bring the United States back into the 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program stepped up a gear Tuesday as Iran and the five world powers still in the accord were meeting in Vienna while the U.S. is due to start indirect talks with Tehran.

Friday’s announcement that Washington and Tehran would begin indirect talks through intermediaries was one of the first signs of tangible progress in efforts to return both nations to the terms of the accord, which restricted Iran’s nuclear program in return for relief from U.S. and international sanctions.

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Zarif urges France, Britain, Germany to act ‘constructively’ in upcoming Vienna meeting

Iran’s foreign minister has urged the three European parties to the 2015 nuclear agreement to honor their commitments under the historic pact and act constructively in the upcoming meeting in Vienna.

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Iran will have no direct, indirect talks with US in Vienna: Official

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says Iran and the US will have no direct or indirect talks in Vienna, where the remaining parties to a 2015 nuclear deal will meet Tuesday to discuss the lifting of sanctions on Tehran.

He made the remarks on Sunday, two days after participants at the virtual meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Joint Commission agreed to resume in-person talks in the Austrian capital.

Araqchi said Iran’s negotiations with Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia in Vienna are purely technical about the lifting of sanctions and Iran’s remedial measures as well as the sequence of the US lifting of sanctions which should be verified.

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France urges Iran to avoid nuclear escalation ahead of talks

France’s top diplomat spoke with his Iranian counterpart Saturday and urged Iran to be “constructive” and avoid further nuclear escalation ahead of talks next week aimed at trying to salvage a global accord curbing the Iranian nuclear program.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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The WarPod Ep #4: We Need to Talk About Yemen

In this episode, the Remote Warfare Programme's Liam Walpole is joined by Marwa Baabbad, Director of ORG's Strategic Peacebuilding Programme, to discuss the UK's policy towards Yemen and the impact of its security partnership with Saudi Arabia on the country.

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Charity boss' sadness of aid required for Yemen homeland

Saleh Saeed works for the Disaster Emergency Committee [DEC], an umbrella organisation of charities that helps disadvantaged people at home and abroad.

"It is a bit hard knowing the work I do, not only am I responding, and helping respond to countries like Syria and South Sudan, but also my ancestral home of Yemen."

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Burton mosque sending toys to children in civil war-torn Yemen

It is collecting a large lorry container packed with aid and gifts for youngsters

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Cardigan student's long walk raises £5,000 for Yemen

AN economics student from Cardigan has completed a 4,850-mile walk to raise money for Yemen – a distance over twice the country’s borders or one-fifth of the earth’s circumference!

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Activists in Ireland demand ending war on Yemen

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UAE jails Jordanian for 10 years for criticising Jordan’s gov’t

HRW says Ahmed Etoum was sentenced in October solely for peaceful Facebook posts on corruption and inequality in Jordan.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged authorities in the UAE to immediately release 46-year-old Ahmed Etoum, saying he was convicted solely for his “peaceful criticism of the Jordanian royal family and government”.

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Forty-five Yemeni fishermen released from Eritrean captivity

Forty-five Yemeni fishermen have arrived in the western Yemeni province of Hodeidah, after being released from the prisons of the Eritrean authorities.

The fishermen, who arrived at the port of Al-Khawba in Hodeidah, said dozens of others were still being held in Eritrean prisons.

Eritrean forces have been attacking Yemeni fishermen and confiscating their boats, causing significant damage to Yemen’s fishing sector.

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Pope calls silence on Yemen crisis 'deafening, scandalous'

Pope Francis has deplored the “deafening and scandalous silence” toward the crisis in Yemen, which has been under attack and siege for over five years.

In his Easter message, the Pope called armed conflict and military spending during a pandemic “scandalous”.

Francis called for peace in several conflict areas in Africa, including the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia and the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique.

He said the crisis in Yemen has been “met with a deafening and scandalous silence”.

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Spain continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia despite atrocities in Yemen

Mwatana has presented, together with other entities, a complaint for complicity in war crimes to the International Criminal Court in The Hague against these European states. About Spain, they claim that the exports of military aircraft and spare parts to Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Egypt since 2015 should be investigated. Specifically, these are A330 MRTT refueling aircraft, manufactured in Getafe, and the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter, which is manufactured in Illescas (Toledo). The complaint was filed in 2019 and the Court's prosecutor's office has committed to respond if it accepts the case this year.

As detailed in the complaint, with the war underway and when everyone already knew about the atrocities committed by the Saudi coalition in Yemen, the supply plane traveled on several occasions to Madrid's Barajas airport for maintenance agreed with Iberia Maintenance. Half of the Saudi military air fleet is made up of European-made aircraft, and the Spanish-made model has replaced the air refueling planes that the U.S. Congress forced to be grounded. "The war has intensified in recent months because with the prospect of Biden pushing for a peace deal, all sides are trying to gain territory", Jameel explains.

The Spanish government, on the other hand, decided to maintain the contract for the sale of 400 smart bombs to the Riyadh regime in order to guarantee the contract for five Navantia frigates (1,813 million euros and on which six thousand jobs depend) that are being manufactured in Cadiz.

The sale of the frigates (Navantia announced a few days ago the grounding of the third one) worries human rights organizations because Saudi Arabia has imposed a fierce siege on Yemen that affects the entry of food, fuel and medicines

Asked by this newspaper, the Spanish government says that "if it had knowledge or there was a risk of misuse of the materials exported [to Saudi Arabia] it would apply the law and suspend or revoke export authorisations". Madrid claims that it has put in place an ex post certificate, whereby Saudi Arabia would commit not to use the weapons purchased in Spain in the Yemeni war.

For Jameel, this certificate will be a dead letter

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Israel erhält neues Spionageflugzeug

Mit Hilfe modernster Spionagetechnik will Israel für die Sicherheit seiner Bevölkerung sorgen. Dafür nimmt das Militär ein neues Spezialflugzeug in Betrieb. Es soll vor allem Informationen über Iran, Jemen und Irak sammeln.

Bei der „zweiten Ebene“ handelt es sich um Länder, die zwar nicht direkt an Israel grenzen, aber dennoch eine direkte Bedrohung darstellen. Wie die Onlinezeitung „Times of Israel“ berichtet, sind das vor allem der Jemen und der Irak. Grund für die Einstufung ist die dortige militärische Präsenz des Iran.

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IDF receives new spy plane it says will help gather intel in Iran, Yemen, Iraq

The Israel Defense Forces received the first of a series of new spy aircraft, dubbed the Oron, on Sunday that it said would improve its ability to gather intelligence and identify targets for attack in Iran, Iraq, Yemen and other far-flung areas in the Middle East.

cp12b Sudan

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Nile countries trade blame as dam talks end without breakthrough

Ethiopia on Tuesday accused Egypt and Sudan of obstructing talks on its contested dam on the Nile, which ended with recriminations and little progress.

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Sudan group: Death toll in Darfur tribal violence now at 87

The death toll from tribal violence that erupted over the weekend in Sudan’s Darfur region climbed to 87 on Wednesday as a local medical group also reported attacks on healthcare workers in the area.

The deadly violence poses a challenge to efforts by Sudan’s transitional government to end decades-long rebellions in areas like Darfur, where conflict often falls along ethnic lines.

The latest bout of fighting grew out of a shooting on Saturday that killed two people from the non-Arab Masalit tribe in a camp for displaced people in Genena, the capital of West Darfur province, according to the U.N. humanitarian affairs agency.

Fighting ensued between the Arab Rizeigat and the Masalit tribes, with both mobilizing armed men.

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UN says tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur kill 40 over 3 days

Tribal clashes that erupted over the weekend between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s western Darfur region have killed at least 40 people and wounded around 60 others, the U.N. said Monday.

The violence was between the Arab Rizeigat and the Masalit tribes in Genena, the provincial capital of West Darfur province. It happened after unknown armed men on Saturday shot dead two people from the Masalit, according to the U.N. humanitarian affairs agency.

Two others from the Masalit were wounded in that shooting, it said. The circumstances of the shootings were not immediately clear.

Since then, the two tribes have mobilized forces and gun fire could still be heard in Genena late Monday, the U.N. said.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in West Darfur.

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Medical group says tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur kill 18

Tribal clashes that erupted over the weekend between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s western Darfur region have killed at least 18 people, a local medical group said Monday.

The violence between the Arab Rizeigat tribe and the Masalit in Genena, the provincial capital of West Darfur province, followed the death of two people from the Masalit, said Salah Saleh, a physician and former medical director at the city’s main hospital.

The circumstances of their death were not immediately known, he said, adding that the violence then extended to other neighborhoods of the city.

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan resume talks on big dam amid tensions

A new round of talks between three African nations began Saturday, officials said, aimed at resolving a yearslong dispute over a giant dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile River’s main tributary.

The three-day talks are taking place in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Sudan takes center stage in US regional strategy

Khartoum gets a boost this week from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund as US Sudan envoy tours the region; the latest Nile dam talks kick off in Kinshasa, Congo, on Saturday.

US-Sudan relations are in full turnaround from where they were two years ago. The transition is still fragile, but on a fast track, especially after this week.

A decision by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gives Sudan’s 44 million people a chance to break the cycle of chronic poverty and fragility.

And the visit to the region this week by US Sudan envoy Donald Booth also signals the increasingly pivotal role Khartoum plays in the region — especially in the regional Nile dam talks and addressing the civil war in Tigray, which has spilled over into Sudan.

The flurry of diplomacy comes as the risk of escalation grows. The latest round of African Union-mediated talks among the foreign ministers of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia are slated to start in Kinshasa on Saturday.

With Sudan leaving the terrorist list in Washington, the IMF and the World Bank are now considering Sudan’s application for debt relief under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.

On March 26, David Malpass, World Bank Group President, called the decision a "breakthrough," adding that the reform steps taken so far by Sudan’s government, "including arrears clearance and exchange-rate unification, will put Sudan on the path to substantial debt relief, economic revival and inclusive development."

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Turkish weapons toward Yemen!

Maj. Gen. Khaled al-Qamli, commander of the Mansour Hadi Coast Guard, arrived in Somalia to receive a shipment of Turkish weapons that arrived in Somali ports yesterday.
During the visit, al-Qamli met with the commander of the Somali Coast Guard and stressed the need for continued cooperation and coordination between Somalia and the Hadi (resigned) government. Prior to the meeting, he had met with Alan Cole, Head, Global Maritime Crime Programme, to obtain his favorable opinion on the transfer of the consignment.
Turkish weapons have reached a Turkish military base off the coast of the Somali capital Mogadishu on a cargo ship carrying about 200 armored vehicles and various weapons.
Turkish weapons are expected to be transferred to the shores of Ahwar district in southern Yemen in the coming days.
This is the first shipment of Turkish weapons to Yemen in the war period, which is sent to the country in the silence of the international community. Earlier, some media outlets had claimed that Bayraktar drones and Turkish military forces had been sent to Saudi Arabia and that they had taken part in the Marib battles, which were undocumented and unreliable.

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Advocates see ‘opportunity’ in US review of Saudi arms sales

Arms control advocates outside the US hope Joe Biden’s Yemen policy shift will spur their gov’ts to take similar action.

Nearly two months after the United States announced it would halt “offensive” support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, as well as “relevant” arms sales, the administration of President Joe Biden has offered little clarity on how it will define those parameters.

Activists in other countries that provide arms to Riyadh also took note of the Biden administration’s policy pivot, hoping it could influence their own governments’ respective positions on the war in Yemen and weapons exports to the Saudi government.

But several weeks after Biden’s announcement, advocates outside of the US say little has changed.

“In terms of arms sales, we’ve got six years now of the United Kingdom with shockingly high sales figures, licensing figures and absolutely no indication whatsoever, that that’s going to change,” said Martin Butcher, policy adviser on arms and conflict with Oxfam International.

“And if anything, they’ve taken a somewhat harsh tone in reaction to the Biden initiative.”

Billions in weapons sales

The British government has stressed it has a separate relationship with Riyadh from the US – both longstanding allies of the country – and has maintained it has strict humanitarian criteria for arms exports.

On February 8, James Cleverly, the UK minister for the Middle East and North Africa, told parliament the government had “noted” the Biden administration’s move, but cited a Houthi offensive on Marib, the last government stronghold in the north of the country, cross-border drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, and atrocities committed by the Houthis as justification for UK support and sales to Riyadh.

In a statement to Al Jazeera, a government spokesperson said “the UK operates one of the most comprehensive export control regimes in the world”.

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, accounted for 32 percent of the UK’s weapons exports during the period, the largest share of any country the British government exported to.

Since March 2015, the UK has licensed more than $9.3bn worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, including $3.7bn in the category that includes aircraft, helicopters and drones, and $5.3bn in the category that includes grenades, bombs and missiles, according to the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

Advocates have also noted that the government has halved aid to Yemen this year compared with last.

Katie Fallon, the parliamentary coordinator for CAAT, said while the Biden administration’s announcement has brought in more “cross-party support for either changing the policy or ending arms trade” in the British parliament, “it hasn’t actually had a real-world impact yet”.

Such an impact, she said, could come if the US review finds the Saudi-led coalition committed violations of international law involving foreign weapons.

That could undermine the previous UK government determination, following a court-ordered review of the arms sale in 2019, that violations of humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen were “isolated incidents” and that weapons transfers posed no “clear risk” of contributing to such abuses.

CAAT, whose lawsuit compelled the initial court review, has since filed for a judicial review of the government’s resumption of arms transfer. The UK had paused arms sales for a year starting in June 2019, approving at least $1.9bn in sales after resuming.

“For the US to do something that would have impact here, it would be to categorically point out and accept that that these violations have occurred,” Fallon told Al Jazeera.

Germany and the government of Wallonia, a southern region of Belgium, have also imposed bans on arms sales to Saudi Arabia in recent years, citing rights abuses in Yemen and the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

France, Spain, and Australia, meanwhile, have resisted calls to end sales.

For activists in Canada, Biden’s new approach towards the conflict in Yemen is a “cause for hope”, said Simon Black, a professor at Brock University in Ontario.

While Canada accounts for a relatively small amount of Saudi Arabia’s military imports, Riyadh accounts for just under half of all of Ottawa’s weapons sales, according to SIPRI. Opponents have also argued that the sales have symbolic significance, with Canada’s reputation as a human rights defender giving political cover to Riyadh’s abuses in Yemen.

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Workshop for reviving traditional building methods in old Sana'a city concluded

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Last Jan, mummy believed 2b frm pre-Islmc Hmyrt Kgdm, found in Ibb. In 2019, ancient hum remains found in caves outskirts of Sanaa. In 2017,millennia-old mummies at Sanaa Un Mus begun 2 rot. A spindly 2,500-yr-old mumy missing. Yemen heritage being looted, smuggled,stolen or neglected (photos)


Today, #Yemen has lost its leading and distinguished professor of Archaeology and Epigraphy Dr. Yousif Moh. Abdullah. He has published over 10 books and papers on Yemen's history and its cultural heritage. A great loss for the country. My his soul Rest in Peace.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

Siehe / Look at cp1

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The CBY-Aden’s Crisis of Confidence – Assessing the UN Panel of Experts’ Corruption Allegations

Executive Summary

The United Nations Panel of Experts on Yemen recently accused the internationally recognized Yemeni government, its central bank and commercial food importers in the country of colluding to embezzle nearly half a billion dollars. The accusations were included in the panel’s annual report to the UN Security Council, published on January 25, which detailed a wide spectrum of findings related to political, military, security and economic developments in Yemen in 2020.

In the report’s economic section, the Panel of Experts concluded that the two primary Yemeni belligerents in the country’s ongoing conflict – the internationally recognized Yemeni government and the armed Houthi movement – had both illicitly diverted the country’s economic and financial resources to serve their own ends, thereby deepening the plight of millions of Yemeni citizens who currently face one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. This Sana’a Center report will focus on the accusations against the Aden-based central bank (CBY-Aden) affiliated with the Yemeni government, which the panel said has engaged in “money-laundering and corruption practices.”[1]

Specifically, the panel accused the central bank of facilitating the embezzlement of US$423 million from a US$2 billion deposit Saudi Arabia made to the CBY-Aden in early 2018 for the purpose of financing basic commodity imports and stabilizing the Yemeni rial (YR) exchange rate. The Panel of Experts report asserts that from July 2018 to early August 2020, the CBY-Aden facilitated funds being syphoned off of the Saudi deposit through a financial mechanism that offered commercial traders a better-than-market exchange rate on letters of credit (LCs) to finance purchasing and importing goods from abroad. Of these traders, the Panel of Experts said the Hayel Saeed Anam (HSA) Group, Yemen’s largest business conglomerate, received US$194.2 million in misbegotten funds, almost half of the total amount the panel says was embezzled.

The panel’s report, however, contains serious errors in its evidence and arguments. Among the panel’s assertions is that Yemenis did not benefit from the LC system through lower market prices for the basic imports it covered, namely rice, wheat, sugar, milk and cooking oil. This claim would appear demonstrably incorrect – while Yemenis have suffered from currency depreciation and price inflation throughout most of the conflict, they received a relative reprieve from the end of 2018 to the end of 2019, when the average price of a minimum food basket decreased slightly year-on-year and the Yemeni rial exchange rate was generally stable. This corresponded directly with the period in which the largest share of the Saudi deposit was disbursed through import financing. The panel also erred in the basic data and calculations it used for determining the differential between the exchange rate the CBY-Aden offered on LCs and the average market exchange rate at that time. The panel’s determination that the central bank and its governor had violated Yemeni law was then based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the CBY’s legal mandate, which is to achieve and maintain domestic price stability, and not, as the panel put it, to seek the “largest possible return” in managing its foreign currency holdings. Given the false premises upon which the Panel of Experts built its argument, its specific conclusions are unsound.

The general concerns the panel’s report raises, however, warrant serious consideration. Since the central bank administration was transferred from Sana’a to Aden, in 2016, there has been general ambiguity and opacity regarding its operations, in large part due to a woeful lack of oversight, crippled governance structures and political infighting. There has been no audit of the central bank since its move to Aden and it has even stopped publishing its annual financial statements. Regarding the LC mechanism specifically, the bank has had no meaningful control and compliance measures overseeing how each batch of import financing is issued, and no monitoring and accountability framework to ensure it is achieving its goal of price stability. There have also been numerous accusations of corruption at the CBY-Aden arising from the private sector, in Yemeni media, and between prominent figures at the CBY-Aden itself. While a rigorous and impartial investigation is needed to determine if public funds have been misused, there has clearly been ample opportunity for corruption.

Regardless of the validity of the specific accusations put forward in the Panel of Experts report, it has shone a spotlight on what is undeniably a dysfunctional and deeply problematic state of affairs at the CBY-Aden, and the consequences of doing so could be dire. The CBY-Aden has essentially run out of foreign currency with which to finance imports and support the value of the Yemeni rial. Consequently, the rial hit a new all-time low in value as 2021 began and has since continued to depreciate. The weakening currency is driving up commodity prices and diminishing consumer purchasing power – meaning the affordability of life’s basic necessities is being pushed further beyond the reach of millions of Yemenis who are already dependent on aid to survive. The only near-term counter to this trend is for large-scale new foreign currency reserves to be made available to finance Yemen’s imports, but this does not appear to be forthcoming. Saudi Arabia, already reluctant to renew its financial support for the CBY, will be more so after the panel’s accusations. Other potential donors may likewise be deterred.

There is a crisis of confidence regarding the Yemeni government’s central bank. Yemenis and the international stakeholders who would support the country need to see dramatic and immediate action taken to begin restoring faith that this crucial institution can and will carry out the country’s monetary and fiscal policies in a principled, transparent and accountable fashion. To this end, this report makes the following recommendations:

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[Sanaa gov. „Lackland“] Shabwa Governor Warns of Saudi-UAE Plot to Destroy Yemen’s Gas Facilities

The governor of Yemen’s Southern province of Shabwa warned Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against further attacks on the Yemeni gas facilities, noting that the Saudi-led coalition is plotting to bring work of the country’s strategic ports to a standstill.

Ahmed Hassan al-Amir said on Monday that the objective of the two adversaries was to eliminate the Balhaf gas liquefaction and LNG facilities and the export facilities of an eponymous industrial port town in the province.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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New claim by #alQaeda in #Yemen of rocket attack Sunday on #UAE forces in Balhaf, #Shabwah is significant: #AQAP had not *officially* claimed an attack in Shabwah since 9/2018 though several informal claims AQAP fragments in south may be regrouping & reasserting AQ identity

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[Sanaa gov.] Shura Council: Daesh, Al-Qaeda Fights Alongside US-Saudi Aggression in Yemen

Yemen’s Defense and Security Committee of the Shura Council issued a report on Tuesday on the formation of Daesh and Al-Qaeda and their penetration and participation in the fighting alongside the US-Saudi aggression in Yemen.

The Shura Council report indicated that figures who later established the Islah Party, led by Abdulmajeed Al-Zindani and others in cooperation with Osama bin Laden and Saudi support, worked to establish the nucleus of Al-Qaeda in Yemen in the 1980s.

The report indicated that the Islah Party was able, through its institutes, to establish an army parallel to the state army, and all of them carried the takfiri doctrine and this was evident in the 1994 war.

The report also indicated that from 2011 to 2014, Al-Qaeda carried out more than 1,000 criminal operations and assassinated 264 political, military, academic and media figures.

The Shura Council report noted that deals took place between the US-Saudi coalition with the Al-Qaeda and Daesh in 2015 in Hadramout, in 2016 in Abyan and in 2018 in Shabwa, all ended with the coalition taking over those governorates and merging the fighters of the two organizations in what was called the National Army and the Security Belt.

The report explained that the US and its allies' annoyance about the liberation of Marib confirms its protection and sponsorship of the takfiri organizations. It is a practical evidence that it is American in origin and purpose.

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Terroristen werden aus Syrien in den Jemen versetzt, um saudischen Kräften in Ma'rib zu helfen

Takfiri-Terroristen in Syrien werden in den Jemen versetzt, um sich den Reihen der saudischen Streitkräfte und Söldner anzuschließen, die in der strategischen Zentralprovinz Ma'rib gegen jemenitische Streitkräfte kämpfen, berichtet die libanesische Zeitung al-Akhbar.

Unter Berufung auf jemenitische Geheimdienstquellen warten die Militanten der Al-Qaida auf der Arabischen Halbinsel (AQAP) auf die Ankunft von Terroristen aus Syrien in der südlichen Provinz Abyan im Jemen.

Dem Bericht zufolge hat die saudische Kommandozentrale in Jemens südlicher Hafenstadt Aden sogar den Kriegsherrn Al-Qaida in Abyan angewiesen, die Ankunftspunkte für Terroristen aus Syrien und anderen Ländern zu sichern.

Sicherheits- und Geheimdienstquellen, die unter der Bedingung der Anonymität sprachen, sagten, AQAP-Terroristen seien damit beauftragt worden, die ankommenden Militanten und ihre Waffen nach Ma'rib zu transportieren.

In den letzten zwei Wochen wurden Al-Qaida-Terroristen in weiten Gebieten vor der Küste in Abyan unter dem Kommando eines hochkarätigen Militanten namens Salem al-Shina eingesetzt, wobei die Operationen mit der salafistischen Islah-Partei und der saudischen Kommandozentrale koordiniert wurden, hieß es in dem Bericht.

Laut lokalen Quellen streifen Al-Qaida-Terroristen öffentlich in den Gebieten Wadi Hamra, Yahmas, Al-Maraqasha und Al-Wazi herum und haben sich in ihrer Kaserne wiederholt mit hochrangigen saudischen Militärs getroffen.

Laut al-Akhbar haben Al-Qaida-Terroristen letzte Woche eine Reihe von Angriffen auf die Positionen von Separatisten des Übergangsrates des Südens (STC) gestartet, um die Ankunft von Militanten aus Syrien zu sichern.'rib_zu_helfen

Meine Bemerkung: Wie seitens der Huthis behauptet wird.

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Syria Terrorists Deployed to Yemen for Ma’rib Battle

Terrorists fighting against the Syrian government are about to be deployed to the strategic Central province of Ma’rib within days to counter the Yemeni Army and popular committees, informed sources disclosed, as Saudi-backed militias have recently suffered heavy defeats in the vital battleground.

According to Al-Akhbar newspaper, the Saudi-Emirati coalition command in the city of Aden has commissioned the commander of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Abyan province to secure the route of militants who will soon enter Yemen from Syria and other countries.

Security and intelligence sources stated that Al-Qaeda terrorists are tasked with transporting armed elements who are supposed to enter the coast of Abyan province with their weapons from Syria.

For the last two weeks, Al-Qaeda terrorists, led by a man named Salem Al-Shana'a, have been stationed in large areas of the coast of Abyn province under the supervision of the Riyadh-led coalition's command, according to the daily.

Over the past few weeks, Ma’rib has been the scene of large-scale operations by the Yemeni troops and allied Popular Committees fighters, who are pushing against Riyadh-sponsored militants.

In mid-February, the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group confirmed that its members are fighting alongside Saudi-backed mercenaries against Yemen’s Army and forces from popular committees in the province of Ma’rib.

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My remark: As claimed by the Houthi side.

cp15 Propaganda

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UAE calls for decisive stance to stop Houthi threats

The UAE has strongly denounced the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militias for attempting to target civilians and civilian objects in a systematic and deliberate manner in Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia, with a booby-trapped plane, which was intercepted by Coalition forces.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) said the UAE affirms that these systematic terrorist attacks by the Houthi group reflect its blatant disregard for the international community and all international laws and norms.
The Ministry also urged the international community to take an immediate and decisive stance to stop these repeated acts

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Biden's policy shift in Yemen courts environmental disaster

A major disaster is unfolding in slow motion, with the international community seemingly incapable of taking any action other than public hand wringing.

A crippled oil tanker, FSO Safer, has been moored just north of the port city of Hudaydah, Yemen’s main hub for humanitarian delivery, for more than five years. It’s in bad shape. In January, the International Maritime Organization reported that the ship’s structural integrity is failing and risks leaking 48 million gallons of oil into the Red Sea.

Since last July, the United Nations has been trying, without success, to send a technical mission to assess the tanker’s condition.

With “millions knocking on the door of famine,” the Biden administration needs to rethink its reflexive reversal of its predecessor’s policies. With measures intended to promote peace, the Biden administration has both undermined that goal and increased the risk of an environmental disaster.

My comment: Look at the authors: and

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Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Its Foreign Policy and Foreign Legion

2020, US Marine Corps University Press

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pursues missions both domestic and foreign, chief of which are to maintain the power of the Islamic Republic of Iran and to expand Iran's prestige throughout the world. This article explores the wide-ranging political and military capabilities of the IRGC, including its export of Iran's Islamic Revolution to neighboring countries; its antagonism toward Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United States; its command of a multinational, multidivision Shia Liberation Army; and its financial support for numerous proxy terrorist groups that are active in the Greater Middle East region.

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Film: Saudi FM: Yemen Hodeidah blockade doesn't exist

Saudi Arabia's FM joined Becky Anderson for a wide-ranging and extended interview. They discussed relations with the US, the war in Yemen, the return to the JCPOA, and normalization with Israel.

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Anti-Iranian cartoon

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Marib governor: Coalition has thwarted the mullahs’ conspiracy in Yemen

The Governor of Marib Sultan Al-Arada confirmed that the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia, has aborted the Iranian conspiracy in Marib in particular and Yemen in general, and contributed strongly to preserving Yemen's Arabism and preventing it from becoming a terrorist hotspot.
In an interview with Okaz, Al-Arada stressed that "the military situation in Marib is moving in our favor, and the army, the resistance and the tribes are making history, with great sacrifices, and until now this militia’s arrogance has been broken and we will witness its defeat soon."
He said, "The great results achieved by the Yemeni army, the resistance and the tribes wouldn’t have been achieved except with success granted by Allah and then with the support of the Arab Coalition that succeeded in thwarting the Iranian-Houthi plot to control Marib."

and also

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According to Yemen int'l-recognized gov's Ministry of Planning and Int'l Coop, -48% of #Yemen's population living in areas under the Yemeni government, -46% of pop. in areas under the Houthi control, -6% refugees and IDPs outside the country.

My comment: Heavily overestimating the percentage of people under Hadi government control.

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From the #Yemeni #Jewish minority community to foreign nationals from #Africa, the #Houthis are forcibly expelling groups from #Yemen after either extorting them to fund or exploiting them to fight in their #war against the #Yemeni people

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Coalition airstrike kills wanted Houthi commander

Commander of the Houthi forth military region was killed in a coalition raid on the western front of Marib, Al-Arabiya said.

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Higher Education: Yemen Needs Many Years to Restore Destroyed Infrastructure by US-Saudi Aggression

The [Sanaa gov.] Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research confirmed , Sunday, that Yemen needs many and long years to rebuild what the US-Saudi aggression destroyed and restore the sector to what it was before the aggression.

The ministry indicated, during a press conference about 6 years of steadfastness in the face of aggression, that the US-Saudi aggression caused the total destruction of some public universities, such as the universities of Sa’adah and Hodeidah.

The ministry explained that the aggression caused damage to many of the factories, devices and equipment of the universities, the destruction of important documents, and destroying their infrastructure, such as roads, networks and electricity. It indicated that the cost of the direct damages that were counted was more than 27 billion riyals, while the cost of indirect damages amounted to more than 250 billion riyals.

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Film: America kills the Yemeni people. Here is the march Two exhibitions documenting the crimes of aggression ... with prohibited international weapons and cluster bombs

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More Saudi coalition air raids Saada p. Marib p. Marib, Jawf, Saada pp. Jawf p. / Marib p. Saada p. Marib p. Several prov. Hajjah p. / Marib p. / Marib, Jawf, Saada, Hodeidah pp. Marib p., Jawf p. Hodeodah p. Jawf p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp17a, 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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Arab Coalition intercepts Houthi drone in Yemen airspace heading towards Saudi Arabia

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Saudi-Arabien: King Khalid Air Base von jemenitischer Drohne angegriffen

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Arab Coalition destroys Houthi explosive drone fired at Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait

The Arab Coalition intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Houthis towards Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait on Tuesday, state TV reported.


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[Sanaa gov.] Army hits Khaled airbase in Khamis Mushait

Army on Tuesday waged two drones of Qasef- 2K on Khaled Airbase in Khamis Mushait in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a spokesman of the armed forces Yahya Sare'i said.

and also

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Saudi military positions in Jeddah hit by Yemeni missiles

Sabereen News, a Telegram channel close to the Resistance Front, reported on Tuesday morning that the Yemenis fired several missiles at the military targets of the Saudi-led coalition in Jeddah and deep inside Saudi Arabia.

Al-Alam's correspondent also said that after the Yemeni operation against Jeddah, all flights were suspended at the city's airport and at Jazan airport; the skies over these areas were emptied of aircraft from Saudi Arabia.

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In Taiz, 5 civilians, including a woman and two children, were wounded by the aggression with artillery shelling in Sala and Maqbana districts.

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Saudi shelling kills, injures 8 civilians in Sa'ada

8 civilians were killed and injured on Sunday by a Saudi rocket and artillery shelling on Monabbih border district in Sa'ada province, a security official said.

The Saudi enemy targeted the area of al-Raqw, a populated area in the province of Monabbih, killing a woman and a man and injuring 6 other citizens.

and also


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13 Saudi bombing toll on Monabbih

The death toll from the Saudi enemy's crime at the Monabbih border district in Sa'ada has risen to 13 killings and injuring, a security official said on Monday.

The victims of the Saudi bombardment on the area of al-Raqw in Monabbih border district raised to two killed, one of them a woman and 11 injured, including children and women, said the official.

The official pointed out that the border districts are subjected daily to continuous Saudi missile and artillery shelling, causing casualties, in addition to material losses in the property of citizens.

and also


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Film: Yemen - Fierce fighting around Yemen town of Naham / Fighting ongoing in Yemen's Taiz province

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Three female workers in ACTED organization were wounded in armed attack in Dhale'a/Aden Alghad

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Yemen Has Database of Saudi Targets: [Sanaa gov.] Defense Minister

The defense minister of Yemen said his country has a database of various targets inside Saudi Arabia, stressing that retaliatory attacks will continue as long as the Saudi-led military coalition continues pounding Yemen.

In an interview with al-Masirah, Defense Minister of the National Salvation Government of Yemen Nasser Al-Atefi said his country’s military power at present is incomparable with what it was six years ago, when Saudi Arabia launched a military aggression against Yemenis.

The Yemeni armed forces have a database of many targets situated deep inside Saudi Arabia, he added.

and also

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Houthi mines kill, injure 51 civilians this year alone

Landmines planted by the Houthi group in have left 51 civilians killed or injured during the first quarter of this year 2021, according to latest official reports.
26 people were killed and 25 others wounded, including women and children, in different Yemeni provinces polluted with Houthi mines and unexploded ammunition, the Yemeni mine watchdog tweeted on Sunday.

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KSrelief Organizes Seminar "Introducing the Danger of Mines and the Role of Masam Project in Yemen"

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) organized a virtual seminar on Sunday in Riyadh entitled (Introducing the danger of Mines and the role of Masam project in Yemen).

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Schlacht um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

Siehe / Look at cp4

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Wikipedia: Battle of Ma'rib (2021)

The Battle of Ma’rib is an ongoing battle that erupted following the advance of the Houthis towards the city of Ma’rib, the capital of Maʼrib Governorate in Yemen controlled by the Cabinet of Yemen in February 2021

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Some Houthi militants killed, injured in Al-Kasarah front west of Marib

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Yemeni Options in Self-defense in Marib

The [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Army and the Popular Committees stand today in a very strong position against the aggression in Yemen especially in Marib.

The governorate of Marib is gaining military, political and economic importance, which made the Saudi coalition countries betting on it since the beginning of the battle.

In addition, this governorate has an economic importance, represented by the presence of oil wells in it. The launch of the military operations in Marib prompted the Saudi coalition to escalate on all fronts to cover up its battle, especially since the majority in the city is mostly against the coalition forces.

The Saudi Alliance uses all its power in Marib as it is its and Al Qaeda’s center of power. Losing Marib may change the scene towards an accelerated collapse of other provinces controlled by the allies of the forces of aggression.

In addition, the Army and the Popular Committees power will increase in the event of control of Marib with the increase in the ability to secure fuel, gas and electricity from the governorate.

My remark: The Houthi view on Marib battle.

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One child (pictured) was injured in a Houthi rocket attack on Almeel IDPs camp north of Marib city this Sunday morning. Yesterday one child was killed and five others wounded in a rocket attack too./Crater Sky and multiple other websites.

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Houthi shelling leaves civilian casualties in Marib

Violent explosion resonated Marib on Saturday, when the Houthi group fired a ballistic missile at a residential quarter in the Yemeni northeastern city, private sources and eyewitnesses said.
The Houthi ballistic missile hit Rawdha neighborhood, downtown Marib, leaving a number of civilian casualties, the sources added.


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Houthi rocket kills, injures five IDPs in Marib

A source said that “one man was killed and four children were seriously injured by what a Katyusha rocket the Houthis fired on Arrowdha neighborhood” in north Marib. He said the casualties are “all internal displacees.”


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At least one child was killed and five others wounded today when a #missile launched by the #Iran-backed #Houthis hit Al Rawdah residential area in #Marib city (photos)

More photos:


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56 [anti-Houthi] CSOs condemn world’s deafening silence regarding targeting IDPs’ camps and residential areas in Marib

56 Yemeni Civil Society Organizations condemned on Sunday the world’s silence with regard to attacks launched by the Iran-aligned Houthis on IDPs camps and populated areas in Marib city.

In a press release, 56 Yemeni CSOs denounced the constant missile and artillery attacks fired by Houthis on residential areas and IDP’s camps, leaving scores of civilians and IDPs killed or wounded.

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MoLAHR criticizes Houthi militia’s inciting rhetoric against the IDPs

Ministry of Legal Affairs and Human Rights (MoLAHR) has denounced Houthi militia’s inciting rhetoric against the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

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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Aggression launches raid on Hodeida

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Daily violations as claimed by the Houthi side

April 7:

April 6:

April 5:

April 4:

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Wild cheetah successfully caught alive in Abyan

Citizens of Abyan province were able to hunt down a dangerous wild cheetah and catch it alive in the al-Hudhn area of Lawder district, after a long manhunt.

A number of activists posted a picture of the cheetah after being caught by a tree specialist, who wa tied tightly for fear of fleeing or attacking a citizen.

According to the activists, the citizens were able to ambush the cheetah and lure the animal and captured it in a way that surprised many.

They explained that wild cheetahs are difficult to catch alive and as a result are being killed in many areas of Yemen.


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#Yemen: Idiots hunt rare, endangered animals. This photo (there also is a video) has been circulated on social media of an Arabian tiger hunted in #Abyan. It wasn't first time they published such content. They take pride of their crimes! They must be punished & animals protected!

Another photo:


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Diese Fotos zeigen, dass das Leben im Jemen trotz Krieg weitergeht

Der Fotograf Nezar Moqbel will in seinem Heimatland die Vorstellung von glücklicheren Zeiten neu beleben.

Aber trotz der ganzen Zerstörung von Häusern, Krankenhäusern und Schulen geht das Leben in den Straßen Jemens weiter. Und genau diesen Alltag hält Nezar Moqbel mit seiner Handykamera fest. Seine Fotos fangen dabei die Emotionen der vielen Menschen ein, die kaum über die Runden kommen. Sie zeigen aber auch fröhliche Momente – etwa Hochzeitsfeiern, bei denen laute Musik die Explosionsgeräusche übertönt.

Wir haben mit Moqbel darüber geredet, wie sein Projekt angefangen hat und was es ihm bedeutet (Fotos)

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When Nation-States Attack

Twitter refuses to curb platform manipulation targeting U.S. citizens

While Twitter has removed accounts linked to Saudi’s “electronic army” in the past, thousands remain. They continue to manipulate trending hashtags and to terrorize users — especially journalists, academics, and members of civil society — across Arabic Twitter (Saudi Arabia, based on number of users, is among Twitter’s top 10 leading countries).

Enter Ali Soufan

Ali Soufan, a former F.B.I. agent and friend of Khashoggi, in May 2020 was informed by the C.I.A. that Al Qaeda militants were plotting against him (Soufan served as a lead investigator on the September 11th attacks).

Shortly thereafter, Soufan became the target of an aggressive Twitter smear campaign. According to The New Yorker, “cybersecurity experts hired by Soufan traced at least part of the campaign to an official in the Saudi government.” Moreover, the “campaign appeared to have involved some of the same people who had targeted [Khashoggi].”

It was determined that the smear campaign against Soufan was “started by Hussain al-Ghawi, a self-proclaimed Saudi journalist” with a large Twitter following:

As Soufan and his team dug deeper, they discovered that al-Ghawi helped instigate a “vitriolic social-media campaign” targeting Khashoggi in the months prior to his killing.

The campaigns against Khashoggi and Soufan made false allegations that were “retweeted thousands of times by a legion of bots and fake accounts.”

Well, Shit. This Sucks

In October 2020, it was brought to my attention that my name (i.e. Geoff Golberg) was mentioned (and photo was included) in an Arabic Twitter thread that was being shared widely:

Among other things, the thread makes the following claims:

I have an affiliation with Stanford University

I have an affiliation with the Qatari government

I am a CNN journalist

I am a collaborator with several Qatari newspapers

My work is aimed at defending Qatar, Hezbollah, and Turkey

None of these allegations are true, yet al-Ghawi’s tweets were retweeted thousands of times.

Unfortunately, I am unable to contest being slandered by a verified account via replying to the thread, as Twitter suspended my account in July 2019 — for referencing a sockpuppet account (the very existence of which violates Twitter Rules) as a “moron.”

Since Twitter has silenced my voice, I opted to post on LinkedIn outlining how I was being targeted (and where I tagged a number of Twitter executives hoping to get their attention):


Photos: (Cannon Ali Hammoud). It is the Ramadan cannon that is fired from Jabal Sabr, Taiz, and Ali Hammoud is the employee in charge of the cannon. Which cannon is best known by its name. The cannon is fired from the village of Al-Karifa Jabal Sabr


Nice pics from Shibam Hadramout :)

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Yemen’s shoemaker poet Suleiman Tanim triumphs over adversity

Born into poverty and marginalised by wider society, Tanim has been fighting for recognition of his writing for decades

The Yemeni poet Suleiman Tanim enjoys a significant degree of respect in his hometown for his craft, but his success today has come after decades of struggle and rejection.

In an annual book fair organised by the Taiz Cultural Office in December 2020, the organisation’s director, Abd al-Khaleq Saif, described Tanim as the ‘"jewel" of the event and a volume of his work was the centrepiece of the occasion.

From the marginalised Akhdam community, who are distinguished from the wider Yemeni population by virtue of their darker skin and supposedly African heritage, 46-year-old Tanim says he has faced an uphill struggle for recognition. For a long time, despite being published in newspapers, few publishing houses would consider his poetry.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-732 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-732: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

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