Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 736b- Yemen War Mosaic 736b

Yemen Press Reader 736b: 21. April 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 736, cp7 - cp19 / April 21, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 736, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 736, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 736, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-736-yemen-war-mosaic-736

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 Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

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To Make Yemen’s Peace Process Sustainable, Include Women

Today, the U.N. and most diplomats working on Yemen are focused on trying to broker a cease-fire between the Houthis, the Saudis and Hadi’s government, in the hope that this will create an opening for Houthi-Hadi talks over a deal that would end the war conclusively.

Yemenis often ask whom, exactly, such a peace would serve. Women are especially worried about a narrow two-party deal. There are as many influential women in Yemen with as diverse a range of opinions as there are armed and political factions, but they agree on one thing: that the two sides may be headed toward a political settlement in which women will have no voice. They rightfully worry that this could lead to their permanent exclusion from politics and that Yemen’s future—and theirs—will be shaped without their input.

Yemen, of course, badly needs a cease-fire and a return to politics.

Lasting peace and stability tend to come from the ground up. For this reason, the time has come to bring a wider range of players into the mix, not just armed groups and political parties but also local advocates for peace and stability, especially women who can provide perspectives needed to ground the national process in local realities. Hitherto excluded from the peace process, they could play a valuable role in sustaining a cease-fire, by working to build peace locally.

Throughout the war, women-led organizations have tackled challenges that the U.N.-led process has often ignored or glossed over.

Women’s and local groups’ support for a political settlement cannot be taken for granted, especially if they are called upon to help implement a deal they feel excludes them. As we argue in a new Crisis Group report, the U.N. Security Council should introduce a quota for women’s participation in the U.N.-led political process, insisting that all of the parties that come to the table include a minimum number of female delegates. The U.N. envoy, Martin Griffiths, and his team should also build on their current informal outreach to women’s groups, as well as to unarmed but influential local civil society organizations, by setting up a parallel political track that brings these entities into the national-level process.

At a minimum, the U.N. should say how and when it will include such groups. It should also explain what mechanisms it would put in place to protect women’s rights both now and after the war ends. From their side, women’s groups and other civil society actors that feel they have been left out of U.N.-led efforts to end the war should seize on the recent uptick in global interest in Yemen and the Biden administration’s focus on negotiating an end to the conflict to press for their meaningful inclusion. Without that, one can only doubt the prospects for successful peacebuilding in Yemen – by Peter Salisbury

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/amp/articles/29584/to-end-yemen-s-war-bring-women-back-in-to-the-peace-process

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UNHAS Yemen Monthly Flight Schedule, May 2021

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unhas-yemen-monthly-flight-schedule-may-2021

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Presseerklärung des Sicherheitsrats zu Jemen

Die Mitglieder des Sicherheitsrats begrüßten die Ankündigung Saudi-Arabiens vom 22. März zur Beendigung des Konflikts in Jemen und zur Herbeiführung einer umfassenden politischen Lösung, die von Jemen unterstützt wird und mit dem Vorschlag des Sondergesandten übereinstimmt, eine landesweite Waffenruhe herzustellen, den internationalen Flughafen von Sanaa wieder zu eröffnen und den freien Schiffsverkehr für die Anlieferung von Treibstoff und anderen Gütern im Hafen von Hudaida gemäß dem Abkommen von Stockholm zu ermöglichen. Sie begrüßten die Bemühungen Omans zur Vermittlung zwischen den Hauptbeteiligten und befürworteten ein kontinuierliches Engagement in der Region.

Die Mitglieder des Sicherheitsrats forderten alle Parteien auf, konstruktiv mit dem Sondergesandten der Vereinten Nationen zusammenzuarbeiten und ohne Vorbedingungen eine sofortige landesweite Waffenruhe und eine alle Seiten einschließende politische Regelung unter jemenitischer Eigenverantwortung auszuhandeln, im Einklang mit den einschlägigen Resolutionen des Sicherheitsrats der Vereinten Nationen, namentlich 2216 (2015) und 2565 (2021). Sie forderten die volle, gleichberechtigte und produktive Teilhabe der Frauen sowie die Teilhabe der Jugendlichen, im Einklang mit früheren Resolutionen. Sie wiesen auf ihr nachdrückliches Bekenntnis zur Einheit, Souveränität, Unabhängigkeit und territorialen Unversehrtheit Jemens hin. Sie erk

Die Mitglieder des Sicherheitsrats verurteilten die anhaltende Eskalation in Marib, die die humanitäre Krise in Jemen verschärft, mehr als eine Million Binnenvertriebene hohen Risiken aussetzt und die Anstrengungen zur Herbeiführung einer politischen Regelung bedroht, während in der internationalen Gemeinschaft zunehmende Einigkeit über die Beendigung des Konflikts herrscht. Sie äußerten die Sorge, dass die militärische Eskalation in Marib von terroristischen Gruppen wie Al-Qaida ausgenutzt werden könnte, um ihre Präsenz in Jemen auszuweiten. Sie forderten die Huthis auf, ihre Eskalation in Marib zu beenden, und verurteilten die grenzüberschreitenden Angriffe auf Saudi-Arabien. Sie äußerten sich besorgt über die militärischen Entwicklungen in anderen Teilen Jemens und betonten, dass es einer Deeskalation durch alle Parteien bedarf. Sie verurteilten die Einziehung und den Einsatz von Kindern, einschließlich in Marib. Sie forderten, dass diejenigen, die für Menschenrechtsverletzungen und -übergriffe und Verstöße gegen das humanitäre Völkerrecht verantwortlich sind, zur Rechenschaft gezogen werden. Sie erklärten erneut, dass alle Konfliktparteien ihre Verpflichtungen nach dem humanitären Völkerrecht einhalten müssen, insbesondere ihre Verpflichtungen zur Gewährleistung des humanitären Zugangs, zum Schutz von Zivilpersonen und zivilen Objekten sowie zum Schutz des humanitären Personals und des Gesundheitspersonals.

Die Mitglieder des Sicherheitsrats bekundeten ihre große Besorgnis über die verheerende wirtschaftliche und humanitäre Lage, insbesondere über anhaltenden Hunger und die wachsende Gefahr einer Hungersnot großen Ausmaßes, und betonten, wie wichtig es ist, kritische Handelseinfuhren und die Bereitstellung humanitärer Hilfe zu erleichtern. Sie forderten die Regierung Jemens auf, das Einlaufen von Treibstoffschiffen in den Hafen von Hudaida unverzüglich und regelmäßig zu erleichtern, um die Lieferung lebenswichtiger Güter und humanitärer Hilfe zu gewährleisten, und unterstrichen, dass Treibstoff, der über den Hafen von Hudaida eintrifft, nicht zum persönlichen Gewinn oder zur Finanzierung der Eskalation des Konflikts verwendet werden darf. Sie forderten die Parteien auf, ihrer nach dem Abkommen von Stockholm eingegangenen Verpflichtung nachzukommen, die Einnahmen und ihrer Einrichtungen aus dem Hafen von Hudaida zur Zahlung der Gehälter der öffentlich Bediensteten zu verwenden.

Die Mitglieder des Sicherheitsrats betonten, dass von dem „Safer“-Öltanker und seinem üblen, verrotteten Zustand eine ernste Bedrohung, ja die Gefahr einer ökologischen, wirtschaftlichen, maritimen und humanitären Katastrophe für Jemen und die Region ausgeht. Sie betonten, dass die Huthis die Verantwortung für die Lage tragen, forderten sie auf, Sachverständigen der Vereinten Nationen dringend und ohne Vorbedingungen sicheren Zugang für die Durchführung einer unbedingt notwendigen Begutachtungs- und Reparaturmission zu ermöglichen und dabei eine enge Zusammenarbeit mit den Vereinten Nationen zu gewährleisten, betonten die Notwendigkeit, noch offene Fragen endgültig zu regeln, und nahmen Kenntnis von den jüngsten konstruktiven Gesprächen in dieser Hinsicht.

https://www.un.org/Depts/german/sr/presseerk/sc14497.pdf

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Security Council press statement on Yemen, 16 April 2021

The Members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement of Saudi Arabia on 22 March, supported by the Government of Yemen, to end the conflict in Yemen and reach a comprehensive political solution, which was in line with the UN Special Envoy’s proposal for a nationwide ceasefire, re-opening Sana’a International airport, and allowing free movement of ships for fuel and other commodities into Hudaydah port in accordance with the Stockholm Agreement. They welcomed Oman’s mediation efforts between the key stakeholders and encouraged continued engagement in the region.

The Members of the Security Council called on all parties to engage constructively with the UN Special Envoy and negotiate, without preconditions, an immediate nationwide ceasefire and a Yemeni-owned, inclusive, political settlement, in accordance with relevant provisions of UN Security Council resolutions including 2216 (2015) and 2565 (2021). They called for the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women, and the participation of youth, in accordance with past resolutions. They recalled their strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Yemen. They reiterated the need to continue implementing the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement.

The Members of the Security Council condemned the ongoing escalation in Marib, which exacerbates Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, places over one million internally displaced persons at grave risk, and threatens efforts to secure a political settlement when the international community is increasingly united to end the conflict. They expressed concern that the military escalation in Marib could be exploited by terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda to expand their presence in Yemen. They called on the Houthis to end their escalation in Marib and condemned the cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia. They expressed concern about military developments elsewhere in Yemen and stressed the need for de-escalation by all parties. They condemned the recruitment and use of children, including in Marib. They called for accountability for human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law. They reiterated the need for all the parties to the conflict to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law including those related to humanitarian access and the protection of civilian objects and civilians, and the protection of humanitarian and health personnel and their facilities.

The Members of the Security Council expressed grave concern about the dire economic and humanitarian situation, including prolonged starvation and the growing risk of large-scale famine, and emphasised the importance of facilitating critical commercial imports and humanitarian assistance. They called on the Government of Yemen to facilitate regularly, without delay, the entry of fuel ships into Hudaydah port to ensure the delivery of essential commodities and humanitarian aid, and underscored that fuel that arrives through Hudaydah port should not be used for personal profit or to fund escalation of the conflict. They called on the parties to adhere to their commitments under the Stockholm Agreement to use the revenues from Hudaydah port to pay civil servant salaries.

The Members of the Security Council emphasised the grave threat posed by the Safer oil tanker, whose dire and dilapidated condition risks an environmental, economic, maritime, and humanitarian catastrophe to Yemen and the region. They stressed Houthi responsibility for the situation and called for their urgent facilitation of unconditional and safe access for UN experts to conduct an essential assessment and repair mission, ensuring close cooperation with the UN and stressed the need to finalise outstanding issues and noted recent constructive discussions in this regard.

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/security-council-press-statement-yemen-4

My comment: I am not astonished at all that the Houthi side rejets this statements: The only party blamed here (several times) is the Houthi side, just neglecting the origins of this war. And: UNSC still insits on its resolution 2216, which – as it claims the Houthis must capitulate – just had been a blockade for any peaceful solution since 6 years now.

and

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Houthis say UNSC work flappy, reject "bargaining" human measures

The UN Security Council's performance is flappy, member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council tweeted on Saturday, noting that his group would not accept bargaining humanitarian arrangements in Yemen.
The UNSC's statement "confirmed what we anticipated before its session, proving the absence of criteria and trustful approach, which the UNSC has always been living," Mohamed Ali al-Houthi added.
"It's improper for UNSC this floppy performance and resonant descent at all levels," the Houthi official said, blaming the Saudi-led coalition and UNSC for "Yemen's famine, which the UNSC fears since it's accomplice in it like the aggression."

https://debriefer.net/en/news-24534.html

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Mohammed al-Houthi: UN Security Council shows severe lack of sincerity in regards to Yemen

Top member in the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi, has held the UN Security Council responsible for the famine in Yemen.

Al-Houthi said on Twitter that “the Saudi coalition and the Security Council are held responsible for the famine,” stressing that the Yemenis reject political maneuvers and will not accept bargaining over the humanitarian arrangements.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/04/17/mohammed-al-houthi-un-security-council-shows-severe-lack-of-sincerity-in-regards-to-yemen/

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YPC: Griffiths Briefing links Humanitarian situation with Military, Political Negations

Spokesman for the Yemen Petroleum Company, Essam Al-Mutawakel, confirmed that the briefing of UN envoy, Martin Griffiths, linking the humanitarian situation with the military and political negations, is what increases the suffering of Yemenis.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/18928/YPC-Griffiths-Briefing-links-Humanitarian-situation-with-Military%2C-Political-Negations

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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#Saudi plans to kill a minor @neom after torturing him to admit an armed robbery when he was 15

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1384853343290470405

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Saudi Arabia Among 10 Worst Countries in World for Freedom of Press

Reporters Without Borders International ranks Saudi Arabia among 10 worst countries in world in Press Freedom Index. Kingdom ranked 170 out of 180.

The organization stated that "there is no free media in Saudi Arabia, as journalists are subject to strict surveillance even if they are abroad. This was confirmed with the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul (Turkey) in October 2018, according to the organization."

The organization pointed out that although Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman adopted rhetoric of openness upon assuming power, the wave of repression has significantly worsened since that date, number of journalists behind bars has tripled, and the arrest of most of them was arbitrary, while all prisoners of conscience are subjected to torture in manner systematic.

The penal code, as well as the laws against terrorism and cybercrime, stipulate the imprisonment or suspension of journalists whenever they issue criticism or express their opinion in political affairs.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/18963/Saudi-Arabia-Among-10-Worst-Countries-in-World-for-Freedom-of-Press

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Report: Saudi crown prince backed Israel plan to overthrow Jordan king

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is said to have supported an Israeli plot to overthrow the Jordanian King Abdullah II in exchange for guardianship of the holy sites in the occupied city of Jerusalem, Lebanon's Al-Akhbar newspaper reported.

The paper quoted a Jordanian security official as saying that the attempt to overthrow King Abdullah II was a "scheme" involving Israel, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

According to the unnamed official, "the large and complicated" coup involved many parties, but the king succeeded in thwarting it calmly while preserving the internal and regional balances.

Israel, the source continued, planned to overthrow King Abdullah II due to Jordan's opposition to the US' peace deal for the Middle East dubbed the 'deal of the century', which Amman viewed as a plan to "find an alternative homeland for the Palestinians and annex the Jordan Valley to Israel".

The paper added that the Saudi crown prince agreed to support Israel's scheme in return for the transfer of the guardianship over the holy sites in occupied Jerusalem from Jordan to Saudi Arabia.

With US approval, it continued, Bin Salman authorised the former chief of the royal court, Basem Awadallah, to make the necessary preparations for the transfer of power at the family level, while ousted Fatah chief Muhammad Dahlan was assigned with mobilising Palestinians in Jordan and local tribes.

According to the report, Saudi Arabia armed some southern tribes, issuing them citizenship in return for carrying out military actions if necessary.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210420-report-saudi-crown-prince-backed-israel-plan-to-overthrow-jordan-king/

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Biden’s Policy Shift on Yemen Rings Alarm Bells in Riyadh

The shift of US policy vis-à-vis Yemen is placing a heavy burden on Saudi foreign policy.

Although largely predicted, Biden’s move complicates the already shaky position of Saudi Arabia in the conflict. Riyadh faces multiple hurdles in Yemen while seeking an exit strategy.

In this situation, President Biden’s announcement poses two problems to Saudi Arabia. The end of US support is not enough to stop the intervention overnight as Saudi Arabia already possesses large reserves of American military supplies. The military cooperation between Washington and Riyadh is deep and multidimensional, including logistical, technical and training support to the Saudi army, especially the air force, and President Biden’s pledge to “help Saudi Arabia defend itself, its sovereignty, territorial integrity and its people” signals that these forms of assistance will likely continue unabated.

Nonetheless, this decision makes the intervention unsustainable in the long term since the Saudi military apparatus is deeply reliant on US military hardware, which cannot be replaced quickly. Thus, the US is setting a deadline on the Saudi intervention without pulling the rug from under Riyadh’s feet.

In parallel, the unconditional removal of Ansar Allah from the list of terrorist organizations seems to have empowered the Houthis.

Against this backdrop, Riyadh responded to Biden’s announcement on February 6 by praising the US commitment to reinforce defense cooperation but without mentioning the end of support for the war in Yemen. Even in official communications, Saudi Arabia pursues an appeasement strategy.

When it comes to Saudi leadership, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s three most important decisions have all been challenged in one way or another.

Thus, the new scenario of US-Saudi relations is not favorable to the leadership of Muhammad bin Salman. The Biden administration seems committed to reining in the crown prince’s adventurism in the Middle East and at home, complicating any future operation of domestic repression against the high ranks of the Al Saud family.

Regardless of internal dynamics, President Biden’s move has complicated the Saudi position in Yemen, and a diplomatic solution to the war still seems out of reach. The dialogue between Washington and Tehran might further marginalize the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As a result, the US policy shift on Yemen is placing a heavy burden on Saudi foreign policy.

https://www.fairobserver.com/region/middle_east_north_africa/corrado-cok-biden-administration-yemen-policy-shift-saudi-arabia-middle-east-gulf-news-12912/

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Film: The leading political prisoner in #Saudi #Dr. Mohamed AlQahtani is at high risk for his life after he contracted #COVID19 & disconnected from the world & his family for 2 weeks. His son Omar speaking here

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1384466461842870273

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Film: #Saudi govt @BahaPrincedom seizes veggies from a local man in #AlBaha who was making a living selling them. Instead of supporting entrepreneurship & organizing a farmers’ market, the #Saudi Monarchy aims to make life harder for the people.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1384455416361492480

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Film: #Saudi State Security Agency @ce_pss_en forces young social media personality to apologize for poking fun of late King Fahd. Notice the fear in her eyes. Her social media accounts were all suspended

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1384107396851589125

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#Saudi govt religious militia posts a fatwa on killing “spies” by one of #Saudi state religion #Wahabism most influential figures of all time. Are more executions coming ?

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1384116417725825029

referring to https://twitter.com/PvGovSa/status/1381723657987325958

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#Saudi Monarchy arrests retired senior military officers from the #National Guard on charges of corruption but many doubt motive. This is #MBS Power play vs. military brass loyal to the late King Abdullah.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1383944571281838080

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Warning: Disturbing video of a #Saudi Monarchy loyalist beating several #Pakistani workers & humiliating them. This speaks to the true nature of the #Saudi Monarchy & its behavior

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1383957885126803456

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Another Film: A #Saudi hit his migrant workers because they did not bring him money. WHen did you enslave people when they were born free.

https://twitter.com/WajeehLionn/status/1384187933234634754

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Saudi women's activist wins top Europe rights award

Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul was awarded a top European rights prize on Monday in recognition of her fight for women's rights in the kingdom, including her efforts to end a ban on women driving.

The Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, named after the former Czech dissident and later president, is awarded annually for civil society action in defence of human rights by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Hathloul "is one of the leaders of the Saudi feminist movement, having campaigned to end the male guardianship system, as well as the Saudi ban on women driving, and for greater protection for women facing abuse in the Kingdom," PACE said in a statement.

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210419-saudi-women-s-activist-wins-top-europe-rights-award

and also https://www.dw.com/en/loujain-al-hathloul-wins-vaclav-havel-human-rights-prize/a-57248168

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[Sanaa gov.] Land Transport Authority Holds Saudi Arabia Responsible for Ongoing Detention of Thousands of Yemeni Expatriates

The General Authority for Regulating Land Transportation Affairs held the Saudi regime fully responsible for the humanitarian repercussions resulting from the continued detention of thousands of Yemeni expatriates in Al-Wadiah port for more than twenty days.

“Yemeni expatriates, going to their homeland and visiting their families, suffer as the Saudi authorities' prevents them, since March 24, 2021, from entering Yemeni lands through Al-Wadiah land port, on the pretext that they own four-wheel drive cars,” the authority said in a statement.

The statement pointed out that the stranded Yemenis at Al-Wadiah port are living in tragic conditions, especially in the holy month of Ramadan, in light of the indifference of the Saudi regime.

“Among the stranded about one thousand and 500 expatriates with their families and nearly two thousand cars in the port, detained for flimsy reasons that reflect the hatred of the Saudi regime against the Yemeni people,” it added.

The statement confirmed that the Yemeni expatriates were subjected to abuse and beatings with batons and electricity sticks by the Saudi riot control forces when a number of expatriates carried out a protest on April 5, 2021 to denounce the arbitrary measures.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/18923/Land-Transport-Authority-Holds-Saudi-Arabia-Responsible-for-Ongoing-Detention-of-Thousands-of-Yemeni-Expatriates

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/04/18/over-1500-yemenis-stuck-at-saudi-yemeni-border-due-to-arbitrary-saudi-repression-measures/

https://debriefer.net/en/news-24558.html

Film: https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1384128381801832451

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Faced by increasing poverty & widespread online videos of poor #Saudis, the #Saudi Monarchy is calling on people to donate to the poor. Saudi monarchists own over $1 trillion of stolen assets

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1383434237714395137

referring to film: https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1383434237714395137

The #Saudi Monarchy failed to address poverty for over 70 years & now wants the people to solve for them. This is an admission of failure.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1383435205596172292

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Saudi Arabia Looks Great in PR Videos. Reality Is More Complicated

Saudi Arabia has $7.2 trillion worth of plans for grandiose projects between now and 2030, but it’s by no means certain it can pull them off (subscribrs only)

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/saudi-arabia-looks-great-in-pr-videos-reality-is-more-complicated-1.9715954

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Bin Salman's Fear Lifting Ban on Iran Due to Kingdoms' Shaky Economics

In Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, writer, Zvi Barel, said that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is preparing for Ramadan, Eid and the upcoming Hajj season with fear due to the possibility of fourth wave of Corona virus, which means less revenues for Kingdom's treasury.

In order to fight the spread of epidemic, Saudi government decided to impose strict restrictions on movement, reduce attendance at mosque prayers, ban entry to holy places without special permit, and impose fines of more than $ 2,500 for violating the rules.

According to "Saudi Reality" website, the report said that Saudi Arabia has invested huge sums in recent years in improving roads, expanding sites, and monitoring millions of visitors, Including the installation of thousands of security cameras, heat sprinklers, and mobile medical clinics to serve pilgrims.

Holy places are not only important source of income for the Kingdom, but they are also key element in the economic diversification that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seeks to create as part of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 plan to reduce country's dependence on oil revenues.

It is estimated that the Saudis plan to invest $ 7.2 trillion in these mega projects by 2030, but it is almost impossible to determine how realistic that number is - or whether the plan is achievable. Saudi Arabia owes billions of dollars to the foreign companies that built the Riyadh metro network, which is part of the basic infrastructure to make the city an international center for trade.

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, “ reopening of number of world's leading economies in the wake of the recession caused by the Coronavirus may increase the demand for oil prices, but if world powers reach renewed nuclear agreement with Iran and lift the oil sanctions imposed on Tehran, the market the oil will receive initial pumping of another two million barrels per day.

Consequently, Riyadh accuses Tehran almost daily, which confirms the lies of Riyadh's allegations and its talk about the Iranian nuclear threat. The reason is purely economic and does not go beyond the oil market, to which Saudi Arabia fears the return of Iranian oil.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/18920/Bin-Salman-s-Fear-Lifting-Ban-on-Iran-Due-to-Kingdoms-Shaky-Economics

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Saudi Arabia is stepping up the crackdown against activists and human rights defenders in the Kingdom

In a joint report, the organizations reviewed the most prominent measures and features of the crackdown and Saudi violations against human rights defenders since the beginning of the year 2021.

ALQST for Human Rights and MENA for Human Rights condemned the renewed crackdown on peaceful human rights defenders, human rights defenders and critics who have been brought to trial or sentenced to long prison terms or whose conviction has been upheld or increased upon appeal.

Al-Qust and us indicated that the Saudi regime issued a series of sentences against a number of human rights defenders and human rights defenders and peaceful critics at the beginning of 2021 with long prison terms on charges stemming directly from exercising their fundamental rights and freedoms.

Those sentencing came after trials that failed to meet due process guarantees.

Other human rights activists currently face a great risk of being issued such harsh prison sentences in connection with their peaceful activities.

In other cases, human rights activists saw their prison sentences have been upheld or even significantly increased after challenging their convictions on appeal.

On April 14, 2021, ALQST for Human Rights and MENA for Human Rights filed several cases of human rights defenders whose basic human rights were violated at the beginning of 2021, in a letter addressed to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders:

https://www.saudi24news.com/2021/04/saudi-arabia-is-stepping-up-the-crackdown-against-activists-and-human-rights-defenders-in-the-kingdom.html = https://english.almasirah.net/post/18938/Renewed-Crackdown-on-Saudi-Human-Rights-Defenders%C2%A0

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BOOK REVIEW — MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman

Will tensions in the U.S.-Saudi relationship reach a breaking point in the next few years? This is not the central question of New York Times Beirut bureau chief Ben Hubbard’s recently published book, “MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman.” Yet in time, the book may serve historians as a detailed chronicle of the individuals and events that drove these long-time partners apart.

Aware of Hubbard’s long experience in the region and his current position at the Times, Saudi watchers had anticipated Hubbard’s book as a window into the little-known background of the powerful young royal. A few disappointed critics have complained that the book did not divulge much new information about the prince. But rather than providing gossip for Saudi experts, the book seems aimed primarily at Hubbard’s usual audience, New York Times readership. Hubbard focuses on the episodes that the average reader is likely to recall from headlines: the imprisonment of MBS’s rivals at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh in November 2017, his visit to the U.S. in March and April 2018, and his removal of the ban on women driving in June 2018.

Hubbard’s account reiterates the familiar contours of MBS’s narrative, filling out details but not altering his established image. Among the Times’ readership, that image shifted from MBS as the ambitious young leader determined to transform his society, to the brutal thug willing to use violence to achieve his goals, specifically violence against one individual.

The choice to center the book on Khashoggi and MBS, as well as high-profile Westerners like Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, and Richard Branson, reflects Hubbard’s awareness of his audience’s tastes. But Hubbard admitted that he had originally hoped to write about the vast changes underway in Saudi society.

The book is unsurprisingly journalistic. Hubbard reports on what he observed, but tends to avoid editorializing. Yet I was left wishing Hubbard had offered more of his own insights

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/04/29/book-review-mbs-the-rise-to-power-of-mohammed-bin-salman/

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Is US still involved in Yemen war? Biden's envoy says he doesn't know

Tim Lenderking tells lawmakers he 'can't speak to' the nature of US military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen conflict

The Biden administration's envoy for Yemen says he does not know the nature of the US military's involvement in a conflict he's trying to solve.

Quizzed on the subject by Congress members at a hearing on Wednesday, Tim Lenderking said he was unaware of how President Joe Biden's pledge to end US support for Saudi offensive operations in Yemen had been enacted.

"I'm not totally in that information loop, congressman, so I can't really speak to that," Lenderking said in response to a question by Democratic Representative Ted Lieu.

"I do think that we need to make sure that Saudi Arabia is able to defend itself... but my focus is driving toward a ceasefire, so we can get out of this whole question of offensive and defensive weapons."

Pressed on the same issue by Congressman Tom Malinowski, Lenderking reiterated that he was not privy to how the US military was assisting the Saudi-led coalition.

"I know there's a robust relationship - as there has been over decades - between the US and Saudi Arabia on security matters, but I would have to defer to the DoD (Department of Defense) for the details of the kind of issues that I think you're raising."

On Wednesday, Lenderking described Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as "partners", while referring to Iran as a "terrorist" regime that was arming the Houthi rebels and fuelling the war, reflecting Washington's traditional geopolitical posture in the region.

"If the Houthis want to continue a relationship with a terrorist state like Iran, then that's going to bode extremely poorly for prospects for peace and security in Yemen," he said.

On Wednesday, Lenderking - who previously played down the effects of the blockade - said Washington was working with Riyadh to ensure the flow of goods and humanitarian assistance to Yemen.

"Borders and ports and airports - all of these vital economic arteries should be open, and access should be unimpeded, and this is a core principle of our engagement," Lenderking told lawmakers.

Humanitarian aid and fuel arrive to Yemen only through the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef, after being inspected by the United Nations to make sure ships are not carrying weapons to the Houthis.

But even after being cleared by the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM), ships frequently get held up by the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni allies.

While Lenderking insists that food is arriving in Yemen through the UNVIM, the World Food Programme has warned that fuel shortages are intensifying food insecurity in the war-torn country.

On Wednesday, Lenderking said he was engaged in daily talks with Saudi officials to ease the restrictions on fuel imports, but he refused to outline any possible consequences for the kingdom if it refused to cooperate.

"I cannot articulate what those consequences would be... I would also just point out that food has continued to move through Hodeidah port, so there hasn't been a blockade on food and other essential commodities," Lenderking said.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-war-us-still-involved-biden-envoy-says-does-not-know

and also https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/us-yemen-envoy-houthi-attack-americans-saudi-arabia-greatest-fear

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210421-iran-provides-yemens-houthis-lethal-support-us-official-says/

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Iranian support for Houthis in Yemen is ‘significant’ and ‘lethal’: US envoy Lenderking

Iranian support for the Houthis in Yemen is “significant” and “lethal,” the US special envoy for the country said during a US State Department briefing on Wednesday.

Tim Lenderking told lawmakers that Iran had shown no indication of wanting a constructive resolution to the conflict, adding that the US would welcome Tehran playing a positive role if the regime was willing to do so.

Following 70 cross-border attacks from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen into Saudi Arabia in March, Lenderking said the increase in strikes on the Kingdom was a “very disturbing trend.”

He said it had been difficult to halt shipments of weaponry from Iran to the Houthis, and called for assistance from the international community to prevent Iranian-made arms reaching the militia.

He said more pressure had to be put on the smuggling networks used by Iran and more weapons on their vessels needed to be captured for display to the international community.

He added that the ongoing battle for Yemen’s Marib region was the “single biggest threat to peace efforts,”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1846516/middle-east

Film of hearing: https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearings?ID=8D188C66-5F82-4A03-8430-F690A3E6784A

Relevant clips (thread): https://twitter.com/SecureLiberties/status/1384990160350154755

My comment: Taking into account US support and arms supplies for Saudi Arabis, this is extremely ridiculous.

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@RepMalinowski: 10 yrs ago @TawakkolKarman won a Nobel Peace Prize Follow on @RepTedLieu re: ending US support for offensive operations. Does our support include logistical support for Saudi air force? Is that stopped? Lenderking: [doesn't answer the question]

@RepMalinowski: You have to know if the US is involved militarily. It's a critical part of your leverage. Lenderking: There's a robust relationship on security, but I have to defer to DoD for details M: You're supported to be leading the diplomatic effort

@RepGregSteube: how to overcome humanitarian challenges given inadequate funding? Lenderking: We're one of the largest donors: $350M from the US. US assistance is incentivizing others to support Yemen @SecBlinken attended the Yemen donors conference in person

@RepRonnyJackson: Applaud Saudi efforts to bring about a ceasefire Concerned about Iranian support for Houthis What measures int'l community uses to prevent weapons transfer? What measures should be taken? Lenderking: We need to keep up pressure on Iran

@RepSchneider: how to show the Houthis that there are alternatives to the Iranians? Lenderking: Need to keep putting pressure on smuggling networks What the Iranians are doing is all negative The Houthis say they aren't Iranian puppets, they must prove it

https://twitter.com/AnnelleSheline/status/1384871204801191939

Comment: Biden's Yemen envoy continues to suggest that he doesn't know the full extent of U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's bombing in Yemen.

@RepMalinowski pushes Lenderking as to whether he knows what the US military is doing.

https://twitter.com/SunjeevBery/status/1384886453109280768

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Yemen on the Hill

The future of Yemen is one of several pressing security issues being considered today before the House and Senate’s Foreign Relations Committees. The White House’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Timothy Lenderking, began testifying this morning before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at 10 a.m. ET; he’ll head over to the Senate side later this afternoon at 2 p.m. And that will be immediately followed by a panel discussion with officials from the U.S. Institute of Peace and the International Rescue Committee.

One place inside Yemen getting a lot of attention: Marib

https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/04/the-d-brief-april-21-2021/173506/

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In celebration of Earth Day, the U.S. Embassy to Yemen held a virtual screening of the documentary #InventingTomorrow, with the collaboration of the American Film Showcase, for students in Aden (photos)

https://twitter.com/USEmbassyYemen/status/1384571090505244675

My comment: ?? Celebrating the Us role of world’s main polluter??

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Audio: VIETNAM, AFGHANISTAN, YEMEN: WHAT IS ALL THIS NEEDLESS DEATH FOR?

President Biden announced an end to the U.S. war in Afghanistan, but what does that actually mean? What was it all for? Then, we talk with a Yemeni-American activist about their hunger strike against U.S. support for the catastrophic war in Yemen.

Then, the Saudi-led war and the war-induced famine in Yemen is the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today—a crisis in which the United States continues to be complicit. In our second segment, Marc speaks with Iman Saleh, one of the Yemeni-Americans with the Yemeni Liberation Movement who began a hunger strike on March 29 to demand an end to the Saudi-led and U.S.-backed blockade of Yemen. As of this publication, Saleh has not eaten for 23 days.

https://therealnews.com/vietnam-afghanistan-yemen-what-is-all-this-needless-death-for

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Cornell student government pushes university to divest and cut ties with Saudis

College Republican president said universities should not let foreign money hurt academic freedom

Student government leaders at Cornell University want to see it cut ties with Saudi Arabia over human rights abuses and the war in Yemen.

They also want the Ivy League university to stop its relationships with companies that he views as complicit in the Middle Eastern country’s actions.

https://www.thecollegefix.com/cornell-student-government-pushes-university-to-divest-and-cut-ties-with-saudis/

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No F‐35s for UAE, Please

The Biden administration told Congress on April 13 that it plans to proceed with a $23 billion sale of advanced weaponry to the United Arab Emirates originally approved by the Trump team — including the F-35 advanced joint fighter aircraft. Biden has yet to provide a clear rationale for continuing the sale, but following the previous administration’s logic, advocates believe it will help curb Iran’s ambitions in the Middle East. The reality, however, is that these sales will further entangle the United States and amplify existing conflicts in the troubled region.

The first problem with the sale is that it will deepen the American commitment to Israel’s defense while simultaneously making that commitment more expensive. At present, Israel is the only country in the region with access to the high‐tech F-35.

Selling the F-35 to the UAE also raises the risks of a regional arms race, as well as increased tensions between the United States and Russia. Russia is discussing selling its answer to the F-35, the S-400 anti‐aircraft system, to Iran. The S-400 is designed to overcome the F-35’s stealth technology, and its potential deployment has produced concern in Israel because it would make future Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets much more dangerous.

The temptation in Jerusalem to carry out more attacks before Iran finishing installing the S-400 would be significant. What Iran might do in response is anyone’s guess. At a minimum, rather than deterring Iran, selling F‐35s to the UAE is likely to spur more intense regional competition and violence and fuel increased tensions between Russia and the United States.

Finally, selling advanced aircraft to the UAE is likely to amplify existing conflicts. Until 2019, the UAE was a primary participant in the Saudis’ tragic and fruitless intervention in Yemen

The Biden administration’s decision to approve the sale of F‐35s to the UAE is troubling, but it also raises more general concerns about Biden’s weapons transfer policy.

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/04/no-f-35s-uae-please/173430/ = https://www.cato.org/commentary/no-f-35s-uae-please

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@RaytheonAntiwar Campaign members rallied at Brattle Square in Cambridge Saturday, leafleting passersby and demanding the US stop supporting the #Saudi and #UAE blockade and bombing of #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/masspeaceaction/status/1383878954864447496

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SENATORS MARKEY AND MERKLEY, REPRESENTATIVES CASTRO AND LIEU REINTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO STOP SAUDI ARABIA FROM ACQUIRING THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Senators … today reintroduced the Stopping Activities Underpinning Development in Weapons of Mass Destruction (SAUDI WMD) Act. Press reports in September 2019 revealed that Saudi Arabia may have cooperated with China to build a ballistic missile production facility inside Saudi Arabia. This alleged missile cooperation was followed by press reports that China is also aiding Saudi Arabia in mastering the early stages of the nuclear-fuel cycle, outside international safeguards.

The Saudi WMD Act aims to restore oversight and take steps to impede access to sensitive technologies that could pave the way to Saudi Arabia acquiring a nuclear weapon. Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 19, 2021, nominee to be Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, responded to questions about these reported Saudi activities stating, “We want to make sure that to the best of our ability all of our partners and allies are living up to their obligations under various nonproliferation and arms control agreements and, certainly, in the case of Saudi Arabia that is something we will want to look at.”

“We must take seriously Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s pledge that the Kingdom will seek a nuclear weapon if Iran develops a bomb of its own,” said Senator Markey. “The uncertain fate of the Iran Nuclear Deal combined with ample, concerning press reporting that Saudi Arabia may have illegally acquired items related to a program to build nuclear-capable missiles, calls for a diplomatic offensive led by the United States to extinguish any future Middle East arms race. The Saudi WMD Act requires greater transparency into Saudi Arabia’s efforts to build out a ballistic missile and civilian nuclear program, and ends the sale of U.S. offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia if it does not take steps to show the world that its nuclear program will remain exclusively peaceful.”

“Nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists and rogue regimes is one of the gravest threats to the security of the American people and to our partners around the world. Agreements limiting the spread of those technologies are critically important to our safety,” said Senator Merkley. “We must be prepared to enforce these agreements and act in response to any actions that spread this dangerous technology, including by imposing sanctions and terminating arms sales. If Saudi Arabia is working to undermine the global nonproliferation and arms control regime, with the help of China or anybody else, the U.S. must respond.”

https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senators-markey-and-merkley-representatives-castro-and-lieu-reintroduce-legislation-to-stop-saudi-arabia-from-acquiring-the-building-blocks-for-nuclear-weapons

and media reports: https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2021/4/17/us-lawmakers-seek-to-stop-saudi-arabia-acquiring-nukes

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-lawmakers-introduce-bill-stop-saudi-arabia-obtaining-nuclear-weapons

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Sept. 11 victims call for release of FBI report detailing Saudi Arabia's involvement in attacks

Family members of victims and those injured in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are calling on Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to release publicly an FBI report detailing what role Saudi Arabia played in supporting the attacks.

In a letter sent Wednesday evening, the families and victims called for the top intelligence official to release an FBI review completed in 2016 that summarizes a years-long investigation into what responsibility Saudi Arabia bears for facilitating the attacks.

The letter comes as President Biden announced on Wednesday that the U.S. would aim to remove all American forces from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The signatories to the letter say that their families are still seeking justice and accountability for the perpetrators of the attack and called on Haines to declassify and release intelligence that is believed to document Saudi Arabia’s involvement.

https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/548306-9-11-victims-call-for-release-of-fbi-report-detailing-saudi-arabias

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Submit a LTE: Biden Must Choose New Path in Yemen

Right now, there’s a troubling open question in Washington: will the Biden White House only tinker with Trump’s disastrous approach to Yemen or prioritize human rights?

We need President Biden to unequivocally end decades of destructive U.S. policy in Yemen. The United States can — and should — play a positive role for peace in Yemen. But that requires not only an end of arms sales to and other support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but also an end to all U.S. military involvement in Yemen writ large in favor of deep investments in lasting diplomacy, accountability, and people-centered solutions.

News just broke that the Biden administration is trying to shield Saudi Arabia and the UAE from accountability by potentially only banning some weapons. That’s not centering human rights in U.S. foreign policy, and the President must choose the path of peace, justice, and diplomacy that he was elected for. Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) is one of the quickest, most effective ways to fight for and spread a message of peace. P

https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/lte-biden-must-choose-new-path-yemen

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Senate Democrats push for additional checks on UAE F-35 sale

The bill comes amid a fresh wave of scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers over the Biden administration's plan to move forward with the Trump-era arms sale.

Leading Democrats in the US Senate introduced a bill Friday that would place additional checks on the Biden administration’s plan to advance a Trump-era sale of F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates.

Democratic Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Dianne Feinstein of California introduced legislation Friday that would require the Biden administration to provide “detailed certifications to Congress that the United States’ aircraft technology and Israel’s security are fully protected.”

The bill comes amid renewed concern among some Democratic lawmakers after the Biden administration briefed congressional aides last week that it intended to move forward with the $23 billion sale, which includes armed drones and munitions.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a Foreign Relations Committee member who chairs the subcommittee that covers the Middle East, has requested a full briefing from administration officials regarding the status of the proposed sales to the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

“I still don’t believe it’s in our interest to fuel a spiraling arms race in the Middle East,” Murphy said in a statement provided to Al-Monitor.

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/senate-democrats-push-additional-checks-uae-f-35-sale

and also https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2021/04/16/us-senators-propose-roadblock-for-f-35-sale-to-uae/

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US arm sales ignores Yemen suffering

LETTERS: We condemn President Biden's hypocrisy in his decision to proceed with billions of dollars of Trump-era weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and deployment of US troops.

The US president has also claimed he would end "all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales."

This is a clear hypocrisy of Biden's policy. Yemen is almost totally devastated by the war.

Biden must stop his hypocrisy and withdraw from the Yemen war and assist in the rehabilitation process to rebuild Yemen.

https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2021/04/683091/us-arm-sales-ignores-yemen-suffering

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Hunger Strike Day 20

Tomorrow, we will be having a rally at the Washington Monument for a day of solidarity with Yemen! Bring your posters, signs, flags and join us as we host protests here, in Detroit, and in LA!

https://twitter.com/LiberateYemen/status/1383233276320436226

Yemeni-American sisters Iman & Muna Saleh have been hunger striking for *20 days* to protest Biden's support for the Saudi blockade on #Yemen. If you're in DC, show your solidarity today at 4pm ET at the Washington Monument. Also follow & RT @sandlewoad & @LiberateYemen!

https://twitter.com/shireen818/status/1383459403160903683

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THE US AND ITS ALLIES HAVE DROPPED 46 BOMBS PER DAY FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS

The United States and its allies have dropped at least 326,000 bombs and missiles on countries in the greater Middle East/ North Africa region since 2001. That is the conclusion of new research by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies of anti-war group CODEPINK.

Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen are the countries that have felt the worst of the violence, but Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Palestine and Somalia have also been targeted. The total amounts to an average of 46 bombs dropped per day over the last 20 years.

CODEPINK’s numbers are based primarily on official U.S. military releases, as well as data from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the Yemen Data Project, and the New America Foundation. As striking as the figure of 326,000 is, it is an underestimate, as the Trump administration ceased publishing figures of its bombing campaigns in 2020, meaning there is no data for Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan for either of the previous two years. Also not counted are bombs or missiles used in helicopter strikes, AC-130 gunship attacks, strafing runs from U.S. bombers, or any counterinsurgency or counter-terrorism operations in other parts of the world.

WAR, WAR, AND MORE WAR

The United States has been at war for nearly every year of its existence as an independent nation, fighting in 227 years of its 244-year history. While both Barack Obama and Donald Trump offered up anti-war rhetoric when they were on the campaign trail, both moved steadfastly away from that position once in office.

Many of the Biden administration’s early moves signal that there will be more continuation of than rupture with previous U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

https://www.stopwar.org.uk/article/the-us-and-its-allies-have-dropped-46-bombs-per-day-for-the-past-20-years/

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‘Death Followed Us To This Place’; Family Flees War-Torn Yemen To Fall Victim To Oakland Violence

While investigators continued their search for a suspect Monday, a family that fled Yemen seeking a new life in America was mourning the deaths of a father and baby daughter in a weekend arson fire — the innocent victims of a mistaken retaliatory attack.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2021/04/19/oakland-arson-father-baby-killed-gang-violence-yemani-2/

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

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Persian Posturing: Iran’s Drone Fleet Seen From Space

“We are one of the five leading countries in the world in the area of drone technology”, beamed Iranian General Sharam Hassanejad of the Vali-e Asr drone force in an interview with Iranian state media last October.

The general’s words were not an empty boast. Iran has amassed a significant arsenal of drones — an arsenal which satellite imagery can reveal in hitherto unseen detail.

Iran’s drone programme has gone international, with various Iranian-manufactured drones showing up in Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Furthermore, Iran was blamed by Saudi Arabia and the United Nations for the attack on the Aramco oil facilities in September 2019.

The country’s drone arsenal includes everything from target drones (former President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s infamous ‘Ambassador of Death’) to medium altitude, long endurance armed drones such as the Shahed-129, used in support of the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad.

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2021/04/19/persian-posturing-irans-drone-fleet-seen-from-space/

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Can Iran and Saudi Arabia bury the hatchet?

Dialogue between the two states could mark a step towards resolving various regional conflicts

Indeed, a successful Saudi-Iran dialogue could help to resolve a variety of Middle Eastern conflicts. But it is important to note that most of these conflicts also have internal causes, and have been affected by other interstate rivalries. In Iraq, Turkey and the UAE are major actors, and Turkey is deeply engaged in Syria. The UAE is also a key actor in Yemen.

It is thus unlikely that a successful Saudi-Iranian dialogue and compromise would, on its own, quickly end the current conflicts. Still, it could reduce their intensity and improve the prospects of resolution.

Several factors warrant guarded optimism about the prospects of a Saudi-Iranian dialogue. Firstly, both Tehran and Riyadh have failed to achieve their regional ambitions, reaching a stalemate in most arenas. The most significant and costly setback for Saudi Arabia has been Yemen.

In short, both countries need to free themselves from their regional entanglements. But the extent to which Iran and Saudi Arabia can help each other is unclear. Iran cannot simply force the Houthis to agree to a compromise against their interests, and Saudi Arabia cannot protect Iran against its local adversaries. But if both sides discourage their allies and proxies from acting against the other, the chances for resolving current conflicts would increase.

Secondly and more importantly, US global and regional priorities have been shifting under the Biden administration.

Israel, meanwhile, would be unhappy about a possible Iran-Saudi Arabia detente. For decades, Israel has used the Iran threat to improve its own relations with the Gulf Arab states, with some success; it now has diplomatic relations with Bahrain and the UAE.

But Saudi Arabia has thus far refrained from establishing diplomatic ties with Israel.

Given the deep-rooted differences between Riyadh and Tehran, starting a dialogue and reaching an understanding is a difficult prospect. And even with some form of Saudi-Iran compromise, the Middle East’s problems would not miraculously disappear. But it could certainly improve the chances of limiting or resolving ongoing conflicts.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/iran-saudi-arabia-bury-hatchet

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Why is Saudi Arabia trying to hold talks with Iran?

Saudi Arabia, entangled in some dilemmas especially in Yemen conflict and change of new US administration’s policy, needs to hold talks with Iran; so, if the talks bear fruit, they can help resolve regional crises, Arab think tanks and analysts believe.

A high-ranking Iraqi official told London-based al-Arabi al-Jadid daily in a phone call on Sunday that media reports on Saudi and Iranian officials’ meeting in Baghdad are correct and precise and that the meeting at the level of security officials was hold under the supervision of Iraqi authorities.

Despite the fact that Saudi authorities and media targeted Iran in recent years, the Islamic Republic extended its hands for peace with the Saudis and even proposed Hormuz Peace Initiative, but Riyadh dismissed any negotiation with Tehran. Now that Saudi Arabia is facing defeats in many regional issues, the Saudis put forward talks with the Iranians. Riyadh spent billions of dollars for war on Yemen, but their oil facilities, airports and military bases are being targeted almost every day.

Moreover, new US administration does not pursue the same policies, which were followed up by the Trump administration. T

Saudi Arabia tries to pursue a set of objectives, in particular the Arab country’s security dilemmas in the region, through pushing forward negotiation with the Islamic Republic.

Some political analysts are of the opinion that the talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran will provide both countries with an appropriate avenue to resolve regional problems.

https://en.irna.ir/news/84304055/Why-is-Saudi-Arabia-trying-to-hold-talks-with-Iran

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Araqchi: Any diversion in Vienna talks will end Iran’s participation

Iran’s top negotiator has warned that Tehran will stop participation in talks with the co-signatories to the 2015 nuclear as soon as the discussions underway in the Austrian capital, Vienna, stray from the right path and move toward excessive demands and killing time.

Speaking after the latest round of the talks in Vienna on Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the discussions are “progressive” despite “the existing difficulties” facing the diplomatic process aimed at reviving the nuclear agreement, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

He reiterated Iran’s position on the future of the agreement and said the Iranian delegation to the talks, headed by Araqchi, will stop the negotiations if they move toward “excessive demands, wasting time and irrational bargaining.”

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/04/20/649905/JCPOA-Joint-Commission-Vienna-Iran-P4-1-sanctions-US-return

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Iran has fully observed framework set by Leader during Vienna talks: President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani says Iranian negotiators have completely observed the guidelines set by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei for talks over the revival of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/04/20/649922/Iran-Vienna-talks-nuclear-deal-Rouhani-Leader-Ayatollah-Khamenei

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Saudi Arabia reiterates call for Iran to engage in ongoing negotiations - SPA

Saudi Arabia reiterated on Tuesday its call for Iran to engage in the ongoing negotiations over the 2015 nuclear agreement, avoid escalation, and not expose the region’s security and stability to more tension

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-saudi/saudi-arabia-reiterates-call-for-iran-to-engage-in-ongoing-negotiations-spa-idUSKBN2C730Y

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THE UNMISTAKABLE DOUBLE STANDARD OF US FOREIGN POLICY

If President Biden is serious about diplomacy with Iran, he should stand up to Israel.

What is the point of a rules-based international order if the rules are not applied to all? This is the question that is often raised by critics of US foreign policy both inside and outside the United States. While the US government promotes values like democracy, human rights, diplomacy, and international law, it has often been guilty of using those principles more as talking points than policy positions. The discourse on Iran and discussions of returning to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — also called the Iran nuclear deal — best illustrate how such insincere posturing can undermine US policy objectives.

After yet another illegal attack on an Iranian nuclear facility on April 11, 2021 in what looks to be another round of Israeli sabotage, Iran announced a decision to increase its uranium enrichment to 60%. The attack by Israel came at a time when the United States and Iran had finally made some progress toward reviving the nuclear deal.

The political calculus for Israel is fairly simple. With unlimited US backing, Israel can break with international law and norms with impunity. If Iran retaliates for Israel’s assault, it will draw the ire of the United States and make diplomacy nearly impossible; if Iran does nothing, Israel has inflicted the damage it wants with no consequence.

This is evident in the fact that Israel has a long history of carrying out such attacks inside Iran, even assassinating numerous Iranian scientists, without consequence. In fact, Israel’s recent attack in Iran was carried out while Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was visiting Israel. The following day, Secretary Austin appeared next to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and reaffirmed that the US “commitment to the US-Israel strategic partnership is ironclad.” Though past administrations like the Obama administration at least rhetorically condemned Israeli actions against Iran that clearly violate international law, the Biden administration has remained silent.

Rather than denounce Israel’s unlawful attack — which risked a nuclear-related disaster in Iran and undercuts the current position of the Biden administration to return to the Iran deal — the Biden administration has focused its public frustration on Iran for its decision to increase uranium enrichment to 60%. But by fixating on Iran, the Biden administration is criticizing the effect instead of the cause.

When asked about Iran’s intention to increase enrichment after Israel’s attack on Natanz, Secretary of State Antony Blinken ignored the attack completely and called Iran’s announcement “provocative,” adding that, “I have to tell you the step calls into question Iran’s seriousness with regard to the nuclear talks.” The E3 repeated similar language in a statement declaring, “Iran’s dangerous recent communication is contrary to the constructive spirit and good faith of these discussions.” Neither Secretary Blinken, nor the E3 statement mentioned Israel once.

The double standard with which Israel and Iran are treated is exemplified by the fact that while Iran must submit to inspections over its civilian nuclear program, which is legal under the Non-Proliferation Treaty that Iran is signatory to, Israel maintains an arsenal of nuclear weapons with no oversight or pushback. In the case of US efforts to restore the Iran deal, the double standard is unmistakable.

https://inkstickmedia.com/the-unmistakable-double-standard-of-us-foreign-policy/

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Iran is making one point very clear in nuclear deal talks. The West had better listen.

Western countries have been going off the track yet again.

That repeated deviation from a deal that took over two years and 109 pages to lay out in meticulous detail each and every obligation of the signatories is offensive and unacceptable, and it could hurt the revival of the deal.

Iran has made clear what the United States must do to come back into compliance with the deal: remove all the sanctions that were imposed on Iran in violation of the deal, what are sometimes referred to JCPOA-related sanctions, the JCPOA being an abbreviation for the official name of the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said Iran will implement the deal in its original form once it has verified that all US sanctions have been removed.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/04/20/649898/Iran-deal-US-sanctions-JCPOA-Vienna

and

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Iran says won’t give concessions beyond JCPOA framework

Iran’s administration has rejected the possibility of giving concessions beyond those offered within the framework of the 2015 nuclear deal with major world states, as the diplomatic process continues in Vienna on the revival of the troubled agreement.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/04/20/649891/Iran-Rabiei-JCPOA-concessions

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Berichte über direkte Gespräche: Saudi-Arabien und Iran nähern sich an

Nach jahrelanger Eiszeit wollen die Erzrivalen Saudi-Arabien und Iran ihre diplomatischen Beziehungen wieder aufnehmen. Direkte Gespräche haben wohl bereits stattgefunden. Thema ist dabei der Stellvertreterkrieg der beiden Länder im Jemen - auf dessen Ende die USA dringen.

Vier Jahre nach dem Abbruch ihrer diplomatischen Beziehungen nähern sich die Erzrivalen Saudi-Arabien und Iran einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge wieder an. Ranghohe Vertreter beider Seiten hätten bereits Anfang des Monats direkte Gespräche für einen Wiederaufbau der Beziehungen aufgenommen, berichtete die "Financial Times" unter Berufung auf eingeweihte Regierungsvertreter.

Die erste Gesprächsrunde habe am 9. April in der irakischen Hauptstadt Bagdad stattgefunden und sei positiv verlaufen. Dabei sei es auch um die Luftangriffe auf Saudi-Arabien durch die Huthi-Rebellen aus dem Jemen gegangenen, die mit dem Iran verbündet sind.

Eine Stellungnahme beider Seiten zu dem Bericht war zunächst nicht zu erhalten. Der "Financial Times" zufolge bestritt ein saudi-arabischer Regierungsvertreter jegliche Gespräche.

https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Saudi-Arabien-und-Iran-naehern-sich-an-article22497490.html

und auch https://www.derstandard.de/story/2000125930876/saudi-arabien-und-iran-sprechen-ueber-wiederaufbau-der-beziehungen = https://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/rivalitaet-saudi-arabien-und-iran-sprechen-ueber-wiederaufbau-der-beziehungen/27106984.html

und

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Ende der diplomatischen Eiszeit? – Iran und Saudi-Arabien sollen Geheimgespräche geführt haben

Die jüngsten Angriffe der von Iran unterstützten Huthi-Bewegung vom Jemen aus auf Ziele in Saudi-Arabien sollen in Bagdad Hauptthema gewesen sein.

Gegenstand der Gespräche soll ferner die schwere Finanzkrise im Libanon gewesen sein. Die Situation im Libanon ist seit der verheerenden Explosion im Hafen von Beirut im vergangenen Jahr äußerst angespannt.

Eine nächste Gesprächsrunde zwischen Iran und Saudi-Arabien soll bereits für diese Woche vereinbart worden sein. Premierminister Mustafa al-Kadhimi habe für Teheran "Kommunikationskanäle" mit Ägypten und Jordanien etabliert.

Der Irak hat Interesse an einer Mittlerrolle zwischen Iran und Saudi-Arabien, da in dem Land faktisch ein Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen Verbündeten Irans und westlicher Mächte ausgetragen wird.

https://de.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/116215-ende-diplomatischen-eiszeit-iran-und/

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Iran welcomes Iraqi mediation with Gulf states - ambassador

Iran said on Tuesday it welcomes Iraqi mediation to help mend its ties with Gulf Arab states, following reports that Saudi and Iranian officials had held discussions in Iraq.

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iran-welcomes-iraqi-mediation-with-gulf-states-ambassador-2021-04-20/

and

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Iran, Saudis hold talks in Baghdad, few expect quick results

A first round of direct talks between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran signaled a possible de-escalation following years of animosity that often spilled into neighboring countries and at least one still-raging war. But few expect quick results.

The talks, hosted by Iraq earlier this month, were confirmed Tuesday to The Associated Press by an Iraqi and a Western official in Baghdad.

Saudi Arabia has sought talks with Iran as the kingdom tries to end its years-long war in Yemen against Iran-backed Houthi rebels. In recent months, the Houthis have increasingly launched missiles and bomb-laden drones at the kingdom, targeting crucial sites and oil infrastructure. Ending that war could be a bargaining chip for the Iranians as they seek sanctions relief from from nuclear talks in Vienna.

The hosting of Saudi-Iran talks is also a significant step for Iraq, which has ties with both the U.S. and Iran and has often borne the brunt of Saudi-Iran rivalry.

A senior Iraqi official said recent trips by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to Riyadh and the United Arab Emirates have been key in bringing Iranian and Saudi interlocutors to the table.

Details of the initial meeting, first reported by The Financial Times, have been sparse. The thorny subject of the Yemen war figured prominently, the Iraqi official said. The Saudi-Iran rivalry has played out on multiple fronts, mostly in Yemen, as well as in Iraq and Lebanon — both home to powerful Iran-backed militias. A breakthrough in Iran-Saudi talks could have far-reaching repercussions in those countries and across the region.

It was not clear how much progress, if any, was made in the talks, but the Western diplomat suggested there will be more meetings. The pro-Iran Lebanese newspaper, al-Akhbar, said a new round of talks would be held in Baghdad next week, following a “very positive” first meeting.

“My understanding is that these talks will be ongoing and mediated by Baghdad,” the diplomat said.

https://apnews.com/article/jamal-khashoggi-iran-baghdad-middle-east-a046c89b0da8c708978452df9fb72abb

and

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Saudi and Iran held secret talks over Yemen conflict: report

Iran and Saudi Arabia have held "positive" talks — the first since diplomatic ties were cut four years ago, the Financial Times reports. The regional rivals have been engaged in a proxy war in Yemen.

Senior Saudi and Iranian officials have held direct talks in an effort to repair relations between the two countries, four years after cutting off diplomatic ties, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

The first round of talks took place in Baghdad on April 9, included discussions about attacks on Saudi Arabia by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi group, and was positive, the FT reported, citing officials briefed on the discussions.

The report also cited a senior Saudi official, however, denying that any talks had taken place.

The two regional rivals severed ties in 2016 over Riyadh’s execution of Shi’ite Muslim cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, an outspoken opponent of the ruling Al Saudi family.

https://www.dw.com/en/saudi-and-iran-held-secret-talks-over-yemen-conflict-report/a-57243546

and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210418-ft-saudi-and-iranian-officials-held-talks-to-patch-up-relations/

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

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/saudi-arabia-iran-held-direct-talks-bid-ease-tensions

and

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News of Iraqi-brokered talks between Saudi & Iran is a VERY BIG DEAL. Not just because the two sides are talking, but WHY they have started talks. I explain here how the US's military disengagement is incentivizing countries to pursue their own diplomacy

As long as the Saudis could count on the US fighting wars for it, it had no incentive to engage in diplomacy with its neighbors. Only when it realized that the US was NOT going to bail it out did diplomacy become attractive to it.

In fact, when Iranian general Soleimani was assassinated by the US, he had just landed in Iraq to deliver a message to the Saudis via the Iraqis. By killing Soleimani, Trump also killed the Saudi-Iranian talks.

The US had rerecommitted itself to confrontation with Iran and the Saudis adjusted to that reality: No more Saudi-Iranian diplomacy

Now, however, after: - Talks to rejoin the #IranDeal - End to US support for the Saudi war in Yemen - Pull out from Afghanistan and Biden's crystal clear rejection of the logic of endless war… ...lo and behold, we read that the Saudis are engaged in diplomacy once again

https://twitter.com/tparsi/status/1383834776193310729

(A K P)

Iraq: Balad Air Base (Housing US Forces) Subject to Missile Strikes

Iraqi security source announced that Balad Air Base in Salah al-Din Governorate was subjected to missile strikes with number of Katyusha missiles.

Our correspondent in Iraq reported that 6 missiles targeted American wing and Sally Porter company site at Balad Air Base.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/18929/Iraq-Balad-Air-Base-%28Housing-US-Forces%29-Subject-to-Missile-Strikes

(B P)

US, Israel presence in Iraq’s Kurdistan threatens regional security

The presence of US and Israeli bases in Iraq’s Kurdistan region poses a direct threat to stability, security and independence of regional countries, a political analyst tells Iranian media.

Juma al-Atwani made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Sunday, when asked about the role of Israel and its spy agency, Mossad, in the northern part of the Iraqi territory.

“The Middle East region has been dealing with dangerous and major developments since the 9/11 attacks according to a political project promoted by the United States and the Zionist regime,” he said.

http://en.hausatv.com/news/content/25652 = https://english.almasirah.net/post/18934/US%2C-Israel-Presence-in-Iraqi-Kurdistan-Threatens-Regional-Stability%2C-Security

(B P)

Top Israeli general: 60% enrichment shows Iran's preparedness for attack

The former head of military intelligence for the Israeli army says Iran’s first ever launch of 60-percent uranium enrichment after a sabotage incident at Natanz last Sunday shows the country was prepared for the attack.

The “terrorist” attack disrupted the flow of power at the Natanz nuclear facility, prompting Iran’s enemies to speculate that the incident would set back Iran’s enrichment program for at least nine months. However, Tehran’s immediate launch of the 60-percent enrichment debunked those claims.

That shows “Iran has been waiting for this attack for 20 years,” Amos Yadlin told CNBC television on Saturday.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/04/18/649722/Stopping-Iran-nuclear-program-is-much-harder-than-those-of-Iraq-Syria-Former-Israeli-general

and

(B P)

Ex-IAEA official: In theory, Iran could reach weapons-grade enrichment in a week

With Iran’s announcement Friday that it has begun enriching uranium to 60 percent purity, a former top official at the UN’s nuclear watchdog said the Islamic Republic could potentially reach weapons-grade purity within the space of a week if it wanted to.

Olli Heinonen, an ex-deputy director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, stressed jumping from 60% to 90% in a week was theoretical, comparing it to the month or so needed to go from 20% to 60%. Enrichment at 20% is already a relatively short technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%.

However, Heinonen told the New York Times that Iran would still need months to produce a nuclear bomb even if it did so.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-iaea-official-in-theory-iran-could-reach-weapons-grade-enrichment-in-a-week/

(A P)

Delegate: Progress in Iran nuclear talks but end ‘far away’

High-level talks in Vienna aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran are moving ahead with experts working on drafting proposals this week, but a solution remains “far away,” Russia’s delegate said Monday.

Two expert groups have been brainstorming solutions to the two major issues: The rollback of American sanctions on one hand, and Iran’s return to compliance on the other.

Now, said Russian representative Mikhail Ulyanov, “we can note with satisfaction that the negotiations (are) entering the drafting stage.”

“Practical solutions are still far away, but we have moved from general words to agreeing on specific steps towards the goal,” he wrote on Twitter.

Already on Saturday, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, said that Tehran had proposed draft agreements that could be a basis for negotiations.

“We think that the talks have reached a stage where parties are able to begin to work on a joint draft,” Araghchi told Iranian state television. “It seems that a new understanding is taking shape, and now there is agreement over final goals.”

”The path is better known, but it will not be easy path,” Araghchi added. “It does not mean that differences of views have come to the end.”

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-iran-iran-nuclear-europe-d236858e8fef9cf48b4e1c9d2482b0bf

and also https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2021/4/19/russia-says-iran-nuclear-talks-enter-drafting-stage

(A P)

Iran always welcomes dialogue with Riyadh, foreign ministry says

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday that Tehran always welcomed dialogue with Saudi Arabia, but he did not confirm nor deny direct talks this month between the arch-rivals.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-saudi-talks/iran-always-welcomes-dialogue-with-riyadh-foreign-ministry-says-idUSKBN2C60PV

(A P)

Senior Saudi official denies holding secret talks with Iran

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210419-senior-saudi-official-denies-holding-secret-talks-with-iran/

(A P)

Informed source tells Press TV: Only removal of sanctions will save Vienna talks

“It is not acceptable to Iran to divide the sanctions into removal, non-removable and negotiable,” the source said on Saturday.

“In Tehran, nothing will be accepted but the removal of all sanctions, including those related to the JCPOA, reimposed and relabeled during the Trump era,” the source added.

The source also said the recent European sanctions against Iran's military commanders are “a gross violation” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/04/17/649667/Iran-nuclear-talks-Vienna-sanctions

(A P)

Iran names suspect in Natanz attack, says he fled country

Iran named a suspect Saturday in the attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that damaged centrifuges there, saying he had fled the country “hours before” the sabotage happened.

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-iran-dce8b4db16cfc6a019635ad9f6b0d3cf

and more details https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/04/17/649682/Iran-releases-picture-of-culprit-behind-Natanz-sabotage-act

(A P)

Iran offers upbeat assessment of progress in nuclear talks

A senior Iranian official offered a cautiously upbeat assessment of progress in talks aimed at bringing the United States back into world powers’ 2015 deal with Tehran on its nuclear program, saying Saturday that a “new understanding” appears to be taking shape.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister said the talks had entered a new phase, adding that Iran had proposed draft agreements that could be a basis for negotiations.

“We think that the talks have reached a stage where parties are able to begin to work on a joint draft,” Abbas Araghchi told Iranian state television. “It seems that a new understanding is taking shape, and now there is agreement over final goals.”

”The path is better known, but it will not be easy path,” Araghchi added. “It does not mean that differences of views have come to the end.”

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-iran-iran-nuclear-middle-east-vienna-db8f0c31fc3e8cfb2ef905d5cd31d5ca

(B P)

Iran-SaudI rIvalry In afrIca: ImplIcatIonS for regIonal StabIlIty

The ongoing reshuffle in the Middle East has generated new competition among regional powers, the resurgence of the Saudi-Iranian rivalry being a major one. It is sectarian (Sunni vs Shiite), ethnic (Arab vs Persian), ideological (U.S.-allied vs US-opposed), and geopolitical. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia present themselves as the leaders of both the Middle East and the Muslim world, and their competition has expanded to include Africa. This research paper offers an analysis of the role of Africa in the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, touching upon the strategic importance of the continent’s untapped natural resources and location. It will also analyze the effect of the rivalry on alliance formation and stability in Africa.

https://www.academia.edu/39878050/Iran_SaudI_rIvalry_In_afrIca_ImplIcatIonS_for_regIonal_StabIlIty

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Government admits ‘no assessment’ carried out of harm from 60% Yemen aid cut

Minister James Cleverly admits huge cut being made while ‘the fear of famine, the risk of famine is significant’

No assessment has been carried out of how a “brutal” 60 per cent aid cut will hit the most vulnerable people in Yemen, the government has admitted.

MPs demanded to know what the impact would be on displaced people, women and the disabled – as the war-torn country continues to suffer the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

But Chris Bold, the development director for Yemen at the Foreign Office, admitted: “We haven’t done an impact assessment.”

James Cleverly, a minister at the department, admitted the cut was being forced through – without the promised vote by MPs – while “the fear of famine, the risk of famine is significant”.

Mr Cleverly defended the failure to carry out an impact assessment, arguing the way aid projects are delivered “doesn’t lend itself” to such a process.

“It’s not possible for anyone to predict how exactly the situation will play out in Yemen,” the minister told the committee.

And he played down the prospects of the £87m being bumped up over the course of the year, saying: “I can’t give a guarantee on that.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/yemen-aid-cut-government-foreign-office-b1834545.html

and also https://www.devex.com/news/no-impact-assessment-ahead-of-yemen-aid-cuts-uk-official-admits-99706

(A P)

Labour is Running a Saudi Apologist in Hartlepool – And It Should Be a Scandal

Paul Williams said the Gulf state was ‘modern and progressive’ after going on a trip paid for by the regime.

In April 2018, Williams went on a regime-funded trip to Saudi Arabia and came back parroting talking points in coordination with the Saudi embassy.

https://novaramedia.com/2021/04/15/labour-is-running-a-saudi-apologist-in-hartlepool-and-it-should-be-a-scandal/

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Griechenland leiht Saudi-Arabien Luftabwehrraketen

Griechenland wird Saudi-Arabien eine Batterie von Patriot-Raketen mit über 100 Soldaten Personal zur Verfügung stellen. Die entsprechende Vereinbarung wurde am Dienstag in Riad unterzeichnet, teilte der griechische Aussenminister Nikos Dendias am Abend mit. Hintergrund sind die Bemühungen Athens, im Mittelmeerraum und im Nahen Osten Allianzen zu schmieden.

Das Vorhaben sei Griechenlands Beitrag zur Sicherung der Energiequellen des Westens, teilte Dendias weiter mit. Griechenland ist bereits seit geraumer Zeit darum bemüht, seine Kontakte im Mittelmeerraum und im Nahen Osten auszubauen.

https://www.bluewin.ch/de/news/international/griechenland-leiht-saudi-arabien-luftabwehrraketen-676788.html

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Greece signs deal to provide Saudi Arabia with Patriot air defence system

Greece and Saudi Arabia have signed a deal to lend a Patriot air defence system to the Arab country to protect critical energy facilities, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Tuesday.

Dendias and Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos met earlier on Tuesday with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhain in Riyadh.

“We signed an agreement to move a Patriot battery here in Saudi Arabia,” Dendias said in a press release, adding that he also signed a cooperation agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

“This is a big step forward for our country regarding the cooperation with the Gulf countries and also a contribution to the wider security of the energy sources for the West,” he added.

The U.S.-made Patriot system will be used to protect critical energy facilities in the kingdom, a Greek diplomat said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-saudi/greece-signs-deal-to-provide-saudi-arabia-with-patriot-air-defence-system-idUSKBN2C72K6

and

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Riyadh Seeks Athens to Help Protect it from Yemeni Missiles!

Saudi WikiLeaks reported that Greek military delegation will visit Riyadh this week to put the final touches on imminent agreement to protect Saudi Aramco facilities, explaining that the agreement will provide for the deployment of Greek forces inside Saudi oil facilities, in addition to the deployment of Patriot anti-aircraft missile system.

Saudi failure to stop the air attacks carried out by Yemeni Air Force prompted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to search for new defense systems, which the military source suggested that Greece would seek the help of American expertise and military equipment in Saudi Arabia.

Sources also revealed that the military delegation left Saudi Arabia recently, on tour between America and European countries. In search of new and advanced defense system to fill the inability to repel the attacks of Yemeni missile force.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/18930/Riyadh-Seeks-Athens-to-Help-Protect-it-from-Yemeni-Missiles%21

(A P)

Kein Lebenszeichen von Prinzessin Latifa: UN-Experten zeigen sich besorgt

Vor Monaten sorgte ein Video von Prinzessin Latifa für weltweites Aufsehen.

In dem Hilferuf berichtete sie, dass sie von ihrem Vater, dem Emir von Dubai, gefangen gehalten werde.

Experten der Vereinten Nationen zeigen sich besorgt, dass es seither kein weiteres Lebenszeichen der jungen Adeligen gegeben hat.

Mehrere UN-Menschenrechtsexperten verlangen vom Golfemirat Dubai ein Lebenszeichen und klare Auskünfte über das Schicksal der verschwundenen Prinzessin Latifa.

Sie seien besorgt über Misshandlungsvorwürfe, teilten sie am Dienstag in Genf mit

https://www.gmx.net/magazine/panorama/lebenszeichen-prinzessin-latifa-un-experten-zeigen-besorgt-35737644

(A P)

UN experts demand “concrete information” on Sheikha Latifa’s fate

UN human rights experts* today called on the Government of the United Arab Emirates to provide meaningful information on the fate of Sheikha Latifa Mohammed Al Maktoum, as well as assurances of her safety and well-being, without delay. Sheikha Latifa is the daughter of the Emir of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

"We are alarmed that, following the public release in February of footage in which Sheikha Latifa reported being deprived of her liberty against her will, and the subsequent official request for further information on her situation, no concrete information has been provided by the authorities,"

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=27009&LangID=E

and also https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56820707

cp12b Sudan

(A P)

Sudan repeals Israel boycott law amid normalization efforts

Sudan on Monday abolished a decades-old law on boycotting Israel, part of efforts to establish normal ties with the Jewish state.

https://apnews.com/article/sudan-omar-al-bashir-israel-boycotts-da8176d4e264fb2b623c90695c675afa

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp9

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Film (in Arabic): The investigation documents the theft of valuable artifacts from Yemen, their smuggling across the border, and their sale through antiquities marketing sites and in European auctions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxlN4AhlMHI

Website Yemeni Monuments: https://yemenimonuments.arij.net/

(B C)

Film: Al-Ashrafiya Mosque - Taiz, Yemen, March 2021

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/1383868951449374720

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

(A E)

ACE and Qima Coffee Expanding Best of Yemen Auction for Fall 2021

The nonprofit Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) and Yemeni coffee organization Qima Coffee are reprising their high-end coffee auction with potentially more coffees and additional positive outcomes for coffee farmers throughout Yemen.

For the Best of Yemen 2021 auction, tentatively scheduled to take place online in August, the groups are working to scale the program beyond the approximately 3,000 smallholder coffee farmers in Qima’s existing network to include high-end market access for small-scale farmers throughout Yemen.

“Qima Coffee exists as a vehicle to serve Yemen’s coffee farmers, without exception,” Faris Sheibani, who founded Qima Coffee in 2016, stated in an announcement from ACE. “Yet practically speaking, we can only purchase so much coffee from a certain number of farmers, and whilst that number has grown exponentially over the last few years, there are still tens of thousands of Yemeni farmers who remain unserved. The Best of Yemen 2021 auction serves the much-needed purpose of providing market access to Yemen’s entire coffee farmer community.”

https://dailycoffeenews.com/2021/04/20/ace-and-qima-coffee-expanding-best-of-yemen-auction-for-fall-2021/

(B E H P)

Photo: Rising fuel costs and depressed demand for fish at local markets due to price hikes have left many fishermen with little work. Here, fishing boats sit idle along the Bir Ali fishing beach in Shabwah governorate, #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/NavantiGroup/status/1384563426962382849

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

(A T)

#AlQaeda in #Yemen's formal wire launches new series by #AQAP judge Abu Bishr Muhammad Daramah. It's his 1st media showing in 12 months & billed as "new" BUT in fact, this appears to fit AQAP's current run of packaging up old archival material into new releases

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1383864986682884097

cp15 Propaganda

(A P)

British ambassador M. Aron: Saudi Arabia announced an initiative to end the war welcomed by all states except Iran. The Houthis attempted to assassinate the entire legitimate government, started a new assault on Marib and hugely increased its missile and drone attacks on KSA. Who are the aggressors?

https://twitter.com/HMAMichaelAron/status/1384528408252719105

My comment: This tweet was a failed reply to: https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/1358867621807022080. By statements like this one Britain eveidently proves that it’s a warring party in the Yemen War. Look at the comments.

(A P)

Saudi fuel grant to Yemen will address power cuts, save millions of dollars, officials say

The $422 million Saudi fuel donation for power stations in Yemen would save millions of dollars and help reduce long power cuts that have been blamed for fueling unrest in hot and humid Yemeni cities, officials and analysts said on Wednesday.

Anwar Mohammed Kalshat, Yemen’s minister of electricity, told Arab News that the Saudi donation came just in time as the Yemeni government was frantically searching for funds to buy fuel to keep power stations functioning.

“This is a big boost to the power sector and would significantly stabilize electricity services. It would alleviate the suffering of the people during these days and in summer,” the minister said, thanking the Saudi leadership for standing by Yemenis during the current “difficult times.”

“We would like to thank our brothers in Saudi Arabia for this support and donation,” Kalshat said.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1835321/middle-east

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Saudi Regime Can't Grasp, Wont Win by Money, Weapons in Yemen

The thing that the Saudi regime does not understand in Yemen that the war will not end with material things, such as money, weapons and others. Although Yemen’s possession of money and weapons is not comparable to what the Saudi state has. It is not related also to the ability to mobilize allies from the non-Arabs and Arabs mercenaries.

Let us search for this thing elsewhere, related to the person himself, and not to things and allies, as the secret lies in the Yemeni person who resists aggression. In confronting the US-Saudi aggression, Yemen has free nation who are rebels from the Zionist-US hegemony.

This human being throughout history does not allow any power to occupy Yemen. In history, Yemen was called the Cemetery of the Invaders, as the Yemenis created conditions in their confrontation with all the invaders throughout history since ancient times.

This confrontation confirms that Yemen was not opened to any invader except to be buried with his dreams in its soil. Yemenis did not give legitimacy to any Yemeni ruler except by confronting the invader and resisting the occupation. In return, they delegitimize the ruler, who cooperates with invaders and submits to aggression.

After studying the history of Yemen from the 20th century BC to the 20th century AD, it becomes clear that the invaders were at the height of their military power, while Yemen was at its worst at the time of the invasion. Despite this, the invaders came out weaker and the Yemenis stronger

https://english.almasirah.net/post/18940/Saudi-Regime-%C2%A0Can-t-Grasp%2C-Wont-Win-by-Money%2C-Weapons-in-Yemen

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Houthi Militias Invent Fuel Crisis to Double Profits Funding Their Yemen War Effort

The internationally recognized Yemeni government has renewed its accusations of economic sabotage against the Iran-backed Houthis militias, who have deliberately created a fuel crisis in areas under their control to reap doubled profits on supplies they sell on the black market.

“Houthis are selling most of the fuel imports that arrive through Hodeidah seaport in the black market,” the Supreme Economic Council of the Yemeni government said on Saturday.

Fuel flow indicators in Yemen during the first half of April showed the militias have caused the fuel crisis in regions under their control to revive the black market and plunder the public to finance what they call “the war effort,” the council said.

Over 276,000 metric tons of fuel have been imported in the first half of April, enough to meet the fuel needs across the country for 20 days, it added.

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2927291/houthi-militias-invent-fuel-crisis-double-profits-funding-their-yemen-war

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Echoes of a Boom in Iran

This past week, reports within and outside Iran have confirmed a massive explosion deep underground at the Iranian Natanz nuclear facility. Iran claims that Natanz and other facilities like it are just for civilian, nuclear energy use, which they declare is their right. But successful foreign intelligence operations, as well as their own announcement that they will begin enriching uranium to 60%, leave no doubt that their intent is militaristic, and malicious.

All this comes in context of a seemingly ongoing exchange of attacks on the high seas, and Iran getting into deeper water than it planned. Some weeks ago, an Iranian ship delivering oil to a Syrian ship created an oil spill that devastated much of Israel’s Mediterranean coast in an act that’s been termed environmental terrorism.

https://townhall.com/columnists/jonathanfeldstein/2021/04/17/echoes-of-a-boom-in-iran-n2588064

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Yemen: The everlasting “forgotten”, “ignored", “proxy" and “absurd” war

International diplomats keep discussing unclear solutions for the Yemenis. To put it simply, the western diplomats, due to their insistence on linking the conflict with Iran’s nuclear deal and regional interests, have failed to understand the root causes of the conflict in Yemen, which can be found in the ideology and doctrine of the Houthi.

Houthis, known by Ansar Allah, and their Hashemite family’s allies are a theocratic supremacist group considering themselves superior over 98% of the rest of Yemenis. They believe that they are descendants of prophet Muhammed and have the divine right to rule the Yemeni people by waging what they call a holy war against the Yemenis. This is evidenced by the Houthi Movement’s declaration of 2012.

The Houthis have successfully managed to market themselves as an oppressed group defending Yemen, but the reality is completely the opposite: civilians’ brutal killings by them have exceeded 50,000 (Sam for Rights and Liberties reports and statements). Over 10 times more deaths than Saudi-led operations and their airstrikes. More than 10,000 detained civilians, some tortured to death. For the first time in Yemen history, they perpetrated what is called the “black shame” in Yemeni culture: imprisoning, torturing, and raping women (ibid.).

The international community’s silence towards their crimes is not new as we have witnessed this silence since the Stockholm Agreement in December 2018 – by Bushra Nasr Kretschmer

https://www.vidc.org/regionen/naher-und-mittlerer-osten/yemen-the-everlasting-forgotten-ignored-proxy-and-absurd-war-1

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Yemeni Government: Houthi militia is exploiting humanitarian situation to achieve political and financial gains

The Yemeni Government has renewed its accusation against the Iranian-backed Houthi militia of using the humanitarian situation to mislead and blackmail the international community and international organizations.
Yemeni Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Muammar Al-Iryani, affirmed that the continuation of the terrorist militia in creating the oil derivatives crisis, and trade in human suffering to achieve political and financial gains, in addition to using the humanitarian situation to mislead and blackmail the international community and international organizations, and to implement the systematic policies of impoverishment and starvation for Yemenis.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2216979

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Human Rights conference in Yemen: Houthis continue to commit war crimes

The participants in Marib’s first conference for Human Rights urged the inclusion of Houthi militia as a terrorist organization due to their war crimes, state news agency Saba New reported.

Marib’s governor Abd Rabbo Moftah said the city hosts 3 million people, with over two million displaced and distributed in 145 settlements and camps, from various other governorates.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1845756/middle-east

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-46357

http://en.26sepnews.net/2021/04/20/yemen-rising-demands-to-designate-houthis-as-a-terrorist-group/

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Speaker of Arab Parliament: Saudi Efforts in Yemen Affirm its Key Role in Establishing Security and Stability

Adel bin Abdurrahman Al-Asoumi, Speaker of the Arab Parliament, commended the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's efforts, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, in Yemen aimed at reaching a political solution that ends the conflict and the bloodshed and ensures regional peace and stability, the latest of which was the Kingdom’s initiative to end the conflict in Yemen, which was widely welcomed by the UN Security Council yesterday.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2216788

My comment: A Saudi puppet org. Saudi and “parliament” is like ox in opera.

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Saudi Press: Iranian Regime is Continuing its Behavior Aimed at Destabilizing Region's Security and Stability

Al-Yaum newspaper reported in its editorial that the Iranian regime is continuing its behavior aimed at destabilizing the security and stability of the region, through providing unremitting support to its terrorist arms in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq and Arab countries to carry out more crimes and attacks.
On the other hand, Iranian regime is still insisted on raising uranium enrichment level, which would raise more concerns on its intentions, especially that it is widely known for its support for terrorism, the paper said.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2216723

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2219914

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2219718

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2219707

https://www.arabnews.jp/en/saudi-arabia/article_44226/

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2219436

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2925836/saudi-grant-yemen-oil-derivatives-power-sustainability-program

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2217110

https://twitter.com/GhalebM0nz1i7/status/1383873632787521541

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2217085

http://en.adenpress.news/news/32742

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

April 20: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1995371900613165/

April 19: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1995370200613335/

April 18: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1995369390613416/

April 17: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1995368940613461/

April 16: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1995368460613509/

April 15: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1992632710887084/

April 14: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1992632327553789/

April 13: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1992631737553848/

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More Saudi coalition air raids

https://english.almasirah.net/post/18959/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Tuesday%2C-April-20%2C-2021 Marib p., Saada p-

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3137222.htm / https://english.almasirah.net/post/18966/US-Saudi-Warplanes-Launch-14-Raids-in-Marib Marib p.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/18943/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Monday%2C-April-19%2C-2021 Marib p., Jawf p.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/18927/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Sunday%2C-April-18%2C-2021 Marib p., Hajjah p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3137004.htm / https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i57676-saudische_milit%C3%A4rflugzeuge_werfen_bomben_auf_marib_im_jemen_ab Marib p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at 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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KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles 2,772 Mines in Yemen During Last Week

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) for clearing mines in Yemen, dismantled, during the second week of April 2021, a total of 2,772 mines, including 8 anti-personnel mines, 1.707 anti-tank mines, 1,052 unexploded ordnance and 5 explosive devices.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2219729

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[Sanaa gov.] Army announce Upcoming Military operations in Martyr Al-Sammad’s Name

Brigadier General Yahya Sare'i confirmed that the upcoming operations in the name of the martyr President Saleh Al-Sammad prepare.

Yemeni Armed Forces are preparing for these operations.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3137259.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/post/18947/Armed-Forces-Confirm-Upcoming-Military-Operations-in-Martyr-Al-Sammad-s-Name

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/04/20/yemen-will-name-new-military-operations-in-honour-of-martyr-president-saleh-al-sammad/

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[Sanaa gov.] Air Force carries out attack on Abha airport

The air force drones carried out on Tuesday an attack on Abha international airport in the depth of Saudi Arabia, armed forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare'i said.

Sare'i added the air force drones waged Qasef 2K drone and hit an important military site at the airport.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3137255.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/post/18949/Qasef-2K-Hits-Military-Target-at-Saudi-Airport%C2%A0

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/04/20/saudi-airport-at-abha-hit-in-yemeni-retaliatory-drone-strike/

and

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Saudi-led coalition says it intercepts Houthi drone fired at southern Saudi Arabia

https://www.reuters.com/article/saudi-security-yemen-int/saudi-led-coalition-says-it-intercepts-houthi-drone-fired-at-southern-saudi-arabia-idUSKBN2C70TM

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Number of Houthis Killed in Razih District, North of Yemen

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2219562

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Yemeni gov't claims 35 Houthi deaths, casualties in Taiz

Backed by public resistance, the national army on Friday carried out a violent attack on Houthi sites in Maqbana district west Taiz, the Taiz military media center said on Facebook.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-24542.html

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni deterrent force makes US to be worried: Military expert

A Yemeni military expert said on Sunday that Yemeni armed forces have a strategic deterrent force that worries the Israeli entity and the United States.
The military expert, Brigadier General Abdul Ghani Al-Zubaidi told Al-Alam channel TV, the Yemeni army today has the military capacity, equipment and mechanisms that enable it to hit any target inside the Saudi depth.

https://en.abna24.com/news/yemeni-deterrent-force-makes-us-to-be-worried-military-expert_1132752.html

and also https://english.almasirah.net/post/18936/Yemeni-Deterrent-Force-Worries-US%2C-Israel

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Arab Coalition intercepts Houthi drone in Yemeni airspace

The Arab Coalition on Sunday said it intercepted and destroyed a bomb-laden drone in Yemeni airspace launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia towards Saudi Arabia, according to a statement.

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/04/18/Arab-Coalition-intercepts-Houthi-drone-in-Yemeni-airspace-

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Military officials: Fighting rages in two Yemeni provinces

Fighting between forces of Yemen’s internationally recognized government and Houthi rebels raged in the provinces of Marib and Taiz, killing at least 70 fighters on both sides, officials said Sunday.

The increase in violence came over the past 24 hours and at least 85 others were wounded, military officials from the two sides said.

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-yemen-sanaa-861cb9140b1420306b6357e369e17cd8

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Landmine blast kills two Yemeni civilians in Taiz

One civilian and his little daughter have been killed and four others wounded in two separate blasts in the Yemeni southwestern governorate of Taiz and northern governorate of Jawf.
A Houthi-planted landmine blew up in Dhobab district, west Taiz, leaving Maja'ali Ibrahim and his daughter Saeeda killed and his son Adeeb injured, the Yemeni watchdog for mines said Saturday.
The three civilians were grazing their goats near their house when the mine exploded, the watchdog added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-24537.html

and also https://republicanyemen.net/archives/27764

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Yemeni Air Force Launches Drone Attacks on Jizan Airport, King Khalid Airbase

“The Air Force targeted sensitive military sites at King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait with a Qasef-2K drone,” the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e said.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/18914/Yemeni-Air-Force-Launches-Drone-Attacks-on-Jizan-Airport%2C-King-Khalid-Airbase

and also https://www.saba.ye/en/news3137005.htm

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/04/17/yet-another-drone-strike-hits-saudi-airbase-of-khamis-mushait/

https://debriefer.net/en/news-24535.html

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Analysis: A look at Saudi losses in Yemen in past six months

Over the past few months, Yemen’s army forces and popular committees struck back at the aggression forces as the Saudi-led Arab coalition attacks continued.

Since 2018, Yemen has made significant progress in developing considerable capabilities to produce missiles and combat drones, resulting in victories to the Yemeni forces and despair to much-vaunted Saudi air defenses systems.

In recent years, [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni forces have repeatedly fired missiles at targets in Saudi territory and claimed responsibility for them. Recent attacks on the Armco oil facility, the bombing of some military airfields in Jizan in southern Saudi Arabia, and hitting some Saudi military bases and headquarters were the retaliatory attacks by the Yemeni army and Ansarullah revolutionary movement against the ongoing war, now in its sixth year.

Yemen's missile and drone strikes on Saudi oil facilities mark a new chapter in the fresh escalation as the Saudi campaign continues.

Last month, the Saudi ministry of energy confirmed that a large oil tank was completely destroyed in the latest Yemeni military attacks on a petroleum products distribution station in Jizan. An official at the oil ministry called the Yemeni attacks a "sabotage operation." confirming the fire, in the station, the official claimed that the attack had no casualties.

So far various reports have been published to count the costs of the Saudi war on Yemen, ongoing since March 2015. David Hirst, a prominent British journalist and writer, says that since the start of war, Saudi Arabia lost around $232 billion of its reserves without knowing exactly where they have gone. The royal court have never explained what happened to the money but military analysts suggest it, which equals operating budget for such countries as Jordan and Tunisia for 18 years, has been spent in war on Yemen. To be precise, each day of anti-Yemeni campaign costs Saudi Arabia over $100 million.

https://en.abna24.com/news/analysis-a-look-at-saudi-losses-in-yemen-in-past-six-months_1132192.html

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

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp4

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Saudi-led invaders launch aggression against Damashka tribes in Ma’rib province

Saudi-led coalition forces have launched a brutal military aggression with various types of weapons, targeting the areas of the Damashka tribes of Wadi Obeida in Ma’rib province, local sources said.

According to the local sources, fierce clashes reportedly broke out between Hadi’s forces and Damashka tribesmen, after the latter pretested the setting up of a military checkpoint.

Tribal sources said Hadi’s forces had set up a checkpoint in the area of the tribal sector, but the Damashka tribes refused to allow the point in their areas.

Hadi and Islah forces subsequently bombed farms and houses of the Damashka tribes in Wadi Obeida, the sources added, after which coalition aircraft flew intensively over the areas of the Damashka tribes in the area of Arakin southeast of Ma’rib city.

The sources added that the differences developed into violent clashes, in which Hadi’s forces used tanks and cannons to bomb tribal areas. The situation is reported to be still tense.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/04/20/saudi-led-invaders-launch-aggression-against-damashka-tribes-in-marib-province/

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Battles Grow Fiercer in Yemen’s Marib, 1 Million Refugees at Risk

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2929391/battles-grow-fiercer-yemen%E2%80%99s-marib-1-million-refugees-risk

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Houthis tried to launch a ballistic missile from an area near Abdiyah district southern #Marib 2 hours ago, but it failed and exploded during launch, killing a number of Houthis, according to residents.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1384378722636206083

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Government forces capture mountain range as fighting intensifies in Marib

https://debriefer.net/en/news-24567.html

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Forces Get Closer to Liberating Ma’rib: Defense Ministry

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees fighters are set to encircle Ma’rib from the western and southern fronts in preparation for entering the strategic city, the country’s Defense Ministry said.

Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television network on Monday cited the Sana’a-based ministry as saying that the armed forces are tightening their grip on al-Balaq al-Qebali mountain range, which overlooks the Ma’rib Dam to the north and Tala al-Hamra in Sarwah district to the west of Ma’rib.

The Yemeni forces have taken control of Homma al-Hajily district and moved the battle to al-Touma al-Olia and al-Touma al-Sofla, just five kilometers from the headquarters of Third Military District which belongs to militants loyal to former Riyadh-backed president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The ministry stressed that the liberation of Ma’rib is “closer than ever”.

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2021/04/19/2487906/yemeni-forces-get-closer-to-liberating-ma-rib-defense-ministry = https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14000130000686/Yemeni-DM-Says-Liberain-f-Ma%E2%80%99rib-Clser-Than-Ever

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/04/18/yemeni-forces-deal-new-defeats-to-saudi-and-al-qaeda-forces-near-marib/

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We feel let down by the UN, says governor of Yemen afflicted city

The governor of Marib, the Yemeni city which hosts 60% of the country’s IDPs and faces an incessant war by Houthi terrorists, said he feels ‘let down by the UN’ organization.

In an interview with al-Arabiya TV channel on Saturday, Sultan al-Eradah said, “In fact we feel let down by the UN. The UN has not taken the stance it should to enforce the resolution [2216] which it adopted out of its free will. The UN had taken that resolution out of its free will and with international consensus. Why don’t they enforce this resolution now, confirm the right and disagree with the wrong?”

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-46380

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

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

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

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Houthis continue to target civilians in Hodeidah

http://en.adenpress.news/news/32764

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Film: Joint forces engineering dismantles networks of Houthi mines in Hays

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVesRKDaQ5I

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Yemen moving toward peaceful solution, says UN official

Yemen is moving toward a more peaceful situation, but requires warring sides to come to an agreement on operations if the war is to end and a resolution is reached, the chairman of the UN’s Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in the crucial port city of Hodeidah has said.

Lt. Gen. (retired) Abhijit Guha told Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat that factions needed to reach an agreement about local security forces.

The UN’s role was to work with both parties, stay the course, and help bridge the gap wherever necessary and to implement the redeployment in a satisfactory way to both parties, and of course, most importantly, to the people of Yemen, he added.

The former military man chaired his first RCC meeting on Dec. 18 and 19, telling the newspaper he was encouraged by the initial responses from both parties. He proposed to move between Mocha and the capital to finalize issues, so that a “common military concept” of operations for the redeployment process could be established.

“Of course, the actual redeployment would only be possible once the issue of the local security force is politically discussed and resolved,” he added.

“To me, the issue of the local security force is one of a political nature, and will have to be resolved by the political leadership of both parties. And I feel when the moment is right, they would resolve this issue. But till then, it is incumbent on me to prepare and be ready for it by having a concept of operations to be followed when this time comes.”

Both parties had committed to adhere to the cease-fires, said Guha, but there was a lot of mistrust as a result of the long conflict. He pointed out, however, that there had been no offensive since the agreement was signed and that there had been “significant de-escalation” compared to how things were previously. “I believe both parties are sincere in their hope to end the war. So, all of this gives me a lot of hope.”

He highlighted other key areas for activity and attention, including relief work.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1606716/middle-east

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Civilian killed in Houthi shelling in west Yemen

A civilian was killed and another injured after the Houthi group shelled the Dekhnan village in west of the district of Al-Durayhimi in Yemen's province of Hudaydah on Monday

https://debriefer.net/en/news-24574.html

and also https://republicanyemen.net/archives/27773

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yYGSDVfIEU

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Daily violations as recorded by the Houthi side

April 20: https://english.almasirah.net/post/18959/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Tuesday%2C-April-20%2C-2021

April 19: https://english.almasirah.net/post/18943/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Monday%2C-April-19%2C-2021

April 18: https://english.almasirah.net/post/18927/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Sunday%2C-April-18%2C-2021

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Film: Yemen - Ramadan lanterns and decorations illuminate the dark night of Aden

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

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#Ramadan in Sana'a. #Yemen. Thread of photos by Badr Yousef.

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1383846087664930823

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Film: Watch how the children of Taiz receive the month of Ramadan in light of war, and how they make lanterns by themselves. Part of the lantern maker story

https://twitter.com/mohammed500s/status/1383535182263640073

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Photos: People seen at Great Mosque of Sanaa during holy month of Ramadan, Yemen

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-04/16/c_139885424.htm

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Daily life pictures from #Marib during Ramadan. By Jihad al-Nahari

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1384518418850852868

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1384519426503020546

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Mouth-watering snacks bring joy to Yemen during Ramadan

On a street in the capital Sanaa, bustling with shoppers stocking up on tasty treats for iftar, the meal observant Muslims have after sunset during the Islamic month of fasting, Shabi grins and his eyes shine in anticipation.

Ramadan brings out a zeal among Muslims everywhere for particular memory-laden foods.

Sambusa stuffed with vegetables or meat are found across the Middle East and are a cousin of the South Asian samosa. In Yemen, they are a much-loved tradition and a business opportunity for those who know how to make the best ones.

For Yemenis able to spend, the joy of a crispy sambusa, spongy rawani or syrupy baklava is at the heart of the Ramadan experience.

These traditional treats, enjoyed at iftar, keep people going through the night until they resume their fast at dawn, refraining from eating or drinking throughout the day.

https://www.reuters.com/article/religion-ramadan-yemen-int/mouth-watering-snacks-bring-joy-to-yemen-during-ramadan-idUSKBN2C810Z

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Audio: Operation Dhib: The Dhofar war and covert action in Yemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKkR5C3TGLA

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-735-yemen-war-mosaic-735

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-735 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-735:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

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

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

18:43 21.04.2021
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