Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 740b- Yemen War Mosaic 740b

Yemen Press Reader 740b: 11. Mai 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 740, cp7 - cp19 / May 11, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 740, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 740, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 740, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c 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




(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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Sen. Murphy calls for Yemen's Houthis to accept ceasefire following trip to Middle East

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Monday called for Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthis to answer a ceasefire proposal to end the fighting against government forces in the country.

The call is part of efforts to end the six-year civil war in Yemen and relieve the catastrophic human suffering by the civilian population.

Murphy made his remarks in a briefing with reporters following a whirlwind trip to the region last week during which he met with officials in Qatar, Oman and Jordan.

“There is an offer on the table which is significant, and the United States is willing to be active and present in those negotiations,” Murphy said of the ceasefire proposal.

and also


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US urges Oman to take ‘tougher line’ on Yemen’s Houthis

Washington wants Oman to convince Iran-backed rebels to take part in Saudi ceasefire initiative

“They are one of the few countries in the region that have the ability to talk to the Houthis and we made clear that it is time for them to press the Houthis to declare a ceasefire,” he said on Monday.

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Yemen’s Forces Will Cease Operations Once Saudi-led Aggression, Siege Stop

Member of the Supreme Political Council Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti stressed that Yemeni forces will suspend their retaliatory military operations only after Saudi Arabia and its allies put an end to their devastating war and all-out blockade against the Arab country.

"While the G7 foreign ministers condemned attacks by Yemeni Armed Forces on Saudi Arabia and the ongoing operation to liberate Yemen’s central city of Ma'rib in a communiqué released after two days of talks in London, they closed their eyes to the Saudi-led aggression, siege and occupation," Al-Bukhaiti wrote in a post published on his Twitter page Saturday.

He denounced the G7 move as “international hypocrisy.”

“That is why we are continuing our offensives against Saudi Arabia and for the liberation of Yemeni territories,” Bukhaiti pointed out.


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US peace opportunities in Yemen 'malicious evasion, says Houthi official

Deputy Minister of Information in the Houthi government Nasr Al-Din Amer said on Sunday the peace opportunities promoted by the United States of America in Yemen are an evasion associated with malicious intentions from it and proxies fighting for it in the region, the Saudi and UAE regimes.

There are not true peace opportunities here and there is no seriousness from the US to bring peace to Yemen, he told the Iranian Alalam TV. During the first 100 days of the new USAdministration, we have seen more further aggression and blockade on Yemen, he said.

We will not stand idly by but we will face any aggression on the ground, he added.

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UN Yemen ex-envoy devalues US efforts to end Yemeni crisis

UN ex-envoy for Yemen on Thursday devalued the moves recently taken by US officials to find a political settlement and put an end to the Yemeni 6-year-old war.

"We should not forget that the United States is an essential party to the ongoing war in Yemen, and politically and militarily supported Saudi Arabia and Emirates," Jamal Benomar told Miadin TV, though he hailed the recent "positive step."

The US proposal on the Yemeni crisis is but a partial solution that does not get into the core of the issue in search for real, fundamental solutions securing a comprehensive, sustainable peace in Yemen, he added.

The UN Security Council has not helped Yemenis to stop this futile war that started when Yemeni parties were about to reach a deal in 2015, the UN ex-envoy claimed, as the superpowers "began a frantic race to make arms sale deals with Saudis."

No military solution can end Yemen's crisis, so a political process should be pressed for, with Yemenis engaged in dialogue to agree to a power-sharing deal.

The Houthis are Yemenis, did not come from Mars, and have their own viewpoint that should be listened to.

International parties asked the Houthi movement to "hand Sana'a and power to parties living in Riyadh hotels," Benomar said.

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Hopes for Yemen peace deal fade as ‘obscene’ Marib death toll rises

UN fears ceasefire talks have stalled after rebel leaders came close to accepting deal before rejecting it

The UN fears that hopes for a ceasefire in Yemen are effectively stalled until either the Houthi rebels choose to end their military offensive or decide the mounting death toll running into tens of thousands is unacceptable. The Houthis are currently driving towards the capture of the strategic and oil-rich governorate of Marib.

Extensive talks in April and May, including direct discussions between the Houthi leadership and Saudis in Oman, ended with the Houthis – also known as Ansar Allah – coming close to accepting a ceasefire deal before ultimately rejecting the offer.

One source said the Houthi leadership was taking advice from its military wing, and was told its recently escalatedoffensive to capture Marib would succeed in transforming the bargaining calculus. Marib is the last stronghold in the north not under its control.

The Marib death toll among fighters, according to western diplomats, is “shocking, even obscene, but for the Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi to pull back he would need a narrative to explain to the tribes why so much blood and treasure has been expended for nothing”.

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US slams Iran-backed Yemen rebels for snubbing UN envoy

The Biden administration lashed out at Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Friday for refusing to meet with a senior U.N. official to discuss ending the country’s devastating conflict and speeding humanitarian relief to suffering civilians.

The State Department said in a statement that the Houthis had “passed up a major opportunity” by rejecting a recent offer to speak with U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths in Oman. Griffiths had been traveling in the Middle East earlier this week and was accompanied for part of the time by U.S. envoy Timothy Lenderking, other senior administration officials and members of Congress.

The department said other parties to the conflict, including the internationally recognized government of Yemen, are ready to discuss a peace proposal. It said the Houthis should immediately engage with Griffiths to consider the peace plan, calling it “a fair deal on the table that will bring immediate relief to the Yemeni people.”

and also

My comment: How often did they meet him already? The US envoy snubbed the Houthis. The US obviously is playing a dubious role in this game.

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Iran-Saudi contacts geared at Yemen, not a game changer for now

“The key question here is: could this round of negotiations put an end to Yemen’s protracted war or lead to just a temporary ceasefire?”, Ahmed Nagi, a scholar at Carnegie Middle East Centre, said.

But analysts warn against expectations of major shifts in regional dynamics.

Saudi Arabia continues to be wary of Iran’s role in Syria and Lebanon and even more so of Tehran’s meddling with the Yemen war, even if they are not opposed to the calming of tensions across the Middle East after years of hostilities that have brought the region close to a full-scale conflict.

Saudi Arabian and Iran are expected to hold further discussions this month, according to multiple sources including a Western official familiar with the process.

The dialogue marks the first significant effort to defuse tensions since the regional powers cut ties in 2016 after Iranian protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions, after the kingdom’s execution of a Shia cleric .

Riyadh’s endgame seems based on a desire for de-escalation and appeasement. It is seen as tactical and not a strategic game changer.

“There is a direct link between Saudi-Iran talks and what is happening in Muscat given the leverage the Iranians have over the Houthis,” said Ahmed Nagi, a scholar at Carnegie Middle East Centre.

“The key question here is: could this round of negotiations put an end to Yemen’s protracted war or lead to just a temporary ceasefire?”

“All efforts are aimed at trying to de-escalate the conflict between Saudis and the Houthis, but there are several layers of conflict… (that will require) long-term and multi-track mechanisms, which seem absent.”

According to some analysts, hopes that talks with Iran will help the kingdom achieve that the Houthis would like eventually to enter direct talks with Riyadh.

“The Houthis would prefer to be their own interlocutor with Saudi Arabia and will not want Iran taking their place in that,” Elana DeLozier, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said.

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Battlefield Yemen: a genuine understanding or a shallow and meaningless truce?

There are two ways for two parties to reach a truce. There is real genuine understanding and amnesty, and nothing beats that. And then there is a plastic façade of the two parties going through the motions, but not really agreeing on any common ground. Oftentimes such a political agreement between nation-states is fostered by a third party, forcing a trilateral agreement that is unrealistic and will not last.

Both sides, Iran and Saudi Arabia, are under United States diplomatic duress to ceasefire and call a truce. Blinken says that “if countries are talking directly together without [the United States of America] in the middle, that’s maybe even better…[than brokering a trilateral accord]”; but without an outsourced middleman, progress promises to whirlpool down the drain of failed diplomacy. Iran wants leverage as they head into and back out of the second round of discussions with the Biden administration in Vienna, Austria, centering on the 2015 JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), which Trump pulled the United States out of in 2018. And Saudi Arabia has been warned by humanitarian lobbyists regarding the mass slaughter and displacement of Yemeni civilians, as well as their newly awarded sanctions from the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, in response to the U.S. Intelligence report (on which the Trump administration originally suppressed or placed a gag-order of sorts) on the alleged assassination of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

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US and Saudi diplomats fail to bring any new proposals regarding Yemen to negotiation table

Saudi and US attempts to influence the Muscat negotiations between supporters of former President Hadi and the National Salvation Government of Yemen has failed to yield any results, as the Yemeni forces are closing in on Ma’rib.

Several media have reported that representatives of the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Nations did not bring any new proposals during their recent visit to Muscat, the capital of Oman, and merely repeated old plans.

The reports said that the Sana’a revolutionary government considered the Saudi and American proposals during the talks as “an attempt to escape from their favoured Hadi government’s defeat on the battlefield in Ma’rib province” and as a US attempt to get rid of domestic pressures inside the US itself.

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US State Department: Int'l Consensus on Urgent Need for Ceasefire in Marib

A proposal that meets long-standing demands of Houthis in Yemen and stops the fighting in the war-torn country’s northeastern governorate was tabled to the insurgency group, a US State Department spokesperson, who requested anonymity, told Asharq Al-Awsat.

“If the Houthis are committed to ending the war and improving the humanitarian situation in Yemen, then they should cease their attack on Marib,” they said.

The peace offer made to Houthis centers on three fundamental points that are facilitating the flow of goods into and within Yemen, implementing a nationwide ceasefire, and rebooting political talks.

“Unfortunately, Houthis are pressing on with their offensive on Marib, which has devastating humanitarian consequences, instead of choosing peace,” said the spokesperson, despite having first expressed hope for imminent progress in peace efforts.

“The international community is united in its call for Houthis to end their attack in Marib immediately,” they added, stressing that the world urges Houthis to “engage constructively with the UN.”

Moreover, ending the war and humanitarian suffering in Yemen is central to Washington’s list of priorities.

My comment: By a Saudi news site. It seems, the US is still missing the point.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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#Statement | The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns in the strongest terms the blatant attacks carried out by the Israeli occupation forces against the sanctity of #AlAqsaMosque, and for the security and safety of worshipers. (document)

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Fashion-washing: Saudi way of erasing rights record

It is not a long time since Saudi Arabia made its first foray into the dazzling world of entertainment; boxing matches, horse racing, motorsports and music festivals are all parts of a broader project kick-started by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Whereas these cultural undertakings are expected to contribute to the diversification of the kingdom's oil-based economy, these popular events simultaneously pursue an equally important goal; to varnish the tarnished reputation of Saudi Arabia as a country with the least respect for human rights.

In one its latest moves, Riyadh has taken initial steps to become a fashion capital like Milan, Paris and New York; and of course to distract attention from the underbelly of the kingdom; what critics say is an explicit act of "fashion-washing".

In early March, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia announced that it would be published in Saud Arabia as the first international luxury fashion magazine. Shortly after, leading men’s lifestyle magazine Esquire Middle East said it would publish Esquire Saudi.

The publication of these two prestigious magazines in Saudi Arabia is going to come along with a series of luxury VIP parties and workshops from well-known masters in the fashion industry.

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Biden Admin Rejected MBS Visit US, Leaked Secret Cable Says.

A leaked secret cable from Saudi King Salman (in Arabic) details Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) efforts to end the US ban on his visits to Washington and meetings with President Joe Biden. 2

The King’s cable was sent to the Saudi Investment Authority, the Foreign Ministry and the Saudi Cabinet Secretariat.

The cable was leaked by a group calling itself “Mijhar AlJazeera” that has a trove of secret Saudi documents, according to one of its members who spoke to @GulfInstitute. These documents maybe have been obtained through hacking or from insiders who leaked them. 6/

King Salman created a professional team to urgently leverage Saudi investments in the US and the help from Saudi Monarchy’s American friends and allies to pressure the State Department to end travel restrictions on MBS. 2/

The King asks that MBS be allowed to visit the US and meet with Biden ASAP, or get Biden to visit the Kingdom. The secret cable signed by King Salman was sent April 8.

The King asks that MBS be allowed to visit the US and meet with Biden ASAP, or get Biden to visit the Kingdom. The secret cable signed by King Salman was sent April 8. 3/

The cable referenced a March 29 letter from Saudi Ambassador Reema bint Bandar @rbalsaud conveying the refusal of the State Department for an MBS visit and meeting with Biden. 5/

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Prominent female Saudi activist summoned in relation to case

Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights activist was summoned by security officials on Sunday and informed of a supreme court decision that ultimately upholds her initial conviction, relatives told The Associated Press.

The twists and turns of Loujain al-Hathloul’s case have drawn international attention and brought focus to a wider crackdown on rights activists and perceived government critics in Saudi Arabia


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Disturbing news that the #Saudi Monarchy has once again arrested @LoujainHathloul in a clear message to @POTUS

who commanded her release just few months ago. #MBS is testing @JoeBiden

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Employment in Saudi Arabia — a new facade, but the same old master-slave relationship

In 2019 the Ministry of Labour underwent a makeover and became the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development. A transition that may have given employees across the Kingdom hope that they may begin to be treated as a resource and a human rather than just labour.

On March the 14th 2021, the long awaited amendments to the employer-employee relationship came into effect and Arab News published an article entitled: “Expat workers rejoice as Saudi Arabia’s labor reforms usher in new era.” (

The article went on to state: “Under changes to the kafala sponsorship system, foreign workers in the private sector will have improved job mobility, and be able to change jobs and leave the country without employers’ consent.”

Regrettably,this is not true. There is no ‘new era’ as they put it. Once your employer has issued a final exit visa, only they can cancel it. Where is the ‘improved job mobility’? Where is the ability ‘to change jobs without employers’ consent’?

Granting sponsors this level of power over their employees enables the extortion of money for visa transfers as the final exit visa must first be cancelled prior to the transfer. Mine asked for $6,666.66. Quite an apt number given the malevolent nature of the request.

When you convey this to Ministry officials they typically respond: “Oh no, that’s illegal.” But none of them actually do anything about it.

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Saudi and UAE condemn Israel over Palestinian clashes at Al-Aqsa

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Crown Prince and Pakistani PM hold key talks, seek to boost bilateral ties

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Saudi Authorities Arbitrarily Arrests Over 100 Female Activists

In recent years, the Saudi authorities have arbitrarily launched a campaign of arrests of more than 100 female activists.

The authorities released half of the detainees, while the rest of the women are behind bars in various circumstances, ranging from bad to worse, according to the Saudi Leaks website.

The authorities retaliated against the women for using social media as a platform to remind the situation of women and demanding its improvement, which did not please Bin Salman.

Julia Legner, an international human rights defender, said that the Saudi female detainees are fighting for women's rights, and that they should be celebrated instead of being tried as criminals.

My comment: It’s rather odd to find this report on the Houthi newsiste. The Houthis aren’t any better: Look at cp5.

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Saudi Arabia-Iran rapprochement: What is driving push for diplomacy?

Facing a new US administration and setbacks in its regional policies, Riyadh has softened its tone on Iran amid reports of bilateral talks

Even by the standards of the ever-shifting geopolitics of the Middle East, bin Salman's turn from talks of war to wanting neighbourly relations with Iran is a sharp one.

With Donald Trump gone, a new US administration pursuing talks with the Iranian government, and the Houthis intensifying attacks against the kingdom, the crown prince is now looking to diplomacy after years of aggressive foreign policy failed to produce desired results.

"It's really amazing, the change. Just the tone is quite different," said Jean-François Seznec, an expert in Saudi affairs and a scholar at the Atlantic Council and Middle East Institute.

The crown prince, known as MBS, is not confident of the Biden administration's unconditional backing of Saudi Arabia, Seznec told MEE.

"So rather than having to prepare for war with Iran without the full support of the United States, I think they prefer 'let's talk and see what happens'."

Riyadh and Tehran have been holding secret talks since last month to ease tensions between the two countries, according to numerous media reports.

Now the de-facto Saudi ruler is softening his tone, not only on Iran, but also on the kingdom's most direct foes in Yemen - the Houthis.

So what is driving Riyadh's plunge into diplomacy after years of combative posturing?

While the intuitive answer for many Americans may be Biden's election, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a Middle East fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, says the catalyst for the shift predates the Democratic president's ascension to the White House.

A drone attack on major Saudi oil installations in September 2019 exposed the kingdom's vulnerabilities, Ulrichsen said, especially as then-President Trump refused to respond against Iran, the prime suspect in the incident that reportedly cost the kingdom $2bn.

The lack of US action seemed to tell Trump's closest allies in the region, MBS and his Emirati counterpart Mohammed bin Zayed: "You're on your own," Ulrichsen told MEE.

"The US response really changed the regional calculation for MBS and MBZ," he said. "Rather than thinking 'we can always rely on US support no matter what', they felt that they had to at least explore ways to de-escalate tensions, because obviously, they had to find ways to coexist because Iran is their neighbour."

Ulrichsen added that Trump's loss to Biden, who is seeking talks with Iran and appears less interested in the Middle East overall amid more immediate issues at home, intensified the Saudi shift to diplomacy.

Sina Toossi, a senior research analyst at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), echoed Ulrichsen's comments. He said Saudi Arabia had put all of its eggs in Trump's basket, but the attack on the Aramco facilities showed the limits of Washington's willingness to protect its Gulf allies.

"That perception that they had a US security guarantee, it was smashed during the Trump era," Toossi told MEE.

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Beaten by MBS and Disappeared: The Case of Sulaiman al-Dowaish

A conservative and controversial religious figure in Saudi Arabia, Dowaish was abducted on April 22, 2016, while on a trip to Mecca—just one day after posting a series of tweets that implicitly criticized Mohammed bin Salman, widely known as MBS. He has not been seen in public or heard from since.

After being detained in Mecca, Dowaish disappeared. According to an eyewitness, he was soon flown to Riyadh, where he was taken, handcuffed and chained, to the office of MBS himself. According to MENA Rights Group's sources, Mohammed bin Salman forced Dowaish onto his knees and began to personally assault him—punching him in the chest and throat, and berating him about his tweets. Dowaish, bleeding excessively from his mouth, lost consciousness.

Dowaish was then kept in an unofficial detention facility located in the basement of a royal palace in Riyadh. According to ALQST's sources, the basement of this palace had been used to imprison and torture high-ranking Saudi officials and rival members of the royal family, by MBS's own entourage. Maher al-Mutreb and Saud al-Qahtani, two members of the notorious "Tiger Squad" hit team responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other Saudi dissidents, were in charge of running the secret prison and personally oversaw the torture of Dowaish.

Individuals who were held in the same basement prison as Dowaish, and who were then transferred to other Saudi detention facilities, later informed Dowaish's family that they had been detained with him.

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On 5 April, Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, a 37-year old Red Crescent worker, was sentenced by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh to 20 years in prison to be followed by a 20-year travel ban on charges relating to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression, and following a trial marred by violations, including possible torture used to extract a “confession”. The Saudi authorities must grant Abdulrahman al-Sadhan’s immediate and unconditional release.

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An imaginary video done by @z3el_ as if Dr. Abdulaziz Aldakheel a former minister of the Saudi government is interviewing #MBS and his late words about the future of #SaudiArabia .

An imaginary video done by @z3el_ as if Essam Alzamil a prominent young economist in Saudi Arabia is interviewing #MBS before being sentenced to 15 years in prison #SaudiArabia .

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Kingdom of Silence

The new documentary traces the evolution of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's attitude toward the Saudi regime.

The Showtime documentary Kingdom of Silence, which traces the deadly evolution of Khashoggi's attitude toward the Saudi regime, poses a couple of puzzles. Despite his oppressive and murderous tendencies, MBS successfully passed himself off in some Western circles as an enlightened reformer. And despite his history as an Osama bin Laden confidante, self-censoring journalist, and apologist for his country's rulers, Khashoggi eventually embraced a political agenda, including freedom of expression and equal rights for women, that was completely at odds with the Saudi government's fundamental illiberalism.

Credulous Americans' positive portrayal of MBS looks like an attempt to prettify the U.S. government's longstanding coziness with loathsome autocrats, always justified by "national interests." It is harder to understand Khashoggi's abiding loyalty to a state that is synonymous with a brutal and corrupt clique of plutocrats.

Khashoggi, who chafed at government control of the news media, was inspired by the Arab Spring, alarmed by arrests of his friends, and disappointed by MBS. But to the end, the insider-turned-outsider imagined that he could nudge the Saudi leader in the right direction through carefully calibrated criticism and praise. That illusion was shattered at the consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi warmly greeted an old acquaintance—one of the assassins who had been sent to silence him

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp7, cp9a

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Letter: Biden must help bring peace to Yemen

Biden can make the United States a force for peace in Yemen. To do that, though, he must: end all U.S. military involvement in the country including arms sales and drone strikes; pressure Saudi Arabia and the UAE to end their suffocating blockade and support a nationwide ceasefire; commit to a peace process that includes all who have suffered under this devastating war; invest massively in peacebuilding and humanitarian aid; and meaningfully support accountability for the harm that’s been done.

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U.S. Special Envoy Lenderking Returns from Travel to Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Jordan

U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking returned on May 6 from travel to Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Jordan. In Saudi Arabia, he held meetings with senior government officials, including Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, to stress the need to ease all restrictions at Hudaydah Port and Sana’a Airport, reach a comprehensive, nationwide ceasefire, and move to inclusive political talks. Separately, U.S. Special Envoy Lenderking and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths met twice with the P5 Ambassadors to Yemen, at the beginning and the end of the trip. The permanent members of the UN Security Council expressed determination to see the conflict resolved.

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Nein, kann nicht weg

Eine härtere Gangart gegenüber dem saudischen Skandalprinzen MSB ist angebracht. Ihn von der Macht zu verdrängen wäre allerdings riskant.

Eines übersehen die Kritiker allerdings: MBS ist inzwischen eine feste Säule im saudischen Entscheidungsgefüge. Mit Unterstützung seines Vaters König Salman hat MBS die Macht so skrupellos an sich gerissen und so erfolgreich gefestigt, dass die USA der einzige verbliebene Akteur ist, der diese Macht wirksam in Schranken halten kann. Mit dem Versuch, MBS zu isolieren, würde Washington nicht seine Entmachtung erzwingen, sondern sich selbst der Möglichkeit berauben, das Verhalten des Kronprinzen international und im eigenen Land in Bahnen zu lenken. Die Vereinigten Staaten werden in dringenden sicherheitspolitischen Fragen im Jemen und in der gesamten Region auf die Kooperation Saudi-Arabiens angewiesen sein und sich deshalb mit MBS arrangieren müssen.

Nachdem er den saudischen Staat fast komplett unter seine Kontrolle gebracht und sich die innerfamiliären Widersacher vom Hals geschafft hat, gibt es nur noch eine Instanz, die MBS in seiner Handlungsfähigkeit einschränken kann: die USA. Wenn MBS seine ambitionierten wirtschaftspolitischen Umbaupläne realisieren will, ist er auf ausländische Investitionen angewiesen.

Jeder Versuch, MBS aus seiner zentralen Position im derzeitigen saudischen Machtgefüge zu entfernen, würde mehr oder weniger auf eine Art Regimewechsel hinauslaufen – und diese Rechnung ist für die USA im Nahen Osten noch nie recht aufgegangen.

Die Biden-Administration wählt einen klügeren, wenn auch steinigeren Weg. Damit steht sie vor der anspruchsvollen Aufgabe, klar zu kommunizieren, welches Verhalten sie MBS durchgehen lassen wird und welches nicht. Als Verbindungskanal zum Kronprinzen sollte Biden als Botschafter ein erfahrenes Schwergewicht ernennen, das den Saudis vermitteln kann, was die Vereinigten Staaten von Saudi-Arabien erwarten: Kooperation zwecks Beendigung des Krieges im Jemen, ein Ende der Angriffe und Schikanen gegen saudische Regimekritiker im Ausland, Hilfe bei der Stärkung der irakischen Regierung (damit sich für Bagdad auf der Suche nach internationaler Unterstützung andere Optionen auftun als der Iran), und umfassende Absprachen mit Washington, damit sich stabilitätsgefährdende Abenteuer wie der Boykott gegen Katar oder die Entführung des libanesischen Premierministers nicht wiederholen.

Als Anreiz könnten die USA anbieten, dass sie Saudi-Arabien helfen, sich von den Öleinnahmen unabhängiger zu machen – allerdings nur unter der Voraussetzung, dass MBS bereit ist, in seinem Land die Rechtstaatlichkeit zu achten – von F. Gregory Gause III

Mein Kommentar: Und?? Was jetzt???

The English version already had been linked before:

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Activist confronts defense industry CEO for company’s role in war crimes

In response, General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic offered no evidence to refute the claims.

An anti-war activist confronted General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic on Wednesday during the company’s shareholders’ meeting, accusing the defense industry giant of profiting off war crimes and arming repressive, undemocratic regimes without “moral reflection.”

Benjamin then listed off a handful of instances in which General Dynamics’ products were involved in gross human rights abuses and civilian deaths during war, including a marketplace bombing in Yemen in 2016 that killed nearly 100 civilians, including 25 children, and former President Trump’s child separation policy at the U.S. southern border.

“I also know that you sell weapons, we, this company, sells weapons to the most repressive dictatorships in the world like Saudi Arabia, like the United Arab Emirates, like Bahrain and provides, through the U.S. Pentagon, weapons to the repressive government of Egypt,”

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

Siehe / Look at cp9

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US-Schiffe feuern erneut Warnschüsse wegen iranischen Booten ab

Im Persischen Golf hat ein US-Kriegsschiff dutzende Warnschüsse gegen Schnellboote der iranischen Revolutionsgarden abgefeuert.

Pentagon-Sprecher John Kirby sagte am Montag, 13 iranische Schnellboote hätten sich mit großer Geschwindigkeit einem Flottenverband aus einem US-U-Boot und sechs Begleitschiffen genähert.

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Iran rejects US claim that speedboats sparked encounter

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard on Tuesday rejected the U.S. Navy’s claim that fast-approaching Iranian speedboats in the Strait of Hormuz sparked a tense encounter in the already sensitive region.

The Guard’s website,, published a statement Tuesday saying Americans were guilty of using “false narratives and unprofessional behavior” and should more strictly “abide by international regulations.” Specifically, the statement said the Guard’s navy warned the U.S. vessels to stop their “provocative and aimless shooting.”


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US ship fires warning shots in encounter with Iranian boats

A group of 13 armed speedboats of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard made “unsafe and unprofessional” high-speed maneuvers toward U.S. Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter fired warning shots when two of the Iranian boats came dangerously close, U.S. officials said.

It was the second time in two weeks that a U.S. ship opened fire to warn vessels of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.

and by Navy:

My comment: A US “Coast Guard” vessel in the Persian Gulf guarding which coast? The US coast in the Persian Gulf?

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Iran bestätigt Gespräche mit Erzrivale Saudi-Arabien

Der Iran hat erstmals Gespräche mit seinem Erzrivalen Saudi-Arabien bestätigt und sein Bemühen um eine Lösung der Probleme zwischen beiden Staaten zugesichert.

“Die Deeskalation der Spannungen zwischen den beiden muslimischen Ländern in der Region am Persischen Golf liegt im Interesse beider Nationen und der Region”, sagte der Sprecher des Außenministeriums in Teheran, Said Chatibsadeh, auf der wöchentlichen im Fernsehen übertragenen Pressekonferenz. Die iranische Regierung warte das Ergebnis der Gespräche ab. Der Iran begrüße eine Lösung der Probleme zwischen beiden Staaten, sagte Chatibsadeh. “Wir werden diesbezüglich unsere größten Anstrengungen unternehmen.”

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Iran confirms talks with Saudi Arabia, promises best efforts

Iran confirmed publicly for the first time on Monday that it is in talks with its regional arch rival Saudi Arabia, saying it would do what it could to resolve issues between them.

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The Iran-Saudi Arabia normalisation process

From Iran's point of view, the tensions between the two countries are rooted in issues such as the interference of supra-regional powers in the internal and external affairs of countries in the region, Iran's exclusion from the dialogue process on regional issues and Saudi Arabia's historical hostility based on identity and sectarianism. On the other side of the field, Saudi Arabia, especially during the reign of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, has looked at Iran with pessimism, and because of the illusion of hostility to Iran, has seen any Iranian power-seeking in the region to its detriment. In line with this hostile approach, Riyadh denies the role of Iran's stabilisation in the Middle East, especially on the issue of Iran's nuclear programme, as well as highlighting the Shia element in light of the recent Arab Spring developments.

It should not be expected that all the problems of Iran and Saudi Arabia will be resolved in the current negotiations, but the two countries can focus on political and economic development by reducing the scope of tensions. Continued support for ethnic and religious minorities in the region can still increase tensions between the two countries. A possible Iran-US agreement is a good opportunity for Iran to rebuild the poor economic conditions created by US sanctions. Iran should try to resolve tensions with its neighbours after a possible agreement by reviewing its foreign policy to provide conditions for attracting technology and foreign capital for all projects in all its economic-industrial sectors.

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Drone attack on Iraqi base hosting US troops; no casualties

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What is Yemen Part in New Tone of Saudi Crown Prince on Iran?

Based on the words of Prince Muhammad bin Salman in his aforementioned statement, regarding the relationship with Iran, several basic points can be concluded that define or affect the relationship between the two parties, namely:

Iran's position and influence in the region, specifically its relationship with several countries and actors in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon, and its military and strategic capabilities, which Saudi Arabia has always opposed.

In addition to the Iranian influence in the region - mentioned above - the Iranian nuclear project or Iran's nuclear capabilities and missile capabilities are other reasons. These two points are practically considered one of the most influential points in the Israeli enemy, a matter that the young prince indicated to the need to find a radical solution to it before correcting the relationship with Iran, as if in that he is speaking in the name of the Zionist entity or placing the dispelling of Israel's concerns at the basis of correcting the Saudi-Iranian relationship.

Especially since everyone knows, especially those who are serious observers of Iranian influence and capabilities, nuclear or missile, that the latter, in practice, only targets "Israel", because it is a historical enemy usurping the land and sanctities. Apart from that, Iran is not interested in using these capabilities to target any regional, Arab or Gulf party at all.

Therefore, while practically no change has occurred in the points related to Iranian influence or nuclear or missile capabilities, so that they may be a factor affecting the change in the Saudi Crown Prince's view and stance on Iran, what remains is only the position on the war on Yemen, which is supposed to be behind this switch.

After 6 years of the war on Yemen, which was supposed to end with the achievement of Saudi Arabia's goals within a few weeks as a maximum, the issue was no longer a defense issue for the Yemeni interior only, but the confrontation developed into beyond the Yemeni border to the north, the strategic depth of the Kingdom and its national security are seriously threatened.

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Hezbollah leader backs Iran talks with US, Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia wants to see “verifiable deeds” from talks with Iran, says official

A Saudi foreign ministry official said on Friday that talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran aim to reduce regional tensions, but added it was too early to judge the outcome and Riyadh wanted to see “verifiable deeds”.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran Are Starting to Solve Their Differences Without America

Turns out not every problem in the Middle East needs our help.

The development might also serve as a lesson for U.S. foreign policy broadly—a sign that Washington doesn’t need to involve itself in every conflict in the world, that sometimes its self-vaunted role as a peacekeeper or mediator only heightens tensions, and that sometimes it’s best to let local powers work through their problems on their own.

By all accounts, this shift was spurred by recognition that the United States is moving away from the Middle East. A senior Biden adviser told me, during the transition between election and inauguration, that the region would rank “a distant fourth” in Biden’s priorities, after Asia Pacific, Europe, and South America.

Biden’s pushback also marks a departure from President Obama’s policy, which, in many ways, perpetuated Washington’s accommodation of Saudi interests—a carryover from U.S. policy dating back to just after World War II—despite his avid desire to “pivot” away from the region.

What would have happened if Obama had rejected the Saudis’ request for a green light and simply pursued what he saw as U.S. interests—signing the Iran nuclear deal, perhaps sympathizing with Saudi concerns, pledging to counter any and all acts of Iranian aggression in the region, but also saying, “No, we’re not going to help you wage your dirty war in Yemen”? The Saudis would have expressed outrage. Other Sunni powers in the region might have joined in. But then what? What would they have done to weaken U.S. power, influence, interests, or values?

Ignore moral values for a moment. Is there any reason, on strictly geopolitical grounds, for an American president to accommodate Saudi interests when they compromise our own? No.

Letting Saudi Arabia and Iran reach some modus operandi on their own does not reflect a decline of American power, nor is anyone likely to see it that way. It’s more likely to be seen as a sensible end to the squandering of our resources.

My comment: The world does not need US interference at all.

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Iran won’t accept new nuclear demands of US, Europeans: Press TV

Press TV learned on Thursday the US and the European signatories to the deal apparently want the destruction of Iran’s new-generation centrifuges in return for a temporary suspension of some of the sanctions related to the nuclear deal, officially titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

This is while under the JCPOA, Iran’s advanced centrifuges — including IR-4, IR-6 and IR-9 — must be stored away under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and not destroyed.

Press TV obtained information that not only Iran will not give in to the excessive demands of the Westerners, but in case of insistence on the part of the other side, the possibility of the JCPOA, and not just the negotiations in Vienna, unraveling altogether will be real.

The new demands, meant to impose new nuclear commitments on Iran, have been put forward while the US has not even agreed to remove all the JCPOA-related sanctions -- a condition set by Tehran for a possible US return to the nuclear deal.

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Talks ‘intensify’ on bringing US back to Iran nuclear deal

World powers held a fourth round of high-level talks Friday aimed at bringing the United States back into the nuclear deal with Iran, with both sides signaling a willingness to work out the major stumbling blocks.

The talks began in Austria in early April. Russian delegate Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted following Friday’s meeting that “the participants agreed on the need to intensify the process.”

“The delegations seem to be ready to stay in Vienna as long as necessary to achieve the goal,” he wrote.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, Biden said he believed the Iranians were approaching the talks seriously.

Still unresolved is what Iran’s return to compliance would look like. Delegates to the Vienna talks concede, for example, that Iranian nuclear scientists cannot unlearn the knowledge they acquired in the last three years, but it is not clear whether Iran’s new centrifuges would need to be destroyed, mothballed and locked away, or simply taken offline.

Because the U.S. is currently out of the deal, there were no American representatives at the talks. Diplomats involved are shuttling between the Iranian side and a delegation from Washington elsewhere in Vienna.

Iran’s delegate to the talks, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, told Iranian state television after the meeting that his impression was that all sides were committed to finding a solution.

Alain Matton, a spokesperson for the EU delegation, which is chairing the meetings, said the expert discussions will continue in the days ahead.

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Observers Urge US to Address Iran Nuclear Threat During Talks to Revive Deal

Observers say the threat of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East cannot be ignored and must be tackled, even as Iran demands an end to crippling U.S. sanctions. Analysts also say that the wide-ranging activities of Iranian-backed Shiite militias and missiles in the region need to be addressed.

Along with other observers, David Schenker, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former Trump administration Middle East advisor, says Iran is desperate for sanctions relief as it demands all punitive measures be lifted before it returns to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA. But Schenker argues that the U.S. should leverage the current talks also to deal with Iran’s malign behavior and that of its proxies in the region.

“If enough sanctions are lifted, there’ll be insufficient leverage … to get the Iranians to discuss any of the other elephants in the room. That is the missiles and the Iranian backed Shiite militias that are running amok in the Middle East. From Iraq to Yemen to Syria to Lebanon, Iran seems to be pursuing its own maximum pressure campaign against the Biden administration in an effort to gain concessions at the negotiating table on the nuclear deal,” he said.

My comment: This would be making the talks fail. The deal either can be reanimated as it has been or not. All other points could be talked about later. But obviously, Israel’s nuclear force, Israel’s permanent attacks against Syria and Lebanon, the US malign behaviour in the region and a removal of non-Mid Eastern military from the region (mainly US) also must come on the table.

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US says fate of nuclear pact up to Iran as talks resume

The Biden administration is signaling that Iran shouldn’t expect major new concessions from the United States as a new round of indirect nuclear talks is set to resume.

A senior administration official told reporters Thursday that the U.S. has laid out the concessions it’s prepared to make in order to rejoin the landmark 2015 nuclear deal that former President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2018. The official said success or failure now depends on Iran making the political decision to accept those concessions and to return to compliance with the accord.

The comments came after Secretary of State Antony Blinken complained of Iranian intransigence in the talks during a visit to Ukraine.

“What we don’t know is whether Iran is actually prepared to make the decisions necessary to return to full compliance with the nuclear agreement,” Blinken said in an interview with NBC News in Kyiv. “They unfortunately have been continuing to take steps that are restarting dangerous parts of their program that the nuclear agreement stopped. And the jury is out on whether they’re prepared to do what’s necessary.”

Iran has thus far given no indication it will settle for anything less than a full lifting of all the Trump sanctions and has balked at suggestions it would have to reverse all of the steps it has taken that violate the deal. Iranian officials have in recent weeks said the U.S. has offered significant, but not sufficient sanctions relief, but they have not outlined exactly what they would do in return.

The administration official said the United States is ready to return to the explicit terms of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, as they were negotiated by the Obama administration, but only if Iran will do the same.

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Leaked documents show details of failed Arab-American bid to form anti-Iran coalition

A Lebanese newspaper has published top-secret documents outlining details of a failed plan by former US president Donald Trump and certain Arab countries in the region, particularly Saudi Arabia, to form a large regional coalition against Iran.

According to al-Akhbar newspaper, the documents show that Trump began to lure its allies in the Middle East into forming an anti-Iran front months after his first foreign trip to Riyadh as the president of the United States.

Trump’s plan, under the names “the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA)” and the “Arab NATO”, was accompanied by his milking of the Arab countries while going on with implementing the so-called maximum pressure policy against Iran, the report said.

The report also revealed that Saudi Arabia was very enthusiastic about and had faith in Trump’s strategy and put all its eggs in his basket while raising its hopes to unrealistic levels.

According to a confidential Saudi document dated July 4, 2019, the US demanded that all parties must “accelerate arms deals” with the United States, the Lebanese paper reported, hinting at Trump’s famous phrase that “they need to pay” for Washington’s support.

It added that the document exempts the US from taking “any military action” in the event of attacks against those countries, making the Saudis realize that such deals give “important benefits to the US” without imposing any burdens on it, while giving “very limited benefits to other countries, including the Kingdom.”

Al-Akhbar argued that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain’s insistence on the necessity of confronting Iran and its “regional wings” as the main focus of the alliance shows that they were skeptical about the intentions of the US for the creation of the so-called Arab NATO.

According to the leaked documents, minutes of a coordination meeting between the Persian Gulf states at the headquarters of the Saudi military attaché in Washington show that the Saudis were concerned about a lack of commitment on the American side and also about the fact that it did not offer any benefits to the member states.

“We want the coalition to be limited to the military-security aspect only, and to include sources of threats, in addition to the possibility of establishing strategic partnerships with other allied countries,” the head of the Saudi delegation said at the meeting.

At that meeting, Bahrain wanted the US to be more severe with regard to confronting “Iranian threats,” while worrying that Washington might not remain committed to the alliance.

Citing the leaked documents, al-Akhbar said the main objective of the United States’ proposal was said to be “building institutions to create power against the Iranian aggression, terrorism and extremism, and promoting economic growth and diversity.”

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Boris Johnson’s new ethics adviser works for arms company

The government’s new ministerial ethics adviser, Lord Geidt, is paid by the global arms company BAE Systems, openDemocracy can reveal.

As former private secretary to the Queen, the government said Christopher Geidt had a “distinguished record of impartial public service” and would clear up the sleaze scandal engulfing Westminster.

But Geidt is also a member of the International Advisory Board for BAE Systems, which has long faced allegations of corruption and bribery.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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»Ist schon jetzt mitverantwortlich für Tote«

Rüstungskonzern Rheinmetall in Kritik für Waffenexport auch in Krisengebiete. Bundesweit Proteste.

Anlässlich der Hauptversammlung von Rheinmetall an diesem Dienstag gibt es bundesweit Proteste. Das Aktionsbündnis »Rheinmetall entrüsten« wird vor der Konzernzentrale in Düsseldorf demonstrieren. Was kritisieren Sie?

Wir werden mit einer Bombenattrappe und einer Aktie, an der Blut klebt, verdeutlichen, dass die Friedensbewegung die Waffenexportpolitik und die Rüstungsproduktion ablehnt. Rheinmetall soll für den NATO-Markt keine Waffen, Munition und Panzer produzieren; erst recht nicht für Exporte in Länder, die an Kriegen wie in Jemen oder Libyen beteiligt sind.

Ein großer Erfolg war, dass wir Exporte von Tochtergesellschaften des Konzerns in Italien stoppen konnten.

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Aufruf an Rheinmetall-Investoren: Keine Profite aus Krieg und Leid im Jemen

Einen Tag vor der Hauptversammlung des größten in Deutschland ansässigen Rüstungsherstellers veröffentlichen Menschenrechtsgruppen heute aktuelle Recherchen über die Rolle des Konzerns in Krisen und Kriegen der Welt.

Vertreter der südafrikanischen Menschenrechtsorganisation Open Secrets präsentieren im Rahmen eines Webinars heute um 13 Uhr neue Belege, die darauf hindeuten, dass Rheinmetall-Munition bei Angriffen auf Zivilisten im Jemen eingesetzt wurde.


cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Turkish foreign minister visits Saudi Arabia in move to mend ties

Turkey’s policy shift was driven by its desire for more investment and trade opportunities, its realization of the limits of unilateralism and desire to hedge against its increasingly erratic relationships with great powers

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Expert says Israel playing overt, fundamental role in Yemen’s Ma’rib battle

An expert on Yemen’s political affairs says Israel has been playing an overt, fundamental role in the battle in Ma’rib province, which has been central to the Sana’a government’s fight to gain control over all of the war-torn country’s territory.

“Israel has played an overt, vital role in the battle of Ma’rib in particular and throughout Yemen in general,” Zayd Ahmad al-Grsy said in an interview with Press TV.

“Any movement of the United Arab Emirates, whether in the Red Sea, south of Yemen, Socotra Island and other islands, is an Israeli action carried out by the Tel Aviv regime under the cover of Abu Dhabi,” al-Grsy said.

He stressed that all of the UAE's movements are carried out with the aim of achieving the Israeli regime’s goals.

The political analyst maintained that Israel has been directly involved in the war against Yemen, reiterating that the regime’s role is completely obvious in the Ma’rib battle.

In March, Israel's major aerospace and aviation manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), announced the plan, saying it will work with UAE’s state-owned weapons maker EDGE to build the system in order “to detect, identify, classify, and intercept a broad range of threats.”

Al-Grsy said Israel has been training militants in the UAE and in its military bases in Eritrea, and has a presence in the command room of Ma’rib operations alongside Saudi, Emirati and American officers.

Certain reports show that Israeli fighters and espionage drones are also involved in the Ma’rib battle, he added.

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Interpol: UAE Official’s Candidacy Raises Human Rights Alarms

Emirates Have Notoriously Abusive State Security Apparatus

The candidacy of a United Arab Emirates (UAE) Interior Ministry official for president of Interpol may jeopardize the global police organization’s commitment to its human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) said today.

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Saudi and UAE condemn Israel over Palestinian clashes at Al-Aqsa

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If Houthis decide attacking, UAE to face Saudi fate: RGC commander

The United Arab Emirates will face the same fate as Saudi Arabia if the Houthis decide to attack Abu Dhabi, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corpse (RGC) said Wednesday.

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Dubai luxury home market soars as world’s rich flee pandemic

After nearly three decades in London, Christophe Reech was fed up with the city’s pandemic lockdowns. This spring, he sold his luxury townhouse and jetted off to the desert sheikhdom of Dubai to start a new life with his family.

There was no turning back, he said. The French business magnate’s super wealthy foreign friends were doing the same, driving an unprecedented surge in sales of Dubai’s most-exclusive properties.

“Here in Dubai, there’s only one strategy: Business as usual,” said Reech, the chairman of an eponymous group that owns real estate and financial technology companies. The philosophy is simple: “Let’s make sure everyone’s vaccinated and keep everything open.”

“Of course that attracts people like me,” he said.

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Qatar ruler in Saudi Arabia for first time since rift eased

Qatar’s ruling emir visited Saudi Arabia on Monday for the first time since signing a declaration with the kingdom and other Arab Gulf states to ease a years-long rift and end an embargo that had frayed ties among important U.S. allies and security partners.

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was greeted at the airport by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Red Sea city of Jiddah, according to Saudi and Qatari state-run media.

The meeting highlights how ties between the neighbors are improving following a decision earlier this year by Saudi Arabia to end its more than three-year-long embargo of the tiny and wealthy Gulf state. It also signals a Saudi reset in foreign policy as a new administration led by President Joe Biden reassess U.S.-Saudi ties.

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Gulf states and Iran should agree on format for dialogue, says Qatari minister

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said on Thursday that Gulf Arab states and Iran need to agree on a format to address concerns and ease regional tensions.

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Sudan says Ethiopian peacekeepers deported to refugee camp

Sudanese authorities on Sunday deported around three dozen Ethiopian peacekeepers, working on the U.N. mission in Darfur, to a refugee camp, the state-run news agency reported.

Al-Fateh Ibrahim Mohammed, head of the refugee agency in North Darfur province, said the troops are among 120 Ethiopian forces from the Tigrayan ethnic group, who have sought asylum in Sudan after their stay ended earlier this year, according to the SUNA news agency.

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Congo leader visits Sudan, Egypt for talks on Nile dispute

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US envoy in Sudan in a bid to resolve Ethiopia’s dam dispute

uring his two-day visit, Jeffrey Feltman is expected to hold talks with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and foreign and irrigation ministers, the state-run news agency reported.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Die US-Marine hat im Arabischen Meer ein staatenloses Segelschiff mit Tausenden Waffen abgefangen, darunter Sturm- und Maschinengewehre sowie Panzerabwehrwaffen. Außerdem seien Scharfschützengewehre und Visiere beschlagnahmt worden, teilte die 5. Flotte der US-Marine in Bahrain mit. Die Waffen seien russischer und chinesischer Herstellung. Aus welchem Land sie kommen und wohin sie verschifft werden sollten, werde untersucht. Die Besatzung wurde befragt und dann freigelassen.

Der Verdacht richtete sich schnell gegen den Iran, der im Jemen die schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen unterstützt. =



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Riesige Waffenlieferung an Islamistenmiliz abgefangen

Diese Waffen waren für Islamisten im Jemen bestimmt, jetzt sind sie sichergestellt.

Die US-Marine hat im Nord-Arabischen Meer ein staatenloses Segelschiff eingenommen und dabei Tausende Waffen beschlagnahmt.

Fotos und Videos, die von der 5. US-Flotte veröffentlicht wurden, zeigen die beschlagnahmten Waffen an Bord des Lenkwaffenkreuzers USS Monterey. Zu sehen sind Hunderte großkalibrige Gewehre vom Typ AM-50 Sayyad, russische Panzerabwehrlenkwaffen des Typs AT-4, iranische Panzerbüchsen vom Typ Saegheh sowie chinesische und iranische Nachbauten von Scharfschützengewehren des Typs SVD, Sturmgewehren des Typs AK-47 sowie Maschinengewehren des Typs PKM.

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US Navy seizes arms shipment in Arabian Sea amid Yemen war

The U.S. Navy announced Sunday it seized an arms shipment hidden aboard a vessel in the Arabian Sea, the latest such interdiction by sailors amid the long-running war in Yemen.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey discovered the weapons aboard what the Navy described as a stateless dhow, a traditional Mideast sailing ship, in an operation that began Thursday in the northern reaches of the Arabian Sea.

The weapons seized included Chinese-made, Kalashnikov-style assault rifles, sniper rifles, heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

The Navy did not identify where it believed the shipment originated.

However, the assortment of arms aboard the dhows mirrored other shipments interdicted by the U.S. and allied forces in the region that later were described to be heading to Yemen

and also (with films, photos)

Film, photos: (thread)

Comment: How MSM sugarcoats the role of the #US in the war on #Yemen:

''The seizure, one of several amid the yearslong war in Yemen, comes as the U.S. and others try to end a conflict that spawned one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. The arms shipment, described as sizeable, shows that the war may still have far to run.''


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US confiscates massive arms shipment off coast of Oman, Yemen - analysis

It was not clear who were the crew of the dhow. The Monterey tracked the ship for 36 hours, watching it, before grabbing the material and boarding the vessel. “After all illicit cargo was removed, the dhow was assessed for seaworthiness, and after questioning, its crew was provided food and water before being released.”

There is lack of clarity as to why the weapons were confiscated by the crew released. Considering the value of the arms might be in the millions of dollars, it would be strange that the crew is entirely innocent and not involved in moving the weapons.


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U.S. Navy seizes weapons in Arabian Sea

When laid out on the deck of the Monterey, the scale of the find came into focus. Sailors found nearly 3,000 Chinese Type 56 assault rifles, a variant of the Kalashnikov. They recovered hundreds of other heavy machine guns and sniper rifles, as well as dozens of advanced, Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles. The shipments also included several hundred rocket-propelled grenade launchers and optical sights for weapons.

The Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet did not identify where the weapons originated, nor where they were going. However, an American defense official said the weapons resembled those of other shipments interdicted bounded for the Houthis.

Based on interviews with the crew and material investigated on board, the sailors determined the vessel came from Iran, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.

“After all illicit cargo was removed, the dhow was assessed for seaworthiness, and after questioning, its crew was provided food and water before being released,” the 5th Fleet said in a statement.

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Italian weapons: half of exports go to North Africa and the Middle East

From Egypt to Yemen, from Libya to Iraq: most of the Italian weapons have been exported for 5 years to the hottest areas of the planet. With all due respect to the Constitution, which repudiates war as a means of resolving disputes. Here's a preview of a detailed analysis of the government's latest report on the matter

In the area of greatest tension in the world ( war in Syria and Yemen , conflicts in Libya and Iraq ), where very serious violations of human rights persist ( Egypt and the Gulf monarchies) and of the rights of peoples (such as Palestinians , Sahrawis , Kurds) was also directed in 2020, for the fifth consecutive year, most of the arms exported from our country.

This can be deduced from the reading of the “ Report on the operations authorized and carried out for the control of the export, import and transit of armament materials ” sent to the Chambers on April 27

The trend of record military exports to North African and Middle Eastern countries, the so-called "Mena countries", was inaugurated by the Renzi government in 2016 (8.6 billion euros of authorized operations to this area of ​​the world, equal to 58.8% ) and continued in 2017 during the Gentiloni government (4.6 billion, equal to 48.5%) and in 2018 with first Gentiloni and then Conte (2.3 billion, equal to 48.3%), in 2019 with the Conte I and II governments (1.3 billion, equal to 32.6%) and, in fact, in 2020, with the Conte II government (1.5 billion, equal to 38.7%).

Overall, military exports to the Mena area amounted to over 18.4 billion euros , equal to just under half (49.8%) of all authorizations issued in the last five years: a figure that largely exceeds that of arms licenses from EU-NATO countries (13.9 billion, equal to 37.9%).

The continuation and consistency of these operations clearly indicate the policy of military exports by recent governments to which the parliament - which has the function of controlling the executive's activity - should devote specific attention.

Exporting half of the Italian military systems to countries outside the main political and military alliances of Italy (EU and NATO), and in particular in the area of ​​greatest tension in the world and to repressive regimes, can no longer be considered a marginal or irrelevant issue .

Limiting ourselves to the last five years, the main contracts include the 28 Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role fighters in Kuwait worth 7.3 billion euros authorized in 2016 to the state-controlled group Leonardo (read Italian weapons for authoritarian regimes ).

The contract, the following year, from Qatar for 24 Typhoons, of which Leonardo is part together with the British prime contractor BAE Systems and the contract, also with Doha, of Fincantieri for four corvettes, an amphibious ship and two patrol vessels, all including of combat and missiles, worth over 3.8 billion euros (read Arms export: Italy touches the record by selling to authoritarian regimes ).

And, again with Qatar , in 2018, for Leonardo 's supply of 28 NH-90 helicopters worth over 3 billion euros until last year, when the new entry, the company M21 Srl , was awarded the license for 2 midget submarines worth 190 million euros: they are mini-submarines that could be used for surveillance functions, but also for raids and attacks on merchant ships and oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.

In 2020, for the second consecutive year, Egypt is the main buyer of Italian military systems. To the license issued in 2019 to the Leonardo group for 24 AW149 helicopters plus eight AW189, all equipped with machine guns, worth 871 million euros (read Italian weapons: export business drops (slightly), violations continue ), yes Last year, the authorization to Fincantieri of two multi-role Fremm frigates worth 990 million euros was added, including all the most advanced war systems that we have already reported (see " Arms to Egypt: Italy aims at contract of the century , but the activists are not there "and"Arms to Egypt: Italy continues to sell them, but there is no collaboration for Regeni " ).

Despite the continuing internal repression, licenses were also issued in 2020 to provide Egyptian military apparatuses with light weapons, ammunition and military training equipment .

Italian weapons in Yemen: licenses for bombs to Saudi Arabia revoked

The Conte government , however, distinguished itself, this time positively, for a fundamental act: the revocation of the export licenses of bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Wie finden Journalist:innen raus, was stimmt? Bayerischer Rundfunk

Philipp Grüll hat als preisgekrönter Investigativjournalist deutsche Waffen im Jemen aufgespürt.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Iranische Botschaft widerspricht Türkei: Keine Entsendung von Truppen aus Syrien in den Jemen

Die türkische Nachrichtenagentur "Anadolu" hatte behauptet, Iran entsende 120 Kräfte aus Syrien in den Jemen. Weitere könnten bald folgen. Die iranische Botschaft dementiert. Man habe immer ein "Ende des Krieges" und eine "politische Lösung" unterstützt.

Die Türkei aber will über Informationen verfügen, wonach sich Iran militärisch beteiligt. Insgesamt 120 Kräfte aus Deir ez-Zor habe Iran in den Jemen geschickt, um dort die Ansarullah-Bewegung zu unterstützen, ließ die türkische Nachrichtenagentur Anadolu verlauten. Die Türkei beruft sich dabei auf lokale Quellen. Auch wird darauf hingedeutet, dass weitere Kämpfer – abhängend vom Erfolg der ersten Truppe – folgen könnten.

Die iranische Botschaft in Ankara schrieb am Sonntag auf ihrem Twitter-Auftritt zu den Vorwürfen:

"Eine solche Behauptung deutet auf einen Mangel an Informationen über die Realität vor Ort hin."

"Diese irreale Behauptung steht im Widerspruch zum Vorgehen der Islamischen Republik Iran in dem katastrophalen und unmenschlichen Krieg gegen das jemenitische Volk."

Die Botschaft betonte, dass "die Islamische Republik Iran immer ein Ende des Krieges gefordert und die Bemühungen der UNO um eine politische Lösung unterstützt hat".

und auch

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Iranian Embassy Rejects Turkish Media’s Claim of Sending Forces from Syria to Yemen

The Iranian embassy in Ankara dismissed Turkish media reports that Iran has sent forces from Syria to Yemen, describing it as a baseless claim.

“Such a claim indicates lack of information about field realities,” the embassy wrote on its official twitter page on Sunday in response to a report released in Turkey’s Anadolu news agency claiming that Iran has dispatched 120 Syrian forces from Deir Ezzur to Yemen to strengthen Ansarullah movement.

“This unreal claim runs counter to the Islamic Republic of Iran's approach to the catastrophic and inhumane war against the Yemeni people,” it added.

The embassy underlined that “the Islamic Republic of Iran has always called for an end to this war (against Yemen) and has supported the UN efforts to find a political solution (to the crisis in the country)”.

and also

referring to

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Iran boosting Yemeni Houthis with Syrian fighters: Local sources

Iran sends 120 Syrian mercenaries to Yemen to fight in ranks of Houthi militias

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which have been fighting in the ranks of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, sent some 120 Syrian mercenaries to Yemen to fight on the side of the Houthi militias, according to local sources as quoted by Anadolu Agency on Friday.
Previously, members of Iran-backed terrorist groups in the Deir ez-Zor province of eastern Syria, the mercenaries will be on an Iranian payroll of $400-500 per month, the sources said on condition of anonymity.
They will be sent to the conflict zones in the war-torn country after a week of training in the capital Sana'a, they noted, adding that depending on the performance of the first group of mercenaries, more fighters could be dispatched to Yemen in the near future. =

My comment: How will they get there? This claim seems to be a revenge for reports that Turkey has sent Al Qaeda militia from Syria to fight in Southern Yemen.

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Saudi-Led Coalition Plans to Hand Over Southern Yemeni Sea Crossing to Al-Qaeda Terrorists, [Sanaa gov.] Official Warns

A senior Yemeni official has warned that the Saudi-led coalition waging a devastating military campaign against the Arab country plans to hand over a strategic sea crossing in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan to members of the al-Qaeda terrorist group.

The [Sanaa gov.] deputy provincial governor of Abyan, Saleh al-Junaidi, warned on Thursday that foreign terrorists and extremist forces have been transferred on at least two occasions to the shores of Abyan – the last of which took place just two days ago, Yemen’s official Saba news agency reported.

Junaidi noted that the Saudi-led alliance is actually seeking to provide al-Qaeda terrorists with a safe haven off the coast of Ahwar district.

He said the Takfiri elements have been transferred from Syria to Abyan to join the ranks of Saudi mercenaries in Yemen.

Dozens of foreign terrorists have been transferred by al-Qaeda members to border areas in the provinces of Abyn and al-Bayda, specifically to terrorist strongholds in the al-Sawma'ah and Dhi Na'im districts of Bayda, Junaidi noted.

The deputy provincial governor of Abyan then accused militants with the al-Qaeda-affiliated Salafist Islah Party of facilitating the docking and loading of unidentified ships off the coast of Abyan province on multiple occasions during the past few weeks.

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Chechen mercenaries reportedly deployed by Saudi occupation force in Ma’rib

Informed sources in Ma’rib province revealed on Wednesday information about the arrival of foreign fighters on board a plane that carried the Prime Minister of Hadi’s government, Moeen Abdul-Malik Saeed, to Ma’rib city.

The sources said that foreign fighters, most of them from Chechnya, arrived in the city of Ma’rib aboard the plane that transported Saeed from Seiyoun city in Hadhramaut province to Ma’rib.

The sources confirmed that helicopters belonging to the Saudi-led coalition forces transported another number of foreign fighters, who were brought to fight in Ma’rib city, without determining from which they were transferred.

Residents in Ma’rib city stated in posts on social media that they saw foreign fighters with orange hair and beards and do not speak Arabic, in the city.

The Al-Hadath Al-Arabiya TV channel published a tweet on its official account on Twitter on June 6, 2020, in which it said that Turkey had begun to recruit mercenary fighters in Syria in order to send them to fight in Yemen.

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Deadly Yemen flash floods damage historic mud-brick town

Flash floods in Yemen brought on by heavy torrential rain have left several people dead and caused widespread damage to homes and buildings in the historic town of Tarim, in the eastern province of Hadhramaut, currently under the governance of the UN-recognised government.

The flooding, which started in the middle of last month, is said to have intensified in recent days with at least five deaths reported on Sunday. According to Arab News, a family of three was killed by debris after a house collapsed in the torrent.

"People have never seen such heavy flooding for the last three decades," one resident is quoted as saying.


My remark: Earlier reporting Yemen War Mosaic 739, cp19.

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Preserving identity of 4 #Yemen #World_Culture_Heritage cities, #SFDHeritage generates #income and fosters the ECONOMIC potential. The activity stimulates enterprise and vocational development. This has been possible with a strong support of @UNESCO_GCCYemen @EUinYemen

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

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Investing in Yemen's long-term sustainable development

How Hayel Saeed Anam Yemen, the country's largest company, is helping its home market meet the UN's 2030 Sustainability Agenda

HSA’s approach to investing in local communities aims to help Yemen achieve some of the fundamental tenets of a prosperous and sustainable economy, environment and society outlined in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the country’s largest company, HSA has played a crucial role in tackling food security challenges, providing employment for tens of thousands of Yemenis and investing in infrastructure.

The SDGs are a set of 17 interconnected global goals seeking to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The goals provide a clear set of common objectives for national governments, civil society and the private sector.

Since its foundation, HSA has been taking action at a local level in Yemen that contributes to meeting three SDGs: fighting hunger; providing decent work and contributing to economic growth; and helping to further industry, innovation and infrastructure. To achieve this, HSA has joined hands with long-standing multinational corporate partners sharing similar values, including Unilever, TetraPak and Hyundai, as well as international humanitarian organisations like the World Health Organisation (WHO), International Medical Corps (IMC) and World Food Programme (WFP).

“HSA’s commitment to the Yemeni people goes beyond the customary aims of corporate citizenship and is deeply rooted in its history,” said Nabil Hayel Saeed Anam, managing director of HSA Yemen.

Established in the 1930s as a single shop in Aden by four Yemeni brothers from the Saeed Anam family, by the 1970s HSA had become an industrial pioneer and significant trading power across MENA, expanding into Southeast Asia and Europe.

“Throughout the conflict, HSA has committed to maintaining its operations as a way of continuing to remain a central part of the lives of those we touch – our employees, customers or wider communities that rely on our goods and services every day.”

My comment: Beware of companies claiming philanthropy.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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#AlQaeda in #Yemen issues new statement calling for #intifada to avenge #Israel's plans to annex parts of east #Jerusalem. Urges all Muslims to attack Jews with "bombs, missiles, guns, knives, catapults, rocks" & to target Jewish interests & embassies worldwide.

cp15 Propaganda

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Das schändliche Verhalten der Huthi-Miliz stoppen

Es ist an der Zeit, dass Europa und die EU ihren Ansatz zur Lösung des Konfliktes im Jemen verändern.

Die Huthi-Miliz hat Europa und der Welt mehr als einen Beweis geliefert, dass sie eine totalitäre, feindlich gesinnte Miliz ist, die nicht an politische Arbeit glaubt. In diesem Zusammenhang darf Europa vier Hauptereignisse, die diese zahlreichen Beweisen bilden, nicht vergessen:

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Head of the Kingdom's mission to the European Union: Saudi Arabia is keen on the security and stability of #Yemen and will not accept any distortion of its original history

The Houthi militia’s continued waste of successive peace opportunities, starting with the Geneva, Kuwait and Stockholm negotiations, and ending with the Kingdom’s recent initiative to end the Yemeni crisis.

This reveals to the international community the aggressive, criminal reality of this militia, which turned against the legitimacy and took control of the capital, Sana’a, with clear support from the Iranian regime, which confirms to the world once After another, the legitimacy of the request submitted by the legitimate Yemeni government led by H.E President-elect Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and there is no room for those familiar with the Yemeni crisis to question the seriousness of the aggressive actions and humanitarian disasters of the Houthi coup militia in serving Iran's sabotage agenda and project in the region.

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Yemen: Dueling Delusions

The word from rebel held territory is that Iran is giving the orders now. This began in late 2020 after Iran sent a Quds Force general to be the Iranian ambassador to Yemen.

Despite that the rebels insist that because they occupy the capital and control over a third of the population, they are the real government and their opponents are southern separatists or foreigners. This ignores the fact that many of the people in rebel territory are kept in live via threats to cut off access to food, medical supplies and imported items. Tribes that try to break away risk starvation and a blockade of roadblocks and attacks on smugglers trying to get in. More and more tribes have been able to break away but the rebels have maintained a presence around many towns and cities and see the capture of Marib province as essential to maintaining their legitimacy.

The new Iranian “ambassador” came to Yemen mainly to supervise Iranian support for combat operations and take a more direct role in running the war. Quds felt so confident that they bluntly rejected recent UN and American offers for ceasefire talks and instead increased the number of offensive operations.

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With Coalition blockade still in place, such huge arms shipments still make it to Houthis

One feature of what Yemenis say is an international conspiracy to reinforce the victory of the Shiit terror network is a suspicious stubborn media campaign calling for lifting the ‘blockade’ on Houthi-controlled Sana’a Airport and Hodeidah Seaport where civilian (commercial goods and humanitarian aid) already enter the country smoothly.

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Yemenis say UN’s frmr envoy is completing his mission of strengthening Houthi

As part of the deeply-rooted satisfaction in Yemen that the UN is a main supporter of the Houthis in Yemen, Yemeni observers are accusing the UN’s former envoy Jamal Benomar of working to “complete’ his mission of supporting the Shiit terrorist network that with an international conspiracy to their side have destroyed Yemen and gained control over most of Yemen’s north.

Political analyst Abdulnaser Al-Muwade’a said the former UN Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar “has made a forceful comeback - through media channels and an organization he founded - in order to complete his mission of strengthening Houthis.”

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Bakran: Aden Victory Foils Subversive Projects

Aden backed by all the Southerners thwarted the subversive project of the Iranian Houthi militias and Turkey-linked Muslim Brotherhood, said the head of Dar Al-Ma'aref Centre for Research and Statistics, Sa'eed Bakran on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of Aden's Victory Day.
Bakran affirmed in a tweet that "Aden can never be a Persian city, nor will it ever accept to be part of the Ottoman inheritance".
He concluded by saying "Despite all the harm inflicted on Aden's Victory by the legitimacy of treason, it's still glowing in our hearts and reopening the paths into all the cities."

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Honorable Yemeni Position, Major Setback for Normalizing Countries

The fact that this issue has taken root in the Arab and Islamic consciousness, and the issue of Arabs and Muslims has become the central and first, despite the harm done to the Palestinian cause. This year as a result of a number of Arab regimes scrambling to normalize with the Zionist entity, with American and Western blessings.

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Yemeni Council of Ministers Values Saudi Arabia's Support and its Continuous Stances for Yemenis in Various Fields

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[Pro-Hadi gov.] Yemeni clerics' association accuses Houthis of offending Islamic sanctities

Deputy head of the Yemeni clerics' association Mohammed Al-Ameri said on Friday the Houthi group is an Iranian instrument to destabilize the region and offend Saudi Arabia and the two holy mosques and a poisonous dagger in the flank of the Arab and Muslim nation.

The statement was made a day after the Houthi clerics' association said the shortest road to Jerusalem is through the Masjid Al-Haram and the liberation of Mecca from the Saudi regime, the horn of Satan, which has accepted to be a supporter of the Zionist entity.

Such statements expose the hidden intentions and hatred of the Houthi group against the sanctities of the Islamic nation and that it is an Iranian tool to destabilize the region and offend the land of the two holy mosques, Al-Ameri said, according to the state Saba news agency.

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Yemen government vows not to lose ‘existential’ fight in Marib

Yemen’s internationally recognised government is fighting an “existential” battle against the Houthi rebels in Marib and will not lose its last stronghold in the north of the country, a senior Yemeni official vowed on Friday.

Abdullah Al Alimi, chief of staff for President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi’s Saudi-Arabia-based government, said a Houthi victory over Marib would see Yemen descend into an Iranian-style theocracy.

“This is not a battle that we can lose,” Mr Al Alimi told a small group of reporters at an online briefing.

“For Yemenis, Marib is an existential part of life for them, for their children and for their future. It is the final battle between freedom, the republic and democracy and this religious theocracy that the Houthis are trying to implement.”

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I thought Yemen’s problems are complicated enough until Quincy institute began to work on Yemen. How we can convince @QuincyInst that their work is nothing about studies or peace. It is just propaganda & ignorant work that fueled Yemen’s war and worsen its situation?

This is DC for you. Everyone in DC knows about this new Quincy Institute that is headed by an Iran regime apologist :) It is not about #Yemen at all, it is about how to score some geopolitical points. Welcome into the fold.

They are not interested in nuanced analysis, let alone peace. The are first and foremost isolationists who advocate that the US should let dictatorships such the Assad regime, CCP and the Mullahs in Tehran to do whatever they want. The institute operates in bad faith.

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While millions face risk, international conspirators push for total Shiite control in Yemen

While it is the worldwide known fact that millions of Sunni besieged civilian population face danger due to the senseless war by Houthis encircling the Yemeni government’s last northern stronghold of Marib, the international conspirators keep pushing for a total control to be secured by the Shiite terrorist network.

US legislators are preoccupied with pressures for lifting what they call the Saudi ‘blockade’ the only thing now that prevents the well-armed Shiite terrorists from importing arms as freely as a sovereign state would be able to do.

Western officials and institutions, e.g. the media, have therefore an obsessive fixation on lifting the ‘blockade’ on Houthi controlled ports.

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U.S. Senator Accuses Houthis of Seizing UN Aid Intended for School Children

UN humanitarian aid intended for school children is diverted by the Iran-backed Houthi militia, said US Republican Senator Jim Risch, who is also a prominent member of the Foreign Relations Committee.

“The Houthis’ decision to seize aid intended for school children in Yemen is appalling,” Risch said in a tweet, accusing the Houthis of starving and contemptuous of the interests of the population living under their control.

“This aid must be unloaded and distributed. Immediately,”

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Yemen government angered by acts of Iran's envoy to Sanaa

The latest acts of Iran's envoy to the Houthi group Hasan Irlu have angered Yemen's internationally recognised government which describes him as the real ruler of the capital Sanaa.

Irlu toured on Wednesday and Tuesday construction works at the Al-Jomhouri Hospital and the failure kidney treatment section at the Althawra Hospital.

The movements of the officer of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps in Sanaa Irlu confirm he is the real ruler of Sanaa and other Houthi-run regions, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Muammar Al-Eryani said in a statement on Twitter.

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Yemeni Prime Minister Appreciates Saudi Arabia's Efforts to Continue National Reconciliation in Yemen

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The Houthis and the limits of diplomacy in Yemen

Despite the unprecedented international commitment to bringing the war to an end, the situation continues to escalate. Following Biden’s decision, the Houthis stepped up their military offensive in a bid to capture the city of Marib.

The Houthis’ ideology

The Houthis’ political ambitions are deeply rooted in a strong religious belief that only Ahl al-Bayt — a religious term that refers to the bloodline of the Prophet Muhammad — have a right to rule over Muslims. The Yemeni term for Ahl al-Bayt is Hashemites or Sadah (the plural of Sayyid), and Houthi leaders belong to that caste. In that sense, they are motivated by a desire to reinstate the Imamate, a theocracy in which Hashemites ruled parts of northern Yemen for hundreds of years until it was overthrown in 1962.

According to Luca Nevola, the founder of the Houthi rebellion, Hussein al-Houthi, “developed an original politico-religious thought,” introducing ideas alien to Yemen’s Zaydi Shi’a tradition that led a number of Zaydi scholars to distance themselves from him.

Guided by this belief, the Houthis view themselves as the only legitimate authority to represent Yemenis and see the conflict as one between them and Saudi Arabia. In April 2020, the Houthis presented their “vision” to end the war “on Yemen.” The document had what Elana DeLozier described.

Iran and the regional context

The Houthis’ military success in Yemen is also an important component of the rise of Iran in the region. The link between the Houthis and Iran is an aspect that mainstream analysts often downplay and sometimes even dismiss altogether. The Houthis’ actions are largely inspired by the Iranian Revolution and they seek to replicate it in Yemen with Iran’s help.

Iran’s support for the Houthis goes back to the early 1980s

By the late 1990s, Hussein al-Houthi had hijacked, militarized, and radicalized the Zaydi revivalist movement.

Almasdaronline news website published a secret document that reveals training material dating back to 2005 that was used to train the Houthis on how to fight urban warfare and capture cities.

The political turmoil that followed the Arab Spring in 2011 created an opportunity for Iran to increase its investment in the Houthis.

Most prominently, two senior Quds Force commanders are currently in Yemen, Hasan Irlu and Abdul Reza Shahlai; the latter was sanctioned in 2008 for his role in establishing Iranian proxies in Iraq.

As a political Islamist group and a member of Iran’s Axis of Resistance, the Houthis are transitional by nature; they are part of a global jihadi effort to unite the Muslim world.

Building the Houthis’ police state

Over the past six years, the Houthis have “constructed a regime that corresponds to their aspiration to emulate the Iranian revolutionary system,”

The end game

Since 2015, it’s become evident that the Houthis not only refuse to deescalate, but also use cease-fire opportunities to reposition their forces and expand militarily

The current diplomatic efforts to end the war in Yemen are hanging on by a thread, as they are entirely based on the delusion that the Houthis are open to a political solution with other Yemeni forces – by Nadwa Al-Dawsari

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Exiled Yemeni official Shawqi al-Qadhi says the negotiations the US led in Muscat has culminated in giving the Houthi militia a new opportunity to capture Marib with promises from Gulf and other states to turn blind eye to the Houthi war/Alharf 28.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda =

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Man Killed, Two Women Seriously Injured by US-Saudi Raid on Al-Baidha

Man was killed and two women were seriously injured, Monday, as a result of the US-Saudi raid on Al-Baidha Governorate.

and also

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Saudi airstrike on al-Quds Day rally kills seven

At least seven citizens were killed and three others injured on Friday, in an airstrike launched by Saudi-led coalition in Ma’rib province, a security source said.

The coalition airstrike targeted Al-Sahari village in Majzar district just as citizens were preparing to celebrate the International al-Quds Day, killing seven citizens and injuring three others in an initial toll, the source explained.


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Saudi coalition jets attack Quds Day rallies in Yemen

Yemeni sources reported Friday that the Saudi coalition attacked a village in Marib province and martyred several Yemeni citizens who were rallying on Quds Day.

According to al-Masirah TV website, the Saudi coalition fighter jests bombed the "Majzar" area in Marib province on Friday.

The Saudi bombers targeted Quds Day rallies in the al-Sahari village.

As a result of this attack, a number of Yemeni citizens who were planning to hold a Quds Day rallies were martyred and wounded.

and also

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More Saudi coalition air raids Marib p., Jawf p. Marib p., Al Bayda p. Marib p., Jawf p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp17a, cp18

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

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

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A child was killed and two others were wounded, one of them child, Sunday, as result of Saudi bombing targeting the Munabbah district in Sa'adah governorate.

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Abha International Airport struck by Yemeni drone attack

The [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Armed Forces have on Monday carried out a new drone attack on a sensitive military target at Abha International Airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia, the Yemeni army spokesman said in a statement.

Army spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e confirmed that a Qasef-2K drone was used in the attack.


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Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of Bomb-Laden UAV Launched In A Cowardly, Brutal Act by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia towards Abha International Airport

rigadier General Turki Al-Malki, Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, issued the following statement:
“This evening, Monday 10 May 2021, a bomb-laden UAV launched in a deliberate, systematic manner by the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia to target passengers in Abha International Airport, through which thousands of civilians, both citizens and expatriates of many nationalities travel daily, was intercepted and destroyed.
As a result of the interception, debris scattered within the vicinity of Abha International Airport, damaging the windows of some of the ground support vehicles (busses), and, thankfully, no civilian passengers or Airport Staff casualties or damages occurred.

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[Sanaa gov.] Army hits King Khalid Airbase

The Air Force on Sunday carried out an attack on King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait.

Armed forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare'i said the air force hit King Khalid Airbase with Qasef 2k drone, and the hit was accurate.

He stressed the attack comes as a natural and legitimate response to the escalation of the aggression and the siege on the Yemeni people.

and also

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Three Citizens Killed, Injured in Sa’adah by Saudi Shells

A citizen was killed and two others were injured, Saturday, in the Al-Raqo area in Munabbih border district of Sa’adah Governorate, by Saudi artillery shells.

and also

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Caught on a Smartphone: Watch a Saudi F-15 Destroy a Houthi Drone in Yemen

The Saudis have become extremely proficient at intercepting these drones but at a significant cost.

A new video of a Saudi Arabian F-15 taking out a suicide drone launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen surfaced on social media last year. These sorts of intercepts are not uncommon, but getting to watch an F-15 in the wild taking down targets on video is pretty rare indeed.

The footage was first brought to our attention by Joseph Trevithick over at The Warzone.


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

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Yemenis in embattled city of Marib gear up for Eid

Markets in Yemen's embattled Marib city are bustling with people gearing up for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, despite fighting that has raged nearby between government forces and Huthi rebels.

While shoppers this week crowded the streets of the city to buy clothes, sweets and nuts for the feast marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, pro-government forces stood guard with rifles in hand.

But residents are eager to celebrate the holiday, even in the shadow of the long conflict that has devastated the country and plunged it into what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

"The turnout this Eid is just like every other year," Mohammed Ibrahim, a shop owner, told AFP. "Despite what's happening around Marib, thank God, everything is good."

But far from the frontlines, twinkling lights have been strung up around shops and stores in Marib, where families browsed through the many stalls selling products ranging from raisins and candy to sandals and watches.

Customers could be seen haggling with a vendor selling new clothes for the holiday, while others walked around

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Saudi-backed Brigadier General survives assassination attempt in Ma’rib

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Houthis killed, injured in ambush in Marib

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17 captives released in exchange swap in Marib

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Resigned Yemeni gov. base targeted by missile

Military sources in Ma'rib province today reported a missile attack by the [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni army and popular committees on a special forces base of the resigned government.

According to the Al-Khabar Al-Yemeni website, the missile attack occurred when troops had gathered inside the base and were ready to be sent to the conflict areas. The attack killed dozens of military forces, including several commanders.


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Large explosion in Ma’rib Saudi-led forces camp kills dozens

and it seems these claims refer to

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Houthi missile injures seven civilians in Yemeni Marib

The Iranian-backed Houthi group on Monday fired a ballistic missile at a residential quarter in the Yemeni northeastern city of Marib, leaving civilian casualties.
The shrapnel wounded seven civilians at least, medical sources said, in initial toll of the missile that hit the oil-rich city.
The Houthi missile was fired at 12:30 dawn (local time), shelling an inhabited quarter downtown Marib, local source told the Aden-based Saba, as the injured were taken to hospital for medication.


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45 Houthi militants killed west of Marib

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50 Dead Amid Fighting Between Yemeni Forces, Houthi Rebels in Marib - Military Source

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Four Houthi ballistic missiles hit Marib in 24 hours

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Houthi rebels look to take Marib, prolonging Yemen’s war

The battle, like the war, could be long and bloody

But now the government’s forces are on the defensive. They have been pushed back to Marib, the last big city in the north still held by the government (and seat of a province with the same name). The Houthis are within 4km of it (see map). Only air strikes by Saudi Arabia, which supports the government, slow their advance.

Marib had until recently been one of Yemen’s safer cities. Those displaced by fighting elsewhere took shelter there. The Saudis made it a base for operations. But the battle for it shows just how badly things have gone for the government and its backers. They would gladly accept the un’s call for a ceasefire. The Houthis, who control much of the country, ignore it. If they take the city, they will control the north’s only oil refinery and the gateway to oilfields in the east and south. “It will be a disaster,” says a Western diplomat who was in Marib last month (paywalled)

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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Coalition intercepts Houthi explosive-laden boat

Arab Coalition successfully intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden boat in the Red Sea, launched by Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, said Al Arabiya News Channel.
“The boats represented a threat to regional and international security, maritime routes and international trade,” the Arab Coalition added.

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Brigadier General of west coast mercenary forces defects to Yemen [Sanaa gov.]

(A K P)

Yemen GR commander: We'll release Houthi prisoners unconditionally

Commander of the Yemeni Guards of the Republic (GR) promised on Saturday to release all the Houthi prisoners unconditionally.

"We informed the International Committee of Red Cross that the Joint Forces [including the GR] are willing to hand over all the prisoners," Tariq Saleh tweeted.

This release is unconditional, GR commander added, "whether the Houthi adopts the same procedure – all-for-all release – or not."

This move is aimed to help every captive and forcibly disappeared person to spend the Eid with his family members, Saleh said.

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Nine people killed, injured by Houthi-laid mine in Hodeidah

Three people were killed and six others were injured by a landmine explosion on al-Jah-al-Durihimi road in the south of Hodeidah, Al-Amalika Media Centre reported early Saturday.
Local sources said that the blast occurred when the vehicle transporting the nine victims of the same family, including women and children, hit a landmine planted by the pro-Iran Houthi militants on a public road between the districts of al-Jah and al-Durihimi.

and also (4 killed, 7 injured)

and UN mission statement:


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Film: Two children were injured when a Houthi bomb detonated in al-Khokha

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224 Houthis killed, injured in renewed violence in west Yemen

At least 68 Houthi fighters have been killed and 176 injured, including field commanders, in clashes with the pro-government joint forces in Yemen's western province of Hudaydah, the military media of the Giant Brigades reported on Friday.

The losses occured during failed infiltration attempts by Houthi forces into positions of the joint forces and clashes on several front-lines in the province, it said.

The joint forces include the Guards of the Republic commanded by Tariq Saleh, the Giant Brigades and the Tihamah Resistance. They have been built and supported by the United Arab Emirates which is a member state in a Saudi-led coalition fighting in the country.


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Hodeida renewed clashes leave Houthi fighters killed, injured

(A K pH)

Daily violations as reported by the Houthi side

May 9:

May 8:

cp19 Sonstiges / Other


Gas station fire leaves casualties, damages in Yemeni Taiz



A glimpse of street life in Mukalla :)

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Woche der Meinungsfreiheit: Bushra Al-Maktari und die Not im Jemen

Die Palm-Stiftung teilt aktuell mit: Bushra Al-Maktari „ist chronisch krank und wir fürchten um ihr Wohlergehen. Immerhin hat sie zurzeit wieder Strom und Internet und wir bekommen immer wieder ein Lebenszeichen von ihr. So erhielten wir diesen verstörenden Text vor wenigen Tagen. Mit ihrem Schreiben, so Bushra Al-Maktari, macht sie sich selbst immer wieder Mut und möchte dafür sorgen, dass der Krieg im Jemen von der Weltöffentlichkeit nicht vergessen wird.“ Der Text, den Bushra Al-Maktari nach Schorndorf gesandt hat, trägt den Titel:

Leiden eines Hundes

Er ist so traurig, weil ihn die Stimmen der Toten verfolgen, wohin er auch geht. Die Wanduhr in dem Haus, in dem er einst mit seinem Herrn gewohnt hat, ist unter den Trümmern des Krieges in dieser Stadt begraben. Sie läutet immer noch dreimal am Tag, aber sie weckt die Toten nicht auf, die er geliebt hat.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-739 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-739: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

07:01 11.05.2021
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