Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 745b- Yemen War Mosaic 745b

Yemen Press Reader 745b: 11. Juni 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 745, cp6 - cp19 / June 11, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 745, cp6 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 745, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 745, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp1b Kriegsereignisse: Schlacht um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

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

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

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

(A P)

As talks of another Riyadh agreement regarding security situation surface; Abductees Mothers Association in Aden demands uncovering fate of forcibly disappeared persons.

Abductees’ Mothers Association reiterated their demands, in conjunction with news of another Riyadh agreement talks regarding the security situation, to uncover the fate of the forcibly disappeared persons and grant all abductees their human and legal rights, and to include these demands in the main agenda of the government.

In a rally held at Alorodh Square in Aden this morning, mothers declared that they had no clue of their conditions of their sons and that their fears for their lives have doubled with the spread of COVID-19.

(A T)

[Separatist] Security official assassinated in Aden

(A P)

[Separatist STC] president-al-zubaidi-aden-is-the-aim-of-the-south-its-capital-and-its-beating-heart

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Protesters rally in Taiz against Saudi-led occupation

The occupied city of Taiz, in southwest Yemen, witnessed on Thursday massive mass rallies denouncing corruption and calling for the dismissal of the local authority, holding the corrupt accountable, and improving the economic situation.

Hundreds of citizens participated in marches in Jamal Street, to protest the spread of corruption, the deterioration of basic services in the city, and the failure of the local authorities.

(A P T)

Local woman abducted by UAE-backed mercenaries in Aden

(A P)

Yet another Yemeni tortured to death in Saudi camp

A Yemeni prisoner was martyred in the prisons of Saudi-led mercenaries in Ma’rib province after being subjected to extensive torture, the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said in a statement issued on Thursday.

According to the statement, the mercenaries brutally tortured Omar Idris Hassan Idris, causing his death, inside one of their prisons in the province.

and also

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#Yemeni activists in Eastern #Muhra region publish photos of #Saudi occupation of Ghaidah civilian airport & converting to a military base. #Saudi is an occupier. Shame on those who support it.

(A P)

Hard to reconcile Al-Zubaidi’s pledges to complete the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement while pushing for an independent state that doesn’t include the main partner to the agreement.

referring to

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STC President meets with "elite civil society leaders" in #Aden and discusses the local situation (photos)


Saudi coalition-backed Sultan Abdullah bin Issa al-Afrar unveiled a ship called "Socotra Dream," which will ferry passengers to and from Socotra (film, photos)

(A P)

STC-affiliated militia detained Yemeni activist Abdullah Bidahen in #Yemen's #Socotra for his critical posts on Facebook yesterday. This is the second time he illegally detained since UAE-backed STC troops took control of the island a year ago.

(A P)

Activists say Hamas honouring the Houthis was a 'smack in the face' for Yemeni people

Meeting between Houthi leader and Hamas representative in Sanaa sparked outrage all over Yemen

The meeting sparked anger on social media, after which the Palestinian group said Abu Shamala was acting on his own.

A Yemeni politician and member of Parliament, Shouqi Al Qadhi, said on Twitter that he was shocked by the visit and called for an explanation.

Mr Al Qadhi said Yemen’s internationally recognised government could sever ties with Hamas.


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Islah official source condemns Hamas rep's honoring of Houthi criminals

An official source in the Yemeni Reform (Islah) party has condemned honoring the Houthi criminal group by the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement's representative in Sana'a.

(A P)

Yemeni PM instructs probe into Perim alleged airbase

The Yemeni prime minister has instructed relevant authorities to probe the alleged erection of an airbase in the Yemeni Perim island near Bab al-Mandeb in the Red Sea.
Following the investigation, a detailed report will be handed to the cabinet that will report to the Parliament on the outcomes, PM Maeen Abdulmalek said in a letter to Yemen's Parliament speaker, Sultan al-Barakani.

(A P)

Protesters demand government's restoration in Yemen's Socotra archipelago

Yemeni protesters took to the streets of Socotra on Sunday demanding the restoration of the local governmental almost a year after the United Arab Emirates overthrew the government and occupied the Gulf of Aden archipelago through its created STC militia.

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Al-Jaadi: The road to the South remains perilous

The road to the restoration of the southern state remains perilous with significant challenges that lie ahead, the member of the presidency of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and assistant secretary general, Fadl al-Jaadi said today.
In his tweet, al-Jaadi noted that "the enemies of the southern state project, explicitly and implicitly, would do what it takes to thwart the dreams and aspirations of our people."
He made it clear that "the entire South, with its wealth, corridors and terrain is the primary target of that animosity.. Not a particular component, as some people think."

(A P)

Protestors set fire to Mukalla radio in Hadhramout

Irritated by repeated blackouts, protestors on Monday set fire to the gate of Mukalla radio building, which hosts other government offices, in the Yemeni eastern governorate of Hadhramout.
The protestors also detained a number of trucks in al-Dees quarter, the eastern gateway of Hadhramout provincial capital, local sources said.
Security forces dispersed rallies against the electricity deteriorating services, leaving two protestors injured.

and also

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Southern Transitional Council forces raid Yemeni government-affiliated media outlets

Yemen’s breakaway Southern Transitional Council must end its raids of Yemeni government-aligned media outlets in the southern city of Aden and allow all journalists to operate freely in territories under its control, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

On June 2, forces aligned with the Southern Transitional Council raided an office building of the state-run broadcaster Saba news agency in Aden, forced out the employees and the security guards, seized their keys at gunpoint, and told the journalists that the forces were acting on the orders of the council’s president, Aidarous al-Zubaidi, to take over the news outlet and run it under the name “Aden News Network,” according to a statement on Facebook by the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate. Saba and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights also issued statements condemning the raid, but did not provide additional details.

According to a source with knowledge of the matter who requested anonymity for security reasons, the journalists remain locked out of the Saba offices but continue to report for the outlet from their homes and internet cafes.

On June 7, forces aligned with the Southern Transitional Council stormed another building in Aden belonging to Saba, according to a second Facebook statement from the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, which did not provide further details. On June 6, the private Yemeni newspaper Al-Masdar reported on a third raid by council forces of Al-Thawra, a government-aligned newspaper, but did not specify the date or provide additional details.

CPJ confirmed the second and third raids with the same source, who said that in both of those raids the Southern Transitional Council forces were similarly armed.

“With its recent raids on government-affiliated media offices, the Southern Transitional Council is making it clear that it draws no distinction between political actors and journalists doing their jobs,” CPJ Senior Middle East and North Africa Researcher Justin Shilad said. “The Southern Transitional Council must stop threatening journalists in Aden and areas under its control, and all parties in Yemen must cease targeting journalists.”


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Southern Yemen separatists take over news agency building in Aden

Yemeni separatists overran the official state-run news agency headquarters in the country’s southern de-facto capital Aden on Monday, in their continued push to take over key sites in the city.

"Senior figures of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) seized the second building of the Saba news agency in the Al-Binjasar neighborhood on Monday, next to the Tawahi Post office in Aden," director-general of Saba, Mahmoud Thabet, said in a statement.

He said the STC had already taken over the agency's first, older building last Tuesday.

Thabet considered the latest development to be part of the STC's plans to control official state institutions in Aden.

He slammed it as a "blatant defiance of the Riyadh agreement", which saw peace return to the city after clashes between the separatists and government forces first erupted.

The agency's staff said in a statement that an armed group affiliated with the STC stormed the new Saba building, expelling the civil guard and employees.

(A P)

Illicit trafficking of oil continues to prosper in Shabwa

Oil trafficking operations conducted by the Muslim Brotherhood-linked authorities in Shabwa continue to prosper.
Dozens of tanker trucks carrying liquid fuel products had been seen in Khora area of Markha assufla district on their way to Houthi-held areas in the northern governorate of al-Baidha, well-informed sources revealed on Sunday.

My remark: As claimed by southern separatists.

(A P)

Parliament: Marib crime threatens international efforts to end Yemen war

The Presidency of Yemen's Parliament has said the Houthi attacks on civilians in the northeastern province of Marib threaten international and Arab efforts aimed at reaching a political settlement to end war.

My comment: This “parliament” is a joke which does not meet the quorum and which did not meet for ca. 2 years.

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Temperature rising in south Yemen as rivalries fuel power shortage

Aden, the interim seat of Yemen’s internationally recognised government, has seen several protests after power outages disrupted water distribution, aid supplies and medical services.


Flags of the former state of South Yemen, which was reunited with the North in 1990, flutter above Aden’s dirt-strewn streets. At night, the lack of street lighting compounds residents’ fears over the fragile security situation.

Private power generators whir in every neighbourhood, despite fuel provisions from Saudi Arabia for Aden’s power plants. Car batteries are a must in a household to keep the lights on.

Yemen’s red, white and black national colours still fly over Al-Hasswa power plant, one of the rare buildings in the city that is still under the government control.

A new 240-MW power plant was completed this year but the government says it still needs a degasification unit and grid installation. The STC says the delays aim to punish southern provinces for self-determination demands.

“Electricity comes for one or two hours and disappears for 5 or six every day … that disabled all the fridges and air-conditioners,” said Fawzia Sayf Tabet a resident in her 50s.

The multifaceted war that has entered its seventh year has crippled Yemen’s economy and divided the country, with the Houthis holding most big urban centres, and caused what the United Nations says is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

In March, dozens of protesters stormed a presidential palace in Aden demanding payment of public sector salaries. The economic crisis has been compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have an electricity problem but we also have a salary problem, we haven’t been paid for eight months now,” said Shaheem Abdullah Mastour, a government employee.


To contain rising tensions, Saudi Arabia this week hosted talks between officials from Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi’s government and the STC to implement the pact first agreed in 2019.

While a new cabinet was formed that includes STC members, both sides have yet to withdraw troops outside Aden and neighbouring Abyan province.

“Hopefully, we will also agree on people to appoint as governors for the southern provinces,” said a Hadi government official who declined to be named.

Riyadh cannot afford a new frontline in the south as the coalition battles the Houthis in Marib, the government’s last stronghold in the north. =

(A P)

UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council threatens new all-out war against Hadi administration

President of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), Aidarous al-Zubaidi, has threatened that the Council’s patience will “not last, due to the violations by the Hadi government in Abyan front.”

“The STC will not remain silent about what the forces of terrorism practice against the people of Abyan,” Al-Zubaidi said, during his meeting on Sunday with leaders, dignitaries and dignitaries from Abyan province.

Al-Zubaidi pointed out that Abyan has a strategic political importance in the southern provinces, considering it “the gateway to victory.”

(A P)

UAE-backed separatists accuse Hadi administration of violating Riyadh Agreement

Member of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) Fadhl Al-Jaa’di has on Saturday claimed that the Hadi puppet government is implementing its plan to undermine the Riyadh Agreement.

Al-Jaadi explained that “the signatories to the agreement never believed in partnership, and were tools of exclusion for all their opponents. They became one of the main causes of crises and wars.”

“Hadi’s government is trying to thwart Riyadh agreement”!, despite signing it in early November 2019,” he added.

(A P)

Angry servicemen shut revenue-yielding institutions in Yemeni Taiz

Angry servicemen on Sunday shut revenue-yielding institutions in Taiz, as the Yemeni southwestern city already seeing public wrath in protest of low services and corruption of local authority.
Irritated soldiers, affiliated to the 22 mechanized brigade, closed up the offices of finance, taxation and post in Taiz city.

(A P)

Yemeni gov't deplores STC raid into Aden media offices

The Yemeni UN-recognized government on Saturday condemned the Southern Transitional Council (STC) for storming into media offices in the interim capital.
Elements affiliated to the Emirati-backed STC raided into the buildings of Saba New Agency and al-Thawra paper, in an attempt to seize the two offices, the information ministry said in a statement carried by Saba.
By this acts, the STC "intends to foil the Riyadh Agreement and sincere efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia to empower the State's institutions and to unite ranks and efforts aimed at ending the coup and restoring the State."

(A P)

[Separatist] Southern National Assembly Prepares for its 4th Session

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Yemen's Socotra, isolated island at strategic crossroads

With mainland Yemen wracked by civil war, Socotra is under the rule of the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), part of a UN-recognised unity government, but who want an independent South Yemen.

But it is the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that is in de facto control.

It bankrolls salaries and major infrastructure projects, ranging from schools and hospitals to communication systems and docks.

The STC's banners are dwarfed by far larger UAE flags fluttering at police checkpoints, while newly erected communication masts link phones directly to UAE networks, not Yemen.

- Overlooking cargo routes -

It is not only oil tankers that must pass Socotra from the Gulf to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.

The island also lies on seaways from Pakistan's Gwadar port -- a stepping stone on China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road infrastructure initiative giving Beijing access to the Arabian Sea –- to Djibouti and into east Africa.

Sea routes are key for shipping hub Dubai, one of the UAE's emirates, where the logistics industry makes up more than 14 percent of GDP, according to official statistics.

While the UAE's footprint is increasingly clear, its exact intentions are opaque, and the government did not respond to AFP questions about its role.

But beyond its strategic value, Socotra is also surrounded by rich fishing waters, where trawlers -- long deterred by the deadly pirates from nearby Somalia -- are now operating.

And, while nearly three-quarters of the island has environmental protection, there are vast white beaches unscrupulous tourist developers would die for.

Islanders say things changed rapidly when an airport opened from 2003.

Today, plastic water bottles and bags clog up creeks near villages, and steady streams of tourists arrive on a weekly two-hour flight from Abu Dhabi.

The visitors post pictures on social media of the island's stunning -- but incredibly fragile -- beauty.

Balancing the protection of the environment with the needs of people for roads, healthcare, jobs and opportunities is a hard task.

Photos: The white sand dunes of Socotra, Yemen.


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Yemen's unique 'dragon's blood' island under threat

Naming it a World Heritage site in 2008, UNESCO described the main island as one of the world's "most biodiversity rich and distinct". It has also been dubbed the "Galapagos of the Indian Ocean".

Ahmed said islanders traditionally don't fell dragon's blood trees for firewood, both because they perpetuate regular rainfall and because its blood-red sap is medicinal.

But scientists and islanders warn that the trees will largely die out within decades, buckling under pressure from global warming driving cyclones, as well as invasive species and overgrazing.

"Goats eat the seedlings, so young trees are only found on cliff faces in the most inaccessible places," said Ahmed.

The trees take nearly half a century before they reproduce, he explained. "If nothing is done, it will not take long before all are gone," he said.

The shrinking forests are a canary in the mine for Socotra's environmental challenges, said Belgian biologist Kay Van Damme, from the University of Ghent.

"It remains a treasure trove of biodiversity," said Van Damme, chair of the Friends of Socotra support group. "But we may soon be running out of time to protect Socotra's most iconic flagship species."

Each lost tree drives a reduction in the hydrological cycle on which all life depends.

Islanders say trees have been battered by storms more ferocious than anyone remembers.

Other local species are just as hard hit by storms and overgrazing, including the 10 endemic species of frankincense tree.

Gales have torn through nearly a third of the trees in the Homhil forest over the past decade.

Without replanting efforts, the forest "will be gone in only a few decades", Van Damme said.

But with effort, the worst impact can be slowed -- and some Socotris are doing what they can to protect their island. = = =

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A K P)

Yemeni government, Houthis exchange prisoners

Each side swaps 8 detainees in Al-Jawf governorate, says military official

(A P)

Saudi Arabia prevents prisoner exchange that would free 250 prisoners of war

The head of the [Sanaa gov.] National Committee for Prisoners Affairs, Abdul Qadir Al-Murtadha, confirmed on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia has prevented a prisoner exchange through local mediation that would have included 250 prisoners from both sides in Taiz.

“We agreed with the other party in Taiz on a prisoner exchange that includes 250 prisoners and detainees from both sides, and all the necessary arrangements for implementing the deal were completed in the middle of last Ramadan [mid-April], but unfortunately this deal is still suspended due to Saudi Arabia preventing its implementation, alongside with several other exchanges form different fronts,” Al-Murtadha explained in a tweet.

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Saudi-led coalition says wants to prepare political ground for peace process in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said on Thursday it has stopped carrying out attacks near Sanaa or any other Yemeni city because it wants to prepare the political ground for a peaceful settlement.

The statement, made by the spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition and published by the Saudi state media, followed media reports of an attack on an armoured division belonging to the Iran-aligned Houthis near the Yemeni capital.

The spokesperson, Turki al-Maliki, denied the report, adding that “no military operation has been carried out in the vicinity of Sanaa or any other Yemeni cities over the past period (..) with the aim of preparing the political ground for a peace process.” =

and also

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Audio: Yemen and Its Neighbors, with Annelle Sheline

Quincy Institute fellow Annelle Sheline on building a better peace process in Yemen and what ails Oman.

We’ll talk about the flaws in the old framework, based on UN Security Council Resolution 2216, and what she makes of the Biden administration’s handling of the Yemen war thus far. We’ll also get into some regional issues, in particular efforts by the UAE and Saudi Arabia to carve off chunks of Yemen for their own aims and the recent economic turmoil in Oman. Plus a brief update on one of Davison’s favorite countries, Oman.

(A P)

Kreise: Flughafen in Sanaa könnte wieder öffnen

Der seit Jahren geschlossene Hauptstadt-Flughafen im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen könnte kommende Woche wieder öffnen. Das erfuhr die Deutsche Presse-Agentur am Donnerstag aus Flughafenkreisen.

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CAMA says aggression continues to impose siege on airports

Undersecretary of the Civil Aviation and Meteorology Authority Raed Jabal has confirmed that the US-Saudi aggression coalition continues to impose a complete blockade on the airports of Yemen.

and also


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Yemen Houthis gear up for Sanaa airport reopening, sources say

Yemen's Houthi administration has started renovating Sanaa airport, two industry sources said, as the group that controls most of northern Yemen prepares for a possible reopening of the facility under U.N.-led peace efforts.

The coalition's spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it had agreed to reopen air space and allow the airport to resume regular operations.

The industry sources told Reuters that construction work had begun in some parts of the airport, which has been closed since 2015 with the exception of U.N. flights.

It has been targeted dozens of times by coalition air strikes over the last six years. The military alliance says the facility is used for arms smuggling, something the Houthis deny.

Airport director Khaled al-Shayef said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that he met Yemenia airlines to discuss maintenance and equipment at the airport, and also held talks with the Yemen Oil Company on fuel supplies for aircraft.

The United Nations and the United States have called for the removal of restrictions on Houthi-held ports and Sanaa airport to ease a dire humanitarian crisis, while also pressing the Houthis to agree to a nationwide ceasefire.

The coalition has also restricted access to Hodeidah port, the main entry point for Yemen's commercial and aid imports.

Riyadh and Yemen's Saudi-backed government have linked removing the blockade to a truce deal, a condition the Houthis have rejected.


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Arrangements to restart #SanaaAirport: Yemen Airways: We received a notification that the restart was imminent, and we started our own preparations at the airport Director of Sanaa Airport: Today we received 3 flights for international orgs, airport is ready to receive flights

referring to

Arrangements to restart #SanaaAirport: Yemen Airways: We received a notification that the restart was imminent, and we started our own preparations at the airport Director of Sanaa Airport: Today we received 3 flights for international orgs, airport is ready to receive flights

More rumors: "Informed sources: The Saudi side agrees to open Sanaa airport and Hodeidah port, in order for a comprehensive ceasefire agreement to enter into force in #Yemen, and the initiation of all parties to the peace negotiations."

Rumors: This condemns the actions of Yemen's Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Mubarak, saying he has made the following concessions, which give "an opening to the Houthis" 1 Opening Sana'a airport 2 Ceasefire 3 Back to negotiations 4 Return of oil exports

Rumors "Political sources in Sanaa: It cannot be said that the recent diplomatic moves are successful until aviation at Sana'a Airport is officially resumed for all civil & commercial flights & the siege on the port of Hodeidah is lifted w/out conditions"

"There is much speculation, it is better to clarify: 1 - #Omani_Delegation carries US proposals to open #Sanaa_Airport & #Hodeida_Port 2- The offer submitted does not require a ceasefire in #Marib 3- Discussions focus on the airport & port That's it"

If accurate, this largely reiterates the Saudis' position in March, that they would open Sanaa airport in exchange for a ceasefire, but this adds Hodeidah The Houthis rejected this, saying it was not acceptable to bargain with the starvation of Yemenis.

Comment: I don't think this is true, and Houthi activists pushing this kind of rumors, but according to my sources, Yemeni govt and the coalition demand a nationwide ceasefire first, then repoening Sana’a airport and Hudaidah port.


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Sana'a International Airport is getting ready and ready..and in full technical readiness to receive flights and resume work (photos9

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Reopening Sanaa, Hudaydah ports a right not a favour, Houthis say

Reopening of Sanaa and Hudaydah ports is a humanitarian right not a way to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people without chains, the Houthi supreme political council said on Wednesday.

The statement was made as the president of the council Mahdi Al-Mashat met with an Omani delegation visiting Sanaa within regional efforts to end the war in the country.

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Zarif fordert Ende des von Saudi-Arabien geführten Jemen-Krieges

Der iranische Außenminister Mohammad Javad Zarif sagte Krieg sei keine Lösung für die Krise im Jemen.

Die von Saudi-Arabien verhängte Blockade gegen das verarmte Land müsse aufgehoben werden, forderte Mohammad Javad Zarif am Dienstag bei einem Treffen mit dem UN-Sondergesandten für den Jemen Martin Griffiths in Teheran.

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UN envoys in Iran to discuss Afghanistan and Yemen situations

UN envoys visited the Iranian capital Tuesday to discuss the situation in war-ravaged Yemen and neighbouring Afghanistan.

The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and envoy to Afghanistan, Jean Arnault, first met with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran, according to a statement by the foreign ministry.

The statement - obtained by The New Arab’s sister site - announced that the meeting between Zarif and Griffiths discussed the various dimensions of the Yemeni crisis and how to reach peace and stability in the country.


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Iran: No Military Solution Envisaged for Yemen Crisis

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths in Tehran on Tuesday stressed the necessity for ending the war in Yemen to settle the crisis in the poor Arab country.

During the meeting, Zarif elaborated on Iran's view on ending the Yemen crisis, and stressed the need for lifting the siege on the Yemeni people and facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid to them.

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Saudi Arabia stops Yemen's prisoner swaps: Houthis

Saudi Arabia has stopped prisoner swaps between the Houthi group and Yemeni government, head of Houthi prisoner committee tweeted late on Sunday.
There are new Saudi instructions to the Yemeni government to stop all the locally-brokered prisoner swaps, Abdul Kader al-Murtadha added.
This led to the suspension of 7 swaps of more than 400 prisoners from both sides, he said.

and also

(A P)

[Sanaa] Supreme Political Council of Yemen meets on topic of peace negotiations

The Supreme Political Council in Sana’a has stated that it welcomes all honest efforts that help alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, by lifting the siege and opening airports and ports without any restrictions.

The Council, in its meeting headed by President Mahdi Al-Mashat, praised the efforts of the Sultanate of Oman and its delegation, which is currently discussing a number of issues related to the humanitarian file in Sana’a.

The Council furthermore confirmed the firm position of the Republic of Yemen in positively dealing with various ideas that does not affect Yemeni sovereignty.

The Council stressed that the re-opening of Sana’a airport and Hodeida port is “a simple humanitarian right of the Yemeni people, as well as lifting the air, land and sea siege, stopping the aggression, and ending the occupation.”

(A P)

"A journalist in the [office of the Hadi] Yemeni presidency, Yasser Al-Hasani: An official government statement will be issued within hours, explaining all the leaks that have been raised about the Omani efforts."

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Washington and the Omani Visit to Sanaa

A US State Department spokesperson reiterated Washington’s commitment to an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in Yemen.

The Iran-backed Houthi militias must seriously engage in peace efforts if they really want to end the conflict, he added, while commenting on a Omani delegation’s visit to Sanaa.

The visit to the Houthi-held capital kicked off on Saturday with the Omanis meeting with Houthi officials.

The spokesperson told Asharq Al-Awsat said Washington was pleased with the visit, stressing that it remains committed to an immediate comprehensive nationwide ceasefire to offer urgent relief aid to the Yemeni people.

The official added that he believes the Omanis were in Sanaa because they realize that the continuation of the conflict in Yemen poses a threat to the stability of the region.

He stressed that Washington will continue to closely work with the international community and regional partners to end the conflict.

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Yemen's Houthis ask for advantages securing political win

The Houthis ask for further advantages that would provide the Iranian-backed group with a political victory, sources close to Yemen's peace talks said Wednesday.
The international moves currently led by Oman are still in the first square, with Houthis delaying and asking the Omani mediators for more advantages, the sources told Al-Araby al-Jadeed.
The sources ruled out any breakthrough into the crisis, given the deep stalemate and lack of willingness to make real concessions.
While the Yemeni government insists on ceasefire to go ahead with peace process, the Houthis adhere to humanitarian issue as the first step.

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Omani delegation meets with the Houthi leadership in Sanaa

An Omani delegation visiting Sanaa met with the leader of the Houthi movement, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, earlier this week. The visit is the first by Omani officials to Sanaa since the start of the ongoing war in Yemen.

Local reports suggest that the main topics discussed where the reopening of Sanaa’s airport, allowing fuel derivatives to enter Hodeidah port as per the Stockholm agreement, unconditional ceasefire on all fronts including Marib, and the start of a new round of direct negotiations between the Yemeni government and the Houthis.

"During the meeting, mutual messages related to humanitarian and other related issues were discussed," Mohamed Abdulsalam, the spokesman and chief negotiator for the Houthi movement wrote on Twitter.

Abdulsalam said the visit of the Omani delegation was part of the Gulf state's efforts "to serve the interests of Yemen and the region".

An unnamed local source told Al Quds Al Arabi, said that there was near consensus on opening the airport and Hodeidah port. This step will then pave a way for returning to political negotiations.


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Journalist Ahmed Al-Shalafi reveals important information about the results of the Omani delegation's visit to Sana'a

In a series of tweets on his Twitter account, Ahmed Al-Shalafi, Al-Jazeera correspondent in Yemen, revealed important information about the possible outcomes of the Omani delegation's visit to Sana'a. Al-Shalafi indicated that the Omani delegation in Sana’a is keen not to return to Muscat without achieving success in the ongoing negotiations, which are surrounded by a lot of secrecy. However, his own sources say that despite the difficulty and complexity, the Omani delegation may bring good news to the Americans, who were one of the reasons for his visit to Sana’a. According to Al-Shalafi, it is expected that the Omani delegation will return tomorrow with a plan that can be called simultaneous and chronic to inform the Americans. It begins with Saudi Arabia and the government announcing the opening of Sanaa airport and the port of Hodeidah without conditions, and the Houthis welcome them, then follow after the implementation of that the declaration of all parties a ceasefire, followed by the start negotiations. Al-Shalafi pointed out that this information could be obtained despite the imposition of complete secrecy on the consultations of the Omanis in Sana’a, and he also does not know the quality of the guarantees that the Omanis offered to the Houthis, as he does not know how things will go after the return, for the devil lies in the details, and the details and if agreed on some of them are still unclear. He added: If this simultaneous schedule is actually implemented and the final approval of the Houthis and the Saudis is actually done, the question will remain to what extent the Americans will draw up an exit plan from the war burdened with all these details, and the most important will remain how the agents of this war get out of it so that the originals from the local parties consult, and is that possible?

Ahmed Al-Shalafi, Al-Jazeera correspondent, where is he now? Ahmed Al-Shalafi, Al-Jazeera correspondent, where is he now? It is unfortunate that the words of a person who lives outside the event and the Yemeni geography are taken, and he is now in Doha and selling illusions to the idiots, and he says that he has private sources in Sana’a about what is going on in the dialogue between the Omani delegation and the Sana’a government, and he says these words are just pipe dreams and he does not know what is going on except like any other A person who lives outside Yemen

My comment: So what? A reliable source or not??


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Oman reports “imminent breakthrough” in Yemen peace negotiations is at hand

The Sultanate of Oman has on Sunday said that there is an “imminent breakthrough” in the war in Yemen, which has been besieged for over six years.

Yemen News Portal reported the news, citing the Oman Daily newspaper’s editorial.

This comes on the eve of a new international and regional movement to push for an end to the Saudi-led war, culminating in an Omani delegation visiting Sana’a for the first time since the war began in March 2015.

The Oman Daily said in its Sunday editorial that “the coming days will bring many surprises that could end the suffering of the Yemeni people, who have been the victims of regional conflicts.”

The humanitarian issue, including allowing the entry of humanitarian aid through the port of Hodeidah, is at the top of the Omani and regional movement’s objectives, the paper said, adding that the international community bears responsibility for the humanitarian burden.

The report also stressed the need to end the war on Yemen, alluding to a contact that took place between the Omani Foreign Minister and his US counterpart regarding the issue recently.


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Oman embarks on new Yemen diplomacy

In a rare public visit, a high-ranking Omani delegation from the Royal Office arrived in Sanaa Saturday to renew diplomatic efforts aimed at bringing peace to war-torn Yemen after international efforts in that regard failed to bridge the gap between the warring sides in Yemen.

Mohammad Abdul Salam, the spokesman for Yemen’s Ansarallah movement, who accompanied the Omani delegation, said it would discuss ways to push forward the Yemen peace process.

In remarks to Al-Masirah TV, Abdul Salam said the delegation of the Royal Office arrived to discuss the situation in Yemen on the basis of the principle of good neighborliness and common interests.

He added, “We are working to advance the humanitarian situation arrangements process as well as the peace process.”

“To complement the efforts we have made in the Sultanate of Oman, we are today in Sanaa to discuss all that is of interest at the national level and the region in general,” Abdul Salam pointed out.

A day after the arrival of the Omani delegation in Sanaa, Omani Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik received a letter from the Saudi-backed president of Yemen, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, in what appeared to be an intensification of Oman’s diplomatic efforts to broker peace between Yemeni warring factions.

Omani Foreign Minister Badr Hamad al-Busaidi received the message from Hadi’s Foreign Minister Ahmad Awad Mubarak.

The meeting reviewed developments of situations in Yemen and the UN efforts to end the war in a way that preserves unity and safety of Yemen, the Oman state news said, adding that the two sides reiterated the importance of enhancing cooperation with all parties to achieve security and stability for Yemen by supporting efforts of the UN and U.S. envoys.


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Revolution leader meets Royal delegation of Omani Office

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President Al-Mashat meets delegation of Royal Office of Oman

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Omani delegation visited Sana'a at US request: Western source

The Omani delegation's recent visit to the Houthi-held Sana'a City was paid at US request, western source said on Monday asking for anonymity.
The US special envoy for Yemen, Timothy Lenderking, asked for an Omani visit to the Yemeni capital, the source added in remarks carried by Asharq Al-Awsat. "The Americans pressured the Omanis for the visit."
"We are pleased by this visit, and we think this kind of visits is useful," he said.

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Hadi contact Oman's Sultan following Omani visit to Houthis

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Omani high-ranking delegation, Houthi senior negotiator arrive Sana'a

An Omani high-ranking delegation and the Houthi senior negotiator, Mohamed Abdul Salam, arrived in Sana'a City on Saturday, al-Masyra said.
The visit aims at "finalizing the efforts we exerted in the Sultanate to discuss anything of interest at the national and regional level," Abdul Salam said in remarks carried by the Houthi-run TV.

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Ceasefire without lifting blockade leads to no peace: Houthis

Yemen's Houthis are prepared for dialogue, but after blockade is lifted and aggression on Yemen is stopped, member of the group's politburo said Friday in response to US remarks accusing the group of rejecting to engage in ceasefire talks.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Aramco raises $6 billion with debut sukuk

Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco locked in another $6 billion on Wednesday to help fund a large dividend as it returned to the international debt markets with its first U.S. dollar-denominated sukuk sale, a document showed.


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Saudi Aramco expected to raise $6 billion as bond orders top $55 billion

Saudi Arabian oil group Aramco is expected to raise $6 billion on Wednesday as the company returned to the international debt markets with its first U.S. dollar-denominated Islamic bond sale comprising three tranches, a document showed.

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#ArfahDay protest against the foreign-backed #Saudi Monarchy is picking up speed. This could be a game changer

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US lawsuit casts spotlight on 'disappeared' Saudi royal

A US-based lawsuit against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman centred on a Caribbean oil refinery, but unexpectedly highlighted something else -- the disappearance of his main rival.

Former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef (MBN), unseated as heir to the throne by his cousin Prince Mohammed in 2017, has not been seen in public since his detention in March last year.

The lawsuit pointed to government efforts to keep a tight lid on his whereabouts, with documents showing the detained royal was represented by a US law firm that works for his rival.

The man behind the lawsuit, Saudi businessman Nader Turki Aldossari, is barred from leaving the kingdom along with his family members, according to letters from his lawyer to President Joe Biden and other US officials.

The story began in June last year, when Aldossari filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania on behalf of his son Rakan, an American citizen, against MBN and other Saudi entities.

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Dear @WCUofPA this is your graduate Abdullah Jelan, class of 2019. He is in #Saudi prison for tweeting. I urge the president of WCU to help

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Anti #Saudi Monarchy activists announce a July 19 as the date for nationwide protests. The National Initiative for Change said people should do what they can to protest the regime (documents)

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Activist: Saudi Regime's Concealment of Victims' Bodies has Terrifying Connotations

The Saudi academic, Dr. Madawi Al-Rasheed, said that Saudi regime's concealment of dozens of victims' bodies after death sentences is evidence of horrific scenarios the victims were put through.

In a statement, Al-Rasheed suggested that there were cases of torture, apparent on the bodies. She added "we must not forget that the body of journalist Jamal Khashoggi until now still unknow of its whereabout."

She pointed out that Khashoggi's family does not know how the regime disposed his body, pointing out that until this moment they have not received the body to be buried in their own way according to teachings of Islamic law.

Human rights organizations condemned the regime's continued detention of bodies of individuals it had killed

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Saudi Aramco Announces the Start of Issuing U.S.$ Denominated International Trust Certificates

Saudi Aramco pointed out that the trust certificates will be Shari’a compliant and U.S.$ denominated, with the issuance amount being subject to market conditions, adding that the targeted class of the issuance is institutional investors (qualified investors in the jurisdictions in which the offering will be made in accordance with the rules and regulations of such jurisdictions.

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Film: In prelude to planned protests next month #Riyadh, a man starts protesting “The people want the regime’s downfall,” he shouted before being arrested.

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Young mother & physician Loujain Dhagstani who was arrested by #Saudi Monarchy’s infamous @pss_en has been reportedly released. No further details are available

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cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a

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Noch mehr Sanktionen

Dem Jemen droht laut UNICEF der Kollaps. Washington verhängt weitere Strafmaßnahmen

In dieser aussichtslosen Situation hat die US-Administration erneut Sanktionen verhängt – diesmal gegen Persönlichkeiten im Umfeld der von großen Teilen der jemenitischen Bevölkerung unterstützten Ansarollah (»Huthis«). Betroffen ist unter anderem Said Ahmad Muammar Al-Dschamal, der den Ansarollah Zugang zu iranischem Öl verschafft haben soll und den Washington als Chef eines Schmugglernetzwerks bezeichnet, das für die Ansarollah Tausende Millionen von Dollar generiert habe. Insgesamt zwölf Personen wurden mit Strafmaßnahmen belegt, ihr Vermögen in den USA wird eingefroren, US-Bürger dürfen keinen Handel mit ihnen treiben. Ausländische Finanzinstitutionen, die Umgang mit den betroffenen Personen pflegen, laufen Gefahr, ebenfalls auf der »schwarzen Liste« zu landen.

Die passende Begleitmusik lieferte US-Außenminister Antony Blinken, der ein weiteres Mal einzig die Ansarollah für den fortgesetzten Krieg verantwortlich machte.


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USA verhängen Sanktionen gegen Huthi-Unterstützer

Wegen der anhaltenden Kämpfe im Jemen haben die USA Sanktionen gegen Persönlichkeiten im Umfeld der proiranischen Huthi-Rebellen verhängt. Wie das US-Finanzministerium am Donnerstag mitteilte, ist von den Strafmaßnahmen unter anderem der Huthi-Unterstützer Said al-Dschamal betroffen, der den Rebellen Zugang zu iranischem Öl verschafft haben soll. Zugleich kündigte das Ministerium die Aufhebung von Sanktionen gegen drei frühere iranischen Regierungsvertreter an.

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US State Department: U.S. Sanctions International Network Enriching Houthis in Yemen

Today, the United States is designating Sa’id Ahmad Muhammad al-Jamal and other individuals and entities involved in an international network he has used to provide tens of millions of dollars’ worth of funds to the Houthis in cooperation with senior officials in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force (IRGC-QF). Those in al-Jamal’s network of front companies and intermediaries sell commodities, such as Iranian petroleum, throughout the Middle East and beyond and channel a significant portion of the revenue to the Houthis in Yemen. We are designating al-Jamal pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF.

The 11 other individuals, companies, and vessel sanctioned today play key roles in this illicit network, including Hani ‘Abd-al-Majid Muhammad As’ad, a Yemeni accountant who has facilitated financial transfers to the Houthis, and Jami’ ‘Ali Muhammad, a Houthi and IRGC-QF associate who helped al-Jamal procure vessels, facilitate shipments of fuel, and transfer funds for the benefit of the Houthis. These 11 individuals, entities, and vessel are being sanctioned pursuant to E.O. 13224 for their relationships with al-Jamal and other parts of this network.

The United States is working to help resolve the conflict in Yemen and bring lasting humanitarian relief to the Yemeni people. The Houthis’ ongoing offensive on Marib runs directly counter to those goals, posing a threat to the already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen and potentially triggering increased fighting throughout Yemen.

It is time for the Houthis to accept a ceasefire and for all parties to resume political talks.

and by Treasury Dep.:


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US hits alleged financing ring linking Yemen rebels, Iran

The U.S. leveled sanctions Thursday against a Yemeni network that it claims was cooperating with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to illicitly transfer tens of millions of dollars to Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

At the same time, the Biden administration also announced it was lifting sanctions on three former Iranian oil executives and two companies that it said had been involved in banned petroleum sales, saying the U.S. had “verified a change in status or behavior” on their part. Neither the State Department nor the Treasury Department would elaborate further on the reason for the de-listings.

The administration said the lifting of sanctions on the three former officials and two companies is unrelated to the indirect discussions in Vienna that are to resume this weekend.

“There is no linkage, there is no connection to the de-listings that we announced today to the JCPOA or to negotiations that are ongoing in Vienna,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. However, he was unable to offer a complete explanation of the reasons behind the move, other than it was made in response to a petition for the removals.

Price added that the step demonstrates “our commitment to lifting sanctions in the event of a change in status or behavior by sanctioned persons.” He said that practice is “consistent with good sanctions hygiene and administrative processes.”

Still, he could not say what the “change in status” or “change in behavior” had been, and Iran’s national oil company, NIOC, and a number of other affiliates remain under U.S. sanctions.

and more media reports:

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Ending the War in Yemen means Overcoming Political Cowardice

The struggle to end US support for the war in Yemen has run into another obstacle. This time it’s partisanship. But it isn’t Republican opposition blocking Joe Biden’s promise to end US participation in the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe. It’s the president’s own hesitancy to keep his word paired with the unwillingness of Democrats in Congress to cross a president from their own party.

The US continues to provide logistical support that keeps the Saudi Royal Air Force in the sky, bombing Yemen. That’s involvement in the war. The Special Envoy to Yemen, cannot, or will not, answer even the most basic questions about whether the US still supports Saudi Arabia in Yemen. He denies the existence of the blockade, a tactic that employs starvation as a weapon of war.

The very members of congress who championed ending the war in Yemen through public and privileged War Powers Resolutions, like Congressman Ro Khanna, Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy, aren’t being consistent when it comes to holding Joe Biden accountable. We must pressure these members of Congress, and other progressives on Capitol Hill. It’s difficult to criticize your allies, but thousands of Yemeni lives are at stake. They can’t wait.

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Das Weiße Haus bestätigt Präsenz von US-Truppen im Jemen

Das Weiße Haus hat behauptet, die US-Truppen seien im Jemen, um gegen die al-Qaida und den IS zu kämpfen.

Das Weiße Haus teilte in einer Erklärung mit, dass "wir der saudischen Koalition im Jemen zu Verteidigungs- und Ausbildungszwecken begrenzten militärischen Rat und Geheimdienstinformationen zur Verfügung stellen".

In der Erklärung wird auch behauptete, dass die USA seit der Gründung von al-Shabaab in Somalia wiederholt die Positionen terroristischer Elemente der Gruppe ins Visier genommen haben.

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#USEnvoyYemen Lenderking met w/French Ambassador to the U.S. @Ph_Etienne to discuss the need for an immediate, nationwide ceasefire & our concerns about brutal Houthi attacks on civilians, including in Marib this past weekend.

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MacKenzie: US-Priorität besteht darin Militärhilfe für Saudi-Arabien fortzusetzen

Der Kommandant des US-Zentralkommandos in Westasien, CENTCOM, hat betont, dass die militärische Unterstützung Saudi-Arabiens im Jemen-Krieg eine der obersten Prioritäten Washingtons bleibe.

Kenneth MacKenzie, der Kommandant des terroristischen US-Hauptquartiers in Westasien, CENTCOM, sagte bei einem virtuellen Treffen mit westasiatischen Journalisten am Dienstag: "Saudi-Arabien zu helfen, sich zu verteidigen und seine fortschrittlichen Luft- und Raketenabwehrsysteme zu verbessern, hat für die USA oberste Priorität."

"Während alle daran arbeiten, eine endgültige Lösung für den Jemen-Konflikt zu finden, arbeiten wir hart daran, die Saudis dazu zu bringen, ihre Verteidigungsstärke wiederzuerlangen", so MacKenzie weiter.

Mein Kommentar: LOL.

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Houthis should cast aside pride, enter peace talks: Top US general

The top US military official in the Middle East has urged the Iran-backed Houthis to cast aside their pride and desire for a military solution in Yemen, and instead enter political negotiations with the internationally recognized government and Saudi-led coalition to end the country’s crisis.

In a press briefing attended by Arab News, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., commander of the US Central Command, said it is clear that the Houthis are holding up the peace process in Yemen and thereby prolonging the suffering of millions of people.

“We’re at a point in the crisis in Yemen where I’m personally convinced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seeks a responsible political end to the conflict. I’m convinced they’re willing to take significant steps to make that happen,” he told Arab News. “Unfortunately, I don’t believe the Houthis are ready to seize the moment.”

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My comment: By an US general, this is bizarre.

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Audio: Annelle Sheline on Washington's Fatal Misunderstanding of the Situation in Yemen – 6/4/21

Scott interviews Annelle Sheline about her work on the war in Yemen. Sheline says that negotiating an end to the war has proven difficult, since both the UN framework and the U.S.-Saudi mentality is totally inconsistent with the situation on the ground. Neither will confront the fact that the Houthi "rebels" have actually been in control of most of the country for the last few years already, and the Hadi "government" is really a group of men in a hotel room in Saudi Arabia. Asking for concessions from the Houthis at this stage simply isn't realistic. And so the status quo continues: a near-total blockade, supposedly to stop weapons from getting into the hands of militants, but which really just prevents food and basic medicine from getting to a civilian population suffering from a devastating famine and multiple outbreaks of otherwise easily preventable illnesses.

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New US Administration Offers Hope for Peace in Yemen

The Media Line met with citizens on both sides of the Yemen civil war, which has been called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis

While many of the followers of the Islamist Ansar Allah movement, known as the Houthis, believe that the United States is key to the continuing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen due to its military and logistical support for Saudi Arabia, others believe that the US is an essential partner in restoring the lost legitimacy of the Houthis and in the peace process in Yemen.

The Media Line met with dozens of Yemeni citizens on both sides of the civil war in Yemen, those who support Ansar Allah and those in favor the internationally recognized government of Yemen (IRG), to measure the extent of the expectations associated with the new Biden administration on the peace process in Yemen. More than half of those interviewed said they expect that President Joe Biden’s cabinet will have a large role in ending the conflict in Yemen, while the others thought that Biden’s government would not differ much from its predecessor and that all statements in support of peace in Yemen are nothing but a new way to advance private interests in the region.

The Media Line met with journalist Samah Lotf, who thinks that Yemenis are looking for any proposed solutions that can get them out of the scourge of war that has been raging for the past seven years.

“Many politicians, journalists and the elites of society agree that the American political transition has an important role in ending the war in Yemen,” she said.

Biden’s campaign sent out positive signals that his administration would involve itself in ending the war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, she said, and “… the speeches and actions that followed the American elections on arms exports and stopping logistical support for Saudi Arabia are all indications that peace is closer in Yemen in light of the actions and promises of the Biden cabinet.”

According to Samah, many observers, including the parties to the conflict, say that this is an opportunity to end the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

“Everyone was waiting for the American political transition process and how it could bring about changes in the Yemeni conflict,” Saddam Al-Haribi, a political activist and journalist close to the IRG, told The Media Line.

My comment: How old this article actually is?

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

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U.S. Lifts Some Iran Sanctions Amid Stalled Nuclear Talks

Administration official says there is no connection between the administrative move and Vienna negotiations

The Biden administration lifted sanctions on three former Iranian officials and several energy companies amid stalled nuclear negotiations, signaling Washington’s willingness to further ease economic pressure on Iran if the country changes course.

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday repealed sanctions on former senior National Iranian Oil Co. officials and several companies involved in shipping and trading petrochemical products. The administration described the moves as routine administrative actions, saying the officials were removed from U.S. blacklists because they no longer held positions in the sanctioned entities.

But officials familiar with talks under way in Vienna on the future of the 2015 multilateral Iran nuclear agreement said the Biden administration has been looking at how it could inject momentum into the negotiations. Oil prices tumbled nearly 2% after the news, but quickly regained their losses, continuing to trade over $70 a barrel.

“These actions demonstrate our commitment to lifting sanctions in the event of a change in status or behavior by sanctioned persons,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement accompanying the notice of the action.

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Ex-Mossad chief signals Israel behind Iran nuclear attacks

The outgoing chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service has offered the closest acknowledgment yet his country was behind recent attacks targeting Iran’s nuclear program and a military scientist.

The comments by Yossi Cohen, speaking to Israel’s Channel 12 investigative program “Uvda” in a segment aired Thursday night, offered an extraordinary debriefing by the head of the typically secretive agency in what appears to be the final days of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule.

It also gave a clear warning to other scientists in Iran’s nuclear program that they too could become targets for assassination even as diplomats in Vienna try to negotiate terms to try to salvage its atomic accord with world powers.

“If the scientist is willing to change career and will not hurt us anymore, than yes, sometimes we offer them” a way out, Cohen said.

Among the major attacks to target Iran, none have struck deeper than two explosions over the last year at its Natanz nuclear facility. There, centrifuges enrich uranium from an underground hall designed to protect them from airstrikes.

Asked about Natanz, the interviewer asked Cohen where he’d take them if they could travel there, he said “to the cellar” where “the centrifuges used to spin.”

“It doesn’t look like it used to look,” he added.

Cohen did not directly claim the attacks, but his specificity offered the closest acknowledgement yet of an Israeli hand in the attacks. The interviewer, journalist Ilan Dayan, also seemingly offered a detailed description of how Israel snuck the explosives into Natanz’s underground halls that went unchallenged by Cohen.

“The man who was responsible for these explosions, it becomes clear, made sure to supply to the Iranians the marble foundation on which the centrifuges are placed,” Dayan said. “As they install this table within the Natanz facility, they have no idea that it already includes an enormous amount of explosives.”

He also brought up the November killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist who began Tehran’s military nuclear program decades ago. U.S. intelligence agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency believe Iran abandoned that organized effort at seeking a nuclear weapon in 2003. Iran long has maintained its program is peaceful.

While Cohen on camera doesn’t claim the killing, Dayan in the segment described Cohen as having “personally signed off on the entire campaign.”

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Iran sends warships to Atlantic amid Venezuela concerns

An Iranian destroyer and support vessel are now sailing in the Atlantic Ocean in a rare mission far from the Islamic Republic, Iran’s state TV reported on Thursday, without offering the vessels’ final destination.

The trip by the new domestically built destroyer Sahand and the intelligence-gathering vessel Makran comes amid U.S. media reports, citing anonymous American officials, saying the ships were bound for Venezuela. The Associated Press could not immediately confirm the ships’ destination.

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Missiles target U.S. troops, contractors in Iraqi army bases

Multiple rockets targeted two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S.-led coalition troops and foreign contractors Wednesday, Iraqi security officials and the military said.

Three rockets hit Balad airbase, north of Baghdad, without causing any casualties or damage, an Iraqi military statement said. The base housed foreign contractors.

Hours later, at least one missile hit close to a military base next to Baghdad airport, two Iraqi security officials said. It was unclear whether the explosion was caused by a rocket or a drone strike.

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Iran candidate says he’s willing to potentially meet Biden

A prominent Iranian presidential candidate said Wednesday he’d be willing to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden if he wins his country’s election next week, though “America needs to send better and stronger signals” to the Islamic Republic.

Speaking to The Associated Press, former Iranian Central Bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati stressed that an American return to Iran’s tattered nuclear deal was key to any possible relationship amid the wider tensions in the Mideast.

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Resigned to a nuclear deal revival, Gulf engages with foe Iran

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, resigned to the revival of a nuclear pact with Iran they always opposed, are engaging with Tehran to contain tensions while lobbying for future talks to take their security concerns into account.

World powers have been negotiating in Vienna with Iran and the United States to revive the 2015 deal, under which Tehran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international sanctions.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made clear on Monday that Washington's priority was to get the deal "back in the box" and then use it as a platform to address other questions.

But with Saudi Arabia embroiled in a costly war in Yemen and facing repeated missile and drone attacks on its oil infrastructure which it blames on Iran and its allies, the Gulf States say the wider issues must not be set aside.

"The Gulf countries have said 'fine the U.S. can go back to (the nuclear deal), this is their decision we cannot change it, but...we need everybody to take into account regional security concerns'," Gulf Research Center's Abdulaziz Sager, who has been active in past unofficial Saudi-Iran dialogue, said this week.

Rather than wait for the outcome in Vienna, Riyadh accepted Iraqi overtures in April to host talks between Saudi and Iranian officials, two sources familiar with the matter said.


As the foes suss each other out, Riyadh has said it wants to see “verifiable deeds”.

Iran holds a number of cards, not least its support for the Houthi movement in Yemen, which the Saudis have failed to defeat after six years of war that exhausted Washington's patience.

"Yemen is a cheap course for Iran and a very expensive one for Saudi Arabia. This gives Iran a strong bargaining position," Sager said.

The UAE, for its part, has already been in regular contact with Iran trying to de-escalate, notably since tankers were attacked off its coast in 2019, a third regional source said.

The priority now for Gulf states is to focus on their economies following COVID-19. But security assurances are an important part of that recovery.

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Drones Target Ain Al-Asad Military Base Housing US Forces in western Iraq

Two drones shot down above Iraq base housing US troops: Military

The US’s C-RAM defence system shoots down the drones above the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq’s western desert, the Iraqi army says.

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IAEA head: Iran hasn’t answered questions on uranium find

Iran has failed to answer questions about the discovery of uranium particles at former undeclared sites in the country, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Monday, calling on Tehran to provide information “without further delay.”

Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has been pushing Iran for answers on three sites dating back many years where inspections had revealed traces of uranium of man-made origin, suggesting they were once connected to Iran’s nuclear program.

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US-run diplomatic center comes under rocket attack in Baghdad

A United States-run diplomatic facility in the Iraqi capital Baghdad is targeted in a single rocket strike, the US-led forces deployed to the Arab country reported.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Prince Khalid discusses bilateral ties, Yemen developments with British foreign secretary

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid Bin Salman met on Monday with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is an official visit to the Kingdom.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations within the framework of a strategic partnership and explored ways to strengthen them, especially in matters related to defense.
The meeting reviewed the efforts made by Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom to enhance, preserve and protect the region from any threats, and their role in establishing global peace and security, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

They also discussed the latest developments in Yemen in light of the comprehensive Saudi initiative to end the crisis, paving the way for a permanent and comprehensive political solution as well as the need to exert pressure on the Houthis to engage in efforts to resolve the crisis peacefully.


My comment: Britain, a close ally to islamist head-choppers.

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UK envoy calls on Houthis to de-escalate

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Siehe / Look at cp1 (Emirates)

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Borrell highlights strong EU support for the Yemeni people and government

On Thursday (10 June), the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, met with Yemeni Foreign Affairs Minister, Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell reiterated strong EU support to the Yemeni government and the people of Yemen, highlighting the significant work of the EU in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres.

The two sides discussed the latest, intense efforts of the international community for a ceasefire in Yemen.

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Europeans refuse to hold official meeting with MBS

A Western diplomatic source has revealed that European leaders have refused to meet with Mohammed bin Salman because of his black record of human rights violation.

The source stressed that in recent weeks, the Saudi embassies in UK, France, and other European countries had been seeking to arrange an official meeting between Bin Salman and the mentioned European countries.

But European countries have strongly refused to accept Muhammad bin Salman neither now nor in the near future.

The unanimous response of these European countries was that bin Salman could have informal meetings without an official welcome.

European officials do not want to meet with bin Salman in any official way for fear of domestic and international criticism, the source added.

The news comes as, in March, Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) filed a criminal case in a German court against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and four other high-ranking officials for “crimes against humanity” in connection with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Film: #Protests broke out in #Bahrain yesterday over the death of a political prisoner charged with being member of a 'terrorist organization' - this comes amid a campaign of stripping Shia Bahrainis of their citizenship

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EU will bei G7-Gipfel 250 Millionen gegen Hunger mobilisieren

Weltweit sind mehr als 34 Millionen Menschen von einer Hungersnot bedroht. Die EU will deshalb im Kreis der G7 250 Mio. Euro gegen den Hunger mobilisieren.

Mein Kommentar: Wieviel verdienen die G7-Staaten jährlich mit Waffenverkäufen?

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Hamas thanks Yemen people for support, prays for their future unity and security

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Hamas: We do not take sides in the unfortunate conflict in Yemen

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Palestine affirmed on Tuesday that it does not take sides in the “unfortunate conflict” in Yemen, wishing this Arab country and its people “goodness, unity and an exit from the conflict.”

This came against the backdrop of reservations by Yemeni and Arab parties regarding a meeting on Sunday with the charge d’affaires of “Hamas” in Yemen, Moaz Abu Shammala, with Muhammad Ali al-Houthi, one of the prominent leaders of the Houthi group.

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Secretive Israeli Cyber Firm Selling Spy-tech to Saudi Arabia

Quadream, led by a former Israeli military intelligence official, and the phone-hacking tech was sold to Saudi Arabia. It allows clients a ‘zero-click’ hack into a target's iPhone (paywalled)

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Wie die Emirate den liberalen Lebensstil vortäuschen

Influencerin hält den Golf-Staat für ein Vorbild für
Deutschland in Sachen Geschlechtergerechtigkeit ...

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Report: Women's Rights in UAE Doesn't Existent

The widely spread German newspaper Bild said that gender equality and women's rights are not available in the Emirates. The newspaper commented in a report that talks of Dubai and the UAE as a role model in gender equality and women's rights is "doubtful."

It pointed out that Dubai is trying to present itself to the outside world as a very modern city, and is also seen as an attractive tourist destination for the West. But the newspaper confirmed that "there are some problems at the level of women's rights and human rights there, according to human rights organizations' reports on the UAE."

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Emirati Academic Faces Death in UAE Prisons

The Emirates Center for Human Rights revealed the deterioration of the health status of the Emirati detainee in the prisons of the families of Zayed, Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith, in addition to violations and ill-treatment since his arrest in 2015.

The Human Rights Center said in a statement via its Twitter account, which was monitored by (Watan), that Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith suffers from high blood pressure, and the authorities are depriving him of receiving his medication.

According to the center, this led to a noticeable deterioration in his health, in addition to the violations and ill-treatment he has suffered since his arrest in 2015.

The Emirates Center for Human Rights called on the UAE authorities to stop their violations against prisoners of conscience and to release them without conditions

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India: Travel ban: Duo who visited Yemen detained

Two men who visited Yemen and returned via Sharjah were detained at the Chennai airport on Monday.

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Emirati colonisation of Yemeni island of Mayyun done in collaboration with “Israel”

UAE steps to occupy and colonise the Yemeni island of Mayyun
are established in partnership with Israel, in order to serve its conspiracies to expand and gain influence, Gulf sources said.

The source told the Emirates Leaks website that a joint operations room was formed between the Emirates and Israel specifically to expand its military influence on the strategically located island.

The source explained that the Emirati-Israeli coordination is based on the important position of the island of Mayyun, from which the island control the navigation in the Bab al-Mandab Strait and towards the Suez Canal.

The Yemeni island of Mayyun is considered one of the first areas that underwent modern occupation in the Arab world. It is also considered the Arab region that has been occupied by the largest number of major colonial empires.

Meanwhile, an Israeli intelligence website said that a mysterious base, which media revealed recently, is an Emirati military project in coordination with Israel.

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Kuwait reiterates firm support to Yemen's government

Kuwait's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah on Saturday reiterated his country's firm support to Yemen's legitimate government during all circumstances.

The statement was made as the internationally recognised President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi received the minister in the Saudi capital Riyadh

cp12b Sudan

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Report: Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur kill at least 36

Tribal clashes erupted over the weekend between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s western Darfur region, killing at least 36 people, the state-run news agency reported.

The clashes broke out in South Darfur province between the Arab Taaisha and the non-Arab Falata tribes and also wounded at least 32, SUNA news agency said late Sunday.

More troops were deployed to contain the clashes in the area of Um Dafuk, west of the South Darfur’s provincial capital of Nyala. The area is on the border with the Central African Republic. A statement later said the clashes subsided.

The violence grew out of a land dispute between the two tribes, according to an aid worker who spoke on condition of anonymity for safety reasons.

Such clashes pose a significant challenge to efforts by Sudan’s transitional government to end

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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Top official promises NZ military exports not used in Yemen battlefield

New Zealand's involvement in sending military equipment to the Saudi-led coalition, while it was on a UN blacklist for killing children, was at the centre of tense questioning in Parliament today.

It comes as Government Ministers "have made it clear" to ministry officials that military equipment should not be sold to parts of the Middle East at the moment.

Foreign Affair's (MFAT) deputy chief executive Ben King faced questions over the ministry's decision to approve permits to export military equipment to Saudi Arabia and other nations involved in the conflict in recent years when they were on the blacklist for their actions in Yemen.

Approved military equipment to the Saudi-led coalition nations included mortar fire control systems, artillery fire control systems and firearms suppressors.

Green Party's Golriz Ghahraman asked King, "When MFAT continued to sell to the Saudi military during which time that military was on a UN blacklist for killing and maiming children, that didn't meet your standard?"

King said they "take our responsibilities here very seriously".

"Against the criteria we look at the particular equipment and we also take account of New Zealand's reputation. On the strength of the information we had at the time, we were satisfied."

When pushed on the inclusion of those countries on the UN blacklist, King said they were "absolutely determined to get the highest level we could that this equipment would not be deployed into Yemen".

Ghahraman asked, "So, we have a military force that you know is very likely to be committing very serious war crimes, you're saying it's OK to help train them? That's the MFAT standard?"

"No it's absolutely not," King said.
On the issue of sending fire control training equipment for artillery to the UAE, King said they had confidence that it would be highly unlikely to be deployed in Yemen, after checking with the exporter, the end user and they also had the New Zealand embassy involved.

"Training people to become better at war crimes is OK?" Ghahraman asked.

"Absolutely not," King said.

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Back to old habits? South African arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Following illegal and unethical arms trades to countries with very poor human rights records under apartheid, democratic South Africa established a legal framework so that the mistakes of the past would not repeat themselves.

But 26 years later, the plan to implement a system that ensures responsible arms trades guided by international law has failed. The reality of South Africa’s arms exports appears to be dominated by economic gain, with no space provided for humanitarian considerations. Today, South Africa grants permits to export arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), countries accused of committing war crimes in Yemen.

When decisions are not made based on rationality or facts, such behaviour is indicative of a failed system that can help fuel a conflict such as the present one in Yemen. To review decisions granting export permits and hold South African state entities to account, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and Open Secrets launched an urgent application in the Pretoria high court on 3 June 2021.

The South African legislature established with the National Conventional Arms Control Act (the Act) and the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) a framework that is supposed to guarantee that specific criteria and principles guide a decision to grant a permit. These criteria and principles speak a clear language.

The decision to grant a permit to export arms qualifies as an administrative decision. Therefore, under South African law, a decision granting permission to export arms must take all relevant considerations into account, and it must be rational. In the light of the UN expert reports, it is alarming how a state entity could grant a permit to transfer arms to countries undermining the peace and security in Yemen and potentially committing war crimes. To ignore such information creates the disturbing notion of a failed system and decision-making process.

As much as this is a question of law, it is also a question of humanity. We must ask ourselves: how can it be that we do not care more about these arms transfers? Is it because the conflict in Yemen is too far away? Is it because South Africa cares more about its own economic interests? Or is it because it is not our own children who are dying?


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Court bid to halt SA arms exports ‘fuelling war in Yemen’

Open Secrets released a report looking at how South African arms companies had been cashing in on the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Open Secrets and the Southern African Human Rights Litigation Centre (SALC) have launched a court bid to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which, they argue, are potentially fuelling the vicious war in Yemen.

In March, Open Secrets released a report, Profiting from Misery – South Africa’s war crimes in Yemen, looking at how, since the start of the war which has seen both Saudi Arabia and the UAE enter the fray, South African arms companies had been cashing in on the sale of weapons to the two.

Now, the nonprofit organisation, together with the SALC, has turned to the courts to try and bring a stop to it.

Last week, the organisations launched a two-part application in the High Court in Pretoria.

In the first part, they want a list of all companies that either have or had applied for permits to export arms to the two countries.

They say their efforts to get this directly from the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) – the government body responsible for issuing the permits – have come to nought.

They need those companies’ names, for the second part, in which they want the decisions to authorise the permits set aside.

In the founding papers, Anneke Meerkotter – the executive director of the SALC – argued these decisions flew in the face of the NCACC’s obligations under both domestic and international law.

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Norwegischer Pensionsfonds: Aus für an Kriegsverbrechen mitschuldige Rüstungsfirmen

Am Dienstag (8.6.21) hat das norwegische Parlament die Einführung neuer ethischer Kriterien für Investments des staatlichen Pensionsfonds in Waffenexporteure beschlossen. [1] Rüstungsfirmen, die sich an Kriegsverbrechen mitschuldig machen, werden demnach aus dem Portfolio des Fonds ausgeschlossen. Die NGOs Save the Children Norway und Future In Our Hands Norway sowie urgewald und Facing Finance begrüßen dies und erwarten, dass weitere Investoren diesem Beispiel folgen werden.

Der Norwegische Pensionsfonds ist wegen mehrerer umstrittener Investitionen in Waffenfirmen, die mit dem Krieg im Jemen in Verbindung stehen, unter Beschuss geraten. Organisationen in Norwegen und auf der ganzen Welt setzen sich seit mehreren Jahren für eine Änderung des ethischen Rahmens des Fonds ein, so dass unethische Waffenfirmen aus seinem Portfolio verbannt werden.
„Das neue Kriterium hat das Potenzial, ein bedeutender ‚Game Changer‘ zu sein und zu mehr Respekt vor den Menschenrechten beizutragen. Dass ein internationaler Investitionsriese wie der Norwegische Pensionsfonds Unternehmen ausschließen kann, die Waffen an Länder verkaufen, die die Regeln des Krieges verletzen, sendet ein starkes Signal an die Rüstungsindustrie: Sie muss verantwortungsbewusster werden, was die Frage angeht, an wen sie Waffen liefert und wie die Waffen eingesetzt werden“, kommentiert Birgitte Lange, Geschäftsführerin von Save the Children Norway.

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Norway’s reputation as a force for peace and good has come into question

The nation’s foreign ministry has been accused of exporting weapons to the UAE despite ‘harbouring suspicions’ they were being used in Yemen

A controversy has erupted in Norway over allegations that the foreign ministry allowed the export of weapons to the United Arab Emirates until the end of 2017, despite “harbouring clear suspicions” they might be used in the civil war in Yemen.

The foreign ministry, which handles applications for weapons export licences, is also responsible for checking applicants comply with Norwegian regulations.

Norwegian broadsheet Aftenposten broke the story on 2 May, alleging it had got hold of a classified document from the office of the auditor general.

“Between 2014 to 2018, weapons and ammunitions worth 280 million Norwegian kroner (NOK) (€28m) were exported to the Emirates. It was first and foremost so-called A-material, i.e. weapons and ammunition suitable for killing,” the paper wrote.

“The increase coincided with the Emirates joining a Saudi-led coalition which in 2015 intervened in Yemen, where a bloody civil war between the government and the Houti militias was taking place”.

A few days later, on 4 May, the same newspaper argued the Emirates were also known for being a ‘free haven’ where weapons could quickly be sold on to others, and slammed the arguments put forward by the foreign ministry as “thin and tendentious”.

The claim relates to the period before 2018. In January of that year, Norway suspended the sale of weapons to the UAE over concerns they might be used in the Yemeni conflict.

On the same day, 4 May, Aftenposten also published a letter by foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Eriksen Søreide firmly rejected the allegations, underlining that it was she who, two months into her mandate in December 2017, decided to stop exports of ammunition and weapons (so-called A-material) to the UAE on behalf of the government.

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Film: Video: Why is Canada Arming Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen?

The constant supply of arms to Saudi Arabia only prolongs hostilities, and increases the suffering and numbers of the dead. So why has Canada continued to send weapons to Saudi Arabia?

Watch our webinar from Saturday May 29, 2021, to hear from experts from Yemen, Canada and the U.S — academics, community organizers, and those who have felt the direct impact of the war in Yemen, including:

—Dr. Shireen Al Adeimi – professor of education at Michigan State University, advocate working to encourage political action to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war on her country of birth, Yemen.

—Hamza Shaiban – Yemeni Canadian community organizer, and member of the #CanadaStopArmingSaudi campaign

—Ahmed Jahaf – Yemeni journalist and artist based in Sana’a

—Azza Rojbi – North African social justice, antiwar, and anti-racism activist living in Canada, author of the book “U.S. & Saudi War on the People of Yemen”, and member of the Editorial Board of the Fire This Time Newspaper writing and researching on Middle Eastern, Yemen and, North African politics.

—Professor Simon Black – organizer with Labour Against the Arms Trade and professor in Labour Studies at Brock University

This event was hosted by the #CanadaStopArmingSaudi campaign

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Photos: A rare Glock 26 with POLYMER80 PF940SC frame (Illegally imported from the United States) on sale in #Sanaa recently. No price given but I'd expect $7-10k.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Sudanese Troops On Deployment To Yemen

Exclusive footage obtained by the Associated Press and filmed in late May showed the presence of Sudanese troops, known as the Al-Hazm Brigade, in Yemen;s Hajjah Governorate.

Exclusive footage obtained by the Associated Press and filmed in late May showed the presence of Sudanese troops, known as the Al-Hazm Brigade, in Yemen;s Hajjah Governorate.

Sudanese troops are fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition and Yemen's internationally recognized government forces against Houthi rebels.

The footage shows the deployment of Sudanese troops in the Midi region, which overlooks the coast of the Red Sea in the Hajjah Governorate, northwest of the country, close to the Yemeni-Saudi border.

The Sudanese troops had deployed mainly to Yemen's border areas with Saudi Arabia to repel any attacks by Houthis on the kingdom.

cp13c Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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As war destroys Yemen’s present, museums struggle to preserve its past

The Sanaa museum miraculously escaped years of bombing by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war against the Houthi group.

"Other areas around the museum were targeted and that led to the destruction of some artefacts and to cracks in the walls of the building itself," said Ibrahim al-Hadi, the museum's director.

Most of the collection was moved to safe rooms in the museum when the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015.

Collections of Arabian swords, rifles and helmets, some decorated with gold, are packed in boxes and covered with sheets. Two bronze lions from the pagan kingdom of Qataban, restored at the Louvre in 2008, are snarling at the dark.

"This storeroom is a model," said Abdullah Ishaq, an expert working with the museum. "It has been set up with scientific, modern and international standards."

But Yemen's museums, the richest in the Arabian peninsula, are a reminder of the toll that war has taken on the country's cultural heritage, often eclipsed by civilian casualties and the dire humanitarian situation.

In the disputed city of Taiz, nature has combined with conflict to leave the historic National Museum building in ruins.

Charred manuscripts, burned shelves and shattered glass are scattered inside. Acacia trees have taken root and helped to tear down the walls.

"Shelling destroyed the buildings ... the collection was looted and fires burned down storerooms," said Ramzi al-Damini, the Taiz museum director.

The Yemeni General Authority for Antiquities and Museums has started working with the World Monuments Fund to restore parts of the buildings.

But the museum has already lost around 70% of its collection, even though some stolen artefacts have been recovered from local markets and volunteers have brought back other pieces.

“We know that many of those articles have been smuggled outside Taiz and even abroad. It is not easy to get them out of Yemen, only powerful people with international connections can do that,” said Ahmed Jassar, director of antiquities in the Taiz museum. = = (with photos)



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Restoring Livelihoods Through Culture in Yemen

"In our line of work, if we change the life of one [person], we have achieved something," said Anna Paolini, UNESCO Representative To GCC and Yemen, during the event. "The UNESCO-EU cash-for-work contributes to changing the lives of many."

As of May 2021, the project surveyed over 8000 historical buildings, repaired 151 buildings, and enrolled over 2500 young workers in Sana'a, Aden, Shibam, and Zabid.

Among the four cities, three are listed as World Heritage in Danger. "UNESCO and the EU cash-for-work project [is] actively contributing to get them removed from the list," said May Shaer, Chief of the Arab States Unit at UNESCO.

The project also engaged over 500 youth in cash-based cultural programming and services, organized consultative workshops for 50 culture operators, disbursed small grants to eight cultural CSOs, and distributed awareness-raising materials to 7M Yemenis.

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Yemen Joint Market Monitoring Initiative: May 2021 Situation Overview

Key findings

  • Overall, exchange rates have slightly increased between April 2021 and May 2021. However, The median national exchange rate remained stable with 597 Yemeni Riyal (YER) to one US dollar (USD). The lowest exchange rate was recorded in Al Hudaydah (593 YER to 1 USD). The highest exchange rate was recorded in Shabwah (900 YER to 1 USD), followed by Hadramaut governorate (896 YER to 1 USD).
  • The average reported restocking time increased for all assessed items, after a decrease was observed in the last round of data collection in April.
  • The reported total number of business closed in the last 2 weeks within a 2 minute walk from KIs’ stalls increased to reach 135 markets compared to last round in April with a total of 82 businesses reported to be closed around the assessed markets.
  • Price inflation remains the most commonly reported constraint faced by the assessed vendors when obtaining fuel, WASH items, food items, and water trucking services.
  • The food SMEB cost (with dry beans) was found to have increased by 1.6% since the last round of data collection in April, and the WASH SMEB cost increased by 0.2% since last round, contributing to a 1.3% increase in the overall SMEB cost.
  • Overall, 14% of KIs reported that their supply routes changed in a way harmful to their business in the 30 days prior to data collection.

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Cash Consortium of Yemen (CCY) - Price Monitoring Tool: May 2021

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Cash Consortium of Yemen (CCY) - Remittances Tracker - (June 2021)

Less than a third of the shops (9 out of 25) indicated an increase in the number of remittances in the past two weeks.

Al Hudaydah and Taizz have the largest number of exchange shops that have not returned to preCOVID levels of remittances.

Al Dhale’e, Aden, and Lahij have the largest number of exchange shops that have returned to the preCOVID levels of remittances.

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The faces of Yemen’s sea ports

The ports are responsible for 60 to 70 percent of all imports to Yemen. But with reduced capacity due to the on-going conflict and a lack of maintenance, what was once an economic engine is shattering.

Shipping companies are forced to pay high war insurance premiums and the ports can only handle a few ships at a time. This significantly slows the off-loading process and potentially compromises the quality of the supplies. With the extra work required to berth ships at damaged docks, the additional costs are transferred in their entirety to the Yemeni consumer.

Shipping companies are forced to pay high war insurance premiums and the ports can only handle a few ships at a time. This significantly slows the off-loading process and potentially compromises the quality of the supplies.

UNDP partnered with Yemen’s Port Authorities, and the Dutch government through The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, and the Port of Rotterdam to assess and improve the capacity of each port.

UNDP takes an insider look through the eyes of those working at Yemen’s ports and living nearby to understand how they work, and what they hope to achieve together.


Established in 1985, the Port of Mukalla was designed to serve the northern reaches of Yemen’s Hadroumat governorate. The main economic force in the area, it has largely avoided damage from the war, yet it’s suffering from a lack of infrastructure maintenance and limited resources.

The Port of Mukalla was designed to serve the northern reaches of Yemen’s Hadroumat governorate.


Aden is one of Yemen’s younger ports, but the city’s relative calm has created reliance on it. However without updating the original infrastructure and establishing a system of maintenance, the port faces worsening delays and risks to worker safety.

The container terminal is one of the largest and best in country but it had ageing and outdated equipment.


“The container terminal is an important economic wheel that feeds the city of Aden and its residents, but political and security escalations have affected operations. There have been many ups and downs.

My main dream is to see the port of Aden as prosperous and developed as any other port in the world.”

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Elisabeth Kendall: What is the future of militant #jihad in #Yemen? In 2 minutes. It's no longer easy to define who or what constitutes #alQaeda & #Daesh in #Yemen. The labels are the same, but the groups have evolved.

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After Marib attack, Houthis keep throwing attention diverters

After the rocket shelling that killed 21 civilians including children in Marib on Saturday, Houthis are trying to drop bombshells and big claims to keep the public from thinking about the terror attack. Here are the issues stirred up.

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Houthi terror attacks eclipse one another

The Houthi attacks on civilians often block one another from view due to their consecutive nature. The Houthi especially fierce war and attacks on Marib left the militia's war crimes in the war-torn Hodeidah off the radar of news audience. Media institutions need to take this into consideration and highlight what is going on in Hodeidah.

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Hamas angers Yemenis for the first time

The honoring of the Houthi militia by Muadh Abu Shammalah who turned out to be indeed acting on Hamas’s behalf caused a severe anger amongst Yemenis including what some would like to call “pro-Muslim Brotherhood” researchers, journalists, actors and grassroots despite Hamas’s latest statement trying to equally please the two sides.

Mohammed Al-Adhrohi a comedy star on Islah’s TV channel Suheil wrote on facebook:

“I swear to Allah if my son sides with the Houthis, I will disown him. If he gets killed fighting in their ranks, I will not bother to arrange a burial nor accept condolences. If this is would be the case with my son, how would it be with a stranger? Since Hamas has forgotten the stand of the Yemeni people by its side and chose Iran and its Houthi affiliate as allies, then do not blame our stance against the movement from now on,”


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In Yemen, Hamas sleepwalks its way into the global warfront against Sunni Islam

By honoring and recognizing Houthis, Hamas has joined hands with the global coalition backing the Shiit armed militia to kill Sunni Muslims - the majority of the Yemeni people.

I think what Hamas has done amounts to revealing its desire to be in the same ditch with Iran, the UAE and Israel to fight against the Sunni majority in Yemen.

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US Approach toward Yemen Needs More Work

If the Biden Administration’s goal was to change the Houthis’ behavior, the policy has already failed. Far from preventing a humanitarian disaster, the threat to civilians has increased as the Houthis have grown bolder, using the U.S. drawdown to continue its deadly offensive. That’s how terrorist organizations operate, and the decision to designate the Houthis as a terrorist organization, after all, was not without merit.

During recent years, the Houthis have launched rockets, ballistic missiles, mortars, explosive drones and boats against neighboring Saudi Arabia and the millions of expatriates who live there. This means civilians are being targeted with advanced Iranian weaponry. Attacks on Saudi civilian targets – any of which could have resulted in American as well as Saudi casualties – and on an oil storage yard at Ras Tanura, one of the world’s biggest offshore oil-loading facilities, followed the Biden Administration’s decision and could be a preview of what may come if the Houthis prevail.

These attacks are in Iran’s interests.

It is the world’s problem, and international support is required to allow Yemenis to choose their own future. A future filled with peace and opportunity, absent murderous attacks at the behest of Tehran.

Arab leaders need to compel Yemen’s fractious non-Houthi actors to set aside their disagreements for the sake of unity. And though the Houthis continue to ignore UN mediation efforts, lectures from the State Department, unilateral ceasefires and other diplomatic initiatives, UN-led diplomacy must continue – by Mark D. Wallace is CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) and the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Management and Reform and Norman T. Roule, the former National Intelligence Manager for Iran at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and a senior adviser to UANI.

My comment: For UANI and Wallace look and

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Iran branded 'responsible' for Yemen war's bloody continuation

Yemeni officials cite ongoing Iranian arms shipments and training of Houthi militants as the main reasons for the war's continuance. Meanwhile, Yemeni civilians continue to pay a horrible price.

Iran's role in financing and arming the Houthis has directly led to civilian deaths and prolonged the conflict in Yemen, Yemeni officials say.

"The continuous Iranian support for the Houthis with weapons and experts from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Lebanese Hizbullah is the main factor in the continuation of the war," Deputy Minister of Justice Faisal al-Majeedi said.

"The responsibility that Iran bears for the continuation of the war is a direct one, because the planning is Iranian, the weapons are Iranian and even the objectives serve Iran's interests," he said.

My comment: Looking at Saudi / UAE / US / UK involvement, this is rather odd.

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Why Houthis faked a Hamas awards ceremony to their leader Mohammed Al-Houthi?

To distract public attention from the Marib bloody attack they (the Shiit militia) committed on Saturday.

This is not the first time they (and their allies) stir up issues to divert attention from a massacre they have just committed. Their playbook is full.

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Houthis' missiles against Marib expose the illusion of American peace

The US pampering of the Houthi terrorist guerrilla has no match to it save the indulgence the Zionist regime receives.

Despite all this havoc wreaked by the guerilla and all this pile of evidences on Houthi war crimes committed on a large scale, the US along with the UN continue to afford an absolute immunity to the guerilla and thwart the enforcement of the international justice on it.

Since the new US administration led by Biden began talking about peace in Yemen, the casualty toll has been constantly going upward

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Some people propose peace in Yemen on the terms of armed gangs

Some American analysts have gone beyond the views of the State Department towards the war in Yemen and said that the Houthis have won against the Saudi Arabia-led coalition as if the Yemeni people no longer exist. The administration of US President Joe Biden, they insist, must acknowledge this fact. It's unbelievable.

This is exactly what was stated in an article by a researcher at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Annelle Sheline, published in Foreign Policy, which is issued by the Council on Foreign Relations. It tries to be a sincere attempt to take the debate on the humanitarian crisis and war in Yemen to a realistic space, although such an article does not reflect wisdom or knowledge, rather an offensiveness and elitist opportunism.

If matters are to be calculated according to the use of excessive force by armed gangs and extremist groups and those who support them, as Sheline believes, then no one has more right to govern the US than Donald Trump. Powerful right-wing groups loyal to him did, after all, manage to bring Congress to a standstill with just one incident. How much more could they have done if pushed?

However, the Yemeni people who have struggled for freedom, dignity, and the realisation of a state built on citizenship and partnership have not lost their dream. Nor have they lost the will to achieve their goal. The people do not lack the courage and the possibility of victory over the seditious terrorist groups that were imposed by regional countries with the support of the major powers.

My comment: propaganda BS. You always make peace with an enemy and not with a friend.

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5-year-old Lian was burnt to death by the Houthis, will the world care?

Who, apart from heartless terrorists, would deliberately fire a missile at a gas station and kill at least 17 people? Who, apart from a group of savages who adhere to an evil ideology, would then fire another missile at an ambulance that came to rescue any survivors?

While those of us who follow news and read history can certainly identify a number of radical groups who would commit such atrocious crimes, I am speechless at those who fail to condemn these crimes or call them out for what they are: Unjustifiable, barbaric acts of utter terror.

Perhaps some fail to do so because they don’t identify with the victims. Or perhaps some don’t feel that what happens in a country such as Yemen

My comment: From a pro-Saudi news site, this is odd propaganda. From a, let’s say, Mongolian, Portuguese, Uruguay news paper this would be a serious and good report.

(A P)

Cartoon: The UN's response to the death of five-year-old Layan who was burned alive in a Houthi missile strike that targeted a gas station in Marib.

(A P)

Butheina's eye: Layan's death reminiscent of western media's hypocricy"

Does anyone remember the western media's campaign over Buthaina Mohammed Mansour a young girl who allegedly suffered eye bruises in an Arab airstrike in Houthi-held Sana'a on August 2017: The Observer's "Little girl with swollen eyes has become a symbol of Yemen's conflict"?; the CNN's "The 5-year-old girl who opened the world's eyes to Yemen's plight" ?; and the rest of the melodramatizing headlines by western media outlets?

"Butheina's eye" was wittingly exploited in the campaign to misrepresent the war against Houthis as a war against civilians, just as the Houthis wanted.

Today, we have another girl who has been slain in a far more gruesome way than some eye bruises: Five-year-old Layan was turned to a piece of charcoal by the Houthi ballistic missile attack in Marib on Saturday.

Will the western media care? Absolutely not. These hypocrites are here to further the Shiit militia's interests, not to do any impartial news reporting job.

(A P)

Shura head: Yemen legitimate government destroyed by coup entities

The head of the Shura Council Ahmed Ubaid bin Dagher said on Saturday the legitimate government of Yemen is being destroyed by coup entities as he sounded the alarm about dangers of a scheme to divide the country.

The Houthi practices supported by Iran aim to destroy and fragment what has been left of the public institutions, he said at a meeting with MPs, politicians, activists and journalists from the Tihamah region in Cairo.

Iran has hidden hate against Yemen and is feeding that with ambition of hegemony and hunger for revenge, he said.

(A P)

US and UN criticisms of Houthis are lip service

(A P)

Iranian military officer supervises Houthi child radicalization camps, says Yemen official

An Iranian military officer is supervising Houthi summer schools for radicalizing tens of thousands of children in the capital Sana’a, a Yemeni minister has said, in an apparent grooming of the young militants to fight the government.

Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar al-Eryani said on Friday that Hassan Eyrlo, an officer in the IRGC and Iran’s “ambassador” to Houthis in Sana’a is supervising the graduation of children from the “Summer Camps” which radicalize children during the summer vacation.

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda and

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

June 5:

June 4:

June 3:

June 2:

June 1:

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New airstrikes hit Sana’a; Yemeni sources suspect Saudi Arabia

A series of airstrikes has been launched on the Yemeni capital Sana’a, Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA) reported, citing local witnesses.

According to the witnesses, four airstrikes targeted the former headquarters of the First Armoured Division in the capital.

Witnesses added that several explosions were heard and smoke plumes were seen rising from the place, without details being known about casualties.

and also =


(A K)

Saudi-led coalition denies recent military operation in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen denied on Thursday any recent military operation in the country, Al Arabiya TV reported.

The coalition stopped attacks near Yemen's capital Sanaa and other Yemeni city because it wants to prepare the political ground for a peaceful settlement, the coalition spokesman Turki Al Maliki was quoted by Al Arabiya as saying.

He was responding to the media report of an attack on an armored division belonging to Yemen's Houthi rebels.

(A K pS)

Coalition bombs Houthi militia’s reinforcements west of Marib

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More Saudi coalition air raids Marib p., Saada p., Hajjah p. Marib p. Marib p. Marib p. 4 prov. / Marib p. Several prov. Marib p. / Marib p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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.

Siehe / Look at cp1b, cp18

(A K pS)

3 senior Houthi militants leaders killed during battles with army west of Marib & Al-Jawf

(A K pH)

In Hajjah, two children were injured with a cluster bomb of US-Saudi aggression remnants in Haradh district. US-Saudi aggression launched a raid on Abs district.

(A K pH)

Citizen Killed, 3 Others Wounded by Saudi Artillery Shells, in Sa’adah

A citizen was killed and three others were wounded by Saudi artillery shells, in Thursday Morning, that targeted a number of border areas in Munabbih District of Sa’adah Governorate

(A K PH)

Citizen Injured in Sa’adah by Saudi Bombing

(A K)

Top Houthi military commanders killed in northeast Yemen

Dozens of Houthi fighters, including top commanders, were killed in battles with pro-government forces in Yemen's northeastern province of Jawf, military sources told Alarabiya TV on Tuesday.

(A K pS)

Photos: 10 Houthi fighters, mostly adolescents and children, from one family "Hebah" in #Yemen’s Hajjah governorate, were all killed 3 during fighting with the govt forces 3 days ago in al-Jawf governorate.

(A K pS)

KSrelief Masam Project Dismantles 1,186 Mines in Yemen During One Week

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center's project for clearing mines in Yemen (Masam) demined 1,186 mines during the first week of June 2021, including 8 antipersonnel mines, 284 anti-tank mines, 892 unexploded ordnance and 2 explosive devices.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 252,735 mines, planted by the Houthi militias, have been dismantled.

(A K pH)

Citizen Killed by Saudi Artillery Shelling in Sa’adah

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Man killed, more than 20 others injured in aggression shelling on Sa'ada, Dhale'

A man was killed on Monday in a Saudi border guards' bullets in al-Raqo area in Munabeh border district, a security official said.

The official added more than 20 civilians, including woman and children were injured in mercenaries' artillery shelling on al-Arfaf area in Damt district in Dhale' province.

and earlier report:

and also, with photos:

and an earlier stage of reporting:


(A K pH)

[Sanaa gov.] Ministry of Health: New War Crime in Al-Dhalae Indication of US-Saudi Disregard for Civilians Lives

(B H K)

Film: The War In Yemen: Villager warns residents of incoming bombs

Since the start of the war, people in the southwestern city of Taiz have been living under rocket fire. But after a local grocer lost his shop in the siege, he decided he wanted to do something to keep people from getting killed. Sarah Balter explains. #Yemen #Taiz #HumanitarianCrisis

(A K pH)

[Sanaa gov.] Air force hits King Khalid Airbase

The air force carried out on Sunday dawn an offensive operation against King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait area in the depth of Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, the armed forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare'i said that the air force targeted the King Khalid Airbase with a Qasef K2 drone and the hit was accurate.

Sare'i stressed that this targeting comes within the framework of the legitimate right against the aggression and its continued siege on the Yemeni people.

and also


(A K)

Saudi-led coalition says intercepts Houthi drone launched at Khamis Mushait

The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Houthi movement said it intercepted an armed drone launched on Sunday towards the southern Saudi Arabian city of Khamis Mushait, which the group said was fired at a military air base.

(A K pS)

Houthi militia shoots a citizen in Al-Jawf

Local sources told September Net that Bashaar Saleh al-Faraja was seriously injured on his head by Houthi militia at Al-Shabika point, west of Al-Hazm.

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.

(A K pS)

Film: Detonating a sea mine laid by #Houthis near Hanish Island in the Red Sea. This comes days following the removal of several sea mines near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

(A K pS)

Man injured by Houthi projectile blast in Hodeidah


(A K)

Houthis say Yemeni Joint Forces shells wound woman

(A K pS)

Worker killed in Houthi shelling of Thabet's factories in Hodeidah

The Iran-backed Houthi militants targeted on Sunday the Thabet's Brothers factories in Hodeidah city on Yemen's West Coast, killing at least one worker and injuring three others.
Al-Amalika media centre quoted local sources as saying that a number of heavy mortar rounds landed in the Thabet's Brothers factories and resulted in the death of the worker Ibrahim Yahya Muhammad Zukhim and injuring three of his fellows, in addition to disrupt the recently resumed productivity.

and also


(A K pH)

Daily violations, as claimed by the Houthis side

June 10:

June 9:

June 8:

June 7:

June 6:

June 5:

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Heavy traffic accident kills sixteen people in southern Yemen

Sixteen people, including children and women from one and the same family, have died on Friday in a horrific traffic accident in the Tor al-Baha area of Lahj province, southern Yemen, medical and local sources said.

The sources explained that the accident, which occurred in al-Farsha area, in Tor Al-Baha, was caused by a collision with a bus carrying a family travelling to Aden and a Prado SUV belonging to an international organisation.

The sources added that the incident caused the crowded bus to catch on fire, resulting in the death of 16 people and the injury of three others.

(B D)

SFD Yemen: Promoting links b/n #environment and sustainable development is a cross-cutting issue in our response. We protect natural resources as being the foundation for GREEN #Development & durable #BIOdiversity. Enjoy our related teaser on #Socotra

(A H)

Desert Locust situation update 3 June 2021

SAUDI ARABIA / YEMEN: Hopper bands have declined in the northern interior of Saudi Arabia due to control and drying conditions. Nevertheless, immature adult groups and perhaps a few small swarms could form and move south to the interior of Yemen where only solitarious adults are present but conditions are favourable for breeding.

(B D)

Yemeni territorial waters in the Red Sea & Gulf of Aden are exposed to oil spills from ships and oil tankers, affecting marine & biodiversity (infographic)


Film: Morning.. A quick shot showing some parts of #Marib city last night by Saleh al-Arwsi.

(B P)

The Top Five Photography Spots in Socotra: This Place Is Beautiful

Socotra is one of the most stunning places on the planet to photograph. Its strikingly white sand dunes and breathtaking dragon blood trees certainly have a lot to do with it. But there’s way more to love about one of the planet’s most biodiverse islands. (photos)

Comment: I find it interesting how folks can travel to Socotra. Yet Yemenis can not leave/enter Yemen, due to the Saudi-imposed blockade, which has been back by the U.S. since 2015 + it's disingenuous to leave out that the UAE has taken (almost) complete control of this island

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-744 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-744: 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:

09:03 11.06.2021
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