Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 746b- Yemen War Mosaic 746b

Yemen Press Reader 746b: 16. Juni 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 746, cp7 - cp19 / June 16, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 746, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 746, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 746, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Do Women Negotiate Differently?

Two top diplomats on why peace lasts longer when it is not made by men only.

Two veteran diplomats, Jamila Ali Rajaa [Yemen] and Helga Schmidt [Germany], did speak about their experiences, connecting via video call from Cairo and Vienna. Now is an apt time to discuss diplomacy – in Vienna, talks between world powers, the United States and Iran are ongoing related to a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an agreement Schmid played an important role in negotiating in 2015.

Rajaa: Actually, it is less about getting more women to the table and more about them exerting influence. If they can make a difference. Sure, we have enough skilled women who should be sitting at the table. International politics, though, still remains an old boys club, a cigar club, in Yemen maybe a khat club (Editor’s note: Khat is an everyday drug in Yemen and has a stimulating effect like coffee). I think as a woman it makes sense to fit yourself in those structures of power as much as necessary, but to use all ways available to reach information, exert influence, and build majorities at the same time. This may include more creative ways from time to time, like talking to the wives or about tribal affiliation. Although women usually are absent from the table, we have achieved a lot in the case of Yemen. In the 2018 peace negotiations in Stockholm only few women were taking part. The negotiations resulted in an agreement that was never truly implemented, not least because the parties which were at war with each other almost never met at one table. The one time we got them together in one place was because I had maintained personal relationships with the leading negotiators from both sides for years. You cannot imagine how they yelled at each other! But if UN had not insisted on women participating in the negotiations, they might not have exchanged a single word.

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Mohammed al-Houthi denounces UN Envoy to Yemen for his “bargains” with Saudi-led invaders

Top member in the Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, had commented on remarks made by UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, in which he accused Ansarullah of “wanting a ceasefire only after agreements have been reached on the port of Hodeidah.”

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi wrote that “Martin Griffiths has left any serious and realistic solutions that do not accept [the Saudi] crimes and violations of [international] law and international norms, for the sake of bargaining with them [the Saudi-led invaders]. He now presents [these bargains] as magic solutions that could erase the stink of these violations.”

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Scheidender Jemen-Vermittler: "Mischung aus Wut und Frust"

Nach drei Jahren auf der Suche nach einer Lösung im Jemen-Konflikt hat sich der scheidende UN-Vermittler Martin Griffiths ernüchtert über die Entwicklungen in dem Bürgerkriegsland gezeigt. «In den letzten sechs Monaten oder so war es nicht sehr hoffnungsvoll», sagte Griffiths am Dienstag nach seiner letzten Unterrichtung des UN-Sicherheitsrates in New York. Ihn habe dabei eine «Mischung aus Wut und Frust und einer Art von Traurigkeit» überkommen.

Dem Sicherheitsrat hatte Griffiths zuvor gesagt, dass die Differenzen zwischen den Huthi-Rebellen und der international anerkannten Regierung des bitterarmen Landes auf der Arabischen Halbinsel zu groß seien, um am Ende seiner Amtszeit eine Einigung verkünden zu könnten. Der Brite betonte seine Hoffnung, dass das Sultanat Oman als vermittelndes Land in naher Zukunft in dem Konflikt diplomatisch erfolgreicher sein könnte. Griffiths, der sich einen Ruf als unermüdlicher Verhandler erarbeitet hatte, wird im Juli neuer Chef des UN-Nothilfebüros Ocha. Sein Nachfolger als Jemen-Vermittler steht noch nicht fest.

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Negotiated Political Settlement Only Way to End War, ‘Turn the Tide’ in Yemen, Special Envoy Tells Security Council


MARTIN GRIFFITHS, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, said that this will be his last briefing to the Security Council in this capacity. The United Nations has long characterized Yemen as the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crisis, underlining the man-made part of that statement. Ending a war is a choice. Yemeni men, women and children are suffering every day because people with power have missed the opportunities presented to them, to make the necessary concessions to end the war. He declared: “No amount of humanitarian assistance can compensate for a brighter future. Only a negotiated political settlement can truly turn the tide in Yemen.”

A mediator is not responsible for the war nor for the peace despite the common assumption to the contrary, the Special Envoy pointed out, emphasizing that the mediator’s privilege is to present to the parties the ways the war can end. For the past year and a half, he has conducted rounds of shuttle diplomacy with the parties on issues that he has often described to the Council many times, he said. It is with deep regret that he reports today that the parties have not overcome their differences. Ansar Allah, or the Houthis, is insisting on a stand-alone agreement on the Hudaydah ports and Sana’a airport, as a condition precedent for the ceasefire and the launch of the political process. The Government of Yemen, on the other hand, insisted these issues be agreed to and implemented as a package, including the start of the ceasefire.

The United Nations has offered different solutions to bridge these positions. Unfortunately, none of these suggestions have been accepted by the parties, he said, expressing hope that the efforts undertaken by Oman and others following his visits to Sana’a and Riyadh will bear fruit. “What has been most frustrating during my time as Special Envoy has been the absence of comprehensive peace talks,” he said, having emphasized time and again the primacy of a political process to negotiate the core political and security issues needed to end the war and ensure peace.

The last time the parties sat down to discuss these issues was in Kuwait in 2016, he said, exclaiming: “That is a shocker.” What the Yemeni people want is precisely what the Council wants: stability based on rights and freedoms. Yemen needs, for its survival and the welfare of its citizens, a Government that is accountable to its people and united in support of fundamental rights, and an open and prosperous economy. Every day of this war threatens this future more. “Let us, for the sake of Yemen, end this war without delay so that we can begin the real and final battle, the battle for peace,” he said.

MARK LOWCOCK, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, recalled that soon after he assumed the current position, he went to Yemen in October 2017 to see what was going on there and what the world might do to help. What he saw was bombed out buildings, children starving to death, families crowded into tents, surging disease and a collapsing economy. The only way to stop all this suffering, he said at that time, was to end the war. Nearly four years later, they are still the things the international community asks for every month. In 2018-19, a major famine was averted. There are some early signs that it would manage to stop a big famine again this year. However, a lot depends on what happens in the next three months. “But two brushes with mass famine in three years is not a success — even if the worst was avoided,” he said. “It is a failure.”

On average, at least five civilians are now being killed or injured by hostilities in Yemen every single day, he reported, noting that May was the deadliest month so far in 2021, with more than 60 civilians killed across the country. On 10 June, a missile and drone attack — apparently launched by Ansar Allah forces — struck Marib City, causing dozens of civilian casualties. The explosions also damaged a nearby residence for aid workers. The Ansar Allah offensive in Marib continues to pose a direct threat to millions of people. Air strikes, shelling, clashes and other incidents have continued in other parts of Yemen over the last month as well, causing civilian casualties in Sa’ada, Taizz, Hudaydah and elsewhere. At all times, he insisted, the parties must take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects throughout military operations. There must also be accountability for serious violations.

Aid agencies are now helping more than 10 million people every month in Yemen, but they still face too many obstacles, he said. Most, but not all, of the problems are in areas controlled by Ansar Allah. Much more is needed, particularly to facilitate future assessments, allow aid workers to travel without undue restrictions, and agree standard operating procedures to fast track project approvals, visas and other routine processes. Since the donor conference on 1 March, the humanitarian response plan for Yemen has moved from about 15 per cent funded to 43 per cent today. The wider aid operation is on a better financial footing. But the money will soon start running out again. More than $200 million in promises from the March event remain unpaid, he pointed out. Drawing attention to an upcoming humanitarian event on Yemen in the margins of the General Assembly in September, he urged donors to use the opportunity to increase their support.

Warning that Yemen’s economy has collapsed as a result of the conflict, driving many of the most severe needs, including the risk of famine, he emphasized that the two fastest ways to help the economy are to free up commercial imports and bolster the exchange rate. There is no shortage of opportunities to stop the war. But it’s up to the parties to turn those opportunities into reality. He has been calling for a nationwide ceasefire since late 2017. It would give Yemenis a break from the violence and create space for more political engagement. There should be no preconditions, he said, declaring: “War has solved nothing. Try something different. Give peace a chance.”

NAJIBA AL NAGGAR, Founding Member and Programmes Manager of SOS Center for Youth Capabilities Development, recounting fleeing with her family multiple times in late March 2015 following conflict in the cities of Aden, Taizz and Sana’a, stressed: “I cannot fully describe to you the terror that haunts me, and so many other Yemenis like me, who have endured untold suffering from almost seven years of war.” Even prior to the outbreak of the war, Yemen was the poorest country in the region; now, it has lost $90 billion in economic output, and economic decline coupled with the impact of COVID-19 have made the lives of millions of Yemenis unbearable. They face a severe shortage of fuel, exorbitant food prices and no access to basic services, such as electricity, water and health care. Women are disproportionately affected, and many women reduce how much they eat to give more food to their children and are going into debt to meet basic needs.

“Our resilience is close to the breaking point,” she said, and yet 80 per cent of first responders are women, providing life-saving humanitarian assistance even when the international community has been unable to reach communities desperately in need. Yemeni women negotiate local ceasefires, successfully call on warring parties to open humanitarian corridors and drive the peace agenda in their communities. They do this “against the odds, challenging gender norms, and with far too little backing and resources from national and international actors”. Despite their critical role, women have been excluded from formal, meaningful roles in the United Nations-led peace process and from the new Government. She called on the Organization and Yemeni authorities to do more to ensure women’s direct participation pursuant to resolution 1325 (2000).

Underscoring that Yemen’s people feel abandoned by the international community and are losing hope, she urged the Council to: engage conflict parties and their backers to secure a sustainable, inclusive and nationwide ceasefire in line with resolution 2532 (2020); call on the United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) and the international community to increase support for local and national Yemeni women-led and women’s rights organizations; and initiate the provision of an effective, sustainable economic rescue package for the country.

[and statements of envoys]

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Film, whole session:

and Griffiths’ briefing in full:

and main points in thread:

and shorter media reports:

and Lowcock’s briefing in full:

and in film:


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Special Envoy's Press Stakeout: Opening Remarks, 15 June 2021


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US representative: Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

Houthi intransigence is not the only impediment to lasting peace in Yemen. We call on the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council to put the interests of the Yemeni people first and resolve their differences. Time is of the essence – the people of Yemen need a unified government that can provide services and exert leadership through this time of crisis. The government and the Southern Transitional Council are restarting negotiations on implementing the Riyadh Agreement, and we hope these negotiations will bear fruit. We wish to thank the Saudi government for its continued facilitation of these discussions.

Meanwhile, Yemen remains one of the world’s largest humanitarian emergencies, with an estimated 20.7 million people, or 66 percent of the population, in need of humanitarian assistance this year. There is only one way to permanently address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen – a lasting ceasefire and inclusive political solution.

My comment: Again, a document of hypocrisy. As the UK statement.

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Calling for a nationwide ceasefire in Yemen

Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on Yemen

Martin, your recent visit to Sana’a is welcome, but it also sadly underlines that the Houthis waited until the last days of your tenure to invite you back to Sana’a for the first time in over a year. I think it is clear that the Houthis do not have the courage to embrace a ceasefire. Instead, last week, they again targeted civilian sites in Marib indiscriminately with ballistic missiles

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[Sanaa gov.] Ambassador Al-Dailami: We Do Not Impose Impossible Conditions, We Only Demand Our Rights

The ambassador for Yemen in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ibrahim Al-Dailami, confirmed that the visit of the Omani delegation to Sana'a was welcomed by the Yemenis, as the Sultanate of Oman is a good neighbour.

In an interview with Al-Alam TV, Ambassador Al-Dailami confirmed that the National Salvation Government accepted any proposals that may lead to meet the rightful demands of the Yemenis, separating the humanitarian aspects from the political and military aspects.
The UN Role
When asked about the UN role in ending the aggression, Al-Dailami said: "No one wants to bypass it, however its efforts must be consistent with the current reality. There are observations on the internationalist side that it always expresses the crisis as a Yemeni-Yemeni conflict, ignoring the external dimension related to the Yemeni issue."

Ambassador Al-Dailami continued, saying: There are many other entitlements that we must search for through the United Nations, such as the issue of foreign presence, the occupation forces occupying some of Yemeni islands and lands and the full restoration of Yemeni sovereignty. He added that there are other issues that must be solved by the UN such as the prisoners and compensation issues. All of this should be discussed comprehensively and completely.

Ambassador Al-Dailami confirmed that the UAE’s announcement of its withdrawal from Yemen is not true, but rather it is an attempt not to appear in the Yemeni scene. "The UAE occupies some Yemeni islands and is present in some military points inside Yemen and is still supporting the mercenary forces, whether in the western coast or in the southern governorates."

He added "as we say to Saudi Arabia that it must stop its aggression and leave Yemen, we also say to the UAE, which is using internal conflicts in order to enhance its influence.

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Kuwait, UN Envoy discuss situation in Yemen

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What is Muscat Doing in Yemen?

While the visit of the Omani delegation represents the latest effort aimed at breaking the current diplomatic deadlock, it also puts renewed focus on Oman’s role in Yemen after six years of war. Much analysis in this regard focuses on Omani national security interests in Al-Mahra amid growing Saudi military influence in the Yemeni governorate bordering Oman to the west. However, other questions must be raised: Is Muscat doing enough to provide an opportunity for peace for its exhausted neighbor? And, importantly, how should the privileges Oman offers Houthi officials based in its capital be understood within the context of intra-Gulf politics?

While the simple view is that Oman is merely playing its traditional role of mediator of disputes in the Gulf, this doesn’t tell the whole story. In the past, Muscat often required guests not to get involved in politics.

The Omani relationship with its Saudi and Emirati neighbors is complex. While all are a part of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Oman has charted a course independent from its neighbors, sometimes leading to periods of rivalry and heightened tensions.

Indeed, outside of Iran, Oman has been the country that has most embraced adversaries of the Saudi-led coalition and the internationally recognized government. Since 2017 it has hosted the Southern Movement faction led by Hassan Baoum, figures from Al-Mahra who oppose the coalition’s presence in Yemen’s easternmost governorate, as well as Islah figures close to Qatar, giving them a platform to communicate their views as well as expand their influence and investments. This noticeable shift in Omani policy in a more adversarial direction also came as Oman and Qatar grew closer amid the diplomatic rift between Doha on one hand, and a coalition of countries led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the other.

At the same time that Oman has proven more willing to push back against Saudi Arabia and the UAE, it so far seems unwilling to exert any real pressure on the Houthis. Their current lobbying appears limited to convincing the Houthis to meet with the UN special envoy and diplomats from countries involved in or concerned about the war in Yemen.

According to political, security and tribal sources, Oman’s borders with Yemen have been very flexible in terms of the movement of Houthi officials and allies.

Muscat has long been viewed as a respected and unbiased mediator in difficult situations. Its reputation for politeness and wittiness in its diplomatic interactions and for maintaining cordial relations with everyone is well-deserved. However, when it comes to Yemen, Muscat has charted a different, more partisan course.

This examination of the Omani role in Yemen does not aim to condemn Muscat but to ask it to explain its policy.

and main points in thread:

My comment: I do not agree that Oman should be somewhat partisan with the Houthi side. Looking at the US and the UK miming mediators, while being 100 % partisan to Saudi Arabia and its coalition, you could loose the track.

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“Political Solution” In Yemen May Be Closer Than We Think

As the people of Yemen continue to suffer at the hands of Saudi-led conflict in their country, the “political solution” called for by Zarif is in the works. The solution being kick-started by requests for peace negotiations between the Houthi rebel group and Yemeni government officials. The plausibility of a peaceful Yemen becomes higher if these talks are supported and facilitated by more neutral third parties, such as Iraq. However, some places for concern still arise surrounding President Biden’s sparing of Salam after his confirmed involvement in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 (Al-Jazeera). The report released by Biden earlier this year only furthered the findings of Agnes Callamard, who is the former UN special reporter on extrajudicial killings. Callamard found “sufficient credible evidence” of Salam’s responsibility in the murder, and this evidence was then confirmed by U.S. intelligence (Al-Jazeera). As we see President Biden aiming to better foreign relations with Saudi Arabia and pulling U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, this will hopefully prompt the talks between conflicting Yemeni groups.

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Yemen: A needle of peace amid a pile of complications

The war in Yemen is gaining regional and international diplomatic momentum drawing the world's attention to the crisis and potential solutions as Oman has now become an effective mediator accepted by the warring parties.

However, it seems the Omani mediation has collided with new complications and stiff attitudes despite mounting EU and US pressure on the warring parties to stop violence and find solutions to outstanding issues, on top of which is the worsening humanitarian crisis.

Many observers argue that the cessation of hostilities is no longer the goal as the absence of a fair and complete peace vision persists.

It is hard to have much optimism a breakthrough would be made soon as compromised solutions are unacceptable especially by the Houthis who are refusing to offer concessions, political analyst Mohammed Al-Khulaidi said.

The Houthi group does not accept partnership and that's why it is not interested to be engaged in the political process as a dominant party, he said, pointing out that any concessions the group may make would only be a phased tactic and political maneuver.

Last week, Yemeni media outlets published leaked terms agreed within the first step towards restoring peace to the country.

The terms included reopening Sanaa and Hudaydah ports and cessation of hostilities in all front-lines, including Marib where heavy fighting between the government and Houthi forces has been raging since February, according to media reports.

However, political sources said the Omani effort backed by the US and the EU has failed.

The Houthi group demands that the Saudi-led coalition ends airstrikes and blockade on Yemen before any ceasefire deal, a precondition which the other sides are rejecting because they mistrust the group, the sources said.

The Saudi-led airstrikes are preventing it from advancing and capturing provinces controlled by the internationally recognised government, they said.

Reaching a deal which guarantees neutralising airstrikes would represent a gain for the Houthis who are more organised and powerful, observers say.

Although the peace negotiations have now returned to zero point, the Houthi group has not completely closed the door to peace efforts.

The group's spokesperson and chief negotiator Muhammad Abdulsalam said he was returning to Oman with the Omani delegation to discuss what can be discussed in the humanitarian, political and military files.

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[Hadi] Yemeni gov't: Houthis lie on prisoner dossier

The Yemeni official government called on the Houthi group to avoid lying about prisoner issue and releasing fruitless remarks.
The Houthis "should be honest with themselves first," a member of the government team tasked with negotiations on prisoner file has tweeted.
"There is the pact that was signed in Amman," Majid Fadhaiel added. "This pact is still valid, its first stage was already implemented and there is still only its second phase."
Under the second phase, 301 prisoners would be freed, so the Houthis need to "prove their willingness [to accomplish the deal] beyond propaganda," he said.

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Jemen: Ansarullah zum Gefangenaustausch bereit

- Der Leiter des Komitees für Gefangenenangelegenheiten der jemenitischen Regierung der Nationalen Rettung hat Sanaas Bereitschaft bekundet, einen Austausch lokaler Gefangener mit der zurückgetretenen jemenitischen Regierung zu beginnen.

Laut Al-Masira sagte "Abdul Qadir Al-Murtada" am Samstagabend, wenn die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte arabische Kriegsallianz zu einem Gefangenaustausch bereit sei, dann sei auch die Regierung in Sanaa bereit, in einen solchen Deal einzusteigen, so dass der Austausch auch Mahmoud al-Sabihi (den ehemaligen jemenitischen Verteidigungsminister der zurückgetretenen Regierung von Mansour Hadi), Nasser Mansour Hadi (Bruder des zurückgetretenen Präsidenten) und andere ehemalige Verantwortungsträger der Hadi-Regierung umfasse.

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[Sanaa gov.] Prisoners' Affairs Committee Head: Ready for Broad Local Exchange Deal Includes High Profile Prisoners

The Head of Prisoners' Affairs Committee, Abdul Qadir Al- Murtada, confirmed today, Saturday, that the committee is ready to enter into a broad local exchange deal that includes Al-Subaihi, Hadi's brother and others if the mercenaries of the US-Saudi aggression have the ability to complete such a deal.

Al-Murtada told Almasirah that "With the current absence of the international role in the prisoners' issue, we affirm our readiness to enter into a broad local exchange deal that includes Mahmoud Al-Subaihi, Nasser Mansour Hadi and other leaders.

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Omani delegation leaves Sana’a

The Omani Sultanate Office delegation left Sana’a international airport accompanied by the [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni delegation after a several day visit in the capital Sana’a on Friday.

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Mohammed al-Houthi: Success of Omani diplomatic efforts depends on Saudi seriousness to engage in peace

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi has stressed that “the success of Oman’s efforts depends on the agreement of the coalition countries and their willingness to come up with an enforceable agreement.”

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Abdulsalam: Meetings of Omani Delegation Discussed Various Situations

The delegation of Omani Royal Office left Sana'a, on Friday, accompanied by Head of [Sanaa gov.] National delegation, Mohammed Abdulsalam, after a series of meetings which lasted for 6 days.

Abdulsalam said that Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, the head of Supreme Political Council, General Staff, Coordination and Redeployment Committee in Hodeidah, and social and political figures from Marib met with Omani delegation.

He added that everyone presented to the Omani delegation a vision for ending the US-Saudi aggression and lifting the siege imposed on Yemen, starting with humanitarian steps. "Yemeni vision focused on humanitarian steps and the subsequent steps will lead to security and stability in Yemen and neighboring countries," he explained.

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US, S Arabia ready to lift blockade if Marib battle stopped

Diplomats from Saudi Arabia, the United States, as well as European diplomats discussed ways to end conflicts in war-torn Yemen in an online meeting last night.

According to the "alkhabaralyemeni" website, a US-European-Saudi virtual meeting was held last night with the participation of Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan and the US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking to discuss ways to end the conflict in Yemen.

In the final resolution issued at the end of the meeting, a new proposal was made to the Yemeni National Salvation Government (based in Sanaa), the main purpose of which was the unconditional lifting of the blockade on Sanaa airport and Al-Hudaidah port city in exchange for stopping the battle for Marib province on the part of Houthi Ansarallah-led forces.

In the resolution, it is said the US diplomat for Yemen has begun a new round of consultations on resolving the Yemeni crisis since last week. It said that Lenderking met with the French ambassador in Washington to discuss the need to end the conflict in Marib in exchange for the unrestricted reopening of Sanaa airport as well as the port of Al-Hudaidah.

While the Saudi government has recently insisted on reopening Sanaa Airport under the supervision of the coalition it has created against Yemen and the United Nations, it has not yet issued a separate statement on unconditionally lifting of the blockade on Sanaa Airport and Yemeni ports.

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[Hadi] Yemeni government: ceasefire is a humanitarian need

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yemen's internationally recognised government on Friday called on the international community to put ceasing fire as part of the humanitarian file in order to end the crisis in the country.

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[Hadi] Yemeni Govt Says Houthis Refuse to Open Sanaa Airport Despite Guarantees

The Yemeni government affirmed its commitment to the Saudi initiative for a comprehensive ceasefire under UN supervision, hinting that the Omani efforts aimed at persuading the Houthi militias with this initiative are failing.

Recent news reported that Houthis are intransigent towards the Omani mediation, a week after the delegation arrived in Sanaa.

The group aims to achieve political, economic, and military gains through humanitarian issues, without agreeing to the nationwide ceasefire.

The government lauded the Omani efforts as well as that of the UN and US envoys, affirming its commitment to the Saudi initiative.

It demanded an immediate cessation of missile and drone attacks against civilians, noting that "respecting the right to life for all is the basis and essence of humanitarian work."

My comment: Lol. The last paragraph quoted here is rather ridiculous when coming from agovernment which only had survived in some territory with the help of foreign forces doing exactly this: Violating “the right to life for all is the basis and essence of humanitarian work."

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The United Arab Emirates has been elected to the UN Security Council. This council authorises wars in hours, but can't stop wars in a century. It has just been eying rogue states and warmongers to help serve global peace.

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Arab coalition halts operations in Yemen, indicating breakthrough but Houthis escalate

Well-informed Omani sources told The Arab Weekly that an agreement has nearly been reached on a ceasefire and the opening of Sana’a airport and Hodeida port in accordance with the 2018 Stockholm Agreement.

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has indicated that Omani-brokered mediation may have finally led to a breakthrough in negotiations with Iran-backed Houthi rebels who do not seem to have given up on winning the conflict militarily despite the heavy civilian toll.

The coalition put out a statement on Thursday saying it had stopped offensive operations to help “create a propitious political atmosphere for the peaceful settlement process.”

Well-informed Omani sources told The Arab Weekly that an agreement has been nearly reached on a ceasefire and the opening of Sana’a airport and Hodeida port in accordance with the 2018 Stockholm Agreement and that these are intended as confidence-building measures between the parties before dialogue on political issues and moreover, that all these questions are part of a single package.

The sources indicated that this agreement, which may yet fail to hold, considering bloody attacks and provocative statements by the Houthis, was reached after months of intensive meetings in Muscat between Omani, Saudi and Yemeni government and Houthi representatives and against a backdrop of rising international pressure.

Muhammad Mubarak al-Araimi, head of the Omani Journalists’ Association, described the coalition’s suspension of operations as a last chance for the Houthis to stop obstructing the truce initiative, which did not come from Oman or the Gulf, but from the United Nations.

Araimi told The Arab Weekly that developments will become clearer in the course of next week. He expects a breakthrough for several reasons, principally the visit by the high-ranking Omani delegation to Sana’a and its appearance on local television. Such appearances rarely occur unless a deal is about to be struck. He believes that a deal has in fact matured and the time has come to bring it into the open.

Special sources revealed to The Arab Weekly that the delegation from the Omani Royal Office, which visited Sana’a and met the leader of the Houthi group, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, did not obtain final approval of the ceasefire plan as a single, indivisible package.

The sources indicated that Abdul-Malik al-Houthi referred the task of discussing the technical details presented to him by the Omanis to the head of the Houthi Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat. Mashat emphasised during his meeting with the Omanis, the long-held Houthi view that separates the humanitarian track from the political track. He repeated the demand for the opening of Sana’a International Airport to international flights as well as other unspecified destinations and for the lifting of the restrictions on the port of Hodeidah, before entering into the details of the comprehensive ceasefire.

Mashat said, “The opening of Sana’a airport and the port of Hodeidah is a simple humanitarian requirement that is not a favour from anyone.”

He also denied linking this demand to any other requirement such as the suspension of attacks on Marib. On Thursday town was rocked by three large explosions Thursday as a result of Houthi attacks.

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Yemeni Official Denies Report on Reopening of Sana’a Airport

An aviation official of the National Salvation Government in Yemen dismissed the media speculations about reopening of the Sana’a airport or lifting of a ban on the passenger planes.

Speaking to Tasnim on Friday, the Yemeni official denied reports circulated by the media outlets and social networks that the airport of Sana’a has reopened and the ban on the civil flights has been lifted.

The source said the aviation organization of Yemen has not received anything about the outcome of political consultations between the National Salvation Government’s delegation and the Saudi-led military coalition, mediated by Oman and the United Nations, that might result in the removal of ban on the civil flights as the first constructive step.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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According to newly formed @sanadUK, the #Saudi Clan has arrested their public prosecutor office’s spokesman. The monster is eating it tentacles.

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Violence escalates in west Yemen

Houthi fighters on Monday shelled the district of Hays in Yemen's western province of Hudaydah following clashes with pro-government forces, local sources said.

They fired more than 20 shells into residential neighbourhoods in northern parts of the district and 8 shells into southern parts, the sources said

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King Salman Sends Message to Oman’s Sultan amid Mediation to End Yemen Conflict

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Saudi Arabia executes man for offences rights groups say he committed as minor

Saudi Arabia has executed a man for offences rights groups say he allegedly committed while under the age of 18, despite the kingdom's insistence that it has abolished death sentences for many childhood crimes.

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Comment: The #Saudi clan timing of executing protester Mustafa AlDarwish on the same day of @JohnKerry visit is not accidental but to send a message that #US supports atrocities.

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Saudi first quarter GDP shrinks 3%, hit by oil sector decline

Saudi Arabia's gross domestic product fell 3% in the first quarter, slightly less than official estimates and compared with a 1% contraction last year, as a sharp fall in the oil sector pulled back the economy, data showed.

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Saudi women allowed to live alone without permission from male guardian

It follows legal amendment giving women rights to live independently

Saudi Arabia has officially allowed single, divorced or widowed women to live independently in a house without permission from father or any other male guardian, the Makkah newspaper reported.

The landmark rule gives Saudi women the freedom to stay on their own in a separate accommodation without seeking approval from their male guardians.

The Kingdom recently introduced a legal amendment allowing an adult and rational woman to live by herself in a separate house without permission from her father or male guardianship.

Judicial authorities scrapped Paragraph B under article No. 169 of the “Law of Procedure before Sharia Courts” which states that an adult single, divorced, or widowed woman shall be handed over to her male guardian.

It was replaced with a new legal text stipulating that “An adult woman has the right to choose where to live. A woman’s guardian can report her only if he has evidence proving she committed a crime.”

The text also states “If a woman is sentenced to a jail term, she will not be handed over to her guardian after completing her term.”

“Families can no longer file lawsuits against their daughters who choose to live alone,” lawyer Naif Al Mansi said in an interview with the local paper.

He said courts will no longer accept such cases, which were given a priority earlier.

In July 2020, Saudi writer Mariam Al Otaibi, 32, won a historic ruling ending a three-year legal battle against her family, which sued her for living and traveling alone under the “absenteeism” law.

She was put on trial for living and travelling alone without her father’s permission. Mariam Al Otaibi won the battle after a court ruled that she had “the right to choose where to live.”

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Saudi Arabia bars foreign travellers from Haj over COVID-19

Saudi Arabia has restricted the annual Haj pilgrimage to its own citizens and residents for the second year running in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the state Saudi Press Agency (SPA)reported on Saturday.


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Saudi Arabia says hajj to be limited to 60,000 in kingdom

Saudi Arabia announced Saturday this year’s hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement by the kingdom comes after it ran an incredibly pared-down pilgrimage last year over the virus, but still allowed a small number of the faithful to take part in the annual ceremony.

and by SPA:

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Saudi Arabia to Pay $1.6 Million to Whitewash Its Crimes

US official documents revealed the partnership contract between the Saudi regime and an American company; To whitewash its crimes and promote alleged achievements in the US.

The documents showed that the American company is Prime Time Media, in Washington, DC, According to documents published by the Foreign Agents Registration Act, FARA, of the US Department of Justice, which obliges pressure groups to disclose their activities and funds.

According to the documents, the value of the contract signed between the American and Saudi parties is $1.6 million for the purpose of creating promotional English content and broadcasting news through social media.

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Saudi Crown Prince Gives up on Kicking the Kingdom's Oil Addiction

It is becoming clear that Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has no intention of ending his kingdom’s long-decried “addiction to oil.” He even plans to expand its production capacity immediately by at least a million barrels a day in a show of defiance for calls upon oil-producers to diversify away from fossil fuels and myriad predictions the oil era is fast coming to an end. His plan to increase Saudi capacity to over 13 million barrels a day is based on what appears to be a fantastical forecast for the near total collapse of oil production in the United States and Russia, by the end of this decade for the former and by the next for the latter. Saudi Arabia, he argues, must be ready to step up and fill a coming oil supply shortage.

His calculation comes in the face of the current upsurge in the development of renewable sources of energy relying on wind, solar and hydrogen and multiple studies such as a recent International Monetary Fund one, warning of “a strong and sustained declining trend in the global oil demand.” It urged the Gulf Arab producers in particular to accelerate and widen their reforms aimed at diversifying their economies in preparation for a post-oil future coming “sooner rather than later.”

The Saudi crown prince (MBS) is not only categorically rejecting this vision of a post-oil world. He has apparently also abandoned his own declared goal of kicking the kingdom’s addiction to oil—one of the key objectives of his Vision 2030 announced just five years ago. Instead, his immediate fixation, as reflected in his April interview on Saudi national television, has become the three-way competition for market share among Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States, currently the world’s three top producers. While demand in the West may be declining, MBS is calculating that it will only increase in the East, mainly in China and India, throughout this decade and then hold steady for decades to come.

His justification for increasing Saudi production probably also reflects his conviction of additional competition for market share from mostly fellow Arab members of the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) laying similar plans to tap their reserves as fast as possible in light of the West’s accelerating switch from oil and gas to renewable energy sources.

The case of Saudi Arabia is most striking because of the radical change in thinking by the crown prince, who has also become the kingdom’s economic czar. In 2016, he was full of optimism that the kingdom could kick its addiction to oil and rather quickly, too. “I think by 2020, if oil stops we can survive,” he said introducing the Vision 2030 plan to overcome the national addiction. “We need it, but I think in 2020 we can live without oil.” He assured Saudis his vision was “not a dream, it’s a reality that will come true.” His vision has proven indeed to be a dream. In 2020, the giant Saudi state oil company, Saudi Aramco, provided altogether $110 billion to the government coffers in dividends, royalties and income taxes, despite seeing its profits cut by more than half to $49 billion due to the pandemic-provoked worldwide recession.

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Exclusive: Saudi assassins picked up illicit drugs in Cairo to kill Khashoggi

Early on the morning of Oct. 2, 2018, a Gulfstream jet carrying a team of Saudi assassins on its way to Istanbul made a quick stopover in Cairo. The purpose: to pick up a lethal dose of “illegal” narcotics that was injected a few hours later into the left arm of Jamal Khashoggi, killing the Washington Post columnist within a matter of minutes, according to notes that summarize secret Saudi interrogations of the murderers.

What the drugs were — and who provided them in the middle of the night at Cairo’s airport — remains a mystery. But the previously undisclosed Cairo connection points for the first time to the possible existence of Egyptian accomplices in Khashoggi’s death. It also provides compelling new evidence of what the Saudi government had long denied: that the hit team, dispatched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, intended to kill the journalist before the plane ever took off from Riyadh and well before Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul later that day.

The delivery of lethal drugs in Cairo to effectively poison Khashoggi is among a number of damning new details about the journalist’s grisly murder that are revealed in a new eight-episode season of Yahoo News’ "Conspiracyland" podcast being released this week, titled “The Secret Lives and Brutal Death of Jamal Khashoggi.”

Plane Finder, an app that tracks the course of flights by their tail numbers, shows that the Gulfstream jet that took off from Riyadh carrying the Saudi hit team on the evening of Oct. 1 made a stopover in Cairo before landing in Istanbul at 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 2. U.S. intelligence officials declined to comment on what the CIA may have known about the Cairo connection or who in the Egyptian capital would have furnished the Saudis with the illegal narcotics.

But Richard Clarke, a White House counterterrorism adviser under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush who now serves as chair of the Middle East Institute, a Washington think tank, said the “most likely” explanation for the Cairo stopover is that Egyptian intelligence, with whom the Saudis have a close working relationship, provided the drugs that were used to kill Khashoggi.

“There’s a hell of a lot of Saudi government money that goes into propping up” the Egyptian government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Clarke said in an interview. “And you can get a lot in return for that money. I don't think they had to reveal the target. Just like, ‘Hey, you've got this stuff in your inventory. We ran out. Can we stop by and get a few sticks of butter?’ I think that the answer for the Egyptians, that's a no-brainer.”

The notes were taken by Turkish Embassy officials who were permitted to sit in on seven sessions of a closed-door 2019 trial of the Saudi assassins, dubbed the Tiger Team, from which the news media and human rights groups were barred. No public record of the trial exists, and the proceedings have been widely dismissed as a whitewash given that no senior officials, much less the crown prince, were charged or even questioned.

The Turkish notes offer a small but at times revealing window into the secret proceedings. They were entered into the court record in Istanbul, almost entirely unnoticed, as part of more than 100 pages of evidence collected for a separate Turkish indictment in absentia of Khashoggi’s killers and translated into English by Yahoo News.

At the Saudi trial, the prosecutors made pointed references to confessions by some of the suspects during their interrogations, yielding statements that in some cases contradict the public accounts of Saudi government officials. For their part, defense lawyers for the suspects objected to the confessions, asserting that their clients were subjected to “psychological pressure” when they were questioned about their role in the murder.

A key question all along has been at what point the hit team decided that a mission that might have been originally intended to kidnap Khashoggi and bring him back to Saudi Arabia turned into a cold-blooded assassination. The Turkish notes suggest that a crucial player was Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb.

A veteran Saudi intelligence officer, Mutreb once worked alongside Khashoggi at the Saudi Embassy in London, even going for tea with him at a Mayfair hotel after Friday prayers, and years later accompanying the crown prince on trips to the United States. The notes show that Mutreb was placed in charge of the hit team due to his past relationship with Khashoggi, apparently to lull the journalist into complacency.

After reviewing the layout of the consulate, Mutreb concluded that it would be impractical to kidnap Khashoggi and remove him from the building if, as expected, he resisted. At that point, the notes say, “the decision was made to kill Khashoggi.”

The notes then add that the hit team considered burying Khashoggi’s body in the consulate garden but “gave up on the idea” because of concerns that the remains would be found. Instead, “at the instruction of Maher Mutreb,” the body was dismembered with what Turkish and U.S. officials believe was a bone saw that was brought on the plane carrying the team of assassins from Riyadh. Khashoggi’s body parts were then deposited in black plastic bags that were loaded into the trunk of a Mercedes sedan and taken to the residence of the Saudi consul general, where they are believed to have been burned in an outdoor tandoor oven.

The assassins, as it turned out, had good reasons to be nonchalant. Five of them — their identities never made public — were convicted and sentenced to death. But that sentence was later commuted and reduced to 20 years. Nothing has been heard about them since. Two Saudis — both of them with close government ties and longtime sources for U.S. intelligence officials — told Yahoo News that the convicted murderers are not actually behind bars or anywhere that resembles a real prison. Instead, according to these reports, the convicts are currently residing in a luxury compound outside Riyadh, and some, including Tubaigy, the forensic doctor who administered the lethal dose of drugs to Khashoggi, have been recently spotted working out in the gy – by Michael Isikoff

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cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a

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US State Dep.: U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Lenderking’s Travel to Saudi Arabia

U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking will travel to Saudi Arabia on June 15-17 where he will meet with senior officials from the Governments of the Republic of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, as well as UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths. Throughout the trip, Special Envoy Lenderking will discuss the latest efforts to achieve a comprehensive, nationwide ceasefire, which is the only way to bring Yemenis the relief they so urgently need.

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Nikki Haley warns Biden Iran policy 'death wish' to Israel

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley spent Sunday touring rocket-tattered southern Israel and Monday in meetings with top Israeli officials.

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Republican senators ask Biden's UN rep to highlight Houthi rights abuses

A group of Republican senators are demanding the Biden administration bring international attention to alleged human rights abuses committed by Houthi forces in Yemen.

Sen. Jim Risch of Idado, who is the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led the publication of the letter on Monday to US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Risch, along with Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Todd Young of Indiana and Mike Crapo of Idaho, implored the diplomat to highlight abuses and “mass indoctrination of the Yemeni people” carried out by the Iran-backed Houthi forces. They said that the lack of attention on the issue discourages the Houthi rebels from negotiating in Yemen’s civil war.

"For too long, the international community has turned a blind eye to Houthi atrocities,” wrote the senators. “This lack of international attention has led to a culture of impunity, and, as a result, the Houthis today are less willing to negotiate in good faith.”

“To maintain power, the Houthis have developed a repressive intelligence apparatus that, like Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, operates outside normal ‘state’ control and reports directly to the movement’s senior leader, Abdulmalik al-Houthi,” they said.

The senators asked Thomas-Greenfield to ensure alleged human rights abuses by Houthi forces are a part of UN Security Council meetings, statements and resolutions related to the Yemen conflict.


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US State Dep.: #USEnvoyYemen Lenderking met w/ @PowerUSAID to discuss need for more donors to provide add'l humanitarian funding to address the growing crisis in Marib, ensuring free flow of fuel into & throughout Yemen, & overcoming obstacles to lifesaving humanitarian assistance in #Yemen.

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(USAID) in Marib: New Military Relief for Takfiris?!

The suspicious role played by the "US Agency for International Development" in Yemen is coming to the forefront again, with the announcement of a new "financing" that the agency will provide to the Marib Governorate, in which the United States has been clearly seeking for some time to save the mercenaries of the US-Saudi aggression.

This calls for scrutiny of the nature of this "financing", after it was revealed that the US Agency, earlier, provided weapons and military support to the elements of the Takfiri organizations in Al-Bayda Governorate, behind the "humanitarian" front.

The US State Department's Office of Near Eastern Affairs said on its official Twitter account, yesterday, Saturday, that the US envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, met with the Director of the US Agency for International Development, Samantha Power; “To discuss the need for more donors to provide additional financing to address the growing crisis in Marib.”

This announcement raises many doubts for several logical reasons, most notably that the agency was exposed to a resounding scandal last year, when the armed forces revealed scenes displaying large quantities of weapons, bearing the logo of this agency (whose work is supposed to be humanitarian).

These weapons were in the possession of takfiri organizations, led by "Al-Qaeda", in Al-Bayda Governorate, which represented clear evidence that the US Agency uses humanitarian and relief work as a front to cover up the intelligence and military work.

My remark: By the Houthi news site.

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Saudi Princess in Iowa: Lobbying Pivots After Khashoggi’s Murder

Princess Reema met local groups in Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa

Kingdom cut lobbying spend by 76% last year from 2018 high

Her ambassadorial visits to the American heartland underscore how Saudi Arabia has shifted its focus outside of Washington. The princess is leading a campaign to rehabilitate her country’s image after blows such as the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and Riyadh’s involvement in the war in Yemen -- and the loss of close ally Donald Trump as president.

“I would call it reputation laundering,” said Ben Freeman, the author of a May report on the country’s lobbying efforts.

Just months after Princess Reema arrived in Washington, Saudi Arabia hired Des Moines, Iowa-based Larson Shannahan Slifka Group, according to Foreign Agent Registration Act documents filed with the Justice Department.

LS2 contacted state-level figures, such as legislators in South Dakota and nonprofit leaders in Pennsylvania, for the kingdom, according to the FARA disclosures.

The list of local groups LS2 has courted is extensive.

“It’s all just part of a bigger push for them to remind people out in America about whatever ties they have to Saudi Arabia,” Freeman, director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy, said in an interview.

As the kingdom slashed its lobbying spending, it shifted its focus outside the nation’s capital.

Events tarnishing the kingdom’s reputation included the murder of Khashoggi in 2018.

Also weighing on the country’s image is its war with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Princess Reema arrived in early 2019, charged with the daunting mission of repairing U.S.-Saudi relations. She maintained a low profile in Washington as lawmakers from both parties tried to penalize the kingdom with sanctions and military aid cuts.

Saudi Arabia’s plan called for LS2 to work with state and local leaders to organize events with Princess Reema and other high-level officials from the kingdom, according to Freeman of the Center for International Policy.

Although many lobbyists severed their contracts with the kingdom after the Khashoggi killing, the country still engages several Washington-based companies, including law offices Hogan Lovells and King & Spalding, with which it has long-term ties, and Qorvis, a public affairs firm.

In 2020, lobbyists for Saudi Arabia reached out to congressional offices about 700 times, which may seem like a lot, but actually represents a decline, Freeman said.

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U.S. Senators Urge President Biden To End Saudi Blockade Of Yemen

A group of U.S. Senators have called on President Joe Biden to take “immediate and decisive action” in ending the Saudi Arabian blockade of essential items such as food, medicine, and fuel meant to aid Yemen. The conflict has been unrelenting since 2014, leading the World Food Programme to label the crisis in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. According to UNICEF, the devastating blockade is projected to have caused nearly 2.3 million children under five years old to suffer from acute malnutrition and 400,000 people suffering from severe malnutrition. While the devastation has been widespread against Yemeni civilians, governments such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada have continued supporting the Saudi-led intervention, despite the egregious human rights violations. Despite the U.S. State Department spokesperson claiming there is no blockade, investigators reject this claim.

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

Siehe / Look at cp9

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Why Iran’s next hardline president should thank Donald Trump

Maximum pressure has undermined centrists and reformers, setting up a rigged election with an increasingly certain outcome.

Undermining America’s credibility by pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement predictably strengthened the Iranian hardliners’ hand while giving a near death-blow to those within the Iranian power elite that favor an opening to the United States. Combined with systemic corruption and the COVID-19 pandemic, the outgoing Rouhani government and its supporters have been severely undermined by Trump’s betrayal of the nuclear agreement to the point that some hardliners, who long have entertained the idea of doing away with elections altogether, have been emboldened to manipulate the electoral process in ways that even shocked their fellow conservatives.

The Guardian Council — the undemocratic body tasked with vetting candidates — stunned the country by rejecting longtime regime insiders such as Ali Larijani, the former Speaker of the Parliament and an adviser to the country’s Supreme Leader, while only approving two non-conservatives

for this subject, also

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World must be made aware of Trump’s inhumane crime against Iranian nation: President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani says documents revealing the severity of the economic war launched against Iran during past years through the imposition of tough sanctions must be made public to inform the entire world of the inhumane crime committed by the former US president, Donald Trump, against the Iranian nation.

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Netanyahu’s legacy: Allying with US hawks and fomenting division in Washington

Netanyahu was beating war drums over Iran for decades, long before the JCPOA was even thought of. Indeed, Barack Obama’s decision to press the issue of an Iranian nuclear weapon, despite the fact that U.S. National Intelligence had determined that Iran was no longer pursuing one, came in part from concern that Israel under Netanyahu might attack Iran on its own if nothing was done.

But the JCPOA did not quell Netanyahu’s long-time obsession with Iran, which was a significant factor in the deep and bipartisan opposition to the deal in Washington, eventually culminating in Trump abrogating it. It is fair to say that, while regime change hawks in the United States have their own reasons for seeking that goal, Netanyahu has been a key ingredient fueling their push for U.S. action against the Islamic Republic.

Like Israeli policies on the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the new Israeli government is not likely to diverge from Netanyahu’s policies on Iran.

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Unidentified drone targets US military base in Baghdad

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Enemies deeply concerned about Iran’s presence in Atlantic Ocean: Navy commander

The commander of the Iranian Navy says enemies of the Islamic Republic are deeply concerned about the presence of the country’s naval fleet in the Atlantic Ocean.

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US, Russia envoys discuss Iran nuclear deal ahead of summit

Delegations from Russia and the United States involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran held talks in Vienna on Monday, two days ahead of a summit meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Biden seeking to re-enter Iran deal due to concern over Iran-China partnership deal, says commentator

A political commentator believes the reason behind the US President Joe Biden administration’s efforts to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is its concern over the recently-inked partnership deal between Iran and China.

“The Biden administration is worried over the recent signing of the 25-year strategic cooperation agreement between China and Iran,” Ashok Swain, who is a professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research of Uppsala University in Sweden, said in an interview with Press TV.

“So, the US wants to return to the nuclear deal to normalize its relations with Iran as soon as possible,” he said. “The fear of China’s rising influence in the region will push the US to be sincere with Iran.”

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Israels designierter Premier Bennett warnt vor Iran

Bei seiner Rede im Parlament hat sich Israels designierter Ministerpräsident Naftali Bennett gegen eine Rückkehr zum internationalen Atomabkommen mit dem Iran von 2015 ausgesprochen. Das Atomprogramm des Iran sei nahe an einem "entscheidenden Punkt", warnte der Vorsitzende der ultrarechten Yamina-Partei am Sonntag in Jerusalem. Teheran habe außerdem Terrorstützpunkte in Syrien, im Gazastreifen und im Jemen aufgebaut.

Israel werde es dem Iran nicht erlauben, Nuklearwaffen zu erlangen und behalte sich "volle Handlungsfähigkeit" vor, betonte der Politiker kurz bevor über die neue Regierung unter seiner Führung abgestimmt werden sollte. = =

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Iran: US claim of policy change towards JCPOA 'only in words’

Iran’s UN ambassador has rejected a US claim of policy change towards the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal, saying Washington is still pushing ahead with the so-called “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Majid Takht-Ravanchi complained that the US economic terrorism against the Iranian nation has hampered the import of medicines to the country.

“The current US administration’s claim of policy change towards the JCPOA is just in words. In practice, the US policy of maximum pressure still continues, preventing Iran from using its own financial resources abroad to import medicines,” he said'only_in_words%E2%80%99

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'Intense' Iran nuclear talks resume as Germany calls for rapid progress

Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resumed in Vienna on Saturday as the European Union said negotiations were "intense" and Germany called for rapid progress.

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Iran top negotiator: We need to have a good deal to address our key concerns, meet our key objectives

Iran’s top negotiator in the Vienna talks on the revival of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers says the Iranian delegation seeks a good deal that would address the Islamic Republic’s key concerns and will continue negotiations until such a deal is reached.

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Caution on Iran nuclear deal as G7 leaders vow to stop bomb

Diplomats from outside the European Union cautioned Sunday that negotiations with Iran to salvage a landmark nuclear deal still need more time, as leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations reaffirmed a commitment to stop the Islamic republic from building nuclear weapons.

Iranian envoys held another round of negotiations with international delegations in Vienna a day after EU coordinators suggested that differences over the 2015 accord limiting Iran’s nuclear activities had narrowed further. But Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told Iranian state media he thought a deal was unlikely to emerge in the coming week. A diplomat from Russia also said more time was needed to work out details.

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Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah: US forces must leave, or we take them by surprise

“If the American forces do not leave the country, we will take them by surprise,” al-Mayadeen television news network quoted Muhammad Mohi, a spokesman for Kata’ib Hezbollah, as saying on Sunday.

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US must first lift Iran sanctions to return to JCPOA: China

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the United States should first lift all the sanctions it has imposed on Iran in order to return to the 2015 nuclear deal as negotiations continue in the Austrian capital to revive the agreement, which was abandoned by the US three years after its conclusion.

“To return to the deal, lifting sanctions on Iran first is the natural thing to do,” Wang said in an address to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Friday,

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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From Yemen to Glasgow: Inside the UK asylum system

Ali is an asylum seeker who fled war-torn Yemen in fear of his life.

He lives in Glasgow and has spent more than 10 months in a city centre hotel room.

Ali was one of hundreds of asylum seekers put into temporary accommodation when Scotland went into lockdown.

It was supposed to be for three months, but BBC Scotland's Disclosure programme has been hearing that over a year later more than 200 asylum seekers are still in hotels.

Ali has been filming a video diary to show the inside of the UK asylum system.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Rüstungsgüter für mehr als 30 Millionen Euro für Saudi-Arabien

Die Bundesregierung hat seit Ende Oktober 2020 Rüstungsexporte im Wert von mehr als 30 Millionen Euro an Saudi-Arabien genehmigt. Das geht aus einer Antwort des Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums auf eine Anfrage der Linken-Bundestagsabgeordneten Sevim Dagdelen hervor, die der Deutschen Presse-Agentur vorliegt.

Für Saudi-Arabien gilt seit 2018 ein weitgehender Rüstungsexportstopp, der bereits mehrfach verlängert wurde und aktuell bis Ende 2021 befristet ist. Zulieferungen für europäische Kooperationsprojekte lässt die Bundesregierung aber weiterhin zu. Genau darum geht es bei fast allen der zwischen dem 22. Oktober 2020 und 3. Juni erteilten 57 Exportgenehmigungen für Saudi-Arabien im Wert von 32,7 Millionen Euro.

"Bei den genannten Genehmigungen handelt es sich ausschließlich um Einzelausfuhrgenehmigungen mit Bezug zu regierungsamtlichen Gemeinschaftsprogrammen sowie eine Genehmigung für Schutzausrüstung zur Verwendung auf zivilen Flughäfen", heißt es in dem Schreiben des Parlamentarischen Staatssekretärs Marco Wanderwitz.

Dagdelen nennt die Genehmigungen "unerträglich". "Union und SPD tragen damit eine Mitverantwortung für die Verbrechen der saudischen Führung an der Bevölkerung im Jemen", sagt sie. = =

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Emirates: Siehe / Look at cp1

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Hat Jared Kushner einen Machtwechsel in Amman geplant?

Die «Washington Post» schildert eine Intrige, um den «Deal des Jahrhunderts» einzufädeln: womöglich sollte der Sturz des jordanischen Königs Abdallah III eine Beilegung des Palästina-Konfliktes einfädeln.

Angeblich hat Jared Kushner als Nahost-Beauftragter von Donald Trump im Verein mit Benjamin Netanyahu, dem saudischen Kronprinzen Muhammad bin Salman (MBS) und Figuren aus der Umgebung des jordanischen Königs Abdallah III einen Machtwechsel in Amman geplant. Ziel der Intrige soll die Zustimmung Jordaniens für den von Kushner und Netanyahu angestrebten «Deal des Jahrhunderts» gewesen sein, also eine Beilegung des Palästina-Konfliktes ohne eine Zweistaaten-Lösung: die Palästinenser sollten stattdessen unter israelischer Sicherheits-Kontrolle lokale Autonomie und wirtschaftliche Unterstützung durch das Ausland (sprich: arabische Ölmonarchien) erhalten.

Neben Widerständen seitens der auch im arabischen Raum zunehmend isolierten Palästinensern stand dem Konzept anscheinend ein weiteres, im Westen eher selten notiertes Hindernis im Wege: die Rolle Jordaniens als «Hüter» der Al Aksa-Moschee in Jerusalem.

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The Washington Post Details US, ‘Israel’, Saudi Role in Coup Plot Against Jordan King

The Zionist entity, Saudi Arabia and the US joined forces to pressure Jordan's King Abdullah II to partake in the US-sponsored "normalization deals" with Tel Aviv, according to the Washington Post.The Jordanian monarch resisted the attempts, leading to a plot to "destabilize" the country, that ensnared the king’s half-brother Prince Hamza and former senior officials Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid.
According to the report, Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman [MBS], former Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu and former US President Donald Trump were at the center of the intrigue.
“It became a belief of Trump that the king was a hindrance" to his plan, a former senior CIA official was quoted as saying.
The report noted the close relations that Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner had forged with MBS, Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler.
Abdullah was said to be concerned those expanded ties came at Jordan’s expense, because of his reservations over the US proposal for the Middle East.

and also

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Kuwait reaffirms support to Yemen’s stability and unity

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Rights Group Demands Releases of Activists in Emirati Al-Wathba Prison

A human rights center called for the release of detainees in Al-Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi, which has turned into a slaughterhouse used by UAE regime to kill prisoners of conscience and opponents.

The Emirates Center for Human Rights said that Al Wathba prison has no health care and the detainees' lives are endangered as a result of neglect and failure to monitor their health.

The Center highlighted the fact that cells are overcrowded in Al Wathba prison, which causes the spread of diseases. These violations pass daily without accountability.

Human rights defenders and peaceful dissidents face severe reprisals for their activism, and are often subjected to arbitrary detention. Torture is also practiced systematically to obtain confessions, which are then used as the only evidence in trials that often end in harsh prison sentences.


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UN special rapporteur urges UAE to free five ‘arbitrary’ detained rights activists

A United Nations special rapporteur has called on the United Arab Emirates to immediately free five human rights defenders who have been held in harsh conditions in the country’s prisons for eight years.

Mohamed al-Mansoori, Hassan Mohammed al-Hammad, Hadif Rashed Abdullah al-Owais, Ali Saeed al-Kindi and Salim Hamdoon al-Shahhi are part of a group of 94 lawyers, human rights defenders and academics who were sentenced to 10 years in jail in July 2013 for plotting to dispose the ruling regime.

“Their sentences were excessively severe and their detentions have been declared arbitrary according to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention,” Mary Lawlor, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, said Friday.

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Russia looks for way back into Yemen

It is significant that the topic of resolving the Yemeni conflict prevailed at the Russian-Yemeni talks over issues of bilateral relations. And this indicates Moscow is likely making some tentative steps for a deeper engagement in the Yemen war.

Unlike the Syrian and Libyan conflicts, the topic of a Yemeni settlement has always remained in the shadow of Russia’s Middle East policy. At the same time, Moscow continued to maintain contacts with all parties at war in Yemen and demonstrated its readiness to become more actively involved in the peacekeeping process in this country.

But what’s behind the timing of this push? New factors have emerged that increased the Kremlin's interest in Yemeni affairs. The Syrian crisis has reached a dead end, and although the Russian side has solved most of the tasks set for itself in Syria, it is becoming increasingly difficult to extract international dividends from participation in this conflict. This also applies to Libya, where after the cease-fire and the formation of a new Government of National Unity, Moscow's positions have weakened somewhat. The participants in the Libyan conflict — both external and internal — now have a reduced interest in attracting Russia as an allied force. Against this background, Moscow needs to continue to emphasize its importance in Middle East affairs, showing that it has not yet said its last word and is ready to offer its services not only as a mediator, but also as a participant in settling other Middle East crises.

Throughout the Yemen conflict, Russia has tried to remain equidistant from its participants. Moscow was interested in developing relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in connection with which Russia distanced itself from open support for Iran, which provided assistance to Ansar Allah.

Despite the allied relations between Iran and the Russian Federation on the Syrian track, no such alignment of positions was observed during the Yemeni conflict. Moscow at a certain stage was more sympathetic to the opponents of the anti-Houthi coalition — led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE — but ex-president of Yemen and head of the General People's Congress party Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was an ally of the Houthis, was considered Moscow's "favorite.” The Russian side believed that the peace process could be launched around this figure.

However, after a conflict broke out between Saleh and the Houthis, and Saleh himself was killed by the Houthis in December 2017, Moscow began to distance itself from the latter. In particular, at that time the Russian Embassy in Sanaa was closed.

In turn, in talks with his Yemeni counterpart, Lavrov raised the topic of the humanitarian catastrophe in the country caused by the external isolation of those regions of Yemen held by the Houthis.

Russia would also like to restore military-technical cooperation with Yemen, which was interrupted by the civil war in that country.

Russia has maintained a trusting relationship with the Houthis, while at the same time preserving a high level of contact with both the internationally recognized government of Yemen (under Hadi) and with the Southern Transitional Council, whose representatives also visited Moscow. They could use these platforms for organizing contacts between various parties to the conflict and their individual representatives. In addition, in resolving the Yemeni crisis, the interests of Russia and the United States may coincide, and both states are able to act in the same direction for an early settlement of the Yemeni crisis and overcoming the humanitarian catastrophe in this country.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp11

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Look at this beautiful diagram - all the mergers that built up the big five defence primes over 20 years. I know I'm a big military-industrial complex nerd but dang that's some nice data-viz

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@SIPRIorg Yearbook 2021: the two highest intensity armed conflicts in the world, w/ conflict-related deaths exceeding 10,000 people, were Yemen & Afghanistan Biden is reducing US complicity in Afghans' deaths but the US remains complicit in Yemen

2021: military expenditure as % of GDP MidEast spends vastly more on the military than other regions Their primary supplier? The US US arms sales went up by 15% in the past 5 years When the US says it is committed to peace in the region, it means arms sales

referring to

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SA firms with permits to export arms to Saudi Arabia and UAE to be named

Court orders National Conventional Arms Control Committee to provide a list

A court on Tuesday ordered the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) to provide a list of South African arms companies that have permits to export arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — the first step in a longer court battle to stop the export of weapons to countries that NGOs say are fuelling the devastating conflict in Yemen.

The Southern African Human Rights Litigation Centre (SALC) and Open Secrets, a non-profit organisation investigating economic crime, said in their court papers that the war in Yemen has been described as the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis”. Yet SA has, since 2016, exported more than 20% of its arms to countries involved — in breach of the law and the constitution.

The UN's Group of Experts on Yemen has called for a complete halt on the transfer of arms to all the parties involved in the Yemen conflict, the organisations said. Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Evidence has now emerged that South African made weapons have been found at the scenes of civilian attacks in Yemen. Even though SA has not exported arms to Yemen since 2010, “it is reasonable to assume that these arms form part of the exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE”, SALC’s Anneke Meerkotter said in an affidavit.

On Tuesday the NGOs urgently asked the court to order the NCACC to give them a list of which arms companies it has issued permits to — so they can join these companies as parties in the litigation. Despite some back and forth correspondence since March, the committee has not given them this information.

The NCACC did not file court papers and did not turn up in court to answer to the case. The hearing was over in less than half an hour, with Pretoria high court judge Norman Davis granting the order.

Open Secrets’ Hennie Van Vuuren said the order meant that they had “cleared the first major legal hurdle”.

“Now we get to the urgent business of stopping the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who have targeted civilians in Yemen and are accused of violating international law,” he said.

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SA weapons export to Saudi Arabia, UAE may be breaking international law

The government may be aiding and assisting the commission of an internationally wrongful act by selling millions of weapons worth billions of rands to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) and Open Secrets have accused President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration of contributing to the killing and suffering of civilians in war-torn Yemen by selling millions of conventional arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Weapons from South Africa have been found at scenes of civilian attacks, according to the two non-profit organisations.

In one scene of mass civilian killings in 2018, 120mm mortar rounds produced by Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) or its German parent company Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH were found, according to a UN report.

The SALC and Open Secrets want the North Gauteng High Court to declare the granting of permits to export conventional arms to the two countries involved in the war in Yemen unlawful, unconstitutional, irrational and unreasonable.

Papers filed at the high court by the SALC and Open Secrets state that between 2016 and last year the government approved the export of over 12 million controlled items to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

According to the National Conventional Arms Control Act, controlled items can refer to any component, equipment, system, processes and technology of whatever nature capable of being used in the design, development, manufacture, upgrading, refurbishment or maintenance of weapons and any other articles of war as well as other dual-use goods that are not exclusively for military use but can be used for a military purpose.

The controlled items sold to Saudi Arabia and the UAE range from armoured combat and unmanned aerial vehicles, heavy weapons such as snipers and mortars, mortar bombs, rockets, ammunition as well as electronic equipment and software.

The SALC and Open Secrets have hauled acting national conventional arms control committee (NCACC) chairperson, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola, and his defence minister and military veterans counterpart Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to the North Gauteng High Court to stop the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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Washington Threatens Emirates: Either Huawei or F-35

Bloomberg reported US pressure on the UAE to remove Chinese "Huawei" equipment from its communications networks. The Biden administration said that the UAE has take further steps to distance itself from Beijing or risk losing the F-35 deal.

The agency added Biden's administration asked UAE to remove Huawei equipment from its networks within the next four years, before the date of receiving the F-35 planes in 2026 or 2027, while Emirati officials indicated that they would need more time in addition to a replacement.

The agency pointed out that the dispute over UAE's use of "Huawei" has been going on since former US President Donald Trump took office, when US officials tried to persuade UAE to stay away from China.

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Photos: Pristine AR-SF (Older model with wood furniture) on sale in #Sanaa #Yemen recently, with all the accessories.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

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Films: #Yemeni media showing #Saudi soldiers & #Sudanese mercenaries captured 2 weeks ago by #Yemeni forces.


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Saudi Soldiers, Sudanese Mercenaries Captured by Yemeni Forces Plea For Release

The prisoners talked about the good treatment they received during the period of captivity with their Yemeni brothers, and they sent a messages of reassurance to their families and relatives who have been cut off from them since their captivity.

The prisoners appealed to Saudi leadership to work to get them out of captivity and return them to their families, calling at the same time to stop the unjust war on Yemeni people.

and also

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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This is interesting. #AlQaeda #Yemen has formally claimed 12June ambush on Houthis in Bayda but NOT (yet) 11June bomb on southern forces in #Abyan (cell has reportedly now been caught & confessed) This implies the drivers & alliances of *so-called* #AQAP in North & South differ

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Oh no! #AlQaeda in #Yemen has resurrected Raymi's (d.2020) crushingly dull lecture series about a medieval war treatise. The original 40 lectures were turned into an equally dull book in 2018. Now even he looks bored as he endures no.41. No danger of binge watching this boxset...

cp15 Propaganda

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Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Exerts All Efforts to Support Yemen, while Houthi Militia Continues Destruction

Al-Riyadh newspaper reported in its editorial that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s strategy is focused on building new alliances, benefiting from its unique position and great potentials. Additionally, through its wise policy, Saudi Arabia serves its interests without affecting the interests of others.
Saudi Arabia’s strategy is not limited to building alliances. It extends and includes strengthening the region’s forces and regional alliances that enhance the ability of addressing any threat. In this regard, Saudi Arabia worked on establishing a number of coalitions such as: Arab Coalition Forces to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen and Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) that enhance the region’s security and activate its forces, the newspaper added.
This proactive approach embodies the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, regarding establishing a bright future for the entire region, the newspaper concluded.

In another context, Al-Bilad newspaper said in its editorial that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to exert all efforts to rebuild brotherly Yemen, which the terrorist Houthi militia turned into a battlefield, seizing its resources and capabilities.
The newspaper added that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian projects, being implemented in Yemen through King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) and the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY), have been highly commended and appreciated by the international community and its organizations.

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What makes an airport in a city more important than an entire another city?

The United Nations, the US, and the western press, think-tanks and aid agencies are more interested in lifting the Arab Coalition’s blockade on the airport of Houthi-controlled Sana’a city than lifting the siege Houthis have been imposing for six years on the entire city of Taiz.

The Sana’a airport has nothing to do with the entry of staple commodities to Yemen nor to Sana’a. Humanitarian flights have always been allowed through it and not banned at any time. Civilian flights are available for the people of Sana’a from other airports in the country.

The Houthi siege of Taiz, however, is a semi-circle belt of checkpoints manned by heavily armed Shia extremists and snipers who cut basic humanitarian and medical supplies to the government-held provincial capital. Luckily, Taiz has one remaining humanitarian conduit away from Houthis’ reach, connecting the city to southern Yemen port of Aden.

But this conduit, a crumbling and long mountainous road, does not resolve much of the problems that come with the siege.

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Houthis are a group meant for war until their last day

For the Houthis, war is the only thing that comes to mind in order to control, humiliate, kill and displace Yemenis. They deal with Yemen as a hostage, as the US envoy to Yemen Lenderking and the Director of the Middle East Department in the French Foreign Ministry Christopher Varno indicated.

I am sorry and, in fact, sad to say that in Yemen there can be no peace where the Houthis are one of the parties to it.

Houthis are meant for war, violence, repression and carnages from their first to their last day.

The right way to deal with them is to designate them as a terrorist group, nothing less.

This is the fact that everyone will come to realize at the end. But when?!

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The Riyadh Agreement or more chaos

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always stood by the Yemeni people and has had close ties to the country since the 1960s. After the Iran-backed Houthi coup, the Kingdom remained on the side of Yemeni legitimacy to free the country from the rebels. When things became more complex, the Kingdom was present with another solution: The Riyadh Agreement.
Realizing the sensitivity of the situation, Saudi Arabia played a constructive role in defusing the dangerous violence that threatened Yemen. The Riyadh Agreement was set as a key to achieving this goal, and it must be adhered to in order to save Yemen.
We all know that the political, military and humanitarian situation in Yemen cannot tolerate more gambling at the expense of its people and their right to a safe and dignified life. The cycle of violence must be stopped.
While the Riyadh Agreement represents a safe way out of a series of conflicts that would further complicate the situation in Yemen, there are some who, in the service of hostile agendas, insist on disrupting its implementation and are obstructing efforts to achieve a solution and improve the lives of the Yemeni people.

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Yemeni people cannot remain hostage in Iran, Houthi hand: [Hadi gov.] defense minister

The Yemeni people cannot remain hostage in the hand of Iran and the Houthis and national values can never be abandoned, the Yemeni defense minister said Saturday.

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Houthi ballistic missiles hit Marib, western media continue to mislead the world

Meanwhile, western media outlets continue to mislead the world with reports leaving the impression that it is the Houthi-controlled Sana'a that is unsafe due to constant bombing and threats of strikes.

The reports echoed by Israeli media imply that the Arab Coalition continues airstrikes despite the fact that international pressure groups halted them long ago and the airstrikes have become confined mostly to repelling Houthi suicidal incursions toward the IDPs safe haven of Marib.

Analysts say the Coalition's announced halt of its air raids today means nothing more than quitting the defense of Marib, adding that the halt is the outcome of a fanatically determined western-led conspiracy to cut all forms of support to the government so that the Shiit Houthi terrorist organization can conquer the government's last northern stronghold and make the west happy.

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

June 11:

June 10:

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June 7:

June 6:

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Sa’adah, 300 Mosques Targeted by US-Saudi Aggression

The Director of the Endowments Office in Sa’adah Governorate, Lutf Al-Awawi, confirmed that the aggression targeted more than 303 mosques in the governorate for more than six years.

Al-Awawi told Almasirah that the mosques that were completely destroyed by the aggression in the governorate are 59, while more than 244 were destroyed.

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In Sana’a, a citizen was injured as a result of the explosion of a cluster bomb remnants of the Saudi-led aggression in Nehm district.

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

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp17a, cp18

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

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

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1410 children were killed in war fronts in2020alone.These statistics come directly from Houthi media platforms. Thousands others remain in fronts & #Houthis continue to indoctrinate &recruit more children to fuel their war against #Yemeni people

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Three children killed by Houthi unexploded ordinance

Three child shepherds have been killed by an explosive left by the Houthi militia in the district of Alhabj in the central Yemen province of Beidha, the Yemeni Observatory on Landmines said in a tweet on Monday.

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Several Houthi militants killed, injured in battles with army north of Al-Jawf

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In Sa'adah, a citizen was killed by Saudi missile and artillery shelling in Al-Raqq area in Munabbih border district, while a citizen was injured by Saudi missile and artillery shelling on the Shida border district.

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Houthi ‘Terror’ Scuds Now Threaten Most Of Saudi Arabia

A new variant of the Houthi’s Burkan missile has a range of at least 1,200 km, putting almost of Saudi Arabia within range of the Northern Yemeni rebels, posing a new threat to the kingdom.

Ansar Allah, as the Houthis are formally known, released footage in August 2019 of a new ballistic missile, called the Burkan-3 (or Borkan-3). They claimed that they had used it to attack Dammam but no such attack was confirmed at the time. Then, on March 7, a Houthi ballistic missile indeed did hit Dammam.

This is more than 1,200 km from their usual launching area and puts most of Saudi Arabia in range.

The obvious questions are, how did Ansar Allah achieve this and what does it mean for Saudi Arabia. Cast your eye on Iran. Based on an analysis of open-source images and video evidence, via computer simulations of missile trajectories, the Burkan-3 most likely is a variant of the Iranian Qiam, with longer propellant tanks and a smaller warhead mass. Combined with the notorious inaccuracy of most Scud variants, the reduction in payload required to achieve its longer range means that the Burkan-3 is essentially a terror weapon, not a precision guided weapon.

Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia are continuing and show that Saudi attempts at hunting down and destroying the launchers and the UN weapons embargo aimed at preventing missiles from being delivered to Yemen are not completely successful. The Burkan-3 dramatically increases the area Houthi missiles can reach, but it poses an almost negligible threat against any particular target. However, if used against a large densely populated urban area there is still a risk of damage and fatalities.

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Citizen Injured in Sa’adah by Saudi Bombing

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Newly released footage shows new Yemeni advances in Saudi province of Jizan


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[Hadi] Government forces dismantle large minefield in Jawf

Pro-government forces dismantled a minefield in the district Khabb wa ash Sha'af north of Yemen's northeastern province of Jawf, the army's information centre said on Sunday.

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More than 17 thousand civilians have been killed and injured in [central Yemen's] Taiz since the start of the war in March 2015./Akhbar Alyemen website

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Citizen Injured by Saudi Missile, Artillery Shells in Sa’adah

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[Sanaa gov.] Army hits military site in Abha International Airport

The Air Force on Monday carried out an attack on Abha International Airport.

Armed forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare'i said the air force hit an important military site in Abha International Airport with a Qasef 2k drone.

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

and also

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Saudi-led coalition intercepts Houthi drone, says state TV

Saudi Arabian air defences intercepted and destroyed an armed drone launched by Yemen's Houthi group towards the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, state television said on Monday.

and also

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Masam dismantles 2,183 Houthi-laid mines in June's 2nd week

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) for clearing mines in Yemen, dismantled, during the second week of June 2021, a total of 2,183 mines, including 2 antipersonnel mines, 728 anti-tank mines, 1,446 unexploded ordnance and 7 explosive devices.

and also

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Saudi border guard kill two Yemenis in Sa'ada

The Saudi border guard have killed two civilians and injured a third in the Yemeni northern governorate of Sa'ada, the Houthi group said Sunday.
Ibrahim al-Morshedi and Salem al-Houti were killed by Saudi border guards in Raqu area on Saturday, northwest Sa'ada, Houthi-run TV reported.

and also

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Saudi Arabia says Houthi drone lands in school; no injuries

Saudi Arabia said Sunday a bomb-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels crash-landed in the premises of a school in the province of Asir near the kingdom’s southern border.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, the department of Civil Defense in Asir said no injuries were reported. The statement accused the Iran-backed Houthis of launching the drone from inside Yemen.

Photos on the state-run Saudi Press Agency showed a substantial section of the roof of a building badly damaged. Another photo showed the motor of the alleged drone and its broken propeller on

and also

with photos:

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Saada prov.: A citizen was injured by Saudi border guards' fire in Munabbih border district.

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Southern Forces, Houthis Swap Prisoners in Dhale

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

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Fierce clashes are raging in Serwah west of Marib as the Houthi militia keep pouring military reinforcements in the outskirts of the government-held province in a bid to capture it./Multiple websites.

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Fighting renews in full ferocity near Ma’rib city

Fighting renewed north of Ma’rib city on Sunday, with Yemeni army forces on the one hand and Saudi-led coalition forces and Al-Qaeda militants on the other, after a lull that lasted for several weeks.

According to local sources, the army and Popular Committees repelled a large-scale military attack, carried out by the coalition forces and Al-Qaeda, on the areas of Malbouda, Al-Atif and Jabal Al-Haqin, while another attack was aimed at a regional pipeline.

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Dozens of Houthi fighters killed, injured in Marib

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Film: OCHA expressed deep concern by Thursday’s missile and drone attack in Marib that killed 10 civilians and wounded dozens, calling for more urgent funding “to stop this unfolding catastrophe” as it made no mention of the #Houthis who carried out the attack.

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Death toll of Houthis’ ballistic missiles attacks on Marib city rises to 10

Medical sources in Marib governorate confirmed the death toll of Iran-backed Houthi militiamen ballistic missiles attacks on the residential areas in the city of Marib yesterday rose up to 10.

The sources said the two injured persons passed way today after they had succumbed to their critical injuries.

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Houthis fired 55 Iranian-made ballistic missiles at Marib since start of 2021: Yemen information minister

Yemen’s Information Minister Moammar Al-Eryani criticized on Saturday the Houthi militia targeting of residential neighborhoods, displacement camps and civilians in Marib with more than 55 Iranian-made ballistic missiles since the start of the year.
He said that statistics confirm the militia, which is backed by Iran, has also launched 12 drones, three Katyusha rockets, six projectiles, and seven explosives from Jan. 1 to June 10.
Al-Eryani added that the statistics also recorded 344 civilian casualties during the same period from Houthi attacks on Marib governorate. 104 civilians, three women, and 15 children have been killed, while 180 civilians, 12 women, and 30 children have been wounded with varying severity of injuries due to the continuous shelling, he said in a series of tweets.

and also

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[Hadi gov.] Yemeni envoy to Russia calls on states, institutions to condemn Houthi shelling of Marib

Yemeni Ambassador to Russia Ahmed Salem al-Wahishi called on friendly countries and international organizations to condemn the Houthi attack on the city of Marib that left eight people dead, and punish the criminals involved and their sponsors.

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

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

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

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Over 1898 Houthis laid-mines destroyed in Bab al-Mandab

The National Program for Controlling Mines (YAMAC) and the Saudi Demining Program in Yemen (MASAM) extracted and destroyed 1898 of landmines different kinds of unexploded ordnances (UXO) in several areas of the Bab al-Mandab and neighborhoods.

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Houthis deny reports about naval minefield off Yemen as fabrications

The military spokesperson for the Iran-allied Houthi group Yahya Sarea on Friday denied reports about dismantling a naval minefield in Yemeni islands of Hunaish and Zuqar in south of the Red Sea as baseless and untrue.

What the press of the aggression countries are saying about naval mines is just fabrications, he said.

These countries are seeking to mislead the international public opinion that the Yemeni army and popular committees pose a threat to international navigation, he added.

On Monday, the pro-government Joint Forces that are stationed in western Yemen said they had discovered a naval minefield in the area of Siyoul of the island of Hunaish.

and also

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Daily violations as recorded by the Houthi side

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cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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[Saudi] Environment Ministry warns against spread of desert locusts in Horn of Africa

The Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA) has warned that swarms of desert locusts could invade countries of the Horn of Africa, specifically in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Djibouti within the next few weeks.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-745 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-745: 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:

11:04 16.06.2021
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