Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 747b- Yemen War Mosaic 747b

Yemen Press Reader 747b: 22. Juni 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 747, cp7 - cp19 / June 22, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 747, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 747, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 747, 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 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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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End of Yemen quagmire? Saudi-led coalition, Houthis near peace deal

Talks between Saudi-led coalition and Houthis are focused on steps to lift a blockade on Houthi-held ports and Sanaa airport in return for a promise from the Iran-aligned group for truce talks.

Yemen's warring parties are thrashing out terms for a peace deal that would extricate Saudi Arabia from a costly war and help alleviate a devastating humanitarian crisis, two sources close to the talks and a Houthi official said.

Talks between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis are focused on steps to lift a blockade on Houthi-held ports and Sanaa airport in return for a promise from the Iran-aligned group for truce talks, the sources said.

Houthi leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi made a commitment to an Omani delegation that visited Sanaa this month to enter into ceasefire discussions immediately after the blockade is lifted in line with the latest proposal from UN envoy Martin Griffiths, they said.

One of the sources said Riyadh was open to a deal but "would need some additional guarantees from Oman and Iran," both with close ties with the Houthis.

If an agreement was reached, it would be the first breakthrough in UN-led efforts to end the war since stalled peace talks were last held in Sweden in December 2018. It would also hand Joe Biden's administration a foreign policy win and ease tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

US envoy Tim Lenderking and Griffiths visited Riyadh last week where they met Saudi, Yemeni and Omani officials to push for an agreement.

The Houthis' chief negotiator Mohammed Abdulsalam told Reuters the group wanted to ensure reopening access to Sanaa airport and Hodeidah ports "without impossible conditions or other measures that would restore the blockade in other forms."

"After that, we will discuss a comprehensive ceasefire which should be a real halt of hostilities, not a fragile truce, and that would include the exit of foreign powers from Yemen to facilitate political negotiations," he said, adding the timing of foreign forces withdrawing would be subject to negotiation.

Saudi Arabia, which launched direct talks with its foe Iran in April, will want security guarantees as its long border with Yemen leaves the kingdom vulnerable to turmoil in the Arabian Peninsula nation where multiple factions are vying for power and militant groups still have a presence.

Riyadh may also need to maintain some military presence in Yemen, particularly in the south where the Saudi-backed government and a separatist group have been locked in a power struggle despite being nominal allies under the coalition.

More talks are expected between Omani and Saudi officials this week, the sources said. =

Comment: The Houthis have been basically asking this same thing for years though (lift blockade as a condition for beginning talks), have conditions changed for Saudi Arabia that they’re more amenable to this demand now?

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Washington mulls increasing pressure on Yemen’s Houthis

The Houthis, observers say, are still hoping to achieve more military gains, in the absence of any international action that could diminish their clout.

Well-informed Yemeni sources told The Arab Weekly on Friday that the coming days will be marked by increased Western pressure on the Iran-aligned Houthi militias to accept a UN peace plan, supported by international players and approved by the Yemeni government and the Arab coalition.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, indicated that pressure on the Houthis could include a plan to block funding and military assistance from Iran. Houthis, the sources added, could find themselves officially blamed for the failure of peace efforts in Yemen.

The UN is reportedly planning to make minor amendments to the ceasefire agreement, following criticism by the Houthis who want to include the humanitarian aspect into any military or political deal.

Trips by UN and US envoys to Riyadh came in the wake of a recent flurry of international and regional diplomatic activity, which culminated in the visit of a delegation from the Omani royal office to Sana’a and a meeting with Houthi leaders, including the militias’ leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi and head of the Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat. The encounter, sources said, aimed at pushing the Houthis to accept the final blueprint of the ceasefire plan.

Yemeni sources had earlier revealed to The Arab Weekly that the Omani delegation had left Sana’a without making any progress after the Houthis rejected the UN plan and insisted on moving ahead purely with arrangements for opening the Sana’a airport and Hodeidah. The Houthis, the sources said, postponed discussions of the ceasefire deal and all related issues, including their ongoing offensive to seize the strategic city of Marib and their attacks on Saudi lands.

Observers believe the confusion of the international community has been one of the main factors that led to the failure of efforts to reach a ceasefire in Yemen. The Houthis, observers say, are still hoping to achieve more military gains, in the absence of any international action that could diminish their clout.

Experts in Yemeni affairs have noted a shift in Western positions during the past few years. They say recent European and American statements have echoed a sense of frustration with the Houthis and signalled some sort of readiness to exert increased pressure on the militias over their rejection of the proposed peace options.

Experts believe that a tougher international stance against the Houthis will likely build up in the long run. Meanwhile, the militias will exploit the current international inaction and buy time to achieve their military goals. They will eventually accept a ceasefire formula that enshrines a number of gains they have made over the past few years. Then, the Houthis will once again resume political manoeuvring through the signing of agreements but not committing to their terms.

Yemeni political researcher Abd al-Wahhab Buhaibah noted the Houthis represent an ideological movement that views peace from the perspective of the opponent’s surrender, especially since they control strategic areas in northern Yemen, the most important of which are Sana’a and Hodeidah.

In a statement to The Arab Weekly, Buhaibeh noted that the Houthi militias could eventually yield to international pressure and engage in negotiations, but in line with their objectives and in a way that achieves a full political recognition of their influence. Such intransigence could lead to a deadlock that could not be resolved through dialogue.

My comment: By a pro-Saudi coalition source from Egypt. Why it’s objected to the Houthis they would “views peace from the perspective of the opponent’s surrender”, as exactly this is the claim against the Houthis in UN SC res. 2216? The author also seems to think that peace should be a Houthi surrender, when he rejects Houthi claims of “full political recognition of their influence” as “intransigence”. This isn’t the way any peace works.

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Despite killing and maiming at least 194 childrenin Yemen in 2020 according to UN verified data, the Saudi and Emirati led coalition gets a green light to continue destroying children’s lives in Yemen, Save the Children warned today.

In a disheartening decision, the UN Secretary General António Guterres again failed to include the coalition in this year’s ‘list of shame’.

It was taken off the list last year, with a commitment by the Secretary General to relist them unless there was a ‘sustained significant decrease in killing and maiming’. By not relisting the coalition, Guterres sends the message that reducing the number of child casualties to about two hundred is ‘good enough’ progress, Save the Children said.

Inger Ashing, CEO for Save the Children, said in response to the annual report: “We strongly urge the Secretary General to reconsider his decision and hold parties to conflict all over the world to the same standard. The decision to include an armed actor in the ‘list of shame’ should be based only on a pattern of grave violations against children verified by the UN, not on politics.“

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Jemens Ansarullah kritisiert UN-Vorwürfe wegen Verletzung der Kinderrechte als „beschämend“

Ansarullah aus dem Jemen hat die Entscheidung von UN-Generalsekretär Antonio Guterres, die Widerstandsbewegung auf ihre jährliche schwarze Liste von Parteien, die Kinderrechte verletzen, aufzunehmen, kritisiert und die Maßnahme als „beschämend“ bezeichnet.

Das Politbüro der Ansarullah gab am Samstagabend in einer Erklärung bekannt, dass "Guterres' Schritt einen überzeugenden Beweis erbracht hat, dass die UNO einfach eine wertlose Plattform ist, die von Großmächten ausgenutzt wird, um Fakten zu verdrehen und die Rechte unterdrückter Nationen zu beschlagnahmen."

„Die Vereinten Nationen sollten besser neutral bleiben und nicht als Sprachrohr der Aggressoren-Koalition fungieren und deren Unsinn und lächerliche Aussagen wiederholen“, heißt es darin.

Die Aufnahme von Ansarullah in die schwarze Liste der Staaten und Gruppen, die die Rechte von Kindern verletzen, sei "ungerecht, ungültig und fern von realen Fakten", heißt es in der Erklärung.

„Die Vereinten Nationen haben ihre Verbindungen zu unserer Nation abgebrochen und sich durch eine solche Klassifizierung auf die Seite der Aggressoren-Koalition gestellt“, fügte sie hinzu.

Ansarullah verwies auf Tausende Videos, die in den letzten Jahren schreckliche Massaker an jemenitischen Kindern durch Saudi-Arabien zeigten.

„Wenn der UN-Generalsekretär auch nur die geringste Menschlichkeit besitzt, sollte er lieber keine zweite Amtszeit anstreben, als sein Gewissen zu einem günstigen Preis verkaufen. Jemenitische Kinder wissen, wer sie mit Luftangriffen und Blockaden tötet“, heißt es in der Erklärung.

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Officials in Sana’a rap UN for blacklisting Ansarullah while turning blind eye to Saudi crimes against Yemeni children

Yemen's political leadership blames the United Nations for its apathy towards the continued Saudi violations against the children of Yemen.

Yemeni officials say the UN should play its role to lift the Saudi blockade on Yemenis that causes more deaths among children instead of blacklisting the Ansarullah movement.

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Saudi Blackmails Guterres as Done with Ban Ki-moon Previously: Al-Houthi

Member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Al-Houthi, denounced Guterres' decision to classify Ansarullah as violators of children.

The senior political member stressed that the UN resolution is not based on field facts or reports of independent committees.

Al-Houthi added that the decision is of course a blackmail deal to return Guterres as Secretary-General of the United Nations, as was done by Ban Ki-moon previously by removing Saudi Arabia from the list of shame.

and pro-Houthi cartoons:


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[Sanaa] Parliament condemns UN Secretary-General's decision on Yemen

The House of Representatives, chaired by Speaker of the Parliament Yahya Al-Ra’i, stood on Saturday before UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' decision to blacklist Yemen for children's rights violators.

The House of Representatives of the Republic of Yemen strongly condemned this irresponsible decision. He stressed that while the US-Saudi-UAE aggression coalition has been killing children, women, and the elderly in Yemen every day for seven years in full view of the international community, the United Nations and the Security Council have not acted against the crimes, massacres, violations, and unjust blockades that have gone beyond all international and humanitarian laws, norms and conventions as if it doesn't matter.

The Council noted that despite this, the United Nations dropped the name of Saudi Arabia from the list of shameful child killers in Yemen and the full-fledged war crimes that do not have a statute of limitations, in addition to excluding the occupying Zionist entity from the list of violators of children’s rights in Palestine.


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It Would Have Been Better for UN to Remain Neutral : Ansarullah Council

Political Council of Ansarullah confirmed that the Secretary-General of the United Nations, by deciding to classify Ansarullah within what he calls a list of violators of children's rights, has caused himself and his international organization to be on a list of shame.

Ansarullah's political council said in a statement, Saturday, that: Guterres has provided tangible proof that the UN organization is just a trivial platform that powerful countries exploit to distort the facts and confiscate the rights of vulnerable peoples.

He added: It would have been better for the United Nations to remain neutral and not to turn into a cheap trumpet repeating the nonsense and absurdities of the coalition of aggression.

and also


(A P)

[Sanaa gov.] Prime Minister of Yemen blasts UN decision to include Ansarullah on list of violators of children’s rights


(A P)

FM condemns UN Chief's decision to not include aggression coalition in list of violators of children rights

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf on Saturday condemned the decision of Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres not to include the Saudi-led aggression coalition in the list of violators of children's rights, and deliberately included Ansarullah on the list.

The Foreign Minister pointed out that although the United Nations is the organization entrusted with the defense of basic human rights, including children, as stated in its charter, it turns a blind eye to the targeting of population areas by the aggression coalition countries that have killed and wounded about 8,000 children since March 26, 2015.

He noted that the aggression coalition countries and their loyalists have recruited thousands of children and plunged them into battles, targeted schools and hospitals, and impeded humanitarian access, in addition to other grave violations of children's rights.

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(A P)

[Sanaa gov.] Deputy Foreign Minister of Yemen condemns UN General Secretary in fiery words


(A P)

[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Minister of Health condemns UN for its role in the death of Yemeni children


(A P)

Salvation Government spokesman: Guterres' decision is clear hypocrisy, granting the aggressors the instruments of innocence

Official spokesman of the National Salvation Government and Minister of Information Dhaif Allah al-Shami condemned on Friday decision of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres to classify Ansurallah among the list of violators of children's rights.

The government spokesman referred to the horrific massacres committed by the US-Saudi aggression over the past six years against the children, women and the people of Yemen.

He asked, "Where is the role of the United Nations and its Secretary-General in what is happening to the children of Yemen?"

Al-Shami said' We find from the United Nations is only granting the aggressors the instruments of innocence but rather kicking them out from the black list as it had happened for Saudi Arabia aiming to collect its/ more money well as not to include the US-Saudi aggression and the Israeli entity on the black list of violators of children’s rights.”

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My comment: All warring parties in Yemen must be included in this list. Excluding the Saudi coalition obviously is a scandal. But while in later years Western media had reported about this, now they stay completeley silent: The “Overton window” in the West is closing faster and faster: .

and several reports by Houthi Almasirah:

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UN Decision against Ansarullah Bought with Money, Serves Deceptive US-Saudi Agenda

The Council of Ministers affirmed in its periodic meeting today, Sunday, headed by Council President Dr. Abdulaziz Saleh bin Habtoor, that "the UN resolution against Ansarullah is bought with money and falls within the approach of the misleading US-Saudi aggression to cover up its crimes and repeated massacres against Yemeni children."


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Politicized UN Resolution against Ansarullah, Making Justifications for Continuation of US-Saudi Aggression, Siege

The scandalous decision of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, to classify Ansarullah within what he calls a list of violators of children's rights, came within the framework of a clear path taken by the US administration and the countries of the aggression coalition for some time, towards creating more pressure on Sana’a and inciting international and local public opinion against it. A trend that began remarkably with the launch of the last round of consultations, with the participation of the Sultanate of Oman as a mediator.

It is still a clear indication that Riyadh and Washington do not intend to move towards any solutions. Rather, it has become clear that they are trying to keep diplomatic maneuvering going.


(A P)

Throughout History, Oppressed Countries Were Not Supported by United Nations

It is not surprising that bad news comes to us from the headquarters of the United Nations, as its history is marked by the flogging of the victims and supporting the arrogant.

The US-Saudi aggression is pushing strongly towards the crowning of Antonio Guterres as Secretary-General of the United Nations in a new presidential term. He has achieved what he wants, but the price for that was the "killed children of Yemen", and the disregard for their burned bodies; As a result of the air raids of the US-Saudi aggression, which are still claiming the lives of these children to this day.


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United Nations Supports Who Pays More!!

This is the United Nations, its role appears very clear to be supporting who pays more!! This is what Ban Ki-moon said previously when the Saudi regime was removed from the black list of child killers.

His successor, Antonio Guterres, repeated the same scandal, but this time his reason is to be crowned for a second term in the international organization that claims to defend human rights while playing with the blood of the children of Yemen.
Guterres ignored the thousands of massacres and crimes committed by the US-Saudi aggression in Yemen against childhood

while anti-Houthi organisarions, activists and RASD welcomes it:

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Yemen Relieved by UN Blacklisting Houthis for Abusing Children’s Rights

For activists, the decision to blacklist Houthis is in its right place as the group is responsible for the death and maiming of thousands of child soldiers deprived of their basic rights to be used as cannon fodder.

Joining the UN in deploring Houthis, Yemeni activists on Saturday launched a far-reaching online campaign under the slogan “Houthis: The Killers of Children” to demand the international community lists the Iran-aligned group as a terrorist organization.


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Mohammed Abdulsalam: The invaders are the ones who can put an end to this war

The head of the [Sanaa gov.] Yemeni negotiation delegation, Mohammed Abdulsalam, has confirmed that “those who can stop the war are the aggressors.”

“Our position on the aggression against our country is purely defensive, and those who can stop the aggression and end the siege are those attacking Yemen with military aggression and economic blockade,”

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UN sources portend soon end to Taiz blockade

Gateways of the Yemeni sieged city of Taiz will be reopened soon, UN sources said Thursday, after 6 years of Houthi blockade.
The Houthi group will end siege imposed on the southwestern city once a nationwide ceasefire deal comes into effect, media advisor to the UN mediator in Yemen said.
The proposed nationwide ceasefire is not aimed only to stop fighting, Jasmine Pala added in remarks to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, as the long sought truce will also see the main roads linking Yemen north to south reopened to help facilitate movement of civilians, commercial goods and humanitarian aid.

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Press briefing notes on Yemen

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Liz Throssell

We are seriously concerned at the continuing impact of fighting on civilians and the targeting of civilian objects in Marib Governorate in Yemen, which Houthi forces, also known as Ansar Allah, have been trying to seize from the Yemeni Government for several months.

Hostilities and violence in other parts of Yemen also continue to claim civilian victims.

Cross-border attacks by Ansar Allah into the territory of Saudi Arabia have also been continuing, although with less intensity in recent weeks.

We call on all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, including their obligation to respect the principles of distinction, which prohibits the targeting of civilians and civilian objects and infrastructure, as well as the principles of proportionality and precautions in attack.

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Houthi military escalation is a sign that they are not accepting peace initiative, [Hadi gov.] Yemeni Foreign Minister says

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Connecting the country back to the world: Possible reopening of Sanaa airport sparks Yemeni joy

Since 2016, Sanaa International Airport has remained largely closed for passenger flights, offering only a reduced service for humanitarian aid and essential goods. With new plans to reopen Yemen's largest airport, Yemenis can dream of normalcy.

The airport has not received any passenger flights since August 2016, but now for countless Yemenis, hopes to travel or just being able to receive their beloved ones at the airport will soon become a reality.

Over the last six years, the airport has been exposed to dozens of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, leaving considerable damages to the facility, but sources say that the Houthi administration has begun renovating the airport this month, readying it for a possible reopening.

In February this year, Al-Shayef estimated that the airport's closure caused the death of more than 80,000 Yemeni patients who needed to receive medical treatment abroad, while around one million patients are at risk of death due to the lack of medications for incurable diseases.

Over the last six years, airports have been under the Arab coalition control, while border crossings are monitored, and seaports cannot operate uninterruptedly. Now diplomatic efforts have revived hopes that such misery will cease or at least lessen soon.

Like patients, students have also suffered from being denied travel through Sanaa airport.

"It is a fundamental right, but the war has made it unattainable. With the news of the airport reopening, I feel my dream of travelling will come true, and we will be free to travel when we want," said Ali.

Despite the conspicuous optimism among millions of Yemenis, some still doubt the success of peace efforts and the reopening of Sanaa airport.

The days to come will reveal the actual results of the Oman-led peace efforts in Yemen.

Although the ongoing diplomatic momentum may not silence weapons everywhere in Yemen, Yemenis will have a significant gain to have the Sanaa airport and Hodeida port function smoothly. The country will be connected to the world, and the suffering of millions will be mitigated.

"The warring parties need to separate the humanitarian issues from their military goals. Reopening Sanaa airport will not mean defeating the Yemeni government or bringing victory to the Houthis. Reopening the airport is just a matter of prioritising human dignity over political agenda," said Ali.

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Yemenis demand end to Houthi siege of Taiz as part of peace plans

Yemen human rights activists, politicians, journalists, and residents of Taiz have demanded that government and international mediators include the lifting of the city’s siege by Iran-backed Houthis in any peace initiative to end the war in the country.

Fearing being shut out of the current UN-brokered peace initiative that largely focused on Sanaa, residents of the besieged southern Yemeni city and human rights activists said the Houthis should stop their military operations and continued shelling of the city’s densely populated districts under any deal to bring the conflict to a close.

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Yemen [Sanaa gov.] announces readiness to resume peace talks in Qatar

A member of Supreme Political Council of Yemen’s National Salvation Government said that if Saudi coalition responds positively to Oman mediation, there will be no obstacle for the resumption of peace talks in Qatar.

The Yemeni Ansarullah Movement has announced that it has agreed to hold a new round of talks in Qatar if Saudi coalition receives a positive response to the letter submitted by the Omani delegation.

"If the aggressor countries responded positively to the message of Sultan of [Oman], I believe that there is no obstacle in our view to [holding] a meeting and completing the dialogue in Qatar," Mohammed al-Houthi tweeted.

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cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Iran set to stay on hardline course after Raisi win, Saudi commentators say

The election of a hardline Iranian president has so far been met with silence from Saudi Arabia, but commentators in state-controlled Saudi newspapers forecast little change in Iran's foreign policy as security hawks tighten their grip on power.

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Officers broke into the house, they lock her bother and her father with bunch of guards in one of the rooms in the house, while the other officers searched every single room in the home before they took Lina away in hand cuffs.

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Dozens Minors to Face Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia

Middle East: Media sources revealed that forty minors are facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia for participating in the protests in Qatif in 2011 despite the Riyadh authorities' pledge to stop the death penalty against minors.

According to the "Prisoners of Conscience" website, the detainees' families called on British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, to intervene urgently during his visit to Riyadh to stop the death penalty against minors.

For its part, a Saudi man, Abdullah Al-Hwaiti, on death row could be executed even though he was 14 at the time of the alleged crime and his conviction followed a grossly unfair trial, Human Rights Watch said.

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Saudi embassy helps nationals suspected of crimes in US evade justice: Report

Saudi embassy uses a network of 'fixers' and lawyers to help citizens accused of crimes leave the US, Washington Post investigation finds

The Saudi embassy in Washington has been involved in helping Saudi citizens accused of crimes in the United States flee the country and evade jail time by using a network of "fixers" and criminal defence lawyers, an investigation by the Washington Post has revealed.

US lawmakers have complained that many Saudi students left the United States while facing criminal charges with the apparent help of Riyadh.

On Tuesday, the Post published a report documenting links between Saudi suspects who fled the country and the kingdom's embassy in Washington.

According to the investigation, many Saudi citizens facing serious charges, including murder and possession of child pornography, have been able to leave the United States without facing sentencing.

The Post's investigation focuses on the case of Abdullah Hariri and Sultan Alsuhaymi, who were accused of fatally stabbing a man during a brawl in Greenville, North Carolina, in 2018. They were charged with first-degree murder but left the country without standing trial - before the indictment was even formalised.

The report cites a knowledgeable source as saying that the Saudi embassy arranged the departure of Hariri and Alsuhaymi from the country.

The United States and Saudi Arabia do not have an extradition agreement.

"The embassy's preference is that no one spend time in jail in the US," an anonymous source who worked for the embassy's network told the Post. "And if a case has mandatory jail time, there’s a lot of pressure to get them out of the country."

Tens of thousands of Saudi students study in US universities on government-sponsored scholarships.

According to the Post's report, the Saudi embassy's role in helping the kingdom's citizens who are in legal trouble goes far beyond the usual consular assistance that diplomatic posts usually provide.

An embassy document shared with the Post shows that one official is "in charge of procuring airline travel, chauffeured ground transportation and hotel accommodations for Saudis in the United States".

In one case, the official instructed an embassy driver to take a Saudi fugitive to the Dulles Airport in the Washington area to flee the country.

"If the Saudi Embassy decides to spirit someone out of the country, there’s a facilitator, someone not connected to the embassy, to arrange travel," said one source.

US lawmakers have been pushing for accountability from Saudi Arabia over its alleged assistance for fugitives.

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Film: Fearing a massive response of the #ArfahDay protest planned by the amazing @MarzoqMashan_ #Saudi Clan shows arrest of a protester #Qatif by the infamous @pss_en & their black SUV’s to spread fear, says after beheading a protester for do same

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The arrest of Huwairini has now been confirmed. Although involved in #Khashoggi’s murder & other crimes his brother Abdullah was exempted from US sanctions because of their extensive ties to @cia & other #US security agencies.


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News that #Saudi Strongman #MBS caught up with mass murderer, terrorist mastermind & his henchman AbdulAziz AlHuwairini the head of the infamous @pss_en. AlHuwairni, a @CIA favorite has lots of blood on his hand & many torture victims.

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Amnesty, rights groups blast Saudi execution of Shia youth

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Photos: 42 people might be executed. The ones in green are underage

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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Egyptian intelligence chief to face questioning over alleged involvement in Khashoggi killing

A human rights group is calling on members of Congress to interrogate the chief of Egyptian intelligence on Tuesday about a Yahoo News report that a Saudi plane carrying a team of assassins stopped in Cairo in October 2018 to pick up illicit drugs that were used to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“The reports that have emerged that Egyptian authorities provided the killer drugs that were used to execute Jamal Khashoggi are shocking,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), a group that Khashoggi founded in the last year of his life. “There needs to be a congressional investigation.”

Whitson’s comments were sparked by a just-released Yahoo News “Conspiracyland” podcast series about Khashoggi’s murder that revealed that the Gulfstream jet carrying a so-called Tiger Team of Saudi assassins to Istanbul made a middle-of-the-night stopover in Cairo for the purpose of picking up a lethal dose of undetermined “illegal” narcotics.

The drugs were injected hours later by a Saudi Ministry of Interior doctor into Khashoggi’s left arm inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul — an operation that the CIA has concluded was authorized by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, often known as MBS.

Abbas Kamel, the chief of Egyptian intelligence, is visiting Washington this week to meet with U.S. intelligence officials as well as members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Staffers told Yahoo News that a number of senators are preparing to ask Kamel about the Cairo stopover — the subject of a Washington Post editorial on Sunday — and whether Egyptian intelligence officials delivered or helped facilitate the delivery of the drugs.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a

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FBI director feels the heat as Congress pushes for Saudi links

FBI Director Christopher Wray is coming under increased bipartisan pressure in Congress to expose alleged Saudi ties to the 9/11 attacks as the 20-year anniversary of the terror strikes looms.

U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Thomas Massie, R-Ky., pressed recently for the release of long-secret documents — with Wray committing publicly for the first time to “share as much information as we can.”

“We are working very hard on trying to declassify as much information as we can, and to share as much information as we can. I understand why this is frustrating,” Wray told the congressmen at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.

“I will make sure our folks are doing everything they possibly can consistent with our responsibilities,” Wray later added. He said the secret documents include “matters that involve classified information, matters that involve grand jury information.”

Wray stressed that the “families of the 9/11 victims matter deeply to me.”

But waiting almost 20 years for the truth to come out is too long, family members of 9/11 victims tell the Herald.

“Why the hell isn’t he just releasing the documents? He’s stabbing us in the back,” said Brett Eagleson of Connecticut, who was 15 years old when his dad died while working at the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Jemens Ansarullah: Äußerungen des US-Generals zeigen, dass er keinen Bezug zur Politik hat

Ein hochrangiges Mitglied des Obersten Politischen Rates des Jemen hat den Kommandeur des US-Zentralkommandos, Kenneth McKenzie, wegen seiner Behauptung verspottet, dass Sanaa nicht am Verhandlungstisch sitzen wolle, und sagte, der US-General habe keinen Bezug zur Politik.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, Mitglied des Obersten Politischen Rates des Jemen, twitterte am Sonntag, McKenzie sei „weit distanziert von der Welt der Politik“ und sagte, er und die CENTCOM würden nur Erklärungen abgeben.

Der Funktionär der Volksbewegung Houthi Ansarullah im Jemen riet den US-„Entscheidungsträgern“, „Mitleid“ mit McKenzie zu haben und „ihm mit die korrekten politischen Informationen über das Geschehen in der Region und die bisher angebotenen Lösungen zu geben“.

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Its statements show US Central Command far from politics: Houthi official

Statements by the US Central Command and its commander, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, show that they are far from politics, member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council tweeted on Saturday.
They seem to be dictated what they say, Mohamed Ali al-Houthi added in response to McKenzie's remarks accusing the Iranian-backed Houthis of hindering a political solution in Yemen.
"I just advise decision makers to sympathize with him [the general] and give him accurate political information on what happens in the region and the solutions proposed," the Houthi official said.
On Friday, the US general said the Houthis do not want to sit at negotiation table with goodwill, as "they think they can make a military win."

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Arms Sales: What Americans Know About Bombs Dropped in Their Name

By the time citizens hear about a sale, the export licenses are already approved and Boeing factories are churning out weapons we’ve never heard of

If we condemn the abhorrent destruction of life that occurs when Saudi Arabia or Israel kills people with U.S.-manufactured weapons, what can we do about it?

Arms sales are confusing. Every once in a while, a news story will break about a certain weapons sale from the United States to some other country across the globe that is worth millions, or even billions of dollars. And as Americans, we virtually have no say in where the bombs that say “MADE IN THE USA” go. By the time we hear about a sale, the export licenses are already approved and Boeing factories are churning out weapons we’ve never even heard of.

Even for people who consider themselves well informed about the military-industrial complex find themselves getting lost in the web of procedure and timing of weapons sales. There is a gross lack of transparency and information made available to the American peoples.

What does this time frame mean for advocates against arms sales? It means that they have a tiny window of opportunity to reach out to members of Congress.

However, all is not lost, as there are several ways a sale can still be stopped after the export license is granted. The State Department can revoke the license, the president can stop the sale, and Congress can introduce specific legislation to block the sale at any point up until the weapons are actually delivered. The last option has never been done before, but there is recent precedent to suggest that it might not be totally pointless to try.

Congress passed a bipartisan joint resolution of disapproval in 2019 to block an arms sale to the United Arab Emirates. Then President Donald Trump vetoed this resolution and Congress didn’t have the votes to override it. However, this situation showed that both sides of the aisle can work together to block an arms sale.

The convoluted and tedious ways arms sales go through raise two important questions. Should we even be selling weapons to these countries in the first place? And does there need to be a fundamental change in the procedure of selling weapons so that Americans can have more of a say?

According to our own law, the United States should not be sending weapons to countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia (among others). Technically, doing so goes against the Foreign Assistance Act, which is one of the main laws governing weapons sales.

As Americans, there are important steps to be taken. Are we willing to put our efforts into changing the procedure of arms sales to include more transparency and accountability? Are we willing to invoke our own laws? More importantly: are we willing to put our efforts into drastically changing our economy so that Yemeni and Palestinian parents who put every ounce of love into raising their children do not have to live in fear that their whole world could be taken in an instant?

As it stands, our economy benefits from selling tools of destruction to other countries. That is something Americans must realize and ask if there is a better way to be a part of the world. The next steps for people who are concerned about this newest arms sale to Israel should be petitioning the State Department and asking their members of Congress to introduce legislation to block the sale – by Danaka Katovich

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

U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking returned from Saudi Arabia on June 18. During the trip Special Envoy Lenderking met with officials from the Governments of the Republic of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, as well as UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. In these meetings, Special Envoy Lenderking noted the need for the Yemeni government to return to Aden as soon as possible and highlighted the importance of swift progress in the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement.

Additionally, Special Envoy Lenderking discussed the latest efforts to achieve a comprehensive, nationwide ceasefire

My comment: Next chapter in the US mimikry show: The US is warring party and no peace broker in Yemen.

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U.S. Military to Withdraw Hundreds of Troops, Aircraft, Antimissile Batteries From Middle East

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Saudi crown prince of drawdown in June 2 call, officials say

The Biden administration is sharply reducing the number of U.S. antimissile systems in the Middle East in a major realignment of its military footprint there as it focuses the armed services on challenges from China and Russia, administration officials said.

The Pentagon is pulling approximately eight Patriot antimissile batteries from countries including Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, according to officials. Another antimissile system known as a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad system, is being withdrawn from Saudi Arabia, and jet fighter squadrons assigned to the region are being reduced, those officials said.

The accelerated withdrawals reflect several recent changes on the ground in the Middle East as well as Washington’s own strategic imperatives under the Biden administration. As the war in Afghanistan winds down, ending two decades of counterinsurgency as a chief driver of U.S. troop and weapons deployments, the Biden administration wants to bulk up forces directed at countering China, its chief rival in a national security landscape now defined by competition between the major powers.

Separately, the Biden administration’s policy toward Iran—the chief U.S. adversary in the Middle East—is focused on negotiations over re-entering a revised version of the 2015 international nuclear agreement. Because of that, Pentagon officials see a diminished risk of war after the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign employed more military brinkmanship.

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Expert Q&A – Beyond Rhetoric: How Should the Biden Administration Support Human Rights and Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa?

What should this professed new emphasis on rights and democracy mean for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), home to so many authoritarian regimes, including U.S. “partners” notorious for their human rights abuses, and to several countries mired in violent conflict? To spotlight perspectives from the region itself, POMED invited 15 human rights defenders, democracy advocates, independent journalists, and civic activists from 15 MENA countries to respond briefly to the following question:

What are the most important steps for the Biden administration to take, or the most crucial issues on which the administration should focus, in order to improve the human rights situation, support democratic values and institutions, or push back against authoritarianism in your country?

Yemen, by Radhya al-Mutawakel

Since 2015, the United States has shielded Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and other members of the Saudi/UAE-led coalition in Yemen from diplomatic scrutiny for their role in the war. To become an effective broker, the Biden administration should condemn human rights abuses and international humanitarian and human rights law violations committed by all warring parties, including the coalition and the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council, along with the Yemeni government and the Ansar Allah (Houthi) group.

The administration should immediately advance a holistic and credible accountability strategy for Yemen, including pursuing criminal justice for international crimes and reparations for victims. It should support the UN Human Rights Council Group of Eminent Experts (GEE), pursue its recommendations, ensure that it has sufficient resources, and encourage others—including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the Yemeni government, and the Houthis—to cooperate with it.

In addition, the United States should encourage UN Security Council engagement on Yemen, including by integrating discussion of the human rights dimensions of the conflict into the Council’s monthly regular agenda and supporting language on justice and reparations in upcoming Council resolutions. The United States should also support a Council referral of the Yemen situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Furthermore, the administration should conduct a full review of the impact of American operations in Yemen since the United States began using lethal force there nearly two decades ago. Assessments of the lawfulness of operations should consider all applicable international law requirements, including those that constrain the use of force and protect the right to life. The United States should publicly disclose the results of this review and acknowledge each instance of its use of lethal force.

Finally, the administration should back the longstanding demands of human rights and humanitarian groups to all warring parties.


The human rights issue that the Biden administration can address most effectively in Iran is the harm that U.S. financial sanctions are inflicting on ordinary people there. In providing sanctions relief to Iranians, President Biden can drive home the point that human rights include economic and social rights as well as political rights. In fact, considering their devastating impact on the economic and social welfare of ordinary Iranians, the crushing financial sanctions imposed by the Trump administration—and so far maintained by the Biden team—constitute a human rights violation.

With Iran’s currency losing half its value since April 2020 and inflation reaching 39 percent this year, reports indicate that poverty has risen sharply. The implications include increasing levels of food insecurity, health complications, domestic violence, and suicide. Sanctions and the resulting economic crisis have had a disproportionate impact on middle-class women, who have seen significant drops in living standards, social standing, and workforce participation. On the healthcare front, U.S. sanctions have made it extremely difficult for Iranians to access some essential medicines and medical equipment. During the pandemic, sanctions have hobbled the healthcare system and constrained the government’s ability to purchase vaccines.

Sanctions also have crushed Iranian civil society, affecting activists who have been pushing for democracy and civil rights for decades.

The Biden administration, which says it will stand up for human rights “everywhere,” should take decisive and immediate steps to unblock Iranian funds abroad to enable Iran to purchase COVID vaccines and engage more easily in humanitarian trade such as importing medicine and food more easily. The administration also should issue a blanket license for humanitarian organizations to provide aid to Iranians suffering as a result of the pandemic. This is the humane and human rights-centered approach to addressing the needs of Iranian people while Tehran and Washington decide how to move forward on the nuclear file.

Saudi Arabia

In recalibrating its relationship with Saudi Arabia and advancing human rights, the Biden administration should focus on the problem of the unconstrained and unprecedented control that de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) exerts over the country.

Unchecked power has given rise to violent and aggressive behavior by Saudi Arabia at home and abroad. The U.S. administration should promote the development of a system of checks and balances to prevent the exploitation of power by MBS or others. This involves overhauling authoritarian legislation, including counterterrorism and cybersecurity laws. It also requires reining in the Presidency of State Security, a body under the Royal Court that enjoys vast authority to conduct repressive operations. In addition, the United States should advocate for transparency in judicial proceedings, especially those in which Saudi activists and intellectuals are being prosecuted for alleged corruption, treason, or threats to national security. As it stands, it is extremely difficult, indeed sometimes impossible, for Saudis to monitor their government’s performance in such prosecutions.

The Biden administration must press the issue of the thousands of Saudi political prisoners and prisoners of conscience who remain incarcerated simply for exercising their basic rights. At the same time, Washington should not confuse MBS’s conditional release of a few high-profile prisoners with meaningful reform. At a minimum, once released, these Saudi citizens must be able to engage in public affairs without harassment or fear.

If an unhinged MBS continues to rule without constraints, and makes only symbolic concessions to the Biden administration, Saudi Arabia’s governance crisis will deepen.

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House Vote Tees Up Congress To Revoke Iraq War Authorization

Rep. Barbara Lee and allies have pushed politicians to reckon with U.S. overreach, and the Senate and Joe Biden are expected to help end the authorization.

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal the 2002 legislation that permitted the invasion of Iraq.

It was a win for anti-war lawmakers and activists, who are now ready to secure an even bigger victory: killing the controversial measure and limiting presidential war powers.

Forty-nine Republicans and all but one of the 220 Democrats in the chamber voted for a bill withdrawing the nearly 20-year-old authorization for the use of military force, which allowed the U.S. president to deploy forces against Saddam Hussein’s regime and pursue broader goals in Iraq.

The new bill was crafted by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a longtime critic of aggressive U.S. foreign policy. Because of how she and her allies have pushed politicians to reckon with U.S. overreach abroad, the Senate and President Joe Biden are expected to help end the authorization this year. Senators are set to consider companion legislation next week that is backed by Democratic leadership and key Republicans, and the Biden administration said Monday that it supports the repeal.

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How Politico and the New York Times pass off hawkish opinions as facts

The journalistic ‘voice of God’ is often used to defend interventionist policies or push our leaders to do something about, well, everything.

The journalistic “voice of God”—the ostensibly objective and therefore authoritative tone that traditional American news outlets convey—is often used to defend interventionist American policies or push our leaders to do something about, well, everything. Indeed, as another news outlet illustrated this week, sometimes this hawkish voice of God is used to create scary stories almost out of whole cloth.

The Iranians are coming!

Over the past two weeks, Politico has published a series of pieces—all billed as “exclusive”—about two Iranian naval ships that appear to be on course for Venezuela.

The brouhaha reached such proportions that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin had to answer questions about the ships in a congressional hearing on Thursday. (He is “concerned” about their voyage.) Thankfully, we learn near the bottom of Politico’s piece on the hearing that—for the time being, at least—the Biden administration may be resisting Politico’s hype. “A defense official said the Pentagon is not currently drawing up plans to monitor the ships more closely using air or naval assets in the region, or to conduct an intercept in international waters.”

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Two Yemeni men held at Guantanamo approved for transfer

Two Yemeni men held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba since 2004 have been cleared for transfer to another country, a U.S. review board determined last week, bringing the prison back into the spotlight.

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

Siehe / Look at cp9

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Entspannung oder weitere Konfrontation? – Iran nach den Wahlen

Westliche Stimmen warnen hingegen vor einer Verschärfung der Lage in der Region.

Auch wenn zukünftig möglicherweise in Teheran harschere Töne angeschlagen werden mögen, ist in der iranischen Politik für die Region kaum eine Kursänderung zu erwarten. Iran wird seine Interessensphären behaupten.

Zahlreiche Medien befassen sich folgerichtig in Kolumnen, Meinungsstücken oder Analysen eher mit der Frage, was die Wahl des Klerikers Ebrahim Raissi für "die Welt" bedeuten mag, wobei "die Welt" als Umschreibung für die USA und deren Partner in der EU zu verstehen ist. Gemeint ist auch Israel, das als westlicher "Hammer" in der Region fungiert.

Das westliche Staatenbündnis und Israel sorgen mit ihren Interessen sowie Drohungen in bzw. gegen Iran auch bei seinem arabischen Nachbarn in der persischen Golfregion für Unruhe sowie Spannungen. Das hat zu zahlreichen Kriegen und bewaffneten Konflikten geführt.

Viele englischsprachige Medien in den arabischen Golfstaaten – darunter Al Arabiya, Arab News, Al Jazeera – veröffentlichten Analysen und Kommentare von Journalisten oder Regionalexperten aus Think Tanks in den USA, England, Frankreich oder auch aus Deutschland. Ein Präsident Raissi werde die Lage in der Region verschärfen, iranische und andere Milizen aufrüsten und die arabischen Länder destabilisieren, hieß es Im Wesentlichen spiegeln diese Medien die Sichtweise der westlichen Verbündeten der arabischen Golfstaaten wider. Gewarnt wird vor der Wiedereinsetzung des Atomabkommens und der damit verbundenen Aufhebung von Sanktionen. Das werde Raissi und "die Hardliner" stärken.

Die reale Politik abseits medialer Schlagzeilen sieht anders aus.


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Irans neuer Präsident lehnt Treffen mit Biden strikt ab

Der neugewählte iranische Präsident Ebrahim Raeissi lehnt ein Treffen mit US-Präsident Joe Biden strikt ab. Auf die Frage, ob er sich eine Begegnung mit Biden vorstellen könne, antwortete Raeissi am Montag in Teheran bei der ersten Pressekonferenz nach seinem Wahlsieg: «Nein.»

Der erzkonservative Geistliche warf dem US-Präsidenten vor, das international ausgehandelte Atomabkommen mit seinem Land zu missachten sowie «unmenschliche Sanktionen» gegen das iranische Volk zu unterstützen.

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What The Election Of A New Hard-Line President In Iran Means For The Nuclear Deal

The election of Ebrahim Raisi as president of Iran brings not just a new face to Iranian politics but also new problems for a Biden administration that hopes to ease tensions with Iran while reining in its nuclear ambitions.

Arguably the most pressing concern for the U.S. is the fate of the Iran nuclear deal, the landmark 2015 agreement that sought to restrain Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for a lifting of some sanctions.

And while Raisi has voiced criticism in the past, he made clear during a televised debate with other candidates that he will honor the nuclear deal as an agreement that has been endorsed by the supreme leader. But on Monday, in his first news conference since the election, Raisi pushed back against two other U.S. priorities. He said he would not negotiate over Tehran's ballistic missile program, which the U.S. wants it to stop, or its support of regional militias. Raisi also said he would not agree to a hypothetical meeting with President Biden.

But the Biden administration's ambitions go beyond simply restarting the nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called for a "longer and stronger" deal, which would limit Iran's ability to enrich nuclear material not just for years, but for generations.

But U.S. goals are unlikely to be met under a Raisi presidency, Iran experts tell NPR. "Chances are good for the 2015 nuclear deal to be revived before Raisi takes office in August, but the likelihood of a follow-on agreement is iffy at best," said Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council.

Instead of seeking any sort of reconciliation with the U.S., Raisi is expected to be more willing to work with China, Russia and Iran's regional allies, Slavin said. Whomever Raisi picks for the Cabinet — and especially foreign minister — will likely be much harder for Washington to deal with than Rouhani's U.S.-educated team.

Any U.S. attempt to add additional conditions to the nuclear deal could be a challenge for negotiators.

My comment: The US leadership is living in Phantasialand thinking Iran would agree to any self-castrating, US-dictated “deal”.

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Trump dashed dreams of reform in Iran. The country's new hardline president is living proof

Most Iran's voters did not vote for Raisi. But the clerical class opted to contend with public disgruntlement rather than deal with Western fickleness. The cost of US unpredictability was tremendous. Iranians buckling under the strain of a flailing economy have repeatedly protested in large numbers. Too much was at stake, and the conservative clergy want to cut their losses.

Moderate politicians, who under outgoing President Hassan Rouhani enjoyed a popular mandate, have been greatly undermined. Sanctions set the government up for failure, making Iran's savvy negotiators and diplomats, like Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, look weak. Meanwhile, the hardliners have successfully portrayed themselves as survivors. They prevailed over the US maximum pressure campaign that was repeatedly billed by its own architects, namely former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as the most aggressive sanctions regime Iran has ever faced.

The message from Iran's election will resonate around the region: in these most uncertain of times, only autocrats can ensure stability.

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As Iran veers right, ties with Gulf Arabs may hinge on nuclear pact

Gulf Arab states are unlikely to be deterred from dialogue to improve ties with Iran after a hardline judge won the presidency but their talks with Tehran might become tougher, analysts said.


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Iran’s President-elect Raisi backs nuclear talks, rules out meeting Biden

President-elect Ebrahim Raisi on Monday backed talks between Iran and six world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear deal but flatly rejected meeting U.S. President Joe Biden, even if Washington removed all sanctions.

In his first news conference since he was elected on Friday, the hard line cleric said his foreign policy priority would be improving ties with Iran’s Gulf Arab neighbours, while calling on Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia to immediately halt its intervention in Yemen.

Raisi, 60, a strident critic of the West, will take over from pragmatist Hassan Rouhani on Aug. 3 as Iran seeks to salvage the tattered nuclear deal and be rid of punishing U.S. sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.

“We support the negotiations that guarantee our national interests … America should immediately return to the deal and fulfill its obligations under the deal,” he said.

Iranian and Western officials alike say Raisi’s rise is unlikely to alter Iran’s negotiating stance in talks to revive the nuclear deal - Iran’s hard line Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on all major policy.

Asked if he would meet U.S. President Joe Biden if those sanctions were lifted, Raisi answered: “No.”

Raisi is under U.S. sanctions over a past which includes what the United States and human rights groups say was his involvement in the extrajudicial killing of thousands of political prisoners in the Islamic Republic in 1988. =

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Rocket targets Iraqi base hosting occupying US troops: Security source

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Diplomats: Progress made in Vienna at Iran nuclear talks

Top diplomats said Sunday that further progress had been made at talks between Iran and global powers to try to restore a landmark 2015 agreement to contain Iranian nuclear development that was abandoned by the Trump administration. They said it was now up to the governments involved in the negotiations to make political decisions.

It was the first official meeting since Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election last week.

Some diplomats expressed concern that Iran’s election of Ebrahim Raisi as president could complicate a possible return to the nuclear agreement.

Enrique Mora, the European Union official who chaired the final meeting of the sixth round of talks between Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain and Iran, told reporters that “we are closer to a deal, but we are not still there.”

“We have made progress on a number of technical issues,” Mora added. ”We have now more clarity on technical documents — all of them quite complex — and that clarity allows us to have also a great idea of what the political problems are.”

He did not elaborate.

Top Russian representative Mikhail Ulyanov said the members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, “took stock of the significant progress made at the Vienna talks, including at the sixth round, and decided to make a break to allow participants to consult with their capitals in preparation for what is supposed to be the final round of negotiations.”

“There are a few controversial points which require political decisions. Apparently diplomatic efforts to find common language have been almost fully exhausted. So the time has come for political decisions,” Ulyanov added.


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Iran's negotiator: Outstanding issues in JCPOA talks need serious decisions in respective capitals

Iran’s top negotiator in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and major powers says outstanding issues pertaining to the deal’s revitalization require still remain, whose resolution calls for “serious” decisions to be made in the respective capitals of participating countries.

Speaking to reporters in the Austrian capital on Sunday at the end of the sixth round of talks between Iran and the remaining signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Abbas Araghchi said the sides had managed to make progress, especially on the draft text of the conclusion of their talks.

Araqchi, who is also Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs, called on the involved parties to make the necessary decisions with “seriousness and strong will” in order to help revive the nuclear deal.

The sides, he said, are now closer to an agreement than any time before.

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Israeli PM: World powers must ‘wake up’ on Iran nuclear deal

Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett opened his first Cabinet meeting on Sunday by slamming Iran’s newly-elected president and calling on world powers to “wake up” to the perils of returning to a nuclear agreement with Tehran.

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Iran nuclear deal not renegotiable; sanctions must be lifted: FM Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has once again reiterated that the 2015 nuclear deal with major world powers would not be renegotiated at all, saying all the sanctions imposed and re-imposed by the United States against Tehran should be lifted.

In a Friday meeting between Zarif and High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey, the two sides discussed the latest developments pertaining to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as negotiations are underway in the Austrian capital of Vienna between Iran and the remaining parties to the agreement on its revival. The United States unilaterally abandoned the deal in 2018.

Zarif said the Iranian nation has a “bitter experience” of the US violation of its commitments under former President Donald Trump and expressed hope that the current Vienna talks would yield results.

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Film: GeoTalk: Saudi-Iranian relations and the JCPOA

Now that there is new leadership in Washington, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia appears to be taking new approaches to regional challenges such as the perceived Iranian threat. Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, an advisor at Gulf State Analytics and a Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University's Baker Institute, discusses some of the latest developments in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran and their geopolitical implications.

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Iran nuclear deal hangs in balance as Islamic Republic votes

Iran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers hangs in the balance as the country prepares to vote on Friday for a new president and diplomats press on with efforts to get both the U.S. and Tehran to reenter the accord.

With analysts and polling suggesting that a hard-line candidate already targeted by U.S. sanctions will win Friday’s vote, a return to the deal may be possible but it likely won’t lead to a further detente between Iran and the West.

“It’s certainly not as complex as drafting a deal from scratch, which is what the sides did that resulted in the 2015 deal,” said Henry Rome, a senior analyst focusing on Iran at the Eurasia Group. “But there’s still a lot of details that need to be worked out.”

He added: “I think there’s a lot of domestic politics that go into this and an interest from hard-liners, including the supreme leader, to ensure that their favored candidate wins without any significant disruptions to that process.”

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Iran’s next president unlikely to seek deals with the US

The expected winner will probably focus more attention on auditioning to replace the Supreme Leader.

It is widely expected that the conservative head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, will emerge victorious.

Most reformist and moderate figures, including former parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, were disqualified by the Guardian Council, which vets the presidential candidates, despite his impeccable Islamist credentials.

Barring some unexpected surprise, Ibrahim Raisi is likely to emerge as Iran’s new president. Once in power, he will pursue a conservative social policy and promote the so-called resistance economy that will attempt to maximize Iran’s internal capabilities rather than prioritize foreign investment and technology. In other words, he will apply the same policies that Khatami and Rouhani tried to change but were stymied by conservatives and the West’s rather cool and disappointing responses.

Raisi has admitted that Iran needs to reach accommodation with other states. He has even said that, when and if necessary, he would be willing to negotiate. But he has not said which countries he would be inclined to negotiate with over which specific issues, which begs the question of whether he would seriously reengage with Washington over its return to full compliance with the JCPOA.

Based on Raisi’s background and his statements, his presidency is unlikely to bring about drastic changes in Iran’s domestic and foreign policies.

Raisi is also unlikely to deliberately provoke the United States because, at least at the moment, the Supreme Leader is not looking for confrontation. He will likely continue trying to revive the nuclear deal and the policy of engagement with Persian Gulf Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, should the latter be willing to do so.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Bahraini trade deal outweighs rights violations

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, met with Bahraini Crown Prince, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, at number 10 Downing Street on Thursday.

Comment, with photo:

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UK minister visits Saudi on same day regime executes Shia youth

British Minister for International Trade Ranil Jayawardena has met with Nayef Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf, the secretary-general of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in Saudi Arabia on the same day the kingdom executed a Shia youth despite worldwide appeals for a reprieve.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Film: Sevim Dagdelen, DIE LINKE: Verbot von Waffenexporten statt immer neuer Lügen

Vier Jahre lang haben wir im Bundestag nun gehört, dass sich die Bundesregierung um eine “restriktive und verantwortungsvolle” Rüstungspolitik bemüht.
Tatsächlich haben Union und SPD Deutschland zum weltweit viergrößten Waffenhändler gemacht. Allein DIE LINKE tritt für ein generelles Verbot von Waffenlieferungen ohne Wenn und Aber ein. Auch die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung will den Stopp aller Rüstungsexporte. Es wird Zeit für eine Politik für die Mehrheit!

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Deutlicher Rückgang bei deutschen Rüstungsexporten

Mehr als die Hälfte der Ausfuhrgenehmigungen entfiel auf sogenannte Drittländer (knapp drei Milliarden Euro). Solche Ausfuhren sollen eigentlich nur in Ausnahmefällen erfolgen. Laut Bericht war Ägypten unter den Drittländern das Land mit dem höchsten Genehmigungswert (rund 764 Millionen Euro). Es ging dabei demnach fast ausschließlich um Schiffe und U-Boote.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Dichotomy of Canada’s role in Yemen (paywalled)

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Saudi Arabia – Yemen – Drone attacks on Saudi territory (19 June 2021)

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the Houthi drone attacks targeting the Khamis Mushait region in southern Saudi Arabia on June 19.These many air attacks threaten the security of Saudi territory and regional stability. They illustrate the seriousness of the threat represented by the proliferation of drones and missiles to the entire region and the need to respond to them through a regional diplomatic approach

My comment: Frnace proves it’s a warring party partisan to one of its main arms importers.

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Israeli foreign minister to make first visit to UAE

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Dutch police are currently investigating the suspicious death of Artur Ligęska, a former detainee who had been held in the U.A.E. and went on to describe torture and abuse in his Emirati prison; he was found dead in his Amsterdam apartment on May 26, 2021.

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UK: Investigate Circumstances of Emirati Activist Alaa Al-Sidiq's Death in Fatal Car Accident

Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) mourns the untimely death of Alaa al-Sidiq, the Executive Director of our partner organization ALQST, a leading U.K.-based advocacy organization for human rights in the Gulf. Al-Sidiq died in a car accident on June 19, 2021 in Oxfordshire, near London, following a dinner to celebrate her 33 birthday.

DAWN urged U.K. authorities to investigate the circumstances of the activist's death. Thames Valley Police have put out an urgent appeal for witnesses to the accident, which involved a collision with a second vehicle. According to police, three others were injured in Al-Sidiq's vehicle, as was the driver of the second vehicle. U.K. police should ensure that no foul play was involved in the death of Al-Sidiq, in light of the fact that the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have violently targeted activists in the U.K. and around the world.


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Doubts about Role of Emirates Intelligence in Liquidation of Alaa Al-Siddiq

The UAE media has strongly reinforced doubts about the role of Abu Dhabi intelligence in orchestrating the assassination of Alaa Al-Siddiq, a human rights activist and Emirati opposition.

The UAE media sought to promote that Alaa Al-Siddiq wanted to return to her country without presenting any evidence of that in an open attempt to absolve the Emirati regime of its relationship with orchestrating the liquidation of the human rights activist.

Jurists and close associates have denied what the UAE media outlets have circulated, pointing out that she has been living with her family for years in Britain as she is wanted by the Emirati regime, which punished all family members by withdrawing their citizenship.

Remark: At least 1 Emirate account appears to be suggesting the Muslim Brotherhood killed Alaa, with another indicating she was murdered after attempting to renew her Emirate passport. Obviously a reprehensible exploitation of a young death for Propaganda

The UAE are terrified of Alaa becoming a martyr and that her legacy promotes criticism of the UAE. That's why there are all these attempts to demonise her as a terrorist. It's extremely low but that's the reality of info wars in the region.

referring to

Remark: Photo: This is the intersection where the car in transit was hit @mr_twt for an accident junction of the A361 and the B4437 south of Shipton-under-Wychwood. Since the area is open, I do not think that both vehicles did not have a clear vision. The matter does not need to be closed and needs investigation

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35 French lawmakers rip UAE official’s candidacy to be Interpol chief

Dozens of French legislators have protested against the candidacy of a United Arab Emirates (UAE) Interior Ministry official for president of Interpol, calling on President Emmanuel Macron to oppose the move.

A total of 35 members of the National Assembly – the lower house of the French Parliament – and the Senate – the upper chamber – warned in a letter on Thursday that Major General Ahmed Naser al-Raisi is on his way to become the head of the Lyon-based international police agency whilst “he has a long record of multiple abuses that should keep him away from such a responsibility.”

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Oman says has no embassy in Sana'a

Muscat has no functional embassy or mission staff in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a, the Omani foreign ministry said Wednesday, due to the ongoing conditions in the war-torn country.
In a statement, the ministry warned against electronic blackmail in the name of its Sana'a-based embassy closed for years now.
Recently, complaints have been repeatedly received that civilians were electronically blackmailed by persons claiming to be Omani diplomats working for the Omani embassy in Yemen, the statement said.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Schweiz: Ständerat will Kriegsmaterialexporte an Jemen-Kriegsallianz nicht stoppen

Die kleine Kammer hat sich dagegen ausgesprochen, sämtliche Exporte von Kriegsmaterial an die Kriegsallianz zu stoppen und bereits erteilte Bewilligungen zu widerrufen.

Die Mitglieder der Sicherheitspolitischen Kommission seien besorgt über humanitäre Lage in Jemen, sagte Thierry Burkart (FDP/AG) in der Debatte vom Donnerstag. Dennoch sah die Kommission und mit ihr der Ständerat keinen Grund, die Exporte von Kriegsmaterialien nach Saudi-Arabien, in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und die weiteren Mitgliedstaaten der Jemen-Kriegsallianz zu unterbinden. Anders als der Nationalrat lehnte die kleine Kammer eine entsprechende Motion ab. Diese hatte zudem verlangt, dass bereits erteilte Bewilligungen widerrufen werden.

Nach Saudi-Arabien würden einzig defensive Waffensysteme eingeführt, argumentierte Burkart für die Kommission. Es gebe keine Notwendigkeit für die Verschärfung einer bereits sehr restriktiven Praxis. «Wollte man Sanktionen ergreifen, müssten diese international abgestimmt werden.» Damit stützt die Kommission die Argumentation des Bundesrates, welcher aktuell ebenfalls keinen Handlungsbedarf sieht. =

Mein Kommentar: Es ist immer und überall Dasselbe…

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Film: Yemen: After Years of Displacement, Hajj Abdullah Returns to his Passion in Designing Qamarias in Taiz

After two grueling years of displacement due to the endless war and amid unbearable anguish, Hajj Abdullah, a craftsman who masters the art of making Qamaria in the Al-Jahmaliyah area -Taiz, insists on preserving his old profession despite his worsening health conditions. The art of making Qamaria, the multicolored stained-glass windows, is the most unique decorative feature of Yemeni architecture, not to mention that it is a symbol of the Yemeni rich heritage. For 40 years, Abdullah has been in this craft from which he makes his own living despite the new technology and the introduction of aluminum in designing windows

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Photos: Hayel Saeed Anam Group is working silently to restore damaged roofs and houses in Old Sana’a due to last year’s rains

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemen's famed beekeepers feel the sting of climate change

After driving for days on the rough roads of southern Yemen, Radwan Hizam finally reached the idyllic spot where he hoped his bees could feed from flowering Sidr trees to produce their world-renowned honey. But he was too late.

Unseasonal rains meant the Sidr trees had flowered early and their pale yellow petals had fallen away long before Hizam had unloaded his hives - leaving his bees hungry and decimating his annual production of Sidr honey.

Hizam said climate change was to blame.

“It was a huge loss,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, estimating that he had missed out on more than three-quarters of his expected honey output because of the flowering flop.

“Beekeeping is a family business, our main source of income, and a part of Yemen’s culture. But it’s being threatened by climate change,” Hizam, 45, said from his home province of Taez in southwestern Yemen.

War-torn Yemen has had its troubles compounded in recent years by recurrent droughts, increasing numbers of extremely hot days and more volatile rainfall – all prompted by climate change, according to its Environmental Protection Agency.

The impoverished Arabian Peninsula country experienced a 29% increase in rainfall over the last 30 years and a rise of more than 0.5 degree Celsius in average temperatures, according to a 2015 analysis by the Climate Service Center Germany.

That is hurting one of the country’s most precious commodities: Sidr honey, which is produced by bees feeding off the nectar of the ancient tree, also known as the jujube.

Sidr honey is prized for its health benefits and sells outside Yemen for about $75 per 250g (2.6 ounces).

Typically, beekeepers from around Yemen transport their hives by truck to Sidr groves for the annual flowering season, which lasts about a month.

But unseasonal rains caused by climate change are throwing off flowering seasons and threatening the livelihoods of Yemen’s 100,000 beekeeping households, said a 2020 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report on Yemeni honey production. =

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USD 5 million of the Yemeni central bank's money have gone missing in US banks/Al-Ayyam newspaper.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp15 Propaganda

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So many drones in a day!

So many drones launched by Houthis in just one day make one inquire:

Are they all Houthis drones? Is 39 casualties in Al Wadee’a the work of a strike by a traditional Houthi drone?

Who is really arming the international community’s Shiit sectarian militia in Yemen? I think this particular question is difficult!

The Yemeni legitimate army has not owned one drone in its entire time and I think there is an international red line against it having a single one in the future.

As I always believe, Yemen face's the ugliest international conspiracy on earth in favor of Shia murderers who harbor animosity for the majority Sunni Muslim nation.

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Emirati FM: Houthis main obstruction to ending Yemen's war

The Iranian-backed Houthi group is the main obstruction to efforts aimed at ending the 6-year-old war in Yemen the Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs tweeted Sunday.

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Yemen war is about to enter the final stage with Arab-Israeli alliance on one side and Iran and its allies on the other

The Yemen war is far from over. In fact, the real Yemen war has actually started and is heading towards a final showdown, which is likely to be big and brutal.

Till now, Saudi Arabia and Iran were contesting for Yemen, a strategically located country in the Middle East. But now, new players are jumping in. Israel seems to have joined the Arabs in the Yemen war, whereas Iran is mobilising its proxies and also trying to bring in Venezuela and Syria. In the final stages of the Yemen war, the Arab-Israeli alliance seems poised to take on Iran and its allies.

Israel and Arabs must stay close to ward off such risks. Overall, the Yemen war is heating up. Iran is escalating matters, and the Arabs and Israel are preparing for a final showdown that would determine Yemen’s fate.

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Houthis turn Yemen crisis into bargaining chip for Iran's tallks on nuclear program

Yemen's internationally recognised government on Friday said the Houthi group has turned Yemen crisis into a bargaining chip in the hands of Iran during the current negotiations on its nuclear program in Vienna.

The Houthis are just an instrument to serve Iran's interests at the expense of the interest of the Yemeni people, the Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs Ahmed Awadh bin Mubarak said.

The group has refused to respond to peace initiatives and to receive the UN and US envoys to Yemen, and is continuing its military escalation, he said.

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Oman delays mediation fruits to help Yemen war end: Paper

The Omani mediation has not so far failed to achieve the goal in solving the Yemeni crisis, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said Tuesday, as the Houthi group treated with the delegation with procrastination as usual.
This was evident in the Houthi notable keenness to facilitate and hail Muscat efforts as successful mediation, the London-based paper added in its 'The Yemeni crisis and super envoy' article.

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The race of chaos vs reconciliation

The American-Iranian agreement on reviving the nuclear deal with mutual concessions has been a source of joy and happiness in Tehran despite the drawbacks.

For the past four decades, only the US and Israel were in conflict with Iran through its proxies, like Hezbollah and Hamas, and later, through armed groups it established in Iraq before arming and moving Afghan and Pakistanis to fight in Syria, and finally, the Iran-backed Houthi militias, which Tehran used to take over almost half of Yemen.

To avoid any direct clashes, Americans and Israelis accepted the rules of the Iranian game; waging wars through proxies, like Hezbollah in Lebanon, even though the true actors remain in Tehran. However, the situation changed with the assassination of Iran’s top military figure Qassem Soleimani in Iraq =

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Minority brutality and the politics of persecution

The cruel minorities in the Arab world are organically linked with the Iranian regime. They report to it, spring from it and have alliances with it, and provide it with all the services, even if this leads to uprooting themselves from their historic caution and traditional apprehension.
Hence, they have become tools of a religious-political imperial struggle that contradicts all their history and nature and threatens their future and next generations.
The biggest minorities in the Arab and Muslim world are the “Shiite minorities” that follow the noble Shia sect, which has been carrying out revolution after revolution against the “Sunni majority” since the beginning of Islamic history.
This continued until things stabilized and they rejected politics and revolutions and considered “waiting for the Mahdi” as the established doctrine of its followers for long centuries. =

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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

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June 13:

June 12:

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Aggression airstrike injures 2 citizens in Marib

Two citizens were injured on Friday when a raid by the US-Saudi aggression targeted Bilad Al-Jannah in Harib Behan district of Marib province, a security official said.

The aggression's airstrike targeted the highway in Naqeel al-Mathfar in the village of Al-Jannah, he said, adding the citizens' injuries were serious.

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

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp17a, cp18

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

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

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[Hadi gov.] Yemen’s army launches offensive in Taiz to relieve pressure on Marib

Yemen’s Army has launched a new offensive in the southern city of Taiz to break a six-year-long siege by the Iran-backed Houthis and ease military pressure on government forces in the central province of Marib, a Yemeni army spokesperson in Taiz told Arab News on Wednesday.

Abdul Basit Al-Baher said that hundreds of army troops on Tuesday night attacked Houthi-controlled locations on the western and eastern edges of the city, triggering clashes with the rebels.

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Saudi project clears 3,154 mines in Yemen

The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) dismantled 3,154 mines in Yemen during the second week of May, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

They comprised 122 antipersonnel mines, 2,720 anti-tank mines and 312 unexploded ordnances.

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Civilians Killed, Injured due to Saudi Bombings, in Sa'adah

A civilian was killed and 4 others were injured, Sunday, with Saudi bombings targeted border area in Munabbih district of Sa'adah governorate.

It is noteworthy that a citizen was killed, on yesterday, as a result of Saudi missile and artillery shelling on Al-Raqo district in the same governorate.

and also (it’s no air raids!)

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Houthis Tried to Attack Saudi Arabia 1,031 Times Using Ballistic Missiles, Armed Drones

The Saudi-led Arab coalition revealed recently that the Houthis have launched 1,031 rockets, projectiles and drones towards Saudi Arabia.

In its breakdown, it showed that the militias fired 372 ballistic missiles and 659 drones. They also launched over 75 booby-trapped vessels and planted 205 mines in the Red Sea. They launched over 96,000 projectiles along the border and committed 30,000 ceasefire violations in Yemen’s Hodeidah province.

My comment: The Saudis started bombing Yemen several months before Yemenis striked back. The results of Saudi air raids are much more horrible than those of the Houthi missile attacks. So what?

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Mine disposal squads of @MasamProject have cleared 4926 Houthi-laid mines, ordnance & explosive devices since the beginning of June, adding up to a total of 256475 mines that have been removed since the project started its demining mission in #Yemen in mid-2018.

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Saudi Aggression Commits Three Crimes Against Yemen in Less Than 12 Hours

A citizen was killed by the Saudi border guards' fire in Munabbih border district of Sa’adah governorate

A citizen was wounded, earlier this morning by Saudi Shells in Shida border district, while another citizen was injured on Friday evening by the Saudi border guards’ fire in Munabbih border district.

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[Hadi gov.] Army’s Spokesman: Houthi militia keeps targeting civilians and IDPs camps, claiming lives of dozens of civilians including children and women

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Aus dem Jemen heraus wurde erneut ein Drohnenangriff auf Städte in Saudi-Arabien geflogen. Dies erfolgte nach dem Abzug von US-Raketenbatterien.

Am Samstag wurde Berichten zufolge ein Großangriff aus dem Jemen auf zwei Städte im Süden Saudi-Arabiens, Khamis Mushait und Najran, gestartet, bei dem mit Sprengstoff beladene Drohnen eingesetzt wurden.

Der Drohnenschwarm, der in den Luftraum des Königreichs eingedrungen ist, soll sich laut regionalen Berichten über mehrere Stunden erstreckt haben, wobei bis zu 17 Drohnen von der saudischen Luftabwehr abgefangen worden sein sollen. “Die Abfangoperationen waren erfolgreich”, sagte das saudische Militär, unter Hinweis darauf, dass viele vor dem Eintritt in den saudischen Luftraum zerstört wurden, während sie noch über dem Jemen waren.

“Saudi-Arabiens Luftabwehr hat am Samstag 17 Houthi-Drohnen zerstört, die auf die südliche Region des Königreichs gerichtet waren”, berichtet die regionale englischsprachige Quelle Arab News über die Angriffe. “Eine mit Sprengfallen versehene Drohne zielte am frühen Morgen auf Khamis Mushait, bevor sieben weitere, die auf die südliche Region zielten, am Nachmittag im jemenitischen Luftraum abgefangen wurden.”

“Am Abend wurde Khamis Mushait erneut von zwei Drohnen angegriffen”, heißt es in dem Bericht weiter. “Eine weitere Drohne zielte am späten Abend auf Najran, bevor gegen Mitternacht sechs weitere abgeschossen wurden.”

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Army's drones target Saudi air base

The armed forces carried out on Saturday an offensive operation on the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.

The army's spokesman Yahya Sari'e said the army's air forces launched 2 drones of Qasef-2k type on King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait.

Sari'e confirmed that the airstrike was precise, pointing out that the attack is a legitimate response to the Saudi-led aggression and its continuing siege on the country.

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Saudi defenses intercept drone launched by Yemen's Houthi militia towards Khamis Mushait

The Arab coalition said on Sunday that Saudi defenses had destroyed a drone launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward southern Saudi Arabia, state TV reported.
The coalition said the drone was targeting the city of Khamis Mushait

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Saudi air defences intercept 17 Houthi armed drones - state TV

Saudi Arabian air defences late on Saturday destroyed six armed drones launched by Yemen's Houthi movement towards the kingdom, bringing the total it intercepted during the day to 17, state TV cited the Saudi-led coalition as saying.

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Saudi air defences foil 17 Houthi drone attacks

Saudi Arabian air defences late on Saturday destroyed six armed drones launched by Yemen's Houthi movement towards the kingdom, bringing the total it intercepted during the day to 17, state TV cited the Saudi-led coalition as saying.
The coalition said two further drones were fired at Khamis Mushait while eight drones were fired towards the south of the kingdom, one of which was aimed towards the city of Najran, according to state TV. All of these were intercepted. =

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Drone attack leaves fatalities in coalition bordering camp

An attack targeted a Saudi-led military base on Saturday leaving deaths and casualties in al-Abr district at Yemeni-Saudi borders, private sources told Debriefer.
"A bomb-laden drone was likely used in the attack," the sources added, noting that "the targeted base, which is directly supervised by Saudi troops, hosts a training camp used to receive and train new recruits before being sent to the Kingdom to defend its southern borders."
According to initial figures, three people were killed and more than fifty others were injured in the attack.
Strong blasts were heard in the area, eyewitnesses said, before ambulances rushed to take casualties from the targeted site.
Ambulance teams evacuated the dead and wounded to hospitals inside Saudi lands by land, according to Debriefer sources.
No official reports have immediately been released by the Saudi-led coalition command or by the Iranian-backed Houthi group that is thought to be the attacker.

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New Al-Qaeda offensive expected in central Yemen, as terrorists receive large amounts of Saudi support

Tribal sources in Ma’rib province have revealed new information about the Saudi-led coalition’s intention to open a new front in Bayda province, central Yemen.

According to the sources, the coalition forces have handed over weapons and large sums of money to a leader of the Islah Party named Abu Abdullah al-Mashdali, who is one of the links between coalition forces and al-Qaeda.

The coalition asked Al-Mashdali to coordinate with al-Qaeda groups to ignite new fronts against the Yemeni army and Popular Committees in a number of districts in the province.

The sources added that the agreement between the coalition leadership in Ma’rib and Mashdali comes in conjunction with the coalition preparing terrorist elements of al-Qaeda in Lawder district, Abyan province, in order to launch attacks against the positions of the army and Committees in the district of Mukayras.

On March 30th, al-Qaeda opened a new front in As Sawma’ah District in Bayda province, with air support and significant logistical support from coalition forces. However, Yemeni army forces were able to end the confrontations in their favour and take control of the situation.

Al-Qaeda has called upon its supporters in early March to fight along with coalition forces to prevent Sana’a government forces from entering Ma’rib.

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[Sanaa gov.] Army drones target military sites at Saudi Abha Airport

The official spokesman for the armed forces, Brigadier General Yahya Sarie, said on Thursday that the army air force targeted military sites at the Saudi Abha International Airport with two drones of Qasef 2K type.

The army spokesman confirmed that the strike was accurate, adding that the attack comes within the framework of the natural response to the crimes of the aggression and its continued siege on Yemen.

and also

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Yemeni Air Force Conducts Fresh Attack on Saudi Air Base

Yemeni Air Force carried out a retaliatory attack on King Khalid Air Base in the south-west of Saudi Arabia.

“King Khalid air base was targeted by two Qasef-2K drones on Thursday,” the spokesman for the Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e said.

“The new strike was accurate and hit its target successfully,” he added.

Sare’e stressed that the attack is part of the “legitimate response to the escalation of the Saudi aggression and the continued siege on our dear country."


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Saudi air defences intercept drone launched by Yemen's Houthis - Al Arabiya TV

Saudi Arabia's air defences intercepted a drone launched by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group on Thursday toward Khamis Mushait, home to the main Saudi air base in the border region, Saudi state TV reported. =

and also

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2 citizens shot dead by Saudi border guards' fire in Saada


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5 Citizens Killed, Injured in Sa’adah by Saudi Bombing

Two citizens were killed, Thursday, by Saudi border guards' fire in the Munabbih border district in Saadah.

In a related context, three citizens were injured in Munabbih and Shida of Sa’adah Governorate, by Saudi bombing and artillery shells.

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In Sa'adah, a citizen was injured by Saudi missile and artillery shelling in Shida district.

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

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The Houthi Offensives in Marib

Instead of de-escalating, the Houthis reignited a large-scale offensive on the resource-rich governorate of Marib that has been far from successful but remains ongoing and highly risky. Against this reality, the United States can increase its support for the internationally recognized government of Yemen and impose smart sanctions to limit the financial, military, and logistical resources that fund the Houthi war effort.

Houthi Attrition Strategy

Since the fall of the northwestern city of al-Hazm to the Houthis in March 2020, the Houthis have launched concerted offensives south toward Marib, a game-changing strategic objective. The Houthi strategy in Marib since March 2020 is one of attrition, given the gradual withdrawal of coalition forces and heavy defensive weapons, as well as enduring divisions within the government of Yemen. The Houthis have deployed an amalgam of trained and ill-trained waves to seize Marib at any cost.
Houthi frontline paramilitaries mainly encompass children younger than eighteen.

Support from Iran

The Houthis have used arms captured from the state, such as tanks and armored vehicles, as well as arms illicitly smuggled from Iran and modified locally, such as ballistic missiles and drones.

Further Escalation Is Coming

In view of the Houthis’ attrition strategy, reignited attacks on Marib are set to continue, even if Houthis engage in a tactical ceasefire.

My remark: With anti-Houthi bias.

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Air Defenses Shoot Down US ScanEagle Drone

Yemeni Air Defenses of the Army and Popular Committees intercepted and targeted, Sunday, a US-made ScanEagle spy drone run by the US-Saudi aggression in Marib governorate, in retaliation for the coalition’s military aggression against Yemen.

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Dutzende Tote bei neuen Gefechten um umkämpfte Stadt Marib im Jemen

Im Jemen sind bei neuen heftigen Gefechten um die umkämpfte Stadt Marib dutzende Menschen getötet worden. Wie am Samstag aus jemenitischen Militärkreisen verlautete, gab es insgesamt 47 Tote, darunter 16 Kämpfer der Regierungstruppen. Ein Militärvertreter sagte, die Huthi-Rebellen hätten "an mehreren Fronten" Angriffe gestartet, um weiter auf Marib vorzurücken. Sie seien aber "größtenteils zurückgeschlagen" worden.

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Yemeni officials say battle for key city intensifies

Heated battles have taken place in recent days between forces of Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the country’s Iran-backed rebels around the strategic city of Marib, Yemeni officials said Sunday. The rebels, known as the Houthis, have been trying to seize the area for months.

Yemeni military officials and tribal leaders from the area said that an estimated dozens of fighters have been killed or injured in the recent fighting. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, and tribal leaders asked that their identity be concealed for their own security.

Since Friday, Houthi forces launched attacks on several frontline areas in the outskirts of Marib


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Houthi attacks on Marib and Saudi Arabia imperil peace efforts

Yemen’s government warned on Sunday that Houthi military escalation in the central province of Marib and drone attacks on neighboring Saudi Arabia threaten peace efforts to end the war in Yemen.

In a statement carried by the official news agency SABA, Yemen’s foreign ministry slammed the Houthis for stepping up shelling of residential areas in the central city of Marib, as well as intensifying ground offensives in the province and firing explosive-rigged drones and ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia.

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Two heavy explosions rocked Yemen's [government-held province of Marib] as Houthi militants fired two ballistic missiles into the provincial capital on Saturday morning./Akhbar Alyemen website

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Dutzende Tote bei neuen Gefechten um umkämpfte Stadt Marib im Jemen

Im Jemen sind bei neuen heftigen Gefechten um die umkämpfte Stadt Marib dutzende Menschen getötet worden. Wie am Samstag aus jemenitischen Militärkreisen verlautete, gab es insgesamt 47 Tote, darunter 16 Kämpfer der Regierungstruppen. =

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Dozens killed as battle for Yemen's Marib flares

Renewed battles between government forces and Houthi rebels over the strategic city of Marib in northern Yemen have left 47 dead, including 16 pro-government forces, military sources said Saturday.

and also

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Several Al-Qaeda operaties killed in central Yemen

A number of Al-Qaeda operatives fighting in the ranks of the Saudi-led coalition forces against Yemeni army forces have been killed in battles taking place in northern Ma’rib during the past three days.

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Houthi militants fired a new ballistic missile on Marib yesterday evening (Wednesday 16 June) with no reports of casualties. Sixty two civilians have been killed and injured by Houthi missiles in the past two weeks/Multiple websites


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Again, it was a Houthi ballistic missile struck #Marib city, a security source said. The explosion was so massive, shook my apartment, feeling like the roof was falling on us.

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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A woman has been injured by a Houthi-laid landmine in Hajjah/Bawabati

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Two people injured by Houthi snipers in Hodeidah

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Eleven Houthis killed, injured by their landmine

Eleven Houthi rebels were killed and seriously injured in a landmine explosion on the outskirts of Hays district in the south of Hodeidah, Al-Amalika Media Centre (AMC) reported on Saturday.
Well-informed sources said that the blast occurred while a group of pro-Iran militants was trying to plant new landmines in the northern parts of Hays.

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Film: Their 4-month-old baby survived.. A citizen and his wife were injured and their house was damaged by Houthi shelling in Hodeidah

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Daily violations, as claimed by the Houthi side

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Beautiful Yemen photos

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Photo: Kindness and anger, and for trivial reasons, the quarrel turns into disaster and blood. The photo of five people killed, including men, children and women, from the Al-Jawazah massacre in Qubeita Lahj yesterday evening. The reason is a quarrel between children


Mysteriöser Brunnen fasziniert Geologen

In der Wüste im Süden des Jemen, nahe der Grenze zu Oman, befindet sich ein riesiges Loch in der Erde. Wie tief es ist, ist unklar. «Brunnen zur Hölle» wird es genannt und bietet perfekten Nährboden für Mythen.

Ein Naturwunder im östlichen Jemen, umhüllt von Geheimnissen, Geschichten über Dämonen und böse Geister, fasziniert Geologen: der Brunnen von Barhout, bekannt als «Höllenbrunnen» («Well of hell»).

Das riesige Loch liegt rund 1300 Kilometer östlich der Hauptstadt Sanaa, nahe der Grenze zu Oman, in der Wüste der Provinz al-Mahra. Es ist 30 Meter breit und soll 100 bis 250 Meter tief sein.

Jemenitische Beamte sagen, sie wüssten nicht, was sich in dem Loch befindet. Das Sonnenlicht dringe kaum durch, und man kann vom Rand aus nicht viel sehen – abgesehen von den Vögeln, die in die Tiefe ein- und ausfliegen.

Deshalb haben erst vor kurzem Geologen der Provinz den Brunnen etwas genauer untersucht: «Er ist sehr tief. Wir haben den Boden aber nie erreicht, da es wenig Sauerstoff und keine Belüftung gibt» =



Al-Mahra's mysterious 'Well of Hell'

Surrounded in mystery and tales of demons, the Well of Barhout in Yemen's east -- known as the "Well of Hell" -- is a little-understood natural wonder.
Closer to the border with Oman than to the capital Sanaa 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) away, the giant hole in the desert of Al-Mahra province is 30 metres wide and thought to be anywhere between 100 and 250 metres deep.
Local folklore says it was created as a prison for the demons -- a reputation bolstered by the foul odours rising from its depths.
Yemeni officials say they don't know what lies below.
"It's very deep -- we've never reached the bottom of this well, as there's little oxygen and no ventilation," said Salah Babhair, director-general of Mahra's geological survey and mineral resources authority.
"We have gone to visit the area and entered the well, reaching more than 50-60 metres down into it. We noticed strange things inside. We also smelled something strange... It's a mysterious situation." (photos) =


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Desert Locust situation update 21 June 2021

SAUDI ARABIA. Several small groups of immature adults were treated in the Asir Mountains of the southwest. No locusts seen in the northern interior.
YEMEN. No significant infestations seen recently in the interior; surveys continue.

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Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-746 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-746: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

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