Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 748b- Yemen War Mosaic 748b

Yemen Press Reader 748b: 28. Juni 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 748, cp7 - cp19 / June 28, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 748, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 748, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 748, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-748-yemen-war-mosaic-748

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

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

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Saudi Arabia is 'desperate to get out' of Yemen's yearslong civil war

Saudi Arabia says it is ready to talk peace with Houthi rebels in Yemen. But Nadwa Dawsari, a nonresident scholar the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, says these negotiations have "nothing to do with peace."

Marco Werman: Why do you think Saudi Arabia wants to extricate itself from the war in Yemen? It's been involved for six years. Why now?

Nardwuar Dasari: The Saudis are fatigued. They've been at war with the Houthis since early 2015, and they've been particularly stuck since the so-called agreement, which was brokered in December 2013 between the Houthis and [the then-President Abdrabbuh Mansur] Hadi government, which stopped the Emirati forces from retaking Hudaydah, the key seaport of Hudaydah, from the Houthis, which led the Emiratis to kind of scale down their operations in Yemen and decide that they're not going to do any more offensive operations. So, the Saudis have been stuck since then because it was the Emiratis that were doing the ground operations, not the Saudis. And so, they're just desperate to get out.

But, are you optimistic that these early steps to peace could actually bring about peace?

No, no, I mean, the Saudi-Houthi negotiations have nothing to do with peace. They're not going to lead to peace. The thing is, what the Houthis and the Saudis are negotiating right now, and what the Houthis are demanding, is for the Saudis to leave Yemen unconditionally. They've said that publicly. They've published a vision on that. It's very clearly articulated in their public statements that they want the Saudis to leave. They want, you know, all the seaports and airports to be open. And they want the Saudis to leave them to deal with Yemen.

So, what's going to happen if the Saudis leave? Let's assume that they reach an agreement and the Saudis leave unconditionally like the Houthis want. What's going to happen is that the Houthis will continue their plan to capture the important city of Marib, which is the last government stronghold where 3 million civilians live, including 1.5 million IDPs [internally displaced persons]. And they're going to continue to storm the rest of the country because they want to consolidate their control all over Yemen. So, we're going to see a deescalation in Houthi attacks to Saudi, but we're going to see a major escalation of the fighting internally.

https://www.pri.org/stories/2021-06-22/saudi-arabia-desperate-get-out-yemens-years-long-civil-war

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Can Oman help mediate peace in Yemen?

The third UN envoy to Yemen is about to leave his post without any tangible peace progress on the ground in Yemen, as Oman continues its quiet mediation efforts.

Yemen has received three UN envoys since 2011. They proposed various suggestions and ideas to help the warring sides come closer and narrow the disparities. However, the adversaries relentlessly stick to their demands, rendering all UN-sponsored peace efforts fruitless.

Griffiths is about to leave his post without any tangible peace progress on the ground in Yemen. So now Oman is the diplomatic dynamo seeking to break the political stalemate and produce a better outcome. Oman-led peace efforts remain the ray of hope in this bleak scenario.

On June 5, an Omani delegation arrived in Sanaa for the first time since the breakout of war in 2014-15 when the Houthi group ousted Yemen's UN-recognized government. The visit aimed at persuading the Houthis to accept a cease-fire and engage in peace negotiations.

Optimism over Oman-headed efforts remains high despite the tough challenges that may hinder the success of Muscat's diplomatic energy. Both parties, the Yemeni government and the Houthi group, present completely conflicting views on what needs to be done to reach a cease-fire and revive peace negotiations.

The Houthis have been defiant since the war erupted. However, political observers have reckoned that Omani influence on the Houthis may yield different results this time. Maged Al-Madhaji, the executive director and a co-founder of the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies, said, "Oman possesses exceptional political leverage over the Houthis — something other stakeholders in Yemen, which currently lack the means to pressure the movement, hope to benefit from."

Elana DeLozier of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy told Al-Monitor that Oman's involvement is a big deal, "even if their interlocutors did not immediately reach an agreement. The Omanis typically serve as facilitators between two parties but do not generally act as mediators or engage in shuttle diplomacy. The international community has long put pressure on Oman to get involved, but it has demurred. Its involvement now could indicate that Muscat is itself nervous about the direction of the war."

Like the political observers, civilians in Yemen anticipate that the Omani involvement will at least lead to de-escalation. In the eyes of countless Yemenis, Oman has been neutral and friendly with no military intervention in Yemen. Ramzi Mohammed, a resident in Sanaa, told Al-Monitor that he has not so far lost hope in Oman-led peace bids.

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/can-oman-help-mediate-peace-yemen

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Saudi minister says Houthis did not respond to ceasefire proposal

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan said on Tuesday that he did not receive a response to the ceasefire initiative proposed by his country from Yemen's Houthi rebels. The minister made his comment during a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210623-saudi-minister-says-houthis-did-not-respond-to-ceasefire-proposal/

My comment: This is BS. The saudis never sent their ceasefire proposal to the Houthis; the Houthis just knew it from the media. And, there have been many Houthi responses: The Houthis made clear which were their conditions for a ceasefire. And the Saudis did not respond to this.

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Analysis - Double standards: How is UN replacing victim and criminal in Yemen?

The UN double standards on human rights violations and war crimes in Yemen war has once again showed itself. On Monday, the UN in a largely weird move blacklisted Ansarullah Movement in Yemen for alleged “abuses” to children’s rights.

The blacklisting comes as daily bombardment by the Saudi aggression coalition goes unabated and there is a long list of documented Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Yemenis outraged by the UN move

Sana’a officials denounced the UN Secretary-General's decision against Ansarullah as a move aimed at retaining his post by "trampling on the blood" of Yemeni children and under the influence of Saudi petrodollars.

The Yemeni parliament at a meeting, chaired by Yahya al-Raee, condemned the decision by the UN.

The Yemeni parliament said that the UN and the Security Council are sitting just as “spectators” while the Saudi-Emirati coalition tortures children, women and the elderly in Yemen on a daily basis.

Reacting to the measure, Abdulaziz bin Habtour, the prime minister of the Sana’a-based National Salvation Government, condemned the blacklisting and said: “In the war against us, Saudi Arabia bought all of the United Nations and Security Council resolutions.”

Jalal al-Rweishan, the deputy prime minister for defense and security, held that it is “very unfortunate that the United Nations, which should be neutral, acts in this way and [its head] holds the post at the expense of the blood of Yemeni children.”

Taha al-Mutwakel, the Yemeni minister of health, was another figure in Sana’a to disparage the move.

Why is the UN adopting double standards?

Blacklisting Ansarullah as a children rights abuser bears witness to the UN double standards. There is no doubt that declining to blacklist the war wager, namely Saudi Arabia, is motivated by massive financial relationship between Riyadh and the Western countries.

https://en.abna24.com/news/analysis-double-standards-how-is-un-replacing-victim-and-criminal-in-yemen_1152965.html

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Mwatana: It is disappointing that @antonioguterres undermines again the credibility of #UN mechanisms by removing the #Saudi/#UAE-led coalition from the “List of Shame”. This mechanism will only remain as powerful as they are credible and consistently applied to all perpetrators

https://twitter.com/MwatanaEn/status/1407252594825781249

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Film: Yemen [Sanaa gov.] dismisses UN report on Saudi crimes against Yemeni children, Abdullatif Al-washali reports.

https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1409262858081292291

(A P)

Houthis organise child demonstration to protest keeping them on UN list of shame

The Houthi group on Tuesday organised a massive demonstration of children at the Al-Sabeen Square in downtown Yemen's capital Sanaa to protest keeping it on the UN list of shame.

Children carried pictures of Yemeni children who have been killed and injured in Saudi-led attacks.

Children also carried satirical caricatures of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and chanted slogans condemning the positions of the United Nations and its participation in the crimes of the Saudi-led coalition against children in Yemen.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25748.html

and by Saba: https://www.saba.ye/en/news3144940.htm

by Hodhod: https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/06/20/childrens-movement-in-hodeidah-condemns-un-as-complicit-in-saudi-war-crimes/

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu4KO-C-zH0

auf Deutsch:

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Jemenitische Kinder verurteilen Schweigen der UNO über Verbrechen der saudischen Koalition

https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i59444-jemenitische_kinder_verurteilen_schweigen_der_uno_%C3%BCber_verbrechen_der_saudischen_koalition

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Senior Saudi Prince Sentenced To Death In Military Trial

Top commander of Saudi forces in Yemen war has been sentenced to death by a military panel, according to one of his relatives who spoke to the Institute for Gulf Affairs on condition of anonymity.

Fahd bin Turki bin AbdulAziz, a nephew of King Salman, was sentenced to death for treason by attempting a coup to remove King Salman and his son Mohamed bin Salman (MBS), who serves as the minister of defense and the country’s de facto ruler, the source said.

The source shared with IGA text messages he received from a former senior official in Riyadh, who said Bin Turki was charged with treason and sentenced to death.

Bin Turki was arrested in September on charges of corruption along with his son AbdulAziz who was deputy governor of AlJouf region. Bin Turki who joined the Saudi military in 1983, received special operations’ training in the US and UK, and was promoted to a lieutenant general rank before being removed and arrested last year.

https://www.gulfinstitute.org/2021/06/27/exclusive-senior-saudi-prince-sentenced-to-death-in-military-trial/

and https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1409296752532918273

(A P)

Film: Religious singer Mohamed Bu Jebara is united with his daughters after his release from #AntiShia #Saudi Clan prison 8 months ago for recording a Shia religious song

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1409120617769705476

(A P)

Saudi Arabia releases two women activists, says rights group

Saudi Arabia has released two women's rights activists detained nearly three years ago after they had served their time, London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said on Sunday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-rights-women/saudi-arabia-releases-two-women-activists-says-rights-group-idUSKCN2E30B8

and also https://apnews.com/article/jamal-khashoggi-middle-east-womens-rights-entertainment-royalty-bb1e8c5112d4fd0a783ee1f6f9f100bc

and

(A P)

Human rights activist Abdullah AlJarawee says women rights leader #NaseemaAlSadah has been freed more than 3 years after her arrest by #Saudi Clan govt

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1408941108969811973

and

(A P)

The leading human rights activist #SamarBadawi has bern released from #Saudi Clan prison after 3 years on false charges. Samar is an icon

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1409105701771808774

(A P)

#Saudi Clan govt has arrested Asma AlSubaie over her @twitter activities on June 1st. Increasing arrests in recent weeks.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1408929940087754753

and also https://twitter.com/addy5756/status/1408873142278180866

(A P)

#Saudi Clan infamous @pss_en arrests a @IUPUI LLM graduate for his #LGBTQ beliefs.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1408780882064941064

(A P)

3 brothers from #Qatif #Qudaih who spent 5 years in #Saudi Clan prison for joining protests have been freed. Jafar, Ibrahim & Omran AlOmran are out of prison leaving 2 other brother behind bars.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1407869802560036866

(A P)

AbdulAziz Abu Abdullah, father of martyr/protester Ali Abu Abdullah who spent 4 years in #Saudi Clan prisons for using his son’s picture as wallpaper for his phone is welcomed home in local style

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1407364851085844494

(A P)

Film: Leading opposition figure warns of foreign-backed #Gulf clans #Saudi #UAE #Khalifa assassinations of exiled dissidents following death of 2 exiled activists #UK & #Canada last week

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1407361007526219779

(A P)

Newly formed human rights organization calls on @Google to stop its planned cloud location in #Saudi Arabia as it endangers human rights. They are absolutely right

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1407746866922598408

(B P)

Saudi Arabia: Alleged Child Offender on Death Row

Allegations of Torture, Convicted Based on Tainted Confessions

A Saudi man 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 today. His case will be transferred next to the Supreme Court in Riyadh for a final ruling.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/03/31/saudi-arabia-alleged-child-offender-death-row

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a

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Prominent #Saudi human right defender & activist blames the @POTUS #Biden administration for green lighting increased #Saudi human rights abuses in past months.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1408159379564675075

Film (in Arabic): https://twitter.com/M_alumri/status/1408134708601425922

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Saudi bodyguards have been training in the U.S. since Obama. Why?

Revelations that Khashoggi’s killers were trained by a private security contractor in the States have raised some uncomfortable questions.

Four of the 15 Saudis involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi received training in the United States, according to the New York Times. The story highlights the depth of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, the critique of which has simmered following Khashoggi’s grisly murder and dismemberment in October 2018.

Tier 1 Group, the security company that conducted the training of the four Saudi men, has stressed that the instruction they received had no relation to the acts of brutal violence they carried out against Khashoggi.

Yet the revelation also underscores the fact that the problems underpinning the U.S.-Saudi relationship predate the Trump White House, as well as Mohammed bin Salman’s tenure as crown prince.

The military partnership between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia reflects the countries’ 75-year-long relationship. Historically, Washington had to overcome the mismatch between Saudi policy and values that the United States claimed to uphold — democracy, individual liberty, gender equality, freedom of expression — because of American dependence on Saudi oil. Yet the United States surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest exporter of oil in 2019.

Instead, it is the American military industrial complex that remains dependent on Saudi Arabia as a wealthy and valued customer. Although the Trump administration increased the sale of U.S. weapons by 23 percent, many of them to Saudi Arabia, the Obama administration sold vast quantities of weapons to the Saudis as well.

As long as the United States merely pays lip service to the preservation of human rights, or only points out abuses by U.S. adversaries while ignoring the crimes of U.S. partners, Biden’s efforts to restore America’s moral authority will fail. The Biden administration should suspend all arms sales to Saudi Arabia and drastically reduce its military partnership with the House of Saud. Until that occurs, Americans should prepare for more embarrassing revelations about the depth of the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/06/24/saudi-bodyguards-have-been-training-in-the-u-s-since-obama-why/

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The Private Equity Firm That Made a Killing From the Saudi Death Squad

The darker side of defense cooperation

Tier 1 Group trained four of Khashoggi’s killers. The military contractor’s parent company, Cerberus, hired Trump diplomat Brian Hook last month.

Tier 1 Group’s parent company is the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, a melting pot of Republican honchos, including former Vice President Dan Quayle and former Treasury Secretary John Snow. Cerberus chief executive Stephen Feinberg was close to President Trump and was even under consideration for a top intelligence job. Recently, the private equity firm hired one of Trump’s most visible Middle East diplomats.

Last month, Cerberus brought on board a new vice chairman, Brian Hook, who had joined the Trump administration in 2017 as the influential director of policy planning in the State Department. He was a survivor who rose through the department’s ranks and did not flinch—let alone resign—when Trump failed to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accountable for the brazen murder of Khashoggi. A staunch Iran hawk, Hook often argued in favor of policies tantamount to regime change and advocated for the sanctions campaign known as “maximum pressure.” He chastised Iran on human rights issues, but never seemed to speak out about authoritarian countries like the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Bahrain, with which Hook negotiated accords with Israel.

The training of Khashoggi’s killers would have been arranged directly by the Saudi government, and its contract is not public. The Tier 1 Group has received $28 million for 296 U.S. government contracts since 2008, according to Transparency International researcher Michael Picard. The watchdog organization has not formally assessed Tier 1 Group’s susceptibility to corruption, but it has given DynCorp, another defense contractor owned by Cerberus, an “E” on a scale from “A” to “F.”

In a statement to the Prospect, the State Department said that per regulations it could not confirm or deny whether a license was granted for the training.

The State Department maintains that defense cooperation with allies—which includes providing military training—has a positive impact on the countries in question. It exposes them to best practices, the narrative goes, giving visiting military counterparts the time and space to learn; the education in new techniques leads to broader discussions of values, interests, and human rights. It’s a chance for them to explore dynamics of U.S. governance, like the importance of civilian control of the military.

There’s no way such trainings can alter the fundamental, structural issues in Saudi governance: the lack of civilian oversight over armed forces and that a secret unit reports directly to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, “in a state known for breathtaking levels of rent seeking activity,” according to Transparency International.

It’s not clear that the State Department has learned from its mistakes. “Future bilateral and multilateral training is designed to improve the Saudi security forces’ understanding of identifying, targeting, and engaging correct targets while minimizing collateral damage and civilian casualties,” according to a State Department fact sheet from January 20.

All this points to the likelihood that the training of Saudi security forces will continue, and private equity companies like Cerberus will continue to back military contractors. “Cerberus is a trusted partner to many of the world’s most respected investors because of its integrity and track record,” said Brian Hook upon taking the job. “I look forward to working across its global platforms to help investors and companies succeed.”

https://prospect.org/power/private-equity-firm-profited-khashoggi-killing-saudi/

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MAJOR TRUMP DONOR OWNED SECURITY FIRM THAT TRAINED KHASHOGGI KILLERS

Cerberus CEO Stephen Feinberg has donated millions to pro-Trump PACs.

Feinberg’s large campaign contributions “enabled” him “to help shape American foreign policy,” Holman continued. “His businesses profited handsomely from selling military training to the Saudis responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, and Trump steadfastly refused to punish the Saudis for this murder or to limit private military contractors, like those in which Feinberg had a financial stake, from continuing their lucrative business relationships with foreign governments, sometimes even with those known for egregious human rights abuses.

https://theintercept.com/2021/06/24/khashoggi-trump-donor-saudi-arabia-tier-1/

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A Saudi Arabian prince’s Houston mansion can be yours for $19M

A Houston mega-mansion built for a Saudi Arabian prince in the 1980s has hit the market, asking $19 million.

The 23,800-square-foot home’s current owner — the son of the former deputy prime minister of Lebanon — has listed the home for a $1 million discount from its original $20 million price tag.

https://nypost.com/2021/06/17/saudi-arabian-princes-houston-mansion-can-be-yours-for-19m/

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USA erkennen Ansarullah als legitime Seite im Jemen an

Der US-Sondergesandte für den Jemen, Tim Linderking, hat am Freitagabend bekanntgegeben, dass Washington die Huthi-Bewegung (Ansarullah) als legitime Partei im Jemen anerkenne.

Die internationale Gemeinschaft müsse ihre Hilfe für den Jemen erhöhen, weil sonst humanitäre Programme eingestellt würden", sagte Linderking.

Ansarullah reagierte auf diese Entscheidung. Mohammad al-Bakhiti, ein Mitglied des Politbüros der jemenitischen Ansarullah-Bewegung, schrieb dazu in einem gestern verbreiteten Tweet: Wir haben keine Legitimität von den Vereinigten Staaten gesucht.

Wir haben nie die Anerkennung unserer Legitimität durch die Vereinigten Staaten erstrebt, sondern wir haben versucht, die Souveränität und Unabhängigkeit des Jemen wiederherzustellen und das gesamte Territorium unseres Landes zu befreien, schrieb al-Bakhtiti darin weiter.

https://parstoday.com/de/news/world-i59508-usa_erkennen_ansarullah_als_legitime_seite_im_jemen_an

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Ein Stück näher an der Realität

US-Sondergesandter für Jemen bezeichnet Ansarollah als »legitimen Akteur«

Es ist ein leises Eingeständnis der längst offensichtlichen Niederlage: Wie Reuters am Mittwoch berichtete, hat der US-Sondergesandte der Regierung von Joseph Biden für den Jemen, Timothy Lenderking, die große Teile des Landes beherrschenden Ansarollah (»Huthis«) erstmals als »legitimen Akteur« und »eine Gruppe, die erhebliche Gewinne erzielt hat«, anerkannt. Man müsse »mit Realitäten umgehen, die vor Ort existieren«, umschrieb Lenderking im Rahmen eines vom Nationalrat für US-arabische Beziehungen abgehaltenen Webinars den Umstand, dass die Koalition unter Führung Saudi-Arabiens den über sechsjährigen, von den USA bis heute unterstützten Krieg verloren hat.

Noch zu Beginn des Monats hatte Lenderking einseitig die Ansarollah beschuldigt, einen Waffenstillstand zu verhindern und sogar für die humanitäre Katastrophe im Land verantwortlich zu sein. Tatsächlich ist diese in erster Linie Folge des Angriffskriegs und der von der Kriegskoalition verhängten Blockade. Die Ansarollah haben nie kategorisch einen Waffenstillstand abgelehnt, eine Aufhebung der Abriegelung des Landes aber zur Bedingung gemacht.

https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/405100.krieg-im-jemen-ein-st%C3%BCck-n%C3%A4her-an-der-realit%C3%A4t.html

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Aid programs for Yemen under threat without increased funding - U.S. envoy

The United States on Thursday called on the international community, especially regional countries, to fulfill their pledges to increase funding for humanitarian assistance to Yemen and warned that aid programs could otherwise be forced to close.

U.S. Special Envoy to Yemen Timothy Lenderking told a webinar sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations that humanitarian programs for Yemen will begin to close unless contributions increase in the next few months.

The World Food Programme in April 2020 halved food aid to deliveries every other month in parts of Yemen controlled by the Houthi movement after donors cut funding, partly over concerns about obstruction of aid.

More funds have started flowing since U.N. officials said in April that Yemen could suffer the world’s worst famine in decades as violence escalated amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarah Charles, a senior official with the U.S. Agency for International Development, echoed Lenderking’s warning.

Lenderking expressed hope for a ceasefire between the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-aligned Houthis to alleviate the crisis.

“My experience from the Houthis is that they have spoken about a commitment towards peace in Yemen.... We continue to engage with them,” Lenderking said.

“The United States recognises them as a legitimate actor, we recognise them as a group that has made significant gains. No one can wish for them (to be) away or out of the conflict, so let’s deal with realities that exist on the ground,” he added.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-yemen-aid/aid-programs-for-yemen-under-threat-without-increased-funding-us-envoy-idUSKCN2E01TD

and also https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3046341/us-accuses-houthis-using-relief-aid-war-effort

Film: https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/1408191012489633792

My comment: The US having made more than 100 billions (?) by arms sales to Saudi coalition countries during the Yemen War should shut up and pay. Period.

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Can a nuanced U.S. shift on Yemen's "legitimate" Iran-backed rebels help end a grueling civil war?

The man tasked by President Biden with finding a political solution to Yemen's bloody civil war has said for the first time that the U.S. recognizes the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels "as a legitimate actor," and accepts that both sides in the conflict bear responsibility for the violence. The remarks by special envoy Tim Lenderking during a Thursday webinar organized by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations were a clear overture toward the Houthis rebels.

It wasn't clear, however, whether the nuanced shift in Washington's position could be enough to bring real momentum to a peace process which, after almost seven years of death and destruction, has little to show.

It was a notable shift in the U.S. government's tone. For years American officials have blamed the ongoing war — which the U.N. says has claimed almost 8,000 civilian lives and displaced over 4 million people — almost entirely on the Iran-backed insurgency.

A senior U.S. official quickly sought to clarify Lenderking's remarks, telling CBS News that while "the United States and the rest of the international community, [still] recognize the Yemen government as the only legitimate, internationally recognized government in Yemen… the Houthis control territory, they control people and they must be dealt with. So they are real political actors in Yemen. You can't pretend they don't exist."

"I think we have to break the cycle," Lenderking said on Thursday. "This is central to my mission: Break the cycle that any Yemeni group or outsider feels that the only way to attain progress is on the battlefield."

But Nasrullah Amer, head of the Houthi media center and a spokesman for the group, was dismissive of the U.S. diplomatic efforts.

"We are not waiting for anyone to recognize our legitimacy as much as a change in behavior by the United States towards our country as a whole," he told CBS News on Friday. "Instead of recognizing us, they should recognize the suffering of the Yemeni people and try to alleviate it and lift the blockade imposed by the U.S. naval vessels so that there are peaceful solutions."

The Houthis have long demanded an end to the U.S.-backed, Saudi-enforced blockade of their territory

The senior U.S. official who spoke to CBS News said Washington believed the Houthis could and would play an integral part in any interim government agreed to through negotiations. But the official said it would be impossible to get to that stage "through a military process," and stressed that the Houthis "have to be willing to commit to a ceasefire and talks."

"The houthis are the primary obstacle — the campaign continuing to refuse to commit to a comprehensive ceasefire," the official said.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-calls-yemen-houthi-legitimate-iran-rebels-civil-war-saudi-arabia/

and

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US: Hadi-led authority is Yemen’s only legitimate govt, but Houthis cannot be ignored

Washington considers the Yemeni government led by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi as the nation’s only legitimate government, but also deals with the Iran-backed Houthis because they are in control of parts of the country and the people there, the US Department of State told Arab News on Friday.

“The United States, like the rest of the international community, recognizes the Republic of Yemen government, which is the only legitimate, internationally recognized government in Yemen,” it said. “The Houthis control people and territory and must be dealt with. They are real, political actors in Yemen.”

The assurance from Washington of its support for the Yemeni government came a day after US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking sparked a furor when he said that his country “recognizes” the Houthis as a legitimate force in Yemen.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1883521/middle-east

and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210626-us-state-department-yemen-government-only-internationally-recognised-legitimate-authority/

My comment: LOL. Which role the US wants to play? A mediator should recognize both parties he is dealing with.

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US Central Command's Commander is Content of Saudi Arabia's Desire to End Conflict in Yemen

Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the 14th Commander of the US Central Command has expressed satisfaction of the sincere desire of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to end the conflict in Yemen peacefully, indicating that, however, he does not believe the Houthi militia is ready to seize the opportunity to engage in negotiations on this matter, it was reported here.
Gen. McKenzie said during a video conference yesterday that Iran remains the most prominent threat to stability of the Middle East, noting that the US presence in the region is to deter Iranian behavior and prevent it from persisting in its malign activities.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2244621

My comment: LOL. The US never changes.

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#American seizure of news websites included opposition TV #Bahrain & #Saudi. Seems the move to be part of defending #US backed Gulf monarchies using #Iranian threat as a cover. Oh well.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1407450821734903816

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The #US seized the website of a #Shia #Muslim religious station that is in decades-long conflict with the #Iranian state. #AlAnwar belongs to the Shirazi school which is at odds with Iranian regime. This is #AntiShiaism

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1407460194947416067

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While the #Saudi Clan bans the name #Karbala from its roads & neighborhoods , the #US targets an #Iraqi Religious station named Karbala & run by #Shia Muslim religious authority of Ayatollah #Sistani

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1407497773889507337

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#US gov seized #Shia religious Tv stations in #Kuwait, #London and #Iraq claiming having political affiliations! All you could do is to let someone sitdown and watch the TV. This is #ignorance and #antishiism

https://twitter.com/MAkhwand/status/1407495224595816450

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Along with several Iranian media outlets, the US government apparently blocked Britain’s al-Anwar TV, which is close to the Ayatollah Sadiq Shirazi. Shirazi opposes the Iranian model of theocracy. His followers stormed the Iranian embassy in London in 2018.

https://twitter.com/matthew_petti/status/1407462049358221313

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It’s difficult to get the Pentagon to acknowledge civilian casualties

A recent DOD report shows how incomplete accounting leaves victims with no recourse to redress.

On June 2, the U.S. Department of Defense released its 2020 report on civilian casualties. Several things stood out: the overall tally of 23 civilians killed and 11 injured in all U.S. military operations worldwide was startlingly low compared to that of credible independent monitoring groups and human rights investigators.

But the most important lessons of the report won’t be found in its pages. The Department of Defense’s significant undercounting of civilian harm once again indicates what an uphill battle it can be to get meaningful investigations when civilians are killed, injured, and otherwise harmed by U.S. military operations abroad, and how nearly impossible it is to get any form of acknowledgment — let alone accountability, reparations or amends.

Take Yemen as an example. The DOD report includes a brief section on the country, noting “11 new reports” of civilian casualties in Yemen. Our organizations, Mwatana for Human Rights and the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic, provided these 11 reports, as well as an additional report which we submitted in 2019. These submissions included over 150 pages of meticulously gathered information, documents, and photographs on 12 U.S. military operations in Yemen. The submissions documented 38 civilians killed in U.S. military operations, as well as seven injured. Five of the injured were children less than ten years old.

Our submissions also detailed other types of deep and long-lasting civilian harm caused by U.S. military operations in Yemen, including significant economic harms to families — for example through the loss of a family’s breadwinner — or the destruction of a vehicle an entire family living in a rural area relied on to transport themselves, food, and water.

In our submissions, we asked for investigations, acknowledgement of and apology for civilian harm, compensation or condolence payments, and accountability.

Central Command acknowledged one new civilian death caused by a 2019 drone strike in Yemen. The U.S. military did not name the civilian. Mwatana found that the 2019 strike killed Saleh Al Qaisi, a 67-year-old man who worked as a house painter in Saudi Arabia. His earnings helped support his family. He left behind a wife and six adult children. After his death, the community organized a protest.

At the time he was killed, Saleh was driving alone, returning from lunch at a relative’s house. In its response, the U.S. military claimed that “if a precision strike occurs against a vehicle on an empty road…it is highly unlikely to be an accident.” But Saleh, who was driving alone, does appear to have been killed in error. In the Defense Department’s 2019 report, the year in which the U.S. drone strike killed Saleh, the Pentagon claimed, in error, to have killed no civilians in Yemen, and said the same in 2018. Neither year was it true.

After research spanning four years, as well as three official letters, follow up correspondence, and a detailed public report, Mwatana’s investigations and our joint advocacy resulted in a single new, and much belated, civilian casualty admission.

Even in this rare case of acknowledgment, the U.S. military’s response was woefully inadequate.

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/06/25/its-difficult-to-get-the-pentagon-to-acknowledge-civilian-casualties/

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

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9

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Iran won’t give nuclear sites' data to IAEA as monitoring deal expires: Parliament speaker

The speaker of Iran’s Parliament says Tehran will not hand the images and files related to its nuclear sites and facilities over to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) following the expiration of the country's monitoring agreement with the agency.

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/06/27/660996/Iran-wont-give-nuclear-images-IAEA

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Iran’s top negotiator: Time for other JCPOA parties to make tough decisions

Iran’s top negotiator to Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal says Tehran has already made its tough decision to save the agreement and it is now time for the other parties to act similarly for the accord.

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/06/27/660999/Araqchi-Iran-Vienna-talks-JCPOA

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Film: Analyst: US grossly violated Iran nuclear deal

Political commentator Kevin Barrett says the US has grossly violated its obligations under the Iran nuclear deal and it should take the first step and remove all sanctions.

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/06/27/660958/US-grossly-violated-Iran-nuclear-deal-

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Iran has reached its “empowerment,” so what will the West choose?

The “Islamic Republic” of Iran reached the level of “empowerment” (Tamkeen) with the arrival of President Ibrahim Raisi to the Presidency, the highest executive authority in the pyramid in harmony with the supreme leader, the Wali al-Faqih Sayyed Ali Khamenei, and with the legislative authority headed by the Speaker of the Shura Council, Muhammad Baqer Qalibaf. The formation of the harmonious trio in power is unprecedented in the history of the Islamic revolution in Iran since 1979: to this must be added Iran's advanced nuclear research and technology, its advanced missile program and military capabilities, and the high competence of its allies in the Middle East and West Asia. Iran has reached a time in history when it offers the Western world two options, both of which are, from a Western perspective, difficult to choose.

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/06/27/661000/Iran-empowerment-what-west-choose-Magnier

My remark: From Iran.

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US Israeli top diplomats meet in Rome, comment on Iran deal

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Washington has “occasional differences” with Israel over the Iran nuclear deal.

“As the closest of friends do, we will have occasional differences,” Blinken said in Rome on Sunday. “We have the same objectives. Sometimes we differ on the tactics.”

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/06/27/661023/US,-Israel-occasional-differences-Iran-Blinken-

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Iran hat nach eigenen Angaben Drohnen mit 7.000-Km-Reichweite

Dabei handle es sich um einen Schlüssel zur Grenzüberwachung

Der Iran besitzt laut einem Befehlshaber der Revolutionsgarden mittlerweile Langstreckendrohnen. "Wir haben unbemannte Drohnen mit einer Reichweite von 7.000 Kilometern", sagte der Kommandant Hossein Salami laut staatlicher Nachrichtenagentur IRNA am Sonntag. Europäer und Amerikaner haben neben dem Verzicht auf die Entwicklung der Atombombe vom Iran auch Gespräche über die Entwicklung von Langstreckenraketen und die regionale Rolle des Landes gefordert. Teheran lehnt das ab.

https://www.derstandard.de/story/2000127757041/iran-hat-nach-eigenen-angaben-drohnen-mit-7-000-km

Mein Kommentar: Das reicht nicht im Geringsten an das heran, was die US am Persischen Golf an Waffen haben.

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US airstrikes target Iran-backed militias in Syria, Iraq

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-syria-iran-middle-east-iraq-86f3bc438d6ab6c9b14580ec000bc600

and

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US claims staging airstrikes against Iraqi resistance groups along Syria border

A reporter with the official Syrian Arab News Agency said American warplanes had targeted houses in Bukamal’s outskirts in early Monday.

The correspondent said the attacks had killed one child and wounded three other civilians.

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/06/28/661030/Iraq-United-States-airstrikes-resistance-groups-border-Syria

and

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Statement by the Department of Defense

"At President Biden's direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region. The targets were selected because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq. Specifically, the U.S. strikes targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq, both of which lie close to the border between those countries. Several Iran-backed militia groups, including Kata'ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS), used these facilities.

As demonstrated by this evening's strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel. Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq, the President directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks. We are in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq for the sole purpose of assisting the Iraqi Security Forces in their efforts to defeat ISIS. The United States took necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of escalation - but also to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message.

As a matter of international law, the United States acted pursuant to its right of self-defense.

https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2672875/statement-by-the-department-of-defense/

My comment: LOL. “Self-defense” 7,000 miles away from the US? This is BS.

and

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Film: Activist Yves Engler says the United States has no right to kill people in Syria under the pretext of self-defense.

https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1409338272535482368

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Now Europe is dealing with Iran’s new hardline president

Expectations are low but there will be room for cooperation, particularly if both sides focus on essential interests

Thus, Raisi echoed statements made by Khamenei and other officials, including the outgoing moderate president Hassan Rouhani, that the JCPOA is to be fully restored, and the lifting of the U.S. sanctions against Iran are the precondition for that to happen.

He flatly ruled out any concessions on Iran’s ballistic missiles and support for regional proxies and allies. This position reflects a long-standing consensus in the Iranian diplomatic-security establishment that sees them as essential deterrence tools against Iran’s regional adversaries — chiefly, Israel, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

When Raisi was asked whether he would meet with President Joe Biden after the sanctions are lifted, he declined as expected. However, he also signaled Iran’s openness to interaction with other countries, including in Europe, a position that fits faithfully into the supreme leader’s vision.

These signs, however, do not imply that EU engagement with Iran will not become harder under Raisi. The nuclear deal might be reinstated by the time Raisi officially assumes the presidency in August. In this case it will be delivered by the outgoing foreign minister Javad Zarif’s team. Pending the staffing of key national security positions in the Raisi administration, the question is whether a new team will be as competent as the outgoing one in implementing the deal and diplomatic dialogue with the Western counterparts — the United States, E3 (France, Britain, Germany), and EU represented by Borrell.

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/06/24/how-europe-will-deal-with-irans-new-president/

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Iran: ‘Sabotage attack’ on civilian nuclear center thwarted

Iranian authorities have thwarted what they called a “sabotage attack” targeting a civilian nuclear facility near the country’s capital, state TV reported Wednesday, as details about the incident remained scarce.

The attempted attack against a building belonging to Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization “left no casualties or damages and was unable to disrupt the Iranian nuclear program,” Iranian state television reported, adding that authorities were working to identify the perpetrators.

Iranian media offered no details on the kind of attack

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-iran-sabotage-business-media-995879deee39e4511fd756a6444d4f6c

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Iran: Warum nur wurde der Hardliner gewählt?

(…) Nun hat Iran einen Staatspräsidenten, der auf der Sanktionsliste der EU und jener der USA steht – und dies nicht aufgrund von sonst oft von politischer Willkür durchsetzten Kriterien des «Westens», sondern wegen der nachgewiesenen Verantwortung des Amtsträgers für tausende Todesurteile gegen politische Widersacher in früheren Phasen der Islamischen Republik…

[…] schlug US-Präsident Donald Trump zu, zerriss, bildlich gesprochen, das Vertragswerk, und verkündete eine Strategie des «maximalen Drucks» gegen Iran. Dass Iran sich bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt, auch einige Zeit darüber hinaus, liniengetreu an die Vorgaben des Vertrags gehalten hatte, war Trump egal – von nun an konnte Iran auf legalem Weg kein Erdöl mehr exportieren und wurde, erbarmungslos, in die wirtschaftliche Krise getrieben. Mit dem Resultat, dass schließlich mindestens 50 Prozent der Bevölkerung unter die Armutsgrenze schlitterten.
Das war die Ausgangslage für den Beginn der Kampagne für die Suche eines Nachfolgers für den relativ gemäßigten, aber auch ziemlich erfolglosen Staatspräsidenten Ruhani. Aber es waren nicht nur die Folgen der US-Sanktionen (die von Europa, wenn auch widerwillig, mitgetragen wurden), welche die wachsende Misere auslösten – es gab, parallel dazu, auch eine inner-iranische Bewegung zugunsten von so genannten Hardlinern. Sie geht in die Ära von Ahmadinejad als Staatspräsident (2005 bis 2013) zurück…
Sanktionen halfen mit
Die Frage bleibt, ob all das nicht so hätte kommen müssen, hätte Donald Trump sich nicht entschieden, den vom Vorgänger Obama mit-ausgehandelten Atomdeal zu torpedieren…
Es ist schwer vorstellbar, dass US-Präsident Biden sich verpflichten könnte, alle Sanktionen zu beenden…Und von iranischer Seite aus gibt es offenkundig keine Bereitschaft, auf irgendwelche Kompromisse einzugehen. Vor dem Ende der Amtszeit Ruhanis gab es da und dort noch die Illusion, Iran könnte sich flexibel zeigen – mit dem Amtsbeginn Raissis schwinden solche Hoffnungen.

https://www.infosperber.ch/politik/welt/iran-warum-nur-wurde-der-hardliner-gewaehlt/

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Raisi - Iran will Beziehungen zu Nachbarn verbessern

Der künftige Präsident des Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, will sich nach eigenen Worten für bessere Beziehungen zu den arabischen Golfstaaten einsetzen.

“Der Iran will mit der Welt interagieren”, sagte der 60-Jährige am Montag in Teheran in seiner ersten Pressekonferenz seit seinem Wahlsieg. “Die Priorität meiner Regierung wird es sein, die Beziehungen zu unseren Nachbarn in der Region zu verbessern.” Gleichzeitig rief er aber den regionalen Erzrivalen Saudi-Arabien und dessen Verbündete dazu auf, “umgehend ihre Einmischung im Jemen zu beenden”

https://www.reuters.com/article/iran-idDEKCN2DY0CX

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Iran’s election unsettles Biden’s hope for a nuclear deal

Biden administration officials are insisting that the election of a hard-liner as Iran’s president won’t affect prospects for reviving the faltering 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. But there are already signs that their goal of locking in a deal just got tougher.

Optimism that a deal was imminent faded as the latest talks ended Sunday without tangible indications of significant progress. And on Monday, in his first public comments since the vote, incoming Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi rejected a key Biden goal of expanding on the nuclear deal if negotiators are able to salvage the old one.

At the same time, Raisi is likely to raise Iran’s demands for sanctions relief in return for Iranian compliance with the deal, as he himself is already subject to U.S. human rights penalties.

“I don’t envy the Biden team,” said Karim Sadjapour, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who has advised multiple U.S. administrations on Iran. “I think the administration now has a heightened sense of urgency to revise the deal before Raisi and a new hard-line team is inaugurated.”

Despite Raisi’s impending presidency, Biden administration officials insist prospects for reaching an agreement are unaltered. They argue that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who signed off on the 2015 deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, will make any final decisions regardless of who is president.

“The president’s view and our view is that the decision leader is the supreme leader,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. “That was the case before the election; it’s the case today; it will be the case probably moving forward.”

“Iran will have, we expect, the same supreme leader in August as it will have today, as it had before the elections, as it had in 2015 when the JCPOA was consummated for the first time,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-joe-biden-middle-east-iran-government-and-politics-8d8f70767a80decd8a12eb0c54241ccf

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US-Behörden blockieren Websites iranischer Staatsmedien

Washington begründet Sperrung mit US-Sanktionsgesetzen

Die US-Behörden haben die Websites mehrerer iranischer Staatsmedien blockiert. In entsprechenden Mitteilungen auf den Seiten wurde am Dienstag auf US-Sanktionsgesetze verwiesen. Betroffen war neben den iranischen Nachrichtensendern Al-Alam und Press TV auch der Rebellensender Al-Masirah der Houthi-Rebellen im Jemen. In den Erklärungen waren die Siegel der US-Bundespolizeibehörde FBI und des US-Handelsministeriums abgebildet.

https://www.derstandard.de/story/2000127638005/us-behoerden-blockieren-websites-iranischer-staatsmedien

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Saudi Arabia says it will judge Iran's Raisi by 'reality on the ground'

Saudi Arabia will judge Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi's government by "the reality on the ground", the kingdom's foreign minister said on Tuesday, while adding that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on foreign policy.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-politics-saudi/saudi-arabia-says-it-will-judge-irans-raisi-by-reality-on-the-ground-idUSKCN2DY1IO

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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.

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iran-set-stay-hardline-course-after-raisi-win-saudi-commentators-say-2021-06-21/

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Iranian Foreign Policy During Rouhani Presidency: Perspective on Change and Continuity

despite the euphoria in the Western academic circles on Rouhani who would rapidly change Iran's foreign policy, there remain constraints in his ability to radically alter the foundations of post-1979 Iranian foreign policy. In fact, the Rouhani administration has pursued a very cautious foreign policy and has maintained the general geopolitical objectives underlying Iran's external orientation ever since the 1979 Islamic revolution. National interests and state survival have always triumphed over idealistic revolutionary impulses in Iran's wider foreign policy. This has remained a feature of Rouhani's foreign policy as well.

https://www.academia.edu/40855662/Iranian_Foreign_Policy_During_Rouhani_Presidency_Perspective_on_Change_and_Continuity

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Yemenis tell UK defence secretary of ‘immense loss’ to drone strikes

Exclusive: ‘They are not collateral damage’ – bereaved families appeal for meeting to learn of UK’s role in killings

Relatives of people killed in drone strikes in Yemen have written to the defence secretary to ask about UK involvement in the killings and request that he meet them.

The family members said they have suffered “immense loss” of loved ones – including children – at the hands of US targeted drone strikes and are demanding to know what part the UK has played.

Among the bereaved signatories are members of the al-Ameri and al-Taisy families who between them have lost 34 relatives, nine of them children – the youngest just three months old – in a series of strikes over several years. They included a US drone strike in 2013 on the wedding of Abdullah al-Ameri and Warda al-Taisy.

The letter to the defence secretary, Ben Wallace, seen by the Guardian, says: “The loved ones that have been taken from us are not ‘collateral damage’ or casualties of war. We live far from any battlefield and have no connection to militant groups of any kind. Can you tell us, face to face, that the UK played no role in the missile attacks that have ripped our families to pieces?

“We would like to know: was the UK involved in the strikes that killed our family members? Did UK intelligence feed into the strikes? Were our family members selected for death from US bases on British soil? And do UK pilots fly the surveillance missions that continue to terrorise our communities?”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/28/yemenis-tell-uk-defence-secretary-of-immense-loss-to-drone-strikes

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'Made in the UK, bombed in Yemen': Holding Arms Suppliers Accountable

The UK is one of Saudia Arabia’s leading arms suppliers, along with the US. CAAT estimates that the UK has provided at least £18.9 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia since the start of the conflict. Despite a large body of evidence of violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) by the Coalition in Yemen, UK and European arms supplies to Saudi Arabia and its Coalition allies.

In December 2019, a coalition of European and Yemeni groups, led by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and including CAAT, submitted a communication to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, asking them to investigate European government and arms company officials for potentially aiding and abetting war crimes in Yemen. British barrister, Karim Khan, took over as the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor on 16th June 2021, the third person to hold the role.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/made-in-the-uk-bombed-in-yemen-holding-arms-suppliers-accountable-tickets-160279956665

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Turning a Deadly Blind Eye

Government Forced to Court Again Over Its Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

UK ministers continue to licence arms for sale to Saudi Arabia when there is a clear risk that they will be used to kill innocent Yemeni civilians,

British MPs expressed support for Biden’s approach, including Conservative Tobias Ellwood, the former Minister for the Middle East and now a prominent advocate for an end to arms sales. He recently observed that Britain was “happy to sell these weapons systems to other people” but would then “get caught out because they don’t use them well”, explaining that there was a deliberate decision of the Government to keep out of the coalition’s operations room so that “we were not involved or could not have our fingers associated with any of the decisions that were made”. He referenced the “appalling atrocities” that have taken place – on both sides of the conflict.

Ellwood isn’t wrong – there have been atrocities; and there have been incidents which look very much like war crimes: something of relevance to the law the Government must adhere to when deciding whether to licence arms for sale to Saudi Arabia. That law states that, where there is a clear risk that the weapons might (only “might”) be used in a serious violation of international humanitarian law, a licence must not be granted.

These airstrikes are not untypical. Their details are in the public domain. The Government cannot credibly say that it is unaware. Yet, UK ministers continue licencing arms for sale to Saudi Arabia when there is a clear risk that they will be used again in similar incidents.

It may be that we are saturated with bad news, human suffering, deaths, injuries, starvation and devastation and so we cannot bear the intolerable scenes of Yemen – but the Government has a moral obligation not to look away. Boris Johnson, in particular, has a moral obligation not to. He, and his Government, have repeatedly made a choice to continue arming Saudi Arabia, with the most terrible consequences for the people of Yemen.

https://bylinetimes.com/2021/06/22/turning-a-deadly-blind-eye-government-forced-to-court-again-over-its-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

(A P)

India: Man detained at airport for travelling to Yemen

The immigrant officials at the city airport detained a 49-year-old engineer on Saturday night for travelling to Yemen twice despite the government's ban on travel to the country for safety reasons since 2014.

https://www.dtnext.in/News/City/2021/06/27131036/1303391/Man-detained-at-airport-for-travelling-to-Yemen.vpf

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Italian forces kicked out of Middle East base over UAE arms embargo, lawmaker says

The United Arab Emirates is evicting Italian aircraft and personnel from a key military base in retaliation for an arms embargo slapped on the UAE by Rome in January, an Italian politician has told Defense News.

Matteo Perego Di Cremnago, an Italian member of parliament and member of the parliamentary defense commission, said Italy had been given until July 2 to leave the Al Minhad air base in the UAE.

“The pull-out has already started and while work is underway by Italy to secure a last-minute cancellation of the eviction, I doubt it will succeed,” he told Defense News.

“When relationships break down in the Gulf it is very hard to resurrect them,” he added.

Former Italian air force chief Gen. Leonardo Tricarico told Defense News that the last Italian aircraft had left the base on Thursday, leaving only residual material to collect.

Tricarico, who is now chairman of the ICSA think tank in Rome, said the eviction was just part of the harsh treatment of Italy doled out by the UAE.

“The UAE has also denied the use of its airspace to Italian military aircraft,” he said.

Al Minhad base in Dubai in the UAE, which hosts aircraft from various nations, has been crucial to Italy since it took space in 2015 there for mounting flights over Iraq and as a stop-off en route to Italian bases in Afghanistan. If confirmed, the eviction may now seriously complicate Italy’s ongoing pull-out from Afghanistan.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/06/25/italian-forces-kicked-out-of-middle-east-base-over-uae-arms-embargo-lawmaker-says/

and also https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202106301083270127-italy-booted-from-al-minhad-base-by-uae-for-sanctions-over-yemen-war---report/

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/uae-orders-italy-withdraw-forces-base-arms-sale-row

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UAE: Arbitrary Targeting of Pakistani Shia Residents

Enforced Disappearances, Incommunicado Detention, Groundless Deportation

United Arab Emirates authorities have forcibly disappeared at least four Pakistani men since October 2020 and deported at least six others without explanation, apparently based solely on their religious background, Human Rights Watch said today. UAE authorities released and immediately deported the six in October and November 2020 after also subjecting them to enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention for between three weeks and five months.

All 10 men are Shia Muslim residents of the UAE and most have lived and worked in the country for many years as managers, sales staff, CEOs of small businesses, as well as laborers and drivers. One man had lived and worked there for over 40 years; another had been born and raised in the UAE. The authorities did not bring charges against any of the six men released from detention, yet summarily deported them without giving them any opportunity to challenge their deportations.

“UAE state security forces have a long record of enforced disappearances with total impunity, leaving detainees and their family members frightened, confused, and hopeless.” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The behavior of unaccountable UAE authorities is an open mockery of the rule of law and leaves no one safe from serious abuses.”

This is not the first time UAE authorities have apparently arbitrarily targeted Shia residents, including through arbitrary detention and groundless deportations.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/06/22/uae-arbitrary-targeting-pakistani-shia-residents

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A funeral for the courageous Emirati human rights activist and @ALQST_En director Alaa al-Siddiq was held today in Qatar. Alaa was killed earlier this month in a car accident in the UK (where she lived in exile). Her father, a political prisoner in the UAE, was unable to attend.

https://twitter.com/DanielWickham93/status/1409229177828564994

and

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Yemen Nobel Laureate mourns Emirati rights activist

Yemeni Nobel Peace Laureate and human rights advocate Tawakkol Karman is mourning Emirati human rights activist Alaa Al-Siddiq, 33, who was killed in a car accident in London on Saturday.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210622-yemen-nobel-laureate-mourns-emirati-rights-activist/

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Schallenberg: Neuer Standort für Abdullah-Zentrum soll bald feststehen

Anlässlich des Besuches des saudischen Außenministers Prinz Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah Al-Saud am Dienstag in Wien hat Außenminister Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) die Verkündung eines neuen Standorts für das umstrittene "König-Abdullah-Zentrum für interreligiösen und interkulturellen Dialog" (KAICIID) bis Ende Juni bekannt gegeben. In internationalen Fragen wie etwa den Iran-Atomverhandlungen oder dem Jemen-Konflikt demonstrierten die beiden Minister Einigkeit.

https://www.diepresse.com/5997787/schallenberg-neuer-standort-fur-abdullah-zentrum-soll-bald-feststehen?from=rss

und auch https://www.krone.at/2444429

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp10

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

(B C)

Film: Celebrating the beauty of reconstructed sites around Yemen on Prince Claus Fund's 25th anniversary

Despite difficult circumstances in war-torn Yemen, valued heritage sites that were severely damaged between 2015 - 2017 are being brought back. Over the last 2 years, the Cultural Emergency Response Programme of the Prince Claus Fund has been working with Daw’an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation and the Cultural Protection Fund of the British Council to reconstruct significant Yemeni landmarks. “One of the most important results was the success of the reconstruction of public monuments that were deliberately destroyed in broad daylight, as witnessed by the whole community," said Salma Samar Damluji, Chief Architect of Daw’an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ExvwyOjyFE

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Film: A look at Yemen's museums

When we talk about Yemen- it is usually about its humanitarian crisis. But what about its cultural heritage? The war-torn nation has always been a treasure trove of history. On The West Asia Post this week, Ghadi Francis takes a look at the toll the long-drawn conflict has taken on its past.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlM5J8-kbO0

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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[Sanaa] Central Bank issues circular for those coming to areas of Salvation Government

The Central Bank of Yemen in Sana'a on Sunday called on those coming from the occupied areas to the areas under the control of the National Salvation Government to commit not to transport the counterfeit currency of 1000 riyals category, which the bank announced about it in its recent statement.

The counterfeit 1000 riyals category, has a serial number begins without the letter (أ) and the year 1438 AH - 2017 AD is written on it, according to the bank circular.

The bank confirmed, in a circular issued Sunday, that the upper limit allowed for transporting the legal Yemeni currency is only 100,000 riyals per person, and any amount of foreign currency is allowed.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145623.htm

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/06/27/yemeni-central-bank-calls-for-extra-care-against-counterfeit-currency/

and

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Yemeni riyal drops as Houthis renew ban on new banknotes

Yemen’s currency on Thursday reached a new low after the Iran-backed Houthi militia renewed its ban on banknotes printed by the Yemeni government and banned people from moving cash from government-controlled areas to their territories, Yemeni officials and economists said.

Local currency dealers said the Yemeni riyal traded at 940 against the US dollar in the black market on Thursday compared to 930 last week, shortly after the Houthi-controlled Central Bank in Sanaa circulated an order that warned people against using new money that looks like the old banknotes available in their territories.

To evade the Houthi ban and address the shortage of cash in the market, the Aden-based Central Bank of Yemen has recently pumped into the market billions of large 1,000-riyal banknotes similar to the banknotes used by the Houthis.

Local media reported that the Houthis stepped up security at their checkpoints, searching for the new banknotes.

On Thursday, Hamed Rezq, a journalist loyal to the Houthis, accused the US of launching an economic war on the Yemeni economy by allowing printing and circulating new banknotes.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1882801/business-economy

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[Sanaa] CBY: Aggression mercenaries printed 5.32 trillion riyals of illegal currency

The Governor of the Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) in Sana'a revealed that the illegal printing of currency by the aggression countries and mercenaries amounted to 5.32 trillion riyals until June 2021, which is equivalent to three times what the Central Bank printed in Sana'a from 1964 to 2014.

"The volume of contracts announced until the end of 2021 amounted to one trillion and 720 billion riyals, and all these amounts reached the so-called Bank of Aden in separate installments during the years 2017, 2018, and 2019," CBY's Governor Hashim Ismail said in a press conference held in Sana'a.

He pointed out that the Bank of Aden signed a secret contract, which has not been disclosed yet, in the amount of two trillion riyals of (5000-rial bill) in 2017, and the traitors are still planning how to issue this amount and pump it to the market, in addition to signing a new contract amounting to 600 billion riyals in the year 2019, all of these amounts reached the Bank of Aden in separate installments during the years 2019, 2020 and 2021.

He explained that the Central Bank in Aden signed recently a new contract in the amount of one trillion riyals in the year 2020, including an amount of 400 billion riyals of the counterfeit currency that reached the ports of Aden and Mukalla, which the Central Bank in Sana'a issued a decision on Tuesday to prevent its circulation and prohibit dealing with it.

"We are in a new stage of the economic aggression that started from the first day of the aggression."

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145105.htm

and

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Houthis sabotage Yemen's plan to reunify the currency they split

Yemen's Houthis who control the capital Sana'a have sabotaged a bid by the country's legitimate government's to reunify he national currency the Shia sectarian militants had split last year.

The militants, through what they call "the central bank" under their control in Sana'a, said in a statement on Tuesday the new 1,000 riyal banknotes the government's Aden-based central bank started pumping into the market this week are "fake and should not be dealt with, possessed or transferred."

In January 2020, the militants outlawed the government-printed riyals marked out by being new and smaller in size, creating two currencies, two exchange rates and a new severe economic crisis all to play into the militia's war finance plan.

The government printed and started as of Sunday pumping into the market new 1,000 riyal bills of a large size similar to the old and large size bills that Houthis accept.

The Houthi "central bank's" statement ordered the public to identify the government's notes by the serial number on the bills and reject them.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-47455

My comment: This is propaganda as currency wasn’t split by the Houthis but by the Hadi government when establishing a concurrent Central Bank at Aden.

(A E P)

Yemeni govt has pumped billion rials from 1,000 Yemeni old bill, which is as the same as that traded in the Houthi-controlled areas. Reminder that Houthis ban new banknotes printed by the govt for years and only accept the old note. What will they do now?

According to Sana’a-based Yemeni Exchangers Association channel on telegram: Houthi-controlled CBY in Sana'a prevent the transfer of Yemeni paper money from the govt-held areas to areas under their control.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1407442975068676097

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Yemeni gov't: Five int'l oil companies resume work soon

Five international oil companies will resume activity in Yemen within few months, oil minister in the UN-recognized government said Monday, as security conditions improved in oil areas.
The resumption of these companies' work is a key indicator that this vital sector has already started recovering, Abdul Salam BaAbood added in remarks carried by Asharq Al-Awsat.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25741.html

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Today, #AQAP shelled a Houthi site near Al-Uqlah (blue pin), Al-Sawmaa (red), Al-Bayda (yellow), #Yemen. AQAP has conducted ops against Houthi sites in this area since 2016 (image, map)

https://twitter.com/JoshuaKoontz__/status/1409171292822061058

(A P T)

US Department of State: Wanted: Information that brings to justice…

Khalid Saeed al-Batarfi

Up to $5 Million Reward

Khalid al-Batarfi is a senior member of AQAP in Yemen’s Hadramaut Governorate and a former member of AQAP’s shura council. In 1999, he traveled to Afghanistan, where he trained at al-Qa’ida’s al-Farouq camp. In 2001, he fought alongside the Taliban against U.S. forces and the Northern Alliance. In 2010, al-Batarfi joined AQAP in Yemen, led AQAP fighters in taking over Yemen’s Abyan Province, and was named AQAP’s emir of Abyan. Following the death of AQAP leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi in a June 2016 U.S. military strike, he issued a statement warning that al-Qa’ida would destroy the U.S. economy and attack other U.S. interests.

After the United States announced that it would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, al-Batarfi appeared in an AQAP video in January 2018, threatening the United States and Jewish people. On January 23, 2018, the U.S. Department of State designated al-Batarfi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order 13224

https://rewardsforjustice.net/english/khalid_al_batarfi.html

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Centcom Officials Announce Counterterrorism Strikes in Yemen

The U.S. military conducted three counterterrorism strikes June 8-12 against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in central Yemen, killing six al-Qaida operatives and injuring one, U.S. Central Command officials announced today.

A strike June 8 in Badya governorate resulted in the deaths of two al-Qaida operatives along with the destruction of their vehicle loaded with weapons, officials said. Another strike conducted June 10 in Marib governorate killed two al-Qaida operatives. A June 12 strike in Shabwah governorate killed two more al-Qaida operatives, injured another, and destroyed the vehicle they were traveling in.

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/802575/centcom-officials-announce-counterterrorism-strikes-in-yemen/igphoto/2001875933/

cp15 Propaganda

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Commander: we will not give up an inch of Yemen's land

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25821.html

(A P)

Washington has sent a message to Houthis to capture Marib, Yemeni official

A Yemeni official said on Sunday the US recognition of the Houthi group as a legitimate actor was a message to the Iran-allied group to capture Marib province.

It is true that Lenderking has not said the Houthis are the legitimate representative of the Yemenis but he sent a message to them that their legitimacy is achieved through nibbling more land, the Yemeni representive to UNESCO Mohammed Jumeih said in a statement on Twitter.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25826.html

(A P)

Hadi Accuses Houthi Terrorist Militia of Escalation against Yemenis to Serve Iran's Agenda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2246180

(A P)

[Hadi] Gov't says international lenience with Houthis is based on illusion they can be attracted to peace

Yemen's government has said the international lenience with Houthis is based on an illusion that the theocratic terrorist militia can be attracted to peace and de-ecalation.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-47484

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-25803.html

(A P)

Reactions of Yemeni officials & activists to Lenderking' recognition of Houthis as 'legitimate actor'

Yemen's ambassador to London Yaseen S. Noaman wrote:

"One Yemeni adage says, 'He is mad yet they give him a big hand.' Perhaps the US envoy cannot understand that we are facing a phenomenon of insanity called 'Houthis.' This confused use of labels (the legitimate actor) does not work as a political infiltration method with Houthis. It is a movement programmed on the use of violence to accumulate the gains he [Lendering] talked about in a way that recognizes the violence-based legitimacy.

Presidential advisor Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi said in a statement that the recent US recognition of "Houthi militia as a legitimate actor does not change a thing in their categorization as illegitimate putschists."

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-47480

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-47481

(A P)

Is Reuters a news agency or a Shiit propaganda machine?

Western media outlets covering the Yemeni war as I always say are fanatical propaganda machines for Iran and the too bloody Shiit terrorist organization known as Houthis.

Reuters is a case in point.

Firstly, the typical Reuters story reserves a line for the (self-)defense of Houthis, e.g. "The Houthis say they are fighting a corrupt system and foreign aggression." Almost no story concludes without such a Houthi message. For a non-Yemeni reader, the sentene may not attract attention. For a Yemeni, it is such a shock to see Reuters stories reserve a self-defense opportunity to what Yemenis widely perceive as a Shiit version of - but undoubtedly way bloodier and longer surviving than - ISIS.

Not only that. Reuters presents only the Houthi point of view and the closing paragraph of Reuters stories are always reserved for it.

Secondly, Reuters avoids human-interest stories about the war in Marib which an outlet cannot report without casting the Houthis, being the aggressors in, in a bad light.

The ideological western news agency has been opting for reports that exclude the human dimension of the Yemeni conflict and instead focus on political messaging on Houthis' and Iran's behalf: Reports communicating a Houthi message, floating a Houthi idea, playing a landscape confusion role or stimulating the audience to accept a Houthi proposition.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-47456

(A P)

Restoring Sana'a is the only way to secure the Arab capitals: Activist

Yemeni activist Abdulwahab Beheibeh has warned Arab countries that "restoring Sana'a from the Houthi terrorist group is the only way to secure the Arab capitals."

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-47454

(A P)

Houthi’s escalation of violence, rejection of peace, will not go unpunished: Yemen leaders

The Houthi escalation in attacks in Yemen and Saudi Arabia will not go unpunished and government forces are ready to thwart the Iran-backed group’s violence after its rejection of peace efforts, senior Yemeni officials said.

The government and the Yemeni people stand with all their capabilities behind the national army, the popular resistance and the tribesmen until the restoration of the state and ending the Houthi group and its racist project supported by Iran, Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik said, state news agency Saba reported.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1881021/middle-east

and also http://alriyadhdaily.com/article/efa882d5a63a4ea79b5599b0b82bffc0

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33232

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2245547

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2245482

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2245106

https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/608130/SAUDI-ARABIA/Second-batch-of-Saudi-oil-derivatives-grantarrives-in-Yemens-Hadramout-governorate

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2244959

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2244956

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2244364

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2244357

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2244344

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

June 24: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/2055579367925751/

June 23: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/2053372754813079/

June 22: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/2053372424813112/

June 21: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/2053372071479814/

June 20: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/2053371504813204/

June 19: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/2052155771601444/

June 18: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/2052155264934828/

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/06/27/at-least-24-saudi-airstrikes-hit-across-yemen/ Several prov.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145659.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145513.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145344.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145235.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145141.htm Saada p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145136.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145022.htm Marib p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp17a, cp18

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

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

(A K pH)

Citizen killed in Saudi bombing on Saada

A citizen was killed on Sunday in a Saudi missile and artillery bombardment on the border Sheda district of Saada province.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145656.htm

and must be the same: https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145540.htm

(A K pH)

Saudi Arabia bases targeted by Yemeni missiles, UAVs

Spokesman for Yemen Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree announced that Yemeni forces have carried out a successful operation against Saudi military positions in Najran, Abha, and Khamis Mushait.

In a new operation, the Saudi National Guard base in Najran, military positions at Abha International Airport and King Khalid Air Base were targeted by Yemeni forces, Almayadeen reported, quoting Yahya Saree.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/175399/Saudi-Arabia-bases-targeted-by-Yemeni-missiles-UAVs

and

(A K)

Coalition shoots down 2 missiles, 3 drones in south Saudi Arabia

The Saudi-led coalition said on Sunday it intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles and three explosives-laden drones fired by the Houthi group towards the provinces of Khamis Mushait and Najran in southern Saudi Arabia.

On Saturday, it said it shot down three explosives-laden drones over the two provinces.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25825.html

(A K)

Saudi-led coalition destroys 3 bomb-laden Houthi drones

Coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia announced that three bomb-laden drones sent by Yemen's Houthi militia were eliminated early Sunday, reports Anadolu Agency.

The drones were targeting southern regions of Saudi Arabia, according to a statement by the coalition.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210627-saudi-led-coalition-destroys-3-bomb-laden-houthi-drones/

(A K pS)

Houthi militia’s shelling populated areas in Al-Bayda

http://en.26sepnews.net/2021/06/26/houthi-militias-shelling-populated-areas-in-al-bayda/

(A K)

Eight Houthis killed, injured in Taiz fighting with [Hadi gov.] national army

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25811.html

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Jemen-Blitz tötet und verletzt Dutzende Söldner und saudische Offiziere

Die jemenitische Luftwaffe griff mit einer Drohnentruppe ein Trainingslager im Südwesten Saudi-Arabiens und tötet und verletzt zahlreiche von Saudi-Arabien geführte Söldner und Offiziere des saudischen Militärs.

Der Sprecher der jemenitischen Streitkräfte, Brigadegeneral Yahya Saree, gab die Entwicklung in der Nacht zum Donnerstag bekannt, berichtete die offizielle jemenitische Nachrichtenagentur Saba.

Der Angriff habe sich zwei Tage zuvor gegen ein militärisches Trainingslager in der saudischen Region al-Wadiah in Nadschran ereignet, sagte er.

„Die Operation wurde mit 10 Qasef-2K-Drohnen durchgeführt. Es zielte auf die Kommandozentrale, Ausbildungsabteilungen und andere Teile der Kaserne“, sagte der Sprecher.

Laut Saree führten die Drohnen „präzise“ Angriffe gegen ihre Ziele durch und töteten und verletzten bis zu 60 Söldner, darunter auch einige ihrer hochrangigen Kommandeure.

https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i59494-jemen_blitz_t%C3%B6tet_und_verletzt_dutzende_s%C3%B6ldner_und_saudische_offiziere

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Over 60 killed, injured in qualitative operation in Saudi's al-Wadeah

The drone air force had carried out a wide and qualitative military operation targeting a training camp of the US-Saudi aggression against the Saudi area of al-Wadeah.

Spokesman for the armed forces Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare'i said in a statement that the operation was carried out with 10 Qasef-2K drones, targeting the command center, training sites, crowd sectors and other sites inside the camp.

He stressed that the hit were accurate, indicating that the operation, killing and injuring more than 60 mercenaries of the aggression, including commanders, including killing a number of Saudi officers.

Brig. Gen. Sare'i indicated that the operation was carried out in the past 2 days and was documented by audio and video, pointing out that its scenes will broadcast later.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145284.htm

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/06/25/over-60-saudi-forces-killed-or-injured-in-yemeni-attack-on-najran-base/

(A K pH)

[Sanaa gov.] Air force hits King Khalid airbase in Khamis Mushait

The air force on Friday dawn targeted King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait region.

Spokesman for the Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare'i said in a statement that the air force targeted with a Qasef-2K aircraft the airbase in the region, and hit was accurate.

He pointed out the targeting comes within the framework of the legitimate and natural response to the escalation of aggression and the continuation of the siege on the Yemeni people.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3145286.htm

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/06/25/yemeni-retaliation-drone-strike-hits-saudi-airbase/

and

(A K)

Saudi-led coalition intercepts bomb-laden drone from Yemen

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/saudi-led-coalition-intercepts-bomb-laden-drone-from-yemen-3575223

(A K)

US-made drones downed over Yemen weren't military's, CENTCOM says

The Houthis said they wrecked two US drones over Yemen's contested Marib province.

The US military disavowed two drones reportedly shot down by Yemen’s Houthi rebels near the contested city of Marib over the weekend, saying it had lost no such unmanned aircraft recently in the region.

Houthi media on Wednesday released footage purporting to show two US-made drones shot down over the central Yemeni province, where Saudi-backed government forces are holding off an unrelenting offensive by the rebels.

One of the destroyed Scan Eagle drones in the footage bore markings identifying its manufacturer as Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing based in Washington state, according to The Associated Press, which first reported on the shoot-down.

US Central Command spokesperson Lt. Col. Karen Roxberry told AP there were “no downed CENTCOM assets” in the Middle East and the US military is “not flying over Marib.”

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/us-made-drones-downed-over-yemen-werent-militarys-centcom-says

My comment: Better read the news completely: This had been US-made Saudi spy drones, stupid.

(A K)

Saudi-led coalition destroys 4 Houthi drones headed towards kingdom -state media

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday its air defences had destroyed four explosive-laden drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards the kingdom's southern region, Saudi state media reported.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security-yemen/saudi-led-coalition-destroys-4-houthi-drones-headed-towards-kingdom-state-media-idUSKCN2DZ26T

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/33209

(A K)

Saudi air defenses destroy drone launched by Yemen's Houthis - state TV

Saudi Arabia's air defenses destroyed on Wednesday an explosive-laden drone launched by Yemen's Houthis toward the province of Jizan in the south of the kingdom, Saudi state TV said.

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/saudi-air-defenses-destroy-drone-launched-by-yemens-houthis-state-tv-2021-06-23/

(A K)

Coalition foils Houthi bomb-laden drone attack on Khamis Mushait

The Arab coalition forces have foiled a new attack by the Iranian-backed Houthi group targeting Saudi lands, the Saudi-led coalition said Tuesday in a brief statement.
Air defenses intercepted and destroyed a Houthi bomb-laden drone en route to Khamis Mushait, the statement added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25754.html

(A K pS)

KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles 1,557 Mines in Yemen during 3rd Week of June

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) for clearing mines in Yemen, dismantled, during the third week of June 2021, a total of 1,557 mines, including nine anti-personnel mines, 241 anti-tank mines and 1,307 unexploded ordnance.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 256,475 mines have been dismantled.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2244289

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

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Press TV’s @Latif_washali gives more detail about the ongoing fighting in Yemen’s Ma’rib region.

https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1409244946230611970

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Photos: Houthi missile launch from a group of buildings at the edge of Az-Zur village, West-#Marib. Rougly: 15.409451°, 45.181607°, photo taken from the northern flank of Jabal Balaq al Qibli.

https://twitter.com/VleckieHond/status/1409095839822270465

Film: https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1409278814031581184

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[Hadi gov.] Yemen armed forces arrested 450 Houthi militants in one week

Yemen's armed forces have arrested 450 Houthi militants in one week during the Houthi militia's ferocious war on Marib governorate, said the chief of the Military Media Sector in the Yemeni army Brig Yahya al-Shami.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-47528

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Jemen: 111 Tote in drei Tagen bei Gefechten zwischen Regierungstruppen und Huthi-Rebellen

Wie es am Sonntag aus jemenitischen Militärkreisen hieß, waren unter den Toten seit Donnerstag 82 Aufständische und 29 Kämpfer der Regierungstruppen. Die vom Iran unterstützten Rebellen verstärken seit Februar ihre Angriffe auf die strategisch wichtige Stadt Marib im Norden des Landes. Dabei starben auf beiden Seiten hunderte Kämpfer.

https://www.merkur.de/politik/jemen-111-tote-drei-tagen-bei-gefechten-90826878.html = https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/405176.jemen-%C3%BCber-100-tote-bei-gefechten.html

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Yemen Says Rebel, Government Clashes Kill 111 in 3 Days

Clashes between rebels and Yemeni government fighters killed at least 111 in Marib in three days, pro-government sources said, following a renewed offensive by Houthi insurgents.

The Iran-allied insurgents escalated their efforts to seize Marib, the government's last stronghold in northern Yemen, in February, and the fighting has killed hundreds on both sides.

The fighting between Thursday and Sunday killed 29 pro-government personnel and at least 82 rebels, three pro-government sources told AFP. Rebel forces have not confirmed the toll.

Yemeni government officials said that since Thursday, the Houthis had mounted intensive attacks from the north, south and west, but were unable to breach government defenses which were supported by air cover from a Saudi-led military coalition.

"These areas witnessed fierce fighting amid artillery shelling from both sides and intense coalition air raids," one government military official said.

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/yemen-says-rebel-government-clashes-kill-111-3-days

and also https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/fighting-in-yemens-marib-heats-up-again-say-sources-idUSKCN2E305I = https://uk.news.yahoo.com/fighting-yemens-marib-heats-again-090653567.html

https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20210627-more-than-100-killed-in-yemen-as-fighting-over-oil-rich-marib-region-continues

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Mindestens 40 Tote bei Gefechten im Jemen

Im Konflikt zwischen Rebellen und Regierungstruppen im Jemen sind erneut zahlreiche Kämpfer ums Leben gekommen. Millionen Menschen befinden sich derweil auf der Flucht.

https://www.spiegel.de/ausland/mindestens-40-tote-bei-gefechten-im-jemen-a-00c1c0b7-c7ee-4793-95d6-2c9e772d5609#ref=rss = https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/asien/jemen-gefechte-101.html

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Dozens of Saudi forces wiped out in Yemeni ambush near Ma’rib

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/06/26/dozens-of-saudi-forces-wiped-out-in-yemeni-ambush-near-marib/

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Houthi militias keep inflicting heavy losses northwestern Marib

http://en.26sepnews.net/2021/06/26/houthi-militias-keep-inflicting-heavy-losses-northwest-marib/

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-47507

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#Saudi Empties #Marib Camps In Anticipation For Possible Fall Marib city the last stronghold of the war coalition in northern #Yemen, witnessed on Tuesday, military developments that predicted imminent control of Sanaa forces to the city, amid signs of a gradual withdrawal for coalition. At the field level, local sources reported that coalition forces began evacuating military communications network from camps in the city, in conjunction with evacuating those camps from the #Saudi forces.

These moves coincided with news about #Saudi directives to its officers in the city to evacuate Tadaween camp, from which the confrontations are approaching. The western outskirts of #Marib city witnessed during the past hours violent battles

These field developments coincide with #Reuters news agency quoting on informed sources, confirming that #Saudi contacts with the Sultanate of #Oman, on pushing for a new round of negotiations with #Sanaa, in order to postpone the resolution of #Marib file

https://twitter.com/GhalebM0nz1i7/status/1408186686585065473

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For months, Houthis deploy waves after waves of militants in bid to capture Marib

The Houthi years long war on the government-held city of Marib is continuing unabated with no sign it will stop as the theocratic terrorist militia not caring how many people they sacrifice at all if that is to bring them any progress toward the city.

Military sources said on Thursday the militia "are pouring waves after waves of fighters in the hundreds and shelling Marib city with ballistic missiles in a demonstration of the militia's apparent stamina for an endless war."

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-47470

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[Hadi gov.] Yemeni minister says government has control of Marib

Yemen’s Information Minister said Marib was “invincible” and warned that Houthis who tried to enter would be arrested, state news agency Saba New reported on Wednesday.
Muammar Al-Eryani said Houthis are still recruiting children.
“The Houthi militia are again deploying thousands of their militants, including tribesmen and children recruited from the summer radicalization centers for suicide missions at all fronts

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1882426/middle-east

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37 fighters killed in raging battles in northeast Yemen

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25766.html

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Ongoing battles in Yemen's Marib kill 84: source

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-06/23/c_1310023993.htm

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[Sanaa gov.] Air defenses shoot down spy aircraft in Marib

The army's air defenses shot down on Tuesday a combat-spy aircraft of the Saudi-led aggression coalition in Marib province.

The army's spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Sarie confirmed, said in a statement, that a US-made "Scan Eagle" plane was shot down while it was carrying out hostile missions in the sky of Serwah district.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3144892.htm

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Dozens of Houthi militiamen killed in deadly trap western Marib

http://en.26sepnews.net/2021/06/22/dozens-of-houthi-militiamen-killed-in-deadly-trap-western-marib/

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Battle for Yemen's Marib leaves 90 fighters dead in two days: loyalists

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210622-battle-for-yemen-s-marib-leaves-90-fighters-dead-in-two-days-loyalists = https://www.rfi.fr/en/middle-east/20210622-battle-for-yemen-s-marib-leaves-90-fighters-dead-in-two-days-loyalists

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26 Houthi rebels killed in central Yemen

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/26-houthi-rebels-killed-in-central-yemen/2281311

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A father and daughter's grave marks the cost of Yemen's war

One tombstone stands out among the growing number of graves of war dead in the cemetery of the Yemeni city of Marib

Among the growing number of graves of the war dead in the cemetery of the Yemeni city of Marib, one tombstone stands out. It has two “martyrs” listed — a father and his young daughter.

Taher Farag and his 2-year-old Liyan were inseparable, their family say. So earlier this month, when Farag drove to the market to buy food for his wife to make lunch, he took Liyan with him.

Along the way, he stopped at a gas station in Marib’s Rawdah neighborhood to fill his tank. It was then, as they waited in line, that the ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels hit the station, followed by the blast of an explosives-laden drone. The gas station went up in a ball of flame, incinerating vehicles in line.

At least 21 people were killed, including Farag and his daughter, in the June 5 attack, according to Liz Throssell, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“The blast was strong, so strong. It sent me flying far,” said one worker at the station being treated at Marib’s main hospital. His right leg was broken, and he was burned over much of his body. He spoke on condition he not be named for the safety of family living in Houthi-held territory.

“We found shrapnel and remains of burned bodies. There were screams,” said Eissa Mohammed, who lives across the street.

Farag and Liyan’s bodies, charred beyond recognition, were found inside his burned-out taxi, hugging each other, officials and family said.

“So we buried them in the same grave,” said Farag’s younger brother, Ayed.

https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-middle-east-yemen-510b270340702d397fda0436a4260b82 = nhttps://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/father-daughters-grave-marks-cost-yemens-war-78505912

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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At least four civilians injured in renewed Saudi violations of Hodeidah ceasefire

At least four civilians, including children, were injured on Saturday, as a result of artillery shelling carried out by Saudi-led coalition forces on Hodeidah province, a security source said .

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/06/26/at-least-four-civilians-injured-in-renewed-saudi-violations-of-hodeidah-ceasefire/

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/06/26/at-least-four-civilians-injured-in-renewed-saudi-violations-of-hodeidah-ceasefire/

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjYjeYWxy0g

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Film: Nima is a housewife who lost her husband and two of her children to the explosion of Houthi mines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwVi6uWy69s

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Film: Al-Qaza in Al-Durayhimi..a village empty on its thrones due to the Houthi bombing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha_Yghm1sho

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Photos: 1980: A cultural band from #Yemen after performing @UN HQ in #NYC

https://twitter.com/BashaReport/status/1408533320892391428

My remark: Look at the women.

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In Yemen, football is also in ruins

Players killed, kidnapped or forced to change profession when they have not found a club abroad, stadiums destroyed, competitions at a standstill… The war that has raged in Yemen since 2014 has not spared the king of sport.

the best Yemeni players now play in the championships of various Arab countries, in Qatar, in the Sultanate of Oman, in Jordan or in Iraq.

Today, only the men's national team continues to train and participate in international competitions, but outside the country and using only players practicing abroad.

https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/conflit-au-yemen-le-football-aussi-est-en-ruine

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Photo: Ahjar village in al-Mahwait province.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1409357269884706816

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-747-yemen-war-mosaic-747

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-747 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-747:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

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

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

07:57 28.06.2021
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