Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 749b- Yemen War Mosaic 749b

Yemen Press Reader 749b: 5. Juli 2021: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 749, cp7 - cp19 / July 5, 2021: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 749, cp7 - cp19
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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 749, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 749, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

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




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Another UN Envoy For Yemen! Can The War End?

Yemenis have expressed hope for a deal to end the war, amid reports that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will name a new envoy to the country.

Politicians, rights activists and experts want the new envoy, tipped to be EU Ambassador to Yemen Hans Grundberg, to apply an inclusive approach for mediation between the warring parties.

Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi, Yemen’s former foreign minister, hailed the Swedish national as an experienced envoy with knowledge about the complications of the crisis as he had been working as a diplomat in the country for years.

A good knowledge of the region and its conflicts, a deep understanding of the Yemeni issue as ambassador to the country, and being aware of the obstacles and mistakes of previous envoys may help Grundberg get out of obstacles and failures, Al-Qirbi tweeted. He said the new envoy had to cooperate with regional forces to succeed in reaching an agreement that would end the war.

Activists said the envoy should focus on ending Houthi rights abuses and secure the release of hundreds of war prisoners.

“We strongly demand he personally pay attention to the issue of abducted and detained women in Houthi prisons and to provide them with psychological and legal support,” Amat Al-Salam Al-Hajj, chair of the Mothers of Abductees Association, an umbrella organization for thousands of female relatives of war prisoners, told Arab News.


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Houthis call for real peace, not new envoy

With war and blockade persisting, the UN new envoy for Yemen will make no difference, member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council tweeted on Saturday, calling on the international community to support real peace that would end the war.
The UN and its Security Council need to "change their policy from supporting the US-UK-Saudi-Emirati coalition and allies to supporting real peace," Mohamed Ali al-Houthi added hours after the UN Secretary-General appointed the fourth special envoy for Yemen.
"This is the first serious move. No new envoy can make difference.. as long as supporting the aggression and continuous blockade is their dominant course."

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Foreign Minister: We welcome all truthful endeavours to achieve peace in Yemen

Yemeni Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf said on Saturday that “Sana’a is open to all international and regional endeavours and efforts to end the aggression and lift the siege.”

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Political expert: Field developments in Yemen & dubious perspective of Peace Talks

According to the Director Yemen desk, at Mersaad think-tank, with the departure of Omani delegation to Sanaa, there was a promising perspective that war would stop, everybody was waiting for a serious incident in this respect. But with statements of political authorities of Haadi government, and also Sanaa government, it was clear that the talks would lead to nowhere.

An expert in Yemen developments, Ahmad Haji Sadeghian, pointed out the field and political developments in Yemen and also efforts of some countries like Oman to play intermediary role to settle the Yemeni crisis, he added: After Biden took office, the US increased her efforts to put an end to Yemeni crisis. He even appointed a special representative for Yemen affairs. They tried to proceed and to sort out the crisis by using international and regional mediators.
He said:” unfortunately, within the past month, the developments took a direction that we witnessed the efforts led to no result”. He added:” The Omani delegation headed by the Foreign Minister paid a visit to Sanaa and reached agreements with Ansarullah but the agreements led to no result.
The Yemeni expert quoted the Reuters report on the comments of two sources of Yemeni Ansarullah who had said the coalition of Saudi Arabia and Ansarullah were on the eve of peace agreement. He said in the meantime that in view of the status of political and field developments, it seems that Omani mediation was not acceptable by Saudis. For example, Mr. Hamed Aasem, a member of Ansarullah negotiating delegation in an interview with Al-Alam network said the talks led to no result. Ansarullah ceased Ma’areb operations for nearly 40 days in order to clarify the peace talk situation but the Coalition and Haadi government are not ready to agree.
Having quoted the Yemeni expert, the report published by Reuters was aiming at media publicity against Ansarullah in order not to mention the obstacles raised by the Coalition to put an end to Yemeni crisis, and to introduce Saudi Arabia Coalition as peace lover and Ansarullah as war mongers who oppose peace.

Saudi non-compliance to verbal promises

Haji Sadeghina added that:” In the course of the negotiations, Ansarullah was said that the airport is not allowed to reopen. Only al-Hodaideh port under the supervision of Saudi coalition and Al-Haadi government can be reopened. This was in contrast with the agreement between Omani delegation and Ansarullah in Sanaa, which caused Ansarullah to declare that negotiations led to no result.
Referring to Lebanese al-Akhbar daily report that Saudi Arabia did not keep verbal promises to Omani side about her agreement with separation of humane issues and other issues, he emphasized:” there is possibility that due to the recent field developments, activation of fronts and recent attacks of both sides during the recent days, we should wait for another round of spiraling tensions specially in Ma’areb front, Ansarullah missile and drone attacks against the positions of Saudi and the Coalition.

Saudis prevent Yemeni crisis

Haji Sadeghina underscored:” Saudis are not ready to accept Ansarullah as a part of future governance of Yemen, and that the group can remain in Yemen as a stabilized political and social power. From the other hand, they try in various cases to prevent their political and social advancement.
On the perspective of war in Yemen and status of peace agreements he said:” There is no perspective for peace and putting an end to war in short term, until and unless there are serious changes in general characteristics of political and field developments in Yemen, which seems unlikely to happen within the coming two to three months. Since the Yemeni dossier is directly connected to the national security of Saudi Arabia, it doesn’t seem likely that they will decide to withdraw from their positions. On the other side, since Ansarullah can not be given any guarantee for its future, it is not ready to withdraw.

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The UN SG @antonioguterres has selected the #Swedish Diplomat HANS GRUNDBERG, currently The EU Ambassador to #Yemen, as the next Special envoy to Yemen. We expect him to have informed the Gov.

The final 2 candidates competing for this unenviable post were Amb. Grundberg & the British well known and very well respected diplomat Sir Nicholas Kay who was heavily backed by the UK government for this post. The UK is the pen holder on Yemen at the Security Council

Before Amb Grundberg's position in Yemen since Sep 2019, held Diplo. posts in #Cairo, #Jerusalem as well as #Brussels where he chaired the #EU Gulf Working Group of the EU Council during Swedish EU-presidency of 2009. A career diplomat w/ conflict resolution as his primary focus

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Seven lessons for inclusive local governance and peacebuilding in Yemen

International support to local governance

These emerging lessons can help inform Yemeni policy makers thinking about local governance and international actors looking to mitigate the impact of conflict.

The Berghof Foundation and the Political Development Forum Yemen (PDF) have been working to address drivers of conflict at the governorate and district level in Yemen since 2017. Our work centres on supporting inclusive consultative committees that ensure a wide range of voices are heard in governorate-level decision-making, engage in mediation initiatives, and work to strengthen cooperation between local authorities and local civil society. These committees are currently active in Dhamar, Hadhramawt and al-Mahra, with an expansion of the model planned to Amran.

Support to the consultative committees is financed through the project ‘Strengthening inclusive local governance and peacebuilding in Yemen,’ which is implemented in close cooperation with a GIZ sister project that works with district-level authorities and the consultative committees to identify and implement urgent small infrastructure and service delivery projects. Both are financed by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The projects together were designed to pilot approaches to working with and complementing existing governorate- and district-level institutions in Yemen. They have been successful in safeguarding local state capacity, supporting delivery of urgently needed services without recourse to parallel structures, strengthening local capacities for conflict mediation, fostering local dialogue, and encouraging more inclusive decision-making.

In light of the positive impacts and dynamics emerging around the consultative committees, this article documents emerging lessons from the pilot project that can help inform Yemeni policy makers thinking about local governance issues and international actors looking to mitigate the impact of conflict and lay the foundations for peace. Few of these lessons will be surprising to practitioners who have engaged with the discussions on local governance and peacebuilding in conflict-affected contexts of the past decade. Yet, they bear repeating and highlighting in this specific context, where international actors risk repeating past mistakes.

Talk the talk – and walk the walk

In Yemen, there remains an urgent need for political discussion, dialogue, and exchange between different groups and parties. From a peacebuilding perspective, creating space for dialogue is essential for finding negotiated solutions and avoiding the entanglement of local disagreements with national-level violent conflict. From a local governance perspective, local dialogue supports social cohesion and can improve the responsiveness of local governance. Yet, while fora need to be created and maintained in order to be ready when opportunities arise, dialogue for dialogue’s sake is a recipe for frustration.

Dialogue formats that have aims beyond the talking and that offer participants concrete possibilities for action allow a focus on concrete problems and locally generated solutions. By focusing on issues of shared local concern, the project has supported local actors to bridge, rather than reinforce, conflict divides.

Work with the grain – and insist on inclusivity

The project was designed to complement and facilitate the work of existing formal and informal local governance structures. Consultative committees were drawn from local authorities, tribal structures, and civil society to facilitate discussions and information exchange between them.

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Feminist Peace Convening - @sanambna founder of @whatthewomensay "If anyone in the international community thinks civil society involvement in ceasefire monitoring is a fantasy, they need to move aside." #FeministPeaceYE #Yemen (texts in image)

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Houthi Says Yemeni People Reject Call for Peace with Those Killing Them

A senior Yemeni official reacted to the latest remarks by US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking about ongoing clashes in the country’s strategic central province of Ma’rib, emphasizing that Yemeni people dismiss the call for peace with parties that are targeting and killing them on a daily basis.

“Yemeni people hate siege, attacks by the Saudi-led coalition and their mercenaries, as well as the call for peace with aggressors who are killing them every day,” Mohammad Ali al-Houthi, a member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, wrote in a series of posts published on his Twitter page late on Thursday, presstv reported.

He added, “The United States is negotiating with and supporting Al-Qaeda and Daesh [Takfiri terrorist groups] worldwide. This is while it expresses concern over the Yemeni nation’s campaign and struggle against these terrorists.”

“The hatred for America will end as soon as its aggression stops, the siege is lifted and the occupation of Yemen halts. This is what the Leader of Ansarullah movement [Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi] has long been demanding,” Houthi pointed out.

“Why doesn’t the United States stop selling its weapons to those waging aggression against Yemen? The main reason is its insistence to prolong the war and occupy Yemen,” the senior Yemeni official noted.

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Red Cross confirms readiness to facilitate prisoner exchanges in Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed on Thursday its readiness to facilitate exchanging prisoners between the various parties in Yemen's years-long conflict.
During a press conference held in the country's southern port city of Aden, ICRC President Peter Maurer reaffirmed that his teams operating in Yemen's branches are still working to help those affected by the conflict.
He previously spoke with Yemen's Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik on the urgent humanitarian challenges in the Yemeni regions.
Maurer reiterated the "ICRC's readiness to continue facilitating any future detainee release operations between the parties to the conflict."

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Uneasy State of Play Awaits New UN Envoy in Yemen

The next envoy will be asked to find a quick path to peace where no obvious one exists, armed with little leverage for budging the emboldened and well-positioned Houthis.

With the announcement of a new UN special envoy to Yemen coming soon, peace seems as elusive as ever.

Omani action and international political will are not the only factors that have changed in the past year. The overall context in Yemen has shifted—the Houthis ramped up their fight in Marib and increased their missile and drone attacks on Saudi territory; Riyadh offered public concessions to end the war; and the United States appointed a new special envoy of its own to rally regional support for a solution. Meanwhile, the country’s various anti-Houthi forces remained split by internal squabbles and unable to unite politically or militarily against their common enemy.

The ramp-up in activity around Marib is largely what catalyzed the international community to sue for peace

Despite these developments, many Yemenis believe that the Houthis are uninterested in making a deal even with Omani pressure. Others hypothesize that the Houthis are using delay tactics so that their sponsor, Iran, can play Yemen as a card in the ongoing Vienna nuclear talks. This camp argues that reaching an agreement at the current stage would merely solidify the group’s military gains into political gains. Instead, they believe anti-Houthi forces should close ranks and push the rebels out of Marib. Yet the ongoing disunity among those forces means that only some of their military units are near the Marib front and willing to carry out such a campaign

My comment: From an Usneocon thinktank. The main blockade to any UN peace attempt is not even mentioned here: UN Security Council resolution 2216 grpm 2015, claiming the Houthis must surrender. As long as there is no other resolution, they are forced to continue fighting.

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Film: #TRTWorldForum's #DigitalDebates hosted @Dr_E_Kendall, Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Pembroke College, @UniofOxford, to discuss Yemen’s civil war and the current humanitarian crisis with a focus the major challenges facing humanitarian organisations.

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Escalations in Yemen: A new flare thrashing out an imminent peace deal

A Gulf source close to decision-making circles downplayed the chances of a breakthrough via the political route. He acknowledged the UN and American involvement in consultation with Saudi Arabia, but cast doubt on the prospect of Omani mediation efforts bearing fruit, accusing the Houthi rebels of reneging on promises. The present Omani role is different from the role Oman played seven years ago helping the US and Iran to reach the nuclear deal. He noted that at the time there was no war between Washington and Tehran, and neither had border proximity to the Sultanate. Those were talks between two states, what is more, while present talks involve a militia that is a proxy for Iran.

Asked by the Weekly if the issue is Saudi Arabia agreeing to direct dialogue with the Houthis, the source reiterated that Saudi Arabia and the Arab Coalition would recognise Houthi as part of the Yemeni landscape and would definitely be a party of any peaceful settlement. But he stressed that “so far, it is up to the Yemeni factions including the Houthis to come up together and reach a political reconciliation” towards a lasting peaceful solution. “Unless the rebel militia lays down arms and accepts the political track it will be futile to engage with them. The coalition does not want to continue with the war, but Iran is encouraging their proxy to keep the fire on.”

What is clear is that all parties are wary of the prolonged military conflict with its disastrous humanitarian consequences. Yet it seems every party is trying hard to improve its bargaining position in any upcoming negotiations by scoring advances on the ground. How long this manoeuvring will continue is not clear. In the course of it, millions of Yemenis continue to suffer.

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International, regional support for Saudi effort to end conflict in Yemen

The UN welcomed on Monday Saudi Arabia’s new peace initiative to end the war in Yemen.
The proposals align with the world body’s own efforts, Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said.

“There’s no doubt that every effort must be made to end the conflict in Yemen and address the suffering of the Yemeni people and the UN looks forward to continue working with all the parties to achieve this goal,” he said.

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Spoiled Aid in Yemen & UN silence

The World Food Programme (WFP) provides spoiled food continuously and in insufficient quantities in all provinces in Yemen, forcing poor families to sell the food basket in exchange for a simple healthy food.

Nearly 10 million people across Yemen remain “just a step away from famine.

There are enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month has sat unused and possibly spoiling in silos at the mills and that's because Hadi's government and silence of the United Nations.

In a statement on the depot, known as the Red Sea Mills. "No-one gains anything from this, but millions of starving people suffer".

The World Food Programme (WFP) alone, has 51,000 metric tons of wheat stored there, a quarter of its in-country wheat stock and enough to feed 3.7 million people for a month. WFP has been unable to access the Mills since September 2018 because of fighting.

Access to the mills grows progressively more urgent as the longer they remain inaccessible, and the risk of grain spoilage is growing each day.

The WFP tried to bring large quantities of spoiled flour into Yemen, under the justification of disbursing it as aid to the Yemeni people.

The organizations are politicizing humanitarian aid and trying to exploit and pressure to pass agendas and achieve advantages that they were unable to achieve by military force, in addition to using starvation and siege as a means of war with UN cover and silence.

They also play suspicious intelligence roles in favor of international powers. Espionage or intelligence work sometimes does not stop at mere information gathering, but rather goes beyond that to sow division and rivalry among Yemenis.

As well as, there are some international organizations that do not adhere to standards and specifications with regard to purchase, production date, expiry, transportation and storage methods, according to technical, health and humanitarian requirements.

The corruption of organizations stands behind international corruption that seeks to exploit the needs of the victims and achieve harm to those targeted by them in exchange for imaginary financial gains and profits.

My remark: By the Houthi side.

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‘Bitter pill to swallow’: Saudis grapple with Yemen peace deal

A peace deal may be close to being clinched, reports say, as Oman seeks direct talks between Houthis and Saudi Arabia.

Oman, long perceived as a neutral party in the Middle East, has spent the past few weeks attempting to get Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Houthi rebels to the negotiating table.

The aim is ambitious – to end the war in Yemen, or at least Riyadh’s involvement in it

If reports are to be believed, the mediators may be close to success, and Saudi Arabia and the Iran-allied Houthis are “thrashing out terms for a peace deal”. Yet, despite Omani attempts, that may be wishful thinking.

“The good news is that there is clearly more focus on direct negotiations with the Houthi leadership in Sanaa,” Peter Salisbury, the International Crisis Group’s senior Yemen analyst, told Al Jazeera.

“The bad news is that this hasn’t yet closed the gap between the Houthis’ and the Saudis’ positions. Until that happens, we won’t see much movement.”

The positions of both sides have moved little since a Saudi offer of a nationwide ceasefire in Yemen was rejected by the Houthis in March.

The Houthis say elements of that offer, such as the reopening of Sanaa’s airport and unhindered access to Hodeidah port, where the majority of Yemen’s food is imported, should be unconditional.

“After that, we will discuss a comprehensive ceasefire which should be a real halt of hostilities, not a fragile truce, and that would include the exit of foreign powers from Yemen to facilitate political negotiations,” Mohammed Abdulsalam, the Houthi spokesman, told Reuters news agency on June 21.

Those terms are difficult for the Saudis to accept, and despite six years of a costly war that have brought little success, Riyadh is unlikely to be willing to abandon Yemen with few guarantees over its own security, and with an ally of its greatest regional adversary, Iran, entrenched on its southern border.

“Until now the Saudis have wanted iron-clad guarantees on border security and Iranian influence in Yemen, and have wanted to have an ally play an influential role in politics going forward,” said Salisbury.

“That position may have moderated a bit, but ending the war with only, say, a deal on the border and nothing else, would be a bitter pill to swallow.”

For their part, the Houthis believe the balance of power has shifted, and they have the upper hand militarily.

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While Yemeni IDPs starve, the UNDP announced a tender to procure food for the dogs of its employees./Aden Alghad

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Ansarullah: USA haben keine Maßnahmen ergriffen, um Frieden im Jemen herzustellen

Der Vorsitzende des Obersten Politischen Rates im Jemen sagte, dass die US-Verantwortlichen bisher keine Maßnahmen ergriffen hätten, um Frieden im Jemen herzustellen, und dass ihre Äußerungen nur für die Medien bestimmt seien.

"Wir haben bis heute keinen wirklichen Schritt der USA für den Frieden im Jemen gesehen", sagte Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, der Vorsitzende des Obersten Politischen Rates im Jemen, am Montag laut dem Sender Al-Manar.

"Es sind die Vereinigten Staaten, die das jemenitische Volk angreifen und Teile des Jemen mit ihren Werkzeugen in der Region besetzen", sagte er und betonte: "Die US-Regierung kann ihre Ernsthaftigkeit für den Frieden im Jemen beweisen, indem sie die Angriffe stoppt, die Blockade durchbricht, und Lebensmittel, Medikamente und Treibstoff ins Land importiert"

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Mohammed al-Houthi: US statements about peace are just for show

Member of the Supreme Political Council in Sana’a, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, said on Monday that the statements of US officials regarding peace in Yemen are only for “media consumption”, without any realistic field steps.

Al-Houthi pointed out in a press statement Monday, that it is the US “who wages war on the Yemeni people, continues to bomb them with planes, imposes a siege on them, and occupies parts of Yemen through its tools in the region.”

“The US administration can prove its seriousness about peace by stopping the raids and lifting the blockade on imports of food, medicine and fuel,” he added.

and also

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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Disturbing news that Dr. Abdulaziz AlDhakee, one of our country's leading economists, who has been in #Saudi Clan prison since last year has died behind bars. Let's hope these news are not correct. We had asked @StateDept for help months ago. He was a visiting prof @Georgetown

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Saudi deputy defense minister in Washington for ending Yemen war

The Saudi deputy defense minister will visit the United States next week, US officials said Friday.

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Saudi bans citizens from travel to Ethiopia, UAE, Vietnam without prior permission

audi Arabia has announced it will be barring its citizens from direct or indirect travel to the UAE ,Ethiopia, and Vietnam without obtaining prior permission, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s interior ministry.

An official source in the Ministry of Interior said tha the government took the decision out of its concern regarding the safety of citizens wishing to travel abroad in light of the continuing outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the spread of a new mutated strain of COVID-19.

and by SPA:


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Leading #Yemeni source says #Saudi blocked its citizens from #UAE in response to #UAE undermining Saudi #OPEC production cut. Interesting if true

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Exclusive-New Saudi airline plan takes aim at Emirates, Qatar Airways

Saudi Arabia plans to target international transit passenger traffic with its new national airline, going head-to-head with Gulf giants Emirates and Qatar Airways and opening up a new front in simmering regional competition.

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Photo: This box of dates was $5.30 two years ago, mow it’s $18.60 thanks to #MBS disastrous rule. #Saudi is a leading date producer. Dates are a national staple.

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Reports that #Saudi Clan #FM @FaisalbinFarhan refused repeated attempts by @SecBlinken to meet #Israel hardline #FM @yairlapid during #G20 meetings

referring to

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Film: Jailed activist Adel AlGhemgham is released from #Saudi Clan prison & torture after 10 years for protesting. Adel receives a hero’s welcome.

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Saudi Arabia plans new national airline as it diversifies from oil

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced plans on Tuesday to launch a second national airline as part of a broader strategy to turn the kingdom into a global logistics hub as it seeks to diversify from oil.

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20 people their death was related to the conditions of #KSA prisons, whether they die inside, or after their release. Some had body bruises or died after release due to health deterioration.

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MBS, Saudi ‘reform’ exposed by execution of teenage protester

Biden should know that Democratic values can’t be advanced by turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the persecution of peaceful activists.

The Biden administration has also indicated through its own actions that it would prioritize preserving the bilateral relationship over holding the Saudis accountable for “murdering innocent people.” It now appears that the country’s de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, or MbS, has concluded that Biden’s tough campaign talk on recalibrating relations as just that — talk.

Indeed, the Saudi government appears to have returned to “business as usual” with respect to its egregious human rights record, most recently by executing Mustafa al-Darwish for “crimes” he allegedly committed as a minor.

While Psaki and the Biden administration hope that they have prevented MbS from ordering another assassination as brazen as Khashoggi’s, they seem to have sent MbS the signal that he has much room to maneuver within these newly negotiated redlines.

That is a terrifying prospect. The regime’s abuses include extra-judicial killings and executions of political dissidents, including those accused of committing alleged “crimes” as minors in violation of both international law and a recent Saudi royal decree .

A return to “business as usual” in Washington also includes continuing U.S. assistance to Saudi security forces, such as four members of the Saudi hit team that killed Khashoggi who were trained in a State Department-supported program in the U.S. in 2017, as the New York Times reported this week.

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Freed women rights leaders #SamarBadawi & #anaseemaAlSadah are banned from leaving #Saudi controlled #Arabia, working for a living & on human rights.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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Very important move by Biden Admin. So apparently, the meeting a few days ago bet. VADM Cooper of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and a Yemeni high-ranking official,VP @alimohsnalahmar, for the first time was about this (text in image)

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Biden: End the unlawful program of lethal strikes outside any recognized battlefield

Dear President Biden,

We, the undersigned organizations, focus variously on human rights, civil rights and civil liberties, racial, social, and environmental justice, humanitarian approaches to foreign policy, faith-based initiatives, peacebuilding, government accountability, veterans’ issues, and the protection of civilians. We write to demand an end to the unlawful program of lethal strikes outside any recognized battlefield, including through the use of drones. This program is a centerpiece of the United States’ forever wars and has exacted an appalling toll on Muslim, Brown, and Black communities in multiple parts of the world. Your administration’s current review of this program, and the approaching 20th anniversary of 9/11, is an opportunity to abandon this war-based approach and chart a new path forward that promotes and respects our collective human security.

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U.S. Seizing News Websites From Other Countries!

“When did someone get to sanction the United States for murdering all those people in Libya? When does someone get to sanction the United States for murdering all those people in iraq? When does someone get to sanction the United States for all those people we murdered in Syria? When does someone get to sanction the United States for funding Isis, Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda in Syria? When does someone get to sanction us? We dropped 27,000 bombs on Syria, we ran out of bombs, but all of those bombs were illegal. When does someone get to sanction us? But we’re sanctioning Iran…”

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Film: Dollars and Decadence: Making Sense of the US-UAE Relationship

The relationship between the United States and the United Arab Emirates is of profound consequence for the world. If once a peripheral player in the minds of many inside the Beltway, during the past decade, Abu Dhabi in particular has managed to turn itself into a veritable force within Washington's influence trade, and to elevate itself into a privileged strategic and economic partner of the United States. Such achievements have unfortunately come at grave cost to the communities and countries falling within the UAE's orbit. Though forced to adopt a less overtly interventionist posture in the post-Trump period, Abu Dhabi's royals have, after all, long represented one of the most active and ubiquitous counterrevolutionary forces in the Middle East and North Africa. Despite the changing of the guard at the White House this past January as well as recent revisions to the United States' outlook on Libya and Yemen, moreover, they continue to leverage their financial, military, and diplomatic power in theaters stretching from Sudan to Iraq, doing so in each instance in order to oppose those struggling for political, social, and economic emancipation. How can we understand the United States' outlook on the UAE and its regional designs? Why has Washington alternatively cosigned, facilitated, or acquiesced to Abu Dhabi's efforts? What does the US-UAE relationship mean for people throughout the MENA region?

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Außenministerium sagt, die USA seien „entsetzt“ über die Houthi-Offensive im Jemen

Trotz der Unterstützung der von den Saudis angeführten Koalition im Jemen, die eine Geschichte der Bombardierung von Zivilisten hat und aktiv das Land inmitten einer Massenverhungerung blockiert, sind die USA „entsetzt“ über die Houthi-Offensive auf die jemenitische Stadt Maarib, sagte das Außenministerium am Freitag.

Auf die Frage, ob die USA „die Nase voll“ von den Houthis hätten, sagte der Sprecher des Außenministeriums, Ned Price: „Die Antwort darauf ist ja. Wir sind mehr als genervt. Wir sind entsetzt über die wiederholten Angriffe auf Maarib.“

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State Dept says US is horrified by Houthi attacks in Yemen

The US State Department is “beyond fed up” with Houthi attacks in Yemen, spokesperson Ned Price told a press briefing on Thursday, adding that the assaults were exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the country.


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NAVCENT Commander Discusses Maritime Security with Yemen Vice President, GCC Secretary General, and Saudi Arabian Military Leaders

Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 30 - July 1, and discussed maritime security during separate meetings with regional leaders.

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Houthi offensive in Marib is exacerbating Yemen’s humanitarian crisis: US State Dept.

The Houthi offensive in Marib is exacerbating Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, the US State Department said on Wednesday, adding the latest reports of children killed by Houthi attacks on the city demonstrate the dire threat to civilians.
“We strongly condemn the Houthi missile attack on a residential neighborhood in Mraib today that caused civilian casualties, including a child,” Charge d’Affaires at the US embassy in Yemen Cathy Westley said.

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Film: A must watch from journalist: #Zuhair_Kutubi who remains #Saudi Clan prison for years

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Nothing Much to Do: Why America Can Bring All Troops Home From the Middle East

Executive Summary

U.S. interests in the Middle East are often defined expansively, contributing to an overinflation of the perceived need for a large U.S. military footprint. While justifications like countering terrorism, defending Israel, preventing nuclear proliferation, preserving stability, and protecting human rights deserve consideration, none merit the current level of U.S. troops in the region; in some cases, the presence of the U.S. military actually undermines these concerns.

Quincy Institute paper No. 2 asserted that the core U.S. interests in the Middle East are protecting the United States from attack and facilitating the free flow of global commerce. These interests generate the following two primary objectives for the U.S. military in the Middle East: to prevent the establishment of a regional hegemon and to protect the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz.

The United States has no compelling military need to keep a permanent troop presence in the Middle East.

This raises the following questions: Does any country in the Middle East have the capability to achieve either of these objectives, or is any country within near-term striking distance of having such capability? What actions would the U.S. military need to take to tip the balance of capabilities against an adversary seeking either regional hegemony or to close the Strait?

Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Turkey could vie for Middle East hegemony…

The four possible contenders for regional hegemony are Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. To achieve the status of military hegemon, one of these states would have to have the capacity to knock out at least two of the others. To achieve this would require their army to possess at least five core capabilities: 1) logistics capacity to supply an advancing army; 2) ability to defend moving troops; 3) ability to respond to unforeseen circumstances; 4) ability to execute complex combined arms maneuvers on the offensive; and 5) ability to maintain control of captured territory.

… but none of them would succeed

None of the four potential contenders in the Middle East has the requisite capabilities, and none has the plausible potential to rapidly acquire these capabilities in a way that would give it a relative advantage over its opponents.

… nor can they close the Strait of Hormuz

Completely blocking the exit from the Persian Gulf would be a difficult task for any Middle Eastern military: An attacker would need to routinely hit and disable approximately 10 oil tankers each day, requiring multiple successful strikes per ship, firing roughly 50 missiles per day. The attacker would have to keep its forces alive and operational in the face of defenders’ efforts to prevent the attacks. Iran is the state that has threatened to close the Strait, yet it lacks the military capacity necessary to do so. Perhaps the greatest contribution that the United States could make to the continuing safe transit of oil through the Strait of Hormuz is to step back from the brink of conflict with Iran.

Russia and China aren’t so foolish as to repeat our mistakes

Despite alarmism about the possibility of Russia or China making a bid for regional hegemony in the Middle East, neither has undertaken a concerted effort to do so. Russia’s presence in Syria is long-standing, and in general, Russia appears motivated to expand its role as a regional mediator; China is primarily interested in expanding its economic ties to the region. Both have observed U.S. military misadventures in the region, and neither appears eager to repeat America’s mistakes. Most importantly, neither has the capability to overcome the obstacles that made U.S. military operations in the region so difficult and costly — nor to potentially achieve a more expansive aim than the United States ever tried to achieve, namely establishing regional hegemony.

Fewer arms sales would help sustain the existing multipolar balance

To help protect the existing multipolar balance of power in the region, the United States should reduce arms sales, or at least prioritize the sale of defensive capacities, and offer strategic intelligence to all regional players, so any potential troop build up will be known in advance. If the United States needed to fight a war, it has the air and naval power to do so without peacetime presence or operations on the ground.

With our interests safe, Americans can return home

Given the extreme difficulties faced either by a would-be regional hegemon or an attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz, the United States has no compelling military need to keep a permanent troop presence in the Middle East. It should be the medium- to long-term objective of the United States to align its military presence with its strategic interests in the Middle East, beginning a responsible and timely drawdown of U.S. forces in the region now.

and also

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Saudi intel chief who saved U.S. lives was detained, allegedly mistreated by Saudi government

"The Trump White House did nothing — absolutely nothing — to help him," said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer.

The Biden administration is under increasing pressure to help a former Saudi intelligence chief credited with saving American lives who was initially detained by the Saudi government during the Trump administration. Two sources familiar with the matter allege he was physically abused to the point he is unable to walk unassisted.

Mohammed bin Nayef, 61, was Saudi Arabia's interior minister and a close partner of American intelligence agencies in the fight against al Qaeda after 9/11. Having survived four assassination attempts by terrorists, he was arrested in March 2020 by Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman as the de facto Saudi leader, also known as MBS, moved to consolidate power and sideline rivals.

Former U.S. intelligence officials who worked with bin Nayef are furious that the Trump administration did not appear to come to his aid, and they say President Joe Biden should be doing more.

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

Siehe / Look at cp9

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Cargo Ship, Recently Israeli-Led, Is Struck in High Seas Encounter

The attack, which did little if any damage, appeared to be the latest act in the shadow war between Iran and Israel.

The ship, which had been owned till not too long ago by Zodiac Maritime, a London-based company led by the Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, was believed to have come underneath assault by an Iranian drone or naval commandos, stated an Israeli nationwide safety official, talking on situation of anonymity to debate nationwide safety issues. The ship sustained minor harm, the official stated. There had been no accidents.

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Wie der Iran seine Macht ausbaut

„Teheran betreibt eine sehr kluge Bündnispolitik“

Worauf gründet Irans Stärke? Ein Gespräch mit Guido Steinberg über Machtstreben, treue Milizen, eine Achse des Widerstands und politische Lügen.

Herr Steinberg, wie mächtig ist der Iran?
Das Land steht kurz vor einer Hegemonie im Nahen Osten.

Teheran übt maßgeblichen Einfluss in vier Staaten aus: Syrien, Irak, Libanon und Jemen. Und die Islamische Republik hat es geschafft, Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Emiraten als Gegnern klar zu machen, wie verwundbar sie sind. Gäbe es nicht die US-Präsenz im Irak und die ständigen Angriffe der Israelis auf iranische Ziele etwa in Syrien – Teheran wäre in einer noch stärkeren Position.

Sie schicken sowohl eigene militärische Kontingente als auch loyale Milizen nach Syrien, um eine eigene Machtbasis dort aufzubauen. Später folgen ähnliche Schritte im Irak und im Jemen.

Gerade im Jemen zeigt sich, wie geschickt die Iraner agieren: Sie statten die aufständischen Huthis so gut mit Marschflugkörpern, Raketen, Drohnen und militärischem Know-how aus, dass sie im Krieg gegen Saudi-Arabien und die Emirate inzwischen die Oberhand gewonnen haben.

Der Iran nennt sein Bündnis aus Milizen, Terrorgruppen und Persönlichkeiten die „Achse des Widerstands“. Was ist damit gemeint?
Widerstand ist ein zentraler Begriff in der Ideologie der Islamischen Republik und ihrer Verbündeten. Dieser Widerstand gilt in erster Linie zwei Feinden. Da ist zum einen der amerikanische Imperialismus. Das Ziel lautet, die USA aus dem Nahen Osten zu vertreiben.

Zum anderen richtet sich der Widerstand gegen Israel.

Mein Kommentar: Die Frage, was der „Westen“ dort überhaupt zu suchen hat, wird nicht einmal gestellt. Dieses Interview sollte sicher die folgende Schrift flankieren:

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Die »Achse des Widerstands«

Irans Expansion im Nahen Osten stößt an Grenzen

Die Islamische Republik Iran hat ihren Einfluss im Nahen Osten seit 2011 stark ausgeweitet. Doch hat diese Expansion ihren Höhepunkt schon 2018 erreicht. Seitdem tritt sie in eine neue Phase, in der Teheran zwar keine strategischen militärischen Rückschläge erlebt, aber an Grenzen stößt.

Das größte grundsätzliche Problem Irans ist, dass seine Verbündeten im Libanon, Syrien, Irak und Jemen mehrheitlich und in erster Linie militärische und terroristische Akteure sind. Es gelingt ihnen zwar häufig, in bewaffneten Auseinandersetzungen Erfolge zu erzielen. Doch erweisen sie sich anschließend als unfähig, für politische und wirtschaftliche Stabilität zu sorgen.

Die beste Option für die deutsche und die europäische Politik ist die einer Eindämmungsstrategie, deren langfristiges Ziel das Ende der iranischen Expansion in den vier genannten Ländern ist, die aber kurzfristig auf der Einsicht beruht, dass Teheran und seine alliierten Akteure in einer starken Position sind.

Ein Bestandteil einer Eindämmungsstrategie wäre eine möglichst weitgehende Isolierung und Sanktionierung der bewaffneten Kooperationspartner Irans. Hierzu gehört die Aufnahme der libanesischen Hisbollah, der Hisbollah-Bataillone, der Asa’ib Ahl al-Haqq und weiterer iranloyaler Milizen und ihres Führungspersonals auf alle relevanten Terrorismuslisten.

Es sollte überlegt werden, ob iranische Institutionen und Akteure, die an der Expansionspolitik im Nahen Osten beteiligt sind, ebenfalls als terroristisch gelistet werden müssen. Die enge Bindung des Quds-Korps – das für Irans Politik gegenüber den arabischen Nachbarn federführend ist – an unzweifelhaft terroristische Organisationen wie die libanesische Hisbollah legt einen solchen Schritt nahe.

Voller Text:

Mein Kommentar: Und wieder soll sich die EU hier massiv einmischen; die Frage, was sie dort überhaupt zu suchen hat, wird gar nicht gestellt. Soll sich der Iran im Gegenzug in der EU einmischen? Deutlich wird hier auch, dass die Einstufung betr. Gruppierungen als „Terroristen“ nichts mit Terrorismus zu tun hat, sondern allein Mittel zu einem ganz anderen Zweck, nämlich der „Eindämmung“ des Iran sein soll. Was die EU schlichweg nichts angeht.

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A Thoroughly Misleading Article on Iran and the Nuclear Deal

It is terrible coverage of an important issue, and it serves to distort the Iran policy debate even more than it already is.

A new article on Biden and Iran in The New York Times this week typifies the serious flaws in a lot of American reporting about Iran and related issues. David Sanger frames Biden’s approach to Iran as a “balancing act” between sometimes bombing Iranian-backed Iraqi militias and negotiating over the U.S. return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The two issues are “deeply intertwined,” Sanger informs us, but he doesn’t talk about the thing that actually links them, which is the ongoing economic war against Iran that Biden has continued. The only reference to sanctions in the entire article is a passing mention of sanctions imposed on the incoming Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi.

There are several points where the article presents the reader with false or misleading information, and there are several places where important context is left out. Sanger refers to Iran’s “march toward the capacity to build a nuclear weapon,” but there is no such march. To the extent that Iran has increased enrichment, it has done so to protest the sanctions imposed on them by Trump and kept in place by Biden. If the U.S. would rescind these sanctions, Iran would resume complying with the agreement as they had done for the first three and a half years since implementation started. He describes this “march” as being “in part an effort to demonstrate that Tehran is a force to be reckoned with in the Middle East and beyond,” but the Iranian government had accepted extensive restrictions on its nuclear program and intrusive inspections to verify compliance just a few years ago. Whatever effort Iran might be making to show that it is a “force to be reckoned with,” it decided that building up its nuclear program was no longer a necessary part of that. The problem is that the U.S. under Trump refused to take yes for an answer and insisted on a raft of new demands that Iran was never going to accept.

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Israel and the Persian Gulf: A Source of Security or Conflict?

Executive Summary

In the current geopolitical context, the Abraham Accords, which normalized Israel’s relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain during the final months of the Trump administration, could prove destabilizing by lowering the bar for Israeli military action against Iran.1

The destabilizing potential of the Abraham Accords will increase if talks to revive the Iran nuclear agreement collapse. This, in turn, suggests that revival of the accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, remains important for U.S. security and regional stability.

By securing the JCPOA and supporting diplomacy between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the U.S. maximizes the viability and utility of the Abraham Accords as well as their compatibility with a new and more inclusive regional security architecture. But supporting only the Abraham Accords without reentering the JCPOA and encouraging multilateral dialogue among the Arab Gulf states and Iran could transform the accords from a potential strategic asset to a liability.

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Iran Diplomacy Nerves Fray as Atomic Talks Run Into Summer

Diplomats negotiating for months over Iran’s nuclear program now face the prospect of new delays and rising risk that they’ll fail to resurrect a landmark deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.

Envoys won’t reconvene as planned this week in Vienna and aren’t sure when a seventh round of diplomacy will be scheduled, according to four officials who asked not to be identified discussing the talks. Negotiations are being closely watched by energy markets because of the potential flood of Iranian oil that would be unleashed by a return to the agreement, which capped the Persian Gulf country’s nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief and unraveled with the Trump administration’s 2018 exit.

European and U.S. diplomats originally sought to restore the accord before this month’s Iranian presidential elections, won by hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who’s widely seen as less willing to compromise with the West. The European Union’s deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora twice predicted an imminent conclusion to the talks only to be stymied by the refusal of Iran and the U.S. to budge from their positions.

The mood among nuclear inspectors at the International Atomic Energy Agency has similarly soured, according to two other officials. A temporary monitoring pact between Iran and IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi is closer to failure than extension, potentially complicating talks even further by eliminating information needed to verify Iran’s baseline nuclear capacity.

“There are some very significant differences that remain,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday in Rome. “I can’t tell you whether we’ll succeed in overcoming these differences.”

Chief sticking points are orchestrating the sequence of a U.S. return to the July 14, 2015 accord and renewed Iranian compliance, along with the Treasury Department’s dense web of sanctions, according to the officials. Confidential settlements between the U.S. and multinational corporations previously found in violation of broader Iran sanctions are a further complication because they threaten to undermine Iranian access to markets even if an agreement is struck.

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US and Iran show no move to put nuclear deal back on track

The United Nations, European Union and many Security Council members urged the United States and Iran on Wednesday to quickly put the 2015 nuclear deal aimed at reining in Tehran’s nuclear program back on track, but neither side showed any sign of movement toward an agreement.

During six rounds of talks in Vienna, the six countries that remain parties to the agreement -- Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain and Iran -- have been trying to resolve major outstanding issues on how the United States can rejoin. Then-President Donald Trump pulled out of the agreement in 2018, but President Joe Biden repudiated his predecessor and said the U.S. wants to return to the pact.

After the latest Vienna talks June 20, the EU official who coordinated the meeting, Enrique Mora, told reporters: “We are closer to a deal, but we are not there.” Top Russian representative Mikhail Ukyanov said that “the time has come for political decisions” ahead of what is supposed to be a final round of negotiations.

But in the Security Council on Wednesday, diplomats from Iran and the United States took tough stands, giving no hint of compromise during a meeting on implementation of the 2015 council resolution that endorsed the nuclear agreement.

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Sperrung der Webseiten der Widerstandsbewegung ist ein Beweis für Verletzung der Meinungsfreiheit

Der Generalsekretär der Iranischen Islamischen Radio- und Fernsehunion (IRTVU) sagte auf der 10. Generalversammlung der Union: „Die Sperrung von Nachrichtenseiten der Widerstandsbewegung und Beschlagnahme der Websites, die mit der iranischen islamischen Radio- und Fernsehunion (IRTVU) verbunden sind, dient als Beweis für die Verletzung der Meinungsfreiheit. Solche irrationalen und emotionalen Aktionen können den Niedergang der Amerikaner nicht aufhalten.“

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Iran: No decision on camera deal with UN nuclear inspectors

Iran has not made a decision yet about whether to extend an agreement with the U.N. atomic watchdog over access to surveillance footage at its nuclear sites, the country’s foreign ministry said Monday.

The remarks by Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh come after a three-month deal between Tehran and international nuclear inspectors to preserve video data at the country’s atomic installations expired last week, following a one-month extension.

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Jimmy Carter and the Second Yemenite War: A Smaller Shock of 1979?

Benjamin V. Allison takes an inside look into the Carter administration's policy toward the Second Yemenite War in 1979 and the establishment of the Carter Doctrine.

On March 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed Presidential Determination 79–6, approving the sale of aircraft, tanks, and armored personnel carriers to the Yemen Arab Republic (YAR, aka North Yemen); the same day, he ordered the aircraft carrier USS Constellation to the Gulf of Aden, off the Yemeni coast. The arms sale, according to the determination, was “in the national security interests of the United States.”

Carter’s decision came in response to a crisis on the Arabian Peninsula. The YAR and its communist neighbor, the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY, aka South Yemen), had clashed in a border conflict that resulted in a South Yemeni invasion of North Yemen, raising concerns about the security of the United States’ important regional partner, Saudi Arabia. With the ongoing Egyptian-Israeli peace process entering its crucial final stage, mounting concerns about the encroachment of the Soviets and their friends in the region, and the fall of the pro-American Pahlavi regime in Iran, American power and credibility in the Greater Middle East was quickly slipping.

Washington recognized that it needed to “use some muscle,” as Vice President Walter Mondale put it, to reassure regional partners of American steadfastness. As a result, the Carter administration took its most aggressive action in the region to that point, making the Second Yemenite War, as it came to be known, a turning point in both the region’s history and in American policy toward the Middle East.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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UK sold more than $20bn in weapons to countries slammed over human rights

Between 2011-2020, the UK sold military equipment to 39 countries castigated over their poor record on human rights, The Guardian reports

The UK sold arms and military equipment to dozens of countries that have been criticised for their record on human rights and civil liberties, according to a new report.

According to Freedom House, a US government-funded human rights group, between 2011 and 2020 the UK licensed £16.8bn ($23.32bn) in arms to 39 countries castigated over their poor record on human rights, The Guardian reported on Sunday.

The London-based Campaign Against Arms Trade (Caat) also found that during the same period, £11.8bn ($16.38bn) of arms had been authorised by the British government to countries on the Foreign Office's own list of repressive regimes.

The British Department for International Trade has identified nine countries, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, as "core markets" for arms exports despite rights groups saying they are guilty of serious human rights abuses.

"These arms sales are not just numbers, they have consequences," Andrew Smith, of the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (Caat), told Middle East Eye on Monday.

"As long as arms company profits are put ahead of human rights, then these atrocities and abuses will continue unabated.

"The UK government is always telling us about the important role that it plays on the world stage, which is precisely why these arms sales need to stop."

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British ambassador to Yemen admits UK troops are taking part in occupation of eastern Yemen

The UK ambassador to Yemen, Michael Aron, has on Tuesday confirmed that his country has deployed troops in Saudi-occupied areas in eastern Yemen, in a clear recognition of his country’s direct involvement in the six-year war, Yemen News Portal reported.

Aron pointed out during a TV statement that his country has military units in the province of Mahrah, one of the most prominent strategic sites in eastern Yemen.

He justified the British military presence by calling it “counterterrorism” although Mahrah is known to have never been the scene of terrorist groups except those resettled by the coalition on the Omani border as part of their long-term presence plan in the province, which Saudi Arabia is seeking to turn into a gateway to export Saudi oil through the Arabian Sea.

The United Kingdom recently redeployed military units along Yemen’s southern and eastern coasts, as part of a repositioning of troops following its plans tp withdraw from Afghanistan alongside the United States.

The admission by the ambassador, who in earlier statements confirmed that British experts are running Hadi’s government through the Prime Minister’s office and the Central Bank, reveals a new aspect of the international dimensions related to the occupation of Yemen’s strategic areas by the Saudi-led invasion force since 2015

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Jemen [Hadi-Regierung] fordert von Deutschland Druck auf den Iran

Der Außenminister des Jemens fordert von Deutschland, Druck auf den Iran auszuüben, um ein Ende des Bürgerkriegs in seinem Land herbeizuführen. Der Iran gilt als wichtigster Verbündeter der Huthi-Rebellen, die seit 2014 gegen die international anerkannte Regierung des Jemen kämpfen.


„Deutschland könnte helfen, das Verhalten Teherans zu ändern“, sagte Ahmad Awad Bin Mubarak der „Welt“ (Freitagausgabe). „Schließlich ist Deutschland ein wichtiger Handelspartner für den Iran. Und Deutschland hat ein Interesse an Stabilität im Nahen Osten.“

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Maas fordert mehr humanitäre Hilfe für Jemen

Die internationale Unterstützung sei mangelhaft, kritisierte der deutsche Außenminister bei einem Besuch seines jemenitischen Kollegen Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak in Berlin.

Bundesaußenminister Heiko Maas hat der internationalen Staatengemeinschaft vorgeworfen, sich nur in unzureichender Höhe für die Versorgung der notleidenden jemenitischen Bevölkerung einzusetzen. Deutschland habe im März weitere 200 Millionen Euro zugesagt, "aber andere entziehen sich", sagte Maas nach einem Treffen mit seinem jemenitischen Kollegen Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak in Berlin. Nur 43 Prozent der UN-Programme zur Versorgung der Bevölkerung seien derzeit gedeckt, die Finanzierung nur bis Ende August gesichert.

Maas wies darauf hin, dass durch eine erneute Offensive der Rebellen auf die Stadt Marib erneut Tausende Menschen in die Flucht getrieben würden. Er rief die Bürgerkriegsparteien dazu auf, den Waffenstillstand einzuhalten und in einen politischen Prozess zur Lösung des Konflikts einzutreten. Zudem müsse verhindert werden, dass die Rebellengruppen sich immer weiter zersplittern.

Insgesamt rechnet Maas offenbar nicht mit einer baldigen Lösung für das Land am Südzipfel der arabischen Halbinsel: "Leider sind unsere Hoffnungen auf eine neue Dynamik nicht größer geworden"

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Yemen, Germany Agree on Need to End War

[Hadi gov.] Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Mubarak kicked off on Monday a visit to Germany.

He met with Chairman of the German Bundestag Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Peter Ramsauer, and is set to meet with his counterpart Heiko Maas on Wednesday.

and also

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Oman: Siehe / Look at cp1

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UAE rebuffs plan by OPEC, allies to extend production pact

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday pushed back against a plan by the OPEC oil cartel and allied producing countries to extend the global pact to cut oil production beyond April 2022, a rare statement revealing the country’s frustration with the group.

The Emirati Ministry of Energy called the proposal to extend the agreement for the entirety of 2022 without raising its production quota “unfair to the UAE,” according to state-run WAM news agency.

One of the group’s largest oil producers, the UAE is seeking to increase its output — setting up a contest with ally and OPEC heavyweight Saudi Arabia, which has led a push to keep a tight lid on production.

The combined OPEC Plus grouping of members led by Saudi Arabia and non-members, chief among them Russia, failed to reach an agreement Friday on oil output.


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Film (in Arabic): #UAE minister of energy criticizes #Saudi unfair oil quotas. Will this traitorous alliance end?


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Saudi Arabia pushes back on UAE opposition to OPEC+ deal

Saudi Arabia's energy minister pushed back on Sunday against opposition by fellow Gulf producer the United Arab Emirates to a proposed OPEC+ deal and called for "compromise and rationality" to secure agreement when the group reconvenes on Monday.


#Saudi Clan mouthpiece @AlArabiya, based #Dubai is now compromised by #UAE Intelligence & must be moved after a major purge. Arrests are expected.

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#Turkey reportedly is kicking out #Saudi #US Backed #Yemeni #Muslim Brotherhood TV stations including the terrorist @suhailchannel & some of its staff. @YouTube will take action on it as well.

#Yemeni #MB media in #Turkey have done so much damage to #Turkey reputation & its social cohesion & spreading their Yemeni conflict to #Turkey itself.

Comment: As far as I know all the MB channels in Turkey are Qatar financed and supported by the Turkish government

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Behold the rise and rise of the UAE

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan's vision for a more regionally and internationally engaged UAE has arrived

changes in domestic politics have propelled UAE crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan into unrivaled leadership of the seven-emirate state.

His vision of the UAE as a more engaged regional and international power now guides the Emirati approach – with major implications from Libya to the Horn of Africa, Sudan to the Gulf.

“He’s pursued an almost ‘zero tolerance’ approach,” Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Gulf expert and fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute, told Asia Times. “He wants to eliminate threats before they even begin to have an impact.”

Those threats include both radical Islamists and secular democrats, at home and abroad.

“MBZ” – as he is widely known – has, indeed, led a regional campaign to prop up the Arab world’s status quo.

Now, though, with a series of setbacks in his overseas interventions and a new, less pliable leader in the White House, MBZ is having to “repackage” that approach.

This new brand UAE is anxious to demonstrate it can be a reliable partner for a US now more concerned with human rights, the ongoing Yemen conflict, and returning to the negotiation table with Iran.

Yet, despite these changes, “I fully expect the Emiratis to remain very active regionally,” Thomas Juneau, Middle East specialist at the University of Ottawa, told Asia Times. “The UAE’s wealth is not going away, its military prowess is not going away – and its interventions aren’t going away, either.”

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New Israeli foreign minister in the UAE on 1st state visit


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In UAE visit, Israeli minister builds ties after Gaza war

Israeli’s foreign minister acknowledged Wednesday during his first state visit to the United Arab Emirates that when tensions flare in Jerusalem, it reverberates across the region.


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Israel-UAE ties are strong counter to Iranian ambitions

Jerusalem-Abu Dhabi relations are built on mutual interests, including facing the threat posed by Tehran as it seeks to consolidate regional power through its proxies in oil-rich Yemen province; increased Israeli ties in Gulf would help to challenge this

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Kuwait calls for action to stop Houthi acts destabilising region

Kuwait said on Monday that attacks by the Houthi group against Saudi Arabia confirm the group's refusal and obstruction of international efforts aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen.

cp12b Sudan

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Russia’s Port Sudan Naval Base: A Power Play on the Red Sea

Russia is planning to expand its naval power projection on the Red Sea.

In November, Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved a draft agreement to establish a naval base in Port Sudan, on Sudan’s Red Sea coast. According to Russian state media outlet TASS, the Port Sudan logistics facility would be ‘defensive’ in nature and aimed at ‘maintaining peace and stability in the region’. The facility would also be used to carry out repairs, replenish supplies and as a resting spot for Russian navy personnel.

Although Russian officials have not commented on the Port Sudan facility’s geopolitical significance, Russia’s construction of a Red Sea base is an important landmark in its resurgence as a great power.

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IMF, World Bank say Sudan meets initial debt relief criteria

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund announced that Sudan has met the initial criteria for over $50 billion in foreign debt relief, another step for the East African nation to rejoin the international community after nearly three decades of isolation.

The two international financial institutions said in a joint statement Tuesday that Sudan “has taken the necessary steps to begin receiving debt relief,” which amounts to over 90% of the nation’s total external debt. They said Sudan will benefit from the relief if it continues on its current path of reform for another three years.

“Debt relief will support Sudan in implementing essential reforms to improve the lives of its people by allowing the freeing up of resources to tackle poverty and improve social conditions,” the IMF said.

My comment: “Reforms” and “to improve the lives of its people by allowing the freeing up of resources to tackle poverty and improve social conditions“ is Orwellian Speech, since 40 years it means introduction of neoliberalism.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp10

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Drohnen-Tod dank deutschen Motoren

Im Jemen-Krieg setzen Rebellen selbstgebaute Drohnen mit Sprengstoff ein. In den Trümmern finden UN-Inspektoren immer wieder hochwertige Modellbau-Flugmotoren aus Deutschland. Wie kommen die da hin? (nur im Abo)

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Can drone warfare in the Middle East be controlled?

Drone attacks are causing a crisis in the Mideast and experts are calling for a better regulatory regime. But would more rules even have an impact in the region?

The drone attacks are part of a disturbing trend in the region: The escalating use of UAVs, both for surveillance purposes and to attack opponents, by countries in the region — but also by nonstate actors there, like militia groups in Iraq, Yemen and Syria, among others.

Political pressure by drone

Research by the Milan-based Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) suggests that Middle Eastern nations (excluding Israel) spent at least $1.5 billion (€1.27 billion) on military drones over the last five years.

Of all nations in this area, Israel is probably the most advanced drone-maker. But the country tends not to pass on its technology to those it considers potential enemies. Turkey, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and China are other major suppliers of drones in the region.

Iran has one of the longest-running drone programs, ISPI researcher Frederico Borsari explains. Hampered by international sanctions and lacking a modern air force, Iran has long understood that drones, supplied to allies elsewhere, could add to their air power and give them "plausible deniability," Borsari said.

Drones are likely being used by Iraqi militias against the US, or by the anti-government Houthis in Yemen against Saudi Arabia, yet experts agree it's highly likely the technical know-how comes from neighboring Iran. At the same time, Iran can deny it had anything to do with it.

Superior air power

The proliferation of drones in the Middle East is "dangerous because it alters military hierarchies in the region," explained Fabian Hinz, an independent Middle East analyst based in Berlin, who focuses on drones and ballistic missiles. "Previously, you predict the outcome of any conflict. As in, this country has so many planes and this much training, so you could estimate how strong they were. Drones and ballistic missiles shake all that up."

One key to resolving the Middle East's growing drone issue could be better regulation. In a December 2020 editorial in The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Agnes Callamard, a former United Nations special rapporteur on executions, warned that the world has entered a "second drone age … marked by the uncontrolled proliferation of armed drones, the most advanced of which are stealthier, speedier, smaller, and more capable of targeted killings than a previous generation."

Robust standards needed

Callamard argued that nation-states must work together to establish a new regime that would include "robust standards for the design, export and use of drones" and the transfer of related military technology.

But would such a regulatory regime work in the Middle East, given how widespread drones are there already? And, would this be any better than what the US military did over the weekend — that is, simply striking back at drone users?

Hinz and Rogers agree that while exports of the latest military drone technology could be controlled, it would be almost impossible to stop commercially made drone parts from reaching nonstate actors with potentially criminal intentions in the Middle East.

My comment: Western authors not even realize how biased they are. Drones used by Western powers and their allies are no danger of course, no where, never. The West just want others to stop using drones because this is “dangerous because it alters military hierarchies”, i. e. this would endanger Western superiority.

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Iran’s Drone Transfers to Proxies

Iran has provided drones or drone technology to proxies in at least four locations: Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and Gaza. Tehran’s drone exports vary in mission, range, and capabilities.

In April 2021, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. warned that the Middle East was becoming a “proving ground for the proliferation and employment of unmanned weaponized systems, many emanating from Iran.” The drone transfers were part of Iran’s asymmetric strategy to compensate for its military weakness. Exporting drones provided Iran with “valuable experience in developing its own systems and in refining tactics, techniques and procedures,” the International Institute for Strategic Studies reported in April 2021. Tehran’s drone transfers have varied in quantity and quality.

Yemen: Since 2016, Iran has transferred drone components and provided training on drones to Houthi rebels who are fighting a civil war and a military campaign led by Saudi Arabia. The Yemeni rebels possess the most advanced and diverse drone arsenal of Iran’s proxies. The Houthis built their drones using a mix of local materials and high-end components reportedly smuggled into Yemen from Iran. The Houthi drones have ranges of 15 km to 1,700 km, or nine miles to 1,056 miles. They can carry payloads of up to 30 kg (66 pounds).

My comment: What does the US lament about this? Comparted to the US arms supplies to US proxies in the region, all of this is peanuts.

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Photos: Near completion of salvage works and restoration of the historic Zabid Castle Museum.Thanks are due to the @EUinYemen and @UNESCO_GCCYemen the funders of the project and the implementers of the project, the @SFDYemen for Development in partnership with the General Antiquities

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Corpus of Sabaic Inscriptions (work in progress)

The Corpus of Sabaic inscriptions is the largest linguistic corpus of South Arabian texts. To date, of the approximately 5,000 Sabaic inscriptions, more than two thirds have been published in DASI. This corpus is divided into three major historical linguistic periods: early, middle and late. We have also identified a number of regional varieties such as the Corpus of Early Sabaic inscriptions from Ethiopia (that is being compiled) and - in the Middle phase - the Central, Northern and Southern Sabaic.


How Yemen’s Marib became the frontier for Roman expansionism

The scene of heavy fighting between government forces and the Houthi movement today, Roman commanders once sought to capture the city to secure Yemen’s riches

When Aelius Gallus, Roman prefect of Egypt, set his eyes on the land we now identify as Yemen, he imagined glory, triumph and significant career advancement.

For the Romans, Yemen was at the southern and most unexplored tip of ancient Arabia, which comprised three geographical areas: Arabia Deserta (roughly corresponding to the north-northeastern part of Saudi Arabia), the Roman province of Arabia Petraea (with Petra as the capital city of the Nabateans), and Arabia Felix - “Happy Arabia”, the latter encompassing today’s Yemen.

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New in the Leiden collections: the Amsterdam Yemen Library

The collections of Leiden University Libraries (UBL) have today been enriched with the Maktabat al-Yaman al-Amstirdāmīyah, or Amsterdam Yemen Library. This collection, which exists of about a thousand books, journals and maps, is the largest coherent Yemen collection in The Netherlands and was brought together by the Amsterdam Yemen specialist Dr. Kees Brouwer, who obtained his Ph.D. in Leiden. Brouwer generously decided to donate the collection to Leiden University Libraries.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Cash Consortium of Yemen - Flash Update 24: YER Exchange Rate Volatility June Week 2 & June Week 3

Key findings:

The IRG vs DFA exchange rate variation currently stands at a 344 YER difference.

The exchange rate in IRG areas continues to be volatile and has increased to above 900 after a brief appreciation in April. This is possibly contributing to the wide fluctuation in prices.

The range between the maximum and minimum value of the exchange rate from June W2 to June W3 expanded in the South from 13 to 15 YER, indicating a slight increase in volatility, while the exchange rate in the North shrank from 3 to 2 YER, indicating a slightly increased stability.

Additional monetary constraints by decision makers may impact the future exchange rates; these impacts will be monitored in future outputs.

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

Key findings:

Less than 10 % of the shops indicated an increase in the number of remittances in the past two week.

Al Hudaydah has the largest number of exchange shops that have not returned to pre-COVID levels of remittances.

Al Dhale’e has the largest number of exchange shops that have returned to the pre-COVID levels of remittances.

More than 70% of the shops, 28 out of 38, stated the remittances have returned to pre-COVID level.

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[Sanaa] Supreme Council of Yemeni Businessmen holds fugitive Hadi responsible for weakening Yemeni currency

The Supreme Council of Yemeni Businessmen held on Tuesday the forces of aggression and Hadi's government fully responsible for printing more banknotes and contributing to weakening the value of the Yemeni currency against the dollar.
In a statement, the council expressed its deep concern over what Riyadh government has done to pump more banknotes printed recently through Aden and Mukalla banks, which would weaken the value of the national currency against the U.S. dollar, which is witnessing a noticeable rise in Some Yemeni provinces.
The statement considered the printing banknotes in light of this frightening economic situation, without any coverage, and outside the legal path of the Central Bank of Yemen in the capital Sana'a, targeting the life of the Yemeni people in its living situation.
It called on the National Salvation Government to prevent the circulation of currency printed by Hadi’s government and dealing with it in the local market.

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Remittances suspended amid sharp depreciation of rial in [Hadi] government-run Yemen

The Yemeni Exchangers Association announced on Monday it was suspending all financial remittances until a further notice because of the sharp depreciation of the national currency.

All networks of remittances have been shut down without exceptions under directives from the Central Bank of Yemen, it said in a statement.

The Yemeni rial dropped on Monday to its lowest level ever, trading at 947 per US dollar.

Before the war broke out in late 2014, it was trading at 250 per US dollar.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Several high-ranking Al-Qaeda leaders killed by Yemeni forces in Bayda offensive

A number of Al-Qaeda emirs were killed on Friday and Saturday during battles that the Saudi-led coalition opened in Bayda province against Yemeni forces.

According to local sources, Yemeni forces launched a counter-military attack, with artillery shelling targeting al-Qaeda sites in al-Soma’a district and the Tiyab area of Dhi Naem district, killing dozens, including provincial emir Abu Dhar al-Tayabi, and wounding others.

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Senior Al-Qaeda member survives assassination attempt in Ma’rib

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[Hadi] Yemeni gov't warns against terrorist groups' growing cyber threats

The Yemeni official government on Wednesday warned against growing threats of terrorist groups' cyber-attacks to regional security and stability, and called for continual support in combating terrorism.
Yemen-based Daesh threats highly increased in cyber activities and social media networks in the country, and the group established relations and coordination with the Houthis and other terrorist groups, deputy of national security affiliated to Yemen's UN-recognized government said.

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#AlQaeda #Yemen releases new #Inspire Guide after 4-year gap. Celebrates slack US #GunControl in a 14 page analysis of the 3/22 #Colorado supermarket shooting. Praises the #Syria-born shooter as "our hero brother". Urges Muslims to attack anywhere, preferably inside USA

cp15 Propaganda

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Yemeni Minister of Information: Coalition’s foiling of boats terrorist attack confirms Houthi militia’s danger to international trade

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„Die Houthis sind auch eine Gefahr für Deutschland“

Die Houthi-Miliz, die seit 2015 große Teile des Jemens besetzt hält, ist auch eine Gefahr für Europa – davor warnt Jemens Außenminister Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak im Interview mit BILD. Der frühere BWL-Professor wirbt um Unterstützung für die Regierung von Präsident Hadi: Sollten die Houthis weitere Gebiete wie das derzeit umkämpfte Marib erobern, drohe eine humanitäre Katastrophe ungekannten Ausmaßes.

BILD: Die humanitäre Lage im Jemen ist trotz Anstrengungen der internationalen Gemeinschaft seit Jahren katastrophal: Was ist die Ursache?

Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak: Neben dem Krieg vor allem die Blockade der Houthis. Sie verdienen an den Hilfslieferungen der UN, die sie auf dem Schwarzmarkt weiterverkaufen, allein dadurch haben sie 1,8 Milliarden Dollar verdient. Wir brauchen einen Waffenstillstand, aber es ist ein langer Prozess, da die Houthis sich einem Abkommen verweigern.

Es gibt im Westen ein großes Missverständnis: Dass es sich bei dem Konflikt im Jemen um einen Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen Saudi-Arabien und dem Iran handelt, dass es dort nur um Auseinandersetzungen zwischen Schiiten und Sunniten handelt. Das stimmt nicht. Die Houthis verfolgen jeden, der sich ihnen nicht unterwirft. Ihre Verbrechen gegen die Zivilbevölkerung, vor allem gegen Frauen und Kindern, werden viel zu wenig berichtet. Wenn Luftschläge der arabischen Koalition fehlgehen und Zivilisten ums Leben kommen, berichten alle Medien darüber. Über die Morde und den Terror durch die Houthis wird dagegen kaum berichtet.

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Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Calls on Riyadh Agreement Parties to Urgently Respond to the Agreed upon Terms

Al-Yaum newspaper reported in its editorial that the Iranian regime is continuing its terrorist acts, threatening the stability of the region and the world, in addition to undermining the efforts that aim at reaching political solutions in this regard, the editorial said.
Iranian regime's support for its proxies of outlawed militias contributed to worsening humanitarian situation in some Arab countries such as Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, the editorial added.
The Iran- backed terrorist Houthi militia in Yemen is deliberately targeting the civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in blatant violation of international law, the editorial also said.

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Group Biden Removed From Terror List Shows Gratitude by Screaming ‘Death to America!’

Well, that’s wholesome. Good thing Old Joe took the Houthis off the terror list, eh? A deep State wonk said at the time: “Our action is due entirely to the humanitarian consequences of this last-minute designation from the prior administration, which the United Nations and humanitarian organizations have since made clear would accelerate the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” So now that humanitarian aid, paid for by your taxpayer dollars, can flow to these adorable kids screaming “Death to America!” Hearing them, you might almost get the idea you’re in Portland.

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The international conspirators' determination is endless. Ours must be too

Any moment of calm in Marib is not so on both sides of the frontline.

On the Houthi side, there is always preparation for the next attack.

There will be no end to this.

Houthis have an energy to fight until what they say "the Day of Judgment."

At any given moment, the Shia militia have around 3000 children being militarily trained or force-fed the Shiit Jaroodi ideology of unlimited hatred for Sunnis.

As we know, the terrorist militia have on the schedule weekly, monthly and yearly offensives for Marib.

Let's not forget they have 'offensives on occasions' too, such as when a senior US makes a new statement imparting the group with words of encouragement and affirmation and indirectly giving them the go-ahead sign!

It is pretty clear now this not going to end. Not even in a trillion years, if Houthis stay in control of Sana'a for a trillion years.

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Citizen journalism corner: Houthi killing of children is double-sided

Such as this will be the future of children in the territories controlled by the armed Houthi group: A graduation (passing) in early childhood from life [to death]. This is how the future of Yemen is buried./ Facebook post by Poet Mohammed Jureid with a Houthi child 'martyr' portrait enclosed.

- Houthi killing of Yemen's children is double sided: The militia kill children indirectly by sending them as recruits to the battlefield and directly by shelling them with rockets on the other side of the frontline. /Tweet by Mohammed Anaam.

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Cartoon: Music in Houthi-controlled areas!

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Yemen Security official: ISIS and Al-Qaeda in liaison with Houthis, their threat’s grown critical

Yemen’s Deputy Director of the National Security Agency has warned that ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Yemen are in liaison with the Houthi militia and their threat has grown critical in the cyber security activities and social networking platforms.

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UAE reaffirms commitment to protecting children in armed conflict

The UAE has reaffirmed its commitment to promoting the rights of children in areas of armed conflict and rehabilitating survivors, by working collectively with the UN Security Council members during the 2022-2023 term.

In a written statement to the Security Council for its annual open debate on children and armed conflict, the UAE expressed its deep commitment to protecting children in conflict areas in accordance with international law and the UN Security Council framework for children and armed conflict.

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Saudi journalist Ahmed Al-Shehri: Houthi occupation of Yemen is a US policy meant to expand Iran's influence/Riyadh TV channel

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New favorite Twitter propaganda genre, suspicious white people Twitter accounts telling some Arabs that they aren't patriotic enough (image)

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda and

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

June 27:

June 26:

June 25:

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Aggression targets Marib with more than 452 raids in June

and also

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On Wednesday Saudi coalition warplanes repeatedly attacked the Al-Raqo city market, in which, according to preliminary reports, eight Yemeni civilians were reportedly wounded.

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3 civilians injured in aggression raid in Hajjah

Three citizens were injured on Tuesday in an air raid by the US-Saudi aggression warplanes on Abs district in Hajjah province, a security official said.

The official added the aggression's warplanes launched a raid on Bani Makki area in Abs district, injuring three citizens.

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More Saudi coalition air raids Hodeodah p. Hodeodah p. Marib p. Marib p. Marib p., Jawf p. Marib p. Marib, Jawf, Saada prov. Marib p. 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.

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni forces launch major attack against Salafist groups

The Yemeni army, backed by Popular Committees, have launched a major attack on Salafist forces that were supported by al-Qaeda in al-Sawma’ah district, Bayda province in central Yemen.


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[Hadi] Yemen government seizes control of new areas in Al-Bayda province


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[Hadi gov.] Army and tribes inch close to retaking central Yemen city from Houthi militants

Yemen's army and its tribal supporters are inching close to recapturing the provincial capital of central Yemen's Al Beidha city from Houthi militants who seized it with much of northern Yemen in 2014, local official sources said.


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Fighting broke out in al-Zahir district of al-Baydha governorate and pro govt forces (resistance of Al Humaiqan tribes backed by troops from Al Amaleqa) managed to push Iran-backed Houthis out of large swathes hours ago, according to local sources.

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Saudi bombing on Yemen's Saada; one civilian killed

The source confirmed that the citizen was killed in the Saudi bombardment that targeted residential areas in border Shada district, coincided with missile shelling at Ghafira area of border Dhahir district.

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6 citizens injured in Saudi artillery shelling on Sa'ada

Six citizens were injured on Friday in Saudi a artillery shelling on Munabeh border district in Sa'ada province, a security official said.

The official added that the 6 citizens were injured in the shelling on al-Raqo area in Munabeh district.

He pointed out that the Saudi enemy targeted different places in Ghafra area in ​​al-Dhaher district, causing heavy to civilians' properties.

and also

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Saudi-led coalition says it intercepted Houthi drone from Yemen

Drone, heading towards the southwest Khamis Mushait region, was shot down by Saudi air defence, coalition said.

and also

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Houthis receive drones & night vision goggles shipment from unknown source: Website

Yemen's Houthi militants in the border area with Saudi Arabia, Saadah, have received a shipment of armed drones and night vision goggles "from an unknown source", Almashehad Alkhaeeji

website has reported quoting 'well-informed sources.'

"The shipment included 50 drones each able to carry the equivalent of five kgs of explosives and included a large number of night vision goggles that operate with infrared rays," said the website.

The source said the militants are "preparing to launch intensive air raids on Saudi Arabia, in tandem with ground attacks across the borders."

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Photos: Interesting to see a 107mm-based IRAM fired by the Houthis during their attack on the al Duhaydah mountain range. Design reminds me quite strongly of those constructed by the Taliban, based on a gas cannister; likely 20kg+ of explosive fill. Fadjr-1/Type 85 launcher used.

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Saudi-led coalition kills, injure 20 Yemenis in past 24 hours

The Saudi coalition has killed or wounded about 20 Yemenis in the last 24 hours after heavy bombardments of various parts of Yemen's Saada province.

The Saudi coalition committed a new crime in the Al-Raqo border area in Saada Province in northern Yemen on Thursday, July 1, killing or injuring eight Yemeni civilians.

According to Yemeni "", two Yemenis were killed and six others were wounded in a Saudi coalition missile and artillery attack in the al-Raqo area.

The border town of Shada's in Saada Province was also targeted by Saudi coalition artillery and missiles on Thursday, injuring two Yemeni civilians.


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Eight wounded in Saudi shelling of Saada

At least eight citizens were injured on Wednesday, as a result of Saudi missile and artillery shelling that targeted the Monabbih border district in Saada province, northern Yemen.

A security source in Saada confirmed that eight citizens were wounded, some of them seriously, as a result of the Saudi random shelling on Al-Raqaw area in Monabbih.

The source added that the Saudi enemy Apache helicopters have flown heavily over the same area since the early morning hours.


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Arab Coalition downs explosive-laden Houthi drone in Yemeni airspace

The Arab Coalition on Thursday said it intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone that belongs to the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemeni airspace as it was heading towards Saudi Arabia.

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Two Iranian military experts killed in north Yemen

Two Iranian military experts were killed in one of the frontlines between Yemen's armed forces and Houthi theocratic terrorists in north Yemen's Aljawf province, military sources said.

My comments: Please show passports.

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Houthi sniper shoots injured 45 year old civilian in Taiz

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Film: #Saudi forces attacking #Yemeni village develop a never been used method of guiding their troops. Auctioneer style.

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KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles 1,501 Mines in Yemen during Last Week of June

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project for clearing mines in Yemen (Masam) dismantled, during the last week of June 2021, a total of 1,501 mines, including nine anti-personnel mines, 655 anti-tank mines, 835 unexploded ordnance and two explosive devices.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 257,976 mines have been dismantled.

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List of aviation shootdowns and accidents during the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni army releases video footage of recent drone operation that killed and wounded over 60 Saudi troops

The military media of the Yemeni army and Popular Committees have on Thursday unveiled qualitative scenes showcasing the targeting of Saudi-led coalition forces camp in Al-Wadea border area.

The scenes documented the stages and details of the operation for the first time, starting with the monitoring and followed by the drone launching and strikes, which were carried out with 10 drones of the Qasef-2K type, in addition to showing scenes from inside the camp after the operation finished.


and also film

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

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Artillery, air strikes target Houthi militia’s gatherings northwest of Marib

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Jemen: Mindestens 111 Tote in drei Tagen bei Huthi-Offensive auf Marib

Die vom Iran unterstützen Huthi-Milzen intensivieren ihre Angriffe auf die letzte von Regierungstruppen gehaltene Stadt im Norden des Jemen.

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Footage released by the Yemeni [Hadi gov.] army media of violent fighting bet Iran-backed Houthis and the govt forces in Serwah western #Marib yesterday.

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[Hadi gov.] Army shoots down two Houthi militia’s bomb- laden drones western Marib

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[Hadi gov.] Army repels Houthi militia’s attack western Marib, recaptures combat equipment

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Yemen: Fighting Outside Marib Simmers As Houthis Take Heavy Casualties

Fighting on major battlefields outside Yemen’s central city of Marib died down on Thursday as Iran-backed Houthis halted their assaults after suffering heavy casualties and losing military equipment, two local military officials told Arab News.

It follows Yemen’s appeal to the US to increase military support and training for the country’s coast guard so it can rein in the smuggling of Iranian weapons to the Houthis.

Over the past five days, “unprecedented” fighting between the Yemeni government forces and the Houthis broke out in several contested areas outside Marib. The rebels renewed attacks on government forces in a bid to make gains on the ground that would put them closer to the strategic city. =

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Yemeni official: Rebel missiles hit key city, killing 3

A Yemeni government official said Tuesday that Houthi rebels fired two missiles in the latest attack in the government-held city of Marib, killing at least three people, including a child.

The missiles landed in the Rawdha neighborhood in the crowded city, according to Ali al-Ghulisi, the provincial governor’s press secretary.

At least 10 other people, including two children, were wounded in the attack, al-Ghulisi said.

The Houthis said they targeted military camps in the city, though they did not provide evidence to support their claim.

and also


Photos of victims:

and as claimed by the Houthi side:

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Missile force targets military mercenaries' camps

The missile force of the army and popular committees on Tuesday afternoon targeted Sahn al-Jin military camp and the third military region camp with two Badr1 ballistic missiles.

In a statement, army's spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare'i said that the strikes were accurate and resulted in the death and injury of dozens of mercenaries, including leaders.

What has been posted by the aggression's media of targeting ocivilian sites was false and baseless, Sare'i said.

"Our rockets strike military sites and we are taking all necessary operational measures to protect civilians and civil sites."

"All our operations comply with the international humanitarian law and its customary rules," he said.

and also

My comment: There could be a great difference between “target” and actually “hit”. The photos show what you really hit.

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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Aggression aircraft wage 2 raids on Hodeida

targeted Al-Erj area in Bajel district

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Aggression launches 2 raids on Hodeida

targeted Salif district

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Arab coalition destroys bomb-rigged Houthi boats off Hodeidah

The Arab coalition intercepted and destroyed two Houthi boats rigged with bombs off Yemen’s Hodeidah port as the Iran-backed militants were preparing for an operation, state TV Al-Ekhbariya reported.

and also

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Houthis have killed 40 civilians including 12 children and women in Yemen's western coastline areas over the past 43 days, the Media Center of the Brigades Forces said quoting medical sources./Almashehad Alkhaleeji.


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Film: Permanent disability and kidnapping of his son's soul... A citizen's tragedy caused by a Houthi shell

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Dozens of Houthis have been killed and injured as a ballistic missile [they aimed at Saudi Arabia] failed to launch and exploded in the launch area east of Hodeidah city./ Arab Network for News

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Houthis attack populated village in south Hodeidah

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Houthis threaten to stop cooperation on Hudaydah agreement

The Ansar Allah group, known as the Houthis, on Monday said its fighters foiled an infiltration attempt by the pro-government forces towards parts under its control in Yemen's western province of Hudaydah.

That was a new breach of the Stockholm agreement, it said in a statement carried by Almasirah TV, threatening to stop cooperation on implementing the agreement.

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Yemeni JF, Houthis trade blames for four civilian casualties in Hodeida

The Houthi group and Yemeni Joint Forces (JF) late on Saturday traded blames for injuring four civilians in the western governorate of Hodeida.

My comment: They obviously had been hit on Houthi-held territory.

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Desert locust upsurge | Progress report on the response in the Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen (January-April 2021)

The fight against desert locust in the Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen has been raging for sixteen months – since January 2020. Governments, FAO and partners are responding to the worst upsurge in seventy years. An extraordinarily effective system has been put in place, from forecasting to responding, and from short-term coordinating to preparing for the medium and longer term.


Yemenis celebrate song day for first time

In response to a campaign led by local poets and artists, Yemenis on Thursday celebrated the 'Yemeni Song Day' for the first time, with the seventh of July set the date for what would be an annual occasion.
The campaign is aimed to rejoice the Yemeni rich song and to revive the country's well-known art heritage.
Yemeni singers shared some songs with their fans on social media.


Photos: Dörfer im Jemen / Yemen Villages

Photos: Marib


Photo: My hometown this evening. Shabwah.

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Photos: Many do not know that in some Yemeni governorates the #naked_tiger lives, one of the rarest types of tigers, which is on the verge of extinction due to overfishing and deliberate neglect of natural reserves.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-748 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-748: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

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Dietrich Klose

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