Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 755 - Yemen War Mosaic 755

Yemen Press Reader 755: 15. August 2021: Jemen-Rückblick, Juli 2021 – Der Blick aus Sanaa: Ein Gespräch – Fehlinformationen in Jemens Medien – Der Reichtum von Marib und die Zukunft des Jemen...
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... Schutzgebiete im Jemen-Konflikt – Jemens Wälder sind das nächste Kriegsopfer – Saudische Ausweisung ausländischer Arbeitskräfte schockt die Jemeniten – Houthis leugnen COVID-19 – und mehr

August 15, 2021: The Yemen Review, July 2021 – The View from Sana’a: A Conversation –Yemeni media and disinformation – The wealth of Marib and the future of Yemen – Protected area conservation in Yemen’s conflict – Yemen's forests are next casualty of war – Saudi decision to limit foreign workers shocks Yemenis – Houthis deny COVID-19 – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Kursiv: Siehe Teil 2 / In Italics: Look in part 2:

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

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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

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

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

Ältere einführende Artikel u. Überblicke für alle, die mit den Ereignissen im Jemen noch nicht vertraut sind, hier:

Yemen War: Older introductory articles, overviews, for those who are still unfamiliar with the Yemen war here:

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Bürgerkrieg im Jemen

Seit Jahren gibt es im Jemen heftige Kämpfe zwischen verschiedenen Gruppen. Erfahrt hier, was in dem Land los ist.

Wie es den Menschen im Jemen geht

Viele Menschen leiden unter dem Krieg im Jemen. Durch Bomben und Explosionen ist nämlich Vieles zerstört worden, was lebenswichtig für die Menschen ist:

Kaum noch Brunnen: Viele Menschen kommen dadurch nicht mehr an sauberes Trinkwasser.

Zerstörte Straßen: Viele Menschen können dadurch nicht mehr so einfach vor den Kämpfen fliehen, oder Verletzte schnell transportieren.

Märkte oder Geschäfte sind zerstört: Es gibt es kaum noch Lebensmittel zu kaufen.

Häfen und wichtige Flughäfen wurden zerstört: Lebensmittel und Hilfspakete kommen kaum noch bei den Menschen an.

Schulen sind zerstört: Viele Kinder haben seit langer Zeit keinen Unterricht mehr.

Krankenhäuser sind so kaputt, dass Verletzte nicht mehr behandelt werden können.

All das sorgt dafür, dass im Jemen etwa 24 Millionen Menschen von einer Hungersnot bedroht sind und dringend Hilfe benötigen. Vor allem Kinder leiden unter dem Krieg im Jemen.

Mein Kommentar: Lassen Sie den ersten Absatz „Andere Länder mischen mit“ besser aus!

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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The View from Sana’a – The Yemen Review, Summer Edition, July 2021

The Sana’a Center Editorial

Riyadh’s Unconscionable Campaign to Purge Yemeni Workers

Saudi Arabia has recently begun a campaign to purge its government-run institutions of Yemenis, many of whom have held their jobs in the kingdom for decades. The implications of this policy appear likely to cascade through the Saudi labor market and could potentially impact hundreds of thousands of Yemenis in the kingdom and millions of their family members back in Yemen who depend on remittances to survive.

Given the central and effectively irreplaceable role that remittances play in propping up what is left of the Yemeni economy, the expulsion of these workers, if allowed to continue, would further undermine whatever possibility remains of the Yemeni republic emerging from this war intact. The decline in remittances will almost certainly exacerbate the humanitarian crisis, social instability and armed conflict for years to come.

The kingdom has instructed its government institutions to deny Yemenis contract renewals. Reports of mass layoffs of Yemeni academics at universities in Najran, Jizan, Asir, and Albaha in July are just a few examples. While cities in the kingdom bordering Yemen appear to be the focus of the purge, reports of Yemenis losing their jobs are emerging from across Saudi Arabia. Given how centralized the Saudi economy is and that a massive share of the private sector is dependent on, and contracted to, Saudi institutions, the impact of the new Saudi policy will almost certainly sprawl through the wider labor market. This means hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and their families in the kingdom could potentially be forced out.

Riyadh’s new policy, however, is not part of the Saudization of its workforce, but appears to be a punitive measure specifically against Yemenis. This comes after Saudi Arabia sponsored Yemen’s failed post-2011 transition process that set the stage for the current war, and after its disastrous military intervention that has sowed untold death and human suffering, shredded Yemen’s economy and left the armed Houthi movement firmly entrenched in power in Sana’a.

This unconscionable moral failing of the Saudi purge is obvious. What should also be obvious to international stakeholders is that a failed state at the southern end of the Arabian peninsula – one in which the most powerful actor, the Houthis, is aligned with Iran – will have global implications. The Saudi purge of Yemeni workers must be halted. =


July at a Glance

The Political Arena

Developments in Government-Controlled Territory

Riyadh Rebukes STC, Fallout with Yemeni Government Continues in South

Oil Spill Near Aden

Govt Speaker of Parliament Tours Eastern Yemen

Developments in Houthi-Controlled Territory

Social Oppression Continues as Houthis Raid Women’s Clothing Stores, Wedding

Government-Aligned MPs Dismissed, Al-Mashat Renewed as SPC President

Continued Obstruction of Negotiations Over FSO Safer Oil Tanker

House Demolitions of Rivals Resume

International Developments

Swedish Diplomat Picked as UN Special Envoy

US Resumes Military Support for Yemeni Forces

Leaked Data Indicate UAE Targeted Yemeni Officials for Spying

State of the War

Offensive and Counter-Offensive in Al-Bayda and Spillover in Shabwa

Clashes in Southern Marib

Abyan Missile Attack

Economic Developments

Rial Depreciates to Historic Lows as Yemeni Govt Escalates Currency War

Main Drivers of Rial’s Devaluation

CBY-Aden Attempts to Unify Rial in Currency War Escalation

Yemeni Government Doubles the Customs Exchange Rate on Non-Basic Commodities

Al-Mokha Port Reopens for Commercial Shipping


The View from Sana’a: A Conversation

The View from Sana’a: A Conversation

The armed Houthi movement, also known as Ansar Allah, first seized control of the Yemeni capital in September 2014. In mid-2021, Sana’a Center senior researcher Abdulghani al-Iryani and researcher Bilqees al-Lahabi traveled to Sana’a where they held meetings with various individuals and toured the city to get a sense of how it has changed under Houthi rule. On July 9, they sat down for a panel discussion regarding their trip moderated by Sana’a Center researcher Abubakr al-Shamahi. This is an edited and abridged version of that conversation.

Abdulghani al-Iryani: I have often been accused of being chronically optimistic. Well, today is the day I lose that reputation because three months in Sana’a gave me a clear idea of how difficult it is to end this war and to restore the Yemeni state.

Ansar Allah is remaking the country in its own image – politically, economically and socially. The group is changing the state, starting from elementary schools all the way through to funeral homes.

I spoke with many businessmen in Sana’a. The smaller ones are going bankrupt and being replaced by others who have relationships with Houthi authorities. Larger businessmen, while subject to excessive taxes and arbitrary levies, are still safe for the moment, but many don’t think that they’ll last. The Houthis continue to come up with new taxes every now and then.

On the social level, people are divided. There is tremendous frustration and discontent with the Houthis, but people feel powerless and helpless. I think this demographic, economic and political tajreef (literally meaning “dredging”, like trawl fishing) is an act of suicide by the Houthis because it makes it impossible for Sana’a to remain the capital of all Yemenis. The Houthis are committing suicide by trying to enforce their worldview on everyone. They are basically engaging in what would become a permanent war with the rest of the society, and there’s no way that they can win over the entire Yemeni society.

Bilqees al-Lahabi: In Sana’a, the Houthis have converted the streets into galleries for the posters of their martyrs. Those martyrs have a significant presence in Sabean Square, a symbolic place for all Yemenis that memorializes the defeat of Imamate forces in the seventy-day siege of Sana’a in 1967-68. All of their political ideology is visible in that square. Al-Iman university was also converted into a photo exhibition for martyrs as was the parliament building.

Moderator: How much do you feel that symbolism is translating to actual support for the Houthis? What else did you notice was different from the Sana’a that you remember?

Al-Lahabi: I left Sana’a in 2016. At the time, I said Sana’a was like Amran, but now it is more like Marran in Sa’ada.

Sana’a today is far from the Sana’a I knew. The population density is high. There are millions who were displaced to Sana’a and the city is very crowded.

I was born and grew up in Sana’a. I only left because of the war. But now you can’t sit in Sana’a because of the heat. The dust was also quite bad. That was new.

The streets are in bad shape and full of potholes. All the walls of buildings are covered with the pictures of martyrs or slogans. I think people are fed up with the Houthis’ control of mosques. Some people no longer go to mosques because of the chanting after prayers.

I intentionally dressed as an ordinary Yemeni woman in an abaya so I could sit in the street and talk to people. I talked to lots of people, and I can tell you that there is a lot of resentment and public indignation.

Moderator: Could you, just as an overview, share what the thinking is within the Houthi leadership, based on the conversations you had in Sana’a?

Al-Iryani: I went to Sana’a wanting to understand the real position of the Houthis regarding a peace settlement. What do they want in terms of power sharing and political arrangements that would follow the cessation of hostilities?

Al-Lahabi: Yemenis are not weak, but people are not confronting the Houthis because when they see the other side, the legitimate government, they have two choices: You have the Houthis, and their corruption; and a weak government with unimaginable corruption. Those in the government are seen as shameful elites in the eyes of the people. The biggest weapon the Houthis have is the legitimate government because it makes the Houthis look good by comparison.

Al-Iryani: I just want to emphasize the fact – and this has been apparent for a long time – that [President Abdo Rabbu Mansour] Hadi and the Saudis have made it possible for the Houthis to become so powerful.

Audience Question: Is there any indication of war fatigue within the Houthis?

Al-Iryani: Not yet. People keep hoping that the Houthis will get tired of fighting, but they can still recruit hundreds of thousands of young people. Just this summer they sent 400,000 school kids to summer camps to prepare them for jihad. So they have an almost endless source of new recruits.

Moderator: When you say that they can recruit hundreds of thousands more, is that a reflection of genuine popular support, or does it have more to do with the poor state of the economy? Or is it more down to repressive tactics and forcing people to join?

Al-Iryani: All of the above. Some fighters join because their fathers want them to make a living, and the only way they can earn an income is by joining one of the fighting forces.

Often one son would go to the west coast, one son would go to Marib, and one son would join the Houthis. After a while, those who joined the Houthis were indoctrinated and became militant fighters. That didn’t happen with the young men who went to the west coast to join Tariq Saleh’s forces or those who went to Marib with Islah or Hadi.

Moderator: Have the Houthis fully inherited the state? Are the Houthis now the Republic of Yemen?

Al-Iryani: Clearly that’s what they believe. Although I’m sure there are moderates within the group who still think that there’s a possibility of some level of power sharing.

Mohammed Al-Houthi has become one of those moderates, largely because the military successes of the Houthis have moved the center of gravity within the Houthi movement much further to the right. Still, he doesn’t think that there has to be real, genuine power sharing with the leaders on the other side. He talked about them coming back as “returnees”. This term was used at the end of the North Yemen Civil War between the royalists and the republicans in the 1960s – when the royalists were defeated, a general amnesty was issued and royalists (save for the former ruling Hamid al-Din family) were allowed to return and participate in government.

Moderator: Let’s talk about the economic situation. How does this look from the ground? Have you seen an increase in poverty, an increase in the number of beggars? What kind of economic challenges are people facing that they didn’t before?

Al-Lahabi: Yemenis are facing every conceivable issue. People have not been paid in years. There is a very thin margin in Sana’a and life is hanging by a thread. So anything new that people have to purchase, any increase in prices – it all makes a huge difference.

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Analysis | What Yemeni media can teach us about disinformation

Local lessons on a global issue

“In Yemen, the poor citizen finds himself under fire from two sides: from the war on one side and from the [fake] news on the other side,” a Yemeni woman told DT Global in a recent structured interview. Disinformation, fake news, and influence campaigns have become focal points of concern for anyone working in conflict stabilization and transition.

countering disinformation has now become a critical component of stabilization and transition programming.

Nowhere is this need more evident than in Yemen. After six years of brutal war, the country is fractured and disinformation is rife. According to data collected as a part of DT Global’s work in the country, a majority of Yemenis believe that disinformation is rampant in their communities. One hundred percent of respondents in a series of recent key informant interviews believe that fake news and disinformation are present in Yemen and pose a problem for Yemeni society. Furthermore, 96 percent of respondents admit to having fallen for a “fake news” story in the past. As a result, Yemenis feel increasingly helpless and unable to make informed decisions. “Where is a source I can trust?” one interviewee told DT Global. “The truth is lost between hundreds of lies, thousands of lies.”

Clearly, disinformation is a problem that needs tackling in Yemen. But before we can get to work solving the problem, we need to fully understand it. That’s part of what DT Global has been aiming to do through its research and media monitoring initiatives in Yemen and, after two years, they have come to realize that there are a few key points that observers overlook when considering disinformation in Yemen.

First, the international development community is probably defining disinformation too narrowly. As Americans, when we hear the term “disinformation,” we think of foreign interference, conspiracy theories and influence campaigns.

While these sorts of influence campaigns certainly exist in Yemen, Yemenis do not always view them as the most problematic sources of disinformation.

In interview after interview, when respondents were asked to describe their encounters with disinformation, they cited very personal examples, many of which do not really fit into our standard definitions. They talked about times when their local officials promised they would improve electricity access and then failed to do so, or when military leaders heralded frontline advances only to have their progress wiped out days later. For Yemenis, the disinformation that matters most is hyper-local disinformation that affects them personally.

Second, we seem to have different processes for assigning blame for disinformation. In the United States, the public considers media organizations or social media accounts responsible for disinformation if they intentionally propagate false or misleading news, often in service of a broader agenda. Yemenis, by contrast, seem to hold media responsible for false or misleading news regardless of their intentions. For example, many of the instances the interviewees cited appeared to be examples of media outlets accurately reporting statements or promises from official sources that simply did not come to pass (electricity was not restored, the airport was not reopened, teachers were not paid their salaries, etc.). The lack of follow-through may have been because of changing circumstances outside the control of the officials or the media — or may have been instances of political figures overpromising for political gain. Either way, the media outlets themselves did not fabricate or mislead the public in these examples — and yet, our research indicates that Yemenis tend to hold them responsible.

This is important because trusted media are critical to building a free democratic society.

third finding: disinformation is not the biggest problem facing Yemeni media; media fragmentation is. When asked what barriers Yemenis face when accessing reliable news and information, several interviewees said there were simply too many media outlets to choose from. They also warned that their society had become extremely polarized and divided, with everyone gravitating towards sources that reflect their views of the conflict and political crisis. We saw this problem on display firsthand in the interview process: when we asked our 70 key informants to list the information sources that they trust, they cited 34 sources between them, and no single source was mentioned by more than 7% of interviewees. Clearly, we cannot begin to address disinformation in Yemen without addressing media fragmentation.

These three findings hold several lessons for those of us seeking to counter disinformation in Yemen and elsewhere – by Emily Linn =

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The Wealth of Ma’rib Is Reshaping the Future of Yemen

In the grueling battle over the oil rich city of Ma’rib, the Houthis stand to win it all as the sluggish efforts for peace continue.

The recent fierce attempts by the Houthis to capture Ma’rib highlight the importance of this province to the group’s ability to rule northern Yemen in the future. In addition to the importance of its location, which links many local trade lines, Ma’arib has the largest station in Yemen for generating electric power, Ma’rib’s location and wealth of natural resources, particularly the oil and gas that supplies 90 percent of the country’s needs, make it a coveted prize for both the Houthis and the Internationally Recognized Government (IRG), for whom Ma’rib is the last stronghold in the north. Thus, the Houthis have escalated their offensive operations in the area to help secure their place in Yemen’s future as a major player.

The Houthis believe that they have what it takes to build a proper state in the territories under their control. In these territories they have established centralized security over the land and the people, and have imposed complete de facto authority without concern for whether they are an internationally recognized governing body. They do, however, understand that they lack the financial resources necessary to run and manage the economies of the areas under their control, and thus they believe that their financial woes can be addressed by overtaking Ma’rib and controlling its abundant oil and gas revenues.

To win the battle of Ma’rib, the Houthis have mobilized all of their soldiers and arms, but after four months of bloody war, they realized that a protracted battle for Ma’rib will weaken their southern and western fronts and deter their advances towards the Safer refinery. On the other hand, the IRG and its allies, after suffering considerable losses, have failed to significantly reengage the Houthis in the battle. And although the flurry of Saudi air strikes is a huge obstacle to the Houthis’ advancement, their counter missile and drone attacks have had devastating effects on the peace and economic stability of the Kingdom. This dilemma is likely to convince the Houthis to accept the peace agreement and gain a share in the coveted oil revenues.

In exploring alternative futures for Ma’rib, two possible scenarios emerge: either the city falls in the hands of the Houthis, or the diplomatic efforts to solve the conflict succeed.

To the Houthis, the first scenario would mean the inception of a new state, as Ma’rib will provide them with all the funds they need to overcome their financial difficulties in the other territories they control. As for the IRG, the loss of Ma’rib will be a fatal blow to their political and military status, especially as the Transitional Council continues to gain power and resources in the south.

The second scenario assumes that the intensive diplomatic efforts of the United Nations (UN), the U.S., and their trusted mediator, the Sultanate of Oman, will succeed in brokering a ceasefire and restart the political process in Yemen. This scenario is the more likely of the two especially after the terms of the Joint Declaration (JD) of the UN were made available.

As matters stand now, whether Ma’rib falls in the hands of Houthis or the peace talks are successful, the Houthis will be at an advantage while the IRG stands to lose a lot of resources and terrain. Without a shred of doubt, Yemen’s fate hinges on the battle for Ma’rib – the results of this battle will affect the future struggle for prosperity in this war-torn country. What remains unclear is how this battle will shape Yemen and its leaders – by Ammar Al Ashwal =

My remark: For the Houthi proposal on Marib, look at cp7.

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Report: Protected area conservation in Yemen’s conflict

Biodiversity and flourishing ecosystems have an intrinsic value, but they also underpin livelihoods and local economies, contribute to food and water security and help mitigate the effects of climatic extremes. Yemen’s geological history, diverse landscapes and climate have created a range of habitats and a rich – and in places unique – diversity of terrestrial and marine species.

Historic efforts to protect key biodiversity areas in Yemen have met with limited success. Donor funded projects often failed to take the needs of communities into account, while limited government capacity and weak governance meant that many protected areas enjoyed little protection.

This report assesses the impact that the conflict has had on five of Yemen’s protected areas. In doing so it examines a range of underlying dynamics relevant to area-based conservation in Yemen, and during armed conflicts elsewhere.

Key findings

The protected areas we assessed are primarily threatened by indirect drivers of environmental degradation, rather than direct conflict-linked damage.

Nationally important relict valley forests in Yemen’s western mountains appear to be under stress from deforestation linked to the conflict.

The Socotra archipelago is threatened by accelerating and unsustainable development pressures, political instability, increasing militarisation and illegal fishing.

There have been marked changes in woodland and vegetation cover in the Hawf protected area in Yemen’s south east but field research is needed to determine the implications for biodiversity.

Aden’s only nature reserve has been heavily impacted by neglect.

The conflict has impeded the planned establishment of marine protected areas, while the FSO SAFER oil tanker crisis is placing one of its most important marine areas at risk.

Prospects for Yemen’s protected areas and wider lessons

The protection afforded to Yemen’s most biologically important sites prior to its conflict was insufficient. This is perhaps unsurprising given its low level of economic development and prolonged political instability. Prior to 2015, the government funded an estimated 20% of identified conservation needs, with international donors and programmes plugging some of the gaps. Weak institutional capacity and under-funding meant that there was, and remains, a gulf between the national laws and decrees on environmental protection and their implementation on the ground.

As the examples above demonstrate, the conflict has influenced protected areas in a number of ways, from cancelled projects, to accelerated degradation and to neglect. In the face of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, biodiversity protection has inevitably taken a back seat. And yet, for countries like Yemen, where a large proportion of the population are directly reliant on biodiversity and natural resources for their livelihoods, and where these resources underpin their resilience to social and climatic shocks, protecting and restoring biodiversity becomes a humanitarian imperative. This relationship is increasingly being recognised in donor funding for Yemen but as ever, it is a question of whether such projects can be effectively implemented.

More broadly, the pressures facing these sites in Yemen demonstrate that protecting environmentally important areas in conflicts is more complex than current debates on legal designations sometimes imply. For example, none of these sites has been directly damaged through military action. Similarly, on paper at least, Socotra’s UNESCO status should translate into a high level of protection, but it hasn’t. The marine ecosystem of Kamaran, and the wider Red Sea, continue to be held hostage by the Houthis, while the Bura’a and Al-Heswa have been affected by coping strategies, weak governance and neglect. This suggests that we need to pay more attention than we currently do to the indirect drivers of damage to protected areas during conflicts.

The future prospects for the five sites discussed above, and Yemen’s other protected areas, are inextricably linked to the trajectory of its conflict. The longer it goes on, the greater the human pressures and governance disruption will be. And, when it finally arrives, peace will bring with it new threats as development pressure increases. Ensuring that support is in place for governance and management structures, and at both the community and national level, will be key to ensuring that these important ecosystems are protected. Moreover, these structures will be vital if these biodiversity hotspots are to be a tool to proactively support post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding in Yemen – by Doug Weir

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Jemens Wälder fallen Krieg zum Opfer

Seit über sechs Jahren herrscht im Jemen Krieg, die humanitäre Lage ist dramatisch. Es sind nicht ausreichend Lebensmittel für alle da und auch der Brennstoff ist knapp. Deswegen werden immer mehr Bäume gefällt - mit fatalen Folgen für Mensch und Umwelt (Photos)

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With fuel scarce, Yemen's forests are next casualty of war

But with demand for firewood soaring due to fuel shortages, there are now concerns that the country's humanitarian crisis, with millions facing starvation, has compounded the risk of deforestation - threatening both the environment of Yemen and any hope of a long-term livelihood for men like Emadi.

"The owners of bakeries ... use wood and stone to heat their ovens. In the past, they used to use gas, but now there is only wood," Emadi said.

"Should there be good quantity of wood available, we make a living, thank God. But nowadays trees are scarce", the father of seven said. "If I get something, we eat. At least we live or die together."

The fuel shortages due to a coalition blockade on Houthi-held areas, including limiting access to the main port of Hodeidah, have led businesses and families to swap diesel and gas for firewood. The alliance says the blockade is needed to foil arms smuggling.


Around 886,000 trees are felled annually to feed bakeries and restaurants in the capital Sanaa alone, said Abdullah Abul-Futuh, head of biodiversity and natural reserves at Yemen's Environment Protection Authority in the city, which is run by Houthi authorities along with most of northern Yemen.

Some 5 million trees have been cut down over the past three years across the north, he said.

"That is the equivalent of 213 square km (82 sq miles) of forests, knowing that only 3.3% of Yemen's total area is classified as forests," Abul-Futuh said.

The authority could not provide comparative figures, saying this was a recent phenomenon.

After gas was discovered in the Marib region in the 1980s, wood cutting became limited to remote areas but the war has choked Yemen's energy output, forcing a reliance first on imports and now on wood from trees more usually used to build homes.

Lumberjacks who have the means buy an acacia tree from land owners for the equivalent of around $100 and then sell logs to traders who send them to the cities.

A 5-tonne truck loaded with logs nets the equivalent of $300-$700 in Sanaa, depending on the wood and haulage distance.

"Demand depends on the number of fuel ships that make it to Hodeidah port. These days it (demand) is very high," said logger Sulaiman Jubran, who scratches a living selling firewood to visiting traders.

"We are scared the country will become a desert, it is already happening ... you no longer see the trees that once covered the mountains," he said. =

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Saudi decision to limit foreign workers shocks war-weary Yemenis

New Saudi regulations put limits on percentage of Yemeni workers at private sector establishments in southern provinces

Saudi Arabia recently announced new regulations on the percentage of foreign workers in private sector establishments in the kingdom.

The new rules set the percentage of Indian and Bangladeshi workers at 40 percent, while the maximum limit for Yemeni workers has been set at 25 percent and one percent for Ethiopian nationals.

These rules are applicable to the provinces of Aseer, Al-Baha, Najran and Jazan in southern Saudi Arabia, according to local media.

Under the new regulations, business owners could “fire of transfer” the extra workers to other branches outside these provinces, or relocate them to other companies.

The surprising regulations came as a shock for many Yemenis, who fled civil war in their own country for a better living in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

An academic working in Jazan University, who preferred to be unnamed, said the Saudi decision came at a critical time.

“We are approaching the beginning of a new school year, which is a difficult time to find a new job during this period,” he told Anadolu Agency.

“I have children registered in schools and universities. If my contract is cancelled, the residence permit will be cancelled for the whole family immediately. Therefore, I will not be able to find another job so easily, and my children will be expelled from their schools,” he said.

The Saudi decision to limit foreign workers is applicable to around 500 Yemeni academics working in five universities in the southern regions, where three of them already informed their foreign members of termination of their contracts.

After years of waiting, some academics are expecting their promotions soon, but the latest Saudi decision risks destroying their career in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi authorities neither officially admitted nor denied the decision to limit foreign workers.

However, Yemeni doctors working in Prince Mishari Bin Saud Hospital-Baljurash shared with Anadolu Agency an official letter, dated July 27, from the General Directorate of Health Affairs in Al-Baha province asking the hospital to provide them with their justifications of the termination of contracts of two Yemeni doctors.

Adel al-Shuja, a Yemeni academic, said survival in Yemen depends on two main things; “remittances sent by expatriates abroad, specifically from Saudi Arabia, and humanitarian aid provided by relief organizations”.

“Instead of restoring the legitimate government to Yemen, Saudi Arabia is returning Yemeni workers who contribute up to 60 percent of the Yemeni families’ income which helps to alleviate poverty amid the ongoing war,” he told Anadolu Agency.

Observers believe that if the decision is fully implemented, more than 700,000 Yemenis will be expelled from southern Saudi provinces, which will have profound political, economic and humanitarian effects on Yemenis living in Saudi Arabia and their families in Yemen – by Mohammed Alragawi

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

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In Yemen’s north, Houthis face virus with outright denial

It’s not just a struggling health care system that’s to blame for the unaccounted for deaths. In interviews with The Associated Press, more than a dozen doctors, aid workers, Sanaa residents and relatives of those believed to have died from the virus said the Houthi authorities are approaching the pandemic with such outright denial that it threatens to further endanger the already vulnerable population.

They say doctors are forced to falsify the cause of death on official papers, vaccines are seen with fear, and there are no limits or guidelines on public gatherings, much less funerals.

The deaths came as Sanaa and other areas of northern Yemen have been experiencing a third deadly coronavirus surge, according to doctors and residents. But it’s difficult to know how many have been sickened or died, beyond anecdotes from residents. The Houthi rebels have imposed an information blackout on confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19. Testing remains sparse, or hushed.

“There was a big wave of COVID-19 and they (the Houthis) knew that very well,” said a U.N. health official in Yemen, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of undermining negotiations with the rebels on vaccinations and other issues. “Isolation centers were full; the numbers were doubled three or four times.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Houthis have not treated it with seriousness and action, said Afrah Nasser, Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch. They even have hindered international efforts to help fight it in their areas, she said.

“Each party in Yemen has its own strategy, but the Houthi one is destructive,” she said. “It’s a recipe for disaster.”

Dr. Adham Ismail, the World Health Organization representative in Yemen, said it was “a big achievement” to get any coronavirus vaccine at all into Houthi-controlled territories. Initially, authorities banned the shots, and then agreed to allow in only 1,000 doses. They have not held any campaigns encouraging people to get vaccinated.

The Houthis’ opposition to vaccines forced doctors and other residents to seek their shots in Yemeni government-held areas. Many, including aid workers working in Houthi-held areas, registered online and traveled secretly to cities like Aden, Lahj and Taiz for vaccination.

A spokesman for the rebels did not answer calls seeking comment. But last year, Youssef al-Hadhari, a spokesman for the Houthi health ministry, told the AP: “We don’t publish the numbers to the society because such publicity has a heavy and terrifying toll on people’s psychological health.”

Meanwhile, the Houthis continue holding public events, including recruitment gatherings and funerals attended by thousands for senior military officials killed in battle, as virus cases spike. All are held with no precautionary measures against the virus.

Over a dozen doctors, aid workers and residents said cases in the north are rising rapidly, with more frequent funerals, apparently of virus victims, though doctors said they’ve been warned not to confirm the causes of the deaths. All spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation from the rebels.

Doctors and other health care workers said the 24 isolation centers in the north have been full since mid-July. One health care worker in the Palestine hospital said dozens of patients have come every day with coronavirus-like symptoms, most in their 30s and 40s. He said many are being told to isolate at home for lack of other options.

In Sanaa cemeteries, grave diggers have found it difficult to find space for new burial plots. At one cemetery in Jarraf, one digger estimated that over 30 people were buried every day in the past two months, many of them women and elderly.

In the northern province of Ibb, two health care workers at the Jibla hospital said the facility receives nearly 50 people with Covid-19-like symptoms every day. The hospital lacks testing capacities, so doctors usually depend on other means to diagnose.

When patients die at the Jibla hospital, doctors don’t tell relatives they are suspected to have been infected by the virus, for fear of being targeted afterwards. The Houthis have appointed security supervisors at hospitals to control the flow of information between medical staff and patients’ families, according to health care workers – by Samy Magdy

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17 new cases of COVID-19 reported, 7,273 in total

The committee also reported in its statement the recovery of 33 coronavirus patients, in addition to the death of 4 others.
2,632 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the virus were carried out on the same day, the statement added.

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Yemen: Intelligent data and informed insights behind the global pandemic

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20 new cases of COVID-19 reported, 7,233 in total

The committee also reported in its statement the recovery of 28 coronavirus patients, in addition to the death of 3 patients.
3,214 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the virus were carried out on the same day, the statement added.

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Treating COVID-19 in Yemen amongst fear, stigma and misinformation

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic in Yemen; stigma, disinformation, fear of detention and lack of knowledge on presence of isolation centres continues to deter people from seeking timely treatment for the disease.

"Some patients stay at home for a while after they get symptoms and may arrive in the late stages of the disease," says Saddam, intensive care unit supervisor at the Al Jumhouri isolation centre in Sanaa. "Many are transferred here without oxygen, especially those coming from far places.

"We therefore advise all patients to go to the nearest health centre once they develop symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty in breathing," says Saddam. "From there, patients can be transferred to the nearest COVID-19 treatment centre if they need further care."

Another concern is the spread of misinformation about isolation centres, as well as fear of stigma. People fear that they will receive lethal injections, or even be detained against their will if they visit a COVID-19 centre. Many patients and caretakers insist on leaving the hospital early, against medical advice, because they worry the longer they stay, the higher the chances that they may be stigmatised by relatives and friends.

In Yemen there are very few fully functional COVID-19 treatment centres. In other treatment centres, the health personnel often don’t feel comfortable working without the required protective equipment, while fear of stigmatisation hinders the access to the few functional centres.

The compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures in Yemen is rather low. This could be linked to limited awareness-raising activities for people, as it is done for other diseases such as cholera. Another challenge for the community is to identify the severity of the COVID-19 symptoms to seek early care.

We are addressing these challenges through health promoters working in the COVID-19 department, but unfortunately the team is limited to communication within the treatment facility and therefore can’t reach those fearing to come to the health centre in the first place.

Our health promoters are vital in communicating key messages on COVID-19 to the public and addressing misconceptions and rumours related to the disease, which have impacted health systems globally.

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15 new cases of COVID-19 reported, 7,213 in total

The committee also reported in its statement the recovery of 19 coronavirus patients, in addition to the death of one patient.
3,122 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the virus were carried out on the same day, the statement added.

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11 new cases of COVID-19 reported, 7,198 in total

The committee also reported in its statement the recovery of 36 coronavirus patients, in addition to the death of two others.
2,206 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the virus were carried out on the same day, the statement added.

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Top security official dies from Covid-19 in Aden

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22 new cases of COVID-19 reported, 7,187 in total

The committee also reported in its statement the recovery of 13 coronavirus patients, in addition to the death of three others.
2,971 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the virus were carried out on the same day, the statement added.

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8 new cases of COVID-19 reported, 7,165 in total

The committee also reported in its statement the recovery of 20 coronavirus patients, in addition to the death of two others.
2,338 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the virus were carried out on the same day, the statement added.

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Interactive Map of Yemen War

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Yemen Daily War Map Updates

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Film: The Problematic Presentation of Yemen in Western Media - Yemen Policy Center

On August 5, 2021, Yemen Policy Center held a panel event on “Reclaiming the Narrative: Framing of the Yemen Conflict in the Media”, organized by Hadil Al-Mowafak and moderated by Hamza Shiban. Panellists: Nadwa Al-Dawsari, Iona Craig, Yousef Assabahi, Mariam Al-Dhubhani. The panellists drew attention to Western media’s framing of the conflict in Yemen and the consequences of those framings. They observed that Western media often reduces Yemenis to being conflict actors or victims of a humanitarian catastrophe, rather than positive change makers. And Yemeni journalists or film makers rarely get the opportunity to tell their own story in ways that are not shaped by Western agendas. Stories that humanise and bring nuance to Yemeni lives.

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Houthi rebels put child soldiers on front line of Yemen’s ‘forever war’

Peace talks were under way, and hopes were rising for an end to the fighting — but a change of government in far-off Washington changed all tha

My comment: The sub-headline sounds like BS.

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With our work at the Yemen Policy Center (YPC) we want to contribute to peacebuilding through a discussion which not only sheds light on local politics but also scales up creative local solutions to the national level.

What will this Kaleidoscope approach entail? We want to combine perspectives, explore new angles, and bring thinkers and experts together. We want to work across disciplines, combine fiction with research, and inspire everyone to think beyond boundaries. Concretely, we want to think about resilience and it’s manifestations within communities.


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Episode 1: Meanings of Saghira's Law - Yemen Policy Center

Mohamed Al-Iriani and Shaima Bin Othman, YPC Research Fellows, and Ziad Al-Qahm, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Maqa, discuss prominent Yemeni writer Wajdi Al-Ahdal's story 'Saghira's Laws', which imagines a different way of finding and having leadership in Yemen. Join the conversation below or on our social media channels. As Yemen's conflict continues, we want to bring a new impetus to discussions about peace. With our new project, Kaleidoscope, we will provide a new source for inspiration for peace making ideas.

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Ansarullah: USA blockieren politische Lösung der Jemen-Krise

Die Houthi-Ansarullah-Bewegung im Jemen hat die intervenierenden Maßnahmen der USA im Jemen kritisiert und erklärt, Washington behindert eine politische Lösung des Konflikts, im verarmten Land.

In einem Post auf seinem Twitter-Account sagte Mohammed Abdul-Salam, der Sprecher der Bewegung, am Mittwoch: „Die Einmischung der USA in den Jemen hat zur Verletzung der nationalen Souveränität des Landes durch militärische Aggressionen geführt.“

„Die USA haben Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate mitgebracht und der al-Qaida und dem IS geholfen [im Jemen] Fuß zu fassen“, fügte er hinzu.

Der Sprecher sagte: „Wirtschaftlich haben sie eine schwere Blockade verhängt, die in allen Aspekten des Lebensunterhalts eine Katastrophe verursacht hat. Diejenige Seite, die eine politische Lösung verhindert, ist Amerika.“

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US blocking political solution to Yemen crisis: Ansarullah

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has slammed the United States’ interventionist measures in Yemen, saying Washington is hindering a political resolution of the conflict gripping the impoverished country.
In a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the movement’s spokesman, said, “The US meddling in Yemen has led to the violation of [the country’s] national sovereignty through military acts of aggression.”
“The US brought Saudi Arabia and the UAE with itself and tried to activate al-Qaeda and Daesh [in Yemen],” he added.

The spokesman said, “Economically, they imposed a heavy siege, which caused disaster in all aspects of livelihood. The one who is preventing a political solution is America.” =

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Aid to Yemen is devalued without a political settlement

But until there is a comprehensive political settlement or, at the very least, a lasting ceasefire, the cycle of aid being donated, misappropriated and devalued will continue. This is unlikely to happen as long as the Houthis remain confident in their ability to maintain control over much of the country militarily.

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The State of Yemen: Q1 2021 – Q2 2021

In the first edition of ACLED’s new State of Yemen infographic series, Gulf Research Manager Emile Roy and Middle East Research Manager Muaz A. map key developments in the conflict between the first quarter and second quarter of 2021. =

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#Marib is key to resolving the #Yemeni crisis & an influential factor in starting regional #negotiations”, says Kamal Kharazi, former Iranian FM & Chief of #Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Policy during a meeting with #Lebanon’s Hezbollah deputy leader Naim Qassem.

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The Truth About Intervening Powers in the Middle East

And the title ‘biggest meddler’ goes to … the UAE, not Iran.

What would the Middle East be without a bogeyman? For decades, U.S. foreign policy has centered on the idea that the lion’s share of the region’s ailments is caused by a single rogue actor who invariably is aligned against the U.S.

Reviewing all of the region’s military interventions between 2010 and 2020, our research shows that several powerful states in the region intervene militarily in the affairs of their neighbors to roughly the same degree, defying the idea that the region’s instability can be blamed on a single pariah state.

Among these states—Iran, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates—there is no outlier. While Washington has fixated on Tehran’s interventions, the data shows that the UAE and Turkey have of late outdone Iran in terms of military meddling in the affairs of their neighbors. I

It is not just the extent of interventions that are roughly equal, but also their nature and form. All of them employ local proxies, with Iran, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey building transnational mercenary armies.

Perhaps the most uncomfortable finding is the destructive role of the United States itself. Five of the six most interventionist powers in the Middle East are armed and politically supported by Washington. And a full one-third of U.S. arms exports this past decade went to these powers.

My comment: It’s even much more: And the title ‘biggest meddler’ goes to … the US, not the UAE.

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cp2a Saudische Blockade / Saudi blockade

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Yemen Petroleum Company condemns UN inaction against Saudi acts of piracy

The Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) renewed on Wednesday its demand to stop the maritime piracy and the arbitrary practices that carried out by the countries of the Saudi-led coalition for preventing oil derivatives ships from entry into Hodeidah port.

In a protest rally, organized by dozens of the company’s employees, the participants held the US-backed aggression countries and the UN the full responsible for the catastrophic consequences as a result of the ongoing maritime piracy.

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The tanker Hafid enters the berth of Al-Hodeidah port to unload the remaining diesel, which is estimated at 14,000 tons. The city is still suffering from power outages, despite the entry of large quantities of mazut, part of which is designated for Hodeidah electricity, and nearly 9,000 tons were unloaded two months ago from the same tanker.

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Iran replaces espionage ship assisted Houthis in Red Sea

Tehran quietly replaced a spying ship that assisted the Iranian-backed Houthi group in Yemen, two US official sources said Friday.
After it was attacked last April in the Red Sea, the Iranian ship 'Safiz' was withdrawn as Tehran brought a similar ship to collect intelligence in the strategic waterway, CNN quoted the two sources as saying.
According to satellite images provided by the Israeli service ImageSat International, the Iranian Bahshad ship, which is registered as cargo ship, left Bandar Abbas early July and arrived at destiny after nine days to stop in the vicinity of Bab al-Mandeb.
Few days later, the Iranian Safiz ship began its trip back to Iran accompanied by two towers, after 5 years of patrol service in the same area in Red Sea.

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Siehe / Look at cp1

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Ghaleb Alsudmy: We provided 40 food baskets to poor families and orphans in capital & villages north of Sana'a, (30 bskt funded from our Malaysian donors & 10 funded our online donors) Thank you so much to all our Malaysian donors, Thank you so much to all our online donors (photos)

We provided a quantity of important & urgent medicines to a health center in a remote village north sana'a & we provided milk & dietary supplements to 50 babies in Jouf & villages north sana'a, each baby 2 cans of milk + 1 pkt dietary supplement, Thks our Malaysian donors (photos)

We distributed 165 cans of infant formula and dietary supplements to 55 children in Sana'a, for each child 2 cans of milk + 1 packet dietary supplement, All thanks to the generosity of our Malaysian donor friends (photos)

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Yemen [Hadi gov.] Calls on UN to Expose Militias' Manipulation of Aid

The legitimate Yemeni government called on the United Nations to expose the militias' manipulation of relief aid, using it for war effort.

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A Future Under the Rubble of a School

Almost 2 million children have been forced out of their homes by ongoing conflict in Yemen. Twelve-year-old Ahmed and his family fled their house in Harad and took shelter in a school building damaged in the fighting. "Education was interrupted for almost a month," says school principal Yanya Al-Atr. "The students' morale was badly affected because there were no classes. They began to study in the rubble, inside the tents and under the shade of trees." UNICEF is working with partners in Yemen to help students like Ahmed and his classmates get back to learning so they can reach their full potential.

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Film: Fighting for an education in Yemen

Conflict in Hodeida, Yemen forced 13-year-old Emtinan and her brother to miss an entire year of school. "I had nothing to do when I sat home. I felt as if we were in the darkness," she recalls. Now she's back in the classroom, struggling to pick up where she left off. "Children are the first victims of war," says Abdulsalam Al-Hanash, principal of Al-Wahdah School in Marib, Yemen. "It has impacted their psychological well-being." Yemen's civil war is threatening the future of an entire generation.

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USAID: Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #7, Fiscal Year (FY) 2021

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Call for Proposals: Strengthening Inclusive Nutrition Approaches in Yemen

The European Commission is calling for proposals to strengthen Inclusive Nutrition Approaches in Yemen through a nexus approach to identify and reduce inequalities in the availability, access to, and utilization of nutritious food, and of nutrition and food security services and interventions.

The Multiannual Indicative Programme (MIP) for the Thematic Programme “Global Public Goods and Challenges” for the period 2018-2020 sets out three priorities for food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture:

Strengthening and promoting governance and capacity of actors at the global, continental, regional and national levels, for all relevant stakeholders,

Exchanging knowledge and fostering innovation,

Supporting the poor and food and nutrition insecure to effectively respond to crises and strengthen resilience.

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UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report - 1 January to 30 June 2021

UNICEF continued its lifesaving multi-sectoral integrated Nutrition programming, to address close to 400,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 2.25 million children at risk of acute malnutrition. A total of 2,378,616 children under 5 years were screened for malnutrition through multiple interventions in 2021. Out of these, 109,700 children with SAM were admitted for treatment without complications in Outpatient Treatment Programmes (OTPs), with an 88 per cent cure rate. Also, 8,488 children with SAM and complications were admitted to therapeutic feeding centres (TFCs).

The rate of displacement in the first half of 2021 notably worsened, as more than 20,000 families (140,000 individuals) were newly displaced or left their location of displacement towards a safer destination. The highest numbers of displacements were linked to tensions resulting from conflict that were observed in 49 active frontlines across Marib, Hajja, Taiz, Al Hudaydah, Al Jawf, Lahj and Al Dhale’e.

UNICEF faces a funding gap of 49 per cent.

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UNICEF: Mehr als 11 Millionen jemenitische Kinder sind auf humanitäre Hilfe angewiesen

Das Kinderhilfswerk der Vereinten Nationen (UNICEF) hält die humanitäre Lage im Jemen für katastrophal.

Der Jemen stehe vor der schlimmsten humanitären Krise der Welt", teilte UNICEF am Freitag in einem Bericht mit und fügte hinzu, dass derzeit 11,3 Millionen Kinder im Jemen humanitäre Hilfe benötigten.

Der Jemen leide unter der schlimmsten humanitären Krise der Welt während der Jahre des blutigen Krieges, wobei 20,7 Millionen Menschen oder etwa 71 Prozent der Bevölkerung auf humanitäre Hilfe angewiesen seien, heißt es in einem Bericht der Organisation.

UNICEF warnte Anfang Juli in einem Bericht auch, dass die Bildung von mehr als sechs Millionen Kindern im Jemen gefährdet sei und dass ihnen die Bildung verweigert werde.

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8.1m Yemen children need 'emergency' educational aid, UNICEF says

Some 8.1 million children in Yemen need emergency educational assistance due to the conflict in the country, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said yesterday.

UNICEF explained on Twitter that this is a huge increase compared to the 1.1 million children who needed educational aid before the war.

"The war must stop so that children can live their childhood," it added.

The UN agency's tweet comes ahead of the new academic year scheduled to start on 15 August.

In early July, UNICEF said in a report that "more than two million children of school age are currently out of school in Yemen".

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Yemen: Humanitarian Access Snapshot (March - April 2021)

Humanitarian partners reported 575 access incidents in March and April across 32 districts in 13 governorates in Yemen. This is a slight increase compared to the number of incidents reported in January – February, when 489 incidents were reported, mainly due to an increase in incidents involving movement restrictions within Yemen, notably in March.

Movement within and into Yemen by humanitarian organizations remained challenging, with a total of 291 incidents reported. In areas controlled by the Ansar Allah (AA), partner movements continued to be curtailed by denied and delayed travel permits and blockages at checkpoints. Notably, the requirement for national female aid workers to travel with a mahram (a male family member) remained imposed, particularly disrupting service deliveries to women and girls in Al Hodeidah, Hajjah and Sa’dah. Across Yemen, pre-existing movement challenges were compounded by the threat of another wave of COVID-19, which further constrained efforts by partners to maintain and scale up humanitarian programmes and operations.

A spike in bureaucratic impediments were reported in the Red Sea Coast. In the Government of Yemen (GoY) controlled areas, in March, a new unrecognized local authority operating independently of the GoY issued a directive making movement permits and other bureaucratic requirements mandatory for all humanitarian staff and cargo movements on the Red Sea coast near Al Makha and Al Khukhah. Humanitarian movements were routinely blocked at checkpoints, humanitarian staff harassed and deliveries denied and delayed. This was estimated to have affected over 470,000 people in need in these areas. Midway through the month of Ramadan, a waiver was negotiated until the end of Eid allowing re-commencement of humanitarian action. The local authorities then unilaterally extended the waiver until the end of 2021.

Interference in humanitarian operations by local authorities remained a major constraint, with over 263 incidents reported. The majority involved GoY and AA sub-agreement procedures for NGO projects, including demands that breached or otherwise attempted to undermine programmatic and/or operational independence.


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Security Council 2140 Committee Briefed by Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict

Ms. Gamba recalled that, with the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2511 (2020), the 2140 sanctions regime now included explicit reference to the recruitment or use of children in armed conflict, and of sexual violence in armed conflict, as sanctionable acts. She expressed concern about the increase in the total number of grave violations in Yemen in 2020, compared to 2019. The most notable and worrying increase was observed in incidents of denial of humanitarian access, which had increased by one third, making Yemen the country with the highest number of denials of humanitarian access to children

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WFP Yemen Food Security Update, August 2021 =

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Malnourished children receive food supplies in Sana'a from Mona Relief

21 families in Sana'a governorate approximate of (147) individuals received yesterday from Mona Relief food aid supplies.

All targeted families have children who they are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Our project aims to mitigate the malnutrition among women and children from the targeted groups. As well, will provided with WASH services and Health services . The project will last for six months and to provide 126 food parcels on monthly pieces to 21 HHs during six months.

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Yemen aid agencies: thousands of lives at risk as vital lifeline remains blocked

Inter-agency statement on the fifth year of the Sana’a airport closure

For the past five years, Sana’a International airport has remained closed to commercial flights due to restrictions imposed by the Saudi-led Coalition on Yemen’s airspace and disagreement over the terms of its reopening between Ansar Allah and the Internationally Recognised Government and Saudi Arabia has led to its continued closure, impeding thousands of civilians’ access to lifesaving assistance, nine aid agencies warned today.

Since 2016, aid agencies have been raising the alarm over the deadly impact of the closure. At least 32,000 people may have died prematurely as a result according to the Ministry of Health and Population in Sana’a (2019). Not only does its continued closure prevent thousands of patients with critical conditions from seeking medical treatment abroad, but it also prevents essential medical supplies and equipment from entering the country.

For 70 per cent of Yemenis living in northern areas, the only alternative is to take lengthy journeys across active conflict lines to reach the nearest airport, incurring substantial costs that many cannot afford.

Aid agencies have repeatedly called for the immediate reopening of Sana’a airport to alleviate the suffering of civilians and ensure the free flow of humanitarian and commercial goods throughout Yemen.

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Yemen: Over 95,000 patients died due to closure of Sanaa airport. says Houthi official

The closure of Yemen's Sanaa International Airport has led to the deaths of over 95,000 patients who were in urgent need of medical treatment overseas, an official in the Houthi-led government said yesterday.

Raed Taleb, undersecretary of the General Authority for Civil Aviation and Meteorology (CAMA), announced the figures during a press conference and protest vigil held by the Ministry of Transport and CAMA at the airport, coinciding with the fifth anniversary since the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition imposed restrictions on the country's airspace, resulting in the closure of the main airport to commercial flights.

According to Taleb, over 480,000 patients who urgently need to travel for treatment abroad are affected, with more than 30 of them dying a day. "More than a million patients are at risk of death as a result of the lack of many medicines for chronic diseases, which were transported through Sanaa International Airport under special transport conditions," he said.

The Director of Sanaa International Airport, Khaled Al-Shayef, also explained that the continued closure of Sanaa airport to civilian flights over the years has exacerbated the humanitarian situation in the country, deemed the worst in the world by the UN.

"There are international demands to open Sanaa airport as a result of the catastrophic humanitarian repercussions of its continued closure, and the coalition countries are still insisting on linking this to other files, including military and political ones," Al-Shayef said.

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Film: Women in Taiz Promote Peaceful Coexistence Norms

In the war-ridden region, Reem Noaman, who still grieves the death of her husband, decided to attend a training session on peaceful coexistence and conflict resolution in Taiz.

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Yemen's former Relief Aid chief says int'l organizations use famine to develop their resources

Yemen's former chief of the national Supreme Committee for Relief Aid has accused the international organizations of "repeatedly using the term 'famine' … to develop their resources only."

In a tweet, Fatah, said, "In Yemen, there is no such a thing as 'famine' in the features that the term refers to, as per the international criteria of a famine."

"There is, in Yemen, a deficit in the citizens' purchase power due to the non-payment of salaries and the destruction of households' sources of income," he said.

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Yemen Nutrition Cluster: MNP GAP Analysis (as of 31 Jun, 2021)

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Yemen Situation Report, 5 Aug 2021

The depreciation of the Yemeni Rial is a major driver of food insecurity in import-dependent Yemen, where millions of people cannot afford enough food to get them through the day. Food prices have risen by at least one-third in six of Yemen’s 22 governorates in the first five months of this year, and there is a double-digit rise of 10 per cent or more in food prices in 15 out of 22 governorates. Yemen has not experienced such a rapid increase in food prices since late 2018, when the country was last on the brink of famine, with foreign currency injections at the time helping to avert famine by stabilizing the economy. By June 2021, the minimum food basket costs YER 9,133 per person in the south and YER 6,453 in the north, highlighting significantly higher food prices than in 2018 – by 62 per cent in the south and more than 18 per cent in the north.

While the impact of the Rial’s devaluation is worst in the south, where families in Lahj, Aden and Abyan governorates have seen prices increase by a third since the start of the year, insufficient food consumption – a measure of hunger tracked by food security partners – has surpassed the ‘very high’ threshold of 40 percent in eight governorates (Al Jawf, Amran, Shabwah, Al Bayda, Abyan, Ad Dali’, Lahj, Raymah) after a temporary decline during Ramadan in May. Insufficient food consumption is above 30 per cent in a further seven (Hajjah, Sana’a City, Sana’a, Ma’rib, Dhamar, Ibb, Ta’iz).

To help families cope with rising food prices, WFP has increased the cash assistance amount since 1 July.

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Decision Memo and Guidance Note: Survival Minimum Expenditure Basket and Setting the Transfer Values (August 2021)

The Survival Minimum Expenditure Basket (SMEB) for Yemen was refurbished in late 2020 and is defined as ‘the critical needs which a household requires in order to meet their critical essential needs, on a regular or seasonal basis, and on its average cost’. The ‘critical essential needs’ are defined as the critical goods and commodities, utilities and services required by households to ensure survival minimum living standard. A formal ‘Technical Working Group on SMEB (TWG – SMEB)’ led by the CMWG Yemen was formalized and Terms of References (TORs) were developed.

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Yemen: Nutrition Cluster Dashboard (January to June 2021)

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Film: Wie es Kindern im Jemen geht

English version:

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Yemen's children toil at dangerous work, not school

Instead of attending school, 15-year-old Harith Mansour spends his days wringing chickens' necks, plucking feathers and bagging up fresh meat for customers of a small shop in Yemen's capital Sanaa.

He is one of an unknown number of Yemen's children working to keep their families fed and housed as the toll of six years of war pushes the country ever deeper into poverty and hunger.

"I had to take on this job because my father cannot cover household expenses by himself ... There isn't enough for school or other things," said Mansour, who stopped studying at eighth grade.

Elsewhere in the capital Abdo Muhammad Jamales, also 15 and clad in sandals and a shirt, cuts long steel rebars in the street for use in concrete structures.

Fighting in his home city of Hodeidah in western Yemen displaced his parents and eight siblings to the nearby countryside two years ago. With his father unwell and unable to work, Jamales and his brother moved to Sanaa.

Jamales earns 3,000-4,000 riyals ($6-7) a day but more than half goes on food and accommodation, with little left to send home.

"Before, I used to study and sit and, thank God, all was good: food and drink came easily. But now it is hard ... A flour sack costs 18,000-19,000 riyals. Before it was 5,000-8,000," he said.

Price inflation in the war-battered economy is a major driver of Yemen's persistent hunger crisis. The cost of a minimum food basket in Yemen has risen more than 20% this year, according to U.N. data.

Before the latest conflict erupted in late 2014, Yemen was working with the United Nations to reduce child labour. The minimum age for work was 14, and 18 for hazardous work.

But children's organisation UNICEF says the war has more than doubled the number of children out of school to 2 million.

With family budgets at breaking point, girls are being married at earlier ages, boys recruited as soldiers and children sent out to work. More than 3,600 children were recruited into armed conflict in the past six years, the U.N. has said.


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USA kündigen humanitäre Hilfe in Höhe von 165 Millionen US-Dollar für den Jemen an

Die Vereinigten Staaten werden dem Jemen zusätzliche humanitäre Hilfe in Höhe von 165 Mio.

„Wir unterstützen die Bemühungen, eine Hungersnot zu verhindern, die wieder zu einer sehr realen Bedrohung wird“, sagte Tim Lenderking gegenüber Reportern während eines Briefings am Montag.

„Die Ankündigung heute wird hoffentlich weitere Ankündigungen generieren.“

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Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced nearly $165 million in additional humanitarian assistance for people affected by the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. This funding will provide lifesaving aid for Yemenis continuing to face humanitarian crisis after almost seven years of war that has left 20 million people struggling to survive without basic necessities, including more than two million young children facing deadly malnutrition.

This assistance will allow the UN World Food Program to continue providing emergency food assistance, reaching more than 11 million people every month with food provided by the American people, including in communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Yemen Nutrition Cluster Performance Monitoring Final Report 2020

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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Yemen minister warns continued Houthi Marib attack exposes millions of IDPs to more suffering

Yemen’s permanent representative to the UN Abdullah Al-Saadi has warned that the Houthi terrorist militia’s protracted military campaign on Marib exposes millions of civilians especially IDPs to more suffering.

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Yemen refugee camps bombed by Houthi rebels

Families already forced from their homes by famine and war are being deliberately targeted in a brutal new campaign of terror, writes Richard Spencer in Marib (paywalled)

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Life of the displaced – Surviving the ravages of war and conflict!

Moving from one place to another in search of safety and security is the only way for inhabitants to survive the ravages of war and armed conflicts, leaving behind their possessions of land, homes, and large numbers of livestock. They settle in huge areas of land where camps are established. There they face many difficulties in the beginning. They just realize that they have no other place to go. Their homes, families, friends, entire villages are vanished and no longer exist. But the desire for life overcomes everything!

In Yemen, the unrelenting conflict has coerced more than four million people to flee their homes, which makes the country rank as the fourth largest internally displaced population worldwide. Clearly, the displaced families face increasingly dire living conditions. Food, clean water, shelter and sanitation are desperately insufficient, and an increasing number of children suffer from malnutrition and diseases like malaria, diphtheria, cholera and polio.

“As a displaced person, I go every day to collect empty bottles of water from the streets to sell at the end of the day and get five hundred Yemeni Rials or a little more to buy some food for my children. I also collect leftovers from restaurants to feed them as well. This is how I usually spend my day, fighting to keep my kids alive,” Amal, a thirty five-year-old mother, stated.

In Bajil, Amal’s family is a living example that depicts the human tragedy of thousands of forcibly displaced families who wanted to protect their children due to the escalating clashes in mid-January, 2021 in southern areas of Al-Hudaydah governorate. She displaced with her six children – 4 sons, 2 daughters – to Al-Zalam (the darkness) camp for IDPs in Bajil district. Unfortunately, the camp lacks the basic necessities of living which aggravates the situation a lot more, especially for her newborn twins whose lives are at greater risk of malnutrition and life-threatening diseases.

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UNHCR Yemen: Rapid Needs and Vulnerability Assessment Update (1 Jan 2021 – 30 Jun 2021)

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CCCM Cluster Yemen: IDP Hosting Sites Overview (July 2021)

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Fierce bombing forcedly displaces scores of families in Rahaba

The Yemeni district of Rahaba in Marib has recently seen many families as forcedly displaced, a rights group tweeted on Monday.
The Houthi group forcibly displaced 67 families in Baqtha area and Madhrah village in Rahaba district, Protection Organization for Civil Orientation added.

and also

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IOM Yemen Quarterly Migration Overview (April - June 2021)

With the recent loosening of restrictions on international movements, migrant arrivals into Yemen have started to show a slow increase, although the overall numbers remain low compared to pre-pandemic years. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that 4,876 migrants arrived in Yemen during the period, compared to 3,669 in the same period in 2020, 47,269 migrants in 2019 and 31,644 migrants in 2018. Irregular migrants are often traveling to Yemen via boat, from Somalia or Djibouti. This journey is dangerous, and incidents of capsizing boats are frequently reported. On 14 June 2021, media reported a boat originating from Djibouti sunk with upwards of 200 Ethiopian migrants in the Bab-alMandab strait. Although the number of victims could not be confirmed, IOM’s Mobile Medical Teams (MMTs) recovered at least one body and local fishermen reported the recovery and burial of over 30 victims.

For over a year now, IOM and partners have been responding to larger groups of stranded migrants in what were traditionally transit hubs, mainly because controls along the border with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are much stricter, and the conflict has disrupted internal flows.

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Programme Overview & Strategy for Yemen's West Coast, July 202

The west coast region of Yemen covers two governorates and includes 11 districts: four districts in Ta’iz and seven in Al Hodeidah. In 2017 and 2018, the west coast witnessed large displacements, with major movements of internally displaced persons (IDPs) into Al Makha district, Ta’iz, and over 12,000 households displaced to Al Khukhah, At Tuhayta, Hays and Ad Durayhimi districts in Al Hodeidah. Today, in south Ta’iz, the majority of IDP hosting sites are in Al Makha and Mawza’ districts, with 14 sites in each district, while in south Al Hodeidah, a total of 113 IDP hosting sites are reported in Al Khukhah, At Tuhayta, Ad Durayhimi and Hays districts.1 As frontlines continue to be active, new displacements movements continue to be recorded across the region.

A majority of IDPs have been living for two-three years in the 141 displacement sites where there is limited access to appropriate humanitarian assistance. Given the large response gaps in relation to growing needs, IOM is scaling up operations here. In January 2021, IOM established a sub office in Al Makha city, Ta’iz, and has since deployed dedicated international and national programme and support staff to lead the Organization’s response in the region.

IOM’s response priorities are guided by multisectoral needs assessments and underpinned by the Organization’s direct implementation model.

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IOM Yemen Quarterly Update - Quarter 2: April to June 2021


Moving into the second half of the year, crisis affected populations in Yemen remain in critical need of shelter, food and financial support as economic difficulties, conflict, COVID-19 and severe food insecurity prolong the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The continued fuel crisis over the last quarter has also meant that people already faced with decreased access to basic services grapple with inflated prices for food, water and basic goods. The displacement crisis in Ma’rib has shown no signs of improvement as fighting persists, and halfway through the year, over 23,471 individuals have been displaced, making a total of nearly 154,476 displaced persons since January 2020 when re-escalation began. With Yemen’s rainy season ongoing, heavy storms began their disastrous effect on displaced people across the country, affecting thousands of households living in already inadequate shelters and placing them in increasingly precarious living conditions.

Following the spike in COVID-19 positive cases and associated deaths in quarter one, IOM lent its support to the United Nations (UN) COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in Yemen. The Organization began providing vaccinations at five health centres in Aden, Ma’rib, Shabwah, Ta'iz and Lahj following the receipt of the initial 360,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility on 31 March.

Throughout this quarter, migrants desperately in search of opportunity continued to travel via dangerous, irregular migratory routes and smuggler networks to arrive to Yemen with the hopes of continuing on to the neighboring Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

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Yemen: UNHCR Operational Updates, covering the period 29 July - 13 August 2021

Key Figures:

20.7 million people in need

Over 4 million internally displaced

Over 80 per cent have been displaced for more than a year

46,086 individuals (7,681 families) newly displaced in 20211

Children and women represent up to 79 per cent of the total IDP population

129,007 refugees

11,675 asylum-seekers


USD 271 M required for 2021 operations

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CCCM Cluster Yemen: Several Hubs IDP Hosting Sites (July 2021)

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Houthis've almost doubled taxes this year: Reports

The Houthi militia have almost doubled taxes this year compared to last years, Almashehad Alkhaleeni news website learnt from sources in the terrorist militia-run Taxes Authtority in Sana'a.

What the militia-run Authority levies now exceeds 60 billion Yemeni riyals a month, which is doube the monthly rate in the past years, the sources told the website.

The sources attiributed the increase to "the militia's increase of taxes by 100%."

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Radar: 5143 Houthi violations against civilians in Al-Baidha

Iran-allied Houthi militia blamed for (5143) violations of human rights against the civilians in the governorate of Albaidha during the time 2014 to 2020, according to report by Human Rights Radar organization.
The report which headlined" Al-Baidha: Horrific Revenge" was published in Marib on Saturday, at press conference stated that the violations included killing, injuring, enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrest, torture and attacks on public and private-owned properties during six years.

and also

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British forces plan to seize strategic sites in Yemeni Mahara: Houthis

The British forces that arrived in Mahara plan to take control of strategic sites in the Yemeni eastern governorate, with help from the Saudi-led coalition, the Houthi-appointed Mahara governor said Thursday.

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Another Yemeni journalist "Younes Abdulsalam" disappeared under unclear circumstances around 10 days ago in Houthi-controlled Sana'a.

referring to

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The Houthi militia will resume the trial of model Entisar Al-Hammadi on Sunday, media reports said on Friday.

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Houthis commit over 700 abuses against civilians in Ibb in half a year: NGO

A Yemeni human rights organization has documented more than 700 human rights abuses by the Houthi militia against civilians in Ibb governorate south of the capital Sana'a in the first half of 2021.

Aljanad Human Rights Organization unveiled in a statement today it had "documented 745 abuses in the half of the current year with the abuses against civilians varying from murder (victims include five women and 12 children) and 66 attempted murders (including against two women and four children)."

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Deputy Foreign Minister: The British have been involved in war on Yemen since day one

Deputy Foreign Minister of the National Salvation Government of Yemen in Sana’a, Hussein Al-Ezzi, has on Thursday commented on the arrival of British forces to Mahrah province, eastern Yemen.

“We do not have to comment on everything that the enemy may say about us or others,” Al-Ezzi said on a tweet.” As for the issue of the British forces, it is not a new issue. They have participated in the aggression against our country since the first day.”

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Houthis choose Hegira calendar for official dealings

The Sana'a-based Houthi government on Tuesday decided to adopt Hegira calendar for official dealings.
It is time to stop "adhering to the A. D. calendar and forgetting the Hegira calendar," Houthi prime minister said in remarks carried by Houthi media.

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In Yemen, tarawih is mainly practiced by Sunni Muslims. Tensions surrounding it date back to the 1990s and were fuelled by the rivalry between Zaydi revivalists and Salafists (Al Bayan, 23 August 2020; Weir, September 1997). Since at least 2014, the Houthis have hindered this religious rite in the capital Sanaa and other areas under their control (Ad Dali News, 17 July 2014; Irfaa Sawtak, 1 June 2018). Multiple Houthi religious and political authorities have recently issued statements that tarawih prayer should be performed privately, at home.4 In line with other fatwas — including the one issued by Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Iraq (Theological Research Center, 2010) — Houthi authorities interpret collective tarawih prayers in the mosque as an innovation (bid‘a) introduced by the second Caliph Umar Bin Al Khattab.

ACLED-Religion shows an uptick of religious practice repression perpetrated by pro-Houthi forces during Ramadan (see figure below). Most repression events are concentrated around the capital Sanaa (see map below), targeting — in addition to tarawih — other Ramadan-related rites (e.g. iftar, tahajjud, and i‘tikaf5) due to sectarian reasons. Of particular concern is the escalation of repression of women events perpetrated by the Zainabiyyat, a pro-Houthi female ‘moral’ police force (UNPoE, 5 May 2020). ACLED-Religion records 19 events specifically targeting women’s religious practice and aimed at imposing Houthi ideology.

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Supreme Police Council dismisses 904 officers proven to have betrayed country

The Supreme Police Council on Wednesday approved the completion of the legal procedures to dismiss 904 officers from the Ministry of Interior who were proven to have betrayed the country and joined the Saudi-led aggression coalition ranks.

In its meeting, chaired by the Deputy Minister of Interior, Maj. Gen. Abdulmajeed Al-Murtada, the Police Council assigned a committee headed by the Undersecretary for the Security and Police Sector to prepare criminal files for those proven to have joined the ranks of the aggression coalition and refer them to the Public Prosecution.


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Houthi group fires 904 pro-government interior ministry officials

The Houthi group on Wednesday said it was firing 904 interior ministry officials.

Its supreme police council has finalised the legal procedures for the terminations on the grounds that the officers have betrayed their country and joined the Saudi-led coalition, pro-Houthi media outlets said.

The move comes in implementation of the order of the group's leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi to clear state institutions of traitors, the chairman of the council and vice interior minister in the Houthi government Abdulmajeed Al-Murtadha was quoted as saying.

and also

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Yemenis demanding today this Sanaa airport be reopened after 5-year long closure (photos)

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Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi speaks on the Islamic New Year

Leader of the Yemeni Revolution, Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, has stressed that “the concept of peace cannot be accepted as long as the Saudi-led aggression coalition airstrikes, attacks, abuses and the suffocating siege on the Yemeni people continue.”

In his speech this afternoon on the occasion of the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad’s migration to Medina, and talking on the latest developments in the region, Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said that those who advocate peace while sponsoring the continuation of the aggression “offer peace in the Israeli way.”

“They should stop the aggression and siege […], compensate the damages and stop interfering in Yemen’s affairs,” he added.

He reiterated Yemen’s readiness for real peace, with several initiatives, one of which was presented when the Omani delegation came to Sana’a.

“If the Saudis announce an end to the aggression and the blockade, we will welcome that,” he said.

Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi explained that the continued targeting reveals the real intentions of the Americans and thf fact that their war is a war on all the Yemeni people.

Sayyid al-Houthi said that said that the raising the customs tariff in Aden port is a step taken by the Saudis to target the entire Yemeni people.

He indicated that the first step to target the local currency has been made by Americans through transferring the Central Bank and printing new banknotes, in addition to other policies damaging the purchasing power of the people.

Sayyid Al-Houthi went on to say that the measures taken by the corrupt government of Hadi are “a scandal to both the traitors and to the Saudis, Emiratis, American and British.”

He explained that the economic war against our country included many aspects, including the looting of oil and gas wealth.

The Leader stressed that the Saudi-led aggression countries’ insistence on continuing their aggression and siege without taking practical steps even on the humanitarian issue, is a continuous problem.

and also


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Film: Houthi spokesperson Mohammed Abdul Salam calls on Iran to extend its support in different fields, besides the military support it provides for Houthis.

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The Houthi introduction of a visa and passport system for entries from the Yemeni areas outside their control to the ones within theircontrol is a temporary move to secure their grip on the territories in their grasp well before they encroach militarily on other territories in Yemen … and the whole (Arab) region /Aden Alghad

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The Houthi militia have begun printing new textbooks infused with extremist and terrorism-glorifying ideology in preparation to introduce them to schools as of this year, reports have said. The books had first been used only in Summer Vacation Camps where Houthis groom hundreds of thousands of children to become fighters./Almashehad Alkhaleeji

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Tens of thousands of Yemenis march against Saudi economic warfare

Tens of thousands of the Yemeni people have gathered on Sunday in the capital Sana’a in order to denounce the blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition and the decision to raise Aden customs tariffs.

In a massive march called “The Siege and the raising of the price of the customs dollar price: an American crime,” member of the Supreme Political Council Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, affirmed that the Yemeni people “stand today in a steadfast stance to confront the economic war, as well as to support the military and security fronts.”

and also

Film: =

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Spokesman for Yemen's Houthis under fire for wearing ‘$30,000 Rolex' at Raisi inauguration

A spokesman for Yemen's Houthi rebels has been criticized for reportedly wearing a Rolex watch valued at $30,000 to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's inauguration amid widespread poverty in Yemen.

referring to

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Calgary author details his 300 days behind bars in Yemen prison in new book

Prison Time in Sana'a is a story about resilience, says Abdulkader Al-Guneid

Abdulkader Al-Guneid says that when the war began, he still lived in the Middle East country, and used social media to portray what was happening in his home country.

But in 2015, Al-Guneid — who was 66 at the time — was kidnapped and imprisoned for 300 days by Houthi fighters.

After being released and moving to Calgary with his family, he decided to write a a book about his experience: Prison Time in Sana'a.

The activist turned writer talked to the Calgary Eyeopneron Wednesday about what readers can expect from his book as well as how he maintained his sanity while imprisoned.

Q: What followed was 300 days in prison. Can you describe what the conditions were like?

A: Inhumane. Very tight cells, very narrow, very cold and dark.

There is a plastic tube like you use in water pipes near the ceiling, from which there would be some air.

There is an iron door and it opens the trapdoor only three times a day: one for breakfast, one for lunch and for one for dinner. The breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is only beans for 300 days.

And you are not allowed to receive any news. You don't know what's happening to your family, and your families don't know where you are, whether you are still alive or already dead. =

and film: Virtual Launch Event | Prison Time in Sana'a

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

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Islah renews demands for int'l investigation into Aden assassination crimes

Yemen's Congregation for Reform (the Islah) party has renewed its demands for an international investigation into the assassination crimes that targeted hundreds of nationalist symbols including members of the party in the city of Aden over the past five years.

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Protests in Taiz demanding accountability of Islah-affiliated militia protected by the Yemeni Army. Yemenis are striving for a state, yet the state insists on conducting itself as a militia (photos)

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Car bomb blast hits Dar Sa'ad, north Aden

A car bomb blast rocked Dar Sa'ad in Aden on Saturday, targeting the convoy of the Police Director of the district.
The explosive-laden vehicle was detonated from a remote location by unknown persons as the convoy was passing by on the main road of Dar Sa'ad.
A soldier was killed and the Police Director, his companion and three civilians were injured in the terrorist attack.

and also

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New arbitrary levies imposed in Shabwa

The Muslim Brotherhood-linked local authorities of Shabwa governorate have imposed new restrictions and levies of up to 700 Yemeni Rials on the shop owners.
Small restaurants, groceries and cafes are included in the newly-imposed levies from each according to their financial ability.
The merchants of the oil-rich southern province of Shabwa accused the Brotherhood-linked local authorities led by Shabwa's governor Mohammad Saleh bin Adyo of illegally imposing levies and royalties under different names in a bid to repeat the same scenario of the Iran-backed Houthi terrorist militia in north Yemen.

and also

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STC forces storm houses of government army officers

Forces of the southern transitional council on Friday stormed houses of a number of military officers loyal to Yemen's internationally recognised government in the interim capital Aden under the pretext of searching for wanted suspects.

A taskforce of 10 security pickup trucks led by the security chief of Lahij province Brig. Gen. Saleh Al-Sayyed targeted houses of officers close to the commander of the transport brigade in the government forces Brig. Gen. Amjad Khalid who is accused of kidnapping a brother of the member of of the council's presidency Abdulrahman Sheikh in April, sources said.

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Film: Islah-affiliated militia eradicate a whole family in Taiz under the auspices and protection of the Yemeni National Army. This mother witnessed the murder of her husband and son and other members of her family in the span of two days. There must be accountability for these crimes!

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UAE-backed mercenaries release Salafist preacher after 10 months imprisonment


Leader of armed gang in Taiz Majed al-Araj, a com in the pro-govt Taiz mil axis too, killed while trying 2 seize a land 2days ago. 3 others from al-Ahraq family, inc Essam who's a security officer & landowner, reportedly killed & their house burned by Majed's gang. Hello Islah.


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[Sanaa gov.] Ministry of Human Rights condemns killing of women, abduction of children in Bir Basha in Taiz

The Ministry of Human Rights condemned on Friday the killing of women, the abduction of children, the infiltration into homes, the intimidation of their inhabitants, and the looting of their contents in the areas controlled by US-Saudi mercenaries in Taiz province.

In a statement received by Saba, the ministry condemned the recent armed clashes in Bir Basha between aggression mercenaries, resulting in the killing and injuring of 12, including a woman.

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Seven prisoners break out of UAE-run prison in occupied Yemen

A number of prisoners have on Tuesday escaped from a prison run by the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Lahj province, Yemen News Portal reported, citing local sources.

According to the sources, seven inmates at the Central Prison in Al-Hawtah District, the center of Lahj province, managed to escape after breaking one of the prison’s windows

The sources noted that security forces were complicit in the prison break.

Meanwhile, dozens of citizens blocked several main roads, in protest against the escape of some of the most dangerous prisoners in the province.

Local sources affirmed that the tribal protesters completely cut off the road in front of travelers in Radfan area.

The sources added that the protesters created several checkpoints in search of the prisoners, several of whom stand accused of killing civilians around the province.

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As gas shortages hit occupied parts of Yemen, Saudi and UAE occupation forces squabble over revenues

The southern Yemeni port city of Aden has on Wednesday witnessed a new domestic gas crisis, as the conflict over revenues between Saudi-led coalition factions intensified. This was reported by Yemen News Portal, based on local sources.

According to the sources, gas tankers from Ma’rib have refrained from entering Aden and instead stopped at the Al-Alam checkpoint, after the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) imposed huge tariffs on each locomotive.

Hundreds of gas locomotives are still stranded at the eastern entrance of Aden, despite a gas crisis ravaging the city’s residents.

The issues derive from a conflict between Hadi government forces on the one hand and the STC in Aden on the other, over gas.

The STC insists on supplying gas revenues in Aden to an account at the Central Bank of Aden, while the Saudi-led authority in Ma’rib rejects this step and has already cut off gas from Aden.

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3 killed as tribesmen clash with troops from Giant Bridges in south Yemen

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A month ago UAE-backed troops from Amaleqa /Yafa,Lahj, killed a man from al-Sabayha tribe, Lahj, in al-Macha #Taiz. Since then his relatives had called 2 hand over suspected killers. Ystrdy clashes erupted btw them, 4 Amlq fighters killed & many captured by al-Sabayha's.

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Protesters in Abyan province blockade smuggling of Yemeni fish by Saudi occupiers

Citizens in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan have on Monday stopped exporting shipments of fish to Saudi Arabia, denouncing the high local prices and the fact that the export deprives the local population of their access to fish.

According to a local source, dozens of Mudiyah district members intercepted locomotives loaded with large quantities of fish.

The source added that the people cut off the international connection, and prevented the transports from continuing their way, forcing the locomotives back to Aden and Shuqra to sell the fish on local markets, in protest against the export of fish at a time when the province’s people are suffering from famine.

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Protesters in Yemeni province of Mahrah strongly condemn illegal British deployment to their land

The head of the peaceful sit-in protest committee in Mahrah, Sheikh Ali Salem al-Harizi has called on British soldiers and other foreign forces to leave the Yemeni province of Mahrah immediately.

In a statement, al-Harizi affirmed that “the sons and sheikhs of Mahrah expressed their complete and categorical rejection of any foreign military presence in the province.”

“The sit-in committee of Mahrah followed up with great interest the news reports and media outlets speaking about the arrival of a British force consisting of 41 members of the British Special Forces at Al-Ghaydah International Airport in the province, in addition to Saudi, Emirati and American occupation forces. On these foreign developments, the leadership, members and supporters of the committee categorically reject any foreign military presence on the province’s land,” the statement reads.

The committee condemned all the “miserable and shameful attempts by the Saudi, Emirati, British, and American occupation to place false accusations and lies on the sons of Mahrah, with systematic, multi-method actions aimed at controlling the governorate.”

On the other hand, the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) has sent military forces to the Yemeni provinces of Mahrah and Hadhramaut in eastern Yemen.


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Mahrah sheikh call on British troops to leave Yemen

The chairman of the peaceful demonstration committee in Yemen's eastern province of Mahrah sheikh Salem Al-Harizi on Tuesday called on the UK troops to leave the Yemen.

He made light of the reports suggesting Iranian-Houthi presence in the province on the border with Oman.

Days ago, 40 members of the British Special Forces arrived at Al-Ghaydah Airport on a mission to hunt down suspects responsible for attacking an Israeli tanker off Oman, British media outlets reported.

The reports suggested that the Iran-allied Houthis had carried out the drone attack on the tanker, killing two.

But Al-Harizi said the arrival of the British troops is unacceptable because the Houthis have not been able to reach Mahrah since they seized the capital Sanaa in late 2014.

The Mahrah people are ready to expel the Britons by force in case they had no other option, he said.

They are here not to target Houthi suspects but within a plot to occuoy Yemeni coasts and islands, he added.


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Protest leader in Mahrah condemns British military presence in Yemen

Badr Kalashat, a leader of the Mahrah sit-in protest committee and a former Hadi government official, warned today of the danger of British forces arriving in al-Ghaydah, and promised to confront them and any other foreign presence.


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Yemeni Islah calls gov't clarification on foreign forces in Mahara

The Yemeni Islah Party on Wednesday called on the official government to present a transparent clarification on the presence of foreign forces in the eastern governorate of Mahara.
Following a meeting, Islah Mahara branch released a statement warning against the presence of foreign forces beyond the Arab coalition under baseless pretexts, as this would "plunge the governorate into chaos and allow for agendas, ambitions and frantic race belittling the country's sovereignty."
Relevant departments need to assume their responsibilities and spare Mahara the trouble of conflicts, the statement read, urging other Yemeni political and social parties to reject any moves that could rebreed historical ambitions and control.

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STC continues escalatory rhetoric on Yemen government

The southern transitional council on Monday continued its escalatory rhetoric on Yemen's internationally recognised government.

The council's spokesman Ali Al-Kathiri attacked the minister of information, culture and tourism Muammar Al-Eryani over his remarks on the federal state during a visit to Mukalla, the capital of the eastern province of Hadhramaut.

Al-Eryani should know that the federal state which he came to Mukalla to convince the people to stick to is a rejected project and so as his visit, he said.

Al-Eryani should control his statements and respect the hospitality etiquette, otherwise the Hadhrami people would silence him, he added.

and from a STC news site:


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STC sends military reinforcements to Mukalla as it threatens government

The southern transitional council on Tuesday deployed military reinforcements to Yemen's eastern province of Hadhramaut, a day after it threatened to drive the internationally recognised government out of southern and eastern regions.

On Monday, the spokesperson of the UAE-backed council Ali Al-Kathiri attacked the minister of information, culture and tourism Muammar Al-Eryani over his remarks about the federal state and visit to Mukalla, the capital of Hadhramaut.

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Islah head welcomes new UN envoy, hopes he has roadmap to prevent Yemen slide to the abyss

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The UAE reneges on implementing the military provisions of the Riyadh Agreement which allows for the STC militia's handover of the city to regular troops and merge of all paramilitary forces under the Interior and Defense ministries' command./Voice of Yemen

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ERC organises 4th group wedding in Socotra, 23rd in Yemen

The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) organised its 23rd group wedding in Yemen, which is the fourth held in the Governorate of Socotra, benefitting 200 young men and women.
The wedding was attended by several Yemeni officials and an ERC representative who supervised the event’s arrangements, in addition to the brides, grooms, their families and invitees.

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UAE-organised festival in Socotra turns into mass protest against Emirati occupation

Residents of Socotra Island have on Saturday turned the so-called Zayed Festival, which was being organisedd by the UAE occupation forces in the Noujd region, into demonstrations demanding the total expulsion of UAE occupation troops from the archipelago.

At a mass wedding named the Zayed Festival, which was organised by the Khalifa Foundation and the UAE Red Crescent, the protesters chanted slogans demanding the departure of the UAE occupation.

Activists on social media also circulated videos of popular demonstrations in the Noujd area.

Fortsetzung / Sequel: cp7 – cp19

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-754 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-754: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

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

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

09:48 15.08.2021
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Dietrich Klose

Vielfältig interessiert am aktuellen Geschehen, zur Zeit besonders: Ukraine, Russland, Jemen, Rolle der USA, Neoliberalismus, Ausbeutung der 3. Welt
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Dietrich Klose