Krieg im Jemen: Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 11

Jemen Heftige Kämpfe um Taiz und saudische Luftangriffe. Die Offensive gegen die Huthis im Süden verlangsamt, offenbar wird Zangenangriff auf Sanaa vorbereitet. ISIS in Aden

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23.8.2015 – Bloomberg

Hostage Rescue Highlights Deeper U.A.E. Role in Yemen’s War

Troops from the United Arab Emirates are playing a deeper role in the Yemen conflict, freeing a British hostage held by al-Qaeda in Aden and helping coalition forces fighting Houthi rebels in the oil-rich Marib province.

Robert Douglas Semple, 64, a petroleum engineer kidnapped by al-Qaeda in February 2014, was freed by Emirati forces in Aden, the official WAM news agency said Sunday. U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed a British hostage had been rescued. In Marib, resident Mohammed al-Sharif said he saw the arrival of “huge forces,” which the Saudi-owned Asharq Alawsat newspaper said included Emirati soldiers.

The U.A.E.’s involvement comes as the Saudi-led coalition steps up its ground offensive after almost five months of airstrikes

“The U.A.E. is playing a leading if somewhat silent role,” said Emile Hokayem, senior fellow for Middle East security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Bahrain. “The deeper coalition troops go into Yemen, the higher the operational risks. Much depends on local support, its cohesion and the coalition’s ability to corral it.”

Emirati troops are on the ground in Yemen and the U.A.E. has provided support and equipment to coalition forces fighting the Houthis, said a person with knowledge of the troop deployment, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak on the issue.

The U.A.E. is also trying and has had some success in persuading tribes and supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied with the Houthis, to join the coalition, said the person, who has been briefed on the matter. Those tribes needed to be reassured of a sustained security presence on the ground, the person said. While the focus is on Houthi rebels, the U.A.E. will also act against al-Qaeda selectively if it obtains relevant intelligence, the person said – by Nafeesa Syeed and Mohammed Hatem

23.8.2015 -NPR

Alex Potter's Photos Bear Witness To Yemen's Civil War

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Alex Potter, a young American photographer in Yemen's largest city Sanaa. She is bearing witness to the terrible human toll of Yemen's civil war.

21.8.2015 – BBC (Film)

Yemen conflict: Scars of civil war in Aden

Fighting continues in Yemen's bitter civil war and hospitals and aid agencies are struggling to help those desperately in need of treatment and supplies.

20.8.2015 – NPR

UN Critcizes Saudi-Backed Operations In Yemen, But U.S. Stays Silent

Saudi Arabia is coming under increasing international criticism for a military campaign that has devastated Yemen. And critics say the U.S., a key Saudi ally, has been too silent on the matter. Those critics say that's giving the Saudis a lot leeway in their fight against rebels in Yemen. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports the U.S. is walking a fine line.

From the State Department, spokesman John Kirby called on all sides to abide by humanitarian laws, but stopped short of directly criticizing the Saudi's for the way they have waged the air and ground campaign against rebels who ousted the government from the capital ,

It's important to remember that Saudi Arabia was asked to assist by the government of Yemen, the government that we recognize. We continue to urge all parties in Yemen, all parties, to allow for the unimpeded entry and delivery of essential relief items to the civilian population nationwide.

KELEMEN: The Obama administration has been helping the Saudis with logistical support and intelligence while quietly advising them to find a political solution. But the Atlantic Council's Nabeel Khoury, a former U.S. diplomat who served in Yemen, says the U.S. has been too quiet.

NABEEL KHOURY: The Obama administration is speaking too softly to the Saudis and not caring any stick at all which means the Saudis have no real motive to stop what they're doing right now, especially that the U.S. continues to assist them in it.

KELEMEN: The Saudis view the conflict as a proxy war with Iran since the rebels are led by the Houthis, a shiia group with links to Iran. And that puts the U.S. in a difficult bind as it tries to ease concerns in the region about its nuclear deal with Iran. At the same time, the U.S. has national security interests in Yemen where terrorist groups are taking advantage of the chaos. That's according to an analyst in the region, April Longley Alley, of the International Crisis Group – by Michele Kelemen

20.8.2015 – Voice of America

Extremists Harness Yemen Chaos, Coalition Pushes North

There may never be a winner in Yemen’s war, but some groups are already benefiting from the chaos, according to analysts.
Al-Qaida and Islamic State-affiliated militants are attempting to control cities and towns in Yemen, as the Saudi-led coalition moves north, pushing out the Houthi militants, says Yemeni journalist Nasser Arrabyee.
“They are trying to declare emirates in the places where they are strong, where they are familiar,” Arrabyee said on the phone from the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.

Militants in Yemen may not have the power to actually govern these areas, he added, but said they are taking their cues from militants in Iraq and Syria in an attempt to install "Taliban-style" rule.
The groups are also unlikely to capture Yemen’s main cities, he said, because they are unpopular and the cities are protected by an array of militias and militaries. Al-Qaida and IS, as the Islamic State group is known, are currently concentrating their efforts in regions where they traditionally operate, he explained – by Heather Murdock

20.8.2015 – Radio FFH (Kurzfilm)

Jemen: Trümmer, Tote, und Hunger

Die Stadt Taes im Süden des Jemen liegt in Trümmern. Seit Monaten kämpfen dort die regierungstreuen Truppen von Präsident Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi gegen Huthi-Rebellen und hinterlassen eine Spur der Verwüstung.

20.8.2015 – Common Dreams

Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen?

Yemen has been the target of a brutal U.S.-backed war led by Saudi Arabia. While ordinary civilians are suffering horrific violence and starvation, there is deafening silence from the U.S. and others who claim to be defenders of human rights.

The situation is so bad now that nearly every major global human rights organization has issued dire warnings of the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the Persian Gulf’s poorest nation.

Ignoring the outcry from these high-profile human rights groups, Saudi Arabia just bombed yet another port, a main one used to transport aid to civilians in northern Yemen. In response, Save the Children’s Edward Santiago said, “The bombing of Hodeida port is the final straw. ... The impact of these latest air strikes will be felt most strongly by innocent children and families.”

Not only has the United States blessed the brutal Saudi air war on Yemen, it has taken an active role in it. Recently “the Pentagon more than doubled the number of American advisors to provide enhanced intelligence for airstrikes,” the Los Angeles Times reported. This has directly contributed to a surge in airstrikes and subsequent civilian casualties. The L.A. Times rightly pointed out that Yemen’s plight has been “vastly overshadowed” by the U.S. war on Islamic State.

gnoring the outcry from these high-profile human rights groups, Saudi Arabia just bombed yet another port, a main one used to transport aid to civilians in northern Yemen. In response, Save the Children’s Edward Santiago said, “The bombing of Hodeida port is the final straw. ... The impact of these latest air strikes will be felt most strongly by innocent children and families.”

Not only has the United States blessed the brutal Saudi air war on Yemen, it has taken an active role in it. Recently “the Pentagon more than doubled the number of American advisors to provide enhanced intelligence for airstrikes,” the Los Angeles Times reported. This has directly contributed to a surge in airstrikes and subsequent civilian casualties. The L.A. Times rightly pointed out that Yemen’s plight has been “vastly overshadowed” by the U.S. war on Islamic State.

Adding to the air war, a new, aggressive, ground-based effort began in earnest in early August. The United Arab Emirates, a small but extremely wealthy country, has deployed a major contingent of troops on the ground in Yemen. Like Saudi Arabia, the UAE is a major U.S. ally and a loyal customer of American military weaponry. A recent analysis found that U.S. arms sales to the Middle East exploded under President Obama, peaking at more than $40 billion in 2012, compared with just over $10 billion under George W. Bush. The $60.7 billion worth of weapons during Obama’s tenure went mostly to Saudi Arabia (67 percent) and the UAE (21 percent), the two main aggressors in Yemen.

Although Saudi Arabia cites its fear of Iranian influence as impetus for the war (couched in rhetoric about restoring Hadi’s rule), there is little evidence that Iran is actually helping the Houthis. Certainly the Iranian regime has sent aid shipments to Yemen, many of which have been thwarted by Saudi Arabia despite the desperate need. But there is no evidence of military or logistical Iranian support.

Bizarrely, even Obama has asserted that Iran has not boosted the Houthi rebellion. On the contrary, he claimed Iran tried to discourage the Houthis, telling the press, “There were moments where Iran was actually urging potential restraint.” Obama has had to portray Iran as a “rational” actor in his administration’s recently brokered nuclear agreement with the Islamic Shiite regime. So why has he remained silent on Saudi bloodshed in Yemen, and worse, actively participated by providing advice and weapons?

The answer may lie in the fact that the U.S. has long waged its own one-sided drone war in Yemen and shamelessly continues to do so even as the country is falling apart. On Aug. 12,the latest drone strike in the eastern part of the country reportedly resulted in the extrajudicial assassinations of five suspected members of al-Qaida.

The richest and most powerful country in the world—the United States—is aiding the richest and most powerful countries in the Middle East—Saudi Arabia and the UAE—in bludgeoning the poorest in the region and one of the least powerful countries in the world: Yemen. What is remarkable about the Obama administration’s silence on Yemen’s civilian suffering is that it is mirrored by everyone else’s muteness. Neither right- nor left-wing forces in the United States have taken much interest in the carnage and starvation there - by Sonali Kolhatkar

Humanitäre Lage

20.8.2015 -BBC

Yemen humanitarian crisis: Five key points

The head of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that after almost five months of fighting, a lack of unhindered access to people who urgently need humanitarian assistance and a shortage of funding are creating the possibility of famine for millions in Yemen.

"The firepower with which this war is fought on the ground and in the air is causing more suffering than in other societies which are stronger and where infrastructures are better off and people are wealthier and have reserves and can escape," Peter Maurer told the Associated Press.

The conflict has now reached 21 out of 22 of Yemen's provinces and shows no sign of ending. More than 1.4 million people have been displaced and 21.1 million, half of them children, now require humanitarian assistance, according to the UN.


Yemen usually imports more than 90% of its food, including most of its wheat and all its rice. The Saudi-led coalition's naval embargo and months of fighting around the key port of Aden have stopped all but a fraction of imports getting through, causing severe shortages of food, as well as price rises. A lack of fuel, coupled with insecurity and damage to markets and roads, have also prevented available supplies from being distributed.

An estimated 12.9 million people are now considered food insecure, an increase of 20% in six months, according to the UN's World Food Programme (WFP). Six million are severely food insecure, while more than 1.2 million children are suffering from moderate acute malnutrition and half a million are severely malnourished.

A number of conflict-affected provinces have been classified by the WFP at the "emergency" level for food security - one level below "famine".


Yemen has long-standing water problems. However, the coalition's heavy restrictions on imports of fuel - essential for maintaining the water supply - combined with damage to pumps and sewage treatment facilities, has meant that 20.4 million people now lack access to safe drinking water, sanitation or hygiene services - an increase of 52% since March.

Water can be transported to affected areas by lorry, but the cost has increased dramatically since the start of the conflict. That has forced many people to rely unsanitary sources and unprotected wells, placing themselves at risk of life-threatening illnesses such as diarrhoea and cholera.


large number of health facilities have been either destroyed or damaged by the fighting. Others have been forced to close down because of a lack of medicines, critical supplies, equipment, and fuel to run generators. As a consequence, 15.2 million people across the country now lack access to basic healthcare - an increase of more than 40% since March.

Medicines for diabetes, hypertension, cancer and other forms of chronic diseases are no longer available and many pregnant women may soon face dramatically increased risks of death during childbirth, the World Health Organisation (WHO)says. Outbreaks of deadly communicable diseases - including dengue fever and malaria - have also been reported.

20.8.2015 – Vimeo

For a loaf of bread (Film)

"For a Loaf of Bread", a poignant short film by participants of Comra 2015!film camp about the struggles and dreams of a Yemeni child in a time of war.

20.8.2015 – RT

Militärintervention von Saudi Arabien im Jemen bedroht das Leben von 10 Millionen Kindern

Ein Video von UNICEF, das am Dienstag veröffentlicht wurde, zeigt, wie die Kinder in Sanaa unter der Jemen-Intervention durch Saudi Arabien leiden. Der von UNICEF veröffentlichte Bericht „Yemen: Childhood Under Threat“ berichtet außerdem von rund 400 getöteten Kindern, nachdem die Gewalt vor vier Monaten eskalierte. In ihm wird betont, wie verheerend der Konflikt für das Leben der Kinder und ihre Zukunft ist. Gerade jetzt, wo höchster Katastrophenalarm besteht. Die Kinder sind die gefährdetste Gruppe unter den Notleidenden, mit mehr als zehn Millionen von ihnen, die dringend humanitäre Hilfe benötigen.

Mit entsprechendem Video

1.8.2015 – Vice News (Film)

Seeking Refuge in Djibouti: Escape From Yemen

According to UN estimates, nearly 100,000 people have fled Yemen since violence erupted there in March. Of those escaping the conflict, over 20,000 have sought refuge in the tiny East African nation of Djibouti, an authoritarian state located between Eritrea and Somalia seen as a beacon of stability in the region, largely due to its hosting of a US military base.

The Markazi refugee camp, located in the arid and dusty Obock region, plays host to many of those fleeing Yemen. Refugees can live in the tented camp, where the average June temperature varied between 111 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit (44 - 50 degrees Celsius). Otherwise they can pay cripplingly high rental costs for substandard living conditions in Djibouti City.

Following on from our coverage of the conflict in Aden, VICE News travels to Djibouti to discover the effects of the war on those forced to flee their homes and start anew.


24.8.2015 – South Front


The momentum of the Saudi-led forces following the start of “Operation Golden Arrow,” appears to have decreased as the Al Houthis launch a counter-offensives in southern Yemen and prove they are ready and willing to escalate conflict directly at the border with Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-led coalition forces will probably face an organized Al Houthi counter-offensive by next week. In turn, unconfirmed information about a planned ground offensive in al Hudaydah by the Saudi-led coalition. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) continue to benefit from the conflict. Terrorists forces will continue to expand as long as they have the informal support of Saudi-led forces.

Despite the reports of a continuation of the military escalation, a lot of experts argue that the active phase of the military conflict has almost ended. These forecasts aren’t related to ‘great successes’ of the Saudi-led ground forces: the most of Saudi militants’ gains admired by mainstream western media are a transfer of control under settlements from the Houthis’ government to local tribals. The real reason is a break in the Al Houthis’ camp: Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces have stopped particpating in the military developments on any side. In turn, the Al Houthis’ government fighters and pro-Saudi fighters don’t attack Saleh loyalists. The Saleh’s behavior is apparently connected with a fact that the former Yemeni president had got security guarantees. The guarantees could be given only by Riyadh with support of the USA seeking to hold and strengthen own influence in the Persian Gulf through Saudi Arabia.

Separately, the ulterior negotiations over the future of the country, zones of influence and a potential power balance have been going between the interest groups. The main public actors are: Saudi Arabia, Al l Houthis, Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Southern Resistance and AQAP. The evident questions are:

  • The US and Saudi Arabia aim to establish Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi as a legal president of Yemen

  • Possible Al Houthis’ zone of control with features of a quazi-state autonomy

  • The Southern Resistance’s attempts to get an independence at controlled area

  • The rise of AQAP’s influence and its competition with ISIS

  • The game of the Saudi Arabia’s ‘partners’ in coalition seeking to gain own revenue from the situation (for instance UAE)

Nonetheless, no problems conducted the ongoing crisis are solved, many particulars of ongoing barging and political actors (for instance the Al-Islah party) aren’t revealed. Furthermore, there is no a consolidated armed forces in Yemen. So, it’s hard to talk about Hadi’s independent behavior after a future withdrawal of the Saudi-led coalition’s ground forces from the country.

24.8.2015 – Deutschlandfunk

Stellungen der Huthi-Rebellen am Roten Meer bombardiert

Die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Militärkoalition hat im Jemen Stellungen der Huthi-Rebellen am Roten Meer bombardiert.

Die Aufständischen seien nahe der Meeresstraße von Bab al-Mandeb angegriffen worden, teilten jemenitische Sicherheitskräfte mit. Dadurch sollte eine Bodenoffensive regierungstreuer Kräfte vorbereitet werden. Nach Angaben der Huthis wurden 13 ihrer Kämpfer getötet.

24.8.2015 – Al Araby

Yemen cities bombarded, as pro-Hadi forces ready for offensive

Rebel held Bab al-Mandeb, the strategically important port town in Yemen is under continued attack as forces loyal to exile president Hadi prepare for a ground offensive in southwest Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition have bombarded Houthi positions close to the strategically important Red Sea strait, Bab al-Mandeb.
It comes as pro-government forces prepare to launch a ground offensive in the area, to capture territory from a Houthi alliance and elements of the Yemeni army still loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Airstrikes took place in areas under Houthis control around the strategic Red Sea strait, including the port town of Mocha, which is connected by road to Taiz, Yemen's third-largest city.
It has become a new target for forces of the Yemen's self-exiled leader Abd Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi and his government.

Taiz was heavily bombed by the Saudi air force last week and around 65 people, mostly civilians, were killed following air raids on the city on Thursday. It reduced many of the homes to rubble.
A similar tactic of
heavy bombardments before ground offensives by pro-government forces have been seen before on areas such as Aden.

24.8.2015 – Al Arabiya

Yemen’s pro-Hadi forces mobilize to retake Sanaa

Forces loyal to President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi are stepping up military efforts to retake Yemen’s capital Sanaa from Iranian-backed Houthi militias, according to Al Arabiya News Channel.

24.8.2015 – Reuters

Houthi rockets kill 14 civilians in Yemen's Taiz: residents

Rockets fired by Houthi militiamen killed 14 civilians, most of them children, as fighting intensified for control of Yemen's third largest city, Taiz, residents said on Monday.

The Saudi-led coalition opposing the Houthis also launched air raids on military bases and Houthi positions in the southwestern city during the fighting, residents said, but no casualties were reported.

Fighters loyal to Yemen's exiled government have been contesting control of Taiz -- known as Yemen's cultural capital -- with the Houthis since April. Hundreds of combatants and civilians have been killed.

"The situation is awful and the fighting is happening on many fronts. All the hospitals have closed except for one, so there's a shortage of medical care. Two rockets fell on the Deluxe neighborhood, killing 14 people, among them women and children," Taiz resident Abdul Aziz Mohammed said. "Taiz is being devastated."

23.8.2015 - Asharq Al-Awsat

Emirati troops land in central Yemen to provide “direct support” for govt. loyalists

Ground troops from the United Arab Emirates have landed in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib to support forces loyal to Yemen’s government in their fight against the Iran-backed Houthi insurgents, sources say.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition targeting the Houthis in Yemen, which includes the UAE, confirmed that Emirati forces have arrived in the central oil-rich province.

“What is happening in Ma’rib is an on-the-ground operation to support Yemeni forces comprising the Popular Resistance [a coalition of volunteer forces loyal to the government] and the Yemeni army,” Asiri said.

“They are being supported by air cover [from the coalition] as well as information and experts on the ground,” he added.

Informed Yemeni sources said the Emirati troops had entered Yemen on Friday via the Wadia border crossing which links Yemen to northern neighbor Saudi Arabia. They said the operation comes as part of “a new phase” for the coalition’s anti-Houthi campaign, comprising “direct intervention in a number of fronts.”

23.8.2015 -Press TV Iran

Yemen forces capture two Saudi military bases

The Yemeni army, backed by popular committees, has taken control of at least two Saudi army bases in the border province of Jizan as Riyadh continues its military aggression against the impoverished Arab nation.

Local media reports said on Sunday that the Yemeni forces also seized three Saudi tanks and destroyed several other armored vehicles in retaliatory attacks in the same troubled region. One Saudi tank was also reportedly destroyed in the offensive.

Kommentar: Iranische Quelle, daher andere Terminologie: Yemeni army = diejenigen Teile der jemenitischen Armee, die auf Seiten der Houthis kämpfen; popular committees: Houthis

23.8.2015 - Moon of Alabama

How The Saudi/UAE Invasion Of Yemen Fails

The predicted cauldron of a ground attack in Yemen is taking its toll of the invaders of the United Arab Emirates and the Saudi army. Their invasion is stuck. News and videos from the last few days show that the fighting is quite kinetic and not to the invaders advantage.

It is obvious that the U.S/Saudi/UAE campaign against Yemen will not achieve any of its aims. The former U.S. installed Yemeni president Hadi will never be welcomed back in Yemen. The country is on the edge of a large scale famine. Meanwhile al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Yemen are taking over more territory. What then is the real aim the White House is trying to achieve here?

23.8.2015 – IRIB

Saudi-Arabien fliegt 50 Luftangriffe gegen Saade in Jemen

Einen Tag nachdem ein Apache-Hubschrauber Saudi-Arabiens in Jazan im Süden dieses Landes abgeschossen und die zwei Piloten getötet wurden, hat Riad binnen 24 Stunden mehr als 50 Luftangriffe gegen Stellungen der Ansarollah in der Provinz Saade geflogen.

Diese Stellungen wurden 21 Mal in der Region Meran, im Vorort Heydan im Südwesten von Saade getroffen. Einige Munitionslager und eine Raketenabschussrampe wurden zerstört.

Augenzeugen meldeten, Kampfjets der arabischen von Saudi Arabien geführten Koalition haben weitere 29 Angriffe gegen Ansarallah-Stellungen in Sahar, Saade und in der Nähe der Grenze zu Saudi Arabien geflogen.

22.8.2015 – Asharq Al-Awsat

Yemen: Government loyalists, Tihamah’s tribes to form joint command, says official

emen’s exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has approved a plan to establish three military formations, made up mainly of tribal fighters and former military personnel, to fight the Houthi insurgency in the Tihamah region, a military official has said.

The factions in Tihamah will follow the same leadership and be supervised by the president himself, Nasser Da’qeen, a spokesman for the anti-Houthi forces in the western coastal region, told Asharq Al-Awsat on Friday.

The joint force will consist of about 10,000 fighters from across the Tihamah region on Yemen’s west coast, according to the spokesman, and will rely on the Saudi-led coalition for logistic support and military equipment.

21.8.2015 – Middle East Eye

Yemen's civil war intensified by executions

The Popular Resistance in Taiz said that there are infiltrators inside the Southern movement who execute Houthi captives

Earlier this week, armed men claiming to be members of the Southern Popular Resistance group in Taiz Province executed captive Houthis in Taiz City, dragging some of them through the street.

One of the Houthi captives was executed in the public square, where people gathered to witness the event. The slogan of the Popular Resistance in Taiz appeared on the wall of the square.

People from various provinces and from different sides condemned the executions. It is the first time during the conflict that anyone has witnessed the execution of prisoners of war.

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, Tawakkol Karman said on her Facebook page that the executed Houthi captive was a sniper who had killed dozens of Taiz residents: "However I condemn killing snipers in this way, as the Popular Resistance should not rise to the level of the Houthis' violence in this way."

The Houthi captive was executed after the Popular Resistance advanced in Taiz Province earlier this week.

Rashad al-Sharabi, a spokesperson for the Popular Resistance in Taiz, told Middle East Eye that the Popular Resistance did not execute Houthi captives in Taiz.

He denied Karman's claim that the executed man was a Houthi sniper, saying: "There are some infiltrators inside the Popular Resistance in Taiz who execute Houthi captives in order to exacerbate violence in Taiz City."

Al-Sharabi confirmed that the leadership of the Popular Resistance in Taiz did not direct its members to execute any captives, even Houthi snipers.

21.8.2015 – Ruptly TV (Film)

Yemen: Hodeidah clear-up continues following Saudi-led airstrikes

Residents continued to clear rubble from the streets of Hodeidah on Friday, after Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeted the harbour city killing several people at the beginning of the week.

UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Stephen O’Brien condemned the attack on the port, calling it “unacceptable” and a “clear contravention of international humanitarian law.” The bombing of the Houthi-controlled city caused severe damage to the port’s infrastructure and forced it to close, making it increasingly difficult for residents to access food, water or medicine. O’Brien urged all parties to “respect and implement international humanitarian law” and called on those who disregard it to be held accountable for their actions.

21.8.2015 – Vice News

Saudi-led Assault on Yemeni City Kills Dozens of Civilians, Raising Questions About US Role

oalition airstrikes led by Saudi Arabia reportedly killed more than 65 civilians in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz on Friday, as aid officials excoriated the US government for its role in supporting the Arab force that has targeted Houthi rebels since late March.

Salah Dongu'du, project coordinator at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Taiz, said in a statement that the strikes hit 17 homes and left at least 37 women and children dead.

"Patients and MSF staff are unable to reach hospitals due to heavy fighting and airstrikes in Taiz," said Dongu'du. "It is very frustrating that people are dying in the streets of Taiz and our teams are unable to reach injured people."

Even as it called attention to the August 18 attack on Hodeida, the US continues to provide logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition, including the very targeting assistance that may be used in such airstrikes like those which hit the port.

"While US forces are not taking direct military action in Yemen in support of this effort, we have, at the request of the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council], established a joint Combined Planning Cell (JCPC) with Saudi Arabia," a spokesperson for US Central Command told VICE News.

"The JCPC facilitates logistical support, intelligence support and intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory support," said the spokesperson.

In response to a question about a July 24 strike in Mokha that killed at least 65 civilians, a Pentagon spokesperson said "for operational security reasons," the US could not comment on specific attacks - by Samuel Oakford

21.8.2015 – Voice of America

Houthis Say 43 Killed in Airstrikes on Central Yemen City

Iranian-allied fighters controlling much of Yemen said on Friday airstrikes led by Saudi Arabia killed 43 people in the central city of Taiz.

Medical sources said Houthi attacks on the city killed 13 people, including seven children.

Reuters was not immediately able to independently verify the information on either side. There was no immediate comment from officials from the Saudi-led coalition.

The Saba news agency run by the Houthis said the Saudi-led air raids late on Thursday targeted Taiz's republican palace and the city's Sala neighborhood, which has a dense population of the Houthi group that dominates northern Yemen.

It said 50 people had been injured and some of the 43 killed were found dead in the ruins of buildings destroyed by the bombing in Sala.

Meanwhile, local officials told Reuters that Houthi fighters fired mortars at Taiz's Asifrah neighborhood and al-Masbah, east of the city, in a bid to drive out Hadi's supporters. They said the shelling destroyed a main power plant in the city.

21.8.2015 – Deutsche Welle u.a.

Luftangriffe töten zahlreiche Zivilisten im Jemen

Bei Kämpfen um die Stadt Tais im Südjemen sind offenbar erneut zahlreiche Zivilisten durch Luftangriffe getötet worden. Die Verletzten können kaum noch versorgt werden, da es an allem mangelt.

Bei Luftangriffen der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Koalition auf die südjemenitische Stadt Tais sind nach Angaben der Hilfsorganisation Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF) mindestens 65 Zivilisten ums Leben gekommen. Unter den Toten seien auch 17 Kinder und 20 Frauen. Nach Angaben der MSF-Projektleiterin in Tais, Salah Dongu'du, suchen Menschen im Schutt mit bloßen Händen nach Überlebenden der Luftangriffe. Nur sieben von einst 20 Krankenhäusern in der Stadt arbeiteten noch, hieß es weiter. Sie seien mit Verletzten überfüllt, wichtige Medikamente fehlten. Wegen der Kämpfe und Luftangriffe erreichten viele Verwundete sowie medizinisches Personal die Kliniken erst gar nicht . ähnlich und

21.8.2015 – AP

Aid group makes dramatic plea, day after 65 killed in Yemen

A leading international aid group on Friday made a dramatic appeal to Yemen's warring factions to halt attacks on civilians, a day after heavy fighting in a key southern city killed more than 65 people and wounded at least 23.

Yemeni security officials said the violence in Taiz began with Shiite rebels, also known as Houthis, first shelling residential areas and killing 23 civilians. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

The shelling provoked airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition, which has been targeting the Houthis since March, when Yemen's crisis escalated amid the rebel advance and land grab.

The subsequent airstrikes killed at least 35 people and demolished five houses in the eastern neighborhood of Sala, from where the rebels launched their attacks earlier Thursday, the officials added.

Among those killed, at least 17 were children and 20 were women, according to Doctors Without Borders, which added that more than 65 people were killed in Taiz on Thursday.

The survivors, the group reported, were left "searching through the rubble with their bare hands" in the hope of finding victims buried underneath – by Ahmed Al-Haj auch und = dazu auch

20.8.2015 – Antiwar

Saudi Airstrike Hits Yemen Neighborhood, Killing 17 Civilians Strike Hit Teachers Union Building

Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners are facing yet another round of condemnation today after an airstrike against northern Yemen’s Amran Province killed 17 civilians,including 13 teachers and four children. 20 other civilians were wounded in the strike.he attack hit a building which houses the teachers union offices for the region, and staff were preparing make-up exams for students who had missed final exams because of the ongoing Saudi war. The children at the site were the children of teachers, who were playing outside when the strike hit.

Officials say the building also held an office of the General People’s Congress Party, a political party that has supported the Shi’ite Houthis against whom the Saudis are at war. Witnesses claimed there was a meeting at that office as well, though the strike appears to have hit the teachers more directly. Unconfirmed reports have emerged of five Houthis were killed in the same attack – by Jason Ditz dazu auch

20.8.2015 –

Arab coalition vows to chase Houthis into north Yemen power base

The Sunni Arab coalition fighting Houthi forces in Yemen would pursue the rebels right into their northern power base to ensure their final defeat, a senior coalition official has pledged.

The Shia Houthis, who the coalition believes are backed by Iran, needed to feel that “they had lost the battle”, the official, who declined to be named, said.

His comments dashed hopes that an Omani mediation effort would lead to a negotiated settlement.

“There do seem to be indications that a big push is being planned for Sana’a but of course if the Houthis put up a fight, which I can’t see them not doing, it would probably destroy most of Sana’a,” says Nabeel Khoury, a nonresident fellow at the Washington-headquartered Atlantic Council, a foreign affairs research institute, and a veteran state department official who was deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Sana’a between 2004 and 2007. “Although I don’t see the coalition having any qualms about that.”

The coalition, which has benefited from the UAE’s special forces experience in Afghanistan, hope to build alliances with tribes in the north as they move forward. “Once the tribes see success, they will jump on the bandwagon, so there needs to be momentum as the operation continues,” the official said.

However, the coalition’s aim of re-establishing control in the north will require it to win the support of allies of Al-Islah, Yemen’s biggest Sunni political party.

Members of Islah are concerned they will be enlisted to fight the Houthis, only to be later marginalised by Abu Dhabi because of their party’s alliance with the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which the UAE strongly opposes. Islah is likely to seek UAE assurances that it will be part of any postwar settlement before committing its supporters to a fight in the north.

The coalition official said the ultimate aim of the campaign was to restore Mr Hadi to power and secure a negotiated settlement in which the Houthis and Mr Saleh would play a part. “The cord will have to be cut with Iran, but the Houthis need to be respected as a place within the government,” the official said.

An Omani-mediated offer of a staggered Houthi withdrawal from urban areas was rejected as it was the “Iranian route”, the official said: “Iran playing in Yemen is not on.

“Arabs have lost Baghdad, Beirut and Damascus to Iranian influence, but Yemen is our backyard,” he added. “This is a battle that can’t be lost.” - by Simeon Kerr and Peter Salisbury

20.8.2015 – The Express Tribune

Saudi-led Yemen raid kills 13 teaching staff, 4 children

A Saudi-led coalition air strike killed 13 teaching staff and four children in northern Yemen, in a raid apparently targeting Shia rebels, medics and witnesses said Thursday.

UNICEF condemned what it called Tuesday’s “senseless bloodshed” in Amran province that it said killed 17 civilians and also injured 20 other people. =

Politik der USA

21.8.2015 – IPS News

U.S. Provides Cover for Use of Banned Weapons in Yemen

The United States is providing a thinly-veiled cover virtually legitimising the use of cluster bombs – banned by an international convention – by Saudi Arabia and its allies in their heavy fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Asked if cluster bombs are legitimate weapons of war, “if used appropriately”, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters: “If used appropriately, there are end-use regulations regarding the use of them. But yes, when used appropriately and according (to) those end-use rules, it’s permissible.”

But Steve Goose of Human Rights Watch told IPS the State Department official makes reference to “end use regulations.”

Asked whether it would be alarming or disconcerting if the coalition, is in fact, using American-supplied cluster bombs, Kirby told reporters early this week: “I would just tell you that we remain in close contact, regular contact with the Saudi Government on a wide range of issues in Yemen. - by Thalif Deen


21.8.2015 - NDTV

US 'Deeply Concerned' Over Air Raid on Yemen Port

The US said it is very concerned over recent Saudi-led air strikes on the city of Hodeida in Yemen, noting the port's important role as a "lifeline" for humanitarian relief.
A statement from a White House National Security Council spokesman late Thursday joins a chorus of international voices criticizing the strikes that seemingly were targeting Shiite Huthi rebels controlling the city, but also reportedly killed dock workers and damaged infrastructure.
"We are deeply concerned by the August 18 attack on critical infrastructure at the port of Hodeida in Yemen," spokesman Alistair Baskey said.
"The port is a crucial lifeline used to provide medicine, food and fuel to Yemen's population."

The strikes on Hodeida have drawn criticism from the EU and United Nations, with a UN aid official telling the UN Security Council that the attacks were "in clear contravention of international humanitarian law."
Aid chief Stephen O'Brien said he was concerned the raids could have a severe impact on an already dire humanitarian situation in war-wracked Yemen. = Das ist Heuchelei pur. Die USA sind selbst aktiv an diesen Verbrechen beteiligt. Die internationale Kritik speziell an diesem Angriff war so deutlich, dass man nunmehr alle Schuld dem eigenen Verbündeten zuschiebt. Hybrider Krieg.

6.8.2015 – The Hill

Trump: Saudi Arabia 'should pay us'

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia is not properly compensating America for its diplomatic partnership.

Trump called on Riyadh to share its vast wealth with the U.S. in exchange for the alliance between the two nations.

“They make a billion dollars a day,” he told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Saudi Arabia, if it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t be here,” Trump said. “They wouldn’t exist.”

“They should pay us,” the billionaire businessman added. “Like it or don’t like it, people have backed Saudi Arabia. What I really mind though is we back it at tremendous expense. We get nothing for it.”

Trump argued on Sunday that global economics is shifting the balance of power away from Saudi Arabia.

“The primary reason we are with Saudi Arabia is because we need the oil,” he said. “Now, we don’t need the oil so much.”

“And, if we let our people really go, we wouldn’t need the oil at all,” Trump said of America’s energy economy. “And we could let everybody else fight it out.” - by Mark hensch

Politik Saudi-Arabiens

22.8.2015 – De Redactie

Wat willen de Saudi's in Jemen?

De Saudische inmenging in de burgeroorlogen in buurland Jemen doet veel vragen rijzen. Die inmenging is niet zonder risico, maar Saudi-Arabië denkt veel te winnen te hebben, als het tenminste zijn hand niet overspeelt.

Op de vraag wat de Saudi's in Jemen willen, is het antwoord erg simpel: namelijk dat er geen Jemen is. Of toch niet als een eengemaakt land dat het al sinds 1990 -zonder veel succes- pretendeert te zijn.

Een eengemaakt Jemen zoals het nog op de kaarten staat aangegeven, is de Saudische buren nooit bevallen. Het was met ongeveer 25 miljoen inwoners de enige staat op het Arabisch schiereiland die een even grote bevolking heeft als Saudi-Arabië en kon dus op termijn de hegemonie van de Saudi's in de regio aantasten – von Jos De Greef

22.8.2015 – RT

Religious eugenics: How Saudi Arabia is sponsoring a frightening new movement in the ME

Blanketed by its wealth and protected by political alliances, Saudi Arabia has covertly run and promoted a new movement in the Middle East: religious eugenics, under the false pretense of opposing the rise of Iran. From Syria to Bahrain and Yemen the evidence is overwhelming.

Earlier this August, the Red Cross added its voice to those of other humanitarian and rights groups in its condemnation of Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, lifting the lid on Riyadh's little house of horrors in southern Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's foreign policy in the Middle East is betraying a disturbing and rather ominous covert agenda, one which resonates with ethnic engineering and religious eugenics.

And if so far few have connected the dots, their hands tied by Riyadh's overbearing and overarching control on media outlets and the grand political narrative, it is high time we learn to recognize Al Saud's campaign for what it really is: a concerted effort to cleanse the region of all religious minorities, beginning with Shia Islam, its self-appointed nemesis.

To put it in simple terms - under Saudi Arabia' suffocating grip, religious minorities are dying a slow and painful death.

From Syria to Bahrain, the kingdom's eugenics campaign threatens the region's religious and ethnic patrimonies, in a fashion reminiscent of Nazi Germany, when Jews and Gypsies were labeled undesirables.

In an interview this April, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir lifted the veil on Riyadh's determination to carry through its agenda, no matter the price, no matter the impact. He asserted: "This campaign is having a huge impact in Yemen and it is not over yet. For us failure is not an option. We will destroy the Houthis if they do not come to reason."

If subtitles were running they would read - the Houthis will be destroyed because they represent a religious challenge to Wahhabism's hegemony in the region. The Houthis, and the majority of all northerners in Yemen are Zaidis, a branch of Shia Islam.

Is it then a surprise that while South Yemen has benefited from humanitarian aid, North Yemen has witnessed a spike in violence, its seaports targeted to prevent food and medicine to be ferried in? Riyadh is quite simply profiling aid to carry out its religious cleansing, punishing millions for their rejection of Riyadh's religion.

Saudi Arabia is an absolute theocracy, and as such its very raison d' être is rooted within its violent and reactionary interpretation of Islam: Wahhabism, the ideology which inspired the likes of Al Qaeda and Islamic State. One of the main tenets of Wahhabism actually calls for the destruction of all religious sects, Islamic or otherwise. For Wahhabis there can be no greater glory than to massacre "apostates."

And while Riyadh’s neo-eugenics movement has taken on different forms, operating under various denominations depending on the countries it has targeted, the underlying current has been the destruction of religious pluralism.

From the language used to the policies it has carried out in the Middle East, Riyadh has pushed the sectarian card, christening the resistance movement against its eugenics movement, the so-called Shia crescent threat.

The real threat here lies with Riyadh's twisted crusade and sickening sectarian agenda – by Catherine Shakdam

21.8.2015 – Press TV Iran

Saudi Arabia funding US TV commercials against Iran nuclear agreement: Report

A newly established group, called the “American Security Initiative”, has flooded television stations across the US with $6 million of advertisements requesting Americans to call their senators and oppose the Vienna nuclear accord, The Intercept, an online news magazine, reported on Friday.

The Intercept report said the “American Security Initiative” is owned by former Republican Senator Norm Coleman, who is a registered lobbyist for Riyadh.

Coleman’s firm, Hogan Lovells, works for Saudi Arabia. He described his work as “providing legal services to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia” on issues including “legal and policy developments involving Iran and limiting Iranian nuclear capability.”

The advertising campaign is part of a propaganda war to convince American lawmakers to vote against the Iran nuclear agreement, which will remove economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for certain restrictions on its nuclear program.

20.8.2015 – The Intercept

Wave of TV Ads Opposing Iran Deal Organized By Saudi Arabian Lobbyist

Television stations across the country are being flooded with $6 million of advertisements from a group called the “American Security Initiative” urging citizens to call their U.S. Senators and oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.

Though the American Security Initiative does not reveal donor information, the president of the new group, former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., is aregistered lobbyist for Saudi Arabia. Coleman’s firm, Hogan Lovells, is on retainer to the Saudi Arabian monarchy for $60,000 a month. In July 2014, Coleman described his work as “providing legal services to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia” on issues including “legal and policy developments involving Iran and limiting Iranian nuclear capability.” - by Lee Fang

Rolle von Ägypten

23.8.2015 – Madamasr

A dispatch from Sanaa: Yemen's ill-being, Saudi's well-being; but what about Egypt?

Armed Forces’ role remains secretive as Saudi-led operations continue in the historically loaded battleground. Ambiguity continues to shroud the extent of Egypt’s involvement in the Saudi-led coalition’s fight against rebel forces in Yemen.

When Egypt first signed on to the initial Operation Decisive Storm, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stressed that Egypt was only participating with naval and air forces. In an April speech at the Military Academy, he said, “An announcement will be made if any other forces are deployed in the operation.”

So far, according to state media, Egypt has contributed air forces and four naval vessels to the coalition to help tighten the siege on Yemen, and allegedly to also prevent Iranian supplies from reaching the Houthi movement. Egypt has also joined airstrikes targeting Houthi positions.

But an associate of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was ousted in Yemen’s 2011 uprising, recently said that Egypt is now deploying some 3,000 ground troops to Al-Makha, which overlooks the strategic Bab al-Mandab area, with the aim of securing Red Sea traffic. Local media reports have said the same over the past weeks.

It was not possible to verify the accuracy of these reports.

"The deployment of Egyptian troops has long been a hot issue and the subject of much speculation, from the beginning of the operation until today," says a Saudi official close to the military in that country. Both the Saudi official and his Egyptian counterpart deny reports of an Egyptian deployment, while declining to elaborate. They spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the press.

Terrorismus – ISIS

23.8.2015 – Jerusalem Post

Al-Qaida militants deploy in Yemen's Aden, raise flag over port

Al-Qaida militants took control of a western district of Yemen's main port city of Aden on Saturday night, residents said.

"Dozens of al-Qaida militants were patrolling the streets with their weapons in total freedom in a number of areas in Tawahi. At the same time, others raised the al-Qaida black flag above government buildings, including the administrative building of the port," one resident told Reuters.

23.8.2015 – T-Online

Terroristen breiten sich im Jemen aus : Al-Kaida fällt in Aden ein

Der jemenitische Al-Kaida-Ableger hat wichtige Teile der Hafenstadt Aden im Süden des Landes unter seine Kontrolle gebracht. Hohe Sicherheitsbeamte teilten mit, Al-Kaida-Kämpfer hätten das Viertel Tauahi besetzt und patrouillierten auf den Straßen. Zu der Gegend gehören der Präsidentenpalast und der Hafen.

Der Al-Kaida-Ableger im Jemen gilt als einer der gefährlichsten weltweit. Er hatte sich unter anderem zum Anschlag auf die Satirezeitschrift "Charlie Hebdo" bekannt, bei dem im Januar zwölf Menschen getötet wurden.

23.8.2015 – RT

Al-Qaeda overruns parts of strategic Yemeni port ‘liberated’ by Saudi-led coalition

Taking advantage of a power vacuum in Yemen following months of Saudi airstrikes and battles between Houthi militias and those loyal to exiled President Hadi, Al-Qaeda fighters have reportedly managed to capture key parts of the recently “liberated” strategic seaport city of Aden.

According to military sources and witnesses on the ground, alleged Al-Qaeda militants have now managed to take several key neighborhoods in and around Aden, both AFP and AP reported.

An anonymous Yemeni official told AFP that Al-Qaeda fighters entered Aden two weeks after Saudi-backed forces drove the Houthi fighters out on July 17 and the exiled Yemeni government announced the “liberation” of the port city.

More alarming are the reports that Al-Qaeda also managed to capture an army base just north of Aden along with parts of the town of Dar Saad. Having taken control of the army base there, the jihadists set up a training camp for about 200 fighters.

AP sources added that Al-Qaeda is also present in the cities of Breiqa, west of Aden, and al-Khadra. Jihadists were also seen in al-Houta, capital of Lahj province. AFP has claimed that Al-Qaeda also controls Mukalla, capital of the eastern Hadramawt province.

22.8.2015 – AP / Toronto Star etc.

Al Qaeda seize key areas of Aden, say security officials in Yemen

The organization still holds formidable clout despite its relatively low-profile role in the country’s raging civil war.

  • Al Qaeda militants have seized control of key areas in and aroundYemen’s port city of Aden, high-ranking security officials said Saturday, a major gain for the group which has been making inroads amid the chaos of the country’s civil war.

The move, part of a weeks-long expansion in Aden in the wake of major fighting there between Shiite rebels known as Houthis and pro-government forces backed by Saudi Arabia, shows how the organization still holds formidable clout despite its relatively low-profile role in the country’s raging civil war.

Fighters took Tawahi district, home to a presidential palace and Aden’s main port, and were patrolling the streets, some carrying black banners, the officials said. The militants also took parts of Crater, Aden’s commercial centre, and parts of Dar Saad town, just north of Aden, including an army base that their fighters turned into a training camp, they added.

20.8.2015 – Reuters

ISIS claims responsibility for explosion outside government building in Yemen

A bomb exploded next to the governor's office in Aden and killed four people on Thursday, witnesses said, as Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a deadly raid on a Yemeni military post near the Saudi border.

No one claimed responsibility for the blast in Aden, the temporary seat of Yemen's administration while the Houthi group holds the capital, Sanaa. dazu

20.8.2015 – Spiegel Online

Jemen: Mehrere Tote bei Bombenanschlag in Aden

Der vom Bürgerkrieg gebeutelte Jemen kommt nicht zur Ruhe: Die Huthi-Rebellen hatten sich gerade aus der Hafenstadt Aden zurückgezogen - jetzt haben Unbekannte eine Bombe in der Nähe eines Politiker-Büros gezündet.

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