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The indefensible US-Backed Yemen War – Yemen women – Estimates of war damages – Hadi supporters in Taiz fighting each other – Noam Chomsky on Yemen – Peace talks: Back to square 1 – Air raids and fights - and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

23.6.2016 – The American Conservative (** A K P)

The Indefensible U.S.-Backed War on Yemen Continues

The Saudi-led intervention has been indefensible, and almost no one even tries to defend it. But because very few politicians are willing to criticize the Saudis publicly, almost everyone shrugs and accepts what the U.S. has been helping them to do.

U.S. support for the war on Yemen is an especially disgusting example of the tendency to give reflexive backing to the actions of client states. That tendency regularly implicates the U.S. in the wrongdoing of these states, creates new enemies, and strengthens existing resentments against us. Backing the Saudi-led war is morally abhorrent and one of the worst foreign policy decisions of this century, and it is also one of the more needlessly stupid things that our government has done in my lifetime.

Support for the war on Yemen exemplifies many of the worst aspects of our foreign policy. It is remarkably cynical, completely divorced from any identifiable American interest, driven by a misguided desire to please reckless clients, and senselessly cruel to a nation of people that has never done anything to us. I would like to think that most Americans would be appalled by this if they fully understood what was happening and the U.S. role in it, but that would require a lot more than the very limited coverage that the war has received so far – by Daniel Larison.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-indefensible-u-s-backed-war-on-yemen-continues/

Comment: Hitting the spot with a few lines, as always.

23.6.2016 – News Deeply (** B H)

Photo Essay: A Year in Crisis for Yemen’s Women

During times of conflict, access to reproductive healthcare can mean the difference between life and death for a woman. With medical equipment and social support, UNFPA Yemen helps women and children stay safe amid the country’s civil war.

One small but powerful tool the organization uses to help women caught in the conflict is the dignity kit. Filled with personal hygiene items – such as sanitary towels, toothbrushes and laundry detergent – and culturally appropriate clothing, the kits not only allow women to maintain their personal hygiene, particularly menstrual hygiene, but also give them more freedom to move around and reduce their vulnerability to gender-based violence when they seek humanitarian aid. So far, UNFPA has handed out 100,000 dignity kits to the country’s most vulnerable women and girls.

UNFPA has also given 38 hospitals much-needed emergency obstetric care equipment and medicines, to help staff manage miscarriages, treat infections and the after-effects of rape, and save the lives of women and newborns during deliveries.

Over the past year, UNFPA has provided more than 6,000 survivors of gender-based violence with services including psychosocial support, legal aid, access to safe houses and referral to health and other services.

https://www.newsdeeply.com/womenandgirls/photo-essay-a-year-in-crisis-for-yemens-women/

23.6.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (** B K)

Yemeni Minister: Initial Estimates of $12 Billion Damage in War-torn Yemen

The war’s damage in six Yemeni governorates has reached $12 billion, according to recent surveys.

In exclusive remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Yemeni Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammed al-Maitami said the first phase of an evaluation of war damages in six Yemeni governorates has been completed, adding that, according to first estimates, they have reached $12 billion

Al-Maitami noted that the survey focused on six major sectors which mainly include health, education, electricity and water. He added that the study was carried out by the Yemeni government in cooperation with international experts from the European Union and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). According to the minister, who also heads the Yemeni high committee for reconstruction, the survey showed that damages incurred by Yemen in one year exceeded by far destruction costs in war-torn Syria during five years of fierce armed conflict.

Al-Maitami also said that the survey was carried out on three southeastern and three northwestern governorates, using high-end tools and techniques and modern satellites, adding that the second phase, which would be launched in September, would be more comprehensive and would look into social damage incurred by the Yemeni society, as well as the legal, social and financial institutions that have been destroyed during the war – by Addul Hadi Habtoor

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/06/article55353194/yemeni-minister-initial-estimates-12-billion-damage-war-torn-yemen

Comment: Just six governorates out of 21! Most of the damage had been affected by Saudi air raids, of course this is not mentioned at all by a Hadi minister and a Saudi news channel.

17.6.2016 – Middle East Eye (** A K P)

Taiz descends into turf wars as rebels clash over power and money

The fighting raged for three days and spilled from villages in Taiz to engulf the sprawling market at al-Turbah. But those fighting were not on opposing sides in Yemen's war.

The men killing each other were different wings of the Popular Resistance, and their prime motivation was money. Or, more precisely, the control of lucrative "taxes" and bribes being extracted from traders, shopkeepers and businessmen.

No longer is the struggle just against the Houthis, the hated enemy in Taiz. The focus for some within the resistance - gaining control of the economy - is what now drives their violence. And the victims of these simmering turf wars are, inevitably, the civilians they seek to exploit.

Rule of law in Taiz is non-existent - there are no courts, no working civil governance and no police force - and the Popular Resistance is the de facto power. It has taken over taxation, rules on local and criminal disputes, sets tariffs and runs police stations. And 11 June was not the first time competing factions have clashed.

In some areas this has led to claims of extortion, land seizures and intimidation by the resistance fighters, according to locals in Taiz.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemenis-complain-unfair-treatment-popular-resistance-controlled-taiz-539019222

Comment by Judith Brown: Well this certainly isn't a surprise - the only thing uniting the disparate groups in Taiz was the hatred of thebhouthis but many hated each other as much as they hated the enemy. How much longer will this dreadful war go on?

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154454972838641

18.4.2015 – RT (** B K P T)

Noam Chomsky: Yemen - the global terrorism campaign.

Professor Noam Chomsky joins Afshin to discuss the major crisis in the West. From the ‘terror-generating’ drone strikes in Yemen which leads to Al Qaeda’s expansion to anti-neoliberal movements spreading through South America and even parts of Europe with the rise of Syriza and Podemos, could US hegemony be coming to an end? And with the ‘extraordinary demonisation’ of Russia over the Ukraine crisis, there’s a very real risk of ‘a conflict that could be terminal.’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyUX7e7g_Zs

cp2 Allgemein / General

24.6.2016 – Unsere Zeit (* B K P)

Gegen den Westen und gegen den IS

Saudi-Arabien versucht mit diesem Krieg, seine regionale Vormachtstellung auszuweiten. Es ist aber nicht nur ein Stellvertreterkrieg gegen Iran: Schiitische Stämme leben auch in Saudi-Arabien – gerade in den ölreichen Gebieten. Sie könnten die Stabilität des Landes und die königliche Macht bedrohen – von Manfred Ziegler

http://www.unsere-zeit.de/de/4825/internationale_politik/2908

Kommentar: Überblick über den Konflikt und seine Hintergründe

24.6.2016 – Google Earth Blog (* B K)

Bomb damage from the war in Yemen

JUNE 24, 2016

There is an ongoing war in Yemen that started early last year. We have in the past had a look at the bomb damage at Sana’a airport in May 2015, and had another look in January this year.

Today we are having a look at some of the signs of bomb damage we have come across in other parts of the country.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/06/bomb-damage-war-yemen.html

23.6.2016 – Foreign Affairs (not rated B K P)

The Battle Over Yemen's Cultural Capital Continues: Letter from taiz

The Houthis, rebels who seized Sana’a in September 2014 and forced President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to flee to the port city of Aden, control roughly 40 percent of Taiz’s outskirts. They are supported by forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president of Yemen who was ousted during the Arab Spring and whom Hadi replaced. The Houthis control all the roads in the outer areas of Taiz that lead into the city, except for a narrow pathway through the Taluq mountains that residents and fighters opposing the Houthis’ existence had built earlier this year. The control of the roads has enabled the Houthis to enforce a blockade, denying residents medical supplies, equipment, and sometimes food. Even worse, as Human Rights Watch noted in a 2015 report, Houthi rebels had “repeatedly – by Asmaa Waguih

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/yemen/2016-06-23/battle-over-yemens-cultural-capital-continues

23.6.2016 – East West (* B E H P)

Post-Conflict Yemen: The Need for Early Economic Recovery Initiatives

Saskia van Genungten, a senior research fellow at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, examines the long-term challenges facing the UN-facilitated peace negotiations intended to end the civil war in Yemen. She poses actionable solutions to create a more positive environment for the next generation of Yemenis.

A political deal between the warring parties will be an important step towards sustainable peace in Yemen. Nevertheless, post-war Yemen will continue to face extreme difficulties, many of which are rooted in longer-term trends and developments. In the short-term, authorities should strive to implement a selection of strategic initiatives, incentivizing individuals and communities towards a productive path. This selection should focus on addressing current conditions and impediments, creating a more positive environment that emphasizes opportunity and empowers a new generation of Yemenis.

https://www.eastwest.ngo/idea/post-conflict-yemen-need-early-economic-recovery-initiatives

23.6.2016 – Janes (B K P)

End of UAE campaign in Yemen indicates divergence with Saudi Arabia, making peace deal more likely

Saudi Arabia is likely to face growing pressure from its allies to end its air campaign against the Houthi, regardless of whether its primary objective of capturing Sanaa has been achieved. An agreement is now more likely than not. For the UAE, the likely main objective is to stabilise southern Yemen by the re-establishment of a semblance of government control in al-Mukalla and containing a severe jihadist threat. This will probably require the UAE drawing on the support of anti-jihadist secessionist factions and implicit acceptance of Yemen's fragmentation – by Meda Al-Rowas

http://www.janes.com/article/61722/end-of-uae-campaign-in-yemen-indicates-divergence-with-saudi-arabia-making-peace-deal-more-likely

Comment: The „end of UAE campaign“ still taken as a fact here has been a misinterpreation. Anyway, some remarks in this article on divergences between Saudi-Arabia and the Emirates evidently are true.

22.6.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (B H)

Many of us started collecting wood on month 2 of the war, last year.
For many, gas is too expensive (and not easy to find) and anyhow, there is no money for food.
Our kitchens are in the open air as 2.8 are internally displaced (refugees within Yemeni borders).
Food for tonight will be bread. And lots of prayers for this war to end.

https://www.facebook.com/961126490607048/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1048487015204328/?type=3

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

23.6.2016 – MONA (A H)

.@monareliefdistributing now food aid in the capital Sanaa to IDPs and poor families

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/745965062234464256

22.6.2016 – UNICEF (* A H)

Families welcome vaccination campaign in Yemen

n 2015, around 3.9 million children under the age of 5 were given the oral polio vaccination and 4.1 million children from 6-59 months were given Vitamin A supplements. From 10 to 12 April, Yemen launched a new countrywide polio campaign to reach even more children. The campaign covers Yemen’s 327 districts, using more than 19,000 mobile teams and 2,647 fixed health centres. Children in the previously unreachable cities of Taiz city, Sa’ada and Aden also benefited from the campaign.

As the largest contributor to immunization efforts in Yemen, UNICEF procured polio drops and other vaccines for the entire country – by Saeed Al-Batati

http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/yemen_91660.html?

06.2016 – FAO, Republic of Yemen (* B H)

IPC analysis – Summary of findings Part 1: Acute Food Insecurity Current Situation Overview

Escalated conflict, restriction and disruption of commercial and humanitarian imports, population mass displacement, loss of livelihoods and income, scarcity and high price of fuel, disrupted market system and high price of food and essential commodities, suspension of Safety net and public work programme that used to serve 2.5 million people contributed to the widespread food insecurity and malnutrition.

The conflict damaged the public and private infrastructure; destabilized the market system and prices; negatively affected employment opportunities and income and devastated livelihoods, exposing millions of the rural and urban population to destitution and food insecurity. About 51% of the population is suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition, in line with Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4).

The population under Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) has increased by 9.4% compared to the results of the June 2015 IPC analysis. Moreover, the conflict displaced more than 2.75 million since March 2015.

http://www.ipcinfo.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ipcinfo/docs/1_IPC_Yemen_June2016_AcuteFoodInsecurityAnalysis_CommunicationBrief.pdf

Comment by Dr. Karim: Interesting how blockade is expressed here but not in FAO or UN report, where vague word "restrictions" was used

https://twitter.com/StopDestroyYem/status/745684226666823680

22.6.2016 – Dr. Karim (B H)

Parents in Yemen are giving their children Sleeping pills to make them sleep because they do not have any food!

https://twitter.com/RSKarim1/status/745682668948492288

22.6.2016 – AP (* A H)

UN: Shortfalls will disrupt already limited Yemen food aid

A senior official says the U.N. will be forced to scale back already limited food distribution in war-scarred Yemen by August because of severe funding shortages.

George Khoury, head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen, says about 14 million people, or about half the population, suffer from food insecurity at "crisis" or "emergency" levels. The latter is just a step before famine on the food insecurity scale.

The World Food Program currently reaches about 3.5 million people in Yemen every month.

Khoury said in an interview Wednesday that without more funding, "we don't have enough money to feed even these people."

U.N. aid agencies requested $1.8 billion for Yemen in 2016.

Khoury says only about 20 percent of that money has arrived.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Jun-22/358360-un-shortfalls-will-disrupt-already-limited-yemen-food-aid.ashx

Comment: Be aware: What already has been payed is the equivalent of less than 2 days cost of the Saudi aerial war against Yemen. What is still needed, is the equivalent of about 7 days aerial war. Nobody cars, nobody is willing to pay. For bombing, they all are paying without further notice. That are the priorities of the West and the Saudis – who's propaganda now praises them as the greatest benefactors of mankind (see YPR 161, cp15).

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

23.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K P PH)

Army, popular committees release 60 captives in Taiz

army and popular committees on Thursday released 60 prisoners from the aggression’s hirelings in Taiz province.
A local official explained to Saba that the release of the mercenary captives came as a humanitarian initiative and an implementation of directives of the Revolution Leader Mr. Abdulmalik Badr Eddin al-Houthi on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan and as a good will initiative in order to release all prisoners and detainees.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431541.htm

23.6.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen acting President Houthi receiving 2day poets from all over Yemen,who all r against US-backed Saudi invasion

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/746101687908208640

Comment: Just to remenmber that the Houthis have formed a government for their own and should no more be labeled as „rebels“.

23.6.2016 – Yemen Post (A H K)

COLD BLOOD: 7 civilians killed by Houthis in #Yemenregion Ibb, say local officials, as war tears country apart. (graphic imge)

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/746077049580814336

23.6.2016 – Reuters (* A H K)

Yemen's Houthis kill seven in search for pro-government fighter: residents

Residents of a village in central Yemen said Iran-allied Houthi fighters shot dead seven farmers on Thursday while searching for the leader of a pro-government militia.

Residents of the village of Nadara in Ibb province said the Houthis could not find the militia commander but blew up his house and killed seven men working in the fields.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKCN0Z916I

Comment: This refers to the same incident as the following report. Farmers? Terrorists? Farmers labeled as terrorists later? The US in their drone war, as all the Gulf monarchies, are masters of that. In this case here, who really knows? But if you look at what was found at this place, that really is nothing farmers normally are keeping in their house!

23.6.2016 – Saba Net (* A T)

Eight terrorists killed, 15 captured in Ibb

The security services and popular committees raided on Wednesday a terrorist cell belonging to al-Qaeda in al-Nadira district of Ibb province, a security official said.
The operation resulted in the killing of eight terrorists, wounding seven and arresting 15 others, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431454.htm

23.6.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

50 explosive belts,and other weapons found at the place of terrorist cell of Ibb central Yemen where 15 killed&injured including 2leaders

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/745899127343570945 and see also film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itmPMnX4zrA

23.6.2016 – Alezzisa (A T)

pictures of the explosives and missiles and explosive belts Seized by security forces yesterday in one of the nests of al Qaeda governorate of Ibb

https://twitter.com/alezzisa/status/746110319005667334

23.6.2016 – Center for Security Policy (* A T)

Villagers and witnesses in the town of Nadara stated that the Houthi rebels were in desperate search of a governmental militia leader. Upon finding his estate, the rebels destroyed his house with explosives and killed seven farmers working in his field.

Contradicting the Reuters’ report, the pro-Houthi media outlet, Saba, stated that local security forces attacked an al-Qaeda terrorist cell operating inside central Yemen. The agency cited the killings as a success toward their larger campaign of ousting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and its supposed allies.

AQAP has been known in the past to cooperate with local village militias and even at times with pro-Hadi forces.

The possible return of AQAP in southern Yemen illustrates the looming threat of al-Qaeda, which seeks to reclaim lost territory in the wake of failed cease-fire talks – by Daniel Brennan

http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2016/06/23/the-possible-return-of-aqap-in-southern-yemen/

23.6.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemeni jounalists In Sanaa symposium Wednesday condemning the UN siding with Saudi killers of Yemeni children

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/745929247915655169

22.6.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen political parties Unanimously agreed 2day NSanaa to refuse any #UNdeal not meeting aspirations of all people

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/745734619874603009

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

23.6.2016 – Press TV Iran (A T)

Car bomb kills over a dozen Hadi loyalists in Yemen

At least 13 forces loyal to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Yemen's resigned president, have been killed after al-Qaeda militants blew up explosive-laden vehicles outside the southeastern port city of Mukalla.

Several soldiers were also injured in the Thursday attack on the eastern outskirts of the Hadhramaut provincial capital, which the army recaptured from al-Qaeda last month, a military official said.

One bomber rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the gate of a base in the Khalf district, followed immediately by a second who blew up a car in the center of the camp.

Immediately after the bombings, al-Qaeda militants clashed with soldiers outside the base.

Takfiri Daesh militants have reportedly claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack in Mukalla.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/06/23/465215/Yemen-bombing-Mukalla-Hadramawt

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

24.6.2016 – The National UAE (* A P)

Yemen government demands rebel withdrawal

The Yemeni government on Thursday insisted that Houthi rebels withdraw from all territory seized since 2014 and hand back control of state institutions ahead of any political settlement.

“There can be no talk of any political arrangements before the militias completely withdraw and hand over their weapons, and state institutions and agencies are restored to the legitimate government," the government delegation to peace talks in Kuwait said.

“Any political partnership in the future must be between political parties and groups that have no militias."

The rebel delegation said on Wednesday that it would not sign up to any deal on military and security issues until there was agreement on a consensus president and a national unity government to oversee the transition.

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/yemen-government-demands-rebel-withdrawal

Comment: “Any political partnership in the future must be between political parties and groups that have no militias." This demand is very odd. There is no political party backing president Hadi. And there are many different militia fighting more (or sometimes: less) on Hadi's side. He also integrated militia fighters into his Yemeni „army“. The Houthis should do the same and label as „Yemeni army“ now.

24.6.2016 – Almanar (* A P)

Yemen’s Sayyed Houthi: Saudi-Backed Delegation Hindering Peace Talks

The Head of Ansarullah revolutionary movement, Sayyed Abdulmalik al-Houthi, said his group's delegation to Kuwait peace talks has given difficult concessions, noting that the Saudi-backed side is obstructing the process by refusing to compromise.

“But now, the opposite side has returned to square one and is demanding the submission of the Yemeni nation,” he added.

“There are practical solutions to resolve the conflict and we have proposed many. If the opposite side opts for conflict resolution, we are ready [to cooperate], and if it chooses to keep up the invasion, we are also ready [to fight back].”

http://english.almanar.com.lb/adetails.php?eid=275471&frid=23&seccatid=31&cid=23&fromval=1

23.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, hirelings swap 30 prisoners

The army and popular committees and the aggression’s mercenaries exchanged on Thursday 30 prisoners in the provinces of Dhala’, Taiz and Mareb.
The process of release came after a local mediation in a new exchange of prisoners, a local official said, explaining that 15 prisoners from each side were released.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431544.htm

23.6.2016 – Inner City Press (A P)

ICP Asks UN Spox of Burundi Troops in CAR, Saudi Off Yemen List, Malakal & Ashe's Death

Video: On #Yemen, ICP asks UN if #Saudiwill be back on CAAC list if doesn't provide info: UNclear

https://twitter.com/innercitypress/status/746130147770834944 starting min. 3:40

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTCIiWN1W0Y

23.6.2016 – Mehr News (* A P)

Ban urges Saudis to end conflict in Yemen

The UN Secretary General met with Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

The Secretary-General and the deputy crown prince exchanged views on a wide number of regional issues

Turning to Yemen, the Secretary-General thanked Saudi Arabia for supporting the political work of his Special Envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and stressed the urgency of ending the conflict.

On the issue of protecting children and civilians in the armed conflict in Yemen, the Secretary-General and the deputy crown prince discussed putting into place concrete measures that could improve the situation on the ground.

He expressed hope that by the time he presents the Children and Armed Conflict report to the Security Council in August, he could point to progress on the protection of children and civilians in Yemen.

Ban said he remains open to receiving any new elements from Saudi Arabia and hoped that discussions would take place soon.

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/117582/Ban-urges-Saudis-to-end-conflict-in-Yemen

Comment: Looking back to the past 15 months of this war, just must be stated that Ban looses all of his credibility.

23.6.2016 – Reuters (* A P)

Saudi deputy crown prince, U.N. chief talk protecting Yemen's children

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Saudi Arabia's powerful deputy crown prince on Wednesday and the pair discussed improving civilian protection in Yemen after a U.N. report briefly blacklisted a Saudi-led coalition for killing children.

When asked on his way into the meeting if he was still upset with Ban, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is in New York for business meetings after visiting Washington and the U.S. West Coast, said: "I'm not angry."

Prince Mohammed, who was 45 minutes late for the meeting, simply smiled when Ban told him that he stood by the U.N. report on children and armed conflict, a diplomatic source told Reuters.

An official U.N. statement said Ban and Prince Mohammed discussed "putting into place concrete measures that could improve the situation on the ground" to better protect children and civilians in Yemen – by Louis Chrabonneau and Michelle Nichols

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-saudi-un-idUSKCN0Z82DN

Comment: It is just not possible to understand why Ban Ki-Moob did this.

Comment: We have lost sanity. Crown Prince says he is 'not angry'

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1048516808534682&id=961126490607048

22.6.2016 – AP (* A P)

Saudi Prince Discusses Yemen Controversy at UN

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and the U.N. Secretary-General on Wednesday discussed measures to improve the situation on the ground in Yemen following a controversy that saw a Saudi-led coalition being placed on, and then removed from, a blacklist over the killing and injuring of children.

"The Secretary-General expressed the hope that by the time he presents the Children and Armed Conflict report to the Security Councilin August he could point to progress on the protection of children and civilians in Yemen," a statement issued by the secretary-general's office read.

Ban said he was open to receiving new information on the situation in Yemen and that he hoped new discussions would take place soon, according to the statement.

During the meeting, Ban thanked Saudi Arabiafor its strong political and financial support of United Nations activities including counter-terrorism and humanitarian work, the statement said – by Michael Astor

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/UN_UNITED_NATIONS_SAUDI_YEMEN_CHILDREN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-06-22-13-19-09 = http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/saudi-prince-discuss-yemen-controversy-40048479

Comment: Obviously, Ban prefers to play the monkey of the Saudis.

Comment: 'Controversy'? Blackmail!!!

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1048478258538537&id=961126490607048

Comment by Judith Brown: I hope he's got a lot of cash in his pocket to win over hearts and minds because recently we've seen that's the way to do it.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154454990408641

23.6.2016 – AFP (* A P)

Yemen govt demands rebel withdrawal before any transition

The Yemeni government said Thursday that Shiite rebels must withdraw from all territory they have seized since 2014 and hand back control of state institutions ahead of any political settlement.

The statement from the government delegation to peace talks in Kuwait is a new blow to proposals put forward by U.N. mediators in an effort to close the gap between the warring parties.

On Wednesday, the rebel delegation said it would not sign up to any deal on military and security issues until there was agreement on a consensus president and a national unity government to oversee the transition.

The peace roadmap put forward by U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed proposed the formation of a unity government in tandem with the withdrawal and disarmament of the rebels, although he acknowledged major differences between the two sides on their sequencing.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-govt-demands-rebel-withdrawal-any-transition = https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Jun-23/358512-yemen-govt-demands-rebel-withdrawal-before-any-transition.ashx and very similar http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemens-houthis-must-withdraw-and-disarm-any-peace-deal-government-17377567

Comment: Back to square 1.

23.6.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A P)

Houthis Reject Roadmap and Mobilize Armed Offshoots in Yemen

Military sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Houthis were bent on thwarting negotiations by refusing to discuss many topics over the past two months; Houthis finally rejected the U.N. envoy’s roadmap for peace in Yemen.

The insurgency delegation stressed on Wednesday that priority lies in striking a deal on a new president, and only then would there be agreement.

Nonetheless the government’s delegation reiterated throughout the talks, that Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi represents legitimacy for Yemen, and that turning in high-caliber artillery, withdrawing from cities and releasing prisoners are the priorities for peace.

This comes after U.N. envoy Ahmed presented a roadmap including a practical method on ending the conflict in Yemen. The roadmap encompasses all security arrangements stated by U.N. resolution 2216, which urges insurgents to withdraw from area seized during the conflict, turn in weapons– the establishment of a national unity government is also one of the resolution’s main articles.

Despite, all international efforts for a solution in Yemen, Houthi insurgents remain fixated on the question of Yemeni presidency – by SAEED AL ABYADH AND MOHAMED ALI MOHSEN

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/06/article55353219/houthis-reject-roadmap-mobilizing-armed-offshoots-yemen

Comment: The Houthis certainly are not „ fixated on the question of Yemeni presidency“ - they just are not willing to surrender to a government that still is headed by president Hadi.

23.6.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

National delegation renews adherence to form consensual authority

The National delegation involved in consultations in Kuwait renewed on Wednesday its adherence to form a consensual executive authority to manage the transitional phase.
At the meeting, the national delegation expressed its refusal to override the consensus ceiling in any solutions to be presented, criticizing some of what is stated in Ould Cheikh’s briefing. It stressed its rejection of all what might obstruct the fair and objective solutions.
The delegation pointed to the case of bias practiced by Ould Cheikh with the opinions and perceptions of the aggression states that seek to achieve their objectives through the negotiating table, voicing its strong rejection to that practice.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431447.htm and by Fars News http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950403000910

Comment: „National delegation“ Houthi / Saleh-delegation.

22.6.2016 – Alwaght (* A P)

Five Sticking Points Ahead of Yemen Peace

Most of the stumbling blocks are about the implementation of 5 points. They are going to be discussed in order of significance as follows.

Heavy and mid-weight weapons handover

Retreatment from the cities

The Riyadh delegation seeks limiting Ansarullah to such provinces as Saada and some parts of Sana'a. It aims at checking the movement's advances towards the southern coast, especially Aden province. This issue, which is a battlefield reality, stands as a strategic difference foiling the negotiation process.

Drawing the main principles for forming agreed-upon government

Prisoners swap

Deciding on roadmap for continuing the negotiations

All in all, it must be noted that hopes for reaching a political agreement in Kuwait peace talks as a result of several rounds of negotiations are stronger than any other time. Such an optimism is an outcome of Saudi Arabia's battlefield losses and heavy financial costs of war for Riyadh during over a year of unceasing aggression against Yemen. Moreover, Al Saud’s major allies like the US, Britain and some Arab countries now came up with the notion that Yemen crisis can be settled only through political deals.

http://alwaght.com/en/News/58404/Five-Sticking-Points-Ahead-of-Yemen-Peace

Comment: Very worth a read.

22.6.2016 – Middle East Eye (A P)

Houthis demand 'unity' president as part of Yemen peace deal

Houthi movement says peace deal must approve new president, as talks with government of Abd Rabbuh Hadi hit fresh obstacle

Yemen's Houthi on Wednesday said that they would reject any peace deal that did promise to bring in a unity president who would guide the country forward during its transition.

The demand comes a day after the UN envoy for Yemen said he had proposed a process for peace following two months of negotiations in Kuwait, and appears to signal the Houthis desire to push for more concessions.

"Foremost among these is the presidency which is at the centre of the negotiations and on which all the other issues - like the formation of a national unity government and a supreme military and security committee - depend," the Houthis said in a statement.

The position is likely to clash with Saudi-backed government of President Abd Rabbuh Hadi, who insists that he is the legitimate president and must stay on.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemens-houthis-challenge-un-peace-deal-demanding-unity-president-2076774143 and by AFP: https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/31897179/yemen-rebels-demand-consensus-president-in-any-peace-deal/#page1

Comment: Breaking up into a new future with president Hadi? That really is impossible to imagine.

22.9.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A P)

UN proposing nothing new to advance Yemen talks: Analyst

Press TV has interviewed Naseer al-Omari, an author and political commentator in New York, about a roadmap proposed by the UN special envoy to Yemen to end the Saudi invasion of the country.

I am not hopeful because there is no blueprint for peace. Basically you have the Saudis dictating to the Yemenis and every time you have an outside power dictating and tipping the scale in favor of one group against the other, the Yemenis will never reach peace.

The Saudis believe that Yemen is their backyard. They believe that the security of Yemen matters only because it happens to be in the Saudis' backyard and they will dictate their rules through their envoys and representatives and the Yemenis who invited them to fight for them. It is a very difficult situation because power-sharing in Yemen has been always a problem; historically it has been a problem.

So, so far I believe that the United Nations has not proposed anything new to advance the talks in Yemen.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/06/22/471581/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-UN-peace-talks-Houthis-humanitarian-aid

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

24.6.2016 - Der Standard (*A P)

Saudischer Superprinz auf US-Schnuppertour

Die USA nehmen zur Kenntnis, dass Vizekronprinz Mohammed bin Salman der neue starke Mann in Saudi-Arabien ist. Eine Tour des Königssohns bot Gelegenheit zum Beschnuppern.

Der gerade noch 30-jährige Mohammed bin Salman hat in den eineinhalb Jahren, die sein Vater regiert, viel Macht angesammelt: Neben Vizekronprinz ist er Verteidigungsminister, Vizepremier und Vorsitzender des Wirtschafts- und Entwicklungsrats und damit für die "Vision 2030", die Saudi-Arabien ökonomisch auf ganz neue Beine stellen soll, verantwortlich. Als Verteidigungsminister kontrolliert er Milliardengeschäfte, den Krieg im Jemen und die neue "Anti-Terror-Allianz", die mehr als an die Adresse des Iran als die der sunnitischen Jihadisten weltweit gerichtet ist. Vor allem hat er jedoch das Ohr seines gesundheitlich schwachen Vaters und das Sagen bei Hof – von Gudrun Harrer

http://derstandard.at/2000039767873/Saudischer-Superprinz-auf-US-Schnuppertour

23.6.2016 – I'm Muslim (A K P)

US official: "There's no question that the Saudis have been pushing us to get more involved militarily since the start of the Syrian conflict, and the reason is simple: They want us to do the fighting for them,"

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/photos/a.446760528785868.1073741828.446357405492847/914630505332199/?type=3

22.9.2016 – Middle East Eye (A P)

Saudi crown prince is 'fine' despite US reports of being ‘near death’

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef is said to be 'very upset' that reports he is unwell have gone unchallenged in the United States

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz is healthy and not “near death” as recently reported by an American intelligence official, according to a regional security and defence company.

Tactical Report, which specialises in providing intelligence from the Middle East, reported on Tuesday that the heir to the Saudi throne, Prince Mohammed, is “fine and in good condition and does not suffer any health problems” - by Rori Donaghy

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-crown-prince-fine-despite-us-reports-being-near-death-656966416

cp9 USA

23.6.2016 – Modern Tokyo Times (* B P)

Contradictory US Entanglements in the Middle East: Anti-Shia Forces, Iran, and Saudi Arabia

Foreign policy in America under President Obama is certainly one of mass estrangement, confusion and assisting in failed states.

n Yemen, this mass contradiction can be seen once more because immediately Obama supported the Saudi Arabia led coalition against this nation based on Riyadh’s anti-Shia policy. This reality means that any goodwill with Iran is in disarray and the same applies to the anti-Shia agenda in Bahrain. At the same time, the feudal monarchy of Saudi Arabia is mystified by Washington’s dealing with Tehran. Therefore, this mass inconsistency is really adding to an increasing quagmire that is engulfing Libya, Iraq, Syria and Yemen – by Ramazan Khalidov, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker

http://moderntokyotimes.com/?p=4993

23.6.2016 – The Week (* B K P)

Why is America backing Saudi Arabia's atrocious war in Yemen?

There is one Middle Eastern country that seems to get diplomatic cover from the United States whenever it does something wrong.

That nation is Saudi Arabia, of course.

It has been our other long-term ally in the region that causes the United States its most serious problems, and leads us to actions in which we disgrace ourselves.

Consider Saudi Arabia's unjust war with Yemen, which has become a grotesque humanitarian disaster. American involvement in this war has hardly been acknowledged by our political class, and is barely even known to the public.

But even if we are stuck working with Saudi Arabia to keep worse Islamists from controlling the Islamic holy land, and even if we are stuck with them as a balancing power to the Iranian regime, the American people deserve some answer about why we are helping them starve Yemen. Why is this mission valuable to the U.S.? Why are we participating, despite repeated warnings that it is a humanitarian disaster?

What kind of friendship requires something so transparently wicked?- by Michael Brendan Dogherty

http://theweek.com/articles/631652/why-america-backing-saudi-arabias-atrocious-war-yemen

22.6.2016 – Faisalbin Farhan (A P)

Some more pictures from the Deputy Crown Prince's visit to @facebook

https://twitter.com/FaisalbinFarhan/status/745733193307914240

Comment: Be aware of facebook's censorship in fsvour of certsin governments and regimes.

21.6.2016 – Al Monitor (* A P)

Is Mohammed bin Salman gaining upper hand in Saudi Arabia?

It [...] can be concluded that Riyadh heeded an invitation hastily extended by Washington and that the Obama administration set the date for the visit despite the fact that senior Saudi officials do not traditionally embark on official foreign visits during the month of Ramadan.

It seems that Obama’s decision to meet with Mohammed and US supportfor the ambitious Saudi Vision 2030were linked to the outcome of Mohammed’s meetings with State Department, defense and security officials in Washington. It also seems that Obama’s decision depended on Mohammed’s receptiveness to the US point of view on the issues of combating terrorismin Iraq and Syria as well as ending the war in Yemen – by Ibrahim Al-Hatlani

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/06/saudi-arabia-bin-salman-visit-washington.html

20.6.2016 – RI Future (A P)

Jack Reed supports selling cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia

Congress is coming under increasing pressure to stop supplying cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, but Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed doesn’t seem to be feeling it. He said the weapons, which are made by Rhode Island-based Textron and banned by 119 nations but not the US and Saudi Arabia, “should still be provided under strict conditions,” he told RI Future – by Bob Plain

http://www.rifuture.org/jack-reed-supports-selling-cluster-bombs-to-saudi-arabia.html

Comment: That are the typical deputees: As we in our region profit from arms sales, they are a fine thing. He certainly would not appreciate Russian or Chinese bombs falling on Rhode Island, having been promoted by any Russian or Chinese deputy in whose district they had been produced.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

22.6.2016 – Edmund Fitton-Brown (A P)

Unacceptable attacks by Houthi/Saleh forces on Jabal Jalis over past few days. Flagrant breach of Cessation of Hostilities in #Yemen

https://twitter.com/EFittonBrown/status/745536948836589568

Comment: Edmund Fitton-Brown, British ambassador in Yemen, resides in Riyad. For him, look here. Really a strange statement, as is remarked by:

Comment by Dr. Karim: Yes Mr @EFittonBrown. Obviously incessant Saudi-led airstrikes killing civilians do not count.Thanks 4 caring!

https://twitter.com/StopDestroyYem/status/745620060182614017

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

23.6.2016 – Spiegel Online (A K P)

Urteil im Fall Heckler & Koch: Regierung muss über Waffenexport nach Saudi-Arabien entscheiden

Ein Gerichtsurteil drängt die Bundesregierung zur Entscheidung, ob die Waffenschmiede Heckler & Koch Ersatzteile fürs G36 nach Saudi-Arabien liefern darf. SPD-Wirtschaftsminister Gabriel votiert klar für ein Nein - von Matthias Gebauer

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/bundesregierung-muss-ueber-waffenexport-nach-saudi-arabien-entscheiden-a-1099394.html

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

22.6.2016 – Deutsche Welle (* A P)

Die eingefrorene Arabellion von Bahrain

Ein neuer Konflikt zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten: Bahrain bürgert einen schiitischen Geistlichen aus - der Iran droht daraufhin mit einer "blutigen Intifada". Steuert Bahrain auf den nächsten Bürgerkrieg zu?

Die Regierung Bahrains hat Scheich Isa Kassim, dem spirituellen Führer der schiitischen Opposition, die Staatsbürgerschaft aberkannt. Die Begründung: Kassim habe Kontakt mit "Organisationen und Parteien unterhalten, die Feinde des Königreichs sind", so das bahrainische Innenministerium. Kassim gilt als Hauptvertreter der schiitischen Opposition im von einer sunnitischen Elite mit eiserner Hand geführten Königreich Bahrain.

Dem jüngsten Eklat geht eine Reihe von Repressionen voran, die die Opposition geschwächt haben. Das Regime in Bahrain geht systematisch gegen seine Kritiker vor. So hat es die Oppositionsgruppe Al-Wefak aufgelöst, die als gemäßigt gilt. Deren politischer Kopf, Scheich Ali Salman, wurde wegen Aufstachelung zur Gewalt zu neun Jahren Haft verurteilt.

http://www.dw.com/de/die-eingefrorene-arabellion-von-bahrain/a-19345756

20.6.2016 – Der Standard (* A P)

Bahrain entzieht Schiiten-Führer die Staatsbürgerschaft

Das arabische Königreich Bahrain geht mit harter Hand gegen die Opposition vor. Das bahrainische Innenministerium entzog dem höchsten schiitischen Geistlichen des Inselstaates, Ayatollah Isa Ahmed Qassim, die Staatsbürgerschaft, wie die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur BNA am Montag meldete. Der 79-Jährige gilt als geistiger Führer der Wifaq-Gesellschaft, der größten Oppositionsgruppe des Landes.

Der Kleriker hatte während des arabischen Aufstands vor fünf Jahren den Einsatz von Gewalt gegen Demonstranten in Bahrain kritisiert. Das Innenministerium warf ihm jetzt vor, er habe eine führende Rolle dabei gespielt, ein "extremistisches sektiererisches Klima" im Land zu schaffen.

http://derstandard.at/2000039386713/Bahrain-entzieht-Schiiten-Fuehrer-die-Staatsbuergerschaft

24.6.2016 – New Newss (* A P)

Regime forces attack top cleric’s supporters in NW Bahrain

Bahraini regime forces have fired birdshots and tear gas to disperse dozens of demonstrators, who had taken to the streets in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom to express solidarity with prominent Shia Muslim cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, who was stripped of his citizenship by the Al Khalifah regime earlier this week – by Ahmed Alkhazzan

http://newnewss.net/?p=496

22.6.2016 – Human Rights Watch (* A H)

Bahrain: Senior Cleric Faces Deportation

Jail Conditions Jeopardize Health of Rights Activist

In a Bahrain News Agency statement on June 20, 2016, the Interior Ministry said it was revoking the citizenship of Sheikh Isa Qasim, considered the spiritual leader of the main opposition group, Al Wifaq. It accused him of “creating an extremist sectarian environment” and saying he had “encouraged sectarianism and violence.”

Bahrain’s government and ruling family are slamming shut the door on political reform, while simultaneously stoking dissent,” saidJoe Stork, deputy Middle East director.

On June 21, a public prosecutor extended the detention of Nabeel Rajab, the rights activist, for eight days. He faces charges of “spreading false news…in a bid to discredit Bahrain” under article 134 of the penal code. The authorities have not made clear what comments form the basis for the charges.

On June 14, Bahraini authorities issued an “expedited” ruling to close Al Wifaq’s headquarters, seize its funds, and suspend its activities.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/06/22/bahrain-senior-cleric-faces-deportation

22.6.2016 – Reported Ly (* A P)

Protesters have been defying police roadblocks in Bahrain since Monday night after the government revoked citizenship of the country’s highest Shia cleric, Sheikh Issa Qassim. More than 260 people had their citizenship revoked over the past four years. In recent days, prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested once again, activist Zainab Alkhawaja was forced by threats into exile after several stints in prison, and the main opposition party was suspended. On Monday, the UN published a concerned summaryof the recent crackdownin Bahrain. Protesters are holding peaceful nighttime sit-ins near the ousted cleric’s house in Diraz.

https://reported.ly/2016/06/22/daily-digest-thousands-protest-heavy-crackdown-in-bahrain/

22.6.2016 – Fars News (A P)

Al Khalifa Mercenaries Raid Bahrain’s Senior Cleric Hometown Village of Diraz

Mercenary forces of Al Khalifa regime raided Bahrain’s senior cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim's hometown village of Diraz and the whole area has virtually come under their siege, local sources reported.

“The mercenary forces of Army and Police have cordoned the whole village and no one except for local residents is allowed to enter the village or leave the area,” said the sources, who demanded to remain anonymous.

Stripping the nationality of dissidents has become a popular tool for Persian Gulf Arab littoral states battling domestic dissent, such as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, where nationality is perceived by many as a privilege not a right.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950402001239

22.6.2016 – Reuters (* A P)

Bahrain gambles with security by launching crackdown on Shi'ites

Bahrain aims to end years of instability with a crackdown on Shi'ite political parties, but it could be a gamble that risks further destabilising the Western-allied kingdom and the wider Middle East.

Five years after it crushed street protests with Saudi military support, the Sunni Muslim royal family that rules over a population with a Shi'ite majority appears convinced it will again weather international disapproval for tough measures.

In a series of moves over the past three weeks, authorities closed down the main Shi'ite opposition al-Wefaq Islamic Society, doubled the prison sentence on the group's leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, detained prominent rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab and stripped Ayatollah Isa Qassim, Bahrain's Shi'ite spiritual leader, of his citizenship.

Authorities have managed to muzzle anger each time by deploying extra police officers to the streets, but the move against Qassim this week brought thousands in spontaneous protests outside his home west of the capital Manama – by Sam Aboudi

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-bahrain-shiites-analysis-idUKKCN0Z81CS

Comment: I just am waiting for a Saudi military interference as in 2012. Yemen, Bahrain: And the West will sleep. No, not just this. It is the West who has furnished the arms that now will be turned against the protesters. And compare the West's attitude towards Bahrain upraising and the Maidan in Ukraine in 2014.

14.6.2016 – ADHRB (** A P)

Charting the Seas of Abuse: Analysis of United Nations Special Procedure Communications to the Kingdom of Bahrain 2011 – 2016

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), and the Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy (BIRD) are pleased to announce the release of Charting the Seas of Abuse: Analysis of United Nations Special Procedure Communications to the Kingdom of Bahrain 2011 – 2016.

The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteurs, a body of independent experts associated with the United Nations, have tracked this unrest since it first garnered international attention in 2011. In the five-year period between then and now, the mandates of 11 Special Rapporteurs have combined to issue around 60 communications.

In this new report, ADHRB, BCHR, and BIRD track the work of the Special Procedures to document the ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain. The new report seeks to both catalog the communications and the government’s responses for efficient reference and also provide added context for the disturbing trends of abuse revealed by a comprehensive examination of the Special Procedures’ work.

http://www.adhrb.org/2016/06/9921/ and in full: http://www.adhrb.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Charting-the-Seas_Electronic-Copy.pdf

22.6.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: Bahrain's recent harsh measures aimed at silencing any dissent

The Human Rights Watch’s deputy Middle East director has slammed Bahrain’s decision to revoke the citizenship of senior Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim. Joe Stork tells Press TV that such moves are aimed at silencing peaceful political dissent in the country.

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

Comment by Jamila Hanan: Some good US statements, but UK have been a shameful mouthpiece for AlKhalifa family #Bahrainsays Joe Stalk

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/745685107017678848

More links for Bahrain:

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/745609428318183424

https://twitter.com/Amh_Dz/status/744956646208704512

https://twitter.com/TaraAOGrady/status/745569987839074304

https://twitter.com/sayed3li/status/745583349972992000

https://twitter.com/Amh_Dz/status/745523087953670145

https://twitter.com/ModamerNewsEN/status/745406721519140864

https://twitter.com/sayed3li/status/745395070032052224

https://twitter.com/ammaraltahan/status/745113325273440258

https://twitter.com/SAlwadaei/status/745080407499104256

https://twitter.com/ADHRB/status/745706710849949696

https://twitter.com/ADHRB/status/745709989508091905

https://twitter.com/ADHRB/status/745649247249367040

https://twitter.com/ADHRB/status/745649825228664832

https://twitter.com/ADHRB/status/745656809881468928

and films by Press TV Iran: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTHRw2gck1I and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mH4JuvOffk and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfU_qfW1FOQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIdd4niuRKI

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

24.6.2016 - International Organization for Migration, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Map: Yemen Situation: Regional Refugee and Migrant Response – Population movement out of Yemen (as of 15 June 2016)

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/YEM_Sitn_RRP_PopMovts_15Jun2016.pdf

24.6.2016 - International Organization for Migration, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Map: Yemen Situation: Regional Refugee and Migrant Response: Arrivals from Yemen into the Horn of Africa - as of 15 June 2016

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/YEM_Sitn_Regional_Dashboard_15Jun16.pdf

24.6.2016 - International Organization for Migration, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Infographic; Yemen Situation: Population movement from and to Yemen (as of 30 May 2016)

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/YEM_SitnToFrom_30May2016.pdf

22.6.2016 - International Organization for Migration (A H)

Infographic: Profile Comparison of Migrants, Yemen - IOM, April 2016

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/TCN-Snapshot-April-2016.pdf

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe auch / See also cp 5, cp6

23.6.2016 – Saba Net (A T)

Al-Qaeda leader killed in Taiz

One of al-Qaida leaders was killed in Taiz province, a local official said Thursday.
Ahmed Abdullah al-Dhayfani was dead in military clashes with the Abu al-Abbas gangs in the province.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431488.htm

23.6.2016 – NZZ von AP (* A T)

Al-Kaida-Kämpfer kehren nach Südjemen zurück

Knapp einen Monat nach ihrem Rückzug kehren Kämpfer des Terrornetzwerks al-Kaida Augenzeugenberichten zufolge in südjemenitische Städte zurück. Die Rebellen seien in Dschaar und Sinjibar, der Hauptstadt der Provinz Abjan, gesichtet worden, berichteten Einwohner am Donnerstag. Tagsüber führen sie in kleinen, mit Flugabwehrraketen ausgerüsteten Lastwagen durch die Städte, in den Nächten wichen sie in ihre Verstecke zurück. Die Kämpfer hatten sich nach Verhandlungen mit Stammesangehörigen zurückgezogen.

http://www.nzz.ch/international/nahost-und-afrika/krieg-im-jemen-al-kaida-kaempfer-kehren-nach-suedjemen-zurueck-ld.91187 und auch http://www.salzburg.com/nachrichten/welt/politik/sn/artikel/al-kaida-kehrt-in-zwei-suedjemenitische-staedte-zurueck-202049/

23.6.2016 – AP (* A T)

Residents say al-Qaida has returned to southern Yemen cities

Witnesses say that al-Qaida fighters have been seen in southern Yemeni cities, nearly a month after the militants withdrew from the towns following tribal-led negotiations.

Local residents reported Thursday that al-Qaida militants were seen in the cities of Jaar and Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan province. They say that during the day fighters can be seen driving pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns, but at night they retreat to hideouts – by Ahmed Al-Haj

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/residents-say-al-qaida-has-returned-to-southern-yemen-cities/2016/06/23/8684bc8e-3924-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html

Comment: Remember, Saudi/Emirati propaganda bursted they had killed 800 Al Qaida fighters at just one shot?

cp15 Propaganda

22.6.2016 – WAM (A P)

Khaled Hussein Mohammed Al Yemany, Permanent Representative of Yemen at the United Nations, said that, in spite of the difficult circumstances surrounding the negotiation process in Kuwait, his government had committed itself to peace. Expressing faith in ability of the process to bring an end to the suffering of the Yemeni people which was a direct result of the coup d'etat by Houthi rebels he said his Government had examined the ideas put forward by the Special Envoy. Nevertheless, there remained a "lack of seriousness" on the part of those who had carried out the coup, and those parties must renounce all unilateral measures.

The Yemeni government had proposed a plan for lasting peace, he said, noting that, among other things, the road map must include the release of heavy weapons and the withdrawal of the Houthi militias. Indeed, the success of the transitional period and the creation of a federal State hinged on those preconditions. From the first moments of the Kuwait negotiations, the Yemeni government had called for a full cessation of hostilities, but the other side had continued its acts of war without pause.

http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab/1395297007178.html

Comment: This really is far from reality so that it is shown here as „propaganda“. It's mainly the Hadi government who blocks any progress in the peace talks. They are keen to reach a full victory – the peace talks and politics only seen as a means to achieve that.

22.6.2016 – Saudi Relief (A P)

#KSRelieflaunch a comprehensive electronic program including a satellite broadcast to support education in #Yemen

https://twitter.com/ksrelief/status/745310045617983488

Comment: After the saudis have bombed hundreds of schools to rubble.

Comment by mark Springer: @ksreliefsatelite education? Considering the hatred taught in KSA schools....not sure this offer is worth anything.

https://twitter.com/AbuSinanSayf/status/745816429732167680

Comment by Dr.Karim: Confident we have had enough of that twisted, disruptive, hate fostering form of education 4 the past 40+ years

https://twitter.com/StopDestroyYem/status/745817536680296448

Comment: This must be the reason why they bombed our schools

https://www.facebook.com/Living-In-Yemen-On-The-Edge-961126490607048/

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Distance education when #Yemenstudents don't have PCs or Internet? Now don't even have classrooms or electricity!?

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/746050988721709056

Comment by Ahmed Hamood: Satellite broadcast? Satellite broadcast?? You distroyed infrastructure in Yemen & no electricity since Aug. 2015 you stupid.

https://twitter.com/Ahmedhamood7/status/745840210840256512

Comment: It would be spreading Wahabism.

22.6.2016 – WAM (A P)

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation to distribute 100,000 books in Yemen, refugee camps

Under the ‘Reading Nation’ campaign launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) – a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives – in cooperation with the UAE Red Crescent Authority, will distribute 100,000 books in public libraries in the Republic of Yemen as well as in refugee camps in various Arab countries.

http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395297031429.html

Comment: They helped to bomb hundreds of schools to rubble.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

24.6.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes mistakenly bomb allied forces in northern Yemen

Saudi military aircraft have reportedly targeted Riyadh-sponsored militiamen loyal to resigned Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf, killing and injuring scores of the mercenaries.

Informed sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Saudi warplanes struck a four-vehicle convoy of the mercenaries on Friday as it was travelling along a road in the Sadba district of the province, located approximately 110 kilometers (68 miles) north of the capital Sana'a, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

The Saudi-backed militiamen were reportedly planning to launch an offensive against Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from the Popular Committees in the al-Maton district in the next few days.

Several members of the Salafist and al-Qaeda-affiliated Islah party were among the casualties.

http://presstv.ir/Detail/2016/06/24/471948/Saudi-fighter-jets-airstrike-mercenaries-alJawf-Sadba-Yemen

23.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

One killed in airstrikes on al-Qabitah district in Lahj

The Saudi-led war jets waged on Thursday four raids on scattered areas in al-Qabitah district of Lahj province, killing a citizen from the district, a military official said.
The official pointed out that the aggression’s warplanes and its mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire during the past 24 hours in a number of provinces in the country.
The hostile war jets waged two raids on Maswara area and Nehm district in Sana’a province, two others on Serwah district of Mareb province and another one on al-Saqiyah area in al-Masloub district in Jawf province, he said.
The hostile war jets continued flying in the sky of Nehm district in Sana’a province and in the border districts of Sa’ada province and in the skies of Taiz, Mareb and Jawf provinces.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431538.htm

23.6.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

DESTRUCTION: Wave of Saudi airstrikes bombard #Yemenregions Hajjah, Jawf & Lahj on 16th day of holy month Ramadhan

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/746056952137003008

22.6.2016 – Saba News (A K PH)

Hostile airstrikes target Kitaf, al-Dhaher districts in Sa’ada

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431450.htm

22.6.2016 – Saba News (A K PH)

Saudi war jets wage raid on al-Zaher

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431397.htm

22.6.2016 – Saba News (A K PH)

Fighter jets launch raids on al-Mashjah

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431395.htm

22.6.2016 – Saba News (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wage raid on Serwah

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431398.htm

22.6.2016 – Freewings (A K)

Saudi fighter jets are flying low in capital Sana'a, #Yemen, now. It has been one hour and the jets still flying

https://twitter.com/dwipas2020/status/745798465435869184 and also https://twitter.com/Allahim_ad/status/745797028295360512 and https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/745795716577005568 and https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/745792155076149248

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

23.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Invaders' reinforcements arrive in Mareb, Jawf

Military reinforcements of the Saudi-led coalition and its hirelings arrived in Mareb and Jawf provinces, informed sources told Saba on Thursday.
The reinforcements contain 10 armored personnel carriers, armored vehicles and tanks arrived in Safer military camp in Mareb.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431492.htm

23.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils hirelings' advance on al-Moton

The army and popular committees repulsed on Thursday an attempt of the Riyadh's hirelings to advance towards al-Baten area in al-Moton district of Jawf province, a military official said.
A number of the hirelings were killed or injured in the clashes

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431473.htm

23.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The official pointed out that the aggression’s warplanes and its mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire during the past 24 hours in a number of provinces in the country.
He added that the aggression’s hirelings launch a missile attack on the areas of Bani Bareq, al-Houl, Mabda’ah, Maswara and Riman in Nehm district and different areas in Serwah district.
In Taiz, the mercenaries targeted al-Madrab and al-Qashwaba areas in al-Wazeiyah district and al-Jahmaliah district, as well as an artillery bombing on Thubab village, which caused damage to houses of citizens.
One of the Military Hospital staff was shot dead by mercenary snipers in al-Jahmaliah, according to the military official.
In Jawf province, the hirelings pounded al-Ghail and al-Maton districts with artillery shells and rockets, the official said, adding that many of the mercenary fighters were killed during their attempt to advance toward al-Maton district.
http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431538.htm and http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431483.htm

23.6.2016 – Janes (A K)

Saudi-led coalition intercepts ballistic missile inside Yemen

The official Saudi Press Agency reported on 21 June that the Saudi-led coalition had released a statement saying it destroyed a ballistic missile fired towards Marib city from inside Yemen at around 1215 h local time. It added that coalition aircraft then immediately hit the missile launch location.

Satellite imagery shows that the Saudi-led coalition has had Patriot batteries in Marib since September 2015.

http://www.janes.com/article/61725/saudi-led-coalition-intercepts-ballistic-missile-inside-yemen

23.6.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsart (A K PS)

Houthis Reject Roadmap and Mobilize Armed Offshoots in Yemen

insurgency militias effectively mobilized armed factions against strategic locations held by governmental forces.

Most of the deployment took part in eastern and southeastern Yemen. Insurgency militias mainly constitute armed Houthi factions and armed fighters supporting ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

In his Wednesday statement, U.N. envoy Ahmed expressed his profound disappointment with the meeting held with the insurgency delegation at the peace talks in Kuwait.

Discontent mainly stemmed from insurgency militias in Yemen moving towards Al Anad Air Base that lies in northwestern Lahij governorate. The U.N. envoy also confirmed that the advance taken on by militias potentially threatens the Yemeni peace talks - by Saeed Al Abyadh and Mohamed Ali Mohsen

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/06/article55353219/houthis-reject-roadmap-mobilizing-armed-offshoots-yemen

Comment: Off course, no word bout the permanent breaks of ceasefire by Saudi air raids and the militia of president Hadi.

22.6.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Yemeni Army Inching Closer to Capture Key Al-Anad Airbase

The Yemeni army has inched closer to the strategic military airport of Al-Anad in Lahij province after their recent victory in winning back Jabal Jalis (Jalis Mountain), media reports said.

"The Yemeni forces are now very close to taking back al-Anad airbase," the Arabic-language media reports said.

The Yemeni popular forces, and their allies captured Jabal Jalis on Tuesday after a violent battle with the Saudi-led Coalition in Southern Yemen, a military source said.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950402001290

23.6.2016 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: suffering of the citizens in Al-Jouf by the bombing raids of aggression mercenaries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gf4rrPCh-Y

22.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Five hirelings killed in Jawf

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news431394.htm

22.6.2016 – Khabar Agency (A K PH)

#Yemen-i forces retake control of 4 strategic sites in Hareeb, Nehim east of #Sanaa

http://khabaragency.net/lasten63696.asp

22.6.2016 – Anadolu (A K)

13 killed in central Yemen fighting

At least 13 people have been killed in fighting between pro-government fighters and Shia Houthi militants in central Yemen Wednesday.

A mortar shell fired by Houthis struck a house in the central Taiz city, killing five people, including three women, and injuring five others, medic Hamoud al-Zeib told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

Two pro-government fighters were also killed and 8 others injured in clashes with Houthi militants in western Taiz, local commander Abdel-Aziz al-Majidi said.

According to al-Majidi, scores of Houthi militants were killed and injured in the clashes in which a number of Houthis were captured by pro-government fighters.

Meanwhile, six Houthis were reportedly killed in attacks by pro-government forces in the central Al-Bayda’ province.

Pro-government fighters attacked a Houthi location in the province on Tuesday, killing four members of the Shia group and allied forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, local commander Mustafa Hussein told Anadolu Agency.

Two Houthi militants were also killed in an ambush by pro-government forces in western Al-Bayda’, he said.

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/13-killed-in-central-yemen-fighting-/595809

22.6.2016 – Gulf News (A K PS)

Yemeni forces defend strategic airbase from Al Houthi advance

Yemeni forces, backed by massive air strikes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition, have inflicted heavy casualties on Al Houthi militants

Yemeni forces backed by heavy air strikes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition are aggressively attacking Al Houthis in Yemen’s southern province of Lahj, after they launched an offensive to retake Yemen’s largest military airbase in Al Anad, just north of Aden

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/yemeni-forces-defend-strategic-airbase-from-al-houthi-advance-1.1850405

Comment: This is the crazy propaganda wording of both sides: „Yemeni forces“ always only are the forces of the own side, thus here: pro-Hadi Yemeni army or militia.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

23.6.2016 – La Voix du Yemen

Photos: Faces of Yemen

Everyday we see hundreds of people throughout the streets. Whether on our way to work, home, running errands, meeting friends or family or just taking a stroll. As we walk pass these people, we give very little thought to the stories their faces have to tell.

From the dabbab (mini bus) driver to the artist on the street, every single person has a story. These faces capture diverse emotional moments, reminding others that Yemenis are not just numbers and that their presence is undeniable - byRooj Alwazir

http://www.lavoixduyemen.com/en/2013/06/23/faces-of-yemen/3846/

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/krieg-im-jemen-neue-artikel-zum-nachlesen-161

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-161: / Yemen Press Reader 1-161:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm und / andhttp://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

17:30 24.06.2016
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