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Yemen Press Reader 163: UNO: Neues zur Affäre um Schwarze Liste - Friedensgespräche gescheitert: Hadi-Regierung wollte nie Kompromiss - AQAP Vormacht im Jihad - Saudi Arabien - Schwere Kämpfe

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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

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(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

24.6.2016 – Inner City Press (** A P)

On Yemen, Saudi FM Pressed Feltman To Get Off List, ICP's Told, Kuwait Sideshow

In the short period of time between Ban publicly listing Saudi Arabia and then reversing course and removing them from the Annex, what happened? Inner City Press is informed that Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir repeatedly called the former (and perhaps future) U.S. State Department official who is Ban's head of Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, and told him of an upcoming cabinet meeting. Feltman told Ban to drop Saudi from the list. The US, of course, supports the Saudi led coalition.
Meanwhile, Inner City Press' sources tell it, Houthis are negotiating directly with Saudi, making the UN talks in Kuwait that Ban is soon to visit essentially a sideshow. To this has Ban's UN sunk.
On June 23, Inner City Press asked Ban's deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq about Ban's meeting, with his deputy, chief of staff and spokesman, with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. UN transcript: (and also following here) - by Matthew Russell Lee

Comment: The Feltman connection shows how much the US itself is involved in the affair of the UN having removed Saudi Arabia and it’s “coalition” from the blacklist of childrens’ rights violators. Disgusting.

24.6.2016 – Anadolu (** A P)

Yemen delegation ‘not in Kuwait to forge unity govt

Member of Yemeni government delegation in Kuwait demands implementation of UNSC Resolution 2216

Abdullah al-Alimi, a leading member of the Yemeni government delegation to ongoing peace talks in Kuwait, said Friday that his delegation "did not come to Kuwait to form a unity government" with the Shia Houthi militant group.

"We came to Kuwait to ensure implementation of UN [Security Council] Resolution 2216, not to form a unity government," al-Alimi said in a series of tweets cited by Yemen’s official news agency.

"We are not here to reward those who undermined the political path process and violated Yemen’s national consensus," he added, referring to the Houthis and their allies.

"Our position is clear," al-Alimi asserted. "We’re here to reverse the [Houthi] coup and its consequences and restore the political process by hammering out a new constitution before conducting elections."

He went on to cite six preconditions, which, he said, "would not be conceded the Yemeni people".

These include a complete Houthi withdrawal from occupied cities; laying down their arms; the restoration of state institutions; the release of captives; the exclusion of what he described as "obstructionists" from the political process; and the dissolution of non-state militias. =

Comment: That's what almost was clear. The Hadi government never wanted a peace agreement, but just a full capitulation of the Houthis. They just wanted to use the „peace“ talks for achieving their goal of full victory and control by a cheaper means than fighting until the end. - These „preconditions“ fulfilled, no more peace process would be necessary. The result would be a full takeover by the Hadi government and it' fighters as the are now – and a „night (or better many nights) of long knives“ against Houthis and other opponents. The West, by being obedient to Saudi demands and enforcing resolution 2216 in the Security Council, thus created the premise and the precondition for this total blockade of the peace process – and for more war and bloodshed. Thank you, West!!

The „preconditions“ named by the minister, besides requiring the Houthis to capitulate, are rather odd due to even more aspects: „ exclusion of what he described as "obstructionists" from the political process“: Who shall be defined as „obstructionist“? The Hadi government, as this minister's statementobviously shows? He just means all who „obstruct“ his government' rule, i.e. all opposition. „the dissolution of non-state militias.“: there are lots of non-state militia fighting for the Hafi government, partly labeled as „Yemeni army“. Relabeling is a easy way of creating a „state militia“, the Houthi just should do the same? And, furtheron, there is a plenty of more political forces (having their own militia) which are not taking part in the Kuwait talks – what about them and their militia (Islah party, Al Qaida, IS, separatists)?

21.6.2016 – Its Time (** B T)

The Importance of Being Local. Framing AQAP’s intra-jihadi Hegemony in Yemen

In Yemen, the intra-jihadi rivalry between al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and local cells of the so-called Islamic State has been gaining momentum, exacerbated by the ongoing multilayered conflict in the country. Since the beginning of the crisis, jihadi networks were able to capitalize on security vacuum, local resentment against central institutions and the sectarian narrative promoted by Saudi Arabia and Iran as a power politics tool. Notwithstanding escalating “spectacular” attacks against Shia civilians and security/governmental forces, IS didn’t manage to challenge AQAP’s supremacy within the Yemeni jihadi camp so far. Nevertheless, the intra-jihadi rivalry is now on the rise, due to a gradual convergence in operational areas and targets between AQAP and IS – by Eleonora Ardemagni

3.10.2015 – RT (** B P)

Empire Files: Saudi-Arabien - 80 Jahre Gemetzel, Sklaverei und innigste Beziehungen mit den USA

Die USA kritisieren ihren engsten Verbündeten am Golf grundsätzlich nicht. „Die Crux dieser Beziehung besteht darin, dass die Zustände in diesem Land geheim gehalten werden“, stellt Abby Martin fest. In einer ausführlichen Reportage schaut die Journalistin auf die Lage der Menschenrechte in Saudi-Arabien. Ali al-Ahmad, Direktor des Gulf Affairs Institute, schildert den Reichtum der Ölmonarchie und ihr eigenwilliges Rechtssystem. Abby Martin schaut auf die finstere Geschichte einer besonderen Beziehung zwischen amerikanischen Unternehmen und saudischen Monarchen: 80 Jahre blutige Repression für eine Königsfamilie und für sicheres Erdöl. Aber die Menschen kämpfen und sterben bis heute. Wenn es um das Imperium geht, stehen Wirtschaftsinteressen über der Moral.

and English version here:

cp2 Allgemein / General

25.6.2016 – Almasdar (A K P)

Yemen War enters third phase after peace talks fail
The Yemen War has entered its third round this past week after the failed peace talks between the Houthi and Saudi-backed government in the Kuwaiti capital. With both sides launching several attacks across the country, the violence that plagued the country for over year has once again sprung back up, leaving much of Yemen’s civilians in a fit of despair as the bloodshed continues. – by Leith Fadel

24.6.2016 – Thana Faroq (* B K P)

Audio: It's hard to imagine how people in war-torn Yemen go about their everyday lives. But Thana Faroq, a 26-year-old street photographer who lives in the capital of Sanaa, is trying to show exactly that. Her photos are very different from the ones you usually see of the country. They're bright, happy and show people getting haircuts, selling traditional bread or playing games on the streets.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

26.6.2016 – Al Arabiya (* A H)

Yemeni civilians struggle through ‘invisible crisis’ during Ramadan

High food prices, little electricity, a humanitarian crisis and near-constant bombings from a 15-month-long conflict are causing misery in a normally joyful season.

Although people are trying their best to enjoy Ramadan, Yemen’s “hard and tough” situation is making life especially difficult, said Taiz-based human rights activist Ahmed al-Qadhi.

A list of commodity prices

The average price of commodities in Yemen has increased in most of the governorates, according to Yemen’s Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation (MOPIC) – by Rua’a Alameri

26.6.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

WFP Yemen Situation Report #22, 26 June 2016

21.2 million (82 percent of population) in need of humanitarian assistance (2016 Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview)

14.1 million food insecure (June 2016 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis)

of which 7 million severely food insecure (June 2016 IPC)

2.8 million internally displaced and returnees (HCT Task Force on Population Movement, 9th Report, May 2016)

49,797 refugee and migrant arrivals in Yemen from the Horn of Africa in Jan-May 2016 (Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat/UNHCR)

In May, WFP reached more than 3 million people in Yemen through food assistance: 2.59 million through general food distribution (GFD) and 449,000 through its commodity vouchers programme (CV-TN) and in full:

24.6.2016 – Dr. Karim / MONA (A H)

We at @monarelief broke our own record yesterday, we distributed 432,000 meals in one day! Thanks to our donors! and film:

Comment: MONA is a small, private Yemeni relief organisation achieving a lot – and there is the problem of the Saudi blockade !! Look at site of MONA here:

24.6.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (B H)

Still, what a blessing when the water-truck comes to the neighborhood (photo)

24.6.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (B H)

In October 2015 and February 2016 photographer @rawanssa travelled through Houthi controlled areas of northern Yemen documenting the effects of war on the people she met. Rawan visited MSF hospital facilities in Amran and Haydan whilst also gathering stories from refugees seeking sanctuary in the relative safety of Amran.

17.6.2016 – Yemen government (A E H)

Yemen Socio-Economic Update, No. (15) June 2016

The public budget’s financing gap is estimated at $5.8 billion in 2016, apart from the reconstruction needs.

The decline in GDP is estimated at 34.6%, and the inflation rate rose by over 30% in 2015.

The exchange rate in the parallel market has fluctuated at around YR300/USD in May 2016, compared to YR225/ USD in May 2015.

Power supply through the pubic grid has been totally suspended in Sana’a and several other governorates for about 9 months.

Fuel imports covered 86%, 15%, and 8% of the local market needs during January, February and March 2016 respectively (OCHA, Shipment Snapshot, April 2016).

14.4 million Yemenis are food insecure (over 50% of the population). (FAO, Situation Report-Yemen, May 9, 2016).

21.2 million Yemenis (82% of the population) are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 9.9 million children, and 2.7million IDPs (31% children) (UNICEF, SitRep, May, 2016). and in full:

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

26.6.2016 – Anadolu (A P)

Ex-Yemen president says won’t go to Saudi for peace talks

Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is an ally of the Shia Houthi group, has rejected any suggestion of going to Saudi Arabia for talks aimed at ending the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

“We won’t go to Saudi Arabia to sign a peace deal even if the war continued to years,” Saleh said in statements on Saturday cited by the website of his General People’s Congress party.

“If [Saudis] want to hold dialogue with our party and the Houthis, they can come to Kuwait,” he said, referring to the current venue of UN-sponsored talks aimed at resolving the conflict in Yemen.

“We extend our hands with reconciliation and tolerance to Saudi Arabia, not to the mercenaries of Riyadh,” Saleh said, in an implicit reference to Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is backed by Saudi Arabia – by Zakaria al-Kamali

Comment: Who is “we”? Whom does he speak for?

Comment: Still same narrative calling Houthis 'Shia'

26.6.2016 – Saba Net (A T)

Motorbike bomb blast injures 20 in Hajjah

At least 20 people were injured on Saturday by a motorbike bomb explosion in a souk in Hajjah province, a security official said.
Among the injured are six children and a woman, he said, the security services and popular committees rushed to the scene to collect evidences and find out who are behind the terrorist act.

25.6.2016 – Saba Net (A T)

Terrorist bombing injures seven people in Ibb

At least seven citizens were wounded when a terrorist blow himself up with an explosive belt in a popular market in al-Radhma district of Ibb province, a security official said Saturday.
The official explained that the suicide bomber detonated himself in al-Qoqa'a market, injuring seven people, some seriously, confirming the death of the terrorist bomber.

25.6.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Taiz: Deceptive Houthis Free “Prisoners” Who Are Actually Citizens

Local sources in Taiz revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat that rebel militias have made attempts and taken steps to deceive national, regional and international public opinion by circulating a succession of news stories about the release of those they claim to be “prisoners”. These “prisoners” are in fact innocent Yemeni citizens who are loyal to legitimacy in their country but have not engaged in fighting or political activity.

The latest twisted news that media loyal to the rebel militias reported yesterday was that 60 detainees held in their jails in the province of Taiz had been released.

Comment: What is propaganda, what is truth?

Comment by Judith Brown: And now we have the Saudi play of words. This time about Houthi prisoners who were released.

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

26.6.2016 – Aden Now (A T)

Unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle assassinated in stone Abyan province citizen

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Affäre um die Schwarze Liste der UNO; Friedensgespräche: siehe cp1 Am wichtigsten / UN blacklist affair; peace talks: See cp1 Most important

26.6.2016 – DPA (A P)

Uno-Generalsekretär Ban Ki Moon will Bewegung in die festgefahrenen Jemen-Friedensgespräche in Kuwait bringen. Bei einem Besuch in dem Emirat habe er am Sonntag zunächst mit dem kuwaitischen Staatsoberhaupt Scheich Sabah al-Ahmed Al Sabah gesprochen, meldete die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur Kuna.

Später wollte sich Ban mit Vertretern der jemenitischen Delegationen treffen, wie es aus Verhandlungskreisen hiess. Der arabische Nachrichtenkanal Al-Arabija meldete, es gebe intensive diplomatische Bemühungen, um einen Zusammenbruch der Gespräche zu verhindern.

26.6.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

National delegation keen on success of Kuwait consultations

The national delegation confirmed on Sunday its keenness on the success of the Yemeni consultations in Kuwait under the auspices of the United Nations.
This came during a joint session between the national delegation and Riyadh’s delegation in the presence of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

Comment: National delegation = Houthi / Saleh delegation; Riyadh’s delegation = Hadi gov. delegation.

26.6.2016 – KUNA (A P)

KUNA : Yemen gov't seeks fair, sustainable peace deal

Yemen's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Civil Service and Insurance Abdulaziz Jabbari urged the United Nations Secretary ...

Comment: Look at cp1.

26.6.2016 – UN News Centre (* A P)

In Kuwait, Ban urges Yemeni delegations in peace talks to find lasting solution to end conflict

In Kuwait today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over the situation in Yemen, urging the delegations involved in the UN-supported Yemeni peace talks to prevent a further deterioration of the situation and arrive at a comprehensive agreement ending the conflict.

Reiterating the position of the international community, the Secretary-General emphasized that the conflict must end, and Yemen must return to the transitional process and work towards the implementation of the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference.

Comment: The “National Dialogue Conference” is history. It was before the experience of the destruction of the country. A totally new approach for peace and dialogue is needed.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well as long as U.S. and UK are supplying weapons the war won't end.

26.6.2016 – UN (A P)

The Secretary-General's Remarks to the Yemeni Delegations at the Kuwait Peace Talks

I therefore urge the delegations to prevent any further deterioration of the situation, and to show the responsibility and flexibility required to arrive at a comprehensive agreement ending the conflict. =

Comment: Nice words and bad bombs is no good combination.

26.6.2016 – AFP (A P)

UN's Ban to push peace talks with Yemen warring sides

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was to meet Sunday with Yemen's warring sides in a bid to push forward peace talks that have made no headway after two months.

Ban, who arrived in Kuwait City late Saturday, was to meet delegates from the Iran-backed rebels and the Yemeni government in a joint session on Sunday, according to a U.N. spokesman. =

25.6.2016 – Hakim Almasmari (A P)

To stop war, Saudi insists final #Yemen peace deal be signed in Saudi city Jeddah & not #Kuwait as sign of power after 15 months of attacks.

25.6.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Houthi Split Throws Kuwait Consultations Into Chaos

Yemeni diplomatic and military sources revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat that there has been a sharp rise in internal disputes amongst Houthi militia about the political consultations that are taking place in Kuwait. This comes at a time when the militias continue to carry out operations and commit violations, according to international and regional human rights organisations.

The Houthi division is attributed to the political regression at the Kuwait consultations, especially after the United Nations announced a road map for a solution. Some Houthi leaders have welcomed the solution that the UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced whilst other leaders rejected the UN plan. The difference in opinion shows the extent of Houthi confusion.

A diplomatic Yemeni source told Asharq Al-Awsat that the group’s leader Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi no longer has control over the group or its leaders and this is what is preventing rebel negotiators from accepting the UN solution announced by Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. The solution includes the enforcement of security arrangements stipulated by the UN Security Council resolution 2216 and the formation of a national unity government that works on securing political services and reviving the Yemeni economy. and see also

Comment: This awfully smells like propaganda.

Comment by Judith Brown: Hmmm I think all the so called allies have points of disagreement between themselves. Hadi and Bahah. KSA and some of its GCC partners. Houthis and Saleh. This is a complex war with no easy answers that has been going on for too long and it's not surprising that fractures are appearing in all relationships. Needless to say this is a Saudi perspective of the Kuwait talks.

24.6.2016 – Sputnik News (A P)

US Senior Official to Discuss Yemen Peace Talks With UN in Kuwait

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will address the Yemen peace talks with UN officials during his trip to Kuwait on June 26, the US Department of State announced in a release on Friday.

24.6.2016 – Hakim Almasmari (A P)

Peace delayed: #Yemen talks now held in Kuwait will end this week & restart by mid July. Sides still far apart & final deal 2-3 months away.

Comment: Up to now, no other confirmation for this 100 % failure.

24.6.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A P)

Saudi-backed side hindering peace: Houthi leader

The Houthi movement says it has given difficult concessions in negotiations to establish peace in Yemen but the Saudi-backed side is obstructing the process by refusing to compromise.

“In order to fulfill its obligations, the (Houthi) Ansarullah delegation brought itself to giving some concessions, some of which were tough to give,” the movement’s leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi said on Thursday

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

Comment: When he is right, he is right. See above in cp1.

22.6.2016 – New York Times (* A P)

Saudis Question U.N. Leader Over Report on Rights Violators

The powerful deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, came with an eight-member delegation to discuss, among other things, Mr. Ban’s decision to cite the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen for violating the rights of children during the conflict there.

Mr. Ban’s special representative for children in armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said it was customary for her office to share with governments the portions of the report that apply to them. She said she did so with Saudi Arabia, and with every other nation involved.

It was not customary, however, to share the list [of childrens' rights violators] with the countries in advance — and Ms. Zerrougui said she had not.

“I don’t want people to consider this a list of shame,” she said. “This is a call for action: Take necessary measures to stop the violations.” - by Somini Sengupta

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

23.6.2016 – The Daily Beast (** B P)

Strategy for Saudi-Iran War to Come?

A 30-year-old prince disillusioned with the U.S. is running the show in Saudi Arabia—fighting Iran directly and through proxies all over the map. Is there a strategy?

Washington’s effort at rapprochement with Tehran, exemplified by the Iranian nuclear deal, is only one of many issues that have led the Saudis to believe they can no longer count on Uncle Sam to have their back.

Even assuming that the recent diplomatic offensive by the Saudi leadership is successful, and US-KSA relations improve, the recent strain has proven to the Saudi royals that they can no longer take America, and its security umbrella, for granted. What are the Saudis to do?

The following is an attempt to “Red Team” Saudi planning for war with Iran, a work of the imagination founded in fact that tries to get inside the thinking of those who advise the king and his son.

To: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

From: Colonel Faris bin Saif Al Harbi

Subject: Preparations for the Inevitable

My King, at the direction of your most worthy son, the Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, I have prepared a plan for the inevitable conflict against the Persians and Rejectionists [Shia Muslims] – by James B. T. Dickey

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

26.6.2016 – Khaleej Times (A P)

Saudi Arabia arrests 50 men for wearing un-Islamic clothing

Saudi Arabia has cracked down on young men who have been wearing haircuts, necklaces and clothes that are considered un-Islamic during the month of Ramadan.

The suspects were arrested in the Saudi city of Makkah, Islam's holiest site, according to Saudi news website Sabq.

According to the report, the arresting officers noticed a number of offences like strange haircuts, chains that are hung upon the chest or arms, head wraps and short clothes and immodest ones - for both men and women.

26.6.2016 – Zawya (A E P)

MSD plans to build factory in Saudi Arabia

Investors and multinational companies across all sectors welcome the Saudi government's "Vision 2030" initiative outlining the plans to achieve a thriving economy and a vibrant society by "developing our investment tools to unlock our promising economic sectors, diversify our economy and create job opportunities." Taking the affirmative action, among them, is global healthcare leader MSD Saudi Arabia, also known as Merck in US and Canada.

26.6.2016 – Alwaght (* A P T)

Awwamiyah, Zaria, Manama: Saudi’s Tripartite Suppression

What do Awwamiyah, Saudia Arabia; Zaria, Nigeria; and Manama, Bahrain have in common? All three cities are the hubs of their respective countries’ opposition.

The voices in these areas all demand freedom and basic human rights. In Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, protesters are demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of political prisoners, and an end to widespread discrimination against people in the oil-rich region. Similarly, Nigerians have been calling for the release of political prisoners and an end to discrimination.

At the same time—while protests mushroom and expand—the governments under which these people live take extensive measures to suppress their movements. The governments in Riyadh, Manama, and Abuja claim that in order to maintain security and order, these protests must be stifled.

Last but not least, one thread ties the knot firmly around the troika which is the fact that the Saudi regime is behind them all. According to observers, Riyadh pulls the strings directly in Awammiyah while it relies on its petrodollars in Zaria and Manama.

20.6.2016 – Washington Post (A P)

Can Mohammed bin Salman transform Saudi Arabia?

Now comes a 30-year-old Saudi prince, son of King Salman and the king’s third wife, brimming with confidence and promising a sweeping overhaul of the realm, which he explained to high-level U.S. officials during a visit to Washington last week. The issues facing Mohammed bin Salman — rivalry with a rising Iran, which has bred multiple proxy wars; disaffection among youth and women, who chafe at repressive religious strictures; a bloated government overly dependent on volatile oil prices — bear some resemblance to those Mr. Gorbachev confronted. Like Mr. Gorbachev, the deputy crown prince faces opposition, latent for now but potentially furious, from beneficiaries of the status quo. Can he modernize Saudi Arabia without destabilizing it?

Comment: it is really crazy to which extent western media are tricked (or want to) by this Saudi prince, who is responsible for a more aggressive politics as it had been before, showing it’s bloody effects in Saudi Arabia itself, in Yemen, in Syria… Prince Salman really is no "new hope".

cp9 USA

26.6.2016 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

[Saudi deputy crown prince met Bill Gates, image]

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

23.6.2016 – Reuters (A K P)

Court orders Germany to decide on gun exports to Saudi Arabia

The government will now have to decide whether to allow gunmaker Heckler & Koch to export parts to Saudi

A German court on Thursday ordered the government to decide whether to allow gunmaker Heckler & Koch to export parts to Saudi Arabia, handing a victory to the arms manufacturer which applied for a permit more than two years ago.

Heckler & Koch, one of the world’s most successful gun makers, filed a complaint last year against the government for delaying its decision on licencing the export of parts needed to manufacture its G36 assault rifle in Saudi Arabia.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

26.6.2016 – Almasdar (A P)

Oman to leave the GCC?

The former Vice Chairman of Oman’s Shurah Council, Saalem Al-Siyabi, tweeted on Saturday that his former government is hoping to work on a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) referendum that models the Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom. If a similar referendum was passed in Oman; this would be the first time since its founding that a GCC country would leave this conglomeration of Gulf nations.

26.6.2016 – AP (A P)

Film: Bahrain Protests Enter 6th Day

Hundreds of people in Bahrain held a sixth day of protests on Saturday outside the home Shiite sheikh Isa Qassim's home in Diraz. Bahrain's Sunni-ruled government stripped him of his citizenship last week

26.6.2016 – Reuters (* A P)

Bahraini activist to be tried for tweets: lawyer

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab will face trial for tweets condemning the Gulf Arab kingdom's prison system and its involvement in the war in Yemen, his lawyer said on Sunday, and he could face up to 13 years in prison.

Rajab was arrested earlier this month on unspecified charges in what appears an escalating crackdown by the Sunni-led government that also included a court shutting down a main opposition society and a decision to strip the spiritual leader of the island's Shi'ite Muslim majority of his citizenship.

24.6.2016 – Washington Post (* A P)

Darkening skies over Bahrain for human rights

WHEN BAHRAIN announced a decision Monday to strip the citizenship of a leading Shiite cleric, Sheik Isa Qassim, it accused him of “creating an extremist sectarian environment” and claimed he had “encouraged sectarianism and violence.” In fact, Bahrain’s ruling monarchy and government are the ones fomenting division. In recent weeks, they also dissolved the main Shiite opposition group, al-Wefaq, of which Sheik Qassim was the spiritual leader.

These and other repressive measures taken lately are likely to backfire. Bahrain, a Sunni monarchy in the Persian Gulf that hosts the U.S. 5th Fleet, has been cracking heads of the opposition ever since the Arab Spring broke out five years ago and has harshly repressed those who sought a greater political voice for the country’s Shiite majority. The latest actions take the ruling al-Khalifa family still farther down the road of despotism and could trigger new waves of protest – by Editorial Board

24.6.2016 – Fars News (A P)

Bahrain Summons 6 Senior Opposition Clerics for Interrogation

More on Bahrain:

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

24.6.2016 – Mint Press News (* B K P)

Foreign Policy ‘Hypocrisy’: Canada Becomes Second-Largest Weapons Exporter To Middle East

Despite its reputation as our less war-inclined neighbor to the north, Canada has become second only to the United States in weapons exports to the Middle East.

The increase in military equipment and weapons sales was noted by IHS Jane’s in its annual “Global Defence Trade Report,” published June 13 by IHS, Inc., a corporate data analysis think tank – by Kit O'Connell

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

24.6.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Djibouti: Inter-agency update for the response to the Yemeni situation #43 (1 - 20 June 2016)

According to the latest available statistics from IOM and the Djibouti government, 35,562 persons of mixed nationalities have arrived in Djibouti as of 23 April 2016 (since 26 March 2015). Of those, 19,636 persons (56 per cent) are Yemeni nationals, 13,962 (38 per cent) are transiting migrants and 1,964 persons (6 per cent) are Djiboutian returnees.

As at 20 June 2016, there are 3,523 refugees currently in Djibouti (pending forthcoming verification exercises in Obock town and Djibouti city). Markazi camp hosts approximately 1,365 refugees. and in full:

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe cp1 Am wichtigsten, cp6 Nordjemen / See cp1 Most important, cp6 Northern Yemen

26.6.2016 – Josephjo1221

Recruiting children for terrorists (images)

cp15 Propaganda

25.6.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen ex-president Saleh: we will not go sign any deal in Riyadh even if war continues for 10s of years with Saudies

Comment: Whom does he call “we”?

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

26.6.2016 – Shouaib M. Almosawa (A K)

Saudi fighter jets are now buzzing over capital Sana'a, #Yemen, after bombing Aljawf and Marib overnight and

26.6.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

Killing CIVILIANS: Mother & baby girl killed by Saudi airstrike attack on family home in #Yemen region Qubytah,Taiz.

26.6.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

MORE BLOOD: 5 killed by Saudi airstrike on moving vehicle killing all passengers in suburb of #Yemen capital Sanaa.

26.6.2016 – Reuters (A K)

Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen kill at least seven: residents

The Houthi-run Saba news agency said five citizens were killed in two air strikes in Khawlan district, southeast of the capital Sanaa.

Residents confirmed that five people died in the attack but did not say if they were civilians or armed members of the Houthis, a movement from the Zaydi branch of Shi'ite Islam.

In southern Yemen, residents said two women died in an air strike on the home of a merchant in the Qubaita district, located between the Taiz and Lahej provinces. Another Yemeni died in Saada province by shelling from the Saudi side of the border, the Houthi-run al-Masirah television reported.

26.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets wage raids on Thubab in Taiz

26.6.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

MORE BLOOD: 5 killed by Saudi airstrike on moving vehicle killing all passengers in suburb of #Yemen capital Sanaa.

26.6.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K)

US-backed Saudi war criminals killed by air bomb 8 Yemeni civilians while traveling by their car in Aroosh Khawlan east of Sanaa last night

26.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Five killed in raids in Sana'a

Five people were killed on Sunday by two Saudi air raids on Khawlan al-Teyal district of Sana'a province, a security official said.

26.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two hostile raids target Serwah district in Mareb

25.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression continues to breach ceasefire

The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire during the past hours in several provinces, a military official said Saturday.
The Saudi warplanes flew on the skies of the Capital, Amran, Sana'a, Mareb, Jawf, Sa'ada, Dhalea and Taiz provinces

25.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Hostile war jets launch three raids in Jawf

25.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi fighter jets wage raid on al- al-Qashaira Souk

The Saudi warplanes launched on Saturday an air raid on al-Qashaira Souk market in al-Waze'yah district of Taiz province, a local official said.
The official added the raid caused huge damage to public and private properties. Meanwhile, the Saudi warplanes flew intensively over many districts in Taiz.

25.6.2016 – Crimes of Decisive Storm (A K PH)

New massacre committed by Saudi coalition on Alqbith in #Yemen

26.6.2016 – Dr. karim (A K)

#Yemen: 3 women killed, others injured incl children by #Saudi-led airstrikes on Alqabaita #Lahj

25.6.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K)

At least 2 ppl have been killed while 3 others wounded tonight in an attack by KSA jets in al-Aroosh area of Khawlan. #Sanaa #Yemen

25.6.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

WAR ZONE: 42 killed over 24 hours in fierce clashes in 3 #Yemen regions & 6 Saudi airstrikes rock region of Jawf.

24.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

War jets launch raid on al-Moton (jawf province)

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

26.6.2016 – Deutschlandfunk (A K)

Neue Kämpfe mit vielen Toten

Korrespondentenberichten zufolge liefern sich Regierungstruppen und die schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen in den Provinzen Tais, al-Baida und Marib schwere Gefechte. In den vergangenen beiden Tagen sollen dabei mehr als 55 Menschen getötet und etwa 70 verletzt worden sein.

26.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Ballistic missile hits 11th Brigade Camp in Jawf

The army and popular committees fired Sunday a ballistic missile at gatherings of invaders and mercenaries in the 115th Brigade Camp in al-Hazm city of Jawf province.
The missile hit its target accurately, leaving big losses in life and gear, a military official said.
The official pointed out that the missile came in response to the continued violations of the ceasefire by the aggression and its hirelings in Jawf province.

26.6.2016 Fars News (A K PH)

Ansarullah Forces Capture Several Sites near Strategic Saudi Base

Ansarullah forces, backed by the Yemeni Republican Guard, reportedly captured the village of Maghaniya in the Southern Yemen province of Al-Lahij on Sunday.

Ansarullah fighters were able to seize Maghaniya after a violent battle with the Saudi-hired forces near the strategic al-Anad Military Airbase that is located in the Al-Lahij Province’s Northern areas, Al Masdar reported

26.6.2016 – AP (A K)

Yemeni officials: at least 55 killed in 2 days of fighting
Yemeni security and health officials say two days of fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and forces loyal to the internationally recognized government has killed at least 55 people from both sides.

The officials said Sunday that 70 people were wounded in the fighting over the past 48 hours in the provinces of Taiz, Bayda and Marib. and the figure confirmed by Iranian media:

25.6.2016 – Gulf News (A K PS)

Yemeni forces fight off Al Houthi assault

Clashes rage in the northern province of Jawf as well as the southern provinces of Bayhan, Shabwa and Taiz

Yemeni government forces on Saturday were staging a fierce counterattack after clashes in several areas across Yemen on Friday killed 22 Al Houthi militants and 11 members of pro-government forces, military officials said.

Fierce battles erupted in the northern Jawf province when Iran-backed Al Houthi militants attacked Yemni government forces in Al Motoon district, triggering a counter attack by government forces backed by warplanes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition, a military official said.

The fighting left 13 Al Houthi militants dead, while eight loyalists were killed by mistake in an air strike that missed its target, the official added.

Further south, three Al Houthi militants were killed in clashes in Bayhan, Shabwa province, another military official said.

And in the southwestern flashpoint city of Taiz, six Al Houthi militants and three loyalists were killed in renewed fighting when Al Houthi militants attacked government troops on the southwestern outskirts of the city, a military official said.

25.6.2016 – Arab 24 (A K PS)

Yemen: The popular committees advance in Naham

The popular committees managed to repel an attack on Mount Nasba’a, overlooking the village of Wadi Hreib in Naham east of Sanaa province, as the committee is continuing to progress to the outskirts of Mount Qarn al-Thayab, which is the last of Hreib’s mountains.

25.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression continues to breach ceasefire

The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire during the past hours in several provinces, a military official said Saturday.
The Riyadh's hirelings pounded al-Ghail district in Jawf with artillery shells.
The Riyadh's hirelings in Taiz province targeted the army and popular committees sites in Tha'abat with light and medium weapons. In Sana'a province, they targeted Melh district with heavy weapons.

25.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repulses hirelings advance in Jawf

Nine Riyadh's hirelings were killed in a failed attempt to advance towards the southern part of al-Ghail district, a military official said Saturday.

25.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Hirelings target houses in Mareb

25.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The Riyadh's hirelings pounded al-Qashuba area in al-Waze'yah with artillery shells. They also pounded the eastern neighborhoods of Taiz city.
The official condemned the looting actions made by gangs of the mercenaries in the eastern neighborhoods of Taiz city. Tens of reports were recorded during the past two days especially in al-Shamasi and Kalaba areas.

25.6.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

WAR ZONE: 42 killed over 24 hours in fierce clashes in 3 #Yemen regions & 6 Saudi airstrikes rock region of Jawf.

25.6.2016 – Anadolu (A K)

20 Houthis, pro-Saleh forces killed near Yemeni capital

In a Facebook post, local commander Abdullah al-Shandaki said 20 Houthis and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh were killed during an attack on a location of the pro-government forces in the Nahm district, 50km east of Sanaa.

“Scores of Houthis and pro-Saleh forces were also injured in the attack,” he said.

According to al-Shandaki, a pro-government fighter was killed and five others were injured during the clashes.

There was no comment from the Shia Houthi group on the commander’s claim.

25.6.2016 – Qatar Tribune (A K PS)

Clashes in several areas across Yemen on Friday killed 22 Shiite rebels and 11 members of pro-government forces, military officials said, after peace talks hit a new barrier. Fierce battles erupted in the northern Jawf province when Houthi rebels attacked loyalists in al-Motoon district, triggering a counter attack by government forces backed by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition, a military official said. The fighting left 13 rebels dead, while eight loyalists were killed by mistake in an air strike that missed its target, the official added.

Comment: For al Moton, the report of the other side is quite different:

24.6.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils hireling advance on al-Moton

The army and popular committees repulsed on Friday a massive attempt of Riyadh's hirelings to advance on al-Moton district of Jawf province, a military official said.
A number of the hirelings were killed or injured

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

26.6.2016 – John Batchelor Show (* B C P)

Audio: Interview with Laura Kasinof on her book: Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen, by Laura Kasinof, about the 2011 revolution in Yemen

25.6.2016 – Mohammed Basha (A E)

Central Bank of #Yemen is lobbying ##ORH #ROYG to facilitate the transfer of foreign currency from eight banks to their correspondent banks

Comment by Haykal Bafana: This is the critical (and unofficial) banking restriction killing Yemen's trade & economy.

Comment by Dr. Karim: That banks can't transfer outside country has been confirmed by a private branch manager talking to him now

24.6.2016 – Elisabeth Kendall (D)

Stunning grass roots collaboration in #Yemen: 17 volunteer groups in #Mahra came together to clean their 500km coast

Vorige / Previous:

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-162: / Yemen Press Reader 1-162: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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