Krieg im Jemen-Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 168

Yemen Press Reader 168: HRW-Bericht: Saudische Luftangriffe auf Jemens zivile Wirtschaft - US-Streubombe tötet in Sanaa - Konflikte um Land und Eigentum - Nachdenken über Wahabismus - US-Drohnen
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HRW report: Saudi airstrikes on Yemen civilian economy – US cluster bomb killed in Sanaa – Conflicts for land and property – Thinking about Wahabism – US drones – 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

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13 Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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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

11.7.2016 – Human Rights Watch (** B K)

Jemen: Koalition fliegt Luftangriffe auf zivile Fabriken

(Die englische Version ist die ausführlichere!)

Völkerrechtswidrige Angriffe schaden der Wirtschaft und zeigen Notwendigkeit einer Entschädigung der Opfer

Die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Militärkoalition im Jemen hat völkerrechtswidrig zahlreiche Fabriken, Warenlager und andere zivile Wirtschaftsbetriebe aus der Luft angegriffen, so Human Rights Watch in einem heute veröffentlichten Bericht. Da im Jemen bislang keine glaubwürdigen und unabhängigen Ermittlungen durchgeführt wurden, sollen Saudi-Arabien und die anderen Mitglieder der Koalition eine unabhängige internationale Untersuchung dieser und anderer mutmaßlich rechtswidriger Angriffe zulassen.

Der 59-seitige Bericht „Bombing Businesses: Saudi Coalition Airstrikes on Yemen’s Civilian Economic Structures“ untersucht 17 offenbar rechtswidrige Luftangriffe auf 13 gewerblich genutzte Anlagen, darunter Fabriken, Warenlager, ein Agrarbetrieb und zwei Elektrizitätswerke. Durch die Angriffe kamen 130 Zivilisten ums Leben, 171 wurden verletzt. Bei den betroffenen Unternehmen waren insgesamt 2.500 Menschen beschäftigt. Nach den Angriffen stellten viele von ihnen den Betrieb ein. Hunderte Angestellte verloren ihre Lebensgrundlage. Da mehr als 20 Millionen Menschen ohnehin dringend auf humanitäre Hilfe angewiesen sind, verschärfen die Angriffe auf Fabriken den allgemeinen Mangel an Lebensmitteln, Medikamenten und wichtigen Bedarfsgütern bei der jemenitischen Zivilbevölkerung.

In ihrer Gesamtheit geben die Angriffe auf Fabriken und andere zivile Betriebsgebäude Anlass zu der schwerwiegenden Befürchtung, dass das von Saudi-Arabien geführte Bündnis bewusst versucht, Jemens Produktionskapazitäten weitreichende Schäden zuzufügen.

„Die wiederholten Luftschläge der Koalition gegen zivile Fabriken sollen Jemens zerrütteter Wirtschaft offenbar auf Jahre hinaus schaden“, so Priyanka Motaparthy, Senior Researcher in der Abteilung Krisengebiete bei Human Rights Watch und Autorin des Berichts. „Saudi-Arabien und andere Bündnismitglieder haben kein Interesse daran bekundet, die unrechtmäßigen Luftschläge zu untersuchen oder die Opfer für das Blutvergießen und die Zerstörung von Eigentum zu entschädigen.“

Human Rights Watch besuchte im März 2016 die Schauplätze der Angriffe in den Gouvernements Sanaa und Hodaida, befragte Opfer und Augenzeugen, suchte nach möglichen militärischen Zielen in der Umgebung und untersuchte Munitionsfragmente, die vor Ort gefunden wurden.

Solange Saudi-Arabien seine rechtswidrigen Angriffe nicht einstellt und einer unabhängigen internationalen Untersuchung zustimmt oder selbst Ermittlungen durchführt, die internationalen Standards entsprechen, sollte die Mitgliedschaft des Landes im UN-Menschenrechtsrat ausgesetzt werden.

Offenbar verstieß jeder der untersuchten Angriffe gegen das humanitäre Völkerrecht oder das Kriegsvölkerrecht. In einigen Fällen könnten die Luftschläge sogar Kriegsverbrechen darstellen.

https://www.hrw.org/de/news/2016/07/11/jemen-koalition-fliegt-luftangriffe-auf-zivile-fabriken

10.7.2016 – Human Rights Watch (*** B K)

Bombing Businesses: Saudi Coalition Airstrikes on Yemen’s Civilian Economic Structures

This report documents coalition airstrikes between March 2015 and February 2016 on 13 civilian economic structures including factories, commercial warehouses, a farm, and two power stations. These strikes killed 130 civilians and injured 171 more. The facilities hit by airstrikes produced, stored, or distributed goods for the civilian population including food, medicine, and electricity—items that even before the war were in short supply in Yemen, which is among the poorest countries in the Middle East. Collectively, the facilities employed over 2,500 people; following the attacks, many of the factories ended their production and hundreds of workers lost their livelihoods.

Each of these attacks appeared to be in violation of international humanitarian law, or the laws of war. The laws of war prohibit deliberate attacks on civilian objects, attacks that do not discriminate between military targets and civilian objects, and attacks that disproportionately harm civilian objects compared to the expected military gain of the attack. Civilian objects include factories, warehouses and other commercial enterprises so long as they are not being used for military purposes or become a military objective. Those attacks on civilian objects that were committed willfully – deliberately or recklessly -- are war crimes.

Taken together, the attacks on factories and other civilian economic structures raise serious concerns that the Saudi-led coalition has deliberately sought to inflict widespread damage to Yemen’s production capacity.

Human Rights Watch identified munitions used at six of the sites visited: the United States produced or supplied four types of munitions identified, and the United Kingdom produced or supplied two types, including a Paveway IV guided bomb produced in May 2015, after the start of the coalition’s aerial campaign.

This report is based on Human Rights Watch field research in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and the governorate of Hodaida in March 2016. Human Rights Watch interviewed 37 witnesses at the sites, searched for possible military targets in the vicinity, and examined remnants of munitions found. The report also includes details of previously documented airstrikes on civilian economic structures.

According to the Sanaa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, coalition airstrikes damaged or destroyed at least 196 business establishments between March 26, 2015, and February 17, 2016. The Chamber of Commerce provided Human Rights Watch with a list of 59 specific factories, warehouses, and other civilian economic structures hit by coalition airstrikes, along with the dates they were struck, and their locations. Other than the sites discussed in this report, Human Rights Watch was not able to corroborate this information or determine which of these sites were being used for military purposes and thus were legitimate military targets. The Chamber did not report on Houthi or allied forces’ alleged use of economic sites for military purposes.

https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/07/10/bombing-businesses/saudi-coalition-airstrikes-yemens-civilian-economic-structures and as a shorter article: https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/07/11/saudi-coalition-airstrikes-target-civilian-factories-yemen and film by HRW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohcBC48JVdg

and report by AFP:

11.7.2016 – AFP (* B K)

Raids on factories aim to cause Yemen economy lasting damage: HRW

Human Rights Watch said on Monday that Saudi-led bombing raids against civilian factories in Yemen, which have killed scores, appear aimed at inflicting lasting economic damage to the war-ravaged country.

The New York-based watchdog called for an independent international inquiry into the air strikes as it issued a 59-page report on its own investigations into what it called illegal attacks on civilian economic sites.

In its report titled "Bombing Businesses", Human Rights Watch said it examined "17 apparently unlawful air strikes on 13 civilian economic sites" which killed 130 civilians and wounded 171.

The coalition that also comprises Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates had "unlawfully hit numerous factories, warehouses and other civilians economic structures in Yemen," said HRW.

"In the absence of credible and impartial investigations in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and other coalition members should agree to an independent international inquiry into these and other allegedly unlawful attacks," it added.

The targeted facilities had employed more than 2,500 people, and hundreds of workers had "lost their livelihoods" after many of those plants were forced to close down.

"The repeated coalition air strikes on civilian factories appear intended to damage Yemen's shattered economy long into the future," said HRW's senior emergencies researcher Priyanka Motaparthy.

"Saudi Arabia and other coalition members have shown no interest in investigating unlawful attacks, or even compensating the victims for lives and property lost," said Motaparthy, who authored the report.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/32031750/raids-on-factories-aim-to-cause-yemen-economy-lasting-damage-hrw/#page1 = http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2016/07/11/Raids-on-factories-aim-to-cause-Yemen-economy-lasting-damage-HRW and by AP: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/rights-group-saudi-led-coalition-damaged-yemens-economy-40489041

11.7.2016 – Yemen Post (B K)

355 Factories/Companies DESTROYED by Saudi airstrikes in #Yemen handicapping economy of poorest Mideast country.

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/752562863785607168

9.7.2016 – Washington Post (** B H K)

A cluster bomb made in America shattered lives in Yemen’s capital

The 15-year-old boy had entered his neighborhood mosque to attend morning prayers. The bakery worker was asleep in his attic apartment with his wife and child. And the civil servant was getting ready for work.

At that moment, a warplane from a coalition led by Saudi Arabia dropped an American-made cluster bomb over their densely packed enclave. The device, banned by scores of countries but not the United States or Saudi Arabia, sent explosive spheres the size of baseballs raining down.

The civil servant miraculously escaped death. The bakery worker was severely injured. The teenager was killed.

The United States is playing a quiet but lethal role in the killing and wounding of thousands of civilians inYemen’s civil war. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has purchased U.S. fighter jets and other American-made weapons in deals worth billions of dollars, and the Pentagon has provided the coalition with training, aerial refueling support and intelligence as it attacks targets in Yemen.

But criticism is growing over the U.S. involvement in the war.

Washington’s support has had unintended consequences. In a nation that is a front line in the war against terrorism, animosity toward the United States has increased – by Sudarsan Raghavan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/a-cluster-bomb-made-in-america-shattered-lives-in-yemens-capital/2016/07/08/e3b722cc-283d-11e6-8329-6104954928d2_story.html

8.7.2016 – Stability: International Journal of Security & Development (** B E P)

Mass Claims in Land and Property Following the Arab Spring: Lessons from Yemen

The Arab Spring uprisings have released a flood of land and property conflicts, brought about by decades of autocratic rule. Expropriations, corruption, poor performance of the rule of law, patronage and sectarian discrimination built up a wide variety of land and property transgressions over approximately 30 years.
The result has been the creation of longstanding, acute grievances among large components of national populations who now seek to act on them. If new, transitional or reforming governments and their international partners fail to effectively attend to such grievances, the populations concerned may act on them in ways that detract from stability. This article critiques the case of Yemen, whose transitional government, with international support, initiated a land and property mass claims process in the South in order to address a primary grievance of the southern population as part of the National Dialogue transition – by Jon D. Unruh

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/mass-claims-land-and-property-following-arab-spring-lessons-yemen and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/444-2242-1-PB.pdf

10.7.2016 – New York Times (*** A P)

A Saudi Morals Enforcer Called for a More Liberal Islam. Then the Death Threats Began

For most of his adult life, Ahmed Qassim al-Ghamdi worked among the bearded enforcers of Saudi Arabia. He was a dedicated employee of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice — known abroad as the religious police.

A key offense was ikhtilat, or unauthorized mixing between men and women. The kingdom’s clerics warn that it could lead to fornication, adultery, broken homes, children born of unmarried couples and full-blown societal collapse.

For years, Mr. Ghamdi stuck with the program and was eventually put in charge of the Commission for the region of Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. Then he had a reckoning and began to question the rules.

So he spoke out. In articles and television appearances, he argued that much of what Saudis practiced as religion was in fact Arabian cultural practices that had been mixed up with their faith.

It was like a bomb inside the kingdom’s religious establishment, threatening the social order that granted prominence to the sheikhs and made them the arbiters of right and wrong in all aspects of life. He threatened their control.

Mr. Ghamdi’s colleagues at work refused to speak to him. Angry calls poured into his cellphone and anonymous death threats hit him on Twitter. Prominent sheikhs took to the airwaves to denounce him as an ignorant upstart who should be punished, tried — and even tortured – by Ben Hubbard

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-islam-wahhabism-religious-police.html

Comment: A very long and wonderful article on the lies of Wahabism and religious suppression in Saudi Arabia as seen through Muslim eyes.

Comment by Nasser Arrabyee: Read hard evidence that Saudi Wahabi regime is the spirit of ISIS.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/752447461839474688

9.7.2016 – Informationsstelle Militarisierung (** B K P)

Zahlen ohne Aussagekraft: Der offizielle Bericht zu zivilen Opfern des US-Drohnenkriegs

Zwischen 64 und 116 Zivilisten sollen laut eines neuen Berichtes außerhalb von bewaffneten Konflikten durch US-Drohnen in der Amtszeit von Präsident Barack Obamas bis Ende 2015 getötet worden sein. Zudem wurde ein Dekret erlassen, das die Transparenz und die Rechenschaftspflicht der USA in ihrem „war on terror“ erhöhen soll. Zunächst soll sich näher mit den beiden Dokumenten befasst werden, bevor dann in einem zweiten Schritt mit Blick auf Medien, Menschenrechtsorganisationen und Wissenschaft eine Einschätzung zu den Papieren gegeben werden soll, wie glaubhaft die Zahlen sind und welche Auswirkungen das Dekret auf den Drohnenkrieg haben könnte.

Klar ist, dass die nun veröffentlichten Zahlen weit unter jenen liegen, die von anderen Gruppen und Organisationen erhoben und veröffentlicht wurden.

Das zentrale Problem mit den offiziellen Zahlen ist dabei, dass man ohne nähere Informationen erst einmal relativ wenig damit anfangen kann. Jennifer Gibson versucht dies anhand eines Einzelbeispiels zu verdeutlichen: „Das größte Versäumnis dieser Veröffentlichung ist das Fehlen der Namen und Gesichter derjenigen Zivilisten, die getötet wurden.

Gerade die Frage, ob die Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) oder das Militär die Angriffe ausgeführt hatte, ist durchaus von Interesse. Chris Woods hat für das TBIJ versucht, die hohe Anzahl an Opfern zu ergründen. Als einen zentralen Grund nannte er die Vorgehensweisen der CIA. Diese beinhalten die sogenannten „signature strikes“, was bedeutet, dass man durch Lebens- und Bewegungsmuster zum Ziel werden kann, ohne dass die Identität des Ziels bekannt sein muss. Auch seien bewusst Beerdigungen attackiert worden oder man sei nach der Methode des „double-tappings“ vorgegangen. Das heißt es wurde eine Rakete auf ein Ziel abgefeuert und dann wurde eine zweite Rakete auf jene abgefeuert, die den Verletzten Hilfe leisten wollten – von Marius Pletsch

http://www.imi-online.de/2016/07/09/us-drohnenbericht/

cp2 Allgemein / General

10.7.2016 – Almasdar (* A K P)

Southern Yemeni officers defect to Sanaa after fighting for the Saudi Coalition

It’s has been learned that officers from southern Yemeni provinces have relocated back to the capital (Sana’a) as the government led by exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi failed to address their conditions and reintegrate them into the army. According to southern-based “Aden Al-Ghad (Aden Tomorrow)”, military sources said that dozens of southern security & military officers from the Fourth Military Region are returning to the Yemeni capital and other northern provinces in the coming months after they left the capital last year to participate in the fight to retake Aden and southern provinces from the Houthis and forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The returnees stated that their return to Sana’a came after Houthi authorities cut their salaries since the outbreak of the war, stating that many officers went several times to the Security Department in Aden to appeal for help while headed to the Fourth Military Region and explained to their leaders how much suffering they faced during the year and a half.

Military sources also revealed that it was prominent military leaders loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh who secretly coordinated the return of the southern officers to Sana’a. For their return, they have been compensated and given housing inside the capital city – by Tony Toh
https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/southern-yemeni-officers-return-sanaa-year-aden/

9.7.2016 – AOAV (B K)

Explosive violence in #Yemen rocketed in 2015 with over 60% of civilian deaths&injuries caused by Saudi coalition (infograph)

https://twitter.com/AOAV/status/752058556023599104

8.7.2016 – Open Democracy (* B K P)

The covert drone war in Yemen

Those in favor of drones praise them as precise and technologically advanced weapons that limit civilian harm. We, Yemenis, disagree. Drones do not bring peace or security. They bring death, destruction, suffering, lives lost and irreparably changed for generations. Our perception of drones is shaped by the images of burning bodies and vehicles, of children killed and injured, by the absence of peace, and by an overhead hovering.

The impact of these attacks is not limited to deaths and injuries, but also destroys the families who have lost their breadwinners, and affects the social and psychological state of the communities impacted. A family member of one victim told us that since the incident her family lives in constant fear, they go to their farms in fear, and the children are afraid to go to school.

As for the strategic impact of the drone strikes, the reality shows that these targeted killing tactics were not able to eradicate terrorism or to limit its proliferation. They have even been counterproductive. In spite of the drone strikes, Al-Qaeda in Yemen turned from fighters whose operations were limited to sporadic sudden attacks into a standing army of militants fighting systematic wars and controlling large territories – by RADHYA AL-MUTAWAKEL

https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/radhya-al-mutawakel/covert-drone-war-in-yemen = https://sabrangindia.in/article/killing-them-quietly-yemen-us-drones-and-complicit-europe-saudi-led-campaign

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

9.7.2016 – Aljazeera (* A H)

Film: The war in Yemen: Yemenis struggle with fierce heat

The war in Yemen: Yemenis struggle with fierce heat

In Yemen, a shortage of fuel for electricity and high summer temperatures are endangering lives and providing perfect conditions for the spread of disease. And with no sign of an end to the country's 15-month long conflict

http://video.aljazeera.com/channels/eng/videos/the-war-in-yemen%3A-yemenis-struggle-with-fierce-heat/5028940969001

8.7.2016 – Middle East Eye (* B H)

Yemen's hospitals in crisis as doctors flee country

Since Yemen's civil war began, most of its 1,200 foreign health practitioners have left Yemen, jeopardising its healthcare system

Most of the surgeons in Yemen come from abroad, and so many have left since the conflict broke out that the country’s healthcare system is now in dire need. Since the war escalated in March 2015, with the start of a Saudi-led bombing camaign, most of the 1,200 non-Yemeni health practitioners have left the country, according to the World Health Organization’s Yemen branch.

Even those working for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) face danger. In December, an air strike from the Saudi-led coalition struck an MSF mobile clinic that wounded seven people.

This dire need is well known to the Yemeni health ministry, but permanent solutions to the crisis are proving too costly and unworkable.

Ghazi Ismail, Sanaa’s pro-Houthi health minister, told MEE that not just foreign doctors have rushed to leave the country in the past year – Yemeni doctors have also fled the war in large numbers.

"We are trying hard to find Yemenis to replace the foreign doctors, but we cannot find enough alternatives, since most of the foreigners have rare specialities," Ismail told MEE.

He said the ministry does not have enough specialists as a result of the war, which has jeopardised those with complicated medical conditions.

Around 1,200 foreign practitioners have left Yemen since March 2015, and of those who remain many work in places like Hadramout province and other areas where the effects of the war are less stark. Few work directly in the conflict zones most affected by the conflict between rebel Houthis and others and the government. – by Nasser Al-Sakkaf

http://www.middleeasteye.net/node/54609

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

11.7.206 – Catholic Online (A P)

Anti-American graffiti covers Yemen capital

"America is killing the Yemeni people," one billboard reads. "They are feeding on our blood."
Another billboard states, "Boycott American and Israeli products."

Billboards and graffiti speak of the widespread mistrust of the West and its decision to join conflict in the Middle East.
"The American companies enter a country to steal its wealth and humiliate its people," one billboard reads, while graffiti depicts a skeletal hand decorated with a US flag scrapes its bony fingers across the Middle East.
One billboard depicts Lady Liberty with a bloodied face, angry expression and holding several missiles decorated with an American flag.

http://www.catholic.org/news/international/middle_east/story.php?id=69843

10.7.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Yemen’s Ansarullah Unveils New Ballistic Missile to Counter Saudi Aggression

Yemen’s Ansarullah forces and their allies Unveiled a new powerful ballistic missile designed to deter the Saudi-led forces in their aggression against the poorest Arab country, a source said on Monday.

Al-Masdar News quoted an Ansarullah source as saying that the ballistic missile, named Quake-3 or Zilzal 3, has a radius of 650 mm and a length of 6 meters, with its payload exceeding half a ton.

The source added the missile is comprised of 10,000 parts and has a range of 65 km.

The weapon potentially gives the Yemeni Republican Guard and Yemeni popular mobilization forces the full capability to strike all targets in the major conflict zones in the Yemeni war.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950421001013

10.7.2016 – Saba News (A K PH)

Army unveils new locally-made ballistic missile

The military industrialization section of the army and popular committees on Sunday unveiled a new ballistic missile "Zelzal-3" within the Zelzal missiles system.
The Zelzal-3 missile, which is locally made 100 percent, is characterized by its large destructive strength and ability to target gatherings and operations rooms of the enemy in a limited geographical framework.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news433026.htm

10.7.2016 – Al Araby (A K P)

Imprisoned resistance fighters executed by Houthis in Yemen's Taiz

Three prisoners were executed by Houthi rebels in Yemen's Taiz city, witnesses told The New Arab, as President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi arrived in Marib for his first visit on Sunday since fleeing the capital last year.

"Rebel militias and forces loyal to former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh executed captives from the Popular Resistance force in Hayfan, Taiz's southern district," military sources confirmed.

"The bodies of Ali Nasser and Ammar Saeed Abdullah were found in the nearby mountains."

An activist from the resistance fighters rank was also killed by Houthis after being tortured while in captivity, according to locals in Humair, western Taiz.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2016/7/10/imprisoned-resistance-fighters-executed-by-houthis-in-yemens-taiz

10.7.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen acting President Mohammed Houthi visiting the Sanaa cleaning workers &directing to improve their payments (image)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/752068009292918784

Comment: Just to make clear that there are two governments in Yemen, not just the Hadi government (which mostly is in Riyadh, anyway).

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

10.7.2016 – Pars Today (A)

Fierce clashes have erupted between Saudi-backed forces in southern Yemen over money collected from trucks on Sunday.

The clashes broke out between forces loyal to Hammoud al-Mekhlafi on the one side and those loyal to Mokhtar al-Marziqi on the other in the town of al-Turbah in southern Ta’izz Province on Monday. Both groups are fighting under Saudi military leadership.

A local source said a passer-by was killed during the clashes, adding the pro-Mekhlafi forces took control of several areas of the city and closed off its streets.

http://parstoday.com/en/news/middle_east-i18229-saudi_air_attacks_on_yemen_continue_unabated

10.7.2016 – Reuters (A K P T)

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi arrived in Marib city, about 120 km (75 miles) east of the capital Sanaa. In a six-hour visit, he met commanders of a Saudi-led coalition backing him in a civil conflict in which thousands have died (see cp7)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKCN0ZQ0SL

10.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K P)

Hadi enters Yemen’s Ma’rib to oversee Sana’a offensive: Report

Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has resigned as Yemen’s president but seeks to regain power with Saudi military intervention, has reportedly entered the country’s Ma’rib Province, where reports say he is due to oversee an offensive on the capital, Sana’a.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/07/10/474471/Yemen-

10.7.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Hadi, "popular" prez w/ many #Yemen "loyalists", heavily guarded by Saudi army escort at "Hadi's army" stronghold. (images)

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/752185417143836672

9.7.2016 – Fars News (A K T PH)

Infighting Intensifies Between ISIL, Al-Qaeda in Southern Yemen

Infighting has intensified between the Takfiri terrorist groups in the Southern parts of Yemen after the ISIL executed a senior Al-Qaeda commander, media reports said on Saturday.

Qassan al-Assadi, a senior Al-Qaeda leader, was executed by the ISIL in Abyan province in Southern Yemen which triggered heavy clashes between the two terrorist groups, the Arabic-language media outlets reported.

This is the second time that the ISIL has executed a senior Al-Qaeda commander. Earlier this year the ISIL had executed Al-Qaeda's senior commander Abu Hajar al-Adani.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950419000631

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

7.2016 – Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies (A P)

Yemen at the UN: June 2016 in review

United Nations efforts to bring about a cessation of the conflict in Yemen witnessed limited progress in June, and were marked by setbacks and controversies. It is uncertain whether any major breakthroughs will be achieved in the near term. That being said, the UN continued to play a role in a number of conflict-related issues, such as prisoner exchanges, facilitating commercial imports and confidence building measures between the belligerent parties.

http://sanaacenter.org/publications/item/43-yemen-at-the-un.html

11.7.2016 – Anadolu (A P)

UN envoy in Riyadh to discuss resumption of Yemen talks

UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Riyadh on Monday to discuss the planned resumption of peace talks later this week between Yemen’s warring factions, according to a Yemeni government source.

While in Riyadh, Ould Cheikh will meet Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and members of the government’s negotiating team, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media, said.

According to the same source, the UN envoy will then visit Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday where he will meet with representatives of the Houthi group and its allies.

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/un-envoy-in-riyadh-to-discuss-resumption-of-yemen-talks/605840

10.7.2016 – Reuters (A K P T)

During his visit to Marib, Hadi, 70, said his government would boycott peace talks in Kuwait if the United Nations, who are leading the negotiations, pushed for the Houthi group and loyalists of Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to be involved in a transitional government.

"We will not give them (the Houthis) what they want, which is the legitimization of their coup through negotiations in Kuwait," Hadi was quoted as saying by the state news agency, Saba.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKCN0ZQ0SL

10.7.2016 – AFP (* A K P)

Yemen's Hadi threatens to boycott peace talks

Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi threatened Sunday to boycott peace talks with Iran-backed rebels if the UN envoy insists on a roadmap stipulating a unity government that includes the insurgents.

"We will not return to the talks in Kuwait if the United Nations tries to impose the latest proposal by mediator Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed," Hadi said during a visit to inspect troops in Marib province, east of the rebel-held capital.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed has put forward a peace roadmap that would see the formation of a unity government and the withdrawal and disarmament of the rebels.

Hadi's government wants to re-establish its authority across the entire country.

In his speech, published on the official sabanew.net website, Hadi insisted that the rebels were using the Kuwait talks to "legitimise their coup d'etat", and rejected the UN proposal for a unity government.

"The UN has tried to convince us to form a coalition government. We said we would issue a statement declaring our boycott of the Kuwait consultations," Hadi said.

"The Yemenis will not allow Yemen to be turned into a Persian state" in Iran's orbit, he said, vowing to recapture Sanaa "soon".

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/afp/2016/07/yemen-conflict-peace-un.html = http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3683302/Yemens-Hadi-threatens-boycott-peace-talks.html

Comment: He just does not want peace – which always is powersharing – but just wants to achieve his full victory by the Kuwait talks. Does he really believe the Houthis will withdraw from the cities, surrender heavy arms and not take part in any future government? This shows what the main problem and obstacle of Kuwait peace talks is: This Hadi government.

Comment by Judith brown: This man doesn't want peace because as soon as the fighting stops he'll be booted out of office

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

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy (Referring to Hadi’s statement): So according to Hadi, power sharing and a consensus gov makes #Yemen a "Persian state"!?

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/752161515407564800 and see also images https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/752150724159606784

10.7.2016 – Anadolu (* A K P)

Yemen’s Hadi visits Marib, vows to defeat Houthis

Yemen’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi made a surprise visit to the eastern Marib province on Sunday, vowing to defeat the Shia Houthi group, which controls capital Sanaa.

“We will soon celebrate the liberation of capital Sanaa and other provinces,” Hadi said upon his arrival in Marib from Saudi capital Riyadh.

He vowed to defeat the Houthis, who overran Sanaa and other provinces in 2014 and forced Hadi and his Saudi-backed government to flee to Riyadh.

“The Persians (Iranians) will not rule Yemen even if Yemenis fight them alone,” he said in reference to Shia Iran, which the Yemeni government accuses Iran of supporting the Houthi group.

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/yemen-s-hadi-visits-marib-vows-to-defeat-houthis/605233 and the Marib visit see also at cp6

Comment: At the same occasion he showed what he really wants: The defeat of the Houthis, if not by “peace talks” which go just the direction he wants or by military force.

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Spirits of folks in Sana'a high & everyone making jokes ridiculing impending "liberation" of capital. Bet not reaction Hadi wanted.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/752271467266670593

11.7.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemeni Presidential Advisor: Resolution 2216 will stop military

A high ranking Yemeni official described Houthis activity on the Saudi borders as provocative and blackmailing.

According to Yemeni Presidential Advisor Abdul Aziz Muflahi, Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Lt. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar’s visit to Maerib sends a strong message to the Houthis.

Muflahi hoped that the insurgents would comply with the Resolution 2216 without any condition. He added, “Military termination will only stop if Resolution 2216 is fully applied.”

In response to a question regarding Houthis’ presence on the Saudi borders, Presidential advisor stressed that Saudi Arabia is a powerful country leading the coalition, but it will make them pay the price in case they thought of crossing its borders.

Muflahi said that the president blamed the U.N. for abandoning the essence of Resolution 2216 through suggesting a national unity government, joint economic committee, and a joint military committee which somehow makes the insurgents legitimate.

Awadi added that for the first time, the President warned the U.N. and declared that the legitimacy won’t allow any bypassing of Resolution 2216 – by Abdul Hadi Habtoor

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/07/article55354256/yemeni-presidential-advisor-resolution-2216-will-stop-military

Comment: This is really a crazy propaganda. Now, the Hado government tells that only their interpretation of UN resolution 2216 is the only possible one, even the interpretation of the UN itself is void. And Hadi’s interpretation is that this resolution bestowed all power onto him – not only for the moment, but for all future, and even would make it possible to bestow it to a new transitional all-party government. That is just odd. And he thinks what would stay if the UN would accept this interpretation still would be “peace talks”. This man clings to the presidency in a really childish way.

Comment by Judith Brown: Now the Saudi Arabian newspapers - their view of what is needed to end this disgusting war - with opinions of Islah militias relating to what is needed to bring peace.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154504666328641

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

10.7.2016 – The Intercept (** A P T)

Newt Gingrich Pals Around With Terrorists Saddam Hussein Once Armed

Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House had to fly to Paris to appear at a gala celebration for the Mojahedin-e Khalq, or People’s Mujahedin, an Iranian exile group that wants Washington’s backing for regime change in Iran.

In his remarks, Gingrich heaped praise on the MEK’s efforts, and congratulated them on the presence of another dignitary, Prince Turki al-Faisal, a senior member of the Saudi royal family and a former head of that nation’s intelligence service.

What Gingrich failed to mention in his enthusiastic endorsement of the MEK, however, is that the Iranian dissidents previously spent three decades trying to achieve their aim through terrorist attacks, and some of their first victims were Americans. He also avoided talking about the fact that the group’s terrorist cell was once based in Iraq, where it was armed and protected by Saddam Hussein.

In recent years, as The Intercept has reported, the MEK has poured millions of dollars into reinventing itself as a moderate political group ready to take power in Iran if Western-backed regime change ever takes place. To that end it lobbied successfully to be removed from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2012. The Iranian exiles achieved this over the apparent opposition of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in part by paying a long list of former United States officials hefty speaking fees of between $10,000 to $50,000 for hymns of praise like the one Gingrich delivered on Saturday in Paris, where the MEK’s political wing held its annual “Free Iran” gala.

Prince Turki’s speech to the dissident group seemed like a departure to many Iranians. An open call for regime change in Tehran from a Saudi royal, struck Iranian journalists and activists as a turning point. – by Robert Mackey

10.7.2016 – New York Times (A T P)

Iranian Lawmakers’ Car Ambushed by Gunmen in Kurdish Region

Gunmen ambushed a car carrying a lawmaker and a local governor on Sunday in Iran’s restive Kurdish region, state news media reported. Both men were wounded, and the driver and a veterinarian traveling with them were killed.

Iran and Saudi Arabia have long accused each other of supporting groups opposing them. Saudi Arabia has denounced Iran’s support of Shiite groups in Yemen and Iraq, while Iran maintains that Saudi Arabia is the main sponsor of the Islamic State. The Iranian government also accuses the Saudis of aiding armed resistance groups in its border regions with money and weapons.

On Sunday, Iran said the presence of Prince Turki at the rally meant that Riyadh was now openly supporting the Mujahedeen Khalq.

“His speech showed that Riyadh has always provided extensive financial and security support for terrorism in every possible shape,” the semiofficial ISNA agency quoted Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a diplomat specializing in Arab affairs – by Thomas Erdbrink

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/world/middleeast/iranian-lawmakers-car-ambushed-by-gunmen-in-kurdish-region.html

Und auf Deutsch:

10.7.2016 – Israel Today (A P T)

Prinz Turki Al-Faysal forderte die iranische Opposition auf, die Ayatollahs zu stürzen

Die islamische Republik Iran äußerte Empörung über die Rede des saudischen Prinzen Turki Al-Faisal vor den Teilnehmern der größten Kundgebung der iranischen Opposition in der Geschichte.

«Die Saudis unterstützen die bekannten Terroristen – wie Sie es bereits im Irak, im Jemen und in Syrien tun. Dies zeigt, dass Sie sich nicht scheuen sich terroristischer Methoden zu bedienen, um Ihnen bei der Erreichung Ihrer politischen Ziele nützlich zu sein», heißt es in einer offiziellen Erklärung des Ministeriums für auswärtige Angelegenheiten des Iran.

http://de.israel-today.ru/prinz-turki-al-faysal-forderte-die-iranische-opposition-ayatollahs-zu-sturzen.html

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

See cp1 Most important

11.7.2016 – Noto Wahabism (B T)

All of these suicide bombers came to #Iraq from #Saudi_Arabia
Al-Saud regime is infecting its people's mind (images)

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/photos/a.446760528785868.1073741828.446357405492847/924138431048073/?type=3&theater

10.7.2016 – Middle East Eye (* B H P)

Turmoil in Saudi water sector as country runs dry

Saudi Arabia could run out of water in the next 20 years after decades of mismanagement of domestic resources

Everyone, including the Saudi government, is agreed that the country and its population of 32 million – including an estimated nine million non-nationals – are facing immense water-shortage challenges. With demand rising at five per cent per annum, the country is in danger of running dry within the next 20 years.

Predicted lower rainfall in future and increased temperatures caused by climate change are likely to exacerbate the problem.

Due to generous government subsidies, Saudis - living in a land dominated by desert with no natural rivers or lakes - have become used to paying virtually nothing for their water. As a result, they are among the world’s most prolific consumers.

There has been chronic mismanagement of water resources. Half a century ago, Saudi Arabia sat on one of the world’s biggest and oldest aquifers, containing an estimated 500 cubic kilometres of water.

Scientists say that in one generation most of that massive amount of water has been exhausted, mainly through a seriously flawed agricultural policy.

In some areas the campaigns have been successful, but the government is realising mistakes arising from its overly generous subsidy regime.

Once people have grown used to paying virtually nothing for services, they deeply resent any charges - even if the taps are running dry – by Kieran Cooke

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/turmoil-saudi-water-sector-country-runs-dry-465571093

9.7.2016 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Time matters for Wahhabis. They prefer to use it on radicalizing naive Muslims. Please understand! (image)

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/photos/a.446760528785868.1073741828.446357405492847/923479497780633/?type=3

9.7.2016 – Newss (A T)

Riyadh government may have been behind bombings in Saudi Arabia: Arab pundit

The Saudi government may have orchestrated the recent triple bombings in Saudi Arabia as a ploy to portray itself as a victim of the Daesh terrorist group — as opposed to the common belief that Riyadh is a sponsor of the group — and push forward other political agendas, says an eminent Arab journalist.

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm, wrote in his latest editorial that the Saudi regime is attempting to use the bombings to disguise itself as a “victim” of Daesh and use the narrative in favor of its political interests.

http://newnewss.net/?p=642

Comment: This sounds like conspiracy theory to me.

8.7.2016 – Nadia Al-Belushi (A P)

A girl on #Saudi TV recites, "We will drink the blood of #Shia infidels from Karbala to #Yemen." :-/

https://twitter.com/nadialushi/status/751562829317148673

cp9 USA

10.7.2016 – Reuters (A K P T)

Drone hits Al Qaeda suspects in Yemeni province while exiled president on visit

A suspected U.S. drone strike wounded four Al Qaeda fighters in Yemen's central Marib province on Sunday, local tribesmen and media said, hours after the exiled Yemeni president flew in to meet Arab military leaders in his war against the Houthi rebels.

"Four Al Qaeda members were wounded when a U.S. drone targeted a car they were traveling in Jabul, east of Marib city," said the tribesman who requested not to be named.

Photographs shared in Yemeni media showed a crowd of men looking at black smoke rising from the remains of a landcruiser.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKCN0ZQ0SL

Really? Look here:

10.7.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

Entire family of 6 KILLED, 2 children, when "drone" airstrike destroyed vehicle in #Yemen region Mareb today (image)

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/752184201403924481 and here: https://twitter.com/alezzisa/status/752143264988459010 and by News Yemen TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iTu8eypfPs

And still another version of the story, same image:

10.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K T)

Four injured in US drone raid in Mareb

At least four citizens were injured Sunday when a U.S. drone waged a raid on a farm of a citizen in southern Mareb city.
A local official explained to Saba the U.S. raid targeted the farm of the citizen Saeed al-Hajrah al-Khasha’a area southern the city of Mareb, which resulted in injuring four citizens and burning a patrol car belonging to the aggression’s hirelings.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news433028.htm

6.7.2016 – Alternet (* B K P T)

Bereaved Families Decry Obama Administration’s Dubious Drone Strike Figures

Obama confessed to killing innocents, knowing he would not face accountability.

Though the numbers were faithfully reproduced by international media as an accurate representation of the American drone war in the Middle East and parts of Africa, there are many reasons to view the paper as highly dubious.

Even according to the most conservative estimates, the administration’s numbers represent just a tiny fraction of all drone victims. The published paper excludes countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, which are all considered “conventional war zones.” This is in spite of the fact that Hellfire missiles have rained down on all three countries since the beginning of the so-called war on terror. In fact, Afghanistan is the world's most drone-bombed country since 9/11.

Only one thing could be more troubling than the faceless and nameless status of so many civilian victims of drone strikes; that Obama can openly confess he signed off on the killing of innocent people, and get away with it – by Emran Feroz

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

11.7.2016 – Middle East Eye (* B K)

'Compelling evidence' of UK weapons being used on civilian targets in Yemen

Report detailing the use of UK-made weapons in Saudi-led airstrikes will form part of a legal bid to halt UK arms sales to the kingdom

A new report containing "compelling evidence" of UK weapons being used on civilian targets in Yemen will form part of a campaign group's legal bid to stop the government selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

The report by Human Rights Watch shows that Saudi Arabia has hit factories in Yemen using UK-made weaponry, including a Paveway guided bomb and a Hakim cruise missile, according to the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

Andrew Smith, CAAT's spokesperson, said the report was the strongest confirmation yet that UK weapons are being used on civilians, and would form part of its court challenge against the British government to end weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

"The report presents clear and compelling evidence of UK bombs being used against businesses and civilian targets," Smith said. – by Areeb Ullah

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/british-munitions-used-against-civilians-yemen-saudi-arabia-1954296375 and by Alwaght: http://alwaght.com/en/News/60543/Saudis-Use-British-Weapons-to-Kill-Yemen-Civilians

Comment: For HRW report look at cp1 Most important.

10.7.2016 – Belkis Wille, HRW (B K)

This UK bomb hit factory/warehouse compound in Hodaida on Jan. 6, 2016- it was produced in May 2015, after war began (images)

https://twitter.com/belkiswille/status/752433558082490368

8.7.2016 – The work for you (A P)

Members of Parliament asking the government.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Saudi counterpart on investigating allegations by Amnesty International on the use of a UK-supplied BL-755 cluster munition in northern Yemen.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2016-07-05.41930.h

Comment: And again, a non-answer by Tobias Ellwood. Look at cp 13, The British government officially invites for an arms show.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

10.7.2016 – Telesur (A P)

US Tastes Own Medicine as UAE, Bahrain Issue Travel Warnings

The two U.S. allies issued travel warnings for their citizens visiting the U.S., something Washington uses at times to destabilize governments.

Two major United States allies, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, issued travel warnings to their citizens visiting the U.S. following the recent police shootings of two Black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, which have led to major protests, putting the U.S. at the center of international attention over its police killings and targeting of Black and Brown people.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/US-Tastes-Own-Medicine-as-UAE-Bahrain-Issue-Travel-Warnings-20160710-0016.html

11.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Bahraini protesters condemn regime's crackdown

Protesters continued a sit-in protest outside Sheikh Qassim’s house in the village of Diraz. On Saturday night, police attacked demonstrators in the village of Eker, south of the capital, Manama. Regime forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxSp5-yHK7k

9.7.2016 – Newss (A P)

Bahrain bars three rights activists from leaving country

Bahraini authorities have prevented three human rights activists from traveling abroad as part of the Al Khalifa regime’s efforts to keep the world in the dark about the deteriorating situation of human rights in the country.

The Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights (BOHR) reported on Friday that lawyer Mohammad al-Tajer, President of the Bahraini Transparency Association Sharaf Al-Moussawi, and member of Bahrain Human Rights Society Zeinab Khamis were barred from leaving Bahrain earlier in the day despite the fact that no official travel ban had been issued against them – by Ahmed Alkhazzan

http://newnewss.net/?p=681

9.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (A H P)

Film: Fresh protests held in Bahrain

The rallies were held in several parts of the Persian Gulf country, including the capital Manama. The protesters chanted slogans in support of the cleric, calling for immediate release of political prisoners. Bahrain has witnessed similar protests since June 20.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ovhnLQTGkY

8.7.2016 – Press TV Iran (A H P)

Film: Bahrainis stage rally in support of senior Shia cleric

emonstrations continue in Bahrain in protest at the regime’s decision to strip top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim of his citizenship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8bsa-UjqW0

7.7.2016 – Amnesty International (A P)

Bahrain: Farcical trial of Nabeel Rajab a barefaced assault on freedom of expression

Bahraini authorities must immediately release human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and drop all charges against him ahead of his trial next week over Twitter posts criticizing the war in Yemen and allegations of torture in Bahrain’s main prison, Amnesty International said today, reiterating its call on the government to end its barefaced assault on freedom of expression.

The European Parliament also called for Nabeel Rajab’s immediate and unconditional release today in an urgent resolution that expressed grave concern over the ongoing campaign of repression of human rights defenders, political opposition and civil society. Bahrain has witnessed a month of intensified clampdown on the rights to freedom of expression, assembly, association and movement.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/07/bahrain-farcical-trial-of-nabeel-rajab-a-barefaced-assault-on-freedom-of-expression/

30.6.2016 – Foreign Affairs (* A H P)

Stateless and for Sale in the Gulf: Letter from Dubai

t year, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) handed Semira, 19, a passport for the Comoro Islands, one of the poorest nations on earth, and told her she had 11 months to leave. Although she had been stateless all her life, Semira was born and raised in Dubai and had fully embraced its cosmopolitan culture. She has never stepped foot on the tiny, tropical islands that were to become her homeland, nor did she want to, as she has no roots or family there. She doesn’t have much of a choice, though. Since she isn't even a citizen of the UAE, she is pretty much powerless to fight the government, which is paying the cash-strapped Comoros to take stateless people like her off its hands.

Semira became stateless as a result of the UAE’s confounding policies on birthright. As she understands it, her mother came to Dubai from India to work as household help but became pregnant after her employer raped her. He then denied paternity and turned her over to the police when she was near term. In the UAE, it is illegal to have sex out of wedlock, no matter the circumstance – by Pardis Mahdavi

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/kuwait/2016-06-30/stateless-and-sale-gulf

cp13 Waffenhandel / Arms trade

11.7.2016 – Government UK (A K P)

Countries, organisations and territories invited by UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) to attend Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2016: (following list, including Egypt, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ukti-dso-invitations-to-farnborough-international-airshow-2016

Comment: The British government as greatest arms dealer. How it can be possible that a government officially invites to an arms show???

Comment: Big shopping momentum for the Saudi-led Coalition against ‪#‎Yemen

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1059973814055648&id=961126490607048

11.7.2016 – Sicherheitspolitik-Blog (* B K P)

Waffen für den Krieg: Wie europäische Staaten Völkerrechtsverletzungen unterstützen

Während in Deutschland über den Krieg im Jemen kaum berichtet wird, sorgen der Konflikt und die Frage der Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien in Großbritannien für ein nicht unerhebliches Medienecho. Inzwischen ist der britischen Kampagne gegen den Waffenhandel (Campaign Against the Arms Trade/CAAT) gelungen, eine Anhörung vor dem britischen High Court zu erreichen.

Die gerichtliche Überprüfung soll klären, ob Großbritannien mit den fortgesetzten Waffenlieferungen an Saudi-Arabien nicht britisches und (noch) auch europäisches Recht bricht.

Der Internationale Waffenhandelsvertrag von 2014, aber auch der Gemeinsame Standpunkt der EU von 2008 zur Kontrolle der Ausfuhr von Militärtechnologie und Militärgütern sowie die jeweiligen nationalen Regelungen sind eindeutig. Demnach dürfen laut ATT-Artikel 6.3 keine konventionellen Waffen an Staaten geliefert werden, mit denen Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit, Verstößen gegen die Genfer Konventionen von 1949 oder gezielte bewaffneter Attacken gegen Zivilisten oder zivile Einrichtungen verübt werden. Deutschland hat mit den Politischen Richtlinien für Rüstungsexporte strengere Vorschriften, die Waffenlieferungen an kriegsbeteiligte Staaten untersagen – von Simone Wisotzky

http://www.sicherheitspolitik-blog.de/2016/07/11/waffen-fuer-den-krieg-wie-europaeische-staaten-voelkerrechtsverletzungen-unterstuetzen/

11.7.2016 – Equal Times (** A K P)

France, proud merchant of death in Yemen

The French Socialist Party proudly presents its “record of successes” on its website.

Among them, number 33: Supporting the Performance of the Defence Industry announces: “Whilst export sales in the [arms] sector amounted to €4.8 billion (US$5.3) in 2012, they reached a record €16.9 billion in 2015 (US$18.8 billion). How did we achieve this? By providing companies with the government’s support in its bilateral relations with client states (Australia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, etc.).”

In France, arms exports to Saudi Arabia are celebrated as a success story for the defence sector, which groups “5000 companies, that is 400,000 jobs, including 165,000 direct jobs in weaponry”, recalls the ruling party’s fact sheet.

The “success” of weapons exports is thus one of President François Hollande’s feats of arms.

What do Yemeni civilians, subjected since March 2015 to unrelenting bombardment by a Saudi-led coalition of nine Arab states seeking to defeat the Houthi insurgency, think of this success story?

And in France? “All is well. That is the response we get from the government about arms exports to Saudi Arabia,” sighs Aymeric Elluin, head of human rights advocacy at Amnesty International – by Emmanuel Haddad

http://www.equaltimes.org/france-proud-merchant-of-death-in?lang=en#.V4OD76Jpn3E

8.7.2016 – Global Research (* B K P)

Pakistan’s Military-Industrial Complex: Providing Nuclear Warheads to Saudi Arabia?

Before the signing of the Iran nuclear deal last year, BBC’s defense correspondent, Mark Urban, published a report [1] that Pakistan’s military has made a clandestine deal with Saudi Arabia that in the event of Iran developing a nuclear weapon, Pakistan would provide ready-made nuclear warheads along with delivery systems to Saudi Arabia.

Moreover, it should be remembered that Pakistan’s military and Saudi Arabia have very deep and institutionalized links: thousands of Pakistani retired and serving army officers work on deputations in the Gulf states; furthermore, during the ‘80s Saudi Arabia lacked an efficient intelligence set-up, and Pakistan’s ISI virtually played the role of Saudi Arabia’s foreign intelligence service

Additionally, in the recent years Pakistan’s defense production industry, with Chinese assistance, has emerged as one of the most sophisticated military-industrial complex in the region – by Nauman Sadiq

http://www.globalresearch.ca/pakistans-military-industrial-complex-providing-nuclear-warheads-to-saudi-arabia/5534855

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

7.2016 – Wikipedia (A T)

2016 Ramadan attacks

In 2016, several terrorist attacks occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (June 6 to July 5 in 2016; year 1437 in the Islamic calendar).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Ramadan_attacks

10.7.2016 – Saudi Gazette (A P T)

The Arab world has had enough!!

The three-pronged attack in Jeddah, Qatif and the holy city of Madinah truly shocked all of us.

The last one, near the Prophet’s Mosque, touched the ethos of Muslims and people of other faiths who aspire for peace.

Extremism and militant ideology are the main challenges of our region and to defeat this the government has initiated several campaigns including the use of moderate scholars to promote tolerance and stop the advancement of extremist ideology.

However, this has not been totally successful as exhibited by the recent attacks. Elsewhere in Turkey, Bangladesh, and the horrific attack in Iraq this senseless carnage continues.

While senior scholars have called to promote “moderation” and “centrism” these calls have not reached the youth as the harbingers of violent ideology have adopted social media to disseminate these poisonous message.

The West has not helped either as it is one of the prime causes due to its political blunders and the Chilcot report (the Iraq inquiry that has killed off the innocence of the Tony Blair era) is a glaring example.

Twelve years ago there was no Daesh or a self-styled Caliph. The mismanagement of Iraq by Bush, Blair, Cheney, Wolfowitz, and the cunning Brenner was deliberately done.

And Amr Moussa the then Egyptian foreign minister said an attack on Iraq “would open the gates of hell” and it has done more than that. It has opened dozens of gates, caused anguish, dislocation and deaths.

This deviant ideology that has sprung up should be tackled effectively through practical means and not flowery words.

Make the people stakeholders, embrace the youth, put a stop to nepotism, apply good governance, end corruption, involve women and youth and be proper examples and lead from the front. And stop these “religious leaders” from interfering in the affairs of the state.

The people are tired of violence it is frightening and gives us a bad image we want to live in peace and prosperity like other peoples of the world.

We need to see the light at the end of the tunnel – by Khaled Almaeena

http://saudigazette.com.sa/opinion/arab-world-enough/

Comment: ??? Of course, the author is right. Anyway, Saudi Arabia is the main ideological source of all the jihadism and terrorism deplored by the author here. “Extremism and militant ideology are the main challenges of our region” – the main source of them is Saudi Arabian Wahabism. “moderate scholars to promote tolerance”: they are menaced in Saudi Arabia (see cp1). “, put a stop to nepotism, apply good governance, end corruption, involve women” all this is, if taken seriously, a heavy critic of all what is constituent for Saudi Arabia: nepotism, bad governance, corruption, exclusion of women. And the blame is just put to others, in this case: the West. Of course, the role of the West in fueling terrorism is tremendous, the Iraq war being a very important step. But what has been the role of Saudi Arabia itself in the Iraq wars?

10.7.2016 – Noto Wahabism (B T)

Warriors made in west, unleashed in Middle East (image). “The Independent” 1993 headline: “Anti-Soviet warrior puts hios army on the road to peace” – and that is Osma Bin Laden!

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/photos/a.446760528785868.1073741828.446357405492847/923801841081732/?type=3&theater

7.2016 – Wikipedia (* B T)

Liste terroristischer Ereignisse im Namen des Islamischen Staates

Die Liste terroristischer Ereignisse im Namen des Islamischen Staates verzeichnet Terroranschläge, die vom Islamischen Staat oder in dessen Namen, außerhalb des unmittelbaren Einflussbereichs in Syrien und dem Irak, weltweit begangen wurden. Dabei wurden bisher mehr als 1.200 Menschen getötet. Die Hälfte der Anschläge wurde in Europa oder Amerika, die andere Hälfte in nichtwestlichen Staaten begangen. (Soweit nicht anders angegeben, stammen die Angaben aus einem New York Times-Artikel von Juli 2016.[1])

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_terroristischer_Ereignisse_im_Namen_des_Islamischen_Staates

cp15 Propaganda

Look also at cp7

12.7.2016 – Arab News (A P)

Arab coalition ‘clipped Iran’s wings in Yemen’

The Arab coalition — led by Saudi Arabia to confront the coup carried out by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen — has succeeded in curtailing Tehran’s ambitions in the region, said Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
During a meeting in the province of Marib with the executive, military, security leaders and party members, Hadi said the coalition, led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, “has restored the nation’s glory and foiled Iranian intervention.”
Hadi pledged not to allow Iran and its tools — the Houthis and the thugs supporting deposed President Abdullah Saleh — to achieve their goals.
He pointed out that the Houthi militia and Saleh’s men have expropriated cities and the resources of the state to serve foreign objectives and agenda.
He said: “We will not allow that, no matter how many sacrifices we have to make to defend the revolution, unity, freedom and justice.
He added: “We will not deviate from the hopes and aspirations of the Yemeni people to establish a federal, secure, just and stable country, where justice and equality prevail.”

http://www.arabnews.com/node/952371/middle-east

Comment: This is more from what Hadi said at his Marib visit (see more in cp7). All this is quite bizarre and typical “Hadi”: The Iranian influence in Yemen is very low, their support for the Houthis is mostly verbal, the Houthis are far away from being an Iranian tool. These objections are quite odd coming from somebody who is the perfect tool of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, with extremely severe consequences for that country. Hadi never had been, and today even less could be the promoter of any “revolution, unity, freedom and justice” in Yemen.

11.7.2016 – Hisham al-Omeisy (A P)

"Panic in Sana'a, Houthi patrols everywhere, checkpoints around every corner.." Just drove across city and none of that #Propaganda

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/752488470485069824

10.7.2016 – Jamila Hanan (A P)

Bots are spamming the #Yemen tag like they did the #Bahrain tag thus making it virtually useless. This is #Saudi's dirty PR tricks.

...also something weird going on here @twitter @Support hope you will look into this

. @twitter @Support look at accounts spamming to #Yemen tag, all follow the same group of Saudi news channels (images)

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/752206957088477184 and https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/752210135481802753 and https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/752215684558495744

10.7.2016 – Arab News (A P)

Moms, children and elderly benefit from Saudi aid campaign in Yemen

http://www.arabnews.com/node/951401/saudi-arabia

Comment: Change on letter, re-read it: Moms, children and elderly benefit from Saudi air campaign in Yemen

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

11.7.2016 – Pars Today (A K PH)

Jemen: Saudisches Aufklärungsflugzeug in Sanaa abgeschossen

Die jemenitische Luftwaffe hat am Sonntag ein saudisches Aufklärungsflugzeug im Gebiet "Naham", nordöstlich der Provinz, Sanaa abgeschossen.

Laut der jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur al-Khabar sagte eine Sicherheitsbeamte, die nicht genannt werden wollte, dass dieses Aufklärungsflugzeug die Aufgabe hatte, von den Kasernen und der Militärbasis der jemenitischen Armee sowie von Stellungen der Ansarollah-Bewegung aufzunehmen und damit Informationen für den Feind zu sammlen.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i10756-jemen_saudisches_aufklärungsflugzeug_in_sanaa_abgeschossen

11.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on souk in Mareb

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news433114.htm

11.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets wage raids on Kutaf

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news433031.htm

11.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression, hirelings continue to breach ceasefire

The Saudi warplanes waged an air raid on al-Manarah area in Nehm district of Sana'a province. At the same time, the warplanes flew intensively on the sky of the Capital.
The hostile warplanes also launched two raids on Midi district in Hajjah province. The Riyadh's hirelings in Taiz province randomly targeted houses in al-Sarari area in Sabr al-Mawadem district with medium weapons.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news433030.htm

11.7.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

US-backed Saudi war criminals hit this driller Sunday2 prevent blockaded Yemenis from drinking water,east Sanaa (images)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/752567542321967104 and https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/752567576077762560

10.7.2016 – Crimes of Decisive Storm (A K PH)

View the Saudi aggression targeting water rig in Bani Bahloul Valley area Ajabib governorate of Sanaa on Sunday night 10-7-2016 (image)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1561428757486446/?type=3

10.7.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Busy fighter jets traffic in Sana'a night sky for past two hours but no airstrikes..yet. Guess Saudi trying to back Hadi's threat.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/752267631072256001

10.7.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Cool, now drones in sky too. Bring out the popcorn, we're getting firefly airshow tonight (Can't see jets, only blinking lights).

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/752270441717329921

10.7.2016 – Pars Today (A K PH)

Saudi air attacks on Yemen continue unabated

Saudi warplanes bombed the Sanhan district of Sana’a Province on Monday, leaving an unspecified number of civilians injured, according to Yemen’s Khabar news agency.

Saudi airstrikes also hit the al-Amaleqa Camp in the Harf Sufyan district of Amran Province. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

http://parstoday.com/en/news/middle_east-i18229-saudi_air_attacks_on_yemen_continue_unabated

10.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Citizen killed, another injured in Saudi raids on Yemen

At least one citizen was killed and another was injured in an airstrike by Saudi-led war jets on the coastal district of Mocha in Taiz province, a military official said Sunday.
The official pointed out that the Saudi warplanes and mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire through flying and bombing on a number of provinces in the country during the past 24 hours.
In Sana’a province, the hostile war jets launched four raids on al-Dhaboa’h area in Nehm district, four others on al-Majaweha area, two on al-Salta’a, one on Yam area and another one on al-Manara area. In the same district, the hirelings bombarded Bani Bareq area with missiles.
In Taiz province, the military official said the Saudi warplanes and a drone waged two raids on al-Amri area in Thubaba district in the province.
The Saudi-led war jets waged three raids on Harf Sufian district in Arman province, and two others on al-Maslob district and one on al-Ghail district in Jawf province.
The military official affirmed that the hostile warplanes flew intensively in the sky of the capital Sana’a and the provinces of Taiz, Hajjah, Mahweet, Shabwa, Sa’ada, Jawf, Lahj and Mareb.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news433024.htm

10.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression, hirelings continue to breach ceasefire in Yemen

The Saudi-led war jets launched on Saturday an air raid on al-Amri area in Thubab district of Taiz province, a military official said.
On another hand, the Saudi warplanes continued to fly in the skies of the Capital Sana'a and Mareb, Sana'a, Sa'ada, Lahj and Taiz provinces.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news432958.htm

9.7.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

WAR not Peace: 31 Saudi airstrikes bombard #Yemen & clashes kill 27 nationwide over 24 hours as war intensifies.

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/751871454933819394

9.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wage 16 raids on Yemen

The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries continued to breach the UN-sponsored ceasefire in several provinces over the past 24 hours, a military official said Friday.
The Saudi warplanes launched an air raid on a car in Harib-al-Qaramish of Mareb province, killing five people, including women and children.
The warplanes waged seven raids on Marran area of Sa'ada province, five raids on Haradh district of Hajjah province, two raids on al-Ghail district of Jawf province and an air raid on Yam in Nehm district of Sana'a province.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news432874.htm

9.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on Jawf

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news432879.htm

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

11.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repulses advance in Jawf

The army and popular committees repulsed on Sunday an advance attempt of mercenaries in jawf province.
A military official said the Riyadh's hirelings attempted to advance towards Khab and al-Sha'af district.
The army and popular committees repelled the hirelings and killed many of them, he added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news433032.htm and films by News Yemen TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geKZ8ptFeds and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSUc9_OYGPg

10.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The official pointed out that the Saudi warplanes and mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire through flying and bombing on a number of provinces in the country during the past 24 hours.
He pointed out that the aggression’s hirelings in Taiz bombed the areas of Thi al-Barh, al-Nidani and al-Sarari in Sabr al-Mawadem district with heavy and medium weapons and opened fire at the areas of al-Sha’abya, al-Jorah and al-Hayar, which led to injuring a women in the head.
The hirelings also targeted Thubab city with a missile bombing and al-Hamra village in al-Waze’yah district with artillery shells.
According to the military official, a number of the mercenaries were killed in an attempt to advance on Dhabi area in Haifan district, and several others were injured while trying to progress toward al-Sha’abya and al-Jorah villages in al-Sarari area.
The army and popular committees forces repulsed an attempt by hirelings to advance in Thua’bat area in Taiz, the official said.
The mercenaries launched a Katyusha rocket attack on the villages of Al Hajlan, al-Ramdha and Dhowar in Serwah district of Mareb province, and pounded Kahbob area of Lahj province with artillery.
The military official affirmed that the hostile warplanes flew intensively in the sky of the capital Sana’a and the provinces of Taiz, Hajjah, Mahweet, Shabwa, Sa’ada, Jawf, Lahj and Mareb.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news433024.htm and film by News Yemen TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3wemfveAjo

10.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army missile hits arms stores of hirelings in Jawf

The missile force of the army and popular committees fired on Saturday a ballistic missile at Shihat military site in al-Hazm city of Jawf province.
A military official said the missile targeted weapons stores in Shihat, adding that a number of the mercenaries were killed and injured in the attack.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news432952.htm

10.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army fires missile on Tadaween camp in Mareb

The missile force of the army and popular committees fired on Saturday a ballistic missile on hirelings' gatherings in Tadaween military base in Mareb province.
A security official said the missile hit its target accurately, leaving large losses in life and gear.
This missile is the third one within 24 hours in response to breaches of aggression and his mercenaries, he added.
On Saturday, a ballistic missile was fired at Shihat military site in al-Hazm city of Jawf province, destroying weapons stores and killing and injuring a number of hirelings.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news432953.htm

10.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression, hirelings continue to breach ceasefire in Yemen

The army and popular committees repulsed an attempt by hirelings to advance towards al-Shaebah and al-Jawrah village in Saber al-Mawadem district of Taiz province.
At the same time, the Riyadh's hirelings pounded al-Sarari area in Saber al-Mawadem with artillery shells and machine guns.
The hirelings also attacked al-Ghail district with medium and heavy weapons. They targeted Bani Bareq with Katyusha in Nehm district of Sana'a province.
http://www.sabanews.net/en/news432958.htm

10.7.2016 – Press TV Iran / Almanar (A K PH)

More than two dozen Hadi loyalists were killed and scores of others injured during clashes with army troops and allied fighters in the western-central province of Amran.

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the clashes broke out during an army operation on Saturday to wrest control over the strategic Heed al-Zahab mountain in Farzah Nihm district of the province, Yemen’s September 26 news website reported.

The source added that Yemeni forces managed to seize the mountainous region following the intense fighting.

At least 25 Saudi mercenaries, including a militant commander identified as Abdumohammad Bukhaiti, were killed during the fierce skirmishes, and tens of others sustained injuries, according to the source.

Separately, Yemeni army forces and Houthi Ansarullah fighters launched a ballistic missile at Shihat military camp in the northern province of al-Jawf on Sunday morning, leaving a large number of Saudi mercenaries dead and injured.

The development came only a few hours after an unspecified number of Saudi-backed militants died in a missile attack by Ansarullah fighters against Tadaween base in Ma’rib.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/07/10/474471/Yemen- = http://english.almanar.com.lb/adetails.php?eid=277506&cid=23&fromval=1 and Fars News: http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950420000699

Comment: “Army” = Part of the Yemeni army loyal to ex-president Saleh, fighting alongside the Houthis.

9.7.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

WAR not Peace: 31 Saudi airstrikes bombard #Yemen & clashes kill 27 nationwide over 24 hours as war intensifies.

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/751871454933819394

9.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army fires ballistic missile on Mareb hirelings

The missile force of the army and popular committees fired on Friday a ballistic missile on hireling gatherings near Fardhat Nehm in the western part of Mareb province, a military official said.
The official added the missile targeted military reinforcements coming from Mareb, killing or injuring a number of them.
The ballistic missile came in response to the continuing breaches of the Riyadh's hirelings as they deployed military reinforcements in Nehm front.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news432877.htm

9.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

the Riyadh's hirelings pounded al-Shabaka military site in al-Waze'yah district of Taiz province.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news432874.htm

9.7.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Hirelings pound Souk in Jawf, injure four.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news432873.htm

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

11.7.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A K P)

Iranian arms shipment bound for rebels seized in Yemen

Yemeni resistance forces on Friday seized a ship loaded with weapons and ammunition believed to be heading to Shia rebels.

In a statement, Aden city governor General Aidroos Al-Zubaidi said that Yemeni resistance seized the shipment near the coast of Somalia and Djibouti coming from the Horn of Africa while heading to Al-Mukha District which is controlled by rebels.

Al-Zubaidi said Yemeni resistance fighters currently hold the ship until authorities complete their investigations. He did not mention who was on board the ship.

(This work by Middle East Monitor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.)

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20160711-iranian-arms-shipment-bound-for-rebels-seized-in-yemen/

9.7.2016 – IPF (* B)

YEMEN CRISIS: YOUNG JOURNALIST SHARES HER EXPERIENCES FROM THE WAR-TORN COUNTRY

Charlene Rodrigues was born in India and is now living in London. Since July 2014, she has lived in Sanaa, the capital of a nation caught in a brutal civil war. Although she moved there while the city was still a peaceful place to live, through the eyes of a foreigner she has seen the country that welcomed her crumble to pieces.

She said: “I didn’t really fear for my security. I thought foreigners like me were relatively safe, I didn’t hear a lot about kidnapping back then.”

As in any war zone, the current conflict between the Houthis and the Saudi coalition makes it increasingly difficult for journalists on the ground to cover events and send information out of the country. Both sides are unwelcome to foreign reporters, particularly the Houthis, who known for kidnapping and torturing foreigners. This is especially true of Americans or British foreigners as both countries sell weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Considering this, Charlene was lucky not once, but twice. After being harassed for a week following the Houthi interrogation, she was about to leave Yemen when she received a phone call: the rebels’ leader, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, had agreed to be interviewed – by Maria Goncalves

http://the-ipf.com/2016/07/09/yemen-conflict-journalist/

9.7.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

World Bank: Our Operations Remain Suspended in Yemen

Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdul Malik al-Mekhlafi revealed that the Yemeni government is studying a number of economic options for Yemen.

Mekhlafi told Asharq Al-Awsat that after militias looted the central reserve, the government is working on keeping aid from reaching the insurgents.

Regarding the interactions between International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Houthis, Mekhlafi said that the world is beginning to understand the economic situation and the role of militias.

Meanwhile, and under militia’s control, the Central Bank failed to meet its requirements in paying the salaries of government employees – by Arafat Madabesh and Saeed al-Abyad

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/07/article55354114/world-bank-operations-still-suspended-yemen

Comment: The Central Bank, still in Houthi-controlled Sanaa, had stayed neutral so far, paying wages and military for both sides of the conflict. Hadi government seems to require it for their own control. And: “the government is working on keeping aid from reaching the insurgents”, that looks whether they try to prevent any humanitarian aid to get to the Houthi-controlled areas. Nice.

Comment: Reading this, you wonder if a war ever happened. The blame is all on the others.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1058651387521224&id=961126490607048

Comment by Judith Brown: This is from a Saudi newspaper - and it is also about that very undemocratic organisation the World Bank. So it's not an easy story to understand as terminology reflects their own political position and it is not clear to me, even though I am used to ready through the barriers to get an idea of the 'real picture'. But I guess the World Bank pulled out of Yemen a long time ago except for the meet for the polio eradication programme. Now this article talks about 'looting' and 'militias' and 'insurgents'. Assuming that the insurgents are the Houthies, who are 'the militias' and what exactly does 'looting' mean? Does it mean robbery? Or does it mean that the Houthi administration in Yemen has raided the bank ? Can anyone fill in any details here?

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154500051733641

Comment by Yemen Felix: Those in Riyadh used to "loot" the central reserve. They are unhappy now because Houthies are "looting" alone without sharing with other looters. They are all rotten to the core.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154500051733641

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/krieg-im-jemen-neue-artikel-zum-nachlesen-167

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-167: / Yemen Press Reader 1-167:

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/

06:48 12.07.2016
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