Krieg im Jemen-Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 180

Yemen Press Reader 180: US-Auftank-Mission 60 % mehr - Nächste Schritte der Kriegsparteien - Hadi-Kämpfer desertieren - Saudi, Ikhwan und IS - Luftangriffe, Kämpfe nehmen stark zu - Nehm, Sanaa

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US Air Force Refueling Missions grow by 60 % - Next steps of warring parties - Hadi's fighters deserting - Saudi, Ihkwan and IS - Air raids, fighting broadly increase - Most heavy air raids at Nehm and Sanaa - and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13c Zentralbank / Central Bank

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

“Am wichtigsten” ist auch, dass die Kampfhandlungen wieder voll aufgeflammt sind. Die Saudis haben vor allem ihre Luftangriffe wieder verstärkt. Im Gebiet Nehm östlich von Sanaa wurde ein Markt bombardiert (17 oder 30 Tote), die Nacht vom 8. auf den 9. August erlebte im Ganzen von den Huthis kontrollierten Norden des Landes die schlimmsten und meisten Angriffe seit Monaten. Es gab Tote bei vielen Angriffen im ganzen Land, der schlimmste traf eine Fabrik für Kartoffelchips in sanaa mit wohl 14 oder 16 Toten. Die Hadi-Armee begann eine Offensive östlich von Sanaa. Bitte in cp16 und cp 17 schauen.

„Most important“ as well: All acts of war have broadly increased. The Saudis have enforced their air raids. In the Nehm region east of Sanaa a market was hit (17 or 30 killed). In the night from Aug. 8 to 9, the whole Houthi-held Northern Yemen suffered from the most and the heaviest air raids since month. There were people killed at many places all over the country, the wordt attack targeted a potato chips fabric at Sanaa, 14 or 16 people were killed. The army of “president” Hadi started an offensive east of Sanaa. Please look at cp16 and cp17.

8.8.2016 – Airforce Times (** A K)

U.S. Air Force refueling missions over Yemen grow by 60 percent

The U.S. has executed a handful of air kills against extremist groups like al-Qaida in Yemen since February, but the Saudi-led air war against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels also has U.S. assets contributing to a much quieter mission.

U.S. Air Force KC-135s and KC-10s are and have been prepositioned within the Central Command theater ready to “support partner nations and theater refueling requirements,” said Air Forces Central Command spokeswoman Kiley Dougherty.

As of Aug. 8, “we've flown 1,144 aerial refueling sorties totaling approximately 9,793 flying hours and providing 40,535,200 pounds of fuel to 5,525 receiving aircraft,” Dougherty told Air Force Times in an email Monday. The latest statistics show sorties in support of the Saudi-led coalition against Yemeni rebels have increased roughly 61 percent since AFCENT last provided data in February.

AFCENT has been tracking the data since April 3, 2015 – by Oriana Pawlyk

Comment: That shows that still up to now the US is 100 % partisan in this war, still after 16 month of disaster is fully supporting the terrible Saudi aerial war. Nothing has changed at all. And you can see again what a hypocrisy are all the US government’s statements – whetrher you take Kerr, Samantha Power or whom ever – that the US is working for or interested in a peaceful solution in Yemen. That are just “bullshit” statements.

and based on that article is:

8.8.2016 – Antiwar (** A K P)

US Dramatically Escalates Role Supporting Saudi Bombing of Yemen

Between the year and a half Saudi war against Yemen not achieving the expected quick victory, and the growing talk of war crimes as the civilian death toll from Saudi airstrikes soars, a lot of nations would be looking to distance themselves from the disastrous failure. Not the US, however, as they brag up their escalating support for the Saudi air war.

The Saudis never stopped bombing though, and the US never stopped facilitating.

US-sold bombs dropped by US-sold planes refueled by the US Air Force have been at the center of some of the most glaring war crimes in Yemen so far, and while the Obama Administration is claimed at times to be pushing the Saudis to reach some sort of settlement, there’s no sign that’s actually happening.

Indeed, Centcom’s effort to manage the public opposition is telling, as they bragged about 1,144 refueling missions for 5,525 warplanes in their statement, but made that materially the only mention of the Saudi war itself, instead talking up US drone strikes against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Yemeni affiliate.

Yet the Saudi war isn’t against AQAP, and never war. Indeed, the Saudi war gave AQAP cover to take several towns in southern Yemen, and on the ground AQAP and its allies have taken mostly fighting against the same Shi’ite forces the Saudis have. As Centcom insists the war in Yemen is important because AQAP is a threat, they continue supporting an air war which has done nothing but helped AQAP – by Jason Ditz

8.8.2016 – Deeproots (** A K P)

The Next Moves in Yemen's Deadly Chess Game

The two sides of the conflict (the government of President Hadi and the Houthi/Saleh alliance) have sent signals of their next moves that each side hopes will give them a better negotiating position in the next round.

Government Moves
The next period will see moves from Hadi’s government on two fronts: military and economic. On the military front, the government forces and their allied tribal forces launched a new offensive on the Nihm front (east of the capital Sana’a). Also, shortly following the conclusion of the Kuwait talks, the spokesperson of the Saudi-led coalition announced that the coalition will revive their military operation “Restoration of Hope”.

On the economic front, the government and coalition countries will attempt to strangle the Houthi/Saleh alliance by putting more pressure on their access to financial resources. The Central Bank of Yemen (CBY), which remains headquartered in Houthi/Saleh controlled Sana’a, has managed to prevent the complete collapse of the Yemeni economy by maintaining its neutrality and independence from the warring parties, and continuing to bankroll the salaries of all public sector employees including army personnel regardless of which side they are fighting on.

After making multiple public statements that they intend to “relocate” the CBY, and despite the advice of the international community against any moves that jeopardize the independence of CBY, Hadi’s government sent an official letter on 30th of July to the IMF requesting the freezing of Yemen reserves and to stop adopting the signature of CBY’s current governor and vice governor.

Houthi/Saleh Moves

As for the Houthi/Saleh alliance, their moves will be on the political and military fronts. On the military front, the Houthi/Saleh alliance have launched an offensive deep into the rural areas of Taiz governorate bordering Lahj in an attempt to take control of the last remaining supplies route that connects Taiz to the south. In addition to Taiz, the Saleh/Houthi alliance are likely to deploy more forces on the Mareb front, while trying to hold their positions on the Jawf, Shabwa and AlBaydhah fronts.

Perhaps more importantly, the coming period is expected to witness active political steps by the Houthi/Saleh alliance. This has already started with the announcement of a 10-member Supreme Political Council formed by the General People’s Congress (GPC, Saleh’s party) and the Houthis.

International community

In the absence of successful outcomes from the talks, the international community is increasingly pressured to look at an alternative “Plan B”. The most discussed plan B is to forget about a national peace agreement and begin working with local forces in the different regions of Yemen to establish security and stability wherever possible.

While both sides of the conflict know that they cannot achieve a complete victory from now until the next round of talks, it is heartbreaking that many hundreds (if not thousands) of lives will be lost simply to achieve a slightly better negotiating position in the next round – by Rafat Al-Akhali!The-Next-Moves-in-Yemens-Deadly-Chess-Game/tv2qr/57a882b10cf25744c57e8745

8.8.2016 – Middle East Eye (** A K)

Penniless Yemeni fighters desert front in droves as Hadi fails to pay up

As many ordinary residents put down their arms in Taiz, Salafi militias are rising up to fill their place

"The resistance stopped paying civilian fighters on several battle fronts, including [the strategically key battleground in] Haifan,” Aswad said.

“At the same time [as our money was cut], the soldiers continued to get money from the resistance and this created a dispute between the leadership and the civilian fighters,” Aswad said.

“Hundreds of civilians then started to flee the battle with their Kalashnikovs, while many others - like me - returned the Kalashnikovs to the leadership [and went home]."

According to Nael al-Adimi, a resistance leader in Taiz, some 5,000 of their fighters have left the battle in the last few months, largely due to funding shortages. He said there were about 10,000 armed men left but that he expected further desertions over the coming weeks.

"We do not have enough money to pay all fighters," Adimi said.

For almost a year, Hamoud al-Mikhafi, who led the Popular Resistance in Taiz, borrowed millions of dollars from local traders to supplement the fighters’ salaries, insisting that the money from Saudi Arabia was insufficient. In February, however, he left the country and severed the resistance’s main credit line.

When the fighters began to desert en masse earlier this year, however, the anti-Houthi forces found themselves outmatched and the whole district fell to the Houthis in July.

In desperation, the remaining fighters allied with Salafi militias, who reinforced the front but at a potentially heavy price.

They fiercely oppose the Shia Houthis but do not necessarily support Hadi – by Nasser Al-Sakkaf =

Comment by Judith Brown: There are also reports today of new Yemeni troops - 200 of them - entering Yemen after training by UAE. Now on the other hand we hear that Hadi's troops are deserting because they haven't been paid. I guess most of them are only fighting for money - Hadi is not the sort of figure that inspires men of any nationality to risk their lives for him. The UAE and Saudi nationals first used gave up and Saudi is now only using paid mercenaries - including Yemenis - and UAE has virtually left the scene although they are at pains to avoid saying so.

7.8.2016 – National Interest (** B C P T)

This Isn't Saudi Arabia's First ISIS Problem

Since the appearance of the self-described Islamic State—formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)—many analysts tried to trace its political, historical, and ideological genesis. In this article I will draw the attention to some striking parallels between ISIL and the Saudi Ikhwan, another group of terrorists who tormented large populations in the Middle East between 1912–1930, and finally turned against their own patron, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, the founder of today’s Saudi Arabia, after many years of working together to promote their mutual interests: Ibn Saud’s quest to subdue the Arabian Peninsula and the Ikhwan’s mission to impose their rigid interpretation of Islam on its defenseless communities.

In his quest to restore the lost rule of his ancestors, Ibn Saud (1875-1953) initiated a military campaign that successfully helped him in conquering Riyadh in 1902 and large areas in Najd, the central area of today’s Saudi Arabia. The magnitude of his ambition to conquer vast territories required a strong and extremely loyal army. He then began to recruit the Bedouins of Arabia into a militant religious cult called the Ikhwan and turned their nomadic lifestyle into living in group dwellings called the hujer.

The fact that they turned against Ibn Saud does not negate his culpability as the man who whisked them out of their areligious nomadic life, radicalized them with the most venomous Islamist ideology, drilled in their heads an assortment of communities as enemies of Islam, and unleashed their rage and enthusiasm for bloodshed and plunder for many years, using their wins to build his monarchy.

Like their ancestor, the current Saudi Monarchy found in the cruel terrorists of ISIL very useful tools to weaken their enemies (former Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki and Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad). The utility of ISIL in breaking these two enemies and facilitating their replacement with pro-Saudi regimes

The argument that Saudi Arabia fights terrorism and it is a target of terrorism does not negate this narrative, but dovetails nicely with it. While the Saudi Kingdom does fight terrorism on its soil, its foreign-policy behavior moves in the opposite direction. From Iraq to Syria, Yemen and South Asia, the Saudis provided terrorists with money, media support, political backing, and lethal religious ideology

Now, one century down the line, the resurrection of the Saudi Ikhwan in the form of ISIL is by no means alien to Saudi policies of temporarily favoring a combination of Wahhabi religious ideology and the militant propensities of dispossessed Muslims as proxies against their regional rivals – by Abbas Kadhim

cp2 Allgemein / General

9.8.2016 – Yemen Updates (A K)

Saudi-led coalition suspended all flights from/to Sanaa Airport for 72hrs including the UN humanitarian air service.

Comment: The closing of Sanaa airport (by Saudi Arabia) halted also humanitarian aid entering Yemen. This is a crime against a starving, dying, wounded nation.
‪#‎UN is partner in crime allowing this to happen.

9.8.2016 – Junge Welt (* A K P)

Der Krieg ist zurück

Unrealistischer Vorschlag der UNO sprengt jemenitische Friedensgespräche in Kuwait

Nach dem Abbruch der Verhandlungen zwischen den jemenitischen Bürgerkriegsparteien hat Saudi-Arabien seine Luftangriffe verstärkt wieder aufgenommen. Kampfflugzeuge des Königreichs attackierten am Sonntag mindestens 30 Ziele in mehreren Landesteilen, darunter auch in der Hauptstadt Sanaa. Gleichzeitig hat die von den Saudis finanziell und militärisch unterstützte Regierung von Präsident Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi östlich von Sanaa eine Offensive mit dem Ziel begonnen, eine strategisch wichtige Straße zur Hauptstadt unter Kontrolle zu bringen und wieder passierbar zu machen.

[Erstaunlich] ist der »Vermittlungsvorschlag«, den UN-Sonderbotschafter Ismail Ould Scheich Ahmed vor zehn Tagen präsentierte: Schiiten und Saleh-Anhänger sollen ihre schweren Waffen abliefern und sich aus allen seit September 2014 eroberten Städten zurückziehen. Erst anschließend sollen Gespräche über eine politische Lösung beginnen. Damit wären die Verbündeten ihren Gegnern gegenüber entscheidend geschwächt – und ihnen ohne Garantien der UNO ausgeliefert. Ansarullah und Salehs Volkskongress fordern deshalb, dass zuerst eine gemeinsame Regierung gebildet und im Konsens ein neuer Präsident bestimmt werden muss. Sie haben ein paritätisch besetztes zehnköpfiges Gremiums gebildet, das praktisch eine provisorische Regierung für die von ihnen beherrschten Gebiete ist – von Knuth Mellenthin

Kommentar: Kurz und knackig erklärt, woran die Friedengespräche gescheitert sind.

8.8.2016 – NZZ (A K P)

Jemen ohne Friedensaussicht

In Kuwait haben Huthi mit jemenitischen Regierungsvertretern gesprochen – sporadisch. Nun ist dieser Dialog kollabiert. Dafür wird in Jemen wieder vermehrt gekämpft.

Kommentar: Mellenthin war besser. Und den fehler, von „Schiiten“ im jemen zu reden, kann man offenbar nicht loswerden.

8.8.2016 – Jamila Hanan (A K)

Saudis declaring all Houthis as targets warning everyone in #Yemen to stay away from them,excuse for more war crimes

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: With coalition audaciously declaring will target any location where Houthis present, expect more massacres. #Yemen

Comment by Yemeni Patriotism: How ridiculous. in every house there is a houthi. therefor they need to destroy all houses in YE. Just leave us alone

9.8.2016 – Asia Times (* A K P)

More lives at risk as Yemen’s warring parties play deadly chess game

The Houthis’ Revolutionary Committee and Saleh’s GPC party have formed a 10-member Supreme Council, which can very well be seen as an attempt to legitimize the Houthi rule and divide Yemen into two “states.”

The irony of the conflict is that both sides are fighting war and both of them lack popular credibility. The Houthis are demanding share in power because of being marginalized for years. Saudi Arabia is projecting Hadi’s government as “legitimate” though the UN-monitored election had taken place without any opposition on the ground.

With Hadi having already resigned a year and a half ago, and his official term in office expired even before that, the government’s claim of being the “legitimate” rulers of Yemen has been contested.

While a U.N. spokesperson warned that the formation of a coalition would reverse substantial gains made during the peace process, the parties involved in talks and the peace terms set by them lacked the potential to yield any result other than break-up at some point leading to escalation of war.

For instance, while negotiations were going on between the Houthis and Hadi, Ali Saleh was never made part of it. The decision by the House of Saud to exclude him from the talks was a fatal mistake.

What is more, Riyadh and Washington believed that Saleh was at loggerheads with the Houthis and the consequent inaction indirectly paved the way for the “unitary administration.” – by Salman Rafi

8.8.2016 – Xinhua (* A K P)

News Analysis: Peace not likely at short nor medium terms in Yemen

Observers argued that there is no peace at sight at the short-and medium-terms.

The Yemeni factions along with the international community backing the peace process have not come to the point yet which addresses the main reason for conflict, negative roles of regional powers and the gap between the factions, they said.

Observers see that the main reason for the conflict is the focus of all factions on their quotas in power at the expense of the public interests and the country's stability.

Yaseen Al-Tamimi, a political writer and analyst, said the Yemeni factions are very stubborn and don't like to make concessions.

"There will not be peace if the factions can't make concessions and put the country's interest above anything else," he said.

"Another roadblock to peace in Yemen is the roles of regional powers that are inflaming and investing in chaos. These powers are using Yemen as a card in their struggle for influence in the region," he said.

The Houthi group and ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh formed a political council to run cities under their control.

Adel Al-Shuja'a, a political analyst, said the council was a good sign as it comes in line with UN resolutions on Yemen.

"It called for disbanding the Houthi supreme revolutionary committee and constitutional declaration that the UN insisted on the Houthis to disband," he said.

"Moreover, the council reflects the readiness of the Houthis and the GPC to continue peace talks. It will be the official body at talks," Al-Shuja'a elaborated.

Comment: Opinions of several observers.

8.8.2016 – Yemen peace Project (A K P)

[A short survey of Aug. 1–7]

7.8.2016 – Al Monitor (* A K P)

Saudi Arabia's moment of truth in Yemen

Saudi Arabia is facing a critical decision point in its war in Yemen. The political process to resolve the crisis between Yemen's warring parties is failing. King Salman bin Adbul-Aziz Al Saud will have to decide whether to escalate the war against the rebel alliance or settle for de facto partition of the country. He may choose to dither. He has three options to choose from on Yemen, none of them good.

Some commentators in the kingdom are suggesting a fallback option for the war. Riyadh would accept a partition of the country, leaving the Houthis in charge of the north indefinitely while a pro-Saudi southern state gets international legitimacy. This south Yemen state would become a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Saudi Arabia would have de facto control of the crucial Bab al-Mandab Strait in such a scenario. It would be a long-term means to contain the Houthi challenge.

The easiest choice for the kingdom is to muddle along and make no decision. The monarchy would refuse any transitional government and emphasize that the war has prevented an Iranian takeover of Yemen. Playing the Iran card keeps up public support for the war and rallies the bulk of the Gulf Cooperation Council behind it. It greatly exaggerates the Iranians' role in Yemen, but that is not the question for the king. He can use an Iranian threat indefinitely – by Bruce Riedel

7.8.2016 – Dr. Karim (A K)

Over the past 16 months #Yemen has been transformed into a grand moratorium. Under Riyadh’s blockade! (more text in image)

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

9.8.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K P)

Humanitarian crisis to go on in Yemen without world attention: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Edward Corrigan, an international human rights lawyer, to discuss a warning by the Norwegian Refugee Council about a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Yemen.

Now, with the breakdown of peace talks, we’re seeing an escalation of humanitarian crisis.

But, unfortunately, for the most part the world is ignoring this. The United States, Britain, the other major powers are not really directing attention to this. I think their attention is focused on other areas, certainly Turkey, what’s going on with the refugee crisis in Europe.

So, we need to get the peace talks back on track. I think they should be sent to Oman, which so far has been the only country that’s really been sort of neutral in this whole process, and we need to get the Saudis to stop attacking marketplaces, schools, hospitals as they’ve been it’s been well-documented.

Saudi Arabia certainly is punishing the entire population of Yemen as a result of their intervention.

9.8.2016 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H)

Yemen Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 14 | As of 31 July 2016

Following escalation of hostilities in Taizz, the Humanitarian Coordinator calls on parties to agree on a humanitarian pause.

Shortages of food and basic commodities continue to be recorded in markets.

Emergency obstetric and newborn care in Ibb is strengthened through the provision of equipment distributed to 16 health facilities.

The CERF allocates $13 million to Yemen and in full:

8.8.2016 – Red Cross (A H)

Rains and flash floods in Yemen are compounding suffering and giving rise to Malaria as per reports received from ICRC supported hospitals

8.8.2016 – World Health Organization (A H)

WHO expands its presence in Hodeida governorate

WHO has established a humanitarian hub in Hodeida governorate, together with United Nations agencies, including the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Development Programme.

The new office will further enhance the presence of WHO in Hodeida and neighbouring governorates, including Hajjah, Al-Mahweet and Raima.

WHO’s scaled-up presence in Hodeida comes as the governorate suffers from a seasonal outbreak of diseases, deteriorating nutritional status, loss of electricity with weak health services and lack of essential health needs such as water, sanitation and food. These challenges have been further aggravated by the arrival of more than 100 000 displaced people to Hodeida, mostly from Sa'ada and Hajjah. =

8.8.2016 – WAM (A H)

ERC delivers nine vehicles to combat epidemics in Aden

Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has provided local authorities in Aden with nine special vehicles for combating epidemics that have spread across the governorate, such as dengue fever and malaria, due to the difficult conditions triggered by recent events.

7.8.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A H)

Guys, anyone know a good facial trauma reconstruction doctor whom can advise online by checking x-rays of #Yemen -i kid took bullet to face?

Comment: Today’s Yemen.

7.8.2016 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A H)

Film: No food, medical aid and medicines allowed to enter Yemen due to air-sea-land embargo imposed by Saudis against Yemen for over 500 days.
The story of Iman Abdullah Al-Marony, a mother of seven, who has been bed-ridden for a year due a broken spine.

6.9.2016 – Xinhua (A H)

Slideshow: Daily life of poor familiy in Yemen

Comment: It is a slide-show of Yemen in 2012 when the country was already starved and famined.
The times when international donors met in Ryadh and pledged 6.4 billion dollars in aid.
2 and a half years later most of those countries (headed by the same Saudis) started bombing Yemen.
In the name of 'restoring democracy'.
Yemen has been abandoned by everyone, starting from the United Nations

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

9.8.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemeni President Saleh Samad appealing to UN&whole world for stopping US-backed Saudi war crimes against his country

Comment: A new president for the Houthi held part of Yemen.

8.8.2016 – Alwaght (* A P)

Supreme Political Council only Legitimate Authority in Yemen: Yemeni Official

Alwaght has conducted an interview with Ahmed al-Jaishi, the press secretary of Yemen’s General People’s Congress party on an array of issues including the surprising Russia's Security Council stances on Yemen, founding the Yemeni Supreme Political Council and its duties, the intra-Yemeni negotiations, and the efforts of the UN envoy to Yemen.

In fact, there is a constitutional vacuum in Yemen like what pushed Hadi to violate the Persian Gulf Arab states' initiative which made him a temporary president for only two years but he extended his presidency two more years. He then resigned and later claimed he was president of the country. Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia and asked Riyadh to intervene militarily in Yemen, although the aggression was preplanned and actually Hadi was an excuse.

The (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council suspended the Yemeni constitution and replaced it with its own laws. After a year and a half of epic resistance and making gains on the ground against the aggressors, and after a year and a half of administration of the state organizations according to revolutionary methods, it is now our right to withhold the constitutional legitimacy from those who claim it while they are abroad. We add it to our institutions inside Yemen. We are on the ground in Yemen and we are managing the government institutions. The nation needs army, needs police, needs help and security. It is us who administrate all these works on the ground. Now it is time to fill the vacuum as the country lacks constitution. =

8.8.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

Yemen's National Security just arrested 17 in capital Sanaa yesterday as members of a British spy cell. And now this UK SOF in Syria thing,

8.8.2016 – Mohammed Basha (A K P)

#Houthi activists state #GPC, #Ansaruallah, and their parliamentary allies are stuck in Muscat #Oman unable to fly to Sana'a #Yemen

8.8.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Parliament to convene next week

The Parliament Presidency held a meeting on Monday and decided to convene in the next week.
Chaired by Speaker Yahya al-Raei, the Parliament Presidency summoned the members to the session to be held on Saturday, August 13th.
The Parliament Presidency welcomed the formation of the Supreme Political Council (SPC), stressing the formation of the Council under the current circumstances comes in response to the wishes and aspirations of the Yemeni people.

Comment: What a parliament is this?

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

9.8.2016 – Middle east Eye (A T)

Al-Qaeda forced out

Coalition strikes have also forced al-Qaeda fighters out of a key town in southern Yemen, a security official said on Tuesday.
"Al-Qaeda militants have withdrawn from Azzan, the second city in Shabwa province, after coalition raids targeted their gatherings in the city" on Monday night, the official told AFP.
A resident said by telephone that the militants had retreated northwards and "no longer have a presence" in Azzan.

8.8.2016 – Reuters (A T)

Residents in Azzan in Yemen's southern Shabwa province said Al Qaeda militants had dismantled their checkpoints and had withdrawn from the city on Tuesday following air strikes - apparently by the Saudi-led coalition forces - targeting their positions there.

8.8.2016 – Saba Net (A T)

Two killed in blast in Shabwa

At least two citizens were killed on Monday and two others injured in a blast of an explosive device in al-Ssaid district of Shabwa province.
A local official explained that an explosive device planted next to Mosina’a School exploded, which led to the killing of Saddam Ali Hersi al-Tosi and Mohammed Saeed Hersi al-Tosi and wounding of Saleh Mohammed Maqlam and Ali Mubarak al-Dahbol.

8.8.2016 – IANS (A T)

Suicide bombing kills 10 in Yemen

At least 10 pro-government soldiers were killed and over 18 others injured when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-laden car amid anti-terror army reinforcements in Yemen's Lahj province on Sunday, a security official said.

According to security officials, the soldiers clashed with a group of masked assailants when they launched an armed attack. No group has so far claimed the attack, Xinhuanews agency reported.

The armed attack was later repelled and several of the assailants were injured.

In Aden, Yemeni-Saudi military preparations were ongoing for a new anti-terror offensive to flush out al-Qaedaterrorists from Abyan province and southern areas around, said government officials.

7.8.2016 – Al Araby (A T)

Suicide bomber kills five soldiers in south Yemen

A suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a large group of army reinforcements in south Yemen on Sunday, killing five soldiers.

Another seven soldiers were wounded in the attack targeting troops who had been sent from the main southern city of Aden to Lahj province to fight extremists.

A military official said it was unclear whether the attack had been carried out by al-Qaeda or the Islamic State group, both of which have gained ground in the south and claimed deadly anti-government assaults in the past.

The bombing came hours after clashes between troops and extremists in Lahj, the military officials told AFP,adding that Saudi-led coalition jets also took part in the fighting.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

9.8.2016 – Inner City Press (A P)

On #Yemen ICP asks #BanKiMoon spox of new Saudi airstrikes, he's “unable at this time to independently verify”

Comment by Dr. Karim: #UN spin: unable to verify, then after months of investigation reports, then take Saudi off the ChildKillers list

8.8.2016 – Al Arabiya (A P)

We did not fail in Yemen: UN envoy

UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on Monday said “There is no alternative to a political solution in Yemen,” adding at a press conference in Saudi Arabia that “a military solution will not be possible.”

He called, during the conference with the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Iyad Madani, for reaching a political solution to the conflict in war-torn Yemen.

The coming period "will be allocated to reaching a comprehensive solution” to the crisis, he said, going on to call for the implementation of UN resolutions for resolving the Yemeni conflict.

The UN envoy insisted that peace talks between the Yemeni government and Houthis have not failed.

8.8.2016 – Gulf News (A P)

Kuwaiti Emir receives UN Special Envoy to Yemen

UN official expresses gratitude to Kuwait Emir

7.8.2016 – Tribune of Oman (A P)

Yemen team all praise for Oman role in talks

The Yemeni delegation of Ansar Allah group and the General People›s Congress (GPC), here on Sunday en route to Yemen after UN peace negotiations in Kuwait, were all praise for the Sultanate for its efforts to resolve the crisis there.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / See cp1

8.8.2016 – Medium (* A E)

Hariri firm in Saudi Arabia ‘facing bankruptcy’

Saudi Arabia’s second-largest construction firm is likely to declare itself bankrupt, the Saudi Gazette reported today. For several months now, Saudi Oger, the debt-ridden company headed by Lebanese politician Saad Hariri, has failed to pay tens of thousands of its workers — many of them expatriate labourers from India and the Philippines.

Although some workers are eager to leave Saudi Arabia as soon as the authorities grant them exit visas, others are reluctant to leave without their unpaid wages and have been getting into debt while they wait. The situation took a turn for the worse last month when camps where some of the Indian expatriate workers live stopped providing them with food — reportedly because Saudi Oger owed money to the caterers. It also emerged that workers’ health insurance had been suspended and garbage collection from the camps halted because of non-payment.

On Saturday, The Hindu newspaper reported — perhaps prematurely — that the problems of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia had been “resolved”. It quoted the Saudi ambassador in New Delhi as saying that all workers affected by the Saudi Oger affair would be fed, have papers arranged and would be flown back to India, if required, at the expense of the Saudi government – by Brian Whitaker

8.8.2016 – Fars News (A K)

Whistle-Blower: Saudis Exhausted by Ground Battle in Yemen

Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, disclosed that officials in Riyadh have eventually arrived at the conclusion that the war in Yemen is useless given the Ansarullah forces' strong resistance.

"The Saudi officials have come to this conclusion that the ground war against the Houthis (Ansarullah) will lead to their further defeats and failures and the best way would be to only continue the airstrikes," Mujtahid wrote on his twitter page on Monday.

He also referred to the Saudi princes' plans to evacuate Yemen's bordering areas, and said since the Yemeni and Saudi bordering areas are hosting a big population, the Saudis are attempting to make them empty of residents.

"If one day the war ends, the local residents will not be allowed to return to their homes and the territories of those regions will be divided among the most influential Saudi princes," Mujtahid said.

cp9 USA

9.8.2016 – Nachdenkseiten (* B P)

Medien als Kriegssprachrohr

Obwohl zahlreiche Staaten weiterhin von US-amerikanischen Drohnen bombardiert werden, hört man nur selten davon. Der Drohnen-Krieg der Vereinigten Staaten, laut Noam Chomsky die „mörderischste Terror-Kampagne der Gegenwart“, findet seit mittlerweile fast fünfzehn Jahren im Schatten der medialen Öffentlichkeit statt. Meist, wenn überhaupt, werden Drohnen-Angriffe nur in den Randmeldungen der Gazetten erwähnt. Die Opfer werden dabei stets als „angebliche Militante“ oder „mutmaßliche Terroristen“ entmenschlicht

Im vergangenen Jahr machte Jeffrey Bachman, Dozent an der School of International Service in Washington, anhand einer Studie deutlich, dass sowohl die New York Times als auch die Washington Post, die Flaggschiffe der US-amerikanischen Medienlandschaft, in ihrer Drohnen-Berichterstattung versagt haben. Während in den untersuchten Fällen etwa deutlich wurde, dass durch Drohnen-Angriffe in Pakistan oder im Jemen Zivilisten getötet wurden, bestanden die beiden Zeitungen weiterhin auf die offiziellen Narrative der US-Regierung – und tun dies auch weiterhin. Emran Feroz sprach mit Bachman über die kritikwürdige Berichterstattung.

7.8.2016 – NTV (* A K)

USA veröffentlichen Drohnen-Handbuch

Die USA setzen Drohnen nicht nur in Gebieten ein, in denen sie Krieg führen. Auch in Pakistan, Libyen und Somalia kommen sie zum Einsatz. Welche Regeln dafür gelten, macht die Regierung nun öffentlich - auf Druck von Bürgerrechtlern.

Auf Druck einer Bürgerrechtsorganisation hat die US-Regierung ihre bisher geheime Anleitung für Drohnenangriffe außerhalb der offiziellen Kriegsgebiete veröffentlicht. Das 18-seitige Handbuch der Regierung von Präsident Barack Obama, das von der Bürgerrechtsorganisation ACLU veröffentlicht wurde, enthält neue Einzelheiten zur Genehmigung der Angriffe mit unbemannten Flugzeugen in Ländern wie Pakistan, Libyen, Somalia und dem Jemen, in denen die US-Streitkräfte nicht offiziell Krieg führen.

"Handlungen, einschließlich tödliche Handlungen, gegen designierte Terrorziele sollten so gezielt und präzise wie vernünftigerweise möglich erfolgen", heißt es in dem Handbuch. Jeder Angriff auf Terrorziele außerhalb der offiziellen Kriegsgebiete muss demnach vom Präsidenten persönlich gebilligt werden. Die Pläne müssen rechtlich detailliert geprüft werden, bevor sie an den Nationalen Sicherheitsrat und den Präsidenten gehen.

Mit Ausnahme "außergewöhnlicher Umstände" dürfen Drohnenangriffe laut dem Handbuch nur erfolgen, wenn es "praktisch Gewissheit" gibt, dass keine Zivilisten dabei zu Schaden kommen. Bei der Genehmigung von Drohnenangriffen soll zudem die Souveränität anderer Staaten berücksichtigt werden. und von Tagesschau:

Kommentar: Die beiden letzten hier zitierten Sätze: LOL. Die Realität sieht genau anders aus.

7.8.2016 – Politico (* A K P)

Obama releases drone strike 'playbook'

President Barack Obama has to personally approve the killing of a U.S. citizen targeted for a lethal drone strike outside combat areas, according to a policy Obama adopted in 2013.

The president also is called upon to approve drone strikes against permanent residents of the U.S. and when "there is a lack of consensus" among agency chiefs about whom to target, but in other cases he is simply "apprised" of the targeting decision, the newly-disclosed document shows.

The presidential policy guidance on drone strikes, often called the drone "playbook," was disclosed in an edited form Friday night in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.

When Obama approved the guidance in May 2013, the White House issued a fact sheet about the policy, but declined to release the document itself—even in a redacted form.

However, a series of decisions from a federal appeals court in New York and from lower court judges have made it more difficult for the government to withhold legal and policy documents when many of the details in them have been disclosed elsewhere, such as in speeches or press releases – by Josh Gerstein =

7.8.2016 – The Intercept (* A K P)

White House Finally Releases Its “Playbook” For Killing and Capturing Terror Suspects

The Obama administration has released its internal guidelines for how it decides to kill or capture alleged terrorists around the globe, three years after they came into effect. They provide a look at the drone war bureaucracy behind hundreds of strikes in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia and elsewhere, a system President Obama will hand off to his successor.

The guidelines show the process is concentrated at the White House, specifically in the National Security Council. They also describe the process for approving so-called signature strikes, where the target of the strike is not a known “high value terrorist,” but rather some other “terrorist target,” which could be a group of people exhibiting suspect behavior, or a vehicle, building or other infrastructure.

Amid all these procedural details, however, the presidential policy guidance, or “playbook,” as it has been called, does not provide new insight into when, where, and under what authorities someone can be killed, or what kind of intelligence is necessary to make that decision – by Cora Currier

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

5.8.2016 – The Ferret (* A K P)

Code on bomb debris links Scots firms to alleged war crime

A US arms multinational with a factory in Scotland has been linked to an alleged war crime in Yemen via a code found on a bomb fragment.

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that smart bombs with laser guidance systems made in Scotland have been fired at civilian areas in the war-torn nation.

Fragments of a missile found after it was dropped on a building where 52 people worked in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, reveal the bomb was made by Raytheon, an American multinational employing some 600 people in Glenrothes, Fife – by Billy Briggs

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

9.8.2016 – Defense News (* A K P)

Saudi Arabia Requests $1.15 Billion For Abrams Tanks, Hercules Vehicles

Saudi Arabia has requested to buy General Dynamics Land Systems-made M1A2S Abrams tanks and M88A1/A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (Hercules) Armored Recovery Vehicles (ARV) in a foreign military sale worth approximately $1.15 billion, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency statement Tuesday.

Congress was notified yesterday of the possible sale, which the State Department has approved. The notice does not mean the sale has been concluded.

The kingdom’s request includes up to 153 M1A1/A2 tanks for conversion to 133 M1A2S Saudi Abrams-configured main battle tanks, along with 20 replacements for vehicles damaged in battle.

The Saudi Arabian government also wants 20 Hercules ARVs.

In addition to the vehicles, Saudi Arabia is requesting 153 M2 .50 caliber machine guns, 266 7.62mm M240 machine guns and 153 smoke grenade launchers.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic regional partner which has been and continues to be a leading contributor of political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,” the notice from the DSCA states. “This sale will increase the Royal Saudi Land Force’s (RSLF) interoperability with U.S. forces and conveys U.S. commitment to Saudi Arabia's security and armed forces modernization.” – by Jen Judson

Comment: They still not got enough – well, the Yemen war is going on. The most depressing of the whole report is the DSCA ( statement. Even “hypocrisy” is too kind a word to label it.

9.8.2016 – Middle East Institute (** B K)

G.C.C. Military Spending in Era of Low Oil Prices

Dr. Jaroslaw Jarzabek explores military spending increases across G.C.C. states to illuminate the drivers for military expansion and spending in the region, and the relevance of these issues in a global context. The type of weaponry that is commonly purchased by G.C.C. states is not geared toward counterterrorism, but rather to external threats, largely emanating from Iran. While G.C.C. military spending spiked largely in tandem with high oil prices, the current drop in oil prices has yet to result in a reduction in military spending. The cost of G.C.C. military development continues to rise as regional tensions soar, and is potentially unsustainable as Gulf governments attempt to diversify their economies. A reduction in current high military expenditures is unlikely to occur without a broader calming in regional tensions, particularly with Iran – by Jaroslaw Jarzabek and in full:

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

9.8.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Djibouti: Inter-agency update for the response to the Yemeni situation #45 (16 – 31 July 2016)

According to the latest available statistics from IOM and the Government of Djibouti, a total of 36,162 persons of mixed nationalities have arrived in Djibouti as of end of July 2016 (since 26 March 2015). Of those, 19,636 persons (54 per cent) are Yemeni nationals, 14,562 (40 per cent) are transiting migrants and 1,964 persons (6 per cent) are Djiboutian returnees.

As at 31 July 2016, there are 3,585 refugees currently in Djibouti (pending forthcoming verification exercises in Obock town and Djibouti city). Markazi camp hosts over 1,400 refugees. and in full: =

cp13c Zentralbank / Central Bank

For the campaign of the Hadi government against the Central Bank see YPR 179, cp 13b

8.8.2016 – Reuters (** A E P)

EXCLUSIVE-Yemen's central bank denies irresponsible use of external reserves

WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Yemen's central bank said on Monday it was using state reserves in overseas banks responsibly after the Saudi-backed government, fighting a civil war, asked international financial institutions to deny the central bank access to the funds.

An Aug. 8 letter to Yemen's president from the central bank governor's office, seen by Reuters, said the central bank was carrying out its duties transparently and in accordance with international banking measures.

A civil war is raging between the Iran-allied Houthis, who control the capital where the bank is situated, and Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr's internationally recognized government based in the southern port city of Aden.

A report carried by the state-run news agency on Saturday cited an official in bin Daghr's office as saying the premier had received "confirmed information" that the central bank was tapping Yemeni foreign reserves held at banks in Europe and the United States after exhausting funds in Sanaa, the capital, and elsewhere for the war effort.

"Out of concern for the funds and belongings of the Yemeni people, and in order to preserve the remaining public funds, ... the Yemeni government has decided to take this step, which includes suspending dealing with Central Bank Governor Mohammed Awad bin Humam," the official was quoted as saying.

The Aug. 8 letter from the central bank, signed by bin Humam, said: "What was included in the Prime Minister's letter over the irresponsible use of the country's external reserves is baseless."

Bin Humam urged President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to ask the International Monetary Fund to name an international auditing firm to review the activities of the central bank, "whether those dealing with external reserves or internal operations." – by Yara Baroumy =

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: The honest man finally spoke after relentless campaign by corrupt #Yemen gov adamant on discrediting & ruining econ

For background, see also here:

9.8.2016 – Wall Street Journal (A E P)

Yemen’s Aden-based government has asked the International Monetary Fund to stop dealing with the war-torn country’s central bank and freeze its funds as a battle over state finances intensifies, according to a letter seen by The Wall Street Journal.

In a July 30 letter signed by Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Dagher, the government urges the fund’s Managing Director Christine Lagarde to freeze the San’a-based central bank’s balances until further notice and stop accepting the signatures ofMohamed Bin Humam, the central bank governor, and his deputy.

The letter, confirmed to be genuine by Saleh al-Hakami, an employee of the prime minister’s office, says Yemen’s central bank is using the country’s foreign exchange reserves “in an irresponsible manner.”

It doesn’t say what central bank actions were allegedly irresponsible or provide any further justification for the move – by Asa Fitch and Saleh Al-Batati

Comment: The article is already outdated as far as the reaction by the Central Bank itself is concerned.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / See cp6

cp15 Propaganda

9.8.2016 – The National UAE (A P)

Yemen’s prime minister praises support from UAE ‘brothers’

First, I would like to extend my gratitude to the UAE leadership and all the rulers of the emirates for standing firm with our country in light of recent circumstances. Thanks to the contribution of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition with the active participation of the UAE, we have been able to support and restore the legitimate government in Yemen.

The UAE has played a great positive role, standing alongside Yemen and the Arab family

9.8.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen’s Ousted President Seeks to Legitimize Political Council

Yemen’s Vice Premier, Abdul-Malik Al-Mekhlafi said that two countries were encouraging rebels’ intransigence during the latest peace talks in Kuwait. He accused Iran and another country, which he declined to name, of inciting the Houthi rebels to reject the peace deal proposed by U.N. Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. Mekhlafi noted, however, that the other state was not among the 18 countries sponsoring the peace negotiations in Kuwait.

On a different note, British State Minister for Middle East and Africa Tobias Ellwood said his country was concerned over Iranian support to the Houthis. In exclusive remarks to Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Ellwood said that reports showed that Iran has transferred weapons to the rebels, in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, which prohibits the Persian State from exporting arms.

Meanwhile in Yemen, Researcher and President of Al-Jazeera Center for Studies in Sanaa Dr. Najeeb Ghalab said that the decision to resume parliamentary sessions to vote on the establishment of the “political council” was an attempt to legitimize the rebellion.

In comments to Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Ghalab said: “Saleh is trying to legitimize the rebellion through the current constitution and to tie the hands of public institutions and parliament.” – by Arafat Madabesh and Saeed al-Abyad

Comment: Saudi paranoia towards Iran, or just a propaganda bias. British minister Ellwood up to now denies Saudi war crimes and is keen on selling British arms to Saudi Arabia. Of course, the Saudis like and cite him, but he certainly is far away from having told anything objective about the Yemen war. UN resolution just forbids arms exports to the Houthis, by no means arms exports by Iran to anywhere else in the world. – There would be no fault in legitimize the Houthi “rebellion” anyway.

9.8.2016 – Infographic KSA (A P)

A team of independent experts refutes allegations regarding the coalition’s operations in #Yemen

Comment by Jamila Hanan: #Saudi investigation refutes #Yemen evidence by #UN @hrw @msf @WFP and Saudi's investigation team is independent

Comment by Shireen Al-Adeimi: Definition of the day for #Saudi: A team composed of "members from coalition states" is NOT independent.

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: How Saudi-led coalition "independently" self investigates a handful of hundreds of crimes accused committing

Comment by zaynatabeeha: there's a rule that "no one can be a judge in their own court" since when do we ask murderers to investigate their crime

8.8.2016 – Ahmed Bin Daghar, Prime Minister of Hadi government (A P)

#HouthiRebels reject 2 apply the #UN resolution 2216, #UN & permanent members must push 4 it

Comment by Judith Brown: The view of Hadi and his friends. Intransigence and no care for Yemeni people.

8.8.2016 – Mary Wareham (A P)

#SaudiArabia condemns indiscriminate aerial bombardment in #Syria's #Aleppo Should look at its own actions in #Yemen

8.8.2016 – WAM (A P)

Mohamed bin Zayed receives Yemen's PM, hails strength of bilateral relations

Sheikh Mohamed hailed the existing strong bilateral relations between the UAE and Yemen. They also reviewed the fraternal relations and the growing mutual co-operation in the best interests of the two fraternal countries and peoples.

Sheikh Mohamed confirmed the supportive stance of the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the Yemeni people to overcome the security and economic challenges, and achieve national aspirations to rebuild what was destroyed by the rebels.

He also indicated that the UAE supports all the measures taken by the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, to restore the security and legitimacy to Yemen, and defeat the rebel and coup entities that cause havoc, destruction and threaten the security and stability of the region, while working on prospects of peaceful settlement to reach a comprehensive political solution that puts an end to the suffering of the people of Yemen.

Comment: Yes, yes, yes.

8.8.2016 – AWD News (A P)

Saudis confess defeat in Yemen

Saudi media reported that the former director of Al-Arabiyan TV Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed said the war in Yemen may last for years he likened it to the US war in Afghanistan, which lasted for fifteen years, considering that Yemen and Afghanistan are alike in terms of rugged terrain and the large role for the tribes, and foreign interventions.

Comment: An article in a Saudi media (see YPR 178, cp15) as reflected in an anti-Saudi media.

8.8.2016 – Arab News (A P)

Rights groups losing credibility

It is very easy to comment on the ongoing conflict in Yemen and the role of Saudi-led Arab military alliance. I believe that before passing judgment, so-called experts need to understand the scenario that led to the military intervention.
The coalition was formed following the ouster of the legitimate government in Yemen at the hands of the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. These rebels supported by Iran joined hands with deposed Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh to destabilize the country and had also started threatening Saudi Arabia’s border areas.
It was all part for Iranian plan to expand its tentacles in the Arab world and to encircle Saudi Arabia, which is undoubtedly the leader of the Muslim world.

The Iranians are working hard to take control of the region.

While the whole world stood on the fence watching the legitimate government in Yemen driven out of power, Saudi Arabia and its allies decided to take action to restore peace to the country.
That is why, the reports, issued by the UN, HRW and Amnesty International, targeting Saudi Arabia seem to be out of context and biased. It is directed at the wrong side of the conflict. Saudi Arabia and its allies are the ones working hard and putting their citizens on the line of fire to save the children of Yemen, to save its future from those who are looking at the whole situation as a part of a game they are playing to gain power, from those who would not think twice or hesitate to use children and women as human shields.

Despite all this, Saudi Arabia and its allies are resolved to spare no efforts in saving Yemen, and saving its children. No political games would stand in the face of this goal – by Saad Al-Dosari

Comment: Who should be convinced by such an exaggerated piece of propaganda? Why the rights groups should have lost credibility is only indirectly told in this article. The Iranian card, the Houthis destabilizing Yemen, president Hadi’s “legitimacy” are the well known elements propaganda. “action to restore peace” is Orwellian: by bombing a country for 15 month and imposing a blockade? The Saudis would “save the children of Yemen”? By bombing them, killing them, wounding them, killing their relatives, making them orphans, destroying the houses their families live in, by making them refugees, by cutting them off from food and medical supplies, by destroying their schools???

The “human shields” allegation to the Houthis is rather odd, as all sides are using civilians as “humanitarian shields” in this conflict, and the Houthis always are labeled as “rebels”, not as a regular army. And one thing more, be aware that the Houthi attacks against Saudi territory just started AFTER the Saudi air attacks against Yemen. You should not confuse cause with effect. “Efforts in saving Yemen”: saving by bombing, maiming, killing, destroying and starving out.

Saudi Arabia “is undoubtedly the leader of the Muslim world”: That’s an arrogation, respect! What is giving this position to them? Their money? Their unrivaled spreading of Wahabism? Megalomania? A democratic election by all Muslims? The fact that they achieved to occupy Mekka and Medina in 1924 by their terrorist Ikhwan fighters, the predecessors of IS (see cp1 and The fact that their money, their business sense and their bad taste destroyed historical Mekka to become a Las Vegas with minarets and an inflated Big Ben? So what?

Comment by Judith Brown: KSA is getting rattled at the criticism levelled at their actions in Yemen. Monstrous as their killing and destruction spree is, they still protest innocence.

8.8.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Saudi-led coalition: 80% of Yemen under government control

Eighty per cent of Yemen is under government control, the Anadolu Agency reported the spokesperson of the Saudi-led coalition saying yesterday.

Brigadier General Ahmed Al-Asiri said that “protecting the borders of the kingdom is a duty”, adding that the Houthis had attacked Saudi on numerous occasions.

Comment: The 80 % figure already already was told months ago – then and now as if Al Qaida would not exist in the South of Yemen.

Comment by Judith Brown: What RUBBISH!!! Only Aden is under any sort of government control with Yemen forces paid by Saudi Arabia - and officially under the control of the very unpopular Hadi - crowding the streets of Aden but nonetheless there are still frequent assassinations by extremist Sunni militias such as Al Qaeda and Daesh. The rest of Yemen is clearly under the control of various militia- the Houthis, Islah, local militias and tribes, and Al Qaeda - even Mukalla because al Qaeda left with weapons intact at the request of the Hadi led forces, and are now in nearby Shabwa and everyone knows they can return and make chaos whenever they want to do so. This filks is just downright lies.

7.8.2016 – Gulf News (A P)

Only UN-backed forces can bring peace to Yemen

Decision by Al Houthis and others to establish a governing council is a slap in the face for the entire UN Security Council

Since the beginning of June, Al Houthi rebels have attended talks on the future make-up of the government of Yemen and to try and restore normalcy after they illegally usurped the legitimate government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi some 20 months ago. That action, and their illegal seizure of power necessitated the United Nations Security Council to give its backing to an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia — and the UAE government and Armed Forces are proud to have played their part — to restore the legitimate government.

A sustained military campaign led to the Iranian-backed rebels and other forces also loyal to the former Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, agreeing to a ceasefire after the international coalition inflicted heavy defeats and regained ground lost to these illegal elements – by By Tariq A. Al Maeena

Comment: That is the normal propaganda of blaming the Houthis (for everything). The headline is misleading. UN Blue Helmets for Yemen would be an interesting idea to discuss about – but that’s not what you can find here.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

9.8.2016 – UNICEF (A K P)

Statement on the killings of children in recent escalation of violence in Yemen

“Four children were reportedly killed and three were injured on 7 August in the Nihm District, east of the Yemeni Capital, Sana’a.

UNICEF deplores such acts and urges all parties to exercise maximum caution and avoid civilian infrastructure.

“Children are paying the heaviest price of the conflict in Yemen.

9.8.2016 – Pars Today (A K PH)

Dutzende Tote nach Angriff saudischer Kampfjets auf Jemen

Saudische Kampfjets bombardierten am heutigen Dienstag eine Lebensmittelfabrik in Sanaa, wobei 14 Fabrikarbeiter getötet und Dutzende weitere verletzt wurden. Es wird befürchtet, dass sich die Opferzahl erhöht.

Des Weiteren wurde ein Gebiet des Distrikts Qatabir in der Provinz Saada angegriffen, wobei 7 Zivilisten getötet und 2 Frauen verletzt wurden.

Ferner griffen saudische Kampfjets heute Teile der Provinz Hajja im Nordwesten des Jemen an. Bei diesem Angriff kamen 3 Zivilisten ums Leben und einige weitere erlitten Verletzungen.

Auch bei einem weiteren Luftangriff auf eine Tankstelle in Makhadar in der Provinz Ibb wurden 2 Menschen getötet und zahlreiche weitere verletzt.

Saudische Jets bombardierten fünf Mal den Flughafen Taiz in der gleichnamigen Provinz, wobei 7 Menschen getötet wurden.

9.8.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K)

4 Yemenis killed 11 others injured by US-backed Saudi war criminals bombings in Hodeida city west of the country.

9.8.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K)

3Yemenis killed&15others injured by US-backed Saudi war criminals in different places of Ibb central Yemen

9.8.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee / Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K)

0ver 15 camels &4 herders killed US-backed Saudi war criminals bombing on Heratha area of Ibb central Yemen

Last night in Ibb, trucks loading camels were hit by KSA jets in Herath mountain area of Ibb. (images) and

9.8.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K)

7 Yemenis killed&others injured by US-backed Saudi war criminals bombing school in Wazeya of Taiz central Yemen.

9.8.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

New WAR CRIME: Mother & 3 daughters killed after Saudi airstrikes attack near civilian homes in #Yemen region Amran.

Comment: the photo does not fit, it belongs to an earlier air raid.

9.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes hit Sa'ada again

The Saudi fighter jets hit again on Tuesday Sa'ada province launching six air raids on different districts, a security official said.
The official added the warplanes pounded a plant nursery in al-And area and al-Talah area in Sehar district with two raids on each and two raids on Al al-Hamaqi in Baqem border district.
Earlier, the Saudi was jets launched many air raids on houses in Qataber district in the province, killing six people and wounding two women seriously.
They also waged a series of air raids on downtown of Sa'ada city and Majaz district.
The raids destroyed three houses in Majaz and caused huge damage to citizens' houses in Sa'ada city

9.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi raids kill three in Hajjah

Three people were killed on Tuesday in a Saudi bombing on Kushar district of Hajjah province, a security official said.

9.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression kills six, injure two in Sa'ada

Six people were killed on Tuesday in Saudi raids targeted their homes in Qataber district in Sa'ada province, a security official said.
The houses were completely destroyed, the official said, adding two women were also seriously injured.
The official pointed out that raids caused the deaths of a number of cattle and sheep in the targeted area, adding the Saudi warplanes waged two raids on al-Sonbolah community in Sehar district.
The raids caused the destruction of the community and made damage to the neighboring houses. and graphic images:

9.8.2016 – Hussian Albukhaiti (A K)

7 killed, 3 injured

9.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets launch raids on Amran

The Saudi fighter jets waged on Tuesday several air raids on the building of the Local Council in Amran province, a local official said.
The hostile raids targeted al-Tabah al-Hamrah area in Harf Sufyan district, Education office and al-Jeraf area in Khamer district in the province.
The official affirmed that the raids caused huge damage to houses and private and public properties in the two districts and Amran town.

9.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets waged raids on Belad al-Raws, Arhab

9.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on Sa'ada

9.8.2016 – Alalam (A K PH)

VIDEO: Watch Saudi Air Raids' New Crime in Yemen's Sanaa Province

At least 30 civilians have been killed and injured as Saudi fighter jets pounded several Yemeni provinces in a blatant violation of a UN-brokered ceasefire between the warring sides there.

Comment by Judith Brown: A view from the Houthi perspective - in Arabic but you can follow the pictures - the aerial bombardment and pixilated views of victims, Houthi fighters at work, and the new government in Sanaa. All very sad - Yemen needs peace so badly and the civilians do not want to be part of this war

9.8.2016 – Almasdar (A K )

At least three Yemeni civilians have been killed on early Tuesday morning when Saudi jets striked the northwestern Hajjah Province.

Early on Tuesday, Saud warplanes bombed an area in the Kushar district of northwestern Hajjah Province, killing three people and injuring several others, said Yemen’s al-Masirah television.

The report by Yemen’s al-Masirah also claimed that the Saudi air strikes hit the al-Sama’ military base in Sana’a Province as well as another military base in Ibb Province.

9.8.2016 – AP (* A K)

14 Arbeiter bei Luftangriff getötet

Bei einem Luftangriff in Jemen sind mindestens 14 Arbeiter einer Lebensmittelfabrik ums Leben gekommen. Flugzeuge der von Saudiarabien geführten Allianz hätten in der Nacht zum Dienstag Stellungen der Huthi-Rebellen in der Hauptstadt Sanaa bombardiert, dabei sei die auch nachts betriebene Fabrik Al-Akil getroffen worden, teilten Ärzte und ein Unternehmenssprecher mit. und Spiegel: und Bilder (18 +, Nichts für Sensible!): und und Filme: und

9.8.2016 – Reuters (* A K)

Saudi-led attacks on Yemeni capital resume, 13 killed, residents say

At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday in the first air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition on the Yemeni capital in five months, residents said, as the head of the U.N. expressed concern about the escalation in the fighting.

Fighting has intensified since U.N.-sponsored peace talks between the Houthis, backed by forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and the internationally recognized government ended on Saturday without an agreement.

Medics put the death toll at 13. Most of the casualties were women working at the al-Aqel potato chip factory in the Nahda district of the capital.

Residents said the factory was inside an army maintenance camp that had been hit by repeated air strikes since fighting began in March last year.

The Houthi-run news agency has put the death toll at seven, including five women, and said 13 people were injured. and images / Films (graphic): and and and

It seems still more had been killed at this factory:

9.8.2016 – Dr. Karim (A K)

Update: civilian death toll after #Saudi-led airstrike on Alagel food factory in Sanaa increased to 14

9.8.2016 – AP (* A K)

Yemen Official, Medics Say 14 Killed in Saudi-Led Airstrike

A Yemeni factory official and two medics say a Saudi-led airstrike killed 14 civilians working on an overnight shift in the capital, Sanaa.

They say the airstrikes, which continued into Tuesday, targeted Yemen's Shiite rebels but one of them hit a food factory, the al-Aqil compound. and by Deutsche Welle:

Comment: “targeted Yemen's Shiite rebels”: exactly that has to be doubted.

9.8.2016 – Xinhua (*A K)

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 15 food factory workers in Yemen's capital

A total of 15 food factory workers including six women were killed and eight others wounded in a series of Saudi-led airstrikes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Tuesday, a Xinhua correspondent at the scene reported.

The airstrikes destroyed the two food factory in Nahda quarter near the information ministry in downtown Sanaa.

Blood bath and bodies' parts were every where. Families of the victims crowded to search for their beloved relatives.

The relatives, women, children and men are crying. It's a brutal picture that cannot be imaged.

Sanaa, which is under control of Shiite Houthi group and it's ally forces of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, has witnessed almost five months of calm with no airstrikes recorded.

Today, Sanaa turned into mess after dozens of airstrikes since dawn, in which several military targets including the presidential palace, the 1st military division base in south part of the capital were hit.

The main mountain bridge road linking Sanaa and southern provinces was destroyed, cutting off travel and food supplies between them.

The airport was shut down, and roads leading to it were closed, security officers and airport official told Xinhua.

Families were seen on vehicles with their belongings leaving Sanaa.

Residents in downtown the capital could hear sounds of artillery shelling from the northeast part of Sanaa, where Saudi-backed Yemeni government army are advancing in military attempts to recapture the rebel-held capital.

The situation here turned suddenly to a completely war zone. Residents expected things to get more worst. Armed Houthi fighters deployed everywhere in the streets and tall buildings.

9.8.2016 – Yemen Updates (A K)

Airstrike attacks Al-Aqil factory in northern Sanaa leaving 16 workers reportedly killed. The same factory was hit earlier.

The 16 factory workers killed by airstrike today were all female as per a source in the family that owns the business. Catastrophe! and

Comment by Tina Zorman writes (and there is nothing more to add):

And Sana'a is bleeding again, apart from many Yemeni regions...around 2 dozens innocent civilians are killed daily in Yemen because of saudi airstrikes..but for the west it doesn't matter, as it doesnt happen in eu or us territory - and yes, more weapons will be sold, so everything is fine. It will be simply said : "We condemn the attack on civilians", while nothing will be done to prevent it.
16 female workers on a night shift in potato chips factory died in early hours this morning. What kind of danger they represented to the west?

Comment: it is doubtful whether that really have been 16 women. Other figures reported are 14 killed, including 5 women.

9.8.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

Today's MASSACRE: 16 civilians killed & 23 injured when Saudi airstrike attacked food factory in #Yemen capital (images) and more images: and film: and longer film:

9.8.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K)

7 Yemenis killed&others injured by US-backed Saudi war criminals bombing school in Wazeya of Taiz central Yemen.

9.8.2016 – Dr. Karim (* A K)

6 civilians killed, 2 women injured in #Saudi-led airstrikes on 2 houses in Qataber region #Sadaa

Civilian death toll of #Saudi-led airstrike on Qataber houses in #Saada increased to 7; 3 more wounded

9.8.2016 – Dr. Karim (* A K)

More than 100 #Saudi-led airstrikes on Sanaa, Hodaidah, Taiz, Ibb, Amran, Hajjah in the past few hours

9.8.2016 – Dissolution (A K)

#Saudi raids targets n #Yemen's capital this morning: 1. Al-Nahdeen military camp 2. Al-Sayanah neighborhood 3. 21-Sept park 4. Armour-ed HQ 5. presidential palace 6. al-Hafa mount 7. military college 8. potato chips factory and

9.8.2016 – Josephjo1221 (A K)

#Saudi airstrikes targeted Kushar province, 3 citizens killed today

9.8.2016 – Hussian Albukhaiti (A K PH)

2workers killed 1injurd by #Saudi #UAE CO strike on petrol Station in Almahkader area n Ibb central (images)

9.8.2016 – Hussian Albukhaiti (A K PH)

7 civilians killed 4 injured in #KSA #Saudi #UAE coalition strike on their car in AlWazeeaiyah area In #Taiz central #Yemen

9.8.2016 – – Various Twitter (A K): During the day

Saudi airstrikes targeted Mustaba in Hajja governorate #Yemen And many airstrikes targeted Shefer in Hodeida governorate w/ #Yemen

Sana'a still under heavy airstrikes f 7:55am till10:00 am, I've counted5 massive explosions, some said they heard more

The area where the TV Station is that is al-Jraf was targeted by an air strike

An airstrike just next to me in Al-Nahdin while driving to work. #Yemen #Sanaa

2 sorties on the presidential area in the middle of the capital (7:55am),many ppl stayed at home today & didn't go to work..

Capital on FIRE: 17 Saudi airstrikes devastate millions lives in Sanaa today in fiercest attacks in months.

Saudi jets dropped bomb within a 100 meters of friend's home in Sana'a now. Scumbags.

#Saudi #UAE led CO has just conducted a strike on Alnahdah district west #Sanaa city

Two huge explosions north #Sanaa few minutes apart

9.-8.8.2016 – Various Twitter (A K): During the night

My bed literally shock after a massive airstrike a minute ago #Sanaa.

Multiple AirStrikes on military compounds in #Sanaa &its rurals,southern entrance to the capital from Sanhan closed after 3 strikes

Media: At least 35 Houthi militants and probably inmates were killed and injured in airstrike on the Political Security Prison in Hodeidah

Sada'a now under heavy air strikes 1:20Am

Local Sources: Huge blasts rock Murais frontline, northern Al-Dhale'e governorate.

6 Saudi airstrikes in 15 minutes attack suburb of #Yemen capital causing huge explosions waking children in fear after midnight.

no attack on the airport itself till now but locations near to it. Airport is intact for now

58strikes on Nehim alone E #Sanaa 43strikes on other part n

8.8.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Awwh, how very reminiscent of old days, my house shaking to relentless & indiscriminate Saudi bombing raids. *Grabs popcorn*

I sort of miss sleeping in basement anyway. Thanks to UN removing Saudi from blacklist, worse impunity now

Now that rain and thunder have stopped, sound of bombs being dropped by Saudi jets on city limits clearly audible. It's 1AM here

8.8.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Breaking :3 #Saudi air strikes targeted a neighborhood next to army base called Alsobaha in Sanaa #Yemen Sanaa is under massive explosions

Breaking : #Saudi air strike targeted Alganad district in Taiz city

I told my friend "it seems that we r lucky coz there is no jets around our city' But unfortunately #Saudi jets are over my city Dhamar now

Breaking : #Saudi jets targeted Kasher district in Haja city

#Breaking:3 #Saudi air strikes on a government building in #Amran city #Yemen It is a horrible day.

5 minutes ago, My friend told me that #Saudi jets are targeting #Sadaa airport #Yemen He was so scared of the massive explosions

Breaking: 2 #Saudi air strikes reported in Ibb city

#Breaking: #Saudi air strike targeted a small market for fridge and vegetables in Sehar district #Sadaa

Breaking : more than 12 #Saudi airstrikes targeted Mokha district in #Taiz

8.8.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Calm now. Bet jets refueling/reloading bombs. Official coalition's order suspending Sana'a flights bad sign (image of document)

Sounds like another Saudi bombing on Sana'a airport planned soon. But no more passenger jets to bomb now :) and

8.8.2016 – Shuaib M. Almosawa (A K)

So, Sana’a airport officials said that they canceled all flights due to Saudi "threats".

8.8.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance.

Casualties and Damages (full list):

7.8.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A K)

Riyadh lunacy : #Saudi jets obliterate small Saudi town of Al Huthaira near border, after it fell to #Yemen forces. 16°25'49"N 42°56'17"E

43 airstrikes on a town barely 200m across. Crazy. and

7.8.2016 – Reuters (* A K)

Saudi-led coalition launches 30 air strikes in Yemen - residents

A Saudi-led military coalition carried out around 30 air strikes throughout Yemen on Sunday, residents said, a day after U.N. talks to end a civil war there expired without achieving peace.

The bombings were aimed at Yemen's armed Houthi movement in Sanaa, Saada, Jawf, Hajja and Taiz provinces, stretching from the country's far north to coastal south.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the strikes, which were carried out largely in remote war zones.

But on battlefronts in two areas northeast of the capital Sanaa and in southern Bayda province, local officials said about 40 fighters were killed from both sides in renewed clashes.

Comment by Judith Brown: Saudi Arabia announced they were going to intensify their attacks - and they have apparently.

Comment: “were aimed at Yemen's armed Houthi movement”: that is bullshit. “no immediate reports of casualties”: there, are, 15 civilians from Nihm, look here:

8.8.2016 – Sputnik News (* A K)

Jemen: Dutzende Tote bei Luftangriff arabischer Koalition auf Markt

Bei einem Luftangriff der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Militärkoalition in der jemenitischen Provinz Sana sind mindestens 30 Menschen, darunter Frauen und Kinder, ums Leben gekommen, meldet die jemenitische Nachrichtenagentur SABA unter Berufung auf eine militärische Quelle.

Der Luftschlag wurde gegen das Dorf El-Azari in der Nähe der Stadt Nahm ausgeführt.

Laut Reuters hat die Militärkoalition am Sonntag rund 30 Angriffe auf die Provinzen Sana, Saada, Al-Dschauf, Haddscha und Taiz geflogen. Bei der Wiederaufnahme bewaffneter Auseinandersetzungen sind in zwei Gebieten nordöstlich der Hauptstadt Sana und im Süden der Provinz El-Beida insgesamt 40 Menschen getötet worden.

7.8.2016 – New York Times (* A K)

As Peace Talks in Yemen Crumble, Civilians End Up in Cross Hairs Again

A pharmacist, Sadam al-Othari, had a firsthand look on Sunday at the results of the collapse in peace talks in Yemen between the Saudi-led military coalition and Yemeni militias when a bomb exploded outside his drugstore, killing a customer and his young son and wounding Mr. Othari.

The customer and his son were among 18 Yemeni civilians killed when coalition warplanes bombed Al Madeed marketplace in the district of Nehm, about 35 miles northeast of Sana, the capital, on Sunday, said Tamim al-Shami, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health.

“They targeted only civilians,” Mr. Othari said. “There wasn’t a single gunman or military vehicle around.”

Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Asiri, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, could not be reached for comment.

Several witnesses, reached by telephone in Nehm, said that the marketplace hit Sunday night had no military or Houthi presence, and that all of the victims had been civilians.

“The fighter jets kept hovering overhead, and people were so afraid to help,” Mr. Othari said. Complicating rescue efforts, barrels of fuel and cylinders of gas ignited, burning for hours, and residents stayed away, fearing a second airstrike – by SHUAIB ALMOSAWA and ROD NORDLAND and by Salon:

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Here's drill, Saudi will ignore, then deny, a year later will claim investigated & declare itself not guilty. #Yemen

8.8.2016 – Reuters ( A K)

The strike hit Odhar village in the Nehm area, which has been at the center of renewed fighting between supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government and Iran-allied Houthi forces.

U.N.-backed peace talks to end Yemen's conflict broke down over the weekend, and pro-government forces said they had begun an offensive to retake Sanaa.

Two residents of the Nehm area reached by telephone said four people returning from a market were killed when their vehicle was hit as it passed a grocery store. Five people in the store also died in the air strike, they said.

Saba, the state news agency run by the dominant Houthi movement, said 12 people died including six members of the same family, and that some bodies were burnt beyond recognition. The agency said 17 others were wounded. and by Saba Net:

Comment: This figure too low. There are 15 names of dead reported:

7.8.2016 - Saudi Arabia Crimes in Yemen (* A K PH)

12Civilians inc 3women&5children kild by #Saudi UAE double-tap strikes on several homes& market n"Aathr"area of Nehim #Sanaa

Casualties by #Saudi #UAE strikes on Aathr Market Nehim E #Sanaa #Yemen 15kild INC women&children,dozen injrd

Preliminary names of the martyrs by the outcome of an air raid targeting the insatiable prolonged : 7_8_2016 [all names]

There are a number of victims did not recognize them until the moment and there are women and children, and a passing of the sons of the vicinity (graphic images) and = = = and more images: and images from the night of bombing: and films: = and =

Number of casualities has increased:

8.8.2016 – Legal Center / Living in Yemen on the Edge (* A K PH)

This is what the resuming of Restoration Hope means.

-Saudi Arabia warplanes and its alliance launched 3 airstrikes on Ethar Public Market and killed (30) civilians including women and children and wounded 14 others. The airstrikes also destroyed commercial shops and the house of the civilian/ Mansour AL-Ethari and damaged 12 others in #Ethar_area #Nehm_district (graphic images) =

7.8.2016 – Sputnik News (A K)

Saudi-Led Coalition to Intensify Airstrikes Amid Yemen Peace Talks Suspension

The international coalition led by Saudi Arabia will carry on military operation in Yemen to support the country's government amid resuming rebels' attacks after settlement negotiations were halted, according to Saudi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri.

More air raids until Aug. 8:

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

9.8.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

200 UAE-trained pro-Hadi forces enter Yemen

Some 200 Saudi-backed Yemeni troops, who were trained by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have arrived in the southern Yemeni island of Socotra.

Yemeni media reported on Monday that the 200 made up the first UAE-trained group of forces loyal to the resigned Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Meanwhile, Salim Abdullah, the governor of Socotra Province, housing the Indian Ocean isle of Socotra, hailed the UAE role in instructing the pro-Hadi troops.

Last year, the UAE drew up a secret plan to enhance the capabilities of the Saudi-backed Yemeni soldiers in Eritrea in the Horn of Africa.

According to some Yemeni sources, many pro-Hadi forces have joined terrorist groups such as Daesh and al-Qaeda.

9.8.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A K)

Announcement from Saudi-paid Hadi regime forces : "All districts of Yemen capital Sanaa are within the range of our heavy artillery now."

8.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army purges hills in Mareb, killing many hirelings

The army and popular committees managed to purge strategic hills located between Hilan Mount and Mareb city, a military official said Monday.
According to the official, 37 of the hirelings were killed and their bodies are still scattered in the sites and many others were wounded in the confrontations.
The official explained that the army and committees forces implemented a successful turning operation down the Hilan Mount and purged the area of the aggression’s hirelings.
He added that a number of sites in al-Rabia’a Valley eastern Serwah district were also purged of the mercenaries.

8.8.2016 – Dissolution (A K)

Hadi military spox: military operations in Nihm will continue until Sanaa is liberated & coming days will witness surprises

Comment by Jamila Hanan: Surprises? How can they surprise anyone in #Yemen? They already bombed schools,hospitals,refugee camp,blind center..

8.8.2016 – Anadolu (A K)

Yemen army claims gains against Houthis east of Sanaa

Army forces aligned with Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi have claimed to make gains against Houthi militants east of capital Sanaa.

In a statement Sunday, the pro-Hadi forces said that they have captured several areas in Nahm district, east of Sanaa, after fierce fighting with Houthi militants.

The statement said that several Houthis and their allies were killed and injured in the violence, but did not give the exact number of casualties – by Murad al-Arifi and Tawfik Ali

8.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army forces repel hirelings’ advance in Nehm

The army and popular committees forces repulsed on Monday an attempt by the mercenaries’ militia to advance toward Barran area in Nehm district of Sana’a province.
A military official explained that the army backed by the poplar committees foiled the hirelings’ advance on Barran, killing and injuring many of them.

7.8.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A K PS)

Yemeni Army Launches Operation “Liberation is our Pledge”

Yemeni National Army Forces, backed by the coalition air forces, began a wide-ranged military operation in Nihm district.

The operation called “Liberation is our Pledge” comes as a response to the insurgents’ violations. A Yemeni military source told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the operation has a series of set targets that the forces will aim to execute all.

According to field sources, the artillery of the national army targeted heavily insurgency sites in al-Mabda’a village of Nihm district, west of Sana’a.

National army forces, backed by the popular resistance, also liberated al-Manara mountain that overlooks al-Madid area in Nihm district, one of the largest dirsticts in Sana’a.

The forces are advancing towards the strategic area and according to army sources, Milh village in Nihm was also liberated. Militants fled the area after the heavy clashes leaving behind their weapons and equipment.

Yemeni armed forces media added that al-Houl village was also liberated and a number of militants escaped towards Dabboua were also targeted. In addition, Bani Bareq was liberated; a front which was described as the “center of the battle”. – by Arafat Madabish

Comment: “Yemeni army” = part of the army under control of “president” Hadi.

Comment by Judith Brown: Why do they have these crazy names for killing people. I guess Saudi picked it up from their friends USA and Israel

7.8.2016 – Fuad Rajeh (A K)

War's finally arrived in my district, Al-Selw-Taiz. Fierce battles occurred in past 48 hours btwn govt & Houthi forces. 15 from both killed

6.8.2016 – Shuaib M. Almosawa (A K)

Locals of Nihm,50km north Sana'a, described today's battles there as the fiercest since fighting btw 2 parties broke out abt 5 months ago

More Houthi / Saleh army forces’ rockets and shelling:

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

8.8.2016 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster

Yemen: Flash Floods Update Cluster Sitrep 1: 7 August 2016

Heavy rains have swept across several governorates since late July till date which have led to severe flooding and landslides. Houses have been destroyed and families displaced. and in full: or download:

Vorige / Previous:

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-179: / Yemen Press Reader 1-179: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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