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15.9.2015 – OCHA

Yemen: Yemen - Crisis – ECHO Daily Map | 14/09/2015

The conflict continues to intensify as Sa'ada governate, the Houthis stronghold, is the target of the majority of bombardments, with massive levels of destruction reported.

Heavy fighting continues in Taiz. Water, sanitation and health services in the city have collapsed, depriving 300 000 people access to basic services. Only 3 out of 21 hospitals are still able to provide emergency services. No humanitarian convoy has been able to enter the city yet.

1.8 million children are suffering from malnutrition, which is 1 million increase since 2014, according to UNICEF.

Access to ports along the Red Sea coast remains seriously constrained by the coalition, drastically limiting imports to the country. The UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism aiming at facilitating importation is set to become operational upon sufficient funding.

The commercial shipment report shows that only 12% of the monthly fuel needs have been imported in August, compared to 69% in July. The country relies on imports for 90% of its food needs, 100% of medicines and 70% of its fuel needs. dazu

15.9.2015 – Global Research

U.S.-backed Forces in Yemen Escalate Airstrikes

Western news reports begin to highlight genocidal war.

With such a critical report airing over a television program (Gabriel Gatehouse on BBC) which is seen across the world, it could awaken many within the industrialized states and the oppressed nations as to the actual character of the war in Yemen. Therefore it was not surprising that a leading member of parliament launched a frontal attack over the BBC decrying the report coming out of Yemen related to the bombing of the water bottling facility.

Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski, who chairs the all-party parliamentary committee on Saudi Arabia was a featured guest over the BBC where he said “I fundamentally dispute your coverage of the entire situation in Yemen. You and Newsnight are trying to peddle a completely false prospectus to the British people of the situation on the ground,” he stressed.

Kawczynski went on to say of the network that “You have an agenda against the Gulf States coalition and you want to peddle a myth that only one side is responsible for atrocities. The BBC and Newsnight are acting in a completely disgraceful way.”

Such a statement made over the World Service can only be perceived as a threat against the network. Investigations and firings have taken place related to reporting on previous wars particularly the decision to intervene alongside the U.S. in Iraq during March 2003.

Such a tone by a Conservative Party official illustrates that the dominant group within the British government are not prepared to debate its foreign policy in Yemen and other states within the region. Defending the Gulf monarchies in a proxy war waged by the Pentagon and White House against the poorest country in the Middle East speaks volumes about the political character of the West’s posture towards the situation inside Yemen.

Inside the U.S. there is almost no information in the corporate media about the war against Yemen despite the central role being played by the Obama administration. The issue has not been raised at all during the course of the debates and statements made in association with the 2016 presidential campaign by either political party – by Abayomi Azikiwe =

15.9.2015 – Radio Islam (Radiointerview)

Hisham Omeisy, Yemen Conflict: Past, Present and Future

14.9.2015 – The Young Turks (Vortrag)

Is Saudi Arabia Ethnic Cleansing Yemen's Shiites?

There has been a lot of trouble in Yemen this year. In March, war erupted when militias overthrew the previous president. Since then, Saudi Arabia has been attacking. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

"Of the many perils Yemen’s civilians have faced during the last six months of war, with starvation looming and their cities crumbling under heavy weapons, none have been as deadly as the coalition airstrikes. What began as a Saudi-led aerial campaign against the Houthis, the rebel militia movement that forced Yemen’s government from power, has become so broad and vicious that critics accuse the coalition of collectively punishing people living in areas under Houthi control.

Errant coalition strikes have ripped through markets, apartment buildings and refugee camps. Other bombs have fallen so far from any military target — like the one that destroyed Mr. Razoom’s factory — that human rights groups say such airstrikes amount to war crimes. More than a thousand civilians are believed to have died in the strikes, the toll rising steadily with little international notice or outrage.”

14.9.2015 – Before it’s News

Yemen update 9\14\2015..killed noncombatants ? “Why would we acknowledge something that doesn’t exist?”

Since Saudi Arabia began its war of aggression against its neighbor Yemen back in March 25, 2015, western media have been very slow to place the blame on the country who is actually dropping the bombs on the Yemeni people.

The first step in the western propaganda operation surrounding the sacking of Yemen is how the west labels the conflict as the “Yemen Civil War” when its obvious how foreign powers are driving the conflict and its death toll. What’s much worse however, is how Saudi Arabia’s targeting of civilian areas in Yemen is cynically referred to by the half-hearted New York Times as “errant coalition strikes”

Such is the level of denial and arrogance by the dictatorial Saudi monarchy’s US-equipped Wahabist military, that when confronted with a direct question about the Yemeni civilians they are killing – they will routinely deny their own involvement in any civilians being murdered from the air.

According to Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, the “coalition” spokesman, when asked whether the airstrikes had killed noncombatants his response was simply: “Why would we acknowledge something that doesn’t exist?”

14.9.2015 – New York Times

U.N. Human Rights Chief Calls for Independent Inquiry on Yemen

The United Nations human rights chief called on Monday for an independent inquiry into violations in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition and by the Houthi rebels the coalition is fighting.

His account of the deepening crisis in Yemen echoed the findings of a report he released on Friday, which provided details about airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition and about the shelling of civilian targets by the Houthis and their affiliated forces, among other violations, that it said might amount to war crimes.

Mr. al-Hussein welcomed plans announced last week by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has been forced into exile, to investigate violations. International human rights organizations, however, have expressed doubt about whether a government in exile, dependent on the support of the Saudi-led forces that have been implicated, can conduct an impartial inquiry.

The report on Yemen released by Mr. al-Hussein on Friday also acknowledged those concerns, encouraging states to support the creation of an international inquiry mechanism, and there appeared to be some diplomatic support for such an initiative.

The Dutch foreign minister, Bert Koenders, said last month that his government was looking at the possibility of introducing a resolution in the council calling for an international investigation. Discussions on the possible form and mandate of such an inquiry are already underway on the sidelines of the council meeting – by Nick Cumming-Bruce

Auch Human Rights Watch fordert eine Untersuchung:

Kommentar: Die UN hat diesen Krieg mit verschuldet, indem sie sich1.) von den USA vorführen ließ mit der Resolution 2216, die sich völlig einseitig nur auf eine Seite des Konflikts (Huthis) bezieht und damit der anderen (Saudis und mit ihnen USA) einen Freibrief ausstellt, und nun 2.) schon mehrmals von den Saudis hat vorführen lassen, die eben unter Berufung auf die Resolution 2216 die von ihnen völlig abhängige Exilregierung schon mehrmal mögliche Friedensgespräche haben platzen lassen.

13.9.2015 – PRI

'I wake up by the sound of the explosions'

Aziz Morfeq woke at 4 a.m. Saturday to the sound of his city under attack. That in itself is not unusual. He’s often been robbed of sleep over the past five months. “I wake up by the sound of the explosions,” he said via text message, “but when I try to sleep again I hear the missiles. I feel worried because they are getting closer to us.”

On Saturday morning the missiles got very close.

Local broadcast media are less than reliable, controlled as they are by the Houthis and their chief supporter, political strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh. So during Saturday’s pre-dawn blitz, Aziz turned to his smartphone like many Yemenis, and he scrolled through a flood of social media images and texts to figure out what was going on.

“The airstrike was in the Al Asbahi area in Sanaa,” Aziz confirmed. “It’s in southeast Sanaa.” Soon after the first explosions he learned the unnerving specifics of the strike. “My friend, Yasmin, wrote a post about it… that her aunt and son were killed, and I asked for further information and she told me more about it," Aziz said. Yasmin's aunt "was a widow. She left three children behind. It’s terrible. And nobody’s safe anymore." – by Stephen Snyder

Humanitäre Lage

14.9.2015 – Brookings

The perfect humanitarian storm has arrived in Yemen

Five months ago, I asked in a post on Future Development whether the March 2015 Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen—the poorest country in the Middle East—would lead to a perfect humanitarian storm. Well, the storm has hit and proven to be even more destructive than imagined. On July 1, the U.N. declared Yemen a level three emergency, its classification for the most severe large-scale humanitarian crisis. The head of the International Red Cross said that “Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years.”

Just a few numbers make the extent of the disaster clear.

Today the number of IDPs has quintupled, numbering close to 1.5 million.

1.8 million children are likely to suffer from malnutrition in 2015, an increase of 1 million over 2014 and, of these, half a million will be at risk of severe malnutrition, a threefold increase over 2014.

Over 15 million people are in need of healthcare and over 20 million need clean water and sanitation—an increase of 52 percent since the intervention.

In Aden some 8,000 people have contracted dengue fever since March 2014 and cases of typhoid and malaria are also reported.

Above all, what Yemen needs is an end to hostilities and a return to peace. Only then will we have a full picture of the damage the country has endured. In the meantime Yemen will need all the outside aid and support she can get. Here unfortunately, the situation is dire: only 19 percent, $298 million, of the $1.6 billion requested by humanitarian agencies has been funded. There have been contributions of $252 million outside of this humanitarian appeal but the shortfall is still above $1 billion. Yemen deserves better from the international community and, as one of its poorest members, from the Arab world as a whole, both in pushing hard for a political solution and for financial and other support for its reconstruction efforts – by Omer Karasapan

14.9.2015 – Ärzte ohne Grenzen

Yemen: “The majority of our patients suffered from war injuries.”

Margie is an experienced Australian midwife with an extensive career with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in some of the world’s most difficult locations in recent years. She has just come back from Yemen where she spent six weeks in Sa’ada hospital maternity department. She recounts the difficulties encountered by the Yemeni population.

“One morning I was in the women's ward when Ahmed, 13, came to see his sister Aisha, 11*. They had escaped death a few days before and had not seen each other since. They fell in each other’s arms and started crying. And I remember the whole staff and all the women present couldn’t hold back their tears. We knew their story and it was terrible.

Their house had been bombed in an air strike two days before. One of their brothers died during the shelling, crushed by the roof and the walls which fell on them. Their mother died few minutes after her arrival in the emergency room. Another brother was severely wounded and we couldn't save him. The two siblings were the only survivors, having lost their father many years before. They had head, back and leg injuries. They were so traumatized, with nowhere to stay and so scared to leave the hospital that they stayed with us for a week until one of their relatives came to take care of them.

MSF has worked within the general hospital of Saada since May 2015. It had been a rather well-equipped structure but the conflict is creating lots of difficulties in providing care to patients. Some of the Yemeni staff members have left, we sometimes faced shortages in electricity, fuel or water and other essential needs such as oxygen, because the plant couldn't work or deliver it.

The maternity ward was busy even though the mothers faced lots of difficulties accessing the hospital. We assisted an average of 40 to 60 deliveries per week. Some complicated cases were referred to another hospital in the city as we didn't have an obstetrician to handle caesareans or other obstetric/gynaecological surgery – by Margie

13.9.2015 – Ärzte ohne Grenzen (Film)

Yemen - "You come and do the work!"

Arbeit von Ärzte ohne Grenzen im Jemen – Work of Doctors Without Borders in Yemen

1.9.2015 – IRIN

The orphanage in the rubble

Amongst the rubble of ruined Sana’a, the shutters of a once-proud orphanage hang loosely from their hinges. Huddling below smashed windows, a few dozen children, dirty-faced and hungry, wait for food.

“The orphanage is near many of the army sites and the presidential house, so the airstrikes attacked these sites and scared the orphans,” explained Abdullah Obad al-Hindi, the institution’s head.

“[The orphans] have started screaming while sleeping and wetting themselves [and are suffering from] fear, tension, and worry,” he told IRIN.

About half of the 800 children who were living in the orphanage before the war have since fled. Hindi didn’t know where they were now. “Some have left for their relatives, but our concern is for those who don’t have relatives anywhere,” he said.

The orphanage is facing a crippling budget crisis. Even if it did have more funds, there is little it could do to improve the situation as a coalition naval blockade has choked off imports, including precious fuel, causing desperate shortages of even basic goods – by Almigdad Mojalli

Mit Links zu älteren Artikeln über humanitäre Probleme im Jemenkrieg: Fuel shortage leads to Yemen hospital shutdowns (May 5, 2015: und Wet beds and nightmares: Yemen's children learn war (June 1, 2015:

8.5.2015 – European Commission

Yemen: What are the Needs?

Yemen has how been classified by the United Nations as a Level 3 emergency – the most severe, large-scale humanitarian crises. Humanitarian organisations estimate that 12.2 million people have been directly affected by the conflict and 21.1 million people (80% of the total population) are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Government institutions are no longer able to deliver basic services to people in need, such as basic healthcare and nutrition services, water and electricity supply. The lack of fuel is hampering processing and transportation of food, and import of basic food items and medicine has significantly gone down due to restrictions on import restrictions imposed by the coalition. Markets, shops and bakeries have stopped functioning in many locations. The air and sea blockade is not only restricting the import of fuel and food supplies, but also vital humanitarian aid.

Even before the current crisis, Yemen was already facing a dire humanitarian situation due to many years of political instability, cycles of conflict and economic under-development. The conflict has also had a severe impact on the livelihoods of a million people living close to the former fighting zones. Those who have been able to return home now struggle with difficult living conditions and a destroyed infrastructure.

The European Commission is supporting populations across the country suffering from malnutrition or affected by food insecurity and armed clashes. The bulk of humanitarian funding is used to provide appropriate treatment and relief to children suffering from acute malnutrition. The remaining funding goes to providing food and cash, water and sanitation, basic health care, shelter and basic household items for the internally displaced people, the refugees from the Horn of Africa and the communities who are hosting these uprooted people. With the worsening conditions faced by an increasing number of migrants stranded in Yemen, the Commission is also funding shelter, health care, protection, as well as water and sanitation assistance for the most vulnerable ones – by European Commission

Kommentar: Das ist selbstverständlich positiv. Aber Hand auf’s Herz: Ist das mehr als Lindern der Symptome, die man selbst mit verschuldet hat? Wenn die EU tatsächlich etwas für die Menschen tun wollte: Das enge politisch-militärische Verhältnis zu den USA aufkündigen; Kungelei mit den Saudis beenden (zuletzt: Seehofer!!!); keine Waffenlieferungen an die Saudis mehr (hierin der EU ganz groß: Großbritannien; auch Frankreich und Deutschland); keine logistische Hilfe für die Saudis in diesem Krieg mehr (Großbritannien).


14.9.2015 – Gulf News

Yemen government says still committed to peace talks

Minister says preconditions to talks are not a new position for the exiled government

Yemen’s internationally recognised government said on Monday that it had not backed out of planned, UN-brokered peace talks with Al Houthi militia, but rather “emphasised” that the UN Security Council resolution 2216 should be a reference point for any dialogue.

“We did not take a new line on the talks. We just emphasised that the Al Houthi militias and the deposed president [Ali Abdullah Saleh] should first recognise the UN Security Council resolution,” Abdul Raqeeb Fateh, the minister of Local Administration, told Gulf News – by Saeed Al Batat

Kommentar: Propagandistische Lachnummer, weil diese Resolution ja die Kapitulation der Gegenseite bedeutet. Dazu siehe im letzten Linküberblick.


15.9.2015 – Press TV Iran

Fresh Saudi attacks kill 21 across Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s relentless bombardment of Yemen has claimed multiple lives as the United Arab Emirates confirms the death of a second soldier in less than two days in clashes with Yemeni forces.

Yemen’s al-Masirah TV said Tuesday that Saudi fighter jets pounded residential buildings in Dhoran Anas district in the central Dhamar Province, killing 15 and injuring a dozen more.

Separately, at least five civilians were killed and 10 others were wounded in an attack targeting Sharas district in the northern Hajjah Province.

Several attacks were also launched on Haydan City in the the northern Sa’ada Province with no immediate details available on possible casualties.

15.9.2015 – Press TV Iran

Yemeni forces take control of southwestern town in Saudi Arabia

Members of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have reportedly managed to wrest complete control of a town in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Asir region.

On Tuesday, the Yemeni forces seized control of al-Rabu’ah, forcing Saudi troops to pull out of the area, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

The development came a day after fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, backed by allied army units, carried out rocket attacks on several military bases in Asir region, leaving four Saudi soldiers dead.

15.9.2015 – Critical Threats

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: September 14

The Saudi-led coalition mounted a new offensive to secure northern Yemen from the al Houthis as its offensive in southern and central Yemen stalemates. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) continue to leverage the coalition’s victories to increase territorial control and recruitment. AQAP’s control of territory in eastern Yemen remains uncontested.

Saudi-led coalition forces launched a new operation to secure Ma’rib and are preparing to mount operations in al Jawf and Sa’ada. On September 10, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, stated that the recent bombing campaign in northern Yemen sought to weaken the al Houthis as part of its plan to secure Ma’rib. Coalition helicopters, aircraft, and troops provided air and ground cover for the movement of several military vehicles into Ma’rib over the weekend. Local sources also reported that several Emirati armored vehicles transferred from Hadramawt to Ma’rib, signaling a further shift in coalition interests toward Ma’rib. A coalition source reported that Saudi forces launched a new operation, entitled “The Revenge of Ma’rib,” to defeat and disarm al Houthi militias in Ma’rib. Separately, popular resistance spokesman Sinan al Iraqi reported that coalition forces supplied his fighters in al Jawf with new military equipment “in preparation for the liberation of al Jawf and Sa’ada.” A tribal source reported that coalition forces transported several military vehicles and troops between Saudi Arabia and the al Rayyan area along the Ma’rib-al Jawf border on September 13. Coalition troops and popular resistance groups continued to contest territory with the al Houthis in Ibb, Taiz, and al Bayda, though the fight appears to have stalemated.

Saudi-led coalition forces and Hadi’s government are attempting to improve Aden’s security.

AQAP is portraying itself as a key part of the anti-al Houthi opposition to build legitimacy for its desire to participate in Yemen’s post-conflict government.

ISIS seeks to increase recruitment and increase its military strength in al Bayda.

The withdrawal of Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government from the upcoming peace talks in Oman scuttled talks before they began.

The Saudi-led coalition’s overt shift to Ma’rib indicates that the coalition will maintain its strict focus on the al Houthis. It is unclear whether the coalition still plans on liberating al Mukalla from AQAP or supporting local forces to do so. AQAP and ISIS will continue to benefit from the conflict as long as the coalition’s stability operations are limited to select areas of Aden. – by Joshia Koontz

15.9.2015 – The National UAE

UAE troops take part in Yemen offensive in Marib - in pictures

Pro-government forces pushed Houthi rebels from several areas of Marib on Monday and surrounded a rebel-held district in the west of the province. The commander of an Emirati contingent taking part in the campaign said the provincial capital had been secured. Although the rebels have abandoned many areas of the province, the advance of Yemeni troops and the Saudi-led regional coalition, which includes the UAE, is being slowed by mines laid by the rebels.

15.9.2015 – World Socialist Web Site

Jemen: Saudische Koalition bereitet Angriff auf Hauptstadt Sanaa vor

Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Koalition, die in den letzten zwei Monaten in den Jemen eingefallen ist, steht laut Presseberichten vom Sonntag kurz vor einem direkten Angriff auf die Landeshauptstadt Sanaa. Schätzungsweise 12.000 Soldaten haben eine Offensive gegen die Provinz Marib begonnen, die östlich der Hauptstadt liegt.

Murad Turaiq, Befehlshaber der pro-Hadi-Truppen in der Provinz Marib und Brigadegeneral der jemenitischen Armee, der mit den Invasionstruppen der Koalition verbündet ist, erklärte: „In dieser Schlacht geht es nicht um Marib, sondern um Sanaa.“

Turaiq versuchte nicht, die führende Rolle der ausländischen Truppen zu verbergen und erklärte der Presse, die Offensive gegen die Huthi-Stellungen werde von Truppen aus Saudi-Arabien und der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) angeführt.

Laut Presseberichten verfügen die Angreifer über Apache-Kampfhubschrauber und gepanzerte Fahrzeuge, die von den USA geliefert wurden. Dies unterstreicht die Schlüsselrolle, die die Obama-Regierung dabei spielt, das neueste Blutbad im Nahen Osten zu abzusegnen.

Abgesehen vom Hauptkampfgebiet östlich von Sanaa gab es am Wochenende außerdem neuerliche Kämpfe um Taiz. Die Huthi-Rebellen versuchten, ihre Stellungen in der umkämpften Stadt zu festigen, während Truppen auf der Seite von Hadi Regierungsgebäude im Stadtzentrum besetzt hielten.

Hadis Exilregierung kündigte am Sonntag auf Anordnung ihres saudischen Schutzpatrons an, nicht an den Friedensverhandlungen mit den Huthi teilnehmen zu wollen. Diese wurden von der UN vermittelt und sollten diese Woche beginnen. Ein offizieller Sprecher erklärte, die Huthi müssten erst die Resolution 2216 des UN-Sicherheitsrates einhalten, die im April angenommen wurde. Diese Resolution sieht vor, dass sie Hadi als Präsidenten anerkennen und sich aus Sanaa, Taiz und anderen Großstädten zurückziehen. Sie kommt damit einer Kapitulation gleich – von Patrick Martin

15.9.2015 – Emirates 247

UAE troops in great advances on Marib, Sanaa in Yemen

Al Bayan reports that the UAE troops, backed by coalition forces, have made great progress around Marib and have succeeded in isolating the Houthi rebel militia

Coalition forces have also progressed towards Sanaa, especially in the Sirwah district.

Reports indicate that coalition forces gained control of most areas in Marib by raising the flags of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in strategic locations – by Wam

14.9.2015 – Reuters

Arab coalition in Yemen sees victory 'no matter what'

Gulf Arab coalition forces fighting Houthi militia in Yemen are advancing on the capital in a two-pronged offensive, generals told reporters on Monday at a desert oil compound they have turned into a military base.

Speaking a day after Yemen's exiled government pulled out of U.N.-mediated talks, Yemeni General Abd-Rabbu Qassem al-Shaddadi said: "We hope people make a compromise before what's left of Yemen is destroyed."

Shaddadi, commander of Yemen's central military district, told a small group of journalists on a visit organized by coalition forces: "We are optimistic, but we don't have faith in the Houthis, and we will triumph no matter what."

UAE General Ali Seif al-Kaabi told reporters his country had 4,000 men in Yemen, and denied reports that Qatar and Egypt had forces on the ground.

Kaabi said the coalition "is making two lines to Sanaa", its ultimate target after retaking Aden from the Houthis in July.

One line of advance was from Aden and the southwestern city of Taiz, while the other one would run from Marib to the northern province of Jawf and then to Sanaa – by Noah Browning dazu auch

14.9.2015 – Wall Street Journal

Saudi-Led Military Coalition Escalates Attacks in Yemen

Stepped-up offensive in Marib province follows deaths 67 soldiers in Houthi missile attack

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has stepped up its attacks on Iranian-supported Houthi rebels in Yemen’s central province of Marib, as its forces draw nearer to the capital San’a.

Since the deaths of 67 coalition soldiers in a Sept. 4 Houthi missile attack in Marib, Riyadh and its mostly Arab allies have escalated their assaults on rebels in the province, according to a coalition member and pro-coalition Yemeni security officials.

Coalition forces now control several installations in the province formerly held by the Houthis and have captured a hill overlooking Marib’s capital, located just 100 miles east of the Yemeni capital, the officials said.

Despite recent coalition gains, Houthi spokesman Nasrudin Amersaid that the Houthis were confident they would prevail in Marib. His forces have destroyed a dozen coalition tanks and 17 armored vehicles, the spokesman said - by ASA FITCH and MOHAMMAD AL-KIBSI

14.9.2015 – AFP

Yemen troops press campaign towards rebel-held Sanaa

Saudi-backed loyalist forces in Yemen pressed an offensive against Shiite Huthi rebels on Monday, day two of a major campaign aimed at retaking the capital a year after its fall.

Fighters loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi launched their much anticipated attack against the Iranian-backed rebels and their allies in the key province of Marib.

Oil-rich Marib lies east of Sanaa and has been the scene of heavy clashes between the northern-based rebels and powerful tribes allied with Hadi.

"The aim is to cut the supply routes of the Huthis," a military official told AFP.

Out of their Al-Aber base in nearby Hadramawt province, government troops have moved towards four rebel footholds in northwest Marib, on the route to Sanaa.

At a landing zone in Safer camp, in Marib, an AFP correspondent reported fully armed coalition Apache helicopters taking off and returning, as a convoy of armoured vehicles and personnel carriers headed to the front – by Fawaz al-Haidari

14.9.2015 – Anti war

Saudi Airstrike Kills 10 Civilians in Northern Yemen Capital

Adding to the civilian death toll of nearly a half year of Saudi airstrikes against Yemen,10 more civilians were reported killed in the capital city of Sanaa, when an attack against the Waalan District, aimed at a government building and the surrounding area.

According to the reports from the scene, seven of the 10 people slainwere members of the same family, a common situation when airstrikes target residential areas.16 other civilians were killed in airstrikes over the weekend – by Jason Ditz dazu und

13.9.2015 – Yemen News

Coalition troops killed in Yemen offensive

The Yemeni forces with support from the Saudi-led coalition launched a fresh offensive against the Houthi militants and dissident forces loyal to the former president in Marib province on Sunday.

Local military sources said fierce battles broke out in west and north of the province and that fighter jets from the coalition struck positions of the Houthi militants killing and wounding tens of them and forcing others to flee.

Troops from the coalition participated in the battles and a few of them including a UAE soldier were killed, the sources said.

Politik der USA

15.9.2015 – Al Araby

Yemen pays the price for the Iran deal

Obama has had to let the Saudis have their way in Yemen in order to win their approval for the Iran nuclear deal .

in at least one respect the nuclear deal which was agreed in July and is now poised to go through the US Senate does share one stark comparison with the Munich Agreement - and that is this: a small country sacrificed in the interest of great power politics.

The Saudis embarked on the war in Yemen to put a stop to a Houthi rebellion that was threatening to overrun the entire country. The Saudis view the Houthis as little more than Iranian proxies - and the thought that Iran was apparently poised to establish a Shia beachhead in Saudi Arabia's back yard was one that the ruling family simply could not abide.

The plan was to launch a short, quick aerial war that would break the back of the rebellion and enable the return of the Saudi-backed President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had been ignominiously chased out of the country by the Houthis

When President Obama sat down to discuss the Iran deal with King Salman on 5 September, he knew he needed to get the Saudis onside. Their acceptance of the deal would quiet the growing Republican chorus that he was appeasing a terror state, and it would make the passage through congress and the senate not only possible but almost breathtakingly easy

He got what he needed when the Saudi foreign minister, Adel Al Jubair, speaking on the king's behalf, said Saudi Arabia was "satisfied".

Gaining approval from their key Gulf ally has effectively silenced Obama's critics, a fact underlined when Colin Powell, the former secretary of state in the George W Bush administration, added his voice to that of the Saudis, calling it "a pretty good deal".

Obama was not about to draw King Salman's attention to the folly of the war - a war that has seen their joint enemy and sworn foe, al-Qaeda, grow like topsy in the south of Yemen while the Saudis are busy bombing the Houthis.

He was not going to point out the sheer danger of creating another failed state for Islamist extremists to exploit - this one right on Salman's doorstep.

And he certainly was not going to play the humanitarian card, to point out for example the 21 million Yemenis now facing starvation. That was left to one of his minions who earnestly requested that air attacks took heed of civilians.

And Iran, what of Iran - the putative supporters of the Houthi? Well Iran wants this nuclear deal very badly indeed. It needs it because it needs the sanctions to be lifted. It needs it for its desperately ailing economy. It needs it for their global reputation - Tehran needs to be seen as a reasonable player in an uncertain and unstable world.

So Iran will not speak too loudly against the unspeakable cruelty of this war.

Set against the exigencies of big power politics, Yemen is rapidly becoming what Neville Chamberlain so infamously said of Czechoslovakia in 1938, that it was "a quarrel in a faraway country, between people of whom we know nothing".

Ignoring Yemen, allowing the Saudis a free hand, is as foolhardy and reckless as it is immoral. And just as with Munich, it will surely come back to haunt us – by Bill Law

14.9.2015 - Welcome to the Revolution

Mass Murder of Civilians in Yemen "Made in USA"

The question of who is responsible for this collective punishment and the terrorist horrors coming down on the people of Yemen only starts with the role of the Saudi coalition. The U.S. supplies the planes and bombs, provides the “logistics” and “intel” that guide where the bombs are dropped, and has the blood of innocent Yemeni people on its hands. The vast majority of the weapons—the jet planes and the bombs (including internationally banned cluster bombs)—being used to slaughter and maim the Yemeni people were made in and supplied by the U.S. And the Saudi-led naval blockade is supported by seven U.S. warships in the Gulf of Aden, with more than 2,000 U.S. Marines aboard. In short, the slaughter of innocent civilians is fundamentally “made in USA.”

It is unclear how much the slaughter in Yemen was “greenlighted” in advance by the U.S., or whether the Saudis launched this assault without extensive consultation with the rulers of the U.S. based on their own conflict with Iran and other factors. But whatever the case, the U.S. has from the beginning, and increasingly, backed this massacre militarily and diplomatically.

The relationship between the U.S. and their junior partners-in-crime—the viciously oppressive Islamic fundamentalist Saudi rulers—is a key element of U.S. domination of a region that is a hotspot of contention between reactionary global and regional powers. And so the U.S. is sticking by and backing the Saudis militarily and diplomatically, regardless of what new and even worse conflicts and chaos the Saudi/U.S. crimes set in motion.

But the central role of the U.S. in support of the Saudi-led coalition is largely covered up by the mainstream U.S. media which, while reporting on U.S. military support for the Saudi coalition, usually fails to bring out the role of the U.S. when it comes to the deaths of thousands of civilians. For instance, in the New York Times article on September 13, the horrors coming down on Yemeni civilians is described in some detail. At the same time, the U.S. role in this is muted.

On March 4, the king of Saudi Arabia sat down with President Obama in the White House, and when the talks were over, they jointly announced the U.S. will soon finalize a $1 billion arms deal with the Saudis—on top of the more than $90 billion in military aid provided by the U.S. to the Saudi regime between October 2010 and October 2014.

This is blood on the hands of the rulers of the U.S.

(Streu-)Bomben aus USA und Großbritannien

14.9.2015 – Aparat Media (Film)

A Simple Question: US complicity in Saudi’s cluster bombing of Yemen

The United States is providing a “thinly-veiled cover” for the use of cluster bombs by Saudi Arabia and its allies in their military aggression against Yemen, says a report. US State Department spokesman John Kirby said that cluster bombs were “permissible” as legitimate weapons of war if “used appropriately,” according to The Inter Press Service.
Steve Goose, director of Human Rights Watch's arms division, said such statement is just a cover. The Saudi onslaught has claimed more than 4,300 lives and forced more than 1.3 million others from their homes since March, according to United Nations agencies. Human Rights Watch has accused the United States of complicity in the Saudi Arabia's war of aggression against Yemen.
Human Rights Watch says Washington is liable in the unlawful strikes on Saudi Arabia’s impoverished neighbor as the US is involved in refueling warplanes flying over Yemen and also in providing targeting information for the Saudis.
Studies show that more than 70% of cluster bomb victims are children, who have lost limbs or been killed by the munitions. The US is the largest exporter of these weapons to dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia. The weapons used in these attacks are sold to the Saudis by the US government and manufactured by the American firm Textron has received investments from the UK.

13.9.2015 – The Mirror / Daily Record

Campaigners fear bombs made in UK are being used against civilians in Yemen by Saudi Arabia

Paveway IV 'smart bombs' are made in Britain and have been supplied to Saudi Arabia, who have been bombing Yemen

Last year, Raytheon announced they had won their first international contract for Paveway IV missiles in a deal worth £130million. The firm said they would deliver hundreds of the bombs to their secret buyer.

The Ministry of Defence have admitted that they supplied Saudi Arabia with the bombs that were originally earmarked for the RAF.

Responding on July 14 to a written question in the Lords about the help Britain had given the Saudis against Houthi rebels, the MoD said: “We are not participating directly in Saudi-led military operations in Yemen, but we are providing technical support, precision-guided weapons and exchanging information with the Saudi Arabian armed forces throughpre-existing arrangements.”

The Royal United Services Institute – a UK defence and security think tank – told the Sunday Mail that Paveway IV missiles were being used by the Saudis in Yemen.

Amnesty’s senior crisis response adviser Donatella Rovera said: “Coalition forces have blatantly failed to take necessary precautions to minimise civilian casualties, an obligation under international humanitarian law.

“Indiscriminate attacks that result in death or injury to civilians amount to war crimes.”

Campaign Against Arms Trade said Saudi Arabia are the largest buyers of UK weapons and the British Government had licensed more than £3.8billion worth of arms sales to the regime.

Andrew Smith, of CAAT, said: “War and conflict on the other side of the world can often feel distant and remote but the Saudi regime are getting armed by companies all over Scotland and the UK.

“They have unleashed a humanitarian catastrophe on the people of Yemen and these arms companies are complicit in it.

“There must be an embargo on all arms sales to Saudi Arabia and an end to Government support for what is one of the world’s most authoritarian and repressive regimes.” – by Billy Briggs =

9.2015 – Article 36

Refusal to condemn cluster munition use undermines UK claims to leadership on the protection of civilians.

The UK’s attempt to prevent states from condemning “any cluster munition use, by any actor” through the Dubrovnik Declaration continues a long-standing pattern of persistent but ultimately futile efforts to resist the overriding humanitarian imperative for civilian protection in the context of cluster munitions. A review of the history of UK diplomatic engagement on cluster munitions provides grounds to question the claim that their opposition to condemnation of use is motivated by concern to promote the universalization of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). Rather it should be seen as an attempt to avoid fully promoting the norms of the Convention and to avoid undertaking, collectively, the best effort to discourage the use of cluster munitions. Both of those are obligations under article 21 of the CCM. The UK’s attempt to justify its refusal to condemn cluster munition use on the basis of article 21 is not founded in legal analysis but in political desperation. The UK’s objection to condemnation of use should be rejected by committed states parties.

During the course of its engagement on cluster munitions, the UK has presented an erratic pattern of engagement. This has resulted from tensions between the pressure of a humanitarian imperative and, variously, a reluctance to limit military capabilities, anxiety about diplomatic processes that it cannot control, and desire to assist allies that are standing outside of these processes. Whilst such erratic behaviour presents itself again in the UK’s effort to work against collective condemnation of cluster munition use through the Dubrovnik Declaration, in the longer view the humanitarian imperative has effectively dictated the key political decisions. In that context, the current resistance to international condemnation of use should be seen as the final throes of a long-standing inability, in elements of the UK’s governmental machinery, to fully embrace the prohibition of cluster munitions. Claims that this position is motivated by a concern more effectively to universalize the Convention are hardly credible. Their appeal to article 21 of the Convention as supporting this position seems equally thin. It is clear that collective condemnation of cluster munition use by any actor is one of the best efforts that states can make to discourage further cluster munition use. On basic humanitarian grounds, discouraging use should override “persuading to join the convention” as a basis for prioritizing actions because the former has the more direct and immediate relationship to preventing human suffering. International condemnation is recognized as one of the most effective measures available for discouraging unacceptable behaviour. If the UK has some concrete information about states that are considering joining the Convention, but that have indicated they may be put off by the current wording of the Dubrovnik Declaration then the UK should articulate that explicitly. Without such an explicit statement the UK’s concerns regarding universalization should be dismissed outright, because discouraging use of the weapons should take priority over self-interested speculation. In either case, condemning any use of cluster munitions by any actor should be seen as an obligation for committed states parties. On this basis, states should clearly reject the UK’s effort to block the condemnation of any cluster munition use by any actor in the Dubrovnik outcome documents. If the UK continues to refuse to modify its position on this point then, whatever the outcome, it clearly raises concerns about the UK’s claim to act as a leader on the UN Security Council regarding the Protection of Civilians in armed conflict. This is all the more challenging in an international context where the Security Council is widely seen as failing to deal with the most pressing humanitarian emergencies. The protection of civilians is best served by strong international condemnation of any cluster munition use by any actor, not by a ‘pick and choose’ approach of condemning use by certain actors whilst refusing to condemn use by allies. The protection of civilians demands that we transcend such politicisation. If the UK cannot do this then it is not in a position to provide leadership on the protection of civilians.

1.9.2015 – Democracy Now

Despite Global Ban, Saudi-Led Forces Kill Dozens in Yemen Using U.S.-Made Cluster Bombs

Human Rights Watch executive director Ken Roth speaking to Amy Goodman.

Human Rights Watch has accused Saudi Arabia of using U.S.-made cluster munition rockets in at least seven attacks in the Yemeni city of Hajjah between late April and mid-July. Dozens of civilians were killed or wounded, both during the attacks and later, when they picked up unexploded submunitions that detonated. Neither the United States, Saudi Arabia or Yemen have joined the global convention banning the use of cluster munitions. Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch criticized the U.S. stance on cluster munitions.

Roth: The U.S. thinks that cluster munitions are legitimate weapons. The U.S. still hasn’t signed onto the land mines treaty. So, the U.S. is very much behind the rest of the world. As most nations of the world want to ban these inherently indiscriminate weapons, the U.S. has a huge arsenal of them, it doesn’t want that arsenal limited, and it hates the idea of treaties that are restraining the Pentagon on humanitarian grounds. It lives with the Geneva Conventions because it understands that those help to fight a better war. But the add-ons that Human Rights Watch and others have pressed—the land mines treaty, the cluster munitions treaty and the like—the Pentagon hates and has prevented Obama from signing onto them, and is trying to undermine enforcement, using U.S. allies around the world to do that.

Saudische Seeblockade

8.9.2015 – Reliefweb from OCHA

Yemen: Snapshot on Shipment and Price (as of 8 September 2015)

At the end of August, Al Hudaydah and Saleef ports partially resumed operations after all ship berthing at Red Sea ports was temporarily suspended following the 17 August attack on Al Hudaydah. The full resumption of shipping imports into Yemen through the Red Sea ports and the continuation of activities in other ports in the Gulf of Aden are critical as Yemen relies heavily on imported food, fuel, medicines and other basic commodities.

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15.9.2015 – Scroll in

Indians injured in Yemen attack deny that they were smuggling fuel

Survivors say they were transporting a consignment of food from Somalia

On Friday, the External Affairs Ministry said that two boats, Mustafa and Asmar, carrying a total of 21 Indian nationals had been attacked in Khoka by aircraft of the Saudi-led coalition.

The bodies of six Indians had been recovered, the MEA said. Fourteen men were safe in Hodeida, 163 km north of Khoka, and were in touch with their families. But one man was still missing.

However, Akbar Ali, 27, one of the survivors who came to the hospital in Hodeida along with another survivor to accompany the wounded, had a different story to tell. He claimed that there had actually been 60 crew members aboard the two boats, of whom only ten had survived.

One of the injured men, Irfan Hassan, 23, told that he and his crew mates were handling cargoes of food, not fuel. “Three missiles struck our boats as we were unloading sacks of flour and sugar, and other food stuffs,” said Hassan, grimacing in pain on his hospital bed in the burns unit. The names of the other injured men were given as Abid, 30, Jawid, 28, Saleem, 30.

Added Akbar Ali, “We were officially dispatching food commodities and had our permits for that.” He said that the cargo was being dispatched from Somalia to a Yemeni merchant – by Mohammed Ali Kalfood

Kommentar: Zu dieser Sache siehe die beiden früheren Linküberblicke.

14.9.2015 – DNA India

Working towards safe evacuation of 70 Indian sailors from Yemen: Vikas Swarup

ndia is coordinating with the local authorities to ensure safe evacuation of its nationals from Yemen after a sailorsgroup claimed that 70 seamen fromGujarat are stranded in the war-torn country.

Nearly 70 seamen from the coastal village of Mandavi in Kutch and from Jodiya and Salaya villages of Jamnagar were stuck for over 15 days now at Khokha port in Yemen where they had gone to deliver cargo in five boats, a sailors group said in Gujarat and appealed to the government to rescue them. It came days after six Indians, most of them from Gujarat, were killed when their boat came under Saudi-led air strikes in the Arab country. dazu auch

10.9.2015 – Reuters

Arab coalition navy inspections paralyze Yemen food shipments

Shipping to Yemen is grinding to a halt as Saudi-led navy inspections hold up cargoes, shippers say, depriving it of desperately needed fuel and food as aid groups warn of famine.

Before Saudi Arabia and Arab allies intervened in March to try to restore Yemen's president to power and roll back the Iranian-allied Houthi militia, Yemen imported more than 90 percent of its food, mostly by sea.

Since then, many shipping companies have pulled out. Those still willing to bring cargoes face incalculable delays and searches by coalition warships hunting for arms for the Houthis.

Around 23 ships, carrying cargoes such as wheat, rice and fuel, waited to discharge at Hodaida and Salif ports along the Red Sea, ship tracking data on Thomson Reuters Eikon showed. The two ports are still controlled by Houthis.

An official at Hodaida port confirmed that vessel traffic had dropped significantly due to inspections.

An international commodities trade source familiar with Yemen: "The inspections regime is holding up many ships and there is no clear explanation for all of this given many of the cargoes originate in Europe, the United States and Australia."

"Cargo operations anywhere in the country are not functioning on even the most basic level given fuel shortages, power cuts and also the disruptions caused by the inspections, which have become even more unpredictable," the source added.


15.9.2015 – Vice news

The UN Says US Drone Strikes in Yemen Have Killed More Civilians Than al Qaeda

American drones strikes may have killed as many as 40 Yemeni civilians over the past year, the UN reported on Monday, offering a tally of the human cost of the long-running US campaign against al Qaeda in Yemen, which has continued amid the chaos of country's current war.

The data on drone strikes came from the latest report on Yemen issued by the UN's Office of the High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR), which compiled accounts of human rights violations from July 1, 2014 to June 30 of this year.

If accurate, the UN's estimates would represent a significant rise in confirmed civilian casualties in the country as a result of drone strikes.

Chris Woods, an investigative journalist with the airstrike-tracking website Airwars, said it is well known that the US is the only country operating armed drones in Yemen, particularly after Houthi rebels forced the Yemeni government to flee to Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh in March. The US claims to exclusively target alleged members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), widely considered the terror group's most dangerous franchise. – by Samuel Oakford dazu Kommentare

14.9.2015 – Antiwar / Mintpress News

US Drone Strike Destroys Car In North Yemen, Killing Four

There was no official comment from the US on the attack, though a strike against Jawf would be noteworthy.

Over the weekend, a US drone strike against the Jawf Province destroyed a car, killing all four passengers within. The slain were referred to as “suspected al-Qaeda members” by local tribesmen, though as usual none of them were identified by name.

There was no official comment from the US on the attack, though a strike against Jawf would be noteworthy. With no US troops on the ground spotting targets, US drones have mostly stuck to attacking the city of Mukalla, the largest city taken over by AQAP.

The area around Jawf has also seen fighting in the ongoing Saudi invasion of Yemen. Though the US is participating in that war, it has tried to keep its drone campaign restricted to areas that aren’t active battlegrounds, likely to prevent any incidents of killing pro-Saudi forces, many of whom are Sunni Islamist tribal factions that also work with AQAP on occasion – by Jason Ditz


15.9.2015 – Der Standard

Krieg und Not vertreiben nun auch die Jemeniten

Im bitterarmen Jemen mit seinen etwa 24 Millionen Einwohnern gab es in den vergangenen Jahren stets eine ausländische Flüchtlingspopulation von etwa 300.000 Menschen, die meisten davon Somalier, die Ärmsten der Armen. Aber nun setzt ein Strom in die entgegengesetzte Richtung ein, vom Jemen an das Horn von Afrika. Von dort versuchen sich manche weiter in den Norden, etwa nach Ägypten, durchzuschlagen: Es ist eine Frage der Zeit, bis Jemeniten sich auch in die Flüchtlingsströme nach Europa mischen.

Sie sind nicht weniger asylwürdig als Flüchtlinge aus Syrien – von Gudrun Harrer


14.9.2015 – United States Institute of Peace

Halting Yemen’s War: U.S. Must Lead, Nobel Peace Laureate Says

Tawakkol Karman Urges a Revived ‘National Dialogue’

Kommentar: kaum zu glauben, wie sich diese Frau als US-Propaganda-Sprachrohr und Saudi-Apologetin gewandelt hat. Da heißt es: Karman echoed assertions by Saudi and other Arab officials who say the Houthi military campaign is backed by Iran as part of an Iranian effort to spread its regional influence. “There are lots of statements from commanders and politicians in Iran,” she told the audience. “They talk about Sanaa as the fourth capital they have occupied after Beirut, Damascus and Baghdad, and about building a Persian empire. Saudi Arabia saw the threat and decided to support Hadi.” - Das also ist für sie die Rolle der Saudis.

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