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7.10.2015 – Amnesty International

Kriegsverbrechen in Jemen: Amnesty fordert Stopp von Waffenlieferungen

Amnesty fordert einen sofortigen Stopp von Waffenlieferungen an Länder der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Anti-Huthi-Koalition. Mutmassliche Kriegsverbrechen sollen genau und von unabhängiger Stelle untersucht und die Verantwortlichen dafür zur Rechenschaft gezogen werden.

Luftangriffe auf Wohngebiete, Schulen und Märkte, Zerstörung von Spitälern, Brücken und Strassen, Einsatz international geächteter Waffen: Dass die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte und von Ländern wie den USA mit Waffen ausgerüstete Koalition bei ihren flächendeckenden Bombardements in Jemen massive Kriegsverbrechen begangen hat, lässt sich längst kaum mehr von der Hand weisen. Im neuen Bericht ‘Bombs fall from the sky day and night’: Civilians under fire in northern Yemen legt Amnesty International eine genauere Untersuchung von 13 Luftangriffen vor, bei denen insgesamt rund 100 Zivilpersonen, darunter 59 Kinder getötet wurden. Dokumentiert wird auch der Einsatz von Streubomben.

«Dieser Bericht liefert noch mehr Beweise für rechtswidrige Luftangriffe, die von der Koalition unter Führung von Saudiarabien begangen worden sind. Einige davon sind ziemlich sicher Kriegsverbrechen», so Krisenexpertin Donatella Rovera von Amnesty International, unter deren Leitung die Untersuchungsmission der Menschenrechtsorganisation stand: «Der Bericht belegt mit vielen grauenvollen Details, wie wichtig es ist, dass keine Waffen mehr geliefert werden, mit denen derart schwere Menschenrechtsverletzungen begangen werden.»

«Die USA und andere Staaten, die den verschiedenen Konfliktparteien in Jemen Waffen liefern, müssen gewährleisten können, dass Waffenlieferungen, die sie bewilligen, nicht zu schweren Verletzungen des humanitären Völkerrechts beitragen.»

Amnesty International fordert einen sofortigen Stopp aller Lieferungen an Mitglieder der von Saudiarabien angeführten Koalition, die in die Militäroffensive involviert sind, von Waffen und Munition, mit denen in Jemen Verletzungen des Kriegsvölkerrechts bis hin zu Kriegsverbrechen begangen worden sind: Dazu gehören namentlich Bomben vom Typ MK (MARK) 80 und andere Allzweckbomben, Kampfjets, Kampfhelikopter und deren Bestandteile.

Die im Bericht dokumentierten Luftangriffe betrafen das Gouvernement Saada im Nordwesten von Jemen. Deren Hauptstadt Saada wurde massiver als jede andere Stadt in Jemen von den Bombardements der Koalition zerstört. Ohne Rücksicht auf das Leben der Zehntausenden von Bewohnerinnen und Bewohnern und in kompletter Missachtung des Völkerrechts wurden Saada und deren Nachbarstadt Marran in ihrer Gesamtheit zu Kriegszielen erklärt. In mindestens vier der untersuchten Angriffe wurden Häuser von Zivilpersonen mehrfach hintereinander bombardiert, obwohl offensichtlich war, dass sie nicht für militärische Zwecke verwendet wurden.

«Dass grosse, dicht bevölkerte Gebiete zu militärischen Zielen erklärt und Wohnhäuser mehrfach bombardiert wurden, beweist, wie wenig die Koalitionstruppen sich um die völkerrechtlich vorgeschriebenen Vorsichtsmassnahmen zur Verhinderung ziviler Opfer scheren.»

Das Team von Amnesty International fand unter anderem auch Überreste verschiedener Typen von Streubomben. Streubomben sind völkerrechtlich verboten. Ein Teil der Streumunition explodiert nicht sofort beim Aufprall und bleibt damit über lange Zeit eine tödliche Gefahr für alle, die mit ihnen in Kontakt kommen könnten.

Amnesty International fordert die Militärkoalition zum sofortigen Verzicht auf den Einsatz von Streubomben auf, und verlangt von allen Staaten einen sofortigen Stopp der Lieferung solcher Waffen.

http://www.amnesty.ch/de/laender/naher-osten-nordafrika/jemen/dok/2015/kriegsverbrechen-stopp-von-waffenlieferungen siehe auch http://www.n-tv.de/politik/Amnesty-prangert-Kriegsverbrechen-an-article16087381.html

7.10.2015 – Amnesty International

Yemen: Call for suspension of arms transfers to coalition and accountability for war crimes

Damning evidence of war crimes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which is armed by states including the USA, highlights the urgent need for independent, effective investigation of violations in Yemen and for the suspension of transfers of certain arms, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.

‘Bombs fall from the sky day and night’: Civilians under fire in northern Yemen examines 13 deadly airstrikes by the coalition in Sa’da, north-eastern Yemen, which killed some 100 civilians, including 59 children. It also documents the use of internationally banned cluster bombs.

“This report uncovers yet more evidence of unlawful airstrikes carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, some of which amount to war crimes. It demonstrates in harrowing detail how crucial it is to stop arms being used to commit serious violations of this kind,” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser who headed the organization’s fact-finding mission to Yemen.

“The USA and other states exporting weapons to any of the parties to the Yemen conflict have a responsibility to ensure that the arms transfers they authorize are not facilitating serious violations of international humanitarian law

Amnesty International is calling for a suspension in transfers to members of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, that are participating in the military campaign, of weapons and munitions which have been used to commit violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes in Yemen: in particular, bombs from the MK (MARK) 80 series and other general purpose bombs, fighter jets, combat helicopters and their associated parts and components.

More civilians have died as a result of coalition airstrikes than from any other cause during the conflict in Yemen. The city of Sa’da has suffered more destruction from coalition airstrikes than any other city in the country.

The report reveals a pattern of appalling disregard for civilian lives displayed by the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition which declared the entire cities of Sa’da and nearby Marran - where tens of thousands of civilians live - military targets in violation of international law. In at least four of the airstrikes investigated by Amnesty International, homes attacked were struck more than once, suggesting that they had been the intended targets despite no evidence they were being used for military purposes.

“The designation of large, heavily populated areas as military targets and the repeated targeting of civilian homes are telling examples revealing the coalition forces’ flagrant failure to take sufficient precautions to avoid civilian loss of life as required by international humanitarian law,” said Donatella Rovera.

“The world’s indifference to the suffering of Yemeni civilians in this conflict is shocking. The failure of the UN Human Rights Council last week to establish an international investigation into violations committed by all sides is the latest in a series of failures by the international community to address total impunity for perpetrators of serious violations in Yemen,” said Donatella Rovera.

“Lack of accountability has contributed to the worsening crisis and unless perpetrators believe they will be brought to justice for their crimes, civilians will continue to suffer the consequences.”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/10/yemen-call-for-suspension-of-arms-transfers-to-coalition-and-accountability-for-war-crimes/ and https://www.amnesty.org/en/press-releases/2015/10/yemen-call-for-suspension-of-arms-transfers-to-coalition-and-accountability-for-war-crimes/ and full report: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde31/2548/2015/en/

7.10.2015 – Aljazeera

Arab coalition accused of war crimes in Yemen

Amnesty International has accused the Arab coalition fighting in Yemen of carrying out unlawful air strikes, some of which amount to war crimes.

The UK-based rights group on Wednesday called for the suspension of transfers of certain arms to members of the coalition, which launched an air campaign against Houthi rebels in March.

Amnesty said in a report that it had examined 13 deadly air strikes by the coalition, assembled by Saudi Arabia, that had killed about 100 civilians, including 59 children.

"This report uncovers yet more evidence of unlawful air strikes carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, some of which amount to war crimes. It demonstrates in harrowing detail how crucial it is to stop arms being used to commit serious violations of this kind," said Amnesty's Donatella Rovera, who headed the group's fact-finding mission to Yemen.

"The USA and other states exporting weapons to any of the parties to the Yemen conflict have a responsibility to ensure that the arms transfers they authorise are not facilitating serious violations of international humanitarian law."

Amnesty said its researchers had found remnants of two types of internationally banned cluster bombs as it investigated attacks on Saada, a Houthi stronghold in northeastern Yemen.

Another rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch, in August accused Saudi forces of using cluster bombs in Yemen.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/yemen-151007015252750.html

5.10.2015 – The Guardian

The Yemen crisis is partly our fault. We can no longer facilitate this war

The United States and the United Kingdom are actively aiding and abetting Saudi Arabia while the country indiscriminately kills thousands of civilians in Yemen in what amounts to war crimes by almost anyone’s definition. The two western powers, who often purport to care about democracy and human rights, are also helping the Saudi monarchy – one of the most repressive regimes on the planet – cover up those crimes at the UN. These actions are abhorrent, and it’s shameful the brewing scandal has hardly received any attention from the US political establishment or television news.

It would be hard for the US to give more assistance to Saudi Arabia as they commit these atrocities without actually dropping the bombs themselves: the Saudis are using cluster munitions (banned by treaty in the vast majority of countries around the world) supplied to them by United States defense contractors. They’re dropping those bombs using American-made fighter jets. The US military, far from being a neutral observer, is actively providing the Saudis with intelligence and logistical assistance for their air strikes. And the US is finalizing a deal to give even more weapons to the Saudis. The Obama administration has already sold them more than $90bn of military weapons over the past five years.

As of Wednesday, the US and UK also successfully prevented the UN from conducting an independent investigation into the potential war crimes committed by Saudi Arabia. Instead, Saudi Arabia will be given license to investigate themselves. Human rights groups immediately castigated the decision.

Even the US military can’t explain why they’re supporting this war so closely. There is no military or national security objective (besides keeping the Saudi Arabian government happy and the coffers of US weapons makers flush).

Unfortunately, hardly anyone inside the US government seems to care. So as the US media and politicians become more and more outraged at the senseless carnage in Syria over the next few weeks, as they well should, remember what they are blatantly ignoring: the US-backed travesty in Yemen – by Trevor Timm

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/05/america-yemen-crisis-is-partly-our-fault

24.6.2015 – Welt-Sichten

Zerstrittene Kampfgenossen

Der Krieg im Jemen erscheint wie ein Kampf zwischen Schiiten und Sunniten und zwischen dem Norden und dem Süden des Landes. Doch der Schein trügt: Beide Lager sind tief gespalten – von Laurent Bonnefoy

https://www.welt-sichten.org/artikel/28932/zerstrittene-kampfgenossen

Humanitäre Lage

7.10.2015 – Relief Web

Yemen mVAM Bulletin #2 - September 2015: IDP food consumption deteriorates, September 2015

More than 40 percent of the population has inadequate food consumption. Needs remain significantly high but the most affected are the 1.4 million IDPs.

The worst food security indicators are observed in a cluster of highly conflict-affected governorates in the north-west and centre-south of the country. Food consumption has sharply deteriorated in the conflict-affected governorates of Al Mahwit, Ibb and Dhamar when compared to August.

Respondents mentioned that high prices and limited availability of food, low levels of assistance and increasing unemployment are the main barriers to food access.

September data suggests that IDP food consumption has significantly deteriorated. By contrast, coping and food consumption indicators have showed relative improvement in Lahj and Shabwah compared with August, but still at a pressing food security level requiring immediate humanitarian assistance.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-mvam-bulletin-2-september-2015-idp-food-consumption-deteriorates-september-2015 and full report: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/wfp278267.pdf

1.10.2015 – IOM

Yemen Crisis Regional Response

In the past week, the security situation in Yemen continues to be tense, with a high intensity of airstrikes and ground conflict reported across the country despite the Eid holiday. In Sana’a city, increased air strikes and interruptions to the electricity supply have brought daily life in Sana’a city to a near standstill, according to data collected by OCHA. Moreover, fighting has escalated in Taiz city, leading to insecurity and fuel shortages and is disrupting the distribution of life saving medical supplies and water

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/IOMYemenCrisisSitrep1October2015%2326.pdf

15.10.2015 – UNHCR

Yemen Monthly Factsheet

Over 150 days into the conflict as of mid-September, the World Health Organization documented some 5,039 deaths and 25,653 injuries, including refugees and aid workers. However, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher. Half the population is facing food insecurity; over 15.2 million people lack access to basic health care, and over 20 million lack access to safe water thus contributing to the spread of preventable diseases such as dengue fever, polio and acute diarrhoea. Fuel price in Sana’a has tripled since the escalation of the conflict in March, while more than 400 schools have been damaged and some 3,500 schools have been temporarily shut down.

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/UNHCR%20Yemen%20factsheet%20Sept%202015.pdf

Kriegsereignisse

7.10.2015 – Shiite News

Over 50 Saudi Airstrikes Hit Yemen's Ma'rib

Saudi warplanes conducted over 50 airstrikes on a district in the Yemeni province of Ma'rib on Wednesday, local sources said.

A local source said over 50 Saudi air raids hit Marib's Sarwah district.

Also on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia conducted more airstrikes on the province of Sa'ada.

The airstrikes hit the district of Razih in Sa'ada, reports said. There is still no word on possible casualties.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 196 days now to restore power to Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,453 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

http://www.shiitenews.org/index.php/saudi-arab/item/18874-over-50-saudi-airstrikes-hit-yemen-s-ma-rib

6.10.2015 – Middle East Eye

Houthis open new fronts in Yemen's Taiz

Houthi fighters attack a number of areas in Taiz province after losing control of the Bab al-Mandab strait to the government

Yemen's Houthi fighters and allied forces have attacked a number of areas in Taiz province, after suffering a major setback when they lost control of the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait to government loyalist forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition on Tuesday.

The coalition had also helped local forces known as the Popular Resistance in Taiz to re-capture the island of Perim (Mayyun in Arabic), situated between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, from militia control.

The Houthis, however, backed by forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, have opened several new fronts in the province, mostly in areas near Bab al-Mandab strait like Mocha, al-Wazeya and Dhubab.

Abdulsallam stressed that the Houthis would keep fighting the "invaders" in the whole country of Yemen

Houthi militiamen retreating from Bab al-Mandab had moved into the port city of Mocha, which lies some 20 km north of the strait.

However, Yemeni government spokesperson Rageh Badi told Middle East Eye that pro-government forces had been shelling Houthi positions in Mocha and Dhubab for three days, ahead of a plan to clear the areas of militia presence.

"The next step of the coalition forces will be evacuating Mocha from the Houthi rebels, as this area is the nearest one to Bab al-Mandab, and then the forces will go towards the other areas in Taiz," Badi told MEE.

According to Badi, coalition forces will eventually participate in evacuating the whole of Taiz province of the Houthi militia, adding that the reason for starting from Bab al-Mandab is a military preference to come through the sea.

Coalition forces reached Taiz more than five months after the Houthis attacked the province - which had forced most of its civilians to leave the city of Taiz towards rural areas.

Following the Houthi offensive on al-Wazeya, Mocha and Dhubab, the local fighters of Taiz received military reinforcement from Aden.

The spokesperson of the Popular Resistance in Taiz, Rashad al-Sharabi, told MEE that following the capture of Bab al-Mandab from the Houthis, military reinforcement arrived in the province for the first time.

Reinforcement from pro-government forces and the airstrikes by the coalition prevented the Houthis from making new advances in the area.

Al-Sharabi accused the Houthis of continuing to target civilian homes, saying eight civilians were killed by militia shelling in al-Wazeya on Saturday while others were injured.

The Houthis are fighting fiercely in al-Wazeya district to take over the coastline road that connects Taiz with Lahj and Aden provinces, where the reinforcements to Taiz are coming through. However they have not yet been able to take it over, according to al-Sharabi.

"The Popular Resistance was able to fight the Houthis using normal weapons, when the number of (Popular Resistance) fighters did not exceed 4,000," said al-Sharabi, adding that they now number 35,000.

Al-Sharabi said that when the Houthis failed to advance in the city, they resorted to fighting on the coastline to claim control of new areas in Taiz.

There are, however, people who believe that coalition forces will not join the fight in and around Taiz city.

Mohammed al-Hasani, Yemeni analyst and former managing editor of al-Tagheer news website, believes that coalition forces will remain in the Bab al-Mandab, Mocha and Dhubab areas.

He said that only the residents of Taiz could capture their province from the Houthis, adding that they should not rely on the coalition forces to do that for them.

However, pro-Houthi residents of Taiz are unlikely to leave the province without a fight.

Zuhair Ali, a Houthi supporter from al-Shimayateen district in Taiz told MEE that the militia would not leave the province, saying that the coalition forces could not fight them inside Taiz city.

"During the last five months the Popular Resistance could not retake a single area inside Taiz city," said Ali. "The Houthis did not prefer to fight in the (Bab al-Mandab) strait, but the Houthis will not leave the city of Taiz."

In the meantime, however, thousands of people who were displaced by the Houthi advance on Taiz are waiting for the war to stop so that they can return to their homes in the city.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/houthis-open-new-frontlines-yemens-taiz-1394529375

5.10.2015 – AP

Officials say 55 fighters killed in Yemen's Marib province
Yemeni security officials say at least 55 fighters have been killed and more than 100 injured in battles in Marib province, a key front in the fighting against Shiite Houthi rebels.

The officials, who remain neutral in the conflict that has splintered the country, say most of the casualties were caused by airstrikes and artillery. They say fighters loyal to Yemen's government gained ground near the Marib dam and several other strategic areas.

The pro-government fighters are advancing toward Sirwah, a main Houthi stronghold in the province. They are ultimately aiming for the rebel-controlled capital Sanaa, east of Marib.

The Houthi media center said their forces repelled "mercenary attacks," killing dozens of opposing fighters – by Ahmed Al-Haj

http://www.wral.com/officials-say-55-fighters-killed-in-yemen-s-marib-province/14949517/

5.10.2015 – Reuters

Gulf Arabs wrest strategic Yemen island from Iran-allied group

Perim Island may be a small lump of windswept volcanic rock at the entrance to the Red Sea but its capture by Gulf Arab forces from Houthi fighters was a welcome victory for Yemen's government and its allies.

Gulf Arab troops swooped in from air and sea last week to take back Perim, which sits on one of the world's most important sea lanes.

The island has now been completely secured by the coalition and the resistance forces from among its people," Rami Fahmy Mayuni, a tribal chief of the island's original inhabitants and commander of its militia fighters, told reporters flown to Perim by United Arab Emirates forces for a tour.

In 2013, more than 3.4 million barrels of oil per day passed through the 20 km (12 mile) wide Bab al-Mandab Strait linking the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a big reason why Egypt and the United States vowed to defend the security of shipping there as the Houthis descended upon it in March.

The warring parties appeared to receive the message and oil tankers and cargo ships continue to heave along, untroubled by the ground combat grinding slowly up Yemen's western coast.

"A return to normal life still faces huge obstacles," Mayuni, the local leader, said.

"The Houthis planted dozens of landmines to hinder our ability to take it back. The battle was violent and took a couple hours, but the power plant is destroyed, and there's no way to pump water," Mayuni said.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan last week hailed the capture of Bab al-Mandab as a major victory for the coalition.

"We consider the complete control taken by coalition and popular resistance forces over the Bab al-Mandab (strait) and the defeat of the Houthis as the beginning of the end of this renegade group and those backing them," Sheikh Abdullah said in a speech before the United Nations on Friday – by Mohammed Mukhashaf

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/05/us-yemen-security-strait-idUSKCN0RZ1EC20151005

Kommentar: Die Gegenseite verbreitet ihrerseits Erfolgsmeldungen, siehe http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/10/04/431985/Saudi-Yemen-Saada-Taizz

5.10.2015 – Press TV Iran

Saudi airstrikes hit seven targets in Yemen’s Sa’ada

Five airstrikes hit Sa’ada’s Razih district, while another two targeted areas in the province’s Bani Ma’ad district, on Monday.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the airstrikes.

The raids come as at least five civilians were killed and 10 others injured in similar airstrikes in the capital, Sana’a, on Sunday. Areas in the Province of Hajjah also came under attack.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/10/05/432048/Yemen-Saudi-Riyadh-Sanaa-Saada dazu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOWk2FmHI40

4.10.2015 – Press TV Iran

Saudi jets on Sunday targeted the Fag Atan area, located in the mountainous outskirts of the capital Sana’a.

Saudi warplanes also struck trucks carrying much needed food supplies in the northwestern province of Sa'ada. At least three people were killed in the attack.

The Saudi fighter jets also bombed a border area in the same province.

Elsewhere, in the southwestern province of Ta’izz, Saudi jets carried out over a dozen airstrikes, hitting a presidential palace there. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/10/04/431985/Saudi-Yemen-Saada-Taizz

Huthis und Verbündete

7.10.2015 – Reuters

The party of Yemen's former president, a main player in the messy, months-old civil war, said in an emailed statement that it accepts a peace plan brokered by the United Nations in talks in Oman.

The General People's Congress (GPC) is the party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, to whom many of the army units fighting alongside the northern Houthi militia against forces backed by Gulf states remain loyal.

"An official source at the General People's Congress reiterated the party's fast position on ending hostilities and raising the blockade and on a peaceful solution to Yemen's crisis," the party said in the statement.

The GPC said in its statement that any implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2216 must take place "in accordance with operational mechanisms agreed upon by all parties", implying that a wider agreement should come first.

http://news.yahoo.com/ex-yemen-presidents-party-says-accepts-peace-terms-061102414.html

6.10.2015 – BBC

Yemen conflict: Houthi rebels commit to UN peace plan

Yemen's Houthi rebels have confirmed in writing to the UN secretary general their commitment to UN resolutions aimed at ending the country's conflict.

In a letter obtained by the BBC, Houthi representatives pledge to adhere to a seven-point peace plan brokered by the UN during talks in Muscat, Oman.

The letter follows a verbal commitment to the resolutions issued last month.

Addressed to Ban Ki Moon, the letter commits to the seven Muscat principles, which include a ceasefire, the removal of armed militias from the cities and the return of the government to the capital, Sanaa.

Yemen's President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has insisted Houthi fighters pull back from territory seized over the past year before an agreement can be reached.

In the letter, the Houthi representatives, known officially as Ansar Allah, call the peace plan an "important and fundamental ... step towards the resumption of the political process".

The letter criticises the government, alleging it has "not shown any positive reciprocity" with the UN peace process.

Analysis: Lyse Doucet, BBC chief international correspondent

There are many reasons to be sceptical of any moves, by any side, in Yemen's tortuous conflict. But this written commitment by the Houthis could be a significant step.

Yemen's embattled negotiating process, which draws in the UN, EU, as well as Western and regional players, is a new challenge for what was a movement rooted in the tribes of northern Yemen.

One source told me this letter addressed to the UN secretary general was "a signal to the rest of the world". Even the decision to send a copy to the BBC represents rare outreach to a Western audience.

The real test now is to implement the Muscat plan: which armed groups will withdraw from the cities, which government members will return? But if, at the very least, a ceasefire is reached that will be a major step for Yemenis enduring what the UN calls "terrifying violence and extreme hunger".

The conflict, and peace process, is complicated by the involvement of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which are fighting alongside government forces.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34459909

UNO

25.9.2015 – Gegenfrage

Jemen-Krieg: Saudi-Arabien legt UN eigene Untersuchung vor

Saudi-Arabien möchte einer niederländischen Untersuchung zum Krieg im Jemen zuvorkommen, in der mögliche Menschenrechtsverletzungen aufgedeckt werden, und hat dem UN-Menschenrechtsrat eine eigene Untersuchung vorgelegt.

http://www.gegenfrage.com/jemen-krieg-saudi-arabien-legt-un-eigene-untersuchung-vor/

Kommentar: Einer der wenigen Berichte auf Deutsch. Das Ganze hat jetzt als tragische Farce geendet, siehe die zwei früheren Linküberblicke.

Saudi-Arabien

6.10.2015 – Middle East Monitor

Saudi King: Yemen's security part of Kingdom’s security

‘The security of Yemen is an integral part of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states’ security, Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz said.

The king’s remarks came after a meeting with Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the Royal Palace in Jeddah.

Al-Resalah news site reported that the two officials discussed topics of mutual interest at various levels and the Yemeni people’s urgent needs including humanitarian, developmental and reconstruction efforts.

Hadi praised “the Kingdom’s efforts and its support for the Yemeni people and its legitimacy and its central role with the coalition countries in achieving victories against rebels.”

During the meeting, King Salman stressed his kingdom’s support and standing with Yemen and its constitutional legitimacy.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always stood with Yemen and will remain supportive of the Yemeni people at different levels,” he said.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/21476-saudi-king-yemens-security-part-of-kingdoms-security

Kommentar: ‘The security of Yemen is an integral part of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states’ security, Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz said. Wesentlich ist hier die Frage, was mit “Sicherheit des Jemen” hier gemeint ist. Es ist eben nicht die „Sicherheit des Jemen“ gemeint, wenn Salman davon redet – denn es gibt kaum jemanden, der mehr zu Unsicherheit des Jemen beiträgt, als eben die Saudis. Anders wird man die Luftangriffe wirklich nicht einordnen können. „Sicherheit des Jemen“ ist für einen wie Salman nur dann gegeben, wenn er bzw. die Saudis die vollständige Kontrolle über das haben, was im Jemen geschieht – das Wunschziel der Saudis seit 1934, dem sie jetzt endlich näher zu kommen hoffen. Und was versteht jemand wie Salman unter der „Sicherheit von Saudi-Arabien“? Wie der Ausdruck schon sagt, nicht die Sicherheit des Landes, sondern die Sicherheit der Herrschaft des Saudi-Clans über dieses Land. Darum geht es.

5.10.2015 – The Intercept

Saudi Arabia Continues Hiring Spree of American Lobbyists, Public Relations Experts

Saudi Arabia is in the market for a better reputation in Washington, D.C.

In September alone, foreign lobbying disclosure documents show the Saudi government signing deals with PR powerhouse Edelman and lobbying leviathan the Podesta Group, according to recent disclosures.

Edelman, the largest privately owned public relations agency in the world, is known for helping clients win favorable media coverage on mainstream outlets. The Podesta Group is a lobbying firm founded by Tony Podesta, a major fundraiser for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

The new signings are the latest in a year-long hiring spree by the Persian Gulf state as it further builds up its already formidable political arsenal inside the Beltway. The Saudi Arabian Royal Embassy did not respond to a request for comment.

Last week, I spoke to a number of lawmakers about Saudi human rights abuses, but found them extremely reluctant to criticize the Kingdom. Disclosures reveal that the lobbying firms that have worked for Saudi Arabia for years communicate frequently with senior members of Congress. Beyond entrenched military and economic ties between Saudi Arabia and the United States, the Kingdom appears to be working to maintain its political clout – by Lee Fang

https://theintercept.com/2015/10/05/saudi-arabia-continues-hire-politically-connected-american-lobbyists-public-relation-firms/

28.9.2015 – Middle East Eye

The collapse of Saudi Arabia is inevitable

Like many countries in the region before it, Saudi Arabia is on the brink of a perfect storm of interconnected challenges that, if history is anything to judge by, will be the monarchy’s undoing well within the next decade.

The biggest elephant in the room is oil. Saudi Arabia’s primary source of revenues, of course, is oil exports. For the last few years, the kingdom has pumped at record levels to sustain production, keeping oil prices low, undermining competing oil producers around the world who cannot afford to stay in business at such tiny profit margins, and paving the way for Saudi petro-dominance.

But Saudi Arabia’s spare capacity to pump like crazy can only last so long. A new peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering anticipates that Saudi Arabia will experience a peak in its oil production, followed by inexorable decline, in 2028 – that’s just 13 years away.

This could well underestimate the extent of the problem. According to the Export Land Model (ELM) created by Texas petroleum geologist Jeffrey J Brown and Dr Sam Foucher, the key issue is not oil production alone, but the capacity to translate production into exports against rising rates of domestic consumption.

Brown and Foucher showed that the inflection point to watch out for is when an oil producer can no longer increase the quantity of oil sales abroad because of the need to meet rising domestic energy demand.

This means that Saudi state revenues, 80 percent of which come from oil sales, are heading downwards, terminally.

Saudi Arabia is the region’s biggest energy consumer, domestic demand having increased by 7.5 percent over the last five years – driven largely by population growth.

As revenues are increasingly strained, the kingdom’s capacity to keep a lid on rising domestic dissent will falter, as has already happened in countries across the region.

About a quarter of the Saudi population lives in poverty. Unemployment is at about 12 percent, and affects mostly young people – 30 percent of whom are unemployed – by Nafeez Ahmed

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/collapse-saudi-arabia-inevitable-1895380679

GCC-US-Strategic Forum

6.10.2015 – US-Senate

The U.S. Role and Strategy in the Middle East: Yemen and the Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council

http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/the-us-role-and-strategy-in-the-middle-east-yemen-and-the-countries-of-the-gulf-cooperation-council-10062015

30.9.2015 – US Department of State

Joint Communique Following the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the GCC-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum

The U.S. Secretary of State joined Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and the Secretary General of the GCC today in New York for a ministerial meeting of the GCC-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum (SCF). It was the fifth SCF since its establishment in March 2012. The SCF has served as an important forum to strengthen strategic cooperation and advance shared priorities and interests on political, security, economic, and military issues. Today’s discussions examined a range of issues, including the humanitarian and political crisis in Syria, the importance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran, the Middle East peace process, and the need for a political solution to the conflict in Yemen. The Ministers also discussed progress and next steps on the GCC-U.S. strategic partnership and areas of cooperation announced at Camp David on May 14, 2015.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/09/247658.htm#.VhLtawkrjD0.twitter

Kommentar: Diese Einrichtung war mir unbekannt. Hier wächst zusammen, was zusammen gehört.

Großbritannien

6.10.2015 – Middle East Monitor

Britain’s approach to Yemen has been both naïve and duplicitous

The British government resigned itself to war in Yemen long before the Saudi-led coalition carried out its first sorties against Houthi-held targets in March this year. That's according to a series of damning British government documents I have seen regarding “Friends of Yemen”, a diplomatic effort supposedly spearheaded by Britain to aid peaceful transition in the country. A joint initiative between the Republic of Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UK, its last meeting was in September 2014.

Following the disruption of an Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) attack on an airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, Britain convened a meeting on 27 January 2010 which launched Friends of Yemen. Plans were already being discussed for such a group, according to the Foreign Office, and the foiled plot merely acted as a catalyst.

The basic idea was for Friends of Yemen to provide a forum which would bring the Gulf States together with the Yemeni authorities to maintain the momentum on both political reconciliation and aid pledges, while galvanising the international community to give generously.

In 2011, as President Saleh faced street protests and the country slipped further into instability, Friends of Yemen decided that attempts at peaceful dialogue weren't worth it. All meetings for that year were cancelled. Later, the Gulf States put through their own proposal for transitioning Saleh out of power, while the UN appointed its own special envoy. The dream of a grand transnational union of countries aimed at addressing Yemen's crisis was crumbling.

By May 2012, the group had agreed to meet again. That meeting focused on how to support the GCC transition plan, while a second, held on the fringes of the UN General Assembly meeting in September, discussed delivery of an $8 billion international aid package. Much of that money was never to arrive. […]

The reasons for the failure [of Friends of Yemen] are clear. Aid-led engagement with Yemen has always been problematic; the West gives aid to Yemen because it wants to thwart the rise of AQAP, but this creates a perverse disincentive for Sanaa never to fully remove the group from the scene. For credibility, Friends of Yemen relied on the Gulf States, which could only ever represent one side of the peace process and proved duplicitous in promising aid which never arrived. The power balance between the two chairs, Britain and Saudi Arabia, was also heavily tilted in favour of Riyadh, at a time when London was desperately trying to complete a series of multi-billion dollar arms deals that provoked simpering obsequience to Saudi interests rather than the necessary tough rhetoric from Whitehall.

In theory, Friends of Yemen still exists, though it has no further meetings scheduled. Its profile in Westminster is clearly miniscule; in June, Keith Vaz MP had to write to the Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood MP to enquire whether the group was even still active. “The UK remains committed to the objectives of the group, and the important co-ordination mechanism it offers,” was the answer. Far from a British and Saudi-led international effort to achieve peace in Yemen, the group has become little more than a secretariat for chasing the Gulf States to make their aid payments; given that they have just invaded Yemen, this looks unlikely to be done any time soon.

Britain is thus left looking, though earnest in intention, a little naïve to have ever co-chaired a group with Saudi Arabia. It is also a little duplicitous for giving such enthusiastic support to the new Saudi approach, which includes what increasingly look like serious war crimes being committed by Britain’s former partner for peace – by Alastar Sloan

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/articles/europe/21468-2015-10-06-09-41-03

6.10.2015 – The Ferret

SNP calls for UK inquiry into alleged war crimes in Yemen

The SNP has called for a UK government inquiry to ascertain if bombs made in Scotland were used in alleged war crimes in Yemen.

The Ferret recently reported fears that missiles produced in Fife were fired from Saudi Arabian war planes at innocent people.

The 500 pound Paveway bombs used by the Saudi air force are made by a US arms firm called Raytheon which has a factory in Glenrothes.

Raytheon employs 600 people and is a major contributor to Fife’s economy.

But the Arms Trade Treaty, which came into force last December, prohibits the sale of weapons where there is a clear risk they could be used for war crimes.

Amnesty International investigated eight air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that killed at least 141 civilians and injured 101 others during a research mission in June and July.

Patrick Grady MP, the SNP Westminster Spokesperson on International Development said: “The Arms Trade Treaty, which the UK signed up to, makes it clear that weapons should not be sold where there is a risk they will be used against civilians. Last week during a debate in parliament, I and a number of SNP colleagues called for the UK Government to review its sales of weapons to countries which its own Foreign Office lists as being of concern with regard to human rights.

“The government should publish all the information it holds on the end use and end users of weapons manufactured or sold by UK companies, and if need be, launch an inquiry into the specific claims about the sale and use of weapons to Saudi Arabia.”

However, in response the UK government said: “HMG takes its arms export responsibilities very seriously and operates one of the most robust arms export control regimes in the world. We rigorously examine every application on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. Risks around human rights abuses are a key part of our assessment.

“We are supportive of Saudi Arabian-led Coalition military intervention in Yemen following President Hadi’s request for support by ‘all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter Houthi aggression’. UK support for military action is contingent on adherence to international humanitarian law, and a continued legal basis for the military action.”

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade, said: “The Saudi regime has been in London buying weapons, while at the same time its military has been attacking Yemen. The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is getting worse.

There are serious accusations of war crimes, and yet the UK is doing nothing to stop it. There needs to be a political situation, but all we have seen so far is evasion, bluster and excuses made for the deplorable Saudi regime.

“The MPs are completely right to criticise the government’s position; it seems like regardless of who is running Whitehall, arms sales will always trump human rights when it comes to Saudi Arabia.” – by Billy Briggs

https://theferret.scot/snp-calls-uk-inquiry-alleged-war-crimes-yemen/

Deutschland

Einfach noch mal Frau Chebli, die stellv. Sprecherin des Auswärtigen Amtes, zum Anschauen, als Text hatten wir das schon:

https://www.facebook.com/jungundnaiv/videos/1100820493263231/

Auf die Frage nach Kriegsverbrechen der Saudis sagt sie: „Das sind Ihre Worte“ (!!!). Nach deutscher Sicht sind es also keine Kriegsverbrechen.

Bei den Äußerungen zu französischen und russischen Luftangriffen zeigt sich einmal wieder die ganze Doppelmoral auch von Deutschland: Französische Bomben gut, russische Bomben schlecht.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx1ldL5xdcU

An wen das Gestammel von Frau Chebli lebhaft erinnert:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7TboWvVERU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF6u0S61soI

China

7.10.2015 – Want China Times

Saudi military uses Chinese self-propelled howitzers in Yemen

Saudi Arabia recently deployed PLZ-45 155mm self-propelled howitzers built by China North Industries Corporation in Yemen as it fights Houthi rebels in the region, Shanghai's Guancha Syndicate reported on Apr. 20.

Known more commonly as the Type 88 in China, the PLZ-45 had been sold to various countries in the Arab world including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Algeria. The Saudi Arabian Army has recently become the first military force to deploy the PLZ-45 on the battlefield. Photos provided by the Saudi Arabian Army showed that the PLZ-45s were firing on Houthi rebels from their defensive positions together with the ammunition carriers.

"As the parental home of those PLZ-45s, China is happy to see its daughters performing well on foreign soil," the article said proudly. "This should be considered a pride for China's defense industry." At the same time, the Guancha Syndicate added that PLZ-45's automatic fire suppression systems can not yet be compared to Germany's Artillery Gun Module or Russia's 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 155mm self-propelled howitzers and that more improvements were needed to enhance the vehicle's fighting capability.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150423000109&cid=1101

Kommentar: Auch die Chinesen… Was die chinesischen Waffenproduzenten hier noch mit Stolz ausposaunen, warden die amerikanischen, britischen, französischen, deutschen sicher auch denken.

Terrorismus

7.10.2015 – Aljazeera

ISIL claims suicide bombings in Yemen's Aden

Group says four suicide bombers took part in attack that left four UAE soldiers and at least 11 others dead.

A Yemeni affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack on an Arab coalition base that killed at least 15 troops, including four UAE soldiers.

The group made the claim through its affiliated accounts on Twitter on Tuesday, posting a series of photos depicting the bombings and pictures of the suicide attackers involved.

"Four martyrdom operations targeted a gathering of Saudi, Emirati, and Yemeni offices," a statement released by the group said.

The names of the attackers in the pictures suggested those involved were all Yemeni in origin.

Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, who has reportedly extensively from Yemen, said the claim of responsibility by ISIL marked the start of "strange scenario" in Yemen.

"On the one hand, we have government forces and the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis, and now you have ISIL fighting the government and Houthi forces," he said.

"You'll have the [southern] secessionists fighting al-Qaeda, and ISIL fighting al-Qaeda at the same time ... It will be a complete nightmare scenario in the near future.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/isil-claim-bombing-coalition-base-yemen-aden-151006144810019.html

6.10.2015 – The American Interest

ISIS Attacks Saudi Coalition in Yemen

The ISIS claim may not be true; the group would have plenty of incentive to opportunistically claim credit for another group’s dirty work. It could also just be an one-off attack. But if ISIS is starting to get more involved in the Yemeni civil war, this attack could mark the beginning of a big problem for Saudi Arabia.

As WRM wrote on Monday, the Saudis are confronting a host of strategic problems across the region right now, including Iranian-backed Shi’a aggression in general and the Iranian-supported Houthi insurgency in Yemen. They are therefore trying to build a united Sunni front to confront the Shi’a and the House of Saud may be tempted to turn a blind eye toward domestic funding of groups like ISIS that, though they might go too far (in Saudi thinking), at least fight the “right” enemy.

But history shows that radical terror groups, prominently al Qaeda, bear no love for the Saudi government, and ISIS is no different. If the jihadi group becomes a third player in the Yemeni war, that involvement will complicate even further what’s already starting to look like a quagmire for the Saudis.

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2015/10/06/isis-attacks-saudi-coalition-in-yemen/

6.10.2015 – Die Presse

Krieg um Jemen: Regierung in Hotel angegriffen

emens Kabinett ist einer Anschlagserie mit mindestens 15 Todesopfern unverletzt entkommen. Ministerpräsident Khaled Bahah teilte mit, dass am Dienstagmorgen zwei Raketen nahe des Palasthotels in der Hafenstadt Aden eingeschlagen seien, in dem er und seine Minister derzeit untergebracht sind. Ein Sprecher sagte, dass die Politiker in Sicherheit gebracht worden seien.

Die Terrormiliz "Islamischer Staat" beanspruchte die Tat in einer zunächst nicht verifizierbaren Stellungnahme im Internet für sich und stellte die Anschläge anders dar: Vier Selbstmordattentäter hätten sich mit sprengstoffbeladenen Autos in die Luft gejagt. Die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) machte dagegen die Houthi-Rebellen verantwortlich.

Die Stadt im Süden des Bürgerkriegslandes war am Morgen von mehreren Explosionen erschüttert worden. Sie zielten auch auf zwei Gebäude, die von Truppen der mit Bahah verbündeten Emirate genutzt werden. Die Armeeführung teilte über die Nachrichtenagentur des Landes mit, dass dabei vier Soldaten getötet worden seien.

Insgesamt sprach die Agentur von 15 Toten; es seien auch verbündete örtliche Kräfte unter den Opfern gewesen.

http://diepresse.com/home/politik/aussenpolitik/4836653/Krieg-um-Jemen_Regierung-in-Hotel-angegriffen siehe auch http://orf.at/stories/2302608/ und http://orf.at/stories/2302582/

6.10.2015 – Twitter

ISIS claimed responsibility of #Aden carbombs attack&released pics of 4 suicide bombers

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/651398573519712256 und https://twitter.com/zain_zenal/status/651408442985435136

6.10.2015 – USA Today

New ISIL affiliate claims deadly Yemen attacks

A new Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for a series of blasts in Yemen on Tuesday that killed at least 15 members of a Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in the country.

A statement on Twitter accounts close to the militants said four suicide bombers targeted Saudi, Emirati and Yemeni troops in the southern port city of Aden, the Associated Press reported.

The statement said a militant named Abu Saad al-Adani first attacked driving a truck bomb before suicide bomber Abu Mohammed al-Sahli targeted the al-Qasr hotel, used as a base by Yemen's Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and his cabinet, killing those inside, according to the AP.

It added that another two bombers attacked an administrative headquarters of the United Arab Emirates' military. The UAE is part of the coalition targeting the rebels, known as Houthis. UAE authorities said four of its soldiers were killed.

Government officials said Bahah was not hurt in the attack at the al-Qasr hotel, Al Jazeera reported.

The UAE's WAM news agency initially said the attacks were launched by the Houthis and their allies — forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/10/06/yemen-hotel-government/73431622/

6.10.2015 – BBC

Yemen conflict: PM Bahah escapes Aden hotel attack

Attacks in Aden on a hotel used by Yemen's prime minister and two military installations have killed 15 Saudi-led coalition troops and pro-government fighters, Emirati state media say.

Explosions rocked the Qasr hotel, the headquarters of the UAE's forces in the city and a camp early on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and members of his government escaped unharmed.

The UAE blamed rocket-fire from Houthi rebels, but Islamic State (IS) said suicide bombers were responsible.

Jihadist militants have reportedly been seen on the streets of Aden since southern militiamen backed by coalition forces drove the Houthis out of the city in July before advancing northwards and creating a security vacuum.

Yemeni government spokesman Rajeh Badi told the Associated Press that the Qasr hotel in the al-Buraiqa district, the UAE's military headquarters in the nearby palace of Sheikh Farid al-Awlaqi, and a camp where Emirati troops are housed in the al-Shaab district were all hit by rockets fired from outside the city limits.

The prime minister and his ministers were safe and unhurt, he said.

The official Saudi Press Agency also cited a coalition statement blaming rocket fire. Coalition forces had "responded to the source of fire and destroyed the vehicles" used to launch them, it said.

But a statement posted online by a newly formed IS affiliate, Aden-Abyan Province, asserted that it had carried out four suicide attacks, two of them targeting the Qasr hotel.

The local newspaper Aden al-Ghad had earlier cited Yemeni security sources as saying the explosions were the result of car bombings.

The sources said gunmen armed with automatic weapons and mortars had fought guards stationed at the main gate of the Qasr Hotel, before driving an explosives-packed vehicle into the compound and blowing it up.

Before IS claimed responsibility, the UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs had blamed the attacks on the Houthis and allied army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who he claimed were determined to destroy Yemen.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34451549 siehe auch http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/06/grenade-fire-hits-yemeni-governments-hotel-base-in-aden

Kommentar: Die Huthis als Urheber würden der Propaganda in den Kram passen – aber selbst wenn: Wie viele Luftangriffe auf Militär- und Polizeieinrichtungen, auf Regierungs- und Verwaltungsgebäude, auf die Privathäuser von Politikern und deren verwandten haben die Saudis schon durchgeführt? Das ist dann natürlich nicht „determined to destroy Yemen”. Just speaking bullshit.

6.10.2015 – Aljazeera

Coalition troops killed after attack in Yemen's Aden

Four UAE soldiers of Arab coalition among 15 killed in attacks on military base and hotel in southern city.

Attacks on several targets in the Yemeni-port city of Aden have killed 15 soldiers from the Arab coalition and its allies in Yemen, according to the official WAM news agency based in the United Arab Emirates.

Explosions hit a hotel housing Yemeni officials and a Gulf military base in Aden, a government spokesman and residents said on Tuesday, in the biggest attack on the government since it retook the city from its Houthi foes in July.

Official news agency said of the dead, four were Emiratis and one was Saudi.

All government ministers and the prime minister were safe and unhurt, Yemeni officials said, adding that the cabinet will imminently hold an emergency meeting on the attack.

Members of the Gulf coalition have been providing security at the luxury al-Qasr hotel, and Yemeni government officials' presence there makes it a highly symbolic target for the rebels.

Witnesses said the hotel was on fire and that there are ambulances at the scene.

An account affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for the attack, posting pictures of the four suicide bombers were behind the explosions.

The claim of responsibility could not be independently verified.

Anwar Gargash, the Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs, said Tuesday's attack was "the latest proof" that the Houthis and their allies are out to destroy Yemen.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/gulf-coalition-troops-yemen-die-aden-attack-151006101407323.html

6.10.2015 – CNN

Deadly blasts hit Yemen hotel that houses government officials

Explosions rocked a southern Yemeni hotel that houses members of deposed President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's government, officials said, in a deadly attack Tuesday that drew conflicting accounts about the weapons used and who was behind it.

At least 15 people were killed in the attack on the Al Qasr Hotel in Aden, according to WAM, the news agency for the United Arab Emirates.

All Yemeni government officials staying at the hotel -- including Prime Minister Khaled Bahah -- were unharmed and evacuated, Transport Minister Badr Basalma told CNN.

Four UAE soldiers were among the dead, WAM said. And the Saudi official press agency SPA said one Saudi soldier died. Both countries have contributed troops in a battle against Yemen's Houthi rebels, hoping to restore Hadi to power.

Information about what exploded, and who was responsible, varied.

Basalma said two rockets hit the building, and another landed outside. He blamed the Houthi rebels and militias loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who preceded Hadi in office.

However, the Sunni Islamist militant group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said happened in a much different manner.

ISIS, in a statement posted on Twitter, said that suicide bombers blew up two explosive-laden vehicles at the hotel.

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/06/middleeast/yemen-violence/

Flüchtlinge

6.10.2015 – Al Araby

Hundreds of thousands flee war in Yemen

More than 114,000 people have fled war-torn Yemen, and the figure could reach at least 200,000 by the end of 2016, aid officials said Tuesday.

"Close to 70,000 people fleeing the crisis have arrived in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan," the UN refugee agency [UNHCR] and International Organisation for Migration [IOM] said in a statement.

"Up to 44,080 people are reported to have arrived in Saudi Arabia and Oman."

The IOM said the number of people fleeing Yemen to neighbouring nations could rise to over 200,000 by the end of next year.

"Refugees and migrants arrive after many hours at sea often traumatised and exhausted, with few personal belongings, and in urgent need of food, water and emergency healthcare," top IOM official Ashraf El Nour said, at a meeting in the Kenyan capital to coordinate the response to the crisis.

Tens of thousands of Somali refugees have also fled back home from Yemen, adding to three million already in need in the Horn of Africa nation.

Most of the Somali refugees, who originally fled hunger and conflict in Somalia before being caught up in war in Yemen, have crossed the Gulf of Aden by boat to the Horn of Africa country's northern Somaliland and Puntland regions.

http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2015/10/6/hundreds-of-thousands-flee-war-in-yemen

5.10.2015 – BBC (Fotoserie)

In pictures: The Somalis fleeing home from Yemen

For years many Somalis have fled the instability and fighting in their homeland, crossing the Gulf of Aden to Yemen. But since the start of the Yemeni conflict in March, some of them have been fleeing once more - and returning home in crowded boats that dock at in the northern port of Bossasso.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34384902

15:44 07.10.2015
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