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Allgemein / General

12.10.2015 – Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights (Organisation from Yemen)

Saudi-led Coalition turns Yemeni wedding parties into tragedies

Through its field research, Mwatana Organization for Human Rights has documented tens of air strikes attacks against civilians the latest of which are two horrific airstrikes that hit two on wedding parties in two different districts of the country.

Oct. 7, 2015, Sanaban wedding, Dhamar: 41 civilians were killed including12 women and 15 children.

On Oct. 7, 2015, an airstrike hit a wedding party in Sanaban village, Dhamar province northern Yemen. 41 civilians were killed including 12 women and 15 children when an air strike by Saudi-led coalition targeted a wedding gathering at the house of Mohammed Saleh Ghawbah. on Wed. at Oct.7,2015, 9:30pm, the three-stories house was packed with tens of men, women and children celebrating the marriage ceremony of three youths in Sanaban village. The village is 25 km away eastern Dhamar and has a population of 2841 people according to 2004 census. Mwatana has met some eye –witnesses who said that they heard an aircraft buzzing overhead shortly before the attack struck. According to their testimonies, there were no military positions in or around the village and that the closest checkpoint was 3km far from the village.

Mwatana Organization for Human Rights verified that 41 civilian were killed including 15 children (8 males and 7 females), 12 women, and other 42 civilians were injured including 14 children (12 males and 2 females), 11 women.

Sept.28, 2015, Waheja Wedding – Taiz southern Yemen: 26 civilians were killed including 12 women and 13 children

Mwatana Organization for Human Rights has verified that 26 civilians were killed in an air strike by Saudi-led coalition on a pavilion for female guests including 12 women and 13 children on Monday Sept.28, 2015 in Wahja village, Dhobab district, Taiz province. During its field research, Mwatana conducted interviews with eyewitnesses who said that they heard an aircraft buzzing overhead between 9:30 and 10:00am before the attack. Waheja is coastal village, 10km away from Mocha city and has a population of 1000 people.

Mwatana Organization for Human Rights has so far documented over 45 airstrikes by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition that killed and wounded hundreds of Yemeni civilians in twelve Yemeni provinces. The organization is going to publish an independent report detailing the findings of these strikes. Mwatana is currently investigating into violations of human rights either by air strikes of Saudi-led or the ongoing armed internal conflicts.

Kommentar: Auch gegenüber den Huthis kritisch, siehe etwa und

12.10.2015 – Newsweek / Human Rights Watch

The Tragic Civilian Toll of Airstrikes in Yemen

One of the main reasons for the high number of civilian casualties in Yemen is that the warring parties are using explosive weapons with wide-area effect in populated areas—in other words, they are using powerful bombs and rockets in towns and cities. This does not only apply to the Saudi-led coalition. We have also documented that artillery rockets and shells fired by Houthi forces have killed and wounded civilians, though in far fewer numbers.

Some of the deadliest incidents we have documented occurred when bombs hit large gatherings of civilians, for example in marketplaces, or in the reported recent attacks on weddings. For many of these attacks we simply don't know what the target was. Did the coalition believe that the large gatherings were Houthi forces or did they carry out attacks on valid military targets using weapons or methods of attack that caused large civilian loss of life?

Under the laws of war, civilians and civilian objects may never be deliberate targets of attack. Saudi Arabia has denied that the coalition is targeting civilians. Nonetheless, the high civilian casualties in a number of attacks indicates that the coalition is not taking the necessary precautions to minimize civilian casualties, or that it is carrying out attacks that fail to distinguish between fighters and civilians in violation of the laws of war.

Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have shown no sign that it is investigating these alleged unlawful attacks, as the laws of war require. Instead, coalition spokespeople have sometimes implausibly denied responsibility for the attacks. And Saudi Arabia blocked an effort to create an international inquiry into the conduct of all warring parties at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in September, and the final resolution that passed instead made reference to a national inquiry led by the Yemeni government in exile.

Public criticism of the high civilian death toll in Yemen is increasing, however. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an end to the bombing, and a U.S. Senate Committee is holding up arms sales to Saudi because of the air campaign in Yemen has led to concerns about the high number of civilian casualties. Governments that are supporting the Saudi coalition should join in this public criticism and use their leverage to change the way the Saudi-led coalition conducts the war – by Ole Solvang, Human Rights Watch =

Humanitäre Lage

12.10.2015 – Oxfam

Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #8, 12th October 15

Oxfam in Hajja and Hodeidah has now provided 245,994 people with safe and clean water. This includes both internally displaced people and the host community. Oxfam is also doing public health promotion activities, constructing latrines and distributing hygiene and shelter kits, that include mattresses, kitchen sets, cleaning products, etc... In Al Hudaydah governorate Oxfam recently provided 15,000 people with cash so they can buy food and other needs in local markets.

In Amran, Oxfam scaled up its activities to provide clean and safe water to 34,587 people in 105 locations and 142 distribution points in the Huth, Khamir and Al-Qafla districts. On average, each person is receiving 14 litres per day. The team is setting up a new water network and rehabilitating old ones to ensure a more sustainable access to water. The team has also done public health promotion to complement this.

After assessing the situation in Taiz, Oxfam scaled up its operations there and is now trucking clean drinking water to 169 dispalced households living in 9 schools and public buildings in Al Shamayatayn district.

Oxfam is coordinating with Aden Local Water and Sanitation Corporation (LWSC) to resume its support to the LWSC operation. in full:

Kulturerbe / Cultural Heritage

13.10.2015 – Al Yemeni

Obliterating Sana’a City, bombing Unesco heritage

While the war in Yemen is going on, concerns are increasing about the destruction of the old city of Sana’a, especially as the city already suffers from problems in its infrastructure, and the UNESCO is concerned about the heritage of Sana’a.

Until 2015, the focus had been on protecting Sana’a from natural disasters but, with the onset of the Saudi-led military coalition’s Operation Decisive Storm, a new unprecedented wave of destruction threatened the ancient city and its heritage.

Deputy Head of the General Authority for the Preservation of Historic Cities Nabeel Mansar says the latest air strike, in which Ayni’s family and their neighbours died, destroyed and damaged 58 houses. He blames the coalition for bombarding an unique historic city in violation of all the international conventions which ban targeting ancient areas. Mansar says that international organizations should take full responsibility for the systematic targeting of Yemen’s history.

The old city has been affected by the bombarding of nearby military sites, including Noqm Mount, east of Sana’a, in addition to the shelling of other locations within Sana’a. The first time Old Sana’a was directly hit was on June 12 in a widely condemned incident that claimed the lives of at least five people and destroyed a number of houses in Qassimi neighbourhood.

“I am profoundly distressed by the loss of human lives as well as by the damage inflicted on one of the world’s oldest jewels of Islamic urban landscape,” declared Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. “I am shocked by the images of these magnificent multi-storied tower-houses and serene gardens reduced to rubble.”

A resident: “I do not know why Old Sana’a has been targeted. They know very well it neither poses any threat nor contains weapons. What is has is ancient buildings and civilians. It was clearly barbaric and haphazard shelling.”

“The houses of Old Sana’a do not stand bombardment, especially since many of them are already dilapidated,” said archeologist Islam Ha’el. “Every now and then, a house in the Old Sana’a collapses. In fact, when a large lorry passes through the city’s neighborhoods, the houses shake.”

Ha’el says the city suffers from neglect due to a lack of resources, which prevents the government from maintaining these houses, baths, markets and other landmarks. “I am afraid that one day we will wake up to see the Old City reduced to rubbles. The initial estimates show that the city’s houses have been damaged, cracked or partially or totally destroyed as result of many factors, including the big explosions caused by the coalition raids on Noqm Mount which is very close to Old Sana’a.

I could not believe that they targeted Sana’a. Many of my foreign friends asked me whether Sana’a was truly bombarded because it constitutes a history of the entire humanity, not just of Yemen. Targeting Sana’a means attacking history, not only Yemenis,” he concluded – by Mohammed Al Kawmani

12.10.2015 – The Guardian (Photo series / Fotoserie)

Yemen’s war-shattered medieval city of Sa'ada – in pictures

Airstrikes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition force have destroyed much of the northern city of Sa’ada, a Houthi rebel stronghold and Unesco heritage site - Photographs by Adam Bailes

11.10.2015 – Yemen Tourism

Dhamar Museum

It is the main museum of the Dhamar Province which was targeted and completely destroyed by the Arabian coalition's airstrike. It used to contain more than 12 thousand artifacts of dedicatory stelae and the monuments which were at the museum were dated back to thousands of years.

Its pre-Islamic collection comprises over hundred inscriptions of various provenance and period, whereas the section dedicated to the Islamic archaeology contains some ornamented artifacts bearing Arabic inscriptions, in addition to jewels and other handmade products of traditional handicrafts in Dhamar.
The most important object is the wooden pulpit (Minbar) from the Great Mosque of Dhamar city, which is dated to the fourth century AH.

Lage in Taiz / Situation at Taiz

13.10.2015 – Facebook

On the humanitarian situation in the city of ‪#‎Taiz ..
By about six months the Houthi militia and Saleh’s forces went to the south, to Taiz and then Aden. On 21 of March 2015, Houthis forces arrived to the outskirts of the city of Taiz, trying to enter the city and control it. This was met with vehement rejection by Taizis who marched on peaceful demonstrations to reject Houthis’ attempt to take over their governorate.

On 24 March large demonstrations took to the front of the Central Security Service, loyal to former President (Ali Abdullah Saleh). The peaceful protesters were met with severe use of force by the Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former Prime (Saleh) killing 15 protesters and injuring dozens others.

After this incident, different groups in Taiz called for armed resistance agasint Houthi calling itself (Popular Resistance), which recognize the legitimacy of the internationally recognized President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his government against the Houthi-led invasion of the city.

Huthi forces headed to the port city of Aden after control on the outskirts of the city of Taiz, which is geographically the northern gate of the South. Southern provinces started falling one after another. Then on 26 March Saudi Arabia announced the formation of Arab coalition and started military operations against the Houthis and Saleh's forces in order to restore the legitimacy of Hadi and his government.

Airstrikes conducted by the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the armed conflict between the so-called Popular Resistance forces and rebels for more than six months in the city of Taiz has led to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation. The Yemeni government in exile had announced earlier that the city of Taiz province a disaster.

Houthi rebels have then enforced a right blockage on the city including:
1 . Houthis blocked entry of drinking water to the city since early September.
2. Huthi prevent entry of humanitarian aid, medical aid, medicines provided by international and local NGOs since early August.
3. Prevented the entry of cooking gas and vegetables and fruits into the city.
4. Blocked the entry of fueld to the city

The armed clashes in Taiz led to the bombing of the city’s water plant and electricity which led to the interruption of water and electricity services in the city for more than 5 months continuously.

About 90% of the hospitals in Taiz closed due to damage or lack of medical supplies. Only four hospitals are still working with a limited capacity. Even Alhzh hospital, one of Taiz hospitals which is one fo the few hospitals that are still running came under direct bombardment by the Houthi rebels for more than once. On 5 October, the hospital announced kidney failure disease center within the hospital cannot provide services to hundreds of patients because of lack of fuel and medical supplies. The only cancer hospital in the city being completely closed to the violent shelling by Saleh's forces and rebels. Dengue spread, garbage is everywhere causing infectious diseases.
And in the history of the 11 October 2015 announcement Revolution Hospital in Taiz:
The oxygen cylinders fully implemented, the laboratory is no longer its solutions for your blood mindray will depend on the reception of cases

All vegetables markets closed, and the intensity of the blockade imposed by the rebels led to the formation of black markets for the sale of water and firewood alternative to gas!

This is the city of Taiz, Yemen, the city that the legitimate government announced it was a disaster and did not do something to help it. Taiz residents and activists, all appeal to the international community and the United Nations to the suffering civilians have to been enduring due to the siege and constant bombardment – by Hussam Almolaiki

13.10.2015 – WSBTV

Fierce Clashes Break Out in Yemen's Taiz (Film)

Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

13.10.2015 – Iran English Radio

Saudi airstrikes leave seven people martyred in Yemen

The latest wave of Saudi air raids against Yemen has claimed the lives of seven people, including a child, in Yemen.

According to reports, five people, including four women, lost their lives and 10 others sustained injuries in the Saudi air raids on the Khawkhah district of Yemen’s western Hudaydah Province on Tuesday.

Saudi warplanes also launched three air raids against the Baqim district and four assaults against the Hidan district, both located in the northwestern Yemen Sa’ada Province. The attacks claimed the lives of a woman and a child.

Elsewhere in the west, Saudi aircraft launched two airstrikes against Sana’a Province. =

13.10.2015 – Emirates 24 7

Liberation of Sana imminent; Yemen Army Chief praises UAE forces

Yemen's Chief of Army Staff, General Mohammed Al Makodshi praised the precious and unprecedented sacrifices offered by the UAE armed forces to support the aspirations of the Yemeni people. Al Makodshi confirmed to Al Khaleej that the joint forces have pursued the remnants of the rebels out of Marib and that the liberalisation of Sana’a is imminent. Sultan Al Aradhah, Marib Governor said that the Yemeni national army with the assistance of the coalition forces are continuing to remove emaining pockets of Houthi militia in Sarwah and Majzar.

The Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, yesterday, launched seven air raids south of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, killing 11 Houthi rebels and members of the forces loyal to Yemen's ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Emarat Al Youm reports. In the province of Saada, stronghold of the Houthis (242km north-west of Sanaa), local sources said that coalition aircraft bombed the communications network and targeted several Houthi positions. In Mokha, Taiz city, local sources reported that the Arab coalition also launched a series of air raids leaving considerable damage in the ranks of the rebels. siehe auch und

Kommentar: Erfolgsmeldungen und Propaganda. Die “Befreiung” von Sanaa kennt man schon. Ebenso die Lobhudeleien der jemenitischen Vasallen für die Besatzungstruppen, dismal die VAR. Und ebenso, dass alle, die bei den Luftangriffen getroffen werden, „Huthis“ und „Rebellen“ sind. So gibt es einfach nie zivile Opfer, und wenn die „Huthis“ Frauen oder 1 Jahr alt sind, sind es immer noch „Huthis“ und „Rebellen“. Und das ist auch nichts Neues, das auf genau demselben Kriegsschauplatz die Gegenseite ebenfalls Erfolge für sich reklamiert:

13.10.2015 – Fars News

Yemeni Forces Advance in Ma'rib Province

The Yemeni army and popular forces took control of several strategic villages in Ma'rib province.

"The Yemeni popular and tribal forces launched a surprise attack on the Saudi-led forces in Ma'rib, killing tens of them and injuring dozens more," Ansarullah Commander Ebrahim Abdel Salam al-Bakhiti told FNA on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Yemeni army and popular forces repelled an attack by the Saudi forces and pro-Hadi militias in Ma'rib province in the Eastern parts of Yemen despite the ongoing airstrikes on their positions by the coalition forces.

"Heavy clashes broke out between the Yemeni forces and pro-Saudi militants in Ma'rib province," Yemeni Army Commander Khaled al-Nouri told FNA, adding that "the Yemeni troops pushed the Saudi-led forces back and killed tens of them while the Saudi jets struck the Yemeni positions over 100 times".

The army commander reiterated that the Yemeni forces have pushed back the Saudi army, pro-Hadi militias and Al-Qaeda terrorists from several parts of Ma'rib province.

A military source said on October 8 that the Yemeni forces have inflicted heavy losses on the Saudi-led military contingent in the Sirwah district in Ma'rib, which lies about 120 kilometers (75 miles) East of the capital, Sana’a.

The source added that the Saudi-led forces were killed when Yemeni army troopers and their allies engaged them near the Kofel military camp.

The source also told Yemen's Saba news agency that Saudi warplanes have conducted a number of sorties over Kofel district, Sirwah market as well as Jebel Hilan, and purportedly dropped a number of phosphorus bombs across Sirwah.

The source said Yemeni army and Popular Committees are making further headway in the fight against the Saudi forces, praising tribesmen from Ma'rib for their support for the Yemeni forces.

Kommentar: Yemeni Forces: Hier Houthis und Verbündete.

12.10.2015 – Emirates 24 7

Arab coalition forces move closer towards Yemen's Mukha port

Coalition forces seeking to restore legitimacy in conflict-battered Yemen have inched closer towards the strategic Yemeni Red Sea port of Mukha in the Western Taiz province as they battle their way towards the Houthi-held capital Sanaa.

Saudi forces in Yemen have also foiled an infiltration attempt by the Houthis and inflict heavy losses on them as they prepare to advance on Al Hudaydah and Mukha.

In a report from Yemen, the UAE daily ‘Al Bayan’ quoted a military communiqué by the Saudi-led coalition as declaring the two towns of Al Hudaydah and Mukha as military zones in preparation for a fresh military operation.

“The communiqué set a zero hour for an operation to advance on Al Hudaydah and Mukha to liberate the two cities from the Houthis and their allies,” the paper said.

It quoted military sources as saying coalition jets have intensified their attacks in that area as more allied reinforcements arrived in preparation for Mukha battle.

“Military sources said that the Yemeni national army units backed by the coalition forces are now closer to Mukha,” the paper said. “They said that a new operation will be launched shortly by these units and the coalition to seize Mukha.”

The paper also quoted Yemeni naval forces commander Abdullah Al Nakhi as saying Mukha would be “liberated” soon and that military operations would continue until the entire Yemeni Red Sea coast is seized by the national army and the coalition.

Kommentar: Von der Sprache her: die übliche Propagandasprache: to restore legitimacy¸ liberate the two cities. Bemerkenswert: “declaring the two towns of Al Hudaydah and Mukha as military zones” bedeutet, dass die Koalition sich das Recht herausnimmt, dort alles als militärische Ziele zu betrachten und zu bombardieren. Sie werden dann pauschal behaupten, dass sie entweder a) keinen einzigen Zivilisten beschossen haben, oder b) die Bevölkerung vorgewarnt hätten, das Gebiet zu verlassen.

12.10.2015 – Iran German Radio

Jemen: Luftangriff Saudi-Arabiens traf das Gefängnis in der Stadt al-Baida'

Saudische Kampfflugzeuge haben am Sonntag das Gefängnis der zentraljemenitischen Stadt al-Baida' angegriffen, und 30 Jemenitische Bürger getötet und 50 weitere verletzt.

Laut der staatlichen jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur, SABA, griffen die saudischen Kampfflugzeuge das Eingangstor und einige Teile dieses Gefängnisses, in dem 160 Häftlinge einsaßen, an. Außerdem griffen saudische Kampfflugzeuge am heutigen Montag verschiedene Region der Provinz Taizz, wie die Region Dschouf und Stadtmarkt von Motun, an, wobei Geschäfte und Wohnhäuser zerstört wurden. Bei dem Luftangriff Saudi-Arabiens am Sonntag auf verschiedene Regionen Jemens sind 35 Menschen getötet worden.

12.10.2015 – Iran German Radio

Jemen: Luftangriff Saudi-Arabiens traf das Gefängnis in der Stadt al-Baida'

Saudische Kampfflugzeuge haben am Sonntag das Gefängnis der zentraljemenitischen Stadt al-Baida' angegriffen, und 30 Jemenitische Bürger getötet und 50 weitere verletzt.

Laut der staatlichen jemenitischen Nachrichtenagentur, SABA, griffen die saudischen Kampfflugzeuge das Eingangstor und einige Teile dieses Gefängnisses, in dem 160 Häftlinge einsaßen, an. Außerdem griffen saudische Kampfflugzeuge am heutigen Montag verschiedene Region der Provinz Taizz, wie die Region Dschouf und Stadtmarkt von Motun, an, wobei Geschäfte und Wohnhäuser zerstört wurden. Bei dem Luftangriff Saudi-Arabiens am Sonntag auf verschiedene Regionen Jemens sind 35 Menschen getötet worden. =

12.10.2015 – Shia Post

Saudi warplanes kill 35 people in Yemen

Saudi warplanes have continued their brutal bombardment of Yemeni targets, killing dozens of more people across the country.

Saudi fighters on Sunday targeted residential areas in the town of Hidan in Sa’ada Province seven times.

Four civilians were killed and eleven others injured in the attacks.

The jets also targeted water reserve and distribution centers in the town.

The war planes bombarded the town’s market place 20 times, as well, killing three people there.

The planes also attacked Atis region near the town of Kitaf in Sa’ada Province, killing five Yemenis.

Several regions in Ma’rib Province were also attacked, including Sarvah, and Wadi Hobab.

The Saudis reportedly used cluster bombs in the attacks on Wadi Hobab.

Saudi warplanes also bombarded the main prison in the central province of Bayda, killing 15 people and injuring more. A group of prisoners managed to escape from the prison after the attack.

Saudi warplanes also bombarded the residential area of Yemen’s Presidential Palace in the capital, Sana’a. At least eight missiles also landed in the palace area. The al-Nahdein area was also bombarded by Saudi warplanes.

Reports added that at least five people were killed in similar airstrikes on the province of Hudaydah. Saudi military aircraft targeted the airport and an air defense camp in the province.

It was also reported that Saudi warplanes pounded Ta’izz, killing three people, including two children and a woman.

12.10.2015 – Press TV Iran

Saudi airstrikes continue taking Yemeni lives

At least one civilian has been killed and another wounded in Saudi Arabia’s latest airstrike on Yemen.

The civilian casualties came on Monday after Saudi fighter jets targeted Mahabishah district in the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

Saudi warplanes also carried out raids against several districts in northwestern province of Sa’ada, destroying a telecommunications network.

Earlier on Sunday, Saudi fighter jets targeted residential areas in the town of Hidan in Sa’ada Province several times, killing four civilians and injuring eleven others.

The war planes also bombarded the town’s market place 20 times, killing four people there.

According to Yemen's al-Masirah TV network, the Saudis used cluster bombs in the attacks on the Hidan market.

Saudi fighter jets also pounded Sana’a province, leaving five Yemenis dead.

Fifteen others lost their lives when a prison was bombed in the central province of Bayda. A group of prisoners managed to escape from the prison after the attack.

Saudi warplanes also bombarded the residential area of Yemen’s Presidential Palace in the capital, Sana’a.

11.10.2015 – UPI

Saudi-led coalition airstrike kills 20 prisoners in Yemen

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels killed at least 20 prisoners in the country's al-Bayda province on Sunday.

Xinhua news agency, quoting witnesses and medical sources, reported the strikes hit a Houthi-controlled prison housing up to 100 detainees. At least 30 others were injured in the attacks.

The strike coincided with multiple air raids against Houthi positions in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa – by Fred Lambert

11.10.2015 – Khaleej Times

17 killed as Arab coalition forces storm rebel sites in Yemen

The air strikes targeted storehouses of the electricity authority at Al Hudaida governorate that had been used by Houthi militias to stash weapons and ammunitions.

The air forces of the Arab coalition have launched onslaughts at a number of sites held by the rebels -- Houthi militias and pro-Saleh forces -- in governorates of Sanaa, Taiz, and Al-Bayda on Sunday, killing a dozen of the militias. The Yemen resistance forces and national army also engaged with the rebels in some northern governorates of Yemen.

The air sorties of the Arab coalition pounded some key sites where Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh had taken shelters at Al Nahdain mountain and presidential place in Sanaa. The air force launched extensive air strikes at the Camp 26 at Al Sawadiya neighborhood in Al-Bayda governorate.

The air strikes targeted storehouses of the electricity authority at Al Hudaida governorate that had been used by Houthi militias to stash weapons and ammunitions. Another military site of Houthi and Saleh forces in Al Jawf governorate, east of Yemen, has been bombed as well.

According to reliable information, a total of 17 Houthis militias and pro-Saleh forces were killed, and ten others were injured in shootout at Al Wazi'iyah district, west of Taiz.

The Arab coalition forces have stepped up its strikes at the Red Sea western coastal city of Mocha, Taiz, in a primary step to be liberated from the grip of the rebels. The bombardment coincided with the arrival of further military support to the Arab coalition and national Yemeni military so as to gain control on Mocha city.

The joint Arab forces been making made steady progress at different areas in governorate of Taiz, and managed to exercise control on strategic Mushref mountain at Al Wazi'iyah district, west of the city, following fierce confrontation with the Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted president Saleh -- a matter, which would lessen the possibility to the rebels to make an advance towards governorate of Lahij in the south – by Mustafa Al Zarooni

Kommentar: Soll man diesen Artikel gleich bei Propaganda einordnen? Als Begründung für die Bombardierung eines Elektrizitätswerks anzugeben, dass der Feind dort Waffen und Munition versteckt hätte, ist schon mehr als einfältig. Warum sollte er das ausgerechnet dort tun? Die Fotos aus den Ruinen zeigen: Hier waren keine Waffen und Munition ( Es ging hier wie bei so vielen ähnlichen Angriffen nur um eines: die Zerstörung der (zivilen) Infrastruktur. Das wird mit aller Konsequenz bis zu der allerletzten Minute betrieben, solange der Feind das Gebiet auch nur noch teilweise kontrolliert. – Alle Getöteten werden hier als „militia“ bezeichnet, warten wir auf die Bilder von Frauen und Kindern. In der Provinz Al Badiya wurde kein Camp der Huthis getroffen, sondern das Provinzgefängnis, mit 30 Toten, ein Teil der Gefangenen, auch Al Kaida-Leute, konnte entkommen.

Kindersoldaten / Child soldiers

11.10.2015 – International Business Times

Yemen War Fought By Children? Minors Fight Battles, Man Checkpoints As Saudi-Led Coalition Battles Houthi Rebels

Children constitute roughly one-third of the fighters in Yemen, according to a United Nations official cited by Gulf News Sunday. The official said a growing number of children have been pulled into the conflict as it has intensified in recent months.

“We are seeing children in battle, at checkpoints and, unfortunately, among [those] killed and injured,” Julien Harneis, Unicef’s representative in Yemen, reportedly said during a stop in Geneva.

Exactly how many children are fighting in Yemen is hard to determine, but officials estimated about 30 percent of the fighters in armed groups were minors. The U.N. documented the recruitment in 2013 of 106 children, some as young as 6 years old, but indicated the comparable number may have risen sharply since then.

Child soldiers were reportedly particularly visible among Houthi factions, as children were spotted guarding buildings and manning checkpoints. At least 77 children have been killed in fighting since the country spiraled into a civil war in March, but Harneis said the conflict-related deaths among children were likely much higher than has been reported – by Michael Kaplan

11.10.2015 – The National UAE

Yemen’s child soldiers need rehabilitation

Cynically recruiting children to take up arms for a cause they do not, and cannot, understand is the height of moral and ethical bankruptcy. It is an obscenity. Yet with estimates that up to a third of their fighting force are teenagers, it is clear that the Houthis are attempting to exploit and pollute an entire generation of Yemenis. They have stolen their childhood, deprived them of an education and proper religious instruction, and denied them a future.

We should also take an active role in demobbing and rehabilitating the young soldiers who have been so cynically drafted into the conflict. Lest the cycle of violence perpetuate itself, they will need help to reclaim their childhood, with all the simple pleasures, recreation, education and moral instruction that that entails. It is too late for Ahmed, but his generation can still be saved.

Kommentar: Natürlich werden hier nur die Huthis, nicht die sog. „Resistance“ beschuldigt. Zum letzten Absatz: Immerhin.

Hadi-Regierung / Hadi government

12.10.2015 – Guardian (from AFP)

Yemen PM, president in Saudi to discuss differences: official

Yemen’s premier was in Riyadh on Monday to meet President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and the Saudi-led coalition backing their administration as reports emerged of differences between the two leaders.

“Members of the family or entourage of President Hadi are interfering in the government’s affairs,” said a Yemeni official, requesting anonymity.

Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, who is also vice president, had returned with several members of his government to Yemen’s “temporary capital” in second city Aden on September 16, after six months’ exile in Saudi Arabia. =

Kommentar: So so, Mitglieder der Familie oder der Entourage von Präsident Hadi mischen sich also in die Politik ein. War da nicht etwas, war das nicht schon vor dem Ausbruch der Kampfhandlungen einer der Hauptvorwürfe der Huthis an Präsident Hadi, weswegen sie ihn weghaben wollten: Korruption??

Ex-Präsident Saleh / Ex president Saleh

13.10.2015 – Reuters

Yemen's Saleh says ready to commit to U.N. peace terms

Yemen's former president has vowed to honor a peace plan brokered by the United Nations in talks in Oman and to quit Yemeni cities if a Saudi-led Arab alliance stopped air strikes on the country.

Ali Abdullah Saleh also told the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen television in an interview broadcast on Monday that he was ready to quit his position as head of the country's largest party, the General People's Congress (GPC), to facilitate an end to fighting.

Saleh said: "We had reached a 10-point agreement with the U.N. envoy in Muscat, and we later reached (an agreement) of seven points which we and Ansarullah (Houthis) accepted, but until now the other side had not because they only want a dialogue through the gun."

"This seven-point agreement needs a mechanism for each point. Who will prepare this mechanism? The United Nations," he added.

Saleh said he was willing to step down as head of the GPC within 21 days in exchange for ending the attacks on Yemen and lifting a blockade on the entry of supplies to the country.

Asked about allegations that Iran was providing advisors and support for the Houthis, Saleh said: "Perhaps there are scholarships from Iran and possibly financial aid, but there is not a single Iranian weapon or advisor in Yemen."

Kommentar: Dass Saleh vollkommen von der Bühne verschwindet, wäre dem Jemen sehr zu wünschen. Als einer der größten Kleptokraten aller Zeiten hat er bis zu 34 Milliarden Dollar auf die Seite geschafft. Dieses Geld wird das Land nach dem Krieg dringendst brauchen können. Es sollte Saleh nicht erhalten bleiben.

Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

5.10.2015 – The Real News

Saudi Arabia Silences UN Human Rights Council Over Its War Crimes in Yemen (1/2)

So Omer, given the escalation of violence in the country clearly targeting civilians, a human rights inquiry was being set up by the United Nations for Yemen. But it was quickly abandoned. Why did this happen?

AZIZ: Well, the inquiry that was supposed to be set up by the United Nations was to investigate war crimes done by both sides. Most of those war crimes have been done by Saudi Arabia and the coalition, of course, by bombing civilian areas. Saudi Arabia was able to at the UN last week to strong arm, or at least let's say to charm, members of the Human Rights Council to basically water down and silence the inquiry. Essentially their ally in the Hadi government is going to put out some kind of report at some point that won't be worth the pieces of paper that it's written on, because it's going to exculpate or exonerate the Saudi regime and the allies for the indiscriminate bombing attacks.

And it's not as though the Houthis are any better. They've been accused of war crimes, of disappearances, of all kinds of indiscriminate attacks. But the preponderance of the war crimes and the violence right now can be attributed to Saudi Arabia and the coalition. And there's not going to be an independent investigation of the kind that we've seen elsewhere, and it really behooves one to ask what is the purpose of an international institution like the UN if it can't even open an inquiry.

PERIES: Now, do you think the U.S. had a role in killing the establishment of this inquiry?

AZIZ: I think that the United States and its relationship with Saudi Arabia is--well, first of all they've made a deal with the devil to support the Saudi regime for a wide variety of human rights abuses and massacres. I think the U.S. made the calculation that Saudi Arabia had gone along with the nuclear deal on Iran and that it was best for this to be quietly pushed aside and for it to go away. Because up until very recently no one was paying attention to what was happening in Yemen because of the carnage in Syria. I think that that was their political calculus. They've been providing intelligence and logistic support to the Saudi regime. And we know that they are at least in the final stages, if it hasn't been finalized already, of selling the regime in Riyadh $1 billion worth of aid. And one can only surmise what that billion dollars worth in military aid will be used against, and for what purposes.

PERIES: Now, Aziz, describe for us the kind, the consequences of all of this in terms of the number of refugees internally displaced and the crisis that this has created for the people – Interview with Omar Aziz

Vereinigte Arabische Emirate / United Arab Emirates

12.10.2015 – WAM

ERC re-operates hospital in Yemen

The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has rehabilitated a hospital in the Directorate of Ramah in Yemen and is now ready to welcome patients as part of a series of health and educational projects the ERC is implementing to help Yemenis recover from the unfortunate events taking place there.

An ERC representative told a launch ceremony that the vital project comes as part of several projects the ERC is undertaking to rehabilitate infrastructure facilities in the Governorates of Hadramout and Al Mahrah. The project is of special importance as it lies in the midst of the desert directorates and on the international highway that links Yemen with the GCC countries.

ERC representatives and Yemeni officials toured the hospital and were briefed by its director on the healthcare services it provides to patients in these directorates.

Beneficiaries expressed their happiness and thanks to the ERC for operating the health facility in Ramah. siehe auch

8.10.2015 – The National UAE

Ten UAE-funded schools open in Aden

Ten schools have reopened in Aden as part of an Emirates Red Crescent initiative to rebuild schools in the area and provide basic education needs.

In total, over the course of this academic year, ERC plans to renovate 154 schools. In addition to the schools reopened on Thursday, 33 reopened about three weeks ago.

As part of the current phase of the project, school bags and stationary have also been distributed to students in Aden.

The schools were reopened in the presence of Mohammed Al Falahi, secretary general of ERC, and the Yemen delegation.

Separately, the first batch of water pumps and sewerage system supplies shipped from the UAE have arrived at Aden, and will be used to resume operations at the governorate’s water stations and sewage network.

ERC’s support had been widespread, covering a number of sectors, including maintenance of infrastructure, and health sector projects.

ERC has also supported Aden municipality in securing 16 trucks and 1,600 containers that will help the cleaning, collecting and transporting of waste - as well as aid in other municipal work.

On Wednesday, a Ministry of International Cooperation and Development official said that Dh522 million had been raised to provide humanitarian assistance for the people of Yemen, with a focus on reconstruction in Aden to provide safety, security and stability for the southern port city’s residents.

USA-Drohnenkrieg / US-Drone war

10.2.2014 – The Intercept

The NSA’s secret role in the U.S. assassination program

The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.

In one tactic, the NSA “geolocates” the SIM card or handset of a suspected terrorist’s mobile phone, enabling the CIA and U.S. military to conduct night raids and drone strikes to kill or capture the individual in possession of the device. As a result, even when the agency correctly identifies and targets a SIM card belonging to a terror suspect, the phone may actually be carried by someone else, who is then killed in a strike – by James Scahill and Glen Greenwald

Großbritannien / Great Britain

12.10.2015 – Radio Yaran

Yemen: In “liberated” Aden Al Qaeda roams the streets

BBC on October 6th, 2015:
“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”

More interesting and shocking is the fact that BBC changed this report later. In the original version which I saved the text was this:
“Residents have complained that the city has descended into chaos and lawlessness, with jihadist militants affiliated to al-Qaeda and Islamic State seen on the streets. ”

It´s a mystery why BBC chose to omit the complaint of the residents. Probably it does not fit well into the farce of the liberated happy city.

Kommentar: Zensur bei der BBC?

12.10.2015 – The Ferret

New claims of war crimes in Yemen and child deaths

Amnesty International found that airstrikes by a Saudi-led military campaign killed a 12-day-old baby, among scores of other children, as well as destroying schools.

The new findings came after The Ferret reported fears that missiles produced in Fife, Scotland, were fired from Saudi Arabian war planes at innocent people.

Patrick Grady MP, 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.

“This latest report from Amnesty International is very concerning, and when Parliament returns next week, I’ll be tabling questions to the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office to seek urgent clarity on the UK Government’s position and how it intends to respond to the report.”

Britain has supplied Paveway IV missiles to the Saudis who have been bombing Houthi rebels since March.

The 500 pound bombs 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 the Fife 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.

A spokesman for Raytheon said: “Raytheon is a significant contributor to the economy through employing nearly 600 people in Glenrothes and through exporting £500m of advanced systems and technologies since 2002.

“The company has world leading capability in cutting edge micro electronics, which is driving efficiencies in commercial aviation and automotive markets, as well as others which have the potential to deliver great economic benefits.”

A UK government spokeswoman said: “UK military personnel are not directly involved in coalition operations in Yemen. The UK is supporting Saudi forces through pre-existing arrangements and additional liaison officers based in their headquarters.

“As part of this support, the UK operates one of the most rigorous and transparent export control regimes in the world, and all exports of arms and controlled military goods are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. We are aware of reports of alleged violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in Yemen by all sides to the conflict and take these very seriously. We have raised our concerns with members of the coalition and have received repeated assurances of IHL compliance, and continue to engage with them on those assurances.” – by Billy Briggs see also

Frankreich / France

12.10.2015 – France 24

French PM Valls in Saudi Arabia to sign ‘significant’ armaments deal

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is due in Saudi Arabia Monday on the third leg of a Middle East tour, hoping to secure large sales of French military equipment despite the kingdom’s questionable human rights record.

He arrives at the start of the Saudi-French Business Opportunities Forum, which will be attended by some 200 French companies seeking contracts with the oil-rich kingdom.

Valls, accompanied by his Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, is expected to sign a “significant” deal with Saudi Arabia on behalf of Airbus Helicopters for the sale of military aircraft.

Valls is to meet with King Salman to request "a gesture of pardon, humanity and clemency" for a young Shiite, Ali al-Nimr, sentenced to death for taking part in anti-government demonstrations in 2012.

While this gesture is to be applauded, France is still sending a “mixed message” by asking for clemency while being one of the top arms suppliers to a country suspected of committing war crimes, according to Amnesty International.

Amnesty France spokesman Aymeric Ellui: “Yes, pleading for the life of a young man sentenced to be beheaded and crucified is important,” he added. “France campaigns globally against capital punishment, but you can’t do that while selling weapons that risk being used to commit war crimes. It sends a dangerous mixed message.”

France cannot easily ignore a customer like Saudi Arabia, however. With high unemployment and low economic growth, large foreign arms contracts are a welcome boost to the French economy.

Vall’s whistle-stop Middle East tour has certainly been a profitable exercise.

On Saturday he finalised a deal with Egypt that will buy two French-built Mistral helicopter warships, which can each carry 16 helicopters, four landing craft and 13 tanks.

In February, Egypt became the first foreign buyer of France's Rafale fighters, in a 5.2-billion-euro deal for 24 of the multi-role combat jets and a frigate.

According to French government sources, Egypt will pay 950 million euros for the warships which were originally ordered by Russia in a deal scrapped over the Ukraine crisis, with "significant" financing from Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh has also expressed an interest in warships of the Mistral class, and is considering the purchase of four French-Italian FREMM (European Multi-Mission Frigate) vessels.

In November 2014, Riadh committed to buying $3 billion-worth (€2.7 billion) of French weapons and military equipment to supply the Lebanese army.

Sehen Sie sich dazu den Tweet von Ministerpräsident Valls an:

Kommentar: Er brüstet sich noch mit diesem Geschäft: "Frankreich-Saudi Arabien: 10 Milliarden Euro an Verträgen! Die Regierung hat sich für Unternehmen und Arbeitsplätze eingesetzt". Valls trifft sich hier mit dem saudischen Kriegsminister, es geht um Rüstungsgeschäfte. Da verschlägt es einem nur noch die Sprache. Gewinne und Arbeitsplätze im eigenen Land dank Massenmord in einem anderen: Das sind die echten "westlichen Werte".

Deutschland / Germany

12.10.2015 – Berliner Morgenpost

Gute Kunden in Zeiten des Krieges

Zwischen März und Mai 2015 exportierte die deutsche Industrie Kriegswaffen im Wert von 1.859.000 Euro in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate. Und im Juni 2015 Waffen im Wert von 11,5 Millionen Euro nach Katar, zwei Monate nach Beginn der Luftschläge im Jemen. Das geht aus einer Antwort des Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums auf Anfrage der Linken hervor, die der Berliner Morgenpost vorliegt. Die bisher unveröffentlichte Antwort zeigt auch, dass die Bundesregierung noch im Mai weitere Ausfuhren nach Saudi-Arabien genehmigt hat, darunter Teile für Luftfahrzeuge. 40 Genehmigungen für Exporte internationaler Rüstungsprojekte, an denen auch deutsche Firmen beteiligt sind, gelten derzeit für das saudische Königshaus noch.

Seit Jahren erhalten deutsche Unternehmen von der Bundesregierung Genehmigungen, um Rüstungsgüter in die Region zu liefern. Allein 2014 erlaubte der Bundessicherheitsrat Ausfuhren im Wert von gut 200 Millionen Euro an Saudi-Arabien, 50 Millionen Euro davon für Kriegswaffen. Auch für Katar und die Vereinigten Emirate sind Millionenaufträge genehmigt.

Dabei betreibe Deutschland nach Aussage eines Staatssekretärs im Wirtschaftsministerium eine "restriktive Rüstungsexportpolitik".

Linke-Politiker Jan van Aken fordert einen sofortigen Exportstopp in die Golfregion. "Deutschland macht sich doch mitschuldig an den vielen Toten im Jemen, wenn jetzt immer noch weiter Waffen mitten hinein in den Krieg geliefert werden", sagte van Aken dieser Zeitung. Die saudische Luftwaffe sei mit Kampfflugzeugen ausgerüstet, die zwar von Großbritannien geliefert würden, aber Teile aus Deutschland enthalten.

Die Regierung von Union und SPD nennt keine Details zu den Lieferungen, da Geschäftsgeheimnisse gewahrt werden müssten. Für Union und SPD sind die Exporte an die Golfstaaten eine schwierige Angelegenheit.

Für Wirtschaftsminister Sigmar Gabriel zählen Rüstungsexporte nicht zur Wirtschaftspolitik, sondern zur Sicherheitspolitik. Doch der SPD-Politiker steckt in einem Dilemma: Er sieht die Menschenrechtsverletzungen in den Nahoststaaten wie Saudi-Arabien und Katar. Gleichzeitig zählen die Länder zu den besten Kunden der deutschen Rüstungsindustrie – von Christian Unger

Kommentar: So ein Zufall! Da haben wir am selben Tag drei Artikel über die schmutzigen Waffengeschäfte der drei größten EU-Staaten mit Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten! Großbritannien, Frankreich und Deutschland sind hier mit dabei! Und damit auch mit schuld an den Toten und den Verwüstungen dort, wo diese Waffen dann zum Einsatz kommen.


13.10.2015 – Emirates 24 7

Yemen President appreciates UAE's role

Yemen President Abd-Rabu Mansur Hadi has expressed his appreciation for the positive role of the UAE's leadership, government and people, and their honourable attitudes and heroic stances alongside his country through various stages and circumstances experienced by Yemen, providing support and assistance in the establishment of foundations of security and stability and the provision of relief, humanitarian aid and services development support.

This came when he received yesterday, at his residence in Riyadh, Salem bin Khalifa Al Ghafli, the UAE Ambassador to Yemen. The Yemeni President welcomed Al Ghafli, praising the depth and durability of bilateral relations between the two sisterly countries and the development and progress in all political, economic and social fields, as well as joint cooperation.

The Yemeni President said that the unity of stances strengthens the ties of brotherhood and common destiny, which combines the two countries as part of the joint national security of Yemen and the Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as the Coalition States.

13.10.2015 – Total UAE

Yemeni Minister of Human Rights: UAE plays a major role in restoring stability in Yemen

Yemen's Minister of Human Rights, Izz Al-Din Al-Asbahi, has praised the leading role played by the United Arab Emirates in Yemen, especially its participation in the Arab coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen and the humanitarian aid provided to Yemenis there.

In a statement today to the Emirates News Agency in Cairo after his participation in a press conference held by the Arab Commission for Human Rights at the Arab League to review its report on Yemen, Al-Asbahi said that the UAE plays a great role in restoring full stability in the Republic of Yemen.

He noted that what has been done by the UAE, and the nation's martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the sake of Yemen, emphasised the promotion of Arab unity. = identisch in

Kommentar: Präsident wie Minister, jetzt, früher, und sicher auch in Zukunft: Wiederholung immer wieder derselben Parolen. Unterwürfiger Dank an Saudis und VAR.

12.10.2015 – Gulf News

Why the UAE is fighting in Yemen

There was a collective Gulf need to stand up to expansionist Iran. Yemen was the place to draw the line

The UAE listens carefully to sceptics, mindful of conspiracy analysts, attentive to friendly advice, never dismissive of pacifist sentiments, and most importantly, takes human casualties very seriously. But at the end of the day, it has a logic of its own. [Zu Anfang des Artikels wird erst einmal die wohlmeinende Krritik an dem Militärengagement der VAR relativiert]

Succinctly, the UAE is in Yemen for a purpose. It is there because inaction would have been strategically and politically more costly in the long run than action. The underlying imperative of the Yemen campaign is to prevent the worst-case scenario of Iran and its Al Houthi puppets using the fragile Arab country as a base to destabilise Saudi Arabia. The security and the stability of Saudi Arabia was at stake. Hence, the UAE had no choice but to stand by Saudi Arabia in its time of need. There was a collective Gulf need to stand up to expansionist Iran. Yemen was the place to draw the line.

On top of all these geopolitical imperatives, the UAE is in Yemen to send a clear message to all that it is a rising regional soft power that bites, and when it is called upon it knows how to fight the fight.

The UAE’s fighting skills have impressed friends and foes alike. It has even far exceeded everyone’s expectations at home — where it matters the most. The feeling of patriotism is running deep and UAE citizens are rallying behind the flag like they have never done since December 2, 1971.

For these good reasons the UAE is in Yemen, not in a symbolic sense but in an important and tangible way. It is determined to finish the job of restoring the legitimate government and help build a stable and prosperous Yemen – by Abdulkhaleq Abdulla

Kommentar: Die üblichen Propagandaparolen warden halt immer wieder wiederholt.

12.10.2015 – Gulf News

Taiz will be liberated soon, Yemen PM says

11.10.2015 – Khaleej Tiimes

17 killed as Arab coalition forces storm rebel sites in Yemen

The Yemen Vice President and Head of the government Khaled Bahah has blamed the Houthis group and forces of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh for moving the terrorist groups by a remote control, and being behind the suicide blasts that targeted the interim premises of the Yemeni government and the barracks of the Arab coalition forces a few days ago, which have been claimed by terrorist group Daesh – by Mustafa Al Zarooni

Kommentar: Schöne Anti-Huthi-Propaganda. Die Huthis steuern jetzt auch noch Al Kaida und ISIS im Jemen? Und das, obwohl die Huthis für Al Kaida und ISIS erklärtermaßen die größten Feinde im Jemen sind. Es war Saudi-Arabien, das Al Kaida und ISIS im Jemen hat frei gewähren und hochkommen lassen – das wäre noch das Mindeste, was man dazu sagen kann, abgesehen davon, dass diese Terrorgruppen ihr ideologisches Fundament im saudischen Wahabismus haben und nirgendwo sonst.

Terrorismus / Terrorism

12.10.2015 – The Independent

Yemen conflict: How al-Qaeda is thriving in the nation’s civil war

In the besieged city of Taiz, the Islamists are uniting to fight Houthi rebels

Yemen’s most densely populated city has become a crucible of the war between the Houthis, troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, and a coalition of the resistance, almost half of which are Sunni Salafists. The resistance in Taiz, close to the Red Sea’s Mocha port, includes an al-Qaeda branch which is now practising “integration” with other factions. By the summer the resistance had pushed the Houthi rebels from the centre of the city, only prompting Houthis to tighten the blockade.

In Souk al-Samil, the district of Taiz where al-Qaeda rules, men with long beards guard checkpoints. “They warn us of al-Qaeda but in fact they are much better than Houthis,” said one resident. “At the very least, we move freely unlike the days under Houthis.” He said that he witnessed an execution of a man accused of “witchcraft” by al-Qaeda militants in the district.

Welcomed into the resistance against the Houthis is al-Qaeda. Nabil Wasil, the top Salafist commander of the resistance in Taiz, said that Salafists form around 40 per cent of the resistance and that they are the second largest after Yemen’s Islamist Islah party. He said that the al-Qaeda faction has been battling Houthis alongside the rest of the resistance.

He said that the number of al-Qaeda militants is around 50 and what worries him is the “random killing”. “Now the enemy is one [the Houthis],” he told The Independent. “Al-Qaeda, like all of us, have one goal: to fight this enemy. All the factions are united. We [Salafists] have a revenge with the Houthis.”

The al-Qaeda commander of Taiz, Harith al-Ezzi, says al-Qaeda is mainly concentrated in Souk al-Samil, where they are in control of key state institutions such as taxes and security headquarters. He said that the group’s leaders are following a different strategy of “integration” with the rest of the resistance across the country without making public announcements, so not to affect the flow of weapons and money going towards the resistance. – by Michelle Ghabrial

Freiheit der Schifffahrt, Importe/ Freedom of Shipping, Imports

13.10.2015 – Reuters

Yemeni port says first ship in weeks arrives, Saudi denies hampering aid by sea

Officials at Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeidah said the first ship to dock there in three weeks arrived on Tuesday, carrying desperately needed fuel, as Saudi Arabia denied it was obstructing aid supplies heading for Yemen by sea.

Yemen is suffering what the United Nations has designated as one of its highest-level humanitarian crises but aid efforts have been severely hampered by ongoing fighting and air and sea ports being blocked for long periods.

Hodeidah port officials said that two cargo ships, one carrying wheat and the other timber, were the last vessels to enter the facility about three weeks ago.

The tanker that arrived on Tuesday had been waiting in international waters for two months, they said, adding that nine other vessels were anchored about 60 miles away from the port awaiting permission to enter.

International aid officials say imports to Yemen have slowed to a trickle because of inspections of vessels by a Saudi-led coalition looking for smuggled weapons.

However, coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asseri said there had been no attempts to prevent ships from reaching Hodeidah, adding that six ships had arrived at Hodeidah two days ago and 12 more to the southern port city of Aden, which is controlled by Hadi's government.

Kommentar: Asseri streitet grundsätzlich alles ab. Darauf kann man wetten. Wenn man ihn sich so ansieht mit seinen grotesken Behauptungen, hätte er allemal den Ehrentitel „Comical Ahmed“ verdient.

12.10.2015 – Reuters

No fuel delivered to Yemen despite president's pledge: U.N.

Yemen only received one percent of its monthly commercial fuel needs in September and there have been no shipments since the war-torn country's president pledged to the United Nations a week ago to allow deliveries, the world body said on Monday.

Yemen relies on imports, but a near-total blockade led by Saudi Arabia has slowed shipments to a trickle. An Arab coalition is inspecting shipments in a bid to thwart any arms deliveries to Iranian-linked Houthi rebels.

"In a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General (Ban Ki-moon) on 6 October, President Hadi pledged to allow the import of fuel through all ports," U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters on Monday. "Despite this pledge, no commercial fuel has yet been imported, and 11 commercial ships remain anchored off-shore."

He said the ships were waiting to berth at Al Hudaydah port.

Fuel shortages have spread disease and suffering in arid Yemen, where access to water usually depends on fuel-powered pumps, the U.N. says. Hospitals struggle to operate without fuel and aid cannot be delivered.

"In a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General (Ban Ki-moon) on 6 October, President Hadi pledged to allow the import of fuel through all ports," U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters on Monday. "Despite this pledge, no commercial fuel has yet been imported, and 11 commercial ships remain anchored off-shore."

He said the ships were waiting to berth at Al Hudaydah port.

Fuel shortages have spread disease and suffering in arid Yemen, where access to water usually depends on fuel-powered pumps, the U.N. says. Hospitals struggle to operate without fuel and aid cannot be delivered – by Michelle Nichols

12.10.2015 – Hellenic Shipping News

Yemen war limits international commercial shipping

The continuing war in Yemen is damaging the regional commercial maritime industry, with the country becoming increasingly riskier to sail to as the violence escalates.

Yemeni port cities have witnessed street-by-street warfare as the Saudi -led coalition fights Al Houthi militants in an effort to restore the international recognised government.

“A lot of opportunities to trade in Yemen have been denied to the commercial shipping industry because the war is ongoing,” Ian Millen, Chief Operating Officer at Dryad Maritime, an international monitoring organization, told Gulf News by phone from London on Friday.

International shipping lines started pulling back from Yemen earlier this year as fighting in the country escalated. And for those still willing to sail to Yemen face having their vessels boarded and inspected by the coalition, which has enforced a blockade over Al Houthi-controlled ports.

“In terms of running proper maritime trade through the area that will cause problems,” Millen said.

Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world, relies heavily on sea trade to move goods in and out of the country. But the war and blockade have unnerved seafarers and so the number of ships calling at Yemeni ports “has surely been heavily affected,” Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, the largest global shipping association, said by email.

But ships sailing past Yemen have not been affected.

“It seems as if the ships sailing through the Gulf of Aden, in the guarded corridor [have] not been affected by the fighting at all. It has been contained on shore — not disrupting the international shipping transits in the area,” he said.

Yemen sits along a vital maritime corridor, the Bab Al Mandab strait, and subsequently some of the busiest maritime routes in the world. Bab Al Mandab, just 29 kilometres at its narrowest point, connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. The Bab Al Mandab, in the Horn of Africa, separating the Arabian Peninsula and east Africa, is extremely important to global economy. Most ships passing through Bab Al Mandab are either coming from or going to Egypt’s Suez Canal, through which around 8 per cent of the world’s trade passes each year

“When we started to see the escalation in military activity within the country, there were concerns about a blockade or restriction of shipping through the Bab Al Mandab but that’s not what happened. Trade [has] very much continued to flow through this area,” London-based Tim Hart, maritime manager at Control Risks, said by phone.

A closure of Bab Al Mandab would significantly disrupt trade, forcing shipping liners to sail around South and West Africa to get from the Indian Ocean to Europe — a substantially longer journey. It would also be damaging for the Gulf economies, including the UAE, at a time when oil revenues are down.

Richard Dalton, a former UK ambassador to Iran and an associate fellow at the UK think-tank Chatham House, said it was unlikely Al Houthis — or the Iranians — would have ever closed the strait.

“Basically, Al Houthis and Iran were never a serious threat to rights of passage through the strait and the Saudi coalition’s control changes nothing,” he said by email.

Hart agrees. “It’s not something which either groups involved in the conflict have shown an intent to want to disrupt nor do groups have an interest in wanting to disrupt the shipping operations through that area of passage,” he said but noted that regional countries “would not be able to tolerate” its closure.

The battle between Al Houthis and the coalition for the coastal cities has also raised new concerns for the maritime shipping industry. Millen said that when the coalition took the cities Al Houthis reportedly fired across the sea at coalition navy vessels supporting the operation.

Kommentar: Die Huthis haben die Freiheit der Schifffahrt nicht gefährdet. Was den Handel mit Jemen angeht, war das die saudische Seeblockade, und jetzt bedeuten die Kampfhandlungen mit dem Vormarsch der Koalitionskräfte eine Gefährdung der Schifffahrt.

11.10.2015 – Reliefweb (OCHA)

Yemen: Snapshot on Shipping and Food Imports (as of 11 October 2015) (April – Sept)

Yemen is 90 per cent dependent on food and fuel imports. Continued restrictions on essential food and fuel imports are destroying livelihoods and severely hampering the economy. This is exacerbating food insecurity and causing a steep increase of food prices. In September, food prices increased by 28 per cent over August prices, and were 45 per cent higher compared to prices before the conflict.

Infografiken zu Lebensmittel- und Treibstoffeinfuhr, Schiffe pro Monat, Verzögerungen in den Häfen, Importe, Handelswaren und Hilfsgüter

Öl im Jemen

19.2.2014 – Yemen Post

Yemen’s hidden oil and gas reserves in Jawf a reality

Now that it has been established beyond doubt that Jawf, (northern Yemeni province located directly south of Saudi Arabia is home to large reserves of both oil and gas, politicians have been keen to warn against Saudi greed in relation to Yemen’s riches. Officials in Safer, a Yemen government owned oil and gas company, said that the new discovery ensures a daily output of 6 million cubic square of gas.

Local Jawf officials have announced on Wednesday that exploration work in Jawf had begun at four pre-identified wells. Results are expected to come within days.

Though the latest confirmed discovery is not much, experts say the announcement opens the doors for more powerful gas and oil discoveries in the province.

Jawf erupted into the Yemeni oil and gas scene last year when few experts including Yemeni engineer Abdullah Abdulmalek exposed the facts about the Jawf oil and gas reserves using scientific and geological documents to prove their case.

Local Oil companies attempted to get government licensing to explore the oil and gas reserves, including Shaher Trading, a company owned by influential businessman Shaher Abdulhak Saleh, but with no success.
The Yemeni government would not openly comment and it feared backlashes from neighboring Suadi Arabia.

Political analysts Salem Farouk said that Yemen's hands were tied and that Saudi would not allow Yemen to discover for oil and gas near its borders.

The engineers claims were ignored and local journalists had good reasons to put Jawf aside. The province is home of the most notorious tribes in Yemen. Armed and lawless, the tribes control the province, and their influence was stronger than that of the government.

Last June, a reporter was willing to take the risk and had ears willing to listen. She was a women. AlJazeera reporter Safa Karman put cultural boundaries aside and traveled to Jawf to cover what others would not dare.

Karman was surrounded by tens of armed tribesmen during most of her mission. After days of investigating and meeting residents and experts, her story went viral on AlJazeera.

Her reporting broke the Jawf reporting barrier, causing uproar in the country, and giving people hope that Yemen, like all countries in the Gulf, had a fortune of oil and gas reserves.

Pressure by local organizations and politicians started to mount. The government was forced to listen to the demands of the people, sending experts to the area in search for reserves.

Back in April 2013, MP Abdul-Karim Jathban more or less associated Saudi Arabia border security interest with Yemen with Jawf’s vast natural resources. He noted in an interview with Alalam, “The news of a large oil reserve in Jawf region on the Saudi-Yemeni border is probably the main cause for the Al Saud regime to move to Yemeni borders. Although the news has been out for some while, the reason Saudi Arabia has now taken steps in this regard is that it is worried about the political developments in Yemen which have led to the formation of a national government which would protect the country’s resources and use them to serve the Yemeni people. This can turn Yemen into a powerful influential country and Saudi Arabia does not want this to happen.”

At a time when Yemen so heavily relies on international funding and donations to keep its economy afloat, Jawf discovery carries much promise, especially since Yemen’s other oil reserves are said to be dwindling.

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