Krieg im Jemen: Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 46

Yemen Press Reader 46: Geländegewinne für Huthis - Saudisches Kriegsschiff zerstört - Saudis erklären nahen Sieg – Boeing erhofft Kampfjet-Geschäft mit Golfstaaten – Zweiter Zyklon trifft Jemen
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Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

8.11.2015 – The National UAE

UAE rebuilds 64 schools in Yemen hit by war

At Aden alone, 154 schools were totally destroyed or severely damaged.

Kommentar: Die VAE streichen ihre humanitäre Hilfe für den Jemen sehr heraus. Ich hatte erst überlegt, diesen Artikel deshalb unter „Propaganda“ einzuordnen. Das wäre aber nicht angebracht – sie tun ja schließlich tatsächlich etwas. Sich nicht an dem Angriff zu Land und zu Luft beteiligt zu haben, wäre freilich viel besser gewesen!

8.11.2015 – Iran German Radio

Krankenwagen in Jemen können nicht mehr fahren

Laut dem Gesundheitsminister in Jemen haben die Krankenwagen i kein Benzin mehr, daher können sie nicht mehr fahren.

Laut Saba Net haben Sanktionen und Abrieglung zu dem Mangel an Treibstoff für die Krankenwagen geführt. Der Stellvertreter des Gesundheitsministeriums, Nashwan Al-Atab, teilte am Samstag mit, das Gesundheitsministerium kann kein Treibstoff mehr auftreiben. Er rief humanitäre Organisationen auf, zur Rettung von Millionen von Menschen, denen keine medizinische Versorgung zukommen kann, einzuschreiten. Viele Verletzte durch saudi-arabische Luftangriffe, sind im Krankenhaus gestorben, weil sie keine angemessene Behandlung bekommen haben.

Kommentar: Dass wegen der saudischen Seeblockade fast kein Benzin mehr ins Land kommt, ist bekannt. Aber so etwas? Das ist doch wohl davon abhängig, wie man die Prioritäten setzt. Dass die Krankenwagen kein Benzin mehr bekommen, wäre erst dann zu rechtfertigen, wenn es überhaupt keinen Treibstoff mehr gibt. Sieht also nach Propaganda aus, um zu demonstrieren, wie ernst die Lage mittlerweile ist.

6.11.2015 – Global Partnership for Education

A ray of hope in Yemen as schools reopen

This week, some schools have reopened in Yemen, welcoming back children who had been forced to stay home since the violence started.

The school re-opening is a testament to the resolve of the ministry of education and its partners to ensure that children do not lose a whole school year because of the conflict.

However, the good news must be tempered by other sobering facts: not all schools have re-opened, and enormous transportation problems remain to get children to school due to fuel scarcity, especially in remote areas.

Security issues remain widespread, which means that many students still cannot attend class.

A portion of the current US$72.6 million GPE grant to Yemen is being used for emergency interventions, such as psychosocial support to children, emergency reconstruction and rehabilitation of school buildings, and provision of basic school supplies such as notebooks, pens and pencils and bags.

Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

8.11.2015 – Press TV Iran

Allied Yemeni forces liberate district in Dali' Province

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah fighters, backed by allied army units, have liberated a district in the southwestern part of the war-stricken country.

Yemeni forces freed the district, which was controlled by forces loyal to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, in the southwestern province of Dali', after fierce clashes with forces loyal to Hadi on Saturday.

Yemen’s al-Masirah TV, meanwhile, said Ansarullah fighters and the army units sank another Saudi military vessel in the country’s southwestern waters as it was sailing off the coast of Mocha in the Red Sea.

It was not immediately clear how the allied forces managed to sink the vessel but it came hours after two Saudi boats were destroyed in the same area by rounds of Katyusha rockets fired from the positions of Ansarullah and the Yemeni army on the mainland.

Al-Masirah added that the Saudi warship was completely destroyed in the Saturday attack, noting that it was the fourth vessel belonging to the regime in Riyadh and its allies that have been drowned over the past months.

The Saudi regime has sent its vessels around the coasts of Yemen in an attempt to support its airstrikes and to maintain a crippling blockade on the poorest nation of the Arabian Peninsula.

Ansarullah fighters have also continued attacks on Saudi positions both in sea and on the kingdom’s southern territories in retaliation for the seven-month-long airstrikes, which have killed over 7,000 people and displaced more than one million in the impoverished country since March 26.

Saudi warplanes in their latest combat sorties bombed several locations across Yemen. A woman was killed and two children were wounded as a residential area in Sana’a Province was pounded. Earlier, warplanes hit two bridges in a border district in the province of Sa’ada.

The Saudi blockade on Yemen over the past months has hampered aid shipments to the country, which imports 90 percent of its food.

Yemen’s Health Ministry said on Saturday that all of its ambulances have stopped working over the lack of gas in the country, which is under a harsh embargo imposed by the Saudi regime.

8.11.2015 – AFP

Iran-backed Huthi rebels retake positions in south Yemen

Yemen's Iran-backed rebels have regained several positions lost in recent months across the country's south, in a fresh push towards the Gulf-backed government's temporary headquarters in port city Aden, military sources said Sunday.

In Lahj province, which borders Aden, rebels are now positioned on a hill overlooking the strategic Al-Anad airbase, according to the sources.

The base currently houses Sudanese forces from a Saudi-led coalition that has been battling rebels across Yemen since March.

The rebel deployment near Al-Anad, which took place without fighting, "poses a real danger to pro-government and coalition forces," a military source told AFP.

The rebels also retook the second city in Daleh province, Damt, after besieging it for hours and clashing with loyalist troops there, military sources said.

These clashes left 16 people dead, including nine loyalists, the sources said, adding that many others were wounded.

Forces fighting in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi "were forced to withdraw from the city," one of the sources said.

In the coastal city of Dhubab, near the Bab al-Mandab strait, the rebels seized a military base following clashes with pro-government troops that left six loyalists and 11 rebels dead, another military source said.

8.11.2015 – Aljazeera

Civilian toll rises in Yemen conflict

At least 50 killed over two days of fighting in Taiz, the third largest city, and in Dhalea and Lahij governorates.

More than 50 people have been killed in Yemen in the past two days in fighting between the Arab coalition and Houthi fighters backed by troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, medical sources and residents say.

In Taiz, medical sources told Reuters news agency that 29 people, including eight civilians, were killed in clashes in Yemen's third largest city, where relief workers have said fighting has blocked food supplies and left thousands of people in extreme hunger.

About 30 people were killed in fighting in Damt district, in Dhalea governorate in the south, residents said.

Several residents said the Houthis and the forces loyal to Saleh had taken control of Damt, and of al-Qabbayta district in Lahij governorate.

Other residents said without elaborating that anti-Houthi fighters had made a tactical withdrawal from those locations, and were receiving air support from the coalition. = (nearly)

7.11.2015 – Iran daily

Another Saudi warship destroyed off Yemen coast

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and the allied army units have sunk another Saudi military vessel in the country’s southwestern waters in a response to the relentless Saudi bombardment of the impoverished nation.

Yemen’s al-Masirah TV said on Saturday that the warship was successfully targeted as it was sailing off the coast of Mocha in the Red Sea.

It was not immediately clear how the allied forces managed to sink the vessel but it came hours after two Saudi boats were destroyed in the same area by rounds of Katyusha rockets fired from the positions of Ansarullah and the Yemeni army on the mainland.

Masirah said the Saudi warship was completely destroyed in the Saturday attack, adding that it was the fourth naval ship belonging to the regime in Riyadh and its allies that have been drowned over the past months.

Saudi Arabia has deployed its vessels around the coasts of Yemen in an attempt to support its airstrikes and to maintain a crippling blockade on the poorest nation of the Arabian Peninsula.

7.11.2015 – Emirates 24 7

UAE, Saudi send weapons to Taiz resistance

They are part of preparations to seize Taiz

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have sent two warships laden with weapons for the Yemeni national army and resistance fighters in the Southwestern Taiz city to support an imminent offensive to eject the Iranian-back Houthis and their allies, a Saudi newspaper reported on Saturday.

The two warships are laden with weapons and ammunition and will soon arrive off the Yemen coast in the Southwest to deliver them to the resistance, the London-based Arabic language daily ‘Sharqalawsat’ said.

“The two warship will be off the coast shortly…they are bringing weapons and ammunition to the resistance in Taiz to support the upcoming battle,” the paper said, quoting a resistance field commander identified as Abu Al Abbas.

The Saudi-led coalition has sent armored vehicles and other reinforcements into Taiz while its jets dropped weapons to the resistance last week as part of preparations for a final offensive to seize all Taiz and push the coup insurgents out.

The paper said Abu Al Abbas declined to give details of the latest weapons shipments for military and security reasons.

7.11.2015 – Washington Post

Saudi woman, child killed in bombing from inside Yemen

A Saudi Civil Defense spokesman says a Saudi woman and a child have been killed in the border region of Najran by a shell fired from Yemen.

Lt. Col. Ali bin Omeir al-Shahrani said in a statement that the shell struck a house on Friday, killing the woman and the three-month-old child.

Dozens have been killed in cross-border fire since late March, when the Saudi-led coalition began bombing the Shiite rebels who seized Yemen’s capital Sanaa last year with the help of military units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Commentary by Abu Al Abbas mentioned in this article is a Salafist, ie., and extremist Sunni muslim, and his miliitas have some members who are sympathetic to Al Qaeda. Who of course, as we saw in the war in Aden, fought alongside the Saudi-led coalition in Aden. Maybe a sign of things to come.

7.11.2015 – AFP

19 killed in coalition strikes, clashes in south Yemen

At least 19 people have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes between pro-government forces and rebels in Yemen's south, military sources said on Saturday.

The air strikes late on Friday targeted two rebel vehicles on a road linking the central province of Ibb to Daleh further south, they said.

Forces loyal to Gulf-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi recaptured Daleh and four other southern provinces in July.

Loyalist forces also clashed with Iran-backed Huthi rebels and their allies on the outskirts of Daleh's second-largest city Damt on Friday, the sources said.

Eight pro-government fighters and 11 rebels were killed in the clashes and air strikes, they added.

6.11.2015 – Before it’s News

Yemen: National resistance fighters killed 107 Houthi rebels in battle in Dhale

Yemen’s national resistance fighters killed 107 rebels from the Houthis and their allies in two days of fighting after the coup insurgents attacked Damt town in the Southwestern Dhale governorate, a Yemeni news network reported on Friday.

The insurgents launched two offensives within two days to seize Damt but faced fierce resistance from the national fighters, who also launched a counter-attack in another area, Marib Press said, quoting military sources.

Kommentar: Vergleiche diese Zahl mit dem vorausgegangenen Artikel.

6.11.2015 – Al Masirah TV

Saudische Stadt (Al-Raboua in der Provinz Asir) von den Huthis und Verbündeten erobert

UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

8.11.2015 – Sputnik News

Saudis, Allies Proclaim Victory in Yemen, Analyst Says It's Not Over Yet
According to the leaders of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, military operations have entered their final stage in the civil war-torn Arabian nation of Yemen, but senior Moscow-based analyst Maxim Shepovalenko believes the Houthis have no intention of giving up yet.

Earlier last week at the International Institute of Strategic Studies' (IISS) Manama Dialogue in Bahrain, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and his Yemeni counterpart agreed in their opinions that the coalition's military operations in Yemen have entered their final stage.

"I would say, and I'm an optimist by nature, that the Yemeni conflict has entered its final stage," Al-Jubier said. "We look forward and hope for a stable nation and a prosperous Yemen."

"The Houthis' and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have accepted UN Security Council resolution 2216 and the re-opening of Yemeni ports by coalition forces, [these] were good signs that the country was ready to enter the resolution phase of the conflict," Al-Jubeir said. "Legitimate government forces are now in control of the vast majority of Yemeni territory. There still remain some areas that need to be liberated, including Sanaa, but the trend is moving in the right direction."

He also emphasized that the Houthis had the right to negotiate peace; however, he reiterated his threats over their number of representatives.

"The Houthis and the Yemenis have every right to be part of the Yemen political process; we have said that from the very beginning. The only thing they cannot have is a privileged position because that would distinguish them from other Yemenis, and that would not be fair," Jubeir concluded.

However, a Russian analyst has contradicted these optimistic statements from Saudi political figures, saying the conflict is far from over.

"I believe that with the Houthis, the story is yet to begin," said Maxim Shepovalenko, a senior analyst from the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST). "What we saw until lately was barely a preface to it."

According to Shepovalenko, the Saudi led coalition will take time to end its operations in Yemen as the Houthis have showed themselves to be hard-to-get militants.

"Houthis… are operating basically within their native territory, or in a wider context, the territory they can exercise control of, i.e. northern Yemen. They turned out to be no less professional than Hezbollah and therefore would be a hard nut to crack in the mountain environment. To say nothing about Iran's covert — and perhaps overt — assistance," he said.

Shepovalenko added that the coalition has run out of time as the Saudis have already begun to spend money from their extra budget. He estimated that the funds would taper off within the next five years.

"On the contrary, the Houthis could sustain long enough, as evidenced by their belligerency since 2004," he said.

He concluded by saying that the statements of Saudi and Yemeni leaders are preliminary and addressed more to their counterparts as the Saudi-led coalition struggles to push the idea that military operations in Yemen have entered the final stage.

USA / Boeing

8.11.2015 – NTV

Boeing hofft auf Kampfjet-Deal: Kuwait hat Interesse an Super Hornets

Kuwait will seine veraltete Luftwaffe weiter modernisieren. Nach einer Bestellung von 28 Jets des Eurofighter-Konsortiums, winkt möglicherweise Boeing ein Milliardenauftrag.

Nach Airbus winkt auch dem US-Rivalen Boeing eine milliardenschwere Kampfjet-Bestellung aus Kuwait. Boeing-Manager Paul Oliver deutete an, dass dazu eine Entscheidung anstehe. Offene Fragen würden voraussichtlich bald geklärt, sagte er, ohne Kuwait ausdrücklich zu nennen. Oliver antwortete lediglich auf die Frage, ob die Verhandlungen mit dem Emirat Fortschritte machten.

Mit der Angelegenheit vertrauten Kreisen zufolge wird über den Kauf von Kampffliegern im Wert von über drei Milliarden Dollar verhandelt. Konkret gehe es um 24 Maschinen des Typs F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Die Gespräche wurden bislang nicht offiziell bestätigt.

Wie andere Staaten aus der Golfregion und dem Nahen Osten sieht Kuwait neue Bedrohungen unter anderem durch den Iran sowie den Bürgerkrieg im Jemen und will daher seine Militärausrüstung modernisieren.

Kommentar: der englischsprachige Artikel hierzu sagt deutlich mehr, siehe:

7.11.2015 – Gulf News

Spike in defence spending seen at Dubai Airshow

Yemen, Syria conflicts to prompt Gulf nations to place more military aircraft orders

Arab Gulf countries are set to splurge on new military orders at the week-long Dubai Airshow that starts on Sunday as conflicts in Yemen and Syria prompt Gulf nations to replenish their arms.

“There’s going to be a lot of emphasis on defence,” Paul Oliver, Boeing’s top Middle East defence sales executive, told reporters in Dubai on Saturday.

Oliver, who is vice-president of International Business Development for the Middle East and Africa at Boeing Defence Space & Security, said since the Yemen campaign started Boeing has been working with the United States government to fast-track delivery of military hardware to Arab Gulf governments.

He said, the Gulf countries are “ramping up” on replenishing weapons, attack rotor aircraft, heavy-lift military aircraft and drones but are also pushing back on other programmes.

“What I’m seeing pushed off are those programmes that they need to replace existing platforms ... They’re deferring the replacement and focusing on keeping what they have flying and operational,” he said.

Oliver said the demand for drones, or unmanned aerial devices, has accelerated among Gulf buyers since the Gulf nations entered the Yemen conflict.

He did say that he expects more military orders this year than in the previous three Dubai Airshows he attended.

“I think this year, you’re going to see at least 50:50,” Oliver said of the split between military and commercial orders.

Boeing is bullish that the Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi’s ties to the country’s military will help the company land new military sales in the country.

“With the military backing [of the Egyptian government], we’re starting to see an increased dialogue,” Oliver said, adding there potential for support and hardware orders in 2016.

Al Sissi is perceived to be close to the Egyptian military having previously served as chief of Egypt’s armed forces.

Egypt had looked elsewhere after the US temporary cut off foreign military finance to the country. Egypt has bought 24 French-made Dassault Rafale and 46 Russian-made MiG-29 fighters in deals worth close to $10 billion (Dh36.7 billion) when combined so far this year.

Oliver said he believes the temporary removal of US funding “was a factor” in Egypt’s move to purchase non-US jets but that “the relationship [between Egypt and the US] is back on track.”

Kommentar: Eigentlich überflüssig. Von “defense” zu reden, wenn es ausschließlich um „attack“ geht (im Hinblick auf den Jemenkrieg), ist ja nichts Neues. Und: Die USA sind halt ganz groß drin im Waffengeschäft mit den Golfstaaten und den Saudis. Wie die Händler des Todes ticken, kann man aus den Aussagen des Mr. Oliver erahnen. Er redet, als würde er mit Rindfleisch, Babywindeln oder Schrauben handeln. Und, der entscheidendste Satz des Herrn Oliver: „since the Yemen campaign started Boeing has been working with the United States government to fast-track delivery of military hardware to Arab Gulf governments”. D. h., ein Obama ist genau so ein […] wie ein Oliver.


8.11.2015 – Dubai Eye

Arab coalition headed for victory in Yemen: spokesman

The majority of Yemen is now liberated, and back under the authority of the legitimate government, the spokesman of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, Saudi Brigadier Ahmed Asiri, has said.

Brigadier Asiri said that 70% of the country has now been liberated and coalition forces are advancing towards their targets to secure the security and stability of the country.

He added that the coalition forces are continuing to support the forces of the legitimate government in Taez, and that the stage is set for victory in Yemen’s third largest city soon.

The leaders of the UAE enabled the liberation of Yemen’s central province of Marib, by providing a political and military umbrella for the operation, according to Staff Brigadier Musallam Al Rashidi, Commander of Force to Liberate Marib.

The commander said victory in Marib, which lies close to the Yemeni capital and the Saudi border, comes at a crucial stage in the Arab Coalition’s operations.

He added that it will be followed by further successes, which will eventually lead to the complete liberation of Yemen.

Speaking as the first batch of UAE Armed Forces returned home to a hero’s welcome, he praised their professionalism and focus in helping return normalcy to the people of Yemen.

Kommentar: Hierzu siehe auch den Sputnik-Artikel unter Uno / see also article of Sputnik at “UN”.

8.11.2015 – 7 Days UAE

UAE to stand by Yemen until stability is brought back

Brigadier General Musallam Al Rashedi has said the UAE will stand by Yemen until stability is brought back to the country.

The Commander of Force to Liberate Marib was speaking on Dubai TV after his troops were honoured yesterday for their service in Yemen.

He said: “At times the war has been difficult as some of our soldiers have been killed. But our forces have been able to fight the Houthi militias and overpower them. For instance we were able to liberate Marib from the hands of Houthi militias and their allies, the forces of deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh.”

Some 68 UAE troops have been killed serving during Operation Restoring Hope, including more than 50 in a rocket attack on a base in Marib province.

Earlier, addressing the country’s rulers and members of the Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi, he said: “Their blood did not go to waste, but paved the way to achieve what used to be impossible but has now become a reality, thanks to Allah first and the coalition forces second.”

He said his troops had been “carrying out the most prominent role in achieving brilliant victories in Aden, and in Marib, and in all areas, which returned to legitimacy in Yemen”.

Al Rashedi also told Dubai TV “the Houthi rebels have continued to carry out systematic killings against innocent people, destroying households and infrastructure in Yemen.”

He said UAE troops have delivered relief aid to the Yemeni people, rehabilitated schools and hospitals and repaired water and power grids.

Al Rashedi thanked the country’s rulers for the support and the care given to families of the fallen soldiers, stressing that it has strengthened and given courage to his troops – by Ismail Sebugwaawo und auch

Kommentar: Wie aus einem Baukasten (einem kleinen, viel Auswahl ist nicht) werden dieselben Propagandaphrasen und –ausdrücke von verschiedenen Leuten bei verschiedenen Anlässen immer wieder herausgeholt und in verschiedener Auswahl und Kombination verwendet: „to stand by Yemen“; „stability“; „liberate“; wortwörtlich auch von Präsident Hadi, zwar nicht falsch, angesichts der saudischen Luftangriffe aber nicht angebracht: „the Houthi rebels have continued to carry out systematic killings against innocent people, destroying households and infrastructure in Yemen“. Der Missbrauch des Andenkens der eigenen Gefallenen darf auch nicht fehlen (Heldentod-Gesülze à la 1. Weltkrieg): „“Their blood did not go to waste, but paved the way to achieve what used to be impossible but has now become a reality, thanks to Allah”. Unfreiwillig-zynisch wird da mit ihrem Blut gleich eine Straße gepflastert. Und Gott sollte man bei so etwas vielleicht doch aus dem Spiel lassen, oder man hängt geistig auch noch in der ersten Hälfte des vorigen Jahrhunderts fest: „Gott mit uns!“.

Dazu auch:

8.11.2015 – Yemen Online

A warm welcome for UAE soldiers returning from Yemen

Amidst enthusiastic cheers and zealous flag-waving, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces witnessed celebrations to welcome the first batch of UAE Armed Forces which were replaced with a second team that commenced its work in Yemen on November 2.

Over 10,000 Emiratis and residents at the Swaihan Military Camp greeted the 15-kilometre military convoy returning from Yemen after departing from the Ghuwaifat (UAE-KSA) border at 6 am today (Saturday).

Zyklon / Cyclone

8.11.2015 – Stern

Wieder Tote und Verletzte durch neuen Zyklon im Jemen

Das Bürgerkriegsland Jemen ist zum zweiten Mal in einer Woche von einem schweren Zyklon getroffen worden. Dabei habe es erneut Tote und Verletzte gegeben, teilten die Behörden mit.

"Megh" habe die Insel Socotra im Südosten des Landes getroffen und dort für Panik unter der Bevölkerung gesorgt. Diese hatte sich gerade erst vom Zyklon "Chapala" erholt, der Anfang der Woche acht Menschen getötet hatte.

Die genaue Zahl der Opfer und das Ausmaß der Schäden blieben zunächst unklar. Aus Regierungskreisen war von mindestens zwei Toten und dutzenden Verletzten die Rede. Fischereiminister Fahad Kafajan, der aus Socotra stammt, schrieb auf Facebook, "Megh" sei noch schlimmer als "Chapala". siehe auch

8.11.2015 – USA Today

Deadly Cyclone Megh roars toward Yemen

Cyclone Megh slammed into the eastern portion of the Yemeni island of Socotra with winds of 127 mph — the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane — just before noon local time on Sunday, AccuWeather reported.

So far, preliminary reports are that two people have been killed by the storm, the World Health Organization tweeted Sunday morning.

Socotra (pop. 44,000) is a small island in the Arabian Sea, some 240 miles off the coastline of Yemen.

Megh is forecast to continue moving toward the mainland of Yemen, likely hitting as a tropical storm or depression on Tuesday or Wednesday, AccuWeather said.

8.11.2015 – AFP at Relief web

Panic, deaths as Yemen's Socotra hit by new cyclone

Another cyclone made landfall in war-ravaged Yemen's Socotra island Sunday, causing panic as a minister posted an "urgent appeal" to save residents from the second tropical storm in a week.

At least two people were killed and dozens injured, a government source said.

Heavy winds, rain, and flash floods swept through Socotra as the storm, named Megh, hit the island, already badly battered by last week's cyclone Chapala, residents said.

Many people who had returned to seafront homes already destroyed by Chapala fled again to government buildings on higher ground as heavy flooding hit once more, he said.

8.11.2015 –

Cyclone Megh Makes Direct Hit on Socotra Island; Second Yemen Landfall Possible This Week

This is the most detailed report!

Ein Blick nach / A glimpse to: Afghanistan

5.11.2015 - Ärzte ohne Grenzen

Ärzte ohne Grenzen veröffentlicht Bericht zu Angriff auf Krankenhaus in Kundus

Die internationale Hilfsorganisation Ärzte ohne Grenzen hat heute einen internen Bericht zu den Luftangriffen der US-amerikanischen Streitkräfte auf ihr Krankenhaus in Kundus (Afghanistan) veröffentlicht. Die chronologische Dokumentation der Ereignisse vor, während und kurz nach dem Bombardement am 3. Oktober gibt keine Erklärung dafür, warum das Krankenhaus angegriffen worden sein könnte. Es waren weder bewaffnete Kombattanten auf dem Krankenhausgelände, noch gab es auf dem Gelände oder von diesem aus Kampfhandlungen. Ärzte ohne Grenzen besteht auf einer unabhängigen internationalen Untersuchung der Ereignisse. Die Organisation setzt zudem die eigenen Untersuchungen der Vorfälle fort.

Die im Bericht festgehaltene bisherige interne Untersuchung beschreibt, wie Patienten in ihren Betten verbrannten, medizinische Mitarbeiter enthauptet wurden oder Gliedmaßen verloren und Menschen aus der Luft beschossen wurden, während sie versuchten, aus dem brennenden Gebäude zu fliehen. Mindestens 30 Menschen starben bei dem Angriff, darunter 13 Mitarbeiter von Ärzte ohne Grenzen, 10 Patienten und 7 noch nicht identifizierte Personen.

„Vom Inneren des Krankenhauses aus betrachtet, war der Zweck des Angriffes, zu töten und zu zerstören“, sagt Christopher Stokes, Geschäftsführer der für das Krankenhaus in Kundus verantwortlichen belgischen Sektion von Ärzte ohne Grenzen. „Wir wissen jedoch nicht, warum. Wir haben weder die Sicht aus dem Cockpit, noch wissen wir, was in den militärischen Kommandoketten der Afghanen oder US-Amerikaner geschah.”

Der Bericht enthält Details zur Übermittlung der GPS-Koordinaten des Krankenhauses sowie Protokolle der Telefonanrufe bei den Militärbehörden, mit denen Mitarbeiter von Ärzte ohne Grenzen versuchten, die Luftangriffe zu stoppen. Ärzte ohne Grenzenhatte mit allen Konfliktparteien vereinbart, dass die Neutralität des Krankenhauses gemäß den Regeln des humanitären Völkerrechts respektiert werden würde.

„Wir haben unseren Teil der Vereinbarung eingehalten. Das Trauma-Zentrum in Kundus war ein voll funktionierendes Krankenhaus, in dem auch zum Zeitpunkt des Angriffes operiert wurde“, sagt Dr. Joanne Liu, internationale Präsidentin von Ärzte ohne Grenzen. „Einrichtungen von Ärzte ohne Grenzen dürfen nie mit Waffen betreten werden, und diese Regel wurde von allen respektiert. Die Mitarbeiter der Klinik hatten vor und während der Luftangriffe die vollständige Kontrolle über die Einrichtung.“ Zum Zeitpunkt des Angriffs wurden in der Klinik 105 Patienten behandelt, unter ihnen waren verwundete Kämpfer von beiden Seiten des Konflikts, sowie Frauen und Kinder.

„Es kursieren einige öffentliche Berichte, dass der Angriff auf unser Krankenhaus gerechtfertigt sein könnte, weil wir Taliban behandelten", sagt Stokes. „Verwundete Kombattanten sind nach dem Völkerrecht geschützt als Patienten. Sie dürfen nicht angegriffen und müssen ohne Diskriminierung behandelt werden. Medizinisches Personal darf niemals dafür bestraft oder angegriffen werden, dass es verwundete Kombattanten behandelt." dazu auch:

5.11.2015 – Mail Online

Patients burning in their beds, staff shot as they tried to flee and doctor decapitated in the blast: Grim new details of hospital accidentally bombed by US forces which finds no armed men were even inside

Doctors Without Borders released chilling details about the devastating U.S. bombing of an Afghan hospital

Staff described the horrific scene where patients burned in their beds, medics were lost limbs or were even decapitated

Other saw patients and doctors gunned down by a circling aircraft as they attempted to flee the burning building

At least 30 people including doctors, women and children died in the U.S. airstrike on October 3

Bombing 'continued for 30 minutes after U.S. military was informed the hospital had been hit'

Now Doctors Without Borders have found there were no armed men in the hospital or around the area

U.S. military initially claimed hospital had been collateral damage in fight against Taliban militants

President Barack Obama has since apologized for the strike and has launched an investigation

Doctors Without Borders have released chilling new details about the devastating U.S. bombing of an Afghan hospital which found there were no armed men in the area at the time of the attack.

Staff described the horrific scene where patients burned in their beds, medics were lost limbs or were even decapitated in the blast after American forces authorized an airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz - killing at least 30 people.

As patients and doctors attempted to flee the burning building, they were gunned down by a circling aircraft,

'The view from inside the hospital is that this attack was conducted with a purpose to kill and destroy,' the charity's general director Christopher Stokes said in Kabul while releasing an internal review of the strike.

Doctors Without Borders, which go by their French initials MSF, said staff even sent out harrowing messages to officials in Kabul and Washington as the gunship repeatedly bombed the hospital for around an hour in the raid on October 3 in the northern city in Kunduz.

In one message they pleaded for help from NATO, informing them they were being bombed and taking heavy casualties.

They received a reply three minutes later, at 2.59am, which simply read: 'I'll do my best, praying for you all,' the report found.

The air strike, which killed at least 30 people, including women, children and medical staff, sparked global condemnation.

Staff described the ground shaking at the facility was hit with 'massive explosions', one after another.

In an interview with the surviving medics, many said they saw doctors, staff and patients shot by the plane as they 'tried to flee the main hospital building that was being hit with each airstrike. Some accounts mention shooting that appears to follow the movement of people on the run.

'Some public reports are circulating that the attack on our hospital could be justified because we were treating Taliban,' said Stokes.

'Wounded combatants are patients under international law, and must be free from attack and treated without discrimination. Medical staff should never be punished or attacked for providing treatment to wounded combatants,' he added.

The report also confirmed that U.S. forces had the exact coordinates of the clinic before launching the aerial assault.

Three separate investigations - led by the US, NATO and Afghan officials -- are looking into the strike, but MSF has labelled the incident a war crime and demanded an independent probe by an international fact-finding commission.

Long article with a bulk of photos – by Hannah Parry

Full MSF report:

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