Krieg im Jemen: Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 57

Yemen Press Reader 57: Hunger - Verstrickung und Propagandalügen der USA - Saudi-Arabien: Nährboden des Terrors - Großbritannien: Angst vor Klage wegen Waffenlieferungen? - Propaganda - IS

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Allgemein / General

30.11.2015 – Global Post

With US help, Saudi Arabia is obliterating Yemen

A very long and good article on the following subjects: The air raid at Sanaban Wedding as one example of a terrible air raid; Background, the events leading to the Yemen war; Air raids a Sanaa; Air raid at “Doctors Without Borders” faciility at Haydan; US complicity; Cluster bombs; Air raid at fishermen at Akban.

From “US complicity:

The United States has backed the Saudi-led coalition with arms sales as well as direct military support and coordination, raising questions about the level of American complicity in the airstrikes.

Since the escalation of the conflict in March, the United States has provided the coalition with vital intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and logistics information, according to US Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees all military operations in the Middle East.

Eight days after the bombing campaign began, the US began providing crucial aerial refueling to Saudi Arabia and its partners. As of Nov. 20, US tankers had flown 489 refueling sorties to top off the tanks of coalition warplanes 2,554 times, according to numbers provided to GlobalPost by the Defense Department.

The US military is also advising the coalition through what is known as the "Joint Combined Planning Cell," which was authorized by US President Barack Obama, according to Capt. P. Bryant Davis, a CENTCOM media operations officer. The joint cell is based in Riyadh, where US military personnel regularly meet with senior Saudi military leadership.

In addition to logistical support and intelligence sharing, the joint cell provides "targeting assistance" to the Saudi coalition, though CENTCOM stressed that the "selection and final vetting of targets" is done by coalition members, not the United States.

"There's actually a small number of US military personnel sitting in Riyadh in a military capacity helping to coordinate airstrikes. That's a game changer," says Belkis Wille, the Yemen researcher for Human Rights Watch. "It goes beyond the US just being a supporter of the coalition … they are actually a part of this armed conflict."

When asked what steps the US military takes to prevent civilian casualties in Yemen, CENTCOM said the joint cell recommends that the Saudi military "investigate all incidents of civilian casualties allegedly caused by airstrikes and has asked that the coalition reveal the results of these investigations publicly."

Officials at CENTCOM declined to answer whether the US military in any way reviews the toll on civilians afflicted by coalition airstrikes.

Saudi Arabia has been one of the US arms industry's most avid customers. Between October 2010 and October 2014, the US signed off on more than $90 billion in weapons deals with the Saudi government, according to the Congressional Research Service. US arms manufacturers have also sold billions of dollars’ worth of material to the other Gulf states that are participating in the bombing of Yemen, including the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – by Sharif Abdel Kouddous =

Commentary: This is a very long article, but it is well worth reading, giving personal and painful examples of suffering in Yemen because of war, and also touches on elsewhere in the Middle East - it details international politics that have led to this state of affairs. I could weep at the use of the world obliterate, but it is an accurate description of what is happening, whilst my government, and world governments, say what's happening is ok - even US Secretary of State John Kerry just two days ago thanked UAE for helping with 'progress' in Yemen. Only today I spoke to an educated man in Sana'a with four children whose children cannot get to school, who is very fearful as the war gets closer, and he thinks now might be his last chance to leave his home, and make a fresh start somewhere anew. These sad stories, day after day, break the hearts of anyone with compassion.

29.11.2015 – RTE Radio

Report on Yemen (Iona Craig’s report starts at 12:35 on the radio program)!rii=9%3A10496654%3A169%3A29%2D11%2D2015%3A

27.11.2015 – War News Updates

Yemen War News Updates -- November 27, 2015

Linkliste / List of links

27.11.2015 – Human Rights watch

Film über Jemen / Film on Yemen

With English subtitles – Mit englischen Untertiteln

Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

29.11.2015 – NGO Jobs

Einsatz als Krankenschwester mit Ärzte ohne Grenzen im Jemen

Acht spannende und ereignisreiche Wochen als Krankenschwester im Einsatz mit Ärzte ohne Grenzen im aktuellen Krisengebiet Jemen liegen hinter mir. Vor einer Woche bin ich zurückgekommen – Zeit für einen kleinen Rückblick.

Spannend, weil es wieder eine neue Herausforderung war, die dort in Sa’ada auf mich gewartet hat. Die Arbeit in einem Spital, welches vor allem Kriegsverletzte behandelt, Opfer von Luftangriffen und mit Schusswunden, ist etwas, auf das man sich allenfalls theoretisch vorbereiten kann.

Natürlich gab es auch schwierige Momente.

Zum Beispiel in der Nacht, in der durch einen Bombenangriff eine mehrköpfige Familie unter den Trümmern ihres Hauses begraben wurde. Wir kämpften lange, am Ende leider vergeblich, um das Leben der Mutter und eines der Kinder. Aber dafür haben ein anderer Bruder und seine Schwester nur leicht verletzt überlebt.

Ich habe jedoch auch die Bitte und den Aufruf, dem aktuellen Krieg im Jemen mehr Aufmerksamkeit zu schenken. Für viele Menschen im Jemen ist medizinische und sonstige Hilfe weiterhin unerreichbar oder schlicht nicht vorhanden. Der Import von Hilfsgütern wird weiterhin sehr erschwert, Nahrung, Wasser und Benzin sind knapp. In den Medien ist der Jemen leider sehr unterrepräsentiert. Die Menschen brauchen dringend Unterstützung von außen – doch inmitten der vielen anderen akuten Krisen in der Welt wird oft vergessen, dass auch dort täglich Bomben fallen und unzählige Menschen verletzt werden und sterben – von Vera Schmitz

29.11.2015 – Aljazeera

Starvation in Yemen: 'We are hoping just to survive'

As war rages, millions of people are struggling to access basic necessities such as food, water and fuel.

Abdullah al-Osaimi worries every day about how to put food on the table for his wife and four children.

According to the World Food Programme (WFP), around 14 million people in Yemen - more than half the country's population - have become food insecure, and of those, around seven million are classified as severely food insecure.

"It's a country that cannot take any further shock," Abeer Etefa, the WFP's spokesperson for the Middle East region, told Al Jazeera. "It's a very serious situation. We are doing our best so that we don't see a deterioration of the situation that's already extremely compromised."

Ongoing fighting has made it difficult for relief agencies to reach the areas of greatest need, while several key land border facilities have been closed, and Houthi rebels have laid siege to the southwestern city of Taiz. Access routes throughout the country, including many bridges, have been damaged or destroyed, contributing to the worsening food shortages, noted a report released this month by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

The report found that the problem of food insecurity in Yemen, a country that has long struggled with malnutrition and poverty, has deteriorated substantially since last year - and the decline is set to continue.

By mid-October, average wheat flour prices were 47 percent higher than the February average, the report noted, while diesel prices in October were 270 percent higher than in February. At the same time, household income has fallen as residents struggle to make a living.

"A continuation of current trends of reduced household income and increased food prices could lead to deteriorating food security outcomes in the coming months," the report stated, noting many residents in southern and western Yemen are facing an "emergency" state, the second most severe category of food insecurity after "catastrophe/famine". The situation is particularly grave for displaced people and those trapped in active conflict zones.

Ongoing fighting has made it difficult for relief agencies to reach the areas of greatest need, while several key land border facilities have been closed, and Houthi rebels have laid siege to the southwestern city of Taiz. Access routes throughout the country, including many bridges, have been damaged or destroyed, contributing to the worsening food shortages, noted a report released this month by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

The report found that the problem of food insecurity in Yemen, a country that has long struggled with malnutrition and poverty, has deteriorated substantially since last year - and the decline is set to continue.

By mid-October, average wheat flour prices were 47 percent higher than the February average, the report noted, while diesel prices in October were 270 percent higher than in February. At the same time, household income has fallen as residents struggle to make a living.

"A continuation of current trends of reduced household income and increased food prices could lead to deteriorating food security outcomes in the coming months," the report stated, noting many residents in southern and western Yemen are facing an "emergency" state, the second most severe category of food insecurity after "catastrophe/famine". The situation is particularly grave for displaced people and those trapped in active conflict zones.

According to FEWS NET, parts of Yemen have been witnessing exceptionally high levels of morbidity among young children, along with a rise in cases of malnutritioned children. Data from Abyan governorate revealed a fourfold increase in admissions of malnourished children this year, from 136 in 2014, to 557 in 2015; similar trends were seen in other Yemeni hospitals – by Megan O'Toole and Ali Aboluhom

Nordjemen / Northern Yemen

28.11.2015 – Yemen Post

Police deployed to streets of militia-controlled capital of Yemen

Hundreds of police officers were deployed to the streets of Yemen's capital city of Sanaa on Saturday.

Officers said the security authorities are working hard to restart their duties and drive the militants out of the capital.

"It is not good to continue to see the capital without police or rather under militias. If we don't act, nothing will change," one officer said.

With support from the forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Houthi militants ousted the UN-backed government and seized power in late 2014.

They have since been controlling the capital and northern regions.

Meanwhile, the deployment of the police coincided with reports that the Houthi militants have been deployed to secure the gates of the capital in preparation for possible battle with the pro-government forces.

The battles between the pro-government forces and the Houthis on the capital's border with Marib province have been continuing for weeks.

Lately, military sources said the battle to retake Sanaa was close.

Kommentar: Eine Meldung, die ich woanders nicht bestätigt gefunden habe. Das lässt sie doch dubios erscheinen. Mit „militia“ sind hier offensichtlich die Huthis, mit „government“ die Hadi-Regierung in Aden gemeint. Dass hunderte von Polizisten in Sanaa plötzlich ihre Loyalität zur Rergierung Hadi erklären und gegen die Huthi in der Stadt vorgehen, wäre schon ein sehr bemerkenswerter Vorgang. Wenn es tatsächlich zuträfe, würden sie damit bei der durch die saudischen Bombenangriffe gepeinigten Bevölkerung wohl kaum auf viel Gegenliebe stoßen. Und dass die Saudis in Sanaa gezielt ausgerechnet die Polizeiakademie in Schutt und Asche gelegt haben, wird man bei der Polizei auch noch wissen. Eine bewusste Falschmeldung?

Südjemen / Southern Yemen

29.11.2015 – Nasser Arrabye

Clashes in Zunjubar Abyan south Yemen between 2 Qaeda factions 1led by Abdul Latif Sayed loyal to Hadi& 2led by Jalal beleidi. ISIS winning!

26.11.2015 – Yemen Post

Yemen plans to resume oil operations

The petroleum exploration and production authority will resume its duties from Yemen's temporary capital, the southern port city of Aden, next week, local media said on Thursday.

An official at the oil ministry was quoted as saying the authority is officially relocating into Aden and that preparations are underway to resume its full operations.

"The authority will start tenders for oil exploration operations in oil-rich provinces as well as contacting investors to restart their projects in Yemen," the official was quoted as saying.

Still, battles are continuing in the second oil-rich Shabwa province where the country's LNG Plant is located.

All oil and gas projects shut down after the Saudi-led coalition launched a bombing campaign against the Houthi militants in late March.

UN und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

29.11.2015 –German Iran Radio

Friedensgespräche für Jemen finden am 13. Dezember in Genf statt

Für die Jemen-Freidensgespräche am 13. Dezember in Genf sind nach Angaben des UNO-Sonderbeauftragten für Jemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, die notwendigen Schritte unternommen worden.

Die Verhandlungspartner bestehend aus jeweils sechs Mitgliedern und vier Berater sollen in Genf die Möglichkeiten einer Friedensregelung ausloten.

Die Jemen-Friedensgespräche waren zuerst für den 27.November vorgesehen.

Der jemenitische zurückgetretene und geflüchtete Präsident Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi , der Generalsekräter der jemenitischen Partei Volkskongress, Aref Suka und der Sprecher der jemenitischen Ansarollah-Bewegung, Mohammad abdal-Salam, werden noch die Einladung zu Genfer Gesprächen erhalten.

Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

29.11.2015 – Der Freitag

Flugzeuge und Waffen: Treffen der Todesengel

Dubai Airshow Teil I: Waffenverkäufer aus USA und Europa treffen Waffenkäufer vom Golf. Boeing ist schon 70 Jahre im Geschäft. Munitions-Einkauf: Mord und Zerstörung im Jemen weiter gesichert

Auf der Airshow in Dubai, der größten Stadt der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, die vom 8. bis 12. November stattfand, gab es alles in Sachen ziviler wie militärischer Luftfahrt zu sehen und zu kaufen – und gekauft bzw. bestellt wurde ordentlich: Das Auftragsvolumen lag bei 37,2 Milliarden Dollar, was freilich noch gar nichts ist gegen die 206,1 Milliarden Dollar von 2013. Diese Zahlen umfassen sowohl die zivile als auch die militärische Luftfahrt. 1103 Aussteller aus 61 Ländern zeigten ihre Produkte, 150 Flugzeuge wurden verkauft.

Dabei werden außer zivilen und Kampfflugzeugen auch die zugehörigen Waffensysteme, Bomben, Geschosse u. dgl. angeboten. Unter den vielen Ausstellern sind natürlich auch die großen US-Firmen wie Boeing und Martin Lockheed. Beide Firmen präsentieren sich als Partner der Golfmonarchien.

Speziell für die Dubai Air Show preisen die Hersteller ihre Kampfflugzeuge an, und auch ihre Munition bzw. Munitionszubehör. Zwei Beispiele von Boeing.

Es erscheint schlichtweg pervers, wie derartige Dinge hier beschrieben und vermarket werden: Wie irgendwelche technischen Teile, Autozubehör, Gartengeräte, Heimwerkerbedarf oder Ähnliches. Nicht anders beschreibt Black und Decker seine neue Bohrmaschine. Bei Boeing werden „niedrige Kosten und niedrige Kollateralschäden“ in einem Atemzug genannt. Das eine mag der Käufer direkt am Preis absehen können, das andere ist kaum so direkt nachprüfbar. Das werden die Leute im Jemen oder sonst wo dann schon merken. Wir lesen hier den sachlich-kühlen Werbeton einer technischen Produktbeschreibung, die natürlich das Produkt bei aller sachlich-technischen Information doch in einem positiven Licht erscheinen lassen soll, also ein Werbeträger ist. Es ist also Werbung, was wir hier lesen!!

Worauf diesmal das Hauptaugenmerk und Interesse der Einkäufer vom Golf liegt, ist schlichtweg Munition. Reuters: „Sie konzentrieren sich auf die sofortigen Kriegsbedürfnisse wie die Versorgung mit Munition“, und: „Kurzfristige Besorgnisse um den Nachschub (logistics) sind dringender geworden“, sodann noch einmal genauer: „Kurzfristige Besorgnisse über die Versorgung mit Munition und die Notwendigkeit, das vorhandene Material am Laufen zu halten, sind gewachsen.“ – von Dietrich Klose

29.11.2015 – Der Freitag

Flugzeuge und Waffen: Aktive Rolle der USA

Dubai Airshow Teil II: Airforce-Secretary Deborah Lee James und Generalleutnant Charles Q. Brown bei Pressekonferenz: Engagement der US-Regierung für Munitionsnachschub für Saudis; Jemenkrieg

Wir hatten den ersten Teil des Berichts über die Dubai Airshow mit der Bemerkung abgeschlossen, dass die US-Regierung selbst dort prominent vertreten war – nicht nur, um dort den Verkauf amerikanischer Technik, Flugzeuge und Waffen zu promoten, sondern auch ganz eindeutig zur Förderung ihrer geopolitischen Interessen. Davon legt das Dokument einer Ansprache mit anschließender Befragung der beiden hochrangigsten US-Vertreter auf der Dubai Airshow Zeugnis ab.

In mehrerer Hinsicht waren die Aussagen der offiziellen Vertreter der US-Regierung und des US-Militärs entlarvend, dankenswerterweise kann man sie im Internet nachlesen. In Dubai erschienen sind Deborah Lee James, „Secretary of the Air Force“, d. h. die administrative Leiterin der US-Luftwaffe, etwa einer Staatssekretärin bei uns vergleichbar, und der Kommandeur des Zentralkommandos der US-Luftwaffe für Südwestasien, Generalleutnant Charles Q. Brown. Man brauchte vor diesem Forum in Dubai auch nicht so zu tun, als hätten die an die Saudis und an die Golfstaaten gelieferten Rüstungsgüter nichts mit dem Krieg im Jemen zu tun – der Jemen wird hier mehrfach erwähnt.

Dann konnten von der Presse Fragen gestellt werden. Es geht auch um die Schnelligkeit der Lieferungen aus den USA. Eine Frage ist direkt: „Gibt es irgendwelche Beschwerden von den hiesigen Partnern, den Staaten des Golf-Kooperationsrates, die insbesondere sagen, wir brauchen es, dass dieses Material sich schneller bewegt, damit man sowohl in Syrien als auch im Jemen weiterkämpfen kann?“

Darauf Frau James: „Einer der wichtigsten Bereiche, auf die unsere Partner mich, General Brown und die übrigen von uns aufmerksam gemacht haben, ist die Bedeutung davon, unsere Lagerbestände an Munition und Präzisionswaffen wieder aufzufüllen. Das ist eine zentrale Botschaft, die ich nach Washington mit zurücknehmen werde, und das ist eine, an der wir ziemlich hart arbeiten.“Klartext: Wir kümmern uns von Regierungsseite darum, dass ihr keine Nachschubprobleme mit weiterer Munition zur Bombardierung des Jemen habt, damit ihr immer „volle Kanne“ weiter bombardieren könnt – von Dietrich Klose

Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

30.11.2015 – Telepolis

"Tatort Internet" auf saudisch

Saudi-Arabien will Twitterer abmahnen, die saudische Todesstrafe mit der von ISIS vergleichen

Wie der Guardian meldet, will das Königreich Saudi-Arabien u.a. Twitter-Nutzer verklagen, welche die gegen den palästinensischen Dichter Ashraf Fayadh verhängte Todesstrafe mit dem Köpfen durch ISIS vergleicht. Wer die Fairnis der Gerichte infrage stelle, so das saudische Justizministerium, zweifle auch die Justiz des Königreichs und dessen Rechtssystem an. Dies jedoch basiere auf dem Islamischen Gesetz und garantiere Menschenwürde. Das Königreich werde nicht zögern, jegliches Medium vor Gericht zu bringen, welches gegen die religiöse Rechtsprechung lästere – von Markus Kompa

27.11.2015 – The Independent

Ashraf Fayadh: Saudi Arabia to 'sue' Twitter user describing Palestinian poet's death sentence as 'Isis-like'

'The justice ministry will sue the person who described ... the sentencing of a man to death for apostasy as being `Isis-like',' a justice ministry source claimed

Saudi Arabia will sue any Twitter user who compares the Kingdom’s recent decision to execute a poet to punishments handed down by Isis.

Ashraf Fayadh, a 35-year-old Palestinian poet, was sentenced to death for apostasy – renouncing one’s faith – by a court in Abha on 17 November, according to documents seen by Human Rights Watch.

"The justice ministry will sue the person who described ... the sentencing of a man to death for apostasy as being `Isis-like'," a justice ministry source told newspaper Al-Riyadh.

The Kingdom is yet to identify the potential Twitter user, or specify a possible penalty.

"Questioning the fairness of the courts is to question the justice of the Kingdom and its judicial system based on Islamic law, which guarantees rights and ensures human dignity", the source seemingly told the pro-government newspaper.

They claimed the Kingdom’s courts would not hesitate to put on trial "any media that slandered the religious judiciary of the Kingdom" – by Rose Troup Buchanan

29.11.2015 – Rori Donaghi

Saudi building Israel style wall with checkpoints at entry of Shia village Awamiyah. Construction began Saturday. (Photos)

28.11.2015 – Frankfurter Allgemeine

Saudi-Arabien: Der Nährboden des Terrors

Seit einem halben Jahrhundert exportiert Saudi-Arabien mit Milliarden Petrodollars seinen intoleranten Islam in alle Welt – und fördert damit gezielt den Extremismus.

Saudi-Arabien exportiert vor allem zwei Produkte: Erdöl und Islam. Das saudische Erdöl ist das Schmiermittel für die Weltwirtschaft, der saudische Islam aber ist eine Gefahr für den Weltfrieden. Vor mehr als einem halben Jahrhundert hatte das Königreich begonnen, seinen rückwärtsgewandten und intoleranten Islam zu exportieren. Rückwärtsgewandt ist er, weil er sich am Vorbild der ersten Muslime orientiert und dazu den Koran buchstabengetreu auslegt. Und intolerant ist dieser Islam, weil er alle Anhänger anderer Auslegungen zu „Ungläubigen“ erklärt, die bekämpft werden müssen. Die Vertreter dieses wahhabitischen Islams sehen ihn seit seiner Entstehung im 18. Jahrhundert als die einzige wahre Form des Islams an – und als die einzig wahre Religion überhaupt.

Das Ergebnis ist verheerend. Seit einem halben Jahrhundert wird die saudische Missionsoffensive Jahr für Jahr mit Milliarden Petrodollars finanziert. Sie richtet sich gegen den religiösen Pluralismus in der islamischen Welt – gegen gemäßigte und säkulare Sunniten ebenso wie gegen Anhänger des Sufismus und Schiiten, gegen Nichtmuslime sowieso. Diese saudische Offensive schuf den theologischen und ideologischen Nährboden für den heutigen Terror im Namen des Islams. Zwar finanziert das Königreich Saudi-Arabien die Terrormiliz „Islamischer Staat“ (IS) nicht direkt; denn der IS hat der saudischen Monarchie den Krieg erklärt. Das Königreich ist aber der Schöpfer dieses Ungeheuers, denn der IS ist die besonders gewalttätige Fortsetzung des wahhabitischen Islams.

Zu den größten Fehlern des Westens zähle der Irrglaube, dass das saudische Regime uns wohlgesinnt sei, sagte kürzlich der Schriftsteller Salman Rushdie. Denn Saudi-Arabien sei maßgeblich verantwortlich für die weltweite Verbreitung radikal-islamischen Gedankenguts in Form des Wahhabismus: „Das war eine winzig kleine Strömung innerhalb des sunnitischen Islams, bis die Saudis dazu übergingen, mit ihren Petrodollars den Wahhabismus weltweit zu propagieren.“

Moscheen und Schulen sind die Hardware, um den Islam in die Welt zu exportieren. Saudi-Arabien versorgt diese Stätten auch mit Predigern und Pamphleten. Einer der bekanntesten saudischen Hassprediger, die das Königreich über viele Jahre auch nach Deutschland schickte, war Muhammad al Arifi, der auf Twitter elf Millionen Follower hat.

Seinen Radius erweitert das Königreich auch mit islamischen Satellitensendern und islamischen Websites, die überall verfügbar sind und den Nutzer nichts kosten. Damit beliefere Saudi-Arabien einen erheblichen Teil der Curricula der weltweiten islamischen Institutionen, beobachtete bereits vor Jahren der französische Islamismus-Fachmann Olivier Roy.

„Bei der Verbreitung des saudischen Islams spielt auch die Arbeitsmigration eine wichtige Rolle“, sagt Ulrike Freitag. Denn in Saudi-Arabien arbeiten zehn Millionen ausländische Bürger, und die meisten stammen aus muslimischen Ländern. Wenn sie zum Urlaub oder endgültig zurückkehren, bringen sie nicht nur Ersparnisse mit, sie verlangen von ihren Familien dann meist, sich wie in Saudi-Arabien „islamisch“ zu verhalten. Gebe es dann noch Angebote einer von Saudi-Arabien finanzierten Moschee, steige die Bereitschaft, den saudischen Islam zu übernehmen, sagt Freitag – von Rainer Hermann

Kommentar: Ein großartiger und solider Artikel mit jeder Menge Hintergrund- und historischen Informationen. Sehr lang, unbedingt vollständig lesen! Genau so ist es.

25.11.2015 – The Independent

Saudi Arabia executes 'a person every two days' as rate of beheadings soars under King Salman

Those killed include children and people with mental disabilities

Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people in the past year, at a rate of one every two days, according to a report by Amnesty International.

The kingdom killed 102 convicted criminals in the first six months of 2015 alone, putting it on course to beat its 1995 record number for the calendar year of 192. Those killed included children under the age of 18 at the time of the offence, and disabled people.

According to a new 44-page report released by the charity today, at least 2,208 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia since January 1985.

Nearly half of those, 48.5 per cent, were of foreign nationals, who Amnesty said suffer disproportionately under the Saudi justice system because of a combination of xenophobic prejudice and a lack of Arabic to understand proceedings.

More than one in four – 28 per cent since 1991 – have been for drug-related offences, and death sentences were also given for other crimes not considered the “most serious” – or even illegal at all – under international standards. They include adultery, “apostasy”, witchcraft and sorcery.

Amnesty said that Saudi Arabia carried out most of its executions in the period by beheading, although some were killed by firing squad.

Despite UN calls for the end of executions by public, many convicts were beheaded in either the public square of the town or city where they were sentenced, or in other publically-accessible spaces.

In some cases, the remains of those executed were displayed in public as a deterrent to others, Amnesty said.

Amnesty’s report highlighted two recent cases where vulnerable people were sentenced to death in clear violation of international standards and laws – including conventions to which Saudi Arabia is a party – by Adam Withnall


30.11.2015 – The American Conservative

Kerry’s Shameful Praise for the War on Yemen

Last week Secretary Kerry met with the UAE’s foreign minister and praised the UAE for its role in pummeling Yemen:

We respect what United Arab Emirates has been able to do to be able to accomplish significant progress in Yemen. We understand completely and support the reasons that Saudi Arabia and the UAE felt compelled to take acts of self-defense and to protect the security of this region. And I know that the UAE has made sacrifices in that effort. We understand those sacrifices in the United States, and we respect what has been achieved, and we respect the values that the UAE is standing up for.

Kerry’s statement is terrible, but it is consistent with what we have come to expect from the Obama administration regarding Yemen and the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed war there. Since the intervention began, U.S. officials have either echoed Saudi propaganda lines or said as little as possible so as to avoid criticizing any of the coalition’s members. When there was a possibility of an independent international investigation into war crimes and abuses committed by all sides, the U.S. acquiesced in the Saudis’ efforts to quash it. None of the governments involved in battering Yemen has any interest in such investigations, since an honest investigation would likely find them to be at fault for unlawful attacks on civilian targets. We have often heard from anonymous administration officials that they have no confidence in the campaign and are alarmed by the toll it is taking on the civilian population, but at every step the administration has publicly never hinted that it disapproves of anything the Saudi-led coalition is doing. Kerry’s remarks underscore the extent to which the administration has fully embraced the appalling war on Yemen.

The pretense that the Saudis and UAE are engaged in any sort of “self-defense” is especially galling. None of the coalition members was threatened by turmoil in Yemen earlier this year, and the decision to intervene had everything to do with reimposing an unpopular ruler. Attacking a neighboring country in the name of reinstalling a deposed government is difficult to justify in any case, but it certainly has nothing to do with self-defense. Using regional security as a justification is also hard to take seriously, since Yemen and the surrounding region have been greatly destabilized by the decision to escalate and internationalize what had been an internal Yemeni conflict. It is even more absurd to think that the coalition’s war has made the region more secure when Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the local ISIS affiliate have flourished in the chaos that the intervention has helped to create. I have no idea what “values” the coalition is supposed to be “standing up for” when they illegally target civilian areas, bomb indiscriminately, and starve civilians of basic necessities. The only things that the coalition seems to “stand up for” are sectarian hatred and irrational fear of Iran, but then those seem to be values that many in Washington share or at least accept.

Obama administration officials can’t actually defend the war that the Saudis and their allies are waging with our help, and so they have to invent a fantasy version that makes an indefensible war seem thoroughly justified. In that way, an aggressive war can be recast as “self-defense” and a destabilizing intervention can be spun as advancing regional security. An entire country has been driven to the brink of famine, and our officials talk about the “progress” that has been made. They are able to do this in part because they receive almost no scrutiny or criticism here at home for continuing to enable the war on Yemen, which has just entered its ninth month.

I don’t think anyone seriously expects administration officials to denounce U.S. clients for their crimes in public while one of their representatives is standing nearby. Even so, there is no good reason for the Secretary of State to be offering fulsome praise to another government for its role in wrecking and starving a miserable country. Kerry praises the UAE’s role in the war by way of obscuring the reality of what the UAE and its allies are doing in Yemen, and in that way also tries to spin U.S. support for the war as something other than the indefensible horror that it is. Kerry’s remarks last week were shameful, and they should cause more Americans to pay closer attention to the shameful intervention that the U.S. still supports and endorses – by Daniel Larison

Commentary: Thanks to Daniel Larison, he hits the spot, as so often. And quite along the way, he is picking to pieces the whole propaganda.

Kommentar: Danke an Daniel Larison, wie so oft trifft er voll ins Schwarze. Und so ganz nebenbei zerpflückt er die ganze Propaganda.

2013 – Jeremy Scahill

Terrorstaat USA - Schmutzige Kriege - Die geheimen Kommandoaktionen der USA

Mit der Dokumentation "Schmutzige Kriege" führt Autor Jeremy Scahill in eine völlig unbekannte Welt von geheimen Kriegseinsätzen der USA in Afghanistan, Jemen, Somalia und weiteren Gebieten. Teils Politthriller, teils Detektivfilm beginnt "Schmutzige Kriege" als investigative Reportage über einen nächtlichen Angriff von US-Einheiten in Afghanistan, bei dem viele Zivilisten starben, darunter zwei schwangere Frauen. Schnell entwickelt sich eine weltweite Recherche in die bis dahin unbekannte Parallelwelt der mächtigen und streng geheimen Spezialeinheit der Amerikaner, das Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

Scahill findet immer mehr über JSOC heraus, deckt brutale Einsätze auf, die sorgfältig vor der Öffentlichkeit verheimlicht werden, ausgeführt von Soldaten, über die es keinerlei Unterlagen gibt und die somit auch nie vom Kongress vernommen werden können und offenbar keine Rechenschaft über ihr Handeln ablegen müssen. Im Militärjargon arbeitet die JSOC nach dem Motto "finden, fixieren und erledigen". Die Teams arbeiten eine geheime Tötungsliste ab. Es gibt kein Ziel, das für diese Truppe nicht legitim wäre, auch amerikanische Staatsbürger werden nicht verschont.

Jeremy Scahill deckt die Folgen eines Krieges auf, der völlig außer Kontrolle ist. CIA-Agenten, Kämpfer der Special Forces, Generäle und von den USA finanzierte Warlords - sie alle treten aus dem Dunkel der Geheimhaltung vor die Kamera und reden über ihre Einsätze, viele von ihnen zum ersten Mal. Auch die Überlebenden der meist nächtlichen Attacken und Drohnenangriffe kommen zu Wort, darunter auch die Familie des ersten amerikanischen Staatsbürgers, der von seiner eigenen Regierung gejagt und getötet wurde.

"Schmutzige Kriege" führt die Zuschauer in die entlegensten Ecken der Welt und zeigt auf, wie schmutzig die USA heute Krieg führen.

Am Ende bleiben quälende Fragen nach Freiheit und Demokratie, Krieg und Gerechtigkeit.

Großbritannien / Great Britain

30.11.2015 – Sputnik News

Waffenlieferungen an Saudi-Arabien: London befürchtet Anklage wegen Kriegsverbrechen

Anwälte des britischen Außenministeriums haben davor gewarnt, dass London angesichts der Lieferung von Raketen an Riad wegen Mitwirkung an Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen angeklagt werden kann, berichtet „The Independent“. Denn es werde immer offensichtlicher, dass Saudi-Arabien diese Raketen gegen die Zivilbevölkerung einsetzt.

Deutschland liefert ebenfalls Waffen an Saudi-Arabien und riskiert somit zusammen mit Großbritannien und den USA, dem Hauptlieferanten der Saudis, auf der Anklagebank des Internationalen Strafgerichtshof zu landen.

Dem „Independent“ zufolge sollen Berater von Außenminister Philip Hammond rechtliche Warnungen dazu geäußert haben, Riad spezielle Raketen zu verkaufen, die vor allem im westlichen Jemen gegen die Zivilbevölkerung und die Houthi-Rebellen eingesetzt würden.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch und andere Nichtregierungsorganisationen würden behaupten, so „The Independent“, es bestehe kein Zweifel daran, dass die an die Saudis verkauften britischen und US-amerikanischen Waffen gegen die Zivilbevölkerung in Jemen eingesetzt werden.

Das Außenministerium gebe seinerseits ebenfalls zu, dass einige Waffen, die von Großbritannien geliefert worden seien, von Saudi Arabien im Jemen eingesetzt werden. Doch ob dieses Waffengeschäft im Rahmen der internationalen Regeln des Waffenhandels erfolge, könne das Außenministerium „keineswegs klar sagen“, so „The Independent“ unter Berufung auf einen Justiziar des Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Es wachse demnach die Befürchtung, dass sowohl Saudi-Arabien selbst als auch seine Waffenlieferanten, darunter Großbritannien, die USA und Deutschland, vor dem Internationalen Strafgerichtshof angeklagt werden könnten.

Während man in London derzeit bereits offen darüber diskutiert und die Rechtsberater der Londoner Administration eine Kurskorrektur bezüglich der Politik gegenüber Saudi-Arabien empfehlen, werden solche Diskussionen in Berlin offenbar aus politischen Gründen unterdrückt.

30.11.2015 – Radio Utopie

Britisches Außenministerium warnt, dass Waffenverkäufe an die Saudis mit dem Risiko der Strafverfolgung wegen Kriegsverbrechen verbunden sind

Hohe Opferquote unter der Zivilbevölkerung durch die Angriffe der Saudis ist ein Problem für Waffenexporteure

Während die Regierung Cameron weiterhin dabei bleibt, dass die Lieferung von Waffen nach Saudiarabien voll dem Internationalen Recht entspricht, warnen Juristen und Diplomaten des Außenministeriums, dass das „keineswegs klar ist,” und dass Britannien sich selbst Verfolgungen wegen Kriegsverbrechen einhandeln könnte, wenn es weiter Raketen dorthin verkauft.

Saudiarabien ist unter erheblichen Beschuss gekommen wegen der massiven Opferzahlen in den letzten neun Monaten der Angriffe auf den Jemen, und das Außenministerium ist beunruhigt darüber, wieviele dieser Bomben und Raketen, die auf den Jemen fallen, aus Britannien kommen.

Vor Beginn des Kriegs verkaufte Waffen sind sicher bedenklich, aber größere Bedenken scheint hervorzurufen, dass die Regierung Cameron weiterhin mehr Waffen an die Saudis verkauft, während diese weiterhin eine Luftkrieg mit einer der höchsten Todesraten seit Jahrzehnten führen.

Der Außenminister hat in der Vergangenheit versucht, sich um die Angelegenheit zu drücken, indem er sagte, dass eine Untersuchung über die Verkäufe an die Saudis in Gang ist, die nur noch nicht abgeschlossen ist, aber die Juristen warnen, dass das zunehmend hohl klingt, je länger der Krieg andauert und je mehr militärischen Kontakt das Vereinigte Königreich und Saudiarabien im ISIS-Krieg haben – von Jason Ditz

29.11.2015 – Dissident Voice

Bombing Yemen, Munitions Sales to Saudi Arabia

Britain’s Robust Arms Export Control Regime

As Prime Minister David Cameron attempts to persuade Parliament to back another illegal assault on a country posing no threat to the UK, Syria, it transpires that Britain may face war crimes charges anyway for arms sales to Saudi Arabia, arms being used to decimate civilians and civilian infrastructure in Yemen.

“Advisers to Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, have stepped up legal warnings that the sale of specialist missiles to the Saudis, deployed throughout nine months of almost daily bombing raids in west Yemen … may breach international humanitarian law”, states a report in the Independent.

Given that the population of Yemen is just over twenty four million, the figures demonstrate that almost the entire population is experiencing unimaginable devastation in an onslaught on which the governments of the “international community” have simply turned their backs – except those bombing with US and UK supplied missiles.

In a statement laughable if the the situation were not so devastatingly tragic:

… there is concern within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that the Saudi military’s attitude to humanitarian law is careless. Officials fear that the combination of British arms sales and technical expertise used to assist bombing raids on Yemen could result in the UK being hauled before the International Criminal Court on charges relating to direct attacks on civilians.

“Pot calling kettle back” comes to mind. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British government’s attitude to humanitarian law has arguably been beyond criminally careless in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. And they now aim to attack Syria in retaliation for an action in France, committed by French and Belgian born terrorists of North African descent, some of whom had been equally terrorizing in Syria and then allowed to return home, seemingly untroubled by law enforcement agencies – as well as their British counterparts.

Highlighting this carelessness, Oliver Sprague, Amnesty International’s arms trade director, told the Independent:

There is a blatant rewriting of the rules inside the (Foreign Office). We are not supposed to supply weapons if there is a risk they could be used to violate humanitarian laws and the international arms trade treaty – which we championed. It is illogical for (Foreign Secretary) Philip Hammond to say there is no evidence of weapons supplied by the UK being misused, so we’ll keep selling them to the point where we learn they are being used.

Last July a transfer of Paveway IV missiles was authorized from the (Royal Air Force) to Saudi Arabia, boosting the order book of arms manufacturer Raytheon UK.

The near £200 million contract “secured the supply of hundreds of the air-launched missiles to the Saudi air force over the next two years.” The Raytheon bombs will be dropped on Yemen by Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets, supplied by Britain’s BAE Systems.

“The (contract) ensured that the Saudi arsenal, depleted through multiple daily bombing raids on Yemen over the past nine months, would not be exhausted.” So much for humanitarian laws.

Away from Foreign Secretary Hammond, it seems there are deep concerns in parts of the Foreign Office, which are being compared to the crisis over legality during the period before the invasion of Iraq which led to the resignation of senior legal advisor Elizabeth Wilmshurs, concerned at the legality of such action.

The latest issue of legal embarrassment for David Cameron’s government relates to a Report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued on November 25 alleging that: “The Saudi Arabia-led coalition used a British-made missile to destroy” Yemen’s Radfan Ceramics factory, “a civilian object, on 23 September, 2015.”

As Prime Minister Cameron contemplates committing more war crimes in Syria, he might ponder those already on his plate and reconsider.

He may already be set to follow his admired “mentor” Tony Blair in having to consult a lawyer before he boards a flight, lest he be arrested. As someone remarked over another atrocity in another land, the Yemen bomb seemingly “has a British accent.” – by Felicity Arbuthnot = =

This article is citing from an article in The Independent (see below) and an Amnesty International Investigation.

27.11.2015 – The Independent

UK could be prosecuted for war crimes over missiles sold to Saudi Arabia that were used to kill civilians in Yemen

Advisers to the Foreign Secretary step up legal warnings that the missile sales may breach international humanitarian law

Britain is at risk of being prosecuted for war crimes because of growing evidence that missiles sold to Saudi Arabia have been used against civilian targets in Yemen’s brutal civil war, Foreign Office lawyers and diplomats have warned.

Advisers to Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, have stepped up legal warnings that the sale of specialist missiles to the Saudis, deployed throughout nine months of almost daily bombing raids in west Yemen against Houthi rebels, may breach international humanitarian law.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other NGOs, claim there is no doubt that weapons supplied by the UK and the United States have hit Yemeni civilian targets. One senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) legal adviser told The Independent: “The Foreign Secretary has acknowledged that some weapons supplied by the UK have been used by the Saudis in Yemen. Are our reassurances correct – that such sales are within international arms treaty rules? The answer is, sadly, not at all clear.”

Another government lawyer warned: “With Britain now expected to join the United States and France in the war on Isis in Syria, there will be renewed interest in the legality of the assault in Yemen. It may not be enough for the Foreign Secretary to simply restate that we have yet to carry out any detailed evaluation [of UK arms used in the bombing of Yemen].”

The legal adviser said: “Yemen could be described as a forgotten conflict. Inside the Foreign Office a course-correction is seen as crucial. It is a proxy war, with the Saudis believing Iran is behind the Houthi rebellion.”

Most of Saudi’s weapons are supplied by the United States. With help from the UK, the US is also offering logistical support, airborne refuelling, with a specialist Pentagon-approved team providing intelligence on targeting.

In July, Britain authorised the transfer of Paveway IV missiles from the RAF to Saudi Arabia. The MoD approved a switch in positions on an order book from the arms manufacturer, Raytheon UK.

The contract, worth close to £200m, secured the supply of hundreds of the air-launched missiles to the Saudi air force over the next two years. The Raytheon precision weapons are used by both the RAF and its Saudi counterparts on Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets, supplied by BAE Systems. The order switch ensured that the Saudi arsenal, depleted through multiple daily bombing raids on Yemen over the past nine months, would not be exhausted – by James Cusick

28.11.2015 – Der Freitag

Open Letter to the British Ambassador in Yemen

Offener Brief an den britischen Botschafter im Jemen: Über Gewalt gegen Frauen im Jemen zu schreiben und die brutale Gewalt wegzulassen, die der von der eigenen Regierung befeuerte Krieg mit sich bringt, ist Heuchelei

27.11.2015 – British Parliament

Inquiry on Yemen

Yemen faces many challenges compounded by serious political crisis and conflict. Even before the crisis Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East with poor human development indicators and rapid population growth. The conflict escalated in March leading to large scale internal displacement and hunger, with more than 80% of the population needing humanitarian assistance.

Ports have effectively been blockaded. Over twelve million Yemenis, half the population, do not have enough to eat and half a million Yemen children face severe malnutrition. Women and girls suffer severe discrimination. Yemen is now one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

This inquiry examines the Government's response to the crisis in Yemen.

Crisis in Yemen terms of reference Send a written submission

18.4.2015 – Churchill’s Karma

The Saudi Arabian War on Yemen is also a British one

Three days before the Saudi led air force began its bombing of the Republic of Yemen on Thursday 26th March, the British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond was in the Saudi capital, Riyadh meeting with his host’s foreign secretary, Prince Saud al-Faisal on Monday 23rd March 2015.

In their joint press conference after their meeting, the British foreign Secretary declared that “no one wanted to see military action in Yemen.” This was echoed by his Saudi counterpart who stressed the need for a “peaceful solution” to the situation in Yemen.

No sooner had the Saudi led, GCC bombing campaign began than Mr. Hammond was briefing reporters on Friday 27th March from Washington that Great Britain supports the Saudi military intervention, “in every practical way short of engaging in combat.” He confirmed that the British are ‘not directly’ (my emphasis) involved. However, this could change because the UK has a “long-standing relationship with the Saudi armed forces, particularly the Royal Saudi Air Force.” He acknowledged that the Saudis were bombing Yemen with British built aircraft and the British have “significant infrastructure supporting the Saudi air force.”

Within the space of five days the British foreign secretary sojourned from advocating military restraint to declaring Great Britain was shoulder to shoulder with the Saudi theocratic dictatorship’s aggression against Yemen under the pretext of restoring the so-called “legitimate” President of Yemen, Hadi, to office who has now escaped the fighting in Aden and fled to Riyadh.

Also on Friday 27th, the Times of London editorialised that it was important for the United States to support the Saudi offensive because it needed “to reassure the Sunni world that it is not selling out to the Iranian regime, then it must be firm in its support of the Saudi offensive.” The Guardian too, in its editorial, several days later claimed that it is the USA-Iranian rapprochement which is bearing heavily on the new King of Saudi Arabia’s decision to bomb Yemen, “Sunni anxiety over the possibility of an Iran-US rapprochement has prompted the new Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud– whose dynasty casts itself as the historic protector of Sunni faith – to assert greater regional clout, through military action in Yemen.” Since when did the al-Saud dynasty cast itself as the historic protectors of the Sunni faith, the Guardian does not elaborate, but it may have been since the British Empire stumbled across the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, Abd al-Aziz Ibn Saud in the Arabian desert in need of British weapons just over a hundred years ago.

This is clearly the UK’s latest intervention in Yemen but this time it is allowing the venal Saudi theocratic state to ostensibly take the lead. Whereas in the past, British military operations in Yemen were far more imperially audacious.

Much has been made of the supposed and tenuous relationship between the ‘Ansar Allah’ militia and Iran but nothing, as Hammond acknowledged, of the Saudi Arabian, British supplied weapons currently raining down on Yemen.

The British “long-standing relationship”, Hammond speak so fondly of, with the Saudi military is without doubt a reference to the corrupt so-called al-Yamamah (Dove) arms deals that have furnished billions of pounds sterling on the British military industrial complex. Actually it would not be far-fetched to argue that without the Saudi Arabian and other GCC country purchase of military hardware there would not be much of a British military industrial complex. Yemen is currently being bombed with the fruits of British-Saudi venality laced by and with the hypocrisy of Prince Charles, the next in line to the British crown.

Finally, there is the absurdity of many, if not most, amongst the Southern separatist movement, Hirak, cheering on the Saudi military intervention. Obviously, the whole point of the Saudi bombing is to preserve its geo-political interests. It cannot afford to have a movement perceived friendly to Iran ruling its southern neighbour. Yet, many Southerners seem to be translating the Saudi intervention as support for their cause. All Yemenis, Northerners or Southerners, know that Saudi Arabia has no interest in a secure, democratic and prosperous Yemen. The GCC want a Yemen governed in accordance with its interests and not Yemen’s people. Needless to say all the GCC countries are dictatorships so its very unlikely that allowing Yemeni people a say in their affairs will be highly prioritised during the bombing campaign.

The greatest harbingers of Islamist terrorism in the modern world today, is Saudi Arabia by virtue of the indisputable fact that the Saudi state religion, the Wahhabi interpretation of Islam, is the wellspring of al-Qaeda and ISIS (Da’esh). The notion that the Saudis have any other interest, in Yemen other than to impose its nihilistic creed on all Yemenis, Northerners and Southerners, is the height of self-delusion.

When Abd al-Aziz Ibn Saud, the founder and creator of modern Saudi Arabia recaptured Riyadh, the ancestral capital of his clan, in 1902 with weapons supplied by the British imperialists, the residents were treated to a reign of terror unheard of in the Arabian peninsula:

“His first merciless act was to terrorise the population by spiking the heads of his enemies and displaying them at the gates of the city. His followers burned 1200 people to death. When conducting a raid, he and his followers were very much in the habit of taking young maidens back to enslave them or make gifts of them to friends. That is how Ibn Saud and his people lived at the turn of the century, before he became king and when he was a mere head of a large tribe.”[iii]

Most people are now familiar with such barbaric acts because of the emergence of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. And soon, possibly, Yemen.

More so, if the Saudis lead ground troops in a land invasion of Yemen then they will no doubt come into a de facto alliance with al-Qaeda and ISIS, while at the same time utilising the southern separatist forces.

Kommentar: Interessante Einblicke auch auf die Saudis. Interessant auch die Perspektiven, die der Autor schon im April (!!) aufgezeigt hat: Bei einer Invasion zu Land würde es dazu kommen, dass die Saudis die Unabhängigkeitsbewegung im Südjemen für ihre Zwecke verwenden, und dass es zu einem De-Facto-Bündnis zwischen Saudis und Al Kaida und ISIS kommen würde. Und genau das ist beides passiert. Unrecht hat der Verf. mit seiner Vermutung, bei den saudischen Invasionstruppen könnten dann britische Militärberater dabei sind. Solche sind zumindest noch nicht gesichtet worden; aber dafür sind britische Berater und Logistiker im saudischen Luftoperationszentrum dabei. Es geht um immerhin 150 Briten, die hier dabei sind:

Commentary: This is an article from the early part of the war, showing the early cooperation between the British government and Riyadh. This was obviously a set up job and King Salman foolishly fell for the manipulation of the USA and UK governments - thinking that the destruction of Yemen was his idea. As if any country could invade Yemen without the green light of USA - it's laughable to think it.

Deutschland / Germany

2.10.2015 – Nachdenkseiten

Netzwerk des Todes: Die kriminellen Verflechtungen von Rüstungsindustrie und Staatsapparat

Der Export von Abertausenden von Sturmgewehren an korrupte und menschenrechtsverletzende Sicherheitskräfte in verbotenen Unruheprovinzen Mexikos konnte gelingen, weil deutsche Rüstungsexport-Kontrollbehörden diese Kriegswaffentransfers geduldet und bei deren Abwicklung weggeschaut haben – und weil sie in bestimmten Fällen gar an diesem Waffendeal mitgewirkt haben – Interview mit Jürgen Grässlin dazu auch

Mauretanien / Mauretania

30.11.2015 –

Mauritanie contre l'agression saoudienne contre le Yémen

Le président mauritanien, Mohamed Ould Abdul Aziz, a raffiné la participation de son pays avec l'agression militaire saoudienne contre le Yémen, confirmant que n'importe quelles nouvelles sont à cet égard n'est pas vraiLe président mauritanien a dit pendant la conférence de presse tenue dans la ville de Nouadhibou à l'occasion de la célébration de la 55ème de la fête de l'Indépendance de la Mauritanie sur la participation de son pays militairement au Yémen que "il y a beaucoup de côtés parlent de ce sujet et que le Ministère de Défense nationale et le gouvernement n' ont pas su d' une telle ingérence".

Le président Ould Abdul Aziz a confirmé à l'Agence mauritanienne " que les rumeurs sont à cet égard ne pas vrai et n'avait jamais été discuté bilatéral ou multilatéral".


30.11.2015 – Al Arabiya

Yemen president vows to prevent Iranian interference, thanks Saudi

Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has vowed to continue the ‘battle toward victory.. enforce law and order, stop Houthis and prevent Iranian interference from achieving its objectives.'

Hadi said in a speech on the 30th anniversary of independence, that Yemenis ‘do not want a state governed by the militias.. nor the rule of families and stories of inheritance.’

He called on the U.N. and the international community to protect the Yemeni population from the rebel militias through the enforcement of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216. And he said he hoped for the success of the efforts of the U.N. Secretary-General Special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh in the implementation of the resolution, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Hadi also thanked Saudi's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud for his support of the Yemeni people in the current situation.

'From Aden, I send a word of thanks, pride and gratitude on behalf of the Yemeni people to all the truthful free brothers, who shared with us worry and fate by standing with us in our plight, led by my brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the Kingdom's government and people who are truthful and generous with their blood and their potentials,' Yemeni President said in a speech on the occasion of the anniversary of the independence of his country.

President Hadi also thanked the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Arab leaders of coalition countries for their response to his appeal for help, describing it as 'heroic and honest stance which was a great historic turning point in the march of Arab solidarity.'

The Yemeni president paid tribute to those who have died in Operation Decisive Storm from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Sudan and the Yemeni population.

Kommentar: Es reicht der Kommentar zum folgenden Artikel.

29.11.2015 – Gulf News

‘We have a chance to rebuild a new Yemen’

Yemeni minister says militias are forcing children from schools to the frontlines

Despite the ongoing conflict, Yemen can still move towards a prosperous and democratic future, thanks to the support of the Arab-led coalition, a Yemeni government official has said.

Speaking at a lecture organised by the Emirates Human Rights Association on Saturday, Ezz Al Deen Al Asbahi, Minister of Human Rights in Yemen, discussed the upheavals ordinary Yemeni citizens are going through due to the attacks by Al Houthi militia and fighters allied to former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, but said he was hopeful for the country’s future.

“There is a historical opportunity before us to forge a new Yemen, to start a fresh political project based on human rights, equality and stability,” he said.

“The UAE’s efforts in the Arab coalition is a historical moment in the region, it is an Arab initiative that will help bring back legitimacy to Yemen, and will allow us rebuild our country,” he added.

Al Asbahi emphasised that the Arab coalition and their Yemeni partners agree that what is required is not a military victory alone.

“It’s not only about destroying the militias, but reconstructing a society that is based on citizenship and the acceptance of others,” he said. “The UAE is a pioneer when it comes to the development of coexistence, and it will play a big role in helping Yemen achieve this,” he added.

“We cannot allow our martyrs’ sacrifices to be in vain,” Al Asbahi warned.

The minister was critical of the tactics deployed by Al Houthi militia, and attributed that as a leading cause of civilian causalities.

“Several violations have been carried out, including the targeting of schools, hospitals and power stations. There is no clear military objective here other than to hurt the people and to destroy vital infrastructure,” he said.

Al Asbahi also condemned the use of child soldiers by the militias, which he deemed to be one of the many war crimes being carried out.

The militias according to Al Asbahi also turned schools into military barracks and weapons storage facilities.

The planting of landmines is also leading to a large number of civilian casualties. “In October at least 12 children were killed as a result of landmines, and so far more than 145 people have died,” Al Asbahi said.

“The militias are planting mines around the cities and homes which only bring harm, and that is the main intention,” he added.

Kidnappings by the militia are also a major concern, the minister said. “The number of people that have been kidnapped by the militias is 7,347. In the capital Sana’a there have been 1,650 kidnappings, some of which have been carried out against activists and people working in the media.

“There were 187 cases of kidnappings in October, with 12 homes belonging to opposition members being demolished,” Al Asbahi added.

Kommentar: Ein groteskes Stück Propaganda. Da unterhält die Hadi-Regierung einen „Minister für Menschenrechte“. Und dieser erwähnt die Luftangriffe der saudischen Koalition mit keinem Wort, wenn er von den Zerstörungen und den Toten im Jemen redet. Es gibt für ihn ausschließlich Zerstörungen und Tote, die auf das Konto der Huthis gehen, obwohl diese rein zahlenmäßig deutlich hinter den von den Saudis verursachten Verlusten zurückbleiben. Stattdessen redet er gleich am Anfang davon, dass „dank der Unterstützung durch die von den Saudis geführte Koalition Yemen noch auf eine wohlhabende und demokratische Zukunft hinsteuern kann“. Und das trotz – oder nach der Logik des Ministers ja sogar wegen! – der Luftangriffe der Koalition. Und Demokratie sollen die Saudis auch noch bringen – wahrscheinlich so erfolgreich und überzeugend, wie sie das im eigenen Land schon getan haben?? Dann wird alles an Vorwürfen gegen die Huthis herausgeholt, was man so in der Schublade hat oder zu haben meint. Grotesk ist es hier: „Several violations have been carried out, including the targeting of schools, hospitals and power stations. There is no clear military objective here other than to hurt the people and to destroy vital infrastructure,” he said. Als Vorwurf an die Huthis, nicht etwa an die Saudis!! Zur Erläuterung hierzu die jüngsten Zahlen, und hier nenne ich nur das, was der Minister hier aufführt, zerstört oder beschädigt durch die saudischen Luftangriffe wurden (Stand 16. November 2015) 478 Schulen und Bildungseinrichtungen, 223 Krankenhäuser und Gesundheitsstationen, 146 Kraftwerke und Fabriken( Der erhobene Vorwurf der Verbreitung von Angst und Schrecken fällt zu 100 % auf die Saudis und damit auch auf diesen grotesken „Menschenrechtsminister“ zurück.

Commentary: More propaganda. The deal by Jamal Benowar the UN envoy before the bombing started had the chance of a more democratic Yemen than had ever existed, and Hadi was then - and is now - very unpopular yet he has been forced on the people of Yemen - both those who are for the Houthis and those who are against them offer little support for Hadi. The bombing destroyed that possibility, and the extensive damage to the infrastructure in Yemen means that it will be decades - maybe even centuries - before Yemen can recover from this onslaught, even if the bombing ends tomorrow. I am always suspicious of non-democratic countries stating that they are 'restoring democracy' by destroying their poor neighbour. Why would Saudi and other GCC members want a successful democracy close to their own undemocratic land?

29.11.2015 – Emirates 24 7

UAE's in Yemen's Arab coalition to defend human rights: Fujairah Ruler

Commemoration Day (Martyr's Day) recalls heroes who gave their lives for the nation

His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah said in a comprehensive and exclusive interview with ‘Al Bayan’ […]that human nature, to defend one’s self and existence, is the principle of UAE’s participation within the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

He said that Commemoration Day (Martyr's Day) is an important occasion to express feelings of pride for the sacrifices of our soldiers - recalling the heroes who gave their lives for the nation.

Terrorismus / Terrorism

29.11.2015 – Joseph Jo

Türkei: „Islamische Kleidung“ heißt der Laden: Und es gibt IS-T-Shirts

27.11.2015 – Al Minarah

A word of truth – Part 2 – Upsetting Takfir on Muslims in Yemen

How much did my heart hate this word, I would rather be killed by someone instead of being accused of making Takfir on Muslims. This was in the days I was with Al-Qaedah, but after I joined ISIS I became surprised by the large amount of Takfir. Listen to the story, I talked to one of the youths while I was in one of the shelters of Takfir. And he said to me I do not make Takfir on anyone except the one Allah and His messenger declared as disbelievers. I asked him to apply this on the reality, and asked him what the ruling was about Al-Islah (Islamist party)? He said they are disbelievers. I asked him what about Al-Hirak (southern movement)? He said they are disbelievers. And I asked what about the tribes? He said they are Mushrikeen. I asked him what about the employees who work in governmental organs? He said they are disbelievers even if they are sewage workers. And everyone who votes in the elections, and the parties and the originations are disbelievers. I said to him laughing, the Salafis remain? He said to me the Salafis who see Abd Rabb Mansour as a Muslim are disbelievers. I said to him fine, and what about Al-Qaedah? He said if Al-Qaedah does not make Takfir on all the people then they are disbelievers, because the one who does not make Takfir on a disbelievers is (also) a disbeliever.

I said to myself, to Allah is our complaint, how cheap is the religion to these people, and how easy is speaking about (the religion of) Allah to these people. […] You make Takfir on whomever you wish, and place out of the Mercy of Allah whomever you wish, and after that spill the blood of whomever you wish, and take female captives from whomever you wish, and take property as war-spoils from whomever you wish. How foolheartedly are you towards the religion of Allah and how far away are you from it.

The truth I perceived from them is that Takfir is not longer a legal ruling, but it has turned into a tool of threatening. They threaten everyone with a piercing shot, or a sharp knife, or an improvised explosive, or Takfir and Tafsiq on their opponents from the Jihadists groups. What is this for religion, and what is this for Dawah, and what is the logic of this reasoning? The Takfir I saw and experienced would make a newborn gray – by Abu AbduRazzaaq

Link weggelassen – Link omitted

Kommentar: Eine islamistische Seite der niederländischen Djihadisten in Syrien, die offensichtlich Al Kaida und der zu Al Kaida gehörenden Al Nusrah-Front nahestehen (das sind diejenigen, denen Frankreich Waffen geliefert hat und über die der französische Außenminister Laurent Fabius 2013 gesagt hat, sie würden einen „guten Job“ machen: und Da ich die Meinung der französischen Regierung und des französischen Außenministers, die Al Nusrah für gut und unterstützenswert halten, wirklich nicht teile (das wäre ja Förderung des Terrorismus) setze ich in diesem Fall weder einen Link noch gebe die Seite an, aus der die zitierten Ausschnitte stammen.

Der Verfasser dieses Textes ist offensichtlich selbst Al-Kaida –Anhänger, der zwischendurch bei ISIS im Jemen war. Interessant ist der Text insofern, als er zeigt, dass es zu Al Kaida in Form von ISIS tatsächlich eine Steigerung gibt. Der Autor berichtet angewidert über die gängige Praxis bei ISIS, alle, die aus irgendeinem Grund nicht passen, für „Takfir“ zu erklären. d. h. für Abtrünnige vom Islam – und diese sind für ISIS dann in jeder Hinsicht Freiwild, die man berauben und töten kann. Man mag dem Verfasser einen weiteren Lernprozess wünschen, dass er erkennt, dass man generell nicht aufgrund der eigenen Vorstellungen andere Menschen stigmatisieren und dann entrechten kann – aber dazu wird es im Umfeld von Al Kaida wohl kaum kommen. Interessant ist der Artikel auch dahin, dass er zeigt, was für eine terroristische Zeitbombe mit ISIS im Jemen tickt – eine Zeitbombe, die fast jeden in und außerhalb der muslimischen Welt bedroht und sich zum Ziel nimmt. Nun, die saudischen Luftangriffe im Jemen haben erst dieses Vakuum ermöglicht, in dem sich Al Kaida und nun der IS dort derart breitmachen konnten, und die Saudis selbst haben dort nie etwas gegen Al Kaida und den IS unternommen – während die Zahl der saudischen Luftangriffe gegen die Huthis und wie wir wissen tatsächlich vor allem gegen zivile Ziele aller Art schon die 100.000 erreicht haben soll. Und der „Westen“ unterstützt das massiv.

Zu Takfir: (Deutsch)

For Takfir: (English)

27.11.2015 – Hussam Almolaiki

Al #Qaeda Militants bombed shrine Sheikh Mudafea Bin Ahmed in the Mudafar historic area in #Taiz .(Bilder vorher / Sprennung; Images before and bombing)

Kommentar: Das also sind die als “Resistance”, “Widerstandskämpfer”, titulierten Kämpfer gegen die Huthis in Taiz, auf die die Hadi-Regierung baut. Ist das hier dann nur ein kleiner Vorgeschmack auf Hadi- & Saudi-Jemen nach dem von ihnen erhofften Sieg (alias „Befreiung“)?

Flüchtlinge / Refugees

30.11.2015 – Ecadforum

Ethiopian migrant women in Yemen prison plea for help

After the Ethiopian women in Yemen prison released this video ESAT journalists managed to contact some of them by phone, they are now in another prison, the women who said “Those Ethiopians who saw the video on Facebook saved us for now” heavily criticized the Ethiopian government for doing nothing. It’s not clear how many Ethiopian migrants are in Yemen prisons.

The women also said they are beaten up regularly.

Even though Yemen is in all-out civil war thousands of Ethiopian migrants are keep flooding into the war-torn country.

Kommentar: Es wird nicht gesagt, wo im Jemen.

Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

30.11.2015 - Fars News

Yemeni Forces Continue Capturing More Military Bases in Saudi Arabia

The Yemeni army and popular committees captured three Saudi military bases in al-Shurfa area in Najran.

Earlier reports said the Yemeni forces took control of a military camp in the Saudi border region of Najran, destroying six military vehicles.

Sources also said the Yemeni forces destroyed 2 Abrams tanks, 3 Bradley armored vehicles and 3 bulldozers in Najran province.

On Sunday, the Yemeni army and popular forces captured several other key military bases in three provinces in Southern Saudi Arabia near border with Yemen.

The Yemeni forces continued their advances in the province of Jizan, and took control of Malhama, al-Radif and al-Mamoud military bases, FNA dispatches and local residents said this afternoon.

The army and popular forces also captured al-Rabou'a military base in Asir province and Nahouqa military base in Najran province.

30.11.2015 – Press TV Iran

Eight civilians dead as Saudi jets hit new areas in Yemen

At least eight civilians have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries in Saudi airstrikes against various areas in Yemen.

On Monday, Saudi warplanes struck a residential neighborhood in the al-Talah district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada, situated 240 kilometers (150 miles) north of the capital, Sana’a, leaving four women dead and eight others injured, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

Two children were also killed and as many injured when Saudi military aircraft pounded the al-Misrakh district in the southwestern Yemeni province of Ta’izz.

30.11.2015 – Al Araby

170 Yemen rebels killed along Saudi border

At least 170 Yemeni Houthi rebels were killed in cross-border fighting with Saudi forces, as the battle for Yemen's third largest city continue local media reported Monday.

Saudi Arabian media has reported that around 170 rebels were killed as they launched an offensive in an area along the border with the southern Saudi province of Jazan, among the dead was a journalist for the Houthi-controlled television channel al-Masirah, according to al-Araby al-Jadeed's Arabic service.

Kommentar: Diese hohe Zahl an Verlusten der Huthi und ihrer verbündeten Armeeteile habe ich in keiner anderen Quelle gefunden, in dieser Höhe erscheint sie sehr zweifelhaft.

30.11.2015 – Sabanet

Saudi aggression destroys Yemen mobile network in Mareb

The Saudi aggression's warplanes targeted on Monday Yemeni Mobile network in Hilan Mount in Mareb province, a local source said. The source added the aggression waged several raids against various areas in Serwah district and targeted the house of Ali Hussein al-Saqqaf and destroyed it entirely.

30.11.2015 – Reuters

Three Saudi border soldiers killed in attack from Yemen

Three Saudi border soldiers were killed after exchanging fire with "enemy elements" trying to cross the border from Yemen to attack two watch towers, Saudi Arabia's official SPA news agency said on Monday. The attack occurred on Sunday evening in the Harath district of Jizan, the SPA said.

29.11.2015 – Der Standard

Mindestens zwanzig Tote bei Gefechten im Jemen

Bei Kämpfen zwischen Rebellen und regierungstreuen Truppen im Jemen sind am Sonntag nach Angaben aus Armeekreisen mindestens 20 Kämpfer getötet worden. In der südlichen Provinz Dhaleh wurden demnach mindestens zwölf Houthi-Rebellen und vier Kämpfer der regierungstreuen Truppen getötet. In der östlich der Hauptstadt Sanaa gelegenen Provinz Marib gab es den Angaben zufolge acht Tote unter den schiitischen Houthi-Rebellen, als die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition Angriffe auf deren Fahrzeuge flog. Gefechte wurden auch aus anderen Landesteilen gemeldet. In der südwestlichen Provinz Taez wurden nach Angaben von Rettungskräften und Armeekreisen am Samstagabend drei Zivilisten bei einem Rebellenangriff getötet und 20 weitere verletzt. Armeekreisen und Augenzeugenberichten zufolge flog die Militärkoalition zudem am Sonntag Angriffe auf Rebellenziele in Sanaa. Nach Angaben der Augenzeugen waren es die schwersten Luftangriffe seit Wochen -

29.11.2015 – AFP

Fighting for south Yemen province kills 16

Yemeni loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition battled Sunday to oust Iran-backed rebels from a southern province where they have made gains in recent weeks, with at least 16 reported dead.

Ground fighting and air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition killed 12 rebels in Daleh province, military sources said. Four loyalists were also killed.

Daleh is one of five southern provinces which the coalition-backed loyalists retook from the rebels in a July offensive.

But the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies managed to recapture the province's second-largest city, Damt, earlier this month.

In the oil-rich Marib province east of the capital Sanaa, coalition strikes on rebel military vehicles meanwhile killed eight militiamen, army sources there said.

In third city Taez, in Yemen's southwest, where a loyalist garrison has been under rebel siege for months, three civilians were killed and at least 20 wounded by rebel mortar fire late on Saturday, medical and military sources said.

Loyalist troops and their coalition backers launched an offensive to try to break the siege earlier this month but it has made little headway.

29.11.2015 – AFP

Yemen shells kill 3 more in Saudi border zone

Shelling from inside Yemen killed a border guard and two residents in Saudi Arabia's border region on Sunday, officials said, in the deadliest barrages in weeks along the frontier.

The border guard died after "heavy firing from inside Yemeni territory" Sunday morning at Dahran al-Janub, the interior ministry announced.

Also Sunday, in the Jazan region, two Yemeni residents died in shelling from over the border, the Civil Defence agency said.

Another Yemeni, among hundreds of thousands living in Saudi Arabia, died on Saturday when attackers from Yemen opened fire on Saudi Arabia's Najran border zone, Civil Defence said.

30.11.2015 - Fars News

Spokesman Rejects Death of Ansarullah Leader's Brother in Sa'ada

Spokesman of Yemen's Ansarullah Movement Mohammed Abdulsalam categorically dismissed some Arab media news reports that the brother of the movement's leader, Ibrahim Badr al-Houthi, had been killed the Saudi-led airstrikes in the province of Sa'ada.

Abdulsalam's remarks came after the Arabic-language Al-Arabiya news channel claimed that Badr al-Houthi had been killed in air raids by the Saudi-led fighter jets on al-Seifi region in Northern Sa'ada near the borders with Saudi Arabia.

29.11.2015 – Alarabiya

Brother of Houthi militia chief killed near Yemen border

An airstrike has killed Ibrahim Badr Al-Houthi - the brother of Abdulmalik al-Houthi, near a Yemeni border area, Al Arabiya News channel reported on Sunday.

The airstrike targeted the Houthi leader in Al-Saifi area in the northwestern city of Saada.

Eight other leadership figures in the Iran-backed militia group were also killed in the airstrike.

The news come after Saudi-led coalition hit two small boats on Saturday allegedly carrying weapons to the Houthis on the southern coast of Yemen.

29.11.2015 – Press TV Iran

16 more civilians killed in Saudi airstrikes on Yemen

At least 16 Yemeni civilians have been killed in the latest aerial attacks carried out by Saudi warplanes across Yemen.

According to Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network, the Saudi raids on Sunday killed at least 12 women in an area in the southwestern province of Ta'izz while four other civilians died in the aerial attacks on the capital, Sana’a.

The Saudi regime’s warplanes also hit different areas in the Sirwah district of the central province of Ma’rib. Similar air raids pounded the Mustaba district of the southwestern province of Hajjah.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army and its allied forces in retaliatory attacks purportedly fired dozens of shells at sites in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern regions of Asir and Jizan.

Reports also said the army forces targeted two military sites in Jizan, including the Malhama base, with a barrage of rockets, causing casualties.

In a separate development, a Yemeni expatriate was killed after a shell fired over the border from Yemen hit Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s official SPA news agency said on Sunday that the artillery fire struck the border province of Najran on Saturday evening. The report, however, did not release further details about the identity of the slain individual or the exact location of the incident.

29.11.2015 – Albawaba / Naharnet

Yemen shelling crosses border, kills one in Saudi Arabia

A shell fired over the border from Yemen into Saudi Arabia has killed a Yemeni expatriate, Saudi state media reported.

The artillery fire hit the border province of Najran on Saturday evening, the official SPA news agency said. =

28.11.2015 – Muhitelyemen

Yemen’s Military Secures Strategic Position In Najran

Yemen’s military and popular committees continued, Friday, November 27, advancing west of Najran city, one day after securing the strategic mountain of Nahouqah, according to a military source.

The source stated that clashes took place near Saudi military sites on Hamdan mountain, resulting in the death and injury of a number of Saudi soldiers. Saudi-led/US-backed invaders’ warplanes carried off intensive bombardment in a failed attempt to repel the advance as the artillery and rocket support forces of Yemen’s military and popular committees traded fire with Saudi forces , the source added.

The artillery and rocket support forces of Yemen’s military and popular committees also targeted Saudi artillery emplacements in Aal al-She’, al-Sodais and Hamar mountains in addition to the Saudi military sites of Rajla and al-Makhrouq.

This came after Yemen’s military and popular committees secured on Thursday, November 26, Saudi military sites on Nahouqah mountain following fierce clashes in which the Saudi-led/US-backed invaders’ warplanes intensively bombarded the battlefield, a military source reported. A number of Saudi military vehicles were destroyed and others captured in the clashes, the source added.

In Jizan region, the artillery and rocket support forces of Yemen’s military and popular committees renewed their bombardment of the Saudi military sites of Fareedh and Janoub al-Kobre, military sources reported on Friday, November 27.

Moreover in Asir region, the artillery and rocket support forces of Yemen’s military and popular committees destroyed a Saudi military vehicle near al-Rabo’ah city, killing all its crew.

Yemen’s Military and popular committees continued, Tuesday, November 24, advancing on Najran region, as Saudi-led/US-backed invaders’ warplanes launched intensive air raids in a bid to repel the advance, according to military sources.

The sources stated that Yemen’s military and popular committees surrounded Saudi military positions at Hamdan mountain, west of Najran city, as Saudi military sites continued to get pounded with artillery shells.

The advance of Yemen’s military and popular committees comes a few days after securing two Saudi military sites in the area.

Meanwhile, the artillery and rocket support forces of Yemen’s military and popular committees continued to bombard the Saudi Silah and Belyaleen Camps Command HQ in Najran using rockets.

This came after a new rocket system entered, Monday, November 23, the border front against the Saudi-led/US-backed invaders, as bombardment reached military sites within the depth of Saudi territories – by Hesham Al-Kibsi

Kommentar: Hier wird wieder einmal vom erfolgreichen Vormarsch der Huthis und der mit ihnen verbündeten, dem ehemaligen Präsidentern Saleh treuen Armeeeinheiten berichtet.

29.11.2015 – Albawaba

Saudi airstrikes kill a dozen women in Taiz

At least 16 Yemeni civilians have been killed in the latest aerial attacks carried out by Saudi warplanes across Yemen.

According to Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network, the Saudi raids on Sunday killed at least 12 women in an area in the southwestern province of Ta'izz while four other civilians died in the aerial attacks on the capital, Sana’a.

The Saudi regime’s warplanes also hit different areas in the Sirwah district of the central province of Ma’rib. Similar air raids pounded the Mustaba district of the southwestern province of Hajjah.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army and its allied forces in retaliatory attacks purportedly fired dozens of shells at sites in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern regions of Asir and Jizan.

Reports also said the army forces targeted two military sites in Jizan, including the Malhama base, with a barrage of rockets, causing casualties.

In a separate development, a Yemeni expatriate was killed after a shell fired over the border from Yemen hit Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s official SPA news agency said on Sunday that the artillery fire struck the border province of Najran on Saturday evening. The report, however, did not release further details about the identity of the slain individual or the exact location of the incident.

Commentary: For those militias and politicians in Yemen who support Saudi bombings and claim all deaths are due to the Houthi militias, here is a story that says something different. I am so terribly sympathetic towards ordinary Taizi citizens who are caught up between militias of different political persuasions, and still subject to Saudi bombs, the Saudi led blockade of Yemen, and a local siege by Houthi militias. Saudi airdrops weapons to Taizi militias in their coalition, and could easily drop food and medicines. Instead, they prefer to starve the local population of 200,000 so that if they succeed in forcing the Houthis militias out, they can bring in humanitarian aid and thus win their gratitude. Using populations as pawns in this way is unacceptable.

28.11.2015 – Press TV Iran

Fresh Saudi strikes kill dozen Yemeni civilians, injures 13

At least a dozen civilians have lost their lives in a new round of Saudi aerial assaults against Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.

On Saturday, Saudi warplanes struck a residential neighborhood in the al- Wazi’iyah district of the province, situated 346 kilometers (214 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a, leaving 12 civilians dead and 13 others injured, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported. Saudi military aircraft also pounded other districts in the same province as well as the capital, though there were no immediate reports of casualties.

In response, Yemeni army soldiers backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees targeted Saudi military vehicles in al-Rabu’ah town of Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Asir region, destroying three of them.

An unspecified number of Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour were also killed and injured when Yemeni forces launched an offensive in the al-Omari district of Ta’izz Province.

The developments came a day after a woman was killed and several others were injured when Saudi warplanes bombarded the Maqbanah district of Ta’izz Province.

Saudi aircraft also dropped cluster bombs on Ash Sharijah district in Yemen’s southern al-Bayda Province, but no reports of casualties were immediately available.

28.11.2015 – AFP

Coalition 'hits Yemen boats carrying arms to rebels': military

Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit Saturday two small boats allegedly carrying weapons to Iran-backed Huthi rebels on the southern coast of Yemen, a military official said.

Weapons were being unloaded from the two fishing boats near Belhaf, in Shabwa province, when the pre-dawn raid struck killing three smugglers, the military official said requesting anonymity.

The coalition has imposed a blockade on Yemen to prevent weapons from reaching the Huthi rebels and allied renegade troops loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Kommentar: Auch wenn die Boote tatsächlich Waffen geladen hatten – im Vergleich zur Aufrüstung der Saudis und der Golfstaaten durch die USA, EU-Staaten und andere ist das ein Witz.

26.11.2015 – Yemen Post

Houthi deploy reinforcements as battle rage in Taiz

More Houthi reinforcements arrived in Yemen's province of Taiz on Thursday amid raging battles, local sources said.

The sources affirmed that Houthi fighters and military equipment including rocket launchers were deployed into midtown triggering fierce battles with the pro-government forces.

The government with support from the Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive to drive the Houthis and their allies including forces loyal to the former president more than a week ago.

On Thursday, the battles on southeast and western parts continued.

Sources within the popular resistance said the government forces advanced in southeast retaking key positions from the Houthis.

In this part, the Arab military coalition struck Houthi camps in the town of Dimnat Khadir located after the town of Al-Rahida killing and injuring many militants.

There were no figures of casualties.

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-56: / Yemen Press reader 1-56: oder / or

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