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Yemen Press Reader 86: Angriffe auf Krankenhäuser – Saudische Kriegsverbrechen und der Westen – Militärisches Versagen der Saudis – Huthis missbrauchten Blindenzentrum – 15 Tote bei Luftangriff
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Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

Am wichtigsten / Most important

Allgemein / General

Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Nordjemen (Huthi) / Northern Yemen (Houthi)

Südjemen (Regierung) / Southern Yemen (Government)

Friedensgespräche / Peace talks

Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

USA

Großbritannien / Great Britain

Kuwait

Ägypten

Australien / Australia

Kanada / Canada

Israel

Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

Terrorismus / Terrorism

Propaganda

Angriff auf MSF-Klinik / Attack at MSF hospital

Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

Am wichtigsten / Most important

13.1.2016 – Lawfare (*** B H K)

Attacks on Medical Facilities in Yemen: Should Medical Humanitarians Stay?

Now suppose you read the letter submitted on Dec. 4, 2015 to the United Nations by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, purportedly on behalf of the “Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen.” If you missed the two-page letter and annex when it was published, you are not alone—a quick online search turns up no coverage of the statement. The statement responds to the Secretary-General’s condemnation of the reported December 2nd airstrike by the coalition on an MSF mobile medical clinic in Taiz.

There is a worrying statement in the fourth paragraph. The coalition command states:

We would like to stress that humanitarian organizations must work closely with the coalition command before choosing where they are going to set up operations in Yemeni cities and that they should stay away from areas in which Houthis [sic] militias are present, in order to avoid any collateral [damage], God forbid.

Charitably, that sentence might be read to merely reflect the provisions in IHL setting out the authorities’ role in overseeing impartial humanitarian organizations’ access to combat zones. But a more ominous view is that the sentence can be read as an implicit rejection of Common Article 3’s so-called “right of humanitarian initiative.” Recall that Common Article 3 provides that “An impartial humanitarian body … may offer its services to the Parties of the conflict.” Furthermore, the statement might be taken as rejecting the IHL principle that civilians and fighters hors de combat must not be denied access to impartial medical care, even when they are in enemy-held territory. Taken on its face, the letter appears to urge MSF not to operate in Houthi-controlled territory at all. Regardless of whether one has sympathy for Houthi fighters, the destruction or absence of medical establishments in these areas would effectively mean denying tens of thousands of civilians—as well as wounded fighters hors de combat—access to potentially life-saving care.

It is unclear what this all means for organizations, like MSF, contemplating their presence in conflicts such as Yemen. In the absence of a published investigative report or further details regarding the circumstances of the strikes, should medical humanitarian organizations read the coalition command’s letter as a threat? Should the statement affect their risk assessment on whether to remove staff and volunteers? In short, in this climate how should humanitarian organizations balance their medical mission against the Saudi-led coalition putting them on apparent notice regarding its interpretation of IHL applicable to enemy-held territory? As a corollary question, if Saudi Arabia is, in fact, threatening to ignore fundamental IHL principles in relation to Houthi-held areas, what are the responsibilities of coalition partners, including the United States and the United Kingdom? – by Naz K. Modirzadeh

https://www.lawfareblog.com/attacks-medical-facilities-yemen-should-medical-humanitarians-stay and the letter cited to the UN: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/2015/934

12.1.2016 – American Herald Tribune / Information Clearing House (** B P)

Saudi Crimes… Western Business As Usual

The United States and Britain are probably the biggest impostor nations known to mankind. The Anglo-Saxon duo never ceases to remind the world of their self-declared democratic virtues, highest regards for human rights and upholding of law. In reality, their relations with the rest of the world are more fitting to criminal enterprise.

Saudi claims that they are fighting on behalf of the exiled “government of Yemen”are balderdash. As are Saudi claims that the Ansarullah forces who kicked out the erstwhile American and Saudi-backed president are stooges of Iran, and that the Iranian government is subverting the Arab Peninsula. That’s Saudi paranoid fantasy, as even the New York Times and Washington Post have coyly admitted.

The real reason for the Saudi slaughter in Yemen is that the autocratic rulers in Riyadh cannot tolerate the idea of a popular uprising next door to their despotic regime. When the Ansarullah forces and Yemeni army joined forces to oust the corrupt puppet-president Adel Rabbo Mansour Hadi at the end of 2014 that was a red line for the Saudi dictators.

Popular uprisings in the oil-rich Persian Gulf are absolutely anathema and must be ruthlessly crushed, out of fear that the contagion of democratic power might spread. The people of Bahrain painfully demonstrated that back in 2011 and are still demonstrating it with ongoing Saudi-backed repression against their pro-democracy protests.

But the real villains in this piece are Washington and London. The Saudi regime and the other closely related monarchies in the Gulf would not get away with their despotism and crimes against humanity were it not for the unswerving indulgence afforded by the Anglo-Saxon “champions” of democracy and rule of law.

It is astounding the double-think that Washington and London are allowed to perpetrate, thanks to the obsequious Western mainstream media. US President Barack Obama and British premier David Cameron are indulged in their awry focus on “bringing democracy” to Syria or in their remonstrations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin over unsubstantiated infringements in Ukraine.

Yet Obama and Cameron have evidently nothing to say, and are scarcely questioned in the obsequious media, when it comes to their “ally” in Saudi Arabia.

Washington and London’s silence is not merely unscrupulous muteness for the sake of maintaining profits and lobbying graft for the monstrous weapons industries; it is not even just about maintaining the flow of hydrocarbons from the oil-rich Middle East where 70 per cent of the world’s reserves are estimated to be.

It’s more disturbing business-as-usual than that. The arming of despots to oppress people is the reality of how Washington and London assert their power in the world. Democracy and human rights have nothing to do with, except to serve as a bit of rhetorical window-dressing to conceal the barbarity – by Finian Cunningham

http://ahtribune.com/human-rights/353-saudi-crimes.html = http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43930.htm = http://tapnewswire.com/2016/01/saudi-crimes-western-business-as-usual/

Comment: Hitting the spot in a sharp, short and precise way.

13.1.2016 – Southfront (** B K)

How Soviet missiles penetrate US tanks in Yemen

The majority of experts considered the coalition invasion of Yemen a poorly thought through operation, and even the first clashes with the Houthi rebels, who were hastily armed and whose command and control was an order of magnitude less effective than that of a regular army, demonstrated that the Saudi-led coalition troops are not prepared to fight. In spite of the decision to create yet another alliance, this time to fight ISIS in Syria, Saudi armed forces do not have sufficient experience to conduct a full-scale war, and the decisions made by local commanders only make their troops an easy target on the battlefield.

The low level of personnel training and poor coordination on the battlefield led to yet another problem which could be observed on many occasions: the disproportionately heavy armor losses, and the low level of effectiveness of tank crews which, according to specialists, is close to zero. Specialists note that even though Saudi forces use US weapons, they have nothing in common with US tactics. The contrast with US armor operations in Iraq is colossal.

The commercialization of combat operations is at least as important, according to specialists, as religious, political, and other factors behind that war. The low effectiveness of Saudi airstrikes is but one component of the new commercial war.

Arab coalition also lacks sufficient personnel to maintain order on occupied territories, which is why Saudi Arabia is actively involving third parties in the war: Colombia, Morocco, Sudan, Senegal, Jordan. These countries eagerly send their mercenaries who fight for whoever pays them.

Moreover, Saudi military is plagued by corruption which is becoming more and more difficult to conceal.

Experts predict that if the current level of conflict and external support is sustained, Yemen could in near future become another Iraq, Libya, or Syria, and the escalating conflict will not contribute to Middle East’s stability – by Dmitriy Yurov

http://southfront.org/13733/

13.1.2016 – War on the Rocks (** B T)

The Islamic State vs. al-Qaeda: The War within the Jihadist Movement

The post-Arab Spring period has seen extraordinary growth in the global jihadist movement. In addition to the Islamic State seizing a vast swathe of territory spanning Syria and Iraq and al-Qaeda establishing itself as a potent military force in the Syrian civil war, instability and unfulfilled expectations in numerous countries — including Egypt, Libya, Mali, Tunisia, and Yemen — have presented jihadists with unprecedented opportunities.

But even as the jihadist movement experiences rapid growth, it has also endured unprecedented internal turmoil. The Islamic State’s emergence marks the first time that leadership over the global jihadist movement has been seriously contested. Since that group’s expulsion from the al-Qaeda network in February 2014, a fierce competition between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda has defined the militant landscape. The United States has an opportunity to exploit and aggravate fissures within the jihadist community, but to do so successfully, it is essential to understand the differences in the modus operandi of these two rival jihadist groups.

The Islamic State’s rise has reshaped the global jihadist landscape, which for nearly two decades was dominated by al-Qaeda. With the Islamic State seizing the world’s attention, the age of unipolarity within the jihadist movement is over, replaced by intense internal conflict. Each group is firm in the belief that its organizational model is superior to that of its opponent.

The transnational jihadist movement is likely to be shaped in the coming years by this competition. It is essential that the United States understand the two groups’ strategies and pay close attention as their approaches continue to evolve. The United States has tremendous opportunities to exploit the cleavages between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda. But if we fail to understand the two organizations’ strengths, weaknesses, and strategic and tactical postures, the jihadist movement may emerge from this period of competition stronger than before – by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Nathaniel Barr

http://warontherocks.com/2016/01/the-islamic-state-vs-al-qaeda-the-war-within-the-jihadist-movement/

Comment: For Those who like understanding theoretical underpinning of the political scene this is for you! It compares AQ with its softly softly approach - a but like the Chinese model - with IS which uses more of a Che Guevara model of open conflict which will encourage the masses to rise and fight. I guess the pragmatics amongst you might like to understand more about the rise of IS from a split within AQ after the Al Qaeda in Iraq took a different political approach to that of its masters.

https://www.facebook.com/yemennewstodayenglish/posts/1086153351537155

Allgemein / General

14.1.2016 – World Food Programme

Yemen Access Constraints Map as of 13 January 2016

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-access-constraints-map-13-january-2016

14.1.2016 – NZZ (*B P)

Fatale Gewaltstrategien in Nahost

Die bedrohten arabischen Regime sind mit nackter Gewalt gegen ihre Untertanen vorgegangen, die nach Freiheit rufen. Sie haben damit einen Sturm mit zerstörerischen Folgen ausgelöst.

Dem Anspruch Saudiarabiens, die sunnitische Führungsmacht zu sein, fehlen die historischen, sozialen und politischen Grundlagen. Seit dem Tod des Propheten Mohammed war Arabien nie ein politisches Machtzentrum der islamischen Welt. Die Arabische Halbinsel hat weder die nötige Bevölkerung noch die wirtschaftliche Kraft noch die kulturelle Erfahrung, welche die Grundlage politischer Macht bilden. Der schnelle Reichtum aus dem Erdöl, dank dem die Saudi heute Waffen, Wissen und Einfluss kaufen, hat dies nur übertüncht. Seine gegenwärtige Führungsrolle verdankt Saudiarabien den inneren Krisen, welche die traditionellen arabischen Mächte Ägypten, Syrien und Irak aus dem regionalen Mächtespiel eliminiert haben – von Jürg Bischoff

http://www.nzz.ch/meinung/kommentare/fatale-gewaltstrategien-in-nahost-ld.4185

13.1.2016 – Newsweek (* B K)

War in Yemen: Shoulder to Shoulder

Yemen’s Akhdam are a marginalized group under the greatest duress in the country and they have joined the resistance.

The resistance attracted disparate groups. Among them, motives differed; Salafist and Islamist fighters joined the movement because of ideological objections to the Houthis. Others signed up for political reasons, with the resistance front now headed by Islah leader, Sheikh Hamoud Al Mikhlafi. One Yemeni group, the Akhdam, however, joined in the hope of ending, once and for all, Yemen’s long history of rampant racial discrimination. – by Nasser Al-Sakkaf

http://newsweekme.com/war-in-yemen-shoulder-to-shoulder/

Comment: “Resistance”: propaganda expression for various militia fighting for the Hadi Yemen government. Whom they fight for also will depend on the place where they live. The heavy bombing of the Akhdam’s quarter at Sanaa by the Saudis (July 13, 2015: http://poorworld.net/Yemen/YemenImages128.htm and following; graphic!) still will not be forgotten.

12.1.2016 – Sputnik News (B P)

Saudi Arabia Uses Key Waterway as Excuse for Yemen War

Saudi Arabia has used security of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait as an excuse for its war, Yemeni politician in the General People's Congress Party Abdel Malek al-Fohadi told Sputnik.
http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160112/1033019649/saudi-yemen-strait-war.html

7.1.2016 – BBC (* B P)

Inside Yemen's Secret Sectarian Power Struggle

The Rise of the Houthis: Inside Yemen's secret sectarian power struggle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFjwimZCOlo&feature=youtu.be

Comment: This is worth a listen although it is rather long but interesting. It's a BBC documentary. Generally I think it tells a balanced story - of course it's not perfect but it does attempt to show the good and bad of the Houthi advance and the growth of other militias - Al Qaeda, the secessionist movement in the South, and Yemeni attitudes towards them.

https://www.facebook.com/yemennewstodayenglish/posts/1086347184851105

Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe auch “Am wichtigsten” / See also “Most important”

14.1.2016 – Aljazeera (* H K)

Economic hardship forces Yemen's children to join war

Dire economic conditions compel many children in Taiz to join the civil war.

Armed groups find it easy to persuade children to join them, he said, in part due to the dire economic conditions in Yemen. "There are many families in several provinces that deliberately send their children to fight for the sake of money, after these families lost their source of income at the beginning of the war," Shami said.

Both the Houthis fighters and pro-Hadi forces deploy children at checkpoints and task them with guarding public institutions, but also at times, children get to be dispatched to the frontlines in case of a shortage of fighters.

While the Houthis pay 2000 rials a day, the pro-Hadi forces pay 1000 rials for child soldiers, and 2000 rials for the fighters on the frontline.

In addition to economic reasons, a desire for adventure is causing some children to enter the fray, said Shami. "There are hundreds of children who joined the war secretly without informing their relatives," he said. "And these kind of children usually are brave, and like the adventures." – by Nasser Al-Sakkaf

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/economic-hardship-forces-yemen-children-join-war-160113072753967.html

Comment: So shocking but the question remains - is it moral for the world to allow a ferocious war in a poor country like Yemen, to provide the wherewithal for a life threatening blockade and so many fatal weapons, so that families are given the choice of sending one or more of their children to fight, or the whole family dying of starvation.

https://www.facebook.com/yemennewstodayenglish/posts/1086607508158406

13.1.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Yemen Situation Update (13 January 2016)

OCHA estimates that 21.2 million people – or 82 percent of the population – require humanitarian assistance. According to the organisation latest report,released on 31 December, after 9 months of war, nearly 600 health facilities have stopped functioning due to damages, lack of staff, fuel and supplies. Many public water and sewage corporations closed down, due to lack of fuel.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-situation-update-13-january-2016 and http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/logistics_cluster_yemen_situation_update_160112.pdf

13.1.2016 – Red Cross (* H)

Yemen: Patients in dire need in ruined hospitals (Film)

The ICRC estimates there have been more than 100 attacks on health-care facilities since the conflict began in March 2015. Over 30,000 have been injured – with little or no access to health care.

https://www.icrc.org/en/document/yemen-attack-hospital-patients-dire-need

13.1.2016 – France 24 from AFP (A H K)

Aircraft of the Saudi-led coalition have dropped 40 tonnes of aid to Yemen's besieged Taez region, a Saudi charity said on Wednesday.

The aid included medicines, medical equipment and dry food "to break the siege imposed on parts of Taez province," Abdullah al-Rabeeah, director of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, told the Saudi Press Agency.

http://www.france24.com/en/20160113-saudi-led-coalition-drops-aid-yemens-besieged-taez and similar at http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-led-coalition-airdrops-supplies-yemens-beseiged-taiz-303305879

Comment: Up to now, they only had dropped weapons and military equipment

13.1.2016 – Takepart (* B H)

Aid Workers Being Targeted as Yemen's Crisis Worsens

Humanitarian groups report attacks and deaths as they try to stop hunger, help the wounded in the Persian Gulf nation's war.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/01/13/yemen-saudi

12.1.2016 – NPR (B H)

Diarrhea Medicines, Trauma Kits And Oxygen Canisters Can't Enter Taiz

There's no medicine to treat diarrhea or patients with war injuries.

Patients with cancer and hypertension are also not being treated because of a lack of supplies.

That's the situation in Taiz, Yemen's third largest city, because of a blockade that began in mid-November, a tactic in the civil war that began in September 2014 and greatly accelerated last March, when neighboring Saudi Arabia began a campaign of heavy air strikes in support of the country's recognized government.

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/01/12/462798544/diarrhea-medicines-trauma-kits-and-oxygen-canisters-cant-enter-taiz

Friedensgespräche / Peace talks

14.1.2016 – Asharq Al Awsat (A P)

Yemen Calls for Clear UN Position on Rebels Stalling Implementation of Resolutions

Yemeni presidency expressed its disappointment at the failure of the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to yield positive results during his visit to Sana’a and the talks he held with the rebels, regarding a number of issues related to the preparations for the next round of consultations and the implementation of previous agreements. Yemeni President’s press secretary, Mokhtar al-Rahbi told Asharq al-Awsat that «the results of the visit of the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh were not positive, but rather disappointing».

The President’s press secretary also highlighted the “the firm stance adopted by the government to support the UN’s political process through the implementation of Security Council resolution 2216.” He said that only rebels are standing against it, as they have been stalling for eight months in its implementation», stressing that « United Nations must declare a clear position toward the procrastination and evasiveness of coup militias ».

« The legitimate government has a firm stance, and the Yemeni President has announced his commitment to a political path that serves the implementation of the UN resolution. The international community must stand firm against the Houthi practices in favor of the political process, and against acts that violate Yemeni people’s rights», he confirmed.

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/01/article55346519/yemen-calls-for-clear-un-position-on-rebels-stalling-implementation-of-resolutions

Kommentar: Mit “Yemen” ist hier nur die Hadi-Regierung gemeint, als kämen die Huthis vom Mond oder aus Tahiti. Natürlich besteht die Hadi-Regierung auf der für sie günstigen UN-Resolution 2216. Ein besseres Mittel, um den Frieden zu verhindern, gibt es kaum (siehe folgender Artikel mit Kommentar).

13.1.2016 – Sputnik News (A P)

Ex-President Party: Resumption of Intra-Yemeni Talks Postponed Indefinitely

The differences regarding the implementation of the UN resolution mandating a ceasefire in Yemen have led to the postponement of direct intra-Yemeni negotiations for an indefinite time, the deputy secretary general of General People's Congress, the party of ex-Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, said Wednesday.

"The details, ensuring the successful implementation of the UNSC resolution 2216, haven’t been worked out. There were disagreements between the parties regarding their interpretation, and, therefore, the negotiations have been postponed for an indefinite period up to a full elaboration of all points," Faika Sayed told RIA Novosti.

http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160113/1033091275/yemen-talks-postponed-indefinitely.html

Kommentar: Und wieder einmal erweist sich die UN-Resolution 2216, die die Amerikaner im April 2015 durchgedrückt haben und die von der Seite der Huthis alles (die de facto-Kapitulation) und von den Saudis gar nichts fordert, aus eben diesem Grund als Blockade für jede Friedensregelung, die nun einmal auf einem Kompromiss beruhen müsste. Dank schon mal an Obama für die dadurch provozierten weiteren Toten.

Nordjemen (Huthi) / Northern Yemen (Houthi)

12.1.2016 – International Federation of Journalists (A P)

Yemen: journalist escapes murder attempt

Nabel Subaye, a Yemeni journalist, escaped a murder attempt by armed men on Saturday 2 January in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Yemeni Journalist Syndicate (YJS) strongly condemn these attacks and demand that the de facto authorities in Yemen investigate the circumstances of the murder attempt and punish the perpetrators.

http://www.ifj.org/nc/news-single-view/backpid/50/article/yemen-journalist-escapes-murder-attempt/

Südjemen (Regierung) / Southern Yemen (Government)

13.1.2016 – WAM (A K)

More than 350 new soldiers join Yemen's government army

Some 358 former soldiers from the Yemeni National Resistance forces have joined the internationally-recognised Yemeni government army after they received intensive military training provided by armed forces of the UAE and other members of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition

https://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395290271844.html

Comment: again confusing words - Yemen has two armies - these are recruits to Yemens new army under the control of Hadi and his foreign allies, and 'resistance' is also a word used by both sides to describe their own supporters.

https://www.facebook.com/yemennewstodayenglish/posts/1086521938166963

13.1.2016 – The Arab Weekly / Ahram (A T)

Assassinations raise questions about security in Yemen liberated zone

Unidentified gunmen shoot dead two policemen in Yemen\'s southern city of Aden, in second such attack in as many days.

http://www.thearabweekly.com/?id=3333 =

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/180897/World/Region/Gunmen-kill-two-policemen-in-south-Yemen.aspx

Comment: Aden seems to be going through a very difficult phase - the militants that helped to oust the Houthi-Saleh alliance included extremist Sunni militias who were allowed to control Aden for several months. Now they are continuing to create chaos.

https://www.facebook.com/yemennewstodayenglish/posts/1086520361500454

Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

13.1.2016 – NTV (* B P)

Wenn der Ajatollah auf den König trifft

Abbruch der diplomatischen Beziehungen, Stellvertreterkriege, Wirtschaftssanktionen - der Konflikt zwischen Iran und Saudi-Arabien spitzt sich immer stärker zu. Was passiert, wenn die Lage weiter eskaliert?

Eine der wenigen Versicherungen dafür, dass die Lage nicht vollends explodiert und aus dem kalten ein heißer Krieg wird, ist wohl, dass sich sowohl die Führung des Irans als auch die Spitze Saudi-Arabiens einem allzu unberechenbaren Gegner gegenübersehen. Es ist kaum abzuschätzen, wer letztlich der Stärkere der beiden ist – von Issio Ehrich

http://www.n-tv.de/politik/Wenn-der-Ajatollah-auf-den-Koenig-trifft-article16747101.html

13.1.2016 – Telepolis (* B P)

Konflikt zwischen USA und Iran kocht hoch

Die Regionalmächte Iran, Saudi-Arabien und Türkei versinken im Strudel von Machtkämpfen – von Florian Rötzer

http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/47/47103/1.html

12.1.2016 – Sputnik News (* B P)

Saudi-Arabien und Iran: Islamische Welt in der Zerreißprobe

Der sich zuspitzende Machtkampf zwischen Saudi-Arabien und dem Iran droht die gesamte islamische Welt zu destabilisieren und wird zur neuen Herausforderung für alle Weltmächte, schreibt die Zeitung „Kommersant“ am Dienstag.

Die anschließenden Ereignisse zeigten das Streben Riads nach einer Internationalisierung des Konfliktes durch die Bildung einer antiiranischen Front der arabischen und islamischen Staaten. Saudi-Arabien will alle Hebel in Gang setzen, um den Iran politisch und wirtschaftlich unter Druck zu setzen und zu isolieren.

Riad will die Rückkehr Irans in die Weltgemeinschaft mit allen Mitteln bremsen und einen Wandel des Irans vom Außenseiter zu einem einflussreichen Akteur verhindern, der zusammen mit Russland einen entscheidenden Einfluss auf die Regelung des Syrien-Konfliktes ausüben könnte.

Experten zufolge handelte es sich bei der Hinrichtung von Nimr al-Nimr im Rahmen der Massenexekution um eine geplante Aktion der saudischen Behörden. Neben der strategischen Aufgabe zur Eindämmung des Irans verfolge sie ein konkretes Ziel: Teheran aus der Syrien-Regelung herauszudrängen, die bei den Verhandlungen in Genf am 25. Januar erneut angepackt werden soll.

Die Lösung der Krise zwischen beiden Ländern werde davon abhängen, welche Regional- oder Weltmacht die Vermittlerrolle übernehmen wird. Das russische Außenministerium habe bereits zu verstehen gegeben, dass Moskau bereit sei, diese Rolle zu übernehmen, so Ignatenko.
http://de.sputniknews.com/zeitungen/20160112/307036469/islamische-welt-zerreissprobe.html

USA

14.1.2016 – Stop the War (* B P)

US dropped 23,144 bombs on Muslim-majority countries in 2015

Think tank's 2015 figures are a blunt illustration of how much raw damage and destruction the US inflicts on the Muslim world.

After more than 20,000 bombs, the US Defense Department only cops to the deaths of six civilians. This is a position largely accepted by the media, which rarely asks who is actually being extinguished by the airstrikes in Syria and Iraq – by Adsam Johnson

http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news/u-s-dropped-23-144-bombs-on-muslim-majority-countries-in-2015

13.1.2016 – CNN (* B P)

Rep Tulsi Gabbard discusses role of Saudi Arabia as the number one promoter of radical Islamic extremism:
Interviewed on CNN (1/8/16) by Wolf Blitzer, congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard responded to Blitzer’s question, “It appears to me the Saudis have lost a lot of confidence in the U.S. right now. Have you heard that?” by saying, “I’ve read reports of that and different analyses of it, but I think we should ask the reverse question: What is the United States doing to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for being the number one promoter of radical Islamic extremism, not only in their own country but around the world, spending hundreds of billions of dollars in funding madrasas in schools, and books and media outreach to try to influence people towards this ideology that’s fueling ISIS, fueling al-Qaeda, what to speak of the direct and indirect support that Saudi Arabia and some of these Gulf countries give to the enemy that we’re supposed to be fighting and defeating?”

Tulsi added, “So I think it’s an important time and question for us, in the United States, to ask: Is Saudi Arabia willing to be our ally? And if they are, then they need to stop this funding, stop this support of Islamic extremists, stop promoting that ideology and stand with us and focus on defeating our enemy, ISIS.”

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CNN-Washington/490700227613741 also at: https://www.facebook.com/Classy.Yemeni/posts/764835696979947

Commentary: Remarkable.

11.1.2016 – RT (* B P)

Turkey and Saudi Arabia biggest threats to world peace – Sen. Black

In an interview with RT, Virginia state Senator Richard Black says that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are the two biggest threats to world. “It’s not Iran, it’s not Syria, it’s not any other country. It emanates from Saudi Arabia,” Black says, noting the prominence of the Islamic doctrine of Wahhabism. Meanwhile, Turkish President Erdogan intends to impose an absolute dictatorship, the senator says.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBTH1O_pIvE

Comment: Remarkable.

Großbritannien /Great Britain

13.1.2016 – Iran German Radio (B P)

Hammond: Britische Militärs unterstützen Saudis bei Suche nach Angriffszielen im Jemen

Der britische Außenminister Philipp Hammond, hat am Dienstag bei einer Sitzung des Unterhauses, die Berichte über die Unterstützung der saudischen Koalition durch die britischen Streitkräfte für die Suche nach Angriffszielen im Jemen, bestätigt.

Er sagte: Sechs britische Soldaten helfen der saudischen Koalition bei der Suche nach militärischen Zielen im Jemen. Wir sind derzeit im Jemen militärische präsent und kooperieren mit den Saudis, um sicherzustellen, dass nur legitime militärische Ziele angegriffen werden, und die internationalen Menschenrechte nicht verletzt werden.

http://german.irib.ir/nachrichten/politik/item/295927

Kommentar: dazu ausführlicher auf Englisch im vorigen Yemen Press Reader. Der Minister erweist sich mit solchen Aussagen als völlig indiskutabel.

13.1.2016 – Amnesty International ( B P K)

UK: STOP SELLING ARMS TO SAUDI ARABIA

Evidence of UK-made bomb – In breach of the Arms Trade Treaty – Schools targeted – Caught in the middle – Hospital bombing – Children among the dead –

What we’re calling for

The UK must end its transfers of arms to the Saudi Arabi-led Coalition carrying out illegal and indiscriminate airstrikes in Yemen.

We must not supply weapons that could be used to commit human rights violations or war crimes.

There must also be an independent enquiry into the supply of arms to Saudi Arabia and all parties currently involved into Yemen conflict.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/uk-stop-selling-arms-saudi-arabia

13.1.2016 – Sputnik News (B P)

Britain Headed for 'Very Embarrassing' Court Case Over Saudi Arms Sales
The organization threatening to sue the UK over its continued sale of arms to Saudi Arabia has told Sputnik that it is "very likely" the matter will end up in court, in what could be a "very embarrassing" situation for the government.

http://m.sputniknews.com/europe/20160113/1033081133/uk-gov-caat-legal-action-saudi-arms-trade.html

12.1.2016 – House of Commons (** B P)

Crisis in Yemen inquiry publications

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/international-development-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/crisis-in-yemen/publications/

Kuwait

13.1.2016 – Gulf Digital News A K PS)

Kuwait to send ground troops to join Saudi war in Yemen

Kuwait has decided to send troops to its neighbour Saudi Arabia to resist cross-border attacks by the Yemeni Houthi movement, the Kuwaiti daily Al Qabas reported on Tuesday.

Though a member of a Saudi-led coalition that has bombed the Iran-allied Houthis for nine months, Kuwait has held off sending ground troops to the conflict in which scores of soldiers from neighbours the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have been killed.

http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/53499/Kuwait-to-send-ground-troops-to-join-Saudi-war-in-Yemen

Ägypten / Egypt

14.1.2016 – Reuters

Egypt extends participation in Yemen conflict for up to one year

Egypt's national defense council on Thursday extended the military's participation in a Saudi-led operation in Yemen for up to one year, the presidency said in a statement.

http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN0US1VF20160114

13.1.2016 – Yemen News Today

Egypt army participating with Saudi crimes

https://www.facebook.com/yemennewstodayenglish/posts/1086527571499733

12.1.2016 Almasdar News (A K)

Reports: Egypt has sent 800 troops to Yemen (A K)

An Egyptian security source has claimed to Reuters that as many as 800 Egyptian soldiers arrived in Yemen.

“We have sent these forces as part of Egypt’s prominent role in this alliance … the alliance fights for the sake of our brotherly Arab states, and the death of any Egyptian soldier would be an honour and considered martyrdom for the sake of innocent people,” a senior Egyptian military source said.

http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/reports-egypt-has-sent-800-troops-to-yemen/

Australien / Australia

14.1.2016 – Radio Australia (A K)

Former Australian soldiers caught up in Yemen's civil war, concerns for human rights

Former Australian soldiers play a key role in a Saudi-led military onslaught against Yemeni rebels, in a conflict which human rights groups are alarmed by.

The group of ex-Australian Defence Force (ADF) members includes a one-time special forces commander, who is in charge of an elite military unit in the United Arab Emirates.

Retired Major General Mike Hindmarsh is the commander of the UAE's presidential guard and reports directly to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan – by Andrew Greene

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-14/former-australian-soldiers-caught-up-in-yemens-civil-war-concerns-for-human-rights/1535612

13.1.2016 – ABC News (A K)

Former Australian soldiers involved in Saudi war against Yemen rebels

Former Australian soldiers are playing a key role in a Saudi-led war against rebel fighters in Yemen. The group includes a one time special forces commander, who's in charge of an elite military unit in the United Arab Emirates. Human rights groups are worried about the growing civilian casualties in the bloody Yemeni conflict, but defence sources say the Australians are helping to improve the standards of the forces.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-14/former-australian-soldiers-involved-in-saudi-war/7087726

Kanada / Canada

13.1.2016 – Christian Science Monitor (** B P)

Saudi arms deal tests Canada's 'boy scout' image

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pushed to restore Canada's reputation as a peacekeeping middle power. But do economic interests trump those efforts?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new Liberal government said last week that it’s going ahead with a controversial arms deal with the Saudi government that secures thousands of jobs for Canada’s tumbling economy. But the deal has some of Mr. Trudeau’s most loyal supporters feeling betrayed over his promise to turn Canada once more into a global "honest broker.”

Analysts say the arms deal is the first foreign-policy test for a government that will often see economic and geopolitical pressures clash with Canadians’ self-image as a peacebuilding middle power.

Brokered by the preceding Conservative government, the $14.8-billion deal is Canada’s largest military contract in history. It would send Saudi Arabia light armored vehicles equipped with anti-tank weapons.

The government estimates the deal would create 3,000 manufacturing jobs in southwestern Ontario, a key battleground in last October’s election.

Despite his criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion said Canada’s reputation would suffer if it reneged on a government contract – by Dylan C. Robertson,

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2016/0113/Saudi-arms-deal-tests-Canada-s-boy-scout-image?cmpid=gigya-fb

Kommentar: So schnell kann die Maske als menschen- und Friedensfreund herunter sein.

Comment: So the compassion for the world was not even skin deep - just about as deep as the thickness of a Canadian dollar.

https://www.facebook.com/yemennewstodayenglish/posts/1086535454832278

Israel

13.1.2016 – Dan Sanchez / Antiwar (* B P)

Saudi Arabia and Israel: An Axis of Convenience

The Two Colonial Cat's-Paws Mauling the Middle East

Geopolitics makes strange bedfellows. Take Israel and Saudi Arabia for instance. The two Middle Eastern powers might be expected to have zero common ground. Israel is the arch-colonizer of Arabs and Muslims, while Saudi Arabia governs the motherland of the Arabs and the two capitals of Islam, Mecca and Medina. The two do not even have formal diplomatic relations.

Yet since 2006, and especially since the 2011 Arab Spring, Israel and Saudi Arabia have been close de facto allies in what might be called the Crescent Wars: a sustained assault against the “Shia Crescent” (Iran, Syria, Yemen, Hezbollah, and to some extent Iraq) by a US-led coalition (including both Western and Sunni Muslim forces).

Today’s Israeli-Saudi axis was facilitated by the Iraq War.

The fact that all of Israel’s chief enemies now happen to be Shia is the reason its interests have become so tightly aligned with anti-Shia Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, Israel and the Saudis together are the chief opponents of the US-Iran nuclear deal.

Yet, the axis of convenience between Israel and Saudi Arabia did not begin only recently with their mutual antipathy for the Shia. It extends back to the pre-origins of both states.

In any case, the Saudi-Israeli axis of convenience is probably seen by both parties as temporary, and the two will eventually turn on each other after their common foes are destroyed. Until then, Zionist Israel and Wahhabist Saudi Arabia will surely continue their century-long informal alliance as the West’s pair of colonial cat’s-paws tasked with mauling the Middle East – by Dan Sanchez

https://medium.com/dan-sanchez/saudi-arabia-and-israel-an-axis-of-convenience-d553f4b1fb46#.90snxazgb = http://original.antiwar.com/dan_sanchez/2016/01/12/saudi-arabia-and-israel-an-axis-of-convenience/#.Vpc3pCwxjP8.facebook = http://www.dansanchez.me/feed/saudi-arabia-and-israel-an-axis-of-convenience =

Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

13.1.2016 – Hispan.tv (A K)

Medio yemení: EEUU hace probar sus nuevas armas en Yemen por Arabia Saudí

El portal de noticias Yemeni Press señala en un informe publicado este miércoles que “es probable que las armas (suministradas a Riad) sean usadas pronto en los ataques aéreos y las ofensivas en Yemen”.

“El cargamento incluye bombas inteligentes, misiles de asalto, sistemas avanzados de comunicación militar y armas de defensa aérea, así como armas nuevas”, precisa el medio, que cita a fuentes militares yemeníes.

Según la fuente yemení, las armas llegaron a un puerto del reino árabe a bordo de dos gigantes petroleros estadounidenses en la segunda mitad de diciembre de 2015.

http://www.hispantv.com/newsdetail/Yemen/200949/eeuu-envio-bombas-inteligentes-arabia-saudi

13.1.2016 – Salzburger Nachrichten (B K)

Saudi-Arabien kämpft mit österreichischen Granaten

http://www.pressreader.com/austria/salzburger-nachrichten/20160113/281758448284776/TextView

13.1.2016 – Industriemagazin (B K)

Granate aus Österreich im Einsatz in Nahost - Medienbericht

Laut einem Bericht des deutschen Magazins "Spiegel" sollen Sondereinheiten in Saudi-Arabien Splittergranaten des Waffenherstellers Rheinmetall MAN verwendet haben - aus oberösterreichischer Produktion.

Immer wieder berichten Medien von Waffen und Munition aus österreichischer Produktion in Kriegs- und Krisengebieten. Waffenhersteller wie Steyr Mannlicher GmbH - dessen Sturmgewehr laut dem Nachrichtenmagazin "Profil" im syrischen Bürgerkrieg auftauchte - betonen dann stets, ihre Waffen seien in die falschen Hände geraten.

http://industriemagazin.at/a/granate-aus-oesterreich-im-einsatz-in-nahost-medienbericht

Kommentar: Ein Land mehr auf unserer langen Liste der saudischen Waffenlieferanten…

Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe auch “Am wichtigsten” / See also “Most important”

14.1.2016 – Der Standard von Reuters (A P T)

Al-Kaida-Führer droht Saudi-Arabien mit Vergeltung

Al-Kaida-Anführer Ayman al-Zawahiri droht Saudi-Arabien mit Anschlägen als Vergeltung für die Hinrichtung dutzender Anhänger. Zawahiri habe die saudische Bevölkerung im Internet dazu aufgerufen, sich gegen das Königshaus Saud zu erheben und auch dessen westliche Verbündete anzugreifen, teilte die US-Gruppe Site am Donnerstag mit.

13.1.2016 – ZDF (** B T)

'Ansar al Scharia' Der Islamische Staat im Jemen [Dokumentation deutsch HD]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kObRnOs2tNs

Propaganda

14.1.2016 – Dubai Eye (A P)

Yemen Armed Forces: we will enter Sana’a soon

The Chief of Staff for Yemen’s Armed Forces says the army will enter and liberate Sana’a soon.

At a press conference on Wednesday, General Mohammed Al Makdashi said the army must also work with authorities to liberate other provinces such as Marib and Al-Jawf from the grip of Houthi rebels.

http://dubaieye1038.com/yemen-armed-forces-we-will-enter-sanaa-soon/

Comment: “Yemen Armed Forces means the Hadi government forces

13.1.2016 – Arab News (* A P)

Yemeni poets praise King Salman

RIYADH: A group of Yemeni poets held a poetry recitation session here Tuesday night to mark the first allegiance anniversary of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and to express gratitude for his firm defense of legitimacy in their country.
“They wanted to show their appreciation to King Salman for rescuing their country from the Iran-backed Houthi rebels and their allies, the former president and his forces,” said Dr. Omar Bamahsoon, a former legal adviser to the chairman and director of the legal department at the National Commercial Bank, whose seminar, Thaloothiat Bamahsoon hosted the session.

Dr. Bahumaid, in his composition titled “No amnesty,” highly praised King Salman’s prompt action to help Yemen, and demanded giving no amnesty to the Houthi rebels or Saleh or his forces, requesting instead to protect the Yemeni people from the oppression of Houthi-dominated territories.
Al-Juaidi, in his composition titled “Izz Al-Riyadh (Glory of Riyadh)” depicted King Salman as the glory of Kingdom because of his many humanitarian deeds. “These deeds included dealing justly and fairly with the great issues of the nation and sound implementation of Islamic Sharia law to face oppressors and support oppressed, “ he said.
Also, Mabrook, in his composition titled “Salman the sword of justice,”expressed his overwhelming love to King Salman admitting his inability to describe his many attributes of the King. “Shall I mention his courage to side the truth or shall note his ability to defeat oppressors, or shall I stress his ability to support justice?” he said.

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/864726

Commentary: Crazy.

12.1.2016 – Janes (A P)

Saudi Arabia denies cluster bomb attack on Sanaa

Saudi Arabia has denied the coalition it is leading to restore Yemen's ousted president dropped CBU-58 cluster bombs on the capital, Sanaa, on 6 January.

In an interview broadcast by CNN on 11 January, Saudi military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri admitted the coalition had used Textron Systems CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapons once in April against a camp with vehicles in Hajjah province, which borders Saudi Arabia, but categorically denied using cluster bombs against Sanaa.

"We do not use cluster bombs in Sanaa. This is clear and definitive," he said. "It does not have any logic."

http://www.janes.com/article/57171/saudi-arabia-denies-cluster-bomb-attack-on-sanaa

Comment: He is just lying. There is not only a HRW report but also a lot of photographic evidence. So we really must ask Asiri whether all these cluster bombs did they put themselves there?

12.1.2016 – MENAFN (A P)

Saudi- Yemeni Foreign Minister confirms coup militias not serious for bringing peace in Yemen

Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al-Mikhlafi stressed that the Yemeni coup militias of Al-Houthi and ousted president Saleh are not serious about fulfilling their commitments to achieve peace and implement the UN Security Council resolutions relating to this regard.

http://muhitelyemen.net/en/news/28217.html

Kommentar: “Coup rebels” oder “coup militia” sin dim prodsaudischen Propagandasprech die Huthis. Mit Äußerungen wie dieser hier wird das alte Spiel weitergetrieben, schon im Voraus die Friedenbereitschaft der Gegenseite in Zweifel zu ziehen, um dann umso bequemer die nächsten Friedensgespräche platzen zu lassen. Wait and see.

12.1.2016 – MENAFN (A P)

Yemeni President Lauds Kingdom's Stances Supporting Yemen

http://muhitelyemen.net/en/news/28218.html

12.1.2016 – CNTV (A P)

Yemen's President blames rebels and Iran for fighting (Film)

http://english.cntv.cn/2016/01/13/VIDEIkbdBPA60OSBNwHZ0rg5160113.shtml

12.1.2016 – 9 News (A P)

Yemen president attends swearing-in ceremony for army fighters (Film)

Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi attended a swearing-in ceremony of new army fighters in Yemen's al-Anad air base Tuesday, as members of loyalist forces continue to be incorporated into the national army.

http://www.9news.com/video/4700744528001/1/Yemen-president-attends-swearing-in-ceremony-for-army-fighters

Angriff auf die MSF-Klinik / Attack at the MSF hospital

12.1.2016 – Junge Welt (A K)

Mediziner unter Feuer

Saudi-Arabiens Luftwaffe greift im Jemen zum dritten Mal ein Krankenhaus der Hilfsorganisation »Ärzte ohne Grenzen« an. Koordinaten waren bekannt

https://www.jungewelt.de/2016/01-12/063.php

Kommentar: Obwohl genaue Gewissheit noch nicht besteht: Mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit war es in der Tat ein Luftangriff der saudischen Koalition.

12.1.2016 – RT (* A B K)

Jemen: Erneut Krankenhaus von Ärzte ohne Grenzen bombardiert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klCY7NGsBws

12.1.2016 – World Socialist Web (* A B K)

Yemen: Five medical staff dead in third bombing of Doctors Without Borders facilities

At least five medical workers were killed and 10 others wounded when an explosive projectile slammed into a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-affiliated medical facility in the Shiara Hospital in Razeh district on Sunday.

All of the opposing military forces and militias in the area were repeatedly warned about the location of the MSF hospital, which had been operating at the same location for years, according to MSF operations chief Raquel Ayora.

While its precise origins remain unconfirmed, there is every reason to assume that the attack was carried out as a deliberate act of terror against the medical charity and the civilian population of Yemen, more than likely by Saudi forces and their Gulf state allies.

The conditions which gave rise to the latest hospital bombing, along with the dozens of other such attacks that have occurred during the 10-month-old war, are ultimately the outcome of the US-backed Saudi war, and, more broadly, the efforts of the US and its Saudi allies to maintain their dominance over the entire region through ever growing doses of military violence – by Thomas Gaist

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/yeme-j12.html

Saudischer Luftkrieg / Saudi aerial war

14.1.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Reported air attacks at http://www.sabanews.net/en/news416005.htm and http://www.sabanews.net/en/news416011.htm

14.1.2016 – Alalam (A K PH)

VIDEO: New Saudi Airstrike Kills 15 in Yemeni Capital

A new Saudi air raid in Yemeni Capital has killed at least 15 civilians and has injured 25 others near the village of Bilad al-Rus, South of Sana’a.

According to residents, the attack was carried out on Wednesday, targeting an area near the village of Bilad al-Rus, around 40 km (25 miles) south of Sana’a.

The families displaced by the nine months of the Saudi war against Yemen had been taking shelter in the area.

http://en.alalam.ir/news/1779106

13.1.2016 – Human Rights Watch

Yemen: Houthis Endangered School for Blind

Coalition Airstrike Shows Added Risks for People With Disabilities

Yemen’s Houthis unlawfully placed a school for blind students in Sanaa at grave risk by basing militia forces in the facility’s compound. A Saudi Arabia-led coalition bomb that hit the compound on January 5, 2016, did not explode, but injured four civilians and damaged the capital’s only center for people with visual disabilities.

Human Rights Watch visited the three-building compound on January 6, and interviewed five witnesses to the airstrike, including three of the wounded.

At about 1:15 a.m. on January 5, a single bomb hit the roof of the building with the students’ sleeping quarters and penetrated it, but did not explode for reasons that are unclear. It crashed into the third-floor room of Muhammad Hajjar, the compound’s housing supervisor, slightly injuring him. At least 10 children, all under age 12, were sleeping on that floor at the time.

Al- Himyari, the center’s manager, said that when the conflict with the coalition started on March 26, 2015, Ansar Allah, commonly known as the Houthis, set up an office on the ground floor of the kindergarten building and installed guards at the compound’s entrance. All classes had been suspended because of the fighting, another staff member said, but when they were scheduled to resume in October, the teachers refused to take up their posts until the Houthis left. The Yemeni Education Ministry ordered the Houthis to vacate only the center and housing buildings, and ordered the teachers back to work even though some Houthis remained in the third building and in the mosque and guard booth.

Witnesses said that youth armed with Kalashnikov-type assault rifles used the Houthi office as a base during the day and often slept there at night. At the time of the attack, about 15 armed men were in the guard booth at the compound’s entrance. Hulboob said that until three months ago, about 80 Houthis were at the compound.

The use of schools by parties to the conflict endangers students, teachers, and administrators by turning schools into targets for attack. Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and other coalition members should join the international Safe Schools Declaration.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/01/13/yemen-houthis-endangered-school-blind

Comment: All sides in this conflict are not concerned about the well being of Yemen people - the postponement of peace talks is one issue - and this claim that militias stayed in a school for the blind is another - and the targeting of this facility for disabled children is another example. If the fighting militias had the courage of the ordinary Yemeni people then they would have the courage to give up posturing and stop destroying Yemen in order to 'save' it which is what is happening today.

https://www.facebook.com/yemennewstodayenglish/posts/1086525684833255

Kommentar: Selbst in Friedenszeiten wäre es nicht akzeptabel, dass die Huthis sich in dieses Blindenzentrum gedrängt haben. Umso mehr natürlich in diesen Zeiten, in denen ganz klar damit gerechnet werden musste, dass damit das Blindenzentrum und die Blinden stark gefährdet würden. Dass die Huthis es trotzdem getan haben, zeigt ihre Gleichgültigkeit gegenüber der Zivilbevölkerung.

Allerdings: Entlastet diese Tatsache deswegen die saudische Koalition – politisch und moralisch – für diese Bombardierung? Der HRW-Bericht ist so formuliert, dass er das – nach Ansicht von HRW – nahelegt. Dass man die Schuld damit gewissermaßen auf beide Seiten aufteilen kann. Dem ist aber nicht so. Zunächst einmal: Würden 15 Bewaffnete (was für Waffen wäre auch nicht ganz uninteressant) einen solchen Angriff rechtfertigen? Das kann man bezweifeln. Aber grundsätzlich: Die saudischen Luftangriffe verstoßen grundsätzlich gegen das Völkerrecht. Sie haben keine völkerrechtliche oder sonstwie legale Grundlage.

Dass die Saudis für ihre Angriffe als Begründung die längst in Verwesung übergegangene politische Leiche des Marionettenpräsidenten Hadi wie eine Monstranz vor sich her tragen, macht es nicht besser. Hadis Amtszeit ist spätestens im Februar 2015 abgelaufen, auch wenn das die sog. „internationale Gemeinschaft“ (Propagandasprech; Synonym für USA und Vasallen) nicht wahrhaben will. Somit ist JEDER saudische Angriff im Jemen ein Kriegsverbrechen, auch ein Angriff auf definitiv militärische Ziele wie Kasernen oder Huthi-Stellungen. Dazu lese man das Buch von Michael Mandel, Pax Pentagon, nach.

13.1.2016 – Reuters (A K)

Fifteen Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi-led air strike -residents

At least 15 Yemeni civilians were killed in an air strike by a Saudi-led military coalition outside the capital, residents said on Wednesday.

According to residents who spoke to Reuters by phone, the air strike hit an area near the village of Bilad al-Rus, around 40 km (25 miles) south of Sanaa, close to an army base for Houthi-allied Yemeni forces which have been fighting Saudi-backed troops in the conflict.

Twenty-five other people were wounded in the attack, they said. Families displaced by the nine months of fighting had been taking shelter in the area.

A spokesman for the coalition said the reports of the air strike were inaccurate, without elaborating.

http://www.reuters.com/article/yemen-security-idUSL8N14X1O820160113

Kommentar: Zum letzten Satz, die saudische Seite bezeichnet die Berichte über die vielen Opfer an diesem Ort als „inaccurate“, was ungenau oder auch falsch heißen kann. Wie immer – es wird immer alles geleugnet. Es gibt aber mehr als nur „Berichte“, und man muss sich fragen, warum auch Reuters mit keinem Wort auf noch viel deutlichere Zeugnisse eingeht, nämlich Bilder und Filme. Die sind hier zu finden (Nichts für Sensible, Graphic, 18+!!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvQcylofC1k und https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNKJCleaSAw und https://twitter.com/Tribuneofyemen/status/687327093697458176 mit https://twitter.com/Tribuneofyemen/status/687294460577841153 und https://twitter.com/m072mmed20111/status/686950198925520896 und https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/686935123976142848und https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/687049763754217472 https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/686989811958308864 https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/687045595727532034. Also: Die Berichte waren bisher in der Tat „inaccurate“, ungenau, weil die Bilder fehlten. Hier sind sie also.

13.1.2016 – Press TV IRAN (A K PH)

Saudi fighter jets carry out new airstrikes across Yemen

In their latest attacks, Saudi jets hit water supply facilities in the province of Ma’rib on Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of possible causalities.

On Tuesday, the warplanes targeted a spa in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, killing 21 civilians, mostly women and children. Adjacent buildings and a mosque were also destroyed.

http://www.presstv.us/Detail/2016/01/13/445633/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Marib-Bayda

13.1.2016 – Kayhan.ir / David, Comment on Reuters (A K)

The brother of Yemen's former fugitive President Mansour Hadi was killed in the Saudi-led forces' airstrike in Sana'a on Wednesday, media reports said.

"Nasser Hadi was killed in the Saudi-led fighter jets' strike on a place where he was incarcerated in the Yemeni capital," the Arabic-language El-Nashra website quoted member of the Yemeni Popular Congress Party Yasser al-Yamani as saying.

He noted that the dead body of Mansour Hadi's brother is now in Sana'a's mortuary.

http://kayhan.ir/en/news/22660 = https://disqus.com/home/discussion/trustorg/fifteen_yemeni_civilians_killed_in_saudi_led_air_strike_residents/#comment-2455403804

10.1.2016 – The Independent (A K)

MSF hospital bombing amid Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen prompts outrage over ‘worrying pattern of attacks to essential medical services’

The projectile dropped on the Shiara Hospital is thought to be the latest in a series attack on health facilities directly managed or supported by MSF

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/msf-hospital-bombing-saudi-led-airstrikes-yemen-outrage-worrying-pattern-attacks-essential-medical-a6804796.html

Comment: This article sums up the events.

Kriegsschauplatz / Theater of War

13.1.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Five Saudi troops killed in Yemen retaliatory operations

Yemen’s army and popular committees have killed five Saudi soldiers on the kingdom’s soil amid Riyadh’s relentless bombardment of its impoverished neighbor.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/01/13/445658/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Ansarullah-Asir-Jizan-Marib-/

13.1.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Yemeni Forces Intensify Reprisal Attacks against Saudi Arabia

The Yemeni army and popular committees launched artillery attacks on a Saudi position in the Southwestern province of Jizan on Wednesday.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941023000843

13.1.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army missiles target mercenaries gatherings in Mareb

The army and popular committees bombed mercenaries sites in Mareb province with Katyusha rockets, a military official said on Wednesday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news415893.htm

Kommentar: Auch hier wurden nun einmal durch die Huthis rücksichtslos Gebäude mitten in einer Stadt beschossen.

13.1.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Saudi fighter jets carry out new airstrikes across Yemen

In their latest attacks, Saudi jets hit water supply facilities in the province of Ma’rib on Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of possible causalities.

On Tuesday, the warplanes targeted a spa in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, killing 21 civilians, mostly women and children. Adjacent buildings and a mosque were also destroyed.

Meanwhile, at least 36 Saudi mercenaries and al-Qaeda militants were reportedly killed in an attack conducted by the Yemeni army in the province of Bayda.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/01/13/445633/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Marib-Bayda/

12.1.2016 –Gmanetwork (B K)

OFWs on missile strikes near Saudi-Yemen border: 'Sanay na kami'

Missile strikes in the troubled Saudi Arabia-Yemen border have become so commonplace that some Filipino workers there have grown accustomed to it.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/550876/news/pinoyabroad/ofws-on-missile-strikes-near-saudi-yemen-border-sanay-na-kami

Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 1-85: / Yemen Press reader 1-85:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Sanaa: Fotos von saudischen Luftangriffen / Photos of Saudi air raids

http://poorworld.net/Yemen/YemenImages2016-01-05-SanaaBlind-1.htm

http://poorworld.net/Yemen/YemenImages2016-01-05-SanaaBlind-2.htm

http://poorworld.net/Yemen/YemenImages2016-01-05-SanaaBlind-3.htm

http://poorworld.net/Yemen/YemenImages2016-01-05-SanaaWeddingHall.htm

http://poorworld.net/Yemen/YemenImages2016-01-05-SanaaCommerce.htm

16:19 14.01.2016
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