Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 818b - Yemen War Mosaic 818b

Yemen Press Reader 818b: 4. August 2022: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 818, cp7 - cp19 / August 4, 2022: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 818, cp7 - cp19

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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 818, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 818, part 1:

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Kursiv: Siehe Teil 1 / In Italics: Look in part 1

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Coronavirus und Seuchen / Most important: Coronavirus and epidemics

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp6 Separatisten und Aden-Regierung im Südjemen / Separatists and Aden government in Southern Yemen

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

cp9 USA

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

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Film: How effective has been the @UN @OSE_Yemen backed truce in #Yemen? According to @NavantiGroup’s incident tracking data, battlefield hostilities have decreased by 80% from February to May 2022 in #Yemen

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A two-month window for Yemen to find peace

A new extension to a ceasefire struck in April must include negotiations for a lasting solution to end eight years of horrific violence

But the extension is not just about a cessation of fighting. It is also about the potential for longer-term solutions to be found.

Yemenis now have the space to start thinking about such solutions. The priority in war will always be safety, but without work on significant measures, the foundations for peace will never be laid. One such priority is ending the Houthi siege of the south-western city of Taez. There has been some limited progress in recent months. In June, the rebels said they had agreed to reopen two roads around the city. Two months more of constructive peace must finish the job. In terms of movement, more destinations should also be opened to and from the country and the crucial port and logistics hub of Hodeidah must be revived as much as possible.

Most urgently of all, the UN envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, shared that the extension included a commitment from all sides "to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible". The very fact that officials are able to contemplate progress in these areas is good news.

This question is still there, as are groups in Yemen in whose interests it is for the war to continue. The increasingly peace-minded majority can best triumph over them by committing to upcoming negotiations and extending the ceasefire further if needed. Importantly, having a legitimate and internationally recognised government leading the country is key.

Yemen is still only at the beginning of a better future

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Yemen’s UN-backed extended truce brings peace - analysis

This is considered to be the first real era of calm in seven years. The truce began back in April and was extended in June.

Where will the truce lead?

According to reports, the truce renewal will lead to the opening of roads in Taez and other governorates, “opening more destinations to and from Sanaa International Airport, and providing a regular flow of fuel to the ports of Hodeidah,” Al-Ain reported.

“An expanded agreement would also provide a chance to negotiate a nationwide ceasefire, address humanitarian and economic problems and prepare for the resumption of the Yemeni-led political process to reach a sustainable and just peace,” the UN said.

How the truce impacts Iran and the broader Middle East

The truce could impact the broader region. Iran used Yemen to test its weapons. It based drones in Yemen and encouraged the Houthis to work with Hezbollah and also to threaten Israel.

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The Takeaway: Yemen’s truce renewed

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Explainer-With Yemen truce renewed, what are the prospects of peace?

Why a renewal matters

The U.N. special envoy has credited the truce with bringing the longest period of relative calm in over seven years and a significant decrease in civilian casualties.

Humanitarian groups say the Sanaa flights have allowed over 8,000 Yemenis to access medical care and pursue education and business opportunities. Greater access to fuel has helped maintain public services and access to them.

The truce has also increased humanitarian access in a country where more than 17 million people require food aid.

The U.N. is seeking an extended and expanded truce to provide a platform for further trust-building, discussions on economic priorities such as revenues and salaries and on establishing a permanent ceasefire.

The ultimate aim is to move toward a political settlement that comprehensively ends the conflict.

What are the prospects of political progress?

Turning the truce into a political agreement is seen as a tall order due to deep mistrust and competing agendas among Yemen’s myriad factions. Even within the anti-Houthi coalition there are several groups vying for power, including UAE-backed southern separatists who want to split from the north.

“Given that the parties to the conflict have sharply different ideas about what a peace process might look like, it will be very difficult to transition from truce to talks,” said Peter Salisbury of Crisis Group.

To build confidence, the United Nations would need to make progress on reopening roads in and around Taiz city and negotiating nationwide salary payments, he said. = =

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ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE: The United States Welcomes the Extension of the UN-Brokered Truce in Yemen

The United States welcomes today’s announcement by the UN on the extension of the truce in Yemen. This truce has brought respite from conflict to millions of Yemenis and saved thousands of lives, providing Yemen the longest period of calm since the war began. We are appreciative of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg’s tireless efforts, working together with the United States and with our regional and international partners to achieve this extension, in particular the Governments of Saudi Arabia and Oman. We have prioritized our engagement on Yemen since the first days of the Administration,

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Statement by PresidentBiden on the Extension of the UN-Mediated Truce inYemen

I welcome today’s announcement of an extension of the truce in the Yemen conflict. This truce, now going on five months, has brought a period of unprecedented calm in Yemen, saving thousands of lives and bringing tangible relief for countless Yemenis. I want to recognize the hard work of my Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking, who – working hand in hand with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg – played a major role in this achievement.

Extending the truce in Yemen and reaching an ultimate resolution to the conflict was also a main topic of discussion during my recent visit to Saudi Arabia

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Iran unterstützt Verlängerung des Waffenstillstands und dauerhaften Frieden im Jemen

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Iran says backs Yemen truce extension

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[Saudi] Ministry of Foreign Affairs Expresses Welcoming of Saudi Arabia to Extend Truce in Yemen for an Additional Two Months, and Stresses Importance of Opening Humanitarian Crossings in Taizz

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses the welcoming of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to extend the truce in the brotherly Republic of Yemen for an additional two months, and stresses the importance of opening humanitarian crossings in Taizz.
The Kingdom appreciates the efforts of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen, Mr. Hans Grundberg, in strengthening commitment to the truce sponsored by the United Nations, in line with the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced in March 2021 to end the crisis in Yemen and reach a comprehensive political solution.

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UAE welcomes extension of truce in Yemen

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[UK] Foreign Secretary welcomes extension of truce in Yemen

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Oman welcomes extension of truce in Yemen

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Abdulsalam Emphasizes Importance of International Work on Payment of Salaries, Other Humanitarian Issues

The head of [Sanaa gov.] national delegation, Mohammed Abdulsalam, reiterated the importance of the UN intensive work on disbursing salaries, opening the airport and port, and ending the siege.

"With Oman's efforts, which provided the opportunity to extend truce we reiterate the importance of UN intensive work on disbursing salaries, opening the airport and port, and ending the siege" Abdulsalam said in a statement.

He explained that humanitarian issues are the natural rights of the Yemeni people, and addressing them urgently is necessary to enter into more serious stages.


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[Sanaa gov.] Deputy FM calls on coalition to strengthen confidence-building steps

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[Aden] Yemeni Government Welcomes Announcement by UN Envoy to Extend Truce for Another Two Months

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NRC: Yemen: Truce must now lead to lasting peace

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Save the Children: Yemen: Hopes the renewed truce paves the path for permanent peace

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Oxfam responds to Yemen truce extension

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Omani delegation concludes three-day diplomatic visit to Sana’a

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Waffenruhe im Jemen läuft mit unklarer Verlängerung aus

Die Waffenruhe im Jemen habe der Bevölkerung Hoffnung und Ruhe gegeben, sagen Hilfsorganisationen. Offen ist, wie es nun nach dem Ende der Feuerpause weitergeht.

Im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen drängen humanitäre Helfer auf eine erneute Verlängerung der Waffenruhe. Die seit April geltende Feuerpause lief nun aber aus. Offen ist, ob die Konfliktparteien sich noch auf eine Verlängerung einigen würden – etwa um zwei oder möglicherweise sogar sechs Monate.

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Houthi Conditions, US Pressure ahead of Expected Extension of Yemen Truce

Oman and the United States are continuing their efforts to extend the nationwide truce in Yemen for a second time.

United Nations envoy Hans Grundberg is expected to receive on Tuesday the legitimate government and the Iran-backed Houthi militias’ agreement to the extension.

Meanwhile, the United States has kept up its pressure on the Presidential Leadership Council to agree to the truce renewal and agree to Grunberg’s new proposals.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on Sunday with Presidential Leadership Council President Dr. Rashad al-Alimi "to reiterate the importance of the Yemeni government’s support for extending the UN-led truce to ease suffering, expand tangible benefits for Yemenis, and build toward a permanent ceasefire and a more comprehensive, inclusive political process," read a State Department statement.

"He noted that the truce provides the best opportunity for peace that Yemenis have had in years and reaffirmed President Joe Biden’s strong support for the Presidential Leadership Council, welcoming the leadership the Council has demonstrated thus far on the truce," it added.

"Blinken also expressed the United States’ desire to continue broader bilateral cooperation with the Republic of Yemen Government," it said.

On the Yemeni end, official sources said al-Alimi received a telephone call from Blinken to discuss the latest local developments and regional and international peace efforts.

The state news agency Saba said al-Alimi stressed his commitment to "fair and comprehensive peace based on the national, regional and international references, especially UN Security Council resolution 2216."

He hailed the efforts by the Saudi-led Arab coalition in reaching the truce and its restraint

The sources said al-Alimi supports the extension, but reminded Blinken of the Houthis’ dismal record in respecting them, stressing that they continue to shirk their commitments to the current agreement.

Meanwhile, an Omani delegation arrived in Houthi-held Sanaa on Sunday for talks with militia leaders to extend the truce.

Houthi media said the delegation met with head of the coup council Mehdi al-Mashat, who "stressed that any truce must be accompanied with tangible improvement in the economic and humanitarian situation."

This includes the paying of salaries of public employees in what was interpreted as the Houthis’ shirking of their commitment to paying the wages from Hodeidah port revenues.

Mashat also reiterated the Houthi demand for the complete and immediate reopening of Sanaa airport and Hodeidah port.

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Houthis give Omani delegation new preconditions for truce extension

Extension of the UN-mediated truce is conditional to improvement of the economic and humanitarian situations, chairman of the Houthi Supreme Political Council told the Omani delegation visiting Sana'a on Sunday.
Any truce should be accompanies by improvement of "Yemeni people economic and humanitarian conditions, including paying the salaries of all the civil servants and retirees" from gas and oil revenues Mahdi al-Mashat said.
Among the Houthi preconditions are full and immediate reopening of Sana'a international airport and Hodeida port, he added, arguing that these are "right, fair demands.. implying no concession from the other party."

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Yemen truce expires as prospects of renewal remain unknown

Public servants' salaries and roads around Taez remain points of contention among warring sides

Uncertainty shrouds a UN-sponsored truce in Yemen which expired on Tuesday, four months after it first took effect, as UN, US and regional efforts to renew it have failed to make breakthroughs.

Analysts and Yemen watchers have made various assessments about the truce's unclear future, its scope and new conditions, even after numerous promising steps were taken to offer civilians reprieve under the fragile agreement.

Up until a day before the truce's August 2 expiration date, Sanaa-based Houthi officials seemed sceptical about prospects of renewal.

The mood was also not optimistic on the other side.

On Sunday, the head of the internationally-recognised Presidential Leadership Council, Rashad Al Alimi, described previous attempts at de-escalation with the Houthis as “failed experiments” in a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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Audio: In Jemen endet die Waffenruhe - Was folgt?,audio1180912.html

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Audio: Wird die Waffenruhe im Jemen heute verlängert?

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Doubts surround fate of Oman’s last ditch effort to secure Yemen truce extension deal

Analysts believe that the intransigence shown by the Houthis so far reflects their conviction that they are in a position of strength, which allows them to impose their conditions.

Yemeni political analysts describe the ongoing visit of an Omani delegation to the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, as a last-ditch effort to persuade the Iran-backed Houthi rebels to ease their conditions for the extension of the UN-sponsored truce that ends Tuesday.

They say the Omani move seems to have come at the request of the United Nations and the United States, after the efforts by UN envoy Hans Grundberg and US envoy Tim Lenderking failed to bridge the positions of the belligerents on extension of the truce for an additional six month period.

The analysts believe the Omani delegation will seek to push the Houthis to abandon a set of prohibitive demands, which the internationally- recognised Yemeni government strongly rejects.

These include payment of the salaries of employees in Houthi-controlled areas, restoring government services and lifting all restrictions on the Hodeidah ports and Sana’a airport.

The Presidential Leadership Council, which represents Yemen’s legitimate authority, is unwilling to accept such conditions as long as the rebels refuse to make any concessions or meet their part of the obligations stipulated by the truce agreement. Among such obligations, in particular, are the lifting of the current siege on the city of Taiz, and the halt to Houthi military built up efforts on a number of fronts.

Yemen experts say that despite the criticism voiced at times by some members of the Yemeni government towards Oman's role, Muscat has contributed significantly to de-escalation of the conflict war by using its close ties to the Houthis and its reputation as a neutral party to push for an end to hostilities.

The UN, whose efforts enjoy the support of the US and the Saudi governments, has been hoping that extension of the truce agreement would pave the way for a long-term political settlement.

International experts believe that much will eventually depend on what the Houthis and their Iranian sponsors think they can gain or lose from a ceasefire deal and political settlement efforts.

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Newspaper talks about key term set by Sanaa to extend truce

The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar revealed details about the ongoing talks to extend the truce in Yemen.

“Diplomatic efforts have been made by more than one regional and international party to persuade Yemeni parties to accept the UN offer to extend the truce, before the current lull expires. Representatives of the European Union, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as Oman, in charge of communicating with Sana’a, while a US-British team pressured the Saudi-UAE coalition and the Government of Aden to accept the proposal of the UN envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundrabra,” multiple sources told Al-Akhbar.

According to these sources, Sanaa “set several terms to extend the truce, which are opening the roads and completely lift of the siege on the port of Hodeidah and Sanaa airport, while the other party commits to pay the salaries of state employees on a monthly basis without delay.”

Over the past weeks, Sanaa has shown i willingness to expand the truce by adding new provisions. One of the most important provisions is payment of salaries to 750,000 employees who have been facing collective punishment by the pro-coalition government since September 2016.

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[Sanaa] Political Council, Government Will Not Accept Any Truce Unless it Meets Interests of Citizens

The Prime Minister of National Salvation Government, Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor, affirmed that the Supreme Political Council and the government will not accept any truce if it is not linked to a tangible achievement other than what happened during the past months.

Bin Habtoor explained, Sunday, that providing state employees salaries that have been suspended for seven years and opening Sana'a Airport to more than one travel destination are key to any agreement on a future truce.

"We agreed to the truce within the framework of the gradual lifting of the siege," he said, "If the truce is not linked to achieving direct interests of the citizens, we have no need for it," he added.

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[Sanaa gov.] Deputy FM states Sanaa’s demands are legal, humanitarian to support peace

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[Aden] Yemeni LC studies UN plan to extend truce

The UN special envoy for Yemen has made new proposal to extend the truce, the [Aden] Yemeni Leadership Council (LC) said at meeting on Saturday.
The LC discussed with FM Ahmed Bin Mubarak the plan and the letter sent by Hans Grundberg on the proposed framework for the truce, Saba said.
In the meanwhile, the Houthi group "obdurately reneges its commitments under the truce and persistently breaches the deal," the Aden-based news agency added.

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Al-Alimi: all agreements with Houthis "disappointing"

The chairman of the Presidential Leadership Council Rashad Al-Alimi said on Sunday all agreements and truces with the Houthi group have been disappointing amid the absence of international pressure on the group to implement them.

In a telephone conversation with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, he reiterated the Council's commitment to peace based on national and international references, particularly the UNSC resolution No. 2216, the state Saba news agency reported.

The Houthis have reneged on all agreements, including the latest truce, keeping their blockade on Taiz city and refusing to pay salaries of public servants in regions under their control, he said, according to the agency.

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Banges Hoffen auf Verlängerung der Waffenruhe

In der Nacht endet voraussichtlich die seit vier Monaten geltende Waffenruhe im Jemen. Die Hoffnung auf eine Verlängerung ist groß. Die humanitäre Lage im Land ist nach wie vor angespannt, einzelne Kämpfe flammten jüngst wieder auf.

Die UN habe die Forderung erneuert, die Waffenruhe strikt einzuhalten und dass Zivilisten, vor allem Kinder, nicht als Ziel genommen werden dürfen. Der Jemen brauche eine längere Waffenruhe dringend, die zu einem Friedensprozess und anhaltenden Frieden im Jemen führt, sagt Duamelle.

Die Bewohner von Taiz gehen auf die Straße, demonstrieren für ein Ende der Gewalt - vor allem aber für ein Ende der Belagerung durch die Huthis.

Der UN-Sondergesandte für den Jemen, Hans Grundberg, macht sich für eine mehrmonatige Verlängerung stark:

"Lassen Sie uns klar sein: Die Alternative zur Waffenruhe ist eine Rückkehr zur Gewalt - vermutlich eine verschärfte Phase des Konflikts, mit allen Konsequenzen für die Zivilisten und die Region. Die Opferzahlen sind durch die Waffenruhe um zwei Drittel zurückgegangen."

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The Supervisory Committee on the Implementation of the Detainees Release and Exchange Agreement between the parties in Yemen concluded its sixth meeting in Amman yesterday following six days of discussions to identify the names of detainees who will be released based on the numbers agreed upon by the parties in March 2022. The meeting was co-chaired by the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The parties agreed to intensify efforts to finalize and consolidate lists of detainees from all sides as soon as possible. To that end, they also agreed to facilitate visits by the ICRC to detention centers to assist with the verification of the identities. The parties moreover agreed to establish a joint committee to support the process of verifying the identities of detainees included in the lists.

The parties are expected to reconvene in the coming weeks once they have achieved further progress on the lists.


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Al-Murtadha: Part of the prisoners of war have been agreed to be released

Abdul Qadir al-Murtadha, the head of the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs in Sanaa, said on Monday that the round of negotiations on the prisoners’ file concluded in Amman, Jordan.

“We have discussed the obstacles that prevented the implementation of the UN-sponsored agreement last March,” Abdul Qadir al-Murtadha said in a tweet.

“Part of the prisoners of war have been agreed to be released,” he added. =

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New UN Proposal on Yemen Truce

Discussions over extending the nationwide truce in Yemen are no longer covering whether it would be accepted or not, but tackling new suggestions to the ceasefire itself, revealed several diplomatic sources to Asharq Al-Awsat.

The truce is set to end on Tuesday.

Sources expected the Taiz province to be a priority in the new agreement.

Taiz city has been under siege by the Iran-backed Houthi militias for seven years.

Reopening routes to the city has been a main demand by the legitimate forces in the truce and the Houthis have predictably stalled in agreeing to it.

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Audio: Jemen: Ende der Waffenruhe? = =,audio1180912.html

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Yemeni parties initially agree to extend truce

Parties to the Yemeni conflict have initially agreed to extend the UN-brokered truce set to expire on 2 August, Yemeni and UN sources said on Friday.
The United Nations made advanced progress towards extending the truce, but has yet to obtain agreement on the term of this extension or on the files to be discussed during the extended truce, the sources said in remarks carried by al-Bayan paper.
The UN is also studying options to connect Sana'a airport to more destinations, in addition to Amman and Cairo, during the extended truce, deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said.
The UN pushes for six-month (instead of two-month) new extension, as the Yemeni government asks for full application of terms stated in the initial truce deal (particularly the reopening of Taiz main roads) before discussing new issues.

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Gemeinsame NGO-Erklärung: UN-Waffenstillstandsabkommens im Jemen muss unterstützt und verlängert werden

Im Vorfeld des Auslaufens des derzeitigen UN-Waffenstillstandsabkommens am 2. August 2022 fordern NGO alle Konfliktparteien im Jemen auf, das Abkommen einzuhalten und zu verlängern um die Zivilbevölkerung zu schützen.

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Yemen: Joint INGO statement on the UN-led truce

As organisations working in Yemen, we recognise and applaud the important steps taken by all parties to the conflict to uphold the truce.

However, unless the truce is adhered to and extended, these important gains will be lost, risking the lives of people across Yemen. Further steps are urgently needed to protect Yemen's people and future.

Civilian lives continue to be threatened by violations of the truce in some areas, with a recent uptick in casualties in the past month. We urge all parties to the conflict to extend the truce for a longer term of six months or more, adhere to its terms, and uphold their obligations under international law to protect civilians and deliver on all elements of the agreement, including the reopening of roads in Taiz.

The past four months have offered a moment of respite and hope for people in Yemen. We cannot afford to lose this progress now.

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[Aden] Yemeni gov't calls for actual pressures on Houthis for peace

The Iranian-backed Houthi group is unwilling to make peace in Yemen, information minister in the UN-recognized said Friday, calling for actual pressures on the group to engage willingly in peace efforts.
Since the UN-mediated truce was announced on 2 April, the Houthis kept on deploying and mobilizing troops, recruiting children, forming new units named support brigades, digging additional trenches, erecting and reinforcing fortifications, and pilling arms, Moammar al-Eryani added, suggesting that the group has "no real intention for peace."
The Houthi group "responded to positive messages and concessions made by the government with further obduracy, escalation and refusal to apply its commitments," he said, citing the Houthi "persistent violations of the truce, obstruction of dialogue and rejection of all the proposals made by the UN envoy to end Taiz siege."

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The UN-brokered truce is a dangerous stage play

A senior [Aden gov.] Yemeni official has called the UN-brokered truce in Yemen a dangerous stage play. The member of the legal team at the presidential council said: "The truce from the beginning was unilateral. "All the concessions came from the government while Houthis have been preparing for a defining battle to end the remainder of the republican system," said Ahmed Atiya/Al-Arabi Aljadeed website

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No Renewal of UN-Sponsored Truce, At Least in Its Current Form

It seems that Sanaa is heading towards ending the four-month UN truce, at least in its current form.

However, the truce was not up to the hoped-for success in the humanitarian part of it, which is Sanaa’s great importance to alleviating the popular suffering as a result of the US-Saudi siege.

The UN-sponsored truce constituted an urgent need for the US-Saudi alliance as a result of the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine and the Western clash with Russia. And as a result of Western sanctions on Russia, a global energy and food crisis erupted as well.

Regarding food, it returned to its previous state prior to the crisis in Ukraine at the level of wheat prices, while Energy prices are still fluctuating and are likely to rise further, with Russia seizing the fate of Europe, which is unable to dispense with Russian oil and gas until this moment.

The US is pushing its European allies to collide with Russia, and this imposes the provision of alternative energy sources to Europe.

For its part, Sanaa considered the truce as an opportunity to build peace if there were seriousness or international changes that might lead to that, so it should be taken advantage of, as its officials said. It chose to address the humanitarian issue instead of going to political negotiations with unclear features, especially as the Yemeni people are under siege.

The intentions of the aggression were not real humanitarian since the beginning of the truce, as disturbing Cairo flights was preceded by a repeated postponement of Sanaa-Amman flights for a period of one month. .

Regarding the fuel crisis, it was agreed that 36 ships would enter the port of Hodeidah. Only 20 ships were allowed to reach Hodeidah after they incurred fines, as the aggression continued to detain and piracy them.

At the present time, there are 5 fuel and gas ships being held off the Saudi port of Jizan, and President Al-Mashat refused to receive the UN envoy Hans Grundenberg in Sana'a before releasing the five ships.

Sana’a denounced in more than a statement the UN representative remarks, demanding the necessity of modifying his behavior and adhering to the principles of an honest broker. However, the man continued to manipulate the facts of the truce on the ground and misled the Security Council until the end of the truce, especially with regard to Sana’a’s initiatives to open roads in Taiz. In his recent briefing to the Security Council, the UN representative went as far as questioning its feasibility and shockingly asked to freeze it.

By the end of the first truce on the 2nd of last June, Sanaa agreed to renew it for two more months, adding conditions of paying the salaries and addressing the prisoner exchange deal. The aggression continued to procrastinate in these two clauses and continued to manipulate the previous clauses related to the conduct of flights from Sanaa airport to Cairo and Amman and stopping the piracy of ships.

Therefore, none of that went in an encouraging way, says Sanaa, neither the flights were completed nor the flights of Cairo were launched, and the coalition continued hacking fuel ships, manipulating the roads issue. It showed its lack of seriousness in discussing the salary issue and completing the prisoner deal.

The truce was supposed to be a stepping stone to building peace, however the coalition is the one who, with its arrogance, missed that opportunity and must bear the consequences of its manipulation, according to officials in Sana'a.

There is a fact that after August 2, 2022, will not be the same as before, whether the truce is renewed or the fighting resumes. Sana’a will impose its conditions and the coalition of aggression is concerned with reducing its losses only in light of the failure to unite its tools on the ground for 8 years.

My comment: A pro-Houthi position. The great majority of the population obviously does not prefer to take up fighting again, as it is claimed here.

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Omani delegation arrives Sana'a to discuss truce extension

An Omani delegation on Sunday arrived in the Yemeni Houthi-held capital of Sana'a to discuss an extension of the UN-mediated truce set to expire next Tuesday.
"We arrived in Sana'a City today noon on an Omani plane along with a delegation from the Sultanate," the Houthi senior negotiator, who resides in Muscat, tweeted.
The Omani delegation will discuss with Houthi leaders "developments related to the truce and proposals made by the UN envoy to tackle humanitarian and economic issues," Mohamed Abdul Salam added, without further details.

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President Mashat Discusses with Omani Delegation UN Special Envoy’s Proposals for Truce

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[Sanaa gov.] National Delegation Arrives Sana'a to Discuss UN-sponsored Truce

The Yemeni National Delegation, headed by Mohammad Abdulsalam, accompanied by a delegation from the Sultanate of Oman arrived Sunday afternoon in the capital, Sana'a, by an Omani plane.

The aim of the Omani delegation's visit to Sana'a is to consult with the leadership on developments related to the truce and the UN-envoy's suggestions on humanitarian and economic issues.

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Yemeni Official to Asharq Al-Awsat: Positive Indications for Extending the Truce

A senior Yemeni official pointed to positive indications regarding the extension of the UN truce, which will expire on August 2, in light of the intensive regional and international efforts in this regard.

The Yemeni official was speaking following visits by UN Envoy Hans Grundberg and US representative Tim Lenderking to the region, seeking to extend the truce that was launched on April 2, and to persuade the Houthis to open the Taiz crossings and other areas.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that signs were positive about extending the truce, but refrained from providing additional details or specify whether the truce would be prolonged for two months or six months as per the desire of the United Nations.

“Discussions are ongoing. There is undoubtedly international pressure, but the government insists that the Houthis fulfil their commitments to open roads in Taiz and the rest of the provinces. This is a humanitarian issue, and it will not be overlooked,” the official underlined.

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{from July, 14] Women take part in negotiations on opening roads in Taiz

The negotiations on opening roads in Taiz, a city in southwestern Yemen, continue. The women taking part in the negotiations demand women be involved in every phase of the negotiations.

Ola Al-Aghbary, founder and CEO of Sheba Youth Foundation for Development and a local mediator in Taiz city, said that women began to make efforts to re-open roads through local mediators and feminist initiatives in 2015. “The members of the ‘Women of Taiz for Life” initiative made great efforts to re-open the roads but they got no result. After many years, we, as women, discovered that the political solution is the most appropriate solution and thought that a negotiation between two parties could reopen the roads. The initiative and efforts of women enabled women to take part in the negotiations as mediators. Now, all parties recognize the participation of women in the negotiations and work with women because they trust women and know that women have no interest in conflicts. Women's experience in mediation is completely different and better than men's experience.”

Stating that the demand for reopening roads is a humanitarian demand, Ola Al-Aghbary said that women’s participation in the negotiations is very important.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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A Trump-approved golf event, a Paris handshake and a mooted mega-city boost Saudi image rehab

Activists and experts warned that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's efforts to mend his country's standing were working despite scant evidence of progress on human rights.

Four years after he was accused of ordering the murder of prominent Saudi critic and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the crown prince has been welcomed in two European capitals and a Saudi-funded golf tournament teed off this weekend at Trump’s Bedminster golf club.

With Salman also enjoying positive headlines about his outlandish plans for a futuristic mega-city this week, activists and experts warned that Saudi Arabia’s efforts to mend its global standing were working despite scant evidence of a change in its approach to human rights, fueling accusations of Western hypocrisy and undermining calls for reform in the region.

On Thursday, Riyadh’s ongoing efforts to distance itself from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks received a welcome boost when Trump said “nobody’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11,” in response to criticism from victims’ families about his decision to host the lavish LIV golf series event at his club in New Jersey.

The kingdom’s investment fund is bankrolling the lucrative breakaway golf tour, while a Saudi-backed consortium also bought British soccer club Newcastle United last year.

“Saudi Arabia has adopted a deliberate long-term strategy of investing in sports and celebrity to distract from their reputation — sportswashing, white washing, reputation laundering,” said Michael Page, deputy director in the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch.

“The money that the Saudis are using is shaping the way that people downplay or deflect from very serious concerns about Saudi Arabia, especially human rights abuses,” he added.

Many Americans hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the 9/11 attacks given that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens. Investigations have not implicated Saudi leaders but did highlight links between Saudi nationals and the funding of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. The Saudi government denies any involvement.

Trump’s comments came almost two weeks after President Joe Biden bumped fists with Crown Prince Mohammed during a visit to the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah.

The move outraged rights groups, who want the crown prince held to account for the 2018 murder of Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a team of intelligence operatives with close ties to the crown prince, according to a U.S. intelligence report.

Salman has accepted responsibility for the slaying but has denied any involvement, blaming the murder on rogue Saudi operatives.

Salman’s apparent return from the diplomatic cold highlights the West’s continued reliance on Saudi oil, especially given the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine, analysts said. Washington and its allies are also eager to counter the influence of China, Russia and rival regional power Iran.

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The Economist: MBS is Unwanted, Unstable

The British magazine The Economist published an important report by its correspondent in the Middle East, Nicholas Pelham, in which he reveals exciting details in the life of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and analyzes how the psychological contract developed in his personality.

The report revealed that when members of the royal family were sailing on luxury yachts together; They treat bin Salman as an errand boy, who is sent to the beach to buy cigarettes and necessities.

The report quoted a former Saudi intelligence officer as saying, “In reality, King Salman is no longer king,” although he is nominally the head of state, but he rarely appears in public anymore.

The report said that Ibn Salman is considered passionate about the video game “Call of Duty” – for bloody combat – and this was reflected in his emotions and behavior, as he explodes on the Royal Court employees, as if he is fighting virtual opponents on the playing screen.

The report quoted a Source with links to the palace where bin Salman lives; Bin Salman beats his wife, Princess Sarah Bint Meshour, so badly on more than one occasion that she has to seek medical treatment.

The report pointed out that some observers fear that bin Salman will become more violent and dangerous, if oil reserves begin to decline, or his wealth decreases.

The report quoted bin Salman’s childhood classmates as saying that they fear something darker than the revenge that led to Khashoggi’s assassination, as they are reminded of the dictator Saddam Hussein, who was addicted to a monopoly on power, to the point that he became reckless and dangerous.

And the magazine considered that “for bin Salman, strength gives him a sense of greatness, but this is only in the beginning, as after that comes a feeling of loneliness and suspicion, and the fear that others will try to take power from him.”

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Saudi Arabia detains 78 officials in new corruption case amid royal power struggle

Saudi authorities have detained dozens of officials in a new alleged anti-corruption case amid reports that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seeking to get rid of potential rivals to the throne.

The English-language daily newspaper Saudi Gazette, citing the country’s Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha), reported that 78 individuals were jailed on charges of bribery, forgery, and money laundering.

The report added that the defendants were employed in the ministries of defense, interior, health, justice, education, municipal and rural affairs as well as housing.

The Saudi Gazette added that the arrests were made after Nazaha authorities carried out 3,207 inspections. Another 116 officials were investigated for several crimes as well.

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Größtes Bauwerk der Menschheit: Saudi-Arabien plant 170 Kilometer langen Wolkenkratzer

Ein gigantisches Projekt Saudi-Arabiens ist "The Line". Der Wüstenstaat veröffentlicht Pläne für ein 170 Kilometer langes Bauwerk, in dem 9 Millionen Menschen leben sollen.

In der Wüste Saudi-Arabiens soll ein gigantisches Bauwerk entstehen.

Das 170 Kilometer lange, 500 Meter hohe und nur 200 Meter breite Mega-Gebäude "The Line" soll Millionen Menschen beherbergen.

Es wäre die größte, jemals von Menschenhand geschaffene Struktur.

Werden diese Pläne in die Tat umgesetzt, entsteht das größte Bauwerk der Geschichte der Menschheit in Saudi-Arabien. Die gesamte Bevölkerung der Schweiz hätte darin Platz! Wie eine gigantische Schlange soll sich die verspiegelte Struktur durch die trockene Wüste ziehen, Aussichtsplattformen und eine vollkommen eigene Infrastruktur erhalten.


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Saudi Arabia plans 100-mile-long mirrored skyscraper megacity

The Line – due to be just 200 metres wide – will make Neom world’s most liveable city ‘by far’, officials claim

The promotional material is striking: two mirror-encased skyscrapers stretching more than 100 miles across a swathe of desert and mountain terrain, providing a future home for 9 million people. Is it the ultimate in high-density living, or a grandiose science fiction fantasy?

In short, economists, architects and analysts are not quite sure. So extravagant is Saudi Arabia’s plan to create an urban utopia that even those working on the project, known as the Line, do not yet know if its scale and scope can ever be realised.

Sceptics and supporters alike were this week given more insight into the extraordinary ambition of the development – the centrepiece of the futuristic Neom site near the Gulf of Aqaba – when the kingdom’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, outlined central aspects of what he intends to be one of the most ambitious urban developments built in modern times.

First announced in 2017, Neom has consistently raised eyebrows due to proposed flourishes such as flying taxis and robot maids, even as architects and economists have questioned its feasibility.

According to the Saudis, artificial intelligence will be central to how people live in the 500-metre-high, 200-metre-wide structure, a car-free, carbon neutral bubble that will boast near total sustainability and a temperate, regulated microclimate. Past environmental pledges by the kingdom, such as a vow to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2060, have prompted scepticism from environmentalists.

Multimedia presentations have added colour to what until now had been a concept that even some of the project’s planners had found difficult to visualise.

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cp8a Jamal Khashoggi

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NGOs file suit in Paris against Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi murder

Two NGOs took advantage of Mohammed bin Salman's presence on French soil to bring a case before the a court, on the grounds of France's universal jurisdiction.

The suit was filed by two foreign NGOs: Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), an American human rights organization created by Jamal Khashoggi shortly before his murder; and Trial International, a Swiss organization that fights against impunity for perpetrators of the most serious crimes. The Open Society Justice Initiative, a foundation committed to the defense of international law, has also joined the two NGOs in their efforts.

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cp9 USA

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council President Al-Alimi

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council President Rashad al-Alimi to reiterate the importance of the Yemeni Government’s support for extending the UN-led truce to ease suffering, expand tangible benefits for Yemenis, and build toward a permanent ceasefire and a more comprehensive, inclusive political process. He noted that the truce provides the best opportunity for peace

My comment: Bla bla.

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In a call w/Presidential Leadership Council VP Mujalli, #USEnvoyYemen welcomed the Govt's leadership on the @UN truce to date. "The U.S. recognizes the bold steps taken to improve the lives of Yemenis, incl through flights & fuel, & in support of peace efforts," said Lenderking.

My comment: The US miming “peace broker”.

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Film: A big thank you to @RepSusanWild! At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing this week, she asked how the Biden administration is planning on using its leverage to lessen the suffering caused by the ongoing Saudi blockade!

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National Press Club blasts LIV Golf event as 'attempt to minimize the grisly bone-saw' murder of WaPo columnist

The LIV Golf event that is set to commence at Donald Trump's Bedminster club on Friday is generating more controversy by the day. On Tuesday, the National Press Club added its voice to the mix, saying in a no-holds-barred statement that it is "revolted" by the forthcoming affair and hopes that it fails.

A quick recap for those who might need it: LIV is the Saudi-backed golf league that has upended the sport by challenging the PGA's dominance. It has lured in athletes to participate in its events with huge paydays. But it has been the subject of significant controversy given that it is funded by the Saudis who have an atrocious record on human rights.

"We call on all Americans to see this unsavory attempt to minimize the grisly bone-saw attack on Washington Post opinion writer Jamal Khashoggi for what it is -- an attempt to sweep under the rug a brutal state-sponsored murder," the National Press Club said in its blistering statement. "We call on people of conscience to reject this tournament. Do not attend. Do not watch it on television. Let it fail."

The National Press Club blasted Trump for hosting the event at Bedminster. It said that Trump's role managed to make the event "even more revolting" because it reminded the group that the former President worked to downplay Khashoggi's killing.

cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf

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US must give assurances Iran will fully enjoy JCPOA economic benefits: UN ambassador

Tehran’s ambassador to the United Nations says the main obstacle to the revival of the 2015 Iran deal is Washington’s failure to give assurances that the Islamic Republic will fully enjoy the economic benefits of the accord.

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Iran, US, EU to send envoys to Vienna for nuclear talks

Iran, the United States and the European Union said Wednesday they would send senior representatives to Vienna amid what appears to be a last-ditch effort at reviving talks over Tehran’s tattered 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

It wasn’t immediately clear if all other parties to the landmark accord would attend the surprise summit, nor if there had been any progress after a monthslong stalemate and recent fruitless round of indirect talks between Iran and the U.S. in Doha.

The European Union official who chairs the talks, Enrique Mora, said the negotiations would focus on the most recent draft to restore the agreement, while Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, said he was heading to the Austrian capital “to advance the negotiations.”

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Rob Malley wrote on Twitter that he was preparing to travel to Vienna for talks. He cautioned that American “expectations are in check” ahead of the negotiations.

“The United States welcomes EU efforts and is prepared for a good faith attempt to reach a deal.

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Iran will continue enriching uranium to serve national needs: AEOI spokesman

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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Film: Yemen to Edinburgh - Our Journey to Creative Freedom

Shatha and her husband Saber fled from the Yemeni Civil War and moved to Edinburgh, with support from the Artist Protection Fund.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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An der Grenze der Legalität

Eine Gruppe Jemeniten überquert die deutsch-polnische Grenze und möchte Asyl beantragen. Doch was tut die Bundespolizei? Schickt sie zurück.

Als Mo* zusammen mit seinen zwei Weggefährten Anfang Juli die Altstadtbrücke in Görlitz in Sachsen überquert, ist er erleichtert. Hinter ihm das polnische Ufer, vor ihm, auf der anderen Seite, das deutsche. Das bedeutet: endlich in Sicherheit. Doch lange wird das Gefühl nicht anhalten. Gegen 19.30 Uhr, das wird die zuständige Polizeistelle später schreiben, werden „drei Personen an der Görlitzer Altstadtbrücke von einer Streife der Bundespolizei Ludwigsdorf, Revier Görlitz, festgestellt und kontrolliert“.

Stattdessen wird die Polizei sie in weniger als 24 Stunden genau über diese Brücke zurück nach Polen schicken. Zurückweisung nennt die Bundespolizei das. Legalisierte Pushbacks nennen das Ak­ti­vis­t*in­nen und Flüchtlingsräte. Mehrere Fälle dieser Art seien den Flüchtlingsräten in Sachsen und Brandenburg mittlerweile bekannt.!5871254/

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Die menschenfreundlichen Terror-Verdächtigen aus München

Söldnereinsatz im Jemen? Bürgerkrieg in Deutschland? Es sei ihnen um Frieden und den Schutz von Frauen gegangen, behaupten die Angeklagten, die in Stuttgart-Stammheim vor Gericht stehen [nur im Abo ]

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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Macron Praises Saudi Efforts for Comprehensive Political Solution in Yemen

The Elysée Palace issued on Friday a statement on the meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, stating that the two sides expressed their desire “to deepen the existing relations between the two countries and to continue consultations in order to confront regional and global challenges, particularly environmental changes.”

“The President of the Republic underscored the importance of close coordination with Saudi Arabia on diversifying energy supplies to European states and introduced the FARM [Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission] initiative,” the statement read on Friday.

It also noted that Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Macron expressed their “common commitment to the security and stability of the Middle East, and affirmed their determination to continue joint efforts to permanently reduce tensions.”



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France Visit, Rehabilitation of Bin Salman's Face, after Khashoggi's Murder Continues

The French newspaper “La Croix” published a report in which it spoke about the first official trip to Europe for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, since the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The writer Julie Konan pointed out that the French president had already indicated during his visit to Saudi Arabia the importance of maintaining bilateral relations with the Kingdom after the previous obstacles.

The arrival of Mohammed bin Salman in Paris confirms, and perhaps this is its most important significance, the desire of Gulf leaders to make France a privileged partner with whom they work to reshape the emerging international relations in the East.

The writer spoke about the place of human rights in this visit, where she stated that in December, Emmanuel Macron presented himself as a demanding partner in this regard, but during the visit of Joe Biden, Mohammed bin Salman hinted that he considers the killing of Jamal Khashoggi a closed case.

“This visit represents a continuation of the general warmth of Western attitudes toward Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Salman and is not a new element,” said Emma Soubry, a visiting scholar at the Institute for Middle Eastern Social Studies at George Washington University.

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Protesters close Saudi embassy in Paris, burn bin Salman photos

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#Canadian “liberal” PM @JustinTrudeau is set to restore his own ties with #Saudi despot #MBS by deporting a handicapped & mentally challenged asylum seeker. @cbcnewsbc @CBCNews & other media refused to cover the ordeal.

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Four years in, Canada-Saudi diplomatic impasse shows no signs of resolution, but trade continues

“Canada will always stand up for the protection of human rights, very much including women’s rights, and freedom of expression around the world.”

This was Canada’s response to the Arab Kingdom’s actions in 2018, which had the wokeness of Trudeau written all over it.

It should be noted that even after the dramatic sacking of ambassadors from Riyadh, the relationship between both Canada and Saudi was cordial but limited. In the shadow of big geopolitical issues, trade deals happened smoothly between Ottawa and Riyadh. And now, the proposed $15 billion sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia has brought significant attention – mostly negative – to Canada’s partnership with the Arabian Peninsula kingdom.

Economic relations continue to rebound with around $4.6-billion in trade in 2021 and this sudden jump from being a strong advocate of human rights to supporting the same old foe in Saudi has perplexed many within Canada.

There have been allegations that Canadian-made military equipment was being used in the war in Yemen. In March, the UN called the war in Yemen a “chronic emergency,” with 19 million people facing hunger.

You see, it is a general rule that the Canadian government views everything that is happening in the world through a US-sponsored lens.

And the irony is that the same, Trudeau-led government is now one of Saudi Arabia’s leading trade partners, with all of the Canada-sponsored military weapons helping Saudi clinch the big win against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. To put it in other words, Trudeau is indeed a useful idiot for MBS.

cp12b Sudan

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UN says nearly 12 million facing acute hunger in Sudan

The United Nations painted a grim picture for Sudan’s humanitarian situation, saying Wednesday that almost a quarter of the country’s population was inching toward starvation amid a dire shortage of funding.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that 11.7 million people were facing acute hunger between June and September, an increase by nearly 2 million, compared to the same period last year.

The deepening food crisis in Sudan is caused mainly by the county’s fragile economy, prolonged dry spells, reduced areas cultivated and erratic rainfall, said the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

The dark assessment comes as the East African nation has plunged into turmoil since a military coup in October. I

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

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USA billigen großen Waffendeal mit Saudi-Arabien und Emiraten

Die US-Regierung will Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate in großem Stil mit Raketenabwehrwaffen beliefern. Der am Dienstag genehmigte Rüstungsdeal im Gesamtumfang von mehr als fünf Milliarden Dollar (rund 4,9 Milliarden Euro) solle beide Länder in die Lage versetzen, sich gegen Angriffe der mit dem Iran verbündeten Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen zu verteidigen, teilte das Außenministerium in Washington dem Kongress mit. Saudi-Arabien soll demnach Raketen vom Typ Patriot im Wert von drei Milliarden Dollar erhalten. Es handele sich dabei um eine Sonderanfertigung, die das Königreich vor Raketenangriffen der Huthis schützen solle.

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U.S. Approves Potential Sale of Patriot Missiles to Saudi Arabia -Pentagon

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of Patriot missiles and related equipment to Saudi Arabia in a deal valued at up to $3.05 billion, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

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Weeks After Biden Fist-Bumps Saudi Prince, US OKs $5 Billion in Gulf Arms Deals

While the Pentagon said the sale of Patriot and THAAD missiles would boost regional "stability," one Yemeni journalist countered that the transfer would only bring more Saudi "aggression" to his war-torn nation.

Peace campaigners on Tuesday decried the Biden administration's approval of more than $5 billion in missile sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a move that came weeks after U.S. President Joe Biden visited the leaders of both countries despite pleas from human rights defenders.

The U.S. Department of Defense said the U.S. State Department approved the $3.05 billion sale of 300 Raytheon Patriot MIM-104E missiles to Saudi Arabia, as well as 96 Lockheed Martin Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missiles worth $2.25 billion for the UAE.

Citing "persistent Houthi cross-border" drone and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said the proposed sales "will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a partner country that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Gulf region."

However, anti-war voices argued that such sales will only prolong a seven-year war in which more than 300,000 people have been killed

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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The appearance of Yemen's antiquities in international auctions... and other smuggling to Israel and Gulf countries "investigation"

A rare artifact that appeared next to the Prime Minister of Israel, was the most obvious reference to the systematic looting and smuggling of Yemeni antiquities, especially in wartime.

Since the outbreak of war in the city of Taiz in early 2015, manuscripts and artifacts have been looted and burned in the warehouses of the three national museums in the governorate: the Museum Complex, the Hall Museum and the Cairo Castle Museum, followed by the emergence of many rare antiquities that were in the Taiz Museum, in European and Gulf countries, In a direct threat to the rich history possessed by a city whose intellectual history through different eras.

The director of the National Museums in Taiz, Ramzi Al-Damini, said that “archaeological artifacts were looted during the war, and part of them were burned,” noting that the Taiz Museum contained a large number of important and rare artifacts, dating back to pre-Islamic times, and to the period of rule Imam Ahmad Yahya Hamid al-Din, according to “Threads.”

Rare pieces in Israel and international auctions
. Yemeni artifacts have appeared in many countries around the world. The director of the Taiz Museums indicates that three parts of one of the most important Hebrew pamphlets and manuscripts are still missing, and each part contains a number of pages, with a length of 27 meters. Al-Dumaini said that part of this manuscript appeared in Israel alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his reception of Yemeni Jewish immigrants on March 21, 2016, pointing out that this main manuscript, which he said was not altered, was in the Taiz Museum, and parts were transferred. Including in 2002, to the Manuscripts House in Sana'a. He added: “There are manuscripts of Al-Shabazi ink [one of the most prominent Jewish rabbis in Yemen and his tomb is in the city of Taiz] that were sold at American auctions, such as the Krezitz auction, and pieces are still displayed in other public auctions,” he did not specify their names.

Al-Dumaini explained that a large amount of antiquities were burned in the National Museum in Taiz, and that his administration was unable to determine the number of pieces that were burned or the cause of the fire: “We cannot be certain whether the fire was the result of the Houthi bombing of the museum or an effective act,” surprisingly. From the failure of the security services in the city of Taiz to investigate the circumstances of the fire incident since they were informed of the incident.

He continues: "We are constantly following the international auctions and the antiquities displayed in them, and there are antiques estimated at about 70% of the pieces offered in public auctions are Yemeni pieces, and most of them are stone pieces, such as statues, engravings and other pieces, some of which date back to Taiz Museum, and others that appeared in Gulf museums.”

Ambiguity and new methods
According to the director of museums in the city of Taiz, which is within the areas under the control of the Hadi government, there are different means and methods, he said, that “local gangs” use to smuggle Taiz antiquities, which have reached international markets and capitals. Surprisingly, he adds: "There is great ambiguity regarding the methods and methods of smuggling, so how do the pieces come out of Taiz and reach the ports and airports, and are displayed in public auctions in other countries?"

The director of the Museums in Taiz indicated that among the new methods of smuggling antiquities, is the use of home furniture, plastic bags, handbags, and elderly women who are unable to move, methods he said that “gangs inside Yemen” operate in until they reach international ports.
retrieval of artifacts

The General Authority of Antiquities and Museums in Taiz was able to retrieve important artifacts and maintain records of antiquities, as al-Dumaini says: “Coordination was made with the Minister of Culture Marwan Dammaj, the Governor of Taiz and all the leadership of the local authority, and a number of specialized archaeologists were nominated to form a committee by a decision of Minister Dammaj to follow up and retrieve the artifacts. Archaeological preserved by the commander of the Abu Abbas Brigades - Adel Abdo Farea.

Ramzi al-Dumaini also confirmed that “other artifacts received by the authority from the leadership of the Taiz military axis after they were seized at the city’s ports, and that a large part of them are important pieces, and the other part is a traditional heritage of the Taiz governorate.”

The director of Taiz Museums indicates that 12 artifacts were seized during October 2020, in one of the ports of the Republic of Djibouti, belonging to the Taiz Museum, which are statues and stone inscriptions dating back to pre-Islamic times, and about 74 artifacts were seized in France. The officials in charge of antiquities in Taiz did not give any details about the nature of all these pieces, except that two pieces of them were displayed in a French site, and other pieces that were seized in Geneva amount to about 520 artifacts, most of which belong to the Taiz Museum.

Al-Dumaini continued, "Two antiquities smuggling operations were seized in 2020, which I officially received from the Military Police Commander, Brigadier General Muhammad al-Khawlani.

He pointed out that the recovered artifacts were deposited in other places “because the museum is not safe,” explaining that the commission submitted to the Minister of Culture the first chapter of the most important lost items from the National Museum in Taiz, and that in the next stage the rest of the lost items will be removed.
He said that the security and military authorities have contributed to recovering the antiquities, expecting that the security services have important information about the smuggling gangs, as he inferred that “as long as a group is caught smuggling antiquities, there will certainly be leads that connect you to the gangs.”

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Film: UNESCO races to rescue Old City of Sanaa in Yemen

The ongoing truce between Yemen's warring sides has given an opportunity for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to save the Old City of Sanaa.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Coalition-backed government sells new shipment of Hadramaut crude oil for $180 million

According to the sources, the coalition-backed government sold 2 million barrels of Al-Masila crude oil worth $180 million.

The Greek giant oil tanker “MARAN CANOPUS” is on its way to the port of Dhaba to load the quantity over the next two days.

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Mercenaries loot 551.8 billion Y.R from oil, gas revenues during armistice

During the four months of the life of the armistice and its extension that took place between last Apr. 2 and Aug. 2, the aggression mercenaries looted from the revenues of crude oil and household gas equivalent to the salaries of state employees for seven months, which was sufficient to relieve the suffering of the people, which has been going on for nearly six years, since the first aggression to transfer the jobs of the Central Bank to Aden and cut salaries.
The total revenues of crude oil and domestic gas looted by the mercenaries in the past four months amounted to about 919.66 million dollars, equivalent to about 551.8 billion Y.R which would have covered the salaries of all employees of the state administrative apparatus for more than seven months, at 77 billion Y.R for each month.
While the volume of looted crude oil amounted to about 8.3 million barrels, with a total value of up to 801 million dollars, equivalent to 480.6 billion Y.R the volume of what the mercenary government sold of domestic gas reached about 232.5 thousand tons, which is equal to 20 million cylinders, which amounts to a total value to 71.2 billion Y.R.
Yemeni crude oil was subjected to a series of continuous looting by mercenaries.

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[Sanaa] YPC: Looted Oil's Revenues Last Month Sufficient to Pay State Employees' Salaries for 3 Months

The spokesman for the Yemen's Petroleum Company (YPC), Issam Al-Mutawakel, confirmed that what was looted from crude oil revenues last month is sufficient to pay 3 salaries to the Yemeni people.

In a statement to Almasirah, Al-Mutawakel stated that there is no serious international move to make the revenues of oil derivatives for the benefit of the Yemeni people. He pointed out that there is a systematic looting of Yemeni crude oil carrying these operations by Emirati marine tankers of coalition of aggression.

The YPC spokesman said, "The United Nations knows that the crude oil revenues are sufficient to pay the salaries of the Yemeni people, but it is trying to falsify the truth."

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Looting Yemen's Oil Wealth by Saudi-UAE Regimes While It Suffers Worst Crisis, Heinous Crime

At a time when the Yemeni people are suffering from US-Saudi siege and escalating piracy on fuel ships, the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression and its mercenaries are still looting and confiscating the wealth of the Yemeni people for the benefit of the Gulf banks.

Those criminal forces made the Yemeni people deprived of their most basic rights. After confiscating Yemen’s oil wealth, it deprived the Yemeni people of the derivatives that they buy, to raise their suffering.

The Saudi-UAE regimes looted the oil wealth and prevented the entry of the oil derivatives at the same time; This is in order to ensure doing something that would bring the Yemenis to their knees in favor of the colonial schemes in behalf of the Zionist-American occupation and expansion projects.

Almasirah newspaper re-publishes statistics of the looting that was monitored from the beginning of 2021 until the middle of 2022, to show the extent of the thefts practiced by the aggression and occupation.

The total looted oil by the aggression since the beginning of the year 2021 until today is amounted to 24 million and 700 thousand barrels of crude oil.

The cost of the looted oil in advance amounts to two billion and 743 million dollars, which is equivalent to approximately one trillion and 646 billion and 400 million Yemeni riyals.


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YPC: There is no serious UN move to make oil revenues benefit Yemeni people

Spokesman for the Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC), Essam Al-Mutawakel, on Monday confirmed that there is no serious move by the United Nations to make oil revenues for the benefit of the Yemeni people.

Al-Mutawakel revealed in a press statement today, Monday, that there is a systematic looting of Yemeni crude oil run by the Saudi-led coalition countries, and carried out by the UAE oil tankers.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Film. Serving the legitimate government through terrorism in Yemen

cp15 Propaganda

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A seminar in Marib: The UN-brokered truce being unilateral: Risks and consequences

Popular resistance force leaders from all Yemen's provinces discussed the Houthi exploitation of the army's self-restraint to wage a unilateral war; kill government soldiers and civilians; build up military might; recruit child fighters in the thousands; avoid keeping up their end of the truce deal; and organize large military drills and parades under the watchful eyes of the international community

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Fast keine Luftangriffe seit Beginn des Waffenstillstands.

Almost no air raids since the beginning of the truce.

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

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July 27:

July 26:

Juy 25:

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Child killed, another injured in coalition’s air strikes on Dhalea

A child was killed on Tuesday and another injured due to coalition’s drones bombing at Dhalea province, a security source told Yemen Press Agency.

The source indicated that US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition’s drones bombarded citizens’ homes in Batar area of Al-Hasha’a district, killing a child and wounding another.

and also

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / ook at cp18

Der Waffenstillstand hält überwiegend; beide Seiten werfen sich Verstöße vor.

The truce mostly holds; both sides accuse each other of violations.

(A K pH)

Aggression forces commit 154 violations of armistice in 24 hours

and also

(A K pS)

Man killed by Houthi sniper in Taiz

(A K pS)

Al-Amalika Brigades remove Houthi-laid explosive in Marib

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Landmines, war waste kill, injure 168 people since truce start

Landmines and unexploded projectiles have killed 57 people and injured 111 others since the UN-brokered started on 2 April, MinesinYemen said late on Monday.
Until 1 August, 168 civilian fatalities were documented in different areas of Yemen, the watchdog said in a statement, blaming Houthi mines and other war-waste projectiles.
57 civilians (including 28 children and 4 women) were killed and 111 others (including 47 children and 8 women) were wounded by explosives, according to the statement.
The western governorate of Hodeida was placed first with 69 civilian victims, followed by Taiz with 26 victims, it added, as the other fatalities occurred in Hajjah, Baydha, Sa'ada, Jawf, Marib and Lahj governorates and in Nihm district, east Sana'a governorate.

(A K pH)

Aggression forces committed 172 violations of armistice within 24 hours

and also

(A K pH)

5 citizens injured in Sa'ada

5 citizens were injured by Saudi border guards' fire in Sa'ada province.

The official stated that the Razih Hospital received 5 citizens on Tuesday, who were injured in various places by the Saudi border guards' fire.

and also

(A K pH)

Aggression forces commit 149 violations of armistice within 24 hours

and also

(A K pS)

Yemeni JF claim capturing Houthi spy in Mocha

(A K pS)

Shia terrorists amass forces to frontlines


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The Houthi military reinforcements sent to Taiz in past 48 hours

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KSrelief's Masam Project Dismantles 934 Mines in Yemen During One Week

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) for clearing mines in Yemen, dismantled, during the last week of July 2022, a total of 934 mines planted by the Houthi militia across Yemen, including 37 anti-personnel mines, 269 anti-tank mines, 624 unexploded ordnance and 4 explosive devices.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 352,315 mines have been dismantled.

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Yemen: Last week of truce sees the highest weekly number of child casualties in 2 years

An uptick of violence in Yemen led to 38 children being killed or injured in the final week of a UN-brokered truce, the highest number of child casualties in one week since early 2020, in a stark reminder of what children face without a complete cessation of hostilities.

This came after an increase in armed violence in last month of the truce in Yemen resulted in 232 civilian casualties including 57 children, with the last week of July being the bloodiest in years with over 65 civilian casualties including 38 children.

The truce, which expires tomorrow, has been a largely positive change for children in Yemen since it began in April, with civilian casualties down 53% compared to the four months prior to the truce being enacted. In the same time period, child casualties fell by 30% to 120.

The truce has also introduced significant milestones, including re-opening Sana’a airport for civilian flights, allowing fuel ships into Hodeidah port and giving children much-needed respite from violence allowing them to enjoy the Eid for the first time in seven years.

However, as the truce has neared its end, the number of civilian casualties reported in July rose 52%.

(B K pH)

24 citizens killed, injured in Sa'ada

3 citizens were killed and 21 others were injured by the Saudi border guards' fire in Sa'ada province.

The official stated that Razih hospital received, during the period from July 24 to 31, 3 citizens who were killed by shrapnel in the body and head, while 21 citizens were injured in different places by the Saudi border guards' fire

The official indicated that the Saudi army continues to target citizens in the border districts, causing dozens killing and injuring.

and also

(A K pH)

Aggression forces commit 160 violations of armistice within 24 hours

and also

(A K pS)

The Houthi militia shelled Al-Saqr Sports club in the besieged city of Taiz today. No reports of casualties/Multiple websites

(A K pS)

Torrential rains sweep hundreds of Houthi landmines toward populated areas in Marib

The torrential rains in Marib and other provinces swept hundreds of landmines causing panic to people.

The Yemeni Oservatory on Landmines said the floods swept a large quantity of them toward populated regions and farms in Marib.



(A K pS)

Passengers and cars are stranded in a main road connecting Marib's city center with the outlying district of Harib due to the danger of Houthi landmines swept by floods being in the road. There are dozens of landmines afloat on swamps of mud/2 December News Agency and Almanarah Net websites

(A K pS)

Houthis kill, injure 12 Yemeni soldiers in two days

Houthi shootings killed 3 soldiers and injured 9 others in the last two days, the armed forces' media center said on Friday, despite the UN-brokered truce ongoing in the country.
The Houthi group committed 184 breaches against the humanitarian truce on Wednesday and Thursday in Hodeida, Hajjah, Taiz, Marib, Sa'ada, Jawf and Dhalea, the center added in a statement.

(A K pH)

Aggression forces committed 211 violations of armistice within 24 hours

and also

(A K pS)

A civilian was killed and another was injured in a Houthi shelling on villages in the central Yemen province of Taiz on Wednesday evening, local sources have said.

The terrorist militia bombarded villages in Maqbana district, west of the besieged provincial capital killing Maher Hameed 18 and wounding Mohammed Sharyan 20./Saba

Two people were killed, one injured and 20 others were kidnapped in a an armed attack by the terrorist Houthi militia in Hayftayn village in Mahweet province on Monday evening./Alsahwa Net website

(A K pH)

Aggression forces commit 155 violations of armistice within 24 hours

and also

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

Seit dem Abkommen von Stockholm vom 13. Dezember 2018 gibt es einen Waffenstillstand für Hodeidah. Zwar bleiben größere Offensiven aus, kleinere Gefechte gibt es aber laufend, und beide Seiten werfen sich ständig Verstöße gegen den Waffenstillstand vor.

Since the Stockholm Agreement of December 13, 2018, a ceasefire has been in place for Hodeidah. There are no major offensives, but smaller battles are ongoing and both sides constantly are accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.

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UNVIM Operational Analysis - July 2022

Food and Fuel Discharged in July 2022

▪ There was a 41% decrease in food discharged (184,305 t) in July 2022 compared to the 2021 monthly average (310,856 t) and a 38% decrease compared to the monthly average since May 2016 (295,590 t).

▪ There was a 247% increase in fuel discharged (154,514 t) in July 2022 compared to the 2021 monthly average (44,589 t) and a 17% increase compared to the monthly average since May 2016 (131,792 t).

Food and Fuel Vessel Delays in July 2022

In July 2022, food vessels spent an average of 2.1 days in the CHA, 2.4 days in anchorage, and 8.9 days at berth. This compares to an average of 2.4 days in the CHA, 2.9 days in anchorage, and 6.8 days at berth in July 2021. Food vessels therefore spent 13% and 18% less time in the CHA and in anchorage and 30% more time at berth, compared to July 2021.

In July 2022, 10 food vessels proceeded from the CHA to anchorage, nine (09) berthed, and seven (07) discharged their cargo and sailed.

In July 2022, the average time spent by fuel vessels in the CHA was 10 days, whereas it was 60 days on average in July 2021, or a 83% decrease year-on-year. In comparison to the 2021 monthly average of 73.3 days, the month of July 2022 saw a 86% decrease.

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UNVIM Situation Report - July 2022

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Aggression violates Hodeida ceasefire 75 times

and also

(A K pH)

Aggression commits 62 violations in Hodeida within 24 hours

and also

(A K pH)

Aggression commits 53 violations in Hodeida within 24 hours

and also

(A K pH)

Aggression commits 65 violations in Hodeida in 24 hours

and also

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Farmer killed by Houthi-laid mine blast in al-Duraihimi

(A K pH)

87 Recorded Violations by US-Saudi Aggression in Hodeidah

and also

(A K pS)

Child killed, another injured in Houthi shelling on western Yemen village

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Farmer killed by Houthi-laid mine blast in al-Duraihimi

(A K pH)

Aggression violates Hodeida ceasefire 71 times

and also

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Rains leave 32 Yemeni killed, 26 others injured

Heavy rains and resultant floods seen by Sana'a City and other Yemeni provinces during last July have claimed the lives of 32 people and left 26 others with wounds.
The Yemeni capital and other areas saw flash floods throughout the last month, leaving 32 civilians killed and 26 others injured, says a report issued by the Houthi-run ministry of local administration.

(A H)

Eight dead after heavy torrential rains in Hajjah

and also

(A H)

2 killed by flooding due to heavy rainfalls in Jawf

and also

(A H)

Film: Last night over 5 houses have collapsed in al-Hazm of Al-Jawf due to heavy rains and flooding. Most of neighborhoods and mud houses in al-Hazm are flooded, according to locals. #Yemen

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Film: Ceasefire allows kids to train in war-ravaged Aden

Top boxer Nasr Ali Awad is taking advantage of the four month truce between Yemen’s rival factions to train youth in one of the country’s favorite sports.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-817 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-817: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

(18 +, Nichts für Sensible!) / (18 +; Graphic!)

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

Untersuchung ausgewählter Luftangriffe durch Bellingcat / Bellingcat investigations of selected air raids:

Untersuchungen von Angriffen, hunderte von Filmen / Investigations of attacks, hundreds of films:

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