Yemen Press Reader 760b: | Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 760b- Yemen War Mosaic 760b

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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 760, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 760, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-760-yemen-war-mosaic-760

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

Für wen das Thema ganz neu ist / Who is new to the subject

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Massenhinrichtung der Huthis / Houthi mass execution

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 Hadi-Regierung im Südjemen / Separatists and Hadi government in Southern Yemen

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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

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(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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(A H)

Film: Extreme poverty under #Saudi Clan regime @KingSalman is forcing this man to look for food in garbage for his children while the Clan fund people like @WRMEA & @MiddleEastInst

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1439321962946437120

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Saudi Arabia arrests 16,466 illegals, incl. Yemenis

Around 16,466 violators of residency and labor laws and border security regulations have been arrested in various regions of the Kingdom within a week.
The arrests were made during joint field campaigns carried out by various units of security forces and the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) during the period from 9 to 15 September.
Those arrested included 6,470 violators of the residency laws, about 8,182 violators of the border security regulations, and more than 1,814 violators of the labor law.
A total of 304 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, of whom 32 percent were Yemeni nationals, 64 percent were Ethiopians, and 4 percent belonged to other nationalities while 21 people were arrested for trying to flee the Kingdom crossing borders. The security forces also arrested 13 people who were involved in transporting violators and giving them shelter.
The total number of violators, who are currently subject to the punitive measures, accounted for more than 84,038 including more than 73,291 men and 10,747 women, while the cases of 66,956 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents for their deportation.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33758

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Abdullah al-Howaiti: Britain urged to help teenager facing beheading in Saudi Arabia

Britain has been urged to intervene in the case of a Saudi teenager who faces beheading despite being only 14 when he was arrested on a murder charge he denies.

Abdullah al-Howaiti, who is now 19, claims he was tortured into confessing he was part of a robbery gang that killed a policeman while raiding a jewellery store.

He was given the death penalty despite evidence that he was elsewhere at the time of the killing. The sentence has been upheld in the face of promises by the Saudi authorities to end capital punishment for minors.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/saudi-arabia-outcry-over-teenager-facing-execution-hj32v602v

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#Saudi Clan forces kills #Yemeni businessman Abdulsamad AlMohamadi by torturing him. It also sized his entire worldly possessions. He was killed #September 9th one day he was arrested.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1437997759974584320

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In 1st ever & an abhorrent move, #Saudi Monarchy requires permits to enter #Islam’s holiest Grand Mosque, where the #Kabba is located. This is a clear contradiction of the Quran. #Muslims should be outraged.

Requiring govt permission to visit the holiest place in #Islam is not only sacrilegious but violates on of the most sacred religious freedoms for #Muslims. The #Saudi Clan has a history of waring on #Islamic values.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1437210441676120072

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Employee of Saudi Red Crescent sentenced to 20 years in prison after three years of disappearance

Al Sadhan was arrested on March 12, 2018, by Al Mabahith security forces. After nearly two years of enforced disappearance, on February 12, 2020 Al Sadhan was allowed to make a call to his family. His family only heard from him again one year later, on February 22, 2021. On March 3, 2021, he was brought to a secret trial before the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) for running two satirical Twitter accounts. On April 5, 2021, the SCC sentenced Al Sadhan to 20 years in prison, followed by a travel ban of another 20 years.

https://menarights.org/en/caseprofile/employee-saudi-red-crescent-disappeared-al-mabahith-security-forces-march-2018

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp9a, cp13a

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CNN Won’t Say If It’s Running Undisclosed PR for a Gulf Dictatorship

CNN’s ‘Dubai Now’ section has been publishing, as straight news, scores of cartoonish puff pieces for the UAE, an absolute dictatorship that imprisons journalists and activists.

CNN has a travel vertical called “Dubai Now” that focuses exclusively on how wonderful, fun, progressive, tolerant, and innovative the Gulf dictatorship of the United Arab Emirates is, and the outlet won’t say if the articles are paid PR for the Emirati regime. Puff pieces for UAE are not exclusively under the “Dubai Now” vertical, but most are, and a review of CNN’s UAE “travel” coverage over the past 10 months would lead any reasonable observer to conclude CNN is running PR for the UAE:

Of the above 106 articles that have been published since the beginning of November 2020, 105 are not disclosed to be ads or sponsored content of any kind. Only one, “Dubai gives a glimpse inside its Expo Sustainability Pavilion,” includes a somewhat cryptic “Editor’s Note” informing the reader that “CNN’s series often carry sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports.” But it’s not clear what this means, or if it could be read as an admission the UAE was paying for the content. (Looking beyond this 10-month window, we were able to find at least one article published in February 2020 that includes this same disclaimer.)

The other 105 did not have this disclosure, or any other disclosure––they were, by all accounts, presented as straight news written by real, ostensibly neutral reporters.

Reading what “our sponsorship policy” CNN links to in its handful of disclosed UAE puff pieces, one finds this pro forma statement:

https://thecolumn.substack.com/p/cnn-wont-say-if-its-running-undisclosed

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The US and Yemen: Putting a Disreputable Policy Right

Yemen is a humanitarian catastrophe in which the US has long had dirty hands.

For a number of years, going back to the Obama administration, the US has been Saudi Arabia’s silent partner in war-making in Yemen. The proclaimed national interests that guided US support included confronting Iran’s presumed proxy force in Yemen, the Houthi, and being a faithful ally to the Saudis.

US military assistance has been central to the Saudi intervention.

To some critics, US military support of Saudi Arabia raises the question of war crimes.

Some, But Not Enough, Policy Changes

The Trump administration viewed the Yemen crisis in predictably narrow terms: “maximum pressure” on Iran and friendly, money-oriented ties to the Saudi kleptocracy.

Under Biden, significant policy changes have been made. But they don’t go far enough.

The administration is clearly distancing itself from Saudi Arabia

But the distancing is well short of where it should be. The administration may be sitting on a good deal of additional information concerning the Khashoggi murde

Not all military sales to the Saudis have been cut off, moreover. Meantime, their bombing campaign reportedly has targeted points of distribution for food and medicine.

Whether that information is current, all US military aid should cease.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/09/17/the-us-and-yemen-putting-a-disreputable-policy-right/

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Yemen envoy Lenderking says the US opposes the Saudi fuel blockade that causes surging food prices & mass starvation. Saudi response: „In August, no fuel vessels were permitted to discharge“ –

@WFP

His refusal to pressure them is a „Yes“ for the blockade.

https://twitter.com/justfp/status/1438279706848243715

(B P)

How the Qataris conquered DC while you were sleeping

Qatar’s charm offensive is part of a multi-faceted and strategic influence operation designed to further entangle the U.S. with this autocratic power.

Lobbyists working for Qatar have, arguably, been at the forefront of this coronavirus charitable crusade. They’ve blasted out press releases about Qatar hosting a conference with high-level World Health Organization (WHO) officials in response to the pandemic. They alerted congressional staffers when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a letter to Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs thanking Qatar Airways for helping tens of thousands of Americans return home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Qatar has also been spreading money all over America for coronavirus relief.

This charm offensive is part of a multi-faceted and strategic Qatari influence operation designed to further entangle the U.S. with this autocratic power.

Qatar’s coronavirus campaign is the latest installment in a resurgent Qatari influence operation that began almost three years ago thanks, perhaps ironically, to the immense influence of another Middle East power — Saudi Arabia.

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/05/20/how-the-qataris-conquered-dc-while-you-were-sleeping/

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United States evacuating military personnel from Aden

The United States has on Wednesday evacuated its troops from the southern Yemeni city of Aden.

This was reported by Yemen News Portal, based on maritime sources at Aden Airport.

This comes at a time when protests have continued amid fears of a total collapse of government authority.

A US plane arrived late Tuesday evening along with a team of US experts from Spear Operations Group, a private mercenary company that the United States is using to track down what it describes as “terrorists” in southern Yemen, according to maritime sources at Aden airport.

The evacuation followed warnings issued by the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi asking the US government to take care of its collaborators and troops in Aden in case of a possible collapse of the security situation in the city.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/15/united-states-evacuating-military-personnel-from-aden/

(A P)

Journalist Rothkopf paid $1.6 million for UAE podcasts; Qatar renews $1,000-an-hour PR contract; FARA says regime change advocates don’t need to register (paywalled)

https://www.foreignlobby.com/2021/09/15/journalist-rothkopf-paid-1-6-million-for-uae-podcasts-qatar-renews-1000-an-hour-pr-contract-fara-says-regime-change-advocates-dont-need-to-register/#uae

(A P)

3 former US officials charged in UAE hacking scheme

Three former U.S. intelligence and military officials have admitted providing sophisticated computer hacking technology to the United Arab Emirates and agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million to resolve criminal charges in an agreement that the Justice Department described Tuesday as the first of its kind.

The defendants — Marc Baier, Ryan Adams and Daniel Gericke — are accused of working as senior managers at a UAE-based company that conducted hacking operations on behalf of the government. Prosecutors say the men provided hacking and intelligence-gathering systems that were used to break into computers in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

The Justice Department alleges that the men committed computer fraud and violated export control laws by providing defense services without the required license. The case also appears to be part of a growing trend highlighted earlier this year by the CIA of foreign governments hiring former U.S. intelligence operatives to bolster their own spycraft — a practice officials have said risks exposing U.S. secrets.

https://apnews.com/article/technology-united-states-hacking-5700a1fa8b1b4612477658b883e58f31

and also https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-raven/ex-u-s-intel-operatives-admit-hacking-american-networks-for-uae-idUSKBN2GA1XV

(A P)

U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Lenderking’s Travel to Saudi Arabia and Oman

U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking is in Saudi Arabia today where he will meet with senior officials from the Governments of the Republic of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. He will then travel to Oman to meet with senior Omani officials. The Special Envoy will also meet with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen David Gressly, and UN Security Council permanent member state ambassadors to Yemen.

https://www.state.gov/u-s-special-envoy-for-yemen-lenderkings-travel-to-saudi-arabia-and-oman-3/

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Top US spy says Somalia, Yemen, Syria and Iraq represent greater terrorist threat than Afghanistan

Afghanistan is no longer the US‘ top concern among international terrorist threats to the American homeland, the nation’s top spy said at an intelligence and national security conference in Washington on Monday, even amid ongoing fears from some critics who argue that the country could become a haven for terrorist organizations like ISIS and al Qaeda to regroup following the US withdrawal.

Terror threats emanating from Somalia, Yemen, Syria and Iraq — in particular ISIS — pose a greater danger than those that might emerge from Afghanistan, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the annual Intelligence and National Security Summit.

„In terms of the homeland, the threat right now from terrorist groups, we don’t prioritize at the top of the list Afghanistan,“ she said, speaking by videoconference. „What we look at is Yemen, Somalia, Syria and Iraq for ISIS. That’s where we see the greatest threat.“

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/13/politics/dni-avril-haines-terrorist-threat-somalia-yemen-syria-iraq/index.html

and also https://www.axios.com/terror-threat-afghanistan-yemen-somalia-iraq-syria-58e356e2-263e-490b-b303-303ca6e56ff5.html = https://news.yahoo.com/u-spy-chief-yemen-somalia-213234104.html

My comment: You forgot the US on your list. Only 40 % of US terrorism deaths are caused by islamist terrorism, 60 % is domestic. Anyway, in the US, it’s 20 times more probable to die from a dog than by a terroristic attack, and 50 times more probable to die from a dog than by an Islamist terroristic attack: https://www.cato.org/blog/more-americans-die-animal-attacks-terrorist-attacks , so kill all US dogs and drone the US homeland!

Protests in US over the murder of Yemeni-American in Lahj province

Tens of thousands of members of the Yemeni community in the US have denounced and protested against the murder of Yemeni-American Abdul-Malik Al-Sanabani who was visiting relatives this month, but was reportedly killed by an „armed gang“ while passing through a checkpoint in the southern Lahj province en route to the capital Sanaa.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210913-protests-in-us-over-the-murder-of-yemeni-american-in-lahj-province/

My remark: The “armed gang” is a STC separatist militia.

(A P)

Saudi prince says the U.S. should not withdraw Patriot missiles from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and the Middle East need to be reassured of American commitment, Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal told CNBC.

“That looks like, for example, not withdrawing Patriot missiles from Saudi Arabia, at a time when Saudi Arabia is the victim of missile attacks and drone attacks, not just from Yemen, but from Iran,” he said.

Al-Faisal also said he hopes the U.S. government will release all documents related to the 9/11 attacks.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/09/saudi-prince-us-should-not-pull-patriot-missiles-from-saudi-arabia.html

My comment: LOL. Why the US should do it and stay the bodyguard of autocratic cleptocrats?

(B P)

U.S. Congress: Don’t Meet with American Lobbyists Representing Abusive Middle East Governments

Members of Congress should publicly pledge not to meet with American lobbyists working for abusive governments in the Middle East who are misrepresenting the record of these governments as they seek to ensure U.S military and diplomatic support for them, announced Democracy for the Arab World Now, Freedom Forward and the Center for International Policy. Their call to Congress comes as DAWN launches its „Lobbyist Hall of Shame,“ exposing American lobbyists contributing to these governments‘ abuses.

Ed Newberry, the first lobbyist featured in the Lobbyist Hall of Shame, works for the well-known Washington, D.C. firm Squire Patton Boggs (SPB), where he has been registered as a foreign agent since 2016 for the Saudi Center for Studies and Media Affairs.

https://dawnmena.org/u-s-congress-dont-meet-with-american-lobbyists-representing-abusive-middle-east-governments/

(A P)

Yemeni American community releases statement demanding end of US support to Saudi invasion

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/12/yemeni-american-community-releases-statement-demanding-end-of-us-support-to-saudi-invasion/

(A P)

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi voices concern about alleged Saudi torture

U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday she was „deeply concerned“ about the alleged torture of a Saudi aid worker while in detention in Saudi Arabia.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-pelosi/u-s-house-speaker-pelosi-voices-concern-about-alleged-saudi-torture-idUSKBN2G80IV

(A P)

Fresno man’s death in Yemen sparks outrage. He was a helper who said ‘always be positive’

News of Alsanabani’s death – that he was tortured and killed after being wrongfully detained at a checkpoint, mistook for a rebel – has prompted international outrage.

Journalists reported he was apprehended Sept. 8, within hours of flying into Yemen, for carrying American cash and taking photos.

“He was always happy,” friend and colleague Amr Alaghbari said of Alsanabani, “and it’s very sad that they took away that happiness.”

Alsanabani’s killing has also renewed criticism of the United States’ involvement in ongoing conflict there.

“The U.S. should NOT be arming/supporting war criminals,” the Yemeni Alliance Committee wrote in a post promoting an 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 vigil for Alsanabani outside the San Francisco Federal Building, what activists hope will catch the attention of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other legislators. Alsanabani has an aunt who lives in nearby Oakland.

https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article254272673.html

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

Siehe / Look at cp9

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Why should we be celebrating a year of Abraham Accords?

Blinken is commemorating Israel ‘normalization’ tomorrow but these agreements are about conflict with Iran, not regional peace.

A year into the Abraham Accords, it is clear that the agreement has only delivered arms sales, but no peace.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to deteriorate, de facto annexation of Palestinian territory proceeds all the while the U.S. embrace of the agreement signals American endorsement of this negative status quo. Rather than advancing American interests by promoting peace in the region, the U.S. is helping cement conflict under the guise of forging reconciliation between three countries that never have been at war.

Yet things can get even worse. At a time when the U.S. should be reducing its military footprint in the region, the accord could bring America back into war in the Middle East by lowering the bar for Israeli military action against Iran. Any military confrontation between Israel and Iran will likely suck in the U.S. as well. As the Quincy Institute’s Steven Simon wrote in his June brief on the subject, the risk of the accord playing this destabilizing role is particularly acute if talks to revive the Iran nuclear agreement collapse.

Moreover, the accord undermines prospects of finding true peace in the region between Israelis and Palestinians. Recognition of Israel was always a means to an end — not an end in and of itself. The accord flipped this on its head and offered recognition without any movement on the Israeli-Palestinian front, further reducing Israel’s incentives to compromise with the Palestinians. Not surprisingly, all the countries who have signed onto the accord have either done this under duress or due to American — not Israeli — concessions on other matters.

Sudan was coerced into signing on lest it wouldn’t get off the U.S. terror list.

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/09/16/why-should-we-be-celebrating-a-year-of-the-abraham-accords/

(A K P)

With eye on Iran, Israeli navy steps up Red Sea presence

Israel’s navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea “exponentially” in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country’s just-retired navy commander said in an interview.

Vice Adm. Eli Sharvit stopped short of confirming a series of attacks and mishaps on Iranian ships that have been attributed to Israel. But he described Iranian activities on the high seas as a top Israeli concern and said the navy is able to strike wherever necessary to protect the country’s economic and security interests.

“The state of Israel will protect its freedom of navigation across the globe,” Sharvit told The Associated Press

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-business-iran-israel-navy-4ece4ff6a5b881e8cd3d8884110f6271

(A P)

Iran’s nuclear chief admits removal of damaged IAEA cameras

Iran acknowledged on Wednesday that it had removed several surveillance cameras installed by U.N. nuclear inspectors at a centrifuge assembly site that came under a mysterious attack earlier this year.

The chief of the country’s nuclear program, Mohammad Eslami, sought to portray the removal of cameras as Tehran’s response to world powers reneging on their commitments under the tattered 2015 nuclear deal.

https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-iran-united-nations-tehran-cf7a0cde3774f261ff07eba978e266f4

(B P)

Audio: The Abraham Accords, Israel, Biden, and Regional Trends

This week marks the first anniversary of the Abraham Accords. In this podcast, FMEP’s Lara Friedman talks with the Quincy Institute’s Annelle Sheline about the impact of those accords so far, and where the region is headed in the coming period

If the US doesn’t return to the Iran nuclear deal, the Abraham Accords may actually destabilize the region by formalizing an anti-Iran coalition that initiates conflict & drags the US back into another war

https://fmep.org/resource/the-abraham-accords-israel-biden-and-regional-trends/

(A K P)

Israel Can Live With a New Iran Nuclear Deal, Defense Minister Says

But Benny Gantz also threatens military action if Tehran develops nukes.

Israel would be willing to accept a return to a U.S.-negotiated nuclear deal with Iran, Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Foreign Policy—but Israeli officials are also pressing Washington to prepare a serious “demonstration of power” in case negotiations with Tehran fail.

The remarks, made during an exclusive interview last week, appear to reflect a shift in policy for Israel, which under the leadership of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu loudly opposed the 2015 nuclear agreement and worked to undermine it.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/09/14/israel-iran-nuclear-deal-defense-minister-gantz/

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My comment: This should not depend on Israel, which has nukes itself.

Audio: Michael Oren: Israel must build case legitimizing possible action against Iran

Ben Caspit hosts this week Israel’s former ambassador to the United States Michael Oren. Ambassador Oren explains that while former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approach made the Iranian threat an Israeli issue, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is trying to internationalize it again. Still, Oren says that Israel must also remind the international community that it has the right and the historic duty to defend itself, and that it will take action should Iran try to break out towards a nuclear weapon. „We should be repeating that over and over again, as loudly as possible and at every possible forum,“ he notes. Ambassador Oren argues that the US does not necessarily need to choose between diplomacy and war against Iran, and that a military operation by heavy bombers against Iran would not necessarily mean war.

https://www.al-monitor.com/podcasts/michael-oren-israel-must-build-case-legitimizing-possible-action-against-iran

Comments: Apparently, it is ok for some countries to openly discuss their plans to start, market and sell wars. This used to be done in secret, but apparently not anymore…

https://twitter.com/tparsi/status/1437770702824878097

#Iran has *no* nuclear weapons & allows inspections, Israel has a secret arsenal of nukes. “Illicit nuclear activities” (images)

https://twitter.com/AssalRad/status/1437487549245624325

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Your Guide to Iran’s Diverse Fleet of Combat Drones

Despite a military budget typically ranging from $15-$20 billion annually, Iran fields more armed drones than many countries which spend two or three times more on defense.

Of course, Iranian drones aren’t as sophisticated as the Reaper and Predator drones operated by the U.S. and its allies, but they give Iran a flexible and deniable means of projecting military power across the Middle East, particularly when forward based in Syria or transferred to armed groups in Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.

A companion article gives additional background on Iranian drone development and surveys single-use kamikaze drones designed to crash into targets. This article instead looks at the characteristics and operational use of Iran’s Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAVs), which can engage targets with bombs and missiles as well as perform reconnaissance missions.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/your-guide-iran%E2%80%99s-diverse-fleet-combat-drones-193654

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Who do they think they are? Israel tells US to ease off Saudi, Egypt human rights

They need not worry, as the Biden administration is still selling arms to the biggest violators in the Gulf.

Israeli officials warned the United States not to hold Saudi Arabia and Egypt accountable for human rights abuses, or else risk driving them into the arms of China, Russia, and Iran. This would contradict President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken’s pledge to “put human rights at the center of U.S. foreign policy.”

Israel need not worry: despite his campaign rhetoric lambasting Trump’s fondness for Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and President Sisi, since taking office Biden has made few efforts to pressure the Saudi or Egyptian governments on human rights. Washington did pause the bonanza of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, but then allowed certain sales to go through.

Meanwhile, Biden declined to sanction Mohammed bin Salman, despite affirming that MBS ordered the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. The Biden administration evidently intends to send the $1.3 billion of military aid that Washington gives Cairo each year, violating a Congressional mandate to withhold almost a quarter of that funding if the Egyptian government continues to violate human rights, which it clearly has.

Meanwhile at their first meeting in August, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett informed Biden of his “death by a thousand cuts” strategy towards Iran, referring to his pursuit of multiple small attacks rather than one decisive strike. To this end, Bennett requested that Biden keep American troops in Iraq and Syria, and ignored Biden’s stated goal of returning to the Iran nuclear deal. Bennett evidently did not push Biden to ignore Egypt and Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses; that message came from Israeli officials.

The gall of Israel instructing the U.S. to prioritize Israeli foreign policy preferences aside, it is hardly surprising that Biden will not hold Saudi Arabia and Egypt accountable for human rights abuses. The Biden team increasingly orients foreign policy around the perceived threat posed by China. Israel’s exhortation against alienating Arab partners for fear of pushing them closer to China already reflects the thinking of many in the White House.

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/09/13/who-do-they-think-they-are-israel-tells-us-to-ease-off-saudi-egypt-over-human-rights/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

(B P)

UK: New foreign secretary Liz Truss pushed for arms sales to Saudi Arabia

As minister for international trade, Truss also lobbied for deals with Israel and Gulf states

Truss – a staunch admirer of Margaret Thatcher and popular figure on the right wing of the ruling Conservative Party – already has a reputation in foreign policy circles from her time as trade minister.

To date, much of her work with regards to the Middle East has focused on strengthening the UK’s relationship with its traditional allies in Israel and the Gulf.

Truss was behind a decision in July 2020 to resume UK sales to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, a year after all new British arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Kuwait were suspended after a lengthy legal battle.

At the time she told MPs that there were no patterns or trends of violations of international law by Saudi forces in Yemen, and any breaches were “isolated incidents”.

This is despite admitting less than a year earlier that the UK government had already broken the ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia three times.

Amnesty International described Truss’s decision to restart arms sales to the Saudis as „deeply cynical“ and said her statement on the subject was „alarming“.

“Like others involved with this case, we will be carefully considering this alarming statement from the international trade secretary and considering next steps,“ said the organisation’s director Kate Allen, in a statement.

In May 2021, Truss again touted the Gulf states as crucial to UK attempts to forge new agreements in the wake of the country’s decision to leave the European Union.

Truss told the Telegraph newspaper that she was looking at deals with the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-saudi-arabia-liz-truss-foreign-secretary-arms-sales

(A K P)

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed received by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Sheikh Mohamed is currently on an official visit to London

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK, have discussed the historic friendship ties and joint strategic cooperation between the UAE and the UK and ways to enhance relations in the best interest of the two sides.

https://gulfnews.com/uae/government/sheikh-mohamed-bin-zayed-received-by-uk-prime-minister-boris-johnson-1.1631795734992

Comment: Mohammed bin Zayed’s current visits to Paris and London make his lengthy absence from the U.S. since May 2017 all the more striking, especially given how frequently he used to visit D.C.

https://twitter.com/Dr_Ulrichsen/status/1438858739709325318

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Here is Labour’s shadow defence minister, @Chris_EvansMP , being thanked by Lockheed Martin UK chief executive for flying its F-35 warplane simulator at the London arms fair. Lockheed’s missiles have killed civilians in Yemen. (photos9

https://twitter.com/declassifiedUK/status/1438494613015306248

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The UK has a new Foreign Minister: #LizTruss Note that last year, as Trade Minister, she decided to resume arms sales to #Saudi for use in #Yemen after finding no pattern of violations. Yet the UN Expert Panel has listed such violations in each of its annual reports since 2016

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1438165241435656196

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Wales‘ first Yemeni Festival attracts hundreds of visitors

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33738

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UN Human Rights Council 48: UK Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen

The UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen.

We are deeply concerned by the findings of the Group of Eminent Experts. Reporting has alleged serious and wide-ranging human rights violations and abuses by all parties to the conflict. The UK urges the parties involved to investigate these allegations and take action to promote and protect human rights, as well as cooperate with the Group in future.

We are also appalled by the indiscriminate Houthi targeting of Saudi cities with ballistic missiles and drones.

Yemen remains a human rights priority country for the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/un-human-rights-council-48-uk-statement-for-the-interactive-dialogue-with-the-group-of-eminent-experts-on-yemen

My comment: Bla bla bla by those who ebabled this war to happen.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

Siehe / Look at cp13a

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„Jemen Aid“ sammelt in Schüttorf über 2000 Euro

Beim „Jemen Aid Spendenkonzert“ begeisterte die Band „Any fool can do it“ mit drei Sängerinnen

https://www.gn-online.de/schuettorf/jemen-aid-sammelt-in-schuettorf-ueber-2000-euro-411687.html

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Südafrika: Siehe cp13a / South Africa: Look at cp13a

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Film: The cry in Tehran… a popular gathering in Iran to support the steadfastness of the Yemeni people

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

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Canada must stop arming Saudi Arabia, four former MPs say

‚So long as the arms continue to flow, this war is just going to get worse,‘ says one expert.

We add our voices to a chorus of civil society organizations who have repeatedly raised legitimate concerns about the serious ethical, legal, human rights and humanitarian implications of these exports.

The bulk of Canadian arms exports to Saudi Arabia are light armoured vehicles, or LAVs, manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada in London, Ont. In 2014, the Canadian government brokered the sale of hundreds of LAVs to the Saudi armed forces. Worth an estimated $14 billion, this arms contract is the largest in Canadian history. Arms transfers to Saudi Arabia now account for an overwhelming majority of Canada’s total non-U.S. military exports.

Canada has a role to play in bringing peace to Yemen as well as a legal obligation to comply with domestic and international export controls. The next government of Canada should follow in the footsteps of several European countries and immediately suspend arms exports to Saudi, expand humanitarian assistance to Yemen, and play a diplomatic role in bringing an end to this brutal conflict – by 4 former MPs

https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/canada-must-stop-arming-saudi-arabia-four-former-mps-say

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Exploring India’s ties with Yemen

India’s ties with Yemen date back two millennia, with the Middle Eastern nation playing a strategic role in India-Middle East relations

This article tries to fill this gap by presenting a brief introduction to India-Yemen relations, a nation that is currently embroiled in a civil war between the incumbent Abdur Rabi government —supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia—and the Zaydi Shia tribes called the Houthis (supported by Iran) since 2014. Relying on material from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ archive, the author’s personal experience dealing with Yemenis in Yemen and India, as well as academic articles and news reports, this article provides a brief outlook of Indo-Yemeni ties by tracing its history, outlining its aims in the country, and providing areas for future co-operation.

India’s relations with Yemen have been deep-seated and inconspicuously steady for more than five decades arising from anti-colonial sentiments, maritime security, aspirations in the UN, economic considerations, and geostrategic importance, especially with respect to UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Yemen becomes a key part of unlocking India’s power in the Middle East region, proving that strategic considerations and not religion is behind India’s foreign policy calculus—as in the case of India’s relation with other nations of the Gulf. Although military power is not present in India’s foreign policy outreach, its assistance and post-war aid to Yemen can really help project a stronger image in the Middle East. India should look to leverage its decades-long relationship and people-to-people network to make this a reality.

https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/exploring-indias-ties-with-yemen/?amp

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Der „Ruhepol“ am hektischen Golf

Der Golfstaat weist eine Qualität als neutraler Vermittler hinter den Kulissen auf, für die Qabus den Golfstaat als „Schweiz des Nahen Ostens“ etabliert hat. Schallenberg charakterisiert das Sultanat als „Ruhepol“ am Golf. Der Oman ist mit allen Nachbarn und Konfliktparteien in Kontakt.

https://www.diepresse.com/6033313/der-ruhepol-am-hektischen-golf?from=rss

cp12b Sudan

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Official: Sudan floods have killed more than 80 since July

Floods triggered by seasonal torrential rains in Sudan have killed more than 80 people and damaged or destroyed some 35,000 homes since July, a senior police official said Monday.

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-africa-sudan-floods-non-governmental-organizations-5bfb9608d7a42798fc698c26402757f6

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Großbritannien: Siehe cp 10 / UK: Look at cp10

Canada: Siehe / Look at cp12

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Saudi Arabia Seeking to Buy Israeli Missile Systems amid War on Yemen: Report

Riyadh has contacted the Israeli regime to potentially purchase its missile systems amid Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war on its southern neighbor Yemen, a report said.

The Breaking Defense digital magazine carried the report on Tuesday, citing Israeli sources.

It noted that the development had come after the United States surprisingly removed the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD), called the most advanced American projectile interception system, and its Patriot missile batteries from the Saudi capital Riyadh’s outskirts.

The Saudi kingdom is also reportedly looking at Russia and China as other potential procurers.

It, however, is “specifically” considering “either the Iron Dome (missile system), produced by Rafael, which is better against short-range rockets, or the Barak ER, produced by IAI, which is designed to intercept cruise missiles,” the outlet reported, citing the Israeli sources.

Rafael and IAI respectively refer to the so-called “Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.” and the Israeli Aerospace Industries.

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2021/09/16/2572487/saudi-arabia-seeking-to-buy-israeli-missile-systems-amid-war-on-yemen-report

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Bundesregierung genehmigte Militärausfuhren für Kriegsparteien in Nahost

Ägypten, Katar und die Türkei sind in bewaffnete Konflikte im Jemen und Libyen verwickelt. Nach SPIEGEL-Informationen hat die Bundesregierung dennoch Rüstungsexporte in Milliardenhöhe an die drei Länder genehmigt.

Im Koalitionsvertrag schwor die Große Koalition im Frühjahr 2018 noch, das heikle Thema Rüstungsexporte restriktiv anzugehen. An Länder, die in die Konflikte im Jemen und in Libyen involviert sind, sollte es keine Exporte geben. Im September 2021 ist von diesem Schwur nicht viel zu sehen in den Statistiken der genehmigten Rüstungsexporte.

Die Bundesregierung hat Rüstungslieferungen in Höhe von fast vier Milliarden Euro genehmigt. Das geht aus der Antwort auf eine Anfrage der Linksfraktion hervor, die dem SPIEGEL vorliegt. Demnach bewilligte die GroKo allein Ägypten Kriegsgerät im Wert von zwei Milliarden Euro, darunter U-Boote und Fregatten.

Umstritten sind auch die Genehmigungen für Katar in Höhe von 731 Millionen Euro, unter anderem für »Leopard«-Panzer. Das Emirat ist nicht nur am Krieg im Jemen beteiligt, sondern spielt auch bei der Machtergreifung der Taliban in Afghanistan eine Rolle

Die Ausfuhrgenehmigungen nach Saudi-Arabien betrugen über die gesamte Regierungszeit 457 Millionen Euro. Seit der Ermordung eines saudi-arabischen Journalisten hat die Bundesregierung ein Exportmoratorium verhängt. Seit Anfang dieses Jahres genehmigte sie dennoch Ausfuhren im Wert von gut zwei Millionen Euro. Da­zu zählen laut Antwort aus dem Bundeswirtschaftsministerium allerdings nur solche aus »regierungsamtlichen Gemeinschafts­programmen« sowie »Schutzausrüstung zur Verwendung auf zivilen Flughäfen«.

https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/ruestungsexporte-bundesregierung-genehmigte-militaerausfuhren-in-milliardenhoehe-an-kriegsparteien-a-9d82878a-f3ab-4fd5-8ef0-b43c98d7dde0#ref=rss

und auch https://www.rnd.de/wirtschaft/deutschland-ruestungsexporte-in-milliardenhoehe-fuer-kriegsparteien-wie-aegypten-katar-und-tuerkei-5OTXIA456VEWHE6P4R66KE27FI.html

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U.S. State Department approves potential $500 million Saudi maintenance deal

The U.S. State Department has approved a potential agreement covering up to $500 million in military support services for Saudi Arabia, and has sent the agreement to Congress for review, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

It was the first major defense agreement for Saudi Arabia sent to Congress since President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20. It comes after criticism of U.S. ties to the kingdom over its human rights record and involvement in the civil war in Yemen.

The package would provide continued maintenance support services for a wide range of helicopters, including a future fleet of CH-47D Chinook helicopters. The announcement said the vendor was not yet known.

„This proposed sale will support U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic growth in the Middle East,“ the State Department said in a statement.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-arms/u-s-state-department-approves-potential-500-million-saudi-maintenance-deal-idUSKBN2GC27Z = https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-09-16/us-state-department-approves-potential-500-million-saudi-maintenance-deal

and also https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/09/us-military-sale-saudi-arabia-moves-ahead

and

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Anti-War Voices Blast Biden Over ‚Absurd‘ $500 Million Saudi Military Contract

„This breaks the Biden administration’s promise to end U.S. support for the tragic war in Yemen,“ said one prominent peace campaigner.

Peace and human rights advocates on Friday accused President Joe Biden of breaking his promise to end American support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen after the U.S. State Department approved a potential agreement to provide half a billion dollars worth of support services to the Middle East monarchy known for its pervasive human rights abuses and military atrocities.

„This breaks the Biden administration’s promise to end U.S. support for the tragic war in Yemen,“ tweeted Peace Action executive director Jon Rainwater, who added that it is „pretty tone-deaf for State Department to call [Saudi Arabia] a ‚friendly country.'“

„Friendly to whom?“ he asked. „Not Yemeni civilians or Saudi women.“

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/09/17/anti-war-voices-blast-biden-over-absurd-500-million-saudi-military-contract

(B K P)

Film: Au Yémen, les armes françaises tuent

https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/086089-022-A/yemen-des-armes-made-in-france/

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South Africa’s arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE fuel Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

How is it possible that South Africa’s National Conventional Arms Control Committee has approved the export of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates worth R7-billion since the start of the war in Yemen, while South Africa has repeatedly expressed its concern about the human suffering in Yemen?

This brings us to South Africa, which has sold weapons worth R11-billion to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between 2010 and 2019. Both countries have been accused of diverting arms to Yemen, fuelling the devastating conflict and worsening the widespread suffering and human rights abuses there. They are also among the biggest importers of South African munitions since 2014.

The evidence suggests that some of these weapons have been used in attacks on civilians. In 2015 and 2016, approvals of exports to these two countries spiked and made up more than 40% of all approved weapons exports from South Africa.

In South Africa, the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) – comprising several ministers and deputy ministers directly appointed by the President – was established to specifically ensure that our sale of weapons would be in line with our constitutional values. In other words, countries to whom weapons are sold must uphold, respect and protect human rights and also promote democracy. So too should a democratic institution like the NCACC.

In fact, by law, the NCACC should stop weapons from leaving the country if they will contribute to human rights violations or worsening conflict. Unfortunately, this committee is described by Open Secrets as a “toothless arms watchdog”, indicating its failures since 1995 – involving countries such as Rwanda, Syria, Zimbabwe, Turkey and Libya.

The question is: how is it possible that the NCACC approved the export of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE worth R7-billion since the start of the Yemen war, while South Africa has repeatedly expressed its concern about the human suffering in Yemen? Let’s not kid ourselves: our government wasn’t interested in addressing the human rights abuses in that country.

Even in 2020, weapons were imported from Rheinmetall Denel Munition by Turkey while the latter was heavily involved in the conflicts in Libya and Syria.

The apparent failure of the NCACC to fulfil its legal duties and properly investigate weapons exports made South Africa up till now part of the crimes committed daily, and it undermines the vision of our democracy that places human lives and human rights at the centre of its (foreign) policy decisions.

So, what can we do about this situation?

We need an urgent reform of South Africa’s arms sector. F

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2021-09-14-south-africas-arms-exports-to-saudi-arabia-and-the-uae-fuel-yemens-humanitarian-crisis/

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Film: Yemen – „The Two Rivers“ city, a popular tourist attraction in Yemen

Jibla, in Ibb Governorate, central Yemen, is one of Yemeni’s historical and touristic cities, known for its distinctive architectural construction. It was built on a high rocky plateau, surrounded by mountains on all sides, and was called The Two Rivers city because it is located between two great rivers. The city is historically associated with Queen Arwa bint Ahmed Al-Sulayhi, the first queen in Islam, who made Jibla the capital of the Sulayhid state that ruled in the eleventh century AD, it includes the Queen’s mosque, tomb, palace, and ancient manuscripts, and it attracts hundreds of visitors from all over the country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_UoOpDwUjU

(B C P)

WORLD’S MOST WANTED

Yemen: Alabaster Stone Inscription

This third-century B.C. stone tablet is believed to have been stolen from the Awwam Temple in Yemen between 2009 and 2011, before that country’s devastating civil war. The object, also known as the “Sanctuary of the Queen of Sheba,” was last seen at an auction in Paris, where it was snapped up by an unknown buyer. Now, with the Middle Eastern country mired in conflict, an antiquities NGO has determined that more than 1,600 pieces have been looted from Yemen’s museums.

https://www.ozy.com/the-new-and-the-next/the-loot-you-havent-heard-of/441912/

(B C K P)

„Antiquities of blood“: in Yemen, the systematic looting of works of art

In this war-torn country, the looting of works of art is widespread. Once bleached, these priceless pieces are often found in Western collectors.

Devastated walls, corridors charred by rocket fire … This is all that remains of the Zinjibar museum, a jewel of this city located about sixty kilometers east of Aden, in the region of Abyan, and one of the cultural places most affected by the war that has raged since 2014 in Yemen . „It’s local pride, says Abdel Rahman. Or rather it was. Today, everything is empty …“

To show the scale of the disaster, this Yemeni archaeologist filmed the museum before and after its destruction.

To the degradation of these monuments is added another phenomenon: the looting of works of art , very widespread in Yemen, where certain regions, fallen under the control of tribes and armed groups, are no longer controlled by the government . And for good reason: the country is no longer master of its own destiny (paywalled)

https://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/monde/proche-moyen-orient/antiquites-de-sang-au-yemen-le-pillage-systematique-des-oeuvres-d-art_2158091.html

(B C)

Yemen’s Architecture of the Future

The architecture of Yemen, with its multi-storey towers and domes of mud brick, is under constant threat of destruction – but a new book aims to tell the story of its beauty and radicalism.

From the intricate traditional facades of Sana’a and Yafi’ to the colonial architecture of Aden and the mud brick conurbations of Hadramut, the architect and historian Salma Samar Damluji takes the reader on a unique and rare journey into a culture and region that many will never witness first-hand. The domed tombs of the Saints and the Buqshan Palace stand out as jewels in this ambitious and rigorous manifestation of a lifetime’s worth of research into Yemeni architecture and building culture.

Damluji’s urgency in wanting to share this book as a necessary resource for both the Yemeni and global architectural and construction community is palpable. The ongoing civil war that started in 2014 continues to destroy the country’s ancient and unique architectural heritage.

The Architecture of Yemen and its Reconstruction is a new edition of Damluji’s Architecture of Yemen, From Yafi to Hadramut, released in 2007. Here, the book revisits particular case studies that have since been destroyed in more detail, while reflecting and documenting several restoration projects that the author has been involved in since, through national and international funding institutions.

https://tribunemag.co.uk/2021/09/yemens-architecture-of-the-future/

refers to this film from 1971:

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Film: Le Mura Di Sana’a – Pier Paolo Pasolini (1971)

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

(A P)

Restoration agreement signed to save old Shibam

A cooperation agreement was signed between the Public Works Project and the General Authority for the Preservation of Historic Cities in Hadhramout to facilitate the implementation of restoration of damaged buildings and monuments in historical cities as funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
According to the Yemeni news agency Saba, the agreement concerns implementing projects to preserve the historic city of Shibam, enlisting qualified local expertise to prepare studies and supervise implementation of the required quality and preserve the architectural character of the city.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33725

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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[Sanaa gov.] Prime Minister of Yemen speaks on economic and political future

The Prime Minister of the National Salvation Government of Yemen, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Habtoor, has affirmed on Saturday that the country is suffering economic distress as a result of 7 years of US-Saudi aggression and siege, as well as the coalition’s control over the sources of wealth.

Prime Minister Bin Habtoor said in his speech during a conference to develop the country’s public financial management held in the capital Sana’a: “We work with 7% of the 2014 budget, as it was the last budget approved before the aggression began.”

“We succeeded in confronting the conspiracies of the aggression coalition to target the national currency, despite the siege and the fierce economic war,”

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/18/prime-minister-of-yemen-speaks-on-economic-and-political-future/

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Yemen [Hadi gov.] asks GCC to organize conference to support country’s economy

Yemeni foreign minister attends Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s Ministerial Council session in Saudi Arabi

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/yemen-asks-gcc-to-organize-conference-to-support-country-s-economy/2366802

and also https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210917-yemen-asks-gcc-to-support-deteriorating-economy/

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The Yemeni currency, riyal, sees catastrophic collapse this Thursday.A US dollar is now worth 1116 riyals./Yemen Sport

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-50026

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One US dollar is now buying 1.115 rials in regions controlled by the internationally recognised government, and 600 rials in regions controlled by the Houthi militia. Before the war broke out in late 2014, the rial was trading at 250 per US dollar.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1438100163134992393

(B E)

Cash Consortium of Yemen (CCY) – Price Monitoring Tool: August 2021

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cash-consortium-yemen-ccy-price-monitoring-tool-august-2021

(B E)

Cash Consortium of Yemen (CCY) – Remittances Tracker – (August 2021)

Key findings:

The ranking of the 3 origins of the remittances recieved, the first one is Other Part of Yemen, second Middle East( UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc) and the third is North America (USA, Canada, etc).

The ranking of the 3 destinations for remittances, the first one is Other Part of Yemen, second Middle East( UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc) and the third is Asia.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cash-consortium-yemen-ccy-remittances-tracker-august-2021

(B E)

Cash Consortium of Yemen – Flash Update 28: YER Exchange Rate Volatility August Week 2 & Week 3

Key findings:

The IRG vs DFA exchange rate variation currently stands at a 360 YER difference.

The exchange rate in IRG areas continues to be volatile but it has returned back to less than a 1000 after continued depreciation over the past 5 months. This is possibly contributing to the wide fluctuation in prices.

The range between the maximum and minimum value of the exchange rate from Aug W2 to Aug W3 expanded in the South from 60 to 111 YER, indicating an increase in volatility, while the exchange rate in the North expanded from 2 to 3 YER, indicating a slightly increase in volatility.

Additional monetary constraints by decision makers may impact the future exchange rates

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cash-consortium-yemen-flash-update-28-yer-exchange-rate-volatility-august-week-2-week-3

(B E)

Cash Consortium of Yemen – Flash Update 27: YER Exchange Rate Volatility July Week 4 & August Week 1

Key findings:

The IRG vs DFA exchange rate variation currently stands at a 418 YER difference.

The exchange rate in IRG areas continues to be volatile and has increased to above 1000 for the first time after a brief appreciation in April. This is possibly contributing to the wide fluctuation in prices.

The range between the maximum and minimum value of the exchange rate from July W4 to Aug W1 expanded in the South from 46 to 54 YER, indicating an increase in volatility, while the exchange rate in the North shrank from 6 to 4 YER, indicating a decrease in volatility.

Additional monetary constraints by decision makers may impact the future exchange rates

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cash-consortium-yemen-flash-update-27-yer-exchange-rate-volatility-july-week-4-august

(B E)

Cash Consortium of Yemen – Flash Update 26: YER Exchange Rate Volatility July Week 2

Key findings:

NOTE: Partners were not able to conduct interviews for week three of July due to the Eid vacation. Methodology: The analysis is predicated on assessing the averages of exchange rates between the spheres of influence for both actors. Enumerators were told to assess three exchange shops per district. However, due to travel constraints and the size of towns where enumerators are present, assessing three shops daily may not be possible.

The IRG vs DFA exchange rate variation currently stands at a 400 YER difference.

The exchange rate in IRG areas continues to be volatile and has increased to around 1000 after a brief appreciation in April. This is possibly contributing to the wide fluctuation in prices.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cash-consortium-yemen-flash-update-26-yer-exchange-rate-volatility-july-week-2

(B E)

Cash Consortium of Yemen – Flash Update 25: YER Exchange Rate Volatility June Week 4 & July Week 1

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cash-consortium-yemen-flash-update-25-yer-exchange-rate-volatility-june-week-4-july

(B E)

Cash Consortium of Yemen (CCY) – Price Monitoring Tool: July 2021

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cash-consortium-yemen-ccy-price-monitoring-tool-july-2021

(B E)

Cash Consortium of Yemen (CCY) – Price Monitoring Tool: June 2021

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cash-consortium-yemen-ccy-price-monitoring-tool-june-2021

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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Audio: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: down but not out

Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Dr Elisabeth Kendall, Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Oxford University’s Pembroke College. Though drone strikes have seen AQAP severely degraded, the ongoing war and the Taliban victory in Afghanistan reinforce the lethal threat jihadist terrorism continues to pose to the region and to the West from its base in Yemen.

https://soundcloud.com/arabdigest/al-qaeda-in-the-arabian-peninsula-down-but-not-out

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Auf Druck Bidens gab das FBI einige Dokumente zu 9/11 frei

Das saudische Netzwerk hinter den Attentätern von 9/11 reichte bis in saudische Regierungskreise.
(…) Für eine organisierte Gruppe von über 10‘000 Überlebenden und Hinterbliebenen von 9/11 («9/11 Families united») steht jetzt fest, dass «mehrere saudische Regierungsbeamte die ersten in die USA eingereisten Flugzeugentführer entscheidend unterstützten.»…
Nach heutigem Wissen erhielten die Attentäter weder aus Afghanistan, noch aus dem Irak oder dem Iran irgendwelche Unterstützung. Bin Laden applaudierte zwar in Videoaufnahmen dem Terroranschlag und seine al-Kaida hatte Ausbildungslager in Afghanistan organisiert, doch mit der operativen Vorbereitung in den USA hatte Bin Laden – auch nach Aussage des ehemaligen afghanischen Präsidenten Hamid Karzai – nichts zu tun.
15 der 19 an den Flugzeugentführungen beteiligte waren Saudis, 2 kamen aus den Emiraten und je 1 aus Ägypten und aus dem Libanon. Es ist offensichtlich, dass die saudischen Hijacker, die fast alle schlecht englisch konnten, auf eine ausgefeilte logistische Hilfe angewiesen waren, um sich an verschiedenen Orten der USA niederzulassen, fliegen zu lernen und um miteinander sicher kommunizieren zu können. Trotzdem unternahmen die Geheimdienste und die US-Regierung seit 9/11 wenig, um das Netzwerk hinter den Hijackern aufzudecken. Im Gegenteil: Sie haben Recherchen des US-Kongresses und von Journalisten, so gut sie nur konnten, behindert…
Verbindungen bis zum saudischen Machtapparat
Trotz dieses Wissens und trotz großen Verdachts verschleierten die US-Regierungen unter George W. Bush, Barack Obama und Donald Trump das saudische Netzwerk, das hinter den saudischen Terroristen von 9/11 agierte. Sie hielten den Deckel der Geheimhaltung darüber und behandelten die saudischen Machthaber wie Freunde.
Bereits kurz nach 9/11 hatten die USA die mit ihnen strategisch und finanziell eng verknüpften Saudis von jedem Verdacht freigesprochen. In der Folge verhinderten die US-Behörden immer wieder, dass entscheidende Dokumente des FBI eingesehen und FBI-Leute befragt werden konnten.
Damit machen sich seit 9/11 die US-Geheimdienste und die US-Regierungen zu Komplizinnen des saudischen Terrornetzwerks…

https://www.infosperber.ch/politik/welt/auf-druck-bidens-gab-das-fbi-einige-dokumente-zu-9-11-frei/

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Fruchtbarer Boden für Jihadisten

20 Jahre nach dem 11. September 2001 bleibt die Rolle Saudi-Arabiens, eines der engsten Verbündeten Deutschlands am Persischen Golf, bei der Vorbereitung der damaligen Anschläge ungeklärt. Unter wachsendem Druck von Angehörigen der Opfer, die sich gerichtlich um Aufklärung bemühen, hat US-Präsident Joe Biden angekündigt, eine Reihe von Dokumenten zu veröffentlichen, die Aufschlüsse geben sollen, ob und inwieweit saudische Stellen die Attentäter unterstützten. Das erste, am Wochenende publizierte Papier liefert keine entscheidenden Informationen. Die US-Regierung behindert die Aufklärung seit Jahren. Inzwischen liegen jedoch Hinweise vor, denen zufolge ein Mitarbeiter der saudischen Botschaft in Washington weitere saudische Staatsangestellte mit der Betreuung zweier Attentäter beauftragte. In den 1980er Jahren förderten Riad und Washington gemeinsam Jihadisten in Afghanistan, darunter Usama bin Ladin; beteiligt war auch Bonn. Nach Recherchen der US-Opferanwälte hat auch die Botschaft Saudi-Arabiens in Bonn bzw. Berlin bis 2001 Al Qaida-Strukturen unterstützt.

https://www.german-foreign-policy.com/news/detail/8701/

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9/11 AND THE SAUDI CONNECTION

Mounting evidence supports allegations that Saudi Arabia helped fund the 9/11 attacks.

Immediately after the attacks, the Bush administration downplayed the Saudi connection and suppressed evidence that might link powerful Saudis to the funding of Islamic extremism and terrorism. The Bush White House didn’t want to upset its relationship with one of the world’s largest oil-producing nations, which was also an American ally with enormous political influence in Washington, and much of what the FBI discovered about possible Saudi links to the attacks remains secret even today.

“What are they hiding? What is the big secret?” Terry Strada, whose husband was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center, asked in an interview. “We’ve been operating on lies for 20 years. I’ve always just wanted to know the truth: Who was behind this, and how did it happen?”

Many U.S. officials have insisted over the last two decades that the American government is not really hiding any conclusive evidence of Saudi involvement, and it is quite possible that successive presidents, along with the intelligence community, have closed ranks simply to avoid revealing classified information. And it’s plausible that officials want to avoid exposing details that might be politically embarrassing for both Washington and the Saudis yet don’t prove that the Saudi royal family, the Saudi government, or other powerful Saudi individuals played any role in providing funding or assistance for the September 11 attacks. But the refusal to be open and transparent about such a fundamental issue has fed suspicions.

Two decades later, however, glimpses of material that have become public provide mounting evidence that senior Saudi officials, including one diplomat in the Saudi Embassy in Washington, may in fact have indirectly provided assistance for two of the Al Qaeda hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, who were the first of the hijackers to arrive in the United States in 2000 and lived for about a year and a half in San Diego beforehand.

While no smoking gun has emerged, the evidence indicates that the two hijackers had received logistical and financial support from a handful of people inside the United States with connections to Saudi Arabia, including a man in California whose family received tens of thousands of dollars from the wife of the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

The ongoing scrutiny of the Saudis’ role has been driven by a massive lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan brought by families of the victims, who maintain that senior Saudi officials were complicit in the attacks. The families were blocked for 15 years from even bringing their claims because of the “sovereign immunity” protection for foreign governments in court. In 2016, Congress overrode a veto by President Barak Obama to clear the way for the lawsuit by approving the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

https://theintercept.com/2021/09/11/september-11-saudi-arabia/

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Film: Yemen civil war continues as al Qaeda strengthens its presence in the region

The conflict between the Yemeni government and rebellious groups has involved nations like Saudi Arabia and Iran. The ongoing conflict has allowed al Qaeda to thrive in the region and train soldiers despite U.S. drone strikes. Holly Williams reports.

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/yemen-civil-war-continues-as-al-qaeda-strengthens-its-presence-in-the-region/ = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggI4t4mO0oY

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Audio: The Heavily-Redacted FBI 9/11 Report Raises More Questions Than Answers

https://soundcloud.com/user-830442635/the-heavily-redacted-fbi-911-report-raises-more-questions-than-answers

cp15 Propaganda

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The speaker of the upper house of the Yemeni parliament (Shura Council) Ahmed bin Daghr said the Houthi execution of 9 people today over the militia’s political leader Al-Sammad in 2018 „exceeded all the limits.“ He said: „You have no legitimacy and your courts have legitimacy. You’ve committed a full-fledged crime that is not the first and won’t be the last. You destroy every peace in a fair, comprehensive social and political peace … You are laying the foundations for newer phases of internal conflict that will come back to you as a tragic end to yourselves. Our people have toppled more than one Imam (theocratic ruler). /Almeethaq New website

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-50050

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Have the Taliban emboldened Al Houthi?

The leader of Yemen’s Houthia, Ansar Allah, recently vowed to take control of all Yemeni cities and liberate them from foreign powers

The Taliban’s control of most of Afghanistan seems to have given Yemen’s Houthi group, Ansar Allah, its financiers, and its supporters in Iran a new desire to take control of all of Yemen. The group’s attacks on Saudi territory and targeting of civilians have recently increased.

It is no secret that sectarian militias operating in Iraq, funded and supported by training and weaponry from the Iranian mullahs’ regime, have launched several attacks aimed at pressuring the US to withdraw its troops from Iraq.

It is also no secret that the mullahs consider the withdrawal of US forces from the Gulf a priority strategic objective. But the Houthis’ claims of liberating Yemen and other false claims are really millions of innocent Yemenis who are paying the price.

Therefore, the mullahs’ support for the Houthi group is expected to increase in the coming period in order to inspire the Taliban model and control the entire Yemeni territory. Iran believes that the US is going through a moment of historic weakness. It believes that the current Democratic administration has no real strategic vision to restore US global influence and prestige.

Moreover, the current Iranian government, led by extremists and hardliners with no members of the so-called reformist movement, has so far shown no flexibility in dealing with issues related to Iran’s relations with the region and the world.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/313651

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Yemen [Hadi gov.] slams UN rights report, says UN experts depended on sources gravitated towards Houthis

Yemen has severely criticized the UN ‚Group of Eminent Experts‘ saying their latest reports on the human rights situation in Yemen confirms that the government’s rejection of renewal of the experts‘ mandate and refusal to recognize the reports they produce was a sound decision.

In a statement to Saba, Yemen’s Information Minister said the new report shows the unprofessionalism of the UN team, their lack for sources in the field and their dependence on misleading reports from media outlets and organizations that gravitate toward the orbit of Iran’s Houthi militia.

Muammar al-Eryani said, „The report which echoed the Houthi militia’s claims that the terrorist attacks on Saudi Arabia are attacks on targets of ‚military nature‘ betrays the disgraceful bias of the UN experts in their attempt to justify those attacks on sources of energy, airports, civilian seaports and neighborhoods.“

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-50025

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Houthis commit 6306 human rights abuses in 4 months: Report

The Yemeni Network for Rights and Freedoms documented 6306 Houthi abuses of rights of civilians in the period spanning 1 January 2018 to 1 June, 2021.
In a report carried by the Yemeni news agency Saba, the Network said it documented the killing of “ 7316 civilians among them are 523 women and 357 children.“
Taiz governorate topped the venues of the Houthi abuses with 1509 of the killings occurring there, followed by Hodeidah (1206 ) and then Marib (1173).
The report also documented 646 crimes of killing by landmines with the victims including 123 children and 157 women. The other abuses included kidnapping, torture, use of civilians as human shields and physically eliminating them in jails.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33746

My remark: This obviously mixes victims of war and victrims of oppression.

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Saudi calls for preventing Houthis from resources used in hostile acts

The Saudi cabinet on Tuesday called on the international community to prevent the Iranian-backed Houthi group from resources supplying its trans-border hostile acts.
The Houthi trans-border acts undermine international efforts to reach a political comprehensive solution for Yemen, and threaten global security and peace, the Saudi council of ministers said in a statement following a virtual meeting chaired by King Salman.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26971.html

My comment: LOL. The Saudis tarted this war and own 100,000 times more of these “resources used in hostile acts”.

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Houthis shelled Abha airport, Aden airport, Marib city and now the Mokha seaport. Dictionaries said, „Terrorism is attacking civilian people and facilities for political purposes.“ Yet instead of designating Houthis a terror group, the world is begging them to accept the invitations to peace talks. Terrorism apparently is a charge reserved for certain category of groups and no groups from outside the category fit.“/Facebook post by Mohammed Jumeih, Yemen’s ambassador to the UNESCO.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49987

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In Yemen, currency war is meant to topple the army, but it may kill the people first

Everyone knows what the collapse of a country’s economy and currency means to its government and army.

The international community is now seeing currency as a potential nuclear bomb that will wipe out the government and troops loyalist to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Yemen’s first ever Sunni president, as they stand up to the Shiit terrorist network of Houthis.

The international conspirators have tried the indefinite forcible exile of Hadi, the appointment of many cabinet members outside Hadi’s free will, the indefinite suspension of government forces‘ salaries, and most strongly the green light to the Shiit terrorist network to wage an endless war on the remaining Sunni strongholds loyalist to Hadi.

All those and other conspiratorial measures failed to bring a downfall of Hadi and his army, which the international community see as „remnants of Sunni influence“ in Yemen.

The international community, an extremist supporter of the Shiit network, is now resorting to what it believes is a nuclear weapon to topple Hadi and let Shia murderers conquer Yemen– the currency depreciation.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49989

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Saudi Arabia Stresses Ongoing Commitment to Work with UN to Restore Peace in Yemen

The Kingdom preserves the right to defend its security and citizens against attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in line with international humanitarian law, continued the government.

Restoring peace in Yemen is a priority to the Kingdom, it stressed.

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3189101/saudi-arabia-stresses-ongoing-commitment-work-un-restore-peace-yemen

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Islah’s foundation marked quality milestone in Yemen’s political life, leaders of parties say

Leading figures in different political parties testify that Islah’s foundation on September 13, 1990 marked a quality milestone in the political and social life in Yemen and appreciate the Islah’s enormous sacrifices for the sake of the country and the republic. A survey by Al Sahwa Net has collected several testimonies. Here are some of them:

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49967

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The Islah party safeguarded Yemen’s republican system and sacrificed the blood of its leaders and grassroots in that cause, says the head of the political department of the party in IIbb governorate Mohammed Alyoosufi/Al-Sahwa Net

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49941

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Islah head: Our country has been facing open Iranian aggression for years

The head of the Yemen Congregation for Reform (Islah) party said that „our country has been facing an open Iranian aggression for years and Houthis are nothing but puppets in the hands of their masters in Persia.“

In a speech on the 31st anniversary of the party’s foundation Mohammed Alyadoomi said, „Our people stand holding the flag of dignity against an expansionist agenda that threatens the region at the hands of an internal militia that has its roots in the myth of Wilaya and dynastical supremacy.“

„For more than six years, our people have been engaging in a historical holy struggle for their freedom and political rights that have become threatened because of a war the Houthi militia imposed on them by overthrowing the legitimate government and the outcomes of the National Dialogue,“ he said.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49950

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Das ist die Terror-Drohnen-Basis der Mullahs im Iran

Iranische Drohnen sind die bevorzugten Terror-Waffen schiitischer Terroristen im ganzen Nahen Osten. Nun zeigt sich: Die Islamisten erhalten ihre Drohnen nicht nur aus dem Iran, sondern werden von den Mullahs auch ausgebildet, die unbemannten Luftfahrzeuge im Auftrag Teherans einzusetzen.

https://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/politik-ausland/iran-satellitenbilder-enthuellen-die-terror-drohnen-basis-der-mullahs-77660770.bild.html

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Iran missiles must stop for Yemen war to end, say Saudi Arabia and Oman

Iran’s nuclear missile system must be dealt with seriously if the war in Yemen is to stop, Saudi Arabia and Oman said on Tuesday.

The two sides affirmed their views on continuing their efforts to find a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis based on the Gulf initiative, UN resolutions and the initiative of Saudi Arabia to end the war and alleviate humanitarian suffering,” Saudi Arabia and Oman said in a joint statement.

On Iran, the two sides said: “It is necessary to co-operate and seriously deal with the Iranian nuclear and missile file in a way that contributes to achieving regional and international security and stability.”

https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/saudi-arabia/2021/09/13/iran-missiles-must-stop-for-yemen-war-to-end-say-saudi-arabia-and-oman/

My comment: Lol. Iran hardly has another option as long as US military still is in the region and as long the conflict with Israel isn’t solved. And tere does not exist any Iranien “nuclear missile” up to now. Reestabling the “Nuclear Deal” would help.

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Israel Says Iran Is Training Middle East Militias to Fly Drones

Iranian drone threats and the use of Iranian drones by groups in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen have become a feature of the Middle East in recent years.

srael’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned on September 12 that “Iran is training militias from Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria to employ advanced UAVs [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles], in a base called Kashan.” The new revelations came a month and a half after Israel, the United States, and the United Kingdom blamed Iran for a drone attack on the Mercer Street tanker off the coast of Oman. Two crew members were killed.

Gantz delivered the remarks at the annual International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) Conference at Reichman University. “Iran has developed ‘proxy terror’ which is perpetrated by organized ‘terror armies’ which are assisting Iran in achieving its economic, political, and military goals. One of the most significant tools employed by Iran and its proxies is UAVs with a range of thousands of kilometers. Hundreds of these UAVs are spread across Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Iran is also attempting to transfer the know-how needed for UAV production to Gaza,” he said.

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/israel-says-iran-training-middle-east-militias-fly-drones-193644

My comment: LOL. If this is “terror”, Israel produces terror 24/7 since 1967, and the US (just in the Middle East) since 1953.

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Yemen calls for action to face Iranian project ripping apart Arab social fabric

The minister of foreign and expatriate affairs in Yemen’s internationally recognised government Ahmed Awadh bin Mubarak on Saturday called for a concerted Arab action to face the Iranian project destabilising Arab countries.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26917.html

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2285418

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2285391

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2284143

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2284041

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2283788

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2283778

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2283288

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2283285

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2283036

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2282972

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2282963

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

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7 citizens killed in air raid of aggression in Shabwa

Seven citizens were killed on Saturday, including three children and a woman, as a result of an air raid by the US-Saudi aggression coalition warplanes that targeted their car in Markha district of Shabwa province.

The aggression aircraft targeted the car of the citizen Mohammed Hussein Ahmed Laswadi in Markha district, which resulted in his killing and six members of his family, including a woman and three children, a local source told Saba.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3156155.htm

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/18/seven-civilians-killed-in-saudi-attack-on-car-in-shabwah-province/

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/178799/7-Yemeni-civilians-killed-in-Saudi-bombardments-in-Shabwah

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Film: The effects of devastation and destruction in the Madghal district of Ma’rib as a result of the hysterical raids of the aggression

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFcw8T1Q48o

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Airstrikes kill 24 Houthis in Yemen’s Marib: military source

At least 24 Houthi rebels were killed on Thursday in multiple airstrikes launched by Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen’s Marib province, a Yemeni government military source at the frontline told Xinhua.

http://www.news.cn/english/2021-09/17/c_1310192281.htm

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Over 20 Houthis killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen’s Marib: source

At least 20 Houthi forces were killed when Saudi-led airstrikes hit Houthi reinforcements in Yemen’s Marib province, a government military source said on Sunday.

„The airstrikes targeted the reinforcements on Saturday evening at the frontline of Rahabah district, destroying four pick-up vehicles and killing more than 20 people,“ the source in the frontline told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

http://www.news.cn/english/2021-09/12/c_1310183436.htm

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni aviation authority condemns continuous Saudi bombing of civilian airports

The Civil Aviation and Meteorology Authority (CAMA) had on Monday condemned the continuous and systematic targeting of Yemeni airports by Saudi-led coalition aircraft, the latest of which was bombing Taiz International Airport with several raids on Sunday.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/13/yemeni-aviation-authority-condemns-continuous-saudi-bombing-of-civilian-airports/

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More Saudi coalition air raids

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3156237.htm Al Bayda p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155985.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155868.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155736.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155617.htm Taiz p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155620.htm 5 prov.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155564.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155559.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155331.htm Taiz p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp18

Im Jemen herrscht ein militärisches Patt. Eine größere Offensive mit größeren Erfolgen und Geländegewinnen für eine Seite bleiben seit der Offensive der saudischen Koalition gegen Hodeidah im Jahr 2018 aus. Kleinere Offensiven, ständige gegenseitige Angriffe und Gefechte mit Toten auf beiden Seiten und Opfern unter der Zivilbevölkerung gibt es aber ständig. Besonders betroffen sind die Provinzen Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, der Bezirk Nehm in der Provinz Sanaa, die Provinzen Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah und Saada.

There is a military stalemate in Yemen. A larger offensive with greater successes and territorial gains for one side has been absent since the Saudi coalition’s offensive against Hodeidah in 2018. Smaller offensives, constant mutual attacks and skirmishes killing fighters of both sides and causing victims among the civilian population are constant. The provinces of Hodeidah, Taiz, Al Bayda, Al Dhalea, the district of Nehm in the province of Sanaa, the provinces of Al Jawf, Marib, Hajjah and Saada are particularly affected.

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Houthi-laid landmines leave 910 casualties in north Yemen

Houthi-laid landmines killed and injured 910 people including women and children in Aljawf province in northern Yemen in the period from October 2018 to August 2021.
The Committee of Rights and Media in Aljawf said in a report issued on Saturday that the Houthi militia continue to plant landmines in Aljawf as in all other Yemeni governorates and scores of women and children have been killed by landmine explosions. The report said 25 houses, 9 farms and 97 cars have been harmed by the landmines.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33755

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15 captives of [Sanaa gov.] army freed on Jawf front

In a statement that the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) received, the committee’s head, Abdelqader Al-Mortada, said that „The liberation of the captives took place within an exchange deal with the aggression mercenaries through local understandings.“

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3156158.htm

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Houthis attack pro-government brigade in southern Yemen

The Houthi group on Thursday launched a missile attack against a brigade of forces loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognised government in the southern province of Abyan

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26989.html

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/33752

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Yemen Houthis seize Sawma’a district in Baydha

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26987.html

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Saudi Arabia’s vital facilities targeted by Yemeni forces

Hours after Spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces announced one of Yemeni army’s largest ever military operations conducted on Saudi soil, Saudi sources said vital facilities in its southern part were being heavily targeted.

Saudi sources reported on Friday that Saudi Arabia’s facilities in southern part of the country have been targeted in a large-scale military operation.

Sound of several large-scale explosions shook parts of Jizan and several other areas in southern Saudi Arabia, Al Mayadeen reported.

The sources added that a large-scale airstrike targeted Saudi Arabia’s vital facilities deep inside the country’s territory, the report added.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/178742/Saudi-Arabia-s-vital-facilities-targeted-by-Yemeni-forces

and

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Saudi Forces Thwart Houthi Attack On Oil City

Saudi Arabia has prevented yet another attack by the Yemeni Houthis, this time in the city of Jazan, which is home to extensive Aramco oil infrastructure.

Reuters reported the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting the Houthis in Yemen had destroyed four Houthi drones laden with explosives and also a ballistic rocket fired at Jazan, where Aramco operates a 400,000-bpd refinery that is often targeted by Houthi attacks.

https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Middle-East/Saudi-Forces-Thwart-Houthi-Attack-On-Oil-City.html

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Houthi rebels blamed for attempted assassination of Yemeni tribal leader

A prominent Yemeni tribal leader who has been the target of multiple attempted killings survived another assassination attempt, blamed on Iran-backed Houthis.

Ali Hassan bin Gharib Al-Shabwani, a leading figure of the Ubaidah tribe in Marib, survived the attempted killing after a car bombing targeted his convoy, local media reported.

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/houthis-blamed-attempted-killing-yemen-tribal-leader

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The war in central #Yemen continues to escalate, with Houthi forces capturing new territory in al-Bayda and advancing towards neighboring #Shabwah and #Abyan. This coincides with protests in Aden and Hadramawt over widespread poverty.

https://twitter.com/NavantiGroup/status/1438573300570071043

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Coalition says foils new Houthi attack on airport

The Saudi-led coalition on Wednesday said it thwarted a new Houthi attack Abha airport in southern Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi air defences intercepted an explosives-laden drone that was fired towards the airport, it said in a statement, adding that the attempted attack was a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26974.html

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni forces liberate key strategic areas near Ma’rib

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/16/yemeni-forces-liberate-key-strategic-areas-near-marib/

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‘GREAT STRENGTH’: HOUTHIS REVEAL DETAILS OF LARGE-SCALE OPERATION IN MA’RIB (18+ VIDEO)

On September 17, the Houthis announced that they “liberated” more than 1,600 square kilometers in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib from the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies during a recent large-scale operation.

The operation, codenamed “Great Strength,” saw the Houthis and their allies imposing control of the districts of Medghal and Majzar. The Mass Millitary camp also fell into the hands of the Houthis. The camp was one of the Saudi-led coalition main bases in Ma’rib.

Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis, claimed that the coalition used to shelter elements of al-Qaeda and ISIS in the camp.

https://southfront.org/great-strength-houthis-reveal-details-of-large-scale-operation-in-marib-18-video/

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stt4YQiDUH8

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Erneut dutzende Tote bei Gefechten im Jemen

Wie ein Militärangehöriger der Regierung der Nachrichtenagentur AFP am heutigen Donnerstag sagte, starben ein Oberst und 19 weitere Kämpfer der Regierungsseite bei Zusammenstößen mit Houthi-Rebellen in der zentraljemenitischen Provinz Baida. Außerdem seien bei Gefechten und Luftangriffen 30 Rebellen getötet worden. Die Opferzahlen wurden durch andere Militärvertreter bestätigt.

https://orf.at/stories/3228830/ = https://www.stol.it/artikel/politik/erneut-dutzende-tote-bei-gefechten-im-jemen

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At Least 50 Killed in Yemen Clashes: Military Sources

At least 50 rebels and pro-government troops, including a high-ranking officer, have been killed in clashes in Yemen’s central province of Al-Bayda, military sources told AFP on Thursday

https://theglobepost.com/2021/09/16/yemen-clashes/

and also http://www.news.cn/english/2021-09/16/c_1310192120.htm

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Salimah Ahmed Kuneid in her 70s has lost two of her sons (Abdullah Nabi and Ali Nabil) in the explosion of a Houthi landmine in Yemen’s western coast province of Hodeidah/Aden 24 website

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49987

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One dead and seven wounded in Saudi bombing in Saada

At least one civilian was killed and seven injured on Friday, as the result of a Saudi artillery bombardment on a border district in Saada province, northern Yemen, a security source said.

The source explained that the Saudi army targeted the area of al-Raqaw in the border directorate of Monabbih with several missiles and artillery shells , which resulted in the death of one Yemeni and tht injury of seven others.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/17/one-dead-and-seven-wounded-in-saudi-bombing-in-saada/

and also https://www.saba.ye/en/news3156125.htm

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Man killed, 5 wounded in aggression’s fires on Sa’ada

A man was killed in Saudi aggression’s fires on al-Raqo area in Munabeh border district of Sa’ada province, a military official said on Thursday.

The official added the Saudi aggression’s fires also wounded 5 others in the same area, pointing out the Saudi artillery hit several areas in Razeh district in the same province.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155917.htm

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Aggression injuring 4 in Sa’ada

a man was killed and an African immigrant was injured by Saudi army fires on al-Raqw area in the border district of Monabih in Sa’ada province, the official confirmed.

He added that 2 men were also wounded by Saudi artillery shelling on Al-Sheikh area in the same district, while the enemy warplanes launched 6 raids on Ketaf district.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155787.htm

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-26969.html

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Marib police arrest new Houthi terror cell with explosives in their possession, security sources have said./Multiple sources.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49966

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1438569194350645257 (photo)

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Citizen injured in Sa’ada

A citizen was injured by the Saudi border guards‘ fire in Sa’ada province

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155620.htm

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[Sanaa gov. army] Air defenses shoot down spy aircraft in Sa’ada

The army’s air defenses shot down on Monday a Chinese-made combat-spy aircraft of the Saudi-led aggression coalition, the army’s spokesman said Tuesday

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3155622.htm

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwn-jYerCtA&t=1s

Heavy bombardments reported in Yemen after UAV shot down

The spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree said that the Yemeni army and popular committees shot down a Saudi reconnaissance drone over Saada province.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/178623/Heavy-bombardments-reported-in-Yemen-after-UAV-shot-down

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Yemeni government forces again on the backfoot

After a number of setbacks, the Houthis recaptured Rahabah district and are now threatening to gain control over Marib, the last gov’t stronghold.

Thousands of civilians have been displaced in Yemen’s Marib after a Houthi offensive that began at the start of September saw the rebel group take control of a key district in the south of the governorate.

Rahabah, which lies to the east of the Houthi-held capital Sanaa, was captured on September 8 after heavy fighting that led to at least 65 fighters’ death on both sides.

“The internally displaced people are suffering,” Mahdi Balgaith, an analyst at the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies, told Al Jazeera.

“Many of the families have been forced to live out in the open without proper shelter in terrible conditions; they lack the most basic needs, such as shelter, food, water, and educational facilities,” Balgaith, who is based in Marib, added.

Rahabah had been a bright spark for government forces in a year that has been punctuated by military setbacks. However, the Houthi capture marks their latest reversal.

The district had come back into government hands in July after having been initially lost in a Houthi advance in September 2020. The Houthis also continue to threaten the government’s last major stronghold in northern Yemen, Marib city, further highlighting the importance of establishing some forward momentum after the July capture of Rahabah.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/14/are-yemeni-government-forces-once-again-on-the-backfoot

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Film: Fighting continues near city of Marib in Yemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hKkNQSTm7s

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More than 80 Houthis killed in Yemen’s Marib

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/more-80-houthis-killed-yemens-marib

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Houthi militia suffered heavy losses western Marib

http://en.26sepnews.net/2021/09/08/houthi-militia-suffered-heavy-losses-western-marib/

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Houthi landmine injuries 3 civilians, including children in Al-Dhale

Three civilian were injured Saturday in a landmine planted by the Houthi militias in Al-Dhale province, southern the country.

A local source told September Net that the landmine was planted earlier by the Houthi militia and exploded in car carrying five citizens, including children.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2021/09/13/houthi-landmine-injuries-3-civilians-including-children-in-al-dhale-2/

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Yemeni air defences shoot down Saudi drone over Saada

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/13/yemeni-air-defences-shoot-down-saudi-drone-over-saada/

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Saudi Brigadier General amongst casualties of Yemeni attack at border front

https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2021/09/13/saudi-brigadier-general-amongst-casualties-of-yemeni-attack-at-border-front/

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Civilian killed, another injured in mine explosion in northeast Yemen

A civilian was killed and another injured when a landmine exploded on the highway between Jawf and Marib provinces in northeast Yemen on Sunday.

The mine was laid by the Houthi group and went off while the two were passing by the road

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26935.html

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KSrelief’s Masam Project Dismantles 1,184 Mines in Yemen during One Week

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief)’s Masam Project for Clearing Mines in Yemen demined 1,184 mines during the second week of September 2021, including seven anti-personnel mines, 641 anti-tank mines, 527 unexploded ordnance and nine explosive devices.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 273,954 mines planted by the Houthi militia have been dismantled.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2283023

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 going on and both sides constantly are accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.

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Eight Houthi militants killed, dozens injured in Hodeidah

Eight Houthi militants were killed and dozens others were injured by the Joint Forces in clashes erupted broke out Saturday in al-Tuhita district in the south of Hodeidah.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33754

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A civilian was killed by a Houthi shell in Al-Dorayhimi of Hodeidah governorate today/Ayn Almahrah

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-50026

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Film: A civilian transport truck was hit by a Houthi landmine explosion east of Qataba, injuring a child

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A1SBckqG1A

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Film: A child was injured in the explosion of a landmine left behind by the Houthis, east of Qataba area in Al-Hodeidah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Dg6U-kT6A

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Pro-gov’t forces abort Houthi attack in Yemen’s Hodeidah

http://www.news.cn/english/2021-09/12/c_1310183507.htm

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17 people injured in Houthi-laid mine blast in Hodeidah (Video)

17 people were injured on Monday, by Houthi-laid land mine explosion in Qutaba area of al-Khokha district in the south of Hodeidah.
Local sources said that the blast occurred when a truck transporting 17 people, mostly women and children, drove over a landmine planted by the pro-Iran Houthi militants on a side road in Qutaba.
All the injured victims were taken immediately to al-Khokha’s field hospital for receiving medical treatment.
According to medics, the injuries varied from moderate to severe, with some cases resulted in amputation.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33730

and also https://republicanyemen.net/archives/29015

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-49943

Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRzteaUT0DQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUfN5fIc8nE

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Film: The displacement of a number of farmer families as a result of the Houthi shelling on the Al Tahtiya district

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHdL4sjikZ0

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Mocha people take to streets in protest against port attack

Hundreds of people took to streets in the town of Mocha west of Yemen’s southwestern province of Taiz on Monday to protest against a recent attack on Mocha seaport by the Houthi group.

Days ago, the group fired four ballistic missiles and three explosives-laden drones to the port, causing huge damage to its infrastructure.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26952.html

and

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[Hadi] Yemeni gov’t: Mocha huge destruction challenges humanitarian efforts

The Houthi attack on Mocha in Taiz governorate caused huge destruction to the western port, the Yemeni foreign ministry said Saturday, dubbing the act as a blatant challenge to efforts aimed to ease the humanitarian crisis and end the 7-year war.
One ballistic missile and five bomb-laden drones were used in the attack that left huge damages to the Red Sea port’s operational facilities and food stores, the ministry said in a statement, after local efforts to rehabilitate and reopen the port to receive humanitarian assistances.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26931.html

and

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Mocha Port Severely Damaged by Houthi Attacks

The Iran-backed Houthi militias launched on Saturday a major attack, using ballistic missiles and armed drones, against Yemen’s western Mocha port.
The attack took place shortly before a government delegation was scheduled to arrive at the facility to officially relaunch operations there.
The attack severely damaged the warehouses at the port, destroying large quantities of relief aid. No human casualties were reported.
The attack prompted Yemeni activists to call on the legitimate government to suspend the United Nations truce, in place since December and in line with the Stockholm Agreement, and to resume operations to liberate Hodeidah.
Port manager Abdulmalek al-Sharabi said: “The terrorist Houthis targeted the port with four missiles and three drones, causing a fire in tankers and hangars. Other facilities were also damaged.”

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33718

Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb7A7qbmNVU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOTMZ4_urkg

My remark: Earlier reporting in Yemen War Mosaic 759, cp18.

and

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UN Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement condemns the incident of a landmine explosion that injured 15 civilians south Hodeidah, stressing „the urgent need for parties to come back to the table so demining in civilian areas can happen and local communities are protected.”

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1437881875876491271

and

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Attack on Yemen port blamed on Houthis

Mocha seaport in west of Yemen’s southwestern province of Taiz came under a missile and drone attack on Saturday.

The information centre of the joint forces, UAE-backed forces that are controlling the port, blamed the attack on the Houthi group.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26916.html

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[Hadi gov.] Yemen Minister Questions UNMHA Silence over Houthi Violations

Yemeni Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Moammar Al-Eryani questioned on Saturday the silence of the UN Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) over the violations committed by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in the country.

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3184591/yemen-minister-questions-unmha-silence-over-houthi-violations

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Yemeni tournament at firing line

After more than six years of complete inactivity, the Federation of Yemeni Football Association (YFA) waked up and announced the resumption of sports contest (general football tournament), expected to start mid this September for 14 teams.

This delayed awakening could have disastrous results, forcing the teams to run races in the two southern cities of Seyoun and Shabwa and to move from northern provinces amid fierce battles in different areas, in addition to some recent developments.

The YFA chose the two cities, despite the fact that the two main cities (Sana’a and Aden) are prepared, to host the tournament and take the competition out of the bottleneck. But the YFA uncalculated decision could lead to huge catastrophe (Allah forbid), particularly with „public“ escalation expected in the south against the YFA.

YFA blatant violation sparks flames!

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26953.html

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Photos, films: Omani expedition team could reach the bottom of the mysterious well of Barhaout- known as well of hell- in #Yemen’s eastern al-Mahara.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1438319757074251777

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1438579557485973511

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1438326770378412038

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1438557586438164480

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1438556889122590730

and film from June: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=201494345186504

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Child Mohamed Malik.. new victim of ‚deceivers‘ war in Yemeni sports

On the 24th of last August, the writer received certain information that the Yemeni taekwondo federation’s secretary-general, SG Khaled al-Arasi, was involved in an administrative scandal in relation to a Yemeni young champion’s participation in an international contest.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-26980.html

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Film: Massive flames flare up in Houthi-run customs in Al Bayda province. Sources say the flames got into 20 trucks loaded with oil, killing or wounded more than 15 people.

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1438934609304055809

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-759-yemen-war-mosaic-759

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-759 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-759:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

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

https://yemeniarchive.org/en