Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 789, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 789, part 1:
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
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
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
cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade
cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage
cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy
cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism
cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids
cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War
cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle
cp19 Sonstiges / Other
Klassifizierung / Classification
(Kein Stern / No star)
? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating
A = Aktuell / Current news
B = Hintergrund / Background
C = Chronik / Chronicle
D = Details
E = Wirtschaft / Economy
H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions
K = Krieg / War
P = Politik / Politics
pH = Pro-Houthi
pS = Pro-Saudi
T = Terrorismus / Terrorism
cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks
Siehe / Look at cp1
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UN Documents for Yemen
Sanaa delivers to #Russia new vision for peace in #Yemen.
Chief negotiator of Sanaa government, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, revealed on Tuesday that Sanaa had delivered Russia a new vision to end the war and enter into a peace process in Yemen.
“We gave our vision for a solution to friends, through Moscow’s ambassador in Yemen,” with the goal of alleviating the suffering of the Yemeni people and creating the atmosphere to end the war and enter a UN-sponsored political process,” he said on Twitter, adding that we previously handed a copy of it to the UN envoy.
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Sharp escalation in fighting across Yemen risks spiralling out of control
Recent attacks on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia indicate how the conflict in Yemen risks spiralling out of control, the chief UN mediator for the country told the Security Council on Tuesday, as he called for “serious efforts” to be made by Yemeni parties, the region and the international community, to end the fighting, now in its seventh year.
“It should be obvious to everyone just how high the stakes have become”, said Hans Grundberg, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, recalling attacks in January by Ansar Allah – also known as the Houthis – on the UAE.
Worst casualties in three years
For Yemenis, the past month was marked by a multiplication of frontlines and an “appalling” record number of civilian casualties, Mr. Grundberg said. A coalition airstrike on a detention facility in Sadaa, which killed or injured more than 300 detainees, was among the worst incidents in three years.
He described the sharp increase in airstrikes, including on residential areas and civilian infrastructure in Sana’a and the crucial port city of Hudaydah, stressing that the war is also being fought in the economic arena, as the two sides and their allies battle over resources, trade flows through the Red Sea port, and monetary policy.
“The impact of this aspect of the war continues to irrefutably hit Yemen’s population as a whole”, he said. The past month has seen particularly severe shortages in fuel and oil derivatives, notably in areas controlled by Ansar Allah.
After a long delay, four fuel ships were granted clearance to enter Hudaydah this month, yet only one was for the general market – not enough to meet the needs of the population. He called again on parties to remove all obstacles.
Protect press freedom
The war is also being fought in the public domain with increasingly hostile media rhetoric combined with intimidation, detention and harassment of media professionals and activists.
He urged all sides to protect press freedom and release “immediately and unconditionally” detained journalists and political activists.
“Allowing the war to continue is a choice – and so is ending it.”
Convinced of this potential, Mr. Grundberg said he is developing a framework to advance an inclusive political settlement. Through a multi-track process, the interests of the warring sides can be addressed within the broader Yemeni agenda along political, security and economic tracks.
The Special Envoy said he will begin a series of bilateral consultations next week aimed at informing and refining the framework, engaging with warring parties, po
In parallel, he said he will continue to explore “every possibility” of fast-tracking de-escalation.
In recent meetings in Riyadh and Muscat, he has urged the conflict parties to engage in de-escalation talks and presented options for moving forward. “My calls, and the calls of this Council for restraint and de-escalation, remain unanswered,” he said.
A protracted crisis
Martin Griffiths, UN humanitarian affairs chief, and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the war in Yemen – and the wider crisis it has unleashed – shows no sign of abating.
He described a “sharp and dangerous” escalation over the past six weeks, with more than 650 civilian casualties reported in January – an average of 21 civilians killed or injured each day by air strikes, shelling, small arms fire and other violence.
“It is by far the highest toll in the last three years”, he said, stressing that the war is finding people in their homes, schools, mosques, hospitals and other places where civilians should be protected.
Meanwhile, cross-border attacks have intensified, killing, injuring and threatening civilians in the broader region.
A lifetime of war
Noting that the recent escalation is just the latest turn in a conflict that has now dragged on for seven years, he said Yemen has become a protracted crisis, with an entire generation of children growing up having known nothing but war.
Throughout, he said humanitarian partners have done “everything we can” to reduce the suffering.
In 2021, nearly 200 organizations worked together through the United Nations response plan to assist more than 11 million people every month, reaching every one of Yemen’s 333 districts.
Funding, funding, funding
He said access impediments remain a major problem, with aid workers facing far too many restrictions, and security challenges persist.
Armed men abducted five United Nations staff on official mission in Abyan governorate just last week.
The biggest challenge by far is funding. He warned that aid agencies are quickly running out of money, forcing them to slash life-saving programmes. By the end of January, nearly two-thirds of major UN aid programmes had already scaled back or closed altogether.
In December, he said the World Food Programme (WFP) reduced food rations for eight million people. Starting in March, they will likely receive no food at all, while many UN humanitarian flights in Yemen (UNHAS) will need to be cancelled.
If the funding gaps are not promptly addressed “it will be a death sentence for people whose coping mechanisms have been completely exhausted,” he warned.
“We cannot let the aid operation in Yemen fall apart,” he emphasized. He called for a more sustainable approach to humanitarian funding, and prompt attention to the underlying drivers of need, especially the collapsing economy.
and a longer report, also with all envoys’ statements: https://www.un.org/press/en/2022/sc14793.doc.htm
Agreement reached on transfer of oil from abandoned tanker off Yemen: UN
An ‚agreement in principle‘ has been reached to transfer the toxic cargo from a rusting oil tanker abandoned off the coast of war-torn Yemen to another ship, the UN said Tuesday.
„I am pleased to report recent progress in efforts to resolve the Safer tanker issue, including an agreement in principle to a UN-coordinated proposal to shift the oil to another ship,“ said Martin Griffiths, the UN’s deputy chief for humanitarian affairs.
He gave no further details about the operation or when the transfer might take place.
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220215-agreement-reached-on-transfer-of-oil-from-abandoned-tanker-off-yemen-un = https://www.rfi.fr/en/middle-east/20220215-agreement-reached-on-transfer-of-oil-from-abandoned-tanker-off-yemen-un
UAE envoy to UN criticises ‘appeasement’ of Yemen’s Houthis
UAE envoy Lana Nusseibeh calls for tougher sanctions, scrutiny and enforcement of an arms embargo
My comment: All this against ALL Yemen War parties, including the Saudis and the UAE, this really could be a good thing.
Information campaign published on UN Security Council’s misdeeds towards #Yemen.
The National Committee to Stop the Crimes of the #SecurityCouncil in Yemen has launched a human rights documentation campaign to expose the crimes and violations against the Yemeni civilians, since March 2015, under the slogan “#Stop_SecurityCounilCrimes_inYemen.
In a statement issued after its meeting today, the committee has called on rights organizations, resistance movements, and all free people in the world to actively contribute to stopping crimes and human rights and humanitarian violations committed by the coalition led by Saudi and the UAE, which began against Yemen since March 2015.
The committee has stressed everyone’s obligation to bear legal and moral responsibility towards the civilians in Yemen. It illustrates that the UN Security Council is a partner in the aggression against Yemen, through its support for the countries of aggression, and its endeavour to obliterate war crimes and genocide, which do not have a statute of limitations, foremost of which is the targeting of civilian objects and innocent lives, and violating the UN rules, regulations and charters.
The committee considers this campaign as a starting point for broader campaigns aimed at stopping the crimes of the Security Council around the world, urging the conscious and free voices to convey the grievances of Yemen. The committee equally stresses that the #Security_Council is one of the most prominent pillars participating in the aggression by covering up the crimes and its parties, and its attempts to grant it a false legitimacy.
https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2022/02/15/information-campaign-published-on-un-security-councils-misdeeds-towards-yemen/ = https://en.ypagency.net/253498/ = https://twitter.com/GhalebM0nz1i7/status/1493687229075632128
[Sanaa gov.] Foreign Minister: Routine UN Briefing Sessions Support US-Saudi Aggression Against Yemen
The Minister of Foreign affairs sent a message on Monday to the President of the Security Council for February 2022, Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia, about the briefing session on Yemen scheduled for Tuesday, in addition to the developments in the political situation in Yemen.
In the message, the minister Hisham Sharaf addressed to the President and members of the UN Security Council that the upcoming briefing of the Council on Yemen comes in difficult humanitarian and living conditions that the Yemeni people suffer from in light of the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression and blockade.
https://english.almasirah.net.ye/post/24131/Foreign-Minister-Routine-UN-Briefing-Sessions-Support-US-Saudi-Aggression-Against-Yemen = https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2022/02/15/yemeni-foreign-minister-sends-message-to-un-security-council/
[Sanaa gov.] Deputy Foreign Minister of Yemen: UN Security Council has been closer to causing war than to achieving peace.
Deputy Foreign Minister in Sana’a, Hussein al-Ezzi has said that “the illegal resolutions issued by the SecurityCouncil have been behind the suffering of the Yemeni people and have encouraged the Saudi-led coalition countries to commit more crimes.”
Al-Ezzi said in a statement that “Sanaa put the SecurityCouncil in the picture of the crimes committed by the coalition in targeting the communications building.” He stressed that the SecurityCouncil, for the seven years of the aggression, had been closer to waging war than to making peace.
https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2022/02/15/deputy-foreign-minister-of-yemen-un-security-council-has-been-closer-to-causing-war-than-to-achieving-peace/ = https://twitter.com/GhalebM0nz1i7/status/1493683710939512834
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Yemen, the war that should have never been and how to achieve peace
How do we end this conflict? The United States, UK and allies should stop all weapons sales and agreements with Saudi Arabia and the UAE if they do not end their military actions in Yemen and release the embargo that is in place against the Yemenis.
All U.S. and UK military troops and contractors should be removed from Yemen, along with UAE and Saudi troops and military contractors. This is the first step and should be non-negotiable. Additionally, any Iranian personnel should likewise be removed.
Secondarily, the United States, Iran, and UK should support the Houthis and STC in their ongoing efforts to control and eliminate AQAP and IS-YP. There should be a commitment financially to help rebuild Yemen’s infrastructure and economy without political interference by any outside parties, including the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Any military bases constructed by the UAE, Saudis, Israel, the US and UK should be dismantled and handed over either to the Houthis or STC, depending upon the location.
Damages to Yemen perpetrated by the US, UK, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates ought to be compensated directly to the National Unity government or to North and South Yemen as per pre-1990 boundaries.
Yemen needs a democratic process, supported by the UN, that begins making all sides in the crisis disarm their own militias. A Government of National Unity should be overseen by the UN, if possible, or else allow Yemen to split into North and South Yemen as per pre-1990 boundaries. If separated, the United Nations should assist each division in the formation of their own respective governments without the meddling of the West, GCC, Israel, or Iran.
Negotiations on possible exchange and release of thousands of prisoners currently ongoing in Yemen
The head of the [Sanaa gov.] National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs has said that there are negotiations with the Saudi-led aggression through the United Nations in order to reach a deal to exchange and release thousands of prisoners.
“There are negotiations at the present time with the other party through the United Nations, with the aim of reaching a deal greater than any previous deals,” Abdulqadir al-Murtadha said in a statement to Al-Masirah TV on Saturday.
He explained that the last meeting with the UN was three weeks ago, and they discussed concluding a deal to exchange thousands of prisoners from both sides.
https://hodhodyemennews.net/en_US/2022/02/12/negotiations-on-possible-exchange-and-release-of-thousands-of-prisoners-currently-ongoing-in-yemen/ = https://english.almasirah.net.ye/post/24070/Prisoners-Committee-Reveals-Upcoming-Negotiations-to-Release-Thousands
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UN Security Council violates international law in Yemen: Report
The Yemeni Center for Human Rights has held a meeting in the Yemeni capital Sana’a. The event was entitled, „The UN Security Council and the aggression on Yemen – airstrikes and resolutions.“ Participants discussed the United Nations Security Council’s violations of international law in its dealings with the Yemen issue and the threat that such a breach poses to international peace and security.
The report highlighted the resolutions of the Security Council on the Saudi-led coalition’s violations in Yemen and the political cover-up it has provided for the coalition’s crimes, including the airstrikes on residential areas.
Experts believe that Riyadh has been bribing its way through the United Nations, pushing the world body to turn a blind eye to the years-long Saudi crimes in Yemen. They say the Saudi bombardments of residential areas and the all-out blockade imposed on millions of Yemenis are clear violations of international law.
Dialogue unacceptable before coalition ends military operations: Houthis
The Houthi reject sitting at dialogue table before the Saudi-led coalition stops its military operations in Yemen and opens all the land, sea and air ports, spokesman for the Iranian-backed group tweeted on Wednesday.
Mohamed Abdul Salam, also senior negotiator for the Houthi group, said he held a meeting with a delegation of the European Union in the Omani capital.
Ansarullah Bureau member Mohammed al-Bukhaiti: Need for urgent dialogue amongst Yemenis
Member of Ansarullah’s Political Bureau, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, has called on Thursday for a Yemeni dialogue to achieve Yemen’s interests and sovereignty.
Al-Bukhaiti said that the goal of the dialogue would be to build a political process based on internal balances and accommodating all parties.
“We do not need to make concessions, but we need to respect each other and stop killing each other, and then stand united in the face of any external aggression,” he added.
Al-Bukhaiti affirmed that “the insistence of the political components that summoned the aggression in order to prevent a Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue requires that the people take a decisive stance against them.”
Houthis blackmail aid agencies, Yemen government says
The internationally recognised government on Wednesday accused the Iran-allied Houthi group of blackmailing aid agencies in Yemen, urging to face such acts strictly to ensure that aid can be delivered to the most vulnerable people.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Awadh bin Mubarak stressed the importance of improving the World Food Programme’s inspection and aid distribution mechanisms and facing all Houthi acts hindering aid delivery.
cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia
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Die Bulldozer des Prinzen
Saudi-Arabiens Thronfolger will die Stadt Dschidda zu einer globalen Marke machen – mit Oper und Jachthafen. Zehntausende verlieren ihr Zuhause.
Hier und da ragt noch ein Minarett in die Höhe, eine Palme, auch Überreste von Gebäuden stehen noch. Ansonsten mutet die Trümmerwüste gespenstisch an, erinnert an Bilder aus Syrien oder Libyen. Doch in Dschidda am Roten Meer, Saudi-Arabiens zweitgrößter Stadt, herrscht kein Krieg. Bagger und Bulldozer am Straßenrand zeigen: Hier wurde nach Plan zerstört. Von Zerstörung sprechen jedenfalls die einen, andere nennen es Stadtentwicklung.
Seit Oktober sind mitten in Dschiddas Innenstadt gigantische Abrissarbeiten im Gang. In einst dicht besiedelten Vierteln wie Ghulail und Petromin wurden komplette Häuserblöcke dem Erdboden gleichgemacht. Wohnungen, Autowerkstätten, Supermärkte, alles ist platt. Schutt häuft sich links und rechts der wenigen noch befahrbaren Straßen.
„Jemand kommt und schreibt ‚Räumung‘ an die Hauswand. Manchmal haben die Leute nur wenige Wochen, um ihre Häuser zu räumen. In Ghulail hatten sie nur 24 Stunden.“ So beschreibt Khulud al-Harthi das Vorgehen der Behörden gegenüber der taz.
Betroffen von den Zerstörungen sind aktuell vor allem Viertel südlich und östlich der Altstadt, dem Balad, das sich in Teilen Unesco-Weltkulturerbe nennen darf. In diesen Stadtteilen lebten vor der Räumung jeweils zwischen 10.000 und 50.000 Menschen. Zehntausende dürften also ihr Zuhause verlieren. Schätzungen, die von Dissidenten und Kritikern der Abrissarbeiten verbreitet werden, gehen von mehreren Hunderttausenden bis zu einer Million aus.
Aufnahmen, teils aus Drohnenperspektive, geben eine Vorstellung von dem Ausmaß: Die Viertel Ghulail und Petromin wurden jeweils zur Hälfte nivelliert, ebenso wie große Teile von Mada’en Fahad, Nuzla Yamaniya, Qurayat und anderer Stadtteile. Ende Januar wurde der Abriss von Kandara und Hindawiya vorbereitet, indem den Bewohnern Strom und Wasser abgedreht wurden, um die Räumung zu beschleunigen. Hindawiya gleicht mittlerweile einer Geisterstadt.
Unter Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), seit 2017 Kronprinz von Saudi-Arabien, wird mit den vermeintlichen Slums nun kurzer Prozess gemacht. Mit seiner Reformagenda „Vision 2030“ gibt er vor, das Königreich zu modernisieren.
Im Dezember gab MBS persönlich den Startschuss für das Großprojekt „Jeddah Central“. Anders als auf den neu entstehenden Freiflächen im Süden und Osten, für die keine Bauvorhaben bekannt sind, sollen an der Rotmeerküste nördlich der Altstadt ein Jachthafen und Strandresorts mit Shoppingmöglichkeiten entstehen, dazu Saudi-Arabiens erstes Opernhaus, ein Sportstadion und ein „Ozeanarium“. Hinzu kommen 17.000 Wohneinheiten, Hotelprojekte und „integrierte Lösungen für den Unternehmenssektor“. – von Jannis Hagmann
The reality is those targeted by this, „Their ancestors once came from southern Arabia, immigrated from the African continent, or came to the peninsula as slaves and found a home in settlements around what was then walled Jeddah“
almost a decade later #SaudiArabia is abusing its powers by evicting people out of their homes to launch „projects“ that benefit whoever is on top Without compensating the affected!
Two kings.. Same savagery!
Film (in Arabic): In spite of extreme fear, a displaced woman whose house was illegally razed & taken by #SalahAlTurki , Jeddah mayor, speaks out @JeddahAmanah
Film: Smart Cities Create Memories of the Homeless
Film: #Saudi strongman #MBS ordered haphazard #Jeddah demolition is destroying hospitals like this one without safety precautions. #Jeddah mayor Saleh AlTurki is i charge of this illegal demo & evictions.
Film: The Royal Commission for Makkah Al-Mukarramah removed 281 properties in Al-Nakasa neighborhood out of a total of 673 properties that will be removed in the first period From the business plan for the second phase of the development project, which lasts 10 weeks..
Dakar rally car blast caused by improvised explosive device – source
An explosion under a support vehicle at the Dakar rally in Saudi Arabia that injured French race driver Philippe Boutron on Dec. 30 was caused by an improvised explosive device, a French source familiar with the investigation said on Friday.
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Biden doubles down on a failed Yemen policy
In addition to potentially violating U.S. law, continuing arms sales to the coalition puts the U.S. at risk of complicity in possible war crimes. The sales also fly in the face of justice and accountability for previous violations given the coalition’s dreadfully flawed investigations of its own strikes.
But it isn’t too late for the Biden administration to prioritize human rights and accountability in Yemen. Human Rights Watch and other Yemeni and international groups have called upon the U.S. and its allies to halt arm sales to the coalition. If the Biden administration cannot or will not act, Congress needs to step in. Specifically, Congress should publicly and privately communicate to the administration that arms sales to the coalition should stop and that the Houthis should not be redesignated a “terrorist” group.
The administration also should prioritize re-establishing a UN accountability mechanism to hold all parties in Yemen accountable for violations of international law, with a focus on criminal accountability for rights violations and possible war crimes.
By taking these bold but essential steps now, the U.S. can finally recognize the war in Yemen for what it is: a conflict with all parties committing serious violations and, as the UN has said, one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The U.S. needs to do its part to help put an end to the prolonged suffering of millions of Yemenis.
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Is the US serious about protecting Saudi-led coalition Member States from Yemeni attacks?
The latest military escalation hangs question marks over how the US is serious about ending the war in Yemen.
Elias Torab, a Yemeni political analyst based in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, has questioned the American officials‘ statements about protecting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates from possible Yemeni drone or missile attacks.
“The US is evasive. It has put itself in a position that the Saudis and Emiratis see it on the side of Ansar Allah, and Ansar Allah sees it on the side of the Saudis and the Emiratis,” Torab told Al Mayadeen English in a recorded face-to-face audio interview. “The fact is that the US is only serious about protecting its interest.”
Torab pointed out that when McKenzie said his country is going to help UAE stop drone attacks before launch, it means that the US is directly involved in the war in Yemen.
Torab stressed that “There is a huge contradiction in the US officials’ statements” and that “the Gulf states and the UAE, in particular, are aware of that more than any other country”.
The latest military escalation hangs question marks over how the US is serious about ending the war in Yemen politically and stop defending its interests.
„The US won’t end the war in Yemen politically as it’s impossible for the US to abandon its interests,“ Torab told Al Mayadeen English, pointing out that the „US interests in Gulf states increased since the war started, so the US has interests in the war to continue.“
Torab added the US doesn’t want an end to the war in Yemen “because ending the war means no arms sales and KSA and UAE are the most arms-buying countries,” making ending the war is not in the interest of the USA.
Torab, the political analyst, believes that McKenzie’s announcement of his country’s intention to help the UAE target drones before they launch hinders UN peace efforts.
“It is supposed to hinder UN peace efforts,” said Torab, stressing that “in fact, there are no UN [genuine]efforts to resolve the conflict in Yemen unless there is an American desire, and this desire is not available to resolve the war in Yemen’.
Mohamed Yahya Al-Jabri, a Sanaa-based military analyst, told Al Mayadeen English the US and UN are not serious about ending the war in Yemen, and CENTCOM commander’s remarks of helping UAE to stop drone attack before launch showed US direct involvement in the war in Yemen.
“The US and the UN are not serious about ending the war, but they will continue to appoint an envoy after an envoy with no peace being achieved at their hands.,” Al-Jabri said.
“The CENTCOM commander remarks are not new because they have been involved in bombing Yemen for seven years. Everything, from the missile to the warplane, is American,” he told Al Mayadeen English while sitting near the Drones Monument erected in Tahrir Square in Sanaa.
As for Torab, the political analyst, remarks of the CENTCOME McKenzie shows “a direct American involvement, as in the past it was hidden and behind the scenes but recently it surfaced to be official, refuting Biden’s allegations of ending US support for the Saudi coalition”.
Concerning re-designating Ansar Allah as a terrorist group, Al-Jabri, the military analyst told Al Mayadeen English that “Biden is following the footsteps of his predecessor, Trump, and that US policy does not change with the change of US presidents”. Adding, “Trump’s designation was in response to Saudi pressure, and now Biden wants to consider the designation in response to UAE pressure”.
Therefore, the United States is not interested in peace being achieved in Yemen and that it is ready to protect U.S. citizens and military personnel based in the Saudi-led coalition member states without protecting any other Gulf citizens from any attack from Yemen though Ansar Allah targets vital military and sensitive targets and always advise citizens to stay away from these targets.
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US F-22 fighter jets arrive in UAE after Houthi attacks
U.S. F-22 fighter jets arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, part of an American defense response to recent missile attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeting the country.
The Raptors landed at Al-Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi, which hosts some 2,000 U.S. troops. American soldiers there launched Patriot interceptor missiles in response to the Houthi attacks last month, the first time U.S. troops have fired the system in combat since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
American officials declined to say how many F-22s deployed or the number of airmen supporting the aircraft, citing operational security. However, they identified the unit involved as the 1st Fighter Wing, located at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. A photo later released by the Air Force showed six F-22s in a line on a taxiway at Al-Dhafra.
“The Raptors’ presence will bolster already strong partner nation defenses and puts destabilizing forces on notice that the U.S. and our partners are committed to enabling peace and stability in the region,” Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, the commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Mideast command, said in a statement.
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Designating the Houthis Would Be a Death Sentence for Countless Innocent Yemenis
It is deeply troubling that a proposal this awful is even being entertained.
As I said a few weeks ago, a decision to re-designate the group would be an appalling error.
No one believes that this designation will serve any real purpose except to inflict more starvation on a country already wracked by acute malnutrition and famine. Its effects on the Houthis would be negligible, but it would be a death sentence for millions of innocent people. It is deeply troubling that a proposal this awful is even being entertained.
Unfortunately, it is not all that surprising given the trajectory of Biden administration policy in the region. The U.S. now seems to be bending over backwards to cater to the UAE’s wishes, and it is going out of its way to provide the UAE with additional military support.
Gen. McKenzie, the head of Central Command, has made a point of “reassuring” Abu Dhabi of U.S. backing: “So, we think this is just one friend helping another in a time of crisis.” In this case, the “friend” is responsible for numerous war crimes, the torture of detainees, and the delivery of U.S.-made weapons to their militia proxies. It is bad enough that the U.S. continues to sell weapons to this government in the name of “self-defense,” but it is truly indefensible that U.S. military personnel are being sent to shield them from the consequences of an aggressive intervention that they launched against their neighbor. McKenzie is even talking about helping to disrupt Houthi attacks before they take place, which suggests that the U.S. would be taking an even more active and direct role in aiding the Saudi coalition’s war effort.
Meanwhile, Gen. McKenzie has also been spinning bizarre theories to explain why the Houthis have been targeting the UAE:
McKenzie, who moved up his trip to Abu Dhabi in light of the attacks, surmised that a “confluence” of factors had precipitated this turn of events — but that the key development was Iran’s loss of influence in Iraq and a need for new fronts in its bid for regional dominance.
McKenzie has had an exaggerated view of Iranian power for a long time, so it fits that he would cook up a story to blame Iran for the actions of Yemeni actors that obviously have their own reasons to attack the UAE.
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5 Years Later, Families Trump’s Muslim Ban Separated Are Begging Biden For Help
While President Joe Biden rescinded the notorious Trump-era immigration policy on his first day in office last year, many families have not yet been reunited.
Last week, more than 100 organizations sent a letter to the Biden administration urging it to do more to relieve ongoing family separations, delays and a backlog that has likely deterred many people from even applying for U.S. visas.
“[I]t is crucial that this administration fulfill its promise to right the wrongs of the Trump administration by providing relief to those who applied for but either never received or were denied visas that they would have qualified for but for these bans,” wrote the groups in an effort led by the No Muslim Ban Ever Campaign and the National Iranian American Council.
The letter also detailed 13 policy changes the groups would like to see the Biden administration make to rectify the impact of the ban
HuffPost documented 800 cases like Almuganahi’s in which the ban separated partners from spouses and parents from children. The analysis is the first of its kind and provides an in-depth glimpse into the physical, mental and economic toll of the bans, which also included medical hardships and deaths. For many of those families, the ban has caused irreparable damage.
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US Senate Hearing
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
‘Targeted’ Killing and the Rule of Law: The Legal and Human Costs of 20 Years of U.S. Drone Strikes
Radhya al-Mutawakel, Chairperson of Mwatana Oral Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee
about Civilian Harm from the United States’ Use of Lethal Force in Yemen on February 9, 2022.
and as a reminder the Feb 2021 Mwatana report: https://mwatana.org/en/death-falling-from-the-sky/
Houthi Offensive ‘Primary Obstacle’ to Peace in Yemen, Says U.S. Special Envoy Lenderking
Envoy says U.S. diplomacy has produced ‘two important building blocks to pave the way for peace.’
The Biden administration’s diplomatic efforts toward ending the war in Yemen are yielding international consensus on the need for a cease-fire and a more inclusive peace process, U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Timothy Lenderking said on February 8. However, Lenderking added, a military offensive by Houthi rebels is a major obstacle to those peace efforts.
Lenderking delivered the keynote remarks at an event co-hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He said U.S. diplomatic efforts have resulted in “two important building blocks to pave the way for peace in Yemen.” First, he said, “we have growing international consensus on the need for a cease-fire and a political solution.” And second, he added, “we have momentum around a more inclusive peace process that takes into account diverse views across Yemen and seeks to amplify the voices of the vast majority of Yemenis who are calling for an end to the fighting.”
My comment: This just is BS. There are no reasonable “Biden administration’s diplomatic efforts toward ending the war in Yemen”: The US is a wariing party in the Yemen War, now having demonstrated this simple fact even more than ever before. Just take this:
Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Houthi Attack Against SaudiArabia
The United States strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack against Abha in Saudi Arabia, which injured at least a dozen innocent civilians. The Houthis have claimed responsibility for this attack, and we will work with our Saudi and international partners to hold them accountable. As the President told His Majesty King Salman yesterday, we are committed to supporting Saudi Arabia in the defense of its people and territory from these attacks. America will have the backs of our friends in the region.
US State Dep.: Houthi Terrorist Attack in Saudi Arabia
The United States condemns the terrorist attack by the Houthis today that struck the commercial airport in Abha, Saudi Arabia, injuring at least a dozen innocent civilians. We wish the victims a full recovery. Repeated attacks of the last several weeks have harmed civilians and civilian infrastructure and undermine international efforts for a peaceful solution to the Yemen conflict and threaten the more than 70,000 U.S. citizens living in Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have pursued a dangerous pattern of increasingly obstructive and aggressive actions against Yemenis, Yemen’s neighbors, and the international community. As President Biden reiterated in his call to King Salman yesterday, the United States is firmly committed to supporting the defense of Saudi Arabia.
The United States, along with the international community, continues to urge de-escalation of the conflict. The parties should come to the negotiating table to work together and support the new, more inclusive UN-led peace process.
Rep. Ro Khanna: The U.S. Could End the Yemen War Tomorrow. It’s Time to Stop Arming the Saudis
And we have leverage that we’re not using. We could ground the Saudi Air Force to a halt tomorrow if we stopped supplying them with tires and parts. Instead, we continue to authorize arms sales to the Saudis. We have to tell the Saudis, “Stop the war.” Now, the Houthis aren’t blameless. I get that they’re firing into the Saudi territory. But our support and our leverage is with the — is over the Saudis. And if the Saudis lift the blockade, if they recognize that that war is over, then we can have a diplomatic settlement in Yemen. We can alleviate the extraordinary inflation and famine. And we just aren’t being willing to put enough pressure on the Saudis, despite having the leverage.
So, it’s a place where you’re seeing increasing discontent among progressives in Congress. I know Pramila Jayapal and others are really looking for much bolder action from the administration.
One lawmaker’s journey from Congress to lobbying for dictators
Former Rep. Ed Royce went from reading Saudi talking points on the House floor to officially doing the Kingdom’s bidding.
While Royce relayed these and similar arguments for more than 10 minutes, one key fact went unmentioned: he was reading the talking points of Saudi Arabia’s lobbyists, at times verbatim. As first reported by Lee Fang of The Intercept, that morning Royce’s office, and several other congressional offices, received “Facts about the Houthis and Iran” from lobbyists working on the Kingdom’s behalf. Those Saudi lobbyist talking points then formed the basis of a speech from Royce, then Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, at a pivotal juncture in U.S.-Saudi relations.
Today, Royce is under fire once again for his connections to the Saudi regime, as Democracy for the Arab World, or DAWN, has just released a spotlight, which I provided research for, of the former congressman in its “Lobbyists Hall of Shame,” for his work as a lobbyist on behalf of the Saudi and oppressive Sisi regime in Egypt.
Royce’s path to becoming a lobbyist for dictators was paved while he was still in Congress, and a prime target of Saudi lobbyists.
cp9a USA-Iran Krise: Spannungen am Golf / US-Iran crisis: Tensions at the Gulf
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If a deal with Iran is reached, the same people who criticized the JCPOA in 2015 will criticize it in 2022. The only difference is we now have concrete evidence of what their alternative strategy (more pressure) would produce: more enrichment, lower breakout, higher risk of war.
Israel Trying to Sabotage Vienna Process as Talks Enter Sensitive Stage
With the talks in Vienna having entered a sensitive stage, the Israeli regime appears to be attempting to sabotage the diplomatic process between Iran and the P4+1 countries in Vienna on revitalizing the 2015 agreement, a report says.
The Noor News website, which is affiliated with Iran’s top security body, the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), sounded the alarm on Tuesday after an Israeli delegation held separate meetings with the United Nations nuclear watchdog’s secretary-general and Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna.
“Zionists’ clear and unexpected presence in Vienna is undoubtedly a prohibitive element in the way of the progress of the Vienna talks in the current sensitive circumstances,” the website tweeted on Tuesday.
Iran’s UN envoy slams continued U.S. sanctions as „crime against humanity“
Iranian deputy permanent representative to the United Nations has condemned the continued U.S. sanctions on Iran as „crime against humanity,“ official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday.
Zahra Ershadi said the U.S. unilateral sanctions against the Iranian people, particularly on medicines and humanitarian items, „should not go unpunished.“
„The illegal sanctions have hampered access of vulnerable segments of the society in affected countries, including my country,“ to basic medical items and necessities, Ershadi said on Monday in his address to the UN Commission for Social Development.
Restrictions on access to Iran’s foreign exchange resources have hampered its medical and health supplies, which directly impacted the lives of Iran’s most vulnerable citizens, including women, children and patients, she noted.
Iran’s FM to EU’s Borrell: West’s lack of resolve prolonging Vienna talks
Iran’s foreign minister tells the European Union’s foreign policy chief that lack of resolve to achieve a good deal in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 Iran deal has caused the negotiations to become unnecessarily prolonged.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a Monday phone call with Josep Borrell, during which the two diplomats discussed the latest situation of the ongoing negotiations in the Austrian capital.
Saudi Arabia backs U.S. efforts to stop Iran getting nuclear weapons – SPA
Saudi Arabia’s government expressed on Tuesday its support for „U.S. efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,“ state news agency SPA reported.
‚Reliable‘ agreement at Vienna talks requires US political will: Top official
Iran’s top security official says whether Tehran and the P4+1 group of countries can reach a reliable agreement over the 2015 deal depends on the US’s political determination.
“Vienna negotiations have reached a stage, where the outcome can be declared certainly and without the need for guesswork,” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani wrote in a post published on his Twitter page on Monday.
“The US political decision either to satisfy or dismiss requirements for the conclusion of a reliable and durable agreement based on JCPOA agreed-upon principles can replace speculation,” Shamkhani added.
Iran announces the seizure of two ships in the Persian Gulf on charges of smuggling fuel
The Iranian authorities announced today, Sunday, that the Revolutionary Guards seized two ships in the Persian Gulf on charges of smuggling fuel.
The Iranian official added that the smugglers were intending to transfer the fuel shipments to a Gulf country – he did not name – indicating that the shipment was monitored through close monitoring, and in a coordinated operation by the Marines of the Revolutionary Guards.
and also https://en.ypagency.net/253199/
Informed Source Refutes Rumors of US Participation in Direct Talks Involving Iran
A source with knowledge of the ongoing talks in Vienna has refuted rumors that the United States was expected to engage in direct talks with Iran through a session of the Joint Commission of the 2015 agreement.
The information was provided to Press TV on Sunday after Western sources alleged that the Austrian capital of Vienna was to host such talks on Monday.
President Raeisi: We never have hope in Vienna and New York
President Ebrahim Raeisi says Iran has pinned no hope on the West, adding it relies solely on the Iranian people to achieve political and economic independence.
In an address to a rally marking the 43rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran Friday, Raeisi said his administration’s foreign policy is based on balance, implicitly criticizing look West policies in the past that have „made the country unbalanced“.
Intensive work on JCPOA revival underway in Vienna: Russia lead negotiator
A senior Russian diplomat says „intensive work“ is underway between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries in the Austrian capital of Vienna on ways to secure the revival of the 2015 multilateral agreement.
„All three working groups (on #sanctions lifting, nuclear issues and implementation/sequencing) are to meet today to address the remaining outstanding issues,“ Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said in a post on his Twitter account on Friday.
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Ignore the War Hawks – on Iran, There is Still Time for a Deal
As the world watches for negotiations on the Iran deal to reach either a breaking point or a breakthrough, war hawks in Washington are trying to derail diplomatic progress and push the United States to the brink of a dangerous conflict. Some familiar pro-war voices are even advocating for direct U.S. military strikes against Iran.
This reckless approach is far too cavalier an attitude when we’re talking about initiating yet another war in the Middle East. The pro-war arguments are also based on the misleading premise that we have only several weeks before it’s game over.
That is patently false.
Let’s get one thing clear: Iran’s oft-cited “breakout time” refers not to how long it would take for Iran to build a nuclear weapon, but rather to the time required to produce the fissile material that would go into a bomb. This is a key distinction.
While it’s true that without a return to the deal Iran could soon reach the point where it has the technical capability to produce enough fissile material needed for a bomb, U.S. and Israeli intelligence does not yet indicate that Iran has made the political decision to weaponize this material. Even if Tehran did decide to cross the nuclear threshold, it could take more than a year, or possibly longer, for Iran to produce a nuclear weapon and mate it to a delivery system. There is still time, even in the worst-case scenario, for diplomacy to work.
So why does the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, still matter? Yes, Iran has gained nuclear knowledge in the time since the U.S. withdrawal. But increased International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections and monitoring, along with limiting amounts and levels of enriched material, provide the real value of the JCPOA – they give critical insight into Iran’s activities and trigger early warning for the international community to act if there is a transgression. Months of advance notice of breakout, rather than none in the absence of a deal, is a common sense step in our effort to prevent an Iranian bomb. And it’s important to recall that the most important surveillance, monitoring, and IAEA safeguards provisions in the JCPOA already have durations of 20 or 25 years, while others are permanent.
So while Iran’s recent nuclear developments are worrisome, that does not mean that we have to ring the war bells.
cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain
Protest in front of British PM’s office condemns continued war on Yemen
Students Union in the United Kingdom on Saturday staged a protest rally near the British prime minister’s office building to denounce the continued sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen.
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Yemen is bleeding: Britain’s complicity in Saudi Arabia’s war
Why is Britain enabling Saudi Arabia to esclate its war on Yemen nearly seven years after it began?
According to research from Campaign Against Arms Trade, British weapons company BAE systems has sold £17.6bn worth of arms and military services to the Saudi dictatorship since 2015, while the company has 6,700 members of staff posted in Saudi Arabia.
If supplying arms was bad enough, the UK is training members of the Saudi-led coalition’s armed forces. Meanwhile, there are also UK armed forces personnel based in Riyadh’s command centre, who have been supplying logistical and intelligence support throughout the war.
Predictably, Boris Johnson has faced no calls from Keir Starmer to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia. With Jeremy Corbyn at the helm, Labour was pressing the government for immediate action but Starmer has long abandoned any such campaign.
That is why it is essential the anti-war movement is ready to take to the streets to demand that the UK government immediately stops arms sales to the Saudi regime and ends its complicity in the devastation facing Yemen.
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Yemen: the slaughter continues
The UK government’s role in this is contemptible. It decided to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia in 2020 despite the Campaign Against the Arms Trade’s earlier successful judicial review against it in 2019. The then Trade Secretary Liz Truss argued that Saudi Arabia was not regularly deliberately breaching international law in bombing Yemen.
Now CAAT has been granted permission to take the government back to Court to challenge this decision. The case should be heard in June this year.
UK arms sales to the Saudi regime have risen fivefold since 2016. They include cluster bombs that have been dropped over Yemen – despite Britain being among the 100 countries to have prohibited their use – but not their sale to clients abroad.
Film: „The suffering of journalists in Yemen is still a thorny and important issue, especially with the increase in violations dramatically since the beginning of the conflict. Journalists have the right to work freely and express their opinion without paying exorbitant prices, and all parties must respect that.“
cp11 Deutschland / Germany
Jemen: Deutsche Waffenexporte beenden!
Wir fordern von der neuen Bundesregierung: Der Export von Rüstungsgütern an die Kriegsparteien im Jemen muss endlich beendet werden. Zudem muss sich die Ampelkoalition auch auf europäischer Ebene für ein Ende von Waffenexporten einsetzen. Bitte unterstützen Sie uns dabei mit Ihrer Stimme!
Hilfe für Kinder und Familien im Jemen
Die Aktion Kleiner Prinz hat diese Hilfe zugesagt. Die Hilfskräfte im Jemen, die der Jemenhilfe persönlich bekannt sind, kaufen die Lebensmittel vor Ort ein und verteilen sie an die Bedürftigen. Am 18. Januar 2022 beschloss der Vorstand der Aktion Kleiner Prinz, mit dem Förderverein Aktion Jemenhilfe zusammenzuarbeiten, um die Hilfen auf mehr Familien auszuweiten und noch mehr hungernde Kinder zu erreichen.
cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries
US Shedding Crocodile Tears for Yemen: Iranian Spokesman
The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry denounced the US’ fake concerns for Yemen, saying the American arms sales to the Saudi-led military coalition only contributes to the cycle of violence.
In comments at a press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed US Defense Department Press Secretary John Kirby’s voicing of concern about the so-called threat of Houthi Ansarullah movement in Yemen.
He said Iran is concerned about the lives of Yemeni people who have been hit by seven years of war
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The Houthi crisis is creating an Emirati-Israeli opportunity
Houthi attacks on the United Arab Emirates proved what many have known for a long time, that Arab solidarity is an imaginary concept.
When it came to the attacks on the UAE, the strongest regional displays of support came from Israel. Israeli gestures of solidarity helped solidify Emirati-Israeli ties, which have been growing since the declaration of peace between them in the Abraham Accords of 2020.
Thanks to the Houthi attacks, the UAE seems to be taking its partnership with Israel to a new level, where the two governments actively cooperate in countering pro-Iran militias throughout the region.
Every crisis presents an opportunity. Both the UAE and Israel have found themselves the targets of Iranian-sponsored drone and rocket attacks. Israel’s expressions of solidarity and offers of aid in the wake of Houthi attacks on the UAE will further cement the budding Israeli-Emirati alliance. The bonds enhanced during this crisis may lead to mutual recognition in the UAE and Israel that the two countries do not just face shared threats but may have a shared destiny.
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Israel and the Gulf: A Security Partnership Around the Corner?
A year and a half after signing the Abraham Accords, Israel, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates are now working to further develop their economic and military ties. Over the past eighteen months, Israel has significantly expanded its trade relations with the UAE and Bahrain, while also enhancing the cooperation in the military technology and cybersecurity sectors. Over the last weeks, this process has accelerated. At the beginning of February, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz signed a security agreement with Bahrain. Being the first of its kind to be signed with a Gulf state, this agreement aims at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the intelligence and defence sectors. In the very days of Gantz’s visit to Bahrain, Israel took part in a US-led naval exercise across the Red Sea, the North Indian Ocean, and the Gulf. For the first time, the Israeli Navy sailed along Saudi and Omani ships, despite the lack of official diplomatic ties. Overall, these events signal Israel’s intention to lay the groundwork for a new strategic alliance in the region. As the US redefines its engagement in the area, it is difficult to gauge if and to what extent a new security system in the Gulf is in sight. It remains to be seen if such a development may potentially lead to future tensions with Iran.
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Israeli Minister: “We are ready to support UAE, Saudi Arabia against Houthis”
The Israeli occupation entity’s Minister of Intelligence, Elazar Stern, has affirmed his country’s support for the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the face of “the Houthi threats”.
On the eve of his visit to the UAE, Stern said, in an interview with the Saudi “Elaph” website: “We will support the UAE to confront the Houthi (Ansarullah) attacks from Yemen.”
He added that Israel is ready to help Saudi Arabia “if it wants to,” pointing out that there are secret relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, without further detailing this issue.
Stern continued, “The Emiratis are our friends and allies, and of course, we will help them and provide them with support. We have a peace agreement with them (the UAE), it is true that there is no joint defense agreement, but we will provide them with everything necessary, and peace means joint cooperation in all fields.”
He made it clear that Israel would share with the UAE the information and the technology it possesses to confront such threats.
Regarding cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Stern said, “I hope that there will be cooperation with them as well as with the Kuwaitis.”
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The Egyptian staff rejects any response to the coalition pressure to implement an Egyptian military intervention in Yemen
Egyptian sources revealed that the leadership of the Egyptian army and the chief of staff categorically rejected a Gulf request in the wake of the recent attacks launched by Sana’a forces on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, where the Gulf demand represented an Egyptian military field participation in Yemen through the “Thunderbolt” forces. The Egyptian source told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the Gulf Arabs asked Egypt to involve the Saiqa forces “to carry out qualitative and focused operations only in support of the coalition and not to lead extensive ground operations inside Yemeni territory.” The source confirmed that the Egyptian military leadership categorically rejected the Gulf request, adding: “The Operations Command in the Egyptian Armed Forces, represented by the Chief of Staff and the Operations Authority, is well aware of the risks of incursion into a field war, whether inside Yemeni territory, or even at sea,” and that the military leadership The Egyptian explained that “the wars of the regular armies are different from the wars of armed groups, such as the Houthis, which is the mistake that the armies of the Arab coalition made, especially the Saudi and Emirati armies.”
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Egyptian forces arrive at Al-Ghaydah Airport
Egyptian forces have arrived at the airport in Al-Ghaydah city, the capital of Al-Mahra province, in eastern Yemen, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Journalist Anis Mansour, head of the Hana Aden Center for Studies, said on Twitter: “Egyptian forces have arrived at Al-Ghaydah Airport in Mahra province,” without specifying the means of transportation to the airport.
Israel lobbying Biden for Houthi terror listing, at UAE’s behest
Jerusalem says Abu Dhabi initiative an opportunity to curb Iranian hegemony, as Biden weighs desire to align with allies against concern over humanitarian fallout
Israel has been pressing the Biden administration to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels as a terror group, at the United Arab Emirates’ behest, two officials familiar with the matter told The Times of Israel.
Amid the uptick in attacks, Abu Dhabi has stepped up its lobbying for the terror designation and has enlisted Israel in the effort.
Jerusalem has agreed, telling Biden officials that reimposing the terror designation would curb Iran’s “reckless” influence in the region, an Israeli official said.
“We’re not doing this only for the Emiratis. We believe such a step is in everyone’s interest,” the official added.
Turkey advises citizens to avoid travel to Yemen
Vereinigte Arabische Emirate: Sparta, besiegbar
Warum Herrscher Mohammed bin Zayed plötzlich eine neue außenpolitische Rolle für sein Land sucht.
Die Erkenntnis, dass Little Sparta doch nicht unbesiegbar ist, sondern auch angreifbar, führte nun zu einem Umdenken in der Hauptstadt Abu Dhabi. Noch unter dem ehemaligen US-Präsidenten Donald Trump war man sich einig: Iran ist das Böse, Waffenlieferungen sind gebongt. Doch US-Präsident Joe Biden arbeitet an der Wiederbelebung des Atomabkommens mit Teheran, und Waffenlieferungen sind an Bedingungen geknüpft. Auch außenpolitische Fehlkalkulationen in Jemen und in Libyen sowie die jüngsten Attacken der jemenitischen Huthi-Miliz auf Abu Dhabi verlangen nach einer außenpolitischen Neuausrichtung. Deshalb versucht sich der Pragmatiker MbZ, der er auch ist, nun im Win-win-Denken statt im Wir-und-ihr-Denken. Auch sichtbar an der Annäherung zu Israel.
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Patterns of Torture in the United Arab Emirates
2022 marks the tenth anniversary of the arrest and detention of the UAE94, a group of human rights defenders (HRDs), lawyers, judges, teachers, academics and students who peacefully advocated for political reform. Their enforced disappearance, torture and wrongful conviction for “plotting a coup against the government” in a trial marred by egregious violations of due process was a watershed moment for human rights and civic freedoms in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It sent the country down an increasingly oppressive path that meant that, until his arrest in 2017, Ahmed Mansoor, was “last human rights defender openly working in the UAE.” In the intervening years, the relentless use of vague legislation, targeted surveillance, arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance and torture has exerted a chilling effect on peaceful human rights work and the exercise of basic civic freedoms in the UAE.
This report by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) examines recent examples of the UAE authorities’ reliance on torture in consolidating this oppressive climate. The key patterns of torture that emerge are: the use of arbitrary arrest, detention and enforced disappearances to perpetrate torture with impunity; the punishment and further torture of those who dare to speak out about their conditions of detention and; the complicity of companies and the international community in the systematic perpetration of torture in the UAE.
However, the continuing perpetration of torture with impunity in the UAE is not just a domestic issue. It relies on and is sustained and validated by the international community’s willingness to turn a blind eye. This complicity was most recently evidenced by the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to the UAE in December 2021 when he met with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and signed a multibillion-euro deal for the sale of fighter planes and combat helicopters to the UAE. Furthermore, in November 2021, Major General Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi was elected as President of the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) despite the tireless efforts of human rights organisations to alert members of the General Assembly to Al-Raisi’s key role in the torture and degrading treatment of detained human rights defenders and other prisoners of conscience.
Alongside calling on states and companies to cease their “business as usual” approach to the UAE whilst torture and other grave human rights violations continue unabated, the report also considers the potential of legal avenues such as universal jurisdiction in tackling the culture of impunity that sustains and supports perpetrators of torture in the UAE. It is hoped that this will send a clear signal to the authorities that they are not above the law and will face justice for their actions.
and shorter report: https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2948
‘Alwiyat Al-Waad Al-Haq’ promises to bring UAE back to before 1971
An Iraqi resistance group known as the True Promise Brigades or “Alwiyat Al-Waad Al-Haq” has on Thursday vowed to launch major attacks on the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
“Your facilities, towers, ports, and stations are legitimate targets for us. It will not benefit you and will not protect you those who cannot protect their forces, bases, and ships from our strikes,” the group said in a statement on its telegram channel, addressing the UAE.
“And their punishment will not be limited to drones and long-range missiles,” according to the statement.
“Take the opportunity before we bring you back to before 1971,” the statement advised the UAE, referring to the destruction of its vital structure and its return to the life of the Badouin before the establishment of the UAE and the extraction of oil.
Why Pakistan might be about to side with Saudi Arabia against Iran
Pakistan has traditionally remained neutral in the conflict between the Gulf kingdom and Iran. That might be about to change
The Pakistani establishment is currently discussing how to respond to what it sees as Iran’s efforts to destabilise the region by allowing the separatists to operate from within its borders.
It has traditionally remained neutral in the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran, but analysts say that may be about to change.
Middle East Eye asked experts what Saudi Arabia and Pakistan want – and need – from each other.
Ex-Sudan official detained as 2 killed in anti-coup protests
Sudan’s military authorities have arrested a former senior government official a second time, his party said, and at least two demonstrators were killed as thousands once again took to the streets around the country Monday to protest an October military coup.
Sudan’s top general lauds recent ties with former foe Israel
Sudan’s top general has lauded recent ties with Israel, saying that intelligence sharing between the two former adversaries helped arrest suspected militants in his country.
The two countries normalized relations late in 2020 as part of a series of U.S.-brokered deals between Israel and four Arab countries. Israel and Sudan have since crafted security and intelligence relationships that have seen officials exchange meetings repeatedly in unannounced trips.
Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling Sovereign Council, said exchange of intelligence has enabled Sudan to dismantle and arrest suspected militant groups in Sudan that “could have undermined the security of Sudan and the region.”
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Sudan’s military rulers step up crackdown, arrest activists
The detentions have intensified in recent weeks as Sudan plunged into further turmoil with near-daily street protests, sparking fears of an all-out return to the oppressive tactics of al-Bashir. The coup upended Sudan’s transition to democratic rule after three decades of international isolation under al-Bashir, who was removed from power in 2019 after a popular uprising.
“The military delivers one message to international diplomats, that they are interested in a political dialogue and fundamental reform of the state, but then they do nothing to hide their blatant efforts to maintain the status quo and undermine efforts to unseat them,” said Cameron Hudson, a former U.S. State Department official and Sudan expert at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center.
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Sudan activists appeal for help for orphanage where 54 died
Sudanese activists have taken to social media to appeal for help for a neglected, government-run orphanage in the capital, Khartoum, where local authorities said 54 children have died over the past three months.
The high death toll, reported earlier this week, has caused outrage in this African country wracked by turmoil and economic downslide since an October military coup upended its transition to democratic rule.
The orphanage in Khartoum had housed more than 320 children, including 80 with disabilities, who a government statement described as living in “tragic conditions,” sometimes with up to 26 children in a single room.
The orphanage authorities have not given any cause of death. Volunteer Afkar Omar Moustafa said most of the children had suffered from malnutrition but also various diseases amid shortages in staff and medical services.
“Children need special medical care and other services, which are currently unavailable,” she said. “The orphanage needs a quick assistance … to prevent a catastrophe.”
cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade
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Against Houthi threat, US to help UAE replenish missile interceptors
The United States will help the United Arab Emirates replenish interceptors it uses to knock down incoming missiles following a spate of unprecedented attacks by Houthi fighters in Yemen, the U.S. general overseeing Middle East operations told Reuters.
„We will help with replenishment of interceptors. And we’ll do everything we can to assist UAE in defending themselves,“ General Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said in an interview after a trip to Abu Dhabi earlier this week.
McKenzie did not offer further specifics. The UAE has privately requested U.S. replenishment of missile defense interceptors, including for its THAAD and Patriot system, a source familiar with the matter said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The latest U.S. move would be in addition to the Pentagon’s announcement last week of a deployment of a guided missile destroyer and advanced U.S. F-22 fighter jets to the UAE.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-emirates-military/exclusive-u-s-to-help-uae-replenish-missile-defense-interceptors-after-houthi-attacks-idUSKBN2KF2J2 = https://www.dailysabah.com/business/defense/against-houthi-threat-us-to-help-uae-replenish-missile-interceptors = https://www.fxempire.com/news/article/exclusive-u-s-to-help-uae-replenish-missile-defense-interceptors-after-houthi-attacks-895153
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Twin FMS deals support ballistic missile defence in Saudi Arabia and UAE
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are requesting missile defence equipment from the US under the FMS programme.
The State Department has approved two potential FMS deals to help US allies in the Middle East enhance and maintain their ballistic missile defence systems, on the same day that it gave the green light to a $4.21 billion FMS package for Jordan.
Saudi Arabia is requesting 31 units of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) Block Upgrade 2 (BU2) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $23.7 million, to operate with the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system.
Data Link Solutions manufactures MIDS-LVT BU2 but a prime contractor for the Saudi FMS will only be confirmed once a Letter of Acceptance is signed, the State Department noted on 3 February.
‘The proposed sale will provide the Saudi armed forces with the equipment, training, and follow-on support necessary to ‘protect Saudi Arabia, and the region, from the destabilising effects of terrorism, countering Iranian influence, and other threats’, the State Department noted on 3 February.
The BU2 terminals would be added to a previous $3 million FMS case for MIDS-LVT Block Upgrade 1 (BU1) terminals. Previously provided BU1 terminals for Saudi Arabia were installed on Patriot batteries.
Similarly, the State Department has also approved an extra $35 million on top of a previous $30 million FMS deal to fund common spares and repair parts for UAE-operated MIM-23 Homing All the Way Killer (HAWK) SAM missile, Patriot and THAAD systems.
‘The amended FMS case would extend the funding to cover an additional three years,’ the State Department noted.
It added that the revised FMS order aligns with US Central Command (CENTCOM) planning and would support existing capabilities in the UAE to ‘deter and defend against hostile threats’ by maintaining the operational readiness of critical air defence systems.
cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage
16 #YOUTHS have been trained in restoring decorations 4 buildings of #Shibam_City in partnership w/#GOPHCY #Hadhramout under the #Cash4Works: Promoting Livelihood Opportunities for Urban Youth in #Yemen
Partnered w/ @EUinYemen @UNESCO_GCCYemen (photo)
cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy
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Yemen – Economic Freedom
Numerical grading of Yemen’s overall economic freedom was suspended in 2015, and the continuing lack of reliable economic statistics for the country has prevented the resumption of grading in the 2022 Index. Prospects for an end to Yemen’s civil war and a peaceful rebuilding of its economy remain bleak.
The civil war has devastated the economy and destroyed critical infrastructure. Even before the current conflict, however, years of mismanagement and corruption and the depletion of oil and water resources had led to chronic poverty, underdevelopment, and minimal access to such basic services as electricity, water, and health care in much of the country. More than 70 percent of Yemenis are dependent on humanitarian assistance. The conflict has aggravated that situation, and significant international assistance will likely also be needed when the civil war ends.
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Yemen plans to restart LNG production from Marib plant: energy minister
Yemen’s energy minister said on Monday that there are plans to restart production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Marib plant.
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Divergent currency values make life even harder in Yemen
Yemenis continue to bear the brunt of the war, including a devastated economy and banknotes that may have no value depending on which part of the country they visit.
A national currency has the same value nationwide, but in Yemen, that is no longer the case. The currency has different values depending on the banknote’s date of printing, its color and design. Such a reality is one of several ordeals created by the war.
Over the last four years, the UN-recognized government has printed currency that altered the look and color of the Yemeni rial banknotes. Such a move has invited daily hurdles for civilians in Yemen, particularly after the Houthis banned the freshly printed bills.
A Yemeni traveling from the south to the north needs to be ready with the Houthi-approved banknotes or a hard currency such as the US dollar or the Saudi rial. With the government-printed money, nothing can be bought in Houthi-run areas.
An economist in Houthi-dominated Sanaa, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Al-Monitor that Yemen’s warring sides have miserably failed to prevent the currency’s fall or agree on specific procedures to help the economy.
He added, „The Houthi group and the Yemeni government should have maintained the neutrality of the Central Bank. Unfortunately, they employed the financial institutions in the country to serve their purposes.“
The economist reckoned that the better remedy for the Yemeni currency is a collective economic policy by the Houthis and the Yemeni government to stop the devaluation of the rial and establish a consistent exchange rate all over the country.
Ali Nasser, a cashier in an exchange center in Sanaa, said it is a violation to accept the freshly printed notes. He told Al-Monitor, „Some customers receive money transfers from government-controlled areas, and they receive half the amount, and this is due to the divergent currency values. If a person sends YR100,000 to his family in Sanaa, the family would receive about YR50,000. This is a source of suffering for many families, and this crisis will not come to an end soon.“
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Yemen GDP loses rose up to $126b, says Minister
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Dr. Wa’id Badhib said “ As a result of the ongoing war Yemen’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has contracted with 50 % during the time from 2014 to 2019, while total cost of the GDP rose up to 126 billion USD in 2020 according the UNDP’s study“.
He revealed staggering figures of Yemen’s national economy’s loses “ Deficit of state’s general budget increased to 15% in 2016, taxes incomes reduced with 30%, oil and gas exports ceased and revenues declined with 80%“, said Badhib.
Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia is Keen on Stability and Development of Yemen
Al-Bilad newspaper reported in its editorial that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is keen on the stability and development of Yemen and the unity of its people.
Saudi Arabia supports all efforts aimed at reaching a comprehensive political solution in Yemen, according to the three references (the GCC Initiative and its executive mechanisms, the outcomes of the national dialogue and the UN Security Council resolution No. 2216), the paper said.
Since the outbreak of the Yemeni crisis, as the Houthi militia launched its coup against legitimacy, Saudi Arabia has continued supporting international efforts, in order to reach a comprehensive political solution and achieve security and development there, the paper added.
Saudi Arabia continue providing humanitarian, relief and development aid for all Yemeni governorates without exception, while the Houthi terrorist militia continues its attacks against civilians and civilian objects in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as the entire world strongly condemns such terrorist and hostile acts, the paper concluded.
Film: War in Yemen: Implications for Regional and U.S. Security
On January 17, the conflict in Yemen reached new levels when Yemeni Houthis, an Iranian-backed rebel group, launched a drone attack against the United Arab Emirates. The strike ignited several weeks of escalation as the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition, of which the UAE is a member, targeted Houthi strongholds and camps. These events unfolded amid a backdrop of one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern times, as the seven-year civil war ravages Yemen’s population, infrastructure, and security.
Join our discussion featuring experts from both Yemen and the United States to unpack the political, security and humanitarian dimensions of the war in Yemen, as well as how the Biden Administration can mitigate risk while working with its allies in the region to counter the offensive threats.
@YemeniFatima: „What is needed is to push the military violence out of the lives of people on the ground [in Yemen]. Without that you have a power imbalance… this imbalance of military power where the Houthis have an upper hand presents a huge problem.“
@AsherOrkaby: „There is no resolution because the war was never about Yemen… These larger issues are far more challenging to overcome. The Yemeni people will continue to fall victim to these global aims, which makes it more difficult to find a domestic solution.“
Brian Hook: „The Houthis have no incentive to engage in the talks. The question is how do you change the equation so they are pressured to engage diplomatically? We risk prolonging the humanitarian crisis by not putting in place a realistic strategy to end the crisis.“
Houthis and Hezbollah are learning warfighting techniques from one another
“Hezbollah and the Houthis are linked by a mutual sympathy of two Shi’ite organizations, each working in their arena. This cooperation is part of a system that is headed by Tehran. This is the right way to look at it,” Col. (res.) Shaul Shay tells JNS.
Hezbollah operatives are present in Yemen, assisting the Houthis by giving them military knowledge and training, while in turn learning lessons from the “Yemen war lab” that they can in future apply against Israel, a senior former defense official has told JNS.
Col. (res.) Shaul Shay, former deputy head of the National Security Council and currently a senior research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, described a “mutual process” in play between the two Iranian-backed radical Shi’ite armed factions.
“The Houthis are also teaching Hezbollah—there is no chance that Hezbollah could test these kinds of operational scenarios, like the firing of unmanned aerial vehicle and cruise missile attacks on distant targets—back in Lebanon,” said Shay.
“It is very important to understand that this war in Yemen, which began as an internal feud between Yemen’s legal government and the Houthis, has now turned into a power struggle over hegemony in region between Iran and its allies, and a Sunni coalition led by Saudi Arabia. This is the name of the game,” explained Shay.
Challenging Iran’s struggle for power in Yemen
The battle has flowed this way and that over the past seven years, but the Houthis, who heavily depend on Iranian support, have gained more than they have lost.
The main, but far from the only, protagonists in the current struggle are the Houthis, a fundamentalist Shia militia group heavily dependent on Iranian support, and a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Sunni states determined to prevent Iran gaining complete control of Yemen, and thus vastly extending its power in the region.
The battle has flowed this way and that over the past seven years, but the Houthis have gained more than they have lost. Currently, the Iranian regime is the de facto rulers of a broad swath of Yemen, controlling much of the commerce through which humanitarian aid flows.
The militancy of the Houthis, backed by Iranian military hardware, is growing and to their shame, they are making increasing use of children.
IT IS generally accepted that one key factor, among others, uniting Israel and the Arab signatories to the Abraham Accords is to frustrate Iran’s aspiration to dominate the Middle East. The Iranian regime pursues this ambition unremittingly across the region directly by way of its own Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria and Iraq, and through a variety of proxies, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, extremist groups in Iraq and the Gulf, and in Yemen by way of the Houthis.
Saudi Arabia is attempting to deny Iran a major role in Yemen’s future. What the world’s political leaders cannot or will not believe is that Iran has its own agenda.
A PEACE-MAKER’S CASE FOR DESIGNATING THE HOUTHIS
Unfortunately, much of the recent analysis in Washington misinterprets the facts on the ground as well as the state of efforts needed to end the conflict. In a particularly ill-timed report, Bruce Riedel asserted that, “the Houthis have won the war in Yemen, defeating their opponents in the civil war, the Saudis who intervened in the war against them, and the United States, which backed the Saudis.”
Undoubtedly, the fundamental requirement and central aim of U.S. policy remains bringing the Yemeni parties to the conflict back to the table to negotiate a peaceful end to this devastating war. Thus, there was broad support for President Joe Biden’s early announcement that U.S. policy would emphasize diplomatic engagement and support for the U.N.-led negotiating process.
Clearly, the party that has steadfastly refused to pursue a path of peace over the past year is the Houthis. Unfortunately, the United States has few tools available to influence the Houthi position. There is no option for U.S. direct military engagement in the conflict, nor should anyone advocate such a strategy. While U.S. special envoy Tim Lenderking and U.N. special envoy Hans Grundberg have met with Houthi representatives in Oman, seeking to incentivize their return to the negotiating table, these discussions have not produced a positive result.
Recent reports have surfaced that the Biden administration is considering restoring the designation of the Yemeni Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization. This news has stirred familiar concerns and opposition among humanitarian organizations and many commentators.
But, in the absence of other viable options to pressure the Houthis to abandon their military campaign and seek a peaceful, political outcome to the war, it would be foolhardy not to consider the possible use of a terrorist designation as a tool in America’s kit.
There is no debate either in Yemen or in the international community, that the Yemen conflict must be brought to a peaceful conclusion through a negotiating process. Moreover, the international community can play a helpful role in achieving that objective. But the starting point has to be a willingness to recognize the basic facts on the ground. That means addressing specifically, and with the tools that we have, the issue of Houthi intransigence and resistance to negotiation – by Gerald Feierstein
My comment: This is a 100 % misinterpretation of everything. It’ not US business to mime a peace broker in Yemen while the US actually is a warring party in the Yemen War – and now even more than ever before. The US simply should keep off.
Comments: I’m not sure a symbolic message is worth the humanitarian fallout and real cost in terms of human lives.
My question, since Feierstein concedes that this will do little to change Houthi calculations, is: what is the US‘ next step when the FTO designation doesn’t work?
The most likely result of a FTO designation is that the Houthis will essentially use civilians living under this control as a bargaining chip, allowing them to suffer as a result of the FTO and betting that the US will get more blame than the Houthis for the humanitarian fallout.
This will strengthen the Houthis domestically while further harming Yemen.
So, in a year or two, when the FTO designation hasn’t worked and Yemen is in worse shape than it is now, and if the battlefield hasn’t shifted dramatically: then what?
Designating Houthis as FTO while they hold more than half the population hostages will have severe humanitarian consequences without much of an impact on their behavior. Nothing short of weakening the group militarily will bring #Yemen closer to peace. All other actions r useless
Houthis ‘primary obstacle to peace efforts’ in Yemen: US special envoy
The Houthi militia has been the “primary obstacle to peace efforts” in Yemen, US Special Envoy Timothy A. Lenderking told a conference in Washington DC attended by Arab News on Monday.
Lenderking was joined by Mohammad Al-Amrani, a member of the Yemeni government’s negotiating team, who said the Houthis are not only backed by Iran but are following its strategy of using negotiations as a means to force concessions and make gains.
Lenderking and Al-Amrani were the opening speakers at the conference hosted by the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies and the Arab Center Washington DC.
The Houthis’ recent losses “should indicate to them and to all the parties that there’s no military solution,” Lenderking said.
“We’ve also seen the Houthis threaten to strike international commercial airports and other targets in Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. This concerns the US and the international community greatly,” he added.
“The Houthis have pursued a dangerous pattern of increasingly obstructive and aggressive actions against Yemenis, Yemen’s neighbors and the entire international community, harming civilians and civilian infrastructure.”
Film: Opening Session – The Conflict in Yemen: Current Situation and Future Prospects
In the opening session of our conference on Yemen, US Special Envoy for Yemen, Timothy Lenderking, and Yemeni Government representative, Mohammad Al-Amrani, discuss the current situation in Yemen and the prospects for a peaceful solution of the crisis.
Panels 2, 3, 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPi0Axrq4Ps
More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda
cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids
Siehe / Look at cp1
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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day
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Saudi-led coalition launches airstrike on Yemen’s Sanaa again
Saudi fighter jets once again targeted the Yemeni capital several times on Wednesday morning.
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At Least Three Citizens Killed, Injured by US-Saudi Airstrikes in Al-Jawf
A citizen was killed and two others were injured, Monday evening, by US-Saudi airstrikes that targeted a water rig in Al-Jawf Governorate, Almasirah correspondent reported.
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Aggression warplanes target communication network in Manakha
The US-Saudi aggression warplanes on Tuesday waged two raids on Manakha district in Sana’a province, a security official said to Saba.
The aggression warplanes hit a communications network in Beh Mount in Manakha district in the province.
My comment: Obviously, this is a greater campaign to destroy telecommunication.
Arab coalition kills dozens of Houthis by launching strikes on Yemen
The Arab coalition in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, announced that it launched twelve strikes on Houthi positions in north-western Hajjah Governorate during the past 24 hours. It said that as a result, eight military vehicles were destroyed, and dozens of Houthis were killed, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
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Coalition’s warplanes resume targeting capital Sanaa
The US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition’s warplanes resumed on Monday evening targeting the capital Sanaa with several airstrikes, a security source said.
The source affirmed that coalition’s fighter jets re-targeted the building of the Yemeni Company for International Telecommunications “TeleYemen” in Al-Jeraf neighborhood, after bombarding it in the morning with two raids
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Saudi-Arabien zerstört Kommunikationssystem für Drohnenangriffe im Jemen
Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition hat laut eigenen Angaben im Jemen ein Kommunikationssystem für Drohnenangriffe zerstört. „Wir haben ein Kommunikationssystem zerstört, das für den Betrieb von Drohnenkontrollstationen verwendet wird“, wurde die Koalition am Montagmorgen von der saudi-arabischen Nachrichtenagentur SPA zitiert.
Der Angriff fand demnach in der Nähe des Telekommunikationsministeriums in der von den Huthi-Rebellen besetzten Hauptstadt Sanaa statt. Ein AFP-Journalist bestätigte mehrere Luftangriffe im Umfeld des Ministeriums. Es war zunächst unklar, ob es Verletzte gab.
Es handelte sich um den ersten Angriff der Koalition auf ein ziviles Ministerium, nachdem sie bisher nur das Verteidigungsministerium angegriffen hatte. „Die Huthis nutzen das Ministerium für Telekommunikation und Informationstechnologie in Sanaa für feindliche Einsätze“, erklärte die Koalition dazu laut SPA.
Mein Kommentar: Die saudischen Auslassungen hierzu sind Propaganda. Mit Drohnenangriffen hat die angegriffene Telekommunikationseinrichtung nichts zu tun, s. Fotos / Filme, verlinkt weiter unten.
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Saudi-led coalition strikes target Yemen capital after drone attack
The Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen destroyed a communications system on Monday used for drone attacks and located near the telecoms ministry in Sanaa, it said in a statement.
„We have destroyed a communication system used to operate drone control stations,“ the coalition was quoted as saying by the official Saudi news agency SPA.
„The Houthis are using the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology in Sanaa for hostile operations,“ it added.
An AFP correspondent in Sanaa confirmed coalition air strikes had targeted several areas of the capital around the ministry.
It was not immediately possible to determine if there were any casualties.
It was the first time the coalition has targeted a civilian ministry, having so far only attacked the defence ministry.
The coalition said the raids were in response to a drone attack Thursday on a Saudi airport near the border which left 12 injured by falling debris after the Saudi military blew up the „bomb-laden“ projectile.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=449tfY3PzqA (damages, pressconference)
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Saudi-led coalition bombs telecoms compound in Yemen’s Sanaa – residents
Houthi telecommunications minister Misfer Al-Numair denied that the facilities were being used for military purposes.
Residents and the Houthi-run Al Masirah television channel reported another attack on the Sanaa compound, which also houses the TeleYemen telecoms company building, on Monday evening.
A TeleYemen official told Reuters that employees had been evacuated. Internet and phone services were working, residents said.
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Saudi-led coalition strikes target satellites station in Yemen’s Sanaa: residents
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen destroyed a Houthi telecommunication system used to control drones, Saudi State TV reported on Monday after the coalition reportedly asked civilians in Yemeni ministries in the capital Sanaa to immediately evacuate.
The bombing targeted a ground station for satellites in the vicinity of the telecommunication ministry in northern Sanaa, residents told Reuters.
Later on Monday, Houthi-run TV Al Masirah reported a coalition attack targeting the telecommunication ministry, destroying the TeleYemen telecoms company building and damaging a neighbouring building. (photo)
Remarks: Pretty soon they will ask all the civilians to leave #Yemen because the Houthis are using it to fight back the aggression.
#SaudiArabia and #UAE hereby officially announce they attack civil buildings and civil infrastructure in #Yemen, which represents crime against humanity committed by Saudi Arabia and UAE.
This is an explicit evidence of war crime requires the International Criminal Court to act.
In a dangerous escalation, US-UK-UAE-Saudi-led paves the way for the bombing all areas and residential neighborhoods in the capital, Sana’a
Every civilian infrastructure in #Yemen providing services will be targeted under the pretense that it is used for military activities. We know Saudi lie and have used a scene from an American documentary on Iraq war claiming it is from #Yemen to justify targeting Hodeidah port.
Saudi-led coalition calls for evacuation of gov’t buildings in Yemen’s capital
The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen urged civilians in government buildings in Yemen’s capital Sunday to immediately evacuate, state media reported.
The Houthi rebel group used government and ministry buildings in Sana’a for offensive operations, said Saudi Arabia’s official news agency SPA, citing a statement from the coalition.
The statement also noted that a ministry building in Sana’a linked to a drone attack last Thursday on Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport would be bombed.
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Saudi-led coalition bomb Yemen’s Telecommunications Ministry
Yemen’s al-Masirah television announced Monday morning that the Saudi-led coalition fighter jets had bombed the country’s capital of Sanaa.
According to the report, the coalition fighter jets twice targeted the building of the Ministry of Telecommunications & Information Technology.
Al-Masirah did not provide further details about the attack.
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Arab Coalition Destroys Armed Drone Control System in Yemen
The Saudi-led Arab coalition accused on Monday the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen of using government ministry buildings to launch military attacks.
It warned that it will destroy a position that was tied to the Houthis‘ recent attack against civilians at Abha International Airport.
The coalition announced that the militias were using the ministry of telecommunications and information technology headquarters in Sanaa in their hostile operations.
„We have destroyed a communications system that is used to operate communication stations that control armed drones,“ it revealed.
My comment: This is propaganda BS. Obviously, this is no place where any “drone control system” is operated. There is no reason to believe such claims. there has been a series of air raids targeting telecommunication in various provinces, this seems to be a new campaign.
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Telecommunications Ministry holds press conference in front of TeleYemen company in Sana’a
In a press conference organized by the Ministry and TeleYemen today on the ruins of the TeleYemen building, Al-Numair considered the targeting of the company a blatant and cowardly attack, in violation of all international and humanitarian norms and laws.
He pointed out that the aggression airstrikes on the TeleYemen’s building destroyed the international communications center, which led to the interruption of international telecom services throughout the country.
The minister called for the neutralization of communications and its services, stressing that targeting them is a war crime.
and also https://en.ypagency.net/253308/
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Int. Commun. Cut off from Yemen After US-Saudi Airstrikes, TeleYemen Denies Aggression’s Allegations
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology held a press conference on the ruins of the building of the Yemeni Company for International Telecommunications, TeleYemen, on Monday, which was targeted by the US-Saudi aggression on early Monday,
“This attack is part of a series of systematic targeting of communications and internet services in Yemen,” Minister of Communications Misfir Al-Numeir said in a speech during the conference.
He called for neutralizing communications and its various services from any targeting, which would constitute a war crime.
Meanwhile, TeleYemen’s statement confirmed that the company’s building targeted by the coalition of aggression last night contains only technical and basic equipment to provide international communication and Internet services.
“As a result of targeting the TeleYemen building, the building and all technical equipment were completely destroyed, and international communication services were interrupted,” the statement explained.
It pointed out that many vital services and sectors in all regions of Yemen were affected and citizens were deprived of one of their basic rights.
The company categorically denied what is being circulated in some media about the use of the company’s site for military purposes, confirming that all technical equipment is used for civil service purposes.
and also https://en.ypagency.net/253285/
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Satellite internet in Yemen disrupted due to coalition airstrikes
The satellite internet service has been disrupted in Yemen due to airstrikes launched by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on the International Communications Company “TeleYmen” in the capital Sanaa.
Exchange companies and banks said the service had stopped, and that they were unable to use the method, which was their only mean when with the ground internet previously cut off services in Yemen entirely by bombing the Telecommunications center in Hodeidah on January 21
According NetBlocks, a network monitoring and internet freedom organization around the world, said satellite internet service has been suspended in Yemen, and international com
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[Sanaa gov.] Army spokesman denies coalition’s claims of using civilian facilities as military purposes
The Yemeni armed forces spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Sarie, denied on Monday the Saudi-led coalition’s allegations of using civilian facilities as military purposes.
The spokesman said in a news statement “that these allegations are baseless and just a clear justification for targeting civilian facilities and civilians.”
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Film: Cemetery of cluster and non-cluster bombs and mines in #Yemen. #Video of why those bombs and mines did not explode, witnessing the crime and brutality of the coalition of aggression and the complicity of America, France, Britain and others.
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Aggression wages raids on Capital, Sana’a again
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Aggression warplanes wages 3 raids on Capital
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Arab Coalition Strikes Target Houthi Sites In Yemeni Capital
The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen has struck targets in Sanaa, Al Ekhbariya reported early on Saturday.
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13-year-old boy wounded by coalition cluster bomb in Saada
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Death toll spikes in war-torn country after UN exit – reports
There have been 39 times as many civilian casualties from airstrikes since the UN ended its monitoring mission in Yemen
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UN team visits scene of coalition’s crime in Saada reserve prison
An United Nations Security Adviser in Yemen, visited on Thursday the scene of the crime committed by the Saudi-led coalition warplanes against the reserve prison in Saada province.
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Dr. Al-Hajraf welcomes Coalition statement nixing Houthi allegations on targeting Saadah prison
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf has welcomed the statement of the spokesperson of the Coalition Forces to Support Legitimacy in Yemen on Jan. 28, 2022, regarding the allegations of Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia that the coalition targeted a prison in Saadah,
The Coalition command will offer all detailed facts and information regarding the allegations of the Houthi militia to the joint team to assess incidents and to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Dr. Al-Hajraf noted that the Houthi militia holds full responsibility for using civilians as human shields at their military sites.
My comment: The Saudis will not get out of this story. There had been no military infrastructure and objets around the Saada prison, as had been stated by various observers.
cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War
Siehe / Look at cp1, 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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Injuring 6 Civilians with Saudi Army’s Gun Shots
Six civilians were injured, on Tuesday, with Saudi Army’s gun shots in Munabbih border district.
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‘I am shocked by the diversity of the contamination’
After seven years of war, Yemen is heavily contaminated by mines, remnants of bombs, and other explosive weapons. Humanity & Inclusion is raising awareness about the dangers they pose.
Douglas Kilama, Humanity & Inclusion risk education coordinator, explains how explosive weapons impact Yemen and the civilians living there.
What is the extent of the contamination in Yemen?
It is impossible to have a precise idea or even an estimate of the contamination due to the current fighting and the impossibility to collect data. But Yemen is believed to be one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world.
I am shocked by the diversity of the contamination here: mines, improvised mines, abandoned explosive ordnances, unexploded ordnances, improvised explosive devices cluster munitions, etc. The extent of the contamination by improvised mines is unbelievable. Analysis of some 2,400 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) since 2017 found that 70% of them are mines of improvised nature: meaning they are detonated by the presence, proximity, or contact of a person or a vehicle.
Contamination is especially high along Yemen’s west coast, near the strategic port of Hodeida, Taiz governorate and more recently around Marib, a focus of intense fighting in 2020. These mines are used in a traditional fashion: in order to slow down or block the progress of enemy forces or protect a strategic point. We also got reports on marine mines and marine improvised mines in Mocha and Hodeida. Civilians are always the first victims of this contamination.
How these IEDs are produced?
There are large stocks of explosive ordnance which are either unexploded or abandoned in Yemen. They can be used as raw material to produce IEDs. After aerial bombings, remnants of exploded bombs can also be used as raw material to produce improvised explosive devices. But parties to armed conflicts are not the only one to use mines. Recent UN experts indicate the rising use of improvised devices by criminal groups.
Where and how do mine-related incidents occur?
The UN Humanitarian Needs Overview for Yemen reported 1,300 civilians “affected in landmine or explosive remnants related incidents” in 2020. Most of the accidents occur during people’s daily activities: going to a well to fetch water, farming crops or tending livestock, using public infrastructures such as roads, buildings, education and health facilities. Accidents occur in urban areas as well as in rural areas. For the vast majority of the population, the presence of this contamination is new, and they do not know how to deal with it. They have no knowledge on the danger. Risk education programs are urgently needed to avoid accident and protect the population.
Suspected Houthi Missile Kills 2 In Yemen
A suspected Houthi ballistic missile landed in Yemen’s Hajjah province, killing at least two people and wounding two others, a Yemeni government official said.
The missile hit a house in Hiran district Monday and caused damage in an area where most of the houses are made of hay.
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Car bombing targets military convoy of Yemen’s Defence Ministry in Marib
An explosion caused by a booby-trapped car struck on Tuesday a military convoy of Yemen’s Defence Ministry in the country’s northern oil-rich province of Marib, a military official told Xinhua.
„A number of military trucks belonging to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government were bombed by a booby-trapped car while passing through the road in Al-Wadi district in Marib,“ the local military source said on condition of anonymity.
The source confirmed that the explosion did not result in human losses, but destroyed the trucks loaded with weapons belonging to the pro-government forces in Marib.
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[Sanaa gov.] Army Spokesman: Saudi-Led Airstrikes on Ordinary People in Yemen Won’t Go Unanswered
The spokesman for Yemen’s Armed Forces categorically dismissed allegations that Yemeni troops and allied fighters from Popular Committees are using civilian buildings and installations for military purposes, stressing that such claims are being made in order to provide justification for Saudi-led acts of aggression.
“The allegations of the Saudi-Emirati-American aggression coalition that the armed forces use the civilian places for military purposes are false allegation and just fake justification for targeting civilian facilities and civilians,” Brigadier General Yahya Saree wrote in a series of posts published on his Twitter page on Monday, presstv reported.
He added, “We affirm that targeting civilian facilities and ministries
40 Houthis killed in renewed violence in northeast Yemen
At least 40 Houthi fighters were killed in renewed battles with the forces of the internationally recognised government in Yemen’s northeastern province of Marib on Monday, military sources said.
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[Hadi gov.] Yemen army retake new areas south of Marib from Houthis
“Units of the army and the Popular Resistance forces launched a ground offensive attack and managed to [take] the positions of Yameen Al Raddah and Al Faliha where the Iran-backed Houthi militia was stationed,” the Yemeni army’s media centre said.
Latest Updates on Hajjah Front, feb. 14 (Map update9
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Four people, incl. children injured by Houthi attack in Taiz
Four people, including two children, were injured by Houthi militia’s rocket shells targeted their house at Sala District in the eastern parts of Taiz City.
The state news agency, Saba quoted local sources as saying that the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeted a house at al-Argam Headquarter in Sala, injuring four citizens, among them a child of 10 years and another of four. (photos)
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10-year-old Taleb Zaed Al Zubaidi fell victim to a landmine laid by the #Houthis in Hareeb district, south of #Marib. The mine explosion caused damage to the child’s eyes and hands. (photos)
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Bloody days in #Taiz due to #Houthis attacks:
-Last night #Houthis fired missiles on IDPs camp in Al-Abdala area/Maqbana district injuring 3 #Children & their mother
– This morning they fired a shell on Al Arjum area injuring a family of 4, mother & 2 Children
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Four children injured in Houthi heavy shelling on IDPs camp in Yemen’s Taiz
Four children and a woman were critically injured in heavy shelling by Shia extremist Houthis on an IDPs camp in central Yemen’s Taiz province on Sunday, local sources have confirmed.
The Houthis besieging the central Yemen province since 2015 opened heavy fire and shelled mortars on an IDPs camp in Al-Abdala area at Maqbana district in the west of Taiz’s provincial capital critically injuring four children and causing a woman to lose her foot. The wounded were taken to the city’s center for hospitalization.
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KSrelief’s Masam Project Dismantles in Yemen 1,812 Mines within a Week
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Project (Masam) for clearing mines in Yemen, dismantled, during the second week of February 2022, a total of 1,812 mines planted by the Houthi militia across Yemen, including 116 anti-personnel mines, 1,398 anti-tank, 224 unexploded ordnance and 74 explosive devices.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 320,558 mines have been dismantled.
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4 citizens injured by Saudi army’s fires in Saada
Four citizens were injured on Sunday, including two African emigrants by Saudi army’s fires in Saada province, a security source told Yemen Press Agency.
The source declared that the Saudi army opened fire at the civilians in Al-Raqw area of border Munabeh district
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Citizen killed, another injured by Saudi artillery shelling in Sa’ada
A citizen was killed and another wounded on Sunday by Saudi artillery shelling on the border district of Sheda in Sa’ada province
Ansarollah erobern Grenzstadt inklusive Militärbasis zurück.
Am Wochenende haben die Ansarollah (»Huthis«) die Armee des seit fast sieben Jahren demokratisch nicht mehr legitimierten »Präsidenten« Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi aus der Stadt Harad in der im Nordwesten des Jemen gelegenen Provinz Hadscha vertrieben. Mehr als 60 Soldaten der Regierungsarmee sollen dabei getötet, weitere 140 verwundet worden sein. Auch Luftangriffe der von Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) angeführten Kriegskoalition gegen den Jemen konnten den Vormarsch der Ansarollah, die auch die Kontrolle über die Militärbasis »Al-Mihsam« der jemenitischen Grenztruppen erlangt haben, nicht aufhalten. Die Ansarollah kontrollieren damit etwa 80 Prozent der Provinz Hadscha.
Erst vergangene Woche hatte die Armee Hadis große Teile der zuvor von den Ansarollah kontrollierten Stadt Harad und den direkt an der Grenze zu Saudi-Arabien gelegenen, strategisch bedeutenden Al-Husain-Bergzug erobert. Dabei wurden nach Angaben der »Regierung« 22 Militärfahrzeuge der Ansarollah zerstört und eine nicht spezifizierte Anzahl ihrer Kämpfer getötet. Die Armee hatte verlautbaren lassen, kurz vor der kompletten Einnahme der Stadt zu stehen und von dort aus auch andere Bezirke in Hadscha »befreien« zu wollen.
Auch aufgrund der militärischen Erfolge der Ansarollah scheint die Armee Hadis zunehmend Probleme mit der Disziplin der Truppe zu haben. So sind vier hochrangige Militärs am Sonnabend zu den Ansarollah übergelaufen.
Houthis capture border guard military base in Yemen’s Hajjah
The Houthi militia on Saturday captured a military base of the Yemeni border guard troops in the country’s northwestern province of Hajjah following intense battles, a military official told Xinhua.
„During the past hours, ferocious attacks were launched by the Houthi fighters against the Yemeni government forces stationed in Hajjah’s strategic district of Haradh near the borders of Saudi Arabia,“ the local military source said on condition of anonymity.
He confirmed that the Houthis completely seized Al-Muhassam military base of Yemen’s border guard forces and other neighboring mountainous areas in Haradh.
„The government forces withdrew from the area as the the Houthis intensified their attacks and used explosive-laden drones in their random shelling,“ he said.
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Saudi-led coalition forces admit defeat in Haradh’s battles
Saudi-led coalition forces have acknowledged that their forces have been defeated in the frontlines of Haradh district in Hajjah province, northwestern Yemen.
A senior commander in the so-called Fifth Military Region has admitted that their forces have retreated following a large-scale offensive launched by the Yemeni army forces, in which the Yemenis managed to recapture the al-Mahsam camp and strategic heights near the Saudi border.
Rashid Marouf, media official for the coalition’s Fifth Military Region, said in a tweet that coalition forces and their mercenaries had left Haradh district, and blamed it on following international pressure.
SAUDI-LED COALITION ATTACK ON HOUTHI-HELD HARAD IN NORTHWESTERN YEMEN IS GOING NOWHERE (VIDEO)
The Saudi-led coalition’s large-scale attack on the city of Harad in the northwestern Yemen province of Hajjah has been going nowhere.
The Saudi-led coalition attack on Harad, which was first promoted as some turning point, appears to be falling apart. The Houthis will likely keep the city in the end.
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Film: The arrival of military reinforcements from the Al-Urubah and Al-Asafah brigades to the fifth region, amid the continuing battles
Latest updates on Hajjah fronts, Feb. 12
Map: Current military situation around the town of #Haradh north of #Hajjah
and as a reminder how Hajjah looks like since 2016: https://twitter.com/ahmedayed2000/status/1492484327036407808
Map: Military situation in #Hajjah province
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Shelling kills 3 children in Yemen’s Marib: NGO
Three Yemeni children were killed in an explosion caused by a projectile in the central province of Marib, according to a local observatory.
The Yemeni Landmine Monitor said the three siblings were killed when the projectile exploded in the town of Harib in Marib on Friday.
No details were provided about the group behind the attack and there was no comment from the Yemeni authorities.
pro-Hadi side claims a Houthi mine: https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-54645
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One killed, 8 wounded by Saudi army’s fire in Saada
At least one citizen was killed and eight other injured on Friday in Saudi enemy’s fires in Saada province, a security official said.
The official explained that the Saudi army targeted citizens in the border area of al-Raqaw in Monabbih border district with machine guns, killing one citizen and injuring eight others.
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40 Saudi-led coalition elements killed in Yemen Hajjah prov.
Latest Updates on Hajjah, 10 February 2022
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New military units from Saada Axis arrived Haradh, Hajjah governorate, today to reinforce the govt forces against Houthis. Photos credit: 5th military zone media center.
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[Sanaa gov.] Army launches offensive against coalition’s sites in Hajjah
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2 citizens killed in attack by aggression mercenaries on houses in Harib, Marib
At least two civilians were killed in a barbaric attack by the mercenaries of the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression on citizens‘ homes in Harib district of Marib province, local source said on Thursday.
The source explained the UAE-paid mercenaries tried to storm the homes of Al Hadar family in the late hours of Wednesday evening on a number of patrols and armored vehicles under the pretext of inspection, which prompted the citizens to confront them and prevent them.
The mercenaries started firing bullets at houses and citizens, which led to the killing of Nasser Hussein Al-Haddar Al-Sharif and Najed Ahmed Ahmed Al-Haddar, the source added.
and also https://en.ypagency.net/252877/
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12 Verletzte nach Drohnenangriff auf Saudi Arabien
In Saudi-Arabien sind bei einem vereitelten Drohnenangriff von Huthi-Rebellen aus dem benachbarten Jemen zwölf Menschen verletzt worden.
Die Zivilisten verschiedener Nationalitäten seien am Donnerstag am Flughafen von Abha von herumfliegenden Teilen verletzt worden, nachdem die Luftwaffe eine Drohne zerstört hatte, erklärte die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Militärkoalition. „Der Flugverkehr kam für kurze Zeit zum Erliegen, bevor er wieder aufgenommen wurde“, sagte ein Flughafenbeamter.
Die Huthi-Rebellen bekannten sich zu dem Angriff. Dieser habe sich gegen eine „wichtige militärische Einrichtung“ gerichtet. Der Flughafen Abha liegt im Südwesten Saudi-Arabiens nahe der Grenze zum weitgehend von den Huthi-Rebellen kontrollierten Nordjemen.
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[Sanaa gov.] Army drones hit military site at Saudi Airport
The army’s air force carried out on Thursday an attack with drones on a Saudi military site at Abha International Airport.
Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sarie told the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) that the army air force targeted an important military site at the airport with a Qasef 2K bronze. „The strike was accurate,“ he added.
Sarie pointed out that Abha Airport is one of the airports that are used for military actions against Yemen. He once again warned the Saudi citizens to stay away from the military sites.
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[Sanaa gov.] Army spokesman calls Saudi citizens to stay away from military sites
The spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces (Sanaa forces), Brigadier General Yahya Sarie, on Thursday renewed his call to citizens in Saudi Arabia to stay away from military sites as they are a legitimate target.
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Air traffic at Abha airport temporarily suspended due to Yemeni drone strike
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Saudi Arabia: 12 hurt in attack targeting airport near Yemen
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said 12 people were injured by falling debris from an attempted drone attack Thursday on an airport in the southern Saudi region of Abha, near the kingdom’s border with Yemen.
Hours later, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who have been battling the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Saudi air defenses destroyed the bomb-laden drone, according to the coalition. Saudi state television and accompanying social media accounts carried video from inside Abha’s airport showing operations there running as normal after the incident.
The coalition said the people who were hurt included travelers and workers at the airport. Two of the injured were Saudi citizens, four were Bangladeshi residents and three were Nepali residents. There was also one person each from Sri Lanka, the Philippines and India hurt.
A Yemen rebel spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yehia Sarie, tweeted that a Houthi drone had hit the target with “precision,” insisting that the airport in Abha is used to carry out attacks on Yemen.
Washington condemned Thursday’s attack and said the U.S. would work with the kingdom and international partners to hold the Houthis responsible. “America will have the backs of our friends in the region,” said U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
And U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said: “We clearly condemn this and all attacks that target civilian infrastructure.”
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Saudi Arabia: Shrapnel from intercepted Houthi drone wounds 12 at Abha airport
Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said the group hit a military target at Abha airport with a Qasef 2 drone.
„As a result of the interception process, some shrapnel of the drone was scattered after its interception inside the internal perimeter of the airport,“ coalition spokesman Brigadier General Turki al-Maliki told the Saudi state news agency SPA.
He said Abha was a „civilian airport that is protected under international humanitarian law“ and accused the rebels of a „war crime“.
Air traffic operations returned to normal after standard safety procedures were carried out, the coalition said.
Shrapnel from the drone attack at midday fell inside airport grounds and some glass facades were damaged, it said.
Light injuries were sustained by two Saudi nationals and citizens of Bangladesh, Nepal, India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
In a statement carried by Al Arabiya TV, the coalition later warned people in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa to avoid civilian locations used for military purposes during the next 72 hours while it strikes drone launch sites.
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Joint Forces Command of the Coalition: Saudi Defenses Thwarted a Hostile Attack, Destroyed a Bomb-Laden Drone Launched Towards Abha International Airport
A Statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Brigadier General Turki Al-Malki is issued as follows:
“At (1205) Thursday (10 February 2022), Saudi Air Defenses thwarted an attempt to deliberately and systematically target traveling civilians and staff at Abha International Airport by the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia using a bomb-laden drone.”
As a result of the interception, some debris of the bomb-laden drone scattered around the premises of the airport, and caused minor injuries to (12) civilians, Saudi citizens and expats as follows
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Yemen [Hadi gov.] condemns attempt of terrorist Houthi militia targeting Abha airport with a drone
Houthis fail to fire new ballistic missile towards Saudi Arabia
The Houthi group failed to fire an intermediate range ballistic missile from Yemen’s northern province of Saada towards Saudi Arabia.
The missile fell down a few minutes after its launch
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Two civilians killed by Saudi attack in Saada
At least two civilians were killed by a Saudi artillery shelling on al-Raqw area in Monabbih border district of Saada province, northern Yemen, a security official said on Thursday.
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Analysis: Reactions to Iraq resistance groups drone strikes on UAE in solidarity with Yemen
Popular support in Yemen was massively circulated online for the anti-Emirati attacks, with many thanking the Iraqi group for countering the „barbarous Saudi-Emirati aggression.
cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle
Seit dem Abkommen von Stockholm vom 13. Dezember 2018 gibt es einen Waffenstillstand für Hodeidah. Zwar bleiben größere Offensiven aus, kleinere Gefechte gibt es aber laufend, und beide Seiten werfen sich ständig Verstöße gegen den Waffenstillstand vor.
Since the Stockholm Agreement of December 13, 2018, a ceasefire has been in place for Hodeidah. There are no major offensives, but smaller battles are ongoing and both sides constantly are accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.
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Aggression mine kills 3 civilians in Hodeida
Three civilians were killed on Tuesday in a landmine explosion
left by the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression in Hodeida province.
A security official said the blast took place in east of Tuhaita district.
and also https://en.ypagency.net/253332/
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Houthi militia blew up a school in Yemen’s western Aljarrahi region in Hodeidah on Saturday/Almashehad Alkhaleeji
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A woman was killed and her sister was injured in Houthi shelling in western Yemen’s Hodeidah governorate on Saturday. The Houthi militia shelled Bani Al-Hashash villages in Hays district of Hodeidah killing Zaynab Ahmed Hashash and wounding her sister Hane’a./Voice of Freedom website
Sanaa calls on UNMHA to compel coalition to commit to Hodeida agreement
The National Team of the Redeployment Committee on Sunday called on the United Nations Mission to Support the Hodeida Agreement (UNMHA) to oblige the other party to implement its obligations regarding Hodeida agreement.
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Hospital in Hodeidah: US-Saudi Aggression, Siege Increased Number of kids Malnutrition
The head of Al-Thawra Hospital in Hodeidah, said, on Saturday, that the hospital since the beginning of the US-Saudi aggression in 2015 to the end of 2021 recorded 353 killed and 1,176 wounded.
During a press conference, at the Al-Thawra Hospital in Hodeidah, Dr. Khaled Suhail presented records on the damage caused to the building and the challenges as a result of the piracy on fuel, noting that the number of victims of the aggression’s bombing of the hospital in January 2019 amounted to 12 martyrs and 7 wounded.
He explained that, from the beginning of the aggression until the end of last year, the number of severe malnutrition cases received was 6,154, the number of malformations was 451, and the number of cancerous tumors was 5,033.
Suhail pointed out that the siege imposed on Yemen for seven years has caused a high rate of children suffering from severe and acute malnutrition.
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One civilian killed, 3 injured in explosion bomb left by aggression forces in Hodeida
A citizen was killed and three others injured on Saturday as a result of the explosion of a bomb left behind by US-Saudi-Emirati aggression coalition forces in Hodeida province.
A security source confirmed to the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) the killing of a citizen and the injuring of three others as a result of the explosion of a bomb left behind by the aggression in Al-Maslab area in Al-Tuhaita district.
Vorige / Previous:
Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-788 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-788:
Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:
(18 +, Nichts für Sensible!) / (18 +; Graphic!)
Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:
Untersuchung ausgewählter Luftangriffe durch Bellingcat / Bellingcat investigations of selected air raids:
Untersuchungen von Angriffen, hunderte von Filmen / Investigations of attacks, hundreds of films: