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Yemen Press Reader 674b: | Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 674b

 Yemen Press Reader 674b: | Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 674b

Yemen Press Reader 674b:
21. August 2020: Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 674, cp6 – cp19 / August 21, 2020: Sequel to Yemen War Mosaic 674, cp6 – cp19

Bei diesem Beitrag handelt es sich um ein Blog aus der Freitag-Community

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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 674, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 674, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-674-yemen-war-mosaic-674

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Regen und Überschwemmungen / Most important: Rain and flash floods

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms Trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

? = Keine Einschatzung / No rating

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

pH = Pro-Houthi

pS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp6 Südjemen und Hadi-Regierung / Southern Yemen and Hadi-government

Siehe / Look at cp1

Aden verbleibt in der Hand der Separatisten im Süden. Ihre medien verbreiten eine große Menge von parteiischen Berichten, die das Narrativ der Separatisten überihren Hauptgegner, die Islah Partei (genannt “Muslim-Bruderschaft”), über die Kämpfe in Abyan und Shabwa, ihre Herrschaft in Aden und den von ihnen kontrollierten Gebieten verbreiten. Der Versuch der Saudis, die Hadi-Regierung und die Separatisten zur Umsetzung des Abkommens von Riad zu zwingen, ist wohl zum Scheitern verurteilt.

Aden remains in the hands of southern separatists. Their media are spreading a bulk of biased reports, showing their narrative of their foes from Islah Party (labeled “Muslim Brotherhood”), the fighting at Abyan and Shabwa, their self-rule at Aden and the areas under their control. The Saudi attempt to force the Hadi government and the separatists to implement the Riyadh agreement, seems to fail.

(A P)

FM: Gov’t is keen to implement all terms of Al-Riyadh agreement

Yemen’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed Al-Hadhrami said on Wednesday that the acceleration mechanism of Al-Riyadh agreement implementation is the key step towards the right track.

He affirmed that the government is eager to implement all terms of Al-Riyadh agreement to unify efforts at combating the Houthis’ coup.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41456

(A P)

Demonstration in Aden rejects UAE’s normalization with Israel

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41454

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8UIQ6P91Qc

(A P)

The Governor of Aden Lamlas meets the US ambassador

https://en.smanews.org/the-governor-of-aden-lamlas-meets-the-us-ambassador

(* A K P)

Abyan sees Yemeni gov’t-STC renewed violent clashes

The Yemeni southern governorate of Abyan late on Wednesday saw fierce battles pitting the official army against forces of the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC).

An STC-launched ground attack on government troops’ sites triggered the fiercest fighting in areas of Taria, Sheikh Salem, Hassan Valley and Qarn al-Kalasi in Abyan, a government army source told al-Araby al-Jadeed.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19288.html

and how the separatists tell it:

(A K P)

The fall of “11” wounded of southern forces in Shokra within Brotherhood Militias challenge to Military Committee

The Brotherhood’s militia continues to violate the armistice and the ceasefire agreement by mobilizing its members to the city of Shokra, and the emergence of large groups from al-Qaeda to participate in the battles of Abyan, in addition to a wide spread of these groups in the central regions.

Sources affirmed that “11” of the southern forces got wounded on Saturday in Shokra, as a result of the bombing by the Muslim Brotherhood on the southern forces’ positions, in which the wounded were transferred to hospitals in the capital, Aden.

https://en.smanews.org/the-fall-of-11-wounded-of-southern-forces-in-shokra-within-brotherhood-militias-challenge-to-military-committee

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/23874

(A K P)

Brotherhood militia attacks citizens’ homes in Jabal Habashi district in Taiz

Local sources in Jabal Habashi district, west of Taiz Governorate, in the southwest of the country, reported on Sunday, that citizens’ homes were subjected to attacks carried out by the Islah militia (the Muslim Brotherhood) affiliated with the security and leadership of the governorate axis.

https://en.smanews.org/brotherhood-militia-attacks-citizens-homes-in-jabal-habashi-district-in-taiz

(B P)

Film: On the occasion of the #WorldhumanitarianDay, we share the video of teacher Zakaria who was kidnapped by Aden security. Zakaria is a humanitarian activist who provides life-saving assistance to people in need and live in crisis situations.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1296134583012990976

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNDJ3YrPllQ

(* A P)

STC to replace supervisory activity on public institutions with specialised committees

The southern transitional council on Tuesday said it ended its supervisory activity on public institutions in Yemen’s interim capital Aden as of yesterday within its obligations and commitment to the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement which included rescinding self-rule of the south.

We will replace our supervisory activity with specialised committees at all sectors and services in the future, the council’s economic committee said in a statement.

The committee will be turned into an advisory body responsible for preparing economic, political, service and developmental visions, thoughts and policies, it said.

Observers said the statement implies circumvention of the Riyadh Agreement and real intentions of the council and its UAE supporters to keep the council as a body parallel to the internationally recognised government.

These committees, even if they change their names and missions, will create new challenges for the government apparatuses in which the council will be a partner, observers told Debriefer.

Agreement of the Riyahd Agreement sponsors to these committees will hammer another nail in the coffin of the legitimate government and serve the council’s secessionism goals, they said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19260.html

(A K P)

First military command says will not allow non-sate armed formations to exist in Hadramout

The leadership of the first military command in Yemen’s eastern province of Hadramout on Wednesday said it will now allow non-state armed formations to exist in the Valley and Desert region.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19275.html

and also http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/08/19/army-says-wont-allow-formation-of-unauthorized-military-groups/

(A P)

Yemen envoy calls on UAE to stop supporting separatists

The Yemeni Ambassador to Jordan, Ali Al-Amrani, yesterday called on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to stop supporting the division of Yemen and to stop forming separatist militias to serve this purpose.

“Support for the division of Yemen and the formation of separatist armies and militias must be stopped, because it will cause a long-term civil war in Yemen,” Al-Amrani wrote on Twitter.

The Yemeni ambassador warned of the repercussions of the UAE’s involvement in Yemen saying “these actions will attract more regional and international interventions whose results and repercussions will be difficult to predict and the fire may reach everyone”.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200819-yemen-envoy-calls-on-uae-to-stop-supporting-separatists/

(A P)

Saudi cabinet stresses need to accelerate Riyadh Agreement

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23861

(A K P)

Brotherhood’s militias bring in more military reinforcement to Abyan

The pro-government Muslim Brotherhood’s militias (Islah Party) continue their aggressive military buildup in Abyan governorate in flagrant defiance of the repeated calls for ceasefire and de-escalation on all the fronts and the recent proposed mechanism to http://en.adenpress.news/news/23858accelerate implementing the military side of the Riyadh Agreement under the auspices of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Local sources said on Tuesday that the Brotherhood’s militias brought in new military reinforcements to their positions in the coastal city of Shuqra, including sophisticated weapons, trucks and military vehicles.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23858

My remark: As claimed by the separatists.

(A P)

Brotherhood gangs loot oil tankers in Taiz

https://en.smanews.org/brotherhood-gangs-loot-oil-tankers-in-taiz

My remark: As claimed by the separatists.

(A K P)

Yemeni gov’t-STC infighting in Abyan leaves 3 killed 13 injured

Three of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) troops were killed and 13 others injured late on Monday in fighting with the Yemeni official army in the southern governorate of Abyan.

Two STC soldiers were killed by government forces’ mortars in two frontlines of Sheikh Salem and Taria, northeast Zinjobar city, said spokesman for the STC-affiliated 4th military region, Mohamed al-Naqib.

A medical source at al-Razi Hospital in Abyan told the Anadolu Agency that they received three bodies of the STC troops, in addition to 13 others wounded, without further details.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19236.html

(A K P)

Saudi rivals fear Riyadh deal application: Hani Bin Boraik

The Riyadh Agreement application disturbs parties hostile to Saudi Arabia, vice-chairman of the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) tweeted on Tuesday.

“Repeated flagrant escalation against ceasefire in Shoqra, which has left three of the best southerners killed and ten others injured, is cogent evidence that there are foreign parties hostile to Riyadh,” Hani Bin Boraik added, without naming these outsiders.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19238.html

(A K T)

Clashes break out between Al-Qaeda and Al-Islah militia in Yemen’s Marib

Clashes have broken out between Al-Qaeda elements and Al-Islah militia in Marib city according to local sources yesterday.

Yemen Press Agency reports that the pro-Yemeni government Islah forces stopped a vehicle at a checkpoint carrying Al-Qaeda members who refused to be checked and exchanged fire with Islah gunmen. The fighting is said to have resulted in deaths and wounding of several of those at the checkpoint.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200818-clashes-break-out-between-al-qaeda-and-al-islah-militia-in-yemens-marib/

(A P)

Yemeni prime minister meets party heads to discuss formation of new government

Yemen’s leaders of the Nasserite and Socialist parties met with Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed to discuss the formation of the new government, state news agency Saba News reported.

All sides discussed on Monday the country’s present challenges and the importance of proceeding with the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1721171/middle-east

(A P)

Yemen’s political organizations condemn UAE’s normalization with Israel

Several Yemeni political organizations have condemned the United Arab Emirates (UAE) normalization of relations with Israel and affirmed their commitment to support the Palestinian issue until legal rights have been met including establishment of independent state.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41381

(A P)

Islah leaders meet prime minister on consultations to form new cabinet

The Secretary General of the Islah Party, Abdulwahab Al-Ansi, and other officials of the party met on Sunday the acting prime minister, Maeen Abdulmalik in Al-Riyadh within political talks to form a new cabinet.

The Islah leaders and Abdulmalik discussed what has been achieved so far towards implementation of the acceleration mechanism of Al-Riyadh agreement implementation and the importance to fully implement all political, military and security aspect of the agreement.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41383

(* A K P)

Saudi committee to oversee withdrawal of STC troops from Aden

Move is part of Riyadh Agreement to end dispute between government and Southern Transitional Council

A Saudi committee is in Yemen to monitor the withdrawal of Southern Transitional Council troops in Aden as part of a peace deal brokered by Riyadh.

“The Saudi Co-ordination and Liaison Team, led by Mohammed Al Rubaie in co-operation with Saudi-led troops in Aden, began to supervise the withdrawal of STC military units from the region,” Mohammed Al Jaber, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, said on Twitter.

“They will also visit the southern province of Abyan to monitor the withdrawal of government and STC forces to previous locations under the Riyadh Agreement.”

The supervision by the Saudi committee, which arrived in Aden last Thursday, aims to strengthen the ceasefire between government and STC troops in Abyan, STC spokesman Nazar Haitham told The National.

“The military commission is supposed to completely stop the fight between the two parties and monitor any violation from any party that may break the ceasefire,” Mr Haitham said.

“The commission will stop the clashes that erupt between the troops and will strictly deal with any violations from both sides.”

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/saudi-committee-to-oversee-withdrawal-of-stc-troops-from-aden-1.1064898

(A K P)

Southern forces foil terrorist attacks on Abyan fronts

The pro-government Muslim Brotherhood’s militias (Islah Party) continued to breach Abyan ceasefire by launching attacks against the southern forces on al-Toryia front.

Military and local sources said that the southern forces managed to drive back a massive attack conducted by terrorist groups late on Sunday evening, inflicting heavy losses on them.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23844

(A K P)

Al-Qaeda fighters join the Muslim Brotherhood in Shabwa

Al-Qaeda fighters withdrew from their main stronghold of “Yakla” in Al-Bayda governorate, to Shabwa governorate, in coordination with the Brotherhood.

Sources in Shabwa indicated that groups of Al-Qaeda elements returned to the governorate during this week and moved between districts with ease.

Tribal sources in Shabwa confirmed that leaders of the Brotherhood have provided great facilities to the organization’s elements by providing food and camps for their passage at the Brotherhood’s military points in the governorate.

https://en.smanews.org/al-qaeda-fighters-join-the-muslim-brotherhood-in-shabwa

My remark: As claimed by the separatists.

(A P)

MP demands disclosure of probe findings on Aden’s assassinations

A Member of the Parliament, Ensaf Mayo, demanded on Saturday disclosure of the probe findings and identity of perpetrators to the murder of Saleh Halis who was shot dead in Aden on 15 August 2016.

Mayo who holds also the position of the Executive Chief of the Islah’s Office in Aden, said that the hindrance of prosecution procedures is not accepted anymore to bring suspects to the justice.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41352

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-19222.html

(A P)

Popular march in Shabwa in support to federalism

Southern National Coalition (SNC) organized on Sunday a popular march in Attaq, the capital of Shabwa governorate that demanded inclusion of all southern entities in the power and ongoing Yemen’s peace talks.

Secretary General of the SNC, Moqbel Lakrash, saluted participants of the march.

He affirmed that the people of Shabwa stand united at rejection of violence and believe in dialog, partnership and coexistence to resolve all issues.

He said that the people took down to streets in this march to express their support to the President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi and the legitimate government to combat the Houthis’ coup and restore the state and its offices.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41354

and

(A P)

Yemenis demonstrate against UAE-backed STC and normalisation

Thousands of Yemenis demonstrated yesterday to reject the monopoly of popular representation in the southern governorates in the UAE-backed Transitional Council, expressing their condemnation of all measures of normalisation with Israel.

This came during a demonstration organised by the Southern National Coalition (formed in the governorates of southern Yemen, a pro-government and anti-transitional council) in Ataq, the capital of Shabwa Governorate, under the slogan “broad national partnership is our path to stability.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200817-yemenis-demonstrate-against-uae-backed-stc-and-normalisation/

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A P)

#SAM called on the United Nations Secretary-General to refer violations targeting children and civilians in general in Yemen to the International Criminal Court or work to establish a special tribunal for #Yemen to adjudicate crimes and begin prosecuting the perpetrators.

https://twitter.com/SAM4rights/status/1296040483605504003

(* A H K P)

UNSC Press Elements on Yemen

On 18 August, UN Special Envoy Griffiths, General Guha, and Assistant Secretary General a.i. Ramesh Rajasingham, briefed the Security Council about their plans to make urgent progress towards the UN’s peace proposals and in tackling the international funding crisis, which is severely limiting the humanitarian response.

The Council emphasised their steadfast support for Griffiths and called on the parties to urgently endorse the UN’s proposals to achieve sustainable peace as set out in relevant United Nations resolutions, including resolution 2216 (2015), as well as by the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative and its implementation mechanism and the outcome of the National Dialogue Conference. They welcomed the announcement on 28 July of renewed implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, mediated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will be a necessary step towards a sustainable peace and welcomed the efforts of Saudi Arabia in this regard.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at the funding shortfall, which exacerbates the acute malnutrition in Yemen, and called on all donors, including in the region, to step-up pledges and swiftly disburse funding to the UN, and save lives. The Council called all parties to cease hostilities, in particular in Marib, to prevent a further exacerbation of the dire humanitarian situation.

The members of the Security Council also reiterated that all parties must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law

https://new-york-un.diplo.de/un-en/news-corner/-/2375676

and

(* A H K P)

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, ad interim Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham: Briefing to the Security Council on Yemen, New York, 18 August 2020

I will brief you today on five priority issues: protection of civilians, humanitarian access, funding, the economy and progress towards peace.

Yemenis urgently need your help on all five.

First, protection of civilians – a requirement under international humanitarian law.

There has been no end to the appalling human cost of the fighting that you hear about every month. On 7 August, air strikes in Al Jawf killed nine children and wounded at least nine other civilians. This was the third such incident in less than a month.

On 10 August, shelling into populated areas of Marib killed three civilians. The day before, one civilian was killed and 11 injured – including six children – by shelling in southern Hudaydah.

And we continue to see a steady stream of civilian casualties due to sniper fire, landmines and other incidents across the country that too often go unnoticed by the world.

All parties must take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects throughout military operations. We need greater accountability for serious violations. Renewing the mandate of the Group of Eminent Experts at the Human Rights Council is a good place to start.

International humanitarian law also requires the parties to facilitate rapid, unimpeded access for humanitarian relief, which is my second point.

In the south, we are concerned by periodic access challenges, including insecurity and bureaucratic impediments. In recent weeks, aid supplies have been detained at checkpoints at least twice for more than 24 hours. So far, we can still largely resolve these challenges locally.

In the north, aid agencies continue to engage with the de-facto Houthi authorities to improve the operating environment on the basis of clear benchmarks. Donors are engaging with the de-facto authorities on the same basis, insisting that humanitarian principles be respected in practice. The improvements we have seen over the last few months are welcome, and more needs to be done.

Further improvements remain urgent priorities – including the start of a long-delayed pilot for biometric registration of food aid beneficiaries, as well as other accountability measures.

On a separate note, we continue to work with the de-facto authorities to expedite the UN mission to the SAFER oil tanker.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/assistant-secretary-general-humanitarian-affairs-and-deputy-emergency-relief-5

and AP in short: https://apnews.com/eb45bc44e4d3d0e46da942713da53c1c

and

(A P)

Film: Dian Triansyah Djani (Indonesia) on Yemen – Security Council Media Stakeout (18 August 2020)

http://webtv.un.org/search/dian-triansyah-djani-indonesia-on-yemen-security-council-media-stakeout-18-august-2020/6182228631001/?term=dian%20triansyah%20djani&sort=date

(A P)

[Hadi] Yemeni caretaker gov’t calls for preventing Safer hijack

The Houthi group uses the floating storage and offloading (FSO) facility Safer as a weapon and political blackmailing card, the Yemeni caretaker government said Tuesday, calling for the UN Security Council to end persistent “hijacking of the tanker by militias that threaten Yemen and the world.”

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19243.html

but

(A P)

Yemeni [Hadi] government rejects Houthi extraction of oil from ‘Safer’ tanker

Yemen’s internationally recognised government on Wednesday rejected conditions set by Houthi rebels to extract oil from a rusting tanker off the country’s western coast.

The rebels have their eyes set on the million barrels of crude oil stored in the FSO Safer tanker. In exchange for the oil, the rebels said they would allow a group of UN experts to board the ship for inspection.

In response, the government said the tanker must be disposed of immediately and warned of an environmental catastrophe if the vessel breaks apart.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemeni-government-rejects-houthi-extraction-of-oil-from-safer-tanker-1.1065793

My remark: The Hadi government actually blocks the solution. It claims the profit from selling this crude and rejects that the Houthi government (in the territory of which SAFER is lying) gets it.

While the Sanaa government claims:

(A P)

Gov’t provided necessary facilities to carry out maintenance of “Safer” ship: PM

Prime Minister Dr. Abdulaziz bin Habtoor on Wednesday affirmed that the National Salvation Government has provided the necessary facilities to carry out the maintenance of the ship “Safer” to avoid a major environmental disaster threatening the Red Sea.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106263.htm

(* A P)

Yemen: Closed Videoconference

Security Council members will hold a closed videoconference (VTC) on Yemen. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock and General Abhijit Guha of the UN Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) are expected to brief. The Council’s monthly meeting on Yemen was initially scheduled as a public as well as a closed VTC. But members agreed recently to hold it only as a closed session since the Special Envoy briefed publicly just three weeks ago, on 28 July.

Griffiths is expected to update members on his efforts to broker an agreement between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebel group on a joint declaration for a nation-wide ceasefire, a series of economic and humanitarian measures and the resumption of peace talks.

The Special Envoy may comment on efforts overseen by Saudi Arabia to implement the November 2019 Riyadh Agreement between the government and the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC).

Perhaps the most urgent issue is the threat posed by the FSO Safer oil tanker, moored in the Red Sea near Hodeidah city and which has served since the 1980s as an offloading facility for Yemen’s oil exports. The vessel has been out of operation and has had no maintenance since March 2015.

Members are likely to be keen to discuss ways to maintain pressure on the Houthis to enable action to prevent the potential crisis.

https://www.whatsinblue.org/2020/08/yemen-briefing-and-consultations-16.php

(A P)

UN-Sondergesandter für den Jemen begrüßt die Unterstützung der VAE für die Bemühungen um einen Waffenstillstand

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Staatsminister für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten, hat mit dem UN-Sondergesandten für den Jemen, Martin Griffiths, über die Bemühungen um einen Waffenstillstand und die jüngsten politischen Entwicklungen im Jemen gesprochen.

https://wam.ae/de/details/1395302863040

Mein Kommentar: Unpassend.

(A P)

Griffiths praises UAE’s support to establish peace in Yemen

The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Anwar Gargash, received, at the Ministry’s office, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General to Yemen Martin Griffiths, and was briefed on a comprehensive briefing on the ceasefire efforts and the development of the political process.

During the meeting, the UN envoy praised the UAE’s continued support for the UN efforts to lay the foundations for peace and stability in Yemen, expressing his appreciation for the state’s relentless follow-up and its continuous support in this regard.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23839

My comment: Stay serious, please.

(A P)

Houthi official calls UN envoy for Yemen to change negotiation for peace

Member of the Yemeni Supreme Political Council, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi, called for on Sunday the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to change his negotiation method on the Yemeni file for achieving peace in Yemen.

Al-Houthi told Al-Jazeera TV that the war between Yemen and Saudi Arabia would be continued if the aggression did not stop on Yemen, pointing out that Saudi Arabia has no intention of negotiating nor a real vision for peace.

Al-Houthi said that that the direct dialogue with Saudi Arabia has continued, but contacts between the two sides did not rise to the level of negotiation.

https://en.abna24.com/news//houthi-official-calls-un-envoy-for-yemen-to-change-negotiation-for-peace_1063296.html

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-19199.html

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(* A E P)

Saudi Arabia nationalizes salespersons, affecting Yemeni workers

Saudi Arabia on Thursday started the 70% nationalization of wholesale and retail posts in 9 economic activities, in application of a decree issued last March, negatively affecting thousands of Yemeni expats working in the Kingdom.

The decree will be applied to sales of coffee, tea, honey, sugar, spices, water, drinks, fruits, vegetables, dates, grains, seeds, flowers, plants and agricultural supplies.

The decree also involves the selling of books, stationeries, student services, gifts, handcrafts, games, child toys, meat, fish, eggs, milk, vegetable oils, detergents, plastics and soaps.

Saudi government tries to minimize unemployment of its nationals and saudize many economic sectors like insurance, pharmacy, IT and retail market.

Yemeni workers are most affected by these Saudi decisions, say economists, as most of the 2-million expats work in simple jobs at trading houses targeted by the nationalization.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19290.html

(A P)

Kushner says Israel-Saudi Arabia normalization is an ‘inevitability’

Following landmark deal with UAE, US president’s son-in-law and adviser says Jerusalem and Riyadh will ‘do great things together,’ despite silence from Saudis on accord

Kushner, who reportedly played a role in brokering the Israel-UAE agreement, said in an interview with CNBC on Friday that Saudi Arabia’s younger generation admired Israel and sought ties with the Jewish state.

“They see Israel as almost the Silicon Valley of the Middle East and they want to be connected to it as a trading partner, as a technology partner, as a security partner,” Kushner said of young Saudis.

The older generations, he said, were “still stuck in conflicts of the past,” and despite the country’s recent efforts toward modernization, “you can’t turn around a battleship overnight.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/kushner-calls-israel-saudi-arabia-normalization-an-inevitability/

(A P)

Trump expects Saudi Arabia to join UAE-Israel deal

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he expected Saudi Arabia to join the agreement announced last week by Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship.

“I do,” Trump replied when asked at a White House news conference if he expected Saudi Arabia to join the deal.

Under the accord, which Trump helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. The agreement also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the Middle East.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-emirates-trump-saudi/trump-expects-saudi-arabia-to-join-uae-israel-deal-idUSKCN25F2T2

but

(A P)

Saudi remains committed to Arab Peace Initiative for Israel peace, foreign minister says

Saudi Arabia remains committed to peace with Israel on the basis of the longstanding Arab Peace Initiative, its foreign minister said on Wednesday in the first official comment since the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalise relations with Israel.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-emirates-saudi/saudi-remains-committed-to-arab-peace-initiative-for-israel-peace-foreign-minister-says-idUSKCN25F1TQ

and

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Saudi Arabia cautiously welcomes UAE, Israel normalization

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Wednesday cautiously welcomed an agreement between its close ally the United Arab Emirates and Israel to establish full diplomatic ties and exchange embassies.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the deal, which also halted unilateral annexation by Israel of West Bank territory sought by the Palestinians, “could be viewed as positive.”

But he refrained from outright backing the move, while saying that Saudi Arabia was open to establishing similar relations on condition that a peace agreement is reached between Israel and the Palestinians.

https://apnews.com/f8c044771b8d16406b90e1d72e2b8834

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Pakistani army chief visits Saudi Arabia to revive ties strained over Kashmir

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-saudi-arabia/pakistani-army-chief-visits-saudi-arabia-to-revive-ties-strained-over-kashmir-idUSKCN25D10H

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a

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‘Time is running out’: Humanitarian groups plead with US to resume aid to Yemen

Suspension of aid to country’s north is ‘increasingly out of step’ with situation on ground, aid groups say

A coalition of humanitarian groups have called on the Trump administration to rescind a months-long suspension of aid to northern areas of Yemen, warning that unless it is done immediately it will cause further suffering and claim innocent lives.

In a letter sent to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday, the humanitarian groups said that while they “harbor no illusions about the difficult operating environment across Yemen”, the suspension of aid is “increasingly out of step” with the situation on the ground.

USAID halted millions of dollars of assistance to north Yemen in March – citing “unacceptable interference” by the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels that control the region.

“In such dire circumstances, it is not justifiable to withhold funding for some humanitarian activities in order to leverage improved operating conditions for others,” the letter read.

“We urge you to abandon the suspension and restore USAID funding wherever partners can operate in a principled manner.”

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-us-humanitarian-groups-suspension-aid

and also https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/08/yemen-houthi-divert-aid-john-barsa-us-funding-humanitarian.html

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/08/20/humanitarian-groups-demand-trump-reverse-yemen-aid-freeze/

and the letter in full:

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Joint INGO letter to USAID

We, the undersigned Chief Executives of six operational International Non-Governmental Organizations in Yemen, call on you to lift the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) suspension of humanitarian assistance to northern Yemen. We share the U.S. government’s commitment to delivering principled humanitarian aid to Yemenis most in need and harbor no illusions about the difficult operating environment across Yemen. We welcome the collective support and diplomacy of the United States and other donors to achieve this shared goal. However, as some of the largest humanitarian responders in Yemen, we observe that the USAID suspension is increasingly out of step with the humanitarian situation and the realities of our operations on the ground.

Never before have Yemenis faced so many simultaneous challenges. Yemen sits on the edge of famine, large-scale conflict, economic collapse, natural disasters like flooding and locusts, and now a global pandemic. In such dire circumstances, it is not justifiable to withhold funding for some humanitarian activities in order to leverage improved operating conditions for others. We urge you to abandon the suspension and restore USAID funding wherever partners can operate in a principled manner.

First, since the suspension was rolled out, humanitarian suffering in Yemen has plumbed new depths as COVID-19, increasing conflict, and economic collapse have compounded Yemen’s misery.

Second, USAID’s proposed “carve-outs” have not provided enough funding or latitude to fully sustain life-saving aid and ensure a sufficient NGO presence on the ground.

While we appreciated USAID’s efforts to identify carve-outs that would allow life-saving activities to proceed, they have proven far too narrow to deliver an effective response. For example, while programs to treat severe acute malnutrition have been included in the carve-outs, other critical and complementary health programs are excluded. As such, more children will become malnourished in the wake of reduced children’s primary healthcare and treatment for communicable diseases.

Third, our organizations have been able to deliver principled humanitarian assistance in the North. Constraints on humanitarian action are slowly, but steadily, improving.

https://www.nrc.no/news/2020/august/joint-ingo-letter-to-usaid/

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Democratic Party platform criticizes possible Israeli annexation of West Bank, Saudi role in Yemen

Parts of the platform approved at the Democratic National Convention this week have been both praised and criticized by Israel- and Iran-focused groups in Washington.

The new platform differs from the 2016 one on a few issues involving the Middle East.

The Democratic Party has also shifted on relations with Saudi Arabia as it relates to the war in Yemen.

In 2016, the platform did not mention Saudi Arabia. This year, it says, “Democrats will end support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.”

The Democrats call for good relations with the Gulf, but take aim at the Trump administration’s policies toward the region.

“We have no interest in continuing the blank-check era of the Trump Administration, or indulging authoritarian impulses, internal rivalries, catastrophic proxy wars, or efforts to roll back political openings across the region,” reads the platform.

This section is not specific to any country, but could refer to US support for Saudi Arabia, which has a poor human rights record. The “catastrophic proxy wars” may refer to Yemen.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/08/democrat-party-convention-platform-israel-iran-saudi.html

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Pompeo: Tamping down ‘risk’ of Saudi nukes is a top US priority

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that nuclear proliferation by Saudi Arabia is a real “risk” — listing it among rogue regimes that the United States is keeping its eye on.

The remarks follow reports the Middle Eastern kingdom is building a secret uranium processing plant with help from China — a charge that the secretary did not deny when repeatedly pressed on whether the intelligence was true.

“We’ve made it a real priority in this administration, working on these proliferation issues,” Pompeo, 56, told The Post during an exclusive interview in his office on Wednesday where he confirmed he would be seeking a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran at the United Nations.

“We’re trying to take down risk of proliferation all across the world, whether that’s in Iran, Saudi Arabia, or North Korea, or Russia,” he said, naming the oil-rich country along with basket-case regimes.

https://nypost.com/2020/08/19/pompeo-tamping-down-risk-of-saudi-nukes-is-a-top-us-priority/

My comment: Consider the close Trump regime-Saudi ties and understand that this is a lie. One of Pompeo’s many ones.

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Biden lays out his foreign policy agenda in new @ForeignAffairs piece. Among tangible policy proposals: put refugee admissions cap at 125k, ending US support for Saudi campaign in Yemen, rejoin Iran deal if Iran comes back into compliance, extend New START

https://twitter.com/RobbieGramer/status/1295570952672010242

Saying in 2020 that America should end the Yemen campaign is actually the opposite of leadership. For years, including under Obama-Biden, it’s been painfully obvious that this policy is idiotic, cruel & counterproductive for countering terrorists or Iran.

https://twitter.com/MaxAbrahms/status/1295707201777131520

And Biden is very much a follower on this issue. It was the Democrats in Congress, esp. Sanders and Murphy, who made ending support for the war a priority. It’s good that Biden has finally come around to oppose the war, but it took him a very long time to say so

https://twitter.com/DanielLarison/status/1295715705891979265

referring to

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Why America Must Lead Again

Rescuing U.S. Foreign Policy After Trump

By nearly every measure, the credibility and influence of the United States in the world have diminished since President Barack Obama and I left office on January 20, 2017. President Donald Trump has belittled, undermined, and in some cases abandoned U.S. allies and partners. He has turned on our own intelligence professionals, diplomats, and troops. He has emboldened our adversaries and squandered our leverage to contend with national security challenges from North Korea to Iran, from Syria to Afghanistan to Venezuela, with practically nothing to show for i – by Joseph R. Biden

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2020-01-23/why-america-must-lead-again

My comment: There is no real difference to Trump. Just take the headline: No, America must not „lead again“ at all. The US is not „America“, and Biden still claims the US should rule the world.

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SAUDI ARMS DEALS WERE LEGAL, NOT SMART OR RIGHT

The administration defends the relationship by painting Saudi Arabia as an important supplier of oil, purchaser of US weapons, and “ally” against Iran. But the United States is a net energy exporter and the largest producer of oil; we don’t need Saudi oil. A few billion in weapons sales is not the great boon to our economy Trump seems to imagine, while the regional chaos and suffering to which these arms contribute undoubtedly costs Americans far more than the profits a few military contractors accrue.

And Saudi Arabia is not a US ally (we have no mutual defense treaty with Riyadh), nor should it be. All the major allegations the administration makes against Iran — human rights abuses, oppression of religious minorities, links to terrorism, fraught relations with Israel, a questionable nuclear program — may be equally levied against the Saudi regime. Taking sides in this regional conflict by tying ourselves to Riyadh and facilitating its troublemaking does not serve US interests.

That is particularly so in Yemen, where US intervention does not serve any American interests — if anything, the anger it engenders may make us less safe.

The arms sales the OIG report reviews were legal. That does not mean, as an unnamed State official told reporters Monday, there was “no wrongdoing.” Legality should be the baseline of our foreign policy choices, not a singlehanded justifier. Adding fuel to the fire of regional violence at the cost of innocent lives might comply with our laws, but that doesn’t make it smart or right – by Bonnie Kristian

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Aug 14: Protest at the Saudi Consulate in #USA to mark the second anniversary of the #Saudi school bus bombing in Saada #Yemen, which killed 40 children who were being taken on a bus trip (photos, film)

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/1295064808572821506

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Kamala Harris: Where does Biden’s running mate stand on Middle East issues?

Joe Biden’s pick for vice president has been a staunch supporter of Israel and an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia

In 2019, she also voted in favour of resolutions to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen and block arms sales to the kingdom. Both measures passed in Congress but were vetoed by Trump.

“What’s happening in Yemen is devastating. Last year, the war killed on average 100 civilians a week, and thousands of children have died of starvation – Congress must take a stand,” she said at the time.

While running for president, Harris told the Council on Foreign Relations that Washington should end its involvement in the Yemen conflict.

“The United States and Saudi Arabia still have mutual areas of interest, such as counterterrorism, where the Saudis have been strong partners. And we should continue to coordinate on that front,” she said.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/kamala-harris-joe-biden-vice-president-saudi-israel

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

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Europa sollte dem Druck aus den USA widerstehen

Es ist eine Schwäche des Atomabkommens, dass es mit der Lösung der Atomfrage die Aufhebung des Waffenembargos verband – und mithin die Hoffnung, dass die Islamische Republik ihr Verhalten im Sinne eines Ausgleichs mit dem Westen verändern würde. Es ist müßig, darüber zu räsonieren, ob Iran sich anders verhalten hätte, hätten die USA das Abkommen nicht gekündigt. Zwingend aber war der nun eingetretene Verlauf der Dinge nicht. Er ist vielmehr dem Versuch der Trump-Regierung geschuldet, in den letzten Monaten ihrer womöglich letzten Amtszeit den Deal zu erledigen.

Getrieben ist dies von der doppelten Motivation, einer möglichen Regierung unter den Demokraten eine Rückkehr zu Verhandlungen mit Iran so schwierig wie möglich zu machen oder im Falle einer zweiten Amtszeit Trumps Teheran in einen neuen Deal nach dessen Vorstellungen zu nötigen. Dabei würde Trump die Europäer entweder außen vor lassen oder zum Beidrehen auf seinen Kurs zwingen – seit der Kündigung des Abkommens im Mai 2018 eines der zentralen Ziele der Hardliner in Washington.

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/iran-usa-trump-europaeische-union-1.5004732

Mein Kommentar: „die Hoffnung, dass die Islamische Republik ihr Verhalten im Sinne eines Ausgleichs mit dem Westen verändern würde.“ Warum sollte das für die UN in irgendeiner Weise ein Kriterium sein? Das fragt sich der Autor nicht. Der Westen ist nicht der Nabel der Welt, auch wenn er sich immer noch dafür hält.

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Saudis Call for Extension of Iran Arms Ban

Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador has called for an extension of the arms embargo on Iran in a session on Thursday, Saudi press agency reported.

During a conference held in Geneva Wednesday, Abdul Aziz al-Wasel accused Iran of shipping weapons to “militias which destabilize regional peace”.

http://kayhan.ir/en/news/81952/saudis-call-for-extension-of-iran-arms-ban

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Iran summons Emirati envoy over killing of 2 fishermen

https://apnews.com/a18c697871b90c152db51952e595ccb9

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State TV says Iran unveiled 2 new missiles

https://apnews.com/7f56663401986b88505eda1b6fceb59a

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Trump: US demands restoration of UN sanctions against Iran

The United States will demand Thursday that all United Nations sanctions be reimposed against Iran, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday, a move that follows America’s embarrassing failure to extend an arms embargo against Tehran.

The administration’s insistence on snapping back international sanctions against Iran sets the stage for a contentious dispute. It’s possible that the U.S. call will be ignored by other U.N. members — an outcome that could call into question the U.N. Security Council’s ability to enforce its own legally binding decisions.

https://apnews.com/5a480ffdf131af14e001943693ca05b8

My comment: The last sentence quoted here is BS: As the US had left the Iran nuclear deal, it has no more leverage at all.

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Pompeo pledges support for Iraq, targets pro-Iran militias

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged on Wednesday that the Trump administration will continue to support Iraq as it confronts the threat posed by the Islamic State group, but he also called for the Baghdad government to redouble efforts to rein in pro-Iran militias.

https://apnews.com/cc42e30fab3599559d4a7c75491f66d2

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GCC secretary-general denounces Iran’s ‘threats’ against UAE

The secretary-general of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Sunday denounced “threats” made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other officials against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over its peace agreement with Israel.

In a statement, Secretary-General Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf said the GCC stands in solidarity with UAE against any threats to its security or sovereignty.

“Iran must adhere to the UN Charter and refrain from interfering in the domestic affairs of other nations,” the statement said.

Iran on Saturday issued an explicit threat to launch an attack against the UAE, with Rouhani saying the UAE made a “huge mistake” in reaching the deal with Israel.

A front-page editorial by Iran’s hard-line daily Kayhan, whose editor in chief is appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned: “The UAE’s great betrayal of the Palestinian people … will turn this small, rich country, which is heavily dependent on security, into a legitimate and easy target.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1720556/middle-east

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US cannot trigger ‘snapback’ sanctions on Iran: EU official

US withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 and can no longer call on its mechanisms, EU foreign policy chief said.

The United States is not entitled to force the reinstatement of sanctions on Iran via the so-called “snapback” mechanism linked to an international nuclear deal, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said.

Since the US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it cannot be considered a part of it, the official added on Sunday.

“Given that the US unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and has not participated in any JCPOA structures or activities subsequently, the US cannot be considered as a JCPOA participant,” a spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said, according to dpa news agency.

“We therefore consider that the US is not in a position to resort to mechanisms reserved for JCPOA participants [such as the so-called snapback].”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/trigger-snapback-sanctions-iran-eu-official-200816105311200.html

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Russia rejected US anti-Iran text after 19 months of negotiation: State Dept. official

Russia “refused to negotiate” an anti-Iran text proposed by the US ahead of Washington’s embarrassment at the UN Security Council over extension of an arms embargo on Tehran, says a State Department official.

“The United States has for the last 19 months sought to foster dialogue and discussion with Russia and other Security Council members on extending the UN arms embargo,” the State Department spokesperson told US News on Monday. “Russia has repeatedly, and puzzlingly, claimed there is no legitimate basis to discuss extending the UN arms embargo at the UN Security Council, and has refused to negotiate on any of the texts we proposed.”

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/08/17/632030/-Russia-rejected-US-anti-Iran-text-after-19-months-of-negotiation

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Rouhani: Recent UNSC meeting, great political, historical victory for Iran

https://iranpress.com/iran-i150875-rouhani_recent_unsc_meeting_great_political_historical_victory_for_iran

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US, UK desperately pushing back Iran but get ‘humiliated’ by Iranians: Zarif

https://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i125502-us_uk_desperately_pushing_back_iran_but_get_humiliated%E2%80%99_by_iranians_zarif

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US bogged down in self-created quagmire: Zarif

Iran’s foreign minister says the United States has made miscalculations in major international issues and has bogged itself down in a self-created quagmire.

The UN Security Council’s recent move to reject a US-drafted resolution against Iran was a result of the latest miscalculation made by the US, said Mohammad Javad Zarif in a televised interview on Monday night.

Zarif said the Security Council’s recent session on the extension of an arms embargo against Iran was one of the few cases where Europeans did not support Americans.

https://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i125474-us_bogged_down_in_self_created_quagmire_zarif

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Iran: Fuel en route to Venezuela seized by US wasn’t Iranian

The cargo of four tankers seized by the United States last week en route to Venezuela was no longer Iranian property, Iran’s oil minister said Monday, insisting that the U.S. had no right to confiscate the shipment in international waters.

The Trump administration said it seized the cargo of four tankers it was targeting for transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela. The move was part of stepped-up U.S. campaign of maximum pressure on Iran and Venezuela, both heavily sanctioned allies.

According to the semi-official ISNA news agency, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said the oil had been “sold to customers and the payment was received” for it.

“The U.S. claimed it seized Iranian petrol, but even though the cargo was sent from Iran, neither the ships nor the petrol were Iranian,” Zanganeh was quoted as saying.

https://apnews.com/5a0fba658b594ba86f9e9eb2ac556d4e

My remark: Earlier reporting Yemen War Mosaic 673b.

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Iranian nation, Armed Forces to make radical change in approach to UAE after Israel deal: Top general

Iran’s highest ranking military commander says the Iranian nation and Armed Forces will make a radical change in their approach to the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi’s recent step to normalize relations with Israel.

“Definitely, the Iranian nation’s approach towards this neighboring state (UAE) will fundamentally change [following its deal with Israel] and the Islamic Republic’s Armed Forces will also deal with this country on the basis of different calculations,” Iran’s top general added.

https://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i125439-iranian_nation_armed_forces_to_make_radical_change_in_approach_to_uae_after_israel_deal_top_general

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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More Saudi forces trained in Wales if Welsh government backs airfield plan, says PPU

The Welsh government has been urged to withhold support for a new military training airfield at Llanbedr in north-west Wales. The Royal Air Force (RAF) is expected to use the site for training pilots from Saudi Arabia – at a time when Saudi forces are bombing civilians in Yemen.

Two organisations have written jointly to all Members of the Senedd and all Welsh MPs

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/29882

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

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Demo in Kassel: Teilnehmer aus ganz Deutschland gegen die Krieg-Industrie

In Deutschland gilt Kassel als einer der größten Standorte der Rüstungsindustrie. Neben Krauss-Waffe-Wegmann und Rheinmetall sind hier auch viele weitere Unternehmen ansässig, die Kriegswaffen produzieren. Dass in Kassel Waffen für Kriegeproduziert werden, ist nicht erst seit kurzem so. Bereits vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg gab es in der Stadt Kriegs-Industrie.

Die starke Präsenz der Produktionsstätten sorgte bereits in der Vergangenheit vielfach für Protest-Aktionen. Am 28.08.2020 wird hierfür sogar aus ganz Deutschland nach Kassel mobilisiert.

https://www.hna.de/kassel/deutschland-kassel-industrie-krieges-90027657.html

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Siehe / Look at cp1 (Emirates, Somalia)

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Film: Is Turkey Playing a Role in Yemen?

Throughout 2020, media reports across the Middle East have been reporting on Turkey’s purported influence and alleged role in Yemen’s civil war.

https://www.fairobserver.com/video/gulf-state-analytics-yemen-turkey-uae-arab-world-news-international-17946/

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UAE connects its new nuclear power plant to electrical grid

A nuclear power plant in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates has been connected to the country’s power grid, authorities said Wednesday.

The Barakah nuclear power plant in the Emirates’ far western desert near the border with Saudi Arabia began sending out electricity, according to the state-run WAM news agency.

https://apnews.com/071402afd54c1de44017576772401677

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Profits slide for Dubai’s DP World port operator amid virus

International port operator DP World said on Wednesday profits were down 56% for the first half of the year, with earnings sliding to $333 million as coronavirus lockdowns and a global recession impact trade around the world.

https://apnews.com/7fcaed289751c0fc13b8380fe1fe6586

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Alcohol rules again loosen as Dubai seeks economic recovery

Dubai again has loosened laws governing alcohol sales and possession of liquor as the sheikhdom tries to claw its way out of an economic depression worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.

https://apnews.com/2f091fcc0494f38e5c748f57ccd407dd

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Quiet ties and secret talks paved way for UAE-Israel deal

Secret talks and quiet ties — that’s what paved the way for last week’s deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize relations.

Touted by President Donald Trump as a major Mideast breakthrough, the agreement was in fact the culmination of more than a decade of quiet links rooted in frenzied opposition to Iran that predated Trump and even Barack Obama, as well as Trump’s avowed goal to undo his predecessor’s Mideast legacy.

And the deal leaves behind what had been a cornerstone of U.S. policy in the region: resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

https://apnews.com/483518e953ade2a1846f1e1e0b29a0e0

and

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Israel-UAE peace deal: Flipping the regional order of the Middle East

The move is the culmination of a geopolitical alignment that has been covertly but steadily redrawing the map of Middle Eastern alliances. From the Gulf to the eastern Mediterranean, Israel and the UAE have found themselves on the same side as they work to contain the growing influence of Iran and increasingly that of Turkey. Perhaps just as significantly, the deal brings with it significant political wins for the leaders of all three countries, including the U.S.

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/08/16/israel-uae-peace-deal-flipping-the-regional-order-of-the-middle-east/

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The Normalization Deal Splits the Gulf States—for Now

Some Gulf governments have welcomed the paradigm-changing Israel-UAE agreement while others have not, and those who follow Abu Dhabi’s path will do so based on their own interests and timetables.

The UAE deal also puts Qatar in a difficult position—in part because it prefers to hedge its ties with Israel and Hamas, and also because its relations with the UAE remain adversarial. News agencies associated with the Qatari government broadly covered the deal, including virulent opposition to it.

Saudi Arabia may be the most conflicted of all. Past public comments by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman seemingly indicate that he too may choose normalization with Israel. Yet he is constrained by his father, King Salman, who remains squarely committed to the terms of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative—namely, “land for peace” and a two-state solution in exchange for Arab normalization. Instead, the crown prince has been obliged to signal Saudi softening toward Israel in more indirect but still-potent ways,

https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/the-normalization-deal-splits-the-gulf-statesfor-now

and

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UAE’s Dangerous, Occupation-blind Deal With Israel Is More PR Than Peace

Aside from signaling despair and isolation to Palestinians – and consequently endangering Israel’s security – the UAE-Israel agreement is far worse than previous Arab-Israeli peace treaties

The message to the Palestinians could not have been clearer: You’re on your own and we’re moving on from the suffering we helped to create in the first place. The shock is still evident, even amongst the Palestinian leadership, who were unaware of the deal until it was announced.

Once the agreement is formally signed and the dust settles, the feelings of abandonment and isolation amongst the Palestinian populace and leadership alike will grow to unprecedented levels. Soon, this will backfire against Israel.

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-uae-s-dangerous-occupation-blind-deal-with-israel-is-more-pr-than-peace-1.9078798

and

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Israeli leader denies weaponry linked to peace deal with UAE

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said he would oppose the sale of advanced American F-35 warplanes to the United Arab Emirates, despite last week’s historic deal establishing formal diplomatic ties between the two Mideast nations.

Netanyahu issued his statement after an Israeli newspaper reported that last week’s U.S.-brokered agreement included language to supply the Arab Gulf nation with advanced weapons systems.

https://apnews.com/26c501e9e3b2799f97f4240a2bcba837

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

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Qatar expresses surprise over repeated attacks by Yemeni minister

Qatar has expressed its surprise over repeated attacks by Muammar Al-Eryani, information minister in Yemen’s internationally recognised government, against it.

Al-Eryani published a document that showed Qatar has communicated with the Houthi Group which the Yemeni government has been fighting for six years.

Al-Eryani’s repeated attacks reflect the failure of a Yemeni official, who left the tragedy of the brotherly Yemeni people, and instead devoted himself to attack the State of Qatar, Qatar foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday night.

Qatar’s ministry of foreign affairs affirms its categorical rejection of the allegations contained in Al-Eryani’s media statements, stressing that they are completely unfounded, the statement added.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19213.html

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Qatar slammed for forcibly deporting Yemeni woman to Djibouti

The woman released a video calling for international help to stop Djibouti authorities from sending her back to Yemen

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/qatar-slammed-for-forcibly-deporting-yemeni-woman-to-djibouti-1.1063401

cp12b Sudan

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Sudan fires FM spokesman after comments on peace with Israel

https://apnews.com/d62200a82350ad1e7baebf9650087e0c

and

(A P)

Officials say Israel, Sudan close to peace agreement

https://apnews.com/000fb9979afee42b456ab56c53870a0c

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Sudanese demand reforms a year after deal with generals

Sudanese protesters returned to the streets Monday to call for more reforms a year after a power-sharing deal between the pro-democracy movement and the generals.

https://apnews.com/7317d686c69db63b02cf52e448b8598c

(A H)

Flooding and heavy rainfall leave over 60 dead in Sudan

https://apnews.com/cc848dd29ae32e4762ad903fa0ca6c13

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan resume AU-led talks over disputed dam

https://apnews.com/4f09ddb6a500e2617685d78f102a35d0

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / look atcp1, cp11

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Emirate hoffen wegen Abkommen mit Israel auf amerikanische Kampfjets

Der israelische Ministerpräsident Netanyahu dementiert, als Teil der Vereinbarung mit den Emiraten dem Verkauf des amerikanischen Kampfjets F35 an Abu Dhabi zugestimmt zu haben. Die USA arbeiten offenbar trotzdem auf eine Lieferung hin.

Die israelische Zeitung «Yedioth Ahronoth» berichtete am Dienstag unter Berufung auf amerikanische und emiratische Quellen, dass das von den USA vermittelte Abkommen eine geheime Klausel enthalte, in der Israel der Lieferung moderner Waffen an Abu Dhabi zustimme – einschliesslich des F35.

Israels Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanyahu dementierte den Bericht zwar umgehend auf Twitter.

«Yedioth Ahronoth» zitierte aber einen Vertreter der Emirate, der bekräftigte, dass Netanyahu den Waffenlieferungen zugestimmt habe.

Auch die «New York Times» berichtete am Donnerstag, die Trump-Regierung bereite nach der Anerkennung Israels durch die Emirate den Verkauf des F35 und moderner Kampfdrohnen vor. Die USA hatten Israel nach dem Jom-Kippur-Krieg 1973 zugesichert, dass sie die Lieferung von Rüstungsgütern an die arabischen Staaten von der Zustimmung Israels abhängig machen würden. Damit soll sichergestellt werden, dass Israel seine militärische Überlegenheit in der Region bewahrt.

Der F35 ist das modernste Kampfflugzeug der USA.

https://www.nzz.ch/international/emirate-hoffen-nach-abkommen-mit-israel-auf-us-kampfjets-ld.1572314

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Trump weighs F-35 jet sales to UAE over Israeli objections

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. is considering selling advanced American F-35 warplanes to the United Arab Emirates over the objections of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump told reporters at a White House news conference that the Emiratis had expressed interest in buying “quite a few” of the stealth fighter jets. He said such a sale was “under review” given the new dynamic between Israel and the UAE since the two nations agreed to normalize relations last week. Perhaps just as important, Trump said, is that the UAE can afford to buy the planes.

“They have the money and they would like to order quite a few F-35s,” Trump said. “It’s the greatest fighter jet in the world, as you know, by stealth, totally stealth.”

“They’d like to buy F-35s, we’ll see what happens,” Trump added. “It’s under review, but they made a great advance in peace in the Middle East.”

https://apnews.com/e510c9e183b24299633b75d886f561b0

and

(A K P)

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs @AnwarGargash says requests for F35 precedes Israel deal, “not connected” and pending for six years, but that “we ought to get them” and that “the whole idea of war will no longer exist so it should now be easier”

https://twitter.com/noa_landau/status/1296440327180562434

and

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UAE-Israel ties may get Abu Dhabi advanced weapons

A U.S.-brokered deal that saw Israel and the United Arab Emirates begin to open diplomatic ties may end up with Abu Dhabi purchasing advanced American weaponry, potentially upending both a longstanding Israeli military edge regionally and the balance of power with Iran.

Despite public objections by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump on Wednesday told reporters that the Emiratis had expressed interest in buying “quite a few” F-35 stealth fighter jets and such a deal was “under review.”

Meanwhile, the UAE has sought for years to buy American armed drones — something now potentially allowed as the Trump administration loosened rules governing those purchases just last month.

https://apnews.com/c69c1883043dbb830a894b5db6acd68a

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Photos: The great city # Old Sanaa

Restoring buildings damaged by rain in the old city of Sana’a.

https://twitter.com/BadrYousef17/status/1296354205901496321

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Torrential rain and floods batter the glorious ancient quarter of Yemen’s capital

It was nature, though, that delivered the catastrophic blow. This month, torrential rains and flash floods engulfed the Sanaa’s Old City, damaging more than 100 homes, many centuries old.

As he surveyed his partially destroyed house, Alameer could not hide his anguish. “The war, the airstrikes and the siege have caused a lot of destruction here, and now the heavy rains have added insult to injury,” said Alameer, a 27-year-old tax authority employee. “The city cannot hold on much longer.”

In its sixth year of war, Yemen’s fragile cultural heritage was already under threat.

Today, Yemeni authorities say the rain and floods have left 111 homes partially or completely destroyed and hundreds of families either seeking shelter elsewhere or living under the threat that their homes could collapse further over their heads.

“This is completely unprecedented,” said Franz Rauchenstein, the outgoing head of delegation for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen. “I have never seen such strong rainfall. It’s just one havoc more, after various epidemics, after the coronavirus.”

In Sanaa, all social and economic classes have been affected.

And the flooding looks unlikely to stop. With the rainy season typically lasting from March to October, the United Nations and aid groups are expecting outbreaks of cholera, malaria and dengue fever.

“Flooding is expected to continue in the upcoming weeks, increasing health risks for the already vulnerable population, affected by previous floods and covid-19 outbreak,” wrote ACAPS, a consortium of western aid agencies working in Yemen, in a briefing last week.

Before Yemen’s 2011 Arab Spring revolution, which ushered in a period of conflict and economic turmoil, many residents of the Old City routinely maintained their homes, said Aqeel Nassar, deputy head of the Historic Cities Preservation Authority.

But as jobs and salaries were lost, many homes fell into disrepair or were abandoned. Roughly 40 houses that had been damaged or weakened by airstrikes since 2017 have been repaired with funding from UNESCO, Nassar said. He added that “if those buildings were not repaired, they would have definitely collapsed during these heavy rains.”

Other residents of the quarter echoed similar sentiments and said they were getting little rebuilding help from government authorities or aid agencies. Local officials said they were fielding as many as 250 requests and were doing their best to rebuild under the duress of war and a shattered economy – By Ali Al Mujahed and Sudarsan Raghavan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/torrential-rain-and-floods-batter-the-glorious-ancient-quarter-of-yemens-capital/2020/08/19/29be7870-e229-11ea-ade1-28daf1a5e919_story.html

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UNESCO project aims to save Sanaa’s historic mud brick towers

The distinctive brown and white residential towers of the Old City in Sanaa, Yemen, date back centuries. Amid heavy rains, floods, war and economic collapse, more than a hundred have recently seen their roofs partially collapse.

Heavy rains that began in July have caused floods that have killed more than a hundred people across Yemen. In the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, floodwaters have coursed through a 2,500-year old-neighborhood, the Old City, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Local authorities say more than a hundred homes have recently seen their roofs partially collapse. Many more are dealing with roof leaks. On August 7, one house partially collapsed, and a family was forced to flee.

Architect Anna Paolini, director of UNESCO’s office in Doha, Qatar, told The World’s host Marco Werman about the organization’s efforts to protect these homes and their residents.

Paolini: Well, we have started a large project which is aimed at employing youth. We have now on the payroll 2,500 youth. We are aiming at reaching 4,000 youth — of which a good percentage are women as well — to provide restoration and maintenance, to maintain roofing and shelters, to make sure that these families do not get displaced and actually continue to live in the building where they have lived for many decades, if not centuries, as a family. And so maintaining their own family, but at the same time, to learn from the master builder how to make maintenance and restore this building.

https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-08-19/unesco-project-aims-save-sanaas-historic-mud-brick-towers

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Film: 208 houses have been affected by the rain in Shibam city, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the civilians demand rapid restoration.

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1295410562151505920

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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Yemen’s local seeds targeted by int’l groups: Houthis

Some international organizations working in Yemen carry out suspicious activities aimed at destroying Yemen’s agricultural future, the Houthi group said Wednesday.

Official sources at the Sana’a-based ministry of agriculture raised doubts about a “new suspicious role played by international agencies in Yemen,” the Houthi-run agricultural and fishery media reported, in addition to “their infiltrating of communities and collecting intelligence.”

“An international organization has recently – as rain season setting in – begun buying large deals of local high-quality seeds and grains .. from farmers in Dhalea districts at high prices,” they added, as the “price of a barrel of millet and sorghum of different kinds increased to YR 120,000.”

The sources accused (without naming) this agency of “drawing about 3 lorries of grains during this season, before transporting the cargo from the southern governorate of Dhalea to unknown places of its own.”

International agencies concerned with agriculture in Yemen “deliberately deceive farmers, give them genetically modified seeds and claim they are ameliorated [seeds] that increase productivity and stand drought,” the Houthis say, warning the farmers of selling their local seeds to agencies.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19286.html

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Saudi-Yemeni Business Council plans investment in Yemen

Chief of the Saudi-Yemeni Business Council, Abdullah bin Mahfoudh said on Monday that the council managed establishment of firms that will start up doing business in the government-held areas of Yemen.

The new companies were licensed by the concerned authorities in Yemen, according to bin Mahfoudh.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41408

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National currency continues devaluation

The devaluation of the Yemen’s national currency continues amid soaring prices of the food stuff.

Sources of the money exchange service said that the devaluation of the Yemeni Rial continues with no intervention yet by the government to retain the value of the currency.

The exchange price of USD one exceeded YR780.

The exchange rate of the SR has also gone up YR200 per SR one. This rate increase has been the highest since the Houthis implemented their coup against the government in 2015.

This brought bad consequences on the price of foods which aggravates the deteriorating living standards across Yemen.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41407

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Yemeni Red Sea ports 5-year losses exceed US$2 billion: Houthis

The Saudi-led 5-year-old military operations in Yemen have caused the Yemeni Red Sea ports corporation losses of US$ 2.16 billion, the corporation (YRSPC) said Monday.

In a statement, the Houthi-run YRSPC accused the Arab coalition of destroying the infrastructure of its (Hodeida, Salif and Mocha) ports, in “a systematic act aimed to paralyze the ports’ functionality in serving the Yemeni people.

“Targeting and besieging the corporation’s ports is violation of the international humanitarian law and conventions, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.”

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19241.html

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

(A T)

String of claims y’day from the group calling itself #ISIS in #Yemen involving Houthis in Bayda. Scepticism advised 8/12 Repelled multi-attacks. 25 dead 8/14 Repelled attack; IED. Multiple casualties 8/15 Repelled attack; 3 IEDs. Multiple casualties 8/16 IED vs armoured vehicle

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1295361071646158849

(A T)

Al-Qaeda elements commit over 327 criminal operations in Bayda

Over 327 criminal operations have been committed by the elements of “Al Qaeda and ISIS” terrorist organizations in various areas of Bayda province since beginning of the year 2015 to May 2020.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106289.htm

My remark: As claimed by the Sanaa government.

and

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni forces put focus on eradicating al-Qaeda and Daesh from Bayda province

Terrorists in Bayda have been oppressing Yemeni population for years, with direct Saudi support

As fighting intensifies around Ma’rib province, fighting has suddenly erupted in areas where Daesh (ISIS) and al-Qaeda are located in Bayda province as well.

An informed political source revealed that the Yemeni political leadership is committed securing its citizens from the threat of ISIS and al-Qaeda, which in recent years increased in the light of the aggression and blockade.

The source pointed out that the involvement of ISIS and al-Qaeda elements in supporting Yemeni political figure Yasser al-Awadhi, and their concentration in sensitive military areas may also be a reason not to postpone the confrontation with Daesh and al-Qaeda.

https://uprising.today/yemeni-forces-put-focus-on-eradicating-al-qaeda-and-daesh-from-bayda-province/

My remark: As claimed by the Sanaa government.

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemen army announces liberation of 1,000 square km from al-Qaeda, ISIS militants in Bayda

The Yemeni army announced on Tuesday liberation of 1,000 square km in al-Qaeda and ISIS militants-held areas of Bayda province, Yemen army’s spokesman said in a statement.

The Yemeni army spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Sarei, confirmed that more than 250 al-Qeada elements were killed, wounded and captured during the large military operation in the province.

Additionally, 12 camps and military gathering were destroyed during the military operation in Wald Rabai area in the province.

Sarie affirmed that the army forces also seized large quantities of weapons and hundreds of belts and explosive devices in the operation.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106149.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14498

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Houthis reveal details of massive operation against Qaeda, Daesh in central Yemen

The Houthi Group on Tuesday revealed the details of a recent massive military operation in Bayda province in central Yemen during which its forces allegedly killed, wounded and captured 250 operatives of Al-Qaeda and Daesh, destroyed 12 militant camps and seized large quantities of weapons.

Military spokesperson for the group, Yahya Sari’a, said in a statement they captured the district of Wald Rabi’a which had been controlled by the Takfiri groups of Al-Qaeda and Daesh.

Our military operation succeeded though the Saudi-led coalition intensified airstrikes against our forces and continued to support the two terrorist groups with weapons and funds, he said, praising the efforts of the tribes in the districts of Al-Qurashiah and Wald Rabi’a that helped drive militants out of the area.

More details of the operation will be revealed in coming days, he said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19244.html

and

(A T)

Houthis claim to have captured stronghold of Al-Qaeda, Daesh in Yemen’s Bayda

Battles continued to rage between the government and Houthi forces in Yemen’s Bayda province as the Houthis claimed on Monday to have captured the main stronghold of Al-Qaeda and Daesh west of the province.

We launched a massive assault on the area of Qayfah in the district of Al-Qurayshiah that continued for three days and ended with our takeover of the main stronghold of the two terrorist groups in the area of Yakla, a Houthi military source told Debriefer.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19212.html

and the reaction of the Saudi coalition and the Hadi government – it seems a new propaganda narrative is in the making:

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Government: Houthi capture of Qaeda, IS stronghold in Bayda ‘an exposed game’

Spokesperson for the forces of Yemen’s internationally recognised government, Brig. Gen. Abdu Majalli, said on Wednesday the Houthi capture of the district of Wald Rabi’a in Badya province was an exposed game.

The Houthi Group is talking about battles against Al-Qaeda and Daesh in regions under its control in the province, including Yakla and Al-Toyous, and the truth is that there is cooperation and coordination between it and these terrorist groups, he said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19274.html

and also http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/08/19/houthi-denial-of-terror-group-links-an-exposed-cover-up-attempt-says-mujalli/

and

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Yemeni gov’t denies Houthi seizure of Baydha’s areas

The Houthis have released a number of al-Qaeda and Daesh leaders and militants, Badi claimed, accusing the group of “mutually assisting and fully coordinating with other terrorist groups. All details on this issue will be unveiled soon.

“This coordination began years ago, but its pace has recently increased, after terrorist groups were tightly oppressed and many of their leaders were chased and killed.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19268.html

and

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Al-Qaeda handed over the entire Qifah to the Houthis and moved to Abyan

Southern journalist Salah Bin Laghbar said that Al-Qaeda has completely finished handing over Qifah area and its environs in Al-Bayda governorate to the Houthis and transferring all its fighters and equipment to Abyan.

https://en.smanews.org/al-qaeda-handed-over-the-entire-qifah-to-the-houthis-and-moved-to-abyan

and

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Arab coalition says Houthis closely linked to terrorist groups

The Houthis have close relations and common interests with terrorist groups, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said Wednesday, hours after Houthi claims that their forces had seized areas in Baydha.

The Houthis seek to misinform on developments in the Yemeni central governorate, Turki al-Maliki added in remarks to Al-Arabiya

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19271.html

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UK ambassador dubs dentist execution as disgusting crime

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19223.html

and

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The “Ansar al-Sharia” video bore no insignia & was not posted on official wires. Suggests infighting or rogue

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/1296021373647753221

cp15 Propaganda

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All Yemen’s outlawed groups use terrorist modus operandi

As too many aspects of the ongoing war in Yemeni are competing for our attention, we are missing out on one important aspect: All Yemen’s outlawed groups and militias are openly using terrorist modus operandi to kill pro-government captives.

The three groups of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), the Houthis and Al-Qaeda have their records replete with hallmark terrorist execution of captives. The latest terrorist executions by each one of these militias occurred within the past month.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41457

(A P)

Coalition: Houthis are Subservient to Iran Agenda

Arab Coalition Spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki described Houthi militias in Yemen as subservient and stressed that qualitative threats will not be met with leniency. He also reaffirmed that the Coalition, which backs Yemen’s freely-elected government under President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, will continue to fight for establishing Yemen’s sovereignty and ending the Iran-backed coup spearheaded by Houthis.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23871

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[Hadi gov.] Yemeni army, international community.. an effective partnership in the fight against terrorism

Yemeni armed forces are working to confront terrorist organizations, whether intellectual or extremist such as the Houthi, al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS), and other terrorist organizations.

Yemeni armed forces believe that the fight against terrorism is a religious and national duty, and does not tolerate its combat role against these organizations.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/08/20/yemeni-army-international-community-an-effective-partnership-in-the-fight-against-terrorism/

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Yemen’s wars may escalate despite best Saudi efforts (paywalled)

https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/OXAN-ES254658/full/html

My comment: The headline promises a lot of BS propaganda.

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Joint Incidents Assessment Team Issues Statement Regarding Allegations against Coalition Forces

Official Spokesman of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen Legal Counsellor Mansour Al-Mansour refuted a number of claims raised by global bodies and international organizations on errors allegedly committed by the Coalition Forces to Support Legitimacy in Yemen during their military operations inside Yemen.

In a press conference held at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Riyadh today, Al-Mansour reviewed the results of assessing four incidents included in those claims as follows

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2123604#

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2123604#

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2123609

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2123610

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2123611

My comment: This „Joint Incidents Assessment Team“ is a fake: The Saudi coalition „investigates“ itself. The only real function is whitewashing – here just again.

(A P)

[Hadi gov.] Chief of Staff: We are approaching victory over theocratic Houthi militia

Army’s Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Sagheer Bin Aziz confirmed that the Yemenis backed by Armed Forces getting more determined to end the dynasty projects of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia.

http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/08/19/chief-of-staff-we-are-approaching-victory-over-theocratic-houthi-militia/

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[Hadi gov.] Yemeni Minister: 70% of relief operations in Yemen are provided by countries of Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen

The Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Yemeni High Relief Committee, Abdul Raqeeb Fatah, said that 70% of the relief operations in Yemen were the responsibility of relief agencies in the countries of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, directly or indirectly.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2123742

(A P)

Cartoon: Houthis and Al Qaeda are two sides of the same coin!

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1295705753441927169

(A P)

Yemeni gov’t says Houthi-Qaeda coordination behind dentist execution

The crime was committed in coincidence with the “Iranian-backed Houthi group’s attacks on Baydha, raising questions about Houthi attempts to use the terrorism card with the purpose of imposing their coup plot and justifying their aggression against the governorate and its noble people.

“While they turn their back on terrorist groups’ camps, the Houthis attack Yemeni government forces’ sites in order to expand insecurity benefiting the militants to infiltrate and commit such crimes.

“This is a clear evidence that terrorist groups help each other and have fully mutual coordination.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19190.html

and also https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41365

(A P)

More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23870

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2123974

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2121506

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2121143

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2121141

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi coalition air raids and shelling day by day

Aug. 17: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1763263303824027/

Aug. 16: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1763262673824090/

Aug. 15: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1763261053824252/

Aug. 14: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1763259970491027/

Aug. 13: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141/1763259177157773/

Aug. 12: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/posts/1760202964130061

Aug. 11: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/posts/1760200724130285

Aug. 10: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/posts/1760189234131434

Aug. 9: https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/posts/1760188234131534

(A K pS)

Coalition airstrikes kill Houthi militants in al-Baidha

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23847

and also http://en.26sepnews.net/2020/08/17/several-houthi-militants-killed-in-al-bayda/

(A K pH)

More Saudi coalition air raids

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14542 Various p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106319.htm Baydah p.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14509 / https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106305.htm / https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14532 Several prov.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106273.htm Najran

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14499 Various p.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14501 Hodeidah p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106124.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106096.htm Saada p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3106030.htm Marib, Jawf p.

https://uprising.today/saudis-hit-oil-factory-in-hodeidah/ and https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14472 Hodeidah p.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14473 Sanaa p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3105919.htm Hajjah p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3105925.htm and https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14477 5 prov.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp18

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

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

(A K pS)

Mother, daughter killed by Houthi shelling in al-Baidha

http://en.adenpress.news/news/23877

(A K pS)

Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of A Bomb-Laden (UAV) Launched Toward the Kingdom

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2124073

(A K pS)

The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of A Bomb-Laden (UAV), And (1) Ballistic Missile Launched by the Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Toward the Kingdom

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2124127

(A K pS)

Houth analyst: ‘We don’t care when the war will end’

A Sana’a-based military analyst loyal to the Houthis has told a Russian News Agency that his theocratic militia has already taken the decision “to capture Marib” has been taken and “we don’t care when will the war end.”

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41435

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Map: Marib. There’s now more than 10 active fronts forming a massive C from the top of Marib to the bottom, with more than two million displaced people inside

https://twitter.com/Macoombs/status/1295949046289334274

and

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Hundreds of Houthis killed in fighting in central Yemen, officials say

Almost 1,000 Houthi fighters have been killed over the past four days in fierce clashes with government forces, which include allied tribesmen, in various contested areas of the central province of Marib, with hundreds more wounded or captured, local media and government officials said on Thursday.

The Iran-backed Houthis have stepped up their attacks on Marib’s Serwah and Helan areas in an attempt to capture the oil- and gas-rich city of Marib.

“We have counted 966 Houthis, including senior officers, killed in the fighting in Marib over the last four days. Their bodies are still scattered on the battlefields,” an army officer in Marib, who asked to remain anonymous, told Arab News by telephone. Dozens of government troops and their tribal allies have also reportedly died in the fighting.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1722271/middle-east

and

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Scores of Houthi fighters killed in central Yemen fighting

More than 60 Houthi fighters have been killed and tens of others wounded in battles with the government forces and Saudi-led airstrikes in Bayda province in central Yemen in the past two days, a government military officer said on Thursday.

Chief of the Bayda military command, Brig. Gen. Abdulrab Al-Asbahi, said the government forces backed by popular resistance fighters carried out military operations against Houthi positions in all warfronts in the district of Qaniyah. The operations came within a war of attrition against the Houthis who have been trapped in mountains and fields of the district, he said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-19293.html

and

(A K)

Marib in the last 24 hrs: -Houthis opened new front & made some gain in al-Rahaba be4 tribes cud push them back. -Bloody battles continue in over 10 fronts. -Over 60 Huthi fighters captured, dozens killed. – 4 Huthi tanks & tensofpickups seized & destroyed,acor 2 tribal sources (photos)

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1295873906117664768

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Police in Marib busted on Tuesday a cell of three senior Houthi intelligence officers hours after they arrived from Sana’a in preparation to conduct a plot eventually meant to lead to making the government-held town fall to Houthi militants. This comes five days after the police discovered and arrested sleeping cells consisting of 300 Houthi militants.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41434

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Over 40 Houthi rebels killed in central Yemen fighting: report

More than 40 militants of the Houthi rebel group were killed in fighting with Yemen’s government forces in the central province of al-Bayda over the past 24 hours, state-run media reported.

According to the state-run Saba News Agency, “the national army forces backed by local pro-government tribesmen are engaging in continuous battles against the Houthis in Qaniya area for the second consecutive day.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/18/c_139297683.htm

and

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[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni forces start offensive in important Saudi military camp

Mas camp is one of the most important Saudi bases in Ma’rib

Yemeni army forces and the Popular Committees on Monday launched a large-scale military operation to take control of Mas camp, one of the most important bases of the Saudi-Emirati coalition in Ma’rib province.

According to the tribal sources, Yemeni forces have succeeded in cutting off the eastern supply lines of the camp, which contains sophisticated weapons.

https://uprising.today/yemeni-forces-start-offensive-in-important-saudi-military-camp/

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Mobile network of Sabafon has stopped in #Marib amid #Houthis‘s intensive attack on the governorate for a week.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1295517102816796673

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Iran-backed Houthi militia launches a military projectile towards a border village in Jazan Region, Saudi Arabia, no fatalities or injuries, Civil Defense reports

Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia launched a military projectile from inside the Yemeni territories towards a border village in Jezan Region, damaging two neighboring houses and a vehicle but no fatalities or injuries reported, Civil Defense authority announced.

In a statement, Colonel Mohammed bin Yahya Al-Ghamdi, media spokesman of the Civil Defense Directorate of Jezan Region, said that his department has been notified that a military projectile was launched by the Iran-backed Houthi terrorist organization from inside Yemen targeting a border village in Jezan Region, with its scattering fragments inflicting some damage on two neighboring homes and a vehicle but, thanks to Allah Almighty, nobody was killed or injured.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2121581

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Taiz: Houthi sniper guns down young girl, rendering her between life and death

A Houti sniper gunned down a 8-year-old girl in Yemen’s Taiz causing her life-threatening injuries, eyewitnesses and medical sources said.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41384

[Her brother dragged her into safety, and she was brought to a hospital]

and also https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1295383294285172736

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200818-yemen-girl-allegedly-shot-by-houthi-sniper-while-fetching-water-in-taiz/

More photos: https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1295510104209608705

https://twitter.com/ycmhrv/status/1295441217216544768

https://twitter.com/ycmhrv/status/1295418955427917826

Films: https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1295645607680409601

https://twitter.com/BelqeesRights/status/1296544536534093825

and

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NGO honors child who saved his sister shot by Houthi sniper

A non-governmental organization has honored Omari Saleh a 12-year old boy who saved the life of his nine-year-old sister Ruwaida after a Houthi sniper shot her injured in Taiz on Monday afternoon.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41409

Photo: https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/1295820529149018112

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al Houthis reportedly kill Hadi government military leader in al Jawf governorate; al Houthis claim taking territory from Hadi government forces in Ma’rib governorate

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-17-2020

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KSrelief Masam Project Dismantles 1,157 Mines in Yemen during Second Week of August

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s project for clearing mines in Yemen (Masam) demined 1,157 mines during the second week of August 2020, including 37 antipersonnel mines, 286 anti-tank mines, 790 unexploded ordnance and 44 explosive devices.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2121504

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Eleven Yemen soldiers killed in militia attack, clashes

Eleven Yemeni government troops, including a senior officer, were killed in a militia missile attack and clashes to the northeast and east of Sanaa, military and medical sources said Monday.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2020/08/17/Eleven-Yemen-soldiers-killed-in-militia-attack-clashes.html

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Endless attempts on Marib: Houthis suffer nearly 1000 casualties in 3 days

Houthis suffered nearly 1000 casualties in the recent fighting near Marib over the past three days as the theocratic militia pressed ahead with their seemingly endless attempts to march on the government-held town.

Medical sources in the militant-controlled provinces anonymously told Al-Sahwa on Sunday the hospitals in “Sana’a, Dhamar and Hajjah received 500 dead bodies and “more than 400 injured militants.”

“The hospitals are now stuffed over capacity and can’t receive anymore casualties.”

“A large number of other fighters are unaccounted for or are ascertained to have been arrested by the legitimate army defending Marib,” other sources.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-41366

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The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Interception, Destruction of Ballistic Missiles Targeting the Kingdom

“Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed this afternoon (Sunday) a ballistic missile launched by the terrorist Houthi militia toward civilians and civilian objects in the (Southern Region).”

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2121133

My comment: If they destroyed it before it reached ist target, telling „launched by the terrorist Houthi militia toward civilians and civilian objects“ is BS.

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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Daily violations

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14542 Aug. 20

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14532 Aug. 19

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14509 Aug. 18

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14477 Aug. 16

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US-Saudi aggression Violates Stockholm Agreement Launching 6 Raids in Hodeidah

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14501

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UN Mission to Support Hodeidah Agreement on Tuesday expressed grave concern over escalation in violence in Hodeidah where clashes & air activities continue to take place on a daily basis, including an airstrike on a fuel storage between Hodeidah city & Al-Salif port on 16 August.

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/1295766287600230400

and

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Head of the UN Mission in Hodeidah Expresses Concern over Fresh Saudi Bombing

The head of the United Nations mission in Hodeidah, Abhijit Goha, expressed his grave concern about the aggression’s airstrikes that targeted a fuel store at an oil factory in Al-Arj area last Sunday.

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14507

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Saudis hit oil factory in Hodeidah

Saudi-led aggression coalition forces have on Sunday bombed an oil factory in Hodeidah, western Yemen, local sources said.

The aggression warplanes carried out five raids targeting the oils factory in al-Arajah area of Bajil district, sources explained.

https://uprising.today/saudis-hit-oil-factory-in-hodeidah/

and also https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14472

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Citizen injured in fire of aggression forces in Hodeidah

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3105925.htm

https://english.almasirah.net/details.php?es_id=14482

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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Why is Yemeni Coffee the Best Coffee in the World?

Yemeni coffee is known as the best coffee in the world. There is a delicate process of development that goes into the their coffee beans which attributes to its fine distinction. We don’t usually think about the care or the intensive labor that goes into each bean. Also, the flavor palette differs from other standard coffees. Take a glimpse at the daily love and care that goes into what is considered as the first and best coffee in the world.

https://www.arabamerica.com/why-i-like-yemeni-coffee/#.Xz1a9Jupb5w.twitter

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Yemen Marib Governorate – Imagery analysis: 5 August 2020 | Published 17 August 2020

Satellite detected waters in Marib Governorate of Yemen as of 5 August 2020

This map illustrates satellite-detected surface waters over Marib Governorate of Yemen as observed from a Sentinel-2 image acquired on 5 Aug 2020.

https://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-marib-governorate-imagery-analysis-5-august-2020-published-17-august-2020-version-10

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Photos: Taiz

https://www.raoul-kieffer.net/de/Taizz

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Photos: Hadramaut

https://www.raoul-kieffer.net/de/Wadi-Hadramaut

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-673-yemen-war-mosaic-673

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-673 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-673:

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

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

http://www.yemenwar.info/

Liste aller Luftangriffe / and list of all air raids:

http://yemendataproject.org/data/

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

https://yemen.bellingcat.com/

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

https://yemeniarchive.org/en

Dieser Beitrag gibt die Meinung des Autors wieder, nicht notwendigerweise die der Redaktion des Freitag.

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