Yemen Press Reader 743b: | Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 743b- Yemen War Mosaic 743b

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Dies ist die Fortsetzung von Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 743, Teil 1 / This is the sequel of Yemen War Mosaic 743, part 1:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-743-yemen-war-mosaic-743

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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

Klassifizierung / Classification

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

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp2a Allgemein: Saudische Blockade / General: Saudi blockade

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12b Sudan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Schlacht um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

(A P)

Houthi kritisiert „schwache“ UN-Reaktion auf humanitäre Krise im Jemen

Der Leiter der jemenitischen Ansarullah-Bewegung hat die „schwache“ Reaktion der Vereinten Nationen auf die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Blockade gegen den Jemen, der mit der schlimmsten humanitären Krise der Welt konfrontiert ist, verurteilt.

Während eines Treffens mit dem UN-Sondergesandten für den Jemen Martin Griffiths am Sonntag in Sanaa verwies Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi auf die Reaktion der UN auf die saudische Blockade, die die Einfuhr von Nahrungsmitteln, Medikamenten und Erdölprodukten blockiert, und kritisierte die UN dafür, ein Auge auf die Erpressung der Jemeniten zuzudrücken.

Houthi betonte das Recht des jemenitischen Volkes auf Ölderivate, medizinische Versorgung und Lebensmittel, unter allen Umständen.

https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i58832-houthi_kritisiert_schwache_un_reaktion_auf_humanit%C3%A4re_krise_im_jemen

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Sayyed Abdulmalik to Griffiths: Not Acceptable to Use Humanitarian Situation against Yemen

The leader of the revolution, Sayyed Abdulmalik, criticized, during his meeting with UN envoy on Sunday, the UN way of dealing with humanitarian situation, stressing that it is not acceptance to link the humanitarian issue with other issues.

Sayyed Abdulmalik also referred to the weak role of the UN towards the unjust siege imposed by the US-Saudi aggression against food, medicine and fuel. He criticized the UN for using the humanitarian situation as card to blackmail and pressure the Yemeni people.

He stressed that Yemeni people have the right to have access to fuel, medical supplies and food, whatever the circumstances, also stressed that siege is a collective punishment and a measure that violates international resolutions and humanitarian norms, and is contrary to all laws and regulations.

Sayyed Abdulmalik described the attempt to link humanitarian duty as legitimate and independent right and link it to other files as an explicit confiscation of right the Yemeni people to their most basic rights.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19705/Sayyed-Abdulmalik-to-Griffiths-Not-Acceptable-to-Use-Humanitarian-Situation-against-Yemen

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/31/sayyid-abdul-malik-al-houthi-meets-with-un-envoy/

(A P)

UN envoy in Sanaa in last-ditch bid to salvage peace plan

The UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, traveled to Houthi-held Sanaa on Sunday in a last-ditch bid to convince the Iran-backed rebels to accept a UN-brokered peace plan and stop their assault on Marib.
In his first visit to the city in a year, Griffiths will meet Houthi officials to discuss proposals including a nationwide cease-fire, the lifting of restrictions on Hodeidah ports and the reopening of Sanaa airport.
On Friday, the UN envoy called on the Yemeni government and the Houthis to make bold concessions to end months of political deadlock and reach a peace agreement.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1867461/middle-east

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/30/un-envoy-to-yemen-arrives-in-sanaa-for-new-rounds-of-talks/

(A P)

UNICEF apologises for delivering school maps bearing designation of “Israel” to Yemen

In a letter to the [Sanaa gov.] Supreme Council for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and International Cooperation, the organisation said that the inclusion of inflatable globes with the designation of the Zionist entity of “Israel” in the shipment of school supplies arriving at the port of Hodeidah, was due to unfortunate omissions during the procurement process.

UNICEF confirmed that these groups have been re-exported from Yemen, because they are aware that these materials are not allowed in the country.

Jackets, bags, and hats bearing the logo of the British Aid Agency, which had been detained by customs in the Raheda area, would also get rid of.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/29/unicef-apologises-for-delivering-school-maps-bearing-designation-of-israel-to-yemen/

(A P)

Ceasefire, sustained flow of humanitarian aid gateway to peace in Yemen, Oman FM

Oman’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Badr Al-Busaidi said on Saturday cessation of hostilities and allowing the flow of humanitarian aid are the gateway to resolving the crisis in Yemen.

I had a good Yemen discussion with Tim Lenderking, the US Envoy to Yemen, he said in a statement on Twitter.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25296.html

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/33041

(A P)

Top Houthi negotiator meets UN envoy after previous snub

The chief negotiator for Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Thursday he had met UN special envoy Martin Griffiths, after Washington criticised the group for rebuffing the diplomat on a previous visit to the region.

Griffiths‘ latest trip coincides with that of U.S. envoy Tim Lenderking, who held talks on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military coalition that has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi group for more than six years.

Houthi negotiator Mohammed Abdulsalam, who is based in Oman, said on Twitter he and Griffiths had discussed the need to speed up „the humanitarian agreement“ by lifting an air and sea blockade, which would „pave the way for wider talks on a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive political settlement“.

Griffiths is leading an international effort to secure an end to the fighting in Yemen, which has caused what the United Nations considers the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, pushing millions of people to the edge of famine.

The Houthis‘ main demand has been the lifting of blockades at the country’s main port and the capital’s airport, which are both under Houthi control

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/top-houthi-negotiator-meets-un-142836906.html

and also https://osesgy.unmissions.org/un-special-envoys-visit-muscat

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/27/top-yemeni-diplomat-meets-with-un-envoy-martin-griffiths-regarding-humanitarian-agreement/ (photo)

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Allistair Burt to succeed Martin Griffiths as UN envoy to Yemen?

A public relations campaign was launched by London to support the naming of its national, Burt, to the position of UN special envoy to Yemen.

Diplomatic sources revealed to The Arab Weekly that Alistair Burt, the former British Minister of State for Middle East and North Africa, was the front-runner to succeed the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.

The sources indicated that there are active diplomatic moves to reach an agreement on Griffiths’ successor, who was earlier in May named undersecretary for humanitarian affairs at the United Nations and coordinator for emergency relief to succeed Britain’s Mark Lowcock.

The same sources revealed a public relations campaign was launched by London to support the naming of its national, Burt, to the position of UN special envoy to Yemen.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, linked the shuttle tour by the British Minister of State for Middle East and North Africa Affairs James Cleverly to the region with London’s efforts to appoint Bert as a UN envoy to Yemen.

Cleverly’s tour included a visit to the Saudi capital, Riyadh and a meeting with the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Cabinet Member Adel al-Jubeir, in the presence of the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Muhammad al-Jaber.

Observers say that Britain’s efforts to control the position of UN envoy to Yemen have raised concerns in Gulf countries that this would not help in reaching a quick solution to the conflict. This belief is based on the idea that the British policy, which consists in maintaining the status quo while sending mixed signals to Yemeni rivals and their allies, has so far proven fruitless.

https://thearabweekly.com/allistair-burt-succeed-martin-griffiths-un-envoy-yemen

My comment: Burt would be the worst candidate possible. Look at reports and at my comments here: https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-742b-yemen-war-mosaic-742b.

(A P)

UN SPECIAL ENVOY FOR YEMEN CONCLUDES VISIT TO RIYADH

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, concluded today, Wednesday, a three-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he met senior Saudi and Yemeni officials to discuss the United Nations’ plan to achieve a nationwide ceasefire in Yemen, ease restrictions on the movement of people and commodities to and from the country, and commit the parties to the conflict to the resumption of a political process to end the conflict.

During his visit, Mr. Griffiths met the Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense, Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Yemeni Vice President, Ali Mohsen Saleh, the Yemeni Prime Minister, Maeen Abdulmalik, the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen, Mohamed Al Jaber and the US Special Envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, as well as other diplomats.
In his meetings, Mr. Griffiths discussed the critical situation in Ma’rib and stressed the battle for Ma’rib must stop to allow diplomatic peace efforts a chance to yield positive results. He further expressed hope that the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement will continue to progress and emphasized the importance of protecting against further fragmentation in Yemen.

https://osesgy.unmissions.org/un-special-envoy-yemen-concludes-visit-riyadh

and also

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2231294

(A P)

Mohammed al-Houthi calls for total lifting of siege on Yemen ahead of new round of talks in Riyadh

Top member in the Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi has announced that “our position to support lifting the siege and ceasefire in all its forms.”

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/25/mohammed-al-houthi-calls-for-total-lifting-of-siege-on-yemen-ahead-of-new-round-of-talks-in-riyadh/

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

(* A P)

Arabic Human rights organizations highlight the spread of repression and abusive censorship in Saudi Arabia

The organizations said Saudi Arabia has a track record of seeking to spy on its citizens, including through illegal access to their personal information within US technology companies.

According to the organizations, Saudi Arabia has amassed an appalling human rights record as the authorities unleashed a wave of repression and censorship aimed at crushing peaceful dissent.

This came in the context of a letter from the organizations to Google calling on it to immediately stop its decision to establish a new cloud services region in Saudi Arabia until the Kingdom can identify clear steps to mitigate human rights violations.

The letter stressed that given Saudi Arabia’s well-documented record of human rights violations, especially with regard to repression and censorship on technology platforms, Google should reconsider this step in the interest of the safety of its users in Saudi Arabia.

The letter urged Google to rethink how it protects its operations in Saudi Arabia in light of a government that spies on its citizens and effectively stifles freedom of expression online.

The letter was sent in partnership with 39 organizations and individuals including Access Now, Hamla, ALQST, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Electronic Frontiers, Ben America, Freedom House, Progressive Communications, Digital Rights Classification Project, SMEX, 7iber, and others.

The message said: Google’s plan raises serious concerns about how it will be able to uphold its human rights responsibilities under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to prevent or mitigate the negative human rights impacts clearly linked to the creation of a cloud services zone in Saudi Arabia.

https://spicy-news.com/news/arab/19308

(A P)

We have news of a dozen activist in the Saudi Arabia for tweeting in prison. @Twitter our voices are being kidnapped

https://twitter.com/WajeehLionn/status/1398653498175242241

(A K P)

#Saudi opposition party – pro constitutional monarchy- expresses outrage at the death & capture of over 200 #Saudi soldiers by #Yemeni forces #Jazan & the occupation of Saudi territories.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1399165465205870595

(* A P)

My god, reports of the impending mass execution of 25 military officers & soldiers on #Saudi #MBS orders for „treason“ #Yemen. I urge all civilized people to object to this criminal action. Please help spare their lives.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1398710253806571520

referring to

(* A P)

Our brothers and sons stationed in the southern border, there are 25 of your colleagues who have been accused of high treason, and this reckless boy decided to execute them in the coming days.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1398710253806571520

and

(A P)

A statement by a leading #Saudi opposition party appears to confirm earlier reports of impending mass executions of dozens of #Saudi military officers on the orders of Saudi Strongman #MBS.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1399167223621636099

(B P)

Saudi media outlets acting as Israeli propaganda platforms

The recent escalation between the Israeli regime and the Palestinian people grabbed the headlines across the world.

People took to the streets in order to show their solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine, condemning the savagery of Israel’s indiscriminate attacks.

Against such a backdrop, many observers found it shocking that the Riyadh-based TV channel, Al Arabiya, took an anti-Palestinian position, not least because the network reflects the kingdom’s official stance towards the Palestinian cause and the occupation issue as a whole.

As a result, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has called on the Palestinian people and the rest of the Arab world to boycott Al Arabiya for its dubious pro-Israeli agenda.

The Front has condemned the channel for distorting the realities in the Occupied Territories all in favor of the Israeli regime.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/05/27/657647/Saudi-Media-Israeli-Mouthpiece

(A P)

#Saudi Monarchy prosecutor’s office says reporting weather conditions is connected to national security thus reporting weather conditions is punishable by 10 years in prison.

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1398805653750222849

(A P)

Philippines Halts Deployment of Workers to Saudi Arabia

The Philippines has suspended the deployment of workers to Saudi Arabia after it received reports that their employers and recruiters were making them pay for COVID-19 testing, quarantine and insurance upon arrival in the kingdom.

Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello said in a May 27 order that his department will issue an official statement on resumption of deployment „after this matter has been clarified accordingly“.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-05-28/philippines-halts-deployment-of-workers-to-saudi-arabia = https://sports.yahoo.com/philippines-halts-deployment-workers-saudi-095511494.html

(A P)

News about the detention of 12 human rights activists on the grounds of their connections with activists abroad.

https://twitter.com/m3takl_en/status/1397916612812894220

(A P)

Lebanese singer deported from Saudi after 50-day detention

A prominent Lebanese singer and composer known for his strong opinions said he has been deported from Saudi Arabia after a 50-day detention — mostly in solitary confinement — because of opinions expressed online in support of Lebanon’s president and his ally the Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Samir Sfeir arrived in Beirut Thursday from Saudi Arabia. He looked haggard and grizzled— having lost his trademark long black bob. He also said he was forgiving of the authorities in Saudi Arabia, telling The Associated Press in a telephone call that he is holding no grudge.

Sfeir, who had residency in the kingdom for five years, said he is now banned from returning.

https://apnews.com/article/lebanon-beirut-middle-east-1e940e7d4e6f6702bbd954d15cabe81e

and also https://twitter.com/sebusher/status/1397952777758904325

(A P)

Saudi Arabia detained fmr Finance Minister Dr. Al-Dakhil for a tweet

https://twitter.com/AnnelleSheline/status/1397559735038222340

(A P)

#Saudi Monarchy security apparatus headed by the infamous AbdulAziz AlHuwairini has arrested up to 5 activists after tracking them on @Twitter includuing #American graduate #freeabdullahjelan

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1397514904224083968

(A P)

Three of my friends were arrested for tweeting from an anonymous user about their rights. The bees were infiltrated by spies from the government and tracked by Snapchat.

https://twitter.com/mightypen71/status/1397358128270807040

(* B P)

Sports Should Stay Away from Saudi Arabia | Opinion

the business of international sport, which has shown no qualms about selling out for Saudi cash. The richest football clubs in England and Spain have signed lucrative sponsorship deals with Saudi parastatals. Formula One, Formula E and Moto GP have similarly cashed in. Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the European PGA have been paid millions to hold events in the kingdom.

The transaction calculus is simple: money in exchange for legitimacy. Saudi Arabia pays millions in sponsorship costs and prize money; prestige names provide credibility and public relations value. The technical term for this trade-off is „sportswashing“ or „image laundering.“

Saudi apologists at home and abroad will argue that this sports diplomacy is key to long-term political and economic transformation. Opening up the country to foreign cultures and ideas is a blow to conservative elements in society, and it provides the jobs and know-how necessary for successful diversification. What they will not say is that any questioning of this policy or criticism of the government by ordinary Saudis more often than not lands them in jail, where they suffer horrific abuse at the hands of the authorities.

The dystopian disconnect between cheering crowds at sporting events and the behind-the-scenes beatings or rape of unjustly incarcerated political prisoners has not gone unnoticed.

Professional sports would be well advised to stay away. Storied European franchises like Newcastle United Football Club and Manchester United have rebuffed financial tie-ins with Saudi Arabia for a very simple reason: the fans are just not buying it. They don’t want to be associated with foreigners whose history of crime and corruption bring their favorite teams into disrepute.

The last thing that the American sporting establishment needs is more divisive controversy.

The leaders of professional sports in the United States should emulate their corporate counterparts here at home and their brethren in Europe, who have recognized that turning a blind eye to attacks on the fundamental principles of democracy is not only wrong, but bad for business.

https://www.newsweek.com/sports-should-stay-away-saudi-arabia-opinion-1594292

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp9a, cp13a

(* B K P)

Remembering the arms industry this Memorial Day

Selling war and death should be no joy for any country, so halting it is a goal well worth fighting for.

When it comes to trade in the tools of death and destruction, no one tops the United States of America.

The U.S. has held that top spot for 28 of the past 30 years, posting massive sales numbers regardless of which party held power in the White House or Congress. This is, of course, the definition of good news for weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, even if it’s bad news for so many of the rest of us, especially those who suffer from the use of those arms by militaries in places like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates.

Donald Trump, sometimes referred to by President Joe Biden as “the other guy,” warmly embraced the role of arms-dealer-in-chief and not just by sustaining massive U.S. arms aid for Israel, but throughout the Middle East and beyond. In a May 2017 visit to Saudi Arabia — his first foreign trip — Trump would tout a mammoth (if, as it turned out, highly exaggerated) $110-billion arms deal with that kingdom.

That arms package, however, did far more than burnish Trump’s reputation as a deal maker and jobs creator. It represented an endorsement of the Saudi-led coalition’s brutal war in Yemen, which has now resulted in the deaths of nearly a quarter of a million people and put millions of others on the brink of famine.

And don’t for a second think that Trump was alone in enabling that intervention. The kingdom had received a record $115 billion in arms offers — notifications to Congress that don’t always result in final sales — over the eight years of the Obama administration, including for combat aircraft, bombs, missiles, tanks, and attack helicopters, many of which have since been used in Yemen.

Trump made it abundantly clear, in fact, that his reasons for arming Saudi Arabia were anything but strategic. In an infamous March 2018 White House meeting with Mohammed bin Salman, he even brandished a map of the United States to show which places were likely to benefit most from those Saudi arms deals, including election swing states Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Will Biden Be Different?

Three months into Biden’s term, however, the president’s early pledge to rein in damaging arms deals are already eroding. The first blow was the news that the administration would indeed move forward with a $23-billion arms package to the UAE, including F-35 combat aircraft, armed drones, and a staggering $10 billion worth of bombs and missiles. The decision was ill-advised on several fronts, most notably because of that country’s role in Yemen’s brutal civil war. There, despite scaling back its troops on the ground, it continues to arm, train, and finance 90,000 militia members, including extremist groups with links to the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

To its credit, the Biden administration committed to suspending two Trump bomb deals with Saudi Arabia.

https://tomdispatch.com/america-dominant-again-in-arms-sales/ = https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/05/30/remembering-the-arms-industry-this-memorial-day/

(A P)

#USEnvoyYemen Lenderking spoke with HE Emirati Minister of State Reem Al Hashimy today about efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in #Yemen and ending the conflict. The #UAE remains a critical partner in resolving the conflict in Yemen.

https://twitter.com/StateDept_NEA/status/1399094425763127300

(A P)

Saudi, U.S. foreign ministers discuss regional challenges in phone call – Saudi TV

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken discussed by phone the “strategic” partnership between their countries and cooperation in dealing with regional and global challenges, Saudi state TV reported on Thursday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-us-mideast-crisis/saudi-u-s-foreign-ministers-discuss-regional-challenges-in-phone-call-saudi-tv-idUSKCN2D81LX

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CONGRESS SOUGHT DETAILS ABOUT BIDEN’S PLEDGE TO END U.S. SUPPORT FOR YEMEN WAR. THEY GOT A “NON-ANSWER.”

The State Department’s letter — which finally arrived Wednesday, more than two months late — contains no new information.

MORE THAN two months after progressive members of Congress asked President Joe Biden to explain what forms of military support he will continue to offer the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, the administration has replied with a two-page letter that sidesteps the question — and provides almost none of the other details members sought.

The two-page State Department answer — which finally arrived Wednesday, more than two months after the date by which members of Congress asked the administration to respond — appears to offer no new information. It references the suspension of “two air-to-ground munitions sales and an ongoing review of other systems,” all of which has previously been reported, and fails to address what other forms of “offensive” support have been discontinued, if any, or which arms sales are ultimately likely to go forward.

In a statement to The Intercept, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., called the response a “disappointing non-answer from the Biden administration” and said he would continue to seek further details.

“It’s been months since I pressed them for answers on how they plan to end ‘offensive operations’ aiding the Saudi-led coalition, and what legal authority they have to continue U.S. involvement in a conflict that has not been authorized by Congress — as required under the Constitution,” DeFazio said. “Yet the Saudi blockade of Yemen and the resulting humanitarian crisis continue to linger on with no end in sight. It’s disheartening to receive such a contrived response from the State Department, and I will continue to press for actual answers.”

https://theintercept.com/2021/05/27/yemen-biden-support-congress-letter/

and also https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-war-biden-administration-answer-congress-saudi-offensive-support

(A P)

Saudi deputy defense minister receives US, UN envoys for Yemen

Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister, received US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking.
They reviewed developments in the Yemen, and the joint efforts made to support the Saudi initiative and the UN efforts to ceasefire and reach a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1864901/saudi-arabia

and also https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2231291

and

(A P)

US envoy to Yemen to travel to Saudi Arabia and Oman

Tim Lenderking will hold talks aimed at reaching a ceasefire in the six-year conflict in Yemen.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/25/us-envoy-to-yemen-to-travel-to-saudi-arabia-and-oman

(A P)

US Mobilizing Int’l Pressure on Houthis, Won’t Tie Yemen Crisis to Iran Negotiations

US State Department Arabic language Spokesperson Geraldine Griffith said Washington was amassing international support against the Iran-backed Houthi militias to make them end their violations in Yemen and return to the political negotiations table.

She stressed that ending the Yemen crisis was one of the priorities of the American administration that has taken the initiative to play this role for the sake of the Yemeni people.

It is working in garnering international support to pressure the Houthis to reach a ceasefire and comply with international calls to that end, she added in remarks to Al Arabiya television.

Moreover, she stated that the situation in Yemen will not be connected to the ongoing negotiations with Iran in Vienna aimed at returning to the 2015 nuclear deal, which the Trump administration quit in 2018.

She stressed that US envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, is focusing his efforts on bolstering the international community’s ability to impose more pressure on the Houthis.

Griffith vowed that her country will not lift sanctions off Iran until it ceases its destabilizing behavior in the region.

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2989106/us-mobilizing-int%E2%80%99l-pressure-houthis-won%E2%80%99t-tie-yemen-crisis-iran-negotiations

My comment: So what? US “malign behaviour” in the region did not change.

(A P)

#USEnvoyYemen Lenderking & #USEmbassyYemen Chargé Cathy Westley continue to work closely w/the Ambassadors to the P5 member states to push for a resolution of the #Yemen conflict. All agree that the Houthis must stop their destabilizing behavior in #Yemen & the region now. (photo)

https://twitter.com/StateDept_NEA/status/1397626980770721800

My comment: Odd propganda. The US is miming a paece broker.

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

Siehe / Look at cp9

(A P)

Good progress made in Vienna talks, but key issues remain

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that negotiations in Vienna have made good and significant progress, but key issues remain.

Answering a question about the latest remark of Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Ulyanov on the JCPOA talks in Vienna, Khatibzadeh said, „I have already stated the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran. We conduct the negotiations and discussions in Vienna with the necessary care and obsession. Each round of the talks could have been the last round, but because some issues remain, that round has been moved to the next round.“

„If the remaining key issues are resolved, it could be the last round, but if it is not, it will continue,“ he added.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/174197/Good-progress-made-in-Vienna-talks-but-key-issues-remain

(A P)

Iran indicIran indicts French tourist detained on espionage charges

Iranian authorities indicted a French tourist on charges of spying and spreading propaganda against the system, his lawyer said Sunday. It was the latest in a series of cases against foreigners amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West.

https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-iran-lifestyle-travel-f9c2b482d9b339f4888e14886a27a994

(B K P)

Iran-backed militias attacked a secret CIA hangar in Iraq this spring in a drone strike. The sophistication of the drone assault alarmed the WH: some pushed for a military response, others urged restraint

Another drone attack in May on the sprawling Ain al-Asad air base raised similar concerns among top Biden officials about militias using Iranian-supplies drones that fly too low to be picked up by defensive systems

Some U.S. officials pushed consideration of a military response after the CIA hangar was hit, including the WH Middle East Czar Brett McGurk. The Biden admin ultimately decided against a kinetic strike to avoid a potentially escalating cycle of violence with the militias

The fallout from the Soleimani assassination is that the threat to US personnel in Iraq became more diffuse. There are a mushrooming number of smaller Iranian-backed front groups that regularly attack US targets in Iraq, a fact overlooked by Trump officials touting the decision

https://twitter.com/John_Hudson/status/1398625873956311043

(A P)

Indonesia frees Iran-flagged tanker after 4 months

Indonesian authorities said Saturday that two oil tankers — the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and Panamanian-flagged MT Freya — were released after a four-month detention for illegally transferring oil in Indonesian waters.

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-indonesia-middle-east-iran-business-bf2a821f017ac702d461c5f970e6cb41

(A P)

Foreign Ministry spokesman: US, UK spin Vienna talks on JCPOA to appease Israeli regime

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh says Washington and London spin the goals of the ongoing Vienna talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in order to appease the Israeli regime, which is the sworn enemy of the agreement.

Khatibzadeh further reminded the parties to the JCPOA that the “brutal Israeli regime” has done its utmost to torpedo the deal.

“Instead of eroding your credibility, focus on reviving the original deal—the ONLY solution on the table,” Khatibzadeh added.

In recent weeks, Washington and London have been in close contact with Israel over the revival of the JCPOA, with Israel still overtly opposing the move.

https://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i143214-foreign_ministry_spokesman_us_uk_spin_vienna_talks_on_jcpoa_to_appease_israeli_regime

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Is China angling for a Saudi–Iranian detente?

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on a six-country tour of the Middle East at the end of March 2021. On the eve of his departure, Wang announced China’s five-point plan for the region, which included mutual respect, equity and justice, non-proliferation, collective security and development cooperation.

What makes the recent five-point plan unique is its wider scope to include other conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen, as well as the rivalries in the Gulf. In a departure from previous proposals, Wang also set out some concrete suggestions for how tensions in the Gulf might be managed. They included China hosting a ‘multilateral dialogue conference’ to help create a trust-building mechanism which — as a first step — could ensure the ‘safety of oil facilities and shipping lanes’.

In the end, the five-point might not make much of a splash. There was no statement on when the conference might happen or what role Beijing would have in the design or guarantee of the trust-based mechanism. The plan was also overshadowed by the media coverage given to an alleged 25-year cooperation deal signed between China and Iran — which some observers have argued is overstated.

Yet even if the five-point plan seems like it may fizzle out, its spirit kept with regional developments in the past month.

But focusing on US-centric explanations is too limited given the increasing multipolarity of the Middle East. A quiet Chinese word may have also made a difference. For instance, official statements made clear that Wang was likely to have some frank discussions around ‘peace in the Middle East’ during his trip to the region.

China has sufficient base and motivations to have such conversations.

First, Saudi Arabia and Iran are among the most important countries for Chinese commercial activity in the Middle East. Besides the oil trade, Saudi Arabia and Iran are the largest and third largest recipients of Chinese capital respectively in the region. So, instability in the region, including from the Iran–Saudi Arabia rivalry, would adversely affect China’s business interests.

Second, China has the means to engage with Riyadh and Tehran on a substantive basis. China’s stated commitment to non-interference gives it the air of an honest broker.

https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/05/28/is-china-angling-for-a-saudi-iranian-detente/

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Mass disqualifications set the stage for Iran’s presidential election

With reformists out of the picture, the contest will serve as a mere formality for hardliners.

The political balance in Iran has been severely influenced by the actions of the United States. The outsized impact of U.S. economic, political, and military pressure against Iran has consistently shrunk political space inside the country for opposition voices and undercut moderate and reformist elements who have invested their limited political capital on improving ties with the West.

The conservative-dominated Guardian Council has now limited the candidates eligible to run in next month’s election to a degree it has never done so before

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/05/27/mass-disqualifications-set-the-stage-for-irans-presidential-election/

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Report: Iraqi groups end truce with US over failure to pull out troops

A prominent Iraqi commander says resistance factions have declared the end of a truce with the United States over its failure to withdraw troops from the Arab country.

Speaking to the Middle East Eye (MEE) news portal on Monday, the commander whose name was not mentioned in the report, said the anti-terror groups have decided to resume attacks on American military convoys and army bases.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/05/25/657421/Iraq-resistance-truce-US

and

(A K P)

Single Rocket Hits near Iraqi Air Base Hosting US Troops

A single rocket struck close to a military base hosting U.S. troops in western Iraq on Monday without causing any injuries, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/05/24/single-rocket-hits-near-iraqi-air-base-hosting-us-troops.html

and

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US army logistic convoy targeted in W Iraq, Al-Anbar province

In the latest attack on US troops in Iraq, Iraqi sources reported that another US military logistics convoy was targeted in Al-Anbar province, west part of Iraq.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/172706/US-army-logistic-convoy-targeted-in-W-Iraq-Al-Anbar-province

(A P)

Iran-IAEA deal gives bilateral talks chance to succeed, report says

A new report says a recent agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to extend by one month an understanding to keep inspections alive is only meant to give the technical negotiations between the two sides a chance to reach a breakthrough.

https://parstoday.com/en/news/iran-i142960-iran_iaea_deal_gives_bilateral_talks_chance_to_succeed_report_says

(A P)

Iran, world powers resume talks on US return to nuclear deal

World powers were set to open a fifth round of talks Tuesday with Iran aimed at bringing the United States back into the landmark 2015 nuclear deal meant to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining an atomic bomb.

The talks in Vienna come the day after the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, was able to strike a last-minute agreement with Tehran on a one-month extension to a deal on surveillance cameras at Iran’s nuclear sites.

The U.S. is not directly involved in the talks but an American delegation headed by President Joe Biden’s special envoy for Iran, Rob Malley, has also been in the Austrian capital. Representatives from the other powers involved — Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China — have been shuttling between the U.S. and the Iranians to facilitate indirect talks.

As he headed back to Vienna for the resumption of talks, Malley tweeted that the latest round had been “constructive and saw meaningful progress.”

“But much work still needs to be done,” he wrote. “On our way to Vienna for a fifth round where we hope we can further advance toward a mutual return to compliance.”

https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-donald-trump-europe-middle-east-iran-5019de72182ad75ccaf34480a9c6ee41

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Film: Secretary of State @SecBlinken: „The question that we don’t have an answer to yet is whether Iran, at the end of the day, is willing to do what is necessary to come back into compliance with the agreement.“

https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1396624738122936326

My comment: OL. The US is very, very far away from „compliance with the agreement.“

(B P)

Können der Iran und Saudi-Arabien das Kriegsbeil begraben?

Ein Dialog zwischen den beiden Staaten könnte ein Schritt zur Lösung verschiedener regionaler Konflikte darstellen.

Zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt ist es schwer vorherzusagen, ob es zu substanziellen Gesprächen zwischen den beiden langjährigen Rivalen kommen wird – oder selbst wenn, ob sie zu einem deutlichen Abbau der bilateralen und regionalen Spannungen führen würden.

Der iranisch-saudische Konflikt, der seit der Islamischen Revolution von 1979 andauert, war für beide Staaten kostspielig und hat die Instabilität in dieser riesigen Region, die sich von Afghanistan über Syrien bis zum Libanon erstreckt, angeheizt.

In der Tat könnte ein erfolgreicher saudisch-iranischer Dialog dazu beitragen, eine Vielzahl von Konflikten im Nahen Osten zu lösen. Doch es ist wichtig zu beachten, dass die meisten dieser Konflikte auch interne Ursachen haben und auch von anderen zwischenstaatlichen Rivalitäten beeinflusst werden.

Es ist daher unwahrscheinlich, dass ein erfolgreicher saudisch-iranischer Dialog und Kompromiss allein die aktuellen Konflikte rasch beenden würde. Dennoch könnte er ihre Intensität verringern und so die Aussichten auf eine Lösung verbessern.

Mehrere Faktoren begründen hinsichtlich der Aussichten eines saudisch-iranischen Dialogs einen vorsichtigen Optimismus. Erstens sind sowohl Teheran als auch Riad bei der Verwirklichung ihrer regionalen Ambitionen gescheitert und haben sich in den meisten Bereichen in eine Pattsituation manövriert.

https://diefreiheitsliebe.de/politik/koennen-der-iran-und-saudi-arabien-das-kriegsbeil-begraben/

Original English version (April 21): https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/iran-saudi-arabia-bury-hatchet

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

(B P)

Der Prozess und die schwerwiegenden Fragen

Eigentlich wurde Manchester City aus der Champions League verbannt. Nun kam der Klub gar bis ins Finale. Und der Sieg über die UEFA im Rechtsstreit um den Ausschluss wirft einige Fragen auf.

In den vergangenen zehn Jahren hat der Klub 13 Trophäen in England gewonnen, nachdem Scheich Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan aus der Herrscherfamilie von Abu Dhabi 2008 übernahm und seither geschätzt mehr als 1,5 Milliarden Pfund in den Klub gepumpt hat. In dieser Saison feierte City den fünften Meistertitel der Ära Mansour. International jedoch ging City völlig leer aus.

Bei der angeblichen Verschleierung von Eigenkapitalfinanzierung sei hingegen „kein schwerwiegender Verstoß festzustellen“, und anhand der Beweise könne das Gericht „nicht zu der Schlussfolgerung gelangen, dass eine verschleierte Finanzierung an City geleistet“ worden sei. Konkret war dem Klub vorgeworfen worden, die Einnahmen der in Abu Dhabi ansässigen Sponsoren Etihad (Fluggesellschaft) sowie Etisalat (Telekommunikation) angeblich absichtlich überhöht zu haben, um die FFP-Bestimmungen der UEFA erfüllen zu können.

Seit dem Einstieg von CMC und CITIC hält die Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) von Gründer und Besitzer Scheich Mansour noch 77 Prozent an Manchester City.

https://www.faz.net/aktuell/sport/fussball/champions-league/manchester-city-fragen-zum-cas-prozess-gegen-die-uefa-17361885.html

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Revealed: Priti Patel’s links to Bahrain minister blamed for ‘torture’ of political prisoners

UN condemned Gulf state for ‘violation of international law’ – but interior minister invited to Home Office talks

Priti Patel hosted a meeting with a Bahrain minister blamed for the recent “torture” of political prisoners, triggering claims that she is “whitewashing abuse” in the country.

MPs are demanding an aid ban on the repressive Gulf state over the violence, condemned by the UN high commissioner for human rights as a “violation of international law”.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/priti-patel-bahrain-torture-prisoners-b1855986.html

(B P)

Text in Image: Private Eye on the @Independent and Saudi Arabia

https://twitter.com/Dr_Ulrichsen/status/1397700723228528647

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

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UAE and Israel press ahead with ties after Gaza cease-fire

Israel’s top diplomat to the United Arab Emirates attended a ceremony in Dubai on the grounds of the Arabian Peninsula’s first permanent exhibition to commemorate the Holocaust. Hours earlier, he’d attended an event establishing a joint venture between an Israeli and Emirati company.

The receptions on Wednesday were the clearest indication since a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip came into effect last week that the devastating 11-day war between Hamas and Israel and the violence that gripped Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque in the days preceding it have had no visible impact on the UAE’s commitment to establishing deep ties with the state of Israel.

https://apnews.com/article/israel-middle-east-business-israel-palestinian-conflict-lifestyle-cf5054de2ee04e43d0749a91c2e3b6ab

(A P)

UAE minister asked about security checks for expats who marry Emiratis

At a Federal National Council session, a member claimed such checks were necessary to root out extremist thought

Foreigners who marry Emiratis should undergo security checks, a member of the Federal National Council has claimed.

Ahmed Al Shehhi said the move would ensure those welcomed into the Emirati society would not be from an extremist background.

“Therefore, a security check must be conducted before the marriage,“ he claimed.

The issue was raised during a debate about the number of Emirati men, in particular, who married expat women. More than 5,900 Emiratis married non-Emirati women between 2017 and 2019.

The member proposed his suggestion to the Minister of Community Development, Hessa Buhumaid.

https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/government/uae-minister-asked-about-security-checks-for-expats-who-marry-emiratis-1.1230251

(A K P)

Saudi Arabia Resorting to Greece for Help Facing Yemeni Capabilities

Saudi Arabia is pleading with Greece to save it from the Yemeni military capabilities, while Saudi regime’s dependence on Americans and their colonial project in region continues but amidst stifling economic crisis.

The Saudi Ministry of Defense announced the completion of the arrival of Greek forces to participate in an air maneuver called „Ein Al-Saqr 2“

Last March, air exercises between the Saudi forces and their Greek counterparts, which lasted for ten days, were concluded at the „Souda“ air base in Greece, and aroused Turkish resentment.

Saudi Arabia and Greece signed an agreement last month to supply the Kingdom with Patriot air defense missile systems.

It is noteworthy that the Israeli enemy and Greece signed last month the biggest military deal between them, within the framework of military and security relations that have strengthened over the past years.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19614/Saudi-Arabia-Resorting-to-Greece-for-Help-Facing-Yemeni-%C2%A0Capabilities

(A P)

Russia expresses concern over situation in Yemen, working with all sides on settlement

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/russia-expresses-concern-over-situation-in-yemen-working-with-all-sides-on-settlement20210526160734/

and also https://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2979277&language=en

cp12b Sudan

(A P)

ICC prosecutor urges Sudan to hand over Darfur suspects

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor on Sunday urged Sudan’s transitional government to hand over suspects wanted for war

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-africa-sudan-europe-54f08fbcd43b7675497a0496754baccd

(A P)

Sudan and main rebel group kick off peace talks in Juba

Sudan’s transitional government and the main rebel group kicked off a new round of peace talks Wednesday, officials said, the latest effort to end a decades-long conflict in the East African country.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir is hosting the talks between the Sudanese government and the Sudan Popular Liberation Movement – North, led by Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu.

Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and al-Hilu were attending a ceremonial meeting. Afterward, delegations from the government and the rebel group were to continue their closed deliberations in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, according to the prime minister’s office.

The talks come less than two months after the government and the al-Hilu movement signed a declaration of principles detailing a roadmap for the talks.

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-sudan-africa-juba-e4bb59115914135952b905424a500c0e

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp9

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Revealed: loopholes letting EU firms ‚break‘ arms embargoes

The training and maintenance contracts between European companies and foreign armies sustains the conflicts in Yemen and Libya. It is effectively enabled by EU member states because it is hidden from political and judicial oversight.

This is revealed by a joint investigation of Dutch media organisation Lighthouse Reports and the Global Legal Action Network – combining legal analysis with open source intelligence.

The perception is that when arms deals are concluded, and the goods are shipped, the responsibility of arms-supplying actors ends.

The reality is that maintenance and training commitments establish long-standing close relationships between European companies and their questionable customers.

Most arms deals include „post-sale services“, such as training, maintenance and knowledge transfers. Often up to 50 percent of the value of a multi-year arms contract is related to post-sale services, which is a major and increasingly important pillar of the arms industry.

These lucrative after-sale contracts drive profits and often leave companies with an invisible stake in controversial conflicts.

Companies like DCI, Dassault, Alakran, Navalgroup, Airbus and OCCAR all profit from ongoing support for armies that openly use their equipment in Yemen and Libya – in spite of export regulations and embargoes being in place.

How is that possible?

To answer that question we analysed the laws and regulations for post-sale arms services in Europe’s five largest arms exporters – Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.

This investigation is the first comprehensive account of the multi-layered legal framework that governs post-sale services in the arms industry.

It maps the gaps in the regulation of post-sale service and overlays it with an account of the potential liabilities for defence companies and licencing states.

The analysis is based on a review of primary sources, including laws and case-law, secondary sources such as analysis by NGOs and think-tanks, and interviews with over 20 experts, including leading practitioners, arms control advocates and academics.

Our overriding conclusion is that European arms-suppliers are not supporting controversial regimes in violation of European laws, but through them. The laws enable this support even when it flagrantly violates international law and arms embargoes.

Member state structural loopholes

While the EU Common Position on arms exports clearly includes training, maintenance and know-how, the implementation of this agreement into domestic laws changes from member state to member state, each with its own structural loopholes.

In most states, post-sale services are licensed in bulk, without being subject to almost any post-export controls.

In Italy and Spain, many post-sale services can be licensed through a fast-track procedure without a risk assessment for potential abuse by the end-user.

In Belgium, post-sale services are frequently authorised under fairs and exhibitions export-licences, whose export criteria are generally less rigorous.

In Germany, the export of spare parts in a value of up to 25 percent of the main item does not require an additional license.

In France, the repair of a military item is not subject to export control at all.

The findings depict how defence companies are untouchable by law. Despite numerous, overwhelmingly-evidenced allegations of supplying states and companies‘ complicity in serious violations of international law, including of a UN embargo, either licensing states or corporations in the ‚post-sale‘ sector have yet to come before a court nor have these activities been the subject of parliamentary scrutiny.

The role of arms-control laws in this organised irresponsibility is neither incidental nor sustainable. Member states‘ laws and licensing systems structurally enable them to break the arms embargoes that the EU is seeking to enforce.

European states and their companies are involved in intensive and long-term servicing relations that create dependencies on European actors and render them participants in abusive conflicts such as Yemen and Libya.

It exposes them to serious legal and political risks for such military assistance.

https://euobserver.com/investigations/151880

The study in full: https://assets.ctfassets.net/ljwdu279l5xc/5S4qRgyKfXurZMxoGDPIZf/d2b9318b8961c9976e202448682546df/Investigative_guide_post_sale_arms_industry.pdf

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Australia is building a billion-dollar arms export industry. This is how weapons can fall in the wrong hands

Since 2018, Australia has been seeking to become a top ten global defence exporter.

Its main exports are products and components that fit into broader global supply chains for weapons and weapons systems. For example, the government boasts there isn’t a single F-35 fighter jet production operation that doesn’t feature Australian-made components.

The government sees further export potential for products and components to be used in armoured vehicles, advanced radar systems, and patrol boats, as well.

While Australia hasn’t made much headway on its export ranking, it has enjoyed some impressive sales success. In the 2017-18 financial year, the estimated value of approved export permits was A$1.5 billion. By 2019-20, it had grown to nearly $5.5 billion.

Australia’s export goals are connected to a broader effort to resuscitate domestic manufacturing.

Considerable government funding is involved in this effort, including $1 billion recently allocated to the Sovereign Guided Weapons Enterprise for building missiles.

Where do Australian arms go?

Australia doesn’t provide data on which countries it exports arms to. It only maps the regions, and unhelpfully, it lumps the Middle East and Asia together.

We do know successive defence ministers have courted markets in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Heavily redacted documents obtained by the Guardian under a Freedom of Information request also indicate that in 2018-19, Australia issued 45 arms export permits to the UAE and 23 to Saudi Arabia.

Another 14 permits were approved for the countries from 2019-20.

These developments are significant, not least because the UAE and Saudis have both been embroiled in the Yemeni civil war for years

When weapons end up in the wrong hands

The Australian government still claims its arms export industry operates under strict regulations

Such claims are hardly new. If anything, they’re part of a long-standing Western tradition.

https://theconversation.com/australia-is-building-a-billion-dollar-arms-export-industry-this-is-how-weapons-can-fall-in-the-wrong-hands-159817

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F-35 Sale to U.A.E. Imperiled Over U.S. Concerns About Ties to China

Washington seeks assurances for a $23 billion arms sale as Emirates expand security and technology cooperation with China

U.S. spy agencies in recent weeks watched as two planes belonging to China’s People’s Liberation Army landed at an airport in the United Arab Emirates and unloaded crates of undetermined materiel, according to U.S. officials who have seen the intelligence.

The transport flights, along with other signs of nascent security cooperation between Beijing and the U.A.E., a major U.S. ally in the Gulf region, have alarmed U.S. officials and cast fresh uncertainty over a multibillion-dollar sale of advanced U.S. weapons to the Emirates, the officials said.

The Biden administration said in April following a review that it would move forward with a $23 billion sale of as many as 50 F-35 fighter aircraft, 18 Reaper drones and advanced munitions, all approved in former President Donald Trump’s final hours in office.

But signs of expanding ties between Beijing and Abu Dhabi have clouded the sale’s future, U.S. officials said, as they seek guarantees about the weapons, including that the Emirates won’t allow the Chinese or others access to the latest American war-fighting technology.

“The transfer of the F-35—the crown jewel in the U.S. arsenal—implies a degree of Emirati monogamy with Washington,” said David Schenker, who handled the issue as Mr. Trump’s assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. “More work needs to be done before these systems can be transferred,” he said.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/f-35-sale-to-u-a-e-imperiled-over-u-s-concerns-about-ties-to-china-11621949050

cp13b Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

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Film: Reviving the Historic Buildings in Yemen Revives Lives

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

(* B P)

Restoring Livelihoods Through Culture in Yemen

In September 2018, UNESCO and the European Union launched the project entitled “Cash for Work: Promoting Livelihood Opportunities for Urban Youth in Yemen”, aimed at creating jobs in heritage restoration and preservation for young Yemenis, while promoting social cohesion and resilience through cultural programming.

The initiative comes as a response to the economic hardship, extensive population displacement, and heavy damages to infrastructure and heritage due to the ongoing conflict in the country and recently the covid-19 pandemic.

Despite setbacks, UNESCO and the Social Fund for Development (SFD) were able to launch emergency rehabilitation works in Sana’a, Shibam, Zabid and Aden that are enhancing livelihoods of young male and female beneficiaries and are informed by evidence-based damage assessments and newly produced technical urban rehabilitation guidelines.

In this context, the proposed consultation event will inform you, partners and relevant stakeholders about concrete progress made, pending challenges, adjust work streams building on resources, knowledge and tools available. It will valorize the achievements of the project so far and identify opportunities of additional synergies.

To protect Yemen’s identity, heritage, and cultural life, UNESCO, the EU, the Social Fund for Development, and Yemenis worked together and rehabilitated over 150 historical buildings. Despite the setbacks, the project until now employed more than 2350 young male and female Yemenis in heritage sites while supporting artists, youth-led initiatives, and awareness-raising campaigns to boost the cultural and creative industries.

https://en.unesco.org/news/RestoringLivelihoodsCultureYemen

Full https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neM-N2InTgI event:

and

(B H P)

Film: „Revival of my house is the revival of my life“ Muhammad’s family lives in one of the houses @UNESCO and @EU_Partnerships renovated in #Shibam and featured in today’s conference on #Culture in #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/UNESCO_GCCYemen/status/1397607282481971206

(A P)

Yemen: Al Houthis accused of ‘systematic’ ruin of antiquities

[Hadi ] Government launches international call to salvage Yemeni culture

The Yemeni government has accused Iran-aligned Al Houthis of “systematic destruction” of the country’s antiquities and looting its historical manuscripts.

Yemeni Information Minister Moammar Al Eryani said that the rebels have pillaged, smuggled and illegally sold artifacts, detonated archaeological sites and turned them into military facilities over recent years.

He added that Al Houthi leaders have smuggled thousands of artifacts and antique manuscripts looted from museums and archaeological places to outside the country.

The accusations were made by the official at a virtual culture meeting on Yemen co-organised by the UNESCO and the European Union.

“I expressed extreme concern over Al Houthi militia’s marginalisation and removal of technical and administrative staff at the Manuscripts Archives and allowing illegal and non-official sides to tamper with contents of the archives,” Al Eryani said in a series of tweets.

https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/yemen/yemen-al-houthis-accused-of-systematic-ruin-of-antiquities-1.79498570

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

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1$ =932 YER. 54% for any remittance from the gov-held areas to Houthi-held ones. In other words, Send 100,000 Yer from the gov-held areas, your family in the Houthi-controlled areas will only receive 46,000 Yer.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1398833912328171526

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Yemeni riyal in free fall again amid political deadlock

Yemen’s riyal hit a new record low on the weekend amid deadlocked diplomatic efforts to end the war and rising tensions between the Yemeni government and southern separatists in Aden.

The riyal traded at 930 to the dollar on Saturday in the government-controlled areas, plunging from 900 riyals a couple of weeks ago.

The riyal was 215 to the dollar when the Houthis placed the Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi under house arrest in early 2019, sparking the current conflict.

When the new unity government, formed under the Riyadh Agreement in December, returned to Aden as troops withdrew from Abyan, the Yemeni riyal surged to 720 against the US dollar, recovering almost 20 percent of its value.

Experts link the current fall of the riyal to the outcome of UN-brokered peace efforts, renewed hostilities between the Yemeni government and the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), and the government’s failure to resume oil exports and collecting revenues from state bodies.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1867016/middle-east

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Five international oil firms resume operations in Yemen

The Minister of Oil and Minerals in the internationally recognised government Abdulsalam Ba’aboud revealed on Friday that five international oil companies have resumed their operations in Yemen.

All oil exploration and production companies halted their activities after the armed conflict started in the country more than six years ago.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25276.html

and

(B E P)

[Hadi gov.] Yemen’s Oil Minister to Asharq Al-Awsat: Houthis Using SAFER to Blackmail Int’l Community

Yemeni Minister of Oil and Minerals Abdul Salam Baaboud said that five international oil companies have resumed production after years of halt caused by the coup and the war that ravaged the country.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the minister noted that major international companies specialized in oil field services, such as Baker Hughes and Schlumberger, have re-launched their operations, which he said was an important indication of the path towards the sector’s recovery.

For the first time since the coup, a number of exploration wells have been drilled over the past three months in Block 9, in addition to the completion of three-dimensional seismic surveys of 269 kilometers in the same sector, according to the minister.

Baaboud also said that the average oil production was around 55,000 barrels per day, adding that work was underway to restore production in Block 5 and export oil through the new pipeline, which means adding an estimated amount of 20,000-25,000 barrels per day in the early production phase.

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2996681/yemen%E2%80%99s-oil-minister-asharq-al-awsat-houthis-using-safer-blackmail-int%E2%80%99l

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Income & knowhow are a power during conflict settings To ensure #SocialProtection, @TamkeenYemen provided 90 unemployed poor ppl with training on beekeeping and 360 hives. Today, they started harvesting honey in the nature of 5 villages @ Alshier #Ibb (Photo)

https://twitter.com/SFDYemen/status/1397615175125983238

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Priorities for the Recovery and Reform of the Electricity Sector in Yemen

Poor electricity services in Yemen, even before the war, have been one of the key barriers to sustainable economic development and basic service provision (e.g., water supply, health care, education). This paper assesses the power supply system status prior to the war and subsequently discusses the impact of the war on electricity sector performance, followed by an identification of the key barriers faced by the sector. It concludes with the identification of the top priorities for restoring electricity sector services and reforming the sector after the war.

Executive Summary

The paper argues that the electricity sector, or power sector, in Yemen suffers from several chronic technical, political, economic and social challenges. These challenges are: 1) high dependency on diesel; 2) high electricity losses; 3) finance constraints; 4) lack of skilled employees; 5) security issues; 6) poverty and affordability issues; 7) inefficient and aging power plants; 8) corporatization and commercialization related issues; 9) unattractive market for private investments; 10) absence of supporting policies, laws and regulatory framework; and 11) absence of a clear vision on the form of the electricity sector after the war.

The paper concludes with a set of top priorities aimed at restoring the pre-war capacity of the sector and then further reforming the electricity sector towards improved performance. The immediate to short-term recommendations include adopting a realistic and practical recovery plan; securing funds for rehabilitating the infrastructure; reviewing the electricity tariff; reducing the technical and non-technical electricity losses; purchasing electricity when needed through a competitive process and via least-cost options such as gas and renewable energy; securing the fuel supply and the salaries of sector staff; resuming all suspended projects; finding sustainable and feasible solutions for the electricity supply in each governorate to avoid the challenges associated with the centralized grid; and installing sustainable standalone solar systems, compatible for connection to the national grid (when restored).

The medium to long-term priorities include specific recommendations under five categories, relating to 1) the legal and regulatory framework; 2) institutional arrangements; 3) capacity and performance; 4) private sector participation; and 5) technical issues.

https://carpo-bonn.org/en/priorities-for-the-recovery-and-reform-of-the-electricity-sector-in-yemen/

Full document: https://carpo-bonn.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Rethinking_Yemens_Economy_No8_En.pdf

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1$ traded in 920 Yer today in the gov-held areas today. Meaning the prices of the basic commodities will keep skyrocketing.

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1397303172394270720

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

Countries keeps restricting travel as new variants of the COVID-19 virus are appearing around the world, causing instability for global trade.

Less than a third of the shops (13 out of 48) indicated an increase in the number of remittances in the past two weeks.

Taizz and Sana’a City have the largest number of exchange shops that have not returned to pre-COVID levels of remittances.

Aden, Lahij and Al Dhale’e have the largest number of exchange shops that have returned to the preCOVID levels of remittances. • (35 out of 48) shops stated the remittances have returned to pre-COVID level

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

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Cash Consortium of Yemen – Flash Update 21: YER Exchange Rate Volatility April Week 4 & May Week 1

The IRG vs DFA exchange rate variation currently stands at a 309 YER difference. From the South to the North there has been a 52% increase, with a 34% decrease from North to South.

The exchange rate in IRG areas continues to be volatile and has increased to above 900 after a brief appreciation in April.
This is possibly contributing to the wide fluctuation in prices.

The range between the maximum and minimum value of the exchange rate from Apr W4 to May W1 shrank in the North from 4 to 3 YER and expanded in South from 15 to 20 YER. The expanding range indicates more volatility in the exchange marketplace from month to month.

https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cash-consortium-yemen-flash-update-21-yer-exchange-rate-volatility-april-week-4-may

cp15 Propaganda

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Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia Exerts all Efforts to Alleviate the Suffering of Yemeni People

Al-Bilad newspaper said in its editorial that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues its efforts to achieve the political solution that will end the Yemeni crisis. Additionally, the government of Saudi Arabia is keen on achieving it through its continuous support for the UN efforts. Alongside its efforts to end the Yemeni crisis, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also continues its humanitarian work through King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) and the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY).
The newspaper further added while the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to exert all efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people and to end the crisis in Yemen in order to achieve security and stability in Yemen and the region, the terrorist Houthi militia commits more crimes inside Yemen and targets civilian areas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2232703

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#Cartoon: #Iran, #Houthis & #Yemen

https://twitter.com/RepYemenEnglish/status/1399068539521228803

(A P)

Yemen: Al Houthi recruitment of Africans a war crime

Iran-backed militia continues to use migrants in suicide attacks

The Iranian-backed Al Houthi militia continues to lure African refugees and immigrants, recruit them by force and sending them to the crematorium, stressing that using them in suicide attacks is a “war crime,” [Hadi gov.] Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al Eryani, said

https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/yemen/yemen-al-houthi-recruitment-of-africans-a-war-crime-1.79573645

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International Consensus on Ceasefire in Yemen

For her part, Yasmine Al-Nazeri, Executive Director of the Peace Track Initiative, noted that the US administration hastened to “remove the Houthis from the list of terrorism without anything in return.”

“This has encouraged them [the Houthis] to maintain their negative approach to peaceful solutions,” she remarked.

The other mistake, according to Nazeri, is “linking the Yemeni issue with the Iranian nuclear issue, which helped prolong the war in Yemen.”

“The Western dealing with the Yemeni situation, in general, is vague, as it is not pointing to the party that is responsible for the failure of agreements and steps towards a lasting peace in Yemen,” she added.

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2994631/international-consensus-ceasefire-yemen

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Saudi Press: Coalition Forces Deter Houthi Terrorist Attacks and Protect Civilians

Al-Yaum newspaper reported in editorial that the coalition forces to Restore legitimacy in Yemen have successfully intercepted and destroyed bomb-laden drones launched by the terrorist Houthi militia towards the southern region, Saudi Arabia.
The coalition forces were able as usual to take all necessary operational measures to protect civilians and civilian objects from such ongoing hostile attempts, the paper said.
In this regard, the Saudi Foreign Minster held telephone calls with a number of his counterparts in the world, as they discussed a number of issues of common interests, in addition to aspects of cooperation on regional and international challenges, the paper added.
In coincidence with these discussions, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami, chaired the 22nd meeting of the members of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center, the paper further added.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2232218

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Iranian regime uses Houthis to blackmail Yemen’s neighbours, bin Mubarak

Iran has played a negative role in Yemen in the last years through using the Houthi group to implement its agendas and destabilise the region, the Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs in the internationally recognised government Ahmed Awadh bin Mubarak said on Friday.

The Iranian regime is seeking to turn Yemen into a platform to blackmail Yemen’s neighbours and threaten international security and peace, he said at a virtual meeting with the US envoy to Iran Robert Malley.

He reiterated that the continued Iranian military support to the Houthis has prolonged the war.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25277.html

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Yemeni Defense Minister Praised Saudi Arabia’s Support for Combat Operations Against Houthi Rebels

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2232030

(A P)

Yemen Shia militants enjoy immunity from enforcement or the threat of it

The international conspiracy against Yemen ensures, in one of its aspects, that Houthis keep enjoying an undeclared immunity from enforcement. No matter how much they plunge their country in war and misery.

For years, the Shiit terrorist militia sustained the war, turned back to peace offers, yet they were always immune from the enforcement of the international law or the mere warnings that they risk subjection to it.

They have been given big “rewards” and impetuses “to engage in peace” like the removal of their terror designation, but not even once shown the stick.

International officials are seen expressing disappointments over the length of the conflict and Houthi intransigence but in narrative tones that consistently fail to assign blame to the Shia militants or warn them that they could face consequences.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-46901

(A P)

Houthis care not for Yemenis daily tragedies: Yemeni VP

The Houthi group does not bother at the daily tragedies suffered by Yemenis following its coup against the country’s legitimate authority, the Yemeni vice-president said Tuesday at meeting with the UN special envoy, Martin Griffiths, in Riyadh.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25247.html

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Gharawi death proves Iran involvement in Yemeni war: Info minister

The death of a Hezbollah military leader in a coalition airstrike in Marib proves that the battle is a part of the Iranian expansionist project in the region, the Yemeni information minister tweeted on Tuesday.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25248.html

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Saudi Press: Saudi Peace Initiative Comes to Achieve Stability in the Region

Al-Bilad newspaper said in its editorial that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia holds numerous meetings with the United Nations officials and many leaders of countries in order to move forward in the political solution to end the Yemeni crisis. In this regard, Riyadh is exerting great efforts through the Kingdom’s initiative to end the crisis in Yemen. Additionally, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s initiative was welcomed and supported by many countries around, since it reflects the Saudi government’s keenness for the security and stability of Yemen and the region as well as alleviating the suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people.
The newspaper added that the importance of the Saudi initiative is demonstrated in the fact that it presents the actual endeavors of the Houthi militia and those who support them to the Yemeni people and the international community.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2231312

(A P)

To Avert a Theocracy in Yemen, the Houthis Must Be Stopped

Yemen is at crossroads between two possible futures: a theocracy dominated by the Houthis, or a modern state for all Yemenis. For now, unfortunately, the balance seems tilted towards the first outcome.

The recent Saudi initiative to solve the war in Yemen has been welcomed by most regional and international players. Only one group has loudly dissented to the proposal: the Houthi rebels, who began the war in 2015 by capturing Sana’a and invading the country’s south.

The initiative put out by Saudi Arabia is not the first initiative to end the war that the Houthis have rejected, for reasons related to their belief that the continuation of the war is the only way for the group to survive, and that any cessation of hostilities mean the end of its project. The Iranians, who support the Houthis and view them as an extension of the Islamic Republic—the Yemeni equivalent, approximately, of existing groups in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon—are likewise opposed to a peace deal. For this reason, peace must be in the hands of the Yemenis themselves, who must make clear their support for the peace process and their opposition to a Houthi-Iranian theocracy obtained through violence.

Houthi Deception

In its media outlets, the Houthi faction uses vocabulary that misleads its viewers—and parrots concepts that, unfortunately, some Arabic-speaking media organizations have repeated. It refers to the Houthi government as the “Sanaa government” or the “national government” to imply that it is the legitimate Yemeni government and those who oppose it are unpatriotic or disloyal.

The biggest misleading statement is that the ongoing war is between the “Yemenis” and the “Arab Coalition.” This is, of course, untrue; the war is between one Yemeni faction, the Houthis, and several other Yemeni factions which are seeking to form a modern civil state. The struggle is between two parties: the Houthis, a component that wants to continue its domination on Yemen, and the dominated components, the rest of the Yemenis who want to participate in the rule of the country.

https://gulfif.org/to-avert-a-theocracy-in-yemen-the-houthis-must-be-stopped/

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GCC key to peace in Yemen: Kuwaiti academic

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is key to peace in Yemen and could fend off security threats in the war-torn country, a Kuwaiti academic told a distinguished panel at an event on Tuesday hosted by UK think tank Chatham House.

An important step in achieving that is making Yemen a GCC member, Bader Al-Saif said at the event, titled “The GCC at 40: Prospects for the Future” and attended by Arab News.

“It’s about time that Yemen is once and for all seriously considered as an active full member of the GCC. There are synergies that will bring benefits to both sides of the formula,” added Al-Saif, assistant professor of history at Kuwait University.

Referring to a 2011 Saudi-led proposal to transform the bloc into a Gulf Union to counter Iranian influence in the region, he said: “We could bring a permanent resolution to Yemen if we can tie that track with the track of acceding Yemen into the GCC.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1864711/middle-east = http://en.adenpress.news/news/33010

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More Saudi coalition „We are benefactors“ propaganda

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2232648

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2232218

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2231478

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2231468

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2231461

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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Saudi cluster munitions kill ten civilians in just 48 hours in Bayda province

The Executive Center for Mine Action on Friday confirmed that more than 100 civilians were killed in Radman and Al-Qurashiya districts in Bayda province as a result of the mines and bombs left by the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and Al-Qaeda organization.

The center added in a statement that the last of those victims were 10 civilians in the past 48 hours.

The statement mentioned that the large spread of war remnants and cluster bombs dropped by the war coalition aircraft on Yemen in all provinces, even in the capital Sana’a, resulted in the death and injury of thousands of civilians and prevented thousands of families from returning to their homes and benefiting from their lands and pastures.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/29/saudi-cluster-munitions-kill-ten-civilians-in-just-48-hours-in-bayda-province/

and

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Houthis accuse Arab coalition over mines, cluster bombs

The Houthi group on Friday accused the Saudi-led coalition of rejecting the entry of devices needed to detect and remove explosives and remnants of cluster bombs, with such ammos increasingly leaving civilian victims.
The Arab coalition disallowed access of bomb detection and demining equipment to Yemen, the Houthi-run demining center said in an official statement, despite the wide spread of cluster bombs dropped by the coalition aircraft across Yemen.
Denied access to these devices hindered the center’s efforts to intervene and respond, amid limited resources and broad pollution and unexploded ammunitions left by cluster bombs, it added.
While the civilian victims are in the rise, the coalition persistently uses internationally-banned cluster bombs in its air raids, the last of which was in this May, the Sana’a-based center said.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25295.html

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31 Houthi rebels killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in central Yemen: military source

At least 31 Houthi rebels were killed Friday in airstrikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s central province of Marib, a military source from the [Hadi] Yemeni government told Xinhua.

„The airstrikes killed the militants in the desert while they were moving in three groups toward positions of the [Hadi gov.] Yemeni army in the western district of Sirwah,“ the source said on condition of anonymity.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-05/29/c_139976373.htm

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Wasser als Waffe

Das Kinderhilfswerk UNICEF mahnt, dass Angriffe auf die Wasserversorgung weiterhin verbreitet seien. So könnten sich zum Beispiel Krankheiten ausbreiten. Millionen Kinder in Konfliktgebieten seien dadurch bedroht.

In zahlreichen Ländern sind Angriffe auf die Wasserversorgung weiterhin verbreitet

Im Jemen wurden 122 Luftangriffe [auf die Wasserinfrastruktur] seit März 2015 gezählt.

https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/unicefbericht-wasser-101.html

und auch http://www.bundeswehr-journal.de/2021/unicef-report-wenn-das-wasser-zur-waffe-wird/

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Coalition airstrike kills Hezbollah military expert in Marib

Mustafa al-Gharawi, one of Hezbollah experts working for the Iranian-backed Houthi group, was killed in a coalition raid on Sirwah front, west Marib, a source at the Yemeni government troops told the Saudi TV.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25228.html

and also https://www.arabnews.com/node/1864781/middle-east

https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/saudi-arabia-led-coalition-air-strike-kills-high-ranking-hezbollah-commander-says-yemeni-official-1.1229791

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2992651/hezbollah-commander-fighting-houthis-killed-yemen%E2%80%99s-marib

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More Saudi coalition air raids

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19699/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Sunday%2C-May-30%2C-2021 / https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141954.htm Saada p. and others

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141936.htm Jawf p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141934.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141932.htm / https://english.almasirah.net/post/19707/US-Saudi-Airstrikes-Target-Hodeidah-Again Hodeidah p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141802.htm Hodeidah p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141798.htm Jawf p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141797.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141633.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141514.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141513.htm Jawf p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141399.htm Marib p.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141300.htm / https://english.almasirah.net/post/19615/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Tuesday%2C-May-25%2C-2021 Marib p., Saada p.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp17a, cp18

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

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

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[Sanaa gov.] Army drone hits King Khalid Air Base again

The Air forces on Monday morning carried out an offensive operation at King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushit, armed forces spokesman said.

The air force targeted King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait with a Qasef-2k drone, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare’i said, stressing that the attack was accurate.

He indicated the attack came in response to the escalation of aggression and the continuation of the siege on the Yemeni people.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141946.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/post/19700/Yemeni-Air-Force-Conducts-Fresh-Attack-on-Saudi-Air-Base

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/31/king-khalid-air-base-attacked-with-third-yemeni-drone-strike/

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KSrelief Masam Project Dismantles 2,183 Mines in Yemen During One Week

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief)’s Masam Project for Clearing Mines in Yemen has dismantled 2,183 mines during the fourth week of May 2021, including 13 antipersonnel mines, 927 anti-tank mines, 1,230 unexploded ordnance and 13 explosive devices.
Since the beginning of the project, as many as 251,549 mines planted by the Houthi militia in Yemen have been dismantled.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2232562

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[Hadi gov.] Army removes 150 Houthi-laid mines in Al-Jawf

http://en.26sepnews.net/2021/05/30/army-removes-150-houthi-laid-mines-in-al-jawf/

and also http://en.adenpress.news/news/33052

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[Sanaa gov.] Army hits Khaled airbase

The army’s drones on Saturday hit Khaled airbase in Khamis Mushait, armed forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari’e said.

Sari’e added two drones of Qasef-2k targeted the airbase, adding the hits were accurate.

He said the drone attacks come in response to the aggression’s escalation and its continuous siege on the Yemeni people.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141648.htm

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/29/yemeni-air-force-conducts-drone-strike-on-king-khalid-air-base-in-asir-3/ and https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/30/yemeni-army-attacks-king-khalid-air-base-with-drone-yet-again/

and

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Saudi-led coalition destroys explosives-laden drone headed for Khamis Mushait -state TV

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said early on Sunday it destroyed an explosives-laden drone headed towards Khamis Mushait launched by Houthi militia in Yemen, Saudi state TV al-Ekhbariya reported.

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/saudi-led-coalition-destroys-explosives-laden-drone-headed-khamis-mushait-state-2021-05-29/

ansd also https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/saudi-led-coalition-says-destroys-2nd-rebel-drone-from-yemen-in-24-hours-3573340

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25292.html

(A K pS)

Coalition: two Houthi explosives-laden boats destroyed off Yemeni Al-Salif port

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Saturday its forces thwarted an attack with two booby-trapped boats by the Iran-allied Houthi group.

The boats were destroyed off the Yemeni Al-Salif port in the western province of Hudaydah, it said, according to the Saudi press agency.

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25298.html

and also https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/saudi-led-coalition-foils-rebel-attack-in-red-sea-3573367

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Over 150 square kilometers in Jizan axis in massive military operation liberated

The heroes of the army and popular committees managed to liberate more than 150 square kilometers in Jizan axis in a large offensive operation carried out in the Saudi depth.

The army and committees liberated more than 40 sites in Jizan axis and defeat the Saudi army forces, mercenaries of the Sudanese army and other paid-mercenaries and inflict them heavy losses in a wide offensive operation.

Around 200 Saudi soldiers and Sudanese mercenaries and other mercenaries have been killed, wounded, and arrested in the enemy forces military operation.

More than 60 vehicles or armored vehicles have been destroyed or burned.

Large quantities of weapons and various ammunition, as well as a number of armored vehicles and mechanisms have been seized.

The scenes, aired by media channels, including AlMasirah, distributed by the war media on Saturday showed that the army and committees advanced and crossed the border fence after monitoring the movements of the Saudi army forces and mercenaries in the targeted sites before the operation, and the moments of the attack from several sides.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141800.htm

and also (with map): https://en.mehrnews.com/news/174105/Over-80-Saudis-killed-captured-in-Yemeni-attack-on-Jizan

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/29/yemeni-forces-launch-major-offensive-in-jizan-liberating-150-square-km/ (with photos)

Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhLYoF6REDw

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/1398707245488160772

and

(A K)

Yemen’s Houthis ‚fabricated‘ attack on Saudi border, says coalition spox

The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen dismissed as „fabricated“ video footage issued by the Houthi movement on Saturday purportedly showing an incursion by its fighters into a Saudi Arabian border area on the frontlines.

„Claims by the Houthi militia about executing a military operation on the Jazan border are media fabrications,“ Saudi state television cited coalition spokesman Brigadier General Turki al-Malki as saying.

Malki said the Houthis‘ „imaginary victories“ aimed to cover up big military losses suffered by the group in Yemen’s Marib and al-Jawf regions.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-saudi/yemens-houthis-fabricated-attack-on-saudi-border-says-coalition-spox-idUSKCN2DA0DC = https://news.yahoo.com/yemens-houthis-attacked-saudi-border-160248576.html

and also https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/saudi-led-coalition-denies-houthi-claims-of-saudi-territorial-gains/2258591

and

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Al-Maliki: Over 20,000 Houthis killed, injured in 6 months

Arab Coalition Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki said on Saturday that the Iran-backed Houthi militias are spreading fabrications of fake victories.
“The propaganda carried out by the Houthis aims to raise the morale of their members,“ al-Maliki added.
„Houthi militias are trying to calm the popular anger in the areas they control with fabrication. The goal of such media fabrications is to cover the reality of the operational situation on the ground, and the heavy losses of terrorist elements and militia’s military equipment in the governorates of Ma’rib and Al-Jawf, where more than 4000 vehicles were destroyed,“ al-Maliki added.
He also confirmed that the coalition operations have left more than twenty thousand Houthi terrorists dead and wounded during the past six months.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33042

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Saudi artillery kills 3 citizens in Sa’ada

3 citizens were killed by Saudi artillery shelling targeting the Munabeh border district in Sa’ada province, a security official said.

A security official in Sa’ada told Saba that Saudi enemy forces targeted al-Raqw area in Munabeh border district with artillery shells, killing 3 boys and damaging citizens‘ property.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141665.htm

and also https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/29/three-children-killed-by-saudi-shelling-in-saada/

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/174070/Three-Yemeni-teenagers-killed-in-S-Arabia-artillery-attack

(A K pH)

Yemeni Air Force Conducts Fresh Attack on Saudi Air Base

[Sanaa gov.] Yemeni Air Force carried out a retaliatory attack on King Khalid Air Base in the south-west of Saudi Arabia.

“King Khalid air base was targeted by two Qasef-2K drones at Friday night-Saturday,” the spokesman for the Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e said.

“The new strike was accurate and hit its target successfully,” he added.

Sare’e stressed that the attack is part of the “legitimate response to the escalation of the Saudi aggression and the continued siege on our dear country.“

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19665/Yemeni-Air-Force-Conducts-Fresh-Attack-on-Saudi-Air-Base

and

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Saudi-led coalition destroys explosives-laden drone -state TV

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen on Friday said it intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by the Iran-aligned group towards the city of Khamis Mushait, Saudi state TV Al-Ekhbariya reported.

https://news.yahoo.com/saudi-led-coalition-intercepts-destroys-215100173.html

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Drei Zivilisten beim Angriff von Saudi-Arabien angeführter Streitkräfte auf Nordjemen getötet

Mindestens drei Menschen wurden bei einem Artillerie-Angriff der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Militärkoalition in der nordwestlichen Provinz Saada im Jemen getötet.

Lokale Quellen, die unter der Bedingung der Anonymität sprachen, berichteten dem arabischsprachigen Fernsehsender al-Masirah im Jemen, dass die Zivilisten am Donnerstag ihr Leben verloren hätten, als von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Truppen das Gebiet al-Raqou im Bezirk Monabbih der Provinz beschossen hatten.

Einer Sicherheitsquelle zufolge waren die Leichname der Opfer im Republikanischen Krankenhaus der Provinzhauptstadt Saada eingetroffen.

https://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i58724-drei_zivilisten_beim_angriff_von_saudi_arabien_angef%C3%BChrter_streitkr%C3%A4fte_auf_nordjemen_get%C3%B6tet

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Three Civilians Killed as Saudi-Led Forces Shell Border Area in Northern Yemen

At least three people have been killed in an artillery attack by the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen’s Northwestern province of Sa’ada, as the Riyadh regime and its allies continue their aggression against the impoverished Arab country.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen’s Al-Masirah television network that the civilians lost their lives on Thursday as Saudi-led troops shelled Al-Raqou area in the Monabbih district of the province.

A security source stated the bodies of the victims had arrived at the Republican Hospital of the provincial capital city of Sa’ada.

https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14000306000507/Three-Civilians-Killed-as-Sadi-Led-Frces-Shell-Brder-Area-in-Nrhern

and also https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141515.htm

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19632/Three-Killed-in-Saudi-Artillery-Shelling-on-Sa-adah

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Tens of Houthis killed, injured in Yemeni Sa’ada fighting

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25245.html

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Civil Defense: Houthi’s Projectiles Fall on Border Village in Jazan Region without Injuries

Lieutenant Colonel Zailai added that five military projectiles had fallen near the main road of the village, resulting no injuries.

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2231476

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-25264.html

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Citizen Injured in Sa’adah By Saudi Bombing

A citizen was injured by Saudi army fire on Wednesday in Munabbah border district, Sa’adah province.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/19617/Citizen-Injured-in-Sa-adah-By-Saudi-Bombing

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Schlacht um Marib / Theater of War: Marib battle

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Sheikh Ali bin Gharib’s remarks after his home targeted by Houthi ballistic missiles

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1399184709146513408

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A suspected Houthi missile hit house of prominent tribal sheik Ali Hassan bin Gharib in #Marib city 3 hours ago. No causality reported yet. This is the second time Iran-backed Houthis targeted his house, where the first was months ago. (photo)

https://twitter.com/Alsakaniali/status/1397625067505393670

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Ballistic missile hits Marib

a Houthi ballistic missile has just hit a neighborhood Marib city. No more details yet.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-46899

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At least 15 Al-Qaeda members killed in Yemeni military operation

At least 15 Al-Qaeda members were killed and 30 others wounded on Tuesday, in an ambush set by the Yemeni army and Popular Committees in the west of Ma’rib city.

This was reported by Yemen Press Agency, based on local sources .

The sources explained that the Al-Qaeda operatives were exposed to artillery shelling by Yemeni forces while they were establishing new military outpost in west of Ma’rib.

https://hodhodyemennews.net/2021/05/25/at-least-15-al-qaeda-members-killed-in-yemeni-military-operation/

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SAUDI-LED FORCES BLEW UP DOZENS OF OIL TANKERS IN YEMENI MARIB (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

On May 20, the Houthi-appointed Governor of Ma’rib province in central Yemen, Ali Muhammad Toaiman, condemned a recent attack on a fuel market in al-Arqain area.

The market, which hosted dozens of tankers, was set ablaze a day earlier after clashes between Saudi-backed forces and local tribesmen. In a statement to the pro-Houthis Saba News Agency, Toamian claimed that it was the Saudi-backed forces which targeted the market.

“The aggression militants shelled with tanks and artillery the areas of Abidah tribe, targeting a position containing 30 tankers loaded with gas and fuel. The targeting led to the burning of the tankers and serious damage to the properties of the citizen,” the Toaiman said.

The Houthis’ governor pointed out that Saudi-backed forces are provoking the tribes of Ma’rib, restricting freedoms, stirring up problems, looting property and destroying equipment to serve their interests.

https://southfront.org/saudi-led-forces-blew-up-dozens-of-oil-tankers-in-yemeni-marib-videos-photos/

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNUwR-6A_4w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsfkE11J4g8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFCIn8xSpM0

Photos: https://twitter.com/Alhadath_Ymn/status/1395348251776274436

cp18 Kampf um Hodeidah / Hodeidah battle

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

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

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Houthis accidentally killed by their own explosives in Hodeidah

At least six Houthi rebels were killed and injured while they were trying to plant their explosive devices in the southern parts of Hays district, military field sources said.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33045

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Aggression re-targets al-Salif in Hodeida

The US-Saudi aggression’s fighter jets have again targeted al-Salif district in Hodeida province in a new violation of the Sweden agreement.

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141932.htm

and also https://english.almasirah.net/post/19707/US-Saudi-Airstrikes-Target-Hodeidah-Again

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Aggression fighter jets launches 6 airstrikes on Hodeida

https://www.saba.ye/en/news3141802.htm

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New demining operation in Yemeni western coastal areas

Engineering specialist teams have removed new fields of landmines planted by the Iranian-backed Houthi group in the vicinity of Baba al-Mandeb, west Taiz.
In the last two days, the teams removed 85 landmines

https://debriefer.net/en/news-25293.html

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Four children injured by Houthi drone strike in Hodeidah

At least four children were injured on Thursday, in a drone strike conducted by the Iran-backed Houthi coupist militia against al-Tuhita school in the south of Hodeidah.
Local sources affirmed that a Houthi drone targeted gatherings of children near a school in al-Tuhita district, adding that the attack resulted in injuries of various degrees to the four children who were taken to al-Khokha hospital for receiving medical treatment.

http://en.adenpress.news/news/33031

and also https://debriefer.net/en/news-25270.html

https://republicanyemen.net/archives/28012

Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWKF5eamTJI

Photo: https://twitter.com/baseem_aljenani/status/1398914813015756800

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Daily violations as claimed by the Houthi side

May 28: https://english.almasirah.net/post/19659/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Friday%2C-May-28%2C-2021

May 27: https://english.almasirah.net/post/19639/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Thursday%2C-May-27%2C-2021

May 26: https://english.almasirah.net/post/19630/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Wednesday%2C-May-26%2C-2021

May 25: https://english.almasirah.net/post/19615/US-Saudi-Aggression-s-Daily-Update-for-Tuesday%2C-May-25%2C-2021

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Film: A shell snatches his soul from among his children.. Citizen (Salem) is one of the victims of Houthi bombing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgVlCL3SSbk

cp19 Sonstiges / Other

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The State of Waiting

Separated by war, boundaries, and immigration policies they cannot control, one young Yemeni couple refuses to give up on love.

After the wedding, they had considered staying together in Yemen. A year later, that life seemed impossible. Wafa told Moutaz, “I can’t have a family here where education is corrupted. They teach kids what they want them to know, and it’s all about sacrifice, sacrificing themselves, and it’s just toxic. People don’t have dreams.”

Moutaz knew his wife would not survive long in Yemen. She had always been too big, too bold, too unwilling to follow the rules. Even if she ducked political trouble, her spirit would wither from the restrictions on daily life. He saw it happening already, in the shrinking of their ambitions: Find food. Find a good movie to watch, and an internet connection to watch it.

She told him, “I wanted to go into politics. I wanted to go into law school. I had dreams. But I don’t have dreams here because there’s not even space for dreams.”

https://longreads.com/2021/05/27/state-of-waiting-love-across-borders-yemen-immigration-caitlin-dwyer/

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-742-yemen-war-mosaic-742

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-742 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-742:

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