TOPIC: Yemen – the ignored genocide
Hodeidah 18 Mar 2019 15:17 #41
The Houthis control North Yemen (which is more like West Yemen), where most Yemenis survive.
The Houthi “rebels” have control over one port through which (possibly, hopefully) food can reach their part of Yemen – Hodeidah. The coalition does everything they can to make it impossible to import food through this port.
The city of Hodeidah has repeatedly been attacked. A UN official warned that up to half a million civilians could be displaced if the conflict in the country's southwest escalates.
An attack on Hodeidah would endanger the 1 million residents of the city, as well as the over 2.5 million in the southern Yemeni province of Taiz.
According to a May 2017 report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (which includes Saudi Arabia...), 19 million Yemenis, around 60% of the population, don’t have access to food: web.archive.org/web/20171013145612/https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/UN-Saudi-Attack-on-Yemen-Port-Risks-Major-Humanitarian-Catastrophe-Mass-Disp...t-20170510-0034.html
The following picture shows the severely malnourished girl Jamila Ali Abdu, 7, before she died in Hodeidah.
Saudi Arabia called for the UN to take control over Hodeidah, to:
facilitate the flow of humanitarian supplies to the Yemeni people, while at the same time ending the use of the port for weapons smuggling and people trafficking.
The coalition airstrikes by have continued, including attacks on the city port Hodeidah.
As a result of drinking contaminated water, Yemen is in the midst of an unprecedented cholera outbreak. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have already been infected: geopoliticsalert.com/photos-amid-yemens-cholera-outbreak-saudi-airstrikes-destroy-desalination-plant
In the first 8 months of 2017, only 21 container ships sailed to Hodeida, while in comparison 54 container ships delivered twice the volume of goods in the same period last year. Before the war, in the first eight months of 2014, 129 container ships reached the port of Hodeida.
The UK/US/Saudi-led blockade turned away or severely delayed the Kota Nazar and 12 other ships, carrying aid and commercial goods, even though the United Nations had cleared the cargo and there were no arms aboard. Seven of those vessels were carrying medicine and food.
According to Human Rights Watch, the coalition “arbitrarily diverted or delayed” 7 fuel tankers headed to Houthi-controlled ports between May and September this year.
In July, 4 oil tankers with 71,000 tons of fuel, 10% of Yemen’s monthly fuel needs, were denied entry. Two were allowed in only after a 5 week delay.
In one case, a vessel had to wait 396 days before docking at Hodeida, incurring $5.5 million in fuel and refrigeration costs. According to the UN, the coalition takes 10 days to grant vessels permission to dock at Hodeida, which is called“not delayed”.
The Saudi ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, has simply denied that the “coalition” blocks shipments of food, medicine and fuel. Mouallimi even claims that Saudi Arabia is “the largest contributor of aid to the people of Yemen”.
Genocide has never sounded more philanthropic…
The result is the effective isolation of Yemen, according to the United Nations, of the 28 million population, a quarter is starving. Half a million children under the age of five are severely malnourished, and at least 2,135 people, most of them children, have died of cholera in the past 6 months.
According to the World Food Programme, the number of people needing aid has risen from 17 million in 2016 to 20 million Yemenis this year, or more than two-thirds of the population: www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/yemen-saudi-blockade/
The following picture shows a remnant of a wing that was part of a 500-pound bomb found at the Arhab water drilling site, Sanaa governorate, where at least 31 civilians were killed in an airstrike on 10 September 2016. It was produced by US defence contractor Raytheon in October 2015: www.democracynow.org/images/headlines/31/34231/quarter_hd/H07_HRW_Remnants.jpg
In June 2018, the United Nations withdrew their staff from the besieged Yemeni port Hodeidah, fearing that an attack by forces led by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is imminent. The British government also advised aid agencies to leave the city after the UAE on Friday warned the British government an attack on Hodeidah is imminent and to leave the city in 3 days.
The UN agencies planned to leave a crew of Yemenis to continue some of the “aid mission”.
According to UN Secretary General António Guterres:
We are, at the present moment, in intense consultation. There is a lull in the fighting to allow for them, and I hope that it will be possible to avoid a battle for Hudaydah.The UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has pressured the Houthis to hand over control of the Hodeidah, depriving the “rebels” of any means to get necessary supplies (including food).
Hodeidah is the entry for approximately 80% of the “foreign humanitarian aid” to Yemen.
In Washington, the Senate has spoken some big words to warn that a military assault on Hodeidah could result in the US cutting off funding for aerial refuelling, without which the Saudi air force can’t continue the bombing campaign.
Representative Ted Lieu said an attack on Hodeidah would:
plunge the country further into humanitarian disaster and risk opening another power vacuum for Al Qaeda to fill. If they cross that red line, the U.S. will have a strategic, moral and legal obligation to cut off all support for the coalition in Yemen.Experts say pressure from Washington could stop the assault.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had spoken to Emirati leaders:
and made clear our desire to address their security concerns while preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and lifesaving commercial imports.Two supposed insiders have said that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sent private messages to the Arab states, cautioning against any attack on Hodeidah.
In reality these empty words don’t hide that the Trump administration has close (financial) ties to Saudi Arabia and the UAE: www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/world/middleeast/yemen-attack-uae-saudi-arabia.html
Over 4,000 families have fled Hodeidah in June and July 2018, after hundreds were killed in the coalition’s bomb campaign to take the Yemeni port from Houthi rebels. AP reported that already more than 280 people had died from the bombs. The death toll has surely gone up as the bombs continued.
According to a report by the UN, people have lost their entire livelihood in airstrikes that destroyed farms.
Two fleeing Yemenis made the following comments:
The air attacks were extremely heavy and violent back there, hitting humans, trees and houses – everything.Yemeni children sitting in the remains of a house in Hodeidah, 19 May.
A lot of people died – children and seniors.
The coalition announced that it had regained control of the airport outside Hodeidah.
The Houthi rebels denied this and told SABA news agency that the airport was completely destroyed, but was not surrendered: www.rt.com/news/430050-yemen-port-civilians-saudi/
Hodeidah 20 Mar 2019 15:45 #42
In August 2018, the “coalition” intensified its bombing on Hodeidah, resulting in heavy civilian casualties.
The coalition used cluster bombs against civilian targets in Yemen. Cluster bombs are banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
A market was targeted by two airstrikes.
The al Asayed Water Network in Sadaa was destroyed by 4 airstrikes, leaving thousands of residents of the Al Safra district, without clean drinking water.
Water wells for Hodeidah and a sewage plant were destroyed by Saudi airstrikes. This caused the interruption of water for tens of thousands of families.
In 2 earlier incidents, Saudi attacks completely destroyed the Al-Hamazat water system — leaving 7,500 people without water.
727 water pumps and tanks have been destroyed since the bombing campaign begun in 2015.
Coalition warplanes conducted two airstrikes on a fishing dock. According to Yemen’s General Authority for Marine Fisheries, 3 attacks on Yemen`s Hodeida in 3 days killed 28 fishermen.
In a separate incident, 4 fishing boats were targeted off Hodeida’s coast, killing multiple fishermen.
See ablaze fishing boats after airstrikes, Hodeidah, 29 July 2018.
Airstrikes also destroyed a radio station in Hodeida. This is part of the plan approved during a coalition Ministers of Information meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 23 June, to curb “negative news coverage” of the genocide of Yemen.
MintPress and other media were mentioned as a “threat” to the coalition’s ongoing war in Hodeida.
In Sana`a, immediately after the departure of UN Envoy Martin Griffith, the coalition launched at least 5 airstrikes on the Sana’a International Airport.
A group of women in Hodeida were kidnapped by the Wahhabi Giant’s Brigade, mercenaries who murder for the coalition: www.mintpressnews.com/saudi-coalition-steps-up-yemen-war-with-cluster-bombs-kidnapping/246742/
(archived here: archive.is/kvPLP)
In December 2018, it was anounced that a deal was made between the Yemen puppet government and the Houthi rebels in Sweden…
According to the media, the deal made in Sweden is something like:
1) The Houthis will stop attacking targets in Saudi Arabia.
I think I understand what this means, but think it’s strange that Saudi Arabia is allowed to continue bombing the starving population.
2) The Houthis and Yemeni puppet government will swap some 15,000 prisoners.
I think I understand what this means, but think it’s strange that nothing is mentioned on the prisons controlled by the UAE where innocent Yemenis are tortured.
3) Fighting in the province of Hodeidah will stop.
Here it becomes too bizarre for me; there are armed forces from both sides in the province of Hodeidah. Are they supposed to simply stop fighting? Is it possible to have a ceasefire in such a situation?
Is this meant to give the “coalition” the time to prepare an attack to finish the Houthis off once and for all?
4) The Houthis will hand over the port cities of Hodeidah and Salif.
The Houthis have been successfully defending Hodeidah and they are now supposed to hand it over to the puppet government and the terrorist UN: af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKBN1OC0FU
Since the deal was made it has been repeatedly reported that fighting has continued (it should have stopped completely on 17 December). Bizarrely it has also been repeatedly reported that now the ceasefire appears to “hold” when there’s less fighting for a couple of hours.
Obviously our wonderful media have a different “understanding” of what a ceasefire means.
Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert - who arrived in Hodeidah - headed a committee to monitor that the Houthis will conform to the truce.
Government puppet spokesman Brigadier Yahya Sariyah said that Saudi Arabia has violated the Hodeidah ceasefire 223 times from 17 December to 23 December. And why wouldn’t the coalition, with the support of the terrorist UN, continue their assault?
Street graffiti in Hodeidah shows that Yemenis blame the US for murdering Yemenis. I’m just glad that the Iranian press doesn’t expose the role of the UN: www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/23/583720/Yemen-Hudaydah-Saudi-Arabia
In January, Houthi rebel Mohammad Abdel-Salam accused retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert, tasked with overseeing the truce, from not keeping his promises “by implementing other agendas".
On 24 January, about 1 ½ weeks later, UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths confirmed the resignation of Cammaert.
UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned nearly 10 million people are just one step away from famine: www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/1/13/yemens-houthis-boycott-meeting-with-un-led-truce-monitors
Residents of the port city of Hodeidah are trying to find food in the rubbish, while many have died after their houses were bombed.
Yemenis are so desperate that they sell their underage daughters to dirty rich men or sell organs for food.
Yemeni doctor Ashwaq Moharram explained:
We have people scrabbling through garbage tips to eat. They can’t even look for food in their neighbours’ waste, as all of them are poor and have no supplies.
Marriages have become a trade. If someone is in debt due to poverty, hunger, and illness; they repay the debt by offering the 12 or 13 years old daughters. Their husbands are sometimes 70 years old.
Some people have even started selling their organs, like kidneys. You can now see adverts. They travel to Jordan, Cairo, or India to undergo the surgeries.
More than 60,000 Yemenis have been killed as a direct result of the coalition bombs that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and pushed the country to the brink of famine.
According to the media in December a deal was signed in Sweden, under which all fighting would in the provice of Hodeidah would stop and the Houthis would hand over the port city of Hodeidah to the UN. This deal was a complete failure as fighting has continued, including bombs from the Saudi airforce: www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-war-hodeidah-houthi-un-residents-eat-rubbish-red-sea-city-a8757491.html
Hodeidah 20 Mar 2019 23:50 #43
In August 2018, the “coalition” intensified its bombing on Hodeidah..
What "Coalition" exactly?
Hodeidah 22 Mar 2019 15:16 #44
Firestarter wrote:The “coalition” is the group of countries whose armies are mass murdering Yemenis. This “coalition” consists of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and some other countries, most if not all Muslim, who hope that helping the UN-orchestrated genocide in Yemen will make them (the corrupt politicians of those countries) get some rewards. The “coalition” is supported by British and American intelligence, training and bombs.
In August 2018, the “coalition” intensified its bombing on Hodeidah..
What "Coalition" exactly?
As the terrorist UN has condemned the Houthis in a resolution for not accepting the “internationally recognised” government of Mansour Hadi, the genocidal warfare by the “coalition” is actually in accordance with “international law” (that in our Brave new world supports genocide). Maybe we should consider that as Mansour Hadi isn’t supported at all in Yemen, the resolution is really against all Yemenis...
In August 2018, the “coalition” bombed a school bus with children at a market place in Saada, north Yemen, killing 43, including at least 29 children, with an additional 61 wounded.
A spokesman for the coalition said that the air strikes “conformed to international and humanitarian laws" and that the Houthis use children as a “human shield”.
So now we have to believe that the Houthis are to blame for the bombs on civilians?
Geert Cappelaere of UNICEF announced:
NO Excuses anymore! Does the world really need more innocent children's lives to stop the cruel war on children in Yemen?
The Houthis responded to this example of mass murder with:
The place is known to be a market, [and] there is no military installation nearby ... but the Saudis are known to have done this many times - target schools, weddings and so on.
In June, the “coalition” carried out 258 air raids on Yemen, almost one-third targeted non-military sites: 24 on residential areas, 3 on water and electricity sites, 3 healthcare facilities, and 1 an IDP camp.
Jolien Veldwijk, of Care International, told about at least "five very intense air strikes" targeting densely populated areas of Yemen’s capital Sanaa: www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/yemen-dozens-children-killed-wounded-school-bus-attack-180809085843444.html
Top UN official Mark Lowcock, admitted that the coalition was responsible for the attack that killed 31. He said another airstrike in the area had killed 4 children.
According to Lowcock, it is not necessary to stop the war by condemning the brutal slaughter of Yemenis with a UN resolution, but instead:
an impartial, independent and prompt investigation into these most recent incidents
parties to the conflict must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and those with influence over them must ensure that everything possible is done to protect civilians.
The coalition has repeatedly claimed that they “go out of their way to avoid civilians”: www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/world/middleeast/un-saudi-airstrike-yemen-children.html
The following twitter account was one of the first to show that it was a General Dynamics’ Mark 82 (MK 82) bomb, made in the USA, used to bomb the Yemen school bus that killed 51, including 40 children: Invalid consumer key/secret in configuration
In the 2 weeks following the bombed school bus that killed 51 people, including 40 children…
At least 31 civilians, mostly children, were killed in another airstrike on a bus, killing at least 22 children and 4 women, some 20 km from Hodeidah.
Four families were fleeing homes after earlier coalition airstrikes killed 4 and injured 2 “They wanted to save their lives, their children's lives. Is nowhere safe for us?".
According to the International Rescue Committee airstrikes in al-Duraihmi killed another 13: edition.cnn.com/2018/08/24/middleeast/yemen-airstrike-kills-children-intl/index.html
A UN panel with “human rights” experts released a report on the war in Yemen.
It was reported that air strikes by the “coalition” have caused heavy civilian casualties and some “may” amount to war crimes:
Coalition air strikes have caused most of the documented civilian casualties. In the past three years, such air strikes have hit residential areas, markets, funerals, weddings, detention facilities, civilian boats and even medical facilities.The coalition has effectively blocked Red Sea ports and Sanaa airport, depriving Yemenis of “vital supplies”, which “may” also constitute international crimes.
The panel said its “investigation” of 11 incidents raised “serious concerns” about the coalition’s targeting process.
No need to report on targeting: farm land, and drinking water and energy facilities…
United Arab Emirates (UAE) mercenaries have raped detainees and migrants.
UAE Minister Anwar Gargash said that they will reply to the report, and added that the region needs to be preserved from “Iranian encroachment”.
The experts didn’t investigate the role of the US and Britain, who supply weapons and intelligence to the “coalition”. They “urged” all states to restrict arms sales (“urging” will surely make them all terrified).
US Secretary of Defence James "Mad Dog" Mattis told reporters that the US goal is to bring warring parties to the negotiating table and “keep the human cost of innocents being killed accidentally to the absolute minimum”.
No need to prevent the deliberate starvation…
The experts’ panel also accused the “rebel” Houthis of war crimes, like firing missiles into Saudi Arabia, shelling the Yemeni city of Taiz and deploying child soldiers.
Reuters didn’t give the Houthis the chance to respond to this article: uk.reuters.com/article/uk-yemen-security-un-rights/some-saudi-led-coalition-air-strikes-in-yemen-may-amount-to-war-crimes-u-n-idUKKCN1LD0L9
After the UN experts group issued the report saying that Saudi Arabia and the UAE “could be” responsible for war crimes, describing violations like: arbitrary detention, rape, torture, enforced disappearances and child recruitment by the “coalition” and the Yemeni puppet “government” there have been lots of “big words”, while nothing is done to stop the human catastrophe in Yemen.
A UN resolution from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada and Ireland called to extend the experts' mandate by a year.
The "Arab Group" led by Tunisia, proposed another resolution calling for "capacity building and technical assistance" to Yemen's puppet government, but without a mandate for the experts commission to continue its “investigation”.
The UN Human Rights Council voted for the resolution to continue the “investigation” - 21 nations voted for against 8, with 18 abstentions.
The approved resolution gives the UN “investigators” the task to deliver another report September 2019 (during which time nothing will be done to stop the genocide).
The Saudi UN ambassador, Abdulaziz Alwasil, explained that he voted “no” because the resolution did not address his "legitimate concerns", about the "lack of balance" in the probe's first report: www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23662&LangID=E
(archived here: archive.is/Bcipo)
Yemen – the ignored genocide 24 Mar 2019 16:03 #45
In July, Saudi Arabia agreed to lend $2 billion to the puppet government central bank office in Aden. Money has been directed away from Houthi-controlled areas where most Yemenis survive and most food imports arrive. In December, Deputy Governor Shokeib Hobeishy said that only $340 million of that money has been used, but it was unclear how much had reached companies to import food.
Some traders say Aden favours government-held areas. One big importer said it was not possible to ship new wheat cargoes to the ports of Hodeidah and Salif due to lack of payment. The importer still waits for over $50 million in foreign currency.
The central bank is struggling to pay public-sector wages. It has access to a Federal Reserve account of $200 million, while the Bank of England, in a great example of “justice”, has frozen 87 million pounds: www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-food/a-bank-divided-yemens-financial-crisis-hits-food-imports-idUSKCN1OJ1PU
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have hired tens of thousands of desperate Sudanese mercenaries to do their fighting. At any time for the last 3 years, as many as 14,000 Sudanese mercenaries have been fighting in Yemen.
They were paid in Saudi riyals, the equivalent of about $480 a month for a 14-year-old novice to about $530 a month for an experienced Janjaweed officer. They received an additional $185 to $285 per month of combat. Every 6 months, each fighter also received a bonus of at least 700,000 Sudanese pounds (roughly $10,000).
By comparison, a Sudanese doctor working overtime at multiple jobs could earn $500 a month...
A Sudanese critic of the government explained:
People are desperate. They are fighting in Yemen because they know that in Sudan they don’t have a future. We are exporting soldiers to fight like they are a commodity we are exchanging for foreign currency.
Most of the Sudanese mercenaries are survivors of the conflict in Darfur, many of them children. Returned Sudanese mercenaries have told that roughly 20-40% of the Sudanese mercenaries fighting in Yemen are underage (children).
Ironically Sudanese families actually bribe local militia leaders so that their children can fight in Yemen.
Thousands of Sudanese mercenaries have been killed in action by the Houthis.
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has been an international pariah for years. His alliance with the UAE and Saudis has eased his international isolation by diplomatic support from the “coalition”: archive.is/NwCnI
(original article: www.nytimes.com/2018/12/28/world/africa/saudi-sudan-yemen-child-fighters.html)
Most of the Sudanese mercenaries come from the battle-scarred and impoverished region of Darfur, where some 300,000 people were killed and 1.2 million displaced during a dozen years of conflict.
Most belong to the Janjaweed that were blamed for the systematic rape of women and girls, indiscriminate killing and other war crimes during Darfur’s conflict.
Last year, the Trump administration announced sanctions on the powerful Yemeni Islamist warlord Abu al-Abbas, because of working for al-Qaeda.
But Abu al-Abbas has boasted that he has received millions of dollars in weapons and financial support for his fighters from the United Arab Emirates.
In August, the Associated Press published that the coalition systematically hires al-Qaeda members to fight the Houthis.
The war on Yemen has strengthened jihadist groups both directly and indirectly: www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-u-s-is-on-the-side-of-terrorists-and-war-criminals-in-yemen/
Also interesting is the support by employees of BAE Systems, EADS and associated companies to Saudi Arabia between 2000 and 2016.
Job specifications from BAE Systems of February 2017, show that BAE employees continue to coordinate maintenance for the weapons systems of all RSAF’s Tornado IDS, both in training and operational squadrons.
The number one shareholder in BAE Systems is the Capital Group (also a major shareholder in other arms manufacturers) where the husband of Britain’s PM Theresa, Philip May, is an investment relationship manager.
Another major shareholder in BAE Systems is BlackRock (also a major shareholder in other companies including weapon producers) that pays Bullingdon Boy George Osborne £650,000 a year for “working” a mere 48 days.
Rothschild Capital Partners is also a major profiteer of the war in the Middle East as it holds a 2.8% stake in Lockheed Martin: www.lawfulpath.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=713&start=190#p5014
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Yemen – the ignored genocide 27 Mar 2019 17:27 #46
After many, many stories that “more than 10,000” Yemenis have died, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says “more than 80,000” under the age of 5 have died of starvation in Yemen since the “coalition” intensified their assault on Yemen nearly 4 years ago.
Children did not start the war in Yemen, but they are paying the highest price. Some 360,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, fighting for their lives every day. And one credible report put the number of children under 5 who have died of starvation at more than 80,000.www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/02/26/589651/Over-80000-kids-under-the-age-of-five-have-died-of-starvation-in-Yemen-UN-chief-says
Almost 18 million Yemenis still do not have adequate access to safe drinking water or sanitation.
For some reason Guterres “forgot” to mention that the “coalition” has intentionally bombed the drinking water infrastructure, and that UNICEF already in December 2016 noted that at least one child under the age of 5 dies every 10 minutes of “preventable causes”. That´s more than 100,000 and since then the death rate has even increased.
And that in 2017 UNICEF predicted that 150,000 children could die by the end of that year.
And on top of that more than 75,0000 Yemenis have died as a direct results of the bombing campaign.
In late 2018, the World Food Program (WFP) said that the humanitarian aid needs in Yemen will reach 14 million human cases in 2019. This means double the cases for 2018, when about 8 million Yemenis were threatened with malnutrition.
The suffering of Yemenis is mainly caused by the ongoing war and blockade.
Earlier this year, the official authorities in Sanaa reported that WFP delivered rotten food to Yemen, unfit for human use, because it is infected by huge amounts of skunk worms: www.yemen-rw.org/wfp-food-aid-turns-out-to-be-rotten-infested-with-worms/
In March, British Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster told parliament that Britain is servicing fighter jets and trains the Saudi military in the war against Yemen: www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/03/18/591397/UK-military-support-Saudi-Arabia-Yemen-war
To keep gullible fool´s believing in our politrics that support the genocide, Rep. Ro Khanna declared that we should all believe that her bill makes us "closer than ever to ending our complicity in this humanitarian catastrophe".
Please do nothing while Yemenis are dying by the thousands a week...
In January, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) just inked $3.2 billion worth of weapons with western arms companies at just the first 2 days of an arms expo.
This includes $353 million and more than $1.6 billion for Patriot missiles and launchers from American company Raytheon.
Does this sound like it´s “ending”?
In January, Amnesty reported on the UAE transferring arms to “terrorist groups” (that supposedly are even worse than their army):
Emirati forces receive billions of dollars' worth of arms from Western states and others, only to siphon them off to militias in Yemen that answer to no-one and are known to be committing war crimes.www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/18/despite-war-crimes-concerns-yemen-raytheon-nabs-16-billion-arms-deal-uae
Many stories from our wonderful media predict that President Trump will block the resolution
It looks to me like there’s really no need for Trump to block it, as it allows the US army to continue to fight “al Qaeda or associated forces” (that’s probably anybody with supposed ties to Iran)...
Pursuant to section 1013 of the Department of State Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1984 and 1985 (50 U.S.C. 1546a) and in accordance with the provisions of section 601(b) of the International Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Act of 1976 (Public Law 94–329; 90 Stat. 765), Congress hereby directs the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen, except United States Armed Forces engaged in operations directed at al Qaeda or associated forceswww.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/54/text
Last Edit: 27 Mar 2019 17:28 by Firestarter.
Yemen – the ignored genocide 31 Mar 2019 17:22 #47
Earlier this month the US Senate (finally) approved the resolution, by a 54 to 46 vote, to put an end to Washington’s support for the war in Yemen by the “coalition” that started in March 2015, including targeting support for airstrikes.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, which could pass the measure this month.
House Democrats intentionally derailed the process by supporting a procedural motion offered by Republicans to declare the chamber’s opposition to anti-Semitism. By attaching an unrelated amendment to the Yemen resolution, the House ended its “privileged” status, which would have forced the Senate to quickly take it up and send it to Trump: www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/03/14/590985/US-Senate-Trump-support-saudi-yemen-war-sanders
Jeremy Hunt was the first British foreign secretary to visit Yemen, the port of Aden, in more than 20 years. Hunt unashamedly showed his support for the genocide by the Britain-supported “coalition”.
Hunt told the world from the UAE that 20 million people are facing starvation and blamed the Houthis!
According to Hunt...
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the rest of the coalition in December in Stockholm agreed to stop the assault of Hodeidah. In return, the Houthis supposedly would hand over Hodeidah to the UN and/or Yemen government.
Hunt lies that the coalition stopped the assault as they continued. Furthermore I add that it is highly unlikely that the Houthis, who have succesfully defended Hodeidah, would now hand it over.
The Houthis need to do their side of the bargain. And that needs trust and it needs courage and it isn't easy in a situation like we're in.
Patience is wearing very thin. And we've just got to really make sure everyone understands - that's why I came over here - that... this ceasefire will not last if all parties don't honour the agreements they signed up to.
And that would be a terrible humanitarian tragedy if the war restarted.
This lying Hunt also forgot to mention that there has never been a ceasefire at all, but bizarrely talks about a “fragile ceasefire” and now claims that it is all the fault of those horrible Houthis: news.sky.com/story/yemen-ceasefire-could-fail-within-weeks-warns-foreign-secretary-jeremy-hunt-11654727
On March 1, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt held a meeting with chief negotiator for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, in the Omani capital of Muscat.
Abdul-Salam basically told him that London cannot be a peace-broker in Yemen while it’s arming the invaders. Abdul-Salam complained that the coalition has tried to introduce new conditions to the December Stockholm agreement, which supposedly included a ceasefire in Hodeidah.
Mohammed Ali al-Houthi lashed out at Britain for supplying weapons to the coalition (at least £5.7 billion worth since 2015):
Britain sending aid does not change the tragic reality of its arms sales. Jeremy Hunt cannot promote peace while at the same time acting as an arms salesman.
Mr Hunt has gone beyond defending British arms sales, by attempting to pressure other European countries, such as Germany, to sell arms.
If it wasn’t for the joint British, US, Saudi, and UAE naval forces, the existing famine and the tragic humanitarian situation wouldn’t reach such critical levels, including as he admits about 24 million Yemeni need an emergency aid of food and medicine.
The Saudi-led coalition, backed by Britain, commits war crimes and does not abide by, as Britain claims, ‘the most stringent guidelines for the export of weapons in the world’. The principles mentioned are solely for political speech and to avoid the legal and moral responsibility concerning the war crimes and humanitarian situation that the British government faces as part of such alliance.
Obviously Britain and France have pressured Germany to “relax” its arms sales “ban” on Saudi Arabia since November. Germany hasn’t banned previously approved deals but has “urged industry” to refrain from such shipments for now (is that a “ban”?!?).
Britain needs parts from Germany to sell 48 Eurofighter jets to Saudi Arabia.
Sunday the German ban would end unless an extension was agreed, which resulted in a renewed “ban” with a loophole that German defence firms can continue to supply arms to UK and France for the rest of 2019.
A half-complete bilateral German contract for 35 patrol boats will probably also go ahead.
The British UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, was in Riyadh this week to discuss the continued genocide of Yemen: www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/29/yemen-houthi-leader-attacks-uk-german-arms-sale-ban-saudi-arabia
(archived here: archive.is/jNOWS)
Despite the UK´s continuing denials that they´re actively pariticpating in the war against Yemen, earlier this month at least 5 elite British commandos of the Special Boat Service (SBS) were injured in direct gunfights with Houthi forces as part of a secretive UK military campaign in Yemen’s northern Sa’ada province, where around 30 elite British forces had been based.
An SBS source said:
The guys are fighting in inhospitable desert and mountainous terrain against highly committed and well-equipped Houthi rebels. The SBS’s role is mainly training and mentoring but on occasions they have found themselves in firefights and some British troops have been shot.www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/03/24/591774/UK-SBS-soldiers-wounded-Yemen-Saudi-Arabia
Yemen – the ignored genocide 31 Mar 2019 19:31 #48
Another Arab country being deliberately destroyed.
Imagine my surprise.
Yemen – the ignored genocide 05 Apr 2019 14:37 #49
The US House of Representatives has voted 247-175 to end US support for the coalition and direct US military involvement in the war against Yemen within 30 days.
Hundreds of thousands have already been killed in the genocide which the United Nations, while cynically supporting the coalition, has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
This is the first time both chambers of congress have invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution to stop support for a foreign war.
While all the media are claiming that President Trump will veto the bill (Trump earlier vetoed a resolution against his "national emergency" declaration at the border) as it excludes fighting “al Qaeda” I don´t think this is necessary: www.rt.com/news/455571-congress-votes-to-withdraw-yemen/
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Yemen – the ignored genocide 05 Apr 2019 21:19 #50
Another Arab country being deliberately destroyed.I'm all out of fucks to give
Imagine my surprise.
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Yemen – the ignored genocide 08 Apr 2019 15:23 #51
I´ve found an early story on the Yemen genocide with a good explanation on what has happened.
According to US officials in 2015, Iranian representatives discouraged Houthi rebels from taking the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. If the Houthis directly disobeyed Iran, this shows that the Houthis were (and are) no proxy force for Iran.
National Security Council (NSC) spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said:
It remains our assessment that Iran does not exert command and control over the Houthis in Yemen.
In March 2015, US military and NATO consultant Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies explained:
Yemen is of major strategic importance to the United States, as is the broader stability of Saudi Arabia all of the Arab Gulf states.
… Yemen does not match the strategic importance of the Gulf, but it is still of great strategic importance to the stability of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula.
Yemen’s territory and islands play a critical role in the security of another global chokepoint at the southeastern end of the Red Sea called the Bab el-Mandab or ‘gate of tears’.
A British diplomat said that Saudi Arabia had an interest to build a pipelinethrough Hadramawt to a port on the Gulf of Aden.
Michael Horton, of the Jamestown Foundation, said:
The kingdom’s primary interest in the governorate is the possible construction of an oil pipeline. Such a pipeline has long been a dream of the government of Saudi Arabia.
A pipeline through the Hadramawt would give Saudi Arabia and its Gulf State allies direct access to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean; it would allow them to bypass the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic chokepoint that could be, at least temporarily, blocked by Iran in a future conflict. The prospect of securing a route for a future pipeline through the Hadramawt likely figures in Saudi Arabia’s broader long-term strategy in Yemen.
On 2 June 2015, senior advisor on Yemen at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Joke Buringa wrote:
Fear of an Iranian blockade of the Hormuz Strait, and the possibly disastrous results for the global economy, has existed for years.
The US therefore pressured the Gulf States to develop alternatives. In 2007 Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Oman and Yemen jointly launched the Trans-Arabia Oil Pipeline project. New pipelines were to be constructed from the Saudi Ras Tannurah on the Persian Gulf and the UAE to the Gulf of Oman (one to the Emirate of Fujairah and two lines to Oman) and the Gulf of Aden (two lines to Yemen).
Distrust about the intentions of Oman increased the attractiveness of the Hadramawt option in Yemen, a longstanding wish of Saudi Arabia.
For many years the Saudis invested in tribal leaders in the hope to execute this project under Saleh’s successor. The 2011 popular uprisings by demonstrators calling for democracy upset these plans.
The governorate of Hadramawt is one of the few areas where the Saudi-led coalition did not conduct any air strikes. The port and the international airport of al-Mukalla are in optimal shape and under the control of al-Qaeda. Moreover, Saudi Arabia has been delivering arms to al-Qaeda, (which) is expanding its sphere of influence.
This also explains that Yemen’s eastern governorate of Hadramaut, with the bulk of Yemen’s oil and gas resources, has remained curiously free from Saudi bombardment. The province, Yemen’s largest, contains.
This also explains that Yemeni President from 1978-2012 Ali Abdullah Saleh was ousted and murdered in December 2017 as he always opposed this (for which our wonderful media blamed the Houthis).
Several Dutch corporations have a strong position in Saudi Arabia, including the Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell. Dutch exports to Saudi Arabia have also increased dramatically in recent years, rising 25% between 2006 and 2010.
Two Saudi Arabian giant multinationals – Aramco and SABIC – have their European headquarters in in the Netherlands (The Hague and Sittard).
Among the prime beneficiaries of the Saudi strategy in Yemen is al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The puppet government of Abd Rubbuh Mansour Hadi once dispatched none other than Abdulwahab Humayqani as a representative to Geneva as an official delegate for UN talks. In 2013, the US Treasury designated Humayqani as a "global terrorist" for recruiting and financing for al-Qaeda. Humayqani was also allegedly behind an al-Qaeda car bombing that killed 7 in 2012: www.middleeasteye.net/big-story/saudi-war-yemen-oil-pipeline-empowering-al-qaeda
(archived here: archive.is/2Lasp)
According to former UN special envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, the “coalition” airstrikes destroyed an imminent peace deal between 12 rival political and tribal groups, including the Houthis, in Yemen.
That couldn’t be the motive for the Anglo-American controlled United Nations to condemn Yemen in a resolution could it: www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/20/iran-houthis-yemen_n_7101456.html
Yemen – the ignored genocide 17 Apr 2019 15:26 #52
Yesterday Donald Trump used the second veto of his presidency against the resolution to stop US support for the war, genocide against Yemen.
This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future.
Trump claims that the US is “not engaged in hostilities in or affecting Yemen” except “counterterrorism operations against [Al-Qaeda] in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS”. Nor are any US military personnel “commanding, participating in, or accompanying” forces of the coalition operating in Yemen.
If so why would he block it as Al Qaeda is exempted?!?
Trump claims that the US only provides “limited support” to the coalition, “including intelligence sharing, logistics support, and, until recently, in-flight refueling” .
President Donald also pointed out that the resolution would hurt relations with foreign powers and "its efforts to curtail certain forms of military support would harm our bilateral relationships, negatively affect our ongoing efforts to prevent civilian casualties and prevent the spread of terrorist organizations such as al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS, and embolden Iran's malign activities in Yemen".
Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted:
The people of Yemen desperately need humanitarian help, not more bombs. I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Trump has rejected the bi-partisan resolution to end U.S. involvement in the horrific war in Yemen.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Trump to:
advance an enduring solution to end this crisis and save lives.
The conflict in Yemen is a horrific humanitarian crisis that challenges the conscience of the entire world. Yet the President has cynically chosen to contravene a bipartisan, bicameral vote of the Congress and perpetuate America’s shameful involvement in this heartbreaking crisis.
Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have already died due to starvation with another 90,000 as a direct result of the bombs: eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/16/donald-trump-veto-resolution-yemen-war/3491383002/
Yemen – the ignored genocide 17 Apr 2019 17:07 #53
The British UN envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, once again announced (this has been claimed repeatedly since December) that the Yemen puppet government and Houthi rebels have agreed to withdraw their forces from the port of Hodeidah, where about 70% of imports enter Yemen.
A UN official said the the Houthis and coalition forces are first supposed to pullback several kilometers (miles), and in the second phase would withdraw 18 to 30 kilometers (11 to 18 1/2 miles).
Griffiths said the agreement was reached in negotiations led by the Danish Michael Lollesgaard, who leads the UN operation to make the Houthis stop their resistance against the puppet government of Yemen's “internationally recognised” President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi (who has almost no support in Yemen)...
He thanked Hadi and Houthi leader Abdul Malik at Houthi: www.apnews.com/8f254a6838f54166bf7a5ab50f7904a8
In January, French Armed Forces Minister Francoise Parly said that she was “not aware that any (French) arms are being used in this conflict”. This wasn’t the only time the French government has denied that they sell arms that are used in the war against Yemen.
A classified document from French military intelligence service (DRM) shows that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate (UAE) are massively using French-made weaponry against Yemen.
France, the third-biggest arms exporter in the world, has sold the following arms to to both Saudi Arabia and the UAE that are used against Yemen.
Mirage 2000-9 fighter jets,
Cougar transport helicopters,
A330 MRTT refueling planes,
In October 2018, 48 CAESAR artillery guns were used along the Saudi-Yemen border.
French DAMOCLES missile-guiding technology has probably been deployed in Yemen.
Two French ships are serving in the crippling blockade of Yemeni ports which has led to unprecedented starvation.
Even after French Minister Parly assured there were no negotiations for new weapons deals with Riyadh, in December 2018 Saudi Arabia signed a contract with Nexter Systems to deliver new armored vehicles between 2019 and 2024: www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/04/15/593506/Yemen-Suadi-Arabia-UAE-France-weapons-DRM-Disclose-Houthis