Yemen Update from an International Peace Project in Berlin

by Mathias Tretschog, from Krieg im Yemen (War in Yemen), An international peace project from Berlin-Brandenburg (Germany) 

This is an interesting experiment.  The original is in German, but the Google translation is pretty good.  Its a great overview of whats up with the war in Yemen with ongoing coverage.  Seems like we are always in the dark here in the U.S., crying in the night. [jb]

Daily war crimes of the Saudi war coalition with the aid of the governments of Germany, the USA, Great Britain, France and other NATO / EU and terrorist states, Saudi Arabia and its war alliance including western “community of values“, all in the name of peace, freedom, democracy, the rule of law and human rights!

May – 77 reports

The failed peace process in the United Nations, Al-Qaida, ISIS and the total loss of reality of Heiko Maas (SPD) in Yemen – foreign minister of the most moral Federal Republic of Germany of all time!

United States

A group of Democratic Senators has urged President Joe Biden to act “immediately and decisively” to pressure Saudi Arabia to lift restrictions on imports into Yemen, which they believe are exacerbating one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Concerned that the blockade of Riyadh had prevented food, medicine and other essential supplies from reaching the war-torn country, the senators said it was time to face serious consequences in Saudi Arabia. The Senators called on the Biden administration to immediately halt pending arms sales, military cooperation, the provision of maintenance for air force planes and other equipment, and Washington’s general diplomatic relations with the Kingdom in order to unconditionally end the total blockade.

United Arab Emirates / Israel / STC

In addition to the island of Socotra, the UAE are now also expanding Mayyun as a military base. Mayyun Island is located at the mouth of the Red Sea on one of the world’s most important sea trade routes for energy supplies and commercial freight. Both islands belong to the territory of the Republic of Yemen, both islands have been annexed by the UAE in violation of international law. The Southern Transitional Council (STC), founded and led by the UAE, has meanwhile published a statement by its leader Aidaroos Al-Zubaidi that the “restoration” of the former South Yemen is near. This brings the UAE one step closer to its goal of making South Yemen its 8th caliphate.

Al-Zubaidi said the STC “opened all doors to the people’s cause and withdrew the adversary’s recognition of a fully sovereign, independent state,” based on the May 21, 1990, pre-unity border. He added that the STC will oppose any unilateral decision made by the Yemeni government.

Al-Qaeda / ISIS

While the Yemeni people’s committees around Al Houthi announced the deaths of 2,400 foreign mercenaries including high-ranking al-Qaida leaders and 5,400 wounded and in this context called for all foreign supporters of the Hadi / Saudi / Emirati coalition to leave Yemen, A few days earlier, US Senator Chris Murphy said there was new evidence that the UAE are arming terrorist militias in Yemen as part of Abu Dhabi’s plan to spread chaos and sabotage in the country. Senator Chris Murphy warned in a special session on Yemen that Congress had not received sufficient assurances that US weapons sold to the UAE would not be returned to Salafist militias in Yemen.

Several groups of foreign extremist terrorists arrived on the Abyan coast in May days. These elements probably come from Syria to fight with coalition militants. Dozens of foreign elements crossed the border areas between the provinces of Abyan and Al-Baidha and the Islah party were transported to the al-Qaeda strongholds in the Al-Sawma’ah district of Al-Baidha.

United Nations

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, arrived in the capital Sanaa on Sunday to hear new proposals to lift the Saudi-led coalition blockade, open Sana’a airport, lift import restrictions on goods and Fuel to the port of Hodeidah and to discuss the imposition of a ceasefire as the start to the start of new peace negotiations.

However, the negotiations were unsuccessful. The Houthis previously insisted on the full reopening of Sana’a airport to unlimited destinations, the lifting of restrictions on the port of Hodeidah and a complete cessation of air strikes by the Arab coalition before its offensive on Marib ceases.

Without these elementary demands being met, there will be no end to the war in Yemen. The UN is facing a new appointment, Griffith will remain in office in addition to his appointment as head of OCHA in Yemen until a successor has been found in order to avoid a vacuum in the war-ravaged country.

NATO / Germany

When the Houthis refused to meet with the United Nations envoy to Yemen, the Houthi rebels missed a chance to show that they are serious about ending the war, the German Foreign Ministry said on Friday. “There is a fair deal on the table that will bring immediate relief to the Yemeni people,” the ministry said. “The Houthis have missed a great opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to peace and to make progress on this proposal,” said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD).

The Houthis turned down the meeting because the peace plan does not go far enough to lift the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia. Mohammed Abdulsalam, spokesman for the Yemeni Anssarallah movement and senior negotiator for the Sana’a National Rescue Government, accused the UN Security Council of prolonging the war against Yemen. “You are talking about part of the ongoing battle and leaving the discussion about the besieged Yemen. That is not enough for the ongoing conflict, it does not address the problem, it exacerbates it. ”He took the view that talking about a single battle – in relation to Marib – does not help to achieve peace, but rather prolongs the war.

Not that the German Foreign Minister is now understanding the coalition agreement between the CDU / CSU and the SPD that was decided by the federal government in February 2018 – no more weapons to be supplied to countries involved in the war against Yemen, and thus the aiding and abetting of war crimes; to end [the war] against humanity and genocide. Maas denies the people of Yemen the right to self-determination and assumes that the defenders of Yemen have no will for peace with more than 530,000 victims and barbaric destruction of civil infrastructure to date.

Almost all the governments of the EU and NATO states, especially Germany with the US airbase in Ramstein and the resulting US drone murders, with their arms exports to the warring countries for the extent and duration of this world’s largest human catastrophe after the end of the Second World War are responsible!

For example, on May 16, 2021, Die Freiheitsliebe wrote about the role of the FRG:

“… Despite everything, the federal government hardly restricts its arms exports – out of geopolitical interest. Saudi Arabia is seen by the West as an “anchor of stability” and an opponent to Iran in the region. For good relations with Saudi Arabia, the FRG turns a blind eye when Eurofighter and Tornado fighter jets are used in bombardments or assault rifles from Heckler & Koch kill in war. Since 2015, more than seven billion euros in armaments and war weapons have been approved for the Saudi-led alliance. As a result, the federal government’s coalition agreement agreed in 2018 to stop deliveries to the warring parties is a sham: this does not apply to previously approved deliveries and armaments as part of joint projects. All warring parties, with the exception of Saudi Arabia, are still receiving permits – the UAE alone will receive war material worth over 50 million euros in 2020. Only the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi royal family at the end of 2018 led to a German arms export ban against the Saudis until the end of 2021.

The German armaments industry even bypasses the FRG’s lax restrictions via a network of subsidiaries and thus continues to capitalize on death. For example, Rheinmetall continued to deliver to the Saudis via Sardinia and South Africa. In 2016, they even received a factory for the manufacture of artillery ammunition from Rheinmetall Denel Munitions, a South African subsidiary. Here, too, there are indications of an operation in Yemen. … “

Nor does it occur to Mr Maas to denounce the secret torture prisons of the Saudi / UAE war coalition including excessive torture methods or, unlike in the case of Crimea, to condemn the annexation of the Yemeni islands of Mayyun, Perim and Socotra by the UAE together with Israel. In the period between 2013 and 2017, Germany alone approved licenses for arms sales worth 1.6 billion euros (1.93 billion US dollars) to the apartheid government of Israel and has German soldiers in Israel trained on Israeli Heron drones for the German armed forces.

Nevertheless, Maas is silent about the political and military cooperation of ex-President Hadi, the Saudis, the UAE-Israelis with Al-Qaida and ISIS and continues to invoke the fight against international terrorism and presents himself to the public as a major donor in the fight against terrorism in Syria, Iraq, etc.. According to Yemeni sources, the German weapons have also got into the hands of Al-Qaida and ISIS in Yemen. 

The war in Yemen – hunger and water used as weapons of war against the civilian population and the environmental dimensions of the destruction

The war that has been going on for years by the US / Saudi / Emirati war coalition has devastated the environment in Yemen and contributed to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Attacks on water infrastructure have cut thousands of people from access to safe drinking water, exacerbating a cholera outbreak that has left an estimated 4,000 dead since April 2017. The fighting has severely damaged Yemen’s agricultural infrastructure and contributed to the food insecurity of an estimated 16.2 million people.

A war of blockade against the civilian population!

The mass starvation that has gripped the country is in part a consequence of the ongoing conflict, particularly the economic blockade imposed in 2015. The causes, however, pre-date the civil war, as devastating as it was, and were only exposed and exacerbated by it. At its core, the food emergency in Yemen is an agrarian and a rural social crisis that has persisted under the leadership of ex-presidents Ali Abdullah Saleh (1978 to 2012) and Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi (2012 – 2015) has its origins in the establishment of the two republics in the 1960s.

Just a little excerpt from the Previous Report:

NATO-USA

Biden breaks campaign promises and approves arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Joe Biden has promised to stop supporting Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen. A letter that praised Biden’s earlier statements as well as the first steps – such as the lifting of the designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization – but denouncing the failure of the relevant policy and specifically calling for an end to the blockade, was signed by celebrities and more than 70 national organizations . The actual situation, also caused by the Saudi blockade, is “hellish“.

The administration of US President Joe Biden wants to continue arms sales of more than 23 billion US dollars to the United Arab Emirates. The $ 23.37 billion package includes 50 F-35 fighter jets and up to 18 armed MQ-9B drones, plus a package of air-to-air and air-to-ground ammunition. Israel is the only other country in the Middle East approved for F-35 purchases.

William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, warned on Wednesday that the massive arms trade “contradicts” the Biden government’s promise to put human rights and US security interests at the fore in deciding which nations will US- To deliver weapons.

US troops are stationed in Yemen

Al-Mahrah (a province in the east of somebody bordering Oman) received a new group of US marines on Sunday, indicating that the United States is planning a long-term presence in that province. They have military bases and strategic locations under his supervision on international shipping routes in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.

Program complaint against arte April 16 – Online debate: European-Saudi relations Biden’s lie!

The Biden administration finally admitted that the US did indeed aggressively support the genocide of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, which directly contradicts Biden’s February claim that it would no longer provide offensive support in this war. We’re being lied to by another US president about another US war. “The United States continues to provide maintenance support to the Saudi Arabian Air Force in light of the crucial role it plays in the Saudi air defense and our longstanding security partnership,” Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica McNulty told Vox reporter Alex Ward.

… A good resource.  You can read deeper into the past or find out what Europe was up to in Yemen last month on the original website.

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