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September 24 2019

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The attacks on Saudi Arabia merit a firm response - Abqaiq the powder keg

«Consider the cost of recent Western restraint. In May Iran hit four tankers in the United Arab Emirates; in June it struck two more tankers in the Strait of Hormuz; later it took down an American drone. Mr Trump was prepared to retaliate only after that last aggression—and even then he pulled back at the last minute. The attack on September 14th was vastly more consequential. The president has said that America is “locked and loaded”. In Tehran they are watching to see whether he is all talk, as they are in Beijing, Moscow, Pyongyang, and in countries whose security depends on the idea that America will turn up.

If any nuclear negotiations are to succeed, Iran must pay a price for Abqaiq. America wants a more sweeping agreement than the original one, but only the pragmatic faction in Tehran, weakened by America’s approach, will make such a deal. While Iran can hit out again, the hardliners will have a veto over any talks. If America is seen as a paper tiger, they will be able to argue that Iran need not give much ground. On the contrary, they will say that their country should pile pressure on America by accelerating its nuclear programme. America and its allies therefore need to convince Iran that it cannot use violence to get its way.

The first stage of a response is to establish precisely where Saturday’s attack originated and who planned it. America must share this publicly, partly because Mr Trump’s word alone does not carry weight, but also to build a coalition and help stifle the objections of Iran’s apologists. Evidence against Iran could pave the way for new sanctions. Mr Trump has promised more—though America is already doing pretty much all it can. He should be backed by the Europeans, who need to understand that peace depends on deterring Iran, and China, which imports over 9m b/d of oil, much of it from the Middle East.

That is not all. If the Abqaiq attack is the work of Iran’s revolutionary guards, they should face direct consequences. That involves covert operations, by cyber-units that can disrupt their communications and finances; and air strikes on guard units outside Iran in Syria. Ideally, these would be carried out by a coalition, but if need be, America and Saudi Arabia should act alone. The risk of escalation should not be ignored, but Iran does not want all-out war any more than Saudi Arabia and America do. Israel frequently launches air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq without provoking an Iranian escalation.»

July 30 2018

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baleqeesofsheba [via mideastnrthafricacntrlasia]: Yemeni weddings are considered to be distinctly social occasions, featuring singing, fashion, banquets, and emotional speeches. The bride usually wears a golden ceremonial dress with a lot of traditional gold and silver jewelry.

September 25 2017

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Al Hajarah, Yemen.

August 08 2017

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【Twitter】 Cholera outbreak in Yemen: The shocking numbers and images.

Three months on, over 400,000 people are suspected to be ill with cholera in Yemen – with thousands more falling sick everyday.

June 24 2017

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Yemen hit by world's worst cholera outbreak as cases reach 200,000

from United Nations News Centre:

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24 June 2017 – Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with suspected cases exceeding 200,000 and the number increasing at an average of 5,000 a day, the United Nations warned today.

In a joint statement, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan said that in just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country.

Already more than 1,300 people have died – one quarter of them children – and the death toll is expected to rise.

“UNICEF, WHO and our partners are racing to stop the acceleration of this deadly outbreak,” they said, also calling on authorities in Yemen to strengthen their internal efforts to stop the outbreak from spreading further.

“This deadly cholera outbreak is the direct consequence of two years of heavy conflict,” the UN officials said, noting that collapsing health, water and sanitation systems have cut off 14.5 million people from regular access to clean water and sanitation, increasing the ability of the disease to spread.

The UN officials also said that rising rates of malnutrition have weakened children's health and made them more vulnerable to disease.

An estimated 30,000 dedicated local health workers who play the largest role in ending this outbreak have not been paid their salaries for nearly 10 months.

“We urge all authorities inside the country to pay these salaries and, above all, we call on all parties to end this devastating conflict,” they said.

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un.org: A child with severe diarrhoea or cholera receives treatment at the Sab'een Hospital in Sana'a, Yemen, on 12 May 2017.

June 23 2017

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‘US grills inmates in secret UAE-run jails in Yemen’

“The Associated Press documented at least 18 secret jails across southern Yemen run by the UAE or by Yemeni militia loyal to the former Yemeni government, where prisoners face extreme abuse and torture on a routine basis.

On Wednesday, senior US defense officials confirmed that the American forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights violations.

Several torturing methods are being used at the jails, including the ‘grill’ in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spins in a circle of fire, according to the report.

Former inmates released from one main detention facility at Riyan airport in the southern city of Mukalla, said they were crammed into shipping containers covered with feces and blindfolded for weeks. They said they were beaten, trussed up on the ‘grill,’ and sexually abused.

‘The entire place is gripped by fear. Almost everyone is sick, the rest are near death. Anyone who complains heads directly to the torture chamber,’ said a former detainee held for six months at Riyan airport.

So far, over 400 men have disappeared after being swept up in Mukalla.

The UAE secret jail network in Yemen was established during former US president Barack Obama’s administration and still continues its operations, according to the report.”

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イエメン外相,「サウジは,イエメンで戦争犯罪を行っている」 - Pars Today

Yemen foreign minister: Saudi Arabia is sending POWs to US/UAE ships on the Red Sea and interrogating them with torture. Saudi war crime.

“シャラフ外相は、プレスTVの取材に対し、「サウジアラビア軍は、紅海に停泊するアメリカやアラブ首長国連邦の船舶に、拘束した捕虜たちの身柄を移し、拷問により彼らを取り調べている」と語りました。

さらに、「サウジアラビアは、捕虜たちを収監し、拷問にかけてから、偽りの声明に対する署名を迫っているが、このやり方はイラクのアブーゴライブ刑務所や、キューバのグアンタナモ刑務所を想起させるものだ」と述べています。

また、「イエメン救国政府の主な戦略は、恒久的な平和の追求である」とし、各都市への空爆の停止や、陸、空、海からの包囲の解除、首都サヌア国際空港の再開、そして侵略者の代表としてのサウジアラビアとの協議を含めた停戦の実施を強調しました”

June 15 2017

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@WHOYemen: To date, 135,207 suspected cholera cases and 974 deaths have been reported in 87% (20/23) of Yemen's governorates

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@afaiteICRC: Race against cholera in Yemen devastated health system. MED supplies arrive but 130'000 suspected cases & 1000 dead

June 14 2017

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yahoo.com: Nearly 6,900 people have been killed in the Yemen conflict

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‘Entirely preventable’: Aid agencies blame Yemen blockade, economic collapse for cholera outbreak — RT News

“Calling the situation ‘catastrophic,’ Dominik Stillhart, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Director of Operations, told RT from Yemen that with 11,000 confirmed cases the hospitals he personally visited in the capital, Sana’a, were ‘really struggling to cope,’ with ‘heartbreaking’ scenes of people having to share beds, amid a never-ceasing inflow of new patients.

Stillhart said that that 160 hospitals and other medical facilities have been destroyed, predominantly as the result of bombing by the Saudi-led, Western-backed coalition of Sunni Muslim states that have been attempting to put out a Shia rebellion that began in spring 2015, ‘seriously weakening the health system.’

The ICRC second-in-command also blamed the Saudi-imposed aerial and naval blockade for leading to the famine and poverty that provided a breeding ground for the epidemic, which has resulted in a declaration of a state of emergency.

‘There is a situation where people are not only affected by the direct consequences of conflict, but the economy has been seriously slowed down, because it is very costly to move goods across the country through the different frontlines. Then there is the aerial blockade, and it is difficult to move food into some of the seaports,’ said Stillhart, who insisted that ICRC have ‘repeatedly called on the conflict participants’ to allow full access for humanitarian supplies.

Stillhart estimated that over 17 million Yemenis – two-thirds of the population – require humanitarian assistance, and 10 million are in ‘acute need’ of food aid.

The collapse of the economy has led to civil servants, including public sanitation workers, not being paid for eight months, which has meant that ‘garbage-laden water has been running through the streets of Sana’a when it rains,’ creating the perfect conditions for a disease that has mostly been eliminated even in the developing world, says Sara Tesorieri, Advocacy and Policy Adviser for Norwegian Refugee Council in Yemen.

‘Cholera is preventable. If you have the health systems and the response in place, you can control its spread, but the systems here have just been decimated. And the authorities don’t have the capacity that they had even four months ago to deal with this,’ Tesorieri told RT from Sana’a.

Tesorieri said that international organizations are struggling to overcome the natural difficulties of working in a country that has been carved up by untidy frontlines, but hinted that there has been conscious resistance to allowing aid through – echoing previous expert concerns that civilian starvation and disease are being used as deliberate tactics.

“There is an issue of basically the strangulation of imports. That somewhat affects the aid situation, but more it just affects how great the needs are. Yemen imports 90 percent of its food, so any sort of obstruction of imports of any kind really puts the country at risk,’ said Tesorieri. ‘We do encounter obstacles from authorities as well and we encounter obstacles simply because the fighting continues, and that makes it difficult to reach certain areas.’

“Despite a top UN official calling Yemen ‘the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945,’ and stated efforts by the organization to seek a ceasefire before Ramadan, which starts later this month, Stillhart warned the plight of the country will only deepen in the coming months.

‘My biggest concern is that with no end in sight to the fighting, is that the situation will continue to deteriorate. It is absolutely crucial that the international community pays much more attention to the conflict and finds a resolution. In the absence of a resolution, it is key to respect international humanitarian law,’ he told RT.”

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In addition to blatant and direct violence, the Saudis are also clearly trying to starve resistance-held areas of Yemen into submission. 80 percent of Yemen’s food is imported and the Saudi-coalition has imposed an air and sea blockade against the already poorest country in the Arab world. Now they are attempting to retake key port cities millions of Yemenis rely on for food and medical supplies. Their intentions are clear when one takes into account that farms and agricultural areas are also frequent targets for Saudi air strikes.

Any aid (food, medical, or otherwise) from international NGOs must first pass through the Saudi-supported improvised “capital” set up in Aden since Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a is currently under resistance control. Needless to say, the Saudi-backed government in Aden isn’t exactly eager to distribute vital aid to their very enemies. As a result, the resistance coalition aka Ansarullah has condemned the UN’s exponential failure and uselessness to help the people in Yemen who need it most.

The Saudi-led and U.S.-supported coalition against Yemen can only be described as terrorism and at this point it’s bordering on outright genocide. Genocide is a strong word, but it’s hard not to at least consider the term when the Saudis are carrying out deliberate acts of war against Yemen’s Zaydi Shia civilian population and even other Shia areas within Saudi borders.
55,000+ Yemenis Infected With Cholera Due to Blockade and Suspected Bio Weapons (Geopolitics Alert, May 29 2017)
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Saudi-led coalition denies Yemen 'blockade'

“‘No, there is no blockade,’coalition spokesman Major General Ahmed Assiri told AFP.

‘There is control based on international law... Control is different from blockade, which means that nobody can enter or leave’ the country, he said.

Assiri also spoke of ‘restriction’ and ‘controlled freedom of movement’.

‘If a boat leaves from Djibouti, before reaching Hodeida (port in western Yemen), our forces board the vessel to ensure the cargo is legal and complies with Resolution 2216,’ adopted by the UN Security Council in April 2015 and prohibiting the delivery of arms to the rebels in Yemen, he said.

The coalition, which began its bombing campaign against rebels in Yemen in March 2015 in support of the internationally recognised government, accuses Iran of arming the Huthi insurgents and their allies.

The United States has made similar accusations, but Tehran denies the charges.

Saying that Yemen has been under blockade since March 2015 ‘gives the wrong impression’, Assiri said.

Ships carrying food and medical aid as well as people and goods have reached ‘all ports, including those controlled by the Huthis’ such as Hodeida, he said.

But he acknowledged that only ‘aircraft from humanitarian organisations and the United Nations’ can land or take off from rebel-controlled capital Sanaa.

‘They are the only aircraft that do not undergo inspection,’ he said.

Asked why commercial aircraft from national carrier Yemenia can no longer operate in Sanaa, stranding thousands of civilians, Assiri said this was to ensure passenger safety and that the airline was not used by the rebels to transfer arms.

He said that planes can use the airport in second city Aden which pro-government forces recaptured with the help of the coalition in July 2015.

If the road between Sanaa and Aden is too risky for civilian use, ‘it's because of the Huthis’, he said.”

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サウジアラビアにとってのイラン核合意とイエメン空爆の不可分な関係

イランに打撃を与えるためのイエメン空爆

〔イラン核合意に対する〕サウジアラビアの不安や苛立ちと不可分な関係にあるのが、内戦状態に陥っている隣国イエメンの情勢である。サウジアラビアは、イエメンのハーディ政権と敵対する「フーシー」の背後にイランの支援があると信じ、フーシーを倒すことでイランに打撃を与えられると考えた。3月26日には湾岸諸国などとの連合軍を主導し、フーシー掃討のための空爆を開始した。戦闘機189機を投入して臨んだ「決意の嵐」作戦において、アメリカ抜きでイニシアチブをとることができた。だが、直後に、「引き際」に悩まされることになる。5月には5日間の人道的停戦に応じたものの、その後の停戦の目処を立てられずにいるのである。6月12日には、世界遺産でもあるサナアの旧市街が空爆で破壊された。7月7日の国連人道問題調整事務所(OCHA)の発表では、戦闘員を含む3260人が犠牲になったとされる。

フーシーとは、イエメン北部を中心に活動するシーア派の一派ザイド派信徒の部族武装組織である。彼らはたしかにシーア派であるし、イラン の支援も否定できないものの、フーシーの要求や運動は当初、宗派の違いを超えたものであった。彼らがハーディの退陣を求めるきっかけも、2014年8月の石油製品価格の大幅な引き上げで宗派対立とは無関係だった。その後、ハーディ大統領は軟禁され、翌2月にはイエメンから脱出した。湾岸諸国および欧米諸国はハーディ支持を表明している。

イエメン攻撃を支持するサウジ国民と反イラン感情

筆者が〔2015年〕5月上旬にサウジアラビアの首都リヤドを訪れると、現地では空爆を支持する声ばかりが聞かれた。唯一、「あらゆる戦争に反対だ」と語った女性は、そのような意見があまりにも少数なので、意見を表明することがはばかられると感じるそうだ。サウジアラビアは民主主義の国ではないため、体制を批判するような言論は難しい。戦時中ということもあって、ナショナリスティックな言説が産出され、流通していることが如実にうかがえた。空爆を指揮する新しい副皇太子兼国防相への期待も、市民の間できわめて高い。30歳とされる若くて経験の浅いプリンス、ムハンマド・ビン・サルマンを高く評価する理由には「決断力」や「行動力」が挙げられた。フーシー攻撃は、イランへの打撃に加えて、ムハンマド副皇太子の実績を積み、カリスマ性を高めるためのフィールドでもあったのかもしれない。

反イラン感情はかつてないほどの高まりを見せている。5月下旬、サウジアラビア政府を代表する複数の有識者を招いて行われた東京都内での勉強会では、イランの「悪事」を批判する発言が相次いだ。彼らの意見を集約すれば、イランは地域情勢の不安定化の根源ということになる”

June 07 2017

June 04 2017

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iyemen: Old Sana'a, Yemen 2013.

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United Nations News Centre - Cholera cases in Yemen may reach 130,000 in two weeks, UNICEF warns

“‘Cholera doesn't need a permit to cross a checkpoint or a border, nor does it differentiate between areas of political control,’ said UNICEF Regional Director, Geert Cappelaere, following his visit to the war-torn country.

‘Cholera is spreading incredibly fast in Yemen […] The number of suspected cases is expected to reach 130,000 within the next two weeks,’ he warned.

He said he witnessed harrowing scenes of children who were barely alive - tiny babies weighing less than two kilos – fighting for their lives at one of the few functioning hospitals he visited.

‘But they are the lucky ones. Countless children around Yemen die every day in silence from causes that can easily be prevented or treated like cholera, diarrhoea or malnutrition,’ he said.

He said health workers are racing against time to prevent cholera fromkilling more children. They are dedicated and committed, despite not receiving their salaries in almost nine months.”

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May 30 2017

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@msf_yemen: The war in Yemen has undermined the health system's ability to continue providing healthcare.

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Latest from : -55,206 suspected cases & 500 fatalities -Only 45% of hospitals are functioning
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