Genocide of Yemen

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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Fri May 04, 2018 2:11 pm

According to the UK government they cannot control, or even know, how the recipients of UK weapons (including Saudi Arabia) will use them. They only assess the risk of their misuse prior to authorising or denying the sale.
On 10 July 2017, the UK High Court ruled that the UK’s supplies of military aircraft, munitions and other military equipment used by Saudi Arabia during the genocide of Yemen were lawful under UK export control law, despite that law’s prohibition “if there is a clear risk that the items might be used in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law”.
Thanks to the terrorist UN supporting the genocide…

According to Minister for the Armed Forces, Mike Penning, on 15 September 2016:
There are around 100 military personnel based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including at the Defence section within the British Embassy Riyadh; providing mentoring and advice to the Saudi Arabian National Guard, as part of the British Military Mission to the Saudi Arabian National Guard; personnel working on the Saudi Arabia National Guard Communications Project… and personnel working on the Ministry of Defence Saudi armed forces Projects, supporting the United Kingdom’s commitment to the defence of Saudi Arabia through the supply of modern military aircraft, naval vessels, weapons and associated support services to the Saudi armed forces.
I wouldn’t dare to call those “100 military personnel” an explicit lie, but akin to “bending” the truth…

There are around 7000 “civil” employees (both UK nationals and non-UK nationals) working for UK contractors in Saudi Arabia to train, install, maintain and help operate UK-supplied aircraft and other military equipment, including the Tornado IDS fighter-bombers and Typhoon fighters – almost 50% of combat aircraft force of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).
Many of the UK “civilians” assisting the RSAF in genocide are former UK Royal Air Force, UK Army, Royal Australian Air Force and other ex-military personnel, doing essentially the same in Saudi Arabia as they did in military service.

One employee described his work for the RSAF:
Our contracts said we were trainers, we weren’t supposed to be necessarily operational. But we became operational. When they started bombing Yemen, a big question came up because we were still doing a lot of the work, when all of a sudden someone must have asked questions and went to both governments… and we were pulled back, not to do any of the physical [work], we could assist but we weren’t to do any of the physical work because we weren’t really supposed to be involved in that conflict
(…)
The theory was we weren’t supposed to do the job, the way it was sort of structured… it was easier to get us to do the job… so we ended up doing a lot of roles that we weren’t necessarily contracted to do…

[Interviewer: “And what was the work?”]
Well, putting weapons on aircraft, and getting aircraft prepped to go and bomb Yemen.

So when UK ministers tell the deaf, dumb and blind Parliament that “UK personnel” are “not involved in carrying out strikes or selecting targets [in Yemen] and are not involved in the Saudi targeting process”; this isn’t an explicit lie, but another case of “bending” the truth…

There are actually “secret” government-to-government agreements that show that the UK-Saudi agreement includes a blanket commitment for UK personnel to remain available in Saudi Arabia for “arming and support” of UK-supplied weapons, not depending on the conflict’s lawfulness. Under these agreements, the ‘hardware’ is part of the deal. Much of what is supplied is: in-person services.

Between 1986 and 1989, the UK supplied 500 BL-755 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. In December 2016, after repeated UK and Saudi government denials, both governments finally admitted that RSAF had dropped these cluster bombs in the current genocide of Yemen.

Some UK employees have claimed that they protested against financial corruption within their programme.
Shortly after an employee raised these concerns with the UK MOD, the (expatriate) CEO of the UK contractor which employed them, threatened the employee with arrest and imprisonment by the Saudi police on grounds of theft of the evidence of this corruption.

More examples of “bending” the truth, by crooked UK politricksters...

Minister of State, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, on 15 November 2017:
The UK is not directly involved with the Saudi-led coalition.

Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Philip Dunne, on 24 May 2016:
I can categorically reassure the honourable Lady and this House that no British planes have been involved in this coalition effort at all, let alone in dropping cluster munitions — that is the potential allegation.
(…)
There is no British involvement in the coalition in targeting or weaponising aircraft to undertake missions.

More in the report “UK Personnel Supporting the Saudi Armed Forces – Risk, Knowledge and Accountability” (217): http://www.mikelewisresearch.com/RSAFfinal.pdf


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: https://www.lawfulpath.com/forum/viewto ... =190#p5014
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300,000 Yemenis killed

Post by Firestarter » Thu May 10, 2018 2:49 pm

I’ve finally found an estimate of the total death toll as a result of the war against Yemen, including the hundreds of thousands caused by starvation.
According to a statement by a Yemeni minister...

The military aggression has indirectly killed almost 300,000 civilians, including more than 247,000 children.
Most of the people died due to severe malnutrition, some 17,608 because they were unable to get medical treatment.
On top of that, the bloody war by the “coalition” on Yemen has also injured more than 300,000 civilians, since it started in March 2015.

The Britain-led coalition bombed:
- 660 food storages and 200 food factories.
- 4,586 fishing boats, 93 fish landing centres, killing tens of fishermen.
- 1,016 farms.
- 535 markets.

- 271 factories.
- 600 mosques and tourist facilities.
- 393 archaeological sites.
- 2,641 educational centres were destroyed, leaving 2.5 million students unable to go to school or university.

- 9 civilian airports, 14 ports, 5,000 kilometres of roads, 95 bridges.
- 400 telecommunication facilities.
- 420 power stations, 450 oil and gas equipment or trucks.
- 85 sports stadiums.
http://en.ypagency.net/2018/03/26/60000 ... -on-yemen/


The British led coalition has bombed a densely populated neighbourhood in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.
At least 90 people were killed, including schoolchildren. Local hospitals received 86 injuries. As there are probably bodies still buried in the rubble, the number of victims is expected to rise.

The attack came hours after up to 60 air raids by the “coalition” on Sunday night in residential districts in Sanaa, Hodeida, and Saada.
In Saada, in northern Yemen, 5 people were killed after Saudi aircraft bombed a house.
In Hodeidah, 2 more civilians were killed in Saudi strikes.
In Hajjah, which was bombed 10 times in 24 hours, there is no information on the number of casualties.

According to Yemen’s state news agency, Saba, the coalition intentionally bombs crowded places during rush hour to inflict more casualties.

Yemen’s Brigadier-General Sharaf Ghalib Luqman — referring to information that US Green Berets are on the ground actively assisting the coalition — promised that Yemen’s army will target US forces fighting against Yemen. I guess that President Donald, Queen Elizabeth, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Emir Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the major shareholders in the military industrial complex won’t lose any sleep over his threat…
An official Yemeni source said that the actions of the US – collaborating and supporting the aggression against Yemen, including murdering Yemenis and destruction of its infrastructure - are contradicting its statements - calling for a political settlement and peace: https://www.mintpressnews.com/saudi-air ... ct/241757/
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Sat May 12, 2018 2:47 pm

The following video shows footage of a house that was bombed earlier this week, killing 6 family members: father, mother and children.
A Yemeni journalist explains. They found a girl Seiyun in the rubble, who asked for water. Claiming she’s not injured.
The journalist continues, by showing a yellow cluster bomb manufactured in the US.
The journalist explains that the UN continues to call this a civil war, and doesn’t condemn Saudi Arabia, but instead condemns Yemen for bombing Saudi Arabia.
https://youtu.be/uLkueIiRE24
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Thu May 24, 2018 10:03 am

According to the UAE's official news agency, WAM, UAE forces involved in the anti-Houthi coalition:
destroyed two Houthi boats in international waters, who were threatening one of the commercial oil tankers in the Red Sea, while two other boats managed to escape.
According to media outlets group linked to the Houthis, the bombardment by the Britain-led coalition injured a number of fishermen in Kamaran Island, the largest Yemeni island in the Red Sea.

Houthi's official TV channel reported that at least 6 citizens were killed and 3 others wounded by an air raid by the coalition in the Houthi-controlled Hodeida.
The Houthi-affiliated AlMasirah TV channel said the coalition targeted a mango farm in Hodeida. It´s not known how many casualties this caused.

Yemeni troops and Houthis are fighting in the Red Sea coast areas near Hodeida.
According to “military observers” the Houthis are facing a mounting pressure; their territory is shrinking daily and they are losing their grip on the western provinces.

The UN has (again) listed Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with 7 million Yemenis on the brink of famine (this has been reported for more than a year): http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-0 ... 201230.htm
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Sat May 26, 2018 9:40 am

According to the highly “reliable” US government, which supports the genocide against Yemen, and the even more “reputable” Turkish Foreign Ministry, on 10 May Houthi rebels shot a missile at a Turkish cargo ship delivering wheat to Yemen's Saleef port.

In a written statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the cargo ship was taking supplies from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk and attacked by a missile close to midnight:
The Turkish cargo ship with a 23-strong crew of Turkish citizens was attacked, and fortunately there were no casualties.
Investigation of this incident is ongoing and will be disclosed to the public after its completion.

The White House said:
The United States is alarmed by the Houthi missile strike against a Turkish cargo ship 70 miles off the coast of Yemen that was attempting to deliver 50,000 metric tons of wheat to Yemen's Saleef port near Hudaydah.
https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2018 ... hite-house


So now the same mass murders that are starving millions of Yemenis to death, more than 300,000 killed and counting, are accusing the Houthis for blowing up wheat?!?


The Western media earlier said that the explosion was internal to the ship as a result of an as-yet unexplained explosion. “Coalition” forces visited the ship and found an explosion which was from the inside to the outside.
The captain of the ship didn’t know the cause of the damage.

The Houthi “rebels” claim that the ship was attacked by the Britain-led coalition: https://insurancemarinenews.com/insuran ... explosion/
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Mon May 28, 2018 4:20 pm

Coalition forces are at 20 km from Hodeida (the last port controlled by the Houthis).
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Coalition forces captured districts of al-Tuhayat, al-Durayhimi and al-Garrahi in Yemen.
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:08 pm

Five days after it was reported that the Britain-led coalition asked for US support in taking the port city of Hodeidah (where some 400,000 people survive) from Houthi rebels, UN official Lise Grande said:
A military attack or siege on Hodeidah will impact hundreds of thousands of innocent lives.
In a prolonged worst case, we fear that as many as 250,000 people may lose everything — even their lives.

Norwegian Refugee Council spokesman Daniel Gorevan said that:
[Hodeidah] is essentially a lifeline for millions of struggling Yemenis. Twenty-two million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and the goods and the fuel and the medicine that comes through Hodeidah is a lifeline for those people.

Foreigners have left Hodeidah for fear of their lives.
On Thursday, the Red Cross confirmed that it is withdrawing 71 staff members out of Yemen.

The Norwegian Refugee Council called for an investigation into a recent airstrike on the capital Sanaa that injured seven civilians, including four children, and almost hit their office.
An ongoing aerial bombardment and blockade of Yemen has caused millions of people needing humanitarian assistance, pushed people to the brink of famine, and led to a major cholera outbreak: https://www.rt.com/news/429160-hodeidah ... udi-strike
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:30 pm

Also the United Nations (UN) withdrew their staff members 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 plan to leave in place a crew of Yemenis to continue some of the “aid mission”.

On Monday, the Security Council of the UN held a closed-door talk on the genocide.
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 been negotiating with 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.

On Monday, 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 privately sent 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.

The summit meeting between President Donald and North Korean dictator Kim-Jong-un has been scheduled this week for a distraction: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/worl ... rabia.html


At least eight million Yemenis are on the verge of famine.
The UK (also) sells weapons to the UAE and Saudi Arabia and provides logistical support for the brutal aggression against Yemen. Britain could also stop the death of hundreds of thousands (or millions?), but will continue to supply and aide in the war against Yemen.

Bizarrely the government of Britain has released statements to declare its “innocence”. Britain claims to have “discouraged” the UAE to attack Hodeidah.
Foreign office minister Alistair Burt told the House of Commons:
We will continue to discourage any attack on Hodeidah port and will continue to use our influence to do so.
It could still be that a negotiated solution is found.

The Department for International Development (Dfid) released a statement:
We are doing everything we can through diplomatic channels to discourage an assault on Hodeidah. However despite these actions, a military assault now looks imminent.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/0 ... line-port/


Sure: let’s believe that “we” are all innocent, look the other way, and focus on Trump and Kim-Jong shaking hands…
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:54 pm

Over 4,000 families have fled Hodeidah since June 1, after hundreds were killed in the coalition’s bomb campaign to take the Yemeni port from Houthi rebels. On Friday, 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.
A lot of people died – children and seniors.

On Saturday, 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 has not been surrendered: https://www.rt.com/news/430050-yemen-po ... ans-saudi/

Yemeni children sitting in the remains of a house in Hodeidah, 19 May.
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On 23 April, villagers of Al-Raqah, in northern Yemen, came together for a wedding celebration. With music playing, no one heard the warplane before the missile struck, around 11 p.m., killing 23 and wounding over 60.

An injured child in bed, Jumhuri Hospital in Hajjah, 6 May.
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A witness commented:
We were singing and dancing, everything was winding down. We were about to leave. Then, all the sudden, I was on the ground, I couldn’t hear anything. We totally lost control of our senses. There were body parts around me, I was just looking for my children.
It took us over a week to find all the body parts.
According to eyewitnesses, after the bomb struck, women were running around, screaming, looking for their children and relatives: https://theintercept.com/2018/06/16/yem ... airstrike/


In March, the US announced it approved the sale of some $670 million in anti-tank missiles, 6,700 missiles, spare parts for American-made tanks and helicopters to Saudi Arabia. The deal was announced hours after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Pentagon leaders to discuss the ongoing genocide.

Sweden proposed a motion at the UN Security Council to end the fighting in Yemen.
On Friday, the US and UK blocked it. Both countries sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE that are used against Yemen.

Three US senators have called on the Pentagon to disclose its role in the ongoing military operation on Hodeidah, which has left millions of Yemenis at risk of starvation.
Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee and Chris Murphy called on Defense Secretary James Mattis:
We call on you to immediately disclose the full extent of the US military role in the Saudi-led war against Yemen’s Houthis, including the use of special operations forces; disclose any role that the Pentagon is currently performing, has been asked to perform, or is considering performing regarding an attack on the port of Hudaydah.
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/1 ... enHudaydah
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:50 pm

I’m shocked: even the deaf, dumb and blind Amnesty International (finally) sees that something “could be” wrong in Yemen. Amnesty International almost exposes that this genocide is orchestrated by Britain, the US, World Bank, IMF and UN...

Amnesty International says the Saudi Arabian-backed coalition “could be” committing war crimes in Yemen by interfering with “humanitarian supplies”, because it stops the “aid-laden” ships. They divert ships to Yemeni ports controlled by the “coalition” or delay them for a month or more.
According to Amnesty’s Middle East research director Maalouf:
The times that these inspections are taking are effectively obstructing the flow of humanitarian aid and essential goods. And that is why, in our analysis, we have found that this could amount to collective punishment. We’re already talking about the worst man-made humanitarian catastrophe in the world. And we’re not just talking about Hudaydah. We’re talking about the impact on the entire Yemeni civilian population here.
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/2 ... onal-Oxfam


AP found 18 secret prisons in Yemen, controlled by the UAE, where hundreds of Yemeni men are locked up without charges or trials.
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Detainees held in 5 UAE-controlled prisons, 4 of which in the Yemeni port city of Aden, have been tortured in “Abu Ghraib-like” prisons, including practices like: beating until bleeding; electrocuting genitals; hanging rocks from testicles; and anal rape with poles. Sometimes the shocking acts were filmed (to blackmail the victims...).
On March 10, at Beir Ahmed prison in the southern city of Aden, 15 officers from the UAE arrived. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then “searched” the anal cavity of each prisoner.

A drawing of a victim; the Arabic reads: “with water after beating”.
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The UAE has denied running prisons or secret detention centres in Yemen.
Yemen’s interior minister has said he doesn’t have authority over prisons and must ask the UAE for permission to enter Aden.

Americans and Colombians have been spotted at “secret” prisons, including the one at Buriqa base. US officials have acknowledged that they receive intelligence from the UAE and have participated in interrogations in Yemen. The prisoners haven’t accused Americans of being directly involved in torture.
Despite widespread accounts of torture, even by the UN, a Pentagon spokesperson said the US has seen no “evidence” of torture committed by US ally the UAE.

On May 24, the House of Representatives voted that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis must inform them if US military or intelligence personnel violated the law in interrogations of detainees in Yemen: https://apnews.com/7994b4508e9c4a5eaf8a1cca9f20322f
(archived here: http://archive.is/1rwjY)

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Erik Prince is best known for founding Blackwater (which has been renamed Xe Services), which had a shoot first, ask questions later when the democracy and freedom was brought to Iraq.
These days Erik Prince is making hundreds of millions of dollars with his new company Reflex Responses (R2) by training mercenaries for the UAE (used in the war against Yemen).
Mr. Prince made the deal worth $529 million with Sheik Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and de facto ruler of the UAE: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/world ... rince.html
Erik Prince contributed $250,000 to the Trump campaign and was an unofficial adviser to Trump. Prince was repeatedly seen visiting Trump Tower during the transition period. Prince is also close to Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon (who now supposedly broke up with Trump for his “criticism”).
Prince is also Betsy DeVos’s brother, Trump’s Education Secretary.

On 11 January 2017, during the transition period, Erik Prince met secretly in the Seychelles in the middle of the Indian Ocean with a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This meeting was facilitated by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who in December made a secret trip to New York to meet Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner at Trump Tower: https://www.salon.com/2017/04/05/all-th ... utins-men/
(archived here: http://archive.is/u8ofA)


On 20 May US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss current affairs.
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