Genocide of Yemen

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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:15 am

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are working to “reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations” in Yemen. Without this move by Pompeo, US aircraft would have been prevented from refuelling Britain-led coalition aircraft in mid-air, which could effectively stop the strikes on Yemeni targets.
US Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis backed Pompeo’s finding.

US Representative Ro Khanna responded:
Pompeo’s ‘certification’ is a farce. The Saudis deliberately bombed a bus full of children. There is only one moral answer, and that is to end our support for their intervention in Yemen.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yeme ... SKCN1LS1XR


In a 3 hour debate in the British House of Commons, UK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt also defended Britain's arms sales to Saudi Arabia saying it was "right" to do so. The Foreign Office minister also said he believes that Saudi Arabia has not breached international law during the conflict, and stressed that MPs need to acknowledge “the threat” posed by Houthi “rebels”.
On Emily Thornberry’s question whether UK arms have been used to kill civilians in Yemen, Burt admitted that “he could not answer” and claimed “there was no feasible way of determining if British ordinance was used by Saudi Arabia”.

MP Alison Thewliss criticised British report for the war against Yemen:
Important to first note that the people paying the price for this conflict are the people least responsible for it, and it is the children of Yemen.
In this three-hour debate, 18 children will have died. Imagine them lined up in front of this green bench. How many more?
The children dying in Yemen could sadly fill this chamber in no time at all.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/brit ... -755945369


With the backing of Britain and the US, Saudi UN ambassador Abdulaziz al-Wasil completely rejected the findings and conclusions of the recent GEE report by the UN, which concluded that the coalition deliberately targets civilians in Yemen. The GEE report points out that these attacks lack a clear military objective and utilise precision-guided missiles which indicate that civilians are intentionally targeted.
The GEE report also describes torture and sexual abuse against children, women, and men, throughout secret detention centres under US-backed Emirati control.

Al-Wasil said Saudi Arabia will submit a comprehensive legal response against the UNHRC “exposing the falsehoods presented in the report”.

The GEE report “forgets” to mention the more than 250,000 deaths from the land, sea, and air blockade by the “coalition”, which has put 22 million of Yemen’s 29 million population on the brink of famine. The blockade has also severely limited access to medical care.

Yemeni UN ambassador Ali al-Majawar (of the so-called “internationally recognised government”) also addressed the UNHRC. Al-Majawar claims that the Ansarullah delegation (a.k.a. Houthi) deliberately didn’t attend peace talks, scheduled 6 September in Geneva, because they don’t want to participate in any peace process.
The special UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, admitted that the Houthis did everything in their power to attend the peace talks but the “coalition” prevented their arrival in Geneva:
I think it is important to know that Ansarullah also wanted to be here and that they are disappointed not to be here, and it is important to make that point very clear. We have had extensive discussions with their representatives in Sana’a and in Muscat this past week, and I have no doubt about that, whatever you may think. And they are very keen to take this process forward, and so is the international community who are remarkably united.
https://www.mintpressnews.com/unhrc-sau ... en/249253/
(archived here: http://archive.is/1a5rj)
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:17 pm

Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked his regional experts for advice on a new requirement imposed by Congress that forces the State Department to certify every 6 months that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are doing enough to minimise civilian casualties in Yemen or the US must stop refuelling operations.
Most of the State Department’s military and area specialists advised Pompeo to reject certification “due to a lack of progress on mitigating civilian casualties”.

Only his legislative affairs team advised to continue support for the genocide by the “coalition”, pointing out that the sale of more than 120,000 precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would make $2 billion: https://www.wsj.com/articles/top-u-s-di ... 1537441200


German government’s coalition agreement claimed that Germany wouldn’t sell weapons to any side fighting in Yemen’s war anymore.
Despite this agreement the German government approved the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Economy Minister Peter Altmaier approved the shipment of 4 artillery positioning systems for armoured vehicles.
The Federal Security Council, which includes Angela Merkel and several ministers, authorised the export of 48 warheads and 91 homing heads for ship-based air “defence” systems to the UAE: https://www.infowars.com/germany-approv ... n-war-ban/


The Emirati news site Al-Khaleej Online has published that many of the mercenaries murdering for the UAE were trained in Israel by Israeli soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). These mercenaries are now leading the renewed assault on the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, which began last Tuesday.
Are these by chance Erik Prince, Reflex Responses (R2) mercenaries?!?

It’s no secret that when the assault on Yemen first began, in March 2015, the coalition was using Israeli-made weapons.
Al-Khaleej Online has previously reported that Israel has continue to covertly sell weapons and ammunition to the Saudis, including internationally prohibited weapons. These arms have been used in the coalition’s brutal bombing campaign in Yemen.

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated to consider sending Israeli troops to Yemen to fight for the Britain-led coalition if the Houthis would gain control over the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait, through which Saudi oil is exported.
The US directly helps the coalition in choosing strike targets; so last month 43% of the coalition’s targets were civilian structures: https://www.mintpressnews.com/israel-tr ... es/249637/


On Tuesday evening, Saudi warplanes struck fishing boats in waters 90 kilometres (56 miles) south of Hodeidah, killing 18 people.

Elsewhere artillery rounds and mortar shells were launched by the Saudi army in the Razih district in Yemen’s north-western province of Sa’ada.
As the result of another Saudi airstrike, two civilians were killed and a bulldozer destroyed in the al-Durayhimi district of the Hodeidah province: https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/09/ ... okha-coast

See a malnourished boy in al-Sabeen hospital in Sana’a, 11 September 2018
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:35 pm

Civilian deaths in Yemen have skyrocketed by 164% since the “coalition” started their campaign to seize Hodeidah, according to a new report by the Armed Location and Event Data group.
The average number of civilian deaths (caused directly by the war) in Yemen each month has risen to 116 since the coalition launched their offensive.

August was Yemen's most violent month in 2018, with nearly 500 people killed in only 9 days: https://thehill.com/policy/defense/4083 ... 164-report


Since 28 August, when the UN experts group issued a report saying that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates “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 being 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”.

Today, the United Nations 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: https://www.expatica.com/ch/news/countr ... 09360.html


The timing of this resolution is suspect, as recently Saudi Arabia began construction on a pipeline in the Al-Mahra province in Yemen — which will allow transporting oil directly to the Arabian Sea through the Rub’ al Khali Desert.
The start of the construction follows a brutal late 2017 military campaign in Al-Mahra carried out by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) even though there are hardly any Houthis or other armed “rebels” in the province.

Seventeen % of petroleum imports to Yemen enter from Oman through a border crossing in Al-Mahra, which is under Saudi and UAE control.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE also claim that arms smuggling operations by Ansarullah (Houthis) are carried out from Oman into Yemen via the Al-Mahra border crossing (which is under Saudi and UAE control...).
Saudi Arabia is also establishing Islamic extremist centres in the Al-Mahra province with the same Salafi ideology as ISIS and al-Qaeda (to make Yemen a better place of course).

Residents in the Al-Mahra province have protested against the pipeline. They reject the violation of Yemen’s sovereignty and promise to carry on protesting against the Saudi and Emirati presence in Al-Mahra.
Saudi-led coalition forces arrested Al-Mahra’s former deputy governor, Ali bin Salem al-Huraizy, after he called for protests against the “coalition” claiming that the Saudi ambassador is in control of Al-Mahra: https://www.mintpressnews.com/saudi-ara ... en/249936/


The following report shows that in 2015, 2016 many civilian targets were hit by the coalition.
From October 2015 to March 2016 more civilian targets than military targets were hit every month with the exception of January 2016.
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http://en.abna24.com/service/middle-eas ... story.html
(archived here: http://archive.is/qpngS)


On Wednesday, US Special Envoy Brian Hook talked at the think tank Hudson Institute, where he took aim at the 2015 Iran nuclear deal while praising sanctions against Tehran.
He also accused Iran for what it’s doing in Yemen!

After he had finished his speech, CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin stormed the stage; she was dragged out of the room by 3 security guards.
That is the most ridiculous thing I have seen. The world community wants to keep the Iran nuclear deal.
Let’s talk about normal countries. Let’s talk about Saudi Arabia. Is that who our allies are? They are the biggest threat to the world community.
And how dare you bring up the issue of Yemen? It’s the Saudi bombing that is killing most people in Yemen.
They’re [the sanctions] hurting the Iranian people. You are making a case for war with Iran. How did the war with Iraq turn out? You’re doing exactly the same thing we did in the case of Iraq. We don’t want another war in the Middle East.
So let’s get real. No more war! Peace with Iran!
Hook wasn’t able to respond to any of the shouted accusations by Benjamin, but after she had been dragged out of the room he was able to make a joke: I think she had her coffee this morning”.
Starting at the 1:00 mark, Medea Benjamin enters the scene.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_75QSE_Nuw

See a Yemeni child treated in hospital for malnutrition, 19 September 2018.
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:38 am

Martha Mundy’s recent report shows that the coalition’s bombing campaign of Yemen is aimed at the food production and distribution of food in rural Yemen, and on fishing along the Red Sea coast. This IS – per definition – a war crime, supported by UK, US, and the Uinited Nations.

On 9 August in Dahyan a school bus was struck by a US-made guided missile.
On 23 August, again south of Hodeidah, a bus with women and children was attacked.
There was a pause, but from early September the Coalition has renewed their at¬tempts to cut off and seize Hodeidah.
On 16 September, UAE naval forces fired a rocket on a boat with 18 fishermen, after interroga¬ting them, killing all but one.

The following figure shows the percentage of civilian, military and unknown targets in several districts- March 2015 - March 2018.
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Starting in August 2015 there was a shift from military to civilian targets, including water and transport infrastructure, food production and distribution, schools, hospitals, houses, fields and flocks.
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Fishing installations were likewise damaged, virtually every fish-offloading port along the coast has been targeted.

Agricultural land was the target most frequently hit. As agriculture covered less than 3% of Yemen’s total surface, it’s obvious that agriculture land is specifically aimed at.
Because of the bombing campaign on agriculture, people actually left the countryside to take refuge on the outskirts of cities. This has resulted in a lack of farmers to work the land.

See a map of agricultural targets in September - October 2015 (when most bombs were thrown), and all targets.
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Martha Mundy – Strategies of the Coalition in the Yemen War: Aerial Bombardment and Food War: https://sites.tufts.edu/wpf/files/2018/ ... 1005-1.pdf
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Re: Genocide of Yemen

Post by Firestarter » Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:23 pm

Since the beginning of this month dozens of “bombshell” stories on the alleged murder of the nephew of the notorious arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi, in the Saudi consulate in Turkey are published.
The whole story looks like a charade to divert the attention of what is really happening. Even if he was really murdered (I’m not convinced), maybe the more than 1000 Yemeni children that die every single week is more important than one dead, scumbag journalist?
Jamal Khashoggi has been very supportive of the Saudi Royal dictatorship for many years. His “criticism” of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Washington Post is the kind of sugar-coated “criticism” that our mainstream media excels in (so Iran really provides the Houthis with missiles Jamal?): https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/glo ... 72ea2c97c3

In March 2018, the reported “richest man in the world”, Jeff Bezos owner of Amazon and the Washington Post, met Bin Salman in Seattle, (discussing this ploy?).
Bezos commented:
One of the things that Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudis are looking to do, is they're really looking to establish Saudi Arabia as a logistics hub. They see its orientation and its location in the Middle East as very valuable to that, and one of those things is bringing in data centers. Apparently, the Middle East is very bereft of cloud computing and data centers, and so they're in talks with Amazon to bring a data center to the Red Sea Coast, and I wouldn't be surprised if some sort of deal is announced very soon.
https://www.businessinsider.com/saudi-c ... &r=US&IR=T


Military sales from the UK to Saudi Arabia increased by two thirds in 2017 compared to 2016 - an increase of more than £450 million.
In 2016, Britain, issued 103 licences for military exports to Saudi Arabia, worth £679 million.
In 2017, Britain, issued 126 licences for military exports to Saudi Arabia, worth £1.129 billion.

The real figure is probably much higher as the number of "secretive" open licences more than doubled in 12 months, from 21 to 44 in 2017.
Open licences, OIELs, allow an unlimited number of items to be exported for 5 years, making it impossible to know how much arms are sent to Saudi Arabia.
The number of open licences for weapons to Saudi Arabia has increased significantly since Queen Elizabeth selected Theresa May for Prime Minister.

Andrew Smith, commented:
Thousands of people have been killed and vital infrastructure has been destroyed all across Yemen. But that hasn't stopped the arms sales.
These figures reveal that as the situation has got worse the arms sales have increased.
Also see the (first) video at the link: https://news.sky.com/story/uk-arms-sale ... 7-11528624
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