“ZERO HOUR” on FB, writes:
“Multiply prayers of supplication and seek forgiveness. Allah willing !
Honor the banner of Islam, the real green banner.
Multiply the real zoom. Allah Akbar, there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah:
.. For our Leader is alive; and everything that is going on in Libya, he has seen it…all the Bs!
Commander of what Lippi knows, Libyans even seen lying, and false media Elly, Issued by the traitors and agents.
We also have Khamis, and a thousand good leaders, yes, a thousand good,
who are protected by Allah Almighty !”
. ﻋﻠﻴﻜﻢ ﺑﺎﻟﺪﻋﺎﺀ ﺍﻛﺜﺮﻭﺍ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺪﻋﺎﺀ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﻐﻔﺎﺭ . ﺑﺎﺫﻥ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ
ﺣﺎﻧﺪﺧﻠﻮﺍ ﻟﺴﺮﺕ ﻭﻭﻧﺮﻓﻊ ﻓﻴﻬﺎ ﺭﺍﻳﺔ ﺍﻻﺳﻼﻡ ﺍﻟﺤﻘﻴﻘﻲ ﺍﻟﺮﺍﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺨﻀﺮﺍﺀ .
ﺍﻛﺜﺮﻭﺍ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺘﻜﺒﻴﺮ ﺍﻟﺤﻘﻴﻘﻲ . ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺍﻛﺒﺮ ﻻ ﺇﻟﻪ ﺍﻻ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ
.. ﺑﺎﻟﻨﺴﺒﺔ ﻟﻠﻘﺎﺋﺪ ﻣﻮﺟﻮﺩ ﺣﻲ ﻳﺮﺯﻕ ﻭﻛﻞ ﻣﺎ ﻳﺠﺮﻱ ﻓﻲ ﻟﻴﺒﻴﺎ ﻳﺸﺎﻫﺪ ﻓﻴﻪ
ﺑﺲ ﺍﻟﻘﺎﺋﺪ ﻣﺎ ﻳﺒﻲ ﻳﻄﻠﻊ ﺣﺘﻰ ﻳﻌﺮﻑ ﺍﻟﻠﻴﺒﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻜﺬﺏ ﻭﺍﻻﻋﻼﻡ ﺍﻟﻜﺎﺫﺏ ﺍﻟﻠﻲ
ﻳﺼﺪﺭ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺨﻮﻧﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻌﻤﻼﺀ ﺧﻤﻴﺲ ﺑﺎﻟﻒ ﺧﻴﺮ ﻭﺍﻟﻘﻴﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﺑﺎﻟﻒ ﺧﻴﺮ
ﻭﺣﺎﻣﻴﻬﻢ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺳﺒﺤﺎﻧﻪ ﻭﺗﻌﺎﻟﻲ
فضلكم المشككين، أعمى من جانب وسائل الإعلام الكيب الفئران.اقرأ كل الصفحات 10 … ‘ساعة الصفر’ هو حق % 100
for MU’AMMAR al-Qathafi & HIS FAMILY:
‘BLACK LIBYAN RESISTANCE’:
on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, re-union, joy and victory!
‘The children of Sheikh Abdul Salam Asmar’:
Each year, we are well on the occasion sweet ‘Eid al-Adha’ re us and you and bug all the Islamic nation well, Yemen and blessings and Allah accepts us,
and from you the benefit of the business, and ask Allah to bless us and our country’s ‘Green’ are near victory (green standard, and Rais Muammar al-Qathafi).
Vthy Ryany has Allah in his blood.
A young fighter and Mujahid, has devoted all his time in the defense of Libya.
We find, in all the events and national celebrations, and the owner of the word, and subjected to Taadib by militias of Misurata, and then thrown on the road.
He has been moved to treatment in Tunisia, and has another audio post with his colleagues across ‘al-Lowaecat room Hadit’, in the latest developments in the country, which is being plotted.
Lord have mercy and Aghafrlh.
(“Knight and Men”)
Hedda Khoi named Issa Mohammed Nawas born today came up 99 times just Crown Marouhh of habits and mesh and mesh delayed Heca phone with him and all the companions Mayarfush Wayne him busy for God Khota was fairly eradication Aoaaraf place Hedda Boy figures
For God Anscheroha P pages and Alkarobat CAP Tarafohm and Adoaolna Erdholna Salem Lord God and my mother her heart seared him.
Sinking in most areas of the capital Tripoli water after heavy rains today.
A young man found dead with signs of torture in the plateau region. Evidence claims he was ‘Adam Abdul Karim Adam’ resident of the Fashlum area.
Hear the shooting inside the eye Prison Department and declare a state of emergency in the prison and the closure of all roads leading to the prison and a security gate at the gas station triangle al-Kerkna within the administrative boundaries of the municipal council called us Ain Zara.
Knight Libby’, comments:
Friday Market Where ???
Friday Market after February
After the burning of police stations and security and the storming of army positions
After participating in the fall of Tripoli, received by the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’,
After taking part in the storming of Bani Walid and killed their families
After participating in the bombing and destruction of their homes and Rishvana,… and the displacement of people,
After the award Mitigua (to be supporters of the regime who fought NATO prison). And the granting of its airport to be a flight to Belhadj company. And to provide her children to be led by Karh boys about death and delinquency.
Friday Market today not only reap the death of children and malice areas and the collapse of institutions and service agencies. The picture was informed of any expression.
With emphasis that a lot of free and honorable men, who refused to be part of the conspiracy, have endured abuse and displacement and imprisoned unjustly, we still have patience. They have pride, pride and honor. We are all counting on them, to return the region, to rid it of traitors and agents and hypocrites, who Spitzer to this case ...
GREEN NAFUSA WESTERN MOUNTAINS:
Then find: ‘Haj Ali Amer Obojl’, in the area of the Globe. Now he is in a hospital, after his loss during the incident at Tdaf Mny. He is in good health, thank Allah.
(“Knight and Men”)
An armed group stormed and burned the gas station at the western entrance to ZUWARAH (‘visitors’), through Ztun;
and, burned cars were present in the station….
and in front of everyone, they fled Azh.
The eastern gate of Sabratha, propelled RBG targeted militias, in the early hours of the morning.
The people of the city came out in BANI WALID to protest the anniversary of the ‘third annual decision unjust RESOLUTION N° 7’.
‘Room Zintan operations’:
On the anniversary of ‘the invasion of Bani Walid’
al-Aqrar Gair Resolution n°7
Why and former Defense Minister Osama Jeweilli said the decision was ‘RESOLUTION N° 7’ ?
Ahmed Salama, writes:
“Osama Juweilli was one of the strongest opponents to the formation of the ‘MB armor-Shields’. He did not support any armed formation.
From the beginning, was a condition, that any who Baniz Army, needed sober individuals, and not formations who have allegiance to great princes Hrb.khtaeh.
He put chiselled in the General Staff and lost control of it.”
Misurata militias demolishing ‘Abdul-Salam M’Hamed’ black neo-natal home last night, home ground and Villa Doreen !!
Why they ousted … !!!!!
Dskh arrows pension complement … !!!!
(“Knight and Men”)
‘Daash’ Libya imposes a fine on those who go out without veils.
An armed group affiliated to ‘Daash’, besieged terrorist Haj Aboubacr Tahir al-Qduari al-Qmavi’s home and arrested his three 3 sons.
The names of young people who were kidnapped by organization of terrorism, ‘Daash’.
1 __ civil Aharir
2 __ punishment Abdulhadi Al-Qduari
3 __ Nice and Mohammed Hussein
4 __ Hassan Capricorn
5 __ forms of birth
6 __abdal-lslam the serious, Faraj victory
‘Daash’ terrorist organization caught the Qadhadhfa tribe at ABU- HADI, and kidnapped a number of youth from theTribe.
Thunderstorm sweeping the region Bin Jawad.
Saqr Tajoura, comments rightfully:
The ‘Libyan Army’ in Benghazi, is a lump in the throat of the ‘Muslim’ Brotherhood.
Operations (naval-air-ground) targeting the rest of the sites within the heretics in Benghazi.
‘Thunderbolt Special Forces’ urgently ask the inhabitants of the city of Benghazi to remain in their homes and not to walk around in the city, because of the high frequency of violent clashes taking place in the city of Benghazi.
A burning car citizens in the ‘jar Island’ area today because of ‘milkfish’ bullet Anti Air 14.5
Tunisia prevents the entry of Libyans less than 35 years of age, unless they are accompanied by their family.
New scenes from Jizan – Qamar village:–
Watch destroyed the Saudi military vehicles and tanks.
17 minute full of destroyed vehicles ..
Nothing hard .. nothing difficult by the grace of Allah.
New Great scenes from al-Hathera military base in Jizan, full of Action and Horror:-
Actions you won’t watch it in Hollywood ^^
By the grace of Allah, Yemeni forces breakin into al-Hathera military base and defeating out the Saudi army and taking control of the whole base.
Watch bombing the fence from many sides to let the Yemeni forces enter the base.
Watch the Yemeni forces entering the village from many sides, while the Saudi army run away out of the village and the military base from one side .. which is the run away road :
At the end, al-Hathera village and military base became under the full control of the ‘Yemeni Army’ and ‘Popular Committees’.
Sharaf Addeen al-Wainani a partagé la publication de محمد عبدالسلام.
‘Yemeni Army’ and ‘Popular Committees’ take control of 4 military bases behind al-Hathera in Jizan.
The official spokesman of ‘Ansar-Allah’, Mohammed Abdul-Salam.
The aggression war-planes launch led air strikes on al-Khuba city of JIzan, after failing in restoring the bases which became under the control of Yemeni forces.
‘Yemeni Army’ and ‘People’s Committees’ took control of Saudi military bases in al-Khuba among the operations in Jizan, Despite the heavy air strikes.
The leader of the brigade 18 in Jizan, Brigadier-general ‘Ibrahim al-Hamzi’ has been killed by the Yemeni forces. The found his dead body today in Jizan.
(The official spokesman of ‘Ansar-Allah’, Mohammed Abdul-Salam.)
بتوفيق الله وعونه تم صباح اليوم إسقاط طائرة أباتشي خلف موقع الحثيرة السعودي بمنطقة جيزان .
كما قـُتل 13 جنديا حاولوا التقدم باتجاه الموقع ..
والحمد لله رب العالمين ولا عدوان إلا على الظالمين …
Sharaf Addeen al-Wainani a partagé sa photo.
By the grace of Allah,
the Yemeni forces has shot down an Apache copter behind al-Hathera military base in Jizan, as well as killing 13 Saudi soldier tried to advance into the base.
Today, the 9th Saudi Apache copter (American made) being shot down by the ‘Yemeni Army’ and ‘Popular Committees’.
I searched on google and found that its price = 65 million $ !!
9 * 65 = 585 million $
This is the Saudi losses just for the Apache copter.
If this is a wrong information, please correct me.
Taking into consideration that these operations has distorted the value of the American weapons of Apache, Aprams, Bradley and so on ..
…killed more than a thousand and two hundred and seventy-one
pilgrims (as of this writing), and hundreds of wounded near the scene of the stoning ritual in the holy sites.
Catastrophe in Saudi Arabia, Pillar of Washington’s Middle East Policy
By Bill Van Auken
Global Research, 25 SEPTEMBER 2015
a far more specific reason for King Salman’s disclaimer, one involving his son and eventual heir, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.
The Lebanese daily Al Diyar reported late Thursday that the stampede was triggered by the arrival on the scene of a large militarized convoy transporting the 30-year-old deputy crown prince, who is also the country’s defense minister.
“The large convoy of Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, the King’s son and deputy crown prince, that was escorted by over 350 security forces, including 200 army men and 150 policemen, sped up the road to go through the pilgrims that were moving towards the site of the ‘Stoning the Devil’ ritual, causing panic among millions of pilgrims who were on the move from the opposite direction and caused the stampede,”
the newspaper reported.
The formal title of Saudi Arabia’s king is “the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques [Mecca and Medina].” Thursday’s disaster, which follows close on the heels of another 107 deaths in a September 11 crane collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, inevitably is politically damaging to the monarchy. If his son played a direct role in triggering the mass slaughter, it may well prove fatally destabilizing.
Indeed, on the eve of the latest disaster, a letter surfaced written by an unnamed grandson of King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia, calling on the royal family to convene an “emergency meeting” essentially for the purpose of deposing the king and his key supporters.
The letter indicts Saudi interventionism in Yemen and Syria as “totally miscalculated” acts that have “weakened the trust of our people and [incited] other people against us.”
The letter concludes by asking the House of Saud to “isolate the incapable King Salaman, the extravagant and vain Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, and the rotten thief Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salaman.”
As defense minister, the deputy crown prince is no stranger to mass killings and contempt for human life. He has been the monarchy’s point man in the six-month-old Saudi-led war against Yemen, pitting the monarchical dictatorships of the richest countries of the Arab world against the people of the poorest.
Saudi warplanes, supplied, armed and refueled in mid-air by the Pentagon, have carried out non-stop bombings that have killed thousands of civilians while destroying schools, hospitals, factories, residential neighborhoods and world heritage sites. More than 1.5 million people have been driven from their homes, and at least 21 million, 80 percent of the country’s population, have been left in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
The war is part of a more bellicose foreign policy pursued by the Saudi monarchy since the succession of King Salman at the beginning of this year. It is directed in the first instance against Iran and all those perceived to be in its orbit. This has included not only the Houthi rebels in Yemen, but also Syria, where Saudi money and arms have been key to the war for regime change fought by Al Qaeda-linked militias, also with US coordination and backing.
War abroad has been combined with the intensification of hideous repression at home. The Saudi regime is already on track to double its number of executions compared to last year. According to an Amnesty International tally issued in late August, the regime put to death, either by beheadings or firing squads, at least 175 people over the previous 12 months. This is more than triple the number of state killings carried out during the same period in the US, which has 10 times the population of the Saudi kingdom.
In the face of international outrage, the despotic monarchy is preparing to execute Ali al-Nimr, who was arrested as a 17-year-old high school student for taking part in a 2011 protest. He is sentenced to death by beheading, with his headless corpse to be publicly crucified. Like most sentenced to die, he was convicted in a drumhead trial, based on a confession extracted through torture.
Incredibly, Saudi Arabia has recently been selected to chair a key UN human rights panel. A State Department spokesman this week said that Washington “welcomes” this grotesque move, because Saudi Arabia is a “close ally.”
As the proverb says, “by your friends shall ye be known.” That Saudi Arabia is Washington’s closest ally in the Arab world is the clearest exposure of the predatory and criminal character of US imperialism’s protracted intervention in the Middle East.
It likewise is an undeniable refutation of every propaganda claim made to justify the successive US wars of aggression. Washington has supposedly waged a “war on terrorism,” while allied with a Saudi regime that is the principal font of Islamist ideology and main paymaster for Islamist militias throughout the region. It has claimed to wage proxy wars for regime change in Libya and Syria in the name of “human rights” and “democracy”, while giving its unconditional backing to one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies, infamous for its beheadings, floggings and torture.
In the final analysis, however, that Washington counts on Saudi Arabia as a pillar for its drive for hegemony over the Middle East only underscores the fact that US imperialism’s policy resembles nothing so much as a house of cards, set to collapse into new and ever greater debacles in the face of inevitable crises and mounting social struggles.
Copyright © Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site, 2015
Yemen as Laboratory: Why is the West So Silent About This Savage War?
By Martha Mundy, in “COUNTERPUNCH”:
What is at stake in Yemen that far more systematic violations of the Geneva Conventions than in any of the recent wars which Western powers have supported in the Arab world (Iraq, Syria, Libya and Gaza) are met with resounding silence?
For six months there has been a blockade of food and fuel, and management of aid (even that through the UN) as part of war strategy, bombing of civilian, historical, educational, religious and medical targets, destruction of infrastructure from roads to electricity and water, and use of prohibited weapons.
All of this occurs in a country of over twenty million persons, which has no effective air defences – a country as open to aerial bombardment as Gaza. Yet as an Israeli Foreign Ministry official has pointed out, the principles of international humanitarian law systematically violated in Yemen are those invoked by UN bodies, governments, the Western media, and civil organisations when they charge Israel with the commission of war crimes in Gaza.
In other words, by its silence and support for Coalition bombing in Yemen, the international community completes the erasure of legal reference in war.
That is a big price to pay for success in a conflict seemingly so minor it receives virtually no press coverage.
….So what else is at stake that the Coalition has been left to bomb Yemen for six months to the sound of world silence?
Is it just money? Obviously Saudi Arabia (with more British airplanes than the British army) and the GCC can buy a lot of media, weapons, and people. Yet the support of the US, France and the UK to the Coalition goes beyond what money can buy, even today. So what else is at stake?
A tentative answer:
The French, who are facilitating the naval blockade, still have a base in Djibouti. It allows them to continue as players in a global network (Diego Garcia and 1400 US overseas bases) expanded from the days of the Cold War. Today, Djibouti’s major function may be not just above, but under, water: to watch the communication cables, which pass between China, Asia and the West that lie on the sea bed. Although all that visitors to Djibouti may see are French army frogmen diving to check the cables, there must be wider coordination with the Israeli submarines patrolling in the Red Sea.
The Coalition is meant to be the first exercise of a GCC ‘rapid deployment force’ advised discreetly by Israeli and American officers. Such coordination in the attack of an Arab country is novel. How has this been marketed? The rage provoked by the deaths of the invading GCC forces in Mar`ib suggests that Yemen was dreamt of as a training programme for wars modelled on recent Israeli ones – a war to be determined by aerial bombardment, but without the international outrage at war crimes that Israel suffers.
Yemen as a laboratory for new wars? It seems bizarre since, compared to Gaza, Yemen is far larger, intelligence mapping of the population far poorer, and there is still something of a ground army standing. But if one remembers how Yemen has served as a laboratory for US drones, including targeted assassination of a US citizen, perhaps it was so marketed.
Indeed there is something glossy about the way the war was sold to the GCC leaders (GCC minus Oman which refused to participate) even if we, the general public, haven’t seen the brochures. For the Emiratis it was to lead to ‘the City of Light’ (al-Noor Yemen) of booming commerce on the Indian Ocean and open to East Africa but subject to the management choices of Dubai. To the Saudi very much more was promised: unified control of ‘The Empty Quarter’ and its fabled unexploited quantities of oil and gas which the US guarded in the ground so long as the government was Yemeni; practice in making and unmaking societies and governments by precision bombing of a population dependent on food imports; and a victory so stunning, the Arabian Peninsula becoming effectively theirs, that peace with Israel could soon be publically celebrated.
In early June at a Council on Foreign Relations event, retired Major General Anwar Eshki of Saudi Arabia laid out the package. He was joined at the event by Ambassador Dore Gold of Israel. What Eshki said is not news in Saudi Arabia. But it is not often spoken out aloud, and certainly not reported with any measure of diligence in the West. Here is Eshki’s package:
In the Arabian Peninsula, there is a promising oil field in the Empty Quarter [Rub’al-Khali] that will obligate the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Yemen to cooperate to protect it and its gains. This unity will be modeled—or rather, must be modeled—on the U.S. constitution that united America and granted it its democracy. As for the promising Ogaden [oil] field in Ethiopia, it will unite the Horn of Africa under Ethiopia’s leadership. And a bridge shall be built between the African continent and the Arabian Peninsula: The Al-Noor Bridge that shall connect the city of Al-Noor in Djibouti and the city of Al-Noor in Yemen.
All this demands a number of things:
1 Achieving peace between Arabs and Israel.
2 Changing the political system in Iran.
3 Unity of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
4 Achieving peace in Yemen and revitalizing the port of Aden because this will rebalance the demographics of employment in the Gulf.
5 Establishing an Arab force with American and European blessing to protect the countries of the Gulf as well as the Arab countries and to safeguard stability.
6 The speedy establishment of the foundations of democracy with Islamic principles in the Arab world.
7 Working toward the creation of a greater Kurdistan in peaceful ways as this will weaken Iranian, Turkish, and Iraqi ambitions and would split up a third of each of these countries in favor of Kurdistan.”
Why is the West so silent about Yemen? Perhaps these seven points provide the elements of an answer.
(Martha Mundy is an anthropologist, who worked in North Yemen from 1973 to 1977. Her book, Domestic Government: Kinship, Community and Politics in North Yemen (1995), is a contemporary classic. She is now working on the political economy of food in Yemen.?)
Copyright © Martha Mundy, CounterPunch, 2015
Dr. Judith Brown
Yemen News Today
Fri, 31 July 2015 11:41 UTC
The estimates of numbers killed in this terrible war have varied from website to website. On the 31st July FARS news agency reported the number killed as 5,313 people, most of them women and children. Al Jazeera quoted UN statistics on 27th July, stating that 3,640 have died altogether, about half of them civilians deaths. I believe both of these numbers hide the truth, and the number of those who have died is much, much higher.
Systems of recording deaths in Yemen during the war are not straightforward, hence the differences in death counts. Some agencies count deaths that have been reported in the media, but this is a multi-focal war, with both militia activity and air assaults by the coalition happening in all of the areas except Hadramaut, and journalists cannot access all areas where people are being attacked. As the war progresses, deaths in Yemen have become less newsworthy as it has become so commonplace and the Western media have not seriously tried to give the war in Yemen the coverage it deserves. Furthermore, militias and fighting forces have an interest in under-reporting any of their own fighters killed by the other ‘side’ as militia and military deaths have a propaganda purpose; these deaths can only be estimated.
Another way of collecting information about those killed is from hospitals and medical sources. However, many hospitals have themselves been out of action, either because of destruction caused by war activity, because of loss of personnel due to the conflict, or because they have run out of medical equipment and may have disruption of water and electricity supplies making it impossible to function. Additionally, many who died at the site of an attack will not be included in hospital statistics
Then there is the nature of Yemen itself. In rural mountainous areas Yemeni families bury the deceased in their own villages, and with the ongoing conflict there is no system for these deaths to be immediately recorded. In some areas, especially the north-west, villages are inside conflict zones and not excluded from serious effects of warfare. The lack of fuel also means that moving injured to hospital is a challenge, for example, a recent report from journalist Mathieu Aikins “Yemen’s Hidden War” published by Rollingstone, stated that whilst he was in Yemen injured people were brought into a hospital in Saada from a village – he pointed to the difficulties in getting the casualties to hospital, with little petrol available, and for many the cost prohibits access to petrol. Apart from the blockade by Saudi Arabia, 180 petrol stations have been bombed in Saada area. For those few who manage to get their injured loved ones to hospital, inevitably many others will have failed and the injured may have died from lack of medical care.
Aikins also points out that in the areas he passed through in the Sana’a and northwest areas almost all bridges have been bombed, making communication and movement extremely difficult. In a radio report on Radio 4 on 27th July, MSF British doctor Natalie Roberts confirmed this and also stated that it is extremely dangerous to drive along roads, because so many cars and trucks – even those with no military use – are regularly targeted. No-one will use roads for routine issues such as reporting deaths, and with severe electricity shortages there may be no means for some villages to communicate with the outside world.
The siege has also made it impossible to obtain medicines and medical equipment. This has particularly affected those with chronic illnesses. At times, medicines have been in very limited supply and even the black market has been unable to provide them. This has meant that those with chronic diseases have been at risk, and many have died. Friends have reported that most people on dialysis have died in Sana’a, and also people who need medicines such as insulin have found it difficult to obtain essential medication. Sometimes this has meant that they have had to lower their dosage or change to an alternative medication, often without access to medical advice. Because of the war, non-emergency medical treatment is restricted in many areas; it is hard to imagine that this has not resulted in deaths. These early deaths would have been recorded as due to natural causes, whereas they were due to unnatural warfare and siege conditions under which most Yemeni people are now forced to live.
Examples include a 24 year old man in Aden I know, previously very healthy, who died of malaria because he was not able to obtain medical supplies. In the Guardian newspaper it was reported that an obstetrician stated that two women had died from complications during childbirth, who would not have died but for the war. Some women will no doubt be giving birth at home because it is impossible to get to hospital, increasing risk to mothers and babies. These deaths are hidden from war statistics.
Sources reporting the humanitarian situation in Yemen point to the precarious water supply. Yemen, already short of water, has now moved into an era of critical water shortage since the beginning of war. On 26th May Oxfam reported that two thirds of people in Yemen no longer had access to clean water, and expected that this would cause deaths from water borne diseases. The situation has worsened since then, as some water tanks have suffered bomb damage, and the petrol needed to pump water from deep wells is in even shorter supply. Another problem is a lack of baby milk. It was reported from Yemen sources recently that only 11.9% of Yemeni women are able to exclusively breast feed, a significant fall since last year. The shortage of water, shortage of food and ongoing stress will make it more difficult for women to produce sufficient milk for their babies. The reduction in breast feeding is life threatening for Yemeni babies, especially when it is combined with low availability of milk powders, unclean water supplies, and shortage of fuel to boil water for sterilisation purposes.
Comment: See also:
The charity organization Oxfam says almost two-thirds of the war-hit population in Yemen have no access to clean water as Saudi Arabia continues its deadly airstrikes against the impoverished country.
The aid agency said in a statement on Tuesday that the constant Saudi bombardments have increased the number of Yemenis without clean water to at least 16 million.
Food is also becoming a severe problem as normally 90% of food is imported into Yemen, and the country is under siege making imports impossible. Humanitarian aid delivery is restricted by a Saudi led blockade. Tariq Riebl of Oxfam pointed out that “People are resorting to extreme measures, principally begging. You’ll see this especially with the 1.5 million displaced people…many that have fled suddenly when airstrikes or ground combat erupted. They are leaving behind all their belongings and having no revenue source or income.” Riebl stated that it is difficult to know how many people are dying from the effects of food deprivation because many parts of the country are not accessible and he continued: “The airstrikes have covered the entire country…so it’s difficult to give you an exact figure. In terms of classification, right now 10 out of 22 governorates are classified as Level 4. Level 5 would be famine. Level 4 is critical emergency level. And the rest of the country is in Level 3, which also would be already considered past the emergency threshold. Yemen is one of the most food insecure countries in the world, if not the most.”
As the blockade has reached its fourth month, the effects of the blockade are now causing severe disruption to the food supply and much suffering, and inevitably deaths. Humanitarian aid is said to be arriving in Aden but people there are telling me, and many others tweeting, that they have not yet received help. Food is increasingly expensive in the capital Sana’a, and most residents there are without employment or income, relying on savings. Those who still draw government salaries are mostly not working, and fear their salary will stop as the Houthi led administration is running out of money due to the blockade. Food trucks moving in Amran province have been regularly bombed, according to Natalie Roberts of MSF, creating a disastrous food situation there. The only area which is not under strict blockade is in Hadramaut, where food is entering via Mukalla. The east has a low population as it is a largely a desert region. Although many internally displaced have moved there, this area is not receiving any humanitarian aid. Displaced people in Hadramaut are mostly living on limited savings, rents are extremely high, and food is very expensive, so even in the most stable area in Yemen food security is an important issue.
The ongoing Saudi air bombardment is also causing many deaths, most of them civilian. No area is spared except for Hadramaut in the east, which has had minimal bombing raids so far. For example, in Mocha on the Red Sea coast on 24th July a bombing raid killed between 60-120 civilians, and injured many more, some of whom are seriously ill and with the shortage of medical care it is likely that the death toll will rise. This was not an area where Houthi militias were found; the persons living there worked in an electricity power plant.
Does this amount to genocide? According to the UN:
Genocide is defined in Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948) as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical,racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm tomembers of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and]forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
The Saudis are particularly targeting the Zaidi population in the northwest of Yemen, destroying homes, schools, petrol stations, hospitals, roads, factories, shops, mosques, historical artefacts, a refugee camp and vehicles. Although it was reported that those in Saada were given notice that their homes were about to be destroyed by leafleting prior to main bombing raids, the people living there had few choices. Some organisations claim that the bomb damage in the northwest amounts to war crimes. The majority of people in targeted areas lost their homes, belongings, sources of employment, and income. The destruction of their homes destroyed shelter for families in a hot desert region in midsummer; in winter, high mountainous areas can also experience cold conditions and night frosts, making life without shelter challenging all year round. With the loss of their homes, families also lost access to water, electricity, and cooking facilities. Whilst some of the displaced have moved to the capital Sana’a and other cities, they would not be able to escape to the more stable area of Hadramaut due to their tribal and religious identity, as that area is controlled by extremist Sunni militias with strong anti-Shia sentiments and a fear of Zaidi spies.
A large proportion of the displaced from Saada area have remained in the northwest, finding or building temporary shelter with limited resources. Some have formed camps near to the Saudi border, as many have relatives in Jizan and Najran who might offer them sanctuary, but currently I understand they are denied entry into Saudi Arabia, and a wall prevents them from crossing the border.
Many that remain in the northwest are now trapped, as the severe shortage of petrol, the high cost of travel by bus, and the targeting of vehicles for air attacks on all local roads means that escape is challenging even if living conditions are life threatening.The low numbers of refugees crossing borders only reflects severe travel restrictions, and does not imply that the conditions in Yemen are better than in other war-torn countries such as Syria. The northwest of Yemen is suffering severe problems with food and water supplies, not only because of the Saudi led blockade that is affecting all of west Yemen, but also because of damage to roads, and targeting of food trucks. Despite the extensive damage here, the bombing raids continue and like those living all over Yemen the Zaidis are suffering severe stress as they listen to the warplanes circling overhead on a daily, even hourly, basis.
It is difficult to argue that these conditions are compatible with life, and desperate appeals have been put out by a number of organisations, including Oxfam, UN, and WFP, ensuring that Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners, including US and UK, must be aware of the seriousness of this man-made crisis. Particularly the lives of the very young, the very old, and disabled have been and are seriously at risk. Additionally, with many hospitals and clinics destroyed, there is little medical input to help the vulnerable overcome these threats, and as the siege proceeds more of the population will become vulnerable. It is hard to argue that continued military strikes and ongoing siege in the face of this evidence can be anything other than intentional, as described in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948).
There is impelling evidence that members of the Zaidi population have been killed, and most have suffered serious bodily and mental harm by the destruction of their homes and the on-going blockade, and continued bombing attacks. It is hard to understand the purpose of the air attacks unless it was calculated to inflict on the Zaidi conditions of life that would bring about their physical destruction, in whole or in part. Additionally, the nearest border is the Saudi border, and the desperate and displaced are not allowed to cross it.
There are also many reported civilian deaths at the hands of the various militias, including the Houthis, in areas of conflict. This has resulted in damage to a significant numbers of homes and other buildings, reduced access to fuel, food, water, and medical assistance, and some civilians have been killed by militias, as well as militias killed whilst fighting each other. Also, many families in the southwest are displaced because of militia activity, and found it difficult to escape horrendous living conditions because of the conflict and siege, as to escape they had to pass through dangerous areas where militias were fighting each other. All of these factors have resulted in Yemeni deaths and suffering, particularly in Aden, Lahj and Taiz. Whilst the actions of militias were often inhumane and brutal, it is more difficult to link this to genocidal intent, as all militia fighting on the ground is primarily designed to control through war rather than to eliminate any particular group within the population. Opposing militias were fighting each other, and additionally, these areas were also subject to air attacks by the Saudi coalition and the Saudi led blockade; hence it is far less clear where boundaries for responsibilities lie.
Meanwhile, in UK, the Disasters Emergency Committee has not yet had a charitable appeal to help the severe disaster that has been inflicted on Yemeni men, women and children. Politicians and the media are not telling it how it is. I find this inexplicable.
Comment: Kudos to Dr. Brown for starting this much-needed blog about what’s going on in Yemen.
Indeed, the true situation in Yemen has received little-to-no coverage in the mainstream media. People are barely surviving under severe conditions in the country, and there isn’t one bit of help coming from the West. In fact, NATO countries have been supplying the Saudis with deadly weapons (such as cluster munitions), which are continuously used against defenseless Yemeni civilians.
Russia, on the other hand, has sent two planes with 46 tons of humanitarian aid, containing mostly food, to the country. Iran sent its second ship carrying humanitarian aid, loaded with 8,000 tons of rice and 1,000 tons of sugar, back in early June. Delivering aid to Yemen has proven difficult due to a blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia:
One of the first measures taken by Saudi Arabia, when announcing its war against Yemen, was a full-scale naval blockade. For a nation that imports over 90% of its food, that was a devastating move, and one Saudi officials assured wouldn’t keep the food out of the country. […]
The poorest country in the Middle East, Yemen didn’t have a lot of excess food lying around in the first place, and the shipping delays have meant shortages in most of the major cities. As the inspection process continues to delay if not outright prevent ships from delivering food, expect inconvenience and high prices to quickly turn into an outright humanitarian calamity.
Saudi officials defend the blockade as necessary for their military operation, and continue to cite the specter of Iranian weapons, even though not a single weapon has been found in the searches. The US Navy is involved in some of the vessel searches as well, meaning America is playing a direct role in prevent food from reaching the besieged populace.
As to the ‘numbers’, NATO did the same thing in Libya. The great difference being that Libya has/had a small population (the citizenry count only as much as a large Western City); where-as Yemen is heavily populated….BUT, the loss count is indeed similar.
How this was easily disguised in Libya, is that the West gave nationalised citizenship to Qatariis who wanted to live in eastern Libya.
More than a million+ Qatariis became Libyans !!!
So where 2 1/2 million native Libyans were displaced from Libya into Tunisia, Egypt and Italy, etc, the ‘Brotherhood’ illegally sold their properties and gave it to their Qatari and Guantanamo Bay brethern, or sold it and made into rental-homes (something which was illegal under the Great Jamahiriya). Also NATO claimed only 18 civilian deaths; and we know that there were at least 650,00 to a million who were either dead of mamed for life. Today, The West claims Libya has a population of 6 million—BUT, again, even if so, more than half must be children…not to mention the influx of imported terrorist Kharijites into Libya. Under the Great Jamahiriya, there were close to 3 million imported working personel from the Philippines, China, and Europeans who supplied the hospitals, building-projects, and other infrastructure related to the Oil Industries. (They all lost their positions and money with the 2011 CIA-NATO led war; and left Libya.) That means, at the peak of the Great Jamahiriya, ther were app. 3 million native Libyans in the whole of the country!..If half of these were children, then there were only 1 1/2 million adults. Take away the count for elderly and women, that would leave only about 700,000 able-bodied males. In Libya, all citizens were trained in the art of self-defense; even though the Great Jamahiriya had a very sophisticated professional army. If the statistics were correct, of the number of soldiers killed and disabled for life, then only a few thousand ‘sound’ males remained after the 2011 CIA-NATO led War.
Obviously, the population living in Libya today is largely foreigners.
There is a constant, on-going influx of terrorists / Kharijites from all over the world (who bring also their families). Sirte is now largely Kharijites, etc…
Israel planned (using Bernard Henri-Levy) with Abdul-Rahman Sowahailli and other Misuratans, to import over a million Jews into Libya, as a second ‘homeland for the Jews in Diaspora’….How many truly native adult Libyans would then be left ??
Although every life lost is a great scar (being all life very precious to Allah), Yemen, with its huge populations, can still endure as a cohesive Native NATION;…. But can Libya, with its tiny population, and there being so many millions who are displaced? (Can they, or will they, ever return?)
L’EXPRESS.fr with AFP, issued on 26.9.2015 at 19:59, updated at 22:50
A fire broke out, 26 September 2015, in the mosque of Morden, London. (SCREENSHOT)
YouTube / Keith Francis
The fire, which occurred on Saturday at midday, has already destroyed half the ground floor and first floor Baitul Futuh Mosque in no casualties. The prayer room, however, would not have been reached.
Sad events never end no taint the Eid. After a stampede occurred during a pilgrimage to Mecca on Thursday, a major fire broke out Saturday largest mosque in Europe. No casualties had been reported Saturday night, according to rescue services londoniens.Un man of forty, who had inhaled smoke, but was hospitalized with respiratory problems, according to the London Ambulance Service.
According to firefighters the mosque itself suffered no damage, the fire had particularly struck the offices of the multistory building. The area has since been cordoned off, and a dozen fire engines were fighting the fire Saturday in Morden in south-west London, while plumes of smoke were visible throughout the city.
Baitul Futuh Mosque Statement on blaze
The mosque built in 2003 on 2.1 hectares can accommodate at least 10,500 faithful for prayer and includes a dome 23 meters high, according to its website. “There was no praying in the mosque when the fire broke out”, said Stephen Alambritis, head of the Merton District Council which depends Morden.
Le feu, survenu ce samedi à la mi-journée, aurait déjà ravagé la moitié du rez-de-chaussée et du premier étage de la mosquée Baitul Futuh sans faire de victimes. La salle de prière n’aurait toutefois pas été atteinte.
De tristes événements n’en finissent pas d’entacher la fête de l’Aïd. Après qu’une bousculade survenue lors du pèlerinage de la Mecque a fait 769 morts et 934 blessés jeudi, un important incendie s’est déclaré ce samedi dans plus grande mosquée d’Europe. Aucune victime n’était à déplorer samedi soir, selon les services de secours londoniens.Un homme d’une quarantaine d’années, qui avait inhalé des fumées, a été toutefois hospitalisé souffrant de difficultés respiratoires, selon le service des Ambulances de Londres.
Selon les pompiers la mosquée elle-même n’a pas subi de dégâts, le feu ayant surtout frappé des bureaux de la bâtisse de plusieurs étages. Le quartier a depuis été bouclé, et une dizaine de véhicules de pompiers combattaient samedi cet incendie à Morden dans le sud-ouest de Londres, alors que des volutes de fumée étaient visibles sur toute la ville.
La mosquée construite en 2003 sur 2,1 hectares peut accueillir au moins 10.500 fidèles pour la prière et comprend un dôme de 23 mètres de haut, selon son site internet. “Il n’y avait personne” qui priait dans la mosquée lorsque l’incendie a éclaté, a indiqué Stephen Alambritis, le responsable du conseil du district de Merton dont dépend Morden.
US, UK backing Saudi war on Yemen: Amnesty International
Friday 25 September 2015 6:21PM
‘Amnesty International’ criticizes Washington and London for supporting Riyadh’s aggression against Yemen, saying Saudi Arabia is targeting and killing civilians in the Arab state by weapons produced in the US.
Riyadh’s aggression against Yemen, “backed by the USA and the UK,” has brought about “the vast majority of civilian deaths and injuries,” said James Lynch, the group’s deputy Middle East and North Africa director, on Friday, adding that Saudi Arabia has employed “banned cluster munitions, which … have been found to be produced or designed in the USA.”
Lynch also lashed out at the international community for turning a blind eye to the rising number of civilian casualties in Yemen.
“It is time for the international community to stop turning its back on the victims of the crisis unfolding in Yemen and to take measures that will help end impunity, and send a clear message that perpetrators will be held to account,” he went on to say.
The rights activist further noted that “the first step towards that goal should be a thorough, impartial and independent investigation.”
In a statement, ‘Amnesty International’ also called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to “establish an investigation into violations of international humanitarian law and gross human rights abuses” in the Arab state.
The Saudi regime as well as the supporters of Yemen’s puppet-(who formerly RESIGNED) former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi plot “to block the establishment of a UN investigation into the conflict,” the human rights watchdog added.
People gather at the site of a Saudi airstrike in Yemen’s capital of Sana’a on 22 September 2015. (Photo by Reuters)
The criticisms come as Saudi Arabia continues its deadly military campaign against the Yemeni people.
Earlier on Friday, Saudi fighter jets launched eight airstrikes on the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib. There is still no word on the possible casualties of the raids.
Saudi airborne assaults also targeted positions in Ta’izz city in southwestern Yemen, leaving several people killed and injured.
The northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada was also pounded by Saudi artillery shells, the reports added.
On 26 March 2015, Saudi Arabia began its aggression against Yemen – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
According to Amnesty International, the conflict has so far claimed the lives of over 2,100 civilians, including 400 children, and displaced around 1.4 million others.
The Spanish government stopped granting visas to receive the wounded Libyans for treatment within its territories ‘for security reasons’.
Italian defense minister,Roberta Pinotti:
“We will not interfere in Libya, but a formal request from the legal Libyan government.”