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News, June 2017
1,205 Yemenis Die of Cholera, as Scores Killed Daily by Air Strikes and Fighting
June 23, 2017
The war in Yemen is fought internally by the forces of the elected President, Hadi, and the allied Houthi-Salih forces. The Hadi forces are supported by the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces, which are also supported by the United States. The Houthi-Salih forces are supported by Iran, which is also supported by Russia.
Thus the war in Yemen has its internal, regional, and global rivals, who are interested in keeping it going on for their own benefits (of course, no body cares about the dispensable, cannon-fodder Yemenis).
The larger context for understanding the Yemeni war (and other wars in Syria and Iraq) is that it contributes to the implementation of the Zionist-Israeli plan of destroying the Arab Middle Eastern states in preparation for the establishment of the greater Israeli empire, from the Nile of Egypt to the Euphrates of Iraq.
For a background, read:
U.S. Airstrike Kills Senior al-Qaida Leader in Yemen
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 —
An al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula senior leader was killed in Yemen’s Shabwah governorate by a June 16 U.S. airstrike, U.S. Central Command said in a release.
Abu Khattab al Awlaqi, the emir for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula's stronghold in the governorate, was killed in the airstrike along with two of his group's associates, the release said.
Al Awlaqi was a senior leader responsible for planning and conducting attacks against civilians, according to the release. He had significant influence throughout al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula's terrorist stronghold, had ties and access to the group’s other senior leaders, and was implicated in planning and leading efforts to exacerbate instability in southern Yemen.
In coordination with the government of Yemen, U.S. forces are conducting a series of sustained operations in Yemen against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to degrade the group’s ability to hold territory and coordinate external terror attacks, the release said. Senior leaders from the terrorist group seek safe haven in places like Shabwah governorate, the release said, to plot attacks against the U.S., its interests, and its friends and allies across the world.
Urban warfare takes heavy civilian toll in Syria, Iraq, Yemen: ICRC
by Loaa Adel Jun 14, 2017, 10:34 pm
Urban warfare is taking root in conflicts across the Middle East, with five times more civilians in Syria and Iraq killed in cities than in rural areas over the past three years, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.
Tens of thousands of war-related fatalities among city dwellers accounted for 70 percent of civilian deaths in the two countries during the period, the agency said. The Yemeni cities of Taiz, Sadaa and Sanaa have also become deadly battlefields.
“This is all the more alarming as new offensives (against Islamic State militants) get under way in cities like Raqqa in Syria or intensify in Mosul, Iraq,” said Robert Mardini, ICRC regional director for the Middle East.
“Taiz remains partly besieged just as daily air strikes and shelling continue to terrify residents,” he told a news conference to launch an ICRC report called “I Saw My City Die”.
The phenomenon is not limited to the Middle East, Mardini said. “We see also that many other conflicts are taking place in urban areas in other places such as Somalia and Afghanistan and other countries.”
Battles raging in cities, which are “today the new normal unfortunately”, damage vital infrastructure and disrupt basic services including health care, Mardini said.
“The impacts of warfare are quickly multiplied with exponential consequences. If a power line is hit, (there is) no water, no electricity, no waste water treatment. There are contamination outbreaks and massive challenges to run hospitals,” he said.
Yemen’s two-year civil war has been marked by a Saudi-led coalition carrying out massive air strikes to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power and end rule by the Iran-backed Houthi militia.
The following news stories are from the pro-Saudi website Al-Masdar ( http://www.almasdaronline.com/category/42 ):
Saudi-Led Air raids bomb Houthis vehicles north of Saada
province – residents
The aircrafts of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched a number of
raids on the positions of the Houthi militants and forces loyal to
former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in the northern province of Saada,
local residents said on Wednesday.
Eight civilian casualties by Houthis shelling western Taiz –
Two civilians were killed and six others wounded early Wednesday by
an artillery shelling launched by the Houthis-Saleh forces in Bir Basha
region western Taiz city, southwestern Yemen.
Nine Houthis killed, others injured in battles and coalition raids in Behan west of Shabwa – sources
Nine militants of the Houthi group and forces loyal to former
President Saleh were killed and others injured by airstrikes launched by
the Saudi-led Arab Coalition aircrafts and in battles against the
government forces in Behan district west of Shabwa province, southeast
of Yemen, military sources said.
A girl killed, three civilians injured by Houthis shelling
and sniper fire on al Maqatra and Karesh – source
A girl was killed and three civilians were wounded Wednesday by
sniper fire and bombardment of the Houthis-Saleh militants in Wadi al-Maqatra
and Karesh areas in Lahj province in southern Yemen.
The following news stories are from the pro-Houthi website Yemen Extra (http://www.yemenextra.net/):
Saudi war crimes in Yemen during past 24 hours.
Jun 23, 2017
Yemen Extra, M.A.
During the last 24 hours, the Saudi-led coalition launched more than 50 raids on the governorates of Marib, Hajjah, Taiz and Saada.
In the governorate of Marib, the coalition warplanes waged more than 35 air raids on different areas of the district of Serwah.
In Hajjah governorate, more than 14 raids struck the districts of Haradh and Medi.
In the bordering governorate of Saada, the US-backed Saudi coalition waged a raid on Razih district and another raid on the Al Mughram in Baqim district, in addition to a third airstrike that hit a main road in Al-Maleel region in Kataf district.
Moreover, Saudi missiles and artillery shells aimed at various areas in bordering Razih, Saada.
Concluding it with Taiz governorate, a total of 3 airstrikes bombarded Al-Najdah Camp in Hawban.
Cholera deaths rise to 1205, cases exceed 179,000: Yemeni Ministry of Health
Jun 23, 2017
“The death toll from the cholera epidemic has risen to a thousand and 205 deaths,” Undersecretary of the Ministry of Public Health and Population Dr. Nasser Al-Arjali said on Thursday.
The total number of suspected cases of cholera reached 179,458 cases, of which 531 confirmed cases, the Yemeni agency SABA quoted him as saying.
He added that the prevalence of the epidemic is increasing in the capital Sana’a and the provinces, stressing the need for concerted domestic and international efforts to combat cholera and prevent its spread.
He pointed out that the risk of cholera will not only remain in Yemen, but will extend to neighboring countries and the region as a whole.
The Undersecretary of the therapeutic medicine sector pointed out that the repercussions resulting from the US-backed Saudi war and siege contributed to the aggravation and escalation of the epidemic and the creation of climates suitable for the spread of diseases and pestilences.
He stressed the need for international humanitarian institutions, especially the United Nations, to take serious their moral and humanitarian responsibilities in light of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen due to the ongoing war and blockade, as well as the prohibition of the entry of medicines and medical solutions. He also accuses the Saudi-led coalition of committing genocide against the Yemeni people while the international community is yet to be stirred.
Al-Arjali called on the United Nations, its institutions and the Security Council to lift the siege on Sana’a International Airport, which has become an urgent necessity in order to facilitate access to therapeutic assistance, contribute to efforts to treat patients and to transfer cases requiring treatment outside Yemen and instantly.
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