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#UK seeks #Saudi cluster bomb assurances over #Yemen

UK seeks Saudi cluster bomb assurances over Yemen

Cluster bombsImage copyrightAMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Image captionAmnesty claims it found these UK-made cluster bombs in Yemen

The UK government has sought fresh assurances from Saudi Arabia that British-made cluster bombs have not been used in the conflict in Yemen.

Amnesty International said it had documented the use of the weapons, manufactured in the 1970s.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told MPs there was currently no evidence Saudi Arabia had used cluster bombs.
Mr Hammond said the weapons described were decades old and it was now illegal to supply such bombs under British law.
Answering an urgent question in the Commons, defence minister Philip Dunne said the UK had ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions in 2010 and no longer supplied, manufactured or supported them.
He said there had been several conflicts in that region in the past decade so it was not clear that the evidence found had come from the current fighting.
Shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry asked whether the Saudi military had used British planes to drop cluster bombs and what was the extent of British involvement in the conflict.
Mr Dunne replied: "I can categorically reassure [you] 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."

'Nasty weapon'

Amnesty has written to Prime Minister David Cameron calling for a government inquiry into the allegations.
The human rights group claimed it found a partially-exploded BL-755 cluster bomb which had apparently malfunctioned, leaving scores of unexploded bomblets strewn over a wide area near a farm in Al-khadhra village, six miles from the Saudi border.
Amnesty said the bomb was originally manufactured by Bedfordshire company Hunting Engineering Ltd in the 1970s.
Amnesty International UK arms control director Oliver Sprague said: "Cluster bombs are one of the nastiest weapons in the history of warfare, rightly banned by more than 100 countries, so it's truly shocking that a British cluster munition has been dropped on a civilian area in Yemen."

Cluster bombs explained

  • The Convention on Cluster Munitions prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster bombs
  • The convention has 108 signatories and became binding international law in 2010
  • Cluster bombs pose particular risks to civilians because they release many small bomblets over a wide area
  • During attacks, they are prone to indiscriminate effects especially in populated areas
  • Unexploded bomblets can kill or maim civilians long after a conflict has ended, and are costly to locate and remove
Source: United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

A Saudi-led coalition of Arab air forces began carrying out airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen last year.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates that at least 3,200 civilians have been killed and 5,700 wounded, with 60% of the casualties caused by airstrikes, in that time.
The conflict between President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi's UN-recognised government and the rebels began in September 2014



رعد الشمال

رعد الشمال

ما هى رعد الشمال؟؟! و ما سبب تجمع اكثر من 20 ردولة من المرتزقة ,اكبر تجمع للدول المرتزقة فى التاريخ عشرين دولة و شركات مثل بلاك وتر 
ما يقال فى الام السلاطين يقول انهم يستعدون للدخول فى حرب برية فى اليمن(فيتنام العرب) و تقسيم سوريا و الحرب على داعش الى صنعتة السعودية الوهابية.

كلة بثمنة



واين فلسطين من قوة الخليج الضاربة و درع الخليج و رعد الشمال ؟؟!! اين الاخوة طيب وين الدين طيب انتم دين ابوكم اية 
تتحدو علشان تتضربو وقتل مسلمين (سنة او شيعة) كان زمان نقول حاكمنا لصوص وعملاء  صح و الان الصورة اصبحن واضحة انهم يقومن بالعمل القذارة لتقسيم الشرق الاوسط و ينفذون ما يامرون بيها اسيادهم 
وكل من يقف امام مشروع ال سعود قطاع الطرق يكون شيعى زنديق ابن متعة ,ابن شرموطة,عدو الاسلام , عدو السنة!!
يا اخى بقيت قديمه شوف تحليلات قناة العبرية و اخواتهما يعزفون على نفس المنظومة فهو اذان ليس اعلام حر بلا هو مواجه للمواط العربى المنبطح والذى لا يعى اى شى فى الحياة الا ما فوق السرة و قليل منهم من يفكر ويحاول ان يقف ويعى ما يدث و كيف سوف يؤثر فية شخصيا و ثم على مستوى وطنة و المنطقة 


3 UAE soldiers die in Saudi-led By Yemen army

3 UAE soldiers die in Saudi-led coalition push on Yemen’s provincial capital

The Saudi-led coalition ground force fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen has captured the capital of Abyan province, after launching preliminary airstrikes and a series of coordinated attacks on strategic locations still held by the rebels.

Empowered by Saudi-supplied tanks and armored vehicles, the forces supporting the exiled President Hadi have recaptured Zinjibar, the Houthi-held capital of Abyan province. The latest success has come due to an ongoing air bombardment campaign by the coalition air force, as well as fresh heavy weapons supplies to the anti-Houthi forces over the past weeks.

#اليمن: خمسة شهداء في القصف السعودي و #الإمارات تؤكد مقتل ثلاثة من جنودها #الميادين
Posted by ‎قناة الميادين - Al Mayadeen Tv‎ on Sunday, 9 August 2015


Saudi warplanes strike Sana’a International Airport #YEMEN

A wave of Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen on Tuesday seriously damaged Sana’s international airport, dealing a blow to already faltering efforts to bring in desperately needed humanitarian aid and arrange evacuation flights for those trapped by fighting.

Video by M.Qaid my bro form Sanaa 


#Yemen #Egypt's & #Saudi Arabia Vietnam'

#Yemen #Egypt's & Saudi Arabia Vietnam' 

Still stinging from their last military humiliation 6 years ago at the hands of the Houthi tribal fighters in Yemen, the Saudi Arabian royal family has embarked on what is highly likely to turn into Saudi’s “Vietnam”with their latest attempt at invading Yemen.
In 2009 the Saudi military’s incompetence was exposed when their major offensive against the Houthi’s along the Saudi/Yemen border was routed and in the following Houthi counter offensive a large chunk of Saudi territory was captured by the lightly armed Houthi fighters.
The last time a “Pan-Arab Army” tried to invade and occupy Yemen, in the early 1960s, Egyptian General turned President Nasser was forced to tuck his tail between his legs and pull his army of over 50,000 out of what he was to later sorrowfully admit had become “Egypt’s Vietnam”.
The problems in Yemen are not about Shiite vs Sunni or Iran vs. Saudi Arabia. Its not about Obama, whose particularly inept administration has been forced to sit on the sidelines as the Saudi royal family launched this ill advised misadventure.
The problems in Yemen are all about tribal conflicts going back centuries and the only way to solve them is by a long, tedious process of negotiations. Back in 1990 a peace deal was painstakingly constructed that resulted in the reunification of Yemen. This peace deal which held for over two decades was mediated by what was then the leadership of a rag tag band of independence fighter calling themselves the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front, a fact yet to be acknowledged by anyone covering the present conflict.
The Saudi are launching this war on the Yemeni people in an act of hubris and arrogance, paranoia almost, supposedly fearful of being surrounded by a ring of “Shi’ite enemies lead by Iran”, or at least that is what the talking heads in the western media would have us believe.

The fact is the Saudi royal family is brim full of a fanatically Wahabi fired hatred towards anything resembling a Shi’ite movement, though historically Shi’ites in west Asia hardly considered the Houthi’s of Yemen real Shi’ites.

Saudi paranoia of Iran is based on little in the way of threatening Iranian actions, with the complete lack of Iranian involvement in support of the Bahrain Shi’ite uprising a point of fact. For all the talk of Iranian military support for the Houthi take over of Yemen the evidence to support this charge is not supported by anything concrete.

The Houthi’s, fed up with their continuing neglect by the Yemeni government, and driven by the politics of hunger stalking Yemen, made a deal with former President Saleh, whose son headed the Yemeni army under the deal the Saudi/Gulf States forced down the Yemeni’s throats two years ago, and launched their offensive to take over the country.
Right from the get go the Houthi’s were calling for negotiations, though they did make it clear they were not going to allow the Wahabist “Al Queda in the Arab Peninsula” (mainly composed of exiled Saudi fanatics) any further presence in Yemen.
Having been previously humiliated militarily in 2009, and fearing been seen as weak and incompetent by their subjugated Shi’ite population who reside in the oil rich eastern region of Saudi Arabia, the Wahabist Saudi regime has embarked on what by all appearances will turn out to be their “Vietnam”.
Of course they are doing this under the cover of a Pan Arab banner, with Egypt promising troops in support of the anticipated invasion and occupation of Yemen.
Egypt’s latest General turned President Al Sisi is a particularly reluctant ally, having grown up with the memory of Egypt’s humiliating defeat in its attempt to subjugate Yemen. It is no coincidence that a just a few weeks earlier Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States sent their leaders to Sharm al Sheik to announce over $20 billion in aid and investments for Egypt’s tottering economy, hard cash President Al Sisi came hat in hand to beg for.

Fighting is reported to be raging on the Yemen/Saudi border and it is interesting to note that the Saudi military has yet to make any serious advances there. Being that the bulk of the Houthi fighters are concentrating for their push to capture Aden in the oil rich south of Yemen the Saudi military attempts to invade the Houthi heartland is not going very well.

At this point the Saudi military is still mainly an air war massacre against the defenseless Yemen people. If and when the promised ground offensive begins in earnest will see battle hardened Houthi militia pitted against a supposedly pan Arab army with little experience in real warfare. Fighting to defend their homes and families, as the Viet Cong did in Vietnam, Saudi Arabia will find its self in a Yemeni quagmire, Saudi’s “Vietnam” in Yemen.

In The war in Yemen was not only poisoning Nasser’s international standing, but it was also threatening to upset stability back home. As the intervention dragged on, Egypt’s economic condition went from bad to worse, domestic discontent rose to dangerous levels, and mounting criticism from within the Arab world began to take its toll on Nasser’s reputation. In May 1967, Nasser made a gambit to solve all of these problems by shifting world attention northward.

He marched his army into the Sinai desert in broad daylight, triggering an international crisis that erupted in six days of war with Israel. The result was a catastrophic defeat, which led to the withdrawal of Egyptian forces from Yemen — thus making Israel the unlikely handmaiden of Saudi victory.

With Egypt now bankrupt, Nasser was forced to pull out of Yemen in exchange for a pledge of financial aid from King Faisal. This transaction, which took place in August 1967 at the Arab League summit in Khartoum, Sudan — famous for its “three no’s” to Israel — symbolized the shift of power from Cairo to Riyadh that had occurred over the course of the war in Yemen. Nasserism was a spent force.

By: Thomas C. Mountain


In November 1967, the last Egyptian soldier departed the Arabian Peninsula, ending the existential threat to the Saudi kingdom for a generation. Egypt’s man in Yemen, President Abdullah al-Sallal, was ousted in a coup as soon as Egyptian forces left Sanaa. Remarkably, the republic survived, though Sallal’s successors did little to fulfill the grand promises of the revolution, and the kleptocracy they built collapsed under the weight of its own illegitimacy nearly a half-century later.

* * *
If President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi knows his history, he should be hesitant to commit Egypt to another ground war in Yemen. Yet the temptation to seize this opportunity to restore Egypt’s diminished stature in the region must be great — as it was for Nasser in 1962.

There may be a middle way. Back then, sensible advisors urged Nasser to make do with air and logistical support for indigenous forces fighting in support of the Yemeni republic. Surely, a similar scenario is making the rounds in Cairo at the moment. For Egypt’s sake, we can hope that today’s Mahrizis carry the day.

And if they do not? Here are three lessons that the intervening powers can draw from the Egyptian experience in Yemen.

First, they should not expect the full backing of the United States. The vantage point of a superpower is always more complicated than the perspective of any regional actor. But this administration’s perspective on the Middle East diverges sharply from prevailing opinion in Cairo and Riyadh. The Saudis — now joined by their erstwhile adversaries, the Egyptians — will do their best to point out the folly of U.S. efforts to appease Iran, just as they did in the 1960s when their nemesis was Nasser. Then as now, it is doubtful their pleas will be heard.

Second, the intervening powers will have to marshal a sizable army if they wish to conquer and hold Yemen. In the 1960s, the Egyptians deployed 70,000 men, lost at least 10,000 of them, and still failed to pacify the forerunners of today’s Houthis. Not for nothing is Yemen known as maqbarat al-Atrak — “graveyard of the Turks” — after Ottoman forces suffered heavy losses in their attempts to subdue repeated tribal rebellions throughout the 19th century. The intervening powers might do better to limit their objectives: If they are prepared to accept a power-sharing agreement that preserves Houthi gains but denies them the strategic prizes of Aden and , they could make do with smaller ground forces buttressed by air and sea power.

Third, there are no permanent allegiances in Yemen. The Saudis recently received a reminder of this fact when their man in Yemen, ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, dropped them in a heartbeat for the ascendant Houthis. The Houthis, in turn, had no problem joining hands with Saleh, even though their founder had been killed in 2004 by the Yemeni army — on Saleh’s orders.

The disintegrative tendencies that have always plagued Yemen have only gained force since the Arab Spring struck Sanaa in 2011. Yemen today is a broken state, in which tribal affiliations are once more paramount and alliances form and dissolve in a kaleidoscopic manner. Any would-be conqueror with the temerity to ride the tribal tiger in Yemen will need considerable dexterity to navigate among the clans and an endless supply of funds with which to ply them.

If the prosperous Saudis can avoid the sort of protracted counterinsurgency that bogged down four Egyptian divisions in the 1960s, they should be able to keep up the war effort in Yemen indefinitely. The bigger question is: How long can the Iranians, while still under debilitating economic sanctions, sustain a competition with Saudi treasure in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen? That answer may not be found in Cairo, Riyadh, or Sanaa, but depends instead on the final outcome of the negotiations underway between Washington and Tehran over the future of Iran’s nuclear program.

Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images

Yemen conflict: Saudi Arabia should look to history before wading into 'Egypt's Vietnam'


Calling the UN and Foreign powers to stop Saudi invasion on #Yemen #YemenMatters #YemenUnderAttack #YemenCrisis

After 33 years under a oppressive dictator the youth took the streets calling for change and were able to oust him. Gulf cooperation council suggested the GCC agreement ultimately leading to a government reshuffle that calling for one man to vote Abdo Rabo Mansour Hadi, Former president deputy as president. The Houthis gained power and President Hadi eventually backed down. 
Now Saudi Arabia is leading a 10 nation military strike on yemen, the situation there is unbearable, the civilians are being warned and told to flee even though the airport in sanaa(the capital) and other cities have been destroyed.. At this point we must raise awareness starting by signing this petition and calling all people to join in the protest against the killing of innocent yemeni civilians 
Saudi Arabia
Calling the UN and Foreign policies to stop Saudi invasion on Yemen


Saudi Arabia invasion #Yemen! #YemenUnderAttack #عاصفة_الحزم #اليمن #decisivestorm

A New War In The Middle East
The NEW Middle East

Saudi Arabia invasion YEMEN

UPDATE 6/4/2015

Update DAY 6 

Yemen: ICRC calls for unimpeded delivery of medical supplies as heavy conflict persists
Sana'a, Yemen, 29 March 2015. ICRC teams talk to people whose houses have been damaged or destroyed in air strikes.

Among those obstacles : Allowing the ICRC’s planes to land in Yemen in order to deliver medical aids as Saudi air forces sealed off the Yemeni airspace. The coalition should ICRC planes land and help the Yemenis.  

I can not believe how the Saudi coalition did not let the ICRC plane land in Yemen to deliver the medical supplies in the first place. This is the stupidest thing ever. Just like in Syria the medical staff of ICRC is being targeted in the cross fire 
There is no final or official death toll about the victims. The UN Human rights Council says that at least 97 Yemenis have been killed since last 27 March while the UNICEF says that at least  62 children were killed and 30 others were injured in the fight over the past in a press statement it released on Tuesday.


Protect children from escalating violence in Yemen, UNICEF appeals

The explosions and projectiles are turning the life of Yemenis who do not fight inside the cities in to hell. It seems that Houthis find the best places to store weapons and missiles to be besides the residential areas and to install anti—craft missiles over houses with no regards what so ever to the human beings living in those buildings.  
Either ways there are hundred of thousands of Yemenis are paying and have been paying heavy prices for civil wars and proxy wars as well in the past 20 years with more 300,000 Yemenis displaced inside the country itself.  
Personally I began to notice a trend among Yemeni tweeps to reject that war altogether. They launched from couple of two days ago “#KefayaWar” hashtag

#Kefaya war by Yemeni Blogger "@Sala#Yemen"
And like what the Yemenis on twitter say Fuck Hadi , Fuck Saleh , Fuck Houthis … Enough wars. 

Now moving to another problem we have got thanks to this war : The Egyptian expats in Yemen.
We got between officially 6000 to 7000 Egyptian expats in Yemen according to Egypt’s ministry of manpower and immigration while unofficial numbers speak about not less than 18,000 Egyptian citizens. Of course those Egyptians were forgotten when the Egyptian diplomatic mission to Yemen departed the country to Cairo after the storming of Houthis to Aden. Those Egyptians’ safety were not put in consideration either when Abdel Fattah El-Sisi decided that Egypt participate in the Operation Decisive operation.
Now after the Egyptian expats began to speak  in the media about their fear , the ministry of foreign affairs asks them to head to the Saudi-Yemeni borders and the Omani-Yemeni borders and to return back home to Egypt from there.
There is one problem in the whole issue or two problems to be precise : Saudi-Yemeni borders are located in the North where all the action is , already Saada governorate on the Saudi Borders is the hometown of Houthi movement and actually it got all the biggest share of strikes. On the other hand the road to Omani-Yemeni borders is controlled by Houthis, Ali Abdullah Saleh’s loyalists and bandits as well. 
Needless to say the Egyptian expats are extremely worried that Egypt engages in ground operations because this means their safety will be in danger.  
It is the 6th day of that war and the Arab media or rather the media of both sides are lying as usual and spread awful sectarian vibes that we are going to pay its price sooner before later 


pic of day 6


okuyup_gidicemRT @CombatJourno MT @YemenPostNews 5th grader Salah Bahauddin killed by KSA bomb in Sanaa outside his house.

MediaExposedDay: Pictures of Saudi Arabias bombing of Yemen for Stability @MassDeception1 According to @CNN@FWhitfield 

MateCosido: Thousands of #Houthi fighters from Dhamar province vow to fight #Saudi-led war #Yemen #اليمن 

The World's Greatest Oil Chokepoints, And Why Yemen Matters

About half the world's oil production is moved by tankers on fixed maritime routes, according to Reuters. The blockage of a chokepoint, even temporarily, can lead to substantial increases in total energy costsand thus, these checkpoints are crucial to global energy security. While Hormuz remains the largest chokepoint (and along with Bab el-Mandeb explains why Yemen matters so much), Malacca (as we noted previously) is quickly becoming another area of potential problems.

And while Yemen is key for The Strait of Hormuz...

With Bab el-Mandeb even more specifically problematic if Yemen tensions get too extreme...
Source: JPMorgan

The Claims...
 by Tyler Durden

Yet another illegal war in the Middle East as US directs Saudi attack on Yemen

SAUDI ARABIA has commenced military operations against the Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement in Yemen.
The Saudi intervention was not unexpected. Over the last few weeks, there were signs that the United States and the Saudis were preparing the ground for direct military intervention in Yemen in response to the Houthis’ seizing the Yemeni capital of Sana’a last January.
The appearance of a previously unknown Islamic State element in Yemen, which was supposedly responsible for the recent massive bomb attack that killed over 130 people, and the subsequent withdrawal of U.S. diplomatic personnel were the clear signals that direct intervention was imminent.
With the fall of al-Anad air base, where the US military and CIA conducted drone warfare in Yemen, and the siege of the port city of Aden, where disposed President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi had fled, it was almost certain that the US would greenlight its client states to intervene.
Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir cloaked the role of Saudi Arabia within the fictitious context of another grand coalition, this time led by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – the corrupt collection of authoritarian monarchies allied with the United States and the other Western colonial powers.
Al-Jubeir added that before launching operations in Yemen, all of Saudi Arabia’s allies were consulted. The meaning of that statement is that the US was fully invested in the operation.
Even though the ambassador stressed that Washington was not directly involved in the military component of the assault, CNN reported that an interagency US coordination team was in Saudi Arabia. A US official subsequently confirmed that Washington would be providing logistical and intelligence support for the operation.
And what was the justification for launching a military operation not sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council?
According to the Saudis, they have legitimate regional security concerns in Yemen. Their argument was that since they share a border with Yemen, the chaos that erupted over the last few months – culminating in what they characterize as a coup by the Houthi insurgency – forced them to intervene to establish order and defend by “all efforts” the legitimate government of President Hadi.
But this is becoming an old and tired justification for criminality in support of hegemony.
The intervention by the Saudis and the GCC continues the international lawlessness that the United States precipitated with its “War on Terror” over the last decade and a half. Violations of the UN Charter and international law modeled by the powerful states of the West has now become normalized, resulting in an overall diminution of international law and morality over the last 15 years.
The double standard and hypocrisy of US support for the Saudi intervention in Yemen, compared to Western and US condemnation of Russia’s regional security concerns in response to the coup in Ukraine, will not be missed by most people.
And so the conflagration in the Middle East continues.
The US and Saudi geo-strategic interest in containing the influence of Iran has trumped international law and any concerns about the lives of the people of Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Bahrain. Militarism, with war as the first option, has now become the default instrument of statecraft in an international order in which power trumps morality and law is only applied to the powerless.