UNICEF warns that Yemen’s children are paying the heaviest price for living life in a war zone

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UNICEF warns that Yemen’s children are paying the heaviest price for living life in a war zone
A child in Yemen dies every 10 minutes as
 humanitarian aid funding falls short, U.N. says

AND NO ONE CARE ABOUT YEMEN 

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The future has never been so bleak for the children of Yemen. Images from the past few months show a country teetering on the brink of famine. 

As the conflict enters its third year this week, the UN children’s agency says the youngest and most vulnerable are paying the heaviest price.

According to UNICEF’s latest estimates one child dies every 10 minutes from preventable causes like malnutrition, diarrhoea and respiratory tract infections.

Attacks on hospitals and clinics have risen by a third, leaving the health system on the verge of collapse. 

While attacks on schools have more than quadrupled in the last year, forcing thousands to stay away from the classroom.



Future generations caught up in the fighting between Iranian-backed rebels and the Saudi-led coalition are at great risk, if no solution is found to the conflict












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Saudi War Crimes Yemen

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Saudi War Crimes Yemen: 10,000 civilians killed and 40,000 injured in conflict, 

UN reveals







UPDATE 1/18/2017


The US is promoting war crimes in Yemen

Yemen: No Accountability for War Crimes


Parties to Yemen’s armed conflict violated the laws of war with impunity in 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. Concerned governments should seek accountability for past and ongoing violations and immediately suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition has carried out military operations, supported by the United States and United Kingdom, against Houthi forces and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 2015. The coalition has unlawfully attacked homes, markets, hospitals, schools, civilian businesses, and mosques. As of October 10, 2016, at least 4,125 civilians had been killed and 6,711 wounded, the majority by coalition airstrikes, according to the United Nations human rights office.






People inspect a house after it was destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in the capital, Sanaa, February 25, 2016.
People inspect a house after it was destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in the capital, Sanaa, February 25, 2016. 

"None of the forces in Yemen’s conflict seem to fear being held to account for violating the laws of war,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “UN members need to press the parties to end the slaughter and the suffering of civilians.”
In the 687-page World Report, its 27th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth writes that a new generation of authoritarian populists seeks to overturn the concept of human rights protections, treating rights as an impediment to the majority will. For those who feel left behind by the global economy and increasingly fear violent crime, civil society groups, the media, and the public have key roles to play in reaffirming the values on which rights-respecting democracy has been built.
Both sides to the conflict have repeatedly violated the laws of war. Human Rights Watch has documented 61 apparently unlawful Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, some of which may amount to war crimes. The coalition has also used internationally banned cluster munitions. Neither the US nor the UK have suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite increasing evidence of their use in the conflict and the coalition’s failure to credibly investigate alleged violations. In 2015, the US approved more than US$20 billion worth of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, and the UK approved arms sales worth $4 billion.
Since taking control of the capital, Sanaa, in September 2014, the Houthis and their allies have carried out a campaign of arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances against perceived opponents. They have launched artillery rockets in indiscriminate attacks into southern Saudi Arabia and in Yemen, killing 475 civilians and wounding 1,121 between July1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, according to the UN. Houthi and allied forces have also laid banned anti-personnel landmines that have killed and wounded dozens of civilians.
None of the warring parties credibly investigated their forces’ alleged laws-of-war violations in Yemen. The coalition-appointed Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) released findings that differed drastically from those of the UN and others. The US, a party to the conflict by providing targeting intelligence and in-air refueling for coalition attacks, is not known to have investigated any alleged unlawful strikes in which its forces may have taken part.
As of November, the US reported it had conducted 28 drone strikes in Yemen in 2016, killing dozens of people described as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operatives. Both AQAP and armed groups linked to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, claimed responsibility for numerous suicide and other bombings that have unlawfully killed dozens.
Parties to the conflict block or restrict critical relief supplies from reaching civilians, deepening the country’s crisis. The coalition has imposed an air and naval blockade on Yemen, limiting the importation of vital goods, and Houthi and allied forces have confiscated food and medical supplies from civilians entering Taizz and blocked aid from reaching the city, contributing to the near collapse of its health system.






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Dar al-Hajar ِAnd Jambiya In Yemen

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Sana'a, Yemen

Buying a SIM card for your phone in Yemen entails giving a copy of the picture page and visa stamp of your passport to the store-owner which he presumably passes along to the appropriate authorities, and filling out an application form which must be stamped with your left thumbprint.  A phone call is then made to some mysterious entity and only then do you get your cellphone number. One assumes in these disturbing times, that the Yemeni government wants to keep tabs on who’s who. (It is interesting to note which countries keep close tabs on such things. In Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria you pay cash and trundle off with the new SIM and phone number, nary a piece of paperwork in sight. In Tunisia, Libya and Yemen your passport is required and recorded. I cannot quite find the common thread there.....)  The good news is that the SIM card and a charge card costs the grand total of $12.  Email is also very cheap here at 50 cents an hour (100 Yemeni Riyals) for relatively fast connection, with internet cafes everywhere in the major cities.
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A view of Old Sana'a from the rooftop of one of the city's many samsarahs.
Sana’a has a long history. It is said to have been founded by Shem, son of Noah. Arabs are descended from Shem, hence the term Semitic......Arabs, like their Jewish brethren, are a Semitic people - a little known fact, especially in the US where the term ‘Semitic’  has come to be associated exclusively with Jews  - an absurd, but by now well-established, nonsense.
Yemenis or South Arabians, are often considered to be ‘pure’ Arabs, being descended from Qahtan, (associated with Joktan a descendant of Shem, in the book of Genesis), while ‘northern Arabians’ are descended from Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar. (Adnan, who was mentioned in an earlier post as father of north Arabians, is a descendant of Ishmael.) The term ‘Arab’ seems to have been recorded in written records for the first time in Assyrian texts dating back to 853BC. There may be frequent reference to lineage in the coming posts and this is because it is extremely important in Bedouin or 'pure' Arab culture. But as Ibn Battuta would say, "but we will talk of this later."
Like other areas of the Arabian peninsula, Christianity was well established in Yemen by the mid-4th century but the last Himyarite King, Dhu Nuwas, who ruled from 495-525AD converted to Judaism and began to persecute Christians, culminating in the massacre of the entire Christian population of Najran, now in SW Saudi Arabia. The Byzantines, both affronted and powerless, asked their fellow Christian Ethiopians to attack Yemen to protect the remnants of the Christians, which they did under the Axumite General, Abraha.  He destroyed the Himyarite regime and installed himself as ruler, but the Yemenis asked the Persians for help in ousting the Ethiopians, and by 575AD they were installed as governors.
SanaarooftopsAnother view of the unique and magnificent architecture of the old City of Sana'a
Judaism has lengthy roots in Yemen and although it is not known exactly when it was established, it is assumed that after the destruction of the Temple in 70AD, some Jews made their way south to Yemen. Until 1948, there was a strong Jewish community but today the numbers are reduced to only a few hundred, mainly in the north in Sa’ada. Christianity did not fare so well - one of the reasons it did not take root long enough to survive in depth the coming of Islam, was the Byzantine Church’s heavy handedness in dealing with what it considered its heretical elements, i.e. the monotheistic creed that was embraced by many of the Eastern churches.  When the Muslims marched out of Arabia into neighboring lands not requiring - indeed initially not even wanting - their subjects to convert, paradoxically many elected not only to live under Muslim rule which was more benign than that of Constantinople, but to convert. (The benefit of conversion was exemption from the tax that all non-Muslims paid.)
But back to present-day Sana’a. The open-air medieval souk is the heart of old Sana’a. Now called Souk al-Milh, or Salt Souk, this name used to refer only to the segment of the souk designated for that trade - in years gone by 40 trades were conducted in the souk.Metalworkers
Creating some small metal part the old-fashioned way - no protective clothing in sight...
Nowadays you can still find metalworkers, jambiya makers, carpenters and potters at work in their tiny shops while in the retail section of the souk are spices, dates, tobacco, coffee, tea, perfumes, incense, silver, jambiyyas and embroidered belts, basketry, jewelry, textiles, and household items. In former times goods arrived on camelback to a samsarah or khan where they were bought from local merchants - some of those samsarahs have been converted into art galleries although a few are still used for storage. 



Jambiya - the curved dagger no self-respecting Yemeni would step outside his home without.
Jambiya

As for the tower houses of old Sana’a, the most iconic in the country is in Wadi Dahr, Beit al-Hajjar. Located on a limestone outcrop north of the capital it was originally built in the 18th century but was renovated in the 1930s as a summer residence for Imam Yahya. It is still used by the government for official functions. 






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It has all the components of a traditional tower house; several storeys of gypsum-traced windows, extravagant colored glass qamariyya windows, and shubaq, the protruding encased window ledge used for keeping meat and dairy products cool in the days before refrigeration. 
The most famous house in Yemen - Beit al-Hajjar in Wadi Dahr, near the capital.





I had been hospitably entertained in a tower house in the old City currently being rented by a friend - all five storeys of it.  Now I was about to go off into the wilds of Yemen with Abdullah Khawlani, driver and trusted friend. It promised to be memorable... Abdullah does not speak much English, although he understands far more than he lets on,  and my Arabic is execrable especially when I have to translate pages of text relating to the 14th century, text that dwells on matters most sensible people have long ago left off thinking about. Back on the trail of Ibn Battuta who landed in northern Yemen by boat, I am doing no such thing -  I am traveling in a Land Cruiser from Sana’a. But first I had to visit the pharmacy - it is the rainy season, albeit the short one, and as I am going to be spending some time on the coast where the climate is noxious at the best of times and mosquitoes abound, a dose of malaria would be tiresome even if Sana’a does have some perfectly good hospitals now. In Yemen as in many Middle Eastern countries, you can buy most drugs over the counter for a fraction of the cost you pay at home, so here's to $2 Larium and hypnotic dreams......
BabyemenYemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh looks down protectively over his flock at Bab Yemen, principal gate of the Old City.

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We're fasting ‪#‎4Yemen‬ Will you? #yemen

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At least 12 million people in Yemen don’t have enough to eat because the ongoing conflict has blocked food and water supplies in the country. Yemenis need an end to this humanitarian crisis and an end to the violence.

We need to stand with the people of Yemen. Join us for the global day of fasting ‪#‎4Yemen‬.

Let’s fast for 12 hours in solidarity with the 12 million Yemenis who are going hungry because of the conflict - and let’s call on world leaders to get food and supplies into Yemen urgently








At least 12 million people in #Yemen don’t have enough to eat because the ongoing conflict has blocked food and water...
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#Saudi War Crimes in #Yemen

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Saudi warplanes targeted residential buildings in Sa'ada and Sana’a, killing tens of civilians, including children.




















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Tweets a Yemeni Blogger about the Horrors of War “We Walk Around Death,” #YEMEN

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Tweets a Yemeni Blogger about the Horrors of War “We Walk Around Death,” #YEMEN 




UPDATE 4/20/2015






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The massive explosions in the Yemeni capital Sanaa http://aje.io/wl9h
Posted by Al Jazeera English on Monday, 20 April 2015

You can still reserve your seats to join the debate with me on #SaudiArabia #Yemen & #Venezuela! yoursay@imafilm.com!
Posted by George Galloway MP on Sunday, 19 April 2015

Air strike on missile base in #Yemen capital causes huge explosion http://t.co/I2ThY0u8MO
Posted by NADEEM MALIK on Monday, 20 April 2015

Retweeted CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk):Houthi leader in Yemen makes speech saying rebel forces will not back down despite weeks of Saudi airstrikes. http://t.co/SdobNkuAEi
Posted by Rosemary Church CNN on Sunday, 19 April 2015

This picture shows one of our warehouses in Saada, northern Yemen after a coalition airstrike hit on Saturday. The...
Posted by Oxfam GB on Monday, 20 April 2015

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has condemned Monday’s bombing of a weapons depot in Sanaa that destroyed the Indonesian embassy building nearby and left two diplomats and another Indonesian national injured.
Posted by The Jakarta Globe on Monday, 20 April 2015


"I was there when the Indians picked up 200 of their people from the port. It was embarrassing. We were just sitting there waiting for someone to come and say 'OK where are the Americans, let's pick them up,'" says Muna Mansour, who is from Buffalo, New York.Stranded Americans fend for themselves in war-torn Yemen: http://cnn.it/1E0mYvV
Posted by Early Start on Monday, 20 April 2015

A thick pillar of smoke rose into the air a strike on a Scud missile base in the Yemeni capital Sanaa caused a huge explosion, residents told Reuters news agency.
Posted by Al Arabiya English on Monday, 20 April 2015

Deposed Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has denied any alliance or military coordination with Houthis rebels, saying...
Posted by Al Arabiya English on Monday, 20 April 2015

'My children are terrified and one of my relatives fainted because of the force of the blast'
Posted by RT on Monday, 20 April 2015


Yemen grinds to a halt for lack of gasSANAA, Yemen — Hamoud al-Harazi’s brush with death happened while he was trying...
Posted by ‎Unofficial: המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים (Mossad)‎ on Sunday, 19 April 2015

Why is Saudi Arabia, along with their coalition partners (Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Israel, Egypt, USA), on the same side as...
Posted by Mint Press News on Sunday, 19 April 2015

"The United Nations Security Council held an emergency session on the crisis in Yemen. Or, as President Obama calls it: “the success in Yemen.” -Jodi Miller
Posted by NewsBusters.org on Sunday, 19 April 2015

A Shiite rebel leader in Yemen vowed to not surrender Sunday amid Saudi-led airstrikes in a rambling speech that...
Posted by Global News on Sunday, 19 April 2015

American families who've managed to flee Yemen on their own ask why the U.S. government hasn't done more to get Americans out of the war-torn country. http://cnn.it/1Ox8XHv
Posted by CNN on Monday, 20 April 2015

EU faces fresh horror in the Med; Somalia evicts thousands of displaced persons; Azerbaijan crackdown ahead of European...
Posted by Human Rights Watch on Monday, 20 April 2015

Mr Shami warns that there will be bigger battles ahead, if and when the war ends. “Many children have got used to the...
Posted by The Milli Gazette on Sunday, 19 April 2015

Barack Obama discusses Yemen's Situation with Saudi King.
Posted by The Live Mirror on Sunday, 19 April 2015

"Iran Guard rejects inspection of military sites; Yemen government rejects Iran's four-point peace plan..." // via HyperVocal's "Politics Influencer" News Feed
Posted by HyperVocal on Sunday, 19 April 2015

Israel benefiting from Saudi’s ‘dirty’ war on Yemen, senior Iranian politician says
Posted by The Jerusalem Post / JPost.com on Sunday, 19 April 2015

Clashes between rebels and pro-government forces in Yemen and Saudi-led air strikes killed 44 people, medics and local...
Posted by MANILA BULLETIN on Monday, 20 April 2015

#Yemen war will engulf #Saudi #Arabia, #Iranian commander warns
Posted by Rudaw English on Monday, 20 April 2015

Bomb blast hits Indonesian Embassy in Yemen injuring two - http://ow.ly/LQlCM
Posted by Astro AWANI on Monday, 20 April 2015


 

Catastrophic air strike & explosion today. Damages reached a diameter of 10km n #Sanaa. Cars n fuel Q damaged. #Yemenhttp://t.co/JphMMvNcO1 


RT @YemenPostNews Dozens injured and Hundreds of businesses closed down in Sanaa. #Saudi airstrike in downtown Sanaa. #Yemen #اليمن 


Photo: Aftermath of the massive explosion in #Sanaa#Yemen today. Residential buildings nearby destroyed.http://t.co/qRaDj3AY1D


RT @Rubiconski Chemical weapons used by #SaudiArabia in #Yemen kill dozens of civilians http://t.co/e2aDSaZEZmhttp://t.co/B5pCaYpeCt


RT @YemenPostNews Destruction of cars & homes as #Saudistrikes residential area near Attan Military base in Sanaa. #Yemenhttp://t.co/nI9… 


Exclusive picture of the moment of Attan explosion by AW from the Social Fund for Development building. #Sanaa #Yemenhttp://t.co/hXeb0CRR59


A series of explosions continue to be heard inside Faj Attan mountain, #Sanaa with fire in spot of the strike. #Yemenhttp://t.co/vIJPDrLVpG 



RT @Afrahnasser A friend in Sanaa texted me this, saying; I dont know how am I still alive. It was like an earthquake swallowing us.

RT @rConflictNews NEW VIDEOGIANT explosion after Saudi-led coalition hits a missile brigade by #Sanaa 


RT @AusNewsNetwork #BREAKING: Explosion seen at a military site after reported air strike on Faj Attan mountain in #Sanaa, #Yemen.http://… 


 RT @Wesamqaid Huge explosion rocks Hadda #Sanaa. @SMEPSYEMEN office windows implode staff all safe no one hurt. Thank God! http://t.co/rc… 


RT @Fatikr Protesters in Germany rally against Saudi attacks in Yemen #YemenUnderAttack #HandsOffYemen #KefayaWarhttp://t.co/zaazPWUT6C 


adelsaIah: 797 deaths and 2,906 injured from the war in Yemen. #Decisive_Storm kills Yemeni children #arabkillingyemenies @CNNhttp://t.co/bsilBqUeTq 


RT @SAIDYOUSIF Stop the war in #Yemen .Stop killing children and civilians #Bahrain #saudi #uae #kuwait #qatar#YemenUnderAttack http://t.… 


 RT @AssetSourceApp Houthi artillery kills 3 more Saudi troops near Dahran al-Janoob. #Decisive_Storm airstrikes continue to pound rebels h… 

RT @Chara_fc A man injured by #SaudiAirStrikes,lies on a hospital bed in #Sanaa,#YemenUnderAttack #YemenCrisis April 16http://t.co/Coku2W… 


RT @BarackObamair The security council authorizes Saudi Arabia to continue its crimes against the people of yemen !!!http://t.co/l3WmDARR… 

RT @AssetSourceApp #Aden area hit hard today by Saudi airstrikes. #Decisive_Storm http://t.co/FuP7Ok2Yrg 


RT @NatCounterPunch There is another war being waged by Saudi Arabia, this one entirely within its own borders. http://t.co/RR7eF0GL50


Hands off Yemen protest against Saudi bombing! #YemenUnderAttack #Yemen http://t.co/O4PY3JeiIG 


A boy carries a weapon during a protest in #Sanaa, #Yemen, against Saudi-led airstrikes. http://t.co/QIglGbc7kF 


RT @shahid_shehla #DontParticipateInYemenWar 14 children among the injured from 
#Saudi airstrike on residential building in Sanaa.http://… 


RT @AbbsWinston Stop arming Saudi Arabia! Anti-war activists protest UK-backed Yemen airstrikes — RT UKhttp://t.co/kUz1FHtaY9 http://t.… 


 RT @Isham_AlAssad 857 #Yemenis killed by bombing of #SaudiArabia (160 child under 5 yrs, 32 women, 13 elderly ppl. & 1214 also wounded) ht… 


RT @Ruptly Saudi-led airstrikes hit residential area hit in #Sanaa Video: http://t.co/amsJZBPqFf #Yemen http://t.co/tlicoDuCnj 

RT @AhmadAlgohbary Saudi/US led air strike on Bani Mattar today killing innocent people pics of today bombing on #Sanaa#Yemen http://t.c… 

RT @yemen_updates Artistic pictures by #Sanaa residents who seem to enjoy the contrast: blackout/darkness and air defence fire. #Yemen

RT @XHNews Anti-war protesters gather outside Saudi embassy in Cairo, and urged Riyadh to stop bombing Yemen http://t.co/0gcFYUG9bm





Photos of the Displaced Camp which the Arab Allianc attacked yesterday in Haradh 








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Noam Chomsky: Yemen is the most extraordinary global terrorism campaign in history



Saudi-led air strikes continue in Yemen, one ground force member killed








Eighteen out of Yemen's 22 governorates have been attacked by the Saudi-led alliance since the war on Yemen began on March 26, says the United Nations. The trail of destruction has left hundreds of people dead, thousands wounded and a nation of 24 million people living in poverty, horror and the lack of basic life essentials.

Although Operation Decisive Storm airstrikes are intended to bomb military facilities and weapon depots to quell the Houthi rebels supported by ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the strikes have resulted in a lot of death, displacement and destruction across the country. Despite the massive number of strikes over the past three weeks, the Houthi/Saleh brutal aggression has spread to the south and intensified, particularly in Aden, killing many civilians and destroying residential neighbourhoods as well.

Backed by its Gulf Arab allies, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and Saudi Arabia launched an airstrike operation against Houthi fighters who took control of Yemen in January. The effort is also being supported by the US, which is providing its Saudi partner with intelligence and logistical support.

The United Nations estimates that around 150,000 people have been displaced, and the World Health Organisation, citing Yemeni Health Ministry sources, reports 767 people had been killed and more than 2,900 wounded in less than a month.

The latest report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian gives an overview of the infrastructure that has been destroyed, damaged and disrupted as a result of the fighting.

Those stuck at home have no fuel, cooking gas or water. Food is scarce, and electricity is non-existent.

Living Amid Continuous Air Strikes and Bombardments

Residents in the capital Sana'a and in Aden have been tweeting day and night about the horrors they are facing during the war.


From Sana'a, Osama Abdullah describes life in the capital as “walking around death”:

























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