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Save Australian Great Barrier Reef coral


This 29 June 2015 video from Australia says about itself:

Great Barrier Reef table coral provides vital shade for passing fish

Read more here.

Saudi bombs killing civilians at markets all over Yemen


This 5 May 2015 video from the USA is called Human Rights Watch: Saudi-Led Coalition Bombing Yemen with Banned U.S.-Made Cluster Munitions.

From Doctors Without Borders:

Yemen: Hundreds Wounded in Attacks on Markets and Residential Areas

July 06, 2015

SANA’A, YEMEN/NEW YORK—Medical facilities supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have received hundreds of people wounded in airstrikes and ground shelling across Yemen in recent days, and MSF teams have treated scores of people in several locations, including victims of a July 4 attack on a crowded marketplace in Harad District.

An MSF team treated more than 67 injured persons in Beni Hassan, in northwestern Yemen’s Harad District, following a series of airstrikes targeting a busy marketplace after people broke Ramadan’s fast on the night of July 4. An estimated 20 people were killed in the attack in the market, and the MSF team recovered nine dead bodies among the debris the following day. An elderly injured man was also rescued and transferred to Beni Hassan health center, where MSF has provided support since May 2015.

“It is unacceptable that airstrikes take place in highly concentrated civilian areas where people are gathering and going about their daily lives, especially at a time such as Ramadan,” said Colette Gadenne, MSF head of mission in Yemen.

The attack on the market in Beni Hassan, called Aahem triangle, first hit a cooking-gas station at about 8:30 p.m. At about 9:00 p.m., a second attack hit the heart of the crowded market, as well as two restaurants and a hotel.

The MSF team was called to Beni Hassan an hour later, when private cars and public transport vehicles were already taking dozens of injured people to the health center. The team stabilized the wounded patients and referred three to the main hospitals of the region, al Jumhuri (Hajjah City) and al Olafi and al Thawara hospitals (Hodeida City).

MSF donated war-wounded kits for 100 persons to al Jumhuri hospital, which received over 40 referrals in total, and also provided fuel and ambulances.

Medical teams were quickly overwhelmed by the number of wounded persons and the severity of their injuries. “It has been terrible. We could never have imagined that we could receive so many severely injured people at one time in a small health center like Beni Hassan,” said one member of the MSF team, Dr. Ammar. “The whole team is shocked by what they have seen, especially since it happened to people enjoying an evening in Ramadan.”

Elsewhere in Yemen there have been several attacks with mass civilian casualties. In southern Yemen, MSF teams assisted 23 injured civilians due to an airstrike that took place in Alfayush market, in Lahj Governorate. In the nearby city of Aden, more than 80 injured people, including women and children, were treated by MSF staff members on July 1 as a result of heavy shelling on a residential area in Al-Mansoora district.

Ground shelling and clashes in Aden cause MSF teams to continuously receive wounded patients in the Emergency Surgical Hospital. In the last four months, more than 2,800 injured people, including women and children, have been treated there.

On July 5, in Amran governorate, in the east of the country, an MSF-supported hospital received seven injured people, including three children under 13 years old, due to airstrikes targeting Harf Sufian District.

Translated from an interview today by Dutch NOS TV with (Dutch) Ms Karline Kleijer, of Doctors Without Borders in Sanaa, capital of Yemen:

“Millions of Yemenis have nowhere to go because of the bombing

Today, 17:55

The bombing in Yemen is causing more victims. Yesterday, 176 people died. Among the victims were combatants, but also many civilians. …

“We have a clinic in Beni Hassan in the northwest of the country. There the coalition of Saudi Arabia are also bombing. …

What happened yesterday she calls an extreme example. “A very busy market is just bombed by a jet. There at one stroke nearly thirty people were killed. As far as we know, there was not even one military person among the victims.”

‘Unacceptable’

MSF/doctors Without Borders says that they do not really understand what is happening in Yemen. Kleijer: “Dropping a bomb there has nothing to do with eliminating the warriors of the other side. Then you are deliberately murdering people and one should not do that.”

She calls on the Saudi coalition and their Western partners like the US, Britain and France to accept their responsibility and ensure that this will no longer occur. “We consider this to be irresponsible and totally unacceptable.”

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a suburb of the southern port city of Aden killed more than 45 civilians on Monday. The deadly attack on a livestock market in the town of Foyoush also injured 50 civilians: here.

Jihadis likely winners of Saudi Arabia’s futile war on Yemen’s Houthi rebels: here.

Bottlenose dolphins near England, videos


This video from England says about itself:

Bottlenose Dolphins 20 06 2015 (Farne Islands)

On the morning 20/06/2015 I left the harbour in my boat in search of Bottlenose Dolphins and I had over half an hour with these wonderful creatures.

This 27 June 2015 video from England is called 3 minutes of pure bliss. Bow Riding Bottlenose Dolphins (Farne Islands).

See also here.

Young birds news from Vlieland island


This video is about a little tern with chicks.

Warden Anke Bruin reports today from Vlieland island in the Netherlands.

In the west of the island there are 21 little tern couples; including 13 couples with chicks. Also two ringed plover couples.

A bit more to the east: three Kentish plover couples.

In the south-west of the island: 52 common tern and 12 Arctic tern couples; some already with chicks.

Saudi bombing kills many Yemeni civilians again


This 28 March 2015 video is called ‘Saudi-led coalition helping ISIS by bombing Houthis in Yemen’.

From Deutsche Welle in Germany, 6 June 2015:

Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen market, killing dozens

More than 40 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in a Saudi-led bombing raid in southern Yemen. …

Eyewitnesses and security officials said a coalition warplane fired a rocket into a busy livestock market in the southern port city of Aden Monday, killing at least 41 people. Dozens of civilians were also wounded in the bombing in the city’s Fayoush neighborhood.

“I came right after the explosion and saw dozens of dead strewn about and a sea of blood, while the wounded were being evacuated to nearby hospitals,” resident Abu-Ali al-Azibi told Associated Press.

Last week, the UN declared the situation in Yemen to be a “Level 3″ humanitarian emergency – its most severe category – where over 80 percent of the population needs assistance.

The body says the conflict has left 20 million Yemenis without access to safe drinking water and displaced more than one million people. Nearly 3,000 people have been killed in bombing raids and fighting since March.

See also here.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes killed at least 176 fighters and civilians in Yemen on Monday, residents and media run by the Houthi movement said, the highest daily toll since the Arab air offensive began more than three months ago: here.

Wounded birds freed after recovery


Recovered kingfisher freed, photo by Ronald in 't Veld

Warden Ronald in ‘t Veld made this photo on 25 June 2015 near Puttershoek in the Netherlands. It shows a kingfisher which had collided with a window. Fortunately, the bird had not broken anything. After recovery at the Vogelklas Karel Schot in Rotterdam, the kingfisher was freed again, warden Wicher Pen writes.

At the same place, at the same time, two recovered buzzards and a kestrel were freed as well.