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15 civilians dead in strikes on minibuses in Yemen's Hodeida – U.N.

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Yemeni rebels say the air strikes were by the Saudi-led coalition

Yemen president at U.N. dismisses talks with Huthis

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:41 PM

'All attempts at peace that are made with this group are doomed to fail,' President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi tells the UN General Assembly

NO PEACE TALKS? Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Yemen gov't slams UN envoy for 'appeasing' rebels

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Yemen's foreign minister says UN envoy Martin Griffiths 'is providing excuses' for the Huthi rebels' absence in the peace talks

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on June 16, 2018 for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where Huthi rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

'We just didn't make it,' UN envoy says as Yemen talks falter

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Huthis have refused to leave the rebel-held capital of Sanaa unless the United Nations meets a list of conditions, which includes securing a safe return from Geneva for their delegation

YEMEN PEACE TALKS. UN special envoy on Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks with members of his delegation on his way to a meeting with Yemen's foreign minister at a hotel on September 7, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

No face-to-face meetings at Yemen peace talks

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Yemen's warring parties confirm they are sending high-level delegations to the talks but officials say expectations of a breakthrough are low

Yemen rebels say willing to attend UN talks

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:24 PM

The United Nations will invite Yemen's warring sides for talks in Geneva on September 6 to discuss a framework for peace negotiations

UN panel finds further evidence of Iran link to Yemen missiles

Jul 31, 2018 - 4:21 PM

In a confidential report to the Security Council, a UN panel of experts says it 'continues to believe' that short-range ballistic missiles and other weaponry were transferred from Iran to Yemen after an arms embargo was imposed in 2015

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, September 30 2014, United Nations, New York. File photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

Parts of Yemen missiles fired at Saudi Arabia were Iranian-made – UN report

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:41 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tells the Security Council that debris from the missiles fired since July 2017 'share key design features with a known type of missile manufactured' by Iran

Yemen forces closing in on rebel-held port – Saudi-led coalition

May 29, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Hodeida is Yemen's largest entry point for aid on which millions depend, as the country teeters on the brink of famine

HODEIDA. A file photo taken on November 7, 2017 shows a view of Yemen's rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida. File photo by Abdo Hyder/AFP

Russia vetoes Western bid at UN to pressure Iran over Yemen

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:04 AM

Russia vetoes a UN draft resolution presented by Britain that would have pressured Iran over its failure to block supplies of missiles to Yemen's Huthi rebels

VOTE ON YEMEN. The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2402 (2018) on the mandate of the experts panel in Yemen, 26 February 2018 at the United Nations, New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

On mountain frontline, Yemen army makes push for Sanaa

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Sanaa, less than 30 miles (50 kilometers) away, remains stubbornly out of reach despite the recent gains, highlighting the complexities of Yemen’s tangled conflict

FRONTLINER. Yemeni commander Nasr al-Dibani from the Popular Resistance Committees, loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president, looks on as they hold a position during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies in the Nihm district, on the eastern edges of the capital Sanaa, on January 30, 2018. Abdullah al-Qadry/AFP

Yemen ex-president killed as fighting shakes capital

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:33 AM

Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh is killed by Huthi rebels as he fled heavy fighting in Sanaa after the collapse of his alliance with the Iran-backed insurgents

'KILLED.' This file photo taken on November 18, 2006 shows Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh arriving at the Elysee Palace in Paris to meet with former French president Jacques Chirac. File/Patrick Kovaric/AFP

Rebel-held Yemen capital braces for 'famine' as blockade tightens

Nov 09, 2017 - 11:17 PM

A resident of Sanaa says 'the situation was already catastrophic, but that didn't stop Saudi Arabia from imposing a total blockade for us to die of hunger'

Sanaa, capital of Yemen

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of blocking Yemen peace

Oct 29, 2017 - 10:08 PM

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accuses Tehran of smuggling arms to Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels

PEACE. Yemenis gather in front of one entrance of a market on November 19, 2016 in the capital Sanaa as a 48-hour ceasefire, announced by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels, began. AFP photo    While fighting subsided on several fronts a few hours after the truce came into effect at midday (0900 GMT), heavy clashes still rocked areas surrounding the flashpoint city of Taez. / AFP PHOTO / Abdel RAHMAN ABDALLAH / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by STRINGER has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [ABDEL RAHMAN ABDALLAH] instead of [STRINGER]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen

Oct 06, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The group was briefly included on the annual list of shame last year before a threat by Saudi Arabia to cut off its funding to UN programs forced a reversal

UN BLACKLIST. In this file photo, displaced Yemeni children stand outside a make-shift shelter at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Sanaa on April 15, 2017. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Deadly clashes in Yemen rebel ranks spark fears of 'strife'

Aug 27, 2017 - 11:50 PM

An anti government alliance between former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and rebel leader Abdul Malik al Huthi is crumbling

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis hold posters and portraits of Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh during a demonstration in support of the former president, as his political party marks 35 years since its founding, at Sabaeen Square in the capital Sanaa on August 24, 2017.  The rally comes amid reports that armed supporters of Saleh and the head of the country's Huthi rebels, who have been allied against the Saudi-backed government since 2014, had spread throughout the capital as tensions are rising between the two sides. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

Ramadan begins for world's Muslims, violently for some

May 27, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Although for many Ramadan is a time for families to gather and break the fast with an iftar meal at sunset and socialize this year it has been marked by violence

HOLY MONTH. Filipino muslims prepare for the holy month of Ramadan at the Quiapo Islamic Center on May 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets on conflict anniversary

Mar 26, 2017 - 9:30 PM

UPDATED Crowds converge on Sabaeen Square chanting their vows to resist to the end

Yemeni supporters of the Huthi movement and former president former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, attend rally to mark two years of the military intervention by the Saudi-led coalition, in the capital Sanaa on March 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

In war-torn Yemen, hungry children turn to begging

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Some of the children are already orphans while others are trying to help their parents make ends meet

Yemeni children beg on a street on October 27, 2016 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

UN Yemen envoy in new bid for peace

Nov 27, 2016 - 8:45 PM

3rd UPDATE Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed is heading to Riyadh and Kuwait to prepare for a new round of talks

The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks during a press conference ahead of his departure at Sanaa international airport, on November 7, 2016. Yemen's 20-month war has killed more than 7,000 people and wounded nearly 37,000, the World Health Organization said, as the UN envoy voiced alarm over the worsening humanitarian situation. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

Coalition strikes on Yemen detention center kill 60

Oct 30, 2016 - 11:25 PM

Most of the victims are anti rebel detainees according to a health official

UN urges renewal of Yemen truce as fighting rages

Oct 23, 2016 - 7:51 AM

Despite the ceasefire fierce gun battles have raged between the Iran backed Huthi rebels and pro government forces along the border with Saudi Arabia over the past two days

In this file photo, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, briefs journalists at the United Nations headquarters in New York, March 23, 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Fighting rages in Yemen despite truce

Oct 22, 2016 - 11:51 PM

UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed says on Friday the ceasefire was fragile but largely holding

Arab coalition says Yemen rebels breach truce

Oct 21, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Five previous truce attempts failed but cautious optimism has preceded the current pause after intensified international pressure following an escalation of combat

CONFLICT. Yemeni children stand amid empty jerrycans as they wait to fill them with water from a donated source amid ongoing widespread disruption of water supplies in an impoverished coastal village on the outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, on October 18, 2016. AFP Photo

US, Britain, and UN demand Yemen ceasefire within days

Oct 16, 2016 - 11:25 PM

We cannot emphasize enough today the urgency of ending the violence in Yemen says US Secretary of State John Kerry

(L-R) US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement on Yemen at Lancaster House in London on October 16, 2016. The United States, Britain and the UN peace envoy to Yemen today urged the warring parties in the country's civil war to declare a ceasefire within days. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JUSTIN TALLIS

Missiles fired at US warships in Red Sea, no casualties – official

Oct 16, 2016 - 9:20 AM

A US defense official said the altercation took place starting around 1930 GMT It was unclear how many of the surface to surface missiles were fired at the USS Mason USS Nitze and USS Ponce

US strikes Huthi rebel targets in Yemen – Pentagon

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:39 PM

The strikes in Huthi controlled territory on Yemen s Red Sea coast authorized by President Barack Obama were conducted with Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by the destroyer USS Nitze

The USS Nitze, March 2009. WikiMedia Commons/Public Domain

Arab coalition says to probe Yemen funeral carnage

Oct 09, 2016 - 4:21 PM

3rd UPDATE Those responsible for the attack must be brought to justice says United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon

Yemeni rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa on October 8, 2016. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

More than 140 killed in air strikes on Yemen funeral – UN

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:41 AM

UPDATED A UN aid official calls for an immediate investigation and says the international community must exert pressure to ensure civilians are protected

A Yemeni collects items amidst the rubble of a destroyed building following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa on October 8, 2016. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Saudi city soldiers on as civilian toll mounts

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:35 PM

At least 31 civilians have been killed in Najran since early last year when Yemen s Huthi rebels and their allies began bombarding southern Saudi Arabia

Saudis wait next to wreckages at a market for vehicles on August 27, 2016 in the Saudi border city of Najran, a week after it was struck by a rocket fired from Yemen.  Cross-border attacks into Saudi Arabia have intensified since the suspension in early August of UN-brokered peace talks between the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies, and Yemen's internationally-recognised government which has the military support of a Saudi-led Arab coalition. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Yemen rebels defy government and convene parliament

Aug 13, 2016 - 11:27 PM

The session in rebel held Sanaa was the first in almost two years and comes after the Huthis rejected a UN peace plan and appointed a council to run the country

Yemeni MPs attend a parliament session on August 13, 2016 in the capital Sanaa, as Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels convened the parliament for the first time in almost two years in defiance of the internationally recognized government. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Saudi coalition, Huthis violate rights in Yemen – UN report

Aug 05, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The actions amount to violations of international humanitarian law according to the report by a panel of experts

YOUNG CASUALTY. The grave of Yemeni child Bilal al-Asadi, who was killed in a Saudi-led airstrike that hit his family's house, is shown on International Day of Innocent Child Victims of Aggression, in Yemen, June 4, 2016. File photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemeni rebels free 276 loyalists

Jun 19, 2016 - 11:40 PM

The government loyalists are reportedly freed as a sign of good will for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

epa05376312 Houthi militia members hold up weapons during a gathering mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, Sana'a, Yemen, 18 June 2016. According to reports, violent clashes are still taking place between Houthi rebels and Yemen?s Saudi-backed government forces in Yemen?s several areas as UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait between Yemen?s warring factions come into the second month of sessions in an attempt to end more than a year of conflict in the troubled Arab country. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition over child deaths in Yemen

Jun 03, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The Saudi led coalition is responsible for 60 of the total 785 children who were killed and 1 168 wounded last year in Yemen

CHILDREN AND ARMED CONFLICT. Yemeni children pose for a photo at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) after they were forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing fighting in the country, the northern province of Amran, Yemen, 01 May 2016. File photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen government suspends participation in peace talks

May 17, 2016 - 8:21 PM

UPDATED A statement by the government delegation says it would continue to boycott the talks until the rebels comply with the agreed references

PEACE TALKS SUSPENSION. Armed tribesmen, loyal to the Shiite Huthirebels, cover their faces from swirling dust during a gathering to show support to the rebels, on the eastern outskirts of Sana'a, Yemen, May 14, 2016. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Loyalists, rebels clash in Yemen, jeopardizing truce

Apr 12, 2016 - 3:13 PM

Forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fought with Shiite Huthi rebels in the province of Marib east and north of the rebel held capital Sanaa officials say

In this file photo, Yemenis look at banners depicting the victims and sites of Saudi-led airstrikes during a rally protesting Saudi-led military operations, in Sana'a, Yemen, March 9, 2016. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Warring sides pledge support as Yemen truce begins

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:28 AM

In a contrast to earlier ceasefire attempts some Huthi leaders met with loyalist troops on a joint committee to make sure both sides comply with the truce

Huthi supporters shout slogans and brandish weapons during a gathering to collect food aid and mobilize more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, few days before the scheduled start of a ceasefire, in Sanaa, Yemen, April 7, 2016. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen truce raises hope of ending conflict

Apr 08, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Analysts are optimistic after mediation efforts have largely silenced the guns along the border with Saudi Arabia

Huthi supporters shout slogans and brandish weapons during a gathering to collect food aid and mobilize more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, few days before the scheduled start of a ceasefire, in Sanaa, Yemen, April 7, 2016. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen ceasefire set on eve of peace talks – official

Dec 14, 2015 - 5:00 PM

A government delegate confirms the truce in conflict torn Yemen where thousands have died since March

Yemeni troops loyal to their Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi march during a parade military west of the cityof Marib, some 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of the capital Sanaa on December 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH AL-QADRY / AFP / ABDULLAH AL-QADRY

Yemen's Hadi urges rebels to lay down arms

Sep 27, 2015 - 10:44 PM

I am open to all efforts seeking a political solution says Yemen President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi

CLASHES. Smoke billows as supporters of exiled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi clash with Shiite Huthi rebels near the International airport in the port city of Aden, on May 2, 2015. File photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

Yemen rebels free US, Saudi, British hostages

Sep 21, 2015 - 7:48 AM

Yemeni and US officials say Shiite rebels in Yemen released two Americans two Saudis and a Briton on Sunday September 20 after detaining them for around 6 months

DEFIANCE. Yemeni child supporters of the Shiite Huthi rebel movement chant slogans during a rally to protest against a military offensive by a Saudi-led coalition, on August 24, 2015 in the capital Sanaa. Photo by Mohammed Huwais / AFP

One year on, Yemen rebels still hold Sanaa despite air campaign

Sep 21, 2015 - 12:33 AM

A collapse of the Shiite militants authority is far from imminent – or guaranteed over the medium term says Jordan Perry of the UK based risk assessment group Verisk Maplecroft

CLASHES. Smoke rises from a large explosion during heavy clashes between Presidential guards and Huthis in Sanaa, Yemen, on January 19, 2015. Photo by EPA

New wave of air strikes shake Yemen capital – witnesses

Sep 06, 2015 - 3:45 PM

UPDATED Witnesses say coalition warplanes pound positions of the Iran backed rebels and bases of splinter troops loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh

UAE pounds Yemen rebels after coalition's deadliest day

Sep 06, 2015 - 12:00 AM

The strike hit an arms depot triggering huge explosions that the exiled Yemeni government said also killed 5 Bahraini coalition troops

A handout image made available by the United Arab Emirates News Agency (WAM) on September 5, 2015, shows Emiratis carrying the body of Abdullah Ali Hassan Al Hammadi, an Emirati armed forces' soldier who was killed the previous day in Yemen's eastern province of Marib. The UAE said 45 of its soldiers fighting rebels in Yemen were killed in an arms depot blast, while five border guards from Bahrain died in the deadliest day yet for the Saudi-led coalition. AFP PHOTO / HO / WAM

DFA deploys team to assess OFWs' safety in Saudi village

Sep 02, 2015 - 7:40 PM

The village of Dhahran Al Janoub is said to be 13 5 kilometers away from the Saudi Yemen border where OFWs say they ve seen rockets being fired

Protection sought for Filipino workers near Saudi-Yemen border

Aug 26, 2015 - 3:59 PM

About 70 Filipino medical workers construction workers engineers and mechanics – some with their families – are based in Dhahran Al Janoub village

MAP. This map shows a village affected by multilateral efforts to quell the Huthi rebellion in Yemen. Photo from the Blas Ople Center

UAE forces rescue British hostage in Yemen

Aug 23, 2015 - 11:37 PM

UAE forces frees 64 year old oil worker Robert Douglas Semple in a military operation

CHECKPOINT. A Yemeni soldier checks a minibus at a checkpoint leading to the British embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, on August 23, 2015, after the reported rescue of a hostage from the Yemen-based al-Qaeda. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

UN warns over 'deliberate starvation of civilians' in Yemen

Aug 11, 2015 - 9:48 PM

A UN official warns armed factions in Yemen over the deliberate starvation of civilians as the embattled country grapples with a food crisis that has left 850 000 children facing acute malnutrition

‘YEMEN IS CRUMBLING.’ Yemeni children peer out of a window of their historic house as UN-brokered peace talks between Yemen's warring factions started in Geneva, in the old city of Sana’a, Yemen, 15 June 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab / EPA

Loyalists retake Yemen's biggest airbase in new blow to rebels

Aug 05, 2015 - 9:26 AM

Their seizure of Al Anad base in a 24 hour assault using heavy armor supplied by the coalition came after hundreds of Gulf Arab troops landed in Aden

Saudi-led troops riding a tank supplied by the Saudi-led coalition deploy in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, August 3, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Loyalists retake airport in Yemen's Aden

Jul 14, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Loyalists of Yemen s exiled president recapture the airport in Aden sealing a four month battle with Iran backed rebels with Saudi led air and naval support

AFTERMATH. Yemenis peer through the bars of a window at the bodies of people killed in airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana'a, Yemen, 13 July 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab / EPA