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Saudi Arabia downs explosive-laden drone from Yemen – coalition

May 23, 2019 - 11:41 PM

The Yemeni rebels' Al-Masirah TV says the attack has targeted a Patriot air defense system

Spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition Colonel Turki Al-Maliki talks during an interview with AFP in the capital Riyadh, on May 21, 2019. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

U.N. envoy in Yemen for talks on Hodeida truce

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:56 PM

A UN source confirms the news, saying Griffiths is in Yemen to 'work on the rapid implementation of the Hodeida agreement'

PEACE TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths gives a press conference on September 5, 2018, ahead of peace talks with the government and Huthi rebels in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Sweden talks 'critical opportunity' for Yemen peace – UAE

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The comments from the United Arab Emirates come as UN envoy Martin Griffiths is in the rebel-held capital Sanaa seeking to push forward the planned talks

PEACE TALKS. This file photo shows Yemeni pro-government forces gathering on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida on November 10, 2018.  File photo by AFP

Yemen peace talks in balance as parties trade ultimatums

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:26 AM

The Geneva talks are meant to be the first since 2016, when 108 days of negotiations between the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and rebels failed to yield a deal

PEACE TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths gives a press conference on September 5, 2018, ahead of peace talks with the government and Huthi rebels in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

40 children killed in Yemen bus strike – Red Cross

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The new casualty toll comes as a mass funeral is held for many of the dead children on Monday, August 13

AIR STRIKE. A man transports a child to a hospital after he was wounded in a reported air strike on the Iran-backed Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 9, 2018. Photo by AFP

At least 29 children killed in strike on Yemen bus

Aug 09, 2018 - 11:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Both the United Nations chief and the US State Department have called for investigations into the strike

AIR STRIKE. A man transports a child to a hospital after he was wounded in a reported air strike on the Iran-backed Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 9, 2018. Photo by AFP

Yemen pro-gov't forces seize Hodeida airport from rebels – coalition

Jun 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

'The airport was completely cleared, Thank God, and is under control,' says Abdul Salaam al-Shehi, coalition commander for the Red Sea coast

CLEARED. A grab from a AFPTV video shows Yemeni pro-government forces backed by the Saudi-led military alliance advancing during their fight against Huthi rebels in the area of Hodeida's airport on June 19, 2018.AFP PHOTO/AFPTV

First aid flight in weeks lands in rebel-held Yemen capital

Nov 25, 2017 - 7:50 PM

But the UN adds that shipments of food and medicines to the rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida remains blocked

AID. A technician unloads doses of vaccines from a plane after it landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on November 25, 2017. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Saudi-led strikes hit defense ministry in Yemen capital

Nov 11, 2017 - 7:34 AM

(UPDATED) A Huthi rebel media outlet reports two air strikes targeting the defense ministry. One hit a residential area near the ministry, witnesses say, wounding at least 3 civilians.

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-led coalition says it 'wrongly targeted' Yemen funeral

Oct 15, 2016 - 6:18 PM

UPDATED The October 8 strike has prompted an international outcry and strong criticism even from Saudi Arabia s closest Western allies

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. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

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

Oman evacuates American from Yemen – ministry

Apr 09, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Omani armed forces evacuate an American from rebel held Sanaa to Muscat after the US government requested for help

Thousands of Yemenis protest year-long coalition campaign

Mar 27, 2016 - 12:04 AM

Together against the tyrannical Saudi aggression says a large banner in Sanaa s Sabaeen Square

PROTEST. Yemenis wave national flags and hold placards during a protest against the Saudi-led coalition, commemorating one year of the alliance's military campaign against insurgents on March 26, 2016 next to the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

At least 13 killed, 38 wounded in Yemen wedding bombing – medic

Oct 08, 2015 - 12:37 PM

The bombing targets a house hosting a wedding celebration in Sanban in Dhamar province some 100 kilometers 60 miles south of Sanaa

Mosque bombing in Yemen capital kills at least 25

Sep 24, 2015 - 3:04 PM

The blast occurs in the Balili mosque where Huthi Shiite rebels who control Sanaa go to pray according to witnesses

Yemen president returns to Aden after 6-month exile

Sep 22, 2015 - 11:32 PM

President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi flies into Aden returning to war torn Yemen six months after fleeing the southern city for exile in Saudi Arabia an airport security official says

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

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

Key dates in the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen

Aug 04, 2015 - 9:27 PM

Here are key dates since a coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened after Huthi Shiite rebels overran the Yemeni capital Sanaa and advanced on Aden the second biggest city

LEVEL-3 EMERGENCY. Yemenis inspect the scene of a car bomb targeting a group of female mourners loyal to Shiite Houthi Group in Sana'a, Yemen, June 30, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/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

Yemen truce begins, relief agencies hope to deliver aid

Jul 11, 2015 - 9:10 AM

But the leader of the Iran backed Shiite rebels says he does not expect the truce to hold demanding an end to the Saudi aggression

HUMANITARIAN TRUCE. An armed Houthi militiaman inspects the damage of a building reportedly hit by an airstrike allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana'a, Yemen, July 10, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen hit by deadly car bomb, air strikes as talks fail

Jun 20, 2015 - 9:24 PM

More than 2 600 have been killed in the fighting which has left 80 of the population in need of urgent humanitarian aid

Saudi-led warplanes hit 'jewel' of Islamic culture in Sanaa

Jun 12, 2015 - 10:19 PM

Residents say the pre dawn strike was the first direct hit on old Sanaa since the launch of the bombing campaign against Huthi rebels in late March

SANAA. A general view shows smoke rising from a large explosion during heavy clashes between Presidential guards and Houthis in Sanaa, Yemen, 19 January 2015. Stringer/EPA

45 dead in Saudi-led raids on Yemen capital – medic

Jun 07, 2015 - 6:32 PM

At least 20 civilians and 25 soldiers and officers are killed in four raids that hit Sanaa

Traces of anti-aircraft fire illuminates the sky over the city during alleged airstrikes of the Saudi-led coalition as the coalition warplanes intensifed their raids on Houthi-controlled military posts in Sana'a, Yemen, 03 June 2015. The exiled Yemeni government of President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi has agreed to attend peace talks in Geneva with the Iran-backed Houthi Group in a bid to resolve the crisis currently gripping the Arab impoverished country. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

'Several' Americans held in Yemen – State Department

Jun 01, 2015 - 12:16 AM

The Americans are believed to be held by the Huthi militia in a prison near the capital Sanaa with US efforts to secure their release had faltering hampered by the fact Washington has no direct links to the rebels

UN envoy urges extension of Yemen humanitarian truce

May 17, 2015 - 9:31 PM

This humanitarian truce should turn into a permanent ceasefire says UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed

UN-chartered ship docks in Yemen with fuel for aid deliveries

May 10, 2015 - 9:59 PM

This breakthrough for the UN humanitarian operation in Yemen will allow us to reach hundreds of thousands of people in need of urgent food assistance says Purnima Kashyap World Food Programme country director in Yemen

Saudi-led warplanes bomb Yemen capital airport

May 09, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The runway is hit by two missiles witnesses say a day after the civil aviation authority in Sanaa announced it would temporarily reopen the airport

CRATER. Yemeni officials and Yemen based ICRC workers inspects a crater allegedly made by an airstrike of the Saudi-led coalition at the Sana’a International Airport in Sana’a, Yemen, 05 May 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Saudi announces Yemen humanitarian truce

May 09, 2015 - 8:49 AM

While Saudi Arabia announces a humanitarian ceasefire they also say it depends if the Huthis agree that they will also stop attacks

REBELS. Members of the Shiite Huthi movement sit on a pick up truck mounted with a machine gun at a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on January 18, 2015. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Yemen violence leaves 944 dead, 3487 injured

Apr 21, 2015 - 8:59 PM

WHO says the violence raging in Yemen since late March has left 944 people dead and 3 487

BURIAL. Locals dig graves for the victims of an airstrike allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Houthi rebels' positions in the village of Hajer Akash, Sana'a, Yemen, 04 April 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab / EPA

Blasts tear through Yemen capital after air strikes

Apr 20, 2015 - 11:01 PM

Medics say at least 15 civilians were killed and dozens wounded and there were fears of a much higher death toll

File photo of Yemen air strike | Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Dua staf KBRI Sana'a terluka akibat bom di Yaman

Apr 20, 2015 - 4:50 PM

Bom yang meledak dekat KBRI di Sanaa diberitakan mengakibatkan kerusakan gedung sampai 90 persen dan melukai staff KBRI

Red Cross, UN fly aid into Yemen as raids batter south

Apr 11, 2015 - 9:12 AM

The World Health Organization says nearly 650 people have been killed and more than 2 000 injured in the fighting but the actual number of fatalities is likely to be far higher

NEEDED AID. Emergency medical aid supplied by the ICRC and UNICEF is unloaded from a plane at Sana'a International Airport in Sana'a, Yemen, April 10, 2015. File photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Saudi must stop 'criminal acts' in Yemen – Iran

Apr 10, 2015 - 12:04 AM

What the Saudi government is doing in Yemen resembles exactly what the Zionist regime did in Gaza Khamenei said

Yemen calls for coalition to send ground troops

Apr 01, 2015 - 10:26 PM

His appeal coincides with warnings from aid groups about a brewing humanitarian crisis

'Heaviest' Arab raids rock Yemen capital

Mar 31, 2015 - 8:17 PM

Warplanes also bomb renegade troops in the Shiite populated city of Dhammar a stronghold of the Huthi rebels south of Sanaa

Raids cripple Yemen's main airport, kill 15 rebel troops

Mar 29, 2015 - 3:12 PM

UPDATED The overnight raid struck the Al Subaha base in western Sanaa an official says

Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:06 AM

At least 39 civilians have been killed in Saudi led Operation Decisive Storm against the Huthis and their allies

ANTI-SAUDI. Armed Houthi members hold their guns in the air while shouting anti-Saudi slogans during a rally protesting Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi positions in Sana?a, Yemen, March 26, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Iran says Saudi strikes ensure 'more deaths' in Yemen

Mar 27, 2015 - 12:02 AM

Riyadh says however it was acting to restore the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Yemen mosque bombings

Mar 21, 2015 - 1:39 AM

The previously unknown Sanaa branch of ISIS warns that the bombings are just the tip of the iceberg


Shiite militia tightens grip on Yemen after 'coup'

Feb 07, 2015 - 10:16 PM

The Huthi coup marks a grave and inacceptable escalation and endangers the security stability sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen the Gulf Cooperation Council says

COUP.  Photo shows a general view of the  Al-Saleh mosque in Sana'a, Yemen taken on May 26, 2014. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen Qaeda claims rocket attack near US embassy

Sep 28, 2014 - 12:57 AM

Ansar al Sharia have targeted the US embassy in Sanaa with a shoulder launched LAW rocket the jihadist group posts on Twitter

Yemen rebels, officials to meet with UN to solve crisis

Sep 13, 2014 - 1:01 PM

For weeks Zaidi rebels have been demanding the resignation of the government which they accuse of corruption and a reduction of fuel prices

A Yemeni demonstrator holds a Yemeni flag during a rally in support of Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and against Shiite Houthi rebels in Sana’a, Yemen, 26 August 2014. Report state the Shiite Houthi movement is calling for the current government of Yemen’s President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi to step down. Shiite fighters have erected encampments on the outskirts of Sana’a to force the government to resign, threatening an expanding campaign of civil dissent. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Protesting Yemen rebels reject presidential overture

Sep 03, 2014 - 9:09 PM

The protesters reject the initiative by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi who earlier pledged a reduction in fuel price hikes under pressure from Shiite rebels

500 'Qaeda' killed, aid needed – Yemen army

Jun 05, 2014 - 9:27 PM

We will press on with our war against Al Qaeda especially in the regions that militants fled to Colonel Saeed al Fakeih says

WAR ON TERROR. Yemeni Army spokesman Saeed al-Faqih says his country’s forces have killed a total of 500 suspected al-Qaeda militants and wounded 100 others in an all-out offensive last May in the southern provinces of Shabwa and Abyan. Photo by Yahya Arhab/ EPA

At least 15 dead in Qaeda assault on Yemen city – security

May 24, 2014 - 3:49 PM

Security forces have been on high alert for Al Qaeda reprisals for the offensive

Yemen braces for Al-Qaeda reprisals over army offensive

May 10, 2014 - 10:05 PM

Tensions rise in Yemen after the army says troops have entered Azzan a jihadist bastion in southern Shabwa province

Two foreign jihadists killed in Yemen, two captured: govt

May 09, 2014 - 11:21 PM

Reports say the suspected French jihadists were arrested trying to flee the country from an unnamed airport

Yemen says defense complex attackers mostly Saudi

Dec 07, 2013 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED A preliminary report says suspects were mostly Saudis adding credibility to Al Qaeda s claim that they are responsible

ATTACKED. A handout photo released by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows burned cars after the explosives-packed car hit the country's Defense Ministry complex. Photo from EPA/Yemeni Defense Ministry