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150 killed in battle for Yemen's Hodeida as global alarm grows

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Government loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition are fighting to oust the Iran-backed Huthi rebels from the strategic Red Sea city, whose docks are a lifeline to 14 million Yemenis at risk of starvation

YEMEN'S HODEIDA. Yemeni pro-government forces gather on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida as they continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 10, 2018. Photo by AFP

Clashes reach residential areas in Yemen's Hodeida

Nov 11, 2018 - 5:57 PM

(UPDATED) Troops entered residential streets in eastern Hodeida with the aim of 'purging them of insurgents'

CLASH. Yemeni pro-government forces gather on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida, as they continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 9, 2018. Photo by AFP

At least 61 killed in clashes in Yemen's Hodeida

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:01 PM

The World Health Organization estimates nearly 10,000 people have been killed since 2015, when Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the government's war against the Huthis

U.N. to double food aid to Yemen

Nov 09, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Yemen is in the grip of the world's worst hunger crisis as government troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition battles Huthi rebels

MALNUTRITION. A Yemeni woman shows a child suffering from malnutrition to doctors at a treatment center in a hospital in Yemen's northwestern Hajjah province, on October 25, 2018. Photo by Essa Ahmed/AFP

United Kingdom to urge Security Council action over Yemen

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:17 AM

Conflict-ravaged Yemen is now a 'living hell' for children with thousands dying every year from malnutrition and easily preventable diseases, a top UN official says

YEMEN'S CHILDREN. Yemeni children suffering from a diphtheria infection receive treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa, on October 31, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

UN says war-torn Yemen 'living hell' for children

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:54 PM

According to UNICEF, 1.8 million Yemeni children under the age of 5 suffer from acute malnutrition, and the lives of 400,000 severely affected children are under threat

MALNOURISHED. A Yemeni child suffering from malnutrition lies on a bed at a treatment centre in a hospital in the capital Sanaa on October 6, 2018. Photo by Mohaemmed Huwais/AFP

Yemen's infants face starvation as war rages on

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Four years of war between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and Huthi rebels have pushed the country to the brink of mass starvation

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 rebels detain dozens of student protesters – activists

Oct 06, 2018 - 8:39 PM

(UPDATED) Shiite Huthi movement detains at least 55 students, including 18 women, near Sanaa University in Yemen

UNREST. A Yemeni protester holds up a sign showing the crossed-out faces of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman (R) and his Emirati counterpart Mohamed bin Zayed (L) with a caption in Arabic reading "kill them, cross them, cast them into hell", with the defaced flags of Saudi Arabia (R) and the UAE (L) bearing slogans against them, at a protest against inflation and the rise of living costs in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taez on October 4, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP

Saudi Arabia, allies slam 'biased' U.N. resolution on Yemen

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:54 PM

It comes after the UN Human Rights Council voted to extend an international probe of alleged war crimes committed in Yemen by both the Saudi-led coalition and the Shiite Huthi rebels

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 faces worsening threat of famine – UN aid chief

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:47 AM

22 million Yemenis are in need of aid, in what the United Nations already considers the 'world's worst humanitarian crisis'

FAMINE. 3.5 million more Yemenis are at risk of being added to the 8 million citizens already facing starvation. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/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

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

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

Saudi-led coalition admits 'mistakes' in deadly Yemen bus strike

Sep 02, 2018 - 12:12 AM

Coalition spokesman Mansour al-Mansour also calls for those responsible for the errors to be 'punished'

PROTEST. In this file photo, thousands of Yemenis vent anger against Riyadh and Washington on August 13, 2018 as they take part in a mass funeral in the northern Yemeni city of Saada, a stronghold of the Iran-backed Huthi rebels, for children killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition days prior. Photo by Stringer/AFP

UN probe reports possible 'war crimes' by all sides in Yemen conflict

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

In its first report, a team of UN-mandated investigators said they had 'reasonable grounds to believe that the parties to the armed conflict in Yemen have committed a substantial number of violations of international humanitarian law'

ARMED FORCES. A column of Yemeni pro-government forces and armored vehicles arrives in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. File photo by Nabil Hassan/AFP

26 children killed by coalition strikes in Yemen – UN

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:01 AM

4 other children were also killed in a separate sir-strike by the Saudi-led coalition in Al-Durayhimi, Yemen

Yemeni children vent anger against Riyadh and Washington on August 13, 2018 as they take part in a mass funeral in the northern Yemeni city of Saada, a stronghold of the Iran-backed Huthi rebels, for children killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition last week. At least 29 children were among those killed in the air raid on August 9 on a bus in a crowded market in Dahyan, Saada province, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

U.S. supplied bomb that killed Yemeni children, says report

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:22 PM

CNN reports that details on the shrapnel indicate it was a laser-guided Mk 82 bomb manufactured by defense contractor Lockheed Martin

ANGER. Thousands of Yemenis vent anger against Riyadh and Washington on August 13, 2018 as they take part in a mass funeral in the northern Yemeni city of Saada, a stronghold of the Iran-backed Huthi rebels, for children killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition last week. Photo by 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 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

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

UN envoy in Yemen for Hodeida crisis talks

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:07 AM

Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to rebel leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee and halt heavy clashes against advancing government troops

CRISIS TALKS. 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

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 rebel leader defiant as dozens die in battle for key port

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The clashes come as the UN Security Council meet for urgent talks on the military operation and call for the vital Red Sea port to be 'kept open'

RED SEA PORT. A column of Yemeni pro-government forces and armored vehicles arrives in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. Photo by Nabil Hassan/AFP

Yemeni forces make new gains in Hodeida advance – coalition

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:11 PM

The coalition-backed forces are closing in on the Red Sea port, the main conduit for humanitarian supplies into a country where millions of people are in dire need of food aid

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

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi Arabia crown prince over 'sin'

Jun 01, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spearheads a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive

WARNING. A handout picture released by the Saudi Royal Palace on April 15, 2018 shows Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attending the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran. Photo by  Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

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

No Filipino casualties in Saudi missile attacks, says DFA

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:21 PM

The Philippines also condemned the missile attacks which left one person dead and two others wounded

Shrapnel from Yemeni rebel missiles that were intercepted over Riyadh fell on a house in Um Al Hammam district, killing one and injuring two. AFP PHOTO

Yemen rebels stage show of force hours after missile attacks on Saudi

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The rebel Huthis confirm they launched the attack via their Al-Masirah television. Among the targets was Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport.

BOMBED. A picture taken March 26, 2018 in Um Al-Hammam district in Riyadh shows damages at a home hit by falling shrapnel from Yemeni rebel missiles that were intercepted over the Saudi capital. Photo by Fayez Nuireldine/AFP

U.S. Senate blocks bid to end military involvement in Yemen

Mar 21, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Senators vote 55-44 to kill the bid after the Senate's Republican leadership and key figures from both parties on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came out against it

US Senate. The US Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Senators to force vote on U.S. involvement in Yemen war

Mar 01, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy in a joint statement say that their resolution would force the first-ever vote in the Senate 'to withdraw US armed forces from an unauthorized war'

ON YEMEN. Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Mike Lee introduce a joint resolution to remove US armed forces from hostilities between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen, on Capitol Hill February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

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Feb 27, 2018 - 8:20 AM

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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 gov't warns of coup as separatists take over headquarters

Jan 28, 2018 - 6:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher warns that the events are headed towards 'total military confrontation'

CLASHES. Yemen's Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghe pictured at the United Nations Office in Geneva last April 25, 2017. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Saudi Arabia announces $2 billion bailout for Yemen government

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The bailout aims to curb the fall in value of the Yemeni riyal, which has plummeted as the war between the Saudi-backed government and Huthi Shiite rebels who control the capital Sanaa and much of the north has dragged on

22 million Yemenis now in need of aid – United Nations

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Some 8.4 million people are at risk of famine, up from 6.8 million in 2017, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) said.

PH expresses 'strong concern' over missile attacks vs Saudi Arabia

Dec 23, 2017 - 10:55 PM

The Philippine government gives an assurance that contingency plans are in place for Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia in case the situation escalates

Iran 'strongly denies' arming Yemen rebels

Dec 20, 2017 - 4:10 PM

'We have no arms link with Yemen,' foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi tells the ISNA news agency

DENIAL. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi speaks during a press conference on August 22, 2016 in Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran supplied ballistic missile to Yemen rebels – U.S.

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:55 PM

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accuses Tehran of a 'blatant violation' of UN Security Council obligations designed to rein in its missile activity

NIKKI HALEY. In this file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at a UN Security Council meeting on September 11, 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York. File photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Filipinos in Yemen 'safe for now, but in need of assistance'

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:18 PM

Around 170 Filipinos in Yemen are safe but are in need of help from the Philippine government as tensions soar in the country

Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president ride in the back of a pickup truck past a mosque. AFP PHOTO

Saudi-led strike on Yemen TV station kills 4 – rebels

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:27 PM

The head guard – himself wounded in the attack – tells reporters at the scene the strike hit his staff's sleeping quarters, killing 4 of his colleagues

AIR STRIKE. A Yemeni man looks at the damage in the aftermath of an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on the Huthi rebel-controlled state TV station in the capital Sanaa, on December 9, 2017. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Gulf states skip Qatar crisis, blast Huthis as summit ends

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:53 AM

The 6-nation regional alliance affirms in a joint declaration the importance of preserving the GCC's existence which is threatened by a bitter dispute between its members

GCC SUMMIT. A man walks past the flags of the countries attending the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit at Bayan palace in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace/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

Yemen rebel alliance crumbles as 'street war' rocks capital

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Gun battles force shops and schools to close in Yemen's capital, as residents warn a 3-year rebel alliance is collapsing into a 'street war'

TARGET. Smoke billows behind a building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 3, 2017, during clashes between Huthi rebels and supporters of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Saudi Arabia intercepts 2nd Yemen missile in a month

Dec 01, 2017 - 11:14 AM

The missile attacks, which could further escalate the coalition's military campaign, underscore how the raging Yemen conflict is increasingly spilling across the border, threatening Saudi towns and villages