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Yemen rebels boycott meeting with U.N.-led truce monitors

Jan 13, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Huthi rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam says retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert 'steers from the course of the agreement by implementing other agendas'

U.N. envoy arrives in Yemen to push Hodeida truce

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Martin Griffiths' visit comes as the ceasefire in Hodeida was generally holding, although there have been intermittent clashes with both sides blaming each other

ENVOY. In this file photo, Martin Griffith, Special Envoy for Yemen of the UN Secretary General, speaks during a press conference at the Johannesberg Palace in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10, 2018. Photo by Stina Stjernkvist/TT News Agency/AFP

Yemen rebels begin withdrawal from Hodeida port – UN

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:18 PM

The rebels' withdrawal is a key part of a ceasefire that went into effect on December 18

CEASEFIRE. A man stands amidst the rubble on December 17, 2018 at a factory damaged during fighting and air strikes, as clashes recently raged between Yemeni Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-aligned Huthis. Photo by AFP

U.N. convenes warring sides in Yemen's Hodeida

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert is heading the joint committee including Saudi-backed government officials and Iran-aligned Huthi rebels to oversee the truce

Pope Francis hopes for peace in Yemen, Syria, other flashpoints

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:53 PM

In his traditional 'Urbi and Orbi' address, Pope Francis appeals for 'fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture'

U.N. team arrives in Yemen to monitor Hodeida ceasefire

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:48 PM

A halt to fighting in the strategic port city follows intense diplomatic efforts which culminated in peace talks in Sweden

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 STRINGER / AFP)

UN Council votes to send observers to Yemen

Dec 22, 2018 - 2:57 PM

After tough negotiations, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approves the deployment of observers to war-torn Yemen

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida in truce violation – official

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:11 AM

Yemen's internationally-recognized government calls on its forces to 'cease fire in Hodeida province and Hodeida city'

CEASEFIRE. A man stands amidst the rubble on December 17, 2018, at a factory damaged during fighting and air strikes, as clashes recently raged between Yemeni Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-aligned Huthis. Photo by AFP

Air strikes, clashes hit Yemen's Hodeida despite ceasefire

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:49 PM

At least 29 fighters, including 22 Huthi rebels, are killed in clashes and air strikes in Hodeida province, a pro-government military source told Agence France-Presse

CONTROL. 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 8, 2018. AFP file photo

Yemen's warring parties agree Hodeida ceasefire at U.N. talks

Dec 14, 2018 - 8:24 AM

If implemented, the deal on the Hodeida port, a key gateway for aid and food imports, could bring relief to a country where 14 million people stand on the brink of famine

CEASEFIRE. Yemen's foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam (R) shake hands under the eyes of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (C), during peace consultations taking place at Johannesberg Castle in Rimbo, north of Stockholm, Sweden, on December 13, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Race to broker truce as Yemen talks enter final hours

Dec 13, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Intense talks are continuing on Sanaa airport, shut down for years in the conflict between the Saudi-backed government and northern rebels linked to Iran

YEMEN TALKS. A picture shows the international airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on November 23, 2017. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

U.N. chief to attend Yemen peace talks amid de-escalation push

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:28 AM

UN chief Antonio Guterres will 'hold meetings with the two delegations and will address the closing session of this round of consultations'

YEMEN PEACE TALKS. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. File photo by  Jewel Samad/AFP

U.N. pushes 'de-escalation' in key port, besieged city at Yemen talks

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:36 AM

Aside from Hodeida and Taiz, other issues on the table include humanitarian corridors, the reopening of the defunct international airport in the capital Sanaa, and a massive prisoner swap

YEMEN TALKS. Martin Griffith, Special Envoy for Yemen of the UN Secretary General speaks during a press conference at the Johannesberg Palace in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10, 2018. Photo by Stina Stjernkvist /TT News Agency/AFP

Yemen government says rebels 'not serious' at U.N. talks

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Government representatives, rebel spokesmen, and UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths say the talks are not aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict

CONFLICT. Rana Ghanem, member of a Yemeni government's delegation, speaks to journalists during the ongoing peace talks on Yemen held at Johannesberg Castle, in Rimbo, 50km north of Stockholm, Sweden, December 8, 2018. Photo by Henrik Montgomery/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP

Yemen war rivals double down as U.N. talks open

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:27 AM

On the table at the Sweden talks is the fate of Hodeida, the last rebel stronghold on Yemen's Red Sea coast and the conduit for 90% of vital food imports

TALKS. UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths (L) shakes hands with Yemeni delegates during the opening press conference of the Yemeni peace talks at Johannesberg castle in Rimbo, Sweden on December 6, 2018. Photo by StinaStjernkvist/TT News Agency/AFP

Yemen government team heads to crunch peace talks with rebels

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Although no date has been announced for the start of the negotiations, Yemeni government sources say they could begin as early as Thursday, December 6

PEACE TALKS. Members of a Yemeni rebel delegation prepare to fly accompanied by a UN peace envoy, heading for high-stakes talks in Sweden with the government aimed at ending the country's devastating war, on December 4, 2018 in Sanaa. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/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 on brink of 'major catastrophe' – U.N. aid chief

Dec 01, 2018 - 9:49 PM

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock reiterates the UN's readiness to play a role to ensure that the rebel-held Hodeida port, a key entry point for imports and aid, to remain open

WAR. A Yemeni man pushes 7-year-old Abdullah, who was wounded in a land mine explosion in the Taez province, western Yemen, into their shelter in al-Hamili district on November 29, 2018. AFP Photo

U.N. chief tempers hopes on Yemen as rebels back peace talks

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:17 AM

'I don't want to raise too much expectations, but we are working hard in order to make sure that we can start meaningful peace talks still this year,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN CHIEF. This file photo shows Antonio Guterres during a press conference on May 14, 2014 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Yemen peace talks set for early December in Sweden – U.S.

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Saudis and United Arab Emirates 'are fully on board, by the way'

CLASH. In this file photo, 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. File photo by AFP

Yemen peace push gathers pace ahead of U.N. envoy's visit

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:34 AM

A UN draft resolution on Yemen presented to the Security Council calls for an immediate truce in the battleground port city of Hodeida

CRISIS TALKS. 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. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Yemen rebels mobilize to fight ahead of UN envoy visit

Nov 18, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Diplomatic efforts to end the war intensified after clashes escalated in Hodeida, whose port serves as an entry point for nearly all of the country's commercial imports and humanitarian aid

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

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