U.N. says Yemen’s warring parties agree only to renew two-month truce

U.N. says Yemen’s warring parties agree only to renew two-month truce

Yemen's warring sides agreed to renew a two-month truce that expired on Tuesday, the United Nations envoy said, despite international pressure for an extended and expanded deal that would build on the longest stretch of relative calm in over seven years. "This truce extension includes a commitment from the parties to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible," special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said in a statement. Grundberg had been pushing for a six-month truce with additional measures, sources had told Reuters, but both sides have had grievances about implementation of the existing truce…
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Photo Story – UN, US efforts underway to extend Yemen truce

Photo Story – UN, US efforts underway to extend Yemen truce

A displaced Yemeni boy walks through a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) amid a UN-brokered nationwide truce, on the outskirts of Sana'a, Yemen, 30 July 2022 (issued 31 July 2022). UN and US diplomatic efforts underway to have a UN-brokered truce in Yemen extended again on 02 August. The two-month truce entered into force on 02 April 2022 after the Yemeni government and the Saudi-led coalition reached an agreement with their rival, the Houthis. It extended for another two months on 02 June. The truce is the longest pause in fighting Yemen is experiencing since 2015 when the Saudi-UAE-led…
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First commercial flight takes off from Sanaa, raising Yemen peace prospects

First commercial flight takes off from Sanaa, raising Yemen peace prospects

SANAA, May 16 (Reuters) - Yemen's national airline operated on Monday its first commercial flight in years from the capital Sanaa, raising hopes for renewal of a U.N.-brokered truce in the seven-year-old conflict that has pitted a Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-aligned Houthis and put Middle East security in peril. Water canons sprayed Sanaa airport's runway as an airplane of the national carrier Yemenia landed against a backdrop of destroyed buildings surrounding the airfield. Dozens of Yemenis, including patients who waited years for medical treatment, went through security checks in the airport's terminal which has been deserted since 2015, when the coalition…
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Yemen president cedes powers to council as Saudi Arabia pushes to end war

Yemen president cedes powers to council as Saudi Arabia pushes to end war

ADEN, April 7 (Reuters) - Yemen's president delegated power to a presidential council and dismissed his deputy on Thursday in a move aimed at supporting U.N.-led efforts to revive negotiations to end the bitter seven-year war in the country. Riyadh announced $3 billion in financial aid to the Saudi-backed government after the announcement by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. It called for talks with the Houthi group that controls the northand has been battling a Saudi-led coalition. Yemen's warring sides had in a major breakthrough agreed a two-month truce that began on Saturday, the first since 2016. The truce also eased…
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Truce offers glimmer of hope to Yemenis battered by seven-year war

Truce offers glimmer of hope to Yemenis battered by seven-year war

Yemenis welcomed a nationwide U.N.-brokered ceasefire due to come into effect on Saturday evening as a glimmer of hope in a country ravaged by a seven-year conflict that has forced millions into hunger, poverty and homelessness. But after numerous failed attempts at peace and more than a year of escalating violence, Yemenis have greeted the news cautiously. "The truce is good but I do not have faith in its success, because each side will have a different interpretation of how to implement it and it will collapse," said 38-year-old electrician Murad Abdullah in Aden, the interim capital of Yemen's government.…
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Saudi Arabia responds positively to U.N. truce for Yemen

Saudi Arabia responds positively to U.N. truce for Yemen

RIYADH, (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has responded positively to a ceasefire proposal for Yemen presented by United Nations special envoy Hans Grundberg, a Saudi official said. Grundberg has said he was engaging with warring parties in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthis for seven years, to reach a truce for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which starts this weekend.  "We responded positively to his truce and we are supporting his truce proposal," the official said in a statement. Riyadh has struggled to extricate itself from the conflict that is seen in the region as a proxy…
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Saudi-led coalition launches operation against Yemen’s Houthis  after Aramco petroleum storage site attack

Saudi-led coalition launches operation against Yemen’s Houthis  after Aramco petroleum storage site attack

March 26 (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen began a military operation on Saturday to stop attacks on its oil facilities and "protect global energy sources," Saudi state media reported. The coalition said it was carrying out air strikes in Yemen's Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa and Red Sea port city of Hodeidah. It said it aims to "protect global energy sources and ensure supply chains" and that the operation would continue until it achieves its goals. The operation was in its early stages and Iran-aligned Houthis should bear the consequences of their "hostile behaviour", the coalition said. https://twitter.com/KyleJGlen/status/1507371075511934983 Saudi media earlier…
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U.N. envoy discussing Yemen truce for Ramadan

U.N. envoy discussing Yemen truce for Ramadan

RIYADH, March 20 (Reuters) - United Nations special envoy Hans Grundberg is discussing a possible truce for Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is battling the Houthi movement, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which starts in April, his office said on Sunday. It said Grundberg met on Saturday with the Houthi's chief negotiator and Omani officials in Muscat to discuss U.N. consultations and efforts to address the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, "including a possible truce" during Ramadan. The seven-year war in Yemen has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the country to the brink of famine. Photo -…
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Houthis launch attacks on Saudi energy, desalination facilities-coalition

Houthis launch attacks on Saudi energy, desalination facilities-coalition

RIYADH, March 20 (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition said early on Sunday that Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group launched missile and drone strikes on energy and water desalination facilities in the kingdom that caused some material damage but no deaths. It said the attacks were aimed at a water desalination plant in Al-Shaqeeq, an Aramco distribution station in Jizan, a power station in Dhahran al Janub, a gas facility in Khamis Mushait and an Aramco liquefied natural gas plant in Yanbu. "These hostile attacks and debris resulting from interceptions caused some material damage at the facilities and civilian cars and houses. There was no loss of life as of…
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U.N. seeks over $4 bln for Yemen to avert mass starvation as funding dwindles

U.N. seeks over $4 bln for Yemen to avert mass starvation as funding dwindles

March 16 (Reuters) - The United Nations seeks to raise nearly $4.3 billion at a pledging event on Wednesday for war-torn Yemen where the humanitarian drive has seen funding dry up even before global attention turned to the conflict in Ukraine. More than 17 million people in Yemen need food assistance and this could rise to 19 million in the second half of the year, U.N. bodies said. By December, those experiencing emergency levels of hunger could reach 7.3 million. "While Ukraine understandably and rightly requires our urgent attention and focus right now, we cannot drop the ball on other crises," said…
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U.S. F-22 fighter jets arrive in UAE following Houthi attacks

U.S. F-22 fighter jets arrive in UAE following Houthi attacks

U.S. F-22 fighter jets arrived at an air base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the weekend following a spate of unprecedented attacks in Abu Dhabi by Houthi fighters in Yemen, the U.S. Air force said on Saturday. In recent weeks, the Iran-aligned Houthis have waged a string of largely failed strikes on UAE targets that have triggered Emirati and U.S. air defenses and have even seen American troops based there briefly taking shelter. The jets arrived at the UAE base as part of a multifaceted demonstration of U.S. support after a series of attacks throughout January threatened U.S.…
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UPDATED: Intercepted drone shrapnel injures 12 at Saudi Abha airport

UPDATED: Intercepted drone shrapnel injures 12 at Saudi Abha airport

Twelve people were injured at Saudi Arabia's Abha airport by shrapnel from a drone intercepted by air defences on Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yeman's Iran-aligned Houthi group said. Air traffic operations returned to normal after standard safety procedures were carried out, the coalition said. The injured included travellers and workers of various nationalities, it said in two statements carried by state media. The coalition has been fighting the Houthis since early 2015, after the group ousted Yemen's internationally recognised government from power in the capital Sanaa. The Houthis often target Abha airport, which lies close to the Yemeni border…
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U.S. to send fighter jets and  USS Cole to assist UAE after Houthi attacks

U.S. to send fighter jets and USS Cole to assist UAE after Houthi attacks

DUBAI, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The United States said it is sending fighter jets to assist the United Arab Emirates following missile attacks on the Gulf state launched by Yemen's Houthi movement, including a foiled attack aimed at a base hosting U.S. forces. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also told Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in a telephone call on Tuesday that Washington would send the guided missile destroyer the USS Cole to partner with the UAE navy ahead of a port call in Abu Dhabi. "The Secretary also informed the Crown Prince of his decision to…
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Dubai, Abu Dhabi residents on edge after Houthis attempt to strike again

Dubai, Abu Dhabi residents on edge after Houthis attempt to strike again

Two missile attacks in a week on the United Arab Emirates have left some residents feeling on edge about security for the first time in the Gulf state's capital Abu Dhabi, home to high rise towers, world-class museums and a Formula One race track. The UAE, a business safe haven that had seen none of the violence suffered by some other Arab countries, was shaken by a Jan. 17 raid by Yemen's Houthi movement that killed three people in Abu Dhabi, the first such confirmed attack on its soil. On Monday, residents were awoken by the sounds of loud blasts…
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UPDATED: UAE blocks missile attack as Yemen’s Houthis target region’s business hub

UPDATED: UAE blocks missile attack as Yemen’s Houthis target region’s business hub

DUBAI, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates on Monday said it had foiled another Houthi missile attack following last week's deadly assault on the Gulf state as the Iran-aligned group takes aim at the safe haven status of the region's tourism and commercial hub. Yemen's Houthis, battling a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE, have said they aim to make Abu Dhabi pay a high price for backing militias that are blocking Houthi attempts to capture prized oil regions. The Houthis have repeatedly carried out cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, and on Jan. 17 the…
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Around 20 killed in deadliest coalition strikes on Yemen’s Sanaa since 2019

Around 20 killed in deadliest coalition strikes on Yemen’s Sanaa since 2019

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi group on the capital Sanaa killed at least 20 people overnight, including civilians, Houthi media and residents said, in one of its deadliest attacks since 2019. Around 14 people were killed when coalition planes struck the home of a high-ranking Houthi military official, including his wife and son, according to neighbours and a medic. The air strikes followed Monday's drone attack on coalition partner the United Arab Emirates that was claimed by the Iran-aligned Houthis and killed three people. The coalition also said it intercepted eight Houthi drones launched toward Saudi Arabia…
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U.S. condemns deadly Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi, UAE says reserves right to respond

U.S. condemns deadly Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi, UAE says reserves right to respond

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group attacked the United Arab Emirates, setting off explosions in fuel trucks that killed three people on Monday and caused a fire near the airport of Abu Dhabi, drawing condemnation from the United States. The strike on a leading Gulf Arab ally of the United States takes the war between the Houthi group and a Saudi-led coalition to a new level, and may hinder efforts to contain regional tensions as Washington and Tehran work to rescue a nuclear deal. "The UAE condemns this terrorist attack by the Houthi militia on areas and civilian facilities on Emirati soil...(It) will not…
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Three killed in UAE fuel truck blast, Yemen Houthis claim attack

Three killed in UAE fuel truck blast, Yemen Houthis claim attack

DUBAI, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Three fuel trucks exploded, killing three people, and a fire broke out near Abu Dhabi airport on Monday in what Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group said was an attack deep inside the United Arab Emirates. The Houthi movement, which is battling a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE, has frequently launched cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, but has claimed few such attacks on the UAE, mostly denied by Emirati authorities. Three people were killed and six wounded when three fuel tanker trucks exploded in the industrial Musaffah area near storage facilities of oil…
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UPDATED: Houthis seize ‘hostile’ vessel off Yemen which Saudis say carried medical equipment

UPDATED: Houthis seize ‘hostile’ vessel off Yemen which Saudis say carried medical equipment

Jan 3 (Reuters) - The Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls most of northern Yemen hijacked a United Arab Emirates-flagged cargo vessel carrying hospital equipment off the western Yemeni port of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition said on Monday. The Houthis' military spokesman confirmed the seizure of a cargo ship but said it was carrying military equipment and engaged in "hostile acts targeting the security and stability of the Yemeni people". The ship was heading to the Saudi port of Jizan, just north of Yemen, from the Yemeni Red Sea island of Socotra when it was attacked just before midnight on Sunday,…
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Saudi-led coalition destroys drone, strikes targets in Yemen’s Sanaa

Saudi-led coalition destroys drone, strikes targets in Yemen’s Sanaa

A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen destroyed a drone sent over southern Saudi Arabia early on Monday, and coalition air strikes hit parts of the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital of Sanaa, Saudi state media said. The drone was launched from Sanaa international airport and was aimed at civilians at Saudi's King Abdullah airport in Jizan, Saudi media said. Al Masirah TV, run by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement which has controlled northern Yemen since ousting the internationally recognised Yemeni government in Sanaa in late 2014, said the coalition air strikes hit a car maintenance workshop in the Bani al-Harith area north of Sanaa, and also damaged homes. The coalition had said earlier it would conduct a…
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UPDATED: Missile intercepted over Saudi oil region injures two, damages buildings

UPDATED: Missile intercepted over Saudi oil region injures two, damages buildings

Two children were injured and buildings were damaged when a ballistic missile was intercepted over Saudi Arabia's oil-rich eastern region on Saturday, the ministry of defence said. The missile was intercepted over a suburb of the city of Dammam, with scattered shrapnel injuring two Saudi children and causing light damage to 14 houses, the statement carried by state news agency SPA said. Photos on state media showed broken glass and damaged entrances of a few residential buildings. Yemen's Houthi group attacked oil facilities belonging to Saudi Aramco in Ras Tanura, in the east of the kingdom, and other locations including…
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Saudi air defences intercept 10 Houthi armed drones

Saudi air defences intercept 10 Houthi armed drones

Saudi Arabian air defences on Saturday destroyed 10 armed drones launched by Yemen's Houthi movement towards the south of the kingdom, state TV cited the Saudi-led coalition as saying. The Houthi military spokesman said on Twitter that one drone was launched at a military base in Khamis Mushait. The coalition later in the day said two more drones were fired at Khamis Mushait while seven drones were fired towards the south of the kingdom. All of these were intercepted. The Iran-aligned Houthishave frequently targeted Khamis Mushait and other Saudi cities along the frontier in the more than six-year-old Yemen war.…
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Saudi-led coalition in Yemen foils Houthi attack south of Red Sea

Saudi-led coalition in Yemen foils Houthi attack south of Red Sea

The Saudi-led military coalition engaged in Yemen thwarted an "imminent" Houthi attack using an explosives-laden boat south of the Red Sea, Saudi Arabian state media said on Monday. A coalition statement carried by state media said the Iran-aligned movement - which it has been battling for more than six years - continued to threaten maritime channels and global trade. The Red Sea is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes leading up to the Suez Canal, with thousands of transits made annually through the Bab al-Mandab waterway at its southern tip. In December, Saudi Arabia said a tanker anchored at…
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Yemen’s Houthis warn of stronger attacks after drone strikes on Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s Houthis warn of stronger attacks after drone strikes on Saudi Arabia

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis said on Friday they had attacked Saudi energy and military sites with 18 armed drones, and the kingdom's energy ministry reported that a projectile had struck a petroleum products distribution station, causing a fire. The Saudi-led coalition which is battling the Houthi group said late on Thursday it had intercepted several drones aimed at Saudi Arabia. The attacks came days after Riyadh presented a peace initiative that includes a nationwide truce in Yemen as the war enters its seventh year. The Houthis, who control Yemen's capital and most populous areas, have stepped up drone and missile attacks…
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Saudi Arabia to use deterrents to protect oil exports, ballistic missile intercepted over Najran

Saudi Arabia to use deterrents to protect oil exports, ballistic missile intercepted over Najran

 Saudi Arabia's defence ministry said it plans to take deterrent actions to protect oil export facilities following a series of attacks by Yemen's Houthi group, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The ministry said an oil products distribution centre in the southern Saudi region of Jizan was hit by one of the attacks, according to the state news agency.  Saudi Arabia's air defences intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern province of Najran, al-Arabiya TV chanel reported on Friday. The Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen earlier said it had launched attacks against several Saudi Aramco oil facilities and military sites in…
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Saudi Arabia announces new ceasefire initiative in Yemen

Saudi Arabia announces new ceasefire initiative in Yemen

Saudi Arabia announces a new peace initiative in Yemen, to include a ceasefire supervised by the United Nations and the re-opening of Sana’a airport, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan says. "We announce an initiative to end the crisis and reach a comprehensive political solution, which includes a comprehensive ceasefire under the supervision of the United Nations," he told a press conference. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud EPA-EFE/MARIO CRUZ The ceasefire would start immediately if the Houthi rebels, who control the capital Sana'a and other northern areas, accept it. Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition…
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Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen air strikes

Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen air strikes

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen unleashed dozens of air strikes against what it called Houthi military targets in the country’s north, including the capital Sanaa and the port of Salif on the Red Sea coast. The military alliance, which has been at war since 2015 against the Iran-aligned Houthi group that controls northern Yemen, said it struck a missile and drone assembly plant in Sanaa. The United Nations said air strikes also hit the Houthi-controlled Salif grains port, north of Hodeidah, and two projectiles hit a warehouse and the living quarters of a food production company. “Local authorities and…
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Saudi-led coalition pounds Houthi military sites in Sanaa

Saudi-led coalition pounds Houthi military sites in Sanaa

The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi group struck military targets belonging to the Iran-aligned movement in the capital Sanaa in the early hours of Sunday, residents said. The raids come after the Houthis claimed responsibility for drone attacks on an oil refinery in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Friday, which caused a fire that was brought under control. On Saturday, the coalition said it intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched towards the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait. Residents in Sanaa told Reuters that coalition warplanes bombed areas housing Houthi military camps in southern Sanaa and a military manufacturing…
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Yemen’s Houthis say attacked southern Saudi airports with drones

Yemen’s Houthis say attacked southern Saudi airports with drones

Yemen's Houthi movement said on Monday it had fired armed drones at an airport and air base in southern Saudi Arabia, and the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned group said it had intercepted an explosive drone. This appears to be the first news of Houthi drones being fired into Saudi Arabia in almost a week. Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said three drones had been fired at military targets at Abha airport and the King Khalid air base in the southern town of Khamis Mushait. He said the targets had been struck. There was no immediate Saudi confirmation that those…
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Yemen’s Houthis attack Saudi oil heartland with drones, missiles

Yemen’s Houthis attack Saudi oil heartland with drones, missiles

Yemen's Houthi forces fired drones and missiles at the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry on Sunday, including a Saudi Aramco facility at Ras Tanura vital to petroleum exports, in what Riyadh called a failed assault on global energy security. The Saudi energy ministry said there were no casualties or loss of property from the attacks. The defence ministry said it intercepted an armed drone coming from the sea prior to hitting its target at an oil storage yard at Ras Tanura, site of a refinery and the world's biggest offshore oil loading facility. Shrapnel from a ballistic missile fell…
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Yemen’s children starve as U.N. seeks billions to avoid vast ‘man-made’ famine

Yemen’s children starve as U.N. seeks billions to avoid vast ‘man-made’ famine

Ahmadiya Juaidi's eyes are wide as she drinks a nutrition shake from a large orange mug, her thin fingers grasping the handle. Her hair is pulled back and around her neck hangs a silver necklace with a heart and the letter A. Three weeks ago the 13-year-old weighed just nine kilograms (20 pounds) when she was admitted to al-Sabeen hospital in Yemen's capital Sanaa with malnutrition that sickened her for at least the past four years. Now she weighs 15 kilograms. "I am afraid when we go back to the countryside her condition will deteriorate again due to lack of…
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Maltese Editors’ Perspectives

Maltese Editors’ Perspectives

The Times tackles the issue of delayed justice, arguing that increasing complement of judges and magistrates is only part of the solution. The editor however says that a number of court practices and procedures need to change, including the way the same judges and magistrates are chosen. The Independent takes cue from a recent viral video showing football fans celebrating a win, and appeals to the public to stop celebrating in order to defeat Covid-19. The Editor argues that authorities need to send stronger messages that such celebrations will not be tolerated. L-Orizzont looks at the tragedy in Yemen with…
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Malta to send humanitarian aid to the children of Yemen

Malta to send humanitarian aid to the children of Yemen

DOI - Malta's Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs will be sponsoring the shipment of a container laden with humanitarian aid to Yemen, following an initiative by the Malta-India Business Council to send necessary items such as clothes, blankets, baby food, baby ware and other essential items, donated by the people of Malta and Gozo, for babies and children suffering from hardship and hunger in Yemen. About 400,000 children in Yemen, along with their parents, are starving because of the war that has torn apart their country for years on end. Yemen remains the world's largest humanitarian crisis with more…
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UN warns at least 400,000 Yemeni children under 5 could die of starvation this year

UN warns at least 400,000 Yemeni children under 5 could die of starvation this year

At least 400,000 Yemeni children under 5 could die of starvation this year without urgent intervention amid soaring rates of severe malnutrition driven by war and the coronavirus pandemic, four U.N. agencies said. The warnings come nearly six years after the outbreak of war that rendered 80% of the population reliant on humanitarian aid. In a report published on Friday, the agencies projected a 22% increase in severe acute malnutrition among children under 5 in Yemen, compared to 2020. Severe acute malnutrition means there is a risk of death from lack of food. Aden, Hodeidah, Taiz and Sanaa are among…
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Saudi-led coalition says intercepted four Houthi armed drones

Saudi-led coalition says intercepted four Houthi armed drones

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Saudi-led military coalition engaged in Yemen said on Sunday it had intercepted and destroyed four armed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards southern Saudi Arabia. A bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicle was intercepted early on Sunday, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement on Saudi state media. Coalition forces later intercepted three drones, also launched towards southern Saudi Arabia with the aim of targeting "civilians and civilian objects", Malki said in follow up statements which put the total at four. The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 against the Houthis after the…
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Saudi-led forces thwart air attack on Riyadh – Saudi TV

Saudi-led forces thwart air attack on Riyadh – Saudi TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Houthi movement said it had thwarted an attack towards the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Saturday, Saudi state television reported, but the Iran-aligned group denied any involvement. The coalition intercepted and destroyed an "enemy air target", state-run Al Ekhbariyah channel and Saudi-owned Al Hadath said on their Twitter accounts. A military spokesman for the Houthi group, which has launched cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi cities, said the movement had not carried out any operations against coalition countries over the past 24 hours. A hitherto unknown group calling itself Alwiya Alwaad…
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Photo Story: Malnutrition amid dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Photo Story: Malnutrition amid dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen

A Yemeni woman takes care of her patient child as he gets medical attention at a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, on 13 January 2021. According to reports, the UN and relief groups have warned that the US designation of the Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization could have serious impacts on the already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, particularly on the risk of famine, where some 24 million Yemenis – 80 percent of the population, are relying on aid, including over two million children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition. Yemen has been mired in war since…
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Who are Yemen’s Houthis?

Who are Yemen’s Houthis?

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement has been battling a Saudi-led military coalition since 2015. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday Congress would be notified of his intent to designate the movement as a foreign terrorist organization, in what would be one of the final acts of the outgoing Trump administration before Joe Biden's inauguration as president on Jan. 20. Here are some details about the group, also known as Ansar Allah. HISTORY * In the late 1990s, the Houthi family in far north Yemen set up a religious revival movement for the Zaydi sect of Shi'ite Islam, which…
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U.S. to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as foreign terrorist group

U.S. to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as foreign terrorist group

The outgoing U.S. administration is to designate Yemen's Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization, a move the United Nations warned could have serious repercussions for peace talks and efforts to combat the world's largest humanitarian crisis. A leader of the Iranian-aligned group, which has been battling a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen since 2015 in a war widely seen as a proxy conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia, said it reserved the right to respond. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the move, which will include sanctions against the movement and three of its leaders, in a statement late on…
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Blast, gunfire at Aden airport after plane carrying new government lands, 5 killed

Blast, gunfire at Aden airport after plane carrying new government lands, 5 killed

ADEN, Dec 30 (Reuters) - At least five people were killed and dozens more wounded in an attack on Aden airport, shortly after a plane carrying a newly formed government for Yemen arrived from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, a local security source told Reuters. Loud blasts and gunfire were heard at the airport shortly after the plane arrived, witnesses said. The cabinet members including Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik, as well as Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Said al-Jaber, were transferred safely to the city's presidential palace, the witnesses and Saudi media said. A local security source said three mortar shells…
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Plea to save conjoined twins ‘in critical condition’ in war torn Yemen

Plea to save conjoined twins ‘in critical condition’ in war torn Yemen

BBC - Doctors in the Yemeni capital Sanaa have called for urgent help to save the lives of conjoined twins who were born on Wednesday. The head of the al-Sabeen hospital where the boys were born said they were in a "critical condition" and needed surgery that can only be done abroad. Sanaa's airport is shut due to Yemen's long-running war, which has devastated an already fragile health system.  A Saudi Arabia-based aid centre said it was examining whether it could help. Photos - EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHA
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Missile fired at Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah

Missile fired at Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group on Monday said it fired a missile at a distribution station operated by the Saudi Aramco oil company in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah and struck it. There was no immediate Saudi confirmation of the claim made by the group's military spokesman, who warned foreign companies and residents in Saudi to exercise caution as "operations will continue". Aramco's oil production and export facilities are mostly in Saudi's Eastern Province, more than 1,000 km across the country from Jeddah. State oil giant Aramco did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A Houthi military…
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Yemen’s UNESCO-listed Old Sanaa houses collapse in heavy rains

Yemen’s UNESCO-listed Old Sanaa houses collapse in heavy rains

Houses in Yemen’s UNESCO-listed Old City of Sanaa are collapsing under heavy rains, as months of floods and storms assail a country already reeling from war, food shortages and disease. The distinctive brown and white mud brick houses of Sanaa’s historic neighbourhoods, which date from before the 11th century, have long been under threat from conflict and neglect. Aqeel Saleh Nassar, deputy head of the Historic Cities Preservation Authority, said citizens today do not maintain these old buildings as in the past, leading to cracks and weakness. Around 5,000 of the towering buildings in the old city have leaky roofs…
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Photo Story – As UN seeks ceasefire in Yemen, poverty doesn’t stop football

Photo Story – As UN seeks ceasefire in Yemen, poverty doesn’t stop football

Yemeni wears a shoe while taking part in a football match amid the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Sana'a, Yemen, 11 July 2020. According to reports, the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths was engaged in ongoing consultations with Yemen's warring parties, aiming at bringing the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthis together in peace talks to secure a nationwide ceasefire to help stem the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB
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Rockets and drones launched by Yemen’s Houthis targeting Saudi Arabia intercepted

Rockets and drones launched by Yemen’s Houthis targeting Saudi Arabia intercepted

The Saudi-Led coalition said on Monday it intercepted and destroyed four ballistic rockets and seven drones laden with explosives launched by Yemen’s Houthis towards the kingdom. The coalition has started a military operation against the Iran-aligned group after it stepped up cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, Saudi state television reported early in July. The coalition did not report any casualties. The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the Saudi-backed internationally recognised government from the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014. The Houthis say they are fighting a corrupt system. The conflict is largely…
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Pompeo says U.S. seized Iranian weapons on way to Houthi rebels in Yemen

Pompeo says U.S. seized Iranian weapons on way to Houthi rebels in Yemen

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that U.S. and partner forces seized a boat in June carrying Iranian weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen as he renewed his call for the U.N. Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran. "The Security Council must extend the arms embargo on Iran to prevent further conflict in the region," Pompeo told a State Department news conference. "No serious person can possibly believe Iran will use any weapon it receives for peaceful ends." Pompeo is leading a U.S. drive to persuade the Security Council to extend the embargo due to expire…
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UNICEF warns millions of Yemeni children could starve without urgent aid

UNICEF warns millions of Yemeni children could starve without urgent aid

Millions of children in Yemen could be pushed towards starvation by the end of the year as the humanitarian crisis is compounded by a lack of funding as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, UNICEF said on Friday. A report by the United Nations children's agency has indicated that the number of malnourished children under the age of five in the war-torn country could rise by 20% — to 2.4 million — unless the international community makes up for a massive shortfall in aid. "If we do not receive urgent funding, children will be pushed to the brink of…
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UNICEF airlifts COVID-19 testing kits to Yemen to boost response as cases soar

UNICEF airlifts COVID-19 testing kits to Yemen to boost response as cases soar

A first batch of 10,000 COVID-19 tests arrived in Sana’a on a UNICEF-chartered plane today, to increase the COVID-19 testing capacity amid the rapid increase of cases in Yemen. An additional shipment of 8,000 tests is expected to arrive in Aden in the coming days. “These test kits will allow wider testing for COVID-19 across the country and the timely management of confirmed cases to save lives,” said Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF Representative in Yemen. “UNICEF continues to bring critical supplies to Yemen to support the response efforts and protect children and their communities against the pandemic.” Since the first…
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Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says it destroyed missile targeting Saudi Arabia

Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says it destroyed missile targeting Saudi Arabia

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen said that on Saturday it had intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile targeting the Saudi Arabian border city of Najran. In a statement issued via the Saudi Arabian state news agency, the coalition said that the missile was fired from the Yemeni city of Saada, and some people were slightly injured by fragments of the weapon when it was destroyed. The Western-backed coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognised government to power in Sanaa, after it was ousted from the capital by the Houthis in late 2014.…
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Yemen, Philippine missions in Saudi Arabia close due to coronavirus cases

Yemen, Philippine missions in Saudi Arabia close due to coronavirus cases

The Yemeni Embassy in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, is shuttering indefinitely due to a number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus among staff. The embassy made the announcement on Twitter late Saturday, but did not specify how many people had contracted COVID-19. Similarly, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh also announced that starting Sunday its office for labor affairs will close after a number of employees were tested for the coronavirus and six people were confirmed positive for the disease. The office is being sterilized and employees were working remotely, according to the embassy. Despite taking early and unprecedented measures to…
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Donors fall short of U.N. target to save aid operations in Yemen

Donors fall short of U.N. target to save aid operations in Yemen

International donors raised $1.35 billion in humanitarian aid for Yemen on Tuesday but the amount fell short of the United Nations' target of $2.4 billion needed to save the world's biggest aid operation from severe cutbacks. The conflict between a Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-aligned Houthi group has left 80% of Yemen's population reliant on aid. The country now faces the spread of the novel coronavirus among an acutely malnourished people. Saudi Arabia, leader of the coalition fighting the Houthis since 2015 in a stalemated war, hosted a virtual U.N. conference to help counter funding shortages for aid operations in…
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Coronavirus having a devastating impact on Yemen

Coronavirus having a devastating impact on Yemen

The impact of coronavirus on Yemen will be devastating after years of civil war, the head of the United Nations Refugee Agency in the country has told Sky News. Speaking from the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, Jean-Nicolas Beuze said the number of suspected COVID-19 cases in the country appears to be multiplying fast and, at the same time, international aid agencies are being forced to abandon critical programmes. "The coronavirus may be the straw which will break the camel's back in Yemen," Mr Beuze said via video link. "It's very difficult for the public health authorities despite all their efforts to…
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Pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden on British tanker deterred

Pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden on British tanker deterred

Armed pirates attacked a British-flagged chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday but were repulsed, the ship's manager Stolt Tankers has said. The pirates approached the Stolt Apal in two speedboats some 75 nautical miles (139km) off Yemen, it said, in one of the most important trade routes for oil heading from the Middle East to Europe. "After multiple warning shots were fired by the armed guard team on board Stolt Apal, the skiffs opened fire on the ship. The armed guard team returned fire, disabling one skiff and ending the pursuit," a company spokesman told Reuters in…
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Turkey accuses the UAE of spreading chaos in Middle East

Turkey accuses the UAE of spreading chaos in Middle East

Turkey accused the United Arab Emirates of bringing chaos to the Middle East through its interventions in Libya and Yemen, allegations which are likely to inflame tensions between the regional rivals. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was responding to criticism of Turkey's role in the Libyan conflict, where it has deployed military personnel and helped send Syrian fighters to support the internationally recognised government in Tripoli. The United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which back the forces of Khalifa Haftar trying to storm the Libyan capital, issued a joint statement with Greece, Cyprus and France on Monday condemning "Turkey's military interference in Libya". Cavusoglu told…
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Yemen declares Aden an “infested” city as coronavirus spreads

Yemen declares Aden an “infested” city as coronavirus spreads

Yemeni authorities declared Aden, interim seat of the Saudi-backed government, an "infested" city on Monday after the number of coronavirus cases there jumped to 35, with four deaths. A five-year war has shattered Yemen's health system, pushed millions to the brink of famine and divided the country between the internationally recognised government and the Houthi group that ousted it from power in the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014. The Aden-based national coronavirus committee late on Sunday announced 17 new COVID-19 cases, 10 of them in the southern port city, to raise the total count in areas under the Saudi-backed government's…
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Yemen ‘faces nightmare’ as first coronavirus case confirmed

Yemen ‘faces nightmare’ as first coronavirus case confirmed

Aid agencies have expressed alarm after the first virus case was confirmed in Yemen, where years of civil war have devastated health systems. Oxfam said it was a “devastating blow”, the International Rescue Committee called it a “nightmare scenario”. Yemen is suffering the world's worst humanitarian crisis and millions are reliant on food aid. Diseases including cholera, dengue and malaria are rife and only half of hospitals are fully functional. News of the first Covid-19 case came a day after the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen began a ceasefire, saying it wanted to help stop coronavirus spread and…
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Virus fears prompt halt to Saudi military operations in Yemen

Virus fears prompt halt to Saudi military operations in Yemen

Concerns about a potential outbreak in Yemen, where no cases have been reported so far, are partly behind a decision to call a halt to the military action there that has left tens of thousands died and spread hunger and disease, a Saudi-led coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki has said. The coalition fighting Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement has said it will call a nationwide ceasefire in support of UN efforts to end the five-year war. The move aims to facilitate talks sponsored by the UN’s special envoy, Martin Griffiths, for a permanent ceasefire. It will go into effect at midday on Thursday for…
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Indonesia to ban face mask exports to ensure domestic supply

Indonesia to ban face mask exports to ensure domestic supply

Indonesia will temporarily ban the export of face masks to safeguard domestic supply amid the coronavirus outbreak, Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said on Friday. “We will issue a temporary export ban for mask products to meet demand from domestic industries and consumers,” Suparmanto told reporters. The ban will be kept in place until the government is satisfied local supply is adequate, he said. Prices for face masks have jumped in some parts of Indonesia as buyers stock up on protective supplies such as masks and hand sanitizers due to worries about the coronavirus. Read more via Reuters
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