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Yemen's Houthis say they attacked Saudi's Najran airport by drone

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement on Thursday launched a drone attack on a Patriot missile battery in the airport of the Saudi city of Najran near the Yemeni border, the group's Al-Masirah TV said on Thursday. The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis said the drone was intercepted and destroyed by the kingdom's air defenses. The Houthis, who ousted the Saudi-backed Yemeni president from power in the capital Sanaa in 2014, have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi in the past 10...
Tags: Science, Iran, United Nations, Yemen, Sanaa, Houthis, Najran, Al Masirah TV


Saudi Arabia says it seeks to avert war, ball in Iran's court

Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday's drone strikes on two oil pumping stations in the kingdom, claimed by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group. The attack came two days after four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Iran has denied it was behind the attacks which come as Washington and the Islamic Republic spar over sanctions and the U.S. military presence in the region, raising concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflic...
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Tehran, Yemen, Riyadh, Islamic Republic, United Arab Emirates Iran


Exclusive: Insurer says Iran's Guards likely to have organized tanker attacks

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Norway are investigating the attacks, which also hit a UAE- and a Norwegian-flagged vessel. A confidential assessment issued this week by the Norwegian Shipowners' Mutual War Risks Insurance Association (DNK) concluded that the attack was likely to have been carried out by a surface vessel operating close by that despatched underwater drones carrying 30-50 kg (65-110 lb) of high-grade explosives to detonate on impact. The DNK based its assessment that the IRGC was lik...
Tags: Science, Iran, Norway, Yemen, Uae, Irgc, UAE Saudi Arabia, DNK


Oil prices rise more than 1% as Middle East conflict persists

Oil futures were up more than 1% on Thursday as tensions in the Middle East grew, with a Saudi-led coalition launching air strikes in retaliation for recent attacks on its crude infrastructure. The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen carried out several air strikes on the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Thursday after the Iranian-aligned movement claimed responsibility for drone attacks on two Saudi oil pumping stations earlier in the week.
Tags: Science, Middle East, Yemen, Sanaa


Oil gains 2% as Middle East conflict intensifies

Oil prices jumped 2% on Thursday as tensions in the Middle East grew, with a Saudi-led coalition launching air strikes in retaliation for recent attacks on its oil infrastructure. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained $1.35, or 2.2%, to $63.37 a barrel. The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen carried out several air strikes on the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Thursday after the Iranian-aligned movement claimed responsibility for drone attacks on two Saudi oil pumping statio...
Tags: Science, Middle East, Yemen, Sanaa


Saudi Arabia oil facilities attacked, U.S.-Iran tensions flare

The attacks took place against a backdrop of U.S.-Iranian tension following Washington's decision this month to try to cut Iran's oil exports to zero and to beef up its military presence in the Gulf in response to what it said were Iranian threats. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there would not be war with the United States despite mounting tensions over Iranian nuclear capabilities, its missile program and its support for proxies in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, United States, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Yemen, Gulf


U.S. believes Iran proxies may be behind tanker attacks, official says

U.S. national security agencies believe proxies sympathetic to or working for Iran may have attacked four tankers off the United Arab Emirates rather than Iranian forces themselves, a U.S. official familiar with the latest U.S. assessments said on Tuesday. The official said possible perpetrators might include Houthi rebels in Yemen and Iran-backed Shi'ite militias based in Iraq but said Washington did not have hard evidence on who sabotaged the four vessels, including two Saudi tankers on Sunda...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iraq, Iran, United States, United Arab Emirates, Tehran, Yemen, Strait Of Hormuz, U S intelligence, Fujairah


U.N. says Hodeidah withdrawal "executed, partly as agreed" by parties

The United Nations said on Tuesday a withdrawal by Yemen's Houthi movement from three Red Sea ports had been carried out "partly as agreed" by warring parties under a peace deal that it hopes will pave the way for wider peace talks. The Iranian-aligned Houthi movement's unilateral pullout from the ports, used for grain, oil, commerce and aid, began on Saturday, in the most significant advance yet for efforts to end the four-year-old war and relieve a hunger crisis. Hodeidah is Yemen's main por...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Yemen, Houthi, Red Sea


Saudi Arabia says oil facilities near Riyadh attacked

The energy minister of the world's largest oil exporter said the attack on two oil pumping stations had not disrupted oil production or exports of crude and petroleum products. Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, in comments run by state media, said the two recent attacks threatened global oil supplies and proved the need to counter "terrorist groups behind such destructive acts" including the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen. Houthi-run Masirah TV earlier on Tuesday cited a military offic...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Riyadh, Khalid al Falih, Houthis, Masirah TV


Saudi Arabia says oil facilities outside Riyadh attacked

The energy minister of the world's largest oil exporter said the attack caused a fire, now contained, and minor damage at one pump station, but did not disrupt oil production or exports of crude and petroleum products. Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, in comments run by state media, said the drone attack and Sunday's sabotage of four vessels, including two Saudi tankers, off Fujairah emirate, a major bunkering hub, threatened global oil supplies. "These attacks prove again that it is important...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Riyadh, Khalid al Falih, Iran Falih


Saudi ship, blocked from loading arms cargo in France, arrives at Spanish port

SANTANDER, Spain (Reuters) - A Saudi ship, prevented by rights groups from loading an arms cargo at the French port of Le Havre on Friday, arrived at the Spanish port of Santander early on Monday. French rights group ACAT argued in a legal challenge on Thursday that the arms consignment contravened a U.N. treaty because the weapons might be used against civilians in Yemen, though the case was thrown out by a French judge. The Saudi vessel Bahri-Yanbu set course for Santander shortly after the ru...
Tags: Science, France, Spain, Yemen, Santander, Le Havre, ACAT, Bahri Yanbu


Saudi ship leaves Spain with ceremonial, exhibition materials: source

On Friday, rights groups prevented the Bahri-Yanbu from receiving arms at the French port of Le Havre due to concerns they would be used by Saudi Arabia against civilians in Yemen's war. The vessel, that carries a separate consignment of arms loaded in Antwerp, set sail from Santander at 1:50 p.m. (1150 GMT) bound for Genoa, Italy, according to ship tracking data. The Spanish source said the material could be used for cannon salutes in military ceremonies in Saudi Arabia.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Yemen, Le Havre, Antwerp, Genoa Italy, Bahri Yanbu


Amid outcry over Yemen war, Saudi ship leaves France without arms cargo

French rights group ACAT argued in a legal challenge on Thursday that the consignment contravened a U.N. treaty because the arms might be used against civilians in Yemen. The saga is an embarrassment for President Emmanuel Macron, who on Thursday defended arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Riyadh leads the pro-government military coalition in the four-year civil war that has devastated Yemen, killed tens of thousands and left much of the population on the brink of famine.
Tags: Science, France, Yemen, Emmanuel Macron, ACAT, Saudi Arabia Riyadh


Rights groups try to block Saudi vessel loading French arms

The move comes weeks after an online investigative site published leaked French military intelligence that showed weapons sold to the kingdom, including tanks and laser-guided missile systems, were being used against civilians in Yemen's war. France is one of Saudi Arabia's main arms' suppliers, but Paris has faced increasing pressure to review its sales because the four-year-old conflict has shattered Yemen's economy and created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. Speaking on behalf...
Tags: Science, France, Saudi Arabia, Paris, Yemen, Reuters, ACAT, Joseph Brehem, Bahri Yanbu


CIA's Solution to Killing Too Many Civilians: Knife Bomb

The CIA and the U.S. military have been using a new type of missile during some drone strikes in recent years, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. What makes this new missile unique? It doesn’t explode and instead deploys sharp blades, hitting targets “like a speeding anvil” from the sky.Read more...
Tags: Science, Iraq, Syria, Drones, US military, Missiles, Libya, Al Qaeda, Cia, Somalia, Weapons, Yemen, Civilian Deaths, Jamal al Badawi, R9x, Hellfire R9x


Bahrain court rejects request for alternative sentence for activist Rajab - lawyer

A Bahraini court has rejected a motion filed by lawyers of prominent activist Nabeel Rajab asking it to pass an alternative to the jail term he is currently serving, his lawyer said on Monday. Rajab, an outspoken critic of the Bahraini government who played a prominent role in pro-democracy protests in 2011, is serving a five-year sentence over social media posts criticizing Saudi Arabia’s air strikes in Yemen. "Our motion has been rejected," his lawyer, Mohamed Al Jishi, said.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Nabeel Rajab, Rajab, Mohamed Al Jishi


Yemen proves it: in western eyes, not all ‘Notre Dames’ are created equal | Lamya Khalidi

As an archaeologist, I’ve seen Yemen’s rich heritage. But for too many world leaders, only arms sales really matterLike everyone else the world over, I watched in horror last week as Notre Dame burned and its spire fell. I saw the stunned reactions of onlookers on the news, on social media and in front of television sets and phone screens on the streets of Nice, where I live. A part of France’s national identity and an international symbol of Paris was collapsing before our eyes.This accidental ...
Tags: Science, France, US, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Heritage, Paris, Archaeology, South America, Nice, Yemen, Arms trade, Notre Dame, Lamya Khalidi, Sudan Yemen


Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with IRGC

The exemptions, granted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and described by a State Department spokesman in response to questions from Reuters, mean officials from countries such as Iraq who may have dealings with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, would not necessarily be denied U.S. visas. The IRGC is a powerful faction in Iran that controls a business empire as well as elite armed and intelligence forces. The exceptions to U.S. sanctions would also permit foreign executives w...
Tags: Science, Iraq, Iran, State Department, Yemen, Reuters, Irgc, State, Syria Iraq, Mike Pompeo, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps


French-made tanks and howitzer canons used in Yemeni war: Disclose

Entitled "Yemen: security situation", a 15-page classified report written by France's DRM military intelligence agency includes maps that detail the positioning of French-made weapons inside Yemen and on the Saudi side of the border. It demonstrates that swathes of Yemen's population lives under the threat of the French-made arms, according to Disclose. The leaked report will be awkward for President Emmanuel Macron and his government, which has said that as far as it knows French-made arms s...
Tags: Science, France, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Emmanuel Macron


Cholera is surging once again in war-ravaged Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Cholera is surging once again in Yemen, with the U.N. reporting that the number of suspected cases has doubled in March over previous months and doctors in overwhelmed health facilities fearing it could rival a 2017 outbreak that spiraled into the world's worst flare-up.
Tags: Science, Yemen, SANAA Yemen


More than 113 milion people suffer 'acute hunger': UN

More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced "acute hunger" last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region, the UN said Tuesday. Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to the risk of famine, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its 2019 global report on food crises. African states were "disproportionally...
Tags: Science, Africa, Syria, Un, Yemen, FAO, Afp, Democratic Republic of Congo Afghanistan, Agriculture Organization FAO, Dominique Bourgeon


More than 113 mn people suffer 'acute hunger': UN

More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced "acute hunger" last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region, the UN said Tuesday. Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to the risk of famine, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its 2019 global report on food crises. African states were "disproportionally...
Tags: Science, Africa, Syria, Un, Yemen, FAO, Afp, Democratic Republic of Congo Afghanistan, Agriculture Organization FAO, Dominique Bourgeon


Killed by cholera, Yemeni doctor knew he was fighting 'disastrous' epidemic

Two weeks later cholera killed him too. Yemen is suffering its third major outbreak of the water-borne bacterial infection since the conflict broke out in 2015, causing the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis that has put 10 million people on the brink of famine. The disease is spreading like "wild-fire", according to the United Nations which recorded 110,000 suspected cholera cases and 200 deaths in three months.
Tags: Science, United Nations, Yemen


Arab leaders to seek U.N. Security Council resolution on Golan

Arab leaders, long divided by regional rivalries, also ended their annual summit in Tunisia calling for cooperation with non-Arab Iran based on non-interference in each others' affairs. Arab leaders who have been grappling with a bitter Gulf Arab dispute, splits over Iran's regional influence, the war in Yemen and unrest in Algeria and Sudan sought common ground after Washington recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan. "We, the leaders of the Arab countries gathered in Tunisia ... expre...
Tags: Science, Washington, Israel, Iran, United States, Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia, Yemen, Arab, U N Security Council, Golan, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Golan Arab League


Arab leaders, grappling with regional rifts, condemn U.S. decision on Golan

Arab leaders, gathering at summit in Tunis, have been under popular pressure to reject Washington's action, while they also grapple with regional differences, including a bitter Gulf Arab dispute, splits over Iran's regional influence, the war in Yemen and unrest in Algeria and Sudan. The abrupt departure from the summit of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who is locked in a row with Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, suggested regional differences were not easily buried. Saudi Ar...
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Tunis, Salman bin Abdulaziz, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Golan


Arab leaders, grappling regional rifts, condemn U.S. decision on Golan

Arab leaders, gathering at summit in Tunis, have been under popular pressure to reject Washington's action, while they also grapple with regional differences, including a bitter Gulf Arab dispute, splits over Iran's regional influence, the war in Yemen and unrest in Algeria and Sudan. The abrupt departure from the summit of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who is locked in a row with Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, suggested regional differences were not easily buried. Saudi Ar...
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Tunis, Salman bin Abdulaziz, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Golan


Arab leaders show unity in condemning U.S. decision over Golan

Arab leaders, attending a summit in the Tunisian capital, have been grappling with regional splits over Iran's influence in the Middle East, a bitter Gulf Arab dispute, international pressure over the war in Yemen and unrest in Algeria and Sudan. It follows a U.S. move less than four months ago to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a decision that also prompted Arab condemnation.
Tags: Science, Israel, Jerusalem, Iran, Middle East, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Golan


Arab summit expected to reject U.S. decision over Golan

Arab heads of state, long divided by regional rivalries, are expected to unite at a summit on Sunday to oppose a U.S. decision to recognize Israel's annexation of Arab lands captured in 1967. Arab leaders are already grappling with unrest in Algeria and Sudan, international pressure over the war in Yemen, regional splits over Iran's influence in the Middle East and a bitter Gulf Arab dispute.
Tags: Science, Israel, Iran, Middle East, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Golan


U.S. envoy blames Houthis for Yemen peace deal delays

The U.S. ambassador to Yemen blamed the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on Thursday for the stalling of a U.N.-led peace deal in the main port of Hodeidah and said the group's weapons pose a threat to other countries in the region. The Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthis reached a ceasefire and troop withdrawal deal for Hodeidah, which is under Houthi control, at talks in Sweden in December. "We are greatly frustrated by what we see as delays and stalling on the part of the Houthis in ...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Iran, Un, Yemen, Aden, Houthis, Matthew Tueller


Ancient Inscription Points to Lost Temple of Unknown God in Yemen

A 2,000-year-old bronze tablet from Yemen, has engraved writing that mentions a lost temple dedicated to a god named "Athtar Ḥarmān," a deity whom scholars have never heard of before.Written in the Sabaic language, in a text known as Sabaean, the bronze inscription reads:"Ilīmataʿ and Khabīʾat, the two servants of Khawliyān offered to Athtar Ḥarmān, the owner of Bana, with a tablet of bronze, their sons and those he will add, for their salvation" (translation by Christian Robin). [Cracking Codic...
Tags: Science, Colorado, California, United States, New Orleans, Dodge, Yemen, Robin, Bana, National Centre for Scientific Research, International Council of Museums, Shibam, AFYA, Khawliyān, Athtar Ḥarmān, Christian Robin



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