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Yemen war: Five years on, rebels stronger than ever

Five years after Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen's civil war, leading a military coalition to prop up the government which had been driven out of its capital, the Huthi rebels are only stronger, more resilient and gaining ground. The Iran-aligned insurgents' capabilities have developed in the past year, with attacks on strategic targets in Yemen and neighbouring Saudi Arabia using sophisticated drones. Experts say that pressure on the Saudis to reduce civilian casualties in air strikes, a dra...
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Yemen Huthis uphold death sentence for Baha'i, community says

A court run by Yemen's Huthi rebels has upheld the death sentence of a Baha'i over his religion in defiance of international appeals, the community said Monday. Hamed bin Haydara, who has been detained since 2013, was not allowed into Sunday's hearing in the capital Sanaa that rejected his appeal against the sentence imposed more than a year ago, the community said. The Baha'i International Community in a statement said it was "utterly dismayed at this outrageous verdict" and urged the court t...
Tags: News, Yemen, Sanaa, Huthi, Hamed bin Haydara, Baha i International Community


Iran attempting further arms deliveries to Huthi rebels: US military

Tehran continues to deliver weapons to Yemen's Huthi rebels, the US military said Wednesday, following a second interception in less than three months of what Washington said were Iranian arms. "The seizure is consistent with a historical pattern of Iranian smuggling of advanced weapons to the Huthis in Yemen," said Captain Bill Urban of US Central Command, which is responsible for US forces in the Middle East, during a briefing at the Pentagon on the latest interdiction. Urban presented photo...
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Saudi jet 'downing' in Yemen stirs alarm over Huthi weaponry

Claims that Yemeni rebels shot down a Saudi warplane have spotlighted the increasingly potent Huthi arsenal -- cause for alarm in Riyadh as fighting escalates amid faltering efforts to end the five-year conflict. The Iran-aligned Huthi rebels said they downed the Tornado aircraft on Friday over the volatile northern province of Al-Jawf, in a setback for the Riyadh-led military coalition that has always enjoyed air supremacy in the conflict. The rebels, once dismissed as a ragtag militia, said ...
Tags: News, Iran, Yemen, Riyadh, Huthi, al Jawf


Questions over fate of Saudi crew in Yemen jet crash

The fate of the crew of a Saudi warplane that crashed in Yemen remained uncertain Sunday after Iran-linked Huthi rebels claimed to have shot down the aircraft. The Riyadh-led military coalition fighting the rebels said the two officers ejected from the plane before it crashed in northern Al-Jawf province Friday but that the rebels opened fire at them "in violation of international humanitarian law". "The joint forces command of the Coalition holds the terrorist Huthi militia responsible for th...
Tags: News, Iran, Coalition, Yemen, Riyadh, Huthi, Saudi Press Agency, Al Jawf province


31 civilians killed in strikes on Yemen after Saudi jet crash

At least 31 civilians were killed in strikes on Yemen on Saturday, the United Nations said, following a Saudi-led operation in response to one of its fighter jet crashing, with Iran-backed Huthi rebels claiming to have shot it down. The deadly violence follows an upsurge in fighting in northern Yemen between the warring parties that threatens to worsen the war-battered country's humanitarian crisis. "Preliminary field reports indicate that on 15 February as many as 31 civilians were killed and...
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Air strikes on Yemen kill 31 civilians after Saudi jet crash

Thirty-one people were killed in air strikes on Yemen Saturday, the United Nations said, the victims of an apparent Saudi-led retaliation after Iran-backed Huthi rebels claimed to have shot down one of its jets. The deadly violence follows an upsurge in fighting in northern Yemen between the warring parties that threatens to worsen the war-battered country's humanitarian crisis. "Preliminary field reports indicate that on 15 February as many as 31 civilians were killed and 12 others injured in...
Tags: News, Iran, United Nations, Un, Yemen, Huthi, al Jawf, Al Hayjah


Saudi fighter jet crashes in Yemen, rebels say they downed it

A Saudi fighter jet crashed in conflict-torn Yemen, the Riyadh-led military coalition supporting the government announced Saturday, as the Iran-backed Huthi rebels said they downed the plane. The Tornado aircraft came down on Friday in northern Al-Jawf province during an operation to assist Yemeni government forces, the coalition said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. The insurgents reported multiple coalition air strikes on Saturday in the Huthi-controlled area where ...
Tags: News, Iran, Yemen, Riyadh, Huthi, Saudi Press Agency, al Jawf


Yemen missile attack kills at least 70 soldiers: sources

At least 70 Yemeni soldiers have been killed in a missile attack launched by Huthi rebels on a mosque in the central province of Marib, medical and military sources said Sunday. The Huthis attacked a mosque in a military camp in Marib -- about 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of Sanaa -- during evening prayers on Saturday, military sources told AFP.
Tags: News, Yemen, Sanaa, Marib, Huthi


Trump says Iran will never have a nuclear weapon as Tehran mourns Suleimani – live updates

Follow the latest developments as huge crowds pack streets of Tehran in memory of Iranian general 3.24pm GMT Donald Trump’s threat to destroy the sites of ancient Persia should send a shiver down the spine of any civilised person. How can anything justify American bombing of Persepolis or the mosques of Isfahan? Only the demented can see them as “threatening America”. It is on the same ethical plane as the Islamic State vandalism of Palmyra and Mosul. Related: Donald Trump’s belligerent th...
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Saudi shuts major oil pipeline after Huthi drone attacks

Drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Yemen rebels shut down one of Saudi Arabia's major oil pipelines Tuesday, further ratcheting up Gulf tensions after the mysterious sabotage of several tankers. Washington and Tehran played down tensions after trading barbs as the Americans sent an aircraft carrier group and nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the region to counter alleged threats from Saudi arch-rival Iran. "We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at ...
Tags: News, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Tehran, Yemen, Gulf, State, Sergei Lavrov, Huthi, Mike Pompeo


Yemen's rebels to begin withdrawing from ports on Saturday: UN

Yemen's Huthi rebels will begin a pullback from ports in the flashpoint city of Hodeida on Saturday, the first practical step on the ground since a ceasefire deal was reached in December, the head of a UN redeployment committee said. The long-delayed withdrawal of rebel forces will be completed by Tuesday, General Michael Lollesgaard said in a statement. The redeployment of forces was agreed under the ceasefire deal reached in Sweden that offered the best hope in years of moving toward an end ...
Tags: News, Sweden, Un, Yemen, Huthi, Hodeida, Michael Lollesgaard


Yemen parties agree details of pullback plan: UN envoy

Yemen's government and Huthi rebels have accepted a detailed plan for a much-delayed pullback from the flashpoint city of Hodeida, the UN envoy said Monday, but no timetable was announced for the withdrawals. The redeployment of forces was agreed in December under a ceasefire deal reached in Sweden that offered the best hope in years of moving toward an end to the war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. UN envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council that "both parties have now a...
Tags: News, Sweden, Un, Yemen, Security Council, Huthi, Hodeida, Martin Griffiths


Yemen sides agree deal on first pullback: UN

Yemen's government and Huthi rebels have agreed on the first phase of a pullback of forces from the key city of Hodeida, in a deal the United Nations described Sunday as important progress. The redeployment from Hodeida is a critical part of a ceasefire deal reached in December in Sweden that calls on the government and Huthis to move forces away from ports and parts of city. The fragile truce deal marks the first step toward ending a devastating war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famin...
Tags: News, Sweden, United Nations, Un, Yemen, Huthi, Hodeida, Huthis


Top Yemeni commander wounded in rebel drone strike dies

Yemen's deputy chief of staff died Sunday from wounds sustained last month in a drone attack by Huthi rebels on the country's largest air base, the information minister said. "Major General Saleh al-Zandani, deputy chief of staff, was martyred while undergoing treatment after he was wounded in the terrorist bombing at the Al-Anad base," Moammer al-Eryani wrote on Twitter. Zandani was among 11 wounded in the January 10 drone attack on a military parade at the base in Lahij, a province some 60 k...
Tags: News, Yemen, Huthi, al Anad, Lahij, Saleh al Zandani, Moammer al Eryani, Zandani


Yemen rebels boycott meeting with UN-led truce monitors

Yemeni rebels on Sunday boycotted a meeting chaired by the head of a UN-led ceasefire monitoring team in the flashpoint city of Hodeida, accusing him of pursuing "other agendas". Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert is leading a joint committee, which includes both government and rebel representatives, tasked with overseeing a truce in the Red Sea port city and the withdrawal of both parties. Huthi rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam said Cammaert "steered from the course of the agreement b...
Tags: News, Un, Yemen, Red Sea, Huthi, Hodeida, Patrick Cammaert, Mohammed Abdelsalam, Cammaert


UN-led monitors meet in Yemen's Hodeida as clashes test truce

A UN-led team tasked with monitoring a ceasefire met Wednesday in Yemen's flashpoint city of Hodeida, after sporadic clashes underscored the fragility of the truce which began last week. The ceasefire in the rebel-held city, home to a Red Sea port vital for millions at risk of starvation, is part of a peace push seen as the best chance yet of ending four years of devastating conflict. Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert is heading the joint committee, which includes both government official...
Tags: News, Un, Yemen, Red Sea, Huthi, Hodeida, Patrick Cammaert


Saudi Arabia condemns US Senate 'interference' over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia has strongly denounced US Senate resolutions which called for an end to American support for Saudi forces in Yemen and blamed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.    The kingdom released an unusually forceful statement after both Democrat and Republican senators defied the White House and voted through the largely symbolic resolutions criticising Saudi Arabia.   "The Kingdom categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all ac...
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Rebels hail Yemen ceasefire accord a 'success', despite skirmishes

Huthi rebels on Saturday hailed a ceasefire accord for a vital Yemeni port agreed at UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden, although the deal's implementation remained fragile. The breakthrough agreement at the first round of negotiations since 2016 was a "success", said Daif Allah al-Shami, information minister for the rebels' unrecognised national salvation government. Reached Thursday between the Huthis and a delegation for the internationally recognised government, the accord called for an "im...
Tags: News, Sweden, Un, Yemen, Huthi, Hodeida, Daif Allah al Shami


Race to broker truce as Yemen talks enter final hours

With just hours left before the close of negotiations, UN mediators rushed to broker a truce Wednesday between government representatives and rebels in Yemen, a country teetering on the brink of famine. The UN talks opened last week in Sweden, the first meeting in two years between Yemen's Huthi rebels and the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, backed since 2015 by a behemoth military coalition led by Saudi Arabia. Taiz, the southwestern city controlled by the government and surro...
Tags: News, Sweden, Un, Yemen, Huthi, Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, Saudi Arabia Taiz


Yemen conflict would worsen without US support for Riyadh: Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday defended America's increasingly contentious support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war, warning lawmakers the brutal conflict would worsen without US involvement. Pompeo was due to speak to the Senate alongside Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to discuss US support for the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Iran-backed Huthi rebels, ahead of a possible vote on reducing military backing to the Saudis. "The suffering in Yemen grieves me, but if the Uni...
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UN envoy expected in Riyadh as calm returns to Yemen's Hodeida

The United Nations' Yemen envoy is expected in Riyadh on Monday as part of efforts to convene December peace talks between Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government. Martin Griffiths' visit comes as fighting eased around the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, a vital lifeline for imports and aid which has been the target of a fierce Saudi-backed government offensive. Under heavy international pressure, the Yemeni government and a Saudi-led military coalition have largely suspended a five-mont...
Tags: News, Un, Yemen, Riyadh, Huthi, Hodeida, Martin Griffiths, United Nations Yemen


Top Yemen rebel calls for halt to military operations

A high-ranking Yemeni rebel official urged his leadership Monday to freeze military operations and stop firing missiles into Saudi Arabia as the UN prepares for peace talks. Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, head of the Huthi insurgents' Higher Revolutionary Committee and an influential political figure, tweeted that he also wants his group to announce "readiness to suspend and halt all military operations".
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Top Huthi rebel calls for halt to attacks in Yemen

A high-ranking Huthi official has called for rebels to stop firing rockets and using attack drones in the conflict in Yemen, as a UN envoy prepares to travel to the country to prepare peace talks. Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, head of the Higher Revolutionary Committee and an influential political figure, tweeted that his group wants "all official Yemeni parties" to demand a ceasefire. Griffiths -- whose efforts at kick-starting peace talks collapsed in September -- said both the Saudi-backed governm...
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150 killed in battle for Yemen's Hodeida as global alarm grows

At least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, medics said Monday, as Britain's top diplomat visited the Gulf seeking to boost international calls for a ceasefire. 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. A Hodeida resident reported an ebb in fighting around the city by Monday e...
Tags: News, Iran, Britain, Un, Yemen, Gulf, Huthi, Antonio Guterres, Hodeida, Red Sea city


UK says Saudi-led coalition to allow Huthi medical evacuations from Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has agreed to allow some wounded Huthi rebels to be evacuated, following a visit to the region by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, his office said Tuesday. The issue has proved a sticking point in previous peace talks and the move could now pave the way for fresh negotiations, Britain's foreign ministry said in a statement. "The Saudi-led coalition (has) agreed to the evacuation of wounded Huthis from Yemen, one of the key stumbling blocks to the...
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149 killed in 24 hours in Yemen's Hodeida: medics, military

At least 149 people including civilians have been killed in 24 hours of clashes between government loyalists and rebels in Yemen's flashpoint city of Hodeida, medics and military sources said Monday. A military official in Hodeida confirmed seven civilians had died, without giving further details. The Red Sea port city, controlled by Yemen's Huthi rebels since 2014, is a vital entry point for aid into the impoverished country.
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84 dead in fighting in Yemen's Hodeida after talks fail

Clashes and air strikes have left 84 people dead around Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeida since the collapse of UN-brokered peace talks, hospital sources said Sunday. The sources in Hodeida province, controlled by Huthi rebels, said 11 soldiers and 73 insurgents had been killed since the talks were abandoned on Saturday. The pro-government coalition, which includes Saudi and UAE air forces, has been pushing to close in on Hodeida, the entry point for some 70 percent of Yemen's imports inclu...
Tags: News, Un, Yemen, Uae, Red Sea, Huthi, Hodeida


Yemen talks falter before they begin as rebels stay away

Long awaited UN-backed talks between Yemen's warring parties sputtered out Saturday before ever truly starting, after the Huthi rebels refused to travel to Geneva and fresh fighting broke out on the ground. UN envoy Martin Griffiths said he had held "fruitful consultations" with the delegation representing the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, but acknowledged he had been unable to convince the rebel delegation to even show up for the talks. Rebel chief Abdulmalik al-Huthi defend...
Tags: News, Un, Geneva, Yemen, Huthi, Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, Martin Griffiths, Abdulmalik al Huthi


Yemen rebels grounded in Sanaa as peace talks falter

Long-awaited UN-backed talks between Yemen's warring parties were sputtering Friday before even starting, with Huthi rebels refusing to travel to Geneva and fresh fighting breaking out on the ground. The Huthis, powerful armed tribes locked in a war with Yemen's Saudi-backed government, have refused to take off from the rebel-held capital of Sanaa unless the United Nations meets a list of conditions, which includes securing a safe return from Geneva to Sanaa for their delegation. At the same t...
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