Yemen

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 21, 2015, on page 1.

Yemen’s Houthis flew two U.S. citizens and one Briton they held for several months to Oman Sunday, sources in the group said, in what appears as a goodwill gesture ahead of talks with the United Nations on efforts to end nearly six months of fighting. The three Westerners had been held by the Houthis since the early days of a ...

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Saudi-led air strike killed at least 36 in Yemen

An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition targeted a bomb-making factory, which killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday according to residents. Almost 4,500 people, including 1,950 civilians, have died since the coalition started its campaign in March and that there is now a humanitarian “catastrophe,” according to the UN. “The ...

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Houthi rockets killed at least 14 civilians in Yemen

Houthi militants fired rockets which killed at least 14 civilians in the Yemeni Highlands city of Taiz. Resident of Taiz told reporters that most of the victims were children. “The situation is awful and the fighting is happening on many fronts. All the hospitals have closed except for one, so there’s a shortage of medical care. Two rockets fell on the Deluxe neighborhood, killing 14 people, among ...

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Loyalist forces chase Yemen rebels after seizing airbase

Pro-government forces pursued fleeing Shia Houthi fighters in south Yemen Wednesday, military sources said, as they looked to press recent gains against the rebels, including the retaking of a key airbase. Soldiers loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi wrested control Tuesday of Al-Anad airbase in Lahj province — one of Yemen’s largest military facilities — from the Houthis, and ...

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13 million people in Yemen struggling to find enough to eat, Oxfam says

Since March, nearly 25,000 people a day have slipped into hunger in Yemen, and every second person – or nearly 13 million people – is now struggling to find enough to eat, according to Oxfam. Conflict, air strikes and a naval blockade have killed thousands in the country, and reduced people to begging and polishing shoes in rubble-filled cities where ...

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humanitarian truce went into effect in Yemen

A five-day humanitarian truce went into effect in Yemen overnight Monday, hours after forces allied with a Saudi-led coalition fought Houthi militia for control of the country’s largest air base north of Aden. The fighting at the al-Anad base, 50 km from the southern port city, and lack of a clear acceptance to its terms by the Iranian-allied Houthi movement ...

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Arab-led air strikes Yemeni Houthi militias

Arab-led air strikes Yemeni Houthi militias who clashed with pro-government fighters in the south on Sunday. The warplanes bombs targeted at the Iran-backed militias and their allies, forces loyal to deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Aden and Lahj provinces. The Arab-led coalition said earlier this week that they did not receive a request from Hadi’s government to stop attacks, ...

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Saudi-led air strike killed at least 30 in the southern Yemen

Saudi-led air strike has killed at least 30 people in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden. It is yet unsure how many of the dead were civilians or Houthi rebels who caught the capital, Sanaa last year, and insisted on President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi being banished. Up to 3,000 people have been killed since the Saudi-led attacks began in ...

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An American taken by rebels is released

One of four Americans held by Houthi rebels in civil war-torn Yemen has been released, the US State Department says. Casey Coombs, a freelance journalist, was flown to Oman where he was met by the US ambassador. Last week, the Washington Post reported that at least four Americans were being held by Houthi rebels. Meanwhile, a video of a Frenchwoman kidnapped in ...

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A car bomb has exploded in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa

A car bomb has exploded in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, causing an unknown number of casualties . There are conflicting reports over who was the target of the attack . It seemed it was targeting the homes of several Shia Houthi rebel leaders, but Reuters reports that a group of mourners were hit, wounding 28 people. Shia Houthi rebel fighters ...

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