Yemen

Saudi-led planes hit Yemen capital for first time since truce

Saudi-led warplanes hit Yemeni rebels and their allies in Sanaa on Tuesday, in the first strikes on the rebel-held capital since the end of a five-day humanitarian truce, witnesses said. The Saudi-led coalition resumed its bombing campaign early on Monday with raids on second city Aden, accusing the rebels of violating the temporary ceasefire which expired the previous night. Tuesday’s ...

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Yemen cease-fire ends, talks begin without Houthis

With no extension announced, a five-day humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen between Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition ended Sunday night. The cease-fire expired at 11 p.m. but it wasn’t clear if either side immediately began widespread hostilities. The cease-fire hadn’t halted all fighting between the rebels and those opposing them. There were concentrated flyovers by aircraft likely from the coalition ...

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Moroccan warplane has crashed on a mission with Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen

A Moroccan F-16 warplane has crashed while on a mission with Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen, a Saudi military spokesman said on Monday, and Yemen’s dominant Houthi militia said tribesmen shot down the aircraft. The loss of the Moroccan military jet and intensifying volleys of heavy-weapons fire across the border between the Iran-allied Houthis and Saudi forces could endanger a ...

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Saudi-led airstrikes targeted Yemen airports

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes targeted several airports Monday across Yemen even as the kingdom’s foreign minister said that officials were considering a cease-fire to allow aid into the Arab world’s poorest country. In the southern city of Aden, more than 150 airstrikes hit the city’s airport, witnesses and security officials said. Houthi rebels and their allies are locked in fierce fighting there against ...

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Yemen foreign minister snubs Saleh’s call for peace talks

Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen Sunday rejected a call for peace talks issued by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and said a Saudi-led military campaign against Iran-allied Houthi fighters opposed to his government had not ended. Yaseen was speaking after air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen in some of the most widespread combat the country has seen ...

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UN Yemen envoy to step down, may be replaced by Mauritanian: source

U.N. special adviser to Yemen Jamal Benomar is planning on stepping down from his job and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is considering appointing a Mauritanian diplomat to the post as the civil war escalates, a U.N. diplomatic source said on Wednesday. Benomar, a veteran Moroccan diplomat, had recently irked Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations for his handling of so ...

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Humanitarian crisis grow in Yemen as warplanes hit rebel positions

Aid agencies warned Monday of a growing humanitarian crisis including food shortages in Yemen as Saudi-led warplanes hit rebel positions for a third week and rival forces clashed. In Riyadh, Yemen’s Prime Minister Khaled Bahah was sworn in as vice president at the country’s embassy in front of exiled President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi. Hadi, meanwhile, in a New York ...

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Fierce clashes killed more than 140 in southern Yemen

Fierce clashes raged Monday between insurgents and loyalists in southern Yemen, driving the rebel forces from some of their positions while leaving more than 140 dead in 24 hours. The southern militias’ gains came on the 12th day of an air campaign by Saudi Arabia and mainly Gulf Arab allies trying to stem advances by the Iran-allied Houthis, who control the capital ...

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Suicide bombings at two mosques in Yemen killed more than 100

Suicide bombings at two mosques in Yemen’s capital killed more than 100 people Friday, the deadliest terror attacks in the country’s history and a sign, just days after an attack in Tunisia, of the spreading jihadist threat across the Middle East. A group that said it was affiliated with Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on the two mosques ...

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Yemen plunged further into all-out civil war

As Yemen plunged further into all-out civil war, the country’s Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen issued a call for Gulf countries to launch military intervention to halt the advance of Shiite Houthi fighters as they pushed south from the capital Sanaa. Torn between Houthi-controlled Sanaa and the southern port city of Aden where President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has established an alternative ...

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