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Saudis and Yemenites join hands to beautify Yemeni capital

The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) launched a program late March aimed at beautification, environmental sanitation and cleaning of the Yemini city of Aden. The 3-month initiative, called ‘Beautiful Aden’, will be carried out in cooperation with the Cleaning and Improvement Fund in Aden (CIFA). By Emad …

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Saudis bomb Houthi-held Sanaa

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen carried out several air strikes on Monday on the capital Sanaa, witnesses said. A number of sensitive sites including the presidential palace compound, a military school and an air base close to Sanaa airport were hit, and loud explosions were heard …

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Saudis claim to intercept Yemeni missiles

Ballistic missiles were intercepted on Saturday in the sky above Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh and the southern city of Jazan, state media reported, citing its own sources and the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Residents in Riyadh reported multiple blasts around 2320 (2020 GMT), followed by emergency vehicle sirens in …

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Yemen accepts UN truce

Yemen’s warring parties welcomed a U.N. call for an immediate truce on Thursday as the country entered its sixth year of a conflict that has unleashed a humanitarian crisis, rendering it more vulnerable to any coronavirus outbreak. A Saudi-led military coalition said late on Wednesday that it backed the Yemeni …

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Houthis blocked UN ship in anti-government move

Forces from Yemen’s Houthi movement on Tuesday blocked a U.N.-chartered ship carrying representatives of the internationally recognized government from leaving Hodeidah port, the government and a source familiar with the matter said. The ship was prevented from leaving for a second time by Houthi forces, government-run SABA news agency said. …

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Saudi coalition in new Yemen offensive

The Saudi-Led coalition fighting in Yemen carried out an operation against Iran-aligned Houthi targets in Yemen’s port district, Salif, Saudi state TV reported late on Saturday, citing the coalition. The coalition said it destroyed sites used to assemble and launch explosives-laden boats and drones that pose a threat to maritime …

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Yemeni gunmen attack fuel ship off coast of Aden

Yemeni gunmen entered on Saturday a port in the southern city of Aden and prevented a tanker from offloading a diesel cargo because the importing company is affiliated with the government, a Reuters cameraman reported. The gunmen belong to the separatist Southern Transitional Council, according to comments made in the …

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No more US aid to Houthi-held areas in Yemen

Donors and aid groups are planning to suspend humanitarian aid to areas of Yemen controlled by the Houthis in the coming months if the group does not stop hindering the delivery of assistance, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday. Aid agency sources told Reuters earlier this month …

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Saudi naval operation foils Red Sea attack

Naval forces from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen on Sunday foiled an “imminent terrorist” attack by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in the southern Red Sea, a major commercial shipping channel, the Saudi-led coalition said. The forces destroyed an unmanned boat laden with explosives that was launched from Hodeidah province …

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Yemeni defence minister narrowly escapes landmine blast

Six Yemeni soldiers were killed when a convoy carrying the country’s defense minister was hit by a landmine explosion on Wednesday, but the minister was unharmed, government sources said. Muhammad Ali Maqdashi, defense minister for the internationally recognized government of Yemen, was visiting a frontline area of Sirwah. It is …

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Houthis down tornado warplane

Yemen’s Houthis military spokesperson, Yahya Saria, said that Houthis downed a tornado warplane belonging to “enemy forces” in Al-Jawf, the group’s Al-Masirah TV cited him as saying on Friday. The spokesman said the warplane was downed with an advanced air-to-ground missile. There was no immediate information if any crew were …

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US warship interdicts Iran arms shipment

A U.S. Navy warship seized weapons believed to be of Iranian “design and manufacture,” including 150 anti-tank guided missiles and three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, the American military said on Thursday. In a statement, the military said the guided-missile cruiser Normandy boarded a dhow, a traditional sailing vessel, in the Arabian …

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Yemeni conflict spreads to national currency

Yemen’s warring sides opened a new front in their five-year conflict on Saturday – a battle over old and new banknotes that threatens to create two economies in the same state. As of midnight, the Houthi movement which controls the capital Sanaa outlawed the use and possession of crisp new …

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UN says Houthis not responsible for Aramco attack

Yemen’s Houthi group did not launch an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities in September, according to a confidential report by U.N. sanctions monitors seen by Reuters on Wednesday, bolstering a U.S. accusation that Iran was responsible. The United States, European powers and Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for the Sept. …

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Yemeni faction pulls out of Riyadh agreement

Southern separatists in Yemen have pulled out of committees implementing a November agreement to end a power struggle in the south that had opened a new front in the country’s multifaceted war. The pact was reached after more than a month of indirect talks in Saudi Arabia. Under the deal, …

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Yemeni military parade targets by bomb blast

A blast struck a military graduation parade in Yemen’s southern town of al-Dhalea, Yemen’s Security Belt forces said in a tweet on Sunday, in an attack witnesses said caused dozens of injuries or deaths. No claim of responsibility was made. The Security Belt forces are part of a southern separatist …

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Aid agencies under attack in Yemen

Twelve aid agencies in the Yemeni town of al-Dhalea have stopped work after attacks on their buildings that the United Nations called an “alarming escalation” amid media campaigns against aid organizations. The majority of attacks occurred overnight Saturday. One more occurred on an unoccupied Oxfam office on Tuesday morning, aid …

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Houthis claim downing of Saudi helicopter

Yemen’s Houthi movement said it shot down a Saudi Apache helicopter near the border with Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing its two pilots. “A Saudi Apache helicopter was shot down by a surface-to-air missile… and its two pilots were killed as it was completely burned,” the group’s military spokesman, Yahya …

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Houthies release seized ships, hostages

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement released three vessels and 16 people it had seized, South Korea’s foreign ministry and a Houthi military source in Yemen said on Wednesday. The seizure on Sunday was the latest incident at sea around Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading a Western-backed coalition of Arab states …

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Houthis seizing ships in the Red Sea

Yemen’s Houthis seized three ships, including one belonging to Saudi Arabia, three miles off Uqban island at the south end of the Red Sea, the group’s Al-Masirah TV said on Monday. It did not identify the other ships but said all of them were taken to Salif port. The Saudi-led …

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Solar power prospects in Yemen admist fighting

When electricity was cut to Yemen’s capital four years ago after war broke out, Ebrahim al-Faqih saw a gap in the market and started selling solar panels. Faqih is part of a booming solar sector transforming lives and energy sustainability in Yemen, a poor country with scant rural power access …

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Saudi in defence talks with Oman

Saudi Arabia’s vice minister of defense visited Oman on Monday and met with ruler Sultan Qaboos, Omani state news agency ONA reported, following a deal to end a power struggle in the south of Yemen. The Saudi defense ministry said Prince Khalid bin Salman, a son of the king, would …

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Waring Yemeni factions sign Sadi peace deal

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists signed an agreement on Tuesday to end a power struggle in the south of Yemen that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince hailed as a step toward a wider political solution to end the multifaceted conflict. The stand-off had opened a new front in the more …

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Saudi brokered deal to include Yemen separtists

A preliminary deal between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists to end a power struggle in Aden will see the separatists included in a new technocrat cabinet and both sides’ forces placed under government control, sources said. The Saudi-brokered arrangement, an advanced version of which was seen by Reuters, is …

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Diesel cargo makes it to Yemen from UAE

The third UAE cargo ship carrying 7,200 tonnes of diesel arrived in the Yemeni port of Mukalla in Hadramaut governorate. The fuel consignment will help meet the local energy needs in the governorate. Mohamed Al Amoudi, Undersecretary for Technical Affairs in Hadramaut Governorate, hailed the UAE assistance, thanking the country’s …

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Saudi Arabia in defence talks with US

Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister said on Thursday he discussed regional security and military cooperation with senior U.S. government officials at a time of heightened tension with Iran following last month’s attacks on Saudi oil facilities. Saudi Arabia and the United States blamed common foe Tehran for the Sept. 14 …

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In bold move Houthis release detainees unilaterally

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group on Monday released hundreds of Yemeni prisoners in a unilateral move welcomed by the United Nations envoy, who hoped it would lead to further progress on an agreed prisoner exchange deal. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which facilitated the release, said 290 Yemeni …

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Fuel shortage hits Yemen admist fighting

A fuel shortage is deepening Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, forcing drivers to wait for days in queues that stretch back from some petrol stations as far as the eye can see. The new shortage is just one of many problems causing suffering in the civil war being fought by the Iran-aligned …

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Possible Houthi attack on Saudi border

Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Saturday it had carried out an attack near the border with the southern Saudi region of Najran and captured several army officers, but there was no immediate confirmation from Saudi Arabian authorities. The Houthis’ military spokesman said in a statement that three “enemy military brigades …

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Houthis, Saudis, exchange fire in Yeeni theatre

Air strikes blamed on the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 16 people in Yemen’s Houthi-controlled Dalea province on Tuesday, two residents and the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV said. The strikes came four days after the Houthis, a group aligned with Iran, said they would stop aiming missile and drone attacks at …

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Aden Water Corporation uses 10 pumps from UAE

The Aden Water Corporation began operating ten water pumps provided by the UAE, as part of logistical support efforts and in response to an appeal made by the corporation after the recent water shortage in some areas of Aden. The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, and the Aden Water Corporation supervised …

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In bold move, US to send troops to Gulf states

U.S. President Donald Trump has approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air defenses after Saturday’s attacks on the kingdom’s oil facilities, which Washington has blamed on Iran, the Pentagon said on Friday. The Pentagon said the deployment would involve a moderate number of troops and would be primarily …

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Iran ready now for Yemeni peace talks

Iran is ready to cooperate with the United Nations and countries seeking peace and stability in Yemen and the region, an Iranian government spokesman said on Monday, after weekend attacks on Saudi oil sites claimed by Yemeni forces aligned with Tehran. “I’m herewith announcing that Iran is fully prepared to …

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Saudi, UAE call on Yemeni groups to lay down arms

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates called on Yemen’s separatists and the internationally-recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to halt all military actions in south Yemen. A joint statement by the two Gulf states, leaders of an Arab coalition that is battling Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis, called on the …

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