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UAE launches relief aid for Yemeni flood victims

The United Arab Emirates today launched an emergency response campaign to provide relief aid to people affected by heavy rains and floods that hit Aden and several other Yemeni cities. The field volunteer teams of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, have arrived in the areas affected by the rains to …

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Yemeni drone attacks on Saudi arport

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched multiple drone attacks targeting Jizan airport in Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, a tweet on Sunday by the group’s TV Al-Masirah said. The attacks targeted Saudi drone bunkers and stations in the airport, it added. There was no Saudi confirmation of the attacks. …

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UAE commanders visit frontline in Yemen

A group of UAE Armed Forces Commanders visited on Tuesday the UAE forces operating as part of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in Yemen to congratulate them on Eid al-Fitr. The Commanders conveyed the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid …

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Saudi airport hit by Houthis

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement targeted an arms depot at Najran airport in Saudi Arabia which caused a fire to break out in the facility, the group’s Al Masirah TV said on Tuesday. Earlier the Saudi-led military coalition said a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia’s province of Najran was targeted with …

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Saudi-led coalition drives into Yemen

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 Saudi oil installations. The Sanaa strikes targeted nine military sites in and around the city, residents said. Rubble filled a populated street …

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Houthis retreat in line with UN peace plan

Yemen’s government wants the United Nations to give time-frames for next steps of a peace deal after Houthi forces began withdrawing from key ports in the most significant advance yet for efforts to end the four-year war and relieve hunger. In line with an accord in Sweden last year, the …

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UAE to feed 2.5 million people in Yemen during Ramadan

The UAE has launched its Ramadan campaign in Yemen, which will include a package of charity and humanitarian initiatives that will benefit over 2.5 million people, including 1.5 million children and 500,000 women. The Director of UAE Humanitarian Operations in Yemen said that the campaign is the latest in a …

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Civilians killed in latest terror attack in Yemen

At least six civilians, including children, were killed in Yemen on Friday when a roadside bomb believed to be planted by al Qaeda went off in the country’s southeast, a Yemeni security official said. At least six others were wounded in the blast, the second attack in less than a …

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Support Saudi-led war Yemen remains strong

American president Donald Trump remains a strong supporter of the Saudi-led war in Yemen. At the same time the military intervention garners unconditional support at the home front. By Arthur Blok* Trump issued the second veto of his presidency earlier this week halting a congressional resolution that would have sought …

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Kuwait wants Stockholm Agreement implemented

Kuwait has renewed its call for all Yemeni parties to fully implement the Stockholm Agreement on Hodeidah and its three ports, as well as the agreement on the exchange of prisoners, and the Taiz memorandum of understanding. The Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, reported that the country’s permanent representative to the …

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ERC aid reaches thousands in war torn Yemen

The UAE has sent, through its humanitarian arm, the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, an aid convoy carrying 80 tonnes of food aid, to assist 14,000 people in Al Namsa, Deir Abdullah, Wal Hawareth and Qaza in Ad Duraihimi District on Yemen’s Red Sea Coast, as part of its projects, activities …

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UAE rejects human rights report on Yemen

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, has categorically rejected a report by the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen, and urged the Human Rights Council, HRC, to instead refocus on providing support to the Government of Yemen in building institutions to …

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Houthis blamed for scuttling Sweden deal

For months since the peace deal on Yemen reached in Sweden last December, Houthis have been stalling to implement it, said the Gulf News in an editorial on Saturday. “Under the deal, the Houthis agreed to a ceasefire and to pull out all their forces from the port city of …

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Pope heading to UAE, warns about Yemen civil war

Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula on Sunday, just hours after issuing his strongest condemnation yet of the war in Yemen, where his host the United Arab Emirates has a leading military role. The pope said in his regular Sunday address in Vatican City …

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Yemeni refinery fire spreads uncontrollably

A fire at a refinery in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden spread to a second storage tank on Saturday, injuring six people, sources at the refinery said. They told Reuters that civil defense forces had failed to contain the fire sparked by an explosion on Friday. The cause of …

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Houthis deploying drones against coalition forces

Houthi drones on Thursday attacked a Yemeni government military parade in Lahaj province, killing several people, Saudi and Houthi media reported. The Houthis said in November they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, but tensions have risen recently over …

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UN sends ceasefire team to Yemen Hodeidah port

A U.N. advance team arrived in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah on Sunday to start monitoring a ceasefire and withdrawal of forces agreed by the Iranian-aligned Houthi group and Saudi-backed government forces, the United Nations said. The warring parties in Yemen’s nearly four-year war reached the deal at U.N.-sponsored peace …

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Big Heart Foundation in Syria, Yemen and jordan

The Big Heart Foundation, TBHF, the UAE-based global humanitarian organisation, has renewed its support with a financial grant of over US$700,000 to three projects undertaken by leading UN agencies, UNHCR and UNICEF, in Jordan, Syria and Yemen. According to the 2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview Report, HNO, 13.1 million people in …

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Fragile Hodeidah ceasefire breached

Yemen’s warring parties have traded accusations of breaching a ceasefire in Hodeidah that was mediated by the United Nations to avert a full-scale assault on a port city vital for food and aid supplies, and pave the way for peace negotiations. Residents reported shelling late on Tuesday, the first day …

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Progress on Yemeni peace in Sweden talks

Right from the beginning, the Saudi-led Arab Coalition’s sole intent has been to spread justice and uphold the legitimacy in Yemen, said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Saturday. “The sustained military pressure against the Houthi militants along the Red Sea Coast and surrounding areas in Hodeidah has paid …

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UAE Red Crescent makes latest aid drop to Yemen

The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has distributed 63 tonnes of food aid, commodities and basic food items to the population of Markha Al Sofla District in the Governorate of Shabwa for the benefit of 15,000 most of them women and children. The aid is part of ERC’s efforts to alleviate …

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Iran welcomes Sweden talks, Yemeni peace

Iran welcomed on Friday initial agreements reached at talks in Sweden by the opposing sides in Yemen’s war, which include the Iran-aligned Houthi group, were a step toward a final peace accord, Iranian state TV reported on Friday. The war in Yemen is seen as a proxy war between Iran …

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Yemeni government rejects UN control of Hodeidah

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government is willing to accept a U.N. role in Hodeidah’s seaport, a lifeline for millions of people during the country’s war, but not a long-term presence in the city itself, Foreign Minister Khalid al Yamani said on Monday. Mediator Martin Griffiths, who opened United Nations-sponsored peace talks between …

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Houthi proposal to make Hodeidah ‘neutral’ in war

Yemen’s main port city should be declared a “neutral zone” and the United Nations could play a role in Sanaa airport, the Iran-aligned Houthis’ main negotiator said on Saturday on the sidelines of talks aimed at ending the Yemeni war. Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions of people that is now …

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UN set to manage Yemen’s Hodeidah port

The United Nations is ready to play a supervisory role in managing Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeidah, U.N. spokesman Rheal LeBlanc said. LeBlanc’s statement, made at a briefing with reporters in Geneva, came as the U.N. special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, arrived in Hodeidah, the focus of the …

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