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Coronavirus makes it to war-torn Yemen

Yemen reported its first case of the novel coronavirus on Friday as aid groups try to prepare for an outbreak in a country where war has shattered the health system and spread hunger and disease. The news came after a nationwide ceasefire prompted by the virus pandemic began on Thursday. …

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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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Corona: Thoughts on End Times

Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com) 20 March 2020   These are not, of course, strictly speaking, end times. But for the first time in a long time, there is a whiff of the apocalyptic in the air. The Black Swan has come out of the blue. Events utterly unanticipated in any …

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Iran and the US: A path back from the brink

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian   Once the situation is de-escalated, there could be a chance for a breakthrough in relations, especially after upcoming presidential elections Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, containment has been the default Iran policy of every US administration. Presidents, both Democrat and Republican, have pursued an ill-advised …

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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-led coalition takes on Aden separtists

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Aden on Sunday in support of the Yemeni government after southern separatists effectively took over the port city, fracturing the alliance that had been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement. The infighting, which broke out on Aug. 8 to control the port city which serves as …

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UAE tries to paper over cracks in Aden coalition

A senior United Arab Emirates official called for calm on Wednesday after clashes erupted between southern separatists and presidential guards in Aden, the seat of Yemen’s government. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter that communication and dialogue, not violence, was needed. “Escalation is not …

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UAE sends 14 tonnes of medical supplies to Yemen

An Emirati cargo plane carrying 14 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies arrived in Aden on Sunday. The supplies are to be distributed to hospitals in the Dhale province, Yemen. A representative of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, Ali Al Kaabi, explained that the shipment has arrived only days following …

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Three steps toward resolving Iran’s nuclear crisis

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian The underlying assumptions on the part of Trump administration to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) were the following: 1) by implementing the “maximum pressure” policy, Iran’s oil exports would reach zero; its financial transactions would be fundamentally hindered and Iran’s economy would collapse; …

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Emirates Red Crescent re-opens Yemeni fishing slipway

The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has re-opened a fishing slipway in in Bab al-Mandab District of Dhubab Governorate, after completing the rehabilitation and refitting operations. The ERC Representative on the Red Sea Coast, said the UAE-funded facility, part of a UAE plan to establish and rehabilitate 24 fishing slipways, would …

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UAE providing care and comfort to Yemenis

In implementation to the directives of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), the Council organises a humanitarian initiative to collect toys for Yemeni children. Reem Abdullah …

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UAE minimising forces in Yemen in face of Iran crisis

The United Arab Emirates, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, is scaling back its military presence there as worsening U.S.-Iran tensions threaten security closer to home, four western diplomatic sources said. The UAE has pulled some troops from the southern port of Aden and Yemen’s western …

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Hothuis renew attacks on Saudi airports

Yemen’s Houthi movement launched an attack on Abha civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Sunday that killed one person and wounded 21 others, the Saudi-led coalition battling the group in Yemen said. Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV earlier said that the Iran-aligned movement had targeted Abha and Jizan airports in the …

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Houthis attack Saudi powerplant with cruise missile

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis struck a power station in Saudi Arabia’s al-Shuqaiq city, in the southern province of Jizan, with a cruise missile, their Al Masirah TV said on Wednesday, but there was no immediate confirmation from Saudi authorities. U.S. officials said they were aware of reports of a missile strike …

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UAE water production project in Yemen

With the support of the UAE, a project to increase water production capacity was launched yesterday in Mocha, on Yemen’s Red Sea Coast. It will serve more than 30,000 residents of the city and neighbouring areas. Mohammed Al Junaibi, Director of Humanitarian Affairs for the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, in …

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Houthis repeat drone attacks on Saudi

Yemen’s Houthi movement launched fresh drone attacks targeting Jizan and Abha airports in southern Saudi Arabia, the group’s Al-Masirah TV said on Saturday, adding the installations were out of service. The Saudi-led coalition said in a statement that it had intercepted and downed a Houthi drone targeting the southwestern city …

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UAE hands over Malaria drugs to Yemen

The United Arab Emirates has delivered a shipment of medicines to the Yemeni Ministry of Health. The shipment included medicines for treating chronic diseases as well as other medicines to combat the spread of malaria. The move is part of the emergency response campaign launched by the UAE to relief …

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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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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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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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UAE, Saudis donate $70m for Yemen teachers

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who are leading an Arab alliance fighting Iran-allied Al Houthi militants in Yemen, will donate $70 million (Dh256.9 million) to pay the war-devastated country’s teachers in cooperation with the Unicef, a Saudi official has said. “The alliance led by Saudi Arabia is following with concern …

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GCC military chiefs hold meeting

The GCC’s Supreme Military Committee of Chiefs of Staff held its 15th meeting on Monday with the participation of all members, including Qatar. Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, which have been boycotting Doha for its links to extremism since June last year, have no contact with Qatar outside of GCC …

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Al Houthis fail to leave for Geneva talks

A team from Yemen’s Al Houthis on Thursday failed to leave for UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva, although an Arab coalition fighting them gave the go-ahead for their plane to depart. The Geneva consultations, aimed at restarting Yemen’s long-stalled peace process, had been originally scheduled to start on Thursday. But …

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Coalition intercepts missile fired at Saudi Arabia

The Arab Coalition Air Defence Forces on Monday intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Al Houthi militias towards Saudi Arabia from Saada Governorate in Yemen, with no injuries reported, a Coalition spokesman said. Colonel Turki Al Malki said the Coalition Air Defence detected the launch of the ballistic …

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UAE forces decimating Al Qaida in Yemen

The UAE Armed Forces have said that since April 2015 the UAE has trained and equipped about 60,000 Yemeni forces to fight Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in order to restore peace, and rebuild and stabilise Yemen. Addressing a press conference in Dubai alongside UAE Minister of State …

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Oil heads for a fourth weekly drop

Oil was poised for a fourth weekly decline as the unexpected halt in Saudi shipments through a Red Sea waterway failed to add a significant risk premium to prices, while concerns lingered over how the US-China trade spat will affect demand. US futures headed for a 1.4 per cent decline …

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UAE aid ship arrives at Mukalla Port

A UAE aid ship arrived at Al Mukalla Port in Yemen on Sunday, as part of the UAE sea relief bridge to support the humanitarian situation in the Governorate of Hadramaut. Mohammad Obeid Al Shamsi, Head of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, in the Governorate, said the ship, which carries …

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