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Yemen ex-president killed as fighting shakes capital

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:33 AM

Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh is killed by Huthi rebels as he fled heavy fighting in Sanaa after the collapse of his alliance with the Iran-backed insurgents

'KILLED.' This file photo taken on November 18, 2006 shows Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh arriving at the Elysee Palace in Paris to meet with former French president Jacques Chirac. File/Patrick Kovaric/AFP

Yemen rebel alliance crumbles as 'street war' rocks capital

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Gun battles force shops and schools to close in Yemen's capital, as residents warn a 3-year rebel alliance is collapsing into a 'street war'

TARGET. Smoke billows behind a building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 3, 2017, during clashes between Huthi rebels and supporters of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Deadly clashes in Yemen rebel ranks spark fears of 'strife'

Aug 27, 2017 - 11:50 PM

An anti government alliance between former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and rebel leader Abdul Malik al Huthi is crumbling

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis hold posters and portraits of Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh during a demonstration in support of the former president, as his political party marks 35 years since its founding, at Sabaeen Square in the capital Sanaa on August 24, 2017.  The rally comes amid reports that armed supporters of Saleh and the head of the country's Huthi rebels, who have been allied against the Saudi-backed government since 2014, had spread throughout the capital as tensions are rising between the two sides. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets on conflict anniversary

Mar 26, 2017 - 9:30 PM

UPDATED Crowds converge on Sabaeen Square chanting their vows to resist to the end

Yemeni supporters of the Huthi movement and former president former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, attend rally to mark two years of the military intervention by the Saudi-led coalition, in the capital Sanaa on March 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

Violence puts Yemen ceasefire extension in doubt

Nov 20, 2016 - 9:24 PM

UPDATED A military official says there were limited exchanges of fire in the flashpoint southwestern city of Taez

Yemenis gather in front of one entrance of a market on November 19, 2016 in the capital Sanaa as a 48-hour ceasefire, announced by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels, began. Abdel Rahman Abdallah/AFP

Yemen peace talks on hold after rebels name governing body

Aug 07, 2016 - 12:14 AM

UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed says he would continue to consult with Yemen s warring parties to arrange further negotiations

A handout picture released by Kuwait's ministry of information on July 17, 2016, shows the UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (C), speaking during a meeting of the Yemeni Peace Talks with delegations in Kuwait City. Kuwait Ministry of Information/Handout/AFP

Loyalists, rebels clash in Yemen, jeopardizing truce

Apr 12, 2016 - 3:13 PM

Forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fought with Shiite Huthi rebels in the province of Marib east and north of the rebel held capital Sanaa officials say

In this file photo, Yemenis look at banners depicting the victims and sites of Saudi-led airstrikes during a rally protesting Saudi-led military operations, in Sana'a, Yemen, March 9, 2016. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Warring sides pledge support as Yemen truce begins

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:28 AM

In a contrast to earlier ceasefire attempts some Huthi leaders met with loyalist troops on a joint committee to make sure both sides comply with the truce

Huthi supporters shout slogans and brandish weapons during a gathering to collect food aid and mobilize more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, few days before the scheduled start of a ceasefire, in Sanaa, Yemen, April 7, 2016. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen truce raises hope of ending conflict

Apr 08, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Analysts are optimistic after mediation efforts have largely silenced the guns along the border with Saudi Arabia

Huthi supporters shout slogans and brandish weapons during a gathering to collect food aid and mobilize more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, few days before the scheduled start of a ceasefire, in Sanaa, Yemen, April 7, 2016. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Thousands of Yemenis protest year-long coalition campaign

Mar 27, 2016 - 12:04 AM

Together against the tyrannical Saudi aggression says a large banner in Sanaa s Sabaeen Square

PROTEST. Yemenis wave national flags and hold placards during a protest against the Saudi-led coalition, commemorating one year of the alliance's military campaign against insurgents on March 26, 2016 next to the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Yemen clashes, missiles leave truce in tatters

Dec 19, 2015 - 10:57 AM

Tribal sources say forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and allied tribesmen captured the capital of Jawf province

CEASEFIRE? A Yemeni girl (L) holds a jerrycan full of clean water from a donated source in Sana'a, Yemen, December 18, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

New wave of air strikes shake Yemen capital – witnesses

Sep 06, 2015 - 3:45 PM

UPDATED Witnesses say coalition warplanes pound positions of the Iran backed rebels and bases of splinter troops loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh

Loyalists retake airport in Yemen's Aden

Jul 14, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Loyalists of Yemen s exiled president recapture the airport in Aden sealing a four month battle with Iran backed rebels with Saudi led air and naval support

AFTERMATH. Yemenis peer through the bars of a window at the bodies of people killed in airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana'a, Yemen, 13 July 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab / EPA

Yemen truce begins, relief agencies hope to deliver aid

Jul 11, 2015 - 9:10 AM

But the leader of the Iran backed Shiite rebels says he does not expect the truce to hold demanding an end to the Saudi aggression

HUMANITARIAN TRUCE. An armed Houthi militiaman inspects the damage of a building reportedly hit by an airstrike allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana'a, Yemen, July 10, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen rebels snub government and demand talks with Saudis

Jun 16, 2015 - 11:16 PM

Iran backed Yemeni rebels accuse Saudi Arabia of trying to sabotage UN peace talks in Geneva and ruled out negotiations with the internationally recognized exiled government saying it lacked legitimacy

AFTERMATH. Yemenis search for survivors under the rubble of houses in the UNESCO-listed heritage site in the old city of Yemeni capital Sanaa, on June 12, 2015 following an overnight Saudi-led air strike. Photo by Mohammed Huwais / AFP

UN expects Yemen talks to start Monday in Geneva

Jun 14, 2015 - 8:48 PM

Should the talks kick off in time there would be extremely intensive consultations day and night

MEETING. A wide view of the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Yemen. Photo by Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to heed UN, pull back

Apr 25, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Ali Abdullah Saleh calls for UN brokered Saudi Yemeni talks to be held in Geneva

'HEED UN.' Fighters loyal to Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi drive an armoured fighting vehicle to an exchange of fire with Houthi militiamen in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, 24 April 2015. Photo by EPA

'Bullets hit our car': Pakistani recalls terrifying Yemen escape

Apr 15, 2015 - 4:32 PM

We moved from the airport area there was too much shelling at that time – two bullets hit our car tanks were moving They were firing but we had to save our lives

HOME. Pakistanis and other foreign nationals who were evacuated by a Pakistani Navy vessel from Yemen hold a placard reading in Urdu 'Long Live Pakistan Navy' as they arrive in port city of Karachi, Pakistan, 07 April 2015. Rehan Khan/EPA

Humanitarian fears grow as strikes, clashes rock Yemen

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:53 AM

Exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in a New York Times op ed charges that Iran s hunger for power is behind the Yemen conflict

CASUALTY. Yemeni rescuer workers carry the body of a victim of an alleged airstrike conducted by the Saudi-led alliance which hit houses and a stadium in Ibb, Yemen, 13 April 2015.  Stringer/EPA

500 Yemen rebels dead on border since air war began – Saudi Arabia

Apr 12, 2015 - 10:00 AM

The statement gives the first reported death toll for border clashes since the coalition launched air strikes against Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen last month

TARGET. Smoke rises above the military academy following an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led alliance, in Sanaa, Yemen, 11 April 2015. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Red Cross says situation 'catastrophic' in Yemen's Aden

Apr 08, 2015 - 9:39 AM

Red Cross: The war in Aden is on every street in every corner Many are unable to escape

BATTLE ZONE. A photograph made available 06 April 2015 shows a man standing beside a tank drove by tribal militiamen loyal to Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi during clashes with Huthi fighters in the southern port city of Aden, 05 April 2015. Stringer/EPA

Yemen clashes kill more than 140 as aid delayed

Apr 07, 2015 - 9:06 AM

Yemen strategically located near key shipping routes and bordering oil rich Saudi Arabia is sinking deeper into a multi sided civil conflict

OMINOUS. A black pall of smoke rises from an alleged weapons storage depot at a military camp of Huthi rebels following an airstrike of the Saudi-led alliance, in Sanaa, Yemen, 06 April 2015. Stringer/EPA

Yemen rebels advance in battleground Aden

Apr 06, 2015 - 9:40 AM

The Red Cross appeals for an immediate truce to allow families to seek water food and medical assistance

DEFIANT. Armed Huthi supporters raise their guns aloft while shouting anti-Saudi slogans during a rally protesting airstrikes carried out by a Saudi-led coalition against Huthi rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, 05 April 2015. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Saudi-led coalition pounds rebels in Yemen's Aden

Apr 01, 2015 - 5:10 PM

In Aden the strikes are focused on the rebel held provincial administration complex in Dar Saad in the north of the city according to a military official

Huge plumes of smoke rise above buildings during airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led alliance on a weapons storage depot in Sanaa, Yemen, 30 March 2015. Jaber Ghurab/EPA

'Heaviest' Arab raids rock Yemen capital

Mar 31, 2015 - 8:17 PM

Warplanes also bomb renegade troops in the Shiite populated city of Dhammar a stronghold of the Huthi rebels south of Sanaa

Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:06 AM

At least 39 civilians have been killed in Saudi led Operation Decisive Storm against the Huthis and their allies

ANTI-SAUDI. Armed Houthi members hold their guns in the air while shouting anti-Saudi slogans during a rally protesting Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi positions in Sana?a, Yemen, March 26, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Death toll of Yemen anti-Huthi bomb blast rises to 49

Jan 01, 2015 - 10:46 PM

Yemen has been dogged by instability since an uprising forced longtime strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from power in 2012 with Huthi rebels and Al Qaeda seeking to fill the power vacuum

Yemen president sacked from party leadership – statement

Nov 08, 2014 - 5:45 PM

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi is accused of soliciting UN sanctions against his predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh

A file picture taken on June 8, 2013 shows Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi listening during the opening session of the second national dialogue conference in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Yemen rebels set 10-day deadline for new government

Nov 01, 2014 - 9:58 AM

President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi accuses the rebels of trying to take over the role of the state under the pretext of fighting Al Qaeda in a bid to conquer more provinces

10-DAY DEADLINE. Supporters of the Shiite Houthi movement pray over the coffins of their comrades killed in recent fighting, during a celebration of the defeat of their Sunni Islamist rivals in Sana'a, Yemen, September 26, 2014. File photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen fighting forces flights halt, state TV off air

Sep 19, 2014 - 3:22 PM

UPDATED The Shiite rebels known as Huthis or Ansarullah appear more determined than ever to step up military pressure on Sanaa to secure their demands: a new government and more power for their community

Yemeni army soldiers man a checkpoint amid fears of attacks by Shiite Houthi militants in Sana’a, Yemen, 14 September 2014. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen rebels, officials to meet with UN to solve crisis

Sep 13, 2014 - 1:01 PM

For weeks Zaidi rebels have been demanding the resignation of the government which they accuse of corruption and a reduction of fuel prices

A Yemeni demonstrator holds a Yemeni flag during a rally in support of Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and against Shiite Houthi rebels in Sana’a, Yemen, 26 August 2014. Report state the Shiite Houthi movement is calling for the current government of Yemen’s President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi to step down. Shiite fighters have erected encampments on the outskirts of Sana’a to force the government to resign, threatening an expanding campaign of civil dissent. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen to name new PM, raising hopes for end to standoff

Sep 11, 2014 - 11:09 PM

Yemen s president offers to appoint a new premier within 48 hours under a potential deal with Shiite rebels in return for ending their protests after a weeks long standoff

Yemenis loyal to the mainly Shiite Houthi anti-Government protest movement shout anti-Government slogans at an encampment on the outskirts of Sana’a, Yemen, 11 September 2014. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Gunmen briefly seize Yemen airport in deadly assault

Jun 27, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Troops retake the airport killing 6 militants and freeing hostages seized from the control tower a security official says