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Saudi intercepts missiles over curfew-locked Riyadh, border city

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:24 PM

It is the first major assault on Saudi Arabia since the Huthis offered last September to halt attacks on the kingdom after devastating twin strikes on Saudi oil installations

More than 80 soldiers killed in Yemen missile, drone attack

Jan 19, 2020 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Huthis attack a mosque in a military camp in Marib during evening prayers on Saturday, military sources say

17 civilians killed in 3rd attack on Yemen market

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The attacks come despite relative calm in Yemen, where large-scale combat between government troops – backed by a Saudi-led military coalition – and the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels has subsided

Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The comment comes after Saudi Arabia brokered a power-sharing agreement between Yemen's internationally recognized government and southern separatists

TALKS. In this file photo, supporters of Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels chant slogans as they gather for a rally in support of the group in the Huthi-held capital Sanaa on October 4, 2019. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Yemen Huthi rebels appoint 'ambassador' in Tehran

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Ibrahim Mohammed Mohammed al-Dailami is appointed as an 'ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary for the republic of Yemen to the Islamic republic of Iran'

Saudi Arabia downs explosive-laden drone from Yemen – coalition

May 23, 2019 - 11:41 PM

The Yemeni rebels' Al-Masirah TV says the attack has targeted a Patriot air defense system

Spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition Colonel Turki Al-Maliki talks during an interview with AFP in the capital Riyadh, on May 21, 2019. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Yemen gov't accuses rebels of faking ports pullout

May 11, 2019 - 9:58 PM

The accusation comes after the Huthi rebels, who have been in control of the ports since 2014, said they had carried out their obligations

CRUCIAL PORT. This file picture taken on December 21, 2018, shows a partial view of the port of the Red Sea city of Hodeida. Photo by AFP

Yemen gov't accuses rebels of violating Hodeida truce

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:12 PM

The news comes as reports surface that the UN is looking to replace the head of a monitoring mission to Hodeida, a lifeline to millions of Yemenis dependent on its imports to survive

VIOLATION? This file photo shows Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi addressing the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2018 in New York City. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Yemen rebels begin withdrawal from Hodeida port – UN

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:18 PM

The rebels' withdrawal is a key part of a ceasefire that went into effect on December 18

CEASEFIRE. A man stands amidst the rubble on December 17, 2018 at a factory damaged during fighting and air strikes, as clashes recently raged between Yemeni Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-aligned Huthis. Photo by AFP

Clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida in truce violation – official

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:11 AM

Yemen's internationally-recognized government calls on its forces to 'cease fire in Hodeida province and Hodeida city'

CEASEFIRE. A man stands amidst the rubble on December 17, 2018, at a factory damaged during fighting and air strikes, as clashes recently raged between Yemeni Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-aligned Huthis. Photo by AFP

U.N. chief to attend Yemen peace talks amid de-escalation push

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:28 AM

UN chief Antonio Guterres will 'hold meetings with the two delegations and will address the closing session of this round of consultations'

YEMEN PEACE TALKS. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. File photo by  Jewel Samad/AFP

Yemen government says rebels 'not serious' at U.N. talks

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Government representatives, rebel spokesmen, and UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths say the talks are not aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict

CONFLICT. Rana Ghanem, member of a Yemeni government's delegation, speaks to journalists during the ongoing peace talks on Yemen held at Johannesberg Castle, in Rimbo, 50km north of Stockholm, Sweden, December 8, 2018. Photo by Henrik Montgomery/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP

Yemen war rivals double down as U.N. talks open

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:27 AM

On the table at the Sweden talks is the fate of Hodeida, the last rebel stronghold on Yemen's Red Sea coast and the conduit for 90% of vital food imports

TALKS. UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths (L) shakes hands with Yemeni delegates during the opening press conference of the Yemeni peace talks at Johannesberg castle in Rimbo, Sweden on December 6, 2018. Photo by StinaStjernkvist/TT News Agency/AFP

15 civilians dead in strikes on minibuses in Yemen's Hodeida – U.N.

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Yemeni rebels say the air strikes were by the Saudi-led coalition

Yemen president at U.N. dismisses talks with Huthis

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:41 PM

'All attempts at peace that are made with this group are doomed to fail,' President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi tells the UN General Assembly

NO PEACE TALKS? Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Yemen gov't slams UN envoy for 'appeasing' rebels

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Yemen's foreign minister says UN envoy Martin Griffiths 'is providing excuses' for the Huthi rebels' absence in the peace talks

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on June 16, 2018 for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where Huthi rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

'We just didn't make it,' UN envoy says as Yemen talks falter

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Huthis have refused to leave the rebel-held capital of Sanaa unless the United Nations meets a list of conditions, which includes securing a safe return from Geneva for their delegation

YEMEN PEACE TALKS. UN special envoy on Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks with members of his delegation on his way to a meeting with Yemen's foreign minister at a hotel on September 7, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

No face-to-face meetings at Yemen peace talks

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Yemen's warring parties confirm they are sending high-level delegations to the talks but officials say expectations of a breakthrough are low

Yemen rebels say willing to attend UN talks

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:24 PM

The United Nations will invite Yemen's warring sides for talks in Geneva on September 6 to discuss a framework for peace negotiations

Parts of Yemen missiles fired at Saudi Arabia were Iranian-made – UN report

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:41 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tells the Security Council that debris from the missiles fired since July 2017 'share key design features with a known type of missile manufactured' by Iran

Russia vetoes Western bid at UN to pressure Iran over Yemen

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:04 AM

Russia vetoes a UN draft resolution presented by Britain that would have pressured Iran over its failure to block supplies of missiles to Yemen's Huthi rebels

VOTE ON YEMEN. The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2402 (2018) on the mandate of the experts panel in Yemen, 26 February 2018 at the United Nations, New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

On mountain frontline, Yemen army makes push for Sanaa

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Sanaa, less than 30 miles (50 kilometers) away, remains stubbornly out of reach despite the recent gains, highlighting the complexities of Yemen’s tangled conflict

FRONTLINER. Yemeni commander Nasr al-Dibani from the Popular Resistance Committees, loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president, looks on as they hold a position during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies in the Nihm district, on the eastern edges of the capital Sanaa, on January 30, 2018. Abdullah al-Qadry/AFP

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

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of blocking Yemen peace

Oct 29, 2017 - 10:08 PM

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accuses Tehran of smuggling arms to Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels

PEACE. 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. AFP photo    While fighting subsided on several fronts a few hours after the truce came into effect at midday (0900 GMT), heavy clashes still rocked areas surrounding the flashpoint city of Taez. / AFP PHOTO / Abdel RAHMAN ABDALLAH / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by STRINGER has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [ABDEL RAHMAN ABDALLAH] instead of [STRINGER]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen

Oct 06, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The group was briefly included on the annual list of shame last year before a threat by Saudi Arabia to cut off its funding to UN programs forced a reversal

UN BLACKLIST. In this file photo, displaced Yemeni children stand outside a make-shift shelter at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Sanaa on April 15, 2017. File photo by 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

In war-torn Yemen, hungry children turn to begging

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Some of the children are already orphans while others are trying to help their parents make ends meet

Yemeni children beg on a street on October 27, 2016 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

UN Yemen envoy in new bid for peace

Nov 27, 2016 - 8:45 PM

3rd UPDATE Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed is heading to Riyadh and Kuwait to prepare for a new round of talks

The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks during a press conference ahead of his departure at Sanaa international airport, on November 7, 2016. Yemen's 20-month war has killed more than 7,000 people and wounded nearly 37,000, the World Health Organization said, as the UN envoy voiced alarm over the worsening humanitarian situation. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

Coalition strikes on Yemen detention center kill 60

Oct 30, 2016 - 11:25 PM

Most of the victims are anti rebel detainees according to a health official

UN urges renewal of Yemen truce as fighting rages

Oct 23, 2016 - 7:51 AM

Despite the ceasefire fierce gun battles have raged between the Iran backed Huthi rebels and pro government forces along the border with Saudi Arabia over the past two days

In this file photo, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, briefs journalists at the United Nations headquarters in New York, March 23, 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Arab coalition says Yemen rebels breach truce

Oct 21, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Five previous truce attempts failed but cautious optimism has preceded the current pause after intensified international pressure following an escalation of combat

CONFLICT. Yemeni children stand amid empty jerrycans as they wait to fill them with water from a donated source amid ongoing widespread disruption of water supplies in an impoverished coastal village on the outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, on October 18, 2016. AFP Photo

US, Britain, and UN demand Yemen ceasefire within days

Oct 16, 2016 - 11:25 PM

We cannot emphasize enough today the urgency of ending the violence in Yemen says US Secretary of State John Kerry

(L-R) US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement on Yemen at Lancaster House in London on October 16, 2016. The United States, Britain and the UN peace envoy to Yemen today urged the warring parties in the country's civil war to declare a ceasefire within days. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JUSTIN TALLIS

Missiles fired at US warships in Red Sea, no casualties – official

Oct 16, 2016 - 9:20 AM

A US defense official said the altercation took place starting around 1930 GMT It was unclear how many of the surface to surface missiles were fired at the USS Mason USS Nitze and USS Ponce

US strikes Huthi rebel targets in Yemen – Pentagon

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:39 PM

The strikes in Huthi controlled territory on Yemen s Red Sea coast authorized by President Barack Obama were conducted with Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by the destroyer USS Nitze

The USS Nitze, March 2009. WikiMedia Commons/Public Domain

Arab coalition says to probe Yemen funeral carnage

Oct 09, 2016 - 4:21 PM

3rd UPDATE Those responsible for the attack must be brought to justice says United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon

Yemeni rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa on October 8, 2016. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

More than 140 killed in air strikes on Yemen funeral – UN

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:41 AM

UPDATED A UN aid official calls for an immediate investigation and says the international community must exert pressure to ensure civilians are protected

A Yemeni collects items amidst the rubble of a destroyed building following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa on October 8, 2016. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Saudi city soldiers on as civilian toll mounts

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:35 PM

At least 31 civilians have been killed in Najran since early last year when Yemen s Huthi rebels and their allies began bombarding southern Saudi Arabia

Saudis wait next to wreckages at a market for vehicles on August 27, 2016 in the Saudi border city of Najran, a week after it was struck by a rocket fired from Yemen.  Cross-border attacks into Saudi Arabia have intensified since the suspension in early August of UN-brokered peace talks between the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies, and Yemen's internationally-recognised government which has the military support of a Saudi-led Arab coalition. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Yemen rebels defy government and convene parliament

Aug 13, 2016 - 11:27 PM

The session in rebel held Sanaa was the first in almost two years and comes after the Huthis rejected a UN peace plan and appointed a council to run the country

Yemeni MPs attend a parliament session on August 13, 2016 in the capital Sanaa, as Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels convened the parliament for the first time in almost two years in defiance of the internationally recognized government. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Yemeni rebels free 276 loyalists

Jun 19, 2016 - 11:40 PM

The government loyalists are reportedly freed as a sign of good will for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

epa05376312 Houthi militia members hold up weapons during a gathering mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, Sana'a, Yemen, 18 June 2016. According to reports, violent clashes are still taking place between Houthi rebels and Yemen?s Saudi-backed government forces in Yemen?s several areas as UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait between Yemen?s warring factions come into the second month of sessions in an attempt to end more than a year of conflict in the troubled Arab country. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Yemen ceasefire set on eve of peace talks – official

Dec 14, 2015 - 5:00 PM

A government delegate confirms the truce in conflict torn Yemen where thousands have died since March

Yemeni troops loyal to their Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi march during a parade military west of the cityof Marib, some 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of the capital Sanaa on December 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH AL-QADRY / AFP / ABDULLAH AL-QADRY

Yemen's Hadi urges rebels to lay down arms

Sep 27, 2015 - 10:44 PM

I am open to all efforts seeking a political solution says Yemen President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi

CLASHES. Smoke billows as supporters of exiled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi clash with Shiite Huthi rebels near the International airport in the port city of Aden, on May 2, 2015. File photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

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

DFA deploys team to assess OFWs' safety in Saudi village

Sep 02, 2015 - 7:40 PM

The village of Dhahran Al Janoub is said to be 13 5 kilometers away from the Saudi Yemen border where OFWs say they ve seen rockets being fired

Protection sought for Filipino workers near Saudi-Yemen border

Aug 26, 2015 - 3:59 PM

About 70 Filipino medical workers construction workers engineers and mechanics – some with their families – are based in Dhahran Al Janoub village

MAP. This map shows a village affected by multilateral efforts to quell the Huthi rebellion in Yemen. Photo from the Blas Ople Center

Loyalists retake Yemen's biggest airbase in new blow to rebels

Aug 05, 2015 - 9:26 AM

Their seizure of Al Anad base in a 24 hour assault using heavy armor supplied by the coalition came after hundreds of Gulf Arab troops landed in Aden

Saudi-led troops riding a tank supplied by the Saudi-led coalition deploy in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, August 3, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Saudi announces Yemen humanitarian truce

May 09, 2015 - 8:49 AM

While Saudi Arabia announces a humanitarian ceasefire they also say it depends if the Huthis agree that they will also stop attacks

REBELS. Members of the Shiite Huthi movement sit on a pick up truck mounted with a machine gun at a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on January 18, 2015. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Saudi vows to cover UN aid for Yemen, keeps up air raids

Apr 18, 2015 - 11:54 PM

Saudi Arabia stands with its Yemeni brothers and hopes for the restoration of security and stability says the kingdom s official statement

CRISIS. According to reports, many Yemenis were affected by the airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels, as they are facing shortage of water and food. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Intense Yemen bombing, Qaeda attack after UN peace call

Apr 18, 2015 - 5:11 PM

The United Nations says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families fled their homes in the war which has also killed six Saudi security personnel in border skirmishes

According to reports, many Yemenis were affected by the airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels, as they are facing shortage of water and food. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Rouhani says Iran's military strategy purely defensive

Apr 18, 2015 - 4:44 PM

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of arming the Huthis Yemen s Zaidi Shiite minority which has long complained of marginalization and has fought several conflicts with central authorities