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Yemen government forces enter Hodeida airport

UAE-backed Yemeni government forces fought their way into Hodeida airport on Tuesday, pressing an offensive that has seen some of the most intense fighting of a three-year war against Huthi rebels. The United Arab Emirates, which has US-trained troops fighting alongside the Yemeni army, said the alliance had entered the airport in Hodeida — a…

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Saudi-led coalition storms Yemen’s Hodeidah airport compound

Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition stormed the airport compound in Yemen’s main port city Hodeidah on Tuesday after fierce battles with Iran-aligned Houthis, residents and Yemeni military sources said. The capture of the airport from the Houthis would be an important gain for the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,…

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UN envoy in Yemen for Hodeida crisis talks

The UN envoy for Yemen was in rebel-controlled capital Sanaa for a second day Sunday to hold emergency talks over the key aid port of Hodeida, where a regional coalition is battling Huthi rebel fighters. Martin Griffiths was believed to be pushing a deal for rebel leaders to cede control of the Red Sea port…

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Saudi-led coalition launches attack on Yemen’s Hodeidah

Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition on Wednesday launched an assault on Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, in the biggest battle of a three-year war between an alliance of Arab states and the Iran-aligned Houthis. Coalition warplanes and warships were carrying out strikes on Houthi fortifications to support ground operations by Yemeni troops massed…

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Yemen rebel fire kills 3 civilians in Saudi: coalition

Huthi rebels in Yemen fired a “projectile” at the southwestern Saudi province of Jazan killing three civilians Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the insurgents said. “The terrorist Iranian-Huthi militia has targeted civilians with a projectile” killing three civilians in Jazan, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. Malki, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency, did…

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Cyclone Mekunu subsides after lashing Oman, killing 2

Cyclone Mekunu was downgraded further to a deep depression Saturday, a day after lashing the southern coast of Oman and killing at least two people, authorities said. Civil defence officials said a man and a 12-year-old girl were killed, while three Asian nations were missing after the cyclone hit Oman’s Dhofar and Al-Wusta provinces. Oman…

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People of Pakistan always wanted peace in Yemen, says ambassador

The people of Pakistan have always wanted to see peace in Yemen, said the country’s ambassador to Pakistan. According to a report published by Radio Pakistan, the ambassador, Mohammed Motahar Alashabi, said Pakistan always showed good gestures towards the Middle Eastern country. Alashabi said his country had become the host of international politics. “Several other…

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Saudi-led strike ‘kills dozens’ of Yemen rebels

A Saudi-led coalition air strike has killed dozens of Yemeni rebels including two commanders, state media said Saturday, in another blow to the insurgents following the assassination of their political chief. The Huthi rebels staged a public funeral on Saturday for Saleh al-Sammad, head of their Supreme Political Council and effectively the insurgents’ second-in-command, who…

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Dozens killed in air raid on Yemen wedding: medics

SANAA: Dozens were killed and wounded in an air raid on a wedding party in Yemen, local officials said Monday, with Huthi rebels blaming a Saudi-led military coalition. The Iran-backed rebels who control most of northern Yemen blamed Sunday’s attack on the Arab coalition that backs the country’s government, in the latest in a string…

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Saudi-led coalition warns of ‘painful’ response over Yemen drones

RIYADH: A Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Huthi rebels warned them Monday of a “painful” response if they mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones. Riyadh said last week it had shot down two drones in the south of the kingdom as well as intercepting ballistic missiles fired from rebel-held…

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Saudi-led air strike kills 12 civilians, including seven children in Yemen: medics

HODEIDAH: An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen killed 12 civilians including seven children in the coastal city of Hodeidah on Monday, medics and a witness said. Medics and a civilian who saw the wreckage said the air strike had destroyed a house in the al-Hali district, where displaced civilians from other…

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Pope urges Middle East ‘reconciliation’ in Easter message

  Vatican City: Pope Francis on Sunday called for “reconciliation” in the Middle East, singling out the conflict in Yemen during his Easter message to the world. “We beseech fruits of reconciliation for the Holy Land, also experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenceless, for Yemen and…

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Islam is simple, people are trying to hijack it: Saudi crown prince

KARACHI: Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful Saudi crown prince has said that the investments in mosques and madrassas overseas were rooted in the Cold War, when allies asked his country to use its resources to prevent inroads in Muslims countries by the Soviet Union. In an interview with the Washington Post, the Saudi crown prince…

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Saudi air defence intercept missile over Riyadh: state media

RIYADH: Saudi forces intercepted a missile over the capital Riyadh late Sunday, in an apparent Huthi rebel attack which coincides with the third anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen. Witnesses reported loud explosions and bright flashes in the sky, but there were no immediate reports on any casualties. “Saudi air defence forces intercept…

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US Senate blocks bid to end military involvement in Yemen

WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a bipartisan bid to end American involvement in Yemen’s civil war, voting down a rare effort to overrule presidential military authorization. The vote addressing American war powers had aimed to shut down US military involvement in Yemen within a month unless Congress formally authorized continued involvement. Senators voted…

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UN council says Yemen conditions ‘devastating’ for civilians

United Nations, United States: The UN Security Council warned Thursday that conditions in war-torn Yemen are worsening and having a “devastating” impact on civilians, with 22.2 million now in need of humanitarian assistance. The council cited indiscriminate attacks on densely populated areas, with large numbers of civilian casualties and damage to civilian structures. “The Security…

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U.S. threatens action against Iran after Russia U.N. veto

UNITED NATIONS/TEGUCIGALPA: The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russia vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group. “If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the…

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Russia vetoes UN draft resolution pressuring Iran over Yemen

UNITED NATIONS: Russia vetoed Monday 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. The text, strongly supported by the United States, won 11 favorable votes at the 15-member Security Council but was blocked by Russia’s veto. China and Kazakhstan…

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Saudi king sacks chief of staff in major military shake-up

Riyadh: Saudi King Salman has sacked the military chief of staff and a host of other commanders in a major shake-up, state media said Monday citing a series of royal decrees. “Termination of the services of General Abdul Rahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan, Chief of Staff,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said, adding that Fayyad…

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At least 14 dead in attack on Yemen counter-terrorism base

ADEN: At least 14 people were killed and 40 wounded when Islamist car suicide bombers and gunmen tried to storm the headquarters of a counter-terrorism unit in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, security and medical sources said, reported Reuters. Islamic State, in a statement carried by its Amaq news agency, claimed responsibility…

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US wants UN action over report on Iranian missiles to Yemen

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Thursday that it was “time for the Security Council to act” following the release of a report by UN experts concluding that Iran had violated the arms embargo on Yemen. The report found that Tehran had failed to block supplies to Yemen’s Huthi rebels of ballistic missiles that…

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