US soldier killed in raid on al Qaeda in Yemen

US soldier killed in raid on al Qaeda in Yemen

The U.S. military said Sunday that one service member was killed and three others wounded in a raid in Yemen targeting its local al-Qaida branch. It is the first-known combat death of a member of the U.S. military under President Donald Trump’s new administration. U.S. Central Command said in a statement that a fourth service […]

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

The Saudi-led military coalition declared a 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen on Saturday, on the condition that Shiite rebels abide by it and allow humanitarian assistance into besieged cities, particularly the city of Taiz. However, minutes after it went into effect, activists in Taiz said that rebel shelling continued in the city while a rebel-affiliated military […]

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

The Saudi-led military coalition declared a 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen on Saturday, on the condition that Shiite rebels abide by it and allow humanitarian assistance into besieged cities, particularly the city of Taiz. However, minutes after it went into effect, activists in Taiz said that rebel shelling continued in the city while a rebel-affiliated military […]

Yemen ceasefire comes into effect

Yemen ceasefire comes into effect

A ceasefire took effect in war-ravaged Yemen just before midnight Wednesday, under a United Nations plan, as warring parties face mounting pressure to end more than 18 months of fighting. The UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, had announced on Monday that the cessation of hostilities would take effect “at 23:59 Yemen […]

UN announces 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen

UN announces 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen

A 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen is due to start on Wednesday night, the U.N. envoy for Yemen said on Monday after he received commitments from all of the country’s warring factions. U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the cessation of hostilities would begin at 2359 local time (2059 GMT) on Wednesday […]

Yemen’s ex-president calls for mobilisation on Saudi border after deadly air strikes

Yemen’s ex-president calls for mobilisation on Saudi border after deadly air strikes

Yemen’s rebel-allied former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called Sunday for mobilisation along the border with Saudi Arabia to avenge deadly air strikes on a funeral blamed on a Saudi-led coalition. “I call upon all members of the armed forces, security and popular committees (militia)… to head to the front, to the borders, to take revenge,” […]

Scores killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen funeral

Scores killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen funeral

An airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition on Saturday targeted a funeral hall packed with mourners in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, killing at least 82 people and turning the site into a “lake of blood,” according to a senior Health Ministry official. Nasser al-Argaly, the Health Ministry’s undersecretary, told a news conference that the strike also left […]

Kidnapped Franco-Tunisian Red Cross worker freed in Yemen

Kidnapped Franco-Tunisian Red Cross worker freed in Yemen

  A Franco-Tunisian Red Cross staffer kidnapped in Yemen almost a year ago was freed on Monday and taken to Muscat, the Omani foreign ministry said. The Omani foreign ministry said the release of Nourane Houas was secured “at the request of the French authorities, the instructions of Sultan Qaboos and in coordination with Yemeni […]

Scores killed in suicide bombing claimed by IS group in Yemen

Scores killed in suicide bombing claimed by IS group in Yemen

A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 60 people Monday at an army recruitment centre in Aden, in the latest jihadist attack to hit the Yemeni city. Aden is the temporary base of Yemen’s internationally recognised government, which has been battling Iran-backed rebels as well as jihadists across the […]

UN, Gulf States, US agree on plan to restart Yemen peace talks

UN, Gulf States, US agree on plan to restart Yemen peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he had agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the United Nations in Saudi Arabia on a plan to restart Yemen peace talks with a goal of forming a unity government. U.N.-sponsored negotiations to end 18 months of fighting in the impoverished country on Saudi […]

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis marched on Saturday in support of Shiite Houthi rebels and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The march in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, was in support of a new combined governing council the rebels and Saleh announced late last month, but which was immediately rejected by the internationally recognized […]

Deadly air strike hits MSF-supported hospital in Yemen

Deadly air strike hits MSF-supported hospital in Yemen

An Arab coalition air raid hit a Yemeni hospital on Monday, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 19, just 48 hours after strikes that killed children, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said. MSF said a blast “partially destroyed” a hospital at Abs, located in the rebel-held province of Hajja, in the fourth attack […]

France calls for calm in Saudi-UN row over Yemen

France calls for calm in Saudi-UN row over Yemen

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called Friday for calm to resolve an angry row between Saudi Arabia and the United Nations over the blacklisting of the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen. Ayrault said France could help defuse tensions following a UN decision to remove the coalition from a list of child rights violators. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon […]

Dar al-Hajar, the Rock Palace

Dar al-Hajar, the Rock Palace

Perched atop a rock pinnacle at the famous Wadi Dhahr Valley, some 15 km away from the capita city of Sana, Yemen, is Dar al-Hajar, better known as the Imam’s Rock Palace. It is an iconic symbol of Yemen, whose picture you can find on postcards and magazines to bills and water bottles. What makes […]