Yemen

Yemen rebels head to Geneva as their forces gain ground

  SANAA: A delegation of Yemeni rebels headed Sunday for U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva as their forces gained ground by seizing a provincial capital near the border with Saudi Arabia. After repeatedly delaying their departure, the delegation left from capital Sanaa aboard a U.N. plane for the Swiss city, where the talks are due to start Monday, a day ...

Casey Coombs, an American hostage was released in Yemen

One of four Americans held by Houthi rebels in civil war-torn Yemen has been released, the US State Department says. Casey Coombs, a freelance journalist, was flown to Oman where he was met by the US ambassador. Last week, the Washington Post reported that at least four Americans were being held by Houthi rebels. Meanwhile, a video of a Frenchwoman kidnapped in ...

Yemen may not emerge intact from war

Yemen may never emerge as a united country from a civil war pitting a northern Shiite militia and its allies in the army against fighters in the mostly Sunni south. The latest conflict, now in its third month, has exacerbated long-standing grievances that are regional but also increasingly religious in a country whose unity has always been frail. Secessionist sentiment ...

Clashes in southern Yemen, Peace talks postponed

There have been fierce clashes in southern Yemen, reportedly leaving dozens of people dead and wounded. In the city of Dhalea, militiamen allied to the exiled government have retaken positions from Houthi rebels. But in Taiz, to the west, the rebels are reported to have pushed back their opponents in heavy street fighting. Earlier, Yemeni officials said UN-sponsored peace talks ...

Yemeni Houthis back U.N. peace talks

The leader of Yemen’s rebels has backed U.N.-hosted peace talks on the conflict roiling the country, hours after the world body announced they would start in Geneva next week. The talks are aimed at defusing the deepening crisis in the southern Arabian Peninsula, where Saudi-led forces killed at least 15 Houthis in the latest airstrikes of a campaign to restore ...

Saudi-led planes hit Yemen capital for first time since truce

Saudi-led warplanes hit Yemeni rebels and their allies in Sanaa on Tuesday, in the first strikes on the rebel-held capital since the end of a five-day humanitarian truce, witnesses said. The Saudi-led coalition resumed its bombing campaign early on Monday with raids on second city Aden, accusing the rebels of violating the temporary ceasefire which expired the previous night. Tuesday’s ...

Yemen cease-fire ends, talks begin without Houthis

With no extension announced, a five-day humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen between Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition ended Sunday night. The cease-fire expired at 11 p.m. but it wasn’t clear if either side immediately began widespread hostilities. The cease-fire hadn’t halted all fighting between the rebels and those opposing them. There were concentrated flyovers by aircraft likely from the coalition ...

Moroccan warplane has crashed on a mission with Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen

A Moroccan F-16 warplane has crashed while on a mission with Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen, a Saudi military spokesman said on Monday, and Yemen’s dominant Houthi militia said tribesmen shot down the aircraft. The loss of the Moroccan military jet and intensifying volleys of heavy-weapons fire across the border between the Iran-allied Houthis and Saudi forces could endanger a ...

Saudi-led airstrikes targeted Yemen airports

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes targeted several airports Monday across Yemen even as the kingdom’s foreign minister said that officials were considering a cease-fire to allow aid into the Arab world’s poorest country. In the southern city of Aden, more than 150 airstrikes hit the city’s airport, witnesses and security officials said. Houthi rebels and their allies are locked in fierce fighting there against ...

Yemen foreign minister snubs Saleh’s call for peace talks

Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen Sunday rejected a call for peace talks issued by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and said a Saudi-led military campaign against Iran-allied Houthi fighters opposed to his government had not ended. Yaseen was speaking after air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen in some of the most widespread combat the country has seen ...