Yemen

UN Yemen envoy to step down, may be replaced by Mauritanian: source

U.N. special adviser to Yemen Jamal Benomar is planning on stepping down from his job and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is considering appointing a Mauritanian diplomat to the post as the civil war escalates, a U.N. diplomatic source said on Wednesday. Benomar, a veteran Moroccan diplomat, had recently irked Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations for his handling of so ...

Humanitarian crisis grow in Yemen as warplanes hit rebel positions

Aid agencies warned Monday of a growing humanitarian crisis including food shortages in Yemen as Saudi-led warplanes hit rebel positions for a third week and rival forces clashed. In Riyadh, Yemen’s Prime Minister Khaled Bahah was sworn in as vice president at the country’s embassy in front of exiled President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi. Hadi, meanwhile, in a New York ...

Fierce clashes killed more than 140 in southern Yemen

Fierce clashes raged Monday between insurgents and loyalists in southern Yemen, driving the rebel forces from some of their positions while leaving more than 140 dead in 24 hours. The southern militias’ gains came on the 12th day of an air campaign by Saudi Arabia and mainly Gulf Arab allies trying to stem advances by the Iran-allied Houthis, who control the capital ...

Suicide bombings at two mosques in Yemen killed more than 100

Suicide bombings at two mosques in Yemen’s capital killed more than 100 people Friday, the deadliest terror attacks in the country’s history and a sign, just days after an attack in Tunisia, of the spreading jihadist threat across the Middle East. A group that said it was affiliated with Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on the two mosques ...

Yemen plunged further into all-out civil war

As Yemen plunged further into all-out civil war, the country’s Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen issued a call for Gulf countries to launch military intervention to halt the advance of Shiite Houthi fighters as they pushed south from the capital Sanaa. Torn between Houthi-controlled Sanaa and the southern port city of Aden where President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has established an alternative ...

SEALs led raid to find U.S. hostage in Yemen

An American journalist held hostage by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen was one of the key targets of a pre-dawn raid by U.S. Special Operations troops and Yemeni forces Tuesday, the New York Timesreported. When the rescuers raided the militants’ shelter in a mountainside cave, they found six Yemeni hostages, a Saudi and an Ethiopian who were also held, but not ...

Shiite militiamen seize Yemen state offices

Shiite Huthi militiamen have stormed government installations in the Yemeni capital, tightening their grip on power in the city they overran in September, witnesses said Wednesday. Gunmen from the Ansarullah movement occupied the headquarters of the state-owned Safer oil and gas company and barred employees from entering the premises, company sources said. The movement appointed a new chief for Safer, ...

al-Qaeda in Yemen threats of more assaults

Yemen’s al-Qaida branch on Wednesday confirmed it carried out last week’s deadly assault on a French satirical newspaper to avenge cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, as it called for unity among jihadi ranks and vowed more attacks on the West. In an 11-minute video posted on the group’s Twitter account, Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian ...

Yemen president, Houthis agree deal to end crisis

Yemeni President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi and the country’s powerful Shiite militia agreed Wednesday to end a deadly confrontation that had raised fears the impoverished but strategic country might descend into chaos. The Houthis seized almost full control of the capital Sanaa in September and have fought pitched battles with government forces this week as they continued to press for ...

The US embassy in Yemen closed regular services amid political turmoil

The United States said on Monday it was closing its embassy in Yemen to the public for regular consular services amid political turmoil after the government resigned under pressure from Houthi rebels. While the U.S. embassy in Sana’a will not offer routine consular services until further notice, the State Department said the embassy itself remained open in Yemen, where the ...

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