Tag: Yemen

Yemen faces world’s worst cholera outbreak

Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned. A statement by Unicef and the World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in the war-torn country has exceeded 200,000. So far more than 1,300 people have died – one quarter of them children – […]

Cholera death toll in Yemen reaches at least 180: Red Cross

Cholera has killed at least 180 people in Yemen in recent weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Monday, a day after authorities declared a state of emergency in the capital Sanaa and called for international help. Sanaa is controlled by the armed Houthi movement, which is aligned with Iran and […]

Al-Qaeda Claims It Is Fighting Alongside U.S.-backed Coalition in Yemen

Qasim al-Rimi, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP — al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, shown) told the group’s media arm, al-Malahem, on April 30 that his followers are now allied to the U.S. and Yemeni government-backed forces fighting against Shia rebels known as Houthis. The Iranian-aligned Houthis (officially called Ansar Allah) are fighting against […]

U.S. Launches Airstrikes in Yemen

The U.S. has conducted a series of airstrikes in Yemen against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Pentagon announced. More than 20 strikes launched Thursday targeted AQAP militants, equipment and infrastructure in the Yemeni governorates of Abyan, Al Bayda and Shabwah, according to a statement by Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis. A Pentagon official […]

Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions

Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country, according to American officials. Grisly photographs of children apparently killed in the crossfire of a 50-minute firefight […]

Yemen shapes up for US-Iran military clash

Eight armies are fighting for dominance in Yemen, a country of 25 million inhabitants: The Iranian-backed Houthi insurgents, together with a breakaway force, are battling the army loyal to President Abdulrabbuh Mansur Hadi, which is supported by Saudi, Egyptian and UAE military forces and their hired legion of Colombian mercenaries. Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) elements, […]

Top UN official: 10,000 civilians killed in Yemen conflict

The United Nations’ humanitarian aid official in Yemen said Monday that the civilian death toll in the nearly two-year conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000 others wounded. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Jamie McGoldrick told reporters the figure is based on lists of victims gathered by health facilities and the actual number […]

John Kerry says Yemen’s Houthis and Saudi coalition agree to ceasefire

US secretary of state John Kerry has said that Yemen’s Houthi rebel group and the Saudi-led coalition fighting it had agreed to a ceasefire from Thursday, as Washington presses for an end to the war before Barack Obama leaves office. The internationally recognised Yemeni government quickly rejected the move, complaining of being bypassed. But it […]

US calls for end to Saudi airstrikes in Yemen

The US has called for an end to airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen at a UN security council meeting, but critics pointed out that Washington continues to supply arms and provide other military support to Saudi Arabia. The US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, condemned missile attacks by Yemeni Houthi rebels on Saudi […]

Saudi Arabia says Yemen rebels fire missile toward Mecca

Rebel media in Yemen said the missile targeted an international airport in Jiddah, though Saudi Arabia said it was “intercepted and destroyed” 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Mecca, which is home to the cube-shaped Kaaba that the world’s Muslims pray toward five times a day.   The missile launch shows the capability of Yemen’s Shiite […]