UN General Assembly urged to investigate Yemen atrocities
More than 60 organizations are urging the U.N. General Assembly to establish an investigative body to gather and preserve evidence of serious human rights violations during Yemen’s seven-year conflict - including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Timeline: Yemen war began in 2014 when Houthis seized Sanaa
Yemen’s war began in September 2014, when the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa. Here are some key events:___September 2014: The Houthis, Yemen's Iran-backed rebels allied with forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, seize Sanaa. October 2016: An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hits a crowded funeral in Sanaa, killing at least 140 mourners. March 1, 2020: Houthi rebels take control of the strategic city of Hazm, the capital of Jawf province. AdFeb. 4, 2021: Biden says the U.S. is ending support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen and calls for a cease-fire.
EXPLAINER: What US ending Saudi war support means for Yemen
Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates and other countries, entered the war alongside Yemen’s internationally recognized government in March 2015. AdIran, seeing the opportunity to aid a war of attrition against rival Saudi Arabia, has backed the Houthis. AdMeanwhile, the U.S. sold bombs and fighter jets to Saudi Arabia that the kingdom later used in strikes on Yemen that also killed civilians. America also has deployed U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia after it came under a drone-and-missile attack in 2019 that temporarily halved its oil output. Biden's announcement appeared designed to put new pressure on Saudi Arabia to end its coalition campaign there.
Aid agencies fear impact in Yemen after US terror decision
Most of its 30 million people rely on international aid to survive. Aid agencies said Monday they were struggling to figure out the implications of the designation, which would bring sanctions against the Houthis. Those include special U.S Treasury licenses to allow U.S. aid to continue flowing and aid agencies to continue working. Still, aid groups said the impact could be disastrous. That will cripple aid agencies and NGOs, which must use the banks to move funds, pay salaries and keep operations running.
Yemen's PM says airport attack aimed to 'eliminate' Cabinet
Yemens prime minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed on Saturday Jan. 2, 2021, said that an attack on the airport in the key port city of Aden was meant to eliminate the country's new government. The Prime Minister spoke to The Associated Press after he survived Wednesdays attack that killed at least 25 people and wounded 110 others. Saeed said that the “techniques" used in the airport missile attack were hallmarks of the Houthis' strategy. The attack took place moments after a plane carrying Saeed and his Cabinet members landed at the airport. Saeed, the prime minister, said his government would prioritize “security and stability” in government-held areas after months of infighting between Hadi’s government and the STC.
Yemeni officials: Blast at Aden airport kills 25, wounds 110
People run following an explosion at the airport in Aden, Yemen, shortly after a plane carrying the newly formed Cabinet landed on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. No one on board the government plane was hurt but initial reports said several people at the airport were killed. (AP Photo)SANAA – A large explosion struck the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Wednesday, shortly after a plane carrying the newly formed Cabinet landed there, security officials said. Officials later reported another explosion close to a palace in the city where the Cabinet members were transferred following the airport attack. The International Committee of the Red Cross said three of its workers were killed in the airport blast: two Yemeni nationals and a Rwandan.
UN chief urges pressure to bring Yemen's parties to talks
He spoke before a closed briefing to the U.N. Security Council by U.N. special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths on Wednesday afternoon. A U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition intervened the following year to try and restore Hadis rule. He urged the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis to quickly resolve differences over humanitarian and economic measures needed to move peace efforts forward and help the country counter the virus. Guterres said the Yemenis are a generous people that has always had difficulties in finding unity among themselves, but its a people that deserves this.On Monday, the Saudi-led coalition announced a breakthrough in the south. In addition to the ongoing war, Yemen is also facing a dire humanitarian crisis.
Saudis say Yemen's government, separatists agree to truce
The agreement aims to close the rift between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, nominal allies in a war against Yemens Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Nizar Haitham, a spokesman for the STC, welcomed the coalitions calls for a cease-fire and de-escalation across Yemens southern governorates. In a statement, he emphasized the urgent need to implement the Riyadh deal and thanked Saudi Arabia for its diplomatic role. This spring, Saudi Arabia declared a unilateral cease-fire, which quickly collapsed. The government has rapidly lost credibility, she said, leaving Saudi Arabia in an embarrassing position, caught between Hadi and the separatists even as the Houthis escalate their attacks.