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Battles rock Yemen port city as UN warns of ‘living hell’

Intensified fighting shook a key rebel-held port city on Yemen's Red Sea coast on Sunday, leaving dozens dead as the United Nations warned that children in the war-torn country face “a living hell”. The bloodshed comes despite growing international pressure to end a years-long conflict that has killed thousands and pushed the impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation to the brink of famine. Fifty-three Houthi rebels have been killed and dozens wounded in battles and air strikes over the past 24 hours in Hodeida,…

Saudi Arabia foils Yemen rebels boat attack in Red Sea

The Saudi-led coalition said on Thursday it had foiled a booby-trapped boat attack by Yemen's Houthis in the Red Sea weeks after the rebels hit a Saudi oil tanker. A statement cited by state-run Al-Ekhbariya news channel did not identify the target of the attack but the rebel-run Saba news agency said the Houthis hit a Saudi military target inside the kingdom's territorial waters. It gave no further details. The coalition statement said "the attack by a booby-trapped boat was launched from the shores of Hodeida," a…

Yemen buries children killed by air strike, Riyadh insists raid ‘legitimate’

SAADA, YEMEN: Thousands of mourners on Monday buried dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in northern Yemen, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in the three-year-old war. At least 40 children were killed in Thursday’s raid which hit the bus as it drove through a market of Dahyan, a town in Saada, the armed Houthi group which controls the province said. Amid outrage from international human rights groups and U.N. officials, Riyadh continued to defend the raid as a “legitimate…

Saudi man killed in missile salvo from Yemen

DUBAI: Yemen's Houthi movement fired ballistic missiles at what it called "economic and vital targets" in the southern Saudi province of Jizan on Saturday, and Saudi authorities said a man was killed by debris from the projectiles. The attack appeared to be retaliation promised by Yemen's dominant political faction in a war there as thousands attended a funeral in the Houthi-run capital Sanaa for a top Houthi official killed in a Saudi-led air strike last week. Eyewitnesses in Sanaa reported Saudi-led air raids on…

Nephew of killed Yemeni president calls on Saudi-led coalition to stop war

DUBAI: A nephew of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for an end to the Yemen war in his first public appearance since his uncle was killed by his former Houthi allies last month. Brigadier-General Tareq Mohammed Saleh — who led a brigade of an elite Yemeni army unit before his uncle was forced to step down in 2012 — had been expected to help lead Saleh’s supporters in a fresh fight against the Iran-aligned Houthis, who control most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa. Addressing supporters in…

Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen rebel ballistic missile

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen into the kingdom's south, as Riyadh and its allies said the attack "proved" Iran's support for Yemen's Houthi rebels. The Riyadh-led military coalition fighting the rebels in Yemen in a statement said Saudi air defences intercepted the missile at around 0500 GMT, but reported no casualties. The Houthis, who are locked in war with Yemen's Saudi-backed government, earlier said they had fired a missile at Saudi Arabia's southwestern province…

Saudi Arabia may have missed Huthi missile with interceptors from US-made Patriot defense system: report

WASHINGTON: When Huthi rebels blasted a ballistic missile from Yemen toward the Saudi capital last month, Riyadh officials said they had intercepted and destroyed the incoming rocket. But in an analysis published Monday by the New York Times, an arms expert and a research team examined photo and video evidence and found that Saudi Arabia may actually have missed the missile with interceptors from a US-made Patriot defense system. The November 4 attack was the first missile Shiite rebels had aimed at the heart of the…

UN says 11 million Yemen children desperately need aid

AMMAN: More than 11 million children in war-torn Yemen are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, the United Nations children's fund warned on Sunday. "Today it is fair to say that Yemen is one of the worst places on earth to be a child," said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. "Two million children today in Yemen suffer acute malnutrition (and) almost every single Yemeni boy and girl" is in acute need of humanitarian assistance, he told a press conference in Jordan's…