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14 million ‘on brink of famine’ in Yemen: charities

Thirty-five Yemeni and international NGOs called Wednesday for an "immediate cessation of hostilities" in Yemen, where they warned 14 million people were now "on the brink of famine". The joint appeal was signed by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Action Against Hunger, CARE International, Oxfam, Doctors of the World, and Yemeni organisations, according to a statement. "With 14 million men, women and children on the brink of famine — half the country´s population — there has never been a more…

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 deposits $200 mn to shore up Yemen riyal

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to deposit $200 million in the Yemeni central bank to help stem a slide in the value of the riyal that has caused food prices in the famine-threatened country to soar. King Salman "approved a request" from Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to provide the emergency credit, the official Saudi Press Agency reported late Monday. The oil-rich kingdom, which leads a coalition fighting Houthis in support of Hadi's beleaguered government, already deposited $2 billion in the central bank in January…

Five million children risk famine in war-torn Yemen

More than five million children are threatened by famine in war-torn Yemen as prices soar, a charity said Wednesday, warning an entire generation may face death and "starvation on an unprecedented scale". The three-year conflict between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and Huthis has pushed the already impoverished country to the brink of famine, leaving many unable to afford food and water. "Millions of children don't know when or if their next meal will come," said Helle Thorning-Schmidt, head of Save the Children…

UN’s Yemen envoy pushes for new peace talks as fighting continues

MUSCAT: The UN's Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths has met the country's Houthi rebels in a push for new peace talks, as fighting continued Friday around the strategic port city of Hodeida. Griffiths travelled to the Omani capital Muscat to meet the rebels after they refused to attend negotiations in Geneva last week. Mohammed Abdulsalam, head of the Houthi delegation, and fellow rebel official Abdelmalak al-Ajri discussed the reasons for their absence from Geneva with the United Nations envoy, the rebel-run Saba news…

84 dead in fighting in Yemen’s Hodeida after talks fail

HODEIDA, Yemen: Clashes and air strikes have left 84 people dead around Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeida since the collapse of UN-brokered peace talks, hospital sources said Sunday. The sources in Hodeida province, controlled by Huthi rebels, said 11 soldiers and 73 insurgents had been killed since the talks were abandoned on Saturday. Dozens of rebels and at least 17 soldiers had been wounded. The pro-government coalition, which includes Saudi and UAE air forces, has been pushing to close in on Hodeida, the…

Saudi prince rejects speculation over royal family rift

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman's brother has played down controversial remarks he made to anti-Saudi protesters in London that sparked furious speculation about possible discord within the royal family. Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud apparently told a crowd in London to stop chanting slogans against the Saudi royal family over the Kingdom's involvement in the three-year conflict in Yemen. "What does the family have to do with it? Certain individuals are responsible... the king and the crown prince," he said, according to…

Spain cancels bomb sale to Saudi Arabia amid Yemen concerns

MADRID: Spain said on Tuesday it has canceled the delivery of 400 laser-guided bombs purchased by Saudi Arabia, amid fears that the weapons could be used against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. The arms deal was originally signed in 2015 under Spain’s former conservative government, but the new centre-left administration of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez plans to return the 9.2 million euros ($10.6 million) already paid by the Saudis, Cadena SER radio reported on Tuesday. A Defence Ministry spokeswoman confirmed the…

Spain cancels sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia

MADRID: Spain said Tuesday it has cancelled a 2015 deal to sell 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition fighting Huthi militants in Yemen. A defence ministry spokesman confirmed a Cadena Ser radio report that said Spain's new Socialist government planned to return the 9.2 million euros ($10.6 million) already paid by the Saudis for the arms under a deal signed by the previous conservative administration. The spokesman declined to elaborate but the announcement comes after an August air…

Yemen temporary halts imports of luxury goods amid economical tensions

RIYADH: Yemen’s government ordered a temporary halt to imports of luxury goods, including automobiles, in a bid to prop up the struggling local currency, according to a statement tweeted by the information minister on Sunday. The government, whose members are based in the southern city of Aden and the Saudi capital, Riyadh, following the 2015 takeover of Sanaa by the Houthis group, also ordered a 30 percent increase in public-sector salaries, including for pensioners and contractors. Protests over Yemen's weakening…