CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says the widespread use of land mines by Yemen's Houthi rebels not only kill civilians but block aid to the most needy, exacerbating the humanitarian...
New bout of heavy fighting in Yemen kills dozens
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say heavy fighting in Yemen's southern Dhale province between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 85 people.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council expressed "grave concern" Wednesday that agreements reached four months ago by the warring parties in Yemen have not been carried out and called for...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen announced Monday that the government and Houthi rebels have reached agreement on the military plan for the initial redeployment of forces from the...
Yemen’s parliament convenes, elects speaker
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has attended a rare session of parliament in an eastern city.
The House of Representatives convened Saturday in Sayoun for the...
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Residents of the Yemeni capital recounted on Monday the horror of a large explosion a day earlier that killed 13 civilians, including seven children, and wounded more than 100...
Yemeni officials: Blast in capital kills 13
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A large explosion at a warehouse in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Sunday killed at least 13 people, including seven children, and wounded more than 100, local medical officials...
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni lawyer says 36 defendants charged with espionage by the Houthi rebels are alleging they have been tortured.
Abdel-Majeed Sabra, a Yemeni lawyer representing one...
UN food agency cites progress in Yemen
CAIRO (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s World Food Program says progress has been made in Yemen, months after he accused Houthi rebels of stealing food from the hungry by diverting aid.
CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Yemen on Thursday urged Iran-backed rebels in the war-torn country to show "political maturity" and live up to their responsibilities under a U.N.-negotiated...
AP Interview: Yemen’s rebels say they won’t give up port
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A senior Houthi rebel leader in Yemen said Tuesday that his group will not give up the key port city of Hodeida, the focus of months of U.N.-brokered talks with the...
Yemen’s warring sides divided over US Senate vote on war
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's warring sides were divided Thursday over a U.S. Senate vote to end America's support for the Saudi-led war in the impoverished country, with the Yemeni government...
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighting erupted in Yemen's key port city of Hodeida on Sunday, the first significant clashes since warring sides agreed to a U.N.-brokered cease-fire deal in December,...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The governments of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are accusing Houthi Shiite rebels of breaking the cease-fire in Yemen's key port of Hodeida and refusing...
SANNA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels criticized Britain's foreign secretary on Monday over comments about the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, saying Jeremy Hunt had misrepresented what the...
UN envoy arrives in Yemen to discuss truce around port city
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths has arrived in the capital, Sanaa, to discuss the situation in and around the key port city of Hodeida.
UN envoy says Yemen ports deal is chance for peace talks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The expected pullout of forces from three key ports in Yemen provides an opportunity to move to the major goal of ending the four-year conflict that has created the world's...
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UN hoping for immediate pullout of forces from Yemen ports
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Monday it hopes Yemen's warring parties will immediately carry out an agreement to pull their forces out of the key port of Hodeida and two smaller ports, as well as a U.N. facility holding enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month.
Yemeni combatants agree on first stage of Hodeida pullback
CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's government and the Houthi rebels have agreed on the first stage of a mutual pullout of forces from the port city of Hodeida, a key entry point for humanitarian aid, the United Nations said.
A U.N. statement late Sunday said the agreement came after two days of meetings in Hodeida. The warring parties agreed to a cease-fire in the city and a prisoner exchange during talks held in Sweden in December, but the implementation of both has been stalled.
Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' yearslong war in Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia bled into the start of a biennial Abu Dhabi arms fair Sunday, which saw the Emirates sign $1.3 billion in weapons deals.
UN envoy arrives in Yemen to discuss truce around port city
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths has arrived in the capital, Sanaa, to discuss the "complex situation" in and around the key port city of Hodeida.
The Houthi rebels say their leader, Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, met with Griffiths on Sunday to discuss the implementation of peace deals from December talks with Yemen's internationally recognized government.
UN: Yemen’s warring parties reach preliminary pullout deal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's warring parties reached a preliminary compromise on a plan for the redeployment of opposing forces from the key port of Hodeida, the United Nations said Thursday.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the preliminary agreement was reached by representatives of Yemen's government and Houthi Shiite rebels meeting on a U.N. vessel in Hodeida's inner harbor during U.N.-mediated talks between Feb. 3-6.
Yemen’s government, rebels meet on stalled prisoner exchange
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's government and the Houthi rebels met in Jordan on Tuesday for talks on implementing a stalled prisoner exchange agreed upon in December.
The U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths said the three-day meeting aims to "finalize the list of prisoners and detainees to be released and exchanged."
He stressed that a breakthrough in the prisoners' deal would give momentum to the rocky talks over Yemen's crucial port of Hodeida, where a U.N.-brokered truce has witnessed multiple breaches.
Red Cross: Yemen prisoner release ‘hanging in the balance’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The release of prisoners by Yemen's warring parties is "hanging in the balance" because of differences over the lists submitted by the government and its Saudi-led coalition partners and rival Houthi rebels, a senior Red Cross official said Monday.
Dominik Stillhart, operations director of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said a key issue is that each side submitted a list with 8,000 names, but the other side says they are holding a "significantly lower" number.
Jordan to host talks between Yemen’s warring parties
CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for Jordan's Foreign Ministry says the country will host a round of U.N.-backed talks between the internationally recognized government of Yemen and the Shiite Houthi rebels, about a prisoner swap deal next week.
Sufian Al-Qudah said Saturday that Jordan agreed to host the Yemenis at the U.N.'s request.
Yemen coalition alarmed at Houthi cease-fire violations
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's government and its key coalition partners Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates expressed "growing alarm" at what they say are "persistent, deliberate violations" by rival Houthi Shiite rebels of the December cease-fire agreement in the key port of Hodeida.
UN envoy reported ‘optimistic’ on Yemen cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths "is optimistic" that a cease-fire in Yemen's key port of Hodeida is holding despite some violations and that Yemen's government and Houthi Shiite rebels are committed to redeploying their forces from the area, Kuwait's U.N. ambassador said Thursday.
Yemeni officials: Saudis release 7 Yemeni rebel prisoners
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say seven Houthi rebel prisoners have been released by Saudi Arabia and returned to the capital, Sanaa. It's the first small prisoner exchange between the two sides, after the rebels released a Saudi a day earlier.
The rebels were transferred by the International Red Cross late on Wednesday, and the aid group had also arranged for the transfer of the Saudi prisoner. The Houthis had said they were releasing him because he's sick.
UN envoy arrives in Yemen after deadly weekend attack
CAIRO (AP) — U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Monday, as a U.N. agency said eight civilians were killed and 30 wounded in the shelling of a camp for displaced people over the weekend.
Accidental blast in Yemen kills 5 demining specialists
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Five foreign demining specialists were killed in an accidental explosion in Yemen while transporting mines and explosives to be destroyed, their employer said Monday.
The MASAM Demining Project said the two South Africans, a Croatian, a Bosnian and a Kosovar were killed Sunday while transporting the material in the central Marib province to a remote location where it could be safely detonated. It said a British national was wounded.
The Latest: Yemen blast kills 5 foreign demining experts
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Yemen (all times local):
A Saudi demining group says five of its international experts have been killed by an accidental explosion in Yemen while transporting mines and explosives to be destroyed.
UN experts: Fuel from Iran is financing Yemen rebels’ war
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fuel is being shipped illegally from Iran to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen to finance their war against the government, and both sides are violating international law with their military campaigns and arbitrary detention of rivals, U.N. experts said in a new report.
Yemeni group: Houthi rebels hold, torture female detainees
CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels hold dozens of women without bringing them to trial or charging them with a crime, often torturing the detainees and blackmailing their families, activists said on Thursday.
UN authorizes monitoring of Yemen cease-fire in key port
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize a U.N. mission to monitor implementation of a cease-fire and the withdrawal of rival forces from Yemen's key port of Hodeida agreed to by the government and Houthi Shiite rebels.
UN says Yemen’s warring parties refuse to meet together
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The warring parties in Yemen have refused to talk face-to-face during two meetings to discuss the redeployment of forces from the key port of Hodeida, which is to be overseen by a U.N. monitoring team, the United Nations said Monday.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said retired Dutch Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, the head of the monitoring team, had to shuttle between representatives of Yemen's government and Houthi Shiite rebels who were in different rooms.
UN proposal calls for monitors to oversee Yemen cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. resolution would establish a United Nations political mission to oversee implementation of a cease-fire and the withdrawal of rival forces from Yemen's key port of Hodeida.
The British-drafted resolution, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, would approve Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' proposal for up to 75 U.N. monitors to be deployed for an initial period of six months.
AP Explains: How Yemen’s rebels increasingly deploy drones
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In Yemen, the high-pitched whine of drones has been a part of life for over 15 years, ever since the first U.S. drone strike here targeting al-Qaida in 2002. On Thursday, an attack on a military base where America once ran its drone program showed that the U.S. is no longer the only force deploying them.
Bomb-laden rebel drone kills 6 at Yemen military parade
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A bomb-laden drone launched by Yemen's Shiite rebels exploded over a military parade Thursday for the Saudi-led coalition, killing at least six people in a brazen attack threatening an uneasy U.N.-brokered peace in the Arab world's poorest nation.
The Latest: Yemeni minister slams Houthi rebel drone attack
CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Yemen (all times local):
Yemen's information minister says a rebel drone attack earlier this morning at a military parade in the south wounded two senior commanders, showing that the Houthis are "not ready for peace."
Moammar al-Eryani slammed the strike near Aden and urged "the international community to stand by the legitimate government and force the militias to give up their weapons and pull out of the cities."
UN envoy: No new Yemen talks until major progress on Hodeida
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Progress on implementing a cease-fire and withdrawing rival forces from Yemen's key port has been "gradual and tentative" and new talks between the warring sides won't take place until there is "substantive progress," the U.N. envoy said Wednesday.
Martin Griffiths told the Security Council that Yemen's government and Houthi Shiite rebels "have largely adhered" to the cease-fire in the port of Hodeida and surrounding area agreed to outside Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 13.
Yemeni groups call on WFP to reveal aid ‘corruption’
CAIRO (AP) — Yemeni non-governmental groups on Wednesday voiced concern over a threat by the United Nations food agency to suspend some aid shipments to Yemen if the Houthi rebels do not investigate and stop theft and fraud in food distribution.
A statement by more than 35 local groups and charities called on the World Food Program to reveal "corruption" it claims surrounds its humanitarian work in Yemen.
Pentagon denies US personnel saw detainee abuse in Yemen
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has denied in a report to Congress that U.S. personnel in Yemen who interrogated Yemeni detainees for information about potential terrorist threats had witnessed or were complicit in torture or other mistreatment of any detainee.
UN team meets with Yemen government over cease-fire
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say a U.N. team has met with representatives of the country's internationally recognized government over a cease-fire in a key port city.
They say the Shiite Houthi rebels did not attend Tuesday's meeting with the U.N. team, led by Dutch Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, which took place in a government-held area, east of Hodeida city.
WFP calls on Yemen’s rebels to bring aid theft to an end
CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations food agency demanded on Friday that the Houthi rebels put an "immediate end" to food diversion and hold accountable those responsible for food theft, but said it not clear how much of their aid is actually reaching Yemenis.
UN envoy bound for Yemen, Saudi Arabia for Yemen war talks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' envoy for Yemen is heading to the region this weekend to talk with government and rebel leaders as international efforts aimed at ending Yemen's civil war continue.
U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday that envoy Martin Griffiths plans to visit Yemen's capital, Sanaa, starting Saturday.
Yemen rebels accuse UN of taking sides after aid ultimatum
CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels on Tuesday said they were "surprised" by accusations from the United Nations food agency that they are stealing humanitarian aid and accused it of taking sides in the nearly four-year-old war.
The World Food Program on Monday threatened to suspend some aid shipments to Yemen if the rebels did not investigate and stop theft and fraud in food distribution, warning that the suspension would affect some 3 million people.
UN threatens to slash Yemen food aid over theft by rebels
CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. food agency on Monday threatened to suspend some aid shipments to Yemen if the Houthi rebels do not investigate and stop theft and fraud in food distribution, warning that the suspension would effect some 3 million people.
The World Food Program's ultimatum was an unprecedentedly strong warning, pointing to how corruption has increased the threat of famine in Yemen, where a four-year civil war has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
UN calls out Yemen’s Houthi rebels over peace gestures
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The United Nations cast doubt Sunday on claims by Yemen's Shiite rebels to have withdrawn from the Red Sea port of Hodeida, saying such steps can only be credible if all other parties can verify them.
Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said the rebels, known as Houthis, also failed to honor an agreement to open a "humanitarian" corridor between Hodeida and the capital, Sanaa, to deliver assistance. Both cities are under rebel control.