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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.
UN food program wants wheat access after mortars start fire
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The United Nations' food agency is demanding access to its wheat stocks after fighting in the port city of Hodeida endangered its silos, setting two on fire.
The Red Sea mills located in eastern Hodeida appeared to have been hit by mortar fire, a U.N. statement said.
"This is the first time we are seeing conditions like this. We need this wheat," said Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.
UN says chief truce monitor in Yemen safe after shooting
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The head of the U.N. mission In Yemen charged with monitoring a cease-fire between rival forces in a key port city was leaving a meeting with government representatives Thursday when a U.N.-marked armored vehicle in his convoy was hit with one round of small arms fire, the spokesman for the world body said.
Stephane Dujarric told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York that "we do not have information as to the source of the fire" in the Red sea port city of Hodeida.
Yemen’s war rivals exchange artillery fire around port city
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Security officials say Yemen's Shiite rebels and government forces are shelling each other in areas south of Hodeida, straining an already shaky cease-fire in the Red Sea port city.
They said each side blamed the other for Saturday's shelling, and that both were reinforcing their forces in the city in violation of the U.N.-brokered truce reached in Sweden last month.
Yemen’s rebels say they left Hodeida port, claim disputed
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels on Saturday said they handed over control of the main port in the Red Sea city of Hodeida to the coast guard and local administrators, but the government denied that, calling it a ploy by the Iran-aligned rebels to maintain control of the strategic facility.
UN team hold meeting in Yemen port city over cease-fire
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say a U.N. team has met with representatives of the country's warring parties for the first time in a key port city.
The team, led by Dutch Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, arrived in Hodeida over the weekend to monitor a cease-fire that went into force in the Red Sea port city.
The officials say the meeting Wednesday involved discussions about the mechanism of the team's work and the number of monitors that will be required in the near future.
Yemen’s UN cease-fire monitors arrive in port of Hodeida
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.N. team led by a Dutch officer arrived Sunday at Hodeida to monitor a cease-fire that went into force in the Red Sea port city where Yemen's civil war rivals been fighting for months, according to security officials and witnesses.
The team, led by Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, had earlier flown into Sanaa, Yemen's capital, from Aden, the home-in-exile of Yemen's internationally recognized government.
UN team arrives in Yemen to monitor port city cease-fire
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.N. team led by a Dutch officer has arrived in Yemen to monitor a cease-fire that went into force in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, where the country's civil war rivals have fought for months.
The team, led by Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, flew Saturday into the southern city of Aden, the seat of the country's internationally recognized, but largely exiled, government.
Yemen says rebels breached truce in port city, killing 4
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's internationally recognized government says Shiite rebels have violated a U.N.-brokered cease-fire in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida with a barrage of artillery and rockets.
The pro-government Sabaa news agency quoted a military official as saying four members of an elite force were killed and 16 others were wounded in Saturday's shelling by the rebels, known as Houthis.
Saudi-led coalition bombs air base in Yemen’s capital
CAIRO (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition bombed an air base in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Wednesday as a local cease-fire held around the Red Sea port city of Hodeida.
In comments aired by Saudi state-run TV, the coalition said it struck the air base next to Sanaa's international airport, destroying a rocket launcher and a drone that it said was preparing to carry out an attack.
It said the Houthis are using the airport "as a military camp in violation of international humanitarian law."
Truce brings hope for Yemen, but peace could prove elusive
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A cease-fire on Tuesday halted months of heavy fighting in Yemen's port city of Hodeida, raising hopes that the latest U.N.-led peace efforts can end the civil war and alleviate the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
But the truce in the Red Sea city remains fragile, and it's unclear if the Saudi-backed government and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels can reach a wider peace agreement despite mounting international pressure to end the war.
Cease-fire in Yemen’s port goes into force after fighting
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A cease-fire went into force early Tuesday in Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida after intense fighting between government-allied forces and Shiite rebels erupted shortly before the U.N.-brokered truce took hold in the contested city, Yemeni officials said.
They said artillery shelling and heavy machine gun fire shook districts in the south and east of the strategic city late Monday in the final hour before the cease-fire took effect at midnight.
Fighting around Yemen’s Hodeida leaves 12 dead, 25 wounded
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighting has erupted between Shiite rebels and forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government near the strategic Red Sea port of Hodeida, leaving at least 12 people dead and 25 others wounded from both sides, officials said on Sunday, just two days ahead of the implementation of a cease-fire agreed in talks in Sweden earlier this week.
UN envoy hands Yemen’s warring sides draft deal
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen on Wednesday gave the country's warring sides at peace talks underway in Sweden a draft agreement they need to consider before this round of negotiations wraps up the following day.
Yemeni officials: UN envoy in front-line city of Hodeida
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. special envoy to Yemen visited on Friday the Red Sea port city of Hodeida in efforts to halt hostilities between a Saudi-led coalition and Yemen's Shiite rebels there and lay the groundwork for restarting peace talks, officials said.
Despite UN call for Yemen truce, new clashes around key port
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighting between Saudi-led coalition forces and Yemen's Shiite rebels flared up again around the Red Sea port city of Hodeida despite U.N. calls for a cease-fire, Yemeni officials and witnesses said Tuesday.
The escalation, which followed a lull that had been in place since earlier this month, began late on Monday with coalition airstrikes hitting the rebels, known as Houthis, in and around Hodeida.
UN: 445,000 Yemenis have fled Hodeida area
CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from the Hodeida area have been forced to flee amid a Saudi-led coalition offensive to take the key Red Sea port city from Shiite rebels, the United Nations' refugee agency said Friday, as fierce battles continue to rage in the area.
Yemeni rebels say they halted Saudi-led forces at port city
CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's rebels claim they halted advances of their adversaries, the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led Arab coalition, at a key battlefield around a strategic Red Sea port city.
Fighting continued around Hodeida on Tuesday despite the statement from the Shiite rebels, also known as Houthis, that a three-pronged coalition assault had been stopped around the city's outskirts.
The Iran-backed Houthis said they lost at least 30 men and a dozen armored vehicles.
Yemen officials say coalition forces move closer to Hodeida
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Forces loyal to the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels advanced on Monday to within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of the port facilities in Yemen's contested Red Sea city of Hodeida, the current epicenter of the civil war, officials said.
Coalition aircraft and naval forces continue to pound rebel positions, and fighting has killed dozens of combatants from both sides, with dozens of military vehicles destroyed or burning along the front lines, they added.
Over 150 killed in weekend violence around Yemen’s Hodeida
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighting has escalated around Yemen's key port city of Hodeida, with more than 150 combatants killed over the weekend from both the rebel and government-backed sides, officials said Sunday.
Airstrikes and naval artillery pounded rebel positions around the Red Sea coastal city, where government backed-troops are launching a major ground assault to try to wrest it from dug-in rebels. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
UN: Death toll from Saudi airstrike in Yemen at 21
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition airstrike at a fruit-and-vegetable market near Yemen's flashpoint Red Sea port of Hodeida killed at least 21 civilians, including children, the U.N. humanitarian aid agency said Thursday.
Wednesday's attack came amid mounting fears of a fresh coalition assault on Hodeida — a city that has been the lifeline for international aid deliveries to Yemen, ravaged by a brutal 3 ½-year war between the Saudi-led alliance and Shite rebels known as Houthis.
AP PHOTOS: Fishermen risk death in Yemen’s violent waters
HODEIDA, Yemen (AP) — Every time Ammar Ahmed heads out to sea, he thinks about the helicopter.
Earlier this month, after three days without a catch, he and eight other Yemeni fishermen decided to take their small boat into deeper waters, closer to the invisible boundary off the Red Sea coast enforced by the Saudi-led coalition at war with Yemen's Houthi rebels.
That's when the Apache helicopter swooped in over the waves, its heavy guns causing a frenzy in the churning waters.
UNICEF warns against Yemen’s economic crisis, violence
CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations children's agency says Yemen's economic crisis and the relentless violence at a key Red Sea port city risk leaving millions of children and families without food, clean water and sanitation.
UNICEF says water and sewage services face the risk of collapse due soaring fuel prices affected by the local currency plunge.
Saudi-led airstrike kills 4 civilians in Yemen’s Hodeida
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition has killed four civilians working at a bee farm in the Red Sea city of Hodeida.
They say the airstrike on Monday was carried out as fighting raged on the ground between an array of militias backed by the United Arab Emirates and Iran-linked Shiite rebels known as Houthis.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
Key battle in Yemen’s war risks tipping country into famine
BAJIL, Yemen (AP) — With American backing, the United Arab Emirates has resumed an all-out offensive aimed at capturing Yemen's most vital port, Hodeida, where Shiite rebels are digging in to fight to the last man. Thousands of civilians are caught in the middle, trapped by minefields and barrages of mortars and airstrikes.
Pakistan’s new PM, Imran Khan, visits Saudi Arabia, UAE
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan's new prime minister, former cricket player Imran Khan, has visited Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on his first official overseas trip.
Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and later traveled to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.
Rebels say airstrike hits radio station in Yemen, killing 4
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels hit a local radio station in the Red Sea port province of Hodeida on Sunday, killing at least four people, a rebel official said.
The minister of information in the pro-rebel government, Abdel-Salam Gabir, said three security guards and an employee were among those killed in the attack in al-Marawa district in Hodeida.
WFP says port city fighting threatens millions of Yemenis
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A recent bout of fighting between Yemeni government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition and Shiite rebels around the Red Sea port city of Hodeida could jeopardize shipments of 46,000 tons of wheat expected to arrive within the next ten days, the World Food Program said on Friday.
Fighting rages in Yemen around Red Sea port city of Hodeida
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Heavy fighting has been raging around Hodeida as Yemeni government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition are trying once again to retake the Red Sea port city from the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, security officials said on Thursday.
They said at least 10 civilians have been killed and 19 wounded in the latest bout of fighting, including airstrikes by the Western-backed coalition fighting the rebels on the side of the internationally recognized government since 2015.
Food, water tested at Egyptian hotel where Britons died
LONDON (AP) — Experts are testing food, water and air conditioning systems at an Egyptian resort hotel where a British couple died under mysterious circumstances, the chief executive of travel company Thomas Cook said Sunday.
Thomas Cook Group CEO Peter Fankhauser pledged to find out what happened to John and Susan Cooper, who died at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada on Tuesday.
Fighting in Yemen kills 18 civilians
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials and witnesses say heavy fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels in the north and around the Red Sea port of Hodeida has killed at least 18 civilians.
They said Wednesday that forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition have been trying to seize the rebel-held district of ad-Durayhimi in Hodeida, in fighting that has killed at least 13 civilians in the past 24 hours.
CAIRO (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it will resume oil shipments through the Bab al-Mandeb strait after they were temporarily halted following attacks by Yemen's Shiite rebels.
Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih is quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency as saying shipments through the narrow strait, which links the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea, will resume Saturday.
Egypt concludes naval exercises with US, others
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military says it has concluded several days of joint naval exercises in the Red Sea with the United States and other countries.
It says in a statement Saturday that "Eagle Response 2018" began July 24 and involved special forces from participating countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen on Thursday invited the warring parties to talks in September aimed at ending the three-year conflict, saying the pace of fighting has increased and "the Red Sea is now a theater of war."
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oil prices rose to a 10-day high Thursday after Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company announced it was temporarily halting crude shipments through a strategic Red Sea shipping lane after Yemen's Shiite rebels attacked two tankers in the strait the previous day.
Futures for Brent crude, the international oil benchmark, hit $74.83 per barrel before falling back in later day trading to $73.99, up 6 cents.
CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's warring parties are obstructing the flow of crucial aid from the Red Sea port of Hodeida endangering millions in what is already the world's worst humanitarian crisis, an international rights group said. It urged the U.N. Security Council to impose "targeted sanctions" on those responsible for hampering humanitarian assistance and violating international law.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates is a country better known for oil riches and skyscraper skylines, but right now it is prosecuting what could be a crucial offensive in the 3-year-old conflict in Yemen.
While the overall war in the Arab world's poorest country has been led by Saudi Arabia, the ongoing battle for the Red Sea port city of Hodeida has fallen squarely on the shoulders of the UAE, a U.S.-allied federation of seven sheikhdoms.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni fighters backing the country's government were on the verge of seizing control of the airport of a vital rebel-held port as fighting intensified Friday, with pro-government forces within meters (yards) of the airport gates.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's exiled government captured a town south of the port city of Hodeida on Thursday as fierce fighting and airstrikes pounded the area on the second day of an offensive to capture the strategic harbor that is the main entry point for food in a country teetering on the brink of famine.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's yearslong war between Shiite rebels and a Saudi-led coalition backing its exiled government has escalated with an assault on the insurgent-held port city of Hodeida.
Here's a look at Yemen, its tangled history and the combatants involved in a war that's sparked what is now the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's exiled government launched a fierce assault Wednesday on the crucial port city of Hodeida, the biggest offensive of the years-long war in the Arab world's poorest nation for the main entry point for food in a country already teetering on the brink of famine.
The Latest: UN provides aid in Yemen’s Hodeida
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the war in Yemen (all times local):
The United Nations says it remains in Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida, the target of a new offensive by a Saudi-led coalition, and is working with aid groups to help those affected by the conflict.
CAIRO (AP) — Yemeni pro-government forces are planning an all-out assault on the Red Sea port of Hodeida, a lifeline for aid to the war-ravaged country, a military commander said Wednesday.
The plan comes amid heavy efforts by the pro-government forces to seize rebel-held areas along Yemen's western coast.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed two people part of crew filming a local television series in western Yemen, officials said on Friday.
The airstrikes, which took place a day earlier, wounded at least two others and destroyed the filming location at the Red Sea city of Hodeida, the officials said. The crew, which was preparing the series for a rebel-run television channel, left the site after the strikes.
The coalition couldn't be immediately reached for comment.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea on Tuesday, causing "minor damage" to the ship, the Saudi-led coalition battling the rebels said.
Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said the attack occurred at 1:30 p.m. (10:30 GMT) in international waters west of the port of Hodeida in Yemen, which is under Houthi control.
Saudi-led airstrike kills 14 in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition near Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida killed at least 14 people on Monday, according to a senior health official.
The airstrike hit a compound housing displaced people in the town of al-Hami, according to Walid al-Emmad, the deputy health minister. He says at least eight women and five girls were among those killed.