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.
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...
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni government officials say President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has returned home from Saudi Arabia to attend a rare session of parliament and elect a speaker.
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...
Cholera is surging once again in war-ravaged Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Cholera is surging once again in Yemen, with the U.N. reporting that the number of suspected cases has doubled in March over previous months and doctors in overwhelmed health...
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...
Clashes break out in Yemen’s key port city, killing 8
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say fighting has erupted in the key port city of Hodeida, killing at least eight people, including civilians.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say heavy street battles among armed Islamist factions aligned with the exiled government have left at least six people dead and families displaced.
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...
Saudi coalition bombs allied Yemeni soldiers killing 8
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni military officials say the Saudi-led coalition launched a series of airstrikes along the Yemen-Saudi border that mistakenly killed and wounded forces allied with the...
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,...
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Officials: Land mines kill 6, including a child in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a pair of land mines killed six people in central Bayda province.
The officials say a passenger vehicle on Friday triggered the first mine, which killed a child and wounded five adults.
The second mine went off shortly afterward, killing five Yemeni soldiers who had rushed to try help the wounded.
Troops, Shiite rebels clash near contested Yemeni port city
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Security officials say heavy fighting has broken out between government-allied troops and Shiite rebels in and around Yemen's contested port city of Hodeida.
Thursday's fighting, which went on for about three hours, is thought to be the biggest breach yet of a fragile cease-fire in the city reached in U.N.-sponsored talks in Sweden last month.
Officials said the two sides used heavy weapons, including mortars, and were bringing in reinforcements.
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.
Saudi-led coalition launches airstrikes in Yemen’s capital
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition has launched a series of airstrikes against targets in Yemen's rebel-held capital, including a military base and drones facility located at the city's international airport.
The airstrikes late Saturday were the first by the coalition in Sanaa since a deal reached last month between coalition-backed government and Iran-aligned rebels known as Houthis, which have been at war since 2014.
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.
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.
Yemen military intel chief dies of wounds from drone attack
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's government has announced that the chief of its military intelligence has died of wounds sustained during last week's drone attack on an army parade.
It said President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, head of Yemen's internationally recognized government, sent a cable of condolences to the family of Maj. Gen. Mohammad Saleh Tamah, who died Sunday in a hospital in the southern port city of Aden.
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.
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.
US confirms death of militant involved in USS Cole bombing
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military spokesman confirms that an American airstrike killed an al-Qaida operative accused of involvement in the attack nearly two decades ago on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors.
The man targeted, Jamal al-Badawi, was wanted for his role in the attack on Oct. 12, 2000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yemen rebel leader seeks torture probe, cites AP report
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A top leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels has called for an investigation after The Associated Press found evidence of extreme torture in Houthi-run lockups.
Rebel delegates at Yemen peace talks report some progress
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemeni rebel delegates at talks underway in Sweden to try end their country's ruinous civil war reported progress on Saturday on the key issues of reopening the airport at the capital, Sanaa, and the implementation of an agreement reached earlier this week on the exchange of prisoners.
Prisoner swap deal bolsters hopes of progress in Yemen talks
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring sides agreed to a broad prisoner swap Thursday, sitting down in the same room together for the first time in years at U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden aimed at halting a catastrophic war that has brought the country to the brink of famine.
Hopes were high that the talks wouldn't deteriorate into further violence as in the past, and that the prisoner exchange would be an important first step toward building confidence between highly distrustful adversaries.