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Saudi FM to Iran, Qatar: Enough is enough

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in a speech before the European Parliament in Brussels that the current nuclear agreement is not enough to modify Iran’s behavior.   “We have to work together to force Iran to refrain from getting involved in the internal affairs of the region’s states,” he said in his speech. “We say to Iran enough, the (1979) revolution is over,” he added   Al-Jubeir added that the Iran-backed Houthi militia ...

How a Yemeni man’s love for science got him 16 million followers on Facebook

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Hashem al-Ghaili, a Yemeni man based in Berlin, had a mission when he started his science page on Facebook in 2009: to make science accessible to everyone regardless of their age or background. Al-Ghaili told BBC that his father wanted him to be a farmer when he grew up, but he always had a passion for science, which started when he was young and began to read children’s science magazines. A molecular biologist by trade, al-Ghaili expanded his skills to include video production and began ...

As Yemen falls apart, Marib rises and becomes ‘untouchable’

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The clang of jackhammers and excavators fills the streets of Marib, an oil-rich Yemeni boomtown once accustomed to the sounds of war, now a rare oasis of stability in a country torn by strife. Yemen is convulsed by the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with rampant disease, famine and a ruinous conflict pitting the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against Iran-aligned Houthi militias. But the fall of Yemen has coincided with the rise of Marib, once seen as an al-Qaeda ...

Arab coalition in Yemen foils Houthi attempt to smuggle missiles, weapons

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Arab coalition planes in Yemen have raided various Houthi militia weapon stores and military bases on Wednesday in Sanaa leaving several dead and others injured. The coalition also raided militia meeting points north-west of Taiz. According to sources from security personnel in Sanaa, the raids targeted weapon stores in Mount al-Nahdayn and a military training camp in Amd in the Sanhan district south of the Yemeni capital. READ ALSO: 20 Arab Coalition air raids destroy 17 Houthi targets in ...

Yemeni forces seize Houthi-controlled posts in Lahij

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Yemeni army aided by the Arab coalition’s air force seized posts that the Houthi militia had controlled in the Al-Qabbaytah District, north of Lahij. Army forces advanced west of Al-Qabbaytah District following violent clashes with the Houthi militias which were deterred from several posts. A source said the army seized control of most mountainous areas surrounding the areas of Moujar, Soubeih and Wadi al-Khamis, adding that there will still violent battles towards Souq al-Khamees. At ...

20 Arab Coalition air raids destroy 17 Houthi targets in Yemen’s Saada

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Arab Coalition launched more than 20 air raids on Saada on Monday night targeting Houthi locations, a military source said.The source told Al Arabiya that the raids managed to destroy more than 17 verified Houthi targets, including military vehicles loaded with weapons, militiamen gatherings and transportation vehicles.The raids also targeted the militia’s reinforcements and gatherings on the outskirts of the Sarawah directorate between Marib and Sanaa, causing the death of 12 ...

PICTURES: Extraction of 3,000 mines planted by Houthis in Yemen’s Saada

Monday, 19 February 2018

The engineering division of the Yemeni army announced the extraction of around 3,000 mines and explosive devices in several areas in the Saada governorate planted by the Houthi militia. The head of the division, First Lieutenant Sultan Shamsan, said the militia had planted this large amount of mines in a small area estimated at 10 kilometers in Mandaba. He added that 1,000 mines and explosive devices were extracted last week, while 2,000 were extracted earlier and detonated. The mines ranged ...

IN PICTURES: How Yemen welcomed 8-year-old contestant in The Voice Kids

Monday, 19 February 2018

With large billboards and a public concert, Yemenis welcomed talented singer Maria Qahtan, currently competing in the final stage of MBC’s The Voice Kids. Al-Wahda Stadium in Sanaa was not prepared for the huge numbers in the crowds. Their hearts were filled with the love for the 8-year-old talent. Some even climbed on roofs of buildings next to the stadium so they could spot Qahtan, who has given hope to many in war-torn Yemenis. Qahtan told the crowds: “You are the real winners, ...

Ali Abdullah Saleh’s nephew seen in Yemen’s Hodeidah following victories

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Tarek Saleh, the nephew of late Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, was seen in Hodeidah with the city’s governor Al-Hassan Taher in the operations room to liberate the west coast. Areas in the west coast have been recently liberated, such as Hays. Many Yemenis think Tarek’s public appearance sends a clear message to the Houthis especially that Tarek is viewed as the “second man” after Ali Abdullah Saleh and that he’s played an efficient role in the uprising ...

Drone strike kills 2 al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Saturday, 17 February 2018

A US drone strike in central Yemen killed two suspected al-Qaeda members on a motorbike including a local commander, a security official said on Saturday. The unmanned aircraft struck the motorcycle carrying the men in Bayda province at around midnight on Friday, the official told AFP. “The strike targeted two al-Qaeda militants, local commander Abu Hussein al-Theriya and another, Dawoud al-Sanaani, as they rode through the province,” he said. Although the US only sporadically ...

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