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Workers salvage oil canisters from the wreckage of a vehicle oil store hit by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Saudi-led coalition launches new strikes on Yemeni capital

Jul. 2, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen said Thursday that it unleashed a new air campaign on the war-torn country's capital and on other provinces, in retaliation for drone attacks on Saudi Arabia that were claimed by the rebels. “The targeting of civilians and...

Clashes between Yemen's gov't, separatists mar ceasefire

Jun. 25, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fierce fighting continued in southern Yemen between Emirati-backed separatists and the country’s internationally recognized government Thursday, security officials said, a blow to the Saudi-led coalition's declared ceasefire between the factions. Battles in the flashpoint Abyan...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo, supporters of southern separatists gather with the flags of south Yemen and the United Arab Emirates during a rally to show support for the UAE amid a standoff with the internationally recognized government, in Aden, Yemen. A bid by separatists funded by the UAE to assert control over Yemen’s south has reopened a dangerous front in the country’s civil war and pushed Yemen closer to fragmentation. The separatists’ recent declaration of self-rule over the key port city of Aden and other southern provinces also throws into question the roles of Saudi Arabia and the Emirates in the conflict, now in its sixth year. (AP Photo/Wail al-Qubaty, File)

Saudis say Yemen's government, separatists agree to truce

Jun. 22, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition embroiled in a years-long conflict in Yemen announced on Monday that Emirati-backed southern separatists and the country’s internationally recognized government have agreed to a cease-fire after months of infighting. The agreement aims to close the rift...

Yemen separatists consolidate grip in area of UNESCO site

Jun. 20, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni separatists funded by the United Arab Emirates on Saturday took control of military and police camps in Yemen's Socotra archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site, security officials said. By day's end the separatist militia had taken control of most of the remote province from...

Fighting reportedly erupts in Yemen's UNESCO heritage site

Jun. 19, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fiery clashes convulsed Yemen’s remote Socotra archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on Friday as an armed unit funded by the United Arab Emirates battled government security forces for control of the island’s capital, the Yemeni government and witnesses said. The...

In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020, workers unload boxes of medical supplies on arrival at Sanaa International Airport in Sanaa, Yemen. The shipment includes ventilators, coronavirus test kits, PCR machines and personal protective equipment. Organized by the United Nations and private companies, it comes as the UN is facing a funding shortage for its operations in the war-torn country, where officials and medical experts fear the coronavirus could be spreading unchecked due to limited medical facilities. (World Health Organization via AP)

Last batch of joint aid lands in Yemen amid UN funding cuts

Jun. 19, 2020 6:30 AM EDT

The last of three large shipments of medical supplies landed in Yemen on Friday, organizers of the cargo flights said, following a joint initiative by the world organization and multinational corporations to boost the war-devastated country's health care system as it battles the coronavirus. The shipments...

Yemen's rebels: Saudi coalition airstrike kills 13 civilians

Jun. 15, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An airstrike from the Saudi-led coalition struck a vehicle carrying civilians in northern Yemen on Monday, killing 13 people, including four children, according to the Houthi rebels. Yemeni tribal leaders, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, confirmed that Saudi...

This May 2020 photo provided by a Yemeni Community activist, shows an activist waiting for an ambulance to collect the body of a COVID-19 victim, after medics declined to take the body, in the Houthi-controlled city of Ibb, Yemen. An investigation by The Associated Press found that the coronavirus is taking a deadly toll on the war weary population of Yemen. The situation is exacerbated in the Houthi-controlled north where the rebels have suppressed information about the virus, severely punished those who speak out, enforced little mitigation measures, and promoted conspiracies and claims by the Houthi minister of health that scientists are working on developing a cure for covid-19 to present to the world. (Courtesy of a Yemeni Community Activist via AP)

UN: 94,000 Yemenis displaced since January; clashes in south

Jun. 11, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency announced on Thursday that fighting has forced more than 94,000 to flee their homes in war-torn Yemen since January, a grim statistic reflecting the devastation brought on by the civil war in the Arab world’s most impoverished country. The report came as...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Shiite Houthi tribesmen hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement, in Sanaa, Yemen. The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner replaced its chief in Yemen, Elobaid Ahmed Elobaid, nearly nine months after the Houthis who control northern Yemen denied him entry, documents dated Tuesday, June 9, 2020 obtained by The Associated Press show. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

UN agency replaces official blocked from entering Yemen

Jun. 10, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations has quietly ended the assignment of its chief rights officer in Yemen after Houthi rebels blocked his entry into the country for months, according to U.N. documents. The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner replaced its chief in Yemen, Elobaid Ahmed...

In this May 2020 frame grab from video provided by a Yemeni activist, men in protective gear bury a victim of COVID-19, in the Houthi-controlled city of Ibb, Yemen. An investigation by The Associated Press found that the coronavirus is taking a deadly toll on the war weary population of Yemen. The situation is exacerbated in the Houthi-controlled north where the rebels have suppressed information about the virus, severely punished those who speak out, enforced little mitigation measures, and promoted conspiracies and claims by the Houthi minister of health that scientists are working on developing a cure for covid-19 to present to the world. (Yemeni Activist via AP)

Yemen's rebels crack down as COVID-19 and rumors spread

Jun. 9, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — In the darkness, the bodies of suspected victims of coronavirus are carried in silence, one after the other, to be buried in several cemeteries across northern Yemen. Flashlights flicker as mourners make their way through the shadows. The corpses are washed with disinfectants, wrapped in...