Latest Sanaa News

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019 file photo, Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman meets with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the Pentagon. On Thursday, April 9, 2020, a cease-fire proposed by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen has gone into effect, potentially paving the way for an end to the more than 5-year-old conflict. Saudi officials announced late on Wednesday that the cease-fire would last for two weeks and that it comes in response to U.N. calls to halt hostilities amid the coronavirus pandemic. Prince Khalid bin Salman tweeted on Thursday that the cease-fire “will hopefully create a more effective climate to deescalate tensions” and enable the sides to work toward a political settlement. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Saudi cease-fire takes effect in Yemen, rebels suspect ploy

Apr. 9, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A cease-fire proposed by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen went into effect Thursday, potentially paving the way for peace talks to end the more than 5-year-old conflict. Houthi rebels, who control northern Yemen and the capital, Sanaa, quickly dismissed the...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 photo, men inspect a house destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen. The missile fired by the Saudi-led coalition killed a judge and his entire family in the Nahda neighborhood, security officials said. The judge was a known Houthi supporter. On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen announced that its forces would begin a cease-fire starting at midnight, in what could pave the way for the first direct peace talks between the two sides that have been at war for more than five years. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire amid pandemic

Apr. 8, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen announced Wednesday that its forces would begin a cease-fire starting Thursday, a step that could pave the way for the first direct peace talks between the two sides that have been at war for more than five years. In a...

A street musician sings and plays music on an empty lane in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Iran is battling the worst new coronavirus outbreak in the region and authorities have advised people to stay at home and trying to enforce new policy imposing the kinds of lockdowns when the country spending the new year holidays. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Curfews extended as USAID declares aid suspension in Yemen

Mar. 27, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — As countries across the Middle East tighten restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development said Thursday that it would suspend humanitarian aid to parts of Yemen over restrictions by the Houthi rebels that predate...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018 file photo, an armed Saudi soldier holds a walkie-talkie near Mukalla, Yemen, at an airport now serving as a military base for the United Arab Emirates. In a new report released Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia of committing grave abuses against civilians in an eastern province of Yemen over the past year, including torture, forced disappearances and detention. The New York-based watchdog presented chilling testimony from former detainees in Yemen’s remote eastern province of al-Mahrah, which borders Saudi Arabia and Oman. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Human rights group accuses Saudi forces in Yemen of abuses

Mar. 25, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Saudi military forces have committed grave abuses against civilians in an eastern province of Yemen over the past year, including torture, forced disappearances and arbitrary detention, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday. The New York-based watchdog presented chilling...

Heavy fighting in central Yemen leaves at least 38 dead

Mar. 17, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Heavy fighting in Yemen between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels killed more than three dozen people in the previous 24 hours, Yemeni officials and tribal leaders said Tuesday. The rebels, known as Houthis, have been attacking forces of the internationally recognized government...

Yemeni army says sites near Saudi border wrested from rebels

Mar. 9, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s army said it wrested control of several northern towns from the Iran-backed Houthi rebels Monday, a step toward reversing the rebels’ rapid gains in the strategic area. Yemeni forces, supported by Saudi air power, announced on Twitter that they retook cities in the...

United Nations Security Council members, except Russia and China, raise hands in a vote supporting Yemen related sanctions, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at U.N. headquarters. The Security Council voted to approve a revised British draft resolution extending targeted sanctions in Yemen. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN Security Council approves resolution on Yemen sanctions

Feb. 25, 2020 8:35 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Tuesday extending targeted sanctions for war-torn Yemen following contentious negotiations among the council's member nations. Among the disputes had been whether to refer to U.N. experts’ findings that Yemen’s Houthi...

Battles intensify near strategic Yemeni port

Feb. 20, 2020 2:21 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A flare-up in violence near a strategic port in Yemen left at least 18 fighters dead over the past day, rebel officials said Thursday. Fighting escalated overnight in the flash point town of Durayhimi, just south of the Hodeida port, between Houthi rebels and Yemeni government forces....

Landmine blast kills 6 in Yemeni defense minister's convoy

Feb. 19, 2020 5:21 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An explosion killed six guards of the Yemeni defense minister and wounded eight others Wednesday, military officials said, the latest casualties of unmarked landmines that litter the war-torn country. Defense Minister Mohammed al-Maqdishi emerged unscathed from the blast that struck a...

In this Oct. 1, 2018 file photo, a malnourished boy sits on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. Houthi rebels in Yemen have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according to aid officials and internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Yemen's Houthi rebels impeding UN aid flow, demand a cut

Feb. 19, 2020 2:33 PM EST

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according...