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UN hoping for immediate pullout of forces from Yemen ports

Feb. 18, 2019 3:44 PM EST

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. U.N. deputy...

Yemeni combatants agree on first stage of Hodeida pullback

Feb. 18, 2019 9:40 AM EST

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...

UN envoy arrives in Yemen to discuss truce around port city

Feb. 17, 2019 11:10 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths arrived on Sunday in the capital, Sanaa, to discuss the "complex situation" in and around the key port city of Hodeida, Yemeni security officials said. The Houthi rebels said their leader, Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, met with Griffiths to discuss the...

Yemen's government, rebels meet on stalled prisoner exchange

Feb. 5, 2019 6:51 AM EST

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...

UN envoy reported 'optimistic' on Yemen cease-fire

Jan. 31, 2019 7:57 PM EST

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. Mansour...

Yemeni officials: Saudis release 7 Yemeni rebel prisoners

Jan. 31, 2019 4:45 AM EST

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...

UN envoy arrives in Yemen after deadly weekend attack

Jan. 28, 2019 2:06 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Monday, as a U.N. agency said eight civilians were killed and 30 wounded in the shelling of a camp for displaced people over the weekend. The U.N. humanitarian coordinator said the attack occurred on Saturday in the northern...

UN food program wants wheat access after mortars start fire

Jan. 26, 2019 1:05 PM EST

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...

Officials: Land mines kill 6, including a child in Yemen

Jan. 25, 2019 12:43 PM EST

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...

Troops, Shiite rebels clash near contested Yemeni port city

Jan. 24, 2019 4:34 PM EST

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...