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Apr 8, 2015

UAE says sees systematic Iranian meddling in Yemen, region

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Iran is sowing discord in Yemen and other regional countries as part of a “revolution export” strategy, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday, and Gulf Arab states are losing hope of building normal ties with Tehran.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nayahan also said a Saudi-led coalition now carrying out air strikes on Iranian-allied Houthi fighters in Yemen seek a U.N. Security Council resolution requiring all to pursue dialogue and imposing a ban on arms purchases by Houthis and other groups “that are out of line”.

Apr 5, 2015

No refuge but the sea – fleeing Yemen’s war by boat

ADEN, April 5 (Reuters) – The rocket that tore through a
minivan outside the Aden Grand Hotel last week killing nine men,
women and children was a clear message that it was time to
leave. Yemen’s civil war had come too close for comfort.

As Shi’ite Muslim fighters closed in on Aden to confront
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his supporters, they cut
off all escape routes by road and foreigners in the city began
jostling for a way out.

Mar 31, 2015

Heavy clashes on Saudi-Yemen border; Hadi government pleads for troops

ADEN, March 31 (Reuters) – Saudi troops clashed with Yemeni
Houthi fighters on Tuesday in the heaviest exchange of
cross-border fire since the start of a Saudi-led air offensive
last week, while Yemen’s foreign minister called for a rapid
Arab intervention on the ground.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Arab states in a
six-day-old air campaign against the Shi’ite Houthis, who
emerged as the most powerful force in the Arabian Peninsula’s
poorest country when they seized Yemen’s capital last year.

Mar 31, 2015

Saudi-led strikes again hit Yemen overnight

ADEN (Reuters) – Air raids by a Saudi-led coalition again hit Houthi militia targets across Yemen on Monday night, striking the group’s northern stronghold of Saadeh, the capital, Sanaa, and the central town of Yarim, residents and media said.

“There were huge blazes in the mountains outside Sanaa. It looks like they hit a missile depot and it was on fire for half an hour or so. Then there was anti-aircraft fire until dawn,” a Sanaa resident said.

Mar 31, 2015

Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen camp for displaced

ADEN (Reuters) – An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen on Monday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack which apparently targeted nearby Houthi fighters who are battling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Yemen’s state news agency Saba, which is under the control of the Houthis, said the camp at Haradh was hit by Saudi planes. It said the dead included women and children, and showed the bodies of five children laid out on a blood-streaked floor.

Mar 30, 2015

Upheaval in Yemen’s Aden stretches hospital

ADEN (Reuters) – As Houthi fighters close in on the Yemen port city of Aden, the wounded from clashes and other incidents are pouring into overwhelmed hospitals.

“We were not ready to face this kind of situation,” said Valerie Pierre, coordinator for aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which runs a 45-bed hospital in Aden.

Mar 30, 2015

Fighting in Aden as Yemen’s Houthis make gains

ADEN (Reuters) – Iran-allied Houthi militiamen pushed into the northeastern outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Aden on Monday amid heavy clashes with loyalists of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, sources on both sides said.

Artillery and rocket fire struck the area on the approaches to the city, Hadi’s fighters said, after the Houthis made a fresh advance from the east along an Arabian Sea coast road.

Mar 29, 2015

Fighting and air strikes across Yemen, dialogue remains distant

ADEN, March 29 (Reuters) – Yemeni fighters loyal to the
Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with
Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden, the
absent leader’s last major foothold in the country.

Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gun
battle in the central Crater district in which three people were
killed, and said they recaptured the airport, which has changed
hands several times in several days of fighting.

Mar 29, 2015

Fighting, airstrikes throughout Yemen as dialogue remains distant

ADEN, March 29 (Reuters) – Yemeni fighters loyal to the
Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with
Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden, the
absent leader’s last major foothold in the country.

Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gun
battle in the central Crater district in which three people were
killed, and said they recaptured the airport, which has changed
hands several times in the last five days of fighting.

Mar 29, 2015

Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

ADEN (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters.

Residents reported heavy clashes between the Houthis and mainly Sunni tribal fighters in the south of the country, while the air campaign sought to stall a fresh offensive by the Shi’ite Muslim group on Aden from the east.