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May 26, 2015

Bombing exposes Saudi failure to curb sectarian strains

DUBAI (Reuters) – A suicide bombing in Saudi Arabia as it presses on with its war against Shi’ite fighters in Yemen has exposed the Sunni kingdom’s failure to curb sectarianism at home and prompted fears that such tensions can only get worse.

Islamic State, which claimed Friday’s attack on a Shi’ite mosque, is trying to stir up sectarian confrontation as a way of hastening the overthrow of the ruling Al Saud, and is keenly aware of the war’s potential for pitting Sunni against Shi’ite.

May 23, 2015

Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi’ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack

DUBAI (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi’ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants.

It was one of the deadliest assaults in recent years in the largest Gulf Arab country, where sectarian tensions have been aggravated by nearly two months of Saudi-led air strikes on Shi’ite Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen.

May 22, 2015

Suicide bomber strikes Saudi Shi’ite mosque, many dead or wounded

DUBAI (Reuters) – A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi’ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, killing around 20 people and wounding more than 50, local residents and a hospital officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, the first to target Shi’ite Muslims in Saudi Arabia since November when gunmen killed at least eight people in an attack on a Shi’ite religious anniversary celebration, also in the east where most of the country’s minority Shi’ites live.

May 22, 2015

Suicide bomber strikes Saudi Shi’ite mosque, many dead or wounded: residents

DUBAI (Reuters) – A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi’ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, and up to 30 people were reported to have been killed or wounded.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, the first to target Shi’ite Muslims in Saudi Arabia since November when gunmen killed at least eight people in an attack on a Shi’ite religious anniversary celebration, also in the east.

May 22, 2015

Saudi shells hit Yemen aid office, killing five refugees: local official

CAIRO/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi shells hit an international aid office in Yemen on Thursday killing five Ethiopian refugees, a local official said, while violence across the country put United Nations-led peace talks in doubt.

The official said that 10 other refugees were wounded when artillery fire and air strikes hit the town of Maydee along Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia in Hajja province, a stronghold of the Iran-allied Houthi rebel group that a Saudi-led Arab alliance has been bombing for eight weeks.

May 21, 2015

Saudi shells hit Yemen aid office, killing 5- local official

CAIRO/DUBAI, May 21 (Reuters) – Saudi shells hit an
international aid office in Yemen on Thursday killing five
Ethiopian refugees, a local official said, while efforts
continued to mount peace talks between exiled President
Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government and Houthi rebels.

The official said that 10 other refugees were wounded when
artillery fire and air strikes hit the town of Maydee along
Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia in Hajja province, a stronghold
of the Iran-allied Houthi group that a Saudi-led Arab alliance
has been bombing for eight weeks.

May 15, 2015

Obama seeks to reassure Gulf allies, sees no early end to Syria war

DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that Washington would help Gulf allies face conventional military aggression but also get them to work more in their own defence against any unconventional menace, such as destabilising Iranian actions in the region.

Speaking to Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television following a rare summit with Gulf Arab leaders he described as “very frank and honest”, the U.S. leader reiterated his reluctance to take unilateral American action overseas.

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.