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Race to broker truce as Yemen talks enter final hours

Race to broker truce as Yemen talks enter final hours

RIMBO (AFP) – With just hours left before the close of negotiations, UN mediators rushed to broker a truce Wednesday between government representatives and rebels in Yemen, a country teetering on the brink of famine.The UN talks opened last week in Sweden, the first meeting in two years between Yemen s Huthi rebels and the government […]

Yemen govt wields Hodeida military threat as rebels stand firm in talks

Yemen govt wields Hodeida military threat as rebels stand firm in talks

RIMBO (AFP) – Yemen s government would not rule out an offensive on the key port of Hodeida if rebels refuse to withdraw, sparking an immediate rebuff by the Huthi insurgents as the warring sides met for UN-brokered talks on Friday.Nearly four years into a war that has pushed 14 million Yemenis to the brink of […]

Yemen war rivals double down as UN talks open

Yemen war rivals double down as UN talks open

RIMBO (AFP) – Yemen s government and rebels, locked in a devastating war, traded accusations Thursday as they sat down for hard-won talks the United Nations described as “difficult” but “critical”.The talks in Sweden are the first in two years, in a conflict between a pro-government military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, and Iran-backed Huthi insurgents […]

Yemen rebels and government to hold peace talks in Sweden

Yemen rebels and government to hold peace talks in Sweden

RIMBO (AFP) – Peace talks between Yemen s government and rivals aimed at ending four years of devastating war will open on Thursday in Sweden, the UN announced.No breakthrough is expected at the talks, which mark the first meeting between Yemen s Saudi-backed government and Huthi rebels, linked to Iran, since 2016 — when more than 100 […]

Yemen rebels land in Sweden for key peace talks

Yemen rebels land in Sweden for key peace talks

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – A Yemeni rebel delegation arrived in Sweden Tuesday, , for high-stakes talks with the government aimed at ending the country s devastating war.The Huthi rebels arrived on a Kuwaiti plane from Sanaa following a prisoner swap deal and the evacuation of 50 wounded insurgents for treatment in Oman in a major boost to […]

Wounded rebels evacuated ahead of Yemen talks as UN envoy visits

Wounded rebels evacuated ahead of Yemen talks as UN envoy visits

SANAA (AFP) – The UN s Yemen envoy visited rebel-held Sanaa on Monday as wounded insurgents were flown out of the capital for medical treatment, a key step towards bringing warring parties to the negotiating table in Sweden.A UN source said efforts were being made to reopen Sanaa International Airport, closed for the past three years […]

Pro-govt forces halt Yemen port offensive as UAE backs talks

Pro-govt forces halt Yemen port offensive as UAE backs talks

HODEIDA (AFP) – Forces loyal to Yemen s government on Wednesday halted an offensive on the lifeline port of Hodeida as the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the pro-government coalition, threw its weight behind “early” UN peace talks.Three military officials told AFP that pro-government forces were “ordered” to stop their assault against the Iran-linked […]

Battles rock Yemen port city as UN warns of ‘living hell’

Battles rock Yemen port city as UN warns of ‘living hell’

HODEIDA (YEMEN): Intensified fighting shook a key rebel-held port city on Yemen’s Red Sea coast on Sunday, leaving dozens dead as the United Nations warned that children in the war-torn country face “a living hell”.The bloodshed comes despite growing international pressure to end a years-long conflict that has killed thousands and pushed the impoverished Arabian Peninsula […]

Air strikes target Yemen rebel positions in port offensive

Air strikes target Yemen rebel positions in port offensive

AL JAH, Yemen ;Air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition targeted areas around Yemen’s rebel-held port of Hodeida on Thursday, the insurgents said, as an offensive to retake the vital aid gateway entered its second day. Hodeida remained open and processing ships despite the offensive, port authorities said. The Iran-backed Huthi rebels who control the Red […]

UN scrambles to avert ‘fierce bloody battle’ for Yemen port

UN scrambles to avert ‘fierce bloody battle’ for Yemen port

UNITED NATIONS ;The United Nations mobilized Monday to avert a “fierce, bloody battle” for a key port in Yemen that provides a lifeline for food, medicine and other vital supplies. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Yemen s foreign minister at UN headquarters in New York amid warnings that an attack on rebel-held Hodeida was imminent. […]

Rebels call for ‘mobilisation’ as Yemen forces close in on key port

Rebels call for ‘mobilisation’ as Yemen forces close in on key port

HODEIDA ;Yemeni government forces are closing in on the rebel-held port of Hodeida, the war-ravaged country s main conduit for humanitarian aid, the Saudi-led coalition has said, prompting the defiant militants to call for a “mass mobilisation” to thwart any offensive.The Red Sea port has been a key point of contention since the coalition intervened on […]