23 Nov 2020

Yemen rebels claim attack on Saudi oil facility in Jiddah

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for an attack on a Saudi oil facility located in Jiddah on Monday. The Houthi rebels reportedly launched a new cruise missile on the site, just hours after Saudi authorities finished hosting a virtual summit for world leaders. The kingdom did not immediately acknowledge

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15 Oct 2020

Two Americans Held Hostage by Iran-Backed Forces in Yemen Freed in Trade

Sandra Loli, an American humanitarian aid worker, and Mikael Gidada, an American businessman, have been released by Houthi militants in Yemen on Wednesday due to a trade that returned more than 200 of the Iran-backed group’s loyalists to the country. The American hostages were freed on a Royal Oman Air

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12 Oct 2020

Yemen Peace Process Falters as Fighting Intensifies and Hunger Spreads

Yemen has been suffering from increased conflict over recent days, with violence threatening a peace process previously stalled but set to be back in motion. Aid groups have been calling the war the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe. Around the port city of Hodeidah, Clashes have escalated, resulting in many deaths

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29 Sep 2020

Saudi Arabia announces more than $200 million in UN aid funding to Yemen

Saudi Arabia announced that it plans to send more than $200 million in funding to UN aid agencies currently working in Yemen after CNN investigators highlighted a crisis in aid funding for the war-stricken and impoverished nation. CNN’s investigation revealed that Yemen’s aid fell from $1 billion to just $500

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10 Apr 2020

Saudi Arabia declares ceasefire in Yemen over coronavirus

In Yemen, the Saudi led coalition has declared a two-week ceasefire as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceasefire between the Saudi coalition and the Houthi rebels, who have been fighting for almost five years, is set to begin Thursday. The move was prompted by the United Nations Secretary-General

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07 Feb 2020

U.S. Operation Kills Qasim al-Raymi, Leader of al Qaeda in Yemen

In a drone strike earlier last week, the United States was successful in killing the leader of al Qaeda’s Yemen branch Qasim al-Raymi, who also served as deputy to the organization’s global leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. President Trump confirmed the reports on Thursday, although he did not provide many details about

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05 Dec 2019

U.S. warship in Gulf seizes missile parts of suspected Iran origin

On Wednesday, a US Navy warship stopped a boat linked to Iran containing advanced missile parts. The Trump administration has been pressuring Tehran to limit its activities in the Gulf region. The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that on November 25, the US had retrieved the missile components on a stateless vessel,

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06 Sep 2019

Cracks in Saudi-UAE coalition risk new war in Yemen

The conflicting interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia could end the countries’ coalition against Iran-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen, and add a new chapter to the Yemeni civil war that has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis in the country. In 2015, the UAE and Saudi

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10 Jul 2019

US plans coalition of allies to patrol waters off Iran and Yemen

The United States aims to build a military coalition to “ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab” a US military official said on Tuesday. The Strait of Hormuz, located between the south of Iran and the Arabian peninsula, connects the Persian Gulf and

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16 May 2019

In Yemen, Fighting Resumes Between Houthi Rebels and Government Forces

The fragile cease-fire in Yemen seems to have come to an end on Wednesday, as pro-government forces and Houthi fighters engaged in renewed clashes in the port city of Hodeidah. A day earlier, the Houthi claimed responsibility for a drone attack targeting two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia. The

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