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Country profile for Yemen

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  • Capital: Sana'a
  • Major Languages: Arabic
  • Currency: Yemeni Rial
  • Timezone: GMT +3:00

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Since late-2014 the security situation in Yemen, which was already weak and unstable, has deteriorated rapidly. Houthi rebels pushed south from their traditional strongholds in the north-western Saada governorate and seized the capital, Sana’a, in September 2014, forcing President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee, first to the southern port city of Aden and then to neighbouring Saudi Arabia. Fighting spread throughout the central and southern regions of Yemen as the Houthis continued to clash with pro-Hadi militias. In March 2015, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia (including UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Kuwait and Jordan) began a military offensive in Yemen, targeting Houthi positions via airstrikes. Although these strikes limited the Houthi advance, the group and their allies still control much of Sana’a and the surrounding provinces.

By the end of 2016, this multidimensional conflict had reached a military impasse. Prior to seizing power, the Houthis entered an opportunistic alliance with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was forced out of office in a popular uprising in 2012. While he was in power Saleh led several military campaigns against the Houthis; however, Saleh’s General Peoples’ Congress Party (GPC) and the Houthi’s political wing, Ansar Allah, joined forces to form an opposition to President Hadi. The relationship was a marriage of convenience and tensions between the two sides became apparent in 2016. In November 2016 figures from both Ansar Allah and the GPC publicly disagreed over the formation of their proposed “national salvation government”. Both sides also disagreed over the Reserve Forces (formerly Saleh’s Republic Guard) as well as the UN’s peace proposals. The deterioration continued in 2017, with both side trading arguments before fighting erupted in November. On 4 December Houthi fighters killed Saleh at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the capital after he tried to switch sides and started talks with the Saudis.

The Saudi alliance with President Hadi faces similar difficulties. Hadi is a deeply unpopular figure across much of Yemen and his support base is small, meaning that the likelihood of all sides accepting him as the head of any post-conflict Yemen are extremely remote. He has also been increasingly marginalised by the Saudis, with senior diplomats making it clear that Hadi will not have a role in the future government as both sides have agendas which are not clearly aligned. Meanwhile the operation – Restoring Hope - is a significant strain on the Kingdom’s resources, which have already been hit by falling oil prices, while Houthi cross-border rocket fire has killed hundreds of Saudi citizens. There has also been widespread condemnation of the number of civilian casualties from the Saudi-led airstrike campaign, most notably in October 2016 when Saudi jets targeted a funeral in Sana’a killing 140 people and wounding more than 600 others, an act which the coalition blamed on “wrong information”.

One of the key motivations behind Riyadh’s decision to enter the conflict appears to be the desire of the new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Saud, to limit the perceived expansion of Iranian influence. Although the government in Tehran has provided support (both in terms of weapons and military training) to the Houthis their role is largely marginal, and the Houthis are not Iranian proxies. However, the regional and sectarian rivalry between Sunni power Saudi Arabia and their Shia adversaries Iran adds a further complexity to the conflict in Yemen, which is fundamentally driven by internal grievances and competition for power between various groups.

Beneath the Houthi/Saleh and Hadi/Saudi alliances lie an even broader, shifting series of groups and networks. The al-Islah party, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, are former long-term allies of Saleh who have since aligned themselves with the Hadi/Saudi camp. They have strong networks in Taiz, Aden, Beihan, Ab Dali and Marib and have taken advantage of the instability in the country to form wider political networks and militias – including the Coordinating Council for Popular Resistance (CCPR) in Taiz. The UAE has responded by building up its own forces in the south to counter the growth of al-Islah. In the south, a secessionist movement – Herak - continue to call for separation, something which they have fought for since Yemen was unified in 1990. There is also an even wider network of tribes across the country which are all vying for influence.

Prior to the current conflict, the most significant challenge to security in Yemen came from the jihadist group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP’s operational capabilities had been weakened over recent years by US-led drone strikes, which are estimated to have killed more than 700 militants since 2009. However, the recent collapse of the central government has severely disrupted Yemeni-US counter-terrorism operations and has allowed AQAP to regroup. In April 2015, suspected AQAP fighters stormed a prison in al-Mukalla and freed more than 250 prisoners, including at least one senior commander. The group have carried out dozens of attacks against both Yemen's security forces and the Houthis in recent years. They also claimed responsibility for cargo plane bomb plots against the US and the attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris in 2014, which left 11 people dead. Meanwhile, the Islamic State (IS) has sought to establish a presence in Yemen, although they have thus far been unable to dethrone AQAP as the main jihadist network in the country.

Large parts of the country have been decimated by the conflict, while the country’s already weak economy has completely collapsed. The UN estimated that more than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict, and millions more have been displaced. At the same time, more than three-quarters of the population needs food aid and many face starvation as several aid agencies have been forced to withdraw from the country due to the insecurity and damage to the infrastructure. Yemen was reliant on imports for around 90 percent of food and medicine prior to the conflict, a large proportion of which came into the country via the port in Hudaydah, which has since been severely damaged. The UN and several international observers have described the situation as a humanitarian crisis on a par with Syria. In November 2017 the Saudis imposed a three-week blockade on Yemen in response to a Houthi missile on Riyadh. Meanwhile, a lack of clean water led to the largest outbreaks of cholera in modern history, with more than 700,000 suspected cases reported between April and September 2017.

AQAP, Houthis, tribal groups and common criminals are all responsible for kidnappings in Yemen. Expatriate workers are among those targeted, including British photo-journalist Luke Somers. He was kidnapped back in September 2013 in the capital, Sana’a, by AQAP militants. In December 2014 he was shot by his captors along with fellow hostage, South African teacher Pierre Korkie, after US Special Forces attempted a rescue operation. The kidnappers previously demanded $3.1m for Mr Korkie’s release, and it was reported that he was due to be released when the US intervened. Since the current conflict escalated there have been further kidnappings in the country, with several incidents involving aid workers. French national Isabelle Prime was working on a World Bank project when she was captured along with her Yemeni translator in Sana’a in February 2015. In October 2016 International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staffer Nourane Houas was released following mediation from Oman. She had been abducted in Sana’a in December 2015.


News articles

By NUJ

Seventh journalist killed in Yemen this year

Correspondent Mubarak al-Abadi, working for Suhail TV, was killed by the al Houthi group on 5 August while covering clashes in Al-Jawf province, Yemen. 

By CPJ

Journalists, media workers killed in air strike in Yemen

A TV journalist and three staff members of the satellite TV station Yemen Today were killed in an air strike in Sana'a on Monday, while at least 10 staff members were injured, according to news reports and the station.

 

 

 

 

 

By IFJ

Yemeni reporter killed

Khalid Mohammed al Washali, a correspondent with the Yemeni TV channel Al-Masirah, is believed to be the first journalist killed in 2015.

By Wall Street Journal

American hostage Luke Somers killed in rescue attempt

An American and a South African held hostage for more than a year by al Qaeda’s Yemen branch died after a raid by U.S. Special Operations forces just after midnight Saturday, in the second rescue attempt in as many weeks.

By Yemen Post

Yemeni TV journalist killed

The International Federation of Journalists called on the Yemeni authorities to protect journalists after a TV producer was killed and an attempted murder of a TV director.

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Alerts for Yemen

Government agrees to prisoner swap with Houthis

Yemen's government has agreed to carry out a prisoner swap with the Houthi rebel group. Around 2,000 pro-government troops and 1,500 Houthis will be exchanged under the agreement. Yemen's foreign minister, Khaled al-Yamani, made the announcement on Tuesday, adding that a deal was reached after extensive negotiations. "When we head to the negotiations in Sweden, we will discuss the operational issues of this agreement, how it can be implemented, how to exchange the detainees, prisoners, abductees and the forcibly disappeared," he said.

Wounded Houthi fighters evacuated by UN

Around 50 wounded Houthi fighters are going to be evacuated on a UN plan from Sana'a for treatment in Oman. The Saudi-UAE coalition confirmed the news on Monday, which comes ahead of UN-sponsored talks in Sweden later this week. "A UN-chartered plane will arrive at Sanaa international airport Monday to evacuate 50 wounded combatants... three Yemeni doctors and a UN doctor, from Sanaa to Muscat," a coalition spokesman said.

Ten killed in Hodeidah clashes

At least 10 people have been killed in the latest round of clashes in the port city of Hodeidah. The fighting erupted on Friday in the south and east of the city and continued over the weekend. Last month UN envoy Martin Griffiths visited the city as part of efforts to get both the Houthi rebels and the Saudi-UAE coalition to agree to hold ceasefire talks, which are set to place in Sweden later this week.

AQAP militants targeted in drone strike

Several al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have been killed in a drone strike in al-Bayda province. A senior commander was among those reportedly killed in the strike, which took place in a mountainous area of al-Karaishia district. The US military is suspected of carrying out the strike although this hasn't been officially confirmed by the Pentagon.

Fighting resumes in Hodeidah

Heavy fighting has been reported in the port city of Hodeidah despite recent assurances from both the Houthi rebel group and the Saudi-UAE coalition that they would commit to a ceasefire. The coalition carried out multiple airstrikes outside the city following clashes between rebels and pro-government forces. The renewed fighting comes after the head of the Houthis' Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, said his forces would halt rocket and drone attacks against the coalition. 

Houthis halt rocket attacks against coalition

The Houthi rebel group said it has halted rocket and drone attacks against the Saudi-UAE coalition. The move comes as part of renewed efforts to agree to a ceasefire between the warring parties. "We are willing to freeze and stop military operations on all fronts to reach a just and honourable peace if they really want peace for the Yemeni people," said Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the group's Supreme Revolutionary Committee. UN special envoy Martin Griffiths is due to travel to Sana'a and Hodeidah this week to meet representatives from both sides.

Scores killed in Hodeidah fighting

Around 150 people have been killed in the latest fighting in the port city of Hodeidah. Medical sources said 110 Houthis were killed over the weekend, along with 32 pro-government soldiers and seven civilians. The heaviest fighting was reported in the south and east of the city before a break was reported early on Monday morning, which the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, said allowed vital aid to be delivered at the port. Speaking to the BBC's Today Programme, Grande said: "The situation [in Hodeidah] has gone from bad to catastrophic", adding that "the civilians that are trapped in that city are absolutely desperate."

Heavy fighting reported in Hodeidah

Further intense fighting has been reported in the port city of Hodeidah as the Saudi-UAE coalition attempts to seize it from Houthi rebels. Airstrikes and a ground assault have left more than 150 people dead this week, according to the UN and aid agencies in the area. On Tuesday UNICEF said 59 children at the al-Thawra hospital are at "imminent risk" due to the escalation of fighting. “Medical staff and patients in the hospital have confirmed hearing heavy bombing and gunfire. Access to and from the hospital, the only functioning one in the area, is now imperilled,” the agency said in a statement.

Saudi-UAE coalition launches Sana'a airstrikes

The Saudi-UAE coalition has carried out airstrikes against the Houthi rebel group in Sana'a. Jets targeted Sana'a International Airport and an adjoining airbase overnight on Thursday. Coalition spokesman Turki Al Malki said the Houthis were using the sites to launch drone and missile attacks.

US defence chief calls for ceasefire

The US Secretary of Defence has called for a ceasefire in Yemen and demanded that all sides take part in negotiations. James Mattis said the conflict has been ongoing "for long enough" and said a ceasefire needed to be implemented in the next 30 days. The statement comes after the Saudi-UAE coalition deployed an additional 10,000 troops to the country to join the operation against Houthi rebels in the port city of Hodeidah.

Airstrike kills 19 at Hodeidah market

At least 19 people have been killed after an airstrike hit a vegetable market in the port city of Hodeidah. The Saudi-UAE coalition, who are suspected of carrying out the strikes, said it was investigating the incident. “We take this report very seriously and it will be fully investigated, as all reports of this nature are, using an internationally approved, independent process. Whilst this is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” said coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki. The bombs hit a packing factory in the al-Masoudi district.

UN warns of famine crisis in Yemen

The UN has warned that half of Yemen's population are facing "pre-famine conditions." The crisis was "much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during their working lives," said humanitarian co-ordinator Mark Lowcock. At least 6,660 civilians have been killed in the conflict, while 22 million are in need of humanitarian aid due to an acute shortage of goods entering the country. A further one million have been affected by a cholera outbreak in Yemen.

PM fired by president over economic crisis

Yemen's president has fired the country's prime minister over the economic crisis in the country. Abd Rabbu Mansour Haid said Ahmed bin Dagher was guilty of poor economic performance and had failed to avert the currency collapse. "This was a result of negligence by the government in the recent period with respect to the economy and to administrative services," the president's office said in a statement. Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed has been appointed as the new PM.

Airstrikes kill 17 in Hodeidah

The Saudi-UAE coalition has killed at least 17 people in airstrikes in the port city of Hodeidah. The Houthi-run Health Ministry said a further 20 people were wounded in the strikes, which targeted the Gabal Ras area on Saturday. The coalition has recently increased military operations in and around Hodeidah as part of its campaign to force the Houthis to withdraw from the city.

Houthi rebels killed in Hodeidah raids

At least 80 Houthi rebels have been killed in Saudi-UAE coalition airstrikes in Hodeidah over the past 48 hours. Seven civilians have also been killed as coalition forces continue their push to recapture the key port city. Military sources said the strikes targeted two farms and two rebel training camps on the outskirts of the city. Meanwhile, the Houthis claimed to have detained 10 vessels, including fuel tankers, at the port and prevented them from unloading their cargo.

Fishermen killed off al-Khoukha

At least 18 fishermen have been killed by a frigate off the Red Sea port of al-Khoukha. The Saudi-led coalition denied any involvement in the attack near the port, which is controlled by the UAE. “The command of the coalition forces assures that what some media reported about the coalition’s navy targeting fishing boats off al-Khoukha port is baseless,” said spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki. The incident occurred as Houthi rebels and coalition forces continue to battle for the key port of Hodeidah.

Coalition airstrike kills four in Hodeidah

At least four people have been killed in a Saudi-led airstrike in the southern port city of Hodeidah. Missiles hit the office of the Almaraweah radio station on Sunday, killing four employees. The coalition did not confirm that it carried out the strike.

Children killed in coalition airstrikes, Saada

At least two children have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the northern Saada province. Rescue workers said the victims died when their house was destroyed by a missile in the Marran district. The incident came as the UN special envoy arrived in the capital Sana'a in an attempt to restart peace talks between the government and the Houthi rebels.

Two killed in Saudi helicopter crash

A Saudi pilot and co-pilot have been killed in a helicopter crash in the al-Mahrah governorate of Yemen. Colonel Turki al-Maliki said the crash occurred on Friday at 8:20 am (4:20 am GMT) while “fighting terrorism and smuggling attempts.” The cause of the crash in not yet known.

Army advance on Hodeidah

The Yemeni army is advancing on the Houthi port city of Hodeidah, according to military sources. Troops have seized control of a key road which connects the Kilo 10 and Kilo 16 areas, cutting off Houthi supplies to Sana'a. Officials also claim that Houthi commander Abu Hashem has been killed during the latest clashes.

Dozens killed in Hodeidah fighting

Dozens of people have been killed in airstrikes and clashes in the port city of Hodeidah. Saudi-led coalition jets have carried out multiple strikes since UN-sponsored peace talks collapsed between the government and Houthi rebels over the weekend. Hospital sources have said that 73 rebels and 11 government soldiers have died since Saturday, while there are also likely to be multiple civilian casualties.

Coalition airstrikes kill Houthi commander in Hodeidah

The Saudi-led coalition has killed a Houthi commander in airstrikes in the south-western region of Hodeidah. Commander of the 190th brigade, Mohammed Abdul-Malik Atif, was among 16 Houthis killed in the strikes, according to Saudi military sources. The coalition and the Houthis have been fighting for control of the region in months.

Economic protests continue in Aden

Protests are ongoing in the southern port city of Aden over the collapse of Yemen's economy. There has been unrest in the city for several days, while protests have also erupted in other areas of the country. There is widespread anger after the currency collapsed, pushing up prices for residents who were already facing highly-inflated prices and shortages of basic goods.

Hundreds protest in Aden over goods prices

Hundreds of people have joined protests in the southern port city of Aden against the high price of basic goods. Protesters built roadblocks of burning tyres across the city as people demanded action from the government. The unrest was organised the General Confederation of Southern Workers' Unions and forced shops and government offices to close.

Fishermen targeted in coalition airstrikes

At least 12 fishermen have been killed in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Hodeidah province. The coalition said the boats were being used to smuggle weapons into Yemen. On Thursday a US Navy destroyer intercepted a skiff carrying more than 1,000 AK-47 rifles off the coast of Yemen.

Saudi-UAE accused of possible war crimes

The Saudi-UAE coalition has been accused of committing possible war crimes during the conflict in Yemen. The UN said there was "little evidence of any attempt ... to minimise civilian casualties." during a report published on Tuesday. “Coalition air strikes have caused most of the documented civilian casualties. In the past three years, such air strikes have hit residential areas, markets, funerals, weddings, detention facilities, civilian boats and even medical facilities,” the panel said. The UN estimates that 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the start of the conflict, although the actual death toll is likely much higher.

Saudi-led airstrikes hit IDP camp

At least 22 people have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes on a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Yemen. Houthi rebels said most of the victims of the strikes in Ad Durayhimi were children, although the coalition denied the reports. Earlier this month the coalition was accused of killing more than 40 children after airstrikes targeted a bus in Saada province.

AQAP bomb maker killed in Yemen

A bomb maker for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was killed in a drone strike last year. US officials told Amercian media that they were confident Saudi-born Ibrahim al-Asiri had been killed. He was suspected of planning a series of attacks, including bomb plots to target cargo planes and several earlier incidents in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi SAM site

The Saudi-led coalition said it has destroyed a SAM 6 anti-aircraft site in Yemen's capital Sana'a. The system reportedly belonged to the Houthi rebel group, who remain in control of the city. Meanwhile, the coalition said a Houti ballistic missile was intercepted near the Saudi city of Jizan on Saturday.

Coalition airstrikes kill 13 in Hodeidah

At least 13 people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Hodeidah province. The Houthi-run health ministry said several missiles were fired at the city of Duraihami on Tuesday. Intense fighting has been ongoing between the Houthis and pro-government forces across the governorate for several months. The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was "concerned by the events in Duraihami city," adding that it "will reach out to all the parties to the conflict."

Taiz governor targeted in bomb attack, Aden

The governor of Taiz has survived a roadside bomb attack in the southern city of Aden. Amin Ahmed Mahmoud was travelling in a convoy on Tuesday when the device exploded. There were no reported fatalities from the blast but several people were wounded.

Dozens killed in Saudi-led airstrikes

At least 43 people, many of them children under 10, have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in northern Yemen. Missiles destroyed a bus which was travelling through the Dahyan market in Saada province, which is controlled by the Houthi rebel group. "The air strike conformed to international and humanitarian laws," coalition spokesman Col Turki al-Malki said in a statement, adding that the operation was launched in response to Houthi rocket fire which targeted the southern Saudi city of Jizan.

Houthis shoot down Saudi plane

Houthi rebels claim to have shot down a Saudi reconnaissance plane in northern Yemen. In a statement, the group said air defence systems were used to target the plane in the Al-Maslub district of Al-Jawf governorate. There has been no confirmation of the incident by the Saudis.

Twenty killed in Yemen airstrikes

At least 20 people have been killed in airstrikes in the southern port city of Hodeidah. The strikes, suspected to have been carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, hit a market and the entrance to a hospital. More than 60 people were also wounded, according to medical staff at the al-Thawra hospital. The Internation Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was sending emergency supplies to help those affected by the strikes.

Politician wounded in Aden bombing

A local politician and three other people have been wounded by a roadside bomb in Aden. The blast targeted Aref Ahmed Ali from the Islah party in the Maala district of the city. Ali and the other victims, which included his son, have been transported to hospital for treatment.

Clashes break out in Al Bayda

Fierce clashes have broken out between the Houthi rebel forces and the Yemen National Army in Al Bayda. At least 36 Houthi rebels have reportedly been killed, while a further 50 others have been wounded in the fighting. The Yemeni military recently launched an offensive to recapture the region from Houthi rebels. No further details have been released, although further casualties remain likely.

Offensive launched to liberate al-Malajim

A military offensive has been launched to liberate the al-Malajim district of al-Bayda from Houthi rebels. The offensive was launched on Thursday, and according to local reports, an estimated 25 Houthi rebels have already been killed, while at least 10 others have been wounded as the Yemeni forces progress. Approximately 40km is said to be liberated thus far, with a further 19km remaining under Houthi control. Alongside the Houthi casualties, at least 15 Yemeni soldiers have allegedly been killed.

Three soldiers wounded in Maris

Three Yemeni soldiers have been wounded during a military operation in Maris, Dhamar. According to reports, the military launched a counter-terror operation to take back several Houthi-controlled areas in the northern part of Maris. It remains unclear how many positions have recaptured by the Yemeni forces thus far, while no Houthi casualties have been confirmed.

Houthi rebels attack Saudi ship in Red Sea

A Saudi oil tanker has reportedly been attacked by a group of Houthi rebels in the Red Sea, off the coast of Yemen. According to Reuters, some damage has been caused to the vessel. The Saudi-led coalition has allegedly claimed that the attack - which took place near the Bab al-Mandab Strait -  was repelled and no casualties have been reported.

Ten militants killed in clashes

Ten suspected al-Qaeda militants have reportedly been killed in clashes and a drone strike in the Marib and Shabwah regions over the weekend. According to reports, armed clashes broke out between the Yemeni forces and the militants in Shabwah, killing six militants and two Yemeni soldiers. On Sunday, a US drone strike was carried out in Marib, killing a further four militants.

Dengue fever cases on rise

The number of reported dengue fever cases is thought to be on the rise following a noticeable increase within the last few weeks. According to reports, at least 132 suspected cases have been recorded in the Marib province, prompting health officials and international organisations to launch efforts to mitigate the further spread of the disease.

Houthi rebels killed in Ibb clashes

At least seven Houthi rebels have been killed in clashes with a tribal group in Ibb province. According to reports, rebels attacked the house of Sadiq al-Qadi's house on Tuesday, leading to an outbreak of fighting.

Houthi attack on Mocha intercepted

An alleged missile attack on Mocha city by Houthi militants has reportedly been intercepted by the coalition forces. It's been claimed a short-range ballistic missile was intercepted by the coalition air defence systems on Tuesday morning. No further details regarding the alleged attack have been confirmed and it remains unclear where the missile may have been fired from.

Eleven killed in Saada airstrikes

At least 11 people have been killed in airstrikes in the northern province of Saada. The Saudi-led coalition is accused of hitting a wedding party in the al-Thahir district during the strikes on Tuesday. A further 11 people were reportedly wounded in the attacks. The coalition has not commented on the strikes but has previously denied targeting civilians.

UAE halts Hodeidah offensive to allow peace talks

The UAE has temporarily halted its military offensive in Hodeidah to allow for UN-brokered peace talks. "We welcome continuing efforts by UN Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, to achieve an unconditional Houthi withdrawal from Hodeida city and port," UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said. Talks have been ongoing with the Houthis' chief negotiator Mohammed Abdul-Salam following weeks of fighting in the key port city.

Yemeni troops killed in Hodeidah and Bayda operations

At least 15 Yemeni soldiers were killed on Wednesday during operations in Hodeidah and Bayda. Seven troops died when their vehicle hit a landmine while on patrol in the Al-Khokha district of Hodeidah. In Bayda, eight soldiers were killed during fighting with Houthi rebels near the al-Yasbal area as pro-government forces tried to capture Mount al-Khaliqah.

Houthis call for reinforcements after Hodeidah airport loss

The Houthi rebel group has vowed to continue fighting in Hodeidah despite the loss of the city's airport to Saudi-UAE forces. Rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi called for reinforcements to help turn the tide of the battle for the city. "We will face all of the incursions on the ground. Our determination will never be dented," he said. UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash claimed the "liberation of Hodeidah is the beginning to ending the war."

Coalition forces enter Hodeidah airport

Saudi and UAE forces have stormed Hodeidah's airport during clashes with Houthi rebels. Troops fired artillery and mortar shells inside the airport compound on Tuesday morning following earlier fighting around the site. Civilians have been fleeing the area as the fighting intensifies. Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, told reporters on Monday that around 26,000 people have already been displaced. "I emphasise my grave worry regarding the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition's ongoing attacks in Hudaida - which could result in enormous civilian casualties and have a disastrous impact on life-saving humanitarian aid to millions of people which comes through the port," al-Hussein said

UAE soldiers killed in Hodeidah fighting

Four Emirati soldiers have been killed in clashes in the port city of Hodeidah. UAE's WAM news agency said the troops were "martyred" during operation Restoring Hope on Wednesday. At least 22 Houthi rebels are also reported to have been killed, with intense fighting taking place in the al-Durayhmi area in the city.

Arab coalition launches Hodeidah offensive

The Saudi-led coalition has launched an assault on the port city of Hodeidah, which is held by the Houthi rebel group. Airstrikes targeted rebel positions across the city on Wednesday morning. Earlier this week the UN and several aid groups were forced to evacuate from the city ahead of the assault, after attempts by the UN to avert the attack failed. An estimated 600,000 people live in Hodeidah, while the port is the main entry point for aid into the country.

Major offensive expected in Hodeidah

A major offensive is expected on the port city of Hodeidah in the coming days. In recent weeks government troops, supported by the Saudi-led coalition, have seized territory around the city from the Houthi rebel group. On Monday UK’s Department for International Development told aid group to make contingency plans in the event of a major offensive, which would severely impact the supply of aid into the country. “The Emiratis have informed us today that they will now give a 3-day grace period for the UN [and their partners] to leave the city. Please take all precautions necessary to prepare for this and let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you in any way," said the department.

Airstrike hits MSF cholera centre in Abs

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike has hit a Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) cholera center in Abs. No casualties were reported in the strike, which took place in the early hours of Monday morning. "This morning's attack on an MSF cholera treatment center (CTC) by the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition (SELC) shows complete disrespect for medical facilities and patients. Whether intentional or a result of negligence, it is totally unacceptable. The compound was clearly marked as a health facility and its coordinates were shared with the SELC," said MSF's country director, Joao Martins.

Red Cross withdraw foreign staff from Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has withdrawn 71 international staff members from Yemen due to security threats. Most of the affected staff were transferred to Djibouti, while around 450 ICRC employees remain in Yemen. "The ICRC is calling on all parties to the conflict to provide it with concrete, solid and actionable guarantees so that it can continue working in Yemen," said the agency in a statement.

Ethiopian migrants drown off Yemen

At least 46 Ethiopian migrants have drowned off the coast of Yemen. A further 16 people are missing after their vessel overturned in rough seas. The migrants were sailing from Bosaso in Somalia to the port city of Aden.

Thirteen rebels killed in Al Bayda

At least 13 Houthi rebels have been killed in the Al Bayda provicne after clashing with the Yemeni forces. The fighting reportedly broke out on Tuesday, in the al-Malagim area of the province.

Scores killed in Hodeida clashes

Scores of people have been killed after clashes broke out at the Red Sea port of Hodeida over the weekend. According to reports, a large group of armed Houthi rebels ambushed a military convoy in the al-Durayhmi coastal region on Saturday - sparking violent clashes as both sides fought for control over the port, which is one of the main hubs of humanitarian aid in the country. As many as 110 Yemeni soldiers and Houthi rebels have been killed. 

Saudi-backed forces close on Hodeidah

Saudi-backed forces are within 20km of the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah. The troops made the advance following days of heavy fighting, according to Saudi coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki. The port is one of the main access routes into Yemen for humanitarian aid and commercial goods, although the Saudis claim Iran also uses Hodeidah to transport weapons to the Houthis.

State of emergency declared in Socotra

A state of emergency has been declared on the island of Socotra over Tropical Storm Mekunu. Flooding was reported in several villages and 17 people are missing after boats capsized on Thursday. The island “requires urgent aid to help people stranded in their villages or those who reside in the mountains”, government spokesman Rajeh Badi told the state news agency SABA. The storm is expected to move north to Oman on Friday.

Coalition destroys Houti vessels in Red Sea

The Saudi-led coalition has destroyed two Houthi vessels during operations in the Red Sea. UAE officials said coalition forces targeted two Houthi boats "which were threatening a commercial oil tanker in the Red Sea.” Two other Houthi vessels escape, while there was no information as to whether the tanker sustained any damage or came under fire.

Three AQAP militants killed in US drone strike

Three suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have been killed in a US drone strike. The trio was driving in a vehicle in the southern Shabwa province when they were targeted. The Pentagon has not confirmed the reports. 

Houthis targeted in Saudi-led coalition strikes

At least 30 Houthi rebels have been killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes. Yemeni military sources said the rebels were targeted in Al-Barah, close to Taiz, on Tuesday, allowing troops to recapture the town. Renewed clashes between the Houthis and government forces have also been reported near the port city of Hodeidah.

Presidential palace hit in Saudi-led airstrikes

At least six people have been killed and 30 others wounded after Saudi-led airstrikes hit the presidential palace in Sana'a. Several strikes were reported at the site, which is occupied by the Houthi rebel group, on Monday. "Some people rushed to the scene and saw the destruction and people caught under the rubble. We tried to dig out the dead and wounded from under the debris, and then there was a second strike," an emergency worker told the AFP.

Protests erupt on Socotra against UAE

Angry residents have started protesting on the island of Socotra after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) deployed military aircraft and 100 troops to it. Since the Saudi-led coalition - which includes the UAE - entered the conflict in Yemen in 2013, Abu Dhabi has been slowly gaining a foothold on the island. UAE flags adorn official buildings throughout the island, while a number of pro-UAE militias have been trained to run a shadow security force.

IS commander killed in Aden

A senior Islamic State (IS) commander has been killed in clashes with Yemen's security forces in Aden. Saleh Nasser Fadhl al-Bakshi died when police surrounded an IS hideout on Saturday. A gunbattle erupted when Bakshi and his supporters refused to surrender. Three other IS militants were arrested following the confrontation.

Saudi airstrike kills dozens of rebels in Sana'a

At least 38 Houthi rebels have reportedly been killed in a Saudi-led airstrike in Sana'a. The strike targeted a location in the Es-Sebin district on Friday evening. Among those killed are thought to be two senior rebel leaders.

Houthi political head killed in Saudi airstrike

The Houthi rebel group has confirmed that the head of its Supreme Political Council has been killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike. Saleh al-Sammad was "martyred" in Hudaydah last Thursday, said the groups' leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi. Sammad is the most senior Houthi figure to have been killed since the Saudi-led coalition entered the conflict in Yemen in March 2015.

Five killed in Taiz clashes

At least five soldiers have been killed and 19 others have been wounded in violent clashes between pro-government armed groups and Islamist supporters in Taiz. Fighting broke out in the Jahmaliah district, where pro-government soldiers launched an operation against suspected Islamist militants in the area. The suspects were believed to be responsible for the murder of a Red Cross employee who was killed in a violent attack on Saturday.

Airstrike hits wedding party near Hajjah

An airstrike has reportedly killed at least 20 people after hitting a wedding party in the Bani Qais district of the Hajjah Governorate. As many as 30 others have also been wounded, while the bride is thought to be among those killed in the attack. According to the BBC, the airstrike was conducted on Sunday evening and the Houthi rebels have blamed the airstrike on the Saudi-led coalition which supports the Yemeni government. Casualty figures may rise as further details are confirmed.

Seven militants killed in clashes

At least seven Houthi militants have been killed and as many as 15 others have been wounded in clashes with the government security forces in the Taiz Governorate. Local reports indicate the military were operating in the area when they encountered a group of armed militants.

AQAP fighters freed from Houthi prison

Eighteen members of the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militant group have been freed from a Houthi prison in the Bayda governorate of southern Yemen. Local reports suggest the militants were released as part of a deal between the two groups; however, AQAP said its fighters attacked the prison. Although the Houthis and AQAP are rivals there have been reports of cooperation between the two against the Saudi-led coalition and its allies.

Air defences intercept Houthi missile

Saudi air defence forces have shot down Houthi ballistic missiles near the border city of Najran. A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, Col. Turki al-Maliki, said the Houthis have fired a total of 119 missiles across the border. Earlier this week an air defence system intercepted two Houthi missiles near the Yemeni city of Mokha.

Houthis killed in Taiz clashes

At least 18 Houthi rebels have been killed in clashes with government forces in the south-western Taiz province. A further 30 people were wounded in the exchange, according to a military spokesman, who did not provide details about government casualties. The fighting comes as the Saudi-led coalition continues to carry out airstrikes against Houthi suspects. On Tuesday an airstrike killed three people in the Khadir district.

Four Saudi soldiers killed near Yemen border

Four Saudi soldiers have been killed near the border with Yemen. The official news agency said the troops were killed while "performing their patriotic duty," without providing further details. The Houthi rebel group have carried out multiple cross-border attacks in response to the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

GPC leader shot dead in Hadramaut

A senior member of the General People's Congress (GPC) party has been shot dead in the eastern province of Hadramaut. Salama Ayed al-Kathiri was killed by unknown gunmen in the city of Seioun. Last year the GPC's leader and Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was shot dead by his former allies, the Houthis, near Sana'a.

Lahij airstrike kills 20 Houthis

At least 20 Houthi militants have reportedly been killed in a recent airstrike in the Lahij Governorate. The airstrike was allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led forces, targeting suspected militant positions in Lahij. Various weapons and firearms were also destroyed in the airstrike.

Oil tanker attacked off Yemen

An oil tanker has been attacked in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition said Houthi rebels had fired on a Saudi-flagged vessel and caused minor damage. A coalition warship intervened and the commercial vessel was escorted away from the area.

Houthis rally in Sana'a to mark Saudi campaign

The Houthi rebel group held a mass rally in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, to mark the third anniversary of the Saudi-led military intervention in the country. The event comes after Houthi rebels launched several ballistic missiles at targets across the border, including the Saudi capital, Riyadh. "Stop your raids, then we stop our rockets," said senior Houthi leader Saleh al-Sammad. He also accused the US of "directing this aggression" through the supply of weapons and intelligence to their Saudi allies.

Saudis shoot down Houthi missiles

Saudi Arabia has shot down seven missiles launched at the kingdom by Houthi rebels in the neighbouring state of Yemen. One person died when part of the missile landed in a suburb of the capital, Riyadh. Saudi authorities have accused Iran of supplying the ballistic missiles to the Houthis. "This aggressive and hostile action by the Iran-backed Houthi group proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the armed group with military capabilities," said coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki.

US Senators reject resolution to cease support to Saudi-led coalition

US Senators have rejected a resolution to cease support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The vote came after a senator called a provision under the 1973 War Power Act, which allows the Senate to vote on a potential withdrawal of US troops deployed without Congress approval. The vote was held on Tuesday while Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with US President Donald Trump at the White House.

Minister of State resigns after calling for return of President Hadi

On Wednesday, Yemen's Minister of State Salah al-Sayadi announced his resignation. Al-Sayadi stood down from office after making controversial comments regarding the potential return of President Abd-Rabbu Monsour Hadi. He said that President Hadi is currently under house arrest in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Last year, reports emerged over the alleged bar of Hadi and his sons from returning to Yemen.

Military liberates Houthi-dominated areas in Al-Jawf

Yemen's military has revealed that areas around Bart Al Anan District were liberated amid a large-scale operation supported by the Saudi-led coalition. Brigadier General Mansour Thawbu said that the military reached the area of Burum in Al-Jawf, north-eastern Yemen. The area has been known as a key Houthi stronghold and an important logistical route for the militant group.

Houthi militants killed in violent clashes near Taiz

At least 23 militants were killed and more than 20 others injured in violent clashes near Taiz, south-western Yemen. Saudi media reported that violent clashes erupted on Wednesday morning in Qabban between Yemeni security forces and Houthi militants. Tensions remain high in the region as Saudi-backed forces recently intensified operations against Houthi strongholds.

Army seizes Houthi territory in Bayda

The Yemeni army has seized more territory from the Houthi rebel group, according to the Defence Ministry. The territory was seized in the Natea district following heavy fighting. In a statement, the ministry also said that two arms shipments intended for the Houthis were seized in the northern Jawf province. 

Houthis hold talks with Saudis

The Houthi rebel group have been holding secret talks with their adversaries Saudi Arabia, according to reports. Several officials told Reuters that Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam has been holding talks with Saudi counterparts in Oman, with the aim of ending the conflict in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners launched an operation against the Houthis after they seized large areas of the country in 2015, including the capital Sana'a which they still hold.

Army foils Houthi naval attack

Yemen's army claims to have foiled a naval attack by the Houthi rebel group in Hodeidah province. The military said the Houthi launched several boats towards the coastal city of al-Khokha on Wednesday, resulting in clashes with Yemeni forces. The army said all of the Houthi vessels were destroyed during the exchange.

Four killed in Aden bombing

At least four people have been killed in a car bombing in the southern port city of Aden. The vehicle was detonated outside a military kitchen in the al-Derain area of the city. Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Drone strike targets AQAP in Hadramout

Four members of the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have been killed in a US drone strike in Hadramout province. "A pilotless plane of the US Air Forces conducted a strike on a moving vehicle in Albar desert of Hadramout province, killing four members of al-Qaida network and destroying their vehicle," a security source told Xinhua. Neither AQAP or the Pentagon have commented on the reports.

IS claims Aden attack

Islamic State (IS) militants have claimed responsibility for an attack in the southern port city of Aden. Two security personnel were killed in the drive-by shooting on Sunday. IS said "two apostate soldiers" died in the Mansourah district in a statement released via its Amaq news agency.

Sa'dah airstrike kills seven Houthis

An airstrike has killed at least seven Houthi militants in the Sa'dah Governorate. The airstrike was reportedly carried out overnight by the Saudi-led forces. According to reports, Houthi positions in border areas were targeted in the airstrikes.

Gohza airstrike kills four civilians

An airstrike has killed at least four civilians and wounded six others in the Sa'dah province. The airstrike was reportedly carried out by the Saudi-led forces in the Gohza area of Sa'dah.

Sana'a clashes kill 17 militants

Clashes between the Yemeni security forces and Houthi militants in the Nahm area of Sana'a have killed at least 17 Houthi rebels. A further 33 Houthis were also arrested by the security forces and various supplies of ammunition and weapons were seized.

Taiz airstrikes kill 27

Airstrikes carried out in the Taiz Governorate have allegedly killed at least 27 Houthi rebels. Reports claim the strikes were conducted by the Saudi-led forces, targeting a number of suspected Houthi positions located along the western coastal area.

Ballistic missile intercepted

A ballistic missile has reportedly been intercepted by the Saudi-backed forced in the Ma'rib Governorate. Reports claim the missile was fired by Houthi rebels and was intercepted over the region's capital city.

Taiz clashes kill 20 Houthis

Clashes in the Taiz Governorate have killed at least 20 Houthi militants. The fighting allegedly broke out after members of the armed forces launched a coordinated on suspected militant positions. No casualties among the security personnel were reported.

14 killed in attack on counter-terrorism base

At least 14 people were killed and around 40 wounded when suicide bombers and gunmen made an attempt to storm the headquarters of a counter-terrorism unit based in the southern port of Aden on Saturday.  Security sources reported that two suicide bombers detonated explosives in two vehicles at the camp's entrance, while six gunmen tried to storm the facility.  All the terrorists were killed, and police said that a major attack on the camp had been foiled.  Many of the 40 people wounded were civilians.  Islamic State have claimed responisiblity for the incident.

Sa'dah airstrike kills 15

At least 15 people have been killed in a recent airstrike in the Sa'dah area. Local reports claim the airstrike was carried out by the Saudi-led forces, targeting two passenger vehicles as they travelled along a main road in an area located just south of Sa'dah.

Dozens of militants killed in operations

Dozens of Houthi militants have allegedly been killed in Yemen within the last 48 hours. According to reports, Saudi state-news channel Al Ekhbariya claimed that at least 85 militants had been killed and over 100 others had been wounded. It's suspected the militants were killed in nationwide counter-terror operations conducted by the Saudi-led coalition.

Two al-Qaeda killed in US drone strikes

A series of US drone strikes have killed at least two suspected al-Qaeda militants in the Al Bayda' Governorate. The strike targeted a couple of suspected militants riding a motorbike in Al Bayda' on Friday. According to reports, one of the militants killed is thought to have been a local al-Qaeda commander.

Government operation kills 19 militants in Hadramawt

At least 19 al-Qaeda militants have been killed in recent military operations in the Hadramawt province. The government forces allegedly launched the counter-terror offensive on Saturday, targeting suspected militant positions hidden in the Mesini Valley, west of Al Mukalla. Eight government soldiers were also killed in the fighting. 

Six civilians killed in Taiz airstrike

At least six civilians have reportedly been killed in an airstrike in Taiz. The airstrike allegedly hit a civilian vehicle in the Al Salo directorate. Reports claim the airstrike was carried out by the Saudi-led coalition. 

Airstrike destroys missile launch pad

An airstrike has destroyed a ballistic missile launch pad at Al Hodeida Airport. The airstrikes were reportedly carried out by the Arab coalition against Houthi militants in western Yemen. At least eight rebels were killed in the strike, which hit a site used by the rebels to launch attacks on Mocha city.

Senior Houthi commander killed in Taiz

A senior Houthi commander has been killed in fighting in the southern city of Taiz. Abu Taha al-Ghalisi died when his position was targeted by artillery fire by the Yemeni army on Tuesday. Pro-government forces have made significant gains against the Houthis in Taiz and Hodiedah in recent months, although the group still control the capital Sana'a.

Five Houthis killed in Al Jawf clashes

At least five Houthi militants have been killed in a recent clash with the Yemeni security forces in the Al Jawf Governorate. The armed conflict reportedly occurred in the Bart al Anan district, where soldiers of the Yemeni National Army encountered a number of armed Houthi rebels.

Army captures Taiz-Hodeidah road

The Yemeni army has captured a key section of the road linking Taiz and the port city of Hodeidah following heavy fighting with Houthi rebels. Several Houthi fighters reportedly died in the clashes, including a senior military commander, Abu Usman. Pro-government forces are attempting to push the Houthis north and are being assisted by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.

Ceasefire agreed in Aden

Southern secessionists and pro-government fighters have agreed to a ceasefire following talks with the Saudi-led coalition. The Southern Transitional Council (STC) took control over much of the city earlier this week during heavy fighting with troops loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. The fighting exposed the divides between Saudi Arabia (who back the government) and their coalition allies, the UAE (who support the STC). In a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency on Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition said Riyadh and Abu Dhabi shared "one goal and a shared vision for Yemen".

Separatists capture Aden from Hadi forces

The Southern Transitional Council (STC) has captured the southern port city of Aden from government forces. The STC - backed by the UAE - have confined the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to the presidential palace. The former South Yemen state flag has been seen flying across the city, including at a military base in the Dar Saad area. The conflict could threaten relations between Saudi Arabia, who intervened in Yemen to restore Hadi's government, and their coalition partners UAE, who support the STC.

Senior Houthi leader killed in Sana'a

A senior Houthi leader has been killed in Yemen's capital, Sana'a. Dr Raji Hamid al-Deen - a political advisor to the group - was targeted by unknown gunmen on Saturday.

Southern separatists clash with pro-Hadi forces

Southern separatists have clashed with forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in the southern city of Aden. At least 10 people have been killed in the fighting, while fighters from the Southern Transitional Council (STC) also seized government buildings. Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher accused the STC of staging a coup. "What is happening is very dangerous and affects the security, stability and unity of Yemen... This wrongdoing is no different than the crimes committed by the Houthis in Sanaa," said Dagher.

Nine killed in Yemen airstrike

At least nine people have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in northern Yemen. The strikes hit a building that housed a clinic, according to local residents in the Sohar district of Saada. The coalition has not commented on the reports.

Southern separatists declare state of emergency

A group of southern separatists have declared a state of emergency in the port city of Aden. The group, which are backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have vowed to overthrow the internationally-recognised government, which is supported by Saudi Arabia. "The Southern Resistance Forces (SRF) declare a state of emergency in Aden and announce that it has begun the process of overthrowing the legitimate government and replacing it with a cabinet of technocrats," said the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in a statement.

Three Saudi troops killed near Yemen border

Three Saudi soldiers have been killed in clashes with Houthi fighters near the border with Yemen. The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the troops died in the southern province of Jizan on Thursday. No further details about the incident were released.

Eight civilians killed in airstrike near Hodeidah

Eight civilians were killed in a Saudi-led airstrike on a farm near the western port city of Hodeidah. "The Saudi-led warplanes mistakenly attacked an agricultural area in the Houthi-controlled province of Hodeidah, leaving about eight civilians killed inside their farm," a security official told the Xinhua news agency. The strikes were targeting Houthi positions in the area, who have been fighting pro-government forces for control of the port.

Houthis release activist in Yemen

The Houthi rebel group has released a prominent activist after holding him for five months. Hisham al-Omeisy was abducted in the capital, Sana'a, in August and held without trial or access to his family. Reports suggest his release was ordered by the Houthi-run Supreme Political Council.

Seven Houthi killed in infighting

At least seven Houthi militia rebels have reportedly been killed in infighting in the Taiz Governorate. Reports suggest a dispute broke out between two Houthi groups, leading to an armed clash in which at least seven rebels were allegedly killed. No other casualties have been reported and the incident has not been confirmed by a Houthi representative.

Three soldiers killed in suicide blast

Three Yemeni soldiers have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack in Shabwa province. The troops were travelling in a vehicle in the Al-Saeed area when the device exploded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

GPC names Saleh successor

The General People's Congress (GPC) has named Sadiq Abu Ras as the new party leader. Ras succeeds Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed last month by Houthi rebels. "The position of the party remains steadfast against the aggressors (Saudi-led military coalition) on the soil of the Yemeni people," read the party's statement.

Saudi plane crashes in Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition warplane has crashed in northern Yemen. In a statement, the coalition said the UK-made Tornado came down in Saada province due to a technical failure, adding that both pilots managed to escape. Houthi-run media claimed that rebels had shot down the jet.

Saudis intercept Houthi missile near border

Saudi Arabia has intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile near the border. State-owned TV said the security forces intercepted the missile in the southern Najran region. The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack via the Al Masirah network. The Houthis said it had carried out a "successful launch of a short-range ballistic missile at a military target in Saudi Arabia".

Saudi-led airstrikes target Hodeida

Saudi-led airstrikes have killed at least 48 people in and around the port city of Hodeida this week. On Thursday, medical sources said 36 rebels and 12 civilians have died in the nine strikes. Last week UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, said 68 civilians died in strikes in Taiz and Hodeida on 26 December.

Increasing diptheria cases in Yemen

The World Health Organization (WHO) says 471 cases of diphtheria have been recorded in Yemen since mid-August. In a statement released on Thursday, the WHO said the overall case fatality ratio is 10 percent. The disease had been eradicated in the country since 1992 but has re-emerged due to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, which also led to a widespread cholera outbreak.

Saudi-led airstrike kills 20 in Taiz

At least 20 people have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in the southern province of Taiz. The strikes hit a market in Souk al-Shahra on Tuesday and killed both rebel fighters and civilians. Dozens more were reportedly wounded in the blasts, with Houti-run media putting the casualty figure at 50. 

Cholera cases reach one million

The number of cholera cases recorded in Yemen has now surpassed one million, according to the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC). More than 2,200 people have died of the disease since April and the ICRC said the outbreak was "amplifying the suffering of a country caught up in a brutal war." The number of new cases has eased over the last three months, although the World Health Organization (WHO) said 7,622 suspected cases and one death was recorded last week.

Houthis fire missile at Riyadh

The Houthi rebel group have fired another missile at the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The Burkan-2 missile, which appeared to target a royal palace, was shot down by the Saudi military before it exploded. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the missile "bears all the hallmarks of previous attacks using Iranian-provided weapons". Pro-Houthi media said the attack was carried out "in response to the heinous crimes committed by the US-Saudi aggression against the people of Yemen".

Ten killed in Marib airstrike

Ten people have been killed in an airstrike in the central province of Marib. The Saudi-led coalition is suspected of carrying out the strike, which hit a bus carrying women in the Hisan area of Harib al-Karamish district. The driver of the bus was also critically wounded in the incident, which occurred on Sunday.

Four soldiers killed in Taiz bombing

Four Yemeni soldiers have been killed in a bombing in the south-western city of Taiz. The device exploded as a military vehicle passed on the main road linking Mokha and Taiz. Houthi rebels are suspected of being behind the attack.

US says Iran supplied ballistic missile to Houthis

Iran's ambassador to the UN, Niki Haley, claims Iran has supplied the Houthi rebel groups with ballistic missiles. Haley said the missile which exploded near the airport in Riyadh last month "might as well have had 'Made in Iran' stickers on it." Iran has consistently denied accusations by the US and Saudi Arabia that it is providing weapons to the Houthi rebels, saying the latest claims were "irresponsible, provocative and destructive."

Saudi airstrike kills 39 Yemenis in Sana'a

An airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition has reportedly killed as many as 39 Yemenis in the Houthi-controlled capital city, Sana'a. Reuters has reported that the airstrike targeted a military police camp, killing at least 39 people - including prisoners. Approximately 90 others are thought to be wounded; however, casualty figures may rise. The Saudi forces have ramped up offensive aerial operations following the killing of the former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh by Houthis last week.

Saudi coalition airstrike hits Houthi TV station

At least four people have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a Houthi television station in Sana'a. "Air bombardment by the Saudi-American enemy targeted the building of the Yemen TV satellite channel, killing four citizens," the rebel Al-Masirah news outlet said. The Houthis have consolidated their control of the capital following the killing of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Houthis consolidate grip on Sana'a

The Houthi rebel group are consolidating their grip on Yemen's capital, Sana'a, following the death of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. New checkpoints have been set up and sporadic fighting with Saleh loyalists reported in parts of the city. The country's internationally-recognised president, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has called on troops to unite and advance on the capital in a speech from Saudi Arabia, where he lives in exile.

President Hadi calls for uprising

Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has called for Yemenis to launch an uprising against the Houthi rebels. During a speech broadcast on Saudi television, Hadi said: "Let's put our hands together to end the control of these criminal gangs and build a new united Yemen." The statement comes after his predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed during fighting with the Houthis on Monday. Houthi-run media aired a speech by the group's leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, who said Saleh had been killed for "treason". Meanwhile, the former president's son, Ahmed Ali Saleh, has called for revenge against the Houthis.

Former President Saleh killed in Sana'a

Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has been killed in an attack in the capital, Sana'a. The Houthi-controlled media confirmed Salah's death on Monday following clashes with Houthi fighters, with video footage released appearing to show Saleh's body wrapped in a blanket. Earlier on Monday, Saleh's GPC party denied reports that he had been killed, although they confirmed the death of his head of security, Hussein al-Hamidi. Until recently, forces loyal to Saleh and the Houthis were in an alliance against the Saudi-led coalition.

Rebel infighting leaves 14 dead

At least 14 people have been killed in fighting between Houthi rebels and supporters of the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. The clashes erupted near the central Saleh Mosque, which the Houthis were trying to seize ahead of planned rallies on Thursday. Relations between the Houthis and Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC) have become increasingly strained in recent months. On Saturday, Houthi leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi appeared to accuse Mr Saleh's supporters of failing to "understand the concept of alliance and partnership"

Car bomb explodes in Aden

Two people have been killed and four others wounded in a car bomb attack in the southern port city of Aden. The device exploded outside the Yemeni Finance Ministry in the Khor Maksar area on Wednesday. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Food aid reaches Hodeida

Food aid has entered Yemen via the port of Hodeida after the Saudi-led coalition eased a three-week blockade. Earlier medical supplies were flown into Sana'a airport, while more food aid has also been delivered to the rebel-held port of Saleef. "This is also a positive development because humanitarian aid alone will not address the full needs of the people who are in northern Yemen, particularly those who we are not able to assist, those who are slightly better off and who depend on markets," said World Food Programme country director Stephen Anderson.

Fourteen dead in diptheria outbreak

At least 14 people have been killed and more than 100 infected in an outbreak of diphtheria in Yemen. "Currently, there is an increase in diphtheria cases, due to the poor vaccination coverage for children under the age of five", said an ICRC spokesperson. Earlier today Saudi Arabia partially lifted the blockade against Yemen to allow much-needed aid to enter the country via the port of Hodeida and Sana'a airport.

Saudi blockade eases to allow aid deliveries

The Saudi-led coalition is easing its blockade in Houthi-held parts of Yemen on Thursday to allow desperately needed aid deliveries to reach the country. The coalition also said it would soon announce a "comprehensive humanitarian operations plan that aims to provide assistance and relief to the Yemeni people and to facilitate the delivery of food to all the governorates of Yemen". The UN and other aid agencies that Yemen's already dire humanitarian situation would become catastrophic if the blockade remained in place. The Red Sea port of Hodeida and the Sana'a airport will be reopened from 12:00 local time.

Houthi commanders killed in Saada province

Six Houthi commanders have been killed in clashes with the Yemeni army in the northern Saada province. Hamoud Morshed Laham, Ali Abdul Samad al-Nunu and Saleh Abdullah Abu-Butm were killed by snipers in Nihm. Other prominent Houthis were targeted by Saudi-led airstrikes in the province.

Gunmen fire on product tanker

Armed persons in a speed boat chased and fired upon a product tanker underway. Alarm raised, speed increased, evasive manoeuvres commenced and all non-essential crew mustered in the engine room. Due to the hardening measures and the presence of the AST, the boarding was averted. All crew safe. (IMB)

Drone strike kills four militants in Al Bayda

Drone strikes have reportedly killed four suspected al-Qaeda militants in Al Bayda. According to reports, a vehicle carrying four suspected militants was allegedly targeted along a mountain road in a remote area on Monday. While it has not been confirmed who carried out the strike, the US forces have been known to conduct such operations in Yemen.

Millions without access to clean water

Millions of people reportedly don't have access to a source of clean water in Yemen. According to a report published by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), at least 2.5 million Yemeni citizens are without clean water due to a fuel blockade by the Saudi-led coalition. The blockade was imposed after the Yemeni Houthis fired a missile at the Saudi Arabian capital city, Riyadh. According to Reuters, at least five cities - Al Bayda, Al Hudaydah, Sa'dah, Sana'a, and Taizz - have been affected fuel shortages and have been unable to access to clean water as a result.

Bomb kills two in southern Yemen

A bomb has killed two government soldiers and wounded three others in the southern Abyan province. The incident happened in the al-Mahfed district on Monday morning. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

President Hadi rejects governor's resignation

President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi of Yemen has rejected the formal resignation of the Governor of Aden. Governor Abdulaziz al-Muflehi handed in his resignation on Thursday over allegations of corruption. According to reports, al-Muflehi attributed the city's economic downturn to corruption within the Yemeni government. Aden has been serving as the government's temporary capital since the Shia Houthi militia overran Sana'a. Hadi reportedly plans to hold negotiations with al-Muflehi and Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr to resolve the matter.

Explosion kills 15 in Al-Jawf

An explosion has killed at least 15 people in the northern Al-Jawf province. The blast occurred overnight on Wednesday in the Bart al-Anan district - which is currently under the control of the Iran-backed Houthi militia group. According to reports, the explosion originated from the home of a local arms dealer, which was being used to store weapons, explosives, and ammunition. It's believed a fire broke out, accidentally triggering explosive devices. Scores more are thought to have been injured, while the building and surrounding structures have been significantly damaged.

Chinese navy disperse PAG in Gulf of Aden

A Chinese destroyer has dispersed a pirate action group (PAG) in the Gulf of Aden. The Haikou, part of the 27th naval taskforce, was escorting two container ships when it detected three suspected pirate skiffs. The Haikou changed course towards the skiffs, who promptly changed course and fled the area.

Airstrikes hit Sana'a airport

The navigation system at Sana'a international airport has been destroyed in an airstrike. The Houthi-run General Authority for Civil Aviation said the strike "led to the total destruction of the VOR/DME radio navigation system, taking it offline and thus halting the only flights at Sana'a airport - those of the United Nations and other international organizations delivering humanitarian assistance." The strikes come after the Saudi-led coalition said they would ease the sea and air blockade to allow vital humanitarian supplies to reach the country.

Suicide car bomb kills six in Aden

At least six people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide car bomb in the southern port city of Aden. The device exploded in the Mansoura district in the north of the city on Tuesday. The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Saudi-led coalition to ease Yemen blockade

The Saudi-led coalition is set to ease the blockade of Yemen's air and sea ports, allowing much-needed aid deliveries to enter the country. The UN and several aid agencies had earlier warned of the catastrophic impact the blockade was having on civilians, with the UN's Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, saying: "[If the blockade is not lifted] It will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims." Thousands of tonnes of aid has been stranded in Djibouti after Saudi Arabia enforced the blockade last week.

Saudi-led coalition thwarts Houthi shipping plot

The Saudi-led coalition claims it has thwarted a plot by Houthi rebels to target international shipping. "Houthi elements on the Yemeni island of Bawadi were attacked, as they planned violent operations targeting international shipping routes and international trade," said a coalition spokesman. The announcement came after the Houthis publicly threatened to target oil tankers in retaliation for the Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports. “The battleships and oil tankers of the aggression and their movements will not be safe from the fire of Yemeni naval forces if they are directed by the senior leadership [to attack]," said the Houthis in a statement.

Aid agencies slam Saudi blockade

Aid agencies have strongly condemned a Saudi-led blockade of Yemen, claiming the situation will be "catastrophic" for civilians. “There are currently no movements in and out of Yemen. Given how fragile the country is, and the way the conflict is being waged, any additional restrictions on imports can have catastrophic effect,” said Iolanda Jaquemet, a spokesman for the Red Cross. Saudi Arabia claims Iran is supplying weapons to the Houthi rebel group and has accused Tehran of being behind the ballistic missile attack on Riyadh at the weekend.

Suicide car bombs kill 35 in Aden

At least 35 people have been killed and 20 others were wounded in a suicide car bomb and gun attack in the southern port city of Aden. Two devices exploded at a checkpoint in the city on Sunday, before masked gunmen stormed a security compound, seizing multiple hostages. The security forces battled with the attackers for several hours before eventually retaking the compound. The local affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that 50 members of the security forces died during the confrontation.

Saudi-led coalition launches multiple airstrikes on Sana'a

The Saudi-led coalition has carried out at least 29 airstrikes in Sana'a province. The strikes targeted Houthi rebel positions in the capital and nearby districts of Sinhan and Bani Bahloul. The Saudi's launched the raids in response to a Houthi missile which targeted the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. The ballistic missile was destroyed but fragments landed near the airport.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 26 at Saada market

At least 26 people have been killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's Saada province. The strike struck a market and hotel in the Sahar district on Wednesday, according to local medics. There was no immediate response from the coalition, which has killed thousands of civilians in airstrikes despite denying allegations that it intentionally targeted civilian areas.

Houthi training camps targeted in Saudi airstrikes

At least 40 Houthi fighters have been killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on a training camp near Sana'a, according to the Saudi-based Al Arabiya. The same report said a senior Houthi commander was also killed in a coalition strike in Jaway in northern Yemen. Meanwhile, Houthi fighters and their allies raided the Sudanese embassy in Sana'a on Sunday. It is the third such attack on the embassy since the conflict erupted in 2014. Sudan has contributed troops to the Saudi coalition and more than 400 Sudanese troops have died in Yemen so far.

Seven militants killed in drone strike

Seven suspected militants have been killed in a drone strike in the Al Bayda province of Yemen. Reuters have reported that the drone strike targeted a group of militants travelling in two vehicles in the central region of Yemen on Wednesday. The militants were believed to be members of Yemen's al Qaeda branch, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Currently, AQAP is known to operate in southern and central Yemen. Unconfirmed reports suggest the drone strike may have been carried out by the US forces.

Yemeni soldiers killed in Houthi bombing

Four Yemeni soldiers have been killed and three others wounded by a landmine in the central al-Bayda province. The device is believed to have been planted by the Houthi rebel group, who have deployed similar ordnance across the provinces main roads. Elsewhere, another eight Yemeni soldiers were killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the northern Saada province. The coalition appears to have mistaken their allies for Houthi rebels.

US drone strikes target IS in Yemen

Dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed in US drone strikes in the Bayda governorate, according to the Pentagon. “IS used the camps to train militants to conduct terror attacks using AK-47s, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and endurance training,” the Pentagon said in a statement. The strikes were the first targeting IS in Yemen, although more than 100 have been conducted this year against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Three killed at tribal rally, Marib

Two protesters and a police officer have been killed at a tribal rally in Marib province. Dozens of people had gathered outside the local government offices to demand better jobs and increased representation in public office. Police opened fire when the protesters refused to disperse, killing two and wounding three others, prompting an armed civilian to return fire, killing a police officer and wounding four others.

Houthi rebels killed near Saudi border

At least 18 Houthi rebels have been killed in clashes near the Saudi border. Yemen army officials said the fighting has taken place near the border town of Huthaira and the Red Sea port of Midi. Meanwhile, the International Crisis Group (ICG) claims the rift between the Houthi rebels and former President Saleh could present Saudi Arabia with an opportunity to negotiate peace.

Yemeni missile hits Jizan region, Saudia Arabia

A ballistic missile has hit the south-western Jizan region in Saudi Arabia after being fired from Yemeni-held territory. According to reports, the missile - a Qaher-2 ballistic missile - struck Saudi Arabian territory near the border in Jizan. No further details have been confirmed and no casualty figures have been released. A civil war has been ongoing in Yemen for the last two years, with the Saudi-backed government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi seeking to defeat the military-backed Houthi Shia movement loyal to the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. 

Seven killed in Saudi-led airstrikes

At least seven people, including four children, have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in a Houthi-held area of northern Yemen. The strikes targeted the Baqem district in the Saada province. On Wednesday the UN issued a draft report that blacklists the Saudi-led coalition for violations against children during the military offensive in Yemen.

ICRC warns cholera epidemic could hit one million cases

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that the number of cholera cases in Yemen could reach one million by the end of 2017. “The situation has really evolved in a very dramatic way and I think that it’s nothing short of a catastrophe,” said Alexandre Faite, head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen. To date 750,000 cases have been confirmed with 2,119 deaths, Faite told a news briefing in Geneva. Fighting around the port city of Hodeida has limited the deployment of aid into the country, which has been devastated by a civil war which began in 2014.

US national detained by Houthis in Sana'a

A US national has been detained by the Houtis rebel group in Yemen's capital, Sana'a. Danny Lavon Burch was detained in the city on Saturday, according to his wife, Nadia. “He has no problems or disputes with anyone, which is why he didn’t leave as others did,” she said. “I ask for the release of my husband and his safe return to me.” Burch had been working as an oil contractor in Yemen since the 1980s. 

Mass rally in Sana'a to mark Houthi takeover

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, to mark the three-year anniversary of the Houthi takeover. In a televised speech on Wednesday the Houthi leader, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, criticised the Saudi-led coalition opposing his forces. "The Emiratis are the front for the Americans," Houthi said. "And today they are stealing Yemen’s natural gas, despite the suffering of the Yemeni people." More than 10,000 people have been killed since the country descended into civil war in 2014.

Rebel shelling kills four in Taiz

Four boys have been killed in rebel shelling in the southern city of Taiz. The victims, aged between seven and 15, died when mortars hit their house in the Al-Jamaliya neighbourhood on Monday night. "What happened on Friday is yet another stark reminder of the immense suffering that civilians across Yemen are enduring in their daily lives," said ICRC regional director for the Near and Middle East Robert Mardini. "We urge all warring sides to take every precaution to spare civilians."

Airstrike kills 12 civilians in Yemen

At least 12 civilians have been killed in an airstrike north-east of the capital, Sana'a. The strike hit a vehicle in the Hareeb al-Qarameesh district on Saturday, with four children and two women among the dead. The Saudi-led coalition is suspected of carrying out the airstrike.

Saleh dismisses reports of Houthi fallout

Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has appeared on the Yemen Today TV network to dismiss reports of a fallout with the Houthi rebel group. “There is no crisis or differences whatsoever, but only in the imagination of those who want these decisions,” said Saleh. The statement was made after reports emerged that he was placed under arrest by the Houthis over the weekend, while Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a Houthi spokesman, said that Saleh is “within an arm’s reach.”

Houthis arrest former ally Saleh

The Houthi rebel group has arrested their former ally and Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, according to reports in the country. It has been claimed that Saleh was detained at his home in Sana'a and transported to the Houthi stronghold of Saada in northern Yemen. The Houthis have also bombed the home of a leader of Saleh's Popular Congress Party (GPC). Militants completely destroyed the house of Sheikh al-Hobani in al-Hoban, east of Taiz.

Eighteen killed in Yemen flooding

At least 18 people have been killed by flooding in the southern Lahij province of Yemen. Heavy rain on Tuesday night caused flooding in the al-Maqatra Wadi area, cutting off the main road to the city of Aden. There are fears that the rainy season will exacerbate the current cholera epidemic in the country, with more than 550,000 cases reported since April.

Seven killed in airstrike on Houthi checkpoint

At least seven people have been killed in an airstrike on a Houthi checkpoint near the capital, Sana'a. Two guards and five civilians in a car died in the strike in the Masajed district on Wednesday, which is believed to have been carried out by the Saudi-led coalition. On Saturday Saudi Arabia said an airstrike in the Faj Attan district, which killed 16 civilians, was the result of a "technical mistake".

Saudi-led airstrike kills 14 in Sana'a

At least 14 civilians have been killed in the latest Saudi-led airstrikes to hit Yemen's capital, Sana'a. The strikes hit houses in the southern district of Faj Attan in the early hours of Friday morning. Earlier this week at least 42 people were killed when coalition jets hit a hotel north of the capital. "We remind all parties to the conflict, including the coalition, of their duty to ensure full respect for international humanitarian law," said UN human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell.

Rift grows between Saleh and Houthis

Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has held a rally for supporters in the capital, Sana'a. The event was held a day after the Houthis called Saleh a "traitor" after he described them as a "militia". "We have been stabbed in the back and called a militia, which is treason in its purest form," read the statement. "What he said crosses the red line ... and he will have to bear the consequences of his words." The former president and the Houthi rebels have been engaged in a tactical alliance against Abdrabbuh Manour Hadi's government since 2014.

Airstrikes kills 30 in Sana'a

At least 41 people have been killed and 13 others are missing following an airstrike near Yemen's capital, Sana'a. The Houthi rebel group said the strike hit the Muntazah al-Shabab li-Rihla wa-Nawm hotel in the Arhab area to the north of the city. A local television network run by the Houthis blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the airstrike. The UN said they are investigating the reports.

UAE soldiers killed in helicopter crash

Four soldiers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been killed and three others wounded in a helicopter crash in Yemen. The incident happened in the southern Shabwa province on Friday, although it is not clear what caused the crash. A prominent member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, was among the injured. So far 94 UAE troops have died in fighting in Yemen since the Saudi-led coalition joined the conflict in 2015.

Troops clash with AQAP in Abyan

Four soldiers and six suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have been killed in fighting in southern Yemen.  A further 10 soldiers were also wounded during the clash, which took place in Juhayn, Abyan province. A suicide bomber and gunmen targeted a military camp in the area but were eventually repelled by troops.

Suicide bomb kills five in Yemen

At least five people have been killed and several others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Shabwa province. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are suspected of carrying out the attack, which occurred in the Redhoom district on Wednesday. The victims were attending a meeting of Houthi fighters when the device exploded.

Deadly clashes leave 40 dead in Mokha

At least 40 soldiers have been killed in clashes in and around the Red Sea port of Mokha. Sixteen Houti rebels and seven pro-Hadi soldiers were killed in overnight clashes in the city, while a further 20 troops died in a strike by Houthi rebels at a military base in Taiz. Pro-Hadi forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, recaptured Mokha earlier this year; however fighting along the Red Sea coast is ongoing.

Yemen's cholera epidemic worst on record

Oxfam says the cholera epidemic in Yemen is the worst on record.  More than 360,000 suspected cases have been reported in the country, 20,000 more than recorded in Haiti following the earthquake in 2011. "Cholera has spread unchecked in a country already on its knees after two years of war and which is teetering on the brink of famine. For many people, weakened by war and hunger, cholera is the knockout blow,” said Nigel Timmins, Oxfam’s humanitarian director. There are fears that the number of cases could rise to 600,000 by the end of 2017 unless the situation improves dramatically.

Civilians killed in airstrike, Taiz

At least 20 civilians have been killed in an airstrike in the Taiz province of Yemen.  The UNHCR said it was "deeply shocked and saddened at reports of the deaths and injuries of a number of internally displaced persons in an aerial attack" on the area. The incident happened in the Mawza district on Tuesday afternoon, with reports that planes from the Saudi-led coalition were responsible.

Deadly clashes erupt near Sana'a

At least 22 people have been killed in clashes between Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government forces near the capital, Sana'a.  The heaviest fighting was reported at al-Minsa mountain, close the main highway linking the capital to Marib province.  Despite support from a Saudi-led coalition, the government forces have thus far failed to retake Sana'a from the Houthis, who seized the city during the September 21 Revolution in January 2015.

Houthis clash with trops in south-west

At least 15 Houthi rebels and eight soldiers have been killed in clashes in south-west Yemen. Heavy fighting took place in Heess, on the main road linking Taiz to the port city of Hodeida. The Houthi fighters were attempting to cut off the road leading to the port, according to report.  Elsewhere Houthi fighters have launched artillery strikes across the border in the Jizan province of Saudi Arabia.

Five troops killed in AQAP attack, Shabwa

Five Yemeni soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in an attack by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  Gunmen opened fire on a military checkpoint in the north-eastern Shabwa province on Sunday, before fleeing from the scene. Last month the suspected AQAP emir Abu Khattab al Awlaqi was killed in a US airstrike in the province.

Aden banks close after robberies

Banks in the southern port city of Aden have closed for three days in protest at a series of robberies. Twelve banks have joined the action, which began on Monday morning, following a raid on the Al-Ahli bank on Thursday, during which a banker and security guard were wounded."We hope there will be a serious response to the attack and the perpetrators will get arrested and tried," the banks said in a statement.

Two AQAP militants killed in drone strike

Two suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have been killed in a drone strike in southern Yemen.  The pair were targeted near the town of al-Wadei in Abyan province on Saturday.  The US is suspected of carrying out the strike, although there has been no official confirmation from the Pentagon.

Yemeni troops clash with Houthi rebels

Six Yemeni soldiers and 14 Houthi rebels were killed during clashes in Marib province on Thursday.  The fighting took place in the Sarwah district, which is still held by the Houthis and contains a key supply road into the capital, Sana'a.  Meanwhile, the Yemeni government has named new governors for three of the six provinces largely under its control — Hadramawt, Shabwa and the island of Socotra.

AQAP kill three pro-Hadi fighters in Hadramaut

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have killed three militiamen loyal to President Hadi in Hadramaut province.  The attack took place in the Qatn district on Wednesday.  Elsewhere an officer was kidnapped by suspected AQAP militants in the southern Abyan province.

Four Saudi troops killed by cross-border fire

Four Saudi soldiers have been killed by sniper fire from neighbouring Yemen.  According to the al-Masirah network, three soldiers died in the Asir region, while another died at the al-Farizeh base in Jizan.  The attacks come as Saudi Arabia continues to carry out airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Marib and Saada province.

Six civilians killed in south Yemen clashes

At least six civilians have been killed in clashes between security forces and gunmen in the southern port city of Aden.  The fighting erupted when troops raided a house of an Islamic State (IS) suspect in the Omar al-Muktar district on Tuesday.  More than 8,000 people have died since the conflict erupted two years ago, while the country is also facing a widespread cholera epidemic.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 25 civilians in Saada

The Saudi-led coalition has killed at least 25 civilians in an airstrike in the northern province of Saada.  Two strikes hit the al-Mashnaq market in Shada district on Saturday.  "Rescue teams were unable to reach the area for some time for fear of being hit by artillery shelling of the area," a local official told Reuters on Sunday.

UAE ship hit by missile off Yemen

A United Arab Emirates (UAE) ship has been hit by a missile off the coast of Yemen. "A UAE ship was attacked by a missile fired by the Houthi militias, causing no damage to the ship. ... One crew member was injured," reported the Saudi news agency SPA.  The ship was targeted shortly after leaving the Red Sea port of Mokha on Wednesday.

Twelve troops dead in Hadramout attack

At least 12 soldiers have been killed in an attack in south-eastern Yemen.  Suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants launched the car-bomb and gun attack on a military camp in Hadramout province.  "Our soldiers foiled the attack and managed to secure the camp and we are still pursuing those who have escaped in nearby farms," a military official told Reuters.

Four civilians killed in Sana'a airstrike

Four civilians have been killed in a Saudi airstrike in the Yemeni capital city, Sana'a. Three children and their grandmother were killed in the airstrike which struck three civilian houses in the early hours on Friday morning. According to reports, the Saudi-led coalition was conducting a series of airstrikes targeting the mountainous terrain surrounding the city.

Houthi leader killed in Saudi-led airstrike

A senior Houthi commander has been killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in north-western Yemen.  Khalil Mohamed Azm was targeted in the strike in Hajjah province on Monday.  An undisclosed number of Houthi fighters were also wounded in the strike, which took place in the Midi district.

Six civilians killed in bomb blast

Six civilians have been killed and at least 15 others have been wounded in a bomb blast in the northern al-Hazm town in the al-Jawf Governorate. The explosion occurred in a marketplace, where many civilians were shopping at the time. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Two killed in violent airport clashes, Aden

At least two people have been killed and another two people have been wounded in violent clashes at Aden International Airport. Fighting broke out between two rival gang factions and lasted for three hours before Saudi-backed military forces intervened. The violence has caused significant travel disruption, with many flights suspended, cancelled or diverted.

UN convoy attacked in Sana'a

A UN envoy convoy was attacked in Yemen's capital Sana'a on Monday.  Yemen's Foreign Ministry described the incident as an assassination attempt against the UN's special envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.  Security sources in Sana'a international airport denied the reports that the convoy came under attack, claiming police were firing in the air to disperse protesters.

Cholera epidemic feared in Yemen

The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Yemen has reached 315, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  More than 29,300 suspected cases have been reported across 19 of the country's 22 provinces.  "To bring the outbreak under control, it won't be enough simply to treat those people who reach medical facilities. We also need to address the source of the disease, by improving water and sanitation and working in communities to prevent new cases," said the head of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Yemen, Ghassan Abou Chaar.

US strikes target AQAP in Marib

US forces have killed seven suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in Marib provinces.  US forces used "a combination of small arms fire and precision airstrikes" to target the group, according to US Central Command.  "Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP's disposition, capabilities and intentions, which will allow us to continue to pursue, disrupt, and degrade AQAP."  The precise location of the operation has not been confirmed.

Houthis surrender Hodeidah to government

The Houthi militants have allegedly agreed to the surrender of the Hodeidah area. The surrender agreement has come about following negotiations and is conditional on the basis that the Arab Coalition and Yemeni forces end armed operations against the militants. The agreement states that the militants will surrender the territory to the government and will withdraw Houthi forces from the area surrounding the port.

State of emergency declared over cholera outbreak

A state of emergency has been declared in Sana'a over the cholera outbreak, which has killed at least 115 people in the capital.  So far 8,595 suspected cases have been recorded in the city since 27 April, while the World Health Organization (WHO) claims 7.6 million people live in high-risk areas as many people do not have access to clean drinking water.  The health minister for the Houthi rebel group, who control the city, said: "What is happening today exceeds the capabilities of any healthy health system, so how can we cope when we are in these difficult and complicated conditions."

Government rejects southern secessionists

Yemen's government has rejected a new council formed by southern secessionists and led by a former governor of Aden.  Aidarus al-Zubaidi, who was recently sacked by president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, said the council would establish a "national political leadership".  The move signals a major split in the forces fighting against the Houthi rebel group in central and northern Yemen.  The Saudi-led coalition has not commented on the development, although they have previously said they support a unified Yemen.

Soldier killed by AQAP bombing

A Yemeni soldier has been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the south-eastern province of Hadramawt.  Six other people, including three civilians, were wounded in the blast in the village of Duaan on Wednesday.  Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Video released of kidnapped Indian priest

An Indian priest kidnapped in Yemen last year has appealed for help in a video released in the Yemeni media.  Father Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted by unknown gunmen in the southern city of Aden.  "My health condition is deteriorating quickly and I require hospitalisation as early as possible," Father Uzhunnalil said, adding that his captors had contacted the Indian government with their demands, but the response was "not encouraging."

Cholera outbreak kills 25 in Yemen

At least 25 people have died in an outbreak of cholera in Yemen, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  The deaths were among 1,360 reported cases since 27 April.  "(This) is extremely alarming. We are facing a reactivation of the cholera epidemic," Nevio Zagaria, the WHO's representative in Yemen, told Reuters.

Twenty Houthi militants killed in airstrikes

At least 20 Houthi militants have been killed and 30 others have been wounded in a series of airstrikes in the Taizz Governorate. The Arab Coalition forces carried out 19 airstrikes on Monday, targeting at least one militant camp in the Maqbanah district. Various militant vehicles and supplies were also destroyed in the airstrikes.

AQAP militants targeted in drone strikes

Suspected US drone strikes have targeted al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in Yemen.  Five suspected militants were killed in a strike in Marib province on Sunday, a day after three others were targeted in the Rawda region of Shabwa province.  US drone strikes against AQAP have been increasing in Yemen since President Donald Trump took office in January.

US drone strike kills five AQAP militants

A suspected US drone strikes killed five al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in southern Yemen on Sunday.  The targets were travelling in Al-Said town in Shabwa province when they were hit.  Three civilians were also reportedly killed when a second strike hit.

Protesters demand humanitarian zone in Hodeida

Dozens of protesters have marched from the capital, Sana'a, to the Red Sea port of Hodeida to call for a humanitarian zone.  “We are organising this march so as not to be deprived of our means of survival, and to prevent the capture of Hodeida port by pro-government forces," protester Mahioub Hussam told the AFP.  The port is the main entry point for aid deliveries into the country.

US drone kills five AQAP militants

The US has killed five suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in Yemen.  One strike hit a vehicle in Shabwa province, killing two suspected militants.  A second strike hit another car in the central Marib province, killing three others.  The US increased the number of airstrikes in Yemen since President Donald Trump took office, with more than 70 reported between the end of February and 3 April.

Saudi Black Hawk shot down in Marib

A Saudi Black Hawk helicopter has been shot down in Marib province, killing at least 12 Saudi soldiers.  Initial reports suggested that the UH-60 was targeted by suspected Houthi rebels on Tuesday; however, the Yemen defence ministry said the crash was caused by friendly fire.  The official cause of the crash is being investigated by the Saudi authorities.

Journalist sentenced to death by Houthi court

A Houthi court has sentenced a Yemeni journalist to death on charges of spying for Saudi Arabia.  Yahya Abduraqeeb al-Jubaihi, who worked for Saudi dailies Okaz and Al Madina, was abducted from his home in September 2016.  The Yemeni press union condemned the “arbitrary” sentence, accusing the rebels of “targeting the freedom of the press.”

Pro-government forces capture territory near Mokha

Forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi have captured several areas in the north and east of Mokha district during heavy fighting with Houthi rebels.  Military officials said 38 rebel fighters were killed in the operation, which was supported by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes. "The military operations – which were launched on Tuesday morning – have made significant progress, retaking a series of mountains, including Al Nar Mountain," a military source told the Yemeni News Agency.

Scores dead in south-west Yemen

At least 40 people have been killed in a series of clashes and airstrikes across south-west Yemen.  Three civilians died in a car bomb blast in the city of Dhaleh on Monday, while Saudi-led coalition jets hit Houthi rebel positions in Jabal al-Nar and Hodeida, killing at least 17 Houthi rebels.  A further 10 rebels fighters were killed in strikes on Kamran island, while 10 government soldiers were killed in clashes near Aden.

Drone targets AQAP militant in Yemen

A suspected US drone strike has killed an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militant in southern Yemen.  The strike targeted Ahmed Ali Saana in the town of Khabar Al Muraqasha on Wednesday.  The Pentagon has confirmed that 70 air strikes have been carried out against AQAP targets in Yemen since the end of February.

Eight killed in Saudi-led airstrikes

Eight people have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes within the last 24 hours. The first series of airstrikes initially targeted a vehicle in the Shabwah district, killing three people. Another round of airstrikes was conducted when paramedics arrived on the scene, killed five more people and wounded a further three.

Houthis unveil new ballistic missile

The Houthi rebel group has unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of 400km.  A ceremony took place on Wednesday, during which the Qaher-M2 missile was displayed with a flag of the Yemeni army.  The 350kg missile is based on the earlier Iranian Tondar-69 missile and is reported to be accurate to between five and 10 metres.

US drone targets AQAP militants

Four al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have been killed in a suspected US drone strike in southern Yemen.  The strike in Amqoz in the Moudiya district of Abyan province took place around midnight on Tuesday.  The incident is the latest in a series of US strikes against AQAP and its local faction Ansar al-Sharia in central and southern Yemen.

Suicide car bomb targets government building in Lahj

A suicide bomber has targeted a local government compound in the southern Lahj province, killing at least 11 people.  The assailant tried to drive a minibus packed with explosives into the compound in al-Houta on Monday when he was confronted by the security forces.  Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying "dozens were killed or wounded".

Seventeen Houthi rebels killed in border breach

At least 17 Houthi rebels have been killed in an alleged attempted border breach. The incident occurred near the Saudi-Yemeni border near the village of Al Khubah in the Jazan province, as Saudi border security shot down rebels attempting to gain access to Yemen. Three rebel vehicles were also destroyed in cross-border counter-attacks over the weekend. 

Thousands gather in Houthi protest, Sanaa

An anti-war protest organised by the Houthi rebels attracted tens of thousands of participants in the capital city, Sanaa, on Sunday 26 March. The protest called for an end to the current war in Yemen and coincided with the second anniversary of the Saudi-led military intervention of the Houthi rebel movement. Millions of people have been displaced and over 7,600 people have been killed in the ongoing conflict so far.

Missiles kills 22 at Marib mosque

At least 22 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in an attack on a mosque in Marib province.  Two missiles were fired at the mosque in the Kofal area of west Marib during Friday prayers.  Many of the deceased are reported to be troops loyal to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, although this has not been confirmed.

Saudi helicopter shot down in Yemen

A Saudi military helicopter has been shot down in western Yemen, according to reports.  Fighters allied to the Houthi rebel group used GRAD missiles to bring down the aircraft in the Bayt al-Faqih district of Hudaydah Governorate on Thursday.  It is not clear if any of the crew survived the crash.

Somali refugees killed in helicopter attack

At least 31 Somali refugees have been killed in an attack by a helicopter off the coast of Yemen.  A coastguard in the Houthi-controlled Hudaydah area said a boat carrying refugees, all carrying official UNHCR documents, came under fire near the Bab el-Mandeb strait on Thursday.  Around 80 others were rescued following the attack, responsibility for which has not yet been determined.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 28 in Hajjah

At least 28 Houthi and allied fighters have been killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in northern Yemen.  Jets targeted rebel positions in the Hiran and Midi districts of Hajjah province on Monday.  Meanwhile, UNICEF said over 1,500 children have been killed in the country since Saudi-led operations began in March 2015.

Fifteen killed in Mokha clashes

Eight Houthi rebels and seven pro-Hadi soldiers were killed in clashes near the port city of Mokha on Friday.  The latest fighting took place in the village of Yakhtul, 14km north of the port, and came after a Saudi-led airstrike hit the town of Khokha, killing 20 civilians and six Houthi fighters.  Government forces recaptured Mokha from the Houthis on 10 February; however, fighting has continued around the city.

Houthi rebels killed in Saudi-led airstrikes

At least 16 Shia Houthi rebels have been killed and 23 others wounded in Saudi-led airstrikes in western Yemen.  Jets hit a military base in the city of Baji, north-east of the Red Sea port of Hodeida, on Monday.  Elsewhere six rebel fighters were killed in clashes with pro-government forces near Mokha.  Troops loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi retook Mokha from the Houthis last month.

US warns of mine in Bab al-Mandeb

The US Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has warned that underwater mines have been planted by Houthi rebels in the Bab al-Mandeb strait.  The ONI said devices had been set around the port city of Mokha, which the Houthis recently lost to pro-government forces.  More than 60 commercial ships cross the strait of Bab al-Mandeb every day, transporting more than three million barrels of oil.

AQAP targets army checkpoint in Abyan

Militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) attacked a Yemeni army checkpoint in Abyan province on Sunday.  “The soldiers were having their dinner in Al Arqoub region, Shogra district, when the masked men opened fire from machine guns.” a local official told Gulf News. Six soldiers and a civilian were killed in the attack.

Thousands rally in Sana'a against Saudi airstrikes

Thousands of people joined a protest in Sana'a on Friday against the Saudi-led airstrikes in the country.  People converged in the Old City following Friday prayers to condemn the attacks on civilians and the blockade of supply routes for aid and food.  More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict since March 2015, while three million have been displaced.

US troops battle AQAP in Yemen

US soldiers backed by airstrikes have clashed with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in southern Yemen.  Local residents said two gunbattles took place overnight on Friday in Wadi Yashbum village in Shabwah province, and in the Jabal Mugan area of neighbouring Abyan province.  The incident is the first US operation in Yemen since a Navy Seal was killed during a raid on 29 January.

Eight soldiers killed in suicide car bombing

At least eight soldiers have been killed and 10 other have been wounded in a suicide car bombing in Zinjibar city. The bomber - allegedly wearing a military uniform - conducted the suicide attack after he drove an explosive-laden car through the entrance of a military camp in Zinjibar. It's believed the bomber was a member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) - who have frequently targeted military security posts.

Deputy army commander killed in Houthi missile strike

Yemen's deputy army commander has been killed in a missile strike by Houthi rebels near the Red Sea port of Mokha.  Maj Gen Ahmed Saif al-Yafei died along with several other members of the army when the strike hit a military camp on Wednesday morning.  Pro-government forces captured Mokha last month from the Houthi rebel group, although they still control the capital, Sana'a.

NRC staff abducted in Yemen

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) says six national staff and a driver have been abducted by local authorities in Yemen.  In a statement published on Monday, the NRC said the group were detained in Hodeida last week.  It appears that they were seized after they were found to be using aid boxes which came from Saudi Arabia, although the NRC said they were recycled boxes from 2015.  "NRC does not take any funding from sources in Saudi Arabia due to the nature of the specific context and conflict. NRC is neutral and impartial and does not take sides," the Council said in a statement.

UAE troops die in Yemen conflict

Two Emirati soldiers fighting as part of the Saudi-led coalition have died in Yemen.  "The general command of the armed forces announced the martyrdom of Suleiman Mohammed Al Thuhuri, one of its soldiers involved in Operation Restoring Hope," said the UAE's state WAM news agency.  A second soldier, Sgt. Nader Mubarak Issa Suleiman, died of a heart attack while on duty.

Seven Houthis killed in Shabwah airstrikes

Seven Houthi rebels have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in the southern Shabwah province.  Three strikes hit a Houthi convoy in the village of Bijan, according to a local official.  Meanwhile, the Saudi military claims to have intercepted a "ballistic missile" fired by the Houthis from northern Yemen.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill nine in Sana'a

At least nine people have been killed and 10 others wounded in Saudi-led airstrikes near Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  The overnight raid hit a funeral reception in Arhab, 40km from the city, while a second strike hit emergency responders.  Medical officials said the deceased were mostly women and at least one child.  "People heard the sound of planes and started running from the house but then the bombs hit the house directly. The roof collapsed. Blood was everywhere," a local resident told Reuters.

Suicide car bomb kills three in Rada'a

At least three people have been killed and eight others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the south-eastern town of Rada'a.  The blast hit a sports centre in the town, which is controlled by the Houthi rebel group and their allies. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Fourteen Houthi militia killed in clashes

Fourteen Houthi militia and six government soldiers have been killed in clashes between the two military groups. The clashes took place at ports along the coastal stretch - in the Midi town of Hajjah, and in the Mokha town of Taizz. The government forces had previously taken control of both ports in early February, and have managed to hold onto both areas.

Houthis targeted in Midi strikes

At least 24 Houthi rebels have been killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes near the northern port of Midi.  The Yemeni army said the strikes were carried out on Saturday in Hajjah governorate.  Officer Rashad al-Hemyari said around 30 other rebels fighters had been captured in the area.

Twenty-three militants killed in clashes, Lawdar

At least 23 al-Qaeda militants have been killed in recent clashes with the Arab coalition forces and local residents in the Lawdar district. The militants allegedly attempted to storm the towns of Lawdar and Ahwar, but failed in both efforts as legal government and Arab coalition forces successfully repelled the militant attacks. Local residents also took action by assisting in the killing of 23 militants in Lawdar.

Four civilians wounded in airstrikes, Sa'dah

Four civilians have been wounded in airstrikes conducted by Saudi fighter jets in the Sa'dah province. Security officials confirmed the incident targeted and destroyed two schools in the Muthalath al-Madhah area of the Monabah district in Sa'dah. The jets allegedly conducted three series of airstrikes over the area.

Three towns taken by al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda forces in Yemen have taken control of three southern towns following a high intensity US offensive. The towns of Lawdar, Shoqra and Ahwar in the Abyan province were captured, with scores of civilians feared dead. The Abyan province had previously been an al-Qaeda stronghold before 2016. The recapture of the areas was also facilitated by the withdrawal of government forces in protest against the late payment of their wages. Roadblocks have been set up around the towns and two security service buildings have been blown up.

AQAP leader killed in Lahj

An al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader has been killed in a raid by Yemeni security forces in Lahj governorate.  Ammar Qaid died in a gunfight with counter-terrorism forces on Tuesday.  The incident follows the US raid against AQAP in al-Bayda province on Sunday morning.  Two suspected AQAP militants also died in a US airstrike in Shabwa on Monday.

Houthis rebels attack Saudi warship off Yemen

Houthi rebels have carried out a suicide boat attack on a Saudi warship off the port of Hodeida.  Two Saudi crew members were killed and three others wounded in the blast before crew members were able to extinguish the fire.  “The Saudi ship has continued its patrol duties in the area of operations, while the air force and the coalition forces' ships continued to chase the fleeing boats to deal with them,” the Saudi military said in a statement.

Scores killed in west coast clashes

More than 100 people have been killed in heavy fighting along Yemen's Red Sea coast.  Around 90 Houthi fighters and 19 pro-government soldiers died in the clashes, according to medical sources.  Fighting has been ongoing near the town of Mokha, which pro-government forces recaptured last week, while Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have targeted Houthi positions on the road to the key port of Hodeida.

US troops target AQAP in al-Bayda raid

US commandos have carried out a raid on an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) hideout in al-Bayda province.  The Pentagon said 14 militants and one US soldier died in the operation, while two troops were also wounded.  However, local medical sources said 41 militants and 16 civilians were killed during the raid, which was carried out at dawn on Sunday in the Yakla district.  AQAP said Abdulraouf al-Zahab, a senior leader of the group, was among the dead.

Saudi helicopter shot down in Taiz province

A Saudi Apache helicopter has allegedly been shot down in the south-western province of Taiz.  Yemeni military sources said the helicopter came down in a coastal area near the city of Dhubab.  The Houthi rebel group has also released footage of its fighters attacking Saudi positions across the border in the Jizan region.

Scores killed in Mokha clashes

At least 40 people have been killed in ongoing clashes near the Red Sea port of Mokha.  On Monday pro-government forces said they had recaptured the city following weeks of fighting with Houthi rebels; however, the two sides exchanged fire in the south-western districts on Tuesday.  Around 200 people from both sides have died in around three weeks of clashes. 

Pro-government troops capture Mokha from Houthis

The Yemeni army has captured the south-western port city of Mokha from the Houthi rebel group.  Brigade General Ahmed Seif al-Yafai said troops entered the city on Monday following days of heavy clashes.  According to reports, Saudi-led airstrikes killed at least 52 rebel fighters over the weekend, while 14 pro-government troops also died.  The Houthis are suspected of using the port to smuggle weapons and other equipment into the country.  

US drones kill four AQAP members in central Yemen

Four suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have been killed in US drone strikes in central Yemen.  Three fighters died when their vehicle was targeted in the Sawmaa region of Al-Bayda on Saturday, while another strike on Friday killed a military instructor in the same area.

Dozens killed, 20 wounded in Saudi strikes on Hodeida

At least 29 Yemeni people have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in the last 24-hours in airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in the Hodeida province. The Saudi-led military began interventions in Yemen to reinstate the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in March 2015, however the popular Yemeni committees and its allies have retained control of the capital city, Sana'a, as well as areas of the Red Sea Coast and the central and northern highlands. Travel to the area has been advised against whilst the conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and the Yemeni people continues.

Ten killed in Taiz rocket attack

At least 10 people have been killed and 14 others wounded in a missile attack in the southern province of Taiz.  Local activists said a missile hit three residential houses in the village of Maqbanah on Tuesday.  The Houthi rebel group said Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out the attack, while pro-Saudi media reported that the Houthis were responsible.

Four soldiers killed in AQAP attack

Four Yemeni soldiers have been killed in an attack by militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  "Terrorist elements on Sunday evening attacked... soldiers at a checkpoint in the town of Loder in Abyan province," an official told the AFP news agency.  Last week a senior security official was wounded and his guard killed in a car bombing in the town.

Houthi rebels kill Saudi soldiers in Jizan attack

The Houthi rebel groups have killed several Saudi soldiers in an attack in the Jizan region.  Rebels fired rockets at the al-Muntazah military base on Thursday night, while a site on Malhamah mountain was also hit.  Saudi troops were forced to temporarily abandon the base before the air force halted the rebel fire.

Australian hostage appears in ransom video

An Australian national kidnapped in Yemen in September has appeared in a ransom video.  Craig McAllister gives a statement in the footage while his unknown captors hold a gun barrel to his head.  He claims his captors will kill him if their demands - an unspecified ransom amount - are not met.  McCallister was abducted in the capital, Sana'a, while reportedly working as a football coach.

Saudi-led airstrikes hit school near Sana'a

At least eight people have been killed after jets from the Saudi-led coalition hit a school near Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  The airstrikes hit a primary school in the Nehm district, around 25km north-east of Sana'a, on Tuesday morning.  More than a dozen people were also killed in the strike, which occurred in a district held the by the Houthi rebel group.  Last week 12 people died when airstrikes hit a school and a mosque in western Sana'a.

Scores killed in Dhubab clashes

At least 68 people have been killed in clashes between Yemeni armed forces and Houthi rebels in the coastal district of Dhubab in Taiz governorate. Pro-government forces launched a major assault on the district on Saturday, 30km north of the strategic Bab al-Mandeb Strait.  Fighting was also ongoing on Sunday with troops attempting to retake a key military base.

Three Yemeni soldiers killed by AQAP militants

Three Yemeni soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in clashes with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in southern Yemen.  The troops were ambushed near the coastal city of Shuqra in Abyan on Tuesday. Further fighting was reported near the city on Wednesday.   The US is continuing to target AQAP in the region, recently claiming to have carried out nine strikes since September.

Heavy fighting kills 40 in Shabwa

At least 40 people have been killed in clashes between Houthi rebels and Yemeni soldiers in the southern Shabwa province.  The fighting erupted when pro-government forces attacked Houthi positions in the Bayhan district.  “The death toll of the Houthis has reached 28 while 12 soldiers of the legitimate forces were killed,” a military official said.

Suicide bomb kills 49 Yemeni soldiers in Aden

At least 49 Yemeni soldiers have been killed and scores more wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the southern port city of Aden.  The blast targeted troops as they waited to collect their salaries at the al-Solban base on Sunday, just over a week after a similar attack killed 48 soldiers at the city's Sawlaban base. The Islamic State (IS) said it carried out the attack via its Amaq news agency, identifying the bomber as Abu Hashem al-Radfani.

Saudi soldier killed in Yemen shelling

A Saudi soldier has been killed by shelling from neighbouring Yemen.  The soldier died and several others were wounded when artillery fire hit military positions in Makhrooq in Najran.  Another Saudi base in Najran was also hit by shelling, which destroyed an armaments depot.  The strikes come two days after the Saudi-led coalition carried out dozens of airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen's capital, Sana'a.

Suicide bomb kills 50 Yemeni troops in Aden

At least 50 Yemeni soldiers have been killed and 70 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the southern port city of Aden. The blast hit the troops as they waited for their salaries at the Sawlaban base on the outskirts of the city. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Saudi airstrikes target Houthis in Taiz

The Saudi-led coalition has carried out a series of airstrikes on Houthi positions in the south-western city of Taiz.  Weapons caches were targeted in the city, reportedly leaving dozens of militants dead, while fighting was reported in the Dar al-Madabi neighbourhood.  Jets also destroyed seven boats carrying weapons off the port city of Mokha.

Army recaptures Alab border post

The Yemeni National Army has recaptured the border post of Alab and large swathes of Mandaba region from the Houthi-led opposition.  Sheikh Yahya Muqait, Field Commander in Saada Front, said 13 locations across Saada province were captured during the operation.  On Saturday government troops were deployed to the Red Coast ahead of an operation to clear the Houthis and their allies from Dhubab and Al-Khurkha.

Iranian arms trafficked to Houthi rebels via East Africa

A new report claims that weapons seized in the Gulf of Aden provide evidence that Iran is supplying arms to Houthi rebels in Yemen.  The Conflict Armament Research (CAR) - based in the UK - said the arms seized from Iranian dhows by Australian and French naval forces matched similar weapons captured from the Houthis.  Anti-tanks missiles, rocket launchers and light weapons were transported to ports in Somalia before they were smuggled into Yemen, claimed CAR.

Houthi rebels form new government

The Houthi rebel group and its allies have announced the formation of a new government via its Supreme Political Council.  "The [Council] meeting stressed that the government, which was formed amid the difficult conditions experienced by the country, is tasked with putting in order the internal situation and confronting the aggression."  The Houthis said the move did not mean it was abandoning the UN-sponsored peace process. Rajeh Badi, a spokesman for the exiled Hadi government, said the move showed "a disregard not just for the Yemeni people but also for the international community."

Saudi-led coalition targets Houthis in Marib

At least seven Houthi fighters have been killed during raids by the Saudi-led coalition in Marib province.  The Houthis were travelling in a vehicle in the Serwah region when they were targeted.  Meanwhile heavy fighting continues in the southern city of Taiz, where as many 23 Houthi fighters have been killed in recent days.

Houthi fighters killed in Taiz clashes

At least 10 Houthi fighters have been killed in clashes with pro-Hadi forces in the southern city of Taiz.  "Yemen’s national army repulsed an attack by Houthi militiamen and their allies on an air-defense camp in western Taiz," Colonel Abdu al-Saghir said.  Meanwhile local sources have reported that Houthi militias have abducted several opposition figures in the capital, Sana'a, the city of Ibb and the port of Hudaydah in recent days.

Twelve killed in Saudi airstrikes

Twelve Yemeni civilians have been reported dead after Saudi airstrikes over the Houthi controlled north-west province of Hajja. Reports have claimed the airstrikes hit a pick-up truck carrying passengers to the markets in the Hiran area - also controlled by the Houthis and their allies.

Saudi coalition ends ceasefire over violations

The Saudi-led coalition declared an end to a 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen at 12:00 (09:00 UTC) local time on Monday.  “There is no respect (for the truce), only violations,” the coalition spokesman Major General Ahmed Assiri said, accusing the opposition Houthis of breaching the truce 500 times.  The ceasefire was announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry last week following talks in neighbouring Oman, which is seen as a neutral neighbour.

Saudi-led coalition kills 22 opposition fighters in Saada

The Saudi-led coalition says 22 members of the pro-opposition Revolutionary Guards were killed during operations in Saada province.  Moeen al-Harbi, Chief of the Baqim Directorate and nephew of Houthi leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi, is reportedly among the dead.  Fighting has also been reported in the city of Taiz and in Shabwa and Baida provinces, despite the announcement by US Secretary of State John Kerry that a truce has been agreed.

Pro-government forces clash with rebels across Yemen

More than 50 people have been killed in heavy fighting between pro-government troops and opposition forces in north and western Yemen.  Military officials said forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi have been fighting with Houtis and militias loyal to former President Saleh near the border with Saudi Arabia.  "Our military operations will continue until we push them [Houthis] out," said army Colonel Abdul Ghani al-Shubaili.

Twenty Houthis killed in Taiz clashes

At least 20 Houthi fighters were killed in clashes with pro-Hadi troops in the southern city of Taiz on Tuesday.  Colonel Mansour Al Hassani, a spokesperson for the Supreme Military Council in Taiz, said his forces had pushed the Houthis out of several districts in the east of the city.  Three regime soldiers also died in the fighting, while two civilians were also killed by Houthi shelling in a residential district.

US announces Yemen truce due to start on Thursday

US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that a cessation of hostilities is due to begin on 17 November.  Kerry said the Houthi rebel group and Saudi-led military coalition have agreed to the peace and plan to work towards forming a unity government.  However, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi denounced the deal: “The government was not aware of nor is it interested in what Secretary Kerry announced, which represents a desire to scuttle peace efforts by trying to reach an agreement with the Houthis apart from the government.” 

Saudis intercept missile from Yemen

The Saudi military has destroyed a ballistic missile fired from neighbouring Yemen, according to an official statement released by the Saudi Press Agency.  The Tochka missile was fired towards the Najran region on Tuesday, but the Saudis say it was countered by its Patriot missile defence system.  There have been dozens of cross-border rocket attacks since the Saudis launched a military operation against the Houthis in Yemen in March, 2015.

Protests in Sana'a over unpaid salaries

Public servants have been protesting against the Houthi rebel group in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, over unpaid salaries.  Houti troops have used forced to disrupt many of the protests, firing live bullets and arresting dozens of people.  There have been similar rallies in other cities, including the southern port of Aden.

Fourteen civilians wounded by rocket fire in southern Saudi Arabia

Fourteen civilians in southern Saudi Arabia were wounded by rocket fire from neighboring Yemen on Thursday.  State news agency said 13 Saudis and a Bangladeshi national were injured in the attack in Dhahran al-Janoub province in the Asir region.  "The victims suffered various injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment," said Colonel Mohammed al-Assemi.  Earlier this week five people were wounded by cross-border fire near the southern city of Jizan.

Yemeni troops kill 30 AQAP militants in Hadramout

Yemeni troops have killed at least 30 suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in the central province of Hadramout.  Four troops loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi also died in the operation, which was supported by the Saudi-led coalition.  Major-General Faraj Salmeen Al Bahasni said the fighting took place at a farm in Al Maseni, a remote region west of Mukalla.

Houthis clash with government forces in Taiz

Houthi rebels fighters have clashed with government forces in the southern city of Taiz.  At least 28 Houthis and six government loyalists were killed in the fighting.  Abd Hamoud, leader of a pro-government militia, said both sides were engaged in battles for territorial advantage in the city.  Human rights groups said on Wednesday that 150 families were forces to leave their homes in the towns of al-Dayh and al-Rawd due to threats of violence from rebel fighters.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 60 in Hodeidah

At least 60 people have been killed in a series of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.  Three strikes hit a prison in Hodeidah, which was being used as a military command centre by Houthi rebels, on Saturday morning.  "The coalition forces' leadership stresses that targeting protocols and procedures were followed fully,‎" a statement by the coalition said.  Earleir this month more than 140 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Saudi airstrikes in the capital, Sana'a.

Saudis shoot down missile fired from Yemen

Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a ballistic missile fired from neighbouring Yemen on Thuesday.  The Arab Coalition, which is carrying out military operations in Yemen, said the missile was fired from Yemen's Saada province by Houthi militants and appeared to target the holy city of Mecca.  Bahrain, a member of the Arab Coalition, condemned the incident in a statement: "The targeting of the Holy Site presents a direct insult toward Muslims everywhere and constitutes a hate and religious crime from the militias’ part."

Nine killed by cholera in Aden

At least nine people have been killed in Aden as a cholera epidemic spreads across the country.  The government's health ministry said around 200 cases of the disease have been reported across the country, which has seen much of its healthcare infrastructure destroyed in the conflict.  Earlier this month the World Health Organization (WHO) said that $22m was needed to contrain the spread of the disease.  Two thirds of people in the country do not have access to clean water, a situation which is helping to spread the water-borne disease.

Two civilians wounded in Jizan by missile fired from Yemen

On 20 October, two civilians were wounded by a missile that struck Jizan, near the border with Yemen. Saudi authorities state that the missile was fired by Houthi rebels inside Yemen. The Saudi government accused Houthi rebels of violating a ceasefire on a number of occasions, firing rockets, missiles, shells and small arms at the cities of Jizan and Najraan. 

Cholera confirmed in Sana'a City and Al Bayda

On 20 October, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) stated that a number of confirmed cases of cholera have been recorded in Sana'a and Al Bayda during October. The FCO advises all travellers to take necessary precautions and to seek urgent medical attention if you should become unwell.

President agrees to 72-hour ceasefire

On 17 October, President Abed-Rabbou Mansour Hadi agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire with the possibility of it being extended. In order for the ceasefire to be extended, President Hadi stated that the other party must adhere to the ceasefire, activate the military commission responsible for overseeing ceasefires, known as the DCC, and must lift the siege of Taiz. Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi Foreign Minister, stated that Saudi Arabia is prepared to agree to a ceasefire in Yemen if Houthi rebels agree. 

Two US hostages freed

On 16 October, two US citizens being held captive by Houthi rebels in Yemen have been released and flown to neighbouring Oman. The US thanked Oman for mediating and acknowledged the "humanitarian gesture" from the rebels. The two hostages were flown to Oman alongside an unspecified number of people injured in the 8 October airstrike on a funeral hall in Sanaa. 

Iran sends warships to Yemeni coast

On 13 October, Iran sent two warships, a logistics vessel and a destroyer, to the Gulf of Aden off Yemen's coast, officially to protect commercial vessels in the area. The announcement comes after US warships destroyed three Houthi radar sites after coming under missile attack in the Red Sea. 

Government forces recapture Al Buqa border crossing

Late on 11 October, Saudi-backed Yemeni troops recaptured the al-Buqa border crossing in northern Saada province from Houthi rebel forces. Troops were supported by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in the operation to retake the town. The Saudi-backed government  considers the capture of this strategically important town to be the first step in establishing a foothold in Saada province and seizing the provincial capital of Sa'dah.

US Navy strikes radar sites after second missile attack on ship

On 12 October, the USS Nitze, a US Navy Destroyer, fired Tomahawk cruise missiles at three radar sites in Yemen after missiles were fired at one of its warships in the Red Sea. Missiles were fired from Yemen at the USS Mason from sites under Houthi rebel control. This is the second time that the USS Mason has come under missile attack in the same area, after two missiles were fired at it on 9 October. The US Navy states that the US Mason took defensive action and suffered no damage, and that the three radar sites believed to have been used in targeting the ship were all destroyed. 

Two missiles fired at US warship from Houthi-held territory

On 9 October, two missiles were fired at a US destroyer from Houthi rebel-held territory in Yemen. The USS Mason "detected two inbound missiles" within an hour of each other from around 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT) as it was "conducting routine operations in international waters." Both missiles impacted the water before reaching the ship, with no injuries or damage to the ship being reported. 

One killed and two wounded in cross-border shelling in Jazan

On 7 October, one person was killed and a mother and child were wounded in cross-border shelling. The victims, all Yemeni nationals, were wounded when shells fired from Houthi rebels inside Yemen landed in Jazan, southern Saudi Arabia, at 07:00 local time (04:00 GMT).

Scores killed in airstrikes on Sana'a funeral

At least 140 people have been killed and more than 500 others wounded in a series of airstrikes on a funeral in Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  The Saudi strikes targeted the grand hall of ceremonies on al-Khamseen Street on Saturday afternoon.  The Saudi-led coalition said in a statement: "The coalition will immediately investigate this case along with the Joint Incidents Assessment Team in Yemen and experts from the United States who participated in previous investigations."  It was one of the deadliest attacks since the conflict in Yemen began, and Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam described it as an act of "genocide".

Civilian ship attacked by Houthi rebels

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said that Houthi rebels attacked a civilian ship in the Red Sea on 1 October. The Australian-built HSV-2 Swift logistics catamaran, carrying aid, wounded Yemeni nationals and several passengers, was passing through the Bab al-Mandab strait when it came under fire. Houthi militants stated at the time that their forces had fired a missile that had destroyed a UAE military vessel. The UAE foreign ministry said that "the targeting of the civilian ship in an international channel has serious implications for freedom of navigation, and is an act of terror."

French-Tunisian hostage freed

On 4 October, a French-Tunisian woman, Nourane Houas, was released after being taken hostage in Yemen on 1 December, 2015, whilst working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Houas was flown to Muscat, Oman, by an Omani Air Force flight. Her release had been secured at the request of French authorities and "in co-ordination with Yemeni authorities." Houas was seized by armed men on her way to work in Sanaa, but no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction. 

Saudi border guard killed by shell fired from Yemen

On 29 September, a Saudi Arabian border guard was killed by a shell fired from Yemen. Saudi authorities have blamed Houthi rebels in Yemen for the attack in Jazan province, which borders Yemen. 

Government agrees to 72-hour nationwide truce

On 29 September, a Yemeni government official announced that the government was prepared to participate in a 72-hour nationwide ceasefire with Houthi militants. The ceasefire was suggested by the foreign ministers of the UK, US, UAE and Saudi Arabia at a meeting in New York a week prior to the announcement.

Al Qaeda leader killed and five other militants wounded in Yemeni Army raid in Abyan

On 26 September, a raid carried out by Yemeni troops in Lodar, Abyan province, killed a prominent Al Qaeda leader called Abdullah Hubaibat. Five other militants were wounded in the raids. Hubaibat was believed to have been involved in previous attacks against security forces in the province. 

Al Qaeda leader killed and five other militants wounded in Yemeni Army raid in Abyan

On 26 September, a raid carried out by Yemeni troops in Lodar, Abyan province, killed a prominent Al Qaeda leader called Abdullah Hubaibat. Five other militants were wounded in the raids. Hubaibat was believed to have been involved in previous attacks against security forces in the province. 

Twenty civilians killed in Saudi-led coalitions in Hodeida

On 22 September, a Yemeni government official reported that 20 civilians have been killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in the rebel-held port city of Hodeida. At least 30 more were injured and children are believed to be among those killed. The strikes hit the Suq al-Hunod district of the city, with the presidential palace also being hit. The government official said that the residential area was "probably hit in error."

Saudi-led coalition jets bomb Houthi compound in Sanaa

On 21 September, Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed a Houthi militant compound in Sanaa where suspected al Qaeda militants and foreigners accused of spying are held. A Houthi statement claims that the airstrikes have caused casualties among residents living close to the compound.

Houthi militants seize two oil tankers in Hodeida Port

On 15 September, Houthi militants captured two oil tankers from international traders in the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeida in Al Hudaydah Governorate, western Yemen. The owner of the two tankers, Ocean Tankers, stated that Houthi militants denied the ships permission to leave port. The capture of these tankers could potentially impact Yemen's ability to import fuel and goods. 

A dozen Houthi militants killed in Lahj province clashes

Clashes between pro-government forces and Houthis rebels led to the deaths of 15 people on Wednesday. 12 rebels were killed alongside three government troops after they engaged in a fierce confrontation in Kirsh and Taiz, south-eastern Yemen's Lahj province. The clashes came during a government offensive to seize the town of Taiz; an important industrialized area of Yemen.

Saudi-led coalition jets bomb Houthi camp in Sanaa

On 14 September, Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit several Houthi targets in and around Sanaa, including a national security camp in the Sarf area, north of Sanaa. This is the second time that the camp has been bombed in two days.

Five Al Qaeda militants killed in US drone strike in Al Bayda

On 13 September, a US drone strike in a mountainous area east of Rada'a, Al Bayda province in central Yemen, killed five Al Qaeda militants. Missiles fired from the drone reportedly hit their vehicle as they were driving from Marib province to Al Bayda province. 

Three Qatari soldiers killed during military operation in Najran Province

On 12 September, three Qatari soldiers were killed by Houthi forces in the border province of Najran, south-western Saudi Arabia, making this the highest single death toll for Qatar since the beginning of the conflict. The soldiers were reportedly fighting as part of the Saudi-led military coalition during 'Operation Restoring Hope.' No more information on the context of their deaths has been released. 

Civilians killed in coalition airstrikes in northern Yemen

On 10 September, two separate airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 21 civilians. The raids were believed to be targeting Houthi positions in northern Yemen. The first airstrike hit the Beit Saadan neighbourhood of the Arhab district, just north of Sana'a, and resulted in the deaths of at least 15 civilians, with a further 20 wounded. The second airstrike hit the home of a local tribal leader in the Hairan area of Hajjah province, north-western Yemen, killing another six civilians.

Seven AQAP fighters killed by drone strike in Marib

Seven suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have been killed by an alleged US drone strike in Marib, central Yemen. Official security sources stated that an apartment building in the Al-Wadi area was hit by the attack on Sunday evening. The AQAP has suffered several casualties amid the US bombing campaign and Saudi-led coalition offensives in the area in recent months. The group, along with the Islamic State (IS), have been taking advantage of the power vacuum left across the country, especially in the southern regions.

One al-Qaeda suspect killed in US drone strike

One suspected al-Qaeda militant was killed and another two others injured in a US drone strike in the eastern suburbs of Ataq, the capital of Al Shabwah province, southern Yemen. This is the one of a series of drone strikes in Yemen against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, with more strikes expected to continue over the coming weeks. 

At least sixty people killed by suicide car bomb in Aden

A suicide car bomb attack carried out by the Islamic State (IS) on an army training camp in Aden has killed at least 60 people. The attacker reportedly drove his car into a group of new army recruits at the camp before detonating the explosive. Another 29 people were injured in the attack. 

MSF announces staff withdrawal from Yemen after hospital bombing

Following the deadly attack at a Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) clinic in Abs, the medical charity announced on Thursday that it will withdraw its staff from the country. In a statement issued by the MSF, the group claimed that the country is unsafe both for the treatment of the patients and also for its staff. MSF facilities will be left to local workers, who will replace MSF doctors planning to leave the country in the following days. The Abs air bombardment campaign killed 19 people and was carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Iran-backed militias stationed in the area.

Nearly a dozen killed at MSF hospital airstrike in Abs

The Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) announced on Tuesday that at least 11 people were killed after an airstrike hit one of its hospitals located in Abs, near the Saudi-Arabian border. A statement issued by the MSF said that nine people were killed during the blast, while two others were reported dead while being transferred to a nearby clinic. The attack was carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, which has been targeting Iranian-backed rebel militias stationed in the area. The incident comes days after 10 children were killed during a Koranic school in the neighbouring Saada province

School hit by airstrike in Saada province

At least 10 children have been killed and 28 others wounded in an airstrike on a school in Saada province.  Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said the Saudi-led strike hit a Koranic school in the town of Haydan on Saturday.  UNICEF also condemned the strike, saying "with the intensification in violence across the country in the past week, the number of children killed and injured by airstrikes, street fighting and landmines has grown sharply". A general from the Saudi coalition refuted the reports, claiming they hit a Houthi rebel training centre.

Special forces soldiers killed in bomb attack in Yafa

Security officials reported that a suicide car bomb left 10 soldiers dead during a gathering of forces loyal to President Abd Rabby Mansur Hadi on Sunday. The incident took place in Yafa, southern Yemen, when a group of special forces soldiers were targeted. Security sources told EFE that the soldiers who were attacked were part of the special forces contingent stationed in the Lahej province area, tasked to counter the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQIP) presence in the region.

Twin attack kills six at military base in Lahj

A twin bomb attack has killed six soldiers and wounded 12 others at an army base in southern Yemen.  A military official told the AFP news agency that two suicide car bombers struck the gates of a military base located in Habilayn, Lahij province. The base is close to the Anad military air base which hosts counter-terrorism American troops and forces of the Saudi-led Arab coalition. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Deadly clashes along Yemen-Saudi border

At least seven Saudi soldiers and dozens of Yemeni Houthi rebels have been killed in heavy fighting along the border.  The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the fighting took place in Najran province, while the Saudi-led coalition called the Houthi attacks "a flagrant violation of the agreed truce between the two sides”.  Both sides are due to attend the latest UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait this week.

Soldiers killed in Aden suicide attack

A suicide bomber is reported to have hit a military checkpoint in southern Yemen's area of al-Mansoura, near Aden. Security forces stated that four soldiers were killed and six others injured after an unknown man blew himself up on Wednesday. Since the establishment of Yemen's internationally-recognized government in April 2015, the country has been facing frequent suicide attacks carried out by al-Qaeda affiliates and Islamic State (IS) militants.

Two car bombs hit Mukalla

Two car bombs exploded near army checkpoints in the southern city of Mukalla on Monday morning.  At least five members of the security forces were killed and many more wounded in the blasts.  The city was controlled by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants until the Saudi-led coalition recaptured it in April.

Soldier wounded in attempted assassination in Aden

A Yemeni soldiers was wounded during the attempted assassination of a governor in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Friday. A car bomb exploded in Aden's Inma area as the convoy of Aidaroos al-Zubaidi was passing, along with vehicles carrying his bodyguards. Zubaidi took office in December after his predecessor was killed in a car bombing. This is the fifth assassination attempt targeting the governor of Aden, a city which is facing a rise in attacks by Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 17 in Taiz

The Saudi-led coalition targeted several units of the Houthi rebels and their allies on Friday, killing 17 people and injuring several others. The attack took place in the port city of Mokha in Taiz province, south-western Yemen. The offensive comes days after seven children were killed in a rocket attack in the city of Marib, east of Sana'a. The UN-brokered peace agreement between the Hadi government and the Houthi rebels were suspended two months after being established. The talks are set to resume next week in Kuwait.

Rocket fire kills seven children in Marib

Seven children were killed by rocket fire in a residential area of Marib city on Tuesday.  They were playing in a courtyard when the rocket hit, according to Marib's deputy regional director of security.  A further 25 civilians were wounded when rockets hit houses and a shop in the city.  Local officials said Houthi rebels were behind the attacks.

Militants attack army base in Aden

At least six Yemeni soldiers and around 20 militants have been killed in an assault on a military base in the southern port city of Aden.  Two suicide car bombs exploded outside the gates of the Solaban base before gunmen stormed the complex, leading to several hours of gunbattles.  There has not been any immediate claim for the attack, which took place on Wednesday morning, although it has been compared to a recent Islamic State (IS) assault on a base in Mukalla.

Suicide bombs kill dozens in Mukalla

At least 35 people have been killed and 24 others wounded in a triple suicide bomb attack in the south-eastern city of Mukalla.  Militants targeted fasting Yemeni soldiers near checkpoints at sunset on Monday night.  Fighters loyal to the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks, which took place in a city previously controlled by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  Local journalists told Al-Jazeera that the assailants had posed as food distributors for the fast-breaking meal, Iftar.

Gunmen attack airport in Aden

A civilian has been killed after gunmen attack an airport in the southern port city of Aden.  Around 20 gunmen targeted an airport in the city's Khormaksar district on Monday, leading to a 90-minute gun battle with security forces.  The assailants were demanding the release of a Western jihadist, who was arrested with seven suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) on 28 May.

Two killed in blasts near Sana'a University

A bomb has killed at least two people and injured two others in Yemen's capital, Sana'a. The incident occurred near Sana'a University when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off on Tuesday. The attack comes one day after Islamic State (IS) militants targeted army recruits in the southern port city of Aden, killing at least 45 people.

Troops kill 13 AQAP militants in Mukalla clashes

Yemeni troops have killed 13 suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in clashes in the southern city of Mukalla.  In a statement on Sunday the army said: "A search confirmed that these fighters were about to carry out a surprise terrorist attack on some military command centres at dawn this morning."  Two soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in fighting in the Rawkab, Bwaish and Rabwat al Huhandiseen areas of the city.

Suicide blast targets army recruits in Aden

At least 40 people have been killed and 60 others wounded in a suicide car bombing in the southern city of Aden.  The blast targeted a group of army recruits in the Khor Maksar district of the city on Monday morning.  The Islamic State (IS) said one of its fighters had carried out the attack against what it called "the apostate Yemeni army".  Shortly after the attack a second blast hit the nearby Badr army base but caused no casualties.

Police recruits killed in suicide attack in Mukalla

At least 25 police recruits have been killed and 54 other people wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the southern city of Mukalla.  The Islamic State (IS) militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which happened on Sunday morning.  The city was held by the rival jihadist group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) for more than a year until they were driven out last month by the Saudi-led coalition.

Eight killed by suicide bomber in al-Qatan

A suicide bomber killed eight people and injured 17 others on Wednesday near al-Qatan, eastern Yemen. Among the casualties were six soldiers from General Abdul Rahman al-Halili's convoy and two civilians. According to security sources, the primary target was General al-Halili, commander of Yemen's First Military Region, who was injured in the blast. Islamist militants have been taking advantage of the instability generated by the civil war, while a UN-brokered ceasefire is still being negotiated in an attempt to form a stable government.

Ten soldiers killed by IS attack in Mukalla

A car bomb killed 10 soldiers on Thursday in the Yemeni port city of Mukalla. According to medical sources, the attack happened outside a naval camp near the port of Khalaf, where 15 others were injured by the blast. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, which issued a statement confirming that it had targeted government troops.

Gunmen kill prison chief in Aden

Gunmen have killed the chief of the main prison in Yemen's southern port city of Aden.  Wahab Nejib Ahmed Aoun and a relative were shot by unknown men on a motorcycle in the Mansura district on Friday.  The incident comes a week after a police colonel was assassinated in the city in a similar attack.  Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are suspected of carrying out the killing.

Suicide bomber targets Aden police chief

A suicide car bomber has targeted the police chief in the southern port city of Aden.  General Shallal Shayae escaped unharmed but two people were wounded in the blast, which occurred near the general's house on Thursday.  Shayae has survived several previous attempted assassinations by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants.

Government troops retake Mukalla from AQAP

Government troops backed by Saudi-led coalition forces have retaken the port city of Mukalla from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants.  AQAP had controlled the city for more than a year, taking advantage of the country's civil war between the government and Houthi rebels.  "We entered the city centre (of Mukalla) and were met by no resistance from Al-Qaeda militants who withdrew west,” an army officer told the AFP. 

Yemeni security foces retake southern town of Houta

Yemeni security forces captured the south-eastern town of Houta on Friday. After intense fighting and supported by the Saudi-led coalition, Yemeni forces seized the town from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants. The operation led to the arrest of 48 AQAP insurgents, while several casualties have been reported on both sides. In a separate incident claimed by the Islamic State (IS), a car exploded outside the foreign ministry in the southern port city of Aden, however no one has been injured. 

Deadly flooding hits northern Yemen

At least 24 people have been killed in flooding in northern Yemen.  Ten people died in Amran province after days of heavy rain in the region caused flash flooding, while a further 14 were killed in Hajjah, north-west of the capital Sana'a.  A dam burst in Al-Mahwit province, flooding farmland and destroying several bridges.  The extreme weather has also killed at least 18 people in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

Senior loyalist military commander killed by sniper in Sana'a

Yemeni rebels killed a senior military officer on Wednesday, despite the UN-brokered ceasefire which began at the weekend. According to loyalist military sources and medics statements to AFP, the commander, Major General Zaid Al Huri, was shot dead by a rebel sniper in the Sana'a province. In a separate incident, two pro-government fighters were killed and seven others were wounded during deadly clashes with Houthi rebels in the eastern Marib province.  Both parties have been accused of undermining the ceasefire, which was established in order to proceed with peace talks that will begin in Kuwait on Monday.

Suicide bomb kills four in Aden

At least four people have been killed and eight others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the southern port city of Aden.  The blast happened near a football stadium and appeared to target young men registering to join the army.  The attack comes during a ceasefire between the Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition, which is holding despite "pockets of violence", according to UN spokeswoman Stephane Dujarric.

Ceasefire begins in Yemen

A ceasefire has started in Yemen between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels ahead of UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait next week.  Both sides said they were committed to the halt, which began at 21:00 local time on Sunday, although there have been reports of heavy fighting near Sana'a, in Taiz and in the central Bayda province.  On Saturday 28 Yemeni soldiers were killed and dozens more wounded in an ambush in Ahwar city in Abyan province.  No group has taken responsibility for the attack.

Sixty killed in deadly clashes in Midi

At least 45 Yemeni troops and 15 Houthi rebels have been killed in clashes in the coastal town of Midi. Government troops were carrying out an operation to recapture the town when the rebels counter-attacked.  Despite Saudi-led coalition airstrikes the Houthi still control most of the Red Sea coast, including the ports of Hodeida and Mokha.

US airstrikes kill 50 AQAP militants

At least 50 suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have been killed in a US airstrike in southern Yemen.  The Pentagon confirmed the operation, while spokesman Peter Cook said the raids demonstrated the US military's "commitment to defeating al-Qaeda and denying it safe haven".  Local sources said the strike hit a former military base near the port city of Mukalla as AQAP fighters queued for food.

Local journalist killed by sniper in Taiz

A local Yemeni journalist has been killed in sniper fire in the besieged city of Taiz.  Mohammed al-Yamani was shot in the head while covering fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces on Monday.  He becomes the ninth journalist to have been killed in Yemen since the conflict erupted in March, 2015.  Last month another local journalist, Ahmed al-Shaibani, was also shot dead in the al-Hasab district, while in January three Al Jazeera crew members were kidnapped and briefly held in the city.

Three al-Qaeda militants killed in Aden blast

Three alleged al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) members died in the southern port city of Aden on Wednesday when the bomb they were transporting exploded. The men were riding a motorbike in the Dar Saad neighbourhood when the device went off prematurely. According to security sources at least 26 AQAP insurgents have been killed in recent clashes with government troops in the city.

Civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrikes

At least 41 civilians have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in northern Yemen.  Jets hit a market in the Mustaba district of Hajjah province on Tuesday afternoon.  A local health official said the casualties included children, adding that "the toll could rise".  More than 6,200 people have been killed since the coalition launched a military campaign against Houthi rebels in March, 2015.

UAE fighter jet crashes in Yemen

Two Emirati pilots died when their fighter jet crashed during operations for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.  The Mirage 2000 jet went down near the southern port city of Aden in the early hours of Monday morning.  The UAE government said the plane crashed due to a technical fault.

Residents shot dead at retirement home in Aden

Four gunmen stormed a retirement home in the southern port city of Aden on Friday, killing at least 16 people. According to a local official the assailants stormed the home in the Sheikh Osman district with automatic weapons and opened fire, with the majority of victims elderly patients and four Christian nuns from India.  No groups claimed immediate responsibility for the attack, although suspicion is likely to fall on the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Airstrikes kill 30 near Sana'a

At least 30 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes near Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  The raids hit a market in the Nimh district on the outskirts of the city on Saturday.  According to the UN more than 6,000 people have been killed in the conflict since March, 2015.

Army commander shot dead in Aden

A senior Yemeni army commander has been shot dead in the southern port city of Aden.  General Abedrabbo Hussein was leaving his home in the Sheikh Othman district of the city when a gunman on a motorcycle opened fire.  Hussein, who was the commander of the 15th Infantry Brigade, is the latest military official to be killed in the city following a series of targeted attacks.

Yemeni pro-government forces capture Al-Misrakh

After weeks of deadly fighting with Houthi rebels in the area, Yemeni pro-government forces recaptured the town of Al-Misrakh on Thursday. The capture comes as part of a wider offensive to break the siege of the town of Taiz. According to a United Nations (UN) envoy, the warring parties of Yemen are unable to reach an agreement through the peace talks.

Suicide bomber kills 10 at Aden military camp

A suicide bomber has killed at least 10 army recruits at a camp in the southern port city of Aden.  A source told the AFP news agency that the assailant detonated a suicide vest among a crowd of people at the Ras Abbas camp in Aden's western Buraiqa district.  No group has claimed immediate responsibility for the attack.

Airstrike kills 11 in Sana'a

A Saudi-led airstrike has killed at least 11 people in Yemen's capital, Sana'a.    The strike reportedly hit a sewing workshop in the centre of the city on Sunday, while jets also hit targets in the Ibb and Taiz provinces.  Meanwhile local media reported that five Saudi soldiers were killed in sniper fire near the north-western Midi region, close to the Saudi border.

Three Yemeni soldiers killed in Aden

Suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants killed three Yemeni soldiers on Thursday. The soldiers were attacked by masked gunmen while walking down the main road in the southern port city of Aden.  AQAP and the Islamic State (IS) have taken advantage of the conflict between the Saudi-backed government forces and Houthi rebels to gain ground in southern Yemen.

Top al-Qaeda leader killed in US drone strike in Abyan

A Yemen-based al-Qaeda leader and two of his guards were killed in Yemen on Thursday. Jalal Baleidi died in a US drone strike in the Yemeni southern province of Abyan.  Baleidi planned several attacks against Yemeni armed forces and led operations throughout the country.  Yemen has been enormously affected by the presence of the insurgencies within its territory, especially through the al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) group.

Airstrike in cement factory kills at least 15 people in Sana'a

An airstrike executed by a Saudi-led coalition hit a cement factory on Wednesday evening, killing at least 15 people. Among the bombing casualties on the factory located in the north of the capital, Sana'a, were civilian workers of nearby businesses. The coalition bombing campaign comes after a series of anti-Houthi offensives and the breakdown of negotiations to end the civil war.

Heavy fighting as army advances on Sana'a

Heavy fighting has been reported to the north-east of Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  More than 40 rebel Houthi fighters are reported to have been killed in clashes with the army and by Saudi-led airstrikes in the Fardhat Nehim area, around 60km from the city.  Five civilians were also killed when artillery shells hit residential areas.

AQAP seize town in southern Yemen

Fighters from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have seized control of a town in southern Yemen, according to local officials.  Militants stormed the town of Azzan in Shabwah province, before raising al-Qaeda flags over public buildings and setting up checkpoints.  Meanwhile a leading Salafi cleric has been found dead in the southern port city of Aden.  Samahan Abdel-Aziz had given a sermon against extremist Islamic groups - including AQAP and the Islamic State (IS) - before he was killed on Sunday.

Eight killed in blast near Aden presidential palace

At least eight people have been killed and 15 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack outside the presidential palace in Aden.  Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the bombing in a statement, adding that a Dutch fighter named Abu Hunaifa al-Hollandi carried out the attack.  In the statement the group said the palace was targeted because it is the headquarters of the “apostate tyrant Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi”.

Kidnapped Al Jazeera journalists freed in Yemen

Two Al Jazeera journalists and their driver have been freed in Yemen, 10 days after they were kidnapped. Hamdi al-Bokari, Abdulaziz al-Sabri and Moneer al-Sabai were abducted while reporting in the south-western city of Taiz. The city has witnessed heavy fighting in recent months between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces.

Gunmen kill five in Aden attacks

Gunmen killed five people in the southern port city of Aden over the weekend.  Colonel Taha al-Sobeihi was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Mansura district of the city on Sunday.  His bodyguard and a female bystander also died in the attack, while late on Saturday a soldier was killed in the same district.

Al Jazeera journalist feared kidnapped in Yemen

An Al Jazeera Arabic journalist who went missing in Yemen on Monday is believed to have been kidnapped, according to the media network.  Hamdi al-Bokari, a correspondent with the Qatar-based broadcaster since 2006, was last seen in the central city of Taiz at around 22:00 local time. In the statement, the network called for the immediate release of its correspondent and for his kidnappers "to bear full responsibility for his safety and security".

Airstrike on Sana'a police HQ kills 26

At least 26 people have been killed and 15 others wounded after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a police headquarters in Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  Many of the victims in Monday's strike were police officers and members of the Houthi rebel group.  Rescue teams have been deployed to the scene to search for survivors among the rubble.

Suicide car bomb kills 10 in Aden

At least 10 people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack in the south port city of Aden.  The device exploded outside the house of the city's police chief in the Taqahi district on Sunday.  General Shalal Shaea, who is believed to have been the target, survived the attack.

Freelance journalist killed in airstrike

A freelance Yemeni journalist has been killed in an airstrike near the capital, Sana'a.  Almigdad Mojalli, who worked for various international media outlets, was on assignment for Voice of America in the village of Jarif when his car was hit by the strike.  A photojournalist who was travelling with Mojalli survived the attack.

Security officer shot dead at Aden airport

A Yemeni security officer has been shot dead outside his home near the airport in the southern port city of Aden.  Lieutenant Colonel Amin Shayif, who was from the airport's investigative unit, was targeted in the Mansura district on Tuesday.  Two other police officers were also shot dead in the city, which has seen a rise in targeted killings in recent weeks.

MSF hospital hit by missile in Saada

At least four people have been killed after a missile hit a hospital run by the Medecins Sans Frontier (MSF) charity in the northern Saada governorate.  MSF said it was unclear if the rocket was part of an airstrike; however planes were flying over the hospital at the time of the blast. In a statement the charity said "We strongly condemn this and we reiterate to all parties to the conflict that patients & medical facilities must be respected."

Pro-government troops recapture port of Midi

Saudi backed pro-government troops loyal to Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi have recaptured the strategically important port of Midi.

Aden governor targeted in Islamic State bomb attack

Aidarus al-Zubaidi, the governor of Aden, has survived an assassination attempt, carried out by Islamic State (IS) militants. A car bomb exploded as his convoy was passing, killing at least one bodyguard.

Heavy fighting erupts over Aden port

Government troops have clashed with militants for control of the strategic southern port of Aden, according to government officials.  The fighters - who are accused of receiving support from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) - have refused to hand over the port to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's forces.  Last week a pro-government militia leader, Ahmed al-Idrisi, was killed in a drive-by shooting in the city along with five of his colleagues.

Drone strike targets AQAP militants

At least four suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have been killed in a US drone strike in central Yemen.  Tribal sources told Reuters that the militants were driving through the Nata district when they were targeted.  The incident is the first reported drone strike in Yemen since September.

Rival sides agree mass prisoner swap deal

Yemen's warring rivals have exchanged hundreds of prisoners as UN-brokered peace talks continue in Switzerland.  Some 360 Houthi fighters and 265 civilian and pro-government troops were involved in the swap, which is reported to have taken place in the southern province of Lahij on Wednesday.  A seven-day ceasefire also began on midday on Tuesday after more than nine months of fighting in the country.  

Several foreign soldiers killed in Taiz province

Two senior officers from the Saudi-led coalition have been killed along with soldiers from Yemen, Sudan, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia in Taiz province.  Saudi Colonel Abdullah al-Sahyan and Emirati officer Sultan al-Ketbi were among those killed in a rocket attack near the Bab al-Mandab strait in the early hours of Monday morning.  The incident comes on the eve of a week-long ceasefire, which is due to begin on Monday evening.

President Hadi proposes week-long ceasefire

Yemen's president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has called for a week-long ceasefire to allow for UN-brokered peace talks. "I have notified the leadership of the [Saudi-led] coalition of our intention to ceasefire for a period of seven days, starting December 15 until December 21," Hadi said in a letter to Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general.  A humanitarian ceasefire in May lasted for five days before the Saudis and Houthi rebels both accused each other of violations and fighting resumed.

Car bomb kills governor of Aden

The governor of Aden and five of his bodyguards have been killed in a car bombing in the southern port city. Major General Jaafar Mohammed Saad was targeted in the southern Tawahi district on Sunday morning.  The Islamic State (IS) militant group said it carried out the attack.

AQAP militants seize two towns in south Yemen

Militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have captured two towns in southern Yemen from pro-government forces.  The fighters stormed Zinjibar - the provincial capital of Abyan province - and the nearby town of Jaar on Wednesday morning, and announced their takeover after dawn prayers. "Abyan is a stronghold of AQAP and we already informed the authorities in Aden to send us military reinforcements, but we did not get enough support from the Yemeni army," a member of the local popular committee forces told Al Jazeera.

Tunisian Red Cross worker abducted in Sana'a

A Tunisian woman working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been kidnapped in Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  Nouran Hawas, who was in charge of a protection programme, was abducted from her home on Tuesday. "We do not know who is behind this abduction, but I appeal to those responsible to release our colleague as soon as possible," said the ICRC head of delegation in Yemen, Antoine Grand.

Airstrikes kill 16 civilians in Taiz

Saudi-led airstrike killed at least 16 people, including 12 women, in the south-western city of Taiz on Sunday.  More than 30 hospitals and medical facilities in the city have been forced to close due to the heavy bombardment, while large areas of the city are without power or water supplies.  Airstrikes also killed four people in the capital, Sana'a, over the weekend.

Militants clash with troops in Hadramawt

At least 29 people have been killed in clashes between Islamist militants and Yemeni soldiers in the eastern Hadramawt region.  The fighting was sparked when members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) detonated a suicide car bomb at a military post between the towns of Shibam and al-Qatn.  A security source said 15 soldiers and 14 militants died in the clashes.  On Thursday the US hostages were evacuated from Yemen by the Omani air force following negotiations with three Houthi rebels, who still control Yemen's capital, Sana'a.

Detained US contractor died in Yemen

An American contractor who was detained in Yemen has died, according to the US Department of State.  John Hamen and a colleague were arrested by Houthi rebels when they landed at Sana'a airport last month.  The pair were working for a company that managed UN facilities in the city, which remains under the control of the Houthis.  State department spokesman Mark Toner did not provide details of the cause of Mr Hamen's death.

Roadside bomb kills 16 soldiers in Marib

At least 16 government soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Marib.  Military sources told the Reuters news agency that the blast, which also wounded six troops, targeted a patrol in Marib city late on Sunday.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taiz fighting leaves 33 dead

At least 33 people have been killed in renewed fighting in the central city of Taiz.  Officials said 21 Houthi rebels died in Saudi-led airstrikes, with eight civilians and four anti-Houthi fighters also killed over the last 24 hours.  More than 2,600 civilians have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes against the Houthis in March.

Two dead as Cyclone Chapala approaches Yemen

At least two people have been killed and nine others wounded on the island of Socotra as Cyclone Chapala heads closer to the Yemeni mainland.  The storm destroyed more than 100 houses on the island, which is located 368km south of Yemen, when it hit on Sunday.  Meteorologists predict the cyclone will make landfall close to the port city of Mukalla at 06:00 UTC on Tuesday.  Heavy rainfall - up to 10 times the annual average - is forecast over the next 48 hours and is likely to cause flash flooding.

Cyclone Chapala strengthens in Arabian Sea

Cyclone Chapala is strengthening rapidly in the Arabian Sea and could become the strongest on record over the coming days.  The tropical cyclone is currently reported to have sustained winds of a Category 4 hurricane and may reach Category 5 strength before making landfall in Yemen or Oman on Monday. "The winds are a threat but we expect the biggest impact will be from the very, very, very serious rainfall. I’ve seen some reports that the area might get the equivalent of more than a year's worth of rainfall in a couple of days," said a spokeswoman for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

MSF hospital hit in Saudi-led airstrike

The charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) says one of its hospitals has been targeted by Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.  At least one person was wounded in the strike on the clinic in the northern Saada province, while the operations theatre was damage.  "It could be a mistake, but the fact of the matter is it's a war crime. There's no reason to target a hospital. We provided (the coalition) with all of our GPS coordinates about two weeks ago," said MSF country director Hassan Boucenine.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 20 prisoners in southern Yemen

At least 20 prisoners have been killed after Saudi-led coalition jets bombed a prison in the southern al-Bayda province on Sunday.  Medical sources said that a further 30 people were wounded in the strikes, which hit a facility run by the Shia Houthis rebels.  The coalition also targeted other Houthi positions in the capital, Sana'a, on Sunday.

Airstrike kills 30 in south-west Yemen

At least 30 people have been killed after airstrikes hit a wedding celebration in the south-western town of Sanban.  The Saudi-led coalition have been carrying out strikes in the area, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, however a coalition spokesman denied responsibility. "Not every explosion that takes place in Yemen in as airstrike - it could be a missile, car bomb, or weapons cache," coalition spokesman Ahmed Asseri said.  According to officials local hospitals have been overwhelmed with victims following the bombing.

Houthi rebels commits to UN peace plan

Shia Houthi rebels have committed to the UN-brokered peace plan agreed during talks in Muscat, Oman.  The General People's Congress (GPC), the party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and allies of the Houthis, have also accepted the plan.  However, Yemen's current President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said he would only participate in the talks in the Houthi and GPC forces surrender and give up their positions in the capital and other major cities.  An estimated 5,000 people have been killed since the conflicted erupted back in March.

Government base hit by rocket fire in Aden

A hotel used by Yemen's government has been hit by rocket fire in the southern port city of Aden.  The country's prime minister, vice president and other senior officials were unhurt by the attack on the al-Qasr hotel.  The UAE, which has troops deployed in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition, claimed Houthi rebels carried out the attacks.

Iranian boat carrying weapons seized by Saudi coalition

A Iranian fishing boat loaded with weapons bound for Yemen has been seized by the Saudi-led coalition off Salalah, Oman.  Officials said the vessel, which had 14 Iranian crew members, was carrying eight anti-armoured Concourse shells, 54 anti-tank shells, shell-battery kits, firing guidance systems, launchers and binoculars' batteries. "The Command of the Coalition ... foiled an attempt to smuggle weapons destined to the Houthi militias, on an Iranian fishing boat," the statement said.

Saudi-led airstrikes hit wedding party in Mocha

At least 75 people have been killed after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a wedding party near the south-western city of Mocha.  The majority of the victims of Monday's strike were reported to be women and children.  A senior government official told the Associated Press that the strikes on the village of al-Wahga were "a mistake".

Twin suicide bomb attack kills 25 at Sana'a mosque

At least 25 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack at a mosque in the capital, Sana'a.  The two blasts hit the al-Balili mosque as worshippers marked the Eid al-Adha festival.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) have previously carried out similar attacks in the city.

President Hadi returns Yemen after exile

Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has returned to the country after six months in exile.  Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia in March after Houthi rebels pushed south towards the port city of Aden.  He is expected to remain in Aden for the Eid al-Adha festival before flying to New York to address the UN.

Six foreign hostages released in Yemen

Houthi rebels have released six foreign hostages following negotiations with the Omani government.  Two US nationals, three Saudis and a Briton were flown to the Omani capital, Muscat, where they were met with consular officials.  US Secretary of State John Kerry said: "We will continue to work tirelessly to pursue the release of all Americans detained abroad unjustly, including those who remain in the region."

Nine civilians killed in Saudi-led air strikes

At least nine Yemeni civilians were killed in air strikes by Saudi-led coalition warplanes as they targeted the home of a Houthi rebel leader in the al-Jaraf neighbourhood of Sanaa late Wednesday night. The leader, Ibrahim al-Shami was not in the house at the time of the attack. 

Indian nationals missing after Saudi-led airstrikes

At least seven Indian nationals are missing after their boats where hit by Saudi-led airstrikes between Somalia and Yemen. "We have seen media reports about the death of Indian nationals in Yemen. Indian Embassy officials in Djbouti are in touch with local contacts and we have ascertained that there were two boats one of which was plying between Berbera (Somalia) and Mokha (Yemen)," the External Affairs Ministry (MEA) Spokesperson said. The MEA added that 13 other crew members were safe.

Seven Indians missing after Saudi airstrikes

Seven India nationals are reported to be missing after Saudi jets bombed two boats carrying 20 Indian crew members near Yemen. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that it has no information on the identity of the crew members, but confirmed that 13 were alive. The Ministry is in contact with embassy officials in Yemen. One of the boats was traversing the Red Sea from the Somalian port of Berbera, heading to Mokha in Yemen, when it came under fire on Tuesday. Yemeni coast guard officials said that the Saudi-led coalition attacked more than five boats off the Yemeni coast, and Houthi rebel officials have reported that the boats were carrying fisherman, and were not connected to the rebel group. 

Qatar deploys 1,000 troops to Yemen

Qatar has reportedly deployed ground troops to Yemen for the first time. 1,000 ground troops, supported by armoured vehicles and helicopters are reportedly heading for Marib province. Last week, 60 soldiers from the Saudi-led coalition were killed at a base in the province. The missile strike by Houthis rebels killed 45 UAE, ten Saudi and five Bahraini soldiers after an ammunition depot exploded in the strike. 

UAE soldiers killed in central Yemen blast

At least 22 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been killed in an explosion at an ammunitions store in central Yemen.  Houthi rebels claim that the blast in Marib province was triggered by a rocket fired at a coalition camp, although the UAE state-run agency claimed the explosion was accidental.  The UAE has sent thousands of soldiers to Yemen to fight the Shia Houthi rebels as part of a wider Saudi-led coaltion.

Twin suicide blast kills 28 at Sana'a mosque

At least 28 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  The first device exploded as worshippers left the mosque, while the second blast targeted people responding to the initial casualties.  A group affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility for the blast, claiming it was a revenge attack against the Shia Houthi rebels.

Red Cross workers shot dead in northern Yemen

Two local aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been killed in northern Yemen.  The organisation said that it has suspended all movements in Yemen "for the time being" following the incident, which happened in the Amran province early on Wednesday. Local reports suggest a lone gunman opened fire on their vehicle as they drove between Sadaa province and the capital, Sana'a.

Saudi airstrikes kill 18 across Yemen

At least 18 civilians have been killed in Saudi airstrikes against residential areas across Yemen on Tuesday. Saudi warplanes bombarded Mukayrus town in al-Bayda province, killing 11 people and wounding many more. One civilian was killed and nine others injured in airstrikes on a number of areas in Taiz province. Saudi bombs struck a market in Sirwah, killing four civilians and injuring 15 others. Saudi jets also bombed Majaz district, Sa'ada province, killing one civilian and wounding several others. They also conducted 12 airstrikes against various regions in Hajjah province, although there have not yet been any reports of fatalities. Saudi bombers levelled 12 residential buildings in al-Khamsin Street in Sana'a, killing one civilian and injuring 17 others. 

Gunmen kill two Yemeni militia leaders in Aden

Unidentified gunmen on motorbikes shot dead two leaders of the loyalist militia controlling Aden in two separate attacks on Monday. Rasheed Khaled Saif and Hamdi al-Shutairi were military leaders of the Popular Southern Resistance, a loose alliance which fought against Houthi rebels when they attempted to besiege the city. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

Houthi rebels raid dozens of opponent's homes

Houthi rebels in Sanaa have raided the homes of dozens of political opponents and local NGO workers, claiming they are affiliated with ISIS and Al Qaeda. Officials report that last week Houthi rebels detained at least 20 people, including one UN employee, near Sanaa's presidential palace.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 36 in Hajjah province

At least 36 people have been killed in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in north-western Yemen.  Jets carried out around 15 strikes on a bottling plant and a Houti training facility in the Hajjah province on Sunday.  The UN has estimated that at least 4,500 people have been killed in the conflict so far this year.

Yemen army recruits 4,800 southern fighters

The Yemeni army has recruited 4,800 southern fighters after a presidential decision to integrate loyalist militiamen who helped push Houthi rebels out of Aden. "This brigade has 4,800 fighters, including soldiers and officers. Most of the recruits are former fighters of the Popular Resistance pro-government militia", Colonel Fadel Mohammed Hassan has said. The majority of the new forces reportedly come from Aden province, where forced loyal to exiled President Mansour Hadi pushed back Houthi rebels last month. The Salman Decisiveness Brigade is named after the Saudi monarch whose country has led a military campaign against the rebels since March. 

Drone kills five Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen stronghold

An apparent US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda suspects in the extremist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, a government official said Thursday. "A drone targeted a house where al-Qaeda militants were gathered for a meeting, destroying it and killing all five inside" late Wednesday, the official reported.

Houthi rockets kill civilians in Taiz

At least 14 civilians have been killed by rockets fired by Houthi rebels in the city of Taiz. One resident reported that most of the dead in the Deluxe district were children. He added that all but one of the city's hospitals were closed, so there was a shortage of medical care available for the wounded. 

Saudi-led air raid kills 13 teaching staff and four children

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hs reportedly killed 13 teaching staff and four children in Sanaa, northern Yemen. UNICEF condemned what it called Tuesday's "senseless bloodshed" in Amran province that it said killed 17 civilians and also injured 20 other people. Five Houthi rebels were also killed in the strike, according to medical sources who gave the same civilian death toll of 17, including the four children. The raid hit a building housing offices for a teachers' union as well as the pro-rebel General People's Congress party during a meeting of Huthi militiamen, witnesses said. "The educators were gathered together to prepare exams for thousands of children who had missed the end of their school year because of this brutal conflict," the agency said. "Working after hours, they had brought their children with them. Some of whom were playing outside when the bomb exploded," it said. "A selfless activity turned in a moment into senseless bloodshed."

Four killed in bomb attack on governor's office in Aden

A bomb attack on the governor's temporary headquarters in Aden has killed four people and wounded ten others. Governor Nayef al-Bakri was unharmed in the blast at the headquarters of the Aden Faculty of Administrative Sciences, which is housing the governor's offices. It is the first such attack in Aden since pro-government forces retook the city from Houthi rebels in mid-July.

Tens of UAE troops killed in clashes with Yemeni forces

Houthi rebel forces have attacked a convoy of UAE troops travelling in Humvee vehicles in an area between Al-Bayda and Abyan provinces, according to a senior Houthi commander. Rebel forces reportedly destroyed several Humvees and captured five others, as well as a missile launch-pad.

These claims have not yet been verified by independent sources.

Hodeida port bombed; more than 80 killed in Ta'izz

On August 18, Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida was bombed by warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition, resulting in some of the port's infrastructure being destroyed. The delivery of aid supplies to the north of the country heavily depends on the port of Hodeida.  Fighting between government loyalists and Houthi rebel militants for control of the city of Ta'izz continued overnight. Pro-government forces have captured several strategic locations in the city, and more than 80 people are reported to have been killed in the fighting in the last 24 hours. 

More than 80 dead in 24 hours of fighting in Taez

Heavy fighting between government loyalists and Houthi rebels for Yemen's third city of Ta'izz has left more than 80 people dead in the past 24 hours. The dead bodies of 50 Shi'ite Houthi rebels and allied troops were recovered from the city on Monday, and 31 pro-government fighters also died. Military sources said Sunday that pro-government forces, supported by Saudi-led coalition air strikes, have made key gains against the Iran-backed rebels in Ta'izz, which is seen as a gateway to the rebel held capital of Sanaa. They have reportedly seized several strategic locations in the city, including intelligence headquarters, a fortress from which rebels had been shelling the city, and the highest peak overlooking the city. 

Entire family killed in Saudi airstrike in Yemeni Sa'ada Province

Sources claim that an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition warplanes have killed six members of one family, and injured several others. They added that scores of civilians were killed and injured in the massive air attacks on Abb, Marib province, last week. 

Rebel shelling kills six civilians in Ta'izz

Mortar rounds fired by Shi'ite Houthi rebels have killed six civilians in the city of Ta'izz. Security officials say that Thursday's shelling came as reinforcements arrived to help the rebels maintain their grip on the city. They say that rebel fighters are retreating from the south, where pro-government forces, backed by Saudi-led airstrikes, have been advancing in recent weeks.

Drone strike kills five Al-Qaeda suspects

A suspected US drone strike has killed five presumed Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen. "An unmanned aircraft fired a missile against an Al-Qaeda vehicle in Mukalla," capital of the vast desert Hadramawt province, killing five suspected militants, a local official has said. He was unable to provide further details or identify the suspects.

Militiamen advance into Houthi-held territory

On August 11, local anti-Houthi fighters advanced into Ibb and seized six districts in the central province of Yemen. This is a significant advance into territory that has been held unopposed by Houthi rebels for months. 

Anti-Houthi fighters seize districts in central Yemen

Fighters opposed to Yemen's dominant Houthi movement have seized four districts in the central province of Ibb, bringing the armed resistance closer to the group's stronghold in the capital Sanaa. Tribal gunmen and Sunni Islamist militias loyal to Yemen's exiled government took control of the areas amid heavy clashes with the Shi'ite Houthis, with the support of Saudi-led airstrikes and weapons. 

Emirati armoured brigade spearheads Aden breakout

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has deployed a powerful armoured formation to help pro-government forces push out of Aden and capture the Al-Anad airbase from Houthi rebels, and is now supporting the troops on the ground in the area. 

French hostage released after more than 5 months

Isabelle Prime, a French citizen, was freed on Thursday night and would imminently be returning to France, the president's office said. No details of her release were provided. The 30-year-old was working as a consultant on a World Bank-funded project when she was abducted on 24 February while travelling to the capital Sanaa. Her translator, Sherine Makkaoui, was released in March.

Saudi Apache helicopter downed in Yemen

A Saudi Apache gunship has crashed in the Harad district of the western province of Hajjah. Saudi Arabia has reported that it crashed due to a technical fault, but the Houthi rebels claim that it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

Saudi Arabian soldier killed in clashes with Houthi rebels

A Saudi Arabian soldier has been killed in clashes with Houthi rebels in the province of Aden late on Tuesday night. 

Pro-government fighters retake al-Anad airbase

Yemeni pro-government fighters have retaken full control of the strategically important al-Anad airbase in the southern province of Lahj. A top commander of loyalist forces has said that "Lahj province has... been freed of Houthi rebels." However, the Houthis have released a statement denying the recapture of the airbase.

Loyalist fighters launch offensive to retake Yemen's largest air base

Fighters loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi have launched a major offensive to recapture Yemen's largest air base fro Shiite rebels. Al-Anad air base, north of Aden, is strategically important and housed US troops overseeing a drone war against Al-Qaeda in the country before it was overrun by rebels in March. Hundreds of troops and militia, equipped with tanks and armoured vehicles supplied by the Saudi-led coalition, deployed around the base late Sunday evening in preparation for the attack. A military source has since said that the "battle to retake Al-Anad base has begun." Another source has said that Saudi-led warplanes were providing air cover for the loyalist forces.

Car bomb kills three in southern Yemen

A car bomb has killed at least three people and injured three others in the town of Damat, in the southern Yemeni province of Dhale. 

Houthis may have fired North Korean missiles

South Korean intelligence officials claim that at least some portion of the Scud missiles fired by Houthi rebels at Saudi Arabia may have been provided by North Korea. It is unknown how the South Korean intelligence community came to that conclusion. Analysts state that it is possible that some of the missiles are North Korean in origin, but it is far from definite.

Yemeni forces seize Houthi positions on Aden outskirts

Yemeni forces, supported by Saudi-led airstrikes, have recaptured positions in the town of Muthalath al-llm, on the outskirts of Aden. They were previously used by Houthi rebels to fire rockets into the city. The fighters, known as the Southern Resistance forces, recaptured neighbourhoods north of Aden, including Ya'wala, Al-Basateen and Qariat al-Falahi. There is still ongoing fighting in al-Houta, 20 miles from Aden.

Drone strike kills four suspected militants

Four suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed by a drone strike on their vehicle in al-Mahfad, Abyan province. The drone, suspected to be from the US, killed a man who residents describe as a mid-ranking local leader, named Ahmed al-Kazimi. The dead men are suspected to be members of Ansar al-Sharia, a branch of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terror network. 

Four killed by car bomb

A car bomb outside of an Ismaili mosque in Sanaa, Yemen, exploded, killing four people and wounding seven, health authorities and a security source have said. The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Al Faydh Alhatemy mosque.

Shelling reported despite 'truce'

Houthi rebel artillery has shelled residential areas near the city of Taiz, just as a humanitarian truce between rebels and Saudi-backed pro-government forces came into force. The Saudi-led coalition said it would halt air raids to let humanitarian aid into the country. A Houthi spokesman said the rebels would not adopt a position on the ceasefire until they were officially informed.

Houthi shelling kills 43 in Aden

At least 43 people have been killed and more than 100 others wounded in shelling by Shia Houthi rebels in the southern port city of Aden.  The renewed fighting came three days after pro-government forces claimed to have "liberated" the city.  On Sunday fighters from the Southern Resistance, who want independence for former South Yemen, also clashed with Houthi fighters in Aden's Tawahi and Crater districts 

Saudi-backed forces capture Aden airport

Yemeni fighters supported by the Saudi-led coalition have recaptured the airport in the southern city of Aden from Shia Houthi rebels.  Troops loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi also seized the central district of Khormaksar on Tuesday.  The renewed fighting came despite the latest UN-brokered humanitarian ceasefire, although spokesman Stephane Dujarric said "our humanitarian colleagues and their partners were able to distribute some vital aid to the desperate people of Yemen".

UN ceasefire broken 'within hours'

The latest UN-brokered humanitarian ceasefire was broken hours after coming into force on Saturday.  Saudi-led airstrikes hit targets in the capital, Sana'a, while fighting was also reported in the city of Taiz between Shia Houthi rebels and their rivals.  Both sides blamed the other for breaking the ceasefire, which started at midnight on Friday.

UN announces humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen

The United Nations has announced that a humanitarian ceasefire will begin in Yemen on Friday and will last until the end of Ramadan on 17 July. "The secretary-general looks forward to the commitments of all parties to the conflict in Yemen to an unconditional humanitarian pause," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.  More than 3,000 people have been killed in the country since Saudi-led coalition airstrikes started in March.

Dozens of soldiers killed in airstrikes

An airstrike by Saudi-led coalition warplanes has killed 70 soldiers and injured up to 200 more.  The details of the strike are confused with some reports saying that the army base in southern Yemen in Hadramaut province was targeted by Saudi forces to prevent the soldiers, who are loyal to exiled President Hadi, from defecting to the Houthie's.  Other reports indicate the strike was a mistake.

Mass jailbreak at Taiz prison

More than 1,200 prisoners have escaped during clashes at a prison in the central city of Taiz.  According to the state news agency Saba the jailbreak was sparked when a large contingent of al-Qaeda fighters stormed the complex in the centre of the city.  It is the third major jailbreak in Yemen since Saudi-led airstrikes began in March.

Islamic State (IS) claims responsibility for car bomb in Sana'a

The capital of Yemen, Sana'a was hit by a large explosion as a car bomb went off at a funeral killing 28 and injuring a number of others.  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack which they claimed was targeting the Houthie leadership. 

Islamic State (IS) claims Sana'a mosque bombings

Militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for the coordinated attack on three mosques in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, on Wednesday.  At least 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded in the bombings, which the group said were in "revenge" against the "Houthi apostates".  The attacks took place as people arrived for evening prayers ahead of the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

AQAP leader confirmed dead in US drone strike

The leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The group confirmed Nasser al-Wuhayshi's death in a video released online, adding that military commander Qasm al-Rimi had been appointed as his successor. "We in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula mourn to our Muslim nation... that Abu Baseer Nasser bin Abdul Karim al-Wuhayshi, may God have mercy on his soul, passed away in an American strike which targeted him along with two of his mujaheddin brothers," a senior militant said in the video.

UN-sponsored peace talks begin in Geneva

United Nations sponsored peace talks over the conflict in Yemen have started in Geneva. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that "while the parties bicker, Yemen burns" and called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. More than 2,000 people have been killed in the conflict, while an estimated 20 million people are in need of aid. On Sunday night several airstrikes rocked the capital, Sana'a, hours after pro-Houthi protesters had taken to the streets to condemn the Saudi-led operations.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 44 in Sana'a

Saudi-led airstrikes have killed at least 44 people and wounded 100 others in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a.  Jets targeted the main army headquarters, which are controlled by the Houthi rebels, near the central Tahir district.  On Saturday the Houthis fired a scud missile across the border into Saudi Arabia, which the kingdom said it shot down.

Houthi fighters killed in Ibb province ambush

Armed tribesmen have killed at least 18 Houthi fighters in an ambush in the central province of Ibb.  Gunmen targeted the rebels in the town of Qaeda on Tuesday, while another 15 Houthis died in clashes with supporters of president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Dhalea province.

US national released in Yemen

An American national held hostage by Houthi rebels has been released in Yemen.  The US State Department said Casey Coombs, a freelance journalist, was flown to Oman where he is receiving medical treatment. "I can... confirm that US citizen Casey Coombs has departed Yemen and has arrived safely in Muscat," said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. "He is in stable condition. The US ambassador and a consular official met him at the airport upon his arrival and are providing all possible consular assistance."

Airstrikes hit Houthi targets across Yemen

Saudi-led coalition warplanes have targeted Shia Houthi rebel positions across Yemen.  At least eight civilians were killed and 20 others wounded when jets bombed a rebel arms depot in the capital, Sana'a on Monday.  Other strikes were reported in Saada province and around the southern port city of Aden. 

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 36 in Sana'a

At least 36 people have been killed after Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed a police commando headquarters in central Sana'a. An official from the rebel-held health ministry told the AFP that "36 soldiers and officers were killed and 100 others were wounded" in the strikes on Wednesday. Other raids have hit a rebel-controlled naval base in Hodeida province and positions in the northern province of Hajja.

Pro-Hadi forces retake Dhalea from Houthis

Militiamen allied to Yemen's exiled president have retaken the southern district of al-Dhalea following clashes with Shia Houthi rebels. "The pro-Hadi tribal militia killed more than 18 Houthi gunmen during the massive offensive that lasted three days and retook full control of the province as well as some surrounding areas," said a military source.  Elsewhere seven members of the same family were reported to have been killed in an airstrike in a northern village, close to the border with Saudi Arabia.

Fresh clashes kill seven in Taiz

At least seven people have been killed and 30 others wounded in fierce clashes in the southern city of Taiz.  Houthi rebels and troops loyal to exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi exchanged fire in residential areas of the city.  The latest fighting came as a UN conference designed to end the conflict in Yemen was "indefinitely postponed".

Saudi-led jets hit several targets in Yemen

Saudi-led warplanes have carried out several airstrikes on Shia Houthi rebels across Yemen.  Jets targeted a stadium and a camp in the north of the capital, Sana'a, while other strikes were reported in Marib province and the southern port city of Aden. Hayef al-Bakri, a local pro-government official in Aden, urged the coalition to intervene on the ground in Aden "to save residents".

Houthis boycott Saudi-led peace talks

Yemen's Shia Houthi rebels have boycotted preliminary peace talks in Saudi Arabia aimed at resolving the ongoing conflict.  President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Haddi has joined other regional delegates at the three-day event in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, saying he plans to return to Sana'a to build "a federal Yemen that never excludes any party".    Meanwhile the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed, has called for an extension of the humanitarian ceasefire, which is due to expire on Sunday.

Civilians killed in Taiz clashes

At least 12 civilians have been killed and more than 50 others wounded in clashes between Houthi fighters and pro-government forces.  The fighting also left 26 Houtis and 14 soldiers loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi dead.  The latest unrest comes despite a five-day humanitarian ceasefire and Saudi Arabia has warned that it was "ready to act" against any ceasefire violations.

Sporadic fighting threatens ceasefire

Yemen's humanitarian ceasefire has been threatened by outbreaks of violence in the country.  Saudi-led airstrikes targeted Houthi rebels in Abyan province, while fighting has also been reported in Taiz province.  In the south coalition warships shelled fuel depots in a rebel-held area in western Aden.

Aid starts to arrive in Yemen as ceasefire kicks in

Humanitarian agencies have started delivering much needed aid into Yemen as a five-day ceasefire takes hold.  The UN's food agency warned today that the situation in Yemen was "catastrophic".  Sporadic clashes were reported in the port city of Aden and there was also shelling through the night in Sana'a after the ceasefire began at 23:00 local time on Sunday; however, Wednesday has been largely peaceful.

Fresh airstrikes rock Sana'a ahead of ceasefire

Saudi-led airstrikes have rocked the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, hours before a five-day humanitarian ceasefire is due to begin.  Residents said jets targeted an arms depot used by the Houthis in the north-east of the city, while strikes were also reported in the southern port city of Aden.  The ceasefire is due to commence at 23:00 local time on Tuesday.

Saudi-Yemen border hit by heavy fire

Yemen's Shia Houthi fighters and Saudi-led armed forces have exchanged fire along the two countries shared border.  The Houthis said they fired rockets and mortars on the cities of Jizan and Najran, while the Saudi targeted Saada and Hajjah provinces with more than 150 rockets.  Saudi planes also carried out airstrikes in the central city of Taiz and in Marib province.  The latest fighting comes a day before a five-day humanitarian ceasefire is due to begin in Yemen.

Moroccan jet goes missing in Yemen

A Moroccan F-16 jet has gone missing in Yemen while taking part in Saudi-led airstrikes.  The Moroccan Royal Armed Forces said the plane went missing on Sunday at 18:00 local time.  The pilot of a second jet in the same squadron didn't see if the pilot had ejected, while there have been unconfirmed reports that the plane was hit by ground fire.

Saudi Arabia announces start of Yemen ceasefire

Saudi Arabia has announced that a ceasefire will begin in Yemen on Tuesday for an initial five-day period.  The foreign minister, Abel al-Jubeir, said the agreement could be extended "if it works out", while US Secretary of State John Kerry said its success was contingent on the cooperation of the Houthis.  The ceasefire will start at 23:00 on Tuesday evening and should allow for much needed humanitarian aid to reach the country.

Senior AQAP leader killed in Yemen

A senior al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) commander has been killed in a US airstrike in Yemen.  Nasser al-Ansi previously appeared in a video claiming responsibility for the attacks in Paris which killed 12 people in January.  AQAP said al-Ansi died in the Hadramout province several weeks ago.

Saudi Arabia considers Yemen ceasefire

Saudi Arabia said it is considering a five-day ceasefire in Yemen to allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid. Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir, who was speaking at a press conference in Riyadh with US Secretary of State John Kerry, said the ceasefire is conditional on the cooperation of Houthi rebels. “We strongly urge the Houthis and those (who) back them... to use all their influence not to miss this major opportunity to address the needs of the Yemeni people and find a peaceful way forward,” Kerry told reporters.

Civilians killed trying to flee Aden

At least 80 people have been killed trying to flee the southern port city of Aden.  Many of the victims were on a boat which left the al-Tawahi district and was headed to al-Buraiqa in the west when it was hit by shells fired by Houthi rebels.  The deaths came amid heavy fighting between Houthi rebels and southern militias.

Saudi airstrikes kill 43 across Yemen

At least 43 civilians have been killed and around 100 others wounded in a series of airstrikes across north-western Yemen.  Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out more than 30 strikes in the provinces of Saada and Hajja on Wednesday morning.  The strikes came a day after suspected Houthi rebels killed three people in a mortar and rocket attack on the Saudi town of Najran.

Yemen rebels shell Saudi border town

Houthi rebels have fired mortar shells at the Saudi border region of Najran, prompting authorities to suspend all schools and cancel flights to the region. "Air and ground forces will respond in the right way to these hazardous acts and will not allow them to be repeated," spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Assiri told the Al-Ekhbariya state television.

Airstrikes hit Sana'a as fighting rages in Aden

Dozens of airstrikes have been reported in-and-around the capital, Sana'a, overnight.  Military installations in Saawan and the ministry of interior building in Hasaba have both been targeted, while civilian houses have also been hit around the city, leaving at least eight people dead.  In Aden there has been fierce fighting between Houthi fighters and forces loyal to President Hadi for control of the city's main airport. "The scene is disastrous, not just in the streets where fighting is going on but inside houses where families are often trapped and terrified," Ahmed al-Awgari, a local activist told the Reuters news agency.

Fierce fighting rages around Aden

At least 28 people have been killed in fierce fighting in the Dar Saad district of Aden. At least four pro-Hadi fighters and six Houthi fighters were also killed in dawn clashes in the town of Daleh, north of the main southern city of Aden, an official said. On Friday the United Nations said more than 550 people had been killed since Saudi-led airstrikes started at the end of March.

Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen

Saudi-led jets carried out at least 20 air strikes across Yemen on Thursday, despite the announcement in Riyadh on Tuesday that the military operation was over.  The strikes targeted Shia Houthi rebels across six central and southern provinces, while the port cities of Hodaida and Aden were also hit. A newly-formed Islamic State offshoot calling itself the "Green Brigade" also claimed it was behind a bombing that killed five rebels in Yarim on Wednesday.

Fresh Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen

Saudi-led coalition jets have carried out fresh airstrikes in Yemen, despite an announcement yesterday that military operations against Shia Houthi rebels had ended.  The deputy governor of Aden, Nayef al-Bakri, said that jets targeted Houthis and their allied fighters around the city, while airstrikes were also reported in the central city of Taiz. Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi gave a televised address from Riyadh, where he thanked the coalition partners for their support. "I extend on my behalf and on behalf of the Yemeni people sincere thanks and appreciation for the Arab and Muslim brothers and our partners in the coalition for supporting legitimacy," he said.

Saudi-led coalition ends military operation in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has officially announced the end of its military operations in Yemen against Shia Houthi rebels after "achieving its goals".  In a statement on state television the government announced that the Saudi-led coalition operation 'Decisive Storm' would be replaced by 'Hope Restore'.  The aim is to bring back Yemen's "security and stability through establishing a political process" said the joint statement from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait.

Twin airstrikes kill 40 in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have killed at least 40 people in Yemen on Tuesday.  One strike targeted Shia Houthi rebels on a bridge in the central Ibb province, while another hit a building in the northern city of Haradh.  Local residents said that most of the victims of both strikes were civilians.

Sana'a rocked by massive explosions

Powerful explosions have rocked the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, causing damage to property across the city.  The blasts, which came from Saudi-led airstrikes, caused large mushroom clouds to form above the Fag Atan suburb in western Sana'a.  At least 25 people were killed and more than 300 others wounded by the blasts.

AQAP make gains in southern Yemen

Military officials said militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have taken control of a major airport, a sea port and an oil terminal in southern Yemen.  Officials said AQAP made the gains following clashes with an infantry brigade near the city of Mukalla in Hadramawt province.

AQAP leader killed in drone strike

The ideological leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been killed in a drone strike in south-eastern Yemen.  The group released a statement on Tuesday which confirmed that Saudi-national Ibrahim al-Rubaish died along with several other militants in a "crusade raid".  Al-Rubaish, who was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2006, had a $5 million bounty on his head.

UN imposes arms embargo on Houthi rebels

The UN Security Council has approved an arms embargo on Yemen's Shia Houthi rebels and their supporters, namely former president Ali Abduallh Saleh.  The vote passed with 14 countries in favour and one, Russia, abstaining.  The resolution also called for all parties to "resume and accelerate" UN-brokered peace talks.

Fighting rages around port city of Aden

Fighting has intensified around the southern port city of Aden, with Saudi-led airstrikes continuing for the 15th consecutive day.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that at least 643 people have been killed and more than 2,000 wounded in the conflict since 19 March.  The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that one of its surgical teams managed to reach the city by boat on Wednesday, with one spokesman describing the scene as "nearly catastrophic".  Meanwhile two Iranian military ships have been dispatched to the region, although Tehran claims they are engaged in ongoing anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

Red Cross unable to deliver aid to Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it has been unable to fly aid into Yemen due to the ongoing fighting in the country.  The ICRC received clearance from the Saudi-led coalition which is controlling Yemen's airspace; however fewer planes are willing to land at Sana'a airport.  The charity has 48 tonnes of medical supplies that it hopes to deliver in the next few days, while it has also called for a 24-hour humanitarian ceasefire.

Air strike kills 35 factory workers in Hudaydah

At least 35 people have been killed in an airstrike at a dairy factory in western Yemen.  Witnesses said Saudi-led coalition jets carried out the raid in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah on Tuesday night.  The dairy factory was located near an army camp for forces loyal to the country's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Heavy fighting continues around Aden

Shia Houthi rebels have continued their assault on the southern port city, despite a fifth consecutive night of Saudi-led airstrikes against their positions.  Heavy fighting has been reported between Houthis and fighters loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the Dar Saad district.  At least five civilians were killed in street fighting in the city of Dhalea, north of Aden, on Monday.

Saudi Arabia and allies launch air strikes in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and its regional allies have launched air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen.  Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the US, said that that a coalition of 10 countries took part in the operation to "defend the legitimate government" of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.  At least 18 people were killed in strikes in the capital, Sana'a, on Wednesday evening.  Iran, who is allied to the Houthis, has condemned the military action as US-led aggression.

Houthi rebels advance on Aden as president flees

Shia Houthi rebels have captured the al-Anad air base, around 60km north of the city of Aden.  US and European military advisers were evacuated from the facility last week amid growing insecurity in the country.  Reports are also suggesting that President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his top military commander have fled from Aden, where he has been based since Houthi rebels seized the capital, Sana'a, last month.

Houthi fighters seize Taiz airport

Shia Houthi rebels have seized large areas of the southern city of Taiz, including the city's airport.  One civilian was killed and 82 others wounded when the rebels opened fire at an anti-Houthi protest in the city.  The latest unrest came as UN's special adviser on Yemen warned that the country is on the brink of civil war.

Twin mosque bombing kills dozens

At least 52 people have been killed and more than 150 others wounded after suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Sana'a.  The blasts targeted the Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques, which are used by Houthi Shia Muslims, during midday prayers on Friday.  It is not immediately clear who carried out the attack, although suspicion is likely to fall on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) who have targeted Shia Houthis in the past.

Heavy fighting reported around Aden airport

At least three people have been killed and 21 others wounded during clashes in the southern port city of Aden.  Fighters loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi battled loyalist militias around the city's airport, forcing it to close.  Mr Hadi fled to Aden last month after Shia Houthi rebels captured the capital, Sana'a; however, he insists that he is still the country's president.

Fighting across Yemen leaves 13 dead

At least seven people have been killed in fighting between al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants and Shia Houthi fighters in the central Bayda province on Monday.  AQAP fighters also attacked an army base in Mahfad in the southern Abyan province, killing two soldiers.  Over the weekend four people died during clashes between tribesmen and Houthi rebels in the eastern province of Maarib.

Iranian diplomat freed in Yemen

An Iranian diplomat has been released more than 18 months after he was kidnapped.  Noor Ahmad Nikbakht was abducted in the capital, Sana'a, by unidentified attackers in July, 2013. "A special team from the Intelligence Ministry was able to free Nikbakht from the clutches of terrorists in a series of complex and difficult operations in a very particular part of Yemen," IRNA quoted deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying.

French woman kidnapped in Sana'a

A French woman and her Yemeni driver have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  The pair were driving on 45th street in the centre of the city when they were intercepted and taken to an unknown location.  The woman, who has not been formally identified, reportedly works for the World Bank.

Anti-Houthi activists rally in Taiz

Thousands of anti-Houthi activists have held a large rally in the city of Taiz to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2011 revolution.  On Tuesday nine people were killed and 15 others wounded in clashes in Radda in the al-Bayda province.  Amid the political turmoil in the country the US, UK and French governments have closed their embassies and withdrawn their diplomatic staff from the capital, Sana'a.

Houthi rebels announce government takeover

Shia Houthi rebels have announced a new presidential council to replace Yemen's resigned government.  In a televised statement the group said a five-member council would lead the government for a two-year interim period.  The United Nations (UN), who this week brokered failed peace talks, said they would not recognise the takeover.

Senior AQAP militant killed in US drone strike

A senior al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQA) militant has been killed in a US drone strike in southern Yemen.  Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari died along with three others during the strike in Shabwa province last week.  He recently released a video during which he praised the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo and called for more attacks against the "crusaders".

Anti-Houthi protests continue in Yemen

Thousands of people joined rallies against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, over the weekend.  More than 10,000 marched in solidarity with President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who offered his resignation last week over the Houthi takeover of the city.  During a smaller protest in the Red Sea port of Hodeida gunmen shot and wounded four people.

President Hadi resigns over Houthi surge

Yemen's president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has resigned from office after Shia Houthi rebels seized the capital, Sana'a.  President Hadi, who quit along with PM Khalid Banah, said he did not want to be part of the collapse of the country.  The move sparked anti-Houthi protests in Sana'a, Aden, Taiz, Hodiedah and Ibb on Friday, with demonstrators accusing the Houthis of carrying out a coup.

Houthi rebels storm presidential palace in Sana'a

Shia Houthi rebels have stormed the presidential palace in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, just a day after a ceasefire was agreed.  The fighters are also reported to be carrying out an assault on the presidential residence, with Information Minister Nadia al-Sakkaf saying the complex had come under heavy shelling. Col Saleh al-Jamalani, commander of the presidential guards, described the events as a "coup".

Heavy fighting reported near presidential palace in Sana'a

Government soldiers and Shia Houthi rebels have been engaged in heavy fighting around the presidential palace in Yemen's capital, Sana'a since Sunday.  Both sides blamed each other for starting the clashes, with Houthi sources claiming troops fired on a rebel patrol in the city.  On Saturday Houthi gunmen abducted Ahmed bin Mubarak, the chief of staff of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Security official shot dead in Ibb province

A senior security official has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the central Ibb province.  The assailants opened fire on Colonel Abbas al-Maghribi as his car passed near Ibb University, shooting him in the head.  No group has claimed responsibility for the killing.

Car bomb kills 38 near Sana'a police academy

At least 38 people have been killed and more than 60 others wounded after a car bomb exploded outside a police academy in the capital, Sana'a.  The device exploded as cadets queued to enrol at the academy early on Wednesday morning.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Suicide blast targets Shia Houthi rebels

At least 33 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide bomb attack in central Yemen.  The blast hit a local cultural centre in Ibb governorate where Shia Houthi rebels were preparing a celebration of the Prophet Mohammed's birthday on Saturday.  The governor of Ibb was reportedly wounded in the attack, which is believed to have been carried out by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Twin car bomb kills 25 in central Yemen

At least 25 people have been killed in a twin car bomb attack in central Yemen.  The first device exploded near a Shia Houthi rebel checkpoint in Radaa city in the al-Bayda province, killing 15 people.  The second blast was reported near the house of a local Houthi leader.  Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have been blamed for the attack.

Security forces kill disguised AQAP militants

Yemeni security forces have killed three suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants disguised as fully veiled women.  Officials said one of the militants shot and wounded a guard at a post in the Hawdh area, near the Saudi Arabian border.

Suicide bombers target military base in south

Suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have carried out a twin suicide bomb attack on an army base in southern Yemen.  At least six people were killed and eight others wounded in the blasts at the compound in Seyoun in Hadramout province.

Bomb kills three near Iran envoy's residence in Sana'a

A bomb has killed at least three people near the residence of the Iranian ambassador in the capital, Sana'a.  Ambassador Hasam Nam Wadi was not harmed in the blast, which occurred in the diplomatic district of Hada.  The interior ministry said that an embassy guard and two civilians died in the blast, adding that four were wounded.

Special forces free hostages in south

Yemeni special forces have freed a group of hostages in an operation in the southern province on Lahij.  Seven Yemenis and a US military instructor were rescued near the al-Anad air base, around 60km north of the port city of Aden.  Seven kidnappers were reportedly killed in the overnight operation.

Houthi rebels clash with Sunni militants in Bayda

At least 20 people have been killed during the latest round of clashes between Shia Houthi rebels and Sunni militants in the southern province of Bayda.  The fighting erupted on Monday outside the town of Radaa, around 130km south-east of the capital, Sana'a. The latest violence comes a day after Yemen's new Prime Minister Khaled Bahhah and his cabinet were sworn into office

Fighting continues in central Yemen

Heavy fighting between Houthi Shia rebels and Sunni tribesmen has continued in central Yemen over the weekend.  At least 15 people died in clashes on Friday around the city of Ibb, while on Saturday fighting was reported in the town of Yareem.  In the port city of Hodeidah residents took to the streets to protest against the Houthis, who seized control of it last week.

Houthi rebels clash with AQAP in Yemen

Shia Houthi rebels have clashed with suspected militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen.  At least 12 people died during fighting in the town of Rada in Bayda province late on Tuesday.  AQAP have vowed to fight the Houthi rebels in defence of Sunnis, with the group claiming responsibility for the suicide bomb attack on a Houthi rally in Sana'a last week that left 47 people dead.

Houthi rebels capture port city of Hodeidah

Shia Houthi rebels have seized the strategically key port city of Hodeidah on the Red Sea.  The fighters captured the city's airport, sea port and military base on Tuesday.  The port is the second largest in the country after Aden and is a key source of trade for the capital, Sana'a.  Houthi rebels also captured the city of Dhamar, around 100km south of Sana'a, and have set up checkpoints across the city.

Dozens killed in Sana'a suicide blast

At least 47 people have been killed and 75 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  The blast occurred in the city's Tahir Square as hundreds of people gathered for a rally organised by Shia Houthi rebels.  Elsewhere at least 20 government soldiers died in a suicide car bombing in the eastern port city of Mukalla in Hadramout province.

Peace deal agreed between government and Houthi rebels

Yemen's government has signed a peace deal with Shia Houthi rebels following weeks of violence in the capital, Sana'a.  Under the UN-brokered deal a new government will be formed next month, and comes hours after the prime minister quit amid heavy fighting.  On Sunday Houthi rebels seized a number of government buildings in the capital, including the defence ministry's headquarters and the Central Bank.

Police shoot dead Houthi protesters in Sana'a

Yemeni police have shot dead at least five Shia Houthi protesters during renewed clashes in the capital, Sana'a.  The latest violence erupted when protesters attempted to storm the government headquarters in the city. The head of Yemen's special forces was sacked on Monday following a failed attempt to disperse the protests.

Police clash with Houthi protesters in Sana'a protests

Yemeni police have clashed with thousands of Shia Houthi protesters in the capital, Sana'a.  The security forces fired water cannons and tear gas at the demonstrators, who had set up protest camps around the city in recent weeks.  The unrest came as government planes targeted Houthi rebels to the north-east of the city, killing at least 13 people.

Rebels reject government concessions

Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen have rejected a presidential overture to replace the government and cut a disputed fuel price rise.  President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced the measures on Tuesday; however, the rebels camped outside Sana'a rejected the initiative, with spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam saying that the president was attempting to "skirt around the demands of the Yemeni people."  The Houthis have staged various uprisings in recent years in an attempt to achieve greater autonomy in the northern Saada province.

Thousands join rival rallies in Sana'a

Tens of thousands of people have taken part in rival pro and anti-government rallies in Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  Supporters of the country's Shia rebels gathered in the north of the city and called for the government to step down, with the rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi warning of a "painful" escalation of violence.  Meanwhile thousands of government supporters rallied in southern Sana'a, calling for national unity.

Army officer killed by AQAP militants

An officer in the Yemeni armed forces has been killed by suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in the southern province of Lahij.  Major Bilal Karo was gunned down near his home in the town of Thalab before the assailants fled on a motorbike.

Yemen tribesmen target major oil pipeline

Yemeni tribesmen have blown up a major oil pipeline in Maarib province, causing serious disruption to crude flows.  The attack destroyed the pipeline, which carries around 100,000 barrels of oil daily, in the Habab district.  In May the interior ministry said that militant attacks on crude pipelines cost the government $400 million in lost revenue in the first quarter of 2014.

AQAP militants attack Yemeni airport

Suspected al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters have launched an attack on an airport in the southern province of Hadramawt.  Officials said that the coordinated assault began in Sayoun early on Thursday morning, while a suicide car bomber also targeted a nearby army base.  At least six soldiers and three civilians are reported to have been killed in the attacks.

Intelligence official shot dead in Sana'a

Unknown gunmen have shot dead a senior Yemeni intelligence officer in an attack in the capital, Sana'a.  Colonel Khaled al-Khawlani was leaving his house in the city when masked gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on him.  He had been investigating the link between al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the recent killings and abductions of foreign nationals.

Army medics killed in Aden ambush

At least eight army medics have been killed in an ambush by gunmen near the southern port city of Aden.  The victims were travelling in a minibus to the nearby Basaheeb military hospital on Saturday morning when they were attacked.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Yemen without electricity after attacks on power lines

The whole of Yemen has been left without electricity for two days after militants attacked key power lines.  The country's energy minister confirmed the act of sabotage at Kilometre 78, causing the entire national power and energy grid to be suspended.  In response the Yemeni military carried out a series of airstrikes against the suspected assailants in Marib province.

AQAP fighters target army checkpoint in Shabwa

At least 14 people have been killed after suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants attacked an army checkpoint in the south-western Shabwa province.  The interior ministry said eight soldiers and six pro-government tribesmen died in the raid in Bayhad, which began around dawn.  The attacked occurred hours after a US drone strike killed three suspected AQAP militants in the Wadi Abida area.

More than 100 killed in north Yemen clashes

At least 120 people have been killed in several days of clashes between Shia Houthi rebels and government troops in northern Yemen.  Around 100 rebels died and 20 soldiers were reported to have died in the fighting in Amran province on Monday.  The unrest was finally ended by a ceasefire agreement which came into effect at 1200 on Wednesday.

AQAP militants launch deadly assault on Sayoun

Suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have attacked the south-eastern town of Seyoun, leaving at least 25 people dead.  Fierce fighting erupted on Friday evening after the heavily armed fighters detonated a car bomb at the entrance to the city.  Yemen's Defence Ministry said 15 AQAP fighters and 10 Yemeni soldiers died in the fighting

Deadly clashes between army troops and Huthi rebels in Amran

At least 25 people have been killed in clashes between Yemeni security forces and Shia Huthi rebels near the northern city of Amran.  According to local reports the fighting erupted on the western outskirts of the city when rebels attacked an army checkpoint.

AQAP militants attack Yemen army posts in south

Suspected al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQAP) militants have attacked two army posts in the southern province of Shabwah.  General Mohsen Saeed al-Ghazali said nine soldiers, including an army colonel, and 13 militants died in the clashes in the Azzan and Jul al-Rida districts.

Kidnapped German national released in Yemen

Rudiger Schmidt, the German national who was kidnapped by tribesmen in January, has been safely released.  Mr Schmidt, who is in his 60s and suffers from lung cancer, was freed after President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi authorised the release of two tribesmen who had been jailed by the Yemeni authorities.

Drone strike kills six AQAP militants

A US drone strike has killed six suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in central Yemen.  Security officials confirmed the strike which targeted a car in the Husoun al-Jalal area in the Marib province on Monday.

Ten police officers killed in al-Mukalla suicide blast

At least 10 police officers have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack in the south-eastern city of al-Mukalla.  The assailant drove the explosive-packed vehicle into a military police base in the city on Sunday afternoon.  Hours earlier three militants were killed when they tried to attack a security checkpoint in the capital, Sana'a, leading to a gunfight with security forces.

Four soldiers killed in Sana'a attacks

Suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have attacked two checkpoints around the capital, Sana'a, killing four soldiers.   Militants attempted to drive a vehicle packed with explosives into the presidential palace when they were stopped by troops, leading to a gunfight.  Earlier the country's defence minister survived an attempted assassination in the southern Mahfad region of the city.

US shuts embassy in Yemen over security threats

The US state department has stopped all operations at its embassy in Sana'a, Yemen due to "recent attacks against Western interests".  Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the move was a "precautionary step" and that the embassy would reopen when it was deemed safe to do so.  Earlier this week a French security guard was shot dead in the capital, while in April a German diplomat was wounded in an attempted kidnapping.

French security guard shot dead in Sana'a

A French security guard has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the capital, Sana'a.  A second French national and a Yemeni driver were also wounded in the incident, which French President Francois Hollande has called a "cowardly attack".  The deceased was part of a security team which was guarding the European Union mission in Yemen.

German diplomat wounded in attempted kidnapping

A German diplomat has been wounded in an attempted kidnapping in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, on Monday.  The German foreign ministry confirmed that the diplomat and a colleague were attacked by gunmen while they were driving in the southern district of Hadda.  Several foreign nationals have been kidnapped in the capital in recent years, while last October a German embassy security guard was killed resisting a kidnapping attempt.

Drone strikes kill 55 AQAP militants in Yemen

Yemen's government said that 55 al-Qaeda militants have been killed in three days of drone strikes across the mountains of southern Yemen.  The Interior Ministry said that the air strikes targeted militant hideouts in the Abyan, Shabwa and al-Bayda provinces.  Local reports suggest that three al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leaders were among the dead.

Suicide car bomb kills eight at Aden army base

Six soldiers and two civilians have been killed after militants attacked an army headquarters in the southern port city of Aden.  The assailants detonated a suicide car bomb at the main gate of the base before a second group attacked with RPGs and automatic weapons.  The state news agency SABA reported that the raid had been carried out by "terrorist elements of al-Qaeda".

Militants kill 20 Yemeni soldiers in Hadramaut

Suspected militants have killed 20 Yemeni soldiers during an ambush on a military checkpoint in the province of Hadramaut.  Security sources said that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were responsible for the dawn attack near the town of Reida.

Drone strike kills three in al-Jawf

A drone strike has killed three suspected militants in the al-Jawf governorate, north of the capital Sana'a.  One of the victims of the strike was identified as Ali Saleh Jareem Alyan, accused of being a member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Army clashes with separatists in southern Yemen

At least 13 people have been killed after the Yemeni army clashed with separatist militants in the southern city of Daleh.  A military official told the AFP that gunmen ambushed an army convoy near a local government office, leading to a gun battle.  Seven soldiers were killed in the fighting, while a further 15 were captured and taken hostage.

Inmates escape after gunmen attack Sana'a prison

At least 14 inmates have escaped from the main prison in Sana'a after it was attacked by gunmen on Thursday night.  The raid started when the militants detonated a car bomb at the gate of the prison before gunmen stormed the main facility.  Eleven people were reportedly killed during the raid, including seven Yemeni police officers.

British teacher kidnapped in Yemen

A British teacher has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a.  The victim, who worked as an English teacher for the training organisation AMIDEAST, was reported missing by his wife on Wednesday evening.  He is the latest in a series of foreign nationals to be abducted in the city in recent months.

Car bomb kills intelligence officer in Sana'a

A car bomb has killed a Yemeni intelligence officer and wounded three others in an attack in the capital, Sana'a.  According to local reports the device had been planted under the seat of Colonel Mohammed Fadhel Hussein's car and exploded as he drove near the oil ministry.

Two soldiers killed in bus blast

Two soldiers have been killed and 14 others wounded after a bomb exploded near a bus in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a.  Violence has increased in Yemen in recent weeks, with three bombings in Sana'a reported on Sunday and two foreign nationals kidnapped in the city in the space of a few days.

Triple explosions rock Sana'a

Three large explosions have been reported in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, occurring near the defence ministry, the central bank and the home of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.  The blasts were followed by heavy gunfire, although the number of casualties from the attacks was not immediately clear.  Meanwhile the Reuters news agency has reported that a British oil worker has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen outside a supermarket in the city.

German national kidnapped in Sana'a

A German national has been kidnapped by armed tribesmen in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a.  The victim, who is in his 60s, was reportedly abducted in the city on Friday before being taken to the eastern province of Marib.  A security official said that the kidnappers carried out the attack in order to force the authorities to releases two members of their tribe.

Yemeni troops killed in Hadramawt ambush

At least 15 Yemeni troops have been killed in an ambush at an army checkpoint in the eastern province of Hadramawt.  The soldiers were targeted by suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants at midday in a desert area outside the city of Shibam.  In a separate incident two soldiers were shot dead and another wounded in al-Bayda province.

Tribal clashes leave 26 dead north of Sana'a

At least nine people have been killed in three days of clashes between Houthi rebels and pro-government tribes in Omran province, north of the capital Sana'a.  The heaviest fighting was reported near the international airport in the Arhab region, where 17 people died on Tuesday night.  President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi recently pledged to adopt a federal constitution aimed at tackling the grievances of the country's various disparate groups.

Houthi envoy shot dead in Sana'a

A senior member of a Shia Muslim Houthi peace delegation has been shot dead in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a.  Ahmad Sharafeddin, a university professor of law, was targeted on Tuesday as he drove from his home to the hotel where the reconciliation talks were being held.

Iranian diplomat shot dead in Sana'a

An Iranian diplomat has been shot dead in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a.  Ali Asghar Assadi was hit three times by unknown gunmen as he left the Iranian ambassador's residence in the Hadda district of the city.  Several foreign embassy staff have been killed in similar attacks over the last two years, while in July, 2013 another Iranian diplomat was kidnapped in the city and remains in captivity.

Colonel assassinated in Hadramout

A Yemeni colonel has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the eastern governorate of Hadramout.  Colonel Abdulghani al-Maqaleh was travelling to work in the city of Sayoun when the assailants opened fire on him from a motorbike, hitting him in the head and the chest.

Sectarian clashes leave 23 dead in northern Yemen

At least 23 people have been killed in two days of sectarian clashes in northern Yemen.  Shia Huthi rebels have been fighting Sunni tribesmen and hard-line Salafists in the provinces of Amran, Saada and al-Jawf for several months now.  The conflict, which was centred on a Salafist mosque and Koranic school in Dammaj, has spread across the northern provinces as the rival groups battle to enforce their respective schools of thought.

Troops clash with tribesmen in restive south

Five soldiers and three tribesman have been killed during clashes in the southern province of Lahj.  The fighting erupted when suspected members of the separatist Hiraak al-Janoubi group stormed a military barracks.  Four soldiers are also reported to be missing following the attack. 

Japanese diplomat stabbed in failed kidnap attempt

A Japanese diplomat has been wounded in a failed kidnap attempt in the capital Sana'a.  The second secretary of the embassy was stabbed five times when he was attacked in the Hadda neighbourhood on Sunday morning.  Several foreign nationals have been targeted in the capital in recent months, including the kidnap of an Iranian embassy worker in July and the killing of a German embasy guard in October.

Wedding party hit by suspected drone strike

At least 13 people have been killed by a suspected US drone strike in the central province of al-Bayda.  The group were heading to a wedding when their convoy was hit near the town of Radda after they were mistakenly identified as militants.  The US military has not confirmed whether they carried out the strike as they refuse to discuss individual incidents.

Dutch hostages released in Yemen

A Dutch couple held hostage since June have been released in Yemen.  Journalist Judith Spiegel and her partner Boudewijn Berendsen, who were seized from a house in Sana'a on 06 June, said they had been treated well by their captors.  No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnap, although Ms Spiegel said they were probably held by tribes rather that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQAP).

Militants attack defence ministry in Sana'a

At least 29 people have been killed and 37 others wounded after a group of militants attacked the defence ministry in the capital, Sana'a.  The violence began when a suicide car bomb exploded at the gates of the complex in the Bab al-Yaman district before gunmen opened fire on the building.

Nine killed in clashes between AQAP and army

Six suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants and three Yemeni soldiers have been killed in clashes in the eastern region of Hadramout.  The defence ministry said that fighting erupted when militants attacked an army checkpoint outside the city of Sayoun.  The incident follows the shooting of an army colonel and his son in the town of al-Qatan on Sunday.

Belarusian military advisers killed in Sana'a

Two Belarusian military advisers have been shot dead in Yemen's capital, Sana'a.  The experts, who were working with the Yemeni army and had been attached to the presidential security force, were killed as they left a hotel in the south of the city.

Houthi MP shot dead in Sana'a

A Yemeni MP has been shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike in the capital Sana'a.  Abdul Karim Jedban, a representative of the Shia Muslim Houthis, was killed on Friday as he left a mosque in the city.  Elsewhere in the capital a gunman opened fire on a convoy carrying the United Nation's envoy, Jamal Benomar, although no one was wounded in the attack.

Salafist-Houthi groups agree ceasefire after clashes kill 100

Salafist and Shia Houthi fighters have agreed a ceasefire in northern Yemen following clashes which left more than 100 people dead.  Violence erupted last week in the town of Dammaj when Houthi fighters attacked the Dar al-Hadith academy, accusing their Salafi rivals of recruiting foreign students to fight for them.

Six soldiers killed in suicide attack

Six Yemeni soldiers have been killed and 17 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the south of the country.  The blast occurred at the entrance of a military base in the Ahwar district of Abyan province.

German embassy guard shot dead in Sana'a

A security guard from the German embassy has been shot dead in the Hadda district of Sana'a in an apparent kidnap attempt.  It has been reported that the gunmen were attempting to seize the German ambassador, Carola Mueller-Holtkemper, who managed to escape unharmed.  Hours later gunmen abducted a Sierra Leone citizen working for UNICEF in the north of the city.

Gunmen seize military base in al-Mukalla

Suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have seized an army base in the coastal city of al-Mukalla, killing three soldiers and wounding six others.  The rebels, who were reportedly dressed in special forces uniforms and had arrived at the base in four military vehicles, seized a number of hostages including the regional commander, General Muhsen Hasan.

Gunmen shoot dead Yemeni air officer in Sana'a

Gunmen on a motorbike have shot dead a Yemeni air force officer in the capital, Sana'a.  Colonel Ali al-Dilmi was killed in front of a military hospital, the day after another air force Colonel was assassinated in the city.

Dozens killed in twin AQAP attacks in southern Yemen

At least 30 people have been killed after suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants carried out twin attacks in southern Yemen.  Two car bombs killed 20 people at a military camp in the town of Shabway, while gunmen shot dead a further 10 soldiers at a military HQ in Mayfaah.

Sectarian clashes leave 42 dead in Yemen

At least 42 people have been killed in 10 days of sectarian clashes between Sunni Islamists and Shia rebels in Yemen, according to tribal sources.  Fighting has been reported between supporters of the Sunni tribal chief Hamid al-Ahmar and Shia Huthi rebels in Amran province, leaving more than 30 people dead.  Sectarian clashes have also taken place in the Rudma region near the southern city of Ibb.

PM Basindwa escapes assassination attempt

Yemen's Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa has survived an assassination attempt in the capital Sana'a, according to local officials.  Mr Basindwa was travelling home on Saturday evening when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his motorcade.

Bus bombing leaves six dead in Sana'a

At least six people have been killed and 26 wounded after a bomb exploded on a bus carrying members of Yemen's air force to their base in Sana'a.  Local reports suggest that the device had been planted under the vehicle.

Five soldiers killed in militant attack on gas terminal

Five soldiers have been killed after suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants attacked a gas terminal in southern Yemen.  The militants opened fire on a security checkpoint near the Baihaf LNG terminal in the southern province of Shabwa before fleeing.

US drone strikes kill 14 in Yemen

Three US drone strikes have killed at least 14 suspected militants in the southern provinces of Hadramout and Marib.  The number of unmanned strikes in the country has increased in recent weeks, with more than 25 fighters killed estimated to have been killed over the last fortnight.

Yemen claims to have foiled al-Qaeda plot

Yemen says that it has foiled a major al-Qaeda attack on the country's oil terminals and two southern ports.  The claims come after the US and other Western embassies withdrew their staff from the country due to an increased terrorist threat.

US warns citizens to leave Yemen immediately

The US State Department has told its citizens to leave the country immediately over a serious terrorist threat.  The waring was reportedly prompted after a conversation between two senior al-Qaeda militants was intercepted, and follows the temporary closure of a number of Western embassies in the country.

Western embassies closed over terrorist threat

The UK Foreign Office has urged all of its citizens to leave the country due to increased security concerns in the region.  Britain, France, Germany and the US have all temporarily closed their embassies in the country, while security has been increased around all Western embassies in Sana'a.

US drone strike targets AQAP militants

Six suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have been killed by a US drone strike in the southern Abyan province.  The targets were driving through Wadi Dhiqa in Mahfad when they were hit.

Iranian embassy worker kidnapped in Sana'a

An employee from the Iranian embassy has been kidnapped in the diplomatic quarter of the capital, Sana'a. Nour-Ahmad Nikbakht was driving through the city when he was seized by gunmen and taken to an unknown location.

Dutch journalist kidnapped in Sana'a

A Dutch journalist and her husband were kidnapped in the Yemeni capital Sana'a more than three weeks ago.  Judith Spiegel, who works for international Dutch Radio, and Boudewijn Berendsen were abducted by gunmen from the affluent Haddah area of the city.  The Yemeni Journalist Syndicate (YJS) has condemned the kidnapping and is campaigning for the pairs release.

Suicide bomber strikes Yemen town

Defence ministry says that several people have been killed after suicide attacker targets market in Saada in the north of the country.

Drone strike kill seven in southern Yemen

At least seven suspected Islamic militants were killed in two drone strikes in the Abyan Governorate in southern Yemen on Saturday.  Last week US President Barack Obama said future drone strikes would only be used when a threat was "continuing and imminent".

Two South African nationals kidnapped in Taiz

Gunmen have kidnapped a South African couple from a hotel in the central city of Taiz.  It has been reported the the tourists were abducted by a local tribal chief to be used as a bargaining tool against the local authorities regarding a land dispute.

Special forces commander shot dead in Hadramaut

Gunmen on a motorbike have shot dead a special forces commander in the eastern region of Hadramaut.  Captain Majed Muttair was killed as he left his home in the city of al-Qatar, while four soldiers were also wounded when their vehicle hit an IED on main road in al-Shehr.

US drone strike outside Sana'a kills two

A US drone strike has killed two suspected AQAP militants in central Yemen.  The strike took place in the Khobza area in the central province of Baida, and follows a similar attack on Saturday which killed four militants .

Tribesmen kidnap Swiss aid worker in Abyan province

A Swiss national working for the red cross has been kidnapped by suspected tribesmen in the southern province of Abyan.  The aid worker travelling with his Yemeni co-workers in the city of Jaar when he was seized.

Yemen Data Sheet

Population:
23.8 million
Major Religion/s:
Islam (55 percent Sunni, 45 percent Zaidi Shia)
International dialing code:
+967
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
Ambuland 191, Fire 191, Police 194 (no longer in operation)
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
220/230V
Climate:
Varies from tropical in the west to temperate at altitude
Ohter Major Cities:
Aden, Hudaydah, Taiz
Borders:
Saudi Arabia, Oman