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UN rights council renews Yemen war crimes probe

UN rights council renews Yemen war crimes probeThe United Nations Human Rights Council voted to extend an international probe of alleged war crimes committed in Yemen despite strong opposition from Saudi Arabia and several of its allies. Last month, investigators detailed evidence of possible war crimes committed in Yemen by both the Saudi-led coalition and the Huthi rebels supported by Iran. The coalition and the Yemeni government, which together are battling the Huthis, strongly criticised the probe’s initial report, arguing that it underplayed rebel violations and Iran’s role.



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Rebels say airstrike hits radio station in Yemen, killing 4

Rebels say airstrike hits radio station in Yemen, killing 4SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels hit a local radio station in the Red Sea port province of Hodeida on Sunday, killing at least four people, a rebel official said.



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Yemen rebels announce temporary Red Sea ceasefire

Yemen rebels announce temporary Red Sea ceasefireYemen’s Huthi rebels announced a two-week pause in Red Sea operations Wednesday, after attacks against Saudi tankers last week prompted Riyadh to suspend oil shipments through a key waterway. The Huthis are fighting a Saudi-led military coalition that backs Yemen’s government. A spokesman for the coalition did not immediately respond to a written request for comment on the Huthis’ unilateral truce.



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UN envoy in Yemen for emergency talks on Hodeida

UN envoy in Yemen for emergency talks on HodeidaThe UN envoy for Yemen arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa on Saturday for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to rebel leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee to avoid further fighting with advancing government troops which are backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. More than 70 percent of Yemeni imports pass through Hodeida’s docks and the fighting has raised UN fears of humanitarian catastrophe in a country already teetering on the brink of famine.



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Parts of Yemen missiles fired at Saudi Arabia were Iranian-made: UN report

Parts of Yemen missiles fired at Saudi Arabia were Iranian-made: UN reportSome components from five missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Huthi rebels were manufactured in Iran but UN officials are unable to determine when they were sent to Yemen, according to a confidential UN report seen by AFP on Thursday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council in the 14-page report that debris from the missiles fired since July 2017 “share key design features with a known type of missile manufactured” by Iran. The report, sent to the council on Tuesday, added that “some component parts of the debris were manufactured in the Islamic Republic of Iran” but it remained unclear whether the transfer was in violation of UN restrictions.



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Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commanders

Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commandersYemen pro-government forces launched an offensive on Wednesday to seize the key port city of Hodeida from Huthi rebels, field commanders told AFP. Loyalist troops have begun pressing towards Hodeida airport, south of the strategic Red Sea city, the commanders said on condition of anonymity. The assault began at around 1:15 pm (1015 GMT) after Yemeni pro-government forces received a “green light” from the Saudi-led coalition, they said.



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Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commanders

Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commandersYemen pro-government forces launched an offensive on Wednesday to seize the key port city of Hodeida from Huthi rebels, field commanders told AFP. Loyalist troops have begun pressing towards Hodeida airport, south of the strategic Red Sea city, the commanders said on condition of anonymity. The assault began at around 1:15 pm (1015 GMT) after Yemeni pro-government forces received a “green light” from the Saudi-led coalition, they said.



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Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commanders

Yemen forces launch assault on Hodeida port city: field commandersYemen pro-government forces launched an offensive on Wednesday to seize the key port city of Hodeida from Huthi rebels, field commanders told AFP. Loyalist troops have begun pressing towards Hodeida airport, south of the strategic Red Sea city, the commanders said on condition of anonymity. The assault began at around 1:15 pm (1015 GMT) after Yemeni pro-government forces received a “green light” from the Saudi-led coalition, they said.



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Civilians flee bombardment as Arab states pound Yemen port

Civilians flee bombardment as Arab states pound Yemen portBy Mohammed Ghobari and Mohamed Mokashef ADEN (Reuters) – Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Yemen’s Hodeidah on Thursday as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the main port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. “The fighting is getting close to the al-Manzar area near the airport and people are fleeing in fear,” said Mohammed Abdullah, an employee of the Houthi administration in the city. Coalition forces were just 2 km from the airport, the Emirati ambassador to the United Nations, Obeid Salem Al Zaabi, told reporters in Geneva.



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Saudi forces say intercept missile fired by Yemen rebels

Saudi forces say intercept missile fired by Yemen rebelsSaudi air defences intercepted a missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom’s southern city of Najran on Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels said, adding that one person was wounded. “The missile was fired at Najran indiscriminately and with the aim of hitting residential areas,” coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki told the official Saudi Press Agency. Yemen’s Saba news agency, run by the Iran-backed Huthi rebels, said the missile had been fired at a Saudi National Guard base in Najran, just over the border from Yemen where the Saudi-led coalition intervened on the side of the government in March 2015.



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