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    Saudis and Israel the two evil dishonest countries of pigs have done more to destabalise the ME than anyone else supported by shysters like Solomon says it all

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    At least 13 killed, 38 wounded in Yemen wedding bombing: medic

    SANAA: At least 13 people were killed and 38 others wounded in the bombing of a wedding in a rebel-held Yemeni town, a medical source said Thursday, as witnesses accused the Saudi-led coalition of being behind the attack.

    The bombing targeted a house hosting a wedding celebration in Sanban, in Dhamar province, some 100 kilometres south of Sanaa, medics and witnesses said.

    "The hospital of Dhamar has received 13 bodies and 38 wounded people following the bombing of a house where dozens were celebrating a wedding," the medical source told AFP, on condition of anonymity.

    The medic did not specify the source of the bombing, but witnesses said it was an air strike by a pro-government coalition that has been targeting rebel targets since March.

    The nine-member, Saudi-led coalition intervened in support of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Houthi rebels overran the capital Sanaa last year.

    "Coalition warplanes launched the attack. The house got completely destroyed," said witness and local resident Taha al-Zuba. "Warplanes were heard in the area ahead of the attack."

    The rebels' Almasirah television said on Twitter the wedding was targeted by the "bombing of aggression warplanes", referring to the coalition.

    A suspected coalition air strike killed at least 131 civilians at a wedding near the Red Sea city of Mokha in September, which the United Nations (UN) said may have been the deadliest hit since March. The coalition denied involvement.

    The UN says around 5,000 people have been killed and 25,000 wounded, many of them civilians, in Yemen over the past seven months.

    Hadi fled to Riyadh in March then returned to Aden in September after loyalists backed by coalition forces retook the port city and four other southern provinces.
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    At least 13 killed, 38 wounded in Yemen wedding bombing: medic

    SANAA: At least 13 people were killed and 38 others wounded in the bombing of a wedding in a rebel-held Yemeni town, a medical source said Thursday, as witnesses accused the Saudi-led coalition of being behind the attack.

    The bombing targeted a house hosting a wedding celebration in Sanban, in Dhamar province, some 100 kilometres south of Sanaa, medics and witnesses said.

    "The hospital of Dhamar has received 13 bodies and 38 wounded people following the bombing of a house where dozens were celebrating a wedding," the medical source told AFP, on condition of anonymity.

    The medic did not specify the source of the bombing, but witnesses said it was an air strike by a pro-government coalition that has been targeting rebel targets since March.

    The nine-member, Saudi-led coalition intervened in support of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Houthi rebels overran the capital Sanaa last year.

    "Coalition warplanes launched the attack. The house got completely destroyed," said witness and local resident Taha al-Zuba. "Warplanes were heard in the area ahead of the attack."

    The rebels' Almasirah television said on Twitter the wedding was targeted by the "bombing of aggression warplanes", referring to the coalition.

    A suspected coalition air strike killed at least 131 civilians at a wedding near the Red Sea city of Mokha in September, which the United Nations (UN) said may have been the deadliest hit since March. The coalition denied involvement.

    The UN says around 5,000 people have been killed and 25,000 wounded, many of them civilians, in Yemen over the past seven months.

    Hadi fled to Riyadh in March then returned to Aden in September after loyalists backed by coalition forces retook the port city and four other southern provinces.
    Good to see the precise bombing Saudi are specializing in.

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    Yemeni Army Spokesman: More Surprises Awaiting Saudi Aggressors

    Yemeni army spokesman Col. Sharaf Luqman vows that more surprises are awaiting the Saudi aggressors and their allies.

    In an interview with al-Manar Website, Luqman called on the aggressors to lay out the women and the children out of the battle, stressing that the Yemeni army and the popular committees welcome man-to-man fight.

    “We have defense systems which they had not experienced,” The Yemeni colonel said, stressing that the army and the committees will use such systems in the coming days.

    Asked about the situation in Mareb, Luqman dismissed the “fake victories” announced by the Saudi-led media.

    “They said they will enter Mareb and then will move to Sanaa within 48 hours. Up till now 40 days have passed and they did not control but a town near their camp there,” the Yemeni colonel said.

    Meanwhile, Luqman noted that the Saudi-led coalition have been using internationally banned weapons in last days, stressing that such weapons are war crimes against the Yemeni people.

    Yemen has been since March 26 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition. Thousands have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

    Riyadh launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is a close ally to Saudi Arabia.

    However, Yemeni army, backed by popular committees and tribal fighter has been responding to the aggression by targeting several Saudi border military posts and cleansing several areas across the country, especially the country’s south, from Hadi and al-Qaeda-linked militias.


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    Is the Yemen War Finally Ending?
    Manuel Almeida
    October 11, 2015




    Earlier this week, Yemen’s Houthi rebels wrote the UN Secretary-General to affirm their commitment to both the seven-point peace plan brokered by the UN during talks in Muscat, Oman, and to relevant UN Security Council resolutions. While for various reasons this news should be met with a good dose of caution, it is a promising development in the search for a political solution to Yemen’s tragic conflict.

    Some of the points of the peace plan negotiated in the Omani capital were translated into Security Council resolution 2216 this April, which was endorsed by both the Yemeni government and the Arab coalition. Among other conditions, it demands the end of hostilities, the withdrawal of Houthi militias and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh from Yemen’s cities, and the return of arms and equipment seized from the military. It also includes the restoration of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and the internationally recognized Yemeni government, and the conversion of the Houthis into a political party.

    While resolution 2216 offers a door to a political settlement to the current conflict, there is the risk of different interpretations of the terms of the UN-brokered peace deal. The Houthi leadership has been consistently unreliable regarding all agreements and negotiations it has entered since September 2014, when the group took over the capital, Sanaa. One example was the collapse, due to the uninterrupted attacks by Houthi forces on state institutions, of the UN-sponsored Peace and National Partnership Agreement signed last year by all Yemeni factions.

    Another possible obstacle to the implementation of a political settlement is the presence of the still powerful and influential Saleh, the former president who ruled Yemen for 33 years. His party, the General People’s Congress (GPC), has also accepted the UN-brokered peace plan and resolution 2216, in an emailed statement. So far it is unclear whether Saleh has endorsed that statement in a desperate attempt to save face, or if it represents recognition by his own political supporters that his days are numbered.

    Nevertheless, Saleh’s ability to wreak havoc should not be underestimated. It was Saleh’s violation of the GCC-backed transition plan of November 2011 that plunged Yemen into chaos. Under the terms of the deal following Yemen’s uprisings, Saleh was allowed to return to Yemen with immunity on the condition that he transfer power to his vice-president and stay away from politics
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    Without the backing of Saleh and his loyalists in the army and the powerful Republican Guard, the Houthis would not have been able to reach so far and resist against pro-government and Arab coalition forces for so long. The former president, who fought six wars against the Houthis with devastating consequences for Yemen’s northern population, lured the Houthis into a war alliance with two objectives: re-asserting an influence he never really lost and exacting revenge on his political enemies, chiefly the pro-Hadi faction and the leadership of the al-Islah Party (a coalition of various tribal and Islamist groups).

    The unreliability both Saleh and the Houthi leadership have displayed has rendered the Yemeni government and the Arab coalition deeply suspicious of any efforts by the Houthi–Saleh alliance to implement peace agreements. Moreover, Iran’s longstanding ties to and support for the Houthis, which many Yemen observers underestimate, add another cause for suspicion, especially from the Saudi perspective. However, the Houthis’ and the GPC’s declared willingness to abide by the terms of a peace plan comes in the context of important gains on the ground by pro-government and coalition forces. This offers some hope that the Yemen conflict could be set for a breakthrough.

    Over the last few weeks, pro-government, coalition and local tribal forces have made important progress in the key energy-rich province of Marib, just east of Sanaa. According to various reports, the Houthis withdrew many of their fighters from the province back to the outskirts of Sanaa. In the southwest, the long military effort by local militias and pro-government military forces to liberate Taiz, one of Yemen’s most important cities, has intensified with the military assistance from the coalition. Last week, off Yemen’s southwest coast, the Houthis lost control of the small island of Perim, located in the strategic Bab el-Mandeb straight, to Gulf Arab forces.

    If the UN-brokered deal is successful, what next?

    If the most positive of scenarios is confirmed, with the Houthi and pro-Saleh forces giving up on their armed struggle, avoiding a devastating battle for Sanaa, and declaring a permanent ceasefire, the Yemeni government and its regional and international backers still face a daunting challenge.

    The urgent reconstruction effort is a monumental task. There is a severe humanitarian crisis, much of the country’s infrastructure has been devastated by the war and basic services are lacking, not to mention the grave insecurity with members of the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda wandering around.
    On Tuesday, four bomb and rocket attacks allegedly carried out by IS affiliates on Aden’s government headquarters at the al-Qasr Hotel and a coalition operations headquarters killed at least 15 people. The hope on the security front is that, once the main conflict subsides, the focus of Yemeni government forces and the Arab coalition can turn in full to the terrorist threat.

    If Yemen’s economic fragility can be temporarily mended with the financial support of the GCC states, on the political front the implementation of the deal itself would be a very complicated process marked by tensions and recriminations over the conflict. The process would require a major show of restraint from all parties and close international oversight and pressure to avoid its collapse.

    The sad irony is that, after a devastating war, Yemeni political factions will find themselves compelled to return to the very same issues and questions that animated the political debate at the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) that ended in January 2014. Among those issues, discussions about the federation option will be key.

    One of the central causes of the current conflict is the northern Zaydi Muslims’ opposition to federalism in Yemen. (Zaydism, predominant in north Yemen, can be generally described as the doctrinal variant of Shia Islam that comes closer to Sunni Islam, although it has various branches.) The Houthi forces, backed by Saleh, only moved to paralyze Yemeni government institutions after the division of Yemen into six federal regions was announced in Article 391 of the draft constitution in January last year. The following month, the Regions Committee final report revealed further details about the federation.

    Saleh and the Houthi leadership were set against against federalism for at least two reasons: the fact that the northwest Zaydi areas are resource scarce when compared to most other areas, and because it would be a nail in the coffin for their ambitions to rule Yemen from Sanaa.


    Also related to the central issue of federalism is another of Yemen’s fault lines, the old north–south division that was a formal reality until unification in 1990. Despite the incessant calls for independence from the separatists of al-Hirak (the Southern Mobility Movement), the NDC laid bare a more complex reality. In particular, the push by NDC representatives for the eastern governorates of Shabwah, Hadhramout and al-Mahrah, formerly part of South Yemen, for the creation of an eastern region works decisively against the idea of a two-region federation along old north–south lines that separatists and the Houthis have previously backed.

    The way the current conflict has strengthened regionalist feelings in Yemen is one of the key aspects the US government and all other international players concerned about the country’s future should bear in mind. The brutal violence employed by the Houthi–Saleh alliance across the country and the strong local armed resistance in Taiz, Aden, Marib and elsewhere, means that a permanent return to the previous status quo--with political power and decisions on resource distribution heavily centralized in Sanaa--is unviable.

    The NDC, in which even southern separatists were involved and which the Houthis endorsed, has showed that a multiple-region federation is the most democratic option available and Yemen’s best hope to stay in one piece. Its outcomes should be gradually but fully implemented--when and if the security situation improves and the humanitarian emergency is brought under control.

    Manuel Almeida, Ph.D., is consultant on the Middle East, a columnist for Al-Arabiya and former editor at the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.
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    Yemen has been bombed to rubble. No one has won anything. Hope he Saudi elite are satisfied.

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    Saudi soldiers killed in retaliatory attacks by Yemeni forces

    Yemeni forces have carried out retaliatory attacks against military bases Saudi Arabia has set up in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib and similar targets on the Saudi soil.

    According to local media reports on Wednesday, the Yemeni forces hit a Saudi base in Ma’rib, where at least 50 Saudi soldiers were killed.

    The Yemeni army also attacked Saudi positions in the district of al-Khobe in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border province of Jizan. Reports said five Saudi soldiers were killed in that strike.
    A similar number of fatalities on the part of Saudi forces was also reported in the southwestern region of Asir in Saudi Arabia.

    Meanwhile, on Wednesday morning, Saudi warplanes conducted seven airstrikes against various areas in the city of Sirwah, located about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital, Sana’a.

    Saudi warplanes also launched three airstrikes against the Abs district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah, though no reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused were available.

    Additionally, Saudi aircraft bombed the military camp for the Yemeni Army’s 117th Brigade in the town of Mukayras in the central province of Bayda.

    Yemen has been under military strikes by Saudi Arabia on a daily basis since March 26. The strikes have been meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

    According to a new tally, at least 7,000 people have lost their lives in the Saudi strikes, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured since late March.

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    MSF hospital in Yemen hit by Saudi-led air strikes: MSF

    DUBAI: A Yemeni hospital run by medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was hit by a Saudi-led air strike, the group said on Tuesday, another bombing of a civilian target in the seven-month air campaign in Yemen.

    "MSF facility in Saada Yemen was hit by several airstrikes last night with patients and staff inside the facility," the group said in a tweet on Tuesday.

    Yemen's state news agency Saba, run by Houthi group quoted the Heedan hospital director saying that several people were injured in the attack.

    “The air raids resulted in the destruction of the entire hospital with all that was inside - devices and medical supplies - and the moderate wounding of several people,” Doctor Ali Mughli said.

    Saba said other air strikes hit a nearby girls school and damaged several civilian homes.

    It was not immediately possible to confirm that report, and a coalition spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

    Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries intevened in a civil war in Yemen in late March, but seven months of air attacks to restore the Saudi-based Yemeni government to power have yet to loosen the Houthis' grip over the capital Sanaa.

    Human rights groups have expressed concern at the mounting deaths caused by the aerial bombing and ground fighting raging across the impoverished country.

    More than 5,600 people have died in the conflict and shuttle diplomacy by a United Nations envoy has yet to win a political solution or slow the pace of combat.

    It is the second time this month that an MSF facility has been hit a war zone. Its hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was bombed by U.S. forces on Oct. 3 and about 30 people were killed.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1215728/msf...ir-strikes-msf

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    19 killed in Saudi-led coalition strikes, clashes in south Yemen

    ADEN: At least 19 people have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes between pro-government forces and rebels in Yemen's south, military sources said on Saturday.

    The air strikes late on Friday targeted two rebel vehicles on a road linking the central province of Ibb to Daleh further south, they said.

    Forces loyal to Gulf-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi recaptured Daleh and four other southern provinces in July.

    Loyalist forces also clashed with Houthi rebels and their allies on the outskirts of Daleh's second-largest city Damt on Friday, the sources said.

    Eight pro-government fighters and 11 rebels were killed in the clashes and air strikes, they added.

    In Saudi Arabia, the civil defence announced late on Friday the death of a Saudi woman and her three-month-old baby in the border city of Najran when a missile fired from Yemen hit their home, the official SPA news agency said.

    Read: Yemen's Houthis, Saleh's party accept UN peace terms, eye talks

    The Saudi-led coalition, in which the United Arab Emirates has played a key role, has been battling rebels who since last year have controlled the capital Sanaa and much of northern and central Yemen.

    The UAE, which has lost 68 soldiers fighting as part of the coalition, on Saturday welcomed the first of its troops returning from Yemen, the official WAM news agency said.

    They were replaced by a second group, it added, without specifying numbers.

    Thousands of Emirati soldiers have reportedly been deployed in the war-ravaged country, the first time the Gulf country has sent ground forces to a conflict abroad.

    Western sources this week indicated that only a limited number of UAE special forces will now remain in Yemen.

    In early September, a missile strike on a coalition base in Yemen's Marib province killed 67 coalition soldiers including 52 Emiratis.

    Abu Dhabi strongman, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, vowed in a speech published on WAM on Saturday that the UAE “will go ahead with liberating all of Yemen and rebuilding it”.

    “You are heading to Yemen to continue cleansing the country from remaining rebel militia alongside your brothers of the coalition forces,” he said, addressing the new group of soldiers.

    He insisted that “we attacked nobody and were not seeking war. We were forced into it after all peaceful solutions” failed to resolve the Yemen crisis.

    The United Nations says that around 5,000 people have been killed and 25,000 wounded, many of them civilians, in Yemen's conflict since it escalated in March.

    In Saudi Arabia, more than 70 people have been killed in border shelling and skirmishes since the coalition campaign began. Soldiers have accounted for most of the border casualties.

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    Roadside bomb kills 16 Yemeni soldiers in Marib city

    SANAA: At least 16 Yemeni government soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb in the province of Marib east of the capital Sanaa, military sources told Reuters late on Sunday.

    The sources said the bomb, which also wounded six soldiers, appeared aimed at a patrol near an army camp in Marib. They said it was not clear who was behind the attack.

    Also Read: 19 killed in Saudi-led coalition strikes, clashes in south Yemen

    At least 5,600 people have been killed in seven months of war in Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula.

    The conflict pits the Houthis — who are said to be Iran-allied — and army units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh against armed groups who support exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi alongside a Saudi-led Arab coalition.

    The coalition has gained ground in the south, but Houthi forces remain in control of much of the country despite the almost daily air strikes.

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    Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters kill dozens of Saudi forces

    Dozens of Saudi troops have been killed in an ambush by Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters at the al-Omari camp north of the Bab al-Mandeb Strait off Yemen's coast.

    According to Yemeni media reports, a senior Saudi commander was also killed in the retaliatory attack on Monday.

    A large number of Saudi forces were injured and their vehicles were put on fire during the operation.

    Saudi military officials have made no comments on the reports so far.

    Ansarullah fighters, backed by allied army units, have so far killed scores of Saudi and foreign soldiers in their retaliatory attacks. Yemenis say the raids are aimed at forcing Riyadh to stop its deadly war against its southern neighbor.

    Yemen has been witnessing relentless attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March. The military strikes are meant to undermine the Ansarullah movement and to bring fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power.

    The Saudi aggression has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 7,100 people and injured nearly 14,000 others. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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    Pakistan assures full support for UN peace efforts in Yemen

    ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan will continue its support and cooperation for United Nations (UN) sponsored endeavours towards bringing peace and stability in Yemen.

    Aziz was talking to noble peace laureate Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman who called on him here at Foreign Office on Friday along with the Yemeni Ambassador Ahmed Qaid Al- Horary.

    Aziz briefed Tawakkol Karman about the ongoing anti-terror operation Zarb-i-Azb and its positive results which have eliminated terrorist networks in Pakistan.

    He also highlighted about the economic gains achieved after improved security environment Pakistan.

    “The focus of the present government was to strengthen good relations with our neighbouring countries and promote regional connectivity in transport, energy and trade,” he added.

    Related: Turkey, Pakistan back peaceful resolution to Yemen conflict

    Aziz specially mentioned about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project which would improve regional connectivity between South Asia, West Asia and Central Asia.

    Karman briefed the adviser to the prime minister about the present situation in Yemen and solicited Pakistan's support for international efforts towards resolving the crisis.

    The visiting noble laureate thanked the government of Pakistan for providing $1million for rehabilitation efforts in Yemen.

    Tawakkol Karman is a journalist, politician and human rights activist who was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 being first Arab woman and second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Prize. She is co- founder of “Women Journalists Without Chain. “

    Related: More than 1,000 children killed, injured in Yemen conflict: UN

    Pakistan and the Yemen conflict
    Back in March, Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), had announced their decision to “answer the call of President Hadi to protect Yemen and his people from the aggression of the Houthi militia".

    The Kingdom and its allies then launched air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters, who had tightened their grip in the southern city of Aden, where the country's president had taken refuge.

    The United Nations says that around 5,000 people have been killed and 25,000 wounded, many of them civilians, in Yemen's conflict since it escalated in March.

    Following initiation of the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen, Pakistan was formally contacted by top Saudi officials, requesting it to join the Yemen operation.

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has since held several meetings with top civil and military officials and has on several occasions said that a "threat to Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity will evoke a strong response from Pakistan".

    But despite repeated statements in favour of Saudi Arabia's stance, Pakistan did not officially commit its troops to the offensive in Yemen.

    To evolve consensus on the matter, a joint parliament session was summoned by the government to debate Pakistan's role in Yemen. After days of discussion, Pakistan's lawmakers opted for neutrality in the conflict.

    Although implying that Islamabad should refrain from assisting Riyadh militarily, the resolution added that Pakistan should stand shoulder to shoulder with Saudi Arabia to protect the latter's territorial integrity.

    But the parliament's resolution did not go well with the Gulf Cooperation Council; UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash warned Pakistan of having to pay a “heavy price” for taking on what he called an “ambiguous stand”.

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    UN announces 'press blackout' around Yemen peace talks

    GENEVA: Peace talks between Yemen's warring factions set to kick off next week will be held in a secret location, with no media access, the United Nations (UN) said Tuesday.

    United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed “has decided that the venue of the meeting will not be made public, in order to give the talks every chance of success,” the UN said in a statement.

    Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced the new round of talks on Monday, stressing that a swift halt to the fighting was imperative for those caught up in what has increasingly become a regional conflict.

    Also read: Yemeni peace talks

    Talks to ease the violence in Yemen have been stalled for months, with the conflict escalating since March when a pro-government coalition led by Saudi Arabia began bombarding Houthi rebels.

    The United Nations says more than 5,700 people have been killed in Yemen, almost half of them civilians, since the Saudi-led air campaign began.

    Related: More than 1,000 children killed, injured in Yemen conflict: UN

    Ould Cheikh Ahmed told reporters in Geneva that three delegations would take part in talks likely to be held outside Geneva starting on December 15, with no set timeline.

    The delegations include representatives of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government, the Houthi rebels, and officials from the General People's Congress (GPC), who are loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    Though not formally aligned, some GPC members have expressed support for the Houthis.

    Yemen's government said earlier Tuesday that both parties were preparing to observe a week-long truce starting on December 15, at the same time as the talks in Switzerland.

    “An agreement on a ceasefire between the government and the putschists should enter into force on December 15 with the start of negotiations,” Foreign Minister Abdel Malak al-Mekhlafi told AFP.

    There was no immediate confirmation from the rebels that they would abide by a ceasefire, but Ould Cheikh Ahmed has said he is certain that the Houthi rebels will "show up for talks".

    The UN envoy said Riyadh has promised to observe the ceasefire and pause its aerial assault on rebel positions during talks.

    Related: Saudis declare Yemen truce to allow in humanitarian aid

    Given the delicate situation, the UN said Ould Cheikh Ahmed wanted to avoid on-site media coverage of the talks.

    “It might be possible to hold a photo opportunity at the Palais des Nations (the UN's European headquarters in Geneva) before the start of the talks,” the statement said.

    “However, once the talks commence at the non-disclosed location, a press blackout will take effect,” it stressed.

    Reporters would not be left completely in the dark, however.

    “The Special Envoy wishes to maintain a flow of information to the media. Therefore, periodic updates may be provided,” the UN statement said.

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    UN announces 'press blackout' around Yemen peace talks

    GENEVA: Peace talks between Yemen's warring factions set to kick off next week will be held in a secret location, with no media access, the United Nations (UN) said Tuesday.

    United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed “has decided that the venue of the meeting will not be made public, in order to give the talks every chance of success,” the UN said in a statement.

    Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced the new round of talks on Monday, stressing that a swift halt to the fighting was imperative for those caught up in what has increasingly become a regional conflict.

    Also read: Yemeni peace talks

    Talks to ease the violence in Yemen have been stalled for months, with the conflict escalating since March when a pro-government coalition led by Saudi Arabia began bombarding Houthi rebels.

    The United Nations says more than 5,700 people have been killed in Yemen, almost half of them civilians, since the Saudi-led air campaign began.

    Related: More than 1,000 children killed, injured in Yemen conflict: UN

    Ould Cheikh Ahmed told reporters in Geneva that three delegations would take part in talks likely to be held outside Geneva starting on December 15, with no set timeline.

    The delegations include representatives of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government, the Houthi rebels, and officials from the General People's Congress (GPC), who are loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    Though not formally aligned, some GPC members have expressed support for the Houthis.

    Yemen's government said earlier Tuesday that both parties were preparing to observe a week-long truce starting on December 15, at the same time as the talks in Switzerland.

    “An agreement on a ceasefire between the government and the putschists should enter into force on December 15 with the start of negotiations,” Foreign Minister Abdel Malak al-Mekhlafi told AFP.

    There was no immediate confirmation from the rebels that they would abide by a ceasefire, but Ould Cheikh Ahmed has said he is certain that the Houthi rebels will "show up for talks".

    The UN envoy said Riyadh has promised to observe the ceasefire and pause its aerial assault on rebel positions during talks.

    Related: Saudis declare Yemen truce to allow in humanitarian aid

    Given the delicate situation, the UN said Ould Cheikh Ahmed wanted to avoid on-site media coverage of the talks.

    “It might be possible to hold a photo opportunity at the Palais des Nations (the UN's European headquarters in Geneva) before the start of the talks,” the statement said.

    “However, once the talks commence at the non-disclosed location, a press blackout will take effect,” it stressed.

    Reporters would not be left completely in the dark, however.

    “The Special Envoy wishes to maintain a flow of information to the media. Therefore, periodic updates may be provided,” the UN statement said.
    Why keep it all so secret? Why not in the open?

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    Saudi commander, UAE officer killed in Yemen fighting



    RIYADH: A top Saudi commander and an Emirati officer were killed Monday during Arab coalition operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen, the Riyadh-led alliance announced in a statement.

    Saudi Colonel Abdullah al-Sahyan and Emirati officer Sultan al-Kitbi were killed at dawn on Monday "while they were carrying out their duties in supervising operations to liberate Taez" province in Yemen's southwest, the official SPA news agency said.

    A Yemeni officer told AFP that both officers were killed when rebels fired a rocket at a coastal road in the strategic province, which overlooks the Bab al-Mandab Strait between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

    A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Houthi rebels in Yemen since March, and has provided loyalist forces with troops and equipment as well as carrying out air strikes on insurgent positions.

    Sahyan on Saturday met Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who awarded him with a medal of courage, according to Yemen's official sabanews.net website.

    He was identified as commander of the Saudi forces in provisional capital Aden, where Hadi is based.

    The United Arab Emirates, playing a key role in the Saudi-led coalition, confirmed the death of its officer without specifying his rank.

    In early September, a similar rebel missile strike on a coalition base in Yemen's eastern Marib province killed 67 coalition soldiers, most of them Emiratis.

    So far at least 80 people, mostly soldiers and border guards, have been killed in Saudi Arabia because of the Yemen conflict. The UAE says it has lost almost 70 soldiers so far. Several Bahraini troops and one Qatari soldier have been killed as part of the coalition operations.

    In Yemen itself, the United Nations says more than 5,800 people have been killed, about half of them civilians, and more than 27,000 wounded since March.

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    Over 30 officers of the illegal coalition died yesterday. Notice the complete news black out.
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    Over 30 officers of the illegal coalition died yesterday. Notice the complete news black out.
    Which nation did they belong to?

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    Airstrike targets police facility in Yemen's capital

    SANAA: Security officials in Yemen say at least 20 people have been killed or wounded in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting a building used by police in the capital, Sanaa.

    The officials, who are loyal to anti-government Shiite rebels known as the Houthis, say several people are believed to be still trapped under the debris.

    The building was partially used as a gathering point for security forces.

    The airstrike happened shortly before midnight on Sunday, according to the officials, who had no further details. Reporters were barred from approaching the facility, they said, speaking on Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

    The Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes against the Houthis and their allies in March 2015, siding with the internationally recognized government.

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    Saudi soldier dies in border shelling from Yemen



    RIYADH: A Saudi soldier has been killed in shelling from across the border in Yemen, the interior ministry announced on Wednesday.

    He died on Tuesday in a strike on a border guards' observation post in the Harth district of Jazan in the kingdom's south, the ministry said.

    Around 90 civilians and soldiers have been killed in shelling and skirmishes in Saudi border regions since March when a Saudi-led military coalition began air and ground action in Yemen against Iran-backed rebels.

    The coalition is supporting local forces against the Huthi rebels who seized territory, including the capital Sanaa, from the internationally recognised government.

    More than 5,800 people have been killed in Yemen since March, about half of them civilians, according to the United Nations.

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