Many people are feared dead after a fire at a migrant detention centre in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on Sunday. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed eight deaths, but officials at the UN agency said as many 30 might have been killed. It is not known what caused the blaze at the facility, which was holding hundreds of mostly Ethiopian migrants.
Joe Biden has announced an end to US support for Saudi-led offensive operations in Yemen. In his first foreign policy speech as president, Biden signaled that the US would no longer be an unquestioning ally to the Gulf monarchies, announced a more than eightfold increase in the number of refugees the country would accept, and declared that the days of a US president “rolling over” for Vladimir Putin were over.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck targets in Yemen’s Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Thursday in retaliation for attacks in the southern port city of Aden the previous day that took place as officials in a government backed by Riyadh arrived there. The coalition accused the Houthi movement, which it has been fighting for six years, of staging the attack on Aden’s airport and a second one on the presidential palace.
At least 16 people were killed and dozens others injured in an attack on Aden airport in Yemen on Wednesday, shortly after a plane carrying a newly formed Yemeni Cabinet arrived from Saudi Arabia. No one on the government plane was hurt. The source of the blast remains unknown and no group immediately claimed an attack on the airport in the southern city.
Two United States citizens and the remains of a third have been released by Iran-backed militants in Yemen, U.S. officials have said. American citizens Sandra Loli and Mikael Gidada were released from Houthi custody Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report on the news, describing the release as part of a U.S.-backed trade that returned more than 200 Houthi loyalists to the war-ravaged nation.
The ceasefire between the Houthi rebels and pro-government forces in Yemen was broken just minutes after going into effect. Pro-government officials reported ongoing clashes. The truce went into effect at midnight on Tuesday in the port city of Hudaydah. The civil war which has lasted four years has pushed millions to the point of starvation.
As planned peace talks in Sweden approach, a UN plane will evacuate 50 Houthi militants from the rebel-controlled capital of Yemen, Sana’a, on Monday. The move is a ‘confidence-building measure’ according to a Saudi-led military coalition. The wounded Houthis will be taken to Muscat for treatment. The evacuation is a step forward in negotiation efforts.
An estimated 85,000 children under age 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of Yemen’s civil war in 2015, an international aid group said Wednesday. Save the Children based its figures on mortality rates for untreated cases of Severe Acute Malnutrition, SAM, in young children. The U.N. says more than 1.3 million children have suffered from SAM since a Saudi-led coalition went to war with Yemen’s Houthi rebels in March 2015.
Britain, the US and France may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen by arming and providing support to a Saudi-led coalition that starves civilians as a war tactic, a United Nations report has said. The UN report will very likely be used as further evidence for those demanding that the British government end arms sales to Saudi for use in Yemen.
The first step in a long-delayed plan for a withdrawal of rebel forces from Yemen’s embattled Hodeida port has gone to plan, according to U.N. officials. The withdrawal process is crucial in allowing desperately needed humanitarian aid through the strategic port of Hodeida, which serves about 70% of Yemen’s population. Hodeida city has been under the control of the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who overran Yemen’s internationally-recognized government in early 2015. The city was the target of a major Saudi and Emirati assault in mid-2018, an escalation of which the cease-fire agreement aimed to prevent.