Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemen's capital after truce: residents
Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemen's capital after truce: residents
UN ship brings food aid to Aden as fighting rages

Based on Reports Published between Sat Jul 11 01:40:48 2015 and Wed Jul 22 09:04:10 2015

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Information from Sat Jul 11 01:40:48 2015 :

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Photo: Reuters Saudi-led air strikes and heavy shelling between warring factions shook several cities in Yemen yesterday, residents said, violating a United Nations humanitarian truce which took effect just before midnight. The UN-brokered pause in the fighting was meant to last a week to allow aid deliveries to the country Air raids pounded Houthi and Yemeni army units in the capital Sanaa and in the embattled southern cities of Taiz and Aden, where residents also reported intense artillery exchanges between the fighters and local militiamen.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 01:41:15 2015 :
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Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, relies on imports for the bulk of its food and fuel, but the coalition has imposed a near-complete air and sea blockade during the fighting. The rebels want the blockade lifted completely.

Meanwhile Saturday, the World Health Organization said the truce will allow it and other groups to provide aid. Witnesses and officials said the truce was holding in the capital, Sanaa, as well as the country's second major city, Aden, and other cities. is meant to last until the end of the holy month of The U. N. has warned that the Arab world's poorest country is "one step" from famine. Aid convoys had lined up outside Aden to be allowed in, but none had moved amid the reports of fighting.

More than 3,000 people have been killed since March, when the Saudi-led, U. S.-backed coalition began airstrikes against the Houthi rebels who have seized control of the capital and other cities since September.

Houthi rebel officials had said they are committed to the truce. But the exiled government wants the Houthis to release prisoners and give up land it has seized in battle, while the Houthis say they doubt any calm will last.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 01:41:16 2015 :
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More than 3,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the airstrikes began. ite Muslim sect, and their army allies say their spread throughout the country is part of a revolution against a corrupt government and hardline Sunni Muslim militants which they say are allied to the opposition forces, and they vowed to keep up the fight despite the truce.

Witnesses reported the airstrikes. One airstrike targeted a military camp used by forces loyal to the rebels, while another hit a rebel convoy. and allow in desperately needed humanitarian aid for millions of people. The officials also said a military base in the capital, Sanaa, was hit, adding that warplanes also bombed a cement factory in Amran province, wounding 10 people.

The U. N.-declared truce is meant to last through the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Both sides have exchanged blame for violating the truce since it began. Rebel officials said their rivals were using the truce to advance in Taiz.

Fighters accused the rebels of trying to push them from the territories they hold.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief journalists. The pause announced Thursday comes just days after the U. N. warned that the Arab world's poorest country is "one step" from famine.

There were reports of minor fighting in parts of Aden, including missiles that landed near military installations in the in the north and west. Security officials said missiles fell near military installations controlled by rebels.

That coalition said yesterday that the Yemeni government in exile had not asked it to pause, according to a news flash on Saudi-owned Arabiya TV. Yemeni government officials were not immediately available to comment.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 02:40:49 2015 :
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A coalition of Arab states has been bombing the Iranian-allied Houthi rebel movement - Yemen's dominant force - since late March in a bid to restore to power President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh.

The group controls much of Yemen, including Sanaa and Taiz.

Air raids and fighting have killed more than 3,000 people since then. Residents in areas of heavy combat between Houthi forces and local militiamen reported that ground fighting and Saudi-led air strikes on the Houthis had increased across the country in the hours before the truce was to take effect. All parties in Yemen's conflict had welcomed the announcement of the truce and called for it to be extended. Bombing pounded Yemeni military positions east of the capital Sanaa and also Yemen's third largest city Taiz.

"We don't have big hope in its success because its success is linked to the commitment of the Saudi regime and its allies," Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, leader of the Houthi movement, said in a televised speech on Friday.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 10:40:53 2015 :
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s most deprived and war-torn areas, witnesses said Houthi forces fired mortars and Katyusha rockets towards Opposition fighters based in northern areas and around the city Bombing by the Arab alliance and fighting have killed more than 3,000 people since March 26. "Our security and armed forces maintain their right to fight and hunt down al Qaeda and Islamic State elements as part of our just defense of our people," Colonel Sharaf Luqman, spokesperson for the Houthi-allied army, said in a statement on Saturday. "The Saudi aggression, with these violations, confirms that it will persist with its aggression on Yemen and won't carry through on its pledges to the United Nations," a military official was quoted telling the Houthi-controlled state news agency Saba.

Dust rises from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa July 10, 2015.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 14:40:55 2015 :
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Residents in the eastern city of Mukalla said a suspected U. S. drone fired two missiles at cars carrying al Qaeda militants on Friday night, killing three including a senior leader in the group, Abu Hajar al-Hadrami.

Washington fears turmoil in Yemen will strengthen al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the deadliest branch of the global militant group.

AQAP's new leader Qassim al-Raymi, appointed after his predecessor was killed in a U. S. drone strike last month, called for attacks on the United States in a taped speech released on Thursday.

The Houthi-run Saba news agency said 12 people, including two children, had been killed in the latest Saudi-led air strikes across the country.

A man walks on the rubble of a fabric factory after a Saudi-led air strike hit it in Yemen's capital Sanaa July 10, 2015. A guard looks at the house of Hafidh al-Kuhlani, who is close to Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, after a Saudi-led air strike hit it in the capital Sanaa July 10, 2015. Houthi militants inspect damage at a fabric factory after a Saudi-led air strike hit it in Yemen's capital Sanaa July 10, 2015.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 19:41:35 2015 :
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Other officials who oppose the rebels, known as Houthis, said they had been storing weapons in the factory.

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit at least six provinces Saturday as fighting on the ground continued in at least four provinces. Gen Ahmed Asiri's comments, posted Saturday on the website of the semi-official Saudi newspaper al-Riyadh, cast doubt over the fragile truce that begin at midnight Friday. Asiri said the coalition is not interested in a unilateral truce, calling it "counterproductive." The spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels in airstrikes since March says the coalition is not bound by a new truce deal.

He called for U. N. observers on the ground to monitor for violations.

The U. N. declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in Yemen on July 1. The U. N. humanitarian office says Yemen is on the brink of famine.

The fighting in Yemen pits the Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and loyalists of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is now based in Saudi Arabia.

A man stands on the rubble of a wedding hall destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, July 10, 2015.

More than 3,000 people have been killed since March, when a Saudi-led and U. S.-backed coalition began launching airstrikes against the rebels who seized control of the capital and other cities starting September.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 07:42:47 2015 :
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Medics attend to a fighter of the Popular Resistance Committees after he was injured yesterday. s 21 million people who have endured more than three months of bombing and civil war. In Aden, one of the country

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Information from Sun Jul 12 13:43:15 2015 :
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Yemeni army officers and troops perform prayers during the funeral procession of troops killed by Saudi-led air strike on an army base that was hit in error, in al-Abr on the border with Saudi Arabia July 11, 2015.

SANAA At least 10 people were killed in air strikes overnight in Yemen, relatives and medical sources said, as a Saudi-led coalition continued bombing the capital on Sunday in violation of a temporary humanitarian truce. A coalition of Arab states has been bombarding the Iranian-allied Houthi rebel movement - Yemen's dominant force - since late March in a bid to reinstate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh. On Saturday evening, a family of eight traveling in several vehicles were killed in an air strike in the central province of al-Baida and two other civilians were killed in the southern city of Taiz. A Reuters witness said air strikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa had resumed on Sunday morning. The Arab coalition said on Saturday the Yemeni government in exile had not asked it to observe the truce.

But the U. N. Secretary-General's office said beforehand that Hadi had "communicated his acceptance of the pause to the coalition to ensure their support".

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Information from Sun Jul 12 18:43:40 2015 :
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Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels and their allies struck several Yemeni cities on Sunday, with combat raging near the strategic Bab el-Mandeb strait despite a declared truce, military and security officials said. Hospital officials say the fighting in Taiz killed six civilians and wounded about 20.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 23:44:03 2015 :
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A week-long pause in the fighting was meant to have started on Saturday to allow aid deliveries to the country's 21 million people, who have endured more than three months of bombing and civil war, but there was no sign of any abatement.

The coalition, in coordination with forces loyal to Hadi, on Sunday captured Ras Amran, a suburb west of Aden, from Houthi fighters following heavy fighting, the Yemeni government said. Brigadier-General Ahmed al-Asiri, the spokesman of the coalition, was reported by al Sharq al Awsat newspaper as saying there would be no truce because Houthis were not committed to a ceasefire and no U. N. observers had been deployed on the ground to monitor possible violations.

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