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Saudi air defences intercept Houthi armed drone, says state TV
  + stars: | 2021-06-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
DUBAI, June 19 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian air defences on Saturday destroyed an armed drone launched by Yemen's Houthi movement towards Khamis Mushait in the south of the kingdom, state television cited a Saudi-led coalition as saying. The Houthi military spokesman said on Twitter that the drone was launched at a military base in Khamis Mushait. The Iran-aligned movement has frequently targeted Khamis Mushait and other Saudi cities along the border in the more than six-year war. A military coalition led by Riyadh intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the Saudi-backed, internationally recognised government from the capital Sanaa. Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by William MallardOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Yemen's, Khamis Mushait, Ghaida Ghantous, William Mallard Organizations: Twitter, Thomson Locations: DUBAI, Saudi, Khamis Mushait, Iran, Riyadh, Yemen
Raisi has voiced support for Iran’s nuclear talks with world powers. WILL IRAN CHANGE ITS STANCE IN NUCLEAR TALKS? Khamenei, not the president, has the last say on Iran’s nuclear and foreign policies. Under the deal Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international sanctions. Trump reimposed sanctions that have squeezed Tehran’s oil income and have shut it out of the international banking system.
Persons: Ebrahim Raisi, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Raisi, Khamenei, Donald Trump, Satan ”, , Lukoil, Henry Rome, Salah Nasrawi Organizations: U.S, Khamenei, Trump, IMF, Organization of, Petroleum, Industry, Eurasia Group, Guards Locations: DUBAI, Iran’s, Arab, IRAN, Iran, Tehran, United States, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain, , Riyadh
Raisi has voiced support for Iran's nuclear talks with world powers. WILL IRAN CHANGE ITS STANCE IN NUCLEAR TALKS? Khamenei, not the president, has the last say on Iran’s nuclear and foreign policies. Under the deal Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international sanctions. Like Khamenei, Raisi has endorsed the talks, but the mid-ranking cleric says a "powerful government should implement it".
Persons: Ebrahim Raisi, Majid Asgaripour, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Raisi, Khamenei, Donald Trump, Lukoil, Henry Rome, Salah Nasrawi, Bozorgmehr Shrafedin, Parisa Hafezi, William Maclean Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, U.S, Khamenei, Trump, IMF, Organization of, Petroleum, Industry, Eurasia Group, Guards, Thomson Locations: Tehran, Iran, REUTERS DUBAI, Iran’s, Arab, IRAN, United States, Saudi Arabia, Iran's, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain, Riyadh, London
In 2002, Congress passed an Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq. In 2020, the AUMF was cited by the Trump administration to justify killing Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. In a statement on Monday, the Biden administration announced support for legislation that would repeal the 2002 Authorization to Use Military Force Against Iraq. But it also noted that its support was made easier by the fact that no "ongoing military activities" rely "solely" on the 2002 AUMF. The 2002 AUMF has been a staple of the US-led global war on terror.
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Here is the full transcript of the NBC News interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place in Moscow on June 11, 2021. VLADIMIR PUTIN: Well, I don't know. VLADIMIR PUTIN: —it conduc— it conducts—KEIR SIMMONS: Russia is—VLADIMIR PUTIN: It conducts exercises in that battlefield. KEIR SIMMONS: I don't— I don't— I don't think I heard you answer the question, the direct question— Mr. President. I don't think that anybody in the Syrian government is interested in stealing some part of this humanitarian assistance.
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Bodies wash up on Yemen coast after reports of migrant boat sinking
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
A number of bodies washed up at Ras al-Arah on Yemen's Red Sea coast on Monday from a suspected migrant boat that sank offshore, a local official said. The stretch of coast is notorious for the smuggling of migrants from the Horn of Africa into Yemen. Residents in Ras al-Arah said bodies had washed up at dawn on Monday. A boat sank around 18 nautical miles off the coast of al-Mokha, the local official said. With COVID-19 and security restrictions blocking routes into Gulf states, some migrants are even making the return journey back to the Horn of Africa out of Yemen.
Persons: Arah Organizations: IOM, Organisation for Migration, United, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Ras, Horn of Africa, Yemen, Ras al, al, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Horn, Africa, United Nations, Gulf, of Africa, Saudi
Drone falls on school in Saudi Aseer province, no injuries - state media
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
A drone rigged with explosives fell on a school in Saudi Arabia's Aseer province on Sunday, Saudi state TV and state news agency (SPA) said, adding no injuries were reported. The agency said civil defence authorities had received a report that a projectile launched from Yemen by the Houthi movement had fallen on a school in Aseer. The projectile turned out to be a drone, the agency reported, citing the Aseer civil defence directorate. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Organizations: Thomson Locations: Saudi Arabia's Aseer, Sunday, Saudi, Yemen, Aseer
Live Live Updates: Democrats Decry Trump-Era Seizure of Lawmakers’ Data, Demand Inquiry The Justice Department under President Donald J. Trump secretly seized data from the accounts of at least two House lawmakers and their aides during a leak investigation. Most recently, a 2020 report by the State Department Inspector General identified six serious shortcomings in the Afghan S.I.V. Image Mike Nearman Mr. Nearman, who faces misdemeanor charges for his actions, said on Thursday that legislative leaders should have never excluded the public from the Capitol — a decision that was a coronavirus precaution. But Democrats said Mr. Nearman had shown a complete disregard for the rule of law and the principles of democracy. The House Republican leader, Christine Drazan, said Mr. Nearman had indiscriminately allowed violent protesters into the building.
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Live Live Updates: Schumer Demands That Barr and Others Testify About Seizure of Lawmakers’ Data Democrats said they were opening an inquiry into the Trump-era Justice Department’s seizure of data from the accounts of at least two House lawmakers and their aides during a leak investigation. Democrats demand that Barr testify about the Justice Department’s secret seizure of lawmakers’ data. But Democrats said Mr. Nearman had shown a complete disregard for the rule of law and the principles of democracy. lawmakers in Oregon coalesced in recent days around the idea that Mr. Nearman needed to go. That’s not anybody’s actual cellphone,” Mr. Nearman said in the footage.
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Surging food import costs threaten world's poorest, FAO warns
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Gus Trompiz | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The world's food import bill, including shipping costs, is projected to reach $1.715 trillion this year, up 12% from $1.530 trillion in 2020, the FAO said in its twice-yearly Food Outlook report on Thursday. Nations classed as Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries by the FAO are forecast to see food import costs jump 20% this year, with tourism-reliant economies in a particularly precarious position, the agency said. read moreThe FAO's monthly food price index hit a 10-year high in May, reflecting sharp rises for cereals, vegetable oils and sugar. read moreA separate index of food import costs, including freight costs that have also soared, reached a record in March this year, surpassing levels seen during previous food price spikes in 2006-2008 and 2010-2012, the FAO said. A strong volume increase for staple food imports last year had already driven up global import costs by 3%, to a record high.
Persons: Danish Siddiqui, Josef Schmidhuber, Schmidhuber Organizations: REUTERS, Danish, . Food Agency, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, Reuters, Food, Nations, International, Thomson Locations: Mumbai, India, Yemen, Nigeria, Argentina, Russia, China
Yemen Houthis gear up for Sanaa airport reopening - sources
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Yemen's Houthi administration has started renovation work at Sanaa airport, two industry sources said, as the group that holds most of northern Yemen prepares for a possible reopening of the facility under U.N.-led peace efforts. A Saudi Arabian-led coalition has controlled Yemen's air space since 2015, when the alliance intervened against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that ousted the internationally recognised government from the capital, Sanaa. It has been targeted dozens of times by coalition air strikes over the last six years. The United Nations and the United States have called for the removal of restrictions on Houthi-held ports and Sanaa airport to ease a dire humanitarian crisis, while also pressing the Houthis to agree to a nationwide ceasefire. Riyadh and Yemen's Saudi-backed government have linked removing the blockade to a truce deal, a condition the Houthis have rejected.
Persons: Yemen's, Khaled al, Shayef, Sayyid Badr Al, Busaidi Organizations: Reuters, Yemen Oil Company, United Nations, Omani, Thomson Locations: Sanaa, Yemen, Saudi, Iran, United States, Riyadh, Yemen's Saudi, Oman, Saudi Arabia
Saudi-led coalition says wants to prepare political ground for peace process in Yemen
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Fire is seen at a military site after it was hit by a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa, Yemen April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Khaled AbdullahThe Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said on Thursday it has stopped carrying out attacks near Sanaa or any other Yemeni city because it wants to prepare the political ground for a peaceful settlement. The statement, made by the spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition and published by the Saudi state media, followed media reports of an attack on an armoured division belonging to the Iran-aligned Houthis near the Yemeni capital. The spokesperson, Turki al-Maliki, denied the report, adding that "no military operation has been carried out in the vicinity of Sanaa or any other Yemeni cities over the past period (..) with the aim of preparing the political ground for a peace process." Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Khaled Abdullah The, Turki al Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Saudi, Sanaa, Yemen, Khaled Abdullah The Saudi, Iran
U.S. sanctions network charged with funding Yemen's Houthis
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
The United States on Thursday announced sanctions on what it called members of a smuggling network that generates tens millions of dollars for Yemen's Houthis, pressuring the Iran-aligned movement to accept a ceasefire and peace talks. U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has sought to advance a U.N. effort to ease Yemen's dire humanitarian crisis and end the war pitting the Houthis against the government and a Saudi-led coalition. "The United States will continue to apply pressure to the Houthis, including through targeted sanctions, to advance those goals," he said in a statement. Twelve individuals and entities were slapped with terrorism-related sanctions blocking any U.S. property they hold, and barring Americans from doing business with them. A "significant portion" of the funds are "directed through a complex network of intermediaries and exchange houses in multiple countries to the Houthis in Yemen," it continued.
Persons: Houthis, Joe Biden's, Antony Blinken, Iran's, Said Ahmad Muhammad al, Jamal Organizations: U.S, Force, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Treasury, Funds, Quds Force, Hezbollah, Thomson Locations: States, Iran, Saudi, United States, U.S, Yemen, East, Africa, Asia
Blasts rock Yemen's Marib city centre, casualties reported
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A Yemeni government fighter fires a vehicle-mounted weapon at a frontline position during fighting against Houthi fighters in Marib, Yemen March 28, 2021. An official said Houthi forces trying to seize gas-rich Marib fired a missile and a drone. An army spokesperson later told Al Hadath TV channel that two missiles hit a residential area and a market, and that two drones were launched. Another military spokesperson told Al Hadath that at least 8 people were killed and tens wounded. The government said it was caused by a Houthi missile, but the group said it had only hit a military camp.
Persons: Ali Owidha, Al Hadath, Yahya al, Hatmi, Abdulsalam Ghaleb Organizations: Houthi, REUTERS, Reuters, Saudi, United, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Marib, Yemen, Yemeni, Iran, Saudi, Sanaa, Saudi Arabia, United Nations, United States, United
U.S. Lifts Some Sanctions on Iranians Before Nuclear Talks
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Michael Crowley | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday lifted sanctions on three former Iranian government officials and two Iranian companies involved in the country’s oil industry, a conciliatory gesture days before a potentially decisive round of nuclear talks in Vienna. The administration cautioned against reading too much into the move. Ned Price, the State Department spokesman, said there was “absolutely no connection” between the sanctions and discussions among several world powers and Tehran. Those talks are intended to bring the United States and Iran back into compliance with the 2015 deal that sought to limit Iran’s nuclear program in return for an end to many of the international sanctions that have squeezed the country’s economy. In the same statements announcing that the United States had lifted some sanctions, the State and Treasury Departments also said they were imposing new ones on a dozen Iranian individuals, entities and vessels for providing financial support to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are backed by Iran.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Ned Price Organizations: State Department, State, Treasury Locations: Vienna, Tehran, United States, Iran, Yemen
Overall, Biden is leaning toward an approach that would give the issue a far lower profile than it had during the Obama administration. John Moore / Getty Images fileThe low-key strategy is a response to miscalculations that Biden administration officials believe Obama made. Biden's goal of closing Guantánamo before the end of his first term is more modest than Obama's target of shuttering it within his first year in office. "As to the overall issue of Guantanamo, the Biden administration remains committed to the goal of closing the facility," the statement said. At a minimum, people familiar with administration discussions said, the Biden White House hopes to show some progress on closing Guantánamo by the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Persons: Joe Biden, , Biden, Barack Obama's, George W, Bush, Obama, Donald Trump, John Moore, Guantánamo, miscalculations, Brennan Linsley Organizations: WASHINGTON, Biden, U.S, The, Obama, Biden's National Security Council, Defense Department, Department, Pentagon, NSC, NBC News, of Defense, State, State Department Locations: U.S, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Gitmo, Afghanistan, Yemen, Florence , Colorado, Guantanamo
Resigned to a nuclear deal revival, Gulf engages with foe Iran
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Ghaida Ghantous | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
But Washington's Gulf allies have always said the deal was inadequate because it ignored other issues, such as Iran's missile exports and support for regional proxy fighters. The priority now for Gulf states is to focus on their economies following COVID-19. "A (nuclear) deal is better than no deal, but how can you convince the world -- and investors -- that this is a real deal that can stand the test of time?" Gulf states hope Washington maintains leverage over Tehran by keeping some sanctions, including those designed to punish foreign actors for supporting terrorism or weapons proliferation. The Gulf States remain sceptical.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Antony Blinken, Abdulaziz Sager, Biden, Sager, Washington Yousef Al Otaiba, Otaiba Organizations: United Arab Emirates, Washington, Research, Trump, Saudi, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Tehran, Vienna, United States, Yemen, Gulf States, U.S, Saudi, Riyadh, UAE, Gulf, Washington
As war destroys Yemen's present, museums struggle to preserve its past
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Statues are seen at the yard of the National Museum in Sanaa, Yemen June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Khaled AbdullahA bronze statue of the main god of the kingdom of Saba, located in what is now the Yemeni province of Marib, lies in a dark and fortified room of the Sanaa National Museum. The Sanaa museum miraculously escaped years of bombing by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war against the Houthi group. In the disputed city of Taiz, nature has combined with conflict to leave the historic National Museum building in ruins. "Shelling destroyed the buildings ... the collection was looted and fires burned down storerooms," said Ramzi al-Damini, the Taiz museum director.
Persons: Khaled Abdullah, Hawtar Athat, Ibrahim al, Hadi, Abdullah Ishaq, Ramzi al, Ahmed Jassar Organizations: National Museum, REUTERS, Sanaa, Museum, United Arab Emirates, Yemeni, Authority for Antiquities, Museums, Global Heritage Fund, Thomson Locations: Sanaa, Yemen, Saba, Yemeni, Marib, Saudi Arabia, Saudi, Qataban, Taiz
U.N. Security Council backs Guterres for second term
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Maxim ShemetovThe United Nations Security Council backed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday for a second term, recommending that the 193-member General Assembly appoint him for another five years starting Jan. 1, 2022. Much of Guterres' first term was focused on placating Trump, who questioned the value of the United Nations and multilateralism. Portugal put forward Guterres for a second term, but no one else had the backing of a member state. "Guterres's first term was defined by public silence regarding human rights abuses by China, Russia, and the United States and their allies," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres has a "strong stance on defending human rights, speaking up against abuses."
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Sergei Lavrov, Maxim Shemetov, Estonia's U.N, Sven Jürgenson, Guterres, Ban, Donald Trump, placating Trump, Joe Biden, Kenneth Roth, Stephane Dujarric Organizations: Russian, REUTERS, United Nations Security Council, U.S, United Nations, Trump, Ethiopia's, Rights, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, United States, Portugal, Syria, Yemen, Myanmar, Ethiopia's Tigray, New York, Belarus, China
Supreme Court unanimously rules against immigrants with temporary status
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that thousands of people living in the U.S. for humanitarian reasons are ineligible to apply to become permanent residents. Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that federal immigration law prohibits people who entered the country illegally and now have Temporary Protected Status from seeking “green cards” to remain in the country permanently. So the conferral of TPS does not make an unlawful entrant...eligible" for a green card, she wrote. Monday's decision does not affect immigrants with TPS who initially entered the U.S. legally and then, say, overstayed their visa, Kagan noted. Because those people were legally admitted to the country and later were given humanitarian protections, they can seek to become permanent residents.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Elena Kagan, , , Kagan Organizations: TPS, Senate, Biden, U.S Locations: U.S, El Salvador, United States, Haiti, Honduras, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen
Private power generators whir in every neighbourhood, despite fuel provisions from Saudi Arabia for Aden's power plants. Yemen's red, white and black national colours still fly over Al-Hasswa power plant, one of the rare buildings in the city that is still under the government control. A new 240-MW power plant was completed this year but the government says it still needs a degasification unit and grid installation. SAUDI MEDIATIONTo contain rising tensions, Saudi Arabia this week hosted talks between officials from Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi's government and the STC to implement the pact first agreed in 2019. "The United States and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, have told everyone who wants to hear that an independent state in south Yemen will not be tolerated," said one of the sources.
Persons: Nawfal, Sayf Tabet, haven't, Shaheem Abdullah Mastour, Rabu Mansour Hadi's, Hadi Organizations: Southern Transitional Council, United Arab Emirates, Saudi, STC, United Nations, SAUDI, United, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Aden, Yemen's, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Saudi, Riyadh, South Yemen, United, Abyan, Marib, United States, United Nations, Yemen
U.S. Supreme Court blocks permanent residency for some immigrants
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( Andrew Chung | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
People walk past the U.S. Supreme Court the day the court is set to release orders and opinions in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2021. REUTERS/ERIN SCOTTCompanies Us Supreme Court See allThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to let immigrants who have been allowed to stay in the United States on humanitarian grounds apply to become permanent residents if they entered the country illegally, siding with President Joe Biden's administration. The case could affect thousands of immigrants, many of whom have lived in the United States for years. There are about 400,000 people in the United States with protected status, which prevents deportation and lets them work legally. They sued in federal court, saying that those with lawful status, including Temporary Protected Status recipients, are deemed to have been lawfully admitted, and may apply for permanent residency.
Persons: ERIN SCOTT, Joe Biden's, Biden, Donald Trump's, Elena Kagan, Jose Sanchez, Sonia Gonzalez, Kamala Harris Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, ERIN SCOTT Companies, Republican, TPS, United, Circuit, El Locations: Washington , U.S, United States, El Salvador, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Haiti, Honduras, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Guatemala
British foreign minister discusses Iran with Saudi crown prince
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.62   time to read: +2 min
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman smiles during a televised interview in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 27, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERSBritain's foreign minister Dominic Raab met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the kingdom on Monday and discussed Iran in addition to bilateral ties and climate change, the British foreign office said. Raab's visit comes as global powers work to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that Saudi Arabia had opposed for not addressing Tehran's missile programme and support for regional proxies, including in Yemen. read moreThe Saudi foreign ministry said in a Twitter post that the kingdom's de facto ruler and the British minister had discussed efforts to enhance regional security and stability as well as joint cooperation in various fields. Raad, who also met with his Saudi counterpart, discussed trade and climate change and raised human rights concerns "notably around justice reform and freedom of media expression", the foreign office said.
Persons: Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Dominic Raab, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Raab's, Raab, Washington, Saud, Yemen's, Raad, Jamal Khashoggi Organizations: Saudi Royal Court, REUTERS, Saudi Crown, Saudi, Thomson Locations: Saudi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Bandar, Iran, British, Yemen, Vienna, United States, Tehran, Saud Arabia, Yemen's Iran, Istanbul
Saudi-led coalition says intercepts Houthi drone launched at Khamis Mushait
  + stars: | 2021-06-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Houthi movement said it intercepted an armed drone launched on Sunday towards the southern Saudi Arabian city of Khamis Mushait, which the group said was fired at a military air base. Saudi state television Al Ekhbariya cited a coalition statement as saying the drone was destroyed. The Houthi military spokesman said on Twitter that the strike was successful. The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the internationally recognised government from the capital Sanaa. The group has repeatedly targeted Khamis Mushait as well as other Saudi cities along the border with Yemen.
Persons: Yemen's Houthi, Khamis Mushait, Al Ekhbariya Organizations: Twitter, Thomson Locations: Saudi, Saudi Arabian, Khamis, Yemen
U.S. and UK envoys urge Yemen peace after blast kills at least 17
  + stars: | 2021-06-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Among those killed in Saturday's explosion near a petrol station in Marib City was a five-year-old girl who was charred beyond recognition. Medical sources at the hospital told Reuters on Sunday that the death toll had risen to 21 after authorities said it was 17. The internationally recognised Yemeni government, which has been battling the Houthi movement for over six years, said the blast - which wrecked the petrol station and gutted cars - was caused by a Houthi missile. read moreMarib has become the focal point of the war since the Houthis launched an offensive to seize the gas-rich region, the government's last stronghold in northern Yemen. read more"This inhuman violence must end," Cathy Westley, charge d'affaires at the U.S. embassy, said in a statement.
Persons: Houthi, Cathy Westley, Michael Aron Organizations: Reuters, Sunday, U.S ., Twitter, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Yemen, Saudi, Sanaa, Marib City, British, United
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