US President Biden, Saudi King Salman discuss end to Yemen war

Biden affirms US commitment to Saudi defence, calls for diplomacy in Yemen and praises release of rights activists. United States President Joe Biden spoke for the first time since becoming president with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Thursday as the US prepares to release a report about the 2018 murder of […]

UN urges Gulf states to step up to avert Yemen famine

UN aid chief says Yemen on a ‘knife-edge’ of famine, amid smaller aid contributions from Gulf countries. In 2020 the UN only received just more than half the $3.4bn it needed. UN aid chief Mark Lowcock has urged Gulf states to step up next Monday when the world body seeks to avert a large-scale “man-made” […]

US reaffirms Saudi ‘defence partnership’ amid Houthi attacks

Pentagon chief condemns Houthi attacks and expresses commitment to security ties in call with Saudi crown prince. The United States has reaffirmed its “strategic defence partnership” with Riyadh in the face of renewed attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels against Saudi Arabia during a call between US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed […]

Yemen famine could threaten opportunity for peace, UN warns

UN Yemen mediator Martin Griffiths also called for a stop to a Houthi offensive on the government-held city of Marib. An enormous famine could wipe out a new opportunity created by renewed US engagement to end the war in Yemen, top United Nations officials have told the Security Council. UN Yemen mediator Martin Griffiths also […]

US ‘energising’ talks to end Yemen war: Special envoy

The US pivots from Trump-era foreign policy as special envoy confirms talks with Houthi rebels to end Yemen civil war. The US special envoy to Yemen, Timothy Lenderking, said on Tuesday the United States was “aggressively” using back-channel discussions to speak to Houthi leadership in the war-torn country in an effort to end the country’s […]

Biden admin ends Trump-era Houthi ‘terrorist’ designation

The administration of President Joe Biden has formally delisted Yemen’s Houthi movement as a “foreign terrorist organization” and “Specially Designated Global Terrorists”, undoing the last-minute move under former President Donald Trump that the United Nations and aid groups said threatened to further devastate the war-torn country. The move comes as the Biden administration continues to […]

UN ‘alarmed’ at military escalation in Yemen’s Marib

The UN’s humanitarian chief says he is “very alarmed” by a Houthi rebel advance on the Yemeni government’s last northern stronghold, saying an assault on the city of Marib could endanger millions of civilians. Mark Lowcock, the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, tweeted on Tuesday that an assault would endanger two million civilians and could […]

Saudi Arabia says it foiled Houthi drone attack on Abha airport

Riyadh says country’s air defences intercept and destroy a drone as Houthis say attack hit target with ‘high accuracy’. Saudi Arabia said it foiled a Houthi drone attack on an airport on Saturday just days before the new US administration is to stop designating the Yemeni rebels as a “terror” group. Saudi air defences “intercepted […]

Biden administration to lift blacklisting of Yemen’s Houthis

Joe Biden has moved to reverse US policy on Yemen, aiming to intensify diplomacy to end the nation’s civil war. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday said he will revoke terrorist designations of Yemen’s Houthi movement from February 16, even as he warned that members of the group could be hit with more […]

Half of Yemeni children face acute malnutrition: UN

The number of children in danger of death from lack of food has increased to 400,000, the UN agencies say. Nearly 2.3 million children under the age of five are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition this year in war-torn Yemen, UN agencies have warned, as the United States steps up efforts to end six […]

Saudi Arabia says Yemen Houthi drone intercepted after Abha hit

Saudi-led coalition says it thwarted an armed drone attack launched by Yemen’s Houthis on a key air base. Saudi forces have intercepted an armed drone fired by Houthi fighters in Yemen, the Riyadh-led coalition said, a day after the armed group struck an airport in the kingdom. The latest drone attack targeted the garrison town of […]

Plane catches fire after Houthis attack Abha airport: Saudi TV

The Saudi-led coalition claims Houthi rebels launched an attack on Abha airport causing a fire in a civilian aircraft. The Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthi rebels say the Yemeni rebel group launched an attack on Abha airport, causing a fire in a civilian aircraft that was brought under control. “A cowardly terrorist attack by the […]

UK approved $1.9bn of arms sales to Saudi Arabia since ban lifted

The United Kingdom signed off on arms exports worth nearly 1.4 billion pounds ($1.9bn) to Saudi Arabia between July and September last year following the lifting of a ban on weapons sales to the Gulf country – a move critics slammed as “immoral” amid the continuing war in Yemen. The publishing of the figures by […]

‘Deeply troubled’: US warns Houthis days after ‘terror’ delisting

US State Department calls on Iran-linked rebel group to immediately stop military attacks in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The Biden administration on Sunday warned Yemen’s Houthi rebels against continued attacks, days after moving to remove a “foreign terrorist organisation” designation placed on the group by former President Donald Trump in the last days of his […]

US ending aid to Saudi-led forces in Yemen, but questions persist

United States President Joe Biden last week announced plans to end US support for Saudi Arabia’s “offensive operations” in war-torn Yemen, including ceasing relevant arms sales to the government in Riyadh. The move signalled a distinct shift in Washington’s approach to the conflict and a renewed emphasis on reaching a diplomatic solution to the years-long […]

UN envoy for Yemen in Iran for talks on long-running conflict

Martin Griffiths’s trip is part of efforts to bring together more diplomatic, regional and international support for a negotiated political solution to Yemen’s war. Martin Griffiths, the United Nations envoy for Yemen, has visited Iran for the first time amid renewed efforts to end a long-running war that has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. During […]

Biden Reverses Trump Terrorist Designation for Houthis in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The State Department on Friday said it would lift a terrorist designation against Houthi rebels in Yemen that the Trump administration had issued in its final days, revoking penalties that aides to President Biden worried would bring more pain to millions of starving people than to the rebels. Three officials familiar with the […]

US intends to revoke terrorist designation of Yemen’s Houthis

Action reverses the order issued by then-US President President Donald just before leaving office on January 20. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has told Congress he intends to revoke the designation of Yemen’s Houthi movement as a terrorist organisation, a State Department official said on Friday. “Our action is due entirely to the humanitarian […]

Leader of al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen under arrest: UN report

UN document says Khalid Batarfi, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was arrested in October. The leader of al-Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate has been under arrest for several months, according to a United Nations report released on Thursday, in what will be seen as a huge breakthrough in the fight against the armed group. […]

Biden Announces End of U.S. Support to Saudi War in Yemen

President Biden outlined a sweeping vision of restored American global leadership on Thursday, announcing an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen and vowing to confront Russia and China. He also promised to work with allies to combat issues like the pandemic and climate change and announced a freeze on President […]

Biden to end US support for offensive operations in Yemen

The president is preparing for the US to take on a more active role in ending the protracted civil war in Yemen. President Joe Biden will announce an end to United States support for offensive operations in Yemen, indicating that the new administration is planning a more active US role in efforts to end the […]