Yemen rebels fire rockets at military parade, killing 4

Faith Castro
January 23, 2018

Around 10,000 Yemenis have been killed - mostly civilians - since a Saudi-led military coalition intervened to back the country's internationally-recognised government in 2015.

Countries impacted by the latest arms embargo include Saudi Arabia, a major buyer of German weapons which has continued to bomb Yemen since 2015.

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would commit $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid for Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and Yemen, most of which is now under the control of a pro-Iran faction, have been at war for some time.

SUNGAI PETANI -Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he will be attending the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) emergency meeting this Sunday to discuss Yemen's attacks on Saudi Arabia.

The war has killed over 10,000 Yemenis, mostly children, and displaced 3 million others, creating one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

Bahraini Information Affairs Minister Ali al-Romaihi denounced recurrent Houthi attacks targeting cities in Saudi Arabia with tens of Iran-made ballistic missiles in a risky escalation aimed to undermine the security of the kingdom, the Gulf and the Arab countries.

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There were no reports of casualties or damage.

The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP)which seeks US$2.96 billion to provide lifesaving assistance to 13.1 million people this year.

The US, which has provided logistical and intelligence support to the coalition and supplied it with weapons, last month called on Saudi leaders to immediately allow in all humanitarian aid.

Germany will stop all arms exports to countries involved in the ongoing war in Yemen, a government spokesperson has announced. Norway has suspended munitions exports to the United Arab Emirates based on its role in the Yemen conflict.

The United Nations is calling for what it refers to as a record $2.96 billion aid for war-ravaged Yemen where Saudi airstrikes, looming starvation, and cholera have claimed the lives of thousands of people.

Lavrov pledged that Russian Federation would pursue dialogue with the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, in addition to "other Yemeni political parties and all interested countries, including the Arab coalition", in an effort to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict. Some 380 cases of suspected diphtheria were also reported, causing at least 38 deaths, nearly all among children.

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