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Saudi Border Guards Accused of Atrocities Against Migrants

Human Rights Watch says soldiers are murdering and torturing Ethiopians

(Newser) - A new Human Rights Watch report makes for grim reading about the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The organization accuses Saudi soldiers of raping, torturing, and killing African migrants trying to enter the oil-rich country, reports the BBC . HRW interviewed dozens of migrants from Ethiopia and examined photos and...

78 Die in Stampede at Event to Distribute Aid

At least 73 others injured in Yemen tragedy

(Newser) - A crowd of people apparently spooked by gunfire and an electrical explosion stampeded at an event to distribute financial aid in Yemen’s capital late Wednesday, killing at least 78 and injuring at least 73 others, according to eyewitnesses and Houthi rebel officials. Abdel-Rahman Ahmed and Yahia Mohsen, who witnessed...

This Handshake Offers Hope in 9-Year War

Saudi officials visit Yemen’s capital for talks with rebels

(Newser) - Saudi officials were in Yemen's capital Sunday for talks with the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, as part of international efforts to find a settlement to Yemen’s nine-year conflict, officials said. Saudi Arabia’s delegation, chaired by the kingdom’s ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, will hold talks...

US Navy to Begin Task Force to Patrol Red Sea
US Navy Makes a
Move in the Red Sea

US Navy Makes a Move in the Red Sea

Says new task force will patrol the body of water

(Newser) - The US Navy said Wednesday it will begin a new task force with allied countries to patrol the Red Sea after a series of attacks attributed to Yemen's Houthi rebels in a waterway that's essential to global trade. The AP reports Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, who oversees the...

Airstrike on Prison Kills at Least 70
Airstrike on Prison
Kills at Least 70

Airstrike on Prison Kills at Least 70

Death toll in Yemen expected to grow

(Newser) - The health minister in the rebel government set up by Yemen’s Houthi rebels says an airstrike on a rebel-run detention facility in the country's north early on Friday killed at least 70 detainees. The minister, Taha al-Motawakel, told the AP in the rebel-held Yemeni capital of Sanaa that...

Rare Drone Attack Kills 3 in Abu Dhabi

Yemeni Houthi rebels claim responsibility

(Newser) - A rare attack in the United Arab Emirates killed at least three people Monday and the commander of American forces at a nearby base says they are ready to assist UAE authorities if needed. Authorities say that in a drone attack claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels, three tanker trucks...

Abandoned Red Sea Tanker Is Disaster Waiting to Happen

It's on the verge of dumping out four times as much oil as the Exxon Valdez

(Newser) - A ghost ship holding more than a million barrels of crude oil is rotting in the Red Sea. It could just sink. Or it could explode. And if either of those things happens, millions of people will be without water, on top of the environmental devastation, the Guardian reports. It...

Cavers Say They Made It to Bottom of the 'Well of Hell'

They found snakes in Yemen sinkhole, but no sign of a gateway to the underworld

(Newser) - For untold centuries, the Well of Barhout in eastern Yemen, also known as the Well of Hell, has been feared by locals who believe it is a gateway to the underworld or a prison for genies. A team of Omani cavers, however, say they descended to the bottom and found...

Smugglers Throw Migrants Overboard, Killing at Least 20

UN agency says 80 migrants were tossed into sea during passage to Yemen

(Newser) - Smugglers threw some 80 migrants off a boat that was crossing from East Africa to the Arabian Peninsula on Wednesday, resulting in at least 20 drowning deaths, according to a UN agency. Yvonne Ndege of the UN's International Organization for Migration said at least five bodies were taken from...

Biden Makes Big Break From Trump on Foreign Policy
Biden Makes Big Break
From Trump on Foreign Policy

Biden Makes Big Break From Trump on Foreign Policy

'This war must end,' he says of Yemen conflict

(Newser) - President Biden, declaring that "America is back," delivered his first diplomatic address as president Thursday. He outlined several policies that reverse those of the Trump administration, and one that also breaks with an Obama administration policy that he helped shape, the New York Times reports. Biden, calling Saudi...

Embassy to Americans in Saudi Capital: 'Stay Alert'

Kingdom claims missile or drone interception in Riyadh, maybe launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over its capital, Riyadh, amid the kingdom's yearslong war against neighboring Yemen's Houthi rebels. Social media users posted video of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. Saudi state TV quoted authorities...

Critics Raise Alarm on 11th-Hour Foreign Policy Move
Critics Raise Alarm on
11th-Hour Foreign Policy Move
the rundown

Critics Raise Alarm on 11th-Hour Foreign Policy Move

Designation of Houthi rebels as terrorists could make it harder to deliver food amid crisis

(Newser) - The Trump administration just made two big foreign policy moves. The one that drew most of the headlines was the designation of Cuba as a sponsor of terrorism. The other, though, is causing plenty of consternation on Capitol Hill and among humanitarian groups. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that...

The New Cabinet Arrived by Plane. Then an Explosion

At least 16 people are said to be dead after a blast in Aden, Yemen

(Newser) - At least 16 people were killed Wednesday and another 60 wounded when a blast occurred at the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. The explosion happened a short time after the country's newly formed Cabinet arrived by plane; no one on that plane was killed or injured,...

Trump Says US Operation Killed Yemen al-Qaeda Chief
Trump: We Killed
Al-Qaeda Honcho

Trump: We Killed Al-Qaeda Honcho

(Newser) - President Trump said Thursday that the US, at his direction, has conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen that killed Qassim al-Rimi, an al-Qaeda leader who claimed responsibility for last year's deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola , where a Saudi aviation trainee killed three American sailors. Al-Rimi is a...

Terror Group Claims Deadly Florida Naval Base Shooting

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula releases video claiming the attack

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen claimed responsibility Sunday for last year's deadly shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola by an aviation student from Saudi Arabia, the AP reports. The shooter, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, was a member of the Saudi Air Force in training at the base....

Pompeo Blames Iran
Pompeo: It's Iran's Fault

Pompeo: It's Iran's Fault

The Secretary of State points a finger after drone strike in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Forget Yemen. This was all Iran. That was the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's take Saturday after drone attacks struck Saudi Arabian oil facilities and choked half the country's crude production, the Wall Street Journal reports. Pompeo tweeted that it was "an unprecedented attack on the world'...

Burning Oil Facility Lights Up the Sky
Drones Strike
Major Oil Facility

Drones Strike Major Oil Facility

Iranian-backed Houthis strike in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and another major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires at a vulnerable chokepoint for global energy supplies, the AP reports. It remained unclear hours later whether anyone was injured at the Abqaiq...

Airstrikes on Rebel-Run Prison Kill More Than 100

It was deadliest strike on Yemen so far this year

(Newser) - Yemen is reeling from what has been described as the deadliest attack so far this year after multiple airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition hit a detention center run by the country's Houthi rebels, killing at least 100 people and wounding dozens. The center in southwestern Dhamar province had around...

US Official: A Missile Downed Our Drone in Yemen

Houthis have claimed responsibility

(Newser) - Two US officials confirmed to Reuters what a Houthi military rep has claimed: that a US drone was shot down over Yemen on Tuesday night. What is less established is whether the Iran-allied Houthi rebels downed the MQ-9 drone. That's what the rep claims; one official tells CNN a...

Saudi Oil Field Attacked
Saudi Oil Field Attacked

Saudi Oil Field Attacked

Yemen's Houthi rebels cause a fire at the Shaybah oil field

(Newser) - Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia's sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a "limited fire" in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry, the AP reports. The attack on...

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