August 26, 2019
Latest News

Saudi airstrikes on Yemen reportedly kill 6 and injure 32

Sana’a, May 16 (efe-epa).- At least six people were reportedly killed and 32 wounded when Saudi Arabian-led air forces carried out bombings on the Yemeni capital Sana'a on Thursday.

In a statement, the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia said it attacked several "legitimate" targets, including military bases and weapon and ammunition stores controlled by Houthis, an insurgency that Riyadh considers a terrorist organization.

The Arab alliance claimed that the attacks were "precise" and "achieved their objectives," but did not say whether there had been any victims.

The Houthi health ministry said at least six civilians were killed and another 32 people were injured in the bombings.

Four children were among the dead, who were all members of the same family and were in their home in the neighborhood of Al Raqqas, according to a statement from the ministry.

Arab coalition planes of the attacked military targets and residential neighborhoods in the city.

Airstrikes also hit military installations in the neighborhoods of Beit Dehra, Ferija and Samaa, in northern Sana'a, in Nuqom (east), Khawlan (southeast) and in a rebel position on the mountain of Attan, west of the Yemeni capital, witnesses told Efe.

It came two days after Yemeni rebels bombed an oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia with an unmanned aircraft.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel Aljubeir, said on Twitter that the “Houthis confirm day after day that they implement Iran’s agenda by sacrificing the need of the Yemeni people for the benefit of Iran.”

He added: “The Houthis are an indivisible part of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and subject to the IRGC’s orders.

“This is confirmed by the Houthis targeting facilities in the Kingdom.”

The military coalition said in a statement that the drone attacks on Tuesday constituted "serious violations" of international law and "can be considered war crimes."

Hostilities have escalated despite the fact that the Houthis withdrew from three strategic ports on the Red Sea coast last Tuesday, in compliance with the agreement negotiated in December between both sides.

The withdrawal of the ports, including Hudaydah the largest in the country, was a step towards the implementation of the agreements signed in December in Sweden between the two sides.

It was described by the UN as an absolutely necessary movement to be able to resume peace negotiations.

The Yemen conflict broke out at the end of 2014 when the Houthis occupied Sana'a and other provinces of the country and expelled the internationally-recognized president, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have intervened militarily in the conflict since March 2015 to try to defeat the Houthis, supported by Iran, and restore Hadi. EFE-EPA


News history
Hong Kong police officer fires warning shot amid demonstrations

Hong Kong, Aug 26 (efe-epa).- Six Hong Kong police officers drew firearms and one fired a warning shot for the first time since the demonstrations began 12...

Morales invites G7 to Bolivia to fulfill Amazon fire aid promises

La Paz, Aug 25 (efe-epa).- The president of Bolivia invited G7 leaders on Sunday to visit his country to implement their commitment to fight the fires...

Pope calls for commitment to save Amazon

Sao Paulo, Aug 25 (efe-epa).- Amazonas on Sunday became the seventh state in Brazil to request assistance from the armed forces in fighting the fires...

US, Japan finalize talks on new trade pact

Biarritz, France, Aug 25 (efe-epa).- The United States and Japan finalized negotiations on a new trade agreement that will enable Washington to increase its...

Morales accepts int'l help to put out wildfires in Bolivia

La Paz, Aug 25 (efe-epa).- Bolivian President Evo Morales said Sunday that any international help to put out the wildfires in the country's eastern...

Hezbollah threatens to down Israeli drones in Lebanon's airspace

Beirut, Aug 25 (efe-epa).- The leader of Hezbollah on Sunday warned that the Lebanese Shiite group will not allow Israel to fly drones in the Lebanese...

Macao elects Beijing-backed politician as new leader

Macao, China, Aug. 25 (efe-epa).- The Chinese territory of Macao on Sunday elected Ho Iat Seng, the lone approved candidate, as its new leader for the next...

Two years since exodus, Rohingyas embrace hardships for safety in Bangladesh

By Azad Majumder

Hong Kong police deploy water cannons at protests

By Shirley Lau

Brazil mobilizes military to fight Amazon fires as global criticism mounts

Brasilia, Aug 24 (efe-epa).- Brazil on Saturday began deploying thousands of army personnel to battle widespread fires that have been raging in the Amazon...

North Korea says Kim supervised ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher' test

Seoul, Aug 25 (efe-epa).- North Korea on Sunday said its leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the test of a “super-large multiple rocket launcher” a day earlier.

Sudan’s al-Bashir re-appears in court over corruption charges

Khartoum, Aug 24 (efe-epa).-Sudanese former president Omar al-Bashir appeared once again on Saturday in court facing corruption and illegal possession of...

By Nacho Temiño

Trump adopts conciliatory tone at G7 after escalating trade war with China

By Rafael Cañas

China accuses US of sponsoring Honk Kong protests

Hong Kong, Aug 24 (efe-epa).- Tensions surged in Hong Kong on Saturday afternoon as a sea of tens of thousands of pro-democracy activists took to the...

Rohingyas should not return to Myanmar as of now, says expert

By Carlos Sardiña Galache

Lives and limbs shattered, Rohingya amputees get new lease of life

By Azad Majumder,

China releases detained Hong Kong British consulate worker

Shanghai, China, Aug 24 (efe-epa).- The employee of the British Consulate-General Hong Kong, who was arrested in mainland China a fortnight ago, was...

North Korea fires missiles in its 7th weapons test in a month

Seoul, Aug 24 (efe-epa).- North Korea on Saturday launched two projectiles off its east coast that appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles in its...

Brazilian protesters: "Burn Bolsonaro, Not the Amazon"

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 23 (efe-epa).- The chant "Burn Bolsonaro, Not the Amazon," rang out Friday in at least a dozen Brazilian cities as thousands poured into...

G7 summit throws wet blanket on tourist season in Biarritz

Enrique Rubio

Ex-Democratic lawmaker predicts young Latinos will unseat Trump

Chicago, Aug 23 (efe-epa).- Former Democratic lawmaker Luis Gutierrez predicts that a peaceful revolution of young Hispanic voters, supported by other...

Brazil must abide by EU-Mercosur deal's climate commitments, ambassador says

By Isadora Camargo

Restrictions upped in Indian Kashmir as separatist call for protests

By Shah Abbas,

I agree Welcome to We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.