Last stand in Yemen as battle for oil-rich province rages

MARIB (Yemen), Sept 25 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Hadi Ahmed wearily sets up a tent in Yemen’s Marib province, after fleeing fighting yet again in the government’s last northern stronghold which is under intense pressure from Houthi rebels.

The Iran-backed fighters have long held the capital Sanaa which lies just 120 kilometres away and are mounting a fierce campaign to take the oil-rich province.

Yemen: UAE-backed forces disperse demonstrators with live ammunition

23 Sep 2020; MEMO: Emirate-backed Yemeni forces on Sunday fired shots to disperse angry protesters who demonstrated against the deterioration of public services in the eastern governorate of Hadhramaut.

Eyewitnesses told the Anadolu Agency that “angry demonstrators blocked the main streets in the city of Al-Mukalla, in the centre of the governorate, and set tyres on fire to protest against the deterioration of public services, mainly the power cuts.”

Yemen: Houthis close Sanaa airport to UN flights

09 Sep 2020; MEMO: The Houthi will close Sanaa International Airport to relief flights including the United Nations from today.

The group’s foreign ministry said in a letter sent to the United Nations that flights to Sanaa airport will be stopped as of today claiming that the internally recognised Yemeni government and Arab coalition have prevented the entry of oil derivatives needed to operate the airport.

Yemeni Houthi Rebels Claim Cross-Border Attack On Saudi Airport

SANAA, Sept 7 (NNN-SABA) – Yemen’s Houthi militia said, they launched an attack on a Saudi border airport, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported Sunday.

The attack on Abha International Airport came, in response to “the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes on Yemen,” the television said, citing a statement by the Houthi military spokesman, Yahya Sarea.

The Houthi television did not provide details on the weaponry used in the alleged attack, but in their previous attacks, ballistic missiles and bomb-laden drones were used.

Saudi Arabia hinders Yemen agreement says UAE-backed STC

01 Sep 2020; MEMO: A separatist official has accused Saudi Arabia of hindering the implementation of a power-sharing deal, known as the Riyadh Agreement, for southern Yemen, reported Anadolu Agency.

“The denial of return for southern leaders to Aden by Saudi Arabia is an obstruction of the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement,” Rami Muthana al-Sumaidi, a leader of the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), said on Monday.

Yemen’s Southern Transitional Council suspends Riyadh agreement talks - Reuters

TASS, August 26: Yemen’s Southern Transitional Council (STC) has announced suspension of negotiations on the so-called Riyadh agreement aimed at forming a united government in the country, Reuters reported, citing the council’s statement.

According to the agency, the STC named collapse of the government service system in south Yemen and escalation of military conflict by government forces among the reasons behind this decision.

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