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28 Aug 2016 description

Najran, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Sunday 8/28/2016 - 11:43 GMT by Ian Timberlake

It doesn't look like there is war in Najran.

Not when you drive down King Abdul Aziz Road in the late afternoon sun, past the luxury hotel, the hypermarket and the sprawling gym in this southern Saudi city near the border with Yemen.

But enter the King Khaled Hospital and you can see what the war has done.

Saleh al-Abbas weeps outside the room where his nine-year-old son Mahdi lies with his head and face bandaged.

27 Aug 2016 description

Najran, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Saturday 8/27/2016 - 15:28 GMT

A rocket fired from Yemen killed a three-year-old boy Saturday in the Saudi border region of Najran, a civil defence official said, in the latest cross-border attack by Iran-backed Yemeni rebels.

Major Ali al-Shahrani, civil defence spokesman in southwest Saudi Arabia, told reporters a nine-year-old brother of the boy was also wounded when a Katyusha rocket hit their family's home.

25 Aug 2016 description


  • On 13 July, WFP’s Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, visited Amman. During her visit, the Executive Director travelled to the north-eastern border and met with HRH Prince El Hassan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and key donors to discuss WFP’s current and future objectives in Jordan.

  • On 31 July, WFP hosted a children’s film festival in Za’atri refugee camp, in cooperation with the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF), who donated USD 13,613 to school feeding in the camp.

23 Aug 2016 description

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Tuesday 8/23/2016 - 18:40 GMT

Shelling from Yemen killed a resident of southern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the latest casualty of intensified fighting on the border.

The victim, a Yemeni resident of the kingdom, died in the attack on Najran at about 6:00 pm (1500 GMT), Civil Defence Colonel Ali al-Shahrani said.

Another person was wounded.

The victim was the ninth to die from shelling in Najran since August 16, when seven lost their lives in a single strike.

20 Aug 2016 description

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Saturday 8/20/2016 - 13:51 GMT

Rockets fired by Yemeni rebels into a Saudi border city on Saturday killed a Saudi civilian and wounded six others including a Pakistani man, the Saudi civil defence agency said.

Quoted by Al-Ekhbariya state television, the agency the five other wounded in the city of Najran were all Yemeni citizens.

Video footage posted on social networks showed two blazing buildings in the city centre.

19 Aug 2016 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Open sources reported damage to, loss of or the destruction of a wide range of humanitarian infrastructure on 160 occasions between January 2015 and June 2016.

17 Aug 2016 description

Regional Mixed Migration in the Horn of Africa and Yemen in 2016: 2nd Quarter trend summary and analysis

17 Aug 2016 description

Regional mixed migration summary for July 2016 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.

Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, refugees). If the caseload mentioned refers only to refugees or asylum seekers or trafficked persons it will be clearly stated.


16 Aug 2016 description

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Tuesday 8/16/2016 - 20:26 GMT

Saudi Arabia suffered its worst civilian death toll Tuesday in cross-border shelling from Yemen as an anti-rebel coalition it leads launched an investigation into a deadly strike on a hospital.

A rocket fired by rebels in Yemen killed seven civilians in Najran city in the highest reported number of non-combattant casualties in the kingdom's south since the Arab coalition intervened in Yemen 17 months ago.

15 Aug 2016 description


  • While Islamist extremism in East Africa is often associated with al Shabaab and Somalia, it has been expanding to varying degrees throughout the region.

  • Militant Islamist ideology has emerged only relatively recently in East Africa—imported from the Arab world—challenging long-established norms of tolerance.

15 Aug 2016 description

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Monday 8/15/2016 - 11:21 GMT |

Saudi Arabia have stropped a boat carrying 31 illegal migrants, most of them Sudanese, from trying to reach the kingdom, the Border Guards force said on Monday.

The guards have reported repeated interceptions of migrants in the Red Sea over the past two months.

In the latest case a patrol "foiled an attempt by a group of 31 people from different nationalities to enter Saudi waters on a wooden boat," Border Guards spokesman Colonel Sahir al-Harbi said.

15 Aug 2016 description

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Monday 8/15/2016 - 07:13 GMT |

The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen said it would allow humanitarian flights into Sanaa's international airport from Monday, after several days' closure due to renewed hostilities around the capital.

"Sanaa international airport will be reopened to United Nations flights and those of other agencies from Monday," a coalition statement said.

12 Aug 2016 description

PRMN is a UNHCR-led trend analysis project that aims to monitor movements of displaced populations into and within Somalia. On behalf of UNHCR, NRC and 39 local partners in the field in Somalia (South Central regions, Puntland and Somaliland) are collecting data through interviews with refugee and IDP returnees, and with IDPs and host communities conducted at strategic locations along travel routes. Reports are verified and published by UNHCR to broaden insight into movement trends for analytical and programmatic purposes.

Cross-border movement

09 Aug 2016 description

9 August 2016 – With support from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre WHO continues to provide lifesaving health, nutrition and environmental services for millions of people in Yemen.

09 Aug 2016 description

Mature swarm arrives on Pakistan coast from Yemen