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28 May 2015 description

Scores of casualties in Sana’a have been caused by anti-aircraft munitions shot by the Huthi armed group which detonated after landing in populated areas killing and maiming civilians, said Amnesty International.

During a week-long trip to the Yemeni capital, the organization spoke to medical staff at nine hospitals and residents who said that anti-aircraft weapons were the leading cause of casualties in the capital. Saudi Arabian-led coalition airstrikes against weapons depots in residential areas have triggered further explosions, also killing and injuring other civilians.

27 May 2015 description

The Civil Defense in Najran reported today that indiscriminate shellfire from Yemen killed one civilian and wounded five others in the city of Najran.

27 May 2015 description

The Ministry of Interior reported today that a criminal investigation and explosives clearing teams from Najran Police came under artillery shelling from Yemen while clearing explosive ordnances from residential neighborhood of Rijal in Najran . One officer was killed and three others injured in the shelling.

27 May 2015 description

Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Afghan People ended the third phase of the winter relief project. The $3.2 million project includes the distribution of food baskets and blankets. The relief supplies were distributed in cooperation with Afghan authorities, including the Afghan Red Crescent Society, and the Saudi Embassy in Kabul.

The Committee distributed 55,000 food baskets and 50,000 blankets to 55,000 needy families affected by the natural disasters across Afghanistan.

26 May 2015 description

One child was killed and three other children were injured in Jazan from shelling from Yemen. Maj. Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani, spokesman for the Civil Defense in Jazan Region, said that villages in Al-Twaal Governorates came under indiscriminate shelling this morning from Yemen, resulting in the casualties. Maj. Al-Qahtani said that the shells landed in residential neighborhoods at border villages in Al-Twaal Governorate which were launched from Yemeni territory.

22 May 2015 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Cécile Pouilly

Location: Geneva

Date: 22 Mai 2015

(1) Hungary

We are concerned about a questionnaire on immigration and terrorism that was sent last week by the Hungarian government to every citizen over the age of 18. We are shocked by the Prime Minister's introductory message, which suggests a link between migration and terrorist attacks, including the attack which took place in Paris in early January this year.

22 May 2015 description

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Friday 5/22/2015 - 10:20 GMT

Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition pounded Shiite rebels across three Yemeni cities on Friday, as Riyadh reported the death of a Saudi child from cross-border fire.

The coalition has stepped up raids on positions held by the Huthi Shiite rebels and their allies since a humanitarian ceasefire ended late on Tuesday.

The latest violence came as the UN's human rights agency said that at least 1,037 civilians have been killed in Yemen since the start of the air campaign on March 26.

22 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Thu, 21 May 2015 19:54 GMT

By Mohammed Ghobari and Sami Aboudi

CAIRO/DUBAI, May 21 (Reuters) - Saudi shells hit an international aid office in Yemen on Thursday killing five Ethiopian refugees, a local official said, while violence across the country put United Nations-led peace talks in doubt.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet

21 May 2015 description

ERBIL, 21 May 2015 –UNESCO and its partners celebrated today with students, parents and teachers the opening of the newly constructed Tasloja Secondary School for internally displaced persons in Sulaimaniyah.

The ceremony held today marks the opening of the fifth school constructed by UNESCO within the framework of the project ‘Providing access to quality education to adolescents and young adults in conflict-affected areas in Iraq’, funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

20 May 2015 description


The Government of Saudi Arabia has signed seven agreements totalling US$ 111.5 million in assistance for Palestine refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The signing ceremony, which took place in Amman, was attended by Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) Vice Chairman and Managing Director H.E. Eng. Yousef Ibrahim Al-Bassam and UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl.

15 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

14 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spotlighted the importance of Yemen's humanitarian ceasefire as the United Nations and its partners ramp up critical relief efforts to civilian populations in need, according to a spokesperson for the Organization.

13 May 2015 description

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Wednesday 5/13/2015 - 10:14 GMT

King Salman doubled Saudi Arabia's Yemen aid commitment to $540 million on Wednesday, the first day of a humanitarian pause in a bombing campaign it has led against neighbouring rebels.

"We announce that we are setting aside one billion riyals ($266 million) for aid and humanitarian operations... in addition to more than one billion riyals ($274 million) we had already pledged," the official Saudi Press Agency quoted the king as saying.

13 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Indiscriminate Attacks Kill 12 Civilians, Wound Over a Dozen

12 May 2015 description

Yemen - Crisis (ECHO)

  • On 8 and 9 May, intensive airstrikes were carried out across Sa’ada, Amran, Hajjah and Sana’a governorates. On 10 May, more airstrikes targeted the runway of Sana’a airport and the residence of former president Saleh. During airstrikes there were reported at least four people killed and ten injured in Sa'daa, and three more people killed in Amran.

11 May 2015 description

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Monday 5/11/2015 - 16:46 GMT

A Pakistani was killed on Monday when the Saudi city of Najran near the border with Yemen came under renewed bombardment, official media reported.

It was a rare death of a foreigner during weeks of war the United Nations says have killed more than 1,400 people in Yemen.

Civil defence spokesman Ali al-Shahrani, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency, said "military missiles" hit a school and residential neighbourhood in Najran, "resulting in the death of a Pakistani resident".

10 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Saudi Arabia: Mass Expulsions of Migrant Workers

Abuses During Detention, Deportation

(Beirut) – Saudi authorities have conducted a concerted campaign since 2013 to detain and deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrant workers, resulting in abuses against many of them, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

08 May 2015 description


  • Phasing out of wheat production continues

  • Cereal import requirements forecast at high levels in 2015/16

Wheat production gradually phasing out