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30 Jan 2015 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 28 January 2015 in News
Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (author)

SANA’A, Jan. 27—As of Wednesday evening the Yemeni Socialist Party and the Islah and Nasserist parties continue to refuse talks over Yemen’s political future, saying they will only begin negotiations once three conditions are met: An end to the house arrests of members of government, the withdrawal of Houthi gunmen from the Presidential Palace, and non-interference in peaceful anti-Houthi protests.

30 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Mohammed Al-Asaadi

UNICEF’s launches its Humanitarian Action for Children 2015 on 29 January. The global appeal highlights the situation of children and women living in some of the most challenges circumstances, the support required to help them survive and thrive, and the results UNICEF and its partners have achieved and are working towards. The 2015 appeal calls for US$3.1 billion to reach more than 60 million children in 71 countries, including Yemen.

29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF is requesting US$60.1 million to meet the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable children in Yemen in 2015.

29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

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The political situation remains unclear, but behind-the-scenes negotiations are ongoing between the various actors. As long as political negotiations take place, there is still the potential for a political solution to the current impasse.

Over the past few days, thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets protesting against or in favour of the Houthi group that has taken over the capital Sana’a. Some protestors were reportedly kidnapped and subsequently released and others,including journalists,were reportedly injured during the protests.

29 Jan 2015 description

Hunger is a huge issue in Yemen. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing the following ten hunger facts:

  1. 41 percent of Yemenis are food insecure – a total of 10.6 million people.

  2. This includes 5 million severely food insecure and 5.6 million moderately food insecure.

  3. This represents a slight improvement since 2011, when 45 percent of the population was food insecure.

  4. The most food insecure governorate is Sa’ada, where 40 percent of people are severely food insecure.

27 Jan 2015 description

Yemen’s UN-backed transition has unravelled and the country has entered a new, highly unstable phase. On 22 January President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the prime minister resigned after Huthi fighters seized the presidential palace and consolidated control of the capital. This has upended the troubled transition and raises the very real prospect of territorial fragmentation, economic meltdown and widespread violence if a compromise is not reached soon.

27 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

27 January 2015 – The United Nations envoy on Yemen has welcomed the release today of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's chief of staff, and urged the opposition group Ansarallah – which had abducted the official last week – “to undertake steps that would be in the best interest of all political sides and the people of Yemen.”

27 Jan 2015 description

Yemen is undergoing a period of widespread insecurity, violence, and armed conflict. These events have led to large displacement of people, chronic food shortages, a general breakdownof the government apparatus and poor social amenities. As of July 2014, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance had increased to an alarming total of 14.7 million people (UN News Centre).

27 Jan 2015 description
report Yemen Times

Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (author)

SANA’A, Jan. 26—Student protests on Monday morning took a violent turn in Sana’a, with protesters reporting arrests and violent attacks that involved daggers and batons.

“There is a laceration in my hand because of the violence I was subjected to near Al-Qadisiyya roundabout. I was assaulted with batons and daggers, along with dozens of other protesters,” said Walid Al-Ammari, a well-known youth activist in his mid-twenties, who joined Monday’s demonstrations.

27 Jan 2015 description
report Yemen Times

Nasser Al-Sakkaf (author)

The Houthis’ ascent to power was accompanied and often propelled by the movement’s continuous stockpiling of heavy weaponry. In spite of signing an agreement with the government on Sept. 21 stipulating the group’s disarmament, Houthi leaders have so far shown no intention of returning seized weapons. On the contrary, their armory keeps on growing.

26 Jan 2015 description

26 January 2015 - Success stories about acute severe malnutrition management in the WHO-supported therapeutic feeding centre in Al-Sadaqa Teaching Hospital of the Aden governorate have been included in a supplementary booklet for training.

26 Jan 2015 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Monday 26/1/2015 - 18:14 GMT

UN envoy Jamel Benomar on Monday met with leaders of Yemen's Shiite militia, known as the Huthis, who seized the presidential palace last week, plunging the impoverished Arab country deeper into crisis.

The meeting was among a series of talks that the Moroccan diplomat was holding in Sanaa to try to broker an agreement after Western-backed President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi resigned, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

26 Jan 2015 description

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Monday 26/1/2015 - 13:37 GMT

by Jamal al-Jabiri

A drone strike killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen on Monday after Washington vowed to continue its campaign against the jihadist group despite the country's ongoing political crisis.

US President Barack Obama on Sunday insisted Washington would pursue its efforts against Al-Qaeda in Yemen regardless of upheaval that has seen Western-backed President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi tender his resignation.

26 Jan 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:58 GMT

By Yara Bayoumy

SANAA, Jan 25 (Reuters) - No sooner had Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation than his country's tenuous political fabric began to disintegrate.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet

23 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

23 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced serious concern about developments in Yemen following the resignation of the country's President and Prime Minister amid a takeover of the capital by Houthi militants.

23 Jan 2015 description

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Friday 23/1/2015 - 10:39 GMT

by Jamal al-Jabiri

Yemen faced a dangerous power vacuum Friday after its president announced his resignation over a deadly standoff with Shiite militia controlling the capital and lawmakers called an emergency weekend session.

President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, a key US ally in the fight against Al-Qaeda, said late Thursday that he could no longer stay in office as the country was in "total deadlock".

23 Jan 2015 description
report Oxfam

More than half of Yemen’s population needs aid and a humanitarian crisis of extreme proportions is at risk of unfolding in the country if instability continues, Oxfam warns today.

22 Jan 2015 description

1/22/2015 - 19:32 GMT

Key dates in Yemen since a transition accord was signed by the regime and the opposition in November 2011 calling for a national dialogue.

The accord, signed in Riyadh following an bloody 11-month Arab Spring-inspired uprising, resulted in president Ali Abdullah Saleh stepping down after 33 years in power and being replaced by his deputy, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.

2011

22 Jan 2015 description
report Yemen Times

This is a three-part series about the migrants and refugees who come to Yemen. Part one, published last week, focused on the conditions in countries of origin that lead people to flee their homes. Part two, below, focuses on the risky journey at sea migrants and refugees make. Part three is about the obstacles migrants and refugees face once reaching Yemen and proposed long-term solutions.

Fifteen-year-old Iftu* left Ethiopia after his father was killed because he feared for his life. Hoping for a future without persecution, he headed to Yemen by boat.

22 Jan 2015 description

As Yemen slipped further into violence and intensification of armed conflicts throughout 2014, the ICRC stepped up its humanitarian operations and responses, gaining better and safer access to wider parts of the territory. This was achieved thanks to the outreach and strong contacts of the ICRC office in Sana'a with all parties involved across the country, and through its sub-delegations in Aden, Taiz, Saada and Central Sana'a.

Here is how the ICRC helped the victims of conflict and violence in Yemen in 2014:

Water and infrastructure