The United Nations confirmed that a Saudi-led airstrike on Friday killed 12 civilians, including seven children, in the southern city of Taiz. The U.N. said that at least 27 children in Yemen have been killed or injured over a period of 10 days. Friday’s attack came as Trump announced he was declaring a national emergency to push through $7 billion worth of U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The declaration allows Trump to circumvent Congress, which has used the War Powers Resolution to oppose military support for the war in Yemen.
A leader in Yemen's southern separatist movement has accused the UAE of occupying the war-torn country's south, due to the Gulf state's military and economic presence in the region.
Ali Mohammed al-Saadi made the criticism in an online statement on Saturday, local media reported.
The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen carried out several air strikes on the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Thursday after the Iranian-aligned movement claimed responsibility for drone attacks on Saudi oil installations.
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock Briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Yemen - New York, 15 May 2019
REPORT from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
The Yemeni government has accused the United Arab Emirates of landing around 100 separatist troops on a remote island in the Arabian Sea this week, deepening a rift between nominal allies in Yemen's war.
The UAE is one of the Arab countries fighting formally on behalf of Yemen's internationally recognized government against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls the capital.
But the UAE has had a tense relationship with the government and has recruited thousands of fighters from a movement of southern separatists who have clashed with government troops.
The representatives of Yemen's warring parties have met on a ship in the Red Sea to discuss the stalled truce agreement for the contested port city of Hodeidah.
Oct 12 Yemen's former president has vowed to honor a peace plan brokered by the United Nations in talks in Oman and to quit Yemeni cities if a Saudi-led Arab alliance stopped air strikes on the country.
Ali Abdullah Saleh also told the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen television in an interview broadcast on Monday that he was ready to quit his position as head of the country's largest party, the General People's Congress (GPC), to facilitate an end to fighting that had killed more than 5,000 people.
Different factions across Yemen have established a national council aimed at uniting the local environment in Yemen against the US-backed Saudi aggression.
Sources in Sanaa told al-Manar that the Yemeni factions met on Wednesday in the capital, Sanaa, and formed the High Popular Council for General Mobilization.
The factions said the aim of forming such council is to “unite and strengthen the local front against the Saudi aggression,” and to “set dialogue with all the Yemeni factions,” the sources said.Yemen flag
On March 3, 2013, as a means of curbing illegal immigration, the Civil Status Authority implemented a ban on issuing identity cards to those unable to present legal documents proving their Yemeni nationality.
According to the ban, the provision of Yemeni identity cards for Muwaladeen (“mixed race”—in this case being the child of a Yemeni national and a foreign national) born in the Horn of Africa is to be stopped. However, Muwaladeen born in the Gulf, Europe, and Asia, provided their fathers were born in Yemen, can still be issued identity cards.
Thousands of separatists rallied in Yemen's main southern city Aden Wednesday demanding renewed independence for the region on the 20th anniversary of a secession bid that was crushed by northern troops.
The demonstrators waved the flag of the formerly independent south and pictures of exiled separatist leader Ali Salem al-Baid as they commemorated the short-lived Democratic Republic of Yemen that was crushed in the 1994 civil war.
“We swear to God Sanaa will not govern us,” the protesters chanted. “Twenty years of oppression and resistance.”
The Friends of Yemen urged the government in Sanaa to set out a clear timetable for a referendum on a constitution and subsequent elections in order to end the political, economic and security crises affecting the country.
"The Friends of Yemen reiterate that the only way to a united, peaceful, stable and prosperous Yemen is through the implementation of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Initiative," the group of 39 nations and organisations, meeting in London on Tuesday, said in their final communique.
As the Yemeni army embarks on what it says is a massive military campaign to root out al-Qaeda suspects in Shabwa province, questions arise over the fate of the political process in the country four months after the conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), which was officially inaugurated on March 18, 2013.
Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi urged his beleaguered people then to have high hopes. Security problems, however, have gone from bad to worse amid a series of al-Qaeda attacks in the country.
The difference between today's Friends of Yemen conference in London and the first conference to take place in the capital eight years ago is that the current conference is being held at a time when Yemen is in jeopardy of failing in light of a transitional authority put in power in order to cross into a free and dignified future in response to the demands of the Yemeni people and their desires for change, as well as fulfil their dream of establishing a modern democratic state.
Foreign Minister Dr. Abu Bakr al-Qirbi has disclosed the content of new action mechanism proposed for the Friends of Yemen Group to make the group more effective and efficient .
Dr. al-Qirbi made it clear on Monday, in an interview with the Yemen News Agency (Saba), that the most important element in the 7th meeting of the Group of Friends of Yemen, which will take place tomorrow in the British capital London, lies in the launch of a new mechanism of action for the Group.