U.N. Gets OK to Aid Crippled Yemen Tanker After Months of Waiting

Officials have been waiting since July to inspect and repair the FSO Safer, a stricken tanker off the Yemen coast. Houthi rebels have finally given approval, the U.N. said.

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After Trump’s Embrace, Saudis Brace for a Chillier Tone From Biden

Saudi Arabia’s leaders counted on President Trump’s unwavering support, but President-elect Biden has vowed to take away the kingdom’s “dangerous blank check.”

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Houthi Rebels Free 2 American Hostages

Sandra Loli and Mikael Gidada were freed in an agreement with the United States and Oman that allowed 200 Houthi fighters to return to war-ravaged Yemen.

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Famine Emerges as U.N. Theme, Crystallized by Yemen Disaster

Starvation again threatens war-afflicted Yemen, where the U.N. has halved food rations for lack of funding. “If we get the money, we still may have famine,” the head of the U.N. anti-hunger agency said.

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U.S. Rationale for Military Aid to Saudis in Yemen War Is Fraying

The Trump administration argues that its partnership with Saudi Arabia helps reduce civilian killings in Yemen. But State Department investigators and other U.S. officials say the efforts are flawed.

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War Crimes Risk Grows for U.S. Over Saudi Strikes in Yemen

State Department officials have raised alarms about the legal risk in aiding airstrikes that kill civilians. The Trump administration recently suppressed findings as it sold more weapons to Gulf nations.

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Watchdog Says State Dept. Failed to Limit Civilian Deaths From Saudi Arms Sales

The inspector general also found the State Department avoided congressional review by dividing sales of controversial arms into smaller packages.

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As if Yemen Needed More Woes, a Decrepit Oil Tanker Threatens Disaster

A rusting vessel used for years to store oil off Yemen’s coast poses what the United Nations has called a dire and entirely preventable threat of ecological catastrophe.

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U.K. Says It Will Resume Arms to Saudi Arabia

Military sales were suspended over concerns about Saudi human rights violations in Yemen. Now, Britain argues that Saudi violations there are “isolated incidents.”

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African Migrants in Yemen Scapegoated for Coronavirus Outbreak

Migrants say Houthi militia who control northern Yemen are brutally forcing them out of their territory and into dangerous situations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #saudi-arabia, #smuggling, #yemen

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Coronavirus Slams Broken, Embattled Yemen

Lacking equipment, expertise and authority, a divided, war-torn country bobbles a response to a surging pandemic.

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The Pandemic Could Lead to Outbreaks of Measles and Other Preventable Diseases

Vaccinations worldwide have dropped as the fight against the coronavirus continues.

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State Dept. Investigator Fired by Trump Had Examined Weapons Sales to Saudis and Emiratis

A Democratic House committee chairman said the investigation might have been “another reason” for the firing of the inspector general, Steve A. Linick.

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5 Takeaways on U.S. Involvement in the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

Thousands of civilians have died in Yemen, and American-made bombs sold to the Saudis have played a key role as the White House has sought to boost the arms industry.

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Why Bombs Made in America Have Been Killing Civilians in Yemen

President Trump sees arms deals as jobs generators for firms like Raytheon, which has made billions in sales to the Saudi coalition. The Obama administration initially backed the Saudis too, but later regretted it as thousands died.

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As Fighting Surges, Yemen Is Hit With 1st Cluster of Covid-19 Infections

A handful of coronavirus cases in Aden appeared to confirm fears that the virus has been spreading, stoking concerns of an outbreak that could quickly overwhelm Yemen’s devastated health system.

#aden-yemen, #cholera, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #floods, #houthis, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #yemen

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War Within War: As Saudi Prince Edges Away from Yemen, His Allies Feud

A declaration of self-rule by Yemeni separatists has complicated Saudi efforts to withdraw from the war.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #hadi-abdu-rabbu-mansour, #houthis, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #southern-transitional-council, #united-arab-emirates, #yemen

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