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  • 17th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yesterday the United States, Britain and the UN's special envoy issued a joint call for a rapid and unconditional ceasefire in Yemen. "We are not calling for this in a vacuum," US secretary of state John Kerry said; there have been "communications" with representatives of the Houthis...
  • 15th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia now accepts that it should not have bombed the funeral in Yemen last Saturday, killing at least 140 people and injuring more than 500. A statement issued today through the Saudi government news agency blamed the kingdom's Yemeni allies for instigating the attack based on...
  • 14th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia is surely relieved. Less than a week after its coalition warplanes committed the worst atrocity of the Yemen war so far, killing at least 140 people at a funeral and injuring more than 500, the heat is off and the media focus has shifted to Iran. The bombing in the Yemeni...
  • 13th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The United States, which has been anxious not to acquire the legal status of "co-belligerent" in the Yemen war, yesterday fired Tomahawk cruise missiles at three radar stations on Houthi-controlled Yemeni territory. The strikes signal a further escalation of tensions in the Red Sea which have been...
  • 12th October 2016
    By
    Hiba Zayadin
    What was meant to end in a swift victory for the coalition is rapidly turning into a protracted civil war with grave humanitarian consequences. The Saudi-led intervention has wreaked havoc on Yemen and inflamed sectarian rifts across the Gulf region. Eight months after Saudi Arabia said its...
  • 11th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia has "privately accepted" that one of its coalition warplanes bombed a funeral in Yemen on Saturday, according to the BBC's security correspondent, Frank Gardner. Gardner's report appears to be based on a briefing from British government officials. At least 140 mourners died...
  • 10th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The bombing has been "barbaric" and war crimes have "unquestionably" been committed. One especially repugnant kind of bombing is known, euphemistically, as the double tap: "They drop one bomb and then they wait for the aid workers to come out, civilian people pulling the injured from the...
  • 9th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two airstrikes hit a large funeral gathering in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Saturday killing more than 140 people and injuring at least 525, according to the UN's humanitarian coordinator in the country. This was the worst single attack of the war so far and it is difficult to construe it as...
  • 6th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    More details are emerging about the attack on a highly unusual "civilian" vessel which was severely damaged by Houthi fighters at the southern end of the Red Sea last weekend (see yesterday's blog post). The Saudi-led coalition which is fighting the Houthis in Yemen insists that the vessel...
  • 5th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Houthi-Saleh forces – the de facto government in the north of Yemen – have "warned" foreign ships not to enter the country's territorial waters without "prior authorisation from the competent Yemeni authorities".  The announcement, circulated by the Houthi-controlled Saba news...
  • 3rd October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The repressive Sultanate of Oman is to be honoured next month by an official visit from Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne. But one Omani newspaper will definitely not be reporting on the prince's trip: last week a court ordered the permanent closure of Azamn newspaper and...
  • 2nd October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Egypt's Sisi regime arrested four more journalists last week and charged them with the catch-all crime of "publishing false news". Harassment of the media has increased markedly in Egypt since Sisi seized power in 2013. Last year Egypt had more imprisoned journalists than any country apart from...

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