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2015.03.27 07:35:56

- The rebels belong to the Zaidi community, a moderate Shia sect that makes up about a third of Yemen's population.

- Their rebellion was launched in 2004 in the northern town of Saada.

- Their initial demand was an end to political and economic marginalisation in the north.

- Another objective was allegedly to restore the rule of Shia imams, who ruled Yemen for nearly 1,000 years.

- They now say they are fighting for more rights for all Yemenis, saying people in both the north and south are being wronged by the country's rulers.

- The Houthis participated in the 2011 uprising and gained political acceptance in Yemen. But soon they broke away from the rest of the political forces that deposed Ali Abdullah Saleh.

- They resumed military action and have in the last six months taken control of Sanaa and other parts of Yemen.

  Yemen | Houthis
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2015.03.27 07:33:54

Speaking on Houthi-run al-Masirah TV, rebel leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi accused the US of leading the military offensive. He also called Saudi Arabia an "evil neighbour" that is using its wealth to destroy nations.

What do they expect us to do? Surrender, announce our defeat? To act like cowards? What do they expect from us? Collapse overnight? To walk away? Absolutely not. This is not how the honourable Yemeni people think. These are not our beliefs. We will fight back. All 24 million Yemenis will stand united and face that despicable aggression. The state-run SANA news agency cited a foreign ministry source saying "Syria calls for dialogue among the Yemeni parties to arrive at a political solution that meets the will and aspirations of the Yemeni people".

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2015.03.27 07:31:51

Hakim al-Masmari, editor of Yemen Post, says powerful explosions rocked Sanaa tonight as more Houthi targets were attacked. He describes the city as a ghost town with no traffic and civilians seeking shelter in locations considered safe.

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2015.03.27 07:30:52

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all parties to ensure the protection of civilians in Yemen, adding that negotiations remain the only option for ultimately resolving the crisis.

The secretary-general reminds all parties involved of their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians and of all humanitarian and United Nations and associated personnel, as well as of the rules and principles of international human rights law and refugee law. - UN statement

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2015.03.27 02:05:45

We're getting reports that Saudi air strikes target the Tariq Air Base in Taiz, central Yemen.

  Yemen | Saudi Arabia
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2015.03.27 01:59:45

At least six children under the age of 10 were among a reported 25 people killed in Saudi Arabian-led air strikes in Sanaa on Thursday, Amnesty International reported after speaking to hospital officials and eyewitnesses.

The group said the dead were being pulled from the rubble of 14 houses that were hit in a residential neighborhood near the city’s international airport. The rest of those killed were men, mostly in their 30s and 40s, Amnesty said, adding that it is believed that more people may still be buried beneath the rubble.

This high toll of civilian deaths and injuries in these attacks raises concerns about compliance with the rules of international humanitarian law. Saudi Arabian and any other armed forces carrying out air strikes in Yemen are required to take all feasible precautions to spare civilians. - Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

Red the full statement HERE.

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2015.03.27 01:56:20

Statement of the European Union High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the situation in Yemen:

"I'm convinced that military action is not a solution." Read full statement HERE.

  Yemen | European Union
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2015.03.27 01:53:51

Saudi Arabia's interior minister has ordered security measures strengthened along the borders and across the kingdom, including at oil facilities.

The minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, said the country would "act firmly" against any attempts to undermine its security, according to a statement published by the official SPA news agency.

  Yemen | Saudi Arabia
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2015.03.27 01:52:54

Lebanon's Hezbollah condemns the Saudi-led strikes, saying it takes the region towards increased tension.

"Hezbollah continues to always stand by the steadfastness of the Yemeni people when it comes to their independence and choices in governance”.

Hezbollah urges Saudi Arabia "to end its blatant oppressive aggression at once" and asks the Yemeni people to unify in order "to reach a full political solution".

  Yemen | Lebanon | Hezbollah
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2015.03.27 01:51:32

Syria expresses its deep concern about the "ongoing and dangerous" developments in Yemen.

The state-run SANA news agency cited a foreign ministry source saying "Syria calls for dialogue among the Yemeni parties to arrive at a political solution that meets the will and aspirations of the Yemeni people".

  Yemen | Syria
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2015.03.27 01:50:29

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, says "the decision to launch Operation Decisive Storm wasn’t a rushed decision".

"Since the Houthi coup and aggression that stretched out all across Yemen where they wanted to impose their jungle law on their people, we had to make a decision and support the legitimacy in the country for the sake of Yemen and its citizens."

  Yemen | UAE
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2015.03.27 01:48:35

As thousands of Yemenis gather in the city of Taiz in support of the Saudi operation, thousands of pro-Houthi protesters carried out a rival protest in the capital Sanaa to denounce the air strikes.

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2015.03.27 01:47:50

In the city of Taiz, thousands of Yemenis took to the streets in support of the Saudi operation and demanded an end to the alleged Iranian interference in their country. Some carried banners of President Hadi, others of the Saudi king.

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2015.03.27 01:46:43

A Saudi-led coalition of 10 countries has launched air strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.

Some numbers on the military action:

Saudi Arabia: At least 100 war planes + 150,000 troops and war ships on standby
UAE: 30 war planes
Kuwait: 15 war planes
Bahrain: 12 war planes
Qatar: 10 war planes
Jordan: 6 war planes
Morocco: 6 war planes
Sudan: 3 war planes

On standby:

Egypt: war planes, war ships and tanks + ground troops
Pakistan: tanks and ground troops
US: logistics

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2014.10.25 02:34:04

Fighting continued on Friday in the Syrian border town of Kobane, as thousands of Syrians who have fled the town woke up to another day in a refugee camp in Turkey.

Turkish President Erdogan says Kurdish PYD has agreed the passage of 1,300 fighters from the Free Syrian Army to Kobane.

The Syrian Kurds have "accepted 1,300 people from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and they are holding talks to determine the transit route," Erdogan told reporters in Estonia's capital Tallinn.

  Syria | Islamic State | Turkey
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2014.10.24 03:17:30

An AFP correspondent across the frontier in Turkey reported fierce clashes in several parts of Kobane early Thursday, with heavy gun and mortar fire.

  Syria | Islamic State | Turkey
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2014.10.24 03:16:16

A Malaysian court on Thursday charged three men with supporting the Islamic State after they were arrested while attempting to leave the country to join the fighters in Iraq and Syria.

The charges against the three; an architect and a technician, both 26, and a 42-year-old trader, come amid concerns over the group's growing influence in Southeast Asia.


  Syria | Islamic State | Malaysia | Iraq
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2014.10.24 02:58:30

Activists say the US-led coalition has launched airstrikes on an oil field in Syria's eastern province of Deir Az Zor.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the coalition launched four airstrikes on oil wells in the Jafra field late Wednesday.

The Local Coordination Committees, an activist group, also reported the airstrikes on Thursday.

  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.10.24 02:47:18

Refugees fleeing fighting between ISIL and Kurdish fighters awoke in a camp in Turkey on Thursday morning, as their home town of Kobane, across the border in Syria, appeared relatively calm.

Occasional gunshots could be heard echoing from the border town, which has been under siege from the ISIL group for some weeks, but no plumes of smoke or loud explosions occurred.


  Syria | Islamic State
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2014.10.24 02:33:07

The Lebanese army arrested 3 individuals, two Syrians and a Lebanese in North Lebanon, the Lebanese detainee is known to have defected to ISIL few weeks ago.

One Syrian was killed and two others have been wounded in the raid.

  Syria | Islamic State | Lebanon
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