The airstrikes left five dead and 10 injured, including one woman. Kawkaban lies 50 kilometres north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa and is characterized by architecturally distinctive mud brick buildings.
Residents of the historic city were seen pushing their belongings in carts, walking and driving cars as they left the city to escape other possible airstrikes. Kawkaban is a town in the northern-western part of Yemen, containing a fortified citadel about m above sea level. The city is built upon a precipitous hilltop, walled from the north and fortified naturally from the other directions.
It was also home to a Jewish community, until its demise in the midth century. Anarchy across southern Yemen likely to facilitate AQAP's unopposed expansion into new areas, including the coast. Exploiting a persistent security vacuum and the absence of effective state institutions, AQAP is in the process of asserting itself as the dominant actor across much of southern Yemen. The territory currently controlled by AQAP is larger than the area it held in , when the group's area of control reached its peak during of the anti-Saleh popular uprising.
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Although AQAP is likely to prioritise consolidating its position along the Zinjibar-al-Mukalla coastal road in order to smuggle fighters and weapons to and from the Horn of Africa, the group is likely to expand its territorial control in northern Hadramawt, al-Dali' and al-Bayda' in the six-month outlook — by Exploiting a persistent security vacuum and the absence of effective state institutions, AQAP is in the process of asserting itself as the dominant actor across much of southern Yemen.
Although AQAP is likely to prioritise consolidating its position along the Zinjibar-al-Mukalla coastal road in order to smuggle fighters and weapons to and from the Horn of Africa, the group is likely to expand its territorial control in northern Hadramawt, al-Dali' and al-Bayda' in the six-month outlook — by Ludovico Carlino. A Yemeni university has announced the resumption of studies after months of suspension amid claims that al-Qaeda pressured it to reopen. The Hadramaut University in the southern Yemeni port city of Mukalla announced that it would reopen its doors on 28 February after being closed for months due to the city's security situation and a university financial crisis.
The university's administration said in a statement that it will resume its operations with the financial and academic resources at its disposal, and encouraged students to return to their classes. While some students welcomed the opportunity to continue their studies, local activists raised questions about the timing of the announcement since Mukalla has been relatively stable for months.
The source said that the militant group offered the cash-strapped university money to overcome its crisis in return for a resumption of university life, which the university allegedly accepted. Hadramaut University has 15, students from the governorates of Hadramaut, Shabwa and al-Mahrah. Die Soldaten trainierten mit Ausbildern aus dem Sudan.
Das Land ist ebenfalls an der Allianz beteiligt. Aden ist die provisorische Hauptstadt der sunnitischen Regierung.
A suicide bomber killed at least 13 recruits at a Yemeni army camp run by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government in the southern port city of Aden on Wednesday, medical sources and a security official said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series of bombings rattling the city since Saudi-backed forces captured Yemen's second-largest city from the Iran-allied Houthis in July last year. At least 60 people were also wounded in the attack targeting hundreds of new recruits at the Ras Abbas camp in Aden's Buraiqa district.
It was recently set up by Hadi's government to absorb new conscripts being trained to fight the Houthis. The official said the bomber was disguised in military uniform used by the new recruits, enabling him to penetrate the crowd undetected inside the camp. Medics at the nearby Masafi hospital said they had received the bodies of 13 people, while at least 60 wounded people were taken to hospitals in Aden.
An official in Aden said a person wearing a belt laden with explosives detonated himself among a group of newly-recruited soldiers. Islamic State said it had killed almost 20 soldiers and wounded 60 other people. The governor and security director of the southern Yemeni city of Aden escaped a gun attack on their convoy on Tuesday, a security official said, the latest in a string of militant attacks on the government.
Three of the gunmen were killed in an exchange of fire, while two bodyguards and two civilians walking by were wounded, the official said. Both men have survived attacks before. Al Qaeda and Islamic State militants have taken advantage of 10 months of civil war in Yemen to expand their presence in Aden, where the embattled government is based.
Only there was never a civil war in Yemen — just like Syria never witnessed a Revolution. Violence in Yemen has been engineered and played up by infiltrated foreign agents, to serve foreign agendas: namely the overthrow of any real popularly-back government in favour of Wahhabists rule. The grand Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is actively working to carve a Wahhabi empire at the heart of the Greater Middle East and non seems the wiser …. Seven months after the Houthis were forced to give up their positions into Aden, al-Qaeda militants and other terror outfits have turned the city into a radical hub.
Still Reuters abide by the agreed-propaganda. Those are the lies Riyadh has spun to legitimize its own military intervention, and occupation. Yemen is fighting a war of independence, a war of liberation and political emancipation from under the imperial boot of both the West and Saudi Arabia.
Life in Aden has become a struggle — a painful reminder that foreign occupation rhymes with oppression and repression. A city gripped by insecurity and fear, Aden has become yet another city awaiting for the Black Flag to be risen over its skyline. Countless witnesses have described tense scenes and gun battles in between rival gangs, and Salafi militias as they clashed against a new budding popular resistance.
Wahhabi militants from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have mounted operations in southern Yemen, including Aden, for years. Since the Saudi coalition took control of the city, radicals have more or less had a free hand — forever expanded their influence. The only good thing is that KSA Is letting food and diesel in through the port now, which it didn't do when the Houthi-Saleh alliance was fighting, which means that although there is a ground war again, at least there is electricity and no starvation in Aden. A senior UN official on Tuesday called for more international efforts to end "human catastrophe" in Yemen, saying that the UN Security Council and the international community must urge the parties to the conflict to ensure unconditional and sustained humanitarian access to all parts of the Middle East country.
In a briefing to the nation council, Stephen O'Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, cited the extraordinarily difficult and dangerous circumstances across the country in delivering assistance to millions of people in need.
Just this past Saturday, he added, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a building metres away from a facility that accommodates UN and diplomatic personnel. The conflict in Yemen continues to kill and maim civilians, causing immeasurable suffering, while destroying livelihoods, homes, communities and essential civilian infrastructure.
Much of this is the result of indiscriminate bombing and shelling by the parties. Since March , more than 35, casualties, including over 6, deaths, have been reported by health facilities across the country. The United Nations has confirmed that at least 2, of those killed and 5, of those injured are civilians. Conservative estimates suggest that well over children have been killed and over 1, more injured. There are reports that as many as children have been forcibly recruited by the parties.
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The conflict is exacting a terrible humanitarian toll. Some 2. At least 7. Some two million acutely malnourished children and pregnant or lactating women need urgent treatment. Chronic drug shortages, unpaid salaries, and conflict related destruction means that around 14 million Yemenis do not have sufficient access to healthcare services. Since March last year, nearly health facilities closed due to damage, shortages of critical supplies or lack of health workers.
Nearly of these facilities used to provide treatment for acute malnutrition. More than 1. Over 1, schools are now unfit for use due to conflict-related damage, presence of displaced people, or occupation by armed groups. Water infrastructure serving at least , people has been either damaged or destroyed by airstrikes, artillery and rockets. UN agencies and their NGO partners are delivering assistance under extraordinarily difficult and dangerous circumstances across the country.
For example, just this last Sunday, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a building metres away from the Diplomatic Transit Facility, accommodating UN and diplomatic personnel. During January the humanitarian community provided regular monthly food rations to approximately 2. Health facilities reached over , people; around 36, children were screened for acute malnutrition and 3, malnourished children under five years were admitted to feeding programmes.
Other relief items were provided to over 42, people.see
Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 551 - Yemen War Mosaic 551
Despite these commendable and brave efforts, I am extremely concerned about the increasingly restricted humanitarian space we face to respond to the staggering needs of Yemeni men, women and children. In addition to an already dangerous environment, parties to the conflict are contributing to the reduction of humanitarian access. The al-Houthis and allied groups remain inconsistent in allowing access and movement of humanitarian goods and personnel. While humanitarian deliveries are ongoing in areas where Al Qaida in the Arab Peninsula is present, international humanitarian movement to these areas is extremely challenging and dangerous.
This includes locations in the Hadramaut governorate, but also in Aden where severe insecurity prevails. Humanitarian assistance reached the Taizz city enclave following a high level mission led by the Humanitarian Coordinator on 22 January. The area faces severe access restrictions by al-Houthis, and is home to over , people. Deliveries included food for around 18, people, non-food items for approximately 1, families; and medical supplies — including oxygen cylinders and 30, units of dialysis sessions.
Over the weekend, additional assistance has reached the enclave, including food for a further 18, people, cancer treatment drugs, surgical items, intravenous fluids and anaesthetic supplies, as well as HIV antiretroviral treatments. These are positive developments, and I note Al Houthi commitments on access to Taizz City made during talks in Biel and reaffirmed to the Special Envoy in his last visit to Yemen.
Humanitarian deliveries into the enclave often require long and protracted negotiations with parties on the ground, however. Access to northern Governorates where needs are among the most severe in the country also continue to be challenging due to relentless conflict, including airstrikes — in particular to communities along the border with Saudi Arabia where conflict is intense.
This past month more than , people were provided food in the Governorate.
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The parties to the conflict have a duty of care in the conduct of military operations to protect all civilian persons and objects - including humanitarian and health care workers and facilities - against attack. The parties should also refrain from using explosive weapons in populated areas; these cause unacceptable harm by killing large numbers of civilians, destroying homes, severely hindering critical services over the immediate and longer term, and leaving behind explosive remnants of war.
I remind all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law to facilitate humanitarian access to all areas of Yemen. Humanitarian assistance must be complemented by efforts to revive the economy and flow of much-needed commercial goods, which has been severely impeded by the ongoing conflict. Given the heavy dependence of Yemen on imported food and fuel, it will be critical to ensure inspections in line with Security Council resolution , they they do not adversely impact the flow of commercial shipping into Yemen of basic items that Yemeni civilians rely on to survive.
The mechanism must now contribute towards continued improvements in the levels of commercial imports into Yemeni ports outside the control of the Government of Yemen and which is not channeled through a UN agency or recognized international humanitarian organization. The Secretary-General has formally requested the Government of Yemen and the Saudi-led Coalition to appoint representatives to sit on the Steering Committee by 22 February.
All United Nations Member States have been informed. I cannot overstate the importance of donor support for this endeavour, nor the urgency we face in responding to humanitarian needs that only deepen as the conflict intensifies. Nearly one year into the conflict, it is now more important than ever that we address the human catastrophe unfolding in Yemen. I again underscore the urgent need for this Council and the international community more broadly, to impress upon the parties to this conflict their obligations to facilitate unconditional and sustained access to all parts of Yemen, and to take greater measures to protect civilians.
I also reiterate the urgent request that this Council press the parties to resume peace talks and agree to a ceasefire. Comment: And what will happen now? The Security Council is dominated by those who for a great part are responsible for that.