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March 31st, 2015  
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Warships shell Houthis outside Yemeni city of Aden - witnesses


1. Yemen militia sends forces south as UN warns of civil war AFP
2. Yemen president's southern stronghold attacked by rivals Associated Press
3. Houthis seize strategic Yemeni city, escalating power struggle Reuters
4. Yemeni president accuses former regime of attempted coup Reuters
5. Yemeni Troops Expel Special Forces From Aden Airport The Wall Street Journal

ADEN (Reuters) - Warships shelled a column of Houthi fighters and troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as they tried to advance on the southern port city of Aden on Monday, residents said, the first known report of naval forces taking part in the conflict.

They said the vessels were believed to be Egyptian warships that sailed last week through the Suez Canal towards the Gulf of Aden. Egypt is a member of the Saudi-led coalition that has been targeting Houthi positions to stem their advance on Aden, a last foothold of fighters loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

No comment was immediately available from Egyptian officials.

(Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf, writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
March 31st, 2015  
Iran dispatches planeload of humanitarian aid to Yemen

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has dispatched a planeload of humanitarian aid to Yemen where Shia mosques were recently targeted by terrorist attacks.

The IRCS sent its 13-ton consignment of humanitarian aid and medical supply on Monday.

Meanwhile, 52 people injured in the recent deadly bomb attacks in Yemen were flown to Iran on Monday and taken to hospital for treatment.
An Iranian medical official said the patients have sustained such injuries as fractures, burns and amputation.

Soleiman Heidari added that six of the victims are in critical condition.

He noted that Iran sent a six-member medical team to Yemen following the terrorist attacks to treat the victims.

Three bomb attacks were carried out at two mosques in Sana’a on Friday. At least 142 people were killed and 351 suffered injuries in the blasts targeting Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques.
A branch of the ISIL terrorist group in Yemen claimed responsibility for the bombings in an online statement, warning that the attacks were “just the tip of the iceberg.”

The blasts came against the backdrop of intense gun battles between supporters and opponents of fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the southern port city of Aden. More than a dozen people died in the fighting, which also forced closure of the Aden International Airport.

Hadi, along with members of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah’s cabinet, stepped down in late January, but the parliament did not approve the president's resignation. The president fled his home in Sana’a on February 21, after weeks under effective house arrest and went to Aden, Yemen’s second largest city, where he officially withdrew his resignation and highlighted his intention to resume duties. This came after the Houthi fighters took control of Sana’a in September 2014.

March 31st, 2015  
Houthi forces took full control over city of Zinjibar after driving ISIL and pro Hadi man out.Reportedly Houthis are accompanied by 115th Brigade of Yemeni army who is under their command.This forces are now heading east towards Al Mukalla
Yemen Watch - News, Updates & Discussions.
March 31st, 2015  
Houthi forces have taken control on Bab El Mandeb.Military base that overlooks the strait is captured as well as entire 17th Armoured Division.From here the whole strait can be controlled.
March 31st, 2015  
Fighting along border begins
April 1st, 2015  
Bab-al-Mandab falls to Houthis: Yemen Rebels Seize Base Near Shipping Lane as Saudis Target Aden - Bloomberg Business
April 4th, 2015  
Saudi air campaign fails to halt rebel advance in Yemen

WASHINGTON A Saudi-led air campaign has failed to halt the advance of Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen, where growing violence is plunging the country deeper into chaos and further undermining the U.S.-backed government.

Houthi rebels continued to advance toward the port city of Aden, where forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi are attempting to make a stand. Friday, the Arab coalition dropped weapons and supplies for the first time to forces battling Houthis around Aden.

Michael Knights, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the Saudis have hit fixed military installations and weapons caches, but they lack the sophisticated intelligence and other capabilities that would allow them to react quickly to fast-moving and widely dispersed forces.

"A lot of what they're doing is of cosmetic effect," Knights said. "It's hard to imagine the coalition becoming effective enough unless the United States becomes much more involved."

U.S. help is limited largely to surveillance and planning support. American drones provide the general location of the Houthis and other forces but not specific targeting information.

The Pentagon has offered to provide aerial refueling capabilities to the coalition, which would allow pilots to remain in the air longer to track targets. U.S. tanker aircraft would not enter Yemen airspace.

Analysts say Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations improved pilot training over the past decade to match the billions of dollars they have spent on sophisticated American warplanes. Analysts credit the countries for being able to mobilize a complex coalition quickly and begin airstrikes.

"Arab countries are stepping up to take care of their own issues," said Charles Wald, a retired Air Force general. "This is something we ought to be applauding."

Initially, several hundred airstrikes a day disrupted the Houthis' advance. More recently, the rebels appear to have regrouped and continued their advances.

Knights said the air campaign is reminiscent of the 1990s-era NATO airstrikes in the Balkans. He said the Saudi coalition lacks precision strikes based on immediate intelligence.

The fighting is growing increasingly complex. The airstrikes on Houthi forces help a powerful al-Qaeda terror affiliate, a rival in Yemen. Al-Qaeda is a Sunni organization, and the Houthis are Shiites.

Thursday, al-Qaeda militants overran Mukalla, a major port city in southern Yemen, the Associated Press reported.

The Houthis are allied with military forces who remained loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president ousted from power after protests in 2011. As a result, the airstrikes have targeted military installations and army units that would be needed to help stabilize the country should fighting cease.

"At the end of the day, were going to have a force that might not be able to reunite," said Katherine Zimmerman, an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute. "Most units have been rendered combat-ineffective."
April 4th, 2015  
Houthis Say Control 90% of Territory in Port of Aden

"Right now we control up to 90 percent of the Aden territory. Fights are taking place near one of the city's churches," Mutag told RIA Novosti.

He also said that Russian nationals in Yemen had nothing to fear despite the hostilities across the country.

Yemen is currently in a confrontation as Houthi forces continue to overtake areas controlled by diminishing troops loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who fled the country amid escalating fighting.

Hadi left the country in late March as Houthis made advances in Aden after he had removed there following an escape from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

On March 25, Hadi asked Arab League countries for military aid. A Saudi Arabia-led coalition of states quickly launched airstrikes on Houthi positions in the Yemeni capital.

Houthi forces have warned they could expand attacks to Saudi Arabia if the airstrikes continue.

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April 5th, 2015  
Saudi Arabia is fast tracking themselves into a bad situation and they know jt in the past they were able to buy off the Huns but with the price of crude dropping like a brick their options are becoming fewer .
April 7th, 2015  
Iran, Turkey agree need to stop Yemen war: Rouhani

Tehran (AFP) - Turkey and Iran agree on the need for a political solution to end Yemen's war, which has raised tensions between them, Iran's president said Tuesday after talks with his visiting Turkish counterpart.

"We talked about Iraq, Syria, Palestine... We had a long discussion about Yemen. We both think war and bloodshed must stop in this area immediately and a complete ceasefire must be established and the strikes must stop" in Yemen, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said during a joint press conference broadcast by state television.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made no remarks about Yemen, but he talked at length about bilateral relations with Iran.

Iran, which supports the Huthi rebels in Yemen, has condemned air strikes by an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and supported by Turkey.

Rouhani said he hoped the two countries, "with the help of other countries in the region" would contribute to "peace, stability, a broader government and dialogue" between Yemenis.

"We agree on the fact that instability, insecurity and war must cease throughout the region," he said.

Erdogan, a conservative Islamist, denounced at the end of March what he called Iran's will for "domination" in Yemen, calling on Tehran to "withdraw all its forces from Yemen, Syria and Iraq."

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif reacted by accusing Ankara of fuelling instability in the Middle East.

Iranian newspapers and conservatives for their part denounced Erdogan's "insult" and called for his visit to be cancelled.

State news agency IRNA said Zarif is to travel to Oman on Wednesday and then Pakistan for talks on the Yemen conflict.

Turkey and Iran are also opposed on Syria, with Tehran the main regional ally of President Bashar al-Assad and Ankara supporting the rebellion.

Several ministers accompanied Erdogan, who also met Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during his one-day visit.

Despite the tensions, the neighbouring countries want to strengthen trade to 30 billion dollars (28 billion euros) in 2015.

Erdogan pointed out that the balance of trade was unfavourable to Turkey, since "Iran exports $10 billion and imports only $4 billion in Turkish products."

And he asked for a reduction in the price of gas purchased from Iran.

"The gas we buy from Iran is the most expensive. If the price drops we can buy more," Erdogan said. "That's what a friendly country is."

He also called for expanding air links to medium-sized cities in Iran, and for an increase in electricity imports, as is already the case for several Turkish provinces.

During the visit, eight documents, particularly in the areas of transport, customs, industry and health were signed.



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