Saudi-led strikes hit defense ministry in Yemen capital: witnesses

Updated 11 November 2017
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Saudi-led strikes hit defense ministry in Yemen capital: witnesses

SANAA: The Saudi-led coalition carried out two air strikes on the defense ministry in Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa late Friday, witnesses and rebel media said, without reporting casualties.
Warplanes continued to circle in the skies above Sanaa after the strikes, the witnesses added.
The Huthi rebel media outlet Al-Masirah also reported the two air strikes.
The coalition has targeted the defence ministry in the past, leaving it heavily damaged, but the fresh strikes come amid a ratcheting up of tensions between Saudi Arabia and its rival Iran, which backs the Huthi rebels.
The coalition shut down Yemen's borders earlier this week after Saudi forces on Saturday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Huthis near the Riyadh airport.


Yemen’s government investigates possible violations against African refugees in Aden

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Yemen’s government investigates possible violations against African refugees in Aden

DUBAI: Yemen’s government has confirmed that it is investigating into possible human rights violations against African refugees in Aden, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.
The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights said in a statement on Saturday that the government will not tolerate human rights violations and that it will hold the perpetrators accountable.
It added that an effective and ongoing cooperation with relevant international organizations is being held.
The Yemeni government stressed that Yemen has been and will remain a safe haven for refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa.