Yemen’s government says will investigate causes of tension in Aden

Fighters from Yemen's southern separatist movement sit in the back of a pick-up truck in the country's second city of Aden on January 28, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 01 February 2018
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Yemen’s government says will investigate causes of tension in Aden

LONDON: The Yemeni government said on Monday that there is a need to address the tensions that led to the rebellion in Aden and to prevent the recurrence of these events in the future, stressing the continued efforts of the president to overcome the ongoing crisis in the city and to prevent fighting.
During an emergency meeting in Aden, the government said the so-called Transitional Council was responsible for the deaths and injuries caused by the unfortunate events of the past two days in Aden, which amounted to 16 dead and 141 wounded, according to officials from the meeting.
In the Aden district of Khor Maksar, the two sides deployed tanks and exchanged heavy gunfire as shops and schools remained closed for a second day. Snipers were seen on rooftops and fighting spread to the nearby Crater district. The clashes left the two districts bitterly divided.
Violence first erupted on Sunday when a deadline issued by the separatists for the government to resign expired.
Yemen's Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghar described the separatists’ move as a coup
The government called for a ‘thorough investigation’ of the reasons that led to the aggravation of the situation.
“Life has returned to normal,” Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr said, describing it as an indication of citizens' desire for peace and their rejection of violence.
Clashes broke out between the presidential protection forces and the southern separatists on Monday, after short ceasefire.


US-led 2017 blitz on Syria’s Raqqa killed 1,600 civilians

Updated 25 April 2019
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US-led 2017 blitz on Syria’s Raqqa killed 1,600 civilians

  • The unprecedented investigation was led by Amnesty International and the Airwars monitoring group
  • It urged top coalition members to show more transparency and accountability

BEIRUT: Intensive US-led coalition bombardment on the Syrian city of Raqqa killed more than 1,600 civilians over four months in 2017, according to a report released on Thursday.
The unprecedented investigation, led by Amnesty International and the Airwars monitoring group, urged top coalition members to show more transparency and accountability.
“Many of the air bombardments were inaccurate and tens of thousands of artillery strikes were indiscriminate,” said Donatella Rovera, crisis response adviser at Amnesty.