Five children killed in attack in Yemen’s Hodeidah: UN

More than 6,000 children have died or been maimed in Yemen since the beginning of the war, according to UNICEF. (AFP)
Updated 03 March 2019
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Five children killed in attack in Yemen’s Hodeidah: UN

  • The Red Sea province of Hodeidah has witnessed some of the Yemen war’s most intense fighting
  • The Yemen conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis

DUBAI: Five Yemeni children were killed in an attack on their home in flashpoint Hodeidah province, the UN and medics said, months into a cease-fire agreed by the government and rebels.
The UN children’s agency (UNICEF) said that the five children were “playing at home” when they were killed on Thursday.
It did not give details on the nature of the attack or the perpetrators.
“Each day, eight children are killed or injured across 31 active conflict zones in the country,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said in a statement Saturday.
Medics in the Tuhayta district, in southern Hodeidah, on Sunday confirmed that they had transferred dead and wounded children to a hospital in the government-held Khokha district nearby.
The Red Sea province of Hodeidah has witnessed some of the Yemen war’s most intense fighting, which has eased since the government and Houthi rebels agreed to a cease-fire in the area in December.
The Iran-backed Houthis have battled the government and its allies in a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for control of the impoverished country for four years.
Hodeidah, held by the rebels since 2014, has witnessed intermittent clashes between the Houthis and pro-government forces since the ceasefire went into effect on December 18.
Around 10,000 people — mostly civilians — have been killed and more than 60,000 in the conflict, according to the World Health Organization.
Rights groups say the real figure could be five times as high.
The conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 10 million people at risk of starvation.
Over 24 million Yemenis — more than three quarters of the country’s population — are now dependent on some form of aid for survival, according to the UN.


Key events in Egypt since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. (Supplied)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Key events in Egypt since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising

CAIRO: Here are key events in eight years of turmoil and transition in Egypt, leading up to a national referendum on constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to remain in power until 2030.

● Feb. 11, 2011: Autocrat Hosni Mubarak steps down after 18 days of nationwide protests against his nearly 30-year rule. The military takes over, dissolving Parliament and suspending the constitution after the uprising leaves hundreds of protesters dead in clashes with security forces.

● Nov. 28, 2011-Feb. 15, 2012: The Muslim Brotherhood wins nearly half the seats in multi-stage elections for the first post-Mubarak Parliament.

● June 30, 2012: The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Muhammad Mursi takes office as Egypt’s first freely elected president.

● Aug. 12, 2012: Mursi removes the defense minister and military chief, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, and replaces him with El-Sisi.

● Nov. 22, 2012: Mursi unilaterally decrees greater powers for himself, a move that sparks days of protests.

● Dec. 15-22, 2012: Egyptians approve a constitution drafted and hastily passed by Parliament amid protests and walkouts by other groups.

● June 30, 2013: On Mursi’s anniversary in office, millions of Egyptians begin days of demonstrations demanding his resignation. The military gives him 48 hours to reach an agreement with his opponents, but he vows to remain in office.

● July 3, 2013: El-Sisi announces Mursi’s removal.

● Aug. 14, 2013: More than 600 people, mostly Mursi supporters, are killed when police clear two pro-Mursi sit-ins in Cairo. Mursi supporters retaliate by torching government buildings, churches and police stations. Hundreds more die in subsequent violence.

● Dec. 25, 2013: The government designates the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

● May 26-28, 2014: Egyptians vote in a presidential election. El-Sisi wins with 96.9 percent of the vote.

● May 16, 2015: Mursi and more than 100 others are sentenced to death over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising.

● Oct. 2015: Egypt holds parliamentary elections, leading to an assembly packed with El-Sisi supporters.

● April 2, 2018: El-Sisi wins a second, four-year term in office, with more than 97 percent of the vote.
● Feb. 2019: Lawmakers submit proposed amendments to the constitution that allow El-Sisi to remain in power beyond his current second four-year term.

● April 10: President Donald Trump welcomes El-Sisi to the White House for a second official visit.

● April 17: The Parliament, packed with El-Sisi’s supporters, overwhelmingly passes the proposed amendments.

● April 18: Egypt’s National Election Authority schedules three days of voting in a nationwide referendum on the amendments. The vote takes place Saturday through Monday.