Aziz El Yaakoubi

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4 Jun 2019 | 10:34 PM

Yemen's Houthis and WFP dispute aid control as millions starve

DUBAI (Reuters) - A dispute over control of biometric data between the World Food Programme and Yemen's Houthi group is straining humanitarian efforts and threatens to disrupt aid distribution in a country already on the brink of famine.

30 May 2019 | 3:34 PM

Saudi Arabia says firm stand needed to deter Iran, Iraq demurs

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman told an emergency Arab summit on Friday that decisive action was needed to stop Iranian "escalations" following attacks on Gulf oil assets, as U.S. officials said a military deployment had deterred Tehran.

27 May 2019 | 2:23 AM

Houthi leader says drone attacks a response to spurned Yemen peace moves

DUBAI (Reuters) - A leader of Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Sunday it had resumed drone strikes deep inside Saudi Arabia this month in response to what he called the Saudi-led coalition's spurning of "peace initiatives" by his group.

16 May 2019 | 4:58 AM

UAE says it will show restraint after tanker attacks, Iran's behaviour a concern

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will show restraint after attacks on oil tankers off its coast and is committed to de-escalation during a "difficult situation" caused by Iranian behaviour in the region, a senior official said on Wednesday.

8 May 2019 | 11:30 PM

Yemen government accuses UAE of landing separatists on remote island

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Yemeni government has accused the United Arab Emirates of landing around 100 separatist troops on a remote island in the Arabian Sea this week, deepening a rift between nominal allies in Yemen's war.

2 May 2019 | 4:28 PM

Haftar's ally UAE says 'extremist militias' control Libyan capital

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday that "extremist militias" were controlling the Libyan capital which its ally Khalifa Haftar is fighting to capture from forces allied to Libya's internationally recognised government.

19 Apr 2019 | 2:25 AM

U.N. envoy sees troop withdrawal in Yemen's Hodeidah within weeks

DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen's warring parties could start withdrawing forces from the main port city of Hodeidah within weeks, a move needed to pave the way for political negotiations to end the four-year war, the U.N. special envoy said on Thursday.

14 Apr 2019 | 8:21 PM

Israeli delegation cancels visit to Bahrain after outcry

DUBAI (Reuters) - A delegation from Israel that was due to attend a conference in Bahrain this week has pulled out due to security concerns, the organisers said on Sunday, after Bahrainis held an extensive campaign against the visit.

14 Mar 2019 | 11:17 PM

Bahrain sentences 167 people to prison in crackdown on dissent

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahraini court sentenced 167 people arrested at a sit-in outside the home of Bahrain's leading Shi'ite Muslim cleric in 2017 to between six months and 10 years in prison at a trial in late February, court documents and lawyers said.

27 Feb 2019 | 12:30 AM

Explainer: What's so hard about implementing a peace deal in Yemen's main port

DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen's warring parties have failed to leave the main port city of Hodeidah more than two months after agreeing to a U.N.-led truce deal as part of efforts to end the almost four-year war that has pushed the country to the brink of famine.