The United Nations has announced that a humanitarian truce will go into force in Yemen to allow urgently needed aid to reach civilians facing the threat of famine in the war-torn country. The pause in fighting will go into effect at 23.59 local time (2059 GMT) on Friday and last until the end of Ramadan on 17 July. The announcement came eight days after the UN declared Yemen a level-3 humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, with nearly half of the country s regions facing a food crisis.
A bomb blast tore through Tahrir Square in central Sana'a on Thursday morning, killing dozens of supporters of the Houthi movement that controls the Yemeni capital and fuelling fears of more violence between the Shia group and radical Sunni Islamists. The explosion underscored the mounting political and security vacuum Sana a, which came under Houthi control on 21 September shortly before a peace deal was signed between the group and the government.
At least 45 militants linked to al-Qaida, including a number of tribal leaders, have been killed by air strikes in south Yemen. Twenty-five militants were killed in Bayda, about 166 miles south-east of the capital, Sana'a, on Friday, while 20 died at a base in the restive southern town of Jaar, residents told Reuters on Saturday. Jaar, the second-largest town in Abyan province, was seized by militants last March as protests against the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, gripped the country.
The United States has defended a Yemeni draft law that would grant outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution over the killing of protesters during an uprising against his rule, despite criticism from the United Nations.
The revolution in Yemen began immediately after the fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia on 14 January. As I always do when arranging a demonstration I posted a message on Facebook, calling on people to celebrate the Tunisian uprising on 16 January.
Outside the gates of one of the main hospitals in Yemen's capital, tens of thousands of men, women and children stood in silence. The crowd had gathered to mourn the deaths of 83 protesters, shot dead by Yemeni security services over the past three days. It was the worst bout of violence in the eight-month uprising.
Yemen's political crisis has reached a new peak with a defiant President Ali Abdullah Saleh warning that he will not give in to a "coup", a day after reportedly agreeing to leave office within a month