Yemen / by Michelle Ryan

Yemen’s foreign minister, Hisham Sharaf, met with the World Food Program’s executive director in Sanaa to discuss the humanitarian situation in Yemen. The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 25 January, that it is analysing 252 allegations of humanitarian law violations by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The United Nations (UN) envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, called for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen on 26 January. Ten thousand people have now been killed by the Yemeni conflict according to the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. Intense fighting occurred in the port city of Mokha, as Houthi Rebels defend the city from pro-government forces. Five people were killed, including two children, in an airstrike by Saudi Arabia near a primary school in the Houthi controlled district of Nihm in northern Yemen. Counter-terrorism forces in Yemen arrested an Islamic State affiliate in the city of Aden on 18 January. Three al-Qaeda militants were killed by drone strikes carried out by the United States military, the first to be confirmed during Donald Trump’s presidency. Two crew members of a Saudi-led coalition warship died after an attack by Houthi rebels on the boat. The Yemeni government announced on 9 January, that they have resolved the problem of a lack of physical cash in the country after a plane carrying 200 billion newly printed Yemeni riyals was sent to Aden.

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