Yemen / by Alistair Galloway

The Kuwaiti government launched a new project in Yemen named “Kuwait by your side” on 23 March. The spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed on 24 March that the agency has reached the besieged city of Mokha in the western governorate of Taizz. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) withdrew from the Al-Thawra hospital in Ibb on 23 March. A pro-Houthi court sentenced internationally- backed President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to death for high treason on 25 March. To mark the two year anniversary of the Yemeni conflict, mass rallies were staged in the Houthi held capital of Sanaa on 26 March. At least one hundred Saudi soldiers were killed or injured in two days during retaliatory attacks on military positions in south-west Saudi Arabia by Houthi forces. 42 Somali refugees were killed of the Yemeni coast when their boat was attacked by a helicopter on 17 March. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been permitted to construct a military base in the port of Berbera in the self-declared republic of Somaliland. The United Nations (UN) reported on 24 March that a third of Yemen’s 22 provinces are on the brink of famine. According to senior officials in the United States’ (US) government, Donald Trump gave permission to the US military to increase the number of raids and drone strikes it carries out in Yemen. The Pentagon reported at the beginning of March that it had carried out over 20 air strikes on various positions of al-Qaeda targets in Yemen. Four al-Qaeda militants were killed in a drone strike in the province of Abyan on 29 March. The Yemeni government appealed to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Email Ould Shaikh Ahmad, on 6 March to apply pressure on the Houthi rebels in Sanaa to transfer state revenues to the central bank in Aden.