Fighting in several parts of Yemen kills hundreds in April

Fighting in several parts of Yemen kills hundreds in April

SANAA, Yemen — Heavy fighting in Yemen between pro-government forces and Houthi rebels has killed hundreds of people this month in several parts of the country, Yemeni officials and tribal leaders said Tuesday.

Yemen’s civil war began in 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthis took control of the country’s north, including the capital Sanaa. A Saudi-led military coalition intervened against the Houthis on the side of the government the following year.

The Houthis have been attacking forces of the internationally recognized government in central Marib province in a bid to break through government defences, officials said.

The Houthis claimed they seized control of a military camp in Marib. Government officials dismissed the claim, saying they repelled the Houthi attacks.

The officials said the Houthis shelled a hospital in Marib, prompting the evacuation of patients to another health facility.

Clashes were also reported in other areas, including the central province of Bayda, the southern province of Dhale and Jawf province, located along the border with Saudi Arabia, officials and tribal leaders said.

The rebels said Tuesday the Saudi-led coalition carried out at least a dozen airstrikes on rebel positions in Jawf and Marib. Fighting in the various provinces left over 500 fighters from both sides dead and wounded hundreds more, the rebels and government officials said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, while the tribal leaders did so for fear of reprisals.

The fighting came despite a call by the U.N. secretary-general for Yemen’s warring parties to stop fighting and focus on reaching a peace agreement and countering the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

The onset of the rainy season has aggravated the country’s troubles.

Yemen’s internationally recognized government said Tuesday that torrential rains had plunged swaths of the country under water, causing extensive damage to homes and leaving scores of people missing, homeless or dead. In a statement, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi called for urgent rescue and relief efforts.

Medical and security officials reported rain and flooding killed more than 35 people in northern, central and western provinces over the last 10 days, and sent 10,000 people fleeing flooded refugee camps. Particularly hard-hit has been the southern port city of Aden, where three children were missing after being swept away by floodwaters along with dozens of cars and homes Tuesday. Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed on Twitter declared a state of emergency in Aden and lamented the deaths of citizens and “the scale of devastation and losses afflicting the city.”

Flooding accelerates contamination and creates a fertile environment for cholera, a potentially fatal bacterial infection that has become endemic to Yemen in recent years.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that as of Saturday, across Marib province nearly 6,290 families had been affected by rain and flooding.

“Humanitarian partners are assessing the needs of affected families and damage caused. Some local (non-governmental organizations) have already provided urgent assistance, including food assistance, and over 500 families are accommodated in hotels in Marib City itself,” he said.

The arrival of the coronavirus in Yemen, which reported its first case earlier this month, threatens to inflict deeper and more widespread suffering in the Arab world’s poorest country.

The Saudi-led coalition announced a unilateral, two-week cease-fire that went into effect April 9 to support the U.N.-led peace process and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for a cease-fire.

The clashes have continued, however, with both sides accusing the other of violating the cease-fire.

With thousands of Yemenis languishing in cramped and filthy jails, uniquely vulnerable to the virus, the Abductees’ Mothers Union, an association of female relatives of detainees, appealed Tuesday to the U.N. to pressure Yemeni authorities for their immediate release. The association urged Martin Griffiths, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen, to accelerate a long-delayed prisoner swap agreement between the warring sides.

Despite relentless Saudi airstrikes and a blockade of Yemen, the war has ground to a stalemate. The conflict has killed over 10,000 people and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, leaving millions suffering from food and medical care shortages and pushing the country to the brink of famine.

___

Associated Press writers Samy Magdy in Cairo and Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations contributed.

By Ahmed Al-Haj, The Associated Press

Yemen

Just Posted

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Alberta reports 100 new cases of COVID-19

The Central zone sits at 218 active cases

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Red Deer drops to 71 active cases of COVID-19

Province adds 127 new cases of the virus

Police officers and their dogs undergo training at the RCMP Police Dog Services training centre in Innisfail, Alta., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mounties say they are searching for an armed and dangerous man near a provincial park in northern Alberta who is believed to have shot and killed a service dog during a police chase. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP search for armed man in northern Alberta after police dog shot and killed

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit

Alberta now has 2,336 active cases of COVID-19, with 237 people in hospital, including 58 in intensive care. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer down to 73 active cases of COVID-19, lowest since early November

The Central zone has 253 active cases of the virus

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

Orange shirts, shoes, flowers and messages are displayed on the steps outside the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 following a ceremony hosted by the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations in honour of the 215 residential school children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Alberta city cancels Canada Day fireworks at site of former residential school

City of St. Albert says that the are where the display was planned, is the site of the former Youville Residential School

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

Most Read