Sunday, April 24, 2016

Yemen - Fighting and Peace Talks

اليمن..الجيش والمقاومة يطردان "القاعدة" من مدينة المكلا

Yemen: Army and opposition are chasing
"Al-Qaeda" out of Al-Mukalla township.

أفاد مراسل قناة "العربية" في اليمن بأن الجيش والمقاومة دخلا مدينة المكلا في حضرموت بعد طرد مسلحي تنظيم القاعدة المتطرف منها.ـ

A reporter from [TV-]channel Al-Arabiya in Yemen informed that, both, army and opposition entered the town of Al-Mukalla in the Hadramaut [region] after chasing out fighters from the extremist organization of Al-Qaeda.

[Source: Al-Arabiya العربية on April 24, 2016]

The UN envoy for Yemen has hailed a "constructive" first full day of peace talks but called for a halt to air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition and missile fire by Houthi rebels.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said firming up an April 11 ceasefire was essential to the success of the negotiations in Kuwait.

The envoy, who spent months getting the warring sides to the negotiating table, said Friday's talks had been "very constructive".

"There was a consensus on strengthening the ceasefire and the two sides were committed to the need to achieve peace and that this is the last opportunity," he said.

The United Nations hopes that the negotiations will end fighting across Yemen that has killed more than 6,800 people and driven more than 2.5 million from their homes since March last year.

The Houthis have held Yemen's capital, Sanaa, since September 2014 and their advance triggered a Saudi-led air campaign in support of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government.

As the talks got under way, military sources told the AFP news agency that the ceasefire was largely holding on the ground, although clashes were continuing around the flashpoint city of Taiz, where pro-government forces have been under rebel siege for months, and in Jawf province on the Saudi border.

[Source: Al-Jazeera الجزيرة English channel, on April 23, 2016. For the complete article click here.]

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