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SANAA, Yemen — A mob of armed loyalists of Ali Abdullah Saleh trapped the U.S., British, European and Gulf Arab ambassadors inside a diplomatic mission in the capital Sunday, protesting a deal for the embattled Yemeni president to step down after 32 years in power. Prospects that Saleh would sign the pact as promised were thrown into doubt.Men wielding knives, daggers and swords were seen roaming the streets outside the United Arab Emirates Embassy, where the ambassadors were meeting ahead of the planned signing. "Everybody is worried. We can't leave the embassy," said a Saudi diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.




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Post by Addie » Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:09 am

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Yemen information minister: Shiite rebels shell residence of the president in capital, Sanaa



SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's information minister says Shiite Houthi rebels are shelling the residence of the country's president as they also swept into the presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa.



The minister, Nadia al-Sakkaf posted on her Twitter account on Tuesday that President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi home in downtown Sanaa has come under "heavy shelling since 3:00 PM by armed forces positioned over rooftops facing his house."



Hadi is believed to be inside the house.



The shelling is a dramatic escalation in the violence that has gripped Sanaa since Monday and which has been described as a coup.



Al-Sakkaf's posting came as a Yemeni army commander said the rebels have also raided the presidential palace — where Hadis' office is — and are looting its weapons depot.








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Post by Addie » Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:41 pm

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Weakness of Yemen's government undermines US terror fight





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The violent push Tuesday by Houthi rebels against the American-backed government in Yemen is undermining military and intelligence operations against al-Qaida's Yemen-based affiliate, which made its reach felt in this month's deadly Paris attacks, U.S. officials say. ...



"The government is hanging by a thread," said Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee. "This has really scrambled our counterterrorism strategy there and it gives al-Qaida a great new opportunity." ...





AQAP successfully placed three bombs on American-bound airplanes in recent years, but none were detonated. A 2009 attempt to down a passenger jet over Detroit in 2009 went awry, and two printer bombs on cargo planes in 2010 were detected in time. U.S. officials believe the Khorasan Group in Syria is working with AQAP in a plot to smuggle bombs on airplanes in personal electronic devices, and they say air strikes against the group have not ended the threat.



The U.S. embassy in Yemen has long been operating on reduced American staff, but there are an estimated 800 State Department personnel, American citizens and designated foreign nationals in Yemen, plus several dozen Marines guarding the embassy and an unspecified number of special operations forces and CIA officers.



U.S. officials are concerned that the ascendancy of the Shiite Houthis could fuel support for al-Qaida, a Sunni movement that has links to some of Yemen's tribes.








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Post by Addie » Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:52 pm

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AQAP says 'preparing" attacks on US, West: SITE



Washington (AFP) - Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch called for lone-wolf attacks against the United States and the West in a video posted Tuesday, days after the group claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo killings.



One of the group's ideologues, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, urged supporters to conduct what he called "individual jihad," according to the SITE monitoring group, which tracks Islamist extremists online.



"We are preparing and lurking for the enemies of Allah. We incite the believers to do that," Ansi is quoted as saying in the online video. ...



In the latest recording, which was presented in an interview format, Ansi recommended lone-wolf attacks as those were "more harmful."



But, if this was not practical, then supporters should leave Western countries rather than live under the rule of "disbelievers."








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Post by Judge Mental » Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:19 pm

It grieves me a lot to watch what has gradually happened to Yemen and the people there in the last three decades. In the early 80's I spent 4 years living and working in Hodeidah which was the main seaport in what was at the time Yemen Arab Republic (more commonly known as North Yemen). South Yemen which houses the once bustling and famous seaport of Aden was still basically in the communist camp back then.It was still pretty primitive. Oil wasn't really being produced yet. The people were very friendly to expatriate Westerners living and working there, despite a huge proportion of them openly carrying rifles and other weapons. There was of course the ubiquitous chewing of Qat by many Yemenis. They were convinced it made them stronger, faster and more alert. In reality it actually made them sleepy, listless, easily distracted and lacking in coordination, making driving even more dangerous than it was in some other countries of the region.Despite that some of the roads up and down the mountains were nothing short of spectacular, in particular the road winding its way up the mountain from Hodeidah to the capital Sana'a. Incredibly dangerous, crumbling in places and barely wide enough in places for a car and one of the multitude of large Mercedes trucks to pass each other in opposite directions. The houses built into the sides of the mountain rock and the terraced crop growing areas all the way up the mountain had to be seen to be believed.Due to Govt taxes alcohol was incredibly expensive in the hotels but I have happy memories of every couple of months having to drive about 120kms from the city (Hodeidah) down to a crossroads near the turn off for the port of Mokha, flash my headlights three times then wait for the alcohol smugglers to return the signal. We then had to follow them into the bush, wait while they dug up buried cases of whisky, vodka and beer etc, (they used to run it across the water from Djibouti in arab dhows)buy however many cases we and our friends needed (at prices roughly equivalent to Uk shop prices of the time)then get it back to Hodeidah by creeping into the desert in our four wheel drives every so many kms in order to avoid the 11 checkpoints on the way all manned by soldiers searching cars for contraband. I'd better stop now at the 4 paras, could ramble on for hours. Of all the Middle East countries in which I've lived over the past four decades I'd have to say that in general the North Yemenis were the most humble and the most welcoming to strangers. Yep.....it's a crying shame what has happened to that place.



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Post by ducktape » Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:00 pm

Do continue, Judge Mental! It's a wonderful story!



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Post by Addie » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:08 pm

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Yemen's President, Cabinet resign





Yemen's President and Cabinet have resigned, Yemeni officials said Thursday -- moves that came a day after the government and Houthi rebels struck a tentative peace deal meant to end days of turmoil.



News of Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's resignation came Thursday night, shortly after a government representative said Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Mahfoudh Abdullah Bahah and the country's Cabinet had quit.



Rebels in Yemen have yet to release a kidnapped senior aide to the President, Information Minister Nadia Sakkaf said Thursday, despite it being a key provision of a tentative peace deal meant to end days of turmoil. ...



The chaos in Yemen is cause for concern far beyond the country's borders. For the United States and its allies, Yemen's government has been a key ally in the fight against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based group linked to attacks such as the recent slaughter at French magazine Charlie Hebdo.








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Post by Addie » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:09 pm

Thanks, Judge. Very interesting.


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Post by Addie » Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:10 am

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US moving personnel out of Yemen





The United States will remove additional personnel from Yemen amid heightened security concerns after Shiite rebels forced the resignation of the country's president.



“In response to the changing security situation in Yemen, the United States Embassy in Sana’a has further reduced its American personnel working in Yemen,” a senior State Department official said Thursday.



“While the Embassy remains open and is continuing to operate, we may continue to re-align resources based on the situation on the ground,” the official continued. “We will continue to operate as normal, albeit with reduced staff. We are also continuously reassessing the situation on the ground based on our staffing needs.”



Earlier Thursday, the White House said it was “still assessing” the decision of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to resign. Rebels had surrounded his house, and have effectively seized the major government buildings and state media in the capital city of Sanaa.





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Post by Judge Mental » Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:36 am

ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:



Do continue, Judge Mental! It's a wonderful story!



The four-paragraph rule is for quotations from other works/sites, if I'm not mistaken. I'm waiting for more!





Those 'booze runs' down to the Mokha crossroads and back to Hodeidah always consisted of at least two four wheel drives for safety. The routes we had to take to get round the checkpoints often involved salt flats and/or deep sand and it was easy to get stuck, so we always had at least two cars and a safe distance between in case one had to tow/winch the other out....wouldn't have done to get caught with 50/100 cases of booze in a stuck vehicle. However we did get caught eventually by pure fluke on about our 15th or 16th run. A police/army patrol in the middle of nowhere came across us and stopped to ask where we were going etc and spotted the booze. They drove us back to Hodeidah, confiscated the booze and made us turn up the following Friday afternoon after their noon prayer session to watch them ceremonially smash the bottles up against a wall in front of a crowd. Just one night in jail though. It's the non-paid tax that they were bothered about, not the fact it was alcohol.



At the time I was handling the inspection and investigation of several cargo ships seriously damaged when struck by floating mines in the Red Sea (suspected to be mines sewn by the Iranians) and it was a fairly senior and high profile task so they didn't want to cause me too much hassle over the naughtiness re the booze run. Unfortunately, one of my pals who worked for Cable and Wireless wasn't as lucky and lost his job over it.



Weekends (which were Thursday afternoon and all day Friday there) we used to drive about 100 kms from Hoideidah in the opposite direction (North) up the coast towards a small port called Saleef to visit a beach one of the expats had found. There were virtually no tarmac roads at all on those runs and the last 40 kms were a bit hairy. Well worth it to get there though. That beach looked like no other human had ever set foot on it other than us. White sand and absolutely crystal clear blue water which was no more than max 10 metres deep for a mile out from the shore with the sea bed covered with brightly coloured coral outcrops all the way out. When snorkelling multi-coloured fish of all sizes and shapes swam around nearby seemingly oblivious to our presence. We could wrap a normal camera in polythene, dip it in the water and take photographs of the coral and fish that were almost as clear as photos taken on the beach.



Mind you I can report that there are few better enemas known to man than happily snorkelling away in such water and suddenly becoming aware of the presence of about 20 sharks all around you.......for the 10 seconds of terror it takes you to realise they are porpoises!



We used to build a makeshift barbecue on the beach and stay there all day Friday, only returning to Hodeidah in the evening. In four years of visiting there we never saw a single solitary other soul within 30 kms of that beach.



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Post by ducktape » Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:48 pm







ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:ducktape, on 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 PM, said:



Do continue, Judge Mental! It's a wonderful story!



The four-paragraph rule is for quotations from other works/sites, if I'm not mistaken. I'm waiting for more!





Mind you I can report that there are few better enemas known to man than happily snorkelling away in such water and suddenly becoming aware of the presence of about 20 sharks all around you.......for the 10 seconds of terror it takes you to realise they are porpoises!







I did say it, but only once. :lol:



I know what you're saying about porpoises and mistaking them for sharks. A porpoise swam up next to us when we were swimming off a floating dock in the inland waterway as kids, and the first we knew about it was being bumped by something big, and then a dorsal fin breaking the water. That was the day that we discovered we could both levitate and walk on water!



We'd never seen a porpoise in those waters, and the only sharks we'd ever seen there were some little hammerheads that nobody worried about. But that day, I shall never forget!



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Post by Addie » Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:43 pm

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UN warns that Yemen 'is collapsing before our eyes'





UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Yemen warned Thursday that the impoverished country is at a crossroads between "civil war and disintegration" and a successful political transition, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the state is "collapsing before our eyes."



Jamal Benomar's grim briefing to the U.N. Security Council followed moves by the U.S., Britain and France to close their embassies Wednesday amid fears that Houthi rebels, who have taken over Yemen's central government and nearly half its provinces, will try to expand their control.



Efforts were underway on a draft Security Council resolution to address the crisis in the Arab world's poorest country. Britain and Jordan were working on a resolution that British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said would be ready "in the next few days."



A separate draft resolution by the Gulf Coordination Council of Arab states on the Persian Gulf, obtained by The Associated Press, strongly condemns the Houthis and their seizure of power and demands that they "immediately and unconditionally withdraw their forces from government institutions and from all regions under their control."



The draft also demands that the Houthis "return government and security institutions to the state's authority," release all people under house arrest and return weapons seized from military and security institutions. The draft acts under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, meaning it can be militarily enforced.








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Post by Foggy » Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:09 pm

We need a world government.



Based on the U.S. Constitution.


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NEWS GUIDE: The Crisis in Yemen as President Flees Aden Home



SANAA, Yemen — Yemen's embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has fled his palace in the southern city of Aden as Shiite rebels are closing in on the country's third-largest city.



The rebels, known as Houthis and reportedly supported by Iran, offered a bounty for Hadi's capture on Wednesday and arrested his defense minister. They have been tightening their grip on the country since they captured the capital Sanaa, last September, and several key northern provinces.



The rebels' advance could plunge the Arab world's poorest country into a civil war that could draw in its Gulf neighbors. Hadi, a close U.S. ally, has appealed to Gulf Arab allies and the United Nations to intervene militarily to stop the rebels' advance.



Meanwhile, al-Qaida's branch in Yemen has taken advantage of the power struggle, moving in the country's lawless hinterlands. And a new group of militants inspired by the Islamic State group has claimed major attacks, adding another layer to the turmoil.








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Post by SueDB » Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:19 pm

And the Saudi National Guard is in no mood to have major Irani influence on THEIR peninsula.


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Post by Dolly » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:38 pm

Iran-backed rebels in Yemen loot secret files about U.S. spy operations

Iran-backed rebels seize secret files about U.S. counter-terrorism operations in Yemen

An intelligence loss hampers U.S. efforts to target Al Qaeda's most powerful franchise in Yemen

Secret intelligence files held by Yemeni security forces and containing details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials say.

U.S. intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias that seized control of the capital of Sana last September and later toppled the U.S.-backed president.

For American intelligence networks in Yemen, the damage has been severe. Until recently, U.S. forces deployed in Yemen had worked closely with President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government to track and kill Al Qaeda operatives, and President Obama hailed Yemen six months ago as a model for counter-terrorism operations.

But the identities of local agents were considered compromised after Houthi leaders in Sana took over the offices of Yemen’s National Security Bureau, which had worked closely with the CIA and other intelligence agencies, according to two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive operations.

Yemeni intelligence officers still loyal to Hadi’s besieged government burned some secret files, one official said. But they couldn’t destroy all of them before the Houthi forces, whose leaders have received some weapons and training from Iran, took control. <BIG SNIP>>



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Post by Addie » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:16 pm

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Saudi Arabia Begins Air Campaign in Yemen





WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday night that it had begun military operations in Yemen, launching airstrikes in coordination with a coalition of 10 nations.

The strikes came as Yemen was hurtling closer to civil war after months of turmoil, as fighters and army units allied with the Houthi movement threatened to overrun the southern port of Aden, where the besieged president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has gone into hiding.

Yemen shares a long border with Saudi Arabia, a major American ally, and the Saudis had been reported to be massing forces on the Yemen frontier as Mr. Mansour’s last redoubt in Aden looked increasingly imperiled.

The rapid advances by the president’s opponents included the seizure of a military air base and an aerial assault on his home. There were unconfirmed reports that the president had fled the country by boat for Djibouti, the tiny Horn of Africa nation across the Gulf of Aden.








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Iran-backed rebels in Yemen loot secret files about U.S. spy operations

Iran-backed rebels seize secret files about U.S. counter-terrorism operations in Yemen

An intelligence loss hampers U.S. efforts to target Al Qaeda's most powerful franchise in Yemen

Secret intelligence files held by Yemeni security forces and containing details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials say.

U.S. intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias that seized control of the capital of Sana last September and later toppled the U.S.-backed president.

For American intelligence networks in Yemen, the damage has been severe. Until recently, U.S. forces deployed in Yemen had worked closely with President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government to track and kill Al Qaeda operatives, and President Obama hailed Yemen six months ago as a model for counter-terrorism operations.

But the identities of local agents were considered compromised after Houthi leaders in Sana took over the offices of Yemen’s National Security Bureau, which had worked closely with the CIA and other intelligence agencies, according to two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive operations.

Yemeni intelligence officers still loyal to Hadi’s besieged government burned some secret files, one official said. But they couldn’t destroy all of them before the Houthi forces, whose leaders have received some weapons and training from Iran, took control. <BIG SNIP>>

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Post by SueDB » Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:56 pm

Saudi Arabia is NOT Happy With Iran proxy On Its' Peninsula.





Saudi Arabia, backed by other Gulf states and Egypt, has launched airstrikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen, an air campaign the Saudi ambassador said would be limited in scope and is being conducted "to protect the legitimate government of Yemen."

Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir says the air campaign began at 7 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday.

"The use of force is always the last resort," al-Jubeir told reporters in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Al-Jubeir said nine other countries have joined a coalition to prevent the Houthis from taking over Yemen, but did not name them.

President Barack Obama has authorized logistical and intelligence support, National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. The U.S. will take no direct military action, she s....


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Post by Addie » Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:48 am

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Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden







(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen and the United Nations pulled out international staff on Saturday after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters.



Residents reported heavy clashes between the Houthis and mainly Sunni tribal fighters in the south of the country, while the Saudi-led air campaign sought to stall a fresh offensive by the Shi'ite Muslim group on Aden from the east.



Riyadh's intervention, a surprise move from a conservative monarchy better known for flexing its muscle in oil markets than through military might, is planned to last a month but could extend for five or six, a Gulf diplomatic source said.



Dozens of diplomats were shipped out of Aden to the Red Sea port of Jeddah, Saudi television said, escaping the city where President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi had taken refuge until Thursday, when he left for Egypt to shore up Arab support for his crumbling authority.








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The Saudi's aren't going to let Iran get any kind of toehold on their peninsula.


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Post by Addie » Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:28 am

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Yemen tribal forces say will retake Mukalla from al Qaeda





(Reuters) - Tribal forces in Yemen's eastern Hadramawt province have taken over two army bases, a day after soldiers there left their posts, and plan to retake the provincial capital Mukalla from suspected al Qaeda fighters, army sources said on Saturday.

They said a tribal alliance took control of the bases in Shihr and Riyan, which lie on the Arabian Sea coast northeast of Mukalla, after the army withdrew from them on Friday.

It was not immediately clear why troops had abandoned Shihr and Riyan, nor why they pulled out of Mukalla after offering relatively light resistance, but their withdrawal highlighted the further collapse of any central authority in Yemen.

That security vacuum may give Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a powerful regional wing of the global jihadi movement, opportunities to entrench itself further in country's remote eastern reaches.





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62 Children Killed in Week-Old Yemen Conflict, UNICEF Confirms



At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured in the week-old conflict in Yemen, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said on Tuesday.

Fighting has escalated between Shiite Houthi rebels and Sunnis loyal to ousted president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi since the rebels advanced on his southern stronghold of Aden, forcing him to flee to allied powers in the Arab world, first to Riyadh and then to Egypt for the Arab League Summit in the coastal resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

"Children are in desperate need of protection, and all parties to the conflict should do all in their power to keep children safe," UNICEF's representative for Yemen, Julien Harneis, said.





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