The United Nations special envoy for Yemen has said the warring parties in Yemen will attend upcoming peace talks in Sweden. However, Houthi fighters said fighting has continued as the Saudi-Emirati-led coalition launch air raids on the port city of Hodeidah and the head of the World Food Programme, just returned from Yemen, also briefed the Security Council, saying the country was only months away from a full-scale famine.
SANAA, Yemen – A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up outside a military camp in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Sunday morning, killing at least 30 soldiers, Yemeni officials said. The officials told The Associated Press that preliminary investigations showed the blast was the work of a bomber wearing an explosive vest. At least 50 people were injured in the attack that took place as soldiers lined up to collect their salaries, they said. The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. The camp where the explosion took place is the same military base that was struck by another suicide bomber on Dec. 10, killing 57 soldiers.
ADEN – Forty people were killed in fighting between Shiite Houthi rebels and pro-government forces around southwest Yemen's main city of Taiz, military sources said Thursday. Col. Sadeq al-Hassani, spokesman for the loyalist forces, told AFP that 27 Houthis and 13 pro-government fighters were killed as a rebel offensive aimed at reimposing a siege of the city was repelled on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, five Houthis and allied rebels were killed when loyalists backed by Saudi-led Arab coalition airstrikes and artillery fought off a rebel assault in the nearby Kahbub area, pro-government officials said. AFP could not independently verify the tolls and the rebels rarely acknowledge their losses. The Kahbub fighting centered on a mountainous area overlooking the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait at the entrance to the Red Sea.
One of the largest prisoner swaps has taken place in Yemen's Taiz between pro-government fighters and Houthi rebels following mediation by local tribes. Abdullatif al-Muradi, a tribal chief, said on Saturday that government forces, who control Taiz, released 118 prisoners, while Houthis freed 76. Pro-government officials in Taiz confirmed the exchange. The deal took place separately from the negotiations taking place in Kuwait since nine weeks ago to end the conflict which began in March last year. Just hours before the prisoner exchange, the rebels rained rocket fire on several parts of Taiz, residents said.