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SINGAPORE, July 15, 2018 (News Wires) -- An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude struck off Yemen on Sunday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported, but there were no immediate reports of any damage or casualties.

The quake struck 213km northwest of Socotra island in the Gulf of Aden. There was no immediate no tsunami warning.

 

CAIRO, July 9, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, currently visiting Beijing, held on Monday talks with his Yemeni counterpart Khaled Al Yamani on bilateral relations and the latest developments in Yemen.

At the beginning of the meeting, Shoukry commended unique relations with Yemen, stressing Egypt's full commitment to support the Yemeni people at the political and humanitarian levels during this critical phase, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a press release.

The top diplomat highlighted the importance of implementing a just political solution to settle the Yemeni crisis, abiding by the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, UN Resolution no. 2216 and the outcomes of Yemen's National Dialogue, added Abu Zeid.

The foreign ministry also pointed out to Egyptian efforts meant to contact with regional and international parties to facilitate the delivery of aid to Yemen in order to ease the deteriorating humanitarian situation there.

Yamani, for his part, reviewd the latest developments in Yemen, particularly the new military escalation in Hodeidah city as well as the outcomes of consultations with various actors and UN Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.

During the meeting, the Yemeni minister firmly criticized the ongoing support to Houthi militias and smuggling weapons into his country's lands, Abu Zeid noted.

Yamani also asserted the importance of coordination and consultation with Egypt as a vital actor in the region.

The talks also mulled ways of developing relations in the political, economic and trade fields as well as other issues of mutual interest, topped by combating terrorism and foreign interference in Arab affairs, Abu Zeid added.

UNITED NATIONS, July 7, 2018 (News Wires) - Saudi Arabia donated $530.4 million as part of the UN’s Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen in 2018.

A report, issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said on Saturday that the Kingdom donated the largest sum of the total $1.54 billion donated by several countries.

Countries, who were not part of the Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen, also donated $196 million out of the total $466.4 million.

The report showed the humanitarian response plan had the highest percentage of food security, agriculture, health, water, hygiene and sanitation, health, nutrition, education, shelter, and others.

The plan is the largest mission launched by humanitarian agencies for Yemen, whose goals include saving lives, protecting civilians, promoting equitable access to aid, and ensuring that humanitarian agencies aid sustainability.

In line with the Humanitarian Response Plan, the Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen continued to facilitate and contribute to the delivery of aid from international organizations and humanitarian institutions to Yemen.

ADEN, July 7, 2018 (MENA) - At least 45 elements of Houthi militias were killed in clashes with resistance forces and airstrikes conducted by the Saudi-led Arab coalition over the past 24 hours, Yemeni military and medical sources said on Saturday.

In statements to Sky News Arabia channel, the sources added that the clashes and airstrikes took place in al Tuhayat district south of Hodeidah.

The dead and injured were taken to Hodeidah hospitals, they noted.

ADEN, July 6, 2018 (MENA) - The Yemeni Foreign Ministry revealed Friday that Houthi militias have looted about six billion dollars over the past year.

This is the total value of revenues that Houthi militias got from various Yemeni state institutions, including taxes, customs and corporate profits, Al-Arabiya news channel reported on Friday, citing a statement by the Yemeni Foreign Ministry as saying.

The Houthi militants stopped paying salaries for governmental employees working at areas under their control, for 20 months.

The ministry said that this step comes in response to the legitimate government's move transferring the premises of the central bank from the Yemeni capital Sanaa which is held by the militias to the government-held province of Aden, to protect the national economy.

SANAA, July 4, 2018 (News Wires) - The UN envoy for Yemen said Wednesday he had held "fruitful" talks with rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi in his bid to avert all-out fighting for the strategic port city of Hodeida.

"I'm greatly reassured by the messages I have received, which have been positive and constructive," Martin Griffiths told reporters at Sanaa airport after two days of talks in the rebel-held capital.

"I'm especially thankful to Abdul Malik al-Houthi, whom I met yesterday (Tuesday), for his support and the fruitful discussion we held."

Griffiths said he would brief the UN Security Council on Thursday on his latest talks in Yemen, where a brutal war between the rebels and the Gulf Arab-backed government threatens to engulf Hodeida, the entry point for desperately needed humanitarian aid.

In the coming days, the UN envoy is to meet President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, whose loyalists have reached the southern outskirts of the Red Sea port city with support from Emirati troops.

"All parties have not only underscored their strong desire for peace but have also engaged with me on concrete ideas for achieving peace," Griffiths said.

Hodeida is the latest battleground in the Yemeni conflict, which has killed nearly 10,000 people since 2015, 2,200 of them children, and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

The Red Sea port provides a lifeline for the 22 million Yemenis dependent on humanitarian aid and is also the point of entry for three-quarters of the country's commercial imports.

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