Feature: Manufacture of agate struggles in Yemen amid continuing war

SANAA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The manufacture of agate in Yemen is a centuried handicraft which has been inherited from generation to generation.

However, this profession has declined radically because of the war that devastated Yemen's economy and deterred tourists.

Additionally, the costs of extraction and manufacture of agate have doubled, while its export has almost halted because of the blockade imposed on Yemen.

Mujahid al-Ansi, a gemstone expert, craftsman, and trainer in manufacturing agate, said the work on agate in Yemen is no longer feasible.

Suspension of food aid puts thousands of Yemenis at risk of starvation

ADEN, Yemen, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The UN World Food Program (WFP) has begun to partially suspend food assistance operations to areas of war-torn Yemen under the control of Houthi rebels, putting thousands of hungry people at risk of starvation.

The UN agency, which is feeding more than 10 million people across Yemen, repeatedly complained of some "obstructive and uncooperative" Houthi leaders who interfered with food distribution in the country's northern areas.

Yemen's Houthi rebels claim drone attacks on Saudi air base

SANAA, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's Houthi rebels said they launched multiple drone attacks on a Saudi military base in the Saudi Arabia's southwestern province of Asir in late night of Monday, the rebels TV al-Masirah reported.

The attacks targeted King Khaled Airbase in Khamis Mushait city of Asir, the Houthi television said.

There was no confirmation from Saudi Arabia.

3 killed as heavy rains hit southern, eastern Yemen

ADEN, Yemen, June 9 (Xinhua) -- At least three people died in Yemen following heavy rains and flood that struck several parts of the country's southern and eastern provinces over the past few hours on Sunday.

An Aden-based security official told Xinhua that torrential rains, lightning and high winds also caused a number of injuries in addition to blocking main roads in Aden and other neighboring provinces.

Gunmen attack mosque in Yemen's gov't-controlled province, kill 5

ADEN, Yemen, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Unknown gunmen launched an armed attack on a mosque in Yemen's government-controlled southern province of Dhalea on Friday, a security official told Xinhua.

"A group of gunmen believed to be extremists attacked a mosque in Azariq district of Dhalea province, killing at least five worshippers at the scene," the security source said on condition of anonymity.

Local residents told Xinhua that a prominent social figure was among the injured in the attack.

Saudi-led warplanes pound Yemen rebels after pipeline attack

16 May 2019; AFP: Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Yemeni rebel targets including in the capital on Thursday following insurgent drone strikes on a key oil pipeline that Riyadh said were ordered by its arch-rival Tehran.

The new bombardment came after the UN envoy, who has been spearheading efforts to end more than four years of conflict in the Arab world's poorest country, warned it still faced the threat of plunging into all-out war.

Yemen's Houthis withdraw from Hodeida and other ports

11 May 2019; DW: Houthi rebels are withdrawing from three ports in line with a ceasefire deal that was agreed to in December. Diplomats hope that the move could pave the way for a peace agreement.

Yemen's Houthi rebels began pulling back from three ports on Saturday, the first steps on the ground since a ceasefire deal was agreed.

6 killed by bombardment in southern Yemen

ADEN, Yemen, April 27 (Xinhua) -- At least six Yemenis, including three children, were killed on Saturday in a bombardment that targeted their vehicle in the southern province of al-Dhalea, a security official told Xinhua.

The security source, who asked to remain anonymous, said that a car belonging to a citizen named Ali Maarshi was bombarded while traveling on a sub-road in Qatabah district, west of al-Dhalea, 245 km south of the country's capital Sanaa.

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