Oct 112017
Dr Baig leaves for Tunis

KARACHI: Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, President Hon. Consular Corps Sindh, Karachi, and Hon. Consul General of Yemen, left for Tunis to attend the 8th Board of Directors meeting of FICAC representing… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Aug 292017

DUBAI: Fifty-seven rights groups from around the world on Tuesday demanded a UN enquiry into abuses in Yemen, where a proxy war has killed thousands and fuelled a humanitarian crisis. Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, has been wracked by violence since Arab Spring protests in 2011 led to war in 2014, when Iran-backed Huthi rebels and their allies seized Sanaa and vast tracts of other territory. US Black Hawk helicopter crashes off Yemen, one service member missing The conflict escalated when a Saudi-led coalition intervened in 2015, exacerbating the crisis that has left millions on the brink of famine and hundreds of thousands suffering from cholera. In a letter to members of the UN Human Rights Council, the 57 signatories called for the creation of an independent body to look into violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian laws. “Serious violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of international human rights law by parties to the conflict have continued to be committed with impunity,” said Human Rights Watch, one of the signatories. HRW said in a statement that the Saudi-led coalition had conducted scores of “unlawful air strikes, some of which may amount to war crimes, that have killed thousands of civilians and hit schools, hospitals, markets and homes”. Civilians killed in air raid on Yemen capital It added that Huthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh “have fired weapons indiscriminately… killing and maiming scores in attacks that may amount to war [Read More…]

Aug 192017

LONDON: The majority of deaths from Yemen’s cholera outbreak have occurred in rebel-controlled areas cut off from supplies due to airstrikes and blockades by a Saudi-led military coalition, according to research published on Friday. The study by London’s Queen Mary University found eight out of 10 cholera deaths took place in regions controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels who have fought a two-year war against Saudi-aligned forces backing Yemen’s government. Yemen is battling against the “world’s worst cholera outbreak”, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Yemen cholera death toll passes 1,100: WHO More than half a million people have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and almost 2,000 people have died, the WHO said on Monday. “Saudi-led airstrikes have destroyed vital infrastructure, including hospitals and public water systems, hit civilian areas, and displaced people into crowded and insanitary conditions”, Jonathan Kennedy, Andrew Harmer and David McCoy, the study’s researchers, wrote. The Saudi ministry for foreign affairs did not immediately respond to written questions or telephone calls. Yemen’s devastating civil war has pitted a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia against an Iran-backed armed Houthi group, and economic collapse has made it difficult to deal with disease outbreaks such as cholera and mass hunger. The study compared data from the WHO with maps of government-controlled and rebel-controlled areas. The researchers found 78 percent of cholera cases and 81 per cent of deaths from cholera occurred in Houthi-controlled regions. Only 10.4 per cent of deaths occurred in government-controlled areas. The researchers said the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for the deadly outbreak, by [Read More…]

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