Yemen: Prisoner swap kindles hope for some families, but peace remains out of sight
23 March 2023 | 5:05 pm
Ripple effects of the Saudi-Iran rapprochement relieve some of the tensions of the ongoing war in Yemen. However, the conflicting inter-Yemeni positions remain unresolved and continue to cost lives.
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Sudan's government on Monday refused to join a regional meeting aimed at ending nearly three months of brutal fighting, accusing Kenya, which chaired the talks, of favouring the rival paramilitaries.
Prisoners' families, many from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, say they struggle to pay for long journeys needed to visit the inmates. They argue that prisoners should instead be held in their home states.
The UN warns of destabilization in Sudan as peace talks have run into a dead end. According to experts, the warring parties have no interest in reaching a truce but seek to consolidate their respective power.
The UN says it has begun an operation to pump 1 million barrels of oil from a rusting supertanker off Yemen's coast, hoping to avoid an environmental disaster that could devastate local ecosystems and major ports.
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No group has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that targeted a political rally. The EU condemned the attack as "an attempt to weaken democracy."
The UN said over 1 million barrels of oil have been removed from the tanker, off Yemen's Red Sea coast. For years, the UN and other organizations had sounded the alarm over the dangers surrounding the corroding vessel.
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