Saudis Respond to Peace Calls with Heavy Sana'a Bombing

Saudi Arabia has responded to calls for a ceasefire in its war on Yemen with a heavy bombing of the capital Sana'a with more than 30 airstrikes, Press TTV reported.

Yemen's al-Masirah TV said the airstrikes early Friday targeted al-Dulaimi Air Base in Sana'a and the surrounding areas as Saudi-backed troops launched new attacks further west in the country's main port city of Hudaydah.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE on Wednesday massed thousands of additional troops near the city which is a gateway to the capital, and the lifeline for imports and relief supplies into Yemen.

EU, E3 Condemn US for Re-imposing Fresh Sanctions on Iran, Vow to Protect Trade

France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have jointly condemned Washington’s fresh sanctions on Iran’s economy, vowing to protect European firms doing business with Tehran, according to Press TV.

In a joint statement issued on Friday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the E3 ministers of foreign affairs and finance expressed “deep regret” over the US re-imposition of its unilateral sanctions on Iran following a May decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

The statement described the 2015 agreement as "crucial for the security of Europe, the region and the entire world", adding that it is Europe’s “aim to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran.”

The statement also vowed to preserve and maintain “effective financial channels with Iran, and the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas.”

Over 7 Million Yemeni Kids Face Serious Famine Threat: UNICEF

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has warned that more than seven million children are facing a serious threat of famine in Yemen as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its atrocious aerial bombardment campaign against its crisis-hit southern neighbor, Press TV reported.

 “Today, 1.8 million children under the age of five are facing acute malnutrition, and 400,000 are affected by severe acute malnutrition,” Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF’s regional director in the Middle East and North Africa, said late on Wednesday.

Cappelaere noted that “more than half” of the 14 million people at serious risk of famine in Yemen are children.

Istanbul Quartet Summit: Political Process in Syria Must Be "Inclusive, Syrian-Led and Syrian-Owned

ISTANBUL - The joint communique issued at the end of the Istanbul Quartet summit between the Russian, Turkish, German and French leaders on Saturday reaffirmed the four countries' commitment to a negotiated political process as the only way of ending the crisis in Syria.

"The four leaders "underlined their firm conviction that there could be no military solution […] and that the conflict could be resolved only through a negotiated political process," the statement read, according to Sputnik.

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany met in Istanbul to review developments in Syria.

Commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity

The four, in an official statement, noted that the political process must be "inclusive, Syrian-led and Syrian-owned," and stressed the UN's role as facilitator, while calling for active participation of Syrian parties. The four also said that they remained committed to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, and rejected separatist agendas aimed at undermining these four pillars.

Yemeni Forces Shoot Down Saudi Reconnaissance Drone in Jizan

Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have intercepted and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle, belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition, as it was flying in the skies over the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Jizan, Press T.V reported.

An unnamed Yemen military source told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni air defense forces and their allies shot down the drone as it was on a reconnaissance mission over Hariqah area in the Wadi Jarrah district of the province, located 969 kilometers south of the capital Riyadh, on Friday evening.