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a camp for displaced yemenis is hit on the fifth day of saudi-led air strikes in yemen. ♪ ♪ you are watching al jazerra live from our head quarters in doha. also coming up. negotiators continues to press for a deal on iran's nuclear program ahead of tuesday's deadline. vote counting cesc suspend for the the need in nigeria's president small election. plus a slice of africa in an unlikely location, we'll take a tour of a safari park in the
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philippines. ♪ ♪ saudi-led forces have bombed houthi rebel positions in yemen for a sixth successive night. at least 40 people have been killed after a strike hit a camp for displaced people. near the saudi arabian border. the houthis say the saudi-led coalition bombed the camp killing women and children. but witnesses say that while the camp used to be home for hundreds of family from an earlier conflict it's now occupied by houthi fighters. saudi arabia says it's investigating the report. elsewhere the strikes have hit several provinces including the houthi strong hold. there are also battles in aden between the haoupt i and says pro-government forces. saudi arabia says it's now completed a blockade of yemen ports. kimberly vinnell reports. >> reporter: these are the victims of what appears to be the deadliest saudi-led air
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strikes so far. this was a camp in yemen's north for those fleeing the violence which is gripped yemen for more than a decade. the houthis say women and children are among the dead. but witnesses say many of those killed were fighters. and saudi arabia is adamant the houthis are to blame. >> rudies have moved their weapons and fighters to areas where you have civilians and we stress that we do our best to prevent saville crane civilian casualties. we replied to a source of fire. we have no confirmation this was a refugees camp. >> reporter: saudi air strikes have hit nine of yemens provinces, including the houthi-held capital sanaa. air strikes lit up the sky. target a military base and weapons storage facility which belongings to the yemeni republican guard. the focus isn't just on houthi strong holds but also on protecting the port city of
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aden. it's the main base for president mon soar hadi's supporters. air strikes in the south are targeting convoys of reinforcements and what saudi describes as houthi command centers like this one while co since forces control the skies navel forces are moving to block yemen's ports, in a bid to stop rebel fighters from rearming. teheran denies it's backing the houthi but yemen don't make accusations. >> there are a number of iranian revolutionary guards operating on the guard but recently started operating in the hope. open. mercenaries some from lebanon syria all operating under the guidance of iran. >> reporter: the coalition says its military campaign will continue until houthi fighters and soldiers loyal to deposed president hands over their weapons and join talks to find a
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political solution, kim vinnell al jazerra. crossing over to sanaa and speaking to a political analyst. thanks for being with us. looking at what happened overnight at that camp obviously conflicting reports still coming in about what exactly happened. what are you hearing about that attack? and what do you know about who actually lived in that cam snap. >> well, actually you said it correctly earlier when you said the camp is actually existing as a result of previous conflicts. over the past six wars, it houses about 4,000 people there. the reports that we are getting locally is that saudis have antiaircraft guns in the camp and they were firing at the air strikes, which led to the saudis respond to this gunfire and hitting the camp. killing almost 40 people and injuring almost 150 people. >> and this is according to
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whom? >> people from the area. we have people there living there, we have tribal families living there as well saying that there were antiaircraft guns near that camp. and they were firing at the airplanes which led to the air strikes which led to them responding and firing at the camps. >> and what can you tell us about another camp that was targeted this one actually belong to go an infantry brigade. what are you hearing on that? >> there was a camp, there was a lot of rumors that they had and you had missilesandyou hadscudmuscles and were trying to get them out of the camp. it was hit very hard. another attack in sanaa i was actually next to the explosion which is the rockets by bye guide that happened last night. that was bombarded two days ago and we thought it was already over, but the air strikes
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continued yet night and there was a huge explosion. the problem with that is that it's in a residential area. there are a lot of homes around the base of the camp. and they are greatly affected. this morning we are still hearing ambulance sirens going in that area, i can actually see it from my window. we still don't know the number of casualty this is. >> what are you hearing about civilian casualtys? >> that's the thing, it's not clear yet. they are still being rushed to the hospital. there are still explosions heard at that camp because it was a huge knew missions depot so it's still going on the explosions. >> when saudi arabia says it's now completed a blockade of yemen's ports what effect is that having on the houthis? >> well, it's not just the houthi, yemen pretty much em ports everything, our food, our medicine, our drugs. we immaterial property import everything. it's not only the houthis worried now it's us am yemenis
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even our milk we import it. so it's troublesome news to us. the average citizen not just the houthis . >> okay. we'll leave it there. thank you. speaking to from us sanaa in yemen. >> thank you. well, tip mats are working hard to reach an agreement over iran's nuclear future hours before a self-imposed deadline. iran's foreign minister and six world powers have been meeting in switzerland. our diplomatic editor james bays reports from lausanne. >> reporter: the talks here are in their last, most difficult leg. is it going well, he could secretary kerry? >> we are working very hard. working hard. u.s. secretary of state john kerry has spent most of the past two weeks here in lausanne trying to hammer out a deal with his iranian opposite number. kerry and foreign minister have been joined by foreign ministers of the so-called p5 plus one countries, china the u.k., france, germany and russia.
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it was an important meeting but it showed there is no deal ready to be signed yet. russian foreign minister sergei lavrov who arrived in lausanne less than 24 hours earlier decided to leave again he may be back close to the midnight deadline on tuesday. in a break from negotiations in the middle of the day the chinese foreign minister went for a jog beside lake geneva. are you talks going as well? later told reporters positions are narrowing and cautiously optimistic we can reach a deal. in the high security of this lake side hotel the other foreign ministers apart from mr. lavrov are left to try to reach a deal with just a matter of hours to go before the deadline. secretary kerry and the u.k. foreign secretary fill up hammond took a walk presumably discussing the remaining sticking points. >> in negotiations of such
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complexity and such high stakes it's not unnatural for brink man ship to go until the 11th hour, each party is hoping the other will budge at the last minute. i think the negotiators understand very clearly that they are running out of time and this process is no longer sustainable. >> reporter: hawks are continuing on the remaining problem areas, the lifting of international sanctions and developing. time ahead that have deadline is fast running out. james bays al jazerra lausanne. vote counting will resume in about two hours in nigeria's closely-contested presidential election. early results show the incumbent president goodluck jonathan is lightly behind the former army man. voting took place in 36 states and in the capital abuja. votes have been counted in 18
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states so far. off these, 10 states have gone to parry and eight to jonathan. the number of votes alone doesn't settle the election. more from the capital abuja. >> reporter: the results from 18 other states in this presidential election are yet to be announced. include the most popular state lagos which has a population of some 17 to 20 million people and the highest number of registered voters. once there is a clear winner in terms of the national picture one candidate getting the majority of the votes, there is another phase to this which is that the winner of this election has to also get at least 25% of the votes in two-thirds of nigeria's 36 states, we know from the release of data so far from the electoral commission that the main opposition presidential candidate mohamed bow harry is leading by some
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2 million votes with, 18 other states still to be announced that could change, the electoral commission and the key candidates are calling on nigerians to be patient and let the electoral commission do its job. >> security does remain tight as people wait for the election results. a report on how that is affecting every day life in nigeria's biggest city, lagos. >> reporter: grace worries about the next few days, we shocks at a market in the commercial capital lagos now that voting in the presidential and parliamentary elections is over, she hopes for one thing. >> i want peace. i don't want fight. i want peace. no fighting. to settle the matters, that's what i want. >> reporter: people in lagos appear to be get on the ground with their lives. the streets look busy but residents tell us it's quieter than usual. the next few days are crucial.
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people don't know what will happen after the final results are announced. many nigeria cranes nigerians they they don't want vie violence they just want their country do move on. there is anticipation, but most people remain calm saying they will only believe official results released from the head of the electoral commission. >> all i want any one of them to to. [ inaudible ] >> reporter: many know the threat of post election violence is very real. more than 1,000 people died when the main opposition leader lost to godluck jonathan back in 2011. four years on it's deja vu. the same two men want to rule africa's most populous nation, now it's also the can't they want's largest economy. so people wait and they will find out soon who has won. al jazerra. lagos. it's been a week since the
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nigerian military detained two al jazerra journalists in the north of the country. they were embedded with the military before they were detained last tuesday and they have been kept in their hotel since then. al jazerra is demanding their immediate release. still ahead what investigators have revealed about the copilot suspected about deliberately crashing a plane in to the alps. plus targeting e cigarettes, why the u.s. says the electronic puff is just as bad as real tobacco.
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♪ ♪ the top stories on al jazerra, the saudi-led coalition has targed a weapons storage facility in the yemeni capital controlled by houthi rebels during a sixth night of air strikes. while at least 40 people were killed on monday after a strike hit a camp for displaced people near the saudi border. vote counting will restarred in about two hours in nigeria's chessly contested rez shall presidential election. diplomats are working hard hard do reach an agreement hours over a self-impressed deadline. iran's foreign minister and six world powers have been meeting in switzerland. the hawks in lousanne follow a decade of concerns. the international atomic energy
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agency called on iran to suspends iranian enrichment and reprocessing activities. talks with the u.k., france and germany led to the 2004 2004 paris agreement under which iran suspended enrichment. those talks were broken off the following year after they began producing uranium. the iaea referred iran to the u.n. security council. as relations worsens iran a announced in 2006 that it had enriched uranium for the first time. meanwhile, the u.n. security council began imposes sanctions and the u.s. political climate changed in 2009 when the incoming obama administration announced that it would participate full any talks between iran and the p5 security council members permanent five, excuse me. but talks ground to a halt until the political chime ahead changed in teheran of a new
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proposed was proposeed in august 2013 after row rouhani's inauguration, they halted enrichment in return for some easing of sanctions while talks began on an comprehensive agreement. a journalist, also a commentator at the international newspaper in teheran, he explained why it's important for the rouhani government make a deal. >> they are not happy, they are not calling the shots and we have the parliamentary elections then the presidential race that the conservative parliament is so desperate to win. these two races. and they could only do so if the negotiations now fade. if the negotiations fail. the government of president rouhani is not going to win the next round of elections, and remember, he's the one that two years ago promised during his election campaign that he would sort out and resolve the dispute between iran and the west with
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regard to the nuclear program. so if he doesn't deliver on his promises, he is a lame duck president and he will lose his camp will lose, and we will have a conservative government within two year's time if that happens i am afraid there will be no more negotiations with the west over iran's nuclear program. so the stakes are high for both the reform assists and conservatives. the syrian government has reportedly sent one of its top military commanders to recapture idlib. a coalition of rebel factions took the city from the arm over the weekend. al jazerra has been in idlib after that take over. as we report thousands of civilians are now leaving. >> reporter: people aren't waiting for find out what is coming next. until last week their city was thought to be one of the saver players in syria because it was under government control.
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but the armly lost idlib to these men link today al qaeda. >> we fought for two days in a row and gradually took control of districts and buildings, by the help of god we have fully taken control of the province now we are briefs paying preparing to take over camps use ed by the regime to kill many people. >> reporter: the fighters are from different rebel group that his have combined their resources under one banner. the coalition is led by al-nusra front, an al quada affiliate. having taken a strategic city out of the government's hands the rebels are turning to local politics. >> translator: thankfully we have the city. and now our job is to protect the public institutions and the civilian property. >> reporter: here a poster of the man they are trying to unseat. president bashar al-assad is being ripped off the local government building. assad, meanwhile, insist this is
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war is not about land, but about winning hearts and minds. he says many syrians support him. or he wouldn't have been able to hold onto power this long. >> we cannot win the heart and mind of the syrians while we are killing syrians, we cannot sustain four years in that position as a government and me as president while the rest of the world most the world the great powers the regional powers are against me and my people are against me. >> reporter: after four violent years, many in syria and abroad will find it difficult to know who to believe. especially when videos like this are posted on line. one opposition organization accuses syrian soldiers of carrying out revenge attacks in idlib. using chlorine gas. these are said to be the victims. >> of the people who have suffer erred -- >> reporter: assad says it's a lie and part i've smear campaign. >> in the media when it bleeds it reads and they always look
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for something that bleeds which is the chlorine gas. and the. [ inaudible ] bomb. >> reporter: defiant as usual even though losing idlib to these rebels puts his side at a disadvantage. it's the biggest blow to assad's forces in two years. al jazerra. the germanwings copilot suspected of deliberately crashing the plane in the to alps had been treated for suicidal tendencies in the past. he was in therapy up until the crash. investigators say his motive is still unclear and they are searching for more clues including the flight data recorder. they have begun building an access road to reach the crash site and recover bodies and plane did he again. >> all 150 people aboard the plane were killed. dominick kane has this update. >> reporter: the news in that bross cuters in düsseldorf have
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confirmed that he did suffer suicidal tendencies is confirmation that the media in germany has speculated about for sometime. we have known that mr. lube it's suffered a severe bought of depression in 2009 for which he did receive treatment. but now we know that at that point he also was experiencing suicidal tendencies. that is important because his company, germanwings and its parents company will you have happen is has always suppressed that he went through assessment, physical, and mental assessment tests and passed them and this they considered him to be 100 percent able to take the controls of the plane. now, of course, we know that he took the court of the plane locked out us captain and plunges the plane in to the alps this comes as a time when the president french. will be meeting in germany to talk about this issue amongst many others, you will recall that francois hollande will talk
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about the disaster to confirm the fatalities of tuesday of last week, we now know also there will be a them your in held in germany in cologne cathedral the city that is the base for germanwings on april 17th. the chancellor angela merkel will be in attendance to mark the memorial for the 149 innocent victims that would andreas :lubitz took to their deaths on the day he minutings that aircraft in. security guards have shot two men at ford fort immediate meed, they were disguised as women and local media reports say they are driving a stolen ridiculous. the if. fbi says they don't believe it's a terrorism related incidents. electronic cigarettes have been marketed as a less
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alternative. but the center for disease say they could be as bad as traditional ones. kim perly halkett reports from washington. >> reporter: for 30 years shaun robinson used to smoke up to a pack of cigarettes a day, that is until he discovered e cigarettes. >> an epiphany, i was like wow i just quit smoking. like i don't think my mom even still believes that i have quit snowing being. i mean, i have smoked that long. >> reporter: e-cigarettes have long been touted a is an ab at this smoking tool users say it allows them to control and decrease the amount of nicotine they are taking in. >> that's really good. >> reporter: eventually kicking the habit. u.s. centers for device control for the first time is now including e-cigarettes in their anti-smoking campaign, arguing the alternative tobacco is just as deadly. >> many adults who think they are going to get off cigarettes
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by taking e-cigarettes are actually continue to go smoke when flappings they would have quit if they hadn't taken up the e-cigarettes. >> reporter: the c d.c. claims most smokers who use e-cigarettes as a cessation tool continues to smoke putting their health at even greater risk, the agency also fears the fruity flavors the vapors will attract children who may have not have started smoking otherwise. >> i am not surprised but sad. >> reporter: robinson disagrees with the c d.c. argument, he's convinced they can reduce nicotine dependence, so much so he's opened up an e-cigarette business, he even invites clients to display their final pack of traditional cigarettes. >> i am in the business to get people off cigarettes. and i practice of that they do he be good. >> reporter: despite warnings and now advertisements to the i don't know temporary. kimberly halkett, al jazerra
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washington. at least 17 people have been killed by bloods floods in northern chile. heavy rains caused river riverss to burnt their banks flooding towns. emergency crews rush today rescue stranded people but say at least 20 are still missing. 40 years ago the then philippine president ferdinand marcos shipped over 100 animals from africa. his vision was to turn the island in to the serengeti of asia. now here is that story. >> reporter: it is dubbed a piece of africa in the philippines. this safari park is home to over 300 endanger animals and almost 4,000-hectares of natural reserves. the islands is a top tourist destination. but the park is its least known attraction.
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she has been working here for almost 40 years he tells me the story of how former president ferdinand marcos envisioned this after a safaris hip tripp in africa. in 197 section over 100 animals were shiped from kenya to typhoon prone islands evicting more than 200 familiars in the process. the marcoss were known to have stolen billions of dollars from government coffers and this was to be their private z he was eventually over throw by a people power revolution, decades on caretakers continue to work under limited conditions. often their salaries unpaid for many months. there are no residents animal doctors here, no clinic, and not a single working vehicle. poaching is also a problem. at least 20 animals are killed here every year. and caretakers say they do not have enough park rangers to police the perimeter. still, wardens here have stayed
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for decades all for their love of the animals. >> my dream is to become a world type savard safari park. although i could say this is the first sanctuary named safari park. the only thing we could maintain through the income in the project. >> reporter: for many years, it was closed off from the public. neglected by the national government. though things are starting to pick up again. around 70 visitors come here now almost every day. and there are talks of a new private investor that will help improve its facilities. he and his team are happy. this may also mean the park will finally be known for its unique attractions. and not as a bitter remind are of the excessive rule by the
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marcoses. al jazerra in the western philippines. much more on that story as well as the other top stories we are covering for you on there it is on your screen that's all eyes are on iran's nuclear program as a contentious negotiation is going down to the wire. optimism is waning that a deal will be created in the final hours but this is chess not checkers. who can forget these scenes? more than 3 decades later, americans held hostage in iran are still seeking justice. they want iran to pay for their suffering. but is the obama administration