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new strikes in tiaz and aden after saudi arabia announces the end of its air campaign in yemen hello, you're watching al jazeera. also on the show... ..protests in hong kong as the government sets out a reform plan that doesn't include free and fair election. >> i was underwater for five minutes, thinking god, god, god. we hear from a survivor of the mediterranean disaster, which killed over 800 people.
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and how a blend of poverty and broken poverty fuelling anger against foreign workers in south africa. the saudi-led coalition launched more strikes in yemen, despite an announcement that the air campaign was, in fact, over. fighter jets struck houthi targets in tiaz and aden. . >> we are upgrading capabilities, and increasing and monitoring the borderline all the way from around the clock in the rest of the marine area. >> let's go to mohammed vall in jizan. what does it look like there,
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does it look like we are entering a new military phase. >> by name yes, but by the appearance we are in the same conditions as we were in the last four weeks or so. we have seen only preparations and seen only the high state of alert here on the coast of jiz jp, to the southern border, sworn border of saudi arabia about 100km from the border and not far from the city of sadr a stronghold of the houthis. this is one of the strongholds. there has been implications in the east of here and killings among saudi drops. saudi arabia is not taking chance it is ready for the fight and we have seen air strikes in yemen taking place hour after the end of the first face, a decisive storm, and an
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operation called renewal of hope. aden, if targeted the number of attacks, to take the words away from which they were driven a day or two earlier. cross the line some of the government buildings and the presidential palace - they tried to take the air again, and the strikes targeted around 3 o'clock local time which is around 24 tnt. in tiaz there were strikes targetting a houthi who managed to return to a base or take a base that belongs to troops loyal to president abd-rabbu mansour hadi big aid 35. from those developments we infer that the situation is sng somehow. it's not like the day after the night before. we have a situation where the saudis are on high alert.
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stand by. and any time according to the statement, any time the houthis try to take action against civilians, and that's basically - that's it for the moment. >> mohammed val thanks for the update. >> saudi arabia's month-long air campaign failed to restore the yemen government. and critical threats projected, according to that. it holds more territory than before. the houthis controlled sana after pushing south. they continued the march south. moving into tiaz and closing in on aden. showing the presence on march the 25th the day the saudi-led coalition began. since then they moved south and west. over the past four weeks they increased their control influence and the areas which they can operate in.
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>> a houthi supporter and activist joins us on the phone from sanaa. good to have you with us. first of all the announcement that the saudi-led coalition is ending operation decisive storm - was that the result of a deal cut between - or involving the houthis. have you, in effect agreed through back channels to a deal with the saudi-led coalition. >> i didn't think there was a deal because the coalition strike continued. i didn't think they would sign a deal. it would give the right for the saudis to continue the strike. that's what they did. they give it a new name a different name like restoring home. they continue the strike, and despite that they have failed to do a change or anything on the ground. the main goal was to restore.
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at the end of what they say, they only - as i mentioned, they only secured the facility of the nation. which they had changed their goals. and the committee, the army are advancing. they advanced several kilometres. the stage of it it's stages and stages. they keep taking it giving it a different name. what they are planning the plan in the future may be to - in the state of being in the middle of the state, and over this operation, they may do it like security... >> council. to stop that escalation will the houthis agree to pull out of the capital and some of the key
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government institutions? >> no no, no way. they will not pull out from anywhere. they will not give a weapon back because all these things about pulling out of areas of control, these things are agreed as a national dialogue. anything about that must be by the table. according to the national dialogue which we must start. >> the accusation is that the houthis, you haven't respected the national dialogue or the electoral process. you represent a coup against a legitimate elected president. >> if you look at abd-rabbu mansour hadi when he was in power, and after the dialogue. one of the most important articles is to form a government of national partnership or a government of competency. he hasn't done so. he kept the same government before the dialogue for a year.
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he was responsible for the situation, and still is responsible for giving the mission or legitimacy. >> unilaterally you appointed a committee to run the country on december the 6th. that has been rejected the yemeni socialist party. the unionist people's organization the independent lock. they called it on february soth - a complyings of a coup d'etat. do you expect that you do not represent yemenies and you cannot be the authority in yemen. >> they don't represent all yemen, but a part of it. do you think the saudi represent yemeni. do you think they have the right to interfere in yemen. they should ask authorities.
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as a yemeni matter. they will fight with each other. when it comes to a solution. it's outside interference. as we saw in afghanistan, insignia hasn't done any good. on the final point. human right watch accused the houthis of using excessive force against protesters and unlouflly deployed forces in densely populated areas. will you change the tactics for shelling and remove your forces in areas of dangers of life. it will not remove the committee, they will move the troops from anywhere. if they do that. they'll go to al qaeda.
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there was no answer. so i should tell you that the south is still an active area. it will be replaced and will not happen. >> houthi supporter. thank you for your time. >> the u.n. says more than 113,000 people fled the fighting in the iraqi city of ramadi. the families are seeking shelter at the mosque after fleeing the violence between i.s.i.l. and iraqi government troops. more than 50,000 fled the capital. 8,000 are displaced. it's warning that families have no shelter and are facing worsening conditions. >> this is the latest picture of those intense capitals between i.s.i.l. fighters and government forces. iraqi troops have been retaking towns on the out skirts of the
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area. syrian government blames bombs rained down in the area killing 10 people. opposition fighters say they gaped ground. resident took over the forces after an intense battle. >> italy' prime minister called for action to end the crisis including refugee camps. as they were speaking to the parliament another boatload was brought ashore. >> first of all, bring us up to speed with legal developments. the captain and first mates first day in court. what is coming out of that? >> yes the court proceedings
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are got underway against the captain of the boat that sank with the biggest single lose of life that there has been during the crisis. around 800 estimated to have died. 28 survivors from that singing. and his first mate. the court process in italy is slighting long. i don't think they'll appear but the process will get under way. the other thing is more migrants have been brought ashore rescued. more that 1,000, by the close of today, would have arrived on italian soil. some coming to salerno later this afternoon. the journey they are making to get here and many don't make
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it is a harrowing one. they are crossing from the middle east and we have access to one of the survivors from saturday night's sinking. a 16-year-old somali boy who told us about the pain and hardship that he had to sure. and how he almost isn't it make it across the water at all. >> reporter: it looks like is normal youth club. these teenagers are a lucky few who endured hardships, few in europe can imagine. the latest to arrive are the luckiest of all. to protect his identity we are calling him jamal, and he is one of 28 survivors from the deadly sinking. in somali, he told me there's no happiness, only al-shabab. what jamal experienced at the hands of the people traffickers
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in libya was worse. >> translation: the problem we face in libya was mainly around the fact we had our money taken and were beaten up badly. >> reporter: eventually he has herded on to a boat for a journey that turned into disaster. he said the boat was so crowded at one point he fell overboard and had to be dragged in. >> when we were on the ship we had no food and water. and i had one fish. we travelled for a da
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>> just as we thought they would be rescued. disaster struck. >> i shared my wish with them. after yelling for help. we were underwater thinking god, god, god, and i managed to swim to the surface. me and four others shouted for help. we were rescued. hundreds were not so lucky. the migrants capsized in the dark. outat see, rescuers were working blind. >> the sea is dark and after a few meters you can't see anything. the only thing we would see is the beams of light projected by the search light. we had to rely on what we could hear. listening out for the screams of survivors. >> jamal believes we put the traffickers in danger. the captain and the ship's meat are facing charges. they are facing charges of reckless multiple homicide.
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jamal is looking to the future. >> god willing i intend to bring my parents here. i'm working hard on that. now, the united nations humanitarian first chief said the responsibility for the disaster is a monumental failure of compassion, and as european union leaders prepare for the summit. emergency summit to come up with proposals, that is the split between them. there's a lot of lobbying to block the flow of migrants. refusing to allow them together. the belief being it will prevent them setting off. the other idea is compassion is needed now. >> they are in catania. >> more to come on al jazeera. how a blend of poverty and broken promises is fuelling
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anger against broken forces. a century after mustard gas was used, the united states gets rid of its last remaining stockpiles.
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welcome back. let's recap the headlines. in yemen, more air strikes hit houthi positions in aden. hours after an end was announced to the end of a military campaign. battles are taking place on the ground in aden between
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supporters of abd-rabbu mansour hadi and houthi fighters. a boatload of migrants has been brought to shore in italy. italy's prime minister called for comprehensive action to end the refugee crisis. >> reporter: there has been protests in hong kong against the reform plan. the beijing-backed proposals do not allow for free and fair elections. only candidates approved by china will be allowed to stand in the poll. we have more from hong kong. >> lining the sidewalk around the government headquarters is a handful of tents. the site of the 2.5 month sit in looks like a campsite, with a small group of die hard protesters embodying the pro-democracy campaign. >> we have to persist. we believe we'll reach success. >> the number of tents is growing. a library has been recreated.
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some are even building seating in the hope that more students will return. but it's inside the government building where the fate of hong kong's political future will be unveiled. the city's chief secretary will present the government's long-awaited reform package for the 2016 election. she ruled out an open election and is standing firm on a decision to screen the >> the work on the political who stand. >> the work on the political reform resolution is required to follow the law and the national people's congress standing committee. >> it's the ruling that triggered the occupation in central hong kong. they are demanding the right to freely elect candidates. they vowed to block the reform plan when it comes to a vote. >> i detect no reason for me to doubt that all of us would veto
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any political reform package that is restrained by the 831 advocacy standing committee decisions. >> the proposal needs the backing of the council, if it's to proceed. with more that a third of lawmakers against reform makers against the plan. it's unlikely to get the go ahead. student groups. hope it will be the case. where a vote not expected, until july, the government is not likely to pull out all the stocks . >> mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr are back in court in egypt, retried or allegedly
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harming national security and aiding the banded muslim brotherhood. they and al jazeera denied the accusations. proceedings finished for the day and will resume on april 28th a man was arrested in france who place say was planning an imminent attack on one or more churches. he is accused of killing a young woman before he was arrested on sunday. police were told the map was planning to travel -- man was planning to travel to syria. he had lived in france and flagged by security officials. an arsenal of weapons was found at his home. >> a british trader accused of writing a trillion off the u.s. stock market is facing trial in the u.k. narenda singh suicide software to place orders and cancel them before they were executed. that man ipp lated the --
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manipulated the market in his favour. there has been a series of attacks against foreigners. seven have been killed with foreign owned shops looted. the failure to create jobs helped to fuel int immigrant sentiment. >> this boy was eight when apartheid ended. he was too young to predict he and others like him would be struggling civil. he has seven children and hasn't had a proper job in three years. >> it makes me feel like a failure in life. i'm a failure. most of the things that men are supposed to do, that i can't do. i'm supposed to support my children, first of all. the first priority is to support my children. i can't do that. >> he lives with his two sisters in this tiny house.
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he takes whatever low paid part-time work he can find. >> instead of us getting jobs, only foreigners are getting jobs. the foreigners that earn less money than they expect to get. that is why they hire the foreigners to work in south africa. >> he is shocked by the latest wave of attacks against migrant workers in their country. >> they are human being like us. us.we are all africans are of the same africans are of the same blood. it's not their fault to get the job here. they came looking for a job, like us. so i say no to xenophobia. >> there's been infrastructure development in communities like these. since the end of apartheid more than 20 years ago, their story is shared by millions of south africans. it's why they believe if the government is serious to putting an end to the xenophobic attacks
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by a small minority, it has to start delivering on the promises. the zulu king condemned the attacks on foreign workers. he called for calm. the government continues to deliver basic services and jobs. >> the president has formed a special team that is looking into such economic and social infrastructure. and that is focussing more on job creation. >> he, and millions of unemployed south africans like him, heard this many times before. >> in malawi, 2,000 protested against the anti-immigrant attacks in south africa.
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demand straitors called on president zuma to apologise. >> now almost all countries signed a treaty to destroy poison gas stockpiles. in the u.s. engineers are working to eliminate the last supply of mustard gas, a protest that could take four years. rob reynolds reports. in colorado, a small army of workers, assisted by precision robots is training to destroy one of mankind's weapons. >> it's a hard role. it's a high hazard operation. they spent a lot of time with personnel on training to ensure the work force is ready to complete chemical weapons. >> poison gas was used by german
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and allied forces duing wwi. mustard gas and others were not effective on the battlefield, but they terrorized and demoralized the men in the trenches. it can cause burns, blindness and suffocation. the vast majority is stored near the colorado plant. workers are practicing on dummy shells, like the artillery manufactured during the second world war. full-scale weapons destruction will begin in october. they'll be unpacked and have the explosives removed and checked for leaks. they'll be taken apart, soaked in neutralising chemicals, blasted in high pressure water and baked in ovens to strip away traces of poison.
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these artillery shells are stripped and don't have chemical weapons inside of them. there are 780,000 real shells full of mustard gas at the facility. some live shells that are leaking or damaged have been destroyed with controlled explosions. workers load them into a thick steel cylinder. then... >> three. two. one. >> reporter: it's not dramatic. charges split the cells loaded with chemicals. >> mustard gas is in the explosive destructive system, vessel. rotating the vessel typically in no more than an hour. it's broken down to destroy all the mustard agent. >> the experts that do the work say it's a deeply satisfying job. chemical weapons are the worst thing going. they are dirty, nasty. getting rid of them is an important thing. destroying the stockpile takes
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