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>> sources tell us that arab special forces are in the ground in aden. hello again from doha. we have the world news. the u.n. is appealing to the assad government to stop targeting civilians after the recent shelling in yarmouk. >> migrants rescued in the mediterranean ever soared. 3700 have been saved by e.u. boats. >> i was the better man tonight more calculated fighter. >> he maintains his unbeaten
record floyd mayweather wins the richest fight in boxing history. developments in yemen to tell you about sources in the port city of aden told al jazeera that arab special forces are there assisting fighters loyal to adou rabbo mansour hadi. these are exclusive pictures are what is said to be those ground troops. pro hadi officials say fort special forces have landed, calling it a reconnaissance mission. however, saudi arabia has denied that its troops entered aden and now a spokesman for yemen's southern popular resistance said fighters battling houthis around aden airport are all yemenese and are not arab special forces. >> i assure you if troops were brought into aden from the sea we would have confirmed it through the daily briefing as was the practice during the
operation resolve storm. all operations are open. the coalition will not spare effort backing the resistance and achieve positive outcomes on the ground. i reiterate today no troop landings were made into yemen. >> that was a saudi spokesman speaking there. al jazeera arabic correspondent is on the ground in aden and he's managed to send in this exclusive report. >> we are now close to aden international airport where fighting is raging between the popular resistance and the houthi forces. we can see smoke which seems to be the result of an air strike by the coalition forces. there are popular resistance fighters who are shelling the facility every now and then as the houthis are stationed
inside. it is a decisive battle and will have significant outcome. there again smoke as a result of shelling the positions of the houthi militia and forces loyal to the ousted president saleh inside the airport. it is a crucial battle and the victorious side will shape the future of fighting in the coming days. >> other correspondent in riyadh talk me through the language that the saudis have used. you were telling us it's quite specific in what is happening now as to what possibly could be coming. >> if we take his words the spokesman of the coalition if we take his words to mean what they mean, he basically said no, saudi arabia hasn't sent, the
coalition hasn't sent troops to the ground, but reading between the lines and looking at some of the expressions he used during the conversation with al jazeera earlier on, he said that i can confirm that today we haven't landed any troops in aden and he used that word today a couple of times during the interview. he also said in the interview that we don't reveal information about an operation that is going on or an operation that is going to happen. these two expressions caught my attention and it is as if the coalition doesn't want to reveal something else that there is probably something going on but they don't want to talk about it. it might be an extensive ground operation that is going to continue until it reaches the goals of expelling the houthis from where they are and depending on that also and because of that, saudi arabia and its coalition allies don't want to be seen as going there and probably leaving before achieving that goal, so if we
read between the lines it could be something very limited if it is really true, it could be something very limited and for the sake of helping the resistance there the forces loyal to president hadi, at least expel the houthis and saleh loyalists from aden. >> is inevitable that troops would go in, muhammed, just when you think how long the battle's been going on already the type we have already seen, is ground troops the next logical step? >> well, i can confirm that from all indications we noticed that saudi arabia and coalition allies didn't want, don't want and tried to avoid sending troops to yemen and they also never engaged never really have given that promise. they said women do it when it is necessary. also from the interviews of yemeni officials and also the saudi officials they seemed sure that the airstrikes would
basically achieve the goal of destroying the houthi military and defense exhibits and also forcing them to either leave the areas they occupied or come to the negotiation table for a resolution. however, after more than a month of airstrikes, we can see that the houthis are basically still practically still aware. they are and they haven't left the cities and they haven't come to the negotiation tail. they haven't complied to the u.n. resolutions and now the coalition is probably looking into alternatives, but it's not -- it's clear from the words of the military spokesman that they don't want right now to engage into an open and extensive ground operation. what's going on in aden if really there are forces there it is limited number for a specific goal and they don't want to seem to have launched the ground invasion without achieving the goals or being later forced to retreat and that
would look like a retreat. >> with us in the studio, lecturer at the department of kings college enlondon. we're going to roll pictures and show them to our viewers, as well here of these troops, exclusive pictures that have come in from al jazeera of these troops. it could be anything. we've slowed the pictures down to look at the weapons. it looks like pretty sophisticated stuff to me. what do you think? >> it's typically anti tank weapon probably a traveling type so typical of light infantry. if we are talk about number, we are talk about 20 troops on the ground special operation forces that's the kind of weapons that these kind of forces would definitely use. >> ok. let me pick up on a point about the in evidentability of troops or otherwise coming in.
>> right. >> in your opinion, is it inevitable or is this a different sort of battle, that sort of power struggle with the different groups on the ground in there? >> i think the whole thing is about tipping the balance of power on the ground, and i think we shouldn't expect a major ground offensive because that would require a lot of troops and would be costly. what we are witnessing right now is probably as we've witnessed in the last 20 years in every conflict is the deployment of special troops and forces, troops specifically trained to deal with that kind of environment, so they could be years with people on the ground, they could help them to do some attack or they do recon and intelligence. >> if we've learned anything from recent middle east conflict, if you go in on the ground anywhere, there's got to be a plan to deal with separatism with the aftermath all these sorts of things,
because that is arguably more important in the end. >> that is why the grand offensive would not be the-wisest strategy, because you alienate the people on the ground. what we are looking at is creating a situation where you degrade the exhibits of houthis so that at one point they set up a compromise and we can open peace talks and find a solution. because at the end of the day that's what you want. you just want a political solution. >> good to talk to you again thank you. >> the united nation said the syrian government must stop bombing and shelling the yarmouk refugee camp of palestinians. the camp was bombed overnight on friday. thousands were forced to leave the camp after armed groups entered it a month ago. we have this report. >> the united nations wants this to stop. the syrian government has been bombarding the yarmouk camp as part of an ongoing military operation. the camp is home to thousands of
palestinians. since 2012, they've been under siege by government forces, but in recent weeks, they have been under attack. >> i am a resident of yarmouk. we are sitting in our homes with our children with missiles, barrel bombs landed around us. look around you. they hit civilians and children. we are paying the price. there are no armed fighters here. where is the united nations? >> the camp turned into an urban battleground when fighters belonging to the islamic state of iraq and the levant entered yarmouk a few weeks ago. most of them have withdrawn after fierce fighting with other rebel groups. despite this, the syrian army hasn't stopped its military operation. the united nations is worried about the safety of the civilians inside. the secretary general in a statement issued by his spokesperson said that thousands of civilians in the camp are besieged by terrorists and armed groups on the inside and the
government forces on the outside. he called on the syrian government to immediately end any military operation that could endanger the lives of civilians and urged all parties to stop the violence so as to grant secure and sustained humanitarian access to civilians inside the camp. the people have relied on handouts over the past years to survive. many have died from malnutrition. since the fighting, the united nations say the situation and hardship have worsened. the united nations security council demanded all parties allow humanitarian aid to reach without obstruction and the palestinian liberation organization the p.l.o. is sending a delegation to damascus. the organization wants to find alternatives to a military solution to relieve the suffering of syrian's palestinians. the damascus government wanted some palestinian armed groups to
conduct operations with its forces to expel opposition groups from yarmouk. the p.l.o. doesn't want to be drawn into the conflict. the government is unlikely to stop its offensive. yarmouk is at the door steps of the center of the government's seat of power. al jazeera. june at least 13 people have been killed in two explosions in the iraqi capitol baghdad. those bombs went off just minutes apart in a popular commercial area. the first was a suicide car bomb that designated near cafes. the second bomb struck in the same neighborhood. baghdad has witnessed a spike in bombing in the past week. >> in nepal a 100-year-old man has been pulled alive from the rubble. the only international airport has stopped accepting large jets because of a backlog of aid flights. there is growing concern that badly needed supplies is not
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there. fighters loyal to the exiled president hadi, these are exclusive pictures of those ground troops. saudi arabia denies its troops are in aden. >> the u.n. said syria must stop bombing the palestinian refugee camp. it was bombed on friday. >> in baghdad, two bombings, the latest in a wave of attacks since thursday struck restaurants filled with customers. some blame isil who they say have infiltrated sunni refugees. >> 10 may go grants found dead at sea off libya. 3,690 others have been saved in 13 separate rescue operations in just the last two days. italian and french navy coast guard ships spotted them. adding to the unprecedented numbers already rescued this
year. those coast guard services overwhelmed by the refugees coming across. rivals from greece and turkey are expected to triple this year. we have this report. >> it's the end of a long and dangerous journey the greek coast guard plucks these 34 syrians from an inflatable raft offshore among them, this 8-year-old who drove to turkey with his family. >> i am coming from turkey, i am and my family, coming from it. i want any -- >> these children have seen their city reduced to rubble. more than once, they say men's throats have been cut there their eyes. they are not rich, one is a teacher, one works at the water
utility. they spent all their money to cross. others choose to by pass the smugglers. these men crossed earlier the same night with this dingy. it's 5.5 kilometers, on a calm night it is an easy crossing. the coast guard has picked up more people than all of last year. >> we were facing an invasion of very fast boats with smuggler onboard, a kind of sophisticated transportation and we needed to deploy our patrol boats in order to be able to tackle this situation, also to make some hot purr suits, as well. >> smugglers tried to encase their engine compartments. >> they put them in dingies. they are told to slash their
boat open with a knife. maritime law demands they be rescued. >> local authorities say they need more help from europe. at her temporal housing people in this hotel but it's overflowing. this family spent the night on the hotel garden. there is no floor space in the army. the mayor is shaving money off the local budget to feed these people. >> people are sensitive to the fact that these people suffer enough to leave their countries which is never undertaken lightly. they worry how will they absorb the arrivals. >> 90% are from war zones. greece and the united nations want them to be screened before crossing and sent legally to europe. no such policy has been aired yet. >> in nine, the i--in nigeria the
identities of hundreds of women are unknown. there are babies born if the forest where they were found. the government isn't that releasing much information about the rescue. ato say cities will be documented. the world really started to pay attention to this part of northeast nigeria a year ago. that's when boko haram kidnapped more than 200 school girls but the group could have kidnapped 10 times that number of women in the last year alone. this group was freed this week. >> in their present state it would be unfair to put too much pressure or demand on them to get such information. >> many are still too
traumatized to speak. they aren't saying if they are the 200 kidnapped girls. other soldiers say some women were armed and shot at their rescuers and that others were killed in the battle. for campaigners the lack of information from one of the largest armies in africa is astonishing. >> who are those people? we didn't even though they were abducted. it shouldn't be the case, because every nigerian should have a name, right now, they are nameless and faceless. the government and military, they can do more than we just heard on twitter. >> families in the northeast raise the alarm many times in the past, young girls have been going missing not just for months but for years. boko haram had an area larger than belgium under siege. this region is fertile
recruiting ground, building an army of young men sometimes luring them with the promise of wives. it could take years to know what's really happening. for now there are parents living a nightmare who want to know if they'll get their daughters back. al jazeera. >> in south africa, government workers have broken up a camp housing asylum seek he is from the democratic republican -- democratic republic of congo and burundi. >> the government wants to move these people to the loft remaining camps. she came toll south africa in 2003. she has four children. she came to the camp a month ago. >> how can they remove the tents
for the kids? they are sleeping. in the night it's cold, kids are getting sick every day. many of these people are asylum seekers or refugees from the democratic republic of congo. >> the government planned to move these people to another camp has now started in earnest. they are pulling this last tent down. as you can hear, these people are still refusing to move. >> there is a fighter where. we can't go anywhere. we need this country to be there. >> the united nations refugee agency has been trying to convince people in this camp to do what the government says.
>> there is little food left and the aid volunteers have been told to stop cooking. >> they've already closed the camp. >> we would like to ask because we have kids and now they said they are going to take away the water. >> police stood guard as the last tent came down. buses were sent to take the people away. they refused to go. they still fear being attacked. they want to leave south africa and they don't trust the government. it says it wants to register each person here as part of its reincident allegation program. >> the reality is we are putting all our energy and resource to get them back into the communities, to the communities where they came from and to tell the communities to provide the
safety and security for them. >> the men lit fires and families huddled together for warmth. there is no trust here. these people have heard promises of protection many times before. al jazeera durbin. >> survivors of the world war ii concentration camp marked the 70th anniversary of its liberation. german chancellor angela merkel joined the survivors and those who helped liberate it for the service. that was the first camp set up by the nazis. more than 40,000 people died there. >> reporters without borders is warning media freedom is in retreat. >> we're under attack. >> at times targeted, other times caught in the crossfire.
>> get down! get down! >> now more than ever, journalism is a dangerous profession. >> this city is of huge strategic importance. >> 2014 saw a surge in armed conflicts across the globe as journalists set out to tell the stories, they often put themselves on the line. >> i am with our colleagues from all over the world wherever they are in the media institutions the ones imprisoned, the ones who are injured, and with the families who lost their loved ones. >> syria has been the most dangerous country for reporters. at least 50 journalists and media workers have been killed there in two years. in iraq, 18 journalists were killed in the same period. in pakistan, the media face violent attacks on a regular
base. libya, ukraine egypt and somalia are among some of the most dangerous places. media freedom is also under threat. reporters without borders say many governments are finding new new ways to sensor and repress the media. egypt, three al jazeera journalists experienced that firsthand. >> we're seeing a lot of draconian legislation limiting journalists' work in the name of national supreme court at the one hand, other hand, radical groups like isis are takingle heads off journalists. what we're seeing is the mutual space journalists have operated in seems to have vanished. >> network channels controls the globe held vigils to mark the day and remember journalists who risked their freedom and their lives. al jazeera. >> it was billed at boxings fight of the century but for floyd mayweather business as
usual in his points win over pacquiao. pacquiao slips to a sixth career defeat. we have the report from las vegas. >> pound-for-pound mayweather and pacquiao are considered the greatest fighters of their generation but at the end of 12 hard fought rounds, it was floyd mayweather jr. who came out on top. mayweather weathered an early assault by pacquiao but with each passing round the bigger fighter dominated the ring. he has now cemented his place at one of boxing's great. >> to all those who wrote bad stories about me, i'm going to wake up early in the morning and see your stories tomorrow. >> this i also one of sports most hyped fights but pacquiao admitted he didn't have what it took to beat his rival. >> i did my best, but my best wasn't good enough. >> hundreds of thousands of fans
went to las vegas many just for the atmosphere while others paid astronomical prices for tickets. >> it was about him billed as the fight of the century. for the fans, the ultimate quiz is was it worth the wait? >> it was worth the wait. everybody got to see mayweather at his best and do what he does best and that's box. >> i wouldn't have paid a color for it and i got the money to go. >> mayweather did what he was supposed to do. >> it was worth the wait. i wanted to see what would go on and it was a hell of a fight. i loved it. >> my man lost, but i loved it. >> this was the most profitable bout is fighting history with each taking home millions of dollars and for las vegas it may have been a billion dollars weekend that helped revitalize the city and the sport. al jazeera, las vegas nevada.
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