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[ gunfire ] the battle for burundi's capitol as the country's president condemns the coup. ♪ hello there, i'm felicity barr. this is al jazeera, live from london. also coming up. yemen's government in exile recalls its ambassador to iran accusing the country of helping houthi rebels. plus -- >> i'm faiz jamil in kathmandu where after the earthquake empty buildings such as this one are a threat to people living around
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them. and going green in france we're in paris where the city is sewing the seeds of a building revolution. ♪ hello. there are reports that at least one soldier has been killed in fighting between rival factions of burundi's armed forces. the main focus is the office of the state broadester in the capitol. it has been under attack from supporters of the major general that is the former head of intelligence who lead wednesday wednesday's coup. the president broadcast a statement saying the coo attempts have failed. al jazeera's malcolm webb has the latest. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: the sounds of gunfire in burundi's capitol.
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the streets are deserted during a lull in the fighting, some residents seized the opportunity to run for safety trying to escape the violence. similar a scenes play out in other parts of the city as rival groups of soldiers fight for control. weeks of protests have now turned into gun battles on the streets after a senior military officer announced the dismissal of the president from office. violence has drawn international concern. >> the secretary general ur kently calls on all parties to exercise calm and restraint. and maintain peace and stability in a country that has suffered grievously from previous violence. >> reporter: it is still not clear if the attempted coup has been successful or not. mallcom webb al jazeera,
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burundi. east african leaders meeting in tanzania have condemned the coup in burundi. tanzaniaee's president called for an end to the violence. >> the summit condemns in the strongest terms the possible the coup in burundi, and the summit is of the view that it does not solve the problems of burundi. we condemn it in the strongest terms possible, and we call upon return to order in that country. the u.n. security council is currently holding a closed door meeting on one of the subjects coming up at that meeting is the situation in burundi. james bayes is live for us at the u.n. and big concern about what is happening in burundi right now. >> reporter: they are deeply concerned about the fast-moving
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developments on the ground particularly the fact that security forces seem now to be split between those loyal to the president and those supporting the coup and seem to be fighting each other. represents moving very fast. they are going to be briefed by the u.n.'s enjoy who has been in burundi in the last few days about the situation. it is though going to be difficult for the security council really to take any action on this issue. very little really in their power to do. they have been watching the situation in burundi with some concern for some months. on its last trip to africa it went there expressing concern about the situation. it's worries have now been born out by the events on the ground. but what they will be watching in the coming hours, while expressing concern, is who is going to come out on top? because i think until we know
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that then the security council find it very hard to take any actions. their worst fear that no one comes out on top that this de descends into civil war again. burundi had a war that lasted for 12 years, that's what everyone fears the most. >> james thank you. ♪ yemen's government in exile in saudi arabia has recalled its ambassador to iran. it accuses iran of backing the houthi rebels. saudi arabia says the rubbles have violated the ceasefire 12 times. and the houthis say the saudis have carried out at least one air strike. hashem ahelbarra reports. >> reporter: these are the streets of yemen's capitol,
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sana'a. there's a ceasefire in place, an opportunity for yemenese who have been confined to go out and buy food. >> translator: thanks god for the truce. we hope all of those stuck abroad can return. and that they will extend the truce and people will move quickly to provide food and fuel and other things. >> reporter: across the border in riyadh yemen's government in exile has set up an agency to distribute aid across the country. but it's a government that has almost no power on the ground. this is the minister of information. she says political talks are yemen's only chance to avoid an all-out civil war. >> now that we are in a truce of a sort we hope that eventually we talk. because a political discourse is what we're looking for. but that means that the houthis have to surrender their -- at
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least their heavy arms. they have to allow the government to do its job, and refrain from taking action of violent crime against humanity. >> reporter: yemen's government is lead by president hadi and his vice president. they were forced out of power when the houthis took over the capitol. the government is hoping to return as soon as fighting comes to an end, but for the time being, they say the houthis and the former president should face trial. >> translator: there have been systemic crimes against humanity committed by the houthis. intentionally targeting civilians in aden refugees fleeing their homes in this boats. it is a crime. >> reporter: reconciliation in yemen may be a long way. weeks of fighting have deeped the divide between the country's feuding factions.
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yemen's main political factions are expected to meet here in the coming days to form a new alliance against the houthis. they hope to build international support for the new alliance that is likely to run the country in the near future. hashem ahelbarra al jazeera, riyadh. the conflict in yemen and a nuclear deal with iran also expected to top the agenda as representatives from gulf nations meet the u.s. president in coming hours. barack obama left washington, d.c. earlier for the talks at the camp david presidential retreat in maryland. security cooperation is the focus of the summit with saudi arabia kuwait qatar bahah rain, the united arab emirates. barack obama has arrived here. it's not a long journey by
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helicopter. he has gone straight into a meeting with all representatives from the gcc. there will be three big meetings over the course of the next few hours, including a working lunch. they are going to talk about iran yemen, and isil. and iran is the thing that concerns the gcc most. they leave that barack obama is cozying up to iran. bah barr done an interview on thursday where he says we know iran is involved in yemen, we know what they are doing with hezbollah, and they are supporting bashar al-assad in syria, but think how much bolder they would be with a nuclear weapon. he is going to assure the gcc that is he is still a strategic and defense partner with them and will perhaps needs some mechanism to ensure that. perhaps increased arms sales or saying we are with you. the idea of having a formal
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treaty has been shut down by ben rhodes in an interview with al jazeera on wednesday. he say it takes too long. of course they want to talk about yemen and isil. they want to make sure that everyone still has their focus on what is happening in iraq and syria with isil rather than being de being -- deinstructed. >> how do we know whether this will be a successful meeting for the u.s. president himself? >> reporter: there is the concern when the saudi king was invited, accepted and then a couple of days later said i'm not coming that was a sign that the white house really didn't have everything organized, and it was seen as a boit of a snub, but they have the defense and foreign ministers here. how do we know if it has been a success? it will depend on how all of it ends. remember at the end we normally get all of the parties coming out and speaking to the media.
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will barack obama be there on his own? will he have someone from the gcc at his side. that will be a big clue to tell us how this has gone behind closed doors. we'll hear from everyone how it has been constructive how they are partners how they are working together but a lot will be told by what is unsaid by who shows up at the podium at the end, and whether barack obama is ready to answer questions. if he just gives a statement we can ak assume that things didn't go as well as he had hoped. >> thanks allan. still to come on the program, syrian rebels push for idlib province and try to tackle president bashar al-assad's key power base. and registering for a new life nearly 600 people arrive in indonesia after being rescued from overcrowded boats. ♪
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accused of violating the ceasefire. and u.s. president barack obama is meeting gulf leaders at the camp david retreat. syrian activists say at least nine government troops were killed when a roadside bomb exploded overnight in the capitol of damascus. we have the latest from beirut in neighboring lebanon. >> reporter: on the offensive and making gains. syrian opposition rebels are pushing to control the town that is the last major town under the government's control in the province of idlib. these men are from a coalition which includes alnuz are front fighters who are allied to al-qaeda. they took over the city over a month ago and have made gains in the entire province.
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>> translator: we are preparing to take the place where government forces are. we need to get and target their military posts. >> reporter: idlib province is important. securing it means the rebels have the gateway to president assad's power base. but the syrian army is declaring achievement theres the mountain range. state television says government forces and hezbollah fighters have taken the strategic mountain top and other areas. it gives them advantage point. it is important for all sides, hezbollah and the syrian government use it as a route for weapons and fighters. hezbollah had deployed thousands of fighters and heavy weapons to secure the mountains, but despite the gains they have made so far, the fight is not over the rebels are relying on hit and run tactics in a rugged
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terrain, and hezbollah has already paid a heavy price. funeral processions like this have become common. at least two dozen hezbollah fighters have been killed since the battle started two weeks ago. isil says it took a town in the east. it has one of the main gas supplying stations and is close to the main electric grid. in the north of syria, government jets hit aleppo for a second day. a series of air strikes targeted a number of areas in the south and southwest. activists say several people were killed many of them women and children. and syria's war was also high on the agenda at the latest nato summit which has wrapped up in turkey. imran khan followed that meeting and sent this report. >> reporter: the violence in syria continues as the islamic
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state of iraq and the levant says it has taken territory in the east. that's despite the continuing coalition air strikes against the armed group. the international community is once again calling on syrian president barb babb to declare a ceasefire. turkey has long been a vocal opponent of the assad regime and has proposed a series of secure zones to be implemented in syria. at the nato summit the threat from isil was discussed at length. what wasn't discussed was the proposal for the so-called secure zones, a task perhaps best suited for nato. >> the turkish foreign minister at the previous nato foreign minister a few months ago noted that turkey does believe that this is the right thing to do but did not request a nato role. we will see, of course what happens here but the prime did not request a nato role when he was here earlier in the meeting.
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so i don't expect honestly speaking at this ministerial for turkey to request a nato role in creating a safe zone. >> reporter: this foreign minister says it is because of international politics. >> turkey has been singled out in isis as the main challenging force. and despite the fact that assad has been brought to task by turkish authorities as the main enemy. but there has been a kind of ongoing disagreement between washington and -- concerning which enemy nato should target. >> reporter: right now the only commitment that nato has is the deployment of the pate -- patriot missile defense system. and that has lead many to wonder what role turkey will play in
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any conflict resolution with suria, and whether it has the appetite for concrete action. 14 people have been killed in afghanistan in a taliban attack. others were attending a concert. 54 people managed to escape. >> translator: there was a party at the hotel. i saw the attacker sitting at the first table. i got worried because i had not seen this guest before. he then dragged out his gun and fired on foreign guests. there were 12 guests in the restaurant, and he shot everyone. >> reporter: the death toll from this week's major aftershock in nepal has risen to 110. it happened almost three weeks after an earthquake there killed more than 8,000 people. the disaster has left buildings
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too dangerous to go inside. faiz jamil reports. >> reporter: when you look closer at kathmandu, cracks appear. this large apartment complex was evacuated during the earthquake. it's now a threat to those living in its shadow. >> very dangerous sounds like da da da. sounds like [ inaudible ] sounds. >> reporter: he and his family have lived here for 30 years. the building he says is more frightening than the earthquake. >> it swings like -- you know it's like tree. people are scared of this. maybe when it falls down you know? >> reporter: next door the local butcher tells us he was too afraid to reopen business, but after nearly three weeks with no
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income he had no choice. >> translator: we building may fall down on us. but we have no choice. >> reporter: these people fear that another aftershock could bring all of this crashing down. up the road chipping away at the long list of damaged buildings municipal engineering teams carry out spot inspections. there is a lot of bad news. >> i recommend this is a not safe building. >> reporter: but there is also some good news. building inspectors say it's okay here. but even for those who's homes are safe the risk remains. this building is not just a menacing reminder of the earthquake. it's a potential disaster in itself. if it were to clap it could devastate this entire neighborhood. the apartment complex has been declared off elements. neighbors say it should not have been built in the first place alleging that city officials were bribed and while corruption
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in the construction industry is an open secret the chief engineer told al jazeera there is no proof. but this high-rise building does represent a threat to the surrounding community and says the government is too busy to address the problem. homes around the building are abandoned. this man says the stress is too much for him and his family and is forcing him to leave his childhood home. for now with uncertainty looming over their heads, people can do little else than carry on with their lives. rescuers in the philippines say they found all of the bodies of those killed in a major factory fire. 72 people died in the blaze, up to 300 were inside at the time. our correspondent reports from the scene. >> reporter: this is one of manila's deadliest fires. it engulfed most of the fact try and lasted more than seven hours.
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for most of the workers, there was no way out. this man is desperate for answers. his children and granddaughter were working in the factory when the fire broke out. this morning he went inside and had a look. the chances they survived are slim. >> translator: the only thing that is left are burnt bones, skulls. they have all felted along with the metal. do you see those windows? even cats wouldn't be able to escape. i want to know what happened. how do i find what is left of them? >> translator: we heard a big explosion and everything just went black. that just took seconds. those on the second floor it was impossible for them to survive. >> reporter: like many other plants here in this mostly poor area north of the capitol, this factory manufactures products for the high-end market. expensive sandals produced by workers who make less than 3 usd
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a day. for the families awaiting news about their loved ones the situation has never been more confusing. the local government still now cannot confirm whether security safety, and labor regulations have been followed by this company. the owner on the factory, also unable to confirm the total number of workers that worked in that plant. and the death toll keeps rising. >> translator: the priority right now is to assist the families and provide what they need. we have also asked for help from the national government, and the police to help identify the bodies. >> reporter: the president's orders are clear, conduct a thorough investigation and hold those responsible accountable. but for those grieving, the charred remains of this factory, may not be able to provide closure. they say their loved ones have already paid the ultimate price.
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the u.n. refugee agency as begun registering hundreds of rohingya and bangladeshi migrants who have arrived in indonesia. nearly 600 people were rescued from boats on sunday. several thousand migrants have been abandoned at sea, following a thai crackdown on trafficking. al jazeera's steph has more from us in indonesia's northern province. >> reporter: the stories of the hundreds of rohingya asylum seekers stranded here are horrifying. they are telling us they spent two to three months on a boat trying to escape ethnic violence in myanmar, trying to go to malaysia. they basically left them at sea to die. the people here managed to get to shore. but many other boat at least
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four others that they know of are still out there. and the u.n. commission for refugees says there are thousands of others still at sea, and they make a very strong plea to the countries in the region indonesia and malaysia particularly to find them and try to rescue them before it's too late and they say time is running out really quickly. 200 people rescued from the mediterranean sea have been brought ashore in sicily. the british warship docked at catania port. the migrants were rescued on wednesday off of the coast of libya. nigerian troops have repelled hundreds of boko haram fighters who tried to attack the biggest army base in the country's northeast. bombing cannon and rockets were heard around the barracks. a 24 hour curfew has been
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imposed amid fears some boko haram fighters may have slipped inside the army base. a shia group set fire to a community center in a sunni area in iraq. many pill grams were passing through the neighborhood at the time. zana hoda reports from the iraqi capitol. >> reporter: the violence was sectarian in nature. it happened in a mainly sunni neighborhood in the capitol. they gathered outside of an office run by sunni religious authorities. they set the building on fire while chanting religious slogans. the attackers were reacting to rumors that a suicide bomber planned to target shia worshippers. the pilgrims were in a neighboring district to commemorate the death of a
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leader. iraqi authorities say the situation is now under control. they have more orders to prevent violence. the iraqi prime minister blamed what he called terrorists for spreading rumors and instigating the violence. he visited the district and met sunni religious figures before holding talks with shia leaders. >> translator: we avoided civil strife by sending the security forces to contain the tensions. there are a few people who are trying to play with the minds of the iraqi people but iraqis are aware and they are working for the future of our country. >> reporter: over recent days there have been numerous car bombing that targeted shia pilgrims. many sunnis in the capitol
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feared they would be punished for those attacks. the pilgrimage ends on thursday but the violence is not expected to end. some politicians are warning that the military achievements against the islamic state of iraq and the levant has not been accompanied by political reconciliation. >> we even we win the war and get the displaced back and we maintain the sectarian environment, then i'm sure things will blow up in the future probably in a more ugly way than it is now. >> reporter: authorities are trying to portray the violence as an isolated incident, but this is a country at war not just against isil but its communities have still not made peace with each other. at least