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russia's foreign minister has accused the u.s. of trying to divide syria into parts sergey lavrov made the comments in moscow while meeting is turkish an iranian counterparts to discuss the war in syria the talks are being held as head of the latest round of astonished talks aimed at ending the violence lavrov also took aim at other western powers which is why we are building options for peace some of the other co-exist trying to destroy the results of our joint constructive efforts not even following the international law like in the recent operation by the u.s. u.k. and france against syria at least eighteen people have reportedly been killed in syria's largest palestinian refugee camp over the past twenty four hours the syrian government is trying to retake several neighborhoods in southern damascus including the yarmouk refugee camp for myself fighters activists on the ground estimate between forty to sixty percent of the camp has been destroyed just over a week into the offensive. and the newly appointed u.s.
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secretary of state my own bio is arrived in saudi arabia ahead of a three day trip to the region on bio's judo talks with the saudi foreign minister javad before having dinner with the crown prince mohammed bin cell none they are expected to discuss the iran nuclear deal following donald trump's threats to pull the u.s. out of the accord when he has to make another decision on it next month as the top stories faultlines is coming up next and then more news after that about twenty five minutes time i'll see that. and if a man has. been a victim and. are members of an event
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a. battle. in the. late battle a lot of the deaths in indicate a level. of. not of the ability in the village to move he but it is. an element in living and in knowledge only at the most that the well betty. is called between his two home countries. yemen a nation destroyed by war and in the midst of what the u.n. calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis. and the united states were donald trump's travel ban has now made it seemingly impossible to bring his family. not to finish and that. they should follow when you when you want to limit his move to us
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. which is. michigan his family have been living in the east african nation of djibouti across the sea from yemen for almost four months. there hasn't been an american embassy in yemen for over three years now because of the war. that means visa applicants including american citizens like machine have had their cases assigned to foreign countries like to booty as they try to get their families away from the consulate. muffy hall and a mission to land up another about how to my feet. my fishing in county and my vision down i let out a last. something hot and been hot and heavy a while evolution to how to. tell this daughter eleven year old was born with
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cerebral palsy making it more urgent for her to get adequate medical care something that's become increasingly difficult in yemen. in the matter should at least if they needed. the money you have about. it one and only after not in the bowels of. the fear that if you had an issue and. as the war escalates and as you've applied for visas for his family to join him in the u.s. where he works to support them and where she met can get stable medical care. they applied well before donald trump became president and introduced a travel ban. now so frightened protests marked initial chaotic rollout of the ban which stopped the entry of nationals from a number of muslim majority countries including yemen.
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released just a week after trying to cough us the order more through three versions while it was being challenged in court. so it wasn't until december that the full impact on families became clear when the supreme court allowed the third version of the band to go into effect. a month and a half later his family had their interview at the u.s. embassy here in djibouti describe what happened in the embassy here and. listen in the night. i had been so into egypt and u.s. so. because she was born after naji became a citizen his youngest daughter could be issued a passport but his wife and two other daughters needed visas alan to my full time went on best fear and. and how did you feel when you got there and i can learn how to now put it in the helmet of the if you see now it's not. that you see
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you show me the papers. it was a. one of the changes in the latest version of the travel is the inclusion of one pathway to the us a waiver that can be granted on a case by case basis if applicants meet three criteria the more. i will. eat would at least one which a. little. old me a well and landed with in the hill and here i wanted to hold it if it was funny with of and talk to a fault and a anything. and the only thing you have to have one has limited the love of all me how they had. let me have it of them ah i. thought that given seamus condition and the fact that he's an american citizen they would qualify for
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a waiver. with no appeals process or one hope now is the supreme court which is hearing a challenge to the travel with the decision to come in the summer. until then their lives are in limbo. the how the mantle how we don't have issues intervene and then elimination hung and if it. living here has cost him his savings and he's relying on family and friends to get by so now he's questioning if they can bear the weight and to booty still have to go back to yemen so now that you've been refused what's sure. you get a little nervous. if you only say i don't know if the american will know how little you know how do the little. julia manasseh. and a lot of gallia money enough. to warn yemen shows no signs of
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slowing as northern rebels continue to fight with the coalition led by saudi arabia and supported by the united states. now in its fourth year the conflict has destroyed much of the country's infrastructure leading to widespread disease and famine and over twenty two million people in need of humanitarian assistance. it's this that so many yemenis are trying to escape as they try to reunite with their families in the u.s. . instead hundreds have been stranded between their two homes stuck in a foreign country. we went to meet with a group of applicants who'd been in djibouti for months many of whom had a ready received a waiver rejections under the ban. who here has a u.s. citizenship. so a lot of you saw you you have citizenship i was born and raised and so we are applying for my life. i got their fill of paper here so you know what you're going
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to do now. now let libya me and now look at him well my two minutes will be a good thing that he let the rest of us and i'm going with those any of the. most to spend tens of thousands of dollars waiting in djibouti where there's a high cost of living spending fortunes and borrowing fortunes and in the end. if you refuse to. raise the hope and i said if you know them over the next ten years you know i'll do that now that i get in the document i was here you know. you could just got out i did yeah there are going to be and i know. that's the question facing everyone here as they grapple with how to keep their families united and figure out where their home is no where and you know how is this affecting your families torn in broken down emotions you know will we come here and
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signs of hope and then they just tear that apart. the moment fists day was lifted all of these people received these a denial with a notice that they were also denied a waiver. is an attorney with the center for constitutional rights which has been working with yemeni american business applications who have received waiver rejections for their relatives she says there's been little transparency from the administration about how waivers are actually granted so how does one apply for a visa or there isn't a formal application process there isn't a real template available there isn't a form i fail of all you just go with a very thin language that's in the proclamation and you try to argue that you meet that criteria that you would be subjected to and you hardship if you're denied that it would be in the national interests let you win and that you don't pose a threat to national security but a. it's a bit of
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a shadow boxing exercise because you don't really know what it is you need to show to meet that criteria you don't know if you're going to leave or many of the families we met didn't even know that there was a waiver in the largely because they began their application process years ago were you aware of what the waiver process was. or people who had gone to their interview process and filed all the documents while before it was ever such a thing as a waiver so they didn't even make a case for and you hardship on what basis where they've being denied it's like you're getting a rejection for something you didn't even ask for and that seems particularly you know caf asked that you know in your application for a waiver and tonight and i'm you know you've never even applied for one of these are u.s. citizens and u.s. lawful permanent residents who have a right to be be you know with their families. one
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of the couples we met in djibouti has been trying to start a life in the u.s. for nearly three years i. hear yeah sure thanks for saying us and make some home i'm concerned them a man has three. muhammad first moved to new york in his early twenty's when he went back to yemen a few years later he analyses or got married and they had their daughter. the war broke out when she was still a toddler. a clue i would be the one to be the we're going to what do you know what i'm going to get it to hannah. fit us well that's a tough but i can feel out of a listener that has that has a. little bit of that has to feel that he has definitely a lot of help as a little girl as well so the play out of that if i don't. play out i don't know if i had a lot of. mohammed became a citizen when he went back to the u.s.
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where he was working and most of his family lives and started planning for a seasonal nao to join him. playstyle used to offer the house furniture for the house and this is tell you from the interview and found. when they got to djibouti five year old neha was given a visa but her mother was still waiting for a decision. because of the from the embassy mandated focusing. on these it's come to the embassy to morrow she'd like to know what those lives were going to be but my. wife same case same number so they know that you might go to be there so i don't usually get my was rejected. but as he says interview took place before the ban went into effect and it was unclear to her that she had to make a case for a waiver. i'm more confident of them and had the i don't know on the record i walk across flotilla i'll show them where. the so i got out of time. i have been.
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pushing the political. that says the waiver won't be granted in your case take into account the provisions of the health commission. they give you any other reason that they explain why it was silent but if you know if you've asked for advice and just question you they even give you information from them and. the family needs to make a decision about their future within days because muhammad in their daughter has to go to the u.s. while she still has a visa. but then the question is where will go. for the house and hamas how can that stuff out of hand that have the temple would have that that the path that not fish. and the i don't want in the hat if you can set it to the. can. for the hand of
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a house i don't. know how to enter into that in the west and am sure i will. have. a lot of the lot of them to a lot. of them. for what. i lack. the separation facing mahomedan i see is a is shared by too many families their lives on pause as they wait for the supreme court to decide. some in djibouti others having returned to yemen. and their relatives in the u.s. waiting hoping they can be together soon. before the war yemeni americans were able to travel relatively easily between their two home countries. that's the case for abdul figgis. he works in the u.s.
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for an a.t.m. company to support his family. we went to meet him at his apartment just outside new york city home to generations of yemeni americans that's a wave of immigrants they came from our area in yemen abdul's family's roots in the u.s. go back almost a century i'm a fourth generation fourth generation in the country my father was grandfather. from his mother's side of the cities my father was a citizen all my uncles are citizens abdu had hoped his children would continue that line to. she was twenty one years old amanda seventeen when i was nine and this is my wife. and your other son so nineteen years old obama is not in this area he first applied for visas for his wife and four children in two thousand and fifteen just after the war began it marked the beginning of
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their first long separation which lasted almost three years well it's me being here supporting them one. source of income to me i want to live and that was the logic for me to come but the motion i knew was that was a lot of that any time. the next time he would see them would be in djibouti when they left yemen and traveled there for their visa interview with the interview together was in january twenty ninth and then the interview the lower one she was eligible for citizenship she get it is that most of the it was rejected. it's difficult to reconcile obtuse family's history in america with the fact that his own children are now banned from coming here that wasn't that america that we felt that. to lead them to to come. like to have
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settled here personal lives. from the day we met abdul the rest of his family had just left to booty it was too expensive to stay there so they went to jordan where the wait for the supreme court's decision is going to be a life changing decision up so that. when you are living here you feel lonely but you still have the hole that they're going to come and was just going to be a normal process for to brenne them since that's gets their tot of done. with the band. and you feel even lonelier than the four. kids are on the other side of the globe. that's as it's very. very very hard then.
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the wait for families is costing them both emotionally and financially. as they try to cope with the uncertainty of what their future is. that i live in a new book but what's in the middle of. the not. that amount of money but many of. the families we met during our reporting like najib and his family seemed like they met the criteria for a waiver under the. one of the things that where really sort of scratching our heads about it is a sort of and you are an arm and how we can show that many of the people as you can imagine leaving countries like yemen would suffer and you hardship if they're not
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able to rejoin their families in the u.s. yet there hasn't been any kind of instruction or clarification by the administration as to what standard you would need to show to me that and you hardship requirement. the families we met also seems like they meet the criteria particularly because they're american citizens and in this case his daughter she met needs critical medical care both of which are listed as qualifications to be considered for a waiver. so who's deciding who gets a waiver the u.s. government official position is that it's a consular officers discretionary decision but if you put yourself in a position of a consular officer and you're sort of told and the rhetoric around at the administration is over sort of an overall ban these people from these countries are essentially undesirable we're going to have a much harder look to decide whether or not someone should be eligible for a waiver. according to state department data some to congress in the months
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after the ban went into effect eight thousand four hundred applications from the targeted countries were processed. but only two waivers were approved. the stay. departments later told us that four hundred sixty waivers for granted in a period of four months but they refused to say out of how many applications. i claiming that there is a robust waiver process through which you can take a waiver it's sort of takes away some of the harm with. a bit more of a sugar coating what is an outright ban and not sugar coating disappears if you actually look at what's happening on the ground to look at the radar processes only there and not impact us. the state department declined our request to interview officials at the u.s. embassy in djibouti or in washington. but while they were in djibouti we managed to
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catch the then secretary of state rex tillerson on a tour of five african nations it was just a few days before trump would fire him the yemen war is right next door many yemeni americans are unable to bring their children or spouses to the u.s. nearly all of them are being rejected because of the presidential proclamation what would you say to these american citizens that are being separated from their families the president has put policies in place that are designed to ensure that people coming are fully vetted it is somewhat chaotic we've all witnessed the kinds of attacks that have taken place both in europe we've had attacks in the united states as well the president feels a deep responsibility to do everything he can to prevent those and so he processes have been put in place the do slow the processing of people's applications to come to the united states we're going to follow those procedures closely and we hope that people will be facia with us while we work through that.
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one hundred eleven if i did johnny on live it's above shaimaa been there then i'm the only one. has said in the back and walked into one of them to ask. none of his followers of us. within ten days of leaving to go to we've heard that many of the families we've met there have left. most of them within. the conflicts. we met up with muhammad than his daughter on a and brooklyn where they're now living with the rest of his family. and on camera. which.
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they decided the times he's a would go to a tournament or how much older brother lives while they wait to see what the supreme court decides. and if want to have a no what even if you're. not going to prove that a lot of coffee hamma i've got something to him call when i'm in. their hope is that a mayor can get her passport or green card soon so she can join her mother in jordan mohammed works in new york but it still means her family will be separated. sleeve a little bit time with her mother a little time with her dad it's not good for her it's not that far away for snow in . the four months from her mother three four months we've had father tests going to relate to persons. and nobody.
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checks she. actually. i love this country that's like mcconnachie i love it and i'm left to it. and that's one of those found i need to plan it inside my my daughter's life to love this country. but if you tell you is my mother like melfi going to go one day is like was what happened the time when i got time. america took away your mom from you she needs a mother because everybody have kids where so we know you know how it is that we not different with me all the same same feeling seeing everything. so feeling right now rep. michele lead me on a. man allegedly. template
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can be committed hematomas half of this. can and yemen and not get it how did the very best in a come but it lets me. and it should then be a and then not much then you've sort of went and showed up. for. the decision to leave djibouti happens quickly. and mirjam in walked can't help that's the one you know that's what i mean that's what us will do nothing madam says phone users for judy. now. with treatment unavailable for shame and to booty and as you've told us he didn't know what to do but go back to yemen where he sent us these messages. well. how did she mother it was that with the oem feed the house and then feed was. that
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you have yemen and then how that and how to. fight us back to him dug. out of asia so we had. all he can do now is hope that the country he once called home will let him do so again. alone we. had that. as it approaches its first year how has the gulf crisis affected the states of the
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gulf cooperation council are there any indications of resolution. what is the nature of the new regional and international alliances amid the raging conflict in the middle east. increasing social unrest lead to a new revolutionary wave in the arab world. as the countdown for the end of the palestinian cause started what is the likelihood of success of that which is known as the deal of the century. what role has the media played in the region's issues. the twelve al-jazeera forum the gulf the arabs and the world amid current developments doha april twenty eighth and twenty nine two thousand and eighteen.
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massive crowds on earth who see commander killed last week in yemen now reports of more who's the deaths in saudi led coalition airstrikes. you know i'm maryam namazie in london you're watching al-jazeera also coming up the new u.s. secretary of state arrives in saudi arabia with the iran nuclear deal likely to dominate the agenda. as anti-government protests continue in armenia the ruling party says it won't put forward a candidate for the role of prime minister. and why this could be evidence of the largest child sacrifice ritual in the world. a saudi led coalition as strike has reportedly killed two.

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