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Five-year-old Omran Daqneesh sits with his sister inside an ambulance after they were rescued following an airstrike in the  al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Mahmoud Rslan/Reuters

Next week could produce a humanitarian breakthrough for victims of the wars in Syria and Yemen. If a 48-hour Aleppo ceasefire demanded by the UN goe(...)

 A Yemeni vendor waits for customers at a market in the old city of Sana’a. Photograph: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

United Nations director of humanitarian operations John Ging has warned Yemen is on the “verge of famine” due to a “shocking fall-off” in funding. (...)

Yemenis shop at a market on Sunday in the southern city of Aden, hours before a UN-brokered ceasefire in the war-torn country was due to begin. Photograph: Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

Hours into a UN-brokered truce on Monday, Yemeni citizens reported heavy artillery fire, gun battles and air strikes in several parts of the country.(...)

Syrian soldiers inside the historical city of Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: EPA.

The Syrian forces that recaptured the historic city of Palmyra from Islamic State have encountered dozens of mines that the expelled militants laid a(...)

Yemeni Jews Yussef Saeed Hamdi (right), poses with unidentified guests on the first day of his traditional wedding party in the village of Raydah in Amran province, 70km north of Sanaa, in this 2008 photo. Photograph: Khaled Fazaa/AFP/Getty Images

In a covert operation, the last remnants of Yemen’s Jewish community, one of the world’s oldest, have been flown to Israel, bringing to an end a decad(...)

Children drink water on a street in Sanaa, Yemen, on Saturday. As combat intensified between the Houthi rebels controlling the capital and al-Qaeda fighters, the UN Security Council  urged the Houthis to quit government institutions. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Forces loyal to Yemen’s president said they had seized strategic buildings in the southern city of Aden on Monday after a five-hour battle, escalating(...)

Shia Houthi rebels carry a wounded man at the scene of a suicide attack in Sanaa, Yemen, today which killed at least 47 people. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Suicide bombers targeting Yemen’s powerful Shia Houthi group and an army camp killed at least 67 people in two separate attacks today. The attacks ca(...)

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